Friday, December 13, 2013

Giving and taking advice

I was watching people coming to a holy person for infinite solutions for their infinite problems with the world they were miserably entangled with. One person came to him with folded hands and told him he had come seeking for an answer to the question that was bothering him. The holy man answered "No one in this world can give you an answer. Everybody can only give their opinion to that question but the answer lies within you and only you can find that answer."

Baba always said "Meditate on it" whenever someone went to Him for straight answers. No quick solutions were given. So true that we give our advise and suggestions to people, thinking we are helping. The advice, is something out of our own experience which need not be true for that person. A single situation can have 10 different meanings and 10 different experiences for 10 different people, and the same situation can have 10 different solutions, depending on so many factors of the individual. Giving free advices or suggestions can amount to karmic interference unless someone is requesting for that help. But even in this case saints still advice them to find the solution themselves if they are spiritual seekers as a part of their spiritual training. Saints know that seeking free advice and giving free advice is lazy business. They would prefer the seeker to do "Tapas" on it. Only if the person is dumb enough some closest solutions may be offered, which are nothing but again only pointers to working their own way out to the solution. In very extraordinary cases do saints who can look into other's karmic bundles, offer a direct solution, but then that is pure grace of the questioner and the saint very well knows how to handle that karmic situation by taking responsibility for it. Responsibility, because every act has a consequence. When we offer solutions to others we are partaking responsibility because when someone follows that advice the results of that action from the solution given, good or bad, is also shared by the advice giver. Spiritual masters can handle it, probably not learners. Moreover, the advices, suggestions and 'help' we give to others are out of our personal experiences or most of the time bookish (incomplete) knowledge. What may have been good for me from a particular experience, need not necessarily produce the same result for everyone.

Baba always meditates on whatever He wants and never seeks it from anywhere else other than the Supreme One. He teaches the same to all "If you have to seek, seek from Him, if you have to ask, ask from Him and not the world."

So, when I seek a solution for myself I need not ask others for the solution. Our own perception, intuition, faith, contemplation and meditation will surface everything, if not immediately, when the time is right. Masters and the Gurumandala sometimes waits for the 'fruit' to ripen to provide with answers at the right time. So, everything comes at the right time. Till then a seeker learns to find independent solutions by depending less on the outside world and more on the inner world, that is connected directly unto your Guru and the entire Gurumandala. Divine Love and Light...

Monday, December 2, 2013

The silent energy drainers - ourselves

Seekers on the path have many obstacles as the path to light is not an easy one.  Not easy because of the natural hurdles that one will come across.  But, most of them are self-created hurdles. Sadhna, seva, sankirtan all boost energies, cleanse the body and mind from negative clutter. Places of high energy vortex also cleanses and expands one's aura. Most seekers are very good at meditative practices and gain a lot of energy by following the Guru's path but unfortunately the biggest hurdle is sustaining those energies. Baba's teachings on non-judgement and criticism all point towards losing the energies that one gains with tapas or sadhna, seva, sankirtan. One of the biggest hurdle is loss of energy due to not being able to sustain energies. Shivirs are beautiful and even beautiful is the beautiful feeling of well being and clarity in thoughts and daily life activities after the shivir, but if one observes, this feeling subsides a few days after a shivir. What one has gained with the Guru's shakti during the shivir is unable to be sustained after the shivir.  Reason is because during shivirs one is continuously living in high energy field of the Guru and also all forms of energy loss of the seeker is reduced to minimum because one is focused on the shivir in optimism, cheerfulness, being totally in the present and meditative all the time. The biggest drain of energy are those which are overlooked easily by a seeker. When we go back into the world we get back into interaction with the world. We come across people or situations who are negative and then blame them for draining us. It is never in others; everything begins from us itself.

The greatest energy loss that we unknowingly subject ourselves to is IDLE CHAT or IDLE GOSSIP.  Many Masters even condemned it openly because in olden times, people had lot of time to sit and chat. They met frequently and just chatted away. In today's world, people don't have to meet but can have glorious chats with their virtual presences on messengers, social networking sites, emails, and SMS or text messaging. Few phones even have specially built softwares to support chatrooms and group messaging, etc. Whatever beautiful names might be given to these, chat is chat, and idle chat is nothing but GOSSIP.
How are you, where are you, who are you, what did you eat, what did you see, what did you hear, what is happening in the world, what is happening in someone's house, what is happening in someone's life, where did he go, what did she do, why did this happen, how did that happen, where is the world going, who died today and how, who killed whom, news updates, television soaps updates, BIG BOSS updates, results of the final Dance competition, new political moves, what my son did, what my daughter failed to do, how my parents ruined my life, how my spouse spoiled my day, how my friend made my day, etc, etc, etc…. it’s just endless.  With spiritual seekers it might not be any less, except the topics change - Where is the Guru, what is He doing, why is He doing what He is doing, why is He not doing what He is not doing, what is happening with Guru bandhus, what is happening with other Gurus, what is the news update about the convicted spiritual person, what is your experience, listen to my experience, listen to my problem, share your problem, how to save the world, how to get into a revolution, the spiritual condition of the world, where has someone reached in their sadhna, how someone has fallen from the path, how someone has entered into the path, blah, blah, blah... it goes on. What a great loss of energy.  Anything talked or thought about without a concrete purpose is a total waste. 

Everything we talk, think and act upon needs energy. The greater the intensity of emotion involved, the greater the loss. Even worse than idle chat with others is the idle chat with the self. There is great loss of energy even in self-chat. Mind goes on babbling endlessly. The more one has outer chats, the more there will be inner ones. This is because the mind cannot stay silent now, so when there is no one to chat with, it will start chatting with itself. Where can ‘being in the present moment’ come with this? Where can one remain connected with the Guru when the mind is chatting away precious energy. These do not happen when you are around your Guru, when in a shivir, because all these useless activities just cease there. The reason i write this is out of experience. The reason i do not use  phone or chats or interactions of any sort for the past two years is this. People get offended when i don't interact much or chat or answer questions that are nothing more than chat. Some call it ego and some pure divineness…. lol… I personally feel it's none but just an individual’s personal preference of living, but certainly for some valid and useful reason, never out of any purpose of ignoring or hurting anyone. In fact, more love is flowing to those who felt so now as i write this...lol. It is my solid experience that until you learn to conserve energies you cannot sustain them.

