Joy is Light

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Joy is Light

Osho,
I am so full of joy — and yet full of fear.

Give all your energy to joy, and fear will disappear. Ignore fear, don’t pay any attention to fear, because the more attention you pay to it, the longer it will linger on. Pour yourself totally in the direction from where joy is arising, and fear will disappear just as darkness disappears when you bring light in.

Joy is light. And joy is the beginning of a great pilgrimage that ends in finding godliness. So go on – without any fear, because existence always protects those who trust it. Relax, give yourself to existence and allow the joy to overwhelm you. Let it become your wings, so that you can reach to the stars.

A joyful heart is very close to the stars.

It is only the sad and the sorrowful and the miserable who are going towards hell. They are creating their hell. The joyful and the singing and the dancing and the celebrating are creating their paradise by each of their songs, by each of their dances.

It is in your hands whether to create paradise or to fall into a darkness, into hellfire. These are not outside you; these both are within you. It all depends what you choose to be.

Choose to be divine, choose to be more and more a celebrant, choose to be festive, so more and more flowers can blossom in your being, and more and more fragrance can become available to you.

And this way will not only help you, it will help all those with whom you come in contact. Joy is as infectious as any disease. When you see a few people dancing, suddenly you feel your feet are ready. You may try to control them, because control has been taught to you, but your body wants to join the dance. Whenever you have an opportunity to laugh, join; whenever you have an opportunity to dance, join; whenever you have an opportunity to sing, sing – and one day you will find you have created your paradise.

It is not that one goes to paradise; paradise is not somewhere in the sky – it is something that one creates around himself.

It is a good beginning. With all my blessings, go deeper, in spite of any fear. Never listen to negative things, because if you listen to them they can poison you, they can destroy your joy – keep it pure, unpolluted. And here are people who will dance with you, who will celebrate, because you have taken the first step towards existence.

And I want to remind you that the first step is almost half the journey.

Osho, Joy is Light, Talk #7 – Copyright © 2013 Osho International Foundation

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KUNDALINI YOGA

April 19, 2013 Comments Off on KUNDALINI YOGA

Kundalini sakti is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies all organic and inorganic matter. It is the primordial energy that lies at the basal centre (muladhara cakra) in a dormant, potential state. Kundalini yoga treats of kundalini sakti, the seven cakras (centres of spiritual energy), and the arousing of this sleeping kundalini.

Nadis are astral tubes that carry pranic currents. They cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are not the ordinary nerves, arteries and veins. There are 72,000 nadis. Three are important. They are the ida, the pingala, and the susumna. Susumna is the most important because kundalini passes through this nadi only.

The first step in kundalini yoga is the purification of the nadis. When susumna is pure, then only will the kundalini pass through it. Kundalini is awakened by pranayama, asana and mudras by hatha yogins; through concentration by raja yogins; through devotion and perfect self-surrender by devotees; through analytical will by the jnanis; by japa (repetition) of mantra (God’s name) and the grace of the guru (preceptor).

That aspirant who has firm faith in the scriptures, who is courageous, devotional, humble, generously merciful, pure and dispassionate, can easily awaken the kundalini and attain success in samadhi (super-consciousness). He should also be equipped with right conduct and self-restraint. He should constantly engage himself in the service of his guru, and he should be free from lust, anger, delusion, greed and vanity.

When kundalini is taken to the sahasrara (the crown of the head), when she is united with Lord Siva, perfect samadhi (the super-conscious, blissful state) ensues. Now the yogi drinks the nectar of immortality. May mother kundalini guide you all in your yogic practices! May her blessings be upon you all!  – Swami Sivananda

How to Gain Concentration & Confidence

November 21, 2012 Comments Off on How to Gain Concentration & Confidence

 

Seeker’s Query:
I am studying in Madras. My final year exams are nearing and I am getting quite tense and I lack confidence. How do I gain confidence? I also have problems concentrating. And I always feel tired. What should I do? Swamiji, please advise.

