Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Song to Babaji (Video)

This video is dedicated to the Guru. This video that contains loads of images related the lyrics. The video is uploaded in three different parts. However, the full video is available for download in one piece also.
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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To download this audio click here.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

First time to Shivir?

NOTE: These are just my own views and observations being a ShivYog saadhak and this does not authorize me in any form to speak on behalf of the organization. These notes and views have been only provided with the sole intention of helping new sadhaks joining Shivirs :) Namah Shivaya!

Some common questions ~
  • What are the 3 courses and I am confused as to which I should attend?
  • How do I register?
  • Where will I get my pass?
  • Why do I have to pay?
  • Will there be any help at the shivir?
  • What about accommodation? What about food?
  • What is the dress code?
  • What do I need to take with me to the Shivir everyday?
  • What should I not take with me to the Shivir?
  • Why should I not carry my mobile phone? I may have urgent calls to make or receive.
  • Where will be my seat?
  • Will I be able to get up once I am seated? 
  • Will I be able to meet Babaji personally?
  • Are any of Babaji's CDs or other materials available in the Shivir?
  • If I have done few levels before like level 1, can I do further levels without redoing?
  • I am a totally new and don't know anything about what to do.
  • Do I need to prepare myself in any way before going to the shivir?
  • Any other tips?
All answers below....
  • What are the 3 courses and I am confused as to which I should attend?  To read the complete details in layman terms  click here.
  • How do I register?  To register make the Demand Draft (DD) of the appropriate contribution and send it to the ashram at Delhi. Prior registration is a must. Details of the DD are given below. After you send you will receive a call/SMS confirming your registration along with your registration number. However, if you do not receive anything for any reason, you may call up the ashram and take your confirmation number. 
To participate please send the form duly filled along with the demand draft favouring "_________" (click to check in whose favour the DD should be for the shivir you are registeringpayable at New Delhi at the address mentioned below.
Shiv Yog Foundation
D – 170, Sec 8, Dwarka
New Delhi – 110075
Ph: +91 09811016531, 09999985961, 09999985962, 09999985963

