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awakeningNew Book about Oneness Deeksha

To write this book, Arjuna interviewed Sri Bhagavan and also Sri Amma, which was an unprecedented phenomenon. He conducted many hours of interviews with Sri Anandagiriji and Sri Samadarshiniji and many of the dasas at the University, as well as hundreds of Blessing Givers all over the world. The book is fully endorsed and blessed by Sri Amma Bhagavan and the Oneness University


Awakening to Oneness - Bookbook

The following is excerpted from Awakening into Oneness (Sounds True, 2007) by Arjuna Ardagh, the founder of the Living Essence Foundation and author of a number of books, including The Translucent Revolution

Awakening to Our Full Potential
by Arjuna Ardagh

In the summer of 2005, soon after he had finished writing The Translucent Revolution, a book about a gentle but profound revolution in human consciousness experienced by millions of people from all walks of life, Arjuna Adagh received an invitation to visit the Oneness University in South India.

Apparently the University’s founder had read Arjuna’s book, liked it, and wanted to meet the author. Although neither of them was looking for a new practice, teaching or teacher at the time, both Arjuna and his wife Chameli needed a good rest, and they finally accepted the invitation. They visited the University for three weeks in the winter of 2005, where they were guided through a personal process by Pragyanand, one of the University’s dasas, or guides. Neither Arjuna nor Chameli expected to be as impressed as they were by their experience.

They had both lived with and been guided by some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers, masters like H.W.L. Poonjaji, Shanti Mayi and Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche. The effect of the deeksha (Oneness Blessing) took them both much further into the natural state of Awakening into Oneness than they had previously known.

Arjuna left his first visit to the Oneness University armed with both enthusiasm and skepticism. Was this just another workshop high? What happens to the Oneness people once they get back to their jobs and houses and kids and busy lives? His new book, Awakening into Oneness, is the answer to those questions.

Arjuna has interviewed more than three hundred Oneness Blessing givers and receivers from all over the world. Some of the people are celebrities or household names. Many are ordinary people leading ordinary lives. Arjuna talked with doctors who give the Oneness Blessing to their patients, to CEOs who have brought the Blessing to their companies, and to teachers who have brought it to their classes. He talked to people who see the Oneness Blessing as the saving grace that has transformed their lives, as well as to others who are highly skeptical and critical.

Awakening into Oneness, excerpted below, is neither an evangelical text of conversion, nor an expose. It is an attempt to summarize the effects of a movement that has spread extraordinarily quickly all over the world and is affecting millions of people.

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“Father, there’s a golden man in my heart, and he talks to me.”

Sri Bhagavan, the School Director, looked up from the papers on his desk at Krishna, his 11-year old son, and smiled. The Director had a round and gentle face, big cheeks, and eyes that smiled all the time, even when the rest of his face was at rest.

“What does he say to you, Krishna?” asked the Director. His voice was warm and deep, conveying a feeling of security, that all was well and at peace with the world.

“He tells me different things, Father.” Krishna paused. He knew he could not talk like this to anyone else—they would laugh or call him crazy. But with his father, it was different. It had been like that as long as he could remember. “I ask him to give me different experiences and he gives them to me. This morning I was hungry, and I asked him for an apple. Right away I could taste the apple, and then my hunger was satisfied. Sometimes he tells me what will happen, and then it comes true.” The director paused and looked intensely at his son. “I’m not making this up, Father. It’s completely real and it’s there all the time.

“I know, Krishna,” said the Director, slowly. “I know. From how you describe it, this sounds like you are having a vision of Prajapathi. It happens sometimes, that people have visions like this. It’s a very special thing, Krishna, a very great blessing. You must cherish it, and tell me often what is happening.”

Krishna loved his father more than just as a father. He was his best friend, too. He never questioned what he said, as he trusted his father more than anyone. He had never heard of Prajapathi, but if his father said it was a good thing, he knew it was so. All the children at the school loved the man they knew as “Director Sir,” and his wife, Padmavati. No one ever felt judged by them, everyone could be themselves, just as they are.

