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Surrender to the Guru
We are in this Punya Bhumi (holy land, i.e. India), ideal place for spiritual realisation, and we have got the unique blessing of having our Guru by the side of the Himalayas and by the side of the holy Ganges. Therefore, we have got everything perfect. And the only thing that stands in the way of our spiritual realisation is our own mind, the ego, or you call it by any name you like. It is precisely in order to see that this obstacle is removed and we get at the precious goal of human life that one comes to the Guru. Guru has destroyed his mind and he knows how one has to destroy it. Therefore, to such a man we surrender ourselves.
Now we come to the central point. If the Guru is to bestow his blessings upon us, and if we are to make the highest use of them, an important thing is needed. This will be best understood by taking an example. Suppose a man is afflicted with a disease. He goes to the doctor and then he tells him his condition. You have to tell your entire condition to the doctor, and then the doctor gives you a prescription and also a medicine. Thereafter the entire responsibility is shifted from the doctor to the patient. The moment you surrender yourself to the doctor, the prescription is given to you and then the entire responsibility is shifted from the doctor to the patient. The doctor has done his very best. He has diagnosed the disease and given you the medicine, but if you do not take the medicine in the manner instructed by the doctor, the medicine is as good as useless. If the doctor has asked you to take such and such a diet and you do not obey his instructions, then what will be your fate? Who is to be held responsible? Who is to blame? I hope that every sincere man who does not want to escape his responsibility will admit that the patient is responsible, and the entire fault lies in him, and he alone is to blame, if he does not obey the doctor. In the same way in the case of a seeker, when we come to the Guru and when we enter the spiritual life and tell him, “Please show us the way to attain the goal of life”, and he says, “Be good”, and we continue to be bad, and he says, “Do good”, and we continue to do evil, in what way can the Guru help us? Swamiji does not confuse your mind with a whole lot of Sastras (scriptures). He gives in a very simple manner what all the scriptures of the world have given. He gives it in a very easy, simple, direct and practical form. Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate. And we want others to serve us! We want the spirit of service in everyone except ourselves. These are not fun. Man is Satchidananda in a sense and selfishness in fact.
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Japa is the best of all spiritual practices in this modern age. It
is the easiest too. The divine name alone will give you all success
and bestow on you the highest spiritual attainments.
The seeker after truth reaches the highest goal by japa or
recitation of the Lord’s name (or mantra) alone. This is a sure
medicine for the disease of birth and death. If you take to the
recitation of the divine name, all inauspiciousness will certainly
Smarana is remembrance of the Lord at all times. The mind does not
think of any object of the world. It is engrossed in thinking of the
glorious Lord alone. The mind meditates on the glories of the Lord
and forgets the body. Even japa is only remembrance of the Lord.
Ever remember the Lord. His divine name is the greatest treasure on
earth. It has got indescribable power of bestowing blessings upon
all who have faith. It is a good idea to recite the mantras at
In ordinary self consciousness there is duality between the
repetitioner and the name. It is discursive. It is within the fields
of ordinary experience. It is confined within the categories of the
mind, of limited conceptions. Ultimately the ordinary self
consciousness is elevated into a transcendental experience, into a
state of superconsciousness.
The repetitioner and the name become one. The eternally revealed
truth reveals itself to him and he realises his oneness with the
supreme. The sense of duality, the gulf of separateness between the
finite and the infinite is removed.
Spiritual life needs harmony in all parts of your being. Spiritual
truth can only be realised when the whole being is perfectly at ease
and in tune with the divine. Mantra (the name of God) has the power
to release cosmic and supracosmic consciousness. It bestows
illumination, freedom, supreme peace, eternal bliss and immortality.
From Nandhi, check out the excellent photographs by visiting the link.
Thiruvannamalai– The sacred mountain that is worshipped as Lord Siva in the element of fire. For many thousands of years, Sages have revered this mountain as the Lord who grants enlightenment, as the protector and as the giver of boons. Even today, there are many Sages who are in meditative contemplation for years together in and around this sacred mountain.
Ayya Vaikunthar Samadhi – This is a sacred photo that we were allowed to take inside the sanctum sanctorum!
Siddha Wilderness– These ancient spiritual centers resonate with the Siddha energy. Most of these wonderful places are in the forests on mountains of the western ghats (south India) where pure air, mountain streams, ayurvedic herbs and loud silence of solitude are the sacred elements that nourish the penance of Sages.
Feeding the hungry– This is the most noble act of giving that we as humans can offer one another! In the Siddha saying, it is, “It is the only pit of desire in human that can be filled”. Yet, the pangs of hunger is universal and many find it difficult to get that one meal a day.These photos celebrate the random kindness that generous beings came together to participate in- to feed stomachs!
The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. the reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.
God realization is nothing but the ability and expansiveness of the heart to love everything equally.
A truly spiritual person lives for the Truth, and breathes for Love.
Though the sun is thousands of miles away, still the lotus blooms. Distance is no barrier. Amma is with you always.
No matter what difficulties we have to face, we have should have the awareness that we are resting in God’s lap, and that we are safe in God’s hands.
The greatest tragedy in life is not death; the greatest tragedy takes place when our talents and capabilities are underutilized and allowed to rust while we are living.
Every moment of life is so utterly precious, such a rare opportunity. We should not waste it.
Suryanamaskara combines yogasanas and Pranayama. This is a package in itself for the sadhaks of Suryopasana. This is usually done both at sunrise and sunset, facing the Sun, after chanting the following verse:
“Hiranmayena patrena satyasyapihitam mukham
Tat twam pushan apavrunu satyadharmaya Drastay”(Isa.Up.15)
Like a lid to the vessel, O Sun, your Golden orb covers the entrance of truth. Kindly open the entrance, to lead me to truth.
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These are very interesting videos containing some valuable information from a renowned physicist and colleague of Dr Albert Einstein, and who wrote english translations of Upanisads. These videos contain talks between Jefferey Mishlove and Dean Brown.
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Lotus has a very spiritual significance in the Hindu religion. It is considered a very sacred flower, first among those fit to worship God. All the divine incarnations are represented to have lotus-like limbs. Patanjali, who is the master of a Philosophical system of Yoga says that the centers in our body represent lotus and the biggest lotus is found on the crown of the head – called the “Sahasrara Chakra” or the “Thousand-petalled Lotus”.When I was doing my modeling of the architecture of beta-cell network (beta-cells are insulin secreting cells in the pancreas), we came up with a new architecture of arranging them in the following pattern (see figure). This is called 3-D Hexagonal Closest Packing (3D HCP).