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What do I like about the Rudram?

  • Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Today I would like to post an article from my guest Ms. Sonal Vohra, from my Veda Chanting sesson I attend. As she shared her opinion about the Rudram, I took

her permission to publish it here. Hope you enjoy it.

 

Shiva & Shakti

 

My two favorite words in the Rudram are Vishwah Bheshji (healing/curing the world)
and mridayah (make happy, fill with bliss).  It defines its power to me.

Rudram recitation can transform the internal environment as well as the external environment – the inside and the outside.  It is about the rudras and their powers – both fierce and benevolent (like Ma Durga can be both).  It is about and affects the flora, the fauna, people, critters, birds, the animals. It deals with the sthula, sukshma and the karana sharira.  It addresses and propitiates every deva with a portfolio, and the directions.  It is the most all-encompassing prayer that I have found, in my very humble of opinion.

It says that Rudra will give back the true nature of the atma that has been stolen by the thieving maya/ego element.  It fosters goodness and equanimity which are a real empowerment and gift.  It cleanses the earth –  and one person at a time, and the power of that person is multiplied by the yojanas that the good energies created by the Rudram emanate to.  That is the importance of the yojana.  Knowing that your daily Rudram will
positively benefit not only you, but your family, children, neighbors and neighborhood, city, country, continent and all that pervades the yojanas that are covered under the Rudram’s positive energy.  Rudram reminds me of the square formula in math that we all learnt as children.  It takes the prayers for humanity on a quantun leap to everyone, like the Samasta Lokaha Sukhino Bhavantu, if recited by many people many times.

Coming to the stage of learning/reciting the Rudram is itself the result of merits from many past lives, Swami has told us.  It is the ultimate gift of the Lord to us, as it is a seva to humanity and a spiritual bequeathal to redeem our lives forever.

My two favorite words in the Rudram are Vishwah Bheshji (healing/curing the world)
and mridayah (make happy, fill with bliss).  It defines its power to me.

Rudram recitation can transform the internal environment as well as the external environment – the inside and the outside.  It is about the rudras and their powers – both fierce and benevolent (like Ma Durga can be both).  It is about and affects the flora, the fauna, people, critters, birds, the animals. It deals with the sthula, sukshma and the karana sharira.  It addresses and propitiates every deva with a portfolio, and the directions.  It is the most all-encompassing prayer that I have found, in my very humble of opinion.

It says that Rudra will give back the true nature of the atma that has been stolen by the thieving maya/ego element.  It fosters goodness and equanimity which are a real empowerment and gift.  It cleanses the earth –  and one person at a time, and the power of that person is multiplied by the yojanas that the good energies created by the Rudram emanate to.  That is the importance of the yojana.  Knowing that your daily Rudram will
positively benefit not only you, but your family, children, neighbors and neighborhood, city, country, continent and all that pervades the yojanas that are covered under the Rudram’s positive energy.  Rudram reminds me of the square formula in math that we all learnt as children.  It takes the prayers for humanity on a quantun leap to everyone, like the Samasta Lokaha Sukhino Bhavantu, if recited by many people many times.

Coming to the stage of learning/reciting the Rudram is itself the result of merits from many past lives, Swami has told us.  It is the ultimate gift of the Lord to us, as it is a seva to humanity and a spiritual bequeathal to redeem our lives forever.

SRI RUDRAM

  • Posted on June 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

SRI RUDRAM

9th Anuvaaka

Shiv Linga

PAAM SAVYA AND RAJAH

(According to Maunishbhai’s translation from the Rudra Tattva)

Paam-savya = minute particles which are invisible to the naked eye.

(My comment:  If we say particles invisible to the naked eye it would mean they are beyond the measure of our eyes.  

Maybe there is no instrument known to man which can measure its size but it is a minute particle.) 

Maunishbhai further states it stands for the subtle and abstract; spiritual secrets.

RajaH: bigger, visible dust particles. Both complement each other. It is only through this gross vehicle (human body)

that one can reach out and experience the subtle. NamaH to both the subtle and the gross.

The gross is with form and therefore it is the saakaara, which means with form;

the invisible is the niraakaara, or without form.

