Sunday, August 14, 2016

Commentary on Chapter 11 of Bhagvad Geeta by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji - Day 1

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The visvaroopa विस्वरूप दर्शन of divine happens when devotee is deeply connected. Has total trust and believes in the ways of unknown, unseen.

There are two kinds of people in the world.

One who are feeling helpless and hopeless that no matter what they do the earth is going to collapse.

Others who say that God is doing everything so what can we do and laze off, careless.

Both the extremities are not healthy. 

Krishna says - I have taken care of this universe from time immemorial (सनातन काल से) and will continue to do so. There is a natural law which runs the entire show and it will continue to do so.

You just have to believe in that and continue doing your part with hope and help. That power is ever present to help you in every step of your life. Recognise it. 

That grace is required to carry us through. Effort can only help us swim in calm waters but if there is rough sea then a helping hand is required. No matter how much effort you put as swimmer the sea will immerse you, drown you if you only believe in effort. 

Have hope on the grace as its the only means to your natural end. 

If you directly get into formless there would be suffering. Religions in the past which took on the formless have suffered both as individuals or as community too. Have a look at Moses, Prophet Mohammad’s life or his children or Sikh gurus life. Every one of them had so many difficulties in their life. 

So it is recommended to go from form to formless. 

That is what Arjuna requests in a state of contentment. After receiving all the knowledge of 10 chapters he is content. But the spirit of enquiry is still alive. Even in a state of contentment the state of enquiry needs to keep burning. From that space emerges 11th chapter of Bhagvad Geeta. 

Arjuna says - If you think I am fit for it it then I request you to display your विस्वरूपा, your entire being that encompass whatever you have shared with me so far.

Sanjay narrates the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. He had developed this faculty of taking his attention to any place and witnessing it as if in person. Therefore, he could narrate Bhagvad geeta to King Dhritarashtra.

Gurudev mentioned about the intuition process that is being taught to kids. Kids are able to see events happening distantly at same time or in future. 

Gurudev warned that its only a faculty that is illustrating its qualities when being refined. Sanjay too had it like the kids who have gone through intuition process have it these days. Opening of third eye does not mean enlightenment. It only means one more dimension has opened up to witness the beauty of nature. Leave it that and continue your quest for enlightenment.

Its important to transcend this dimension and not be stuck in this world. This world is a minuscule part of what is there to experience.

Our world is defined by our five senses. They only gather a limited portion of of the divine display.

"When did the mirage appear?” is a foolish question to begin enquiry. Your basis for starting journey will be weak if you get stuck “When did this world begin?” There is no beginning nor end and neither middle to this world because it only appears.

Whatever we are holding on to, all the experiences, all the events of past, are nothing compared to life of the being. 

Whatever our eyes have seen, or the ears have heard or the tongue has tasted or skin has touched is nothing to what the divine has to offer. 

Whatever air we have breathed is nothing in comparison to what is there on on this planet. 

So, why don’t you realise that this minuscule gathering of yours and drop them, becoming free from them, preparing for a much grander show. Meditate.

All the देवास, the divine energies in their glory are not somewhere there. They are always here. They play here, all the time. Whether you see it as such or ignore it is your problem, the show will go on. 

Sometime or other in life you would have felt that this cannot be the work of somebody as human as them, there is a better planner behind all this. They might be intelligent and gifted but for this to happen a higher authority is required. who are these forces, behind the scenes, always engaged but invisible. 

We have to fine tune to these other frequencies to get into another dimension. Dimensions which are more grander and spectacular than whatever we have witnessed in our defined world.

That witnessing is of formless in form.
Effort is needed to link to form. Grace is needed to melt the form. Merging only happens in presence of Master, your Guru. 

Arjuna could see through the transparent body of krishna all the  देवता divine energies, many arms, many weapons, ornaments, everything that ever was or will be in all its grandeur.

But the रूप (vision) shown like thousands suns at same time and the energy was too much for Arjuna’s body to take. He got scared and requested lord to come back to normalcy. 

How was your meditation today?
Did you crossover to another dimension? Did you get a portion of viswaroopa विस्वरूप? Either as sound or light or taste of nectar or ...


The above is summaries from talk given by HH Sri Sri Ravishankar ji at Art of living international ashram in Bangalore on 13th August, 2016 at around 11:30 AM. There will be 2 more sessions, tomorrow and on Indian independence day at about same time. You can come to ashram or watch it online as webcast. 



