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Study of the Self is the Most Important

  • Posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

The job of servicing others, of course, does not earn any interest or salary.

But we have the honor to serve the sentient beings. The job itself means:

The highest reward and honor

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Paro-pakaraya Phalanti Vrksa:

Paro-pakaraya Vahanti Nadya:

Paro-pakaraya Duhanti Gava:

Paro-pakara-rtha-midam Sariram


It is only to benefit others that trees bear fruits

It is only for helping others that rivers flow

It is only to benefit others that cows yield milk.

It is only for helping others that you are given a body.



A Yogasana that strengthens the body and mind

Yoga helps us strengthen our body and mind in many different ways. While it helps us develop a strong physical body it also gives the mental attributes of courage, fortitude, patience, Flexibility and Concentration to name just a few. These are like the roots of a tree and the fruits that this tree yields are the achievements of success in our lives.While we lead a life of abundance and purposeful life, we become a source of inspiration to others and contribute to the benefit of others in many different ways.


Our scriptures state that the  most important study in life is the study of the Self!

The Universal Law of Use states that when you don’t use it, you lose it!


So what is this Self? This Self refers to the “I” that we all identify ourselves with and therefore, it is the common factor. That “I” is also referred to as Consciousness. There is only one Consciousness and not multiple Consciousnesses.  This Consciousness has no form and no Name. It is formless, nameless, attribute less, infinite, unbound and stainless.  While we are all this one and the same Consciousness that we refer to as the Self, we are all manifested as the embodied human beings in different forms with different names and attributes experiencing life in our own unique way. While it  is difficult to understand this higher, intangible Truth, it is possible to understand it by starting with the known and tangible human body and the world we experience in our daily life.


There is a famous quote in Sanskrit,

“Sharira madhyam khalu sadhanam!”

This body is only an instrument or medium to attain Self Realizaton


In the Upanishads it has been stated that the body and mind are only tools we use in this process or sadhana, like a carpenter uses his tools to care out various forms of wooden articles. If those tools are not used properly and frequently, they become rusted, dull and useless. They have to be maintained in good quality to give us good service. So it is with our body and mind. When maintained well they give us better mileage and service for a better quality and meaningful life. Life is only an experience and how we interpret it or what meaning we give to it is dependent entirely on us. Thus we are spiritual beings experiencing life thru our body and mind.

I was always interested in the why and how of things happening in life. In 1983 I had a very dramatic and transformational spiritual experience. I became hungry to understand my spiritual experience and desired to delve into it more deeply for a better understanding of life. Consequently light started shining brightly on different aspects as my spiritual journey continued.

We all can stay happy and healthy only when we engage in useful activities. Like everyone else I had a 9-5 job that kept me busy. But I was really not happy doing what I was doing as it did not feed my spiritual quest. Finally, someone introduced me to Network Marketing and Internet Marketing which opened up the opportunity for me to work from home. It all began with someone showing me some health products for my health issues. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and started buying the health products that gave me energy and nutrition.

It was then that I decided I wanted to share those good things of life that helped me and that would empower the body, mind and spirit of those I shared it with.  As I started exploring for products that would help me physically, mentally and spiritually, I decided to journal my reflections and findings on my blog. 



According to the Indian Scriptures this body is made up five sheaths.


1. Annamaya Kosha – Food Sheath

2. Pranamaya Kosha – Vital Air Sheath

3. Manomaya Kosha – Mind Sheath

4. Vijnanamaya Kosha – Intellectual Sheath

5. Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss Sheath


Annamaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha involve the physical body.  Manomaya Kosha and Vijnanamaya Kosha pertain to the mental body and Anandamaya kosha addresses our spiritual essence.

Having analyzed the human body to its most rudimentary level, the sages of old recommended a life style that was most conducive to all these koshas. However, due to the advances in Technology and ou rmodern thinking we have adopted a very complicated life style that is not really healthy neither for our body  nor our mind. Having been exposed to the possibilities of scientific technology, it is difficult to go back to the olden life style. However, not all the changes are bad. In fact, there are many good things that we have discovered that are empowering. 

 It is my humble attempt to share the good things of life that have helped me with the hope that the information will empower the body, mind and spirit of those who need it. Please visit my blog frequently and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave a comment.


  • Posted on August 7, 2016 at 11:01 am



What exactly is purity of mind? When I posed this question to someone, that one said, ‘absence of desire is purity.’ How can one be without desire? All our actions are propelled by the motivating force of ‘desire.’  And each of us is helplessly compelled to take action without even a single moment of restraint. //Bh. Gita Ch. 3.5 //

There seems no end to our desires like the waves in the ocean. Just as one wave hits the shore, another wave follows and so also with desires. As each desire is fulfilled, another one sprouts up. Even if the waves subside and lose force there are still some waves that are constantly present causing agitation. So it is with our mind. Our minds are full of thoughts; and some thoughts propel us to take actions while others seem to simply disappear like the waves that die down without rising too high or having any force. So when we reduce our thoughts, we can experience a calmness or peace like the sea with subdued waves.

Our true priceless treasure is peace of mind. My Guru once said, “We all want peace of mind. Yet some people don’t even understand what peace of mind is.” This statement stuck in my mind and I have been pondering over it ever since.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to be in a continuous state of desire-less-ness. Meditation is defined as ‘dhyanam nirvishayam manaha – meditation is emptying the mind of thoughts’. If, in meditation, we restrain our senses and organs of action, but dwell on the objects of the senses, then we are hypocritical because then our mind becomes very active in thinking. The purpose of meditation is to be silent without thoughts, at least for that brief period of time. However, if we our mind focuses on the images on the screen of the mind that the mind has recorded from all the sense perceptions, then the mind again gets attracted to those objects and hankers after them and doesn’t really experience the silence.

