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 ;
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
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…
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
(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…
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
Awe of Heart?
Ta Ra U E
Union with Divine Light...
“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)
*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.
Om Kaalikayai vidmaha, Smasavasinyai deemahi, Tanno ghora praochadhayat
OM Taraayai vidmaha, Ugrataarayai deemahi Tanoo Devi Praochadhayat
Sarvamohiniyai vidmahe, vishwa Jananayai deemahi Thannah Sakthi praochadhayat.
Aim Sukapriyayai, klim Kameswaryai deemahi Thannah Shyama praochadhayat
Kathyayanaya vidmahe, Kanyakumari deemahi Tanoo Drugai Praochadhayat
……Let the Grace of Dasha – Mahavidyas ever flow on to Us…
SARVAM SUKHINO BHAVANTHU
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
? ?Mmmmm…. is the most essential task. It depends on ‘what/how one is thinking’.
Positive thinking is always good brings in good thoughts…
Nnno! Negativ?e ?, stop ✋.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny”
Thinking something beyond a certain point, is over thinking!
… People see thinking as being an end in itself – we think…. that’s what ‘we humans do’.
It truly is unavoidable. .
– To think is to exist –
“I think. Therefore, I am.” . Descartes
? Now, here’s the catch….
… these thoughts often trigger emotions(???????), and the mind gets stuck in short loops, making circles around problems.
* Ever wondered why people say that ignorance is bliss??
…. Because if you can’t think, there is no problems attached, and no worry – it’s the thinking that hurts…..
There is always something mindful of or that the mind is or sometimes not……
* What is mindfulness?
The entire experience is filtered through the lens of thought, which is a type of experience, a pale reflection of the experience gained through various senses.
mindfulness really is… just mind being aware of mind — watching where mind goes in the present moment.
… . Every thought comes and goes of itself.
… Is mindfulness necessary?
well, It’s just like typing this message… Not being mindful of a single key press, as typing, is been done without looking, seeing at the keyboard, not at all mindful but only ever mindful of typing when need to type on a new keyboard and re-learn the spacing of the keys. ?Being mindful means paying attention and concentrating on the here and now. ? It’s not about doing. It’s about being.
Were YOU aware while reading this, (how many inhalations or exhalations) ?
…. You were breathing, probably not being mindful of your breathing.
* May not have been mindful of the key typing, but mindful of the sentence… Means most definitely here and now in the moment ‘happening’ .
* Is that not mindfulness?
…. the confusion here is in the misunderstanding between thinking about something, and being mindful or aware of something. It is definitely thinking about something without being mindful.
…. Contemplate…. ? thinking about what was being typed, the message to send ? but wasn’t being mindful of what was typed. ? Mindfulness stays in the present moment, where as thinking drifts between past and future. ? While (I am) typing, (I am) thinking about the next word, not being mindful of the current word. Mindfulness is a state where ‘you are’ present in ‘your’ current activity. It’s having control of your mind and preventing it from wandering around without direction. It’s keeping your focus on the moment at hand. ….. “Mindlessness” is being busy with yourself with some free time; instead of choosing to engage in some social and/or mental activity, or meditate in a mindful way, . So what is mindfulness anyway? It’s not the specific things that happen during meditation practice.. It’s better if the concept of “you” does not figure strongly in this process. It is something that happens during the ‘gap’, the transfer from one focus of attention to another: a momentary open state…. ???? The truth is…. understanding it…
…. Nothing at all. .?
Soul, Atma/Jeeva; different from body/mind/intellect;
Body perishes, you do not because there is no entity in the universe that can destroy you.
How do I know that I am different from BMI? (body, mind, intellect) Its just all a chemical reaction?
Very simple! ?
The body and thoughts have changed since your birth regularly. So you are different from It.
The consciousness is
* You *
-This’ I ‘ is questioning right now and reading this article and knows that ‘I’ exists. -This ‘I’ is the one who is currently keen to explore who this ‘I’ is. -After a deep sleep, Well, we say …I had a good sleep. Contemplate….. Say, someone slaps you(Praises, appreciates, insults etc..) neurons stimulate desired reaction – ..feelings of pain, happiness, peace etc….
But ‘who’ feels these?
The very fact that something is felt implies ‘someone’ is feeling. Obviously an electron, proton, neutron, a hydrogen atom, water molecule, whatever cannot be ‘I’ that feels. This ‘I’ that feels and decides is the soul within the body – our true self. It, NOT Being a physical entity, cannot be affected by physical things. soul is indestructible… – The Soul is free to decide its actions, but is dependent on Ishwara to face the fruits of its actions. The cumulative of all choices that is exercised each moment since Anaadi Kaal (beginninglessness) up to this moment across various lives and deaths decide our present ‘fruits of actions‘. These ‘fruits of actions’ are such that they are the best possible fruits to have to reach complete bliss in MOST optimal manner. The soul obtains the capability to act, faces the ‘fruits of actions’. Interesting… – When someone murders another person with sword, punishment is accorded to the murderer and not to the maker of sword, the seller of sword or the miner who extracted iron from earth because only the murderer is responsible for the crime. Similarly, Ishwar does not face ‘fruits of actions’ nor can be held responsible for good or bad act of the soul. – The soul and Ishwar are conscious (Chetan) pure. Both are immortal, unborn and undying. Ishwar is the creator, manager, destroyer of universe with infinite knowledge, powers, bliss… The Soul(Nyaya Sutra,1.1.10) is characterised by Desire to obtain something (Ichha), Repel from something (Dwesha), Will to put efforts (Prayatna), Feel happiness (Sukha), Feel sorrow (Dukha), Have knowledge (Jnana)… – Does the Soul fill entire body? Soul is like a point in space and is limited in knowledge. – So, Ishwar is both within and outside the soul? But how can another object be where an object is already existing? Hence Ishwar cannot exist where soul exists…may be close to each other… * Ishwar resides within each soul, each point in the world…relation of pervader-pervaded. Do soul and Ishwar ever unite as One or always stay separate? Soul and Ishwar are never separate as Ishwar pervades within and outside soul. But that does not mean soul becomes Ishwar ever. However when soul burns all seeds of ignorance, it acts completely in sync with Ishwar; becomes Ishwara-oriented – state of ultimate bliss or Mukti. what to do in this life? What is its purpose…to achieve Mukti through right actions. How to know what are right actions? Right actions are those actions which are as per Dharma. Dharma is NOT religion. Dharma means natural traits. Dharma of fire is to burn, of water is to be wet… Similarly natural traits/Dharma is there for souls, due to ignorance, this understanding and acting according to Dharma is forgotten. An inner voice always keeps guiding, following it, rest of the things fall in line automatically.
“One who does not put noble efforts tirelessly and relentlessly cannot achieve prosperity and glory. A lazy person who only thinks but does not do anything significant, gets destroyed due to this greatest sin. Ishwar helps only him who puts the best efforts. Look at sun, it never stops and keeps moving.
Hence keep walking, keep walking, ??? ?…
one; luuuuv eternal! ….?
***“Empty Chabmber”.,,,,,, being destitute of knowledge’ (Mahabaratha)
Sulabha saintly, was adept in Yoga. She heard that King Janka was devoted to the ‘religion of Emancipation’ and was immensely desirous of ascertaining whether it was genuine.
Read on… ….Yudhishthira said:
Without abandoning the domestic mode of life, O royal sage of Kuru’s race, who attained to Emancipation which is the annihilation of the Understanding ? How may the gross and the subtle form be cast off?
* Tell me, what the supreme excellence of Emancipation is?
