Insights into the Ishtadevata - alignment with Deity

Deities, like humans, have different characteristics.  The energy/shakti of some deities is very ‘yang’, powerful, while others are gentle, their energy permeates through your bodies like a gentle wave that washes over you, cooling you, as you lie on the sand in shallow water.  When a relationship has developed between the disciple and their 'Ishtadevata' the personal deity, occult obedience is the first rule that must, at all costs, be understood.  For instance, during some meditation you find yourself faced with a dilemma and ask your ‘Ishtadevata’ the deity, for some insight.  You recognize the flashing forth of an answer, but the answer is not what you expected.  In fact, you find the application or directions you just received makes you feel uncomfortable, and you sense difficulties.  This is where ‘occult obedience’, and ‘viveka’ or a spiritual inner discrimination comes into play. That which feels uncomfortable is the personality, not your Essential Nature.  You stand aside from the personality, and obey the deity.  A deity can see possibilities from the higher plane of awareness and “knows”.  If you decide not to follow the instructions received from the deity, the deity will pull away and become distant from you immediately.  Deities are not sentimental. All this is part of the process of initiation, and based on occult law.  The Master watches all one’s efforts and choices, and can tell whether a disciple is trustworthy, who will serve in the work of the Hierarchy.

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