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.)

Analysing occult from the chart.

Now the other part of the question from this previous post, “inclinations to the metaphysical and the occult”!

I would never advise anyone to consciously choose the occult path. Even with an experienced teacher there are just too many problems. Energy is energy and its use binds you. I have written about these in my past posts. I personally and my clients have faced too many issues arising from the spirit worlds. But if, by karma, you are required to do it then I would suggest that you start Devi puja first. The best way is to use the Devi Mahatmya, the siddhakunjika and the navavarna mantra. Unless you fortify your energies and seek the protection of the Devi you cannot and should not dabble in the occult. You might think why waste 2 years on a mantra but it is the only strength you will have in this line of work. This is a serious warning, heed it.

Astrologically there are a few combinations which indicate involvement with the occult. As always you have to look for patterns in planetary positions. Single placements cannot be used to predict, always patterns, the chart as a whole will be involved. If you analyse your birth chart you will get the manifested context, from the D-9 Navamsha chart you will get the potential and the subconscious tendencies of the person and from the birth moon chart you will get the emotional context. The charts talk about your energies and possibilities, it is your conscious thought process which gives the final direction. You can be a healer or the sufferer, the energy is the same, just its direction is different. You can channelise the energies you have been given, the choice always remains in your hands. You do not need brute force for this, just a slight change in thought processes will result in change.occultNow here are just a few combinations to get you thinking, first the planets and then how the houses contribute to a personality involved in the occult.

Ketu and his role in your chart, the most important indicator, analyse everything about him in the chart. Where is he placed, with whom, where is the owner of his house placed etc. Ketu is detached, unwanted things, ghosts, spirits and disembodied energies. If he gets his ‘head’/direction from a malefic planet he can manifest these energies in the house (and to some extent the sign too) he is placed in. E.g. Ketu in the 5th is going to link your creativity with the astral beings, either you serve others in their troubles with the ghosts or suffer yourself!

Ketu owns the three Nakshatra, Ashwini, Magha and Moola, so if your ascendant degree or birth Moon lies in these there is a good chance that you will be familiar with the occult side of life. (These persons desire companionship with distant, unknown, disinterested, unattainable, unrequited type of unions, often partners from different worlds!)

Rahu is the counter part of Ketu. Both these forces are responsible for your life on this earth. They represent the summary of your karmic balance at the present moment. They are astral forces not ‘imaginary planets’. So Rahu is the force which attracts you to things/ objects of desire. Some typical placements are, Rahu connected to the 8th house, or ruler of the 8th house or Rahu with the moon or ascendant lord. Rahu grants that sort of ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’-type of fearlessness. He is so fixated on his object of desire that he disregards everything else. A Rahu personality should always try and use his intelligence and curb his headlong rush before he falls flat on his face, only then will he be extraordinarily successful in life.occultNow the Moon, this represents your mental strength and comfort. If the Moon is strong, you can easily work with spirits. A badly placed Moon will make you susceptible e.g. Moon with Saturn will scare you. However Moon in Scorpio though debilitated can grant high levels of psychic ability. Moon with Rahu/Ketu, is very easy access to the astral worlds.

Ascendant lord is the most important planet in your chart. He tells you how you and your environment interact. If he is well-placed you are more well-adjusted to your surroundings and more confident because of this. If this planet is placed with Rahu/Ketu you are going to have interactions with the astral/occult forces. It might take some time for you to understand what is happening (Rahu/Ketu mature at 48yrs of age) and thus it is possible that you will suffer damage before this period.

Venus and Jupiter are the forces of knowledge and wisdom. If these are well placed in your chart you will have the necessary knowledge, both esoteric and ritualistic to deal with any situation. If these are conjoint or aspecting Rahu or Ketu, they grant occult knowledge and after their maturity, also the necessary strength and sense to navigate the astral waters without much damage to yourself. But just remember if they are conjunct with Rahu/Ketu they also will mature late at the age of 48yrs, till then you will not be able to come to terms with your occult/spiritual leanings.

Mercury will contribute here by providing the databases and the intellectual analytic power. You might know the theory of everything (provided by Venus and Jupiter), but Mercury will give you the ‘working intelligence’ to use this wisdom. To convert the esoteric principles into working practices is the domain of Mercury.

Sun as usual provides a sense of self-ego. If he is well placed he will help by granting the necessary confidence and fearlessness. But if badly placed will add to to karmic burdens are you will perform your actions with an exaggerated sense of ‘I am doing this’.

A well placed Mars is important too. He is the natural ruler of the 8th house of the zodiac, Scorpio, the house of mysteries, so if well placed can grant the strength to explore these depths. And these depths are often scary and you have to traverse them alone. Mars being the pioneer and the ‘first’, is not afraid to enter the unknown and uncharted realms of the occult. Malefics give problems but also grant the energy to fight the problems. Remove a thorn with a thorn!

Finally Saturn, he has a restrictive role in most cases, but ultimately he is the natural owner of the 10th and the 11th houses of the zodiac so linked to your profession, social status, your name and fame, the work you will be performing in the society, your interactions with large impersonal like-minded groups, your gains and profits, your salary etc. If you are to gain all these things through the ‘occult’, then you might want to give your Saturn a quick once-over. Also if he can do good by restricting the activities of ghostly energies in your life if placed in a position where he can restrict Ketu.occultJyotish, in my opinion, cannot be taught by rote, you cannot just memorise combinations, you also need to get a ‘feel’ of the patterns and combinations. You are a Doctor, you cannot diagnose 100% based on textbook knowledge. Your intuition and experience also operate.

You might think now, just for checking just the occult tendencies why read the entire chart?  You go to the grocers only when you need to go shopping. Occult is not like that. When you start interacting with these energies you change for ever. Once ‘seen’, it cannot be ‘unseen‘. It will always remain at the edge of your conscious awareness. So again, get into this only if you feel that you are karmically required to and there is no other option. And if you have to get into this, first do your Devi mantras and keep on doing them.

(Will continue this in my next post on houses involved in occult tendencies and another one on Rahu/Ketu and the Gandant Nakshatra gap.)

Who is a Guru?

Guru is the energy which brings you to the Ultimate. It pushes you, attracts you, guides you and then illuminates You. There are several “modern-age Guru’s”, who claim that they have attained Moksh and mislead aspirants. Speaking soothing words and manipulating using language is very easy. Getting caught in the tangle of modern-age marketeers is common. It is very rare to meet a real enlightened Guru in these times. sun2This is what I would advise genuine aspirants who do not have access to a real physical Guru. Real Guru-s may look like human but they are not human. My own Guru, he physically looked like an old bald man wearing a white dhoti and a kurta, but the energy! Now he is physically gone, but the energy is still very much there! Except I cannot remember his face now, if I close my eyes and think of him, I get that blast of energy from everywhere in the Universes and from also within me. You have to understand that a ‘Guru’ is not the human but the energy, a tremendous blast of energy. You will have to find a way to bring in this energy and channelise it into your life.

Every step of your life the Universe is guiding you to Yourself, these are also Guru. Some tiny incidents which leave an impact on you, or some inspirational story which motivates you or some spiritual text or mantra which energises you, are all aspects of the ‘Guru’. You are much more, allow your subconscious and astral self to help you find Yourself. You will see cues everywhere.

A real Guru will never ask you to worship him or keep his photograph or build temples in his name. A real Guru will always make you practice what he has taught you, to do your Sadhana. If you are being urged by your friends to join up a spiritual group and get initiated by their ‘Guru’, here are 3 tests that you can evaluate this group/Guru against.

  1. Granth prachiti (guidance from texts) – Are the philosophy, discourses, activities of this group/Guru in harmony with the philosophies of the Ved, Vedanta, Upanishad, Bhagwad Gita, Vignyan Bhairav tantra etc.
  2. Guru prachiti (guidance from the Guru lineage) – The lineage that they claim to be, is it from a real Guru? In India they will claim to be initiated by renown Gurus of the past, but always take this with a pinch of salt.
  3. Finally and most important and over-riding Atma-prachiti (guidance from your own self) – How do you feel about this Guru/group? Your conscience is the most unfailing guide you have. Your inner sub-conscious self knows more, so trust your gut-feel. Choosing to follow a spiritual guide is the most important choice you will make, so think and evaluate very carefully. Trust yourself completely.

meru2Now this is what you can do, as the safest, best and the most effective option. Do this only if you feel this to be ok in your heart. You are the ultimate judge of what you do. Do this only if you feel this simple practice resonating with you.

