Monday, October 19, 2020

Peace of Mind - Yogvashishth

 

Question:

Deer of the mind roams around in the world-form forest. Which is that tree that after coming under it, mind will feel peace? What kind of fruits, flowers and vines it has and where does such a tree grow? For my thus tormented mind kindly explain it.

Answer:

The effort with which such a tree grows, listen to it. All efforts are its leaves, fruits and vines. For the welfare of all mankind such a tree is essential. What is the sequence of it, now listen to it. It grows with the force of the atma in the heart of the saints. Quietude is its seed which grows in the land of chit. The seed is received in two ways; by embracing pains and sadness it appears and second by cultivating completely pure non-doing attitude in mind. By sowing this seed in the land of the chit and cultivating it with non-attachment, when cool, peaceful and pure waters of company of saints and contemplation on sacred text falls in the above land then this seed grows and takes the form of a tree. One has to guard it against excessive waters too. Then it is energised by the rays of light of atma-form Sun and is surrounded by hedge of courage from all sides. With austerity, alms giving, visit to sacred places and bathing in the sacred rivers one guards it lest it should dry up. One guards it against bird of hope, lest it takes out the seed of quietude and fly away. One guards it against old bull of desires so that it does not enter the land and trample on this tree. For this, contentment and its wife pure joy is made sit there. One has to guard it against the mist, which arises from clouds; wealth, beautiful women are the hails which spoil this tree. For guarding against such things there are two recourses, one is simple one and other is a special measure. With the help austerity keep the senses under control, have mercy on aggrieved, regular reading of scriptures and mantra jap; establishing such a activity form statue near, all disturbances are kept afar. The second special measure is one should keep the company of saints and listen to scriptures from them. One should meditate on the form of Om and contemplate on its meaning. This is the trident for annihilation of all the falling hails. When one guards against so many enemies only then the seed is saved. When the waters of company of saints and contemplation on the meaning of the scriptures, is given to it, then it sprouts and it grows well. As everyone bows to the moon of the second day, in the same manner contentment, mercy and glory form seedling appears. It has two leaves; one is वैराग्य(quietude) and other is विचार (contemplation) and they grow every day. One should practice regularly that which has been taught in the scriptures that Atma is truth and world is illusion. By irrigating the sapling with these, it grows more and more daily. But when its branches grow bigger, then attachment and abhorrence form monkeys jump on it and break them. So one has to make them stronger, by steadfast quietude, contentment and continuous practice, only then beautiful leaves, flowers and fruits will grow on it. Thus it will provide great shade extending to a long distance and good qualities of peace, coolness, purity, delicateness, mercy, respect and glory will appear. Under it deer form heart will find refuge and rest in peace. All three of his pains of Adhibhautik, Adhidevik and adhyatmic nature will cease. Where such a tree grows, beauty of that area cannot be explained. One who goes in refuge of such a tree all his pains disappear and great peace descends on him. Such a tree grows with support of brahm, quietude and contentment. Whosoever takes its refuge enjoys peace.    

Those who do not get refuge of such a tree they are never at peace. As a deer moves in a forest, in the same manner mind form deer keeps roaming all the time and never enjoys peace. Duality, ignorance and confusion form hunters try to kill it and it feels the pain. Then with great fear it accosts the senses in the village of this form, on seeing him they themselves enslave him and pull towards sense objects. Because of their fear it again runs towards the forest and again experiences pain due to non-closeness to sense objects. It again runs around in search of peace but dogs in the form of kaam start biting it. Because of their fear it again runs towards the forest of quietude and burns with the fire of anger. Desire form mosquitoes bite it. Darkness of attachment and greed make it blind. It tries to graze the green grass of his children and amassed wealth and falls in a pit as it was covered with green grass and not seen. That green grass is children and wealth and the pit represents attachment to them. Thus he experiences pain. When he tells lies, then is hounded by the hounds of his mind. All these pains and fears he faces when he turns away from the Tree. When he gets saved from the hounds of mind he is ensnared with the chains of desires. Thus till he does not come close to the tree, he will never find peace. Thus ignorant mind-form-deer keeps moving all the time. Hence, it is desired that one should accost the above tree. Only coming near it, peace will dawn. Only then all three types of fevers of the mind will get removed. As Suryamukhi lotus opens up on seeing the sunlight, in the same manner the lotus of the heart opens up under the above tree. He feels great anand, leaves the earth and climbs that tree. When he goes up this tree then he never falls down. When he comes down from it he establishes in the real meaning of the scriptures and whatever worldly things he observes, they seem like dirt to him. Then remembering all his past activities, he regrets his waste of time and energy.