Upon further contemplation, if we looked at the root cause of all that is in existence, we can trace it to the five elements.

Upon further analysis the root cause of even the 5 elements is the Consciousness.

If the root cause of Earth is water, and the root cause of water is fire, and the root cause of fire is air, the root cause of air

is space;

If the question arises as to what is the root cause of space, one has to say the Consciousness; because space by itself cannot

say it exists. It is only Consciousness or the “I AM” principle that proclaims that space exists. Therefore, the root cause of

even the five elements is I AM principle. Consciousness has no shape i.e. no form and as a result it is infinite with no limits

or boundaries. It is boundless. If you looked at the minutest particle also Science has now come to the conclusion that if you

analyzed the particles to their last core, it is nothing but Energy and that too which is not diminished for even though the forms

keep changing, there is no loss in Energy.

There cannot be two formless substances and therefore Consciousness and Energy or Shakti are one and the same.

The visible particles have form and are called saakaara, with form. They can be many and varied. We human beings

who are with Consciousness that is formless and a human body that has form are both niraakaara and saakaara.

The only way we can know our subtle nature is thru the known saakaara form. That which has no form or limits or boundaries

is necessarily subtle and therefore all pervading. That is what Maunishbhai means when he says “ Both complement each other.

It is only through this gross vehicle (human body) that one can reach out and experience the subtle. NamaH to both the subtle

and the gross.” Both have their due respectful places and therefore, we say NamaH to both the subtle and the Gross!

Shushka = parched, dry, robbed of moisture. Harita = green, moist

“Any hypothesis or discussion or action devoid of the rasa (=essence) of prema-love arising from the atma is said to be

shushka (dry) and vice versa.  At times one can feel the dryness even in a classical music recital by a maestro, when it is

felt ‘too technical’ or ‘too dry’; whereas  a simple bhajan rendered by an ordinary singer who pours his heart out can move

one to tears because of its ‘bhakti-rasa’ content. NamaH to the shuShka and namaH to the harita.

When we are happy our inner state feels like there is spring in the air. When we are sad, our inner heart feels like a desert

– parched and dry.”

Just like the seasons in the world outside, we experience seasons in the world inside. We go through different moods and

this is what is described in the above 2 words – shuShka and harita.

What are the emotions of the nava rasas that cause these different moods?   Here’s a reference I found on the internet.

Positive emotions or states like love, humour, compassion, chivalry and wonder can create a positive field and put you in a

happy and enthusiastic state of mind. This state fills your blood with the chemicals of happiness and well-being and is conducive

to the building or rebuilding of a healthy body and mind. The negative rasas like anger, fear and abhorrence, frustration create a

state of mind which create a negative field through filling your blood with the chemicals of unrest and unhappiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another excerpt from “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen

“Clean thoughts make clean habits. The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint. He who has strengthened and

purified his thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent. If you would perfect your body, guard your mind.

Thoughts of malice, envy and disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour face does not come by chance;

it is made by sour thoughts. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, pride.

I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright, innocent face of a girl. I know a man well under middle age whose face is drawn into

inharmonious contours.

The one is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition;

the other is the outcome of passion and discontent.

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a

bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.

On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy others by strong and pure thought and others are carved by passion;

who cannot distinguish them?

With those who have lived righteously, age is calm, peaceful, and softly mellowed, like the setting sun. I have recently seen a philosopher

on his death-bed. He was not old except in years. He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived.” 

It is easier to keep filling the garden with good seeds rather than pulling out weeds. It is better to keep planting good seeds till there is no

room for the weeds to fall and grow.  It is better to allow the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity

than always trying to make an effort not to fall into prey of the arishadvargas, the six enemies. Amma had the insight into my ‘dry’ heart

when she asked me how to make halva. I was surprised at her question and quite surprised at her describing the attitude I needed to develop

in my every action, as an offering to God and seeing his presence in everyone around me. She told me I should add more ingredients in it like

cardemoms, nuts and saffron and decorate it making it appetizing as well, feeling that I am serving the God residing in those that I served.  

