Friday, March 24, 2017

Life Is Precious and Sacred

While delivering a lecture at Nellore, India, on December 26 2002, great Master Chariji said:

"We have seen in past cultures in India that people renounced everything, went away to jungles and forests, renouncing life. You cannot renounce life. You are alive. You are able to talk of renunciation only because you are alive. You can renounce certain features in life but you cannot renounce life itself. 




Even when you attempt suicide and if you succeed, you have not renounced life. You have only made a change in your own present condition, a rather a disastrous change which is not going to have any effect other than a deleterious, bad effect on your future day existence. 




So, you see, suicide is no solution to the problems of life. In fact, it magnifies the problems enormously and your future existence, if and when one day you appear here again, will be already corrupted by that act of suicide, so that you are born with a negative balance in your ledger, more samskaras to work off, because spiritually speaking, to take life is a sin, whether it is the other's life or your own life. 




There is a German term for suicide. I think it is self-murder, which means murdering the self. So whether you murder somebody else or yourself, it's murder. And therefore it's a crime, it's a sin. You cannot say, "It is my life, I will take it." No. If you extend that argument a little further, you say, "She is my wife, I can do what I like with her." You cannot."





Life is a school. It is an excellent opportunity for us to learn our lessons and to evolve. If lived properly, life will be a stepping stone to our Original Home.




To appreciate the value of life, to make the most out of life, to access the Source of wisdom, to grow as a person, meditate. To learn meditation visit Heartfulness website. 


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Make Time for Meditation

"Life can be enjoyed without hurting our spirituality and that enjoyment is permitted, but it must not interfere with our spiritual life. We have a duty to our familiesSahaj Marg insists on that; therefore we have to go around, do our jobs, earn money to satisfy the needs of our families. But not give more time, become addicted to our work and, with the modern computer age, go on browsing all night pretending you have all the time in the world, spending twelve hours, fourteen hours, eighteen hours on your computers but not one hour on your meditation," said Sadhguru Chariji while addressing a gathering in Chennai, India, on 2nd February 2014.





Sahaj Marg helps you to integrate spirituality into your material life. It puts enthusiasm into you and enables you to access the Source of joy, peace, wisdom and much more. Meditation is an integral part of Sahaj Marg. To learn to meditate visit Heartfulness website.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Profound Thoughts That Help You Grow as a Person



Daaji




Daaji (Kamlesh D. Patel) is the Master of Sahaj Marg Raja Yoga. He is blessed with the unique ability to use Divine energy for the transformation of another human being. 





Daaji is using this ability to use pranahuti [Yogic Transmission] to help human beings worldwide in their journey towards the Infinite.





Here are profound thoughts by the great Master, which will serve you well in your life.

Quality of work drastically changes for good in the spiritual environment.

(Mumbai; Thursday, 16 February 2017)


Meditation improves our moral and work ethics.

(Mumbai; Thursday, 16 February 2017)






Evolution is not a matter of choice. It has to happen.

(Mumbai; Thursday, 16 February 2017)


Many people argue: why can’t an all-powerful God change humanity for good? How can you change without willingness? One should invite change willingly.

(Mumbai; Thursday, 16 February 2017)


Q: How to be in tune with Nature and God?

Daaji: ...I have to imbibe those qualities. If I have to become like that individual personality, I have to imbibe creativity in me if I dream to become like God – that is point number one. 

“Then there are other qualities that can be observed in Nature: I have to become simple and in tune with Nature. What is Nature? Take trees, for example: they take the minimum and give out the maximum. So, am I able to receive the minimum, or nothing at all, and give the maximum? That is God-like. So, even though I may not have happiness, I have to give that. I then become that, and I don't even care for it anymore. So the second principle, which comes from Nature, is efficiency – taking in the minimum and giving out the maximum.

“The third principle, also from Nature, can be seen when we observe the trees in the US, shedding their leaves just before the winter commences. They adjust themselves for the colder weather. The trees have to preserve all their energy and resources in their roots. They do not have the luxury of extra leaves on their branches. They shed them, sacrificing. In our case, are we able to adjust with the external in our relationships? To do so, we have to sacrifice some of our habits. It is better if we can adjust.

