Monday, February 13, 2017

Self Reflect And Find The Nectar Of Life

03/20/2016 Bangalore, India
Today Iranians are celebrating their New Year! It’s New Year in Iran, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and what they have kept here is very interesting. It is the same tradition that is followed in Kerala since centuries. On a New Year day they keep a mirror, some sweets, fruits, a lamp, a clock and a book. So New Year begins with seeing all those auspicious things. The custom is to see seven auspicious things.
Do you know, showing a mirror to yourself is a very ancient tradition? You look in the mirror and see how time has gone by and you are smiling, and happy! Here, in Karnataka also, behind a kalash (pot filling with water indicating fullness) there is a mirror, and that is how you are welcomed into homes. In weddings and everything, a lady carries this pot of nectar and a mirror, symbolizing, when you reflect on your Self, there is nectar in life. You are filled with nectar, you are a pot of nectar, you only have to look at yourself. It is so beautiful! Small little rituals convey such deep philosophy. Now we are hearing of such rituals, but at some point in time, people must have practiced these all over the world. Anyway, we are already doing that, reflecting on our Self and feeling the richness and abundance.
As you sow, so shall you reap. If you think, "Oh I lack this, I lack this", that is what grows. If you think, "Nobody loves me", then nobody loves you! But if you put positive affirmations, that is what comes to you. That doesn’t mean that every day you have to go on putting positive affirmations, no. It’s a very delicate balance between having an affirmation once and going on repeating it all the time. Creating awareness is different from repeated affirmations.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Practice Of Yoga And Meditation Brings Inner Peace

03/22/2016 Bangalore, India


Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Classic Form Of Service

03/25/2016 Bangalore, India

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shrug Off The Past And Live In The Moment

03/24/2016 Bangalore, India
Happy Holi to all of you! Holi simply means celebration of colours. Life has multiple colours and it is very juicy, so no one can be dry. Dripped in colours, celebrate life!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Learn To Keep The Balance

02/02/2016 Bangalore, India
(Below is a continuation of post How to Find the Joy Within)
There is a temple on the southern end of India, it is called Thanumalayan Temple, and it is in a town called Suchindram. That is where Indra (leader of the mind) became pure. Now, the concept of Indra is very astonishing. Indra has 1000 eyes, that means, 500 people together create a collective consciousness (something like a mob). That is the minimum, then it can go on in multiples of 500, but 500 is the minimum to create a collective consciousness. If you see the mob psychology, all the crime on the planet is due to it. Individual people are not creating a crime, it is the mob that is creating havoc on planet Earth. One person can be changed, but to change a mob is difficult.
Our senses are called Indriya, our mind is called Indra, and the collective mind is called Indra. So when the collective mind does a lot of sin, and the sin has to be relieved from the collective mind, then a wise person was needed.
The mythological story goes that -- Indra had committed many sins and then he met with a Guru at Suchindram. Shiva came in the form of Dakshinamurthy and relieved Indra of all his sins, and so Indra became pure. This is the story, and the message of the story is so apt -- if a wise person’s instructions are followed, it purifies the mob, then the mob can be stopped from engaging in violent or unruly activity.
So in the temple they have a 5000 year old tree, and it was under this tree that Indra was purified. This is not a phenomena that has happened once, it is happening all the time. In a purer atmosphere, with wise people around, people’s minds change and become more and more humane in their behavior. This is a symbolic story, but most people don’t know its significance.
If you see the TV serials, Indra is always doing wrong things and you wonder how he can be doing such things. Indra means collective consciousness and collective consciousness always indulges in sin and to cleanse the sin, a wise person is needed. That is why it is said, "Guru ke bina gati nahi", without a Guru, there is no liberation.