The sound is in the ears

The sound is in the ears
Your inner hearing…

The sound is in the ears

Amongst our five senses,
the hearing is the most important.
If the ear rebels, the other senses rebel…

All senses are equally important
Of course

It is only recently that the prevalence of hearing,
(when it comes to obedience for example) imposed to me

Most Holy Scriptures start with “listen” or “hear”

And the importance of the sound and word is stressed
Rather than the picture or vision

When you close your eyes,
you activate alfa and beta sounds…
The sound of meditation…

Close your eyes and listen…

The sound is in the ears
Open your heart and listen

 

– Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation –

Nanak, in the Jap Ji, has called it Hukam and describes Its working:
All things are manifestations of His Will,
But His Will is beyond description.
By His Will is matter quickened into life,
By His Will is greatness obtained.
By His Will some are born high and others low,
By His Will (the impious) wander in endless transmigration.
All exists under His Will,
And nothing stands outside.
One attuned with His Will, O Nanak, is wholly free from ego…

The sound of Sikh prayer

– Mesmerizing Divine Sound –

BG 17 : 23

Om is a single syllable word that denotes brahman.
It is the most sacred sound according to Hindu belief.

Tat means ‘that’ or ‘it’ and refers to brahman.
It serves as a reminder that ‘we are not doing the work’
and helps overcome our ego.

Sat means ‘real’ or ‘good’ and refers to brahman.
It inspires an overall attitude of goodness in action.

Om Tat-Sat : Om, the eternal transcendental sound vibration of Ultimate consciousness, the threefold representation known to indicate Ultimate Truth.
This is declared to be the threefold designation of the Absolute.

– Hear, o Israël, the sound of Shofar

The gathering of menkind in praise of the only One

Thank you all for making me wonder and find Beauty!
Namaskarams

The conscious deep sleep

Deep sleep

The conscious deep sleep
Awake and asleep

Conscious deep sleep

A state of consiousness
A deep sleep
awake and alert

Beyond relaxation
Beyond guided visualisation
Beyond music, sensorial hearing

It is beyond reverie, the half way world
(between waking and dreaming)
Beyond lucid dreaming
(Being aware of the dream in the dream)

Deep sleep is dreamless

Not invented
Not a brand
Not a trademark

No determinations, nor affirmations
No gain in the practice
Not done for … (fill in the blank)

A profound state of consciousness

Awakened, walking the beach
Dreaming, looking at the waves
Swimming into the deep

Where there is only stillness

The beauty of being
deeply silent and quiet
enjoying the still

Awakening to the true Self
The highest level of eternal consciousness
The center of eternal consciousness

Beyond deep sleep

 

The WAITING

Oh! waiting
for her in that
solitary dark rest room
on the side of the mountain……

❤️

have you ever discovered
dear friend……
that subtle loveliness
that unfolding sweetness
the pulsating heart
and the bubbling
profoundness…..
in waiting !!

❤️

the traveler
knows the
auspiciousness
of that waiting……

the resounding
gorgeousness
in that breathing…….

the amazing
absoluteness
in awaiting Her
in that abandoned rest room
by the side of the mountain…….

❤️❤️

WHAT IS HEALING?

WHAT IS HEALING?

Healing is a journey to regain the ground which used to be paradise of self and which has been lost. Healing is the journey in transitional transformation from illness to well being. It is the “renovation of body and mind” which have been broken down from its integrative wholeness.

“Swasthya” in Indian Philosophical context is to put the “self” once again in its PRIME situation in the body where it can exert “complete control” over its processes. (Lit. Swasthya- one who is established in self)

Healing takes place when we discover the “basic ground” on which the whole structure of “existence” is erected.
This ground we find through “self disclosure” and through “self-introspection”. A good friend in a “doctor” or psychotherapist may help in “discovering ourselves”. Yet “self disclosure activity” is exclusively ours.

We had our potentials and disabilities in balance and sometimes have got imbalanced in illness. If sickness has broken the web of life- this has to be woven anew. We may in hurry try to “patch the holes within self” merely “externally with chemicals” yet in healing we need to altogether refurbish our existence from the very base.

We need to reset a lifestyle- both physical and spiritual. We have to bring together scattered parts of the self. The holes created in our “personality” by none other than our tormentors in life and sometimes because of our own ignorance and carelessness need to be repaired first. Pervasive sadness of the self and continuous “self denial” activity need to be recognized and dealt with.

We get sick when the creative life in us does not get actualized. We shall have to learn to unfold and reclaim the parts of self which have been lost and we are unconscious of it. We shall have to awaken our inner self and let it demand from us a wider life.

We had been buying love at the cost of our dreams. We had been continuously belittled for our plausible needs which had been wrongly termed desires. We had been termed “egotistic” by the “thoughtless virtuosity” of the centuries standing. We need to get our “genuine claim” to the “immaculate existence” which we consider as “ours”.

We need to restore our communication with our real self. It shall be done when we shall start hearing the language of our bodies and start feeling the freedom of mind in every act.

In healing we shall come to term with some intolerable truths. We may have to become self-resistant to pain. We may have to reframe ourselves to get “fine meanings of life”. We shall have to create a reasonable balance between what we want and what we need to have a simple life.

We must have to learn that life is a constant adaptation. Body and mind ride the ebb and flow of our breath- the prana and the soul. With erotic physical and psychological feelings we can arouse a hearty person in us.

We shall have to listen our holographic universe which we carry in our holographic mind and brain. Mind may have to be made congruent in this concept of existence. Life maybe a dream but we have to live it.

To heal we must discover the parts of self we do not yet know as ours. We do not know where do they exist. These parts are in dire need of love. They when healed produce “wellness”.

Why do we have to suffer – meaning ?

Why do we have to suffer
Young woman in despair sitting against a brick wall

Why do we have to suffer

A question
Hitting
And targetting all

Why does it happen
What for

Feelings of dispair
Rebellion and Anger
When it happens to us

There is no why
It just happens

Due to accidents of nature
Like birth and death

Due to our own mistakes
Like overeating or wrong food

Due to the mistakes of others
A drunken driver hitting you in the face

It happens
It is part of our earthly condition

What matters is
How we handle the suffering

Do we numb it
Or is it a way to enter in dialogue

What is the teaching in this
What do we learn?

Is it acceptance
forgiving

Or just knowing
we are not the end of story

Can we give it meaning?

 

Oh life ,I love you

Oh Life ,I love you

Oh life ,

my  beautiful co traveler

what should I say

I love you every day

what you give
me on this path
I will accept
with all my heart …
Oh life
I don’t know till today
why i never
understood your ways
I love you so much
that I  keep walking
with hope and faith
as long as you are with me
I fear no enemy …
Oh life
your roads at times
are full of puddles
and potholes
at times ,soft green grass
strewn with earthy flowers
both exist side by side
I’ve learnt to
endear them alike …
Oh life
despite all the pain
you never leave my side
even when I cry
you raise my spirits
by your strength and courage
and bring joy and pleasure
for me to treasure ..
Oh life
you are Gods gift
so it matters not
if you drop me
or give me a lift
it’s these ups and downs
which make  me feel alive
for to live  life
in a straight line
means I don’t survive ….
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BEAUTY

 

BEAUTY

everything
treasured
in the womb
of your eyes…..

how the
color expands in
the vision
what really
matters dear friend !

everything
rises and
subsides in
the ocean of heart

how the waves
turn sacred
and expresses
as a sight that
really matter dear friend !!

  

The JOURNEY

alone….
chanting my master’s name
walk the path of love….

beautiful sky…..
beautiful breeze….
beautiful earth…….
and radiant fire of love ahead…….

falling, rising and again falling….
learning to be steadfast….
walk the path of love…

Oh Master…wherever you are …..
you are by my side… above me and at my back
leading me blissfully….
with silent whisper….
and profound compassion…..

walking…rolling….

sitting standing….

awaiting freedom…..

and freedom…………..

The power of God

Good Morning to all. ——————–
We know that God is great and He has great power, .. but we may many time fail to realize that HE can use that power to punish us to mend our ways when we go astray!!. ————— God is great, & Satyam Eva Jayate.

A fundamental right?

Most people in India, instead of reading and trying to understand logically correctness of news presented by tv channels,it seems, they blindly believe and accept as truth whatever news readers say it on tv. .. Today one tv news channel says .. A case on behalf of a group of women agitators who are agitating for their FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT FOR FREEDOM TO PRAY is taken up by supreme court. And, it seems, there that news media does not explain or clearly states .. what it means by FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO PRAY??.

Learn Spirituality

At initial age for children it is important to learn spirituality than anything else, so that when they start growing they will be rightly able to distinguish which knowing/knowledge is good and helpful for personal, spiritual and social life living wherein slowly and gradually they rightly adopt learning skill, earning means of living, and enriching spiritual knowledge and living in peace and happiness.

Work is worship

Good Morning to all.

Work is worship. Going to workplace and carrying out assigned work is more beneficial than going to a temple (= any worship place) and asking God to give luck and benefit, because HE already knows what you need since HE is all ANTERYAMI.

Work is Worship; and Satyameva Jayate. Tolerance, compassion and righteous attitude are the good investments for the future.

Speaking truth

Why we are so much hypocrites? Whereas, hardly any one speaks TRUTH nowadays.

More we speak untruth, more we become irresponsible.

Discipline and truthfulness in speak and action are an elevated spiritual attitude.

Supreme Divine Power

Good Morning to all friends.

May Supreme Divine Power guide us to be righteous, and empower us to carry out good work, and thus bring progress and happiness not only for us, but for all others as well. Truth prevails. God is great.

Our Thankfulness

We Indians are to be very thankful:

to God, .. for His grace, guidance and care;
to our country the India, .. for all the opportunities it
democratically now made available for our use, and,
thanks to the entire World .. particularly to the North America, West Europe, Middle East, South Africa, South East Asia, and Australia where many of our people sought employment opportunities, and working and living there enthusiastically.

NATURE is divine, gracious and very tolerant and a loving mother to us. Thank you .. mother Earth.

Tirrupavai

‘Margazhi, which precedes the Uttarayana is ushah-kaala (the short period just before dawn) for devas for whom a human year constitutes one day. The period just before dawn in this month is therefore very sacred and it is common for all to visit the temples and go around the streets singing Tiruppavai, Tiruvenbavai and other bhajans – the intention is to rouse the latent spiritual powers in every one of us.’( Kanchi Paramacharya)

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other words, if the whole year is deemed to be just one day, margazhi month is the pre-dawn period of awakening, transit from the stillness and calm of the wintery night to a days of meaningful activities. It is the time for singing, before dawn every day of the month, the praise of God, at home, on the streets and in temples, be it Andal’s Tiruppavai, or, Manickavachagar’s Tiruvembaavai and Tiruppalliyeyuchi. It is also the month when the holiest vaishnavite temple in Srirangam and the most sacred saivite one at Chidambaram, have their most important annual festivals, Vaikunda Ekadasi and Aarudra Darshan, respectively, both celebrated before sun rise.

And, on the last day of month, on Bhogi, we clean our houses in readiness to welcome Uttarayana and the Tamil month of Thai with a Suryanarayana puja and Pongal….

Belief in ‘தை பிறந்தால் வழி பிறக்கும்’!

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Andal’s story is well known. Born in Srivalliputtur a great vaishnavait temple town, she was determined to get married to the Lord and to no one else. She composed and sang 30 verses or ‘pasurams’ comprising Tiruppavai, each sung on one day of the month of Margazhi. Appropriately the first pasuram starts ‘margazhi thingal …’. She is believed to have ultimately attained her wish in Srirangam temple.

Andal

 

 

 

 

Tirrupavai

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION: Sri ANDAL is the Quintescence incarnation

of Sri BHUMI DEVI the Divine Consort of SRIMAN NARAYANA,

who took birth on this earth to liberate suffering human

beings from worldly bondage.She sang thirty sweet songs

containing the cardinal principles ofSriVaishnava Dharma

during the month of MARGAZHI.Singing these songs,with

understanding of their inner meaning, will bring to us

peace, prosperity and above all Divine Grace.

 

ANDAL, though a Brahmin girl, assumes the guise of a

cowherdess and yearns for Everlasting Happiness and

Service of the Lord.It is the age-old practice of

Sri Vaishnavas to sing these stanzas every day of the

year in the presence of the Lord in the temple as

well as in their homes.This practice assumes special

significance during MARGAZHI so much so that each day

of this month gets its name from a pasuram,like for

example the first day (12.16.97) is called MARGAZHI-

TTINGAL.

 

It may appear in the beginning that Andal is intending

to perform a particular religious vow to marry the Lord

and thereby obtain His Everlasting Company,and that she

is inviting all her girl friends to join her.It is only

towards the end of TIRUPPAVAI that we learn that she

did not actually go to any pond or river or perform

a religious rite; SHE IS ACTUALLY PRAYING TO BE GRANTED

THE SERVICE OF THE LORD FOR ALL ETERNITY.It is the

Soul’s inner craving to redeem itself and to reach

His Divine Nearness in order to serve him (” Attaani-

cchevagam” as her father PERIYAZHWAR calls it) which

forms the real purport of this poem.

 

  1. MARGAZHI TTINGAL

 

The first stanza which states the central premise to be

elaborated in the rest of the poem contains the

following ideas:

1.Andal praises the day (NANNAL)that has appeared of

its own accord for the observance of the vow.What it

means is that for a soul,that day is the Good Day when

he understands all about himself and God and their

mutual relationship of Lord and Servant which is stated

in the Tirumantram.

2.The fruit in getting one’s body is for serving the

Lord here and hereafter (NEERADA PODUVIR)

3.All those who have a longing for the service of the

Lord are qualified to join her.(PODUVIR PODUMINO)

4.She speaks of the radiance that attended on the face

of her companions on hearing her requisition.(MADI

NIRAINDA ;the moon is not in the sky alone!)

5.The prosperity of Gokula consists of Sri Krishna’s

amiable pranks in stealing butter and girls; i.e.,the

wealth of a Sri Vaishnava consists of his intoxicating

love for and enjoyment of Lord’s company.

6.Nandagopa’s vigilance in guarding Krishna with his

very sharp spear in hand symbolises the “ASTHANE

BHAYA-SANKA” and “MANGALASASANA-PARATA” which

characterises a SriVaishnava.

7.Yasoda’s over-indulgence of Krishna is responsible

for all his pranks and misbehaviour towards the young

gopis.

8.SrimanNarayana is the SOLE MEANS of attaining His Feet.

This strikes the keynote of the Song Divine-TIRUPPAVAI.

NARAYANANE (Upaya Swarupam) NAMAKKE (Adhikari Swarupam)

PARAI (Phala Swarupam) TARUVAN.The safest means of securing

Him is not Karma yoga etc but His Grace only.

That is the sum and substance of this verse.

 

 

  1. VAIYATHU VAZHVIRGAL

 

 

 

At her cordial invitation a huge crowd gathered and the

wonder-struck ANDAL exclaims,”in this ignorance-spreading

world,are there so many interested in Emancipation!”.She

proceeds to prescribe “dos” and “don’ts”( which actually

are the SAMBHAVITA SWABHAVA,the natural characteristics

of the Adhikari).

 

While we appear to be performing this vow for getting

rain,in reality it is different.She stresses the words

“NAMUM NAM Pavaikku”- NAMUM- WE are quite different

from others; we long for His company and firmly believe

that He alone is the Means for achieving it. NAM Pavai-

Indrajit did a malefic rite to put an end to Rama;but

OUR beneficent rite is for securing Lord’s and His

World’s prosperity and happiness.

 

The SriVaishnavite Code of Conduct as prescribed by

her is as follows:

Recite the Samskrita and Dravida Veda which sings the

glory of the Feet of the Lord reclining on the Serpent

in the Milky Ocean,all the while thinking about one’s

Redemption.

Eschew all carnal and even worldly desires like eating

ghee,drinking milk etc.

Bathe early in the morning.Don’t adorn your eyes with

collyrium,or your hair with flowers till the completion

of the vow;meaning thereby that a SriVaishnava needs

decoration etc only when he is in union with the Lord.

Never indulge in an act which was not practised by our

righteous minded ancestors.Bharata refused the kingship

though granted by his father and permitted by Rama

on the grounds that the tradition of Solar Kings did

not permit a younger son to rule when the elder was

living.

A SriVaishnava should not speak ill of others or

even think about it (which is tantamount to reporting

it to the God inside the heart,thereby ensuring their

fall);Sita never uttered a word to Rama about the

illtreatment by the Rakshasis.

He should ever be ready to do charity and impart

knowledge about God to all those who need it.

 

In short he should constantly be thinking about his

upliftment and keep his mind filled with peace and

happiness.

 

 

  1. ONGI ULAGALANTHA UTHAMAN

 

 

 

In this worse ANDAL wishes for rain and consequential

prosperity for the whole world as the world is the

property of her Lord.So who is a Sri Vaishnava ? It

is he who while being detached with reference to the

riches of the world,is at the same time aspiring for

them considering them as his Lord’s riches.Hence all

Sri Vaishnavas after daily prayer recite the verse

which says “Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu” every one

should be happy.

 

Andal tells the girls,”If we,girls,recite the NAME of

the Lord who measured the entire universe with his

three steps and observe this vow then the whole world

will become prosperous.”

Note the text which says “Uthaman PER”(his NAME).She

could have simply said “if we sing the glory of the

Lord.” But she says instead, the NAME of the Lord.

Which means that the NAME OF THE LORD (the Tiru

Ashtakshara Mantra,the Eight-Syllabled one) is more

efficacious than the Lord Himself.When,in the court

hall of Duryodhana,Draupadi was being disrobed by

Dussaasana,it was only the NAME “Govinda” which

saved her modesty while the Lord failed her.

 

But we Prapannas (Surrenderers) seek salvation only

from Him.The Mantra is only for understanding the true

nature of the Soul,Lord,and the mutual relationship;

it is essentially to promote the ARTHA PANCHAKA knowledge.

 

NEENGATHA Selvam – we see that riches do not remain for

long with any man; then what does NEENGATHA mean ? It

refers to the Moksha Aiswarya,Service of God,obtained

through the recommendation of Sri Mahalakshmi.

 

 

4.AAZHI MAZHAI KKANNA

 

 

 

 

 

The Presiding Deity of Rain was keenly observing the

happenings in this world.He saw his master Sriman

Narayana serving all the gopis.So he thought that

taking orders from the gopis and carrying out their

commands was the best and easiest means of pleasing

his master.So approaching Andal who was in the guise

of a gopi he requests her to command him;and she

does so in a detailed manner in this verse.

 

The inner significance is as follows:Just as the

heir apparent to the throne is always feared and

respected by all ministers and officers so are the

Sri Vaishnavas by inferior gods.Hence When a Sri

Vaishnava worships other deities like Indra,Rudra

Varuna etc,he is doing something inappropriate as

well as ridiculous.It will only cause his downfall

and ruin his chance of getting salvation.So Beware!

 

So here the Rain God who has come to hear her command

is told,” Go to the middle region of the sea,drink

the entire water leaving not a drop,then pour it out

in its entirety without discriminating between the

places where the good and bad live.The rain, which

resembles the arrows shot by Sri Rama to shatter the

demons to pieces, should instead bring forth happiness

and prosperity to the entire land.”

 

A Sri Vaishnava  is one who always thinks of everything

good for everyone in this world.

 

 

5.MAYANAI

 

 

 

Among the assembled gopis,one expressed a doubt,”we

are planning elaborately for getting the company of

Krishna.But remember,we are sinners and our sins

will throw obstacles in our path.It always happens

when a good deed is contemplated.It is the way of the

world.Take the case of Dasaratha who planned the

coronation of Rama;the great omniscient sage Vasishta

fixed the date;the citizens clamoured for him and

applauded the decision.But what happened ? Rama went

to the forest forsaking the city,and it was His

Paduka (holy sandals) which sat on the throne for

fourteen years.So what is the surety that we will

succeed?”

 

The answer is given in this verse: Recite the name

of Krishna;think of him;offer flowers;and all

obstacles will vanish.All sins committed before

taking Refuge with Him,as well those unwittingly

accruing after Surrender (Saranagati) will perish.

The Purva Agha (earlier sins) will be burnt to ashes

like cotton bales in a fire;and the Uttara Agha(Subse-

quent Sins) will not stick to the person like drops

of water to a lotus leaf.

 

Milk is both a pleasurable food as well as a medicine

to cure bile.The same is the case with Him.(Maruttuvanai

ninra mamanivanna)

 

 

SECTION II

 

INTRODUCTION: The first five pasurams of Tiruppavai form

one section and pasurams 6-15 the second section.These 10

stanzas describe the sleeping girls being woken up by those

who are already up.These two groups represent KAINKARYA

NISHTHA (those impatient to serve God,like Lakshmana) and

GUNA NISHTHA (those who are content to meditate on the

glorious qualities of God,like Bharata).Nammazhwar speaks

of their presence even in Vaikunthaloka – VAIKUNTATTU

AMARARUM (service minded) MUNIVARUM (enjoying His Virtues).

Poison acts on different people in different ways – some

faint and some run here and there;so do the attributes of

Sri Krishna.Hence the sleeping girls not a bit inferior

in their longing for Krishna to those who wake them.Though

one could go to Krishna on one’s own,it is not advisable

“VEDAM VALLARGALAI KKONDU,VINNOR PERUMAN TIRUPPADAM

PANINDU ” says Nammazhwar.We should always approch Him

through some godly person;because we have sinned against

Him and being a SWATANTRA (free to act as He pleases),He

may punish us.Hence a Recommending Authority is very much

needed.Moreover His virtues are like a huge river in

spate during rains,and so if a man wants to croos it

surely he needs the help of others.Further unlike in the

case of carnal company,enjoyment of His company will

be sweeter in the company of Bhaktas.

 

Those gopis who are vigilant are goaded on by their

haste (twara) to get Kainkarya,while those that are

asleep have firm faith (adhyavasaya)in the Lord as

Upaya.Hence pasurams 6-15 give room for interpreting

them as referring to Azhwars and acharyas.

 

 

  1. PULLUM SILAMBINA KAN

 

 

 

The girls approach the mansion of a gopi and wake her

up by indicating signs of early dawn,”even the birds are

up and chirping.Get up.” The sleeping girl rejects this

reason,”oh girls,you never allow the birds in your town

to sleep,with your chanting of His names and making them

chant too.This is no sign of dawn!” Then they mention a

noteworthy sign,” PULLARAYAN KOIL etc..The blowing  conch

in the temple of Vishnu for early morning worship, is

inviting us all for His service.Get up.”

 

Here the phrase PULLARAYAN KOIL brings out an excellent quality

of the Lord:

PUL is bird,here Garuda; ARAYAN king ; KOYIL temple.

The temple of Vishnu.But why this circumlocution?

There is a reason.

In Ramayana while narrating to Hanuman her abduction by

Ravana,Sita says,”On that fateful day I was lured by that

demon disguised as a deer,and was separated from Rama’s

younger brother and Lakshmana’s elder brother(RAMANUJAM

LAKSMANA POORVAJAM CHA).”  Such phraseology is used for a

purpose.The Lord feels happy when His name is coupled

with His devotee’sand so does the devotee when he is referred to as

 

 

being  subservient to the Lord.The message of Sita (Sri Devi)

and Andal (Bhu Devi) to us is that when a Sri Vaishnava

names his child he should follow this principle.

 

ULLATHU KKONDU etc in this verse is noteworthy.The munis

and yogins get up in the morning very slowly from their

beds so that the Lord,taking eternal abode in their hearts

may not be disturbed.Prahlada was pushed down from the top

of a huge mountain,and while falling he held fast his

bosom with great concern for Sri Hari living there,never

bothering about what was happening to himself.But the Lord

waited for him at the bottom of the mountain and received

him in his spread arms.

 

Parasara Bhattar used to embellish his body with silken

robe,ornaments,sandal paste etc, and when asked about its

propriety in respect of the despicable body,he said in his

view it was not despicable but adorable being the sanctum

sanctorum of the Almighty.

 

Andal also leaves this lesson in this verse: When you get

up in the morning chant the name of Hari (HARIR HARIR

HARIRITI VYAHARET VAISHNAVAH PUMAN).Let us do so.

 

 

  1. KISU KISU

 

 

 

 

In this stanza,from the two addresses in vocative case

PEY PENNE! and NAYAKA PPENPILLAY! which are diametrically

opposite in meaning,we are to understand that they are

said out of love and affection for the sleeping girl.

Whatever may be the apparent contradiction,the inner

feeling is most important while moving with Sri Vaishna

vas.

In the 6000-Padi commentary we find very interesting and

enlightening comments and to illustrate them an episode

narrated with exquisite charm.Having woken up a handful

of girls Andal could have proceeded on to Krishna.Why go

to EVERY house ? If one is a Sri Vaishnava he should

think of the welfare of ALL- not just a few.Not even a

single girl should lose the golden opportunity of getting

the grace of Sri Krishna. A man’s relationship with

Sriman Narayana is true only if he rejoices at the good

luck of another man as if it were his own son’s.If

he fails to feel that way he is no Sri vaishnava.

 

ALKONDAVILLY JEEYAR,a sincere pupil of SRI RAMANUJA

once met in Sri Rangam NANJEEYAR,the disciple of

PARASARA BHATTAR.The former exclaimed,” O Jeeyar!

Really I have not developed a taste for Bhagavad

Vishaya (i.e., God).” Nanjeeyar was amazed and asked

“How is this possible? you are the faithful student

of Sri Ramanuja,serving him assiduously – still  you

say this ?” The former said,” If a man has real taste

for Bhagavan he must enjoy the sweet company of His

devotees.If not he is no Sri Vaishnava.Have we

developed that pleasurable attitude towards Sri

Vaishnavas ? Hence I say so.”

 

Unless the meeting,mingling and deriving supreme

satisfaction and happiness in the company of Bhagavatas

are secured here in this world (which is the intensive

training ground for our life in Sri Vaikuntha),the

Moksha will not be delectable.NAMMAZHWAR says at the

end of Tiruvaymozhi,”ADIYAARODU IRUNDAMAI”. He aspired

not for the mere union of the Lord but for the same

in the company of His devotees,which alone would

make it delectable.

 

  1. KIZH VANAM

 

Here a girl who is Krishna’s particular sweetheart is

being woken up.She can be compared to NAMMAZHWAR (Krishna-

trishna tatvam) the very embodiment of deep devotion to

Sri Krishna.Her company is certain to accomplish their

desire. KOTHUGALAMUDAYA PAVAAI! is a most beautiful form

of address.

 

“The horizon has become bright.Get up.” say the girls.

But she astonishes them by replying,”It is the lustre

from your moon-like faces which has brightened the

Eastern quarter.The day is yet to dawn.”

 

The second sign of daybreak mentioned in this stanza

indicates that Andal has indeed been transformed into

a gopi – “The buffaloes are fast dispersing in the

fields searching for the tender green grass with the

dew drops of dawn clinging to them.If we delay, Krishna

would have followed them into the forest and our purpose

would be lost.”  This statement could not have come out of

the lips of anyone other than a true cowherdess.So Andal

has totally identified herself with a gopi,living with

the cowherds and taking part in all their daily chores.

 

Her father Sri Vishnuchitta was a learned Vedic authority

and had even written a rule book for conducting sacrifices

called Kalpa Sutra.He too assumed the role of Yasoda to the

extent of participating in every childish activity of

Krishna.For this his daughter affectionately calls him,

“Bhogattil Vazhuvada Puduvayarkon”(one who has not missed

a single opportunity to enjoy Krishna).Now his daughter

does the same.

 

The conclusion is this: Only that caste is desirable,which

is congenial for the enjoyment of God and which is calculated

to bring down His Grace on us.SRI LOKA DESIKA says in SRI

VACHANA BHUSHANAM,”Periyazhvarum Tirumagalarum Gopa Janmattai

Asthanam Panninargal.”

9.THOOMANI MADAM

 

 

 

The gopi woken up in this verse has unflinching faith in the

Lord’s UPAYA BHAVA.In this regard she matches very well

with Sita who ,when Hanuman suggested that he carry her

back to Rama,sternly refused and rebuked him saying that

he was equal to Ravana,(Ravana-tulya) in this that while

Ravana robbed Rama of one of his possessions,Sita; Hanuman

is trying to rob Him of another,His “Sarva loka rakshakatvam”

(sole right to protect all).Then she added,”With my power

of chastity which cooled your burning tail,I could have

saved myself;but that would have only destroyed Rama’s

reputation.He alone by His prowess should rescue me and establish

his valour.Tat Tasya Sadrusam Bhavet.That alone would be

befitting to Him.” Hanuman applauded these words.

 

So also this girl having transfered her burden to Sri

Krishna,sleeps having total faith in His words,” Ananyah

chintayanto mam……Yoga kshemam vahamyaham”. ANDAL

teaches us in this stanza that a soul after surrendering

to the Lord should be like this gopi.

 

“MAMAN MAGALE!” -Oh,my uncle’s daughter!. Though blood

relationship is condemned as it contributes to worldly

attachment,the same is most welcome if it helps to do

service to God and His devotees. NAMMAZHWAR recommends

living with all relations in TIRUVAYMOZHI 8.10,11,but

condemns the same in 9.1.1. for the above reasons.

KOORATHU AZHWAN,used to remark with a sad heart,” I

do not have blood relationship with Sri RAMANUJA.

Fie upon me!That good fortune is with MUDALI ANDAN

and EMBAR!” This idea is noteworthy in this verse.

 

 

10.NOTRU SUVARGAM

 

 

There are two addresses in the vocative case in this

pasuram – NOTRU SUVARGAM PUKUKINRA AMMANOY! and

ARUN KALAME! – both bring out the excellences of this

gopi and thereby imply the excellent characteristics

of good Sri Vaishnavas.

