The simplest spiritual practice.

I have written a lot on spiritual practices, from Dhyan, Pranayam, simple Tratak to easy lifestyle changes which will go in very deep. But someone in the contact form wanted me to write on the simplest possible spiritual exercise. So here it is, Maun/Silence.silenceOur ancients have practiced Maun/Silence and even today spiritual seekers often go silent for days on end. My brother stays silent for minimum 3 days at a stretch once in a while to recoup his energies. Maun is the easiest thing which everyone can practice. It is very easy, you just do not speak anything at all. If you can stay completely silent for one day of the week, it would be a huge achievement. It is easy, nothing esoteric, just stay silent for one day out of the seven, every week. You can do this on your weekly holiday. It is nothing special, you will do all your regular activities as you do them, but do not speak, under any circumstance do not utter a word. You can write notes to communicate.

Do you have any conception on how much energy you waste when you speak?

Speech is not just sound from your lips, it has very deep linkages with your energy body. I had written about the creation of the seed of sound, the way each Akshar links to your energy body in my previous posts. The three chakras in your head around the Bindu at the top of your head are called Vama, Jeyshta and Rudri but they are also the creation of sound. Sound in Sanatan-Dharma/Hinduism, is Shabda-Brahma, the vibrations of the Ultimate reality itself. The central Bindu is the seed of sound called Para-vak, the next three phases of sound called Pashyanti, Madhyama and Vaikari, these are linked to these 3 chakras set in a triangle in your head.

Para-vak is pure One-ness, it has no form nor definition, it exists at the top Bindu of the Shri chakra. It is the state of Ultimate realisation, the seed form with all possible potential. Next is Pashyanti where the energy is lowered and differentiated. Pashyanti can be understood as the faintest glimmerings of an idea, the thought, the feeling/Bhava. Then is the Madhyama phase, here we know what it is that we are going to speak, we have the clear formed intention and sequence of ideas ready. Finally is the lowest energy version of all this, Vaikhari, the actual uttered words which come out of your lips. And of course when you utter the words you are drawing on your body’s individual chakras to power them.

If you can control the Vaikhari portion of this sequence, gradually you will retrace this sequence till you achieve Para-vak, the Ultimate realization. This process will not happen in one day, it will take its time and with routine practice, one day a week. Initially you will just maintain complete silence for a day. Over a few months you will realise that you are overall speaking less words, but whatever you speak has increased in intensity. Be careful after this phase starts as you can actually bless or curse with your words. Later you will realise that on your weekly silent day your mind has started becoming still, no thoughts seem to rise in your mind. Enjoy this when it happens, it will lead you to more things within yourself.

Closely followed by Maun/Silence is another simple practice, if you can do it. Do not touch anyone else for this one day of the week. Touching another living being transfers energy. If you are doing your spiritual practice, and you keep on touching others, this will make your higher self give away your energy out of Kindness. The more you isolate your aura, and do not allow it to mingle with persons of lower energy levels than yours, the faster you will progress. And there are lots of lower energy living beings around you as very few people do regular spiritual practice. The real Yogis would stay in isolation for just this reason.

So if you do both together, Silence + No touching others, together for one day a week, its effects on your energy body will be enhanced.

(And am writing this because I have done this myself. I went through a rather curious phase in life for a few years. I was living alone in a rather remote place, doing my job which had 2 days off per week. So practiced Maun/silence on these 2 days. Then we Indians don’t shake hands, don’t hug or anything like that, and most of my work colleagues were men, so despite regularly working in my organisation I was not required to touch anyone for extended periods. And I always observe my internal energies very closely. Not touching others for upto 3-4 months at a stretch, coupled with the weekly silence sessions was energy-wise awesome.)

Spiritual realisation an inherent part of yourself, you do not have to go anywhere to realise yourself. It is natural, effortless and easy, and a part of you. When you practice Maun, you are telling your innermost self that you don’t have to do anything, just Be.

 

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Virgo and Pisces, the most sensitive axis – Part 2

I have written about the Pisces half of this axis part -1 here. This is now about Virgo, ruled by Mercury, the sixth sign of the zodiac. If you have your birth Moon or ascendant in Virgo or a significant bunch of planets in Virgo, this is what you will be on the internal subconscious levels.virgoVirgo is very typical sign, generally not happy, (absence of ‘happiness’, but is not unhappy!), perhaps ‘plain’ is the word? Virgo represents the ‘imbalance’ created by the use of the divine intelligence by the individual soul/Jivatma. We, our soul is divine, the Ultimate Reality/Parabrahma, but whenever we act with the tag ‘I did this‘, the law of karma comes into force. Self-ego hides the divinity of the soul under the tightest layer of the Anand-mai-kosh or Karan-sharir and we think of ourselves as helpless humans at the mercy of a callous fate.

