Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Guru is always ready to impart their knowing. But are we READY to receive it?

Sadhguru : When Adiyogi found that each one of the Sapta Rishis had grasped one aspect of the knowing and he could not find another human being who could grasp all seven dimensions, that is when he decided to deposit his knowing into Mount Kailash so that all seven dimensions of yoga, all seven dimensions of knowing the mechanics of life are preserved in one place and one source. Kailash became the greatest mystical library on the planet – a live library, not just with information, but alive!

This is why in the Hindu way of life, it is said that Kailash is the Abode of Shiva. It does not mean he is still sitting up there dancing or hiding in the snow. It means he deposited his knowing there. When a person realizes himself and his perception goes far beyond what is considered normal perception, what he has perceived cannot always be transmitted to people around him. Only a small part of it may be transmitted.  It is very rare for any master to find people to whom he can transmit all of himself. Most masters go without ever being able to transmit what they really want to. I would say even in my life, what I am doing in terms of imparting is just 2% of what I am. If I can increase it by one percentage point before I fall dead, that’s a great achievement.

So where do you leave all this? You don’t want this to become lost. So for thousands of years, realized beings always traveled to Kailash and deposited their knowledge in a certain energy form, using the mountain as a basis. It is because of this that South Indian mysticism always says that Agastya, who is the basis of this form of mysticism, lives in the Southern face of Kailash. The Buddhists say three of their main Buddhas live in the mountain.  The Jains say Rishabh, the first of the twenty-four Teerthankaras, lives in Kailash. He came to Kailash wanting to grasp all that is there and take it to the world.   Rishabh planned a three-month trip but the three months stretched into seven years. He endlessly gobbled the stream  of knowledge that is there.  He was never satisfied.  He wanted to take it all. He made a phenomenal effort, but when he tried to take all of it, it took him. That is the only way it could happen. You cannot contain it, but it can easily contain you. In my opinion, no individual  human being can ever grasp all of it. It’s too much. We can take quite a substantial amount, but not all of it. The only way to grasp it all is to become one with it.

For a spiritual seeker, Kailash is like touching the ultimate source on this planet. For one who is in pursuit of mysticism, this is the place. There is no other place like this.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nandi - The symbolism of Eternal Waiting

Sadhguru: Nandi is a symbolism of eternal waiting, because waiting is considered the greatest virtue in Indian culture. One who knows how to simply sit and wait is naturally meditative. Nandi is not expecting Shiva to come out tomorrow. He is not anticipating or expecting anything. He is just waiting. He will wait forever. That quality is the essence of receptivity. Before you go into a temple, you must have the quality of Nandi – to simply sit. You are not trying to go to heaven, you are not trying to get this or that – you simply sit.

People have always misunderstood meditation as some kind of activity. No – it is a quality. That is the fundamental difference. Prayer means you are trying to talk to God. Meditation means you are willing to listen to God. You are willing to just listen to existence, to the ultimate nature of creation. You have nothing to say, you simply listen. That is the quality of Nandi – he just sits, alert. This is very important – he is alert, not sleepy. He is not sitting in a passive way. He is sitting, very active, full of alertness, full of life, but just sitting – that is meditation.

 Meditation essentially means the individual person is not doing his own thing. He is just there. Once you are simply there, you become aware of the larger dimension of the existence that is always in action. You become aware that you are a part of it. Even now you are a part of it but becoming aware that “I’m a part of it” is meditativeness. Nandi is the symbolism of that. He just sits and reminds everyone, “You must sit like me.”

Friday, February 21, 2014

Except for my knowledge that God is present in my stomach, as in every atom of creation, the lime would have killed me. - Trailanga Swami.

The great yogi preserved a habitual silence.*(4) In spite of his round face and huge, barrel-like stomach, Trailanga ate only occasionally. After weeks without food, he would break his fast with potfuls of clabbered milk offered to him by devotees. A skeptic once determined to expose Trailanga as a charlatan. A large bucket of calcium-lime mixture, used in whitewashing walls, was placed before the swami.

“Master,” the materialist said, in mock reverence, “I have brought you some clabbered milk. Please drink it.”

Trailanga unhesitatingly drained, to the last drop, the containerful of burning lime. In a few minutes the evildoer fell to the ground in agony.

