Jnana. Self Correcting Awareness.


Iccha , Kriya and Jnana Shakti: the pattern of life. We can always use more of the power of wisdom, Jnana Shakti. The power of desire, Iccha Shakti. If it comes up: "I'm not perfect as I'm supposed to be," wisdom allows us to move on, learn, and come into a more refined pattern of behavior.

Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 25.

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Good morning everyone.

A few words of wisdom from our daily Master Course Lesson.

"Lesson 25, Dancing with Siva.

"What Does Lord Karttikeya's Vel Signify?

"The lance-like vel wielded by Lord Karttikeya, or Skanda, embodies discrimination and spiritual insight. Its blade is wide, long and keen, just as our knowledge must be broad, deep and penetrating."

In other terminology it's called Jnana Shakti. Power of wisdom. We could always use more of, right? Power of wisdom. And the other two are iccha and kriya. Iccha, kriya and jnana Shakti. So iccha is desire, kriya is action and jnana is wisdom. And that's the pattern of life.

Action is based upon desire and desire can be based upon a number of different factors. But we act because of our desires. Madison Avenue is trying to make us desire more. Through successful we end up acting. Think we have to buy something that we didn't think we had to buy before we saw their add.

So the power of desire can be stimulated in various ways one of which is Madison Avenue.

The idea is that we can get stuck in patterns of behavior, desire leading to action, desire leading to action. And we don't really reflect much on it. And then there comes a point when we do.

You say: "Well what am I doing? Is this really the right thing to be doing or not."

And that's where the wisdom comes in. When we reach that point, which, as I say isn't necessarily that frequent. But we question what we're doing and its, and the wisdom of it. You know, is this really what I should be doing and sometimes we conclude it isn't and that's when we move on in our behavior. So, we learn. The wisdom allows us to learn and therefore improve our behavior. Come into a more refined pattern of behavior and then eventually we question that and make it even more refined.

It's a very, potentially very positive process. If something tends to get in the way of that process taking place, and that's the sense that we made a mistake. And therefore, something's wrong or bad. I made a mistake. This is bad and because we're taught that we're not supposed to make mistakes. And therefore, when we make a mistake, the idea that we're not supposed to make it, inhibits us from learning from it. We're stuck in the sense that we shouldn't have made the mistake rather than just naturally moving to the idea: Well how do I learn from this? We get stuck therefore we want to be careful if that concept, that feeling comes up in us that we made a mistake, we shouldn't have and this is bad and I'm an unworthy person or something negative like that. I'm not perfect as I'm supposed to be.

If that comes up we want to move out of it and learn because we're going to make mistakes and that's the wiser way to look at it. We're going to make mistakes and it's alright to make mistakes. We just need to learn from them and move on and improve our behavior.

And that's the end of this morning's lesson.

Have a wonderful day.

Aum Namah Sivaya.

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Most people try to experience God through other people. Disciples see a guru as God. Wives see their husband as God. Devotees see the Deity in the temple as God. But all the time, behind the eyes of their seeing, is God.
—Gurudeva