Virgo/Kanya is represented by a human female figure. Mercury’s signs are represented by human figures none other, his other sign, Gemini has two human figures. Kanya also means ‘focus’. Virgo, then in this context would represent the bindings on the soul created by Desire (subtle roots of desire).

Imbalance created by personal-ego gives rise to Virgo. Usually Saturn is considered to be the ‘karmic planet’, everyone is oh-so-scared of Saturn. But you if you want to be scared of your karma, you should be scared of Mercury and his Virgo. This sign represents that part of your total karma which you have decided to balance out in your current life. Saturn is the one helping you pay this off with discipline, order and method.

As a Virgo, you are internally aware of this karma you have created and perhaps that is why you have this perpetual plain attitude of ‘not-happiness’. You know you are unbalanced, you know things are unfair and perhaps harsh. The force of your entire personality and your environment is directed to this one point agenda of converting this karmic imbalance to balance. ‘Treasure’ for you is represented by Libra, you want to accumulate balance, fairness, relationships and partnerships. But remember Libra at the spiritual level defines the ultimate in balance and partnership. What you really want is, to balance your own karma and find the only real, permanent and most valuable relationship, your relationship with your own Higher Self!

If Virgos are unable to understand this basic thing about their inner nature, this karmic imbalance and misalignment can lead to actual psychiatric problems in life.

The entire force of the Virgo personality, will and action desires to convert imbalance into balance. You are a collection of unbalance, we all are, unbalanced karma, failed promises, ruptured relationships etc spanning so very many lives. This sign represents all this and you are required to set this balance right! You have chosen for you a task of enormous magnitude, but then you do have the necessary resources from your past lives. You use your personal vitality, fire and divine intelligence in one brilliant burst of focussed energy in this lifetime to achieve the treasure of perfect balance and relationship with the self.

You may have access to all material pleasures, but you know internally that getting caught in these amusements can potentially lead to more karma. The last thing you want is to increase the imbalance you already are under. You feel the pin-pricks of karma from your past actions and you are required to suffer through them now. Virgo, owned by Mercury has all the advantages of Mercury’s brains, analytical power, databases, skill sets, database management, power to infer, logical thinking, working with others, power to act and work tirelessly. You have the capacity to make it big on the material plane but still you prefer to serve. Working off your karmic load is on priority.virgoYou are quite passionate, but express yourself in a very low key manner. Others might think of you as a martyr or an idealist, more into planning, directing, encouraging and motivating others to act, rather than acting yourself. You are wary of acting, as you worry about creating more karma however inadvertently. Your materialistic life fails to satisfy just for this reason. You are receptive and can sense ‘other’ things too, thus you can be good at divination. You have the ability to sacrifice yourself for others and are quite sensitive, ambitious and zealous. But as your nature is defined by imbalance, you might feel like you are walking a tightrope most of the times. If you take up some regular spiritual practice you will be able to divert all these internal things to the spiritual realm and live a more adjusted material life.

You seem a bit pessimistic to others, but this too has a reason. Having a heightened awareness of karma, you are ready to give up everything that defines ‘self-ego’. You are aware that self-ego leads to this tangled net called karma and you wish to annihilate your limited sense of self.

Your assets are the agents of Capricorn and Taurus. They are the 9th from and 5th from each other, and act as the divine intelligence and foundation for each other in a cyclic manner (trikon). And the challenges that you will face will be presented by the signs and agents of Scorpio, Aquarius, Aries and Leo.

Scorpio will make you want control over secrets, you want to use secret knowledge, explore forbidden and hidden things, learn skills of the occult, work in the esoteric and the tantric. You desire control over all types of energies including the pran/kundalini in your body. And you will have the courage and boldness to work with these strange things too. Aquarius will ensure that you will be flooded by demands for service from so very many many sources. You will have to serve, counsel, help, be there for, an astoundingly large number of individuals. If you choose to not serve them, you will be forced to suffer through a surprisingly large number of events related to disease, debt, cheats, enemies and losses. If you won’t give your energy through service, these agents will take it by force. The more you give away, conversely the more you will gain in terms of your desired objective – balance. Your practice of the secret spiritual then becomes extremely important for you to replenish your energies.

