Friday, July 31, 2009

How long will it take to know who I am?

Prajanananandaji: Spiritual experience is not a degree or diploma. When words and the world disappear, then you will experience the play of consciousness everywhere. One may take a very short time and others a longer time.

Source: Lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters by Paramhansa Prajanananda, pg 129

When one sees God does one see Him with these eyes?

M: "When one sees God does one see Him with these eyes?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "God cannot be seen with these physical eves. In the course of spiritual discipline one gets a 'love body', endowed with 'love eves', 'love ears', and so on. One sees God with those 'love eyes'. One hears the voice of God with those 'love ears'. One even gets a sexual organ made of love."

At these words M. burst out laughing. Sri Ramakrishna continued, unannoyed, "With this 'love body' the soul communes with God."
M. again became serious.

Sri Ramakrishna: "But this is not possible without intense love of God. One sees nothing but God everywhere when one loves Him with great intensity. It is like a person with jaundice, who sees everything yellow. Then one feels, 'I am verily He.'

"A drunkard, deeply intoxicated, says, 'Verilv I am Kali!' The gopis, intoxicated with love, exclaimed, 'Verily I am Krishna!
"One who thinks of God, day and night, beholds Him everywhere. It is like a man's seeing flames on all sides after he has gazed fixedly at one flame for some time."

"But that isn't the real flame", flashed through M.'s mind.
Sri Ramakrishna, who could read a man's inmost thought, said: "One doesn't lose consciousness by thinking of Him who is all Spirit, all Consciousness. Shivanath once remarked that too much thinking about God confounds the brain. Thereupon I said to him, 'How can one become unconscious by thinking of Consciousness?'"

M: "Yes, sir, I realize that. It isn't like thinking of an unreal object. How can a man lose his intelligence if he always fixes his mind on Him whose very nature is eternal Intelligence?"

Sri Ramakrishna(with pleasure): "It is through God's grace that you understand that. The doubts of the mind will not disappear without His grace. Doubts do not disappear without Self-realization.
"But one need not fear anything if one has received the grace of God. It is rather easy for a child to stumble if he holds his father's hand; but there can be no such fear if the father holds the child's hand. A man does not have to suffer any more if God, in His grace, removes his doubts and reveals Himself to him. But this grace descends upon him only after he has prayed to God with intense yearning of heart and practised spiritual discipline. The mother feels compassion for her child when she sees him running about breathlessly. She has been hiding herself; now she appears before the child."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Advaita Vedanta Basics - Atman


210. When all the five sheaths have been eliminated by the reasoning, what remains is the Witness, the Knowledge Absolute – the Atman.

211. This self-effulgent Atman which is distinct from the five sheaths, the Witness of the three states, the Real, the Changeless, the Untainted, the everlasting Bliss – is to be realised by the wise man as his own Self.

Source: Vivek Choodamani by Adi Shankaracharya

What is the meaning of the realization of God?

M: "Sir, what is the meaning of the realization of God? What do you mean by God-vision? How does one attain it?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "According to the Vaishnavas the aspirants and the seers of God may be divided into different groups. These are the pravartaka, the sadhaka, the siddha, and the siddha of the siddha. He who has just set foot on the path may be called a pravartaka. He mav be called a sadhaka who has for some time been practising spiritual disciplines such as worship, japa, meditation, and the chanting of God's name and glories. He may be called a siddha who has known from his inner experience that God exists. An analogy is given in the Vedanta to explain this. The master of the house is asleep in a dark room. Someone is groping in the darkness to find him. He touches the couch and says, 'No, it is not he.' He touches the window and says, 'No, it is not he.' He touches the door and savs, 'No, it is not he.' This is known in the Vedanta as the process of 'Neti, neti', 'Not this, not this'. At last his hand touches the master's body and he exclaims, 'Here he is!' In other words, he is now conscious of the 'existence' of the master. He has found him, but he doesn't yet know him intimately.

"There is another type, known as the siddha of the siddha, the 'supremely perfect'. It is quite a different thing when one talks to the master intimately, when one knows God very intimately through love and devotion. A siddha has undoubtedly attained God, but the 'supremely perfect' has known God very intimately.
"But in order to realize God, one must assume one of these attitudes: santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, or madhur.

"Santa, the serene attitude. The rishis of olden times had this attitude toward God. They did not desire any worldly enjoyment. It is like the single-minded devotion of a wife to her husband. She knows that her husband is the embodiment of beauty and love, a veritable Madan.

"Dasya, the attitude of a servant toward his master. Hanuman had this attitude toward Rama. He felt the strength of a lion when he worked for Rama. A wife feels this mood also. She serves her husband with all her heart and soul. A mother also has a little of this attitude, as Yasoda had toward Krishna.

"Sakhya, the attitude of friendship. Friends say to one another, 'Come here and sit near me.' Sridama and other friends sometimes fed Krishna with fruit, part of which they had already eaten, and sometimes climbed on His shoulders.

"Vatsalya, the attitude of a mother toward her child. This was Yasoda's attitude toward Krishna. The wife, too, has a little of this. She feeds her husband with her very life-blood, as it were. The mother feels happy only when the child has eaten to his heart's content. Yasoda would roam about with butter in her hand, in order to feed Krishna.

"Madhur, the attitude of a woman toward her paramour. Radha had this attitude toward Krishna. The wife also feels it for her husband. This attitude includes all the other four."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

At present I understand, but when the moment comes, I blend with the situation, and realize much too late, what must be done?

Question:  At present I understand, but when the moment comes, I blend with the situation, and realize much too late, what must be done?