Also mention your complete details on the back of the demand draft.
  • Where will I get my pass? In case you are an outstation saadhak, then you will have to collect the pass from the venue spot one day earlier or on the date of commencement of the course. Check the event page to know the first day of collecting your pass. So you may want to arrive a day earlier or on the announced day to collect your pass. If this is not possible and you are supposed to arrive on the day of the course, then make sure that you are atleast a few hours fore the start time of the shivir. Plan your travel properly in such a way so that you can arrive in time, check in to your accommodation, freshen up and reach the venue an hour earlier. The plan for seating and timings keep changing according to the shivir necessity. Always carry your identity proof and the photo copies of the documents you sent for booking (DD, letter, etc.) If you have earlier attended certain levels and do not want to attend those levels but only the higher levels, then you need to carry your ID badge of your previous the previous shivir you attended. (Prior levels are a must to be eligible for higher levels). However, it is advisable that one try to attend all levels again for greater benefit.
  • Why do I have to pay? You are paying a contribution to the organization that takes care of so many noble causes. You also pay towards the high costs of the venue, sound system, technical stuff, food, etc. This question may be common with new seekers, but once you attend the Shivir you will know that what you have received in return in million times more than what you have parted with. It is always seen that this amount and other facilities automatically fall in place once a saadhak has decided to attend a shivir. Finally, nothing in the Universe comes for free. There is always an exchange of energy and this exchange has to happen. Apart from giving Guru dakshina you also become the cause to contributing to so many divine causes. 
  • Will there be any help at the Shivir? Every Shivir is managed entirely by the organizers and group of volunteers. The gathering is like a large family and normally you will not need any assistance as everything is known once you enter the premises. Even though, there will be volunteers in seva all the time and to guide you for any information.  Sevaks try their best to get you information about hotels, location and their tariffs but this may differ from place to place depending on available resources.
  • What about accommodation? What about food? Accommodation is what you will have to arrange by yourself. There are sevaks who gather a list of all available accommodation nearby the shivir. You can make phone bookings or if not sure please make sure you arrive a day earlier to fix this up. Breakfast and lunch is normally provided at the Shivir.  You may want to arrange your own food but preferably this is blessed food from the bhandara that is nothing less than Prasad. Make sure you take only enough quantity of food that you can consume. Do not throw away food as this is blessed and you surely will not want to be reminded of this openly by a volunteer when you attempt to throw food.
  • What is the dress code?  There is no dress code but you may want to wear simple and loose-fitted cotton fittings that will allow energy to facilitate properly during the sadhana. Avoid any tight fittings that can make you uncomfortable.
  • What do I need to take with me to the Shivir everyday?  Take with you woolen aasan (blanket) that will help you avoid you draining out energy into the ground or seat and helps you being insulated. Even if you don't understand this, still carry an aasan :) Carry your own water bottle; clean water is available in the Shivir but you may need a container to keep it with you. As much as possible avoid plastic bottles (Babaji also highly discards their use due to their cancer-forming nature). You may carry a note book and a pen to jot out important things, at least the basic things that Babaji keeps mentioning throughout the Shivir, though this is not really required as Baba's shivirs are a direct transfer of grace and not really transformation of information via the 5 senses. Finally, take with you an open mind :)
  • What should I NOT take with me to the Shivir?
    • Cellphones (they make noise).
    • Any plastic bags or covers (they make noise).
    • Small children (they make noise).
    • Any accessories that make noise.
    • Cameras (you are not allowed to take pictures or record with any device).
    • Finally, do not take with your office, business and home worries (they  make noise too!) as all these will be taken care by Lord Shiva. Place them at his feet and enter.
  • Why should I not carry my mobile phone?  I may have urgent calls to make or receive. You are restricted to use a cell phone inside the Shivir.  This is a very important thing that all saadhaks must follow because in every Shivir the volunteers and Babaji keep requesting to switch off their cell phones.  It should not even be in silent mode. Babaji wants saadhaks to be away from any electronic material during the Shivir since it is high negative energy. The energy that you are going to receive from Babaji will be lost by the negative energy radiations of the cellphone. This is something that saadhaks fail to understand in every Shivir despite the repeated requests of Babaji himself. I remember in a shivir Babaji was constantly saying to switch off and someone or the other's phone used to still ring. The next day, patiently and loving Babaji again explained the negativities of a cellphone during sadhana and this time he said, "Promise me you are going to switch off your phones." and soon amidst the intense sadhana a phone rang!  Most of the time what happens is that one uses phones during breaks but forget to switch it off.  Some switch it off not being aware that the alerts or alarms can trigger off in the switch off mode also. So, it is better that they are not carried to the Shivir itself.
  • Where will be my seat?  You need to check this with the organizers or volunteers because this keeps changing depending on the venue and resources. Normally, seat numbers are alloted but for free healing shivirs, it goes on first-come-first basis.
  • Will I be able to get up once I am seated?  Normally, this is not advised. since this disturbs the energy and other sadhaks. So, it is highly advisable to empty your bowel and bladders before you come to the Shivir and plan in such a way that you will not have to get up once Babaji is in. Babaji can take you to different levels of consciousness and experiences for hours together and so it is better you are "ready" before Babaji comes in. There will be enough breaks given and one can make sure one utilize these breaks properly to avoid getting up later. Also, avoid getting up the moment there is sankeertan (song/bhajan) because this is not like the movie intervals where one take a break when the guru sings. More than anything, it is disrespectful to get up in the presence of a Guru unless it is very much absolutely required. Make sure you come before Babaji comes and leave after Babaji goes and not come after Babaji is in and go even before he leaves. This is a normal and respectful practice between all guru-disciples.
  • Will I be able to meet Babaji personally?  Babaji refrains from meeting anyone personally for any reason and does not prefer to have his feet touched. Babaji teaches all saadhaks how to meet him astrally (nonphysically) and teaches one to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and time. Once the connection is truly established in the Shivir with Babaji, there will not be any urge or need to meet him personally. (To read more on this click here)  Also, Babaji shares with you all secrets and knowledge about healing any type of problems by the practices that he practiced. However, I have no authority to comment more on this and you may want to contact the organizers/volunteers.
  • Are any of Babaji's CDs or other materials available in the Shivir?  Yes, all Shivirs have a DIVINE SHOP that sells all materials pertaining to ShivYog.  All information is available at the Shivirs.
  • If I have done few levels before like level 1, can I do further levels without redoing? Surely, you can. It is mandatory that previous preceding level has been done. Please make sure you carry the photocopy of some proof of the previous shivir or the previous shivir's entry card. This will make things easier for you and them.
  • I am a totally new and don't know anything about what to do.  You will not need to know anything more than what is listed here at least.  Have faith in Lord Shiva for you are the chosen one on your path to Liberation. Remember it is not the disciple who chooses a guru but it is the guru who chooses the disciple. So, just go with total surrender and faith in the process. You can trust the entire process of having everything in place if you surrender to Babaji. He takes care of everything right from your money to transportation to accommodation to food and your activities back home or office in your absence. He just wants you to be there totally and fully present with him. Rest assured, if you have this faith and trust in Babaji, you will never feel you are new and you will be beautifully guided that has to be yours step by step.
  • Do I need to prepare myself in any way before going to the Shivir?  Here, this is a matter of personal choice. It does help if you can spend a few days before the Shivir preparing yourself physically and mentally to be with the divine energies. These energies and blessings are going to change your life forever and it is worth giving yourself some preparations before attending the Shivirs.   It could be as simple as trying to keep yourself from any kind of negativities or reading spiritual material or watching Babaji's messages on TV or spending more time with nature or withdrawing from stressful events and environment. Some saadhaks do not prefer to drink or smoke during this period to take the maximum benefit but again all these are a matter of personal choice as Babaji never has any DO's and DONT's in ShivYog
  • Any other tips?  Please know that Babaji follows the basic steps in teaching methods in all 3 levels in all shivirs but it is my personal observation that in every shivir Babaji is never monotonous and there are lot of flavours to his teachings and methods in every shivir. Babaji also mentioned that all shivirs are not the same but everytime he does it from different dimensions. So it is always better if one can note down or absorb Babaji's teachings, especially the ones we are supposed to practice in sadhana like sidha healing, shambhavi, sri vidya, pitra ascension, mritsanjeevani, etc. Be attentive when the sadhanas are taught. However, Babaji adds that this knowledge is transfered from His consciousness to your consciousness, so it is nonphysical. Even people who don't understand the language have been benefiting which shows that it is more than one hearing or seeing only.
Basically, there are no DO's & DONT's in ShivYog and Babaji never places any conditions to the practice of ShivYog, but it is in our good interests that we follow some basic things so that we do not become inconvenience to others.
  • Do not rush during entry or exit. 
  • There are all sorts of people of all ages with different physical and other problems. Try to be of maximum help to them by co-operating with their "problems" that they carry with them with the intention of getting healed.
  • Switch off your cell phone or rather don't get them to the Shivir itself.
  • Do not jump lines or get in between any queues, especially the Bhandara (food).
  • During sadhana try to keep yourself within control. There will be different actions and reactions during every sadhana (jerking, shouting, crying, etc) and these are normal releasing of stored up stuff by individuals.  Babaji says that you are in total control of your body and it may feel good or feel fun for the individual who is releasing, but one should keep control over oneself so as to not cause inconvenience or fear to others. It is important that one does not get distracted either by these experiences around and stay focussed on one's own sadhana. (To read more on such experiences click here)
  • As much as possible avoid talking while in the shivir or even otherwise or you will dissipate the energies in worthless matters that you are receiving during the sadhana.  Be meditative and contemplative to receive the highest benefit. Go to the Shivir thinking that you are withdrawing from all worldly activities. This will also help other meditative saadhaks not being disturbed by your conversations.
  • In Shivirs there are no boundaries of any sort - be it physical, material, positional, caste, religion, status, etc. Treat everyone equally.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Communication with Saints/Masters

