Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Riding the Cycles - Sadhguru

Most people keep repeating the same cycles in different scenery. The first time some rubbish happened to you, you were in school. The next time it happened, you were in college. The next time it happened, you had a job. The next time, you were married. The scenery is different, but experientially, the same things are happening if you closely observe your life.

If you exist here as just a body, you know where you are going; every second, you are getting closer to the grave. Life will be play, then it becomes pleasure, then it becomes so many things. Then, every joint hurts and one gets terrified because it is coming to an end. For physical life, this is progression; you don’t have to go through it to know it, you have enough intelligence to just sit and see it. But our fortune is we are not just physical, we have other dimensions to us. In terms of your mental status, it can either continue to grow or it can go in cycles. In terms of your emotional status, it can also continue to grow or it can go in cycles. You may not be aware of other dimensions yet, but even there, you can go in cycles or you can go somewhere. When there is a set process, you cannot change things so easily. But when there is a periodic destabilization of the system, there is a great possibility for change.

If you are very balanced, your cycles will happen once in twelve to twelve-and-a-half years. If you are not so balanced, they will happen in a quarter of the time – a little over three years. It could also happen more often, every sixteen to eighteen months, or every three months. The longest cycle is one hundred and forty-four years; this is a Maha Kumbh Mela. I will not go into the whole arithmetic of it because people will complicate things for themselves, but definitely, everything in this system is cyclical; the earth is going in cycles, the moon is going in cycles. If you do not stand up with a certain level of awareness and a certain level of determination, you will naturally become a part of the cycles. These cycles can mean bondage or these cycles can mean transcendence; that from one cycle of life to another, you transcend. Or, you repeat the same cycle.
The difference between astrology and spirituality is just this – astrology is telling you how these cycles bind you. The spiritual process is telling you how you can get away from these cycles. We are not denying the cycles; it would be stupid to deny them, they are definitely there. They are like waves in an ocean, either you can ride them or be thrashed and drowned by them. But we are looking at how you can slip away from them. If you live by being conscious of the cycles, your life will have a certain equanimity, a certain level of success, wellbeing and prosperity. But if you are constantly looking at how to become free from the cycle, you are looking for your liberation. The question is, are you looking for just wellbeing or are you looking for liberation? Accordingly, you must live.

So right now, if your life is going through cycles and repetitiveness, you are not going to reach anywhere; it is time to change the pattern. I want you to observe – is it happening every three months? Once in sixteen to eighteen months? Is it happening once in three-and-a-quarter years, or is it happening once in twelve years? Don’t start imagining all kinds of things, but it is happening whether you are able to notice it or not. It is not just happening with your mental and emotional situations, if you are aware of it, even physical situations around you will repeat themselves. It is so uncanny that even physical situations happen exactly the same way.
So what can you do about your cycles? If they are manifesting every three months, we can push it to eighteen months. If they are manifesting every eighteen months, we can push it to three years, or we can push it to twelve years. Or we can push it to one hundred and forty-four years. Or above all, instead of trying to dodge these cycles, we can ride these cycles.

I have been riding my cycles. I am now approaching my twelve-year cycle. Every time it comes, my life changes and it will change dramatically in the next four to six months. Every time I approach these times there will be a significant presence of a serpent. Shiva’s compassion lest I should forget – this time around, it is a king cobra. Exciting times ahead. Be with me with all your being, do not mess your Destiny. Of course, don’t miss the fun.

What is Consecration ? Sadhguru

Sadhguru: Agastya Muni was sent to South India by Shiva – the Aadhi Yogi, or the first yogi. He consecrated every human habitation south of the Deccan Plateau in some form and made sure that a live spiritual process was on. He did not spare a single human habitation. They say it took him 4000 years of work. We do not know whether it is 4000 or 400 or 140 – but looking at the phenomenal amount of work and the amount of travel that he did, he obviously lived a very extraordinary lifespan. Agastya muni went to the extent of saying that when the world truly goes off the track because of development and knowledge, when knowledge becomes poison, when what should be good for you becomes negative for you, his work would rise and act.
Consecration is a live process. It is like this, if you transform mud into food, we call this agriculture. If you make food into flesh and bone, we call this digestion, integration. If you make flesh into mud, we call this cremation. If you can make this flesh or even a stone or an empty space into a divine possibility, that is called consecration. Today, modern science is telling you that everything is the same energy manifesting itself in a million different ways. If that is so, what you call as divine, what you call a stone, what you call a man or a woman, what you call a demon, are all the same energy functioning in different ways. For example, the same electricity becomes light, sound and so many other things, depending upon the technology. So it is just a question of technology. If you have the necessary technology, you can make the simple space around you into a divine exuberance, you can just take a piece of rock and make it into a god or a goddess -this is the phenomenon of consecration.
An enormous amount of knowledge about this dimension of life was perpetuated particularly in this culture, as this was held as the most important thing. It does not matter what you are eating, how you are or how long you live, at some point, a need will come that you want to get in touch with the source of creation. If that possibility is not created across the planet and is not available to every human being who seeks, then society has failed to provide true well-being for a human being. It is with this awareness that in this culture, every street had three temples because even a few meters should not pass without there being a consecrated space. The idea was not to create one temple versus the other, the idea was that nobody should walk in a space which is not consecrated. Nobody should live in a space which is not consecrated. The temple was always built first and then houses were built.
The whole state of Tamil Nadu is built like this. Every significant town in Tamil Nadu had a grand temple and around that, a little town. Because the kind of dwelling you live in is not important. Whether your house is 10,000 square feet or just 1000 square feet is not going to make a difference ultimately, but being around a consecrated space is going to make a phenomenal difference in your life. With this understanding, they built human habitations such that, if there are 25 houses, there must be one temple. Whether you go there or not, whether you pray or not, whether you know the mantra or not, is not the point. You must be in a consecrated space every moment of your life.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Brief Discussion on Religion. Sadhguru

