Sunday, August 14, 2016

My DSN experience

DSN has profound secrets on how to break one's very own personal barriers. And become free from limitations of mind. This is no easy task and requires you be 100% into it.

For myself, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and explore being a leader, which I always avoided in past.  The course presented situations where I could  opt for leadership role that required me to be very open contrary to my nature.  At first, I wasn't ready and all my fears, past habits weighed down upon me. But eventually I overcame such barriers. The course is designed to make sure everyone navigates their barriers (whatever it is) and emerges out successful. 

The course infuses you with lot of energy. Enabling you to be bold and confident. Like saying yes to things you are most afraid to, but want to do. Developing that inner iron strength to be okay with the uncomfortable. Removing all analysis-paralysis feverishness (not listening to the no mind). Helping you become aware of your own resistance to change that you want. And when you become aware of it, transformation happens. It's very subtle. 

The course taught me to take action with pure intent for whatever I want above anything else. And then go with it. And the hardest part to learn is to ignore the no mind (all which tells you it can't be done, can never be done, how can it happen). And many participants realized to their own amazement what wonderful goals they could achieve when equipped with such knowledge. 

So one may think this knowledge is sufficient. But all of it happens with Guruji grace throughout the course who makes sure you have exactly the right things happening for you at every step. So that you get it in you, not just mentally understand it.

Besides directly overcoming my own barrier, there was a indirect transformation in me by observing all others expressing their personal barriers and experiencing great transformations. It was truly overwhelming. This surely led to multi-fold transformation in everyone who participated.

I believe the course is sure to wake up and ignite anyone who participates. There is a lot of potential within us, just lying below the surface to help us reach any goal we want, create anything we wish!

JGD

Monday, September 28, 2015

Divya Samaj Nirman (DSN) : Art of Living

Attended 4 day DSN course, and it was amazing!


DSN is a very unique course at Art of Living. It pulls you put of where ever you may be stuck navigating this complex life, and self-created barriers. And empowers you from within to conquer fears, inhibitions, and take action in the present moment, right now. You drop everything and become like a child again with no fear, no inhibitions.  And jump into doing something now (DSN).

Our nature:

Our fundamental nature is to expand. More money, more power, more fame, more this, more that. We feel contracted in our current state. We want to expand from it to something bigger. This expansion brings us closer to our true nature and we feel good, at home when we are expanding.

Responsibility:

We usually don't take responsibility because of:

1. Fear of failure.
2. Habit of being in the comfort zone.
3. Even if we overcome #1, #2 we don't know our own capacity if we can do it.

However taking responsibility magically expands, and stretches us.  Power and valor follow responsibility. One expands in proportion of responsibility one takes. Bringing one closer to his/her true nature.

So the wise man follow the path of more responsibility.

And we have infinite capacity to take on.  That we are unaware of.

Ironically the bigger the responsibility gets, the more the effortlessness happens. Instead of being limited to 1 thing, you can expand to doing 10 things. So if 1 thing is stuck, you can go do something else. And it is likely that while you are doing something else that 1 thing that was stuck resolves itself (bringing effortlessness from divinity). Whereas if you are only doing 1 thing, you will be 100% stuck even with 100% effort.


Mind Play:

There is subtle YES and NO mind, when faced with a real world challenge.

The YES mind, or all inclusive consciousness accepts everything and ends all conflicts. It calls for expanding and stretching you to meet whatever challenge there is.  Bringing PEACE, and dropping all barriers. When you Just start doing it with YES mind the whole universe/divinity welcomes and supports your action.

The NO mind is start of conflict, self-doubts, self-barriers. It makes you small,  contracted. Prevents you from taking action.  So observe this, and stop this from taking over.

Action:

We should be like a LION in taking an action without any doubts, fears at all. With 100% of oneself into it. Then the universe starts doing it for us. Melting down the barriers, making the impossible possible.

There should be no feverishness in taking action.

Take the action with full confidence. The confidence behind action is more important than anything else that is needed for it to happen.

The occurrence of odds during a taken action only signal lack of purity (doubts, conflicts) in intention or attention in the action. 100% of one's intention and attention is all that is needed, coupled with full confidence.


Defensive Consciousness:

Whenever we have failed at something we should avoid going into defensive consciousness. It's makes us small, taking our prana down. Falsely makes others or situations more powerful than us.

We should rather accept what is. Take full responsibility of it. In doing so we keep the prana high, and it helps us stretch and expand.

Commitment:

There is lot of energy with us and commitment gives direction to that energy which otherwise would be randomly dissipated. Just like lot of water can just go nowhere, or it can become a river.

Commitment is everywhere. In a family husband and wife are committed to each other. As parents they are committed to their kids. The kids are committed to education, to their parents. Eduction is committed to having a better society. And so on...

Commitment forms a solid structure to make big things happen, allowing divinity to come help us in form our hidden talents, dormant energies that rise up in face of challenges, obstacles when we are committed to make something happen.

The Law of Nature:

Nature/Divinity supports you in your responsibility. The more you take, the more it gives. Its the law. And more will come only if you take on more. Not if you don't.


Total Surrender:

Surrender is realizing that great things happen not because of your effort. But when we totally completely surrender to the divine.

In total surrender we acknowledge that we can only do so much with our small minds, and then let the divinity take care of the rest.

And we gotta surrender it all, the good, the bad everything that we have. Offer it back to divinity.

Seva:

Our existence is not useful if we don't do Seva.

Seva is true seva only if nothing is expected in return. Nothing at all.

