Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Meaning of Guru Paduka Stotram

Most of the time, we are charmed by the ancient texts and scripts and also the stotrams. Adoration is one thing and following it in practicality is another.
The Guru's photo is only for one to be reminded of the Guru principles that came from the Lord through this divine manifestation, through which you could interact using the five senses and receive so much from, through his speech, gestures and actions. This is followed by the disciple till the time his/her consciousness evolves to a stage where dependence is not on sight, form or physicality. It becomes more subtler and subtler. That is the very essence of the Guru Tatva. When things become subtler the physicality of the Guru starts diminishing and that is why the Guru's feet are given most importance so that one does not get stuck or attached with the personality or physicality of the Guru.
Spirituality is understanding the elements and virtues behind every teaching and the attempt to imbibe it in one's own life. Religiousness is blind Guru worship, flaunting hundreds of Guru photos all over, praising and glorifying the Guru to infinity, but not a drop of his nectar yet swallowed.
The path of the great Avdhootas is a very mindful and aware one. is a very crude and practical one. That is why the Avdhootas are no-nonsense people, who shun the very worship that the disciple feels so proud about. He kicks away all glory and praises for he doesn't need it. He has come for something else, not these acts of more illusions and blinding. He has come to life you out of all this and not soak you further in it. I keep consistently travelling to many places and ashrams across India. Most places things are taught but nothing in practice. Everyone speaks about the greatness of their Gurus and even force it down on others, but none live it or try to live it. Publicising the Guru's teachings is one thing and living it is totally another thing. This path is certainly not of flattery or comfort, but a rugged path of straight truths, and a serious path.
It is not necessary that one has mastered everything because everyone is a learner and a student for life. But what is important is that one has begun learning and putting all attempt to master everything in practice. So, it is not about perfection but it is about the practice itself.
Sharing one of the most profound text/stotram of Adi Shankaracharya ji, on the path of the Guru-Disciple. If you contemplate on each of this verse, you would be surprised as to how much we enjoy singing these, but how much yet is to be imbibe into our cores.
Will add one verse daily to the blog for daily contemplation.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

God stands by you


This is a gifted quotes desk calendar which has been here for about 8 years now, being flipped every single day by my family.members. Today I noticed it wasn't flipped and for the first time in life I flipped it to today's date and this is what came up.



It's common that most people cannot relate or understand people who have awakened. When you shine the light, all darkness around is disturbed and threatened. So for survival they put up a fight. The darkness in people are threatened. So it is not them, but that darkness that is feeling uncomfortable. I have always encountered people in all areas of life who will want to pull me into the third dimensional dramas of hate, control, manipulation, deception, lies, victimhood, blame, guilt, etc by provocations in countless ways. That is the only way darkness can root back It's hold by pulling a soul of light down. It's challenging at such times to be not dragged away into such a current where we all had existed once upon a time. Being centred and engulfed in light and blessings of the Master, Ascended Masters and God will help a great deal, for these are the only real forces that will stand by you when all things of the third dimension may fail. Divine Love and Light 💛💫

Friday, August 9, 2019

Teaching is His Part, Doing is Ours



When I post the practical spiritual posts, people find it insightful but then ask HOW? I tell them by doing the sadhnas your Guru has taught you. By doing the Kriyas you learnt from your Guru. By attempting to always walk the teachings of what you learnt from your Guru.
There is so much of immense gratitude for all that the Guru has taught that are so powerful modalities to navigate through life. But the only thing needed to be added here is that teaching was his part. DOING is our part.
You can find out the areas of your life that need attention and pick up those sadhnas and do from the multitude of sadhnas the Guru has taught all these years. Do not underestimate the power of any that may seem like a simple one.
For example, I always mention about the NACHIKETA AGNI DHYAN SADHNA. If you want to clear our issues of life pertaining to nonforgiveness, hurt, old emotional clogs, etc, nothing can be as powerful as this Dhyan. If you do it daily even for two weeks, you will notice the release of old unwanted traumas.
It's all upon you, on what you want to prioritise depending on your life challenges. Secondly, it's always wise not to do anything desperately and with intentions fixed on quick results. That's one reason I post multiple things that can trigger us to understand certain things that we ignore. If these things come to light, it is easier for one to know what to deal with.
Similarly every Sadhna has very significant effects on certain aspects of life, if they are observed and done with a certain kind of a mindful approach rather than just doing it mechanically for the sake of doing, you can measure it's powers for yourself, but then you need to be mindful of it.
Doing regular Sadhna everyday is the most ultimate but in case there are certain challenges coming up in life that need urgent attention then doing a little work on oneself should help.
Gratitude to the Master who has awakened these faculties in us and given he tools to practice.
Written just with the hope it might be helpful in some way.
Divine Love and Light 💛💫

Friday, July 26, 2019

Memories with the RIshi Putra

Happy birthday dear Ishan bhaiya...


We hardly meet or talk as before because back then there was so much of time and were living most of the time almost in the same area of geography, but today your responsibilities have multiplied in tremendous ways as a Master, mentor, life coach, Yogi and as a father. So we hardly get to even meet but whenever we bump into each other the first thing that happens to me is that my anahata opens wide apart, my heart smiles in joy and love and then in few seconds your mighty arms clasp around me in a divine and meaningful hug. Those few seconds feels ever blissful and energetic. After few moments we part ways again but you leave behind that fragrance lingering in me.