  • Get a Shriyantra and set it up on your puja ghar/altar. This will be your focus point. You can buy one engraved on a silver/gold plate or if it is not available for sale where you live you can even take a print-out of this geometry from the internet and laminate it. (Just remember while choosing the image to print, the central triangle is an equilateral triangle and the central dot is at the very center of this triangle). Or if you prefer it in 3-D you can buy a Mahameru in sphatik/clear quartz stone.
    • This is the geometry of your own internal energy. All the chakras in your spine when placed on one top of the other create this geometry.
    • You need a focus point to concentrate your intention on. The central Bindu/point of this geometry represents the Ultimate, You. So you focus on this point.
    • When you focus on this Bindu, you are consciously arranging all your chakra energies to their perfect orientation. You are showing your internal energies how they should look like and they will resonate with this geometry.
    • Here is a detailed post on this geometry.
  • Now that you have your focus, you will need to set up the place where you will sit, your asan (detailed post here). The asan acts as a foundation for your practice as well as sort of a recharge battery. It ‘holds’ your practice. It protects you in every way.
  • Now you have your focus and your asan, so you have to charge your energies. There are two ways you can do it.
    • If you are drawn to the jaap method, the Gayatri mantra is the best possible option (full post here). You can recite the Gayatri mantra in sets of 108 repeats (ideally at sunrise/midday/sunset or else whenever you find the time, will take 15 mins for 108 repeats). Count on your fingers. After you finish don’t get up suddenly, enjoy the peace and internal silence for at least 5 mins more. Or you can then continue with Dhyan if you feel so inclined and have time.
    • If you are more drawn to just Dhyan (detailed post here) do it sitting on your Asan in front of your focus geometry. Will take 30 mins of your time initially, (20 mins for breathing 108 times and 10 mins for enjoying the peace/silence.) As it deepens it can go for hours. Initially sit once or twice a day, at sunrise or sunset or if not possible, then any time at night or when your surroundings are silent. This is nothing complicated, just breathing normally with focus between your eyebrows and mentally reciting the mantra (it is Om or Hamsa or Soham)
    • This sitting silently afterwards is the real essence of mediation, your mind has been stilled by your 108 mantra repeat and you are very deeply silent. Enjoy!

This practice may seem very simple but it goes in very very deep. It is like full-fledged energy work-out. This ‘simple’ practice will take you all the way to Moksh. There is no need of doing any complicated stuff which is ‘marketed’ in today’s world.

(If you are a woman take a 5-day break when you have your monthly cycle, do not sit on your Asan. Here your body is undergoing physical destruction within and you need rest.)meruAlways know your real name is Om, your energy looks like the Shriyantra geometry, you are the Ultimate yourself, now you just have to experience it again. But are weighed down by desires and conditionings which block you from this experience. You have to resolve these. And they will get resolved, you have to put your faith/shraddha in your practice.

There were several people in the past, enlightened Guru-s perhaps, but they are not physically available now. You can read their teachings for inspiration, you can feel gratitude for them in your heart, acknowledging that you learnt something is always good.  Now, if they were really Enlightened they were never ‘human’, they were/are the Parabrahma. My Guru had a name and was very well known in society but his real nature was/is Om. When he gained his Moksh, his ‘society identity’ dissolved. His real nature became Parabrahma. The real name/nature of every enlightened Guru was/is Om, just the same as yours, it is Om.

But your practice is what you do sitting on your Asan. Here you will think only of your real Self. You will become who you focus on, so always focus on your own perfection. That is in sound ‘Om’ and in geometry the ‘Shriyantra’ in all its dimensions. When you close your eyes for doing the jaap or dhyan you will only think of your mantra Gayatri or Om/Soham/Hamsa, nothing else at all. You will focus at the center of your eyebrows. It will seem pitch black at first but persevere. Be patient and do your action, breathe+mantra+focus. This will balance out everything. Trust your actions.

For doing spiritual practice you do not need to take sanyas and live in a monastery, you can do all this quite easily living with your family, doing your job and being with society. Just one thing if you can, control what you eat/drink. Tamasic food/drink make your astral self ‘heavy’. So if possible, avoid non-veg (fish is ok not other meats), avoid alcohol (once in a while for social/medical reasons is ok), avoid heavily spiced food (overloads the digestive system) and eat at least one thing which you have cooked/made with your own hands (even a cup of tea will do!)

In Sanatan Dharm the Observer is given prime importance, your experience is yours. Your friend’s experience is his, not yours.

Trust your own self always. This is your personal journey within yourself, to yourself.guru

 

(This post is in response to this comment I received in the Contact form, I hope it has been of some use to you.
“I have been reading some of your interesting posts lately.. Particularly because i am interested in spiritual development..
I have trust my true self before and practiced awareness or even meditation with the help of my inner self (i call it my own Guru although He has not a name).
But the thing is that a friend recently told me i should not meditate without the help of a true Master or even doing breath exercises because it was dangerous… so i stopped it. He particularly recommended me to read about his own Master. I read about it and i agree that His words are wise and helpful but i feel that i don’t want in my heart to choose Him as my Master aswel.
I don’t even know from where i get all this inner good thoughts and guidance and before felt enlightened, in the good path, and that my own Guru has no name..so it is hard for me to choose some specific of the ones who lived before.
My friend keep saying that i cannot ever reach true enlightenment by my self meditating and without cleaning my self from my past karma. (which i feel i have been doing naturally with help of the Universe or God.. He says that the only way is initiating according to His Master, but i don’t feel i want to initiate in anything. I don’t want to become a non or a living saint. I just want to live a honest life without attachment, give love to my family and people around me, live true to my self..

When i meditate or do dhyan should i have in my awareness gratitude for all Masters or Gurus ever existed or should i choose a particular one (besides trusting my inner self)? This is the question i have been struggling lately.
If you don’t have a particular answer it is enough with a advice. I trust because you seem to have good experience about spiritualities path.

Best regards, Marly”)

Kundalini myths!

On the internet, there are sites which describe ‘Kundalini rise’ as gentle, pleasant, floating on clouds, agreeable sensations in the body, seeing clouds of lights, etc. This is not unlocking Kundalini, this is flow of prana in the body which may be enhanced by spiritual practice.q1When the physical body dies, the self-identity/jivatma leaves this shell through any of the 16000 nadis available for its exit. When Moksha is achieved it leaves the physical body through the Brahmanadi, thus ‘dies’ as it gains its final Identity i.e. Parabrahma.

Are you, the Real You, prepared to leave this body? The answer of this question is very important. As long as you are attached to things connected to your identity your Kundalini lock will remain firmly locked. Things like, “I have to pack my son’s tiffin. I have a presentation tomorrow. I have to go the gym. I am cooking dinner. I am watching my favourite TV show”, are all expressions of the ego and a lock on your kundalini. ‘I am doing sadhana to wake my Kundalini’, is also an expression of your personal self-identity, thus linked to the Kundalini-lock.

However when you do your Dhyan, you sit on your Asan, and take 108 breaths you are focussing on the mantras, either Om/ Soham/ Hamsa. As your Dhyan deepens your identity of Amit, Riya, Ajit etc becomes irrelevant. Your mind stills allowing you a merest glimpse of your supreme self. This tiny glimpse is the start of the unlocking process. Your only work is to sit on your asan, breathe 108 times with the mantra and sit for as long as you can every day without breaks (1/2/3 times a day). This is it! You do not have to do any ‘activation yoga’, ‘kundalini exercises’ nothing. Regular spiritual practice is Dhyan. It is as simple as that. But do you have it in you to sit for about 30mins? Not everyone can do it because you are up against your own mind which does not like sitting still.

There are 2 distinct phases during the Dhyan. Initially pran is used to clean out the brahmanadi and then after it is cleaned out till the top, the energy of self identification is let loose from its locks. During this first pran phase you will sense several things happening, sensations like ants walking on your back, tingling along the body, sounds, sensations, tastes, smells, voices, whatever. This is quite normal as you are now remembering how to sense everything directly at the third eye/hrudaya itself. (Amrit sukta happens). As you become more aware of your third eye, the opening of that branch of the Sushumna which lies here opens. Then later the lower opening guarded by the kundalini also opens.

This kundalini lock has till now limited your sense of personality to just the Bhu-lok, the first Vhyariti (Gayatri mantra). Once it opens and the energy starts rising in your brahmanandi, you are no longer confined to the lowermost Bhu-lok. Your personality gains its aspects of the Bhuvah-Lok, Swah-Lok, Mahah-Lok, Janah-Lok and Tapah-Lok as the energy ascends and each of the 6 locks of the Shatchakra are successively opened. The last Sahasara when accessed allows the personality to add the attributes of the Satyam-lok. After this is also crossed the Ultimate is achieved.