Imagine watching the sky. When we focus on the clouds or any other object in space, then our mind focuses on the object and the space itself recedes from our focus. Thoughts are like that in the space of our minds. When we become too extroverted and run after the sensory objects and pleasures then we lose touch with our inner space and focus only on the images and our mind runs after those senses and craves for it more intensely.

However, if we can control our senses restricting the thoughts and desires, then we become eligible to experience a natural state of peace that is our birth right. In the beginning of meditation, the mind is flooded with thoughts of the sensory impressions that it received earlier. With time and continued meditation as our thoughts decrease in speed and quantity, we can experience the silence between the thoughts.  Extending that period of silence between the thoughts takes a longer sitting in meditation. When we are in that state of silence, we become aware of only our existence oblivious of any objects.  This is the state of “existing in our true light.” This is the self-evident, self effulgent truth which is full of bliss and which is eternal, without a beginning or end. (Bh. Gita Ch.2:55) A person who has renounced all desires and stabilizes oneself in this state of being happy in the Self by the self, such a wise person is said to be in stitha prajna! – stable intelligence! Such a wise person only is in peace!

If you can experience this, then you can say ‘proof is in the pudding!’ (your proof is your experience). You know it is a sweet pudding only when you taste it. You can taste the sweetness in every drop of the pudding! Pure love, joy and peace! Only meditators can understand this experience.

This reminds me of the Lalita Sahasranama name, “Chideka rasa rupini!” “SvatmAnanda-lavi-bhuta brahmAdyAnanda santatihi!”

Chit-eka-rasa-rupini: She is of the nature of only one essence, which is Consciousness.

svAtmAnanda- the bliss of the experience of the Self

lavi – fraction

 bhoota becomes

brahmadyAnanda the bliss of Brahman

santatihi – continuous

When the bliss of the Self Is experienced continuously, then it becomes Brahmananda, which love and joy is multiplied when the individual consciousness merges with the universal Consciousness!

The Upanishads have described God or Brahman as sat-chit-ananda. It is indivisible and indestructible. One can experience this aspect of Brahman when one sits in meditation and withdraws one’s mind from all ‘objects’ of perception, emptying the mind of all thoughts. There is a continuous state of silence and concentrated self awareness. This is the pure mind devoid of any thoughts or desires, which make the mind extroverted instead of introverted. When the mind is withdrawn from all thoughts it shines in its own identity which is Absolute, and unrelated to any object it perceives or relates to.

The technique described to understand this is, “Neti Neti” – not this, not this when trying to understand the identity of the self. The Self is not to be realized as an object but to be experienced! It is experienced as the subject without the object.  We generally identify ourselves through our personality, relationships with people, possessions, name and fame and forget our true nature, that is Brahman – Sat, Chit and Ananda. When we negate every object in the process of self inquiry – neti neti – not this, not this (this is not the self, this is not the self) we come to a point of ‘no object’ where only the Self remains. In this process of enquiry, “Who am I?”, we hit upon the ‘Self’ that is the cause of everything. This Self is called ‘pratyagatma’(Bh. Gita 10:20).

When we are in this state of pure awareness of the Self, independent of everything else, then we are in a state of bliss. This state of ‘being’ (or is-ness) is ‘sat,’ and the awareness of this state is ‘consciousness.’ Awareness implies knowledge. This state is also described as ‘satyam, jnanam, ananta!’ that we are – infinite knowledge and Truth. This state of existence or being is called Truth, which is formless, and therefore, infinite. Being or existence is infinite and formless, and the awareness of that existence is Consciousness which is also formless and infinite and therefore Consciousness and Existence, both are one and the same, and only One. When we experience this state of “Pure Consciousness”, we feel the ‘oneness’ with all beings. (Bh. Gita Ch. 10:22 ~ bhutAnAmasmi Chethana!)

To describe this purity with an analogy, the oft quoted example is that of ornaments having pure gold as their substance. The gold is molded into different forms as per the requirements of the ornaments. They are named differently as bracelet, bangle, necklace, ring, etc. depending on their form. However, in their composition they are made of pure gold. So it is also with our consciousness. While all creatures are different in form, they have Consciousness as the common substance. The form can be destroyed but not Consciousness!!! Just as when we melt all ornaments to their essence, it melts into its pure form of gold, so also our true essence of Consciousness is revealed when we withdraw our mind from all thoughts and focus on our being. This is the real purity of mind we want to achieve.

Absence of desire is not the goal but realizing our natural state of peace is the goal. Because just like the ocean that is full and not ruffled when the rivers merge into it, an enlightened person or a ‘stitha prajna’ who is well established in peace is not in the least disturbed by desires produced by the objects of enjoyment which he happens to come across in his life. He is neither elated when a desire is fulfilled or disappointed when a desire is not fulfilled. But a person who hankers after objects of enjoyment can never enjoy peace. ~Bh. Gita Ch2:70~

All our thoughts stem from our Consciousness and take different forms but in essence it is only Consciousness. When we identify with our Pure Consciousness we are in a state of pure mind with no pollution of thoughts. When we identify with our thought forms we are divided in our consciousness limited by its name and form (nama and rupa) as in the gold ornaments cited in the above analogy. So our thoughts are what cause the impurity in our minds. Also, of equal importance is the nature of our antah-karana (inner organs of mind, intellect and heart) whether it is sattvic, rajasic or tamasic. This aspect is reserved for elaborate discussion in another article.