It's been eight years I have watched you transition from a mighty super hero to a Yogi, from a young-hearted light-spirited spiritual enthusiast to a passionate Yogi guiding, helping and building lakhs of humans, especially the young ones that need guidance the most today. At the same time, excelling as a child, husband and father and this being a role model to so many. But despite all that, it's humbling to see that you haven't really changed and are still a child from within, naughty, humourous and yet responsible.

To the world you are the powerful built man, but for me, all that I always saw back then and even today is your heart of gold and I admire the humble heart in the core of all the external achievements and that is what I love you the most for, rest I don't really care. You have taught me many, many things , not by your teachings or words, for I hardly see or hear them, but you have taught me many things by your example, which I viewed you with the eye of an eagle.

Your best quality? You probably have that keen perception to see through the troubles of others, which others can easily overlook or perhaps even not notice anything despite an open eye... and your attempts to help them in the best possible way you can... And then, I see that happiness in your eyes when you see others happy. That is something I pray be preserved in you as preciously-guarded as a treasure. Even look at this photo itself! This photo was when he very excitedly brought me a Google pixel phone because of my love for photography and this was the first selfie he himself clicked and excitedly like a child he explained me the features it had, on and often demonstrating it personally. You can see that the happiness of the giver is more than the reciever, which shows the happiness that one can get from the act of giving out of love. He has done this previously also whenever he brought me any gifts, it was from his heart. I wasn't excited about the gifts but would with a large loving smile watch his love. You won't believe, I hardly knew technology or how hese phones work or their apps.... He even taught me what was Instagram and other apps! At a time when I hapilly told him that I have thrown my phone and happy without any public interaction, hoping he would like my move, he immediately brought me an iPhone and asked me to behave as a "social being" and be in the world. He re-ignited my writing skills by asking to to blog again. All for his simplicity and eagerness to make me a superman including all attempts to teach me martial arts and giving up as I refused to change from my introvertedness and softy behaviour to match his unmatchable power and energies.😁

Oh goodness, I realised I wrote a biography when I came to write just a birthday wish😀 anyways I think it is worth it because I did this while we were circambulating the holy Arunachaleshwa hill in Tiruvannamalai as we slowly took the 17 km slow drive around the hill early morning before heading further to Andhra Pradesh. So I believe it was a "holy" birthday wish that came from my heart and I put it here unfiltered. God bless you abundantly always. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE RISHI PUTRA#ishanshivanand

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day to the Cosmic Father

i never ever believe in these kinda days including birthdays and death days, but some occasions - chalta hai - like a delicious burger a few times a lifetime to treat yourself and relish.. let this be a day of gratitude to the Cosmic Father who works tirelessly for his children... The one who really cares... 💛





Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Happy Birthday???

Today is the so-called birthday of the Master.

Now how do you wish someone who is beyond birth and death?

How do you wish someone who is omnipresent?

How can a being of light celebrate a birthday?

The Master once said, "There is no such thing as birth day and death day and nirvana day."

Of course, He may join you in cheering just for the heck of it so as to not disown anyone's love, but in the ultimate reality it is nothing but a mere amusement for Siddhas.

Yes, but we can celebrate His Birthday as a day of remembrance and celebration, for He chose this day to take the human form for us.

So, in reality, it is a celebration for us, not HIm.

So, in that sense, let's celebrate !


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tests of the Path

Greetings everyone... Had been busy for a while, still am.. Was just peeping on FB and found some posts by few who are disillusioned by the experiences of others.

Though i did not want to give any gyan on this, but still thought would write a few things for those who are confused, sad, depressed or bewildered by the way so-called freedom of speech or freewill sharings keep floating around the social media.



It's close to 8 years that i follow my Guru, though before i was an avid reader, an explorer, a curious one. i have traveled many paths before, almost visited every center of all paths that you can name of. i learnt a lot and still do respect every Master and every path for they are all working so wonderfully and divinely for uplifting souls to the Supreme. But just that i decided to follow just one path and Guru till my last breath not because it is already written in the great scriptures the need to follow a Master faithfully but just because of the sheer love of settling down to learn something seriously. 

 But this decision of following one gives not just the necessary bulls-eye focus but also sincerity to the spiritual path and journey. It's like you fall in love once. When you marry, the beauty and prosperity of that relationship is only if you are loyal to the partner. Though viewing another not heavens or hell may broke loose and it may still be okay and acceptable in the modern times, but you still know deep down in your heart that something is not right. Commitment will lack because no matter how much ever experienced or advanced you feel you are still it will lurk you somewhere, still it will confuse you somewhere, it will still leave you incomplete. It is not the question of whether the spouse is beautiful or the other one, but a matter of integrity, bond and commitment..

That's what life is always about, you can't travel in two boats at one time, you can't study two subjects at one time, you can't watch two movies at one time, Though in Kaliyuga everything is considered fine and okay and maybe even technology might make such things possible, but let it not be forgotten that the very basis on which this ancient tradition stands upon are the emotions in the tradition or lineage.

So, what i noticed around and what i wish to say is that follow anyone - any, any one - follow any, any one path, for all are righteous and divine but follow one. Also, when following one never pass judgments on the other - be it Guru or path or religion. Though it might all seem like "the thing" of today, it is simply not polite and nice on the path of Siddhas.

