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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Miracles happening around us

The spiritual energy of the universe is casting their spell onto our lives, making miracles happen in our lives - daily.
Think back - what miracles has life offered to us
Think back - let us convey our thanks!
To the spiritual souls, the spiritual energy of the universe for caring for us, for enabling our lives to function harmoniously with our soul intent

Saturday, June 06, 2015

My Life's Purpose


WHO AM I – SHIVABHAKTA
WHAT DO I DO – Give
WHO YOU DO IT FOR – People locally globally
WHAT DO THEY WANT – A better life
HOW DO THEY CHANGE AS A RESULT OR TRANSFORM– A better world
Most successful people know who they serve. Happier people make it a point to make other people happy. If I can make other people happy, then I will be taken care of to

How our planets govern our lives?

Let us embrace this fact...let us leverage our strengths, compensate for the weaknesses

Our planetary positions at birth are uniquely our own, designating our specific personality, purpose in the cosmic scheme of things. They should be memorized, treasured, contemplated upon, or even celebrated. 

Celebrating your birthday(Sun sign) every year is of course most important, but what about your Moon and other planets -they too have their own "birthdays". The transiting Moon returns to your natal position once about every month, Mercury and Venus once roughly every year(always being close to the Sun), Mars once about every two years, Jupiter once about every twelve years, Saturn once about every thirty years, and Uranus once every eighty-four years. Even the Rising sign returns to your natal position once every day(based on the Earth's 24-hour rotation). 

It is not really necessary to throw a party on each of your transiting planetary returns. Just acknowledging them and contemplating on what they mean in your life is sufficient. And it does not even have to be at the specific time of their returns. Any day(or night) will do. Relax, put on some music, or dance or exercise while contemplating one or more of your placements. If you are into meditation, visualize the planet and sign(or house) and try to glean important or positive imformation from it. Nurture your identity or uniqueness via the knowledge of your planets and the signs they are in, especially the positive combinations. A planet in its own sign or element is very powerful and is usually expressed as a very positive characteristic or talent. Even the negative placements(planets in incompatible signs, elements, or genders) can be looked at or handled in a positive light. 

Then there are the planetary aspects by sign(and especially by degree). Focus on the trines(your gifts) rather than the squares(lessons to learn). Sun trine Mars, for example always gives confidence, energy, strength, and leadership ability, no matter what signs(or houses) they are located in. Sun trine Saturn is also positive but more difficult as the nature of both planets are not really compatible. Squares, especially those between friendly planets, can be seen as challenges or stepping stones rather than problems or obstacles. Grand trines(at least one planet in every sign of a particular element) are especially powerful and fortunate configurations, especially if they are in close or tight orb. Grand squares(planets in all four modes or quadruplicities), especially if tight by degree, can make or break you. 

Your specific planetary configuration or chart with all of its variations will not repeat itself in the same way for thousands of years, making you indeed a unique and special individual, and this is not taking into account gender, culture, or karmic history. Astrology basically deals with your inner or spiritual nature. Only if you are exact twins, will your inner and outer characteristics be identical, but even then the two souls will have different karmic histories or past lives, and therefore have slightly different futures as well. Planets do not dictate destiny, rather, they incline or suggest it. They give you a basic framework with which to work your free will, and without which we would all be very lost or uninclined. The One Great Spirit created astrology as a means to differentiate each of its infinite offspring in a simple, orderly, and beautiful cosmic manner, and it behooves us to applaud or celebrate this ingenious system.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Going through a struggle?

From here by Dave Willis
1. Remember that your Character should always be stronger than your Circumstances.
We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we choose to respond. In those moments when I choose to stop complaining and instead give thanks to God for the good in my life, the parts that seem bad start to seem much less significant. Choose to keep a positive attitude and thankful heart regardless of what you’re going through.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
2. Remember that your Struggles always lead to Strength.
Every difficulty in your life, whether big or small, is something God will use to produce more strength, faith and perseverance in you if you let Him! All your pain has a purpose.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
3. Remember that God’s timing is always perfect.
God’s plans are almost always different from our plans, but His plans are always perfect! Have the patience to wait on His timing instead of forcing your own.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
4. Remember that God will never leave your side.
You may feel like you’re going through this struggle all alone, but from the moment you ask Jesus to bring you into God’s family, He will be by your side to the end so never lose hope!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Deepest fear - LET US LIBERATE OURSELVES and the WORLD

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nididhyasana

Nididhyasana: dhyai is ‘to contemplate’; didhyasa is dhyatum iccha or ‘desire to meditate’; Ni stands for nitaram meaning ‘wholly’, exceedingly’, thus ‘constant contemplation’ or ‘profound, continuous meditation’.
In Vedanta, the journey is said to be of three stages: sravana, hearing the teaching; manana, reflecting upon it; and nididhyasana, absorption beyond thought. Bhagavan tells us that Nididhyasana eradicates vasanas. When asked which of the asanas is best? He replied:
Nididhyasana (one-pointedness of the mind) is the best.” (Talks §557
§557

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Lessons - coming at us - every single day

Balaji Vishwanthan writes: I will start with a story.

