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Life Is A Dance – Nataraja’s Dance!

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

 

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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

dance!

 

 

YOU ARE A POWERFUL BEING!

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

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YOU ARE A POWERFUL BEING!

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

 

CONNECT THE DOTS

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.’

 

 

MAHA KUMBHABHISHEKAM IN DRAKSHAARAMA IN 2015

  • 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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

Definiteness Of Purpose Is The Sail That Reaches You To Your Destination Safely

  • Posted on September 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

The word Dharma has many meanings if you look up the word in the Sanskrit dictionary. :)

It means one’s nature, religion, law, attributes, good works, conduct, etc. One of the many meanings for dharma is also ‘duty’.

Abandoning all dharma/duties does not mean that one should not perform their duties. As explained in the commentary given below one maybe confused as to what action to perform and which not to. As a general rule of thumb, we have been given a mind to think. And as Napoleon Hill has said,we must always have a ‘definiteness of purpose’ in life and choose actions that are beneficial to oneself and others. Otherwise, like a ship without a sail keeps drifting without actually reaching the destination, we also would be simply drifting in life. We should also have the ‘sail’ of an aim in life that keeps us mentally healthy and productive and helps us reach our destination safely. And that destination is to merge with the Lord.

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It is said that this shloka 66 from Chapter 18 of the Bhagavad Gita, containing the sum and substance of the entire Gita, is the one “take home message” for any student who feels bewildered or overwhelmed with the teaching. There are four parts to the shloka. The first part instructs the seeker to abandon all of their duties. Let us look at this deeper meaning since we should not take it literally. This means that Shri Krishna wants the seeker to stop analyzing which actions they should stop performing, which actions should they continue pursuing and which new actions should they take up. They should simply stop worrying about all these questions.

So then, what should the seeker do? The second part of the shloka gives the answer – take refuge in Ishvara alone. All our thoughts, words, actions, feelings, everything should be dedicated towards Ishvara. By doing so, we will automatically arrive at the answers to our questions regarding what to do and what not to do. When we eat our food by first offering it to Ishvara, we will automatically stop eating food that is not appropriate. When we offer all of our actions to Ishvara, we will not perform any illegal or unethical actions. Everything will automatically fall into place.

What is the result of taking refuge in Ishvara? The third part of the shloka assures the seeker that they will be liberated from all of their paapa, their sins. Sins in this context refers to the bondage of actions caused by our ego. If we perform all actions in service to Ishvara, and accept any success or failure as a gift from Ishvara, we will never harbour any worry or anxiety about the past or future. We will simple continue to fill our time in relentless service to Ishvara. Ultimately, we will reach a stage where our mind is purified of all selfishness, leading to the fourth part of the shloka, complete freedom from sorrow.

Shri Krishna ends this shloka with the words “do not grieve”. It is said that with this shloka,  the core teaching of the Gita is complete, since the teaching was begun with a view to eliminate the cause of Arjuna’s sorrow, which is his ignorance of his true nature as the self.

All Kinds Of Wealth Is Your Birth Right

  • Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:23 am

 

Living life without a goal is meaningless. Talk to any successful person and you will hear them say that they found no enthusiasm to live when they had no goal to strive for. Majority of the people who live their lives without thinking much, and live just to eat, play and sleep, live aimlessly. As a result they have not much successful achievements to show in their lives. Good health, wealth, happiness and peace are our birth right!

We are essentially born to live out our dreams in the attainment of our desires. We come into this world with a blue print of our desires. So it makes sense to examine our desires to make sure they are in accordance with dharma, in that we do not intrude in the rights of others and fulfill our own desires while abiding by the rules of conduct of right behavior.

India is the country that has given out the knowledge of the mantras to the world. It is said in Sanskrit, the language of the Gods, “Mananaat traayate iti mantraha.” Mantra is that which protects you when you chant it mindfully.

Mantras are not only just sounds that create certain beneficial sound waves, when chanted in a certain way, having a profound effect on our body and mind, but they have certain profound meanings as well. These Sanskrit words are inviting certain material and spiritual gains from the ether or the subconscious mind or the universal mind – call it what you may. By praying for those traits or attributes and material gains we are elevating ourselves from the beastly to human to the divine status gradually. How so? Try it for yourself and experience the changes in your personality which becomes soft, refined, compassionate and divine.