If seva is done as part of an organization then it is even more impactful, more powerful. As one's seva can build on top or in collaboration of others seva.



Five Fires:

There 5 fires driven by:

Hunger
Desire, Obsession, Lust
Social criticism by others.
Knowledge
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Tools:

When in doubt or in face of challenges do the follow things:

1. Extra Sadhna,
2. Ashtavakra Gita
3. Prayer with complete Surrender.
4. OM Namah Shivaya
5. Get into ACTION







Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meditation


Source: http://templeofinnerwisdom.org/philosophy-3/meditation/

Meditation means ‘Silencing the Mind’.
It is about ‘Emptying the Mind’ of all thoughts, wanted or unwanted..!
Meditation means being aware of the present and of oneself at every moment.
The ancient practice of quietening and calming the “thinking” mind is Meditation.Meditation is a state. Not a process.It is a state of being in touch with one’s own divinity.


Meditation on Breath trains us to be aware of the present moment with each inhale and exhale of our breath. Everyone can experience the benefits of Meditation irrespective of whether they have attempted it before or not. It teaches us to “Watch the Breath” with full awareness. Daily meditation energizes us through the ‘Prana’ or Life force that we are inhaling. We notice the melting away of mental and emotional toxins, thus enabling us to tap into higher levels of energy fields and consciousness. Internally, as a man begins this practice, he experiences changes such as greater focus, creativity, self-awareness and a peaceful and calm frame of mind and ultimately leading to the Awakening.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ten Mental Perfections (Buddha)


The 10 Mental Perfections (paramis = paramitas) are:


1: Generosity (Dāna) 
2: Morality (Sīla)
3: Withdrawal (Nekkhamma) 
4: Understanding (Pañña)
5: Enthusiastic Energy (Viriya)
6: Patient Forbearance (Khanti)
7: Honesty & Truthfulness (Sacca)
8: Resolute Determination (Adhitthāna)
9: Kind Friendliness (Mettā)
10: Imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkhā)

Source: http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/The_Ten_Perfections.htm

Determination (Buddha)

Only determination can completely fulfill the other mental perfections!
Its characteristic is an unwavering decision, its function is to overcome
hesitation, and its manifestation is unfaltering persistence in this task...!
The proximate cause of determination is strong willpower to succeed!
Only the power of resolute determination lifts any praxis to perfection...


When the Future Buddha placed his back against the trunk of The Bodhi
Tree, he right there made this mighty decision: 

"Let just the blood and flesh of this body dry up and let the skin & sinews
fall from the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained that
absolutely supreme Enlightenment!" So determined did he invincibly seat
himself, from which not even 100 earthquakes could make him waver. 

Whose mind is like a rock, determined, unwavering, immovable,
without a trace of lust of urging towards all the attractions,
without a trace of aversion of pushing away all the repulsive,
from what, can such a refined mind ever suffer?

Source: http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Determination_Determines.htm



Determination is the Door (Osho)


One and only one moment of determination, of sankalpa, of complete determination is enough, whereas a whole life without it is nothing. Remember it is not time but determination that is the important thing. The achievements of the world are accomplished in the realm of time and those of truth in the realm of determination. Sankalpa, determination, must live in your sadhana.

So what shall I say to you today? We shall be separating tonight and I see that your hearts are already heavy at the prospect. It has only been five days since we all came together here in this lonely spot. Who thought of departure then?

But don't forget that parting is inherent in coming together. They are two sides of the same coin.
Although they appear to be different they always go together. Because they show up separately and on different occasions we are deluded into the false belief that they are not connected. But if you go a little deeper you will find that meeting is itself a parting, that happiness is also grief and that even birth itself is death. Indeed there is hardly any difference between coming and going - or rather, there is no difference at all. It is the same in life. You have hardly come when the process of going begins, and what appears to our minds to be staying on is merely a preparation for leaving.

Really, what is the distance between birth and death? The distance between them can be endless. If life, if this distance between birth and death, becomes a pursuit for self-realization, this distance can have no end to it at all. If life becomes a sadhana, a journey to self-realization, death can become moksha, liberation. While there is not much distance between birth and death, the span between moksha and death is infinite. That distance is as great as the one between body and soul, between a dream and the truth. That distance is much greater than all other distances put together. 
No two points are greater apart than moksha and death.

The illusion that "I am the body" is death; the realization that "I am the soul" is liberation, salvation, moksha. And your life is an opportunity for the realization of truth. If this opportunity for the realization of truth. If this opportunity is used properly and not wasted in vain, the distance between birth and death becomes infinite.

As well, there can be a great distance between your coming here and your departure - a tremendous distance, in just the few days we have spent here. Isn't it possible you will not be the same when you return as when you came? Isn't it possible you may return as entirely new and changed people?

If you want it, this revolution or transformation can take place in a moment. Five days are too many.

If even five previous births have been too few, why talk of five days? Just one moment of will, of complete determination is enough. A whole life without determination is nothing.

Remember that determination and time are the important things. The achievements of the world are made in time; those of truth, in determination. It is the intensity of sankalpa, of determination, that gives a fathomless depth and an infinite expanse to a moment. As a matter of fact, in the intensity of sankalpa time ceases to exist and only eternity remains.

Determination is the door to liberate you from time and unite you with eternity. let your determination be deep and intense. Let it pervade your every breath. Let it be in your memory, asleep or awake.

Only through it can a new birth take place, a birth which knows no death. This is real birth. There is a birth, the birth of the physical body, that inevitably ends in death but I deo not call this real birth.

