Guest: Yes, we've kept tabs on each other for
the past ten years.
Maitreya: You knew her when she had Meditation
Unlimited in Florida? So you learned how to meditate unlimitedly
What can I do for you? Do you have any question or
anything you want to know? Anything you think you'd like to ask me?
Guest: No, I think I came here just to be around
other brothers and sisters, to pray together, and that was really
Maitreya: You have a lot of them here. Hopefully
they're going to grow in number and there are going to be more
brothers and sisters here who are going to join this community.
We're all willing to open ourselves to everyone in the universe who
would like to come and join us and be with us. OK, so let's just be
with it then. [Silence] It's going to be a nice Satsang. It's going
to be a silent Satsang [all laughing].
Comment: It will be very easy to transcribe [all
Question: About the second part of the
Thirty-Three Virtues, "Purification of one's existence." Do you
want to speak about that?
Maitreya: Well, what is the existence of a
person? A person consists of the physical, mental and spiritual. So
when we talk about the purification of the existence of a person,
we're talking about purifying on all levels of existence.
Purifying physically means to keep yourself clean.
What is the relationship between the physical body and the
environment? Your physical body is also related to the environment
that you live in. So you also purify your environment.
You live in a place where the direction of the
thoughts, the direction of living and whoever is around you is also
thinking about God and creating an environment that is mostly
related to God consciousness, and is Godly. So physically you are
always surrounded by Godly characters, because your mind is affected
by the environment you live in. You try to live in an environment
that affects you in such a way that it directs your mind toward God
all the time.
We also purify ourselves mentally. But what affects
our mental sphere? The people we keep as company, the environment,
the books we read, the magazines we look at, the television programs
we watch. Anything that affects us mentally also has to be purified.
We have to be very discerning, very aware of what affects us and in
When you go to a bar or somewhere with low energy
vibrations, it affects you in a different way than when you go to a
church or synagogue, or to a place where people talk about God, or
to come to the Mission, because we talk about God and people
are very God-conscious.
And also you purify yourself spiritually. Spiritual
purification is like meditation, prayer, etc. Also these three
levels are not disconnected. They are interconnected with one
another. When you purify yourself physically, for instance, fasting
is a part of purification, by fasting you get rid of toxins which is
physical purification. You get rid of the energies that pull you
toward the external world which is mental and spiritual
With the fast you really calm down your senses
because your senses are not as powerful, as effective as when you
eat all the time. When you eat and you never fast, what happens is
the food you eat has energy that awakens different parts of your
tendencies. With fasting and purifying your food, you purify your
By watching the things that affect your physical
body, your mental body and your spirit, more and more you create
such strong three levels in yourself that your mind can be directed
to God very easily. But if you are not purifying your existence you
will not be able to keep the mind focused on God all the time.
That's when your mind falls into Maya, it falls into the external
world. You no longer have control over it. It controls you.
Suddenly you don't feel God anymore. You just are
confused, or you want to just do like everyone else, go to the bar
and drink, do things that most of the people are attracted to doing.
Suddenly one day you just look at yourself and you're no longer
really interested in spirituality any longer. You are lost to Maya.
Of course, as usual, you go down and down until you
hit the bottom and then again you say, Hey, what am I doing here?
Then you may return. The moment you return, God is there for you. He
says, I am here, I always was here. I never left you. And then you
can come back.
So purification of one's existence relates to all
levels of one's life. With meditation, being aware of the effect of
different things on you, physically, mentally and spiritually, you
can create an environment for yourself that purifies you physically,
mentally and spiritually.
Of course, if you don't have any support to do that,
if you are living by yourself in an environment where no one else
cares about God, or everyone is trying to create a rat race, like
the external world is and a lot of people live in, what happens is
it's going to be very difficult for you to purify your existence.
You purify your existence on the weekend, and Monday morning you
start going to work and suddenly this driver cuts in front of you.
Suddenly the energy out there gets to you. Maybe not Monday, not
Tuesday, not Wednesday, but probably by Wednesday afternoon you feel
you are one of them. You are really doing whatever they do.
So the support that is necessary to make you able to
purify your existence is important. That again brings in the concept
of the Communities of Light.
You can create a community if your family supports
you in your spiritual path, if your environment supports you in the
spiritual path. If you live in a place where they support you
spiritually, it would be much easier to purify yourself. It's much
easier to create that keen mind to see what affects you.
For instance, after you live in a community for six
months, or one year or so, when you go out there you feel the
difference between living in a loving, sharing, caring environment
and being out there where no one cares. Everyone is for himself or
for herself. What can I get out of this for me? But the community
is, What is good for the community? How can we help one another?
So it is much easier to purify one's existence when
there is a support system for it. And again, it falls back to the Communities of Light.
In the Communities of Light we eat food that
affects us in a much more spiritual way. We talk about God, and we
create an environment where our mind is more directed to God. With
this we create a better, easier way to focus on God instead of
focusing on, as most of the people do, their own limited ego, which
creates an environment where there is separation between one
This helps us to be more focused on God and to
purify our existence on all levels, physically, mentally and
Question: I find it more difficult to purify the
emotions, like fear, anger, etc. How do you purify the emotions?
Maitreya: Emotions are actually related to your
ethereal body, your chakras. Emotions come mostly from your second
chakra, your sexual chakra.
As we've said, the sexual chakra is related to
passion, and passion doesn't have any mind. In passion no mind
exists. Passion is the mindless action, mindless desire, mindless
So passion, anger and all those emotions come from
the second chakra. That's why they are so hard to control, because
there is no mind there to control it.
Mind means discipline, control, or logic. Logic is
the controller in the universe. Father is the Controller and Mother
is just The Grace. Without mind, there is very little control. There
is passion. There is emotion. There are fears and desires. To
overcome an emotional problem you have to bring the energy to higher
levels. You have to bring the energy from the second chakra to the
When you come to the third chakra, or third energy
center, you have much more power over your emotions, and you can
control your emotions. But still you are in your lower nature. You
control your emotions to be able to control your environment and
When you come to the fourth chakra, the very passion
becomes compassion. It's the same energy you use for anger, fear,
and desires. It's the same energy, however when you transform it to
the higher chakras a different kind of propensity is being
activated. So the very passion in the second chakra becomes
compassion, becomes unconditional love, in the forth chakra. So to
take the grip out of your emotional problems you need a lot of
Again the kind of food you eat affects you very
much. As it is said, You are what you eat. Because of that, we try
to be vegetarian as much as possible. Of course, as we say, the
middle path is the best path. We don't condemn not being vegetarian
but it is recommended to consume more vegetables in our diet. It's
much easier to transform the energy in vegetables because they are a
much subtler energy. It is much harder to transform the energy in
meat to the higher chakras.
That is why your diet, your environment, the things
you read or watch and whatever is affecting your mind, your support
system and also your background, are very important. What kind of an
environment were you living in, and why did it affect you in such a
way that these fears, desires and attachments have been created in
you? Of course, background means this lifetime and many others. It
doesn't mean just this lifetime. There might have been some
experiences you had in previous lifetimes that affected you in such
a way that now you have those fears, or those desires, or
So again, by meditation you might remember, you
might break those blocks that have been created in different levels
of consciousness for you. Also there might be lessons that you have
to be learning in this lifetime. By meditating, you can go through
In your meditation you can go through the
experience. You can bring it to your consciousness, and just sit it
there and say, I have this fear. Just look at it. Just keep it in
You see, we used to talk about the creatures,
everyone has some creatures in them. And these creatures have
control of our lives. They create habits. They create our emotions.
They create our fears and desires, and they control our lives. They
tell us what to do. They say, Go here, go there, do this, do that.
After awhile they completely run our lives.
Now, one day you wake up in the morning and say, I'm
not going to listen to you creatures anymore. I know who you are.
You dark creatures in the darkness, I'm not going to listen to you.
Do you think they're going to let go easily? Do you think they're
going to say, OK, we're not going to control your life any longer?
