Status Check

UN : This isn’t complacency, no no.

The Buddhas : Well, then what is it?

UN : You tell me. You should know.

The Buddhas : Hmmm, let’s gather the facts.

UN : Let’s.

The Buddhas : You start out early.

UN : Yeps.

The Buddhas : Read spiritual literature over 25+ years.

UN : Yeah.

The Buddhas : Do various spiritual practices, again over 25+ years.

UN : Yawn.

The Buddhas : And now you’ve landed with Buddhism.

UN : Lucky me.

The Buddhas : You’ve got power. You can pull. Also, you are able to connect directly.

UN : Do I still have to do all the reading?

The Buddhas : Study has the stamp of authenticity.

UN : You’re saying that during direct connection, there might be an element of doubt…

The Buddhas : …yes, sometimes, you mightn’t realise when your mind is playing tricks on you.

UN : I’ll give you that. Study is fine, but I’d like to go at my own speed.

The Buddhas : You’re letting it come to you, aren’t you, in a pre-digested fashion?

UN : Bottomline is, that I’m assimilating. In a different manner, but learning nevertheless.

The Buddhas : Also, you’ve always been unorthodox, so we’re not surprised.

UN : Let’s plane out the complacency angle, can we?

The Buddhas : Lingering and not doing Gongyo and Daimoku, what is that?

UN : Fear of overdoing.

The Buddhas : You fear that even this might go away, like your other spiritual practices?

UN : Yes. I want this to stay. So, not overplaying the card. Going with the flow.

The Buddhas : Hmmm, you can go all out but aren’t, we see.

UN : As of now I’m just happy taking whatever time windows open up.

The Buddhas : And you’re not pushing to create extra windows.

UN : Exactly. I know my game, and I know my game’s pitfalls.

The Buddhas : So you’re steering clear of the pitfalls.

UN : Yes.

The Buddhas : Ok.

I Enjoy Being a Nobody

The Buddhas : Are you sure about this one?

UN : Why? You think otherwise?

The Buddhas : You have that streak in you. The one wanting fame, sometimes, indirectly, maybe.

UN : Hmmm. Yes, sometimes there are pangs.

The Buddhas : But mostly, better sense prevails.

UN : I’m glad you see that.

The Buddhas : Let’s harp a bit on this hidden craving for fame.

UN : I’m not craving for fame. I enjoy being a nobody.

The Buddhas : Ok, lets put this another way.

UN : Go ahead.

The Buddhas : You are noticed. Your work is noticed. Eventually, you get acclaim in what you do.

UN : Is that a bad thing?

The Buddhas : We’re not finished. This leads you to subconsciously crave for more. It’s a natural tendency.

UN : I watch out for this tendency.

The Buddhas : Yes, but sometimes it’s there and you don’t know it.

UN : Continue.

The Buddhas : You only get to know after then committing an action that is driven by a latent craving for recognition.

UN : Hmmm. True. You’ll need to concede, though, that once I realize such an action has been committed, I immediately correct myself.

The Buddhas : Ya, you correct your action then and suppress the pang for recognition.

UN : You don’t like the suppression bit, is it?

The Buddhas : It’ll just explode that way.

UN : I see. You’re trying to say that upon explosive emergence, then, things will be uncontrollable.

The Buddhas : Better is to let it come out, recognize it, and then, let it move on.

UN : Without acting on it, you’re saying, right?

The Buddhas : Yeah. Just don’t act on it. Have that much self-control.

UN : So what it’s boiling down to is this : I need to recognize fame-related thought processes as they emerge…

The Buddhas : …and then let them pass, without acting on them or reacting to them.

UN : That’s it, is it?

The Buddhas : Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

UN : I’m sure you’re going to say otherwise.

The Buddhas : Well, let’s see you do it first.

What is the Gohonzon? (a mental conversation)

UN : What is the Gohonzon?

The Buddhas : It’s a matrix.

UN : What kind of a matrix?

The Buddhas : Where each chanting soul, each chanting soul’s each chant, is connected.

UN : How is this connection made?

The Buddhas : Through the principle of resonance.

UN : So each one’s chant has similar vibrational frequency, and all such vibrations intermingle and start swinging together?

The Buddhas : That’s not all. During the intermingling and swinging together, there’s huge give and take.

UN : Meaning?

The Buddhas : Surplusses nullify deficits in a flash. You’d be surprised at the level of surplus in this matrix.

UN : Where is the surplus coming from?

The Buddhas : Amongst those connected are also souls with mountains of good Karma. They give willingly of it without expecting return. Good Karma keeps flowing towards them because of their exemplary existence, so they know they’ll never be in deficit. Thus they keep giving and giving.

