Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015


(Updated)

Everyone wishes us 'Happy holidays' with much enthusiasm and joy. We all wish to always remain 'Happy'. In this era of excessive completion and stress, we have lost our happiness, as there is no contentment. Ours is a demanding mind. We want more. Since happiness is our true nature and all are knowingly or unknowingly trying to find it, but in external object or person. We should understand that 'Happiness is a state of mind'.

Just like it is necessary to give our body some rest, it is equally important to give our mind some 'rest'. In order to do so, chanting God's name is the best way. But not many can do japa. Hence it is necessary to prepare our mind for japa.

In order to relax the mind, prayer is very important. Prayer helps one to accept that there is higher authority and reduces ego. One may think that s/he can do japa by one's own effort. This is not true. One has to accept that there is a higher authority. Since this world is created, there mush be a 'Creator' of this world. This 'Creator' has to  be all powerful who runs this universe and other universes perfectly.

We must accept God as supreme authority, as the substratum of the entire universe. Before beginning any meditation or auto-suggestion, we must pray to God to guide us through the meditation. We must pray to him to remove all kinds of negative thoughts and energies.

A prayer need not be a specific mantra chanted in a particular way. Prayer is a heart-to-heart communication. Pray from your heart, pray in your mother tongue. 

For the sake of simplicity and convenience, words 'meditation' and 'auto-suggestion' are used interchangeably.

In this article we will walk through a guided meditation. There are two types of guided meditation. One with just 'Relaxation' and another with 'Relaxation and Self Healing'

It is not possible to create a universal prayer or meditation as it is very subjective matter. Here an attempt is made to give general guidelines on how you can pray and meditate. After you get acquainted with the words and what to pray, it is preferable to create your own prayer and guided meditation. There are two ways to practice guided meditation.


1. Autosuggestion

2. Pre-recorded Autosuggestion (guided meditation)


Auto-suggestion

Auto-suggestion would mean that you will pray and then continue to meditate on your own without any external help. You will have to mentally instruct yourself throughout the meditation. The advantage of this kind of meditation is that you can meditate and pray on different aspects as it is not a pre-recorded one.


Pre-recorded Auto-suggestion


In this method, you will have to record prayer and meditation and then play it. Best option is to listen via headphones either by sitting comfortable in a chair or by lying down.


The advantage of this meditation is that if you have too many thoughts and cant concentrate i.e. there are too many thoughts or you get easily distracted, then this method is quite useful. Recording in your own voice is beneficial which you will understand later. Please do not doubt your own ability whether your pre-recorded meditation will be effective or not, it will definitely be effective.


Before recording your own voice, pease read this prayer and meditation a few times, relax and then record it in a peaceful tone, in serene voice, with lots of patience. It is better to take a printout. Please do not rush, there is no hurry to finish this 'project'. Take your time ... read slowly … or better memorize … and then recite. If you do not remember the words, please do not loose confidence, just wait for a few moments, ... be aware of breath, ... relax … and then continue.


You can also pass on your pre-recorded tape to your friend or a relative.


Lets begin with guided meditation. Read a few times, relax and then record it in your PC or mobile phone. Forget the world, ignore the mental chatter. Just relax. Each time you read this guided meditation, you become more and more peaceful.


Opening Prayer


Close your eyes and pray to God:


'O God your child has come to your refuge. Please accept me.

O God, take away all the mental chatter, all the worldly thoughts and fill me with divine thoughts.

'O God, please remove all kinds of negative energy, negative thoughts. Please replace them with positive and divine thoughts and divine energy.'

'O God, please give me devotion'


(Focus on one emotion at a time)


'O God, please take away stress, please give me calmness

O God, please take away hatred, jealousy, irritation. Fill me with Love

O God, please take away violent thoughts and give me Peace

O God, please take away my Ego. Make me humble'


Please repeat these prayer for 4-5 times to increase the effect and then just let-go and relax. Do not rush. Take your time.


Relaxation


Relax all muscles and feel that all negativity is taken away by God and I am now filled with peace and bliss.


Mentally say that my body is relaxed.


With each breath, my muscles are becoming more and more relaxed.