  1. SUVARGAM here means only union with God.

Sita says,while pressing Rama to take her with

Him to the forest,” If I am with you that is heaven for

me.Separation from you means hell.” The girl here has

completed all her rites by surrendering to the Lord and

hence is enjoying His company.So also for a Sri Vaishnava

there remains nothing to be done by way of” Upaaya” after

accepting Him as the sole refuge(SARANAGATI).

 

2.ARUNKALAME! “Kalam” has two meanings (a) vessel and

(b) ornament; A Sri Vaishnava is the vessel to contain

His Grace.A Sri Vaishnava possesses superior ornaments in

the form of virtues;or he himself is the best ornament

embellishing the gatherings of other Sri Vaishnavas.

SUVARGA can also be broken up into SU+VARGA (SU=good

VARGA=gathering).If a man possesses all good qualities

he will be taken into the fold of Sri Vaishnavites.

(Ref to PERIYAZHWAR TIRUMOZHI 3.6.11 – Saadu kottiyul

kolla ppaduvare.)

 

 

 

11.KATRU KKARAVAI

 

 

 

In this pasuram a gopi reputed for her exquisite beauty

like a golden creeper (POR KODI) and born of a very noble

family,is being woken up.Her father and kinsmen are known

for discharging the duties pertaining to their cowherd

caste,which entails milking an endless number of cows.

So Andal seems to say that performance of one’s duty as enjoined

in the Scriptures is calculated to bring happiness to the

Lord and thereby falls into the category of His Service.

One should hence never discard one’s duty.

….. In essence, margazhi is the month for singing praise of the Lord.

Thyagaraya aaraadhana is celebrated in Tiruvaiyaru! A Feat for the ears and eyes…Yes..Celebrities,Amateurs, Students, all music lovers instruments, singers etc..join together to show rtheir reverence to Thyagaraja,the doyen in music..

 

Vaikunta Ekadashi

 

 

All ekadashis, 24 in a year, are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and for many people it is a day of fasting, but, if one cannot observe all of them, one is enjoined to observe at least the ekadashi in the sukla paksha (waxing phase) of margazhi. It is the most important festival during the year in Sri Ranganathar temple in Srirangam. The celebrations last 21 days and divided into pagal-patthu (ten mornings) and ra-patthu (ten nights). Bang in the middle is Vaikunta Ekadashi. Early in the morning around 4.30 am, the Paramapadha vasal, or swarga vasal – the entrance to heaven or vaikuntam – opens and Sri Ranganathar’s murthy, decked in diamonds, is taken through this entrance, followed for the rest of the day by throngs of devotees going through the same door.

 

srirangam temple

Similar events take place in all other vaishnavite temples – in Tirupathi, Lord Venkateshwara enters through vaikunta dwaram. Paramapada vasal, as indeed vaikunta dwaram, is closed rest of the year. Anyone who passes through these doors on vaikunta ekadashi day is believed to attain salvation.

 

Aarudra Darshan

 

Lord Shiva’s star is Aarudra, or Tiruvaadhirai and in the month of Margazhi it usually falls on the full moon day that follows vaikunta ekadashi. It is celebrated in all Shiva temples, most importantly, in Chidambarame

Natarajar Temple

 

Kanchi Mahaperiaval explains.

“Lord Shiva, in his manifestation as dancing Nataraja gives his darshan early in the morning on the day of confluence of the full moon and the star Aarudra that occurs only once in a year, ie in the month of Margazhi. Arudra in Sanskrit means wet, or dripping. This is the time of the year when nature itself puts on a cloak of cool dew. Full moon is also associated with cool soothing rays. On this auspicious day, it is the tradition to perform an abhisheka and worship Lord Shiva, with our hearts overflowing with compassion to other beings. What is also highlighted is the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva, in his ananda thandavam, or cosmic dance. It is only at His raised and slightly inclined foot – ‘குஞ்சித பாதம்’ – that we can seek our sanctuary.”

 

Margazhi is famous for various other Hindu religious festivals and events, such as Hanumath jayanthi and Ramana Maharishi jayanthi. It was the month in which Kurukshetra battle was fought and Paandavas regained their lost kingdom – indeed, when Geethopadesam to Arjuna by Lord Krishna took place.

 

This year, vaikunta ekadashi falls on 5th January, 2012 and Aarudra darshan on 8th January, 2012. And, Mahasamigal’s aaraadhana itself starts on 21st December, 2011. May we follow his advice: ‘In this sacred Maargazhi month, everyone should get up at the ushah-kaala, long before dawn, perform pujas to Him and join in bhajans and turn their thoughts to God.’

Judging infinity

Consciousness at stake

Standing at the mountain edge
on a moonless starry night
i gaze into the heavens above
oh ! what a delirious mystic sight

I feel myself expand even
into vast infinite emptiness
as my heart heaves a seven
at the absolute nothingness

And now my eyes look down
on the calm water flowing below
as I feel myself collapsing
into an esoteric streamy flow

Oh!what huge unknown unseen
are these limitless crazy mysteries
out here in this boundless sea
the sheer potentials make my mind freeze

And now as I look into my inside
I find the outside merging in me
as my limited strange perceptions
seem to fondly play hide and seek

I slowly wrap my empty head
around the vast vacant escape
trying to discern the dynamic range
of apparent consciousness at stake …

All rights reserved @ Pushpa Chaturvedi

 

Consciousness at stake
Consciousness at stake

Kedarnath … In search of Shiva

In the journey towards divinity, Kedarnath has always been a Ridge too far.  It is one among the Char Dhams or four primary religious destinations, the others being Badrinath, Yamnotri and Gangotri. While Badrinath is accessible by road, the other destinations involve trekking.  Kedarnath is perhaps  the most difficult to access. Personally there has been another connect – in 2013 a trip planned to Kailash Manasarovar had to be abandoned after the cloudburst that inundated the various tributaries of the Ganga. The worst hit was perhaps the Mandakini river flowing through the Kedarnath valley.  This time around we were successful in going to Kailash albeit with a few hiccups (please see https://in-search-of-divinity.fleeky.one/?p=2353)  Having visited Badrinath,  Yamnotri and Gangotri, and of course Kailash the time was now opportune to visit Kedarnath.


           As we drove along the Alakananda towards Rudraprayag where the Mandakini tumultously meets it we were rewarded with spectacular views of mist covered mountains.

       At Rudraprayag the  road to Kedarnath turns left and follows the Mandakini, while the other road along the Alakananda leads to Karanprayag and onward to Joshimath.  The Mandakini true to its name is at times furious and at times placid and startlingly blue. The snow clad peaks overlooking Kedarnath were now beginning to be visible. 

     It is at Guptkashi that the myth surrounding Kedarnath begins.  After the Kurukshetra war  the victorious Pandavas  were afflicted with guilt at having killed their Gurus and cousins. Krishna suggested that they seek Shiva’s forgiveness and thus their quest for Shiva started from Kashi or modern day Varanasi. By the time they could reach Kashi, Shiva had left for the Himalayas as he was angered at the senseless killing. At Guptkashi the  Pandavas had a fleeting glimpse of Shiva in the shape of a bull but before they could get hold of it the bull magically disappeared and hence the name Guptkashi or secret Kashi. The Pandavas built Kashi Vishwanath Temple for Shiva at the site of a water tank where two streams merged. The adjoining temple has Parvati riding a bull.  Indeed Shiva is said to have proposed to Parvati here. The marriage took place at Triyuginarayan Temple, ahead of Sonprayag some 33 kms upstream. More recently, when Aurangzeb had destroyed the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Kashi the linga was moved to Guptkashi for safekeeping.  

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Guptkashi

   As the road winds upwards along the Mandakini Valley, there are several places such as Phata and Bhadasu from where helicopters take off for Kedarnath covering the trek route of 16 kms in barely 10 minutes. We resisted the efforts of our well wishers to take the easier option since to us the journey was more important than the destination. The road comes to an end at Gaurikund from where the  trek begins. The first signs of the havoc caused by the floods  in 2013 was now visible. A parking facility at Gaurikund had been swept away along with hotels and other structures. Parking was now available only at Sonprayag a further five kms downstream. Sonprayag too had been badly affected by the floods but was recovering at a slightly faster pace since the valley was broader here. 

  The sun was beating down on us as we set off on foot along the green and verdant Mandakini Valley. A sturdy mule carried our luggage since we planned to stay the night at Kedarnath. The route is interspersed with waterfalls as the road gradually winds upwards.

At Bheembali, about 6 kms upstream, the Mahabharata story is reinforced at the temple to Bheem the mightiest among the Pandavas. At Guptkashi too it was Bheem who ran ahead of his brothers to catch Shiva. But Shiva who had taken the shape of the bull Nandi,  vanished inside a cave. It is perhaps testimony to the need for courage and strength if one is to relentlessly seek God. 

Bheembali Temple

  The trail abruptly vanishes at Rambada  located another km upstream. Locals told us that Rambada was a small hamlet which was entirely wiped out by the flood in 2013. Two small temporary structures and a faint trail mark the only visible traces of Rambada. This trail was abandoned and a fresh alignment across the Mandakini chosen since the hillside had become very prone now to landslides. The new alignment is some 2 kms longer than the older route and relatively steeper. 

The vanished trail ahead of Rambada
Bridge across the Mandakini and the new route to Kedarnath

     The difficult part of the trek begins after Rambada as the balance 9 kms or so is mostly uphill and the altitude increases rapidly as one approaches Kedarnath which is at  a height of 3580 metres or so. The lack of oxygen begins to affect the cardiovascular efficiency and it is preferable to walk slower than normal. By now the chill in the air too is palpable. One advantage though is that  one does take the name of Shiva with every step! Just as we crest the slope the village of Bhaironghat across the Mandakini becomes visible. This village was cut off by the floods from both sides. The locals attribute it to Bhaironghat Temple that still survives. 

Bhaironghat Village miraculously survived despite being cut off from both sides

    Bhima is said to have finally caught the elusive bull Nandi when he placed his legs on two  peaks astride the valley. Nandi which had thus far successfully hidden itself among other cattle  was left alone as they scampered for safety. The temple was constructed by the Pandavas at this site for Shiva as he finally acceded to their request for blessings and forgiveness. Not surprisingly, the sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by statues of all the Pandavas including Kunti and Draupadi. Krishna, the cousin of the Pandavas is there too. But the pride of place is granted to the Shiva Linga which is in the centre of the sanctum sentorum.    


    A bird’s eye view of the flood ravaged Kedarnath Town reveals a row of tents and some effort at reconstruction. The Kedarnath Peak at 6968 metres towers over the temple town. The Chorabada glacier to the North West is the source of the Mandakini and the companion  glacier to the North East is the source of the Saraswathi which meets with the Mandakini just to the South of the town. The cloudburst over the Gandhi Reservoir situated to the North East on 17 Jun 2013 resulted in the devastating floods. The reservoir no longer exists. 

Kedarnath Town
The Boulder that saved the temple in perspective

  For a town on the pilgrimage circuit it is surprisingly uncrowded. Indeed we could have two quick darshans of the bedecked Shiva Ling due to the sparse crowd. While circambulating the temple we come across the boulder that diverted the flood waters and saved the temple and indeed the faith of millions.  The linga in the sanctum sanctorum too was undamaged despite the sand and debris floating through the temple. It must have been testing times for the pilgrims who perished in the tens of thousands. While geologists attribute the temple being safe to the strong interlocking stones that formed the foundation as also a clever siting of the temple itself in relation to the other flimsy structures in the vicinity, it is undeniable that faith of millions also survived when the temple emerged unscathed. 

   

    Sitting in the sanctum sanctorum at dawn the next morning the vibes were palpable and the scalp tingled. The linga is believed to have been a natural meteorite stone. Indeed the cumulative faith of millions of devotees has invested the temple with its positive vibes. 

Kedarnath Temple at dawn
Mission Accomplished



    On the long walk back to Gaurkund I reflected on my experience. Prime Minister Modi had so memorably tweeted in May this year that all should come and experience for themselves the divinity of Kedarnath. The place was definitely infused with divinity but at the same time I was forced to acknowledge that unplanned development and constructions in the flood plains and most importantly human greed were responsible for the large scale loss of human lives. To retain the sanctity of Kedarnath it is important that the ecologically fragile Himalayas be conserved. One way of doing this would be to place restrictions on the movement of motor vehicles and helicopters and control access of pilgrims all of which only add to immense pressure on the fragile ecology and  scarce local resources. 

    We came away convinced that unless man learns to live in harmony with nature, he is doomed. Nature will always have the last laugh and restore equilibrium with or without man’s help. The choice is ours    

A Visit to Kailash Manasarovar – Part III

Brief Recap

      Part 1  covered the experiences of 40 pilgrims who had gathered from all over the country in Delhi on 12 Aug. Part II  described the sojourn through Kumaon Hills over a period of nearly ten days till they crossed over into China on 26 Aug.

Expanding the frontiers of understanding

      As we walked down to our buses waiting 500 metres below the Lipulekh pass, I mused on the history of the region. Our Rishis had a unique understanding of the geographical frontiers of the Indian civilization. Recognizing that the regions around Kailash and Manasarovar region were the source of three rivers that fed the Indian sub continent – Indus, Sutlej,  and the Brahmaputra, they extended the ideological frontiers by weaving myth and legend around these regions. Militarily, Zorawar Singh, the Dogra General, subdued Tibet by forging ahead to Gartok  bypassing Manasarovar. He defeated the Tibetan commander who had fled to the fort in Taklakot. Subsequently he and his troops went on a pilgrimage to Kailash and Manasarovar. In the process he had succeeded in integrating Ladakh after a Treaty in 1841. He died fighting in Taklakot where there is a memorial in his name.  Even the British balked at extending the frontiers to this extent and were content in ensuring Tibetan autonomy. 

     Our buses took us to the Customs and Immigration Building at Taklakot for immigration formalities. By now it was bright sunlight. By Shanghai Standard Time it was now almost noon when we finally reached our hotel. Our Tibetan guides now took charge of us after a sumptuous lunch cooked by Nepalese and Indian cooks who were in Taklakot on a work permit. The next two days were given over to acclimatization since Taklakot is at 3940 metres. By now we had all been affected by the symptoms of acute mountain sickness – sleeplessness, a nagging headache and depressed appetite. Noses peeling were par for the course. The best cure we found was a nose mask available for 3 yuan for no sun screen could actually prevent sunburn on the Tibetan plateau. All this did not stop us from exploring Taklakot which had a Nepalese Market, an Indian Market and a Chinese market. The legacy of Lipulekh pass as a major trading route was intact. We were pleasantly surprised to note that Prestige pressure cookers, Parle G, Centre Fresh and the ubiquitous Haldirams were all very popular. The locals did not appear too friendly for obvious reasons. We kept a wary distance from them and all conversation was done through calculators. There were a large number of Nepalese labourers on work permits. Most of them had been to India with one of them even having an Indian PAN card. Modinomics strikes again! 


    After two nights we were itching to be on the road again. Our next destination was Darchen 102 kms away passing through Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar. Rakshas Tal was the location where Ravan was said to have meditated on Shiva. A few intrepid souls took a dip in both Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar as though to balance the two opposite poles of their personalities. It reminded me of the story of when the devas, the asuras and human beings had approached Vishnu for diksha. They were all told the single word ‘dh’ and went back satisfied. The asuras took it to mean Daya or compassion. The devas took it to mean daaitv or control over sense organs and for the humans? It was daan or charity! Now we have all three aspects within us and the close juxtaposition of Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar was symbolic of this. 

 
Rakshas Tal

      As soon as we reached Darchen we sought in vain for a darshan of Kailash. The cloud cover was ominous and we wondered when grace would descend on us. A few enterprising Tibetan traders seeing our buses converged quickly on us selling crystal and rudraksh beads. Darchen was just two streets of shops. We did find a grocer selling pecan nuts and walnuts – very vital sources of energy for the severe tests lying ahead of us. The next morning the Parikrama began from Yama Dwar 10 kms away. Here prayers were offered to Yama – to spare us Swarg for now and allow us to complete the Parikrama. 

 
Yama Dwar

     
Porters and ponies were now allocated on a lucky draw basis. I was lucky to bag Gyantse and his pony Dasakpa.  I did not intend to use the pony but it was a mobile ambulance in unfamiliar country. Gyantse was very kind always waiting for me with my flask of hot water as I trudged along the Parikrama. My wife had a porter and a pony. Deraphuk our next destination 11 kms away was at an height of 5060 metres and due West of Kailash. Our LO had warned us that he would leave at 4 PM for Charan Sparsh the closest we could get to Kailash. We barely managed to make it with 20 minutes to spare. By 4 we were ready for a further climb of 2.5 kms. On this stretch there were no porters and ponies. It had started raining and as we got closer to the glacier a light snow began to fall making our climb even more difficult. It was almost dark when we reached the glacier from where the Kuraily river emanates from the West Face of Kailash. Kailash was still hidden by dark clouds. It was time to begin our descent. 

 
Charan Sparsh Glacier


As I walked back I spotted my wife with a few others making their way slowly. I decided to wait for her till she returned from the glacier. I had Rajesh Lochab a Professor in Hissar University and Satish Chand Chauhan a retired ONGC employee for company. That decision to wait turned out to be fortuitous… gradually Kailash began to reveal itself. The darkness began to dispel, and it was bright sunlight soon.  Kailash was revealed in all its glory – my fellow pilgrims were overcome, some shedding tears as the very purpose of our visit had finally been achieved. 

View of Mount Kailash from Charan Sparsh
View of Kailash from Charan Sparsh

  Meanwhile, even more miraculous events were happening back at Deraphuk. Mythili had stayed behind to nurse Bharati Ben who was down with mountain sickness. As she helped her and Chandrama to the toilet down the road she happened to see Kailash clearing. Just then a few locals were passing by one of whom had binoculars.  A swift request and Mythili was granted the same view we had from further up the mountain! Indeed God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. We finally made our way down tired and happy. The next day would be the most strenuous as it involved crossing the 5650 metre high Dolma pass followed by a steep descent to zunzui phu some 20 kms away from Deraphuk.

 
Dolma Pass

    The next day ever faithful Gyantse arrived bright and early when it was still dark and we were off. We had been warned that crossing Dolma pass would be the most difficult part of the trek. However, I found the Lipulekh crossing more difficult perhaps because we were under time pressure then. Dolma pass while higher did not have any time constraints. Further, we had climbed Charan Sparsh, the previous evening almost at the same altitude. So we were fairly well acclimatized. Whatever the reason, we crossed the Dolma pass in good time. Incidentally, a mantra had been given to me during my first night at Budhi. While asleep I had received a strong suggestion that I chant Om Namo Shiv Shankar Shambhu. This was a strange sequence. While climbing however this turned out to be the perfect chant as it had a rhythm of five breaths which made me set an even pace. The astonishing sight of Gauri Kund met our eyes as soon as we crossed the Dolma Pass. This was where Parvathi is said to have bathed and Ganesha was decapitated by an enraged Shiva as he prevented him from meeting his mother.

 
Gauri Kund

After  the invigorating sight of Gauri Kund, there was a steep descent of 4 kms or so which ponies would not be able to negotiate. This would also involve crossing a snow field. This had to be negotiated by all irrespective of their age or fitness. It is to the group’s credit that all were successful in making it through in good time  Another nine kms of walk through reasonably flat terrain brought us to zunzui phu. There were a few anxious moments when  a few pilgrims took longer than expected. More seriously, Vijailakshmi  was taken seriously ill due to dehydration and acute mountain sickness. Immediate action taken by our redoubtable LO ensured that she was put on a drip. By next morning she was fine though. 

With the difficult part of the Parikrama over, the next morning saw the pilgrims in high spirits. The picturesque route of 5 kms between Zunzui phu to Dzang phu was covered in good time. The buses were now available to pick us up and take us to the final port of call, Manasarovar itself. 

 
Pilgrim’s Trail



At Manasarovar, we had been advised to bathe only after noon, by when the water would be warm. As soon as we landed, my wife and I rushed to find a secluded spot on the shore. Braving the cold my wife slipped on a poncho and slipped into the water. With each dip, she prayed for the absolution of the sins of all her extended family members. I followed soon thereafter. Hopefully, the debt to my ancestors and my parents was paid in full. 

manasarovar dip ….Absolution!



After a sumptuous lunch, I decided to spend some time on the lakeside. Gradually, the clouds moved away and the Southern face of Kailash was now revealed to us.  Patterns and shapes were being revealed – some saw an Om, others saw Nandi and so on. I wondered at the capacity of the human mind to create form out of no form and its feeble attempts to describe the indescribable. To me Kailash, shaped like a phallus was the symbol of creation and Manasarovar a symbol of the sea of consciousness of which individual consciousness was a tiny part. This individual consciousness enabled us to appreciate and revere creation and indeed nature. As the Bhagavad Gita puts it, at first there was only the One. The one then split into many in an effort to know itself. We were all part of this effort. 

 
The Southern Face of Kailash seen from Manasarovar

The next day a wonderful havan was conducted by Manikanda Murty, Mohan Raj and Kartikey Swamy in Tamil. Most of the pilgrims did not understand the words but the emotions resonated in all. 

      The pilgrimage was now finally over. It was only  left to cross back into India and make it back to Dharchula more or less traversing the route in reverse. In high spirits, much as a horse bolts back to its stables at the end of day we covered astonishing distances of upto 27 kms in a day on our way back. The promised helilift materialised over two days. Finally, the prodigals returned home. 


What had I learned? Community living, an ability to adjust and get along with people of many different regions, a gradual dropping of baggage both literal and mental, and elimination of the obsession with personal hygiene and looks. The journey of transformation was complete. We were  finally where Shiva had always been -an ascetic and a renunciate. 

“Bommai Golu”- Navarathri

C H A R M of G-O-L-U, the Tamil Navratri festival.

bommai golu navarathri

golu

Golu (Bommai Golu), quite literally, is the festival of dolls. In the 9 days of Navratri, households are decorated with a variety of dolls that are neatly arranged and placed in steps (called padi). The number of steps is usually an odd number—3, 5 or 7—depending on one’s capacity, interest and the number of dolls available. The collection of dolls comprise mostly of idols of different gods, depending on one’s faith and upbringing, along with miniature dolls of birds, animals, people, fruits, vegetables and lots of other everyday objects. What is most interesting is to note the similarities and differences in the collection of dolls across households, across families.

Bommai Kollu….


A kalyanam mandapam.. The bride, groom, vadiyar (pundit), instrument players and relatives of bride and groom

Beautifull dolls…

.….Bride and Groom; traditional, customary dressing..


Chetti-chettiyar, another traditional favourite and a MUST in every golu…

….. Dasha mahavidyas

….. Dasha Avtaara(vishnu)

Village…temple,garden, people…

Couples…

Tradesman(Chettitar & Chettichi) selling their wares

Varieties of gods & Goddesses

Radhe Krishna

radhaey….

Marapachhi(customary gift to newly married bride)

TOYS…..



Thanjavur Thalaiyatti Bommai and Chettiyaar Dhampatti(My favourite!)

More…..
OUR TRADITIONAL DOLLS!
Marrapachhi(wooden Dolls)

Marapachi dolls.
every household follows a particular tradition that has been a trademark for the family since its ancestral days. For instance, at our home, the marapachi bommai is the first doll that is kept to inaugurate Golu.
Marapachi basically comprises of two wooden dolls—one a man, the other a woman, who are decorated with fancy clothing and beads and accessories. It is considered auspicious to start by displaying a traditional marital couple. Of course, this is so because marriage continues to occupy the highest position in the societal ladder.

‘Kalasam’, with its coconut head and a necklace made of mango leaves.

… a kalasam. It consists of a vase, usually made of silver or brass, in which rice, turmeric and tohar dal is put, along with a one-rupee coin. The kalasam is complete once it’s headed with a coconut and mango leaves are stuck around the mouth of the vase.
Significantly, the patriarchal set-up is manifested and perpetuated by carrying these traditions forward, wherein the husband’s familial lineage is ensured a continuum.
Again, objects of significance and high auspicious value like rice and turmeric are traditionally associated with a married woman, called a ‘sumangli’ and granted an extremely respectable position.

A mini teppakulam (meaning pond) re-created using mud and water, with coriander, fenugreek (methi) and mustard seeds sprinkled on top. In a span of ten days, the plants shoot up to a height of 2 feet.

Stories are narrated of each bommai(doll), I wonder if people of my generation are even aware of them.
“There’s a lesson to learn from each doll…For one, who listens patiently.”

…..That’s ’Golu’ at my residence….(3-steps)

what Golu means, its significance, why we take the pains of decorating the house with dolls and idols. There is an explanation for every step during nine days, the first three are devoted to Shakti (Durga, Kali, Ambal), the next three to Lakshmi (wealth) and the last three to Saraswati (education). It is the amalgamation of all these three that brings prosperity…..BOMMAI(toys) GOLU(arranged in steps)….


All relatives and friends are welcome to visit anytime and take their prasadam and additional gift which is offered.


Thamboolam “Dates Laddu”

Prasadam
….prasadam; Offerings to the Goddess.


rice varieties or payasam(sweet porridge) on each day of navratri for neivedhyam(offerings) shared with our guests who come and vist our Golu and get thamboolam(respects) from us… sundal varieties, traditionally prepared during these 9days(Navratri) are Chickpeas, channadal(bengal gram), peanut(groundnut) , moongdal (lentils), Green gram dal, karamani (cowpeas), mochai (Field beans), Dry Green peas & Sweet Corn and Navratna sundal.

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Colours to Wear during these 9 days… The devotees appease her by wearing different colours associated with the various forms/avataras of Devi…
Read to Understand the unique heritage of Indian culture. (interesting)

COLOURS associated with DEVI, this Year(2017)

Day 1, Yellow:
On day first of Navratri, Chandraghanta or the Goddess with a half moon on her forehead, is worshipped. She is the symbol of peace, beauty, and bravery. The colour is yellow and apt indeed! Nothing lights up hearts like a bright shade of yellow.
Day 2, Green:
Kushmanda is the form of Durga worshipped on the second day of Navratri. As per mythology, she is believed to be the creator of the entire world and all through laughter! The green depicts the rich vegetation and plant cover which the Goddess bestowed on Earth.
Day 3, Grey:
The Skandamata form of Durga Ma, who is believed to be the one who demolished the demons, is worshipped on Day third. With little Karthik, her son, in her arms, the grey symbolises the strength yet vulnerability of a mother. She can become a mighty storm cloud to protect her children, if need be!
Day 4, Orange:
This is the day when Durga Puja kicks off with full fervour in West Bengal and several other parts of India. Shashti is the start of four days of festivities for Bengalis the world over. The Katyayani form of Ma Durga is worshipped today. The story goes that a sage named Kata wished to have the Goddess in the form of his own daughter. She was born to him dressed in orange – the colour of courage.
Day 5, White:
On Saptami, the Kaalratri form of Durga Ma is worshipped. She is the protector from all sorts of trouble and is said to bring freedom to devotees. The white embodies prayer and protection, which the Goddess always extends to worshippers.
Day 6, Red:
On the sixth day of Navratri, Shailaputri Maa is worshipped, and her idol is donned with a bright red color saree. She is the first form of Goddess Durga – the daughter of the mountains. On this day, the Ghatsthapana or the installation of earthen pot is also done. To kickstart the festivity, the colour is red, depicting action, vigour and warmth. !
Day 7, Royal Blue:
The seventh form of Goddess Durga is Bharamacharini or the epitome of power, prosperity and grace. The colour of the day is royal blue like the peacock, symbolizing a sense of calm which is quietly powerful.
Day 8, Pink:
On Ashtami, Maha Gauri is worshipped as the symbol of forgiveness and mercy. She destroys all the sins of time. Hence the pink, denoting hope and fresh beginnings.
Day 9, Sky Blue/Purple:
On the last day of Navratri, the Siddidatri form of the Goddess is worshipped. Maha Navami Puja as well as Kanya Puja is performed on this day. The blue synmbolises a crisp, clear sky that has healing powers. It also stands for the wonder of nature, which all of must endeavour to incorporate in life.
Now that you know the Navratri days colours for nine days, get started already. This is the festival of new beginnings, of hope, faith and love !

Entertaining OUR SPECIAL GODDESS…..Dance!

Garba is a form of dance derived from Sanskrit term Garbha (“womb”).It means Deep (“a small earthenware lamp”). Traditionally, the dance is performed around a clay lantern with a light inside, called a Garbha Deep (“womb lamp”). This lantern represents life, and the fetus in the womb in particular. The dancers thus honor Durga, the feminine form of divinity. Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. As the cycle of time revolves, from birth, to life, to death and again to rebirth, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess, that one unmoving symbol in the midst of all of this unending and infinite movement. Garba is danced around this symbol to honor the fact that all humans have the Divine energy of Devi within them. Garba is now appreciated worldwide.

Watch and enjoy GARBO, entertaining the GODDESS…

COME, let us sing in praise for ‘HER’…. “JAGADODARINI”

Vadanasmara mangalya gruhatorana chillika
Vaktra lakshmi parivaha chalan minabha lochana.
* Whose face, the auspicious home of Karma (Cupid), has eyebrows that resemble archways leading to that abode of beauty.
* Whose eyes move like fish in the streams of beauty flowing from Her face.

Navachampaka pushpabha nasadanda virajita
Tarakanti tiraskari nasabharana bhavana
* Whose shapely nose is like a freshly blown Champaka bud.
* With a nasal ornament set with a jewel that excels the brilliance of the planet Venus.

Kadamba manjari klupta karnapura manohara
Tatanka yugalibhuta tapanodupa mandala.
* Who is radiant and charming with a bunch of Kadamba flowers over her ears.
* Who has the orbs of the Sun and Moon as Her pair of ear pendants.

Padmaraga shiladarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh
Navavidruma bimbashri nyakkari radanachhada .
* Whose cheeks are far fairer than mirrors of ruby (Padmaraga)
* Whose lips outshine the redness of fresh coral and bimba fruit.

Shuddha vidyankurakara dvijapankti dvayojjvala
Karpura vitikamoda samakarshi digantara.
* Whose beauty is enhanced by her rows of teeth that resemble sprouting of pure Knowledge (Suddha Vidya/Sri – Vidya).
* The fragrance of the camphor limbedded betel roll in whose mouth is spreading in all directions.

