Why and How
of The Enchanted Murli Initiative
The Magical Flute Story
Once long ago this world was covered in darkness. People forgot how to smile, and no one enjoyed life anymore. Every heart had lost its light. Seeing this sad state of the world, Krishna quietly descended into a beautiful grove and began to play his magical flute. Now something very strange happened. Some people who were close to him could not hear anything. And other people many thousands of miles away heard the music so clearly and deeply that it melted their hearts. They stopped whatever they were doing. Those who cooked stopped cooking. Those who worked stopped working. Those speaking to friends fell silent. All who heard the enchanting music followed after it as if entranced. Soon, hundreds followed the music and all found their way to a beautiful clearing in the deep forest where Krishna played his flute. There, they began to dance, to come alive, to smile at each other. And as they danced, each one began to glow with light.
Evil Kansa, determined to keep the world in darkness, learned of the flute and was furious. He sent into Krishna’s forest circle an assassin who stopped the dancing and broke the flute into a million pieces. Krishna just looked at him and smiled, for Krishna knew what would happen next. Each little piece of the flute grew wings and the magical flute fragments flew to the four corners of the earth. The music then grew more powerful and enchanting until everyone on earth heard the music and began to dance with a joyful heart. And so it was, that joy, light, and beauty returned to the earth.
In order for us to act like the winged fragments of Krishna’s flute and bring transcendent joy to the world, we must first accept The Enchanted Murli’s invitation to bring about our personal transformation. The Enchanted Murli is a collective bhatti that delves into the magical properties of Baba’s Murli and the wonders it performs on the soul in its journey to self-transformation.
Our innate divinity blossoms in the sunshine of Baba’s Murli. When the soul dances to the rhythm of remembrance and truth, it transcends the mundane and rises to the overflowing heart of God. We experience the wonder of Baba’s Murli. Its song mesmerizes the soul and awakens bliss. Its harmony sings to the soul as enlightenment dawns.
Just as Krishna’s flute brought joy, light, and beauty to the world, so let us engage Baba’s Murli to produce the same divine effect. When we dance the dance of knowledge, the Murli begins to work its magic on us. The spiritual magician transforms his remembrance through the art and science of the magical murli. It all happens so seamlessly that it seems like magic. But we can analyze and understand its various elements and master the art of magic so that we too become karmateet and avyakt like Brahma Baba.
This initiative goes for 6 weeks. It begins Monday, May 11, 2015 and ends Sunday, June 21, 2015. The team will provide a remembrance, attitude, and vision points for each from the day’s Murli. An audio meditation commentary based on the above points will be provided for the 7:00pm to 7:30pm meditation for mansa seva.
A Spiritual Magician’s Guide to Self-transformation
Key Terms Defined
- Smriti: Remembrance. Something in the Murli creates awareness in you, and you preserve that awareness in your life, i.e. you remember it.
- Samarthi: Power, energy, capacity, ability.
- Mano-Vritti: Disposition of the mind, our attitude toward something or someone.
- Drishti: Vision. Seeing, viewing, beholding, especially with the mind’s eye.
- Kriti: Actions, how we behave in the world.
- Srishti: Creation. The world as a created thing.
Key Terms Inter-connected
Transformation occurs when I understand the interconnectedness of smriti (remembrance), samarthi (power), mano-vritti (attitude), drishti (vision), and kriti (action). That which I always remember (smriti) gives me power (samarthi) to transform my attitude (mano-vritti), and thus shapes the way I see the world (drishti) and the way I act (kriti) in it. When I remember eternal truths, I elevate my attitude. This naturally leads to pure and clear vision, and hence I act spiritually, with love and strength, for the benefit of the world (srishti). The following story illustrates this process.
Roger Bannister Story
Sir Roger Bannister a British physician and academic was the first to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. On the morning of May 6, 1954, the day Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mile record, it was raining steadily across the south of England and the wind was blowing hard. He was the man everyone had predicted to win gold at the Olympic Games in Helsinki two years previously. He came fourth. The headlines screamed he was a failure.
The memory of Helsinki haunted him. He knew the blowing wind would slow him down by about a second a lap — and the mile was four laps long. He said, “I was feeling I would be wasting my effort to run in those circumstances with the time having to be the equivalent of 3:56; I wasn’t sure I could do 3:56.”
After doing his morning house rounds at Paddington Hospital, he caught the train to Oxford. By chance, on the same train, was his coach, Frank Stampfl. Sir Roger recalls: “He said, ‘I think you can do 3:56 and if you had this potential chance and you didn’t take it you’d never forgive yourself, maybe for the rest of your life.’ And I think that idea stuck in my mind.”
The Daily Telegraph, at the time, described it as “sport’s greatest goal”, something “as elusive and seemingly unattainable as Everest”. It begs the question: what is a human being capable of achieving? Bannister, after his failure in Helsinki vowed to concentrate on breaking four minutes. He said, “I gave it everything.”
What was the magic ingredient that allowed him to break this record? He said, “The final bit is mental. I am sure of that.” By transforming his smriti (remembrance), which gave him the samarthi (power) to elevate his vritti (attitude), Sir Roger saw himself (drishti) doing that mile in less than 4-minutes. He remembered that he did it before thus gaining power to set his attitude to: I can do it. This thought process may take place in an instant, so that the time-gap between the various stages goes unnoticed, and we simply call this blend of
stages “mental”, and are not too sure how it happens.
This process does not end there but leaves an impact, impression or sanskara, on the self and others. This sanskara then becomes a springboard for further processes of transformation. The current world record for the mile is 3:43, held by the Moroccan, Hicham El Guerrouj. Even though running less than four minutes remains a remarkably difficult act, more than 1,300 people have done it to date.