As is often said, “Attitude is everything in life!” That determines the weather in the inner space, antar akasha and how we face the challenges

of the weather.Thoughts are called vrittis. Thoughts take form in our expressions as seen in the above video clips.

Brahmaakara vritti is what gives us joy, happiness, peace and love. The real fountain of love is within. The path of devotion gives us the right

attitude for receiving the grace of the Lord. Meditating on the ocean and the sky helps us realize our true nature which is like that of the ocean

and the sky – a true representation of the nature of Pure Consciousness that is infinite, formless, division less, and untainted;  a true representation

of the nature of Pure Knowledge with infinite potential  of everything that IS and can be.

 

Bh. Gita Ch. 15, shloka 15:

Sarvasya chaaham hrdi sannivishtaH

MattaH smritirjnamapohanamcha

Vedaishcha sarvairahameva vedyaH

Vedaantakrd Veda videva chaaham

Meaning:

I alone reside in the hearts of all beings and from Me emanate memory, wisdom and also their loss; I am verily that which is to be known by the Vedas; I am the author of the Vedanta and I am the knower of the Vedas.

This world is the stage where we enact the drama of life. I asked my friend, who was an actress, why she accepted the role of a villainess

as it made her look ugly whereas in reality she is very beautiful because of her clean heart. She explained to me that ‘acting’ was a form of

art and it was a challenge to also do the part of a villainess.

She said that once she was going out with her friends to have some fun but she had to complete a shooting before she went with them. They

decided to go and watch her. She acted the role of a very distressed wife who was holding her dead husband in her arms and wailed loudly in

sorrow. After a few minutes the producer said, ‘cut’, and the scene ended there. Immediately she wiped her real tears and smiled to her friends

and said, okay now we can go on our way as planned. They were surprised at the changes in her emotions and said, “wow, your acting was so

good, it moved us to tears when we saw you crying and we really thought you were affected by the death of your spouse. But you turned it into

a completely different person once the scene was shot.” She told me she never carries the emotions of the scene to her home. She can switch on

and off the emotions and simply forgets whatever emotions she acted. She was pretty ‘spiritual’ in that she is always talking about God when we

are together and finds her happiness only in that. Knowing our true nature, it would be great if we could realize that we are also in life playing our

different roles as in different relationships of Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister or friend, etc. At the end of the day we should switch off these

emotions and get immersed in ‘Brahmaakaara vritti”. I am often reminded of this particular shloka from the 

Bhagavad Gita. Ch. 3 Shloka: 17

Yastvaatmaratirevasyaat

Atma triptashcha maanavaH

Atmanyeva cha santushThaH

Tasya kaaryam na vidyate

Meaning:

He who takes delight in the Self alone and is satisfied with the Self and is contented in the Self, Has no duty. In conclusion I wanted to share this scroll from Og Mandino’s best selling book, “The world’s greatest salesman”.

   

Here is some more food for thought!

Og Mandino writes

“I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy life but

only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will

make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend its force.” “And how will I speak? I will laugh mine enemies and they will become

friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip.

When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.” “And how will I act? I will love all

manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they may be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which

they have built around their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.”     

Sharing your joys increases your pleasures; sharing of your sorrows decreases the burden of pain’

  • Posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  Shared Pain and Joy

Shared joy is a double joy.  Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

 

Recently I met Shawn Miller who is a bereavement coach.  I asked him to explain what he did. He told me that he had experienced the loss of his daughter very early in life and had a very tough time coping with it.  Eventually he got over it but as he was thinking of getting into the field of coaching, he was led to the niche of bereavement coaching.  He told me that he was gifted with the ‘tears of healing’. I said, ‘what do you mean by that?’ He said when people experience the loss of someone as a result of their death and they speak to him of their sorrow, he cries along with them. And they started telling him that they felt like a burden was lifted off them. And they would ask him ‘What did you do?’ It was then that he realized that he had the gift of the healing tears! When he cried along with them, they somehow felt relieved as if a big burden was lifted off their shoulders.

 That reminded me of my Guru, Sri Karunamayi Vijayeshwari Devi.  I have seen many devotees come to her with their problems. She looks at them empathetically and sometimes even cries at their problems and they feel relieved. She not only relieves them of the burden of their problems but also guides them with her insight and wisdom. She exudes unconditional love toward all beings.