Swami Ramsukhdasji:  Now you say that - you understand right now, but the moment that a favourable or unfavourable situation comes, at that moment, you cannot tell. You become united and blend with it. After becoming connected with it, you realize later that you have blended. The answer is that even after recognizing this later, think that you were not joined at that time as well. You had simply believed that you were joining. It was never with you, and you were apart from it. With such understanding, become silent!! That is it! It will go away. By giving importance to the joy and sorrow from the union, the clatter within continues. Therefore do not give it any significance. Talk to it and say, you were never connected, then it will be wiped out, eradicated entirely. When you become aware, then say to yourself, that no - no, you were never united with it.

From "Sansaar kaa asar kaise chute?" in Hindi pg 32-35 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.

I become entangled and blend with the clatter in my mind. What should I do ?


Question:  In spite of knowing this, I become entangled and blend with the clatter in my mind.  What should I do?

Swami Ramsukhdasji:  You say that in spite of not wanting you somehow get entangled and blend with the clatter. In favourable situations and unfavourable situations you become suddenly one with them, then there is a solution for that as well. On blending with them, you still have the knowledge that you have blended with them, but you are actually separate, and the favourable / unfavourable are separate. Isn't it the truth? Noise and clatter arise, then they subside; they come and they go away; but you remain. Then you and the noise are two or one?

- Swami Ramsukhdasji


Thursday, July 23, 2009

How can I get rid off the clatter in my mind?

Question:  How can I get rid off the clatter in my mind?

Swami Ramsukhdasji: When clatter comes your way, don't become happy or sad. These things will come and go. The mantra is "agaamipaayinonitya" recite this within the mind. Have that

feeling, that inner expression that this thing comes and goes, it is unreal (it is changing). However good or bad the situation may be, but the minute that situation comes up, immediately recite within, this is "agaamipaayinonitya". It's nature is to come and go, it is

unreal, constantly changing. This is the truth, because neither favorable nor unfavorable situations will remain. Simply understand, that this will not stay with us. This is not a new thing. So what is there to be happy or sad with the situation?

In getting something that you like or not getting it, what is there to become happy or sad? Best of best situations come your way, then that too will not remain, but you will always remain! Right in front of you, both favorable and unfavorable situations come and go, but you remain. You are that same one. Simply keep your sight on your Self.

All that comes and goes do not blend with it - this itself is liberation. By blending with it - that itself is bondage. All the clatter, the noise that comes and goes, by becoming entangled with it is bondage, and not getting entangled with it is liberation.

What an easy, straight-forward, simple point this is!

- Swami Ramsukhdasji

How can we become more deserving of God’s grace?

Question:  How can we become more deserving of God’s grace? 

Swamiji:  The main point is that if by our abilities we can attain God, than in His attainment, we have to have abilities greater than Him. This is not possible. All that a child can do is cry to gain his mother's attention. He cannot become deserving of her love. Therefore, why to ask about becoming deserving? Why not simply ask for God? Why go around about way that is a longer path? Why not go straight to the source?

A crucial point is, do not pay attention to yourself. Only pay attention towards God. The minute you look towards yourself, you will fall. The true and greatest devotees’ attention is only on God. "Hari bina rahyo re ne jai." He cannot live without God. Therefore remember Him at all times and become intensely agitated when you forget Him.

- Swami Ramsukhdasji

Can realize God while performing one's duties?

M: "May I know if one can realize God while performing one's duties? Can 'Rama' and 'desire' coexist? The other day I read in a Hindi couplet: 'Where Rama is, there desire cannot be; where desire is, there Rama cannot be.”

Sri Ramakrishna: "All, without exception, perform work. Even to chant the name and glories of God is work, as is the meditation of the non-dualist on 'I am He'. Breathing is also an activity. There is no way of renouncing work altogether. So do your work, but surrender the result to God."

M: "Sir, may I make an effort to earn more money?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "It is permissible to do so to maintain a religious family. You may try to increase your income, but in an honest way. The goal of life is not the earning of money, but the service of God. Money is not harmful if it is devoted to the service of God."

M: "How long should a man feel obliged to do his duty toward his wife and children?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "As long as they-feel pinched for food and clothing. But one need not take the responsibility of a son when he is able to support himself. When the young fledgling learns to pick its own food, its mother pecks it if it comes to her for food."

M: "How long must one do one's duty?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "The blossom drops off when the fruit appears. One doesn't have to do one's duty after the attainment of God, nor does one feel like doing it then.

"If a drunkard takes too much liquor he cannot retain consciousness. If he takes only two or three glasses, he can go on with his work. As you advance nearer and nearer to God, He will reduce your activities little by little. Have no fear.

"Finish the few duties you have at hand, and then you will have peace. When the mistress of the house goes to bathe after finishing her cooking and other household duties, she won't come back, however you may shout after her."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blog Basics


  1. What is a Blog
  2. What is Blog – Blogger Help
    1. Introduction
    2. Publish your Thoughts
    3. Engage your Friends
    4. Blogger Comments
    5. Access Controls
    6. Blogger Profiles
  3. Difference between Blog and Website
  4. Blogs Aren’t Necessarily Personal
  5. What is a Feed
    1. Introduction
    2. Subscribing to Feeds
    3. Managing Feeds
  6. How to Use this Blog
    1. Blogger Navbar
    2. Feed Icons

                                                               i.      Feed Icon in Address Bar

                                                             ii.      Subscribe in a Feed Reader

                                                            iii.      Categories or Labels

    1. Subscribe by Email
    2. Table Of Contents (TOC)
    3. Sitemap


What is a Blog?

A blog (weblog or web log) is much more casual, less stuffy than a traditional 'business' website. It is more conversational and in the moment than a static site. Source

A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom. Source 

Anyone can be a blogger. Blogger is the one who publishes posts (articles).

A Blog is a free expression of common men. Blog can be based on any topic. Blog is for everybody.


Blogger help says




A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.


Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.


In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.


Publish your thoughts


A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It's a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it's your political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.


Many people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalers reveal inner thoughts.


Whatever you have to say, Blogger can help you say it.


Engage your friends


Blogging is about more than just putting your thoughts on the web. It's about connecting with and hearing from anyone who reads your work and cares to respond. With Blogger, you control who can read and write to your blog — let just a few friends or the entire world see what you have to say!


Blogger Comments let anyone, anywhere, offer feedback on your posts. You can choose whether you want to allow comments on a post-by-post basis, and you can delete any comments you don't like.


Access Controls let you decide who can read and who can write to your blog. You can use a group blog with multiple authors as an excellent communication tool for small teams, families and other groups. Or as a single author, you can create a private online space for collecting news, links, and ideas, to keep to yourself or share with as many readers as you want.


Blogger Profiles let you find people and blogs that share your interests. Your Blogger Profile, where you can list your blogs, your interests, and more, lets people find you (but only if you want to be found).


Difference between a Blog and a Website




Easy to setup and design a blog. Even a non-technical person can setup a blog. No Technical knowledge is necessary.

More difficult for non-technical. Technical knowledge of coding is necessary.

A blog is much more casual, less stuffy than a traditional 'business' website. It is more conversational and in the moment than a static site.

Has a professional look and feel and approach.

Not well organized.


Info is not easy to find

Info is easy to find. Websites are designed keeping this parameter in consideration.

Regularly or frequently updated

May or may not be regularly updated. Generally less frequently updated.

Very easy to post articles

Needs a professional approach

Anyone can be a blogger.

Not for everybody

More interactive with readers. Has “comments”, with which any reader can give his thoughts on the article.

Less interactive than blog.

Covers a wider area

Does not cover as wider area as a blog

Whenever a blog is updated, it can be known be it’s reader by the feature of Feeds.

Usually no such communication is made with the readers

New post or updates of your Blog will appear in Search Engines very, very quickly. Usually within minutes.

Takes time for new pages to be recognised by search spiders and so are not available in search engines immediately.

Big hearted techies offer high help in blog customization, features for free

Very less help available for Free.


Blogs Aren’t Necessarily Personal


The main misconception regarding the definition of blogs comes from people that associate blogs with their content. More specifically from people that associate blogs with the content from one particular type of blog: personal blogs.


In other words, those people think that blogs are online diaries where people share their opinions, ramblings and personal events.




That is just one of the things that you could do with a blog.


Today blogs are being used for all sorts of purposes. You have companies that use blogs to communicate and interact with customers and other stake holders. Newspapers that incorporated blogs to their main website to offer a new channel for their writers. Individuals that created a blog to share with the world their expertise on specific topics. And so on.



What is a Feed?




Feeds let you receive messages from newspapers and other information sources on the Web. Rather than visiting a newspaper Web site checking for updates all the time, you can subscribe to the site's feed, and receive news summaries like you receive e-mail messages.


Subscribing to feeds


Correctly coded RSS and Atom feeds will be automatically recognized by the browser when linked from a page you visit. Browser will then display a small icon within the address field. Click the icon to subscribe to the feed.


The first time you subscribe to a feed, Feeds will be added to Opera's main menu, and a "Feeds" heading will appear in your Mail panel if you have set up one or more e-mail or news accounts.


You can also right-click the mail panel and select "Feeds" to access a subscription dialog.


All feeds that you subscribe to will be available in the Feeds menu.


Note that it may take a while for the server to send you the first feed items after you subscribe.


Managing feeds


Feed items are managed in the same way as e-mail messages and can be searched, forwarded by e-mail, and so forth.


Source: Opera 9.64 Browser Help on Feeds


How to Use this Blog (INDIASPIRITUALITY) – Blog Basics


Blogger Navbar


Blogger with Blog*spot domain name, by default has the Blogger Navbar. It has integrated search for the blog. So the search box in the Navbar searches the Blog. Most people do not know that the search in Navbar is for that particular Blog, so I have embedded another search box in the Horizontal Navbar. Just below the Blog Header.


Feed Icons


Feed icon in Address Bar

 rss address bar

This is the Feed icon. RSS ot ATOM. Both work in the similar way. Don’t know much about the technical difference between the two. They follow different standards.


Subscribe in Feed Reader

 subscribe rss

This is similar to the feed icon in the address bar. RSS Feed is automatically detected by the browser. Incase it fails to detect then this text link can do the work.



Categories or Labels

 rss catagories 

These are the labels given for any posts. If you are only interested in one particular category or Label (e.g. Ramakrishna Kathamrita), then you can subscribe to the RSS of a single Label. So, whenever a post with label Ramakrishna Kathamrita is published, you will get an alert or a RSS feed in your Feed Reader.


Numbers in the bracket shows the no posts post with the corresponding Label.

Please note that one post can have more than one label. So the Sum of all the numbers after labels (e.g. Saints (18) ) will not be equal to the total number of Posts published.


Subscribe by Email


One can Subcribe to the Blog Posts by conventional Email. After subscribing, you will receive an email every 24 hours. The email contains all the posts within the 24 hours. If there are no posts published, you will not receive an email. Blog administrator can also change the settings the way email will be send, like the time and the hours. i.e. daily or weekly.



