BRAVE ALL TRIALS

July 28, 2013 Comments Off on BRAVE ALL TRIALS

Trials, difficulties, troubles and sufferings are necessary for your purification and to strengthen your will and power of endurance. Face them bravely and come out triumphantly. Press on. Strive on with all your will; only then is the grace of God bestowed.

God helps those who help themselves. If bad thoughts enter your mind, simply ignore them. Offer a prayer to the Lord and substitute divine thoughts by studying the sacred books. The spiritual fire should be generated day after day. Hold fast to the ideal. Keep the flame of aspiration ever bright. Scorn mundane delights and strife.

Dedicate your life to God. Meditate. Scale the spirit’s steepest height and reach the peak of eternal wisdom and bliss divine. Nothing is able to daunt the firm and resolute aspirant or turn him from a course which he considers to be right, or which he holds to be his duty.

Be brave and courageous. You must pass with one breath over the mountain of difficulties. The Atman cannot be attained by a life of weakness and error.

You have infinite strength within you. Be strong. Look within. Meditate. Tap the source. Have an indomitable will, backed by an abiding faith. You are bound to succeed in everything.

God is the Light of lights. He is knowledge. He is the knower. God is the same from age to age. God never changes; he is ageless. God has no opposite.

God is truth, beauty, goodness. God has no religion; He is the source of all religion. God is one. God is peace. God is universal harmony. God is love and law. As a lamp cannot burn without oil, so man cannot live without God.

Creation reveals that God is dharma (righteousness). God is the bestower of grace which is boundless and inexhaustible.
– Swami Sivananda

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Saadhana is not mere Textual Study

June 27, 2013 Comments Off on Saadhana is not mere Textual Study

Scriptural exposure is good, desirable and effective too. But all the scriptural studies will still be in vain, unless their reader becomes a saadhaka or saadhika and takes up saadhana, the actual pursuit. What is that saadhana? It is a simple mind-process, resting upon your mind and what all it contains and represents.
Mind means thoughts, feelings, attitudes and aims. Can you not focus on these four, and make them purer, better, loftier and ultimate? You can. All that is needed is proper examination and evaluation. What if your work rules out your taking up classes? What if you do not have time to read as you desire?
Saadhana does not mean you should attend classes or read scriptural texts. Do you mean to say that all tapasvins who go and live in the mountains attend classes, read and write? When I myself took up the saadhana, I did saadhana and that alone. Reading came much later, as a secondary development. So these classes should not bother you at all.
Take the Bhagavadgeeta, open any chapter and read one or two verses. Reflect upon their message. That is sufficient. Seek none. Do it yourself. Ultimately, the message of Bhagavadgeeta, as Krishna concludes is this (verse 18.56): “Be doing all work, activities, but finding dependence on the Supreme, one will attain perpetual peace by My blessings.”
Dear daughter, work you already do. I am quite happy. You are also sincere in it. Very good. What work? All work! So make no distinction or discrimination. The only other factor you have to bring about and ensure is to continue doing your work, depending totally upon the Indwelling Presence. The Great Presence is there. How can It be absent? And It is within you too.
What is your complaint then? You are held by It, as the earth and world are. It interpenetrates you, as It does the whole universe and its contents. Where is the question of missing It then?
You are a fool if you lament that your saadhana is not taking place, and work and involvement in it distance and rob you from your Godly pursuit! Yes, a very good fool! I have initiated you. Was it for textual reading and attending classes? I only wanted you to do the saadhana, using your mind, heart, feelings and attitudes.
Feel more and more that you are and will be a seeker, a saadhika. And let everything you do be covered by this attitude and recognition. If the seeker attitude does not come, scriptures are not the answer. The attitudes and aims emerge and proceed from your mind alone. Go into the mind, examine what lurks where, and remove or add to ensure that this one attitude and one aim grip you.
Hand over everything to God. Resign yourself to God. Which God? That which holds the universe, not alone your mustard-measured body and heart! Dear girl, why not take every day 45 minutes and think about this one real Godly dimension? Think of this sky-like presence, which pervades and includes all the planets and heavenly bodies, including this earth, and then your being!
Do not move from your room. Or, if you like, come out to the sit-out and look around, nay up, comprehend the space that surrounds and extends, until your mind becomes one with it, like the mirror reflecting the object in front. Hold the mirror in front of vacant and free space. Then it must be reflecting that spatial dimension indeed.
Will not your mind, which is sentient, unlike the mirror that is inert, also reflect the spatial dimension? Yes, it will. You will begin to feel it yourself.
Chant the mantra as a saadhana. Each chant takes hardly a few seconds. Live dissolving yourself into the mantra and dissolving the mantra into yourself. Nothing more; nothing less, too! Your entire tussle must cease with this, and a new life of promise, confidence and inspiration should start. May it. Let it. It will.
In this mood and message, I do not write anything further about all the rest you have mentioned. Be dear to the Lord. Make the Lord dear too. Let dearness, dependence and the restfulness that follows take care of all the rest.
Do not worry about whatever or whoever has gone. Do not feel burdened with whatever is or comes. Be neutral, a big zero, and then watch for the greatness and ease that will grace your heart and mind wherever you are.
– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
extract from a correspondence of Poojya Swamiji published in the May 11 issue of Vicharasethu.
(c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012

