Saturday, June 08, 2013

Why so much pain and trouble in the world?

Why is there so much trouble and pain in and around us? It's simply to keep the compassion alive. Otherwise compassion will be a thing of past.

How about a movie where the actor gets up, gets ready, goes to work, does work, comes back, eats and then sleeps. And this continues for many days. Would you like such movie? Chances are that you will not like it.

How about a villain in movie or a tough situation? Then the movie has action and excitement. God also loves fun. In that sense, he is just like you. He gives just enough trouble so that you experience the opposites. Even in a natural calamity when people perish they go and merge with him, they they come back again based on their karmas.

In marriage too we are engrossed with what the partner does and behaves? We go to extreme and bend over hell to change and transform them. But what happens? Either they change or they remain same. Its not important what happens to them. Its what happens to you that is more important.

God has given enough buttons for everyone to be pushed. God has also given people around who will push your buttons at their will and wish. If you have this knowledge then you let the triggers pass. If you don't have this knowledge then you react, struggle with the situation, insult or get insulted, get angry etc.,

The choice is still yours. If others know your buttons chances are even you know them. If you know it and then too you get pushed into a reaction then there is no greater fool today. 

The power of Faith

भाव से भव  होता है।

भारत मैं सदियों से गाय को माता का स्थान दिया गया। इसलिए आज भी गाय के दूध को माँ के दूध की जगह इस्तेमाल करते हैं।

इसलिए देसी गायों मैं जो प्रोटीन/ protein पाया जाता है उससे हमारे स्वास्थ्य को लाभ होता है। जबकि विदेशी गायें जैसे जर्सी गायें मैं जो प्रोटीन पाया जाता हे उससे तरेह तरेह की बीमारियाँ होती हैं। लेकिन बेवकूफ इंसान को यह दीखता नहीं और वो धंधे के चक्कर मैं ज्यादा दूध वाली गाय के पीछे दीवाना है।

देसी गाय के मूत्र से भी कई प्रकार के कैंसर को भी दूर किया जा सकता है।

Faith brings forth life. The indian faith in the cows have created a breed that has superior quality of milk. The milk is considered equivalent to mother's milk. The type of protein in desi cows is beneficial to human growth and health.

The cows from foreign lands like jersey cows contain a protein that is harmful to human consumption and is responsible for many a disease.

There are three types of faith that we need.

  1. faith in the self
  2. faith in society
  3. faith in the unknown/God
We need to have faith in ourselves else we will be paranoid. Guruji mentioned about a couple where husband was paranoid about lock being properly put on door or not. The wife confessed that her husband takes so much time to leave the house because every few minutes he would go back and check the lock, if its properly put or not. Their house was 15 mins from ashram but they take about 10 hours to come, just because husband is paranoid. 

We need to trust in society. There are good people in the world. If you consider yourself as good then there are many others too who are like you. You are not alone. This is the reason you are able to leave your vehicle in parking lot and sit freely in satsang. If your mind was with your vehicle then you would not have a peaceful satsang. You trust that you will find your vehicle in parking lot when  you return. 

We need to have faith in the unknown force.The mechanism that is responsible for all that is and was and will be in and around us. 

Friday, June 07, 2013

What is Om?

Today saw the video in which Dr. Eben Alexander described his near death experience. Gurudev has been citing his example in last few satsangs as to how an ardent christian went into coma and found that heaven is pure bliss, a light and sound show. Tremendous light and continuous resonance of sound of OM.

In the video poor Oprah is dramatically asking and interrupting with nonsensical questions like How does God look like? What is his face like? Is it it or he or she or no gender? Bhagvad Geeta says only fools limit the God into human face or appearance.

She further probes the sound of OM as coming out of OMniscient, OMnipotent etc., Nice try but silly question.

OM has no beginning and no end. Our true name is OM. We are born out of OM and we merge into OM. In between we are given a name in this human form which we wrongly attach to and consider as our identity.

Buddhist have called OM as अनाहत। The sound that is made by single hand clap.  आहत  is the sound of clap made by both palms.

Sikhs have called it as एक ओमकार , सत  नाम। There is only one name and that true name is OM.