Table Of Contents (TOC)


TOC shows all the posts published in descending order. Latest post is on the top and the oldest at the bottom.




Sitemap shows all the posts.


Sitemap hack (hack does not mean a piracy), developed by Hans of Beautifulbeta and modified by Amanda of Blogger Buster, shows all the posts. The view can be sorted by clicking on the headers like Post Date, Labels and Post Title. Clicking two times will change the sorting order (i.e. descending to ascending) alphabetically.


Please note that the Sitemap shows all the posts, even that are in draft, so it shows repeated entries.


Happy Reading

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sri Ramakrishna on Yoga

"Some are born with the characteristics of the yogi; but they too should be careful. It is 'Lust and Greed' alone that is the obstacle; it makes them deviate from the path of yoga and drags them into worldliness. Perhaps they have some desire for enjoyment. After fulfilling their desire, they again direct their minds to God and thus recover their former state of mind, fit for the practise of yoga.

"Have you ever seen the spring trap for fish, called the 'satka-kal'?"

M: "No, sir, I haven't seen it."

Sri Ramakrishna: 'They use it in our part of the country. One end of a bamboo pole is fastened in the ground, and the other is bent over with a catch. From this end a line with a hook hangs over the water, with bait tied to the hook. When the fish swallows the bait, suddenly the bamboo jumps up and regains its upright position.

"Again, take a pair of scales, for example. If a weight is placed on one side, the lower needle moves away from the upper one. The lower needle is the mind, and the upper one, God. The meeting of the two is yoga.

"Unless the mind becomes steady there cannot be yoga. It is the wind of worldliness that always disturbs the mind, which may be likened to a candle-flame. If that flame doesn't move at all, then one is said to have attained yoga.

'Lust and Greed' alone is the obstacle to 'yoga. Always analyse what you see. What is there in the. body of a woman? Only such things as blood, flesh, fat, entrails, and the like. Why should one love such a body?

"Sometimes I used to assume a rajasic mood in order to practise renunciation. Once I had the desire to put on a gold-embroidered robe, wear a ring on my finger, and smoke a hubble-bubble with a long pipe. Mathur Babu procured all these things for me. I wore the gold-embroidered robe and said to myself after a while, 'Mind! This is what is called a gold-embroidered robe.' Then I took it off and threw it away. I couldn't stand the robe any more. Again I said to myself, 'Mind! This is called a shawl, and this a ring, and this, smoking a hubble-bubble with a long pipe.' I threw those things away once for all, and the desire to enjoy them never arose in my mind again."

It was almost dusk. The Master and M. stood talking alone near the door on the southeast verandah.

Sri Ramakrishna (to M.): "The mind of the yogi is always fixed on God, always absorbed in the Self. You can recognize such a man by merely looking at him. His eyes are wide open, with an aimless look, like. the eyes of the mother bird hatching her eggs. Her entire mind is fixed on the eggs, and there is a vacant look in her eyes.

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Is it necessary to practise discipline all through life?

M: "Is it necessary to practise discipline all through life?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "No. But one must be up and doing in the beginning. After that one need not work hard. The helmsman stands up and clutches the rudder firmly as long as the boat is passing through waves, storms, high wind, or around the curves of a river; but he relaxes after steering through them. As soon as the boat passes the curves and the helmsman feels a favourable wind, he sits comfortably and just touches the rudder. Next he prepares to unfurl the sail and gets ready for a smoke. Likewise, the aspirant enjoys peace and calm after passing the waves and storms of 'Lust and Greed.

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Blogs added to Spiritual Blogs of Note & Search Engine

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Jaya Kula
Jaya Kula [Jai-yuh Koo-la] is a nonprofit center for people learning how to integrate authentic Tantrik View and practice into their everyday lives.

Grounded in the Indian traditions of direct realization Tantra and the teachings of Sat Guru Sri Anandamayi Ma, Jaya Kula exists to support its parishioners and all people in the natural process of unfoldment toward Self-realization. Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director.

Hindu Janajagruti Samiti – Hinduism Articles
Hindu Organization working for awakening
Hindu soul and uniting Hindus globally.

Not sure if its a blog. An active foundation.


Friday, July 10, 2009

How to Behave in front of Guru – Guru Gita


हुंकारेण न वक्तव्यं प्राज्ञशिष्यै कदाचन |

गुरुराग्रे न वक्तव्यमसत्यं तु कदाचन ||

Wise disciples should never speak egoistically and should never tell a lie before the Guru. (60)

अद्वैतं भावयेन्नित्यं सर्वावस्थासु सर्वदा |

कदाचिदपि नो कुर्यादद्वैतं गुरुसन्निधौ ||

At all times and under all conditions one should feel the non duality of the Self but one should never have this feeling with his Guru. (62)

गुरौ सति स्वयं देवी परेषां तु कदाचन |

उपदेशं न वै कुर्यात् तदा चेद्राक्षसो भवेत् ||

When the Guru is present one should never give teaching to others. If one does so, one becomes a demon. (65)

न गुरुराश्रमे कुर्यात् दुष्पानं परिसर्पणम् |

दीक्षा व्याख्या प्रभुत्वादि गुरोराज्ञां न कारयेत् ||

When the Guru is present one should not intoxicate himself or waste time in the Guru’s ashram. It is prohibited to initiate disciples, give lectures, show off and order the Guru in the Guru’s ashram. (66)

नोपाश्रमं च पर्यंकं न च पादप्रसारणम् |

नांगभोगादिकं कुर्यान्न लीलामपरामपि ||

One should not stretch legs in the front of the Guru, nor indulge in personal luxuries, nor gratify the senses. (67)

