All that exists is energy, declares the first line of Ishavasya Upanishad!

What is this world made up of?

Our five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch are our gateways to perceiving this world. They tell us that this world is made up of matter or objects in various forms, shapes, colors and qualities. We see ourselves living in a three dimensional world fundamentally made up of the five basic elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. We see all the objects in this world undergoing change with time. They all undergo creation, sustenance and dissolution with the passage of time.

Classical physics tells us that matter is governed by the laws of physics like the three laws of motion, the law of gravity, the laws of fluid dynamics and so on. All objects are considered to be made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms, which in turn are made of three types of particles – protons, neutrons and electrons. We learned all these fundamental things in school. But according to modern science, the world is not fundamentally made up of matter. The fundamental particles are not protons, neutrons and electrons. Read More

Leadership is not a quality, but an experience that can radiate from an individual who has experienced personal growth and transformation

When we become responsible for others, we no longer are focused on us. We move towards serving other people. Serving other people is leadership.Pandering to one’s own needs without a care about others is absence of leadership.

There are so many books these days about leadership and how it is an important part of making an organization successful. There are so many so-called leadership gurus who teach and train people in organizations to ‘develop’ leadership. Yet when we look at all organizations, whether they are doing business to make a profit, or in government service or in the area of social services, true leaders are rare. If you look at any organization you will find that less than 1% tends to become the so-called leaders in the organization. If you look at business organizations, we can say that there are probably only 1% of these organizations that can claim to be true leaders in their fields who are excelling in all areas of their business – making a profit, delivering good products and services, providing service to society, providing satisfaction to their employees, etc. So we can say, true leaders are actually 1% of the 1% of successful business organizations. It means just 0.01% of the overall working population actually has true leadership qualities in them! We can say the same about organizations in other fields. This is what I mean when I say true leaders are rare.

Everyone can become a leader and the quality of leadership arises from one’s ability to take responsibility for a particular organization, a situation or a particular group.

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We are not able to face death because we are not able to face the ever-changing nature of life!

             Once, in USA, a young lady asked the great Indian monk Swami Vivekananda, ‘What is life?’ Swami Vivekananda said, ‘Come with me to India. I will teach you.’ She asked, ‘What will you teach me?’   He said, ‘I will teach you how to die.’

The question is about life but the answer is about death! It seems strange! What Swami Vivekananda is saying is that if you know the secret of death, the quality of your life will be different. Your very understanding and attitude towards everything will change.

We can actually use our lives to prepare for death. We do not have to wait for the pain of seeing someone’s death or the shock of being faced with a critical illness to force us to look into the meaning of life.

If you know how to die, you know how to live. Living and leaving are two sides of the same thing.

Death is not a mere incident at the end of your life. It is a profound knowing. If you know how to die, you know how to live. Living and leaving are two sides of the same thing. Your life will be totally different once you understand death.

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More and more your inner space gets into Completion, more and more, you will catch the sacred secrets about the Source, Cosmos!

Kena Upanishad. Brief technical introduction, the word ‘kena ‘means ‘whom’. The Upanishad appears as the 9th chapter of the Talavakara Brahmana of the Sāma Veda, and also known Talavakara Upanishad or Jaimini Brahmana. 35 verses and Shanti Mantra. Its one of the very important Upanishad and per the Muktikopanishad, it’s the second Upanishad in the whole order. Upanishad is also called, known as Talavakara Upanishad.

KENA means, exactly the word means ‘whom’, ‘by whom – keneṣitaṁ – by whom willed or directed’ – directing the enquiry of the Truth to its very Source, is the seed of Kenopanishad. Please understand, this Upanishad directs your seeking to the Source. I will start with the Shanti Mantra [peace invocation chant], then I will introduce the Upanishad. Please chant along with Me.

auṃ āpyāyantu mamāṇgāni |

Listen. The verse actually is – mamāṇgāni; paathabheda is māmāṇgāni – means the way I heard from My Guru, His paathabedha. The paathabheda is māmāṇgāni, the ‘ma’ plus not full ‘aa’ half  ‘a’.

auṃ āpyāyantu mamāṇgāni vākprāṇaścakśuḥ
śrotram-athobalam-indriyāṇi ca sarvāṇi |

Please understand, the original mantra is – sarvāṇi; paathabheda is ‘sarvāuṇi’ – thehalf ‘u’ is added – ‘sarvāuṇi’.

sarvaṁ brahmopniṣadam 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 ||

Understand the subject matter of the Kenopanishad. Now that is the important thing.