Poojya Swamiji’s Response:
The one aim of any religious routine or practice is to strengthen the mind, heart and intelligence with qualities enriching to each. People do not know this fact, and hence become indifferent to such routines and habits. In the absence of religious routines, one must have substitute disciplines or restraints.
No one’s body will be healthy unless it is given the benefit of exercises. Health is peace. Health is strength. First, therefore, take some exercises, during which the tension in the mind will get expelled – exercise has such an effect. So, unfailingly take at least 30 to 40 minute exercises each day. For your age, skipping about 200 times would be very effective, along with exercises.
Next, sit in a place, preferably after bath, creating a holy atmosphere, doing whatever you can for the purpose. Close your eyes, and go on looking into your mind and mind-processes. Mind is internal, and so you cannot look into it with your eyes, or perceive it with any sensory organ.
One part of inner consciousness will have to act and work, in bringing about this observation. Whatever takes place – emotion, thought, idea, reason, memory, knowledge or the rest – must right then and there be sensed. I only want you to sense the processes, and do nothing more and nothing less. By this, you will be involved in your own inner consciousness.
Such observation when rightly done will improve your concentration power, and also take away the tension and diffidence you now seem to have.
Further, if you can get to that level:
Understand that there is a depth, a loftiness in you which is beyond tension, diffidence and conflicts. That is called the Soul-level. It is the real bottom, like that of the sea. It is also something vast like space. Think of that, and feel inspired and strengthened. If the idea catches you up, let me know. I shall give a shape to your contemplation.
Surrender yourself to the supreme Reality, and be at ease. Be confident. This needs no money, education or other skills. Be wholesome and be innocent. Have faith and draw courage from the inexhaustible source within. You have my blessings and fondness.
– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
http://www.SwamiBhoomanandaTirtha.org

How to Gain Concentration & Confidence

October 22, 2012 Comments Off on How to Gain Concentration & Confidence

How to Gain Concentration & Confidence

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

15 Oct 2012

Seeker’s Query:

I am studying in Madras. My final year exams are nearing and I am getting quite tense and I lack confidence. How do I gain confidence? I also have problems concentrating. And I always feel tired. What should I do? Swamiji, please advise.

Poojya Swamiji’s Response:

The one aim of any religious routine or practice is to strengthen the mind, heart and intelligence with qualities enriching to each. People do not know this fact, and hence become indifferent to such routines and habits. In the absence of religious routines, one must have substitute disciplines or restraints.

No one’s body will be healthy unless it is given the benefit of exercises. Health is peace. Health is strength. First, therefore, take some exercises, during which the tension in the mind will get expelled – exercise has such an effect. So, unfailingly take at least 30 to 40 minute exercises each day. For your age, skipping about 200 times would be very effective, along with exercises.

Next, sit in a place, preferably after bath, creating a holy atmosphere, doing whatever you can for the purpose. Close your eyes, and go on looking into your mind and mind-processes. Mind is internal, and so you cannot look into it with your eyes, or perceive it with any sensory organ.

One part of inner consciousness will have to act and work, in bringing about this observation. Whatever takes place – emotion, thought, idea, reason, memory, knowledge or the rest – must right then and there be sensed. I only want you to sense the processes, and do nothing more and nothing less. By this, you will be involved in your own inner consciousness.

Such observation when rightly done will improve your concentration power, and also take away the tension and diffidence you now seem to have.

Further, if you can get to that level:

Understand that there is a depth, a loftiness in you which is beyond tension, diffidence and conflicts. That is called the Soul-level. It is the real bottom, like that of the sea. It is also something vast like space. Think of that, and feel inspired and strengthened. If the idea catches you up, let me know. I shall give a shape to your contemplation.

Surrender yourself to the supreme Reality, and be at ease. Be confident. This needs no money, education or other skills. Be wholesome and be innocent. Have faith and draw courage from the inexhaustible source within. You have my blessings and fondness.

http://www.SwamiBhoomanandaTirtha.org

There are those who are like a lighted candle

October 4, 2012 Comments Off on There are those who are like a lighted candle

There are those who are like a lighted candle: they can light other candles, but the other candles must be of wax – if they are of steel, they cannot be lighted.