UN : So anyone connecting to the Gohonzon is sure to receive?

The Buddhas : As sure as there’s a sky above your head.

UN : Currently, there’s no place for a Gohonzon in my house, owing to my environment and circumstances.

The Buddhas : What do you need one for? It’s already in your mind, and now also in your heart. Just connect to it through sheer vibration. If and when your environment and circumstances change, even a physical Gohonzon will manifest. However, currently, just keep doing what you are doing.

UN : Thanks 🙂 .

The Buddhas : Bye.

Including Chandra

Chandra spoke to me yesterday.

It was during the last three minutes of my chanting session.

I could hear him. He said something like “include me too” or “pray for me too”.

I chanted those last three minutes for him.

His eyes started to glow.

Chandra was a saint, perhaps even a monk, and highly spiritually advanced. He spent multiple hours, sometimes nights, in deep meditation.

Chandra had supernatural powers. He could see and hear in paranormal frequencies. He used his powers to do maximum good.

I met him last in 2012. He was wearing a saffron cloth and had taken over multiple spiritual duties.

Chandra was my friend. I never called him Chandra to his face. Then, he was always Dr. Chandra. He was a doctor in natural and homeopathic medicine, I believe.

Perhaps he was lonely and missing his friend. I had become a friend to him, during our regular association between 1997 and 2002, and then sporadic meetings between 2002 and 2012.

The spiritual line is a lonely one.

Marriage made me hit a different trajectory. It was nothing less than marriage that took me away from the spiritual magnetism that emanated from Chandra.

I felt for Chandra. I felt his loneliness.

I chanted for Chandra.

A Push in the Right Direction

The Buddhas : We want to discuss those 10 minutes of your Daimoku session.

UN : Those 10 minutes when I was chanting for the success of the Buddhist movement towards world peace, right?

The Buddhas : Yes. The imagery was quite original, dude.
 
UN : I’m me. Do you think imagining multiple reins in one’s mouth and carrying their weight forward with the sheer force of the chant is a bit bizarre?

The Buddhas : It’s different. We don’t get that too much. What were these reins supposed to be connected to?

UN : Multiple facets of the kosen rufu movement.

The Buddhas : And how much forward did you push the movement in those ten minutes, do you think?

UN : A femtometer, perhaps. A femtometer would be good. I’ll take it.

The Buddhas : And what made you do this?

UN : I could hear you. You were asking when I was going to chant for you.

The Buddhas : Yeah, you were so busy chanting for your family that we thought you might forget us. 

UN : Well, you asked, and I did.

The Buddhas : And again you didn’t chant for yourself.

UN : But I did. Chanting for others causes vacuum in one’s own system because of energy outflow towards others. This vacuum attracts positive energy from the Universe. It’s win-win.

The Buddhas : That’s indirect. 

UN : In between the mind would wander to my own issues. That’s natural. These then too got registered with the chant.

The Buddhas : We see.

Do I Have a Hidden Agenda?

UN : Well, yes and no.
The Buddhas : Please clarify.
UN : I don’t have a hidden agenda in the way you might be thinking.
The Buddhas : But…
UN : I probably do have a hidden agenda in another indirect way.
The Buddhas : Continue.
UN : I am understanding that chanting for others gives greatest joy, during and after.
The Buddhas : So, now you’ve started churning out 100% for others sessions because…
UN : I’m doing it for the joy, but I’m not only doing it for the joy.
The Buddhas : Aha!
UN : No Aha. My intensity when I chant towards my personal issues is so immense…
The Buddhas : …that it borders on anger and asking for something negative, you fear?
UN : I don’t even want to take that chance.
The Buddhas : So you’ve stopped chanting for yourself?
UN : Perhaps just currently. Two issues are angering me. I don’t wish to dwell on the anger.
The Buddhas : Just chant without the anger part.
UN : Yes, currently I’m succeeding at that when I chant for others.
The Buddhas : And when you chant for yourself, the pent up anger wells up?
UN : Yes.
The Buddhas : So you chant for others to avoid anger welling up when chanting for yourself?
UN : Partly. Partly for the joy too.
The Buddhas : Hmmm. We’d like you to soon enough…
UN : …be able to chant for myself too without anger being able to well up?
The Buddhas : Yes. Can you work on that?
UN : Of course.
The Buddhas : Cheers.

What is my Test here?