Baba teaches that more than what you do in your sadhana is what you do the rest of the hours of the day.  What use if we boost our energies in sadhana, only to lose it in useless activities and drain everything that was gained in that sadhna, only to sit next day morning and revive it and feel good about it. Everything in sadhna erupts from silence. If we do not train ourselves to silence the mind, we will have all sorts of trouble during sadhna, because now the mind cannot focus, cannot relax, cannot silence itself. The mouth that talked all day long, now when shut, only stops words, but they manifest into suffocated thoughts.  There is so much we gather from morning to evening in our interaction with the world. It is like gathering ants in an empty vessel whole day.  The whole day ants will be running in and out of the vessel.  Every ant is a like a thought.  Then when we sit for sadhna we want to put a lid over the vessel (shutting the mouth) and expect everything inside to be still.  There will be only chaos inside.  Unable to still the mind, frustrated, the moment we get up from an unsuccessful attempt in sadhna, we open the lid, and the moment the lid opens, all ants run out.  Thoughts are similar, they gush out in the form of words and actions out into the world.  The cycle is endless.  It is certainly not that one must not think or speak but if we refine only that which is really important and of 'purpose' then we will know that 90% of the thoughts and words are not required.  It begins with keeping a watch over one's thoughts, words and actions and slowly reducing and cutting out those which is not of any use or even that which can cause harm in fact.  We should not forget that all that we talk, hear, think and do are being nailed into our subconscious that we today or later will have to again face in some or the other way.

Everything from contemplation to sadhna to prayers to sankirtan to seva, all need a great requirement of a silent mind to be able to benefit out of what is being done.  Even a chaotic mind in seva is of no use, because only the body is doing a dead task.  A chaotic mind in sankirtan is of no use, because one is singing something which one is not even feeling because even during singing or praying mind is thinking something else.  What use is that act?
If one is doing sadhna with the mantra either through an external device or mental chanting, the mind still has a tendency to wander.  There is no connection with the mantra or the feel of it’s subtlety because the mind is busy thinking something else.  All this due to the very simple things that are ignored.  Idle chat. Self-chat. Unwanted talks.  Beginning with these external disciplines of mind automatically starts training the mind for inner purposes.  Everything is co-related.  The mind should be trained to talk only that which is necessary and rest of the time avoid the temptation to speak or comment or advice or suggest or voice opinions or discuss or argue or debate.  It is not really required.  It is only our false feeling that our opinions, advice, suggestions, sharing, is needed everywhere.  It really is not.  It may be important and needed at some times, at some places, with some people but certainly not all the time. Judging someone is idle talk, criticizing someone is also idle talk, discussing politics is idle talk.  The loss is not just the energy that is lost through all this but the amount of negative karma that we unknowingly attract.  When we start realizing how least important we are and how least out opinions matter in the creation, sustenance and destruction of the creator’s creation, our minds will stop with the urge to jump into talks and conversations anywhere and everywhere.  When this ceases, even the urge to talk with one’s own self will cease.

This is for many of my friends who write to me about the difficulties in silencing the mind.  i may have not mastered it, but have learnt many things which i am sharing, if it may help. Most of the times we never even realize that the time and energy we spend in extinguishing fires in our mind through so many methods would not be required if we understand that we ourselve have not only ignited those flames but also are unknowingly fueling it! What confusion and chaos it is to fuel fire at one end and struggle to extinguish at another end.  Think about it.  Check it out.  This will help a great, great, great deal in our sadhna.  It has certainly helped me to a very large extent, so I speak out of own personal experience.  So much we can help, if we help ourselves :) This article is strictly only for sincere seekers because for others the contents will seem interesting but after a few minutes this would have turned out to be yet another time-pass article :)

Divine Love and Light.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Baba & Jesus Christ

For me, Baba and Jesus are not much different. They all teach from the same pool of Divinity. i remember this when i saw this photo of Baba in my cell that i had once clicked in the ashram because i saw that this photo was exactly looking like a picture of Jesus from another room. This picture of Jesus is from "the ascension of Jesus" when He rose from the dead and ascended along with His physical body in front of all present. Almost all pictures of Jesus pertaining to "jesus ascension" on google images resembles this image. Even the robe twist in both images can be noted in similarity.



Whenever Baba spoke to me about certain things, He often cited about Jesus Christ without any barriers of religious Gods or differentiation. He often spoke about Bible and wonders of Christ, which made my heart smile and put me at ease, not because He spoke of a Christian Jesus Christ, but because at one level He was putting to me that the essence of all teachings is one, on another level He was accepting me in whichever religion i was in, and yet another level He was indeed speaking from that level of great Oneness.

For me, who have been seeking only Oneness since my spiritual search began, Baba's such small gestures made a very strong impact on me. It makes me understand Christianity better and there are times when Christ makes me understand Baba better  Grateful to Baba and Christ. Namah Shivay! Alleluiah!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Makeover of Maa Saraswati's Idol

A small cute incident of awe. Three years back while I was shopping in Big Bazaar I picked up a set of bottled colors, set of 5 paint brushes and a color mixing palette, all the while trying to understand why am I even buying it, but at the same time being compelled to buy it. It remained in a box for two years and finally was picked by my sister and kept outside for another year.

Also, two years ago, someone kept an idol of Maa Saraswati at the door of my sister's home doorstep. She immediately got it picked up from there and kept it somewhere far away only to find it in a day again at her doorstep. The idol was in perfect shape without deformities of any kind except that it was fully black and that made Her look not so beautiful. She looked more like Maa Kali than Maa Saraswati. Worried about this incident, my sister had called me at that time to ask about this to which I asked her to keep it as it seemed more of Maa's wish. Moreover, since our family is full of teachers related to art and dance, the idol was a unbattled welcome. Every morning she was adorned with simple flowers at her feet by my family. When I visited her home this month for a few days, I stared at this idol that looked totally black but I was moved the way my family was treating Her. Then, two days later, as I was reading a book the passage ended on Maa Saraswati when I got to look again at that black idol. Something seemed very incomplete in Her. "Maa Saraswati looks pure and divine in white clothes" I thought "at least I can paint her saree white." At this thought I thought of buying paint when my eyes fell on a box of paint. When I picked it up, it was brand new and untouched and my mother also handed me a set of 5 brushes and the palette. I immediately recognized it as the colors I had purchased 3 years ago! I immediately took of my slippers and placing the idol in my lap began painting it. Was engrossed two days only with it and then as the work seemed to end in satisfaction, I realized that the paint was for Her only. I was amused at the thought of shopping for paint 3 years ago for an idol that had to mysteriously arrive 2 years ago and manifest into it's current sweet and magnificent look of Divinity. Pranams to Maa Saraswati and Her grace that prevails on earth...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

All is One

All Masters take birth with just ONE common agenda. To light up an ignorant soul's life with truth and guide it towards light. Each Master has their own way of doing this.

But every Master is not fully understood and there are deviations from what they actually teach and what is understood and followed by each according to their own baggage of karmas and impressions.