The essence of Isavaysa Upanishad is Seeking.

The essence of Kenopanishad is Seeking into the very Source, not just WHO AM I, BY WHOM AM I?

Understand, WHO AM I starts and ends inside your body. BY WHOM AM I, starts and ends in Cosmos. There is a big difference between – WHO AM I, BY WHOM AM I?

Enquiring into you is Seeking.
Enquiring into the Source is Seeking the very Source.
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If you can perceive motherliness from your god or guru and radiate that motherliness to the people around you, you have succeeded in game of completion!

Please understand, first and foremost relationship is Mother. Ability to learn, even idea to relate starts with Mother. How to relate starts with mother. Understand, your idea to relate, your ability to relate starts with mother – mother’s contribution in your life either by doing something or by not doing something.

Please understand, even she was not there in your life, the impact of that remains forever. Either she is there or not there, her impact on you remains on you forever. If she was there, if she is there in a positive way; if she was not there, her absence impacts you forever.

I tell you, Mother is too important way to connect what you think as life.

In Vedic tradition our Rishis were aware, your ability to connect with the mother should be directed to Cosmos. It should inspire, it should awaken your higher consciousness. It should inspire your higher consciousness to express through you. It should awaken your higher consciousness. Connecting with life as mother is the most sweetest, most beautiful, most easiest form to ever connect.

Please understand, my childhood was full of spiritual experiences, amazing spiritual masters. Great yogis, like Raghupati Yogi, Vibhudanada Puri, the personalities of their stature. Ramsuratkumar, Annamalai Swamigal, Sadhu Om, I can list the personalities. Great spiritual personalities and I was exposed to all the spiritual thought currents and traditions like Vedanta, Shaiva Siddhanta, Shaivism. Even the thought currents of Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya Vaisheshika, Purva Mimamsa, Uttar Mimamsa, various Yogic Sampradayas. But I tell you, I find most easiest, most powerful, most inspiring, most exciting way to connect with life as the form of Mother. It’s mother worship, I myself chose, after being exposed to so many spiritual masters, experiences, and philosophies. I tell you, if you want tremendous peace and healing in your inner space, chose mother worship.

Even with your guru or your Ishta Devata (chosen god) relate as Mother, you will see, the kind of healing in your bio-memory, it will lead to extraordinary healing and unimaginable healing, extraordinary completion, unimaginable completion.

Blessed are those, who had responsible mother till you became 14. Actually till 14 only you need, till you become physically mature, you need mother. Bless it are those who had life around their mother till 14. I tell you, till 14 if you had mother living around you, living with you then you know how to connect with mother. You don’t need a separate lesson to connect with the Divine. So much completion will happen to you. So much means really really so much.

I tell you, there are various attitudes, bhaavas, techniques, methods to connect with the divine, higher consciousness, but nothing like the Maatru Bhaava, connecting with the mother. At least in these 9 days, connect with the life as mother, the cosmic mother. I tell you, then you will understand you will never be the same again after these 9 nights. These 9 nights not only you will wake up, you will be awakened. If you can connect with the life, with the same attitude of connecting with your mother, and if you had incompletions with your mother, complete with that first. And connect with the cosmos, the cosmic mother. You will not just wake up, you will be awakened.

I myself have a great mother and amazing connection with life in the form of mother. Even though I had darshans of different gods, goddesses. Mahadeva himself in the form of Arunagiri Yogeshwara but everything was in the, with the undercurrent of mother. Even Arunagiri Yogeshwara, he was so much Mother for me than guru. Even Ragupati Yogi, a old yogi, so much motherliness I experience with him than his Gurugiri, than him being a guru.

I tell you, of course, Mata Vibhudananda Puri, she was a woman, an elderly woman by nature, naturally you will experience her motherhood. But even with Raghupati Yogi, the kind of motherliness I experienced is amazing. Connect with cosmos in the form of mother you will experience so much, so much completion, so much motherliness in everything.

