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The Retreat – Part Four – The Experience

In this, the final episode of the retreat series I share my concluding spiritual experience. It is pretty out of this world and so you will need to hear and see it to believe it. Make of it what you will, it touched me deeply.

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This post will provoke your thoughts. Whatever one believes they must respect others views. That being said, there must be an objective reality which is closer to the truth. By making sure to question everything and verify ones experience, we can surely get closer to that truth.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

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Man is a Marionette


“Gokarna says in the Shrimadbhagwatan: ‘This body is only flesh and bones; cease to be attached to it.’
This body is the vehicle and the Atman (Spirit) is the rider. Treat the rider separately from the vehicle. It is not easy to do so. It requires years of practice. We practice by thinking this is God’s property, not ours. The mind is God’s property, not ours; everything is Gods, and nothing is ours. In this way we free ourselves from all attachments, all constraints. Again, this concept is difficult for those who think that ‘I’ is the physical body.

A mahatma wished to live in complete solitude, in order that he could meditate undisturbed at all times. He recounted his wish to a rich man. The rich man had an isolated resthouse deep in the forest, rarely visited by mankind. He offered the resthouse to the Mahatma, and in addition provided a young servant to look after his comforts.
The young servant looked after his master so well that his heart was moved. He asked the young servant if he was content with his life, and if he could do anything to bring him happiness. The young man replied that he himself was content and happy, but he was afraid that his dead father had not achieved Self-Realisation as he was frequently appearing in his dreams. He asked the Mahatma for a remedy.
During the ensuing nights, the Mahatma was haunted by the problem of the young man’s father. One evening, the boy went to a neighbouring village to attend a marriage feast, telling the Mahatma that he would not return until the following morning. So the Mahatma locked up the house and went to bed. Now, the young servants bed was beside that of the Mahatma and lay empty. The mahatma’a mind was filled with the thoughts about the young mans father, and the failure to achieve Self-Realisation. He was quite unable to sleep in peace.
The marriage feast was over by midnight, so the boy returned to the house immediately instead of waiting until the morning. In the darkness he thought that the occupant must be the boy’s father (who had be haunting his son’s dreams because he had not achieved Self-Realisation). He recited holy mantras and sprinkled blessed water over the body, but the boy did not wake up as he was in so deep a sleep. Now the Mahatma became frightened out of his wits. He opened the window and jumped out in order to get away. In his haste he fell over with a heavy thud. The noise awakened the young servant. He chased after the Mahatma with a heavy staff thinking that he was a burglar escaping. Eventually they recognised each other before many blows were sustained, and the misunderstanding was cleared up.

In such a way, just a momentary thought stealing unconsciously into the mind, will make its home there; then it appears later at some inopportune moment to cause much mischief. Reels and reels of such thoughts from thousands of years (in many lifetimes) are lying imprinted in our minds. They will not let us have peace, unless we develop the same attachment towards God as we have towards the world.
Our desires (wishes) are like so many strings that pull us towards the world. (Mr Ouspensky: ‘man is a marionette pulled by invisible strings.’)
Let this pull be towards God, Instead of towards the world. The method is to think (see) that everything, including one’s physical body and mind, belongs to God. Whatever actions we do, including eating, drinking, reading, writing and looking after our duties, should all be dedicated to God.”

~ The Orange Book


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A Journey

I have noticed recently that there are several random viewers from different parts of the world beginning to be more frequent. As well, I would hope, as those of you who like to read whenever you can. This being said, before going any further, if you enjoy this blog or have enjoyed any other blog you have read, please share the whereabouts with someone you know. This may not be easy, as many are not the slightest bit interested. But try, if you can.

The reason for this blog; I am about to depart for a weeks holiday in Tenerife with my beautiful family. As well as this journey I will be taking another one, of a different nature. I will be reading Paramhansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. For those of you who have heard of this book, or even read it, will know what I am speaking of. Those of you who haven’t. Make some practical use of the internet and google it!

I am sharing this information with you who read this to say that I will not come back from Tenerife the same person as I went away. I will have read one more book, seen 7 more sunsets, seen my sons smile countless times. What more is there to pray for?

