Do We Get Punished By God?

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So, do we get punished by God if we are “bad?”  That is a question that can be answered very easily. No, we do not. For a start, if that statement were true, there would need to be a God to do the punishing.  This God would have to exist along the same lines as the God of religion.  In other words, an individual entity separate from the rest of the universe and beyond.  The God would also have to possess all the worst egoic, human traits you could imagine; just like the God of religion.

First of all, it would have to make a judgement that we had done something bad and then dish out the punishment.  Being judgemental is a trait of the egoic mind that does not exist within consciousness.  By way of an individual choice, we may choose to refer to Infinite Consciousness as God, but this is just one of many names conjured up by humans to describe the uncreated wilderness of bliss∗ that is our true nature.

The only punishing is inflicted by ourselves in ignorance.

∗ “Uncreated Wilderness of Bliss” – a phrase coined by the yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, as a description of our inner truth.

I Don’t Know

The emperor, who was a devout Buddhist, invited a great Zen master to the Palace in order to ask him questions about Buddhism. “What is the highest truth of the holy Buddhist doctrine?” the emperor inquired.  “Vast emptiness… and not a trace of holiness,” the master replied.  “If there is no holiness,” the emperor said, “then who or what are you?”  “I do not know,” the master replied.

Here we have a devout Buddhist emperor inviting a Zen master to his palace in order quiz him about Buddhism.  It’s quite a common mistake for people to think that Zen and Buddhism are one and the same.  The truth is that they are poles apart.  Buddhism is an organised religion, although also a way of life, non-dogmatic and closer to the truth than most of the world’s major religions.  Zen, in my humble opinion, is something that happens to you; it is an awakening.  Most people experience their spiritual awakening in subtle stages that just happen without any prior warning.  There is no such thing as Zen philosophy either, so the emperor was on a hiding to nothing in asking the master, “what is the highest truth of the holy Buddhist doctrine?”

The answer came, “vast emptiness… and not a trace of holiness.”  This is very profound and clearly not understood by the emperor.  Vast emptiness refers to the inner reality; infinite consciousness, which is One.  The Indian yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, would on occasion refer to this as , “the uncreated wilderness of bliss”, which is the same as vast emptiness.  What the master is saying is that the “highest truth” is to return to the state of “nothingness” from which we came.  This is the non-dual state, therefore “and not a trace of holiness” means that in consciousness there is only consciousness and nothing else.  In the dualistic world, if something is deemed holy, it implies that it will have a relative opposite somewhere that is deemed unholy.  This is duality and ultimately an illusion, so in the vast emptiness there will be no trace of holiness.

The emperor then came back with, “If there is no holiness then who or what are you?”

“I do not know,” the master replied.

The master answered the emperor’s question in the most perfect way possible; “I do not know.”  Enlightenment is the shedding of all knowledge.  All knowledge relates to the past and is of the mind-created world.  In “vast emptiness” there is no knowledge; only pure knowing.


The Descent Into Matter Of The Individualised Soul


A concise but brilliant description of how the individual soul is formed from Paramahansa Yogananda:

Spirit projects the desire to create an individualised expression of itself. The soul becomes manifest and projects the idea of the body in causal form. The idea becomes energy; or the lifetronic astral body. The astral body becomes condensed in the physical body. Through the integrated spinal passageway of these three instrumental media, the soul descends into identification with the material body and gross matter.

It’s Nearly That Time Of Year Again – Part Four


This is the story of Adam and Eve that the church doesn’t want you to know about. I’ve split it into two videos, Would You Adam and Eve It – Parts One and Two. For my friends across the pond, the term, “Adam and Eve”, is Cockney rhyming slang for “believe”. The first video explains how the Christian Church tries to instil fear into the masses by spinning them a cock-and-bull story about being sinners. Thus using their fear of being punished by a deity to keep them under control. The second video explains the deeper meaning of what is actually a very beautiful parable. The second video is a few minutes longer than what I intended, but I hope my wit and charm stops you from falling asleep.