UN : I’ve been cheated. Monetary and emotionally.
The Buddhas : Yet, you have everything else going for yourself.
UN : Yes. Health, family, profession, all round comfort and joy.
The Buddhas : Except this one thing that’s happening to you.
UN : Yes. Everything else is 5-stars plus plus.
The Buddhas : So what do you think your test is, here?
UN : Looking beyond and enjoying what I have?
The Buddhas : Saying is one thing, doing is another.
UN : That one pinch spoils the taste.
The Buddhas : Your practice will bleach the effects of the pinch.
UN : After a chanting session, I don’t remember the pinch, till eventually reminded.
The Buddhas : Ask for capacity to look beyond this incident, while chanting. Soon, you’ll forget the pinch altogether.

So, What did You Notice?

The Buddhas : So, what did you notice?

UN : That after a chanting session, some kind of a joy starts to rise.

The Buddhas : And…

UN : It seems that the cells of the body are celebrating.

The Buddhas : Is it?

UN : Yes, and there are vibratory sounds in the head.

The Buddhas : Hmmm.

UN : There is extra force emanating from the forehead.

The Buddhas : What is your overall feeling?

UN : My problem has diminished.

The Buddhas : Smaller in size?

UN : Am thinking less about it. Am busy enjoying the good feeling in the body and mind.

The Buddhas : Lessened in threat value, then?

UN : I’m not scared to face it. The Karma has started to come to the fore, at accelerated speed, and my energy levels to tackle it have shot up. Issue is bothering me lesser and lesser as I keep chanting. 

The Buddhas : Not that you spend much time chanting towards resolution of your this issue…

UN : Others have bigger issues. Joy levels emanating later are higher when I chant for them.

The Buddhas : You noticed that, did you?

UN : Yes. I enjoy chanting for loved ones.

The Buddhas : Be a little careful about wattage please. 

UN : Wattage?

The Buddhas : Chant a wattage that the loved one is able to sustain.

UN : I see. I thing I understand what you are saying. 

The Buddhas : Good. Bye.
 

Did You Ask for Something Negative?

UN : Good session, huh?!

The Buddhas : There were good things about it.
 
UN : Let’s hear it from you. What was good about it?

The Buddhas : First the difficult part.

UN : The seven minutes I chanted for myself, yes, those were very intense, I gave it everything.

The Buddhas : There was so much energy being thrown into the Universe in those seven minutes. Was there negativity?

UN : I’ve been emotionally and monetarily massively cheated. All I asked was for the Karma to resolve with maximum ease and evolution.

The Buddhas : You didn’t ask for the offending parties to be punished, agreed, but your tone was so thunderous and intense, that we were wondering. 

UN : I feel about it emotionally and thunderously. Resolution with maximum ease and evolution are words that have come from you, in one of the recent logs.

The Buddhas : No negativity – that’s good, fine, let’s move on. We liked that almost 85-90% of the session was spent chanting for others. 

UN : I didn’t do it to please you.

The Buddhas : Tell us why you didn’t chant more for yourself, especially because you have been emotionally and monetarily cheated.

UN : It felt great chanting for others. I felt on top of the world. I felt I was moving and shaking the world. I forgot my own problems.

The Buddhas : And then you remembered them?

UN : When I did, I went in with a bang. I felt I had obtained a visa to chant for myself, after chanting for others for the majority of the session.

The Buddhas : The visa bit is a little ridiculous, such that we don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. 

UN : I know, chanting for others doesn’t give one a visa for anything. 

The Buddhas : However, you forgot about your own problems, at least for a while. Simultaneously, you remembered the problems of others.

UN : So?

The Buddhas : That stands out for us. We need to see more efforts like that. Alone that excuses any minor discrepancies we might have had with your session. 



 

Dealing with no Seat

I don’t have a fixed seat for chanting.
 
I can create it with force, but don’t wish to. 
 
I want the seat to come naturally, whenever it does, in unison with the happiness of my immediate family.
 
Till the seat comes, a virtual one can be created almost anywhere.
 
So, iPad out, link open http://youtu.be/LYC15nHTAL4 , I do Gongyo along with. Simple?
 
After that, I can chant. Slow, fast, suit yourself. I use this one for rhythm https://youtu.be/rVr9BzGijPU , it wakes me up, gets me going, and once the rhythm has developed, I can continue on my own. The Gongyo in this one is a tad too fast, but you can actually feel the horse galloping. I love the rhythm of the Daimoku in this one. 
 
At times, I remember the image of the Gohonzon in my mind. Once the image is there, a mental conversation with the Gohonzon develops. 
 
Sometimes I forget to thank the universe and the founding fathers for giving me this opportunity. 
 
However, I carry my virtual seat, with me, wherever I go, with dignity, and with gratitude.