Many have lot of confusion regarding this communication with any divine being either in the physical self or in nonphysical self. Gurus who are in their physical bodies as well as gurus who has discarded their physical bodies can be communicated with. Now, I am not going to go in depth of mystical methods but just going to write here about the simple communication that one can certainly have. One does not need to know a lot of things or do a lot of things but simply to be. Being means just to be simple and natural. Tuning to different vibration is a natural thing to happen and there is nothing extraordinary or magical about it. All psychic skills that one develops is what is already naturally there within oneself. Babaji often talks about opening of the third eye. Once the third eye is open these psychic abilities begin to develop.

Long before coming into ShivYog, I used to practice telepathy and mind power stuff. It worked and I was very surprised to see the results. I very strongly knew that it was using intuition. So did I know that using intuition means being very natural and not trying to be being intelligent. Intelligence means using the brain and that means manipulation of spirituality since the mind is so conditioned and accustomed to the way we interpret life, that it only sees things in the scientific and logical way. This has to be first brushed aside. One incidence was when I was chatting with my friend in Germany and I was able to guess the color of her dress, the window in front of her and also the rising sun at the window side, which made me perfectly tell her that she was facing East. She also very surprised confirmed the other details. When I attended Dr. Newton's past life regression a few years back some telepathy exercises were carried out and I was amazed at the psychic connections that one could have. I could describe the house of my partner who was from Bangalore, including the main door, lawn in front of the house, the balcony and his brother in black T-shirt. I was shocked at the way he described my house and its interiors. This gave me the confidence and motivation to practice this skill. With these experiences what I was to share is that every single human being has this wonderful skill. If this is developed well, astral travel is not far away :) Anyways, we are not going to get too attached with all these things because siddhis are a part and parcel of spirituality and one should not get hooked on to it. Babaji always stresses that one should not get stuck with these qualities. But what I am trying to emphasize here is that skills do help one in sadhana, especially in communication with the masters or with one's own guru.

Let us talk with how to communicate with our babaji without meeting him personally. Babaji keeps saying, "Dont try to meet me personally. I do not meet people. Learn to connect. Why do you want to strive for a 5-minute appointment when you can connect with me personally for endless minutes?" You must have also heard babaji saying, 
"You call me and I am there."
"I shall always be with you."
"You ask me for healing and I shall give you immediate healing."
"Never think you are alone. I am always there to protect you."

An interesting video where Babaji sternly clears this.

Now, one often wonders how is this possible and how is it possible that he can be with so many at the same time? This is because siddhas are omnipresent (at all places at one time) That is what we have heard about God, right? Any siddha is God-like. There are beyond the illusions and attachments of the world and in that siddhahood are present at all times everywhere. I talk all this out of personal experience. There are times even in Shivir that I connect with him and he very lovingly acknowledges physically in many ways! Every ShivYog saadhak those who have not yet connected with babaji must try this. In a shivir, keep "talking" to him (internally) without any involvement of the logic mind and the more you practice and achieve this communication, the more you will see his responses in so many ways! This can also be done when you are back at home. During sadhana sit still and just connect to babaji. Call him. Greet him. Send him love. Start talking with him and you will start seeing the results soon. This can be done with anyone who is a saint either living or nonliving. Sometimes they have other ways of communicating back. It all depends on your levels of understanding and having trust in this communication. At first, even if you cannot hear their voices you will receive answers in different other ways. Actually, not hearing voices, it is feeling voices. When I say hearing one might again complicate it with the physical hearing with our physical ears and the voice to be coming from a physical mouth. The voice is always a feeling in clarity. In the start before this communication is developed, one instead of being discouraged of not "hearing any voice" may want to only have a one-sided talk. That is, talk your heart out and believe and know that He is listening. Then put the trust on to Him to give you the answers and get on with your routines. If you are watchful, you will start noticing the answers unwinding unto you in any form - a book, an animal, a beggar, a stranger, or even a strange co-incidence. Usually, all such "answers" are termed as co-incidences and brushed aside. This is because of lack of trust in the happening or communication. Once you learn to trust these forms of communication, you will slowly start getting clearer communication and finally you will learn how to "hear" the answers. This communication can become so casual later on that you will not need to go into meditation or quieten you surroundings to "hear" it. It will be more of a casual talk as though you talk with a person and acknowledge the answer. Sometimes people think you have gone off your head, because they see you smile or make an expression for no reason. You will only know the reason B-).

