Thursday, July 28, 2016

Drop The Past

Sat, 06/13/2015 Bangalore, India

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Science of Vastushastra

Wed, 06/03/2015 Bangalore, India
(Below is a continuation of post Love Is About Giving)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Cause Of All Causes Is The Guru Principle

Sat, 08/01/2015 Boone, United States
It so happened once, a lady went to a Guru and said, "I have two questions". The Guru said, "Okay, ask me".
The lady asked, "Why did God make this world? Why couldn't he just be happy with the way it was? And having created it, why did he make it so miserable?"
The Guru said, "I have only one answer for this! He created this world for me, and he made it miserable so that I don't get caught up in it".

When we are ignorant of our true nature, we become miserable. The relevance of the Guru is to bring you back to your true self.

When your mind is miserable, you try to look for the cause of the misery. And then you see that the cause of your unhappiness (or happiness) is a situation, or a person, or an attitude, isn't it? This is the cycle of ignorance, and this is how it goes on — the cause of unhappiness (or happiness) is: a situation, an attitude or a person.
We want to immediately find a cause of our misery because unanswered questions is an irritant in the mind. So we want to find a cause for our unhappiness and hang on to something. Just look into your mind and observe, this is happening all the time. And when you find the cause of your unhappiness, you immediately want to eliminate that cause, or correct it, or do something about it. Does this make sense to you?
You are unhappy, you think that it is because the other person did this and now you want to correct them or do something about it. No! That is not the cause. The cause of all causes is something else. Those people and those situations were just postmen, or the laptop which got you a bad email. If you get a bad email, you don't throw the laptop, or change your password. Changing your password is not going to help in any way. The true cause is ignorance; ignorance of your true nature. When we are ignorant of our true nature, we become miserable. The relevance of the Guru is to bring you back to your true self. That's why it is said, 'Tatvamasyaadilaksham', the goal of the Guru is to give you that idea that 'You are THAT'.
Now what is THAT? THAT is: Brahmanandam parama sukhadam kevalam jnanmurtim, dvandvathitam gaganasadrisham tatvamsyadi lakshyam. Ekam nityam vimalamachalam sarvadhee sakshibhutam, bhavatitam trigunarahitam sad gurum tam namami.
Brahmanandam - the greatest bliss; the abundance of bliss for which our heart, our soul and our mind yearns all the time.
Parama Sukhadam - infinite happiness. Happiness which transcends all words and all worlds.
Kevalam jnanmurtim - it is just pure knowledge.
Ekam nityam vimalamachalam - the one thing that you can eternally depend on.
Sarvadhee sakshibhutam - it is a witness to all types of mindsets and all types of thoughts. It is a witness to everything.
Bhavatitam - it is beyond the three gunas; beyond the three states of consciousness (waking, dreaming & sleeping), and yet being with all the three gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas) -trigunarahitam sad gurum tam namami.
This is the self, the being; this is wisdom, and this is the Guru Principle.

For a particular situation you think that 'this' is the cause, but when you go a little deeper, you will find that the cause is not there, it is somewhere else. The cause keeps jumping.

Our identification of our self with the limited thought patterns, emotional patterns, or any limitation for that matter, is the cause. And so instead of latching on to the cause of sorrow (as some event, attitude or person), you say it is because of my forgetfulness of my real identification, of who I am.
So what did the Guru say? He said, "God made the world so miserable so that I don't get caught up in it".
If this world was more joyful, you would never look for something higher, you would never look for something different. When you get so caught up in small things, then the Divinity tells you, "Hey, wake up and see who you are!"
What is the meaning of life? This questions seldom arises in people's minds. When this question comes up, then something else has happened. A spark has come into our life. Something higher and something more beautiful starts happening.
You know, there are two types of masters in the tradition.
1. Those who would give you boons, "Okay, what is it that you want? Some little thing here and there? Okay, have it, but rise above it". Granting boons, giving blessings, and getting you out of the maya (illusion or ignorance).
2. The other type of masters are a little different. They are very tough. If you want something, that's it, you will never have it. If you say that you want to go to Italy, finished, you will never be able to go to Italy. They will see to it that you drop your desires, you drop your passion and everything that you cling on to, and then you will rise above it.
The previous generation of masters used to do that. They would make you realize, "Hey, my dear, you are much more than your mind, why are you so caught up in this little mind all the time".
Attaching the cause of our misery to this, this, and this, makes it concrete. This is ignorance. If you go a little deeper into something that you find as the cause, you will find that the cause is not there but it is a little further down. Have you noticed this? (Many in the audience raise their hands)
For a particular situation you think that 'this' is the cause, but when you go a little deeper, you will find that the cause is not there but it is somewhere else. So the cause keeps jumping. And believing that is the real cause makes our ignorance more concrete.

