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Yoga Metaphysics – Summary of last 30 posts by title

Posts in Chronological Order

1. What is Yoga Metaphysics?

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/about/

2. Advaita Poem

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/advaita-poem/

3. Yoga of Vegetarianism, Smoking & Alcohol

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/policy-of-vegetarianism/

4. Vedic Astrology

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/jyotish-vedic-astrology/

5. Metaphysical Question of Identity

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/metaphsyical-question-of-identity-who-am-i/

6. Yoga Kundalini Chakrapedia Proposal

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/yoga-chakrapedia-for-the-yoga-world/

7. Chakrapedia picture

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/yoga-chakrapedia-portal-pics/

8. Vedanta Parallels in the Sciences – Medicine, Physics, Psychology, Philosophy

 https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/vedantic-parallels-for-medicine-physics-psychology-philosophy/

9. Research on the effect of Yoga on Cancer

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/effects-of-yoga-on-reducing-cancer/

10. Jesus Christ – the Yogi

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/jesus-christ-the-perfected-yogi/

11. Sex, Yoga, Tantra

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/eat-pray-love-the-way-to-sex-yoga-tantra/

12. Solar Yoga

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/solar-yoga-yoking-the-energy-of-the-sun/

13.  Mantra Yoga

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/mantra-yoga/

14. Physiotherapy, Surya Namaskar & Gayatri Mantra

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/physiotherapy-surya-namaskar-the-gayatri-mantra/

15. Metaphysics Club/Health Concept around the number 5

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/asana-yoga-ayurveda-health-abode-vastu-astrology-jyotish-advaita-self-knowledge/

16. Nakshatras, Vastu, Chakras & Sacred Geometry

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/vastu-the-connection-between-the-cosmic-nakshatras-sacred-geometry/

17. Sathya Sai Baba

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/bhagavan-sri-sathya-sai-baba-kali-yuga-purna-avatara/

18. Remedials & herbs

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/remedials-healing-the-yoga-of-herbs/

19. Shiva & Sivaratri

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/siva-the-ultimate-night-of-yoga/

20. Traveling in India

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/a-bit-bharat-indian-temples-of-cultural-india/

21. Advaita & Non-dualism

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/advaita-vedanta-the-philosophy-of-non-dualism/

22.  5 conceptual levels of relative thinking

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/fictitious-fact-or-farce-of-the-5-elemental-phenomena/

23. Meditation & the Master

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/meditation-master/

24.  Meditation links on the web

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/meditation-links-on-the-web/

25. Silence & Spiritual Seeking

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/silence-is-the-speech-of-the-spiritual-seeker-2/

26. Yoga Humour

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/a-collection-of-cracks-in-communication-light-relief-for-life-release/

27. Language -linguistics & Phonetics

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/language-linguistics-phonetics-sanskrit-mantras-metaphysics/

28.  Choosing our Yoga name

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/choosing-your-correct-sanskrit-spiritual-yoga-name/

29. Bija matras

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/sanskrit-bija-mantras-palate-planets-chakras/

30.  Summary of Yoga Metaphysics

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Sanskrit, Bija Mantras, Palate, Planets & Chakras

The previous post provided the 108 beeja mantras connected to the 27 Nakshatras with their 4 “padas”.

The “Bija” means “seed”, and is used in this context to indicate the seed sounds that generated the Universe in its manifold ways. 108 is the alpha (1) and omega (8) of numbers; revealing the infinite potentiality of consciousness that arose within the ellipsoid pattern of planetary motion and the shape of the milky way represented by the Nakshatras. Thus, the concept is that the Universe sprang up from the original “big bang”, or singularity of AUM, to expand and become the cosmic vibration, reverberating with primordial intelligence into 108 parts in time and space.

Of course, there is no proof for this other than the authority of Sages and God realised beings who shared this cosmological (metaphysical) science to help man live in harmony with the nature of things. Only a  practical experimentation with this “bija” mantric  knowledge, and a spirit of adventure and faith can prove its effectiveness as an integral practice to Yoga.

However, having studied the symbolic language of  Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), an interesting observation for me, with regards to the bija mantras of the Nakshatras, is that all the vowels are placed in Krittika and Rohini Nakshatra. In Vedic mythology & jyotish, Kritikka (Pleadies-Alcyone-Central Sun)) is considered the Nakshatra where the Moon was born, gets its exaltation, as well as the transition from the unmanifest potential of Aries into the manifest realm of Taurus (Rohini).

The birth of “Consciousness” is co-incidentally celebrated every “Karthikai Deepam” at Arunachala mountain, South India on a full Moon day when the Moon is in Kriticca Nakshatra to commemorate the appearance of “SiVa” or God as a pillar of Light. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karthikai_Deepam & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachala. Notably, Kritikka Nakshatras spans the end of Aries and beginning of Taurus.  Thus, it suggest to me that the vowels represent the primordial sounds that make consonants manifest.

Krittika Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd degrees Aries to 10 degrees Taurus)
A (as in ananda)
I (as in iridescent)
U (as in uvula)
E (as in egg)
Rohini Nakshatra (10 degrees Taurus to 23 & 1/3 Taurus)
O (as in odor)
Va (as in vanilla)
Vi (as in Vina)
Vo (as in vote)

This is followed by the sounds starting with master letters “V” and “K”, with “Ka” being the first consonant and vowel in the Sanskrit alphabet.

Mrigashira Nakshatra (23 & 1/3 Taurus to 6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini)
Ve (as in Veda)
Vo (as in votary)
Ka (as in Kanji)
Ke (as in Kenya)
Ardra Nakshatra (6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Gemini)
Ku (as in Kuwait)

Thus, all the letters that make up AUM are made up in these early 5 padas with the letter “M’ in the Nakshatra of Magha; the Nakshatra associated with death of the body.

Magha Nakshatra (0 degrees Leo to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Leo)
Ma (as in maya)
Mi (as in miracle)
Mu (as in mudra)
Me (as in megabyte)

Of course, the above examples are my speculation, conjecture or just plain co-incidence, but this post is a short one to provide some resources for researching into if there is any pattern in the possible connection between Nakshatra beeja mantras and commonly used beeja mantras,  such as those used in Tantra.

Most the downloadable Pdf links are of Dr David Frawley’s  work of making this ancient knowledge accessible and contemporary for a modern day Yogi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Frawley & http://www.vedanet.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20.  There are some useful links to learn the phonetics behind Sanskrit, followed by his books on Bija mantras. To make the connection of Bija sounds to Chakras, you will need to download and read the works yourself (or better still, buy the useful books). All in all, this is an extrememly subtle subject to cover and, I think it’s better I share the tools rather than make an inadequate intepretation on the subject.

Sanskrit Links

http://www.sanskritsounds.com/sanskrit/46/index.html

http://www.livingyourlight.com/media/downloads/SampleSanskritWebsiteManual.pdf

Bija mantras

http://www.vedanet.com/Mantra.pdf

http://www.astrojyoti.com/bijamantras.htm

Dr David Frawley’s Relevant Books

Mantra Yoga & Primal Sounds

http://books.google.com.np/books?id=a1An08EBHCgC&pg=PA148&lpg=PA148&dq=nakshatra+chart+bija+sounds&source=bl&ots=WW6nb9RoAE&sig=jVXqKexi7bzT836en1cUmNS84dw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Jg6tT__YCJGJrAeTzrX

Inner Tantric Yoga

http://www.scribd.com/doc/74630030/Inner-Tantric-Yoga

Palate & Planets

For more on the connection of planets to the different parts of the palate please refer to the link:-

http://sanjayprabhakaran.blogspot.in/2009/06/beeja-mantras.html

Jyotish Charts and the important to the 2nd House

In addition, you might want to study the concept of houses in Jyotish astrology through the works of Bepin Behari. He reveals through his esoteric books, how the there are 4 groupings of houses that help reveal how the cosmlogical influences transpose onto the  individual’s constitution. The houses that make up the Mysterious Depths (or churning of the cosmological ocean), such as the 2nd (speech), 6th (mother nature), 8th (kundalini and sexual energy) and 12th (the Bardo state) reveal hidden energies.  The 2nd house is expecially significant in this regard, revealing the potential energy endowed upon an individual at birth. An interesting study for those wanting to understand this inter-connection of Nakshatras to Jyotish to Ayurveda and Yoga, might be to consider the common occurrence of planets in  the 2nd house of many well known spiritual personages and analyse the expression of the planets in Nakshatras and their bija sounds?

2nd House placements of Spiritual Personages

For example, Vivekananda (Mercury), Ramakrishna (Venus), Aurobindo (Sun, Mercury & Venus), Ramana Maharishi (Mercury & Venus) & Sathya Sai Baba (Sun, Saturn, Venus).

What is another interesting observation for me, is that in Yogic physiology, the houses of the mysterious depth correlate to where Yogis apparently store there spiritual energy or “ojas” – 2nd (throat & eyes), 6th (hands and finger tips), 8th (regenerative system) & 12th (feets).

http://www.scribd.com/doc/46096246/Fundamentals-of-Vedic-Astro-by-Bepin-Bihari

In addition, studying Dr David Frawleys’ books on Ayurvedic Astrology can give further detail on how Jyotish, Ayurveda and Yoga are inter-connected.

Lastly, you can refer back to the earlier mantra yoga post again to observe the linguistic connection to the beeja namtras connected to the 7 chakras.

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/mantra-yoga/

In addition, for those interested in the connection of Taoist Yoga “bija” sounds to the 5 elements and the 5 organs, I recomend the simple introduction to it’s yogic practices in the book “Taosit Yoga & Chi Kung” by Yude Love. These sounds exhaled during specific physical exercises that are used to expel toxins and heat into the surrounding “fascia”, and are combined with (colour) visualisation techniques to direct Chi to the respective organs.

Organ = Sound = Element

Spleen/pancreas sound = “Wh-O-O-O-O-O” = Earth

Lung sound = “S-S-S-S-S-S” = Metal (air)

Heart sound = “H-A-W-W-W” = Fire

Liver sound = “S-H-H-H-H-H” = Wood (ether)

Kidney sound = “CHU-W-A-A-Y” = Water

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Choosing your correct Sanskrit (Spiritual) Yoga Name

Dear readers,

As promised the next few posts will provide some deeper information and links on the topic of mantras. Hopefully, the last post gave a basic framework to consider, for the purposes of further research and experimentation, the possible role of mantras in language.

I’d also like to add that beyond the simplistic, intellectual categorisation of language presented in the last post, it is already assumed in Yoga and Vedanta that the Spiritual Heart is the real source of the power behind the word and mantras; and that the seed of all mantras is the “I” within one’s own consciousness. Prayer and the reciprocal power of Grace to this consciousness as one’s most loving Self or God; immanent and transcendent; is ultimately more important by its integrating power of earnestness, or “Shradda”, than any mechanical repetition of words; whether using the metaphysically constructed sounds of mantras or not. Rather a heart full of devotion, or “bhakti shakti”, is the real “tantric” force that uses the means of mantra through the geometric vehicle of the yantric human body to effect a transformation on consciousness;  transmuting the 5 elemental gross material levels to become a micro-cosmic, etheric vessel for a fuller blown consciousness. Thus, the power of love with the power and understanding of the mantra is the ideal yogic mantra practice.

YOUR FIRST MANTRA?

So the question might be where does one start with practicing a mantra, which is the one to start experimenting with, and how do we find the mantra appropriate to us through which we can feel affinity and develop this love of oneself as consciousness.

After all, our first love is ourselves. Not simply as the body we have, but for the life and consciousness through which this love and life is experienced. We ultimately love others  for our self  in order to realise others as ourselves; when identity is experienced as pure  consciousness; a unity in the apparent diversity.

This love for oneself and identification of the appropriate mantra happens through the recognition and acceptance of higher attributes and archetypes within ourselves and our nature (or Prakriti), represented in Hinduism or other different mythological religions as cosmic forces, deities or Gods.

In Yoga, the man-tra is a sound vibration to help know and unlock these attributes. It harmonises the mind, or manas, with its inherent patterns of thought determined by ones constitutional nature or prakriti. This brings alignment, control, confidence and ultimately the development of the mind along its inherent strengths; ultimately leading towards its ripeness, introversion, mergence with, and expansion into a more universal consciousness. As mentioned in the earlier post,  this universal consciousness has been revealed through the deification of the milky way forces as the 27 Nakshatras or constellations.

So perhaps the most important thing for choosing your first mantra might be to identify your archetypical mantra based on your Jyotish chart and make this your yoga name based on the vibrational language of sanskrit! After all, it is your name that people call you by, and it is your name that without any practice on your part is going to be passively received through other people’s repetition and imbibded vibrationally to bring out the best in you and your individually unique yoga path and goals.

http://www.abc-of-meditation.com/forum/techniques-methods/primordial-sound-med.asp

http://yoganames.com/

DETERMINING YOUR YOGA NAME

So this post is about determining your Yoga Name. You can use these simple guidelines and adapt it here or there to find what suites you. You just need to make sure that you keep within the limits of some rules. These 3 basic rules are outlined below,  followed by relevant informational links, and clarified with an example – ie.  my name (JiVa Suren for Yoga Metaphysics) that I used for this blog .

Rule 1: First rule is to calculate your birth chart and determine which signs and stars your natal planet falls in. Notably, find the Nakshatra Pada (constellation) position of your natal Moon, Ascendant, Sun, Ascendant lord and Dasa Lord and extract the beeja mantras for these positions. Also read up about the Nakshatras to understand the powers and forces you are invoking by using the sounds related to it.

Rule 2: Find out your favorite deity (Ishta Devata) or attribute of any mythological figure you adore, considering the cosmic attributes it represents, and then choose one of its many names that fits with rule 1.

Rule 3: Work out the numerological value of the name according to Pythagorus numerology and determine whether the value of the name (including vowels and consonants) harmonises with your intention (ie. the above 2 points).  Note that I find that the Pythagorus system is usually one of the easiest systems for an English phonetic translation of the value of a letter, but of course, sometimes conflicts arise to do with subtle phonetic variations between Sanskrit and English.

Also remember to keep it simple to start with; as the more options you bring in the harder it is going to be to find a harmonious name on all 3 levels or rules. Of course, different adaptations of the name can be used for fulfilling different purposes. ie. I used Jiva Suren for the purpose of this blog.

Here are the links for the relevant information for the 3 rules to get yourself grounded with (followed by an example at the bottom):-

RULE 1: Information on Nakshtras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshatra)

Link to a simple , on line, Vedic Astrology program to determine your basic vedic (sidereal) planetary positions:-

http://www.cyberastro.com/ (FREE VEDIC CHART CALCULATOR – simple)

Links to learn more about the forces that the 27 Nakshatras represent and invoke through their respective sounds:-

http://www.vedanet.com/component/content/article/8-vedic-astrology/32-fruits-of-worshipping-each-nakshatra

http://www.vedanet.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3

http://bharatiyajyotishmantrasaadhana.blogspot.com/2010/06/nakshatras-27-lunar-mansions-of-vedic.html

THE 108 NAKSHATRA PADA BEEJA MANTRAS (27 x 4)

Note that each Nakshatra star (constellational band) spreads for 13 1/3 degrees. Within each Nakshatra there are 4 sub parts called “padas” which cover 3 1/3 degrees.  Within the 360 degree milky way band of stars, there are a total of 27 nakshatras, each with 4 parts. Therefore, in total there are 108 parts or padas, each with a respective beeja mantra sound. Below is the sequence of the 108 beeja sounds. By finding the degree of your planets and Ascendants in the Vedic chart, you can determine which Pada and beeja sound they correspond to:-

Ashvini Nakshatra (0 degrees Aries to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries)
Chu (as in Fu-Manchu) – 0 degrees Aries to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Aries
Che (as in chase) – 3 & 1/3rd degrees Aries to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aries
Cho (as in choke) – 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aries to 10 degrees Aries
La (as in lava) – 10 degrees Aries to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries … etc..
Bharani Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries to 26 & 2/3rd degrees Aries)
Li (as in lilt)
Lu (as in lute)
Le as in leg)
Lo (as in local)
Krittika Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd degrees Aries to 10 degrees Taurus)
A (as in ananda)
I (as in iridescent)
U (as in uvula)
E (as in egg)
Rohini Nakshatra (10 degrees Taurus to 23 & 1/3 Taurus)
O (as in odor)
Va (as in vanilla)
Vi (as in Vina)
Vo (as in vote)
Mrigashira Nakshatra (23 & 1/3 Taurus to 6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini)
Ve (as in Veda)
Vo (as in votary)
Ka (as in Kanji)
Ke (as in Kenya)
Ardra Nakshatra (6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Gemini)
Ku (as in Kuwait)
Gha (as in Ghana)
Ng (pronounced “ng”)
Chha (as in Churchill)
Punarvasu Nakshatra (20 degrees Gemini to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Cancer)
Ke (as in Kenya)
Ko (as in kodiac)
Ha (as in hardy)
Hi (as in hither)
Pushya Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Cancer to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Cancer)
Hu (as in hurrah)
He (as in heyday)
Ho (as in homogenous)
Da (no English equiv.)
Ashlesha Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Cancer to 0 degrees Leo)
Di (no English equiv.)
Du (no English equiv.)
De (no English equiv.)
Do (no English equiv.)
Magha Nakshatra (0 degrees Leo to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Leo)
Ma (as in maya)
Mi (as in miracle)
Mu (as in mudra)
Me (as in megabyte)
Purvaphalguni Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd Leo to 26 & 2/3rd Leo)
Mo (as in motion)
Ta (no English equiv.)
Ti (no English equiv.)
Tu (no English equiv.)
Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd Leo to 10 degrees Virgo)
Te (no English equiv.)
To (no English equiv.)
Pa (no English equiv.)
Pi (no English equiv.)
Hasta Nakshatra (10 degrees Virgo to 23 & 1/3rd Virgo)
Pu (as in purusha)
Sha (as in shanti)
Na (no English equiv.)
Tha (no English equiv.)
Chitra Nakshatra (23 & 1/3rd Virgo to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Libra)
Pe (as in Peru)
Po (as in pole)
Ra (as in Rama)
Ri (as in Rio de Janeiro)
Svati Nakshatra (6 & 2/3rd Libra to 20 degrees Libra)
Ru (as in rumor)
Re (as in regulate)
Ra (as in Rama)
Ta (as in Tahiti)
Vishakha Nakshatra (20 degrees Libra to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Scorpio)
Ti (as in East Timor
Tu (as in tune)
Te (as in terrace)
To (as in total)
Anuradha Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Scorpio to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Scorpio)
Na (as in Nagasaki)
Ni (as in Nicaragua)
Nu (as in numeral)
Ne (as in Nepal)
Jyeshta Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Scorpio to 0 degrees Sagittarius)
No (as in noble)
Ya (as in Yama)
Yi (as in yield)
Yu (as in Yukon)
Mula Nakshatra (0 degree Sagittarius to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Sagittarius)
Ye (as in Yemen)
Yo (as in yo-yo)
Ba (as in ball)
Bi (as in Bini)
Purvashadha Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd Sagittarius degrees to 26 & 2/3rd degrees Sagittarius)
Bu (as in Buddha)
Dha (as in dharma)
Bha (as in bhakti)
Dha (no English equiv.)
Uttarashadha Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd degrees Sagittarius to 10 degrees Capricorn)
Be (as in beta)
Bo (as in Bohemian)
Ja (as in jar)
Ji (as in jiva) – also called Abhijit Nakshatra (making 28 Nakshatras in some systems)
Shravana Nakshatra (10 degrees Capricorn to 23 & 1/3rd Capricorn)
Ju (as in Jupiter)
Je (ay as in hay)
Jo (as in joke)
Gha (as in Ghana)
Dhanishta Nakshatra (23 & 1/3rd degrees Capricorn to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aquarius)
Ga (as in garden)
Gi (ee as in keep)
Gu (as in guru)
Ge (as in Gestault)
Shatabhisha Nakshatra (6 & 2/3rd degrees Aquarius to 20 degrees Aquarius)
Go (as in go)
Sa (as in Sahara)
Si (as in Sita)
Su (as in Surya)
Purvabhadhrapada Nakshatra (20 degrees Aquarius to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Pisces)
Se (as in Seoul)
So (as in sonar)
Da (as in Dante)
Di (as in dipa)
Uttarabhadhrapada Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Pisces to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Pisces)
Du (as in duty)
Tha (as in Thar Desert)
JNa (as in Jnana)
Da (as in Tahiti)
Revati Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Pisces to 0 degrees Aries)
De (as in deva)
Do (as in donut)
Cha (as in chakra)
Chi (as in chief)

RULE 2 – Some example links for finding your archetype, mythological figure, or deity that you adore:-

http://www.ocoy.org/2008/06/how-to-choose-your-spiritual-name/

http://www.constellationsofwords.com/

http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/mythology

RULE 3 – Some example links to learning Pythagorus numerology:-

http://www.numerologyarts.com/free_numerology/ (free numerology calculator)

http://www.decoz.com/DoReading_numerology.htm

http://www.numerology.com/

In summary, pythagorus numerology is used for the 26 letter alphabet with each letter given a numerological value between 1 to 9.

The value is sequential – ie. letters “a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i” corresponds to 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. This repeats itself with letters running from “j to r” (1 to 9 again). The last (3rd) sequence runs from letters “s to z” (1 to 8), making the 26 letters in total.

Thus, each letter has a value between 1 to 9.

To find the value of any name, just add up the value of the letters that make up the name and reduce the compound number to a single digit. This becomes the numerological value of the name.

In addition, sub values of the names can be worked out by adding up, separately, the value of the vowel and consonants making up the same name. This reveal added information on the name:-

Vowel number = the heart (soul intention) of the name

Consonants number =  the outer persona of the name.

Lastly, the numbers/letters  can be arranged into groups to determine how they are operating on physical, emotional, mental and intuitive levels.

And, it should be noted that the first two letters; the first consonant and vowel (as revealed by Rule 1 on Nakshatras); are vitally important in forming the “cornerstone” of the name.

It is probably easier if I clarify the above 3 rules by using an example.

MY EXAMPLE using the name JiVa Suren

Firstly, I will go through why I chose this name as my blog name using the 3 rules; based on i) my natal positions ii) the Sanskrit related meaning iii) the numerological value.

Note that it is not my yoga name as I am a Hindu by birth, and was already given a name based on my Jyotish chart. However, you can apply the same rules for finding your yoga name, business name or any name your want to serve your purpose or goals.

Rule 1 for JiVa Suren (remember to use the astro software link to calculate your positions)

http://www.cyberastro.com/

Using my natal chart I will explain why I chose the 2 names JiVa & Suren:-

Su-ren

According to my Jyotish natal astrological chart, my Moon is in Aquarius 16 degrees. By checking the Nakshatra Pada list above, you will find that the first 2 letters for this star is “Su”. In addition, my natal Ascendant lord Venus (for Taurus) is with Jupiter in the 2nd Pada of Swati Nakshatra with the beeja mantra “re”. Therefore, I have kept the name Suren; which is actually a shortened version of my actual name Surendra.

Ji-Va

Secondly, I chose the name “JiVa” because it is the name of my company “JiVa 5 Lotus – the Metaphysical House”. But, more significantly, it has the letters “Ji” and “Va”. The sound “Va” is related to my Ascendant in Taurus, Rohini Nakshatra. However, it is one pada off to be exact; it should be the 3rd pada sound “Vi”.  But, I decided that the word JiVa has the “Vi” sound in reverse anyway, and therefore, still has influence on the Ascendant and the Nakshatra, Rohini, that covers the Ascendant.

The bija sound “Ji” on the other hand is not related to my natal positions, but falls in a special Nakshatra called Abhijit, and is related to the Godhead in Hinduism as well as grants the power of victory!

So, the words “JiVa Suren” seemed like a lucky name, and by having the Ascendant’s beeja sound added to the name, Suren, fortifies the personality (ie. Ascendant).

Lastly, you can look up the powers or “shaktis” related to the  Nakshtras:- Satabishaj – Moon (healing), Swati – Venus & Jupiter(scattering), Rohini – Ascendant (growth) and Abhijt (victory) http://www.vedanet.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3

Rule 2 for JiVa Suren

The Name JiVa Suren was chosen because the word “JiVa” means Soul, and “Suren”, which can be derived from the sanskrit word “Sura”  means  good, noble,  divine, spiritual liquor! Food of the Gods! ie. the desire to share knowledge that heals the Soul.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surena (Greek or Latin form of Suren)

Rule 3 for JiVa Suren – numerology of the name

1    22/4 (5)        +    1  9  5 (6)      =  5 + 6 = 11   (Consonants)

J i V a (33/6)    +    S u r e n (5)  = 6 + 5 = 11

9     1  (1)            +       3   5  (8)      = 1 + 8 = 9 (Vowels)

The name JiVa Suren adds up to 11 in numerology which is a very good number for inspiration and sharing knowledge.

Thus, the 3 rules are quite well co-ordinated to create a name that fulfills the purpose of the blog – to share metaphysical knowledge about Yoga.

Ok, hope this is enough information to get you intigued and started in finding yourself a suitiable Yoga name. I will touch the post up over the next few days to make it a little clearer with a couple more examples.

Good luck

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Language, Linguistics, Phonetics, Sanskrit, Mantras & Metaphysics

The next post will be on the metaphysics of sound, space and speech, again in the context of yoga practice. Due to some readers requests, it hopes to provide an elaboration on the earlier post; Mantra Yoga https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/mantra-yoga/

A comparison will be made against metaphysics of mantras, palatal sounds, chakras and the  Nakshatras, leading to a consideration of Sanskrit against western philosophical concepts of language (linguistics & phonetics).

To serve this purpose,  here are some relevant wiki links to familiarise oneself with western concepts of language, before considering the role and use of mantras and Sanskrit in Yoga.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Philosophy_of_language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonetics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit

In addition, below is my attempt at a simple categorization of language to help transition from western models to the metaphysical assumptions of Sanskrit; as usual compartmentalized into the JiVa 5 levels!

I am really not qualified to write on these matters, but decided to share my thoughts with the intention of instigating a forum for further inquiry for those Yoga practitioners interested in making a deeper research into connecting the dots.

5 LEVELS OF LANGUAGE

i) Objects => create  language (ie. considering environmental conditioning, and neuro-development leading to perception and thought)

ii) Language => creates objects (ie. the other side of the same coin – language; linguistically, and perhaps metaphysically, influences and determines perception of objects and the world;  incl. mental construct – Chomsky)

iii) Logical Positivists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_positivism) =>

The linguistic connection between language and objects.

“mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs” and deductions of  Epistemology & Analytical Philosophy – ie. Russel.

The positivists adopted the principle of verificationism, according to which every meaningful statement is either analytic or is capable of being verified by experience.  This is the doctrine that a proposition is “cognitively meaningful” only if there is a finite procedure for conclusively determining its truth. This caused the logical positivists to reject many traditional problems of philosophy, especially those of metaphysics and oncology as meaningless (wiki)

iv) Language games of Wittengstein => contextual – all language is a language game depending on the context and rules of the game.  (the rejection of metaphysics not as wrong but as having no meaning; the idea that all knowledge should be codifiable by a single standard language of science; and above all,  ordinary-language concepts were gradually to be replaced by more precise equivalents in that standard language – wiki).

v) Metaphysical Language  -  Sanskrit  (and approximations) – visual & auditory

The concept that both points (i & ii), language and objects (including the so-called subject), are inter-dependent on a foundational matrix of consciousness (AUM), and that all adaptations to these (including iii & iv) are still modifications and  “rarefactions” of  the metaphysical phonetics of Sanskrit (or vibration) through the evolution and interdependence of “pun” (dependent on construct) and “play” (language games in context)

Subjective  “mental constructs” are part of the intelligence of language (linguistics) and sound (phonetics) that modifies the general matrix effect of language on the mind and perception.

ie. mental constructs and language games are reflections of each other; metaphor (subjective) and mirror (objective) on the basis of the metaphysics consciousness.

Some languages are more auditory, associative, abstract and indirect in their adaptation (such as puns used in western languages such as English), whilst others are more visual, concrete and direct representations of objects (such as the characters used in Chinese languages to represent nature), but that sound, intonation and tone are metaphysically and mathematically based on ether, with everything being a vibrational resonance and frequency ramification of  silent cosmic “hum” AUM.

Thus, evolution and differences between languages includes the effects of the environment (100th monkey syndrome with quantum effects) and neuro-physiological development of the brain’s plasticity (adaptation of the brains’ neural wiring as an electromagnetic and mathematical filtering system, ie. to sound). But, also, from a metaphysical point of view, includes the assumption that thoughts, words and things (including the subject) are one entity in consciousness. And thoughts, however they are constructed or used, reflect vibrational “things”, and there is a “quantum” law of attraction, as well as a law of  integrity (unity of thought,word and heart) and purity of intention (electro-magnetic “will power” for desire to operate on more personal to Universal levels and laws).

Thus, from the holistic assumptions that Yoga physiology and philosophy, both objective and subjective changes and variations between languages have qualitative effects on consciousness and nature.

So to some extent, races, diets, languages etc.. modify human intelligence to represent aspects of humanity – providing “unity in diversity” to the phenomenal world; but that these are still contingent within a metaphysical reality – specifics contrasted against generalities that gives the world “shape” and relative reality.

Therefore, my suggestion, is that, to some extent (as a variable of influence), the Chinese language by it’s construct and use promotes a more mathematical, concrete and pragmatic  intelligence, whereas Latin based languages are more conducive to the neuro-development of a more abstract intelligence.

However, in today’s age of globalisation and technology, multi-dimensional intelligences are synthesising intelligences along their inherent strengths.

Also, possibly, the spread of the Vedas, as a metaphysical bridge for linguistics and phonetics is helping this integration to take place – the metaphysical apex of the triangle for a simple model of language; with the visual characters of Mandarin on the left side (of the brain) and the auditory associative words of most other languages on the right (of the brain).

Note that the functional map of the brain, with its geometry, also has yogic chakra correspondences; ie. the 1008 petalled lotus with petals corresponding to aspects of the body and macrocosm of the Universe. Accordingly, in Yogic philosophy, anyone can develop related powers, practical and cosmic, by concentrating on an area of the brain. In addition, it incorporates that each person’s prakriti or constitution also predisposes them to be more developed in certain areas, or parts of the brain – again validating the yogic understanding of unity in diversity of nature and dharma.

Whatever the differences, it may be considered that Yoga and the spiritual search, through the mind’s seeking  and apparent knowledge, is a return to the ever-present Universal Silent Self  beyond language, definitions and the dichotomies it creates.

However, before ripening to this experience, most teachings emphasis a need for integration of thought, word and deed before the self-deception of the self-concept can be discarded.

By the practice of  mantra, meditation and inner silence clears the air, so to speak, and allows the reflection of the natural state of Being to reveal itself to itself. And no amount of intellectualisation can do this. From a spiritual point of view, the intellect’s sole purpose is to recognise the false (world phenomena) as false (changing), clearing the habit of doubts and thoughts for the revelation of Being to be experienced by intuition.

Anyway, not to detract from the purpose of this post, the proposition of the above is that the Sanskrit language and its construct is gramatically, linguistically  and phonetically formulated by sages and seers to better attune the mind to natural law, intuitive experience, and one’s natural state; relatively as a unique vibration or “wave” in the “Whole” of Consciousness, and absolutely through  experiencing the cosmic vibration AUM.  Ultimately, all matter vibrates in space, and can be made to resonate within or without the body and mind via the power of mantric  speech throughout the medium of ether.

This is why Yoga practice is often co-ordinated with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Ayurveda. On a relative level, the person’s name is determined through Jyotish (or vedic astrology) to harmonise with his Prakriti (constitution). From the position of the natal Moon and Ascendant in one of the 108 padas (parts) of the 27 Nakshatras (milky way constellations), the first consonant and vowel of the child’s name is chosen to harmonise his relative nature (body-mind complex) with his role in Consciousness. Thus, according to the Bhagavad Gita, through living in harmony with his “Swa dharma” or relative nature, the soul can achieve union or “yoga” with the Universal (Aum).

More on the different beeja and Nakshatra pada mantras will be presented in the next post. I guess this might be interesting for those of you interested in adopting a spiritual, Sanskrit  yoga name too!

In  addition, we will take a look at the different palatal (oral anatomical) sounds and their relationship to planets and chakras (petals), as well as a simple presentation of the 5 Taoist sounds for the 5 elements and 5 organs of Chinese medicine will be made.

Also, note that this blogs co-ordination of points around the number 5 will also entertain, in future posts,  the concept of “unity in diversity”, of specifics among generalities, by considering variations between man (the pentagram) and nature (the fibonacci number). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNQk_GJuZQo&feature=related (Golden Ratio in Human Body) & http://quietube2.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9MwNm0gXd8&fe (fibonacci number in nature)

It will suggest that metaphysics is the key to unite science with consciousness, and that  subjects like sacred geometry and divination (physiognomy, phrenology, face reading, body language, body reading, ayuveda, jyotish etc) will all become accepted as common knowledge through advances in computation, research correlations, and  patterns detected in nature. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AZe9g2Huz0&feature=related (the human face – beauty) & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cbAjK5kpmA&feature=related (How to read faces & personalities)

Notably, a comparative  study of the effect of sound, mantras and music on the areas of the brain should be made as well as any anatomical variations between people and races.  Perhaps, an understanding of yogic physiology and possible correspondences to beeja sounds could also be included in the study.

In this regard, an interesting documentary “my music brain” by BBC is worth watching . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM8LMOqOw9Q

You can also visit the link to read a suggestion of how a metaphysical school could be developed to share such knowledge.

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/swamis-metaphysical-school-mysore.html

Lastly, excuse my English and spelling mistakes. I am just a leisurely blogger after all!

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A collection of “cracks” in communication – Light relief for Life release

Links to Funny Sites

(to be continually updated)

FACEBOOK Links

Now-Thats-Funny-Shit

Laugh-Its-Free

Inspirationalmotivational-and-funny-quotes-from-Kimberlys-Korner

Grandmas-Laughs-Tid-Bits

townhalljack – Joles, Funny, laughs and Quotes

HealingThroughLaughter

Chuckles.013

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Silence is the Speech of the Spiritual Seeker

“The first step in  Sadhana (spiritual practice) is the cleansing of the speech” & “God’s Presence is felt in Silence” – Sathya Sai Baba

Dear readers,

After the post on meditation, this seems like an appropriate place to BRIEFLY introduce the concept and practice of “silence” in yoga and spirituality. The final destination of “meditation”  is the state of  “Samadhi” or  Supreme Peace of Realisation. This Absolute, irrevocable peace is also called Mukti (liberation) or Mouna (supreme Silence) in Advaita Vedanta.

“Silence is golden”, but for the purposes of disambiguation, I thought to share the definition of  silence on 3 levels; with the final 3rd state of Silence, called “Mouna”, being preceded by 2 relative levels: Please read the the links for more information.

3 Levels of Speech

i) Vocal words => ii) Psychological mind/mental thoughts => iii) Spiritual heart

Physical silence => Mental silence => Spiritual Silence (Mouna of Supreme Silence)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence

http://www.saidarshan.org/baba/docs/silence.html

http://www.puresilence.org/

The double function of the tongue – speech & food - You are what you eat and the company you keep!

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/tongue-palate-speech.html

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/communication.html

Cycle of Silence, Sense Control  &  Satsanga - “Tell me your company & I will tell you who you are”

Food & words influences the mind, which in turn influences the sight/perception/objects seen, which in turn influences  the quality of vocal, mental & ultimately spiritual speech; as well as the level of  company with “Sat”, Reality or one’s Being.

“A pure heart is the inner purpose of all (sadhana) discipline” – Sathya Sai Baba

Primary Yogic Discipline

To control the tongue and transform the mind through Satwic food & Mantric (controlled) speech

(ie. discrimination of speech, clarification of mind, silence of the heart – not neccessarily, or simply vocal silence)

The above is just a introduction and preparation for the next post, which will hopefully be more interesting!

So, for now, below are some quotations, slogans and pictures on speech & silence

SILENCE & SPEECH

206silenceofthesoulcr-pcss-101228091321-phpapp02 (Neale Donald Walsch)

Desiderata (something desired as essential) by Max Ehrmann

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in SILENCE.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle to yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars and you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.”

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

WATCH OR WITNESS your Self

W – Watch your Words

A – Watch your Actions

T – Watch your Thoughts

C – Watch your Character

H – Watch your Heart

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Meditation Links on the Web

Meditate and become a..!

This is a post “archive” for related links, sites, You Tube videos, Scrib downloads, and book listings on the topic of meditation.

The archive will  be compartmentalized into the 5 categories (as explained in the previous post on meditation), and continually uploaded with relevant links:-

5 levels of MEDITATION

(i) Passive meditations (So-hum) – ie. following the natural breath (eg. Vipassana)

(ii) Dynamic  meditation with mind & concentration  (Jyotish-Light) – ie. mental concentration, visualization, prayer, purification (eg. Jyotish light visualisation)

(iii) Yoga of breath control & mantras (Retention) – controlling the breath and stilling thoughts (eg. Kriya & Mantra Yoga)

(iv) Inquiry based (Who am I? via Neti Neti – eg. I am not body, mind or intellect or bliss) – eg. Who am I? & introverting mind into the Heart

(v) Abidance as THAT (from effort to the matured, pure understanding and spontaneous transcendence)

What is Meditation?

Below are  some introductory links and you tube videos on the subject of mediation, followed by the 5 category archive.

Wikipedia Definition of Meditation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation

Can group meditation help?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPCVzminCFY&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rantteBSM

How to Meditate?

YOU TUBE

Spiritual Reality Power of Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWttCv0p6WQ&feature=related

Guided videos 1-5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0rSmxsVHPE

One moment mediation (smiling meditation!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8&feature=share

Bliss coded sound meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_a-Yh5FTaE&feature=related

Meditation music

http://www.rootlight.com/free-meditation-music-healing-the-healer.htm

Meditation 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DrNQJt43rA&feature=share

Kundalini Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JYueTqWmyo&feature=related

Chakra Cleansing Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGmQI6k_g4M&feature=related

SOME WEB SITES

http://www.buddhanet.net/l_med.htm

http://www.yoga-mind-control.com/indian-masters-on-meditation.html (India)

http://www.artofliving.org/meditation (Art of Living – India)

http://www.tm.org/ (Transcendental Meditation Group – Maharishi Yogi)

http://www.how-to-meditate.org/ (Buddhist)

http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 (Mindful meditation)

http://www.meditationcenter.com/ (General)

http://www.meditationsociety.com/links.html

http://www.project-meditation.org/

http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/

http://www.meditationsociety.com/ (USA)

OTHERS

http://www.freemeditations.com/related_sites.html, http://www.noetic.org/meditation-bibliography/meditation-links/,

http://www.spiritualguidedmeditation.com/http://www.meditationhome.com/,

http://www.mastermeditation.com/http://www.learningmeditation.com/,

http://www.best-healing-meditation-online.com/

ARCHIVE ON MEDITATION TECHNIQUES (to be uploaded)

(i) Passive meditations

Vipassana – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81 & http://www.vipassanadhura.com/howto.htm & http://www.dhamma.org/

QUOTATION by Sai Baba: “With each breath, you are averring Soham (That I am). Not only you, every being avers it. It is a fact which you have ignored so long. Believe it now. When you watch your breath and meditate on that grand truth, slowly the “I” and “That” will merge and Soham will be transformed into OM. the primal sound (Pranava) which the Vedas proclaim as the symbol of Nirakara Parabrahman (Formless Supreme Reality). That Om is Swaswarupa (your own natural state) – the Reality behind all this relative unreality.

So-Hum – http://www.scribd.com/doc/50021035/24/So-Hum-Mantra-Meditation

(ii) Dynamic meditation

Visualisation techniques - www.phylliskrystal.com

http://www.soulfulliving.com/creative_visualization.htm, http://www.aplacefortheheart.co.uk/frame.php?sp=/meditations/onlinemeditations.htm

Chakra Meditation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WRvnwsOuhA

3rd eye meditation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1t6NCeC8_M&feature=share (St Germain 7th Ray)

Inner Smile Meditation (Tao) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7jXd6Qt1DM&feature=related

JYOTISH LIGHT MEDITATION (in book Dhyana Vahini by Sai Baba) – QUOTATION by Sai Baba (Mediation on Light or Jyotish)

“As regards the technique of Dhyana (meditation), different teachers and trainers give different forms of advice. But I shall give you now the most universal and the most effective form of mediation. This is the first step in spiritual discipline. Set aside for this at first a few minutes everyday and later go on extending the time as and when you feel the bliss that you shall get. Let it be in the hours before dawn. This is preferable, because the body is refreshed after sleep and teh peregrinations of daytime will not yet have impinged on you.

