Rudraksh, the Soul of Shiva.

Rudraksh is the seed of the tree, Elaeocarpus ganitrus. Different species of Elaeocarpus give different sizes and shapes of the seed. These seeds are one of the most important tool in your spiritual path. You can use 108 Rudraksh seeds strung together as a jap-mala. It is used for japa, reciting a mantra 108 times.

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Rudraksh are also worn on the body. Sadhus wear rudraksh  strings on their wrists, arms, waist, heads etc. Rudraksh should never be worn below the navel though. Men and women, living a householders life, both can wear rudraksh though there are some rules which should be followed. You should wear it after having a bath in the morning and removed before sleeping. Do remove when going to the toilet. And for women please do not wear it during the 5 days of the monthly cycle and during pregnancy. It should be removed if visiting a house where sutak or naatak period is being observed. (Sutak is observed is a house from the day someone dies till his 13th day tarpan is performed. Naatak is observed in a house from the day of the birth of a child till the 12th day when its naming ceremony is performed.)

Rudraksh is not just a seed, its a highly charged object of power. And this seed resonates with such power that its aura is always golden-silver. When you wear it your aura color also improves and your chakras move faster in the clockwise direction. “Rudraksh” is a Sanskrit word thus cannot be translated exactly but has to be experienced. Sanskrit words have several meanings and the intention of the speaker and the listener gives the appropriate meaning. “Rudraksh” to me means, “the origin of the soul”.

‘Rudra’ means terrible, roaring, vibrating, untamed, fierce, origin, shiva etc

‘Aksh’ means soul, snake, wheel, depository, sense organ, perception, vehicle, court of law, support etc.

The more familiar meaning of “Tears of Shiva” is also so misunderstood. Shiva did not cry! Shiva means the pure truth. When your kundalini in a state of dhyan reaches the anjya chakra (third eye) you being to remember the real you. Your memory of your own pure self is now experienced. “Water” in Sanskrit also means the soul memory or the experience. So “tears of shiva” is the memory of your own real self which you experience when your third eye is active. So wearing a Rudraksh channelizes these terrible energies of the pure truth. If you are not ready for them they will harm.

But all of us have a built-in system of self-preservation. If you are not ready for the rudraksh you will not be drawn to it in the first place.

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Wearing a rudraksh on a body is not just fashion. This is an object of immense power and wearing it all the time is a commitment, just check out what this commitment means

  1. You have invited the energies of Shiva, pure truth, into you. These are highly positive energies swirling in clockwise motion. Now if you go near or generate negative/anticlockwise energies you will suffer a backlash. This is the reason that menstruating women cannot wear rudraksh for 5days. During these 5 days your body is undergoing destruction and your chakras are actually rotating anticlockwise.
  2. You now have to be aware of your actions, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual at all times. Example, you cannot lie knowingly or even unknowingly, and neither can you listen to lies. See, it’s so difficult!
  3. Now your conscience is in charge. Your higher self /Antaratma is now active and is scrutinising every aspect of you at all times. You cannot do anything against your Dharma/ Conscience.
  4. You cannot eat rajasic or tamasic food, so no non-veg, no onions/garlic, no alcohol and no addictions.
  5. And when you wear it remember that you are now on the path to the ‘Origin’ the Parabrahma and will be leaving Mahamaya and her worldly attractions behind. You are on the path to Moksh. You will be made to leave your attraction to your wife/husband, child, job, food/drink, your body everything that you see either by choice or by force. If you are not internally ready, wearing a rudrakhsh will bring you internal unexplained sorrow.

So I would advise you to wear your Rudraksh only when you are doing your spiritual practice, puja, yagnya, jaap, dhyan etc. Remove it after you have finished and keep it in your altar or puja ghar. Wearing it all the time in this materialistic world of ours is practically not feasible.

I have a Rudraksh tree in front of my house and collect the seeds every year. A single tree can produce the different mukhi seeds. There are several classes of rudraksh seeds on sale, the number of segments on the seeds surface can be from 1 to 27, thus the seeds are called 1-mukhi to 27-mukhi. The various mukhi seeds can be used for different balancing purposes in your sadhana. But remember that the Rudraksh will always be a spiritual tool. If some astrologer tells you to wear a something-mukhi rudraksh for material removal of obstacles or material wealth, it’s time to say bye to that astrologer. But if you know how, using these various mukhi rudraksh can help you on your spiritual path.

You can also dowse with your single seed rudraksh pendant. It works perfectly as a pendulum. It can be used to check out the auras and the energies of food, water, the house, a person and also be used to clean them out.

If you do decide to wear a rudraksh the best option is to buy a 108 beads jaap mala from a reputed dealer. The chances of fakes is thus limited. If you want to buy a single bead for a pendant, the 5-mukhi / 5- faced seed is the best, as it is easily available, less chance of getting cheated. Any rudraksh seed will work equally well 5 faced is the most common. Astrologers may try to fleece you and make you buy a rare rudraksh, (other than 5-faced). Very frankly an average person does not need these. Remember these are tools, you need to use them. Their use is highly specific and unless you know how and are capable of performing the specific tantras and pujas there is no point in wasting your money.