Seeing his family and wealth, it feels like a dream and a world of his own imagination to him. When he thus arises from his sleep, he does not feel any ego and when he eats the fruit he gets great anand. Thus, a knower dies to the attachments of the world and remains untouched while in it. Then imagination of dual and non-dual also disintegrates.  As wood rest without any fire, in the same manner such a person’s activity also subsides on becoming desire less. He is busy in himself and walks like an elephant. Feeling of me and mine are annihilated and all the limitations of chit are freed. The world is experienced only due to duality. His action is due to his prarabdh, whether good or bad, else he does not take part in any activity while an ignorant person feels the world to be true. The cause of pain in the world is Desire. When this is removed mind also establishes in peace. So by continuous practice of company of saints, contemplation on the meanings of scriptures, one would surely attain knowledge of the self and then the world will disappear. Till such a state is realized continue performing austerities and when achieved then nothing is required to be performed.   

Om! Shantih! Sahntih! Shantih!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Warrior Saint

 

 

Miyamoto Musashi – The Warrior Saint

(March 12, 1584  to  June 23, 1645)


Miyamoto Musashi was one of the greatest Samurai fighters who fought 61 duels in his life without loosing any. He wrote two books, namely 'The Book of Five Rings' and ;'The Path of Alonenness', both of which were given to his most favorite student, Terai Megonojo, a week before death. He was a swordsman, philosopher, strategist and a ronin, a drifter. The first one deals with the strategy of fighting while in the second book, he mentioned 21 precepts  of the way of life, from which one can really have an idea about his personality. All the precepts mentioned by him are very much relevant in all the times. It is a pleasure to share same with the readers here.   

1. Accept everything just the way it is.

2. Do not take pleasure for its own.

3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. 

5. Be detached from desires, your own life. 

6. Do not regret what you have done.

7.Never be jealous. 

8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation. 

9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor for others. 

10. Do not let yourself be guided by feelings of lust and love.

11. In all things , exercise no preference. 

12. Be indifferent to where you live. 

13. Do not pursue the taste of good food. 

14. Do not hold on the possessions which you no longer need. 

15. Do not act following customary  beliefs. 

16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful. 

17. Do not fear death. 

18. Do not eek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age. 

19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help. 

20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor. 

21. Never stay from your way or path.

Each of the above precept is a gem and hope all the readers will benefit from it......Om!

 

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Guard Your Strength

 In continuation to Bindu Yog article published recently....from Bindu Yog by Mahatama Anandswaroop ji.

Sadhaks whose secretion/ semen become extremely thin so that it could not be control by them at all, they must undertake eleven points detailed below in brief for guarding it.

1.    Do not take hot bath but cold bath and rub whole body well.

2.    Keep your mind and character completely pure.

3.    Never drink or eat extremely hot drinks or eatables.

4.    Before sleeping wash your hands, feet, spine, neck, anus and urinary organ with cool water.

5.    Till the mind becomes pure and strong never eat such foods which generate heat and fluids in the body. Rather time should be spent in building character and purification of mind.

6.    Keep yourself away from fashion, make up and luxury.

7.    Always sleep on a simple bed and keep traditional Kaupeen.

8.    Light exercise must be done like swimming, walking etc.

9.    Live in a simple, clean and airy dwelling.

10.  Always keep company of good inspirational people.

11.  Before sleeping at night after cleansing the atmosphere all around with Shanti mantra, perform one mala of the following mantra

Om! Amogh Viryaye Vidmahai, Urdhav Retay Dhimahi, Tanno Brhamcharye Prachodayaat.

One who practices all the above 11 rules regularly, he can easily vanquish his secretions.......Om!

  

                                                  ~*********Shantih*********~

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bindu Sadhana (by Mahatma Anandswaroop ji)


Following introduction has been taken from a very old book written by Swami ji in 1937. One felt that the practice of Vajroli has been very well explained in it though almost 6-7 decades back and thus this gem must be shared with all like minded. Hope it will make the subject much more clear as one finds very few detailed references to it in modern times in the right spirit.......Om!

Introduction

To

           Bindu Yog            



   

By writing this book ‘Vishvatma Om’ has helped in the sadhana of Indian practitioners. The importance of Yog, Samadhi and Control is extremely important. But these cannot be achieved without achieving Dharana and Dhyan. Many different mudras are required to succeed in Dharana like Agochari1, Bhuchari2, Chachari3, Khechari4 and Shambhavi5. The importance of mudras in Yogshastras’ is unique. Many benefits can be generated from the mudras and many minor sidhis can also be achieved through it.