Thursday, July 28, 2016

When will you get enlightened? - from Yoga Vasistha knowledge series

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The last question of the session was
Who decides when I get enlightened?
< Nakul's Answer came spontaneously as >
You.
Its YOU. 
Ok, its time to wrap up. Next session is on sunday 31st July at 9PM. Jai Gurudev.

Baffled.
Confused.
Broken.
I was lost.
All my definitions were flying in the sky, scattered clouds.
Mind was unsettled.
How can it be?
How can I decide when I want to be enlighten?
Is it so straightforward?
Is it so easy?
What about karmas?
What about grace?
Mind was flooded with queries.
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The best type of answers don't have questions.
The deepest questions have no answers.
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Who is this YOU that Nakul was referring to?
Was it me in my current disposition?
Will it be me in some future evolved disposition?
Where will I be and what will I be in order to be THE YOU that Nakul was referring to?
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story time
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Gadhi was a pious brahmana who once lived in Kosala. He went to the forest and meditated for 8 months. When Lord Vishnu appeared he granted him the boon to observe maya as he would and disappeared. He contemplated on the boon.

One morning Gadhi went to the river and took a dip while praying. As he was under water he found that he was dead and leaving his body. Everyone was grieving around him. He moved on and entered the womb of a tribal women. He was born as Katanja, a fierce tribesman who had got married and had many children. There was a famine in the village and all his children and friends died one by one. He got frustrated and left the village.

He reached the Kingdom of Kira where the King had died without heir and the royal elephant was searching for next King. The elephant lifted him and he was made the King Gavala who ruled for 8 years.

One day King Gavala got up early and unadorned in royal dress went out for a walk like simpleton. A group of tribesmen were singing a tribal melody. He picked the tuned and started to hum. An elder tribesman recognized him and proclaimed "Hey Katanja, am delighted to see you, long time".

By then everyone relaized that they were ruled by a lowly tribal and created a large pyre and immersed themselves in it. Even Katanja felt that death is better than life. Dishonored he offered his body to flames.

Gadhi came out of water gasping for breath. He was confused at this vision and thought it to be trick of the mind. As he reached home he found a Brahmana traveller looking for a place to stay. He welcome him and asked him why did he looked so worn. The traveller said he was coming from a kingdom in north which was ruled by a tribal and many people killed themselves feeling polluted. I too have been fasting to release ill effects of this pollution and am breaking the fast today.

Gadhi was lost. Next day he went north and first found his tribal village with bones around. On enquiry the villagers told the story of Katanja. Then he moved on to Kira and the people there talked about King Gavala who ruled them 12 years ago.

Confused Gadhi meditated and prayed to Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu came along and asked him, now what? Gadhi enquired about what he saw.
Lord Vishnu mentioned

Sometimes its possible to many people to witness the same dream. They participate in it as if it were they. This hallucination is creation of the mind. So even though it may be true that all these people may have appeared in past and participated in those events you may/may not have been center of those worlds. Now meditate for 10 years and you will come out of all these hallucinations.
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someone asked
How is it that experience with Lord Vishnu was not itself an illusion?
Nakul's answer
When the mind is integrated, focused, it is then truth appears. Truth in the form of Lord Vishnu. This generally happens in puja/prayer, in meditation.
 When the entire YOU is offered as offering to the puja. When the COMPLETE YOU does the puja, only then reality appears. Until then its the scattered mind, all over the place.  Walking from one illusion to another.
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Its like a table full of laptop, notebooks, pen stand, etc., flooded with items essential for daily work to happen. You need them when you work. In  प्रवृत्ति pravarti you need them. When you are participate in world you need them.
but you don't need them in निवृत्ति /nivratti, when you retreat inside, go in. Even knowledge has to be discarded while going in. All items on tables are useless while going in. Just swipe them away and empty the table. Discard all and enquire what comes up during retreat, during meditations. 
If you feel something and be something, enquire it, observe. Keep throwing them away like jackets. Jackets have a purpose in cold chilly outside world but inside makes no sense. Even this body makes no meaning during retreat, like a jacket discard it, move on from body consciousness. 
Once you have discarded all then what remains is reality, the real you, the truth.
And it can happen only in meditation. And the meditation is the only self-effort you need. Everything else is secondary, add-on. Primary is your self-effort, self-enquiry. There YOU can decide when to become enlighten.

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Above article is inspired post listening to 9th episode of Commentary On Yoga Vashitha by Nakul Dhawan Ji from +The Art of Living session being given at +Art of Living International Center at Bangalore. The next session is on 9PM , Sunday, July 31. You can also register online to watch it along with 8 earlier sessions.