Have a lamp or a candle with a steady and straight flame before you. Sit in Padamsa (lotus posture) or any other comfortable posture in front of the candle. Look at the flame steadily for some time and, closing your eyes, try to feel the flame inside you, between the eyebrows. Let i slide down into the lotus of your heart, illumining the path. When it enters the heart, imagine that the petals of the lotus opens out one by one, bathing every thought, feeling and emotion in light, and so removing darkness from them. There is no space for darkness to hide. The light of the flame becomes wider and brighter. Let it pervade all your limbs. Now those limbs can no longer indulge in dark, suspicious and wicked activities; they have become instruments of light and love. As the light reaches up to the tongue, falsehood vanishes from it. Let it rise up to the eyes and the ears and destroy all the dark desires that infest them and lead you to perverse sights and puerile conversation.

Let your head be surcharged with light and all wicked thoughts flee therefrom. Imagine that the light is shining in you more and more intensely. Let it shine all around you and let it spread from you, in ever widening circles, taking in your loved ones, your kith and kin, your friends and companions, your enemies and rivals, strangers, all living beings, the entire world.

Since the light illumine all your senses everyday deeply and systematically, a time will come when you can no longer relish dark and evil sights, yearn for dark and sinister tales, crave for base, harmful, deadening toxic food and drink, handle dirty demeaning things, approach places of ill-fame and injury or frame evil designs against anyone at any time. Stay on inn that thrill of witnessing the Light everywhere. If you are adoring God in any form now, try to visualise that form in the all-pervasive Light. For Light is God, god is Light.

Practice this mediation regularly everyday as I have advised. At other times, repeat the Name of god (any Name fragrant with any of His many majesties), always taking care to be conscious of His might, mercy and munificence.

Do no get discouraged if you are not able to concentrate long from the very beginning. When you learn to ride a bicycle, you do not learn the art of balancing immediately. You push the cycle along to an open field and hop and skip, learning now to one side and now to another. You even fall with the cycle upon you on many an attempt before you are able to ride with skill and to never more worry about the balance. Then automatically you are able to make necessary adjustments to correct the balance. After getting this skilled, you can ride through narrow streets and lanes and do not need an open field. You can negotiate your vehicle through most crowded thoroughfares. So, too, practice will equip you with the concentration that will sustain you in the densest surroundings and the most difficult situations. Hence, do not get up suddenly and start moving about, resuming your avocations. Loosen the limbs slowly, deliberately, before you enter upon your usual duties.”

ANOTHER QUOTE BY SAI BABA:-

“You sit in Meditation for 10 minutes after the evening bhajan session; so far so good. But, let me ask, when you rise after the 10 minutes and move about, do you see everyone in a clearer light as endowed with Divinity? If not, Meditation is a waste of time. Do you love more, do you talk less, do you serve others more earnestly? These are the signs of success in Mediation. Your progress must be authenticated by your character and behaviour. Meditation must transmute your attitude towards beings and things, else it is a hoax. Even a boulder will, through the action of the Sun and rain, heat and cold, disintegrate into mud and become food for the tree. Even the hardest heart can be softened so that the Divine can sprout therein.”

(iii) Yoga of breath control or mantras (Kriyas)

Kriya – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavatar_Babaji

Mantra – http://www.scribd.com/doc/42220663/Mantra

(iv) Inquiry based – contemplation

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.”- Bhagavad Gita

(v) Peaceful Abidance as THAT – samadhi

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON MEDITATION:-

The YOGA OF MEDITATION - Chapter VI from the Bhagvad Gita – Song of God

(from the http://www.sriramakrishna.org/welcome.html) – dialogue between the Lord Krishna & His disciple Arjuna

Sri Krishna to Arjuna:

He who does the task dictated by duty, Caring nothing for the fruits of the action, He is the Yogi, A true sannyasin (monk Yogi).

But he who follows his vow to the letter by mere refraining:

Ligting no fire at the ritual offering, Making excuse for avoidance of labour, He is no Yogi, No true sannyasin.

For he must understand that what has been called yoga is really sannyasa, since nobody can practice yoga of action who is anxious about his future, or the results of his actions.

Let him, who would climb in meditation to heights of the highest Union with Brahman, take for his path the Yoga of action:

For when he nears that height of oneness, his acts will fall from him, his path will be tranquil.

For when a man loses attachment to sense objects and action, when he renounces lustful activity and anxious lusts, then he is said to have climbed to the height of union with Brahman.

What is a man’s will, And how shall he use it?

Let him put forth its power to uncover the Atman (True Self), Not hide the Atman:

Man’s will is the only friend of the Atman:

He is also the Atman’s enemy.

For when a man is self-controlled, his will is the Atman’s friend. But the will of an uncontrolled man is hostile to the Atman, like an enemy.

That serene one, absorbed in the Atman, masters his will; he knows no disquiet in heat and cold, in pain and pleasure, in honour and dishonour.

Mastered the senses

For when a man’s heart has reached fulfillment through knowledge and personal experience of the truth of Brahman, he is never again moved by the things of the senses. Earth, stone and gold all seem all alike to one who has mastered one’s senses. Such a yogi is said to have achieved union with Brahman.

He who regards with an eye that is equal, friends and comrades, the foe and the kinsmen, the vile and wicked, the men who judge him, and those who belong to neither faction: He is the greatest.

Meditation Practice

The Yogi should retire into a solitary place, and live alone. He must exercise control over his mind and body. He must free himself from the hopes and possessions of this world. He should mediate on the Atman unceasingly.

The place where he sits should be firm, neither too high nor too low, and situated in a clean spot. He should first cover it with sacred grass, then with a deer skin; then lay a cloth over these. (note the choice of material is traditional, but not important for the spiritual aspirant of to-day. Any convenient seat will do). As he sits there, he is to hold the senses and imagination in check, and keep the mind concentrated upon its object. If he practices meditataion in this manner, his heart will become pure.

His posture must be motionless, with the body, head and neck held erect, and the vision indrawn, as if gazing at the tip of the nose. He must not look about him.

So, with his heart serene and fearless, Firm in the vow of renunciation, Holding the mind from its restless roaming, Now let him struggle to reach my oneness; ever absorbed, his eyes on me always, His prize, His purpose.

If a Yogi has perfect control over his mind, and struggles continually in this way to unite himself with Brahman, he will come at last to the crowning peace of Nirvana, the peace that is in me.

Yoga is not for the man who overeats, or for him who fasts excessively. It is not for him who sleeps too much, or for the keeper of exaggerated vigils. Let a man be moderate in his eating and his recreation, moderately active, moderate in sleep and in wakefulness. He will find that yoga takes away all his unhappiness.

When can a man be said to have achieved union with Brahman? When his mind is under perfect control and freed from all desires, so that he becomes absorbed in the Atman, and nothing else. “The light of a lamp does not flicker in a windless place”: that is the simile which describes the yogi of one-pointed mind, who mediates upon the Atman. When, through the practice of Yoga, the mind becomes still, he realises the Atman. It satisfies him entirely. Then he knows that infinite happiness which can be realised by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the senses. He stands firm in this realisation. Because of it, he can never again wander from the inmost truth of his being.

Now that he holds it, he knows this treasure above all others: Faith so certain shall never be shaken by the heaviest sorrow.

To achieve this certainty is to know the real meaning of the word Yoga. It is the breaking of contact with pain. You must practice this yoga resolutely, without losing heart. renounce all your desires, for ever. They spring from willfulness.

Use your discrimination to restrain the whole pack of scattering senses.

Patiently, little by little, a man must free himself from all mental distractions, with the aid of the intelligent will. He must fix his mind upon the Atman, and never think of anything else. No matter where the restless and unquiet mind wanders, it must be drawn back and made to submit to the Atman only.

Utterly quiet, made clean of passion, the mind of the Yogi knows Brahman; his bliss is the highest. Released of evil, his mind is constant in contemplation: The way is easy, Brahman has touched him, That bliss is boundless.

His heart is with Brahman, his eye in all things sees only Brahman, equally present, knows his own Atman, In every creature, And all creation within that Atman.

That Yogi sees me in all things, and all things within me. He never loses sight  of me, not of I of him. He is established in union with me, and worships me devoutly in all beings. That Yogi abides in me, no matter what his mode of life.

Who burns with the bliss, and suffers the sorrow of every creature within his own heart, Making his own each bliss and each sorrow: Him I hold highest of all Yogis.

Arjuna to Krishna:

Krishna, you describe this yoga as a life of union with Brahman. But I do not see how this can be permanent. The mind is so very restless.

Restless man’s mind is, so strongly shaken in the grip of the senses: gross and grown hard with stubborn desire for what is worldly. How shall he tame it? Truly, I think the wind is no wilder.

Krishna to Arjuna:

Yes, Arjuna, the mind is restless, no doubt, and hard to subdue. But it can be brought under control by constant practice, and by the exercise of dispassion. Certainly, if a man has no control over his ego, he will find this yoga difficult to master. But a self-controlled man can master it, if he struggles hard, and uses the right means.

“Your duty is to abandon. Abandon all your plans, even the best ones. Abandon all the theories you cherish, the doctrines you hold dear, the systems of knowledge that have cluttered your brain, the preferences you have accumulated, the pursuit of fame, fortune, scholarship, superiority. These are all material, objective. Enter into the objective world after becoming aware of the Atma. Then you will realise that all is the play of the Atma.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Meditation, Master, Moksha, Mind & its Mysteries

Of the Advaita teachings, the Mahavakyam (great saying) of “Tat Twam Asi” (I am THAT) relates to the highest state of the Absolute. Here, “Tat” refers to “That”, the Absolute or Brahman. ” Asi” refers to “I am”, the Witness or “JiVa”. The saying points to the identification between the relative and Absolute (“I” and my “Father” are One).

To abide as the Reality of “That”, one has to apply both meditation and self-inquiry for the final conviction of inherent Grace to still the mind and transcend consciousness.

I wanted to share an excerpt from a book “Ramana Maharishi and the path of self-knowledge” by Author Osborne (who also wrote books on Shirdi Baba). The excerpt is a synopsis that was written by Ramana’s devotee Humphreys, and published in the international Psychic Gazette. It is an excellent presentation of what is takes to be a Master and reach the heights of Realisation;  the qualifications for Mastery in Mediation.

“A Master is one who has meditated solely on God, has flung his whole personality into the sea of God, and drowned and forgotten it there, till he becomes only the instrument of God, and when his mouth opens it speaks God’s words without effort or forethought; and when he raises a hand, God flows again through that, to work a miracle.

Do not think too much of psychical phenomena and such things, their number is legion; and once faith in the psychical thing is established in the heart of a seeker, such phenomena have done their work. Clairvoyance, clairaudience, and such things are not worth having, when so much far greater illumination and peace are possible without them than with them. The Master takes on these powers as a form of self-sacrifice!

The idea that a Master is simply one who has attained power over the various occult senses by long practice and prayer or anything of the kind, is absolutely false. No Master ever cared a rap for occult powers, for he has no need for them in his daily life.

The phenomena we see are curious and surprising – but the most marvellous of all we do not realize and that is that one, and only one, illimitable force is responsible for:

(a) All the phenomena we see; and

(b) The act of seeing them

Do not fix your attention on all these changing things of life, death and phenomena. Do not think of even the actual act of seeing or perceiving them, but only on THAT which sees all these things – THAT which is responsible for it all. This will seem nerly impossible at first, but by degrees the result will be felt. It takes years of steady daily practice, and that is how a Master is made. Give quarter of an hour for this practice. Try to keep the mind unshakably fixed on THAT which sees. It is inside yourself. Do not except to find that THAT is something definite on which the mind can be fixed easily; it will not be so. Though it takes years to find that THAT, the result of this concentration will be seen in four or five months’ time – in all sorts of unconsciousness clairvoyance, in peace of mind, in power to deal with troubles, in power all round, yet always unconscious power.

I have given you this teaching in the same words as the Master gives to his intimate chelas (discipes). From now onwards, let your whole thought in meditation be not on the act of seeing, nor on what you see, but immovably on THAT which sees.

One gets no reward for Attainment. then one understands that one does not want a reward. As Krishna says, “Ye have the right to work, but not to the fruits thereof” Perfect attainment is simply worship, and worship is attainment.

If you sit down and realize that you think only by virtue of the one Life, and that the mind, animated by the one Life into the act of thinking, is a part of the whole which is God, then you argue your mind out of existence as a separate entity; and the result is that mind and body, physically (so to speak) disappear; and the only thing that remains is Be-ing, which is at once existence and non-existence and not explainable in words or ideas.

A Master cannot help perpetually being in this state with only this difference, that in some, to us incomprehensible, way he can use the mind, body and intellect too, without falling back into the delsuion of having a separate consciousness.

It is useless to speculate, useless to try and take a mental or intellectual grasp and work from that. That is only religion, a code for children and for social life, a guide to help us to avoid shocks, so that the inside fire may burn up the nonsense in us, and teach us, a little sooner, common sense, ie. a knowledge of the separateness.

Religion, whether it be Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Theosophy, or any other kind of “ism” or “sophy” or system, can only take us to the one point where all religions meet and no further.

That one point where all religions meet is the realization – in no mystical sense, but in the most worldly and everyday sense, and the more worldly and everyday and practical the better – of the fact that God is everything, and everything is God.

From this point begins the work of the practice of this mental comprehension, and all it amounts to is the breaking of a habit. One ahs to cease calling things “things” and must call then God; and instead of thinking them to be things, must know them to be God; instead of imagining “existence” to be the only thing possible, one must realize that this (phenomenal) existence is ony the creation of the mind, that non-existence is a necessary sequence if youa re going to postulate “existence”.

The knowledge of things only shows the existence of an organ ot cognise. There are no sounds to teh deaf, no sights for the blind, and the mind is merely an organ of concsption or appreciation of certain sides of God.

God is infinite, and therefore existence and non-existence are merely His counterparts. Not that I wish to say that God is made up of definite component parts. it is hard to be comprehensive when talking about God. true knowledge comes from within and not from without. And true knowledge is not “knowing” but “seeing”.

Realization is nothing but seeing God literally. Our greatest mistake is that we think of God as acting symbolically nd allegorically, instead of practically and literally.

Take a piece of glass, paint colours and forms onto it, and put the same into a magic lantern, turn on a little light, and the colours and the forms painted on the glass are reproduced on the screen. If that light were not turned on, you would not see the colours of the slide on the screen.

How are colours formed? By breaking up white light with a many sided prism. So it is with a man’s character. It is seen when the light of Life (God) is shining through it, ie. in a mans actions. If the man is sleeping or dead you do not see his character. Only when the Light of Life is animating the character and causing it to act in a thousand different ways, in response to its contact with this many sided world, can you perceive a man’s character. If white light had not been broken up and put into forms and shapes on our magic lantern slide, we should never have known that there was a piece of glass in front of the light, for the light would have shone clearly through. Ina sense that white light was marred, and had some of its clearness taken form it by having to shine through the colours on the glass.

So it is with the ordinary man. His mind is like the screen. On it shines light, dulled and changed becasue he has allowed the many -sided world to stand in the way of the Light (God) and broken it up. He sees only the effects of the Light instead of the Light (God) Himself and his mind reflects the effects he sees just as the screen reflects the colours of the glass. Take away the prism and the colours vanish, absorbed back into the white light whence they came. Take away the colours from the slide and the light shines clearly through. Take away from our sight the wordl of effects we see, and let us look only into the cause, and we shall see the Light (God).

A Master in meditation, though the ears and eyes be open, fixes his attention so firmly on THAT which sees that he neither sees nor hears, nor has any phsycial consciousness at all – nor mental either , but onlny spiritual.

We must take away the world, which causes our doubts, which clouds our mind, and the light of God will shine clearly through. How is the world taken away? When, for example, instead of seeing a man you see and say, “This is God animating a body”, which body ansers, more or less perfectly, to the directions of God, as a ship answers more or less perfectly to her helm.

What are sins? Why, for example, does a man drink too much? Becasue he hates the idea of being bound – bound by the incapacity to drink as much a he wishes. He is striving after liberty in every sin he commits. This striving after liberty is the first instinctive action of God in a man’s mind. For God knows that he is not bound. Drinking too much does not give a man liberty, but then the man does not know that he is really seeking liberty. When he realizes that, he sets about seeking the best way to obtain liberty.

But the man only gains that liberty when he realizes that he was never bound. The I, I, I’s who feel so bound are really the illimitable Spirit. I am bound because I know nothing that I do not sense by one of the senses. Whereas I am all the time that which senses in every body in every mind. These bodies and minds are only the tools of the “I”, the illimitable Spirit.

What do I want with the tools who am the tools themselves, as the colours are the White Light?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEXlnAeu_fg&feature=share (You are a Master!)

Moksha (Freedom) – What is it?

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/moksha-freedom.html

4 Prerequisites or Qualifications (for Moksha):-

http://www.exoticindiaart.co.in/acrobat/sadhan-chatushtaya.pdf

i) Perfect Discrimination of the Real from the Unreal

ii) Perfect Detachment from the Unreal

iii) Perfect Tranquility (6 sub-qualifications or virtues)

iv) Intense Desire/yearning to be free from phenomena

Samadhi (Blissful Peace of the Self) – What is it?

 DEFINITION of SAMADHI = “Sama”-”dhi”, or “Sama” of the “Bud-dhi”, means  equanimity of intellect

ie. Tranquility, Silence (Mouna), Quiescence, Stillness, No thoughts.

From the extreme dynamo of the Self, the inherent Atmic grace introverts and “stills” the balanced (inner & outer senses), disciplined mind; resulting in the peace that passeth understanding (both inner and outer senses become one in total consciousness on the foundation of the ever-present transcendental Self)

2 WAYS to go into Samadhi:

(i) Yoga (breath/mind control)

OR

(ii) Inquiry (understanding and conviction)

ie. through meditational Yoga,  shakti (energy of consciousness or prakriti nature) meets Siva (pure consciousness or spirit) at the crown chakra (fontanelle and brahmaranda)  leading to Grace of samadhi via:

(i) breath holding Yoga  - Kriya (breath) & Ichaa (will) Shakti

or more directly by

(ii) stay fixed in the hrit of heart by Self inquiry - Jnana (meditational discrimination),

i) Yoga

Controlling the modifications of the mind through breath retention can lead to Samadhi of bliss, with the sakti rising to the crown chakra, but does not lead to permanent self abidance, as the vasanas in the heart return after the bliss of samadhi.

ie. the ego is not liquidated, but only temporary submerged.

Only by self-inquiry does the ego get dissolved by realizing ones true nature.

However, these samadhis give glimpses that lead to further enthusiasm in meditation, and eventual strength of inquiry to dispel ego and stay fixed in the Heart.

Heart = Hridayam = the Self = Great Peace or Calm = shakti passes down from crown chakra (via Amrit nadi) to abide here (source of the “I”)

ii) Self-Inquiry

Inquiry is the more direct way than yoga as it is the ultimate relinquishing and letting go of the ego born of matured wisdom of self knowledge, and the clarity that dispels the identifiction with the vasanas as separate from the one Self.

But both require sincere effort of devotion to Guru or Self (sadhana)

Note that “Thy Will be done” of Self surrender or devotion = Jnana of Self-inquiry, or Oneness of what is.

Types of Samadhi

(i) Kevala – with effort leads to state of mysical rapture (Kevala Savikalpa Samadhi)

(ii) Savikalpa – awareness of world, stillness of a waveless ocean (everything within)

(iii) Nirvikalpa – no ideation, no world or body consciousness; “motionless flame”; beyond everything

iv) Natural Sahaja – balanced natural state of being in the world but not of it – Self realisation where completely fixed in the Reality of the Self but the Universal Consciousness (God) uses instrument faculties intelligently. Complete balance and equanimity.

5 levels of MEDITATION

(i) Passive meditations (So-hum) – following the natural breath (Vipassana)

(ii) Dynamic meditation (Jyotish) – mental concentration, visualization, prayer, purification

(iii) Yoga of breath control (Retention) – controlling the breath and stilling thoughts

(iv) Inquiry based (Who am I? via Neti Neti – not body, mind or intellect or bliss)

(v) Abidance as THAT (from effort to the matured, pure understanding and spontaneous transcendence)

Recommended Books on Mind & its Mysteries

http://www.scribd.com/doc/50225/Sivananda-Mind-Its-Mysteries-and-Control-eBook

“Let the petty wishes for which you now approach God be realised or not, let the plans for promotion and progress which you place before God, be fulfilled or not; they are not so important after all. The primary aim should be to become Masters of yourselves, to hold intimate and constant communion with the Divine that is in you as well as in the Universe of which you are a part. Welcome disappointments, for they toughen and test your fortitude” Sathya Sai Baba

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Fictitious Fact or Farce of the 5 elemental Phenomena !

Dear readers,

The last post hopefully provided some decent links to the topic on Advaita.

As promised, this post covers some thoughts on Advaita in the context of Yoga practice & Sankhya metaphysics. For this, it is accepted that the earlier concepts shared can be made reference to with a familiarity that permits a few presumptions.

Notably, the categorizing of Vedanta philosophy into 5 aspects or stages of; macro-dualism, micro-dualism, qualified non-dualism, non-dualism and non-causality; the first 2 conceptual propositions being a further division of the philosophy of dualism, as per classical texts, for the purpose of accommodating the scientific method into a possible modern paradigm of Vedanta teachings. With the addition of the concept of Ajata, or non-causality, at the other conceptual extreme, this makes a total of 5 aspects as opposed to the classical 3 that are usually found in Vedanta – of dualism, qualified non-dualism and non-dualism.

To refresh on this topic, you can visit an old post - https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/vedantic-parallels-for-medicine-physics-psychology-philosophy/, or read Appendix 6 (bottom of post) on this link http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.in/2009/09/jyotish-overview-for-beginners-sathya.html.

Whilst the process of  categorising is an intellectual habit of the mind, and seemingly incongruous with the philosophy of Advaita; which is to abide at the source of the mind, I thought it interesting and necessary to share the concept as a concept, to clarify, for the purposes of language “games”, the relative axioms that most Vedanta language may be played and conversed on (ie. the 5 above).  The ultimate aim of Advaita is to arrive at a non-causal state of Silence or “Mouna” that transcends speech, concepts and mind.

A future post will look at the metaphysical connection of language (letters) to the mouth (palate), body (chakras) and Nakshatras; and reconsider language against  western concepts developed by the logical positivists, Wittgenstein (language games)  and Chomsky (mental constructs); considering the metaphysical assumptions of the Sanskrit language.

Car as an analogy for the 5 gears of the mind

But for now, a good analogy for the mind, that comes to mind, is that of  a “car”. We are in the car, but not the car.  In the same way, the mind is like a car, and the witness, the “I am” principle that sits in the car and appears to steer its movements. A  car has 5 gears through which we apparently move through life. In the same way, it is through the above 5 conceptual levels or gears that most movements of the mind makes it assumptions to think.

Therefore, this post proposes some generalisations about which “gear” the aspects/practices of  Yoga, Samkhya and Advaita philosophy  conceptually fall into in terms of the above 5 gear framework.

Neither assertion nor negation by a primary illusion

From the last post, Advaita is explained as the philosophy of non-dualism, experientially arrived at through the process of Self-inquiry, mediation and abidance in the “heart”. The assumptions of Advaita is that the primary illusion is the “I am” principle which is synonymous with Consciousness, Witness or Being, and that any identification around this principle, whether it be a physical body, body of thoughts and  knowledge, or a body of space is the same expression of this fundamental ignorance.

Thus, any assertion or negation, even of an advaitic slogan or Mahavakya, is made by the mind and, is not That or it.  So  again, with reference to earlier posts (https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/bhagavan-sri-sathya-sai-baba-kali-yuga-purna-avatara/), any affirmation such as suggested by Sathya Sai Baba to remember … “I am God, I am not different from God..” , or negation (https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/siva-the-ultimate-night-of-yoga/), as by Adi Shankacharya such as … “I  am not mind, wisdom, pride, and heart etc”, serve only to remove the habitual ignorance of identification with  other thoughts; much like a mantra.

However, the words assist in strengthening the conviction to still the introverted mind of thoughts by the spiritual Heart, Being or Love. They all point to something beyond the mind and its assertions and negations.

Relatively speaking – all is learned ignorance

On a relative level, concepts and words are used to remove grosser concepts until the discrimination has refined and released all thoughts and operates intuitively as Pure Consciousness. The Vedas have an explanation for this apparent development of mind; from Supermind to Higher mind to Illumined mind to Over mind. But, Realisation, the Self and Reality lies beyond all these levels and is Absolute.

To arrive at this “unknowing Absolute state”, knowledge must be acquired to remove ignorance, and then knowledge and ignorance must be thrown out; as all knowledge is, from the Ultimate point of view, learned Ignorance.

The classic example used to highlight this is that of using a thorn to remove a thorn, and then the thorn is no longer needed. From the philosophy of Advaita, the so called “knower”, Witness, or principle of “I am”, itself is the final thorn of ignorance that must be discarded.  But, this is at the stage of full knowledge of one’s relative ignorance!

Thus, the desire of this post to share the idea of relative ignorance on 5 levels or “gears”.

Gear 1. Macro-dualism (causality & karma) = World is real

Gear 2. Micro-dualism (causality & karma) = Body is Real

Gear 3. Qualified Non-dualism (spontaneous creation) = World and Body are real when “You” (Witness) are there to see it

Gear 4. Non-dualism (Oneness) = There is only One Consciousness

Gear 5. Non-causality (Transcendental) = Absolute “Tat”

Shifting gears – thorns removing conceptual thorns

The suggestion is that any advaitic convictions, such as those referred to above (by Sathya Sai Baba or Adi Shankacharya) from earlier posts, are statements operating on the conceptual 4th gear of Advaita or Non-dualism, and used to help remove the thorn of the 3rd gear; qualified non-dualism (knowledge depending on the knower as “I am”), so as to reach the 5th gear of Absolute “I” or non-causality. ie. that there has never been a birth or death, neither was the “I” ever been born or died; it never happened!

However, for most of us,  this sense of “I am” is habitually tied up with the more limited level of  body identification, and keeps one’s identification within the realm of duality – the 1st (macro-dualistic world) and 2nd (micro-dualistic body) gears of conception; in which the sciences and scientific method operates.

Thus, on a lower relative conceptual assumption than Advaita, the philosophy of qualified non-dualism helps to to remove the micro and macro dualistic “gears”, and intellectually transition the same relative “I” from the level of body identification to the identification with the body of  space and consciousness as the Witness. This new assumption, by removing the thorn of dualism,  arrives at the advaita philosophy of  non-dual experience.

Thus, in reverse to the logic above,  qualified non-dualism removes dualism, non-dualism removes qualified non-dualism, but finally, the experience of a non-cauasl state removes words!

So where does concept of Yoga & Sankhya fit into this framework?

http://www.self-realization.com/articles/metaphysics.htm

A definition of Yoga and it’s various paths for various temperaments has been discussed in this earlier post - https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/about/; ie. tantra/kundalini, karma, bhakti, jnana, raja. However, in todays context, most practitioners of Yoga in the West are following a form of Raja and Hatha yoga – ie. physical Yoga that concerns the body and its 7 chakras. And, from the above 5 framework schema, falls within the “2nd gear” of micro-dualism.

Samkhya philosophy, which reveals the inter-connection of the microcosm and macrocosm, based on 24 principles, perhaps reveals the “gear’ of qualified non-dualism. That the outer 5 elements, the inner 5 senses (or organs of knowledge), 5 organs of action, 5 pranas and the 4 components of the mind all reveal that knowledge (5 elements and senses) depends on a knower (the mind), but that these are one in Consciousness (knower, knowing and known).

Thus, Yoga can be seen as a dualistic assumption that uses Samkhya metaphysics as a qualified state to remove its limitations and arrive at the Advaita  of  “I” as Consciousness. Advaita in turn, is used to remove the thorn, or gear, of Samkhya Metaphysics (qualified non-dualistic “I”)  to arrive at the Absolute “I” and non-causal position of the Ajata doctrine.

With regards to Advaita philosophy, juxta-positioning Sankhya & Ajata, it’s teachings often emphasize the concept of the entire consciousness as a “dream phenomena”! It just appears to be real to those dreaming in unreality of…

The fictitious fact of 5 elemental phenomena. A f-oxymoron farce to forget!

Other terms used to depict this highest level of inscrutable Maya in explaining  the apparition called “creation”, or the dream of consciousness, are expressions  such as “horns of a hare”, “child of a barren women”, etc…

These sound like the vedantic equivalent of a Zen Koan, used to paradoxically shock us out of  all conceptual modes and free of the mind’s conditioning and  co-ordianting factor… ie. the “I” principle – the fundamental illusion, and arrive at non-dual experience.

Non-dual Experience

In the experience of Advaita or non-dualism, inner and outer becomes one, an ocean of consciousness, which on stilling, plummets into the  unfathomable, causeless, timeless, spaceless State where  “I” alone is, and fundamental ignorance of  causal memory is transcended… we wake up from the “dream” … a flicker in the infintude of the Self… where  I alone am (I am That I am) and the highest truth realised …. there is no birth, there is no death, there is no creation there is no desturuction, there are no separate souls etc……

Sincere, Regular Practice of Meditational Self-inquiry combined with “Dream” awareness

However, until this concept of non-dualism is experience as one’s reality and even transcended, the best policy is to sincerely practice introverted Self-inquiry with meditation. And, in the process of daily activites, SILENTLY use the memory of the dream analogy to maintain awareness of the minds concept as a concept, using the 5 gears through which its assumptions and logic operate; whether through one’s own mind or others.

And, perhaps the middle gear of qualified non-dualism and Sankhya metaphysics will hep the most in this regard; with a constant integrated awareness that the phenomenal world of 5 elements are appearing through the 5 senses, and operating the body through the 5 pranas and the 5 organs of action.But throughout all this, be the detached witness to its appearance in the mind; the reflecting medium based on the conditioned memory. And, remember that your true, unencumbered, boundless  true nature or Self  has nothing to do with any of this!

By keeping this attitude of qualified non-dualism, that everything only appears in the NOW when you are there to perceive it, dissolves the illusion of past and future, and the dangerous limitations of dualism that keep one constrainted in time and space; extrovertly extrapolating a future (worry or desire), or in infinite regress of some past (fear or memory).

This pseudo-true attitude and position that only Now exists, opens the portal to the concentration and expansion of  the mind into the Heart and Being, and the natural delivery of ones’ inherent legacy to a non-dual experience, preparing the way, or more appropriately removing the obstacles (thoughts) to stilling the Being into its Absolute identity (the screen on which everything appears).

But, in the process, it is probably best to keep the fictitious thoughts to one’s fictitious self. Otherwise, you might be in danger of becoming the funnier than the farce itself!

Dream Rules – Game of the Gunas & Play of Polarity (3, 2, 1 !)

Also, it might be useful, whilst recognising all phenomena, including one’s relative self, as dream-like in substance, to acknowledge the 3 modifications of consciousness and nature (Prakriti) that make up the rules of the dream; Satwa, Rajas & Tamas; as well as the opposing contrasts of yin/yang, male/female, good/bad, right/wrong, pleasure/pain, attraction/aversion, knowledge & ignorance.

This has been well explained in the Bhagavad Gita:-

” A man is said to have transcended the Gunas when he does not hate the light of Sattwa, or the activity of Rajas, or even the delusion of Tamas, while these prevail; and yet does not long for them after they have ceased. He is like one who sites unconcerned, and is not disturbed by the gunas. He knows that they are the doers of all action and never loses his power of discrimination. He rests in the inner calm of the Atman, regarding happiness and suffering as one.”

Whilst the Bhagavad Gita recommends a psychological renunciation of the fruits of  action to a higher power, in effect it arrives at the wisdom of a detached witness to the play of gunas; automatically inviting in satwa, dharma and excellence, or perfection of inaction in action, and action in inaction.

Anyway, the Bhagavad Gita with it’s integration of Karma, Bhakti & Jnana provides a holistic and practical approach to counter any excessive intellectualism and conceptual constipation.

Dangers of too much premature Advaita – conceptual constipation!

A note on the dangers of premature Jnanis or Advaita will be added on to this post in the next couple of days.

In short, often intellectual processing can go so far as to get confused for a kundalini awakening!… and the contradictions in one’s character gets confused and confounded with conceptual constipation.

Without Love leading to Unity within and without (including the “illusory” self-concept), there is no purity of perception (the One “I”) to realise one’s own Divinity.

In short, it is important to get one’s own house in order before amusing oneself, “thinking” one is paradoxically realised;  even though the paradox is supposed to get rid of you! Sincere, disciplined self-inquiry and regular mediation are often required before knowledge gets transmuted by grace into experience.

And, the ego can play mischief without the necessary devotion to sinks it’s attention out of the head (“I” thought) and into the Heart (“I” feeling).

Parroting the conceptual pills of other gurus’ works that are mechanistically sound, and maybe good preparation for Self-inquiry, but which are no substitute for doing the contemplative work oneself.

For example, even though the works of Rameh Balsekar (Advaita with a mechanisitc, circular philosophy  of “Gods Will” for the  intellectually obsessed), Eckhart Tolle (NOW or Presence for contextual Being), and Neale Donald Walsch (intellectual conversations with your intuition) have awakened a great many people to the path, they can become conversational pieces or platitudes rather than pills of understanding to practice through introversion.

And, in my opinion, one of the greatest dangers is the tendency of advaita  philosophy without practice, is inviting the dangerous eternal question of free will versus destiny, potentially self-sabotaging the the intention of Self inquiry and Power of Presence by getting involved  in the mind games of tracing causes in the past’,or by defeating the will by explaining everything as a “movie” already played, or script already written. This, whether true or not, can lead to a dangerous laziness, self-satisfied complacency, and defeatist attitude in the resolute effort needed, not only to understand, but to still the mind and realise the Self.

Anyway, this earlier post, being on the heavier side, I will digest myself to see if it requires editing, or is suffering from indigestion!

Here is the thought of the day from Prashanti Nilayam. I think it will suffice for now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X983-HTWZBk (20th Marrch 2012)

http://www.saibabaofindia.com/Sai-Baba-Thought-for-the-day-as-written-at-Prasanthi-Nilayam-today.htm (24th March 2012)

The next post will be on meditation.

The importance of Regular Meditation & Sense Control

(whilst unraveling the Mystery of the Mind ie. out of sight, out of mind)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UktG7ddVQT0&feature=youtu.be (12th March 2012)

OM Tat Sat

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Advaita Vedanta – the philosophy of Non-dualism

This "I amness" itself is the Mula-Maya, the Primary Illusion" - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Dear readers,

This is a post to provide a good resource for those interested in Advaita Vedanta- the philosophy of Self-inquiry, Knowledge & Non-dualism.

It will be continually updated with information, links and You tube videos.

An introductory article on advaita in the context of Yoga and Sankhya metaphysics will be added  very soon.

Gurus are many but Truth is ONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvYqlFrJHqE&feature=related

ADVAITA VEDATNA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jnana

Arunachala – Jnana Sthana (abode Siva, fire & wisdom)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachalahttp://www.arunachala-live.com/http://www.arunachala.org/http://www.omarunachala.com/

Five Stanzas to Arunachala

(Prayer for Wisdom & Realisation of the non-dual “I”)

1. Ocean of Nectar, Full of Grace, engulfing the universe in Thy Splendour! O Arunachala, the Supreme Itself! Be Thou the Sun and open the lotus of my heart in Bliss!

1.  O Arunachala! In Thee the picture of the Universe is formed has its stay, and is dissolved; this is the sublime Truth. Thou art the Inner Self, Who dancest in the Heart as “I”. Heart is Thy name, O Lord!

3. He who turns inwards with untroubled mind to search where the consciousness of “I” arises, realizes the Self, and dissolves in Thee O Arunachala! Like a river when is joins the ocean.

4. Abandoning the outer world, with mind and breath controlled, to meditate on Thee within, the Yogi sees Thy Light, O Arunachala! And finds his delight in Thee.

5. He who dedicates his mind to Thee, and seeing Thee, always beholds the Universe as Thy figure, he who at all times glorifies Thee and loves Thee as none other than the Self, he is the master without rival, being one with Thee and lost in Thy Bliss, O Arunachala!

Advaita Sites

http://www.atmapress.com/index.phphttp://www.advaita.org/,

http://www.advaitameditation.org/http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/,

 http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/http://www.advaita.org.uk/,

http://www.vedantaadvaita.com/cms/en/quien-es-sesha,

 http://www.realization.org/http://www.mooji.org/

Wiki Links with Pictorial Book List

ANCIENT CLASSICS 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedanta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishads

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandukya_Upanishad

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/highest-upanishad-mandukya-aum.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahma_Sutras

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah%C4%81v%C4%81kyas (4 Mahavakyas)

SCRIB DOWNLOADS

http://www.scribd.com/doc/61511782/14/Tripura-Rahasya

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26382408/Avadhuta-Gita-of-Dattatreya

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9940601/108-Upanishad

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8326578/The-Upanishads-Translated-by-Swami-Paramananda

http://www.scribd.com/doc/5554671/Brahma-sutras-by-sivananda

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19493174/Ribhu-Gita

http://www.scribd.com/doc/6388885/Essence-of-Ribhu-Gita

http://www.scribd.com/topimaster/d/37791869-Yoga-Vasistha-Ramayana-Sara

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8650971/Advaita-Bodha-Deepika

ADI SHANKACHARYA (788-820)

(Father of Advaita Vedanta)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi_Shankara

http://www.shankaracharya.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivekachudamani

http://www.scribd.com/doc/46182686/Mandukya-Karika-of-Gaupada-eng (Scrib)

SCRIB DOWNLOAD

http://www.scribd.com/Soham%20Hamsah/d/19561568-Vivekachudamani-of-Shri-Shankaracharya

http://www.scribd.com/doc/58743928/AtmaBodha-Self-Knowledge-and-Other-Stotras-by-Sri-Shankaracharya

RAMANA MAHARISHI (modern Sat-guru Jnani 1870-1950)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramana_Maharshi

Books List link (Ramana Ashram link)

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/

You Tube

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6P42XI8GRo (Sage of Arunachala)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-OS8LU6JW8&feature=related

SCRIB DOWNLOADS

http://www.scribd.com/doc/28640358/Talks-With-Sri-Ramana-Maharshi

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13694047/Path-of-Self-Knowledge

http://www.scribd.com/doc/46576863/0-Sri-Ramana-Gita-Long-Newest

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13898727/Ramana-Maharshi-Who-Am-I

http://www.scribd.com/doc/25358305/Collected-Works-ramana-Maharshi

http://www.scribd.com/doc/20018770/Be-as-you-are-Ramana-Maharshi

NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ (modern Sad-guru Jnani 1897-1981)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj?oldid=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Frydman

http://nisargadatta.net/IamThat.html

http://home.earthlink.net/~grharmon/I_Am_That.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj?oldid=0#Further_reading

You tube 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G7d526eB5A&feature=related (I am only the Self)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtF_Ud2M0HU (Talks with Maharaj)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ww_-RUjn90&feature=related (Awakening to the Eternal)

http://netinetifilms.com/films-satsang.shtml

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SCRIB DOWNLOADS

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19218777/Sri-Nisargadatta-Maharaj-Prior-to-Consciousness

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8722148/Nisargadatta-Maharaj-Seeds-of-Consciousness

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8722084/Nisargadatta-Maharaj-Consciousness-and-the-Absolute

http://www.scribd.com/doc/81293583/Sri-Nisargadatta-Maharaj-The-Nectar-of-Immortality

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8722236/Nisargadatta-Maharaj-The-Ultimate-Medicine

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/37310810/I-Am-That-Nisargadatta-Maharaj

SIMILAR CLASSIC  WORKS

Socrates & Greek Philosophy -  ” I Know that I Know Nothing” or ” I Know that I do not Know”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrateshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_methodhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_philosophy

Lao Tse, I Ching, Wu Wei (effortless action), Tao Te Ching, Tao & Zen – “He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Chinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao_Te_Chinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Treasures_(Taoism)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_weihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen

SCRIB DOWNLAODS

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48163585/Zen-flesh-zen-bones-compiled-by-Paul-Reps

http://www.scribd.com/doc/38629770/161/I-CHING

http://www.scribd.com/doc/58414040/20/effortless-action

http://www.scribd.com/SpiritualHeart/d/2283622-Lao-Tse-Tao-Te-Ching

http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying.pdf

“Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature… You will find all your negativity disarmed; your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly, like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your Absolute nature” – the Tibetan Book of the Living & Dying

Terrance Gray – Wu Wei Wu - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei_Wu_Wei

SCRIB DOWNLOAD

http://www.scribd.com/doc/7082636/Wei-Wu-Wei-Open-Secrets-of-an-Awakened-Man

http://www.scribd.com/doc/64478814/All-Else-is-Bondage

http://www.scribd.com/doc/6572168/Wei-Wu-Wei-Terrence-Gray-The-Effortless-Way

Sufism – Ibn Arabi, Rumi & Kabir

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Arabihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi &   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabir

. SCRIB DOWNLOAD

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19050333/Whoso-Knoweth-Himself-Ibn-Arabi-From-the-Treatise-on-Being

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14070254/The-Love-Poems-of-Rumi

http://www.scribd.com/doc/65597242/Kabir-100-Poems

Examples of Emmanuel Kant , William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Schopenhauer

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour”. W. Blake

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendental_idealism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishadshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendentalism)

EARLY CONTEMPORARY WORKS Aldous Huxley & Perennial Philosophy 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perennial_Philosophy & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy

http://www.scribd.com/doc/27239531/The-Perennial-Philosophy-Aldous-Huxley

Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schoun, Ananda Coomaraswamy & Perennialism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Gu%C3%A9non & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frithjof_Schuon & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Coomaraswamyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_Traditionalism

http://www.scribd.com/doc/15012370/man-and-His

    

http://kathodos.com/zero.html

You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmbkfTiLQ58&feature=related (Rene Guenon) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-jodOB6vVQ&feature=related (Schoun) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcnNTB-QXDs&feature=related

JD Krishnamurthi & Paul Brunton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti & http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Brunton

You tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G-7-ZiiM-o (Krishnamurthi – Who am I?)