Aries will create a strange mix of beginnings and endings together. Every action you perform will strangely seem to be complete as soon as you start it, and it will change you very deeply. At the lowest levels you may have to suffer through accidents or surgeries. And on the energy levels you may be targeted by entities or spirits, or you might suffer because of faulty movement of pran/kundalini in your meditative states. But challenges are to be welcomed and used as stepping stones to rise higher. You have the fire within you. You thrive on change as every change is one step forward to achieving the ego-less state. As the personal ego dissolves in the Divine Intelligence, you come to the end of your cycle. These challenges will be on the inner subconscious and spiritual levels and will ultimately benefit you. But on the physical levels these will be seen to be harsh, hard and often traumatic. If you can understand why this is happening you will be better able to cope. However be careful of over-ambition, stay away from bad influences/company, try to work without expectations and routine work even though boring is essential so be regular and consistent as far as possible.

Your mirror, the fill-in-the-blanks is Pisces. It is a karmic partnership where an outwardly dreamy Pisces mirrors a rational Virgo and equally likewise.

 

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How the energy of food influences you

Food is technically ‘dead’ as the plant was first killed, brought to the market, thus to the kitchen. When the body dies the pran/vital energy from it slowly leaks out over a few hours. The fresher it is the more pran it will have thus will be more beneficial to your body. This is the real reason fresh fruits, vegetables and salads are more nutritious.pranWe use our hands for cooking, obviously, and the energy (atma-tej) of the conscious human person is focussed at the finger-tips. So the dominant thoughts and tendencies of the cook are absorbed in the food. The more he ‘handles’ the food, more the physical contact, more energy is transferred. See the vegetables are losing their original vital energy with time and are more than able to pick up this energy of thoughts from the cook. These energy imprints then are consumed by us. Thus we are affected by the mental state of the cook! If someone who loves you has cooked for you, it tastes better as you feel the love from the food. If it is prepared by an irritated professional chef, it might look awesome but when you eat it, would fail to satisfy.

Not just hands, vision is also a very important way where energy is transferred. Your thoughts are also a reflection of your personal energy. Everyone likes to eat. Food articles, sweets etc are often kept on display and everyone can see them. These articles can attract negative energies. e.g. small children or someone who cannot afford buying them crave them and such suppressed desires can spoil the energy levels of such food. If you eat such food repeatedly, you can actually fall ill!

If you are interested in real deep spiritual practice, you need to take these precautions with the food you eat.

Avoid table ware and cutlery used by others, especially if they are made of metal. These articles pick up the energy impressions from other people very easily and retain them for longer periods. If you have to eat out, preferably use biodegradeable plates and cups.

  • We Indians prefer eating food served on banana leaves or in leaf cups/plates. No traditional puja will be complete unless we serve the food/prasadam in these leaf plates.
  • And we still prefer drinking tea from public tea stalls which is served in an earthen cup. It tastes really good.

single useThen fire and heat can neutralise the energy impressions from others to some extent. Thus it is advisable to have the dining area within the kitchen itself where the cooking fires burn.

  • In traditional Indian households the household deities are placed in the kitchen area. If not the entire puja ghar, then a small image of Annapurna Devi (the Devi who gives food/energy), is always installed in the kitchen. After cooking everything, the cooked food is offered to the Devi first so that positive spiritual thoughts enter the final cooked food.
  • Then during the 5 days of the monthly cycle, women are supposed to rest and not cook or enter the kitchen. The internal chakras are moving anti-clockwise in their bodies, as internal destruction is taking place. Exposure to this energy can actually spoil food. (Try setting curd when you are in this phase if you don’t believe this.

Entering the kitchen only after washing up and changing the clothes worn outside the house is advisable. Foreign energy impressions adhere to the clothes and hands as our clothes brush against random people and we touch so many things with our hands/fingers.

People serving the food should not touch it with their hands. If possible the people involved in cooking and serving food, should have their food before they serve others, so that they don’t long for the food they are serving. Food served by an unhappy, hungry waiter is not good on the energy levels.

The best food that you can eat, is the food which you cook yourself for yourself. Next would be the food prepared by someone who genuinely loves you or thinks on the same wavelength as you do.

The more liquid a food has, the more easily it will pick up energy impressions. Milk and dairy products pick up energy very easily. This is the reason we use milk and its products to prepare prasadam for the pujas that we perform. The positive energies generated from the puja/ mantra/ homa etc are absorbed in the milk which is kept in a silver cup and it is distributed to people using a silver spoon.

Then non vegetarian food can never be energy rich in the real sense. At the moment of death, certain stress chemicals are produced in the body of the animal which are retained in its flesh. When the jivatma/soul leaves the body of an animal there are certian energy changes which occur. If anyone eats this flesh, this will upset their energy balance. (will write a separate post on the moment of death).

