Wednesday, April 27, 2011

God knows; Don't interfere

This is a beautiful story that was shared on facebook by Chandni Shridhar as a message but i felt i must share it here to all because this has great relevance to what Babaji taught us in "The Theory of Karma". This story simply illustrates in a very simple way how everything functions perfectly, though we perceive things in our lives and all around as chaos and suffering. "Blessing in disguise" is what we have heard all our lives but never wanting to experience or live it due to impatience in not allowing nature to take it's natural course but we wanting to make everything go our way. Again, the opportunity comes here to put the three major teachings of Babaji in one breath at the end of this story. Namah Shivaya!

Once there was a sweeper in a temple and he was very sincere and devoted.

Every time he saw thousands of devotees coming to worship the Lord, he thought that the Lord is standing all the time and giving help and He must be feeling very tired.

So one day very innocently he asked the Lord whether he can take the place of the Lord for a day so that the Lord can have some relief and rest.

The Deity of the Temple replied, "I do not mind taking a break. I will transform you like Myself, but you must do one thing. You must just stand here like Me, smile at everyone and just give benedictions. Do not interfere with anything and do not say anything. Remember you are the deity and you just have faith that I have a master plan for everything." The sweeper agreed to this.

The next day the sweeper took the position of the deity and a rich man came and prayed to the Lord. He offered a nice donation and prayed that his business should be prosperous. While going, the rich man inadvertently left his wallet full of money right there. Now the sweeper in the form of deity could not call him and so he decided to control himself and keep quiet.

Just then a poor man came and he put one coin in the Bowl and said that it was all he could afford and he prayed to the Lord that he should continue to be engaged in the Lord's service. He also said that his family was in dire need of some basic needs but he left it to the good hands of the Lord to give some solution. When he opened his eyes, he saw the wallet left by the rich man. The poor man thanked the Lord for His kindness and took the wallet very innocently.

The sweeper in the form of the Deity could not say anything and he had to just keep smiling. At that point a sailor walked in. He prayed for his safe journey as he was going on a long trip. Just then the rich man came with the police and said that somebody has stolen his wallet and seeing the sailor there, he asked the police to arrest him thinking that he might have taken it. Now the sweeper in the form of Deity wanted to say that the sailor is not the thief but he could not say so and he became greatly frustrated. The sailor looked at the Lord and asked why he, an innocent person, is being punished. The rich man looked at the Lord and thanked Him for finding the thief. The sweeper in the deity form could no more tolerate it, and he thought that even if the real Lord had been here, he would have definitely interfered, and hence he started speaking and said that the sailor is not the thief but it was the poor man who took away the wallet. The rich man was very thankful as was the sailor.

In the night, the real Lord came and He asked the sweeper how the day was. The sweeper said, "I thought it would be easy, but now I know that Your days are not easy, but I did one good thing." Then he explained the whole episode to the Lord.

The Lord became very upset on hearing this whereas the sweeper thought the Lord would appreciate him for the good deed done. The Lord asked, "Why did you not just stick to the plan? You had no faith in Me. Do you think that I do not understand the hearts of all those who come here? All the donations which the rich man gave was all stolen money and it is only a fraction of what he really has and he wants Me to reciprocate unlimitedly. The single coin offered by the poor man was the last coin he had and he gave it to Me out of faith.

The sailor might not have done anything wrong, but if the sailor were to go in the ship that night he was about to die because of bad weather and instead if he is arrested he would be in the jail and he would have been saved from a greater calamity. The wallet should go to the poor man because he will use it in My service. I was going to reduce the rich man's karma also by doing this and save the sailor also. But you cancelled everything because you thought you know My plan and you made your own plans."

God has plans and justice for everyone....we just have to have patience!!!! 