Meditation has been defined as a state of thoughtlessness. “Dhyanam nirvishayam manaha.” We cannot sit for long without thoughts and without moving.  It is against the law of Nature or Prakriti to be motionless. Everything is in motion. Our thoughts mobilize us to act to fulfill our desires. So to be desire less is as impossible as to be thought less. But when we focus on that state of pure consciousness on the background in spite of all the thoughts coming through, we can experience our natural state of peace as the interval of silence increases between the thoughts. Somehow we gain clarity in our thinking later and then we can master our actions by weeding out unnecessary thoughts and acting on the thoughts that do matter to produce a result.   So to be concentrated on an end goal, we streamline our thoughts to simply achieve that goal without much emphasis on the desire itself – nishkama karma. But when we entertain too many thoughts and desires of all kinds, our actions are also diverse, diluted and not concentrated enough to achieve our goals. (Bh.Gita Ch.2:41) Therefore, we need to have purity of mind to achieve our goals as well as to experience our true nature of peace, love and joy – sat, chit and ananda. It is important to be peaceful and happy to perform any action with concentration and excellence.

The practice of meditation helps us to gain self control and achieve both our goals of karya siddhi (accomplishment of goal) and realizing our true nature of peace, love and joy, by purifying the mind. However, meditation doesn’t come easy for a lot of people because we are so steeped in endless thinking. Moreover, rarely does one even aspire for liberation or moksha! (freedom from bondage) ~Bh. Gita Ch. 7:3~

When we do worship or upasana also we gain purity in mind to focus on that which is higher than us. Mingling with like minded people, who are also doing a self-study and seeking the same end goal-that is Self-Realization, is also a step toward purification of mind.


In order to experience the Self, we need to concentrate our thoughts on Brahman. The world is so attractive that we become busy doing various things that take our mind away from the desire to know the Self. Not knowing what we are seeking, the desire to know our Self is not as strong as the desire for worldly things that are tangible. However, it is said, on knowing the Self, there is nothing else one would desire. 

The man whose mind is not under his control has no Self-Knowledge and   to the unsteady no meditation is possible and to the un-meditative, there  can be no peace, and to the man who has no peace, how can there be  any happiness ? ~Bh. Gita Ch.2:66~

Lord Krishna himself has said, “I am the desire in all beings,” but that desire that is not inconsistent with dharma.

When we change our desire to find happiness from worldly objects and turn it inward to experience our true nature of Supreme Consciousness then we live true to our dharma. Once we get a glimpse of Paramatma, then our attraction to the worldly things disappear totally without even leaving a trace of that attraction. Bh. Gita 2:59

We are born out of desire to fulfill our desires in the natural course of our birth and growth – to expand and express ourselves like a flower that blooms and fully expresses its beauty and fragrance. Hence, the analogy given of the Lotus flower that blooms in spite of growing in a pond of mud is appropriate here. We have to perform our actions and express ourselves without being affected by the surrounding impurities. It is said that just like taking a dip in the water everyday cleans the body, taking a dip in the waters of the Bh. Gita every day removes the impurities of our worldly existence in our mind.

Malanirmochanam pumsAm jala snAnam dine dine

Sakrid GitAmbhasi snAnam samsAra malamochanam!

                                       ~~ Bh. Gita DhyAna Shloka ~~


As we expand our individual awareness to touch the Supreme Consciousness from dwelling on the nature of the Supreme Brahman, the worldly activities (papa, sinful actions) do not affect our mind just as the lotus flower is not affected by the water droplets that easily fall off its petals.                                                                                                                                                                          ~~ Bh.Gita Ch.5:


True happiness lies within! “Kingdom of heaven is within!” This knowledge and wisdom is only experienced when we give up all our desires for worldly things, control our self and direct the mind inward sincerely, toward knowing the self. The Lord chooses one who chooses the Lord! Once again it all starts with our desire. Do you have the desire to know the God within? Once you know God there is nothing else in the world that you would want to know. Bh. Gita Ch. 7:2

shraddhaavaan labhate jnaanam tatparah samyatendriyah
    jnaanam labdhvaa paraam shaantim achirenaadhigacchati 

                                                                    // Bh. Gita Ch.4:39 //

The man who is full of faith,  who is devoted to it and who has subdued all the senses, obtains this Knowledge ; and having obtained Knowledge he goes at once to the Supreme Peace.




Life Is A Dance – Nataraja’s Dance!

  • Posted on March 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm





The Art of Living


The real fountain of joy, peace and love is within. This is only a theory in

the mind until experienced, but a necessary theory to diligently

investigate to give more meaning to life. A mind that does not interrogate

the mysteries of life and death lives a life full of fear, ignorance and

sorrow. It is an uninteresting and mechanical life to say the least.

In the art of living, the flower of life should naturally blossom to give out

the fragrance of joy, peace and love.


So, why should I interrogate the very cause of life? Because all our

actions are based on causes. Why do we act the way we do? Whether you

are a realized soul or an ignorant materialist, we all have to act. That is

the common denominator. There is however, a propelling

motivating desire behind every action that fuels the action. Without that

focused desire, action does not bear the desired fruit. The art of living lies

in balancing every action to the benefit of an individual’s best interest.

Desire for experience is the very cause of life but experiences are never

ending as one experience follows another. Experiences come and go but

that ‘experience’ is not me. I am conscious or aware of that experience

that comes and goes. While that experience comes and goes, I am myself

present constantly without changing,  as a witness, who is aware of that

experience. So who am  I?  “I” is “Pure Consciousness” or “Pure

Awareness,” who is Absolute and unrelated to any experience, object

or relationship. 


It is this investigation that will get us out of the wheel of life and death –

“samsara chakra.” What is this samsara chakra? Every action has an

effect. Our scriptures say that when we act without attachment to our

actions and renounce all fruits of our actions then we will get off this

wheel of life and death.


The main ‘take-home point’ here is that we all have to act since life is

movement. Everything is kinetic and yet the only static is our

consciousness, which is all pervading and therefore, where can it move?

All that movement happens on the background of the static,

consciousness and stems from the power of the energy that is also part of

the consciousness, like the power of the magician, who wields his power,

and creates so many illusions. So by the power of the energy,

Consciousness creates the external world of illusions with its own material

of consciousness!


