That’s right, I used “science” and “religion” in a phrase that is not meant to differentiate the two. To keep things clear, let it be known that I am using that sacred word that is the defining system of our modern times in a way that deviates from the standard definition. Science, in this case, can mean something more systematic and effective that mere wishful thinking or superstition.
So how could deity worship be scientific? In case you don’t know, I am a “professional” leader of Kirtan and an ongoing student of Bhakti Yoga. I was given the honor of leading Kirtan sessions by my Guides back in 2013, and made my first public appearance during Mahashivaratri 2016 at the Mahasiddha School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kirtan an event brought about by a group of people who wish to come together and chant powerful Sanskrit phrases to various deities in order to manifest certain states of consciousness that would be beneficial for both the individual, the group, and even the planet. Sounds like hocus pocus, right? If you feel this way, by the time I am done writing, I probably will not have changed your mind in this regard, but you will see that there is more going on than mass imagination if you are willing to open up to what I share and drop your own preconceived notions about what you believe “is.”
Every time I lead a Kirtan event, I have in attendance many westerners who are participating for the first time. Being aware of my audience and their background - am I not one of them? - I know that it is my duty to coax them towards dismantling their preconceived notions about what I am going to ask them to do, which, yes, looks a lot like deity worship.
When a westerner, or sectarian non-Hindu, thinks of deity worship, in most cases they imagine mass delusion, that all of these devout kneelers and prayers have been possessed by superstitious tendencies and see reality through the distorted lenses of their misguided imaginations. Certainly ain’t science! It is the priests - their leaders - who are to blame for propagating this “nonsense.” The whole society is wrapped up in a matrix of misinformation and hallucination. Self-fulfilling prophecy par exellance.
You may be thinking that I’m about to say that you, as a westerner, are wrong. That there is something real going on that you do not understand, and that you are simply (arrogantly) superimposing your own hallucinatory consensus reality over theirs and scoffing at all that does not align with your absolute truth.
But I am not going to do this. Today, in Hinduism and in much of the world’s religions, superstition runs rampant, and people are wrapped up in individual and collective “astral hallucinations” of their own making. They literally create certain parameters for reality and program then into the collective astral experience, which gives them the results they expect. If they believe that if they don’t do this or that, then this or that god will punish them, rest assured the punishment will come and that there will be verifiable proof of its truth over and over again. This level of our quantum reality is accessible to everyone, and the same kinds of collective hallucinations are created in those societies which are certain they are too smart to be superstitious.
But I am not here to talk about astral hallucinations. I am here to talk about deities and their usefulness beyond superstition. First we begin with defining the deity.
A deity is a frequency. It is not an anthropomorphic form. As a form, it is a representation of a particular frequency or vibration, and the one who successfully accesses this frequency gains the benefit of overlapping their frequency with it.
That’s right, you are a frequency too. Before you are a form, you are a frequency. It is this frequency which endures when the form falls away, which goes on to the other forms. You are like the deity in this way. Unlike the deity, however, your frequency is less pure. The deity has a very particular kind of “information” that does not carry any fluctuations or interferences - no static. You are a frequency with static until you refine your frequency to be as pure as a deity’s. As you may guess, while this is possible, it is not an easy task, and, when looked at in terms of time, takes a very long time.
But there is no “you” just as there is no deity. There is only the deity's frequency, which humans have matched with a form or a carefully selected array of symbols. Each deity’s body size and shape, each object that it holds, and each of its accompanying animals was chosen to create a pictorial representation that best matches the frequency. Remember, the map is not the place it represents. It is only and always an approximation.
So to worship a deity is to connect to its frequency and overlap it with your own. This creates an attuning that adjusts your frequency to eliminate “undesired fluctuations.” Thus, if, for example, you “worship” the Ganesha (elephant headed god) frequency, you overlap with a stream of information that helps you become aware of the things inside of you, in the way you think and behave, that blocks you from healthy spiritual growth, or from successfully seeing yourself in the Whole of Existence. Through Ganesha you become more honest with yourself and more willing to abandon tendencies for stagnation and ignorance. Your mind is opened and broadened the more you spend time in the light that is his frequency.
To overlap with the frequency of a deity is quite simple, but it must remain simple. Hallucination comes when you start to impose your own preconceived ideas about overcoming obstacles (in the case of working with Ganesha) and creating additional ritualistic elaborations for achieving your goals. When this happens, you are actually creating more blockages with the mind. So it should be clear here that it is the mind (the small mind) which is the “problem.”
Therefore, when we sit in the light of the deity, we simply hold the intent in its simplest form, and drop the mechanisms of the small thinking mind. It isn’t easy, but there are tools to help us, the main one of which is mantra, or the repeating of sacred phrases.
The small mind manifests through chatter, through streams of language based thought. This thought must be interrupted for some time, so that we may successfully have our intent bring us into connection with the deity frequency.
We westerners are especially lucky to have Sanskrit mantra at our disposal, because its words do not evoke any personal stories that can distract us the way our mother tongue can. All we can know about any one particular mantra is its most basic paraphrased meaning or purpose. But the words themselves mean almost nothing to us.
As we chant the mantra - by speaking it or singing it - we hold the intention of its meaning in our awareness in a soft way, letting it permeate our being as if it were a light shining into and overlapping with our very cellular structure, and with the timeline that is our existence. We let the sounds be the focus of our small mind, allowing the string of verbal articulations to take us into a trance as this small mind is relaxed more and more.
Over time, when we really learn to let go with the small mind, we will start to notice a real shift in our consciousness, or in how we feel on the inside. This will be an indication that we have started to successfully connect with the deity (frequency).
We will also start to get spontaneous bursts of inspiration that will be in direct alignment with the mantra’s intention, as well as emotional releases as our system lets go of that which does not match the frequency to which we wish to attune ourselves.
If our mantra of choice is to a particular deity (not all mantras are) then we may use the image of the deity and hold it in our open eye vision, or imagine it with our eyes closed, to really be in its presence the way we would be in the presence of someone we love and trust.
Why do you think they made these frequencies into human form? They are much more relatable in this way. Take advantage of this - it’s not so easy to just be with the frequency in the beginning.
Over time, as you drop the “work” of the small mind, you will start to notice the difference between connecting to the frequency and imagining it. This will help you see that there is a lot more than superstition going on. When you get the hang of this, you can start to make your own frequencies, which are simply the feeling of a particular intention or vision with which you wish to align. When you know the feeling, the alignment will happen much faster.
I recommend trying it with the frequency of Love. Simply just feel love, alone and in silence, for a few minutes a day and let the changes in your life happen of their own spontaneous unfolding without your focusing and fixating on the particulars. As long as you work with what is true for you, the outcome will manifest, and the science of “deity worship” will become increasingly less mystifying to you.
Greetings! I am Svarupa Prathama. I am here on this planet in service to share the messages that come through me in writing and in song. Please know that I am speaking with a kind of metaphor or symbolism when I write, as I do my best to bring forth ideas that English is not so well equipped to describe. I do not claim to be an expert in anything. (I feel that no one can honestly be an expert, but that something that relatively appears to be expertise can be achieved in certain endeavors.) I am simply translating messages that come through me that I feel reveal something interesting or important about the nature of reality. This is not exactly about sharing facts with you, but about expanding how you see and feel the world. My hope is to take you beyond the limitations created by our current cultural models of reality into a deeper understanding that affords greater creativity, self expression, and understanding of the world outside our body/mind.
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