• A Diamond has many facets of illuminating sparkles, reflecting light in every which way; making diamonds a much sought after and beautiful gem. •
Is there anyone who would turn down a diamond?? Naturally we homosapiens are attracted to this wondrous illuminating rock, more so than any other gem. The more facets of reflected light, the more valuable the diamond!
For us humans, diamonds are the most sought after gem. What can we say? We are diamond seekers!
We adore these facets of illumination –
We put value on more light —
Simply put, we are natural LIGHT seekers!
A high value diamond [light] I cherish in my life is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I see the heart of this Gospel as aligning all truth with Christ’s teaching; and by seeing Christ’s church as complete truth, we realize that indivudually we too are truth.
This leads me to relate another facet of light I have also embraced, while resonating beautifully with the diamond of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is MEDITATION.
“Meditation on a passage of scripture…led a young boy into a grove of trees to commune with his Heavenly Father. That is what opened the heavens in this dispensation.” – Ezra Taft Benson
Seeing as meditation is actually a very simple idea and practice, there are also many forms to go about meditating. I believe Joseph Smith was utilizing this art of meditation in modest meekness…not necessarily using any one training or exercise.
Just as meditation is used universally, I think it is altruistically important to recognize also that many religions and cultures have much light and truth to share. It is with this understanding we can appreciate and align these facets with our core, fundamental diamond of light and truth. Mine being the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with its many diverse alignments and facets of light and truth.
“God has been using not merely his covenant people, but other people of the world as well, to carry out a work that is too demanding for the limited numbers of Latter-day Saints to accomplish. God and great men and women… who have thought profoundly… have been inspired by God under many circumstances to deliver dimensions of light and truth…[including] Zarathustra, Buatama Buddha, Lao Tzu, Muhammed, and Guru Nanak.” – Orson F. Whitney
There are many dimensions of light and truth, delivered by all walks of inspired men and women!
I feel so strongly in my heart that all light and truth can strengthen a true belief system, and ultimately bring us closer to our divine teacher. No matter where it comes from…truth is truth. Maybe it is worded a little differently, but the light still shines just as bright.
Being there are so many facets of light, right now I am relishing Meditation as a glorious truth that is shining in alignment with my diamond of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am basking in the dimension of light called Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.
“Meditation does not mean you have gone into a deep breathless trance and are beyond this world. … It integrates you more fully with reality and gives you a broader vision and sensitivity so that you can act more efficiently.”
Kundalini means ‘the infinite wisdom that lives inside every single one of us’, and is actually the parent of all yogas. It is quite literally a meditation technology. All other yogas are facets of Kundalini, whereby they all reflect it. By that I mean that all yogas are part of, or came out of the complete technology of Kundalini Yoga Meditation.
The word yoga means union—specifically union with God, and comes from the ancient word “yoke.” As in “Take my yoke upon you” (Matt 11:29). Indeed, anciently, yoga was about the practices, principles and disciplines that led one to that state of union with God.
Kundalini yoga is simply a technology to bring out our truth. A key phrase used in Kundalini is “Sat Nam”, meaning ‘True You’, and is the premise of Kundalini.
This practice is a way of manifesting the creative potential of man. God/Christ Consciousness=Kundalini. It is a meditation where The Lord is talking to you. It is often said that ‘prayer is us talking to God, and meditation is God talking to us.’
You might ask, so why haven’t I heard about it before? Turns out Kundalini has amazingly been on the earth for thousands and thousands of years, yet was only taught and passed down to the highest and most noble of the East.
Then of course the follow-up query: Why is it such a secret and a supposedly ‘hidden treasure’? –Kundalini Yoga is not secretive, but very very sacred. (LDS’s, sound familiar?) The reason was because it is a very powerful technology, and most people weren’t ready for that kind of power. They couldn’t handle it, or worse, couldn’t be trusted not to corrupt it. Similarly, I believe this is the same reason that Jesus embedded many of his teaching into parables!
