Spiritual Essays by Shunyamurti, the director of the Sat Yoga Institute, on a wide variety of topics ranging from the goal of the spiritual path, to enlightenment and liberation, psychoanalysis and ego dynamics, and even quantum physics.
True Sat Yogis must be members of the KGB. In this case, of course, KGB does not refer to the defunct Soviet intelligence agency. Rather, it means to be those who vow to always act with KGB—Kindness, Generosity, and Benevolence—toward everyone we meet, but especially toward our spiritual community.
We need to act with KGB-consciousness because we know that in these final days of Kali Yuga everyone who is not a true Sat Yogi is in a state of hyper-sensitivity, emotional fragility, paranoia, lost-ness and confusion. So we must offer KGB—here, it also means Kali Good-bye Blessings—to help people recognize that it is time to return to the Light, to leave behind this plane of illusion and merge once more into the Supreme Reality. We can only give that message, non-verbally of course, if our consciousness is already united with the Supreme One.
Most people today, before they enter a spiritual path, are made miserable by a mind that is out of control. The ego mind is wild, savage, selfish, filled with lusts, anger, greed, demands, judgments, hostile disregard for the feelings of others, it is utterly self-ungovernable—and yet at the same time it is weak, unbalanced, irrational, emotionally unstable, incapable of perseverance, humility, or clarity, or of full dedication and cooperation with others. Yogis refer to the ego-mind as the monkey-mind. The first task of a new yogi upon entering the path to the Supreme Liberation is gaining control of this monstrous monkey mind.
Someone asked recently if the teachings of Sat Yoga are frozen, or if they are evolving. It was clear that the questioner had some objection to certain teachings and wanted them to change. But the question of the evolution of spiritual teachings goes beyond that issue. So it is important to clarify this matter for all our students. The answer has to take into consideration a number of factors.
One name for our current historical moment could be Quantum Yuga. The discoveries of quantum mechanics have shattered the assumptions of the Newtonian paradigm that has too long held our consciousness in collapse, in the straitjacket of naïve pseudo-realism, the dualistic materialism that has successfully masqueraded as common sense. That common sense has revealed its true nature as the psychosis of ego-consciousness, otherwise known as Kali Yuga. We now have the conceptual tools to make a graceful exit into a new Sat Yuga—an age of higher truth and beauty resplendent with the true awareness of our transcendent unity. But to do that, we must de-collapse the wave function that has led to the appearance of the nightmare of demonic egocentricity that has settled upon this dying planet that was once our paradise home.