Arun Shourie`s Tryst with J. Krishnamurti - Dealing with Autism

Arun Shourie, with his wife Anita and his Autistic Son, Adit.
A Mother’s Heart

Years passed. J.Krishnamurti, the great philosopher and teacher, was visiting Delhi. As usual, Ram Nathji had met him in the past, and had a way to get to him now. Krishnaji was staying at the house of Mrs. Pupul Jayakar- a lady who had done great service to Indian handicrafts, a close friend of Mrs. Indira Gandhi and one of Krishnaji’s closet disciples.

Ram Nathji sent me to interview Krishnaji. We talked of the state of affairs, and the rest. Krishnaji’s point was responsibility. Unless each of us owned responsibility for what he as an individual was doing, the state of affairs would just go one hurtling the way it was doing. Krishnaji asked me about Anita. The conversation turn to Adit.

Bring the young man around, Krishnaji said as I got up to take leave of him. His mother is as welcome, but she will not come.

I was to go back two days later. I asked Anita to come along also. She refused-nothing happens, she had concluded, our hopes are raised again and again, and again and again they are shattered.

I went with Adit. Krishnaji talked. Adit was in my lap. From time to time, Krishnaji would fondle his hair and smile at him. A noble child, he said.

‘Your wife did not come?’

‘No, sir. She ahd work at school.’

Krishnaji just looked at me.

‘Come again. Bring the child. Ask your wife to come too.’ This sequence was repeated twice. Krishnaji was most kind to Adit. Sometime during the conversation, he would remark, ‘So, your wife didn’t come?’ I would repeat some transparently cooked-up excuse.

‘Well, I am going to Benares day after. As you know, I have spent my life debunking godmen. I do not believe in miracles. But some people say they have been healed by these hands’ – he looked at his elegant hands and turned them out. ‘ Come to Benares. We have a good place there-completely peaceful. Stay with us. Bring the child along. Your wife too is welcome, if she will come. If I can do anything at all for this child, I would love to. In any case, come again before I go.’

I was truly touched. Such a great man. One of the greatest teachers our times. Prepared to go so far out of his way for our little Adit.

As I used to do after every visit, I told Anita what had transpired. I implored her, ‘Please come along. Every time he asks about you. He is such a kind and such an elegant man… Come, for my sake.’

The three of us went to meet Krishnaji.

This time Krishnaji made me sit on a chair opposite him-holding Adit in my lap. He made Anits sit on the sofa with him. He took her hand in his, and kept it in his hand.

The conversation proceeded. Suddenly, one moment, Krishnaji turned fully to Anita and asked, ‘How do you feel about your son?’

‘He is a happy child,’ Anita replied.

‘I didn’t ask what kind of a child he is. I asked “How do you feel about your child?”’ Krishnaji said with some emphasis.

‘He is our life.’

‘I didn’t ask what he is to you,’ Krishnaji said in a raised voice, almost scolding Anita, ‘I ASKED YOU WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHILD,’ his voice even higher, the pauses between each word, minority, stern, unyielding.

Anita, who had not cried even once in the years since Adit’s birth, burst into tears. It was as if a missile had pierced a dam. She wept uncontrollably. Krishnaji kept her hand in his, and let her continue crying.

See?’ Krishnaji turned to me, still holding her hand, ‘I told you, you don’t know a mother’s heart.’ And there I was-thinking that I had my mother’s caring heart.A life-lesson, a live-lesson that I have never forgotten.

Excerpts from Does He Know a Mother`s heart (Arun Shourie)

Friday, December 2, 2011

If Slaughter houses had Glass Walls, than everyone would be a Vegetarian - Paul McCartney

On proper food diet and fasting

While one is practising yoga, the ideal gap one should allow between meals is eight hours.

