Noble World Foundation (NWF) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in October 2004 in Illinois. Its mission is to promote the inner transformation of individuals for peace, harmony, and well-being in the world.
Individuals make a family, families make a society, societies make a nation, and nations make a world. Thus, individuals are the world. When individuals improve, the world automatically improves.
Inner transformation means to transform the condition of the human mind, which is prone to weaknesses such as anger, greed, jealousy, lust, hatred, and pride. Through the practice of meditation, the mind can become free of these human weaknesses. Individuals who experience inner peace through meditation naturally radiate that peace into their surroundings, contributing to harmony and peace in the world.
NWF serves people of all races, creeds, and religions, providing proper education by which people's minds become more peaceful and nations become more united.
NWF strives to teach people how to live in harmony with the divine laws that govern the world.
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It is said that enlightenment is possible only by spiritual birth from a true guru. Who is a true guru? Shiva Sutra Vimarshini states: “Guru paramesvari anugrahika shakti,” which means that the true guru is the grace-bestowing power (shakti) of God. The guru transmits power (shakti) - called shaktipat -into the disciple by look, touch, sound, or thought. There are two terms: Guru (notice Capital 'G') and guru. The inner Guru is called Guru whereas the outer guru is simply called guru. The outer guru is needed in order to realize the inner Guru.
According to Kashmir Shaivism, God performs five functions: He creates the universe, He preserves it, He dissolves it, He conceals it within His own being to create it again, and He transmits divine grace to individual souls so that they can realize their oneness with Him. It is this fifth function—grace-transmitting power (shakti)—that is called the Guru. In other words, the power is called the Guru. When this power flows through a particular individual, that individual is addressed as a guru. An outer guru is necessary for divine initiation. As a result of this initiation, an inner body starts growing up within the disciple. Sri Guru Gita, a sacred hymn in the Skanda Purana, fully describes what a true guru is, and its recitation invokes a divine state within. The inner Guru is within each of us.
A guru makes you experience your own essential nature. To illustrate, the following story is excerpted from the book, Building a Noble World:
Once upon a time, a washerman went into a forest with his donkeys. There he saw a lion cub alone, without its mother, so he took the cub home, and he brought it up himself, along with his donkeys. The lion cub grew up with donkeys and, of course, he thought he was a donkey, too. One day the washerman took him to the river with the other donkeys, and while they were there, a grown-up lion happened to come along. He was amazed to see the young lion there with all the donkeys.
“What are you doing hanging around with all these donkeys?” he asked.
The young lion was surprised to hear this question. “They are my brothers,” the young lion said. “I’m a donkey myself.”
”Do I look like a donkey?” the old lion asked.
“No, you obviously belong to some other species,” replied the young lion.
“Okay, let me show you something,” said the old lion.
He took the young lion to the riverbank, and he pointed to their two reflections in the water. “Now, do you belong to their species or mine?” he asked and let out a tremendous roar.
Hearing the lion’s roar, the cub tried to roar and found that he could! Filled with delight and wonder, the cub jumped, roared, and relished the realization that he was truly a lion. Immediately, the young lion began to live like a lion, eventually becoming the king of the forest.
That young lion was a lion throughout his life. He was a lion even when he thought he was a donkey, but it took an experienced lion to remove his ignorance. Without that old lion to point it out to him, that young lion might not have realized his lionhood. In the same way, the energy called kundalini in yoga is dormant within us. Only when the guru’s own energy enters into us to awaken the dormant kundalini energy, can we experience our own divinity.
God Regards All Religions as His Own
A particular follower of a religion may believe that his path is the only valid path to God, but to God, all paths are valid. For example, a tenant in a large apartment building may consider the apartment he lives in as his own, while remaining unconcerned with the other apartments in the building. However, the owner of the building regards all apartments in the building as his own. Similarly, God regards all religions as His own. Jesus, Muhammad, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira, Zoroaster, and Guru Nanak, to name a few, are worthy of our reverence because all of them had direct experience of the ever-blissful state of the same Universal Spirit.
Yogananda, in his famous book Autobiography of a Yogi, observed: “The law of gravitation worked as efﬁciently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.
In his book, Where Are You Going?, Swami Muktananda remarked, "All religions are of fairly recent origin, but God existed since the beginning of time. He would not have signed a contract with any religious founder saying, ‘You are my exclusive salesman.’ The signiﬁcance of a religion is its emphasis on turning within, not the belief of some of its members that it is better than other religions."
“I Am” Is the Essence of Religion
Just as electricity does not cease to exist when a light bulb is broken, so the power of awareness “I am” does not disappear when the physical body of a person dies. Since the Power of “I am” awareness never dies, it is indestructible and ever-present. God by deﬁnition is indestructible and ever-present. Thus, the Power of “I am” awareness itself is God. In other words, “I am,” is essentially the Ocean. Indeed, in discovering who I am, God is known. In the New Testament, Luke 17:21, Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Since God is within us, wouldn’t it make sense to search and ﬁnd God by turning within? Swami Muktananda taught: “Understand your Self. See your Self. Seek your Self, and ﬁnd your Self. Hari, Shiva, Shakti, Allah, Jesus, Buddha—all dwell within you. Kneel to your own Self. Honor, and worship your own Self. Meditate on your own Self. God dwells within you as You.”