….Bhishma cited the old narrative…
… the discourse between Janaka and Sulabha. O Bharata! In days of yore there was a king of Mithila, Janaka. He was devoted to the practices of the religion of Renunciation, well conversant with the Vedas, scriptures on Emancipation, and with the scriptures bearing on his own duty as a king. Subjugating his senses, he ruled his kingdom. Men, desired to imitate him. In the same Satya Yuga, a woman. Sulabha, a mendicant desired to test King Janaka. Abandoning, by her Yoga powers, her former form and features, Sulabha assumed the most faultless features and unrivalled beauty and arrived at the chief city of Mithila . The monarch, beholding her delicate form, became filled with wonder and enquired who she was, whose she was, and when she came. He Welcomed her, assigned her an excellent seat, honoured her by offering water to wash her feet, and gratified her with excellent refreshments. Refreshed duly and gratified with hospitality offered, Sulabha wanted the King to declare himself in respect of his adherence to the religion of Emancipation. Doubting Janaka’s attainment of the religion of Nivritti (renunciation), Sulabha, with Yoga-power, entered the understanding (intellect) of the king by her own understanding and bound up Janaka with Yogic bonds.(sanchodayishyanti’ questioning internally or by Yogic power) *** The Dialogue… Janaka : O holy lady, to what course of conduct art thou devoted? Whose art thou? Whence hast thou come? No one can without questioning, ascertain another’s acquaintance with the scriptures, or age, or order of birth. Therefore, answer these questions. Know that I am truly freed from all vanity. I wish to know you thoroughly. You are deserving and I respect you and none else can discourse on that topic. I will tell you from whom I acquired this distinguishing knowledge. I am the beloved disciple of the high-souled and venerable Panchasikha, belonging to the mendicant order, of Parsara’s race. My doubts have been dispelled and am fully conversant with the Sankhya and the Yoga systems constituting the well-known paths of Emancipation. That foremost of Sankhyas discoursed to me were on the several kinds of means for attaining to Emancipation. He did not, however, command me to give up my kingdom. Freed from attachments, and fixing my soul on Supreme Brahman, and unmoved by companionship, I lived, practising Emancipation. Renunciation is the highest means prescribed for Emancipation leading to freedom. Through knowledge of Self one transcends joy and grief. That enables one to transcend death and attain to high success. That high intelligence has been acquired by me, and accordingly I have transcended all pairs of opposites….transcended all attachments. By the instruction of the holy Panchasikha no fruit in the form of attachment to the object of the senses is formed. I never experience love for any spouse or hate for my foes. Indeed, I keep aloof from both, beholding the fruitlessness of attachment and wrath…freed from attachments though ruling a kingdom. Emancipation is through knowledge alone, whether one is indigent or affluent. For these reasons, know that I am living in a condition of freedom, though ostensibly engaged in the enjoyments of religion, wealth and pleasure, in the form of kingdom and spouses. O lady! what transgression? thy having entered into my gross body with the aid of thy understanding. Evil thou hast done, for it produces an unnatural union of two opposite modes of life. By endeavouring to display thy superiority, the indication of a wicked woman is seen in thee. Desirous of asserting thy victory upon me thou desirest to humiliate. ….Bhishma continued telling Yudhishtra: Though rebuked by the king in these unpleasant, improper, and ill-applied words, Sulabha was not at all disturbed. Beautiful Sulabha spoke Sulabha: O king, speech ought always to be free from the nine verbal and judgemental faults. It should set forth the meaning and possess well-known merits. …Science of Speech When knowledge rests on distinction in consequence of the object to be known being different from one another, the combination of words is said to be vitiated by ambiguity. By ascertainment is meant the establishment, by elimination, of faults or merits is by adopting tentative meanings. The conduct, O king, that one pursues in matters is called Prayojanam. These characteristics of Ambiguity occurring together, constitute complete and intelligible sentence…Pratijna, Hetu, Udaharana, Upanaya, and Nigamana. The words I shall utter will be fraught with sense, free ambiguity, logical, free from tautology, smooth, certain, free from bombast, agreeable or sweet, truthful, inconsistent with the aggregate of the three…Righteousness, Wealth, and Pleasure, refined not imperfect, destitute of harsh or difficulty of comprehension, characterized by due order, not far fetched corrected with one another as cause and effect and each having a specific object. It shall not be prompted by desire,wrath,fear,abjectness,deceit, shame,compassion or pride. When the speaker, hearer, and words said, thoroughly agree in course of a speech,the meaning becomes clear. …The Thirty Principles Thou hast asked me who I am, whose I am, whence I am coming etc. Listen to me, O king, with undivided mind, as I answer these questions. As Lac and wood, as grains of dust and drops of water, exist commingled when brought together, so are the existences of all creatures. Sound, touch, taste, form and scent, these and the senses, though diverse in respect of their essences, exist yet in a state of co-mingling like Lac and wood. It is again well known that nobody asks any of these, saying, who are You? Each of them also has no knowledge either of itself or of the others. The eye cannot see itself. The ear cannot hear itself. The mind is an entity other than the senses and is regarded to have