Jeevashram was no ordinary school. The Director had founded it in 1984 to provide an alternative form of education where children could truly flower, discover who they really were. The primary focus, right from the beginning, was on spiritual maturity: to free the child of the sense of a separate self, and self-centered preoccupations. They aimed to create an atmosphere free of fear, free of competition.

They started out with nothing, just a vision. They found some land in rural Andhra Pradesh, far from civilization, which they took on a lease. The first year they had a handful of students, and just one building. After just a few years, the school had grown to house a hundred and eighty residential students, both boys and girls. It also welcomed two hundred poor local children from surrounding villages, most of who came in every day without fees.

The Director oversaw everything—gardens were planted and that one original building grew into a sprawling campus of dormitories, classrooms, dining and meeting rooms. Children excelled at gardening, woodwork, music, and crafts, as well as the more traditional disciplines.

The Director took charge of the spiritual direction of the school, and invited a friend he had known since childhood to become the principal, caring more for the academic side. The Director gave classes on meditation, on different spiritual disciplines, and philosophy. He encouraged the children to think for themselves, to ponder on deeper philosophical questions for days at a time. Sometimes he also conducted classes in mathematics—in which he had himself graduated—or in history. They also hired a headmaster who coordinated with government authorities, and hired other specialty teachers.

The school conformed to all the government standards, but the children were never placed under academic pressure of any kind. There were not ranked or graded, and no child was ever kept back in a grade for lack of academic performance. All of the emphasis was placed upon the quality of relationships between the children, their relationship with their parents, and their state of internal happiness and well-being.

The teachers were instructed never to scold the children or to punish them. The headmaster would go to great lengths to find teachers who could love the children as well as teach them, and who were themselves experiencing internal freedom and joy. The experiment was a huge success: by the time the children graduated their academic grades were far superior to other schools. Many of those children today have become doctors, engineers and business leaders.

One student, Giri, was admitted to the school he was only nine years old. Each year only seventeen new residential students were admitted. Giri's mother had died when he was seven, leaving only his father to care for him. When Giri’s father took his son to meet the director for the first time, he shared his ambitions for his son. “I would like my boy to make it to IIT (Indian Institute of Technology). That is the best school for engineering and technology in the country. I want him to become a successful software engineer. Can you manage that?” he demanded of the school Director. The Director looked at him with those same calm laughing eyes.

“I am sure we could do that, yes. I am sure it could happen. But first I have one question for you. What if your son has a different passion? What happens if he prefers to work with herding cattle, or he wants to work with clay and be a potter? What happens if that is what will make him happy? Are you also prepared for that? Will you still love him then, will you still support his vision?” Giri’s father was quiet for a few moments. He had not expected this question from the Director. He had assumed they would just want the tuition payment, and that would be that. Finally he agreed that he could accept these terms. “Applicant admitted,” grinned the Director as he stamped the application form with a flourish.

All of the children remember Jeevashram as a magical place. Physically it was quite simple, made up of simple concrete buildings. The director and his wife lived in a simple whitewash building, with very little furniture. They had no vehicle.

Jyoti, a young girl who joined the school in the same year as Giri, remembers: “From the very beginning, it felt so good to be there. Physically, it was such a beautiful place. I did not consciously know what silence was then. At least I didn’t know to define it as silence. Right away there was a feeling of great space, and a sense of awe. The feeling of great space was outside—it was a big campus—but it was inside also, inside me. It was filling me up with peace.

We felt so much love and affection from the Director and his wife. Within three or four days, I was resolving, ‘I will be with them forever.’ The director’s wife looked after the general administration and she also took care of the girls. She was like our mother, our best friend. She was somebody who would totally build us up, who made everything possible for us. There was no limitation in her presence.”

From the very beginning it became a normal thing for children to have mystical experiences. Prayer became very strong for them, they got used to the fact that whatever they asked for came to them. Then, in the summer of 1989, things dramatically deepened. Mathew was a very serious and academic boy, from a Christian home. His prayers were always to do better in his exams. One day the Director called him in to the office. “Your prayers are so strong to do well in class,” said the Director, “why don’t you pray that Grace descends into you, and you become enlightened.”