How can something that ends in death be the beginning of life?

But there is another birth that does not end in death. It is the real birth. Its fulfillment is in immortality. It was for this birth I invited you here, and to this birth I have been calling you for the past few days. We gathered here for that very birth. But merely coming together here is of no value. If you become whole, if you become one and call from the thirst of your own being, then the determination of your entire being will take you into the presence of truth. The truth is very near but you need determination, you need will to approach it. The thirst for truth is there in you but determination is necessary as well. This thirst becomes a sadhana only when it goes hand-in-hand with determination.

What does "determination" mean?

A man once asked a fakir the way to attain God. The fakir looked into his eyes and saw thirst. The fakir was on his way to the river so he asked the man to accompany him and promised to show him the way to attain God after they'd bathed.

They arrived at the river, as soon as the man plunged into the water the fakir grabbed the man's head and pushed it down into the water with great force. The man began to struggle to free himself from the fakir's grip. his life was in danger. He was much weaker than the fakir but his latent strength gradually began to stir and soon it became impossible for the fakir to hold him down. The man pushed himself to the limit and was eventually able to get out of the river. He was shocked. The fakir was laughing loudly and he could not understand his behavior.
After the man had calmed down the fakir asked him, "when you were under the water what desires did you have in your mind?" The man replied, "Desires! there weren't desires, there was just one desire - to get a breath of air." the fakir said, "This is the secret of attaining God. This is determination. And your determination awakened all your latent powers."

In a real moment of intense determination great strength is generated - and a man can leave the world and enter truth. By determination alone one can pass from the world into truth; by determination alone one can awaken from the dream to the truth.

At this time, at the hour of our parting, I want to remind you of this: determination is needed.
And what else? Determination is needed, plus continuity in your sadhana. Your sadhana must be continuous. Have you ever seen a waterfall coming down from the mountains? It is a continuous stream of water that can even break huge rocks. If a man constantly endeavors to break the rocks of ignorance, those rocks that seemed impossible to break in the beginning will one day turn to dust.

And then the man will find his way.

The path is there to be found, without a doubt, but don't try to locate one that's ready-made. You have to find it yourself, by your own efforts. And what dignity this brings a man! How much to our credit it is that we attain truth by our own efforts! Mahavira wanted to convey this when he spoke of truth attained by labor.

The truth is not alms given in charity, it is an achievement. You need determination, continuous effort and one more thing: infinite patience. Truth is infinite, endless, and therefore in waiting for it infinite patience is necessary. God appears only after endless waiting. Those who have no patience cannot attain God. I wanted to remind you of this as well.

Finally, I am reminded of a story I will pass along to you. Although quite imaginary, it is perfectly true.

An angel passed a spot where an old sadhu was sitting. The sadhu said to the angel, "Please ask God how long it will take for me to attain moksha, to achieve liberation." Near the old sadhu a very young, newly-initiated sannyasin was living. He was sitting under a banyan tree. The angel also asked the young sannyasin if he wanted him to ask God about his moksha as well. But the sannyasin did not say a word. He was quiet, calm and silent.

After some time the angel returned. He said to the old sadhu, "I asked God about your moksha. He says it will take three more births." The old man grew furious and his eyes became bloodshot. He threw away his rosary and said, "Three more births! It's atrocious!"

Then the angel went to the young man and said to him, "I also asked God about you. He said you will have to practice your sadhana for as many births as there are leaves on the banyan tree under which you are sitting." The young sannyasin felt very happy and his eyes filled with tears of joy. He jumped up and began to dance. "In that case I have attained! There are so many trees in this world and so many leaves on each of them! and if I will attain God in only as many births as there are leaves on this small banyan tree then I have almost attained him."

This is how the crop of truth is harvested. And do you know the end of this story? The young sannyasin kept on dancing and dancing and that very moment he became free and attained to God. That moment of tranquil and infinite love and patience was everything. That very moment was emancipation. This I call infinite patience. And he who has infinite patience achieves everything here and now. This mental attitude itself is the final attainment. Are you willing to wait this long?

With this question I bid you farewell.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Ram Dass speaking on Reality, Consciousness and Meditation

How breath can lead us to freedom? ...A story from swami Vivekanand


There was once a minister to a great king. He fell into disgrace. The king, as a punishment, ordered him to be shut up in the top of a very high tower. This was done, and the minister was left there to perish.

Minister had a faithful wife, however, who came to the tower at night and called to her husband at the top to know what she could do to help him. He told her to return to the tower the following night and bring with her a long rope, some stout twine, pack thread, silken thread, a beetle, and a little honey.

The good wife obeyed her husband, and brought him the desired articles.

The husband directed her to attach the silken thread firmly to the beetle, then to smear its horns with a drop of honey, and to set it free on the wall of the tower, with its head pointing upwards.

She obeyed all these instructions, and the beetle started on its long journey. Smelling the honey ahead it slowly crept onwards, in the hope of reaching the honey, until at last it reached to top of the tower, when the minister grasped the beetle, and got possession of the silken thread.

He told his wife to tie the other end to the pack thread, and after he had drawn up the pack thread, he repeated the process with the stout twine, and lastly with the rope. Then the rest was easy. The minister descended from the tower by means of the rope, and made his escape.


In this body of ours the breath motion is the silken thread; by laying hold of and learning to control it we grasp the pack thread of the nerve currents, and from these the stout twine of our thoughts, and lastly the rope of Prana, controlling which we reach freedom.

