Answering questions on doing Dhyan

I wrote this post on doing Dhyan using the Ajapa mantras Soham or Hamsa or OM. I have in fact written several posts on spiritual practice and the mantra you use when you do these (do use the index page to locate them). There were some questions so will write a bit more in this post.

‘Look’ at your third eye chakra while doing Dhyan.

The mind has to be trained to stay still, to stop its continuous whirring. So you have to focus at one single point, ie the point where the Sushumna, Ida, Pingala Nadi merge, ie the third eye chakra. The Ajnya chakra आज्ञा चक्र is the only point where you have to focus on always and ever. This will grant stability to the mind/ Manas with time. Ajnya आज्ञा is a Sanskrit word which means authority, unlimited power, command, to order, rule, to grant permission, to perceive, principal, assurance etc. Your lower 5 chakras are controlled by the Ajnya chakra in ever way possible. So when you focus on your Ajnya chakra and do your Dhyan, you power it here. Then the Ajnya chakra automatically distributes the power generated to the lower chakras as per requirement in the gentlest and safest manner. The lower chakras then distribute it in their associated nadis. So the entire energy body benefits.

Some people have this misconception that while doing Dhyan, the focus should shift, ie they focus on each one of the lower chakras in sequence, up and down the back! This is not how it works. Such a practice creates instability in the mind and causes jerks in the flow of pran in the nadi/ chakras which ultimately damages them. If you do this up and down thing or focus on specific lower chakras while doing your 108 breath/mantra combo, there is a clear danger of overloading the lower chakra and causing its associated nadis to fry. Always focus on the Ajnya chakra for your Dhyan and not on the lower chakras.

(You can do focussed chakra healing. This is different from Dhyan. I have written on doing the chakra healing in this post here.)

Then there is a particular Dhyan method given in the Vidnyan Bhairav tantra where you focus only on the Brahmarandhra for the 108 breaths. But do not do this unless your Sat-Guru sits before you physically and guides you while you are doing it. Else you can mess up your nadi/chakra system so badly that you might not only kill yourself, but also spend the next few lives insane recovering from the damage. This is a very intense method taken up by Sanyasis who have formally left the material world. It is not for householders like us.

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Dhyan is not ‘mediation’, you do not relax when you do Dhyan. You do not float up in dreamy clouds as shown in popular culture. What you are doing is very actively and intentionally manipulating the Pran in your Nadi/Chakra system. Pushing more and more pure Pran into your energy body, the pran-mai-kosh. Doing Dhyan is the same as fighting the War of Kurukshetra within, it is called Karma-yog and the entire Bhagwat Gita talks about this internal war.

So do not experiment, be very alert, focus your attention at your third eye, do your 108 mantra/breath combo. And do your practice regularly.

Next is how to ‘look’ at the Ajnya chakra. If you have noted, I always use apostrophes around the word ‘look’ like ‘look’ at your Ajnya chakra. This means that you are supposed to inwardly focus your attention at your third eye. You are not supposed to roll your eyeballs up and try to physically look at the middle of your forehead! If you do this, you will get eye-strain and create problems for yourself. So imagine that you are sitting on a mountain and looking straight at the far horizon. Your physical eyes have to remain straight, relaxed and unfocussed. Do not force your eyes to go cross eyed or roll them up or squint, scrunch your eyes or anything. If you think your eyeballs are rolling up, bring them back down gently. Do not strain your eye muscles. Dhyan is an internal thing, your physical eyes are nowhere in the picture. People who are blind or do not have physical eyes also do Dhyan as it has nothing to do with the physical eyes.

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And its a two step process.

I have stressed in all my posts that you should do your 108 breaths with your mantra as a first step. Then sit for some more time in the same pose, ideally for 30mins at least. This second part is an important part, do not skip this. You have trained your mind with your 108 breaths and now you have to immediately test it. Has your mind learnt to focus? Has it absorbed the efforts of your 108 breaths? In this second phase think of nothing. The mind has to be blank. You are enjoying the energy of your 108 Mantra-breaths, the mind cannot be allowed to interfere in this. The mind cannot think anything, not even your Dhyan-mantra. It is a truly delightful phase as the constant whirring of your mind slows/ stills and you are refreshed from the inside. You are brought to the possible state of internal health and happiness. You absorb pure pran while you do Dhyan, and this refreshes you more than the sleep, Swapna and Sushupti states.

