The Original Perfection
Kriya Yoga philosophy points out and emphasizes that mankind has an innate undeniable beauty—a dignity—called the original perfection. This simply means that you are beautiful, I am beautiful, life is beautiful, and it has perfection that originally is beautiful and perfect. This is the Isha Upanishad mantra that I have asked you to chant as the guiding light.
Purna madaha purna midam
Purnat purna mudachatay
Purnasya purna madaya
Purna mewa vishusatay
This is whole. This is perfect. That is whole. If you subtract the whole from the whole, the whole yet remains. If you have goodness and you share the goodness, the goodness does not diminish. It remains whole, it remains complete. The mantra has many, many meanings.
Philosophically, this concept of original perfection is quite simple and quite clear. If we look at the world as being a creation of God, and we understand that the word God is a contraction of the word good, that basically means the world must be good because how can we get imperfection from perfection? How can we get un-good from good? That which has been created by God is good—that is what the word God means.
The question is: “If that is the case, what went wrong?” In simple terms, our thinking went wrong. We shifted our center of awareness from this self-aware, original perfection to what some have called—original sin. Basically, the whole idea of original sin was to try to explain why people did what they did. If they were born perfect, how, all of a sudden, did they become un-perfect? In that way of thinking, there was no concept of reincarnation—no concept of past or future lives—only that a soul is born, goes bad, and forever stays bad (unless there is salvation).
Original sin is a lie perpetuated by those with a vested self-interest. How can a soul be created by God—which is perfect—be imperfect? It was a concept to explain something in their ignorance. More to the point, this concept of original sin was created to control people’s minds. Obviously, if you have an original sin and you can’t do anything about it, you have to hire a priesthood. This is true for any religion, not just a specific one. You need special people to remove the sin, and also to control us. Religion is responsible for people’s lack of self-esteem. That is not what life mystically is about—that is not what mysticism is about.
Mysticism is about finding and recognizing our perfection within and living that perfection externally. Sometimes that becomes a little difficult because those perfect creatures don’t seem too perfect to us when we try to communicate with them. What went wrong is our thinking. We focused more and more upon matter—upon the materiality—until we lost the awareness of spirit. The best we could do is the awareness of the soul, our memory tracks. In effect, we became what we remembered.
Most people remember the pain and anguish, real or imaginary. They lock it in and refuse to let go. Pretty soon they become a given memory track: one painful, distasteful, unacceptable memory that feeds itself emotionally and grows until it pushes all other memory tracks out of the mind. We cannot remember the future life. We cannot remember past lives. We really can't even remember being born. I am sure we were born, weren’t we? We don’t remember because one thought has pushed all the other thoughts out. All mysticism, including Kriya Yoga, is a process by which we lift up beyond thought.
I am not saying thought is bad, but it is locked into our minds with such emotional intensity that it is controlling and blocking out all other thought patterns. We cannot see the original perfection. We cannot see our spirit and soul. What we can see is not pretty because, for whatever strange reason, we seem to hold on to the unpleasant things. Yoga and all mysticism say very clearly that the process of the teacher is to teach the student, so he or she learns through joy, through love, and through beauty.
If we do not learn through these wonderful flowers, then unfortunately I fear that sooner or later, we will have to learn, as most people do learn, through pain. The problem is that when we learn through pain, a whole new thought comes in that overrides and pushes out all the old thoughts, so we remain imprisoned. Perhaps, we were first bound by lead shackles that through the pain of learning became iron shackles, and then copper shackles. If we are lucky, they will become silver shackles, and when we really advance, they become gold shackles. The point is, the shackles are still imprisoning us in whatever they are made of, and that is what we are trying to remove.
What is it that shackles us? A single emotional thought. A thought charged with an enormous amount of emotional energy that simply blocks out our memory track and holds us to one shallow, superficial memory. It is not the memory, “I’m a man,” but the memory, “I am not a very happy man.” It is not the memory, “I am a woman,” but the memory, “I’m not a very pretty woman.” Try to understand these symbolical examples.