Angelic Helpers

June 27, 2013 Comments Off on Angelic Helpers

 

Good evening! It is wonderful to be in Mauritius and see how strong Saivism is here. You have the advantage, not enjoyed in countries like Sri Lanka and Malaysia, that Hindus form the majority of the population of this beautiful island nation. This makes it possible for you to set a fine example to all the world, to courageously and dynamically teach and preach the Saiva faith through your temple society and other fine institutions. I hope you will do this, and by doing so bring Saivism positively into the technological age.

Tonight I want so speak about the great Gods of our ancient religion and the holy temples where we commune and communicate with these spiritual beings. A Hindu temple such as this one is filled with millions of devas. When someone is born into the Hindu religion, or formally accepted into the religion later in life, guardian devas in the unseen worlds are assigned to automatically protect and guide him through his Earthly life. These guardian devas in the heaven world cannot be seen by you with your physical eyes, but they can be seen and are seen by those who know how to use the psychic vision of their third eye. Nevertheless, you can feel their presence in your home. They surround you, they help you and they communicate with the great Gods of our religion to guide you through life.

There are three worlds of existence. The Third World is where the highest beings, such as Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan and our Great God Siva, exist in shining bodies of golden light. This Third World is called the Sivaloka. The Second World of existence, or astral plane, is called the Devaloka. The great Gods have millions of helpers in the Devaloka who help each and every one of us. One or more of them is assigned to personally help you in this First World, which is the world of material or physical existence, called the Bhuloka. When we leave our physical body at night, we go into the Devaloka, the Second World, and commune with the devas there and with the Gods of our religion in the Sivaloka, the Third World.

Saivism’s most sacred substance, the holy ash, is the symbol of our religion, and we wear it across our forehead as a symbol of purity. But even more so, the devas in the Devaloka, in the Second World, can actually see this sacred substance on our forehead. They can actually hear the chanting of your sacred devotional hymns, your Devarams. They can actually see the flame that is passed before the image that represents the Deity. This is why we wear this pure white ash, to alert the devas that we are members of this religion. This vibhuti is a sign, a way of saying, “We seek your help, and we seek your blessings.” And by seeing the ash, they can distinguish your face. When they look into this world, it is like looking through a veil. They cannot see us too clearly. So we have signs and symbols to attract their attention, to earn their grace and their blessings. This is why it is important, especially when you come to the temple, to wear the sacred ash, so that you can be seen by the great beings in the inner worlds and attract their attention. They will respond. They will heal the aching mind. – Lesson 309 from Living with Siva, by: Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Training from A Satguru