Mathew did as the Director suggested. Later in the day, when he walked into the dining hall, he was like a sage. His eyes were deep and penetrating: his body movements slow and deliberate, like a dancer. He could hardly speak. The next day he explained to the Director that a huge golden ball had appeared before him and descended into him. The ball had spoken a word to him, in a language he did not understand.

A few days later exactly the same thing happened to Chandra, one of the more mischievous students. He loved to play with frogs, and often played jokes on people. It gets very hot in south India in the spring, during a math class one afternoon the children were getting sleepy. He also suddenly felt a golden ball descend through the top of his head and settle into his heart. He was immediately drenched in silence, in a feeling of ecstatic peace that filled him completely. When the class ended and the children filed out into the hot afternoon, Chandra remained in his place, still absorbed in his rapture. It took several hours until he could move again, and when he did, he was transformed completely. Soon after, almost the same thing happened to two other children.

One afternoon in August, the School Director called Krishna back into the simple room where he met with people sometimes. The room was empty, except for a long low table in the middle. The torrential monsoon rains were falling outside. “Now we will see if it is possible for you to transfer your experience of the golden being to others,” he told his son. Krishna admitted he had no idea how to do that, but the School Director reassured him that he would not need to do anything, it would all happen on its own.

After some time had passed, he called Jyoti in to join them. She was about thirteen at the time. Years later she recalls what occurred:

"The director just said ‘Krishna will give you something, take it.’ There was no other explanation given. Then he told me to close my eyes, Krishna laid his hands on my head for just a few moments, then he took them back and sat. All that I could see was a huge light, entering into me. As he laid his hands, there was an awakening, a fire. It shot from down under, intense heat spread up to the crown of my head, and then slowly each of the chakras in my body started blossoming. I saw all kinds of different deities located inside my body. The entire thing seemed to me as though it lasted a really long time. By the clock, it happened within two to three minutes. When I opened my eyes, I was dazed. I didn’t understand what had happened to me. I went back to the dormitory, and still when I closed my eyes, there were visions of deities. It seemed to continue. What he had given me was still there, inside my body, like a seed. It was slowly unfolding itself.

"A few weeks later I went home for the vacation in September. I was reading a book, and I lay down and closed my eyes. An immense sweetness came over my heart, in the middle of my chest. I could not believe it, I saw the Director in my heart. There was Sir, he was inside me. After a few days I saw him with his wife there, too. The energy kept exploding. I felt it continuing from that day, till now. Love had taken possession. Suddenly, I had become a poet, everything had changed, it was divine love that was consuming me. After the vacation I knocked on the Director’s door. 'Please, Sir, I'm able to see you inside my heart. You talked to me.' All that he said was, 'It happens, sometimes.' That was all."

That fall Krishna gave this same “Oneness Blessing” to many of the children. They would queue up, and say “please touch me, please touch me” and right away extra-ordinary experiences would start to unfold. It became a fairy land, a magical place. They were from all kinds of religious and ethnic backgrounds. The Christian children would see Jesus after the Oneness Blessing, and feel his love, and come to know him in a personal way. The Muslims would meet the prophet Mohamed, and go with him to Muslim heavens.

Some children would converse with Buddha or with Krishna, Rama or Hindu gods. Many of the children just experienced a great and overwhelming peace, a bright light that illuminated their whole day. They would discover an intelligence that would guide them and tell them all they needed to know. The director explained to them in the spiritual classes that this was the called the Antarayamin, the indweller in the heart that guides all beings toward the greater truth.

The Oneness Blessing

“Take one step towards God,” my grandmother used to tell me, “and God will take a hundred steps towards you.” I was never quite sure how to begin. Prayer, ritual, meditation—these are all ways we have found, over millennia, to take a step towards the divine. This endless thirst to know God has spawned our religious fervor, as well as the greater part of our poetry, music, architecture, literature, and mythology.

The Oneness Blessing, on the other hand, is one way that the divine can take a hundred steps towards us. It affects the brain in such a way that we can be touched by Grace. It puts us in touch with benediction, with the source of all that we have always longed for. It is a gift.