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Grandson and the golden fruit:
An old man and his grandson lived in a small hut. The grandson was a lazy bum and the old man tried various ways to get him to work. He was puny and wasted. Nothing worked. One day, the old man brought a "gold plant" and told his grandson that the plant will grow to bear "golden fruits". But, it must be watered from a well a mile away as it was a dry area. Thus, the old man gave him three dirty pots to fetch water.

The greedy grandson took the pots and every day tried to fetch water from the well. But, the pots were so leaky that most water leaked by the time reached the plant. He ran faster and faster, but most water still spilled away. The golden plant got only a few drops of water during every run. The grandson was very motivated to have a tree full of gold and continued the practice for months.

The grandfather died after a year. The grandson was dejected that his old man didn't leave him anything. He then noticed the "golden plant" that has grown big now. The grandson took the plant to local jewelers to get money, but they all laughed at him. Having realized that the plant is not gold, he walked back dejected. He now has nothing.

On his way back, he noticed something he missed all along while being fixated on the golden plant. Spring had come and the fields outside his house was blooming. He was watering the whole field as he was fetching the water from the well with a leaky pot without knowing. The grandfather had sown all the seeds in the parched lands.

He now knew he could do something profitable with the fertile fields he has now. Carrying the pots has grown his arms big and he felt like a strong man. The year's activity also made him a very determined man. Then he looked at the coal pots now. The coal pots were now sparkling clean carrying all that water.

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Multiple layers of religion:
Religions are constructed in multiple layers and often we don't realize the profound realities that are in store for us. Just like a 3 year old, who learns the alphabets and numerals, having no idea of where they will be used, we are often presented with things that we learn without knowing where they will be used.

Ramayana is an immensely great leadership story, clothed in a philosophical layer and then covered in a moral layer and finally the entertainment layer. Had my father talked about all those layers when I was young, I might never gotten the story and would have skipped the whole lesson. The entertaining story of bows and arrows and monkeys kept the interest, while the profound understandings were slowly kicking.

The moral stories act like the water poured on the leaky pot. Although we forget most of the morals immediately, repeated pouring of water slowly cleans the soot of our inner mind.

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Humans and Rationality:
Although we assume the human race to be rational, most of the interesting things we do are barely rational. From relishing your favorite food to liking your favorite monument to painting a picture to loving the girl (or guy) of your life, we use less of logic and more of subjective decisions.

If you are perfectly rational, it would be hard to fall in love, hard to relish most foods you love and find nothing beautiful about the sandy beaches of Tahiti. Rationality forms our base, but everything beautiful and interesting goes beyond plain reason. Religion falls in the same bucket. See it as an art form; look at its beauty and aesthetics; but don't try to reduce it to a mere logic, just as you cannot reduce the beauty of Taj to mere equations.

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Religion as a way to keep hope and spirits:
One of the first things a visitor notices in India is that there are really no policemen in the country. The nation is virtually unpoliced, but our crime rates are still among the lowest and most places are safe to walk at any time of the day (safe in comparison to a major city elsewhere in the world).

Think about all the poor in India. We have 700 million living in dirt poor conditions and a big chunk of them are illiterate. What prevents them from pillaging the society? They don't. Even in a poorest village you will rarely feel as insecure as walking into an inner city of a developed nation.


The poor do worship "Lakshmi" (the goddess of wealth) and keep the hopes up even in conditions we can never imagine. They still laugh and celebrate their festivals. There is a reason why Hinduism never mourns for anything. Religion gives people the hope to survive an another day even in times of absolute despair.

Like the Jews who survived the Nazi camps using the power of their faith, Hindus have put through enormous suffering over centuries. Hinduism reminds even the poor and illiterate of the moral stories and infuses them with hope. Most poor in India would rather commit suicide than harm an another soul. (I'm not condoning suicides here).
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Religious practices as a way to reach inner self

When I was young, my mom used to make me circumambulate the temple altars. She told me that the gods would bless me. Then someone told me that it was a great exercise, as you could walk in a peaceful environment in a well leveled plain (a luxury in India). Then I noticed Basil (Tulsi), Neem and other herbs grown in the temple and realized maybe there is a bit more to it. Then there were incredibly artistic pieces on the walls that sparked my history interest. I met a lot of people on the walk who were singing and smiling. The incense sticks and music was soothing. The walk slowly takes me to you understanding your own self as you keep going round and round and round.