Also you will see visions from your past lives, future events, your deity may give you a Darshan, bursts of color, white lights, geometric stuff, sounds, anything. You might see things which might make you emotional, secret stuff might be told to you etc. Just observe and let it go. Do not let the mind start working while you are enjoying this part two. This part two will test how well you did in your part one of the Dhyan process.

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Now which mantra to use.

I stress on the Ajapa mantras, Soham/ Hamsa or the pure OM, as these are naturally embedded within every breath you take. These are the easiest, most natural, the most powerful yet the gentlest mantra which you can do while a living householders life. If you can do a proper Dhyan twice a day it would be great. But even if you cannot find the time you can mentally recite these with your breath at any time, eg while travelling etc. as even this helps. Convert every breath you take into Soham/ Hamsa/ Om and you will realise the Eternal.

But if you wish, you can do Dhyan on the following mantras. (I do not use them as I feel it unnecessarily complicates the process. I prefer the pure energy of the two Ajapa mantras Soham/Hamsa or OM.)

  • Om Brahmane namah
  • Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
  • Om namah Shivaya
  • Or you can choose the Gayatri mantra as your Dhyan-mantra.

If you want to use any other mantra, then its your wish. But be very careful, choose a Vedic mantra linked to the Saumya gentle form of your adored deity. Do not choose mantras of the Ugra terrifying forms. Best stick to the well-known mantras. If you focus with something incorrect, you will damage your Nadi/ Chakra system. Damage here not only affects the immediate present but also the future lives. (I had written somewhere about a woman who was doing Dhyan using some ‘brzeee’ mantra and causing harm to herself and the people around her.)

If you choose a longer mantra, then you should recite the complete mantra once with every inhalation and once with every exhalation. Example, if you choose the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ you have to recite it once completely as you inhale and recite it again completely as you exhale. Do this for the usual 108 breaths. Obviously one inhalation and one exhalation is one breath.

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The mantra can change sometimes spontaneously. Ultimately all Dhyan-mantra will merge into OM.

While you do your Dhyan-mantra with the 108 breathes, you are training your mind with it. Mantra means ‘manah tarayati iti ‘, ie the mantra is used to save, entrain, clean, enlighten etc, the mind. So naturally the mantra is of use as long as the mind is still whirring out of control. Once you achieve the unmani-avastha, ie the mind becomes still, the mantra will change its form and purpose.

Or if you are doing a longer mantra then as you reach the seed of the manifested it will convert to the Ajapa mantras or directly to the OM. Every mantra has a specific level of energy, once you have absorbed it all, it will change its form. This mantra changing thing is not really relevant if you are using one of these three, Soham/ Hamsa/ Om mantras. These three will take you to the highest Advaita as they are at the very deepest creation point of the manifested Universe. Once you have absorbed their immensity only the Self remains. This is the reason why I suggest you choose any of these three as your Dhyan-mantra. These are the fast-tracks, they work at the very core of your existence. 

Ultimately all the Mantras merge into OM. Then as you pierce the Bindu that OM is, you reach the undefinable indescribable Advaita. 

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Outer forms of pujas, pilgrimages, satsangs are all junior school. Dhyan is senior school. What is desired is the Eternal Advaita.

Suppose you have hurt your legs and cannot walk properly, and have to use a crutch. The crutch is essential but you do not love it nor do you wish to use it forever. You wish your legs get well so that you can walk without support. Similarly the practice is a crutch, you are going to need it as long as your mind misbehaves. But you cannot get attached to the crutch. You should study your mantra, check out how you can use it most effectively, maintain it, respect it, learn about its functions etc get the most use out of it. Use it. Be dispassionate about your practice. Your mantra is a tool, you have to use it. It will get you till a point in your journey, but after its work is done later you will discard it. 

Another way of looking at it is this. In your journey, you travel in a boat, then go in a bus, travel in a plane and then trek a bit depending on the route. You keep on changing your mode of transport, you do not remain attached to the boat or the bus you travel in. The boat-ride is not your objective. Yes, the boat helps you travel a particular stretch of your route but once that stretch is over you change your mode of transport. You are not attached to the route you travel nor the act of travelling. Neither the journey or the route or the vehicle is your final objective. Will you keep sitting in the car when you reach home? You get out of it and enter your house.

