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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 04, 2017, 08:39:24 AM »
Japa Yoga

by Sri Chinmayananda, an excerpt from Tune in the Mind.


For Chinmayananda publications visit www.chinmayapublications.org

Japa is a very effective mental discipline for spiritual progress. In recent history there is the instance of the esteemed teacher of Sivaji, Samartha R?mad?s, who perfected himself through the japa yoga of the Sri Rama-mantra: ?Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama.? Bhagavan Yogesvara Krsna Himself says in the Git?: ?I am, among the yogas, the japa yoga.?
?How must I start?? To do japa is the way to perform the japa yoga. What happened to that holiday maker who waited on the sea-shore for the waves to subside so that he may take his bath comfortably? Don?t waste your time in vain on the shores of life; get into the ocean of this bliss and be refreshed.
Have a special room for your prayers; fix a charming picture of your heart?s Lord, at such a height from the floor that when you sit in front of it, the Lord?s feet shall be in level with your eyes. Spread a plain seat (?sana) in front of your ista, the Lord of your heart. Have a mala (rosary) of 108 beads. Now start the japa, behind closed doors please, to begin with. Sitting on the ?sana in any comfortable, legs-folded pose, in the beginning, gaze at the Lord?s beaming face, body, legs, feet. Now slowly raise the gaze up from feet, legs and body, to the face of the Lord. Close the eyes now; feel His presence within you and try to visualize the Lord exactly as in the picture. This visualization of the Lord should be done within you in your love-heart, which is exactly on the right side of the physical heart. This is the spiritual heart-centre where, if you meditate, your success is doubly assured. Feel feel His presence.
Now repeat your ista-mantra a few times, slowly, steadily with all the love you are capable of. This invokes the devotion (bhakti) in you to do japa most effectively. Take the mala,? search for the off-bead: this is called the Meru. Bring the tips of your ring-finger and thumb together, and let the mala be hung at this junction, repeat fervently your ista-mantra; at each repetition turn one bead with the middle-finger, always allowing the index finger to stand apart.
The index finger is considered to be an ?outcast? because of its language. This finger is generally used in pointing out the ?other?, in accusing ?another?, in threatening etc. Essentially the index finger is used to express duality and the other-ness of things and beings!

When you have thus repeated 108 times your chosen mantra, naturally, you will come back to the meru-bead: you have now done one mala. Now be careful: don?t cross the meru turn the mala in such a way that the 109th mantra is counted on the bead with which the 107th mantra was registered. Thereafter proceed in all sincerity and finish with your second mala of japa. Thus do 20 malas of japa twice a day? once in the morning and once in the evening.


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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 04, 2017, 07:45:10 AM »
"Life is short. Time is fleeting. The world is full of miseries. Cut the knot of Avidya and drink the Nirvanic bliss. That day on which you do not perform Japa is simply wasted. Those who simply eat, drink and sleep and do not perform Japa are horizontal beings only."

Swami Sivananda

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 29, 2017, 06:50:14 AM »
I saw this post on FB posted by a devotee of Bhagavan Ramana and Kanchi Acharya but this incident was pointed out by Sri Nochur in his talk  on Japa Yoga .

Why Meditate

*A devotee asked Ramana Maharishi:*
"Why do we need to meditate?
I can say that it is "my mind" - then should it not listen to me and meditate by itself when I tell it to?
Why does it keep running outside all the time?"
*Ramana Maharishi kept silent at that time.*
At about the same time, a squirrel had given birth in the ashram, and unfortunately a few days later the mother squirrel got eaten by a cat.
Ramana Maharishi took the job of taking care of the baby squirrels. He kept them inside a cage that was kept in the mediation hall.
After a few days when everyone was sitting in the meditation hall, the same cat came inside. It so happened that the baby squirrels rushed out of the cage at the same time.
Ramana Maharishi got up hurriedly, caught all the baby squirrels one by one and put them back in the cage, shut and locked the door firmly.
He then turned to the devotee who had asked the above question and calmly said - *"These poor little squirrels do not have the maturity to know the dangers of the outside world, that if it goes out, the cat will make a meal of them.
When they get that maturity, they will go hide inside, by themselves.
Until they get the maturity, we have to keep putting them inside.
It is the same thing with our mind. Our mind does not know that if it goes to the outside world, there is nothing but Suffering and Confusion. It keeps running out in ignorance and start Wandering aimlessly with no purpose & meaning.
When it gets the maturity, it will go inside by itself to seek Peace, to gain strength to Focus on Life to make it more purposeful and give Life more meaning.
Until then, it is our job to put it inside with effort - which we do in Meditation."