But how graceful and patient are the Masters for they do not judge, nor do they look down upon any soul. They look upon every ignorance from a very high perspective that makes them more patient towards all.

But that should not be an excuse for us to remain ignorant and take "advantage" of their unconditional love. We have to do our very bit. What they do for humans is beyond repayment but their love and hard work can be at least acknowledged as a sign of true gratitude. That will come ONLY from understanding and following their teachings to the core.

You cannot even imagine the happiness they derive when a soul fully follows their words and understand life's true purpose. But they never show, never show their disappointments when someone works against goodness or follow their work according to one's own whims and fancies. They also never show their happiness when someone embraces light truly and walks the path. They don't have to be told who does it and how; they simply know.

If you wish to attract their blessings and love, follow their teachings with purest of intentions. They know EVERYTHING. To make their incarnations worth it, they don't need your praise, your letters, your presence, your words, your actions, your assurances, your good deeds, your hard work, your money, your name, your time, your anything. They just need you to embrace light, embrace truth and just be a good human being living life completely and to the fullest. Fullest means living in total contentment and fullest potential and purpose of having taken this birth.

So, it doesn't matter what all you do and what all you don't do as far as we have understood what role you play as humans and how best we contribute towards making each other's life better, and smoother. Your truthfulness and purity impresses them. Impress as not in pride but impress only means a shower of more love and blessings from them. By aligning with purity and truth you align with them, for they are that. And when you align with them, you don't need special prayers or rituals, you simply attract their blessings and energies for now you are aligning with the finest souls on earth. These finest souls, the replicas of God, are the most simplest beings on earth, yet powerful because of their purity.


Live simple. Live pure. Live truthful. That's all it needs to become a disciple. Rest all comes later, and rest is not really important if your life is simple, pure and truthful. If not, then all the methods and ways taught by the masters are important practices. But if those practices do not make you simple, truthful and pure, then reassess. Something is surely wrong somewhere. The sadhnas of the Masters are pure methods to get us out of ignorance and darkness, but if this does not happen it's not in the sadhnas but in our approach towards them or our agendas behind doing those sadhnas or walking the path.

Check intentions for this builds purity. Check the mind's fickleness and cunningness for this builds truthfulness. Check nonattachment and pride for this builds simplicity. Check how anything and everything we do affects others for this builds unconditional qualities. Keeping a check on these is important for growth otherwise it is like bathing in dirty waters, when one every time bathes himself unconsciously with a belief that he is cleaning himself and unconsciously living in the glory of the arrogant feeling of being clean and pure. Hence, conscious awareness at all times is important. It is not by name or fame or actions or knowledge that we become disciples but it is by becoming a speck of that light that the Guru is. By living the true qualities of the Guru. By not having the urge to demonstrate this light to the world but by the very being in light, one's life becomes a demonstration of that speck of light of the Master to the world. Then, that light, pure light, begins enriching the world around 'effortlessly'. That is Jyot Se Jyot Jagao. That is the reflection of the Master. That is the reflection of Light. For me, that's what's being Baba's child.

Divine Love and Light.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy Diwali 2013



The explosives of love and joy
That remained inactive for lifetimes,
Let the explosive ignited by the Guru
Explode into the world this Diwali

In this festival of lights
Let the light of love scatter all around
To glitter and shimmer in every heart
Bringing peace and abundance to all

Here's wishing you full of light
From the lamp that lit this lamp
To your lamp lit with this message
Till the last lamp this wish can reach.

Jyot se Jyot Jagao, Sadguru Jyot se Jyot Jagao

HAPPY DIWALI wishes
with a beautiful music video




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From The Heart

From the heart a few words flow tonight ~

Jo Bhi Mila, Jaisa Bhi Mila Tumko,
Sada Diya Hi Hai Tumne Gurudev, Liya Hi Kya Hai Tumne...
Jo Bhi Diya, Jaisa Bhi Diya Humne,
Sada Uske Liye Kuch Liya Hai Tumse, Diya Hi Kya Hai Humne

~~~~ Shat Shat Pranam Baba ~~~~

Whatever you received, however you received,
always You have only given Gurudev; what have you ever received....
Whatever we have given, however we have given,
we have always taken something for it from You; what have we ever given....

~~~ Infinite salutations Baba ~~~

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Walk Unto Light...


Baba lights the lamp
Only to clear our damp

Leave all the blames
Quit all the games

Quit all the talking
Begin simply walking

Baba can't walk for us
Baba will walk with us

Blessings will be blown
The path will be shown

With teachings applied
And love supplied

Will only light shine
Of yours and mine

In the end light will stay
Rest all will wither away
                                                                       ~jacob

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Shade Amongst Shades

Found one of my old pic and while looking at it few words flowed, which i noted below in this text here and then looking at the words, some thought arose to make it more beautiful by adding something to the pic, and it was done. All just a creative expression to share with my friends... 
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In the journey of life filled with all shades,
I watch through the window of my soul
Where the me and mine all fades
And just one shade I see as a whole.

Through landscapes of the earth I travel
Through cries and laughters i walk
Letting the mysteries of life unravel
I wish to be silent; let life talk. 

In the journey, a shade covered my sight
I realized it was the shade of my Master,
Now the landscapes seems like a canvas 
On which life's movie unwinds faster.

Every destination is only a step to the Divine,
An extra little revealed at every station
i realize in this infinite journey of mine
Every step has become my destination.......
                                                                       ~jacob

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Prayers to Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara

Image courtesy: Walter Plitt Quintin
Had a crazy thought, but thought it would be crazier not to express than to avoid the thought :D

Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. Creation, Sustenance, Destruction. Past, Present, Future. i was just pondering on how we experience the three only in struggles in the human form. Struggling during birth, struggling with existence, and struggling at the time of death.

People of light, after the light dawns into their lives, realize that one has happened (birth), the second is at hand (existence) and the third (death) is yet to come. What is right now at hand is existence. But that also goes in struggle because of the urges in sustaining, holding on to, grabbing, seizing, possessing, accumulating, planning, maintenance, safeguarding, investing, producing humans, etc, etc, which are all various expressions of the individual struggling ONLY to sustain itself.

Was thinking that even in simplest of things in life, the three are always involved. Unless a perfect samadhi stage is reached, even a simple thing like meditation comes under these 3 truths. One 'creates' an ambiance internally to enter deeper within, but staying there can be a struggle or even if not a struggle one does not want to come out of it, which is also a struggle to sustain that experience because one does not want to die (come out).