A famous yogi points his finger to a star constellation. The students follow his finger to identify the pattern. Once they get the pattern they sit and wonder in amazement. They talk about the brightness and order of various stars. But the yogi had already pulled away his finger. Having the got the pattern, students don't need his finger to point, anymore.

Idols in Hindu temples have the same purpose as the finger. They are pointing out to the characteristics and truths we have to aspire and identify. But, once you have found that pattern that suits you, there is not need for an idol anymore.
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Hinduism: An all-you-can eat Buffet. Stuff yourself with you favorite dishes.

Hinduism is a profound religion that has many layers and we don't get all the layers on our first touch. It lets you pursue the truth in many ways. You can do through science just like our Atharva veda saints and Pathanjali yogis did. You can do through arts, like all the music, painting and dance forms that you see in the temple. You can pursue through philosophy - Upanishads or pursue through leadership stories - Ramayana and Mahabharata.

In any case, you are pursuing a profound truth, beyond the banal everyday truth and Hinduism points to the many directions you could take. If you like, you can take other religious ideas, moral ideas or scientific elements. You can choose to not worship any god or pick up ONE God or pick up plenty of gods that fits your interests.

For a practitioner, the religion provides a trail map and a bunch of advice, and it is upto an individual to hike/trek the trails of various difficulty levels. Just as a single trail doesn't fit every trekker's strength levels, no single path can fit the profile of every seeker.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The 9 nights

The first 3 days
 
" OM Aim hreem kleem chmundaya vicchee" "


The next 3 days
  ||Om Daaridraya Vinaashini Ashtlakshmi Kankaavati
Siddhi
Dehi Dehi Namah||

The final 3 days
Om Hrim Aim Hrim Aum Sarasvatyai namah http://www.karunamayi.org/News/documents/NavaratriSaraswatiPuja.pdf

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Golum's MY PRESHIUS

Author unknown
 Human life is very precious, The Infinite God has given us the human body on billions request to give us human form body, 84 lakhs thousands life cycles yonis, We get this human body form we arya called as yonis, kindly do not waste your time please do not fight with others, with your relatives and freinds and your enemies, Accept your folks as they are, do not Change them, Let Them exist as it they stand and send unconditional love sanjivini message to all folks attached , Do not cry wasting time, do not waste watching idot box tv, instead do 2 hours mediatation to promote your inner energy to heal and guide to liberate you from human suffering and this a great oppurtunity in human body to experience the divine love by siddha sadnas of shiv yog sadnas to merge with ultimate lord shiva shakti, or else narayan shakti, mahavir lord, buddha lord, lord allah, lord jesus whatever form of infinite shakti the time has come to merge with the infinite 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shankaracharya  quotes 
So long as one has any association with this awful sense of being the doer there cannot be the least achievement of liberation which is something very different.

The ascetic with matted locks, the man with the shaven head or one with hair pulled out, or the man parading in the ochre robes -- they all have eyes but yet do not see. All these are but deceptions for cheating the world, for filling their bellies. ( Renunciation does not lie in external appearance, but in inward thought, attitude and feeling).

When the supreme reality is not understood, the study of the scriptures is useless, and study of the scriptures is useless when the supreme reality has been understood.

Realising one's true nature as pure consciousness, one should remain always established in oneself, like a king surrounded by his army, and should redirect all that is back into God.
 
Abandoning all actions and breaking free from the bonds of achievements, the wise and intelligent should apply themselves to self-knowledge.
 
It is wealth only that causes all harm and brings about one's ruin. Bear this truth in mind always. Know that the pursuit of wealth does not lead one to happiness at all. The rich fear and are even afraid of their own sons. This is the outcome of riches anywhere and ever.
 
Who are you ? Who am I ? From Where did I come ? Who is my mother, who is my father ? -- inquire thus and you will, then realize that the entire world of experience, all the worries and problems are but a dream, a mere hallucination, born of imagination and delusion. With such a realization, you will be freed from the delusions of the world.

He who has killed the shark of the senses with the sword of firm dispassion can cross the sea of samsaaraa without impediment.