Monday, July 25, 2016

Freeing the mind and egolessness - from Yoga Vasistha knowledge series

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The subtle combo of mind+intellect+memory+ego runs in self-feeding cycle.

Ego brings forth the I-ness.
Ego nudges the memory to bring into focus an incident/situation in which it triumphs or suffers. Memory nudges the intellect to argue on the situation. Intellect creates the argument and prepares the mind to have the argument. The mind comes into existence with the thoughts germinated in the intellect. The thoughts hail or destruct the ego. And the journey of life begins. You are born.

Why are you born?
A little story.
Once Vishnu was in BrahmaLok and everyone came forth to welcome him except Sanath Kumar. When you get "don't care" in dispassion then its arrogance. Vishnu sensed this and cursed SanathKumar to spent one lifetime on Earth as punishment, as a journey to dissipate this arrogance/egoness. At that moment SanathKumar also cursed Vishnu to spent a lifetime on Earth while he was there and so Shree Ram was born.

So tell me why were you born? hmm..

Even Vishnu is sport enough to participate in this Game of life. So what makes you abhor it?

Heres one more story for your musings.
Once Demons Guru's Shukracharya mother (Rishi Bhrigu's wife) was protecting them and they could not be defeated so the Angels went and seeked Vishnu's help. Vishnu killed Brigu's wife and angels could defeat the Demons again. But Bhrigu grieved in the loss and cursed Vishnu that the pain that I am going through even you will go through on Earth. And thus Sita was separated from Shree Ram.

I-dent-ity == I --> DENT --> इति (the end)
Meditation is denting the I and bring it to an end. The entire life is given to fulfil this mission.
Even the above denting of ego definition was born in the morning Sadhana (Sahaj Samadhi meditation + Padma Sadhana + Sudarshan Kriya + Pranayamas + Surya Namaskars in reverse order).

Ego is about creating an identity. A definition based on certain like/dislike at that point in time. So you become that definition.

My definition at this point in time could be "I am very sensitive, don't like loud music, abhor non-veg, feel pity for people who smoke/drink liquor, life without Guru would be meaningless".

My definition of my ego at college days could be "I like blaring music into my headphones, a smoke here and there is fine, Nature is my Guru and I don't need any human intervention".

Ego likes shrinking, creating separation, building boundaries, limiting expression.

Egolessness is about destroying these likes/dislikes. Its about expansion, union, breaking barriers, unlimited expression.

Experiencing the infinite in this finite form is no mind (free mind).

There you need a little hand holding, because you are getting into a realm which is beyond. That is why you need a Guru, a master to take you across this river. A river sometimes serene and sometimes on fire. The source of this river like mind is ego.  The journey of the river is this life. The destination is one more attempt to merge with the ocean of consciousness. But if the waves of arrogance continue in the ocean then they evaporate and form clouds, hit the mountains and become source of river again. And the cycle continues.

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Above article is inspired post listening to 8th episode of Commentary On Yoga Vashitha by Nakul Dhawan Ji from +The Art of Living session being given at +Art of Living International Center at Bangalore. The next session is on 9PM , wednesday, July 27. You can also register online to watch it along with 8 earlier sessions.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Purpose of life - from Yoga Vasistha knowledge series

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The purpose of life is to be liberated.

Your life is designed for liberation.

The life is a progression towards liberation.

Q> What is liberation from?
A> It is from your ego.

Q> Who is the guardian of ego?
A> The mind.

Q> Can you compare this progression of life to something?
A> Its like the river cleaning the impurity thrown into it and making it spotless, clean. It is the nature of the river to clean. After some travel the impurity becomes pure, loses its identity, loses its ego. You just merge.

Q> Need another example, not so clear?
A> Imagine a fire in the forest. Wood burning and smoke rising. The smoke can rise only to certain height, the smoke will travel certain distance. After some rise, some travel, it disappears into the space. It simply merges, loses its identity.

Our life is also like that. Its an opportunity for us to paint on an empty canvas. It's upto you to make this progression enjoyable or full of hassles. We may drag life or we can enjoy life. In either case it will end.
But before it ends what have you done to accelerate the decay of ego-self.  

There is only one board exam or 10th class exam. Once you clear it in life you do not give it again. You may go back to teach for 10th class but never to give the exam.

Once you attain liberation, the life force lifecycle is within you. The prana is within you. All the liberated beings are here, either in form or formless.

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Above article is inspired post listening to 8th episode of Commentary On Yoga Vashitha by Nakul Dhawan Ji from +The Art of Living session being given at +Art of Living International Center at Bangalore. The next session is on 9PM , wednesday. You can also register online to watch it and 8 earlier sessions.


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