Message on Christmas Eve

This time of the year when it is cold and nature is still and silent and it is darker, nature has less and less activity. Then in the middle of this springs celebration. See, when sun is there, there is so much activity. But at the time when there is very little sun, nature is sleeping, everything has gone into hibernation, the animals are quiet. In that still and quiet night, springs a celebration with lights, with joy, with love, and that is Christmas. So it is an outer symbolism for inner phenomenon. Inside also when you are still and quiet, when you are hibernating, then comes up from there a message of love. Stillness brings the message of love. In activity you are outward looking, in stillness you are inward looking. Love springs from looking inside.

The little mind is like the child. It is always dependent. And the big mind is like the mother. The individual self sleeps in the lap of the universal self. And that is the heavenly peace. Heavenly peace is not outside somewhere, heaven is when the small mind is in the lap of the big mind. When small mind is away from the big mind, then there is chaos, confusion, hell. Then the small mind starts crying and runs to the big mind, the mother, then it sleeps in heavenly peace. That peace is real peace. Holy, is when the mother and child are together. When you put the small mind in the lap of the big mind, that is meditation. Mother and child in heavenly peace is meditation.

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A Christmas tree bears the gifts and the lights not for itself. Similarly, all the gifts (Talents) you are carrying in your life are for others. Anyone who comes to you, offer them your gifts. When you show kindness, your true nature comes into play. Also remember that like how christmas tree leaves are ever green despite storm or snow, your life is evergreen and your spirit is eternal despite personal and social grief.

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Celebration is the nature of the spirit. Any celebration has to be spiritual. A celebration without spirituality does not have any depth. And silence gives the depth to celebration.

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Q: What is your message for Christmas?

Guruji: You are the Christmas tree that points upwards with branches on all sides. At the time of year when other trees are barren, you are green with many gifts to offer.

Om Namah Shivay

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Make yourself hollow and empty first

Q: My mother’s negativity brings my positivity down.

Guruji: Why someone is negative? Because they do not feel good about themselves. When they are caught up in a self blame situation they will not listen to you. So praise them first and then tell them what you want to tell them.

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There is a leader within everyone. All that you have to do is simply awaken and enhance those abilities within yourself. This is a skill which everyone should know. It is present within everyone, only it is lying dormant in some people, while in some it is awakened and expressed.

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Q: In one of the meditations you say, ‘The nose is hollow and empty, the throat is hollow and empty’. When everything already is hollow and empty, then what is the use of taking our attention there during meditation? Should we not meditate upon God instead?

Guruji: To get there, at least make yourself hollow and empty first. First you must become hollow and empty like a flute. Then you will see that the harmony of the Divine will flow through you.

This is why in the great tradition of our Masters, it is said, ‘Neti Neti’ (not this, not this). It means, ‘It (Divinity) is not this, and it is not that also’. So in this way, they went on negating and rejecting every limited understanding of God, until they finally realized that everything is One Consciousness, and there is nothing beyond it.

God is not a person or some limited form, He is the Supreme power behind everything in this creation. God is the melodious harmony playing through this entire Creation. But to be able to recognize and listen to His music, you first need to become hollow and empty (meaning to drop one’s limited concepts, small desires and understanding).

This is why it is necessary to experience and become aware of that emptiness first. Only then will you be able to experience the totality of the Divine.

Om Namah Shivay

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The Eleventh Commandment

Being in a crowd when you are alone is ignorance. Enlightenment is being alone in a crowd. Feeling of oneness in a crowd is a sign of wisdom. Knowledge of life brings confidence, and knowledge of death makes you fearless and centered.

What is fear? Fear of separatedness.

Celebrate while you are alone and when you are with people. Some know to celebrate when they are in a crowd. Some can only rejoice alone in silence. I tell you to do both.

Celebrate the silence and Celebrate the noise.

Celebrate the life and Celebrate the death.

This is the Eleventh Commandment!

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Liberation means, that you have finally found rest (and this happens when you are finally free from all your desires and cravings). When the feeling dawns from deep within, ‘I am content, I do not want anything’, and you have fulfilled all your duties and responsibilities, then you are liberated.

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Look for Goodness

In everything, goodness is there. Our goal is to find it. In every person, the best is there; our job is to recognize it. In every situation, the positive is there; our opportunity is to see it. In every problem, the solution is there; our responsibility is to provide it. In every setback, the success is there; our adventure is to discover it. In every crisis, the reason is there; our challenge is to understand it. By seeing the goodness, we’ll be very enthusiastic and our lives will be all the richer.