As through Shambhavi and Shanmukhi Mudra one can succeed in control over Mind and Pranvayu and thereby gain purification of Antahkaran in exactly the same manner as a Vajroli sadhak by gaining control over the seminal flow can attain Samadhi. It is the principle of Yogic scriptures that Mind, Prana and Semen are not different but one entity only. Controlling any one of them provides control over all the three. Hence in Yog shastras different procedures have been given to control them separately. Like through the practice of Ishwar pranidhaan or oneness mind can be tamed, through practice of pranayam Pran can be tamed and through practice of Vajroli-semen can be won over.

These days one finds very few practitioners of Kriya Yog. Because sharing the talks of subtle realm, nothing can be shown in the gross world and followers have to fall back on respect and devotion only. More onus is on the teachers who teach the gross procedures of the grosser techniques. On it depends the success or failure of the practitioner. Without experiencing the kriyas by one’s own practice, sharing it with others is like causing one’s own fall in front of the disciples. This will spoil the disciples too making oneself a criminal. To explain such a difficult subject of Vajroli is extremely laudable and is helpful for the general practitioners. The writer has explained the techniques and the hardware used for same in great detail.

Most of the people these days are spoiling their lives by wasting semen. Especially many young men and women go to various doctors for achieving child birth. For them this mudra is extremely important. If they can practice this mudra to perfection in front of their Guru then Bhog and Moksha both will become available to them. As per Chandogya Upnishad, knowledge received through one’s Guru always help achieve the right desired fruit. If read through books etc. that knowledge becomes very painful. So if want to make our Vajroli mudra successful, joy giving and powerful then we will have to hear from our Guru and practice in front of him only.

In here, all the important parts of the Vajroli sadhana have been concisely explained. By referring to copulation in extremely limited words, writer has asked to beginners to be aware of the adulterers, people claiming to keep the practice secret (while actually they do not know it) and unqualified as gentle practitioners have been told that Vajroli mudra is for protecting ones semen and achieving luster and glory of Brahman. One who uses it in the wrong manner, such a practitioner will fall by attracting diseases. By sharing this knowledge one should help friends, society and country to rise by protecting their secretion.

 

Pt. Badridas Purohit,

Vedant Bhushan, Vanasth.

(1937).      


                                                                             ~****Shaktanand****~


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Krishna and Yog

 

Wishing all the readers a very very auspicious Krishna Janmashtami, may that light dawn in cave of the heart of all the sincere sadhaks making them guiding lights of others.


                              In Search of Krishna in Vrindavan's Secret Forest - Arré

As per Yogiraj Lahiri Mahashaya ji in his writings:

A.

योगाःत्रयो प्रोक्ताः नृणां श्रेयो विधित्सया,

ग्यानं कर्म च भक्तिश्च नोपायोऽन्योऽस्ति कुत्रचित् ।

Krishna enumerated three paths for the welfare of human beings. Jnana (Knowledge), Bhakti (Devotion) and Karm (Action). Apart from these three paths there is no other path for final emancipation. Gita discusses these three paths alone. As there are three paths in the same manner, those who deserve right over them are also of three kinds. None can acquire any path as per his or her own sweet will. Some have right of karma, some have right over knowledge and some have right over Bhakti. Thus the three kinds of practitioners will have a specific path out of the three to practice but they will have to take support of all the three paths to some level howsoever small it may be. As per swabhav of the person, predominance of one path is there but then the other two path cannot become non-relevant. In their absence one may fall from time to time as the path of practice is full of obstructions. A person chooses his own path but if he can not to choose it then Sadguru choses it for him or her as he alone has the authority to do so.

All cannot have right over the path of knowledge as without quietude (वैराग्य) none can earn right to the path of knowledge. Non-indulgence into worldly subjects is scarcely seen in people. Without quietude of the chit, acquisition of knowledge is impossible. That is why lord has explained in the Geeta that after acquiring the real knowledge about the worldly objects, whose ignorance has been destroyed, there self-realization lights up form of the lord completely as Sun banishes the darkness and lights up all the objects. For those whose focus of intellect is completely established in Him, whose mind is totally devoted to Him, for whom he alone is the refuge, whose sins have been washed due to rising of self-realization by the grace of the Lord, they alone achieve mukti. Thus explaining the attributes of Brhamvid, the lord indicates that those who are established in that state they do not get happy on getting desired object, they do not get perturbed on getting undesired object because that intellect has stabilized and their attachments have been removed. Without stabilization of the intellect, knowledge cannot be cultivated. But this state is achieved by a very few people in the world. When without knowledge, mukti is not achieved then all the practitioners have to work for knowledge. The attraction and love which is desired for achievement of knowledge, that alone, is the second path. That second path is called Bhakti yog.