“Help, swami, help!” he cried. “I am on fire! Forgive my wicked test!”

The great yogi broke his habitual silence. “Scoffer,” he said, “you did not realize when you offered me poison that my life is one with your own. Except for my knowledge that God is present in my stomach, as in every atom of creation, the lime would have killed me. Now that you know the divine meaning of boomerang, never again play tricks on anyone.”

The well-purged sinner, healed by Trailanga’s words, slunk feebly away.

The reversal of pain was not due to any volition of the master, but came about through unerring application of the law of justice which upholds creation’s farthest swinging orb. Men of God-realization like Trailanga allow the divine law to operate instantaneously; they have banished forever all thwarting crosscurrents of ego.
from The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Devotional demand is greater than law, the law of cause and effect

Bro. Anandamoy story about Master, a devotee and the power of DEVOTION~~

Before I came into the ashram there was a young man who was in Encinitas, and he had heard nothing about Master or the teachings, Self-Realization Fellowship, and he just happened to walk through the gate at Encinitas. And he felt wonderful peace there, and the beauty of the grounds. And he looked around, and the Master was outside. And (Master) saw him and said, “You! You shouldn’t have come this time!” And he went up to him and blessed him, and he invited him to stay.

And later on Master explained that young man had been his disciple in a previous incarnation, and he had left the teachings and done all kinds of things wrong. And because of that bad karma, according to the law of cause and effect, in this life he should not have come back to the teachings.

But, the Master said, because he had DEVOTION, it was that devotion which transcended the law of karma, and it was that devotion which brought him back to the path again.

And then I entered the ashram and then for a little bit I was put in charge of that young man. And that bad karma was still there, you know (laughter from the audience). Devotion brought him back into the ashram. But he was an utter nuisance (laughter), utter nuisance. Whatever he did turned out wrong, it was absolutely terrible (laughter).

And finally Master sent him to Phoenix (lots of laughter) because they had started there a beginning of a little temple. And that wasn’t the end of it because that young man used to call Master constantly. And to be sure that Master had time for him, he’d call Master at two or three o’clock in the morning, and always collect (laughter).

Then in the beginning of 1950, when Master went out to the desert to be free from the distraction of the organization, in order to be in seclusion to finish his writings, before he left he said, ‘Now for heaven’s sakes, don’t tell him where I am!’ (lots of laughter) ‘I want to be free for my work.’ And not even all the monastics knew where Master was, we knew he was out in the desert area. And then Master called me out there, too, and I was there for several months…and one day as I was working outside, a car pulls up, stops, out comes ____, hmm? (lots of laughter)

And he said, “Tell Master I’m here.” (lots of laughter) “Got to see him.” And I said, “WHO told YOU where Master is?”

He said, ‘Nobody.’ He said, “I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I sat in the car and I drove off and prayed to God to lead me to Master, and here I am.”

Bro. Anandamoy: “DEVOTION.” (huge laughter)

Master said since God is not bound by his cosmic law, devotion is also necessary to summon his attention. Devotional demand is greater than law, the law of cause and effect, because it touches the heart of God and makes him answer his naughty and good children alike.

If you are feeling little disillusioned with walking on the spiritual path, than you are here at the right time. Robert Adams explains.

Questioner : Yesterday, Robert, you mentioned something about only 80% of the people leave the spiritual path, and only about 20% continue. And there are very few out of that, that go on with it. And I wanted you to maybe elaborate a little bit on that.

Robert :  Well, on this particular plane of existence, approximately 80% of the people who pursue spiritual life, drop out.
Because they become disillusioned.
They want something to happen today, this week, right now.
They have no understanding that while they are on the spiritual path, the real spiritual path, things may appear to become progressively worse, at first, for all the karma's are coming up, and being destroyed, so you feel this, you experience this.
But all the great spiritual books tell us not to pay attention to this.
Not to respond to this.
Just let go, and let whatever happens, happen.

