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“He who is the Brahman of the Vedantins, Ishvara of the Naiyayikas, Purusha of the Sankhyas, cause of the Mimamsakas, law of the Buddhists, absolute zero of the Atheists, and love infinite unto those that love, may [He] take us all under His merciful protection”: Udayanacharya — a great philosopher of the Nyaya or Dualistic school. And this is the Benediction pronounced at the very beginning of his wonderful book Kusumanjali (A handful of flowers).
As a sapling tries to grow , a hedge is created around it so that it may be protected against animals. We are all saplings trying to grow unto God. For a warrior on the battlefield his uniform is also a shield. What is the shield that we have against the onslaught of crass comercialisation on one side and falling ethics on the other. In between these two enemies that halt spiritual development do we find wanting an armour.
Since both the adversaries are fighting the battle within us how does one vanquish the enemy ? Luckily we are all provided with a sword of wisdom which if used alongwith a kavach (protective covering ) of yoga ( not to be confused with asanas) can counteract any attack.
Spiritual energy cannot be obtained by talisman, amulets, charms, spells, rituals or any person. Spiritual energy comes from recognising that we are a spirit endowed with a body and our nature is spiritual not physical.
The more powerful and original a mind , the more it will incline towards the religion of Solitude…… Aldous Huxley.
Advancing Science leaves little scope for Solitude. The gadgets that are mobile finally end up stalling our inner progress.
Sartre was right in saying that people who feel lonely alone are in bad company.
Why is solitude important for our advancement ? Or why cannot there be no progress without Seclusion ?
Allah said in the Qur’an, in Surat al-Kahf (ayat 16), mentioning the story of the companions of the cave, they were ordered, “Betake yourself to the Cave: your Lord will shower His mercies on you and dispose of your affair towards comfort and ease.”
In the Quran it is mentioned that the prophet used the cave of Hira in Makkah to disconnect himself from everything and connect himself to God. http://www.naqshbandi.org/topics/seclusio.htm
Swami Vivekananda believed that solitude brings out the power from within. ( In His conversation with Priya Nath Sinha )
In His lecture on Prathyahara and Dharana , Swami Vivekananda extols the benefits of staying alone without any companionship and without any distractions. In fact moderation by not working working or speaking more are recommended to be a Yogi.
Why should seclusion be preffered over excitement of watching a TV programme or Joining friends or spending time chatting on the net ?
Neither do I want to get closer to God , nor do I want to derieve any power from within nor is there any intention to become a Yogi. Then why do I need to shun excitement and enjoy seclusion ?
Besides developing Insomnia, an aggressive behaviour , even death are responsible for over excitement. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583351,00.html.
In psychology today , psychologists Ester Buchholz says “ Now, more than ever, we need our solitude. Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of alone experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alonetime is fuel for life. ”
Over connectivity is the root of all diseases in modern times. Our body is programmed to fight any disease , any virus with a little help from our mind. According to Swami Vivekananda, our mind can bring calmness and tone down the nervous excitement , which in turn will make our temperament better and our health better. Sound Health will be the first signs of a calm mind. Over agitated nerves due to excitement are responsible for a weak disposition resulting in a diseased body. A person whose needs are moderate and craves some time to himself enjoys abudance of energy and power from within, which makes him stronger and healthier.
Not only we enjoy a healthy body but our creativity due to solitude is also enhanced.
Health and Creativity are not the only benefits of Solitude. We are all growing plants and just as a plant which is growing needs protection till it becomes a tree , till the time we are able to discriminate the harmful from the nessecary keeping away excitement can only benefit us.
4th July 2012. God Particle Found at Geneva
20th July 2012. The Dark Knight Rises
The Rest of the Days in 2012 besides these two eventful days will not be inconsequential.
As mentioned earlier 2012 is a historic year for humanity.
Why do I feel so ? Because I am a firm believer of the Chaos Theory and the Butterfly effect.
The basic premise of this theory is that very small changes can act as a cause of very big transformations and events.
Vedanta believes that the universe is composed of Force and Matter as the two main building blocks .
Force or prana is the subtle part and acts on Akasha or matter Force is the stronger aspect just like Shakti is more powerful than Shiva.
A new particle creates vibrations that can change the course of this universe or accelerate it to a new dimension or a newer form, because though insignificant the power it carries is tremendous.
Similarly our thoughts though invisible and weightless can destroy our physical body to dust.
Now the effects of July 2012 will be dificult to predict generally but the consequences will be different for different people. The only general prediction that can be done at this stage is that the consequences would follow choices faster.
We should only be afraid if we have not yet realised that by not accepting everything as they are we are making ourselves ready targets to be tossed about.
