Wednesday, April 02, 2014

knowledge cleanses the mind

You know there are 5 ways to depress the mind. The same 5 ways are to uplift the energy levels of the the mind.

  1. Time - the mind simply goes down for no reason. There is not much you can do here except pray for the times to change.
  2. Food - The right amount and type of food at the right time can keep you energised. The excess intake of food may depress you. The more depressed you are you may take more wrong food at wrong time and the vicious cycle continues.
  3. State of body - Some disease or illness can also bring down the energy of the mind. Here everyday pranayama and sudarshan kriya and other yoga practises keep body out of sickness and inactivity and inertia. 
  4. Singing-dancing -  otherwise known as satsang wherein you chant, sing and glorify divinity in its various manifestations, you increase your energy. This also helps release emotional blockages.
  5. Seva - Doing something for others. Not being lost in your own world 24/7. When you come out of your own world and exchange energies only then do you enliven the life in you. 

Do seva and see. Take it as a challenge. Take it as training. What will happen even if you fail?

Meditation alone for the whole day will not help. Without seva your meditation can never go deeper. Its IMPOSSIBLE.

Seva happens at the right time and place. The time has to be right and the place has to be right. And it has to happen. There is not much planning or analysis of personal gains or losses. It has to happen then it has to happen.

All the first 4 points above are not effective if not followed by 5th point. Its not possible to keep singing dancing or chanting or practising or meditation or eating for the whole day and keep growing. Without seva you evolution is stunted.

Yesterday meditation toned down the colossal agitations of the mind. It is nature of the mind to pound and erupt like volcanoes and its the nature of the knowledge to reduce the eruption into a stream of river.

Yesterday Gurudev first took us through meditation highlighting the tatva gyan.  The tatva gyan is that universe is made up of five elements and all elements flow in the space or akash and are part of divinity.

Also, vairagya or dispassion also helps to settle the mind. Knowing that this body and life is only for a while. The human body is required and is inevitable for the cleansing of the mind to happen. Therefore, the human birth is precious. So, while you have it, put it to good use.

Every soul past, present or future resides in the space and is there all the time. Honouring and reposing in the space brings you closer to your self. Have the faith. Have this belief that divinity is in you as much as out of you.

Meaning of kala bhairava.
A form of divinity whose vehicle in svana.  Svana means dog but also has a different meaning in sanskrit. Sva means yesterday and tomorrow and na means NO. So which is not yesterday and tomorrow but is the present moment, the NOW is where kala bhairava resides.


Most words originated in yesterdays evening satsang with Gurudev at art of living international ashram.
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