And the example I give, is when you're building a new building, the old has to be destroyed.
So there comes this big iron ball, breaking down all the old structures, destroying everything it sees.
And if you look, you will say,
"Why is this destruction going on?"
If they didn't want to build anything new, they would have left it alone.
So the destruction is there in the beginning.
Then it's all cleared away, it's swept away, and a beautiful new edifice is built.
And so it is in your life.
When you get on a real spiritual path, everything comes up, at a fast rate of speed.
Things may seem very bad, terrible, to some people.
It doesn't happen to everybody.
It is because you are accelerating your karma.

It's all coming out of you.
It's all being totally dissolved.
And then if you hold on, become still and quiet and do not react to these things, all of a sudden you will start feeling a profound peace, a profound happiness, a profound joy.
You will finally feel freedom.
But this is not explained in most teachings.
This is the reason why 80% of the people usually drop away.

173 Turn Within Always - July 26, 1992

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“Divine Mother is my only necessity.”

Sister Parvati story, Direct Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda ~~ “DIVINE MOTHER IS MY ONLY NECESSITY"~~

Sister told a story: The night before she was to leave for India she was in her room doing last minute packing. She suddenly remembered she had forgotten to purchase an item that was absolutely essential for her trip. It was truly a necessity she could not do without. But it was too late to do anything about it. After fretting about it for a while she decided that she could not afford to worry any more. Inwardly she left it in the hands of Divine Mother. She went on packing her things, and put the issue out of her mind.

A while later there was a knock at her door. It was another nun. The nun said she knew how busy Sister was and apologized for bothering her. But, she said, for some reason she had felt compelled to come to her room to bring her something she thought Sister might need for her trip. The item was exactly the one that Sister needed, to the last detail. Sister said when she got to India she wrote on an index card and kept it on her altar during all her years in India: “Divine Mother is my only necessity.”


50th Anniversary of the Dedication of Lake Shrine, 2000. L to R, Sister Parvati, Mukti Mata, Uma Mata, Bros. Anandamoy, Bhaktananda, Bimalananda

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Is our life pre-ordained? If it is so, what is the point of striving for it? Sadhguru explores.

Questioner: Sadhguru, it is said that Sage Vyasa
wrote Mahabaratha even before it happened, and
only then did all these events occur. It is also said
that someone told Kamsa that Krishna would come
and kill him. How can people know things before
they actually happen?

Sadhguru:That’s called a prophecy. Are some parts
of our lives predetermined, and if it is so, what is the
point of all this striving? I have to tell you a story.
During the Kurukshetra war, which was described
as the Dharma Yuddha,the mother of all battles,
no one could remain neutral. You had to be either
on the Kaurava side or the Pandava side. Hundreds
of kings started aligning themselves on either side.
Since Jarasandha of Magadha, who used to be a
major force, was dead, his grandsons had split up.
Most of the Magadhas joined the Kaurava side; a few
of them joined the Pandava side. Almost the whole
of Arya Varta took sides. Only one chose to remain
neutral – the king of Udupi.

This Udupi king said to Krishna, “Anyway, everyone
is going to fight. Those who fight a battle have to
eat. I will be the caterer for the Kurukshetra war.”
You know, the Udupi cuisine is quite popular.
Even today, a lot of the Udupi people are caterers.
Krishna said, “Fine. Someone has to cook and serve –
do it.” The Udupi king was serving food for both
sides. They say over 500,000 soldiers had gathered
for the battle. The battle lasted for 18 days. Every
day, thousands of people died. It was a challenge
to manage the catering. If you keep cooking for
500,000 people, a lot of food will go waste. If you
cook less and the soldiers do not have enough food,
it will not be good either. But the Udupi king served
well. Amazingly, every day when he cooked, the
food was enough for all the soldiers, and no food
was wasted. People were amazed how he managed
to cook the exact amount of food, because no one
knew how many people died on each day. By the
time they took accounts, it would have been too
late. Definitely, the caterer did not know how many
people died on that day, but every day, he cooked
exactly the amount of food that was necessary for
the remaining soldiers.

When someone asked the Udupi king how he
managed this, he said, “Every day in the night,
Krishna likes to eat boiled peanuts. I peel them and
keep them in a bowl. He eats just a few peanuts, and
after he is done, I count to see how many he has
eaten. If he has eaten 10 peanuts, I know tomorrow
10,000 will die, so I cook tomorrow’s food for 10,000
people less. Every day, I count these peanuts and
cook accordingly, so it turns out right.”