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RECENT CONTEMPORARY WORKS

Adi Da & Ken Wilber

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi_Da & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber

Papaji & Gangaji

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._W._L._Poonja & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangaji

http://www.scribd.com/doc/32163180/Papaji-Wake-Up-and-Roar

Ramesh Balsekar & Eckhart Tolle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesh_Balsekar

http://www.scribd.com/doc/64551192/Pointers-From-Nisargadatta

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhart_Tolle

http://www.scribd.com/doc/27118306/Eckhart-Tolle-eBook-the-Power-of-Now-Complete-1

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/i-am-that-power-of-now_14.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VOgQAMdKdyg#! (Advaita in 2 minutes!)

http://www.radiosai.org/pages/calthought2.asp?mydate=4/15/2012 (thought of the day Puttaparthi)

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Take a BITE (Bharat Indian Temples Entourage) SAI (See All India) of Cultural India & Nepal, leaving from Puttaparthi (Put-apart-I)

Some useful links have been provided for anyone interested in making a spiritual journey to India.

The contact (details) for a scheduled temple tour of South India, leaving from Puttaparthi, has also been provided at the bottom of this post  (along with the itinerary  for the first tour package).

TRAVEL TO INDIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_India#Bh.C4.81rata

http://www.incredibleindia.org/

http://www.iloveindia.com/

 http://wikitravel.org/en/India

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india

http://www.mapsofindia.com/

http://wikimapia.org/

http://maps.google.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/onthegotours?v=9rbxdDeluMw&feature=pyv (India)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcRQBZv4Wk4&feature=share (Nepal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th6P_vK8Kew&feature=share (Tibet)

27 States of India 

(4 South India & 23 North India)

INDIA – SOME IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL DESTINATIONS

http://www.iloveindia.com/spirituality/ashrams/index.html

http://www.indiayogi.com/content/ashrams/

http://goindia.about.com/od/yogawellbeing/tp/popular-ashrams-in-india.htm

for Advaita Vedanta & Meditation

Ramana Maharishi Sri Ramanashram Ashram – Arunachala Tiruvanamalai (Tamil Nadu)

Classic Ashrams

http://www.ashrams.in/

Sathya Sai Baba (Puttaparthi Andra Pradesh)

Amritananda Mayi Ma (Kerala)

Ram Das’ Ananda Ashram (Kerala)

Sakti Amma’s Sri Puram (Vellore – Tamil Nadu)

 Ramakrishna Mission (Calcutta)

Chinmaya Mission (Mumbai Bombay)

Atma Jyothi Ashram

for Yoga

http://www.yoga.in/ (Yoga Retreats India)

Sivananda Ashram; Divine Life Society – Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Bihar School of Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga research Institute

Isha Yoga Centre

Manaltheeram Yoga Centre

Ashiyana Ashram

for Meditation & Ayurveda

Maharishi Yogi – Transcendental Meditation Centre

for Ayurveda

Indus Valley Meditation Centre (Mysore)

Ghandharv Ashram

for Jyotish Astrology

ISKCON Hare Krishna

Contemporary

Rajneesh Osho Meditation Centre  (Pune Maharastra)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living  (Bangalore Karnataka)

for Evolution Theory & Vision 

Sri Aurobindo – Pondicherry Auroville (Tamil Nadu)

for Brahma Kumaris (unity of faiths)

Brahma Kumaris

for Buddhism

Dalai Lama – Dharmsala, Sarnath, Dargeeling, Nepal (Boddhanath), Lhasa (China)

for Zen Tao

Zen Tao Mediation Centre

for Vipasanna

Vipasanna International Academy

Serve the Poor & Sick

Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Mother Teresa

TEMPLES OF INDIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_temple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hindu_temples_in_India

http://www.bharatonline.com/temples.html

http://www.templenet.com/

http://www.indiatemples.info/http://reachtemples.com/http://www.templesonnet.com/http://www.pilgrimage-india.com/south-india-temples.html

SOUTH INDIA by States

a) Karnataka b) Kerala c) Tamil Nadu d) Andra Pradesh

i) Spiritual ii) Cultural iii) Historical iv) Scenic v) Holiday Destinations

SAI (See All India) TEMPLE TOURS OF SOUTH INDIA 

2 PART TOUR PACKAGE (scroll down for itinerary)

Part 1 Package – Karnataka & Kerala States  - leaving 25th April 2012

Part 2 Package – Tamil Nadu & Andra Pradesh States – leaving 2nd May 2012

Total duration of Tour = 2 weeks (from 25th April to 9th May 2012)

TOUR PACKAGE (PICTORIAL) of PART 1

Wiki Links to the above Locations

A) TEMPLE TOUR GUIDE FOR KARNATAKA

Nava Brindavanam (http://wikimapia.org/2429641/Navabrindavana & http://www.navabrindavanam.com/)

Sringeri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shringeri)

Kukkey Subramanya  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukke_Subramanya_Temple)

Dharmasthala (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharmasthala)

Annapoorneshwari (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapoorneshwari_Temple)

Udipi Krishna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udupi)

Mookambika Devi Temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookambika)

Murudeswar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murudeshwara)

Hampi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampi)

B) TEMPLE TOUR GUIDE FOR KERALA 

Padmanabhaswamy Temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmanabhaswamy_Temple)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpeCSbOU48k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6K7nNeCtZ8&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8U-Q2yKhPo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnB9IHHSVJs&feature=related

Ayurveda Kerala

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkCcK7oZ1tg&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AhWdnHls1k&feature=relmfu

TOUR PACKAGE (PICTORIAL) of PART 2

Wiki Links to the above Locations

C) TEMPLE TOUR GUIDE FOR TAMIL NADU

Some Sacred Shiva Sites:-

Arunachala Mountain – Ramana Ashram

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiruvannaamalai),

5 elemental lingams

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancha_Bhoota_Stalam),

Chidambaram

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chidambaram & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chidambaram_Temple)

One of the 12 Jyothi lingams at Rameswaram

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rameswaram)

Kutralam

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirukutralam)

Astrological Temples for 9 planets

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navagraha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Navagraha_Temples & http://www.navagrahatemples.com/kumbakonam.htm)

Navagraha Temple Tour Map

Sun - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya,  Moon - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandra, Mars - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangala, Mercury - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budha, Jupiter - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brihaspati, Venus - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shukra, Saturn - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shani, Rahu - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahu, Kethu - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketu_(mythology)

Others:-

Sri Puram ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sripuram  - Home of Sakti Amma

Pondicherry & Auroville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pondicherry & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auroville)  - Home of the late Sri Aurobindo & the Mother

Srivilliputhur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srivilliputhurhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srivilliputhur_Divya_Desam)

Trichy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruchirappalli & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Ranganathaswamy_Temple,_Srirangam)

Meenakshi Amman temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meenakshi_Amman_Temple ),

Thanjavur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brihadeeswarar_Templehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanjavur),

Tiruchendur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiruchendur)

Kanyakumri temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanyakumari & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devi_Kanya_Kumari)

D) TEMPLE TOUR GUIDE FOR ANDRA PRADESH

Kanipakkam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanipakam)

Kadiri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadiri)

Puttaparthi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puttaparthi)

Andra Pradesh State

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzECy4Dcwjs&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLDC09F5E04FC3FFFA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85t1Ks7K2QE&feature=related

 ——————– ITINERARY ———————

PART 1 TOUR PACKAGE   - HISTORICAL PLACES TO VISIT

leaving 25th April  - completion on the 28th April 2012

1) Hampi 2) Nava Brindavanam 3) Murudeswar 4) Mookambika Temple 5) Upudi Krishna 6) Sringeri 7) Kukke  Subramanya 8) Annapurneshwari 9) Dharmasthala

Duration – 4 Days 3 Nights

Distance covered – 2,500 km

Cost – 7,000 Rps per head ($US140/- or Euro 105/-)

Transport – Deluxe Coach (Air-condition)

Additional (optional) 3,000 rps for airport taxi (to and fro)

Additional (optional) 500 rps for accommodation in Puttaparthi

Total (with taxi & extras) < 11,000 rps

Accommodation – Lodging included during 3 nights

Meals provided – Breakfast, Lunch & Diner (if you like Indian food)

We can manage to visit additional places on request if there is available time

Overseas Devotees

Note that for persons coming from overseas, a taxi can be arranged to pick you up from the Bangalore airport. Taxi cost is 1,500 rupees (US30/-) from Bangalore to Puttaparthi (3,000 both ways).

If  you desire to come a day or two prior to departure, lodging can be arranged in Puttaparthi (not more than  Rps 500/- or $US10/- a night).

Thus, the total cost from Bangalore for this first part package tour will not be above 11,000 rupees (Us220/-) – excluding air-flight costs.

The 2nd part of the tour package will take place a week later on the 2nd of April 2012.

There will be a few days rest on the return to Puttaparthi after the first tour. This will give those interested in continuing the tour time to recuperate and relax from the summer heat before leaving to Tamil Nadu and the areas around Andra Pradesh.

Note that the deluxe air-con Volvo bus will also provide relief between each temple visited. Clean mineral water will be available during the trip.

For those continuing on with the 2nd tour, an additional 8,500 rps will be added to the first tour package.

Otherwise, for those NOT interested in the first package, but would like to only participate in the 2nd tour package, here are the details;

PART 2 TOUR PACKAGE  - HISTORICAL PLACES TO VISIT 

leaving 2nd May – completion on the 9th May 2012

1) Trichy, 2) Thanjavur, 3) Kumbokonam Navagraha (9 planetary temples) 4) Chidambaram Nataraj temple 5) Tiruvannamalai (ARUNACHALA) 6) Sri Puram Golden Temple 7) Trunallar 8) Kanipakkam 9) Kadri 10) Puttaparthi

Duration –  7 days 6 nights

Distance – 3,000 km (1.6 per km)

Cost – 8,500 rps per head

Transport – Deluxe Coach (Air-condition)

Additional (optional) 3,000 rps for airport taxi (to and fro)

Additional (optional) 500 rps for accommodation in Puttaparthi

Total (with taxi and extras) – < 12,000 rps

- ADDITIONALLY -

 JYOTISH ASTROLOGY  & THE 9 PLANETARY TEMPLE REMEDIALS

The second part of the tour also includes an optional Vedic astrological (Jyotish) chart reading, before leaving for the Navagraha temples, where the appropriate identification and prayers for planetary remedial measures can be made for you by the priests at the respective temples.

Note that between Package 1 & 2, there will be a  3-4 days rest and accommodation can be provided (500 rps a day), or you can stay in the Sai Baba ashram for about 150 rps a day.

3 TOUR OPTIONS & COSTS

Thus, from the above, anyone interested in the trip can participate in any of 3 tour options:-

1.  Total Tour Package 1  (25th-28th April 2012)

7,000 rps

(US 140/- or Euro 106/-)

OR

< 11,000 rps 

(including airport taxi & accommodation)

(US 221/- or Euro 168)

2. Total Tour Package 2  (2nd-9th May 2012)

8,500 rps

(US 171/- or Euro 130)

OR

 < 12,000 rps 

(incl taxi & accommodation)

(US 241/- or  Euro 183/-)

3. Total Tour Package 1 & 2  (25th April – 9th May 2012)

15,500 rps (7,000 + 8,500)

(US 301/- or Euro 228/-)

OR

< 25,000 rps 

(including taxi & all accommodation)

(US 503/- or Euro 381/-)

By providing these 3 options (6 if you include price options), you can decide the cost, duration and sites that you would like to see.

Conditions for Trip

1. Interested travelers shall pay an advance of Rs. 1,000/- for booking a seat

2. The amount for booking is non-refundable

3. We are not responsible if the traveling person does not get to the departure point (bus) in time

4. In case of hike in price of diesel or the toll booth charges, the extra money will be collected from passengers

5. Full fair shall be collected for anyone over the age of 5 years old

6. Devotees shall abide by the rules and regulations of the visiting temple

7. Tickets shall be reserved/booked on the basis of first come first serve

Do not miss the bliss of a spiritual trip!

LEAVING FROM PUTTAPARTHI (Andra Pradesh)

(2 1/2 hours from Bangalore/Bengalaru Airport)

Puttaparthi Entrance Arch
View from Puttaparthi Sports Stadium
CONTACT DETAILS

Please contact me (JiVa Suren) at 14suren@gmail.com

WISHING YOU A HAPPY JOURNEY

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Shiva & Maha Sivaratri – the Ultimate Night of Yoga

Maha Sivaratri – the dark night of the Absolute

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maha_Shivaratri

http://www.discover-yoga-online.com/maha-shivaratri.html

http://blog.eaglespace.com/shivratri-festival/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0GSpYbDtio&sns=fb (Prashanti Nilayam 2012)

http://vimeo.com/13780109 (Mahashivaratri on Vimeo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiN6lX4RPMM&feature=youtu.be (Om Namah Sivaya)

Dear readers,

Yet another short post to remind Yogi’s that tomorrow night (20th Feb 2012) is a very auspicious night for contemplation on one’s Reality. The night is called Siva-ratri, or the “night of Siva”.

If you have already browsed through the articles on this blog, you might already appreciate the symbolism of Lord Siva in Hinduism. He represents the Father and the Formless, Transcendental Absolute beyond Consciousness, Mind and Nature. He reveals Himself through the 5 elements, the panchakshara mantra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Namah_Shivaya), and 5 aspects; creation, preservation, destruction, concealment & blessing or Grace, and  through 3 levels; the Formless (New Moon, bindu, AUM, 5 elemental pentagram), the Lingam (ellipsoid) & the reflected symbolic image or form (Siva). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva

In India & Hinduism, He is the Ultimate Yogi, and Sivaratri is the ultimate night of Yoga to receive the Grace of Reality through a stilled mind on the darkest New Moon of the year.

From an understanding of astronomy & jyotish, this co-incides with the waning of the Moon (mind) to conjunct the Sun in Aquarius in the constellation of  Satabishaj Nakshatra, according to the Sidereal zodiac. The process begins from 2 weeks before, when the Moon is full in Leo in the constellation of  Purvaphalungini; the Nakshatra connected to Bhagya (fortune) and the Sivalingam (granting the power of  procreation). As the Moon wanes, by the 13th “tithi” or phase/day of the waning  moon it reaches a day called Trayodasi; which according to the Vedic lunar calendar is timed to propriate Siva.

Therefore, from the 14th waning day until the New Moon (Amavaasya) day in the Month of February-March is particularly auspicious for meditational practice. It is also during the period of  “Uttarayana”, or 6 months after the winter solstice, when the Sun begins to move northwards relative to the Earth; considered a divine half of the year when there is increasing solar light for spiritual practice. Remember to keep your spine erect for the energies to move upwards too!

The specific celebrations and contemplation begins from 14th night at the point of dusk to the following morning at the point of dawn. During this night, the power of void and gravity on the mind is at its greatest and most conducive for Yogic meditation and Samadhi. Therefore, the normal practice is to keep vigil all night, singing bhajans or mantric music, limiting food intake and using the energy at one’s disposal to turn within the the Source as one’s Self. This year is a very auspicious Mahasivaratri, falling on Monday (Siva’s day) in Sravana (Vishnu’s) Nakshatra – the most auspicious constellation!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harihara

Shiva Puja or Worship

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhisheka

http://www.oocities.org/shivaperuman/aspect.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBVbjRrfLuY&feature=related

You can read the earlier wiki link to access the more technical and ritualistic details that Hindus and Yogis practice to worship Siva on this night. Generally, worship on this night involves offering the panchamrit (for the 5 elements) and bilva leaves to the lingam with the Mahamrityunjaya mantra, “Om Namah Sivaya” & the Lingakshakam;

SIVA MANTRAS

Rudra Siva

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudra

http://www.yogaofsrichinmoy.com/god__the_author_of_all_good/cosmic_gods/rudra/index.html

Rudra-Gayatri

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dheemahi, Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat.

 “We meditate on Rudra to give us the supreme Knowledge. We meditate on Rudra to energise our life and to stimulate our mind.”

http://know-your-mantra.blogspot.in/2008/11/rudra-gayatri.html

RUDRAM (Namakam & Chamakam = Name & Form)

(Namakam prayer for purification & protection; Chamakam prayer for prosperity)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Rudram_Chamakam

http://www.scribd.com/doc/2601866/Rudram-and-Chamakam-with-English-Translation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVi39db6dew (You tube)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIl0ItYBFy8&feature=share (Sai Baba)

Om Namah Sivaya (Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya) – essence of  Namakam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Namah_Shivaya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE0HKabZoEc&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-JVPRU1I9o&feature=youtu.be

 The Mahamrityunjaya mantra – essence of Chamakam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahamrityunjaya_Mantra

“aum tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanamurvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt, Om Hreem Namah Sivaya”

Meaning: We hail the fragrant Three-eyed One who nourishes [all] and increases the [sweet] fullness of life. As the cucmber is liberated from captivity [from its stem], may we [also] be liberated (mukshiya) from death (mrityor) not from immortality (maamritaat).  Reverence to That.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0IaCbOUXWI  & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQUBPiOwQa4 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClxgIS-_X_g&feature=share

The Sri Lingashtakam

- a popular 8-canto hymn chanted during the worship of Lord Shiva

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja#Lingashtakam

Brahma Muraari Suraarchita Lingam

Nirmala Bhashita Shobhita Lingam

Janmaja Dukha Vinaashaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is adored by Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods, which is praised by pure and holy speeches and which destroys the cycle of births and deaths.

Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam

Kaamadaham Karunaakara Lingam

Raavana Darpa Vinaashaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sada Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is the destroyer of desires, which the Devas and the sages worship, which is infinitely compassionate and which subdued the pride of Raavana.

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam

Buddhi Vivardhana Kaarana Lingam

Siddha Suraasura Vanditha Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is lavishly smeared with variegated perfumes and scents, which elevates the power of thought and enkindles the light of discrimination, and before which the Siddhas and Suras and Asuras prostrate.

Kanaka Mahaamani Bhushitha Lingam

Phanipathi Veshtitha Shobhitha Lingam

Daksha Suyajna Vinaashaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, the destroyer of Dakshas sacrifice, which is decorated with various ornaments, studded with different gems and rubies and which glows with the garland of the serpent Lord coiled around it.

Kumkuma Chandana Lepitha Lingam

Pankaja Haara Sushobhitha Lingam

Sanchitha Paapa Vinaashaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is smeared with saffron and sandal paste, which is decorated with lotus garlands and which wipes out all accumulated sins.

Devaganaarchitha Sevitha Lingam

Bhaavair Bhakti Bhirevacha Lingam

Dinakara Koti Prabhakara Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga which is worshipped by the multitude of Gods with genuine thoughts full of faith and devotion and whose splendor is like that of a million suns.

Ashta Dalopari Veshtitha Lingam

Sarva Samudbhava Kaarana Lingam

Ashta Daridra Vinaashaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, destroyer of all poverty and misery in its eight aspects, which is the cause of all creation and which stands on the eight petalled Lotus.

Suraguru Suravara Pujitha Lingam

Suravana Pushpa Sadaarchitha Lingam

Paraatparam Paramatmaka Lingam

Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam

Meaning: I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga which is the Transcendent Being and the Supreme Self, worshipped by all Suras and their preceptor (Brhaspathi), with innumerable flowers from the celestial gardens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_z4oRinK3E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffd2Ni01BcA

Puja Items

Some special item for Siva worship are the Parad (solidified mercury) lingam, rudrakshas (especially 1, 5, 11 and 14 faced beads), vermillion, sandal paste, vibhutti, jasmine flowers etc.. To purchase such items there are many sites on the net. One  international site that was reliable and honest, and provided authentic items is:-

http://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/

Siva Lingam – portal to the unmanifest Absolute 

Note that Siva & Lingam represent the Absolute, the Self or Reality – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram; Truth, Goodness & Beauty of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-knowledge-Bliss). He is the Grace inherent through one’s own consciousness, and the ultimate shaman, remedial & healer. In physics, he is the proton, and in psychological terms, He is the power of imagination or Maya – the veiling (rope) and projecting (snake) power of the mind; that superimposes illusion on His transcendental Reality (power of the unmanifest – lingam). Even though “Siva” never incarnates, as He is the impersonal Reality, His family symbolise aspects of nature; ie. Sakti is the electron field; Ganesh the subjective reality and gravity, & Murugan (seed of Siva), objective reality and electro-magnetism. The 11 rudras represent aspects of His power, of which, Hanuman was the greatest embodiment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudras & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman

To Sai devotees, Shirdi Sai Baba was an Avatar of Shiva.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_Baba_of_Shirdi

More information on Siva has been added to the bottom of this blog post; including His symbolism, His shrines & a recommended  book list. However, for now, I will leave you with a poem by one of the greatest Advaita phiolsophers of ancient India on the essence of Siva.

Have a blissful and illumined Sivaratri. Tat Twam Asi!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat_Tvam_Asi

Six Stanzas on Nirvana by Adi Shankacharya

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/moksha-prayers.html

I am not mind, wisdom, pride, and heart. Neither I am ear and tongue nor I am nose and eyes. Neither I am sky or earth nor I am power or wind. I am the eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. I am not the state of being alive or the five type of Vayu. Neither I am the seven elements constituting the body (Dhatu) nor I am the five sheaths which invest the soul. Neither I am voice, hand, or leg nor I am the portion at the bottom of waist (anus or Linga). I am the eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. I am not the state of envy and passion or the emotions of greed and attachment. Neither I am intoxication nor I am the emotion of jealousy. And I am not even the four Purushartha — Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. I am the eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. I am not Punya (good deed), Paap (Sin), Saukhya (friendship), or Dukha (Grief). Neither I am chants (Mantra) or Shrine (Teertha) nor I am the Veda or the sacrifice and oblation. Also, I am not the food, or the one that should be eaten, or the eater. I am eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. Neither I am the fear of death nor I am the difference between races. Neither I am [any relation like] father, mother, nor I am born. Also, I am not a relative, a friend, a teacher (Guru), or a student (Shisya). I am the eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. I am free from changes, and lack all the qualities and form. I envelope all forms from all sides and am beyond the sense-organs. I am always in the state of equality — there is no liberation (Mukti) or captivity (Bandha). I am the eternal happiness or bliss state, I am Shiv, I am Shiv. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi_Shankara , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shankaracharya ,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivekachudamani , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SHIVA

http://www.templenet.com/beliefs/lingod.htm

http://www.mahashivratri.org/shiva-linga.html

   

WIKI LINKS ON SIVA (as well as Tantra & Agamas):-

TANTRAS & Tantra

(Agamas ,  Shiva,  Om Namah Sivaya ShaivismHistory of Shaivitism  Shaiva Siddhanta)

http://www.hinduism.co.za/siva.htm

Symbolism of Shiva

Trishul

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trishul_(weapon)

Rudraksha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudraksha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDnuCBbgBUY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUv_YAgUf_M&feature=related

Vibhutti

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibhuti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Dfyz54QXo

VIBUTTI PRAYER
Paramam Pavitram Baba Vibhutim,
Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhutim,
Paramartha Ishtartha Moksha Pradatam,
Baba Vibhutim Idamas Yami.

MEANING:
“BABA’S Vibhuti Is Immensely Sacred And Powerful; It’s Effects Are Mysterious. One Should Take Refuge In The Supreme, Protective Power And Infinite Grace Of Baba’s Vibhuti Which Enables One To Attain Moksha (Liberation)”.

Aspects of Siva

http://www.saivism.net/articles/aspectsofsiva.asp

http://www.hinduwebsite.com/siva/aspects.asp

http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/siva.asp

Names of Siva

http://www.arunachalasamudra.org/1hy1.html

http://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/articledt.php?art_id=170

http://www.saivism.net/prayers/thousandnames.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-sDTpQAPDg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9arKWJWou8&feature=related

Classic Literature  on Siva

Siva Sutrashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puranahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivarahasya_Purana

Siva Prayers

SHIVA CHALISA & MAHIMNA STROTRAM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiv_Chalisahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_mahimna_stotram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMW52N4w5g0&feature=watch_response

Holy Shrines of Siva

Often,  in India, sacred sites are related to mountains (Siva-yang) and lakes, rivers or oceans (Sakti-yin)

MOUNT KAILASH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hascFPxfMA8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kailash

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Manasarovar

(Crown Siva-Sakti Chakra)

Mount Kailash

BENARES VARANASI KASHI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varanasi (Triveni – 3rd eye of Siva)

ARUNACHALA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachala (Heart of Siva)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrk4TbOXBZ8&feature=related

 (8 lingams in 8 direction reflects 8  petals from the Yogic  Hrit centre of body ie. the Self)

Arunachala (Arunach-allah)

Note that Arunachala is the most sacred place; the axis mundi and Heart of the World. Siva; the eternal, unmanifest Self; mythologically and symbolically, first manifested here as a column of light to Brahma (ego) & Vishnu (intellect),  and then as the first natural swayambhu lingam for worship of the Absolute Self.

It is called Siva Sthana, and is the abode of fire. It attracts those ripe in Jnana (wisdom), and even to remember and think of it regularly grants the magnetic Grace from within for knowledge of the Self. Sathya Sai Baba’s first bhajan “Manase Bhajare” was in praise of this mountain, and it is the home of Ramana Maharishi’s ashram.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76NvQD21IrM & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji_vE5kNM6c

Every year, in the month of November-December when the Moon is exalted in Karthikai (Pleadies),  a fire  festival called “Maha Deepam” commemorates it’s birth (the Self – Siva) by lighting a flame at the peak of the mountain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karthikai_Deepam.

Mahasivaratri is also celebrated here, and mythologically, symbolises the marriage with Sakti (Consciousness) when all the Gods and beings pay homage to the formless Reality and Grace.

Arunachala is home to  one of five important lingam  temples in Tamil Nadu, India, which propriate the 5 elements. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Temples_of_Tamil_Nadu.

Throughout India and Nepal, there are many lingam temples, but the most important are the Jyothi (light) lingams. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyotirlingahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashupatinath_Temple

All around India and the world Hindus, Yogis and Siva devotees pay special importance to spiritual life on this most auspicious day of Mahasivaratri.

 For more on Siva you can refer to the book list below:-

Recommended book list

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Remedials, Healing & the Yoga of Herbs

This is a short post to consider herbs with the practice of Yoga & mantras.  It will  be further elaborated upon and updated in the future.

A useful guide for more information on herbs is the work and books by Dr David Frawley & Vasant Lad; eg. the Yoga of Herbs – an Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine. For more information, refer to this resource guide:- http://www.amfoundation.org/herbinfo.htm

REMEDIALS

5 general modalities are presented with an example of some herbs to take before the practice of Yoga.

Passive Modalities

i) Gems, ii) Yantras, iii) Herbs

Active Modalities

iv) Mantras & v) Yoga (Surya Namaskar)

i) GEMS - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemstone & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemology

Gems are often the most common and passive means of remedial used, by which planetary influences are harmonised.

Gems, in there crystalised form, carry a high ether and light content, and through the ether of consciousness and the elctro-magnetic resonance and nadis of the body, help the individual imbibe more of the planetary influence. Through the 7 rays of light, within the infrared (kethu) and ultra-violet (Rahu) spectrum, gems act through light and colour to add rays into the psyche of the recipient. Note that gems, metals and herbs can, in vedic and chinese medicine, all be correlated metaphysically to their corresponding planets.

Sun – Ruby; Moon – Pearl; Mars – Red Coral; Mercury – Green Emerald; Jupiter – Yellow Sapphire/Topaz; Venus – Diamond; Saturn – Blue Sapphire; Rahu or North Node of Moon – Gomed or Hessonite; Kethu or South Node of Moon – Tiger’s or Cat’s Eye.

In Siddha medicine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddha_medicine), gems and metals are ground into a paste and prepared for ingestion  (used for an already purified consciousness – ie. very potent). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhasma

ii) YANTRAS - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yantra

However, there are other yogic and practical methods that are important. Similar “passive” complimentary methods exist; such as the use of Yantras (geometric designs), Mandalas and the application of Vastu (Indian geomancy – sacred space) or even, talismans (charged yantras) and clothing (colour). The most powerful Yantra is the Shri Yantra, which is the King of the Yantras, the great yantra of the goddess that represents and contains within itself the entire universe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Yantra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripura_Sundari & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Vidya & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakti

iii) HERBS - The main focus of this post is on the use of herbs. For more on herbs, here are some wiki links:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbalism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasayana & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soma

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ojas

For general purposes, I have categorised herbs into 4 groups:-

a) Nutritive b)  Rujuventative c) Nervine d) Balancing

Whilst nutritive herbs nurture and nourish the tissues & dhatus, rejuventative herbs are rasayanas that rebuild the the soma and ojas of the body.  The ojas sthana is the heart and devotion is the means, but in the process the regenerative organ plays an important power station and foundation for self-regeneration.

This is why, depending on the 3 doshas, rasayanas are often Vajikarana or aphrodiasiacs as well.

The nervine herds strengthen the brain and nerves to channel, contain and discipline the regeneration and expansion of this renewed  life force via the higher centres of the crown chakra and third eye chakras.

Thus, all three types of herbs can be co-ordinated depending on the dosha type.

a) Some general nutritive herbs are:-

Almonds, jaggary, honey, ghee, amalaki & milk.

Note that many of these are used in the panchamrit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchamrita) during the  abishekam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhisheka) ritual over a Siva Lingam. (Siva, being the ultimate rejuvenator).

b) Some typical  rasayanas  for the 3 types are:-

VATA – Ashwaghandha, Haritaki, Ginseng, Bala, Shankha Pushpi

PITTA – Aloe Vera, Amalaki, Licorice, Guduchi, Shatavari

KAPHA –  Bibhitaki, Ballatak, Elecamane, Guggul, Shilajit & Pippali (long pepper), Garlic

Specific Combinations with Ashwaghanda => with Gotu Kola (or Brahmi) for brain & nerves; with Arjuna for heart; with Vidari Kanda for bones & joints; with Gokshura for kidneys and bladder; with Bala for lungs and muscles; with Kapikacchu for aphrodisiac

Specific Combinations with Aloe => with Tumeric for liver, blood & wound healing; with Ginger for digestion and protecting mucous membranes; with Golden seal as an anti-biotic; with Saffron as female reproductive tonic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyawanprash

c) Brain & Nervine herbs  - structure to hold life force

VATA – Calamus & Valerian & Chamomile

PITTA – Brahmi Gotu Kola & Skullcap

KAPHA – Tulsi Basil

ALL DOSHAS – Jatamamsi &  Sankha Pushpi (Saraswata churna powder)

Some other helpful nervines – Akarakarabha (very powerful nervine), Atmagupta, Bala, Neurostess (from Rising Pharmaceuticals company) & Mentat (from Himalaya Company)

Other nutritional adjuncts for the nervous system are:-

Omega 3′s, vitamin B complex (B6 – wheat germ), vitamin K (Brocolli), thiamine, choline (eggs),  zinc (pumpkin seeds), tryosine for dopamine & noradrenaline (yogurt),  nasunin (egg plant), almonds and walnuts, blueberries (cells of hipocampus and short term memory), tryptophan to serotonin (sun flower seeds),  a moderation of dark chocolate (precursor to serotonin)!.. etc…

Food that reduce brain aging .. anti-oxidants … spinach, tomatoes,  red cabbage, green teas (polyphenol) etc…

Magnesium in neurological disorder (esp. with B6 & Zinc) http://magnesiumforlife.com/medical-application/magnesium-in-neurological-diseases-and-emotions/ http://www.health-science-spirit.com/magnesiumchloride.html & http://www.naturalnews.com/035047_magnesium_ADHD_Alzheimers.html

Some possible  Homeopathic Remedies for Nervous System:-

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Anac (Anacardium 30)

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Lac-c (Lac Caninum30)

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Nux-m (Nux Moschata 30)

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Sulph (Sulphur 30)

d) Balancing herbs are often heart chakra herbs that allow love and devotion to swell up and naturally control life-force and prana - Cardamom, Lotus Seeds, Rose, Saffron

HERBS AND ORGANS

Herbs through their chemistry and life force target specific internal organs.

BRAIN –  Basil, Calamus, Gotu Kola (Brahmi) & Skullcap

EYES – Triphala, Licorice, Shatavari

NOSE – Nasya of Anu Tail

SKIN – Tuvarak, Catechu, Bakuchi

NEURO-MUSCULAR SYSTEM – Bala, Nagbala, Garlic, Guggul

THYROID – Irish Moses, Kelp, Trikatu

LUNGS – Comfrey, Elecampane, Ginger, Pippali

HEART – Hawthorn, Lotus Seeds, Saffron, Guggul. Elecampane, Gold Bashma

BREASTS – Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek, Shatavari

LYMPHATICS – Bayberry, Echinacea, Yarrow, Yellow Dock

STOMACH – Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cumin, Fennel

LARGE INTESTINES – Psyllium, Rhubarb, Triphala

SMALL INTESTINES – Aloe Vera, Cumin, Gentian

LIVER – Aloe vera, Barberry, Gentian, Manjisha,Guduchi

SPLEEN – Golden Seal, Neem, Tumeric

PANCREAS – Dandelion, Tumeric, Pomengranate

KIDNEYS – Coriander, Goshura, Marshmallow, Uva Urshi

MALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM – Ashwagandha, Bala, Garlic, Saw Palmetto

FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM – Aloe Vera, Myrrh, Raspberry, Shatavari

Rasayanas for the Tissues (Dhatus)

1. Plasma (Rasa) – Draksha, Shatavari, dates

2. Blood (Rakta) – Amalaki, Lauhadi rasayana, bhringaraj, suvarna makshika

3. Muscle (Mamsa) – Masha, Ashwaghandha, Bala, Nux Vomica, Silver Bhashma

4. Fat (Meda) – Guggul, Shilajit, Haritaki, Guduchi, Garlic

5. Bone (Ashti) – Shukti (mother of Pearl) bhasma, prawal (coral) bhasma, Kukkutanda bhasma, mrigashringa bhasma, vamsharochan, prishnaparni

6. Nerve (Majja) – Calamus, Gotu Kola, Shankhapushpi, loha bhasma, gold bashma, makaradhwaja

7. Reproductive (Shukra) – Kapikacchu, Vidarikanda, Shatavari, Ashwaghandha, Ghee, Milk

Rasayanas for Bodily Systems

1. Respiratory – Chyavan prash, Vardhaman, Pippali (long pepper), Vardhaman Marich (Black Pepper)

2. Digestive – Long Pepper, Bhallataka, Haritaki, Suvarna Parpati

3. Water metabolism – Fresh ginger, cyperus, Cardamon

4. Urinary systems – Punarnava, Gokshura

5. Excretory systems –  Kutaj, Vidanga, Triphala, Flaxseed

6. Sweating systems – Basil, Nux Vomica, Dhatura

50 Groups of Herbs for Specific therapeutic Effects (according to Charak)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charakahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charaka_Samhita & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushruta_Samhita

In Ayurveda, each of these 50 groups has 10 herbs. According to Frawley & Ranade (in their book Ayurveda – Nature’s Medicine), each group is called a Mahakashaya. Their book (on page 153) gives a very good list of the 50 groups with their 10 herbs and overall therapeutic action such as weight loss or gain, heart tonics etc.. As an example, I will list a few here;

Groups Agents Name => Therapeutic Effect => List of herbs/foods

Vitalizing Agents (Jivaiya) => Helps protects one’s life and promote longevity => Licorice, sesame seeds or mung beans

Healing Agents (Sandhaniya) => Promote the healing of wound or cuts => Guggul, Manjishta, Tumeric, Aloe gel, Bayberry, Neem

Tonics (Balya) => Strength giving Agents => Bala, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Ginseng

Promote Longevity (Vaya Sthapana) – Rejuvenative, counter the aging process => Guduchi Sattva, Haritaki, Gotu Kola, Shatavari, Amalaki

Complexion Improving Agents => Improve Skin Lustre => Sandalwood, Tumeric, Lotus Root, Manjishtha, (Neem & Aloe Vera)

Hair Growth => Amla, Bhrinjraj, Jatamansi, wheat germ etc… (many products available with Himalayan Comapny)

FOR MORE ON AYURVEDA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiva_Ayurvedahttp://www.jiva.com/http://www.vedanet.com/ ,  http://www.ayurveda.com/http://www.ayurcure.info/http://www.ayurvediccure.com/index.html

COMPANIES FOR PURCHASING HERBS (Ayurvedic)

http://dir.indiamart.com/indianexporters/pure-herbs.htmlhttp://www.himalayahealthcare.com/ & http://www.dabur.com/default.aspx & http://risingherbal.com/ & http://www.naturonworld.com/ & http://www.herbalcureindia.com/ & http://www.amrutaherbals.com/ & http://www.planetayurveda.com/products.htm & http://www.ayurveda-herbs.com/ & http://www.motherherbs.com/ayurvedic-herbs.html & http://www.jivasupplements.org/ & http://www.jivaresearch.org/index.php & http://www.shraddhaherbal.com/

iv) MANTRAShttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra

On a more dynamic, inter-active level, methods that employ (mental and physical) participation of the individual are often more effective; especially for deeper psychological or psychic imbalances. These include Mantras (words of power), Pujas & Homas (sacred rituals), Ayurvedic & Holistic Medicines (eg. nutritionals, diet, herbs, aromas as well as colour) and Hatha Yogas (notably, asana postures, pranayama deep breathing and mudras or physiological/psychic “locks”).

Example of Steps to  Herbal Healing using a Mantra

Step 1. Start with some simple pranayama to balance and open both the lunar (ida) and solar (pingala) nadis into sushumna nadi before starting one’s practice.

This involves  alternative nostril breathing. 3 deep breathes are taken  in through one nostril (closing the other nostril with one’s finger) and out through the other. Then, exchanging the nostril in and out, another 3 deep breathes are taken in using the other nostril in and the opposite out. This can be repeated a few cycles until both nostrils are found to be open on breathing in and out.

Note that deep breathing increases prana to the brain, and, with practice over time,  enlargens the ventricles of the brain  and the nervous systems’ prana capacity.

Step 2. Prepare the herbs that you want to take before you begin your surya namskar. These herbs can be placed on the a  SRI YANTRA or Durga Yantra. In addition, the herbs can be left in the Moon over night to absorb more “soma”. The specific energies can be co-ordinated with Jyotish or Vedic Astrology Constellations. This timing is called  Muhurtam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhurta). Also you can refer to the later part of this link post for a simple introduction. …http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.in/2011/02/syllabus-guide.html

Step 3. With your chosen herbs on the Yantra, you can now begin charging them with the Tantric mantra

For example, if you are a Pitta-Vata type, you might have Ashwaghandha, Aloe Vera,  Amalaki,  Calamus & Brahmi herbs on the i) Sri Yantra or ii) Durga Yantra. Now you can repeat this mantra 108 times out-loud or silently, focusing the mind on the vibration and the yantra. The relevant mantra (to the Goddess/3 aspects of nature) is:-

Saraswati (Raja guna) = “Aim”; Laxsami (Satwa guna) = “Srim”; Kali Durga (Tama guna) = “Kreem”

i) SUNDARI’s  MANTRAS & SRI YANTRA

(especially used  for rejuvenating mind and nervous system and facilitating flow of Soma down from the crown chakra)

Aim Klim Sauh(a) (shortest version)

(pronounced AYM KLEEM SAUHA)

OR

Hrim Srim Klim Aim Sauh(a) (short version)

OR

Ka E I La Hrim, Ha Sa Ka Ha La Hrim, Sa Ka La Hrim (full version)

ii) KALI MANTRA

(fiery mantra for causing ascent of prana and kundalini fire)

Krim Hum Hrim

(pronounced KREEM HOOM HREEM)

OR

combined with Sundari mantra

Aum Krim Hum Hrim Srim Aim Klim Sauh

(balances fiery ascending and watery descending energies of Shakti)

iii) DURGA’S MANTRA & YANTRA

Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaya Vicche

(pronounced OM AIM HRIM KLING CHAMUNDAYA VICHAY)

Complete the chanting with “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti” and ingest the herbs with milk and honey.

v) YOGA & CHAKRAS

Note that in an earlier post mantras were connected to the 12 postures of the Surya Namaskar thttps://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/physiotherapy-surya-namaskar-the-gayatri-mantra/

By researching and considering the correspondence between herbs to chakras, specific herbs can also be used with the Surya Namaskar and the 12 mantras to direct the life force and healing properties of the herb to the appropriate internal organ and chakra. Alternatively, you can take a relevant herb before focussing on a chakra and asana.

