Monday, January 5, 2015

Guru Gita - Gurus to be avoided



|| Sri Gurubhyo Namah ||

|| श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः ॥

Guru Gita extols Guru as parabrahman with whose power the trinity works. Guru is very holy to us and is often equated with ISvara (God). Some thugs or immature disciples take undue advantage of the reverence that our society shows to the true guru. In this process, both Guru and disciple are bound to perish. Guru Gita gives us the characteristics which should be absent in the Guru you believe. Translations are given in Hindi, Gujarati and English along with moola sloka-s. Please find the verses below:

(Note: Online version of Guru Gita published by HariOM Group is not full version. Some verses are missing. Translation adapted from Shri Nandalal Dashora's Hindi translation, published by Randhir Prakashan)



ज्ञानहीनो गुरुत्याज्यो मिथ्यावादी विडंबकः |
स्वविश्रान्ति न जानाति परशान्तिं करोति किम् || १०४ ||



ज्ञानरहित, मिथ्या बोलनेवाले और दिखावट करनेवाले गुरु का त्याग कर देना चाहिए, क्योंकि जो अपनी ही शांति पाना नहीं जानता वह दूसरों को क्या शांति दे सकेगा | (१०४)


જ્ઞાનરહિત, મિથ્યા ઉપદેશ આપવાવાળા અને દેખાવ કરવાવાળ ગુરુનો ત્યાગ કરવો જોઈએ કારણકે જે પોતાના મટે શાન્તિ મેળવવાની વિદ્યા નહીં જાણનર બિજાને ક્યાથી શાન્તિ (પામવાનું જ્ઞાન) આવી શકે. (૧૦૪)


The Guru devoid of Knowledge, who indulges in falsehood and who is full of vanity should be abandoned. Because when he is not able to find peace for himself, how is he to bestow peace on others? (104)


शिलायाः किं परं ज्ञानं शिलासंघप्रतारणे |
स्वयं तर्तुं न जानाति परं निसतारेयेत्कथम् || १०५ ||


पत्थरों के समूह को तैराने का ज्ञान पत्थर में कहाँ से हो सकता है ? जो खुद तैरना नहीं जानता वह दूसरों को क्या तैरायेगा | (१०५)

પત્થરોનાં સમૂહને તારવાનુ જ્ઞાન પત્થરમાં ક્યાથી હોઈ શકે? જે પોતે તરવાનુ નથીં જાણતો તે બિજાને ક્યાથી તારવી શકે? (૧૦૫)


What special knowledge has a stone in saving other stones from drowning? If it cannot swim across the river by itself; how can it help other stones to swim across? (105)



न वन्दनीयास्ते कष्टं दर्शनाद् भ्रान्तिकारकः |
वर्जयेतान् गुरुन् दूरे धीरानेव समाश्रयेत् || १०६ ||



जो गुरु अपने दर्शन से (दिखावे से) शिष्य को भ्रान्ति में ड़ालता है ऐसे गुरु को प्रणाम नहीं करना चाहिए | इतना ही नहीं दूर से ही उसका त्याग करना चाहिए | ऐसी स्थिति में धैर्यवान् गुरु का ही आश्रय लेना चाहिए | (१०६)


જે ગુરુ પોતાના (ખોટા) દેખાડથી શિષ્યને બ્રાન્તિમાં નાખે છે, એવા ગુરુને પ્રણામ નહી કરવા જોઈએ. એટલુજ નહી, તેમનો ત્યાગ કરવO જોઇએ. એ સ્થિતિમાં ધૈર્યવાન ગુરુનો જ આશ્રય લેવો જોઇએ. (૧૦૬)


They (such Gurus) are not at all fit to be worshiped whose reasoning creates painful delusion. Such Gurus should be abandoned from a distance. One should take refuge only in the Self-realized ones. (106)



पाखण्डिनः पापरता नास्तिका भेदबुद्धयः |
स्त्रीलम्पटा दुराचाराः कृतघ्ना बकवृतयः || १०७ ||

कर्मभ्रष्टाः क्षमानष्टाः निन्द्यतर्कैश्च वादिनः |
कामिनः क्रोधिनश्चैव हिंस्राश्चंड़ाः शठस्तथा || १०८ ||

ज्ञानलुप्ता न कर्तव्या महापापास्तथा प्रिये |
एभ्यो भिन्नो गुरुः सेव्य एकभक्त्या विचार्य च || १०९ ||



