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Why Genghis Khan and Napoleon Never Reached Enlightenment

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

Taming the Narcissistic Ego

“It is not enough to merely be aware. We must move beyond this to the realization that awareness and the power that comes from that awareness must also be balanced.” Epilogue, the Moment of Enlightenment, The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga, Goswami Kriyananda

Powerful people know they are powerful. They consciously use their influence for good, or for evil. This is why we are given the sage advice, ‘dream wisely.’ If we were able to create our every whim and desire, would we be able to control our thoughts enough so as not to create more chaos in the world? An ‘enlightened’ being is simply one who becomes aware of their own influence because they realize that the veils between reality and illusion are incredibly thin. Each of us has experienced a taste of this. We think of a friend, and they call that very moment. We focus on a goal, and it somehow comes to be, with ease and effortless acumen. Enlightenment; however, has levels. As long as someone is using their influence to create peace, and balance, then they have transcended the ego. In lower states of ‘enlightenment’ the ego may even become stronger before it lets loose, its strangling grip.

Andrew Cohen stated in a recent interview, “There is only one obstacle to enlightenment: ego. If we want to be free, if we want to be enlightened, we have to pay the price, and that price is the same as it was five thousand years ago—ego death. In evolutionary enlightenment it is no different: if evolution is actually going to unfold through us, then our attachment to ego has to be transcended. And that is what the path is all about.”

So What, Exactly is the Ego?

From a psychological perspective the ego is an organizing principle – it governs our view of the world through psychological filters. There are simply too many pieces of information floating around us all at once, so our ego is necessary at first, so that our brains don’t melt down from over stimulation. The ego helps us differentiate ‘us’ from ‘them’ when we are infants so that we can get our physical needs met. It is, in fact, a very necessary part of our total evolution. It was not meant to stay as a permanent structure; however. It is merely an artifice to hold up the building. Even when an earthquake shakes, the true Self won’t come tumbling down, though.

From a spiritual sense, the ego is directly associated to narcissism because it causes us to be fascinated with our own needs, ad infinitum. It is the compelling yearning to always ask what is good for me, my, mine. It does not allow the expanded consciousness of ‘you’ as a part of a larger Oneness. It keeps you as an infinite fractal ‘part’ of an eternal play in geometric form or what the ancients called Maya. In other words, you constantly see yourself as the one little part, and not the expansive whole. In spiritual terms, the unmanifest you is the Absolute Self, and this has nothing to do with ego. Adepts experience the unmanifest self as spontaneous bliss or ecstasy, thus the term Nirvana when describing enlightenment. A close but no dice version of this can be called the realized self, or authentic self which knows the ego exists, and still sees itself as a separate part of the Absolute, but starts to have a hunch that there is something bigger, something Infinite. This is often an awareness that is developed when you have enough space between thought and action, as developed in meditation, yoga, and other practices, which allows you to see the ego at work. You start to see the mechanism holding up the building – the play of maya. In observing it, you dissolve it, little by little, into true enlightenment, which is when you no longer need to promote the narcissistic ego, and can rest in groundless ground. Once you start knowing that you exist – you don’t need to fight with life. There are no feelings or guilt or anger or pride because you see the whole grand design.

Powerful people who have used their awakening knowledge of self to influence others in a negative way have not yet purified the mind of narcissus. Echkart Tolle said, “It’s an unconscious process of course. The moment you accept completely what is, something inside you emerges that had been covered up by egoic wanting.” Wanting disappears. It can be wanting for sex, political power, money, time, etc. The ego will even convince you that enlightenment isn’t for you!

The truth is, that authentic enlightenment, becoming truly awake and fully aware of your Absolute Self, is not the sole, exclusive track for siddhas, sadhus, martial artists, yogis and lamas. It is the birthright of all 7 billion people, and counting, on this planet. The ego is that smart. It will convince you that only the ‘powerful’ have the power. It isn’t true. You have more power than Genghis Khan, Napolean, and all the realized souls on this planet. The minute you realize your ego has been running the show, the closer you are to obtaining the bliss of Nirvana.