The world around is nothing but sheer madness in pursuit of sustenance.  Birth and death have never been a problem on earth, it happens in minutes, but sustenance takes a lot. To pull that sustenance to the maximum is what is defined as life on earth.... lol.... Alas, to lose out every single struggle of sustenance to another awaiting struggle - death. If death is a struggle, so will be the next birth too, and so on and so forth.

When all is this silently observed, spirituality, scriptures, Gurus, teachings, all make so much of sense. It dawns upon how Brahma and Mahesh are just entry points to portals. Entry and exit into different realms. When birth becomes death and death becomes birth. Birthing into any earthly being is an entry point to earth but is an exit point from where the realm the soul has come from. Death from earthly existence is death for the 3D plane but is a point of entry of birth into the next realm that the soul is moving into. i learn how Brahma and Mahesh are the key entry points who both are present in birth as well as in death, and how Vishnu continues to sustain, on earth and in all the other realms. He is still sustaining and maintaining the soul for this never-ending entry-and-exit game, until one chooses to opt out of it.

How one loves to please Brahma so that one can be born so that one can live, here or there. How one loves to please Shiva so as not to die, here or there, due to the urge to continue existing. How one loves to be blessed by Vishnu, so that one may continue to live mortally, that is a foolish idea. Rather one could be blessed by the preserver, Vishnu, who also plays such an important role.

i realize my prayers could be better. A prayer to Brahma to birth me into immortality, so that i may not be born again into any mortal limited existence and not that i crave to be birthed into any living form only to fulfill my unfulfilled desires. A prayer to Shiva to grant death to this looping game, so that i may just 'be' in immortality, and not that He postpone mortal death. A prayer to Vishnu, Narayana, the preserver, the sustainer, not that He preserve me in the body and it's never-ending needs but that He blesses me to preserve the awareness of this beautiful awareness to the fact that my purpose of embodiment is beyond mere survival and it's illusory struggles of preservation. Oh Sustainer of life, sustain my immortality by sustaining my awareness in light and in my true form....

One reason to sing one of Baba's fave bhajans in full glory ~ 
Hari Om Namo Narayana
Om Namo Narayana
Hari Om Namo Narayana
Om Namo Narayana

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The greatness of a Guru

In total love, gratitude and reverence to Babaji, from whom i have learnt and am learning through His subtle presence as the guiding force, light and wisdom throughout my experiences on the journey back to light.

A Guru is a teacher and guide who comes into your life only when you are ready, never otherwise, even though the reasons or circumstances in which a Guru appears in your life might seem totally away from this fact.  Only at a certain stage when the evolution of the soul is ripe enough for higher escalation, the Guru appears. An omnipresent Guru will know every aspect of the seekers much before the seeker even has seen or known the Guru. It is not important that it is known to all about this but if one knows it is much better for it enhances one's relationship with the Guru.

Baba appeared in many people's life in strange ways and at even the most unexpected circumstances. That is the proof of the the Divine's love for you, for it arranges for a mediator to reach you back home. A Guru is like a mediator or language interpreter that acts as a perfect medium of communication between two people speaking two different language but the interpreter knows both language. At one end speaking a language is God or Supreme and the other end is you, speaking another language. Language can be a metaphor for vibrations. Two different vibrations.  A Guru is a must here for the meeting between a disciple and God to happen. The human body is the circuit of a 440-volt home or a lower voltage seeker. A huge difference in voltage (vibrations or frequency). What happens if you plug in anything at home into the high voltage; it simply burns up.
Hence, a transformer becomes a must, and the transformer is the Guru, who regulates the high voltage, who can withstand that high voltage, for He is that voltage itself, receiving high voltage on one end and on the other end steps-down the voltage to a tolerable level to light up the home and make it functional. That's His job assigned by the Divine. He teaches you to raise your tolerance capacity to withstand higher voltages until you finally become that frequency. Sometimes stabilizers act as a support system to the periodic voltage fluctuations. Fluctuations are the problems or challenges in life. Stabilizer is faith and perseverance. With this you remain stabilized or stable on the path. Without this your fuse will blow out. Sometimes there are dark patches of life just like power cuts. These dark patches are karmic influences or the prarabdh. Dark patches or power cuts are due to one's own karmas but how one handles these dark patches is a choice one can make wisely. You may wish to 'on' the generator and the generator represents the Guru's wisdom or teaching. This will lighten up your darkness till you are able to establish back the connection. All power-cuts are of different duration every time and thus your fuel to the generator are the practices that you can put into action. Some may wish to simply fix an inverter and the inverter is nothing but your sadhna. Just like an inverter, the sadhna also stores up power or energies that come handy during the power-cuts. 
This is one of the most powerful because the seeker has an abundance of the resource of energies that cannot darken the seeker's life even during power cuts because the inverter automatically switches on without interrupting the power mainting the continuity of light and functionality of the home or human life. But the inverter needs to be charged daily. How much the inverter can give a backup depends on how much it is charged with power by sadhna. The lesser one charges, the lesser amount of time it can be used. When using the inverter it becomes wiser to use the it sparingly during the dark patches by switching off unwanted lamps, fans and gadgets which can be the metaphor for withdrawing from unwanted loss of energies from any kind of negative influencers, people or situations. What about a poor person who cannot have both, neither the generator nor the inverter? A poor person here indicates indeed a "poor" person who does not invest in cultivating energies nor in deciphering the true wisdom of the Guru, but it is not an unfortunate situation because even this poor person can have the most precious source to lighten up the darkness - by lighting up a candle. A candle denotes hope and patience with simplicity and pure intentions. The act of burning a candle is always linked as a simple but powerful way of prayers of strong hope in total patience. The candle is linked with light and wisdom. This is how you share the wisdom and light of the Guru by burning the lamps of other souls who are in darkness. This candle light can be perceived as a great hope for them. This is "Jyot se Jyot Jagao".

In all this entire scenario you can see that the transformer is there, doing it's duty, unconditionally. If you put off your main switch, it doesn't go away. Main switch is your free will. The transformer stays there patiently 24 x 7, and connects back the moment you 'on' your main switch. All this while the transformer is only teaching you how to handle life with power-cuts, with the fluctuations of low and high voltages; the transformer is teaching you to transform, for that is the key function of this transformer - to transform. Only those who have themselves transformed and have the power to hold high voltages at one end and on the other end brighten innumerable homes, can act as a transformer. He withstands His being there as a protection and as a nourisher.  Yes, He even looks as simple as a transformer, overlooked is His capacity to protect and even burn itself out, only to protect the home it supplies it's power of love and compassion. Wrong people can also mistake it for being a just a harmless transformer due to it's nature of unconditional support, but it can also burn up things, something that it hardly even intends, but yes it can.