Life happens on many levels. There is a poem in
Eternal Echoes about knowing the beginning and
the end – it is called “Pranam.”

My awareness knows yesterdays and tomorrows,
my love’s domain is only today
Knowing the beginning and the end,
still have to play the game in the middle
The joy of love was coupled
with life-taking venom,
the wondrous grace of the Guru
with heart-breaking sadhana
The fire of enlightenment
with ridicule and failure
the blissfulness of the being,
the rapture of fulfillment, enjoined
with the pain of the body
Is this a joke
Is this Shiva’s will
Is he compassion
Or cruel
O’ Shambho! Let me tell one and all:
I do not want it any other way,
I do not want it any other way!

- Sadhguru.

Krishna’s predicament was the same – “Knowing the
beginning and the end, still have to play the game
in the middle.” People always want to know their
future. The reason why you should not know your
future is, if I tell you what will happen tomorrow,
you will not participate in today. If I tell you that
you are going to die tomorrow, you will say, “If I am
anyway going to die, why should I meditate? Why
should I go to work?” This is the state of mind you
are in. Krishna is not like that – he knows tomorrow,
but still, he totally participates in today.

Knowing the beginning and the end, you still
have to play the game in the middle. Otherwise,
there is no game, because the game is only in the
moment. Now you may ask, “Knowing tomorrow,
you are still making us play today?” You must play
today – even if you know tomorrow. Or you must
withdraw from all play, but you are not capable of
that. Anyway you play – so better play well. You
anyway have to perform action – why do it halfheartedly? Better to do it well.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sadhguru on sitting for meditation for long hours

#‎Questioner‬: Dear Sadhguru, is it possible to go into meditation for long durations? How does it help our spiritual growth?

‪#‎Sadhguru‬: A lot of people meditate for years. This is possible because people go off into different kinds of samadhis. These samadhis, by themselves have no great significance in terms of Realization. Experiencing a certain type of samadhi, doesn’t mean you are released from Existence. It is just a new level of experience.

It is like when you were a child, you had one level of experience, once you moved into your adulthood, you have another level of experience. The same things that you have experienced at a particular point in your life, after a few years, you experience them in a totally different way. So, you have moved from one level of experience to another level of experience.

Samadhis are just like this. You are moving from one level of experience to another level of experience in a much more significant and deeper sense. Still, it is just another level of experience.

Somebody may go into a certain level of samadhi and stay there for years because it is enjoyable. There is no space or time. There are no bodily problems. He has broken the physical and psychological barriers to some extent. But this is only temporary. The moment he comes out, again he gets hungry, he has to sleep, and again everything comes back.

Samadhi definitely has its benefits. There are many things it has to offer for an individual, but this doesn’t really take you any closer to Realization, as such. Compared to a man who is sober, a man who is slightly drunk, has a different level of experience, but he has to come down at some point. All samadhis, I would say, are a way of getting high without any external chemicals. Now, by going into these states, it opens up a new dimension for you, but it doesn’t leave any great transformation behind. It doesn’t leave you permanently transformed.

You have not moved into another reality. In the same reality, your level of experiences has deepened. You have experienced the same things in a little deeper sense. You have not become free from the mind.

Now, somebody meditates for 12 years and comes out. Even after 12 years, he may not be a realized being, but, maybe he is a little closer. When you go into another reality and stay there for long hours or long years, the grip of this reality is broken on you. Now, you have come to a experiential understanding that, this is not it. Not just an intellectual understanding, you have seen experientially that this is not it. That is the whole purpose of long meditations, staying there for very long. But most realized beings never went into samadhi states.

Gautama never sat for 12 years in one place, you know. Many of his disciples, many Buddhist monks went off into very long meditations. They never came out for years together, but Gautama himself never went, because he saw it is not necessary.
He practiced and experienced all the eight kinds of samadhis before his enlightenment and he discarded them. He said, “This is not it”. This is not going to take you any closer to realization. It is just moving into a higher level of experience and probably you will get more caught up, because it is more beautiful than the current reality.

