Saturday, July 7, 2012

Clutches of Maya

This beautiful story between a Guru and his disciple, explains Maya in a very straight and simple way. Sharing it here since it reminds of Babaji speaking about it in some shivir. Namah Shivaya.

There was once a disciple of a Guru who went to his Guru and said, "Guruji, I want to live a spiritual life. I want to live in the service of God. I want to go beyond the binding chains of this mundane, materialistic world. But, I feel that I am not quite ready. My desires for a family, for wealth and enjoyment are still too strong. Grant me some time to fulfill these wishes and then I will come to your holy feet”

So the Guru said, "No problem, my child. Go. Get married, have a family and earn wealth. In ten years I will come back for you. My blessings are with you."
With the blessings of his Guru, the man went out and quickly found a beautiful girl to marry. They had 3 beautiful children, and the man become financially successful.

After 10 years, there was a knock on the door of their home. The man's wife opened it to see a haggard-looking beggar standing on the doorstep. The beggar asked to see her husband. At first she started scolding the beggar, thinking that he was just there to beg for money. But, the husband realized that the beggar was his Guru so he lovingly invited him inside.

"I have come to take you away from this world of illusions now that you have fulfilled your desire of having a wife, family and earnings. Come with me, my son, let me show you the way to God."But, the man looked at his Guru pitifully and he said, "Dear, Beloved, Guru. Yes, you are right. You have given me my 10 years ever so generously and with your blessings I have prospered. But, my children are very young and my wife is again with child. She would not be able to handle the burden of all of them alone. Allow me to stay another ten years until the children are old enough to care for themselves."
A true Guru will guide you to the path, show you the light and help when help is requested, but will never force a disciple -- against the disciple's will -- to follow any particular path. Thus, the man's Guru compassionately agreed, saying, "So be it, my son. Stay another 10 years until you feel that your mission is fulfilled."

Ten years later, the Guru returned to the home to find a large bull-dog out front guarding the house. Immediately he recognized his disciple in the dog and saw --with his divine vision -- that the man had passed away several years prior but, due to his intense protectiveness over his family and wealth, he had reincarnated as a guard dog. 
The Guru put his hand on the dog's head and said, "My child, now that you have regressed from a human to a dog due to your attachment to these worldly things, are you finally ready to come with me?"

The dog licked the hand of his Guru lovingly and said, "My beloved Guruji. You are right that it is my own attachment which has driven me to take birth as a dog, but you see my children have many enemies who are envious of their wealth and power. These enemies are very dangerous to my children and I must stay here to protect them. However, I am sure that within a few years everything will sort itself out and they will be fine. Give me just seven more years to protect them, then I am yours."

The Guru left and returned 7 years later. This time, there was no dog out front and the home was filled with grandchildren running around. The Guru closed his eyes and saw with his divine vision that his disciple had taken birth in the form of a cobra, wedged into the wall near the family safe to guard the money. He called the grandchildren of the house: "My children," he said. "In the wall to the right of your safe, there is a cobra curled up in a small nook. Go there and bring the cobra to me. Do not kill it. It will not harm you, I promise. But, just break its back with a stick and then bring it to me."

The children were incredulous, but went to the wall where the old man had directed them. Incredibly they saw that -- just as the Guru had said -- a cobra was curled up in the wall. Following his orders, they broke the cobra's back and carried it outside to the Guru. The Guru thanked the children, threw the cobra over his neck and left.

As he walked away carrying the cobra over his neck, the Guru spoke to the cobra, injured and aching: "My child, I am sorry for hurting you, but there was no other way. Twenty seven years and three births ago you left to taste the material world of sensual pleasures. But the ways of Maya are so alluring and so subtle that they trap us instantly. You have wasted these lifetimes in the futile pursuit of material success and in attachment to people who also are only actors in the Cosmic Drama.