One should never permit carelessness in one's adherence to God.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Pratyangira Devi Moola Mantra + Mala Mantra

MOOLA MANTRA FOR PRATYANGIRI DEVI

Om
Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha


This mantra evokes the living God, asking protection and freedom from all sorrow and suffering. It is a prayer that adores the great creator and liberator, who out of love and compassion manifests, to protect us, in an earthly form. This Moolamantra has given great peace and joy to people all over the world, who have chanted, or even listened to it. It has the power to transport ones mind to the state of causeless love and limitless joy. The calmness that the mantra can give is to be experienced, not spoken about. Dear reader, here is the key with which any door to spiritual treasure could be opened. A tool which can be used to achieve all desires. A medicine which cures all ills. The nectar that can set man free! All auspiciousness and serenity is yours simply by chanting or listening to this magnificent Moolamantra.

Whenever you chant the Moolamantra even without knowing the meaning of it, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant with that feeling in your heart then the energy would flow million times more powerful. Therefore it is essential to know the meaning of the Mantra when you use it.

The Mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person he comes and makes you feel his presence, the same manner when you chant this mantra, the supreme energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is Omnipresent, the supreme energy can manifest anywhere and any time. It is also very important to know that the invocation with all humility, respect and with great necessity makes the presence stronger.

This Vedic Sanskirt chant was given to humanity through the Grace of Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma. When you chant this Mantra, even without knowing the meaning of it, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant it with feeling in your heart then the energy will flow a million times more powerfully. It is therefore important to know the meaning of the Moola Mantra when you use it.

This Mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person he comes and makes you feel his presence, in the same manner when you chant this mantra the Supreme Energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is omnipresent, this Supreme Energy can manifest anywhere and any time. It is also very important to know that invocation of the Moola Mantra with deep humility, respect and with great necessity makes The Divine Presence stronger.

OM
OM has got 100 different meanings. It is said, in the beginning was the Supreme word and the word created every thing. That word is OM. If you are meditating in silence deeply, you can hear the sound OM within. The whole of creation emerged from the sound OM. It is the primordial sound or the Universal sound by which the whole universe vibrates. OM also means inviting the higher energy. This divine sound has the power to create, sustain and destroy, giving life and movement to all that exist.

SAT
SAT means all penetrating existence that is formless, shapeless, omnipresent, attribute less, and quality less aspect of the Universe. It is the Unmanifest. It is experienced as emptiness of the Universe. We could say it is the body of the Universe that is static. Everything that has a form and that can be sensed, evolved out of this Un manifest. It is so subtle that it is beyond all perceptions. It can only be seen when it has become gross and has taken form. We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us. We are the effect and Universe is the cause and the cause manifests itself as the effect.

CHIT
CHIT is the Pure Consciousness of the Universe that is infinite, omni-present manifesting power of the Universe. Out of this is evolved everything that we call Dynamic energy or force. It can manifest in any form or shape. It is the consciousness manifesting as motion, as gravitation, as magnetism, etc. It is also manifesting as the actions of the body, as thought force. It is the Supreme Spirit.

ANANDA
ANANDA means bliss, love and friendship nature of the Universe. When you experience either the Supreme Energy in this Creation (SAT) and become one with the Existence or experience the aspect of Pure Consciousness (CHIT), you enter into a state of Divine Bliss and eternal happiness (ANANDA). This is the primordial characteristic of the Universe, which is the greatest and most profound state of ecstasy that you can ever experience when you relate with your higher Consciousness.

PARABRAHMA
PARABRAHMA is the Supreme Being in his Absolute aspect; one who is beyond space and time. It is the essence of the Universe that is with form and without form. It is the Supreme creator.

PURUSHOTHAMA
PURUSHOTHAMA has got different meanings. Purusha means soul and Uthama means the supreme; the Supreme spirit. It also means the supreme energy of force guiding us from the highest world. Purusha also means Man, and PURUSHOTHAMA is the energy that incarnates as an Avatar to help and guide Mankind and relate closely to the beloved Creation.

PARAMATMA
PARAMATMA means the supreme inner energy that is immanent in every creature and in all beings, living and non-living. It's the indweller or the Antaryamin who resides formless or in any form desired. It's the force that can come to you whenever you want and wherever you want to guide and help you.

SRI BHAGAVATI
SRI BHAGAVATI is the Feminine aspect, which is characterized as the Supreme Intelligence in action, the Power (The Shakti). It is referred to the Mother Earth (Divine Mother) aspect of the creation.

SAMETHA
SAMETHA means together or in communion with.

SRI BHAGAVTE
SRI BHAGAVTE is the Masculine aspect of the Creation, which is unchangeable and permanent.

