Actually lack faith and surrender causes worry.
Plus there is the ego that our thoughts and actions have significant impact
Our will can. But will is not perpetual thoughts
Will is something Deep Deeper than determination
The bottom line is we have much house cleaning and work to be done. Adverse reactions expose our flaws. If everything goes our way how would we realize how shallow we are?
There is some truth to the book “the secret” However, it is extremely rare for anyone to go to the depth that is needed to practice it. In order to even BEGIN to get to the secret, one has to be able to take his prana to the Anahata Chakra and MAINTAIN it there. Just as a quick reminder, when one is at the anahata chakra, one already has control over the mind, the emotions and the intellect and there is no ego. At that level, when one is able to keep the prana there for a long enough time, he or she begins to experience himself as without body. This is the state in which Janaka Raja stayed in his life. That is why he was called Videhi (without body). Gurudev was once asked where his prana was and he replied at the anahata chakra. Gurudev has given an incredible description of this chakra in Muktashastra. If God permits me to translate it, I will represent it here. The one thing that happens is the breathing is slowed down to 7 fingers (more on it later)
All chakras have a positive and negative side. Please refer to my other blogs. The negative side means, the chakras are facing downwards and we remain attached to the world. No matter how hard one tries, and knows and wants to be with the Divine, one is unable to do so, unless with the help of Shakti and your Guru you can turn the chakra upwards.
So, if the negative aspect of the anahata chakra is represented by ego. Thoughts such as, I am so fortunate, I am so unfortunate, woe to me, I can do anything, the misconception of determination and Sankalpa, this is how my fate is, righteous indignation (which Vivekananda said get rid of righteous indignation), etc arise from here.
When one is slowly able to overcome these negativity, then the following things appear. There is more stability in meditation. We begin to experience ourselves without body. The experience, as per the holy science (by Yukteshwar Maharaj)is that of the magnetic plane (the swah of Gayatri). One slowly begins to have a more stable intuition. Other people have called this mahashunya. Reading other peoples mind becomes slowly easier. We can slowly go into Samadhi and in time the whole world begins to change the way it operates. It appears as if the world is operating based on our thoughts. We realize our thoughts are a tremendous antenna. Negative thoughts bring in bad luck and positive thoughts, good results. This is the place where one understands the sentence by Raman Maharshi. He said, there are only 2 choices either to look in or look outside. The look in, means turned towards God. If the chakra is fully upturned, Bhakti or love for God appears, and if turned downwards, we only think in wordly matters. Even spirituality is an imagination at that point, because it is based on what our concept is. Thus, when anahata chakra is upturned, we finaly destroy our concepts about spirituality, the world etc and begin to see things in the real perspective. From a physical standpoint, there is more complete withdrawing of the prana from the upper limbs at this point.
This brings me to Ramal Vidya. This is a secret ancient hindu science. King Pandu (father of Arjuna) had knowledge of this. Like many other people. This is the science which gives them an understanding of languages spoken by animals, omens and interpretation of omens arises. When Maya has willed something, at the same instance, there is a corresponding vibration in our anahata chakra and also in our surrounding. Often times, since we are not fully cognizant of our own anahata chakra, we can get a glimpse of what is to happen based on the similar corresponding vibration, which we call as omen that occurs in the animals or birds around us. This is the basis of Ramal Vidya. More on it when I translate Mukta shastra.
Lastly, I had a tremendous experience last night. Gurudev appeared and told me about Meenaben and she is about to have some problems. He said he snatched some of her karma so she would not suffer so much. Today, at 5 pm, I got a call from Hasmukhbhai. My first question to him was how is Meenaben. I ordinarily never ask him about his wife. I learnt that she had ruptured a blood vessel in her left eye and it had turned red. This is a tremendous proof of how Gurudev operates even now. Normally, he (Hasmukhbhai) would sit and meditate at night time at midnight. He had stopped doing it for 2 weeks. Gurudev came and shook him up and woke up and said, get up and go and meditate! He started meditating at midnight again!
what is chitta? Chitta is something that is a reflection of God. This is to be differentiated from Chitt. After chitta something within it wants to enjoy and that is the soul. One has to go way beyond the soul to reach chitta. Preventing the Chitta from assuming the illusion of soul is Yoga. It has nothing to do with the exercises etc
Chitta has 5 aspects. Only 3 are known to most people. Advanced disciples experience the other two
The 3 aspects are Kshep, Vikshep and mudha. They are part of the rajas, sattwa and tamas guna. In mudha the Chitta refuses to meditate and if it tries it goes into slumber rather than meditation.
The other two are ekagra or single mindedness. Here the Chitta focuses only within and nothing else outside. When it stays there for a while, then nirudha the highest appears. In this state, no object of focus is left.
Can thoughts be controlled? Yes. The trick is simple and written in Mahayoga vigyan, autobiography of a yogi and God talks with Arjuna.
One must learn the technique and follow it patiently
God is readily available. What we lack is a strong desire for him
Yes. When we have pain inn life, physical challenges, health issues, financial or legal issues, social issues we wonder about the world. But that is not Rankit truly seeking God is it? It is our way of dealing with the problem. And sometimes we seek God during those times plus alcohol or drug or medications. We are simply looking for a super natural solution more than just seeking God.
