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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.’

 

 

Relieve Your Stress Every Day!

  • Posted on June 14, 2012 at 5:05 am

relieve stress
To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done—this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.
                                                                                                -Thomas Dekker

Here’s another beautiful quote from Tools to Life that captured my appreciation. I was chuckled by the last sentence in the quote, “this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.” Waste my days? Personally speaking, I think we are born only to fulfill our desires. Once our desires are fulfilled it turns into knowledge in our memory. That is the reason why I think, our life has only as much meaning as we give it. So why not adopt the attitude quoted above?

Yesterday I attended an online meditation session with Steve Gagaghen of Contact List Builders that I am a member of and enjoyed it.
Meditation as defined by Patanjali’s Yoga sutras is to empty the mind of all thoughts and that is what we tried to do in this session, albeit for only 15 minutes. The point that was discussed is that a thought has power only when you attach emotion to it and give your focus to it. When we sit in observation of our thoughts like a witness in a non judgmental manner then they lose their hold on us, and that lightens our mind. Longer periods of meditation give us more control in the kind of thoughts and number of thoughts we entertain. This also helps us relieve our tensions from unnecessary worrying and releasing the thought for the divine to fulfill our wishes.
Our life is one long dream wherein we strive to fulfill our desires. Lately, I have been so caught up in that striving that sometimes life seems such a challenge and so stressful. Being an entrepreneur and always being on line, like so many others, I sometimes forget to take some time off from the computer to relax and enjoy the simple things of life. So taking 15 minutes of my time for this online meditation session was refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing. The music and the guided meditation were soothing and stress relieving. I would highly recommend to everyone the weekly Morning Motivator sessions on line Monday thru Friday at 10 am EST. Come on over and check it out and share your light.

There is No Shortcut

  • Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

meditation

Yesterday was Mother’s day and I took my mother out to eat to celebrate it. Actually I also invited my best friend of 42 years and her mother. And we had a nice time. While on the way to the restaurant we were talking about how some people as they become old cannot control their anger. We were actually talking in reference to our friend who gets angry easily and simply cannot help himself. At that point it dawned on me that it had to do with one’s samskaras. For once, I understood what the word samskara meant.

 

What are samskaras?

Well what are samaskaras or tendencies? When we act in a certain  way out  of compulsion, then we call that as our tendency to act in that way in spite of not wanting to.

As children we are born with certain tendencies that compel us to behave in a certain way. As we grow up and gain more experience, it gives us a chance to change those habits or tendencies thru self development we learn from school and associating with other people.. But developing new habits takes a lot of work and discipline.

Let me give you an example of what I mean. As a child I might be short tempered or get angry very easily. But thru associating with others I am made aware of this weakness of mine and on suggestions of others I try to control my anger. As years go by I seem to have gained some control over my anger during my youth and things look good. But as I grow old and successful, I become egotistical and arrogant and soon I lose perspective of my values and revert back to getting angry easily at the slightest provocation. All that work I put into my self development has gone waste. I have reverted to my original self who gets angry easily. Why does this happen? We take so many births and develop so many habits that they are so ingrained in us that it is hard to change them. The new habits we developed are not strong enough to overcome our previous samskaras.

Unfortunately, even after working the better half of our youth trying to cultivate those good habits, it seems as though our tendencies take control of us during old age and we seem to have lost what we tried to develop thru our youth. So how do we change our samskaras? It is only thru meditation that we can change our tendencies. To this question and answer the following email I received in my inbox today is an appropriate answer and so I decided to post it here on my blog.

 

There is no shortcut.

One thing has to be remembered about meditation; it is a long journey and there is no shortcut. Anyone who says there is a shortcut is befooling you.

It is a long journey because the change is very deep and is achieved after many lives – many lives of routine habits, thinking, desiring, and the mind structure you have to drop through meditation. In fact it is almost impossible – but it happens.

A man becoming a meditator is the greatest responsibility in the world. It is not easy. It cannot be instant. So from the beginning never start expecting too much and then you will never be frustrated. You will always be happy because things will grow very slowly.

Meditation is not a seasonal flower which within six weeks is there. It is a very very big tree. It needs time to spread its roots.
‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑OSHO