Here is an incorrect understanding. His words betrayed his level of experience
Your inner peace or happiness depends exclusively on how you train your brain with your mind. Brain is an organ, mind is consciousness. With daily meditation and practice of mindfulness, japa and worship, the energy centres (chakras) slowly balance and align with higher intelligence. More sincere and focused you are with your daily practice of not spending more time fixing external situations…
I will not finish the rest what he said ! This was posted by someone in my medical group Who is an ardent follower of a Guru
WHAT HE HAS WRITTEN IS NONSENSE
Peace is something tangible. Something like a dollar or a gold coin. It can be transferred. It can be lost. With purity of consciousness the abstract form goes away and now freely available ! That peace is Shankar. That is given on shakti awakening. That is under the control of an enlightened person!
Peace is not dependent On the mind or attitude. The mind and intellect or brain bows to it. They totally lose their power to go to the world
So I urge people not to read books or random blog filled with ignorance
There is an interesting story. Ramkrishna Paramhansa slowly became more famous. One local wealthy business man approached him and wanted awakening! Ramkrishna said no. Your not ready yet. Just leave. Now this person was adamant. Approached him repeatedly.
Who wouldn’t? Awakening is a wonderful thing. So finally Ramkrishna said fine. Kicked him. And then the person left
2 weeks later he goes back to Ramkrishna and said take your awakened shakti back. I don’t want it. I am not ready yet. Ramkrishna asked why? What happened.
Now Ramkrishna of course knew what happened. But for the benefit of other disciples he has asked.
The man lamented. So after the awakening I was having wave after wave of perpetual joy and peace. It was very intense. I could not focus on my business, wife or children. Now my business is folding. Family is unhappy. Please take it away. How can I work ?
So we may think we are ready. But we are not. We would be unhappy if something happened to our family, money. After all in this world you need money. Do you really want to live on the mercy of others?
So whatever a Guru does is perfect. Accurate. Whatever meager awakening we get is always more than we are ready for
Not everyone is born ready like Vivekananda or Yogananda! All their life that’s all they did. And never worked. The arrangement for money was made by God in subtle hidden ways
I was also punished this way by my Guru. I kept asking for a taste of divine love. It was unbearable. Fortunately it was short lived for a few months Why unbearable? Curiously the love of God is present in every atom. Every living being. From an insect to humans. It is that very love that humans have not grasped. It was twisted and used for material things. That is the divine throb of The heart of Shiv
So now you know peace and joy is tangible. Not dependent on circumstances or attitude
Don’t listen to wrong things and struggle and waste your life with wrong ideas
The wrong words of the person betrayed him that he has a long way to go ( the first paragraph)
All the scholars put together could not and cannot understand either Krishna or Rama or Jesus.
A true Guru is at that level or higher.
Their actions, their words their method have such a deep meaning and method of helping – all the logic that you have cannot clarify it.
You may assume you know why they said or did something – but our understanding is so limited – it is clouded by the darkness of maya and ignorance – we cannot penetrate beyond it to know their true purpose
Rama got rid of pregnant Sita – from his kingdom – knowing she was innocent !
Jesus cursed a fig tree – because he did not get a shade
Krishna told Arjuna to abduct Subhadra even though his brother and all cultures said it was wrong!
I get very amused by the weak interpretations and very laughable interpretations by the current day “saints”
When I learnt the true reasons from Gurudev – I was left speechless and learnt an important thing. Never use any intelligence in the presence of a Guru.
Not completely true. Often times we respect a scientist or a doctor. Moreover we feel at peace after talking with our accountant and v respect his or her opinion
So forgive me for the slight contradiction. I am nothing or nobody but the people in this day and age get misled quickly.
I can share what I experienced
So then how is it in the presence of a Guru ? Like your in front of a perfect mirror reflecting everything about you. Like your in present of love itself. But not the physical love. But the love of someone who sees you as a soul.
The interaction is always one on one. Not in front of a million people.
Such Guru are rare. Few can recognize them and fewer can absorb their blessings. The sun shines every where but is reflected in water
My goal is to remind you the need for purity. Then and only then will you benefit with the perfect Guru. Otherwise your flaws will prevent you from knowing him.
We think we read the Bible. Or Ramana or Aurobindo. Or Gita. Or the previous quote of Ramana
We slowly understand it. And what happens? We feel elated. We get ego but the one E we don’t get is evolve. It just did not change your meditation experience. ( Like the previous blog experience of meditation) neither did it change personality or decrease our desires ( for fame sex food finance)
So a smart person should have this attitude. Oh my God. This is a huge task. I need to figure out how to get there. I am desperare to get there. Who can guide me. Who can help me. Books can’t give this level of power. I am no where. I am a disgrace by displaying ego and desires and emotion.
This is how I felt in my very young days. And I found a Guru
Moksha is not meant for everyone! Let’s face it most want to keep enjoying. This world and the heavens. And on their way make several spots in hell. Many consider this world a form of hell
Then there are some who half heatedly want it and they intermittently take interest. And some seek it more intently but they fail to recognize the true help they receive. They understand the wisdom and clarity from the experienced person. However it was not in their destiny. Their past karma’s prevent them and those unfortunate souls go back to all false things that is in their ingrained in their psyche. And they feel more comfortable with the non yogic or imperfect yoga teachings and methods.
When you talk with them they nod yes. They grasp it but are afraid to hold on. And minimize the wonder if the enlightened person
Such an enlightened person is not easy to understand. Disciples in general can only understand based on the social and cultural values they have been taught. A guru is way above that and his logic and intuitive methods are not understood.