Now to the question which I received in the contact form.

Cow’s milk, is also a non-vegetarian product, and we Indians use it in all its forms. It is an essential ingredient in our lives in every way. But you might be surprised to know that the milk we buy from our local dairy is not what our ancestors used. The real milk from cows kept in individual houses is very very different from the milk produced from commercial dairies. I have seen both types of milk and can sense the difference.

We think of our cows as mothers, it’s not a joke, we actually do. But this cow has to be a desi Indian cow, means it has to have a well-formed hump. If a family keeps cows, these are family members, not ‘pets’ or as ‘cattle’. In fact the cow does not allow any random person near her. She generally has one favourite person who is allowed to milk her, anyone else and she will attack and kick. If her favourite person approaches her with affection, the milk let-down is natural not forced. She gives willingly and with love and after her calf is satisfied first. That is the difference. And that person has to take care of her. Taking care of a cow like this, is a very intensive job, the diet, the cleanliness, and the health care requires hard work. The cow has to be healthy and content. The energy quality of such a cow’s milk is beyond description. Unfortunately in today’s world, very very few people must have actually tasted this.kankrej Indian cow calf.jpgDrinking milk and milk products from commercial dairies where the cows are forced to give milk is of little use from the energy point of view. More so if the cow is ‘hybrid’, without a hump. Such milk and milk products actually harm at the energy levels.

There was a reason for all those traditions which developed over generations, and it is almost lost now. You will never get the perfect food with perfect energy on your plate now. But then all cultures have this system of praying over the food before it is eaten. You should pray over your food as per your culture/religion with gratitude and love in your heart. Or if you wish you can make a chi ball of golden/silvery light over your food to increase its vital energy. It works.

We recite this shlok number 15.14 from the Bhagwat Gita before having our food. This is in Sanskrit, so cannot be translated fully, this is less than 1% of its meaning.

OM aham vaishvanaro bhutva praninaam deham-ashritah
praanh-apaanah-samayuktah pachami annam chaturvidam OM

“Om, I am the complete, omnipresent Eternal Sun (seen at the third eye during Dhyan). I Exist (there is no other definition, just that It Is!). I temporarily occupy this manifested form of a breathing sentient being. The subtle energy of this food is composed of Pran and Apan (two types of opposing vital energies, which need to be balanced before the  kundalini can enter the Sushumna during Dhyan). I Illuminate the subtle energy of this food in all the four ways. (refers to the 4 states of existence – awake, dream, deep sleep and Bindu/Reality which is represented by OM). Om”

 

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(I had written on food and its energies earlier in my posts, but there was a request for more on this topic and specifically on the milk. I hope this post was of some use.)

 

Exercise your bio-electricity

I have written quite a few posts where you can use simple techniques to manifest what you desire. However the main thing is your thought, the intention, the attraction, the desire.bioelectricityYour soul is omnipotent, it can create anything that you desire. The entire universe has been created out of ‘Kama’ simply put ‘desire’. So if you desire something, your soul should be able to create it for you, and it does! You must have noticed this perhaps, you intensely feel like eating something and at home your mom has prepared that same exact dish for dinner.

Suppose you and your favourite cousin live in different towns and you really like him and you often think of him, so does he. One day you randomly feel concerned and call him up to find that he has fallen ill that day. Am sure you must have experienced this with your loved ones. What has happened is this.. You think of him regularly i.e. you have his image in your mind. If the bond is weak then the image fades, but if the affection is strong, his image is vivid in your minds eye. Over time, the strong bond activates the hidden occult powers of your mind and the image gets linked to the real person. So your mind subconsciously starts sensing things about him without any conscious effort. These are reflected as your feelings of concern when he is unwell. If you are aware of this bond you can clearly concentrate and make it more intense. This will lead to actual telepathy where you can actually send him coherent messages and receive his in return.

The power of your mind created a telepathic link because of ‘desire’. Now can you imagine the amount of work your mind did? When you desired, your soul and mind created a force/fire (atma-tej), which eventually became so strong that it broke through all barriers to bring you news of your cousin.

Physical scientists say that a very little amount of the brain is active in the human body. This is a faulty conclusion. Just because there are no physically observable actions does not mean that the brain is not working. The brain is a tool of the mind which is a tool of the soul. A significant proportion of its potential is used in creating this construct called ‘reality’. We have trained our brains to persistently think of this ‘reality’ around us. So can you un-train it and train it to think of what you really desire?bioelectricityIf you persistently desire something you will get it. Telepathy, distant vision, seeing the past/future etc are all quite easy. So here are some fun things to try consciously with your atma-tej/internal energy.