Recently, when I was at the Ati Rudram, I had a wonderful experience with her when I had mentally done ‘pada namaskar’, that is touching her feet and conveying my salutations! (Indian way of showing respect to our elders and teachers and Gurus) and she blessed me with her garland by giving it to me as she passed by me. I was elated that she had acknowledged my salutation by giving me her garland. I wanted to save and preserve that garland for memory’s sake and carry it with me all the way to Dallas from Atlanta. Then another devotee made this wonderful suggestion that I could simply take a photo of the garland and save it that way for memory’s sake. I said okay and he took my picture. I was so happy that day that when I saw another devotee and told her how Amma had blessed me with the garland and that I wanted to preserve it and wanted to take it with me all the way to Dallas. She exclaimed, “Don’t be selfish; share the flowers from the garland with all the devotees around and double your pleasure!” I immediately understood the import of that statement and thanked herfor her wise advice. I shared all the flowers in the garland with other devotees and it truly increased my joy at looking at their happy faces.

What are the Benefits of Mantra Chanting

  • Posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra
 

Man chanting
 

 

What are the benefits of Mantra Chanting?

I recently joined a mantra chanting group and the question was raised as to the benefit of Mantra chanting and I started contemplating and researching on this question and the following are my thoughts on the gathered information. Mantras are really not manmade and have come from the Vedas. Veda means knowledge. The ancient Rishis and some modern day Rishis as well, who were inspired in their meditations, heard these sounds when they were in deeper levels of their Consciousness. These mantras were made up of Sanskrit letters. Therefore, Sanskrit is also considered the language of the Gods! The word ‘sanskrit’ actually means culture. The dictionary defines the word literally as perfected, from sam together + karoti he makes. We are all striving for perfection when we are on the spiritual path to make ourselves not only better persons but realize the divinity within us, of which we are ‘heirs’. We have the potential to evolve from the beast to human to divine beings. These divine qualities have been beautifully described in Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Lord Krishna gives solace to his disciple, Arjuna when he says, “The divine nature is deemed for liberation, the demoniac for bondage. Grieve not, O Pandava, you are born for a divine lot.” Having said so, how do we benefit from these mantras? Although it seems like a mindless exercise, to those not initiated on the subject, mantra chanting has a profound effect not only on us but also on the environment. Here’s a copy of an illustration of the effect of bijaksharas or seed letters on the body, from the book, Gayatri Mahavijnan, written by Vedamurti, Taponishtha, Pundit Shri Rama Acharya:

Om is the seed or bija mantra of all mantras

 

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 The Rishis realized this Cosmic Om in the very highest planes of Consciousness, in the state of Self-realization or Atma Sakshatkar. All the mantras in existence have come from Om. It is composed of three sounds – A, U, and M. Om is found in all societies and all religions, in one form or another. Om is the foremost of mantras. Taking the example of the 24-syllabled Gayatri Mantra, first comes Om and after it the mantras of Gayatri. The twenty-four syllables of Gayatri along with Om should be considered the original Gayatri mantra.   The above illustration shows the effect of these syllables on different parts of the body. Besides the popularly known 7 main chakras, there are several other smaller chakras or energy centers in the body that have been described by various names such as Tapini, Saphala, Vishwa, Tushti, Sukshma, etc. There have been described 24 such energy knots or granthis that are stimulated by these seed letters and have corresponding benefits.   The bija mantras or seed letters are like little bombs that explode just at the right moment. Just as you plant a seed in the earth and from that a giant tree grows up to give thousands of fruits, the bija mantras contain similar power. With the practice of anushthana (a disciplined practice), prolonged mantra repetition for a fixed period of time and a specific number and regular sadhana, the power of the mantra is awakened. When that power is awakened, the Consciousness takes the form of the mantra. That’s when the real work of the mantra begins.