Saints and master have their own way of communications.. For me the communications from many of them are not through speech alone. We actually get confused because when we question or seek for guidance we expect reply in the same form as we get reply from our friends, teachers and family members. Here the communication is more through silence. By just sitting with a master and not asking anything itself will "install" a lot of things in us without the logic mind even knowing..

Many times babaji answers with images in the mind, sudden "co-incidences" like seeing a phrase in a book or reading a slogan somewhere or seeing and advertisement that has the coded message or simply through someone walking past you or any other such examples.. But all the reception of these messages are ONLY and ONLY possible if we keep the logic mind aside. Many a times inspite of gettting sudden replies in the mind, our logic mind interferes and says "How can that be possible?" Even sometimes we look forward to answers that WE WANT TO LISTEN TO. Eg: One may want to do something very desperately and ask humbly in deep contemplation to one's guru "Master, should I go ahead?" and there is a sudden one very simple word that just appears and disappears "NO!" At such times, one will want to "try again"  because that is not what one really wanted to hear.. Second time one might hear "Well... if it is so then you should go ahead....." and then you say, "Yes, I got the answer!" Now this was not the answer, this is the answer you wanted to hear and is the logic mind that manipulated according to one's own taste.

Trust is very important when one seeks communication.. Yes, sometimes it so happens that the overwhelming mind interferes itselt with reasoning and answers diplomatically. So, it is equally important that one has a peaceful meditative mind while having conversations.. In some instances, you just have to sit and listen and it just keeps pouring. Most of this happens when I am writing my blogs. It is very spontaneous and nonstop and I dont stop for my logic mind to make up an article for I know Babaji is speaking through my hands and it has a reason for it. That is why I never proof-read it also and one can find spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes in it. Sometimes, if I have to read back on some of the articles, I am surprised as to how did I write that stuff? Sometimes I learn a lesson from what I have myself written. This in the west is also known as "automatic writing". Coming back to the subject, in any case, while expecting answers it is important that one does not try to judge or dominate anything that is "coming".

All masters are willing to communicate and help and guide at all times, but unfortunately it is our mind or thoughts (karma) that play games and then condemn this as hallucination, imagination, rubbish, etc. The best way of communication is just to sit, go into meditation and ask babaji to come to you and watch what happens.. Do not expect ANYTHING magical to happen or to have some extraordinary experience. Just be silent, zero down all thoughts, achieve dharana (concentration) and allow whatever to happen.. Believe me, what is right and needed at that point of time will come to you.  Practising these methods of communications are very important and success may not come immediately depending on your let go, surrender and trust, but slowly one will start developing these. Also, one will soon start to know which is the real one and which is the fake one that the mind is trying to input. When one starts succeeding, one must try to master it more patiently and never feel pride or allow ego to take over this accomplishment.

One incident at Pune Shivir, was when I was in my room along with my friend. That same day babaji had told that he does not meet anyone personally and that sadhaks must learn the art of talking him or asking him on the soul level.. That same evening I was reading a book in our hotel room and that book was about the "Eight limbs of Patanjali" As I went through it all I thought "How come Babaji never mentions about these things which are so important for any spiritual aspirant?" like the Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.. I further thought, "It would be so nice if he gave instructions on such basics to seekers so as to how to live in this world and walk on the path successfully.."

Next day, after the morning session, after lunch Babaji returned and as he sat he went into deep contemplation and after a while opened his eyes and he said, "As I was on my way here, I was told by the mandala (lineage) as to "There are many young aspirants coming to shivirs and it is good to see this. Why dont you give some specific guidelines to them as to how they should live their path?" and then to my disbelief and shock Babaji started talking about "Yama, Niyama, etc..." I was zapped that day.

Another incident. There are times when something has bothered me for the day and as I ask for help/guidance, many answers solutions have come "co-coincidently".  Once something bothered me and I was tossing in bed at night. I thought I should sleep early so that I can get up early, but then at around 11 pm the child next door began her tantrums and it was so loud that I kept tossing. I was more irritated because of the problem I had in mind and plus this disturbance. Finally, I lost hope of sleeping and thought I watch TV till I doze to sleep and since it was 11:30 by then switched on Aastha to watch Babaji and there he was giving me the exact solution for what was bothering me. So, the nuisance of that child was actually a blessing in disguise for me and something that was provoking me to give me the answer through that broadcast. I thanked that child that night.