Take two glasses of water. Leave one of them as a ‘control’. Do a small experiment with the second one, dip the tips of your fingers in it. Consciously visualise energy from your finger-tips entering the water and changing its taste, e.g making it salty. Do this for 5 minutes. Then give both the glasses to someone who has not been watching you do this and ask him to taste. See which one now tastes different?

Another simple experiment would be to keep a flower fresh. When you get vegetables from the market they are technically ‘dead’, but because pran leaks slowly from the body you can still eat them and make use of their energy. So back to the flowers, get 2 flowers, keep one of them on your table where you can see it and keep the other somewhere where it wont be visible to anyone. Look intently but gently at the flower on your table every couple of hours with the intention that your energy is sustaining it. It will remain fresh longer than the other flower which was away from your sight.

Telekinesis? Here is an easy demonstration which you can try out. Take a needle and thread. Tie the thread to some solid support so that the needle dangles down, sort of a pendulum. There should be no wind in the room. Look intently at the needle and tell it to move clockwise, after a few minutes it will move. If you have 3-4 friends then you can also try together to move heavier objects like this.

Try making an energy barrier around a caterpillar or something. With your finger tips, draw a circle on the ground around the insect. Visualise your energy powering the circle and imagine it as a barrier which the insect cannot cross. It will not be able to cross it, and even if it does it will seem like it is very difficult and the insect is trying very hard. (Remember the ‘Laxman Rekha’ from the Ramayan? It was a similar energy barrier around the house made by Laxman.)

Shock someone? Your friend is doing some work, engrossed. You stare at the exposed part of his neck with the intention of disturbing him. He won’t be able to concentrate on his work, the back of his neck will start itching. Am sure you have done this in school! You didn’t know it then, but you were using your internal energy.

So do something with your internal energy, practice something as silly as changing the taste of water if you want. Feel your powers, experience this seemingly tiny thing. Butterfly wings! Once you see your own tiny ‘miracle’, you will start your own spiritual practice with conviction. You have to convince yourself. Recognise that you are tremendous, your energy is unlimited and you are the Ultimate Reality yourself!

 

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Mantra

For how long can you play a game?

The Devi pervades everything. First we experience her energy, then she guides us onward to Ourself. The ‘Mother Goddess’ has been worshipped in all faiths in some form or the other. (Again we are talking about energy, so the gender related words are meaningless, the simplest reason is ‘still’ energies are referred to as ‘masculine’ and energies ‘in motion’ are ‘feminine’. There are other reasons too, but this much is ok for now.)

The energy geometry, the mantras, the everything is created by a Ray of Light of the Devi. You follow this ray back to her. Whatever you do will lead you to her. Even your emotions, your longing! When you reach the extreme limit of any emotion you find the Ultimate. Extreme ecstasy and also extreme grief (e.g. Kunti in Mahabharat) will lead you to the Ultimate. In the Mahabharat war, the Kaurav princes all died on the battlefield, they displayed ultimate valour. They died in a battle for Dharm (i.e. their deepest conscience approved), the focus on Dharm was so strong that ‘body’ and ‘death’ lost meaning. They got the Ultimate experience of valour, thus their veergati (movement due to valour) led to Moksh.

What is death? From an energy point of view it is leaving the physical body through any of the available energy channels/naadi. Moksh is when you leave the physical body through the highest high tension energy channel/the Brahmanaadi within the Sushumna.light.jpgYou choose your life path (this can be an emotion) and you continue along it taking in the experiences. At one point you realise that there is nothing more you can experience in this path. You are Satisfied, thus you are Free.

The Devi has created you and she is your mother. There is a saying in Sanskrit which means the ‘Mother is the first Guru‘. In the mundane sense of course our mothers are our first teachers, but a teacher is called ‘Adhyapak’ not ‘Guru’. The one who gives spiritual wisdom is Guru. The Devi is our Guru, inspiring us towards the Ultimate.

When you think of the Devi, perhaps you visualise a woman wearing a sari, wearing lots of jewellery and holding weapons in her hands. This is good enough for those who have just stepped into this school of spirituality. But if you have reached middle school, you have to come out of this superficial external appearance. Think in terms of geometry and energy and see the way your mind realigns itself.