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Procrastination

There is usually a tendency to postpone things to the last moment. When the situation demands that I finish the job and at the same time if unforeseen things come up, I tend to feel pressurized. I then am not able to do the job well and begin to wish that I had more time. I need to understand the importance of time and do the job needed to be done immediately. I need to understand the fact that if I lose this moment, there is no chance of getting it back again. If I use the time at hand
fruitfully, I’ll always be able to remain light and be available to things that come up suddenly.

Om Namah Shivay

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EIGHT LIES OF A MOTHER

Mother’s love

1) This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say, “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.”

2) As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fish, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten. My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my chopstick but she immediately refused it and said, “Eat this fish, son! I don’t really like fish.”

3) Then, in order to fund my education, Mother went to a Match Factory to bring home some used matchboxes which she filled with fresh matchsticks. This helped her get some money to cover our needs. One wintry night I awoke to find Mother filling the matchboxes by candlelight. So I said, “Mother, go to sleep; it’s late: you can continue working tomorrow morning.” Mother smiled and said, “Go to sleep, son! I’m not tired”

4) When I had to sit my Final Examination, Mother accompanied me. After dawn, Mother waited for me for hours in the heat of the sun. When the bell rang, I ran to meet her. Mother embraced me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared in a thermos. The tea was not as strong as my Mother’s love, Seeing Mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said, “Drink, son! I’m not thirsty!”.

5) After Father’s death, Mother had to play the role of a single parent. She held on to her former job; she had to fund our needs alone. Our family’s life was more complicated. We suffered from starvation. Seeing our family’s condition worsening, my kind Uncle who lived near my house came to help us solve our problems big and small. Our other neighbors saw that we were poverty stricken so they often advised my mother to marry again. But Mother refused to remarry saying.. “I don’t need love!”

6) After I had finished my studies and gotten a job, it was time for my old Mother to retire but she carried on going to the market every morning just to sell a few vegetables. I kept sending her money but she was steadfast and even sent the money back to me. She said, “I have enough money!”

7) I continued my part-time studies for my Master’s Degree. Funded by the American Corporation for which I worked, I succeeded in my studies. With a big jump in my salary, I decided to bring Mother to enjoy life in America but Mother didn’t want to bother her son; she said to me .. “I’m not used to high living!”

8) In her dotage, Mother was attacked by cancer and had to be hospitalized. Now living far across the ocean, I went home to visit Mother who was bedridden after an operation. Mother tried to smile but I was heartbroken because she was so thin and feeble but Mother said, “Don’t cry, son! I’m not in pain!”
Telling me this, her eighth lie, she died ..

YES, MOTHER WAS AN ANGEL!
M – O – T – H – E – R
“M” is for the Million things she gave me
“O” means Only that she’s growing old
“T” is for the Tears she shed to save me
“H” is for her Heart of gold
“E” is for her Eyes with love-light shining in them
“R” means Right, and right she’ll always be, Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER” a word that means the world to me.
For those of you who are lucky to be still blessed with your Mom’s presence on Earth, this story is beautiful. For those who aren’t so blessed, this is even more beautiful.

Om Namah Shivay

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Contentment

Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away.

They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.

To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

~ Pema Chödrön ~

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The whole scope of all systems of yoga (and each religion represents one) is to remove ignorance and allow the Atman to restore its own nature. The chief helps in this liberation are abhyasa and vairagya. Vairagya is non-attachment to life, because it is the will to enjoy that brings all this bondage in its train; and abhyasa is constant practice of any one of the yogas.

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Q: What should be one’s goal in life: money, fame, position or something else?

Guruji: Contentment.

Om Namah Shivay

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Enchanting Symphony of Silence

What is Silence

Silence, in common parlance, refers to the end of verbalisation, a no-sound state at physical level. It has, however, a very deep connotation in spiritual field. Silence, at a deeper level, implies complete cessation of thought origination and conceptualization. Mind taking a deep rest! Maharshi patanjali calls it “Chiita vritti nirodhah”, total annihilation of thoughts and its patterns.

