Got or "Getting it" - is realizing the meaning or
significance of a communication or experience; it is apperception; global
or wholistic seeing; a direct insight; a revelation; (for all Heinlein
science-fiction fans, it's to "grok" the situation).
It is fully grasping
or comprehending the total, basic or perhaps entire or most noteworthy
aspects of a situation, i.e., its meaning, value, worth, true importance
and significance. [LMT]
Service (See: Service)
- The name given to That all-powerful, all-knowing creator
of the universe; the Self manifesting as the Cosmos and Lord of Nature;
the one Supreme Being. It is The Absolute, Divine Spirit; the timeless and spaceless Self. God is
the All, and That which transcends All. The Pure
of all beings. It is the One Reality
and True Self of all that is.
- God is the Self of all. Being spirit, He (It) is all-pervasive.
The devotee worships God to get to better know Him, to be with Him,
or become one with Him. When the devotee's devotion reaches a high enough
intensity, degree or state, God either comes to him or brings him to
a personal Guru (one who has realized the Self) and points out to him
that God actually dwells in the Heart-core of the devotee himself, as
his very Self. This also reveals that God, Guru and the true Self are
and Self - God and Self
(capital "S") are synonymous. God is the Supreme Self, the
of all that is, the Divine Self of the Universe and of all seeming selves.
Moses' realization of God, as recorded in the Bible, is " I AM
THAT I AM." (Exodus 3:14) This was Moses' own spiritual enlightenment,
the result of his long, intense meditation. Its significance is seen
in the fact that this is the only verse anywhere in the entire
Old and New Testaments Bibles that is written in all capital letters.
The following or next verse further states that God's true name is "
AM," here again in capital letters. However, this does not
mean that a man's ego or personal self (small "s") is God,
and that he is free to act like a god. What is meant is, on ultimately
realizing the true nature of one's self, one's pure being, Prior To one's identification with the body and mind - which is Enlightenment
- it is Re-Cognized
that all is Consciousness, and pure Consciousness
AM, and this pure I
AM, which is also pure Existence,
All seeming separate selves are actually living formations and expressions
of the One Universal Consciousness and Existence, this I
AM or Divine Self or Supreme Being, much like multiple waves appearing
in a single Ocean of Being.
- is the Divine Being. It is the one Absolute Supreme Being.
- is pure love and protection bestowed freely and without obligation
on a person or situation by the Guru, or God, and/or sometimes seemingly
by fate or one's Destiny.
Body - The phenomenal or manifesting physical form and vital
(alive) being appearing in consciousness; the part of our nature of
which we are normally conscious - our surface or outer being consisting
of the physical or food body, the vital being (related to life-energy
and emotions, desires, passions, etc.), and the externalized Mind
(having to do with cognition, Intelligence,
thought perceptions, etc.).
(Sanskrit) (modes or qualities of nature) - are the three fundamental
qualities, tendencies or stresses that underlie all manifestation. In
Sanskrit, these are called Sattva
(activity) and Tamas
(darkness, ignorance, inertia). They are the building blocks of primordial
substance or nature, or Prakriti.
- A personal spiritual teacher; a revered mentor or guide;
a venerable sage or spiritual leader. (Sanskrit) "the dispeller
of darkness; giver of light."
function - is basically the force of Consciousness Itself appearing
in the role of a being or an action serving spiritual seekers with the
purpose of guiding or coaxing them back to the Self, freeing them from
the confinement and limitations of body-mind identification, and releasing
them into a higher state of consciousness. This vital function, in the
highest sense, is actually performed or carried out by God
taking a human form in the guise or role of the teacher, mentor, guide
or Guru, who has entered the person's life when his/her intensity of
devotion to the spiritual quest has reached a significant level of maturity.
God, as the Guru, then teaches the student the Higher Truth regarding
It is also not
uncommon that a seemingly ordinary event or situation - such as a book
fatefully placed into one's hands, a saint's picture, an unforeseen
passing event, an unexpected moment, some stirring sight, or a traumatic
occurrence - serves this Guru function and has a profound effect on
There is a well-known
Eastern proverb that says: "When the student is ready, the Guru
(or teacher) will appear." Traditionally, the Guru very often takes
a human form and this relationship with the disciple is much greater
and more intimate than that of a mere or ordinary teacher. Rather, it
encompasses many interactions that one then has with the Divine. All
that one thereafter receives is seen and felt to be coming from The Divine, and one's whole being is thus surrendered, remolded and
made new by the Hand of God.
Seva - is loving service rendered to the Guru. It is usually
by caring for his/her physical needs and personal well being - such
as buying, preparing, cooking and serving his food, washing his clothes,
serving his guests, assisting him in serving his other devotees, and
keeping his/her ashram (home) neat, clean, orderly and well maintained.
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