“The fourth thing is that Nature is its simplicity, NO complexities.

“The fifth thing that I find is automatism. For example, trees bear flowers automatically when the season comes. That automatic response is not there in us. Our response is, ‘What do I get out of this?’ Based on that we play with it.

“So these five things help us to be in tune with Nature and God.”

(Mumbai; Thursday, 16 February 2017)






Q:  While meditating, I find that I am leaning either forward or sideways by the time I finish. So how do I know that I am meditating and not sleeping?

Daaji: I will start with the second part of your question. How to know whether you are meditating or sleeping? Often when we conduct such programs in universities, especially when there are 500 or 1000 students in a hall and generally they would be having fun. After meditation, they ask, “Sir, did we go to sleep?” So I respond, “Okay, let's do an experiment. Sit in a chair and I will not transmit to you. Now, try to go to sleep in the chair within 5 minutes. Can you do it?” So it is the relaxing effect produced by transmission that creates a state akin to yoga nidra. At the same time, if you pay attention, you are aware of what is happening outside, even though you are in a sleep-like state.

Now, to the first part of your question: often we seem to lean forward or sideways. It is a very good state actually. It happens when the mind relaxes and our emotional heart surrenders. In that state of submission the head bows down, unknowingly, unconsciously. It is arising out of our subconscious submission to Divinity.

About mind

“We have to understand the function of the mind. We have a nose. What is the role of nose? It is to smell. Would you tell your nose to stop smelling things?  “I would like to smell only a rose and not this gutter.” It can't be selective. The same thing happens with the eyes. The role of the eyes is to see things. The mind is also like that, you see. The mind is to think. To prevent its function from thinking is to go against its nature.

“So, in Yoga sadhana, we first train the mind to think on one object – the Divine presence. After that we go deeper, from thinking, which is a superficial function, to feeling. That is true meditation. When we shift from thinking to feeling that is the real meditation, where we no longer think of the divine presence but feel the presence. For that we need dedicated practice.”





Regularity in practice

“Here regularity comes again. Suppose if I have decided that my time for meditation is 7 o'clock in the morning, then I must meditate at that time. Even if I just close my eyes and attend to meditation for 5 minutes, it doesn't matter, as long as I ensure that this 7 o’clock does not pass without meditating.

“Imagine that you are an employer and you have 10,000 employees working for you. If they all come at their own timings, what will happen to your empire? Similarly, Nature has appointed some working agencies to look after us. When we don't follow the pattern, then the working agency is confused. ‘Ye bevakuf  kab baithega (When will this fool sit for meditation)?’ and they go away disappointed because they had come with a package that could not be delivered!”

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)


Q: Desires are the root cause of misery. Is the desire for God not a desire?

Daaji: ...when one is ready to dedicate one’s life to God, where is the question of desire?

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)


When we say namaste to someone and don’t mean it, then why say namaste? Suppose we really mean it in our hearts, then is it necessary to say it verbally?

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)


...our signature should be in our thoughts and actions. 

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)


A Sadhwi who had left everything in pursuit of God came in contact with a Heartfulness trainer. She meditated with our trainer and experienced Yogic Transmission. She was awed by this experience and mentioned that this was the first meditation that was profound. She said, “Why did I leave home? I could have got this experience at home itself. Now I am 82 and my time is nearing. I am grateful that finally I have found such a path wherein I could feel the cherished state I was longing for and for which I left my loved ones.

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)






...many Rishis did years of sadhana without much success. The Sahaj Marg system has made it possible for all seekers to benefit from Transmission. Sahaj Marg is a heavenly gift to us.

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)






Q: Is there any time of the day to meditate? Second, do you have to do it daily, or if you skip a day does it still have the same impact? Is there a discipline maintained that it doesn't become effective until you do it every day? Can you share some day-to-day practical issues on how to practice?   