Chakra to Herbs

CROWN Chakra Herbs – Calamus, Gotu Kola (Brahmi), Nutmeg, Valerian

THIRD EYE Herbs – Basil (Tulsi), Elecampane, Sandalwood, Skullcap

THROAT chakra herbs – Ajwan, Bayberry, Cloves, Licorice

HEART Chakra herbs – Cardamom, Lotus Seeds, Rose, Saffron

SOLAR PLEXUS herbs – Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cumin, Golden Seal

SACRAL Chakra herbs – Coriander, Gokshura, Marshmellowm Uva Urshi

ROOT Chakra herbs – Ashwagandha, Haritaki, Lotus Root, Shatvari

3 Steps for a general herbal Chakra Rehabilitation

From the above, a possible herbal rejuvenation program could be the following steps:-

1. Strengthen the crown (7th) & third eye (6th) chakra with their relevant herbs (ie. nervines to prepare the system for containing more life force). Along with this take the complimentary nutritionals and practice daily periods of meditation/concentration. Combine these with nutritious foods such as nuts, fruits and nutritive herbs.

Once the mental strength, concentration and discipline has developed as a result;

2. Strengthen the base (1st) and sacral (2nd) chakra to ground the down pour of energies from crown chakra, cerebrospinal fluid and ojas (nutritive foods) transmuted into tejas (fire of the mind). Build up (feed) the “kundalini” storage in the body’s regenerative system.

3. Strengthen the 3rd, 4th & 5th chakras through devotion (4th chakra) and singing mantras (3rd & 5th chakras) to balance and bring under natural control the downpour of crown chakra energies and natural regeneration from the base chakra up (ie. to bring enlightenment into the body).

HOLISTIC INTEGRATED APPROACH (see earlier post on “the Yoga of Vegetarianism” for a table on mainstream and alternative model of healing based on the 5 levels & 5 elements)

Most significantly, the best approach is an integrated, complimentary approach that harmonises the above methods into one’s lifestyle. This includes devotion to, and an understanding of, the life-force in one’s life, as well as a re-evaluation and application of life style changes. A spiritual, yet practical approach to life is best, encompassing the holistic principles of philosophical works such as the Bhagavad Gita within the modern, contemporary context.

According to one’s Vedic astrological chart, constitution and temperament this includes understanding oneself, and the need for happiness through union (yoga) and balance with one’s Being and Becoming through a life of Karma (work), Bhakti (worship), Jnana (wisdom) Raja (will) and the Zen/Tao (natural/dharmic way).

Traditionally, in India, this has included devotion to the forces of nature, life-force or deity; often through devotional singing via the healing combination on the head (ie. knowing the meaning of mantric words sung), heart (ie. gradually feeling the powerful vibration of the mantric words) and hands (ie. clapping to the rhythm to percolate the vibration through the nadis of the hand to the heart/body/mind; and in unison with others to create a heightened, communal vibrational “frequency or resonance” on the bodies, minds and spirits of all the participants). Sound, music and ether, the latter being the most subtle of elements, effects a vibrational change within one’s own etheric space, consciousness and brain. They thereby, increase one’s sensitivity to absorb more of the satwic guna and life force (prana) of nature (prakriti)into one’s consciousness and awaken the hidden, dormant potential energies of the body and brain to rise up and receive the descent of universal, cosmic healing energies through the crown chakra.

In summary, all remedials can be used and qualified for each individual to either strengthen deficiencies in, or “unlock”, one’s specific “DNA” through vibrational resonances to one’s unique prakriti or nature. For this, jyotish and the timing of remedial according to the cycles of nature are important, as well as a holistic approach that balances common sense and experience with reason and intuition.

In fact, I believe an integrated paradigm for health and happiness is still the call of the day; where a synthesis between eastern (mysticism) and western (scientific) models, tropical & sidereal astrology, as well as alternative and traditional approaches, are still evolving towards a true holism. As a physiotherapist interested in holistic medicine, I have tried to put forth such a proposal based on categorising 5 levels of health; bio-mechanical (Earth), bio-chemical (Water), bio-vibrational-pranic (Fire), bio-environmental (Air) & bio-spiritual (Ether).  As one’s vibration or “evolution” goes deeper (towards the etheric attribute of space and consciousness), so too does the conditions and limits of healing increase, and the metaphysical level and paradigms for so called “siddhis”, subtler powers, or “miracles” to take place within one’s own consciousness. ie. what applies at the level of mechanics may not apply at the level of chemistry. In the same way, what applies at developed levels of “prana” and mind and consciousness may supersede its foundational levels.

Finally, the ultimate purpose of jyotish and healing is to lead one through Self-knowledge and Self-inquiry to the ultimate medicine of Advaita Vedanta, wholeness and transcendence as espoused by realised sages such as Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ramana Maharishi.

Note that Advaita Vedanta is the philosophical essence of Hinduism or the “Vedas” (Sanskrit word for knowledge). Vedan-ta means the “end of knowledge” and Advaita means Non-dualism or Oneness. Advaita Vedanta teaches the identity of the real “I”, as Consciousness, with the Absolute (ie. Oneness with God, Siva, Allah, Jehovah, Tao, Nirvana etc.).

Similar teachings can be found at the essence of the mystical, inner doctrines of the world religions, such as in Sufism (Islam), Kabbala (Judaism), Tao(ism) , Zen (Budddism) and Gnosticism (Christianity).

Divine Love & Healinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNMK3svjC08&feature=share

New Medical Awareness – follow on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Medical-Awareness/304386039612985?sk=wall

Herbs & Spices

http://www.naturalnews.com/035530_immune_system_herbs_spices.html#ixzz1rofhCKgq

RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST ON HERBS

http://www.amfoundation.org/herbinfo.htm

FOR MORE ON HOMEOPATHY

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_homeopathic_preparations

http://www.holisticmed.com/www/homeopathy.html

http://abchomeopathy.com/ & http://www.webhomeopath.com/

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Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Sat-guru Kali Yuga Purna Avatara – 2012 January-December

I found this link on You Tube today and felt it was no co-incidence and so decided to share it. I presume it has been put on by a Sai Baba devotee.  I personally like the connection to the Sun (Solar Yoga) & the Advaita of “I am”:-

Link: Thought of the day Jan 29 2012 Puttaparthi

Meaning of Sathya Sai Baba’s Name:- True Mother Father

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wynYMJwEPH8 (My sweet Lord by George Harrison)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jbzt_eI31o&feature=youtu.be (George Harrison & Sathya Sai Baba)

Avatar – You tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvmr_p4GUDM&feature=share (Avatar)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POsyesSzVuA (Your mission has begun)

Guru Mantra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53FAXBTYhn4&feature=related

Twameva Mata Cha Pita Twameva,

Twameva Bandhu Sakha Twameva,

Twameva Vidya Sarvinam Twameva,

Twameva Sarvam Mum Dev Deva.

MEANING

“O Lord, You Are My Mother, Father, Kinsman And Friend.

You Are My Wealth Of Knowledge, Strength, Valour And Power

You Are My God Of Gods”

From the light, into the light, of the Light

 Also, yesterday there was a lovely Chinese New Year at Puttaparthi,  celebrating the auspicious Year of the Dragon!

In Jyotish astrology, this should be a very interesting year of Divine Justice.

Jupiter, the Divine planet of Luck, follows a 12 year cycle. When it enters Aries, this co-insides with the Chinese sign of the Dragon.  Jupiter and Saturn govern the societal level of affairs.

Interestingly, Saturn, the planet of Justice, has entered Libra (the sign of the scales) and it’s  exaltation position (ie. strongest). They are in opposition to each other, and in Jyotish,  fully aspecting one another; balancing each others forces  well.  And, this will continue until the end of the year; the hot, controversial topic of the winter solstice!

Should be an interesting time to see corruption uncovered and corrected. A year for Satya Jit, or victory through Truth. Anyway, happy new year & Sai Ram

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=W5mbldTkruM&feature=share

Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 16…

From this day, keep ever in your memory (remind yourself) what I am about to tell you:-

”I am God;  I am not different from God”

 ”I am the Indivisible Supreme Absolute”

 “I am Sath-Chith-Anandha (Being, Awareness, Bliss)”

”Grief and anxiety can never affect me”

“I am ever content; fear can never enter me”  

Feel thus forever. Pray that this conviction grows stronger and stronger… Be reminding yourself of this. Pray that you may not fail in this spiritual exercise. 

Sathya Sai Baba

More Sai Links:-

http://www.scribd.com/doc/82537530/India-Today-Special-on-Sri-Sathya-Sai-Baba

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/future.html

http://saidivineinspirations.blogspot.in/

Sai Baba You Tube (Interview & Darashan)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXLZqop05WQ&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ollVJoRzBtc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVzxrPKA8MM

Mystic Inn Project 2012-13

http://vimeo.com/36497669

Enter-taint-ment(al)

http://jiva5.blogspot.in/

Orange Evolution!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SB49UjZBw0

SURRENDER QUOTES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZsr3hVHAQ4 (Love Devotion Surrender – Santana)
Sai Baba on the attitude of Surrender
You may repeat like a parrot certain phrases like “Everything is the Lord’s,” “I am but a puppet; He pulls the strings and I dance as He wills,” “Nothing is mine; I am just carrying out His will” and so on. But what do you usually do? When a praiseworthy act is done, you claim it to be your own; you shout from platforms till your throats get dry that you won by your own effort, honour, fame, status and standards, authority and position, property and possessions, and attainments and achievements. But when a blameworthy act is done, or when it comes to confessing your share in earning ill fame and defeat, or evil and wrong, you conveniently transfer the responsibility to the Lord, saying, “I am but an instrument in His hands, He is the master, I am but a tool.” People swing from “I” to “He” like the pendulum of the clock. This very common habit, which is a fashion today, is sheer deceit; its hollow spiritual sham. Mind, word and act – all three must be filled with the belief that all is His play. That is the genuine path.

Bhagavad Gita 18: 62 & 66 (Krishna to Arjuna)
You are only an instrument. Do not take all this responsibility on your head. Nothing is yours. Be an instrument.
Verse 62
Fly unto Him alone for refuge
With your whole being, Arjuna. From His grace, you shall attain Supreme peace and the eternal abode
Verse 66
Abandoning all duties (religion and dharmas),
Take refuge in Me alone.
I shall liberate you from all evils
Do not grieve
Ramakrish Parahamsa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramakrishna
God has put you int he world.
What can you do about it?
Resign everything to Him.
Surrender yourself at His feet.
Then you will realise that it is God who does everything.
Ramana Maharishi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramana_Maharshi
Complete surrender does require that you have no desires of your own.
You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you and that means having no desires of your own.
Sathya Sai Baba
I Want Peace.  “I” is the ego. “Want” is desire. Remove ego and desire and you have peace.
The minimal qualification for Grace is surrender of the ego.

http://whoamiadvaita.blogspot.in/2009/10/sai-baba-prayer-of-surrender.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1wzMF38RmQ

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Vastu – connection between the cosmic 27 Nakshatra constellations and the yogic chakras through sacred geometry?

A visual post associating the cosmic Nakshatras (A of Astrology – Jyotish) to Vastu (A of Abode) and the sacred geometry of the body & nature.  A thought provoking post? Will be updated and elaborated upon. Images generally progress from macro to micro correspondences in 5 stages:-

Consider the 5 levels of correspondence

i) cosmic patterns (macro-correspondences)

ii) natural patterns

iii) sacred geometry

iv) abode (house & geo-graphic location)

v) Body (ie. yoga nidra, sleep, geometry, micro-correspondence)

LINK TO SOME UP-LIFTING MUSIC TO LISTEN TO AS YOU TAKE A VISUAL JOURNEY UP THE CROWN TO THE COSMIC!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FeEuKO0tsI&feature=share

VASTU PURUSHA (Cosmic Man) with the 27 Nakshatras (Periphery)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vastu_shastra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture

27 Nakshatras (Vedic Constellations) of the Milky Way

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshatra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_astrology

What is jyotish?

http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.com/

The North Pole Star (Polaris) around which Ursha Major (the 7 Rishi Star) - rotates forming a Swatstika represetning the Dharma, Auspiciousness & the 4 Yugas with the 27 Nakshatras below along the Milky Way

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_star

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Major

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precession

The Zodiac (with Nakshatras)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Aquarius

Circadian Rhythm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm

Sleep Cycles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep

Circadian Rhythm in Sleep & Wakefulness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga-nidra

Sleep & Yoga Nidra

4 elmenets, 4 brain waves, 7 stages of consciousnss, cycles of 9 (ie. 90 mins)

VASTU to SACRED GEOMETRY

Earth Vastu Purusha

(north – east direction receives magnetism from the north and solar light from the east)

Vastu & 5 Elements

Vastu Design

Vastu Temple

Sacred GeometryCrop Circles

http://www.lucypringle.co.uk/photos/

Fibonacci Number and Pentagram/Human Body

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagram#Geometry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03uC9bhX0Rc&feature=related (Fibonacci number)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oSePXRbW9o&feature=share (Miracle of 528 Hz & Fibonacci numbers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCPXzAhNM4&feature=related (Fibonacci number)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2bAlIK4KkE&feature=related (Golden mean)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy6cqVUloJQ&feature=related (Golden Ratio in face)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cbAjK5kpmA&feature=related (face reading)

Pi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hvD5kLqjuw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKzcDZswj5A&feature=related (Nature’s numbers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sERcM9o25g&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s37RP3mVnTg&feature=fvwrel

7 Chakras in Pentagram Man

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

Chakras Vastu Purusha

(ideal to sleep in opposite direction to earth’s north-south magnetism ie. head south feet north)

Sacred Geometry in Schools

Real mathematics in schools with Vedic maths & sacred geometry?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvdmISdytXg&feature=related

Edu-create proposal

(given to UNESCO 2005) – Metaphysical Model for Secondary Education

Sacred Geometry Sites

http://www.fractal.org/Bewustzijns-Besturings-Model/Sacred-Geometry.htm

http://www.geometrycode.com/sacred-geometry/

http://www.goldennumber.net/

http://www.constructingtheuniverse.com/

http://www.spiraloflight.com/ls_sacred.html

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/sacredgeo?sk=wall

You Tube

Vedic Cosmology Mysteries of the Sacred Universe

Vedic Cosmology – Mysteries of the Sacred Universe

Size of the Universe

Authorities of Sacred Geometry

Keith Critchlow - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Critchlow

Life & Works

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~matc/math5.pattern/lesson5art.html

The Cosmic Matrix & Omen Reading in the Vedas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samudrika_Shastra

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Asana (Yoga), Ayurveda (Health), Abode (Vastu), Astrology (Jyotish), Advaita (Self-knowledge)

Please check out this updated site. More information has been added to all the posts and a new post will be uploaded soon.  Of the 5 A’s; Asana (Yoga), Ayurveda (Health), Abode (Vastu), Astrology (Jyotish), Advaita (Self-knowledge);  I plan to research and provide more information on the connection between Yoga, sleep and Vastu and cross-reference this to other aspects of architecture, Feng Shui, Islamic patterns , Crop Circles, Platonic Solids, and other sacred sites & sacred geometry.

In the meantime, please read the updated post on Yoga metaphysics & Physiotherapy (Sun Yoga & Gayatri mantra) with a link to the post on Vegetarianism (smoking, alcohol, Ayurveda & detox). Any corrections to my information are more than welcome.

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/

(scroll down site)

https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/about/

Namaste! Om Tat Sat

Also, take a look at the concept that took birth in 2003 about incorporating all 5 concepts into the JiVa Vision or JiVa Gypsy Project – “the JiVa Cafe” – a trance-it 4 the Soul, Muse-it 4 Mystic, Eat-it 4  Thought! - a club concept based and designed on the sacred geometry from various traditions, cultures and metaphysics .

The JiVa Cafe and the JiVa Gypsy Project

A contemporary Yogi’s joint where the world of fusion meets with all cultures integrated through sacred geometry. ie. the 5 A’s with Acoustics (mantric bliss) and Action (tribal dance) included. Thus, between the “A of Asana (Yoga)/Ayurveda (Metaphysical Mood Food Menu)” and the “A of Abode/Architecture” is the music and dance for a subliminal trance-it, synthesizing all cultures and tribes around their sacred traditions; transporting them to a feeling of Unity in Diversity. If music be the food of Love play on.

JiVa Jift – get my drift

(Jazz Indian Funk Fusion Tribal Trance with a bit of Barathemenco by the JiVa Gypsies!)

“Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher”  - James Blood

Indian Jazz Fusion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Banks & http://www.louizbanks.com/

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/article3289111.ece &  http://www.tajmahalfoxtrot.com/

Jazz Funk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funk

History of Funk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_sO5e5xhfo&feature=related & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSj4MgZf9hA

http://www.isoundsglobal.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-jazz-funkhttp://newfunkorder.com/History/History.html,  http://www.realmusicforum.com/history/who-started-funk-music/2008122356/ & http://www.iconscious.co.uk/musichistory/funk.htm

Indian Funk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_India &  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rock

Examples of Indian Jazz  Funk Fusion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ov_WNu7-t4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-NbjMJdN40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0V8Dsqo2Ps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvzFA9_7xHU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdPbDz0eRzU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBDNsqUnkAU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti3pvmiOCAI&feature=related

- the Mantric Music Multi-media Club Cafe based on the Chakras & 7 Swaras - 

“A metaphysical, eco-friendly tribal cafe & trance dance club concept/proposal”


Logo 1 TM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun

Links to information:-

 Club design on link below.  Simple cafe design is on facebook (JiVa Surendra)

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.com/2008/12/3rd-chakra-portal-determination.html

JiVa Cafe concept explained at the bottom half of the post

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.com/

India-Singapore Concept

http://jiva5lotus.blogspot.com/2010/05/jiva-5-lotus.html

JiVa Club also elaborated upon in the Appendix of the book

http://www.scribd.com/doc/59746774/Edu-Create-Book

 JiVa Memorabilia Business Model

http://metaphysicalhouse.blogspot.com/

JiVa Vision

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/jiva-gypsy-usa.html

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/on-trac-to-jiva-gypsies.html

Dedicated to the J’s of JiVa

Jimmie Hendrix, John Lennon, James Brown, Jim Morrison, Janis Jopilin,  James Blood, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Johnny Lee Hooker, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Julia Walker, Jaggit Singh, Jill Ratnam & JC!

JiVa (life-giver) – definition for the Soul

 Logo 2 TM

In India, a jiva is the immortal essence of a living being (human, animal, plant etc.) which survives physical death. It has a very similar usage to atma, but whereas atma refers to the self, jiva is used to denote a living entity specifically.

The concept of the jiva is similar to the concept of the soul as presented in Abrahamic religions. The word itself originates from the Sanskrit Jivás, with the root jīv, to breathe. It has the same Indo-European root as the Latin word Vivus: (Wikepedia).

Also, in Chinese, the word Chi (Ki or Qi) means the same as “Ji”; that is the life force & both are tied up with the breath that animates the consciousness. “Jian” in Chinese means healthy (and in Arabic & Muslim, life). In Hebrew , “Jian” (as a variant of John) means God is gracious.

Metaphysically, the soul inhabits the womb in the 5th month; man, with his 5 senses/limbs, is related to this number. The 5th day of the week from Sunday is Thursday or Guru day & corresponds to the planet Jupiter (in myth, to Indra, Zeus or Thor); the 2nd hara chakra in yoga.

The Club – the Jiva Cafe – de la soul aims to use the metaphysics of nature (with its 5 elements) ; symbolism of the soul to appreciate the unity in diversity between cultures through its unique synthesis of soulful music, food & sacred space.

http://dmitriybestlife.hubpages.com/hub/JiVa-the-Energy-of-Life

Meaning of “Ji” in Chinese

“Ji” in Chinese means “pole; roof ridge; highest/utmost point; extreme; earth’s pole; reach the end; attain; exhaust” – wiki. As a name in Chinese, it appears to mean “orange, good harvest & good fortune”.

It’s etymology is made up of 2 components;

1, representing “tree” or “wood”

2.”extreme”.

JiVa’s CORRESPONDENCE TO TAOIST PRINCIPLES

http://www.taoism-uk.org/doku.php/taoist_principles

http://www.taijiquandao.com/03paginasingles/01introduction/07philosophicaltaichi.htm

http://www.wujiproductions.com/what-is-wuji-qigong-2/

Ji-Va in Vedas =  Chi or Jing Qi Shen in Taoism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Treasures_%28traditional_Chinese_medicine%29

http://taoism.about.com/od/internalalchemy/a/three_treasures.htm

http://taoism.about.com/od/internalalchemy/a/Alchemy.htm

http://acupuncturetoday.com/abc/qijingshen.php

http://makchingyuen.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/taoism-vs-jing-qi-shen-in-taoism/

Tai-ji (Chi) VS Wu-ji (Chi)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiji & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuji_(philosophy)

http://www.healingtaobritain.com/P9705-Tai-Chi-for-Enlightenment.htm

http://jond4u.jonathandickau.com/Remember_Wu-Ji.html

http://www.taichiperson.com/what%20is%20wu-ji.htm

http://www.wujibreathing.com/

Logo 3 TM

Club JiVa – Cafe Soul of the JiVa 5 Lotus – the Metaphysical House Pte Ltd will be opening in Singapore, Little India this year. A web site is under construction.

In Chinese metaphysics system, with their 5 elemental system, Metal replaces Air & Wood replaces Ether.  In fact, Chinese metaphysics compliments Indian systems. Thus, I Ching, Chinese astrology, face reading, Feng Shui, TCM & Taoism (Tai-ji & Wu-ji) can also be represented by the above design.

Interestingly, “ji” means  pole, utmost and extreme-tree/wood. Wood is the subtlest element ether or space, and thus, perhaps, extreme wood can be interpreted as the  fullness of  Consciousness (subtlest space) leading to the Supreme Polarity (Tai-ji) and beyond (Wu-ji). In Advaita Vedanta, this is represented by the symbolism of the Yoni Lingam.

Sites http://www.ji-tao.com & http://www.ji-yoga.com have been reserved to develop the synthesis of Indian & Chinese metaphysical & healing systems & philosophies.

3 Levels of Ji Tao Yoga

http://www.jitaoyoga.com/

Sino-Indian Synthesis

i) Synthesis between Ayurveda & TCM

ii) Synthesis between Yoga & Tai-ji

iii) Synthesis between Yin Yang Tao & Siva Sakti Aum

 (left side) Yin Sakti – Yang Siva (right side)

Lion – Phoenix – Dragon – Bull

Logo 4 TM – Ji Tao Yoga

Yoga of Eternal Life, Luck & Fortune

AUM 3 (Gunas), TAO 2 (Yin-Yang), God is ONE – 3, 2, 1!

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!

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Physiotherapy, Surya Namaskar (Sun Yoga) & the Gayatri Mantra

As a physiotherapist with an interest in Yoga & Vedanta,  I wanted to share 3 levels of  health benefits;

i) the Bio-mechanical level of Physiotherapy

ii) the Bio-chemical and Bio-pranic levels of Hatha Yoga (ie. Surya Namaskar)

iii) the Bio-mental and spiritual levels of the Gayatri Mantra

(which metaphysically invokes the powers of the Sun through the power of the word and mind)

My purpose for this is, to suggest that merely practicing physical Hatha yoga, without the empowerment of mantras, is limited to just a physical exercise that grants improved posture, vitality and health, but one that may not effectively transfer the same levels of energy to the mental and  intellectual  via the word and mind.

i.e that relevant mantras help resonant the mind to the corresponding areas of the body, directing prana and energy there, and thereby bringing under conscious control those organs and glands via the neural plexus, autonomic pathways, hypothalamus, limbic system and anatomical locations mapped in the brain where they are reflected,  governed and can become controlled by higher cortical functions.

Thus, Yoga brings the subconscious, and then the unconscious under conscious and ultimately superconscious control by natural means. For this, research done by the Maharishi Yoga Organisation might be of interest; http://www.maharishiyagya.org/jyotish/counterparts.html

Following is an introduction to these 3 levels ending with a simple 10 step process to a Solar Yoga or Sun worship. Please check out the links. There are some good ones for the Surya Namaskar for those of you interested or not familiar with the Gayatri Mantra.

i) MECHANICS of PHYSIOTHERAPY & YOGA (taken from my 1st post)


Physiotherapy is a paramedical health profession that is part of the mainstream bio-medical model which subscribes to the authority of the scientific method and is an accepted part of the medical institution. It involves manual handling, exercise prescription and education and covers all aspects from orthopaedics to neurology to cardio-respiratory medicine.Its focuses is on rehabilitative medicine and deals mainly with bio-mechanics, movement science and the musculo-skelatal system of the body.

One of the main principles of this is the fact that muscles use the bones as levers to cause movement and depends on the antagonistic relationship of muscles. This means that often muscles must work in opposition via vector forces to effect movement in the desired direction under the control and co-ordination of the brain and nervous system. This relationship between muscle working in tandem depends on the length-strength relationship between them. If across a single axis hinge joint there are two muscles if one contracts and shortens the other must relax and lengthen.

In physiotherapy treatments and exercise prescription, this it is often a vital aspect of a physiotherapist job to use this principle to correct the muscle balance in localised areas of the clients body; whether as part treating tone in a stroke patient or training an elite athlete. This flexibility and strength allows optimal movement as well as contributes to ones overall posture.

It is with regards to this aspect of posture that Yoga follows the same bio-mechanical principles. Rather than across one or two joints, Yoga effectively leads to the same flexibility, tone and strength throughout the whole body by the same principles of stretching and isotonic strengthening leading to optimal length and strength of muscles and ultimately flexibility of body posture and indirectly mind.

It is also useful to note that many yoga instructors do not have a foundation in anatomy, physiology and movement science as physiotherapists do. By understanding bio-mechanics yoga instructors who are so trained are more able to detect compensatory and incorrect movements in their students but also better able to adopt and modify postures to suite those students with pathologies, injuries or limitations (such as the obese).

Yoga also compliments internal systemic medicine through its pranayama component. By combining with deep breathing Yoga postures, which stretch specific internal organs and on releasing the position, increase well oxygenated blood to circulate more deeply into the tissues to remove toxins and increase life to these areas. (much like the effect of massage)

This compliments the other Indian health practice of Ayurveda that is a natural alternative to allopathy. Thus, Yoga helps for both bio-mechanically for the musculo-skeletal and bio-chemically for the internal organs and endocrinal systems.

Also, by holding the stretches in a prolonged position it strengthens the will and nervous system.

Thus, the whole purpose is for health to have muscles of iron and nerves of steel to deal with the challenges of life and living.

And as a life-style, the combination of specifically, co-ordinated administration of appropriate herbs (Ayurveda), asanas, mudras,  pranayama techniques (Hatha Yoga), mantras (Sanskrit Metaphysical sounds) ideally with timings to nature (Tantra & Jyotish) such as gathering the solar rays at dawn and dusk especially during the half yearly passage of the Sun northwards, Yoga is really part of a very holistic process of preventing disease, increasing longevity, health and happiness.

More on Physiotherapy, Yoga & Holistic Health:-

http://www.yogaphysio.com.au/Training-Courses/YogaforPhysiotherapists-375/

Yoga in Daily Life in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy & Yoga Research Publication

Example of Holistic Health School

Real maths in schools along with Vedic maths & sacred geometry

ii) THE SURYA NAMASKAR – Solar Yoga or Sun Salutation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya_Namaskara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surya_Namaskar_Origins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_asanas

Good video of Surya Nmaskar

Video of Surya Namaskar with the 12 Sun mantras

Mantras for the 12 asanas or postures in the Surya Namaskar

  1. ॐ मित्राय नमः aum mitrāya namah
  2. ॐ रवये नमः aum ravayé namah
  3. ॐ सूर्याय नमः aum sūryāya namah
  4. ॐ भानवे नमः aum bhānavé namah
  5. ॐ खगाय नमः aum khagāya namah
  6. ॐ पुष्णे नमः aum pushné namah
  7. ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः aum hiranyagarbhāya namah
  8. ॐ मारिचाये नमः aum mārichāyé namah
  9. ॐ आदित्याय नमः aum ādityāya namah
  10. ॐ सावित्रे नमः aum sāvitré namah
  11. ॐ अर्काय नमः aum ārkāya namah
  12. ॐ भास्कराय नमः aum bhāskarāya namah

12 Asanas in the Surya Namaskar Sun Prostration

The Most Important 6th (middle) Asana

http://www.yogapositions.co.in/the-6th-surya-namaskar.html

Whilst the 12 above mantras can be used with each position, the most important one to consider is the Gayatri Mantra in the actual position of Sun prostration itself; the 6th asana.

It is during this position that the “yogi” is at the end of his prostration and rest phase before returning to the standing position.

From a spiritual or psychological stance, this represents the full surrender of the “ego”, the “doer” or the “body” that submits itself to the almighty, all pervasive light, life and energy that the Sun is the One source and supplier. (or, to the  inner “Guru” – as in a full Padma Namaskar prostration touching the feet of the Satguru)

Surrender is the natural state of beyond being and becoming; the up and the down; the person, the prostration and That to which He prostates; yet all remains One, all the same. I am That I am.... but "I" needs the Grace to efface!

However, what is also important is the significance of the position of the head and the chest in this position.

In Yogic physiology, the Crown chakra that now faces the rays of the rising or setting sun, received the refreshing influx and downpour of cosmic rays into the brain (fontanelle) to be visualised and concentrated within the mind at the the ajna chakra between the brow, which is fixed and “Earthed” to close the electromagnetic circuit.

Likewise, chest should be held in position without any other part of the touching the Earth; except the feet and hands which serve the purpose of maintaining this specific stance.

Thus, in this position, the chest is in a stretched and retracted position, touching the magnetic earth at the same time as the forehead’s ajna chakra.

In the prior 5th asana position, the head is turned down (with the blood flow gravity assisted), and the breath is expelled, allowing oxygenation to the brain whilst the breath is in “khumbaka”; stilling of the mind ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbhaka). This prepares the mind to receive the solar electromagnetic energy in the next 6th prostration position. (Note that with inhalation “So” – waxing of the mind up to the brain – and exhaling “Hum” – waning of the mind down the spine, the prana also extends and retracts through the nadis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadi_%28yoga%29) along with the breath).

It is during the end of inhalation of the 6th asana position that the “Yogi” should mentally or verbally chant the “Gayatri Mantra”  one or three times.

Or, if one  of another spiritual background, such as a Buddhist, chant “Om Mani Padmi Hum” (bring the mind into the Lotus of the Heart), or a relevant mantra. However, the Gayatri has metaphysical advantages to do with the vibration inherent in the Sanskrit language.

Therefore, the 6th position is of vital importance in imbibing the energy of the Sun  into the body and intelligence using the asana along with the Gayatri mantra.

And, once the Yogi moves out of this position into the 7th asana with the exhalation “(Hum)”, the solar force gets transferred to the abdomen and solar plexus; which on release injects the body with the agni or fire accrued (ie. release of the stretch allows an inner massage and blood flow to those related tissues, organs, liver, nerve plexus and glands) .

Interestingly, in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), the Sun rules the brain, spine and crown chakra and gets exalted in Aries which governs the 3rd chakra or solar plexus; revealing the importance of the Sun in providing light that gets transformed into digestive fire and energy for the entire body.

Ultimate Mantra to the Sun (Savitur)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Mantra

Gayatri Mantra Sun Salutation

(video of Surya Namaskar with the Gayatri Mantra)

Gayatri Mantra from You Tube (explained)

Gayatri Mantra with Flower of Life

Gayatri Mantra Example from You Tube

Gayatri Mantra from You Tube

Gayatri Mantra from You Tube

Gayatri Mantra Fusion from You Tube

Gayatri Mantra Fusion You Tube

THE GAYATRI MANTRA

Om Bhur, Om Bhuvah, Om Suvah, Om Maha, Om Jana, Om Tapa, Om Satyam, Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dhee Mahi Dhi Yo Yo Nah Prachodaayaat

Translation

Om: The primeval sound

Bhur: the physical world

Bhuvah: the mental world

Suvah: the celestial, spiritual world (some add Maha, Jana, Tapa & Satyam)

Thath: That; God; transcendental Principle or Para-Atma

Savithur: the Sun, Creator, Preserver

Varenyam: most adorable, enchanting

Bhargo: lustre, effulgence

Devasya: resplendent, Supreme (Lord)

Dheemahi: we meditate upon

Dhiyo: the intellect understanding

Yo: May this light

Prachodayath: enlighten, guide, inspire

The meaning of the Gayatri Mantra:-

We contemplate the glory of Light illuminating the three worlds: gross, subtle and causal.

I am that vivifying power, love, radiant illumination, and divine grace of universal intelligence.

We pray for the divine light to illumine our minds

Thus, Gayatri is a prayer and meditation on the Sun as the source of these 7 levels of consciousness (and 3 planes) such that my intellect may become enlightened into the Light of Truth . Thus, Gayatri is the highest mantra for developing intelligence and the knowledge yielding faculty, both worldly and spiritual; leading eventually to self-inquiry and Self-realisation.

Mother Gaia (tree of life) &  Mother Gaya-tri where Sun is the source of life

In Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma, the mother is considered very sacred. There are nourishing 5 mothers; the physical mother, the milk giving cow, the mother land, the Mother Earth (Gaia) and the Gayatri, considered the mother of the Vedas and Creation (AUM). Similarly, in Greek mythology Uranus (Heaven, Spirit or Purusha) married Gaia (Earth, Matter or Prakriti) to create Chronos or Time (Karma).  Thus, according to Hinduism, from the seed of Gayatri sprung forth all creation and the tree of life.

GAYATRI SADHANA

For those of you serious about Yoga, one can give up any spiritual practice or sadhana, but one should not give up the Gayatri mantra. This is because the Gayatri mantra cultivates the intelligence, wisdom, consciousness and Jnana, whereby all practice eventually falls away and becomes redundant with the power of Self-inquiry; a sharpened intellect turned inwards to it’s source; Being or feeling of “I am”, where lies all potential powers of consciousness and nature.

So, the Gayatri is, as such, a foundation to any spiritually orientated Yoga, providing the discrimination that leads to Self-confidence, control  & detachment. It is called the mother of the Vedas as all knowledge is contained in its power to grant the intelligence to make the right choices and receive the Atmic inspiration from within.

Main Effects of Chanting Gayatri

However, the 3 main effects of it’s chanting are propounded to be;

(i) Purifies the mind
(ii) Fulfills desires and
(ii) Grants knowledge and liberation

& it has 3 parts:

(i) Prayer (Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat)
(ii) Worship (Tat Savitur Varenyam)
(iii) Meditation (Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi)

& it is ideally practiced 3 periods in a day:-

(i) Sun rise
(ii) Mid-noon
(iii) Sun set

& it is repeated 3, 9, 21 or 108 times at each period.

However, there is no restriction to  number, place or time, and it can repeated mentally or orally whenever one wants to “get connected”. However, other auspicious times for marked benefits are before eating and during a shower when the vibration can be imbibed or used to cleanse one’s aura or field of energy. It draws a protective shield and  the powers of the Sun to strengthen all ones faculties and God powered intuition.

With the nervous system  healthy, remember that this mantra is very powerful in its vibratory effect. After the initial purification of the mind and nadi, it will later transmute your gunas and vibration in unseen ways over time. Just be patient, a little disciplined, persistent and pragmatic with it. The only requirement is love, faith and respect for the mantra and a clean life style ie. a vegetarian diet being most important without too much smoking or drinking!

Good luck. Om Tat Sat

More links:-

Surya Namaskar:-http://www.monadarling.com/lifestyle/metaphysicsandjnanayoga.html,http://www.kirtimukha.com/chinnamma/Surya/SuryaNamaskar.htmhttp://www.artofliving.org/surya-namaskar-sun-salutation,http://www.suryanamaskar.info/suryanamaskar.htm, http://sportabc.com/yoga/the-religious-aspect-of-the-sun-salutation.htmlhttp://www.indiaparenting.com/alternative-healing/12_2727/the-health-benefits-of-surya-namaskar.htmlhttp://journal-advances-developmental-research.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Fitness-Improving-Through-Sun-Saluation-Surya-Namaskar-Bhatt-RJ1.pdfhttp://yogamag.net/archives/2006/emay06/sn.shtmlhttp://www.yogasagar.org/yoga-posture/surya-namaskar-sun-salute/, http://health.wikinut.com/Surya-Namaskar-A-salute-to-The-Sun-god!-Stay-healthy../1b06p0e3/,  Surya Ayurveda

Gayatri Mantra:- i) Gayatri Mantra ii) Gayatri Mantra  iii) Gayatri Mantra iv) Gayatri Mantra  v) Gayatri Mantra vi) Gayatri Mantra vii) Gayatri Mantra

10 STEPS to a SOLAR YOGA

1) First thing in the morning, just before the Sun rises and after you have had your shower,  is generally the most conducive time to practice this salutation and prostration to the Sun (Brahmamurthi – when the Satwa guna is predominant, the mind is not yet active, and the Sushumna nadi is more likely to be open)

2) Light a candle at the altar,  or face the rising Sun. Then, sit comfortably with back straight, making sure you are all facing  EAST  (or North) towards the flame or Sun. (West at dusk)

3) Sitting relaxed, with eyes closed, follow the breath in and out at the nostrils, with SLOW and DEEP breaths; in (So) and out (Hum).

Do this for about half a minute.  This helps slow down and relax the mind before starting your mantra, exercise or meditation

4) Then say the GAYATRI MANTRA 3, 9 or 21 times

Follow this by (Peace) “OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI 3 times

5)  Rise to a standing position to begin the SURYA NAMAKSAR

6) Start with eyes “squint”  (partly open) staring at the rising Sun; closing them occasionally; each time trying to see the Sun in your MIND’S EYE. Again do this for about HALF A MINUTE. Note: if gazing at the Sun, make sure that the Sun is at the beginning of dawn and safe to look at with your only slightly open.

7) Begin the 12 steps

8) At the 6th Asana (Prostration), following the earlier suggestion, mentally repeat the GAYATRI MANTRA again at the end of inhalation/beginning of exhalation.

9) On completing the Surya Namskar and bathed with the Solar light, this can be followed by the JYOTISH meditation.

10) Sitting again, and keeping the flame or Sun in the mind’s eye, you can take yourself on a “LIGHT” mental journey.

Jyotish Meditation

This involves taking the flame (Jyotish) from the inner mind’s eye down to the HEART and “FILLING IT WITH  LIGHT” and then mentally taking it around to the different parts of the body (inner cleanse) before taking it to all ones FRIENDS, LOVED ONES & THE WORLD (esp. the SICK & HELPLESS); believing that this is actually reaching these people through the power of ones thoughts (ie. that thoughts are subtle matter and reach their targets like wireless hand phones!).

Guided Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPGCewTYQHU&feature=related

This step is optional and need not take more than about 5 MINUTES. It can be finished with the prayer “SAMASTA LOKA SUKINO BHAVANTU” – May all the Beings in all the worlds be happy. SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31yELzRARfw & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAJNstI95DYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBXELG44Oe4, etc..

Give me a Breakfast, Brahmamurthi & Brahmapanam!

You are now ready for your glorious day. It is after Sun rise with your inner agni ignited and you might want to start by having your breakfast with the sanskrit food mantra, if not the gayatri mantra.

The Brahmapanam mantra is the most well known mantra to cleanse the vibrations of one’s food that is chanted before eating. Here is a video I found on You tube for those of you interested in learning it. v=obwxk6rAHJ8&feature=related , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbsnKyJOo8&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSDlzYaZel0&feature=related , http://www.youtube.com/watch?

Eating Fresh Fruits  (for Breakfast)

by Dr Stephen Mak (A Way of Life)

This is very informative!

“We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It’s not that easy. It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What’s the correct way to eat fruit?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUIT AFTER A MEAL!

FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities..

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it’s prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty or before your meal! You’ve heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

Graying hair,balding, nervous outburst,dark circles under the eyes, all of these will NOT happen if you eat fruit on an empty stomach.

There’s no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t drink juice that has been heated. Don’t eat cooked fruit; you don’t get the nutrients at all. You get  only the taste… Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body.. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

AN  APPLE a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING 2 – 4 ORANGES a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes..

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!

Can u believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this applies to you. It’s nice to have a cold drink after a meal, however, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you’ve just consumed, which slows digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks.

HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE

Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they’re asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Be careful, and be aware. The more we know, the better our chance to survive.”

FOOD (Vegetarianism), DETOX & AYURVEDA

For more on vegetarianism, smoking, alcohol, tantra (sex) ayurveda & detox, please refer back to my early posts:-

 “Yoga of Vegetarianism

Sex, Yoga & Tantra

The 5 A’s – Asana, Ayurveda, Abode, Astrology, Advaita

My next post will be a simple one on sleep (its’ timing, amount & directions), vastu, architecture, sacred geometry & one’s Abode

From the Asana of Yoga & Ayurveda of inner Health, I would like to travel to, and touch upon, the next “A” of Abode & Architecture; again with 5 aspects of  the environment & outer health on the level of:-

i) body (ie. yoga nidra, sleep, geometry, micro-correspondence),

ii) abode (house & geo-graphic location),

iii) sacred geometry,

iv) nature

v) cosmic patterns (macro-correspondences).

Thus, from Asana (Yoga), to Ayurveda (Health), to Abode (Archicture of Vastu & Sacared Geometry) , to Astrology (Jyotish), to Advaita (All is One Consciousness), I hope this Yogametaphysics site of Jiva 5 Lotus – the Metaphysical House condenses and simplifies the Sanatana Dharma in a practical & contemporary way through JiVa’s 5 A’s from the land of the lotus – IndiA!

The general theme is to reveal a Solar Yoga and the Sun’s connection to all these 5 aspects of knowledge (using the “tamas” body with the ritual of physical yoga through “rajasic” activity to reach the satwa state for consciousness & intuitive knowledge to appear).

For example, the connection of the Sun in Yoga and Ayurveda, with the words “prana” (life force), “agni” (digestive fire”), “pitta” (choleric),  “tejas” (transmuted intelligence) and Brahmaprakash (spiritual effulgence) which are all related to the illumining power from the Sun.

Thus, I see the 5A list as a progression from Asana to Advaita, BUT that the Sun of Wisdom & the fire of Self-knowledge ultimately burns all these concepts and practices up!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namaste

Namaste,  have a good day! Ucha Hai Good bye

All is One

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We are born alone… we die alone … but the beauty in between can be breath taking! In Yoga – all becomes One. Happy journey on your pathless path to Truth!
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Mantra Yoga

My last post was about the significance of the Sun; listing some of the adjuncts and correlations of the Sun to the practice of  Yoga and the metaphysics of Vedanta. From the Surya Namaskar (Sun Prostration) to the  related solar mantras as well as the philosophy of advaita or non-dualism, I tried to reveal that the “I” of Advaita, the “Eye of Wisdom”, the Spiritual Heart (Hridayam), Jyotish and the Sun (the significator of the spine and physical eyes in Vedic Astrology) are synonyms or practices to access the one source of love, light, life and energy.

In the next post, I would like to share the connection between the Surya Namaskar and the Gayatri Mantra (the crest jewel of mantras) from a physiotherapists point of view.  But, in this post I thought I would add some information on mantras  first.

What are Mantras?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra

Mantras are mystical and sacred sounds from the Sanskrit language whose meaning and sound both correlate and resonate with the sacred geometry of the body and nature, and unite them in consciousness through vibratory effects of sound in the underlying ether of space.

Sanskrit is the language of the Vedas which, according to its own authority, is the expression of the Universe; that from AUM the word was made flesh and this symmetry was divided into 7 levels of sacred geometry in nature and 108 aspects of the universe. The highest teaching of the Vedas are the Upanishads (philosophy of the Absolute Self), and the highest Upanishad, the Munduka Upanishad, explains and simplifies the entire Sanatana Dharma and all knowledge with the eternal significance of the word or AUM or nature (Prakriti).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsY3NVrviiw&NR=1&feature=fvwp (Sanskrit thriving in British schools) http://www-tracey.archive.org/details/LearningTheVedas

AUM – the word made flesh (ie. the Gunas)

The Gunas (Wiki) & Maya (Wiki) & Prakriti (Wiki)

AUM & the 3 gunas & states (M = tama, inertia, sleep and night; U = satwa, harmony, dream and dawn/dusk; A = raja, activity, waking and day)

The “Word” & gunas can also be correlated to the 3 Hindu deities where;
Transcendental Father (Siva), Immanent Son (incarnation or solar vishnu) & Holy ghost (Brahma or Creation of 4 elements in space)

ie. GOD = Generation/Brahma/Holy Spirit; Operator/Vishnu/Son; Destruction/Rudra Siva/Father.

Cosmological Order

The “Big Bang” of AUM reveberates throughout the Universe as the original hum that vibrates everything in space. In Vedic thought, the causal order of this is as follows;
AUM (From Nothing) => Gayatri Mantra (becomes Cosmic Solar Source) => Vedas (sounds of nature) => Universe with 9 (Brahma or space)

From AUM (Gravity & Ganesh), the symmetry of the 3 gunas (3 deities, 3 worlds & 3 granthis in body) splits and combines into 5 elements of nature, from this  into 7 rays (electro-magnetic light) with there 7 bija seed sounds operating on 7 cosmic planes/lokas and reflected in the body through the 7 chakras

Sanskrit has 54 sounds and its music of mantra and veda operates according to the 7 levels or swaras as well as chakra petals/psychic nerves.

AUM, Gayatri, Ram all = 7 in vedic numerology and all draw on force of the Sun into our being.

Ourselves – the  natural Mantra, Yantra & Tantra

Our mind, body and heart are the natural mantra, yantra and tantra!

(i) Mantra: Natural breath of So-Hum = mantra, we are continuously breathing in (So) and out (Hum); together fuse at the crown chakra to become AUM

(ii) Yantra: Body as the sacred geometrical instrument with 7 levels (organ, gland, chakra, petals or nadi with bija sounds)

(iii) Tantra: Heart as source of Love, Devotion (Bhakti Shakti) and Energy (Ojas)
(though traditionally associated with worship of the 10 Vidyas of aspects of Divine Mother)

Yogic Astrology (via the breath)

Leo & Cancer rules by the Sun & Moon rule the pingala and ida nadis, the 2 petals of the ajna third eye chakra and right and left eyes respectiviely. The prana is governed by the Sun and the mind by the Moon, and moves from the base of the spine through the nadi up during the waxing of the Moon (in breath) and down during the waning (out breath)

(Note: to check the reality of the gunas effect on  your body, you can observe how your own breath alternates every couple of hours from one nostril to another! ie. right nostril opens more than left, and then transitions to the right between which there is a brief period when both are open. Thus, this connects AUM and the gunas operating within the body; right pingala open = solar raja guna, left ida open = lunar tama guna, both sushumna open = sandhya or satwa guna)

Prana increases up until the Full Moon ripening the mind with vital force and prana, but it is best to “still” the already ripened mind on new Moon day if one want to experience deep meditation states (ie. less life for thoughts to therefore experience Samadhi or the Reality transcending the gunas, time & space)

Pantanjai (Hatha) Raja Yoga & Mantra

In Hatha Yoga, there are 8 steps to ascend. The use of mantra can be incorporated at any step prior to Samadhi but specifically uses;

Pranayama = 4th step (Hatha Yoga of breath) & Dharana or concentration = 6th step (of manas or mind)

Therefore, Mantra Yoga is part of Raja Yoga in purifying the life force (breath) through vibratory effects of sacred sounds as well as for concentration of mind

PURPOSE OF MANTRAS

1. MANTRA – mysitic sounds & formulae

(i) to psychologically control (tra) mind (manas = man)

(ii) but also purify the life force through the breath and,

(iii) to target resonanting organs and chakras to draw on the forces of nature into the body and mind from the one sound of consciousness. As the element of ether, satwa guna and vibration goes up in the body and brain, and more prana can be accomodated into the nadis and nervous system and the effects of mantras become more potent and effective.

(iv) Vedas as forces of nature used shamanistically in Yagnas and Homas to purify the environment

(v) Prayer (directed by the potency of the mantra with its meaning … grants you the power (the secret) that “thoughts are things” and “law of attraction” – grants the power to fulfil desires

REPETITION (Practice)

As the vibration and prana or life force/breath in the body/mind is purified and raised the mind becomes stronger and introverted, and the intitial chanting can go from outer oral to inner meditative.

Oral => Subtle => Mental => Automatically in the heart => Silence of cosmic hum AUM =>Mouna (Turiyatita)

It is important to repeat the mantra with unity of thought, word and deed (ie. one can  use a rosary to keep count of  the beads but use the correct method with the hand – avoiding contact with the little and ring  fingers representative of the tamas & rajasic gunas – but have the rosary hanging off the middle finger (the satwa guna) and use the index finger and thumb to draw a bead towards you after each mantra. Between each mantra return the tip of the index finger (the ego) to the base of the thumb whilst the rosary are again hanging off the middle finger. This allows  nadis in thumb and index finger to close a circuit and imbibe the bio-resonance vibration from the material used eg.  Crystals, Lotus beads, Rudraksha etc. which itself is getting charged by the middle finger & Satwa).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBC_GlyWYFQ&feature=related  & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSBWPdqXWSg&feature=related

Thought (understanding meaning), word (mantra) and deed (surya namaskar & unity of thought word & deed in everyday life) are all important in getting the maximun effect out of mantra chanting.

THE 7 CHAKRAS & BIJA MANTRAS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

http://www.rickrichards.com/Chakras.htm

Below are meaning of the 7 chakras as the 7 Portals of light  in the body with their attributes of the mind and reflection in the stars!..

MANTRA CHAKRA & MEANING

1.OM Bhur = Base chakra at base of spine (Cocyx/tail bone)
Duty & Money = Capricon & Aquarius Signs
Bija mantra = LAM (“Bhur” of Gayatri mantra)

2.OM Bhuvah = Sacral chakra above pubic bone
Discliplined creativity & Sex = Sagitarius & Pisces
Bija mantra = VAM (“Bhuvah”)

3.OM Suvah = Navel chakra at Solar Plexus
Determination/Power & Fame chakra = Aries & Scorpio
Bija Mantra = RAM (“Suvaha)

4.OM Mahah = Heart chakra at cardiac plexus/sternum
Devotion & Love chakra = Taurus & Libra
Bija Mantra = YAM (“Varenyam”in Gayatri mantra = adoration in the heart) “Mahah”

5.OM Jana = Throat chakra at neck
Discrimination/Intelligence chakra = Virgo & Gemini
Bija Mantra = HAM (“Janah”)

6.OM Tapa = Forehead brow chakra at 3rd eye area
Detachment/Wisdom chakra = Cancer & Leo
Bija Mantra = KSHYAM (“Tapa”)

7.OM Satyam = Crown Thousand petalled Lotus Chakra (top of head)
Divinity/Oneness/Bliss Chakra = Moons Nodes (kethu)
Bija Mantra = OM (“Satyam”)

Sacred Sanskrit Mantras

EXAMPLE OF RAM(a)

* NaRAyana is extened to the word RAm, relates to Vishnu as the imminent Solar presence “I am”
* Bija mantra for Manipur (solar plexus) Chakra
* Solar plexus = Suns exaltation in Aries (note Solar God “Ra” & Ram of Eygpt)
* Ram = 7 in vedic numerology (7 Rays of the Sun)
* Syllables meanings:-  (Ra) fire, (aa) Sun, (Ma) moon as well as means Tat Twam Asi or I am That
* Surya Namaskar => prone position facing the Sun at dusk and dawn, with solar plexus and third eye touching the ground, one repeats the gayatri mantra to imbibe solar force/fire into the body via the crown chakra facing the Sun.
* 12 Suns – Aryaman, Savitri, Mitra, etc. => repeated in the Rig Ved as well as part of the 27 Nakshatras of Jyotish

3 (5) Mahamantras of Hinduism

(i) Gayatri Mantra (Mother of the Vedas)
(ii) “Aum Namo Narayana” or “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” (Vishnu)
(iii) The Rudram mantras or Tryambakam mantra or “Aum Namah Sivaya” (Siva)

Mantras for the Navagrahas (9 planets of Jyotish)

Sun - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_sun.html

Moon - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_moon.html

Mars - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_mars.html

Mercury - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_mercury.html

Jupiter - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_jupiter.html

Venus - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_venus.html

Saturn - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_saturn.html

Rahu - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_rahu.html

Kethu - http://www.vedicastrologysigns.com/vedic_mantra/mantra_ketu.html

Mantras in other religions

Buddhists … Om Mani Padmi Hum (bring the Mind/Mani in the Heart/Padma)

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Solar Yoga – Yoking the energy of the Sun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGKPHFrHVVY - Here comes the Sun by George Harrison!

Modern & Ancient Solar Worship?

There is Only One God and He is Light! I am The Light, The Way & The Truth.   Perhaps, they could have added  “I am the Sun” too!.

In Yoga, the most popular form of worship is to the Sun, as well known among Hatha yogis who practice the 12 Asanas of the Surya Namaskar at dawn, noon and dusk to imbibe it’s blessing of life, light and love.

These days the value of the Sun has become important for practical purposes of its inexhaustible source of energy for our planet and its people.

From modern to ancient forms of worship,  I thought it interesting to share a general list to consider:-

A) MODERN – Alternative (Solar) Energy Source

i) Solar Power & Panels

Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann is a book worth reading

You tube – Solar Cooking

ii) Atlantean Technology – according to Edgar Cayce and others , this ancient civilisation used a forgotten technology based on (ruby) crystals to harness the power of the Sun  and magnify and generate an energy source/grid for practical life.

B) ANCIENT Vedic (Solar) Practices

(Shamanistic Tantra – Sun & Moon worship and the 5 elements)

PHYSICAL KARMA LEVEL

i) Hatha Yoga = Surya Namaskar (Sun Worship through a 12 step physical exercise prostration to the Sun; usually performed thrice a day – between 4-8 am dawn, 12 noon & between 4-8 pm dusk). Has become popularised in the west for its health benefits.

ii) Brahmapanam Mantra = Ancient food prayer to Agni or fire to help burn, digest and cleanse food

PSYCHOLOGICAL BHAKTI LEVEL

iii) The Aditya Hridayam = Ancient rejuvenating mantra that increases solar vitality; making a person strong and aura invincible. It was used by Rama in the Ramayana to defeat Ravana and other enemies of Dharma.

iv) The Hiranyagarbam Lingam (gold) Worship – the lingam is an ellipsoid shaped egg that is the closest mathematical representation of the Formless Reality in Vedic thought. Gold is symbolically associated with the Sun and its worship also attunes the mind to the Sun.

v) Gayatri Mantra = “Mother of the Vedas”. A Sanskrit Vedic mantric chant that uses the power of sound to attune the mind vibrationally to the powers of the Sun.

vi)The Ram mantra – an ancient bija mantra that is related to the 3rd solar plexus chakra in yogic physiology. Rama was also the 7th major Avatar  in the Vishnu Puranas of Hinduism, and was apparently born about 20,000 years ago into the Ayodhya Raghu dynasty (a Vedic Solar dynasty). His story is supposed to exemplify the pefect solar hero qualities and ideal that stands out for mankind. Interestingly, in yogic physiology the 3rd chakra is ruled by Aries (and Scorpio) where the Sun gets its exaltation and maximun amount of vital fire for digestion and robust health.

PHILOSOPHICAL JNANA LEVEL

vii) Jyotish – Vedic Sidereal Astrology with its related remedials – eg. Sun corresponding to the bright half of the year (its movement northwards), Sunday, gold, ruby, safron, certain herbs. Yagna/homa/pujas using related items are also used to propriate the Sun.

The Sun is the main source of light (jyotish) in our solar system and it determines time.

Jyotish is used as a means for self knowledge to find out our true identiy through the outer Sun to the inner Sun of the Soul or Atma where all powers of Consciousness are contained.

Along with Biren Katie’s work, Phyllis Krystals work; and others, Jyotish becomes a very useful tool for seeing through our patterns and nature to acquire impersonal knowledge.

viii) The Jyotish Dynamic Meditation recommended by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This involves a dynamic practice of concentration on an flame that brings light into the mind’s eye and through visualisation carries this to light the inner sun of the heart and carry this energy around the inner body as well as around their world.

ix) The Sun of “I am”. Advaita Vedanta teaches the non-duality of consciousness. As a play of light, the source of this consciousness is one’s Being and the feeling of “I amness” or existence. I am (is) the Truth, the Light and the Way!

Ancient texts on this philosophy stretch back over 20,000 years (Vaishsta Yoga) long before the great Advaita teacher Adi Sankacharya. More recently, teachers have included Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and currently, Ramesh Balsekar and Echart Tolle.

x) sa”I”  r”AM”

Interestingly,  devotees of   Sai Baba use the mantra “Sa-i R-am”, which is perhaps the “form” aspect of the formless principle “I am”, thus using the form of the guru to rid the ego of its body identity through devotion and arrive at the formless wisdom of “I am” as consciousness, and access their inner Sun (Ram), ie. from the gross to subtle essence of the inner sun; ignorance of ego to Beingness of NOW.

The World is a Canvas to the Imagination; the World being the Guru, the Canvas the Self, and the Imagination the illusionary Maya that makes them seem separate. Thoughts in the Wilderness of a Pathless Path to Truth. Tat Twam Asi! I am That I am!


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Eat, Pray, Love…”the Way” through Sex, Yoga, Tantra!

Considering  the popular book “Eat, Pray and Love”,  I thought someone should write a slightly more evocative version,  playing on the same corresponding themes and words, and call the book;  “Eat, Pray and Love your Way through  Sex, Yoga, Tantra!”.

 I know this is nothing new and many books are out there that have covered this   topic already. However, as far as I know not with this same title and connotation. And, as we all know sex sells; yoga is growing in popularity world wide; and TANTRA is an elusive and enticing topic that seems to encompass the two. Just mention to someone you are a Scorpio, and a similar reaction might be conjured up by the word Tantra!

And, despite the recession, or because of the recession, more and more people might be turning to spirituality to find some peace in a mad world. Especially in America, where  sex, yoga and the Way of Zen Buddhism appears to be growing in popularity as well as a business opportunity to market to this inner need of people.

And in writing such a book, all one would have to remember is to add a few koans with tongue in cheek humor and let that lift and transport the reader away from stress into a Tantra with the NOWness that is!

The parallels can be made with eat, pray and love. I mean, we all need to eat, and this is not just food, but also the word of sensory objects. We all want something, and pray or practice something for it. And we all need,  knowing or unknowing, the same love, tantra, union and happiness.

Of course, this is not just about sex, but union or Yoga with our  real Self and the solution lies in the psychology of Tantra and the understanding of our relative and Real Self.

In the world of duality, this can appear as a relationship with our feminine or masculine side or opposite. There have been many books about this and as far as Tantra, the focus has been on sex sublimation through loving sex. However, I thought a good book could be put out there that compares; not only the left and right hand paths of Tantra, but comprehensively presents what Sex (psychology)  & Tantra is,  in the context of Yoga, Vedanta & Brahmacharya.

To start with,  food and sex are just forms of the same energy; how they take expression depends on the preference and practice of the person.

Of course, prayer might be equated with bhakti yoga (or the path of devotion). And, in Yoga,  devotion or Love is the source of all energy and power (bhakti shakti); whether that devotion is to action (karma), the beloved (bhakti), knowledge (jnana) or the Self (raja) depending on the psychology of the person.

So Love and Tantra becomes synonyms that find  resolution in the unity of  Being. Anyway, I have added a link at the bottom about sex and relationships, that focuses on the spiritual side of sex. However, just to put things in perspective I have highlighted some authorities on the subject of sex, yoga and tantra below that can be referenced should anyone feel inspired to write such a book?!

Brahmacharya abstinence (vs  Vamacharya left hand path)

Firstly, I think it is important to clarify in one’s multi-dimensional definition of what is sex. In the context of Yoga and Tantra, it is also necessary to clarify the yoga concept of “brahmacharya”.

Many people think brahmacharya means abstinence, but more clearly it means one contemplating Brahman or their Consciousness; ie. meditating. Brahmacharya just refers to the practice of consciously choosing to manage, direct and control one’s energy for higher purposes.

Here is a short flow chart to indicate the natural progression in making this choice.

Unconscious/gross sexual act (lust or pure pleasure!) => understanding and acceptance of  one’s own sexuality and the sexual act =>loving sexual act => tantric sexual act => sublimated sexual act => refining of the sexual act => less sexual  thoughts => no sexual thoughts => no thoughts (state of Brahma or ether of space and consciousness; ie. pure bliss of Being). ie. Tamas to Satwa & Diversity to Unity of thoughts/objects/desires.

LIST OF TEACHERS (philosophical & spiritual)

- on the topic of Sex – Psychology & Practice -

Here are some teachings to consider for a research into the topic:-

Freudhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud (father of modern psycho-analysis & sexual psychology)

Philosophy:- Unconscious, psycho-sexual development, libido, fixations, repressions etc.

Solution:  Individual verbal psychotherapy0 (psycho-analysis), free association,  transference etc.

Osho – Sex to Superconsciousness – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osho_%28Bhagwan_Shree_Rajneesh%29

(Note that in Jyotish astrology, Osho had an alluring Taurus/Rohini Ascendant with nearly all his planets in the 8th house of sexuality & tantra, in the teacher sign of Sagittarius, with Jupiter exalted 8th from the 8th house ie. in the 3rd house of Cancer, granting him intuitive knowledge of this topic)

Philosophy:- that sex and spirituality are not separate and it is the one universal energy , prana, life force or kundalini that operates through the  body-mind complex and nerve plexus, organs, glands and  chakras.

Solution:-  Anti-repression approach. ie. the road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom

Sathya Sai Baba – Marriage is for control of the senses & ceiling on desires; “Lust is to Dust”!

Philosophy:- that of Work, Worship, Wisdom where WIFE stands for Wisdom Invited For Ever  or  Worry Invited For Ever! ie. that marriage and a WIFE can be your life (Shakti, strength and support) or knife!

Solution:-What is needed is understanding and adjustment. Sounds simple enough?!

Bhagavad Gita

Philosophy:- Thinking about sense objects will attach you to sense objects; grow attached and you become addicted. Thwart your addiction, it turns to anger. Be angry, and you confuse your mind; Confuse your mind, you forget the lesson of experience; forget experience, you lose your discrimination; Lose your  discriminiation, and you miss life’s only purpose.  Lust is never satisfied by gratification, it only flares up more and more, like fire fed by butter.

Solution:- Renunciation of desire (Moksha) or Path of the House-holder (Kama, Artha, Dharma – enjoy wealth and woman righteously)

Pantanjali Yoga Sutras

Philosophy: “Yama is abstention from harming others, from falsehood, from theft, from incontinence, and from greed”.

Solution:- “Yoga and purification in word, thought and deed.  Sexual activities, the thoughts and fantasies of sex, use up a great portion of our vital force. When that force is conserved through steadfast abstinence , it becomes sublimated as spiritual energy….. To be freed from the idea of sex is  to achieve purity of heart. Sex is inseparable from attachment, and attachment is an obstacle to spiritual knowledge…. Such energy is indispensable  to a spiritual teacher, it is the power by which he transmits understanding to his pupils. For true religion is not “taught” like history or mathematics; it is transmitted like, light & heat”…. Up to a certain point, temptation increases with spiritual growth. As the aspirant ceases to be a mere beginner and gains some mystical experiences, his personality becomes magnetic. He finds that he can exert psychological power over others, and also sexual attraction. At the same time, his senses grow keener and more capable of enjoyment. It is therefore easy for him to become involved in power and sex-relationships which make him forget his original purpose. The very people who are drawn to him because of the god-like quality they see in his nature may be the ones who are most responsible for his gradual alienation from God. Even when such a lapse takes place, we may believe that the spiritual aspirant will eventually find his way back to the path” – Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood

Dr David Frawley:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Frawley -

Philosophy: Introduction to right hand Tantra

Solution: Vedic Psychology & the 10 Vidyas (Divine Mothers)

Sivananda (Raja Yoga) & Ramakrishna (Mystic Tantric Mother Worship) & Vivekananda 

Philosophy:-  Be wary of 3 things on the serious path to supreme Yoga;

FOOD: 3 no’s =  excess salt, onions, & garlic! (some include excess cheese & mushrooms)

SEX: 3 no’s = Wine (& meat), Wealth(& gambling) &  Women!

Solution: Avoid these 3!?

Yogananda – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda

Philosophy:  – illumined Yogi who started the Self-realisation Society in the States. Wrote a lot on Yoga and development of the mind and divine personality.

Solution:- Kriya yoga and transmutation

Sri Aurobindo & the Mother - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirra_Alfassa

Philosophy: Integral Yoga

Solution: http://auromere.wordpress.com/tag/sex/  & http://auromere.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/the-transmutation-of-sexual-energy/ (very good site on the topic)  &  search for light

Raman Maharishi & the Buddha (Ramesh Balsekar & Eckhart Tolle)

Philosophy: Self-inquiry “Who am I?”,  to question everything before you accept it & to stay present to what is

Solution: Ignore the person you take your self to be, including the identification with the body-mind complex and its desires; ie. “who has the sex instinct? Is it you or something separate? You are always pure! Otherwise, moderation in all things (the middle path)

Napolean Hill - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Hill – author of one of the first self-improvement books  (like the “Secret”) called “Think & Grow Rich” – reveals the art/evidence of sex sublimation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_and_Grow_Rich

Philosophy:- That creativity and libido are inter-related, and that sex sublimation and management leads to greater powers of mind, creativity, success and self-actualisation.

Solution:- Like the book “the Secret”, it teaches indirectly, that “thoughts are “things” and the “power of attraction”. Perhaps needs to add “purity if intent” too?!

Julius Evolahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Evola - Metaphysics of Sex, Riding the Tiger, Light of Sex, etc..  Visit Books

Mantak Chia (TAOIST) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoist_sexual_practices & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantak_Chiaauthor of many books on practical sexual tantra and control for greater  pleasure, power, bliss, satisfaction and sublimation of sex in marriages and relationships. ie. sex  & the art of Tantra for a balanced life of   Love with Yoga (Chi). Official site:-  http://www.universal-tao.com/http://www.taoyoga.info/http://taoyoga.co.uk/ & books http://www.amazon.com/Taoist-Secrets-Love-Cultivating-Sexual/

Other similar sites:- http://www.healingtao.org/deutsch/artikel10.htm

Indira Devihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra_Devi – classic author on yoga and health & sex benefits of its practice

Ananga Ranga & Kama Sutras - classic Indian authority on the art of love-making. Reveals secrets on sexual types and compatability, as well as ancient potions, positions and techniques for increased sexual success, pleasure and fulfillment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananga_Ranga & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama_Sutra

http://www.scribd.com/doc/11759543/Ananga-Ranga-Sex-is-an-Art

Living example of Nisargadatta Maharajhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj – probably the best example of a modern day sage of the highest order (full blown Jnani or Realised Being) who lived a spontaneous, normal life in the heart of Bombay (next to a red light district) selling beedies (Indian cigarettes), having a wife and children and running a business, but fully established in the Transcendental State!  The book “I am That” has become a classic work on advaita, and along with “Autobiography of a Yogi” & “Living with the Himalayan Masters”  is one of the well read and popular books on Indian spirituality in the west. Books on Nisargadatta Maharaj.

CLIMAX or CONTROL?!

Finally, here is a more descriptive article on the topic.

I wrote it years ago and put it under the 2nd chakra of my yoga-chakrapedia-portal (related to astro-yoga-chakra correspondences):-

=> 2nd CHAKRA – DESIRE & the SACRAL SEX CHAKRA

COMPATIBILITY in Relationships

When it comes to compatibility, you might want to consider Jyotish Vedic, Western & Chinese astrology into the mix. Take a look at the Appendix 5 of this link post – HAVE YOUR CAKE & EAT IT! – the 5 pies to relationships:- Character, Credentials, Chromosomal, Compatibility & Contact Chemistry!

APHRODISIACS OR VAJIKARANA (Rasayanas for sexual regenerative strength)

Example Foods = Cane sugar, milk, curds, ghee, masha, urad dhal, almonds, cashews, seasame seeds, garlic, onions, drumsticks, Vitamins (eg. Zinc for Men)

Example Herbs = Shatavari & Aloe Vera (female), Ashwaghandha & Saw Matello (Male), Kapikacchu, Licorice, Saffron, Bala, Mahabala, Vidarikanda, Gokshura, Meda, Kokilaksha, Kakoli, Shilajit (Himalayan Mineral), Ginseng, Gold Bashma

Generally, in Ayurveda, the common herb for men’s sexual vitality is Ashwagandha, & for women is Shatavari. An excellent aphrodisiac is to use these herbs with Kapikacchu. For men, concerned with hair loss, and women with skin blemishes, Ayurveda provides many herbal solutions.

For more on herbs => https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/remedials-healing-the-yoga-of-herbs/

FOR MORE LINKS RELATED TO THIS POST:-

Movie

Bliss (1997) – IMDb

Tantric Books

http://tantricintegration.com/books.html

http://www.vedicbooks.net/tantra-c-114.html

Jewel-Lotus-Consciousness-Complete-Systematic

Some more wiki references:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantra

64 Pillars of Tantra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vamamarga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neotantra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_psychology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Philosophy_of_sexuality

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_sex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_human_sexuality

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_Sex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_Sexuality

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sex_in_India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erogenous_zone

More related authorities &  information:-

- PHILOSOPHERS -

Greeks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_philosophy

Schopenheur  - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer

Philosophy:- emotional, physical and sexual desires can never be satisfied. Central work – “World as Will and Representation”

Solution:- lifestyle of negating desires, similar to the ascetic teachings Vedanta, Buddhism and the Church Father of early Christianity was the only way to attain liberation. Had great influence on Nietzsche – “real father of modern psycho-analysis?”

Nietzschehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche

Philosophy:- opposed and criticised Schopenhauer’s philosophy despite appreciating his central work.

Solution:-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche#Reading_and_influence (Will to power / Superman)

- GENDER ISSUES -

Otto Weininger (misogynistic) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Weininger

Philosophy:- Book Sex & Character – gender differences

Solution:- abstinence & genius

JJ Bachofen (Matriarchal religion, Feminist theology & Matriachy) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._J._Bachofen,

Philosophy:- ‘The Mothers and Olympian Virility

Solution:- motherhood is the source of human society, religion,  morality, and decorum.

- PSYCHOLOGY -

Masculine Psychology  masculine psychology & masculinity & patriarchy- Books to do with manhood include;  “Iron John” by Steven Bly,   “He: Understanding Masculine Psychology” by Robert A Johnson,” Manhood” by Steven Biddulph, “The Masculine Self ” by Christopher  etc.)

Carl Junghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

Philosophy:- Anima Animus, Collective Unconscious, Archetype, Synchromicity, Complex, Introversion & Extroversion

Solution:- Mysticism & alchemical psychology

Abraham Maslowhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Maslow &

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

- SEXUAL PATHOLOGY -

Richard von Krafft Ebiinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_von_Krafft-Ebing – psychopathia sexualis

Nymphomania, Satyriasis & OCDhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersexuality, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_addictionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistent_sexual_arousal_syndrome  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgasm & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive-compulsive_disorder

- TANTRA -

Sir John Woodroffehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_John_Woodroffe

Mircea Eliadehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mircea_Eliade (Sacred & Profane)

Heinrich Zimmerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Zimmer

- INDOLOGY -

Max Mullerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_M%C3%BCller (one of the first Indologists)

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Jesus Christ – the perfect Yogi & Master

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JU1kr7aVTw&feature=share & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gHS6FslaTk&feature=share

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Merry x-mas world!  Had a lovely x-mas experience here in Puttaparthi at the Sathya Sai Baba ashram. Beautiful decorations and carol/Gregorian singing by the Christian foreigners from around the world, followed by a sumptuous, vegetarian diner at the Hanuman Rock Cafe. And it is such a nice, light lift to the ashram and a pleasant change from the usual Vedic chanting.

So, I felt inspired to share my thoughts, influenced by Sai Baba’s teachings, on Jesus – the Chirst; the sweetest (male) incarnation, along with probably Krishna, to walk the planet. 

As an Anglo-Indian mix, I have grown up with a Hindu Saivite father and a protestant mother (who became a Sai Baba devotee),  I love the philosophy of Hinduism, but feel I am more a Christian at heart! It’s love and sweetness cannot be found in Hinduism like it was represented by Jesus;  except again,  maybe in Krishna. Of course, there have been examples like Chaitanya, Ramakrishna, Yogananda, Mirabai, the list goes on and on; as well as other Avatar, Vibhuttis, Prophets, Bhaktas,  Sad-gurus, Jnanis, saints and mystics, but in Jesus, to me,  the spirit and level of love, compassion and sacrifice are hard to find parallels in the history of man.

What I find interesting is the controversy about the historical facts about the man, his mission and message. To the the Christians, he is the “only begotten Son of God” who suffered for our sins; to the Gnostics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism), he was an Essene Master; to the Muslims, he is another of the Great “Prophets” who came before Muhammad (the last and final Prophet, ie. to create a world religion?); to the Buddhist’s he is considered an enlightened “Boddhi Satwa”, who according to some references, was known in the Tibetan world as “Isa”; to the Hindus he was a “Perfected Yogi” who attained God realisation (Oneness with the Father) and was born and sent with a specific spiritual mission for that time in history. For example, the difference between the 2 major religions of the world on Jesus (Isa):-

According to other “alternative” authorities, such as the American sleeping prophet, Edgar Cayce http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Cayce, he was the re-incarnation of many other Beings mentioned in the Bible before him (eg. Adam, Elijah, Joshua etc.), and that he was some kind of first representative of man who attained union with the father (which is different than the Hindu concept of a Vishnu Avatar – or descent of the Godhead Himself).

This idea has been elaborated upon by Joshua David Stone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_David_Stone) in his books about Masters of the past.   He is a pioneer of the Ascension Movement and established the “I am” University. He implies many more incarnations of  Jesus,  the being, before and the one after his life as Jesus. A lot of his ideas co-ordinate with an alternative interpretation of the resurrection; as an Ascension in vibratory inner levels as opposed to literally physical Ascension into an external heaven. They also co-ordinate with the “Ray” concept found in the Theosophical movement, and the idea of  hierarchical ” initiations” to do with planetary, solar, and galactic levels of being.

Apparently, according to him, it is at the 4th initiation that the Being makes an important Ascension (death of the personality & ego/soul levels to the “monad” level), and that in the life of Jesus, he made this Ascension on the cross, and was “over-shadowed” by the Christ or Maitreya for the purpose of His mission (as well as the 5th initiation of the Christ/Maitreya through this process!). According to Stone, Jesus, the Being,  re-incarnated soon after in the incarnation as Appollonius of Tyana http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollonius_of_Tyana, for  his 5th initiation.

Just to stretch your imagination a bit further, many into the idea of a galactic federation and the new age Ascension circles, explain that “Jesus” is still amongst us (all be it, in another dimension) as an “Ascended Master” of the 6th Ray (the Ray of devotion). In the galactic set up, he is now known as Lord Sananda (part of the Ashtar Command – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtar_%28extraterrestrial_being%29) and is apparently helping the Earth and humanity in this critical time of cosmic alignments,  galactic photon belt, 5th dimension ascension into a golden age (from 2012 onwards?).

Lastly, as far as the concept of a second coming of Christ that has been espoused by the Theosophical Society (previously, expects to be over-shadowing Krishnamurthi who renounced the role http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti), Jesus is supposed to either reappear at a specific time to usher in the new age of Peace. This new “Aquarian” Age is supposed to herald a great golden period of heaven on earth. This was also prophesied by Nostradamus, the Hopi Indians and others.

More recently, this prophecy of the second coming had been campaigned by Benjamin Creme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Creme), who later revealed that the Christ was living in England as a  Pakastani man living in London.

Please visit this You tube for the latest phenomena of the second coming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NNIcAmXtEY. There is also lots of channeling information on the web -eg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owypWmQ-TB0&feature=youtu.be

Coming to the concepts in Hinduism & Vedanta, transmigration and re-incarnation is acknowledged within the paradigm of causality and dualism as a logical explanation for an intelligent creation and it’s evolution. The life principle evolves into higher life forms through physical, astral and causal development (bodies and states) until it’s maturity allows the apparent soul to realise the “maya” of illusion through a “leela” of love into a unity with consciousness, thereby releasing itself back into the ocean of life again and eventually transcending it all together to reach “the Peace that passeth Understanding”.

For the Sanata Dharma of the Hindu, this is reached by all religions, paths and yogas through practice and over time through the loving relationship between the individual’s sincere, loving effort and the immanent and transcendent grace of the form and/or One formless God.

However, as explained in my earlier posts, there are 3 (to 5) main categories in Vedanta philosophy depending on the level of perception, temperament, identification and evolution. These are Ajata philosophy (non-causality), Advaita (Non-dualism), Qualified Non-dualism, Dualism (& Causality; whether macro-world or micro-body levels).

Thus, from the most simple level of causality, Yoga admits of the concept, and Hinduism has explanations of this; most notably in the Bhagvad Gita but also in the Vishnu Purana. From this stance, it admits of “jivas” or souls attaining God realisation (God knowing you!) through Self-realisation; that God (That) and You (“I” as consciousness) are One. And, that this happens by re-incarnation & Karma (law of sow & reap); physically, mentally and ultimately, from moment to moment into the ever-present NOW until Karma (& Maya) is transcended by dis-identification.

It also admits of the “descent” or appearance of  “Avatars” (the Godhead himself – the all pervasive Vishnu or the Cosmic Consciousness made flesh). And, it also admits of Messengers or Prophets who attained oneness with God or Consciousness and abided in the Absolute transcendental principle (Siva, the Reality or “Tat).

Thus, from the Hindu point of view, and mine for that matter, Jesus was a perfect Yogi, Prophet & Master who attained God realisation, Jnana and transcendence. He became God. There was no separation. What came through Him, in action, word and deed, was Cosmic Consciousness with God knowing Himself!

So in reference to the earlier ideas put forward by others about the second coming, I am not sure about them because they are all dualistic and continue the causality chain when, from the point of Vedanta, the illusory “he” or Absolute “He” was established in Non-causality of Reality, and “who” would come back to a world, that from the infinite, eternal, timeless, spaceless, unfathonable, pathless path and stateless state does not exist! Or, is a blink of an eye of the Absolute. Rather, He was not the son of God, or One with God, persisting with the dualistic expression of the concept, but more specifically IS, removed of name and form, the Absolute itself.

This does not mean that I disregard the eternal connection available through the mind identifying and worshiping the archetype of Jesus for the beautiful qualities he evokes and we imbibe; nor the fact that the Absolute can appear through the consciousness, life force and mind of the worshiper by the Grace of formless God. What I find hard to accept is that Jesus will re-incarnate into a body as a separate being again. More clear to me would be that God would take birth as an Avatar; and that this incarnation is Cosmic Consciousness Itself!… with all names and powers within it. And, perhaps, the Christ Consciousness will come back as an Avatar of the Godhead, or the entity “Jesus” might have remained on the causal plane to make his final return and second coming  to inaugurate the “Golden Age” before merging with the Godhead.

This brings me to the concept of an Avatar of God as opposed to a Prophet or messenger of God.

In the religion of Hinduism, more specifically, the Vishnu Purana, on the level of cosmology and causality, there is the concept of time cycles called Kalpas, Manavantras and Yugas. Within a Yuga (a sub-cycle), there is the prophecy of 10 main (22 minor Avatars) that will take birth at specific, critical periods of transition (often from one age to another) in order to effect the transition, re-establish dharma or righteousness and weed out or transform a whole collective consciousness.

The the most well known examples in Hinduism are Rama (of the epic Ramayana), who lived in the Treta Yuga Silver Age, and Krishna (of the Mahabharata & the Bhagvad Gita), who lived at the end of the Dwarpa Yuga (Bronze Age) just before our current Kali Iron or Dark Age.  They were the 7th & 8th of the 10 main Avatars; each Avatar representing an aspect of the God-head and the 9 planets with the 10th encompassing them all.

Rama was a prince/king from the solar dynasty and represented the qualities of the Sun and embodied all the qualities of heroism and honor. He was the ideal man and the Ramayana and it’s character’s set the perfect example for humanity to follow Dharma (Righteousness) and Sathya (Truth).

Krishna, was a emperor from the lunar dynasty and represented the qualities of the Moon and embodied all the qualities of charm, attraction and beauty. He was the ideal Purna (or full) Avatar containing  all the 16 qualities and powers of God (concept related to metaphysics in Hinduism) and He delivered the “Gita” or the eternal song and philosophy of God to help carry souls across the ocean of Samsara or illusion. He set the example of  Prema (Love) and Peace (Shanti). Actually, Krish-na means “all-attractive” with “Krish” relating to attraction and “na” to all or humanity. Thus, Krish-na and Christ both might have a similar linguistic and metaphysical root source.

So coming back to Jesus Christ, the perfect Yogi and embodiment of Love, the man, the mission and the message. I don’t think he was Avatar, but rather included all the definitions by all the religions;  a prophet of God, a perfect Yogi, a Boddhi Satwa, a son of God and a God of Love.