I was even introduced to Babaji in this way through Baba Nityananda, who came into my life with lots of such chain reaction of co-incidences. I was in a big mess and very disturbed with some major twists in life. I had this habit of talking or calling for help to whomever I could reach out to in the nonphysical world. One evening I went to a friend, Krishnaprasad and asked him for a book. He brought two books with him and the other book was ""Paramartha Katha Prasang-Spiritual Conversations with Swami Muktananda" I told my friend that I never asked for that book and he told me, "It just came into my hands and maybe it was intended for you." I opened that book somewhere from the middle and read a passage. To my disbelief it was the solution to the problem that was troubling me!! I thanked him and read the entire book and was very impressed with the teachings of Muktanandaji. One day me and this same friend planned to go to Muktanandaji's ashram in Ganeshpuri. We went there but his ashram was closed and the auto guy had told us that we should visit Nityananda ashram there and that is the main ashram. I went there and had a divine experience at Bade Baba's ashram. (more details are in my OneDreamWorld blog)  Happily I came back and in a few weeks fell in love with the teachings of our babaji on Aastha channel. One day, I decided that I must go for babaji's shivir and registered for the Pune shivir in 2009. In the shivir I got another shock when I came to know that our babaji is an ardent disciple of Bade Baba. The chain of reactions to come to my guru was splendid! 

I have written my experiences with bade baba and another yogi and the wonderful mystical experiences I shared with them on my OneDreamWorld blog. If it interests you please click here to read.

The work of the Divine is always mysterious and we can always witness these miracles if we keep our trust and awareness open all the time.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sharing experiences

Babaji and Guruma always say keep your vision on your own experiences. Do not seek for other's experiences nor be bothered by it. Many saadhaks think that they did not have an experience like the one who sat next to them in the shivir and so may be sanjeevani or the grace of guru did not work on them. Some feel Babaji is angry with them and that is why he does not give them experiences like he gives others. Babaji himself has made it clear that Babaji cannot be angry with anyone.. Getting angry means getting conditional and that cannot be when all that babaji teaches is unconditional love. So, even if one saadhak does not experience anything it does not mean nothing has happened. Babaji works personally on each one in every shivir whether one has an overwhelming experience or has just an itch or has no experience at all..

Other than that sharing experiences can boost one's own ego and one can bring in the kartha bhaav, which is why all gurus and saints refrain from mentioning about their experiences.

Though it is entirely my view here when I say that sharing experiences is up to the saadhak himself/herself.  It is they who should decide whether they want to share or not. As it is, no one can force it out of anyone but if a saadhak wants to share he/she will do so knowing the implications of sharing.  Some saadhaks share their experiences just because they want others to learn from what they have learnt. Learning from other's mistakes helps one avoid those mistakes. So in this case it can be a boon to the one who learns from other's experiences.  It is my view that a true saadhak will not want to share an experience just because he/she felt great about it because when this is done the sharing is purely on proclaiming how great one is because of the elated experiences one is. It simple language it is called boasting. Though the experience may be genuine what has happened is that it has fueled one's ahamkar (ego) which itself is a great pitfall to the stairs of spiritual growth. This is why a saint never proclaims what he can do though he has all the siddhis.  Siddhis are nothing for him and thus the experiences generated out of the siddhis mean nothing. Bade baba (Baba Nityananda, babaji's guru) lived a very silent life. He never spoke of what he could do, but he did. He never spoke of what he did, but he could do and continued to do. Babaji says, "My guru has always told me not to tell others what I experience but only reveal what you can make others experience." and babaji does that.  So a saadhak might want to be careful while revealing anything or sharing anything that it is in the highest good of the listener.

Listeners are usually new seekers who would long to have experiences and "feel" things so that they get an assurance that things are happening to them to. In the due course of time, they will also have their own experiences, but they can snatch the opportunity of having real experiences if they get stuck on to other's experiences and expect similar things to happen to them. I remember in the recent Mulund (Mumbai) shivir after babaji did pitra ascension, a girl got up and asked "Why did not my father come or meet me during the process? Does that mean he has not got ascension?" This question she asked because some saadhaks had shared their experiences about how they saw their father during the ascension. Saadhaks shared these experiences because babaji asked to share. But the girl expected this to happen to her also. Babaji replied, "Why do you want to call him and all that? You should not get entangled and bring the kartha bhaav. You must surrender to the process and allow things to happen." Such similar are incidents when saadhaks share experiences and seekers will believe that to attain a certain aspect, that particular experience itself is necessary. Sometimes, like in the case of the girl she must have done a successful ascension, but then her logic pulled back the things to doubt. This may end up undoing the processes which are done successfully.

So, this article is for those seeking experiences, to be careful even if you listen to other's experiences. Do not get involved with it and link it to your experience. Every soul is different, karmic levels are different, levels of consciousness are different and so will all the experiences be different.

I remember telling people after my first shivir in Pune that I had a cracking sound of my skull twice when the deeksha was given by babaji and I am sure the sadhaks involved in ShivYog before me also thought "How come this did'nt happen to me?" People who were yet to become saadhaks expected that this is what happens during deeksha. When there is no such cracking sound, one starts wondering if he/she received the grace even though he/she has received it in a different way or experience.  Also I noticed that whenever I said it, the pride within me swelled and I felt good mentioning about it again and again. After that, I never have spoken about the experiences for the two reasons - ego boost and other's wrong expectations in their experience.