Also, wish to add that this path, as i always mention, is not easy, it will open up many aspects of our own deeper selves that we may not want to honestly see, to introspect. The Guru burns the ego self, and sometimes ego is visible to us, sometimes the subtle ego is not, but the Guru sees everything and it is His work to burn off every bit completely and He will continue. i have seen the Master mercilessly burning it all and many times people flee. They cannot withstand the heat. They forget He is not here to flatter or keep one tossed in the comforts of a lofty cradle in the name of unconditional love. Unconditional love is that love that sees beyond all this - unjustly and is not, as it is widely misunderstood, love that accepts and tolerates anything and everything. The Guru will not fall for praise or nice words or foul words, He will simply do what He has to do. So flattery has never pleased a Guru nor will cribbing or tantrums affect Him. He will do what He has to. It is very difficult to understand Him with the logic mind that asks explanations.

i have read how Guru can go to any extent to teach His disciples, sometimes even to the extent of throwing one out. i not just read such real stories, but also heard it from Yogis, who were once as disciples were asked by their Guru to leave. Without a word they took it as their Guru aagya for they believed in the Param Vakayam of the Guru Vakyam. They shared how they then practiced sadhna with just a small photo of their Guru and later reunited with them. Most of the time, Gurus become stern because they wish to teach something or it is after certain efforts they make which the disciple fail to understand. Eklavya's story is a perfect match to this. To a committed one, it does not matter what externally happens, but all that matters is how true the love has been. Many times Masters test their disciples in multiple ways, sometimes in ways that feel as "injustice" but it is upto the power of loyalty and true love in the heart of the student that wins or loses the test. Many things just mean "one is not ready yet" and till one is ready, the Master will fry, even if it means losing out a lifetime for the path is not easy, nor is the mind ready to easily shed the comforts of the mind and body. The ego will raise it's hood and give multiple reasons, excuses, blames, and all sorts of things to justify how one feels. It is not the fault of the path that the times of the current days are too modernized that patience and faith run out at a drop of a hat, because expectations are too conditional. And that is not how the path works.


Anyways, i think i just shared too much but it is just out of love and care for the ones for whom the hush of the social media cause inner conflicts or confusion or even sadness. It is important to remember that we live in a world of good and evil. The battle of light and dark is always on. i often come across situations or people, often unknowingly may not resonate to the highest truth and purity but believe to be doing so, for we live in times of a so-called advanced world, where everything is considered okay. Thus, looking at the extremities of today's lifestyle and an okay attitude towards compromises in spiritual values, it becomes a good reason to ignore the overloads of social media dramas, because then, if you are able to see clearly, you would know from where it is all coming from - comes from an individual's own inner conflicts, insecurities, or probably even the tough phases that they are themselves going through, all of it which is okay to ignore because it is still someone else's stories, someone's karmas. i personally believe that posting personal stories on social media has no definite purpose other than wanting to attract attention. But at the same time, there is a lot of love and good feelings that goes towards them also because somewhere their hearts also are having a tough time. It is not that they are wrong or bad, it is just that their pain and hurts are true to them, they feel it too. So, wearing their shoes it also doesn't really feel good, and that is why they do not need criticism or hardness, but just love and blessings. All that can be done is to pray for their well being and that they receive all that is for their highest good.

But regarding judging masters :) never do that in any circumstances.. never judge any, any masters. i have seen Baba flaring up if someone speaks ill of any Master. It is simply isn't right. Not to forget the Guru Dosha that one can be prone to when he or she bad-mouths or does anything displeasing to their own Guru or to any Master. Well, if it is a free will of an individual so be it, but was just wanting to say that in the human opportunity of liberating oneself, why unnecessarily get entangled in such things? There is so much work to do for the self-growth and for the world.

Let me end this with a real story that happened a few years ago.

In the place i was born and brought up (Belgaum), there lived an Avdhoot who used to sit in his house that had a large verandah. People flocked to have his darshan and few just longed for His glance to fall upon them. They did everything to get his attention. But he was totally unpredictable. He would at times be okay with people around Him and at times flare up. Most of them kept distance because He would even beat them up or abuse them. But still people flocked for HIs darshan for they knew well He had something that they could receive. He did many leelas, like all Masters do. He had his own ways to keep people away, again, like all Masters do :)One morning when people flocked to have His darshan, but today they found him sitting absorbed in samadhi but noticed that He had done something unusual. He was sitting inside the house but all over the large verandah He had spread rice. For this reason, not one could reach Him because if they did, they had to step on the rice and walk over it to reach Him. In the South a great reverence is given to rice as Maa Annapoorneshwari and thus no-one dared to step on it. They had their darshans from far and commented how wise He was to do this trick to not let the crowd disturb Him. At that moment, one man walked through the streets desperately seeking darshan of His Master, made his way through the crowd, jumped on the verandah and ran over the rice, and fell at the great one's feet. The Avdhoota opened His eyes in anger and the crowd were angry too at this disrespect the man had given to the rice and to the Master. When the master looked into the eyes of the man that was full of tears and joy, He smiled and put His hand over the man's head and blessed him profusely. The crowd was amazed. The Master sent Him away with lot of love and blessings. The people complained to the Master that he had foiled the Master's intention of spreading rice by walking over it, to which the Avdhoota said, "True that I had spread rice on the verandah but I had spread it because I wanted only the real ones to enter the room. All of you saw this rice and stopped there whereas this man saw nothing but me. In His eyes was only the Master that he failed to notice the rice and ran over it. He was not even scared if I would beat him or abuse him because He yearned for me. If you noticed, he was not even aware of the rice when He left and that is because in his eyes He sees only His master and nothing else."

Divine Love and Light 

Friday, January 13, 2017

What's in my name?