At the final moment, if you have no remaining desire , you are free
In our foolishness we think that without meditation you can overcome desire. But that is not possible.
Why is it foolish?
The mind inherently goes out. You see a good looking man or Woman and there is a desire. Or you see a yummy looking ice cream or pizza or South Indian food. And you want it
Your mind is not in your control. You can’t control your mind for 5 min for mediation. How can you say you will relinquish desire at the final moment?
So mediation is needed to bring the mind under your control instead of the mind leading you
This is what Paramhansa Yogananda said
Realize your Christ – immortality
Wash your hands of all desires now, yet perform your earthly duties with an increasing ambition to please God and to make others happy; then when the door of death is opened, your spirit will laugh and dance and shout: “Now through this opening I shall dash to my Home of Immortal Bliss.” Disappoint all the adversities of earth-binding attachments so that they will not bring you here on earth anymore; being unshackled, race straight to your home in God.
~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda,
Journey to Self-Realization
The silence descends into the inner being first — as also other things from the higher consciousness. One can become aware of this inner being, calm, silent, strong, untouched by the movements of Nature, full of knowledge or light, and at the same time be aware of another lesser being, the small personality on the surface which is made up of the movements of Nature or else still subject to them or else, if not subject to them, still open to invasion by them. This is a condition that any number of sadhaks and Yogis have experienced. The inner being means the psychic, the inner mind, the inner vital, the inner physical. In this condition none of these can be even touched, so there has been an essential purification. All need not feel this division into two consciousnesses, but most do. When it is there, the will that decides the action is in the inner being, not in the outer — so the invasion of the outer by vital movements can in no way compel the action. It is on the contrary a very favourable stage in the transformation because the inner being can bring the whole force of the higher consciousness in it to change the nature wholly, observing the action of Nature without being affected by it, putting the force for change wherever needed and setting the whole being right as one does with a machine. That is if one wants a transformation. For many Vedantins don’t think it necessary — they say the inner being is mukta, the rest is simply a mechanical continuation of the impetus of Nature in the physical man and will drop away with the body so that one can depart into Nirvana.
SRI AUROBINDO. *Letters on Yoga III, CWSA volume 30, pages 213 – 214.
Aurobindo was mistaken in thinking his yoga was the only yoga looking at outer transformation
In fact all yoga demands outer perfection. However depending on the yuga or time frame – outer changes are already in place to varying degrees before yoga is given
But let’s not debate this. The salient points are
Don’t get upset if your mind does not come under control during daily activity. It takes time.
2). First learn to calm mind during meditation.
The inner mind like Sri Aurobindo talks about – is something strong and powerful that is able to remain calm and silently observe the mind and emotions. This is the Sankhya method. This is the witness attitude.
The hangso method given by Yogananda is the beginning of witness attitude. Here they start from physical, to mind to emotions.
In Aurobindo the sequence is mind, emotions and physical.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both
All shakti awakening gives the power of witness attitude. But in an extremely powerful way. And the awakened shakti takes over the body. I have seen in the tirthji sampradaya some of the disciples reciting complex Sanskrit hymns. ( before awakening , they did not know Sanskrit)
These things may seem very advanced but in reality they are minor step in the whole process. Much much much more has to be done
Shakti by itself never sleeps. However the individual shakti called kundalini is asleep. It lies in the lower chakra. When it awakens then inner chakras Are penetrated and sadhak can reach divine levels. A Guru awakens it in varying levels – with mantra or touch or glancing The intensity varies as mild , moderate or intense. This is called kriyavati, kalavati , varnamayi. There is a fourth level I described above and elsewhere
The witness attitude is part of initial
Most people talk about witness attitude and think the matter is over. I have seen many many Guru talk about witness attitude, silently observe and ignorantly preach it. But my friend that is a Beginning. Master baby steps first. This witness attitude can be done and makes progress you have a true Guru very strong and effective
This witness attitude has been described by patanjali as Yama and niyama. Take titiksha. The endurance. It is part of Yama niyama. It says endure the emotional pain that you get in life. Without a reaction or getting upset. That is in other words witness attitude. The great steps that you hear from everyone! And yogi call it the first step
Please don’t get me wrong. This witness attitude, inner calmness is very important once that is done well , A Guru has to appear. Shakti has to help. But in kaliyuga we are are told the opposite. React and do something. And they call it karma yoga. But karma yoga is doing something with no emotional reaction. And not caring about success or failure when the results come out
True karma yoga is done after perfection. Not before. Yes I know what Gita says but people did not understand it correctly.
No one can say! She knows. Shree Lalitha.
However how and when is kept a big secret. When on the verge of I liberation your Guru can tell you. But before that, it depends on your effort and endurance. Since it is a personal choice, and God does not interfere with personal choices – there is some uncertainty
Depending on what category soul progress you have made there is some certainty
Now I have to confess this is merely an inference on my part. I do not have the vision to see the future of my self, let alone others. Having said that , based on what the great saints have said to others, a rare soul has certainly of liberation in 2-3 births. Most even after having a perfect Guru will take a longer provided they continue with full faith and work hard
This is what Yogananda said about effort and peace
Although you can accomplish great accomplishments in the world, you will never know joy equal to that arising from meditation when thoughts are silent and mind tuned to the peace of God. (…)
Meditation wide open all the closed doors of your body, mind and soul, to let God’s momentum in. Your whole body and your whole being transforms when you practice meditation regularly. Contact with God brings inner harmony to your life as you dive into His peace. But you need to meditate pertinent, consistent and continuously to fully understand the rewarding effects of this Supreme Force.
— Paramahansa Yogananda
Book: Inner Peace
(How to be calmly active and actively calm)