हे प्रिये! पाखण्डी, पाप में रत, नास्तिक, भेदबुद्धि उत्पन्न करनेवाले, स्त्रीलम्पट, दुराचारी, नमकहराम, बगुलों की तरह ठगनेवाले, क्षमा रहित निन्दनीय तर्कों से वितंडावाद करनेवाले, कामी क्रोधी, हिंसक, उग्र, शठ तथा अज्ञानी और महापापी पुरुष को गुरु नहीं करना चाहिए | ऐसा विचार करके ऊपर दिये लक्षणों से भिन्न लक्षणोंवाले गुरु की एकनिष्ठ भक्ति से सेवा करनी चाहिए | (१०७, १०८, १०९)

 

હે પ્રિયે! પાખણડી, પાપમાં રત, નાસ્તિક, ભેદ બુદ્ધિ ઉત્્પન્ન કરવાવાળુ, સ્ત્રી લમ્પટ, દુરાચારી, નમક હરામ (કપટી), બગલાની જેમ ઠગવાવાળા કર્મ બ્રષ્ટ, ક્ષમા રહિત, નિન્દનીય તર્કોથી વિતંડવાદ કરવાવાળા, કામી, ક્રોધી, હિંસક, ઉગ્ર, શઠ (rascal, લુચ્ચો, હરામખોર, બદમાશ, નીચ, દુષ્ટ મનુષ્ય, દુર્જન ), તથા અજ્ઞાની અને મહાપાપી પુરુષ ને ગુરુ નહીં (સ્વીકારવા) જોઇએ. એવો વિચાર કરીને ઉપર (આગળ) કહેલા લક્ષણો વાળા ગુરુ ની એકનિષ્ઠ ભક્તિ કરવી જોઇએ. (૧૦૭, ૧૦૮, ૧૦૯)



O Parvati, imposters, habitual sinners, atheists, those who are of the different temperament, slaves of woman, evil-doers, ungrateful, rougish, those fallen from Karma Marga, cruel, who indulge in vain discussions, sensualists, those who are angry, violent, unyielding to reasoning, devoid of knowledge, great sinners, crooks, fools, such Gurus should be avoided; and one should only take refuge in the Self-realized Guru with single-minded devotion and discrimination. (107, 108, 109)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015


(Updated)

Everyone wishes us 'Happy holidays' with much enthusiasm and joy. We all wish to always remain 'Happy'. In this era of excessive completion and stress, we have lost our happiness, as there is no contentment. Ours is a demanding mind. We want more. Since happiness is our true nature and all are knowingly or unknowingly trying to find it, but in external object or person. We should understand that 'Happiness is a state of mind'.

Just like it is necessary to give our body some rest, it is equally important to give our mind some 'rest'. In order to do so, chanting God's name is the best way. But not many can do japa. Hence it is necessary to prepare our mind for japa.

In order to relax the mind, prayer is very important. Prayer helps one to accept that there is higher authority and reduces ego. One may think that s/he can do japa by one's own effort. This is not true. One has to accept that there is a higher authority. Since this world is created, there mush be a 'Creator' of this world. This 'Creator' has to  be all powerful who runs this universe and other universes perfectly.

We must accept God as supreme authority, as the substratum of the entire universe. Before beginning any meditation or auto-suggestion, we must pray to God to guide us through the meditation. We must pray to him to remove all kinds of negative thoughts and energies.

A prayer need not be a specific mantra chanted in a particular way. Prayer is a heart-to-heart communication. Pray from your heart, pray in your mother tongue. 

For the sake of simplicity and convenience, words 'meditation' and 'auto-suggestion' are used interchangeably.

In this article we will walk through a guided meditation. There are two types of guided meditation. One with just 'Relaxation' and another with 'Relaxation and Self Healing'

It is not possible to create a universal prayer or meditation as it is very subjective matter. Here an attempt is made to give general guidelines on how you can pray and meditate. After you get acquainted with the words and what to pray, it is preferable to create your own prayer and guided meditation. There are two ways to practice guided meditation.


1. Autosuggestion

2. Pre-recorded Autosuggestion (guided meditation)


Auto-suggestion

Auto-suggestion would mean that you will pray and then continue to meditate on your own without any external help. You will have to mentally instruct yourself throughout the meditation. The advantage of this kind of meditation is that you can meditate and pray on different aspects as it is not a pre-recorded one.