All this happens inside the hyper dimensions of your energy geometry, which is seen as the Shrichakra in 2-dimensions and Mahameru in the 3-D.

Now you manifest what you think. You have been thinking about this Experience throughout your lives. You have been following different spiritual practice. So each of you will experience the same energy in different ways depending on your personal desires, thought patterns and prior conditioning. These conditionings have to be removed because they are in the realm of the manifested. These are blockages. E.g. If you have been deeply reading the Ramayan, you will find in your Dhyan scenes being replayed from the Ramayan and the final face of your ego will be seen as Ravan. If you have been practicing using the Bhagwat Gita as your base, your final encounter with your ego will be seen as the battle with Duryodhan. If you read the Vishnu puran, your ego can appear as Hiranyaksh or Hiranyakashyap. If you read the Devi Mahatmya, your ego can take the form of Mahishasur.

As the energy courses through your brahmanadi and the locking mechanisms at the chakras, you will sense this movement during Dhyan. You might feel that your body is leaning down, moving, disoriented, it might feel like a roller-coaster ride, or a rolling sensation. You will feel the movement. Don’t get agitated and get up from your asan if this happens, continue with your breath/mantra/focus. This is very normal. You will also lose awareness of your body and position of your body parts. You will see the denizens of the other dimensions. You will hear sounds of the chakras, buzzing, chirping, tinklings, deep bells, waterfalls so loud that you will feel you have gone deaf, lights so blinding that you will feel you have gone blind, mumbling sounds, beej mantras, the Gayatri mantra, oh so many things! But always remember these are also distractions, you are supposed to just breathe/mantra/focus.

These experiences are not to be discussed or relived. Forget them. These are internal, personal to you alone and not for others.

Kundalini is so hyped up that it seems if you can get it to rise you have attained Moksh! Nothing can be further than the truth. Opening the kundalini is just the first step, after that there are so many many things. And you can fail at every micro-inch in this path. So be eternally vigilant and continue your regular Dhyan.q3So is it worth doing the complicated exercises to unlock the kundalini? I would say no. Not unless you have an enlightened Guru sitting in front of you guiding you. (If you have such a Guru you won’t need to read blogs on this topic)

Kundalini is just maybe 1% of the job at hand. The major part is controlling your desires, silencing your mind and removing the subtle conditioning your soul is tied to. If you are successful in doing this, the unlocking and energy movement will happen on its own.

See you will die at some point of time, it is reality. If you are able to clean yourself out and gain a high spiritual level you will exit the body through some high energy nadi. This will assure you a higher realm/Lok. If you have managed to focus your mind and remove all desires completely you will be allowed to exit via the highest high tension nadi, the Brahmanadi. Moksh!

In energy terms, what we are attempting to gain through Dhyan is, when we leave the body we leave it through the Brahmanadi and thus gain Moksh.

Suppose you have to climb Mt.Everest. You will prepare and exercise regularly. You know your final objective but you will focus on your daily practice. You know that if you prepare well you will ascend on your first attempt. You will spend hours preparing. You will not waste time wishing for magical ways to fly you to the top. You know you have to prepare rigorously. Mind, body and soul, all will be needed to attempt this climb. Even if you make practice climbs you know that this is not an assurance that you will succeed on the final climb. So you are alert and vigilant every step of the way. This ascent to Moksh is something similar. Kundalini is a very minor practice climb, if you are successful here doesn’t mean you will be finally successful. In fact it may instil a strange ego and casualness towards the final climb.

Kundalini is the lock which limits self-identity to the Bhu-lok. The other chakra-locks limit the self-identity to their corresponding Lok-s. If you are unable to negotiate and transcend all of them and get trapped somewhere you will be again dragged back to the starting point, with even more subtle karmic baggage. So it would be be better if all locks open at once after the path is fully prepared till the top of the brahamarandhra, so that energy can ascend in one smooth continuous flow. But as you think so will it manifest. If in your past lives you have intended hard that the ‘kundalini wakes’, and your present karma allows, it will wake. If you have desired ‘mystical experiences’, they will be shown.

So do not think about anything, do not expect, do not feel disappointed, let things happen naturally. You just do your Dhyan.