Long time... i returned to my blog, my passion of writing my heart out, sing my heart out, smile my heart out :)

It's been about two years i added a surname to my name or you can call self-christened myself. Those days very very few people added the name Shivanand to their name. After that i read and heard and saw many times the different definitions given for one choosing to add their Guru or lineage's name. Call it a fancy or a "the thing" going on, i was but sure that whatever reasons one did, that heart must surely be carrying a lot of love.

For me it was not a "one fine morning decision", it was a very, very personal thing. i had previously also thought many times to add the name of my Guru, but something pulled me back. i would like to share what was that. It was certainly not because i lived in the vicinity of my Guru. I have been around Him for two years before that too.

The path of truth and love and light is not as easy as it's spelling or pronunciation. Since i time i came in the vicinity of the Siddha master, i have been battered and bruised, because He is fire that burns all unwanted stuff in you. Easier said than done, there were many moments i dangled in thin air undecided. It is not that your karmas say bye bye to you when you walk to your Guru. You carry them with you. The only difference is that you are aware now of its effects. The struggle was on. Struggle of the ego, struggle of the conditionings, struggle of impulsions, and phew... so much. Now where on earth would one even think of a name or sirname at such times. When everything within and without is undergoing a trashing. A trashing of fight between the dark and light. Life can be simple but we choose to make it difficult not because we want it to be difficult but because we feel that being difficult is the easier way out. So when the first heavy round of battles were found between my dark forces and the Guru's forces of light, i fled. i fled Him. So when you flee from something, how can you even fix that something's name with your name. But then, that was a part of the game too. And when the sun shone one morning, i realized why my soul was fleeing.

It was because of COMMITMENT. Lack of commitment was the nailed reason. And then i kept looking at all the past reels of my life as a failed student. But in that review, i saw something very beautiful. i saw how He was just what He was. The unconditional love that He preached was not false. Irrespective of what i thought and what i did or what i decided, He had just divine love, light and prayers. There was something very subtle about Him that could never be seen through the physical eyes of His red-robed human embodiment. Whenever i saw that divinity and wanted to exclaim, He would brush it away and act even more human, sometime more brutal. It seemed like He wanted to prove my eyes and logic right. All i could do was stare in confusion. i was thinking that He
was missing opportunities of proving His divinity to a confused student. There were so many times when i witnessed His divinity and for once wanted Him to confirm that for me, and each time, He made it very clearly feel as though nothing had happened. Determined further when i tried to make something out of it in words, He changed the topic or laughed making me feel foolish. i must say, there are enough elements in this world, enough information and enough talks and happenings in this world to create doubts on your path, but here was a Master who was building it Himself for me. He created situations around me that put me into all kinds of questions and doubts, and when i sought mercy towards His compassionate eyes, He gave me all the love but never answered any questions or doubts. Rather at my every such attempt, He Himself created more, sometimes in mysterious ways and sometimes by Himself becoming a stone. But all through this, i never stopped seeing the wonders He did and beautiful mystical things that kept happening. That was when i realized that it is this quality that charmed not just me but millions. The light that shone through everything and took care of everything yet unwilling to explain.

It was in those hours that i knew i had to commit and keep my eyes glued to that light and not to the dark shadows created by that light. i had eluded commitment like a bunking student. To become a doctor you commit to medical schooling and receive the tittle "Dr." that reminds you all the time of your commitment for the ailing. A military man's tittle glues him to his responsibility. i had decided by then to add the name of my Guru. For me His name, is a commitment. Not an announcement to the world, not any achievement, not any status, it is a crude reminder of a commitment, not just to the path but to the larger causes too, more towards my own soul agenda. It makes me feel more responsible. It makes me feel more connected. It makes me feel one with the Master. It is never a compulsion for me. It's beyond the understanding of logic because it rather sounds funny. A Christian name and a so-called non-Christian name. My Master never bothered about my name or beliefs ever, When He has embraced all religions, will He not embrace those who follow it too? If He can embrace it what big is my embracing His name? i belong to a proud lineage of great Masters, whom i have not followed in any blind belief but through my own deep experiences. When i embrace Shivananda i am also embracing Nityananda, Jagannatha, Gorakshnatha, Matseyendranatha, Digambara. Then it doesn't matter anymore to a doctor whether you tear his qualification certificates or you strip the medals and tittle of an Army man. He will still be a doctor. He will still be a military man. Both in heart and blood.
Shakespeare uncle said it right, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." So what if i add a tittle of Shivananda or Nityananda or any name, light is light and light is contagious. So my personal choice to link with a name of light that keeps me reminded of my goal.



So, of all the definitions i saw around when people added the name name of their Guru to their name, my heart only smiled because i knew whatever the viewpoint, knowingly or unknowingly the individual had committed to love and light. To a path of light. A commitment of "allowing" to be guided and trained by the Master in every step of life. i see this as a very, very difficult step because you can confront raised eyebrows and all stuff you can't even imagine. Difficult step because it would make you committed. Then you can't run. You can't fake anything because now will be looked upon as a quality of that. Your expectations would be that. It's like a commitment towards entering a relationship where commitment may still be difficult or indecisive because of the consequences.