NAMAHA
NAMAHA is salutations or prostrations to the Universe that is OM and also has the qualities of SAT-CHIT-ANANDA, that is omnipresent, unchangeable and changeable at the same time, the supreme spirit in a human form and formless, the indweller that can guide and help in the feminine and masculine forms with the supreme intelligence. I seek your presence and guidance all the time.

Sri Pratyangira is a powerful Devi who is greatly spoken about in the Adharvana Veda - one of the four Vedas (namely - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Adharvana Vedas). She, who is always seated on a lion, is also known as Narasimhika [in Kalisahasranama Stotram]. Devi Pratyangira appears as a ferocious half human-half lion form with four hands [lower right hand holding the soolam/knife, lower left hand holding the abalam, upper right hand holding the damarugam (drum) and upper left hand holding the snake]. The powers generated from the Maha Pratyangira Moola Mantra Maala Mantra Homam will be transmitted into the Sri Mariamman Utsava Murthi. A significant feature of this Maha Homam, as mentioned in the Adharvana Veda, is that unsalted cooked Vada soaked in honey, lemons, spicy dried chillies, and ghee should be the primary offerings to the maha homam.

 | Sri Prathyangira maala mantra ||

Om nama krsna vaa'sase
Sadha sahasra kodi singhaasane
Sahasra vathane asdaatha sabuje maha bale
Maha bala balaakrame ajithe abaraajithe
Thevy Maha prathyangire prathyangirase
An'ya para karma vith thuvamsini
Para mantro chaadini
Para mantro saathini
Sarva bootha thamani
Ge'am Sa'um prem greem grom
Maam sarva ubathra vepya'ha
Sarva aapathyo raksha raksha
Raam greem Sreem grom
Sarva thevanaam mugam stambaya stambaya
Sarva viknam chinthi chinthi
Sarva thushdaan bakshaya bakshaya
Vakhtralaya jvaala jikve karaalavathane
Sarva yenthraani skodaya skodaya ;throdaya throdaya
Prathyasura samuthraan vithraavaya vithraavaya
Sam ravoothra moorthe
Maha Prathyangire, Maha Vithye, shaanthim kuru kuru
Mama sakthron bakshaya bakshaya
Om kraam kreem krum Jambe jambe
Mohe mohe Stambe stambe
Om kreem um'bat swaha
Om kreem eem gla'um sreem sa'um
Aim u'm krsna vasane
Sadha sahasra simma vathane
Ashdaatha sabuje maha bale
Sadha paraakrama poojithe
Ajithe abaraajithe thevy prathyangire
Para saiv'ya para karma vith'thuvamsini
Para manthra para yanthra para thanthra uch'chagini
Para vithya grasa gare sarva bootha thamani
Sham gla'um sa'um eem greem glim glaam iyek'kyegi
Prathyangire chitha chith'roobe
Sarva upathra vepya'ha
Sarva graga thoshepya'ha
Sarva logepya'ha
Prathyangire maam raksha raksha
Graam greem groom gra'im ra'um knaha
Shaam sheem shoom sha'im sha'um cha'ha
Glaam gleem gloom gla'im gla'um gla'ha
Prathyangire para bramha mahishi
Parama kaarunike 'ehi
Mama sarire aaveshaya aaveshaya
Mama grathaye skura skura
Mamaam shep praskura praskura
Sarva thoshtaanaam vaasham
Mugam vatham stambaya stambaya
Jikvaam keelaya keelaya
Uth'thim vinaashaya vinaashaya
Prathyangire maha kundalini chandrakala vathamsini
Vethaala vaagane prathyangire kabaala maala thaarini
Thrisoola pathraangushabaana
Baanasana paanipaathra buritham
Mama sathru sronitham biba biba
Mama sathrun maam samkaathaya kaathaya
Mama sathrun thaadaya thaadaya
Mama vairijanaan thaga thaga
Mama vithvesha kaarinam
See'krameba bakshaya bakshaya
Sri Prathyangire bakthakaarunike
See'krame vathayaam kuru kuru
Sathyo jvara jaakya mukthim kuru kuru
Vethaala bramma raaksha saathim jagi jagi
Mama sathrun thaadaya thaadaya
Praa'rabtha sanjitha priyamaanaan thaga thaga
Thooshagaan shakthyotheertha
Roga yukthaan kuru kuru
Prathyangire,praana sakthi maye
Mama vairi jana pranaan gana gana
Marthaya marthaya naashaya naashaya
Om sreem greem gleem sa'um gla'um
Prathyangire maha maaye
Thevy thevy mama vaanjitham kuru kuru
Maam raksha raksha Prathyangire swaha ||

PRATYANGIRA DEVI - wife of LORD BHAIRAV

The Pratyangira aspect of the Divine has been a bit of a secret
for most of these past ages. Many believed that direct experience
with this energy was reserved for Saints and Rishis. Seeing
Pratyangira in any form was considered an enormous blessing,
and an indication that you were in similar company. 

