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I must apologize for saying this all over again. I have written about it before.
Just the fundamentals.
I am giving the basics – based on what Vivekananda and Yogananda said
Pratyahar – turn attention within
Dharna- turn attention inside and able to find a spot to focus on
Dhyana- to turn inside and keep attention on spot within
Samadhi turn attention within and being one with the spot
Dhyana in English is called mediation
Yoga means unite. That would be Samadhi
This is bare basics. But sufficient ready reference
Now the fun starts after Samadhi. The types
Sampragnat samadhi – means with knowledge. Sam is with. Pragna means inner wisdom
Asampragnat samadhi – Higher that sampragnat is asampragnat samadhi – Without knowledge. Asam means without. Pragna. Inner wisdom
Sampragnat samadhi – four types.
• Savitarka – with doubt sa with. Vitarka doubt
• Suvichar- with good thoughts absorbed within with thoughts of within. Su good. Vichar thoughts
• Sanand – with joy of being within sa with. ananda joy ( not happiness)
• Asmita – ego conscious Asmi i-ness
Then there are other samadhi
Savikalpa – with thoughts
Nirvikalpa – with out thoughts
Sahaja – spontaneous constant
I will not go into those things in detail
There is a lot of confusion about them because of A few reasons
Different yogi have given different interpretation
People understand things incorrectly and promote their wrong understanding
Samadhi is experience. There are no words or parallels to it. But elsewhere I have written ways to get there and an explanation how to differentiate samadhi, dream, dhayana and illusions of mind Since there are no words to describe it – it creates confusion. We mistake our paltry experience as samadhi. My friends , God is closer than you imagine but very far from those paltry experiences.
Let’s say for example – you hear someone lie to you. A total lie. And something that would hurt you. You immediately get angry. Why? It is a lie and you don’t like lies. That is aversion. There are many different kinds.
Now you may say and think you know self pure consciousness but that is not true.
Because once you slowly know the self – your mind begins to change. These things don’t bother you. You begin to see the same thing as amusement
What if someone praises you? They say they like your blog? They see through it. They don’t want the praise. Why don’t you know your divine self instead of praising someone. Instead love the divine self realized person, give up your ego, see how wonderful the atman is. Your praises are helpful when it helps establish you in a deep realization
After all what does a person want after realization? Nothing. But something saddens them. That you don’t know your divine self. It can be known here and now – but your ego prevents you! Your ego that you can realize it in your own, your ego of your body, ego that you can understand it, ego that your logical, your insane desire for the pleasures of the world, your sadness when you don’t get your desires fulfilled etc
You may lie to yourself and say your not trapped by those afflictions but that is not true. Just observe wavering mind And you will know your deficiencies
And here I go again. You can escape in a very short time but your ego prevents you from absorbing the divine blessings of the truly great ones.
The true great ones only seek the sincere souls. Not the masses.
Hardly a dozen people knew Jesus when he was here. Maybe 2-3 people knew Yukteshwar. 5-6 people knew Krishna ( plus a dozen gopis), etc
Divine people are hardly ever known.
You may think that many people knew Neem Karoli Baba but that is not true. He had bhaktas. But not disciples. Bhaktas are granted wishes fulfilled. Disciples are made in their image. Bhaktas can only absorb so much. Disciples when genuine and ready are given all. Only at the right time
This is a subject for real Gurus. Only a real Guru can fully understand it. However, for the disciple, there are many elementary things for them to know. Otherwise, a disciple seeing differences in the results often starts comparing things falsely.
I am writing this based on experiences. It is not based on intellect, logic, speculation based on reading books etc.
Some general information
1. Chakras : (pronounced like chair not shakra). The real chakras as described in the books of Yoga are in the subtle or astral body. However, when the gross physical body was created, it made some corresponding places to the subtle body. They are the plexuses. In other words, the plexuses and the chakras are 6 different places where the astral body and the gross physical body are bound. They are 6 different centers where our consciousness is bound to the gross physical body.
2. Awakening of the Shakti is done in 2 places. a) Outer – in the gross body in the plexuses. It can be awakened in any one of the lower 5 plexuses. When the shakti is awakened this way, there tends to be more of Kriyas, loss of consciousness does not occur till much later. Here the Shakti has to clear the external desire patterns first. b) In the inner chakras. Here the source of desire, which is synonymous with the inner prana, has to be cleaned first. Sadhaks, in this case have more experiences when the go to “sleep”. In this case, Pranayama becomes very helpful in guiding the inner prana (which is our desire).
