If we nurture the being and cause the doing to happen from the quality of the being, then we don’t have to work so much for the having

There are three important states: being, doing and having.

Right now, we move from doing to having. We continuously ‘do’ things. We learn and we put the learning into useful action. We then ‘have’ what we want: money, relationships, comfort, and what not. Then we want to have better things or have more things and so we continue doing. We are all the time between doing and having. In the process, the being is forgotten. Our real restfulness lies only in the state of being. Because of this, however much we do and have, we still search for restfulness. This feeling is the ‘call of the being’.

If we nurture the being and cause the doing to happen from the quality of the being, then we don’t have to work so much for the having. That will simply happen as a byproduct. This is the secret of Existence. But this is not seen as a direct utility to society by the universities. That is the problem. But this is what gives the real utility of every individual, not only to society but to the whole of the cosmos. We should always be concerned about the Whole. Continue reading →

An Enlightened Master is an overflowing expression of Existence, when He speaks there is a beautiful silence, which is his undercurrent. If you are open you can feel it touching you!

Paramahamsa Yogananda says, ‘Daytime is the devil’s playground.’ In daytime, we continuously feed our mind with words. Actually if you observe, words come in the way of learning. For example, now you are sitting in front of me. Many of you don’t understand what I am saying because I am talking a foreign language to you. You feel sad. But you are the most fortunate in the group! It is not possible to learn from me through words. I talk only to make you silent. If I don’t talk, you start talking inside you. So I talk. But you can learn a lot from me only through silence.

It is in the gaps between my words that the real teaching lies.

In silence there is innocence. In words there is intellect. Intellect can never receive the truth, only innocence can. Just sit here with innocence, that is enough. Then you will receive the ultimate understanding. It is in the gaps between my words that the real teaching lies. The master is sheer poetry, the poetry of Existence. His expression is an overflowing of Existence. The master speaks because you want to hear. As he speaks there is a beautiful silence, which is his undercurrent. If you are open you can feel it touching you. Continue reading →

Just be in the present by saying a complete ‘yes’ to life, by allowing future to pass through you to become past, to have its own course

In the Vedic tradition, Shiva, the lord of destruction, is considered auspicious. The very name ‘Shiva’ means ‘causeless auspiciousness’. You will be surprised to know that in Sanskrit if you literally translate the word for destruction, ‘samhara’, it does not mean destruction, it means rejuvenation. The word that we use commonly for destruction actually means creating space for new things to happen. Even destruction can be looked at from a different dimension of rejuvenating or creating a new space for better things to happen.

Even the disease which happens to your body just creates a new space so that you can start having a new body and so that you can get ready to live a new life. You can just restart the whole process. See, actually restarting the whole process can heal many of your wounds. There are some wounds that can be healed by falling asleep and coming back. You will forget them when you wake up. There are some wounds that can’t be healed by falling asleep and coming back. At that point you decide, ‘Let me restart the whole process, let me just start afresh.’ Then you allow the body to have some disease so that the rejuvenation process can start.

According to the vedic tradition no experience goes waste. Every time when you move from one moment to the next moment you are expanding, you are growing, and you are learning. If you look from this angle even your death is auspicious because you are going to the next step. Only if you are not clear about the next step you will feel the fear of death. Continue reading →

Divyasharira or Divine Physiology, Attributes of an Avatar – XI

The Sanskrit word ‘divyasharira’ is sometimes translated as ‘divine body’, but the phrase hardly conveys the full scope of the original term. The seemingly physical form assumed by the Avatar when He descends to the human frequency is called a divyasharira. Though appearing similar to the human form, the physiology is far from that of the average human being in areas of crucial significance. While several great masters and saints are known to have attained divyasharira while leaving the body, like Sant Jnaneshwar, Ramalinga Vallalar, Tirujnanasambandar, and more recently, Paramahamsa Yogananda, it is rare to find an Avatar who exhibits so visibly the qualities of the divyasharira while living and moving freely in the human frequency.

Ancient yoga texts like Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita prescribe a series of asanas, pranayama and bandhas that act as primary steps towards the attainment of a divyasharira. Although in theory, it is possible to attain a divyasharira through intense yogic practices alone, sustained over several janmas (births), a mere glimpse of the attributes and powers of the divyasharira reveal that it is not actually a human body that has been perfected though yogic disciplines, but rather the pure manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness itself, uncorrupted and incorruptible by its descent into the frequency of matter. Two of these altered states of physiology have already been discussed with reference to the attributes of Ardhanarishwara and Susadha. There are other several significant differences which differentiate the divyasharira from the normal body.

QEEG recordings of Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s brain have demonstrated Entrainment and the ability to control the brain waves at will, unlike in His normal counterparts (this attribute has been discussed in detail in later chapters). Moreover, there is an intense sensitivity to smell, sound and touch. Physicians who examined Paramahamsa Nithyananda have repeatedly noticed the increased sensitivity to touch, which in normal human beings also means a high level of sensitivity to pain (as both are similar neural phenomena). But in the case of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the heightened touch-sensitivity is simultaneously associated with the absence of the cognition of pain.

Surabhi: A simple and innocent attribute of the Avatar’s divyasharira is the maintenance of the human form in a pure state, allowing for a fragrant smell to emanate from the body. Small children always smell nice, and with age and maturation, changes occur in human physiology to produce a combination of noxious odors and pheromones. An Avatar like Paramahamsa Nithyananda, while having attained physical maturity, lives in the physiological and psychological childlike state of innocence, thereby producing a divine fragrance similar to the jasmine flower or pure sandalwood.

Another interpretation of the term ‘divyasharira’ is: a body of ight and sound.

The concept of the creation of the universe from Light (Shiva) and Sound (Shakti) was expressed in the Vedic sciences thousands of years prior to the evolution of modern science. Traditional science looks at wave and particle as a duality. Today we agree that all elementary particles exist simultaneously as both particle and wave, and matter too is nothing but energy with form. The Vedic term ‘Light’ stands for the particle phenomenon, and ‘Sound’ for the wave phenomenon – hence the eternal dance and romance of the inseparable Shiva-Shakti described by the Vedic seers, or ‘saint-ists’, as Paramahamsa Nithyananda chooses to call them.

The primordial sound described in Vedic science is the ‘unstruck sound’ (anahata dhvani). The word ‘anahata’ itself means ‘that without a cause’ – which, in other words, is nothing but the Primary Cause itself, as only the Cause itself can be causeless; everything else is an effect of the Cause. The Primary Cause being Shiva, the Primary Sound too is nothing but Shiva Himself, or Shiva-Shakti, which is particle and wave at the same time. Thus, in a single superb stroke, Vedic science condenses the theories of western particle physics, eastern cosmogony and universal spirituality into one poetic word. The divyasharira, being the very fabric of space-time, is nothing but the simultaneous and non-dual existence of wave and particle.

courtesy Avatara Shastra