What Do Meditation And Sex Have In Common?

Orgasms are a result of sensory stimulation that culminates in climactic bliss. It isn’t difficult to comprehend why many yearn for such a blissful, albeit fleeting, state.
 
The goal of any species is to make more copies of itself. From an evolutionary standpoint, orgasm acts as a motivator, a reward, to reproduce. Why? Because physical union is the only means to “spread the seed” for many species. The desire to experience this unique sensation persuades us to reproduce because sex is the gateway to this euphoria. This is why when we are adolescents and young adults, a stage in our life with highest reproductive success, our minds strategically make this sensory gratification such a high priority.
 
As our reproductive capacity dwindles, so does our instinct to seek out a mate for physical union. While seemingly all animals possess this instinct, there’s something special only humans have; the ability to interpret it, not merely experience it.
 
Now, why is this discussion important to the understanding of our health and well-being? Because understanding the orgasm helps us to understand ourselves. Yes, that is true. Keep reading:
 
The orgasm carries with it the esteemed connotation of absolute pleasure — it’s placed on a pedestal of sexual euphoria. While we like to paint the sensation with graphic undertones of lust, the neurobiology of the climax is far less provocative.
 
At its core, the orgasm is much less about what it makes us feel than what it allows us NOT to feel. With all of the hype surrounding the sensation, we can’t help but wonder: What is it about experiencing an orgasm that keeps us coming back for more?
 
Pleasure is typified by three things:
 
An escape from self-awareness: We are liberated from our burdensome egos. The weight of our constant internal criticism is lifted as our self-observer takes a brief hiatus from incessant doubt.
 
Decreased sense of pain: Relief from pain is an immediate trigger for the sensation of pleasure.
 
Alteration in bodily perception: Our inhibitions are lowered to the point of bliss. This break from self-scrutiny allows us a passing moment in a heavenly utopia.
 
The only other time we are able to feel such emancipating ecstasy is during an experience that is seemingly polar opposite to that of orgasm-inducing intercourse — meditation. “Bliss, both sacred and profane, shares the diminution of self-awareness,” according to a popular study.
 
Meditation allows us to experience the trinity of bliss: decreased self-awareness, lowered inhibition, and elimination of pain. The only difference between orgasmic and meditative states is that while sex leads to the physical union of two individuals, meditative processes, like those practiced by Tibetan Buddhist monks, diminish self-awareness by allowing our mind to focus beyond self-identification and shift our focus to the macro universe. Meditation, like the orgasm, allows us to ignore the disruptions of emotion and focus on the experience at hand. In both cases, we are freed from the burden of self-preoccupation.
 
While the blissful corporal experience resulting from an orgasm has an evolutionary purpose (to make more humanity), the reason behind such a blissful state is due to diminution of self-awareness that can be re-experienced at a mental level by practicing mindful meditation.
 
Meditation allows us to shift our attention from our ego-driven selves to the world around us. Try to make it a habit to remove the distractions of incessant self-critiquing.
 
Sacred or profane, the reason behind such a blissful experience is going beyond the confines of self-identification. Expand your awareness. Take time each day to think about the world around you; take a break from always thinking emotionally about yourself.

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Are You Disconnected From Your Power Source?

When we play a game, we often become so engrossed in it that we forget everything else. Similarly, we become so engrossed in our daily lives that we forget who we really are. That forgetfulness cuts us off from our true power.
In a parable, the vine provides nutrients and life to a branch without which the branch can’t produce fruit.

A branch without its vine is merely a dead twig. We, too, must connect to a flow of energy from a power greater than our own.

For those of us connected to a spiritual path, the guru is the vine, the source of the power that sustains us.

When we cut ourselves off from the source that sustains us, we are left with only the power of ego. The ego has its realm, mainly in a small area of human activity involving will power, intellect, choice and the ability to function in society. But if we consider the many basic bodily processes that aren’t under our conscious control, such as breathing, circulation, digestion, and the beating of the heart, we see that there is a deeper power sustaining us. God does nearly everything, leaving only the tiniest part to us.