June 21, 2013 Comments Off on Training from A Satguru

 
Several thousand years ago, a yoga master was born from his
own realization of the Self. He was born from his search within, where he found
Absolute Existence deep inside the atomic structure of his being. This master’s
realization came as he controlled the mind and penetrated through it to the
very core of its substance. After Self Realization, his mind opened into its
fullness of knowing. This knowledge he then imparted, as needed, to the
students who came to him curious or eager to solve the philosophical and
metaphysical puzzles of life. The first esoteric universities formed around the
master in this way. Other masters have since come and gone. Each in turn
battled and conquered the fluctuating mind and penetrated into the depth of
being. Students gathered around them in a most natural sequence of events. Each
master brought forth from his intuition the related laws and disciplines needed
so that they, too, might attain Self Realization, emkaef, as it is called in
Shum, the language of meditation.
This is known as the guru system of training. It is personal
and direct. An advanced devotee is one whose intuition is in absolute harmony
with that of his master. This is the way I teach, not in the beginning stages
when my devotees are probing the subject matter for answers, but after they
have conquered the fluctuation of the patterns of the thinking mind. When they
reach an advanced level of control and rapport with me, they have become
shishya, dedicated their lives to serving mankind by imparting the teachings of
Advaita Ishvaravada–the nondualistic philosophy of the Vedas, the basic tenet
of which is that man merges into God.
Advice can be given freely, but unless the seeker is
dedicated to the path of Eternal Truth, it is taken only on the intellectual
plane and quoted but rarely used. Therefore, the wise guru gives
challenges–spiritual assignments known as sadhana–advice, spiritual direction
and guidance merge with the aspirant’s own individual will. This causes daily,
recognizable results from actions taken to produce accomplishment physically,
emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Each seeker sets his own pace
according to his character, his ability to act with care, forethought,
consistency and persistence in the sadhana given to him by his guru.
There are five states of mind. Each one interacts somewhat
with the other. The conscious mind and the subconscious mind work closely
together, as does the sub of the subconscious with the subconscious, and the
subconscious with the subsuperconscious. The superconscious is the most
independent of them all. Being the mind of light, when one is in a
superconscious state, seeing inner light is a constant experience of daily
life. To attain states of this depth and still function creatively in the world,
a solid training under a guru is requisite.
The power to meditate comes from the grace of the guru. The
guru consciously introduces his student into meditation by stimulating certain
superconscious currents within him. The grace of the guru is sought for by the
yogis and is well understood by them. – Lesson
302 from Merging with Siva by Satguru sivaya Subramuniya Swami

SELF-SURRENDER

June 7, 2013 Comments Off on SELF-SURRENDER

 

Surrender is isvarapranidhana – the devotee consecrates all his works and their fruits to the Lord. The devotee has no will of his own. He says unto the Lord, “I am thine. All is thine. Thy will be done. I am an instrument in thy hands.” In surrendering one’s will to the Lord, his will becomes one with the cosmic will. He becomes one with the Lord. There is no loss in surrendering one’s will to the Lord.

Self-surrender is complete surrender of the Self to God. Self-surrender makes the devotee feel the reality of divine grace and the Lord’s readiness to bestow help on him at all times. The divine influence streams into his being and moulds it to make it a fit medium for divine realisation and divine instrumentality.

Surrender and grace are interrelated. Surrender draws down grace and grace makes surrender complete. Surrender starts the purification of the heart and grace completes it. Without grace complete unification is not possible. Grace divinises your being in order that the constant inflow and inspiration can be received and retained. It is through divine grace alone that one’s whole being is galvanised and rejuvenated.

The self-arrogating little ego persists and resists again and again. It clings leech-like to old habits, cravings and desires. It wages guerilla war; it resists surrender. It demands certain objects for its secret gratification. The whole being should be surrendered. That is the reason why Lord Krishna says: “tameva saranam gaccha sarvabhavena bharata, (flee unto Him for shelter with all thy being, O Bharata)”. The citta, the ego, the mind, the intellect and the soul, should all be placed at the feet of the Lord. Mira did this and so obtained the grace of Lord Krishna and became one with him.

The vulgar, stiff, obstinate ego is harder than diamond, reinforced concrete or steel. It is very difficult to melt it. Constant vigilance and ceaseless effort are necessary to slay this dire enemy of peace and wisdom. It keeps subtle desires for its own silent appeasement. Introspect. Find out the subtle desires that lurk in the corners of your heart through the search-light of concentration and discrimination. Kill them through regular, silent meditation. –  Swami Sivananda