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“Sudbudhi” or “Right Thinking” is the benefit of chanting the Gayatri. The name comes from “Gayantam iti trayate Gayatri,” meaning “that mantra which protects the one who sings it or chants it”. The meaning of the mantra is as follows:   “We meditate on the glorious effulgence of the resplendent Sun who is the creator and sustainer of the three worlds of bhu, bhuvah and suvah. May he kindle our intellect and illumine our wisdom for the good of all living beings”   Here’s another spiritual principle stated in the following Sanskrit aphorism:   Tam yatha yatha upasate, sa tathaiva bhavati.   (An excerpt from “An Analysis of the Brahma Sutras” by Swami Krishnananda)   “As one adores, so does one become.”   Who will not adore from the deepest recesses of the heart the best of things conceivable, which goes deep into the feelings, on which one broods forever and ever? That brooding, that deep thinking creates an impress on the mind, like a groove on the gramophone plate; we can sing the same song again and again by replaying it. This impression created by continuous thinking, wanting and adoring whatever objective may be in one’s mind – that concretizes itself into a form and presents itself before oneself, which is what we attain through meditation on anything.   Upasana literally means ‘staying close’. By the practice of Upasana, one can always stay close to divinity. Through Upasana, one can control the wavering mind and concentrate on one goal.   The practice of Upasana of Sri Saraswati Devi Mantra means – concentrating your mind on the Maha Saraswati Mantra through memorizing the mantra, and worshipping and seeking the grace of Sri Maha Saraswathi Devi. By meditating upon the Sri Saraswati mantra, Sri Saraswathi Devi confers Mantra Devata, that is the qualities of Herself such as knowledge, splendor and complete peace. By conferring total self-knowledge, like divine medicine, She destroys our ignorance and helps us go beyond this ‘bhava vyadhi’ the disease of taking birth again and again in this materialistic world.   The moment the heart is lit up with the glow of knowledge by Devi, selfish qualities shall vanish. Gradually good qualities will arise. Anger, impatience and ego, etc. will go away. In the pond of your mind, lotuses like mercy, truth, forgiveness, tolerance, valor, charity, love, inspiration and equanimity – these divine qualities will sprout. There is no other wealth greater than the blossoming of these virtuous qualities in your heart.   Meditators of this mantra can certainly control the mind and the horses of of desires. They will shine with integrity, warmth, mental purity and love. No bad thoughts come to their minds even by mistake.   They will have genuine love towards all and will be merciful towards the suffering of others.   The meaning of another mantra which is a peace mantra “Bhadram karnebhihi shrunuyama Devaha..” is   “May we all hear auspicious things through our ears; see sacred things with our eyes; may we all enjoy the sattvic contentment with strong and steady limbs and may we all, by the deva’s benevolence, obtain good weather and bumper harvest and gain robust health during this life span. May the devatas..Indra (the elderly learned one), Pusha (the knower of the Universe), Garuda ( the one who keeps the inner enemies at the periphery) and Brhaspati (the Creator) bestow svasti (goodness and auspiciousness) on us and give us environs conducive to protect us in our holy efforts.”  Through mantra chanting not only do we evoke certain divine energies in our bodies but also in the universe both of which are made up of the 5 elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.  

What brings to mind is the results of Masaru Emoto’s experiments on water. If the sounds of words and music can have such a profound effect on water, what wonder is it that it can have a profound effect on our mind and body? Mantra chanting is not a pass time nor futile exercise but a very beneficial tool to direct our lives to a positive, happy and organized life.

Sankalpam and its meaning

  • Posted on May 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Belief Itself Is Body’s Strongest Medicine

  • Posted on December 14, 2013 at 4:20 am

THE SCIENCE OF HEALING

 

I came across this video thru a friend of mine. It is really very fascinating to see how the people referenced

were cured by natural alternative medicine. I think the missing piece in the explanation about how  the information

is exchanged between cells and how we gain access to knowledge is that we are knowledge itself. What do I mean by

that?

 

According to our Upanishads, we are Consciousness and that Consciousness is knowledge itself. We have both problem

and solution within us. When we focus our energy and consciousness on a certain point, then we gain access to it. Our

Consciousness is infinite and ever expansive.

 

Just wanted to share this video. Hope you like it.

 

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.

 

Yogasana

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.