The most reliable way of receiving energy and light is to be ethically connected with your transformer (Guru). Short-cuts are like cheap ways of stealing electricity directly from live wires, which endangers not just one's life but also those connected with them. Stealing through such wrong connections also mean the wires one plugs into multiple Gurus, multiple paths, multiple methods, etc, and thus ending being burnt up. Beware of any such schemes or ideas or messengers that offer you lucratively to plug into such short-cuts, which one often succumbs due to greed or impatience. No one can do anything on your behalf for that is invasion into you, which is a strict no-no in the spiritual world.  All Gurus can only guide their disciples for they are only the guiding light and a source of inspiration or reflection of that Divine that the aspirant is aspiring to be. So, one has to walk the path. Beware of anyone who says, "You give me so and so and I will give you enlightenment." or anyone who says "I can grant you moksha or enlightenment "... Even if that so and so means something as simple as your time, your attention, your seva for the person. No one can eat for you and make you hunger-free. But someone can teach you how to earn or make your own food or even offer the food to you, but it is you who have to eat it. A true master will guide you and teach you self-mastery, you have to walk the path, He will walk WITH you, He will not walk FOR you. For if He walks FOR you He will only walk ahead alone with you sitting back alone but when He walks WITH you, both walk together. He has no destination to go to, for He has already been there but has returned back only for you. His mission is to hold your hands, walk with you and put you in the lap of the Mother, lap of God, lap of the Divine and He is happy with that. He is assigned with that task - to walk WITH you. He has no permission to walk FOR you.
The Guru joins you when you "awaken" at your mooladhara, your first step into Divinity, holding your Guru's hand. It's a long journey from here till the Agna chakra or the Guru chakra. You can NEVER bypass any chakras to travel upward, that is an illusion of the ego. With time, practice and walking hand in hand with your Guru, a time comes when the home circuit or human body learns to tap electricity directly from the source by using the solar electricity. A Guru is very happy to see this situation for He has done His job and this is the scenario where He has literally walked with you from the Mooladhara till the Agna. As you near this place, you would have learnt to use the solar equipments. The transition of the shift of mass human consciousness from turning from carbon to crystalline through the period of 2012 to 2028 is just this process of the consciousness learning to rewire their circuits to adapt to higher frequencies and tap directly from the source. The agna chakra is where the Guru opens your final knot of ignorance - the rudra granthi, and your journey continues upward. This is the time the Guru "leaves" your hand, for now He has taken you across the bhavsagar to this safe location for you to take your final steps to your final destination - the Sahasrar. From here, you walk alone a few steps ahead. Your Guru's love is so overwhelming and unconditional that He does not even want you to get attached to Him because if you do, then these final steps from here to your final destination can become an hindrance. What more can you speak of a such a love that even right from the journey itself He ensures that you are not stuck with any kind of attachment to Him. This is one of the most important reason why Baba does not want anyone to get attached to his body or physical presence and hence never encourages personal meetings and avoidance of physical contacts, which is many times misunderstood. His love cannot be measured by our limited senses or in physical dimensions, which fail to see deeper and higher things. 

You may not have control over the power cuts directly, but you sure have all the tools to stay out of darkness. 

Lol.... All this makes me feel like an electrical engineer by now, but fine as far i can be an engineer of my own life.... and i am learning, watching the transformer of my life... :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Filling my cup first...

It is true that as a human being we have qualities of compassion and the urge to help the creation which is the most beautiful quality given by the Creator. But, in order to help, we must first be filled in with the quality we wish to give. We must behold it first to give it to others. We are the cup placed in the creation of the Creator. The cup MUST be filled first to overflow and reach into the creation. To give anything out, be it love, hatred, peace, joy, fear, etc, i must first hold that quality fully, only then i can reach out to others. If i wish to give love, it cannot reach others until i am full with it and likewise if i wish to give fear and hatred to others, i cannot be giving it until i am myself first filled with it. So, to help others, i must help myself first.

Sadhna on oneself first is what Baba always teaches. All are concerns of the world cannot be dealt with in the same coin. Babaji's teachings never teach eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. Hatred cannot be dealt with hatred. Crime cannot be dealt by day and night focusing about crime. Our vibrations matter. What we think and worry vibrates and sends out similar vibrations out into the Universe that only ends up adding to the misery. Here is when Baba says Tum Chahte Kya Ho, meaning focusing on what you want and not focusing on what you don't want. He says for disease, focus on health; for hatred focus on love, which is a prayer in itself that will send vibrations of this energy to counter-act with the negative energy. This is what healing is all about. If i focus on the ugliness of something i am no less responsible than being another additional cause to that ugliness.

Mother Theresa, one of the greatest Messiahs of peace, unconditional love and nishkaam seva, was invited to join for the a rally against war. Now, this looks very meaningful and purposeful to have a messiah of peace to fight violence, and it must have seemed to be the need of the hour. Mother's calm and prompt reply was, "I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me." Her work shows the overwhelming success she achieved in what she wanted to do. She was very clear with her Tum Chahte Kya Ho. So, is Babaji. Very clear with this principle of focusing on what He wants. But for one to being that way it may be very difficult, especially in testing times and in times where there is so much of confusion, doubts, fear and many question marks. Why is it that some are able to focus clearly on the good aspects or opposite qualities of the negative and why is it that some though knowing about it is unable to do anything about it and end up in focusing and unknowingly fueling the negative state?
One word -impurities. Impurities within oneself to stay focused. To cleanse it means to purify it and that comes from tapas, with sadhna, by working on oneself, on cleaning my own cup. Only when i can clean my cup will i be able to fill. Only when i fill myself to the brim can i overflow with what i am filled with and be able to overflow it to others. Only then, will help be of use. Otherwise, it is like... i am penniless and i wish to do charity for the poor. The "charity to the poor" might sound a clean word and even justifying to my purpose of moving towards that good action, but ignorantly i will be nothing more than miserable because i want to genuinely help the poor but i am not able to. Then i get frustrated, confused, angry and begin blaming everything around me. i would blame the government, the system and even if more miserable end up blaming God. In the process, i have only unknowingly added to the world's poverty.