Pre-recorded Auto-suggestion


In this method, you will have to record prayer and meditation and then play it. Best option is to listen via headphones either by sitting comfortable in a chair or by lying down.


The advantage of this meditation is that if you have too many thoughts and cant concentrate i.e. there are too many thoughts or you get easily distracted, then this method is quite useful. Recording in your own voice is beneficial which you will understand later. Please do not doubt your own ability whether your pre-recorded meditation will be effective or not, it will definitely be effective.


Before recording your own voice, pease read this prayer and meditation a few times, relax and then record it in a peaceful tone, in serene voice, with lots of patience. It is better to take a printout. Please do not rush, there is no hurry to finish this 'project'. Take your time ... read slowly … or better memorize … and then recite. If you do not remember the words, please do not loose confidence, just wait for a few moments, ... be aware of breath, ... relax … and then continue.


You can also pass on your pre-recorded tape to your friend or a relative.


Lets begin with guided meditation. Read a few times, relax and then record it in your PC or mobile phone. Forget the world, ignore the mental chatter. Just relax. Each time you read this guided meditation, you become more and more peaceful.


Opening Prayer


Close your eyes and pray to God:


'O God your child has come to your refuge. Please accept me.

O God, take away all the mental chatter, all the worldly thoughts and fill me with divine thoughts.

'O God, please remove all kinds of negative energy, negative thoughts. Please replace them with positive and divine thoughts and divine energy.'

'O God, please give me devotion'


(Focus on one emotion at a time)


'O God, please take away stress, please give me calmness

O God, please take away hatred, jealousy, irritation. Fill me with Love

O God, please take away violent thoughts and give me Peace

O God, please take away my Ego. Make me humble'


Please repeat these prayer for 4-5 times to increase the effect and then just let-go and relax. Do not rush. Take your time.


Relaxation


Relax all muscles and feel that all negativity is taken away by God and I am now filled with peace and bliss.


Mentally say that my body is relaxed.


With each breath, my muscles are becoming more and more relaxed.


Be aware of your face. Be aware of breath and just relax. Let the jaws drops. Be aware of face. Mentally say, ‘My face is relaxed.’


Move your awareness to your neck and throat. Be aware of neck. Mentally say, ‘My neck and throat is relaxed'


Be Aware of shoulders. Mentally say, ‘My shoulders are relaxed. As you are aware, shoulder muscles are relaxed. Now move your awareness down to your hands, down to you your wrists and to the finger tips. As you slowly shift your awareness from shoulders to hands to wrists to finger and than to finger tips, they are getting relaxed. Feel your hands are relaxed.


Return the awareness to your shoulders.


Move your awareness to the Chest. Mentally say, ‘My chest is relaxed'


Move your awareness down to solar plexus, center of chest. Mentally say, ‘My solar plexus is relaxed.


Be aware of your stomach. Mentally say, ‘My stomach relaxed. Be aware of your solar plexus and chest. They are relaxed.


Move the awareness down to pelvic region. ‘My pelvic region is relaxed.'


Move your awareness to thighs. ‘My thighs are relaxed’.


Move your awareness down to knees. ‘My knees are relaxed.'


Move awareness to your calf muscles. 'My calf muscles are relaxed'


Move awareness to ankles. ‘My ankles are relaxed.'


Move your awareness you to your feet. ‘My feet are relaxed.’


Be aware of both legs. ‘My legs are relaxed’.


Be aware of legs, lower abdomen, and chest. ‘My legs and chest are relaxed.


Be aware of legs, chest, hands and shoulders. ‘My legs, chest, hands and shoulders are relaxed.


Be aware of face. ‘My face is relaxed. There is no strain on my forehead.


Be aware of the whole body. ‘My body is relaxed’. With each breath, the peace and bliss increases. Just be aware for a few breaths.


Let the thoughts come. Do not attend them. Mentally say, ‘My mind is free of thoughts’ I am filled with peace and bliss. I am happy and relaxed’.


Gently open the eyes with a smile. Rub your palms and then rub your face.


Close this auto-suggestion with Prayer


'O God, thank you so much for guiding me and taking away all the negative thoughts and emotions'

'O God, thank you for your divine grace, your your infinite compassion and mercy'

'Thank you for showing bliss and peace'

'Thank you for everything'


(You may do the Self Healing along with relaxation. or close the meditation with closing prayer. Skip this article to read the closing prayer.)


Relaxation and Self Healing


Relax all muscles and feel that all negativity is taken away by God and I am now filled with peace and bliss.