Those who are neither recluse and nor extremely attached, for them only this path is suitable. They achieve knowledge through this path only. Developing Bhakti in Lord Krishna, one develops vairagya quickly and after this knowledge arises on its own.

But those who do not possess quietude, do not have bhakti, what is the path to self-realization. For people in this category, practice of yoga is best. Most of the people come under this category only. Due to restless of the mind they cannot focus and hence cannot focus their intellect on one point or in one subject. Due it one develops ignorance and attachment. Till the movement of the pran prevails, stillness of the mind cannot be achieved and hence knowledge cannot rise. Movement of the mind is the cause of all ignorance. To stop this flow, kriya yog or practice of yog is required. Those in whose mind thought of Bram does not arise, who are busy in their own world all the time, they should follow the path of unattached work. Practice of unattached work itself is called yog. The practice of kriya yog is essential for all whether Gyani, Bhakta or Karmi. When one performs action like this then alone of them can be offered to the lord. Without long practice of karm yoga, self -realization cannot arise. The only means to achieve that is practice of yog. By practice of yoga one achieves qualification and by that alone knowledge arises. With pranayam, the coverings over knowledge get removed. The lord declares, ‘ O Arjun, Yogi is better than a knowledgeable person and man of action, o you become a Yogi.’

Till ego is filled in the heart one cannot offer all action at the feet of the lord. That is why egoless knowledge sadhak, considers all the objects belonging to Lord only. One who can perform his actions like this only is Gyani, Yogi and Bhakta. Unattached action is desired. Normally two kind of people cannot perform such an action, first those who are lethargic and second those who are followers of Samkhya. First ones do not like to perform action and second ones think that action is not required in face of knowledge accrued by them and generally say that action is the cause of attachment. Lord says Yajna, alms giving and austerity are never to be renounced. Rather to perform them is one’s duty. Because all these activities, purify one’s mind. Otherwise generally it is also said that if one performs work then one will have to taste the fruit of it also. But lord says those who perform all action offering them at his feet, they are not bound by them.      

Karma by which knowledge dawns is performed in three manners; forgetting attachment to the fruit of the karma, removing all the ego attached to it and offering all of it at the feet of the lord. But without equanimity of mind such a mental state cannot be achieved, without stabilization of the prana, mind cannot achieve equanimity. Without pranayam etc., mind cannot stabilize, without control of the senses, purification of dietary habits and living in seclusion these things are not possible.

B.

At the start of pooja we do Pranayam, Angnyaas, Karnyaas, what is the purpose of it. Energy is flowing through various nerves in our body. This movement provides energy to various organs and systems in the body to perform respective actions. But all these are just outward movements of the pranic energy. This outward movement makes our mind restless. But when we want to sit for pooja etc. them mind has to be focused and still. Till it is perfectly still, light of the atma cannot dawn and one cannot enter into the sancto-sanctorum of it. To guide the mind into that bindu, purification of the nadis is essential. Rishis have realized that without the knowledge of the kriya yoga, still of the pranic energy cannot be achieved and these Karnyaas and Angnyaas etc are the result of their effort only. Eyes, ears, nasals, head, shikha, heart, navel, root of the arms and legs, vertebral column, all are delicate places and places of development of the spiritual powers. It is also said that by continuously performing Nyaas even, a person can realize in life. Till the energy entering Sushumana, piercing all the chakras, does not enter Sahasrar, divine knowledge cannot be achieved. One whose energy can enter Sushumana he will acquire all the knowledge of inner realm. In most of the people these special places are generally dormant or partially awake. Without developing them fully we cannot achieve divine power. To awaken them through sadhana is the purpose of yog. For this alone various nyaasas are performed during poojan. Thus nyaas etc is the process of opening these dormant points in our body. On opening of these centres, a human becomes superhuman. Whether lower form or the highest form of beings, all are generated through pranic energy only. `

Om Shanti! Shanti!, Shanti! .......................Shaktanand.            

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Important Dates for Upcoming Kumbh Mela

                                                    Kumbh Mahaparv 2021 - 
                                                    Haridwar, Uttranchal, India.