Once we investigate the true essence of ‘I’, we realize that life is a matter

of a balancing act. It is like walking on a tight rope (consciousness), and

balancing ourselves on the tight rope of consciousness making the right

choices, and activities (the act of walking on that tight rope) that keep us

from excesses and deprivations as we go through life, so we don’t fall into

the deep abyss of illusions. 


We can make life a beautiful dance as we balance our body, mind and

spirit with the right yogic practice of sustaining our determination to

exercise control over our mind, life force and our senses. To be able to

sustain our understanding and concentration on our true essence

of consciousness is a boon by itself, for it is the ‘director’ of all our ctions.

To connect the dots of our desires, thoughts and actions is finding true

integrity in everything we do. When we do so, our life is like a beautiful





  • Posted on March 18, 2016 at 5:47 pm




You are a store house of shakti because you are an Atman.

The Atman is full of infinite power (ananta shakti). This knowledge and power can only be accessed through discipline of the mind which is just an instrument of the Atman. This mind has to be sharpened like a knife through mental training or mental culture. It is the soil of the inner garden that has to be tended to daily, like a gardener. One has to weed out the unnecessary thoughts and fill it with divine thoughts under the supervision of the Atman, the antarAtma.

In order to fill the mind with divine thoughts, it has to concentrate and reflect on the higher principles of truth, and the intellect, which is also an instrument of the atman, discriminates between what is atman and what is un-atman, what is real and what is unreal. In order to do so one has to first gather the right knowledge and go through the process of separating the atman, from the un-atman, like separating the grain out of its husk, or separating the sesame seeds from the rice grains.

Atman is the “I” factor that we all identify with in reference to ourselves. “I”, which is consciousness, is the common factor that all of us refer to when we identify ourselves. Consciousness is not visible, therefore, has no form. Consciousness, is ‘formless’ and therefore, as a rule, has no boundaries and is infinite. Being formless and infinite, we all refer to only one Consciousness. There cannot two consciousnesses. In this way we are all connected in that One-ness or aware-ness. That is the source we are all part of and take recourse to. There is a subtle difference between Consciousness and Awareness.

The mind produces thoughts ceaselessly, even when you do not look at them. When you know what is going on in your mind, you call it consciousness. This is your waking state — your consciousness shifts from sensation to sensation, from perception to perception, from idea to idea, in endless succession. Then comes awareness, the direct insight into the whole of consciousness, the totality of the mind. The mind is like a river, flowing ceaselessly in the bed of the body; you identify yourself for a moment with some particular ripple and call it: ‘my thought’. All you are conscious of is your mind; awareness is the cognizance of consciousness as a whole.

Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, indivisible, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful, awareness is total, changeless, calm and silent. And it is the common matrix of every experience.

An ignorant being identifies this “I” with their physical existence of name and form, their possessions and relationships – the “I,” “me,” and “mine.”

 An enlightened being identifies this “I” with pure Consciousness or awareness that is independent of any identification with name and form and any relationship with things, possessions and the world.

The mind thus has to be trained to recognize this subtlest of the subtlest truths in the fire of knowledge – the brahmic fire of knowledge.

To this end the vedantic philosophy leads the aspirant from ignorance to enlightenment of his natural state (sahaja stithi) through the process called

-shravanam (listening to the preceptor)

-Mananam (Reflections on the truth)

– Niddhidhyasanam (Meditating on those truths in silence until all doubts are dispelled shining forth its own natural effulgence.)

This is how the mind takes flight from the gross to the subtle truths.

Thus the mind that is sharpened and takes the help of the intellect to bring forth light that dispels darkness is compared to an iron rod that is heated in a blazing fire to melt it down. The fire in this case is the brahmic knowledge. In this blazing fire of brahmic knowledge all our concepts and frozen, inflexible ideas and beliefs are melted down and dissolved to its ultimate substratum or natural state. In order to be in that state one has to be constantly in awareness of that brahmic knowledge. We fall from that natural state (into a state of duality in a world of relativity) when we identify ourselves with the un-atman and when we are in awareness of that brahmic knowledge through discrimination and intense meditation, we bounce back to our ‘sahaja stithi’ – natural state.

If you want to keep the mind charged with the fire of Brahmic wisdom, you must keep it always in contact or touch with the Brahmic fire of knowledge through constant self-enquiry and intense meditation. You must keep up an unceasing flow of the Brahmic consciousness. Then you will have the Sahajavastha (natural state), which is a state of peace, love and joy.

Brahmic Fire Of Knowledge

  • Posted on March 17, 2016 at 4:02 am


Meditation is “to be in Awareness”. Only Awareness

remains. You are lost.

Realize yourself as the Immovable (kutastha),
Behind and beyond the movable (jivatman)
The silent witness of all that happens
~Nisargadatta Maharaj~


Shiva and Shakti



How would you define silence?

  • Absence of sound
  • Opposite of sound
  • Absence of thoughts

Where does sound come from?

  • From the sky

You can say sky is the womb from which sound takes birth

What is the nature of the sky?

  • It is space

Where is the sky?

  • Top, down, right, left – everywhere!

What are its boundaries?

Nobody knows. That is why they say the sky is boundless, and it

is therefore, infinite.

Let me tell you a secret…….

What is a secret?

  • That which nobody knows or only a few people know.
  • Once you know it, is it a secret? No.

We all know Sri Lalita Sahasranama stotra rahasyam. Rahasyam means secret. So it is the chanting of the 1000 names of Sri Lalita Devi which are considered secret.

By reciting the 1000 names of Sri Lalita Devi we are praising Her and worshipping Her.

What is Her form?

She is described in 2 forms. The first few shlokas describe her physical form.

Her 2 forms are

SA-kArA …………….. with form

Nir-AkArA ………….. without form.

We are with form and so it is easier for us to understand Her sA-kArA form

It is difficult to understand her without form, her nirAkArA form.

