शिव परंब्रह्म हैं

शिव अनादि हैं, अनन्त हैं, विश्वविधाता हैं| सारे संसार में एक मात्र शिव ही हैं जो जन्म, मृत्यू एवं काल के बंधनो से अलिप्त स्वयं महाकाल हैं| शिव सृष्टी के मूल कारण हैं, फिर भी स्वयं अकर्ता हैं, तटस्थ हैं| सृष्टी से पहले कुछ नहीं था – न धरती न अम्बर, न अग्नी न वायू, न सूर्य न ही प्रकाश, न जीव न ही देव। था तो केवल सर्वव्यपी अंधकार और महादेव शिव। तब शिव ने सृष्टी की परिकल्पना की ।

सृष्टी की दो आवश्यकतायँ थीं – संचालन हेतु शक्ति एवं व्यवस्थापक । शिव ने स्वंय से अपनी शक्ति को पृथक किया तथा शिव एवं शक्ति ने व्यवस्था हेतु एक कर्ता पुरूष का सृजन किया जो विष्णु कहलाय। भगवान विष्णु के नाभि से ब्रह्मा की उतपत्ति हुई। विष्णु भगवान ने ब्रह्मदेव को निर्माण कार्य सौंप कर स्वयं सुपालन का कार्य वहन किया। फिर स्वयं शिव जी के अंशावतार रूद्र ने सृष्टी के विलय के कार्य का वहन किया। इस प्रकार सृजन, सुपालन तथा विलय के चक्र के संपादन हेतु त्रिदेवों की उतपत्ति हुई। इसके उपरांत शिव जी ने संसार की आयू निरधारित की जिसे एक कल्प कहा गया। कल्प समय का सबसे बड़ा माप है। एक कल्प के उपरातं महादेव शिव संपूर्ण सृष्टी का विलय कर देते हैं तथा पुन: नवनिर्माण आरंभ करते हैं जिसकी शुरुआत त्रिदेवों के गठन से होती है| इस प्रकार शिव को छोड शेष सभी काल के बंधन में बंधे होते हैं|

इन परमात्मा शिव का अपना कोई स्वरूप नहीं है, तथा हर स्वरूप इन्हीं का स्वरूप है। शिवलिंग इन्ही निराकार परमात्मा का परीचायक है तथा परम शब्द ॐ इन्हीं की वाणी।

Om Namah Shivay

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Swaastika

Very person who gets angry, has some justification for their anger. They think that they are correct. Behind anger is the demand for justice, and intolerance for injustice. So anger is good, it is essential, but only to wake you up. After that the anger needs to be given a direction of creativity, otherwise the same anger can burn you.

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Q: Guruji, Please tell us about the symbol ‘Swaastika’.

Guruji : ‘Swaastika’ symbolizes the cycle. ‘Swaastha’ means established in the Self. ‘Swaastika’ means that which is healthy for humanity; that which contains all the four aspects that puts you into yourself, ‘Dharma (righteousness), Artha (desires), Kaama(means), Moksha(liberation).’ Unfortunately, ‘Swaastika’ symbol was taken by Hitler. He put it upside down. ‘Swaastika’ represents peace actually, but when he put the whole thing upside down, it became war; the reverse. That’s how it is! Time passes very fast when we are happy and it seems to be going very slow when we are unhappy and when we have to wait for somebody, right? So mind and time are connected.

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For the short span of life that we are on this planet, we must smile more and spread happiness.

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You have come to give

When you have come to this world, do something good that benefits everybody. Do not stay entangled in thinking only what you will get. There is nothing for you to take away from this world. There is nothing to take away from here. You have come to give. You have come here to do something beneficial for everybody. And you should all get together in doing service. Do not complain that ‘I do not get any fun or pleasure in doing Seva’. Doing Seva for the sake of deriving pleasure or some sort of satisfaction too is a very poor approach in life. If you are doing Seva because you get some sort of pleasure or enjoyment from it, then you will not sustain it for long. You serve because you have to. There is no other choice. If you serve only to enjoy, then you are being selfish.

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Do You have Faith?

What is faith? How does a rose bloom? Read the story.