Lighting up the here and now


By the POWER of your own willingness simply!

That is the engine that powers electric current of your inner bulb lighting up your now.

It simply requires a firm, un-shakable push from within. That you don't even listen to your mind, your own cultivated self. And that is why it is different from mind, and comes from the recesses of within.

That something which no matter what, knows it is might strong. Just knows. And it is irrationally, un-understandably positive. And will have its way. Because it knows that there is.

The power has to be exponentially pushed (every obstacle helping it along the way) so that it becomes a immense gravitational force that sucks in all obstacles.





Thursday, April 03, 2014

Willingness Is the Key to Spiritual Awakening


The further along I go with this awakening that has happened and continues to unfold, the more it becomes apparent that the real key to waking up is wanting to wake up. I know it is a radical idea, but it just so happens to be the truth of the matter. Technique is almost always given top billing in the world of spirituality, but the “how” will always come whenever you are truly willing. But willingness, that’s the crux of the issue.

You may already think you are willing. That’s why you meditate, read books by the spiritual giants, read this blog, talk to your friends about spirituality and awakening and enlightenment, go to retreats, all that good stuff. You have a very convincing case to prove how willing you are. But the truth is, if your willingness were electricity, you wouldn’t have enough to power a night light. 

A firefly could outshine you. Sorry, but it is true.

Look inside for a moment. Feel into this subject of willingness. Can you feel the resistance? Can you feel how much “you” don’t want to really wake up? Something inside of you knows this awakening thing is going to be different, really, really different, and it is frightened about that. Something inside wants to feel better about life, but it doesn’t really want what awakening entails.
Why not? Because the “something” resisting all of this, the “something” that is not willing to awaken, is the very thing from which one awakens! The resistance you are feeling, the UN-willingness, is simple the energy of thought, the “mind” as it were, resisting what is its eventual undoing. Well, maybe undoing is too harsh. Let’s just say that the mind gets to go from being the dominant player in your awareness to being second fiddle.

So there is a massive resistance to awakening. The natural question to ask at this point is “what do I do about it?” Ah, good question. But the question itself is just more resistance. Notice that the question is about doing and about “I”. The “I” is the very thing doing the resisting! The doing is how it resists.

Going beyond this resistance, becoming more willing, is the simplest of things: let it happen. What you are wants this awakening to happen. It is what is waking-up to itself. It IS awake, and is looking for this awakeness to transform everything. So, simply pause and let it happen. It will anyway.


The Kingdom of God is within you


Jesus was once asked when the kingdom of God would come. The kingdom of God, Jesus replied, is not something people will be able to see and point to. Then came these striking words: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)

With these words, Jesus gave voice to a teaching that is universal and timeless. Look into every great religious, spiritual, and wisdom tradition, and we find the same precept — that life’s ultimate truth, its ultimate treasure, lies within us.

As Jesus made unambiguously clear, we can experience this inner treasure — and no experience could be more valuable. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” he declared, “and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). From this interior plane of life, he is saying, we will gain all that is needful.

Aristotle
This inner treasure of life has had many names. Plato refers to it as the Good and the Beautiful, Aristotle as Being, Plotinus as the Infinite, St. Bernard of Clairvaux as the Word, Ralph Waldo Emerson as the Oversoul. In Taoism it is called the Tao, in Judaism Ein Sof. Among Australian aborigines it is called the dreamtime, among tribes of southern Africa Hunhu/Ubuntu. The names may differ, but the inner reality they point to is one and the same.

In every case, it’s understood that this inner, transcendental reality can be directly experienced. This experience has likewise been given different names. In India traditions it is called Yoga, in BuddhismNirvana, in Islam fana, in Christianity spiritual marriage. It is a universal teaching based on a universal reality and a universal experience.

Over the past 20 centuries, leading Christian figures have written extensively on this inner kingdom of God and their personal experience of it. This category of experience forms a vital current in the history of Christianity. Here are just a few brief excerpts from a collection of many:

St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335–394 • Turkey)

Gregory of Nyssa, an early Christian theologian, was one of the four great fathers of the Eastern Church and served as Bishop of Nyssa, in the center of modern-day Turkey.

[The soul] leaves all surface appearances, not only those that can be grasped by the senses but also those which the mind itself seems to see, and it keeps on going deeper until by the operation of the spirit it penetrates the invisible and incomprehensible, and it is there that it sees God. The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge....[1]

St. Augustine (354–430 • Algeria)


St. Augustine, regarded as one of the towering intellectual geniuses in history, wrote more than a thousand works on philosophy, psychology, theology, history, political theory, and other subjects. HisConfessions, from which the following passage is taken, has remained a popular and influential work for almost 1,600 years.

I entered into the innermost part of myself....I entered and I saw with my soul’s eye (such as it was) an unchangeable light shining above this eye of my soul and above my mind. . . . He who knows truth knows that light, and he who knows that light knows eternity. Love knows it. O eternal truth and true love and beloved eternity! [2]
And I often do this. I find a delight in it, and whenever I can relax from my necessary duties I have recourse to this pleasure. {I experience] a state of feeling which is quite unlike anything to which I am useda kind of sweet delight which, if I could only remain permanently in that state, would be something not of this world, not of this life. But my sad weight makes me fall back again; I am swallowed up by normality. [3]

St. Gregory the Great (540–604 • Italy)

Born into an eminent Roman family and heir to a large fortune, Gregory decided to become a monk. After he became Pope at the age of 50, he devoted himself to social causes, the first pope especially known for doing so. He reformed the mass and introduced the ritual plainsong known today as the Gregorian chant. He was also a noted theologian. His book, Morals on Job, from which the following passage is taken, influenced religious thought for centuries.