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:18:08 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:16:56 PM »
ANNAMALAI SWAMI ? FINAL TALKS
Question: It is difficult for me to stay focused on the
?I?-thought, especially when I am in the middle of worldly activities. Is it enough to be aware of awareness, of consciousness in general?
Annamalai Swami: If you are conscious of consciousness, there is no duality. Everything is included in consciousness.
Question: But is it enough to be aware of the awareness?
Annamalai Swami: You are repeating the question, so I will repeat the answer. If you remain in the state of consciousness,
there will be nothing apart from it. No problems, no misery, no
questions.
Question: Are you always in that state of consciousness? I find that when I am busy with activities, thoughts come up and I am no longer remembering myself. I am no longer focusing on
consciousness.
Annamalai Swami: I don't lose consciousness of the Self
because I don't get identified with the body and the mind. It is only in the state in which you identify with the body and the mind that problems arise.
In deep sleep we forget the body and the mind, but consciousness is still there. That same state is present now, while we are awake. If you give up all your ideas about separateness, that will be enough. When those ideas have gone you realize you are everything.
p. 20

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 27, 2017, 08:24:34 PM »
Life is a process of relationship. There is no life without relationship. This is a fact. You may be a hermit, you may be a monk, you may withdraw from all society, but you are related. As a human being, you cannot escape from being related. - J Krishnamurti

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 27, 2017, 08:13:59 PM »
Thanks Sri.Ravi for your inputs

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:41:23 PM »
SUTTAVIRU
37. What exists is the plenitude of object-free jnana, which shines as unconditioned reality. The world appears as an object that is grasped by your suttarivu. Like the erroneous perception of a person with jaundice who sees everything as yellow, this entire world is a deluded view consisting wholly of a mind that has defects such as ego, deceit, desire, and so on.
Suttarivu is a key word in Muruganar?s writings. Arivu means consciousness or true knowledge, and it is often used in Tamil as an equivalent of jnana. ?Suttu? means ?pointed at?. Arivu is the true consciousness, the true knowledge that is aware of nothing other than itself. However, when attention is externalized and ?pointed at? phenomena that are assumed to be external, the trinity of seer, seeking and seen arises. This creates the idea of an individual self who sees an external real world, and while this suttarivu process is functioning, the reality of the undivided Self is hidden.
The term suttarivu comes from Saiva Siddhanta philosophy, a subject Muruganar had a strong grounding in, but it does not appear in Vedanta. The word is generally translated as ?objectifying consciousness?, ?objectified consciousness?, ?objective knowledge? or ?relative knowledge?, but since these terms are a little abstract and do not fully convey this process whereby the externalizing of attention brings about duality, we have retained the Tamil word suttarivu in many of the verses.
[A note from the authors]
- GVK

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 24, 2017, 12:44:01 PM »
IVE IN THE UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU ARE THE REALITY
Q. How can one quicken this coming of realization?
A. As one strives to know the true ?I? the attachment to objects, the bad and degrading thoughts gradually drop off. The more one does not forget the Self, the more do elevating qualities become ours. Realization will come eventually.
Q. Why does an Upanishad say, ?He whom the Atman chooses, to him alone does It reveal Itself, not to others?? Does not this seem arbitrary?
A. No. It is correct. It chooses those only who devote themselves to It, who become Its devotees. It draws such devotees inwards to Itself. One must turn inward to find the Atman. He who thinks of It, It will draw to Itself.
All such thoughts as ?Attainment is hard? or ?Self-realization is far from me?, or ?I have got many difficulties to overcome to know the Reality?, should be given up, as they are obstacles; they are created by this false self, ego. They are untrue.
Do not doubt that you are the Reality; live in that understanding. Never question it by referring your realization of it to some future time. It is because people are victimized and hypnotized by such false thoughts that the Gita says that few out of millions realize the Self.
Conscious Immortality

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:31:58 AM »


DESTRUCTION OF VASANAS
The nature of thoughts that arise in the mind will be in accordance with the old vasanas.
Vasanas themselves are the mind. If there are no vasanas there is no mind. That which Is, is sat.
The disturbing agitation of mind that occurs when one attempts to get firmly established in sadhana is a normal occurrence that is prompted by the rising of vasanas.
If at that time you hold tightly to the power of the grace of the parasakti that has possessed you (the inner feeling for the ?I?-am) the vasanas that agitate your mind and distress you will be completely destroyed.
Unless the destruction of all vasanas is accomplished, it will not be possible even for Ishwara to bestow the state of liberation.
- Padamalai