Does faith have any scientific, or even reasonable basis? And if you truly have faith then how come worries of the future still grip you? Personally, I believe, if you want your faith to be firm then put aside any logic. And if you want your rational mind to be firm then put aside faith. When we try to induce reasoning in faith, we end up polluting them both. Faith just is, God just is, Nature just is, belief just is. “Why” yields no answer when it comes to faith. Surely, we can fit explanations and theories but they don’t solve any purpose beyond a temporary stimulus. Are the stories in the Torah, Quran, Bible or Bhagavatam true? The question is does it matter to you? Faith is mostly based on what we have already taken to be true, and rarely on the actual truth itself.

When faith runs deep in your being, surrender to the Divine comes automatically. Inner peace is a natural by-product of surrender. A child feels secure in his mother’s arms because he knows that she’ll protect him. It’s not an intellectual idea but an ingrained belief the child has. And, it is this subtle differentiation between believing you’ve faith and actually having it that makes all the difference to your inner peace.

I’m paraphrasing a beautiful story for you. I tried hard but couldn’t locate the source of the poem cited verbatim in this anecdote.

A man, worried and paranoid, asked his enlightened master if everything would be alright in the future. “I know I should have faith but I can’t get around to let go. I’m still worried. What if things don’t go the way they should? Negative thoughts render me unable to enjoy my life. What if God doesn’t take care of me?” he said to his master.
The master took a rosebud, gave it to the disciple, and said, “Your task is to unfold the bud keeping all the petals intact.”
The disciple carefully began unlayering the rosebud. Soon, however, he realized it was not possible to unfold it without damaging the petals. “It’s not as simple as it looked. I’m sorry but at least some petals will be damaged,” he said to his master.
In reply, the master took the rosebud from him and said:

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
God opens this flower so sweetly,
Then in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in God for leading
each moment of my day.
I will look to God for His guidance
each step of the way.

The pathway that lies before me,
Only God knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

“How much can you plan, after all? And how much do you want to plan?” the master continued. “Why do you want to keep everything in your hands? It’s tiring. Learn to let go. Who took care of you when you were in the womb? Who fed you when you didn’t even know how to speak? Who provided for you when you were too young to earn your own living? If you examine, you’ll find there was always someone there, a medium Nature had already chosen for you. Sometimes letting go is simply reminding yourself that I’ve done whatever I could and now I must free myself from the outcome or the worry.”

Faith is designed to give you the confidence, the courage to lead your life with grace and conviction. It doesn’t mean we can just confess and be done with our bad karma, rather, we should have the strength to do the right karma at the first place. I don’t think God will manifest to pay off your mortgage, your loans — karmic or financial, or to help you shed or gain weight. We must take responsibility of our own lives. We are the result of our desires, choices and pursuits. Allow me to deviate from conventional wisdom by saying that faith, with all its paraphernalia and practices, is for inner strength and not to please an external God. I don’t want to please a heavenly being and beg for favors in this life or hereafter, instead, I would give this life my best shot and let Nature take its own course. After all, if I truly have faith, shouldn’t I know that God or Nature’s way is impartial?

Napoleon once said, “When you fight, fight as if everything depends on you. And when you pray, pray as if everything depends on God.” This is faith in a nutshell.

Faith is supposed to complement, and not replace, our actions. Ultimately, we are responsible for the choices we make. Wake up with faith in yourself and go to sleep with faith in God.

Om Namah Shivay

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Brahma Purana – 35

Yoga

The word yoga means union. Yoga is thus a form of meditation that unites the human soul (atman) with the divine soul (Paramatman), or equivalently, with the divine essence (Brahman).

A practitioner of yoga has to study the Puranas, the Vedas and history He has to exercise restraint regarding the sort of food he eats. The best forms of food are yoghurt fruits, roots and milk. Yoga should be practiced in a place that is pleasant. It should not be too hot or too cold there. Nor should there be any noise to distract the practitioner.

Yoga has to be performed in a proper posture (asana). The practitioner concentrates the entire focus of his mind on the tip of his nose. He contemplates the form of brahmana. This can only be successful if one is detached and controls one’s senses completely.