Babaji's 3 teachings that blend with this story

Jo shiv aagya
As the wish of the Lord

Jis vidhi raakhe us vidhi rahiye
Live in whichever situation the Lord keeps you in

Har haal mein khushi
Happiness in all situations

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Babaji's Gems - 10

These are words of Babaji and is typed here in direct speech.  For the new reader's sake, I have added in brackets or italics.
  1. If we do Kriyas (yoga/excercise) before Sadhana then it really helps in concentration while doing Sadhana.
  2. While Healing anybody, do not  use word "healing" as it brings ego. Use the word "pray" instead. Say, "I will pray for you."
  3. Enjoy life! Laugh/smile as much as you can as it will attract positive energy.
  4. Let's say we get 100 units of energy from God. Now, when we think in negative direction like jealousy, anger, fear, etc. some amount of energy gets utilized. Let's say 20 units are utilized in anger, 40 units are utilized in jealousy and remaining 40 in fear. When energy reaches 0 unit, our body takes some energy from our health. When we keep on going in same negative direction, body takes energy from other healthy body parts. After some time, it will take energy from our wealth, relations, etc. and so will make them weak. When we move in positive direction,  laugh, do seva, etc, we add more positive energy in our account. and that makes our health, wealth and relations strong.
  5. Read Swadhyay every day. keep some extra Swadhyay books so that others can read as well. Bring as many people as possible. Start with your family members. After Swadhyay, distribute some prasad. Also Prasad should be as per your wish; it may be anything. Only your feelings (bhaav) should be there. If you do this daily, one day I will come to your place.  :)
  6. Even if you know the complete Swadhyay by-heart, still you should read it out from the Swadhyay  book.
  7. Anna-daan karo (donate food), bachho ko khilone do (give toys to children), bachho ko maaro ya danto nahi (do not scold or beat children), unko pyar karo (love them).
  8. Invoke spiritual guides often and spend time with holy Siddhas. Ask your guides to help connect wih the siddhas/masters.
  9. Watch your reaction to every situation, be aware.
  10. Keep doing sadhana and purify. In time, you will experience turiya avastha.
  11. Practice gratitude at all times to -
    1. Body.
    2. Prana shareera and other shareeras
    3. The Self (I am that I am)
    4. All guides, ascended masters - the invisible helpers.
  12. All negative incidents were pre-decided to learn. Learn that even in that negative incident 'I can given love'. Incidents can be changed but it will change when you say 'I have learnt a lesson.'
  13. Never pass judgement nor hold resentment on anyone you come across.
  14. Key to fast self-realization is to witness every incident with the drishta bhaav. Be aware of every moment of being detached from the body. Attachments and infatuations will reduce.
  15. Communicate with children coming down to their level.
  16. Until you can make others experience do not share what you see in sadhana.
Below are few notes from Raipur Shivir (April 2011) shared by Nisha.
  1. Babaji told one of the sadhak how to heal his own eyes.  After doing sadhana request Shiv-Shiva, stating that that 'Maa Sanjivini is yours, these hands are also yours, please heal my eyes fully.. Mere aankhon ko purna savasth kardo" and a day will come when Lord Shiv-Shiva will heal him completely.
  2. Babaji  gave a good example of Saint Kabir. He was a weaver by occupation. It is symbolic. We all do the same. We weave the whole day our thoughts just as Kabir Das weaves the cloth. As he is always in Dyan Yog, praising the almighty always, we should also do the same, we should weave good thoughts and be in 'dhyan avastha' the whole day and praise the Almighty.
  3. Babaji talked about the three bhaav - Pashu bhaav, Manushya Bhaav and Deva Bhaav. Pashu bhaav is to snatch something from others. Manushya bhaav is offering gratitude and sharing, ask that God give enough. To keep doing self-analysis to ask yourself whether you giving 1% back to Him. Always offer gratitude, offer seva. Deva Bhaav means combination of Deva bhaav and Asur Bhav - giving something to others but at the same time having ego for it. Deva bhaav of the egoistic feeling of having done something for others will also descend you. Only Manushya bhaav is the successful way and you have to be away from all other bhaavs.. Pare hona hai har bhav seShudh bhavna , Nirmal mann , Nischal Mann.
  4. Kisi ko kasht dena hinsa hai (Giving anyone suffering is violence.)
  5. Babaji said mantra have 'namah' in it and that is the reason why he asks everyone to chant the mantra as much as you can because namah means offering gratitude to the universe and the 'namah' mantra brings the emotion of gratitude.
  6. Babaji asked not to become Rhinni (indebted) but to become Shivyogis. The 3 rhinns - Rishi rhinn (indebted to Sages for their grace), Maata-pita rhinn (indebted to parents for having brought you in this word) and universe rhinn (indebted to the Unvierse). To release these rhinns, every moment offer gratitude , do niskam seva.
  7. There are 5 roles that Shiv-Shiva plays - Becomes Brahma and creates, Becomes Narayan and sustains, Becomes Rudra and destroys karna, Becomes Guru and gives deeksha (initiation) and Becomes Sadashiva and merges one into Himself when one purifies.
  8. Babaji said that when one is born as a human, his/her spiritual guides are already fixed and as one progresses by finishing karmas, the spiritual guides keep changing and one day into his/her life comes a Sadguru who leads him/her towards liberation.
  9. Babaji said in this world there is pain and pleasure. One will have to come out of this. A Shivyogi rises above the pain-pleasure.
  10. Before giving Srividya diksha Babaji asked everyone to take an oath not to talk ill to any woman, never to insult her, and consider her as the form of Adyashakti. To do Shanti karma at night and Deva karma in the morning.
  11. Babaji suggested that if both the wife and husband do Srividya Sadhana together, it would bring lot of prosperity.
  12. Sadhaks can do Mritsanjeevini sadhana with Srividya beej mantra also in morning.
  13. Any break in Srividya would be considered as fresh Srividya sadhana for that sadhak. Eg: If one has been doing Srividya sadhana last 2 years and then if there is one day break, from the next day he/she would be considered as fresh Srividya sadhak.
  14. Geetanjali didi and Babaji sang this beautiful song. Tu Prabhu Data Daan mat Pura, Hum Thare Bhikari Jiyo (We are beggars in front of you Lord Shiv-Shiva, You are infinite and gave us everything.) Mai kya maangu , kuch thir na raha, Bus Dije naam pyare Jiyo (What should I ask? Nothing is constant, Bless us with your lovely name).
  15. On occasion of Babaji's Brithday (26th March) Babaji gave all the gyan (wisdom) that every one has three births and three deaths. Birth and death is a continuous process.  Every moment that is gone is death and every moment that one is living is birth.
    1. The first birth happens when when the soul takes on a body depending on it's previous birth's karmas, sanchit karma and it's parent's karmas.
    2. The second birth happens when one's previous punya karma (merits) activates and when a Sadguru comes into one's life. The Sadguru comes and activates the chiti sakti and along with living life, spiritual growth also begins. Guru makes him/her realize death. In reality, when death comes it is a state of union with the universal consciousness and the Guru makes one realize this while still alive. Guru takes him/her to a Siddhaguru and makes realize the Art of Dying. When one realizes this, he/she gets liberated.
    3. Third birth is when one leaves the body and takes another birth.
  16. Have an ideal, not idea because ideas come from the logic mind. Babaji chose his Sadguru as his ideal and now he became ideal for others. Baba asked that all choose their own ideals. He added "Our lives are worth if we become ideal for others."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Om Guru Om (Song)