After repeated such issues, something inside is snaps. It truly snaps. The smart soul, finally says no more. If I come back repeatedly and have the same garbage issues , I refuse to come back. I want permanent peace. Now peace is another name for God. So when you seek permanent peace whether you believe in God or not you’re seeking him.
Unlike the shallow minded religions, god does not care if you call Him peace or Shiv. He responds. ( Shankar means giver of peace) And then he sends a Guru
All the pleasure of life , when repeated you get tired of it. You may love food. But at some point you get tired of it. Same thing with travel or sex. But it does not last. A few days or months later the desire crops up again. Why ? Samskar or a habit that we created in the mind.
Anyway here is what Yogananda said
Change yourself everyday…..
Cut off the tentacles of the habits and kill the octopus mind that says it can’t be done. Just say, It can !”and then do it. Get rid of your bad habits. Change yourself everyday. Don’t be overwhelmed by all your responsibilities. Life was given that we might find the Eternal Life. Peace was given that we might find the Eternal Peace. Desire was given, not to be used for material things but that our need for Infinite be satisfied. If you would but seek Him a little more urgently, you would find Him. Doubt not !
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
The Divine Romance.P.449
Don’t mentally review any problem constantly. Let it rest at times and it may work itself out; but see that you do not rest so long that your discrimination is lost. Rather, use these rest periods to go deep within the calm regions of your inner Self.
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
Work itself out – very likely for those who go deep in meditation daily
Do not rest so long – meaning don’t be lazy or more importantly don’t care about outcome. For example if you have a debt on credit card thinking god will take care of it is useless.
Do not expect grace or blessings for problems to be solved when you were careless in your actions
But unexpected problems coming from Maya are surely to be solved. Say you want privacy in meditation and you can’t get it or don’t get time. That will be solved miraculously
When I was in medical training working 36 hours at a time , before I started I asked God give me an hour to meditate daily. Fortunately during the hour I of meditation no one ever paged me or called me ever. For 3 years
I am glad my daughter is taking immense interest in spirituality. This beautiful and royal road to God has become complicated by everyone claiming to know the way, giving their own versions of concocted ideas and floating in the world of thoughts and ideas but not walking the royal road to God. This blog will clarify all ideas and opinions about the word, aum and Mantras.
First of all, let us be very clear about Raj Yoga or the royal road to God. It is when ones prana goes inside the brahma nadi and it takes our prana thus our consciousness straight to God. There is NO other royal road.
One has to know a little bit about how the universe and when I say universe, I refer to all 3 universes, the gross physical, subtle and causal worlds was created. God exists in the primary undifferentiated form. This is God or Parmatma or Sacchidananda. After this, the first part of creation was the Son of God. This son of God goes by a few names, Christ, or Christ Consciousness or Krishna Consciousness or Kutasta Chaitanya or Narayana. Just remember Jesus was an avatari person, Christ is a state of spirituality. This aspect, the son of God is the consciousness present everywhere. One day, Gurudev explained this to me. He had a short bout of pharyngitis. He was in his chowki upstairs in his room and I was there. He coughed up a little phlegm and the phlegm was floating in the water. He pointed it to me and said, this is the primary creation called as narayana. Naar meaning water and ayana meaning ball. Both phlegm is mostly water but yet it differentiated itself from water and formed a “ball” floating in the water, thus the meaning Narayana. Thus Narayana is synonymous with son of God or Kutastha Chaitanya. I hope the reader can see how great men live! EVERYTHING reminds them of God.
The next step of creation was aum or as known in the Bible as the word or the holy Ghost. Remember, so far nothing has been created. A primary sound, called Aum or the word came about. Subsequently from this primary sound or the first word, Bija Mantras came about. They are for example Hrim, Klim, Gam, etc. From these Bija mantras the causal universe and the subtle universe came into existence. Thus two shaktis appeared from the holy ghost or Aum. One is Aditi or Para shakti who created the causal and subtle universe and the other was her “sister” Diti or Apara shakti from whom the gross physical world appeared. In the vedas, it is said that the soul has 2 mothers, diti and aditi. This of course refers to the soul hiding behind the causal, subtle and gross body.
I hope the reader can understand why it is said in the bible in John, first there was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God.
In order to reach God, one has to travel back in the reverse direction. So the task of a Guru is awaken the Word in the disciple. This word or Aum is to be heard not recited. One can be saved from eons of labor by having a Guru who awakens this sound and one has reached the level of the Holy Ghost and the disciple tries to remain immersed in this holy word or Aum. This is the true Brahmacharya or celibacy and this is the true Mantra.
Thus, we now come to Mantra and Mantras. The true Mantra is Aum. The true Mantra diksha is when one sits in meditation and just listens to it and becomes immersed in it. This is the true baptism, true awakening of the shakti.
So what do we do if we our Aum is not awakened and we do not hear this sound? This royal awakening is NOT for everyone. Very few souls can endure this kind of awakening.
