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Bhav Sagar(Void)

Throughout humanity’s evolution, there has been a constant battle against ignorance and illusion. This state of ignorance is something that has to be overcome before man can actually experience the beauty of the Reality of the Spirit. The area which represents this struggle to cross over from illusion to Reality is known as the Void, or the Bhavasagara (Ocean of Illusion).

The Void is the center of our own mastery. As the Kundalini energy enlightens this area we become our own guru. The word guru means weight or gravity, and this grounded state is one of the primary ways that we maintain balance in the midst of our turbulent existence. When the Kundalini rises and fills the Void, our Attention is led out of the confusion and illusion and into the awareness of the higher Reality. In this way we can take control of our own evolution without relying on external forces; eventually our own introspection will provide the answers and keys during our meditation. In a lot of cases the key will be to recognize a solution to our problem presented to us externally, and as we become our own master we are able to discern right from wrong, and Truth from fiction. The other side of this coin is, of course, the principle of the disciple. It is as important for us to recognize Truth in a humble and open-minded way as it is to give advice with the gravity of a Master.

The greatest Masters throughout the ages have been the most humble disciples of God. In this way they surrender their ego to the Divine and are able to teach with absolute authority, even when directly challenging the established wisdom of the time. Since the Void is directly connected to the Nabhi Chakra, it is no coincidence that the principle of Dharma is a fundamental aspect of this area. All of the great Masters and Prophets who have taken their birth on the earth to guide us have made Dharma (or righteous conduct) a key tenet of their teachings. We can only become better beings by not abusing ourselves or debasing others, in other words, by living properly and in accordance with the laws of nature.

All of the great Prophets who have come to act as role models for the human race and to give knowledge of the higher Reality are associated with the Void. The great Prophets such as Abraham, Moses, Lao-Tse, Janaka, Guru Nanak, Mohammed Sahib, Sai Nath of Shirdi, Zarathustra, Confucius, and Socrates are simply embodiments of this Primordial Master. It is they who have taught us the ways of righteous living that maintain codes of conduct by which anarchy is avoided. The Disciple Principle also resides within us in this area, and this principle has been represented on the earth as Luv and Kush (the children of Shri Rama and Shri Sita), as Markendaya, as Adi Shankaracharya, David, John the Baptist, Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Michelangelo, Kahlil Gibran, William Shakespeare, William Blake, and others.

The Void is the gap between the Kundalini and the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic system. It represents all space and time from the beginning of creation to the peak of our evolution in human awareness. It is the vacuum which separates our awareness from the Absolute while we are still in the unenlightened state. The Void is actually created by the outermost circular movement of the Swadisthan Chakra around the Nabhi Chakra. We can tell when we are disturbing the Guru Principle within us by the upset to our digestive system. This can manifest as nausea or any other symptoms emanating from the stomach area.

If for instance we are witness to any Adharmic activity or indulge in abuse of our physical or subtle system we can easily determine the effect on our system by the feeling that we experience in this area. Nervous tension in our stomach or butterflies before an exam or test are simply expressions of our Mastery Principle being challenged. Similarly we are able to discern false teachings from Truth by detecting the condition of the Void.

The combination of vibratorial awareness and signals from our Void area can be a powerful pointer to the legitimacy of any practice whether it is spiritual or material. We learn to become attuned to our subtle system in this way and eventually can respond rapidly to avoid that which will do us harm and to embrace that which will be of benefit to our being. The Guru Principle within us is a very powerful force for our benevolence, but we must learn to recognize the signals.