How Can I Tell if the Deekshas Are Working?
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Dasaji Radhakrishna from the Oneness University in Golden City, India was asked, "After receiving
deeksha, is there anything to look for in our everyday life that marks how we are progressing in our
These are some excerpts from his reply (which I edited for clarity and brevity):
The way to see how you are growing is to notice how you are experiencing
everyday life as it is--in relationships with your parents, your partners, in the
things that you do in your day-to-day, mundane life. See how much you are experiencing the Presence as
you are doing them, and how you are experiencing things as they are.
If someone is shouting at you, what is your experience of it? Your
response to the shouting doesn't matter. If it upsets you that's fine, but are you comfortable with that
upset? If it makes you angry, are you comfortable being angry? The evolution of consciousness is
not becoming free of everything, but being with everything. Maybe you're angry,
but you can still feel comfortable with the anger.
Divine Presence flows into you through deeksha, and as the Presence grows
within you, naturally you see that every experience you have in your life--whether it's anger, a fight, or
any other conflict--it is all projected and being experienced as the background of this Presence. As it
is being experienced from the background of the Presence, this same anger, fight or conflict is beautiful as it
is. This is how you have changed.
And I can tell you that if you are touched with the Presence this change
will naturally happen. It can happen rapidly like shift, shift, shift, shift, or it could be a gradual
shift. Whatever is happening to you, watch for this shift. It is one important way that you can
check whether you are growing.
I recently experienced a perfect example of what Radhakrishna is referring to above. An
incident manifested recently in my life that created a great deal of anger within me. It doesn't happen
too often anymore, but yes, it does happen.
It's a mistaken notion that once someone reaches a certain degree of enlightenment they never feel
anger, grief, doubts, etc. Not true. Remember, Bhagavan says that humanity will have a fully
functional enlightenment. For that we need at least some degree of personality to help carry
on our everyday lives.
The anger I experienced this time was different, and it can best be described as
pure anger. Just as when I experienced pure laughter for the first time (see
Evolution of Joy), this was the first time I truly experienced anger in its pure
Normally when people feel anger, it's always clouded with other emotions such as guilt, frustration,
disgust, hate, etc., all of which makes you feel even worse in the depths of the anger. But with Divine
Presence holding the backdrop, anger can be experienced and expressed in its pure form.
Without the murkiness of all the other emotions mentioned above, pure anger is quite
different. I found the pure form to be exhilarating. One minute I would be very, very
angry--purely angry--and the next minute I was laughing at its beauty. This vacillation
continued for a short while, and then there was no more anger. There was no residue, no guilt, no
self-recrimination, just joy in the experience. I was angry--so what??? My day
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