The next step is, the Guru or teacher gives a different Mantra. Like we talked about previously, from the primary Aum, the bija mantras came into existence. From the bija mantra different Gods and Goddesses appeared. Anyone who has heard the Bija Mantra or Aum can say that the Mantra is “awake” or “Jagrat”. This means, it is not just a word but it has power in it. If God permits it, the Guru gives this Mantra or Bija Mantra to the disciple and the disciple has received a Mantra which is not just words but is shakti or a live spiritual power. The disciple, in time by using the mantra is able to go to Aum and reach the ultimate.
So, how does one recite the mantra?
Best is if the disciple can sit in meditation and just listen to it.
2) Since this cannot be done at all times, the next step is to recite it. The best way is to recite it with ones mind without using our lips, tongue and done in total silence. Moreover, since Aum or the holy ghost is at the Agna chakra, the area between the eye brows, one should have his or gaze “fixed” at that area. This seems simple enough but it is quite difficult to perform. Not only should one have the gaze fixed but also feel the presence of the deity or ones Guru or the divinity to whom this Mantra is addressed to, at the Agna chakra. It is ok to use a Rosary with this method.
3) Since this method is not easy and not everyone can do it, the next best technique is to use the rosary, not use our lips or tongue, recite the mantra in our mind but imagine being at a divine place or Siddha Pitha. There are some areas in India, where God appeared and has left his or her divine vibrations there. For eg. the Jyotirlinga. Or one can use the place of Samadhi of an enlightened person and use the mantra directed to the enlightened person. The disciple should imagine being there, recite the mantra and with every mantra recited, at the end of it, offer the mantra to the divinity in the form of a lotus with a strong will of reaching God or offering the divinity our faults, all our karmas etc. This should be done without fear. Without having a single thought of doubt in the mind and with love.
4) If you cant do the mantra in this fashion, the next best way is to recite the mantra with slight motion of the lips and tongue and keeping eyes closed, try to imagine as best as possible the above scene and repeatedly try to do the above step 3
5) If you cannot focus enough next step is to repeatedly recite the mantra mechanically, letting the mind wander, every so often reminding the mind of its task, but try to keep eyes closed and use the rosary
6) Even if that fails, recite the mantra loudly provided NO ONE else can hear it. It is very important that if the disciple has been given a jagrat or live mantra, that he or she does not recite it loudly in the presence of others.
These steps have been alluded to in the SRF lessons and Yogananda’s explanation of the Gita, God talks with Arjuna.
In time, by following the above steps, the disciple can reach a state where the Mantra is heard. Usually when one reached this stage, the body starts to become numb and the prana enters the brahmanadi. The mantra takes over, a deeper part of the mind, not the mind that is active with the gross body but something much deeper, the thought or mind of the causal body begins to take over.
There are a few other injunctions to be followed but that will have to wait for some other time.
Bhakti definition : This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. Rumi. Same thing was said by Narada
However, what is written is a secret message. Only the wise can decipher
Rest will say good poem or I know it or I don’t care!
Let’s face it. Science has progressed. It has progressed a lot ! It can see planets billions of years away and can analyze the body at the magnetic field level
They have done an MRI of every part of the human body. How come they have not seen a soul?
Does it not exist?
My answer, just my Answer is – it belongs to a different dimension. Our technology can’t analyze or go to other dimensions. Out technology can’t see other universes or dimension. It cannot see Heaven. It can’t see beings in heaven.
Now the first step in meditation is to go those dimension. First the subtle world. And then casual world. Then soul level. And then there are three other levels beyond that
It absolutely amazes me When People give me examples of progress based on this Physical world or give me scientific proof in this world.
The only thing that happens is peace in mind. Other things can happen including miracles but that happens only after the other dimensions are perfected.
For now change and improvement in personality, peace, less desires for this world is good enough
However if you feel this world is where you want to look for and pretend you are going within that would be self deception
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop. Rumi
It seems impossible to comprehend this. Normally we think that God is the ocean and we are a drop or a wave.
Rumi gives us a different perspective. The drop in the second line refers to the dot , the apex of samadhi That is how aum is written. The orange dot above the blue line. See my drawing below
The three colors, yellow, red and black are A and U and M. The blue is Savikalpa called ardha matra. Thus the symbol is a perfect symbol to represent God, the holy trinity and whatever else people generally understand.
He says from that drop we have become the ocean – the wave of multiple thoughts within thoughts to more thoughts And emotion. This indeed is quite vast
There is a more perfect meaning but that meaning is not meant for a public forum but something a teacher can teach his disciple.
So I said earlier. Thoughts are powerful. Very powerful
And man was made in image of God
Yogananda said, this whole universe is nothing more than thought of God! In a second he can dissolve it and build it up again.
So like God we too have power in our thoughts and words. Use it carefully. Do not hurt others. Help them. Don’t infiltrate it with your poisonous words and actions. Do not carry hostility.
So when you meditate and go deeper and deeper , you can create a palace like Babaji did. Just with a thought.
So with pure consciousness when you reach there, these things happen. It is very far from our current status. Jesus could perform miracles. But we can’t. Many many other great Saints did miracles. This was in part their secret
They have no role in spiritual progress but reveal the need for purity and getting rid of all our worldly thoughts