By crying out rape, murder, war, injustice.... i only end up sending similar negative waves into the already jumbled energy patterns. Bringing awareness of what is happening around is surely a need but it must always be done without letting of the focus of what outcome you desire. This can be very easily seen with the results that it brings whenever the newspapers or social media platforms put out the negative words to the world. It is always noted that immediately there will be a rise in similar crimes. The more the group 'effort' to curb it in that wrong way, the more similar crimes are seen to rise.  This can influence anyone who is repeatedly being exposed other's opinions about others.  When you repeatedly become exposed to any negative stimuli from outside, you unknowingly start absorbing it and making it a living truth for you. What i had written just a few days about "Any lie can become your truth".
This is where workers of light make a difference. This is how the great holy Siddha's over all the eras contributed to raising the human consciousness. Silently, from behind the scene. The world might not even know what kind of deadly disasters and afflictions awaiting humans have been averted due to the compassion of these great souls due to their selfless work, healing and prayers, but it matters nothing for them and they always have been and always will be doing their work in silence. If one wants to work for the noble causes of the Siddha tradition, it will always be in silence. Silence is not weakness. Silence is power because the mind is now more focused on what it wants without unwanted distractions. Silence also is working behind the scene which comes out of selflessness. Babaji has often mentioned that when one becomes selfless, nature blesses that person abundantly and prayers and healing are quicker because there is no selfish agendas in it. Moreover, there are unwanted debates, arguments, conflicts and other distractions which can stagger the focused mind. Again, to have a focused mind, it would need sadhna. If that is still not achieved then one should quietly focus on sadhna. Working on the self first. If i am getting disturbed and distressed and depressed it is because of my own dirt. So, first step is to clean that and become the vessel to hold, fill and overflow. Until that filling happens, it should be only working my very own self. That is what is meant by "God helps those who help themselves." By helping ourselves, we are helping humanity in ways beyond our understanding!

So as a student of life if i ask myself what can i do to the situations around me, i would say as a learner that till i master my energies and life, i would not want to focus on the outside but focus more to the inside. So, focus again turns inward to master that and avoid anything and everything distracting... be it visual, audio, text, gossip, that only fuels my negativeness and thus bringing down my own consciousness. It's like what Babaji says - walking two steps forward and taking three steps backward.
So the ultimate solution to anything and everything we don't like or even the causes we like to help, the solution begins by helping ourselves first. Once, our cups are filled, we can distribute all that was filled and overflowing and in the process of distributing, never become devoid of it. If we move around with empty cups to fill other cups, we only end up pouring what we have and then left with nothing to be only more miserable, but If i myself have no energies in me how can i raise someone's energies? If i myself have unwanted karma to work on, how can i help someone with their karmas. It may satisfy the ego that i have done something for someone or am doing something for others, but in the process i am only hurting myself. At such times, it is important to practice drustha bhaav or the witnessing attitude for that will give us an astonishing revelation that "everything is not in my hands" and that "the creation does not function according to my will". If one fails to do this, one will notice that after all the chaos and adverse energies and thoughts that the mind creates, in the end one only remains agitated, frustrated and depressed. Thus, as students this is very important to know it is always first my dirty cup, my unfilled cup. Until then, let those who have mastered their energies handle it wisely, while we dedicate ourselves to self-perfection and self-purification. This act tremendously helps the Masters we are connected to. First by being a student. First, self-mastery. It is only then a student can truly assist the teacher in their noble missions. Amen.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Any Lie Can Become Your Truth

"If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth." ~ Joseph Goebbels.

An alarming statement to what can happen with negative thinking. First, a negative idea looks very natural and okay. When repeated often, we will not even know when it has become a part of us. So also does a lie. How many times has it happened that lies are casually told in daily life, thinking it is okay, and sometimes even in the name of Shudh Bhavna. We can say our intention was good and speak a lie or do a negative thing that we later justify under pure intentions.... unaware of the dangerous pattern it is creating, each time digging the nail of the lie deeper into the psyche.
It would not be a surprise to one day notice how effortlessly the lie has become a truth and one even starts acting or speaking in that way without even knowing. Others will notice it but not you because by now it has become a totally unconscious act. The Guru sees this. God sees this. Your consciousness sees this. Your real self sees it. We may justify it with a thousand words or explanations or even with a cunning silence of 'poor me', but the Guru still sees through it. This situation is nothing but what one has woven oneself into. What is believed to have been done with shudh bhavna unfortunately was not. So, in such cases, I find that, being truthful to my own self can make me truthful to every other thing. Not necessarily, the lie spoken to others but the lie unknowingly even spoken to myself, the lie that looks harmless and sweet but are in fact the seed of self-destruction. Vigilance with awareness and watchfulness of every action, thought and word is the first step to work upon in the lie business. Efforts in being conscious of every little thing is a great step. Babaji stressing on "living in the present moment" and "being truthful" and "sajak hona" (being aware) and "doing everything consciously" all point towards this itself. That is exactly what it is when Babaji says that one must mean what one says and one must say only what one means.

Being conscious means being totally aware and alive in every act.  This even even means being vigilant while saying the famous unconscious customary "I'm fine" in reply to the customary question of "how are you?" If noticed carefully, you would see that both the question and the answer are almost 99% of the time false and meaningless or in simple word "lie". Neither is the questioner genuine in knowing about the well being nor is the answerer truthful about the reply. It's because both the question and the answer are not a conscious act. If the same is done in total awareness it will be noticed that most of the time you will not want to ask that question in replacement of a simple greeting or unless you are very genuinely wanting to know the person's well being. Same with answering someone with an "I am fine" will replace with a smile or an act to simply get straight to the point :)

So unconscious is this act that even Babaji is sometimes asked "how are you?" And He just smiles. Am sure even if He prefers to say "Am fine" it will be in response to a very genuine innocent question. Such a genuine question also may be the rarest of rare that one can ask a saint or a Guru because it only means that one sees Him still being in the dual world of fine and not fine.

Same is with the popular slang of using a bad word or a foul word with every sentence that has become the backbone of the language linguistics in the developing or developed cities. In the south there are a set of foul words used in every sentence. Even in the high class, another set of foul words are very common terms used in Hindi. 
These **** words have become so common and rampant even in developed societies and conversations, that it is no more a bad word for them nor even  to the people who don't use it but who listen to it and are okay with it. All in the name of being "cool". It might startle or perplex or offend or hurt or disgust many who hear it. Here also 99% of the time the sayer doesn't literally mean it but now this has become a part of the person's personality and he or she is unconsciously blurting the words out. The word which is negative enough to create it's own ill-effects, is in the air in a very harmless and popular way. Even the listeners who often are startled in the beginning, after repeatedly hearing foul words everywhere, now don't mind it because the mind has now accepted it as 'okay'. This is another lie that after repeated use has become the truth for that person. Such way, may lies becomes unfortunate truths for the person.