For me, adding the name of your Guru or lineage does not necessarily makes one a true Shivananda, but it does make you tread on the path, train yourself, practice, fall and get up and more of all keep going. For me, the name is a motivation. Just like to reach the divine the form is needed in the beginning to reach the formless, the name too is just a beginning of that sacred ritual. It may be shed today or tomorrow or whenever. But that would be on the realization of rose being a rose, when any of the names smell the same way. Divine Love and Light :)

Note: i have written this in one go and so there may be grammatical errors or English errors but am nevertheless not bothered to make any corrections as it has come straight from the heart and i wish to keep it that way. Don't know if the whole thing may be understood or not, but if it does - am glad it served the purpose. Stay blessed :)


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Who will give me what I want?

Someone asked me why people leave one Guru and go to another? Why they try one practice and seek another? Why has someone left from somewhere and come to my Guru? i mentioned that it is not in the coming and going that is going to help but in the doing. Is one doing... whether coming or going? Doing refers to working on oneself.
Karma is something that is entirely my creation, be it something that i realize or something forgotten. Every single incident and every single moment is unbiasedly one's own returns. Maya is the illusion that gives a feeling that things happen to us due to something or someone. It gives us a clear-cut feeling that everyone or everything other than myself is responsible for what i am going through today. This leaves a scar of deep hurt and injustice or anger and resentment. It makes us blame. At such times, we forget, thanks to maya, that the Guru has absolutely nothing to do with anyone's karma. He is untouched and unperturbed by anything. He is in that state of oneness at all times and blissfully stays in it. All who come to Him and all whom He reaches out to has just one reason - to help. He has helped himself, now He continues in a physical body just in order to help. It is entirely up to a seeker whether to accept it or not. He is untouched by who comes to Him or who goes away from Him. All Gurus are this way. Leaving one and catching another are ways of the third dimension. Dislike someone, ditch and find another. Not happy with a cell, discard and buy a new one. Takes time to cook; order a pizza. Bored with books, on the TV, bored with a channel, flip the channel, bored with TV, plug into games, bored with games, get on to Facebook, bored with FB, whatsapp, bored with the cell, go for a movie, boring film, eat out or "freak out" or "chill out" and if bored with life, find a Guru. Not this one, then that one. The mind is constantly in a habit of leaving one and catching another, never ever satisfied or still or settled. There is a constant craving to do something, be something, know something, learn something, feel something, experience something, find something, endless....
I told my friend, this is what compels one to keep the search on for eternity into finding something that never be found outside. Now, the Masters are all aware of it but none of them are really perturbed or concerned. Their only concern is your well-being and your upliftment out of the repeated births in which the soul is put to endless suffering. All they attempt to do is to get one out of this drama of illusion. They are nowhere in the game, for they are themselves witnessing the entire drama and waiting to pull the curtain down before God does. No Master gains if someone goes to them and no Master loses if someone leaves them. They are fine because they see beyond this all, but they know that their disciples' minds are unripe that will only add up to more confusions.
Master are not responsible for the karmas created by individual souls, whereas it is a misunderstanding when one goes to the Master that the Master is now responsible for their baggage. True that Masters help one carry the baggage or to get rid of it eventually, but never that any Master is simply waiting to keep pulling off people's baggages off their shoulders. They have special ways to ask you to drop your baggage, but again the decision to drop still remains with the individual, no Master enters the freewill of an individual to take decisions for that individual. The interesting thing is that even for one to drop one's baggage, one must first become aware of the baggage and even realize and accept that this is a baggage that was picked or accumulated by himself and that it is heavy and effort must be made to shed it. Only this responsibility and acknowledgement can actually even make one move to take off the baggage and even attempt to put it down. Otherwise, the misery will be in carrying the baggage from one place to another hoping that it vanishes.
Maya gives a feeling that our own inappropriateness is the responsibility of God or Guru. This makes one think that if one goes to a Guru, all His karmas and all His wrongdoings are for the Guru. With this arises a lack of responsibility for oneself. There are many new who come to a Master from other Masters and there are many who leave one and go to another. In both the ways of transits what is forgotten is wherever i go, still carry my karmas with me. As long as my karmas are there with me, i will be undergoing or have to undergo those consequences no matter how many Gurus or practices are changed. Until the responsibility fully seeps on owning one's own deeds and owning one's own consequences, there are grim chances of succeeding from those situations, because the blame game is still pointing to someone else. How can i work on honesty if i don't ever accept that i lie? How can i overcome anger if i dont ever want to think that something within me is triggering the anger? How can i work towards humility if i never want to even know if i have pride in me? Anything and everything that has to be gotten over in me, has first to be accepted and acknowledged, then only it can be worked upon. Otherwise, with outwardly pointed fingers i only can move round-and-round on this entire planet seeking solace and finding nothing but more confusions..Just ponder over this simple thing - Why is that under the same teacher one student excels and another fails? The teacher to blame? Why is it that under one parent one child is a divine soul while another is a criminal? Parents to blame? Why is that under the same Government one sector is flourishing while another one collapsing? Government to blame? Why is it that one child is hopeless even with the best of facilities and another child excels by studying under a lamp post? Circumstances to blame? Why is it that you hate someone while others have no issues with that someone? Is it the person to blame?
Changing parents, teachers, governments, countries, jobs, relationships and even Gurus will not guarantee until what has to be undone is done as per the prescriptions that a Master offers. Because what we tend to forget is that even if relationships change, Governments change, or whatever changes, we will still remain miserable if we feel the cause of our being miserable is due to someone outside. We have been seeking instant gratification from the world. Want to reach somewhere quick, take a cab or a flight and content. Want to eat something make a call and get food right into your plate. Want something from the stores, send the servant to get it. Feeling bored, call someone. Feeling tired, take a power nap. Get a work done real quick, bribe. For receiving favours, flatter. Angry with someone, curse. Someone did wrong to me, punish. Want a remedy, break a coconut. Even God isn't spared from the instant gratification requests that if not received real quick like a ready-to-compensate pizza company on late delivery, one is ready to trash out on God itself. One can become as miserable with God as one becomes to a late-responding waiter. Not even Saints are spared from this syndrome. i received a mail few days back after someone read my travel blog posts and asked me to-the-point to tell him quickly which Siddha or saint should he approach to get blessings so that he gets married soon. His mail also was very demanding and felt like he does not really like delays in replies. Are enlightened beings wish-fulfilling machines? 
Not that they are not capable of it but what one makes of them! All great masters have always said that noone asks them what they should be asking. Baba has said this earlier that one does not want to take what He actually wants to give. Bhagwan Nityananda before leaving His body said, "Everyone comes here for money and only money. The more they are given, the more they seek; there is no end to their greed. When they come they are pedestrians sometimes without a proper dwelling place; and when they get the necessities, then comforts and luxuries are demanded: a car, a bungalow, and so on. When earlier prayers are granted in the hope that contentment would follow and that they would then seek higher values, another demand is placed in a never-ending series of wants and desires." And, people end up visiting great beings to only get something out of them and here also when there is no instant gratification the blame is left there and one moves to the next easy and fastest possibility. Something that will never happen. Never happen because where it can happen is not tickled at all, but all fingers still point outside.
All this is not something that we began doing recently, but it has been from the time we screamed in tears when our parents did not gratify us our instant needs, be it getting spoon-feed as an infant or in not being handed over a toy when we demanded it. The habit continues throughout the lifetime. And same approach towards spiritual practices or Masters. No Master gives instant gratification. Even if that happens rarely, it is not common to all. There are many binding karmic factors behind that too. What one can receive it is not at all possible that other also receive it in the same fashion and same time frame. Just because of the simple fact that everyone's karmic structures are different. Not everyone is alike. Comparing brings up more troubles to the already troubled minds - Comparing oneself with others. Comparing one's Guru with others. Comparing one's parents, relations, friends, and others. Everything is different in every way. What i fail to see is that i am also different. My karmic structure and my life are different and unique in a way. So if that is so, how can i ever compare myself with others. This realization must dawn to even begin the process of accepting oneself. Accepting myself the way i am brings contentment. Then my vision becomes more inward than outward. When inward only then the contemplation can begin. Only then i will look into my flaws, into what is wrong within me and finding ways to overcome it or correct it because then i know the problem is there and by looking within i know the solution is there too. That is why Baba always says You are the problem and you are the solution. Solution cannot come when my vision is outside because when outside, it will only hunt for the flaws of others, it will even hunt for someone external to blame for one's inner conflicts or problems. What can any Guru, any parent, any Government, any religion, any practice, any location do in this case? Like, if one has not learnt a lesson in a failed relationship a new relationship is only going to highlight it at the next opportunity. No matter how many relationships one changes, he will remain miserable. Everything outside reflects our inside. So, when we blame anyone, if we just ponder over a while, it will be revealed that that is the exact flaw that is in me... what i am seeing outside.