It reminds me of my granddaughter when she was three years old. We’d assemble all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle except the last one. She would then turn that final piece many different ways and eventually , with a sense of great accomplishment, put it in place and say, “I’ve done the puzzle!“ We’re like that. God does 999 pieces of the puzzle, and when we put the last piece in place we say , “I did it all myself.“

Our egos are like little jets of flame on a gas burner: each one has the appearance of individuality; each is, in fact, but a spurt of the unifying gas underneath. As our consciousness expands, we become more and more aware of our connection to the Divine Source. Real spiritual growth begins when we recognise that true source.

To open ourselves more fully to that source, we need to realise first that we have much more inner strength when we realise ­ that the energy , intelligence and will we’re using come from an infinite ocean. Our will power is like a faucet. As we open up the valve, more and more water flows through.

Second, we have to connect to the deeper, more expansive parts of ourselves. This we can do by overcoming the delusion that we alone are the doer. God is the Doer through us. Third, we need to attune our consciousness to the guru who could help us realise our divinity . By attuning to his consciousness, we draw his grace.

Fourth, we need devotion. It is through the love of our hearts that we open a channel to that sustaining power. Grace then comes in, like sunlight through a window, and changes our consciousness.

Finally , we need to meditate deeply .In meditation we can experience God’s energy as the sound of Aum or as light. We expand not only by contacting that power, but also by offering ourselves into it. It’s like the branch and its leaves offering energy back to the vine that sustains it.

As we deepen our connection with the Divine, finally , we learn that there is no “I and Thou“. There is only the one Source. Then, with a flood of love, we re-establish our union with God and find our true power.

Om Namah Shivay

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सत्संग

वास्तवमें अन्नादि वस्तुओंकी कमी तभी आ सकती है, जब मनुष्य काम न करें और भोगी, ऐयाश, आरामतलब हो जायँ । आवश्यकता ही आविष्कारकी जननी है । अतः जब जनसंख्या बढ़ेगी, तब उसके पालन-पोषणके साधन भी बढ़ेंगे, अन्नकी पैदावार भी बढ़ेगी, वस्तुओंका उत्पादन भी बढ़ेगा, उद्योग भी बढ़ेंगे । जहाँतक हमें ज्ञात हुआ है, पृथ्वीमें कुल सत्तर प्रतिशत खेतीकी जमीन है, जिसमें केवल दस प्रतिशत भागमें ही खेती हो रही है, जिसका कारण खेती करनेवालोंकी कमी है ! अतः जनसँख्याकी वृद्धि होनेपर अन्नकी कमीका प्रश्न ही पैदा नहीं होता । यदि भूतकालको देखें तो पता लगता है कि जनसंख्यामें जितनी वृद्धि हुई है, उससे कहीं अधिक अन्नके उत्पादनमें वृद्धि हुई है । इसलिये जे॰ डी॰ बर्नेल आदि विशेषज्ञोंका कहना है कि जनसंख्यामें वृद्धि होनेपर भी आगामी सौ वर्षोंतक अन्नकी कमीकी कोई सम्भावना मौजूद नहीं है । प्रसिद्ध अर्थशास्त्री कोलिन क्लार्कने तो यहाँतक कहा है कि ‘अगर खेतीकी जमीनका ठीक-ठीक उपयोग किया जाय तो वर्तमान जनसंख्यासे दस गुनी ज्यादा जनसंख्या बढ़नेपर भी अन्नकी कोई समस्या पैदा नहीं होगी’ (पापुलेशन ग्रोथ एण्ड लिविंग स्टैण्डर्ड) ।

सन् १८८० में जर्मनीमें जीवन-निर्वाहके साधनोंकी बहुत कमी थी, पर उसके बाद चौंतीस वर्षोंके भीतर जब जर्मनीकी जनसंख्या बहुत बढ़ गयी, तब जीवन-निर्वाहके साधन और कम होनेकी अपेक्षा इतने अधिक बढ़ गये कि उसको काम करनेके लिये बाहरसे आदमी बुलाने पड़े ! इंग्लैंडकी जनसंख्यामें तीव्रगतिसे वृद्धि होनेपर भी वहाँ जीवन-निर्वाहके साधनोंमें कोई कमी नहीं आयी । यह प्रत्यक्ष बात है कि संसारमें कुल जनसंख्या जितनी बढ़ी है, उससे कहीं अधिक जीवन-निर्वाहके साधन बढ़े हैं ।