You want a healthy body, so you will need to go to the gym, work out daily! Reading about how muscles work will not make your body muscular.

So practice and practice, to start with daily sit for 30mins in Dhyan. It will take care of everything naturally.

 

long road final(I have received a question in the contact me section on the posture for doing Dhyan. Ideally the back and the neck and the head should be straight, not rigid, just relaxed and straight, have mentioned this in my post on Dhyan. However there are genuine medical problems so here are some ways you can make your body comfortable, you can but try with full intention the rest is upto Her. You focus on what you can do.

  • If you cannot fold your legs in the yogic posture, you can sit in a chair but ensure that your back, neck, head is relaxed but straight.
  • If you cannot fold your fingers in the Mudra it is ok, just place your hands in your lap, be comfortable.
  • And finally if you cannot keep your back/neck straight but still you deeply desire to do Dhyan, it is also ok. Sit using a back rest or use whichever type of chair/recline to make your body comfortable.
  • If you cannot sit at all for medical reasons, final option is to lie down in a flat surface in the Shavasan pose.
  • Just don’t don’t go to sleep doing Dhyan, be mindful of every breath you take and the mantra you are mentally reciting and focus on the third eye. Even this much with full intention will work.)

 

Mantra – A remedy

Medical conditions are an imbalance in your energies. If your divisional chart D-9 has the potential for a medical condition, it will manifest if your birth chart (D-1), the planetary times and the transits allow it the scope to manifest. It will be first expressed in your astral body, will be seen in your aura upto 6 months in advance of its physical expression in the body.therapySo if you get a medical case, do an analysis as per this post and then also check if it is the time for physical death by using this post.

Then if the client is willing and desires to augment his medical treatment using mantras it will help in faster recovery. Mantras are Sanskrit and directly link with your chakras within your energy body. By adding specific energies to the chakras themselves you are directly addressing the root of the problem. This will give permanent relief from the dissonant energies.

You can use the mantras in these following ways,

  1. listening to them.
  2. reciting them yourself, once, thrice or 108 times, best time is sunrise/sunset/midday.
  3. Using water to channelise their energies. Take water in a copper silver or glass cup. Sit in front of your altar/puja ghar recite the mantra. Then blow thrice on the cup of water, intend that the energy of the mantra enters the water. You can give this water to the patient to drink. You can sprinkle the water in your house/office, clothes, bedding, food, whatever you feel like doing with the energy of the mantra.
  4. Play them in the background as you cook food. Their energy enters the food. This can be given to the patient to eat.
  5. You can charge your gold jewellery with your chosen mantra. I do this regularly, as gold (or silver or copper) has immense capacity to absorb energy.
  6. Or if you want to make vibhuti/ash then you will have to do a homa of the mantra you have chosen. Vibhui works like an energy battery, you can use it for about 15 days. You can put it on your forehead, on the top of your head, use it for cleansing, put it in your bathwater, in the 4 corners of your house/office, under your bed, chair etc. Any place you want to fortify with energy, you can put vibhuti on it.
    • But a very important point here, if you are unable to recite the beej mantras properly, do not do homa.
    • Stick to any of the other methods, all are equally effective.

Option 1 – This works for everyone for everything going wrong on all levels, spiritual, emotional, physical whatever. Vishnu sahastranam. I must have listened/recited this version of the Sahastranam performed by Uma Mohan more than a thousand times. It is a good 22 mins long recitation and it has the capacity to balance every aspect of your life. You can recite it or listen to it (performed by your favourite artist), it works. Just be sure that the singer has recited the mantras properly. (In fact I have a collection of Mantras performed by renown artists, Uma Mohan, Ravindra Sathye, Vijay Prakash, Kedar Pandit, Devaki Pandit etc. and play it in my car everyday when I travel.)

Now you can do Homa too. For doing the Vishnu sahastranama homa you will have to follow the basic steps given in this post. The preparatory phase and the concluding phases remain the same for every homa you perform. For the actual mantra phase your mantras will change as per your requirement. For Vishnu Sahastranam Homa you will have to recite every name of Vishnu from the Sahastranam in this format, ‘Om Vishwaya Swaha” the first name to the last “Om Sarvapraharanayudhaya Swaha”. It can get too tedious for someone new to all this, so best listen to Uma Mohan or your favourite singer reciting it!