Daaji: I think that Sahaj Marg has one of the most liberal approaches towards this endeavour. Whenever you feel like meditating is the best time. The day you don't feel like meditating drop it, because you cannot and should not meditate with a heart that is not ready to receive transmission. After all, we are diving in divine waves, not human waves.

So when you want to receive something so profound you must be receptive. You cannot do it on the go, though it is possible, but you yourself will not be satisfied. You need to give quality time to your Beloved. How much quality time do you need to give to such an activity? You have to see where your priorities lie. Discipline is needed to raise your life, you see. If it is there, it is wonderful. I generally recommend to students to fix the time for meditation. First bring time discipline into the picture. And if you feel like meditating again, that is extra.

So it is one thing to meditate actively on a daily basis. But the goal is to remain meditative in all our activities. Meditation is just the beginning. Try to remain meditative all throughout the day, when you are doing other things. 

Q: I care for somebody and love that person and want to meditate to give him benefit, but he is a bit of an agnostic who doesn't wish to participate. When I am imagining the Divine Light, can I imagine it in his heart also, and if I do that would that benefit him?

Daaji: It will certainly benefit him, but as they say, you can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

Q: I do not want to take the horse to the water; I want to take Light to the horse.

Daaji: It is not going to happen the way you want it, as the result depends upon the openness of the heart.

Q: Of my heart or his heart?

Daaji: Whoever is the receiver. Say you would like to give someone billions of dollars, but the other person does not value it. Or perhaps he thinks that you must have some ulterior motive for giving him billions.

Q: I want to qualify my question a little more.

Daaji: No. I understand you very well. You know someone and that person is agnostic, who would not like to participate in such activities, yet you would like him to benefit from such things. I get you very clearly. It does help to a certain extent but not to the fullest.

Q: I have a second part to my question: in this meditation, with Divinity and in spirituality, there are healing and curative powers. Is it possible to meditate and imagine Divine Light with a curative effect for people who may benefit from it?

Daaji: Surely, it does help, but we also go far beyond the curative impact of meditation. We remove the cause rather than the symptoms. We have many elements to this practice of Heartfulness. Meditation is what we did just now and relaxation is also one part of it.

There is another special technique called cleaning, which we do in the evening.  It is also a masterful art. When we adopt that method in the evening, we use the following firm suggestion in a very subtle way: “All the complexities and impurities and any ailments from which I am suffering are leaving me.” It has an impact. In fact, it works wonders on so many stress disorders, stress-related panic disorders and sleep disorders, at the mental level. It also definitely works in a positive way on our overall health. But that is too superficial a thing to ask for. When your father is a multi-millionaire and you say, “Papa, I want 50 rupees,” he will think, “Why are you asking for such an amount? I can give you much more.” When you approach Divinity and ask for peace, He will laugh at us: “I can give you much more.”





Q: I meant healing, peace or purity for somebody else, would it help?

Daaji: It will help, but do something more. 


Daaji in Mumbai in February 2017


Q: When we started meditation, my experience was that negative thoughts kept coming. That makes me feel scared that whatever thoughts are coming might also become true.

Daaji: Well, when the thoughts start arising like a tornado, gently open your eyes for few seconds and then close them again. That will relieve you for some time. The idea is not to suppress them. It is because they were hidden inside, they were in the subconscious, and now we have to make sure that the pus it out. Then you will feel good inside because all these things have gone. How in the first place are these thoughts coming out of me? Something is there, triggering it in my subconscious.

Now, you become aware of the thoughts during meditation. When you open your eyes, what happens to those thoughts? When you close your eyes, you become fully attentive. You are face to face with your own thoughts. That does not mean you don’t have thoughts when you are not meditating. They are there, but you are not attentive.

When we do cleaning, actually at times there will be a lot more thoughts. Many more thoughts will come. But at the end of meditation, you will feel quiet and stillness. 

Q: Namaste. We often hear that we have a lot of potential within us but we probably use only to 15 – 20% of our minds. Does meditation of this kind help in increasing the effectiveness of the mind? How does one become more effective in this world? 