Be aware of your face. Be aware of breath and just relax. Let the jaws drops. Be aware of face. Mentally say, ‘My face is relaxed.’


Move your awareness to your neck and throat. Be aware of neck. Mentally say, ‘My neck and throat is relaxed'


Be Aware of shoulders. Mentally say, ‘My shoulders are relaxed. As you are aware, shoulder muscles are relaxed. Now move your awareness down to your hands, down to you your wrists and to the finger tips. As you slowly shift your awareness from shoulders to hands to wrists to finger and than to finger tips, they are getting relaxed. Feel your hands are relaxed.


Return the awareness to your shoulders.


Move your awareness to the Chest. Mentally say, ‘My chest is relaxed'


Move your awareness down to solar plexus, center of chest. Mentally say, ‘My solar plexus is relaxed.


Be aware of your stomach. Mentally say, ‘My stomach relaxed. Be aware of your solar plexus and chest. They are relaxed.


Move the awareness down to pelvic region. ‘My pelvic region is relaxed.'


Move your awareness to thighs. ‘My thighs are relaxed’.


Move your awareness down to knees. ‘My knees are relaxed.'


Move awareness to your calf muscles. 'My calf muscles are relaxed'


Move awareness to ankles. ‘My ankles are relaxed.'


Move your awareness you to your feet. ‘My feet are relaxed.’


Be aware of both legs. ‘My legs are relaxed’.


Be aware of legs, lower abdomen, and chest. ‘My legs and chest are relaxed.


Be aware of legs, chest, hands and shoulders. ‘My legs, chest, hands and shoulders are relaxed.


Be aware of face. ‘My face is relaxed. There is no strain on my forehead.


Be aware of the whole body. ‘My body is relaxed’. With each breath, the peace and bliss increases. Just be aware for a few breaths.


Let the thoughts come. Do not attend them. Mentally say, ‘My mind is free of thoughts’ I am filled with peace and bliss. I am happy and relaxed’.


Gently open the eyes with a smile. Rub your palms and then rub your face.


Close this auto-suggestion with Prayer


'O God, thank you so much for guiding me and taking away all the negative thoughts and emotions'

'O God, thank you for your divine grace, your your infinite compassion and mercy'

'Thank you for showing bliss and peace'

'Thank you for everything'


(You may do the Self Healing along with relaxation. or close the meditation with closing prayer. Skip this article to read the closing prayer.)


Relaxation and Self Healing


Relax all muscles and feel that all negativity is taken away by God and I am now filled with peace and bliss.


Mentally say that my body is relaxed.


With each breath, my muscles are becoming more and more relaxed.


Be aware of your face. Be aware of breath and just relax. Let the jaws drops. Be aware of face. Mentally say, ‘My face is relaxed.’ Be aware of top of your head. Visualize a brilliant white light entering your head. This while light has a cooling and peaceful effect.


Be aware of your face. Mentally say, ‘All negative energies are cleansed. My face is filled with divine energy.’


Move your awareness to your neck and throat. Be aware of neck. Mentally say, ‘My neck and throat is clean and healthy. All negative energies, thoughts and emotions are leaving my neck and throat. My throat is filled with divine energy.’


Be Aware of shoulders. Mentally say, ‘My shoulders are relaxed. As you are aware, shoulder muscles are relaxed. Now move your awareness down to your hands, down to you your wrists and to the finger tips. As you slowly shift your awareness from shoulders to hands to wrists to finger and than to finger tips, negative energy is replaced by positive divine energy. You feel your hands are relaxed. Peace and Love is vibrating through your hands.


Return the awareness to your shoulders.


Move your awareness to the Chest. Mentally say, ‘All negativities are cleansed. My chest is filled with divine light. It is filled with Love and peace’


Move your awareness down to solar plexus, center of chest. Mentally say, ‘My solar plexus is cleansed from all negativities. It is strong and healthy. All my internal organs are cleansed. They are filled with divine white light. They are strong and healthy.’ Be aware of your stomach. Mentally say, ‘My stomach is cleansed of all negative energies. It is filled with divine white light. My stomach is strong and healthy’. Be aware of your solar plexus and chest. ‘My chest and solar plexus is relaxed.’