Simply put, we are individually, collectively and even as a church are continually evolving and adapting to the culture and times we are in. It helps that we are entering into an Aquarian Age (the new astrological age of the earth-moving past Pisces to a more loving, in-tune energy), more and more people are waking up! I.e., Eating healthy is actually the ‘thing to do’, doctors are prescribing probiotics instead of antibiotics (finally!), ‘indie’ (short for individual) youth are breaking the norms of fitting in and seeking individuality (Though I say it’s a little too ‘faddy’ in Provo right now…)
Who knows–maybe the Mormons will openly practice Kundalini Meditation in the future! I don’t see why not. As our culture accepts, it seems like the church is able to more openly accept. (African-Americans holding the priesthood, supporting & loving the homosexual community…)
For now, let’s look at how meditation is being praised in the church:
“Meditation is one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord.” – David O. McKay
“Don’t get so busy that you don’t have time to meditate. Take the time…. Christ may be nearer than we have knowledge. ‘I am in your midst, but you do not see me.’” –Harold B Lee
“I wish for each of you a time, perhaps only and hour, spent in silent meditation and quiet reflection on the wonder and the majesty of this, the Son of God.” – Gordon B. Hinkley
“You can come closer to the Lord than you imagine when you learn to meditate.” –Harold B Lee
-And you thought Mormon’s didn’t talk about meditation!
Now rewind to a 13 year old Jesus-which, is the last mention of him in the bible before he comes back at the age of 29. Um, THATS A LONG TIME! Was he working solely with his father as a Carpender? I don’t think so. There’s much more for him to do than work with wood. And guess what, there was next to zero wood in Jerusalem! So almost everything is made out of stone. Just saying.
So where did he go?? Here is an idea: Jesus was not dilly dallying with wood, but studying and learning from the ‘greats’…specifically from the enlightened ‘wise men’ in the East!
(side note: Frankincense is off the charts for highest vibrations-I think the wise men knew a thing or two)
The gurus of India were showing Jesus perfected technologies to use in this world to ‘purify the inner light’.
It is possible Jesus learned Kundalini…and then taught his disciples this discipline.
Of course this is not doctrine, but I love thinking about it.
I mean, check this out,
>INDIA IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF RELIGION, WITH THE OLDEST PHILOSOPHIES ON EARTH<
India is know as the birthplace of Religion. It has the oldest records on the Earth. The historian Will Durante says,
“The scriptures of India are known as “the oldest extant philosophy and psychology of our race.”
He goes on to say, “India’s past is so ancient and has been so influential in the rise of civilization and religion… the mother of religion, the world’s earliest spiritual teachings of the Vedic tradition contains the most sublime and all embracing of philosophies.”
>OLDEST RECORDS, THANKS TO THE HIMALAYAS–GOING EAST TO WEST<
•All mountain ranges on the earth go north to south, while the Himalayas go east to west, protecting India from the many ice ages/icebergs, thus enabling the inhabitants to not only survive, but thrive throughout time. Our purpose on this earth is spiritual development. To focus on filling the measure of our creation. India has had the most prominent time for this development.
>GRACE FOR GRACE<
JESUS IS A SEEKER OF TRUTH
In the D&C we learn that Christ was not born with a fullness of knowledge…but “Grace for Grace” (D&C 93).
It appears by 12 years old, He had studied Jewish law and scriptures well enough to awe the elders at the temple. It makes sense that when He had maxed out on spiritual truth where He was, and that He would go after more, particularly in the East.
According to the above passage of scripture, Jesus did not receive Christ status until after he received the fullness. It was not until after this theorized 17 years of study outside of Jerusalem that he returned to Palestine to begin his ministry. It was then he was baptized and received the Holy Ghost like a dove. This is when John bore witness that Jesus had received a fullness.
I believe this is worth thinking about… I am not saying it is fact, but there is definitely something to it.
For now, I will end with a quote from Yogananda in The Yoga of Jesus:
“India’s priceless contribution to the world, discovered by her rishis [seers]… is the science of yoga, “divine union”—by which God can be known, not as a theological concept but as an actual personal experience. Of all scientific knowledge, the yoga science of God-realization is of the highest value to man, for it strikes at the root cause of all human maladies: ignorance, the beclouding envelopment of delusion. When one becomes firmly established in God-realization, delusion is transcended and the subordinate mortal consciousness is elevated to Christ-like status.”