Sri Lalita Sahasranama contains the secrets of both her forms and the way to worship Her.

Where can she be found?

She can be found everywhere because She is formless. She is all-pervading since she has no boundaries and she is infinite. Her nirAkArA form can be compared to the sky which is also formless and infinite. So let us look for Her in the sky.

If the sky is formless and infinite and all-pervading, it must be within us as well as without us. To say it another way, the sky is within us and we are within the sky. The sky is the best metaphor to consider when understanding Her.

The word, PundarIkAksha, means the One who is in the bosom of my heart!

One of the names in L.S is ‘hrdayAkAsha’ which refers to Her as being in the Inner Sky.

Is the heart mentioned here a physical organ?

No. It is the ‘formless’ heart that is also called the ‘mind’, because all feelings are experienced in the mind but we point to our heart when we refer to our feelings. We experience the feelings of joy and sorrow coming and going from our mind. The feeling of sorrow sometimes makes us aware of our physical heart but it is really connected to the mind.

Lalita Sahasranama shloka 81: Bhakta manasa hamsika:

Who is the swan sporting in the Manasa lake of Her devotees’ minds

The mind is also referred to by the analogy of a pure lake (mAna Sarovar). It is also referred to as a mirror. Both reflect back to you your true nature. In order to experience Her, we have to purify our minds by removing the curtains of ignorance or dust particles of ignorance. Our thoughts are the curtains of ignorance or dust particles that we need to remove in order to experience Her in the stillness of our minds or hearts. Thoughts have forms and therefore, take away our focus to worldly things which have forms. A still mind that has no thought is formless. It is simply stillness with no sound. You can experience yourself or your ‘true nature’ in silence in the form of peace and love.

Meditation is the process of getting your mind to a state of ‘no thoughts’ as defined by Patanjali Yoga sutra: “Dhyanam nirvishayam manaha”.

Achintaiva param dhyanam-To be thoughtless is the highest form of meditation.” (Sri Sankaracharya)

When you have no thoughts, you experience a ‘silence – an empty space’ that gives you peace and reflects your true ‘loving nature’ in your own mind – the inner sky or mirror of your mind. But, it is not just inner space or inner sky reflected in the mind that matters! Pay attention to the element of Consciousness or Awareness as you experience the silence or stillness of the mind.

The philosophy of the Vedas or the message conveyed in the Vedas is that the nature of the Universal Soul is ‘sacchidananda’ or supreme truth: Sat, supreme truth or existence, Cit, Infinite Consciousness, and Ananda, highest spiritual bliss. Since the Universal Soul has become all the individual souls, all souls possess this essential nature of ‘sacchidananda’.

Let us examine this further by taking the analogy of the sky.

“You” are the one who recognizes the external sky or the internal sky and says, “the sky is external to me and also the sky is inside me” for that is what you see when you close your eyes – an empty space.

If you are not aware of its presence, there is no presence for you, i.e. there is no “Is” – meaning there is no existence (of a sky).

If there is no “I” to say “I” “see” (seeing is awareness of the presence of a sky) there is no sky.

“I” is Consciousness (if there is no I, there is no seeing or awareness)

“Is” or “Am” is existence.

In the stillness of your mind you become aware of existence and realize your true nature of peace and love! You do not need proof of your existence because it is ‘self-evident.’ If you did not exist you cannot be aware of yourself. Consciousness and existence is inter-dependent. That is why our Pure Consciousness, is referred to as Shiva, and existence, as Shakti or Energy. Shiva and Shakti are the 2 sides of the same coin, the Atman.

L.S. Brahmatmaikya swarupini

L.S. “Shiva Shaktyaikya swarupini”!

So how do I meditate in the absence of this understanding or experience?

We said earlier L.S. described Her physical form. You can paint with your thoughts, the form of God in your mind and give it all the good qualities and or positive attributes. With this practice, you become what you think.

~As A Man Thinketh, So Is He~

~YathA BhAvas tathA bhavati~

So either way, by worshipping Her with form or without form, you reach that divine state which is One only.

Here’s what Sri Sivananda has to say on meditation.

Meditation is the keeping up of an unceasing flow of God-consciousness. It is the flow of continuous thought of one thing or God or Atman, like the continuous flow of oil (Tailadharavat). All worldly thoughts are shut out from the mind. The mind is filled or saturated with Divine thoughts, Divine glory and Divine presence. Meditation is regular flow of thought with regard to the object of concentration. Meditation follows concentration.

Meditation is the seventh rung or step in the ladder of Yoga. Yogis call this ‘Dhyana.’ Jnanis term this ‘Nididhyasana.’ Bhaktas style this ‘Bhajana.’



Shiva Is Auspiciousness!

  • Posted on February 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm
 In Goodness


Shiva is Auspiciousness

Brings Out The Goodness In All Of Us


Shiva symbolizes the Consciousness within us. Shiva also symbolizes every thing auspicious and Good. Shiva as Consciousness is in everything and everybody. It is by His power that both good and bad exist in this world.
Through our prayers and devotion, We invoke Shiva who is everywhere in everything and every being, to be compassionate and forgive our misgivings and imperfections and bestow every thing auspicious on us so we may utilize the opportunity of this birth as humans to live with radiance and abundance and find our way back to Him. We do that by recognizing the good in ourselves which is reflected in others as well because where we focus is where our attention goes. So we make it our job to accept ourselves as we are and see positive in ourselves and everywhere and pray for h\His blessings to mitigate all that is harmful and not good for us. We focus on loving ourselves and accept ourselves along with our faults and achievements. We rectify our faults and pat ourselves for our goodness and achievement just as we would others. By seeing the goodness, we’ll be very enthusiastic and our lives will be richer.


  • Posted on January 17, 2016 at 5:29 am

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What is Maha Kumbabhishekam?

