Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dhan Dhan Ramdas guru - धन धन राम दास गुरु

Suddenly playing Gyneshwar in background I was rummaging for some song in my HDD
when i found this mp3 and Aha happened when I realized the mp3 also exits on Youtube !

Monday, July 21, 2008

Yoga Definition -- Shankara Aparokshanubhuti - योग अपरोक्षानुभूति

All kinds of interesting definitions of the word Yoga exist. To Patanjali its chiita vritti nirodh, to Krishna its karmasu kaushalam and of course Ramanuja would make it Bhakti :)

Lets see what the Champion Shankara says in his classic aparoksha anubhuti on the eight limbs of yoga :)

Its interesting to see how samadhi becomes Knowledge !


102-103. The steps, in order, are described as follows: the control of the senses, the control of the mind, renunciation, silence, space, time, posture, the restraining root (Mulabandha), the equipoise of the body, the firmness of vision, the control of the vital forces, the withdrawal of the mind, concentration, self-contemplation and complete absorption.
104. The restraint of all the senses by means of such knowledge as “All this is Brahman” is rightly called Yama, which should be practiced again and again.
105. The continuous flow of only one kind of thought to the exclusion of all other thoughts, is called Niyama, which is verily the supreme bliss and is regularly practiced by the wise.
106. The abandonment of the illusory universe by realizing it as the all-conscious Atman is the real renunciation honored by the great, since it is of the nature of immediate liberation.
107. The wise should always be one with that silence wherefrom words together with the mind turn back without reaching it, but which is attainable by the Yogins.
108-109. Who can describe That (i.e., Brahman) whence words turn away ? (So silence is inevitable while describing Brahman). Or if the phenomenal world were to be described, even that is beyond words. This, to give an alternate definition, may also be termed silence known among the sages as congenital. The observance of silence by restraining speech, on the other hand, is ordained by the teachers of Brahman for the ignorant.
110. That solitude is known as space, wherein the universe does not exist in the beginning, end or middle, but whereby it is pervaded at all times.
111. The non-dual (Brahman) that is bliss indivisible is denoted by the word ‘time’, since it brings into existence, in the twinkling of an eye all beings from Brahman downwards.
112. One should known that as real posture in which the meditation on Brahman flows spontaneously and unceasingly, and not any other that destroys one’s happiness.
113. That which is well known as the origin of all beings and the support of the whole universe, which is immutable and in which the enlightened are completely merged … that alone is known as Siddhasana (eternal Brahman).
114. That (Brahman) which is the root of all existence and on which the restraint of the mind is based is called the restraining root (Mulabandha) which should always be adopted since it is fit for Raja-yogins.
115. Absorption in the uniform Brahman should be known as the equipoise of the limbs (Dehasamya). Otherwise mere straightening of the body like that of a dried-up tree is no equipoise.

116. Converting the ordinary vision into one of knowledge one should view the world as Brahman itself. That is the noblest vision, and not that which is directed to the tip of the nose.
117. Or, one should direct one’s vision to That alone where all distinction of the seer, sight, and the seen ceases and not to the tip of the nose.
118. The restraint of all modifications of the mind by regarding all mental states like the Chitta as Brahman alone, is called Pranayama.
119-120. The negation of the phenomenal world is known as Rechaka (breathing out), the thought, “I am verily Brahman”, is called Puraka (breathing in), and the steadiness of that thought thereafter is called Kumbhaka (restraining the breath). This is the real course of Pranayama for the enlightened, whereas the ignorant only torture the nose.
121. The absorption of the mind in the Supreme Consciousness by realizing Atman in all objects is known as Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind) which should be practiced by the seekers after liberation.
122. The steadiness of the mind through realization of Brahman wherever the mind goes, is known as the supreme Dharana (concentration).
123. Remaining independent of everything as a result of the unassailable thought, “I am verily Brahman”, is well known by the word Dhyana (meditation), and is productive of supreme bliss.
124. The complete forgetfulness of all thought by first making it changeless and then identifying it with Brahman is called Samadhi known also as knowledge.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Maitreem Bhajata

The song was composed by Puja Chandrashekhar Swami of kanchi kamkoti peetham.
MSS is amazing! as always !!

These are the people who become immortal through their lives.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ramana Speaks - 3

2. If I am none of these, then Who am I?

After negating all of the above mentioned as `not this',
`not this', that Awareness which alone remains -- that I am.

3. What is the nature of Awareness?

The nature of Awareness is Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.

4. When will the realization of the Self be gained?

When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed,
there will be realization of the Self which is the seer.