Overcoming Pain

  • Posted on October 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Pain is usually the common underlying condition of any disease. It is more like triggering an alarm system that signals an abnormality going

on in the body. Whether it is a side effect of an existing condition or a disease in itself, most doctors treat it by giving pain killers like ibuprofen

and other stronger medications which have their own side effects when used in high doses or continuous administration.

Here is a list of ten tips as recommended in the Power of Pain blog site.

• Don’t smoke. It can worsen chronic pain.
• Learn deep breathing or meditation to help with chronic pain.
• Reduce stress in your life. Stress intensifies chronic pain.
• Boost chronic pain relief with the natural endorphins from exercise.
• Cut back on alcohol, which can worsen sleep problems.
• Join a support group. Meet others living with chronic pain.
• Track your pain level and activities every day.
• Learn biofeedback to decrease pain severity.
• Eat a healthy diet if you’re living with chronic pain.
• Find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more.

My Philosophy: No Pain, no pain!

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I heard the above quote “ no pain, no pain,” when I watched Elliot Krane’s video on The Mystery of Chronic Pain on Ted Talks series. I couldn’t help laughing and I thought that was an interesting quote because really, we do not have to accept pain as a normal way of life!

Pain Relief

FGXPress Power strip for relief of back pain

In many of the situations as Dr. Krane explained in the video most often the doctors treat pain symptomatically with Ibuprofen. Often exercise is another recommendation made but it is really difficult to go thru those exercises when in pain. Yet in many cases of neuropathy and arthritis that is the very thing they recommend.
Recently, I came across 2 products that seem to have helped me in giving mobility and flexibility to cope with such physical pain and helped me to follow thru the exercises which are very essential to the body. They are Real Time Pain Relief and FGXPress Power Strips, which is FDA approved and classified as Class 1 Medical Device.

FGXPress Power StripsFGXpress Power Strips – Reported Benefits have included:
~ Restful sleep patterns
~ Improved energy and mood
~ Mental clarity, memory and sharper focus
~ Reduced stress and tension
~ Almost instant pain relief
~ Immune system boost
~ Increase muscular strength
~ Reduced inflammation
~ Less cravings for sugar or sweets
~ 24/7 detox and rebuild

 

 

There are many testimonials coming up from the users of these power strips who are suffering from various conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, arthritis, tendinitis and different kinds of chronic pain such as back pain, leg pain and shoulder pain, etc.

If you want to minimize the side effects of medications like Ibuprofen etc, then you can combine this alternative all natural medical option as well in your regimen. FGXPress Power Strips is FDA approved and classified as a Class 1 Medical Device. It not only reduces pain but also strengthens the body with all the essential nutrients and also gives Reiki energy to the body continuously when worn 24/7. I would recommend trying it out for at least 30 days to assess its value.

 

YOUR HEALTH, MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL WEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Posted on September 8, 2013 at 12:30 am

YOUR BODY IS THE MEANS TO YOUR GOAL

Abundance

The body is like a vehicle in life. “Sharir Madhyam Khalu Dharma Sadhanam” is a Vedic quote meaning that the body is the means to the attainment of all dharma or right living and thinking..

The following is an excerpt from an Indian Newspaper.

“The Inner Voice carried an article apropos of World Cup football quoting Swami Vivekananda’s well-known observation: “You will be nearer to heaven playing football than studying the Bhagavad-Gita.” Quite a few people may have been baffled by this remark. Actually, the Swami was addressing a young, sickly-looking lad who wanted to acquire spirituality by studying the immortal classic and had come to the hero of the Chicago World Parliament of Religions to guide him. And guide he did! What Swami Vivekananda in effect was trying to drive home to the boy was that first he to ought to improve his health, become strong in body and mind in order to imbibe and translate into his life, the bold message of the Song Celestial.”

According to our Indian scriptures, the goals of life are four fold:
Dharma, artha, kama ,moksha.

 

The first goal to be achieved is to live righteously with a good sense of morality and ethics.
The second goal is to achieve material and financial success.
The third is the goal to fulfill one’s desires.
The fourth goal is to aim for Self Realization or liberation.

