शास्त्रों में वर्णित दिव्य अस्त्र शस्त्र

1.ब्रह्मास्त्र -अचूक और एक विकराल अस्त्र है। यह शत्रु का नाश करके ही छोड़ता है। इसका प्रतिकार दूसरे ब्रह्मास्त्र से ही हो सकता है, अन्यथा नहीं। रामायण काल में यह विभीषण और लक्ष्मण के पास था। अपने शत्रुओं के विनाश के लिए अर्जुन, कृष्ण, कुवलाश्व, युधिष्ठिर, कर्ण, प्रद्युम्न आदि ने ‘ब्रह्मास्त्र’ का प्रयोग समय-समय पर किया था।दो ब्रह्मास्त्रों के आपस में टकराने से प्रलय की स्थिति उत्पन्न हो जाती है। इससे समस्त पृथ्वी के समाप्त होने का भय रहता है। यदि ऐसा हो जाये तो फिर से एक नई पृथ्वी तथा जीवधारियों की उत्पत्ति करनी पड़ेगी।

2.नारायणास्त्र पाशुपत के समान विकराल अस्त्र है। इस नारायण-अस्त्र का कोई प्रतिकार ही नहीं है। यह बाण चलाने पर अखिल विश्व में कोई शक्ति इसका मुक़ाबला नहीं कर सकती। इसका केवल एक ही प्रतिकार है और वह यह है कि शत्रु अस्त्र छोड़कर नम्रतापूर्वक अपने को अर्पित कर दे। कहीं भी हो, यह बाण वहाँ जाकर ही भेद करता है। इस बाण के सामने झुक जाने पर यह अपना प्रभाव नहीं करता।

3.आग्नेय अस्त्र एक विस्फोटक बाण है। यह जल के समान अग्नि बरसाकर सब कुछ भस्मीभूत कर देता है। इसका प्रतिकार पर्जन्य है। ये वे आयुध जो मन्त्रों से चलाये जाते हैं- ये दैवी हैं। प्रत्येक शस्त्र पर भिन्न-भिन्न देव या देवी का अधिकार होता है और मन्त्र-तन्त्र के द्वारा उसका संचालन होता है। वस्तुत: इन्हें दिव्य तथा मान्त्रिक-अस्त्र कहते हैं।

4.पन्नग अस्त्र से सर्प पैदा होते हैं। इसके प्रतिकार स्वरूप गरुड़ बाण छोड़ा जाता है।

5.गरुड़ अस्त्र बाण के चलते ही गरुड़ उत्पन्न होते हैं, जो सर्पों को खा जाते हैं।

6.शक्ति अस्त्र लंबाई में गज भर होते हैं, उसका हेंडल बड़ा होता है, उसका मुँह सिंह के समान होता है और उसमें बड़ी तेज़ जीभ और पंजे होते हैं। उसका रंग नीला होता है और उसमें छोटी-छोटी घंटियाँ लगी होती हैं। यह बड़ी भारी होती है और दोनों हाथों से फेंकी जाती है। ये वे शस्त्र हैं, जो यान्त्रिक उपाय से फेंके जाते थे।

7.फरसा अस्त्र एक कुल्हाड़ा है। पर यह युद्ध का आयुध है। इसकी दो शक्लें हैं।

8.गदा एक प्राचीन शस्त्र है। इसकी लंबाई ज़मीन से छाती तक होती है। इसमें एक लंबा दंड होता है ओर उसके एक सिरे पर भारी गोल लट्टू सरीखा शीर्ष होता है। इसका वज़न बीस मन तक होता है। गदायुद्ध की चर्चा प्राचीन साहित्य में बहुत हुई हैं। महाभारत में पात्र भीम, दुर्योधन, जरासंध, बलराम आदि प्रख्यात गदाधारी थे। राम के सेवक हनुमान भी गदाधारी है।

9.चक्र अस्त्र दूर से फेंका जाता है। श्री कृष्ण ने महाभारत में इसका प्रयोग किया था। प्रमाणों की ज़रूरत नहीं है कि हमारे पूर्वज गोला-बारूद और भारी तोपें, टैंक बनाने में भी कुशल थे। इन अस्त्रों का प्राचीन संस्कृत-ग्रन्थों में उल्लेख है।

Om Namah Shivay

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Creativity

Creativity is what is common in both science and arts. One part of our brain (left brain) is for logic and the other part (right brain) is for music. Now what is common to both of them? It is creativity, and creativity does not come when you are stressed out, but it comes out of centeredness. The more we are centered the more creativity spontaneously comes out of us.

So, if you are painter, I would suggest to you not to go on looking at other people’s paintings. But instead listen to music. This idea may be completely revolutionary because most people who are painters are taught to only study the work of other painters. They are not told to listen to music. But I think that you should stop looking at other painting and listen to music, and then just take your brush and start painting.