Do this tiny experiment. When you are very relaxed, sit with your neck and back straight. Keep the room dark or wear an eye mask if you are out in nature. Focus into your third eye. Breathe slowly for a few minutes and relax some more. Then gently ask yourself how do I really look like? The answer you get from Yourself just might surprise you!

A way to gauge your spiritual progress. Sit comfortably in pitch dark, back and neck straight, in silence alone. (if you cannot sit, lie down then in the Shavasan, just keep your back and neck as straight as possible). There should not be disturbances around you. Close your eyes and focus into your third eye for a few minutes. Observe what you see, perhaps reddish color or multicolored clouds or a mix of 1-2 colours or one single color? Do you know what you would see if you were doing your practice regularly? Just a sparkly bright white color throughout your vision field! Surprised? lightI had written earlier on how your naadi and chakra energy self is created and maintained. Subtle seeds of Vibration manifested in the physical world as sound. So let’s start with sound first, increase its intensity, experience the Vibration, then onto Intention and then Reality. Do your spiritual practice regularly for just 6 months and observe the colors in your closed eyes again, you will see for yourself.

Mantras are Sanskrit, this language ‘defines Light’ (Dev Bhasha) in the most perfect way (Sams-krutam). Light here means the Creative force of the Ultimate. To know the Ultimate you have to know its Creative force first. Just as to know the Lamp, first you need to experience its Light.

Mantra is not a prayer. Mantra is an aspect of the energy of creation. If you do not understand this, the mantra you recite will never give its full result. Mantra is not a prayer, it is an aspect of Yourself. When you recite it, repeat it, you are entraining your lower self. You are making your lower self resonate with an aspect of your own Divinity. You are setting your own geometry right. Experiencing a ray of your own Light.

So how to increase the potency of the mantra you are using. Do your mantra jaap in your mind, focussing on your third eye chakra. In this mental recitation of the mantra, the energy of the mantra directly links into your energy self and creates subtle vibrations along it.

Use the mantra Om or Soham or Hamsa for your Dhyan (detailed post here)

(Technical stuff – I had written earlier about creation from Vibrations. Parabrahma – Devi – Naada (of two types – Nadant and Nirodhini) – Om – Bindu – Vama/Jeyshtha/Raudri – Sapt-Matrika – 16 Kala – the vowels and consonants of the Sanskrit language. This is sequence in which creation goes down the energy ladder. When you recite the mantra mentally, the Nirodhini component of Naada is then linked to it, you are one step closer to Reality.)

So how long will you play this Game? You decide for yourself and once you have experienced it all, you go home.

 

lightNo one can make new mantras in this age! If you get hear a ‘new’ mantra discovered by some new-age ‘Guru’ do not use it, it will damage.

A colleague of mine, a reiki teacher herself, was ‘doing’ a new mantra from a hi-if fashionable ‘Guru’ in Delhi. Apparently it was for increasing wealth. When I met her, her entire energy body was trembling with the imbalance, I could not have the tea she made, but could eat the snacks her cook had prepared! She surprise hugged me as I left, and it was a psychic vampire thing, she drained me of my energy in one shot, she transferred her ‘black energy of imbalance’ to me. Her body was desperately requesting positive energy and I guess my higher self gave it. Then as I sat in my car, I started shivering, crying, my body went cold, the aura scattered and the driver was staring. Luckily my brother was with me so he immediately cleaned up my aura and stabilized me. After that he called her up, she apologized and everything.

And I learnt all over again to not touch or hug other people!

So do not experiment with new mantra. Stick with Om/Soham/Hamsa for doing your Dhyan/spiritual practice or a mantra described by the ancient seers/Rishi for doing jaap.)

Using the Ida and Pingala

The central Sushumna is the biggest naadi in your body, next are the Ida and Pingala. All three start at the Muladhar chakra, this point is the Trikut (tri-junction). Ida and Pingala twine around the Sushumna but do not intersect anywhere during their lengths. These two terminate at the third eye Ajnya chakra this point is called the Bhrukut. From this point only Sushumna i.e. the Brahmanadi travels upwards to the top of the head. There are more naadis parallel to the Sushumna. Other smaller naadis are created at the interval (Kanda) between the Swadhisthan and the Muladhar chakra.pexels-photo-1576369.jpegAll of us breathe, but have you ever observed that both your nostrils are not equally open always, one of the two feels ‘blocked’. Try closing them alternately to see which one is ‘open’, and check again after one hour or so to recheck. If you pay attention to your breathing pattern you just might notice that both are ‘open’ only for a few minutes in intervals of about 1hr. When you do pranayam, you are forcing both the nostrils to ‘open’ by the breathing exercise. And when you are doing Dhyan or jaap both remain ‘open’. When both nostrils are open, it seems that the air you breathe is somehow more ‘fresh’ more ‘bright’.

