Thursday, November 12, 2020

DEEPAWALI KRITYA (2019):

Offering of Deepaks during Deepawali: 

A few things suggested in our scriptures to be perform during the deepawali festival season are being shared with the readers.  If one has different tradition then one should follow that. Hope all will be able to follow this mix of tradition and scriptural details:

Date wise details as per Diwakar-Panchang being given below:

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Date          Tithi                Ends at    Other information

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12th Nov   Dwadashi        09.30 pm   Govats Dwadashi, Gandmool.
                                   
13th Nov   Trayodashi      05.59 pm   Yamdeep daan, Hanuman Jayanti, 
                                                            Maas Shivratri, 
                                                            Sompradosh-vrat, 
                                                            Dhan Trayodashi, 
                                                            Dhanwantri Jayanti. 
                                                            Hanuman Jayanti, 
                                                            Yam Tarpan.
                                                            
14th Nov    Chaturdashi   02.18 pm    Narak Chaudas, Deepawali Poojan
                                                            Pitra Karyeshu Amavas(after 2.18pm). 
                                    
15th Nov    Amavasya    05.16 pm    Kartik Amavasya(for bath etc.) , Kali poojan,
                                     (20th morn)   Luxmi/ Kuber Poojan, 
Annkoot,
                                                           Bath and Daan till 10.37 am.                                                                                                      Govardhan Pooja, Bali Pooja
                                                           
16th Nov   Prathma         07.07 am     Bhaidooj, Yam dwitiya, 
                                                            Poojan of pen and inkpot, 
                                                            Vishwakarma Poojan, 
                                                            Pen, Ink and books poojan.

XXXX      Dwitiya         XXXX      Tithi Kshaya (This day/ Tithi is not counted.)

17th Nov   Tritiya         01.18 am        Maas Prarambh (Month Start)
                                   (after midnight)
                                                         
During the month of Kartik, around Deepawali festival from Krishan Paksh (days of the waning moon) Trayodashi(13th day as per Hindi calendar) to Shukla Paksh (nights of waxing moon) Dwitiya (2nd day as per Hindi calendar), all five days Deepaks, (oil lamps, mostly made of earthen pottery or made of brass), are offered for various purposes. As per PADMPURAN, the details are as follows.

Kartik Krishan Paksh, Trayodashi. (falls on 13th Nov, 2020.)
As per scriptures, at the time of sunset offer a deepak outside the house for Yamraj, god of death for evading untimely death in life. Offering depak one should pray to him, "O Yama, son of the Sun, who has death and snares under his control and is accompanied by his wife, may you get happy by my offering of this deepak on this 13th night of Kartik Krishan paksh."
Offer a deepak at the door with following mantra:

Mritunaam Pashdandabhyam, Kalen Ch Maya sah,

Trayodashyaam Deep Danat Suryajah Priyataamiti.

Traditionally, some people in villages use four-faced deepak on this day. They light it by the side water drains etc from their houses. In fact, it is done in the South direction. The problem arises when the main gate of the house is not in south direction. So one can say South Direction is more important than the direction of the main gate in the house. Also use a smaller depth Deepak if using four-faced one. else it will extinguish easily.

Dhanteras is also celebrated today.As per tradition, on the day of Dhanteras, earthen statues of Ganapati and Luxmi are bought. This day lord Dhanwantri appeared with a kalash in his hands during sagar manthan(Ocean churning). Since he carried a Kalash with him so tradition of buying utensils on this day became prevalent.
Kartik Krishan Paksh, Chaturdashi (falls on 14th Nov, 2020)

As per scriptures, on this day Devi Luxmi resides in oil and river Ganges, in water.
All who fear hell should take early morning bath (traditionally after massaging one -self with black Sesame oil) and take a lauki /gheea, (table gourd), and rotate it three times over one's head saying, "I rotate you around my head time and again, please take away all my sins."  Table gourd is touched to the forehead and offered in alms or in a temple.Then one should do tarpan of Yamaraj with water with the following names:

Yamaya namah1, Dharmrajaye Namah2, Mrityave Namah3, Antkaaye Namah4, Vaivastaye Namah5, Kalaye Namah6, Sarvbhootkshayaye Namah7, Dadhanaye Namah, Audumbaraye Namah9, Neelaye Namah10, Parmeshthine Namah11, Vrikodaraye Namah12, Chitraye Namah13, Chitraguptaye Namah14.