Silence is Nectar

Silence is spiritual nectar; noise is a psychological disorder. Noise feeds on mental chattering of past events and future anticipations which exists just as images and imaginations in human memory. Silence, on the other hand, feeds on the present. Present is vertical and non-conceptual, a no-mind space. Mind, the centre of noise, lives in horizontal thinking and imaginations. That way it creates its own Parallel world of thoughts, ideas and concepts; and thus usurp on the cosmic prescriptions and divine plan. This creates a perennial conflict between WHAT IS and WHAT SHOULD BE. This gap measures the degree of human suffering. Bigger the gap, bigger the suffering! Smaller the gap, smaller the suffering! No gap, no Suffering! It is in this context that Buddha says “the world is full of suffering”.

Dawn of Silence

The unconditional acceptance of What IS or Here and Now is the origin of silence; the intellectual concept of What Should be, is the basis of noise. What Is refers to the totality of cosmic functioning at the present moment and its acceptance in totality is wisdom. Nanaka Says “What is the way to Truth? How to end the shackles of falsehood? The way lies in following the Divine Order”. This is true knowledge and true devotion. What should be, is an ego prescription. It runs on cravings and desires. Kabir rebuts the futility of desires in his own mystical way. He says “What can I ask for? The whole thing is so impermanent, so ephemeral! The whole world is the grip of flame”. Kathopanishad says “Na vittena tarpaniyo manusyo”, which means Money or wealth cannot give you the fulfillment. .

Gateway to Wisdom

Silence is the pre-requisite for knowledge. Sage Ashtavakra says “If you are not silent or empty, even the best of preceptors like Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesha will fail miserably in imparting you the wisdom”. A classic creativity flows from silence and in absence of individual presence. A small Zen story! A disciple goes to a master for wisdom. He was a great philosopher. The master welcomes him and orders for tea. The master starts pouring the tea in the cup and soon it started overflowing the brim. He continued pouring the tea. The disciple could live no further and said “It will take no more! It is overflowing, sir! The master said “This is your condition!” Wisdom seeps in silence. Flute gives magical sound in its serene emptiness.

Om Namah Shivay

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51 शक्तिपीठों के बारे में जानें

पुराणों में 51 शक्तिपीठो का वर्णन है। आइए जानते हैं देश-विदेश में स्थित इन शक्तिपीठों के बारे में| 51 शक्तिपीठों के सन्दर्भ में जो कथा है वह यह है कि सती के पिता राजा प्रजापति दक्ष ने एक यज्ञ का आयोजन किया था। परन्तु सती के पति भगवान शिव को इस यज्ञ में शामिल होने के लिए निमन्त्रण नहीं भेजा था। जिससे भगवान शिव इस यज्ञ में शामिल नहीं हुए लेकिन सती जिद्द कर यज्ञ में शामिल होने चली गई, वहां शिव की निन्दा सुनकर वह यज्ञकुण्ड में कूद गईं तब भगवान शिव ने सती के वियोग में सती का शव अपने सिर पर धारण कर लिया और सम्पूर्ण भूमण्डल पर भ्रमण करने लगे। भगवती सती ने अन्तरिक्ष में शिव को दर्शन दिया और उनसे कहा कि जिस-जिस स्थान पर उनके शरीर के खण्ड विभक्त होकर गिरेंगे, वहा महाशक्तिपीठ का उदय होगा। सती का शव लेकर शिव पृथ्वी पर विचरण करते हुए नृत्य भी करने लगे, जिससे पृथ्वी पर प्रलय की स्थिति उत्पन्न होने लगी। इस पर विष्णु ने सुदर्शन चक्र से सती के शरीर को खण्ड-खण्ड करने का विचार किया। जब-जब शिव नृत्य मुद्रा में पैर पटकते, विष्णु अपने चक्र से शरीर का कोई अंग काटकर उसके टुकड़े पृथ्वी पर गिरा देते। इस प्रकार जहां जहां सती के अंग के टुकड़े, वस्त्र या आभूषण गिरे, वहीं शक्तिपीठ का उदय हुआ।

हालांकि देवी भागवत में जहां 108 और देवी गीता में 72 शक्तिपीठों का ज़िक्र मिलता है, वहीं तन्त्रचूडामणि में 52 शक्तिपीठ बताए गए हैं। देवी पुराण में जरूर 51 शक्तिपीठों की ही चर्चा की गई है। इन 51 शक्तिपीठों में से कुछ विदेश में भी हैं और पूजा-अर्चना द्वारा प्रतिष्ठित हैं।