Coming Very Soon – Wisdom Bytes

Well, I thought I was all “authored out” and had put my plans for another new book on hold until next year. My latest work was actually written, however, the segments needed to be put into chapters and the general layout and formatting of the text needed doing; not forgetting that I also needed to work on a cover. I thought I’d had enough for a while but just under a week ago I felt the tiniest spark of oomph within me;any writers who may be reading this will know exactly what I mean by feeling that oomph within! The result of that feeling is that I now have the completed files plus a cover submitted for review. I’m expecting to be able to go ahead and publish within the next 24 hours, then next week I can format an eVersion for kindle. My latest offering is called Wisdom Bytes and the cover and synopsis are awaiting your perusal below!

Wisdom Bytes is the second book in the Fragments Of Divinity series, and like all my other books, is for anyone and everyone from age very young to very old who is searching for a deeper spiritual understanding. The book itself is written in the style of a blog; the idea to create it in this way came from the works of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Yogananda was the first Indian yogi to take up residence in the West and he was the founder of The Self Realisation Fellowship in the US. He departed this Earth in 1952, but left an amazing legacy of profound spiritual insights totalling over 1,700 pages. In order to keep their guru’s work alive the fellowship released it in a series of smaller volumes. Having purchased a number of these truncated works myself I noted how helpful it was to have potentially very complicated texts condensed down into small volumes. One such book is only 28 pages long and can fit neatly into a breast pocket.

So, having read a number of these smaller volumes I came up with the idea for the Fragments Of Divinity series. In keeping with my previous work I have written it in a very reader friendly and easy-to-understand way; some of the first spiritual books I read when I was first discovering my own spiritual pathway were written in such a way that when I got to the end I still didn’t have a clue. As I tend to write about my own actual experiences my books are self-researching, which is a bonus, because it tends to reduce the writing time as well

Anyone who is searching for a deeper meaning to life or who is looking for answers to those seemingly unanswerable questions that tend to nag away at us will find Wisdom Bytes a very interesting and thought-provoking read.

Wisdom Bytes Cover


Thought For The Day #171


The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others – Paramahansa Yogananda

Latest News

It was good to write an actual article the other day, it really did seem like it had been ages since my last one.  However, there has been a reason for this.  I felt that it was about time I released some new material, so I had the idea of four new paperbacks and two CD’s.  The idea was that I would set about publishing my new writing project, Fragments Of Divinity (FOD), in three volumes, and also publish Angelic Wisdom Trilogy (AWT) in paperback form.  Once the first volume of FOD had been published along with AWT, I would then set about revamping two of my CD’s so that they would be available on Amazon, and once that was done I would publish volumes two and three of FOD, simple!  Unfortunately, nothing in life ever seems to be simple.  It’s these projects that have kept me from writing blog posts, so here is an update of what’s going on.

As things stand, FOD has been published as an eBook on Smashwords, and and I am currently still awaiting delivery of the proof copy in paperback before giving the go-ahead for publishing.  There have been a number of teething problems with the eBook on Amazon, that hopefully will be put to bed by the time Easter is out of the way.  As far as AWT goes, I have taken receipt of two proof copies already, the second having arrived this morning, but I am still not happy with the layout and am now considering starting again from scratch with a blank template and then resubmitting.  As opposed to tinkering with the current file and hoping that the issues resolve themselves.  It’s for these reasons that I have been quiet; no blog posts because I’ve been busy on the two books, and no shout-outs for the two books because niggling little problems with both have prevented me from completing publication.

Thankfully I have plenty of time before my official launches (FOD June 12 and AWT July 3) to get things right.  I also realised as I was putting FOD together that I didn’t even have enough material for two books, never mind three.  So as things stand I haven’t had a chance yet to research the revamping of my CD’s.  But I’m hoping to kick that off over the Easter period.

I got the idea for FOD from the books by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) that are issued by the Self Realization Fellowship in the US.  Yogananda’s work was very extensive, but the fellowship have released a series of short booklets containing the condensed teachings of this wonderful yogi.  So my idea for FOD is to release at least three, but probably more, blog style books of no more than 100-110 pages that tackle potentially complicated spiritual topics in an easy-to-read-and-understand way.

So, there you have it….. watch this space for future updates!


An Hour & A Half; 90 Minutes Or A Lifetime?

I once read a great quote by Albert Einstein describing relativity and I want to share it with you as a preamble to what will be my first actual blog article for many weeks.  I will be sharing with you in another article soon as to why my blogging has been at a premium lately, but first it’s over to Albert.

An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour.  That is relativity.