गुरुणां सदसद्वापि यदुक्तं तन्न लंघयेत् |

कुर्वन्नाज्ञां दिवारात्रौ दासवन्निवसेद् गुरौ ||

One should never ignore the words of the Guru, be it just or unjust. Carrying out his behests, one should live, day and night like a servant, with the Guru. (68)

अदत्तं न गुरोर्द्रव्यमुपभुंजीत कहिर्चित् |

दत्तं च रंकवद् ग्राह्यं प्राणोप्येतेन लभ्यते ||

One should never enjoy the wealth not given by the Guru. Those which are given by Him, one should enjoy like a servant. One may thereby attain vital force. (69)

पादुकासनशय्यादि गुरुणा यदभिष्टितम् |

नमस्कुर्वीत तत्सर्वं पादाभ्यां न स्पृशेत् क्वचित् ||

Sandals, seats, beds etc; and the other articles used by the Guru should never be touched by one’s feet. One should prostrate to the articles used by the Guru. (70)

गच्छतः पृष्ठतो गच्छेत् गुरुच्छायां न लंघयेत् |

नोल्बणं धारयेद्वेषं नालंकारास्ततोल्बणान् ||

While the Guru walks, the disciples should follow him. He should never cross the Guru’s shadow. He should not wear precious dress, ornaments etc. (71)

एक एवाद्वितीयोऽहं गुरुवाक्येन निश्चितः ||

एवमभ्यास्ता नित्यं न सेव्यं वै वनान्तरम् ||

अभ्यासान्निमिषणैव समाधिमधिगच्छति |

आजन्मजनितं पापं तत्क्षणादेव नश्यति ||

On the advice of the Guru, if one meditates with firm determination on the principle of “I am one without duality” need not resort to forest for penances, and the constant practice of the above principle brings about samadhi and his sins are burnt instantaneously. (94 & 95)

तस्मात्सर्वप्रयत्नेन सर्वसंगविवर्जितः |

विहाय शास्त्रजालानि गुरुमेव समाश्रयेत् ||

Therefore discarding all kinds of contacts with people, by all possible means, giving up all conflicts of the scriptures; one should take refuge in the Guru. (103)

ज्ञानहीनो गुरुत्याज्यो मिथ्यावादी विडंबकः |

स्वविश्रान्ति न जानाति परशान्तिं करोति किम् ||

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)


No way of Escape for a Disciple how has abandoned is/her Guru

अपि संपूर्णतत्त्वज्ञो गुरुत्यागी भवेद्ददा |

भवेत्येव हि तस्यान्तकाले विक्षेपमुत्कटम् ||

Even though one is the knower of the entire truth (knower of all shastras); if he is a Guru Tyagi (abandoner of the Guru) he will face, at the time of death, great distraction. (64)


एकाक्षरप्रदातारं यो गुरुर्नैव मन्यते |

श्वनयोनिशतं गत्वा चाण्डालेष्वपि जायते ||

He who does not respect and honor the Guru, such a man takes innumerable births in wombs like that of a dog, and ultimately takes birth in the womb of a Chandala. (202)

गुरुत्यागाद् भवेन्मृत्युर्मन्त्रत्यागाद्यरिद्रता |

गुरुमंत्रपरित्यागी रौरवं नरकं व्रजेत् ||

By abandoning one’s Guru, one goes to death, by renouncing the Guru mantra, one endures poverty. The abandoner of the Guru and Mantra go to the hell known as Raurava. (203)

मंदभाग्या ह्यशक्ताश्च ये जना नानुमन्वते |

गुरुसेवासु विमुखाः पच्यन्ते नरकेऽशुचौ ||

The unfortunate, the weak, those who have turned their faces against the service of the Guru, who do not believe in this teaching, suffer in terrible hells. (150)

गुरुं त्वंकृत्य हुंकृत्य गुरुसान्निध्यभाषणः |

अरण्ये निर्जले देशे संभवेद् ब्रह्मराक्षसः ||

One who speaks to the Guru in rude or insulting manner or who wins arguments with Him is born as a demon in a jungle or in a waterless region. (61)


Offline Source: Discourse on Guru Gita by Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmaya Mission

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Shirdi Sai Baba
A blog dedicated of Sai Baba of Shirdi.A saint, a mystic who lived in Shirdi while he was in body. He lived like an ordinary man, a beggar. He has tremendous compassion. He has tremendous powers. His life can be called a carnival of miracles. He attracted people through His miracles to guide them towards spirituality, love and compassion. His grace is still doing it. Millions still visit His sacred tomb shrine in Shirdi called Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir.

Very Informative and inspirational Blog.

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A collection of online streaming videos of Shree Sai Baba of Shirdi. Shri Saibaba video clips from Tv serials Hindi movies Telugu movies Arati Bhajans songs Animations Devotional Chants Bhakti (Devotion) Spiritual Music Videos Hindi Songs Telugu Songs. You can also download videos in various various file formats like 3gp aac ac3 avi flac gif iphone ipod mp3 mov mp4 mpg mpeg ogg and wav from the link provided just above the posts.

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Read the Sacred text, short stories of Sai Baba of Shirdi, this text has the blessings of Sadguru Saibaba and number of devotees and people have received much help and grace through this divine book, or listen to the audio podcast, download audio mp3 or itunes

Yet Another inspirational Blog by the owner of Shirdi Sai Baba.

