Improtance of Diksha

Initiation DikshaA minister in a court was summoned before the mahârâja. The minister also happened to be a brahmin priest, a kulaguru with the power to give initiation in the most sacred mantra, Aum NamahSivâya. The king asked him, “We would like you to initiate me into the sacred Pañchâkshara Mantra.” The guru said, “Yes, Majesty, I shall begin preparing you for your initiation.” Then the king decreed: “No, we will take the initiation right now, and never mind the preparations.” The kulaguru objected, “This is quite impossible. My guru restricts me
from giving initiation without due preparation.” The king retorted, “So, we will do the mantra without you. Or else explain to me how the mantra would work differently with the initiation than without.” The kulaguru said, “Yes, Majesty, I shall give you an explanation.” In a loud voice, the guru called to the five guards standing amidst the gathered audience, “Guards, come forward instantly and arrest this man, the mahârâja, he is into wrongdoings. He is demanding an initiation into the great Pañchâkshara Mantra without the willingness to undergo the necessary preparations required by our noble sampradâya.” The guards stood silent, eyes wide, looking at the mahârâja, wondering what to do. The mahârâja, losing his composure upon hearing his minister’s preposterous command, was struck with awe and thought, “What madness has overcome this holy
man?” He then shouted to the guards, “Here, promptly: arrest this minister of mine, this kulaguru who is behaving in such an insolent manner against the throne. Tie him securely and take him away.” The guards rushed forward without delay, grabbed the guru and held him tight. ¶The guru laughed and said, “Hold on a minute! I was just answering your question, Majesty. I spoke the mantra ‘Arrest this man.’ However, since I am not initiated into the court, not ordained to have that power, the guards stood idle and did not respond. You then gave the same mantra, ‘Arrest this man.’ Because you were carefully prepared
and initiated as king, the guards responded.” Upon hearing this, the mahârâja threw himself at the kulaguru’s feet. The guards who had been hearing the entire conversation then released their captive, and themselves touched the holy man’s feet and returned to their posts. In the months ahead the mahârâja meticulously prepared himself for and received his initiation. Now all three worlds cooperate with him. His kingdom flourishes, crops grow, the rains come when needed, the rivers run clear and the wells are always full, the cows are fat, the mangos fall sweetly from the trees, the Gods in the temples provide discipline for the king’s subjects, and Himalayan Rishis regularly visit the kingdom, giving of their wisdom to one and all. Even though His Majesty chants, with the proper visualization, Aum NamahSivâya 108 times daily, one thing is missing: the king himself has not yet attained to full and complete God Realization. There is a story yet to be told.

Indian Folk

Your Personal Shopping Basket

Personal Shopping BasketOur personality can be compared to a shopping basket. We go to the supermarket with loads of food, household stuff and utensils. We walk around and buy things that are most to our likes denying those that we dislike. For example, we buy a toothbrush of medium roughness, because someone told you that hard one will damage your teeth, in better case your previous experience with hard toothbrush was not so pleasant, so you’d made a conclusion that you need either medium or soft. This time you’ve decided to try medium one, if it doesn’t suit you will go for soft one or choose another manufacturer. So you might throw the medium toothbrush the same day you bought it. With regrets about money spent, or time wasted for going to the market for the second time or without any. At the counter the contents of your basket will be closely scanned and studied by a cashier. The cashier might suggest you to buy a different brand of the toothbrush with regards to her/his experience with toothbrushes. You might be influenced by her/his words or ignore and stay with your choice. Might a crowd in the queue will share their suggestions and ideas for you to accept and follow or reject and stick to your internal feel about toothbrushes.
Our personally is truly a supermarket basket, a selection of ideas, concepts, likes and dislikes, prejudices and believes, emotions and feelings most part of which are hidden below the counter of our conscious level influencing our decisions and choices from behind the scenes. And the society is the cashier to persuade you into the righteousness of your choices made. Have you ever thought that you can form and shape your personality in whatever character you can imagine possible? That if for a moment you can stop clinging to your attachments and aversions, denying the society a role of the Supreme Judge and in contrast finding the Supreme Judge within, the Infinite and Absolute Truth that dwells within all dwellers of the Universe. Then it would cost you just nothing to decide to throw away any negative emotion or feeling buzzing in your head at the exact moment it arises or deny any false or fake action, speech or thought the moment you become aware of it. And in that particular glimpse of pure awareness, spontaneous and unconditional moment It wouldn’t be anything more than throwing a toothbrush that didn’t match your teeth. Would it?

Daily practice: each moment that you express your thoughts, ideas, react to the situation emotionally, accepting or denying any outside condition, hold on for a while, linger on just for a second or two. Try to feel your inner voice. Ask yourself – is it me who chooses it? Do I really need it? What inner consequences I am to face if I react to it this way? Try to be honest. Don’t go for outer reasoning. Dive into your True Self. Open yourself to the situation and question. Through persistent practice you will realize that you no longer buy those nicely advertised products, they neither touch nor catch you. The market doesn’t decide for you. And that is part of your self-liberation called freedom. 

Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka

Blind Horse, Lame Rider

BLIND HORSE, LAME RIDERThe Tibetan tradition explains the process of falling asleep using a metaphor for the mind and prana. Often prana is compared to a blind horse and the mind to a person unable to walk. Separately they are helpless, but together they make a functional unit. When the horse and rider are together they begin to run, generally with little control over where they go. As we fall asleep, awareness of the sensory world is lost. The mind is carried here and there on the blind horse of karmic prana until it becomes focused in a particular chakra where it is influenced by a particular dimension of consciousness. Perhaps you had an argument with your partner and that situation (secondary condition) activates a karmic trace associated with the heart chakra, which pulls your mind into that location in the body. The subsequent activity of mind and prana manifests in the particular images and stories of the dream.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Spiritual Evolution

gnothi seautonJesus Christ: “The kingdom of God is within us”

Buddha: “Look inside – you are the Buddha (pure consciousness)”

The ancient Greeks: “Gnothi seauton – Man, know thyself and thou shalt know the universe”

Krishna in Bhagavad Gita: “Meditation is greater than intellectual knowledge”

Sri Ramakrishna: “In the fable musk deer walked the whole world in search of the source of the smell, which was in him”

Saint Augustine: “People travel to look at mountains and waves of the sea, at the wide expanse of the river and the ocean, but passes the greatest miracle – themselves”

Prayer of Bhakta from the West

St. Francis of AssisiLord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, forgive;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is darkness, light and
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not

So much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francies of Assissi

Who is Naishtika Brahmachari?

BrahmalokaBrahmaLoka.
Sage Narada was in conversation with his father Brahma. His question was: “In all three worlds who is Naishtika Brahmachari?”. 
Narada imagined that Brahma would confirm that without doubt that he would qualify for the title. Brahma’s reply shocked Narada. 

“Sri Krishna, who took birth on earth and is performing Leela in Gokul and Brindavan is the real Naishtika Brahmachari”, said Brahma.

“ The one who always sings, dances and performs Rasleela with Gopis, is he?” quipped Narada and exploded into laughter.

“ You can clear your doubt from sage Durvasa who observes fast everyday and does tapas; he will give you reasons” said Brahma. Narada was intrigued further. “ Durvasa cannot tolerate hunger. He eats several times everyday. Because of his excesses, he is short-tempered and curses indiscriminately! You praise his Upavasa. It is even stranger than Krishna’s BrahmaCharyam!”, retorted Narada.

“ Narada! You think that only those like you who chant the name of Narayana and observe celibacy; only those rishis who indulge in self-denial and engage in long meditations even to the extent of being covered by growing shrubs and mole-hills qualify. It is not true. Go forth and know the truth from both. Ask Krishna who is NithyaUpavasi and ask Durvasa as to who is Naishtika Brahmachari and be clear! Let the world also be clarified”, said Brahma.

It is usual for Narada to create conflicts; however, in this case, Brahma created the conflict in Narada! He proceeded to Brindavan. These were the days before Krishna weds Rukmini and the seven other royal consorts! These were the days when Krishna was young, was the darling of the Gopis, was a shepherd, played on the flute divine melodies and filled everyone’s heart with pleasure.

Narada wanted to meet Krishna in private! He found one Krishna in each household; he did not know which was real Krishna! Finally Narada stood under a tree and waited till daybreak! Let Krishna find me, was his thought! Lo! Krishna appeared; but Krishna appeared pensive! “ I came to meet you, Lord! Why do you have a worried look?” queried Narada.

“ Durvasa today ate in excess. Therefore, I have stomach ache” said Krishna. Narada was more confused. How could this be? Thought Narada.

As if reading his mind, Krishna said, “Narada! Durvasa does not eat anything for himself. Both before and after food he says ‘ SriKrishnarpanam!’ and drinks water. He is NityaUpavasi. Whatever he eats reaches me. Even the air he breathes he dedicates to me. His vairagya absolves him of ill-effects of his anger. He dedicates everything to me and lives light”, said Krishna.

Narada understood how anything dedicated to God attains an exalted status. He bowed to Krishna and left to see Durvasa.

Durvasa received Narada with customary respect and asked of him what he wanted. Narada narrated partly his conversation with his father and asked him who was Naishtika Brahmachari.

“ Sri Krishna is the Naishtika Brahmachari, sans doubt”, said Durvasa.

“ Why?” quipped Narada.

“ One who lives where there are no women observing celibacy is not the real one. The one who lives amidst women and is not caught in the sway of desire is in reality vairagya brahmachari. Krishna who sings and dances with ten thousand Gopis without a sense of ownership remains Parabrahman. His love and grace are the property of all. He regards both cows and Gopis in Brindavan alike, irrespective of gender. He remains like water droplets on lotus. Others think of him as son, father, mother, friend, lover, guru, deity etc., for their own bliss. He lives without carnal desires both in mind, word and deed, although he is the subject of love and attachment of everyone! He is the real Naishtika Brahmachari!”, said Durvasa.

“ Narada! You also need to know more. In Treta Yug, in his avatar as Rama Sriman Narayana undertook exile in forests to uphold his father’s promise. During his exile, thousands of maharishis and tapaswis wanted him to stay with them. But he could not, because of his mission. They all yearned for his company, love and embrace. To fulfil their pious wishes, in the next yuga, they were granted birth as Gopis to be loved and embraced spiritually! As far as He is concerned they were his Bhaktas. His Prema is transcendental and pure. There is no place for Kama, being Platonic. He is therefore the real Naishtika Brahmachari!”, explained Durvasa.

Now Narada understood that body with gender has no significance in this union. Krishna came to unite with his Bhakta Jivatmas and give them deliverance. Later, He teaches Arjun that he resides in and fills all and that there is no discrimination based on gender, in the Gita at the war for Dharma.

Narada profusely thanked Durvasa; Durvasa said “Krishnarpanam”.

Narada returned to his father’s abode and thanked him for his guidance.