If yoga is performed properly, there comes the knowledge that the same Paramatman is in all living beings. To think that living beings are distinct from one another is only to fall prey to one’s illusions. All the elements have the same Paramatman in them. 

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Brahma Purana – 34

The Chandala and the Brahmarakshasa

A chandala is an outcast. On the outskirts of the city named Avanti lived a chandala. There was a temple of Vishnu in Avanti and the chandala was devoted to Vishnu. He was also a good singer. Ekadashi tithi is the eleventh lunar day. Every month, on ekadashi tithi, the chandala would fast during the day. At night he would go to Vishnu’s temple and sing praises of Vishnu. He never failed to observe this ritual.

The river Kshipra (Shipra) flowed by the city of Avanti. On one particular night, on ekadashi tithi, the chandala went to the banks of the river to collect some flowers for worshipping Vishnu. On the banks of the river there was a tree and on that tree there lived a brahmarakshasa (demon). As soon as the demon saw the chandala, it wished to devour him.

“Please not tonight,” said the chandala. “I have to worship Vishnu throughout the night. Let me go now.”

“Not on you life,” replied the demon. “I have not eaten for ten days and I am famished. I can’t let you go.”

“Please, ” said the chandala, “let me go. I promise that I will come back once the prayers are over. You will then be free to do with me as you will.”

The demon let the chandala go. The chandala went to the temple. He worshipped Vishnu and spent the night in singing Vishnu’s praises. Next day, he returned to the demon.

“I am indeed surprised,” said the demon. “You are very truthful. You can’t be a chandala. You must be a brahmana. Answer my questions. What did you do all night?”

“I stood outside Vishnu’s temple and sang his praise,” replied the chandala.

“For how long have you been doing this?” asked the demon.

“For twenty years,” was the chandala’s reply.

“You have acquired a lot of punya (store of merit) through this,” said the demon. “Please grant me one night’s punya, I am a sinner.”

“No,” replied the chandala. “I will not part with my punya. I have given you my body, eat me if you will. But the punya is mine own.”

“Very well then,’ said the demon. “Give me two hours’ worth of punya. I am a sinner.”

“I have told you I will not give you any of my punya,” replied the chandala. “But what is your sin?”

The brahmarakshasa related his story. His name was Somasharma and he was the son of Devasharma. Devasharma was a righteous brahmana. But Somasharma fell into evil ways. A brahmana is not authorised to act as a priest in a sacrifice before he has had his sacred-thread ceremony (upanayana). But Somasharma became a priest at a yajna even though his upanayana had not been held. As a result of this sin, when he died, he became a demon. The chandala was stirred to pity at this sad story and parted with some of his punya. The demon was delighted and expressed his gratitude. He went to a tirtha and performed penance. Thus the demon was freed.

What about the chandala? He returned home and then left for a tour of all the sacred places of pilgrimage. At one such tirtha. He remembered the story of his earlier life.

He used to be a hermit well-versed in the Vedas and the shastras. He used to beg alms for a living. Once he had obtained some alms. But some thieves were then in the process of stealing cows, and the hooves of the cows raised a cloud of dust. The dust fell onto the food and the hermit threw away the alms in disgust. Since he had thrown away alms, he was born as a chandala. After performing penance for this sin, the chandala was pardoned. 

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A Vegetarian Meditation Challenge

Be a vegetarian Meditator

Let your experience speak to you more than our words. Take up the 31-day “vegetarian meditation challenge”

For most of us, eating non-vegetarian food could mean anything, from simply being a belief to being a way of pampering our taste buds. And, of course, we don’t find anything wrong in it either; after all, it’s hard to resist a non-vegetarian dish once we have tasted its succulent flavors.

Times are changing, and these days we are being flooded with news reports, research, and documentaries enumerating the various health benefits of turning vegetarian. From animal welfare and environment care to a healthier heart, there are reasons aplenty. Google itself has nearly 161,000,000 results on “why be a vegetarian”!

Now, you may be wondering if there’s anything new we are going to talk about. Well, to be honest, we too will be listing down in this article a few benefits of why it might be a better alternative to turn vegetarian, especially if you are a regular meditator.