When one goes to a Guru, it is not the external Guru who is going to embrace him and clean him up just like that. He will activate the inner Guru within you and then work through that. And again, this will happen only if one is willing to, for no Guru interferes with freewill. Masters are off all the karmic games, they are all one at a different perspective and level. They have not arrived to play more games but to relieve each who are still playing it. This is what was mentioned before that it is not in the coming and going of a seeker to a Master, but it is the doing that will help and for doing one must stay still. Still in whatever one trusts, accepts and loves, but Gurus are no tools for experimentation, none of them smile emoticon

As disciples, whether or not we do our tasks sincerely, they will all keep doing their jobs sincerely for they do not understand our way of thinking and working for they operate at a different level, not very easily perceivable to the logically arguing and doubting mind. Though they look like us and talk and live like us, they do not think the way we do, but we end up interpreting them in the way we think because we are unable to think the way they do smile emoticon


So, all these things do not really matter to them. The enlightened Masters have nothing to lose, but we have - if we do not contemplate and understand really as to why they are here, and even more importantly, why we are here. The mind will easily fool into a lot of things until we understand these two very important things. Why they are here and why were are here. Ponder over this - when they are here, are they doing their work in all circumstances and at all times? You will see it is YES. Now, ponder - are we doing our work in all circumstances? ______????? 

Calm. Relax. Accept. Settle. Be content. Relish. Receive.

Gratitude to Baba. Namah shivay. Divine Love and Light.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tuning with your Guru