These days it is fashionable to speak about Corruption, Politics and the Degeneration of India. You are given credits for pointing out the deficiencies in our country and are considered a la mode and even intellectual.
This Motherland of ours is never hurt by these outbursts against her or her children by its own brothers and sisters.
She may wipe a silent tear when no one is looking but never let any of her children see her pain.
When you are born in India your birth carries the blessings of centuries of a race that created an eternal fountain of wisdom and spirituality for the whole humanity. It was from this land that Sages walked and showed the road to Heaven. It is this tradition that our Motherland keeps close to her heart. But when She sees her children cursing each other, vilifying and abusing each other especially those children whom She has willingly installed as keepers that bleeds her heart.
We cannot see our Motherlands pain today either she is concerned for us and hence hides it perfectly or we have given up on Her and refuse to see Her eyes which conceal pain , but we are her children and one day we shall realise that we are not trying to bring justice but only punishing her. As a Mother she knows how to punish children.
If there is any living God today it is your Country India. If there is anyone who can grant you a blessing today it is your Motherland.
The recent events at Denver where a neuroscience student gunned down people inside a theatre is not an isolated case. In fact such incidents have been reported annually in the United States of America and other parts of Europe.
Every disturbing event brings to fore a question Why ? Why did James Holmes the accussed leave his graduate work at the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado- Denver and resort to this mindless release of inner turmoil and angst at passive moviegoers.
The Western society has seen many crimes in the past 30 years whose source seems to be temporary insanity.
Behavioural Scientists will argue to make this event into a spectacle making it the leading news story for days. But do such deliberations besides providing dollars for media even manage to come near the truth ?
If as a society we have progressed materially , did the spiritual counter balance degenerate ?
Swami Vivekananda in one of his lectures on The Mission of Vedanta says that there are times in the history of the lives of nations , when a sort of world weariness becomes painfully predominant. This is a spiritual symptom where men and women become weary with the brutality of their commercial civilisation inflict the agonizing choking within on others ruthlessly.
Such a tide of world weariness starts when we try to solve the problem of how much a man can possess.
Every desire every possession that we crave for leaves a residue of longing and the counter balance of values and ethics goes decaying forming a mix of passion with anger that results in insanity.
The world follows the western culture and its notions of morality. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the trend of emotional unstability will be the hallmark of mankind in future if there is no self control on desires.
No amount of political or social changes can bring about any change or can be a panacea to the disease of possessions and crass materialism.
Sarvam Dukham ( All is Sorrow ) Gautama Buddha commented as Prince Siddharth when he went around his kingdom after coronation as a prince. In this sea of misery that surrounds us how do we float or sail , or live efficiently ? Our Scriptures provide us with a detailed explanation on the process of sailing steadily in these turbulent waters towards our goal. As per our innate human tendency, environment and spiritual progress carried forward from our last lives we are described ways or different paths to keep our life boat steady in choppy and excited waters. All the methods described have a common aim and that is to know our real and apparent nature and work on bringing the two closer till they are one. This final amalgamation brings us to becoming one with the creator where we loose all individuality and identity. The scriptures extensively go in to details of creation of elements , and how they combine with each other to produce a universe which allows us to retrace our way back to its creator. By explaining matter and energy and differntiating between the gross , subtle and causal, we are shown the core of the apparent universe. By gaining this knowledge it is easier to navigate our mind , buddhi and the ego considered the prime movers or the fuel in our journey towards the truth. Since the Mind Buddhi and Ego are subtle and do not have an appearance and are hidden , and because of their make and relevance , they wield a higher power over us and are responsible for all that we undergo including pleasure and pain . But they are also the tools for attaining our Goal and the means to alleviate our misery. Why do these three aspects of us have so much say ? Not only do they store energy ( Shakti ) but science explains and so does Vedanta that our limitations are set by these three inner organs. They are also the organs that are responsible for our perception and the play of energy by generating fuel and setting the direction for survival and they also responsible for supplying us with the strenght required to evolve and can even bring weaknesses in our system. In fact our sacred scriptures contain a wealth of information about medicine , health, agriculture, astronomy , prayers , nature of the universe, principles of conducting duty without attachement and many more such rituals and practices that help man live a spiritually enhanced life which empowers him to reach his goal and overcome obstructions. By living righteously the spirit attains power which feeds the physical body with energy to enjoy this God gifted life and also develops our inner self so that we may reap the benefits in our next lives too. Living Righteously benefits in helping us enjoy this life and continue enjoying it in our next life too. Vedanta says that the causal body ( Brahman + Ajnanan or ignorance ) is the doer, the subtle body ( which has 19 