The Oneness Blessing appears to be transferred from one person to another, but that, according to Bhagavan, is only the appearance of it. “The Oneness Blessing is the phenomenon where the divine reaches out to man,” he says. “The person who is giving the Oneness Blessing is making himself or herself available to the divine and becomes an instrument. There’s literally no role for him. It depends upon how the divine wants to make use of him; he merely becomes a conduit for it.”

After attending the 21-day Oneness Process in India, graduates are able to give the Oneness Blessing to others. But it is not a skill that is learned, or something one gets good at. During the course, one is simply washed clean of oneself, through experiencing and letting go of things that have been held from the past. After enough preparation, the Oneness Blessing can come through the Oneness Blessing giver; the giver has simply discovered how to be still and step out of the way.

The Grace that flows through the Oneness Blessing is timeless. We have all been touched by Grace, at one time or another in our lives, so this is not something new. Sometimes we recognize it, and sometimes we don’t. The Oneness Blessing is that same Grace, with a tremendous focus and intent. It has direction and divine intelligence. It is the force of the divine, awakening mankind to our full potential—the next evolutionary leap we must now take together in order to enter the next phase of being alive.

The Oneness Blessing can come through the Oneness Blessing giver in several ways. The most common one is through touch, known in India as sparsha deeksha. The Oneness Blessing giver places their hands on the receiver’s head for one or two minutes. Oneness Blessing can also be given through the eyes, which is called nayana deeksha. Here, the Oneness Blessing giver looks into the receiver’s eyes for several minutes. Finally, it can also be given through intention, referred to as smarana deeksha. In this case the Oneness Blessing giver holds the receiver in their awareness for a few minutes, and allows the Oneness Blessing to be given.

Receiving the Oneness Blessing can be experienced in all kinds of ways. We could call them the good, the bad, and the nothing at all. Ultimately our subjective experience of the Oneness Blessing is fleeting, and the changes in the brain will happen regardless of how we experience it.

Some people, but by no means all, have extremely pleasant experiences during Oneness Blessing. Here Lindsey Wagner (well known in the 1970s as the “Bionic Woman”) describes her first Oneness Blessing experience, which was given through the eyes:

“Everything disappeared. There was no my body, there was no his body, there was just a perception of his eye and my eye. Then there was nothing, and that was it. I started to smile and to laugh. Eventually the rest of the room and the normal perception of myself and him in the room came back. Later he put his hands on my head to give me Oneness Blessing. I closed my eyes and went and laid down. While I was laying there, there was a low hum, like an engine running. I felt it throughout my whole body. It was like after you do a lot of mental work, and then sit down and just relax. I felt the energy calming down in my head and opening up in the other parts of my body. At one point, I felt some grief moving through. I started crying. Then it was gone. The whole experience was like when you are in love. You are not with your beloved, but you sit somewhere and think of them. It felt like that. There was nothing, there was no desire for anything. There was no angst about anything. There was no fear. There was just this sweet state of existing, feeling peaceful, feeling that ‘it’s just good to be alive.’ Later, things were really funny. Food that normally tastes good tasted really good, like my senses were much more alive and so was my state of peace. It was warmer and deeper.”

Not everyone, however, feels good during the Oneness Blessing. It may just as well release difficult feelings that we have been unwilling to experience previously, and that have been stuck in the body. The interesting thing is that although a significant number of people subjectively experience the Oneness Blessing in this way, they still recognize it as a positive experience.

Rick Allen is the one-armed drummer of the Heavy Metal band Def Leppard. In 1984, at the peak of the band’s popularity, Rick was involved in a horrible car accident just outside of his hometown in Northern England. Rick was thrown a hundred yards into a field; his arm stayed in the car. Rick was in hospital for six months and the doctors told him he would never play drums again. That gave him the motivation he needed to prove them wrong—a special drum kit was created that used both feet and the one remaining arm, and in less than a year the band was performing again. The determination Rick mustered to rise above his challenge never really allowed him to full experience the trauma of the accident. Here is Rick’s first experience of the Oneness Blessing:

“I don’t have a nice story to tell you. I was really angry afterwards. It whacked the beehive, it really stirred a lot up in me. During the Oneness Blessing, I started seeing colors: throbbing purples and blues, then all kinds of images started to appear. Quite quickly we got up to leave. On the way home in the car, I started to feel a lot of anger. I was ranting and raving a bit, then I pulled over; I didn’t know what was going on. There must have been a lot of things in me that were residual from my life experiences. I felt confusion and frustration. I remember punching the center of the steering wheel. I had a familiar feeling of information overload, I couldn’t even think. I felt imprisoned. There were no weird and wonderful stories to go along with this. It was literally just experiencing rage in my body. They say that the body remembers everything. I think it unlocked some things that night.”