My child, all here is Maya - Cosmic Illusion. It lures us into its trap, convincing us that it is real, permanent, everlasting and significant. But, in reality, the only thing which is real is Him, and the only true purpose of life is to get close to Him. These attachments merely divert our attention and focus away from the true purpose of life. I had no choice but to come to your rescue as I saw you sinking deeper and deeper into the deep clutches of Maya."

So frequently in life we think, "Just one more year" then I will cut back on my luxuries and cut back on my time at the office. "Just one more year".

But, that "one more year" never comes. Our intentions are good. We want to be more spiritual. We want to devote more time to spiritual pursuits. We want to spend less, need less and serve more. We want to be the master over our lust, anger and greed rather than vice versa. But, the power of Maya is stronger than the power of our will. Thus, we continue to find excuses for why we must continue to work 50 or 60 hour work-weeks, why we still have no time for chanting, why we can't squeeze a visit to the holy places of India into our year's planning, and why we must continue to satiate our insatiable sensual urges.

The only way to break free from the veil of illusion that Maya wraps around our minds is to surrender to God and beg Him to show us the true light. The only way to break free is to make AND STICK TO concrete vows of how we are going to be better people next year.

Rather than saying "I will find time to chant" we must say "I will not leave for work without sitting in meditation and I will not sleep at night without doing my nightly introspection."

Rather than say, "I will try to cut back on my expenses so that my financial needs are less," we must say, "I will not buy another jacket or pair of shoes [or anything] until the ones that I have are broken, torn or no longer fit me."

Rather than say, "I will try to overcome my anger, lust and greed," we must commit to having daily appointments with God in which we introspect on all the times we allowed ourselves to be overpowered by these emotions and we must pray for strength, DAILY, to be remain calm, peaceful and sattvic in our lives."

If we wait for the right time, that time will never come. The only time is now.
May the Divine bless us all with the clarity of vision to realize that the external world is Maya and with the strength, fortitude and dedication to remove the veil and attain the Divine Truth.

Namah Shivaya...............

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Special Messages for Guru Purnima 2012

Namah Shivaya,

These are extracts from the recent Gurgaon Durga Saptashati shivir, in which Babaji gave out the messages for all sadhaks as messages for Guru Purnima. Namah Shivaya

Guru Purnima Message from Ishan bhaiya

Significance of full moon day that is Guru Poornima

The full moon day, Guru Poornima in particular is observed as a very auspicious day. it emits lot of divine energy. On this sacred day of Guru Poornima , we can activate our Sixth element called Guru Tatva by tapping the energy emitted by the universe, which in turn assists us to regulate the other five elements.

What is Guru Poornima ?

On this day, all spiritual devotees worship their gurus. Spiritual seekers meditate throughout the day to intensify their sadhana. The shakti or energy of the Guru are at its peak on this day. A sadhak who can connect himself to his Guru’s power can receive the grace to awaken the sixth sense. Sixth sense gives direction to his life.

The Role of the Guru

Guru guides us to experience the consciousness of the Reality.

ध्यान मूलम गुरुर्मुर्ति, पूजा मूलम गुरु पदम!

मंत्र मूलम गुरु वाक़्यं मोक्ष मूलम गुरु कृपा!!

To alight a fire within the self is a very arduous and cumbersome task, but with the grace of the Guru one can easily light the diya or "awaken the consciousness" with the divine light of the Guru as per the following saying

सदगुरु ज्योत से ज्योत जगाओ

So, when we bow to the Guru , He helps us to remove our Sanchit karmas (accumulated negative emotions and impressions from the past) and introduces us to the infinite power. GURU descends on the Earth with the agenda to help the mankind. A Guru is an "awakened being" who has received the shakti from an enlightened soul ,giving the same to the worthy disciples.