परिवार-नियोजनके समर्थनमें एक बात यह भी कही जाती है कि जनसंख्या बढ़नेपर लोगोंको रहनेके लिये जगह मिलनी कठिन हो जायगी । विचार करें, यह सृष्टि करोड़ों-अरबों वषोंसे चली आ रही है, पर कभी किसीने यह नहीं देखा, पढ़ा या सुना होगा कि किसी समय जनसंख्या बढ़नेसे लोगोंको पृथ्वीपर रहनेकी जगह नहीं मिली ! जनसंख्याको नियन्त्रित रखना और उसके जीवन-निर्वाहका प्रबन्ध करना मनुष्यके हाथमें नहीं है, प्रत्युत सृष्टिकी रचना करनेवाले भगवान्‌के हाथमें है । भगवान् कहते हैं‒
गामाविश्य च भूतानि धारयाम्यहमोजसा ।
(गीता १५ । १३)
‘मैं ही पृथ्वीमें प्रविष्ट होकर अपनी शक्तिसे समस्त प्राणियोंको धारण करता हूँ ।’
यो लोकत्रयमाविश्य बिभर्त्यव्यय ईश्वरः ॥
(गीता १५ । १७)
‘वह अविनाशी ईश्वर तीनों लोकोंमें प्रविष्ट होकर सबका भरण-पोषण करता है ।’

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सत्संग मिल जाय तो समझना चाहिये कि हमारा उद्धार करनेकी भगवान्‌के मनमें विशेषतासे आ गयी; नहीं तो सत्संग क्यों दिया ? हम तो ऐसे ही जन्मते-मरते रहते, यह अडंगा क्यों लगाया ? यह तो कल्याण करनेके लिये लगाया है । जिसे सत्संग मिल गया तो उसे यह समझना चाहिये कि भगवान्‌ने उसे निमन्त्रण दे दिया कि आ जाओ । ठाकुरजी बुलाते हैं, अपने तो प्रेमसे सत्संग करो, भजन-स्मरण करो, जप करो । सत्संग करनेमें सब स्वतन्त्र हैं । सत्‌ परमात्मा सब जगह मौजूद है । वह परमात्मा मेरा है और मैं उसका हूँ‒ऐसा मानकर सत्संग करे तो वह निहाल हो जाय ।

सत्संग कल्पद्रुम है । सत्संग अनन्त जन्मोंके पापोंको नष्ट-भ्रष्ट कर देता है । जहाँ सत्‌की तरफ गया कि असत्‌ नष्ट हुआ । असत्‌ तो बेचारा नष्ट ही होता है । जीवित रहता ही नहीं । इसने पकड़ लिया असत्‌को । अगर यह सत्‌की तरफ जायगा तो असत्‌ तो खत्म होगा ही । सत्संग अज्ञानरूपी अन्धकारको दूर कर देता है । महान्‌ परमानन्द-पदवीको दे देता है । यह परमानन्द-पदवी दान करता है । कितनी विलक्षण बात है ! सत्संग क्या नहीं करता ? सत्संग सब कुछ करता है । ‘प्रसूते सद्‌बुद्धिम् ।’ सत्संग श्रेष्ठ बुद्धि पैदा करता है । बुद्धि शुद्ध हो जाती है । गोस्वामीजी महाराज लिखते हैं‒
मज्जन फल पखिय ततकाला ।
काक होहिं पिक बकउ मराला ॥ (मानस १/२/१)

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The theory of creation

Q: The theory of creation in the scriptures seems to contradict the theory of evolution according to Charles Darwin. Could you talk about which one to believe?

Guruji: Which theory of creation that you are thinking is contradictory? Actually the whole world is just appearance. It appears to be so. You should read Yoga Vashishtha. You will get more idea about it.

When you keep a spoon inside the water, half of the spoon appears to be bent. If you ask me when did the spoon bend, what do I say? It didn’t bend, it appears so. When does it start to appear like that? It appears like that anytime! Similarly, this idea of something got created at one point of time itself is erroneous, because the whole Universe is an appearance in Consciousness. When did the mirage get created? What do you say? It never got created; it appears to be like that!