Your final destination is what inspires you. Rest of it, the route and the vehicle, just is, it is incidental. Your deepest desire is to get to Your Self, this is the source of your faith.

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And finally even if you are just learning astrology do you need to do Dhyan in the first place?

Yes, you have to. Astrology is actually Jyotish, the science of the internal illumination. It is a Veg-Ang, it is connected to the Ved, it is a part of Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism. And it is a Vidya. Vidya is a science which studies conscious intelligence. You cannot learn a Vidya unless you are connected to the Advaita within your own self. I remember when I was a child, about 5yrs old, my Dad made me learn the Ganapati Atharvasheersha. Only then did I start on the Nakshatra, the Graha and the Rashis of Jyotish. So if you want to become an exceptional Jyotishi you must power yourself with these 108 breaths + Dhyan-mantra. 

So do your Soham or Hamsa or Om with every breath you take. Choose one of these and practice regularly. And if you have time for yourself, do your Dhyan at least once a day. It will heal you at the core of your being and eventually give you Eternal Happiness.

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Real nature of the Sun and the deities

I had said that I would write on the real nature of the ‘deities’ and ‘gods’ of Sanatan Dharma. I have written about the 33-classes of the deities in an earlier post. That was a rather technical post, so will try to make this one very simple, like a story..

We, of the Sanatan Dharma, have several deities, the gram-devata, the stahl-devata, the jal-devata, every village has its own guardian god, every river has its own conscious energy and every Sun has its own conscious intelligence. We find a way to express our gratitude to every aspect of energy which surrounds us. Keeps us grounded, sort of.

Now imagine that our universe has an energy-government. Each solar system is a nation. The several Suns are rulers of the several nations. Each of these ruler-Suns have their own set of ministers, advisors, officers incharge of the departments, right down to the village level officers who look after the energy needs of every village, Gram-devata. In fact, family level officers, Kul-devata. Or personal level energy officers, Ishta-devata! These have been assigned responsibility to distribute energy to us at these different levels.

And then we are all good citizens so we all pay our taxes. These taxes are in terms of the prayers and oblations that we offer to each category of officers. The more higher up the officer the more tax he collects and in bigger quantum. The higher-ups work on bigger levels, give more powerful benefits, they require bigger payments if you want to gain their specific benefits. The officers on more personal levels require less intense taxes and the benefits they offer are of a different category. A family specific officer has less work-load compared to a solar system level officer but his nature of work is more specific, personal. We all gain energy from all these officers and thus are required to give it back too in fair exchange. These officers are our deities.

Sometimes it happens that we take extra benefits from some officer and promise to pay his department more tax.  But we die physically and in the next life we forget the pending amounts. In the meanwhile, we are also moving on the spiritual path so when we reach the final 100m all these officers pop up and demand their promised payments. So at the very last stages of existence we are required to generate enormous amount of energy to pay all these departments. Perhaps I owed the Devi’s department some amount, so I had to perform the Navavarana mantra jaap to pay her dues. Once we get the no-dues certificates from all these officers can we reach the top-boss, the Sun, the ruler of our solar system. If we want to gain access to the highest Advaita we have to generate so much energy that we can pay off the Sun’s dues. Once he gives his no-dues certificate our soul can move into the dimensions beyond him where the essential Nirvishesh Brahma exists.

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Ever wondered what the is Sun exactly? The Sun is the most powerful force in a horoscope. The highest luminary, linked to the Sahasrara chakra, the individual soul, the light which is the path from the individual soul to the Eternal. The self-illuminated Star so near us. Modern scientists can come up with whatever theories which suit them but the Sun and similar other Stars are very different from what they can even conceive. But you will see their real natures when you sit down in your regular spiritual practice.

Space/ Time of this manifested creation has 10 dimensions and the 11th is the Bindu. Quantum science has reached this much. (All break-through quantum scientists studied the Bhagwat Gita and the Ved-s). The easiest way to imagine space/ time is to visualise a very big bed-sheet, made of 10 dimensions. A rather complicated bed-sheet this! Not just length breath and thickness, but there are 10 dimensions to this bed-sheet. We already know that the 10 dimensions are aware, intelligent, conscious and are represented as the Dasha-Maha-Vidya, the 10 utterly fierce primeval Devi-s Mahakali (Kali), Tara, Tripursundari (Shodashi), Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhoomavati, Bagalamukhi (Valagamukhi), Matangi, and Kamala.