Don't lose your true identity. Don't lose your OMliness at any cost. 

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Why should we do idol worship?

Idol is representative of what is attractive to us. We have made Radha-Krishna to be so beautiful, cast in marble, with silken dress, jewellery, with lots of flowers and fruits and food in and around them. 

It is simply to arrest the busy mind. To stop it. So that it can close it eyes after witnessing the glamour and see inside. The real beauty within. The godliness within. The beautiful self. 

मूर्ति प्रतीक होती है एक विस्वास की। इसलिए उसे प्रतिमा भी बोलतीं हैं। सब धर्मों मैं कुछ न कुछ प्रतीक है। यह सिर्फ हिन्दू धर्म मैं ही नहीं है। 

पहले मंदिर भी ऐसे बनाते थे की उनमें सरे आकर्षण बहार होते थे। पहले परिक्रमा लेने से बहार के आकर्षण से थक कर जब तक मंदिर के गर्भ मैं आते थे तब उधर कम अँधेरे मैं कर्पूर के प्रकाश मैं परमात्मा की मूर्ति के दर्शन होते थे। यह प्रतीक है की तुम भी अपने अन्दर के ईस्वर को प्रकाशित करो। उसके पश्चात बहार आकर बैठने की प्रथा थी। बैठ कर ध्यान करते थे आँख बंद करके। तब जेक अन्दर के जो दैवी गुण हैं वो उजागर होते थे। 

अब तो फटाफट का काम है। एक अदा  के साथ भगवान् के दर्शन करके कुछ क्षणों मैं मंदिर के बहार हो जाते हैं। ऐसी जल्दबाजी मैं इस्वर नहीं मिलेंगे। 

मूर्ति मात्र एक सहारा है मन को आकर्षित करने का, अपनी और रिझाने का। उसे देख कर मीरा बाई दीवानी हुई थी, उसे देख कर चैतन्य महाप्रभु मस्त हुए थे लेकिन जब वोह गाते थे या नाचते थे तो अक्सर उनकी आंखें बंद हो उनके अन्दर के देवता को प्रकाशमयी करते थे। 

Christians have the cross. They have put the cross at cross-roads and on top of mountains. Same with Muslims who have mosques at different places. Some religions like sikh have books as symbolic of divine. Its not divinity in the books or statues. Its the love and honor that you create towards outside that helps you to go inwards and realize the divine within. Its not just Hindus who have statues everywhere. 

The statues are there to remind that you need to look inwards and be still. In stillness God happens. In stillness God reside. Stillness is due to God and God is still, love, peace.

What keeps Marriage ticking?

All marriages have good and bad patches.

An young AOL devotee from Mumbai is doing AMC (Advanced meditation course with shakti kriya) in presence of Gurudev. He had this concern.

My parents have been married for 25 years now. When I am with father I feel he is right. When I am with mother I feel she is right. But they still keep fighting and are still not able to maintain harmonious relationship. 

To this Gurudev replied

Let them continue the way they are. Be totally with each of them. Do not overdo to change them, unless ofcourse the fight is beyond control. Only then you use your strength to stand in between them. They have continues like this and probably will for another 20-25 years. Don't loose your peace on their marriage.

Let me tell you about a man who kept fighting with his wife. When asked "Why he fought so much with his wife" he replied "If I have to love somebody and fight with somebody else then it will be all the more challenging.So I am better off fighting and loving the same person". 

When will you become love? तुम प्रेमी कब बनोगे?

A lover is rough translation of hindi word प्रेमी। तुम प्रेमी कब बनोगे?

अच्छा, प्रेमी कैसे बनते हैं? How do you become love?

Do you need a degree? Do you need special coaching? Do need separate schooling?

प्रेमी बनने के लिए कोई डिग्री चाहिए क्या? किसी विध्यालय मैं पढाई करनी होगी क्या?