The mind of the elect . . . is frequently carried away into the sweetness of heavenly contemplation; already it sees something of the inmost realities as it were through the mist . . . it feeds on the taste of the unencompassed Light, and being carried beyond self, disdains to sink back again into self. . . .
Sometimes the soul is admitted to some unwonted sweetness of interior relish, and is suddenly in some way refreshed when breathed on by the glowing spirit. . . .
When this is in any way seen, the mind is absorbed in a sort of rapturous security; and carried beyond itself, as though the present life had ceased to be, it is in a way remade in a certain newness [it is refreshed in a manner by a kind of new being . . . ]. There the mind is besprinkled with the infusion of heavenly dew from an inexhaustible fountain. [4]

Johannes Tauler (1300–1361 • France)

Johannes Tauler was one of the most influential German spiritual writers of the 1300s. Martin Luther honored Tauler as a primary influence, and Tauler has exerted a profound influence on religious thought ever since. As one scholar remarked, “Tauler presents the Christian tradition in its purest form.” [5]

The soul has a hidden abyss, untouched by time and space, which is far superior to anything that gives life and movement to the body. Into this noble and wondrous ground, this secret realm, there descends that bliss of which we have spoken. Here the soul has its eternal abode. Here a man becomes so still and essential, so single-minded and withdrawn, so raised up in purity, and more and more removed from all things....This state of the soul cannot be compared to what it has been before, for now it is granted to share in the divine life itself. [6]

St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582 • Spain)


St. Teresa was one of the greatest women of the Roman Catholic church. Her books are considered masterpieces. St. Teresa initiated the Carmelite Reform, which restored the original contemplative character of the Carmelite order. In 1970 she was Doctor of the Church — one of just 33 individuals, and the first woman, to be so honored by the Catholic church.

My soul at once becomes recollected and I enter the state of quiet or that of rapture, so that I can use none of my faculties and senses. . . .
Everything is stilled, and the soul is left in a state of great quiet and deep satisfaction. [7]
From this recollection there sometimes springs an interior peace and quietude which is full of happiness, for the soul is in such a state that it thinks there is nothing that it lacks. Even speaking — by which I mean vocal prayer and meditation — wearies it: it would like to do nothing but love. This condition lasts for some time, and may even last for long periods. [8]

Thomas Merton (1915–1969 • United States)

After completing a masters degree in English at Columbia University in New York, Merton entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in Kentucky, as a monk. He was later ordained as a priest. He published more than 15 books of spiritual writings, poetry, fiction, and essays, and participated in movements for social justice and peace. He took great interest in the religions of the East, particularly Zen, for the light they shed on the depth of human consciousness. From the seclusion of the monastery, he exerted a worldwide influence.
In the following passage Merton describes the experience of “contemplation.” He uses the term not in the current sense (thinking intently about something) but in its older sense, to describe the experience of transcending thought:

The utter simplicity and obviousness of the infused light which contemplation pours into our soul suddenly awakens us to a new level of awareness. We enter a region which we had never even suspected, and yet it is this new world which seems familiar and obvious. The old world of our senses is now the one that seems to us strange, remote and unbelievable. . . .
A door opens in the center of our being and we seem to fall through it into immense depths which, although they are infinite, are all accessible to us; all eternity seems to have become ours in this one placid and breathless contact. . . .

You feel as if you were at last fully born. [9]

Energy! Georgian National Ballet




Be Here Now - Ram Dass - Audiobook Full





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Great Indian Yogi: Neem karoli baba

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Asti, bhati, preeti, naam, roopa (Sri Sri)


Tat Tvam Asi (You are that) - when you experience that there is no other. The whole universe is made up of one vibration.  It is one thing that has become many. 

This is the modern thought also. If you read today's quantum physics, they say exactly word to word of what the ancient Advaita Philosopher Adi Shankara had said, that the whole universe is made up of one thing, there is no two. 

You are made up of a substance called love and love is the nature of the divine.
Asti, bhati, preeti - these three are the natures of consciousness.
Asti - the self; bhati – which is present is the whole creation; and preeti - the love it is made of.
And then nama and roopa - name and form.
So, name, form, existence, alive consciousness and love are the five aspects of divinity.

See the table and chair over there, we think it is dead and it has no consciousness. But it is not true, everything is conscious. It is, asti, bhati, preeti, naam and roopa. 

The world is all name and form. The consciousness is one step beyond which is formless yet remains in all the forms. And meditation is abiding in the self; experiencing the deep inner space. When you are in meditation you are connected to the infinite past, infinite future and the depth of the presence.

This also could become one of the concepts that you have in your mind, unless and until you start feeling it as an authentic reality in your life; as true as a pain you feel in your feet, when you have one.

Cultivating The Heart of Compassion ~ Ram Dass (Metta Karuna Brahmavihara)

Ram Dass gives Maharaji LSD for the second time

Monday, March 31, 2014

Qualities of Awakened one



1) Integrity: One of the greatest pitfalls of humanity is the over grown mind, which is a fragmentary instrument. How that which is fragmentary, can ever lead you to integrity? As long as one lives as a slave of this fragmentary thought-memory-mind, the quality called integrity is never available. Integrity is the qualitative outcome of the integral being. The integration happens only if the fragmentation is no more. This is possible only when this mind, which is the bundle of thoughts, emotions, memory & fears, is transcended. As the spontaneous outcome of this integrated wholeness, quality called integrity arises. A real spiritually evolved human is the one who is firmly rooted in this kind of integrity, which is very rare.