And so with that quote in mind I want to share with you my experiences from last night, 3 April 2012, which contained one of the longest 90 minute periods of my life.  It may seem that I am about to embark on a lamentation of doom and gloom.  But actually some very positive conclusions were drawn from the experience.

Last Saturday I received a phone call from a lady wanting to book me for an evening of clairvoyance at a pub in Shurdington, just outside Cheltenham.  My first thought was to turn it down as I do not like working in pubs.  As far as I’m concerned anywhere where alcohol and spiritual work cross paths is a no-no for me.  I have worked in pubs in the past though; in situations where people book function rooms and hold clairvoyant events.  In truth, I never liked doing them, especially before the smoking ban came into effect.  Even though people were not allowed to smoke in the function room for the duration, you still couldn’t stop the stench of cigarette smoke wafting throughout.  I should also explain that especially in the UK, pubs have history; in many cases they are 100’s of years old and the energies within these establishments can be very negative to say the least.  Indeed I remember the last time I worked in a pub around four years ago, it wasn’t an evening that I remember fondly.  But nonetheless I did take the booking for Tuesday April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

I turned up at the venue and it was apparent that the people running the event, who also happened to be the proprietors, did not have a great deal of experience in organizing such events.  But when I got up in front of the small audience and started speaking I knew straight away that I was in for a hard night; what I didn’t realize though was just how hard it would be.  I should also point out here that I’m not a great lover of clairvoyant nights in general.  I don’t feel that clairvoyance has got anything to do with spirituality; all you are doing is communicating with the astral planes, which will be at various degrees of ease or difficulty depending on the energies in the building and the receptiveness of the audience/congregation.  Without wishing to sound judgemental, these events tend to attract people who have no particular interest in spirituality, but who simply want a message from the medium.  Generally speaking they will only respond to stuff they want to hear, so when I stood up to do my preamble and I felt the coldness from the audience I knew immediately that it was going to be tough.

I should also point out here how clairvoyance works and explode a few myths.  Firstly, these events tend to be called “clairvoyant nights” because clairvoyance is a word that people understand.  It comes from the French, meaning “clear seeing”.  In reality mediums generally work with three faculties; clairaudience (clear hearing), which is a like a silent voice in the head, clairsentience (clear sensing), which as the name suggests means working with your sense of intuition, and clairvoyance.  When a medium links in to those realms of higher vibration, those who wish to communicate will give the medium their information using one of those three methods or a combination of all three.  The medium then has to interpret that information and pass it on to the sitter via the voice.  Bearing in mind that literally everything has a vibration, this also applies to the information supplied to the medium and the medium’s voice.  The sitter then needs to respond to the medium, also via the voice, which in turn also has its own vibration.  It’s the coming together of the three vibrations that create the harmonious link between the two worlds.  To many a medium’s frustration, no matter how many times you say this to people, you still get those who do not respond, or who respond in a negative way.  When this happens the medium has to work extra hard to get the information across, and if they are not experienced in dealing with negative responses they can die a death right there and then.  So, with ten years experience under my belt I died a death last night.  I have never before experienced such negative and non-responsive people; and just for good measure I had a group of teenage girls giggling and talking among themselves virtually all the way through.  Before I get to the nitty-gritty I should explain something else about mediumship.

To say that mediumship is important is like saying you would cause an impact by removing a single grain of sand from the Sahara Desert.  We only think there is something “mystical” about it because we have lost sight of the “Self” (who we really are) whilst in these physical bodies.  We are all beings of light with unlimited potential; no limitations whatsoever, except the ones we impose on ourselves, therefore we are all mediums.  To think about it logically, why should we not have a link back to where we came from?  I’m not even a great lover of calling myself a medium either, because by doing so, I’m putting myself in a box and giving myself a category that somehow limits me.

So, there I was, waiting for the ground to open up and swallow me; but wait…… surely there is a positive to come out of this negative?  Of course there was, and in many ways, I am so glad for that most awful of experiences.  Firstly, I cast my mind back to how the old me would have dealt with it.  I would have shown my frustration and eventually I would have probably stopped, sat down, and told those being disruptive that I wouldn’t continue unless they left.  I may also have reacted with a slightly aggressive tone and become very impatient.  It’s also true to say that any decent medium doesn’t mind getting a “no”, it just means we have to do bit more work, but the absolute worst part of the evening was the horrendously long periods of silence when I lost my link completely; a silence intermittently broken by the giggling of the teenage girls.  But I realized that I have evolved quite a lot over the last few years.  I was very aware of my reaction, and even though I was not exactly best pleased at being in that situation, I saw it as a challenge that needed to be met.  I also realized I was being tested and I shall explain.