Fire in the Belly: Manipura Chakra, Turning Power Into Peace

September 18, 2012 | By | Reply

Christina Sarich, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

The Famous psychologist, Carl Jung, once said that Manipura chakra is where we burn through our passions and desires in order to become a completely realized individual. This chakra is the third in the system of seven conceptualized by Ayurvedic and yogic doctrines, and is also associated to Tiferet in the kabbalistic understanding of the Tree of Life. In the systems of marital arts, including Qigong, the solar plexus chakra, is also called the personal power chakra. It is no mistake that the expression, ‘fire in the belly’ relates to the physical location of this energy center since it is like a little sun that radiates pranic energy to the rest of the physical body. Due to the energy of Manipura chakra, the internal organs can function properly, but even more important, perhaps, is the regulation of pranic energy for the development of the psychological and emotional self on the way to realizing one’s full potential.

This midpoint of the psyche is imperative for developing will, and a dynamic approach to achieving the ‘desires’ of this lifetime. One acquires a spiritual perspective through the awakening of this chakra, and with the balancing of the energy of Manipura, we also learn to bypass old karmas (having dealt with them in the first two chakras). Our consciousness can finally move from resolving old issues, to achieving our heart’s desires, and the glorious possibilities of becoming fully human – that is a spiritual being temporarily residing in a case of flesh. Fascinatingly, Manipura or Tiferet is also considered the position of the Kingdom of Heaven. Many people start to develop the psyche to an extent that they become psychic, unlocking siddhis (special powers) associated with the full blossoming of this energy center. While becoming attached to an advanced level of intuitive powers is a blessing of an awakened Manipura chakra, it can also lead to a stagnation of developing one’s powers, since money, sex, and power start to come easily to a person with a developed ‘fire in their belly’.

The power center is an important blueprint for the creation of peace, generosity and balance instead of the way many people understand power – as a means to develop purely self-gratifying skills or things like sex, money, social popularity via fame, etc.

If you feel like you can’t express yourself completely, or do what you truly want to do in life, then this is a sign that your Manipura chakra is weak or blocked. If you feel others have control over your destiny, or are lethargic and depressed, this is another sign that Manipura chakra could use some attention. The subtle energies coursing through our bodies are what really create physical existence. They basically write the script of your life. If you want to be more of Caesar than a Fool, then you need to awaken your solar plexus energy. It is then up to you to use this power for realized actions instead of selfish ones.

As you work through the desires of the central energy point, you encourage energy to rise even further up into Anahata or the heart center, and eventually through to Sahasrara, which is actually not really a chakra at all, but the power with which all other chakras are switched on. All our full potential lies in the opening of Sahasrara, or the crown chakra. Until we have burned through our personal desires, however, and learned to use our power for good, we cannot progress to the next level of spiritual awakening.

You can open Manipura chakra by:

  • Wearing the colors of fire, like red, yellow, orange and citrine.
  • Listening to frequencies that awaken the Manipura chakra, such as 320 Hz and 528 Hz, which are some of the frequencies, which will help to awaken and balance this energy center.
  • Bathing in the sun for fifteen minutes and absorbing the warmth, concentrating the energy visually in your mind’s eye to the central chakra.
  • Affirm the energies of the Manipura chakra by placing your hands on your own belly and repeating words such as, “I am a powerful creator of peace and balance in the world.” Or “I express my power with peacefulness.”
  • You can dance, concentrating on movements that ‘churn’ the belly. Bend, twist, backbend, etc.
  • Practice yoga asana such as the warrior poses (claim your power!) and
  • Repeat the Ha Kriya from kundalini yoga. This is a series of forceful exhales using the fists to claim power from a seated (lotus) position.  Start with the spine erect and the fists at hip-level. Take a deep, yogic inhale, filling up the belly, diaphragm and lungs completely. As you exhale forcefully, say “Ha!” taking your fists up and out at a 45 degree angle to the sky. You can also do this standing, in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Repeat this several times to awaken the power of your solar plexus.
About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.

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