Move the awareness down to pelvic region. ‘My pelvic region is relaxed. All negative energies are cleansed. It is strong and healthy and is filled with divine while light’.


Move your awareness to thighs. ‘My thighs are relaxed. All negative energies are cleansed. They are filled with divine while light. They are strong and healthy’.

Move your awareness down to knees. ‘My knees are relaxed. Negative energies are cleansed. My knees are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move awareness to your calf muscles. They are relaxed. My Calf muscles are cleansed of negative energies. They are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move awareness to ankles. ‘My ankles are relaxed. They are cleansed of any negative energy. They are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move your awareness you to your feet. ‘My feet are relaxed. They are cleansed of any negative energy and are filled with divine white light. They are strong and healthy.’


Be aware of both legs. ‘My legs are relaxed’. Be aware of legs, lower abdomen, and chest. ‘My legs and chest are relaxed. Be aware of legs, chest, hands and shoulders. ‘My legs, chest, hands and shoulders are relaxed. Be aware of face. ‘My face is relaxed. There is no strain on my forehead. Be aware of the whole body. ‘My body is relaxed’. With each breath, the peace and bliss increases. Just be aware for a few breaths.


Let the thoughts come. Do not attend them. Mentally say, ‘My mind is free of any thoughts’ I am filled with peace and bliss. I am happy and relaxed’.

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale

(repeat)

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale

(repeat)

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale


Gently open the eyes with a smile. Rub your palms and then rub your face.



Close this auto-suggestion with Prayer


Closing Prayer


'O God, thank you so much for guiding me and taking away all the negative thoughts and emotions'

'O God, thank you for your divine grace, your your infinite compassion and mercy'

'Thank you for showing bliss and peace'

'Thank you for everything' 

'O God, take away all excess energy'

Note: If you are feeling heaviness, pray to God to take away excess energy. Pray to Prithvi devi /Prithvi Mata to absorb all excess energy. Infact it is recommended to pray to God to take away excess energy, specially when you do energy based Self-healing.


If someone has hurt you, it is recommended to forgive and forget This is highly beneficial and may have instant result. On the other hand, if you have hurt others, have guts to say sorry personally or atleast say it mentally and beg to God for forgiveness.

Disclaimer: The author is not a Guru nor is an expert in meditation. These are personal views of author shared for the good of all.



Pray to God to make your mind constructive so that only positive thoughts will come.


When the prayer comes straight from heart and there is strong surrender, you will get response.


Keep practising daily.


Pray to God to take away Ego that is stopping you to surrender to him. Keep praying. Live a life of prayer and meditation.


Those who are practicing japa can practice japa after this auto-suggestion. If you choose to continue, do not recite closing prayer, but pray to God to guide your through japa'

Beginning from this year, lets live a life of prayer and meditation.


And always remember


Happiness is a state of mind.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2015. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Parmartha Prasanga - Prayer and Spirituality

30.    Prayer does not consist in reciting a set formula. That bears no fruit whatever. You must feel a real want within for what you pray, suffer intense pain and agony so long as your prayer is unfulfilled. You have to be restless to find out the way and the means of gaining the object of your prayer, in spite of insuperable difficulties in your path, and to strive heart and soul to achieve it, as if life itself depended upon it. Only then will your prayer be answered and your heart's desire be fulfilled. Only such prayers reach the throne of the Most High.

31.    Highest knowledge, devotion, spirituality—these can only be acquired through great self-effort. One has to struggle hard to win them. Then only do they become one's own, and enduring, filling the mind with joy unspeakable. None can make a gift of these to another. Spiritual practice has to be diligently performed. Then only can Realisation be attained. The degree varies with the intensity of spiritual effort. What is gained without discipline or hard labour loses its gravity, is not highly valued and does not bring happiness earned by hard struggle. Moreover, it goes away as easily as it comes, and it is of little use when we are buffeted by the angry billows of life. In dangers and difficulties, in trials and tribulations, it is swept away altogether. To make spirituality one's very own, means saturating oneself thoroughly in the idea of the realisation of the Self, so that one's nature is wholly changed and an entirely new personality is developed. It is like being reborn again in this very body. Is it child's play? Such a thing is possible only if one is wide awake and strives for it to the utmost, as if one's whole life is at stake. Thus one must continue spiritual practices without interruption and with single-minded devotion as long as the Goal is not achieved.