Bhajans Online
With most of the online streaming videos, from you tube. lyrics in Hindi and English and other related links will be provided. Devotees can find and enjoy collection the Bhajans of their favourite Gods,Godesses, Deities and Gurus and Bhajans songs music by their favorite Singers at one place. You can also download videos in various various file formats like 3gp aac ac3 avi flac gif iphone ipod mp3 mov mp4 mpg mpeg ogg and wav from the link provided just above the posts.

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This blog is devoted to hindu traditions and rituals.

New Blog by owner of Divine India.

Divine India
Amma’s Dream "Everyone in the world should be able to sleep without fear, at least for one night. Everyone should be able to eat to his fill, at least for one day. There should be at least one day when hospitals see no one admitted due to violence. By doing selfless service for at least one day, everyone should help the poor and needy. It is Amma's prayer that at least this small dream be realised." —Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Very Informative and inspirational Blog.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fear of Freedom

Till now, we have heard freedom of death. Everybody loves freedom. Everybody wants to be free. Unknowingly, everyone’s goal of life is to achieve happiness i.e. be happy. We all work to earn money and secure it so that it can be used in the needy hours. So we try to remove or avoid sorrow. Technically there is nothing called as happiness. The removal or better the absence of sorrow (dukha) is called as happiness.

Spirituality guides one to be free. Freedom from stresses and freedom from the cycle of birth and death.  Ironically, one is afraid of Freedom since we are not ready to leave our dis-satisfied desires.

When one takes spirituality seriously and makes Self Realisation his / her the only Goal of life, most of the saints advice him / her to renounce everything. There is no need to become a monk. But mental renunciation is necessary.

We are told to dis-identify ourselves with all the worldly issues, emotions, even our body. We are told to neglect any thought that comes during meditation. Actually, thought are not coming, they are going, so let them go. Let them come out and leave. We do not leave anything due to fear of insecurity. What will happen if i leave by business, my family. This keeps us away from spiritual life. Initially that is ok and happens to all.

But even the advanced meditators and even monks are afraid to leave their daily routine, their disciples. Because if you have a desire and are not ready to leave it, then you fear liberation, since after liberation, you cannot fulfil your wish, after all one is liberated only when he / she has no desires. Destruction of desires is nothing but liberation says Adi Sankaracharya in Vivek Choodamani.

Even though, advanced meditator has made Moksha as the only goal and has been able to leave many desires, still some subtle desires like service to mankind, or the worry of his disciples keeps him away from liberation. If one has acquired any physic or super natural power and becomes famous, like a famous healer, he will want to retain and expand his powers. Then maintaining his power becomes the motto of his life.

Scriptures advice one to leave all the desires, even the noble ones. Then there will not be Fear of Freedom or Freedom and Fear in Freedom. Many people unnecessarily extend their freedom / moksha as they are not ready to quit some of the desires, as after realisation, one finds that everything is an illusion and there is no point in exploring the inner secrets of divine energy. The zeel and spirit to explore and tap this divine power will prevent him to renounce everything.

There is nothing greater achievement that SELF Realisation. Sri Ramana Gita says “All the Karmas (actions) and their fruits, all kinds of services and their fruits are achieved when one is SELF Realised”.

One should not forget that all kinds or actions and services are done so that one can excel in spirituality. They are the tools and not destination. As one has uses a boat to cross the river but after crossing the river, if one has to go further – as crossing river is not the final destination, one has to quit the boat. Boat is necessary but has its limitations – it cannot carry you outside water.

As one renounces more and more desires, one becomes more and more calm and neutral. Peace and Bliss are our true nature.

Think… Think before you complain like a toddler … waht is preventing you from your Freedom … Think




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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Guru Gita: Seven Types of Gurus

Update 05-Dec-2017: As rightly pointed out by one Anonymous reader in comments section, the description of Vāchaka and Bodhaka guru were interchanged in table (not in verse-by-verse explanation). We are grateful to this reader. This article is old and some may have copied table as it conveniently summarizes all 7 guru-s. I hope they stumble upon this page again and correct the mistake.

My apologies for the mistake. I am once again am thankful to the Anonymous reader.

I have also updated the article. Corrected some typos, edited translation of some verses and most importantly used IAST scheme to denote saṃskrit words.

Guru Gītā is the divine conversation between Bhagavān Śiva (Shiva) and his divine consort Mā Pārvatī (Goddess Maa Parvati).

Updating this article has changed it's formatting. In correcting this article, if you find any mistake, please mention it in comments section.

Mā Pārvatī once saw Bhagavān Śiva Saluting Param Guru.

अचिन्त्याव्यक्तरूपाय निर्गुणाय गुणात्मने |
समस्त जगदाधारमूर्तये ब्रह्मणे नमः||

Prostrations to Brahman, the unthinkable, the unmanifest, beyond the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) yet the Self of Guṇa-s, the Substratum behind the whole universe.(1)

She was surprised by this as Bhagavān Śiva is called Mahādeva i.e. God of the Gods (deva = God sometimes called demigods).

Guru Gītā starts with this astonishment and curiosity of Mā Pārvatī.

She humbly requests Bhagavān Śiva to explain her to whom, Bhagavān Śiva, who is worshipped by all Gods including Brahmā and Viṣṇu, Demi-Gods, Devils, Yaksha-s, Kinnara-s and others with devotion, is prostrating.

Bhagavān Śiva Replies Mā Pārvatī and sings the glory is Param Guru (Self Realised Guru) and Īśvara says that Guru is no different from (Brahman or Ātman or Self).