People will experience so much motherliness from you in everything. I tell you, when motherliness starts oozing out in you, even on the chairs you sit will become complete. It won’t feel the heaviness of you. It will feel you as blessing. The ground on which you walk will feel blessed by the touch of your feet. The air you breathe will be blessed. People whom you see with your eyes will experience the love and compassion. I tell you, nothing can be compared to receiving the love of motherliness and sharing radiating motherliness. If you can’t radiate, receive and radiate, whoever you maybe, you waste your life. You are missing one the major dimensions of your life.

Whether you relate with your Guru or your God, it can be any god, Shiva, Vishnu, Parvati, Durga, Kali, Ganesha, Subramanya, any God, if you can relate with that tremendous motherliness, If you can perceive motherliness from your god or guru and radiate that motherliness to the people around you, you have succeeded in game of completion. You will bring so much completion into you and to others. So much completion into you and to others.

My Navratri message to all of you — connect with the whole world as you connect with your mother. Be a child to life, be a mother to people you are giving life. Be a child to the life to receive life in you. Be a mother to people to whom you are giving life, that is enough. You will bring so much of healing, and completion to planet earth wherever you move, whatever you do. Whether you are a professional engineer, lawyer, doctor or Politician, political leader, celebrity, spiritual leader, whatever you are doing, motherliness completes you and others.

Dharma declaring its authority by itself is Upanishads

The Upanishadic rishis are declaring, Upanishads are declaring….. I should not even use the word “Upanishadic rishis are declaring”. No! “Upanishads are declaring”! Dharma declares its authority by itself is Upanishads. Without the help of any author, or the authority of any author! Author not only brings authenticity, he brings authority also. Here, Dharma does not need authenticity or authority from anyone else. The person who lends authenticity, naturally lends authority also. When he lends authenticity, he has authority. Upanishads don’t need anybody to authenticate it. So, nobody has authority over it. That is why “Apourushya” – “no author”! It is declaring its own grandeur and beauty by its own existence.

The only thing you need in the whole life is stamina to stand up till you see the victory, nothing else!

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||
|| ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ||

Om Poornamadhah Poornamidham Poornaath Poornam Udhachyathey |
Poornasya Poornamaadhaaya Poornamevaavasishyathey ||
|| Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthih ||

I can see clearly, when these mantras were uttered the very first time to the Planet Earth, the path for the civilization was getting delivered, the unadulterated, undiluted purpose for the civilization, human civilization was getting delivered. The whole ambience charged with peace – understand, I am using the word “charged with peace”; means, vibrant peace, vibrant silence; not the silence of the graveyard, but the silence of Unclutching, the silence of Completion – I can see clearly, in the vibrant presence of Mahadeva, all the rishis being raised and vibrating in the same frequency of Mahadeva; not just enlightened, but entangled with Mahadeva; in that entanglement, uttering these great verses. Understand, the whole purpose is Completion.

All your incompletions may look factual. See, I am not insensitive to your problem of diseases or unable to handle your desire or fear, or unable to handle your enemies, or unable to handle the powerlessness, whatever may be, I am not insensitive to it. It may be factual, but, I am telling you, it cannot be real! It may be factual, but it can never be real! Let your cognition function constantly based on “real”. Let you think, act, decide, respond, react, based on “real”, “real”.

Your incompletions may be factual, but can never be real. You understanding “Completion is Completion is Completion”, makes you recover quickly even from the so-called factual incompletions, I am telling you. When you understand and cognize it is Completion in Completion in the space of Completion…… And I wanted to tell you one truth:

Whenever I told anybody the ultimate truths that your consciousness is Completion, joy, love, fulfillment, I never saw one ray of doubt in any of them, please understand! I have to reveal this truth to you. Your SDHD (Self-Doubt, Self-Hatred, Self-Denial) creates only superficial graphs in you; they don’t go to the core of you. Your core listens to me!
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ZERO is not ‘NOTHINGNESS’; ZERO is ‘INFINITY’.

I just can’t control my celebrative mood when I read even one verse of Upanishad. What a beauty. Beauty in words! Grace in organizing the sounds! Never there was so much of beauty expressed in words or the grace organized in sounds!

पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||

Poornamadhah Poornamidham Poornaath Poornam Udhachyathey |
Poornasya Poornamaadhaaya Poornamevaavasishyathey ||

Just by repeating this one line, I can give up my body. Nothing else is required. Nothing else is required. This one verse was made available to me in my human body is enough; this human body has achieved what it needs to achieve. This one sacred sentiment, this one sacred truth is revealed to me is enough; this human body is useful, it is used more than it can be used. Now it has reached its fulfillment. Anything further, if it is alive, it is a bonus. The cognition, when that gets centered on consciousness, life is love, laughter, joy, and life itself.

Let us now understand how to make our cognition centered on this sacred truth:

‘The Whole comes from Whole and be established in the Whole and gets back to Whole. And even during this whole process, it remains as Whole.’ Read More

Upanishads are Existence’s songs about its existence

Any idea, any truth, any concept, any theology, the more the person is present in that theology, the more it is useful only for him, not for the whole world, not for the Whole, not for the humanity or society or the whole universe.  Less the individual is present, more the concept, the idea, the theory, the philosophy is useful for humanity, society, for the Whole.  Less the part is present, more useful for the Whole.  More the part is present, less useful for the Whole.  Understand, less the individual is present, more the truths, concepts, ideas, are useful to the whole humanity, society, and the universe.  More it is universal, less individual.  More individual, less universal.  The individual’s influence should only be for the sake of enriching, never for the sake of establishing the person’s identity. 

I tell you, history is always written by the people who won the wars.  That is why it is never factual, “as it happened”.  No!  No history is factual.  Only when the author’s individual vested interests, fear and greed to certain ideologies disappear, only then the history becomes factual, whole, useful for the whole universe and the whole humanity, whole society.  History written by the people who do not have any vested interests only is called “Puranas”.  Puranas are more factual than any history written by the people with vested interests.  Don’t read any book where the author is heavily present.  If the author has disappeared within him and he doesn’t have any vested interests, fear or greed for an ideology, then READ THAT PERSON, not just his books!  Read that person’s very life!  Be around him and learn; you will catch the truth!

Apourushyathwa!  Even if the author wants to establish his name, there is a corruption, there is a reason, there is a vested interest, there is a fear or greed.  Sometimes authors do not put their name, but they put some popular person’s name, because they wanted that popular identity to protect their work.  That is why so many works are attributed to Adi Shankara.  Only when the individual is absent, his personal vested interests, fear and greed disappear, dissolve, he becomes a pure channel for Existence to sing its own existence.  Upanishads are Existence’s songs about its existence.  Existence’s songs about its existence!  Read More

Apourushya! Authorless !

UPANISHADS! Before explaining a book, we have to explain what it stands for. Before explaining what it stands for, I have to explain who made it stand for that. Before explaining who made it stand for that, I have to explain who wrote it. That is where now the whole thing starts. How can we tell the modern world that something exists, that there is a book which has no author? Profound, extraordinary expressions, truths, realizations, revelations, but no author! Author is dissolved in the authenticity of the truths.

Please understand, whenever a book is written, the truth and the personality who presents the truth, both of them are expressed in that book. That is why I always tell people that all books are biographies of the author. Please understand, whether it is a science or a history or a religion or philosophy, self-development, whatever classification you give, all books you have to basically classify as “Biography”, because, there is no book which does not have the smell, presence, touch of the author, please understand. In the libraries, we should classify first all books as “Biography”. Under the section “Biography”, you can classify as “Biography based on Religion”, “Science based on Religion”, “Mysticism based on Religion”, “Self-help based on Religion”. The more the personal involvement, more it becomes fiction, understand? In a science book, the more the scientist is present, the less the science is present. In a philosophy book, the more the philosopher is present, the less the philosophy is present. In a history book, the more the historian is present, the less the facts and the history, the less the authenticity or the truth of the history is present. When the historians have personal interests, likes, dislikes, history can never be presented to you authentically. In any book, the more the author is present, the less the truth is presented; the more his personal touch, the less the reality.

That is why I always insist that all pharmaceutical companies should be non-profit organizations. Having medical care under the “profit industry” is the most dangerous. Read More

When You Sit, Truth is revealed !

UPANISHADS!  Actually, just every day when I come and sit here and utter that word, “Upanishads”, the way the truths are overflowing, verbalization becomes a big job!  Finding ideas is not at all a big job; verbalizing them has become a big job!