Source: Paramartha (Parmatha) Prasanga - —Towards The Goal Supreme— Swami Virajanandaji Of Ramakrishna Ashram

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tempation on the Path to self-realization


Swami Ramji narrates one of his experiences:

I went to see a swami, who told me the following story to teach me about temptations on the path to self-realization.

A young man took vows of renunciation and became a swami. His master told him to avoid three things: gold, women, and fame.

One day the swami was crossing a river and noticed that part of the riverbank had been washed away. Then he saw that some big jars full of gold coins had been uncovered. He thought, "I don't need it, because I have renounced the world - but if I build a temple, that will be good." So he went to some builders, showed them what he had found, and asked them to build a temple. They said to one another, "Why should a swami have so much money? Let's throw him in the river and distribute the money amongst ourselves."
He was almost drowned, but by the grace of God he was able to save himself. He thereupon determined with finality: "No matter what happens, no money." He went far into the woods. When anybody came to see him, he said, "Stop there, please. If you have any money, put it aside before you come closer."

A woman came, and he ordered, "Don't come near me." She said, "Sir, I will only leave food here every day and go away." But each day she came slightly closer to him. The swami had confidence that she was a good person. He thought, "She really wants to look after me and wants me to enlighten her."

One day she brought a cat to keep him company. But the cat would not eat the food which had been prepared for the swami. He requested: "I need some milk for the cat each day." She brought a cow. He asked, "Who will look after this cow?" She asked, "May I look after it?" And he agreed.

She looked after the swami more and more. Eventually they began to live together, and woman bore him a child. One day the swami was taking care of the child when another swami came along and said, "What has happened to you?"

The swami began to weep and he realized how much he had again become entangled with this world. He left, and went even deeper into the forest. He practiced very sincerely, and after some years acquired some siddhis [powers].

One day a man from a nearby village sought him out. He bowed and said, "Swamiji, you are so kind and such a great sage. I am very poor; my children do not have enough to eat. Please help me!" Swamiji said, "Take one hair from my beard, put it in your cupboard, and tomorrow your cupboard will be full of money. But don't tell anyone about it."

When he returned to his home that man naturally revealed the secret to his wife, and she to many other. Soon the news had traveled far and wide. Hundreds of people thronged to the swami to pull a hair from his beard. His face was fore and bleeding.

Once again he had to go away and begin his practice anew. But he had learned a valuable lesson. He now knew the consequence of becoming involved with gold, women, and fame.

The swami who told this story to me said, "This is a lesson which you should never forget. Let this story be a lesson to you relate it to all young swamis who meet you on the path."

Source : From the book : Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Ram. Page 179-180

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tendencies inherited from Previous Births


Sri Ramakrishna: "One must admit the existence of tendencies inherited from previous births. There is a story about a man who practised the sava-sadhana. (A religious practice prescribed by the Tantra, in which the aspirant uses a sava, or corpse, as his seat for meditation.) He worshipped the Divine Mother in a deep forest. First he saw many terrible visions. Finally a tiger attacked and killed him. Another man, happening to pass and seeing the approach of the tiger, had climbed a tree. Afterwards he got down and found all the arrangements for worship at hand. He performed some purifying ceremonies and seated himself on the corpse. No sooner had he done a little japa than the Divine Mother appeared before him and said: 'My child, I am very much pleased with you. Accept a boon from Me.' He bowed low at the Lotus Feet of the Goddess and said: 'May I ask You one question, Mother? I am speechless with amazement at Your action. The other man worked so hard to get the ingredients for Your worship and tried to propitiate You for such a long time, but You didn't condescend to show him Your favour. And I, who don't know anything of worship, who have done nothing, who have neither devotion nor knowledge nor love, and who haven't practised any austerities, am receiving so much of Your grace.' The Divine Mother said with a laugh; 'My child, you don't remember your previous births. For many births you tried to propitiate Me through austerities. As a result of those austerities all these things have come to hand, and you have been blessed with My vision. Now ask Me your boon.'"