ज्ञातव्य है की इन 51 शक्तिपीठों में भारत-विभाजन के बाद 5 और भी कम हो गए और आज के भारत में 42 शक्ति पीठ रह गए है। पाकिस्तान में और बांग्लादेश में, श्रीलंका में, तिब्बत में तथा नेपाल में है।

1. किरीट कात्यायनी
पश्चिम बंगाल के हुगली नदी के तट लालबाग कोट पर स्थित है किरीट शक्तिपीठ, जहां सती माता का किरीट यानी शिराभूषण या मुकुट गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति विमला अथवा भुवनेश्वरी तथा भैरव संवर्त हैं।

2 कात्यायनी कात्यायनी
वृन्दावन, मथुरा के भूतेश्वर में स्थित है कात्यायनी वृन्दावन शक्तिपीठ जहां सती का केशपाश गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति देवी कात्यायनी हैं।

3 करवीर शक्तिपीठ
महाराष्ट्र के कोल्हापुर में स्थित है यह शक्तिपीठ, जहां माता का त्रिनेत्र गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति महिषासुरमदिनी तथा भैरव क्रोधशिश हैं। यहां महालक्ष्मी का निज निवास माना जाता है।

4 श्री पर्वत शक्तिपीठ
इस शक्तिपीठ को लेकर विद्वानों में मतान्तर है कुछ विद्वानों का मानना है कि इस पीठ का मूल स्थल लद्दाख है, जबकि कुछ का मानना है कि यह असम के सिलहट में है जहां माता सती का दक्षिण तल्प यानी कनपटी गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति श्री सुन्दरी एवं भैरव सुन्दरानन्द हैं।

5 विशालाक्षी शक्तिपीठ
उत्तर प्रदेश, वाराणसी के मीरघाट पर स्थित है शक्तिपीठ जहां माता सती के दाहिने कान के मणि गिरे थे। यहां की शक्ति विशालाक्षी तथा भैरव काल भैरव हैं।

6 गोदावरी तट शक्तिपीठ
आंध्रप्रदेश के कब्बूर में गोदावरी तट पर स्थित है यह शक्तिपीठ, जहां माता का वामगण्ड यानी बायां कपोल गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति विश्वेश्वरी या रुक्मणी तथा भैरव दण्डपाणि हैं।

7 शुचीन्द्रम शक्तिपीठ
तमिलनाडु, कन्याकुमारी के त्रिासागर संगम स्थल पर स्थित है यह शुची शक्तिपीठ, जहां सती के उफध्र्वदन्त (मतान्तर से पृष्ठ भागद्ध गिरे थे। यहां की शक्ति नारायणी तथा भैरव संहार या संकूर हैं।

8 पंच सागर शक्तिपीठ
इस शक्तिपीठ का कोई निश्चित स्थान ज्ञात नहीं है लेकिन यहां माता का नीचे के दान्त गिरे थे। यहां की शक्ति वाराही तथा भैरव महारुद्र हैं।

9. ज्वालामुखी शक्तिपीठ
हिमाचल प्रदेश के काँगड़ा में स्थित है यह शक्तिपीठ, जहां सती का जिह्वा गिरी थी। यहां की शक्ति सिद्धिदा व भैरव उन्मत्त हैं।

10. भैरव पर्वत शक्तिपीठ
इस शक्तिपीठ को लेकर विद्वानों में मतदभेद है। कुछ गुजरात के गिरिनार के निकट भैरव पर्वत को तो कुछ मध्य प्रदेश के उज्जैन के निकट क्षीप्रा नदी तट पर वास्तविक शक्तिपीठ मानते हैं, जहां माता का उफध्र्व ओष्ठ गिरा है। यहां की शक्ति अवन्ती तथा भैरव लंबकर्ण हैं।

11. अट्टहास शक्तिपीठ
अट्टहास शक्तिपीठ पश्चिम बंगाल के लाबपुर में स्थित है। जहां माता का अध्रोष्ठ यानी नीचे का होंठ गिरा था। यहां की शक्ति पफुल्लरा तथा भैरव विश्वेश हैं।

12. जनस्थान शक्तिपीठ
महाराष्ट्र नासिक के पंचवटी में स्थित है जनस्थान शक्तिपीठ जहां माता का ठुड्डी गिरी थी। यहां की शक्ति भ्रामरी तथा भैरव विकृताक्ष

Om Namah Shivay

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