But a minimum of five hours is a must for everybody.
This is because your excretory system functions properly only when your stomach is empty.
As an experiment, split one day’s worth of meals in two portions and eat it over two meals in a day. Then, split the same meal in 10 portions and eat it over 10 meals. You will see that when you eat the same meal broken into 10 parts, you will put on more weight.
This is simply because the excretory system is not efficient. A lot of garbage, which would have otherwise gone out of the system, is still there because the stomach is constantly full and digestion is constantly happening. Only when the stomach is empty, the cleansing happens well.
If you observe the natural cycle of the body, there is something called a mandala of 40 to 48 days. In every cycle there will be three days when your body does not need food. If you are conscious of how your body functions, you will know the day on which the body does not need food, it is a cleaning up day. On that day you should not eat. Without any effort you can go without food on that day.
Since most people do not have this awareness, the day of Ekadesi was fixed, once in every 14 days. If a person is unable to go without food because their activity levels are such and they do not have spiritual practices to support them, they can include fruits in their diet. Those whoconstantly consume coffee and tea will find that fasting can be very difficult.
So before fasting, they should prepare their body by having the right kind of foods. It may not be a good thing for everybody to fast, but it has many benefits if it is done in a proper way.
You may have observed that while you are sick and weak, you walk every step with full
awareness when you get up from the bed. As you become less of a body, your awareness of the other dimensions of you naturally gets enhanced.
When you are very hungry, all your body wants is food. But at that point pause and say a prayer. Then wait for one moment and then start having food. Just a simple act like this releases you from your body. It brings awareness that you are not the body. When you are veryhungry you are the body. Just give it a little space and suddenly you are not that. Hunger is there, you are there and it is okay.
If one wants to fast for a certain period, it must be supported with the right kind of spiritualpractices or sadhana. If you fast forcefully, without preparing your body and mind, you will only damage your health. But if your body is prepared in all aspects — mentally and energetically — fasting can be of much benefit to you.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Making Family Into a Blessing - Sadhguru

On a certain day, at a family dinner, Shankaran Pillai* announced that he was getting married. His mother looked shocked and asked, "Who are you going to marry?" He said, "I am marrying Lucy, our neighbor." Immediately the father said, "What? You're going to marry Lucy? She doesn't have any inheritance. Why would you want to marry her?" Then the uncle looked at Shankaran Pillai and said, "You're going to marry Lucy? Her hair is a mess." The aunt said, "You're going to marry Lucy? Her make-up is terrible." And the little nephew, not wanting to be left out said, "Why will you marry Lucy? She knows nothing about football." But Shankaran Pillai insisted, "No, I am marrying Lucy." They all asked him, "Why?" Shankaran Pillai said, "She has one great virtue. She doesn't have a family."

When a child is born, it is not made to the extent that other creatures are made. It needs nurturing, training and molding. So the need for family arose. Family is a very supportive base for a human being to grow. But for many people, family does not become a support, it becomes a hurdle. It does not become an uplifting process, it becomes a way of entanglement. Especially for those who walk the spiritual path, family usually becomes the biggest hurdle. Not because family is a problem, but because of the way you hold it.

Family is an example of how anything that is created for your well-being can be turned into a disadvantage. You see this happening in many different ways. For example, affluence should have been well-being, but most people use it like poison. Education should have been well-being, but educated people are the ones who are destroying the planet right now. What has been given to us for our well-being could have been the greatest blessing upon humanity, but instead it is what is threatening the very existence of the human race.
Similarly, family, which should have been a support and a means for one's growth, becomes a process of entanglement and a burden. Essentially, this process of getting entangled with life around you is happening not because of who is around you, but because nothing has been done about your inner nature. If your inner nature grows to a certain point of maturity and fullness and feels like a complete life by itself, your need to cling to someone or something would naturally reduce.

The need to cling, this compulsion to turn everything that is for our well-being into a detriment to our life, is essentially because of an incomplete persona. If you plant two trees close together, you will see that these two trees have enough sense to grow apart, so that each gets enough sunlight. Both of them are rooted in the same earth, and they do not have the freedom to walk away, but still, they create enough space because each just exists as a piece of life, and every piece of life is a complete piece by itself. If you just sit here as just a piece of life, you would know that you are complete. But if your experience of yourself is just your persona, you will always feel incomplete and you will always have a terrible need to cling on to something or somebody.

So, is there a complete persona? There is no such thing. A being is complete, this life is complete, but a personality is never complete; it can never be in the very nature of things. The more you invest in your personality, the more incomplete and insecure you feel. The more attachment to people you create, the more fear of separation you will have. If life chooses to separate you from someone, in your experience you will feel as if you have been torn apart from yourself, as if you have been broken into two pieces. But you are a complete life; you do not need a stake to keep yourself up, if only you are willing to be here just as life. What we call "meditation" is just this, that instead of being here as a person, you are here just as a piece of life -- which is what you really are.

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