If a runner wants to break the 4-minute mile, then he/she practices, knowing that other runners have done it before. His/her smriti (remembrance) focuses on other runners who broke the 4-minute mile. This remembrance brings samarthi (power) to the runner which in turn transforms his mano-vritti (attitude). He or she now believes that it can be done because other people have done it. This runner’s vision then sees themselves breaking the 4-minute mile. Thinking, “I can break the 4-minute mile” becomes a new normal for the runner. This is how more than 1,300 people have done it (kriti – action) to date.
Following in the Footsteps of Brahma Baba
Brahma Baba transformed his actions by changing his smriti. When Shiv Baba revealed to him that he was originally a divine being, he was fully convinced. The Murli that he received from Shiv Baba created an awareness in him (that he was a divine being), and he preserved that awareness in his life, i.e. he kept remembering it, calling it to mind. This smriti gave him power (samarthi) to transform his attitude, drishti, and hence actions.
He transformed his mano-vritti (attitude) by turning and tuning his mind to hold the higher truth of soul and God. He molded and shaped his spiritual personality into its unique, perfect, and complete divine form. He let go of his old sanskaras and let himself be colored by the company of Shiv Baba. His remembrance, smriti, was so strong that it enabled him to view and behold reality clearly, especially with the mind’s eye, forming a steady image of himself as a divine being (drishti). Thus he transformed his actions (kriti) by seeing spiritually through drishti. It all happened so naturally that from our vantage point it seems like magic. But we can analyze and learn the magic so that we too become karmateet and avyakt like Brahma Baba.
Transformation begins with remembrance, smriti, which is the seed of knowledge. Watering this seed with attention to the Murli, and keeping the seed in the sunshine of daily practice, leads to magical transformation.
So the Murli is at the heart of a successful spiritual practice. The Murli is an oral narrative that Shiv Baba speaks directly to souls, with the benevolent intention to restore every soul to its original divinity. The Murli is like a mirror that reflects the subtle contours of the soul’s unique spiritual identity. When the soul listens with love and bhavna to the spiritual teachings, the latent truth emerges from within and the soul remembers its original divine sanskars. This remembered truth gives us power and creates our attitude, vision, and action in the world.
Let us collectively engage the Murli as a powerful transformative tool. Let us reframe it with a fresh perspective, realizing how it is at the center of our lives. For this we need to take advantage of a fresh smriti, a fresh vritti, and a fresh drishti, as they abundantly appear every day in the Murli.
Framework for Daily Practice
Below is the framework for each day. It will be excerpted from the day’s Murli. As mentioned above a remembrance, an attitude, and a drishti point will be provided. These will be provided as a guide, if any BK would like to come up with something on their own then that is even better. For further explanation of the below terms refer to “A Spiritual Magician’s Guide to Self-transformation”.
Smriti (remembrance) is to reawaken knowledge that we once had. I retain it in my memory and sustain an awareness of it. We will take a smriti from the Murli and remember it. We will keep calling it to mind. We will preserve that awareness in our daily routine. We will remember it for 15 minutes after the Murli, at every traffic control break, and especially during our evening meditation from 7:00 to 7:30pm. An example: The Father comes at the confluence age, and makes every soul his own friend. Each of you souls becomes your own friend. There is only one way for becoming your own friend. The Father has told you: Become pure and claim your full inheritance from the Father. This is true friendship.
Samarthi (power) is what we receive when we have an elevated smriti. I constantly plug myself into the power that is received from the day’s smriti. I become aware how my smriti is recharging my self-respect. I pay attention to how my smriti is giving me strength and is allowing me to operate with equanimity and patience in an ever-changing world.
Mano-vritti (attitude) is the disposition of our mind, our attitude toward something or someone. We will turn and tune our attitude to hold the higher truth of soul and God. We will practice holding an attitude taken from the Murli. It could be an attitude of renunciation or an attitude of learning. An example: I have come to change you from impure to pure, and so you should now have disinterest in the impure world. I will hold an attitude of disinterest in this old world.
Pure drishti (vision) is viewing and beholding reality clearly, especially with the mind’s eye. Receiving pure drishti from Baba and personally exchanging pure drishti with each other is absolutely essential for transformation. It constitutes one of the most essential elements of self-transformation. Hence, this step is the cornerstone for forming a steady spiritual outlook and achieving a stable stage. We will take a drishti practice from the Murli. An example: In fact, your life is very valuable. It is a wonderful life! At this time, you do service. You do the service of making the lives of others as precious as yours. I see myself as valuable and precious. I support this vision by using my life for serving others spiritually. I see others as valuable and precious. I see the potential in everyone I meet.
Service with Swaroop (My Original Divine Form)
Remember that my smriti creates my spiritual standing, and my attitude creates a spiritual environment. All of these elements together – my smrti, my attitude, my dristi, my krti — make up my complete spiritual being, swaroop, that I ultimately am. It is this whole being, this swaroop, that performs real service (seva). We do collective mansa seva by translating Baba’s love for us into a benevolent attitude and vision in all situations. We will give sakaash as an act of mansa seva. We will draw light and might from Baba and then, through our attitude and vision, gift it to all souls we come into contact with. For this initiative, we will collectively use the 7:00pm to 7:30pm meditation time to give mansa seva with a unified thought by engaging the smriti, mano-vritti, and drishti from that day’s Murli.
**Note: Words in this color font are excerpted from Sakar Murli of April 7, 15
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