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:27:14 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 14, 2017, 02:50:09 PM »
Plunge into Sadhana. Start it from today. Regular meditation alone will give you the actual realization of the Atman. Get up in the early morning and meditate. Withdraw the mind and the senses from the world. Direct the gaze within. Do Japa. Pray. There is a great spiritual power in the Lord's name. Have faith. Practise. You will yourself realize this. Be regular in your Japa. Meditation will come by itself. The Lord will lead you along the royal road to His lotus-feet. Cling to the divine name. It is the supreme saviour in this Kali Yuga (present age)~Swami Sivananda

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:45:20 PM »
Usually, we could not tell if Bhagavan was asleep or awake, though in reality he was always awake ? awake to the Self. How he managed to remain in that unbroken state of universal awareness and still functioned in a limited, physical form remains a mystery. We cannot understand that state. In spite of his exalted state, he interacted with us at our level. He took considerable interest in the functioning of the Ashram and the accommodation of visitors.
His actions were spontaneous and natural, and by watching him we learnt how to live in the world. His example was the greatest teaching, and his divine presence far out-weighted a lifetime of strenuous sadhana. Just to think of him or sit in his presence used to raise us to higher levels of blessedness.
He understood human frailty and was determined to teach us how to transcend it, not dwell upon it.
- Balarama Reddy, 'My Reminiscences'

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:18:36 PM »
Dear Orihih

One thing with doing Japa is that if done in excess without proper preparation of the mind( i.e there should be more sattva in the mind )  then you will get these sort of experiences .Doing normally one round of  Japa ( 108 beads ) in morning and one round in evening will not cause much mental disturbances but when suddenly you do in excess of Japa in one sitting then these sort of experiences are likely to happen as all the subconscious stuff will be ejected out .  In the Sivananda System of Yoga where I got trained they divided all forms of sadhana in tow types daily and intense and daily sadhana you do in your own house along with your other activities like attending to family , work etc etc but when it comes to doing Intense sadhana be it Japa , Pranayama , Hatha Yoga , Scriptural study , etc etc then they advise you to move to an ashram like environment  where the atmosphere is very conducive for doing intense sadhana and your whole body and mind in an ashram environment will be purified a lot and you will be able to carry on Intense sadhana more easily without these sort of distractions .Plus you need to have a proper mentor to guide you through this process . Many people end up in problems doing intense sadhana ( like Japa , Pranayama , Hatha Yoga etc etc ) on their own just by reading books .So my suggestion to you is to slow down your Japa sadhana for the time being ,watch the sensations and slowly keep building them up step by step .I do not know whether I have clarified your doubt but I wrote this based on my own experience and also from the guidance I got from the teachers at my Yoga Ashram .

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:09:38 PM »
Gayatri Japa

by Swami Sivananda ? In The divine Life Society

"Let us meditate on Isvara and His Glory who has created the Universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who is the remover of all sins and ignorance. May he enlighten our intellect. "
The aspirant prays to Mother Gayatri, "O Beloved Mother! At the present moment I have taken my body as the self owing to Avidya or ignorance, through my impure intellect. Give me a pure intellect which will enable me to know my real nature. Give me light and knowledge. "
This is the Brahma-Gayatri Mantra. Gayatri is the 'Blessed Mother' of Vedas. There is no milk superior to cow's milk. Even so there is no Mantra superior to Gayatri. As Omkara or Pranava is for Sannyasins, so is Gayatri for Brahmacharis and householders. The fruits that are attained by meditation on Omkara can be attained by meditation on Gayatri. The same goal that is reached by a Paramahamsa Sannyasin can be reached by a Brahmachari or a householder by meditating on Gayatri.
Get up at 4 a. m. in Brahmamuhurta and start Japa and meditation on Gayatri (Panchmukhi or five-faced Devi seated in lotus flower), sitting on Padmasana, Siddhasana or Virasana, facing North or East.
Burn incense in the room. In summer you can take a bath. In winter you can simply wash your face, hands and feet and do achamana only. Continue the Japa for two hours or more.
Have another sitting at night between 7 and 8 p. m. Constantly feel that you are receiving light, purity and wisdom from Gayatri. This is important. Keep the image of the Gayatri at the Trikuti, the space between the eye-brows by closing the eyes and concentrate there, or keep the image in the lotus of the heart and concentrate there.
You will have Darshan of Gayatri.
It is better if you do Japa of Gayatri 3000 to 4000 times daily. Your heart will be purified rapidly. If you are not able to do this number, you can do 1008 times daily. If you find it difficult to do this number also, do at least 108 times daily, 36 times at sunrise, 36 times at noon, 36 times at sunset.
There is special, mysterious spiritual force or wonderful magnetic power at Sandhi or junction of the time, sunrise and sunset. The mind will be elevated quickly. It will be filled with Sattva.
Concentration will come by itself without any effort at this time.
If you find it difficult to get up at Brahmamuhurta, get up before sunrise & Performa the Gayatri Mantra .
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