Padmanabha: The Lotus Navel

Different organs of our body are governed by different devas. The solar plexus is connected with the sun, that’s why it is called solar plexus. When the first rays of the sun fall on the solar plexus, it is very good for your body. This is why it is good to do Surya Namaskar (sun salutation yoga asana) in the early morning.

The solar plexus has a profound impact on the central nervous system, optic nerves, stomach, and what we usually call our “gut feeling.” It is the second brain in your body. Usually the solar plexus is slightly bigger than an almond. With the practice of yoga asanas, meditation, the solar plexus can become as a large as an apricot. Then it performs better and balances the bodily functions.When the solar plexus contracts, one feels horrible, sad, depressed; all the negative feelings come. When the solar plexus expands, the intuitive mind awakens; the mind becomes clear and focused. Krishna was called Padmanabha, meaning whose navel is the size of a lotus flower. If you become Padmanabha, you become absolutely creative. Brahma, the Creator, is said to be born out of a blossomed solar plexus. These days, the solar plexus remains small, but the tummy keeps getting bigger.
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Happiness is right here and now and & way to find it is through Meditation. It improves our mind, health and brings more happiness.
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Q: Why do masters sometimes ignore disciples? Can a Guru ever forsake or get fed up with a disciple?

+Guruji: If you think you are very important, then you will be ignored. Got it? There is no question of forsaking. Does air forsake you? Does the sun forsake you? There is nothing called forsaking. If anyone feels like that, it is all in the mind.
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Q : I think I am addicted to meditation. Is it bad to be addicted to something awesome like meditation?

Guruji: You can’t say that you are addicted to compassion, it is a wrong word to use since it is an integral part of your life. Similarly, you can’t say that I am so addicted to being clean; I am addicted to brushing my teeth. Just like brushing is dental hygiene, meditation is mental hygiene. Yes, you should not be obsessed with it. Suppose you could not meditate for one day, do not make a big issue out of it by getting upset or angry; never mind. Once in a while, like once in two years, it is okay. You should not feel guilty about it. However, missing meditation should not become a regular thing. Missing it three times a week is not very advisable.

Om Namah Shivay

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I’ve learned

If you will take the time to read these.
I promise you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in
the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep
in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings
in the world.

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for
someone when I don’t have the strength to
help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious
your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person
needs is a hand to hold and a heart to
understand.

I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my
father around the block on summer nights when
I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet
paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster
it goes.

I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God
doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…. That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard
shell is someone who wants to be appreciated
and loved.

I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…. That when you plan to get even
with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to
grow as a person is to surround myself with
people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you
fall in love with them.

I’ve learned… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…. That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my
Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words
both soft and tender, becausetomorrowhe may have to eat them.

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive
way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little
fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on
top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you…. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

Om Namah Shivay

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What’s So Amazing about Khichadi?-1

Above all other Indian meals, there is one which is considered to help facilitate spiritual growth.

It is the Ayurvedic detox food—but it can also be found on many dinner tables on a normal day, as it is loved for other reasons, as well.

Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing and deep spiritual practice.

A simple, porridge-like blend of beans and rice, khichadi is often referred to as the Indian “comfort food.” But perhaps contrary to the western idea of comfort food or even health food, khichadi has many nourishing and cleansing benefits.

Join me as I investigate the subtle magic of khichadi, its profound benefits, and a simple recipe to enjoy.

The term khichadi is used to describe any dish made with a mixture of rice and beans. For the traditional, cleansing khichadi, split yellow mung beans were used along with a long grain white or basmati rice, and a blend of traditional Indian spices. Let’s take a look at the constituents of khichadi on their own before we talk about how to blend them together.

Why White Rice?

The first question you might ask is, why white rice? During a cleanse, the metabolism slows down and the digestive strength weakens, so any food eaten must be very easy to digest.

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During a cleanse, long-grain white rice may be preferable for ease of digestion.

For khichadi, white rice is used because the husk has been milled off to make the rice easier to digest. While brown rice may be used – and will actually supply more nutrients – the husk makes brown rice much harder to digest. During cleansing, a time of already compromised digestion, this can irritate the intestinal wall and cause digestive gas or abdominal pain.