This brings me to another parallel between Hinduism and Christianity. Both have the Trinity; which as I have explained in earlier post is, in Hinduism or Sanata Dharma, related to the 3 qualities and states of Nature; ie. GOD as generator, organisor & destroyer with the 3 corresponding inner and outer states and gunas; rajas, satwa & tamas. Here, Siva (the destroyer) relates to the Father (Transcedental); Vishnu (the organisor) to the Son (Immanent Consciousness Principle); Brahma (the creator) to the Holy Spirit (creation).

From this point of view, the we are all Avatars, sons and messengers of God  because we all have the imminent principle within us (Kingdom of Heaven within, make Thine Eye single, etc…). But, as explained earlier, to clarify the concept, an Avatar is the Cosmic Consciousness manifest (or Father & Son Oneness) born under no “Karma” but following the law of Love. Whereas, a Son or Soul attains this via Realisation; whether a Prophet or a Yogi.

So this brings me back to the Message of Jesus.

Jesus made 2 statements that are very interesting to me, from the philosophy of Vedanta and its 3 general levels; dualism, qualified non-dualism and non-dualism.

Statements

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I am the Way, the Light, the Truth

I am the messenger, I am the Son, My Father & I are ONE

(I am in the light, the light is in me, I am the light)

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From my love of Vedantic philosophy and Yoga,

These three statements correspond to:-

Dualism, qualified dualism & non-dualism (read earlier post)

Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga

Selfless Work, Worship, Wisdom

Body/ego level identification & transcendence => Mind/Consciousness level identification & transcendence => Intellectual dis-identification  & transcendence

Now as far as the Bible goes, I understand that the 2nd of the 2  statements made by Jesus was made in progression with Jesus’ growing development from dualism to non-dualism, or at least his symbolic explanation of these 3 Vedantic points of view.

The biggest confusion arises with the assumptions and interpretation of what was meant by the word “I am”?! IF taken from the body-mind complex level, we personalise the impersonal nature of Consciousness to its attributes; ie. the name, form, personality identification. However, from the view of Advaita, non-dualism and Consciousness, He was referring to God as the “I” principle synonymous with intelligence of Consciousness & its projection; Nature.

In this sense, Jesus was revealing the mystery of, and path of  Self-knowledge; ie. Self-inquiry and inward discovery of one’s true nature as the Son or Consciousness; this was the message and the Way to the One; “BE STILL and know that you are God” (ie. experience Samadhi; where “sama” means stillness, and “dhi” means intellect).

To do this, one has to go within and find the source of the “I” or Consciousness and abide there. This is the 8th step in Pantanjali’s Yoga sutras and it is useful here to remember the definition of Yoga; which means to “union with the Supreme” or to cease the agitation of the mind caused by selfish desire and ignorance.

But, of course, for most people too busy with earning a living, looking outwards lost in phenomena intellectually or physically, and not experiencing the source of life, the mind naturally associates it with the superficial level of interpretation and takes Jesus to be the Man; and the only begotton Son, when in fact, He became Christ, the Cosmic Consciousness.

In this sense, I am not interested, and do not see the point of all these New Age ideas about the Second Coming or Ascended Masters, which only projects the mind further out theoretically, then understanding the essence and message of the teachings; that You (your “I” as Consciousness) too “IS the WAY, the LIGHT & the TRUTH”! And that life itself is the Holy Spirit or Guru to teach and take one within, & without, ONE.

But usually the mind need to become one-pointed first, and for this the “Guru” without can take the form that most please the temperament and conditioning of one’s mind, with its divine, satwic, purifying qualities. So for Christian, this is the Love attribute of Christ Consciousness, exemplified by Jesus; His life & teachings.

Jesus, the Christ

As mentioned earlier, from my background, with a Hindu father and Christian mother,  I interpret the symbolism and message of Christ through the influence of Yoga & Vedanta with it’s 3 levels of  philosophy. To me, the symbol of the Cross is the most significant lasting representation of Jesus, as well as the act of the crucifixion and resurrection. Apparently Jesus appeared on the “scene” about 28-30 years of age and ended with his death at 33 years of age.

From my perception and opinion,  Jesus attained final Realisation on the Cross, where He established Himself not only in the level of advaita vedanta of Non-dualism (Advaita Jnana), but transcended Consciousness and abided in the Absolute. Up until the final moment, he felt abandoned and pronounced “Father, why hath Thou forsaken me”? This was the final death of the “ego-ignorance” consciousness in the mind,memory and man we call Jesus.Up until  this moment, he might have had experiences of Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Cosmic Consciousness, but there was still some knot or attachment to Consciousness.

In Yoga philosophy, there are 3-4 knots of consciousness; Brahma granthi in the navel (knots of desires), Vishnu granthi in the anahata (knot of compassion), Rudra granthi (knot of the Guru), but the final knot is the chit-jada granthi (consciousness-world knot)  around the Hrit or spiritual Heart centre. When one enters Samadhi, this knot opens and the tendencies of the mind are washed in the Heart. However, it is only with final abidance that the knot stays open when all bad, good or any tendencies are left in the mind. Then, not only the body consciousness disappears forever, but the inner and outer become One stillness of Consciousness and that gets sunk into the beyond, Reality or Absolute. Then, in Yoga,  the person is a “jiva-mukta” or dead whilst alive, and may continue to appear to live in the Sahaja (Samadhi) or natural state.

So to me, Jesus, as the Man finally died to Jesus the Christ after this final “test” (whether self-imposed or from the Father) on the cross. This is the real significance of the Cross; the cross of the “I” or the false ego to the Absolute Self. In Vedanta, it is best expressed through the 4 Mahavakyas (eg. Tat Twam Asi or “I am That” or the individual and the Absolute are ONE).  In the Bible, this has been best expressed as “I am That I am”.

Why Jesus had to go under so much suffering I have no sure ideas, as this is all conjecture. However, possibly, he was such a loving incarnation,  such a huge Spirit, with so much Power, Love, Compassion, and attachment to Beauty, this final liquidation required this ordeal as well as served the purpose of teaching the people of the era and conditions of the time. Perhaps He did absorb a lot of the Karma of the people of the time and fulfilled the necessary commandment of the “Father” for humanity and its future.

Jesus, the perfected Yogi & his Mission

Whilst it is hard to prove, or clearly decipher, the life and purpose of Christ; unless one has become like Him and One with the Absolute, with infinite and eternal Omniscience, Omnipotent and Omnipresence; the impact of His life has been tremendous with only Mohammed, Buddha & Krishna having had such a profound influence on the minds of man. However, his message is clear;  Love Thy neighbour as ThySelf”. It is Universal despite the interpretation of man through the passage of time.

And listening to his life, it is clear that He was not just a Prophet. He was a radical, an orator, a healer and a Yogi! One only has to read Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras to see that many of his feats where those achieved by Yoga and the mysterious powers of nature and the mind. In His case, it is obvious that these were born of and exercised with Love (Bhakti); the source of all Shakti or Power.

What seems obvious to me from His dress and teachings was that He was a Gnostic, a Fakir, a traveling monk, a Yoga Sanyasi. According to the Dead Sea scrolls,  He might have been an Essene. It definately appears that he traveled, maybe even as a beggar searching for the Truth, after 12 years of age. There is evidence that He was in Tibet as Isa according to the findings of Notovich, http://reluctant-messenger.com/issa.htm (Notovitch), as well as India &  Egypt; where he must have learned and mastered the teaching and practices there. In my opinion, it was during this time that he perfected Yoga and evolved from the “Messenger” to the “Son”. He was realising His divinity during these lost years until He realised He was a Prophet following the Divine Command to his inner destination and final freedom on the Cross.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_years_of_Jesus.

For those more interested on this topic, they should read Holger Kersten’s book “Jesus Lived in India“. IT is well written, researched and clear.

What might also be of interest if the concept that Jesus, after the crucifixion, did not die, but resurrected through His Power of Yoga (ie. he never really physically died in the first place but was in Nirvikalpa Samadhi with cessation of bodily functions?). The real death was the “ego” death of Jesus. This does not mean that he was still there, but rather the cosmic consciousness continued to appear in that form for as long as the Parabahda karma of the body lasted. In some interpretations, God or Christ Consciousness continued to walk, eat, talk and teach through the vehicle of the body until its final dissolution into Nirvana, nothingness/everythingness with a final physical death in Srinigar, Kashmir;  where lies the only  tomb set according to Jewish customs along with other Muslim tombs.

Anyway, the concept of resurrection and Ascension might appear as something else when interpreted through the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. (eg.  “I shall make all things new” –  including resurrection of the body by the power of Yoga).

Sathya Sai Baba on Jesus - “Cut the “I” feeling clean across and let your ego die on the Cross, to endow on you Eternity”

http://www.saibabaofindia.com/an_exposition_on_jesus_by_sathya.htm


Now that I am at the Sathya Sai Baba ashram, I thought I should share what He has said of Jesus. Some of his ideas, I have used above in my understanding of him. What is clear, is Sai Baba had often, every x-mas for the last 30-40 years, talked about the life and love of Jesus. Celebrations each year consist of  decorations,  carol singing, plays on the birth and life of Christ, candle lighting in the morning after, musical performances by his students and Christmas diner.  Sai Baba has  often indicated the symbolism of the cross is the death of the ego and extolled the example of  sacrifice in the life of  Jesus.

More relevant to the information above, Sai Baba has explained in books that Jesus was a Prophet and not an Avatar but attained God realisation; much like Siddhartha Buddha did before him.

Sai Baba taught the ancient path of  Sanatha Dharma, unity of faiths,and most significantly,the universal message of Love & practical Service. His simple but profound teachings are summarised by;

Love All, Serve All; Help ever Hurt Never; Unity in Diversity

Start the day with Love, fill the day with Love, end the day with Love, this is the Way to God

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There is Only One religion, the Religion of Love

There is Only One language, the Language of the Heart

There is Only Race, the Race of Humanity

There is Only God, He is Omnipresent

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His emblem is the Sarva Dharma Symbol of the 5 values and 5 major faiths:-

Hinduism (Aum), Christianity (Cross), Islam (Crescent Moon & star), Zorastrian (Fire), Buddhism (Wheel) and later Judaism (Star of David)

Non-violence (Ahimsa),  Love (Prema),  Shanti (Peace), Sathya (Truth), Right Action (Dharma)

To me,  Christianity and Jesus best represents this principle or aspect of God as  LOVE (Prema). It’s symbol could be the Heart, just as the Dove for Peace, the Sun for Truth, the Hand might be for Right Action, & the CND symbol for Non-violence. What the world needs is this appreciation of unity in diversity and tolerance, to appreciate the Love of a Christ, the Beauty of a Sufi, the Scorch of Skepticism & Science, the Balance of a Buddha & the Truth of a Jnani.

Metaphysics

Finally, a brief note on metaphysics. As explained earlier, 5 and the pentagram is the number most related to man and nature with the Fibonacci number and the 5 elements.   From the above, I correlate Christianity to Water and the planet Venus. To me, Jesus was an incarnation of this planet with its associated qualities of Love & Beauty.

What would be interesting is to research more about the metaphysics and symbolism behind Jesus and His life.  For example, looking at the Cross as for 6 squares on a 2 dimensional plane,this can be folded into a cube. The cube is found in Mecca as the Kaaba, and the Kabbala Tree of life has 10 Sephiroth + 22 paths leading to 32 initiations and final Mastery of life at the 33rd stage. In numerology,  33 is a Master number. There are 33 vertebrae containing the spine through which the Kundalini force rises. Jesus “died” on the Cross in His 33rd years on cross.

Things like this are random workings of the mind, but I feel that metaphysics with its symbolism and metaphor can sometimes help  access patterns, help synthesis, develop insight, effect understanding and tolerance,  and even inspire one along the path.

Well, thanks for reading. And have a Merry X-mas & have a happy, inspired New Year…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJs954BW5o&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvNLkx9ndt0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_B4MU4yuMI (Movie Jesus of Nazareth)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVhhDRIol4g (Passion of Christ)

Some known devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

Prof Anil Kumar - Translator

V Anand Chess Player

President Kalam

Ratan Tata

Tendulkar

Satyajit

Isaac Tigrett - Hard Rock Cafe & House of Blues

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Effects of Yoga in reducing cancer?

In my earlier post on “Yoga: Hinduism or Health”,  I tried to apply my medical background in physiotherapy to define the health aspect of yoga from the metaphysical philosophy behind it.  I defined health on 5 levels from the gross to the subtle; bio-mechanical, bio-chemical, bio-pranic, bio-environmental and bio-spiritual.

Between the first 3 of these levels I tried to explain how yoga practice effects the musculo-skeletal (mechanical), systemic (chemical) and energetic (pranic) systems.  Along with providing greater internal massaging, oxygenation, de-toxification, internal agni (fire)  and prana to the organs and tissues, I believe that, to a large extent, yoga must depend on the subtlety or maturity of the Yogi in all aspects of life and levels (ie.the level of ether in the mind at the bio-spiritual level).

However, despite these confounding variables, common in any  research, I think it is about time, with such as growing Yoga community world wide, that someone with a science background makes an experimental, longitudinal and clinical study of the effects of Yoga in reducing cancer.

A control study should use a big enough sample size and compare a placebo group with those who practice yoga, and see if there is any correlation to the incidence of cancer.

Alternatively, it could compare a group over time or a random group with their history to note the effects of those who practiced yoga and those who did not.

Lastly, the study could go further to analyse  other factors such as a control of smokers vs non-smokers. These days its all about research; its careful and objective  design, the statistics and what they call validity & reliability (repeatability.

I think it would make an interesting study to promote yoga as a habit from a young age but as you can see I am biased!

What is Research?

See – Yoga, Astrology & Meat – future research

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Vedanta Parallels for Medicine, Physics, Psychology & Philosophy

Yoga means to unite. I thought it interesting to draw up a potential unity in the diversity of scientific theories with that of the 3 general metaphysical philosophies of Vedanta; non-dualism, qualified non-dualism & dualism.

Thus, below is a structured  introduction to how western philosophy (with its 5 aspects) lends to skepticism & the scientific method. This is followed by a table on vedantic parallels at 3 corresponding levels  in the 4 disciplines of medicine, physics, psychology and philosophy. Finally, there is a list of Vedantic concepts of the mind. The intention is suggest a potential grand synthesis between western philosophy & Vedantic metaphysics for left & right brains!

 Western philosophy = Theory of Knowledge (epistemology) => assumption, bias, axiom, logic (Aristotle), induction & deduction, language, argument (dialectics), perception, aesthetics, mind, ethics, God, metaphysics => leads to  SOCRATIC SKEPTICISM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_philosophy

=> Research of Scientific Method (Descartes-Bacon) to Empiricism (Locke) to Logical Positivism (Russel) to linguistics (Wittgenstein & Chomsky) to Analytics (Shaw).

Research Statistics Methods (experimental, descriptive, correlation => multi-regressive computer packages ie.  patterns detection & analysis) What is Research? & See – Yoga, Astrology & Meat – future research

=> SCIENTIFIC THEORIES conceptually categorised
(progressive correlating to the vedanta metaphysics of consciousness)

=> VEDANTIC(ally) from Dualism to Qualified Non-dualism to Non dualism

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Vedanta categories for scientific theories

TRINITY PARALLELS – for Dualism, Qualified Non-Dualism, Non-Dualism

(For more on Western synthesis of Science & Metaphysics)
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3) NON-DUALISM (Ajata-Advaita Philosophy)

I am That I am, World is Brahma (Non-Causality-Oneness), I am the Light

Resound / Pure Subjectivity => Objectivity = Subjectivity

PHILOSOPHY – Ajata-Advaita

Dattatreya, Shankara, Ashtavakra, Vaishista, Ramana, Nisargadatta, Balsekar, Lao Tsu, Socrates

Monism, Metaphysics – Pythagoras

PSYCHOLOGY – (Maslow), Jungian, archetypes, Jyotisha

PHYSICS – Einstein Special relativity, Time is One, pre-determination => Bhor’s theories of Wholeness

MEDICINE – Ayurveda & the Mind, symptomatic of nature, body language, omens, phrenology

2) QUALIFIED NON-DUALISM

I am & therefore I think, Brahma is real (Spontaneous Creation), Seer ship, The Light is in me

Reflection / Subjectivity

PHILOSOPHY – Madwa, Sankhya, Pantanjali

- Existential – Heidegger, Nietzsche, Berkley

PSYCHOLOGY – Freud (Psycho-analysis) to Gestalt & Cognitive

PHYSICS – Quantum, Uncertainty principle, apparent free will etc.,

MEDICINE – Brain Neuro-physiology & bio-chemistry (hemisphere, lobes, memory, learning, plasticity, massively parallel, synaptic non-reliable components, perception, holographic models)

3) DUALISM

World is real (Causality & gradual creation) I think & therefore I am, I am in the Light

Reaction / Objectivity

PHILOSOPHY – Ramanuja, Karma & Re-incarnation, Confucius, Aristotle, Kant, Descartes, Darwin

- Cause & Effect
- Empiricism & Functionalism

PSYCHOLOGY – Functional & Structural – Behaviorism to Freud (Psycho-analysts)

PHYSICS – Newtonian, Big bang, “M” Theory, Special Gravity, 11 dimensions

MEDICINE – Bio-medical model, anatomy (& posture), physiotherapy, bio-mechanics, movement analysis, genetics (nature vs nurture) Darwin vs 100th monkey theory for mutation and adaptation

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The above sciences classification is by no means an authoritative one, but I thought it was an interesting proposition.  For more on the concept of bridging Vedanta with a western approach, you can read the Appendix of my educational proposal; via  the edu-create proposal or http://www.cyberax.eu/book/2091309/edu-create-book

Sciences, as theoretical categories, has been progressed to the arts and then to the humanities with the a concept of how to bring in financial intelligence into schools. The proposal was given to UNESCO secondary education  in 2005.

1.SCIENCES (theoretical categories) => 2.ARTS (historical/race categories) => 3.HUMANITIES (geographical categories) => business aid planning with financial intelligence (1st Chakra Portal) & internet technology (5th Chakra Portal)

The hope is that one day, metaphysics, yoga and a chakrapedia search engine could be introduced into schools as way to integrate spirituality, holistic health and creativity into learning.

The above categories can be further classified into 5 levels of macro-dualism (world), micro-dualism (body), qualified non-dualism (knower), non-dualism (oneness) and non-causality with the latter, non-causality, beyond categories. Thus, without non-causality, learning can be classified into 4 levels of learned ignorance?!

4 Levels of Knowing (ignorance based on the “I am” assumption)

Known “Knowns” – relative truth

Known Unknowns – relative truth of ignorance

Unknown Knowns – relative ignorance (even Omniscience of all relative knowns)

Unknown Unknown – Absolute, Truth or Reality (Unknowing State)

Note that the first 3 are based on the dream of  Consciousness whilst the last leads to unlearning and waking to That which transcends consciousness (knowledge as ignorance) and relatively speaking, bring about an integration of western & Vedantic theories of knowledge.

Western Greek philosophy of  Socrates  = Vedantic expression of Nisargadatta & Ramana

“I know that I do not know” = “all knowledge is learned ignorance” & “all knowledge is ignorance”

BELOW ARE SOME MORE GENERAL CATEGORIES ON VEDANTIC THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/history-memory-ways-of-knowing.html

Ways of Knowing in Vedanta

THE MIND in Vedanta

i) 5 ways of detecting :- by the light of Sun, Moon, Fire, Sound, Atma (Self)

ii) 5 senses as 5 organs of knowledge

iii) Instruments of mind – Antarakarana (chitta-memory, manas-percpetion, buddhi-intellect, ahamkara-ego)

iii) Sheaths of mind (ie. “manomayakosha” & “vijnamaya kosha”  correlating to manas/mind and buddhi/ intellect)

iv) 5 levels of mind development (Concrete, Supermind, Higher mind, Illumined mind, Over-mind/Cosmic)

6 WAYS OF KNOWING

i) Direct perception (highest) ii) Inference iii) Testimony iv) Analogy v) Indirect inference
vi) Non-apprehension

3 WAYS OF LEARNING

i) Hearing ii) Reflecting iii) Contemplation

3 VEDANTIC AUTHORITIES

i) Scriptural Vedic authority ii) Reasoning iii) Intuitive experience (highest)

5 TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE

i) Secular ii) Common sense iii) General iv) Discriminative v) Practical (highest)

VEDANTIC CATEGORIES (as above)

i) Dualism (Micro to macro) to
ii) Qualified non-dualism to
iii) Non-dualism (& Non-causality) – ie. path of Self-inquiry

6 DARASHANAS (Metaphysics)

i) Sankhya ii) Yoga iii) Logic iv) Atominism v) Vedanta vi) Ritualism

6 LIMBS OF VEDAS

i) Grammer ii) Pronunciation iii) Poetic meter iv) Etymology & Lexicology v) Ritual
vi) Astronomy/astrology

METAPHYSICS (Samudrika – divination)

Jyotish, Vastu, Ayurveda, Numerology, Palmistry, Face reading,  Tajika (Omens)

Link to post with a general list (categories) on “History, Memory & Ways of Knowing”

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.com/2008/12/history-memory-ways-of-knowing.html

http://vimeo.com/6617118

Tesla was convinced that everything in the Universe , of galaxies and electrons have consciousness, that the Cosmos is One Intelligent Living Organism. (Super Consciousness)

Nikola Tesla used ancient Sanskrit terminology in his descriptions of natural phenomena. As early as 1891 Tesla described the universe as a kinetic system filled with energy which could be harnessed at any location. His concepts during the following years were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda was the first of a succession of eastern yogi’s (eg. Yogananda, Maharishi Yogi, etc.) who brought Vedic philosophy and religion to the west. After meeting the Swami and after continued study of the Eastern view of the mechanisms driving the material world, Tesla began using the Sanskrit words Akasha, Prana, and the concept of a luminiferous Ether to describe the source, existence and construction of matter. Tesla’s understanding of Vedic Science was the pre-requisite for the free energy systems envisioned by him (Earth. We Are One)

Everything around us is the result of frequency:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjSKpXobTgw

http://www.spaceandmotion.com/

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Yoga Chakrapedia Portal Pics

This image is an esoteric/occult representation with the various symbols of the major religions integrated into the temple of the body/man/God through the 7 chakras of Yoga. Note the image is within the lingam/mirror whilst the coiled serpent (Kundalini) base below and 5 hoods above are surrounding it. Yoga tree of life! – the macrocosm reflected in the mirror of man

If you look closely, you will see that the image is of the “mind in the heart” where the real “I” (Eye) resides. Also, the right side (male) is embracing the left side (female) with the 7 chakras vertically in the middle.  For a more detailed description, follow this link:- JiVa 5 Lotus – Metaphysical House - Isaight design

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Kundalini Chakra Pedia for the Yoga World?

The idea I have had for a long time is that somebody in the Yoga Community needs to develop a web site based on (astro-yoga) 7 chakra portals that could become a “wikipedia” for Yoga or Jyotish practitioners and help share and integrate knowledge of the world in the context of spirituality.

The 7 (inner-net) chakra portals relates to the 7 metaphysical levels of accessing and thin-slicing knowledge of the world (inter-net)  according to “quantum yoga”;  - that knowledge depends on the “chakra” perception by “you”, as the knower.

A search engine would find listed title words into topic archived into the chakras.  A Yogi could cross-reference knowledge between his base chakra (root of all evil?! and control, dollars , finances and money matter) to topics listed for the title word in the 7th chakra; such as spirituality related posts.

This would not only provide a useful way to associate and compartmentalise topics based on chakra portals, but allow for a great way for fellow yogis to net-work.  In addition, you could be practicing yoga at the lap-top, hand-phone or computer too.  Instead of the asana of the body, it would be an asana for the mind, getting into a new posture for the jnana yoga of knowledge!

Here is a you tube video to watch for this post. Honoring the Divine Mother (the Sakti-power behind Kundalini)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ0h1sb1IFI&feature=share

SIGNIFICANCE OF 7 IN YOGA

The 7 Chakras & Kundalini:-  Kundalini Yoga & the 7 chakrashttp://www.kundaliniyogablog.com/the-seven-chakras/http://hindulegacy.blogspot.in/2010/04/concept-of-chakra-in-human-body.htmlhttp://www.virtualsynapses.com/2010/05/7-chakras-spiritual-energy-centers-of.html, http://www.scribd.com/doc/38795288/Chakras

More on Kundalini - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalinihttp://www.kundaliniyoga.org/chakramain.html & http://www.tantra-kundalini.com/chakras.htm

Book – “Kundalini Yoga” by Swami Sivananda Saraswati:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sivananda_Saraswatihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_yoga , http://www.dlshq.org/download/kundalini.htm

Book – “The Evolutionary Energy in Man by Pandit Gopi Krishna”:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandit_Gopi_Krishnahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini:_The_Evolutionary_Energy_in_Man

Book – “Third Eye & Kundalini by BS Goel” & “Kundalini – The Liberating Force” http://www.ordinaryenlightenment.com/goel.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physio-kundalini_syndrome

7 Chakra Psychology  (1st to 7th chakra) = Discipline => Faith => Confidence => Love => Peace => Truth => Bliss => God (8th chakra – the Spiritual Heart) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy19SWRGpkM&feature=share

The 7 Ayurvedic Types: – Pitta, Kapha, Vata, Pitta-Kapha, Pitta-Vata, Kapha-Vata, Tri-dosha

7 Stages of  Ignorance:- Germinal waking state => Waking state => Waking state established =>  Day-dreaming (dreaming wakeful) => Dream state (while sleeping) => Dream after Waking (waking dream) => Dreamless Sleep.

7 Stages of Knowledge:- Desire for Truth => Investigation into Truth => Pure & attenuated mind => Realisation of the Truth => Detached outlook on the universe & its contents => Untainted awareness of Self => Highest & indescribable state

Sacred 7 Metaphysics school:-  Metaphysical school based on number 7

Sai Baba’s:- Mystic Inn of the 7th Ray (Isaac Tigrett)

TEMPLATE for a CHAKRAPEDIA  for the YOGA WORLD

http://yoga-art.net/artworks/yoga/energy_centers.html (Above Design by Yoga Art)

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/future.html (Portal Design)

http://www.saisathyasai.com/chakras/kundalini-serpent-power.html (Example)

http://www.yogapostureadjustments.com/chakramap.html (Yoga Chakra Map by Stephanie Pappas)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXg10MsVRX0&feature=related (you tube Kundalini awakening)

Chakra 7http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3o4V2aK0B4&feature=related & http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/7th-chakra-portal-bliss-meditation.html & http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/divnity-grace.html

=> Music for 7th Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRZRc9bnmhs&feature=related

Chakra 6http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/6th-chakra-portal.html &  http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/music-metaphysics.html

=> Music for 6th chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFIufYYDudU&feature=related

Chakra 5http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/5th-chakra-portal_20.html & http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/links-to-5th-chakra-portal-links.html

=> Music for 5th Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGOvWq4npaU&feature=related

Chakra 4http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/4th-chakra-portal-devotion-seva.html

=> Music for 4th Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXL1dPmw9VA&feature=related

Chakra 3http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/3rd-chakra-portal-determination.html

=> Music for 3rd Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldd7vlYkTsg&feature=related

Chakra 2http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/2nd-chakra-portal-desire-discipline.html

Music for 2nd Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3o4V2aK0B4&feature=related

Chakra 1http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/1st-chakra-portal-duty-dollars.html

=> Music for 1st Chakra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoamFF8qvqg&feature=related

DESIGN of Chakrapedia

It’s design with a search engine is suggested and explained through the link. But, the idea could apply for a variety of people. For example:-

i) Wikipedia for Sai teachings on 7 levels  -  Divinity, Detachment, Discrimination, Devotion, Determination, Discipline/ Desire, Duty/Dollar

ii) Wikipedia for Sai devotees to have their posts archived into 7 levels of access based on above categories

iii) Developed in a social media for Sai devotees to net-work

iv) General Wikipedia for Yoga followers world wide

v) General “IC7″ search engine for the World

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Metaphysical Question of Identity? “Who am I?”

Some thoughts on the “I” that I take myself to be!

3  LEVELS of IDENTITY

1. Cultural Objective = cultural environmental based on religious foundation of migration (history) to transmigration (religious concepts)

2. Personal subjective = family, race & personal history = who we think we are in relationship to the objective identity

3. Philosophical contemplative = awareness as the  foundation of both objective and subjective identities and the consciousness that makes identification possible, ie. an investigation into, and inquiry within, as to who we really are in term of consciousness?

The Mystery of “Who am I?”

“The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.” ― Ken Kesey

The following is a series of philosophical questions of identity.

PHILOSOPHY I

I am investigating into the nature of things… the world, the mind, the nature and relationship of the two; ….. and the ultimate basis of all philosophical assumptions starting with the identity… ie. who and what is this thing we call “I”?

Am I the body that is I feel and sense?

Am I the mind that appears to have thoughts and others think I am?

Is this mind separate from the world that appears in it?

Am I the intellect that compares and discerns between these thoughts?

Who am I when all these disappear?

Am I not there when the waking and dream states/worlds fall away in the deep thoughtless sleep state? For example, when I wake up and say “I” had a good deep sleep! Therefore, who is this I that persists through all apparent changes but remains permanent?

In order to make these queries the sages reveal it requires silent contemplation within to compare with outer observations of the world ….. the world appearing to be primarily dependent on mind in which it appears.

But to get to this place, we first often try and make a holistic picture out of the world first… ie. how everything inter-relates, and how human nature conducts itself in the nature of things. But as one goes deeper, it still all comes back to you being there to witness it.

In the Indian philosophy, they talk about the 5 inner sheaths (and 5 aspects of the mind – antarakarana) that interpret the 5 elemental world through the 5 senses; but that all these are based in consciousness which is one integral whole of change… the inner and the outer worlds of everything dependent on one principle of consciousness and …… that the Truth (ie. Nirvana) transcends this time and space phenomena in which all change appear.

But, perhaps the best thing to do is to remember there is the world outside you that seems to have an order and cause and effect, but that this effect of the world is dependent on the cause of your mind being there to perceive it… so there are 2 investigations to decipher to start with… i) the outer inter-connected world of natural laws and ii) your personal inner world of the mind and how it works to interpret your world..

Anyway, is it not to start questioning these philosophical questions deeply the real education that builds up your own philosophy and strength that becomes the foundation of your life and will power? Just staying true to ones insights and values and, …..earnestly turning the intellect within to use the question “Who am I?” and hold onto the source of thought. There is no rush to experience the altered states and states of love that help still the mind and consciousness to try and transcend this I as the experiencer!; as the tadpole tail of ego naturally falls off with the dawn of wisdom.

Testimony, as far as words are pointers to the wordless Truth, find that all knowledge is a form of ignorance as it is based on a primary assumption that the body (physical, body of knowledge or body of space) is real and permanent… and that it is this strong habit of identifying that keep the sense of ego and separation alive.. This is  why Gurus & Yogis promotes selfless service as it is the easiest way to melt this sense of separation when actions are done lovingly with no motive and , that when combined with the mantra helps substitute the selfish thoughts with the mantra which increases love and one-pointedness of mind to turn the mind within. However, to experience this truth of Oneness it is usually necessary to combine this practice with silent contemplation/meditation into the nature of this “I”. Meditation on a flame of light where the concentration is used to direct the mind within is often helpful…

PHILOSOPHY II

As one goes about making sense of their world, always try to remember the dualistic nature of the intellect. It is always trying to weave a dualistic cause and effect (hierarchical) inter-relationship web of experiences one has received through the 5 senses and have filtered into a structured memory from which one continues to perceive things.

The intellects nature is to compare and connect cause and effects. As you know, karma is the Indian word for this… ie. the law of action that every action has a reaction. But most the time, the causes are so innumerable and difficult to trace, that we use this word arbitrarily to cover up our ignorance of why things happen (unless in some small controlled lab experiment). But the assumption in this process is that the world existed there before us, and that there is a real permanent world in which many people and things have always existed and that they have gone through some kind of progress of evolution.

This whole approach is the function of the mind in making holistic sense of ones world, but it does not bring you to turning the intellect within to investigate the very instrument in which it occurs ie. ones very own mind… ie. it does not put you in the test tube!

For this self-knowledge you have to negate the world as secondary and find out the awareness on which the consciousness of mind and world depend… as mentioned in the philosophy I.

Whilst the intellect in tracing causes and effects has to do with connections in time and place and a past to future… awareness brings you more and more to a present in which the only fact that is ever present within the realm of consciousness is the fact that one exists… that the “I” is ever there. This “I” is the ever present witness that contextually is there in the “Here and Now”. It is only from this point that all phenomena including past and future appear within the mind.

For this long-winded reason, I am suggest reading a book called the Power of Now and the New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. It is readily available and popular book written in modern clear language. I think everyone would like it as it is an easy read and not way out there. I have personally passed it to many friends who are not into any spiritual path and they have ended getting back to me telling me about how to be more present… ie. no worries, be happy, taking things (pleasant & unpleasant) as they come and staying focused and effective in the present.

It is also  good to have an appreciation of western (Greek-Socratic, Scientific-Descartes/Bacon & English-Analytic/Russel) philosophy for developing a skeptical, discerning mind (theory of how we acquire knowledge via the mind) against an Indian Vedantic Metaphysics (ie. the nature of the world)

ie. Indian Metaphysics = that the 3 inner states of waking, dreaming and sleep are the “I”s subjective foundation for the perception of the 3 objective states of nature ie. day time, dusk and dawn & night time.

That AUM is the cosmic (sound) hum of the Universe and, that the ether of Consciousness is the nature of what we call GOD;- as correlating to these 3 inter-acting subjective and objective states; where

G = Generation = Waking = Day time;
O = Organisation = Dream = Dusk & Dawn;
D = Destruction = Deep sleep = Night time.

To approach the western theory of knowledge, we need to analyse how we acquire knowledge… ie, what is language, argument, inductive and deductive logic, perception, memory etc…

Here, it is useful to acknowledge the Indian Sankhya philosophy that divides these aspects of acquisition into 5 components such that the;

5 elements = objective source of knowledge (ie. the world of nature)
5 senses = inter-active through your ears, eyes, touch, smell and taste
5 mind sheath = subjective means of knowledge (consciousness, Ego/identification/will, memory, intellect, perception)

and that; it is through the formulation of ones own analytical process that one questions and builds a structure of mind and philosophy and hopefully, inquires into the nature and source of the “I”… Who am I?… not as a question that requires an answer, but as a quest that gets rid of all questions with the mind and its miseries by finding the source of all bliss within.

PHILOSOPHY III

Ultimately, it is simply to remember that everything comes back to oneself in terms of how you see the world. Books, television, traveling and other people give more and more expanded experiences of a holistic view of your world, but can never give one an experience of the truth. All knowledge is relative and has to referenced because it comes from outside and is never one’s own. It is all inferred and questionable but can, by correlation of your observations, approximate facts to your experience. Everything has to be tested and experienced for oneself. But, before searching for any absolute Truths beyond the world, it important to use the world as a guru of ones life to guide and train the intelligence to see things clearly.

So perhaps before looking at how the mind works in terms of reflecting your world to you, it is better carry on developing a synthetic philosophy of how the nature, world and man appear to integrally function. As you get more exposure and understanding of life, you can come back to doubt the very sources of information ie. your mind itself. This will make one detached and objective in not letting the ego see things only in terms of itself;… as the mind is as much a part of nature in which knowledge appears, and this awareness helps detach from personalising information too much.

In future posts I will add some of the tables that helps categorise the subjects we learn in school and, through which we interpret out world based on that conditioning.

From the foundation of i) Sciences (theoretical categories) to ii) Arts (historical categories) to iii) Humantities (geographical categories) to the abstract subjects of iv) Theory/Philosophy to v) Spirituality/Consciousness… it is useful to recognise how subjects inte-relate to each other conceptually, as most learning takes place by association… …especially when it is based on a creative inquiry process (See Edu-create Proposal Table 9)

To me, all searching ends with questioning this “I”? Our first experience of this happens with our mother when the construct of language makes us aware of an other ie. verbalizing with our mother as babies and gives a dualistic perception of the world ie. a you and me… then after that we are expanding this identification to family, race, country, humanity etc… but the end of this knowledge is Love as understanding the underlying Unity in all this apparent diversity – and that is Consciousness. To question the source of this Consciousness is to go within and question the “I”. But up until then we are always assuming things out of faith and eventually we will one day be ready to question the root of our own identity – to seek enlightenment.

OK… that’s the last of the philosophizing. Keep on building my own philosophy by questioning everything on the touch stone of my experience…. how does the validity of my beliefs hold up against correlating with the facts from the 5 senses through my mind to the “I” that identified it as my own knowledge.
Apart from all this heavy talk.. it seems that most spirituality wants us to  be cheerful and keep a philosophical wit about us. It is not supposed to be all that serious once it is demystified… is should become entertainment in this leela (play) called life and should be practiced in life! ie. walk the talk and be true to ones values by acting on them.

PHILOSOPHY IV

Have posted a summary chart about questioning the identity at the bottom.

ie. are you the body, mind, intellect, changing consciousness IN which everything appears, or the changeless awareness ON which it all appears.

It summarises the different levels of identifying…. eg. “I am the body living in a world” being the basic perception of identity etc…. a bit too abstract but good to be exposed to these ideas…

For example, most of us just think we are our just bodies living in a world; whilst other people think we are our minds and consciousness, whereas a realised Yogis or illumined souls reveals that what we really are is Awareness that reflects itself in our sense of Being (in the Heart) associated with having a body in Consciousness.

This body has 7 levels called chakras with the 7th highest called the thousand petalled lotus and connects the individualised consciousness with cosmic consciousness, but that the Truth of awareness transcends that too; beyond the body and consciousness, time and space!!

Here are the 5 philosophical steps from the body level to awareness level.
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5 PHILOSOPHICAL STEPS OF IDENTITY… ” I am a ……

1. …. Body in a world (3 states of day, dusk & dawn, night) =>

2. Body/world in a brain (3 states of waking, dream, deep sleep) =>

3. Brain in the Heart (as the seat of consciousness) =>

4. Heart in Consciousness (inner and outer = 3 sounds AUM) = I am

5. Inner & Outer Consciousness as One on a trascendental Awareness = beyond time and space ie. eternal

OR
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1. I am “so and so” (individuation with name & form)
2. So I am (acceptance of individuality)
3. I am the witness (separate from everything ie. koshas including name & form)
4. I am everything (expansion to all names and forms ie. space of consciousness)
5. I am beyond (Tat – transcending names and forms and consciousness)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tyT9ylkdS8&feature=share (you tube – “I am All.. All is I am”)

OR

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1. I & I makes WE

2. WE & WE makes ONE

3. And you are not THIS

4. we  are THAT …

5. TAT TWAM ASI (or “I”, as Consciousness”, am THAT)

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As you can see, this mind likes categorising things into 5! 5 for the 5 senses, 5 elements and 5 limbs that make up man and connects him to nature through the fibonacci number (pattern found in nature such as the golden mean) and the pentagram (the occult symbol of man) http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/metaphysical-religion-of-identity.html

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RELEVANT YOU TUBE VIDEOS

You tube – There is only One Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNP8sEgtmec

You tube – the Love Police http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDh0Cvsw9Jk

You tube – We are evolving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lC4ubI_KNA&feature=youtu.be

You tube – Child teaches the UN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0&feature=share

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MORE PICTURES

You tube – Who am I? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R72_oZJ2NWs&feature=share

http://yoga-chakrapedia-portal.blogspot.in/2008/12/self-inquiry-who-am-i.html

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Jyotish Insight – Vedic Astrology (JiVa Soul Astrology)

KNOW THYSELF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nr8WpxnJNQ

Prayer for Light (Jyothi)

Asato Ma Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya

Meaning

From the unreal, lead me to the real

From darkness, lead me to the light

From death, lead me to immortality.

 JYTOTISH

Jyotish, a complimentary (metaphysical) science to ancient indian astronomy meaning “light” in Sanskrit, is the “eye of the Vedas” and the highest auxillary limb to vedic knowledge along with Ayurveda (health) that was taught in ancient India as a preparation for understanding the Vedas from a scientific point of view (astronomy and the Gods as forces of nature – Nakshatras).

Ultimately, it helps along with satwic food,  bhajans or  sacred music, contemplative meditation (leading to one-pointed concentration) and the Gaytari mantra in raising ones vibration and opening ones inner intuitive eye.  By exercising the analytical, logical left brain with the symbolic right brain this awakens and allows  the inner jyotish to bring the intelligence of the mind into the heart such that you become one (in the light of consciousness) with the object of contemplation (ie. the chart & person). I hope this is enough of a reason for it to be eventually bought back into an associative, metaphoric method in schools. If only to make people learn by association and metaphor as well as by the usual literal and mathematical ways, the language of jyotish could help spiritualise education (see the JiVa5 edu-create proposal- edu-create book).

