December 13, 2013 Comments Off on Relevance of Bhagavadgeeta
Bhagavadgeeta is present before us as a sovereign response of the Soul of man to the crisis of emotions the mind poses and the recurring questions the intelligence raises, when life’s course begins to stifle man beyond measure. Bhagavadgeeta describes the inevitable but grand outcome of the adventure man is led to in the hands of his own complex mind.
Life on the earth is, at its best, beautiful and harmonious; but at its worst it can and will be the other extreme as well. Unless the great impersonality of the Soul is struck, man will not be able to withstand and survive the challenges and vicissitudes, preserving peace and poise for himself and extending welfare to others.
Can such an inward potent treasure be valid and useful in all contexts of external life? Will men and women in all walks of life be able to generate practical vision and views from such a great impersonal possession? Can the benefits derived relate themselves amply to the facts and compulsions of life? How should one seek, either as a significant quest or as an imperative measure of practical relief, such a unique enrichment? Bhagavadgeeta holds lasting answers to all these questions and even more!
The discussions of Bhagavadgeeta when properly viewed, cannot be any sudden emergence. Their genesis lies far deeper, taking us back to the Vedic and post-Vedic thoughts of the land. Vedic thinkers were no doubt religious, but only for a short time in the beginning. Very soon their temperament grew sharply analytical and philosophical to enter irresistibly into the deep spiritual realms, which engulfed their life and pursuit. The course and finale of Vedic thinking are clear to the discerning mind even today, when it glances through the great sublime literature, which is climaxed and crowned by the great Upanishads.
Bhagavadgeeta in fact reflects the extensive Vedic voyage, although it emphasizes more significantly the Upanishadic pursuit and findings. While it has a brief religious background, the foreground it builds up and presents is fully of the great Upanishads. With vigour and emphasis, the Bhagavadgeeta dialogues delineate the subtle philosophical foundations of life as also the unshakable edifice built firmly on them! – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha [Excerpt from the book “Essential Concepts in Bhagavadgeeta – Vol 1” by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha] (c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
June 2, 2013 Comments Off on Heal All Hurts Before Sleep
When an inharmonious condition arises in a seeker’s life, it forms a deep, dark veil within his mind, inhibiting the progressive process of seeking inwardly. Shall he store it away and forget it, put it behind him and get on with life? That is a temporary relief, to be sure, only temporary insofar as retaliatory karma will come back in full force at another time as an even deeper, darker veil that will effectually stop the seeking. Only at this second round will the seeker, now knowing the effect of past causes, begin to perform japa, do pranayama and strenuous religious practices, such as penance and kavadi, beseeching Lord Siva to lift the veiling doom.
The wise seeker obviously will endeavor to lift the dark veils once he realizes they never go away but always persist when he stores problems away. At the same time, he realizes that certain obstacles in his progressive life pattern are beginning to show. Thus, the super-wise seeker will not store a problem away when it arises, but handle it adroitly and magically heal all wounds before they fester. To be super wise on the path to enlightenment, one must have the siddhi of humility.
When an argument flares up in the home between mother and father, it affects all of the children. They feed on the ida and pingala pranas of the mother and father. Super-wise parents heal their differences before they sleep at night, even if they have to stay up all night to do it. Failure to heal differences before sleep means that a first separation has occurred.
Domestic abuse is a difficult issue, but one we must confront openly. I urge you all to stand up and say it is no longer acceptable for a man to abuse his wife or for either the husband or the wife to abuse their children. This must stop. In order to heal the differences that arise within a marriage from time to time, both partners have to give in. The best place to do this is at the feet of their Gods in the temple or shrine room. There is no other solution. This is the only way. The method of giving in, yes, is to talk it over. A major emphasis is to see the other’s point of view, finding points in the disturbance both can agree with. Agreement is the key word. The relationship between the husband and wife, who are also a mother and father or potential mother and father, has more lasting influence than their opposing opinions. Some relationships are easy and some are difficult. But resolving disagreements before nightfall is the aim. Some couples need to work harder at it than others.
