Question 134-135: Does the Universe exist in the Atma?

James Webb Space Telescope

When the James Webb Space Telescope is launched into space later this year, it will carry 18 gold-plated hexagonal mirrors that will help astronomers see back more than 13 billion years—a time when the first stars and galaxies were forming from the darkness of the early universe. Those mirrors are made of beryllium, a relatively rare metal that is one-third the weight of aluminium but six times stronger than steel.

Looking back more than 13 million years is like attempting to see the origin of the Universe and what was there before the Universe. These questions are as old as those living in duality. Read on as the young Lord Rama asks the sage questions about creation and pralaya.

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Question 129: The Seven States of Ignorance, the Seven States of Knowledge:

hmmmmLife is a journey from womb to tomb; how do we avoid coming through another womb in the present life? The sage offers young Rama a lecture about the seven states of ignorance, and the seven states of bliss. Awareness of Atma is fruit of long effort, determination, discrimination and detachment. Read the advice of the sage to young Rama.

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Question 127: How does one stop the mind from its outward-going nature?

Hamsa, the celestial swanComputer coders have to answer one question when they begin a project: What is the focus, whereupon they can start a digital activity. Our minds usually have no focus, until we are told or shown how to have a focus. For spiritual seekers, this is an interior focus, single pointed, single-minded, far from the external world. Read young Rama’s questions (and some hints from Lord Krishna).

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Question 126: How does one stop the outward going consciousness?

ghatWhen we look at a very young child, wandering (crawling) about its place, it reaches out to take whatever it sees (and usually puts it in the mouth). We are seeing – metaphorically – our own self and our own minds in action: it is outward-going in nature, and the young Rama asks the sage, “How does one stop this?”.

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Question 123: Why is the Sky blue?

Blue The youthful Rama asks – as everyone does at one time or another in their life – “Why is the sky blue?” The sage responds that the akash (the ether, the space, the void) has no shape, form, nor colour. It is a form of ignorance to say the sky is blue. Those who have wisdom know that the sky is a glamour of atma and ideation.

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Question 118: The body is imaginary

The White HorseSri Vasishtha narrated the story of King Lavan to young Rama. This story illustrates the strength of the mind to create illusion and separation from Brahman. Everything in this world, including the body, is an illusion. The Atma passes from body to body. Lord Krishna taught that the mind accompanies the Atma to the new body. This is the point Vasishtha is making to young Rama. The mind causes the illusions.

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