Monday, October 25, 2010

Revising ShivYog

Namah Shivaya,

No, this is not the same article and same old stuff :) An attempt has been made here to look at the same things in a little different way and it could possibly give a click somewhere if just read once.

These are again the very simplified teachings of Babaji in a language that we can understand. Babaji has decoded so many of the high-lcoded and flowery language of the scriptures and also the very secrets of holy siddhas into plain simple language that we can understand and follow. Yet sometimes due to various reasons we may tend to overlook these simple teachings. It is known  that everyone understands and interprets any language or wisdom at the individual level of consciousness and reads it at that level of understanding. That is one simple reason why we need a guru, why we need Babaji to share what He interprets and understands at His high level of consciousness at which level most of the secrets are embedded in the ancient wisdom of scriptures and siddhas. Babaji then, being connected and present at all level of consciousness, easily pours it out to us in the language that we understand. If things are not clear at this level there are again so many reasons for it, which i would not to discuss it here. Sometimes, in the journey with the guru, we tend to forget or fade out on certain things that are the most basic foundation teachings of the guru. Constant reminders still keeps coming untiringly from the guru in the form of shivirs, TV programs, and other mediums, which helps keep the guru's words of instruction, suggestion and advice to sadhaks. On the common number of emails and inquiries that i receive from sadhak family, i try to offer what i understand in the most simplified form and place this at the feet of babaji since these are his teachings that i just express in my own form and understanding with the intention that it might help someone.


Most the time, emphasis is laid fully on the techniques, methods, types, timings, quantity of sadhana, materials used in sadhana, place, ritual, etc, which are none-the-less important but if one looks deep, there are simple foundation teachings that has to be importantly applied in daily life.  But, still there is something more to the what we see or do - the soulful part of it. Here are some pointers that one may want to read and maybe revise something.

The basics of Babaji's teachings that need to be followed/applied in our daily life.
The four most important things to be practiced in daily life is - gratitude , forgiveness, UCL, acceptance. These are the points that need to be in our constant awareness throughout the day for faster spiritual growth.

Gratitude to anything and everything including offering heartfelt thanks to, yes, even the waiter, vehicle, food, and everything and everyone who come in contact with us during the day. With this act of gratitude, Babaji says we give out signals to the Universe that we deserve all these things in life to which nature will continue gracing with. It can begin with saying simple 'thank you' internally in the mind and feeling the act every time you do it along with an internal smile. (External smile need not be stopped if it comes out) :D... So also, one needs to be kind enough to thank one's own self also for everything one does.
 
Acceptance of situations, people. When one starts accepting the situation as it is or the person as they are, there will automatically be non-expectation and with no expectation the outcome from the person/situation will never be bothersome. One needs to practice self-acceptance also at the same time and accept oneself the way one is without judging it or wishing it was not what it is now. The attitude of acceptance if practiced rightly towards the self and others, leads to two main teachings of Babaji again - "Har haal mein khushi"  and "Jis vidhi raakhe, us vidhi rahiye" and "Jo Shiv aagya" It is surprising to note how all the teachings of Babaji co-relate somewhere or the other. If even one of these teachings are mastered the other higher teachings are automatically connected to and grasped. 
  
Forgiveness will not have to be struggled with if the above point  (acceptance) is understood and practiced. Forgiveness automatically comes. With forgiveness one releases unwanted garbage held towards the self or towards others. The impressions held within is absolutely of no use to the self rather more demolishing. When resentment is held within it does more harm to the self than to the person or incident it is being burnt within. Precious positive energy that is acquired by spiritual practices is dissolved with the attitude of non-forgiveness. One needs to practice forgiveness to one's own self too because we do not forgive ourselves also many times for some errors that we do that this accounts to guilt!
Unconditional love might be little difficult if  tried to directly apply suddenly in our life but become easier with the proper following and understanding and practice of the above two (acceptance & forgiveness). When these two are mastered unconditional love starts flowing automatically and effortlessly. So, what i can understand from here is that only if acceptance is mastered, forgiveness and unconditional love will automatically happen. Plus it brings you to the state where you can live with three other major teachings of babaji - "Har haal mein khushi"  and "Jis vidhi raakhe, us vidhi rahiye" and "Jo Shiv aagya"  Paul Ferrini said, "You demonstrate love by giving it unconditionally to yourself. And, as you do, you attract others into y9ur life who are able to love you without conditions."

So, one may try to start with the practice of acceptance and gratitude in daily life and easily end up winning over forgiveness and unconditional love. 

Having re-looked at the above in our awareness the whole day now the main part of our practice are the three S. Sadhana, Seva, Sankirtan. 