That which you think of, you become; As A ManThinketh, so is he! So in Indian religion, we worship idols who have the qualities that we adore. As my Guru once said, “in India we worship God 365 days because we have the custom of celebrating festivals every day to different Gods.”

August 28th is the day we worship Lakshmi to ward off eight kinds of hardships in our lives. She drives away the three sufferings of restlessness, worry and depression. The word ‘Lakshmi’ is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, meaning ‘aim’ or ‘goal’, and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual.

There is a world of information on the internet, so I am just giving a few references through hyperlinking the information found on other sites for further reading if it interests you.

The Lakshmi Form:

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, “kama” or desires, “artha” or wealth, and “moksha” or liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan – Lakshmi accompanying Vishnu.

Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one’s dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth.  Wealth is not only the money.  Tradition and values of life is also wealth.  Our family and progress is also wealth.  Our belongings such as land, properties, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of character are nothing but our wealth and so also glory or victory.  Thus this eightfold  Sri  Lakshmi is known as Sri Ashta Lakshmi. 

Mother Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well-known sixteen types of wealth and many more.  (1) Fame (2) Knowledge (3) Courage and Strength (4) Victory (5) Good Children (6) Valour (7) Gold and other gross properties (8) Grains in abundance (9) Happiness (10) Bliss (11) Intelligence (12) Beauty (13) Higher Aim, High Thinking and Higher Meditation too (14) Morality and Ethics (15) Good Health (16) Long Life.  Let us glance upon the glory of mother Ashta Lakshmi’s individual nature and forms…… Read More

 

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF YAJNA

  • Posted on June 12, 2015 at 3:41 am

VIRAT SWAROOP (COSMIC FORM)

In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises Arjuna, about the right action to take in the 3rd chapter which talks about Karma Yoga.

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In the beginning of creation, Brahma after generating all beings as a result of the performance of sacrifice, the Supreme Lord said: By the performance of sacrifice may you evolve and prosper; let sacrifice bestow all that is desirable for you.

The sacrifice mentioned above is the performance of Yajnas, a sacrificial rite where offerings are made to the Fire god. These yajnas have been scientifically designed by the


ancient rishis of India according to the Vedic Culture of India. Yajnas are the symbol of this vedic culture.

The herbal ingredients that are offered into the fire are called Havan samagri. The fragrance, vapors and fumes generated by yajna yield multiple positive effects and give extra medicinal benefits and strengthen the healthy constituents in the havan samagri.

The heat of the fire in the yajna lightens and expands the surrounding air after purification. This air moves upwards and is spread around in wider areas. New layer of air comes from below and goes thru the same cycle of purification. Yajna thus continues generating more and more pure air for larger and larger space around. The herbs and other ingredients that are burnt in the fire of the yajna are transformed into their subtlest form and reach miles ahead in the space along with spreading vapors and fumes of the yajna. Most importantly these not only destroy the germs but also eliminate the toxic particles and pollutants. The thickened yajna smoke on clouds goes deep in the earth as rainwater and serves the dual purpose of eradication of worms and germs and nurtures the soil with healthy substances. The yajna vapors clustered on clouds are also enshowered on the rivers and ponds and purify and enrich the water resources with vital elements. Thus the smoke generated by the yajna with the sublimated ingredients of the havan samagri that was offered into the fire proves to have excellent purifying, nourishing and medicinal effect on the air as well as on soil and water. Notably, it risks no side effects and there is no perturbance in the ecological harmony.

In ancient times King Bharata the ruler of India, then known as Bharat, under the guidance of rishis, had transformed India into a ‘tapo bhumi’by performing grand yajnas, which had spiritually purifying effects on the land and its people. No wonder India is called ‘Karma bhumi’ because of their actions which had universal benefits.

Today Amma is performing these yajnas all over the world for its purifying effects and elevation of the humans and peaceful conditions to prevail. The relevance and need for grand scale yajnas is all the more necessary in this day and age considering the present circumstances when every component of Nature is critically polluted. The toxic smoke continuously erupting from the chimneys of heavy factories, the ever-increasing volumes of poisonous gases and particles released by the flow of automobiles on every road of the world, by the rising aircrafts in space, etc. have polluted the earth’s atmosphere so much that we hardly get any fresh air to breathe. The rising levels of carbon, lead and other respiratory toxic particles are worsening the instance of coronary, renal and other kinds of diseases.