3. Prana is very often misunderstood. Rightly so, because there are different pranas. Prana has nothing to do respiration. Respiration is the result of the effects of prana. Prana that is present in the subtle body is different than the prana present in the external body. When we do pranayama, our goal is to affect the prana of the subtle body not the gross external body.
4. When the inner shakti in the subtle body is fully awakened, it starts by pulling the prana in the subtle body to the Sahastra dala. As it starts doing it, when the mooladhar in the gross physical body is cleaned (cleaned by becoming devoid of any desires), then it starts pulling the prana from the Gross physical body also! At that time, the hands and feet of the gross body starts becoming pleasantly numb.
5. Experiences do not count as spiritial growth. They are merely prevues or milestones of progress. True growth, is growth of consciousness!
6. True consciousness is very deep, it is even behind the subtle body!
7. Scriptures talk about Saakshi bhava or being a pure witness. There are 3 stages to Saakshi Bhaava.
a). Lowest form : This is where we divide our mind into 2. One part of the mind observes the other. This can be done either with emotions or with the intellect. Preferably, it is done with body. The disadvantage is, it requires constant effort, it is dry and quite painful!
b). Medium : This is where we know that our consciousness. Here we see the emotions and intellect as something foreign to us. We are established in some peace. In time we realize, any interaction that we have with the mind or intellect and we loose the peace! It becomes a constant reward and punishment battle, till we learn to stay in the inner peace. This will never be perfected, till most of the desires present in the mooladhar are fully released. The mooladhar has a stronghold on the desires. It tends to pull us away, forcefully from our inner peace and brings us out to the outer world. Once, peace is established there, there is less of an external pull and then we can remain in peace much better. Yoga can only truly begin when this is cleaned. When it is cleaned, there is reversal of consciousness. We live within and then the body, mind, intellect are all foreign to us! This is the true beginning! Sri Aurobindo called it reversal of consciousness or coming out of the psychic. Other scriptures have called it differenlty as second birth or Dvija.
c). Highest. Once the medium stage is perfect, in time, we can see the world as if we are above and everywhere and the world is below us. This is the Christ consciousness or Kutastha Chaitanya.
I will stop here for now. The topis is endless
In this day and age – a Brahma Gyani is a rare treat
The truest and highest seldom walks or roams on earth.
Yukteshwar and Lahiri Mahashaya could go to that state at will
A few others too – 8-10 others in the last century
Out of them only a few were able to take others to that state in a second
What great people say, every letter is important!
Reality shines forth – this is not an allegory
What has happened is that – Many of the traditional shlokas – they have been repeated Orally
What happens is that – some not very bright scholars often mis hear or mis speak and eventually minor errors occur. However the so called minor errors could be significant to a Yogi
So what do the yogi do ? For example for the Gita ?
Simple. They call krishna and ask hon you repeat the shloka with meaning.
Fools look at blog pages or ask so called saints. And the egotistic fake saints will mislead
But first be so pure that Krishna comes to you
Oh maybe this is just fantasy !
We’ll surely God is not dead. It is we who are dead
Do you want to wake up ?
Today is a fine sunny morning! Beautiful weather predicted.
And you think, I have read a lot. I even have a few spiritual experiences. I know a lot
And you contemplate. Suddenly you think aah I should share my knowledge. Write a book, blog. Now I am ready and entitled to be a Guru !!!! 😁
Isn’t it that wonderful! Now I can make money, hold important conferences, charge fees , have TV time, many reporters will want interviews, thousands of people will seek advice on many things!
Fantastic! My life is a success
Just one question – where is God in this equation?
Idiots. Fools. Stupid.
That is the path of all fake Gurus
Now what is the path of a true Guru
He finds a true Guru. Meditates in solitude. For years. His Guru orders him to be a Guru. He refuses. Many other enlightened immortal beings will tell him to be Guru. Shakti herself tells him to be a Guru. He still refuses. Then circumstances happen. A true disciple comes from nowhere. Now, moved with compassion he guides the true disciple. With a warning never to reveal this ultimate secret. But in time the word goes out to a few people.
As soon as many people find out he leaves. Often times at will. In a second. Just drops the body.
His only interest was God or knowing that there never was any difference. He laughs. Waves after waves of love. Joy. In those waves – what can he do?
I can’t reveal more. Such Gurus are very rare. May appear every 100 – 200 years or so. We can’t offer them anything. They will only help a few who are Perfectly ready
Rest of the world will be satisfied with the fakes. But not a true disciple. A true disciple intuitively knows this is perfection and settles at the feet of the perfect one
My friendship is dying
What should I do ?
My 9 friends from forever,
Are quickly leaving me
They talk very little
Leaving me alone.