The knowledge of the Self burns karma, which means, it brings you to the real cause (cause of causes), which is the being. And the being is all pervading, it is in every particle of the creation.

So when the whole universe is so complex, every event is complex, mind is even more complex, to get over this they brought this principle of Karma. And there is a lot about Karma — there is good karma and bad karma. And the karma that you do, you take the responsibility onto yourself, instead of blaming it on an event, situations, or people.
Now, how do you get out of karma? That is where knowledge come in. The knowledge of the Self burns karma, which means, it brings you to the real cause (cause of causes), which is the being. And the being is all pervading, it is in every particle of the creation. Knowledge raises you above the name and form, and gets you onto this pedestal of the reality of true existence. That is the very solid ground; the ultimate ground. So the cause of all causes is the Guru Principle.
Enough for today! This itself is a lot. You can slowly digest this.
So on Guru Purnima day, think about all the good things that you have received in your life. All the good things have given you vastness. All the stupid and miserable things that have happened to you have given you depth and made you realize your strength over it. So for anything that has happened, or not happened, feel grateful, thankful and happy about it.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sri Sri's Message On Guru Purnima 2015

There are two worlds that we live in: One is the world of memory and the other is the real world. In memory, there are three types of memory.
1. You remember but you can't do anything about it. You remember your childhood, but you can't get it back. This is one kind of memory.
2. Another kind of remembrance is, you remember and you have to make a lot of effort to get it. Suppose you have left your keys in Toronto and you come here and remember that you have forgotten your keys, then you have to drive back seven hours to get them. It is not instantaneous. You remember, but you have to make an effort to get it.
3. The third type of memory is you remember and you get it instantaneously. It is like, you are looking for your glasses, and then suddenly someone says, "Your glasses are right here, on your head".
"Oh yes, it is right here".
Here the remembrance and getting it is instantaneous. You don't have to make any effort to get it.
Our spiritual path is of the third type of memory. Knowing and getting is instantaneous, all that you have to do is feel the connection, that's it. Feeling the connection is that memory which connects us to the real world. From the world of imaginary memories that we live in, we move on to the real world.
Now, how do you feel the connection? That is where the Guru Principle comes to play, because the Guru brings that connection.
See, you are here in Canada. The moment you remember, "I am in Canada", you are already in Canada. You don't have to make any effort, it is instantaneous. In the same way, when you feel the connection, instantaneously, you move from this cloud of unreal memory, to this world of real existence, which is wow!
So when you feel the connection to the wisdom, to the knowledge, and to the Guru, then there is no worry. How can there be any worry, any concerns or any negative feelings? Impossible! Everything just disappears.
Guru Poornima is the day to feel the connection, 'I am connected. I am one with the divinity'. Here, again, celebration is instantaneous, and joy is instantaneous. You don't have to prepare to celebrate. Do you get what I am saying?
A pauper had forgotten that he was the prince. Someone came and told him, "Hey, you are the Prince". Just with that one sentence, he got the kingdom back. Instantaneously! There is no effort. If it appears to be some effort, it is to get rid of the effort, because your mind is so used to putting effort, so that run of the mind to put effort has to be calmed down. It is just a direct recognition, "I am connected", and that's it. Done!
That much is enough for today. There is a lot in this. Recollect this again and remember it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Love Is About Giving

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Guru Is Greater Than God

(Below is a continuation of post A Piece Of The Master)