Mentally say that my body is relaxed.


With each breath, my muscles are becoming more and more relaxed.


Be aware of your face. Be aware of breath and just relax. Let the jaws drops. Be aware of face. Mentally say, ‘My face is relaxed.’ Be aware of top of your head. Visualize a brilliant white light entering your head. This while light has a cooling and peaceful effect.


Be aware of your face. Mentally say, ‘All negative energies are cleansed. My face is filled with divine energy.’


Move your awareness to your neck and throat. Be aware of neck. Mentally say, ‘My neck and throat is clean and healthy. All negative energies, thoughts and emotions are leaving my neck and throat. My throat is filled with divine energy.’


Be Aware of shoulders. Mentally say, ‘My shoulders are relaxed. As you are aware, shoulder muscles are relaxed. Now move your awareness down to your hands, down to you your wrists and to the finger tips. As you slowly shift your awareness from shoulders to hands to wrists to finger and than to finger tips, negative energy is replaced by positive divine energy. You feel your hands are relaxed. Peace and Love is vibrating through your hands.


Return the awareness to your shoulders.


Move your awareness to the Chest. Mentally say, ‘All negativities are cleansed. My chest is filled with divine light. It is filled with Love and peace’


Move your awareness down to solar plexus, center of chest. Mentally say, ‘My solar plexus is cleansed from all negativities. It is strong and healthy. All my internal organs are cleansed. They are filled with divine white light. They are strong and healthy.’ Be aware of your stomach. Mentally say, ‘My stomach is cleansed of all negative energies. It is filled with divine white light. My stomach is strong and healthy’. Be aware of your solar plexus and chest. ‘My chest and solar plexus is relaxed.’


Move the awareness down to pelvic region. ‘My pelvic region is relaxed. All negative energies are cleansed. It is strong and healthy and is filled with divine while light’.


Move your awareness to thighs. ‘My thighs are relaxed. All negative energies are cleansed. They are filled with divine while light. They are strong and healthy’.

Move your awareness down to knees. ‘My knees are relaxed. Negative energies are cleansed. My knees are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move awareness to your calf muscles. They are relaxed. My Calf muscles are cleansed of negative energies. They are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move awareness to ankles. ‘My ankles are relaxed. They are cleansed of any negative energy. They are filled with divine energy. They are strong and healthy.


Move your awareness you to your feet. ‘My feet are relaxed. They are cleansed of any negative energy and are filled with divine white light. They are strong and healthy.’


Be aware of both legs. ‘My legs are relaxed’. Be aware of legs, lower abdomen, and chest. ‘My legs and chest are relaxed. Be aware of legs, chest, hands and shoulders. ‘My legs, chest, hands and shoulders are relaxed. Be aware of face. ‘My face is relaxed. There is no strain on my forehead. Be aware of the whole body. ‘My body is relaxed’. With each breath, the peace and bliss increases. Just be aware for a few breaths.


Let the thoughts come. Do not attend them. Mentally say, ‘My mind is free of any thoughts’ I am filled with peace and bliss. I am happy and relaxed’.

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale

(repeat)

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale

(repeat)

With each breath, I am more peaceful and happy. ... Breath, Inhale ... Exhale


Gently open the eyes with a smile. Rub your palms and then rub your face.



Close this auto-suggestion with Prayer


Closing Prayer


'O God, thank you so much for guiding me and taking away all the negative thoughts and emotions'

'O God, thank you for your divine grace, your your infinite compassion and mercy'

'Thank you for showing bliss and peace'

'Thank you for everything' 

'O God, take away all excess energy'

Note: If you are feeling heaviness, pray to God to take away excess energy. Pray to Prithvi devi /Prithvi Mata to absorb all excess energy. Infact it is recommended to pray to God to take away excess energy, specially when you do energy based Self-healing.


If someone has hurt you, it is recommended to forgive and forget This is highly beneficial and may have instant result. On the other hand, if you have hurt others, have guts to say sorry personally or atleast say it mentally and beg to God for forgiveness.

Disclaimer: The author is not a Guru nor is an expert in meditation. These are personal views of author shared for the good of all.



Pray to God to make your mind constructive so that only positive thoughts will come.


When the prayer comes straight from heart and there is strong surrender, you will get response.


Keep practising daily.


Pray to God to take away Ego that is stopping you to surrender to him. Keep praying. Live a life of prayer and meditation.