If the goal is set, if you’ve made realization the top priority in your life, then every thing else which doesn’t take you one step closer is meaningless. Isn’t it? Let’s say you are climbing the Mount Everest, you will not take one step sideways, because every ounce of energy is needed. Now, if you have to transcend your own consciousness, you need every ounce of what you have and it’s not enough. So, any action that we perform, we don’t want it to be a sidewinder.

Don't renounce your wife and children and your kin. Renounce the bridges, drop them - Osho.

It happened: One Hindu sannyasin, Swami Ramateertha, came back from America. He was staying in the Himalayas; his wife came to see him – he became a little disturbed. His disciple, a very penetrating mind, Sardar Poorn Singh, was sitting beside him. He watched, he felt that Ramateertha was disturbed. When the wife went, suddenly Ramateertha threw off his orange robes. Poorn Singh asked, ”What is the matter? I was watching, you were a little disturbed. It felt that you were not yourself.”

He said, ”That’s why I’m throwing off these robes. I have met so many women, and I was never disturbed. Nothing is special about this woman – except that she was my wife. That ’my’ is still there. I am not worthy to wear these robes. I have not renounced the ’mine,’ I have renounced only the wife. And the wife is not the problem; NO other woman has ever disturbed me. I have walked all over the earth, but my wife comes – she is as ordinary a woman as any – and suddenly I am disturbed. The bridge is still there.” He died in ordinary clothes, he never again used the orange. He said, ”I am not worthy.”

Don't renounce your wife and children and your kin. Renounce the bridges, drop them – that is your affair; it is not concerned with the wife. If she continues to think about you as her husband, that is her problem, not yours. If the son continues to think of you as his father, that is his problem; he is a child, he needs maturity.

I say to you: Tilopa means renouncing the inner dreams and bridges, the inner worlds.


But you have to realize that only a live guru, a live Sage, can give you grace and self-realization. - Robert Adams

------ Self-realization comes when you no longer think about it, when you no longer want it -----

I had an interesting call this morning from a lady, an Indian lady at Phoenix which I thought was really appropriate, I'll share it with you.
She asked me,
"Robert, in my house I have a beautiful picture of Ramana Maharshi and everyday I do puja to it, in the morning and in the evening.
I play chanting tapes.
I do arati, the waving of lights.
I put prashad at his picture.
I pray to the picture of Ramana.
I've been doing this for twelve years and nothing has happened.
Isn't Ramana supposed to give me some grace or something and enlighten me?
That is how I've spent my time in twelve years, paying homage to Ramana's picture and I feel nothing.
Also when I go to sleep at night I think of Ramana's form and face".
It is written in the Upanishads when you think of the gurus form and face, the guru gives you grace, blessings.
"Am I doing anything wrong, what's going on?"
I replied to her,
"The answer to both questions is no.
A picture cannot give you grace.
No matter how much you pray to the picture, what you do to the picture, you can kiss the picture, do anything you like to the picture, it will not give you anything except plenty of peace.
It improves your concentration.
It will make your mind one pointed because you keep thinking of Ramana Maharshi and do puja to him.
So it will make you more peaceful because it'll make you more relaxed.
It will improve your concentration considerably.
And as far as seeing Ramana's form when you go to sleep, his face and expect to get grace you cannot do this because he is dead, so-to-speak.
You're thinking of Ramana Maharshi a human being.
Thinking he is in some astral plane.
Ramana Maharshi has merged, been absorbed in the Self.
He no longer has a form and only the form of a live Sage can give you grace.
You can either do one of two things".
"You can begin to realize that you can never find self-realization looking at a picture or thinking of the form of a dead guru, or you can find another guru, or a Sage, who is alive".
"This doesn't mean that you're deserting Ramana Maharshi.
You will always hold him in your heart.
But you have to realize that only a live guru, a live Sage, can give you grace and self-realization.
When a Sage drops the body, you have to understand that he is doing this for you.
For a Sage never had the body.
It is you who observes the body and sees he's got a body.
He never really had a body, the appearance is only for your sake".
Therefore I said,
"Stop doing puja to Ramana.
If you want self-realization go find a Sage and surrender to the Sage, this is important".
When the ego is too big you develop pride.
When you have a lot of pride, a lot of ego, you never think of surrendering to the Sage, you think of getting something from the Sage instead of giving yourself to the Sage.
You must stop trying to get something from the Sage like self-realization.
Self-realization comes when you no longer think about it, when you no longer want it.
When you totally surrender to the Sage saying, not my will but thine be done.
Keeping the Sages form and face before you all the time.
The Sage realizes when you're ready, then grace comes, liberation comes, but do not think of these things.
Your job is to develop a tremendous humility.
When I speak of developing humility, I'm not speaking of you becoming a stepping stone for people.
Real humility is strength, power.
Real humility means nothing bothers you anymore.
Nothing has the power to disturb you, to upset your equilibrium.
You have a tremendous compassion.
You develop loving kindness for everything, for the mineral kingdom, for the vegetable kingdom, for the animal kingdom, for the human kingdom.
You're stepping out of your humanhood, taking a step forward in eternity.
Not comparing yourself with other people.
Not trying to do anything to anybody else.
You simply see the Sage in your heart all of the time and then you finally become the Sage yourself.
But when you let your mind loose there is a catastrophe going on.
Your mind will come up with all kinds of reasons why should not surrender to the Sage.
Why you should do this, why you should do that.
The mind will confuse you completely, this is its business, its job, its duty to confuse you, to make you go deeper in maya.
This is what the mind does.
It makes you believe that you are an important human being, that you're here to achieve great things, accomplish great works.
Take a good look at the world, where are all the great works?
The most important job you have is to find yourself.
Yet the funny thing is you were never lost.
So if you were never lost where do you have to find yourself?
Due to the fact you think you're lost, we therefore use terms like finding yourself.
You believe you are a human being with all kinds of problems, attitudes, karma, dogmas, yet that is not you at all.
You are a god.
You are freedom, peace, love.
Act on these things.
Become simple in your work.
Simplicity is the key.
Do not make your life complicated.

