Happy New Year! As you may have read, this December I was fortunate enough to be in Fiji with the Oneness University Dasas, who are some of the best spiritual teachers on the planet. Last time I was in Fiji, I learned about the Oneness University monks - men and women who have give selfless service to the Oneness Movement who are there to guide you through an intensive, self-development process. They also administer to their communities in India, helping the local villages, they teach classes at Golden City, and in the surrounding areas. Their lives are about committed service to the idea of Oneness, where humanity will be set free from suffering.
The first time I met the Dasas, what struck me as amazing was their level of patience. People from the West carry so much suffering, in the form of old conditioning and emotions stored from negative circumstances that happened long ago. We are great at managing our suffering but not so good at moving through it because it hurts too much to experience those circumstances, feelings, and experiences all over again. However, in order to move through it, and be done with it, that's what you must do, so the Dasas are there to comfort you and help you makes sense of old suffering.
Old pain stays in the body in the form of "emotional charges." This, in the best way I can describe, is the residue of old hurt, illogical decisions taken, or old fears. Sometime memories from childhood, a trauma, or ill-health sits in the body, and it appears in the form of illness, many years later. This absolutely happened to me, in the form of facial paralysis, cancer and a ruptured disc in my back. Upon deep contemplation, the self-development and personal/spiritual work I've done over the years, has clearly indicated that these illnesses were brought on by extreme stress in the family and emotional trauma I thought I managed well, but did not.
The Dasas are also terrific energy workers and very in tune with the Divine Presence. They teach you how to develop a high level of connectivity with the Divine. The first time my Dasa Rajesh, from the Level One process in Fiji, put me into a state of my own suffering, I felt as if someone was choking my throat. There was so much emotion bubbling up, I did not even know where it originated. He did this by placing his hands over mine, and giving me a special blessing to bring it on. The the next several days, this suffering, in the form of "emotional charges" were coming off of my throat and upper chest. It felt like a series of electrical strikes, as if you had a strong static charge going off on the neck. Slightly strange, but there is such a relief when this happens, you don't worry too much. The Dasa are so loving and comforting, you feel tremendous support throughout the whole process.
Now, in Hinduism, most aspects of human life are inextricably intertwined with their wisdom tradition, or religion. It's true too, when naming babies. There are numerous names for God, and the different aspects of the Divine Presence, feminine or masculine. I've learned that in Hinduism, there is a great reverence for the name of the Divine. There is reverence when the name is spoken or thought about.
Consequently, many Indians name their children with names that express the Divine, or an aspect of the Divine Presence because when you call the child, you are in fact uttering the name of God. Mostly, the names have their origin or meaning in Sanskrit, the fundamental and oldest language of Hinduism. (The holy works, the Rig Veda, for example, was written in Sanskrit.) This has many benefits, because we all know by watching The Secret (and learning about the Law of Attraction) that our words, actions, and deeds all emit a vibration that pulls, or attracts, circumstances to us.
At any rate, the three Dasas in December's Level Two Process from the Oneness University were named Srinivas, Sujay, and Yuktesh. The Oneness Being's name was Shanmugam. I think it is so beautiful the meaning of these names, and I wanted to share this with you:
"Srinivas" means "The Place where God Stays" or "Where the Divine Mother Dwells." (Since I love the Divine Mother in all Her wonder, and love to give the Goddess Blessing, or the Divine Mother Energy in my Deeksha, I felt fortunate to have this Dasa!)
"Sujay" has a two-part meaning. "Jay" means victory. And anything you add to "Su" means "auspicious." So, Sujay means "Auspicious Victory." Wouldn't it be great to have a name like that? I can't imagine being associated with this idea every day!
"Yutesh" refers to "One who is one with God. Wow!
Finally, "Shanmugam", the Oneness Being who achieves hugely high states of consciousness, is named after an Indian deity. It means, "The One who has 6 Faces."
Because the light is so strong and powerful in their eyes (yes, you can see it when you look at them), they are amazing spiritual teachers, putting their heart and soul into helping you learn to live in peace and with joy. The names remind me that we are all aspects of the Divine, and by thinking of each other as such, we are in fact, recognizing the presence of God in all creation.
In my next post I hope to talk about a spiritual practice that will help you discharge negative emotions and memories at the end of the day.
Love and Blessings, Charlene