Not two people's experiences are same. One might say that they are same but they are only resemblances not exact same experience. For example, involuntary body movements. The movement of Shakti in the physical body. This is a common thing to see in shivirs, but notice carefully and you will see that not all their movements are same. All have different rhythms, different movements and if you ask them their experiences also will be totally different.  Many laugh, weep, move involuntarily, sing, dance, shout, etc, etc, etc. All are having different experiences of the same Shakti. Isn't that something wonderful. Babaji's powerful energy is transmitted to all in the shivir. Some dont feel anything just tingling, heat, cold, peace, perspiration, etc. But I am sure some of them dont feel absolutely anything because they were busy watching others or trying to analyse things.  Guruma once even addressed the saadhaks not to even keep eyes open at keep watching what is happening around with others when the session is going on.. She says that "you will keep watching others and they will reach their destination and you will remain a spectator in the journey from nar to narayana."

Hence, in my view, experiences can be shared without the pride being involved and shared only if it can really help someone in some or the other way and not cause lack of motivation in any way or confusion to others.


Just be there, witness things with a surrender attitude. Just go with the flow. Do not resist anything. Do not stop to analyze or justify anything with the logic mind.  Keep aside any kind of doubts (doubts do not appear where there is surrender). Do not fear anything there because Babaji is always present. When you do sadhana at home also, you will experience lot of things and slowly these experiences will start growing. If at any time you are confused or scared talk to Babaji and he will surely help you out.  If you are confused about how to talk then talk to a senior saadhak who will help you out. In any case, DO NOT stick with those experiences as they are least important in this path. Going along with the experiences can pull you back a few stairs down also on the ladder of spiritual progress. Do not boast about your experiences all the time to everyone. Experiences cease where ahamkar rises. There are good days and bad days for all spiritual aspirants.  Just keep going and enjoying every bit of it. Thank your guru. Thank Shiva. Thank Shakti. All things shall become clear to you bit by bit. Namah shivaya!

Monday, March 15, 2010

What is Karma?

What is karma?
The word karma is well known to everyone. Everyone frequently uses this word too in daily lives but seldom give importance to the real meaning of it.

Karma is often referred to something bad. Karma is actually the deed or act that one commits in thoughts, words or action. It is both the good and bad act, both negative and positive deeds that one commits. Any positive deed or act is referred to as good karma and any negative deed or act is referred to as bad karma. Once the act is committed you reap its results also. For any negative karma, you bear the consequences in life negatively (suffering, pain, disease, obstacles, etc) and for all positive karmas you reap its consequences positively (health, wealth, success, peace, happiness, etc). Karma has been described in all religion in different ways. I being a Christian by birth grew up listening to the words from bible, "As you sow, so shall you reap) The basic fundamentals of any religion is to do good, thus to reap good. All religions preach to avoid bad things in life or face the negative consequences. I have always learnt as I grew of being punished. I saw that everywhere in society too. Even in my own home, when I did wrong I was punished by parents, teachers, etc. I was always told that God would punish if I did anything bad. This created a constant fear in me of not doing bad so that I am not punished by God, and if not God at least not punished by people. This fear  exists in society too. But what I have learnt through experience and through babaji is that everything is bhaav. It is purely your intent that creates that karmic good or bad label. It is your own interpretation of how you take things. It is your own guilt which binds you with a negative karma which could have been just a positive karma by changing the intent of it. Pure intent comes out of unconditional love and a goodwill for all without any selfish motives. 

What creates karma?
Everything thing that you have done in all life times, are doing, and are going to do all keep creating psychic impressions which is known as samskara.  Everything that you think you act upon or to simply put it, everything that you do is a result of what you have thought which means every action originates in the mind. These thoughts create samskaras (impressions) and the actions that you do under it's influence further engraves those impressions even stronger. The more stronger these impressions become the more inclinations towards doing that act. That act creates a Karma. So it is also important to note how these psychic impressions make us do karma. This can be clearly seen with habits, cravings, etc. Habits are nothing but strong psychic impressions that has become strong after repeated acts. Noone becomes a smoker by smoking the first cigarette. It is the repeated act that creates that habit. That habit makes one act. That act is Karma. I hope I could put this clear. So, it is also important to be careful of not creating newer negative impressions for it can lead to this vicious cycle of cause and effect.

As humanity developed karma was given its own terms and conditions and own interpretations. Now, to go a little deeper, just the act or deed that would look positive or negative does not determine whether it is good or bad karma. What is important here is the intention behind the act or deed. For example, saying a lie is termed as a negative act in society and even the scriptures and religions have preached and practiced it. Babaji and bade baba (Baba Nithyanand of Ganeshpuri, who is the guru of babaji) always stress on the word "bhaav" They consistently stress that every is bhaav (intent). So, let us say one lies with the pure intention of saving someone's life and lie is not planned or manipulated but a spontaneous one and the intention or motive behind the lie is pure, then it cannot be a bad karma. However, if there is guilt in one's mind that one has sinned, then one can create a bad karma because he created a negative psychic impression.