It is a purification ceremony performed every 12 years or after construction/renovation to nullify any unintended transgressions and/or deficiencies in the daily religious services or recitations of the mantras. It is believed to synergize the divine powers of the deities.  The Kumbha which denotes the kalaSa, Shikara or Crown of the Temple Gopuram, is bathed with the holy waters charged and sanctified with mantra chanting from all the four Vedas and performance of yajna.

What is Ati Rudram?

Sri Rudram is an ancient hymn or Vedic Stotra found in the Yajur Veda. Millions of devotees for a thousand years have been chanting this stotra, which is an invocation to the Lord Rudra who is also Lord Shiva. These stotras were not written by a human but were heard by the rishis in their meditations.

Sri Rudram consists of 2 parts: Namakam and chamakam. The first part is praising the lord and bowing to him and the second part is requesting him to grant all material desires for a comfortable living and earthly and spiritual progress. The recitation of these mantras create a powerful atmosphere with high vibrations and grants the chanter and the listener both peace and prosperity. Lord Shiva is immensely pleased with this chanting.

So what constitutes an Ati Rudram?

If 11 devotees chant Ekadasa Rudram simultaneously that would result in completing a Laghu Rudram. If 121 Ritviks chant Ekadasa Rudram simultaneously that would result in completing a MahaRudram. Typically, a MahaRudram is completed in 1 day resulting in the chanting of the Rudram 1331 (121×11) times.  If a MahaRudram is repeated for 11 days then we would have completed an Ati Rudram during which the Sri Rudram would have been chanted a total of 14,641 (121×121) times.




Shivaya Vishnu Rupaya, Shiva Rupaya Vishnave

The above line is from a shloka in the Yajur Veda, which means that Shiva is the same as Vishnu and Vishnu is the same as Shiva! How can that be? Although they have been depicted in different forms and worshipped thus, the essence of Truth is that Shiva as Consciousness is all pervading and all knowing, equally present in every being without any distinction of high and low. Vishnu stands for Vis (all pervading) + Anu (atom). So the same Supreme Being is all pervading and is present in the biggest of the biggest and the smallest of the smallest atoms in the whole universe. So there can be only one ‘all-pervading’, ‘all-knowing’ Being, even though we worship that one in different forms. The Rudram talks about this all pervading auspicious Consciousness that is all knowing and present in every existing thing in the world. The whole of Namakam in the Rudram praises that Supreme Consciousness and Intelligence present in everything from the trees to mountains and in individuals and the collective species of all kinds, in both sentient and insentient, moving and unmoving beings and salutes that divine power we call Rudra. He is called the best doctor for our sufferings and we pray to him for our welfare and peace.

Going on a temple tour with Amma is really a joyous and elevating occasion.  On December 20th  thru 25th  of 2015, we had the good fortune of attending the divine and beautiful Ati Rudram and Maha kumbhabhishekam performed after 70 years in Drakshaarama, Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the famous Panchaaramas, also known as Dakshina Kashi. The land between Sri Sailam, Kala Hasti and Draksharama is called Deva bhumi. The temple itself is said to have been built over night by Devas and so it was only appropriate that our Amma, who is divine, was asked to preside over the occasion. There were many programs such as the yajna, Chandi Homa, Shiva Abhisheka and preparations for the Maha Kumbabhisheka being conducted at the same time and Amma somehow managed to be everywhere making sure every event was going well and also giving her attention to all the devotees who came to see her from far and near. It was truly a blessing to be able to chant powerful mantras of the Rudram and perform yajna at the banks of the sacred river Godavari and that too in the presence of our dear Amma, an embodiment of Lalitaambika. It is said that at the time of Maha Pushkaras, so called because of the auspicious planetary alignment, planet Jupiter influences the Godavari River to bestow spiritual elevation, wealth, wisdom and good health and overall well being to those blessed to be in her presence. This is a powerful astrological occurrence that happens once every 144 years. The next Maha Pushkaras for Godavari River will occur in 2159.

Amma herself took us to the river later and as we all immersed our feet in the river,  Amma asked us to remember our deceased ancestors and pray for their liberation. She said the departed souls wait anxiously for any of their descendants to visit River Godavari so they can be liberated.

During the event Amma repeatedly said that we were all invited there for the occasion by Lord Bhimeshwara Swamy himself.  Bhima means huge. This is the largest self born Crystal Shiva Lingam in the world, with 14.5 ft of the lingam being visible above ground, and who knows the depth of the lingam under the Mother Earth?  Just the intent to go there with love, faith and devotion, destroys all bondages and karma load in one’s life which is the cause for the cycle of birth and death, and liberates one in this life time itself. True devotion, absolute faith and love in God and oneness of the Supreme Truth definitely redeems one of all sins and liberates one. The power of the pilgrimage to drakshaarama is stated in the 8th chapter of Skanda Purana. Drakshaarama is called the ‘bhogamokshodbhava puram’ – the city that grants all enjoyments as well as liberation while still alive.

Beautiful Radiance during Abhishekam

In the above picture, the photographer captured the divine radiance emanating from or falling on the Shiva Lingam to which Amma was doing Abhishekam.  There was no possibility of sunshine falling in the room and yet the divine radiance was seen as shown in the photo.

Amma asked the crowd, “Who has seen Shiva? You have all been chanting the Rudram for so many years. Have you seen Shiva?” And then she said, “Shiva is nothing but self effulgent divine radiance!”


Bhimeshwara Swamy Lingam

This Bhimeshwara Swamy lingam is also called the ardhanareeshwara lingam and is made of crystal.