Wish to share with you something important today. On and often i come across friends, who are sulking because they have not been able to attend the ongoing shivir and miss Baba. Rather, if you have to know that at a particular time, Baba is in a shivir, far away from you, there are some wonderful ways to get the most. The subtle presence of Baba is very powerful and it does not really matter where you are sitting - whether in the hall, right in front or right at the back or outside the hall or in your room. A little shift in the thought and idea of how powerful the Guru is, can bring a sharp change into this feeling of "i cannot receive if i am not in a shivir". If you can actually tune in, everything changes. Baba has various facets as a walking Siddha and He is the most powerful - not when He is in front of you and maybe even physically talking to you or when you get His darshan, but He is the most powerful when He is at a shivir. That is when He is carrying out His divine assignment and is sitting there with a clear purpose, doing the work of God. i remember His saying in a shivir, "What will you do meeting me? You might express your problems or you might sit judging me. When i am talking to you i am still limited but i am the real me when i am in a shivir. That time i am totally connected and am able to give you abundantly." He said this with very deep meaning. It is during these times that His radiating energies and grace is overwhelming. Even if you can know the timings of when He is in a shivir at any location, anywhere on the planet, you can tune and see the difference. When He is beaming from his seat of fire, He can be giving a lot during those times, especially during the times He is doing sacred sadhnas. The Holy Siddhas from time immemorial have been powerful radiators of grace, the only key to unlock it remains, as always, the purest of pure intentions. If one can master this one aspect, one can master the tuning too. No rituals, no formalities to be done, just an honest and pure intention of receiving and it will turn out to be literally a shivir even from your home. It is just not about the belief you have or not, it is just knowing and understanding the simple process of the working of grace. Why else would Baba keep finding hundreds of ways to reach people at any location, through the social media in so many ways. And am sure there are few strong willed ones who truly benefit a great deal. They look a little beyond a shivir relay as mere teachings or discourse. It is much much more than that. That is how Siddhas work.... all of them. Some radiate it from isolated mountains to you and some sitting amongst people. Their intentions are the very same divine intentions. Who catches what and how much depends on the approach. Try doing this from home, especially after knowing the shivir timings, sit at home and leave your physical body there and pull your subtle presence into the shivir or in front of Baba and see what happens. Of course, being in a shivir in His physical presence is something else, because the five senses actually were trained life long to experience things that way, but with similar kind of little training, whenever you get time or are in the "mood" to, you will see that this quality keeps enhancing and gradually find yourself also mastering the art of staying in the aura of your Guru. That is the best way to make use of any social platform that is nothing but the manifestation of the Guru to reach disciples in every possible way. With hopes it helps in some way and gratitude to Gurudev, namah shivay _/\_ Divine Love and Light 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Once you make one your Guru, He will not leave you

I was looking at my prior post on FB "Once you make one your Guru, He will not leave you......" So true this is. i would rather put it as "Because you made one your Guru (in some lifetime) He has still not left you :)

The bond of a Guru and disciple is beyond any imaginable relationship. Most of the time, this is understood by the just the mind due to the heavy curtains that the mind and sanskars put upon the soul. It is for so many lifetimes that this bond is created over. i know of few friends of mine, who never knew anything about Baba but suddenly had strange affinity towards Him and His teachings (just like i had in 2008). 

Many of them do not even know who the person (Guru) is but still find themselves being guided. i have a couple of friends who are connected with Babaji more subtly. They have not attended shivirs, but they find His guiding light in their lives. He comes up in their dreams, guides them in various ways, comforts and heals. Some end up having kriyas and emotional outbursts that among new sadhaks are normally seen only in the physical presence of the Guru. Some just watch him on TV and find a nourishing Guru-Shishya relationship. This goes out far to clearly indicate the subtle presence of the Guru even when the disciple may not understand or see or decipher it at all. When i look back into my years long, long before i came into ShivYog or even knew Baba in any way, i see a very strong connection and understanding of experiences that now reveal to me that i was watched over even during those times. The experiences that seemed weird in those years, only became clear to me when similar experiences i witnessed after meeting my Guru, which clearly indicated in many, many ways that it was the same subtle presence then and today. i had read of how the Guru follows the soul, lifetimes over, especially when the soul has deviated from the path of Light, like a lost sheep from the flock, but i realize it all only now.

Guru is not actually the person we see, that is just a body of this life time. Guru is that divine soul who has changed bodies just like you and me have changed, only as the means to catch up again with the souls The only difference is that we come each time, knowingly or unknowingly, out of our unfulfilled desires and strong impressions that tries to manifest itself through various lifetimes. And the Guru comes not for His own, because He is done with it all. He now comes to remind you of what you left pending last time and where you could not make it. While we forget that our birth itself is an attempt to achieve freedom from it all, the Guru comes with an attempt to make that attempt possible. With the natural laws prohibiting the Guru from direct interference into the freewill of the soul, the Guru tries all possible ways to reach the souls in order to awaken and shake them off the dream of the illusory life, that can again make the soul wander or fall. Even if found, it is still a task to keep one awake from the deep slumbers of karmic substance. This is why this relationship can never replace any other.  It takes a fraction of time for the Guru to return back to source for He is all liberated but out of sheer love, compassion and unconditional love chooses to linger around and trying to do the maximum possible. When the time comes, and the soul has dealt with certain amount of karma destined in it's prarabdh, the lost link of previous lifetimes is re-established with the Guru.
All the reasons to bring a seeker and Guru together are just reasons and the play of the Consciousness, which might feel like a strange inclination or a unknown fascination or a feeling of knowing the Guru or familiarity with various aspect of the Guru or an untoward incident that propels one to the Guru or an urge to do something for Him or a feeling of connectedness in the very first meeting or a moment of ecstasy or emotions when seeing or hearing about the Guru or one may call it simply it a coincidence of having come to the Guru. Stories may be a thousand but the reason is just ONE. We look at stories because it fascinates us but He knows it before the story has even unfolded. He is not excited about this story or meeting for this has happened many times before, He is only happy that He has another opportunity the present time and He is only eager to know your eagerness for that is what will accelerate His willingness to help. This is why scriptures also say that it is not you who finds the Guru but it is the Guru who finds you. Jesus Christ, as i knew Him from childhood, is known as the Good Shepherd, who is most of the time depicted being among grazing sheep and often shown with a sheep around His shoulder. This has a very deep meaning with and is similar to what a Guru is. He has the commitment of that of a shepherd when it comes to taking care of it. He guards over them. He is alert over them. Many a times, He goes in search of the sheep gone astray and brings them back untiringly one after the other.  In the Bible there are thousands of times the word Shepherd is referred to.  One of the most popular parable in the Bible is "The Lost Sheep" where it is quoted as "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."