239 Take Refuge In Your Heart - April 15, 1993

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The story of Life cycle of Birth and Death. Why it happens?

The following story will help us understand how the living entity changes from one body to another based on his desires. Once there lived a person named Kailash who was very attached to his house. One day the great sage Narada came to him and said, "Kailash, come with me. I am going to Vaikuntha (the kingdom of God). I will take you along with me." Kailash replied, "Sorry sir, my children are very young. I have to take care of them. Maybe later."

Several years later Narada returned to him and asked, "Kailash, ready now?"

Kailash replied, "Sorry sir, now I have my grandson to take care. Also everyone at home needs my guidance. I cannot come now."

When Narada returned after many years, he came to know that Kailash had passed away. While leaving he noticed a dog barking loudly at the doorway. The dog said, "O Naradaji, I am Kailash here" Surprised Narada replied, "O Kailash, you have become a dog now! What are you doing here? Even now, it is not too late. I can take you to the kingdom of God. Would you like to accompany me?" The dog replied, "Sorry sir, my sons are very careless with the wealth I acquired. I have therefore become a dog to protect that wealth from thieves." Feeling very sorry for the attached Kailash, Narada went away. After many years when Narada returned, he learnt that the dog had died. Thinking sadly that Kailash must have gone to some unknown body, Narada departed. When he was walking behind the house in the paddy field, a snake came hissing on the way. The snake said, "Narada, I am Kailash here, I am Kailash here." Narada asked him, "What are you doing here in a snake's body, Kailash? Don't you want to come with me now? Even now it is not too late."

The snake replied, "Now I am happy that my sons have put all the money in a bank. But they are so lazy that they wake up very late in the morning. By that time, all the grains in this paddy field are either destroyed by elephants or stolen by neighbors. I have therefore become a snake to go round and round the field to protect the grains. I am very, very busy. I am sony, I cannot come with you now also."Seeing the pitiable condition of Kailash, Narada muni clapped his hands loudly, called the sons of Kailash and showed them the large snake living in their field. Immediately the sons of Kailash started hitting the snake with sticks. Kailash in his snake body tried to tell his sons, "I am your father and I am protecting your paddy fields for your sake. Why are you killing me?" But the more he hissed, the more his sons hit him till he finally died. While dying the snake remembered Narada and in his next life he became a great devotee of Lord Krishna by Narada's grace. Thus a person is impelled to accept one body after another according to his desires and actions. Such a person, being attached to his material plan-making business, spends all his time in bodily consciousness and goes on suffering in the cycle of birth and death.