Like Attracts Like

February 18, 2013 Comments Off on Like Attracts Like

Only a loving person – one who is already loving – can find the right partner.
This is my observation: if you are unhappy you will find somebody who is unhappy. Unhappy people are attracted towards unhappy people. And it is good, it is natural. It is good that the unhappy people are not attracted towards happy people; otherwise they would destroy their happiness. It is perfectly okay.
Only happy people are attracted towards happy people.
The same attracts the same. Intelligent people are attracted towards intelligent people; stupid people are attracted towards stupid people.
You meet people of the same plane. So the first thing to remember is: a relationship is bound to be bitter if it has grown out of unhappiness. First be happy, be joyful, be celebrating, and then you will find some other soul celebrating and there will be a meeting of two dancing souls and a great dance will arise out of it.
Don’t ask for a relationship out of loneliness, no. Then you are moving in a wrong direction. Then the other will be used as a means and the other will use you as a means. And nobody wants to be used as a means! Every single individual is an end unto himself. It is immoral to use anybody as a means.
First learn how to be alone. Meditation is a way of being alone.
If you can be happy when you are alone, you have learned the secret of being happy. Now you can be happy together. If you are happy, then you have something to share, to give. And when you give you get; it is not the other way. Then a need arises to love somebody.
Ordinarily the need is to be loved by somebody. It is a wrong need. It is a childish need; you are not mature. It is a child’s attitude.
A child is born. Of course, the child cannot love the mother; he does not know what love is and he does not know who is the mother and who is the father. He is totally helpless. His being is still to be integrated; he is not one piece; he is not together yet. He is just a possibility. The mother has to love, the father has to love, the family has to shower love on the child. Now he learns one thing: that everybody has to love him. He never learns that he has to love. Now the child will grow, and if he remains stuck with this attitude that everybody has to love him, he will suffer his whole life. His body has grown, but his mind has remained immature.
A mature person is one who comes to know the other need: that now I have to love somebody.
The need to be loved is childish, immature. The need to love is mature.
And when you are ready to love somebody, a beautiful relationship will arise; otherwise not.
“Is it possible for two people in a relationship to be bad for each other?” Yes, that’s what is happening all over the world. To be good is very difficult. You are not good even to yourself.  How can you be good to somebody else?
You don’t even love yourself – how can you love somebody else? Love yourself, be good to yourself.
And your so-called religious saints have been teaching you never to love yourself, never to be good to yourself. Be hard on yourself! They have been teaching you to be soft towards others and hard towards yourself. This is absurd.
I teach you that the first and foremost thing is to be loving towards yourself. Don’t be hard; be soft. Care about yourself. Learn how to forgive yourself – again and again and again – seven times, seventy-seven times, seven hundred seventy-seven times. Learn how to forgive yourself. Don’t be hard; don’t be antagonistic towards yourself. Then you will flower.
And in that flowering you will attract some other flower. It is natural. Stones attract stones; flowers attract flowers. Then there is a relationship which has grace, which has beauty, which has a benediction in it. If you can find such a relationship, your relationship will grow into prayerfulness, your love will become an ecstasy, and through love you will know what God is.
Osho, Ecstasy: The Forgotten Language, Talk #2
Copyright © 2013 Osho International Foundation

BRAVE ALL TRIALS

July 26, 2012 Comments Off on BRAVE ALL TRIALS

Trials, difficulties, troubles and sufferings are necessary for your purification and to strengthen your will and power of endurance. Face them bravely and come out triumphantly. Press on. Strive on with all your will; only then is the grace of God bestowed.

God helps those who help themselves. If bad thoughts enter your mind, simply ignore them. Offer a prayer to the Lord and substitute divine thoughts by studying the sacred books. The spiritual fire should be generated day after day. Hold fast to the ideal. Keep the flame of aspiration ever bright. Scorn mundane delights and strife.

Dedicate your life to God. Meditate. Scale the spirit’s steepest height and reach the peak of eternal wisdom and bliss divine. Nothing is able to daunt the firm and resolute aspirant or turn him from a course which he considers to be right, or which he holds to be his duty.

Be brave and courageous. You must pass with one breath over the mountain of difficulties. The Atman cannot be attained by a life of weakness and error.

You have infinite strength within you. Be strong. Look within. Meditate. Tap the source. Have an indomitable will, backed by an abiding faith. You are bound to succeed in everything.

God is the Light of lights. He is knowledge. He is the knower. God is the same from age to age. God never changes; he is ageless. God has no opposite.

God is truth, beauty, goodness. God has no religion; He is the source of all religion. God is one. God is peace. God is universal harmony. God is love and law. As a lamp cannot burn without oil, so man cannot live without God.

Creation reveals that God is dharma (righteousness). God is the bestower of grace which is boundless and inexhaustible.

– Swami Sivananda

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