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Samata Books Needs Funds

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Samata Books has published some old books of spiritual nature.They are in need of funds for further printing of books.

Please find a letter from the owner:

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Krishna is the Supreme Lord, the Self of All says Sri Adi Sankaracharya ji in Prabodh Sudhakar


प्रबोध सुधाकर

prabodha sudhAkara (Prabodh Sudhakar)

(Notes are comments by Samvid, translator of Prabodh Sudhakar, published by Samata Books)


Note: Though the author has divided this grantha into 19 chapters, the verse numbers do not restart in each chapter, but continue from previous chapters. Total number of verses are 257.


Chapter 19, The Divine Grace.

येयदुनन्दननिहतास्तेतु भूयःपुनर्भवंप्रापुः
तस्मादवताराणामन्तर्यामीप्रवर्तकःकृष्णः२४१

241. As regards those who were killed by (kruShNa), the delight of the Yadu-race, they did not again suffer rebirth. Therefore, kruShNa is the originator and inner controller of Divine incarnations

Note: Here kruShNa is identified with the Supreme Self who resides within all beings and controls their actions. It is He who incarnates on earth to upholds the moral and spiritual Law.


ब्रह्माण्डानिबहूनिपक्ङजभवान्प्रत्यण्डमत्यद्भुतान्
गोपान्वत्सयुतानदर्शयदजंविष्णूनशेषांच्श्र यः
शभुर्यच्चरणोदकंस्वशिरसाधते मूर्तित्रयात्
कृष्णोवैपृथजस्तिकोऽप्यविकृतःसच्चिन्मयोनीलिमा२४२


242. He who showed brahmA, the unborn, numerous universe-systems and in every such universe, extremely wonderful Creator-gods (or lotus-born brahmA-s), cowheards accompanied by calves and all protector-gods (viShNu), and the water emanating from whose feet, Sambhu (or Lord Siva) bears on his head, (that) kruShNa is indeed distinct from the tree-fold form of Godhead (brahmA, viShNu, Siva), some indescribable unmodified blueness consisting of Pure Being-consciousness.

Note: In this verse, the author displays his devotion to kruShNa, as well as his uncompromising stand on the Unity of Godhead. kruShNa is seen by him as the Trancendent Reality surpassing the Divine Trinity-brahmA, the creator God, viShNu, the Protector-god and Siva, the Destroyer-god – though purANa-s hold that he is the full incarnation of viShNu. When brahmA removed the cowherds and the calves and concealed them in a cave without the knowledge of kruShNa, the latter showed him innumerable universe-systems, each with it’s own Trinity and cowherds and calves.

The celectial gangA river is considered as emanating from the feet of viShNu (regarded as kruShNa) and, when it was brought to earth, Siva is stated to have borne it on his head to reduce its force. The idea conveyed by the verse is that kruShNa is, inreality, the Transcendent Existence-consciousness-Bliss and is the very soul and basis of all universes. Gods and beings.

Earlier, kruShNa, vAsudeva is equated as Self of all, inner controller and as Sat-Chit-Anand. This is not mentioned in single verse but spread over a few verses (not in continuity).

Here the deity of preservation (viShNu) is different than the supreme reality, viShnu. The deity of preservation or say the Trinity is born from 1/4 th part of Sri hari, who is the cause of all. In advaita this ‘source of all’ is taken as Brahman, which is not a person. It is referred by names, hari, vAsudeva, keSava, nArAyaNa, janArdhana or even Siva, ambA, etc. Mostly names of viShNu are used for major times. This may be confusing to many. At times trinity are taken as feminine aspects, pradhAna prakruti

viShNu is the nearest murta-svarUpa of Brahman and so worthy of praise and worship says viShNu purANa.

Personal Note: When someone like rAdhA or kruShNa is extolled as the supreme reality, it is said by great devotees in trance, in ecstasy, in god-intoxicated state. We got to respect them for their devotion. I personally do not go into technicalities like, did rAdhA or kruShNa ever existed, etc. The sheer force of devotion will raise the faithful devotee into ecstasy. What more is needed? This love is no ordinary love and will flush our all negativity and will no doubt melt all sins.
 

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