Now how to wear, a very simple process. Remember Intention is everything. So be grateful to the Universe, Parabrahma, Sadashiva. You should wear it on a Monday morning in the bright half of the month/shukla paksh. Wash it with Ganga water or purified water then apply sacred ash/bhasma or vibhuti or kesar/saffron on it. Hold it in your cupped hands and recite your favourite Shiv mantra over it. “Om namah shivaya”, mahamrutyunjaya, kalabhairavastak, which ever you want, either once, thrice or 108 times. Wear it and be aware of yourself.

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Twilights..

Twilight is the realm of the between’s, neither day not night, a bit of both. It just like two watercolors mixing, the color you get contains these two but in itself something new. So what do you get when you mix the energies of the day and the night?

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In India, 45minutes before and after sunset/sunrise is cosidered to be the sandhyakaal/twilight. This time is an ideal time for doing sandhyapuja, gayatri puja, Yadnyas/fire rituals, worshipping the Sun, giving arghya to the Sun, agnihotra is the most important one, but even marriages are performed at the evening twilight. You can do your energy work in the twilights, either for taking in positive energy or for letting out negative energy.

During this twilight the energies of the other dimensions also merge with our world, so it is possible that you may sense or see ghosts, spirits and other dimensional beings during this period. In places where human disturbances are limited, eg small hamlets in the forests, mothers do not allow the young children out and especially women don’t go out with their hair unbound.

In Sanatan Dharm, the Light ज्योति is considered to be the the divine principle of life and source of intelligence. This light is as simple as the light of our Sun which we see with our 2 eyes or the light of the Inner Sun which we see with our third eye in Dhyan. Our right eye represents the Sun/day and our left eye represents the Moon/night. Between these two is the limit of the day and the night, the twilight, the sandhya, our third eye/ajnya chakra. It is in this sandhya that you will see the Inner Light, only if you look deep with faith.

If you want to utilize the energies of the twilight, here is a very simple way. At dawn or dusk, light a small copper lamp with sesame oil and cotton wick, with this mantra, “Om deepjyoti parabrahma, deepjyoti janardana, deepo hara tu may papam, sandhya deepah namostute, Om”. If you do not have this lamp things, light a candle at least, but then keep your Intention super-charged!

I had the opportunity to travel to St.Petersberg, Russia last year were I saw that the twilight continues for hours with the sun on the horizon which does not set. The people living in northern areas of Russia have a unique chance to do energy work for hours. I hope they become more self aware make the most of it.

Om, The Supreme Intelligence is the divine principle of life. The energy which “excites” is the divine principle of life. The energy which “takes away” may take away my negative energies. Thus I bow down to the divine principle of life and source of intelligence which is seen in the sandhya/twilight.

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The Bhagwat Gita

The Bhagwat Gita needs no introduction. The message that Yogeshwar Krishn gave to his cousin, the Pandav Arjun has been translated, interpreted and studied for thousands of years and by millions of peoples and still its mysteries do not end.

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You can find everything in the Gita, every aspect of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksh is described in this message. And it will also give you the answers to mundane questions, to what you seek, from management, to life, to business, and death, doing spiritual practice, everything. This is a living Song, and adapts its message to suit the questioner and his question. It is not a coincidence that, from quantum scientists to yogis, all have studied the Gita, because it gives you the answers. In fact they became scientists and yogis just because they listened to that “Divine Song”.

The Gita is written in Sanskrit, and Sanskrit is not just a language it is Devbhasha Samskritam. It is a palimpsest which reveals its meanings depending on the intention of the reader. Intention is everything when you listen to the Gita.

My advise to you is, if you want to really hear the Gita, do not read someone else’s random translation. It is not a book to be understood in languages, it is to be Experienced. Read the shlokas yourself in the Sanskrit. Remember Gita is a Yog Shastra. It teaches you how to act in order to achieve Yog.

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However for those who are really interested and destined to know this, (I would imagine only 1% of those who read this post will actually find this book), there is the interpretation of the Gita as it should be, Yog Shastra. The “Pranab Gita” written by Shri Gyanendra Mukhopadhyay, disciple to Shri Pranabanand, disciple to Shri Shyamcharan Lahiri Mahasaya. It is originally written in formal Bengali, but its translated Hindi version is also available as a book. This “Pranab Gita” is not a mere compilation of the teachings of his Guru as mentioned elsewhere on the Internet, but it is his own experience during the Dhyan that he was taught by his Guru. It explains the meaning of each shloka in terms of the energies, prana and kundalini. It is the experience of the author, a Guru himself and is one of the very few really valuable books I have ever read. Gita is a Yog Shastra, is a beacon of light for those aspirants who want to attain moksha.

Gita is not a novel, it will reveal its meanings only as per your intention and your intention will get stronger only with shraddha and deep shraddha takes time to develop. The first time the shlokas may not be easy to read, but as the days go by you will see flashes of its real meaning in your dreams/subconscious states. Then one day it will become so strong that you will sit down and start your spiritual practice which will progress to Dhyan. As the Dhyan deepens you will start practicing what Yogeshwar Krishn actually wants you to practice. And then at some point of time you will receive the Phal/fruit of the “Yog Shastra Gita”.

It is a long journey (you have already gone through so many lives) and you are being tested at every point, sometimes you may feel like putting down your personal Gandiva, but persevere. Live the Gita. Trust yourself and the black spot (Krishn) that you see between your eyebrows in your ajnya chakra, and in time you will see the Vishwaroop here.

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