They send me half hearted invites
And I chose not to go.
Oh what a color friendship it was
Even the rainbow pales.
All alone I have taken resort
Drinking in my solitary cave.
Now my true friend
Is wine alone
Joy in its taste.
Forgetting my friends of yore
I became the book
“Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire.”
~ Sri Yukteswar Giri
Autobiography of a Yogi
So if you see someone you like. You feel you can’t live without the person. Remember put yourself in the trap
You created as an imaginary halo of appeal to the person
Now you know Why Hollywood is full of divorces and broken relations.
Same thing with your favorite food. You made it attractive. Ultimately all ingredients, the core – was made by sunlight
You should always read the books in your lineage
What good is that Arjuna who has not read or heard Gita?
What good is a tirthji disciple of modern day who has not read Maha yoga vigyan or devatma shakti or Saundarya Lahiri by Vishnutirthji?
What good is a yogi who has not read Yoga darshan or Gyaneshwari Gita or Yoga Vasistha Maha Ramayana?
What good Is a Sombargiri disciple who has not read Muktashastra or yog Amrita?
What good is a sanyasi who has not read all of Shankaracharya books?
You get my point!
Greatness should not be hidden. But one should not brag about greatness of wealth either. We don’t hear Bill Gates bragging about his intellectual or wealth “, do we?
The same is more true about spirituality.
There are a few – fortunately very few – who occasionally ask about my lineage and Guru. I will commit the grave error of bragging by saying anything. The best source is to go to Mundarda, Mehsana, Gujarat India.
However there is no longer anyone in a physical form.
Yes there is another blog about my lineage. It is incomplete. And not yet released to the public. It was written mostly for my children and a few others who have been touched by Gurudev
The world is harsh. Everyone feels they are entitled and ready for God and a full awakening. The truth is we are not
There has to be immense love. So much love that just hearing the word God one should have uncontrolled weeping. A sense of remorse – such a great state and I am stuck here like an animal. A sense of desperation. To reach there
Instead people want to brag. Talk about knowledge. Display their ability to recite Veda, Gita, Bible, discuss things. Argue. Debate it.
Oh fool why forego the great joy within for spiritual masturbation?
What kind of nonsense is this? The world is filled with himself / herself?
Is your meditation to this degree?
Do you think it is just lunacy? A totally lunatic thought process that you are everywhere?
Mind you, there are many idiots out there – who keep saying and thinking this way – and tell others they are enlightened. It is nothing more than deception both to others and themselves
The point that is being made – and it is only for those who are very earnest in reaching the highest – don’t stop you will know for sure you have reached the highest is when you are always in Joy, even when your without money and everyone hates you
But it still leaves the question unanswered. How is it possible that everything is you?
That level of meditation is indeed rare. the explanation is quite simple and acceptable but not revealed easily
I am not hungry anymore
**I wish. It’s the farthest from the truth **
**We all love to eat. We may eat “sattvic “ food – food that is pure That has been described in Gita. **
**And in yoga texts. – essentially it includes vegetarian diet, milk, butter, but no fish meat eggs or alcohol **
**Yes it helps calm the mind. Helps in mediation. Other diets which include meat is more likely to cause gout, cancer etc Finally medical science has picked up. In Yoga they consider meat as Tamas – clouds the mind and prevents it from introspection **
So from the vegetarian items we prepare a hundred different items and if you are from india you make a million different items. All tasty and generally very good for the pockets of cardiologists
**So back to the story. We have a great meal. Love it. Have dinner. And then eat more We get stuffed. And then we say I don’t want to eat any more. I am not hungry anymore **
**And we mean it. But what happens the next day? We are hungry again ! And that is the problem. We constantly seek to satisfy the senses. They satiate us for a short time. And a little later we are back to it. **
**This is true for all senses. Alcohol. Food. Sex. Travel. Music. **
**And there the Hindu Guru discovered a great secret. You really can never stop looking outside. You will always say one more time There is no end to it. **
So we go through moods or settings. Eat. Satisfy senses and try to meditate. Go within. But we never find it alluring enough to stay within. A few minutes of going within and back to the pleasures of the world
**There is a trick to it. Go and ask your Guru. **
**So life goes on. For eons. Satisfy senses, take a break, think you are making progress and back you to the world **
However in all this maya has to about defeat. A soul can get tired of the senses. And it does. Even if only for a few minutes. But the joy in mediation can go on for thousands of years and you wake up and say that’s it? That was just a tease. I want more!
**How can maya fight that ? So remember this , the lure of the senses is fleeting. You will tire of it. And when you do quickly go within and find something great. **
I am not hungry anymore !