This initiated a deeper process for Rick, which was equally uncomfortable until things opened up.

“I knew there was something more than what I was going through in my life—the frustrations that I experienced on a daily basis, trying to control everything around me. I started to realize that I’m not in the driver’s seat here. Then something shifted. After the first few Oneness Blessings I started to feel joy for no particular reason. I started to feel full. I could look at anything and just start to enjoy it. I started having conversations with ant colonies and just really feeling connected to everything.”

The interesting thing about Rick’s story—and many others—is that although his subjective experience was not comfortable, he continued to receive more Oneness Blessings. Just like taking a homeopathic remedy that might make you feel quite awful for a while and provoke healing crisis, some deeper intuition in us knows that the Oneness Blessing is leading us in the direction of healing.

Bhagavan explains that ultimately the subjective nature of our experience during the Oneness Blessing is unimportant, the changes that the Oneness Blessing brings about in the brain happen anyway, no matter what our experience feels like. He explains that there are three factors that contribute to why we feel a certain way:

“One is the person receiving the Oneness Blessing, another is the person giving the Oneness Blessing, and the third is the divine itself. It depends upon how receptive you are, what your beliefs are and what your conditioning is. Even so, we have noticed that sometimes people who we thought would make very little progress are making dramatic progress. We have seen instances of people sleeping through courses and still becoming awakened. We have had people whom one might call immoral, people one might think are not the right kind of people to receive The Oneness Blessing. But they end up as the most transformed people. It also depends on the person who is giving the Oneness Blessing. And then there’s of course the divine, which is the ultimate source of all this. Whatever the divine decides, it happens.”

Overall Trends

While subjective experiences may shift from one person to another, and in the same person from one Oneness Blessing to the next, the millions of people who have received the Oneness Blessing all over the world allow us to discover certain overall trends. These generalized experiences may occur both during and immediately following the Oneness Blessing itself. They may also accumulate over many months of receiving the Oneness Blessing. All of these changes can be explained by the effects of the Oneness Blessing on the brain. These effects include:

Reduced mind chatter and heightened sensory awareness. Both during the Oneness Blessing itself and for a period of three to four hours following, it is normal to experience a quieting of mental activity. With repeated Oneness Blessings, this also spills over into daily life. Colors become brighter, tastes and smells are more vivid, things become more interesting. Rani Kumar lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She was one of the first Americans to receive the Oneness Blessing training, and she has since given it to thousands of people. She says “The mind is unclogged, your senses are heightened, and the sense of separation decreases. Your perception changes about everything. Problems may still exist, but they may not seem like problems any more, because now you’re perceiving the same thing from a different angle. Previously the mind was chattering; you were judging others and judging yourself. Now you perceive it totally differently. There is no conflict of the mind at all, so all the energy is in whatever you’re doing.”

Effortless feeling of peace and comfort. The Oneness Blessing has sometimes been compared to various kinds of meditation and other spiritual practices in the shifts it induces. But many people with decades of experience of meditation practices maintain that the Oneness Blessing has been quite a departure for them. Here is Rani Kumar again: “In meditation you may experience peace when you meditate, the brain may go into silence. But after you get up, as you go into your routine work, you go back into the conflict of the mind. You go back into suffering.”

Ralf Franziskowski is a medical doctor in Traunstein, Germany. As a specialist in natural medicine and psycho-therapy, he has spent decades practicing meditation on longer retreats and as a part of his daily routine. “I had glimpses of being one, not separate, as a result of my meditation practice. But it crossed over very little into my daily life, where I continued to feel very separate from everything. I felt very sad about this split. Since receiving the Oneness Blessing, and especially since going to India and learning to give the Oneness Blessing, this split has become less and less. In meditation, I would come to a point where fear would take over. Then I would retreat and say, “No, I don’t want to go any further.” It would get hard to feel what was in my body. This fear has now gone, replaced by a natural sense of freedom. In my daily life I’m more connected with the sense of oneness that I knew from my meditation practice.”