Like a tennis ball for example. Where is the beginning of a tennis ball? It never begins in the first place. Can a ball begin somewhere or end somewhere? Every point is the beginning and every point is an end. That’s why this Universe is called ‘Anaadi’ (beginningless) and ‘Ananta’ (endless).

Usually our thinking is linear – everything should begin and everything should end somewhere. But when you go into higher knowledge, it is about appearance rather than beginning or ending. This is the beauty of Vedanta philosophy, this is how it is different from all other theories that we think of the world.

See if you go to Hawaii which is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, miles and miles all around there is nothing. Now if someone starts researching – how did a coconut plant come there? Someone will say, ‘Oh from Malaysia, maybe a coconut fell in the water, it travelled all the way to the Hawaiian Island and then it became a tree’. There is no proof for this, but yes, all the fauna and flora are present in Hawaiian Islands. There are many trees, and people were also there.

So, to me it seems very absurd when people say that the first human being was born in Africa and then he travelled to Constantinople, and from there Aryans came and invaded India, and so on. All these theories are rubbish because we want to see one point from where the tennis ball began. If you see from a quantum physicist’s or from a real rational scientific view point, you will find that in the whole creation things have happened in many places simultaneously. Nature can make a coconut plant grow in Kerala and in Hawaii at the same time! It doesn’t have to export a coconut from Kerala all the way to Hawaii or vice-versa!

Now they have found that there is water on the surface of Moon and Mars. Somebody will come up with a theory that at some point of time the Moon became a part of the Earth and then water came from there, because we try to think linear.

We have to think spherical, then things will make much more sense.

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The Greatest Secret-3

Therefore, if a minimum of 8,000 people got together in different parts of the world, in the comfort of their own homes, and meditated for just five minutes exactly at the same time, on the same thought, we could draw the attention of the universal body to us. Although, we won’t hit critical mass till about 4.5 million people meditated at the same time on the same thought. Why 4.5 million? This is the mean (or even median) of 8,000 and 9 million. That said, we can certainly start with 8,000 people.

I’m not suggesting that we use this wisdom to further individual causes (we could though). Instead, I propose that we meditate on global peace, prosperity and equality. Today, technology (read internet) makes it possible that a few million people can easily coordinate and sit down exactly at the same time to meditate towards a common cause.

We live in a time where an obscure video can get 100 million views in a matter of hours. And I believe there’s no lack of good people on our planet, people who want to make a difference to others. When we raise the level of global happiness, personal peace and prosperity will rise automatically. With more and more happy people around, our world will naturally become a better place.

If you like the idea then continue reading and join hands with me in this noble and global cause so we may contribute something back to the world and in the process enrich our own lives too.

The Pin Prick Effect

The idea is very simple. We need a minimum of 8,000 people who commit to a meditation of five minutes once a week. You can do it from anywhere — from home, office, park, while sitting in a car — anywhere at all really. It doesn’t cost a dime. All of us will begin and end our meditation at the same time, no matter where we are in the world. You don’t have to spend any money on anything, not even traveling. We’ll pick a topic and meditate for five minutes at an appointed time. I’ll be happy to put out an introductory video on how to meditate, and a guided meditation which we can change every 12 weeks.

My view is that the day we have 4.5 million people meditating together, it will mark the beginning of a quiet spiritual renaissance. It will bring marked changes not only in the lives of the participating meditators but also in the whole world. And one day in the future with 9 million meditators, we’ll be able to see the law of attraction in action at a global scale.

If 9 million people meditated together for your peace and happiness, you would see the difference in your life. It will certainly help the cause if you are one of those 9 million meditating on the well being of others too.

We are interdependent and interconnected. Our thoughts and actions have an impact on everyone else around us. We can use this insight and the power of collective meditation to make a difference.

Om Namah Shivay

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The Greatest Secret-2

Each one of us is a cell in the Universal Body. On our own, no matter how powerful one person is, our existence is infinitely smaller than the smallest number we can imagine. On a collective scale though, every individual is critical to the existence of universe. If every cell in our body gave up, the whole body will collapse in no time. Similarly, if all living beings gave up, it will have an unimaginable effect on the whole of creation.