Every human has come on this planet to learn a lesson and to achieve a purpose in life . there are two ways to achieve it, one is quite easy under the lamp of Gurukripa and the other the hard way to go it alone. Even in dyan bandhu upnishad it is written that a spark can burn the sanchit karmas accumulated over our hundred of past lives, these karmas are the only reason of all the sorrows, diseases and scarcity. The Guru carries that spark, that shakti which is sufficient enough to destroy the baggage of karmas and thus helps us achieve the level of purity of our inner self , to experience the inner peace which is called awareness . With this awareness we can impart the knowledge to materialise our happiness in ANY way we aspire.

On the sacred day of Guru Poonima , we can easily receive the Prachand Shakti (envigorated energy) of the Guru as Guru becomes very generous when we establish union with the ultimate infinite’ Shiva’. Guru opens his Anahat chakra and blesses all the humankind with unconditional love.

You can receive his grace with SADHANA, SEVA and SANKIRTAN.

So to raise your conciousness to higher spiritual level and to materialise your wishes , chant the following mantra:

ओउम नमो: भगवते शिवानंदाया
“ Aum Namoh Bhagvatey Shivanandaya“

Chant this mantra throughout the day, live in that aura by chanting the mantra for one hour followed by half an hour meditation and again chant the mantra.

More the devotion you have, more you feel his aura and more is the grace you recieve. It will be all the more beneficial if you do the collective dhyan with the invokation of Shiva and with the invokation of the Guru by lighting a dia. Go to the nearest ashram if you can because that is where the Shakti of Gurus would be maximum, otherwise do the meditation in groups of 51, 108, 1008.

Namah Shivay

Blessings from Babaji n Maa.

Ishan Shivanand

Monday, July 2, 2012

Guru Purnima 2012

The auspicious day of Guru Purnima is celebrated by all disciples with utmost reverence for their Guru. The Guru, who comes into a seeker's life after multitude of merits accumulated by one. A Guru comes into one's life when it is high time for life to take the transformative change, a change that can lead one to liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

The syllable "gu" means shadows. The syllable "ru", he who disperses them,
Because of the power to disperse darkness
the guru is thus named.

Such significant and invaluable is the coming of a true Guru into one's life that there is nothing with which the Guru can be repaid with. In the Upanishads there are five signs mentioned of a satguru (true guru):
  1. In the presence of the satguru. Knowledge flourishes (Gyana raksha)
  2. Sorrow diminishes (Dukha kshaya)
  3. Joy wells up without any reason (Sukha aavirbhava)
  4. Abundance dawns (Samriddhi)
  5. All talents manifest (Sarva samvardhan).
It is important to find a true Guru and once found, surrender totally to him, come what may. Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, "Acquire the transcendental knowledge from a Self-realized master by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry, and by service. The wise ones who have realized the Truth will impart the Knowledge to you. (Bhagavad Gita) A true Guru dedicates his life selflessly for the upliftment of such dedicated seekers and the most blessed are those disciples are those who treat the Guru's words and commands as "param vaakyam" (final words).  Guru Bhakti, which means devotion to the guru is a very important aspect in the Guru-Disciple relationship.

Guru Purnima is the day when a disciple gets an opportunity to express gratitude for all the beautiful changes and grace that He has brought into one's life and circumstances." Guru Purnima means the full moon without any defect.  Here, moon means the mind, which when completely perfect shine it;s light. Moon is nothing but mind. When mind is completely perfect, it sheds light. Gurupumima is not performed by circumambulation and offerings to the Guru. What is the real offering? It is the offering of one's love. The Guru Purnima falls in the month of Aashad, in July. This year it falls on July 2nd, 2012.

This day was originally celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Rishi Veda Vyas, the author of Mahabharata, was born on this day and he is considered to be the highest guru in the Indian tradition.