Diminishing Inner Conflict. One of the most common reports from people regularly receiving the Oneness Blessing is that things flow more smoothly in life, that there is less need to make decisions, and things happen easily on their own. One Dutch musician told me, “I feel like I am flowing through life now, rather than being stuck somewhere. The river is flowing, I’m flowing with it, without getting blocked here and blocked there.”
Anandagiri, one of the three Acharyas at the Oneness University, says, “It becomes obvious after a while that this is not a change in thinking—it is a clear change in the way that you are experiencing things. It is not a practice that you have cultivated, or a new ideology. People feel really comfortable with themselves. They do not complain about who they are. There is a sense of deep peace and comfort inside one’s self … a lack of inner conflict.”

Becoming an Observer. We are habituated to becoming fully identified with our thoughts and feelings. When a wave of anger arises, we feel “I am angry,” rather than noticing the wave of anger rising, passing through, and dissipating again. Hence we become a slave to that anger. It rules us, and we lose the possibility of any choice about it. The same is true of our beliefs. We defend them as if our lives depended on them. People receiving the Oneness Blessing report this habit gets quite quickly broken, that shifts in the brain allow us to experience our thoughts and feelings with dispassion. Here is Rick Allen again:

“I guess the most noticeable thing is the ability to be an observer. Instead of being in the sticky stuff, you’re able to kind of get out of yourself and just see yourself almost like another person. It’s quite useful, because in whatever situation you’re in you tend not to get flustered. There’s less likelihood of allowing your emotions to rule your world. It’s great when you do it as a couple, because you remind each other. You go, ‘There’s no point in getting all upset about that. It’s okay.’ It was subtle at first, but it really starts to come on strong, in all kinds of situations.”

Breaking of Patterns. Many people report that in addition to being able to observe their habitual thoughts and feelings without being governed by them, those patterns themselves also begin to naturally dissipate and melt away. Of the hundreds of people interviewed for this book, many reported that they would suddenly notice, in retrospect, that a habit had not shown itself for some time. This had required no effort or decision on their part; it just disappeared on its own. Here is Samadarshini, another of the senior teachers, or Acharyas, at the Oneness University:

“We are used to going in circles, thinking the same thing again and again. I’ve seen the Oneness Blessing break this. People say, ‘My God, my obsession is gone.’ The Oneness Blessing allows you to see that your obsession was only an obsession, and then it changes. It had nothing real to it. I’ve seen people become extremely happy. So happy that addictions are no longer required. They drop away. In the university, we never tell people to give up any addiction. We don’t tell anyone to do anything. Things change because people are so happy. Something happens to their brain whereby they don’t seem to need these things any more. They have gotten over it. They don’t seem to need pain either. So many times pain defines our life, no? Suffering defines our life. People don’t seem to need any suffering or pain. It’s gone.”

Peak Experiences. The changes we have described so far all concern our usual day-to-day life becoming better—more comfortable, less stressed, and more functional. While these changes are real, and entirely welcome for the beneficiaries, people frequently report another kind of result altogether. The changes we have described so far could be said to be changes to the person. It is also very common, especially on longer Oneness Blessing courses, for there to be a dissolving of the sense of a separate person completely—an Awakening into Oneness. Here is Sri Bhagavan:
“We believe that ultimately the Oneness Blessing leads to what we call Oneness. You lose the sense of separation. People feel as though they all belong to the same family. We believe the world will become one global family. We see that as the ultimate happening.”

Oneness Blessing and Society

James Beard has been working in the Los Angeles County Jail system since 1979. He primarily works with inmates who are in for domestic violence, drugs, and gang activity. Instead of being locked up in a prison cell, these men come to him in a classroom setting for eight hours a day and then go to sleep in a dormitory. He has a mandate from the county to offer programs that will raise their level of consciousness through understanding themselves, through any kind of spiritual experience, and to develop an internal focus of self control. Within these existing programs, he started to invite Oneness Blessing givers into the prison in 2005, and soon after became a Blessing giver himself. He now offers the Blessing to all the inmates in his programs once a week.