Bhagavān Śiva further sings the glory of a Param Guru by declaring that

शिवे रुष्टे गुरुस्त्राता गुरौ रुष्टे न कश्चन |
लब्ध्वा कुलगुरुं सम्यग्गुरुमेव समाश्रयेत् ||

If Śiva is angry, the Guru saves you; but if the Guru is angry, even Śiva cannot save you. Therefore, with every effort, take refuge in the Guru. (46)

शिवक्रोधाद् गुरुस्त्राता गुरुक्रोधाच्छिवो न हि |
तस्मात्सर्वप्रयत्नेन गुरोराज्ञां न लंघयेत् ||

The Guru is able to save one from the anger of Śiva. But not even Śiva can save if one incurs the Guru’s anger. Therefore, one should by all means and efforts take care that one does not disobey the Guru’s orders. (204)

गुरोः कृपाप्रसादेन ब्रह्मविष्णुशिवादयः |
सामर्थ्यमभजन् सर्वे सृष्टिस्थित्यंतकर्मणि ||

It is by the Guru’s grace and blessings that Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva become capable of performing their respective duties of creation, preservation, and dissolution. (213)

Guru Gītā sings the Glories of Param Guru and Describes Guru as all powerful, ever filled with bliss, peace and compassion who can free disciple from saṃsāra chakra, the infinite cycle of life and death.

Guru Gītā describes the importance of a Guru in one’s Life.

There are Seven Types of Gurus as described in Guru Gītā in order of their importance.

सूचकादि प्रभेदेन गुरवो बहुधा स्मृताः |
स्वयं समयक् परीक्ष्याथ तत्वनिष्ठं भजेत्सुधीः ||

Gurus are of many types with different capacities. They are known by names, Sūchaka etc. The intelligent one should know and test for himself and seek refuge in the one who is established in Self-Knowledge. (165)

वर्णजालमिदं तद्वद्बाह्यशास्त्रं तु लौकिकम् |
यस्मिन् देवि समभ्यस्तं स गुरुः सूचकः स्मृतः ||

The 'Sūchaka Guru' (सूचक गुरु) is one who is well-versed (well-educated) and has mastery over atleast one external worldly science. (166) i.e. he has a Mastery over anyone science or art. e.g management Guru, knowledge of weapons, etc.

वर्णाश्रमोचितां विद्यां धर्माधर्मविधायिनीम् |
प्रवक्तारं गुरुं विद्धि वाचकस्त्वति पार्वति ||

O Pārvatī, the Guru who gives instructions about dharma and adharma suitable to one's varṇa and āśrama is known as 'Vāchaka Guru' (वाचक गुरु). (167)

पंचाक्षर्यादिमंत्राणामुपदेष्टा त पार्वति |
स गुरुर्बोधको भूयादुभयोरमुत्तमः ||

The Guru who initiates the disciple into the Panchāksharī etc Mantra, O Pārvatī, he is of the 'Bodhaka Guru' (बोधक गुरु) and he is superior to the Vachaka and Suchaka types named above. (168)

Note: 'Pancha' means 'five'. akshara means 'letter'. Panchāksharī mantra is five lettered vedic mantra (Na-ma-śi-vā-ya) etc. Śiva panchākshara stotra composed by Ādi Śankarāchārya jī is a set of 5 stanzas. First letter of each stanza begins with letter 'na', 'ma' ,'śi' ,vā', and 'ya' i.e. na-ma-śi-vā-ya when conjugated becomes Namaḥ Śivāya - a popular vedic mantra. 

मोहमारणवश्यादितुच्छमंत्रोपदर्शिनम् |
निषिद्धगुरुरित्याहुः पण्डितस्तत्वदर्शिनः ||

The Guru who initiates one into the lower types of Vidyās, like Mohana, Māraṇa, Vaṣikaraṇa etc. is called by the name of 'Nishṣiddha Guru' (निषिद्ध गुरु) (i.e. prohibited Guru). (169)

अनित्यमिति निर्दिश्य संसारे संकटालयम् |
वैराग्यपथदर्शी यः स गुरुर्विहितः प्रिये ||

Making one understand “This Samsāra is transitory and an abode of calamities”, this Guru shows the path leading to Vairāgya (dispassion), know him as 'Vihita Guru' (विहित गुरु) (170)

तत्वमस्यादिवाक्यानामुपदेष्टा तु पार्वति |
कारणाख्यो गुरुः प्रोक्तो भवरोगनिवारकः ||

A Guru who initiates disciple into Mahāvākya Tattvamasi ( तत-त्वम-असि - तत्वमसि - Thou are that) etc. O Pārvatī, is called the 'Kāraṇākhya Guru' (कारणाअख्य गुरु). He is the remover of the disease of this mundane world. (171)

सर्वसन्देहसन्दोहनिर्मूलनविचक्षणः |
जन्ममृत्युभयघ्नो यः स गुरुः परमो मतः ||

He, who is capable of completely uprooting of all types of doubts, and the one who destroys birth, death and fear, is considered to be the 'Param Guru' (परम गुरु). (The Supreme Guru) (172)

Note: Destroying birth and death means freeing one of bondage and  staying detached from the actions of mind, body and ego. This happens when one is rooted in Brahmajñāna. Birth and death are for different bodies and not immortal Ātman. One becomes free of fear when one is rooted in the knowledge of non-dual Brahman. There exists no duality, hence no fear of anything else and no fear of death and rebirth.