Namah Shivaya....

Today, March 26th is Babaji's birthday, a day which any siddha least bothers about because of the fact that he was never born and he never dies. Even then, this is the day that Baba incarnated on earth for the liberation of so many souls! Baba's  work with his devotees is always silent work, though there is so much communication through the consciousness, which may seldom be realized quickly, due to the struggles of the body, mind, ego formed out of karmic structures. Baba's love and patience with devotees is always cherished in so many forms, and this song is one of the smallest form of that cherishing.

i must share that soon after i returned from the Sri Vidya havan in the ashram this month, i returned with lots of things necessary for growth and there was a good amount of release in various forms after that. At the same time there was an expression that seemed to burst forth in my mind in a form of words and as it flowed, i tried to give it a melody and this song was born :)

Surprisingly, i noticed that it was some kind of a random tune supporting the words in English and so i picked up the cellphone recorder to record it. After it was done with, when i played it, i felt it was a common expression that so many sadhaks have and thus made up my mind to work on the music. In a week it was done, but then something kept postponing it to be shared here.  I then knew that Baba's birthday was approaching and it would be nice to put it up before that. As i struggled to complete it, there were lot of technical issues coming up and work doubled up. The song was a short one and then an idea  came forth to add The Shivananda Arati to this English song to blend it even better with the lyrics. The percussion of congo was used during the lines of the arati to give the Eastern flavor. Now, as this was an English song, something was prompting to give this the best and so the flavor of the song was tried to be made more punchy and techno, but at the same time not wanting to miss the feelings of the lyrics. A lot of attempts have been made to add jingles and effects in every inch of the song and that is why it took so much time - but then i realized that the day it was possible to be completed was today - on the birthday!