Here I am, someone who has been guided by Eastern philosophies and who calls himself a devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba; I even have Baba’s quotes on my stationary, “help ever hurt never”, “love all serve all” and Baba’s teachings are very precise; “see God in everyone”.  He also very often reminds us that “hands that serve are holier than lips that pray”.  I’ve also read Paramahansa Yogananda, Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch, so I am more than aware of the importance of letting go of the ego in order to realize the “Self”.  So, was I really going to succumb to my ego and pass judgement on those who clearly did not know any better?  Was the evening about me and my image or was it about doing God’s work?  Was I really going to forget all the wisdom that’s come my way over the past few years for the sake of my ego being knocked?  I’m just so thankful that I had the vision to see what was really happening from a spiritual perspective.  Another thing that I’ve learned recently is that it is not our circumstances that depend on whether we are happy or sad, it’s how we deal with them.  I’ve also learned that the universe is in constant flow and that it has been created as a paradox.  So within the realm of matter’s ebb and flow we are not always going to have circumstances that we like.  But what we can do is accept that they are the only set of circumstances we have at that moment and deal with them in the best way possible and to the best of our ability.  So, all these things were going through my mind and I simply got on with the job.  The old me would also have immediately blamed my angels and guides for not doing their job properly, but I understand that it was only because of the hard work and support of those “unseen forces” who work with me that I was able to see it through.  It was such a relief when it was all over, but it all ended on a positive note.

I was very surprised that some of the ladies in the audience came up to me afterwards and shook my hand and thanked me for their messages.  Some others were also apologizing for the behaviour of those who had been disruptive and said how disgusted they were.  They informed the pub management who also apologized to me and informed me that the perpetrators would be barred from attending any future events.  In reality the energy in that room was the most negative I have ever encountered; that was the crux of the problem.  The giggling girls didn’t exactly help, but in the years I have been working as a medium I’ve encountered a lot worse.  I explained to all those who offered apologies that they were not necessary and that we should try not to judge those who disrupted; they clearly didn’t know any better.

I wasn’t booked at that venue by coincidence; I was booked in order to be tested.  I’m very grateful for the experience but I wont be working there again.

Thought For The Day #2

Paramahansa Yogananda explains to us how having steadfast faith in God sustains us throughout our lives.  Extract from The Self-Realization Fellowship book, Living Fearlessly

In San Fransisco (in 1925), I had only $200 in the bank and was about to begin a lecture campaign.  I had not enough money even to make a start; and many large bills had to be paid.  I said “God is with me.  He has given me this trouble and He will look after me.  I am doing His work; I know he will help me.”  If the whole world forsakes you, but you know that He is with you, His law will work its wonders for you.

When my secretary came to me and I told him how much money we had in the bank, he literally colapsed on the floor.  I said “get up.”  He was shaking: “We are going to jail for not paying our bills!”  I said “we are not going to jail.  In seven days we will have all the money we need for the campaign.”

He was a doubting Thomas, but I had faith.  I was not in need of money for any gain of my own, but to spread God’s work.  I had no fear, even for the enormity of my troubles.  Fear is afraid of me.  What is there to fear?  Nothing should give you fear.  Face all troubles with faith in God and you will conquer.

Bhagavad Gita says: “With heart absorbed in Me, and by My grace, thou shalt overcome all impediments.  And think of it!  I was walking in front of the Palace Hotel when an elderly woman came up to me and said, “Can I talk with you?”  We exchanged a few words then out of the blue she said, “I have money to burn, Can I help you?”

I replied, “I don’t need your money.  Why should you offer money to me when you don’t know me?”  She answered, “But I do know you; I have heard so much about you.”  And right there she wrote out a cheque for $27,000.  I saw in that the hand of God.

I live by faith in God.  My power is God.  I do not believe in any other power.  As I concentrate on that Power, it works through me.  That power of God is working with you also.  You will see it is so if you have faith and know that prosperity comes not from material sources but from God.