Learning Vedic astrology is like learning a new language, which in this case is a metaphoric one, with each planet corresponding to many areas of life (ie. symbol within a metaphysical context/comprehension of consciousness). These have to be learned and applied through experimenting withwith the rules of Vedic astrology; using ones observation and inductive logic to make symbolic associations and synthesizing astrological confluences in order to start to “see” trends that pop out of a chart to match actual observational facts.

Often it helps to start by taking a psychological approach to understanding oneself before venturing into predictions, as destiny is a reflection of our character. With this approach astrology becomes a tool for self-knowledge (of our individual nature, habits, strengths and weakness) and thereby becomes a spiritual assistance towards liberation through understanding and insight into ourselves, others and life. With more and more practice in reading charts confidence will begin to grow and its exercise on the intuitive muscle will begin to flex, allowing the left brain analytical logic to find a portal through the visuo-spatial nature of symbolism to awaken the bindu chakra to see and not just infer relative truths.

The Avatar of the Age, Sathya Sai Baba, has acknowledged astrology as a divine science, but what He told his disciple/devotee, Hislop (in the book “Conversations with God”), is that most essential is the purity of life and discrimination (ie. Gayatri mantra to awaken the ajna chakra) to sensitise this process and vision (as well as the fact that the stars are gradually changing in relationship to each other over time). Otherwise it becomes very difficult to be receptive to the higher vibrations needed to unfold these gifts of the mind. And despite clairvoyance not being essential for self-realisation, astrology, more than this, allows a deeper tolerance and vision of the unity of life through reading the beauty of Gods laws and oneness of consciousness.

A technical note should be made here. Vedic astrology is based on a Sidereal zodiac which uses fixed stars to divide up the longitudinal ecliptic, as opposed to the western “tropical zodiac” which is determined by the point where the celestial equator crosses the ecliptic; called the Vernal equinox (Aries). The western zodiac is a “moving” super-imposed zodiac based on seasons, and is moving away from the fixed zodiac because of the “shifting of the equinoxes”.

Many people justify both systems by considering the tropical zodiac as more solar, outer based and the Sidereal more inner, lunar based. From a purely astronomical point of view, neither the Vedic nor the Western zodiac’s twelve signs exactly correlate to a 30 degree band related to the actual constellations. Twelve, is a number not just used to act as a co-ordinates for locating stars on the ecliptic, but also used as a metaphysical division of the space for understanding harmonics around the sphere of our solar system (Note Jupiter, the planet of “ether/space” and cosmic law, takes 12 years to circle the zodiac)

However, Vedic astrological co-ordinates approximate much more accurately to the actual constellation’s positions of signs. So, for example, when someone following Western astrology says they are an “Aries”, this in fact means they are like “spring’, whereas there Sun sign position at birth was most likely in the constellation of Pisces (the Vedic Sidereal astrological position – around a 24 degree shift back to the “fixed” zodiac from the Tropical Zodiac).

Yet, according to the below link, ancient India (north vs south) used both systems of astrology (Tropical vs Sidereal) until they got mixed around BC 1400 to BC 200:-

i) Nigama (Vedic Aryan Brahmanic) system was Tropical Sayana astrology based on four cardinal points (equinoxes and solstices) coupled with the use of a fixed framework i.e. Nakshatra Chakra

2) Agama (Non vedic i.e. Saivaite, Naga, Tantric, Jain etc) system followed Nirayana Sidereal fixed astrology based more on the 12 signs ie. Rasi Chakra

http://www.ancientindianastrology.com/cmsa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143:nakshatra-lagna&catid=39:nakshatra-jyotisha&Itemid=61

In addition, another point should be made that many scientists view astrology as superstition based on fiction and not fact, due to the apparently illogical connection of stars influence on human life when they are many light years away and having no temporal relationship to earth. However, apart from just a linear connection to Earth through time and space, there is the aspect of resonance based on an underlying principle of element “ether”. This allows for stars to influence not just by “rays” but by metaphysical correspondence of vibrational resonance. In this sense, the indian science of consciousness, has an elaborate holistic and metaphysical approach (based on the matrix, cosmic law & sacred goemetry of “prakriti” or nature) of integrating Jyotish (Vedic astrology) with Yoga, Vastu, Ayurveda and Veda and, ideally, Jyotish should be learnt in tandem with these for a greater synthesis, confidence and insight into this subject.

A note on tropical western astrology

It is the author’s opinion, having studied western tropical astrology and then Vedic sidereal astrology, that Vedic astrology is a much more ancient, complex and comprehensive system of astrology. Whilst the West developed astrology through influences from Pythagorus (who visited India) to Plotemy, its advanced application today appear limited to aspects, mid-points, configurations, progressions and transits. These are all included and subsumed in Jyotish. Not only that, many things that appear to be discovered, such as angular strength by Gangeluin or harmonics by Adley, already existed in the rules of Jyotish. Therefore, it appears to me, that the Western system is taking a slower, more scientific approach to arrive at and confirm what the rishis or seers of ancient India already knew by divine sight.

SYNOPSIS of JYOTISH

THE EYE OF THE VEDAS; THE STUDY OF LIGHT AND LIFE, TIME AND SPACE; AS A PLAY OF CONSIOUSNESS; TO SEE THE UNITY IN DIVERSITY; FOR SELF-INQUIRY & KNOWLEDGE, APPERCEPTION OF THE ONENESS, ADVAITA

Involves

A) OBSERVATION + INDUCTIVE LOGIC = EXPERIMENTAL/SCIENTIFIC =>

B) LOGIC + SYMBOLISM = METAPHORIC ASSOCIATIVE LANGUAGE =>

C) EXPERIENCE (practice) + REASON (ANALYSIS + SYNTHESIS) of symbolic language => INTUITION

HOW DOES IT ASSOCIATE?

Jyotish is a symbolic language using

i. 12 Signs
ii. 9 Planet
iii. 12 Houses from Ascendant(s)

combining their

i. Inner (eg character in question)
ii. Relationship (to the character eg father)
iii. Outer (world)

Indicators
(karakas = symbolic correspondences to life affairs)

…….synthesized into a metaphoric interpretation (story) of a chart that trains the mind to sensitize its observational, perceptual and intuitive powers to lead from analysis of what might be to the clairvoyance of what is. It is important to recognize which representative meaning of a symbol (from sign, planet & house) one is choosing (its inner, relationship or outer meaning) to associate with in combining them to make sense of and see patterns in a chart by free association. This brings in some structure (memory) around which insight leading to intuition can work.

FOR MORE ON JYOTISH VEDIC ASTROLOGY, SEE:-

Astrology Learning Site

http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.in/ - A WELL CONDENSED, TOP (FREE) VEDIC ASTROLOGY SYLLABUS STUDY GUIDE PRESENTED HERE FOR ASTROLOGERS, THAT MAY ALSO STIMULATE INTRIGUE AND INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT FOR BEGINNERS NEW TO THIS ANCIENT “SCIENCE”.

http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.in/2009/09/jyotish-overview-for-beginners-sathya.html

Recommended Beginners Books

Jyotish Resource List

http://jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.in/2011/06/some-jyotish-web-links.html

Astronomy Site

http://www.constellationsofwords.com/

Astronomy Software

STARWALK

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-for-ipad-interactive/id363486802?mt=8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYCfZ5Ijcc8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLqorTN0Gzs&feature=related

OTHERS

http://astronomyonline.org/astronomysoftware.asp

TELESCOPES

http://www.astronomyforum.net/telescope-forum/114856-best-deal-computerized-telescope-anygood.html

http://www.telescope.com/

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Yoga of Vegetarianism! (food, smoking, alcohol, detox, ayurveda)

Below are a series of 5 suggestions why vegetarianism is important for the individual yogi as well as for our collective health. After that, there is a brief diagnosis on smoking and alcohol, followed by a simple Ayurvedic detox.

The 5 reasons for vegetarianism discussed are;

1. Health 2. Karma 3. Spiritual Vibration 4.Compassion 5 Environment & Ecology

1. HEALTH

There are 3 sub-factors (i) bio-chemical (ii) bio-pranic (iii) bio-mechanical (of the 5 listed in earlier posts)  as to why science and medicine indicates vegetarianism is better for our health

(i) Bio-chemical = Endocrinal/Digestive

Meat has more toxins, uric acids, lipids etc. than eating a vegetarian diet and takes more energy out of system to digest. It is a misconception that enough proteins cannot be assimilated from a vegetarian diet. Sources are plenty via dhals (lentils), beans, curds, etc.. as well as optional supplements such as from Spiralina. In addition, meat is fried and grilled in oil as opposed to vegetarian foods that can be boiled or eaten fresh.

(ii) Bio-pranic = Pranic/Nervous

Consumption of meat grants less prana from the Sun as it is further down the food chain. Photosynthesis of plants using light, ionisation and enzymes gathers more prana as well as energies that science is now researching into harnessing for alternative energy sources as well as bio-fuels. Thus, meat is really a secondary source of prana rather than leaves, fruits, nut and roots. In addition, less prana is lost when a vegetarian diet involves less frying in cooking items unlike meat.

(iii) Bio-mechanically = Musculo-skeletal

According to anthropological science, our teeth have not been designed for vegetarianism with smaller incisors and more massetor teeth of herbivoires.

2. KARMA

The cosmic law of accountability into the Wholeness of the inter-dependent Universe (individually and cosmically) follows the law of reflection, reaction and resound that Yogis & Gurus talks about and we, in acceptance or perhaps ignorance of our ability to trace all causes, call events “karmic”. This refers to the Christian doctrine of “as you sow so you reap” or Newton’s law that “every action has a corresponding and equal reaction”.

Thus, causing suffering to mother nature and her expressions (including animals), in the forms of prakriti (nature) that makes up by the 5 elements, has repercussion of imbalance that results in disasters natural or accidental as a symptom of this same law and phenomena.

And, by taking the more accepted and open “Secret” that thoughts are things as well as the law of attraction, violent thoughts through our electo-magentic neural wiring and holographic brain/minds magnetise and participate in the inter-dependent distribution of these natural forces.

With the higher the development of collective consciousness and potential for powerful thoughts, the greater the sensitivity that ripples this effect of pain.

This accumulation of thought is believed in the Indian metaphysical system to be held in the causal or akashic plane. Our 7 levels of chakras connected via our endocrinal and nerve plexus correspond to this 7 higher and lower astral planes that hold this psychic positive or negative thought residue on the collective level.

But more relevantly, animals have greater development of consciousness and therefore sensitivity over planet life to experience pain and the karmic effects of killing traced back to the cause often being man greed over need as the unnecessary and often inhumane reason for the suffering of too many animals.

To take it further and accept the law of karma into a Darwinian level of evolution of mind through reincarnation, then the concept also suggests that the law of sacrifice allows plants to evolve through consumption via humans to a higher life form at a natural pace whilst the mental association allows this to happen for animals through pets and domestication by example of human qualities onto animals.

3. SPIRITUAL VIBRATION & GROWTH

This point follows the logic and Yoga’s & Vedanta’s teachings that food carries a certain vibration whose essence influences and makes up the mind, as all 3; the food, mind and thoughts; are part of the same constituents of nature.

Indian metaphysical teaches that nature is made up of 3 qualities called gunas and 5 elements. The 3 gunas are satwa (harmony), rajas (activity) and tamas (inertia). The combination of these elements contribute to this balance of gunas in nature. A predominance of ether is associated with satwa at one extreme and earth with tamas at the other whilst fire adds the rajas component for activity. It is all common sense and can be inferred quite logically based on subjective correspondence.

The AUM of Hinduism are these 3 gunas with nature as GOD.

A = Generation => Brahma or Raja Guna (of activity) and, subjectively correlates to the waking state and, objectively to the day time.

U =Organisation => Satwa Guna (of harmony) and, subjectively to dream states and, objectively to twilight hours

M = Destruction => Tamo Guna (of inertia) and, subjectively to deep sleep states and, objectively to night time

Thus, food can be satwic, rajasic or tamasic. Generally, vegetarianism is advocated because its matter is more ether promoting and satwic but not always the case. Some non-meat items such as garlic, onions, salt, excess of cheese and fungi (mushrooms) are often avoided by spiritual seekers as they carry more tamas as well as being considered as nourishing the reproductive glands and thereby the sex drive. Not only that, satwa is associated with freshness which allows the food to not lose its quantity of prana.

However, as established above, thoughts are also believed to be part of our electro-magnetic system and can transmit its imprint in matter much as technology and software has proven through externalising natures potential. Thus, as realised Yogis says, food is influenced by the thoughts of others. Consequently, the spiritual vibration of food depends on the accumulated imprint from the level of production to processing to cooking to eating. This is why realised Yogis advocated chanting the Brahmapranam mantra or Gayatri mantra with a prayer to wash off the negative vibration as well as offer it to God in gratitude and surrender.

Most notably, eating animal products is supposed to be harmful in adding more of these subtle imprint of tendencies into the human psyche by its consumption. But, perhaps a very organic, vegan or vegetarian diet which is more Satwic might also more easily absorb the thought forms of the cook and have a more negative, tamasic effect than food cooked with love! Therefore, most important is the attitude of the cook, which ideally cooks a healthy (vegetarian) meal with a pure heart and mind.

4. COMPASSION

This reason is purely due to the sensitivity of any evolved human being to the expansion of consciousness that allows him to feel others and animals as themselves and not therefore, want to hurt them in any way or form. The examples are many from Buddha to Christ to Saint Francis of Assisis to Ramana Maharishi. Ramana would not even allow flowers to be plucked but rather use those already fallen to save the plant form suffering. And the one rule he was strict about was the importance of a vegetarian, satwic diet on ones spiritual growth.

5. ECONOMICS & ECOLOGY

The last reason is purely the selfish capitalistic consumerist attitude, greed, as well as ignorance that has led MNCs such as Mcdonalds to rape the land and trees for cattle to cater to mans insatiable palate.

The media and habits have so conditioned man that he has to continue in the belief that meat is a must and necessary component of a healthy diet. Health has largely been tied in with political and media related consumerist propaganda… from drugs, to smoking to meat eating… it has created an addiction for more.

Eating is an obvious biological “must” and research has been directed to other more optional habits such as the obvious destructive habits of smoking and alcohol on health; disregarding the effects of the high level of low density lipids and other factors in red meat on heart disease, strokes and other diseases such as mad cow disease.

I guess we are not born smoking but have always eaten meat so this acquired habit is harder to kick!

Ultimately, like anything, the best proof for the policy of vegetarianism is one’s own experimentation and experience which takes a bit of persistence too!
If you need some inspiration, take a look at this book on the diet of great vegetarians from Pythagorus, Plato, Buddha Jesus, Mahavir, Tolstoy, Ghandi etc… to the Beatles!
Spiritual Energy in Food (You tube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGu26Jqzqys&feature=share
Are Humans Designed to eat Meat? (Scientific)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH-hs2v-UjI&feature=share
Foods every vegetarian should eat
 http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/editors_picks/387http://sg.news.yahoo.com/meat-substitutes-000000046.html, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/15/how-to-avoid-the-most-dangerous-side-effect-of-veganism.aspx?e_cid=20120215_DNL_art_1, http://alimyers.net/archives/414 (Alkaine forming foods), http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/11/start-your-day-with-water-and-lemon–dr-david-jockers/
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vegetables-to-grow-in-shade-zm0z11zsto.aspx
Links to Healthy Facts on Healthy Foods
Pineal Gland Foods
Cures

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AN EXTRA NOTE ON SMOKING

Smoking is habit that is more obviously directly ruinous to health. But for some people  smoking is their form of pranayama! It is easy to judge others who smoke, and with a growing social consensus and censorship against smokers, it is becoming increasingly difficult, not to mention expensive, to keep up.  And, for some,  smoking in moderate amounts might be a relatively harmless indulgence, just as meat is for those whose occupation requires hard physical labour or who constitution might benefit from moderate amounts  for their health (ie. some “white” meat for those who are strong pitta types, or those whose digestive systems and bodies have been conditioned from young on meat, or those who require a little in old age to strengthen their protein absorption levels).

However, unless one has very good genes, or can burn all effects of smoking on the pyre of their blazing Self-realisation, smoking has been clearly demonstrated by research and longitudinal effects with old age to produce deleterious effects.

For general purposes these can be explained in 3 general categories and lines of offense.

1st Line of Offense/Defense = Respiratory

With excessive, heavy smoking, the first line of defense effected is the respiratory system. During inspiration, the trachea has cilia or small hairs that, through the autonomic nervous system, naturally waft dust and other extraneous particles up to the throat and prevent them from getting lodged further down the lung.  These are either coughed up and spat out or swallowed. However, with the fire, heat and fumes of smoking, the cilia and epithelium get burnt and with time do not regenerate. Thus, this irrevocable damage causes the smoke and sputum to get lodged further and further down the trachea, leading to the audible smoker’s cough. In the long term, more of the smoke and tar lodges all the way down to the alveoli or minute lung sacs. With time, the small sacs get effected by the micro-damage, leading to the  sacs often fusing surrounding sacs to become larger and larger sacs. The long and short of it, is the potential condition like emphysema.

In addition, the surface area of the lung interface to the blood supply is hugely reduced resulting in less oxygen getting across and into the blood system and to all the organs and tissues! Also, less CO2 can be expelled. Thus, it reduced one’s vitality and shortens one’s life, and often can potentially lead to an uncomfortable old age or death from pneumonia.

2nd line of  offense = circulatory

The second line of offense is the caused not so much by the effect of heat on the cilia and respiratory epithelium, but more specifically the “plaque” effect of nicotine/tar on the walls of the blood systems walls; the arteries and veins. The long term effect of smoking has proven to lead to atherosclerosis and a hardening of the arteries. The result is an increased resistance to blood pressure as well as a increased blood pressure in areas that bend or curve (eg. aneurysm).  This can lead to a ballooning effect and a potential hemorrhage. However, hemorrhaging can happen anywhere with an increased blood pressure.

In addition, there is greater chance of an embolism or a dislodging of the “plaque” into the blood system and getting lodged else where in a narrower offshoot of the arteries, causing a block  or a clot. The blood supply is thus, stopped from reaching certain tissues or organs. In severe cases this leads to a heart attack (clock in the cardiac arteries supplying the cardiac pumping muscles) or a stroke in the brain (paralysis of  related functions to that area of the brain).

Thus, smoking provides 2 major risk factors to strokes or heart attacks via clot  (plaque) or hemorrhage (blood pressure).

Finally, with regards to the circulatory system, much like the explanation for “alveoli”,  smoking hardens and destroy the small capillaries at the end of the blood system. This leads to poor peripheral circulation, and along with a condition like diabetes, can aggravate an associated polyneuropathy. Generally, it will reduces the sensitivity of the senses and possibly pleasure such as sexual pleasure eg.  for men, due to the hardening of the arteries & tissues & poor circulation. It has also been shown to reduce fertility. This brings us to the 3rd factor.

3rd line of offence = cellular

Smoking seems to have 2 effects at the cellular level; one general and one specifically the brain neuro-chemistry.

Generally, smoking is considered to be a toxin (not surprisingly!) that contribute to free radicals and is a carcinogen. Why a cell goes hay wire and starts to behave without intelligence and multiply and spread (metastasis) nobody seems to be quite sure for a microscopic level. But from clinical studies the stats have consistently revealed a high correlation and significance between smoking and cancer. For men, cancer is usually the prostrate and for women breast cancer. The next place is often the metastasis to the spine/vertabrae. Whatever the exact cause of cancer, it seems clear that smoking, with all  chemicals in cigarettes assists at a cellular level in affecting the DNA-RNA  leading to a no rules barred condition of  cellular growth and multiplication.

More specifically, smoking carries nicotine across the blood drain barrier and into the brain. The brain is a complex net-work of pathways and neurotransmitters. Some of the obvious ones are serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and GABA. This last chemical plays a vital role in inhibiting neural activity at synapses (junctions between nerves cells). Often, for those people suffering anxiety, doctors often prescribe a tablet that contains the chemistry to indirectly artificially put GABA in the brain to give the patient some sense of control over those over active and irrational behaviours and areas of the brain. I don’t know what the latest research reveals but I suspect that nicotine has some similar effect on the brain.  It gives us this sense of control but it is temporary.  But this is the root of the problem as far as smoking goes. For as with anxiety patient, the more the drug is artificially put into our system, the less our own body & brain produces the chemistry itself leading to the viscous cycle of increasing dependency. It robs us psychologically and then physiologically of our will power and for the yogi distracts him from his spiritual practice and detachment from the world of objects.

More notably, smoking is probably worst to have immediately after eating as it is during these times that food and fat is most absorbed for atherosclerosis to take place (ie. fat plaque formation on the artery walls). But, it is often at this time, that hard core smokers most enjoy their cigarette because ironically it is when most nicotine can be delivered to the brain! Along with that a coffee, milk and (chemically bleached, carcinogenic) white sugar to top it off.

QUITING SMOKING

Some suggestions to manage smoking is to quit!

Well, actually I am a smoker and I understand the other reasons I use I justify my continuing it; like the way it brings me to the breath and assist me in relaxing into the moment through the slowing of the mind through the deeper breath! But, in all seriousness, I think it is good to consider some ways to limit the damage. Especially, if one does not want to quit!

For those prepared to quit,  I recommend Alan Carr’s books. They have apparently proved successful with many people.

For those looking for reduced smoking with some damage control, here are some suggestions for the 3 levels of the problem.

i) For the respiratory level, I have found that regularly taking curd  helps (ie. before smoking or in the morning). Curd  is “kapha” producing and leads to more mucus as well as nourishes the epithelium and skin. By taking a bowl of curd in the morning I have found this to counter some of the damaging effects of heat and dryness that smoking causes. In addition,  vitamin E, a natural product like “Slippery Elm” as well as a Himalyan products like Vasaka (as well as Flaxseed, Licorice, Elecampane, Marshmellows, Comfrey, Pippal & Guggul) can help minimise the damage on the cilia and epithelium. Another drink that helps is honey, lemon with ginger is helpful for increasing agni naturally and tulsi with green tea nourishes the throat as well as the latter being an anti-oxidant (but do not use honey if using hot water).

ii) For the circulatory system, I have been told that smoking depletes vitamin C, but have not done enough research on this. Not only does Vitamin C help with the immune system, but apparently, it might help tie up the nicotine in the blood and reduce the potential plaque formation (note Amalaki fruit has 8 times the vit C content than orange juice). Vitamin D is also important in keeping the arteries flexible (ie. eggs, salmon, cheese and plenty of Sunshine!).  And, of course, any additional natural products that help reduce and regulate blood pressure. Also, as one gets older, a  glass of red wine after a meal can be helpful to vasodilation and peripheral circulation.

iii) For the cellular level, I guess anything that helps to reduce free radicals or carcinogens. For this, there are numerous anti-oxidant packages out there. As far as the root cause,  apart from Alan Carrs approach, it is often useful to understand the nature of the mind and see through the problem.  Strengthening one’s will power through auxiliary approaches also helps. For example,  getting a good Ayurvedic analysis and finding ways which not only improve health through natural remedies but also Ayurvedic foods that help strengthen one’s natural constitution.  Along with this, taking up healthy exercises that counter the negative effects of smoking,  such as regular cardiac aerobic workouts, which also compliments developing one’s will power.

But,  from a spiritual point of view, if “pleasure” is in the senses, joy is in the mind and bliss is in the Atma or soul, then often providing a gradual substitution and sublimation of one happiness (smoking or any addiction) for another deeper one, is the most balanced and psychologically smooth approach (getting out of the cycle of “like attracts like” and the game/play of the Gunas – nature’s alternating 3 qualities).

This can be anything; through a loving sex , exercise, uplifting music, meaningful contemplation or offering the act to and with the divine. This method/way makes friends with the mind which becomes the medium through with the addiction for cigarettes can be transferred and transmuted? Otherwise, it often ends up happening due to the outcome of poor health forcing one to quit, or a decision based on foresight that re-inforces the the will power to quit. Like I said, I am looking for a solution!

Here’s the one I am on right now! I went from smoking 20-30 strong cigarettes a day to starting a detox program whilst continuing to smoke 20-30 cigarettes a day! However, I introduced some ‘light” cigarettes of the same brand into the mix, and gradually reduced the number down to 20 light cigarettes a day. I changed and reduced my diet, started exercising and listening to good music and chants, as well as singing “bhajans”! After 1 month I am now down to less than 10 light cigarettes a day and counting. I offer my smoke to the One who smokes All, and enjoy the few cigarettes I do have all the more. The process of detachment brings control automatically, and hopefully the “habit” will fall away by itself, or at least, the one who thinks he is smoking!

LASTLY ALCOHOL

Alcohol has two major effects;  it damages the liver (the chemical factory of the body) and it dehydrates the body, notably the brain.  Ayurvedically, it also adds fire into the system and leads to anger.

The only suggestion I have for alcoholics  is to visit AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)!  But the usual problem with alcoholics is that they are in denial about their problem. Other than that, for all those who do like having the occasional binge, remember to leave by your bed a couple of pints of warm water before falling asleep. This will re-hydrate the brain and avoid the headache the morning after as well as  reduce the number of brain cells lost from starvation!

Chronic alcoholism leads to brain atrophy and often the most marked effect is on the cerebellar lobes, which on shrinking causes loss of co-ordination and balance (Fredrick’s ataxia).

SEX – for more information and research visits:- https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/eat-pray-love-the-way-to-sex-yoga-tantra/

RESEARCH

What is research?

Post on Yoga, Astrology & Meat – future research

AYURVEDA & DETOXIFICATION:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda

Introduction

In Ayurveda, everyone has a natural constitutional type based on 7 possible combinations of vata (air & ether), pitta (fire), & kapha (earth & water).  Through the purification of the 3 gunas;  ie. from tamas to rajas to satwa; these doshas can be transmuted to become Prana, Tejas & Ojas. Ojas is like the “oil”, Tejas is like the “flame” and Prana like the “air & wind” that keeps the flame alight. Thus, the dosha, kapha, can be transmuted to Ojas; pitta to Tejas, & vata to Prana. But, before these take place in the body, they have to be taken into the body as the same; ie. ojas rich food eaten, clean prana inhaled and absorbed & both transformed into the intelligence and inner light of tejas.

However, everyone has a basic constitutional type that is natural and does not change (7 temperaments).And, there can be imbalances in their dosha type due to an unhealthy life-style, disease etc.. and this can be remedied through Ayurveda. In addition, it can later be used to purify your dosha type, once balanced, into the Satwic version of it; such that one is living in harmony with nature; theirs as well as the environment.

Thus, for those drug addicts, x-chemo patients, post operative patients, smokers, heavy drinkers & meat-eaters , I have provided a simple detox procedure below. However, it is probably good to get familiar with the terms below as well as get more information from the establish authorities (mentioned at the end of this post) and books on the topic.

i) The 3 Doshas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosha

3 Gunas => 5 Elements => 3 Kapha (stomach), Pitta (small intestines), Vata Doshas (colon)

=> 7 variations of Pitta, Kapha, Vata, Pitta-Kapha, Pitta-Vata, Kapha-Vata, Tri-dosha

Note correspondence to Prana (Vata), Tejas (Pitta) & Ojas (Kapha) as well as to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) of Chi or Qi, Yang & Yin; and 3 Treasures; Jing, Qi & Shen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Treasures_(traditional_Chinese_medicine)

ii) The 8  Dhatushttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhatus_%28Ayurveda%29

iii) Ama (undigested “toxic”) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama_%28ayurveda%29

 iv) Panchakarma (5 treatments with 3 stage:- Preparation, Principle, Post-procedure) http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchakarma, http://chakrapaniayurveda.com/panchakarma2.html, http://www.panchakarma.com/

v) A SIMPLE DETOX PROGRAM (steps) – just a simple outline

In Ayurveda, most diseases and imbalances start with an “vata” imbalance, and smoking not only brings in toxins, but “vata”. However, without going too much into the process of disease in Ayurveda and the variations between dosha types, I am just going to suggest a basic detox program irrespective of one’s dosha type. This is because all dosha imbalances, types and treatments have to address the initial issue and clearance of “Ama” or “toxic”.

The word “Ama” means indigested and leads to a clogged up, potentially toxic condition within the body. All Ayurvedic treatments begin with decreasing Ama, before any constitutional dosha balancing; ie.  one cannot change dosha until amma is down.

The general order of treatments is as follows:-

1. reduce amma

2. reduce dosha imbalance of vata first

3.  reduce doshan imbalance of dosha type

4. transform guna to satwic version of constitutional type

5. healthy (generally vegetarian) diet, life-style, yoga etc..

6. Go from a Rogi (disease) to Bhogi (enjoyer) to a Yogi (master)!

NOTE: according to Sathya Sai Baba (perhaps he is joking), but he implies that a Rogi eats 3 meals a day, a Bhogi twice meals a day, and a Yogi once. I can only think that as ones body-mind complex is transformed, more quality prana is directly absorbed from the food, air, nature and the sun.

ie. outer to inner transmutation of Spirit into matter; begins with more food, and then less food is  required as the life-force and nadis and satwa guna transmutes matter.  Thus, in the table below transformation from 2 lower levels are through middle medium  of fire/prana (3rd level) and increasingly governed by the 4th & 5th levels (mind & Spirit).

————- HEALTH MODALITIES – HOLISITC ———–

5 LEVELS => MAINSTREAM VS ALTERNATIVE => SYSTEM => ELEMENT => PLANET (5 Mahapurusha)

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5th.Bio-spiritual => Prayer/Worship/Meditation VS Linga amrit/ash/Dhyana => Atmic (Ether)

4th.Bio-environ-mental => Anti-pollution VS Homas, yagnas, jyotish => Mind/ Nervous (Air)

3rd.Bio-vibrational-pranic => Acupuncture VS Pranayama => Pranic/Vibration (Fire)

2nd.Bio-chemical =>Allopathy & Nutritional VS Ayurveda, TCM, Naturopathy => Endocrinal (Water)

1st.Bio-mechanical => Surgery & Massage VS Psycho-somatic => Musculus-skeletal (Earth)

NOTE:  Both mainstream and alternative therapies can often be applied congruently unless contra-indicated. Thus, depending on the condition and constitution being acute or chronic, or gross of subtle, weaning off onto alternative or higher levels of healing does not mean denying or suddenly stopping the use of bio-medical therapies. A holistic approach with perspective is required.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_medicine vs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_medicine

Also note that in ayurvedic astrology of jyotish, the 5 elements relate to the planets and can indicate temperamental types, elemental imbalances or strengths (ie. Mahapurusha Yogas – eg. 5th ether – Jupiter – Hamsa yoga – sanguine; 4th air – Saturn – Sashi yoga – melacholic;  3rd  fire – ruchaka yoga – choleric, etc..)

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However, for detoxing the body (ie. the  2nd & 3rd level), here are  some simple suggestions for a general detox.

Detox – Getting rid of the Ama (eg. Nicotine!)

A very general 7 step outline for a detox. And, remember that if your condition is chronic it might take a few more detox sessions and fasts to get all the toxins and nicotine out of the body. They say that every 7 years all the cells in our body are renewed! But I think with a “yogic life-style”, this can be shortened and the actual clearing of toxins or nicotine can take place in a relatively short period of time depending on your condition.

7 Parts to a simple detox

These 7 steps can be followed at your own rate and pace depending on your tolerance. Note that like “pain” is one’s friend to reveal limitations, your own uneasiness or dis-ease will reveal the pace at which you should detox.

1st  – simplify diet eg. rice, mung dhal & steamed vegetables (easy for agni to digest and lets agni burn up amma).

2nd – add a little bit of ghee &/or seseame seeds oil (with raisins) can be used to absorb ama; especially use the latter if one has high cholestrol levels. This is because “ama” gets deep into the tissues and is fat soluble. ie. oil-ation helps to extract the ama out.

3rd. Do some gentle aerobic exercises (yoga or jogging) that help you to sweat the fats, toxins and ama out of the body.

4th – take  BITTER herbs eg. alovera & echinacea => mangita & neem = DRY OUT Ama

5th – take PUNGENT herbs eg. cayene, ginger => BURN UP Ama

eg. Ginger Universal Medicine … all 3 phases of digestion, absorption & elimination (can be used in the food, as drink or with a juice fast. “Tri-phala” -  good for general constitutional balancing and digestive tract.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LN2QDaQr38&feature=related

6th – Vegetable, Coconut Water & Juice FASTING …. once week for Kapha, twice month for Pitta, once month for Vata. Drink lemon juice, ginger and honey to kindle agni (ie. after earlier steps have been used to expel ama)

7th – Start eating “good foods ” that are  “Ojas” rich foods;  butter milk, ghee, honey & soaked and peeled almonds. In fact,  eating 5-10 soaked, peeled almonds every morning is extremely healthy for the brain and health. Avoid too much fried, re-heated (old) and junk food. And if you are serious about yoga, avoid too much garlic, onions, salt, meat (esp. red), excessive cheese and mushrooms too! Also, best to eat a light (fruit) breakfast after sun-rise, heavier lunch & a light diner before or around sun-set; presuming of course, you are not a Yogi and probably only eating one full meal a day?!

Note: that with these 7 steps of simplifying diet, light exercise, taking food  bitter herbs, then with pungent herbs, fasting and eating well, can all be practiced by any dosha type.

For more on how to build up your constitution after a simple detox, please refer to the other post on herbs & Rasayanas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasayana) -  https://yogametaphysics.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/remedials-healing-the-yoga-of-herbs/

To learn more about how you can co-ordinate these for your constitution and use methods of  treatment, please refer below to examples of authorities on the subject.

Authorities in the West:-

Dr Vasant Lad:- Dr Vasant Lad, http://www.ayurveda.com/, http://www.ayurveda.com/panchakarmahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurvedic_Institute

Dr David Frawley:- Dr David Frawley & http://www.vedanet.com/

I recommend Dr David Frawley’s correspondence courses and books (eg. the Yoga of herbs, Ayurvedic Astrology etc.. as they help inter-connect all foods and herbs to doshas as well as planets and timing)

Dr Deepak Chopra:- Deepak Chopra & http://www.chopra.com/ayurveda

Ayurvedic Sites:-http://www.ayurveda-herbs.com/http://www.ayurvedacures.com/

Avoid guilt, pride & OCD – extreme is not the means!

As a last comment on yoga & ayurveda, is to remember that these health practices are good for health, but are a “means” and not an “ends” to the Here & Now – ie.  purpose of Yoga – Consciousness & Bliss or SatChitAnanda. By catering too much to the body, and rituals of the body, can substitute the actual self-work of mental purification and self-inquiry (ie, Self-knowledge); with an obsessive identification with the body, or a subconscious control pattern of the ego’s needs. For example, in the case of obesity, bulimia and obsessive compulsive disorders.

So my position on physical Yoga & Ayurveda is moderation in food, sleep, exercise, yoga,  food and health & so-called self improvement regimes. If one is really obese or toxic from chemotherapy or x drug abuse, then I can understand it … but generally, it is only a means for a healthy and happy life, or a preparation for peace of mind and contemplation; not another practice to get busy with or too identified with as a concept of  the “illusory self”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXB4waFHZ_E&feature=related (All Natural Detox)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0T8Oh6Q-wU&feature=related (Foods that detox the body)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXPYmQk3l18&feature=related (Aloe Vera)

http://www.healthcaremagic.com/ask-doctor-online?pid=2?f=yes (Ask a doctor on line)

Recommended Book List

 

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“I-Sight” – Advaita Poem

Please listen
For it is in listening that you see
And it is in seeing that you hear
The whispers of your marriage vows to life
In the reflected mirror of your shadow God
A risen screen for the world play
Deludes and delivers its actors through its change
From making real, the strange apparent
Alone, Desirous of happy home
Conditions itself a prison’s maze
Of busy work desiring matter’s way
Monotonous wheel of Law
Cycle of time, place and persons
Relativities dualistic cause
Fulfilling the ego bound identification

For such a habit of imitation
For such a mind of limitation
Ignorance veils the source of delight
But matured person’s of searching contemplation
Waking from Time’s sleepless dreamy night
To his secret dawn is the inner sight
Awake, arise oh sword of discrimination
Awake and read on beyond the lie
The mystery of the disguised
The void within the silence
Witness to the mirth and mire
Of reflected joy in senses hired

In such a secret silence, look inside
In the perfect quietude of life’s trials
Ask yourself “Who am I?”
Ask yourself Who am I?’, Who am I, Who am I?”
And what does one seek?!

Through single minded sincerity
In service, sacrifice the little “me”
That inherent Grace it may reveal
From patient yearning in discipline’s fire
At the alter of the body’s pyre
Your role in Oneness to seek the goal
What does Oneness seek to know?
What does Oneness listen to hear?

That “I” is the window of the soul?!
That “I” is the God of my own?
That “I” is the wisdom of the heart?

To know Thyself, awake, awake
Be free from Maya’s Art
It is out of sight,out of mind
- the Divine -
Surrender to spiritual Love will heal mankind
In Truth of Self is health and wealth
Where wisdom heals all humours

To laughter, love and healing light
Enter the oasis of Sathya I-sight
And live in Peace and Dharma

Where Self-knowledge is Power
Character it’ flower
And sweet success its eleventh hour

Welcome all friends
Welcome joyous to the eternal NOW

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Metaphysics of Yoga: Hinduism or Health?

This post is about Yoga. It has been discussed here due to the recent queries and doubts amongst Islamic authorities as to what aspects of Yoga are not religious and can be practiced by Muslims. A fairly thorough introduction to Hinduism is followed by the role of health in Yoga.

DEFINITION of YOGA

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit language and means “union” or to yoke and make One. Most people think of Yoga as the physical exercise practiced by the Indians for health. In fact, Yoga is a lot broader and deeper in perspective and effectively means any practice that takes you closer to union with the Divine or God. Yoga is part (Darashana) of the Sanatana Dharma of the Hindu religion. Specifically, it means any method of restraining and slowing down the natural turbulence and agitation of our thought and mind; which without stilling, we cannot glimpse our true nature.

According to Sathya Sai Baba; “The Yoga one should practice is: watch the agitation in the mind as a Witness, free oneself from resolutions and even decisions, for and against. Have one’s mind and its journey always under control” – that by understanding the nature and mystery of the mind, as its Witness, naturally brings about this control and freedom from the strain of unnecessary thought.

And  ”Moksha is not merely to discard fleeting thoughts and desires. One has to develop faith in the Eternal Principle and thereby develop pure, unwavering and selfless Love” – that real wisdom lies in visualizing (and experiencing) the Yoga of non-duality or Adwaitha Darashanam  Jnanam. This is one’s  highest Dharma or duty is the Yoga of  Love.

“Duty without Love is deplorable,  Love with Duty is desirable, Love without Duty is Divine”.

THE SANATANA DHARMA 

“Dharma never declines – It is the practice of Dharma that declines”

The Sanatana Dharma means the eternal or perennial (philosophy) way of nature and is based on the ancient scriptures called the Vedas which were received by rishis in the sacred metaphysical language of Sanskrit. They contain mystical formula, chants, rituals, teachings and philosophies that allow man to live in harmony with the Universe. The 4 goals of life (wealth, righteousness, desire & freedom), the 4 castes (priestly/spiritual teachers, warrior/social guardians, merchant/businessmen & workers/employees) and 4 stages of Hindu life (student, householder, monk and renunciant) were guides for society to live in this harmony or dharma throughout their cosmological cycles of the 4 yugas or ages (truth/golden, silver, iron, bronze and iron). It is much the same as the Tao of the Taoist with the balance of ying, yang and chi corresponding to the  Gunas of Hinduism (activity, inertia and harmony) and the Ayurvedic doshas of Pitta, Kapha & Vata; as well as to the Buddhists Dharma of right living to escape the wheel of Karma , transmigration and  suffering. The ultimate goal is to use Self-knowledge, usually through the teachings and Grace of a spiritually illumined  Guru, Satguru and Satsang, to transcend knowledge as well as  ignorance; thereby transcending the play of the Gunas; the 3 qualities of Nature; and Maya; the veiling (ego- “me”) and projecting (desire- “mine”) power of the mind & the “world” illusion and change (ie. Lila and Samsara).

HINDUISM

Thus, Hinduism is the oldest religion of the world or, the great grandfather of religions, and has the most comprehensive and complex coverage of all aspects of life. Its scriptures are so many and vast as to defy description and are an ocean of practical as well as spiritual knowledge. They are believed to have been received and passed down to humanity via the revelations of Indian Himalayan Godmen, rishis and sages.

