November 20, 2013 Comments Off on Where Lies True Happiness?
Whatever may take place in the world, Atma sukha, the Self-contentment should never be lost. In fact, objective-pleasures are tiny particles of Atma-sukha. This means that any pleasure is always an evolute of the Atma and not a derivative of action. All actions are prompted by the mind. That relationship is never lost even while performing an action. The actions also end in the mind. And memory arises because the mind records everything that happens. Though the actions cease, their memories remain.
All the sense of pleasure seeming to arise from world objects, is not external, but internal. So the objective-pleasures are the external manifestations of the inner happiness, outflow. The objective-pleasures are a mere speck of the subjective happiness, which the Upanishads and Vedas promise.
The Atma is brilliant and blissful. Mind is its expression, in fact, its glory. But due to delusion and confusion, the mind feels attracted or repelled by the shadows of the objects formed in it. Then it gets dislodged. When the inner personality becomes pure and enlightened, the mind and intelligence, displaying the bliss of the Atma, will show its true colours and glory. Krishna is the personification of such a state of bliss, exhilaration of nirvana, the beautiful form.
Yoga is the harmonious dissolution of the mind, intelligence and ego into the inner soul, Atma.
Uddhava said: svadhaama naya maama api – do take me along to that abode to which you are going. Do not forsake me. I too want to live with you! I cannot think of anything else.”
Devotees! This is the touchstone for the minds of devotees. By the practice of devotion the mind should reach such a level that it is unable to separate itself from God. Only such an attitude will make it true bhakti. If on the one hand you rely on the alluring though transient world, and on the other claim that you have devotion to God, how can such an adulterated mix be true devotion?
Bringing about sufficient regulation in the senses and the mind, is the redress for all the ills of our worldly life. Never give any independent status to the multifarious and multi-faceted external world. Your own inner Atma comes first, and then follows experience of the world. The entire world should be viewed as the expansion of your mind, display of your Atma . There cannot be any differentiation like ‘inside’, ‘outside’, ‘internal’, ‘external’ in that unique Truth. Atma is neither a ‘subject’ nor ‘object’ in the usual sense. This inner presence, which is beyond both, beyond the senses, is the supreme Truth. – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, [Excerpts from Poojya Swamiji’s book “Krishna as 24 Teachers”](c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
September 13, 2013 Comments Off on SUPREME PEACE IS YOUR GOAL
Every man in the world is restless and is striving after something. What it is he does not know. In the accomplishment of ambitious projects he seeks the rest that he feels he is in need of – but he finds that worldly greatness, when secured, is a snare and a delusion. He does not find any real happiness or peace in it. He gets degrees, titles, honours, power, name, and fame. He marries, he begets children, he gets all he had supposed would give him happiness. But he finds no rest. Pious men, saints, sages declare that this restlessness of every man, this state of discontent, dissatisfaction and uncomfortableness, of being ill at ease with himself and his surroundings, is solely due to the loss of the companionship of the partner of his soul, God.
Peace is absolute serenity and tranquillity, wherein all the mental modifications, thoughts, imagination, whims, fancies, moods, impulses and emotions, instincts etc., cease entirely and the individual soul rests in his own native, pristine glory, in an unruffled state. It is not, of course, the temporary condition of mental quietude which worldly people speak of in common parlance, when they retire for a short time to a solitary bungalow in a forest for a short rest. Peace is the fourth state of super-consciousness. It is the realm of supreme bliss, eternal life and eternal sunshine, where cares, worries, anxieties and fears which torment the soul here, dare not enter; where all distinctions of caste, creed and colour vanish altogether in the one embrace of the divine love and where desires and cravings find their full satiety.
Peace is within. Search for it in the chambers of your heart through one-pointed concentration and meditation. If you do not find peace there, you will not find it anywhere else. Remember, dear friends, that the goal of life is attainment of peace and not the achievement of power, fame and wealth.
Desire is the greatest enemy of peace. There is no peace for him who has no concentration. There can be no happiness for the unpeaceful. In that supreme peace all pains, all sorrows, miseries, tribulations vanish forever.
The peace of the eternal lies near those who know themselves, who are disjoined from desire and passion, subdued in nature and of subdued thoughts. The man who is endowed with supreme faith and who has mastery over his senses, quickly gets supreme peace.
– Swami Sivananda
September 5, 2013 Comments Off on How can the unlimited Being be limited?
How can the unlimited Being be limited? All that seems limited is in its depth beyond all limitations.