When I was in school, I read so many poems written by others. I thought, ‘Oh, I wanted to write but someone has already written about this’. So if you are a poet, then stop reading poems written by others. When I stopped reading poems written by others, then I started writing my own poems.

If you want to be a creative cook, then don’t go on referring to cook books. You do your own experiments. If you want to be creative in cooking, never ever read any cook book. I think that this really works.

Another thing that is very important for creativity is intuition. You should become hollow and empty, and be centered to be intuitive and creative. Intuition is also very important for any business man. When you invest based on your intuition then you are successful. For business you need intuition, for politics you need intuition, for creativity you need intuition, for discovery and science you need intuition. And for intuition what do you need? Meditation!

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Many times people say, ‘Oh, nobody understands me’. Instead they should say, ‘I haven’t been able to express myself’. If you have the skill to express (that comes from intelligence) then there can be no misunderstanding.

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Q: How to act passionately after being trained to be dispassionate?

Guruji: You cannot create passion, when you love something it simply comes to you. You cannot ask me how do I love something, there is no way, no method. Sometimes repetition might create an attachment but I wouldn’t say it is love. I have seen people who are fighting and when one person is not there anymore or has gone far away then one feels some sort of vacuum suddenly. Every day you are fighting with someone and suddenly that person is not there, what to do now? This is a sort of attachment, but passion that is something which cannot be cultivated, it just comes to you. Dispassion can be cultivated to some extent but compassion and passion cannot be cultivated.

Om Namah Shivay

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Signs of Intelligence

One of the characteristics of intelligence is being alert. You can’t say that I am intelligent but I am a little sleepy. So intelligence means alertness. Are you all alert now?

When we are alert what happens ? Our perception and our observation improves, and our expression becomes perfect. Many times people say, ‘Oh, nobody understands me’. Instead they should say, ‘I haven’t been able to express myself’. If you have the skill to express (that comes from intelligence) then there can be no misunderstanding. So perception, observation and expression, all these comes from being alert.

Now if you keep yourself very alert for a longer period of time, what happens? You get tired and feel exhausted. So, it’s not in the nature of our brain to be alert all the time. So what we need is relaxation. Often the type of relaxation we know is taking a pillow and going to sleep, that’s it. Sleep is necessary, but there is another type of relaxation where you are alert and at the same time relaxed.

It’s like Sushi, i.e., the rice wrapped in seaweed. The seaweed is cold but the rice is hot (when you wrap it). In the same way, you have alertness and relaxation, and that is meditation.

So we have counted three aspects to intelligence:
Alertness
Proper perception & observation
Right expression
Efficiency and Creativity are another aspect of intelligence.

Another sign of intelligence is the ability to resolve conflict! Fools create conflicts in oneself and others. An intelligent person knows how to resolve conflicts in oneself and in the surrounding.

If someone is very creative but creates a lot of conflicts, you say, ‘Oh my god, that’s not intelligence’, isn’t it?

If you put an intelligent person between a conflict, will there be more conflict or will he reduce it? He will reduce or resolve it, isn’t it! The tendency to bring harmony is a sign of intelligence. The ability to find a solution is sign of intelligence.

Another sign of intelligence is not getting stressed, and if you get stressed, to know how to get over stress. This is intelligence.

Intelligence is to know how much to use our mind and our body, and not overusing it. If we overuse our mind and our body we get drained, exhausted and tired. Intelligence is walking the fine line of the middle path. That’s what lord Buddha has said.

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Ramkrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekanand

1. Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

2. Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.

3. Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

4. Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

5. Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. 

6. Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.

7. Swami Vivekanand:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

8. Swami Vivekanand:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

9. Swami Vivekanand:- What surprises you about people?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”

10. Swami Vivekanand:- How can I get the best out of life?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

11. Swami Vivekanand:- One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

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Acceptance and Appreciation

Life is open just like a door. When we label ourselves as doors, and when we become conscious of our own labeling; then we create the personality of a door and the opportunity to close that door.

We become selective. This is good this is bad. This hurts me, this is ok. I like this. I dont like that. All of that means closing the door and opening the door according to that created personality.

Acceptance means to be part of life, not separated from it. Acceptance is to observe, watch, acknowledge, then we can appreciate.

Ravi wakes up. He goes right to the coffee machine. He serves himself some coffee in a small cup. He spills the coffee on the floor. Ravi gets upset. He makes his small tantrum of the day with some sort of jerky jumping and by automatically selecting 4 letter words to express his frustration.

Ravi cannot accept the fact of spilling coffee.

Every action has a consequence. Ravi will need to clean up his mess.

The question is: What is the usefulness of getting upset?

Going deeper into this, we could observe that there is no benefit whatsoever other than waking Ravi up quickly from his morning drowsiness into a bad mood.

However, there is more to it

Ravi, started his day upset. That feeling will color his activities in that morning until he fully wakes up.