The effect of this lie business is everywhere around and it begins with ourselves. On the television too, everything opens up with a lie and even the last scene while putting the TV off ends in lie. But how alarming that we can still graze through it all and call it entertainment or even relaxation. Every movie, every serial, every news, every fun, every advertisement, if noticed carefully is not the truth. There is some amount of lie coated in everything that goes on there. But yet it seems good just because all this is also watched unconsciously and the lies are hardly noticed. These attempts from the media is a deliberate one on viewers and unfortunately one becomes victims to the sweet lies, that get transferred through our five senses into our very own being to become an unfortunate truth
lying deep-rooted harmlessly in one's subconscious.
This medium knows how to convert lie into truth for you. They know the workings of innocent minds watching it. The advertisement world very wisely use these tactics. Not a single advertisement is lie-free. Almost a decade back when I was studying into subliminal messaging and it's effects in re-programming the mind, I learnt this fact of how subliminal messaging is exploited by the advertising market. Subliminal messages are tiny images or words or symbols or audio that are flashed for such small duration that the eyes or ears will not notice it but the subconscious mind will. After this malpractice and it's effects of wooing the customers became evident, subliminal messaging was banned in many countries and there are even certain bodies set up to censor these. It is not just used in advertisements but even movies and videos and audios and campaign posters. Repetition is a powerful tool. Watch the pattern of advertisements. How some are repeated one after the other continuously. They all influence the subconscious of unaware viewers. Don't be surprised if you are prompted to buy something that you never wanted to buy but ended up buying... 
You have not bought it but your subconscious has. Now there should not be a need to wonder why FREE FREE FREE has to be repeated thrice or more... Lol.. Same way, if after repeatedly sitting to watch a 'saas bahu' serial in the name of giving company to someone, I certainly wouldn't be surprised if I fall in love with the 'manipulative' ways of the saasu or 'reciprocal or counter-manipulative' ways or the bahu or even probably the ways of a naughty flirty husband or ways of a depressed lover. Though we may call it entertainment, we are subconsciously absorbing every act deep into our psyche and making it a part of ourselves. Whenever similar situations like the ones you watched and enjoyed from these dramas happen in real life, these impressions will surface itself as an idea or action or word or thought when something similar. Then, your action is not out of your own intelligence or discrimination, but it is an unconscious act or a compulsive one or a reflexive one and you will have to face the consequences of that.  Thus, every moment we are dumping in lies coated in truth until they become an unfortunate truth itself.

So, for me, watching simple things itself is actually the refining of our shudh bhavana. Much wiser and better than assuming to have a shudh bhavana, which in itself can be the most harmless lie with the most unwanted long-term results. Watching that intention is more important than watching the lie.  To clear one's life of clutter, it is first important to clean out the lies from our minds and life and the lies that we have unknowingly accepted as good, okay or harmless.  Simultaneously, to watch what one is all the time gathering through the senses at all times. Babaji activates the moral filters called viveka or discrimination. The inner voice is what illuminates these moral filters. If one notices how the mind produces and reproduces, it would be alarming to notice how we fall into our own trappings.  As a matter of fact, anything can become a truth. Of course, not the real truth but the false appearance of truth.
 
We live amidst it all but this cannot be the excuse to remain helpless to it, for Babaji emphasizes "the power to choose" will always remain at hand. Choosing awareness over unconsciousness. Choosing watchfulness over carelessness. Choosing being in the present than past or future. Choosing, again, is nothing but returning back to Babaji's mool mantra "Tum chathe kya ho?"

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Reading Secrets for Seekers


Books written by great Masters are not mere recordings. You can say they are literally the transfer of their consciousness into their works. A simple man writes for communicating a certain piece or knowledge or information but an adept transfers their knowledge or information as it is even though they may be writing with their hands. 
What gets recorded is the subtle property of that information. It not necessarily is transferred into the reader but is transferred in the subtle form of the writing or recordings or print, whatever the medium looks to be. The transfer only happens in subtlety when another subtle form becomes receptive to it which lie in the writings. The receptive subtle form of the reader depends on his/her level of awareness of consciousness and his/her keenness and intention of 'knowing'. The gross form of the reader is the eyes that read it, the brain that interprets it and the mind that gives sense to it. Just like the mind's giving meaning to it depends on level of intelligence and acceptance of the subject, the subtle consciousness in the form of awareness and the level of consciousness, purity, intention, absorbs the nectar of the writings into one's consciousness. Here, no brain work or mind work is involved for the transfer just happens. That's the secret of why great adepts or Siddhas preferred to write. It was for both reasons - for a curious mind, it supplied knowledge and for a seeking mind, it shared wisdom and for the very few it transferred whatever the adept had intended to.

Baba, thus, even with a book in hand never reads them. As He often mentions, He just reads the first few pages, probably to check content or to know the consciousness of the writer and then it is just transferred into His gyanamaya kosha.

When i once asked Ishan bhaiya a certain book, he handed me another book but never encouraged me to read 'anyone's book' but to read from original sources. For example, a book or scripture can have various authors, all of whom have written it the way they interpreted or in simple words, according to their level of consciousness. So, instead of tapping into someone else's consciousness, it is better to read the original text by meditating on them. One good reason Baba says "You be the book and you be the reader".



Siddha Tirumoolar

The risk with learning (knowledge) was the misinterpretations that could happen due to wrong intention or ignorance or ego. There is no such risk with wisdom transferred into consciousness because if there is no pure intention, pure love, pure devotion, pure seeking with the reading in awareness nothing much happens. That's why many great masters preferred flowery language and poetry that satisfied the logic entertaining minds with intelligent, witty, and wisdom but with seeking minds, it transferred something more profound and deep for spiritual growth. But, again, it was not that they preferred to complicate language and twist words as it seems, but it was something that flowed out of them at very high state of consciousness, like the sacred book Tirumandiram, for example. It contains 3000 verses of Siddha Tirumoolar, who was always absorbed in samadhi, but just once a year came out of his samadhi and wrote one verse. He lived for 3000+ years and that is why 3000 verses! The entire book looks like a book of poetry and is very complicated to understand with even an intelligent mind. Each verse in reality contains everything that the great Siddha contemplated upon in that year, in just one verse! This was written at such high exalted state of consciousness that one has to raise one's vibrations to atleast a certain level to even get close to understanding it. But then, these are their mystical ways of sharing as well as protecting the secrets of the Universe. There are innumerable such masters who walked on earth and wrote or talked in coded or mystical ways. Jesus Christ also was one of them. What He talked was hardly interpreted to it's fullest meaning. Similarly many saints spoke but there were multiple interpretations and that was due to the different level of consciousness of every soul that read it. Surprisingly, all interpretations seemed intelligible.