Incarnation of Goddess Ganga as river Ganga - RESEARCHUT
Descent of Mother Ganges

S.no.               Tithi Speciality                                 Day/ Date

                       (Bathing)

01.                   Makar Sankranti                               Thursday, 14th January, 2021.
02.                   Paush Poornima                               Thursday, 28th January, 2021.
03.                   Shri Ganesh Sankasht Chaturthi      Sunday, 31st January, 2021.
04.                   Mauni Amavas (Magh)                    Thursday, 11th February, 2021.
05.                   Vasant Panchami                              Tuesday, 16th February, 2021.
06.                   Maagh Poornima                              Saturday, 27th February, 2021.
07.                   Shri Mahashivratri                           Thursday, 11th March, 2021.
08.                   Maha Vishuv Din                             Saturday, 20th March, 2021.
09.                   Phalgun Poornima                            Sunday, 28th March, 2021.
10.                   Varuni Parv                                       Thursday, 8th April, 2021.
11.                   Somavati Amavas (Chaitra)            Monday, 12th April, 2021.
12.                   Shukla Pratipada (Chaitra)               Tuesday, 13th April, 2021.
13.                   Main Shahi Bath (Vaishakh Sankranti)  Wednesday, 14th April, 2021.
14.                   Raam Navami (Shahi Bath)              Wednesday, 21st April, 2021.
15.                   Poornima (Chaitra)                           Tuesday, 27th April, 2021.                                       
16.                   Amavasya (Vaishakh)                       Tuesday, 11th May, 2021.
17.                   Akshaya Tritiya                                 Friday, 14th May, 2021.
                        (Main Shahi Bath) 

Note: After 6th April, on entry of Guru into Kumbh Rashi, the main significance
          of Kumbh Bathing starts. Effect of bathing, jap, anushthaan and offering
          though start from 14th January itself.
          Hope information will be useful for all sadhaks to plan in advance. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Special Dates of Various events of Year 20-21


List of important upcoming dates for the Sadhaks.


Date                        Day                Tithi                 Event

3rd Aug, '20             Monday          Poornima        Raksha Bandhan

11-12 Aug, '20         Wednesday     Mohratri          Krishna Janmashtami
                                                       
29-30 Aug, '20          Sat-Sun        Ekadashi        Bhuvneshwari Jayanti
                                                         -Dwadashi

17th Oct, '20             Saturday         Prathma         Sahardiya Navratra

23rd Oct, '20             Friday            Saptami          Nisha Pooja

30th Oct, '20             Friday             Chaturdashi   Luxmi Poojan

14th Nov, '20            Saturday         Amavasya     Deepawali Poojan
                                                                               (Kaalratri Jayanti)

16th Nov, '20           Monday           Prathma        Gupt Navratra begins
                                                                               Bhai Dooj

23rd Nov, '20           Tuesday         Navami           Akshaya Navami

6-7th Dec, '20          Sun-Mon        Ashtami         Kaal Bhairav Ashtami

14th Dec, '20           Monday          Amavasya     Sri Kamla Jayanti (Luxmi)
                                                                              Somavati Amavasya

29th Dec, '20           Tuesday          Chaturdashi   Sri Mahatripur Sundari Jayanti
                                                                              Sri Dattatreya Jayanti

14th Jan, '21            Thursday         Prathama      Makar Sankranti

11th Feb, '21            Thursday        Amavasya    Mauni Amvasya

12th Feb, '21            Friday            Prathma        Shishir Navratras begin

16th Feb, '21           Tuesday          Panchami     Vasant Panchami 

19th Feb, '21           Friday             Saptami        Nisha Poojan

26th Feb, '21           Friday             Chaturdashi  Sri Tripur Bhairavi Jayanti

11th March, '21      Thursday         Trayodashi    Maha Shiv Ratri

28th Mar, '21          Sunday            Amavasya     Holika Dahan
                                                                             Pitri Karyeshu Amavasya

13th April, '21        Monday          Prathama       Vasant Navratras begin ..

20-21 Apr, '21        Wed-Thur       Ashtami-Navmi       Sri Tara Jayanti

14th May, '21         Friday             Tritiya            Akshaya Tritiya

19th May, '21         Wednesday      Ashtami        Sri Baglamukhi Jayanti

25th May, '21          Tuesday          Purnima        Sri Chinnmasta Jayanti

17-18th Jun, '21      Thu-Fri           Sap-Ashtami    Sri Dhoomavati Jayanti

19-20th Jun, '21       Sat-Sun          Nav-Dashmi      Batuk Bhairv Jayanti
                                                                             Ganga Dashehra

21 June, '21              Sun-Mon       Ekadashi       Galma Dhaam Established

11th July, '21            Sunday         Prathama        Greesham Navratra Begin

12th July, '21            Monday        Dwitya           Gurudev Diksha Date
                                                                              Jagan Nath Rath Yatra

23-24 Jly, '21            Fri-Sat       Poornima-Prathma        Guru-Poornima

Note:-

On the above mentioned dates, all sadhaks should do Poojan, Jap, Purushcharan, Havan.
The days where two dates are mentioned, during those days, first day one should night
poojan and next day should perform day poojan..............Om!     