2) Awareness: Most of the time when we talk about awareness, it is always about something. e.g. social awareness, computer awareness and so on. But what about the awareness of awareness itself? For that one has to become aware of one's body as a first step. If you do so, you will become aware of your gestures, movements and so on. If you go little deeper in silence, by observing your breath, you will able to listen to your heartbeats. If you carry it further, in the second step you can watch your thoughts in an aloof manner as an observer. If it becomes even subtler, the third step is to see the deep-rooted feelings & subtlest emotions. Now if you remain vigilant of all these three steps simultaneously, for longer duration and wait without expectations, the fourth state of becoming aware of awareness happens on its own accord. This is the quality called," awareness of the awakened one", we are talking about. A real spiritual person carries this relaxed multi-dimensional awareness all the time. The quality which is timeless in itself. It's eternal.

3) Non-attachment: Our attachment to our Body, Thoughts, emotions and ideas is so much that it is very difficult to understand the meaning of "Non-attachment" from the view point of the awakened one. A spiritual master is fully aware of his body, thoughts, emotions & ideas but is simply unattached to it, like the lotus in the pond is very much in the mud but it still remains untouched by all that is around it! A Buddha also has his body-mind and he has to take care of it. But it is only functional. He is not the part of the power game of the mind. He is simply a dropout!

4) Silence: We are conditioned by our educational system to understand the word silence as the absence of speech. Or at the most we understand it as the silence of the dead man. But real silence is totally different phenomena! It is not just the absence of speech and the chattering mind but it's vibrant and has the quality of dynamicity or effervescence. It's alive and throbbing, which can be felt by the sensitive ones who go near the awakened one. By being in the energy field of the awakened one, it's possible to experience this silence. It is like, if you go near the flower, you get the fragrance! The fragrance belongs to flower, the silence belongs to Buddha. You may get the glimpse of it but ultimately everyone has to work for it on one's own! The borrowed silence doesn't last long! To be awakened to this effervescent silence is the birth right of everyone and it is not the monopoly of the few selected ones.

5) Love: This is another word, which is most misused and misunderstood. Our love for car or a pet dog or a relative is just the attachment, which is the part of our social conditioning. "Making love" means sex! It's simply physical! Few talk of love in the platonic sense, but that too is the glorification of the non-physical aspect of it. The real love is overflowing joy of the ego-less being! As long as the fictitious identification with body/mind is there, the love exists not. If you ask sun about darkness, it knows nothing about it, so also this purest quality called love can never co-exist with ego. Eradication of the subtlest ego is the primary requirement to understand and experience love. A real spiritual master is a one who is absolutely egoless. Love oozes out of such a person like water flows out of a fountain! It is unconditional and it is available to all.

6) Compassion: Passion is the quality of body-mind, compassion is the quality of mind-less-ness. A passionate person is full of desires and hence gripped by the unawareness. A compassionate Buddha is rooted into the desirelessness and the awareness. Passion is the fever of the body-mind, while compassion is the purest form of love plus meditation. Compassion is neither the duty nor the psychological love. It's neither sympathy nor empathy. Compassion is the quality that comes from beyond the thought-mind! A real compassionate spiritual master is a one who gives without giving. It's a kind of unconditional sharing! A saint, a criminal and a prostitute, all are equal when it comes to the sharing of such a master!

7) Innocence: Look into the wondrous eyes of the child whose mind is not yet polluted by parents & society and you will understand the quality called innocence. The awakened one is as innocent as child, but with one difference. A child is unaware of it while an awakened one is absolutely rooted in the awareness. When such a person laughs in his child-like innocence, the entire existence participates in it! The presence of such a person on earth is the blessing unto existence. To reclaim that lost innocence, it is necessary to be born again. With this new spiritual birth, one becomes incorruptible. All that is done by the society is undone in the awareness. To regain this innocence is the real maturity, the ultimate flowering.

8) Courage: One thing that differentiates courageous from cowardice is that a coward goes by his fears while a courageous one puts aside all his fears and is ready to jump into the unknown. When one carries this courage in every situation in life to face the unknown, it ultimately flowers into the fearlessness. The spiritually awakened person is rooted firmly in this fearlessness and hence even death can not touch him. How can the death touch that which is deathless?

9) Friendliness: A real spiritual person does not behave like a Guru to anybody, as he is not on any Gurudom trip! So there is no Guru & there are no disciples. Only friends. Friendship is like relationship. It has it's own limitations like expectations etc. Whereas Friendliness is a quality. It's a state of being. The awakened one carries this feeling of friendliness for everyone and everything around. Friendliness is a quality in which arises the freedom. Freedom is not just opposite of possessive-ness but it is a dimensionally different phenomenon. It simply allows everything to happen around the master with love overflowing.

10) Humor: A real spiritual person is definitely not the one with the most serious looks and a long face. On the contrary, an awakened one has the great sense of humor. At times, even mischievous! Only such a person can laugh at oneself. He laughs at the absurdity of the mind itself! For such a person, life is an everyday picnic! It's a celebration! These are the people who enjoy life because the hindrance to joy from the thought-mind is not there. When the achievement-oriented mind is transcended, the becoming gets transformed into being. A person rooted in his beingness shares it with humor to others around! When the struggle of the thought-mind ends, the humor arises on its own accord!