5. Will there not be realization of the Self even while the
world is there (taken as real)?

There will not be.

6. Why?

The seer and the object seen are like the rope and the
snake. Just as the knowledge of the rope which is the substrate
will not arise unless the false knowledge of the illusory
serpent goes, so the realization of the Self which is the
substrate will not be gained unless the belief that the world
is real is removed.

7. When will the world which is the object seen be removed?

When the mind, which is the cause of all cognition and of
all actions, becomes quiescent, the world will disappear.

(from the Collected Works of Ramana Mahirishi )

neti neti

not this, not this, not this, not this
not just this, not just this, not just this, not just this
this this this this
is is is is
Die Die Die Die

(Inspired By Bagru's Prose)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Vithobha Chala

Music cant get better than this,

Singers: Gayathri & Ranjani

Throw Out

A strange situation,
in this House !
The owner of house is back.
Celebrations happening
every moment.
The over joyed tenant
now waits in ecstasy
to be thrown out of house
wait...wait... arduous wait

Thursday, July 10, 2008

rote rote din bhi beeta

रोते रोते दिन भी बीता
रोते रोते रात
तुम तो आए
मिल न पाये
हो न पायी बात

Pain and Suffering

Can this pain,
take me beyond suffering ?

Monday, July 07, 2008


Q: What is a Spiritual Experience ?
A: there is no such thing as spiritual experience

Q: What do u mean, what do u mean, You mean all this false, all this i feel, I felt, all is this peace, and all this is what is going on in me, all this is false ?

A: No, I just mean that it is just another experience.

Q: What!! How can you say this?

A: It is a belief. The belief is based on knowledge that you have acquired, which is at the basis, of it being named spiritual or sensual or material. You have read few things and there is a tacit understanding that these things are sacred, pure and holy thats all. When some life experiences fit these knowledge categories you classify them as spiritual. You want to feel important and sacred and distinct thats why you attach this label spiritual experience.

Q: Well, but then every experience is classified or named, so knowledge and experience go hand in hand, dont they ?

A: Tell me the belief that something is spiritual or not, tell me the underlying belief that something is spiritual, is it spiritual ?

Q: No Its not, its a belief

A: Ok so the basis of spiritual and sacred beliefs, then is something which is non spiritual and non sacred, or for that matter just a normal belief, right ?

Q: Well that way everything is belief, and the basis of one belief is another belief, this foolish

A: well, the fact that you believe you are, tell me is the fact that you exist, You are, or I am, is it also not a belief ?
"If all beliefs are in me, am I too just a belief" ?

Q: Well then can you tell me who am i, is the I AM also a belief ?

A: and what do u expect, and if i answer this wont this be just another belief ?

Q: I think I got it , thanks

A: :-)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kali: The goddes of time

Beholding at the beautiful face of kali, I said to my self, she is Time personified.
What can be a better representation of divinity? If god of space is omnipresent, sarvya vyaapi. He is present in the 'x y z' of space, he becomes Vishnu (it literally means present everywhere).

Kali is the godess of time. So kali is the 't' axis of divinity.

Time has its layers. At all layers time is movement of something. The Outermost layer of time is cosmic time, movement of celestial bodies. At the closest level it the revolution of earth i.e. day and night. At a still farther level it is the revolution of earth, months seasons years etc. This is cosmic layer of time.

There is another layer of time which is biological layer of time, which is your very own body which rejuvenates, ages and all these layers are connected. Like human body is affected directly by day and night it is also connected with months if you are deeply sensitive to the lunar movement it can be felt. So like a cambium tissue in plant is keeping track of how many times earth has moved around sun, your body is also keeping track of how many years and months have passed by.

The subtlest layer of time is felt at the movement of Thought(breath). This layer of time is the layer where Kali can be directly perceived. Every successive movement of unattended thought , unconscious thought, is movement of time. All this movement happens in the zone of Kali. Deep sensitivity in this zone leads to unlocking of Shakti (energy).

Complete understanding of this movement of thought, establishes us in the zone of Kali. Kali dancing on Shiva's body gives us the message to subdue every rising thought(movement) with attention(energy). To subdue all knowledge(Shiva), that is rising due to movement of thought with pure perceptive energy is the message of Kali.

This zone of Kali, is pure perception, is pure attention, is the "power of Now". Kali is the stillness in which all movement is perceived, Kali is the paper on which all text is written.If vishnu is Vishraam of Vaikuntha , Kali is the Viraam of Shamsana.

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विष्णुमायेति शब्दिता
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः

Kali is the Vishnu Maya, all movement in space is through time.
Om tat sat.