                                                      ~*******************~
      

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Experience Your Subtle Body

Join us on Amshi Fitness face book page on Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 at 6 pm IST (Indian Standard Time) for participating in a free session on Yoga-Nidra to experience your subtle body. Keep your yoga mat ready...................Shaktanand

Sunday, May 03, 2020

LIVE VIDEOS

All are cordially invited to attend our ongoing Nirvana Sage- Amshi live sessions on the subject of Pranayam - Traditional and Modern perspective, on Amshi Fitness Facebook page from 6-7 PM (Indian Standard Time), three times a week. Four sessions have already been conducted videos of which are already saved on the page and can be easily seen by anyone. Further, the sessions are generally carried out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. It will be great, if you join us there and in case of any questions, please post your messages which I would try to answer to the best of my knowledge................Om!   Shaktanand, www.nirvanasage.com.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Contemplating Mendicant – YV-II-60/163

  
This whole world is an illusion. One who considers it as real is nothing but foolish. Seeing this all illusion he develops great attachment. As any antelope which falling in a ditch experiences great pain, in the same manner a foolish person who falls in the ditch of this creation sees many illusions and thus moves from one dream to another. Listen to the following story regarding it.

Once a contemplating mendicant established in the 8th stage of Yog, Samadhi. His mind became purified due it. He used to spend his day in Samadhi and when he will come out of it, he would again sit in asan to again achieve that state. When a long time was spent like this once when he came out the Samadhi, he thought to roam around like any ordinary person. Thinking like this he envisioned a creation as well as a form for himself as Jheevat. In that form he will drink and perform service to Brahmins. Doing like this he fell asleep. During dream he thought of body of Brahmin and acquiring that started study of Vedas and scriptures in it. When a long time passed like this, again another dream came to him, he saw himself as King of a great entourage and started roaming around established like King.

After spending some time like this he again envisioned himself as a great king under whose command was the whole Earth. He ruled all places. After some time he again saw himself in a divine female form and roamed around in the male divine company. After spending some time like this, he again saw himself as hind(हिरणी) roaming and grazing in the jungles. After that he saw himself as a creeper in the divine gardens. After spending some time like this, he again saw himself as a bumblebee and started experiencing fragrances. Then again in his dream he saw himself as a lotus. One day an elephant came there and ate it. As a foolish child breaks anything, in the same way that elephant ate the whole creeper. Then acquiring the form of elephant, he fell in a ditch and experienced great pain. After sometime, the elephant dreamed of being a bumble bee flying around among the lotuses. After sometime again he became the creeper and got trampled under the feet of an elephant. Then a Swan ate that creeper. Then that creeper in the form of a swan, roamed around great Mansarovar lake. Then that Swan with its resolve became Brahma’s Swan as wave is close to water. Then with the sermon from Brahma, the Swan realized his true self. Thus by falling in illusion, he roamed around in so many forms and on receipt of knowledge realized his self. Then he became free. Once when that Swan was flying on the mountain Sumeru, he wished to become Rudra, due to his pure resolve became one. As in the clean mirror, face is easily seen, in the same manner in pure mind, the resolve fructifies immediately. One who has the highest knowledge is called Rudra and once achieving that knowledge there is nothing else to be desired. Then the Rudra thought that due to ignorance he went through so many states. This illusion or maya is really surprising. I should go and see my earlier body. Thus Rudra got up and proceeded to his place. He saw the body of the mendicant and with his power raised it and knowledge dawned in the form of the mendicant that I alone am established in all. But he thought that Rudra has awakened him and I have many more bodies. Then both of them walked together to the body of the Jheevat which was lying like dead. Utensils for drinking liquor were lying all around. They raised the Jheevat and he stood up. He thought that they have awakened him. Then he realized that he also has many bodies, so all three of them together walked and started thinking why did they acquire so many forms. First I was a sanyasi devoted to god, then I became a liquor drinking Jheevat, then became Veda studying Brahmin, then I became a king and after that due to greater fortune became great king ruling the whole Earth. When desire arose in the mind of that king, I became a female married to a divinity. In the body of a female, her eyes are full of love so became a deer. Then became a bumble bee, then a creeper and thus acquired so many bodies because of ignorance. In this movement so eons passed. From mendicant to Rudra all the births were acquired due to desire. After so many births became Brahma’s Swan and achieved realization because of previous practice and because of that sudden company is achieved. Then they flew from there to the realm of the Ved-studying-brahmin and they saw him lying there like a dead person. They raised him and all four of them flew in to the realm of the king and found that Kings body is moving. Kings body was shining like gold and was sleeping on his bed with his queen and many maids were moving whisk over them. Then with their inner power they made the King wake up. He observed that whole world is his extension only and he has taken so many body forms. Then Rudra, mendicant, Jheevat, Brahmin and the king moved together from there and raised all the bodies of elephant etc which were experienced. They experienced this only in all the states that they are without any kind of ignorance and self only. Though all the bodies were separate and their actions were also separate but their thoughts were same. So, whole creation cosmos has been generated from ignorance but when seen with the eye of realization everything vanishes. All those forms are called Shatrudra.