11) Humility: Learning from nature is one of the best ways to learn. Observe a Mango tree. Its branches move outward & upward, but when it's laden with fruits, the tree bows down in humility. So also the spiritually evolved person becomes humble & simple. An awakened one is not the storehouse of the borrowed informative knowledge but he remains always in the state of not knowing, which is the most humble state of being.

12) Acceptance: In the highest state of choice-less awareness everything is accepted as it is. Likes and dislikes are no hindrance to it as it is beyond both. It's a state of non-judgmental witness. If everything in existence that life offers is accepted as it is, the life becomes a celebration unto itself. Unconditional acceptance of all that is there in the existence is the most virtuous and aesthetic quality of evolved human consciousness.

13) Maturity: A mature person is a one who always lives in the present moment. Present moment is not the same as present. Past, present and future is the continuation of time. To be in the present moment is to be in the eternal nowness. In the depths of silence, if one remains aware and vigilant, the ego disappears. Self-realization is the realization of the self without the ego. When mind is no more, meditation happens. When ego is no more, maturity happens. Maturity is the ultimate flowering of Meditation.



How to Tread the Path of Superconscious Meditation

How to develop non-attachment?


Thought patterns are either Klishta or Aklishta.
  • Klishta means that they are not neutral, but are colored or afflicted in some way, such as with attraction or aversion. These lead to pain and suffering.
  • Aklishta means they are not colored, such as when not afflicted either with attraction or aversion. These do not lead to pain and suffering.
Knowing if a thought is colored or not-colored  brings freedom of choice to act or not act.

See also the article on Klisha and Aklishta Vrittis, as well as Yoga Sutras, particularly sutras 1.5-1.11 and 2.1-2.9.

A most important practice: To observe whether thoughts are Klishta or Aklishtais extremely useful. It is the foundation practice of observing your thought process. This is done when observing both individual thoughts and trains of thoughts. This can seem so simple a practice as to brush over it as being unimportant, but this is a big mistake. Observing whether thoughts are coloredor not colored is useful both at meditation time, and during the activities of daily life.
Klishta, or colored thought patterns:
  • Often these have a disturbing quality.
  • Sometimes they are just distracting, not really disturbing.
  • At other times we may enjoy or cultivate the thought patterns, although they are still colored. In other words, we like our attractions. 
  • Interestingly, we also hold on to our aversions in such a way, that it is like we want to keep them around too.
  • Many of the mental impressions that seem to be related to "I" or "Me" arecolored, or Klishta.
Aklishta, or not-colored thought patterns:
  • These are neutral. Much of the information stored in our mind is merely data that is there for day-to-day living. Household or office objects are good examples of objects whose impressions are naturally neutral.
  • In a public area we see many people, some of whom we may have seen before, but do not know. These too are often Aklishta, or uncoloredmemories.
  • Sometimes we have thought patterns that were previously colored, but have lost some, most, or all of their coloring. Good examples are past habit patterns that we have truly let go of. The thought impressions of those past habits are now mostly neutral if the habit has really been changed.
  • Are useful on the spiritual journey

What to do

Observe the rise and fall of thoughts: Simply observe the individual thought patterns that naturally flow in the stream of the mind. They rise and fall as a normal process. Then, simply observe whether a certain thought pattern isColored or Not-Colored, Klishta or Aklishta.
Literally ask yourself:
"Is this thought colored or not colored?"
"Is this thought klishta or aklishta?"

Talk with yourself: The way to observe is to literally ask yourself with your inner voice, "Is this thought colored or not colored, klishta or aklishta?" Answers will come from within.
Literally answer yourself:
"Colored" or "Not colored"
"Klishta" or "Aklishta"

Verbalize the words: You will then want to train your mind by internally saying the word or label, such as "Colored," "Not-Colored," "Klishta" or "Aklishta". (This goes along with the process of observing whether the thought is Useful or Not Useful, which is described in a section below.)

The process might go something like this:
  1. Thought arises.
  2. Ask, "Is this thought colored or not colored?"
  3. Answer comes, "Colored!"
  4. Ask, "Is this thought useful or not useful?"
  5. Answer comes, "Not Useful!".
  6. Train the mind with, "Mind, this thought is not useful!"
  7. Then you can either let go, explore, or cultivate the thought. (The effect of this is cumulative. It may seem slow at first, but it builds up over time.)
With a little practice, the process comes very quickly, something like this:
  1. Thought arises.
  2. "...Colored... Not Useful..."
  3. "Let go of it, mind...." (or explore it further if you choose)
Or:
  1. Thought arises.
  2. "...Colored... Useful..."
  3. "This is a good idea... I should do this..."
Or:
  1. Thought arises.
  2. "...Not Colored..." (or only mildly colored)
  3. Thought naturally drifts away.
Intentionally allow a thought to arise: Practice this by intentionally allowing a thought pattern to arise from within, and then observe and label it. Do this practice several times allowing different types of thought patterns to arise. With practice, this will be a very easy thing to do. Then, as a natural outcome of theobserving and labeling process, it becomes much easier to become a neutralwitness to that stream of thought patterns.

Examine individual thoughts: When we can neutrally witness the entire stream of thoughts, it is then easier to examine individual thought patterns, so as to further weaken their grip (weakening the samskaras that drive karma). It is also easier to begin to move beyond the mind itself, towards the center of consciousness.