Bowl of Saki, October 4, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The voice of God is speaking all the time, but no one listens; therefore God has manifested as man, that He might speak with a yet louder voice. But even then man does not listen. In the time of Christ the inspiration was there, the voice was there and the divine power; but how few were those who listened and understood! … Whenever the spirit of God has come forth in its true form, the world has been against it. Why has this been so? It is because man has two sides to his nature, one false and the other real; and before the true messenger can penetrate to the reality of a man’s being, he first touches the false or unreal part, and that revolts. And in the case of a man who does not revolt, even though the light reaches him his heart is covered, and it only touches the cover. Such a man is attracted, yet he doubts.

There are egos who are not willing and ready to accept all that attracts them. The more something attracts them, the more they rebel against it, suspecting it of being a temptation. Even if they see the reality of something that attracts them they consider the tendency of being attracted to be a weakness. There are egos who refuse to accept what their friend has accepted, and refuse to admire fully what that friend has admired. And even if they really wish to accept something that their friend has accepted, they will refuse to do so. For the tendency of that ego is to swim against the tide … building a fortified wall between the messenger and the souls who long for guidance. There are, however, those who are like lighted candles: they can light other candles and they can inspire others. But the other candles must be of wax; if they are of steel they cannot be lighted. The heart must be like wax; it must melt; if it is like steel, it cannot be illumined. …

A person who, alone, has seen something beautiful, who has heard something harmonious, who has tasted something delicious, who has smelt something fragrant, may have enjoyed it, but not completely. The complete joy is in sharing one’s joy with others. For the selfish one who enjoys himself and does not care for others, whether he enjoys things of the earth or things of heaven, his enjoyment is not complete. So it is only in this third stage that the following of the message is fulfilled, when a soul has heard and has pondered upon it, and has passed the same blessing on to others.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IX/IX_29.htm

To give sympathy is sovereignty

July 10, 2012 Comments Off on To give sympathy is sovereignty

To give sympathy is sovereignty, to desire it from others is captivity.

Bowl of Saki, April 4, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Although sometimes it gives a tender sensation in the heart to say, ‘Oh, how poorly I am’, and it is soothing to hear from someone, ‘Oh, I am so sorry you are not well’, yet I should think that one would prefer if another thing were said in sympathy, namely, ‘I am so happy to see you are so well’. In order to create that tender sensation one need not be ill. What is needed is to be thankful. We can never be too thankful.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IV/IV_11.htm

The first lesson given to man was to be grateful for his daily bread, because that was the greatest necessity of his life. Now that has become so simple and life has changed so much that man forgets to be thankful. He even thinks, ‘Why should I give thanks?’ He forgets that behind his own personality he covers God. His own toil seems more to him than the toil of every atom of nature that is preparing blessings for him.

Self-pity is the worst poverty; it is the source of all unhappiness and blinds man to all he should be thankful for. The constantly complaining habit and the tendency to demand sympathy from others bring the greatest thorn into man’s life: he becomes dependent upon the sympathy of others. The best thing is to give sympathy.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_2_1.htm

PROSTRATION

June 30, 2012 Comments Off on PROSTRATION

Vandana is prayer and prostration. Humble prostration – touching the earth with eight limbs of the body, with faith and reverence, before a form of God, or prostration to all beings, knowing them to be the forms of the one God, getting absorbed in divine love of the Lord is termed prostration to God.

The Bhagavatam says: “The sky, air, fire, water, earth, stars, planets, cardinal points, trees, rivers, seas and all living beings constitute the body of God. The devotee should bow before everything in absolute devotion, thinking that he is bowing before God Himself”.

Sri Krishna says to Uddhava: “Giving no attention to people who laugh in ridicule, forgetting the body, and insensible to shame, one should fall prostrate on the ground, bowing to all beings even down to the dog, the cow and the ass.” Doing prostrations to others makes a man humble.

If a man entertains Narayana bhava (feeling the presence of God in all) when he does prostrations, this will help him to realise that whatever he sees is God, that there is nothing but God, that the manifestation is the virat (cosmic) aspect of Brahman. This will help to develop devotion. Always feel that you are prostrating to the Lord himself – all living creatures, all objects, are forms of God only.

May you all attain God consciousness through the practice of prema (love) yoga. May your heart be filled with prema for the Lord. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you all. May you shine as bhagavatas, singing the Lord’s name, disseminating divine prema and radiating joy, peace and bliss everywhere.

– Swami Sivananda

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