We are hedonists. Seekers of assuaging our senses. We are all engaged in the pursuit of pleasure, and this leads us to wanting more, excesses and dis-satisfaction. Every day is spent in seeking excitement and challenge. However what happens is that we develop a void in our lives, and we experience negativity in all its aspects. For many a short cut is consumption and abuse of stimulants. We want to chase the boredom away. What is the solution? How do we handle this ennui, and we have to face reality.
Illness, disease and death are real for all of us. It is not by becoming a consumer of more thrills, can we escape the anger, envy, delusion, sorrow and passion. We have to go through joy and sorrow, love and hate, pleasure and pain. How do we overcome this? There is so much to complain in life. I will not elaborate on it. The newspapers and TV channels are doing it for us. We can change our perception of life gradually.
Practice Anuloma Viloma
Visualize your breath flowing in and out of the left nostril. Count backwards from 54 to 1. Now visualize the breath flowing in and out of the right nostril. Same counting. Last visualize the breath going in and out of both nostril. The breath meets at the eyebrow centre, and descends from there through both nostrils. Same counting. What is happening here is that you are unblocking your left and right nostrils. Remember that you are counting your breath and visualising the breath going in and out of each nostril and then through both nostrils. This simple practice unblocks your nostrils, and permits the prana to flow with your breath. And when you are breathing through both nostrils, your chakras are activated, your tattvas are purified. It is a simultaneous process. The keys are awareness, visualization, concentration and detachment. The outcome is that you are on the path of Sattva, which leads to positive thinking. You are critical but you are constructive in your opinions and work. Of course the greatest joy is that you are receptive to the beauty around you in all things.
We are seekers and how do we experience and understand God. Heaven and hell are within us. We can live with our private hell during our life time or learn to be compassionate, caring and empathetic. If we chose to live in heaven, then we must practice our sadhana, our breath awareness, our mantra and our daily practice. Continue reading →
BFF. It is an abbreviation for Best Friends Forever. It is a term of endearment. We all have a BFF. Just saying it makes us happy. It brings a smile to our faces. Everyone knows it, even kids, little ones. I know that we all like the abbreviation very much. We feel good with it. Have you thought what is with you all the time and never let’s go. Your thoughts. Continue reading →
Today is Thursday and the day of Guru. I was reading about my Master, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. My first teacher at the Ashram was Swami Satyadharma Saraswati. She was the best teacher in the ashram and she was assigned by Swamiji to teach me. She was an American and had travelled the world. I was a young mother with twin sons, 3 years old, and a cat. I had severe arthritis in my left hand, and being left handed it was tough. I could not even brush my hair. Continue reading →
Wednesday and we venerate Ganesha. Visualise him with the brilliance of the dawn at sunrise. In his left hands, he holds the noose, and the gesture of fearlessness. In his right hands, he holds the granting of boons and the goad. Continue reading →
Today is Tuesday and it is a very auspicious day. We pray to Hanuman, the God of Prana.
He is a god who is totally devoted and dedicated to Rama. He was cursed as a child that he would only develop awareness and wisdom when Rama was born and he would lay his eyes on him. He is a super God. Continue reading →
Close your eyes and visualise Shiva. He is blue in colour, he has a serpent wrapped around his neck. The Ganga is cascading down from his head. He has his pet bull, Nandi by his side. There is a crescent moon nesting in his top knot. He is holding a trident. Continue reading →
I have written this post twice and it has gone into the ether. I am going to write it again and post it. Yesterday my connection crashed. Today I wrote it again and it went away. Where are all the posts in the cosmos. Can you imagine the conversation, and since our words are there what confusion. Continue reading →
Aim means the source of creation. Hrim means Lakshmi is the the supreme Sakti of Vishnu, which bestows on the adept all desired objects. Klim means great bliss, auspiciousness and knowledge bestowed on the adept. Continue reading →
Thursday is considered the Guru’s day. I want to share a story with you, which my Guru shared with his disciples.
It was a stormy night. There was thunder and lightning. A sannyasin was walking with a lantern. It was a road in the hills. When a motorcyclist whizzed past him. He had no lights. The Sannyasin called out, “Hey, take my lantern. The roads are slippery.” Continue reading →
How can we commune with the powers of the universe. We live in a cosmos which is permeated by powerful sources.There are deities everywhere, whether they are in the clouds, forests, waterfalls, mountains, planets, sand or an atom. We have to connect our heart with them and we will feel their presence. We are part of the divinities as these are aspects of our deeper self. We are comprised of three gunas, Tamas, Rajas and Sattwa. They are our basic energies and their complex interactions create the physical universe. Continue reading →
Om!Karma yoga stage: Love of God becomes a discipline. Basic universal rules Moral dimension in this universe. Noninjury. Every human being has a different kind of nature. There is not one thing that isn’t God. What is karma yoga? You have the right to act. Who gives the result?
How do we control Prana? Can we control the wind?
Attempting to controlling our mind, makes us plunge in a constant war with ourselves. What should we do?
We work on purifying the elements of our body and mind. We attempt to unblock the Ida and Pingala nadi, so that the Sushumna nadi can flow. Once the Sushumna nadi flows, our chakras are unblocked. Continue reading →