Types of Karma
There are four types of Karma that you are consistently working on in your day-to-day life:
  1. Sanchita Karma: This is the total Karma that you have accumulated throughout all your lifetimes till day. This also mentioned to as the "arrows in the quiver". These arrows are yet to be shot but remain ready to be shot when the time is ripened. These are all the pending arrows that had not been shot in all your past lives and is a carry forward to this life, waiting to be shot one by one. It is important to understand here that you take birth only to release these karmas that are lying pending in your account. So, life goes on till you exhaust all your Sanchit Karmas.
  2. Praarabdha Karma: These are the Karmas that are now set in action or are bearing the fruit. This can be referred to as the arrows in shot from the bow.  Now the Sanchita Karma starts bearing results on the form of various influences in human life.  This takes place n the form of mishaps, troubles, disease, problems, etc for negative Praarabdha and for positive Praarabdha it results in good health, abundance, peace, success, etc.)  Praarabdha is not a punishment but the result of the law of cause and effect (Law of Karma) and only after the praarabdha is experiened that Sanchita Karma pertaining to it is dissolved.
  3. Kriyamana Karma: These are the Karmas being processed or being created.  This can be referred to as arrows in hand.  Kriyamana Karma is the karma that we create in this lifetime with our own freewill that creates instant Karma and they can be cleared off soon also.  The fruits of Kriayamana Karma are bore in the current life and some can be stored for bhog in the future births.  The one that bears immediate fruit is called as Arabdha Karma and the one that bears in a future now and not immediately is called as Anarabdha Karma. For example: Two persons get involved in violence. Police is able to catch hold of one of them and he experiences the punishment; this is Arabdha. The other person escapes is yet to experience the effect of his Karma in this lifetime or a future lifetime; this is Anarabdha.
  4. Aagami Karma: This is the future Karma, the Karma that is being accumulated now and is going to come as a result of good and bad actions done in the current lifetime.  If you fail clear off your debts in this lifetime, more of Sanchita Karma will be added. It is like an insurance policy for the future in which clean merits during this lifetime will ensure a better life in the next birth.

Karma is such an extensive and intensive subject that it cannot be put up in a page or so, but these are just basics of understanding why you are here and how you are here.

How do you clear negative karma?

With ShivYog sadhana babaji teaches all saadhaks to help dissolve the Sanchit Karmas that are creating problems and obstacles in the current life. Babaji dissolves most of the karmas in every sitting in his 9-day shivirs and also in Prati Prasav Sadhana (Past life). The rest the saadhak has to work out by doing regular sadhana which involves chanting, selfless service, unconditional love, forgiveness and sending healing to the self and others.  ShivYog sadhana reduces the impact of Prarabdha bhog, dissolves the Sanchit karma before it affecting you, and also prevents you from creating further negative karmas. After a Shivir you will notice the lightness in your life and changes start occurring soon after. With individual sadhana slowly life starts moving to how you like it to be.  Read other articles here to understand more about the courses or about ShivYog sadhana.  

If you have not attended any Shivirs or are not a ShivYog saadhak, please listen to Babaji's valuable discourses, where things would become crystal clear and help you live your life to the full with 100% bhog (materialistic) and 100% moksha (spiritualistic).  There are CDs available in Divine Shop at all Shivirs and ShivYog activities. You can buy it from there or you can order it. Since the money towards the contribution of any shivir or CDs or materials goes towards noble causes, I don't want to be distributing anything free of cost online and one should not do so too. Nothing in nature is free, you always have to give something in order to  receive, be it love, money, knowledge, etc.

The theory of Karma has Babaji's discourses in 15 parts of 30 mins each in which Babaji has so beautifully explained it with so many examples of the Theory of Karma.  You can download and listen to the first two parts here.

However, shortly I will be giving free links to download all of Babaji's pravachans (discourses) that are otherwise telecasted on TV.

Hope, you soon begin your new journey towards liberating yourself from the clutches of Maya (illusion) and Karma and move towards the ultimate goal of self-realization.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What is ShivYog?

First let me put as to what ShivYog is not.

ShivYog is not another religion, not another technique, not another method, not another practice.

Babaji clearly states that he refers to Shiv as that infinite, which in different languages may be called as God, Krishna, Rama, Allah, Jehovah, etc. It is that same infinite power which is referred to as Shiv. Shiv means infinite and yog means uniting. So ShivYog is nothing but uniting yourself with the infinite.

Babaji does not differentiate any other practice or any other gurus. He always stresses "Sab santh ek math"  and "Naam anek, sab ka maalik ek" meaning names are different but God is one.

It is babaji's vision to bring as many souls as possible with this infinite divine which one has forgotten due to the power of maya (illusions) and karmic factors. He teaches one how to merge with the divine. He teaches one how to heal your own self and others of physical, mental and emotional problems. He teaches one to dissolve one's own negative karmas, which one accumulates over different lifetimes and due to which there are sufferings and issues in the current life.

Best of all is that there are no DOs and DONTs in ShivYog. Babaji only sets guidelines for all saadhaks (aspirant). So it is not surprising to find people of all kind, caste, creed, behavior, life styles, attending his shivirs to take on his easy teachings and easy-to-practice way of life.

Babaji does not just give discourses but makes one fully experience what he is talking about and the experience is live. The healings are live. The transformations can be witnessed. The shedding of karma can be felt. The healing of problems are be experienced. 

Babaji also teaches one the art of manifestation and materialization where babaji emphasizes that one can bring in all the changes into what one wants in life. He suggests that you should enjoy (bhog) all that you have come to enjoy here only after which you can transcend higher. Babaji stresses on living life 200% - 100% materialistic and 100% spiritual. This is how one should balance one's life and make progress both in the physical world as well as the spiritual world. He teaches you how "You are the creator of your own destiny!"