The first thing he noticed after introducing the Oneness Blessing was that whatever else he was teaching was absorbed faster. “They now get really deep information at a faster rate and at a deeper level. For example, I might try to explain to them that your life moves towards your intention. Previously, it would take me about a week or so to get them to understand what that means. Now that I give them the Oneness Blessing, they get it almost instantly.”

He finds that by giving the Oneness Blessing just once a week, the atmosphere of the facility has changed a great deal. Both the inmates and the other guards have commented that it feels lighter, that a heaviness has lifted.

One of the greatest challenges Beard has had to face in working in the prison system is the strict segregation of races. Blacks do not associate with Hispanics, Hispanics do not associate with whites. In the county jail system, different ethnic groups never mingle together. Since the blessing, though, they are drinking out of each other’s cups at meals. This is totally outside the page of anything else in the country. Now they have a deep spiritual knowledge of each other.

Beard remembers one particular young African American man to whom he gave the Oneness Blessing in the beginning. He was a very big, powerful man, who was in for beating up his girlfriend and gang-related activity. The morning after the first blessing he was waiting. “I had a dream yesterday,” he said, “after you told me to lay down after the Oneness Blessing. I dreamt that I was in my mother’s womb, that I was an embryo. Then I felt myself grow into a baby, still inside my mother’s stomach. Then I felt myself being born. Once I came out, all of a sudden everything changed and I became myself looking at myself being born. But that’s not all. This morning I received a call and my newborn baby son was born last night.”

“After that,” Beard reports, “there was a glow in that young man’s eyes. His speech became deliberate, he would look you in the eyes. Whenever he would ask a question, the question would have to do with his own individual growth and development. It was never about anybody else.”

One businessman who seemed to have very little trouble understanding the power of the Oneness Blessing was Geert Timan, the owner and CEO of Limburg Patisserie BV, a quality bakery in southern Holland that has been in his family since 1945. It started out just catering to the local villages, but has grown to be the biggest company of its kind in Europe, selling to more than sixty international airlines as well as restaurants throughout Europe. In the late nineties, Geert passed through a mid-life crisis. “I couldn’t understand what it was all about,” he says. ”Making money, getting a car, getting a bigger car, getting a house, getting a bigger house, and so on. I thought, ‘there must be more to life,’ and I started to search.” Geert learned meditation, attended various teachings, and ended up in India becoming a Oneness Facilitator.

“The most important way the Oneness Blessing has affected my business is that it has transformed it into a business fuelled by love. My clients and I are in a state of consciousness that is fully in this present moment, and which is fully carried by love. As you know, business is not always a matter of love. But that’s how I experience it. As soon as I am not attached to anything—not even the product I want to sell—the feeling becomes even stronger. It is so wonderful to be talking about business with a layer of love from the start. It opens doors, because when people feel good with you, it makes even the cakes which we are selling more tasty.”

Geert told me of a recent meeting he had with a team from one of the world’s biggest airlines. I’d love to tell you the name, but he suggested I don’t. Once you hear the story, you’ll understand why. A team of eight executives came to arrange a deal to buy cake from Geert’s company. As soon as they were settled into the meeting and relaxed, Geert began giving the clients the Oneness Blessing through his eyes. “You know, Geert, your building has such a wonderful feeling,” one of the executives commented. “It is 400 years old, isn’t it?”

Sometimes Geert explains that it is more than the building, and sometimes he just lets it go. He says he only explains if someone asks him directly.

The conversation got better and deeper. At a certain point, Geert reports, some the executives started to tear up with pure happiness. The meeting went on for hours; no one wanted to end it.

“Finally they got up to leave,” he says, “and they hugged me. Why would these businessmen hug me? They are not used to hugging each other.

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"When we finally are ready to face the Truth, that we are ultimately helpless and unable to free ourselves, we become humble and ask for help. When this opening sincerely happens Grace is able to be received. This is the gift of Deeksha, the transmission of Divine Grace."
– Ken






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