Babaji on the eve of Guru Purnima addressed seekers and disciples in DLF ashram on July 2nd, 2012 and was with everyone for about two hours before He was to leave to Mumbai to celebrate Guru Purnima there today, 5 p.m. onwards. On July 3rd, the actual day of Guru Purnima Babaji would be amongst seekers and disciples at Surat from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Babaji's message today was to do sadhana as taught by the guru everyday and asked this to be treated as Guru Dakshina to the Guru. He mentioned that once the disciple joins with the Guru, then it is the Guru who will liberate the disciple, but for that a disciple will have to strengthen the bond because if one loosens the grip on the Guru then one can drift away in Bhavsagar, ocean of illusion. And that is why sadhana hour is very important on a daily basis, which is the time that should be surrendered to the Guru and God within and this Babaji asked as be dedicated to him as Guru Dakshina (offering as gratitude to the Guru).

Babaji said, "The sadhak who walks on the path shown by the Guru and does daily sadhana, then he/she does not have to worry as all his/her work will be done by the Guru." He added, "This is where your test is. Someone will say something, someone will take you somewhere... you have to say, "I will not allow the grip on your truth to be loosened; I am going to increase whatever from whatever I have already received." Babaji said that this is what happens during amrit manthan in scriptures (churning) that the Guru does within the sadhak, all the paapa (sins) of the past surfaces up as the deadly poisons, but the Guru takes away the poison thus saving the sadhak from undergoing its miseries. Thus He asked not to get stuck in this process, nor get stuck in the wordly success that will follow, not get stuck in the ego that emerges from the growth, but rather keep the eyes fixed on the Guru itself until one gets the amrit (nectar). He said, "If any fear-provoking thought comes up, then tell the thought firmly, 'i am the disciple of my Guru and if you have to frighten, then frighten my Guru. Any worrying thought comes in, say firmly, "i am the disciple of my Guru and if you want to worry, go to my Guru and leave my trail; I will remain in Guru Kripa and I have nothing to do with worry, fear, miseries, and wandering here and there - this is not what I want and if you have anything more to talk, then go to my Guru and talk, leave me alone. Just try and do this and see, changes has to come in life but it is equally important to keep yourself with your commitments with sadhana and you will see that your life has to change. You have to live a truthful life, fulfill your responsibilities and everything has to be good."

Baba reminded, "When lot of your merits accumulate you get this human birth and even more merits you get Guru deeksha. To merge the jeevatma into atma you need Guru, and the atma then merges with the Paramatma; this belief you must sustain always with you. Do sustain the belief that if you are living a truthful life with truthful thoughts, then my life has to be successful. This is the main message I wish to give. Always remain happy, in all circumstances be happy, hold on to truth and with this faith I wish to send you that if you walking the path shown by your Guru and doing the sadhana taught by your Guru, then all your work will be taken care by your Guru. Then do not simply worry by bringing the karta (doer) bhaav. If you bring the karta bhaav, then the Guru will say, 'If you can do it, then let me pull back. So, keep doing karma. Do not worry on what will happen and what not, just keep the faith that success will be yours. Shraddha (faith), bhakti (devotion), vishwas (trust)- bring these three things into your life. Stay clearly off alasya (laziness) and pramaad (carelessness) - I repeat,  Stay clearly off alasya and pramaad - it eats away your sadhana. Work hard but do not worry of the fruits, it will surely come. Do not bring raag-dwesha (like-dislike or attraction-aversion) in your life. Do not pollute yourself but keep yourself as clean and pure as a temple. All good will happen in your life. All disciples will have good welfare."

Babaji ended this beautiful message to all disciples. This Guru Purnima is of 2012 and is a special one. This is the best time we can offer our gratitude to the grace of the Guru in our lives by treating His words and sadhana with total acceptance and trust. Happy Guru Purnima to all!

There is a saying -“Guru Govind Dono Khade, Kisko Lagu Pai, Balihari Gurudev ki Jisne Govind Diyo Batai” which means - If the Guru and the Almighty God appear before you at the same time, whom would you first bow to? Would first bow to the Guru without whose blessings one would not even recognize God.

 After a blissful two hours at DLF ashram, Babaji will celebrate Guru Purnima in Mumbai from 5 p.m. IST today (July 2, 2012). Watch this live from your home 5 p.m. onwards on

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