Daaji: 15% of consciousness is too high. I think we hardly use 8%; even the most intelligent use only 8%. According to swami Vivekananda, the purpose of all these spiritual practices is in the expansion of our consciousness. Imagine we have our available consciousness, which is like a thin film of water, above and below which there are two giant oceans. So this fine film is sandwiched between the ocean of superconsciousness and the ocean of subconsciousness.

Through meditation we are able to expand our consciousness beyond this thin layer of consciousness and make it fly in the sky of superconsciousness. We also teach you how to master yoga nidra, through which you can easily go into very deep levels of subconsciousness. This is how we can expand slowly into superconsciousness and subconsciousness, and the time is there in one hour to do all that. So in short, yes it does help. 

Daaji: Thank you all for coming. I am very honoured actually, and I hope our paths will cross again. You can write to me any time you want to have a meditation session like this. Wherever I am, I will be able to work with you. This system was established in an organized way in1945, but prior to that it was already going on without any organization you see. The most beautiful thing about it is that the founder of the system always believed that God is not for sale, so the methodology to achieve God is also not for sale; it is for free. If God were for sale, how much would you pay? And if you could pay, why would you need God?

So with that, I just want to say that we are not here as Yoga merchants; instead we really want to serve you. 





You need not consider me as a Master. I am one of your brothers. Take me as a co-traveller on this spiritual journey, and on this spiritual pilgrimage we will travel together. 

(Mumbai; Friday, 17 February 2017)




...through point A meditation we reinforce the idea that all are my spiritual sisters and brothers. Superconsciousness develops by our practice of meditation on point A and cleaning of point B.

(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


Q: Is the renunciation of the senses against the natural law?

Daaji: Nature wants everything to happen naturally in moderation.

Q: What is the meaning of being in tune with Nature?

Daaji: One of them is to become efficient like Nature herself, which is to consume the minimum and give the maximum. We get love as an input. What should be our output? Please think about it.

Simplicity, the very core of Nature, means no pretentions. So, let us imbibe that as well.

Acceptance … without it we suffer. By acceptance, we learn a lesson, though we may suffer. This acceptance is not in a defeatist way.

In meditation, we must drop everything. It is like a free fall. One should have an attitude that whatever the experience, I am ready to go through it. The mind should be gently diverted to the Divine Light in the heart”

Q: What are spiritual diseases?

Daaji: Grossness is spiritual sickness. Anything that prevents the free spirit is a disease.

(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


...our elders have given a simple formula: sat-chit-ananda. When the spirit is free, then anandam follows. Anything that prevents this natural state of anandam is a spiritual disease.

(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


Remembrance is a burden, one should drown in love.

(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


Is willpower necessary in pursuing anything in life? How about interest? If one has deep interest, then won’t will be there automatically?

(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


Now we search and crave for happiness. Pleasure has become the purpose of life. The essence of India was always to search for God, the purpose of existence was to realize and manifest Divinity in life.


(Mumbai; Sunday, 19 February 2017)


To realize and manifest Divinity in life, meditate. To learn meditation visit Heartfulness website. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We Are One

"In reality, someone else's soul and your soul are the same thing. Hurting others is hurting yourself.... Why even say that you are children of the same father (God)? You are the same. That is why, in Gujarati, we have a saying, “Khado khode a pade”. One who digs a pit to trap someone else will fall in it one day.

Daaji
Daaji

The soul in its wisdom knows that you are trying to hurt someone else. It will make sure that you feel the pain so that the lesson can be learnt. How can you take revenge on yourself? That is why an individualised existence creates a problem.


We Are One
We Are One

Imagine the situation before leaving the Source, where all were one. That one became many individuals, and if the goal is to become one again, then it is better to consider that you are already one, which is the truth."




To experience this oneness, meditate. To learn meditation visit Heartfulness website.


Life Is Precious and Sacred

While delivering a lecture at Nellore , India , on December 26 2002, great Master Chariji said: " We have seen in past culture...