When one would see, he would experience that all forms are mine as different waves in an ocean look different but actually they are one ocean only. Like this a realized person sees the whole world as his own extension only but an ignorant person sees it as different and his many forms also as different. Thus this whole creation looks separate with ignorance but same as one self with realization. When chit vibrates it creates the world and when it becomes still, oneness dawns. So leaving aside all the attachments establish in self. Thinking itself is pain and to be relived of it alone is happiness. By the thought process the creation exists cessation of it causes it to disappear. As a sculpture imagines all the statues in a rock piece, in the same manner the cosmos is imagined in the chitt. When Chitt is annihilated then the world is nothing but our own self. Where ever one goes with chitt, one sees the five elements there and where one approached without it, one sees the self. When chit becomes outward bound, the world is experienced and when it goes inwards then only self is seen. All these objects can not appear with knowledgeable self. First one experiences oneself only then world is experienced.  

All the different bodies of King, Brahmin etc became peaceful when they made Rudra awake. Then Rudra told them to go to their respective places and spend some time with your families and later you will join me as my close ones and later becomes Videhmukt and free. Then Rudra also disappeared. The question comes if all those bodies were experienced then how dii they and their creation became true? The answer to it is that Atma is omniscient, omnipresent, pure and is experienced. Whatever thought comes to the mind that is experienced. One whose mind is pure, his resolve happens immediately. The question comes that if ones sankalp is pure then why will one be struck in different bodies. The answer is that if chitt or resolve is pure then what ever is thought of happens. Desire only takes one up or down. When practice and yog join only then purity of the jeev takes place. If anything is lying near and one has no desire for it then it is as good as lying far off. On the other if something is far off but the desire for that is very strong then despite its distance it is nearby only. Now the question is that mendicant was only one but how did he get so many bodies? All the yogini and yogis are with pure resolve and whatever they desire they become. Thus one who has pure resolve sees oneself in many forms……..Om!.   
   

Friday, April 24, 2020

Story of King Bhagirath – YV-II-62/180




King Bhagirath, who brought Ganges to Earth with his austerities, was such a king that who so ever came to him for anything, he always provided whatever was asked for. He was a great king with compassion filled heart. Whosoever generated animosity against him, he use to vanquish them as Sun removes the darkness. As innumerable sparks flow flame of fire, in the same manner he used to rain armaments on the enemies. But always kept unmoved whether in good or in bad. What came to his mind that he brought Ganges to the Earth? The story goes as follows.

Once observing his kingdom, he experienced that people are leaving the good path and cultivating wrong practices in life and are becoming ignorant and stupid. Then for the welfare of his wards he underwent austerities for Brahma, Rudra, Yajna Rishi and started repeating mantra for bringing Ganga river. Ganges, with one flow moves in the heavens and with other flows in pataal (lower world). The king brought one of its flow in this realm of Death that is our Earth. By bringing Ganges, he did good for the ocean too. Ocean was dried up by Muni Agasthaya, hence there was dearth of water in it. An idea came to his mind. Looking at the world he thought that it is very foolish to perform one task again and again. Humans daily do same things, they get same things and eat same things. He thought that performing any work which generates happiness afterwards, there is nothing wrong in repeating that. With this kind of dispassion he contemplated as to what this whole creation is. At that time the king was quite young. It is a great wonder if such a thought arises in the mind during youth.