बहुजन्मकृतात् पुण्याल्लभ्यतेऽसौ महागुरुः |
लब्ध्वाऽमुं न पुनर्याति शिष्यः संसारबन्धनम् ||

One gets such a Mahā Guru (or Great Guru, Supreme Guru), as a result of merits acquired in many births. Having attained such a Guru, the disciple never falls prey to bonds to Samsāra, he is liberated forever. (173)

एवं बहुविधालोके गुरवः सन्ति पार्वति |
तेषु सर्वप्रत्नेन सेव्यो हि परमो गुरुः ||

O Pārvatī, in the world there are many kinds of Gurus, of all these, one should by all means and efforts, serve the Param Guru. (174)

Let us summarize these Seven Types of Gurus

Sūchaka Guru 
सूचक गुरु
Mastery over any one science or art. e.g. mamagement Guru, Mastery in Healing, etc.
Vāchaka Guru रु
वाचक गुरु
Gives instructions on dharma and adharma that is suitable to one's varṇa and Āśrama 
Bodhaka Guru रु
बोधक गुरु
Initiates one into spirituality by giving panchāksharī, etc Dikśā Mantra, which transforms the life of the Dikshā Receiving Person.
Niṣiddha Guru

निषिद्ध गुरु 
Prohibited Guru. Invokes God’s Secret powers for personal benefit or with evil intention. Teaches mohana (mesmerizing), mind control etc kind of forbidden knowledge which can be used for personal benefits and for destroying others.
Vihita Guru रु
विहित गुरु
Imparts Vairāgya (Dispassion) in Society
Kāraṇākhya Guru रु
कारणाख्य गुरु
Initiates one into Mahāvākya-s like tat-tvam-asi, etc.
Guru who gives Sanyāsa Dikshā (initiates disciple into Monkhood). He is the remover of the disease of this mundane world.
Parama Guru

परम गुरु / सद्गुरु
Dispeller of doubts, removes the fear of birth and death is considered to be the “Param Guru”. (The Supreme Guru)  i.e. one who teaches and shows the path of Liberation (moksha). (172)

Param Guru is sometimes referred as sadguru सद्गुरु रु

Glories / Praises of Param Guru (often called as Sadguru)

जलानां सागरो राजा यथा भवति पार्वति |
गुरुणां तत्र सर्वेषां राजायं परमो गुरुः ||

Just as the ocean is the king of waters, the Param Guru is the King among Gurus. (179)

मोहादिरहितः शान्तो नित्यतृप्तो निराश्रयः |
तृणीकृतब्रह्मविष्णुवैभवः परमो गुरुः ||

A Param Guru is free from attachment, etc; peaceful, always contented in Himself, independent, and one who considers the status of Brahma and Vishnu like a blade of grass. (180)

सर्वकालविदेशेषु स्वतंत्रो निश्चलस्सुखी |
अखण्डैकरसास्वादतृप्तो हि परमो गुरुः ||

One who is independent at all times and places, who possess an unshakable mind and always blissful, who experiences the homogenous essence of the Self, such a one is the Param Guru. (181)

द्वैताद्वैतविनिर्मुक्तः स्वानुभूतिप्रकाशवान् |
अज्ञानान्धमश्छेत्ता सर्वज्ञ परमो गुरुः ||

One who is free from the feeling of duality and non-duality, who shines by the light of His self-realization, who is able to destroy the deep darkness of ignorance, and is omniscient, He is a Param Guru. (182)

यस्य दर्शनमात्रेण मनसः स्यात् प्रसन्नता |
स्वयं भूयात् धृतिश्शान्तिः स भवेत् परमो गुरुः ||

By whose mere Darshan (look with devotion), one attains calmness, cheerfulness, and peace and steadfastness, and peace of mind, such a one is Param Guru. (183)

स्वशरीरं शवं पश्यन् तथा स्वात्मानमद्वयम् |
यः स्त्रीकनकमोहघ्नः स भवेत् परमो गुरुः ||

One who looks upon his own body as a corpse, and his Self as the non-dual Brahman, and who has killed the infatuation for wealth and women, such a person is a Param Guru. (184)

Sadguru, the only Saviour
कुलं धनं बलं शास्त्रं बान्धवास्सोदरा इमे |
मरणे नोपयुज्यन्ते गुरुरेको हि तारकः ||
Family traditions, wealth, strength, shastras, relatives, brothers, - none of these are useful to you at the time of death. Satguru is the only saviour. (188) 

Always be the servant of Sadguru
अद्वैतं भावयेन्नित्यं सर्वावस्थासु सर्वदा |
कदाचिदपि नो कुर्यादद्वैतं गुरुसन्निधौ ||
At all times and under all conditions one should feel the non duality of the Self but one should never have this feeling with his Guru. (62)

Prayer and Salutation to Param Guru
अचिन्त्याव्यक्तरूपाय निर्गुणाय गुणात्मने |
समस्त जगदाधारमूर्तये ब्रह्मणे नमः||
Prostrations to Brahman, the unthinkable, the unmanifest, beyond the three Gunas(Sattva,Rajas & Tamas qualities of Nature) yet the Self of Gunas, the Substratum behind the whole universe.(1)

यस्य प्रसादादहमेव सर्वं मय्येव सर्वं परिकल्पितं च |
इत्थं विजानामि सदात्मरूपं त्स्यांघ्रिपद्मं प्रणतोऽस्मि नित्यम् ||
By whose grace that one realizes “I am everything, everything is superimposed in me, I offer my salutations and worship to my self-realised Satguru’s lotus feet. (215) 

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य विषयाक्रान्तचेतसः |
ज्ञानप्रभाप्रदानेन प्रसादं कुरु मे प्रभो ||
O Lord, by the gift of the light of knowledge, may Thy blessings be bestowed on me, whose eyes are covered by the cataracts of ignorance, and whose mind is captured by sense pleasure. (216) 


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