A little girl experiences rain for the very first time

Monday, February 10, 2014


Ma Anandamayee

" Yes , if you can observe silence and be in harmony with everyone all around , it will excellent . Try to remain without the help of signs and gestures for as long as possible ."

 To observe silence means to keep the mind fixed on Him.

At first one feels the impulse to talk, later all inclination and disinclination vanish. It is also like this : just as the bee collects honey, so alt that one needs is gathered together naturally. What is necessary becomes available of its own accord -presents itself, as it were - when there is ever closer union with Him.

When one entirely refrains from speaking and even from communicating by signs or gestures (kasta maunam), how is the body kept alive?

Everything dovetails, and the silent person just watches as a kind of spectator. In the measure that one progresses towards union, one will notice that obstacles disappear, and whatever is necessary provides itseif;

It is one thing if everything happens by itself, and quite another to make arrangements by one’s own effort.

Real silence means there is actually nowhere else for the mind to go.

~~ Sri Anandamayi Ma ~~

Spread Love. Don't worry whether you reap the benefit of it or not.


The founder of the theosophical movement, Madame Blavatsky had a strange habit her whole life --

And she lived long, and traveled all over the world and created a world movement...

In fact no other woman has been so powerful in the whole history of man, has had influence worldwide.

She used to carry many bags with her, full of seeds of flowers. Her whole luggage was nothing but seeds of flowers.

Sitting in the train by the side of the window she would go on throwing seeds outside the window, and people would ask, "What are you doing? You carry so much unnecessary luggage, and then you go on throwing those seeds out of the window for thousands of miles."

She said, "These are seeds of flowers, beautiful flowers. When the summer goes and the rains come, these seeds will become plants. Soon there will be millions of flowers.

I will not be coming back on the route and I will never see them, but thousands of people will see them, thousands of people will enjoy their fragrance."

She actually made almost all the railroads in India full of flowers, and people said, "When you will not see them again, what is your joy?"

She said, "My joy is that so many people will be joyful. I am not a miser.

Whatever I can do to make people joyful, happy, I will do; it is part of my love."

She really loved humanity, and did everything that she felt was right.

Just give your love to anybody -- a stranger. It is not a question that you have to give something very valuable, just a helping hand and that will be enough.

In twenty-four hours, whatever you do should be done with love.


Beyond Psychology

Working, without the sense of "me" , "mine" .


Let us look at another example. Take the case of a trustee who manages a minor's estate worth many millions of rupees. His lack of the sense of "mine" does not hinder him in his duty, and he has been managing the estate of the minor very efficiently. If the duty is not discharged properly, the trustee is liable, and will surely suffer the consequences. The trustee does not have the feeling that the estate is "mine" and accordingly, is not affected if the estate increases in value, or if even if it is decided in a legal suit that the estate does not really even belong to the minor. His duty is to look after the estate carefully as long as it is under his management. In short, in order for one's duties to be performed properly, it is not necessary that one must have the sense of "I" or "mine" while performing them. In exactly the same way, the gross and the subtle bodies form a bundle that is rooted in the five elements, and is given as a "keepsake" which is entrusted to the human being.

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

How is this possible, you may ask? Understand by this example: Look at the behavior of the nurse of a motherless infant. She nurses the child, carries it around, consoles it if he cries, and nurses it back to health if he gets sick, just as she would if she were the child's actual mother. If she likes the child, she even kisses it lovingly. While doing all of this work, she does not even have the feeling that the child is her own! In spite of all that she does for the child, if the father of the child dismisses her, she at once picks up her things and gets out of the house. At the time of quitting her position, she is neither happy if the child was to put on weight, nor sad if the child were to die. The reason for this attitude is that she does not have a sense of "mine" regarding the child. However, it cannot be said that she has not performed her duty properly due to the absence of this sense of "mine."

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

Your Personality is an artificial construction, if you don’t protect it, it will crack and fall down. This is the whole purpose of the spiritual process - Sadhguru.

Tarun Tahiliani: I am trying to use the kriya as a process of self-nurture to become self-aware. Perhaps you can guide us in that respect?