कुछ भी नहीं चाहिए।

तो फिर क्या चाहिए।

सिर्फ यह मान लो की तुम प्रेमी हो। प्रेम मानने से शुरू होता है।

आस्तिक कौन होता है?
वो जो मानता है की परमात्मा हैं, अभी हैं, यहाँ हैं।
जब सब मैं हैं तो मुझ मैं भी हैं।
जब हमेशा रहें हैं तो अभी भी हैं और हमेशा रहेंगे।  
मेरे दुःख दर्द दूर करने मैं सक्षम हैं। 
परमात्मा सर्वत्र हैं, सर्वदा हैं, और समर्थ हैं। 
नास्तिक यह नहीं मानता और खुद मैं उलझा रहता है।

लोगों मैं भाव तत्व या फिर बुद्धि तत्व अधिक होता है।

जो भावात्मक होतें हैं उन्हें सत्संग, भजन, अच्छे लगते हैं। वो एक ही नाम को बार बार दोहराने मैं मजा लेते हैं। अक्सर हम देखतें हैं की प्रेम मैं प्रेमी प्रेमिका "मैं तुम्हे प्रेम करता/ती हूँ " जगह जगह , बार बार लिक्तैन हैं।

एक बुद्धिजीवी को यह जचता नहीं, उससे लगता है यह एक बार बोलके चुप क्यूं नहीं रह सकते। वह इसका वैज्ञानिक हल ढूँढता है और कहता है यह लोग अपने भाव मैं डूब गए हैं क्यूंकि इनके मस्तिस्क मैं  endomorphine की मात्रा बड़ने से हो रहा है।

गीता मैं श्री कृष्ण कहतें हैं की जब तक कोई भी (चाहे भावनात्मक या फिर बुद्धिजीवी हो ) व्यक्ति उस तत्व को मानता है जो अभी तक अव्यक्त है लेकिन उसे लगता है की ऐसा कुछ है जिसकी खोज करनी है वो सब मुझे पाते हैं।

There are two types of people in this world. One is predominantly based on emotions and other on intelligence.

Emotional people keep repeating same thing again and again in singing/dancing when in love. They do not get bored of repetitions. They cannot withstand an intelligent  discussion for long. They don't worry about reason, they simply live love. They fall in love of the unknown and remain in that bliss.

The intelligent ones analyze and do scientific reasoning for all around. They cannot withstand the emotional people as they don't understand their repetitions, they say "don't they get tired of repeating the same thing".

Intelligent ones  look for reasons like why do people in Gulf countries or places of desert cover their head. They find its not to do with religion but instead to protest their head from the heat and sandstorms, Desert place do not have water to wash head everyday. Same with people in colder regions wearing scarves, to protect their head and ears from the cold air/wind. But people in evergreen places do not need these protection. In their search for reason there is always one thing which is unknown and they may call it god particle or something else but they continue to explore and keep moving on the journey to find the unknown.

Shree Krishna in Bhagvad Geeta says both the intelligent ones and the emotional ones find me. The world is full of variety. There is variety in bananas, in apples. There is variety in cultures/rituals of people from different regions. There is so much variety in people's nature. But all those who believe that there is something unknown which is unexplained but exits. The belief in THAT makes people atheist, they are the ones who know me and stay with me.

Most of the content above is inspired from Commentary on Bhagvad Geeta Chapter 11 by HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji at Satsang on 05-06-2013 Bangalore +Art of Living ashram.

If you need to listen the recap in person then you can do so in the RBI Layout art of living followup center opposite Anjaneya temple at regular sunday followup at 7AM. You need to have done the +Art of Living part 1 course to attend the followup.

There were around 1000 people from Mumbai alone for Advanced meditation course with Sri Sri. Aroud 1000 plus also from Orrisa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. Last week there were around 2000 people from Rest of Maharastra doing AMC with Shakti Kriya in Ashram. If your state is going for Advance course then its also a good time to experience shakti kriya.