Option 2 – The Gayatri mantra. (Post here) It is the source of all knowledge, which includes the knowledge on healing your own body/self/emotions/etc. Ideally everyone should recite it 108 times everyday (ideally 3 sets a day at the sunrise, midday, sunset – Sandhya).

Gayatrai Homa is very easy and very beneficial. The preparatory and concluding phases of the Homa will remain the same as I have written in my earlier post, the actual Mantra phase will have this mantra, “Om bhur bhuvah swah, Om tat savitur varenyam, bhargo devasya dhimahi, dheeyo yonah prachodayat Om swaha”. At swaha you will put a drop of ghee in the fire. This will be done 108 times. Then you will conclude the homa in same way as I have written in my previous post linked above.green purple flowerOption 3 – The Mahamryutyunjai mantra – “Om tryambakam yajamahe sungandhim pushti vardhanam uruvarukamiva bandhanat mryutur mukshiya maam amrutat Om”. This will also work for all medical problems. It is very powerful. The homa for this mantra uses this version. I have done this homa also innumerable times, it energies are so utterly beautiful.

“Om trayambakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushtivardhanam, Om haung, joong sah, maam mrytyur palaya palaya, rogan mochaya mochaya, ayur vardhaya vardhaya, Sah joong haung Om, ururvarukamiva bandhanat, mryutyur mukshiya maam amrutat, Mryutyunjayaya rudraya, neelkanthaya shambhave, amruteshaya sharvaya, mahdevaya taenamah swaha”

The preparatory and concluding phases of all homa will remain the same, the actual mantra which will be recited 108 times will be this variation. At ‘swaha’, you will drop a drop of ghee into the fire.

(Or if you feel this variant to be quite complicated you can use this simple version too “Om tryambakam yajamahe sungandhim pushti vardhanam uruvarukamiva bandhanat mryutur mukshiya maam amrutat Om Swaha” for the mantra phase)

Option 4 – Using the Mantras from the Devi mahatmya/Durga Saptashati. (detailed post here). The link to the pdf of the book published by Gita Press is linked here. The step wise method quite simple and like this. This always works.

  1. Recite the siddha kunjika stotra once.
  2. Then recite the navavarna mantra, (Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche) once thrice or 108 times.
  3. Then recite your chosen Mantra, once, thrice or 108 times. There is a ready list of 30 useful mantras on page 263 of the pdf version of the Gita press book linked above. Choose what you want to do from the list of mantras.
  4. Then the Navavarna mantra once to make your chosen mantra ‘samputit’.

For doing the homa of this mantra, follow this procedure,

  • again the preparatory phase remain the same.
  • Then, you will recite the mantras as per the points, 1, 2 as given above.
  • Then at point 3. when you recite your chosen mantra you will end it with ‘swaha’ and drop ghee into the fire. This you will repeat 108 times.
  • Then the rest is continuing with point 4.
  • Followed by the concluding phase of the homa.

Option 5 – If you have analysed your horoscope for medical problems/tendencies, you can take preventive care by fortifying the planet concerned. You can use beej mantra for homa for planets. If you do not wish to do the fire homa, then even reciting the beej mantra will be equally beneficial.

  • E.g. you know your Sun is having issues so you might get eyesight issues, so you can recite his beej mantra, ‘Om hrang hring hroung sah suryaya namah’, once thrice or 108 times every Sunday.
  • In pregnancy there is a different time schedule for mantra recitation that is followed, written about it here.

So here are the very basic options for using mantras to keep yourself healthy and as a preventive action. Or to help accelerate recovery. I have kept it very simple so that everyone can use them. Sometimes the most simple things are the most powerful, so its with these mantras. Use them with your complete intention and focus. Intend the change you desire visualise it and use your mantra like a tool to get your work done!

accessory balance blur close up(There was a question in the contact form, on using mantras for healing and recovery. You can do anything with mantras, it depends on your intention and force of will. There are other rituals and stuff which are used to literally work miracles but we do not have that level of ingredients and neither that level of spiritually pure pandits now who can perform those rituals. Like we need pure desi cows milk/ghee/curds and cowdung, it has become impossible these days, or pure desi honey which does not exist now. So as we do not have the supporting framework, we need to intensify our intention and the energy of the mind. If you do some regular spiritual practice, you will fall ill lesser and also mantras/charged water made by you for your family members will be more potent.

So I hope this post has been of use to you.)