Pratyangira comes from a deep, deep place within the Divine 
Mother; an area simply known as the Void. In the Void there are
no thoughts of fear, or pain, or loss, or want, or time, or even 
space… just the warmth of the Mother’s love.  

As Pratyangira energy manifests, it’s often a very swift and 
sometimes ferocious current. Many of the Saints who’ve seen
it’s energetic expression have described it as half lion and half 
human. The lion head is that of a male and the body is that of 
a female, representing the union of Shiva and Shakti. In her 
full form, she is humongous, with 1008 heads (symbolically 
representing the 1008-petalled Sahasrara Chakra, the universal
chakra of the cosmic energy) and 2016 hands, riding 
majestically on a chariot pulled by 4 lions (representing the 
4 Vedas), carrying many swords for removing obstacles. 
The jaws of so many lions makes it very powerful for destroying 
negative karmas, and a great blessing for anyone on a spiritual
path. However, such a current can be understandably rough, 
so it’s wise to approach with respect and some consideration
of what our heart is asking for.   

Two Rishis in the ancient times, Pratyangira and Angiras, in 
their deep meditation, discovered this goddess through her 
Moola Mantra in the ethereal waves of the sound current. And 
though this Mother is nameless, she honored these Rishis by 
giving the blessings to be named after them. She has hence
been known as Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. The beejaksharam
(seed letter) of her Mantra is ksham (bliss).
 
Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is all powerful and secretly protects
devotees and others. She is always by the side of Her 
devotees. She is within each and every being in all planes of 
existence, and there to be awakened within. 
 
 As told in Markandeya Purana: In the beginning of the Satya yuga, the Lord Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu, killed the unruly King Hiranyakashipu
 by tearing up his body and drinking his blood. Because of the anger in 
Hiranyakashipu's body and the malicious effects of human blood, 
Narasimha was drunk on rage and could not be stopped. To calm him down 
with the power of compassion, Lord Shiva came down as Sarabeswara, a bird-animal-human hybrid. Upon seeing this, Lord Narasimha created Ganda-Berunda, a two headed-bird that was Sarabeswara's opposite. Upon seeing this, Sarabeshwara turned into Bhairava
 (Shiva's fierce form) and created Goddesses Pratyangira from his third 
eye. Prathyangira ate the bird, displaying rage the like of which the 
gods had never seen before. They praised her as she calmed Narasimha 
down by sitting on his lap. Some believe that in ancient time when two 
rishis, Prathiyangira and Angiras, were meditating discovered a goddess 
through a Moola Mantram who was nameless. Later she privileged the 
rishis by naming her after them and hence she was called as 
Prathiyangara Devi. Narasimhika is another name of hers. 'Naran' means 
human and 'Simha' means lion, so she got named thus as she appears with a
 lion's face and a human body. It is believed that when Narashimhika 
shakes her mane, she shambles the stars in the universe. Prathiyangara 
Devi is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences 
generated by witch-craft. In Sri Chakra worship, she protects her 
devotees against all odds and guides them along the right path. She is 
enveloped as bliss in the letter "Ksham".

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The man who lives...like BRM once lived