Sadhguru: The self cannot be nurtured. It is so absolute that it does not need nurture. It cannot be transformed into something else, because what you call the self is also the basis of creation. If you are talking about your personality as a “self,” your personality does not need nurture either – it needs dissolution. In the East, the goal has always been to dissolve the personality. This is the fundamental difference between the Eastern and the Western approach.

I am not against the West in any sense. My point is just that you should not do anything compulsively – whether it is from the East or West. It must be by choice. For example, we have chosen to speak English now, because we understand we need to do what works for the wellbeing of the individual and the society. If I spoke Tamil, you would not be here now. But if I spoke English to be superior to someone else, it would be pathetic. If speaking English is a conscious choice, it is okay. This also goes for everything else – it has to be a conscious choice.

Going back to our topic, the self as the basis of creation does not need any nurture. If you refer to your personality as a “self,” this does not need nurture either.

Tarun Tahiliani: I think everyone interprets the word “self” differently.

Sadhguru: This is not a question of semantics. I am particular about the terminology because it should not leave any ambiguity. If you are interested in fixing yourself, first of all, we must clarify one thing – how many people are there in this body?

Tarun Tahiliani: One person, many selves.

Sadhguru: No. One person, many faces. For the purpose of clarity, I am trying to take away the ambiguity of language. How many people are living in this body?

Tarun Tahiliani: It’s just one person.

Sadhguru: The fact of the matter is, there is only one person, but this one person splits himself, according to your convenience. If you do something really worthwhile and fulfilling for yourself and people around you, you say, “I, Tarun, did this.” Suppose you do something nasty, you would say, “That was my ego.” But Mr. Ego is nonexistent – that is why you cannot fix him.

An individual is indivisible. Only if you realize that you are an individual, that you cannot be further divided, transformation is possible. You cannot fix people who split into ten whenever it is convenient. This is an ambiguity that people create in their minds all the time to avoid change. The whole world is into this trickery. That way, they don’t have to take any step towards transformation – they can just talk about it and leave it at that.

A personality is an artificial construction of bits and pieces that you have gathered. Since it is an artificial construction, if you don’t protect it, it will crack and fall down. This is the whole purpose of the spiritual process – everything that can crack and fall down should fall down right now. There is something within you that cannot crack, nor can it fall. Ultimately, any significant transformation can happen in your life or in anyone’s life only when the intelligence of the Creator is at play.

Your personality is your making. Suppose you put two children of the same parents through the same school and the same culture, they will still not turn out the same. That is why we say the way you are right now is your karma – your doing. Input might have come from outside, but what you have done with it is your doing. The way you are right now is made up by you, but you have forgotten that you made it up. If you knew you made up this personality, you could change it. Until now, I have changed my personality dramatically three times. Some time in near future, I may do it again. It will be a shocker for everyone.

If you had seen what kind of a person I was before the consecration of Dhyanalinga – in every way, not just in terms of clothes and appearance, I was different. People barely ever saw me laughing. I was burning with intensity because at that time, that was what was needed for this purpose. Once that was done, I said to people around me, “Now I am going to change my personality. If you suddenly think there is a new person here, don’t run away.” In spite of the warning, when I changed, a few people dropped out, because this was not the person they knew. For one kind of work, I made myself in a certain way. For a different kind of work, I made myself in a different way. What is the problem?

You can make your personality the way it is suitable for what you wish to do. But right now, the personality that you have created for yourself has become a compulsive process. Unconsciously, people create a personality for themselves. The question is not which is better, which is worse. The question is just – are you compulsively stuck to your personality, or do you consciously keep it at a little distance to yourself?
Tarun Tahiliani: We are compulsively stuck to many things.

Sadhguru: Yes – that is what needs to change. You don’t have to nurture your personality. You must hold it at a little distance. Like for example, when you wear loose clothes, you are always conscious that these are your clothes, not a part of yourself. Suppose you wore tight nylon clothes, after some time, it would feel like your own skin – you would lose the distinction between your clothes and you. If you keep a distance between your clothes and yourself, you do not get stuck to them. Similarly, you must keep your personality, your body, and your mind at a little distance. That way, you will be able to use all of them to their optimum, ultimate possibility, and they will never cause any grief to you.

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