Billions of dollars are being spent on gigantic pollution-controlling projects world-wide but with no satisfactory effect. Yajna provides an effective eco-friendly, economic alternative in this respect. The sublimated herbs in the fumes and vapors of yajna counter the toxins in air at an amazingly rapid rate and benefit all humans, birds-animals, trees and plants that inhale them through respiration and skin pores. As described earlier, the same energized and medicinal effects reach the soil and water-resources through the rain showers of clouds. Apart from purifying the soil and water, these also augment the fertility of land and vitality of the vegetation and other crops on it.

Scientific experiments in this regard have given encouraging results and shown yajna as a promising means of eliminating global pollution with viable healthy effects.

I AM A RADIANT BEING OF LOVE

  • Posted on March 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Love

I Am A Radiant Being Of Love

 

At the core of my heart I am like the Sun radiating with love and knowledge. Knowing this and meditating on it helps us connect with our inner resource to these 2 attributes that are absolutely essential for us to be in the light, for the sun has no partiality and shines on everybody that opens their window to its rays, and we are in infinite supply. It is inexhaustible! We hold that fountain of love and knowledge as that is what we are!!

Yet God speaks to us through any means possible to be heard by us even if it has to be through dreams or through other people. Our effort only lies in tuning in to our inner Self and to do so I feel inspired by Og Mandino’s scrolls on love which is worth reading every day.

“I WILL GREET THIS DAY WITH LOVE IN MY HEART”

For a slide show of the ten scrolls click here

 

 

My Power Comes Through The Use Of My Mind

  • Posted on March 16, 2015 at 6:09 am

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What We See In Our World
Is A Mirror Of What We Have In Our Minds.

MY POWER COMES THRU THE USE OF MY MIND

I am Pure Consciousness! I can use this Consciousness in any way I desire.
I can choose to be conscious of the realm of lack and limitation or I can choose
to be conscious of the realm of Infinite Oneness, Harmony and Wholeness.

It is One Infinite Conscious viewed either negatively or positively.

At all times I am one with all of life, and I am free to experience Love, Harmony, beauty, strength, joy and so much more.

I am Consciousness.
I am Energy.
I am safe.

I Keep learning, growing, and changing my consciousness and changing my
experience.

ALL IS WELL!

~ Meditations To Heal Your Life By Louise L. Hay ~

Last year I attended a workshop on “Heal Your Life” based on the teachings of Louise L. Hay. The teachings resonated very well for me because I am all for love.For a long time I thought loving others was more important but when I had my spiritual experience the first thing I realized was that we treat others the way we treat ourselves. If we are too critical of ourselves we will be too critical of others as well. Perhaps in trying to efface my ego I was giving more importance to others and was never kind to myself. It was only when I felt that oneness with the Universal Consciousness I felt the unconditional love for all beings in whom the same Consciousness radiated.

In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, there is an interesting and famous  conversation between the wise sage Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyi where in Maitreyi asks him if she can get immortality through wealth. He says no and then she asks, “what is the use of the wealth, if it does not give me immortality? What is this love for wealth for?”

And then Yajnavalkya says, “Nobody loves anything for its own sake. All love is for the love of the Self, in the pure spiritual sense.” We love other things and others because it gives us pleasure and therefore, we love ourselves more than anything else. And we are nothing but a part of that Universal Consciousness that is like a sea of Consciousness.

So I do believe that everything starts with the love of Self and it is healing.

I started a skype group chat room where you can join us to discuss this topic on love and Healing. Feel free to join us by clicking here —>

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Keeping in Tune With The Cosmic Rhythm and Ebb and Flow Of Life!

  • Posted on July 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

ebb and flow of life

 

 

As I was thinking about how to cope with the daily ebb and flow of life, I came across this  very nice article written by Chris Assaad at TheDailyLove.com site.

Resistance always creates unhappiness and to go with the flow brings harmony or at least lets us slide smoothly with the ebb and flow of life. In one of the network marketing meetings I attended, a speech made by one of the leaders, left an indelible impression on my mind and I just wanted to share my thoughts here. She compared our daily moods to the yearly seasons and talked about how to cope with our moods just the way we cope with the different seasons in the year – spring, summer, Fall and Winter. Each season has its challenges and strengths we can take advantage of . If we are sensitive, we can experience these moods of creativity, cheerfulness, contemplation and rest even in a single day. ‘This too shall pass’ is the best attitude to adopt. At the same time getting prepared for a brighter tomorrow is always hopeful and rejuvenating.