Sri Mata(mother). Sri represents the highest form of motherhood. Lalitambika has the capacity to remove sorrows and miseries of Her children(living beings). She is the Creator, sustainer and also the dissolver. Samsara is called an ocean,difficult to swim against. These currents is the product of sense organs. These sense organs in turn influence the mind causing desires. ‘SriSaktimahimaStotram’ verses in Her praise starts with complete surrender by Durvasa *”Oh! Mata! The Supreme compassionate! I had born to a number of mothers. In future also, I may be born to a number of mothers. My mothers are countless, as I had different mothers for my different births. I am so scared to be born again and to undergo the associated sufferings.
Oh! Mata! I am surrendering to you. Please give me relief from my future births.”

Sri, denotes greatness.

Beautiful ‘SRI’

कां सोस्मितां हिरण्यप्राकारामार्द्रां ज्वलन्तीं तृप्तां तर्पयन्तीम् ।
पद्मे स्थितां पद्मवर्णां तामिहोपह्वये श्रियम् ॥ ४ ॥
…welcome the pleasantly smiling, the kind-hearted Sri who is of the nature of Brahman; glowing like burnished gold; of beautiful lotus-complexion; and, seated on lotus. She is easily pleased; and, she readily fulfils the desires of her devotees.
The devotee is preparing to welcome Sri.

The mantra, refers to Sri’s association with gold (hiranya prákárám) and the lotus (Padme sthitám padma-varnám). Sri is the bright, joyful consciousness residing in the heart-lotus (hrudaya-kamala) of all beings.

* Lakshmi’s association with gold that shines signifies her purity (pavitram vai hiranyam) and her brilliance.
* Padma, the lotus, is the primary symbol h of Sri. Padma symbolizes several adorable virtues: purity, beauty, the very essence of life, spiritual power, fertility and growth… auspiciousness. Sri is Padmini ( holding a lotus)pushkarini (pushkara means lotus). Her complexion glows like lotus (padma-varna).
‘Kam’ in the shlokas has special mention. – Ka, indicates the form-less Brahman (ka iti Brahmano naama), suggesting SRI is indeed the principle (tattva) that is beyond intellect and is at the root of all existence.
-Ka is also the first letter in the fifteen-lettered (pancha-dashi) mantra of the Sri Vidya tradition. It means the principle from which everything arises; for illumination (Kan dipatu) or the principle of consciousness (buddhi) in beings; and, also for the symbol of Self.
-The fifteen lettered (panch-dasha-akshari) mantra i the verbal form of the Devi. But, it is implicit or hidden. when the sixteenth syllable ‘Shrim’ is included; the mantra becomes explicit. Shrim is regarded the own form of the Mother Goddess.. celebrated as Sri-vidya. .
– She manifests the un-manifest… Prakrti.
-The auspicious Sri (Shrim) is Saguna Brahman, the absolute principle.
* The term ‘ardra’ (wet/moist) followed by jwalantim, indicates the flowing grace; the easily-moved, kind and considerate nature of Sri Devi who is the very embodiment of compassion ( Daya-shataka), jwalantim, the radiant nature of Sri who resides as the inner light (jyothi swarupam) at the core of the consciousness of all beings (mula-prakrti). She is the inner energy sparkling (tasya bhasa sarva idam vibhati).
…the spontaneous flow of Devils grace, compassion (ardra) enlightens (jwalantim) the consciousness of the devotees. .
* Dhyana-sloka of the mantra describes Sri as the bright, beautiful goddess of golden complexion; her face aglow with tender smile; seated on a lotus; and holding a book, a parrot that speaks; she is goddess of speech (vac–rupa-sri) and learning(vidya-rupa-sri)
*Om namo sarasvata-siddhi swarupini * (the attainment of true knowledge)

Sri pancham
Sri Puram (place She dwells),
Sri Chakra (place with guards), Sri Vidya (the ritual worship),
Sri Suktam ( in praise of Her)
Sri Guru (spiritual teacher). .
Sri means Veda-s, originated from Brahman. Lalitambigai is the Brahman.
By repetition of Namasmarnam, lies Moksha in Kaliyuga.
-To a thousand names of Vishnu a single name of Shiva is preferred.
-To a thousand names of Shiva a single name of Devi preferred .
The Divine Mother(Kundalini) is sleeping/dormant within jivas – the All-merciful, all-powerful, omnipresent sum total of the energy in the Universe.
-Every manifestation of power in the universe is Mother. She is Life, Intelligence, Love. in the universe, yet separate from it. She is time, space and causation…Brahman which depicts the conditioned and the unconditioned nature.
“The Goddess is the great Sakti. She is Maya, producing the samsara. As the Lord of Maya she is Mahamaya. Devi is avidya as she binds, and vidya as she liberates and destroys the samsara. She is praktri. Even before creation, she is Adya Sakti. Devi is the Vacaka Sakti, the manifestation of Cit in Praktri, and the Vicya Sakti or Cit itself.”

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“O Goddess, who removes the suffering of Your supplicants, be gracious!
Be gracious, O Mother of the whole world!
Be gracious, O Queen of the universe; Safeguard the universe!
You, O Goddess, are Queen of all that is movable and unmovable!
You alone has become the support of the world,
Because You do subsist in the form of Earth!
By You, who exists in the form of water, all this universe is filled,
O You inviolable in Your valor; You are the Gem of the universe,
You are Illusion sublime! All this world has been bewitched, O Goddess;
You indeed when attained,
Are the cause of the final emancipation from existence on Earth!…
O Goddess, be gracious!
Protect us wholly from fear of our foes perpetually,
As You have at this very time saved us promptly by the slaughter of the demons!
And You bring quickly to rest the sins of all the worlds,
And the great calamities which have sprung, from the maturing of portents!
To us who are prostrate be You gracious,
O Goddess, who takes away affliction from the universe!
O You worthy of praise from the dwellers of the three worlds,
Bestow Your boons on this world!
_()_ jagado jagatdharini namo
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……..TripuraSundari

Among the several names of the goddess Parvathy one of the most important is “Tripurasundari”. This means the prettiest woman of the three worlds. It is also possible that she is called Tripurasundari because she is the consort of Lord Shiva who is called Tripura because he contains within himself all the three forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.)

SALUTATIONS…

Tripurasundari Suprabatham
(Wishes for a good morning to the beauty of Tripura)

1.Om uthishtothishta deva devesi , uthishta Shiva Sundari,
Uthishta Sri Maharajni, trilokyam mangalam kuru.

Om Goddess of goddesses , be pleased to wake up,
Please wake up the pretty one of Lord Shiva,
Please wake up oh greatest queen,
And make the three worlds auspicious.

2.Neerajananena Jagad easwari bhaktha sanghai,
Neerajyase Bhuvana mangala sidhi hetho,
Bhakthya prabatha samaye saha vadhya ghoshai,
Samsthooyase jaheehi kaithava yoga nidhraam.

Oh goddess of the universe, Oh cause auspiciousness of the world,
The group of your devotees along with devotion accompanied by sound of music,
Are praying you to come out of your deep yoga penance,
For offering you worship with lighted lamp and be kind enough accept it.

3.Nidhraa na they trijagadeeswari Vishnu maaye,
Srushti sthithi pralaya kelishu samsthithaaya,
Manmoha paasa nigadasya vimokshanaaya,
Samprarthyase Janani, mangala sookthibisthwam.

Oh Goddess of the three worlds, Oh illusion of Lord Vishnu,
When you are engaged in the play of creation, upkeep and destruction
Yours is not a sleep and so after offering auspicious prayers,
Oh mother , we request you for freedom from the attachment created by the mind.

4.Kalyana saila nilaye , karunarnave sri,
Kameswaranga nihithe, Kali dosha hanthri,
Kalambudhabha kacha bandha bare maogne,
Sriman maha Tripura sundari Suprabatham.

Oh Goddess who lives on the auspicious mountain who is merciful,
Oh Goddess who shares the body of Lord Shiva who destroys the evils of Kali age,
Oh Goddess who has the hair of the colour of black cloud and steals our mind.,
A very good morning to you , Oh Pretty one of Tripura.

5.Yenanga kanda yutha rathna lasad kireete,
Sonachalesa Saha dharmini Bana hasthe,
Veena dharena muninaa parigeeyamane,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham.

Oh Goddess who is a part of the body of Lord Shiva who wears gem studded crown,
Oh Consort of Lord Shiva of the red mountain(thiruvannamalai) who holds the arrow,
Oh Goddess who holds the Veena and is perambulated by sages,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

6.Esana mukhya sura mouli lasad padabhje,
Srimath sada shiva maha phala kadaya manche,
Eesad smithena vikasath sumanoharasthe,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess whose feet is touched by the shining crowns of devas of Lord Shiva,
Oh Goddess who lies down on greatly beneficial cot of Sadashiva,
Oh Goddess with a pretty smile and steals the mind,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

7.Lajjanathena nayanena vilokamaane,
Trilokya sundara thanum para snambunadham,
Mandasmithollasitha charu mukharavinde,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess who is seen by the shy eyes of devotees,
Oh Goddess who has a body which is prettiest in the three worlds and is the consort of Lord Shiva,
Oh Goddess whose lotus like face is made more pretty by the slow smile and great joy,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

8.Hreemkara jaapa suhithe hrudayambujasthe,
Haardandakara vinihanthri harith patheedye,
Haryaksha vahini halayudha sevithangre,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess who is pleased by sound Hreem and who is in the lotus of my heart,
Oh Goddess who defeats darkness and eagerly looks for her husband,
Oh Goddess who rides on a lion and who is served by the plough weapon,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

9.Hasthena devi phani pasa madekshu chapa,
Pushpasthra mangusa varam sathatham dadhaane,
Hemadri thunga thara srunga kruthadhi vaase,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess holding in her hand snake , rope , bow made of cane,
Arrow made of flower and goad and who gives boons always,
Oh Goddess who lives on the chief peak of the golden mountain,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

10.Sarva aagamo upashadheedya maha prabhaave,
Saamabhi gana vinuthe, saraseeruhakshi,
Sacchid sukhaika rasike, sakaleshta dhathri,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh powerful Goddess who is worshiped by all holy books and Upanishads,
Oh Goddess who likes to hear song of Sama veda and who has lotus flower like eyes,
Oh Goddess who enjoys the divine joy and one who fulfills all wishes,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

11.Kalyana dathri kamaneeya gunarnave sri,
Kanmasha pada pari poojitha pada padme,
Kaivalyadhe, kali malapaha chidswaroope,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess who grants auspiciousness and is the one who is blessed with pretty character,
Oh Goddess whose lotus feet were worshiped by sages like Kanmasha Pada,
Oh Goddess who is salvation and has a divine form that removes the evil of Kali age,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

12.Hathwa asurendra mathi bahu balaa valiptham,
Bandam prachanda samarodhatha matha sasthram,
Samrakshitha trijagathi tripuradhivaase,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh Goddess who killed the kings of Asuras by her great strength,
Oh Goddess who waged war using arrows against the very strong Prachanda,
Oh Goddess who lives in three cities and protects the three worlds,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura

13.Labdhum thava Tripurasundari sath kadaksham,
Karunya poorna mamaresa mukha digeesaa,
Kakshyanthamethya nivasanthi thava prabodhe,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

By getting your great side long glances, Oh pretty one of three cities,
Completely filled with mercy, Indra and the gods of different directions,
Are living in the places allotted to them by your grace,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

14.Hreemithya jasrama api they manumadharena,
Hruth pankaje anukalayan prajapami nithyam,
Harsha pradhe hrudaya santhamasapahanthri,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Those who praise you by the sound Hreem,
And keep you in their lotus of their mind are protected daily by you,
Oh goddess who makes others happy and remove sorrow from their mind,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

15.Sathyathmike, sakala loka hitha radhe Amba,
Sampathkari, kitamukhi parisevithangre,
Sarvaan avadhya charithe, Sukumara gathri,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

Oh goddess with truth as her soul,
Oh Mother who does good to all the world,
Oh Goddess whose story is told by all and one who has a pretty mien,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

16.Kaamohi they Ambha Karuna lava meva labhdhwa,
Pushpayudhopi bhavathi trijagad vijethaa,
Kamaswarena pari kamkshitha sath kadakshe,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham

It is my earnest desire that I get a little of your mercy,
You have won over all three worlds though you fight with flower as weapon,
And for your side long glances are always desired by Lord Parameshwara,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

17.Lajja pradhipangitha manu prathipadhya roope,
Leelaa vilokena visrushta Jagat sahasre,
Lavanya poorna vadane , lalithabhidhane,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham.
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‘Mangalam’ Auspicious, beautiful Tripura;s…Lotus Feet ….Bless us…

Oh Goddess who as per imagination of humans has a form which is shy,
Oh Goddess who created thousands of worlds as matter of play,
Oh Goddess who has face full of prettiness and who can be easily appealed to,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

18.Hreenkara mantra nilaye , hrudhi bhavaneeye,
Hreemkara garbha manujaka sidhi dhathri,
Hreemkara mantra mahaneeya nija swaroope,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham.

Oh Goddess who is in chant Hreem and in thought process of mind,
Oh Goddess who grants occult powers to the man who has Hreem within him,
Oh Goddess who is the real great form of the chant , hreem,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

19.Sri Shankaracharya padhe, Shiva bagadheye,
Sri Kamaraja mahishi, sritha Kamadheno,
Sri sankarasya kula mangala Devathambha,
Sriman Maha Tripura Sundari suprabatham.

Oh Goddess who is worshiped by the words of Shankara and who owns a part of Lord Shiva.
Oh Goddess who is queen of Lord Shiva, who is the wish giving cow to devotees,
Oh Goddess who is the auspicious family mother Goddess of Adhi Sankara,
A very good morning to you , Oh pretty one of Tripura.

20.Sri Suprabatham hitha sthavamambikaya,
Bhakthya prabatha samaye bhuvi ye padanthi,
Sri mathra anugrahanirastha samastha khedhaa,
Sachith sukhatmaka padam pravisanthi sathyam.

This prayer wishing good morning to mother Parvathi is pleasing to her,
And the entire world reads it during the time of morning,
And by the blessing of the mother , all sorrows,
Would be converted in to pleasure, and this is the truth.

Let us Pray to HER ,JAGADODHARINI ….prostrate at Mother’s Lotus Feet

To her who is forever and fulfills wishes of devotees , daily auspiciousness
To her who is the truth and is blessed with all that is auspicious , All auspiciousness
To the mother of all the universes , a victorious auspiciousness
To the feet worshiped by Shankara and to the consort of Shiva, good auspiciousness
To her who is in Sri Chakra and to her who is the divine mother, victorious auspiciousness
To the great beauty of Tripura and to the consort of Shiva , good auspiciousness

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_()_Sri Lalitha devi namo namaha.…

A Visit to Kailash Manasarovar – Part II

Brief Recap

Part 1 covered the experiences of 40 pilgrims who had gathered from all over the country in Delhi on 12 Aug and the sojourn through Kumaon Hills over a period of nearly ten days till they crossed over into China on 26 Aug.

Expanding the frontiers of understanding

As we walked down to our buses waiting 500 metres below the Lipulekh pass, I mused on the history of the region. Our Rishis had a unique understanding of the geographical frontiers of the Indian civilization. Recognizing that the regions around Kailash and Manasarovar region were the source of three rivers that fed the Indian sub continent – Indus, Sutlej, and the Brahmaputra, they extended the ideological frontiers by weaving myth and legend around these regions. Militarily, Zorawar Singh, the Dogra General, subdued Tibet by forging ahead to Gartok bypassing Manasarovar. He defeated the Tibetan commander who had fled to the fort in Taklakot. Subsequently he and his troops went on a pilgrimage to Kailash and Manasarovar. In the process he had succeeded in integrating Ladakh after a Treaty in 1841. He died fighting in Taklakot where there is a memorial in his name. Even the British balked at extending the frontiers to this extent and were content in ensuring Tibetan autonomy.

Our buses took us to the Customs and Immigration Building at Taklakot for immigration formalities. By now it was bright sunlight. By Shanghai Standard Time it was now almost noon when we finally reached our hotel. Our Tibetan guides now took charge of us after a sumptuous lunch cooked by Nepalese and Indian cooks who were in Taklakot on a work permit. The next two days were given over to acclimatization since Taklakot is at 3940 metres. By now we had all been affected by the symptoms of acute mountain sickness – sleeplessness, a nagging headache and depressed appetite. Noses peeling were par for the course. The best cure we found was a nose mask available for 3 yuan for no sun screen could actually prevent sunburn on the Tibetan plateau. All this did not stop us from exploring Taklakot which had a Nepalese Market, an Indian Market and a Chinese market. The legacy of Lipulekh pass as a major trading route was intact. We were pleasantly surprised to note that Prestige pressure cookers, Parle G, Centre Fresh and the ubiquitous Haldirams were all very popular. The locals did not appear too friendly for obvious reasons. We kept a wary distance from them and all conversation was done through calculators. There were a large number of Nepalese labourers on work permits. Most of them had been to India with one of them even having an Indian PAN card. Modinomics strikes again!

After two nights we were itching to be on the road again. Our next destination was Darchen 102 kms away passing through Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar. Rakshas Tal was the location where Ravan was said to have meditated on Shiva. A few intrepid souls took a dip in both Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar as though to balance the two opposite poles of their personalities. It reminded me of the story of when the devas, the asuras and human beings had approached Vishnu for diksha. They were all told the single word ‘dh’ and went back satisfied. The asuras took it to mean Daya or compassion. The devas took it to mean daaitv or control over sense organs and for the humans? It was daan or charity! Now we have all three aspects within us and the close juxtaposition of Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar was symbolic of this.

 

Rakshas Tal or Demon’s Lake!

As soon as we reached Darchen we sought in vain for a darshan of Kailash. The cloud cover was ominous and we wondered when grace would descend on us. A few enterprising Tibetan traders seeing our buses converged quickly on us selling crystal and rudraksh beads. Darchen was just two streets of shops. We did find a grocer selling pecan nuts and walnuts – very vital sources of energy for the severe tests lying ahead of us. The next morning the Parikrama began from Yama Dwar 10 kms away. Here prayers were offered to Yama – to spare us Swarg for now and allow us to complete the Parikrama.

 

Yama Dwar – guarded by the god of Death!

Porters and ponies were now allocated on a lucky draw basis. I was lucky to bag Gyantse and his pony Dasakpa. I did not intend to use the pony but it was a mobile ambulance in unfamiliar country. Gyantse was very kind always waiting for me with my flask of hot water as I trudged along the Parikrama. My wife had a porter and a pony. Deraphuk our next destination 11 kms away was at an height of 5060 metres and due West of Kailash. Our LO had warned us that he would leave at 4 PM for Charan Sparsh the closest we could get to Kailash. We barely managed to make it with 20 minutes to spare. By 4 we were ready for a further climb of 2.5 kms. On this stretch there were no porters and ponies. It had started raining and as we got closer to the glacier a light snow began to fall making our climb even more difficult. It was almost dark when we reached the glacier from where the Kuraily river emanates from the West Face of Kailash. Kailash was still hidden by dark clouds. It was time to begin our descent.  

Charan Sparsh

As I walked back I spotted my wife with a few others making their way slowly. I decided to wait for her till she returned from the glacier. I had Rajesh Lochab a Professor in Hissar University and Satish Chand Chauhan a retired ONGC employee for company. That decision to wait turned out to be fortuitous… gradually Kailash began to reveal itself. The darkness began to dispel, and it was bright sunlight soon. Kailash was revealed in all its glory – my fellow pilgrims were overcome, some shedding tears as the very purpose of our visit had finally been achieved.

View of Mount Kailash from Charan Sparsh

Meanwhile, even more miraculous events were happening back at Deraphuk. Mythili had stayed behind to nurse Bharati Ben who was down with mountain sickness. As she helped her and Chandrama to the toilet down the road she happened to see Kailash clearing. Just then a few locals were passing by one of whom had binoculars. A swift request and Mythili was granted the same view we had from further up the mountain! Indeed God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. We finally made our way down tired and happy. The next day would be the most strenuous as it involved crossing the 5650 metre high Dolma pass followed by a steep descent to zunzui phu some 20 kms away from Deraphuk.

Dolma Pass revered by Buddhists

The next day ever faithful Gyantse arrived bright and early when it was still dark and we were off. We had been warned that crossing Dolma pass would be the most difficult part of the trek. However, I found the Lipulekh crossing more difficult perhaps because we were under time pressure then. Dolma pass while higher did not have any time constraints. Further, we had climbed Charan Sparsh, the previous evening almost at the same altitude. So we were fairly well acclimatized. Whatever the reason, we crossed the Dolma pass in good time. Incidentally, a mantra had been given to me during my first night at Budhi. While asleep I had received a strong suggestion that I chant Om Namo Shiv Shankar Shambhu. This was a strange sequence. While climbing however this turned out to be the perfect chant as it had a rhythm of five breaths which made me set an even pace. The astonishing sight of Gauri Kund met our eyes as soon as we crossed the Dolma Pass. This was where Parvathi is said to have bathed and Ganesha was decapitated by an enraged Shiva as he prevented him from meeting his mother.

Gauri Kund – 18600 feet above Sea Level

After the invigorating sight of Gauri Kund, there was a steep descent of 4 kms or so which ponies would not be able to negotiate. This would also involve crossing a snow field. This had to be negotiated by all irrespective of their age or fitness. It is to the group’s credit that all were successful in making it through in good time Another nine kms of walk through reasonably flat terrain brought us to zunzui phu. There were a few anxious moments when a few pilgrims took longer than expected. More seriously, Vijailakshmi was taken seriously ill due to dehydration and acute mountain sickness. Immediate action taken by our redoubtable LO ensured that she was put on a drip. By next morning she was fine though.

With the difficult part of the Parikrama over, the next morning saw the pilgrims in high spirits. The picturesque route of 5 kms between Zunzui phu to Dzang phu was covered in good time. The buses were now available to pick us up and take us to the final port of call, Manasarovar itself.

Pilgrim’s Trail

At Manasarovar, we had been advised to bathe only after noon, by when the water would be warm. As soon as we landed, my wife and I rushed to find a secluded spot on the shore. Braving the cold my wife slipped on a poncho and slipped into the water. With each dip she prayed for the absolution of the sins of all her extended family members. I followed soon thereafter. Hopefully, the debt to my ancestors and my parents was paid in full.

 

Absolution!

After a sumptuous lunch, I decided to spend some time on the lakeside. Gradually, the clouds moved away and the Southern face of Kailash was now revealed to us. Patterns and shapes were being revealed – some saw an Om, others saw Nandi and so on. I wondered at the capacity of the human mind to create form out of no form and its feeble attempts to describe the indescribable. To me Kailash, shaped like a phallus was the symbol of creation and Manasarovar a symbol of the sea of consciousness of which individual consciousness was a tiny part. This individual consciousness enabled us to appreciate and revere creation and indeed nature. As the Bhagavad Gita puts it, at first there was only the One. The one then split into many in an effort to know itself. We were all part of this effort.

Kailash and Manasarovar framed

The next day a wonderful havan was conducted by Manikanda Murty, Mohan Raj and Kartikey Swamy in Tamil. Most of the pilgrims did not understand the words but the emotions resonated in all.

The pilgrimage was now finally over. It was only left to cross back into India and make it back to Dharchula more or less traversing the route in reverse. In high spirits, much as a horse bolts back to its stables at the end of day we covered astonishing distances of upto 27 kms in a day on our way back. The promised helilift materialised over two days. Finally, the prodigals returned home.

What had I learned? Community living, an ability to adjust and get along with people of many different regions, a gradual dropping of baggage both literal and mental, and elimination of the obsession with personal hygiene and looks. The journey of transformation was complete. We were finally where Shiva had always been -an ascetic and a renunciate.

A Visit to Kailash Manasarovar – Part I

Moko kahan dhoonde re bande, main tho tere paas re’ or “Where do you search for me, I am always close to you” sings Kabir.

Unfortunately, the stresses of daily living and the frustrations of hopes belied and expectations not met give the lie to this claim. I tend to agree with Osho when he says, “ The old man has been a worshipper of dead Gods in temples and mosques and synagogues … the new man is one who denies God but will instead find his living God in the trees, in the birds, in the rivers, in the oceans, in the mountains, and in the stars…”.

The insistent pull of the mystical and the divine demands to be heard…and this time we decided to heed the call by applying for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra organised by the Ministry of External Affairs. The lucky draw proved how unlucky we were …… we were put on the waiting list for Batch 17 scheduled to start from 12 Aug in Delhi. It was subsequently confirmed after several dropouts as rains continued to lash the Kumaon Hills through which the Yatra is held. We accordingly reported to Delhi for the medical tests. Here for the first time, we met up with our co pilgrims at the Gujarati Samaj Seva Kendra (GSS) where we were put up in a dormitory with shared bathrooms. It was back to community living after several decades. We soon got to know each other despite the barriers of language and region. As expected Gujaratis were in the majority… nearly seven of them who bonded together instantaneously. Gradually though new bonds were forged. Bharati Ben from Baroda who occupied the bed next to me separated only by the common steel frame of the bunker bed, was a fighter who had lost her father at a young age and had been forced to take on the mantle of provider. She had chosen to stay unmarried. There were four young strapping Malayalees and surprisingly the Tamilians this time outnumbered them.

The medical tests at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute were fairly stringent, so much so that four pilgrims were forced to drop out. Murali and Mythili a couple from Chennai were lucky to scrape through despite initial high BP and were brave enough to take the vital decision to go ahead with their trip despite the real chances of being rejected at Gunji (height 3160 metres),  where repeat tests were scheduled before the final crossing over to Tibet. We were now down to forty including our Liaison Officer (LO) Amit Goel. The Group now consisted of three 70-year-olds, a few above 60 and the majority between 30 to 40. Ekta the youngest was 23 years old while Shweta a software engineer at Cisco in Bangalore was 30. The 70-year-olds were amazing. Ram Prasad Bhandari had walked from Rishikesh to Kedarnath a distance of over 100 km.  68-year-old Parthasarathy was a repeat Yatri …he had already been to Kailash 8 times. He had never employed a porter or a pony. This was his ninth voyage. The LO during his briefing rightly stated that if the yatra was to be successful we would all now need to behave like one family, with the strong taking care of the week. To the group’s credit that was exactly what it did during the next 25 days or so.

The next day during the final briefing at the Ministry of External Affairs we were warned about the perils of high altitude trekking and Chinese sensitivities. The Dokalam Plateau standoff was at its peak and little wonder then, we were more worried about the Chinese than the Himalayas. That evening there was a bhajan sandhya program and we were all set to leave the next morning.

Bhajan Sandhya at GSS

Meanwhile disturbing news was trickling in. Batch 16 that had left 4 days before us had been held up at Sirkha due to cloudburst at Malpa. There was a very real danger of the entire yatra being scrapped. Sure enough, we were told late at night that we would not leave the next morning. A high-level meeting was planned to be held at the MEA on 15 Aug despite being a national holiday where the final decision would be taken. Pilgrims had come from all over the country and even abroad. Jayan for instance, had resigned from his job in Saudi Arabia and was faced with the prospect of being jobless without having gone on the pilgrimage. Similarly, pilgrims like Abhishek and Sree Krishna who were employed in the private sector had very limited leave and were answerable to their bosses and faced the real threat of being fired. Others with their own businesses like Bharati Ben, Manikanda Murty, Mohan Raj had put their businesses on hold. It was time for prayers to begin and in true Indian tradition jugaad! Shailu from Nainital knew the MD, KMVN which organised the Yatra on the Indian Side. I pulled a few strings to get the District Magistrate Pithoragarh on board. The GSS was rife with rumours. Our beloved Doctor Nagashaynam was quite keen to return to Bangalore as his patients missed him.

God must have been confused…. the pilgrims were very keen on continuing their journey while their loved ones were just as keen that it be scrapped since there was a very real danger of the situation worsening due to the possibility of flash floods as in 2013 when the entire Yatra had to be abandoned. Finally, the pilgrims won …… a decision was taken that helilift would be organised wherever trekking was not possible. With this, we were all set to go!

Departure to Almora

Sojourn through Kumaon Hills

Once we left Delhi we were in the competent hands of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) who had a mighty job on their hands since the entire schedule had been disrupted. Batch 16 had to be retrieved from Sirkha where the bridge at Malpa had been washed away. Batches 14 onwards would now have to be helilifted from  Budhi to Dharchula on their return journey and Batch 16 onwards would have to be helilifted both for onward and return journeys. Apart from this, the civil population in these villages was severely affected due to the disruption of logistics. For instance, all the porters and ponies were now stranded on the other side of Malpa and could not return to their home base Dharchula. Malpa incidentally was the site where Protima Bedi had lost her life during the Kailash Yatra in 1998 after a landslide. Finally, the Chinese too needed to be taken on board since any change in schedule would necessitate changes in visa and arrangements on the Chinese side. This entire jigsaw puzzle had to be put in place by proactively anticipating and reacting to the situation. This was where our batch was lucky in having an extremely competent LO who was well aware of the nuances of helicopter operations in disaster relief situations. He immediately warned us that all heavy baggage would have to be shed in Dharchula and only up to 5.5 kgs could be carried by each pilgrim. This single decision proved to be extremely fortuitous in the circumstances.

However, there was still some time to go before we could expect to reach Dharchula for the helilift since each location had limited capacity to accommodate pilgrims. Our first halt was at Almora, a beautiful pine filled hill station created by the British as a satellite hill station to Nainital.

Selfie time at Almora
Selfie time at Almora

 

Baijnath Temple

The next day however instead of leaving for Dharchula we were diverted to Chaukori.  We passed through the Baijnath Temple at Bageshwar, an ancient temple which had the unique distinction of housing both a Shiva lingam and the statue of Parvati in the same sanctum santorum. A boulder in the temple has another unique attribute …. it can be lifted by nine persons using just one finger!