Millions of people in the world who chant the Rudram, simply love it, and it is their very breath for they don’t eat, drink or sleep without first chanting it. It takes a lot of sadhana of about 41 years of chanting Rudram before they can participate in an Ati Rurdram. Amma’s sankalpa and intent for doing the Ati Rudram is to attract positive energy and peace on Earth. Rudram chanting is very powerful and purifies every cell in the body. It removes all negativity and impurities of bondage thus leading to liberation of the soul. The Rudram divinizes the life of one who chants the Rudram and blesses that one with ‘ksheera neera viveka nyaayam,’ which is the ability to discriminate between truth and untruth, reality and unreality, what to do and what not to do. It gives them the ability to sort out the reality from unreality just like a swan separates water from the milk. People who chant the Rudram are like walking Gods on this Mother Earth.

Amma clearly loves the Vedas and is promoting the vedic culture which will otherwise be lost in the name of modernity.

The Art of Communicating

  • Posted on December 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Communication requires many skills.

The Facts about Nitric Oxide and Kyani Nitro FX

  • Posted on November 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Article 1: The Molecule of Life
Article 2: Nobel Prize Speech The Nitric Oxide Break-Through
Dr. Qutab02Nitric Oxide: The Molecule of Life
By Dr. Abbas Qutab, a member of the Kyani medical team, has independently written a book about Nitric Oxide, entitled Nitric Oxide-The Molecule of Life, which has been translated into several languages. In this book he refers to a proprietary blend for receiving the most powerful form of Nitric Oxide. He is referring to the Kyani Nitro FX.
Nitric Oxide and Kyani: In 2001 an independent laboratory conducted research on Noni and found that in endothelial tests in vitro, diluted Noni juice produced a nitric oxide effect. It was also found that Noni leaves produced four times the amount of nitric oxide as compared to diluted Noni juice. However, by using a proprietary combination of various parts of the whole Noni plant, a formula which produces a nitric oxide effect up to 50 times greater than the diluted Noni juice was created!
Kyani Nitro FX utilizes this formula which includes the best parts of the entire Noni plant , roots stems and leaves, and distillates them into a proprietary extract to provide optimal nitric oxide effect.
The Discovery of Nitro FX
The discovery of nonis nitric oxide effect finally explained the true benefits of the Noni plant. This finding led to a new and potentially life-changing product called Kyani Nitro FX, a formula that maximizes the production of nitric oxide. This product utilizes the best parts of the Noni plant and distillates them into a proprietary extract to provide optimal nitric oxide effect. The discovery of nitric oxide function in the human body is one of the most important discoveries in recent medical/scientific history. The breakthrough came in 1987, when it was shown that this molecule, which was far from the forefront of medical science, was produced in nearly every cell in the human body.
The importance of nitric oxide was made even more evident when three Pharmacologists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for their research in nitric oxide. Recently nitric oxide has been named the molecule for without it, life is impossible
What is nitric oxide?
What is nitric oxide and why is it so important? Despite the significance of this molecule, nitric oxide (abbreviated NO) is relatively unknown outside the medical research community. Nitric oxide is a highly reactive gas that is naturally produced in the human body. NO is the most important signaling molecule in the body, and it affects a wide range of physiological functions including circulation, inflammation, and oxygen release in tissues from red blood cells.
Before going any further, however, letss be clear on one thing nitric oxide: it is NOT nitrous oxide, the gas administered by dentists to decrease pain during dental procedures. But there are similarities, as in the case of nitroglycerine, often prescribed to reduce the pain of angina because it generates nitric oxide. In both cases, pain is decreased through the nitric oxide effect!
Furthermore, nitric oxide is NOT nitric acid, a highly corrosive acid used in the making of explosives and fertilizers. Nor is it nitrogen oxide, a poisonous air pollutant. Rather, the nitric oxide (NO) molecule is composed of one atom of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen bound by a double bond. What has scientists and researchers around the globe so excited about this seemingly simple molecule is the seemingly unlimited number of functions it has in the human body.
What are the benefits of nitric oxide?
Nitric oxide helps maintain, repair and defend nearly every cell and system in the body. NO assists in combating pain, inflammation, digestion problems, insomnia, diabetes, and injury. It is also consistently linked to increased energy, improved sexual function, and even weight management. It is able to do this because it is a signaling molecule which instigates processes involving an extensive array of physiological functions.
Perhaps the most important function of nitric oxide is the relaxing of the smooth muscles in the walls of the arterioles, thus allowing blood to flow more freely to vital organs. This promotes optimal heart function by allowing more oxygen, nutrients, vitamins, and growth factors to reach crucial points in the body.
Where does nitric oxide come from?
The primary way nitric oxide is produced in the body is through the process of converting Larginine (one of the 20 amino acids) into citrulline. L-arginine, the source of NO, is released from proteins and small peptides in the small intestine and is then absorbed, along with other amino acids into the circulation. It is then delivered to every cell in the body. Some L-arginine is metabolized for NO synthesis and some is used for protein synthesis.
Nitric oxide is also created from substances known as nitrates. As we now know, nitrites found in plants such as green leafy vegetable and noni have proven to be high in these substances, and when ingested the nitrates and nitrites are converted into NO by normal stomach acid. Not only does this nitric oxide protect us by killing almost all the bacteria that have been swallowed in our food, but it also diffuses through the stomach wall and enters the red blood cells or binds to protein to be carried off to all parts of the body.
Noni and the Nitric Oxide Effect
Over the last decade Noni (morinda citrifolia) has become a worldwide health phenomenon and hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have added their voices to the Polynesians’ – that Noni works! But, no one really understood the reasons why it worked, including the Polynesians. Until now!
Detailed analysis of Noni revealed the incredible nutrient composition of this remarkable plant. Noni is rich in health-promoting compounds such as antioxidants, phytochemicals and bioflavonoids. The Noni leaves and roots are sources of complete protein, each having a full complement of essential amino acids.
In 2001 an independent laboratory conducted research on Noni and found that in endothelial tests in vitro, diluted Noni juice produced a nitric oxide effect. It was also found that Noni leaves produced four times the amount of nitric oxide as compared to diluted Noni juice. However, by using a proprietary combination of various parts of the whole Noni plant, a formula which produces a nitric oxide effect up to 50 times greater than the diluted Noni juice was created!
The Discovery of Nitro FX
The discovery of nonis nitric oxide effect finally explained the true benefits of the Noni plant. This finding led to a new and potentially life-changing product called Kyani Nitro FX, a formula that maximizes the production of nitric oxide. This product utilizes the best parts of the Noni plant and distillates them into a proprietary extract to provide optimal nitric oxide effect.