In ShivYog, there are 3 level courses, which one must attend step-by-step to be eligible for the next level. These three levels can be done in one Shivir (spiritual camp) that Babaji gets conducted and each shivir is for 9 days. During these nine days, Babaji carefully and slowly keeps one entertained with his jovial and wonderful sense of humor and shares the teachings of Holy Siddhas. As he is doing this, he blends it with sankeertan (chanting). He sings gloriously followed by all saadhaks and all his actions and words are very spontaneous. Sometimes he speaks in a very low and soft voice with a presence of divine wisdom of spirituality in his words.  Sometimes his words are hilarious and reflect on practical experiences. Sometimes his words are stern and to-the-point. Whatever, he says, it all has a meaning at that point of time and he clearly reflects the divine's will of carrying out that message to the world. Saadhaks do experience this well.

Level 1: Siddha Dhyan and Healing (Day 1, 2, 3)
This consists of three days and babaji initiates one into ShivYog with beej mantra deeksha and also initiates one with Sanjeevani (the divine love and grace of Mahamruthunjaya). Once the initiation is done, Babaji then teaches one how to use this Sanjeevani shakthi to heal oneself and others. Deeksha takes time because Babaji ensures that he is present with each and everyone (nonphysically) for the deeksha. For some it happens spontaneously, for some preparation of cleansing is necessary which babaji knows and does accordingly. From here on, Sanjeevani, the divine energy, starts flowing from one's hands and fingers and can be directed to where the healing is required (close or distant). First three days, Babaji teaches one practically with some live sessions on healing. It is a great time for a saadhak who has been initiated and one starts feeling the changes happening with one's thinking including the physical changes. Normally one comes in with lot of skeptical questions in mind and some come in with lot of problems in life with restlessness but by the third day, most of the questions get answered and one starts feeling relaxed and comfortable. 

Level 2: Shambavi Dhyan and Healing  (Day 4, 5, 6)
Completion of level 1 is mandatory for level 2.  By the 4th day, a saadhak has sunk well into what is happening around. Babaji then initiates one with Shambhavi. Now, Sanjeevani upon invocation starts flowing through both the eyes and the third eye (between the eyebrows). Shambavi healing is very powerful and can be used to heal any sort of problem or issue. Till day 6 babaji continues with his divine message of unconditional love. By now one is a truly transformed person and one can really feel it. Babaji by 6th day has helped release many of the hard karmas and now asks the saadhak to continue doing sadhana until layer by layer all the karmic influences are dissolved. One leaves the 6th day being a totally new person. I would highly recommend the level 1 & 2 for all who are new to ShivYog and experience the wonders of self-transformation.

Level 3: Sri Vidya  (Day 7, 8, 9)
Sri Vidya sadhana is for serious saadhaks wants to move towards moksha (liberation) Sri Vidya sadhana is the most sacred sadhana on Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra.  A Sri Vidya Sadhak is blessed with abundance. Leading a very blissful and content life he quickly moves towards Self Realisation which is the Ultimate Reality. Sri Vidya begins where the Quantum Physics ends. It is the science of understanding the Microcosm and the Macrocosm. Babaji clearly explains this practice and gives the Sri Vidya deeksha, the highest deeksha in ShivYog.

By practicing ShivYog on a daily one slowly but surely moves towards de-cluttering one's live of all problems and move towards liberating the soul from the cycle of life and death.

Above shivirs are conducted by babaji, Guruma and son Ishanji.

Another major course undertaken by Shri. Ishanji is Prati Prasav Sadhana, where one's karmic influence of present sufferings are traced back to either old incidents of the present life, womb state or past lives. 

ShivYog site says, "Your present is a reflection of what you did in the past. If you are unhappy it indicates unresolved issues in this life or the past life. One must resolve these issue so that they do not enter into similar circumstances again and again and also so that they do not carry the same circumstances to their next birth. This unresolved issue is what is called Samskars or Sanchit Karmas by our scriptures.
The circumstances & the problems one is facing is due the stored baggage of Psychic Impressions that one has collected in various lives and this life starting from the mother’s womb. To release the suffering, pain or disease of present life or to attain the higher level of spirituality & the Ultimate Truth one has to release the Sanchit Karma or Samskaras or Psychic Impressions. Siddha Past Life Therapy teaches how to shed this heavy load and bring out the inner light in the form of health happiness & prosperity. 
This is the ancient wisdom & sadhna that was practiced by Maharishis such as Gautam Buddha and Mahavir. A small fraction of this knowledge also went to the West from India and there they practice it as Past Life Regression. We are extremely lucky that we have the opportunity to learn the complete wisdom of Prati Prasav Sadhna."
This can be attended by one who has not attended any other courses also. Prati Prasav is now being conducted at various places by Shri. Ishanji.

Overall, Shivyog gives one a complete overhauling and helps one detoxify and shed the baggage that one has held on to for so many life times and start life afresh with a new direction.

At the current time, the sequence and format of the shivirs have changed and Babaji is doing more of Sri Vidya Shivirs, the basic levels being conducted free of cost.

For more information on registration and course details please click here.

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