Boulder at Baijnath Temple Bageshwar

 

Since we reached Chaukori by Lunch, we had the whole afternoon free. Chaukori is another beautiful town at a height of 1650 metres. A few of us decided to explore the countryside and to begin exercising our limbs which would soon need to function at full tilt.

Trekking in Chaukori

 

KMVN Tourist Rest House Chaukori

The next day there was another change of plans. Helilift of Batch 16 from Dharchula could not be completed due to adverse weather. We were therefore forced to move to Didihat a few hours short of Dharchula. Here the baggage restrictions were stringently enforced by  Parthasarathy – a very wise measure indeed. Innumerable trips were made to the neighborhood grocer who obligingly provided his weighing scales. Gram by agonizing gram we shed all our excess baggage and our ideas of daily hygiene – henceforth we would function on just two pairs of clothes, two pairs of underclothes, a windcheater and a jacket. We would bathe only when there was hot water which was very rarely and clothes would be washed if we stayed longer than a night in any place. A fitting offering to the ascetic Shiva!

Fortunately for us, just as we reached Dharchula the next morning we received news that helilift operations were on and the LO efficiently ensured that the senior citizens and ladies were manifested on priority. By late evening we were all in Budhi. The first real test would begin the next morning – crossing the 3350 metre high Chialekh pass.  Due to the various issues involved, there were very few porters and ponies available. Again only senior citizens and a very few ladies could be accommodated. A steep ascent was followed by a rewarding view of the Garbyang Valley. There was further bad news ….. all of us would have to negotiate a landslide which had just occurred the previous night. Bholenath was turning out to be not so Bhola after all!

The mist covered Chialekh Pass

 

Negotiating a landslide in Garbyang with the help of SDRF
    Enroute we passed Batch 14 who were walking back after having successfully completed the visit. Some of them seemed much the worse for wear probably due to the excess baggage they were carrying and the deepening uncertainty. Finally we reached Garbhyang – a sinking village which boasts of many IAS and IPS officers. There were the most delicious apple trees here which the villagers kindly allowed us to have.
Garbhyang Village

By afternoon we were in Gunji (height 3150 metres) where we would have two nights of acclimatization and repeat medicals by the ITBP. The next morning we were put through the medicals with 13 of us  asked to again come back in the evening due to elevated blood pressure levels. BP upto 160 is acceptable in high altitude. These 13 were higher than this. By evening there was yet another change to our program. We would now be delayed by a further 3 days since Batch 16 was yet to cross over into China. This gave much-needed respite to the those who were afflicted by giving them a chance to recuperate. Meanwhile, under the aegis of KMVN a  home stay was organised at Nabhi, a village some 4 kms away from Gunji.  This would help us get to know the local culture and more importantly keep the worry warts occupied mentally and physically. In retrospect, this enforced stay of 3 days helped the entire batch to get fully acclimatized to the high altitude. Meanwhile, the Nabhi home stay proved very entertaining with song and dance and much merry making.

Home Stay at Nabhi

There was some disturbing news when we returned to Gunji. One of the members of Batch 16 had suffered a stroke at Navidhang our next destination. The ITBP doctors were, therefore, more rigorous in their testing. Finally, the day for our move dawned and by now all 40 had been certified fit for further travails. Navidhang at 4260 metres  was located some 18 kms away. Here we would get to rest for a few hours before leaving for Lipulekh pass at 2 AM.

Kalapani located halfway between Gunji and Navidhang is the source of the Kali River. The Kali temple at the site is truly a sight to behold.

The Source of the Kali Nadi
Kali Mandir at Kalapani

We reached Navidhang by 3 in the afternoon. It was vital that we reach the Lipulekh pass located at 5160 metres height by 6.30 AM since the Chinese authorities would not wait longer than that to escort us into their territory. Fortunately, for us, there was no batch waiting to cross over from the Chinese side so the timings could be some what more flexible.  Those who traveled by pony would have to be careful of hypothermia due to the intense cold and the biting winds at the top of the pass as they would have to wait longer than those who were walking up. Indeed Shweta who was inadequately covered up succumbed to a severe bout of shivering on the pass. Timely reaction from others helped her to recover. Fortunately for me,  I did not have to wait at all as I was walking up. Each step was an effort. They were already calling out my name when I reached the top of the pass. Hastily paying off my porter I rushed over to the Chinese side. We could see the buses parked some 500 metres below.  It was the morning of 26 Aug some 13 days after we had all met in Delhi. We were finally in China!

….. To be Continued

Ribhu Gita

RIBHU Gita, Ramana Mahrishi’s favourite reference.

Ribhu Gita or ” Siva Rahasya ” is the teachings of Lord Siva to His devotee Ribhu.

Bhagavan Ramana’s often referred to the Ribhu Gita in his talks specially Chapter 26.

Ribhu gita….

“one could spontaneously pass into the state of sahaja samadhi, or the natural state of true Self-realization….You must cover your vegetables when you cook them, then only will they keep their flavour and be fit for food. It is the same with the mind. You must put a lid over it and let it simmer quietly.Then only does a man become food fit for God to eat”.

Sri Bhagavan summarised the RIBHU GITA ….

Ramana Mahrishi

Bhagwan, the simplest DIVINE SOUL ….

-The concept ‘I-am-the-body’ is the sentient inner organ (i.e. the mind). It is also the
illusory samsara. It is the source of all groundless fears. If there is no trace of it at all,everything will be found to be Brahman.
-The concept ‘I-am-the-body’ is the primal ignorance. It is known as the firm
knot of the heart (hrdayagranthi). It gives rise to the concepts of existence and non-existence. If there is no trace of it at all, everything will be found to be Brahman.
-Jiva is a concept, God, the world, the mind, desires, action, sorrow…
all other things are all concepts.
-The mind is unreal. It is like a magic show. It is the son of a barren woman,absolutely non-existent. Since there is no mind there are no concepts, no Guru, no disciple, no world, no jiva. All concepts are really Brahman.
-Everything is in truth Brahman. Abiding is to be in the undifferentiated state. It is inherence (in Brahman). It is wisdom. It is Liberation. It is the natural state (sahaja). It is Brahman. It is Siva.

Contemplate, dear readers…

WHAT, HOW ?????

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality.
…..’Drishti Srishti Vada’ (Drishti=Sight, Srishti=Universe, Vada=Theory), which puts forth the argument that the universe, or that which is seen, arises only after the seer, and has no independent existence apart from the seer i.e. order of precedence of sight and the seen—first there is sight (‘Drishti’) and then there is the seen (‘Srishti’).

Ramana Maharshi made numerous references to the world being only a concept in the mind.


“The mind is like akasa (space). Just as there are the objects in the akasa, so there are thoughts in the mind. The akasa is the counterpart of the mind and objects are of thought. One cannot hope to measure the universe and study the phenomena. It is impossible. For the objects are mental creations…The universe is only an object created by the mind and has its being in the mind.”

ribhu gitaribhu gita

When evil is in the heart

APRADHI DOONA NIVAI JO HANTA MIRGAHE. The criminal bends DOUBLE like the hunter out to kill a deer. His humility is deceptive. While preaching virtues, Sweatness and Humility Guru Nanak does not ignore the reality on ground also. He first gives the example of the Simmal tree. Though the tree is majestic, tall, big size and beautiful flowers, yet the birds which are attracted go back disappointed because it’s leaves. flowers or fruit are not eatable. He says Sweatness and Humility are real virtues. SIMMAL RUKH SARYARA AT DEERAGH, AT MUTCH. OIYE JI AAVAI AAS KAR, JANE NIRASAY KIT. PHALL PHIKKAY, PHALL BAKBAKAY KAMM NA AAVAI PATT. MITHAT NEEVEEN NANAKA GUN CHANGIAEEAN TUTT. Nanak says that it is to himself only that one bends; not to others. The pan of the scales which goes down (bends) is heavier !!! SABH KO NIVAI AAP KO, PUR KO NIVAI NA KOAY. DHARR TARA ZOO TOLEEAI, NIVAI SO GAURA HOAY. Then the realism ; APRADHI DOONA NIVAI JO HANTA MIRGAHE. SEES NIVAYE KYA THEEAI, JA RIDHAI KASUDHAI JAEN. What is the relevance of bending the head when there is evil in the heart !!!!

Good karma and ancestors

Good karma do help in the emancipation of even the departed ancestors ; PITRI. ————————————JIS SIMRAT SABH KILVIKH NAASAY, PITRI HOAY UDHAARO. SO HAR HAR TUM SAD HI JAAPO, JISKA UNT NA PAARO. POOTA MAATA KI ASSEES. A mother’s blessing to the son. May you remember always HIM who has no ends or limits , by cherishing whom the sins are destroyed and the Pitri too is emancipated. ————————— Giving alms, feeding and clothing the poor, helping the needy and the suffering are good ideas. One does not require any go-between (Dalaal ; the priest) for doing that. His aim will be to promote his interests only and will thus cleverly misguide you. The benefits will accrue to your Pitri provided you are sharing your honest earnings. Sharing the earnings of unfair and corrupt means will have an adverse effect only. Nanak warns : ———————— If a thief (MOHAKA) steals from a house and with that gives Pitri he is making his ancestors thieves in the world ahead. The go-between (Dalaal) also makes himself liable to divine punishment. JE MOHAKA GHAR MUHAI, GHAR MUHI PITRI DE. AGGAY BASAT SINJANEEAI, PITRI CHOR KARAY. VADHAAAI HATTH DALAAL KE , MUSFI IH KARAY. The source of the things shall be known and the Pitri too shall get branded. The divine justice demands the hands of the Dalaal be chopped off. —————————————- Sharing something from the honest earnings by own labour will get credit for the departed ancestors also. NANAK AGGAY SO MILAI, JO KHATTAI GHALLAI DE. —————————————————————- SHARING WAGES OF SIN, CORRUPTION, WHAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGED TO OTHERS ; WITH HUMANS OR GIVING OFFERINGS TO DEITIES OR PLACES OF WORSHIP DOES NOT GET ONE ANY CREDIT. GIVING, SHARING EVEN A LITTLE OUT OF WHAT IS EARNED BY HONEST AND HARD LABOUR IS REALLY MEANINGFUL !!!!

Adi Shankara and Vivekachudamani

Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)
Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)

Adi Shankara

“Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and Atman, individual self”

Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah —

The Vivekachudamani (Sanskrit: विवेकचूडामणि)
is a famous Sanskrit poem
ascribed to Adi Shankara (8th century).

It is written in the form of 580 verses
in the Shardula Vikridita metre.

The poem exposes the Advaita Vedanta philosophy,
one of the classic Indian paths to spiritual realization.

“Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Give up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.”

text of the Vivekachudamani in pdf

Marriage today

MARRIAGE, – What is it to be considered.. . as a SOCIAL SYSTEM, OR as a RELIGIOUS SYSTEM for people of various CULTURAL groups who all together live under A MAIN SYSTEM as a NATION.

Please share your analysed view here. Thanks.

The real means

In Spiritual World, MEANS of your action that only serves (justifies) the END result. Whereas, in Material World, END only plays as the main purpose, and, how it is achieved is NOT of any significance at all !!.

Bothering others

SELFISHNESS (= taking care of self/individual interests only at any cost without bothering whether that action supports or obstructs others’ needs) is anti-spirit(ual), b’cos self-spirit is the smaller part of larger and supreme spirit (the universe) .

The fruits of INDEPENDENCE

We have achieved Independence from foreign rule now it is about seventy year back; But have we yet fully succeeded in bringing complete Independence for all our people from the bondage of poverty, enslavement by powerful forces; And, have we yet succeeded in providing to all people, particularly to the less privileged people equal opportunity for adequate earning of basically needed minimum income for daily sustenance. And, have we yet succeeded in providing to our all people equal opportunity for adequate education, and equal opportunity for decent living with at least minimum basic needs for adequately comfortable living which would bring peace and calmness in peoples mind so that their confused and disturbed mind won’t get distracted towards aggressive, harmful and wrongful actions that would destroy peace and tranquility in the society. It seems, it has now become more important than before for us to ponder over our priorities so as to ensure upliftment of all societies will take place reasonably well in more homogeneous level so that disparities and hate culture would vanish away from our societies, and thus peace and tranquility might dawn on people by turning towards spiritual way of living. …. ‘God is Great; and Truth prevails,’ — As God is LOVE, and Truth comes by intelligent KNOWLEDGE and efficient WORK, and thus blossoms HAPPINESS and PEACE. OM Shanti.

Reviewing our responsibility

Good Morning to all friends.
Let us ensure all needed work of the week are adequately carried out before we embark on week-end holiday on Sunday. Reviewing our responsibility ensures Gods grace and right guidance for smooth functioning of all work activities.

The sound of divine

The sound of divine

The song of Most High
Has no begin and no end

To the observer
To the listener
To the reflective
To the attentive

It becomes the tune of life

An enchanting flute
Inviting to the dance…

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Tradition of silence

Tradition of silence
Tradition of silence

TRADITION OF SILENCE

Silence vibrating is Creation
Silence flowing is Love
Silence shared is Friendship
Silence seen is Infinity
Silence heard is Adoration
Silence expressed is Beauty
Silence maintained is Strength
Silence omitted is Suffering
Silence allowed is Rest
Silence re-circled is Scripture
Silence preserved is Our Tradition
Silence given is Initiating
Silence received is Joy
Silence perceived is Knowledge
Silence stabilized is Fulfillment

WAKING UP IN TIME DURING JOURNEY THROUGH THIS WORLD

Waking up

WAKING UP IN TIME DURING JOURNEY THROUGH THIS WORLD

I was sleeping comfortably on my two tier berth in the first class compartment of my train taking me through the planet earth. Every now and then I was having dreams which were by and large, happy comfortable and soothing. The journey was smooth without any glitches or hiccups Since the journey seemed to be long, therefore, the sleep remained sound and uninterrupted for a long time except for drowsy and dreamy states happening at irregular intervals.
Many years ago, I don’t exactly remember HOW MANY, I was roused by a sudden jerk and an overwhelming realization that I had slept and travelled long and that I might not have missed my destination in my sleep. Thank God the destination had not yet been missed or reached. Though there was not an exact idea of the distance and the time to be taken but it seemed that it was not far and it won’t take much time. The train was to take me to the intervening last destination on the earth from where the journey was to be resumed in a spaceship for the ULTIMATE DESTINATION somewhere in the space. I started looking for my belongings that were to be shifted from the train to the spaceship. No solids were permitted in the spaceship because they evaporate in extreme heat in the space leaving nothing behind. So much so that I would have to leave my physical body behind to be permitted SPACESHIP boarding in subtle body only. The thought was highly disturbing, leaving everything behind I had owned and used all through my journey and I had become addicted and used to it.
Looking back at the starting point of my journey through this world the ULTIMATE REALITY dawned upon me. I had started my journey in my subtle body only and the physical body , so essential for journey through this world, was provided to me by two GENEROUS DONORS , who pooled their resources together to construct a physical costume for my subtle body, kept in the womb of one of the DONORS for a period of nine earth months ( the fraction of second of the cosmic time) . All through my journey I was generously provided wherewithal by my co-travelers . How mean of me I started staking possessive claim and ownership to the physical objects provided to me for temporary use for my survival during my journey through this world.
Ever since this realization I am busy gathering the items permissible in the spaceship, memories, blessings, gratitude, noble actions, truthfulness, and above all Spiritual Awakening.
I thank God for waking me up in time to plan the next leg of my journey.

Stock market tip: be a smart investor

Smart investor, stock market

STOCK MARKET TIP – Be a smart investor

There is a big cash crunch with individuals and institutions. Cash levels have dipped very low because of over enthusiastic investment in bullish market. The market is over-heated and most stock prices are at or near their 52 week high. The bearish trend is already overdue and very much round the corner.

Suggestion for smart investors:
Offload your high value over priced stocks gradually in the coming couple of months. The earlier you start the better it is. However, before taking a final action use your discretion , intuitive faculty and market based judgement. Try to keep 50% of your stock assets in liquid/cash form to avail of the opportunities in the impending bearish market.
Individual/ personal queries regarding stock market trends are welcome in comments section or through private messages.

MAKE MONEY IN THE STOCK MARKET:
( This message is meant for those having plenty of surplus money , hunch for more easy money and taste for speculative trading ).
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A NOTE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
Stock market is a battle field for the rich and super rich only. The average investors are an easy game and fodder for the bears and bulls in the market. It is a game of cunningness, strong financial muscles, manipulations and Government approved and supported legal plunder.
Simple minded innocent honest persons with hard-earned money should stay away from the Stock Market. Be a smart investor.

At this time the market is overheated and over valued. Wait for the suitable opportunity .
Don’t follow the advice of Business TV channels. Most of them are personal, biased and spreading nets to trap the gullible novices.

The internal vision is the function of Third Eye

The internal vision is the function of Third Eye
The internal vision is the function of Third Eye

The internal vision is the function of Third Eye

Human beings are gifted with two different visions: External and Internal. External vision is practical , mechanical and very much limited. Two main limiting factors are space and time , we can’t look back and forth in time and we can’t see beyond a particular distance and simultaneously in all the directions at the same time. Third factor is the condition,health and efficiency of the eyes. The first two factors are common and identical in all irrespective of any other condition but the third factor is variable in all the individuals. Hence no two persons have similarity of vision with respect to any physical object. It is the same thing as there are no two persons, including identical twins, with identical mass, form , shape or appearance. Up to the level of physical vision all human beings are at as much advantage as animals, or even worse of because certain birds and animals are said to be having much better and more efficient eye mechanism. So we don’t have much to boast about so far as our external vision is concerned.
Besides , external vision is highly deceptive. It is affected by the psychology of the viewer and the amount of light available. The viewer usually fails to see “what is”but only sees “what he wants to see”. The amont of light falling on the object gives it different shades ,shapes and forms, thus presenting different realities of the same object under different conditions and circumstance This deception of the eyes is perhaps the main reason that some of our religious pundits have termed the external world as MAYA or illusion. The oft repeated illustration of man’s inability to distinguish between a curled cord or snake in dim light is not the only case in point. Numerous other illustrations can be added to it. In fact the function of the External Vision to meet the physical needs of the body. In addition to all this the interpretive part of the brain that creates images of the viewed objects in the mind some times plays havoc with the external and physical realities of the world. With the help of external vision human beings can in no way rise above the functional level of Animal Kingdom.
It is the Internal Vision that distinguishes man from other animals. But unfortunately most people fail to see the presence and significance of this vision and usually end up living their lives at animal level only.
As opposed to the External Vision, the Internal Vision knows no limitation of space, direction, time,abstractions or for that purpose any other impediments or obstructions. It is this vision that raises hopmo sapiens above the level of animals and then to the still higher levels of Divinity and Infinity.
The internal vision is the function of Third Eye.

internal vision

Third Eye
Primarily human beings are like other animals with most common features and characteristics . However, human beings are endowed with some special features which not only distinguish and differentiate them from other animals but also place them at a much higher pedestal with a part of God’s creative potential. One such distinguishing feature is the provision and availability of Third Eye. This is also referred to as Shiv Netra or GIAN Chakhshu . This is in addition to the Intuitive Faculty granted to human beings.
Third Eye has the capability to explore the entire abstract phenomenon which is beyond the reach of five sense organs and intuitive perceptions. Earlier only a few saints and sages were aware of this feature but now this awareness is fast spreading among the masses, thus opening the domain of Spirituality for more and more individuals . The future belongs to the highly evolved Spiritualists with very high quality of life and enhanced level of awareness.

The Hollowness of Universal and Unconditional Love

unconditional love

The Hollowness of Universal and Unconditional Love

Sermonizers often talk about universal and  unconditional love as a solution to all the problems of the world. The sermons sound plausible and convincing and the seekers and listeners are carried away by the magical power of unconditional and universal love. Everybody comes under the spell of the Seasoned Sermonizer and for a moment the whole world problems appear to have been solved. Once they leave the Congregation everything is back to square ONE. Easier said than done In practical worldly life it is not possible to love everybody and everything. It is not always easy to convert negativity of others into positivity.If that were possible, there would be no problem in the world. It is rightly said : पय पानम भूजंगानाम केवलम विष वर्धनम . The Sermonizers are expert hypnotizers and temporary mind changers. Today most of them are expert mercenaries and professionals working for themselves only and not for others or the world. They base their theories on strict lab conditions which are impossible in real life. We can only strike a balance on the basis of conditions prevailing around us and make this world a tolerably and reasonably living place. Nothing more than that can be done. If we can really love a few around us, it is more than enough, just forget about universal and unconditional love, which is nothing more than a Day Dreamer’s fancy or a Drawing Room Philosopher’s whims, or at best Sir Thomas More’s Utopia.

Theoretically the world can be made perfect, flawless and trouble free under lab conditions but there are numerous ifs and buts, which can never reconcile. Hence, AN IMPOSSIBILITY.

A new set of bodily ailments and mental disorders

Mental disorder

A new set of bodily ailments and mental disorders

A new set of bodily ailments and mental disorders is coming up that is directly related to the excessive use of computers and smartphones. The preventive measures and remedy to these ailments lies in minimum to moderate use of these devices, suitable physical exercises and spiritual meditation ( with complete detachment from men and matters) at least for fifteen minutes in the morning before getting up from the bed and fifteen minutes after lying down on bed before you fall asleep.

Avoid one and the same fixed posture while working at your computers and smartphones. Keep changing positions and postures every now and then. Take mild exercises of neck rotation in all possible directions without giving any jerks to the neck. Keep your back and spine in straight vertical position for as much time as comfortably you can, Monitor your body on regular basis and observe any unusual symptoms and problems, and if they persist consult the doctors/specialists for specific guidance and treatment. Most bodily ailments are psychosomatic or resulting from wrong physical postures/positions.

Suitable physical exercises and being with yourself in meditation is answer to most physical ailments. Don’t disturb others and don’t be disturbed by others. Cleansing your mind through meditation of undesirable clutter and trash will give you equanimity and peace of mind. And prevent mental disorders.

Mental disorder – Wikipedia

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that may cause suffering or a poor ability to function in life …

Self enquiry “Who am I?”

Self enquiry

Self enquiry “Who am I?”

Self enquiry “Who am I?” is the first step on the road leading to Spiritual Evolution. At the same time it is the greatest stumbling block as well. Most people fail to to get satisfactory answer to this question. Many spiritual teachers and GURUS come forward to help you and explain to you “What you are” but answer to this question serves no purpose as verbal knowledge. It has to come to you as an EXPERIENTIAL REALITY or ANUBHUTI in MEDITATION. You have to experience the truth and reality of the non-physical inner world that is the basis and foundation of the outer physical world. All spiritual enthusiasts have always been haunted by this moot question at one time or the other, followed by certain other self enquiry related questions:

Where have I come from?
What is the purpose of my coming to this world?
How am I different from others?
What is the real nature of my relationship with the outer physical world, vegetation and animal kingdom?
What is death? Is it the end of everything?
How do metaphysical and physical blend in human beings and other creatures?
What is ephemeral and what is everlasting?
Is there any beginning and end of this vast universe?

And thousands of other such questions which have often been asked by spiritual enthusiasts without getting universally acceptable answer. So the enquiry goes on.

Spiritual Freedom

…..Spiritual FREEDOM!

Spiritual freedom is …The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.” — Eckart Tolle

spiritual Freedom…

….BEING

……..!?!?

Spiritual Freedom ;

awareness……
The vulnerability of the mind is its capacity to extend reality, or “objectness”– on the physical reality, undoubtedly, solution becomes a problem when the sense of reality runs amok.The mind is in a vulnerable position. It projects its hopes and fears as real and external, in the form of non-physical entities, yet projected as objectively real.
The absolute freedom in spiritualism is, above all, liberation from the body-mind and the compulsions of organic existence. The dilemma is realization of being potentially free, off a physical universe. The tyranny of the body-mind is experienced as the incessant flow of thoughts. The inner world, is not still. Only The subject is interior to all experience and to all behavior as well. It is witness and a chooser. To identify with the experience is to identify with the response, and to be free from one is to be free from the other. ‘ I am free ‘ to contemplate my thoughts, feelings, body’s pain…so to say, experience and its associated behavior are the same.
To assign a value and meaning to events, is a product of natural selection. Our minds are dualistic because, otherwise there is no evolution.
The human mind is open, working within its own limits.
Freedom, is FREEDOM from “reality”. The desire for inner, spiritual, freedom is rather human experience, an inner view. Firstly, a line of defense by affirming a self that is apart in its quest to survive. Going deeper, it is not only freedom from the dictates of the world, but also the mind. Spiritual freedom is freedom from identity itself…the subject is no object. And the subject, to be free, cannot be identified with any object– neither the body nor the mind nor any of its contents.
But, My body is actually a physical object in the world….an object with which this consciousness(brain) is connected?
The body– is visual and somatic experience– stands as object to consciousness which is subject. Therefore this body is not who “I” am,
Similarly, “my” thoughts and emotions cannot be “I”, the subject.
Though they are not objects in the world, they are objects of consciousness.
The self is taken to be the subjective realm in contrast to the world of external objects.

Contemplate…
*The “I” does not exist as any sort of thing, in the world nor in the subjective realm as an object of experience.
* It is merely a point of view.
Spiritual liberation is freedom from the ego-from identification with the body-mind and its needs. * Do I believe this reality, surrender to the unknown, receive what is happening, and be curious?
The basic longing of the subjectively conscious mind is transcendence…the longing for peace It is to be free even from the desire for peace, ultimately even from the desire for the freedom of desirelessness.
* Simply are free–
Spiritual freedom is not freedom from pain/suffering, does not guarantee happiness, but is freedom’ SELF ‘ that craves happiness and abhors suffering.
It is having to do anything(nothing) about, then even death can have no sting.

Trying…To Be Spiritual?
“its so hard to meet a spiritual person”,“ He, a great guy, but he is just not that spiritual.”
Spirituality is an alleged immaterial reality; path enabling persons to discover the soul(essence of being). Connection to true and divine nature, surrendering completely to the present moment and just being…is spirituality.

Test your *spirituality* quotient….

am living my soul’s purpose, true heart’s aligned with ‘who I am’.

believe in a higher power connecting and uniting all nature and living beings.

engage in spiritual practices to strengthen connection to soul, Divine Source, and nature.

feel inter- connected to all living things, beings and that we are one.

forgive, accept, move on and allow things to flow…no resentment.

am a mysterious creation beyond mental comprehension and respect that divinity

every moment is a gift and blessing and am grateful for it.

death is normal, a part of living, that happens…nothing to fear, resist or be anxious about it.

* True to most of these, YES it is Probably an awareness of spiritual nature

….Spiritual Freedom!

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Being Connected To Spirituality…..

…A spiritual perspective brings more compassion and empathy for every living being….surrender to the higher force and allow things to flow, because of the trust, that everything is always unfolding for highest good.

Spiritual practices, meditation, prayer, yoga and contemplation develop inner life and connects to the knowledge/wisdom. It is experienced as a source of inspiration, a orientation in life.

Spiritually inclined appears as the pure free being…

Jesus ….

Embodiment of a calm presence most of the time,. ever connected to an immaterial reality,  beyond physical realm, true in heart, is honest and authentic, lives life’s purpose and feels very passionate and joyful for the most part in all aspects of life, knows all things will pass, that nature is to die, be born…thus appreciating ‘Self’, ‘every moment as a sacred gift from the divine source’.

…..That is Spiritual Freedom

Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free.” Swami Vivekananda

The first lesson to learn

The first lesson to learn
Swami Vivekanada Statue – Bombay, India

The first lesson to learn

“This is the first lesson to learn:
be determined not to curse anything outside,
not to lay the blame upon anyone outside,
but stand up,
lay the blame on yourself.
You will find that is always true.
Get hold of yourself.”

~ Swami Vivekananda ~

The great Chicago Speech by Vivekanda in September 1893 with his memorable speech:  “Yes, we can and will do”. For the west, the first public encounter with the Eastern way of life and thinking.

His speech remains a milestone in the dialogue between men of different cultures in the search for peace and harmony.

However, to blame a crippled man with karma from a previous life is a terrible thought, which has always been refuted by Western tradition. No blame for others, no blame for self. Many are paying karma for others…

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What to do when bad things happen to good people

When bad things happen to good people
Adult upset driver man in front of automobile crash car collision accident in city road

 What to do when bad things happen to good people

The grape vine has it that you are a ‘shoo in’ for the corner office, the big promotion. The body language of your associates has begun to change. Premature congratulations start filtering in, and much as you want to tell your heart not to get too excited, not to count the chickens before they hatch, your dreams now have more to do with ‘when’ than ‘if’. You tell yourself that all your hard work has been recognised. It is a just world. Obviously, there is a God. You can already imagine yourself at the high table.

When the long awaited announcement takes place, and you find it is not you but a rank outsider, who is no patch on you, but is better connected to the powers that be, you drain the bitter dregs of disappointment. The world is obviously not just. You seriously question your value system, your moral code.

What should you tell your children?  That it is a dog-eat-dog world, that what matters is who you know and not what you know? The disappointment is so bitter you can taste it. Like acid, it corrodes your soul. Your relationships have begun to get affected. Every time you speak your resentment rises up to the surface. Your words are laced with sarcasm. Now people start avoiding you and you are quick to label yourself as a loser.

Why do bad things happen to good people … rather why do good things happen to bad people? Like the Jack Nicholson character in the movie  ‘As Good as it Gets’  tells a  waiting room in a crowded depression counselling clinic, “You are not pissed off because you have it so bad, it is because the other fellow seems to be having it so good.”

The scenario is not much different for those suffering from heartbreak either. The pain is if anything even greater. What does one do to get over the disappointment of rejection, of heartbreak?

No man is an island. We are all interconnected through a complex web of swirling energies. If an energy picture were to be taken it would be quite unlike the two-dimensional camera pictures that only appeal to one of the sense organs – the eye. Reality is too complex to be made sense of through the limited faculties at our disposal. In this complex ever changing maze the only control one has is over one’s own energy patterns.