As quoted in the above excerpt, it is important to have good health and strong body and mind before one can aim for Self Realization and live by the spiritual principles. The first three goals are aimed at attaining material wealth in a dharmic or righteous manner to fulfill one’s desires.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN WANTING TO GET RICH


Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter of Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles:

“it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.

There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy. The man who does not
desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.

There are three motives for which we live;
we live for the body,
we live for the mind,
we live for the soul.

No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three–body, mind, or soul–can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body; and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.”

HOW CAN WE GET RICH?

“Wages make you a living,which is fine, Profits make you a fortune,which is super fine.”- Jim Rohn

Many people think having a home based business or being involved in a network marketing company,is not possible for everybody. Some people still think it might be a scam or a pyramid. It is true that there are more stories of people failing in their businesses but the stories of those who are succeeding is either being minimized or thought to be unbelievable. The fact remains that more and more people are becoming successful and earning 5 to 6 figure incomes. It won’t be long when those numbers start increasing as for the predictions. As Eric Worre says in his book, “Go Pro – 7 steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional,” Network Marketing isn’t perfect…..it’s just BETTER!
Different people have different opinions about focusing only on one business or focusing on more than one. That question is debatable. In the regular traditional job of working in a corporate company where you depend entirely on your own efforts and time you can earn only one stream of income. It is only through Network marketing that you can earn multiple streams of income.
As pointed out earlier, as humans we have needs on all three levels of body, mind and spirit. The products out there are numerous and so we have every opportunity to promote more than one product. Different people have affinity for different products. So it is always advantageous to be able to offer more than one product to your customers.

THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH IS THE MOST ESSENTIAL OF ALL KNOWLEDGE


“Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live in a manner that even approaches completeness. Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be.

Success in life is becoming what you want to be; you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them. To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most essential of all knowledge.”

 

 

 

The Play of Consciousness

  • Posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm

 LIFE IS A GAME

 

Life is a Game!

Recently I took part in a research study as a volunteer, which involved playing video games. The purpose of the research was to study the

effect playing video games has on the brain of elderly people who might be going thru dementia and to see if playing video games delays

dementia.  I participated in the research, because I thought it would be fun to play the video games. I was amazed to see that it was not only

sharpening my perceptions but also my strategic skills.  The name of the video game was ‘The Rise of Nations’. The game involved creating a

nation, building Commerce, military, wonders and defending the city from attack or attacking the neighboring city to expand your empire.

Just as I was reflecting on this experience of mine, I started feeling even more so, that life is a game, because whether it is on a micro cosmic

level or macrocosmic level, or on an internal level or on an external level, the mind uses certain strategic skills, and just as the body needs

exercise on the physical level, the mind needs exercise on the mental level to keep fit.

 

Ocean and Waves

 It was mentioned in one of the Upanishads I was listening to, that the body and mind, are like the tools  of a

carpenter, to the soul. You can create anything with the instruments of the body and mind. So, if they are the tools

then what is the nature of the identity that uses these tools? That is the crux of the spiritual enquiry.  When you start

analyzing, the world and life, you come to a point where you start negating everything because everything is external

to the identity of the soul  and when you do that, what remains after negating everything that belongs to the soul but

is not the soul, then what remains is the true identity of the soul. There comes a point,  when you keep negating

everything,  you come to that core essence  of oneself the I.  This ‘I’ is nothing but pure Consciousness.  A

Consciousness that is aware of its own existence. And that in my opinion is the climax and the realization of the SElf.

That is called Self-Realization.  And  this is an amazing experience because one comes to the realization that the Self is

everything and  It requires no other material than its own Self to create everything. And the tools I talked about earlier

is created by the Self. So, in essence it is like the ocean that brings up the waves that look different from the ocean but

ultimately they all  merge into the ocean. The water in the wave and the ocean is one and the same but when you see

the waves dancing on the ocean you think they are separate.

 

 so it is with the tools of the Self like the body and the mind.  When they dissolve, they merge back

into the Self. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!

 

Life is a game. It appears like there is both creation and destruction but in reality nothing is created nor destroyed. Everything is 

Consciousness. It is all a play of the Consciousness like the dance of the ocean.