Since Yama is a god, so Tarpan should be done from the Dev Teerth part of the hand i.e. finger tips. After this at night offer Deepaks at different places, like on the walls of the house, at the place where four roads meet, near unpaved pathways where people walk (jungle paths), in the temples, by the side of roads, in gardens, below Dev Vriksha (trees), an uneven place, where there are thorns and mosquitoes, or in the place where horses or elephants are tied at night.  Generally a four faced deepak is offered by villagers at the cross roads.    

Offer two deepaks at the gate of one's house; one for Yama and other for two dogs, (black and black & white), of Yamaraj with dripping clothes with the following mantra.

Shunkau Shyamshablao, Bhratrau Yam Sevakau,

Tushtau Syataam Chaturdashyaam, Deep danen Mritujau.

On this day in villages people offered 25 deepaks; 05 to Pitra, 05 to Sati devis, 05 to Lord Vishnu, 05 to Gram devta or Kheda and 05 for Mata/Luxmi/Durga etc.

Amavasya night (15th Nov. 2020, Deepawali):

As per Varah Puran, the Tanmatras came from the heart of Lord Brahma. They shone brightly and asked the devtas that we want to drink SOMRAS and desired to go to higher realms. They thought we will establish our asan in the space above.  Thus they raised their faces up and started to move upwards in a slanted pathway. Then Brahma told them to become PITRAS for all the family people. Since they had their faces upturned hence they were called NANDIMUKH. They were given the Dakshinayan time of the Southward moving Sun. When they asked 'what will be given to us', then AMAVASYA tithi was reserved for them. Whosoever will do tarpan with water, black sesame seeds, and kusha will reach the Pitras and they will feel satisfied by it. Whosoever will do tarpan of the Pitras on this day, it is the duty of the Pitras to give them some VAR (boon, gift) in return.
Take an early morning bath and with great devotion perform poojan of devtas and tarpan of pitras. Perform Parvan Shradh. Offer food to Brahmins.  

Further as per traditions in villages, two sets of two lotas/utensils, placed one over other, filled with water were used in poojan. The water of one set was offered to pitras and other set water was offered to satis, after bath. A bhog of kheel and batasha is offered to both.

For Ratri poojan of Luxmi:

On this night for poojan of Luxmi a silver statue or a silver coin is used.

A red cloth is spread out with rose petals sprinkled over it. Luxmi ji is bathed in milk, ghee, honey, curd, sugar each, followed by Ganga jal. All her Sringaar is done as per ones own imagination, devi poojan is done with dhoop, deep, naivedya, flower, flower garland, itra, bell after offering asan,  chatra etc. Put ghee deepk on her right side and sesame seed oil deepak on left side. Do not use rice in poojan but kheel of dhaan instead may be used. Wash Her mouth, hands and feet and offer food to her etc. Offer kheer, wash mouth hands etc. Offer a paan  with supari, laung, elaichi and panch meva may also be offered.     
One can use 16 things as enumerated below in Her poojan, establishing a kalash which should contain water upto 1.25 litres. Put  coconut on top of it wrapped in red cloth. Put leaves of mango, Pakad, Baniyan tree(badh)etc with copper coin in water and may errect two stambhs of banana leaves. If possible may draw a yantra and do panch upchaar poojan of it before puting a kalash on it. This requires a little practice and knowledge as per scriptures. In our villages, elders just kept a water pot established for a few days without other details. Hence, it is your personal convenience, though poojan can be done in silver coin even.

1 Asan, 2 Argha-Padya-Panchamrit snan, 3 Scent, 4 Vastra-upvastra, 5 Sringaar, 6 Flowers , 7 Bilvatra, 8 Dhoop, 9 Deep, 10 Naivedya,11Tambool, 12 Pungiphal, 13 Dakshina, 14 Neeranjanam, 15 Pushpanjali, 16 Pradakshina-Kshamapan-Visarjan. These are the 16 items for Shodash upchaar poojan, although panchopchar poojan with five things can also be performed if unable to do Shodashopchar. They are 1 Asan, 2 Argha, 3 Dhoop, 4 Deep, 5 Pushp-Pushpmala.


Also offer two Kamal/lotuses in the poojan on this day.


After doing all the poojan, whole night perform luxmi beej mantra jap. One can use any of the following mantra on kamalgatta mala,

Om Shreem Namah. 

Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shri Mahalaxmaye namah. 

Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamle Kamlalye praseed praseed Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmayee namah swaha.

Then at midnight, one can perform havan with above mantra attaching swaha at the end (if not there) with ahuti of Bilv-patra and Kamalgatta seed equivalent to 10% of the jap done. Then perform tarpan equivalent to 10% of havan and marjan equivalent of 10% of tarpan. Bhojan offering to brahmins of kumaris can be done as 10% of marjan. But even if one kumari poojan and offering is done with complete shradha it is equivalent to offering the whole earth.  If one does like this on this day, Luxmi ji resides in one's house for complete year and showers everything over the devotee. 

At midnight ladies of the house should guide Aluxmi (poverty) out of the house by making sounds while hitting on a soop (used to clean grains in olden times). Thus they should roam around in whole of the house and then come out through front door and thus guide Aluxmi out of the house. In some parts of Uttarpradesh in India, they burn big bundle of hay and move through the whole of the house calling, "alai balai jaat", (the evil things al and bala to leave their dwelling). Then they move out of their house with that burning bundle and leave it at a place outside the village. This must be guiding those bad spirits to a place outside the village. In some villages, this is done by house-wive's early in the morning. They gather all the dust and dirt of the house, put it on a platter with a deepak and take it through all the rooms of the dwelling chant 'Bhag dridra, Ishwar aya'. Saying thus, they take that dirt platter out of the house. Many people these days use a platter for carrying deepak and then keep on striking it to make sound. As per shastra Soop is required, which was converted to handheld fans which were made of same material as soop earlier and now, for convenience, it has been further modified to plates or something.

 At Brahm Muhurt, (the 2 hour time span before Sunrise), ladies should wake up Sri Luxmi first and then perform her poojan, (thus she stays in the same place for a long time) and afterwards wake up Janardan for his poojan. 

As per Bhavishya Puran, Lord Vishnu got pleased with King Bali and gave Kartik Amavasya to him. On this day poojan of King Bali is also done. A sleeping cot is taken and white tanduls are tied with it, avahan of Bali is done in it and his poojan is performed in it. Offerings in the name of Bali are given as daan. Whatever is offered like this becomes eternal.

This tithi is for removal of all kinds of upheavels, obstructions and anguishes. This is called Kaumudi as it gives happiness to all on Earth. KU means Earth and MUDI means happiness. Traditionally in villages 11 deepaks were offered on this night.
Shukla Paksh Patipada, Kshaya is there hence all the things to be done on this day must be completed on the previous day only in the morning.
One should perform poojan of Govardhan at home. For this, people in the villages make a small mountain of cow's dung and consider it to be Govardhan mountain and keep books, writing material of children by its side and perform poojan of Govardhan and knowledge. in the form of pens, books and ink pots. One also does poojan of cows and buffaloes.
Kartik Shukla Paksha, Prathama (16th Nov,2020) :
(because Dwitiya is Kshaya and not counted this year as per Panchang)

It is also called Yam-Dwitiya. Perform poojan of Yamaraj, offer gifts to one's sister, should not eat at ones own place but at ones sisters place. Thus one will never face any kind of dispute the whole year.

Perform tarpan of Devtas with rice & water, Rishis with barley & water and Pitras with black sesame seeds & water.
It is also said that during the Kartik month Ekadashi, when the Sun is there in Tula Rashi or Poornima one should offer deep to lord Vishnu.
Namah Pitribhyah Pretebhyo, Namo Dharmaay Vishnave,

Namo yamay Rudraya, Kantarpatye Namah

If, with the above mantra ancestors are offered a deepak in space or akaash, then all the ancestors who are stuck in hell are elevated to a higher realms.
For Pitra tarpan etc. if one can use silver metal utensils it will be very beneficial.
One who offers a deepak of sesame seed oil or ghee the whole of the Kartik month, he gets the fruit of an Ashwamedh yajna.
One who offers a deepak to Lord Vishnu during this month gets the fruit of doing all kinds of yajna and of having taken a dip in all the teerthas.
If during the above five days an oil or ghee Deepak is offered to the ancestors then all the ancestors get mukt (salvation).
Trust all the above information is interesting and can be used this time around Deepawali by all for self and for the benefit of ancestors. This article has been repeated with a few modifications from the previous one. Further, all are requested to inform anything special done in their tradition during these poojas to enable upgrade and make the article more informative for all the readers............ Om! Shaktanand


        

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.