parts , 5 sense organs which are the eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue, 5 organs of action which are hands , feets, speech, evacuation and generation, 5 pranas which are prana or breath , apana energy moving downwards responsible for expelling the unassimilated food and drink, vyana pervading the entire body and capable of moving in any direction, udana which helps the soul move out of the body also causes vomitting, samana which helps in the digestion of food and drink and their conversion in to chyle , blood and other materials of the body, and the 4 inner organs which are Mind, Intellect, Ego and Memory ) is the agent and the physical body is the instrument through which everything is carried out in the universe. The body of a human being is like a chariot, the buddhi or intellect as the charioteer, mind as its reins, our physical senses are the horses and our selfish desires are the roads on which our senses ( horses ) travel. Mind is the connection between our senses and the physical body which is the chariot. This explanation is given by the Katha Upanishads. The importance of mind is accentuated by the fact that it collects information from the senses which they percieve and passes this information to the intellect which takes all the decisions. Pain and pleasure are experienced by our senses through the mind where it originates since it is our mind that controls the whole gamut of emotions, sensations , feelings attachments and desires. The mind has a few noticeable qualities which are helpful to us when we try to meditate. Meditating or concentrating the mind is actually resting or calming the mind. When the mind is running towards the world it is restless and fickle. These two attributes need to be made into calm and composed. But before we try to sit and meditate there are a few tips on preparing for meditation. These instructions are itself stand alone tools that open up the secrets of our inner nature by steadying the mind making the reflection of the universe so clear that we see another dimension open within us.
So What are these preparatory points that can help us achieve our objective ?
Earlier avataars ( incarnations) kept coming at regular intervals . The difference between their advent went on gradually increasing and now though the world is changing rapidly at a very fast pace, the avataars have stopped coming.
Has God forsaken us ?
At death Life goes out leaving the body behind. If the substance leaving the body has the power to give life to an inert body then even though it has left the body it can continue living. This is the spirit
The logic behind the statement that life is continuos is this spirit which cannot die. Life besides the observable has a hidden energetic part to it. This energetic part is what remains after death. Since the laws of physics state that energy cannot be destroyed , where does life energy go once it leaves the body ? The journey may be interesting.
Giving is spiritual. Even giving hate or hurt is spiritual . We are all spiritual beings ( we are intrinsically made up of spirit )
Living in a spiritual World ( inhabitated by spirits living and non-living in classical sense. doing spiritual things ( that is giving and taking ) .
The spiritual energy exchanged during give and take is what sustains us and not the physical or observable.
We are all exchanging Spiritual Energy amongst ourselves
It started with curiosity first. What is dowsing ? Why is the desire to know about the future so much that people fail to see logic? Who are these guides who claim to have a super sense and why is their life so ordinary if they have an extra ordinary gift ?
Its been 10 years that I have used dowsing to beyond the ordinary and beyond what we percieve, even beyond the visible in to the invisible. So did I achieve much or was it just time well spent.
If gaining knowlege is an achievemenet then surely I have attained a lot. I must have dowsed for more than 10,000 questions in these 10 years 9000 of which were for friends relatives and others who consulted me for selecting a choice.
I can surmise my gained enlightenment as follows
We are all given choices. People who complain that they had no choice are the ones who cannot see them due to their preoccupied understanding and vision.
Selecting a choice with wisdom and understanding is very simple. Your intution will guide you to that choice which is the least selfish.
The selected choice will make a major difference to our journey in life through relationships with others , physical and mental health , and a host of other factors which may or may not be directly visible to us. Each Choice is a seed that is likely to sprout a collection of varied occurences which will take us back and forth till we correct our original choice. This sometimes goes on for lifetimes.
We are all connected with each other on a spiritual level. My choice will affect everyone. For ex. When we try to save tax , which is DUE, to the nation by purchasing from vendors who dont charge us that extra amount. , the unpaid and unsettled amount keeps growing, till a day comes when we are forced to pay it back with interest , usually accompanied by a calamity. Using dowsing charts I have realised that expenditure on doctors , legal fees and fines imposed by the police are all due to tax saved. This unpaid tax money keeps transferring and growing powerful just like a tornado picks up dust and debris as it goes around. It multiplies our illegal action into a colossal burden which finally our children carry as bad luck affecting the whole society by bringing in its midst an individual who cannot contribute anything to humankind.
Of Course this realisation is nothing new and our scriptures teach us the same things but dowsing allows us to see those principles in action. Using the pendulum we are able to connect the effect and the cause making it easier to make amends.
On a personal level it has been a journey which can be compared to purification of Gold. In the eagerness to achieve near perfect results I had to purify myself so that the reading is not faulty due to the measuring instrument which in dowsing is the individual holding the pendulum.