Here, souls are referred to as sheep and in the scripture it says that God will send a Shepherd to take care of the sheep. The Shepherd is the Guru in form. Now, there are all kinds of shepherds and that is why Christ is referred to as the GOOD SHEPHERD. Shepherds count their sheep every night. In these quotes, it says, what would happen when a shepherd came back by late evening with his 100 sheep after grazing only to find one sheep missing? The Shepherd does not rest after that. It leaves the 99 on the hill and goes in search of that one that is lost. And when that one is found, he rejoices over it more than the 99 who never went astray.  It ends with the quote that it is the will of God that not a single sheep should perish.

Now, for that reason the Divine assigns this humongous task to a Guru. This i could relate is so clearly when Baba once in a shivir said, "It is natural for a mother who has many kids but runs to take care of the weakest." Here, He meant that He is more striving to take care of the weak for the strong are equipped enough to handle themselves. This is perfect what is in tune with the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 just for that one sheep that is lost. Here, lost sheep means the soul that has wandered off the path or from one's objective of taking this birth. The Shepherd knows that lost sheep are more vulnerable to the wolves and fierce weather. The Guru's purpose of incarnation itself is to search the lost lambs and bring them to the path of light. And what joy the shepherd has when He finds the sheep and brings it back in His arms and this is why He rejoices more when the lost are found, more than the "found" are found :) That is why Jesus was popularly known to be among sinners. Sinners are the karmically burdened. The human being is not capable of handling one's own karmas and here are the mighty enlightened souls (Guru) who manage with thousands of people's karma, which is not at all a human task, but can only be managed by those who are chosen by the Divine themselves. When Baba Nityananda was once questioned as to why when He was such an elevated being, how come the society in which He lived in was so bad, to which Baba answered, "Why would I need good people?' which speaks volumes of the work of fire of the Chosen ones. They come not to sit and rest. They toil for others. What they make, they don't even sit back and relish it, but is all put back to certain causes. Baba is always on the move, touching every area of life with His Midas touch as Ishan bhaiya calls it. Anything He touches bakes, because His touch is fire, sooner or later, it has to bake. To us what seems like being baked in a few months or years is not true. It has taken baking for lifetimes, it is only that the souls were left half-baked which only has continued in this lifetime, which may be seen or not even known, but that is the way it is. It is unimaginable to know what patience must have gone through the Guru to persistently bake a soul over lifetimes, never ever giving up.

This is what makes a Guru special for His only agenda is to bring lost souls to the path. This He does by shaking all the myths and comforts of illusion in various ways that are not often easily understood by the thinking mind. They may be understood, not understood or half-understood, it still does not matter to them for they see the whole picture clear. This is why the bond between a Guru and disciple is most precious. Who else can take this kind of care and compassion for souls? It is not easy for them as well because for this divine task to undertake, they themselves go through a lot. The soldier is battling at the border to safeguard his country while his countrymen are lying in the comforts of their beds, partying, and in merry spirits, safe and sound. At this same time, there is a soldier who is facing harsh climatic condition, surviving through all odds, and risking everything. Wonder what makes a soldier not think that it would have been so better choosing another career of comfort. It is not so for them, because they have a different force within them that sees things more than themselves. The biggest thing that a soldier offers is sacrifice, not just life, but everything - in return for someone else's good. That gives meaning to their lives and they are happy about it. Gurus are extremely happy themselves for the cause that they undertake to live in the human body, which is so limiting to them. The human body confines their vastness and subtleness into various limitations when gross, yet they are willing to come down the grosser planes because on the grosser planes are many souls struggling to liberate. God frequency is such unimaginably high that it is not so easy for a lower vibration to even come close, though the divine will is so. The more gross, the more far. This is when a mediator arrives - the Guru - who lives in the best of both worlds and who can relate and act as a mediator to connect these two extremes. This is why the role of a Guru is treated very sacred in the Sanatan Dharma. Very high reverence is given to the Guru who plays such an important role to souls, without whom, who knows, when and how a lost sheep can find its way back. It is a vast sea out there, where a soul can easily and hopelessly adrift in the sea of uncertainty. 

Without a sense of direction and a sense of path, to be alone, lost, and disoriented can be the worst thing that can happen to a soul. How grateful would we feel to have a guide who could show the way back home in the best possible way? Yet, we may not realize how fortunate we are, because the worth of it still lies muddied under various karmic forces and subtle impressions. But yet, a Guru is never bothered about it all for He knows why you are what you are. He knows why you don't see what you have to see. And, because of this very special quality of His, He is an eternal embodiment of sheer patience springing from unconditional love. He expects nothing in return except the eagerness to walk the path. For then, it is easier for Him or else He waits over the laws of non-interference with the only a steady gaze that still prefers to keep watch over, steadily praying for the lost souls. Such great and vast is the heart of the Master, to whom whatever we give can never ever be repaid back, as the scripture rightly quotes. Earnest bow of Gratitude! Shri Gurubhyo Namaha!


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