Habits are formed through the repetition of the same events over and over again. No matter what you have seen or heard from parents, relatives, neighbors, friends or society itself, heal your differences before sleep, even if it takes all night. By doing this repeatedly, a new habit will be created. Don’t go to sleep in anguish, holding on to anger, fear, confusion or ill feelings. The inconvenience of this wise remedy will cause each one to be careful of his or her words, thoughts and actions. – Satguru Sivaya Subramuniya Swami,from: Living with siva
November 21, 2012 Comments Off on Dropping the Armor
“It is just an armor, it is not clinging to you. You are clinging to it, so when you become aware, you can simply drop it. The armor is dead. If you don’t carry it, it will disappear. Not only are you carrying it, but nourishing and feeding it continuously.
But this is how civilization is — in a very neurotic state. Every child is fluid, he has no frozen parts in him; the whole body is one organic unity. The head is not important and the feet are not unimportant. In fact, division doesn’t exist; there are no demarcations. But by and by demarcations start coming up. Then the head becomes the master, the boss, and the whole body is divided into parts. A few parts are accepted by the society and a few parts are not. A few parts are dangerous for the society and have to be almost destroyed. That creates the whole problem.
So you have to watch where you feel limitations in the body. [The questioner responds: “in the legs, neck, chest and throat.”]
“Just do three things….”
Step 1: Exhale Deeply
“One: walking or sitting, or whenever you are not doing anything, exhale deeply. The emphasis should be on exhalation, not on inhalation. So exhale deeply — as much air as you can throw out, throw and exhale by the mouth. But do it slowly so it takes time; the longer it takes the better, because then it goes deeper. When all the air inside the body is thrown out, then the body inhales. Don’t you inhale. Exhalation should be slow and deep, inhalation should be fast. This will change the armor near the chest, and that will change your throat too.
Step 2: Run For Your Life!
Second thing: if you can start a little running that will be helpful. Not many miles, just one mile will do. Just visualize that a load is disappearing from the legs, as if it is falling. Legs carry the armor if your freedom has been restricted too much; if you have been told to do this and not to do that; to be this and not to be that; to go here and not to go there. So start running, and while running, also put more attention on exhalation. Once you regain your legs, and their fluidity, you will have a tremendous energy flow.
Step 3: Disarmoring
The third thing: in the night when you go to sleep, take off your clothes and, while taking them off, just imagine that you are not only taking off your clothes, you are taking off your armor too. Actually do it. Take it off and have a good deep breath — and then go to sleep as if unarmored, with nothing on the body and no restriction.”
Osho: Hammer on the Rock, Talk #1
Copyright © 2012 Osho International Foundation
April 12, 2012 Comments Off on ‘Objectude’ is a display of Consciousness
It marks a significant turn in spiritual pursuit, when the seeker, by dint of his discrimination, comes to know that Consciousness alone is, and all the rest are but extension or display of Consciousness. In a mirror reflecting the objects in front, the reflector and the reflected are two distinct entities. But the inner Consciousness creates reflection, without any objects, distinct in content or appearance.
The whole process is like dream, in which the dreamer, the dreamt objects (both gross and subtle), the mind to reflect, are all felt, no doubt, but in reality are never there at all.
The Consciousness, drifting from sleep, so to say, suddenly brings about the differentiation to cause the dream. In the end, the entire manifoldness instantly vanishes, making the dreamer awake, to find nothing like dreamer-dreamt plurality at all.
In dream, so many gross things like buildings, roads, mountains, etc. are experienced. How can these be within the body? Thus dream is more an experience than reality.
In dream, everything is inward. But in wakefulness, externality comes in. That is all the difference. Externality and grossness again are, in fact, a creation of Consciousness. Consciousness itself is unphysical and it cannot produce anything gross within it. This point has to be reflected upon ceaselessly, in order to mitigate all the undue emphasis and belief in the gross wakeful objects, and finally to make them extinct.
– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[This is an extract from Poojya Swamiji’s series titled ‘Science of Inner Redemption’,
appearing currently in the monthly journal, Vicharasetu.]
© Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2011