We need to plant atleast 5 trees in our lifetime, atleast one of them has to be neem tree. People in the village side used to do it but we are losing this culture and the rains.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Becoming aware - होश मैं रहना

एक बार एक महात्मा के पास एक चोर आया। उसनें कहा की मुझे यह मत कहना की चोरी छोड़ दो लेकिन और कुछ भी मांग सकते हो। यह मेरा पेशा है और इसे मैं नहीं छोड़ सकता। इसके बिना मैं अधूरा हूँ।

महात्मा जी ने मुस्कुरा कर कहा की
अब से जब भी चोरी करोगे तो होश मैं करना। और कुछ करने की जरूरत नहीं हैं। 
चोर मान गया। सोचा यह तो बड़ा आसान है। मैं तो नींद मैं भी चोरी कर लूं। यह होश मैं रहने की क्या बात है।

दुसरे दिन चोरी करने गया तो उससे नहीं हुई। होश मैं ही आते ही उसके हाथ कांपने लगे। उसने सोचा की महात्मा जी के सत्संग का असर है। एक दिन तो रहेगा ही। फिर देखतें हैं।

अक्सर हमारा स्वाभाव सत्संग मैं कुछ और होता है और जैसे ही विशालाक्ष्मी मंडप (ये कोई भी सत्संग का स्थल/आश्रम ) छोड़ते ही साथ हमारा स्वाभाव बदल जाता है। दुनिया मैं हम कुछ और और सत्संग मैं कुछ और रहतें हैं। अक्सर सत्संग की बातें सत्संग मैं ही छूट जाती है। 
एक हफ्ते तक चोर होश मैं चोरी का प्रयास करते रग पर विफल रहा। उसने सोचा महात्मा जी की बातों का असर एक हफ्ते तो रहेगा ही।

एक महिना हो गया पर उससे एक भी चोरी ढंग से नहीं हुइ. आज तक उसे चोरी मैं पकड़ा नहीं गया पर अब हर चोरी मैं उसे लगता की वोह पकड़ा जाएगा और उससे चोरी नहीं हो पाती।

परेशान हो कर वह महात्मा जी से पास आया और बोल की आपने तो मेरा धंधा ही चौपट कर दिया।

 जब हम होश मैं होतें है तो हमसे कोई गलत काम नहीं हो सकता है।

होश मैं आने के लिए और रहने के लिए सुदर्शन क्रिया और ध्यान आवश्यक हैं। लेकिन हमें आज की दुनिया दिखती है, आज के पैसे दीखते हैं, आज का जीवन दीखता है, किसी भी तरेह आज कमाई हो जाये फिर ध्यान कर लेंगे। ध्यान करने की जल्दबाजी नहीं करतें , क्रोध के लिए तत्पर रहतें हैं, जो हमारा स्वाभाव नहीं।

There is emergency to meditate, learn and practice sudarshan kriya. But you consider the daily routine as emergency. You have earn money today, you have to buy clothes today, you have to invest in property today. But you are not aware that you need to invest in yourself today. Your prime time has to be with the divine. The rest is for mundane. You miss this reality. You come out of this mess either in misery or in awareness. The choice is still yours. Turn a blind eye to the divine and you will further the distance with your true self.

Even after coming on the path you are one nature in satsang and another in the world. The moment you step out of vishalakshmi mantap, you are back to your miserable state. You are back to being paymate to your tamas. The tamas which has erased every bit of life out of you.

Look at people who drink alcohol. Look at people who smoke. Their faces are dry and dead. There is no life in them. If their faces and bodies were scintillating then I would ask each of you to have a sip or light a cigarette. But the truth is otherwise. They are dead and lost like street/stray dogs, you thump your feet on floor and they whimper into the gullies/narrow bylanes. They cannot even hold their bodies together. Even if you squeeze them you will not find a single drop of life in them.

Every action, every desire, every knowledge born out of this मोह, out of this तमस  will make you lifeless. It teases you with hope of happiness but it does not give you happiness.

मोह से निकला कोई भी कर्म,कोई भी आशा , कोई भी ज्ञान आपको जीवन से  ले जाता है, आपको अचेत कर देता है, आपको निर्जीव कर देता है।

उन दो प्रेमियों की तरेह जिनके मत-पिता ने एक बंधन मैं बाँध दिया है। करीब आते हैं तो झगड़ते हैं , दूर रहतें हैं तो एक दुसरे के विरह मैं तड़पते हैं। यह मोह मैं बंधे हैं।
मोह  सुख का लालच देता है पर सुख नहीं देता है। 
 मोह से राक्षसी प्रवृत्तियां जागृत होतीं हैं और हमैं अपने मार्ग से अलग करती हैं। मोह से तमस  को सहारा मिलता है। तमस  हमारे जीवन से चेतना को निचोड़ देता है।

मोह से मुक्त होने पर हमें दैवी गुणों की अनुभूति होती है, जो हमारे जीवन मैं रस भर देतें हैं।

The above text is inspired from commentary on chapter 9 of bhagvad geeta by HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji given on 3rd of June 2013 at Bangalore +Art of Living ashram.