Ravi will brush his teeth, take a shower and get ready for work in a very sloppy manner. His movements will be harsh, quick and without grace; without consciousness.
All of that means further mistakes throughout the day.

Because Ravi forgot to drink his coffee, Ravi continued his day with the feeling that something was missing.

That thought was bothering him while he started driving his car to go to work. Ravi put some music on to add more noise to his already clouded mind. Ravi passed a red light inadvertently. A police officer stopped him. Ravi got a ticket.

That definitely woke him up for the rest of the day!

Acceptance is not an intellectual exercise. It is a lifestyle, an attitude towards life. When we accept something, we can look at whatever life brings without preconceptions, then we can see more avenues for change.

Let us say that Jay likes to call his supervisor, Rafi by using the term buddy. Something like: Hey, How are you doing buddy! His supervisor does not approve of that. However, Jay forgets and one day calls him buddy in front of another employee. Most supervisors could react right there and put Jay in his place. That is a reaction out of anger. A babyish reaction to get respect.

Respect based on fear is not respect at all.

The following day, Rafi sent an email to Jay and cc: to the other employee as well, commenting on the incident and stating clearly his expectations on professionalism and that there will be a consequence next time this happens.

After that email, Ravi did not talk about the incident anymore.

Jay changed. Jan wasn’t offended for he understood the issue clearly. Jay wasn’t denigrated in front of other employees either. No eye for eye.

Acceptance, appreciation of the situation as it is and then moving on by creating a new situation based on spiritual values, means respecting life as it is, without trying to control it, without trying to close a door which is meant to be open.

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Total Acceptance

In life we see all types of people – some are completely foolish, some are very wise. We see a wide range of behavior patterns, tendencies and emotions. Everything ultimately is a part of the Universal Spirit, a part of the One Reality. So just accept and take everything along. That is the message of Shivaratri. Do not get stuck anywhere, just keep moving ahead in life with this total acceptance – of oneself and of one’s surroundings.

Many times we become choosy of what we accept. Sometimes we accept the situation but we do not accept ourselves. Or we accept ourselves the way we are but we do not accept the other people around us. Neither of these alone can lead you to a sense of completion or fullness. You have to look into both (acceptance towards oneself and acceptance towards the situation) – that is, you should accept whatever is inside and whatever is outside. So just let things be. This is the way to go inward.

What stops you from experiencing that deep inner peace or silence? Our mind thinking that ‘This should be like this’ or ‘This is not how it should be’.

Or we think that ‘People should be like this and not like that’, etc. That is what blocks our mind from settling in silence. When you keep thinking in this manner, your mind is still at the periphery, and this keeps you from retrieving the mind to the center. For the mind to be able to go to its source, the mantra is let it be!

Then you are able to go to the center. Once you are at the center, then whatever sankalpa you take starts to manifest, and things start happening.

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In life we see all types of people – some are completely foolish, some are very wise. We see a wide range of behavior patterns, tendencies and emotions. Everything ultimately is a part of the Universal Spirit, a part of the One Reality. So just accept and take everything along.

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Q: I get irritated with my family members but I can be good to others? What should I do?

Guruji: Just go through it. As you grow with knowledge, it will get better.

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Just say one thing to yourself, ‘I want nothing!’ This wanting nothing gives you the deepest of the rests.

Om Namah Shivay

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Intention, Attention and Manifestation

Do You Have Trust Issue?

Actually, you don’t trust yourself. If you trust yourself, you can trust anybody. I am not asking you to be naive; be intelligent, be sharp, be alert, and understand people from a bigger perspective.

When you’re too emotional, you fail to see things as they are. Why do you have this issue of trust? It is because you get into an imbalanced emotional outburst or outrage. You don’t see things as they are.

There is a fine balance between enriched emotion and a sharp intellect, and that is what yoga is all about. When it comes to perception, you have to have that gentle enriched emotion, a sharp intellect, and on top of this, allow your intuition to work.

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Intention, Attention and Manifestation

When you have an intention and you put your attention on it, then manifestation happens. Anything that you want to do happens only through intention. Even to come here, you intended that you want to go to ashram. So, that very intention took your body to get into the car and drive through all the traffic and you landed here. So first intention, then attention and then manifestation follows.

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Humor is something which can grease any situation. This is what we must learn. Whether you are a manager or an assistant or an employee or an employer, you should know how to carry along tough situations with humor.

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The path of spirituality is when you feel no one is a foreigner and everybody is belongs to you in spite of what they are and how they are.

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Q: What is love? Why is it that some people have it and some people don’t?

Guruji: If you think some people don’t have love, then you are not seeing properly. They do have love. There is not an inch of space on this planet that is devoid of love; either it is misplaced or it is shrouded in ignorance. That’s it.

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You have to have a dream, in order to realise it. Every invention has come out of a dream. Dream of the impossible. We are all born in this world to do something wonderful and unique, so give yourself the freedom to dream and think big.

Om Namah Shivay

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