When such an idea came to the king’s mind, he left his house and went to the ashram of his Guru Rishi Trital and asked, ‘ O Gurudev, what is that pleasure, after achieving which old age and pain of death gets removed?’ The pleasures of the world are empty from inside and the result of them is only pain. Rishi Trital replied, ‘ O Rajan, there is only one which is to be known, knowing which one achieves the state of peace and that is the knowledge of the self. This self neither arises and nor sets but is established as it is. Old age and death is there till ignorance is, when knowledge form Sun light arises, darkness of ignorance is banished and the jeeva establishes in the state of great peace. Joy of self is all over. Knowing it the knot of the illusion, that ‘I am this’ is shredded. All karmas as well as all illusions get removed. Attaining such pure knowledge, one establishes in that state which is omnipresent, eternal and beyond rise and fall. King replied, ‘ O Gurudev, I do know that atma is eternal and our body is temporary but still I do not experience any peace as I do not experience the atma as the only truth. Hence, kindly explain to me. Trital Rishi said, ‘O King I will explain to you, after knowing which you will not feel any pain and establish more faith in that which is to be known. Do not be affected by the misfortune of the family, always remain in equanimity and remain same in the receipt of good or bad both, establishing the chitt in the self-realization and not letting it go into any other direction, to remain in a secluded place, leaving the company of foolish always contemplate on Brahmvidya, these are the symptoms of a knowledge seeking one trying for self-realization. Opposite to it everything else is ignorance. This alone, O King, is to be known and knowing this great peace will dawn and ego in the physical body will disappear. First ego ‘me’ comes and after that comes ‘mine’. Hence let go of this feeling of me and mine. When you will discard them then you will experience the self. That alone is the knower of all; is all; is self-illuminated and form of joy but without the pains and pleasures of the worldly objects.

King said, ‘ O Gurudev, this ego has been residing in this physical body for  eons, why should I discard it?’ Rishi said, ‘O King, ego can only be discarded with the effort of the person. First to generate hate towards worldly objects; then discard the desire for such objects and time and again contemplate on the self; by this method your ego will get removed. When this will get removed then you will see atma everywhere. You will experience painless light of peace everywhere. O king, shame, attachment, company does not get severed till realization is achieved. Me, mine, thirst for anything, pain, to be known as a good person, all these desires which are the places of attachment, all are called shame (लज्जा). Your enemies who want to take your kingdom, give tham your kingdom and get free of the attachment of your wife, children and relatives. Whatever attachment that exists in this body, let go of that and establish yourself in a secluded place and go to the houses of your enemies for alms. So the desire to be known as good and the best gets removed from your mind. Now get up and go.’

After this the king went back to his kingdom, contemplated on everything whatever his Guru had explained to him and started thinking about self-realization. When some time was spent thus, he arranged an agnishtom yajna which is meant for giving away whatever wealth one has. Within three days he distributed all his wealth to Brahmins, desirous, children, wife and enemies. When enemies came to know that the King has become weak. They came and surrounded his kingdom and attacked his palace. The king had only two clothes on his body. He walked out and went to the forest to meditate and established in peaceful state. When some time was spent, he came back to his kingdom and requested for alms from the houses of his enemies. Then enemies and other did his great poojan and asked him to take back his kingdom and everything but he refused and gave it no value as one would to a blade of glass. After roaming for some time, he went to his Guru’s palce and both of them received each other the gaze of realization. They had no desire to live and no desire to die whatever came they were happy in that. Heavenly damsels use to play around there and various objects of great enjoyment arrived there but they considered them as of no value. They satiated with the self kept in their pure state always without any blemish.


After some time elapsed, Bhagirath wandered to another Kingdom, whose king had just died. He was moving around requesting for alms. The official of the dead king saw that it is king Bhagirath and whatever symptoms are needed for a good king are there in this man. They requested him to take up this kingdom since it is being offered to him without his desire. Bhagirath agreed and became a king there. So he was installed as a king of that kingdom with great pomp and show. He went into the palace and saw all the women inside. Whole of the kingdom was filled with the forces of the king, abundant rains filled all the water bodies, great music was played. Many courtiers of nearby kingdoms also arrived to attend the coronation ceremony of the king, including those from his previous kingdom. His earlier kingdom courtiers told him that all the enemies have died in his previous kingdom and there is no king at present. They requested him to take that kingdom also in his fold. Though you do not desire but still please rule over it because whatever is received without any desire, one should not refuse it. So, Bhagirath took that kingdom too and ruled over it. Remembering his past, the king came to know that his ancestors are lying in a well after being burnt due to the curse of Kapil muni. Giving his kingdom to his courtiers, he proceeded alone to the forest. There he underwent great austerities for thousands of years to bring the Ganges to Earth. Then Ganga appeared from the realm of Vishnu and for the welfare of his ancestors, the King brought it down on the Earth. After that again establishing in peace filled state he started roaming around. Such was the story of king Bhagirath……………………….Om!