The satsang was started in Yagnashala but was shifted to VM in half an hour. We were stuck in traffic jam and were almost about to reutrn but +Balakrishnan Ganesan said lets chant and sing along. Also Saraswati wished in her mond not to miss the satsang. She had another sankalp of haiving it in VM. Both her sankalp materialized.

In conversation with ashramiite in VM, he narrated a story of long time ago when Guruji used to keep shifting satsang from one place to another once in a while. He also mentioned that "यहाँ  सब संकल्प से ही होता है". At end of each satsang Gurudev celebrates birthdays and anniversaries of people. Today I was forunate to take a snap from close range.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Shaky bones and lifelong disease #sugarkills

White Sugar has sulphur
Bones have calcium

calcium build bones
sulphur drains calcium
sulphur delays bone hardening

people at young age
complain osteoporosis
weakening bones
knee joints

slowly every sip of
tea, coffee ...
with tonnes of white sugar
weakens bones

Another analogy by +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar can strike the point home.

You struggle to chew and eat six inches of sugar cane.

What will happen to you if you eat 20 ft of sugar cane. You may very well, exhaust and faint.

It takes 40 ft of sugarcane to make 4 tea spoonful. You gulp it in a sip. What will happen to your body which is not designed to digest so much sugar? Your probability of diabetes simply skyrockets.

Sugar has sulphur and it drains calcium from bones. It is a gift created by Britishers. They have created a market for sugar for their businesses. And we are still drinking toast to it.

Replace that with jaggery which has zinc, potassium and other minerals. Minerals strengthen the body.

The king within

At the beginning of chapter 9 of Bhagvad Geeta, Lord Krishna says  that I would give you the greatest secret that is known only to the kings.

As we know the king do not do much work, they simply sit on throne and rule. They listen and observe most of the time. They set up rules and regulation for the kingdoms. The senses of the kingdom live within the confines of the rules.

If the senses break rules they pay a penalty. Some penalties are instant whereas some keep dragging for a while. Sometimes the reason of the punishment is obvious and sometimes it's hidden from the present memory.

The nature is the King's creation. It is the beautiful maya of the lordship. वो सत्ता जो हममें है। वो सत्ता जो हम पर राज करती है।

The karma cycles and planetary movements have impact on our being. That is the system of justice created by the Lordship.

We can stay with the प्रकृति, nature. We can stay and get lost in the Maya and never know the ruler.

We can understand that its all because of some planets like Rahu/Shani etc., and do nothing about it.

We can understand that its the fruits of our action/karma that we are paying and stop there.

We can experience all the above as a witness.

The movement from participant to the witness is the path to meet the King within.

The only way to get closer is to continue to do more actions that are aligned with the system of the King. The soul is the real king. The ego is just an atom that seems to have displaced the soul. But if you go closer you will meet and experience the true and the natural King of your throne.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

The miracle is YOU

We look for surprise or wonder in the unusual. The things that are not common are termed miracles. If a mango tree gives mango its not a miracle but if a coconut tree gives mango then its miracle.

