2020 = 4 – Sangat is the 4th Dimension
‘Neutral attitude is the joy of God’ Yogi Bhajan 13 Jan 1972
This is not a prophecy. Merely words of contemplation for the year 2020.
Going from 2019 to 2020 moves attention and energy away from the 3 (2019 = 12 = 3). Towards 4 (2020 = 4). This can be represented in the way a triangle opens to become a square.
The form of 4 points makes a lot more movement possible. Even when the sides remain the same length, there are still many 4-sided forms that can be made. In this way the number 4 brings openings, possibilities and opportunities. It can come as a relief and sense of freedom. Or a disturbing breakdown of the familiar, leaving you in uncertainty and a tendency to paralysis in order to keep the false sense of security and safety. It can be painful to release yourself from a fixed position. However, the change to the 4 gently confronts you to leave behind false structures.
If this opening is to the higher self, greater awareness, then it becomes a cup of receiving and sharing. On the other hand, if the opening is down to the lower self then there is a danger of falling into an abyss, through the subconscious domain of the 2 (negative mind), and there is no receptivity.
The opening into the 4 is an inner opening. The heart opening to its own inner secrets. It is an internal revolution where you become naked to yourself. It is not an exposure to the world around you. Whatever may have been locked away even from your own attention, conveniently buried in the subconscious, will offer itself to be dissolved through consciousness. This is the possibility that comes with the neutral mind.
In the language of numbers, the year 2020 sums up to number 4 (2+2). In the Spiritual Science of Applied Numerology, the number 4 is referred to as the neutral mind. The neutral mind gives the ability to operate in life free of the effects of multiple influences that condition our decisions in, and responses to, the world. Influences such as shame, guilt and anger based on our past story, expectations, hopes, social pressure, media, attachments, fears, need for approval, addictive patterns and even things like the climate, the season, the planetary movements, the attractions and distractions around us, and so much more.
Neutral does not mean that there is no differentiation, or that all things are to be seen and treated as the same, or as having the same value. Neutral does not allocate any specific value on things, events, time of day, shapes or colours, people etc. It meets and embraces everything just as it is. Fully aware of the distinctness of the diversity of the creation. While not giving undue importance to anything. None the less the Neutral Mind recognises the priority of the moment and consciously chooses to attend to the inevitable. Whole heartedly committing to that. Neutrality allows you to be free of attachment, fully capable of making intuitively informed decisions whilst also being free of the fear of the consequences.
True neutrality is a dynamic state of non-attachment, which sits between attachment and detachment. It a state of being that liberates you from attachments and allows you to be in truthfulness; to perceive the reality and live by it. it is impossible to remain actively in the neutral state without also being in conscious and perpetual trust, which is also the true nature of prayer. Otherwise your neutrality will either become a frozen, detached, paralysed state of insensitivity and apathy. Or it shifts into a trembling doubt, uncertainty and confusion, where hesitation is the standard reaction to life.
There is a small voice within your heart that wants to be heard. It is a voice that wants to take you beyond the limited world of individual personality (ego) into community consciousness. It is a voice that says ‘we’ not ‘me’. The call to community is a move away from a life based on getting and having. Into a life of giving and sharing. The human heart is a prayerful cup through which all giving and receiving really takes place.
Note: this means the heart chakra not the heart organ.
Spiritual community (Sangat), like the inner heart, is the melting pot; the chalice, within which the rising human soul and the descending divine spirit merge, to give birth to the new human; a being of light.
Animal and angel meet in sangat. Community consciousness is an ambient where truth prevails/wins.
The neutrality and inner connection to ‘We’ ensures that your perception is illuminated by the light of truth, the light of consciousness. Reality becomes the ground for all your decisions. It is the place of honesty, sincerity, authenticity, reality and truthfulness.
Whether you define your heart as open or closed. None the less it is the place where you embrace all humanity. Where you feel the love of all and the pain of all. Denying, oppressing, or numbing, the pain will result in the same effect to love. Then there is no basis for a human life but only a life based on individual impulse, instinct, desire, and self-satisfaction. It is the human within you that can meet, connect and awaken the human in others. It is the human within you that can heal the human wounds in others. As it is the humanity on others that awakens you to your true identity and inspires you to risk being open and vulnerable as well to be loved and to share the love.