Specific Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

  • Posted on November 1, 2015 at 12:39 am

Sweet potatoes are available all over the world, and if you only eat these delicious root vegetables when they’ve been baked until they are virtually unrecognizable, then you are missing out on one of nature’s greatest nutritional gifts. They are not only rich in a vast range of nutrients, but they are also one of the best natural ways to regulate your blood sugar levels, making them an exceptionally beneficial food for diabetics. It also helps that they are absolutely scrumptious, and their sweet flavor is completely unlike any other found in the vegetable world. Indeed, sweet potatoes are so versatile that they’re sure to liven up a whole range of dishes, even desserts!




Selecting and Storing Sweet Potatoes


There are different varieties of sweet potato, and many come in different colorings and hues. Here are some tips for selecting, storing and preparing the vegetable, so that you can benefit from as much goodness as possible.


  1. Choose the darker variety of sweet potato at the grocery store if possible, because they have the higher carotene content, essential for the production of vitamin A. Purple sweet potatoes, more commonly found in Asia, are also a great source of nutrients. Paler varieties are healthy, but don’t offer quite the same number of benefits as darker types, and many people often confuse them with yams.


  1. Avoid wrinkly, soft sweet potatoes and take time to select ones with good, firm flesh. If there are signs of green discoloring, then leave them alone.


  1. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark and well ventilated place. Do not leave them in plastic bags, or keep them in the fridge. Consume within 7-10 days of purchase.


  1. Prepare sweet potatoes in the same way you would prepare normal white potatoes. However, bear in mind that the skin contains a large percentage of the nutrients, so try to leave it on if possible. You can make fantastic sweet potato fries by leaving the skin on, and chopping the vegetable into strips.


  1. You can steam, bake, boil or roast sweet potatoes, and still benefit from plenty of nutrients. But as with any vegetable preparation, try not to over-cook them.




Specific Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes


Although they are soft, creamy and sweet enough to be used in some desserts, sweet potatoes offer a surprisingly huge range of nutritional benefits, many of which have specific health benefits.

  1. Great for Blood Sugar Levels

Although they are sweet tasting, sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index, which means they are a very good blood sugar regulator. Many starchy foods, including white potatoes, encourage blood sugar levels to spike and rise rapidly, but sweet potatoes release sugar into the bloodstream much more slowly. This makes them a great choice for diabetics, who can safely consume the carbohydrates without associated problems.



  1. Great Source of Vitamin A


Sweet potatoes contain a huge amount of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that gives certain vegetables their orange color. The body can turn carotenoids into vitamin A, which is linked to cancer prevention, the maintenance of good vision, and also provides a number of anti-ageing benefits. Indeed, one large sweet potato is capable of providing 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



  1. Great for Heart Health


The high levels of vitamin B6 and potassium found in sweet potatoes provide excellent benefits for your heart. B6 vitamins break down homocysteine, a substance which can harden blood vessels and block arteries. Potassium, meanwhile, helps balance fluid and blood pressure levels, while providing your body’s cells with electrolytes that help regulate your heart beat.



  1. Great for Skin Care



Sweet potatoes can work to improve the appearance of your skin from both inside and outside your body. The high levels of vitamin C and E contained within sweet potatoes helps boost the body’s defenses against the sun’s harmful UV rays and encourages the production of collagen, which keeps the skin strong and supple.


But it isn’t only consumption of sweet potatoes that can benefit your skin. If you boil them, don’t throw away the water afterwards. Take a cup and use your fingers to gently apply the water to your face. This can help clean your pores, remove impurities from the skin and even reduce dark circles around your eyes.



  1. Great for Digestion


Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber, while still being low in calorie content. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract, helping your body pass toxins and waste products out quickly and efficiently, while guarding against constipation and bloatedness.



  1. Great for Emphysema Prevention


Emphysema is a condition that gradually damages the air sacs in the lungs, leaving sufferers short of breath. It is often associated with smokers, or people exposed to smoking on a regular basis. Smoking reduces levels of vitamin A, which helps regenerate the cells in the lungs. The beta-carotene contained within sweet potatoes encourages the production of vitamin A and helps heal the respiratory system.


  1. Great Source of Vitamins and Minerals


Sweet potatoes contain a significant amount of vitamins C, E, B5, B6, riboflavin and copper. These nutrients offer a range of benefits for your immune system, red blood cell production, sleep patterns, mood, wound repair, disease prevention, muscle weakness and pain.



  1. Great for Stress Relief


Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of magnesium, often considered to be one of the best minerals for promoting relaxation, calmness and improved mood. As we already know, they are also rich in potassium, which helps regulate your heart beat when you are anxious or stressed.

Actions Are The Offspring Of Thoughts

  • Posted on October 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm


Learn A Lesson1

Actions are the off spring of thoughts.

‘Unmindful thinking’ leads to chaotic

actions and therefore inconsistent


To get a real award, avoid waste and negative. If there is a long time practice of avoiding negative and waste, I will be able to appreciate fully the gifts of life. This is the reward I get. Also, since I am not sowing wrong seeds, whatever fruits I reap are
positive too. Even when life brings different situations, I still am able to receive positive fruits. Today I will check my own thoughts at least 10 times today. I will check the quality of my thoughts. If I catch myself having negative or waste thoughts, I will create one single positive thought like “I am the master of my life” or “I choose my destiny with my actions” or simply “I am happy today”.