हम अक्सर आशर्य/अचरच/अद्भुत उस घटना को मानतें हैं जो असाधारण होती है , जो रोजमर्रा मैं नहीं होती। जैसे एक आम के पेड़ पर आम का होना या फिर नारियल के पेड़ पर नारियल का होना साधारण बात है, लेकिन एक नारियल के पेड़ पर आम होना अद्भुत घटना होती है।

परमात्मा सर्वत्र हैं, सर्वदा से हैं और समर्थ है। 
यह नहीं की कोई इंसान ५ हज़ार साल पहले हुआ था और जिसके हाथ मैं बांसुरी थी वही परमात्मा था, वह तब भी था और अब भी है।

यह नहीं है की वोह सिर्फ गुरु मैं हैं और मुझमें नहीं है. अगर वोह सर्वत्र है तो जितना मुझमें हैं उतना तुझमें भी है।फर्क इतना है की गुरु मैं दिखतें है।

यह नहीं की तुम अपनी कमजोरियों मैं खोये रहो। परमात्मा उन सारी  कमजोरियों को दूर करनें मैं सक्षम हैं। वो समर्थ भी हैन.

यह भी नहीं की शिव कैलाश-मानसरोवर मैं ही हैं. थोडा सा डेहर जाओ, थम जाओ तो परमात्मा अभी , येहीं तुझमें हैं। संत कबीर भी येही कह गए हैं की जब मैं हरी को ठूनता रहा तब तो मिले नहीं और जब मैं रुक गया तो मेरे पीछे ही मिले.

श्री कृष्ण कहतें हैं की मेरे कारण से तुम हो, मेरे होने से तुम हो. जब गर्भ मैं जीव का जन्म होता है, जब भी सृष्टी मैं सृजन होता है मुझसे ही होता है, जब जीवन ठेहेरता है तो मुझमें ही ठेहेरता  है, और जब आत्मा शरीर छोडती है तो मुझमें ही लौटकर  मिल जाती है. जब भी तुझमें कुछ परिवर्तन होता है वोह मेरे कारन होता है।

फिर अपने कर्मानुसार वोह फिर जनमती है।

यह प्रकृति भी मुझसे ही है, मेरे ही नियमों का पालन करती रहती है और मैं इसे देखते रहता हूँ एक उदासीन भाव से. जैसे की एक रेल यात्रा मैं तुम द्रश्य देखते रहते हो। द्रश्य बदलते रहतें हैं, कहीं भी मैं दखल नहीं देता हूँ और न ही कहता हूँ की यह दृश्य मुझे पसंद नहीं इसे बदल दो.

जबकि सब मुझसे है लेकिन इस प्रकृति मैं जो कर्म होतें हैं उसका असर मुझ पर नहीं पड़ता है. जिस प्रकार एक चाकू वैद के हाथ मैं भी होता है और डाकू के, दोनों पेट काटतें हैं लेकिन डॉक्टर को हत्या का पाप नहीं लगता है पर डाकू को उसके लिए जेल मिलती है.

मैं अव्यक्त हूँ, न ही मैं दूषित होता हूँ, जैसे की आकाश तत्व. प्रथ्वी मैं गंदगी हो सकती है, अग्नि दूषित हो सकती हैं, जल मैं प्रदुषण हो सकता है लेकिन आकाश निर्लिप्त है, उसे कोई छु नहीं सकता। आकाश से ही सब हैं लेकिन सब सब मैं नहीं है.

जब तुम मुर्ख व्यक्ति मैं भी ईश्वर को देखने लगोगे तब परमात्मा तुम्हारी दृष्टि से अदृस्य नहीं हो सकते।

When you can see the God in foolish around you then the God will not diminish from your vision, even for a while.
It is easy to see the God in Guru, but that same God is also in you as much it is in me. He has always been and will always be. He is very powerful, capable and a little faith in you can help him overcome all your weaknesses.

He has created everything, every being, every particle in this universe. Everything is born out of him, dwells in him and goes into him. Scientists have talked about black holes, dark matter and dark energy but they have not understood it enough. It is the powerful dark energy around sun which gives it its shape, everything spherical in the universe has got its shape from the powerful energy around them. You too have that energy within you.

Sometimes you have this vague feeling that something in you is observing all that is happening around you, in you. This witness is the God in you. It is you. You are the miracle happening every moment.
आज कल परम पूज्य श्री श्री रविशंकर जी भग्वद गीता का नौवा अध्याय पर चर्चा कर रहें है आश्रम मैं।

HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji is giving discourse on bhagvad geeta at +Art of Living international ashram at bangalore. The above is a recollection of what I have heard.

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