When I return from my holiday, I will be sharing several insights from this great book, by this great man. And for those of you who are interested it will take you about 3 minutes to read them. Or roughly as long as it has taken you to read this. There will be a Yogananda category and a Kriya Yoga Category for you to Read, enjoy and share.

Have a Blessed week. Enjoy the ups and downs. But, first, form your opinion about this post.



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An Ordinary Star

This piece is taken from a book, and there is also a television series by Professor Brian Cox. Many of you have probably seen the stunning film and photo of the Solar System and distant Universe in either book or screen.

We all know some of the fundamental ideas about the Universe and Solar System in which we live: We live on a planet called Earth, we orbit a star, and have a Moon which in turn orbits us.

Again, this is but a fragment of what can be understood about these ideas. Brian Cox help’s to put the concepts of the Universe in clear and easily understood language. All you have to do is take the time to watch, or read, and all becomes a little clearer.

This is very similar to the last blog in the ‘universe’ category, but this one does not concern itself with the whole of the Universe. It speaks only of the Sun that is the centre of our Solar System. Here it is;

At the heart of our complex and fascinating Solar System sits its powerhouse. For us it is everything, and yet it is just one ordinary star amongst 200 billion (thats 200,000,000,000) stars within our galaxy. It is a large one that greets us every morning; a star that controls each and every world that it holds in its thrall – the Sun. The Sun reigns over a vast empire of worlds and without it we would be nothing; life on earth would not exist. Although we live in the wonderous empire of the Sun, it is a place we can never hope to visit. However, thanks to the continual advances in technology and space exploration, and through observation from here on Earth, each spectacular detail we see leads us closer to understanding the enigma that is the Sun.

If you are reading these words. You can understand why I felt the need to share this with anyone who lives under the Sun.



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The coincidence of the Universe

What is this blog about!?
Information, knowledge, understanding, and anything else that you associate with these words. Consider it an interactive book of universal knowledge that has no ending.

It is called FragmentsOfragments because I intend to document information that I have acquired that i think might be helpful to others.

This information will be a mere fragment of what can be known about a subject. One can read a man like Plato, or Einstein, or Shakespeare. Who has a whole lifetime of works to be read. And this is possible in a year or two if one wants to work diligently and have no other interests. But this is not very common, and is why I have started this blog.

Take from it what you will. and if you find it of interest then tell a friend, or two.

On to the content of this blog.The Universe. This extract is from a book by Deepak Chopra, and explains an article he read on physics and the beginning of the universe. Enjoy!

Nothing – absolutely nothing- would exist were it not for a remarkable set of coincidences. I once read an article by a physicist describing the Big Bang that gave bearth to our universe. In that moment, the number of particles created was slightly more than the number of antiparticles. The particles and the antiparticles then collided and annihilated each other, filling the universe with photons. Because of the initial imbalance, there were a few particles left after the annihilation and these created what we know as the material world. You and I and the rest of the universe, including all the stars and galaxies are leftover stuff from the moment of creation. The total number of particles left over was 10 to the power of 80 (thats 1 followed by 80 zeros) if the number of particles had been even slightly greater, gravitational forces would have forced the young universe to collapse on itself, forming one huge black hole, which would mean no you, no me, no stars or galaxies. if the number of matter particles had been even slightly smaller, the universe would have expanded so fast that there would have been no time for the galaxies to form as they did.
The first atoms were Hydrogen. If the strong force that holds the nucleus of an atom were even a fraction percent weaker deuterium, a stage that Hydrogen passes through before becoming Helium, would not have occured and the universe would have remained pure Hydrogen. If, on the other hand, the nuclear forces were even a fraction stonger, all the Hydrogen would have burned rapidly, leaving no fuel for the stars. So just as the gravitational forces needed to be exactly the strength they were, the electromagnetic forces that hold electrons in place needed to be exactly as they were- not a fraction more or a fraction less- for stars evolve into supernovas and for heavy elements to develop.
The development of Carbon and Oxygen, essential for the creation of biological organisms, required many coincidences to occur and to continue to occur from the moment of the big bang. That you and I exist, and that the universe with all its stars, galaxies, and planets exist, is a highly improbable event! A total coincidence! A miracle, tracking back to the birth of time.


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