 
     The Buddha often narrated the parable of the arrow to help people get over their disappointment. If someone is struck by an arrow, he will feel pain. But if a second arrow strikes him at the very same spot, the pain will be much more than just doubled. And if a third arrow were to strike him in the same spot the pain would now be a thousand times more intense. Ignorance too is like the second and third arrow. It intensifies the pain. Right understanding can help one get over the pain. The first arrow cannot be helped – it can be deliberately shot by someone, a colleague, an ex-lover, or self-inflicted by nostalgia.  Unpleasant feelings rise to the surface, and you are caught up in the vortex as you sink deeper and deeper into despondency. In effect, with every unpleasant feeling that followed the first one, you have shot another arrow at the same spot and intensified your pain a thousand times. The wise person does not worry, complain, weep, pound his chest or pull his hair, or torture his body and mind. Instead, he calmly observes his feeling. He knows he is not the feeling and he is not caught up in it. The pain cannot bind him. He does not lose his calmness, does not worry, does not fear, does not complain. Thus the feeling does not grow and ravage his whole being.He is now able to do what is needed to be done without getting swamped by energy draining emotions.
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             Whenever  I am faced with disappointment I imagine an arrow striking me and I calmly pluck it out and throw it away.

meditation… Being aware

“Meditation”, to be Aware; Sounds familiar, Peruse along the article to find an easy technique of Meditating on the ‘SELF’ and being happy, bliss-full and content.Everyone Prays… Simply Put,”To be free from thoughts is itself meditation.”

…..Meditating; Dhyanam

meditation

…. I don’t meditate, being mindless
 Why? “I don’t like, feel it wasting time by just sitting around doing nothing”…
Did YOU Know? Regular meditation creates space in the mind, heightens concentration levels, and helps coping with stress. Be it 10 minutes, five minutes, or even 60 seconds – Body and mind has rejuvenated .

Mmmm… “I don’t know how”
Just sit/lie down, close the eyes,breathe in/out, meditate! That is basically all it is. .

But…. “I can’t sit still”
Meditation is all about silencing the ego (internal chatter).

See… “I can’t switch my mind off”
And this is exactly why one should meditate. It doesn’t matter if all thoughts don’t clear, doesn’t even matter if the mind continues to race. * Just keep at it. Whenever the mind is getting carried away with thoughts/stories, keep bringing the attention back to the breath, to the sounds you hear around , and to the sensations within the body.

ok… “I find it boring”
Of course it would be so, until one surrenders to the activity. Realize that there is so much beauty in silence and stillness, and allow the subtle power to claim from within.

Oh! ? “It scares me”
This fear is often felt because of not being used to sitting with the feelings/emotions without external forces (food, TV.. .) to numb them. The feeling is incredible, overwhelming at first, so uneasy, but just stick with it. Try not to control anything. Feel the fear within , breathe into it and allow it to pass.
Observe, the warmth that will follow.
..A deep state of meditation is a kind of deep, concentrated thinking in which a person seriously reflects on past experiences, ponders and muses over current matters, comes to the point where self-talk ceases, the mind is blank.
….…Instead it’s full…. ‘full of an awareness’. By Paying attention to the breath, thinking naturally starts to quiet down.
….Mindfulness can be seen as the practice of “being in the moment”!
JUST BE!

Does it mean, being mindful is never think about the past/future, not to plan or reflect on past experiences?
….Actually, being in the moment means being mindfully aware of what is going on right here and now, including any thinking of the past, future….Being aware of what is going during the experience(not just being angry but aware of that anger, that a choice can be made to be otherwise).
Reflecting with mindfulness…..mindfully thinking is done about the past or future.
I ‘Being in the moment’ does not mean getting stuck in the moment. It is to Mindfully and creatively calling to mind past events, or imagining what might happen in the future. Calling, thinking about the past…Thinking about how differently action could have been, or wonder why something happened the way it did. So also, thinking about the possible futures, and of how the actions committed now will make those futures more or less likely. ….so on…
– When thinking about the past or future, while being in the moment, there is consciousness, reflection and Not being lost in thoughts. There is no confusion or fantasy with reality.,
– Sometimes daydreaming can be creative…wonderful to relax the reins of consciousness and allow creative unconscious mind the opportunity to express itself.
Then, Why don’t meditators reach the “thought-free” state easily?…”To be free from thoughts is itself meditation.”

“To remain without thought in the waking state is the greatest worship.”(Nisargadatta)

…”In samadhi, there is only the feeling ‘I am’ and no thoughts.
“See to whom the trouble is. It is to the ‘I-thought’. Hold it. Then the other thoughts vanish.”
“When these thoughts are dispelled, you remain in the state of meditation, free from thoughts.”
“The limited, multifarious thoughts having disappeared, there shines in the Heart a kind of wordless illumination of ‘ I ‘, which is pure consciousness.”(Ramana Maharshi)

Ramana Maharishi

* Self Enquiry, the best form of meditation. Practice…
How to Practice Self-Enquiry
SELF- ENQUIRY…

 Pay attention to the inner feeling of ‘I’ and hold on to it as long as possible.
 Whenever other thoughts distract one, pull one’s attention back to the ‘I’-thought again.
 question oneself: ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where does this ‘I’ come from?’
 When subjective feeling does not connect with thoughts and objects the ‘I’ feeling vanishes.
 What remains is the sense of Being, in which the individual has temporarily ceased to exist.
 When self-enquiry reaches this level there is an effortless awareness of being in which individual effort is no longer possible since the ‘I’ has temporarily ceased to exist. This is not Self-realization.
 Continuous practice and experience of this state of being will destroy the mental tendencies (vasanas). This weakening of the vasanas will eventually be completely destroyed by the power of the Self that the ‘I’-thought will never rise again. This is the final state of Self-realization.
 This self-attention to the ‘I’-thought is that it merely gently invokes the awareness .
 Once awareness of the ‘I’-feeling has been established, no more effort is required. From now onwards, it is a matter of Being rather than doing.

…”Be without thoughts, this is the secret of meditation.”.. Dogen Zenji, Japanese Zen Buddhist.

…”Yoga happens when there is stilling of the movement of thought” (Patanjali).

…”With the intellect steadfast and the mind sunk in the Self, allow no thought to arise.” Gita

* So attaining a “thought-free” state is the goal in many spiritual practices….

* Folk not being really engaged with awakening. What of them? Ramana Maharshi described it as having the urgency of someone whose head is held underwater. Others describe it as like having one’s hair on fire.

Samadhi-state of consciousness is the life…goal of our spiritual journey on earth.
* What for?

Bliss/Truth, Individuality, duality vanishes….

* How?

Patanjali describes 3 techniques, the practice and mastery of which leads to the Supreme state.
DHĀRANĀ- concentration. consciousness directed towards a single object ( Bīja Mantra).
DHYĀNA- meditation. when the “I” begins to dissolve in the object. This is the preliminary stage to Samādhi.When body and mind are correctly attuned and have become quiet and pure the meditative state occurs by itself.
SAMĀDHI is the Supreme Consciousness in which knower, knowledge and object of knowledge merges.
* “SO HAM” occurs; we are that which we are seeking! Realisation of the truth – Self-Realisation/ God-Realisation.

Adi Shankaracharya…

…Bhajan by Shankara (praising the God-realised liberated consciousness)
MANO BUDDHYAHAMKĀRA CHITTĀ NA NĀHAM
NA CHA SHROTRA JIHVE NA CHA GHRĀNA NETRE
NA CHA VYOMA BHŪMIR NA TEJO NA VĀYUH
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM SHIVO’HAM
NA CHA PRĀNA SANGYO NA VAI PĀNCHA VĀYUR
NAVA SAPTA DHĀTUR NA VĀ PĀNCHAKOSHAH
NA VĀK PĀNI PĀDAU NA CHOPASTHA PĀYUH
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM SHIVO’HAM
NA ME DVESHA RĀGAU NA ME LOBHA MOHAU
MADO NAIVA ME NAIVA MĀTSARYA BHĀVAH
NA DHARMO NA CHĀRTHO NA KĀMO NA MOKSHAH
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM SHIVO’HAM
NA PUNYAM NA PĀPAM NA SAUKHYAM NA DUHKHAM
NA MANTRO NA TIRTHAM NA VEDĀ NA YAGYĀH
AHAM BHOJANAM NAIVA NA BHOKTĀ
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM SHIVO’HAM
NA ME MRITYU SHANKĀ NA ME JĀTI BHEDAH
PITĀ NAIVA ME NAIVA MĀTĀ CHA JANMA
NA BANDHUR NA MITRAM GURUR NAIVA SHISHYAH
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM SHIVO’HAM
AHAM NIRVIKALPO NIRĀKĀRA RŪPO
VIBHUR VYĀPYA SARVATRA SARVENDRIYĀNĀM
SADĀ ME SAMATVAM NA MUKTIR NA BANDHAH
CHIDĀNANDA RŪPAH SHIVO’HAM Shivoham……
(I am not this mind, nor intellect, ego or consciousness,
Nor the Gyāna Indriyas or the Tattvas.
My form is pure consiousness and absolute bliss
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.
I am neither the five Prānas nor the seven Dhātus,
Nor the five Koshas, nor this bundle of Karmas
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.
In me exists neither attachment nor duality,
Neither greed nor jealousy, neither hate nor anger.
I have nothing to do with the illusion of the ego,
And also I am not bound by the four laws of the Purushārtha
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.
I have neither sin nor virtue, nothing to do with either happiness or sorrow,
Or with Mantras, pilgrimages, the Vedas or ceremonies
I am neither the food, nor the one nourished, nor the enjoyer
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.
I am the Ātmā, immortal and unborn
Time, space and death have no power over me
I have neither father nor mother, neither relatives nor friends
No Guru and no student
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.
I am desireless and formless.
I exist in all living beings
I am not bound, nor require liberation
My form is truth, consciousness and bliss
I am CHIDĀNANDA RŪPA SHIVA, the Supreme Self.)
ULTIMATE TRUTH

Contemplate on these simple truths…
* It is difficult to determine what came first – the seed or the tree, the fruits or the Karma. For eternity, the seed has grown from the plant, and the plant from the seed…….?!?
KARMIC CYCLE…

…. an action produces a karmic reaction, and this reaction again causes an action. Karmas and Samskāras (Karmic traces) have, from the beginning, been inextricably linked to one another.Yoga can free one from this cycle, as it burns up karmas
– Only when all the “seeds” of the Karmas and Vāsanās (desires, wishes) have been burnt, can they no longer sprout.. one’s actions produce no new Samskāras in the consciousness, therefore no more effects for subsequent lives.
…. Moksha is in no way a “final state.” It is a new beginning. Whoever has acquired, applies this for the benefit of others….
IWhat is the difference between awakening and liberation?
…..Awakening is the realization that ‘we are not the body-mind complex or the ego’ but the ‘witnessing consciousness’ behind them. When awakening happens there is a spontaneous dis – identification from the mind and body and the realization that we are the space-consciousness in which the body and mind appear.
….However, awakening is not necessarily accompanied by the total destruction of the egoic mind. Awakening destroys all the egoic mind structures. Awakening, sometimes foresees a great amount of latent impressions (samskaras and vasanas) that continue to exist in the subconscious mind, interrupting the experience of the Self.
…Continued ‘Sadhana’/ meditation leads to effortless and permanent abidance in the Self…vasanas, totally fried.

Watch and behold…Meditation is all about Being Mindless,Thoughtless…

………….Are YOU in for MEDITATION!

WaRaTaTa… word and sounds

Word

Words, sounds and meanings

(Image: Arjuna and his conchshell in the MaHaBaRaTa)

Then, Lord Krsna blew His conchshell, called Pancajanya; Arjuna blew his, the Devadatta; and Bhima, the voracious eater and performer of Herculean tasks, blew his terrific conchshell called Paundram.  – BG 1, 15

Words and sounds have lost their meanings.

So many sounds.
So many words.
Find the sounds behind the words
and you will find their meanings…

Understand!

WA is the sound of your throath – remember the barking dog
RA is the sound of Light – remember the pharao’s
TA is the sound of divine – remember the Greek
LA is the sound of praise – remember the soung of your soul
A is the sound of understanding

LA is the sound of praise 
Remember the soung of your soul

WaRaTaTa … WaRaTaLa … WaRaTaAh

A divine mantra for understanding the awe of Word  – OH

Oh warata ta – Ah warata ta – Mmmm warata ta – AUM warata ta

So
Awe of Heart?
True!

Ta Ra U E
Union with Divine Light...

Dasha – MAHAVIDYA…

….Beautiful goddess…Sri Tripura Sundari.

dasha mahavidya

“Tara Devi is the blue form, Bagala is the tortoise incarnation, Dhumavati is the boar, Chinnamasta is Nrisimha, Bhuvaneshvari is Vamana, Matangi is the Rama form, Tripura is Jamadagni, Bhairavi is Balabhadra, Mahalakshmi is Buddha, and Durga is the Kalki form. BhagavatÌ Kali is the Krishna murti.” (Todalatantra, chapter 10)

Dasha Maha Vidya….

Dasha(10)
Mahavidyas(goddesses) representing the cycle (life)

* DASHA-MAHAVIDYA;
…. Mother’s 10 divine incarnations. 

The epitome of entire creation.

*Kali Power of Time and The Night of Eternity
*Tara Power of Void and The Night of Anger
*Tripura Sundari Power of Absolute Splendor
*Bhuvaneshwari Power of Space/Perfect Realization
*Tripura Bhairavi Power of Death, Night of Destiny
*Chinnamasta Power of Sacrifice, Night of Courage
*Dhumavati Power of Deprivation, Night of Frustration
*Bagalamukhi Power of Instantaneous Stopping
*Matangi Power of Domination and
* Kamalatmika The Night of Illusion

Kali – The Power of Time
Kali is Power of Action (Kriya Shakti). Kali is the electromagnetic energy, which extends over all space. Kali is related to shame; She is shown in pictures as a naked woman, a shameless creature. The idea of the symbol is that She eliminates interactions, which create duality (subject-object relationship is duality). Lack of interactions is death. Nakedness has this meaning that space is the clothing. Yes, space is the clothing in which energy is concealed. Kali is manifest as the power of the Kundalini Shakti in the body. Kali represents power over time, conquering time. Kali is supposed to be dark in color, the color of sky, blue unmanifest; future contained hope, cure for miseries.
Blue is considered the color that heals.

Tara – The Star, The Power of Sound
the unmanifest sound of Omkârâ bursts forth into the manifest world. Omkârâ symbolizes manifestation… “She is Târîni, crossing US (jeevas) to the beyond, She is the bridge to walk to immortality. She is high pitched sound, reflecting the Omkârâ heard in the heart centre, transforms itself, first into super sonic sound, and then into light and then into darkness again as the frequency increases”
Târâ is worshipped with an aim to experience the undifferentiated state. She is worshipped focussing awareness at the navel centre. “Tara” means the one who crosses and helps others to cross the river, helps to overcome difficult situations and transcend. Tara is the feminine form of ‘Aum’. She also relates to the power of perception and knowledge. Her location in the human body is the Manipura chakra or navel centre. As ‘Aum’ She is also in the Third Eye or Ajna chakra.
Meditation: focusing on the ‘Aum’, one should feel its energy enter within.

Sodasi – The Power of Perfection, Radiant Beauty.
Lalita Tripura Sundari as the Ichcha Sakti,I.e. both the WILL Force of the Supreme Brahman and First Desire (Love/Ananda) that gave rise to Space (Wisdom/ Cit) and Time that caused ALL to come into Being (Sat). This makes Her the Mother who gave birth to Time and Space of course everything else. The Goddess Sundari, or the Goddess Shri Tripura Sundari is the flower of consciousness – graceful, harmonizing, joyous, peaceful, bountiful, protective, knowing and powerful – symbolized by Lotus of Lotuses. She is The Most Beautiful who manifests Divine Knowledge and Love; She knows best how to lift a person from the Illusion of Bondage to Eternal Cosmic Love and Power of the All Pervasive. She is the Adishakti, the Mother of Mothers – Lakshmi, Saraswati and Gowri. They are three emanations from the Adishakti. Sundari is the primal power of The Supreme Brahman Himself in various forms. The First Desire of the Supreme to manifest caused a division in the Being. Sundari is this First Desire (Kamakala or Ichcha Shakti). Desire is the secret of creation; it is the root of manifestation; it is the mainstay of Existence. The Desire first takes the form of fragmentation and then a seeking to unite all the fragmented parts in the whole. The Divine desires to sacrifice Himself in creation and then desires to receive back the creation into Himself. This two-fold desire is the basis of Love, the vivifying bond that ties the creator and the created. Love exists by itself, independent of the objects through which it manifests. Love has no clinging, no desire, no hunger for possession, no attachment.Simply put,the craving for union of the self with the Divine.
Sundari is Hrim, the combination of Hari, Hara, and Virinchi; She is called Vishnu Maya, the great illusion; She is the greatest seductress there is, continuously assuming new forms, and highly procreative and blissful like a sixteen year old girl. Tripura Sundari is an ocean of knowledge. Sundari, or Tripurasundari is the flower of consciousness – graceful, harmonizing, joyous, peaceful, bountiful, protective, knowing and powerful – symbolized by lotus of lotuses. She is The Most Beautiful who manifests divine knowledge and love; She knows best how to lift a man from the illusion of bondage to eternal cosmic love and power of the all pervasive.

Bhuvanesvari – Conscious Space, Power of knowledge.
Integrating and unifying knowledge begins with Shri Bhuvaneshwari. The act of seeing is Shri Bhuvaneshwari. Shri Bhuvaneshwari is also known as Maha Mâyâ (Maya can not be said to either exist or not exist because it is an intermediate state of the realization process) or the Shuddha Vidya (Vidya = science or knowledge). What comes from knowledge? Sometimes it is the act of seeing¹(that involves the sensation of sight plus memory yielding perception. The complete action involves the seeing, the seer and the seen to produce knowledge). Sometimes it is one’s Desire (Will) which makes the act of seeing to happen. The basic idea here is that the restriction of an individual consciousness is an artificially imposed one, and it is possible to transcend this by sâdhana (practice). Bhuvaneshwari is perceptive power leading to knowledge. Therefore She is Jnâna Shakti (Gnosis Shakti). She is the Space concept in manifestation, the ether medium through which light moves and extends. Bhuvaneshwari is Maha Mâyâ. Mâ is to measure. Shri Bhuvaneshwari the Universal Queen of Space measures out the immeasurable.
Meditation: Inhale deeply as you focus on the seed mantra ‘hrim’

Tripura Bhairavi ; Goddess Durga form of Tripura Bhairavi..
The combination of saguna and nirguna indeed leads one to liberation. Bhairavi sees every man as Her lover. She consumes all the sins in the fire of Her knowledge of non-duality; she becomes Svaha in the fire.
To the Great Goddess of Love, one offers these acts as worship, and attains Siddhi (Spiritual Power). One who understands the essential oneness of all things breaks loose the mental bonds, gets liberated, and even while enjoying in full the life, attains Jeevan Mukti (Liberation or Enlightenment). For Her fearless worshippers She cuts the bonds and Liberates them truly in spirit.
She is also Bhairavi, Ananda Bhairavi, or Tripura Bhairavi (Sparsha Devata).
When H(Shiva), S(Shakti), R(fire of the desire of the union between Shiva and Shakti) are added to Aim, Klim and Souh, the mantra of Tripura Bhairavi is formed. Tripura Bhairavi represents pure kama (desire), that is not necessarily constrained by the niceties and control of Sringara characteristic of Lalita Tripura Sundari. Tripura Bhairavi represents the surging, raging, and hissing power of the Kundalini Shakti. She is the Hidden Divinity, the Veiled Goddess, and the Dormant Power that is picturesquely described as a coiled serpent in deep sleep. It is the passive Power of Tapas (Heat), the immobility caused by deep concentration or Samadhi. She is like a caged lion, Bhairavi, a source of unremitting Bliss (Ananda). The sleeping serpent Kundalini, wakes up, rises its hood, shoots forth, licks up the nectar in the Head-lotus, glides back into the abyss of the Muladhara and agains shoots forth with renewed energy. Sundari pours down soma (nectar); Bhairavi burns (Ardram jvalantîm).

Chinnamasta – The beheaded Goddess. The one who sacrifices.
Her left foot forward in battle, She holds Her severed head and a knife. Naked, She drinks voluptuously the stream of the blood nectar flowing from Her beheaded body. The jewel on her forehead is tied with a serpent (symbolic that the Kundalini Shakti has risen to the Center between the Eyebrows or Anja Chakra). She has Three Eyes. She holds in her hand, is drinking the middle stream of blood spurting from Her neck (symbolic of the Life Force coming from the Central Channel), while at Her left and right sides are two naked Shaktis, each of whom drinks a separate stream of blood from the neck of the Great Central Shakti (symbolic of either the downward or upward flow of the Life Force or Prana). She is an invitation for lightning, thunderbolt to strike the body from head to foot. She gives kapâla moksha, yet She is living after death. Chinnamasta is the thunder destroying all the anti-divine forces. She is the hidden radiance in the heart of the cloud. Ruling over the cosmic mind, She acts through the human mind as the sense behind the senses. The most powerful activity of the senses is sex.
Chinnamasta remains in concentrated form at the ajna chakra, her activity is in the Sushumna where She traverses up/down;the sustaining current of electric energy and power.

Dhumavati – The Smokey One – the Power of Poverty.
is depicted as an ugly old woman. She is reflected in all of the aspects of life which we shun, i.e. the diseased, the destitute, the forlorn and those that are outcast. It deepens one’s conviction that all objects in this universe are indeed in a state of decay and that one’s true self is truly not an object of knowledge. She contains within herself all potentials and shows the latent energies that dwell within us. ‘Dhuma’ means ‘smoke’, so Dhumavati means one who is composed of smoke. She obscures what is evident and known to reveal the hidden and the profound. She reveals all that is imperfect, the disappointments, sorrows, humiliation, defeat, loss and loneliness, and all the negative states in our ordinary existence in order that we may transcend it. Learning from our negative experiences and treating them as lessons in wisdom.
Meditation: Contemplate on your negative experiences in a detached manner, and let the golden message come through with the Grace of Dhumavati. She is the only Widow Goddess. She is the Goddess of Inconscience…Power of Perversion and the force of distortion.
She is depicted as utterly ugly and abominable. Pale in face, long in limbs, sparse in teeth, breasts sagging, decrepit, uncouth, fickle, with dirty clothes, and disheveled hair, She bestrides on a cart with a raven.

Bagalamukhi – The Power of Cruelty.
Meditation on this mystic design is said to endow the meditator with the Power to control your enemies and those who seek to harm you. In all contests, and all legal battles, Her Power is notorious. This reflects the cosmic cycle of survival of the fittest. Through the meditation on this yantra, your success in competition is secured. Bagalamukhi The eighth Maha Vidya, Bagalamukhi represents hypnotic power, the power to ‘stun’. She is the Goddess who stupefies the opponent and paralyses his speech. She is the paralysing power, the striking force. She induces sudden immobility or restraint. She also represents speech used as a weapon to destroy negativity.. Wearing glittering gold earrings, merged in bliss, with a beautiful face and lovely breasts; radiant as bright gold, her face effulgent as the full moon. By praying to MAA BAGALAMUKHI, we ask her to control our tongue and mind

Matangi (Saraswati / Ucchista Chandali / Chandala Kanya) –
Matangi is the ninth among the Dasa Maha Vidyas. She is the Word as embodiment of thought. She is the Goddess of the spoken word as well as outward articulation of inner knowledge, including all forms of art, music and dance. Matangi relates to Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge. She is the form of Saraswati directed towards inner knowledge. She represents the teachings of the guru, and the continuity of spiritual instruction in the world. Matangi is the intelligible manifest Creative Word (Sound) of the Supreme Brahman. A primordial throb (Adya spanda) which originates by the self-volition (Desire or Will) of the Supreme, starts a series of vibrations that take the form of (nada). This is the Eternal Word (Logos), the Creatrix of Manifestation. The manifestation takes place in four steps: sthula (gross, matter principle), sukshma (subtle, life principle), Karana (causal, mind principle), and Maha Karana (great causal, original rhythm). These steps correspond to the four steps of jagrat (waking state), swapna (dream state),

Kamalatmika (Sowbhagya Lakshmi / Kamala) – Power of Wealth and Prosperity
THE YOUNGEST The last of the Dasa Maha Vidyas, Kamalatmika is Beauty revealed in all its glory. While Dhumâvati is the oldest, Kamalâ is the youngest. She is consciousnes in manifestation, the beauty and bliss in creation. She removes poverty, physical and spiritual. She is fleeting in nature and exacting in Her sâdhanâ. Nevertheless, of all the Divine powers, She is the most alluring to man.
‘Kamala’ means ‘lotus’, and Kamalatmika represents the unfoldment of Divine Nature and its manifestation in the physical world. Just as the lotus has its roots in mud and yet produces a beautiful flower, the beautiful soul emerges from the gross physical body. Kamala nourishes and supports us in the elevation of our soul through our spiritual as well as worldly goals. She brings to the devotee abundance of worldly wealth as well as love and bliss. She is also the force who helps us to see the beauty and Divine quality in every thing. Her affection knows no bounds. She sustains the world with the milk of life from Her very breasts. She is born out of ocean of milk, as Sudha (Vishnumâya). She is the Divyaguru, the inspiration of these notes. She is the hlâdini shakti (the power of enjoyment), the bhoga of Vishnu. She is the tenth of the great vidyas; in this, she symbolises both the saguna and nirguna paramatman .
Kamalâ means one who wears the waters for robes. She is clothed in waters of creative consciousness, the soul-force immanent in all creative activity. She is described as the Lady of the Lotus. She walks on lotuses giving them beauty. She has two of Her hands holding lotus flowers and the other two are engaged in the act of warding of fear and granting boons. Draped in white silk, Her luminous complexion is golden. She is constantly bathed by four huge elephants, white as the snowy mountain, with pots full of water of luminous immortality. Elephants signify sagacity, wisdom, mental movement and activity, the creative principle as manifested in the creative world.
….More to say, all these Devis are the manifest forms of Sri Lalitha. And these ten aspects of sakthi are the epitome of the entire creation. And the knowledge of these ten Devis are indicated as DasaMahaVidyas. And they start from Kali to Kamala. Each of them have a specific sadhana, upasana, mantra, yantra & upachara. Sri Devi is adored in many temples & sacred places. There are same fifty one important Sakthi Peethas all over India. For eg : Kanchi – Kamakshi, Kasi – Visalakshi, Madurai – Meenakshi, Mysore – Chamunda, Maharastra – Amba, Kolkatta – Kali, Kollapur – Mahalakshmi, Samayapuram – Mariamma & so on. And all these Devis(dasha mahavidya’s) in one or other way, come among the Das to shower their blessings upon their true sadakas in which ever form they are worshipped

Tamil Song depicting the Dasha – Mahavidyas

…..CHOOSE YOUR DIETY/MOTHER…CHANT THE RELATED MANTRA FOR HER GRACE.
*MAA KAALI
Om Kaalikayai vidmaha, Smasavasinyai deemahi, Tanno ghora praochadhayat
*MAA TAARA
OM Taraayai vidmaha, Ugrataarayai deemahi Tanoo Devi Praochadhayat
*MAA BHUVANESHWARI
Sarvamohiniyai vidmahe, vishwa Jananayai deemahi Thannah Sakthi praochadhayat.
*MAA MATHANGI
Aim Sukapriyayai, klim Kameswaryai deemahi Thannah Shyama praochadhayat
*MAA DURGA
Kathyayanaya vidmahe, Kanyakumari deemahi Tanoo Drugai Praochadhayat

……Let the Grace of Dasha – Mahavidyas ever flow on to Us…
SARVAM SUKHINO BHAVANTHU

God’s own people

JANAM MARAN, DO-HOON MEIN NAHIN, JAN PAR-UPKARYEEN AA-AY. JEEO DAAN DE BHAGTI LA-AYN HARI SION LAIN MILLA-AY.

God’s own people (Jan) are beyond, both, birth and death (for them it is like moving from one room to the other) ; they come here for the good of others (par-uppkaar). They bless others with the spiritual wisdom ( Jeeo daan), put them in devotion (Bhagti laa-ayn) and lead them to meet with HARI.

Funny one liner repartees

One linerFunny one liner repartees

one liner says it all. Have fun reading those

1.What has a lot of keys but cannot open any doors? : A piano.
2.What is a tree’s favorite drink? : Root beer
3.What’s round and bad-tempered? : A vicious circle.
4.Where did the farmer take the pigs on Saturday afternoon? : To a pignic.
5.Where do fortune tellers dance? : At the crystal ball.
6.How do you make a hot dog stand? : Steal its chair.
7.How do you make an egg laugh? : Tell it a yolk.
8.What can you hold without ever touching it? : A conversation.
9.What clothes does a house wear? : Address.
10.What country makes you shiver? : Chile.
11.What did one magnet say to the other? : I find you very attractive.
12.What did the necktie say to the hat? : You go on ahead. I’ll hang around for a while.
13.What did the rug say to the floor?: Don’t move, I’ve got you covered.
14.What do you call a song sung in an automobile? : A cartoon.
15.What do you do when your chair breaks? – Call a chairman.

 

 

Wave of the ocean

WAVE
Perpetrating
a nice rhyming
a nice way to invoke
to attract waves of the ocean
to rise high
and subside in their
own rising….

sometimes i wonder
seeing my distractions
and question in astonishment
why such distraction happen dear
why am i not completely blended
in your breath
in your sheath…
in your nature
fully in your picture…

why am i so distracted
oh my lord
being with you
within and
in the universe
why am i put
into these tests
again and again….

neither is i Karna
nor Arjuna….
Neither Ravana
nor the huge muscle man
Belalasena…..

why i rise and fall
again rising in agony
my confidence freezing
in these repetitive play
of win and loss

…………. then a
whispering sound
arrived from the dense mist
while i was perpetrating
lying on the floor in the
expanded jungle…..

