Thursday April 2, 2020

Kalabhairava Karma: The dimension of consciousness beyond time



By Gaurav Sharma

Most people have some clue about Karma, the cycle of action and reaction that defines one’s state of existence or life. Few are aware about the phenomenon of death.

For the majority, life comes to an end after death, implying therefore, that there is no experience beyond the body. The ancient wisdom of the Vedas, however, is unequivocal in defining death as a mere shift of vehicle, a simple change of the bodily dress.

According to the Upanishads, dying can be compared to falling asleep and after-death experiences to dreams.

The nature of dream is solely determined by the thoughts and actions contemplated and performed during the waking stage. Based on these lines, the atma or the soul experiences the results of the activities performed during its time on Earth or the particular plane of existence.

Just as a dream is real to the dreamer, the after-death experiences are real to the soul. Therefore, when a person dies, it essentially means that his body–the accumulated sum of the experiences gathered up to that particular point of time–has been left behind.

The subtle body, comprising of the mind (manas), the intellect (buddhi) and the ego (ahamkara) carries the self or the soul to another body according to the level of consciousness of the self.

And, when the consciousness created by the living entity is such, that there is absolutely no awareness of the difference between the body and the self, the soul tends to hang about. This is because it has merged itself in experience with the gross body.

When the person is leaving, it is possible to create the required awareness that ‘who one is’ and ‘what one has collected’ are two entirely different aspects. This is where the concept of Kalbhairava Karma comes in.

According to Yogi Jaggi Vasudev, Kalbhairava Karma relates to the bundle of memory that is floating around and seeking a new body. It is about the dimension of life that has left the body.

“Kala Bhairava is a unique manifestation of Shiva, which is in the form of time.

You cannot manage time because it is running at its own pace. Energy you can manage, you can play with it. Time is running at its own pace, but there is a certain dimension of consciousness, which can go beyond time. That dimension of consciousness is referred to as Kala Bhairava”, says the founder of the Isha foundation.

While enumerating the different ways in which the soul can leave the body, the mystic reduces death to three basic eventualities: Old age, accidents/natural causes and attainment of a higher spiritual dimension.

Old age implies the weakening of the life energy to such a feeble extent that life becomes incapable of holding on to the physical body. Accidents refer to death through crashes, body ailments and also through deliberate wrecking of the the body organs.

Lastly, death can also occur when the life energy is magnified to a level where the physical body becomes powerless in maintaining the being.

The rare third form of death can be termed as liberation, enlightenment and attainment in the spiritual jargon.

When a being passes away via any of the first two mediums, there is a possibility of ‘touching’ the life element. Touching means that the being loses its physical body and, more importantly, the discernment ability of the mind.

Due to such inexorable factors, when the ‘passed-away’ being is touched with pleasantness or unpleasantness, it experiences the feeling in a much more intense form.

To make the concept more vivid, Sadhguru elucidates the fable of Markandeya from the annals of Hindu ‘mythology’. Although the parable has been vocalised in myriad ways, the basic plot revolves around the death of Markandeya, a devotee of Shiva.

When Yama, the God of death approaches Markandeya, a 15 year-old child, the young child holds on to a form of Shiva; a linga consecrated in the form of Kala Bhairava. Suddenly, a dimension of consciousness explodes within the child after which the child is no longer within the realm of time.

The child then continues to live his life as a fifteen year old, never, for once, turning sixteen; the age when he was predicted to die.

The epic of Markandeya defines Kala Bhairava Karma in no uncertain terms, as the journey of the soul beyond the clutches of body, death and time.


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Is it gossip you're missing the most while working from home?

A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together. Pixabay


If you are feeling a little low while working from home despite having all the facilities that one typically gets at the office or, even more, coffee, lunch time or even a short nap at home, it could be because you are missing out on neutral gossiping with colleagues.

Take no offence. In fact, according to experts, gossiping, or simply talking about someone who is not present, need not always be negative — it can also be positive or neutral.

“Interpersonal interactions and communication have always played a key role in people enjoying work — colleagues from work can be a great social support network,” Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare, told IANS.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people. Pixabay

“In the current circumstances, it is natural that people are missing out on that interaction and face-to-face contact, which may be leading to a sense of boredom and monotony,” Parikh said.

A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together.

“It is quite that a sudden change of working place will somehow affect the mental status,” said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi.

According to a study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, people gossip for 52 minutes a day on average.

The findings, published recently in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts and younger people engage in more negative gossip than older adults.

Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip, said the research which looked at data from 467 people — 269 women, 198 men — aged between 18 and 58.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.

Parikh, however, said that there are no personality types per se that would feel more burdened about working from home.

It is about individual preferences rather than personality types.

“What’s important is that the conversations stay positive and promote togetherness, and not gossip that crosses a line,” he said, adding that banter about day-to-day life helps us stay connected. “But it’s important that it must be with mutual consent and not cross boundaries”.

Those who are missing out on office gossip can take advantage of the digital tools to stay connected and have healthy conversations.

Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing. Pixabay

“Given the lockdown situation, it’s a good idea to stay connected with friends and colleagues through individual and group chats and video calls to maintain a positive morale and have meaningful conversations. Social media can also play an important role in this, if we can use these mediums to stay connected, spread optimism and encourage social responsibility,” Parikh elaborated.

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Clinical psychologist Joshi also said that people working from home should do once-a-day group video calls for keeping a lighter mood.

Missing office environment by people working from home is quite normal.

“At the same time, getting anxiety, stress and sudden reactions are also obvious. Fortunately we have the Internet and other virtual world facilities to get connected with friends and colleagues. They are suggested to do once a day group video calls for lighter mood,” Joshi said.

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“Proper scheduling and per day project can help to deal with this situation,” she noted.

For example, apart from official work, take one task in hand to accomplish. It can be household chores or any other activity, which will give a feeling of accomplishment, she said. (IANS)