There are tons of books and tons of authors.  But, this book, Upanishads, to tell you honestly, if I have to put it a little poetically, the words feel shy to introduce Upanishads!  Words feel shy to introduce Upanishads!  If a child asks, ‘What is the size of an apple?’, you can show like this (Swamiji gestures with his hands).  ‘What is the size of a pumpkin?’, you can show like this (Swamiji again gestures with his hands).  If the child asks, ‘What is the size of the Planet Earth?’, can you show like this?  (Swamiji spreads his arms wide).  No!  This is not in any way signifying the size of the Planet Earth!  You can show, ‘This big!’  (Swamiji again spreads his arms wide).  But, that is in no way signifying the size of the Planet Earth!  That is in no way doing justification to the size of the Planet Earth!  Please understand!  So, what will I do with these words to introduce Upanishads?  I can only pull my mouth like this and say, “It is this big!’ 

The way they introduce you to you, the way they introduce the world to you, the way they introduce god to you, the way they introduce life to you, nothing can be compared to Upanishads.  Whether the purity of the substance they are delivering, or the poetic way they are expressing, or the very sound in which they have nicely embedded the vibrations of Kundalini awakening!  Upanishads not only have a linguistic and poetic importance, meaning, they have even phonetic importance.  Even phonetically they are important.  Actually, by the religious historians classifying Upanishads under Hinduism, they brought a great respect to Hinduism.  And, of course, Hindus are the inheritors.  It is our inheritance, no doubt.  But we need to live it and share it with the world.  It does not belong just to us.  Please understand, we might have been inheritors, but it does not belong just to us; it belongs to the whole universe!   Read More

Whatever way you perceive you in your inner image, you will exactly attract those same people around you.

The science of Sri Vidya says each of those lotus petal, actually 16 lotus petal, then 8, then 43 triangles, then bindu; and below that 6 lotus petals, and 3 square lines. Now each of those energies revealing the ideal they represent; the satyas they represent. Maybe once the energizing process is over, when we connect everyday satsang and the whole Sri Chakra, we will know clearly which Devi represents which great Truth, Advaitha Satya, It is one of the greatest and most exciting Truth, because such powerful revelation, I was so excited, Listen! All of us are always in the space of Advaitha, whether you are completely unaware, unconscious, or you are in the peak of realization! Please listen. The practical implications of this Satya need to be understood.

See, if your inner space is in the mode of self-denial, you will have exactly the friends, family, people with self-denial only falling in your eyes, senses, perception. If you are in the mood of Completion, you will have only the people want to do Completion falling in your perception. Listen!

So, whether you are in the state of a devil, demon, bhoota, preta, rakshasa, mooni, kinnar, gandarava, aksha, rakshasa, rishi, whatever space you are in you are in Advaitha! So that can never be lost! If you are in the space of completely denying you, you will exactly perceive only those people who are also in self denial and denying you; you will be denying them, they will be denying you, both of you will be having a great Indian mother in law, daughter in law, relationship. Then, if you decide to Complete, suddenly everyone around you will be struggling towards Completion.

Understand, when you allow the higher intelligence of you to pull you up, raise you constantly, suddenly you will perceive Guru happening in your life, because your own part of you, which is constantly pulling you up, only allows the Guru to happen in your life and continue to exist in your life. Only then you perceive Guru in your life. If you are in the level of, “oh, he has stolen my 200 rupee, he may steal my plastic bucket,” you will only have only the people around you, in your perception,in your life style you will only have the people, who will steal your mug, jug, the cloth you kept without using, or the shampoo packet you hid under your pillow, you will exactly have only this kind of people in your perception. And, when you start perceiving, “oh, I will defame this fellow, I will destroy his identity,” you will see exactly that kind of people around you, who will be defaming you, and trying to destroy your identity.

Understand, listen, now I have to answer one of your important doubt: one of the devotee who came to see me was asking, “Swamiji, I am asking really, why did You come down to live with human beings?” I told her, “Relax, I am not living with you guys. I still have in My perception Nandi, Bhringi, Patanjali, Aghastiar, Rishis, Devaganas, Siddhaganas, only they are in My perception; I am around them only!” I allow the people with royal perception also to play with Me and evolve. Arunachala allows people to come up, Kailasha allows people to come up, but that itself does not come down to you! Kailasa doesn’t come down to your level, but it gives way for you to come up to Kailasa! I allow people to perceive Me from their perceptions, also. Read More