Allow colored to become uncolored: We come to see that a most important aspect of yoga meditation has to do with allowing Colored or Klishta thoughts to naturally transition into Uncolored or Aklishta thoughts. The original thought remains, but gradually loses its coloring (mostly attraction and aversion), resulting in those previously troublesome thoughts becoming mere memories. This is a practical method of attaining the true meaning of non-attachment (vairagya).

5 states of mind


Stabilize the mind in one-pointedness: By knowing this, we can deal with our minds so as to gradually stabilize the mind in the fourth state, the state of one-pointedness. This is the state of mind which prepares us for the fifth state, in which there is mastery of mind. (The first two states might also be dominant or intense enough that they manifest as what psychologists call mental illness.)

1. Kshipta/disturbed: The ksihipta mind is disturbed, restless, troubled, wandering. This is the least desirable of the states of mind, in which the mind is troubled. It might be severely disturbed, moderately disturbed, or mildly disturbed. It might be worried, troubled, or chaotic. It is not merely the distracted mind (Vikshipta), but has the additional feature of a more intense, negative, emotional involvement.

2. Mudha/dull: The mudha mind is stupefied, dull, heavy, forgetful. With this state of mind, there is less of a running here and there of the thought process. It is a dull or sleepy state, somewhat like one experiences when depressed, though we are not here intending to mean only clinical depression. It is that heavy frame of mind we can get into, when we want to do nothing, to be lethargic, to be a couch potato.

The Mudha mind is barely beyond the Kshipta, disturbed mind, only in that the active disturbance has settled down, and the mind might be somewhat more easily trained from this place. Gradually the mind can be taught to be a little bit steady in a positive way, only occasionally distracted, which is the Vikshipta state. Then the mind can move on in training to the Ekagra and Nirrudah states.

3. Vikshipta/distracted: The vikshipta mind is distracted, occasionally steady or focused. This is the state of mind often reported by students of meditation when they are wide awake and alert, neither noticeably disturbed nor dull and lethargic. Yet, in this state of mind, one's attention is easily drawn here and there. This is the monkey mind or noisy mind that people often talk about as disturbing meditation. The mind can concentrate for short periods of time, and is then distracted into some attraction or aversion. Then, the mind is brought back, only to again be distracted.

The Vikshipta mind in daily life can concentrate on this or that project, though it might wander here and there, or be pulled off course by some other person or outside influence, or by a rising memory. This Vikshipta mind is the stance one wants to attain through the foundation yoga practices, so that one can then pursue the one-pointedness of Ekagra, and the mastery that comes with the state of Nirrudah.

4. Ekagra/one-pointed: The ekagra mind is one-pointed, focused, concentrated (Yoga Sutra 1.32). When the mind has attained the ability to be one-pointed, the real practice of Yoga meditation begins. It means that one can focus on tasks at hand in daily life, practicing karma yoga, the yoga of action, by being mindful of the mental process and consciously serving others. When the mind is one-pointed, other internal and external activities are simply not a distraction.
The ability to focus attention is a primary skill for meditation and samadhi.

The person with a one-pointed mind just carries on with the matters at hand, undisturbed, unaffected, and uninvolved with those other stimuli. It is important to note that this is meant in a positive way, not the negative way of not attending to other people or other internal priorities. The one-pointed mind is fully present in the moment and able to attend to people, thoughts, and emotions at will.

The one-pointed mind is able to do the practices of concentration and meditation, leading one onward towards samadhi. This ability to focus attention is a primary skill that the student wants to develop for meditation and samadhi.

5. Niruddah/mastered: The nirruddah mind is highly mastered, controlled, regulated, restrained (Yoga Sutra 1.2). It is very difficult for one to capture the meaning of the Nirrudah state of mind by reading written descriptions. The real understanding of this state of mind comes only through practices of meditation and contemplation. When the word Nirrudah is translated as controlled, regulated, or restrained, it can easily be misunderstood to mean suppression of thoughts and emotions.

To suppress thoughts and emotions is not healthy and this is not what is meant here. Rather, it has to do with that natural process when the mind is one-pointed and becomes progressively more still as meditation deepens. It is not that the thought patterns are not there, or are suppressed, but that attention moves inward, or beyond the stream of inner impressions. In that deep stillness, there is a mastery over the process of mind. It is that mastery that is meant byNirrudah.


In the second sutra of the Yoga Sutras, Yoga is defined as "Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirrudah," which is roughly translated as "Yoga is the control [Nirrudah] of the thought patterns of the mind field". Thus, this Nirrudah state of mind is the goal and definition of Yoga. It is the doorway by which we go beyond the mind.

Source: http://www.swamij.com/witnessing.htm

Self Realization and Microchip





Knowing what's left after setting aside the obstacles: There is a fundamental simplicity to the process of Yoga that is outlined in the Yoga Sutras. While the process might appear very complicated when reading the Yoga Sutras and many commentaries, the central theme is one of removing, transcending or setting aside the obstacles, veils or false identities. The many suggestions in the Yoga Sutras are the details or refinements of how to go about doing this. By being ever mindful of this core simplicity it is much easier to systematically progress on the path of Yoga.


The true Self shines through: Once the obstacles and false identities have been temporarily set aside, the true Self, which has been there all along, naturally comes shining through (1.3). The rest of the time, we are so entangled with our false identities that we literally do not see that this misidentification has happened (1.4). It is the reason that sometimes it is said that we are asleep, and that we need to awaken. That awakening to the Self is the meaning of Yoga.

Source: http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-10104.htm