To fall into the heart is to fall in love. To fall into the heart is to enter an uncertain and unknown realm. To fall into the heart is to call upon your inner possibilities. Falling into the heart is what attracts opportunities. It is a place to ‘be’ not to ‘do’. Then a new quality of action will be born from the state of being. The heart is like the bud of a flower, while the arc-line (halo) is like the open flower.
You can be suspended in the heart in several ways. Retreating inwards into the bud of the heart to close, to shut down, to lose feeling, or to recentre, to connect to self, to gather yourself together. Retreating to the source of inner truth. The source of your humanity. The inner unknown. The possible self. The source of poetry.
Poetry is the bud of awakening. The quiet voice speaks in a different language than the rational mind. It is the voice of the child (YB re that voice). Not the wounded child of this lifetime. The true child. Child of the spirit. The eternal child for whom earth is the mother and sky is the father. The child who is free of stories based on false and temporary identification. The child who knows how to be in the perpetual moment.
Falling into the heart is a beautiful revolution, which can lead to revelation. However, breaking the triangle can also be a journey of social revolt and riot that leads to nothing but trouble. A deconstruction of social norms can be a foundation for liberation or a breakdown leading to anarchy. When it is evident that the ship is sinking then the captain cries out ‘every man for himself’ (save yourself). The spirit of human community is to keep each other afloat. To bring buoyancy to the collective consciousness.
Let’s visit again, and a little deeper, the nature of sangat:
‘’ Sangat means that congregation of affection, which can work for liberation.’’ YB
Sangat is a reality check, an environment to awaken the neutral mind, a gathering where ‘’We are We and We are God’’ (Hummee Hum Brahm Hum) becomes a directly lived experience and where truth unfolds naturally.
Sangat means to congregate, to assemble and develop a sense of togetherness. 1 in spirit. It is time to focus your intention to get together, sing together, meditate together, eat together, be together.
Sangat consciousness is a natural result of inner consciousness of ‘we’. It can be described in many ways.
A formless holding; a state of disinterested interest; being in touch with others as an Invitation not a demand; enquiry not analysis; curious not interrogation; contact not intrusion; holding not grabbing; interested not seeking, available without expectation.
Participation through service:
You are part of the one human race and therefore participation makes sense. Participation allows a flow, a giving and receiving. We are talking about participation in humanity. Not mere participation in the consumeristic industry, the tourism, the spectatorship, window shopping, putting your bets at the casino, and so on. All that can be called participation in Maya. Rather we are talking about participation in human interaction, human relations, human development and evolution. Participation in unfolding the true human potential. That is not necessarily highlighted in material or social gain or fame; in wealth, winning over others, promotion at work, getting a bigger car or house, or any thing else that directly or indirectly promotes self-importance.
The value of what makes us human and not just animals, is in our giving. And the highest value of giving is when it is without self-interest. Selfless service (Seva) requires the active investment of the neutral mind. Seva is a meditation in itself. It is a cup of prayer. A call to the unknown within, through the inner heart, to fulfil the impossible. To provide what seems to be unavailable, to address the needs from an infinite supply. The cup of prayers opens up the flowsothattheDivinecangivethroughus.Godisthetruegiver,thereforegivingisGodly. Sevaneutralisesmanyof the problems of the mind based on the self-importance of ‘me, me, me’, (I don’t/want, I don’t like, etc.) and transforms it to attuned to the sense of ‘we-in-me’. It is a deeply intuitive awareness that the other’s pain is also your pain, the other’s benefit is also your benefit, the other’s joy is also your joy.
There will always be a need of the prayer of Seva as well as the Seva of prayer.
It is not a time to just waiting for community to happen. Nor to be busy searching for your community. It is time to build community. To be asking yourself, not what I can get from community, but what can I offer, what can I bring? Where there is a need, a gap, or a lack that you identify. As it has come to your consciousness then it is you who are called to address it. And when it seems impossible then to, at the very least, offer a prayer.
To relate to others from a community consciousness. we have far more in common than the differences we tend to highlight. We are created from the same 5 elements, we breathe the same air, we inhabit the same global magnetic field, our blood and bones are the same colour, we walk upon the same planet and share the same resources. We see the same colours of the rainbow then why we not also see the same essence shine through everyone’s eyes. The temple of the Aquarian age is sangat. Every soul is a brick. It is held up by the consciousness of seva, prayer, and the trust you put into your prayer.
Some extra numerology:
The diagram below illustrates a form of the pathway to the number 4 and especially how it must pass the 2 twice, which is significant in a year like 2020 where the 2 is present 2 times.