To categorize this work, for the purpose of understanding Yoga, Hinduism can be divided into the following:

(i) The 4 VEDAS (including the subsidiary 6 limbs: grammar, pronunciation, poetic meter, etymology & lexicology, ritual & astrology/astronomy) – they are highest authority of Hinduism; being the revealed scriptures. Some consider the BHAGVAD GITA, the cream of the Vedas or a 5th Veda. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita

(ii) 18 PURANAS (6 Brahma, 6 Vishnu, 6 Siva) – mostly allegorical in nature though containing many historical narratives. The most important and significant of the Puranas is the BHAGAVATAM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavata_Purana

(iii) The SMRITIS (2 epics of the Ramayana & Mahabharata -Bhagvad Gita) – compositions of sages interpreting the Vedas and prescribing codes of conduct

(iv) The 6 DARASHANAS (VEDANGAS): Metaphyscial Systems (including Sage Pantanj’si Yoga Sutras, Sage Kapila’s Sankhya Philosophy, Shankacharya’s Vedanta, Bhadrayana’s Mimamsa/ritualism, Jaimini’s Logicism, Atominism)

Also, there are the 2 heteredox systems of Buddhism  & Jainism, which of the 5 general values of the Sanatana Dharma (ie. SathyaDharma,  Prema, Shanti & Ahimsa),  respectively emphasize Dharma  (Noble 8 fold-path of Righteousness) & Ahimsa  (Non-violence to all Beings).  Thus, in total,  there are a total of 8 Darashans. (note that the word “Darashan” here implies a viewpoint or school of thought but can also mean vision of a Holy person or a state of Consciousness)

All these systems have 2 axiomatic assumptions:

- Endless cycle of re-birth (of matter, “bodies” & individualization through the transmigration and evolution of “mind” (via vasanas & samskaras & a philosophy of mind) & thus, through rock, mineral, vegetation, animal, domestication, man, sophistication,  spiritualism, devotee, yogi, sage/rishi to the simplification of a Jiva-mukti or Liberation/Realization of one’s eternal, transcendental and Absolute nature)

- Possibility of transcending phenomenal existence (through Devotion or Bhakti , and Self-inquiry or Atma Vichara,  and Detachment/Dispassion or Vairagya leading to Divine Grace, Self-surrender, Self-realisation, Self-awareness & Enlightenment).

Note that Vedic Dharma differs slightly from Buddhism, but conceptually their fundamentals are the same. In Hinduism,  Dharma is twofold; characterized by the outward, involution of the soul or “jiva” into matter called the “Pravritti Marga” (social action & the way of the world), and inward evolution of the soul called the “Nivritti Marga” (inward contemplation & the way of return). Both Margas (paths) are designed to promote order in the world with this twofold dharma having in view the true social welfare and spiritual emancipation of all beings. However, Buddhism appears to place emphasis on the Nivritti Marga aspect of renunciation, but without the concept of a lord of the Universe (Ishwara), “Gods” or Avatars of the Godhead. (Rather they emphasize Bodhisatwas and the concept of Sunyata or Void). There are also some theories that Jesus Christ was a gnostic Essene who traveled to Tibet, India & Egypt to master Yoga, Buddhism & other sacred mystery teachings during “His lost years” and was known as “Isa”; a Bodhisattva, Perfect Yogi & Master.

(v) The TANTRAS (including AgamasShiva, Shakti, Lingam,  Yoni, Vibhuti,  Shaivism, History of Shaivitism,  Shaiva SiddhantaSiva Sutras) – sacred writings which deal with the practical aspects of religious disciplines.

(vi) The 64 ARTS (branches of knowledge in the arts – chatuh shashti kala)

A classical curriculum of sacred sciences, studies, arts and skills of cultured living listed in various Hindu shastras.

In addition to these it lists 64 bahya kalas, or practical arts, as required study for cultured persons. They are: They are: 1) singing, 2) instrumental music, 3) dancing, 4) painting, 5) forehead adornments, 6) making decorative floral and grain designs on the floor, 7) home and temple flower arranging, 8) personal grooming, 9) mosaic tiling, 10) bedroom arrangements, 11)creating music with water, 12) splashing and squirting with water, 13) secret mantras, 14) making flower garlands, 15) head adornments, 16) dressing, 17) costume decorations, 18) perfumery, 19) jewelry making, 20) magic and illusions, 21) ointments for charm and virility, 22) manual dexterity, 23) skills of cooking, eating and drinking, 24) beverage and dessert preparation, 25) sewing (making and mending garments), 26) embroidery, 27) playing vina and drum, 28) riddles and rhymes, 29) poetry games, 30)tongue twisters and difficult recitation, 31) literary recitation, 32) drama and story telling, 33) verse composition game, 34) furniture caning, 35)erotic devices and knowledge of sexual arts, 36) crafting wooden furniture, 37)architecture and house construction, 38) distinguishing between ordinary and precious stones and metals, 39) metal-working, 40) gems and mining, 41) gardening and horticulture, 42) games of wager involving animals, 43) training parrots and mynas to speak, 44) hairdressing, 45) coding messages, 46) speaking in code, 47) knowledge of foreign languages and dialects, 48) making flower carriages, 49) spells, charms and omens, 50)making simple mechanical devices, 51) memory training, 52) game of reciting verses from hearing, 53) decoding messages, 54) the meanings of words, 55) dictionary studies, 56) prosody and rhetoric, 57) impersonation, 58) artful dressing, 59) games of dice, 60) the game of akarsha (a dice game played on a board), 61) making dolls and toys for children, 62) personal etiquette and animal training, 63) knowledge of dharmic warfare and victory, and 64) physical culture.

Hinduism holds as sacred 4 mothers; the physical mother, the cow, mother nature and the Gayatri mantra. The Gayatri (ritual), Ganga (worship) & Gita (knowledge) make up the 3 fundamental aspects of the Hindu religious life and philosophy.

The Gayatri mantra is thought of as the mother of the Vedas (the first expansion of THE WORD – AUM). Veda means knowledge and the 4 Vedas (beginning with the Rig Ved) are considered the oldest foundation of Hindu scripture and culture; dealing with knowledge for the maintenance of dharma, prosperity and fulfillment in the world.

Vedanta

Vedanta means the end of knowledge and is the philosophical cream of the Vedas, called the Upanishads; dealing with the highest philosophy of the Self -realisation and ones ultimate freedom or Moksha from identification with the world.

The triple cannon of Vedanta are the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras (Sage Vyasa) and Bhagvad Gita (sometimes referred to as the 5th Veda).

Vedanta also forms one of the 6 Darashanas (mentioned earlier – under categories of Hinduism), and 3 of its schools are associated with Advaita/non-dualism.

Advaita

Advaita, or the philosophy of non-dualism is a later development through the works (Vivekachudamani) and commentaries of Adi Shankacharya and has become the most popularised aspect of Vedanta and Hinduism; more recently made more relevant for our times through the methods of Self-inquiry as taught by the Sages Ramana Maharishi (Who am “I”?), Nisargadatta Maharaj (I am That), Ramesh Balsekar (synthesis of Ramana, Nisargadatta, Zen, teachings of Wu Wei Wu and modern physics) and Eckhart Tolle (equating the “I” to being, presence or the Power of Now).

In fact, some of the ancient works of Hindu Vedanta trying to explain the unexplainable though prose are very similar to Zen Buddhism and the concepts in the Tao Te Ching as well as in the mystic poets ranging from the Hindu poems of Jnana Sambandar to the Sufi poems of Kabir, Rumi & mystic Ibn Arabi to concepts or similar references in the western works/treatise of Kant, W.R.Emerson, Blake,  Keats and Milton. And, though Advaita was established by Shankacharya to resurrect the Vedic philosophy and counter the spread of nihilistic Buddhism in India in the 8-9th Century , a similar philosophy to Advaita, Ajata Vada, can be traced as far back to the eternal works of Sage Ribhu (Ribhu Gita), Rishi Vaishista (Yoga Vaishista), Ashavakra Gita (to King Janaka) and Dattetraya (Avadhuta Gita) over 20,000 years ago in the Hindu Treta Yuga.

After Shankacharya work on Non-dualism, a further division was propounded by Ramanujacharya (Qualified Non-dualism) and Madhvacharya (Dualism). In fact, the 5 other Darashanas are Monotheistic, and along with qualified non-dualism and dualism, are relevant to the effect of Shankara’s work with the Vedanta Darashana leading to the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

Thus, Vedanta are often broadly classified conceptually as falling into one of these three schools of thought (non-dualism/advaita, qualified non-dualism or dualism). Perhaps, this could be extended to include 2more schools in the modern context; (ajata/non-causality, non-dualism (oneness), qualified non-dualism (spontaneous creation/existentialism), macro-dualism (world of objects & phenomena), micro-dualism (mind-body complex); with dualism associated with causality & concept of karma.

In fact, there are 3 others subsidiary schools; Dvaitadvaita vada, Shuddhadvaita & Achintya Bheda vada; that came after the 3 primary ones, but these are elaborations of the 3 primary schools and focus on the idea of a personal God (Vishnu or Krishna) rather than the concept of the Absolute (Ajata philosophies), or a purely materialistic level of dualism (ie. macro & micro modern sciences).

Note, that within Hinduism, and the above 6 schools of thought (3 primary), there is a general division between followers of Vishnu & Siva philosophies based on the difference of opinion regarding the relationship with a personal God (more dualistic in approach)  and the trans-personal Absolute Reality, represented by lingam worship (non-dualistic emphasis). But, this is resolved with the great Vedic proclamations such as “Tat Twam Asi” or, “I am That”; where “I am” relates to the immanent “Vishnu Narayan” (the all-pervasive consciousness) and “That” to “Siva” the transcendental Reality. ie. I and teh Absolute are One.

As far as the philosophy of Yoga goes, it is well acknowledged by Hindus that it is best exemplified by the Bhagvad Gita – the Hindu equivalent to the Koran or Bible – as taught by Krishna over 5,000 years ago; a period long after the “eternal” Vedas were received and transmitted by the rishis. It contains the essence of all Hindu teaching (Yoga, Vedanta & Sankhya) and explains that there are various types of yoga for the various temperaments, inner instrument, or psychological constitution of the individual and are all valid paths leading to realizing God or the Self.The easiest beginners version of it is most likely the one interpreted by Jack Hawley called “The Bhagavad Gita: A Walk-through for Westerners.

It should be noted however, that strictly speaking Yoga as it is applied as an alternative exercise (Hatha Yoga) is derived from the Raja Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali; one of the 6 darshanas mentioned above; and that of these 6, the combination of (i) Yoga, (ii) Vedanta (along with the triple cannon of Upanishad, Brahma Sutras & the Gita; incuding the various older gitas) and (iii) the Sankhya philosophy are the 3 darashanas that have become the most universally appreciated by all; modern Hindus and westerners.

VARIOUS YOGAS (as per the Bhagvad Gita)

i) Yoga for technique & ritual = Tantra Yoga using Yantras (sacred shapes & designs) and Mantras (sacred sounds of Sanskrit) and Mudras (hand gestures) and Timing (Jyotish); often conducted by the Brahmin caste and priests.

There are two paths to Tantra; left hand & right hand, with the right considered the more satwic, safer, orthodox  path related to the worship of Consciousness and Nature as the feminine (10 Shaktis or Mothers – Mahavidya). The Sri Vidya is the most popular one identified with the Goddess of  Fortune (Tripura Sundari), and the worship of the Sri Yantra (main Siva-Sakti Yantra representing the Universe in microcosm). The concept of right-hand Tantra is one of worshiping and evolving through Nature whilst the left-hand is more focused on transcending nature through going beyond the “gunas”.

The left-hand, unorthodox path (Vamachara) has become synonymous with sexual practices, but it more clearly involves breaking of Hindu societal taboos that confines the ego in, and ignorance of, social constructs, as well as to transcend even the righteous, satwic ego, guna & intellect that still lies within the realm of judgment and consciousness.  Traditionally, after a period of discipline and preparation, this sometimes, in extreme cases, involves partaking of the 5 forbidden fruits (ie. sexual intercourse in ritual, drinking alcohol, eating meat etc.) as a part of the spiritual practice. The Aghora (Siva Babas) are a well known sect who follow a left hand path, assembling in graveyards, eating corpes etc..).

In one sense, Tantra Yoga can be seen to address the fundamental duality; a Siva-Sakti polarity, Sun-Moon, Pingala-ida, and the male-female aspects of life, similar to the Yang-Yin polarity of Taoism.

ii) Yoga for dedicated selfless action and work = Karma Yoga for detachment. This is expressed as surrendering the fruits of one’s action to a higher Power, while delivering excellence to the attention of the work at hand; thereby psychologically distancing the sense of “ego” from involvement.

iii) Yoga for the emotion and worship = Bhakti Yoga for devotion.  There are 9 types/paths of devotion leading to Atma-nivedana (Self-surrender). “Namasmarana” & “Japa” or remembrance of God’s names is an essential component of devotion.

iv) Yoga for knowledge (Vidya), intellect (Buddhi), discrimination (Viveka) = Jnana Yoga for intelligence, understanding & wisdom. Note this is different from  individual cleverness (Medha Shakti), but denotes fundamental discrimination & purity (Viveka Shakti) based on Vijnana (consciousness & experience) leading to Self-inquiry &  Self-knowledge.

v) Integral (Self) Yoga = Raja Yoga (incorporates aspects kundalini yoga, hatha yoga, mantra yoga, dhyana yoga, etc…) and is a yoga for will power and mental control.

The Bhagvad Gita explains the various Yogas concisely and in their philosophical essence. These yogas are given as exercises of body, mind, heart, will and intellect for realizing God or the Self that transcends these instruments, time or space.

Often the idea of reincarnation or evolution requires a transformation from the yoga of ritual to a yoga through contemplation (Sravana or listening & learning, Manana or reflecting, & Nidhidhyasana or putting knowledge into practice) and  meditation (Raja Dhyana Yoga). However, the framework is such that any path can be chosen and the goal reached by the earnestness and ripening of following ones “swa” dharma or one’s individual nature along any or all of these aspects of yoga. Ultimately, it must lead beyond any requirement or prescription to a state of Oneness.

These beliefs are part of Hinduism in the larger context of Yoga as Union with God rather than health. The Bhagvad Gita makes little reference to the health exercise or techniques of Raja Yoga but rather the role of yogic will in practices of austerity, penance and “tapas”.

RAJA YOGA

Of the 6 Darashanas from the above categories of Hindu schools of thought, Maharishi Pantanjali’s Raja Yoga Sutras is the source of the modern day concept and practice from which term yoga is derived and used. This Sutra explains all the exercises and powers (or siddhis) that develop in the consciousness of one who practices this yoga of will diligently. Thus, Raja Yoga is the yogic science of consciousness and is very much associated with the yogic physiology which shall be discussed later.

There are 8 steps to Raja Yoga starting with the outer discipline, transformation and control of behavior. They make up the first 2 steps called Yama & Niyama.

Yamas = DON’TS (restrainsts over lower nature)

Ahimsa (non-violence), Satyam (truthfullness), Brahmacharya (moderation/celibacy), Astaya (non-stealing), Aparigala (non-coveteousness)

Link to posts on Vegetarianism (non-violence) & Brahmacharya (continence).

ie. Don’t waste the 4:-  Food or Energy nor Money or Time. ie. don’t be a yogi & a hypocrite!

In Yoga, “earnestness or Shradda  (faith/purity) & Sahana (forbearance/patience) & Sadhana or Tapas (practice/perseverance)  achieves everything.

Niyamas = DO’s

Saucha (purity), Santosham (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Swadhyaya (study sacred texts), Ishwar Pranidhana (living with awareness of the divine – surrender to God’s Will)

These have a lot to do with moral conduct and social precepts and prepares the “yogi” for the next 2 steps of Asana & Pranayama or posture and breath. The focus now becomes the body rather than the inter-action with the world and the environment.

The practice of Yoga as we know it , for its contemporary, commercial and health benefits only , involves these 2 components of ASANA & PRANAYAMA and is called HATHA YOGA.

The aim of these is to make the body flexible and the mind calm to prepare for the deeper practice of Yoga through the remaining 4 steps: Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) to Dharana (concentration) to Dhyana (contemplation) to Samadhi (absorption) and have more to do with the mind and its transcendence.

Thus, Raja Yoga is also called the Integral Yoga and it integrates aspects of the the various yogas (outer karma, inner bhakti & wholeness of jnana), through these 8 steps, to take the Yogi to the state of Samadhi, Self-realisation and Enlightenment.

HATHA YOGA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatha_yoga

Hatha Yoga is a component of Raja Yoga and ranges greatly today from the more traditional versions to Iyengar and the more contemporary ones to fusion yoga, that incorporates other health or exercise disciplines such as in Pilates.

Some Yoga styles are more physically health orientated, solely hatha, whilst some are more spiritual in orientation, sometimes adopting the full Raja Yoga philosophy. Others are a blend between these two and this is where confusion often arises regarding the religious orientation of practitioners.

Asana & Pranayama = posture & breath Postures in Hatha Yoga are numerous and often have an element of animism in the poses; for example, the cobra pose. But even this pose is more for the bio-mechanical benefits and, in fact, the cobra pose is almost identical to one of the main exercises physiotherapists give patients for low back pain because it strengthens the back muscles, lengthens the abdominal muscles and adds flexibility to the spine.

The most popular and well known component of hatha yoga is the series of sequential movements that are made up of 12 postures and is called the Surya namaskar. This means prostrations to the Sun and is part of the solar yoga to worship and concentrate on the Sun as the source of life and thereby, imbibe its properties and qualities into the yoga practitioners body and mind through its prana giving life force.

An ASANA often involves a prolonged stretch of the whole body in different positions and directions and involves all limbs.

PRANAYAMA at its simplest level just involves deep breathing and is often combined with postures to maximize the blood flow to the areas after a prolonged stretch. One usually breathes in with a stretch and out with exhaling or relaxing.

HATHA YOGA in this physical aspect is solely for health and not for inner yoga of self realization. It is just a preparation, i.e. a healthy, flexible body makes for a healthy, subtle mind; potentially relaxed and receptive for the meditation (dhyana yoga) of Raja Yoga

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CONTRAST OF AIMS between Raja Yoga & Hatha Yoga

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RAJA YOGA = Union with GOD within your SELF or HEART through whatever form your mind conceives (visual light or personality) or through contemplation on the abstract formless (auditory AUM) = PSYCHOLOGICAL in orientation

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HATHA YOGA = flexibility and strength for a healthy body and relaxed mind = PHYSICAL in orientation

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VARIATIONS OF HATHA YOGA

Practitioners need to be aware of the differences in terminology and practice between traditional Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and various modern eclectic off-shoots. Perhaps there needs to be a clearer suffix before the word Yoga to decipher its orientation as health or spiritually based.

The one problem here is that there are already such words as mentioned earlier with regards to Karma, Bhakti & Jana etc… So maybe Yoga instructors should become more aware in differentiating between these essential variations of Yoga to the sub variation within Raja Yoga’s Hatha Yoga. The most fundamental thing for non Hindus to realise is the purely bio-mechanical and bio-chemical scientific advantages of practicing physical yoga for health

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5 LEVELS => MAINSTREAM VS ALTERNATIVE => SYSTEM => ELEMENT

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5th.Bio-spiritual => Prayer/Worship/Meditation VS Linga amrit/ash/Dhyana => Atmic (Ether)

4th.Bio-environ-mental => Anti-pollution VS Homas, yagnas, jyotish => Mind/ Nervous (Air)

3rd.Bio-vibrational-pranic => Acupuncture VS Pranayama => Pranic/Vibration (Fire)

2nd.Bio-chemical =>Allopathy & Nutritional VS Ayurveda, TCM, Naturopathy => Endocrinal (Water)

1st.Bio-mechanical => Surgery & Massage VS Psycho-somatices => Musculo-skeletal (Earth)

PHYSIOTHERAPY/Body Work VS HATHA YOGA/Asana

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From Bio-mechanical up to Bio-spiritual levels, the focus goes from Hatha Yoga to the higher psychological components steps of dhyana or meditation in Raja Yoga. But there is NO need to involve these subjective psychological steps if it is against ones religious beliefs. Rather just accept the health benefits to posture and health

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MECHANICS of PHYSIOTHERAPY & YOGA

Physiotherapy is a paramedical health profession that is part of the mainstream bio-medical model which subscribes to the authority of the scientific method and is an accepted part of the medical institution. It involves manual handling, exercise prescription and education and covers all aspects from orthopedics to neurology to cardie-respiratory medicine.Its focuses is on rehabilitative medicine and deals mainly with bio-mechanics, movement science and the musculus-skelatal system of the body.

One of the main principles of this is the fact that muscles use the bones as levers to cause movement and depends on the antagonistic relationship of muscles. This means that often muscles must work in opposition via vector forces to effect movement in the desired direction under the control and co-ordination of the brain and nervous system. This relationship between muscle working in tandem depends on the length-strength relationship between them. If across a single axis hinge joint there are two muscles if one contracts and shortens the other must relax and lengthen.

In physiotherapy treatments and exercise prescription, this it is often a vital aspect of a physiotherapist job to use this principle to correct the muscle balance in localized areas of the clients body; whether as part treating tone in a stroke patient or training an elite athlete. This flexibility and strength allows optimal movement as well as contributes to ones overall posture.

It is with regards to this aspect of posture that Yoga follows the same bio-mechanical principles. Rather than across one or two joints, Yoga effectively leads to the same flexibility, tone and strength throughout the whole body by the same principles of stretching and isotonic strengthening leading to optimal length and strength of muscles and ultimately flexibility of body posture and indirectly mind.

It is also useful to note that many yoga instructors do not have a foundation in anatomy, physiology and movement science as physiotherapists do. By understanding bio-mechanics yoga instructors who are so trained are more able to detect compensatory and incorrect movements in their students but also better able to adopt and modify postures to suite those students with pathologies, injuries or limitations (such as the obese).

Yoga also compliments internal systemic medicine through its pranayama component. By combining with deep breathing Yoga postures, which stretch specific internal organs and on releasing the position, increase well oxygenated blood to circulate more deeply into the tissues to remove toxins and increase life to these areas.

This compliments the other Indian health practice of Ayurveda that is a natural alternative to allopathy. Thus, Yoga helps for both bio-mechanically for the musculus-skeletal and bio-chemically for the internal organs and endocrinal systems.

Also, by holding the stretches in a prolonged position it strengthens the will and nervous system.

Thus, the whole purpose is for health to have muscles of iron and nerves of steel to deal with the challenges of life and living.

And as a life-style, the combination of specifically, co-ordinated administration of appropriate herbs (Ayurveda), asanas and pranayama techniques (Hatha Yoga), mantras (Sanskrit Metaphysical sounds) ideally with timings to nature (Tantra & Jyotish) such as gathering the solar rays at dawn and dusk especially during the half yearly passage of the Sun northwards, Yoga is really part of a very holistic process of preventing disease, increasing longevity, health and happiness.

SANKHYA PHILOSOPHY & THE 5 SHEATHS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samkhya

Just as the Raja Yoga Sutras came from the Maharishi Pantanjali forming one of the Darashanas of Hinduism, so too was the Sankhya philosophy received and given as a Darashana by Sage Kapila. Rather than explaining health through bio-mechanics or the medical mainstream of alternative models, this explains the constitution of man from the aspect of vedic metaphysics and nature in general.

Sankhya Categories

This divides up the Universe into 24 components of corresponding 5 elements (elements of nature & food), to 5 organs of knowledge (senses), to 5 organs of actions, 5 pranas (breath), 4 components of Antahkarana or mind (citta – memory, buddhi – intellect, manas – mind/perception, ahamkara – ego). (For more knowledge of this inter-relationship it is suggested that you read Dr David Frawley’s works on the Vedas and health. He is one of the foremost Vedic scholars and pundits.)

And, just as Sad-gurus, Jnanis or Avatars, from the Absolute level, explain that “He” (Tat) has both Maya and all Jivas in His hand, so too, the Sankhya philosophy reveals the reflections of the Maya of the Universe on the macro God level to the Koshas or sheaths of the body on the micro-individual level.

Cosmic to Individual

Paratma Eswaran (God) => exists in Man as Jiva, Soul, Atma, purified Ego;

Prakriti or nature => Chitta or Consciousness

Mahat (Cosmic intelligence) => as Buddhi or discrimination

5 Koshas – Atmic Sheaths

1) Annamaya kosha – food – physical – the five elements

2) Pranamaya kosha – breath – vital – the five pranas

3) Manomaya kosha – impressions – outer mind – the five kinds of sensory impressions

4) Vijnanamaya kosha – ideas – intelligence – directed mental activity

5) Anandamaya kosha – experiences – deeper mind – memory, subliminal and superconscious mind

Of the 5 sheaths, the sheath of pranayama carrries the prana through the breath and is related to the nadis of the yogic physiology and chakras

BIO-PRANA & YOGIC PHYSIOLOGY & CHAKRAS

According to yogic physiology, the breath is also supposed carry prana into the body as it enters to be absorbed from the atmosphere, originating form the Sun. Like meridiens in the chinese systems which carry chi, the indians ayurvedic system of health have a similar bio-pranic system called nadis which carry (5) prana(s) or this life force via the breath. The 5 types are: pranas (air that moves forward), Apana (air that moves downwards) Udana (upward moving air), Samana (balancing air), Vyana (outward moving air)

There are 72,000 nadis or channels that make up the bio-pranic anatomy with 12 main ones and 3 notable ones that inter-lock up the spine at the chakra points.

There are 7 main chakras and these correspond to the spokes where the nadis meet in the centre bringing prana to these locations where there are the associated nerve plexus, organs, endocrine glands and blood circulate.

In fact, in yogic philosophy the only 2 properties we have are the consciousness made up of the 5 elemental food body and the breath made up of this life force. The mind is nothing but the breath which according to yoga carries the thoughts through the prana and the 7 levels of chakra represent psychological levels of functioning from the root of controlling expenditures (including the root of money) to the 7th of thoughtless blissful samadhi state!

These 3 main nadis (psychic nerves) are called ida, pingala with a central sushmuna nadi that runs centrally up the spine. The image is clearly represented by the symbol for medicine; the cadeucus with the staff and the inter-twining serpents. The 2 serpents are the lunar (ida) and solar (pingala) psychic nerves or currents that carry yin and yang energies respectively throughout the body.

Interestingly, the breath alternates between these 2 currents every 2 and a half hours and tantric and kundalini yoga is the science of consciousness that uses techniques to time actions to the activities of the cosmos and breath; for example through alternate nostril breathing.

In fact, the cosmic sound AUM equates to the 3 gunas, internal and external states as well as to these currents. Thus, the best time for aggressive actions is during the day when the person is in the waking state and the raja guna is predominate and the solar current is more open. This equates to the function of Brahma, the creator, and the letter A in AUM. Thus, yoga is a metaphysical science that harmonises the individual to nature and the cosmos.

Ultimately, yogic physiology considers that the each person’s constitution can ultimately collect a reservoir of pranic cosmic force that stores coiled at the seat of the spine and is called Kundalini; the serpent psychic force of energy. This is not normally activated as sufficient energy and prana is available through food and the breath to deal with the activates of daily life.

KUNDALINI & SAMADHI

But the yogi, yearning to attain the Godhood or sometimes to achieve siddhi powers, aims to increase the prana into the nadis through his practices and eventually awaken and raise the Kundalini force to the crown chakra for the descent of the universal cosmic force, so as to still the mind and experience glimpses of enlightenment (satori of Nirvana) or Samadhi (equanimity of intellect = no thoughts);

Note: There are different stages of samadhi from (i) Kevala Samadhi (oneness with efforts to still mind), Savikalpa (spontaneous thought free experience of oneness with environment), Nivikalpa (transendence, suspension of faculties withouth awareness of body or world), Sahaja Samadhi (final natural state of freedom but with full spontaneous use of faculties).

It should be noted that often people’s complaints about Kundalini energies, whether genuine or psycho-somatic only, have more to do with purification of the nadis than an actual awakening of the Kundalini. However, there are great dangers to mind, sanity and life when the kundalini is forced up too early or artificially by drugs or will power without devotion.

The breath, mind and nadis are inter-connected and sensitize the individual consciousness to nature and the environment. As the purification happens, more and more nadis get activated, stimulating and activating chakras from the foundation of the base to move higher and higher up to the 6th ajna mind chakra. The alchemy and purification of the brain bio-chemistry, nerves and cerebro-spinal fluids through diet, yoga and sadhana all prepare the yogi for his aim of transforming the constitution from more material to the more vibrational light qualities of prana and the solar light.

THE EYE OF WISDOM & THE “I” OF ADVAITA

In fact, the practice of gayatri mantra, jyotish meditation and the practice of jyotish astrology all serve the purpose of invoking the solar and atmic light, strengthening the intellect, balancing the brain (hemispheres), opening the eye of wisdom and causing the descent of the brahma prakash and jyotish.

The bio-mechanical and bio-chemical development of the body is for the maturation of mind to spiritualise matter. And philosophically, the human body and birth is the paradixcally illusion to realise that one is never the body and never born.

So ultimately, it is through Self inquiry (Advaita) into the source of consciousness and devotion to being that naturally makes the life force abide in the heart or centre (hridayam), opening the knots of the heart and allowing the purified, ripened, full life force to pass up to the thousand petalled lotus (Brahmaranda at the fontanelle) and sink back down into the heart via the amrit nadi (with its primary 8 nadis centered 2 inches to the right in the chest) where the source of consciousness sits. Here inner and outer become one in consciousness and realisation becomes final by remaining fixed in this state.

Interestingly, in Hinduism this absolute formless state is represented by the abstract mathematical ellipsoid shape of the a stone called the lingam. The 3 horizontal lines with the red central dot represents the 3 planes; physical, astral and causal as well as the brahma, vishnu and rudra pranic knots at the 2nd, 4th and 6th chakras in body. The red dot symbolises the Sun and light of consiousness that sits in the heart as Narayana or the immanent God whilst the Lingam represents Siva as the transendental reality and inexhaustable source. Swami,who devotees accept to be the incaranation and manifestation of this imminent Narayana with all the powers of Siva-Sakti (Sai-Mother Baba-Father) coughs up this lingam from his body every Mahasivaratri night (symbolising when the Moon/Mind is most dead), and recently conducted the Athi Rudra Yagna (shamanic ritual conducted according to the prescritions of the Krishna Yajur Ved) also worships the Lingam; symbolising Siva or the formless Reality. The similar worship of a stone in Mecca is used by Muslims to worship the formless Allah. Curiously, if you remove the 3 lines of Sivaitism on the lingam you are left with the stone on its own and, if one removes the 3 parts of AUM one is left with the crescent Moon with a dot above it, symbolising the absolute. This dot takes the shape of a pentagram star in Islam. Co-incidently, Allah, Aum & Amen all use the latter A as the alpha of alphabets that points to wordless, namless, formless, Absolute.

Thus, not to digress, whilst simple asana, posture and pranayama in Hatha yoga prepares the musculo-skeletal and endocrinal systems to prepare the body and mind to receive more pranic energy into the body and, higher raja yoga exercises focus the mind and intellect for inquiry (tejas), both primarily borrow their the source of strength (ojas) and life from the heart which is tapped by sincerity and one-pointed devotion.. whatever you denomination and practice is. Love is God !

According to Gurus, an analogy can be taken from the lamp. The oil (ojas) is the devotion and bhakti in the heart, the flame (tejas) is the wick of the mind that burns with effulgence of jnana or knowledge and the air is the fan (prana) that allows it to happen (hatha and raja yoga through the will)

Prana is gathered from the Sun, absorbed from the food and inhaled through the breath; stored in the hair, finger tips/nails and semen and, is lost through speech, the eyes, sex and cutting the nails or hair.

Hindus also use jyotish or vedic astrology via their almanac called the Panchanga to time activities that best harmonise the direction of activities. This even includes the appropriate times for cutting their hair and nails so as to minimise the loss of prana; for example on full Moon days when the mind can absorb the maximun amount of prana. Symbolically, the Moon correlates to the Mind and the ida nadi current and full Moon days reflect the maximun amount of prana from the Sun.

VEDIC METAPHYSICS & WESTERN SCIENCE

As mentioned above, Jyotish or Vedic astrology uses the Panchanga or almanac to time all its festivals as well as finding the correct time or “Muhurta” to conduct events conducive to nature and the balance of elements and cosmic forces. To a large extent this is part of the Vedantic metaphysical philosophy which very much subscribes to the the sacred geometry of a closed Universe of symmetry and harmony.

Western science and minds, being very much more analytic and linear rather than synthetic and lateral in approach is less open to making the same assumptions that the Vedas do on the authority of the rishis. Its approach to metaphysics has been reflected in the Greek civilisation by Pythogorus to the Rennaisance.

However, western philosophy, being made up of logic, theory of knowledge, aesthetics, metaphysics and ethics, would place the Indian symbolic mind, that makes associations based on correspondence, into a realm of metaphysics. It is much more prone to question the very acquisition of knowledge from the mind itself and take the Socratic skeptical approach to assumptions with any dialectically meaningful discourse based on axioms, bias, deductive and inductive logic. In fact, it’s approach is more empirical and often scientific in following the method of observations with induction against stringent doubts posed by Poppers rules.

However, what is does not acknowledge is that what scientists of quantum mechanics are discovering about Consciousness is already presumed through Vedantic authority; that is that dualism, qualified non-dualism and non-dualism have already considered the observer (with his antarakarana) as well as the observed (universe) on the foundation of the one non-dual consciousness. Anyway, the science from the Greeks to the British seem to have set the stage for a grant synthesis with Vedantic metaphysics.

Interestingly, swami seems to have prepared us for this gradually, from the free modern education to mantric bhajans to the promotion of the Gayatri mantra, to the state of the art super-speciality hospital, to introducing Veda chanting, to an small Ayurvedic clinic for students, to the recent introduction of Jyotish classes for his students, to the plan of a Metaphysical school to be opened in the near future.

NUMBER 9 & the UNIVERSE

As far as Vedic Metaphysics goes, this post is already long enough and perhaps more shall be mentioned in future ones. But in relation to the Vedic concept of Brahma and a closed, intelligent Universe based on a law of symmetry, proportion, harmony and balance, numbers play the significant role in sacred geometry. This is used in Vedic numerology, Vastu (Indian Geomancy) as well as the Vedic science of Jyotish as the highest limb of metaphysics in the Vedas; studying the three dimensional light show of space and time using divisions based fundamentally on the number 9. The following are some abstract points to think about.

* Number 9 is the most important number in the decimal system (10 fingers to count with!), is the only number that when added against returns a number to itself and always return to 9 again with its multiplication. It therefore represents completion and the universe in numerology and is always associated with Brahma, the Absolute and space.

* In a Jyotish Vedic chart there are 27 Nakshatras or divisions of the constellations around the Milky Way. Each has 4 parts of padas to make 108 sections. This is also related to the 9th divisional harmonic chart called the Navamsa. The Moon as the ruler of the mind placement in a 108th pada reveals a lot about the nature of the persons mind. Each pada also has a Sanskrit alphabet associated with it that helps choose a new borns name; resonating the cosmic nature with the individual temperamental type. Jyotish consider 9 planets in reading a chart (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu & the 9th south node of the Moon, Kethu)

*With 108, metaphorically, 10 symbolises the Sun and Atma whilst 8 the transformational powers of nature and projecting powers of Mind or Maya (Rahu). Or, as the great Advaitic proponent Adi Shankara explained, it projects the illusion of the Universe of name and form appearing as a snake rather than the foundation on which it appears; the rope as the the veiling powers of mind & memory/vasana (Kethu) , brahma or space = 9

* There are 108 (9) parts to a mala. The number 108 represents God or natures in all its aspects. In Hinduism, the number 108 represents the alpha & omega or the infinite potentiality where;

108 togehter = Paraatma GOD where

Generational – Brahma Raja Guna (waking state/day time) A = 1,

Organisational – Vishnu Satwa Guna (dream state/twilight) U= 0,

Destructional – Rudra Tama Guna  (deep sleep/night) M = 8

* The significance of number 9 is found in the sacred geometry and architecture of the Pyramids and was used in Keith Critchlows (Head, Royal Architecture of Lonon & leading exponent of Sacred Architecture in the world) design of Sathya Sai Baba’s super-speciality hospital.

COSMOLOGY

Just as the metaphysics of 9 has some connection to the universe, the number 5 is connected to man. From the 5 koshas to the 5 senses to the 5 digits to the 5 limbs to the pentagram to the Fibonacci number to our DNA spiral to perhaps the 5 root races of mankind, 5 features significantly with man. And co-incidently, there are the 5 aspects of western philosophy mentioned earlier. So I have further divided Vedantic metaphysics into 5. From the (i) micro-dualism of health to the (ii) macro-dualism of causality and karma to (iii) qualified non-dualism to the (iv) non-dualism of advaita to the (v) ajata philosophy of non-causality, Hinduism covers every point of view. On the other hand, western philosophies are mainly dualistic but are beginning to approach the non-dualistic revelations through advances in theories in quantum physics and the science of consciousness.

But the foundation of progress is on the assumption that the world is real and has existed prior to the observer whose intellect in perceiving the effects and thereby via cognitive phenomena of memory, traces the original cause to the cause of karma itself; ie. the original big bang of AUM. This cosmology is traced to the Creator Himself or God with cosmological story of MahaVishnu-Brahma to the Laws of Manu & Lords of Karma, but even in western science the same causality and logic was applied for the singularity theory (of Penrose), that led physicists such as Hawkins to use Einstein’s relativity theory in reversing speed and time to the original minute point of immense mass, that exploded to be come the universe of today.

This concept is that the Universe is the reverberation of this original explosion and to Vedantists is the cosmic hum permeating the space of ether as AUM made up of the 3 Gunas of consciousness. The 3 inner subjective states of mind & 3 outer objective states of nature are part and parcel of this cosmic matter and hum.

In Hindu cosmology this AUM of causal (heaven), astral (nether) and physical worlds (earth) are reflected in the body through the 3 granthi that refract into the 7 colours that make up the 7 levels, above and below, to cover the 14 worlds. In the body these are the 7 chakras with each nadi in a chakra denoted by a petal that has a sanskrit letter attributed to it and whose sound causes it to vibrate the chakra and direct prana to that nadi to receive the assocaited powers of nature through the ethers of sound and consciousness.

Thus, Sanskirt and the Vedas are the Language of Nature and the Gods (the 7 seed bija sounds in the chakras & the 7 Rishis Seers) and is used in Yoga to help direct prana through mind (thought) and word (Mantra) to the body and is often used in co-ordiation with asanas and pranayama to activate these forces of nature.

Conclusion!

The 5 popular and relevant aspects (A’s) of Hinduism for the modern age:-

1st A = Asana (Yoga), Acoustics & Action.  (could include Indian classical music, singing & dance including gypsies!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharata_Natyam & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_classical_music - Samaveda, Carnatic, Gandharva)

2nd A = Ayurveda & Alternative Health

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda

3rd A = Abode & Architecture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vastu_Shastra

4th A = Astrology, Astronomy & Jyotish

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_astrology & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy

5th A = Advaita & Philosophy of “I”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta

(Advaita; philosophy of Non-dualism or Oneness of the individual and the Absolute)

All (5 religions, values, elements, races; black, brown, yellow red or white) are ONE, Be a-like to everyone (Sanatana Dharma of Love & Law). ie. a metaphysical philosophy of  identity based on ONE Consciousness (from science to metaphysics)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy

It is my belief that a deeper understanding of metaphysics/sacred geometry/mysticism & mythology (of all traditions) and the integration of these holistic systems into the mainstream of many people’s lives and cultures will help revolutionize a spiritual consciousness that is taking place under the current era of global financial, mental and spiritual crisis.

A deeper, intellectual understanding of  inter-faith, symbolic metaphysics and a humanistic approach is required.

In particular, I find sacred geometry, as in the metaphysical patterns of  man, architecture, nature & the Universe, an interesting way to reveal unity in diversity. (ie. from the level of the body through architecture to the Wholeness of nature & the cosmos)

For example, by studying and perceiving this Unity through the intermediate medium of Vastu, Feng Shui, Islamic Patterns, Sacred Geometry & Modern Architecture;  ie. of light, space,  electro-magnetism, movement & time; reflecting thier corresponding intelligence in the microcosm of man and macrocosm of the Universe.

In this way, Muslims and others will be able to understand their own faith and mysticism better through the application of its metaphysics, whilst also better appreciate and tolerate others practices, as well as adopt those aspects which do not conflict with their own faith.  Thus, in Yoga, it’s physical aspects can be adopted whilst not necessarily subscribing to mantras and chakras.

For more on Yoga, see:

http://www.patanjalisutras.com/

Yoga Sutras (Very good translation by Christopher Isherwood & Swami Prabhavananda)

Yoga & Kriya – A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga & Kriya by Satyananda Saraswati

For more on Jyotish Vedic Astrology

jyotish-vedicastrology.blogspot.com – metaphysical correspondence of Yoga & Chakras (micro-body) to Jyotish (Vedic Astrology/Astronomy of the  macro-Universe)

For more research into Islam, Sufism & Perennialism:-

http://innereyesfamilyorchestra.blogspot.com/2011/11/islam-sufism-great-muslim-sufi-scholars.html

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