The man who lives without money

Mark Boyle
Irishman Mark Boyle tried to live life with no income, no bank balance and no spending. Here's how he finds it.If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I'd now be living without money, I'd have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal. The plan back then was to get a 'good' job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.
For a while I did it - I had a fantastic job managing a big organic food company; had myself a yacht on the harbour. If it hadn't been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi, I'd still be doing it today. Instead, for the last fifteen months, I haven't spent or received a single penny. Zilch.
The change in life path came one evening on the yacht whilst philosophising with a friend over a glass of merlot. Whilst I had been significantly influenced by the Mahatma's quote "be the change you want to see in the world", I had no idea what that change was up until then. We began talking about all major issues in the world - environmental destruction, resource wars, factory farms, sweatshop labour - and wondering which of these we would be best devoting our time to. Not that we felt we could make any difference, being two small drops in a highly polluted ocean.
But that evening I had a realisation. These issues weren't as unrelated as I had previously thought - they had a common root cause. I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems. The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now means we're completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the 'stuff' we buy.
Very few people actually want to cause suffering to others; most just don't have any idea that they directly are. The tool that has enabled this separation is money, especially in its globalised format.
Take this for an example: if we grew our own food, we wouldn't waste a third of it as we do today.
If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn't throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor.
If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn't shit in it.
So to be the change I wanted to see in the world, it unfortunately meant I was going to have to give up money, which I decided to do for a year initially. So I made a list of the basics I'd need to survive. I adore food, so it was at the top. There are four legs to the food-for-free table: foraging wild food, growing your own, bartering and using waste grub, of which there far too much.
On my first day I fed 150 people a three course meal with waste and foraged food. Most of the year I ate my own crops though and waste only made up about five per cent my diet. I cooked outside - rain or shine - on a rocket stove.
Next up was shelter. So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid. I'd use wood I either coppiced or scavenged to heat my humble abode in a woodburner made from an old gas bottle, and I had a compost loo to make 'humanure' for my veggies.
I bathed in a river, and for toothpaste I used washed up cuttlefish bone with wild fennel seeds, an oddity for a vegan. For loo roll I'd relieve the local newsagents of its papers (I once wiped my arse with a story about myself); it wasn't double quilted but it quickly became normal. To get around I had a bike and trailer, and the 55 km commute to the city doubled up as my gym subscription. For lighting I'd use beeswax candles.
Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that's the thing I don't get - if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness - depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.
Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I've more friends in my community than ever, I haven't been ill since I began, and I've never been fitter. I've found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.
Could we all live like this tomorrow? No. It would be a catastrophe, we are too addicted to both it and cheap energy, and have managed to build an entire global infrastructure around the abundance of both. But if we devolved decision making and re-localised down to communities of no larger than 150 people, then why not? For over 90 per cent of our time on this planet, a period when we lived much more ecologically, we lived without money. Now we are the only species to use it, probably because we are the species most out of touch with nature.
People now often ask me what is missing compared to my old world of lucre and business. Stress. Traffic-jams. Bank statements. Utility bills. Oh yeah, and the odd pint of organic ale with my mates down the local.
Mark Boyle is the founder of the Freeconomy Community www.justfortheloveofit.org. 'The Moneyless Man', a book about his year without money, is out in June.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Where do the fake swami pop up from?

Yes, where do fake swamis pop up from?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Earth Shattering Epiphanies

9 Mind-Blowing Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down

Oct. 22, 2012
Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever.
The world now seems to be a completely different one than the one I lived in about ten years ago, when I started looking into the mechanics of quality of life. It wasn’t the world (and its people) that changed really, it was how I thought of it.
Maybe you’ve had some of  the same insights. Or maybe you’re about to.

1. You are not your mind.

The first time I heard somebody say that, I didn’t like the sound of it one bit. What else could I be? I had taken for granted that the mental chatter in my head was the central “me” that all the experiences in my life were happening to.
I see quite clearly now that life is nothing but passing experiences, and my thoughts are just one more category of things I experience. Thoughts are no more fundamental than smells, sights and sounds. Like any experience, they arise in my awareness, they have a certain texture, and then they give way to something else.
If you can observe your thoughts just like you can observe other objects, who’s doing the observing? Don’t answer too quickly. This question, and its unspeakable answer, are at the center of all the great religions and spiritual traditions.

2. Life unfolds only in moments.

Of course! I once called this the most important thing I ever learned. Nobody has ever experienced anything that wasn’t part of a single moment unfolding. That means life’s only challenge is dealing with the single moment you are having right now. Before I recognized this, I was constantly trying to solve my entire life — battling problems that weren’t actually happening. Anyone can summon the resolve to deal with a single, present moment, as long as they are truly aware that it’s their only point of contact with life, and therefore there is nothing else one can do that can possibly be useful. Nobody can deal with the past or future, because, both only exist as thoughts, in the present. But we can kill ourselves trying.

3. Quality of life is determined by how you deal with your moments, not which moments happen and which don’t.

I now consider this truth to be Happiness 101, but it’s amazing how tempting it still is to grasp at control of every circumstance to try to make sure I get exactly what I want. To encounter an undesirable situation and work with it willingly is the mark of a wise and happy person. Imagine getting a flat tire, falling ill at a bad time, or knocking something over and breaking it – and suffering nothing from it. There is nothing to fear if you agree with yourself to deal willingly with adversity whenever it does show up. That is how to make life better. The typical, low-leverage method is to hope that you eventually accumulate power over your circumstances so that you can get what you want more often. There’s an excellent line in a Modest Mouse song, celebrating this side-effect of wisdom: As life gets longer, awful feels softer.