Those who are practicing japa can practice japa after this auto-suggestion. If you choose to continue, do not recite closing prayer, but pray to God to guide your through japa'

Beginning from this year, lets live a life of prayer and meditation.


And always remember


Happiness is a state of mind.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2015. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Parmartha Prasanga - Prayer and Spirituality

30.    Prayer does not consist in reciting a set formula. That bears no fruit whatever. You must feel a real want within for what you pray, suffer intense pain and agony so long as your prayer is unfulfilled. You have to be restless to find out the way and the means of gaining the object of your prayer, in spite of insuperable difficulties in your path, and to strive heart and soul to achieve it, as if life itself depended upon it. Only then will your prayer be answered and your heart's desire be fulfilled. Only such prayers reach the throne of the Most High.

31.    Highest knowledge, devotion, spirituality—these can only be acquired through great self-effort. One has to struggle hard to win them. Then only do they become one's own, and enduring, filling the mind with joy unspeakable. None can make a gift of these to another. Spiritual practice has to be diligently performed. Then only can Realisation be attained. The degree varies with the intensity of spiritual effort. What is gained without discipline or hard labour loses its gravity, is not highly valued and does not bring happiness earned by hard struggle. Moreover, it goes away as easily as it comes, and it is of little use when we are buffeted by the angry billows of life. In dangers and difficulties, in trials and tribulations, it is swept away altogether. To make spirituality one's very own, means saturating oneself thoroughly in the idea of the realisation of the Self, so that one's nature is wholly changed and an entirely new personality is developed. It is like being reborn again in this very body. Is it child's play? Such a thing is possible only if one is wide awake and strives for it to the utmost, as if one's whole life is at stake. Thus one must continue spiritual practices without interruption and with single-minded devotion as long as the Goal is not achieved.

Source: Paramartha (Parmatha) Prasanga - —Towards The Goal Supreme— Swami Virajanandaji Of Ramakrishna Ashram

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tempation on the Path to self-realization


Swami Ramji narrates one of his experiences:

I went to see a swami, who told me the following story to teach me about temptations on the path to self-realization.

A young man took vows of renunciation and became a swami. His master told him to avoid three things: gold, women, and fame.

One day the swami was crossing a river and noticed that part of the riverbank had been washed away. Then he saw that some big jars full of gold coins had been uncovered. He thought, "I don't need it, because I have renounced the world - but if I build a temple, that will be good." So he went to some builders, showed them what he had found, and asked them to build a temple. They said to one another, "Why should a swami have so much money? Let's throw him in the river and distribute the money amongst ourselves."
He was almost drowned, but by the grace of God he was able to save himself. He thereupon determined with finality: "No matter what happens, no money." He went far into the woods. When anybody came to see him, he said, "Stop there, please. If you have any money, put it aside before you come closer."

A woman came, and he ordered, "Don't come near me." She said, "Sir, I will only leave food here every day and go away." But each day she came slightly closer to him. The swami had confidence that she was a good person. He thought, "She really wants to look after me and wants me to enlighten her."

One day she brought a cat to keep him company. But the cat would not eat the food which had been prepared for the swami. He requested: "I need some milk for the cat each day." She brought a cow. He asked, "Who will look after this cow?" She asked, "May I look after it?" And he agreed.

She looked after the swami more and more. Eventually they began to live together, and woman bore him a child. One day the swami was taking care of the child when another swami came along and said, "What has happened to you?"

The swami began to weep and he realized how much he had again become entangled with this world. He left, and went even deeper into the forest. He practiced very sincerely, and after some years acquired some siddhis [powers].

One day a man from a nearby village sought him out. He bowed and said, "Swamiji, you are so kind and such a great sage. I am very poor; my children do not have enough to eat. Please help me!" Swamiji said, "Take one hair from my beard, put it in your cupboard, and tomorrow your cupboard will be full of money. But don't tell anyone about it."

When he returned to his home that man naturally revealed the secret to his wife, and she to many other. Soon the news had traveled far and wide. Hundreds of people thronged to the swami to pull a hair from his beard. His face was fore and bleeding.

Once again he had to go away and begin his practice anew. But he had learned a valuable lesson. He now knew the consequence of becoming involved with gold, women, and fame.

The swami who told this story to me said, "This is a lesson which you should never forget. Let this story be a lesson to you relate it to all young swamis who meet you on the path."

Source : From the book : Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Ram. Page 179-180