“just stay witness
without a judgment
and enjoy the bliss of your
own existence………”

folding both my palm
i closed my eyes…..
in gratitude…… when the
guilty sense i me melted
like a lighted candle….
making me visible the
interior of my heart……………………

The unicorn – the secret of breath

unicornThe unicorn – the secret of breath

One breath in
One breath out
Life precariously
Hangs between these
2 breaths

Nothing more
Nothing less
So realise the value of each breath
Breathe with awareness

Again… it is only
The space between 2 breaths
Vn nature reveals all it’s secrets
So learn the art of breathing

Both mind & breaths
Have a strange relationship
More the space between 2 breaths
The mind is quietened in between

Learning this secret
You become Master of your mind
Once mind is quietened
Prakriti smiles at you

You have achieved your purpose
Now you’re all
Body.. breath & a beautiful mind
Like stallion … you’re in your own
Self created heavens

the unicorn

unicorn

Love is a riddle

Love is a riddle

Love speaks from your eyes
Yet Love cannot be seen or heard
Love is in silence or in noise,
Yet there is an Echo of Love.

Love is beyond touch,
Yet Love touches the Heart.
Love is indefinable,
Yet Love is defined in a million ways.

Love brings freedom
Yet love causes bonds of attachment
Love is a feeling
Yet love is beyond all senses

Love is honored
Yet Love is also besmeared
Love is commonplace,
Yet Love is not an ordinary gimmick

Love is what you make of it,
Yet there is more to Love than what you make of it.
Love in the World has no limit
Yet there is poverty of love in this world

Love comes from the heart
Yet hearts yearn to be loved
Love is in your every breath
Yet your breath pauses n’ sighs for Love

Love in your every beat
Yet your beats go missing looking for Love
Love is you ..you are love
Yet why oh why ! do you to try to find
Love outside of you

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Love is a riddle
Love is a riddle

 

Drifting to divinity

Drifting to divinity

Drifting along
with the rolling tides
surfing the waves
gathering bliss vibes

slipping into the world
of nothingness
surrounded by waters
deep n’ far spread

peace comes
and lies by the side
drowns all ugly noise
coming from far and wide

its only the sweet melody
of sloshing waves internally
soul whispering sheer bliss
In the eager ear cavity

yes , Its the sheer bliss
of nothingness
floating freely
into a divine abyss

nothing matters here
as thoughts of pleasure
move rhythmically through
consciousness !

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Drifting to divinity
Drifting to divinity

 

The voice within, the inner voice

The inner voice
A head full of sound, voices and noise

Inner voice

Is it a monologue ?
Internal speech ?
Or just

A verbal stream of consciousness ?

A subvocalization ?
Hallucination ?
A thinking process?

Or is it more

The sound of conscience ?
Bad inspiration ?
Or just Insights ?

the expression of our BEing?

An inner dialogue
Between ego, self
And Higher Self ?

Whatever the answer
There is an inner voice
That needs to be silenced

And One to be listened to

 

Madness | Definition of Madness by Merriam-Webster

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Sanity – Wikipedia

Sanity (from Latin: sānitās) refers to the soundness, rationality and healthiness of the human mind, as opposed to insanity. A person is not considered sane …
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When all is lost future still remains

 

The future temains

When all is lost future still remains

When everything is lost, future still remains is a phrase that inspires every sportsperson to pick oneself up, after every loss . Loss in a match is not the end of the world but a time to re-assess your technique and strategy of play . Only an honest introspection or study can help one to over come the defects in one own’s game. Same attitude could be applied to the game of life as well. Neither defeat should spell the end of everything nor the success should give the feeling of having got it all or ” having arrived ” Failure and success are part and parcel of every life .

Failure must make us work hard while success must make us work harder because maintaing the winning streak is the toughest thing for any sportsperson.

One of the biggest plus for any sportsperson is the ability to concentrate and focus for long duration . It helps in getting into the zone , where you get oblivious of everything that is happening around you .

Clapping , cheering crowd too fade into the background . You are totally into your game and focus of attention is your opponent’s moves and your own responses to them. For this one needs a calm mind . Players who succeed at the highest level ….international arena need to possess a calm mind that does not react but responds .

Yesterday Brazil’s drubbing at the hand of Germany in the first semi-final of the World Cup Football has come as a shock for the Brazilian fans . Five goals by Germany in the first 20 odd minutes shows that Brazil had their priorities wrong. The desire to win had over powered their intellect to concentrate on the game. Excitement of being the host country and home crowd cheering them made them lose the plot completely . They appeared disorganised and without a game plan. It seems they were swayed more by the emotions than by the technicalities of the game in this particular game . Where as Germany knowing that they were competing against one of the best teams in the world at their home ground, chose to be focused on the game . They ended up scoring 7 against Brazil’s solitary goal by Oscar in the dying moments of the game.

Through out the tournament maximum fouls have been committed by Brazil and in return they have faced maximum fouls too. Did the pressure of being the host country and need to fulfil the expectations of the home crowd made them go overboard. They have lost the chance to play the final yet the future still remains . More world cups will come and they can learn from the mistakes they made in this tournament and not repeat them in future matches.

Are players jealous or are they merely competitive ? I feel players are generally not jealous of each other . They acknowledge the superiority of their opponent and appreciate their talent too. Desire to win at all cost , heavy rush of adrenalin in the middle of the game can make one indulge in wrong tactics or misbehaviour . When benefits of winning over powers the mind then a player may make mistakes like hitting , punching or biting . Healthy competition is admired, unhealthy competitiveness must be discouraged from the beginning .  Greed and ego can make a monster out of any being . Players also fall prey to ego and greed.

Players are role models for millions of youngsters therefore they must carry themselves with dignity on as well as off the field . Professional sportsperson is lucky because he gets to earn while following  whatever his/ her passion is . Therefore they must live in gratitude , be sincere to their own god gifted talent and set an ideal example for others to follow.

I have always preferred individual games to team games because in individual games one is the creator of one’s own wins n losses. There is no scope of passing the buck or indulging in blame game . One can analyse the game , understand the mistakes, learn and move on .

Personally I am a little laid back person and not very ambitious. Maybe I have always under estimated my abilities or never pushed myself beyond my comfort zone to achieve more success than what I achieved as a TT player . Though I always worked hard and tried to find a balance between my studies and game , so that neither suffered. This attitude helped me to enjoy the game ,  my wins and always feel happy and content with my achievements . Maybe single minded focus helps to achieve better results but then losses create heartburns and jealousy .

Mind should be in the present and not on the final goal. Eye on the goal may make one lose the control or direction of the path to goal. Nothing is achieved then. However, future  still remains. Nothing is ever lost forever?

“If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same; “

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

Rudyard Kipling .

PS …

I have not posted the full poem but few lines from the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling . But this poem inspires me all the time.

Aatman Bodah

……Aatman Bodah

Self (Atma) Bodha(Knowledge/deep-thinking)
Atma Bodha (Knowledge of Self) is one of the works of Adi Sankaracharya. In this work he expounds clearly with the help of homely analogies the nature of the consciousness (Self) and the means of self realisation.
Each Shloka has one direct meaning of the concept and is more thoughtful and enlightens the reader.

Why we are born and living, influencing/influenced, developing relations ( physically/ mentally), worrying of either losing/ leaving temporarily/ permanently(death)?

Gita : It is due to Birth – Death Cycle, a continuing process:

How long should we dwell in these cycles? Is there an end.
Birth is the result of formation of organs of the Body and Mind, followed by the ”I” feeling (I am doing, I am successfull, I am suffering etc). ”I” feeling results in ego leading to “Karma” which results in competition leading to worry. The worry results in disease. Disease results in Death which is followed by another birth. So the cycle continues…. thus.

ATMAN BODHA (Treatise of the knowledge of Atma)

1. Tapobhih Ksheenapaapaanaam
Santanaam Veetaraginaam
Mumukshoonaam Apekshyoyam
Atmabodho Vidheeyate
This Atma Bodha is designed for the benefit of those who got rid of sins by doing penance, those who have a peaceful mind, those who could overcome their cravings, and those who are desirous of moksha or liberation.

2. Bodho anya-Sadhanebhyo Hi
Sakshan-Moksha Eka Sadhanam
Pakasya Vahnivat Jnanam
Vina Moksho Na Sidhyati
Though other articles such as rice, vegetables, water and pots are necessary, to cook a meal at is fire that actually cooks the meal. As fire is thus the direct cause of cooking, Knowledge of the Atma and not any other form of discipline i.e., practice of austerities and rituals, is the sole direct means to attain moksha or liberation. The purpose of austerities is purification of heart and creation of a mental condition to aid one’s spiritual growth and render it fit for pursuing the path of knowledge (jnana marga)

3. Avirodhitayaa Karma
Navidyaam Vinivartayet
Vidya-Avidyaam Nihantyeva
Tejashtimira-sanghavat.
Karma or Action cannot destroy ignorance as it is not opposed to it. Knowledge or Jnana alone destroys ignorance as dense darkness is destroyed by light. By means of action one fulfill his desires. Therefore action is in harmony with ignorance and cannot therefore directly destroy it.
Here ignorance does not mean illiteracy or absence of book knowledge. According to Vedanta the knowledge of the nonduality of Brahma and Atma is the only true knowledge; all else is ignorance (Ajnana or Avidya). Such jnana alone removes the ignorance as dense darkness is destroyed by light.

4. Paricchinna iva ajnanat
Tannase Sati Kevalah
Swayam Prakasate hi Aatma
Meghapaaye Amsumaaniva
Due to Ajnana or ignorance, one imposes limits to Atma. When this Ajnana is destroyed, Atma can be visualised just as sun appears emerging when dark clouds are dispersed.
As the true nature of sun is hidden by a cloud, so the true nature of the eternal and self-luminous Atma is hidden by ignorance. On account of this ignorance the all pervading Atma seems to be a physical a finite being. Such ignorance is destroyed by means of contemplation and realisation of the truth contained in the vedic mahavakyas like Aham Brahmasmi ( I am Brahma) and Prajnanam Brahma (Brahma is pure consciousness).

5. Ajnana Kalusham Jeevam
Jnanaabhyasat Vinirmalam
Krutwa Jnanam Swayam Nasyet
Jalam Katakarenuvat.
The embodied soul. Jivatma, rendered dirty by ignorance is purified by knowledge through long and uninterrupted meditation on Brahma, and then itself disappears as the powder of Kataka nut (cleaning nut) precipitates itself after precipitating impurities suspended in muddy water. The jivatma is rendered dirty by illusory ideas of birth and death, happiness and unhappiness which are superimposed upon the self due to ignorance. Long and uninterrupted meditation on Brahma firmly stamps a man’s consciousness with the knowledge of his true divine nature and such self knowledge makes a man realise that he is not the doer or an experiencer but the all

pervading Brahma, Existance, Knowledge and Bliss Absolute (Satchit Anand). After having thus sublimated the mind, knowledge itself disappears like the powder of kataka nut which disappears after cleansing muddy water.
6. Samsarah Swapnatulyo hi
Ragadweshadi Samkulah
Swakaale Satyavatbhati
Prabodhe sati Asadbhavet.
The world, which is filled with attachments, or aversions, love or hate pain or pleasure and other dual experiences, is like a dream. It appears to be really happening as long as the dream continues, but appears unreal, when one is awake. Similarly one’s dual experiments in this world appear illusory when one attains self-knowledge through contemplation of such vedic statements as Tatwamasi (Thou art that) and Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahma)

7. Taavat satyam Jagadbhati
Suktikaa Rajatam Yatha
Yavanna Jnayate Brahma
Sarvadhistaanam-Advayam.
When we look into an oyster shell, it appears like silver. But it is only a silvery shining. Similarly till we know the indivisible and Supreme Self which is called Brahma, all this creation appears to be real and permanent.
Actually every thing we see, hear and feel is creation of Brahma. Whereas Brahma is indivisible, unique and permanent, his creation appears to be different beings which is nothing but illusion. Because of the effect of this Maya or ignorance, this world reflects itself as different beings and things. Once we know Brahma the ignorance is dispelled. The world that appeared to be real ceases to delude us.

8 Upadane Akhilaadhare
Jaganti Paramesware
Sarga sthiti Layaanyanti
Budbudaaneeva Vaarini
As bubble are developed in water, the whole world is created, developed and destroyed by the Brahma and exists because of the very Brahma.
The interesting thing is that Brahma is in the form of Pure Satchidananda and is like pure water. The bubble is this world which appears to have emanated from Brahma. But it has limited time of existence. As water bubble blows off to become absorbed in water, this world which is very very temporary remains for some time and is destroyed and absorbed in Brahma only.

9 Satchidaatmani Anusyoote
Nitye-Vishnow Prakalpitaah
Vyaktayo Vividhassarvaa
Haatake Katakaadivat.
All gold ornaments have different names but are basically of gold only. Similarly all the manifested world of things with different names are basically forms of the all pervading Vishnu, whose nature is Existence Intelligence (Satchit Atma).
When we take any gold ornament to a jeweller, he fixes its rate or value as gold only but not as that particular ornament. Similarly the man with Adhyatma outlook sees everything in this creation as Brahma but not as beings with dissimilar names.

10 Yathakaso Hrushikeso
Nanopadhi gatho Vibhuh
Tadbhedat Bhinnavat Bhati
Tannase Kevalo Bhavet. Just as the all pervading Akasa appears to be diverse an account of its association with various conditionings (upadhis) which are different from each other, the omnipresent truth appears to be diverse on account of its association with the various “Upadhis”. The omnipresent truth becomes one after the various upadhis are destroyed.
Whatever is above earth is sky. Then what is in a house is also sky though we are distinguishing the house as drawing room, bed room, kitchen and bath room, or by constructing walls. The walls are man made and due to worldly reasoning keeping us in a belief that they are all different rooms though they are actually sky. Once the walls are removed, there is no room and no house. What is left there is sky. Similarly if man-made reasoning can be ignored, then we can see Parmatma in every being. Here just thinking is not enough but one must be able to feel and believe this concept whole heartedly.

11 Naanopaadhi Vasaadeva
Jaati Varnaasra maadayah
Atmanya aropitah thoye
Rasa Varnadi Bhedavat
Ideas such as caste, colour and position are imposed upon the Atman on account of its association with different upadhis, just as flavour, colour etc., are imposed upon water.
Pure water is same every where and has no colour, taste and smell. Only when subjected to human reasoning, we feel colour or taste or smell. Similarly because of faulty reasoning we feel Pure Atma as different body beings, different races and of different origins. Even great scholars are influenced by the Maya of Paramatma so much that Atma is over shadowed by Anatma and we distinguish human being as man or woman of a particular race and particular religion.
If one can look beyond this faulty reasoning, the Pure Atma in every being can be visualised.

12 Pancheekruta Mahaabhoota
Sambhavam Karma Sanchitam
Sareeram Sukha-Dukhanaam
Bhogaayatanam Uchyate.
Due to a particular formulation of five elements of Nature (Pancha Bhootas) which are Earth, Fire, Sky, Water and Air, the human body is made. This is called Sthoola Sareera (gross body) the medium through which the Atma experiences and pleasure and pain. This is given by Paramatma on the basis of Karma done by it in its previous births.
The process of such formulation of the five elements is called Panchikarana where one half of each of the five elements mixes with one of the other four.
Modern science concepts are worked in a different way but basically it is the nature’s five elements that make human body. Science says it is made up of cells. A cell is made of organic matter which is called by our ancient Jnanis as earth.
Science agrees that Air and Water are there in the body. The Sky is actually anything empty. There is a lot of empty space in our body which is Sky. There is fire in in our body though we cannot see it. Modern Science calls it acidic reactions which are vital for digestion.
So the conclusion that human body is made up of just organic matter is only half the story. Jnanis consider that the main part of the formation of the human body has to do with sanchita karma i.e., the vast store of past actions the fruits of which have not been reaped.

13 Panchapraana Mano Buddhi
Dasendriya Samanvitam
Apancheekruta Bhootottham
Sookshmaangam Bhogasaadhanam.
The five Pranas are Prana, Apana, Vyna, Udana and Samana. Ten Organs are : five organs of perception – Eyes, Ears, Tongue, Nose and Skin and five organs of activity – Speech (Mouth), Hands, Legs and organs of excretion)
The Sookshma Sareera, subtle body is a combination of seventeen ingredients, five Pranas, ten Organs, Mind and Intellect, the instruments with which we experience pain pleasure.

The Sthoola Sareera gross body, is the one that gets old, diseased and dies. Sookshma Sareera leaves the gross body at the time of death and gets rebirth. It is not Atma that gets rebirth, according to Adwaita Doctrine. Atma is nothing but a form of Paramatma. It monifests itself in Sookshma Sareera and gets involved in the ties of human relations and gets elations and sorrows. It also does various Karmas both good and bad. Naturally the results follow and the Sookshma Sareera gets the rewards called good births and punishments called mean births. This process of rebirths stops only if in any birth this Sookshma Sareera gets out of Maya and understands the Atma in its body and gives up all worldly attachments and starts leading a life that befits Paramatma. Then it will join Paramatma which is called Moksha. Till it is attained this worldly pleasures and sorrows will be hunting it in every birth.

14 Anaadyavidya Anirvaachyaa Kaaranopaadhi ruchyate
Upaadhi Tritayaadanyam
Atmaanam Avadhaarayet.
Avidya, ignorance, has no beginning and also quite difficult to difine. This is also called Karana Sareera (Causal Body). So every living body has three farms of sareera viz., Sthoola (gross body), Sookshma (subtle body) and Karana (causal body). The gross body and subtle body are products of Avidya and therefore Avidya is called the causal body. Known for certain that Atma is none of these. It is the witness to their three bodies and never to be identified with them. Atma or self luminous consciousness, illumines the acitivites of the gross and subtle bodies. It is itself detached from all the bodies. Because of ignorance we think and attribute all the qualities of the three Sareeras to Atma.

15 Panchakosaadi Yogena Tat Tanmaya Iva Sthitah
Suddhaatma Neelavastraadi
Yogena Sphatiko Yathaa.
When covered by a blue cloth, a pure colourless crystal looks like a blue crystal. Similarly because of the union with the Five Kosas, the pure Atma appears to have borrowwed their qualities upon itself.

The Five Kosas (sheaths) are : Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnana Maya and Ananda Maya.
The details of all these Kosas are well discribed in the second chapter of Taittiriya Upanishad.
Annamaya Kosa is the physical body. Pranamaya Kosa is the one that has Five Pranas that breathes life into this physical body. Manomaya Kosa is responsible for our twin feelings like happiness and sorrow. It controls our mind Vijnanamaya Kosa controls our intellect. These three constitute the Sookshma Sareera.
The Anandamaya Kosa which belongs to our Karana Sareera and controls our emotions is not real Ananda. Real and Saswata Ananda belongs to Atma. It is therefore established that none of the three sareeras is Atma.

16 Vapus Tushadibhih Kosaih Yuktam Yuktya Avaghaatatah
Atmanam Antaram Suddham
Vivichyaat Tandulam Yatha.
Just as rice is obtained by pounding paddy and separating the husk, bran etc., we can separate Pure Atma within from the encircling of Five Kosas through careful discrimination. When one clearly realises the soul to be distinct from the Kosas, he becomes detached from them. This detachment is followed by knowledge of the self.

17 Sada Sarvagato Apyatmaa Na Sarvatra Avabhaasate
Buddhaaveva Avabhaaseta
Swaccheshu Pratibimbavat
Atma pervades every where. But it will not shine in every thing. It will manifest only in the purest form of Buddhi. As a perfect image is reflected in a perfect mirror, Atma can shine only in the purest form of Buddhi or intellect which is an integral part of Sookshma Sareera.

18 Dehendriya Mano Buddhi Prakrutibhyo Vilakshanam
Tadvrutti Sakshinam Vidya
Atmaanam Raajavat Sada
As a king observes the entertainment in his court hall without being a participant, Atma is distinct from the body, senses, mind and intellect and is the witness of their functions.

19 Vyapruteshu Indriyeshu Atmaa Vyaapaareeva Avivekinaam
Drusyate Abhreshu Dhavatsu
Dhavanniva Yathaa Sasee.
An ignorant person thinks that the moon is moving whereas it is the clouds that are really moving. Similarly to the non- discriminating people, the Atma appears to be active when it is observed through the functions of the sense – organs.

20 Atma Chaitanyam aasritya Dehendriya Manodhiyah
Swakriyardheshu Vartante
Suryaalokam Yatha Janaah.
As men do their own work in the light of sun, the body, organs, Manas and Buddhi do their own work in Atma Chaitanya or consciousness. When the sun shines we do so many acts both good and bad in sunlight though the sun is in no way responsible other than giving light. Similarly for the actions of body organs, Manas or Buddhi, Atma is not to be held responsible.

21 Dehendriya Gunaan Karmaani Amale Satchidatmani
Adhyasyanti avivekena
Gagane Neelataadivat.
As one believes the sky is blue, all the deeds and characteristics of body and organs are attributed to blemishless Atma due to lack of power of discrimination.
Pure Atma is blemishless and it has both Sat and Chit. It has no birth, age, death, achievements or failures. It is not therefore possible to characterise it.
Body and organs do both good and bad deeds. Their result will go to Sookshma Sareera but not to Pure Atma. That is why Adisankara argues that Pure Atma is the light within but not Jeevatma which is forced to take births till it attains purity and becomes Pure Atma or Brahma. The deeds done by body and organs are like illusions as far as Pure Atma is concerned. It is like the deeds of a character in a play or drama which do not affect the person donning the role.

22 Ajnaanat maanasopadheh Kartrutwaadeeni cha Atmani
Kalpyante Ambugate Chandre
Chalanadi Yatha Ambhasah.
The reflection of moon in water that is not still gives an impression that the moon is moving because of ignorance. Similarly due to ignorance, the deeds, feelings and responsibilities are attributed to Atma though they belong to Sookshma Sareera.
When we say some person has done a good or bad deed or his thinking is evil or noble or he is enjoying or suffering, every time we mean his body but not his pure Atma.

23 Raageechaa Sukha Duhkhaadi Buddhow Satyaam Pravartate
Sushuptow Naasti Tannaase
Tasmaad Buddhestu Naatmanah.
Attachment, desire, happiness, pain and such other feelings are perceived to exist so long as mind or intellect functions. They are not perceived in deep sleep (sushupti) when the mind ceases to exist. Therefore they belong to the mind alone and not to Atma.

24 Prakaaso Arkasya Toyasya Saityam Agneryathoshnataa
Swabhaavah Satchidananda
Nitya Nirmalata Atmanah.

Brightness is sun’s nature, coolness is water’s nature, heat fire’s nature. Similarly the nature of Atma is Sath (Absolute Existence), Chith (Absolute Knowledge) Ananda (Absolute Bliss), Permanence and Purity.

25 Atmanah Satchidamsascha Buddheh vruttiriti Dwayam
Samyojya cha Avivekena
Jaanaameeti Pravartate.
Due to the indiscriminate blending of (1) the existence knowledge aspect of Atma and (2) the thought wave of the Budhi or Intellect, there arises the notion of ‘I know’.
Atma’s nature is Sath and Chith which is absolute without Time and Space. The mind’s behaviour is always limited to Time and Space.
When we get Atma Jnana there is only Jnana but no learner and nothing to learn. Pure Atma does not have any of the weaknesses of Manas. That is why it is does not think ”I know”. It is the mind’s weakness like Ego that causes ignorance and makes one think ”I know”.

26 Atmano Vikriyaa naasti Buddherbodhohna Jaatwiti
Jeevah Sarvam Alam Jnatwa
Jnataa Drusteti Muhyati.
Atma never does anything. It is eternal. It is knowledge itself and is not affected by the mental thoughts and physical actions. Buddhi or Intellect has no capacity to experience “I know”. But the individuality (Jeeva) in us in its ignorance of its true nature falsely identifies itself with the Body – Mind and Intellect and thinks out of delusion that himself is the see and the knower.

27 Rajju Sarpavad Aatmaanam Jeevam Jnatvaa Bhayam Vaheth
Naaham Jeevah Paraatmeti
Jnateschet Nirbhayo Bhaveth.
Just as one regards a mere rope as a snake and is overcome by fear because of illusion and fears to touch it, the Jiva due to thinking that he is a human being but not Paramatma itself is overcome by fear. But when he learns with definite Jnana that he is Brahma himself he will be above all such reactions and never fears of anything.

28 Atma Avabhasayatyeko Buddhyadeen Indriyaanyapi
Deepo Ghataadi vat Swaatmaa
Jadai Stair Na Avabhasyate.
Just as a lamp illumines a pot or a jar, the Atma illumines the mind and the sense organs also. These material objects like pot cannot illumine themselves because they are inert and have no chaitanya. The Atma in us is the one illuminating factor, the Pure consciousness, which alone illumines the mind (Buddhi) and sense organs.

29 Swabodhe Naanya Bodhecchaa Bodha Rupataya Atmanah
Na Deepasya Anya Deepecchaa
Yadhaa Swatma Prakaasane.
Atma which is knowledge itself does not require other knowledge to know it, just as a lighted lamp does not need another lamp to illumine its light.
Atma as explained earlier is itself the illuminating one. What else can illuminate it? The only requirement is removal of ignorance. Then automatically the illumination of Atma comes out.

30 Nishidhya Nikhilopaadheen Neti Neteeti Vakyatah
Vidyadaikyam Mahaavaakyaih
Jeevatma Paramaatmanoh.
The oneness of the individual soul (Jeevatma) and the Supreme Soul (Paramatma) as indicated by the Vedic aphorisms (Mahavakyas) has to be realised by a process of negation of the conditionings (upadhis) through the help of spiritual statemtns, “It is not this”, “It is not this”. (Neti Neti)
The Vedic apporisms (Maha Vakyas) are : 1) Rigveda : ‘Prajnanam Brahma’ meaning consciousness itself is Brahma. 2) Yajurveda : ”Aham Brahmasmi” meaning I am Brahma. 3) Sama Veda : ”Tathwamasi” meaning ‘That one is you’. 4) Adharwa Veda : ”Ayamatma Brahma” meaning This Atma itself is Brahma.
If one understands the Maha Vakyas in all the vedas he can start realising that Atma is not Manas. Likewise by discriminating and eliminating one by one, we can find out Jivatma is nothing but Paramatma.

31 Aavidyakam Sareeraadi Drusyam Budbudavat Ksharam
Etat Vilakshanam Vidyaat
Aham Brahmeti Niramalam
The forms of all three Sareeras viz’ the gross (sthoola), the subtle (sookshma) and the causal (karana) are time bound like bubbles in water. Atma is none of these and is Pure Brahma itself.
Once any one realises through discrimination that he is nothing but Pure Brahma, he will not identify himself with anyof the Sareeras and is immune to all dualities and feelings.

32 Deha Anyatvat Na me Janma Jara Kaarsya Layaadayah
Sabdaadi Vishayaih Sango
Nireendriya tayaa Na Cha.

The following meditation (slokas 32 to 36) is suggested in order to strengthen the knowledge of the soul’s oneness with Brahma.
”I am not the body that has time bound existence, birth, old age, weakness and death. I have nothing to do with the sense objects such as sound and taste, for I am without the sense organs.”
We are talking about Pure Atma. For a Brahma Jnani, only Atma is the concern. All the organs and body that constitute the three forms of Sareera are of no relevance to him. He will not get attached to any of them. So for him there are no births, no attachments and no interest in the pleasures and pains caused by sense organs. By getting detachment from them, he is able to get Eternal Bliss. As explained earlier, the process of discrimination is taking place by confirming one by one that ‘I’ is not this and this. First it is confirmed that, ‘I’ is not body or organs.

33 Amanastwaat Na me Dukha Raaga Dwesha Bhayaadayah
Apraano Hi Amanaassubhra
Ityaadi Sruti saasanaat
”I am not Manas and hence I am not having sorrow, attachment, malice and fear”. The commandment of the upanishads is that Atma is without breath and without mind and is pure. The atma does not have any features of the mind (manas).
Manas only experiences happiness and sorrow. When we are indeep sleep, we are not experiencing any of the features of Manas. But Atma exists ever in deep sleep. Hence Atma is not Manas (mind).

34 Nirguno Nishkriyo Nityo Nirvikalpo Niranjanah
Nirvikaaro Niraakaaro
Nitya Muktosmi Nirmalah.
Atma is without attributes and actions. It is eternal, without any desire or thought, without any vasanas, without any change, without form, ever liberated and ever pure.
Here Atma’s nature is described. It is Eternal because it has no limits time and space. It is free from any attachment because it has nothing to do with mind. It has no actions because it has nothing to do with the body or organs.

35 Aham Aakaasavath Sarvam Bahir Antargato Achyutah
Sadaa Sarva Samassuddho
Nissango Nirmalo Achalah
”Like the space (Akasa). I fill all things within and without. I am changeless and the same in all. I am Pure, unattached, stainless and motionless.”

36 Nitya Suddha Vimuktaikam Akhanda Anandam Advayam
Satyam Jnanam Anamtam
Yatparam Brahma Aham eva tat
”I alone an the supreme Brahma which is pure, eternal and free and which is indivisible, non- dual and changeless in all the periods of time. It is knowledge itself and is infinite.”
These slokas 32-36 there is a discussion of Brahma as defined in Uupanishads like Taittiriya. So for a better understanding the reader is advised to go through the Upanishad.

37 Evam Nirantara Abhyastaa Brahmaiva asmeeti Vaasanaa
Harati Avidya Vikshepaan
Rogaaniva rasaayanam.
Thus, the impression (Vasana) created by constant practice of ‘Aham Brahmasmi destroys ignorance and the agitation (vikshepa) caused by Avidya, just as medicine destroys disease.
The practice of Aham Brahmasmi has to be intensified by long reflection to destroy ignorance.
Let us now find out how to do this.