4. Most of life is imaginary.

Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking. Most of what we interact with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expectations of it, and our personal interests in it. We have a very difficult time observing something without confusing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we experience in life is imaginary things. As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” The best treatment I’ve found? Cultivating mindfulness.

5. Human beings have evolved to suffer, and we are better at suffering than anything else.

Yikes. It doesn’t sound like a very liberating discovery. I used to believe that if I was suffering it meant that there was something wrong with me — that I was doing life “wrong.” Suffering is completely human and completely normal, and there is a very good reason for its existence. Life’s persistent background hum of “this isn’t quite okay, I need to improve this,” coupled with occasional intense flashes of horror and adrenaline are what kept human beings alive for millions of years. This urge to change or escape the present moment drives nearly all of our behavior. It’s a simple and ruthless survival mechanism which works exceedingly well for keeping us alive, but it has a horrific side effect: human beings suffer greatly by their very nature. This, for me, redefined every one of life’s problems as some tendril of the human condition. As grim as it sounds, this insight is liberating because it means: 1) that suffering does not necessarily mean my life is going wrong, 2) that the ball is always in my court, so the degree to which I suffer is ultimately up to me, and 3) that all problems have the same cause and the same solution.

6. Emotions exist to make us biased.

This discovery was a complete 180 from my old understanding of emotions. I used to think my emotions were reliable indicators of the state of my life — of whether I’m on the right track or not. Your passing emotional states can’t be trusted for measuring your self-worth or your position in life, but they are great at teaching you what it is you can’t let go of. The trouble is that emotions make us both more biased and more forceful at the same time. Another survival mechanism with nasty side-effects.

7. All people operate from the same two motivations: to fulfill their desires and to escape their suffering.

Learning this allowed me to finally make sense of how people can hurt each other so badly. The best explanation I had before this was that some people are just bad. What a cop-out. No matter what kind of behavior other people exhibit, they are acting in the most effective way they are capable of (at that moment) to fulfill a desire or to relieve their suffering. These are motives we can all understand; we only vary in method, and the methods each of us has at our disposal depend on our upbringing and our experiences in life, as well as our state of consciousness. Some methods are skillful and helpful to others, others are unskillful and destructive, and almost all destructive behavior is unconscious. So there is no good and evil, only smart and dumb (or wise and foolish). Understanding this completely shook my long-held notions of morality and justice.

8. Beliefs are nothing to be proud of.

Believing something is not an accomplishment. I grew up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they’re really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same. It is gratifying to speak forcefully, it is gratifying to be agreed with, and this high is what the die-hards are chasing. Wherever there is a belief, there is a closed door. Take on the beliefs that stand up to your most honest, humble scrutiny, and never be afraid to lose them.

9. Objectivity is subjective.

Life is a subjective experience and that cannot be escaped. Every experience I have comes through my own, personal, unsharable viewpoint. There can be no peer reviews of my direct experience, no real corroboration. This has some major implications for how I live my life. The most immediate one is that I realize I must trust my own personal experience, because nobody else has this angle, and I only have this angle. Another is that I feel more wonder for the world around me, knowing that any “objective” understanding I claim to have of the world is built entirely from scratch, by me. What I do build depends on the books I’ve read, the people I’ve met, and the experiences I’ve had. It means I will never see the world quite like anyone else, which means I will never live in quite the same world as anyone else — and therefore I mustn’t let outside observers be the authority on who I am or what life is really like for me. Subjectivity is primary experience — it is real life, and objectivity is something each of us builds on top of it in our minds, privately, in order to explain it all. This truth has world-shattering implications for the roles of religion and science in the lives of those who grasp it.
What have you discovered that turned your world upside down?

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This blog is an offshoot of a website that I had conceived as a result of the spiritual grace and resultant inspiration during Shivaratri Y2K (http://www.jyotirlinga.com) on the joy of Shiva Bhakti and my quest for spiritual progress. Not finding the time (yep, bad excuse!), this blog suits me fine in quickly adding content... my spiritual forays and thoughts - helps log them too. My spiritual journey started with Hinduism and it's simple stories/ teachings as far back as when I was a 2nd grader, with Lord Shiva and has now found convergence with Advaitism / Duality. The Advaitism gurus like Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj; they have provided that spiritual boost of energy in many lagging moments and have tremendously influenced me ... little baby steps at a time... that will hopefully all lead upto a final crescendo. The merits of satsangh are many!

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