We pull in pran from the Universe (Hiranyagarbha/Samashti pran), through our skin and maximum through our nose/air. When your right nostril is open your Ajnya chakra is allocating the pran you receive from the Universe to the Muladhar chakra via the Pingala naadi. When your left nostril is open, you are sending pran down via the Ida naadi. And when both are open for 2-3 mins every 1hr or so, you are sending the pran via the Sushumna naadi. When the pran reaches the Muladhar chakra it is further sent to all the naadis of your energy body and your body survives. You can survive without oxygen but not without pran. (In samadhi state the pran is allocated only to the Sushumna, so the body will appear dead.)

Pran ‘looks’ shimmery golden silvery milky. It ‘feels’ cool. It is ‘thicker’ in nature, places where human habitation is less, like Himalayas, oceans, sea shores and near the mighty rivers e.g. Ganga, near waterbodies and temples which are considered to be auspicious.

For spiritual growth we focus only on the Sushumna. The Ida, Pingala and all the others are concerned with the activities of physical life.

When the pran is being sent through your Ida nadi, your left nostril is active and you use the energy for your body’s and mind’s nutrition, maintenance and growth. Ida is called the lunar channel. Lunar doesn’t mean the ‘moon’ as such, it means the qualities of the Moon, nourishment, protection, comfort, maternal love, stability and security. You are utilizing the pran to maintain yourself in every way. You are nourishing yourself, maintaining your Creation.

  • Simple example, do your make-up and dress while Ida is active, it will feel more satisfing!
  • Setting up shop and arranging the displays will be more creative.
  • Start a long journey when your Ida is active for a successful travel experience.
  • Or a visit to a temple or giving charity or peforming a selfless service.
  • Starting constructions, any engineering or landscaping projects. Even getting married is starting a new project!
  • If you take your  medicine when Ida is active, will improve its efficacy.
  • Meeting your boss or giving interviews or presentations, social interactions and meeting friends all these activities will be just a bit better if you are breathing through your left nostril.

pranNow your Pingala, when the right nostril is active. You are now ‘burning’ pran for expressions of your ego and personality. The ‘fire’, ‘heat’ in your body is more, so perform actions which create the force of your personality. It is also called the solar naadi.

  • If you eat your food while the internal fire is on, the food will be digested more effectively.
  • Strenuous movements, hiking, trekking, gym, difficult yogic postures like the Shatkarma of Hathayog.
  • Learning new physical skills, learning self-defence will be better if you start them when your Pingala is active.
  • Learning or even teaching technical subjects, scientific stuff, machinery related things.
  • Doing tantric sadhana and manipulating pran in your naadis by diverting the ‘heat’ to ‘burn’ the obstacles within your Brahmanadi are some of the things done better with the Pingala on.
  • Going to war!, or arguing, doing your karma, influencing others and your environment needs heat.
  • Coming back home from a long journey with your pingala active will make the experience more pleasurable.
  • Actual trading, i.e. the action of buying and selling will be more profitable with your Pingala active.

When these 2 aspects of your personality are balanced, they shut down briefly and all the pran is channelised through the real You, the Sushumna. In deep Dhyan pran moves only through Sushumna and it can go on for hours in the samadhi state). But in the awake life, this happens only for a few minutes, then again the Ida/Pingala are activated and the Sushumna shuts down.

These 2-3 mins of Sushumna are very precious, use them well. When it gets active, stop all your work, take a deep breath and focus on your third eye. Say a mental prayer, or any mantra 12 or 27 times (will take 2-3 mins) or at least recite Om a few times. Practising your spiritual practice, dhyan, jaap, mantra, yog etc during the Sushumna phase gives you a power boost. Prayers, blessings and even curses are more effective in this phase.

Will continue in my next post on this same Ida/Pingala theme.

 

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Use the Moon’s energy

Tiny behavioural shifts leading to the change you desire. And there was a request for more of this sort of stuff. Your behaviour is linked to the planetary configuration you chose at birth. You get a few assets and a few challenges. So where are your assets in the chart?

  1. First and foremost your mind, the Moon, how you perceive events. A well placed Moon will keep you happy internally. If you get caught in a bad situation you will bounce back sooner because your mind supports you.
  2. Second the ascendant sign. This is your entire personality and your environment. If this sign is strong with benefics placed here it gives an advantage in life.
  3. And then the ascendant lord, the owner of the ascendant sign. His placement is important because this determines how your personality and environment interact. How comfortable you are in your body. If this planet is placed badly you will always be in conflict, either because of the body related issues or the stress that your environment will put on you.