This song is synchronized with Baba's beautiful messages in between. During the making of this beautiful song, in solitude, there were all kinds of emotions - laughter, fun, aggression, tears, excitement, sadness, silence, passion, meditativeness, dance, and what not... and probably these may be noticed, felt in the lyrics and music itself :) Very happy to share this creation with you on this auspicious day!

i cannot thank enough Bade Baba and Baba for the backing power and grace that makes everything possible... 

i believe that there was still room for improvement but taking the time into consideration and the urgency to post it here,  i assume that you will overlook the errors in the vocals/music :) Thanks! Stay Blessed! 

Om Namo Bhagwathe Nityanandaya
Dhanya Guru Shivananda

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Here is a soul who makes my heart sing loud
Here is a soul who pulls me out of the crowd
Picking me up with His love so strong
Making my heart sing this lovely song

Om guru Om, Om guru Om
Om guru Om, Om guru Om

He met me once when I’d lost my way
And held my hand to lead me the way
Reminding me of my soul agenda
He is my guru - my Shivananda

Om dhanya guru Shivananda,
Om dhanya guru Shivananda,
Tumme roop samaya
Tumme roop samaya
Avdhoot Nityananda ka
Om dhanya guru Shivananda

When we think of you our soul just cries
Within a moment our sorrow flies
You came to redeem so many souls
Why don’t we see your selfless goals?

To the world you are a man in red robe,
A monk moving around the globe
You are not what you seem to the world
You are beyond what our minds can even hold

Maata pita mitra mere, Shaktipath daatha,
Sharan mein tere aakar, Janam safal paaya
Om dhanya guru Shivananda

How can we thank you Baba for what you do
As you cleanse us, for getting us through
We bow to you our loving father
Bless us to keep us, going together

Dhyaan gyaan ke daatha, bhakti mukti daatha,
Aatma bhodh ka chinthan
Sab tumse paaya,
Om dhanya guru Shivananda


Om guru Om, Om guru Om
Om guru Om, Om guru Om

Love, acceptance, forgiveness you preach
By living these, is the way you teach
In our every moment your presence you share
Which only shows how much you care

Shiva-Shakti ke gyaatha, yantra-mantra daatha
Dhanya hue hum sab jann, aisa guru paaya
Om dhanya guru Shivananda

Om Shiva Omkaara Jaya Jaya Sadguru Omkaara
Om Shiva Omkaara Jaya Jaya Sadguru Omkaara

Here is the soul who made my heart sing loud
Here is the soul who pulled me out of the crowd
Picking me up with His love so strong
Making my heart sing this lovely song

Om Shiva Omkaara Jaya Jaya Sadguru Omkaara
Om Shiva Omkaara Sadguru Omkaara
Bramha Vishnu Sada Shiva Har Har Har Har Mahadeva
Bramha Vishnu Sada Shiva Har Har Har Har Mahadeva
Om Shiva Omkaara Jaya Jaya Sadguru Omkaara

He met me once when I’d lost my way
And caught my hand to lead me the way
Reminding me of my soul agenda
He is my guru - my Shivananda

Om dhanya guru Shivananda,
Om dhanya guru Shivananda,
Tumme roop samaya, Tumme roop samaya
Avdhoot Nityananda ka
Om dhanya guru Shivananda

Narayan Narayan Om, Sadguru Narayan Narayan Om
Narayan Narayan Om, Sadguru Narayan Narayan Om
Narayan Narayan Om Sadguru, Narayan Narayan Om Sadguru
Narayan Narayan Om, Om Jai Sadguru Deva

Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda,
Shivananda, Shivananda, Shivananda, Shivananda,
Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda,
Shivananda, Shivananda, Shivananda, Shivananda

Om Sadhguru guru Nityananda
Om Sadhguru Shivanada
Om Sadhguru Nityananda
Om Sadhguru Shivanada

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