an action of its own. With the five senses of knowledge and five senses of action, and the mind makes a total of eleven. The twelfth is the understanding. When doubt arises in respect of what is to be known, the Understanding comes forward and settles all doubts. Satttwa, the thirteenth help, creatures to distinguish. Next, the Consciousness (of self). Desire is the fifteenth principle, O king. Unto it is inherent the whole universe. The sixteenth principle is Avidya (ignorance). Seventeenth and the eighteenth principles are called Prakriti and Vyakti (i.e., Maya and Prakasa). Happiness and sorrow, decrepitude and death, acquisition and loss, the agreeable and the disagreeable- these constitute the nineteenth principle and are called couples of opposites. Beyond these, is Time, the twentieth. Know that the births and death of all creatures are due to the action of this twentieth principle. These twenty exist together. That in which these ten and twenty principles occur is said to be body. That Prakriti which is Unmanifest, becomes manifest in the form of these principles. Myself, thyself, O monarch, and all others that are endued with body are the result of that Prakriti. …As thou seest not an identity with thyself and others, why then did thou ask me who I am and whose? If it is true, that O king! You have been freed from the knowledge of duality that erroneously says-this is mine and this other is not mine- then what use is there with such questions as Who art thou, whose art thou and whence dost thou come? What indications of Emancipation can be said to occur in You. You are Unworthy on your pretence of Emancipation, as you have so many faults. Listen to the minutest sources of attachment pertaining to the four well known acts-sleeping, enjoyment, eating, and dressing. That man who has to rule the whole world must indeed, be a single king, obliged to live in a single palace, having one sleeping chamber with one bed on which at night he is to lie down. Half that bed again he is obliged to give to his Queen consort….How little the king’s share is of all he is said to own! Same is the case with his objects of enjoyment, with the food he eats, and with the robes he wears,administration of his kingdom with dependence, fear and anxiety of maintaining peace as a ruler etc… . He is thus attached to a very limited share of all things. His Sovereignty, is blessed with an exceedingly small share of happiness and the misery is very great. I think that thou hast not listened to the scriptures, or, thou hast listened to them without any advantage, or, perhaps, thou hast listened to some other treatises looking like the scriptures. It seems that thou art possessed only of worldly knowledge, and that like an ordinary man of the world thou art bound by the bonds of touch and spouses and mansions and the like. If it be true that thou hast been emancipated from all bonds, what harm have I done thee by entering thy person with only an intellect? …O king of Mithila, I am staying in thee without touching thee at all even like a drop of water on a lotus leaf that stays on it without drenching it in the least. thy knowledge has been abstracted from the sensual objects to which it relates? Thou hast, it is plain, fallen off from the domestic mode of life but thou hast not yet attained to Emancipation that is so difficult to arrive at. The contact of one that is emancipated with another that has been so, or Purusha with Prakriti, cannot lead to an intermingling. Soul is identical with the body. My body is different from thine. But my soul is not different from thy soul that I am able to realize… A pot is borne in the hand. In the pot is milk. On the milk is a fly. Though the hand and pot, the pot and milk, and the milk and the fly exist together, yet are they all distinct from each other. The pot does not partake the nature of the milk. Nor does the milk partake the nature of the fly. The condition of each is dependent on itself, and can never be altered by the condition of that other with which it may temporarily exist. After this manner, colour and practices, though they may exist together with and in a person that is emancipated, do not really attach to him. How then can an intermingling of orders be possible..unnatural union ? …I am an observant of the practices of asceticism. I practise no hypocrisy in the matter of the life of renunciation. I am not a confuser of the practices belonging to the different orders. I am firm in the practices that belong to that mode of life to which I properly belong. I am firm and steady in my vows. I never utter any word without reflecting on its propriety. O monarch! Having heard that thy understanding has been purified by the religion of Emancipation, I came here from desire of some benefit. Impelled by sincerity, the emancipated never indulges in that intellectual gladiatorship which is implied by a dialectical disputation for the sake of victory but devotes himself to Brahma, that sole seat of tranquillity. As mendicant resides for only one night in an empty house and leaves, in the same manner I shall reside for this one night in thy person which, as I have already said, is like an empty chamber, being destitute of knowledge. Thou hast honoured me with both speech and other offers that are due from a host to a guest. Having slept this one night in thy person, O ruler of Mithila, which is as it were my own chamber now, tomorrow I shall depart. Bhishma continued: Hearing these words fraught with excellent sense and reason, King Janaka failed to return any answer to the learned mendicant. …..? ? ? * link https://www.facebook.com/groups/300028970340088/ ? ?Namo Bhagavate vasudevaaya _()_ Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1805219673043633/
…..?Chidambaram is one of the most ancient temple in India located in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.