Bowl of Saki, September 3, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Man has respect for his mother or father or wife, or for his superiors; but all these have limited personalities. To whom then shall he give most respect? Only to one being: to God. Man can love another human being, but by the very fact of his loving another human being he has not got the full scope. To express all the love that is there, he must love the unlimited God. One admires all that is beautiful in color, tone, or form; but everything beautiful has its limitations; it is only when one rises above limitations that one finds that perfection which is God alone.
There is no such thing as impossible. All is possible. Impossible is made by the limitation of our capacity of understanding. Man, blinded by the law of nature’s working, by the law of consequences which he has known through his few years life on earth, begins to say, ‘This is possible and that is impossible.’ If he were to rise beyond limitations, his soul would see nothing but possible. And when the soul has risen high enough to see all possibility, that soul certainly has caught a glimpse of God.
They say God is almighty; and I say, God is all-possible. Possibility is the nature of God, and impossibility is the art of man. Man goes so far, and cannot go any further. Man makes a flower out of paper, giving it as natural a color as possible, yet he says it is not possible to make it fragrant, for he has his limitations. But God, Who is the maker of the flower and Who is the Giver of the fragrance, has all power, and man, who is weakened by his limitedness, becomes more and more limited the more he thinks of it. In this is created the spirit of pessimism. Man who is conscious of God Almighty, and who in the contemplation of God loses the consciousness of his own self, inherits the power of God, and it is in this power and belief that the spirit of optimism is born.
~~~ “Githa, Series II, Sadhana 3, The Path of Attainment”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
People mostly think that the spiritual message must be something concrete and definite in the way of doctrines or principles; but that is a human tendency and does not belong to the divine nature, which is unlimited and life itself. The divine message is the answer to the cry of souls, individually and collectively; the divine message is life, and it is light. The sun does not teach anything, but in its light we learn to know all things. The sun does not cultivate the ground nor does it sow seed, but it helps the plant to grow, to flower, and to bear fruit.
~~~ “Religious Gatheka 3, Religion”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
There is a stage at which, by touching a particular phase of existence, one feels raised above the limitations of life, and is given that power and peace and freedom, that light and life, which belong to the source of all beings. In other words, in that moment of supreme exaltation one is not only united with the source of all beings, but dissolved in it … As the great Indian poet Khusrau says, ‘When I become Thou and Thou becomest me, neither canst Thou say that I am different nor canst Thou say that Thou are different.’
August 24, 2013 Comments Off on The soul feels suffocated
The soul feels suffocated when the doors of the heart are closed.
Bowl of Saki, July 31, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
There is a door to man’s heart; it is either closed or open. When he holds a thing and says, ‘This is mine,’ he closes the door to his heart; but when he shares his goods with others and says, ‘This is yours as well as mine,’ this opens his heart. We must learn consideration for others; it does not matter whether they are rich or poor. We may have only one slice of bread, but when there is another sitting by our side we share that slice with him. By doing this, even if our bodily appetite remains unsatisfied, our heart is filled with joy to think that we shared our happiness with another. It is this spirit which is necessary just now to change the condition of the world, not political and commercial disputes. We must be awakened to the main truth, that the happiness and peace of each can only be the happiness and peace of all.
People pursue spirituality with their brain: that is where they are mistaken. Spirituality is attained through the heart. What do I mean by the heart? Is it the nervous center in the midst of the breast, the small piece of flesh that doctors call the heart? No, the definition of the heart is that it is the depth of the mind, the mind being the surface of the heart. That in us which feels is the heart, that which thinks is the mind. It is the same thing which thinks and feels, but the direction is different: feeling comes from the depth, thought from the surface. … The Sufis have therefore considered the development of the heart quality as a spiritual culture, and have called it the culture of the heart. It consists of the tuning of the heart.
Tuning means changing the pitch of the vibrations. Tuning the heart means changing the vibrations, bringing them to a certain pitch which is the natural one where you feel the joy and ecstasy of life, which enables you to give pleasure to others even by your presence because you are tuned. When an instrument is properly tuned you need not play music on it; just by striking it you will feel a great magnetism coming from it. If an instrument well-tuned can have that magnetism, how much greater should be the magnetism of hearts that are tuned. Rumi says, ‘Whether you have loved a human being or whether you have loved God, if you have loved enough you will be brought in the end into the presence of the supreme Love itself’.
July 14, 2013 Comments Off on MY TASK IS COMPLETE
My purpose is achieved. The entire circle of birth and death is over. I have realised the perfect bliss of the Atman. I have known myself to be Brahman. I am free. I am perfect. I am independent. I enjoy bliss. I enjoy the bliss of the immortal soul.
I am brimful of perennial joy. A self-effulgent light burns in my heart. I have broken all illusory relationships. Now there is no husband, no wife. Now there is no cousin and no grandfather. It is all one homogeneous essence of bliss only. Now my task is complete.