How to Meditate?
Meditation can help us to calm our minds and improve our concentration. Just as we unconsciously experience a blissful state beyond the physical body when we pass into deep sleep, so also we can consciously experience a blissful state beyond the physical body when we glide into meditation. "Meditation can transform a person's character, conduct, and behavior. Through the practice of meditation, lost energy is replenished, memory is improved, intellect is sharpened, and intuition is developed. Meditation removes all worries and tensions of the mind."(from Building a Noble World)
A human being is nothing but the state at a given moment. Therefore, what you are depends on what state you are in. Modern psychology recognizes only three states: conscious, subconscious, and unconscious. The fourth state is “super conscious,” which is recognized only in yoga. In the words of Swami Vivekananda: “The Yogis say that man can go beyond his direct sense-perception and beyond his reason also. Man has in him the faculty, the power, of transcending his intellect even, a power which is in every being, every creature. By the practice of Yoga that power is aroused, and then man transcends the ordinary limits of reason, and directly perceives things which are beyond all reason.”
Remember, the meditation state is neither the waking state, nor the dream state, nor the deep sleep state. In other words, in the meditation state, you are neither awake, nor dreaming, nor fast asleep. It is an extraordinary fourth state a human being can experience in which one is fully aware, fully conscious, fully alert. If you were to lose awareness, who would experience the meditation state? The meditation state cannot be understood intellectually, but it can certainly be experienced if a divine power within you is awakened. In the meditation state, you experience your innermost divinity, your own intrinsic, true nature. Once experienced, you start looking upon yourself as being pure spirit that is ever blissful and divine.
Learn how to meditate. The best technique of meditation is natural, effortless, and automatic. Here is the Hamsa technique of meditation described in verse 24 of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra (you may refer to "The Technique of Meditation" in Building a Noble World, page 74)
Urdhve prano hy adho jivo visargatma parocharet
Utpattidvitayasthane bharanad bharita sthihi
“Radiant one, this experience may dawn between two breaths. After breath comes in (down) and just before turning up (out)—the beneficence.”
The breath can be used as a technique for reaching the meditation state. The gap between the inbreath and the outbreath is the inner space, whereas the gap between the outbreath and the inbreath is the outer space. Under the Hamsa technique, the deepest meditation can be experienced by focusing on either of these two spaces (called sandhi in Sanskrit), in which breathing ceases. In this gap between two breaths, you are a pure being. If you can settle with full awareness in this gap, you are in meditation on your true Self, the state of perfect stillness of the mind.
To experience your own innermost being is the goal of meditation. Swami Muktananda said: “Through meditation you can know your own inner Self. That one who understands the most secret things inside you is the Self. For example, when you are in sleep there is someone who watches everything, who witnesses everything, who understands everything even though you are asleep. And then when you wake up, that being tells you what you have seen in your dream. That being is the Self, so meditate on the Self.”
You can easily practice meditation while living in the world with your job, your spouse, your children, your house, your business, your study, and everything else.
Does God Listen to Prayers?
Questioner: Considering the vastness of the universe, with its countless number of galaxies, it is hard to believe that the Creator of such immensity would listen to our prayers.
Master: Your conception of Infinity is too finite! Although the Lord is infinitely vast, He is also, in His infinity, infinitesimal. Infinity means, “Without end.” The Infinity of God’s consciousness goes not only outward, but also inward—to the very heart of every atom. He is as conscious of every human thought as He is of the movements of the galaxies in space.
If Not Within, God is Nowhere Else
"God, who is present in all places, at all times, and in all things, must be present in this place, at this time, and in this thing. So it follows that God is surely present within each of us. Indeed, a human body is the abode of God. Accordingly, each one of us deserves the highest respect. If God is not within, He is nowhere else." - Building a Noble World, p. 97
Meaning of “I Am the Only God”
"The ultimate statement 'I am the only God' causes confusion to many. The question arises, for example, if Jesus is considered the only God then how can Buddha also be considered the only God? The answer lies in this analogy: When a river merges into the vast ocean, it loses its identiﬁcation as a river. Then, the river’s declaration “I am the ocean” becomes true. Similarly, when a prophet merges his sense of individuality with the all-pervasive Consciousness, his declaration “I am the only God” is entirely true." - Building a Noble World, p. 9
My country is the world and my religion is to do good. — Ralph W. Emerson (1803–1882)
He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. —Lao-tzu (604 BC–531 BC)
The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. —Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
Men are not inﬂuenced by things, but by their thoughts about things. —Rama Tirtha (1873–1906)
I do not want to make my stomach a graveyard of dead animals. — George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph W. Emerson (1873–1906)
I love my family more than myself, country more than family, and world more than country. —Rama Tirtha (1873–1906)
Give a man a ﬁsh and he eats for a day. Teach him to ﬁsh and he eats for a lifetime. —Native American Proverb
My nationalism includes the well being of the whole world. —Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)