Our 10 dimensional bed-sheet is made of these 10 energies, we know their names and their natures. Now imagine that there are two ’sides’ to this bed-sheet. And that the bed-sheet is cryptically wrapped around a central lamp. We cannot make out how it is wrapped but it quite effectively covers the lamp. This lamp is eternally switched on, and is quite conscious itself. What is inside this lamp I don’t know as of now, but it emits a lovely light and a powerful sort of energy.

We live on this bed-sheet, on one ‘side’ of it, the outer side. All the planets and satellites, the non-self-luminous parts of the manifested creation are on this outer side of the bed-sheet. The dimension of the living – Martya-lok, the dimension of the spirits – Pitru-lok and all the other possible dimensions where souls exist are on this 10-dimensional bed-sheet’s outer side.

Now imagine that the bed-sheet has several pin-point ‘holes’ scattered all along it. The holes are the connection from one ‘side’ of this bed-sheet to the other. The lamp is switched on and so tiny pin-pricks of light are visible on the bed-sheet. These are the Stars and the Suns. They are not ‘self-illuminated’ but simply the pin-pricks of the light of the lamp. But we, living on the bed-sheet, think that they are self-illuminated. It is all about perspective. Change your position and reality changes for you. Your position is all important..

The inner side of the bed-sheet, now this is where the 11th dimension, the ‘Bindu’ resides. The center of the Universes, the source of all creation. OM, our eternally switched on lamp. As the Bindu is a conscious intelligence, so are the Suns. But the Sun’s do not have the complete Bindu’s awareness. Each Sun is one single ray of the Bindu. The Sun is a ‘hole’ in this 10-dimensional bed-sheet of space-time. This hole lets in the power of OM into our side of the bed-sheet. The bed-sheet itself is maintained by the power of the pin-pricks, ie the Suns who draw power from the central Bindu lamp. The Suns and the Stars are all very conscious and intelligent pin-pricks. Each Sun has his own energy government as described above. Thus the Sun is the highest deity for us, the link with the divine Eternal Bindu. Some of the pin-pricks are different in size/shape and their energy quality is different, these are the other ‘radiant’ bodies of the manifested universe, the quasars, black-holes and stuff.

Now this was the macrocosm, the outer universes, the Brahma-anda.

Real nature of the Sun and the deities

There are two forms of experience. The external and the internal. When you see the Sun in the skies and fold your hands to it in gratitude, it is external worship. This is considered to be a lower energy version. You are focussing your 2 external eyes on the external object. When you see the ‘brightness’ of the internal Sun at your third eye and offer it your pran/ vital energies, this is internal worship of the ineffable Divine. You are focussing your internal third eye on the internal source of energy. This is the high energy way of ‘worship’.

We have a universe within ourself too, the microcosm, the Pinda-anda. As on the outside, so on the inside. Our body, our existence, is a similar bed-sheet made of the same 10 dimensions. It is wrapped around our internal intelligent Source in a similarly cryptic way. We are ordinarily aware of the outer side of the bed-sheet, we cannot look into the other ‘side’. That is why we do Dhyan, focus on Soham, so that we can gain the ability to look inside. Involution. The Sushumna is the channel which connects our awareness with the light of the internal Sun. The internal Sun shines at the Sahasrara chakra. We get his first inkling when our consciousnesses crosses the Ajnya chakra at the third eye. The internal Sun is the link from the internal Bindu to the individual soul which resides at the Ajnya chakra. This internal Bindu is the same Bindu which which powers the external Sun in the sky!

All this Dhyan, all this focus, is only to enter the Sushumna, navigate through that channel and reach the internal Sun. Only if this Sun approves, then our awareness will move onwards from the Sun to the Bindu.

What lies beyond the Bindu is the Advaita.

Spiritual stuff is quite mind-blowing! Actually so.

And, btw the Sun is ‘hollow’, as its interior lies outside in the 10-dimensions…

 

Real nature of the Sun and the deities

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.

Rudraksh, the Soul of Shiva

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.

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.

Rudraksh, the Soul of Shiva

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.

 

 

The energy of 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?

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.

 

The energy of Twilights

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 Samskrutam. 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.

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 Bengali, but its translated Hindi version is also available as a book. This “Pranab Gita” or ‘Pranav-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.