I am free from doubt. I am free from delusion. Why should I study the scriptures? I rest in my own essential nature. Now, where is the necessity for meditation? I act like any other human being. I bathe, I sleep, I sing, I answer the calls of nature, I work, I write, I walk, I eat and I talk. And yet, I do not perform any action at all.
I am the witness of all these processes. I am identical with Brahman. These acts are not obstructions to me. All these dealings are perfectly harmless. I am not susceptible to viksepa (the disturbance of the equilibrium of the mind).
Where is the necessity for samadhi for me? Viksepa and samadhi are functions of the mind only. I have obliterated the mind. I am continuously experiencing the satisfaction which results
Let people have any opinion of me. Let them glorify me. Let them vilify me. It matters little. “Sivoham. Sivoham. Sivoham. Sivah Kevaloham”.
I have risen above ignorance. I have risen above my knowledge of this seeming universe. It is not only escape from misery and grief. I enjoy the joy eternal, the joy unspeakable, the joy supreme, the joy unbounded.
What is this joy that I feel? Who shall measure it? I know nothing but joy limitless and unbounded. – Swami Sivananda
July 6, 2013 Comments Off on THE GLORY OF GOD
God has no purpose. God is not bound by any action, just as the sun is not bound by the activities of the people of this world. God acts out of compassion for the individual soul. His sole purpose is to see that His creatures evolve spiritually.
God is the lover and the beloved at the same time. Justice, love, and goodness are expressions in the divine will.
In the word `Bhagavan’ – `bhaga’ signifies the six qualities of God. These are: jnana (wisdom), vairagyam (dispassion), kirti (fame), Sri (prosperity or wealth, divine aisvarya), sakti or bala (omnipotence), and dharma (righteousness).
According to the Prasnopanishad, there are fifteen kalas or rays of God. These are: prana (life), faith, sky, air, fire, water, earth, senses, mind, food, strength, penance, mantra (mystic formula), karma (action) and name.
God has hands and feet everywhere. He has heads and eyes, mouths and ears everywhere. He is immanent in the world – possessing the vast whole. God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul.
Pleasure is due to virtuous actions and pain is due to vicious actions. Virtue and vice constitute adrsta (unseen potency). The various experiences of man are due to this adrsta. But adrsta is a blind force – it needs an intelligent director to guide it. And that intelligent director is God.
God is the verity of all verities. There is a moral and spiritual order through which is fulfilled the will of the Lord in the world. God has created not only the world, He has also created time along with it. God’s knowledge is eternal, complete and perfect.
Who can know the will of God? He who knows God, he alone can know His will. God and His will are one. The Lord is the supreme healer – He is the divine indweller in all medicines. – Swami Sivananda
June 27, 2013 Comments Off on THE DIVINE SECRET
True wisdom is love. The way is only one love divine that is all. Love divine is a great power; it is the basis of all religious life. Divine love has no sex. It sees God in all and all in God. Where love is, there God is. From love the world is born, by love it is sustained and into love it enters. He who loves not, knows not God, because God is love.
Open the floodgates of your heart for the inpouring of love divine. The path is through love – every moment of separation is a pang of death to the lovers and the devotees. Day and night the flame of love burns in the hearts of the devotees. Solace comes to the devotee in the flow of tears. The creeper of love is nourished by the eyes.
Love is not a passing sentiment or a feeble emotion – it is strong, deep, enduring. There is real love only when there is true inward identification with the life of another entity. Pure love divine communes with the beloved, with unity, with the one, the all pervading essence of bliss.
The most important aspect of spiritual life is bhakti (devotion), and the secret of bhakti is love, a love which embraces all. Company of saints, kirtan (chanting) of the Lord’s names, study of the Bhagavatam and service of the saints will create love for the Lord.
Love of the body or skin is passion. Love of God is prema (or devotion). It is pure love, love for love’s sake. To love someone for attaining a selfish gain, is selfish love. It binds you to this earth. To love all beings, as manifestations of the Lord himself is pure love and leads to liberation. Pure love redeems and purifies the heart and transmutes you into divinity. God is an embodiment of love an ocean of love. If you wish to attain God realisation you must also become an embodiment of love. Love inspires, illumines and leads the way. Love is giving and not taking. Love cements the broken heart. It is the key to open the door to moksha.
Love inspires love. It is divine elixir; it bestows immortality, supreme peace and everlasting joy. Love is the golden link which binds heart to heart, mind to mind and soul to soul. Love never reasons but ever profusely gives. It is not affected by offence or insult. It looks only with the heart. – Swami Sivananda