No, they're going to fight back, because they've been running you
all this time. They want to stay where they are.
Now you want the control of your life. A lot of
people, the moment they start meditating, get more in trouble, or
their lives become even a little more difficult in the beginning.
Why? Because the moment you close your eyes you're shedding Light in
those dark corners of your Soul, those places where these creatures
Then think about these creatures, that they can just
live in darkness. They cannot live in Light. And if you keep the
Light on them long enough, they just dissolve, they just die. They
go away by themselves. That's why meditation is so important, to
meditate and keep the Light within you until this darkness just
dissolves by itself.
As I said, they're going to fight back. They're not
going to give up easily. They have been there and running your life
all this time. But if you keep meditating and be sincere about it,
after awhile they're going to dissolve.
One day you wake up and say, Hey, I don't have that
fear anymore. It's gone. It doesn't even need an effort on your
part. The only effort you have to make is to keep the Light shining.
And those creatures can't live very long, they just dissolve by
You see, there are different propensities in
different energy centers in the body. The first energy center, the
first chakra is related to existence, to the fear of death and all
the things related to existence.
The second chakra is related to emotion, anything
related to your emotional problems. The third chakra is the chakra
of control. You want to control other people. You want to create an
environment where you are in control. Most politicians are in that
The fourth chakra is the unconditional love, but at
the same time shame, and some fears are related to this chakra. The
fifth chakra is the chakra of blessedness, of knowing there is
heaven, the ethereal level. And by the sixth chakra you are almost
one with God. You just have a small thread of "I" left. You
experience being one with God and/or being separated from Him, going
back and forth in this experience.
These different propensities are in different levels
of energy centers. So if you have problems with emotions which are
related to the second chakra, you have to bring your energy up to
higher chakras. Again meditation is going to help you out.
Question: What was meant by the phrase, "My
burden is light?" I have my own ideas, but I'd like to hear.......
Maitreya: If the Christ is Christ, then how much
karma does he have? Almost none. So in a sense, for himself, his
burden is light. You can look at the sentence as, My burden,
personally, is light. And also if you relate the burden he's putting
on other people, it's also light. So he says, I'm not putting too
heavy a burden on you.
It might seem to be a big burden in the beginning,
when we tell someone to give up a lot of worldly attractions and
become God-conscious. It sounds like a big burden. Actually many
times they misunderstand us. They think we mean to give up the world
and life, leave their children and husband, and forget about
everything in order to get to God. But as they meditate more, they
see they don't have to.
You can be God-conscious and do God's Will wherever
you are and whatever you do, and in any situation you are in. And
you can do it and start it from where you are.
Of course, some people are called to drop everything
and go for God. Some others aren't. Some can just be Godly as they
are, where they are. So as they meditate and they realize that they
can be whatever they are and where they are, at the same time
realize God and His Love and His Ways, they see it's not really a
big burden. They didn't lose anything, but gained a lot.
So the burden is light and they can progress and
become freer and freer every day. Actually, they had burdens before
Christ came to them. They were burdened with life. They were
burdened with their desires, their attachments and fears. But when
the Christ comes he says, You don't have to be like that. You can be
light. You can lighten yourself up, and let God take your burdens
away from you.
Another burden is, you think you are the doer, don't
you? Oh, I should do this. I should do that. I should take care of
this. I should take care of that. But if you realize that it's God
doing it through you, what happens? Again you no longer have that
burden. You just do it. You're not attached to the result of your
actions. You just walk away and say, OK, I did my best. And you're
not burdened again. Your burden does not stay with you because the
result does not stay with you. The results are not yours.
So that's another way you can look at that sentence.
When you know God, your burden is going to be light!
You don't have any burden, because what do you need?
What do humans need? They need only a little food and a place to put
their heads down, and that's it. The rest we can utilize to progress
physically, mentally and spiritually.
So God didn't create us to have a lot of burdens on
our shoulders, or to be unhappy, etc. We create those burdens.
Christ takes those burdens away. So his burden is light. The human
burden is great because they do not know God.