38 Vivikta Desa Aaseeno Viraago Vijitendriyah
Bhaavayet Ekam Aatmaanam
Tam Anantam Ananyadheeh.
One should sit in a solitary place with a mind free from desires and controlling the sense organs, meditate with unswerving attention on the Atma which is infinite and one without a second.

39 Atmanyeva Akhilam Drusyam Pravilaapya Dhiyaa Sudheeh
Bhavayet Ekam Aatmaanam
Nirmala Akaasavat Sadaa.
The wise man should merge this visible world with Atma alone in an intelligent way and constantly think of the Atma as the stainless or pure sky. Here the intellgence needed is the power of discrimination. Merging the visible world with Atma is by visualising the Atma in everything in the world that has Chetana and is seen by the eyes.

40 Roopa Varnaadikam Sarvam Vihaaya Paramaarthavit
Paripoorna Chidananda
Svaroopena Avatishtate.
One who has realised by constant practice of meditation the Supreme Paramatma discards all things with names and forms. He then remains as an embodiment of the infinite consciousness and bliss.
Such an Aatma Jnani will not only experience Chidananda but becomes Ananda personified.

41 Jnaatru Jnaana Jneya Bhedah Pare na Atmani Vidyate
Chidananda Eka Roopatwaat
Deepyate Swayameva hi.
There are no distinctions, such as ‘knower’ ‘knowledge’ and the ‘object of knowledge’ in the Supreme self (Paramatma). As the nature of Paramatma is endless Bliss and self luminous, there are no such distinctions within itself. At alone shines.
42 Evam Aatma Aranau Dhyaana Mathane Satatam Krute
Uditaava Gatir Jvaalaa
Sarva Ajnaana Indhanam Dahet.
In ancient days, the sacrificial fire was kindled by rubbing of two pieces of wood one placed upon another (Arani). By churning in the form of constant contemplation on the maha mantra, Aham Brahmasmi. (I am the supreme self) in the Arani of Atma with mind as the lower piece and ‘om’ as upper piece, the fire of knowledge (Jnana) is born and it shall burn down all the ignorance (Ajnana) in us.

43 Arune neva Bodhena Poorva Santamase Hrute
Tata Aavirbhavet Aatmaa
Swayameva Amsumaaniva.
The Lord of early dawn, Aruna, drives away darkness of the night and heralds sunrise. Similarly while the darkness of Ajnana is destroyed by knowledge, Atma rises within of its own accord like sunrise

44 Atmaatu Satatam Praapto Api Apraptavat Avidyayaa
Tannase Praaptavat Bhaati
Swa Kanthaabharanam Yatthaa
Atma is an ever present reality (Sat). Yet it is not realised due to ignorance (Ajnana). When ignorance is destroyed. Atman is realised as an object newly gained, just as the ornament of one’s neck.
A person searches for the gold ornament already in his neck due to his forgetfullness. When he later finds it, he feels very happy as if he found a new ornament. He has thus lamented over a thing which is not lost.
The Atma is ever with us. We only recognise it when the cause for its veiling viz., ignorance (Ajnana) is removed through constant and sincere sadhana.

45 Sthaanau Purushavat Bhraantyaa Krutaa Brahmani Jeevataa
Jeevasya Taathvike Roope
Tasmin Drushte Nivartate.
Due to delusion, a tree appears to be a man. Similarly Brahman who is Paramatma appears to be Jivatma because of delusion. When such delusion is destroyed, the real nature of Jiva is realised as the Atma.

46 Tathva Swaroopa Anubhavaa Utpannam Jnaanam Anjasaa
Aham Mameti cha Ajnaanam
Baadhate Digbhramadivat.
Just as the identity of directions East, West, North, South is known when sunrises and dispels darkness, the knowledge produced by the realisation of the true nature of Atma destroys the ignorance (Ajnana) which gave rise to the wrong notions of possession – the “I” and “mine” in every one.
The sense of “I” and the concept of “mine” both become meaningless and delusory when the Atma is realised as one universal reality.

47 Samyak Vijnanavaan Yogee Swatmanyeva Akhilam Jagat
Ekam Cha Sarvam Atmaana
Eeekshyate Jnana Chakshushaa
The yogi of perfect realisation sees through his eye of wisdom (Jnana Chakshu) the entire universe (Jagat) as the manifestation of his own Atma and regards everything else as his own Atma and nothing else.

48 Atma eva idam Jagat sarvam Atmano Anyat na Vidyate
Mrudo Yadvat Ghataadeeni
Swatmaanam Sarvam Eekshyate
The entire universe is verily Atma. Nothing other than Atma exists. Pots, Jars and other potteries are made of clay (mud). They come out of mud and finally go back to the same mud. There is no separate existence for the mud pots or jars apart from the mud. So too Atma is the reality (Sat) which has given shape to the world (Jagat) of different names and forms. This is rightly understood by the man of wisdom (Jnani).

49 Jeevan Muktastu Tat Vidvaan Poorvopaadhi Gunaan Tyajet
Satchidananda Roopatvaat
Bhavet Bhramara Keetavat.
A Jivanmukta i.e, one who has realised the Atma by long years of meditation upon the divine nature of the Atma and has become completely free from ignorance (Avidya), even while he lives in his body, gives up the traits of the gross, subtle and casual bodies (upadhis) On account of his nature of Sat Chit Ananda, he verily becomes Brahma, like the worm which grows up in the mud nest for a long time and transforms into a wasp after contemplation over the form and nature of the wasp.

50 Teertva Mohaarnavam Hatvaa Raaga Dveshadi Rakshasaan
Yogee Saanti Samayuktah
Atmaa Ramo Viraajate
The Yogi who crosses the ocean of Moha (delusion) and kills the demons called likes and dislikes will be peaceful and dwells in the glory of his own real self as an Atma Rama.
Here the phrase Atma Rama is used suggesting that Atma is godly like Rama, the incarnation of Paramatma who crossed the real ocean and killed demon Ravana.

51 Baahya Anitya Sukhaasaktim Hitva Atma Sukha Nirvruttah
Ghatastha Deepavat Svasthah
Swarntareva Prakaasate.

The Jeevan Mukta who relinquishes all his attachments to the illusory (Anitya) and external (Bahya) happiness and is satisfied with the bliss derived from Atma, shines inwardly like a lamp placed in a pot.
As the Jeevanmukta detaches from all sense organs, he turns the mind inward it will be still without any dielusions. Then his mind experiences this inward light of the Supreme Brahma.

52 Upadhisthopi Tatdharmaih Alipto Vyomavanmunih
Sarvavit Moodhavat Tishteth
Asakto Vaayuvat Chareth.
The state of Jeevan Mukhta is further described in this sloka. Though he lives in the upadhis, he remains untainted like the sky (Vyomavat) and he moves abouts like the wind, perfectly unattached.

53 Upadhi Vilayaat Vishnau Nirvisesham Visermunih
Jale Jalam Viyat Vyomni
Tejas Tejasi Va Yatha.
When the upadhis are destroyed, a person who constantly contemplates on the divine, is totally absorbed in Vishnu, the all pervading spirit, just as water is absorbed into water, space into space and light into light.

54 Yallabhat Na Aparo Labho Yat Sukhat Na Aparam Sukham
Yat Jnanaat Na Aparam Jnaanam
Tath Brahmeti Avadharayet.
Realise that to be Brahma, the attainment of which leaves nothing more to be attained, the blessedness (sukham) which is far more superior to any other blessedness, and the Jnana which is superior to any other knowledge.
The supreme experience of realization of Brahma is explained in this sloka as (1) the greatest gain, (2) the greatest knowledge (jnana) after gaining which none will like to add any more to it, (3) the greatest bliss of the self after enjoying which none will strive for a greater bliss.
All Upanishads like Bruhadaranyaka and Mundaka confirm this. The highest goal is to know Brahma and become Brahma only.

55 Yat Drustvaa na Aparam Drusyam Yat bhootvaa na Punarbhavah
Yat Jnaatvaa na Aparam Jneyam
Tat Brahmeti Avadhaarayet.
After seeing which there is nothing else to be seen, after attaining which there will not be any more birth and after knowing which there is nothing else to be known, that is to be understood as Brahma.
For the Yogi who attained the highest goals of Adhyatma and became a Brahma Jnani, nothing else is required because everything else is dismal compared to the Brahma. Bhagavat Gita calls this highest goal as the Supreme Abode and Yogis reach there never to return. (Chap 2-72)

56 Tiryak Oordhvam Adhah Poornam Satchidanandam Advayam
Anantam Nityam Ekam Yat
Tat Brahmeti Avadhaarayet.
The one that pervades in all places even above and below is Brahma. It is one without a second. It is infinite, eternal and filled with Satchidananda. It exists as only one. That one is to be understood as Brahma.
This description of Brahma is in Mundaka Upanishad which also says that it is immortal and is there before and exists behind and in all sides.

57 Atat Vyaavrutti Roopena Vedaantaih Lakshyate Advayam
Akhandanandam Ekam Yat
Tat Brahmeti Avadhaarayety.
This Brahma is nondual, indivisible, blissful and always exists as only one. The Upanishads indicate that this Brahma is reached by a process of negation of what it is not and of assertion of what it is.
58 Akhandananda Roopasya Tasya Ananda Lavaasritaah
Brahmaadyaah Taaratamyena
Bhavanti Anandino Akhilaah.
All the deities like Indra, Varuna and others worshipped by us, are only a particle of the unlimited bliss of Para Brahma and accordingly enjoy their proportionate share of that particle. Every living being who worships deities enjoy the bliss of Paramatma according to his capacity . But it is only a very small fraction of the total Atmananda the Parabrahma is capable of giving. According to vedanta all meritorious and righteous men after death enjoy a particle of the Bliss of Paramatma. After the fraction of Bliss of Paramatma is exhausted, they are again born as great men and help to establish Dharma.
We can imagine this easily. In the Paramatma’s incarnation as Lord Krishna. Who told, “I will be born again and again to destroy Adharma and to establish Dharma.”

59 Tad Yuktam Akhilam Vastu Vyavahaara satadanvitah
Tasmaat Sarvagatam Brahma
Ksheere Sarpiriva Akhile.
The whole creation is pervaded by Brahma. It is because of Brahma only all actions are taking place in this universe. Brahma permeates everything as butter permeates milk.
Here the example of Butter and Milk is given because butter is in milk but not directly visible. To get butter one has to churn milk. Similarly Brahma is spread in the whole universe but not visible. Only by intense meditation, it is possible to realise Brahma. Not able to see does not mean it does not exist. This is a perfect example given in vedanta to explain Paramatma’s existence.

60 Ananu Asthoolam Ahraswam Adeergham Ajam Avyayam
Aroopa Guna Varnaakhyam
Tat Brahmeti Avadharayet
Brahma is neither subtle nor gross, neither short nor long. It has no birth, no changes, no form, no quality, no colour and even no particular name. Some of these qualities are explained in Bruhadaranyaka Upanishad where one gets more detailed discussion about Brahmatatwa which is imperceptible to the mind and hence cannot be described.

61 Yadbhaasaa Bhaasate Arkadi Bhasyairyattu Na Bhasyate
Yena Sarvamidam Bhati
Tat Brahmeti Avadhaarayeti.
All heavenly bodies are illuminated by Brahma and are shining. But Brahma is not illuminated by their light.
It is once again confirmed in this sloka that but for the illuminating power of Brahma nothing can shine in this universe.

62 Swayam Antar Bahir Vyapya Bhasayan Akhilam Jagat
Brahma Prakaasate Vahni
Pratapta Ayasa Pindavat.
The Supreme Brahma while pervading the entire universe outwardly and inwardly, shines of itself like the five that permeates a red hot iron-ball and glow as fire itself. An iron ball when in contact with fire for a sufficiently long time comes to glow as fire itself.

63 Jagat Vilakshanam Brahma Brahmano Anyata Kinchana
Brahma Anyat Bhatichet Mithya
Yadha Maru Mareechikaa.
Brahma is entirely different from universe, but there exists nothing in the universe that is not Brahma. If any object in universe other than Brahma appears to exist, it is unreal like the mirage which appears to be giving water in a desert.

64 Drusyate Srooyate Yadyat Brahmano Anyan Na Tat Bhavet
Tathvajnaanaat Cha Tadbrahma
Satchidanandam Advayam
All that is perceived or heard through the sense organs is Brahma only. The Brahma that is non dual and which is in the form of Satchidananda is known only after attaining the knowledge of the Reality.
Whatever exists either in this limited body, mind and intellect or in the outer created world, they are all manifestations of the Brahma and nothing else. When this truth is realised and experienced, one can see the entire universe in which the Brahma revels as satchit Ananda absolute because it is one and only one Ekam Eva Advitiyam Brahma.

65 Sarvagam Satchidaatmaanam Jnana Chakshur Nireekshate
Ajnaana Chakshur Na Eekshet
Bhaswantam Bhanum Andhavat
We can visualise Atman that has universal existence with the help of Jnana netra (eye of knowledge) only, just as the blind cannot see the resplendent sun.

66 Sravanaadibhi Uddepta Jnaanaagni Paritapitah
Jeeva Sarvamalat Muktah
Swarnavat Dyotate Swayam
The Jeeva is purified by heating in the fire of knowledge kindled by hearing, reasoning and deep contemplation on what has been heard and reasoned out. Then the Jeeva shines of itself like pure gold obtained after melting and purifying the gold ore. Just as one heats gold ore in a cruicible to purify it, one has to use the fire of Jnana to purify the mind. Jnana can be achieved according to Hindu philosophy by Sravana (hearing) Manana (reasoning of truth) and Nidhi Dhyasana (deep contemplation). Then the mind will be free from impure thoughts, and the feeling of Jeeva gets automatically extinguished. Then only the self- illuminating Atma exists.
67 Hrudaakaasodito hi Atmaa Bodha Bhaanus Tamopahrut
Sarva Vyaapee Sarva Dhaaree
Bhaati Bhaasayate Akhilam
The Atma, Sun of Knowledge, which rises in the sky of the heart, destroys the darkness of ignorance, pervades everything and sustains all. It shines and makes everything in the universe to shine. Heart here means the arena of the mind from where noble and humane thoughts flow. Here Sun is brought into comparison because it is the ultimate source of light visible to the naked eye.

68 Dikdesa Kaa laadi Anapekshya Sarvagam Seetadi Hrunnitya Sukham Niramjanam
Yassvaatma Teerdham Bhajate Vinishkriyam
Sa Sarvavit Sarva Gato Amruto Bhavet.
The Jnani who
(1) is free from all the limitations of time, space and direction.
(2) worships the holy place of his own Atma which is present everywhere, which destroys heat and cold and which is bliss eternal and stainless becomes all knowing and all pervading and attains immortality.


…. May God Bless all the beings of universe.
Om Tat Sat

What is the purpose of man’s life in the universe?

One of the questions that has always haunted me right from childhood is: what is the purpose of man’s life in the universe?

Broadly speaking my genuine answer to. this question is that life on earth has absolutely no purpose and that man is just a puppet in the hands of fate, chance and circumstances. He was never given the choice for being born. Thus life having been forced upon man without his will or consent , the poor fellow has been left with no alternative but to fend for himself, give his own meaning to life and live accordingly till ultimately he is taken away by some unknown force, which some people call God. Some religious leaders try to dictate terms to man as agents of God and force him to surrender his free will and follow the directives. Most fall in line and prefer not to use mind or intelligence in deciding the ways of life. There are some who always feel restless and do not feel satisfied with what others tell them and are constantly busy seeking full satisfaction for their curiosity . My story too has been some thing like that. I have tried to seek my own answers to various eternal questions which defy any universally acceptable answers and one such question that I intend to deal with here is: what is the purpose of man’s life on earth

Notwithstanding the fact that in the ultimate analysis there is absolutely no meaning and purpose of life, the inquisitive man continues to find meaning and purpose of life and there is no dearth of advocates who claim to know everything on the subject, it is different matter that there is no consensus among them. The end result is confusion for the common man either to make a choice from the available stuff or to make his own effort to look beyond what others can show him. I hereby place on record the outcome of my efforts. In all humility I admit that there is nothing original or final in it, and all this has percolated to me from the existing thought bank and collective consciousness, the major share coming from the highly scientific, humane ,secular and universal Vedantic philosophy. I carefully avoid using any parochial adjective or qualifier like Indian or Hindu with Vedantic Philosophy because that gives it narrow regional and sectarian shade and false credit whereas there is no such thing. This philosophy has sprouted and grown on .this planet with
collective efforts of mankind..

The purpose of man’s life on earth can be broadly divided into four parts or stages: Survival, Improvement in the Quality of Life, Self Realization and in the final stage Merger with Divinity or Infinity. While gradually passing through these four stages ,man begins to see everything from hitherto unknown perspective and brighter shades and before parting with his mortal frame attains
Immortality. Certain schools prescribe renunciation of the physical world as a pre-condition for going through the process of Self Realization and Merger with Divinity or Infinity but I have tried to take the untrodden path of BHOG (the genuine gratification of the senses and sense organs) and to my surprise and good luck have not found any hurdles or contradictions in way to my destination, though I don’t claim that I have attained what others attained through renunciation. In fact, for me there is no way to compare my destination with the destination of others. What I can simply say with my own authority is that I cannot see anything beyond where I am standing now and I would not mind walking more if I see another horizon.

What is Spiritual Awakening

What is Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening is the realization of true identity of an individual as soul or spirit as distinct from the body. It is attained by only a few and the total number of Spiritually Awakened persons in the world is infinitesimal . However, there are a sizable number of persons who get glimpses of Spiritual Awakening every now and then but are unable to retain that state for a longer period. There is yet another category who exhibit the characteristics of fully Spiritually Awakened Persons without being themselves aware of any special quality in them . They get Spiritual Awakening as a gift from God/Nature. Some persons are born Spiritually Awakened such as Guru Nanak Dev in the recent times. Some inherit it from the Guru such as the remaining nine Sikh Gurus. Such persons are the Incarnation of the Almighty. Some attain Spiritual Awakening through renunciation ,meditation , asceticism and life of deprivation such as Mahatma Buddha and Lord Mahavira, and a large number of ancient and present day Rishies and Munies. There are others who attain Spiritual Awakening by Guru’s grace such as Swami Dayananda and Swami Vivekanand . Some follow Gian Marg and academic pursuits, such as J Krishnamurthy and Rajnish.

Fully Spiritually Awakened persons are very close to Divinity. They don’t profess any Sectarian Religion and they are far above the narrow walls and limitations of caste, color ,gender, race, nationality and geographic boundaries.

The process of Spiritual Awakening is a part of the evolution of the human beings.
There is a power point in the inner world of every individual . This power point is the nucleus of light and energy. Connecting to this power point of the inner world is the first indication of Spiritual Awakening and the rest follows automatically . The Spiritually Awakened person sheds naturally his worldly relationships, possessions, all kinds of bondages and attachments like slough and new being emerges. Gradually, his narrow attachments to a few friends/relatives and personal possessions transcend into love and concern for the entire mankind and animal world. He becomes an inexhaustible source of hope, light and energy for the entire world, more so for the persons in his vicinity .

Hide and seek

When you run after God
You are in fact running away from Him
Stand still and motionless
And He will come Himself looking for you

When lost
The child is not so much worried as the father
How can God, the Supreme Father,
Lose count of his lost children

God is the undisputed winner
Of HIDE AND SEEK game with man
He makes His appearance
As soon as man admits defeat.

SPIRITUALITY MADE EASY: ( Questions & Answers)

spirituality

SPIRITUALITY MADE EASY: ( Questions & Answers)

Question: 1
Is it necessary to be spiritually awakened?

Answer:
Absolutely not. Spiritual Awakening is a need for only those who want to look beyond the monotony of the physical world and are curious to delve into the mysteries of this creation and the universe.

Question: 2
what is the use of being Spiritually Awakened?

Answer:
Absolutely no use. Spiritual Awakening is not meant for those who look for uses, utility, gains and losses.

Question: 3
Then why are some harping on the tune of Spiritual Awakening?

Answer:
A truly Spiritually Awakened Person does not talk about Spirituality at all. He gets transported to the other/inner world and before departing from his present physical body becomes the mute and passive observer of the SLEEPING WORLD. He does not like to disturb those who are lost in the false sweet dreams because he has had enough rebuffs from those whom he tried to wake up to the ultimate reality. I have also rebuffed many who tried to disturb my sweet dreams.

Question : 4
You have been writing on Spiritually Awakening since long. Are you yourself Spiritually Awakened?

Answer:
Certainly not. If I were Spiritually Awakened I would have become a mute and passive observer of the world show. I simply have brief glimpses of Spiritual Awakening every now and then and find some newness, novelty and difference from the monotonous , dull routine living of the world. I find myself alone and so am trying to find out if there are others like me going through the same state of mind, dilemma and mental confusion, who can accompany me as co-travelers on the road leading to Spiritual Awakening to find out for myself what this much talked about ultimate reality is.

THE VICTORY OVER DEATH

THE VICTORY OVER DEATH

IF YOU EXPERIENCE DEATH AND PERCEIVE THE PROCESS OF DYING IN SPIRITUAL MEDITATION YOU BECOME IMMORTAL AND THE FEAR OF DEATH NO LONGER HAUNTS YOU.
IN OTHER WORDS YOU WAKE UP AND BECOME FULLY ALIVE AS A SPIRIT WITH BODY AS EASILY SEPARABLE APPENDAGE TO THE IMMORTAL SPIRIT

The most haunting thought in the mind of man is the fear of death. One thing that nobody wants is Death yet every body gets it. There seems to be no escape from it. The agents of Death famine,hunger,disease, etc. are in themselves not so frightening as is their ultimate motive to transport the victim to the Kingdom of Death. There are certain diseases like AIDS, Cancer which come to the victim with the certainty of taking him along and naturally they are the most feared as compared to numerous other diseases, which do not cause a fatal blow to man. They come just as a warning signal to man to make him aware ready for the inevitable. Scientists and doctors are today busy at least in postponing the event if for the time being they can’t uproot and eliminate it. Notwithstanding the partial success in pushing Death back a little, there is absolutely no chance of success. The ,law of physical degeneration and regeneration is irrevocable.
Now the million dollar question seeking an affirmative answer is: can death be conquered? My answer to this question is in the affirmative. If you cross question me and ask : have you conquered death? My answer again is in the affirmative.
When I make this unbelievable bold claim I am simply restating and re-writing which is already written in our scriptures.I am simply sharing an experienced truth ANUBHUTI as a common man ( not saint, ascetic or SANYASI) with the common man.

Before we talk whether death can be conquered or not, let us try to understand
what is meant by death. In common parlance death means complete break down and stoppage of human machine. Or cessation of blood circulation in the body.
For most people the end of body is the end of everything. Those who think like that before the bodily or physical death, for them there is no escaping from death. Only understanding the principles of spiritualityand putting these principles into practice can help one in scoring a victory over Death.It is a paradox that in order to conquer Death you have to experience a kind of living Death before your body leaves you. With constant practice one can learn to separate the two components of a human being, the physical and the non physical. There is no need of any kind of meditation, DHAYAN . In a place of solitude , your home or in the company of open nature try to let loose your body , make it so passive that it may gradually lapse into SHAV ASAN (posture of a dead body).As you practise this thing keep your consciousness focused on the inner world. Get lost in the inner world so much that you may become totally unaware of your body. It will serve dual purpose, you will experience self realization or ATAM SAKSHTKAR, a pure self that is nameless, formless, shapeless because all these things have been left behind with the body.

The separation of physical (body)and non physical ( Braham, soul,consciousness, mind,memory,intelligence,etc) aspects of oneself may not be attained in one sitting. Depending on the will power,determination and faith, it may need several attempts to attain this state, and some times the attainment may be partial. Once it is attained the repetition becomes easier. As soon as you have mastered this technique of being your non-physical self, the rest will begin to happen of its own. This non physical aspect of yours is real “YOU” or your real “I”.New visions, realities,horizons and hitherto unknown facts will begin to unfold themselves. You will also begin to see clearly what is meant by self-realization or ATAM SAKSHATKAR. The meaning of death will not only become clear but you will experience in reality what people around you consider DEATH. It will be a kind of rehearsal in dying. If you are successful in traveling up to this point, the journey ahead is easier and smooth. By and by it will become your second (rather first) nature to live like that. The idea of Death will never enter your mind, and it will surely be the Death of Death for you.Notwithstanding your body being in tact you will begin to live like a floating spirit or for all practical purposes you will have the ANUBHUTI of being in a subtle body. This experience or ANUBHUTI will completely transform you and it will be your Victory over Death.

Human beings are gifted with two different visions: External and Internal.

Internal and external vision
Internal and external vision

Human beings are gifted with two different visions: External and Internal

External vision is practical , mechanical and very much limited. Two main limiting factors are space and time , we can’t look back and forth in time and we can’t see beyond a particular distance and simultaneously in all the directions at the same time. Third factor is the condition, health and efficiency of the eyes. The first two factors are common and identical in all irrespective of any other condition but the third factor is variable in all the individuals. Hence no two persons have similarity of vision with respect to any physical object. It is the same thing as there are no two persons, including identical twins, with identical mass, form , shape or appearance. Up to the level of physical vision all human beings are at as much advantage as animals, or even worse of because certain birds and animals are said to be having much better and more efficient eye mechanism. So we don’t have much to boast about so far as our external vision is concerned.

Besides , external vision is highly deceptive. It is affected by the psychology of the viewer and the amount of light available. The viewer usually fails to see “what is”but only sees “what he wants to see”. The amont of light falling on the object gives it different shades , shapes and forms, thus presenting different realities of the same object under different conditions and circumstance This deception of the eyes is perhaps the main reason that some of our religious pundits have termed the external world as MAYA or illusion. The oft repeated illustration of man’s inability to distinguish between a curled cord or snake in dim light is not the only case in point. Numerous other illustrations can be added to it. In fact the function of the External Vision to meet the physical needs of the body. In addition to all this the interpretive part of the brain that creates images of the viewed objects in the mind some times plays havoc with the external and physical realities of the world. With the help of external vision human beings can in no way rise above the functional level of Animal Kingdom.
It is the Internal Vision that distinguishes man from other animals. But unfortunately most people fail to see the presence and significance of this vision and usually end up living their lives at animal level only.
As opposed to the External Vision, the Internal Vision knows no limitation of space, direction, time,abstractions or for that purpose any other impediments or obstructions. It is this vision that raises hopmo sapiens above the level of animals and then to the still higher levels of Divinity and Infinity.

External and internal vision

The internal vision is the function of Third Eye.

Third Eye:
Primarily human beings are like other animals with most common features and characteristics . However, human beings are endowed with some special features which not only distinguish and differentiate them from other animals but also place them at a much higher pedestal with a part of God’s creative potential. One such distinguishing feature is the provision and availability of Third Eye. This is also referred to as Shiv Netra or GIAN Chakhshu . This is in addition to the Intuitive Faculty granted to human beings.

Third Eye has the capability to explore the entire abstract phenomenon which is beyond the reach of five sense organs and intuitive perceptions. Earlier only a few saints and sages were aware of this feature but now this awareness is fast spreading among the masses, thus opening the domain of Spirituality for more and more individuals . The future belongs to the highly evolved Spiritualists with very high quality of life and enhanced level of awareness.

The political scenario in India

In India, it seems, our present national political scenario could be grouped as three category thought process people:

One being .. INHERITED ANCIENT IDEOLOGY represented by BJP, Second being POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST LIBERALS represented by CONGRESS and other like minded peoples groups, and the THIRD being the so called LEFT OUT PEOPLES MUSCLE GROUP represented by the so called LEFTISTS.

Satyameva Jayate

Good morning, wishing you all the best day, and the future as well. Introspection of our speak, walk and action so far, would graduate us to upper level of capability to perform more efficiently, more lovingly and more spiritually. — Satyameva Jayate.

The poor and the rich

Poor people remain poor not because they don’t like to become rich, but, because rich people don’t want to become more richer.

Poor and rich

It is so because, one main reason is that there is not much opportunity for poor people to earn more at higher income due to lack of more work opportunities. And, our rulers .. the govts .. too could not provide more organized level daily/casual but regular work facilities and/or other facilities like small trading opportunities.

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This could be partially overcome if govt. expands and /or bring up more industries; But mainly, it could be overcome in a major level if our rich people invest more and expand their industries and other businesses for producing more cost effective and better quality products, then that would not only expand sales, export and consumption, but it will also surely result in generating more work opportunities covering larger section of the public( as IT/BT industries have done/helped for people educated in those fields). However, our rich people, b’cos they are already rich, they won’t like to invest more as it would invite more work and more responsibility of running larger industries which would bring more responsibility of paying more tax to the authorities; That is why Swizz Bank and black money are progressing!!.

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In India, it seems, most people won’t mind spending in lacs and crores on celebrations like marriage, birth day party, celebration of old traditional festivals like .. ritual worship Araadhana Utsavaas in temples, festivities in Churches, and religion related other traditional ceremonies, but many people either want to avoid paying tax, and/or like to carryout manipulation in declaring assets and income, b’cos it seems they presume that paying tax is a LOSS !!.

The victory over death

The victory over death

THE VICTORY OVER DEATH

IF YOU EXPERIENCE DEATH AND PERCEIVE THE PROCESS OF DYING IN SPIRITUAL MEDITATION YOU BECOME IMMORTAL AND THE FEAR OF DEATH NO LONGER HAUNTS YOU.