Lord Shiva in his manifestation of formlessness is worshipped in Chidambaram.
…..Chidambara Rahasyam …….’Chit’ means consciousness and ‘Ambaram’ means ‘Sky’ derived from ‘Aakaasam’ or ‘Aaakayam’ i.e…. ‘Sky of Consciousness’.
…….The RHASYAM…SECRET….There is a curtain is found within the sanctum sanctorum, the drawing of which reveals an empty space with streams of golden bilva leaves hung to indicate the presence of the Lord. The Lord is said to continuously dance in a state of eternal bliss “Aananda thaandava”, with his consort Sakthi or energy called Sivagami. The exterior part of the curtain which is black indicates the ignorance of man while the interior part of it in red, symbolises wisdom and bliss. The empty space within exposes the worship of the Lord in His formless state. The curtain is drawn during the daily rituals for the worship of the formless Lord, the realization of which is liberation or Mukti….a belief of worship…… the divine to the bareness of nothingness. So Chidambara Rahasyam is the journey from ignorance to wisdom and ultimately to liberation
Chidambaram is Akasha Ksehtra of the Pancha Bootha Kshetras. The Swami Akasha Linga is invisible and has to be visualised as the lord by his golden vilva Pathara.
GOD FIRST, THE WORLD NEXT, YOURSELF LAST.
“saha nau avatu” – Let us be protected together( total surrender to the Supreme)
“saha nau bhunaktu” –Let us enjoy together.(Be engaged in works for Me, Have Me as your refuge and so on; then you shall reach Me.)
“mad-bhaktas-sanga-varjitaH; nirvairas-sarva-bhUteshhu …”(Be My devotee; Be clear of all attachments; Have no hate of any being.)
“saha vIryaM karavAvahai”. (Let us share our power together, Let us work together…Working one’s svadharma without any self-interest.)
“tejasvina-avadhItamastu”. (Let our experience be bright.)
Finally “mA vidvishAvahai” (Let us not hate.)
’Earn well. Enjoy heartily, all the good things of life…within the framework of Dharma (righteousness)’ .
..(Ancient Rishis (sages) i.e. the ashrama system.)
Each individual is required to pass through four Ashramas, stages of life:
• Brahmacharya, • Grahasthya, • Vanaprastha and • Sannyasa.
-Acquiring knowledge both secular,spiritual and self-control are the primary objectives in Brahmacharya. -In Grahasthya, permission to earn and enjoy legitimate pleasures of life, following Dharma and practice Dana (giving gifts) to deserving persons.
-Towards old age, the body still strong, retirement and spending in contemplation on God- Vanaprastha.
Kalidasa calls them muni, observing silence. Talk less, hear more, render service as duty with a smile.
-Sannyasa...Total abjuration of the desires of the flesh, striving for Moksha with single-mindeld devotion.
*Why the Ashrama System ?
Stages of life, is to achieve specific goal, prepare for the next...finally reach the state of self- realisation.
The concept Purusharthas, is a unique contribution.
Dharma, the source of origin for evolution of human values, Affluence (artha) and desires (Kama) provides basic support for worldly enjoyment and Moksha, self-realisation by getting rid of bondages.
Modern life? all systems broken down, fears, frustration, lost direction, bondages...commitments etc... . So Then What? be self-dependent, take adequate care of health, mentally get prepared with wisdom in behaviour, approach and action....become aware of the purpose of life...liberation. Moksha (salvation) is the ultimate goal of life. Moksha is a state of desirelessness.
’What for?’ for ’divine harmony’, comprehending inner meaning towards bliss...our true nature.
Today, a visible dearth of dedicated individuals willing to come forth, serve is quite a few , there is hardly any time left to repay the sacred debt.
* Time is to be devoted to any social service..It encompasses a sense of joy, Peace...
Let us strive to bring back the ancient Vedic understanding of the stages of life in its true essence.