Traditionally, farmers would bring their rice to the miller and have the rice de-husked based on their needs. If someone was sick, elderly, or there was a baby in the house, all of the husk would come off, making white rice for the ease of digestion. Brown rice was used only if digestive strength was optimal or when funds were short, as it was expensive to have the rice prepared and de-husked.

Typically, long grain white rice was used over short grain rice because it was believed to be more nutritious. Even without the husk, it was considered a more stable food than short grain rice. Now, studies have shown that long grain white rice has a lower glycemic index than short grain rice.

Om Namah Shivay

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How To Meditate? -1

Easiest way to achieve peace tranquillity is Meditation. But, the question comes – How to Meditate? We think that we already know; but when we start doing this simple thing, it gets difficult. Ultimately, we seek an expert’s advice. The expert may also charge some fees.

Meditation is the process of making your mind quiet. In the hustle of busy life, we usually forget ourselves in this crowded world. Living for family, friends, parents, children and relatives; is all we are left with. Hence, we end up in stress, distress and various diseases. After quieting your mind, Meditation helps you in listening to yourself, your body and your soul. This process takes you to the world that resides inside you and then you realize how beautiful you are.

In the rush of life, you may get some stains and scars. Meditation helps you in rejuvenating and cleaning out all the odds. It is more like bathing to clean your body; Meditation helps in cleansing and purifying your soul. Let’s take a look at what all can Meditation do for you:

1. Improves concentration.
2. Improves health.
3. Works on sensitivity, making you less bothered of little issues.
4. Helps in understanding yourself.

These are just basic things that meditation does. Apart from this, it also gives various health benefits. You will experience everything once you will practice it.

6 Steps To Start Meditation

1] Choose Your Sacred Place: In order to meditate properly, you need to search for a suitable place first. If you have a spare room away from any type of noise, it is amazing. But, if you don’t then you can adjust in your bedroom. Spare a corner in your room, which is free from any disturbance. It would be better if you can sit on a stool. Cover the stool with white cloth. Keep some nice aromatic candles around or you can use incense sticks for fragrance. Further, you can keep some flowers around you to make you feel refreshed. The light should be natural. If it is night then preferably your room should be dark. However, if it is difficult, you can put up some candles or a lamp would also do.

2]Prepare Yourself Physically: The next step is to prepare yourself for perfect meditation. Take shower, wear clean loose clothes (preferable cotton and white) and don’t wear any type of accessory. It would be better if you can wear clothes as less as possible. Basically, you should have a feel that you aren’t wearing anything. Your body should feel free and out of any type of bound. Your breaths should be long and deep keeping you relaxed.

Om Namah Shivay

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The 12 Laws of Karma

THE GREAT LAW
As you sow, so shall you reap.
This is also known as the Law of Cause and Effect.
Whatever we put out in the Universe
is what comes back to us.
If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Friendship, Love…
Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving, a Friend.

THE LAW OF CREATION
Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
We are one with the Universe both inside and out.
Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
BE and DO yourself…
what you want to have in your Life.

THE LAW OF HUMILITY
What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative,
then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.

THE LAW OF GROWTH
Wherever you go, there you are.
For us to GROW in Spirit it is we who must change and not the people, places or things around us.
The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES
and that is the only factor we have control over.
When we change who and what we are within our heart
our life changes too.

THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY
Whenever there is something wrong,
there is something wrong in me.
We mirror what surrounds us
and what surrounds us mirrors us
We must take responsibility what is in our life.

THE LAW OF CONNECTION
Even if something we do seems inconsequential,
it is very important that it gets done
as everything in the Universe is connected.
Each step leads to the next step and so forth and so on.
Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
Neither the first step nor the last
are of greater significance
They were both needed to accomplish the task.
Past, Present, Future
They are all connected…

THE LAW OF FOCUS
You can’t think of two things at the same time.
When our focus is on Spiritual Values it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.

THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY
If you believe something to be true,
then sometime in your life
you will be called upon to demonstrate that truth.
Here is where we put what we SAY
that we have learned
into PRACTICE.

THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW
Looking back to examine what was,
prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams…
Prevent us from having new ones.

THE LAW OF CHANGE
History repeats itself until
we learn the lessons that we need
to change our path.

THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD
All Rewards require initial toil.
Rewards of lasting value
require patient and persistent toil.
True Joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing and waiting for the Reward to come in it’s own time.

THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION
You get back from something whatever
you’ve put into it
The Value of something is a direct result of
the energy and intent that is put into it.
Every personal contribution
is also a contribution to the Whole
Lack luster Contributions have no impact on the Whole
or work to diminish it.
Loving Contributions Lifts Up and Inspire the Whole

Om Namah Shivay

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Dealing with Misunderstandings

When people have misunderstandings, they say, “Let us talk it out”. This ‘talking it out’ makes it worse. People should just live in the present moment and keep moving to the future. Don’t stop, and talk to them as if nothing has ever happened before; totally be in the moment. This is the best way to behave and to get over the past. Digging into the past and then complaining or giving an explanation are stupidity. Also, if someone comes to explain, you should not listen. If someone comes to explain, tell them, “Come on, forget about it. Move forward, I never turn back and see what happened. I am very fast. I have so many things to do”.

Who is going to sit and listen to why you said something, or what you did in the past? Your mind is not in your control, and you blabber something, who cares? Why should I be pulled into your mind’s rut?

Sometimes people say, “Gurudev, you are not listening to me”. I say, “I won’t listen. I have no time”.

You made a mistake and then you try to explain why you made all those mistakes. You become so innovative! You don’t even know that you have committed a mistake. Then you become innovative and try to give some explanation for it! Who is bothered to listen to such things? What is the use of post-mortem? Waste of time! Young girls, you all listen to this very carefully: Never ask for explanation or even listen to an explanation. We should just move on. We don’t have time for such things.

Educate and ignore. There are two ways to ignore. One is just ignoring the past, but better is to educate and ignore. If someone thinks or says something about you, just tell them, “Look, I did not mean to do this thing to you. What you are thinking is wrong”. One word, that’s it. Finished. Move on!
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Life Is like a River

Life is like a river. Sometimes muddy water fills the river, sometimes clear water fills it; sometimes all the leaves of the fall float in the river and sometimes logs float, but the river never stops. A river has something to teach us, and that is — just move on. That’s it.

It’s okay to scream at somebody. It doesn’t matter if you have done it in the past. Never mind, don’t repeat it in the future. And don’t sit and keep regretting it either, “Oh, I did that”. Well, you did it, what to do now? It is finished! Move on and on, don’t stop. If the water stops, it stagnates and rots, if it keeps moving, it becomes clear.
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Q: How does one release a deep seeded fear of death?

Guruji: First of all, don’t think that fear is deep seeded. What is deep seeded is love and fear cannot be as deep as love, fear is only the circumference. There is an intense sensation and if you go deep into that sensation then on the other end you will come to a space where there is total relaxation and love.

Meditation is very useful to turn around all these negative emotions of fear, hatred, jealousy, etc., and you will see the other side where there is serenity, peace, confidence and compassion.

Om Namah Shivay

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When Care Destroys Love-3

Detachment is an acknowledgement of the fact that the people you love are responsible for their feelings. By letting them take control of their (and not your) life, you actually help them. It may hurt initially but eventually it infuses a new vitality in your relationship. It is developing a sort of neutrality so you don’t start worrying about little things and feel the urge to fix everything right away. You can’t fix what you didn’t create. Not all the time anyway.

Detachment is the realization that most troubled partners don’t act badly as a matter of choice. Their coping mechanisms propel them to behave a certain way. But your sense of detachment will give you the peace to handle everything far more effectively (without going crazy). Detachment is taking it easy (not for granted) in the face of friction and conflict. It is to examine your reaction rather than acting on the first thought or the first feeling you experience when things go haywire. It helps you to keep your sanity until your partner understands that neither of you can always be on your toes.

That said, detachment is only one part of the solution. There’s more.  Compulsive care doesn’t help anyone. If you wish to have a healthy relationship, then sooner or later you have to stand up for yourself. True love naturally has a degree of detachment otherwise it becomes too clingy and uncomfortable. Unhealthy relationships are prisoners of obsession and attachment. Healthy relationships on the other hand are fueled by friendship and freedom. Obsessive care undermines love.

Learn to speak up for yourself. Don’t be scared. Breathe. Detach. Make no attempt to fix everything this instant. No one is going to die if you start caring about yourself. On the contrary, your life and others’ too will only become more beautiful as you stand your ground and find your feet because, ultimately, this new-found strength will make you even more loving, caring, confident and happy.

Om Namah Shivay

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