Part 3 —Attracting the Universe

The law of attraction is based on seeking attention of the universal body. Its scale is infinitely larger than ours though — like an ant trying to stop an elephant in the tracks. What is a lifetime struggle for an average human being is simply but a momentary effort for the universal consciousness. One individual’s efforts or thoughts can’t bring a universal change. Though such change may well be triggered by one person but to make a sustainable or a profound impact requires collective consciousness. And, this brings me to the most important part of my thesis.

Have you ever realized that no matter how engrossed you may be, even a small mosquito bite can easily cause distraction? A tiny puncture by a needle, anywhere on our body, is enough to draw our attention. In much the same manner, to draw the attention of the universal body, we have to jab it (gently). One human being can’t do it single-handedly, it has to be a cooperative effort. If enough of us meditated on the same thing at the same time, we would attract universal consciousness to bring changes beyond imagination.

This raises an important question: how many meditators are required to cause the pin-prick effect on the universal body? The answer is an absolute minimum of 8,000 to a decent 9,000,000 people are required to cause a ripple in the universal consciousness. The more the merrier, of course. Here’s how I’ve arrived at this number (you can skip the next para if you don’t want numbers):

I’m beginning with the proposition that even a tiny prick of a pin causes a shift in our attention to the affected area. Other things being equal, if human body has 37 trillion cells and the point of a pin is .127mm in diameter then one 1 mm deep puncture will impact roughly 9 million cells. If I only consider skin cells (35 billion) in my calculation then a 1 mm puncture will affect about 8,000 cells. Since I’m not a theoretical physicist, I posed this question in a forum and a physicist was kind enough to provide a detailed answer. This number is derived based on his reply.

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The Greatest Secret-1

Most of us have read about the law of attraction and a great many among us must have wondered if it actually works. Is it really possible to attract wealth, love and peace etc. by merely thinking about it? Probably not. No doubt that everything begins with a thought but action is absolutely critical for realization of our dreams. Having said that, there are hundreds of millions out there who constantly think about and pray for change in their lives, they work very hard too, yet their life continues to go on as before. Why is it that even when you put in your best, your circumstances mostly remain the same?

Earlier in January this year, I wrote (here) that I would unearth a great secret for you. I mentioned becoming one with nature so you may expand your consciousness to an extraordinary scale. So that, each one of us, like a drop merging in ocean may become as vast and powerful as the ocean itself. One drop doesn’t make a sea but every drop is required or there’ll be no sea. Similarly, to gain the immensity of scale necessary to attract the universe, we have to tap into the collective consciousness. Before I sound any more complicated, allow me to explain the basis of my theory in three parts:

Part 1 — The Human Body

What is the human body made of? What if we go a step further than just flesh, bones and sinews? Our bodies are made up of billions of tiny cells. Researchers estimate that if calculated by volume, there are 37 trillion cells in the human body. This number can vary greatly (from 35 billion to 724 trillion) depending on the nature of the cells used for calculation. Skin cells, being sparser, are only about 35 billion, for example.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there are 37 trillion cells in our body. Each cell in our body has local intelligence. Every single cell, in some ways, is an independent unit in its own right. It has a membrane that functions quite like our brain. Just like we enjoy a degree of freedom and yet we are expected to operate within a legal or a social framework, our cells too, even though independent, are bound by the laws of nature. Human cells represent a balance of free will as well as an adherence to a biological system — our body.

Atoms make up cells, cells molecules, and molecules make up tissues. Tissues make up organs, organs organ systems, and organ systems in turn, make up an organism.

Part 2 — The Universal Body and Us

We are an exact replica of what surrounds us. There is roughly 70% water on earth and there’s 70% water in our body. There are countless stars in the universe, and we have countless pores on our skin. Everything we eat originates from nature, on this very planet. We don’t just depend on natural resources, we are a natural resource ourselves. We are nature. Together we, along with other species (animals, plants and algae), make up nature.

There are 100 billion stars in our galaxy and there are billions of galaxies in the universe. The interstellar space between planets and various galaxies is comparable to the interstitial space between our tissues and organs. We (all living species) are for the universe what cells are for our body — a fundamental building block.

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