The only difference is that we are going to let you experience all these benefits for yourself through a 31-day “vegetarian food meditation challenge”. We believe that personal experience speaks louder than words; so, after reading this article, we leave it to you to try this challenge and see for yourself how being on a vegetarian diet for just a month can have a great impact on your daily meditation.

Remember, this challenge might require a lot of courage, but you have a strong spirit so this will not be as hard as you think. 

Note: The difference in your experience before and after taking up this challenge might depend on how often you consume non-vegetarian food.

Before we introduce the challenge, we would like to go back and see why it might be a good idea to be a vegetarian meditator.

Deeper Meditation

Isn’t this journey very personal, creative, and precious? It is said that it is our attitude towards life and the food we consume that catalyzes our journey within.

Have you ever experienced deeper meditation when you give your 100% at work and consume foodstuff such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains? Such food is light for the stomach and high in prana/energy. (Prana is the energy that keeps you active, enthusiastic, and helps you maintain a positive atmosphere around yourself.)

Certainly, food has a high impact on our mental state and leaves deep impressions on our consciousness. Plants are said to have a subtler consciousness than animals. So, consuming fruits and vegetables help keep the body light, which in turn helps lead to deeper meditation.

So, when you meditate while being on a vegetarian diet, your mind is better in sync with your body. And you tend to rise higher faster and with ease.

Faster Benefits

Practicing meditation along with a vegetarian diet helps us experience its impact and benefits faster.

So, ready to take the challenge?

The Challenge

1) As you are regular meditators, we assume you meditate at least once a day. You can continue with your meditation practice as you have been doing.

In case you are not a regular meditator, we suggest you schedule a comfortable time everyday for your practice.

2) Consume vegetarian food for the next 31 days. You can also read up on what kind of food might be good for you.

Now we know that since you are so used to eating non-vegetarian food, the transition to a vegetarian diet might not be so easy at first. So, let’s look at some of the obstacles you might face during this challenge. We will do our best to provide you with solutions to them.

I’m badly missing the taste
Our suggestion:

#1: Use the same spices – You are probably very fond of the spices in your nonvegetarian dish, since that is what adds taste to the food. So, if you get to use the same spices (which are, fortunately, vegetarian) in your vegetarian dish, you might taste a similar flavor. Simply replace your non-vegetarian dish with a vegetarian one using the same spices. Easy?

As an alternative, you can choose to pick up a few packets of mock meat or mock chicken (made of soya) from the nearest supermarket and use the same spices.

This mock meat is completely vegetarian and gives you the feeling of eating nonvegetarian food.

#2: Open your taste buds to a more vegetarian variety – There is always a good alternative to everything in life. All you need to do is be creative and explore a whole new variety of vegetarian dishes.

31 days is too long a time period

Our suggestion:

Be patient – Turning vegetarian might not happen overnight, but know that over a period of time your cravings will subside. Remember that the reason you are turning vegetarian for these 31 days will help you when you are tempted to give in.

Also, keep short targets for yourself, such as “only for today I’m not going to eat non-vegetarian”, and the thought of doing it for only a day will not sound so hard.

Obviously, you might have to repeat this every morning, but it will be worth it in the end.

Just remind yourself, “Just a few more days to go, let’s see what happens. Who knows, some beautiful experiences might be waiting for me. I am making my tummy healthier. I am doing a good deed for the environment.”

If not for yourself, do it for the environment.

I’m losing it; need some more courage

Our suggestion:

#1: Make a promise to a loved one – Love is your tool here. Promise your loved one that you will continue this challenge for the next few days. Make sure you involve someone from whom you can really gain courage. We are sure you know exactly who that might be.

#2: Do not miss your meditation – Meditation and vegetarian food complement each other. Just as a vegetarian diet helps in deeper meditation, meditation gives you the inner strength to stand up to your decision of dropping non-vegetarian food.

#3: Be aware of the effect – As you keep meditating along with a vegetarian diet, you will experience deeper meditation. Being aware of the experiences will help you keep your commitment.

If you want, you can maintain a little experience diary. Write just five lines of your experience daily – Why was today’s meditation so different? Is it going easy or hard? What is the hardest part?

Take the challenge and experience the results for yourself. Don’t forget to share them with us! All the best.

Om Namah Shivay

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