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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.’