That is why it is encouraged that ancient scriptures not be read or studied but meditated upon. By meditating on the words, one is reading with a sense of total awareness, with eyes doing the reading, mind visualizing what is read and awareness is totally still. The reading thus becomes nothing less than a meditative process, a sadhna. Choosing the right kind of books and right kind of text becomes thus very important because one can literally transfer anything into oneself this way, even negative stuff. Hence, special attention to be given to what you truly want. Remember, by meditating on reading, you actually are also manifesting what you are engrossed with - for that is becoming part of your consciousness. So, choose wise. Books, when read, work on the superficial mind stimulating entertainment or getting information or knowledge.

A deeper mind still reads deeper into a hidden meaning behind the text that appears symbolic to something more profound. Even deeper is the energy that this information carries. Seekers focus on this part - the energy part.
Like if someone is reading the Bhagwad Gita, one may be amused or entertained at the battle of Kurukshetra, with Lord Krishna who the center of it all with the secondary important role of Arjuna, and other two important aspects of the story revolving around the two teams - Kauravas and Pandavas. For a casual mind, this is purely a story and is as entertaining as the story of a Hero or Savior. To a devotional mind, the focus is on the awe of listening to Lord Krishna, who is none other than God, hence listening to God's action and divine words. The devotional minds benefits more than the casual reader for he has an interesting story and also the opportunity to listening to an incarnation of the Almighty. A deeper contemplating mind will also read the symbolic expression behind it all and intuitively know what lies hidden in the guise of a story. He will see that Kurukshetra represents nothing but the mind which is like the battlefield between the Pandavas and Kauravas, who represent the - good and evil thoughts, the constant struggle of the mind between good and evil thoughts. Arjuna, being the intellect and Krishna being one's inner voice or conscience that is guiding Arjuna (intellect) that decides and chooses from right or wrong. The intellect is confused and logic and acts on intelligence and in moments of utter confusion takes refuge in Krishna, representing one's conscience. Such a contemplative reader even gains more because he is enjoying a story, drinking the nectar of devotion, and also wisely learning the real meaning of it all and how to use this in his own life as the real solutions offered by the holy scripture. But a seeker or an aspirant who works even more deeper on the subtler aspect will gain the most because more than everything lies the powerful energy contained in the text that is the most subtlest form of the gross text and gross story. When the aspirant reads it in total awareness or meditativeness he is transferring the wealth of consciousness of the scripture into his, at the same time enjoying the story, understanding its hidden meanings, and also practicing devotion. Now, this is my interpretation of what i read and thus just my personal opinion, because i am not an validated to comment on any scriptures but i intend to bring the core part of meditating on texts.

To continue, many great Masters coded these with a deliberate intention, sure had valid reasons for the same. When i say Masters, it is not just the Masters of a different era but many great Masters of yester-years and also few great Masters of the current time, who are still in their physical bodies! It is obvious that it cannot be decoded by intellect or any other way other than their grace or their intent on who should reach the text and who should be able to 'read' them. So it is foolish to even attempt anything without first having a pure intention or contemplating on why that information is needed or what is the purpose of using that wisdom. Pure intention cannot be learnt or worked at, rather it is directly a certain level of evolved consciousness. But certainly pure intention can be practiced through daily acts of life that automatically keeps raising the level of consciousness till the time one can effortlessly 'be' in pure intention. With this, meditating on text needs no effort, just your attention or interest and the rest just happens, without even having to know how. There are shaktipats that have happened with reading, mystical experiences with reading, divine guidance with reading, the whole secrets of life and existence transferred into people with reading, and must more that can happen with reading - but not the casual reading, but the right way of reading that is the key. All this happens when you meditate on the books you read than read the books you read. It is my personal experience that reading certain books of even today's age Siddha Masters have given me profound experiences including experiences of shaktipat and an actual and very quick manifestation of being in the places written in that book. 

It also included strange, mystical yet real experiences that might be too hard for the evidence-seeking minds to believe. Later i realized that these are very deliberate attempt of the Masters to lock energies in certain parts of the book in subtle form which when read with a certain level of awareness automatically gave you what they intended to give you. It's like a treasure-hunt game because there are treasures hidden at certain places. The routes and mysteries of the game keep you glued and various hints help you reach the treasures at certain locations and yet a few can be missed. It all depends on how you play the game. Similarly, it all depends on how you read something. Masters know of ways to keep you glued with interest in the book to arrive at certain places where only your level of keenness, sincerity, intentions and a certain level of awareness unlocks certain mysteries and grace and give you what was intended to be given to seekers. Like treasures are the rewards for your intelligence in the game, same way, spiritual treasures are the rewards for the pure intentions and sincerity in your seeking in the writings. Thus, a simple shift in the way you read can bring some very powerful shifts into your consciousness without which the book is no different from the book adorning the shelf or even the book wrapped in a holy cloth of worship.

So, hope these insights help you, whenever you wish to read something. Never attempt to read anything just because you read this article, but follow your inner voice. If you are hoping to take suggestion from me or someone on which are the books mentioned here, don't even think of it for then it defeats the very purpose of why this article was written. My preferences and likes or experiences may not necessarily have to be the same for you and what is good for your ultimate good and of utmost importance to your life may not have a fraction to do anything with me or my interests. Trust your intuition  and of course, what you desire truly, your intuition will guide you to that book, or even more if the grace of a Master wishes to reach you, it will reach you through even this form. What you choose to read or meditate upon is entirely your choice. Exercise your power of choice by verifying what is your intention behind reading something.

Finally, a word of caution with the books you choose. Know carefully what you seek. There are millions of books out there. One attracts those ones according to what one's intentions are. So, a satvik desire or pure intention will bring you only the genuine and true ones into your hands. You will be guided to them or they will simply reach your hands. But, all this can be an utter disappointment for those who wish to eagerly read into something to quickly get something out of it or even with the intention of this.

Reading requires patience, interest, meditativeness, reverence for the author. Pick up the book with respect, handle it with respect, and keep it with respect. Treat it as the divine manifestation. Offer gratitude to the sources that brings you the information - like paper, ink, publisher, or whatever brings the bhaav in you. Before reading whisper a prayer to the author or connect mentally with the pure intention of receiving it directly from their consciousness - through the book in your hands. Pray that it helps you for yours and other's ultimate good. All this need not be rigid and like a rule, but rather use your own emotions and all this can happen in even 20 seconds, provided you are in that space of emotion and awareness. Read every bit in total awareness and be engrossed in what you read and at the same time remain meditative as you read, visualizing the contents of the book. To begin with these are far more than enough. Later as you start experiencing it's subtle qualities and experiences, it would give you deeper connections and rest will improve as and how your intentions and desires remain.

These sound simple but are very profound secrets about acquiring wisdom or sadhna with texts but I worry not about anything as am sure that if even this article is not read with right intention it would just seem to be an article. Those who 'need' it will understand it and make use of it, which is why this was intended to be shared. Happy reading!

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