IN OTHER WORDS YOU WAKE UP AND BECOME FULLY ALIVE AS A SPIRIT WITH BODY AS EASILY SEPARABLE APPENDAGE TO THE IMMORTAL SPIRIT

The most haunting thought in the mind of man is the fear of death. One thing that nobody wants is Death yet every body gets it. There seems to be no escape from it. The agents of Death famine,hunger,disease, etc. are in themselves not so frightening as is their ultimate motive to transport the victim to the Kingdom of Death. There are certain diseases like AIDS, Cancer which come to the victim with the certainty of taking him along and naturally they are the most feared as compared to numerous other diseases, which do not cause a fatal blow to man. They come just as a warning signal to man to make him aware ready for the inevitable. Scientists and doctors are today busy at least in postponing the event if for the time being they can’t uproot and eliminate it. Notwithstanding the partial success in pushing Death back a little, there is absolutely no chance of success. The law of physical degeneration and regeneration is irrevocable.
Now the million dollar question seeking an affirmative answer is: can death be conquered? My answer to this question is in the affirmative. If you cross question me and ask : have you conquered death? My answer again is in the affirmative.
When I make this unbelievable bold claim I am simply restating and re-writing which is already written in our scriptures. I am simply sharing an experienced truth ANUBHUTI as a common man ( not saint, ascetic or SANYASI) with the common man.

Death

Before we talk whether passing can be conquered or not, let us try to understand
what is meant by death. In common parlance decease means complete break down and stoppage of human machine. Or cessation of blood circulation in the body.
For most people the end of body is the end of everything. Those who think like that before the bodily or physical death, for them there is no escaping from death. Only understanding the principles of spiritualityand putting these principles into practice can help one in scoring a victory over Death.It is a paradox that in order to conquer Death you have to experience a kind of living Death before your body leaves you. With constant practice one can learn to separate the two components of a human being, the physical and the non physical. There is no need of any kind of meditation, DHAYAN . In a place of solitude , your home or in the company of open nature try to let loose your body , make it so passive that it may gradually lapse into SHAV ASAN (posture of a dead body).As you practise this thing keep your consciousness focused on the inner world. Get lost in the inner world so much that you may become totally unaware of your body. It will serve dual purpose, you will experience self realization or ATAM SAKSHTKAR, a pure self that is nameless, formless, shapeless because all these things have been left behind with the body.

The separation of physical (body)and non physical ( Braham, soul,consciousness, mind,memory,intelligence,etc) aspects of oneself may not be attained in one sitting. Depending on the will power,determination and faith, it may need several attempts to attain this state, and some times the attainment may be partial. Once it is attained the repetition becomes easier. As soon as you have mastered this technique of being your non-physical self, the rest will begin to happen of its own. This non physical aspect of yours is real “YOU” or your real “I”. New visions, realities,horizons and hitherto unknown facts will begin to unfold themselves. You will also begin to see clearly what is meant by self-realization or ATAM SAKSHATKAR. The meaning of death will not only become clear but you will experience in reality what people around you consider DEATH. It will be a kind of rehearsal in dying. If you are successful in traveling up to this point, the journey ahead is easier and smooth. By and by it will become your second (rather first) nature to live like that. The idea of Death will never enter your mind, and it will surely be the Death of Death for you.Notwithstanding your body being in tact you will begin to live like a floating spirit or for all practical purposes you will have the ANUBHUTI of being in a subtle body. This experience or ANUBHUTI will completely transform you and it will be your Victory over Death.

Sky sea romance

Sky sea romance

Oh! My love we are so far and yet so near
said the glorious sky to the glassy sea
I see my shimmering reflection in you
as the sun rays kiss you passionately

Since eons we’ve been playing together
without a break in every single weather
when I am serene , sober n’ steady
you seem so cutely calm n’ ready

But when I rage, thunder rumble n’ roar
you become rough n’ bumpy to the core
your high and low ebbs n’ tides
are ruled by the sun n’ moon vibes

When i dress up in twinkling stars
you woo me with your silent heart
and when the silvery full moon arrives
you jump n leap with joy to come alive

I can’t wait to hug you at each horizon
as I see lovers stroll along hand in hand
absorbed in our beautiful blissful union
as hearts play a sensuous seductive band

Oh! My love our romance is truly eternal
as every day n’ night unites us n’ separates
at the break of misty dawn I eagerly await
your tender loving touch n’ warm embrace

Glory be to the unseen benevolent almighty
for bestowing his umpteen holy blessings
for without his mysterious mystic presence
our very existence would be a question !

 

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Sky sea romance
Sky sea romance

 

BE happy…

Why Are So Many People Unhappy?

Fundamental answer to the question is succinct in two words: “ Imperative Expectations “

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In a way, it is not permitting oneself to be happy until certain inflated things happen….creating a huge gap between ‘what is’ & ‘what’ one thinks ‘must be’, seem/makes life intolerable/miserable.
This fundamental delusion arises only because of uncertainty of ‘what we really are?’ The only knowledge that can destroy it is true experiential knowledge of what we really are. A clear and correct understanding of the true nature of happiness will enable to seek it…By Inquiry (analysis).
….Say, I Luuuuvvv…chocolates. In mind there is an association with the bitter-sweet taste of chocolate with the feeling of pleasure, accustomed to experience whenever tasted. Even the sight or smell of chocolate, or the sound of its silver foil being opened, will give pleasure.
* But does the taste of chocolate necessarily create a feeling of pleasure? No, it only creates such a feeling, as I like it so much, but it will create no such feeling in a person who is indifferent to it, and it will create a feeling of disgust in a person who positively dislikes it.
Eating too much chocolate creates sickness, an aversion for it…feelings of pleasure as well as disgust……(subject to the law of Diminishing Marginal Unity)
*Therefore it is clear that the happiness derived from eating chocolate is determined not by the actual taste of chocolate, but only by our liking for that taste.
*The same is the case with any of the pleasures that is experienced through the five senses and that satisfaction is usually experienced only momentarily. Moreover, mind is distracted by other thoughts, there is no feeling of any particular pleasure, even though there is immense liking for it. Only when mind is free of thoughts, one can really enjoy…the pleasure or get satisfied of desires.
The Best ‘ Emotional – Spot‘ to BE IN…. Be Happier
…Happiness is a process…its prime element is eliminating imperative expectations.
…Practicing to keep identifying imperative expectations, eliminating them and switching to a more constructive and carefree way of thinking….thereby feeling less stressed and enjoying life more.
…Reaching that point where happiness with life ‘as it is’ and
…As ‘making it’…becomes steady… Is the best emotional spot to be in.


Practice Self-Enquiry…

Pay attention to the inner feeling of ‘I’ and hold on to it as long as possible.
Whenever other thoughts distract, pull the attention back to the ‘I’-thought again.
question oneself:

‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where does this ‘I’ come from?’

When subjective feeling does not connect with thoughts/objects the ‘I’ feeling vanishes.
What remains is the sense of Being and the individual has temporarily ceased to exist.
When self-enquiry reaches this level there is an effortless awareness of being in which individual effort is no longer possible since the ‘I’ has temporarily ceased to exist.
* This is not Self-realization.
Continuous practice and experience of this state of being will destroy the mental tendencies (vasanas). This weakening of the vasanas will eventually be completely destroyed by the power of the Self that the ‘I’-thought will never rise again.
This is the final state of Self-realization.
This self-attention to the ‘I’-thought is that it merely gently invokes the awareness .
Once awareness of the ‘I’-feeling has been established, no more effort is required. From now onwards, it is a matter of Being rather than doing.
Simply Stated….

Do not meditate —be!
Do not think that you are – be!
Don’t think about being – you are!

* In self-enquiry, it is not really using the mind to kill the mind but seeking the source of the mind and in this process finding the non-existence of the mind .

Tripura rahasya

        “SRI TRIPURA RAHASYA” ..

sri tripura rahasya

  (Story narrated by Dattatreya to Parashuram….Hemalekha tells Hemachuda )….

* Who is your mother?

* Who is your friend?

*Who is her husband?

*Who are her sons?

….My mother is Transcendence — pure Consciousness;

My friend is intellect (discerning faculty);

Ignorance is Madam Dark, the undesirable friend of intellect…..The caprices of ignorance are too well known to need elucidation, she can delude anyone, making a rope seem to be a serpent and striking terror in the onlooker.

Her son is the greatest of illusions — the mind;

His wife is thought or conception or imagination;

Her sons are five in number, namely, hearing, taste, sight, touch and

smell, whose mansions are the respective senses. What the mind was said to steal from them is enjoyment of sensual objects, which leaves an impress on the mind to develop later into the proclivities of the mind. Sharing stolen objects with his wife is the manifestation of proclivities in dreams.

Dream is the daughter-in-law of Delusion (i.e., ignorance).

Madam Vorax is desire; her sons are anger and greed;

Their city is “TRIPURA RAHASYA” ; the body.

  • What is said to be the most potent talisman ?

 …It is Realisation of the Self.

Mind’s friend guarding the city is the vital principle which keeps moving as the life-breath.

The different cities peopled by them are hells passed in the eternal passage of the soul.

The consummation of the discerning faculty is samadhi.

Admission into my Mother’s chamber is final emancipation.

……….Such is in brief the tale of our Life …… Think well and be absolved.

tripura rahasya

Geet Govind

śrita-kamalā-kuca-maṇḍala dhṛta-kuṇḍala e

kalita-lalita-vana-māla jaya jaya deva hare

dina-maṇi-maṇḍala-maṇḍana bhava-khaṇḍana e

muni-jana-mānasa-haḿsa jaya jaya deva hare

kāliya-viṣa-dhara-gañjana jana-rañjana e

yadukula-nalina-dineśa jaya jaya deva hare

madhu-mura-naraka-vināśana  garuḍāsana e

sura-kula-keli-nidāna jaya jaya deva hare

amala-kamala-dala-locana  bhava-mocana e

tribhuvana-bhuvana-nidhāna jaya jaya deva hare

janaka-sutā-kṛta-bhūṣaṇa jita-dūṣaṇa e

samara-śamita-daśa-kaṇṭha jaya jaya deva hare

abhinava-jala-dhara-sundara dhṛta-mandara e

śrī-mukha-candra-cakora jaya jaya deva hare

tava caraṇaḿ praṇatā vayam iti bhāvaya e

kuru kuśalaḿ praṇateṣu jaya jaya deva hare

śrī-jayadeva-kaver idaḿ kurute mudam

mańgalam ujjvala-gītaḿ jaya jaya deva hare

TRANSLATION

1) Glories, glories to Lord Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is bedecked with jeweled earrings and a garland of forest flowers and whose feet are marked with a lotus!

2) The Lord’s face shines like the whorl of the sun. He removes the miseries of His devotees and is the resting place of the minds of the swan-like sages. Glories! Glories to Lord Sri Hari!

 

3) O Supreme Personality of Godhead who destroyed the demoniac Kaliya serpent! O Lord, You are the beloved of all living entities and the sun in the galaxy of the Yadu dynasty. Glories! Glories to Lord Sri Hari.

4) O Lord, destroyer of the demons Madhu, Mura and Naraka! Seated on Garuda, You are the source of joy for the demigods. All glories toHari!

5) O Lord Your eyes are like lotus petals, and You destroy the bondage of the material world. You are the maintainer of the three worlds. Glories to Lord Hari!

6) O Lord, as the gem of the sons of Janaka, You were victorious over all the asuras, and You smashed the greatest asura, the ten-headedRavana. Glories to Lord Hari!

7) O Supreme Personality of Godhead who held the Govardhana Hill! Your complexion is like a fresh monsoon cloud, and Sri Radharani is like a cakora bird who is nourished by drinking the light of Your moonlike face. Glories! Glories to Lord Hari.

8) O Lord, I offer my humble obeisances at Your lotus feet. Please bless me by Your limitless mercy. Glories! Glories to Lord Sri Hari!

9) The poet Sri Jayadeva offers this song of devotion and shining good fortune to Thee. All glories! All glories to Lord Sri Hari!

. . .Good god y’all

Good god y’all….

good god yallAre we really God? ! ?

* Then Why human are so corrupt, violent and confused?

…Obvious, not exactly, we are jiva, an energy of God. Being an energy of God, we are called as God by some. Just like fire and a spark of fire are essentially the same, so also God(Brahman) and human(Jiva) are essentially the same. But, just like fire is huge than a spark of fire and has more heat/ energy, so likewise there arises differences between jiva and God. Hence, it is not absolutely correct. Apart from jiva shakti, there is a kind of energy of God, maya shakti (illusory potency)…i.e. prakruti that represents three modes of material nature known as

  • satva(goodness),
  • rajas(passion),
  • tamas(ignorance).

God is mayadhish (the Lord of maya) and jivas mayadhin (under the influence of maya).

Adi Shankaracharya:

brahma satyam jagan mithya…..Brahman alone is real, the universe is illusory

  • jivo brahmaiva napara….The Jiva is none other than Brahman. 
    Thus the Self is Brahman. So does this mean. . . . .

‘we’ are ‘God’?   NO, We are not GOD.

This means the notion of ‘we’ is false, or imaginary. Thus ‘God’ IS and There is nothing else’ to be called ‘we’. The perception of an individual ‘Jiva’ is itself imaginary, therefore God alone exists and all else is illiusory. This declaration ‘I am GOd’ by Advaitins is not an egotistic assertion of equating the Jiva with Brahman, but rather it is the destruction of all ego, by the removal of Jiva and replacing it with Brahman.
Shivohum Mantra….
Mano buddhya-hankara chittani naham
Na cha shrotra jihve, na cha ghrana netre
Na cha vyoma bhumirna tejo na vayuhu
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham
*I am not the mind, intellect, thought, ego, or some form of the supreme being; I neither have ears, nor tongue and I neither have nose (nostrils) nor eyes; I am not the sky, earth, light or the wind; I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss. I am consciousness and bliss. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

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Not GOD,  just a SPARK of the WHOLE…
…..GOD IS GOD
*** In a nutshell, ‘we’ are not ‘God’, ‘God’ is ‘God’. There is no one else.

 

A spiritual way of living

Good Morning to all.

Wishing you all BEST OF SPIRITUAL WAY of LIVING EVERYDAY. God is Great; And, TRUTH prevails always if not immediately but at least before the end of process, the search for truth, ‘the just ‘).

 

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* Spiritual FREEDOM


The vulnerability of the mind is its capacity to extend reality, or “objectness”– on the physical reality, undoubtedly, solution becomes a problem when the sense of reality runs amok.
The mind is in a vulnerable position. It projects its hopes and fears as real and external, in the form of non-physical entities, yet projected as objectively real.
The absolute freedom in spiritualism is, above all, liberation from the body-mind and the compulsions of organic existence. The dilemma is realization of being potentially free, off a physical universe. The tyranny of the body-mind is experienced as the incessant flow of thoughts. The inner world, is not still. Only The subject is interior to all experience and to all behavior as well. It is witness and a chooser. To identify with the experience is to identify with the response, and to be free from one is to be free from the other. ‘ I am free ‘ to contemplate my thoughts, feelings, body’s pain…so to say, experience and its associated behavior are the same.
To assign a value and meaning to events, is a product of natural selection. Our minds are dualistic because, otherwise there is no evolution.
The human mind is open, working within its own limits.
Freedom, is freedom from “reality”. The desire for inner, spiritual, freedom is rather human experience, an inner view. Firstly, a line of defense by affirming a self that is apart in its quest to survive. Going deeper, it is not only freedom from the dictates of the world, but also the mind. Spiritual freedom is freedom from identity itself…the subject is no object. And the subject, to be free, cannot be identified with any object– neither the body nor the mind nor any of its contents.
But, My body is actually a physical object in the world….an object with which this consciousness(brain) is connected?
The body– is visual and somatic experience– stands as object to consciousness which is subject. Therefore this body is not who “I” am,
Similarly, “my” thoughts and emotions cannot be “I”, the subject.
Though they are not objects in the world, they are objects of consciousness.
The self is taken to be the subjective realm in contrast to the world of external objects.

Contemplate..
*The “I” does not exist as any sort of thing, in the world nor in the subjective realm as an object of experience.
* It is merely a point of view.
Spiritual liberation is freedom from the ego-from identification with the body-mind and its needs.

* Do I believe this reality, surrender to the unknown, receive what is happening, and be curious?
The basic longing of the subjectively conscious mind is transcendence…the longing for peace It is to be free even from the desire for peace, ultimately even from the desire for the freedom of desirelessness.
* Simply are free–
Spiritual freedom is not freedom from pain/suffering, does not guarantee happiness, but is freedom’ SELF ‘ that craves happiness and abhors suffering.
It is having to do anything(nothing) about, then even death can have no sting.

…To Be Spiritual?

“its so hard to meet a spiritual person”,“ He, a great guy, but he is just not that spiritual.”

….. just pure spirituality……???????

Spirituality is an alleged immaterial reality; path enabling persons to discover the soul(essence of  being). Connection to true and divine nature, surrendering completely to the present moment and just being…is spirituality.

Test your *spirituality* quotient….

am living my soul’s purpose, true heart’s aligned with ‘who I am’.

believe in a higher power connecting and uniting all nature and living beings.

engage in spiritual practices to strengthen connection to soul, Divine Source, and nature.

feel inter- connected to all living things, beings and that we are one.

forgive, accept, move on and allow things to flow…no resentment.

am a mysterious creation beyond mental comprehension and respect that divinity

every moment is a gift and blessing and am grateful for it.

death is normal, a part of living, that happens…nothing to fear, resist or be anxious about it.

* True to most of these, YES it is Probably an awareness of spiritual nature.

Being Connected To Spirituality…..

…A spiritual perspective brings more compassion and empathy for every living being….surrender to the higher force and allow things to flow, because of the trust, that everything is always unfolding for highest good.

Spiritual practices, meditation, prayer, yoga and contemplation develop inner life and connects to the knowledge/wisdom. It is experienced as a source of inspiration, an orientation in life.

Spiritually inclined appears as ?

Embodiment of a calm presence most of the time,

ever connected to an immaterial reality,

beyond physical realm,

true in heart, is honest and authentic, lives life’s purpose and

feels very passionate and joyful for the most part in all aspects of life, knows all things will pass, that nature is to die, be born…

…thus appreciating the ‘Self’, ‘every moment as a sacred gift from the divine source’.

Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free.”

Swami Vivekananda

The best period of life

period of life

Old age is the best period of life . The comfport level, physical as well as mental, relationships , equanimity, everything else, surpass the earlier experiences, and I often sing in my mind Browning’s lines:

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand,
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half, trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
(Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning)

This is my perception at 72, what it will be tomorrow I don’t care though I am well equipped and prepared to take everything head on .

Being Self

Being Self is the highest state of human evolution. Most people walk through this world incognito , so much so that even they themselves can’t recognise themselves. They foolishly continue to ape others, one after the other. They keep putting on one personality after the other without being at ease or comfort. They are so much puzzled and confused by the outer world panorama that the thought of turning inward to find the true SELF never crosses their mind. The end result is life wasted in line with many lives lost earlier. No wonder the whole world is dominated by the highly dissatisfied, disappointed and frustrated persons. Once one turns inward, the course and destination of the worldly journey changes and life becomes simple and purposeful.

Expectations

breeding expectations

The greatest cause of unease , discomfort and pain in the life of an individual is the breeding of expectations . Knowingly or unknowingly we keep on raising the mound of expectations within us. The fulfilment of these expectations invariably depends on outside forces beyond our control. The failure of expectations disturbs us and spoils our relationship with the outer world.

People live two lives simultaneously Inner and Outer. We are the masters of the Inner World and everything works very well in the imaginary world of our fancies because there is no opposition from anybody or any outside force/source. The castles built in the Inner World appear to be very sound and impenetrable but as soon as we try to give a physical shape to our air-borne castles in the outside world they collapse and crumble like a pack of cards. Most of these castles are based on expectations from the outer world, which we wrongly take for granted, and which rarely come forth. Hence , in order to be comfortable one can decide to live in the Inner World of his own creation or be ready to face the failures of the outside physical world , which are inevitable.

Divine Soul

There is only one soul that runs through the entire universe. Every individual human being and object is revealed by the energy and light of this Divine Soul. Atma is not different from Parmatma. There is no duality in this universe. There is only ONENESS and Unity.
Though this Divine Soul has no name nor does it conform to any sectarian religion, in today’s context this Divine Soul can be called NANAK SHAKTI because the latest revelation and manifestation of this Divine Soul was through Guru Nanak and the other nine Sikh Gurus.

ATMA is not different from PARMATMA
Nor is it a part of the WHOLE
Both are one and the same element
Each nonexistent alone.

Remember, if you can’t do without God
God can’t do without you
He needs you as much as
You need HIM.

The relationship between man and God
is a pact of mutual interest
If man keeps God alive in himself
God won’t allow any harm to man.

All religions admit
That God was alone in the beginning
If He wanted to hurt or harm man
Why should HE have crated him at all?

God is not responsible for the hurts and harms
That come to man
In fact he invites trouble for himself
In experimenting the deviation from the assigned path.

Forgetfulness , Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Recently I happened to come across two cases of forgetfulness one aged 71 and the other 83. In the first case the loss of memory is partial, mainly recent memory , owing to paralytic attack, and the man is leading a near normal life with very little help and care taking from the members of joint family. In the other case the loss of memory is of higher degree though not complete and the man is living with his wife and is dependent on her for most of his chores and personal needs. In both the cases the family members have provided a highly sympathetic and protective umbrella in order to give a sense of security and belongingness to the persons concerned. The first man was a businessman earlier and the second was a college teacher, a highly evolved and spiritually awakened saint during his heydays Since I am completing 72 this July, these two cases prompted me to study the subject in detail, of course on the net only, to see the road map of my future and prepare myself for the impending probability. I consider it my duty to share the results of my study with my age-mates in case they could benefit a little from the same.

The basic information about forgetfulness , dementia and Alzheimer’s is available in plenty on the net and I would not repeat the same. I would simply share my personal perception of the issue under consideration. The name Alzheimer’s (named after the German Physician , who described this disease) is the name of a disease (incurable and irreversible) leading to complete forgetfulness terminating into death not because of this disease but other external factors and infections. In the last stage of the disease the patient is completely dependent on care takers for all his basic needs including eating, drinking, washing and cleaning. No wonder, most patients have to seek refuge in private, social and other voluntary nursing homes.

The point to be noted is that all clinically symptomatic cases of Alzheimer’s are not in fact the precursors or forerunners of this progressive disease. Most symptoms are similar to the symptoms of age-related forgetfulness. As soon as these symptoms appear, it should be taken as a wake up call and preventive and defensive devices and lifestyle , including specific physical exercises, cognitive games , riddles and puzzles should be used for mental exercise to keep dementia away. These methods can be tried even in advanced cases of Alzheimer’s without any harm to the patient, with probable positive results showing a ray of hope where no hope exists. Too much sympathetic and protective attitude of the family members and care takers may not be of much use.

THE TRAVAILS OF OLD AGE

The old persons living in the company of pre-teen children live a very long and healthy life, both physically and mentally . Most of the physical and mental ailments of the old age result from the sense of being isolated, discarded and neglected. This problem is assuming alarming proportions in today’s disintegrated families. This sense does not crop up in the company of innocent and less knowledgable children, who themselves find the best companions in old persons for their prattle. Baby talk is the best tonic in old age. This mutually satisfying and beneficial company fills the empty slots in the life of children also, particularly where both the parents are working and are not in a position to give enough time to their children.
The old persons, particularly retired pensioners, who have no financial worries fare the worst in old age, more so if they don’t have anything to keep themselves occupied. Their urge to prattle becomes all time high and they find no takers for their so-called valuable words of experience and wisdom, which are spurned by the next generation as rumblings of an insane or mentally deranged person. They try to pour out all their knowledge of lifetime on the head of the first victim who becomes handy and that is why most of the old idlers and prattlers are avoided and bypassed resulting in extreme physical and mental pain to them.

Man, the best among creatures

 

” The Rishis considered man as the supreme being because man seems to be the only living creature in the universe who is independent for his rational conqests and is the sacred being which, through intellectual conviction, can gain a firm control over the emotions of the mind and apply this regulated and controlled energy for purposes of transcending psychological existence and thereby, peep into the boundless realms of bliss and beauty, love and perfection.””
By Swami Chinmayananda).

Prayer is an invocation

 

PRAYER 
_______ IT IS AN INVOCATION.
It is not a humble, meek and impotent beggary, for personal gains from some convinient mighty power which presides over the helpless destinies of devotees. It is not a submission. It is not done in the spirit of showing our hat around a crowd of Omnipotent Deities. On the other hand, Prayer, in its truest sense , is an attempt to invoke the mighty potentialities that are already in us through a process of mental integration.
My radio-set, is not, in any sense of the term , begging the BBC when it is perfectly tuned to BBC ! The BBC can not deny my drawing room atmosphere its news! Similarly the Supreme can not deny us if we are rightly tuning ourselves upto IT through the divine process of invocation. Invocation is the demand made by the head, prayer is a meek submission by the heart.

The power of Pranayam

GM My dear Divine friend;
Thank you soo much for your prayers.

In case of stroke, the neurologists advise their patients about physio therappy… without having (I would say) much knowledge of what actually, it is !!

We call it PRANAYAM. Prana is to be known as ‘life-energy’ with the mere touch of which dead matter become alive !!
So…, you can assume that I live in the Energy-body …. the material-body has been already transcended..

Thank you again.
A Prayer comes from the mental sheath, and therefore, it must be more powerful in its effect.

Here is something for you about prayer:


A prayer contains in it four types of thoughts and emotions.

They are Love, Adoration , Praise and Glorification.

It is essentially a funtion of the Heart.

Upanishads declare that we are not mere ineffectual , limited and fearful creatures but we have within ourselves a personality supremely omnipotent, Unlimited, Fearless and Godly.

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Going to post on fleeky…..something else on prayer.
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*** The HOLY BASIL ….…

 

 

Shri Tulasi Gayatri Mantra –

Om Tripuraya Vidmahaye Tulasi Patraya Dhimahi Tannoo Tulasi Prachodhayat

TULASI…”the central sectarian symbol of Hinduism”

………In Hindu mythology, Tulsi (“matchless”) is known as Vaishnavi (“belonging to Vishnu”), Vishnu Vallabha (“beloved of Vishnu”), Haripriya (“beloved of Vishnu”), Vishnu Tulsi, Shri-Tulsi (“fortunate Tulsi”); Rama-Tulsi (“bright Tulsi”); Shyama-Tulsi (“dark Tulsi”) or Krishna-Tulsi (“dark Tulsi”); The Devi Bhagavata Purana regards Tulsi as an manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and principle consort of Vishnu.
….Tulsi plant is regarded the holiest of all plants..grown in almost every Hindu house. A person who waters and cares for the Tulsi daily is believed to gain moksha (salvation) and the divine grace of Vishnu. It is customary to pray Tulsi and circumbulate it,chanting mantras with a lamp lit near it.
-“Tulsi Vivah” is performed between Prabodhini Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the eleventh or the twelfth lunar day. It is the ceremonial wedding of the Tulsi plant to Krishna.
-Tulsi is especially sacred in the worship of Vishnu and his forms Krishna and Vithoba and other deities. Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna before consuming.
-Tulsi malas are considered to be auspicious for the wearer and confer the protection of the deity. They are worn as a necklace or garland or held in the hand and used as a rosary.
-Besides praying the holy basil has medical values.
Tulsi (ocimum sanctum), which is often referred to as holy basil, is a potent herb that has been used in India for thousands of years to treat colds, coughs, and the flu. According to Ayurveda, holy basil promotes purity and lightness in the body, cleansing the respiratory tract of toxins, and relieving digestive gas and bloating. Holy basil leaves offer a rich source of essential oil, containing eugenol, nerol, camphor, and a variety of terpenes and flavonoids. The oil is a strong antiseptic against many kinds of disease-causing organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
… Immense benefits…..
 A potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties,
 Packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene controlling Blood Sugar,
 Powerful anti-oxidant component called Eugenol. To control BP,
 Maintain the normal levels of the stress hormone – cortisol in the body, the leaf also has powerful adaptogen properties as stress busters,
 Great diuretic and detoxifier curs Kidney Stones,
 Anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties for Breast Cancer,
 Powerful purifying properties….. hen eaten raw, it purifies the blood immunomodulatory (helps to modulate the immune system), antitussive (suppresses the cough center, reducing the amount of cough) and expectorant properties anti-bacterial and anti-fungal propertiescontains potent components like camphene, eugenol and cineole in its essential oils.
Anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory has pain relieving and decongestant properties.

Although basil is found on every continent, holy basil is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It is a bushy shrub that grows to about 18 inches in height. Its leaves are oval and serrated, with colors ranging from light green to dark purple, depending on the variety. In the wild, holy basil is an annual, but it can be kept as a perennial by trimming it before it forms seeds. The plant has delicate lavender-colored flowers, and its fruit consists of tiny rust-colored nuts.
Holy basil carries the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes, and generates a warming influence on the physiology.

* How to Use Holy Basil ?
Use holy basil freely in your cooking and in making freshly brewed tea. If you’re making tea, simply cover 2 teaspoons of fresh holy basil with 1 cup of boiling water, and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain the leaves before drinking.

To benefit from the health-promoting effects, nibble on a few leaves every day. If you’re taking holy basil for stress relief, try growing your own plant from seeds or cuttings.

You can also take holy basil in capsule or tablet form.

* How to Grow Your Own Holy Basil Plant ?
Place the seeds between warm, moist paper towels for a day, and then plant them a half-inch below the surface in rich potting soil.

A sprout will start to break through in 10 days. Once the plant reaches a height of about 12 inches,

1) pinch back any flowers to keep it from going to seed;

2) allow the plant to seed and start a new generation.

Holy basil prefers full sunlight and plenty of water.

Don’t wait, grab the seeds…PLANT YOUR OWN; T-U-L-A-S-I

 


 

Narrow/broad minded

No one suffers due to ‘ BROAD MINDEDNESS ‘. All suffering are mainly due to NARROW MINDED attitude which not only restrains good expend of ENERGY and thus affects the growth, but it also involves increase in DEPENDENCE.

Pseudo spirituality

PSEUDO-SPIRITUALISM: Trying to create a beneficial status by quickly giving any reasoning .. is matching to PSEUDO-SPIRITUALISM. e.g. : Some people while in India they support any conservative political party; But while they go to America (US), there they support liberal party there. Please share your view here.