If these 3 are well placed, your life becomes relatively more comfortable and manageable. About 50% of your personality is created by these 3 forces, if you engage in activities which are as per their keywords you will feel more at ease. But then there are a few challenges which we have been born with.moonNow let’s see how we can channelise the energies of the moon in our life. The Mantra of the Moon is ‘Om Shraang shreeng shrowng sah chandraya namah’, you can recite this once, thrice or 108 times weekly on Mondays or monthly on full-moon days.

  1. On every full moon night, take a cup full of milk and leave it under the light of the full moon for 5 minutes then drink it. If you don’t like milk, use water.
  2. Do Tratak /staring at the full moon. This is to be done very briefly, not more than  1 minute.
  3. If you keep track of the phases of the moon, the second day after the no-moon day/amavasya is especially potent. If you can sight the crescent moon, it will be visible just after sunset on the western horizon. Fold your hands in a Namaskar and recite the beej mantra of the moon, ‘OM shraang shreeng shroung sah chandraya namah 3 times. Or just ‘Om chandraya namah’ 3 times. Feel his energy entering you.
  4. The full moon (Kojagiri pournima) in the month of Ashwin, (generally October), when the moon is in Pisces and Sun is in Libra, is the night when the moon is at his maximum power. On this night we stay out in the moonlight for the whole night, keep milk under the moonlight and drink it. This is once a year.
  5. Or if not any things else, the easiest thing is, on full moon nights express your gratitude to him, standing in his light for a few minutes.

Now for some fun things that you can do without getting involved with mantra, tantra yantra! Simple things done with a sense of gratitude and love.

  1. On Mondays, start your day with one spoon of curd mixed with a little sugar. This is one of the best ways to balance the moon energies.
  2. If you feel inclined you can add the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the Moon in your life. Just a bit here and there, don’t overwhelm yourself.
  3. Wear silver jewellery, maybe a bracelet or a kada?
  4. If you live in a particularly hot location, you can try putting a clean silver coin in your water bottle and drink the water throughout the day.
  5. Women should wear silver toe rings (second toe of both feet) and if possible silver anklets too, these will keep your monthly cycle regular.
  6. Whenever you cross a river (flowing water not a lake) or the sea, toss a coin in it with a sense of gratitude.
  7. And finally if you can afford it once a year, give a treat to a small girl (less than 10yrs of age). If you have a small daughter, or a niece or some small girl in your neighbourhood. Either lunch or sweets or if you can donate some fruits or something to small girls in an orphanage. Give this treat with the intention that you are offering it to the Divine Goddess herself and request Her blessing.

The Moon is a natural benefic in the horoscope and sees no other planet as his enemy. However MercurySaturn, Venus, Rahu and Ketu tend to make him uncomfortable. Moon aspected/conjoint with Saturn induces fear, with Mercury can lead to psychological problems, with Venus can make one lose his moral compass, with Rahu he is insatiable desiring and ultimately falling on his face, and Ketu with his trademark detachment can have devastating effects on the mind. The Moon is then is quite friendly with the SunJupiter and Mars. He is exalted in Taurus and debilitated in Scorpio. Wherever he is placed, he desires comfort, security, nourishment, care and maternal ‘needy’ love from the keywords of that house.

  • Moon placed in the dushamsthana (6th, 8th, 12th) is never comfortable as he never gets his brand of emotional love from these houses of turmoil.
  • Another typical position is the 3rd house. This is ordinarily ok, but if aspected by malefics this person will try to dominate others by attacking their emotions!
  • The Moon performs quite well in the other houses, unless aspected/conjoint with malefics.

You can increase the energy of the Moon by mediation on a feminine aspect of the Divine, Devi, the Shri yantra or any other feminine deity from your family, faith etc whom you believe in. ‘God’ is actually ‘energy’, so gender related words are rather meaningless, feminine here means to cultivate an attitude of being receptive, introspective, contemplative, peaceful, nurturing etc and actively work for it.

 

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(Do you ever wonder at our Vedic deities all depicted with the gold crowns with the disc of gold. Well, if you have ever seen the aura of a real enlightened Guru, his head chakras shine like that, the rest of the body may be white, pearly, gold-silver, but the head is covered with a gold colored aura which projects in shimmery rays! Even you, if you have been doing your spiritual practice regularly, and have had a particularly satisfying Dhyan session, your head’s aura shines just as if you have put on a gold crown.)