Sadhana is our regular practice with Sanjeevani - morning the Mritsanjeevani sadhana (Shiv sadhana) and evening the Sri Vidya sadhana (Shakti sadhana).  Thus, with both sadhana being done, one is doing the complete Shiv-Shakti sadhana, which otherwise Babaji says is incomplete. This Babaji often mentions from his own experience where he did Shakti sadhana for many, many years and still could not be complete until he found out that He needed the Shiv sadhana also to complete this practice, only after which He was able to reach completeness. Babaji often reminds that He is making things easy for us because we do not have to go through what he went and He is simplifying things for us. Sadhana need not be just the 1 hour of morning and evening practice but can be applied into daily life by seeing everything one does as an act of sadhana.

Emphasis is laid on sadhana but along with sadhana, what Babaji again and again reiterates are seva and sankirtan, which most of the time escapes our practice. Seva, Babaji stresses is not right until we add nishkaam (selflessness) to the seva. This is very challenging because even if we try to do the nishkaam seva the strong ego will want to give it importance and take credit.  
 
For example, if one donates money one may suddenly remember Babaji saying what the left hand does the right hand should not know and thus control the urge to take credit for it, but the ego will tempt in all ways, sometimes even in ways one might not be aware of. Like, not wanting to take credit one would want the name not disclosed but still fall a victim to pride to the praise received by the person he is donating to or the ego gains satisfaction by wanting to mention to someone about what one did, maybe even in the name of sharing, but it is the ego again that plays games to get attention for the seva. A true seva is when one never even acknowledges it as seva since it is again the ego that is calling it a seva. Same way  for all other sevas, the ego and pride tries to play superior. Even if these things happen, the practice of doing things and moving ahead without even wanting to turn back and look or think about it, will slowly start bringing one into the mode of "nishkaam". Babaji says that one doing seva must not broaden the chest and do it but bow to the level of the one receiving the seva and do it with total humility. Again, doing seva just to gain the satisfaction that one is doing seva also does not make it nishkaam anymore. Love, compassion and devotion should be practiced during the act. Any service missing this attitude is just another piece of job and not nishkaam seva. Seva need not be only with money or other contributions but can be made a part of daily life by seeing everything that one does as an offering to the Divine or Guru. This automatically also ensures that one does not do any negative thing since there is always this intention in mind of offering it to the Divine.

Sankirtan is the next that is practiced the least. Most of the time it is because one feels one is inadequate in melody or voice. Here what Babaji says is not to be bothered about the voice from the vocal chords but the voice from the heart. When melody and tunes flow from the mouth they become a song but when they flow the heart they become sankirtan. The practice of singing from within erupts bhakti or devotion. With bhakti one automatically connects easily without any effort or external practice. One gets connected to the rhythm of life and free flow of life and merges with the dance of Nataraja and thus one participates in the cosmic dance of the divine, thus enhancing healing and being in the present. 

Same does chanting of any mantra or verse or poetry from the heart rather than from just the mouth. Sankirtan also can be practiced every moment in life rather than only during sadhana chanting or bhajans.  Babaji teaches "swasa di mala nal simran main tera naam" meaning taking the name of God in every breath. Let the breath replace the rosary or beads and then the automatic simran happens thus keeping one engaged in sankirtan even while going about doing one's job.

It is a common query to the mind why only sadhana is not enough and why other things like nishkaam seva, sankirtan, forgivenness, love, acceptance and gratitude needs to be done. The point that Babaji wants to side-by-side follow these things are because they enhance one's sadhana. It is a simple fact that every other action/act mentioned here apart from sadhana creates a positive karma (punya) which dissolves negative karma (paap) stored in the chitta as sanchit karma. This automatically gives a boost to sadhana and it works the other way round also - when one does sadhana, one transmutes negative karma and raises one's vibrations and consciousness that helps one with other acts of seva, sankirtan, forgiveness, etc. So each is inter-related and the process of bringing all these into our daily lives can give a tremendous boost in spirituality.

Do not worry much about the troubles and obstacles during these practices. There will always be obstacles. Persevere, be consistent, discipline and have faith :)

Since this article could become long thus distracting from the main points here, it has been split into another page that provide some insight on - Simple practical tips on enhancing our spiritual practices. Click here to read.


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4 comments :

  1. thanks a lot jacob ji , awesome job ......!!!

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  2. want to share my recent experience.

    Many situations happening around me almost 10 - 15 days back made me realise the basic problem is not the situation but that i dont accept myself as im and im oo strict with myself (thanks to babaji for making me realize that). i was struggling too much to change myself and unknowingly hating myself. I decided i will practice self acceptance everytime.

    To start with i decided that towards the end of sadhna i ll with all emotions repeatedly say "I ACCEPT MYSELF THE WAY IM", it was a little difficult initially but once this is done forgiveness was very easy and unconditional love was automatic.
    This simple 5 mins practice twice a day has brought tremendous change within myself. my lost smile is back and is kinda everlasting and once u accept urself its easier to accept others and love them....would continue this :)
    all thanks to babaji.. Namah Shivay :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing friend. Stay blessed. Namah Shivaya..

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