auṃ āpyāyantu mamāṇgāni vākprāṇaścakśuḥ
śrotram-athobalam-indriyāṇi ca sarvāṇi |
mā’ham brahma nirākuryām mā mā brahma
nirākarod-anirākaraṇamstva-nirākaraṇam me’stu |
tadātmani nirate ya upaniṣatsu dharmāste mayi santu te mayi santu ||
auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ||
Two important truths I want you to learn.
First, the Vedic way of living, Vedic lifestyle starts with peace, ends with peace. All the knowledge we generated, please understand, we had everything and much more what modern science has produced now. Whether it is jet plane, rocket, missiles, nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, we had everything and much more in Vedic age, Vedic era, but we were very clear – it’ll only be for peace, it’ll only be for peace. Understand, we start peace, end with peace; whether it is rituals, ceremonies, teaching, knowledge transmission, everything, everything, knowledge is only for peace.
Only one big crime the modern day Hindus did, they think – peace is important so let’s avoid conflicts.
By avoiding conflict you will never be in peace. By avoiding conflict, if you try to be in peace, naturally the other forces will push you, push you, push you to the corner till you become non-existent. Avoiding the conflicts is not methodology for peace. Right methodology for peace, facing it, solving it.
Peace is the purpose, that does not mean that we are afraid of conflicts. Peace is the purpose, does not mean that we are afraid of conflicts. Peace is purpose, does not mean we are powerless to handle conflicts. That is one of the biggest crime the modern day Hindus did, trying to avoid conflicts to have peace. That is why modern day Hindus lost their backbone. Peace is the purpose, but not avoiding the conflict, but by facing and resolving it.
We start with peace and end with peace, live in peace, does not mean we are weak. No. First thing you need to know peace is your goal, but not in the way the middle class understands. Middle class cannot grasp any Truth with its context, so it tries to cook up his own theory. The middle class way of living peace is avoiding conflicts, no. Facing it and resolving it is the royal way of peace. Facing it, resolving it, facing the conflicts, and resolving the conflicts is the royal way of peace. Upanishads are royal science not the middle class science, it is royal science.
Listen. First thing you need to know about the Shanti Mantra, the peace, it should always be the purpose and goal. Peace of the individual, peace in the family, peace in the society, peace in the community, peace in the country, peace in the world, peace in the universe that is goal, but not by avoiding the conflicts, but by facing it and resolving it, but by facing it and resolving it.
I am trying to remove all the stupid frills that got associated with yoga in the name of Christ yoga, Jesus yoga, inverted cat pose, downward dog pose. These are the frills that need to be removed from yoga, not the rituals and Hindu cultural association with yoga. Hindu cultural association with yoga is not cultural frills. The dilution done by the marketers of the yoga is the frills need to be removed. I should call as un-cultural frills. Instead of facing the conflict and resolving it—trying to escape from it, that is not peace. Trying to escape from the conflict is middle class mind, facing it and resolving it is royal mind, even while facing and resolving, being in the peace is Enlightened mind. First thing, goal is peace that does not mean we will avoid conflicts, we will be afraid of conflicts. Goal is peace by facing and resolving the conflicts.
Second thing you need to know – power of declaration. Understand. The last Upanishad, Isavasya Upanishad, Rishis were introducing the science of prayer to us – Soham’asmi. Even when I pray, you and me are one and the same. Sohamasmi. Even when I pray, you and me are one and the same.
A beautiful introduction to prayer. Now, Rishis are taking us the next level.
I tell you, declaration is the peak of prayer. Declaration is the highest possibility of prayer.
In the prayer, one line of the lower inner image is retained you always do the stupidity of putting yourself low to raise God high, which is not required, even though I repeat again and again and again. To put God great, to put God on the higher pedestal you do not need to put yourself down, you do not need to put yourself low, but you don’t listen. Always one line of lower inner image is associated with prayer. Unfortunately, that became a trend. So with prayer it’s always strong remembrance of one line of lower inner image, lower self-identity. With the declaration that is not there. Ordinary unconscious prayer, the lower self inner image, the lower image of you, the lower idea of you is praying to the highest expression, God.