Sunday, June 26, 2016

TUM CHAHTEY KYA HO?






TUM CHAHTEY KYA HO?

What do you want? This is the base of all the teachings of Shiv Yog. These four words are the key to sanity in a world filled with choices and paths. Everyone can give us a perspective but in the end it is we who must understand that no one, but ourselves, has to live with the consequence and repercussions of our decisions.

Repercussions, physical not divine as conformity can be found in paths to bring satisfaction to one's soul. For, many gods may turn a blind eye to one's gluttony of food; even make it a divine will. Many paths may justify one's preference towards degradation of the opposite sex. In fact, any act - charitable or heinous - in nature can find heavenly approval. For many, our heavens are made by men and many of our gods we bow down to; many are philosophies we give birth. Each philosophy twisted, edited and altered to contain or justify one's action. No right, no wrong - just the ability to be at peace with one self. Hence, whenever I would go to my father to know the divine will, he would reply with a voice thunderous and booming - WHAT DO YOU WANT? Nothing else matters. You will live with it, no one cares.

Repercussions, what do I want? Do I want divinity? That is simple. I want to walk on my father's path for I cannot relate with much in the world. Even though I was very good and talented in studies and extracurricular activities, my choice led me to a path of divinity. What it meant would be sacrificing all so-called fun or exposure a young man can have, a life where one must learn to closely understand the suffering of human beings, understand the human nature, spend a major part of the day listening to people in a state of great sorrow for that is the truth of humanity. You open a bar, people come laughing and happy. They get drunk and dance, thank and leave. But the next day, they are left with a hangover for all booze works in a manner same way - "happiness-now-pay-later" principle. But open a temple and the masses come in tears, with heavy hearts, corrupt minds, broken souls but the next day they wake in peace. Yes the job is hard, the price steep but in the end, a price I am willing to pay. For, a million faces in tears may create a thousand smiles. Through my efforts, a better world. I will do my part. Some may say opening a bar is easy. They are right for I know men and their expectations. Here, surrender is to the wise and expectations are from God.

Repercussions, yes when one does good work many will benefit, many lives will change. But ready one must remain. For, it is a clash of ideologies as few are those lost in the darkness of heart with purpose to extinguish the light. Why they do what they do? I do not know but the haters hate and like a shark looks for prey, the minions of Lucifer roam in the shadows to pounce, to eradicate to destroy all that is good and one with God. What does it mean to do good work? It means to pick a fight with critics. For, when one works to fight an infection, one will soon learn that the nature of infection is to spread even to the one who wishes to cure.

Hence, one witnesses in the path to good, many are the naysayers wishing to harm. For, the work of negative is to deny, reject and harm. A lesson not new, for look at history - even gods like my Krishna, my Ram, my Shiva - list continued to infinity - were rejected. Gurus since the beginning - may it be my Kabir, may it be my Nath - all ridiculed at one point by critics or don't go too far, today any Guru, any warrior of light, any human trying to do good, search his name and one finds like in the most beautiful house there may be cockroaches in dark corners, in the same manner, in all their good work and divine glory, in the corners of a web a scum may accumulate to spread hate and negativity about the pillars of humanity. But the saints continue. For, worship of light does not mean no negativity will arise. For, whenever godliness appears, the devil will try his hand. But to be in light means to be true to one's path no matter the trial.

Repercussions? Always. But life is through choice - so when one does good, one thing is certain he will face resistance for when one tries to rescue a wild cat, no matter one's intention, the cat will bite for it is in the cat's nature to attack. What to do? When one listens to the critics attacking, when one is looking at the hate in people's eyes, when one sees prejudice being directed, one choice is to let go, let them win, fade away, disappear. For, what is the worth? Gods and men of God have both tried, what has changed. People remain people. In fact even after their sacrifice, satyug became kalyug. So do what the world allows, even celebrates, go to parties, go to gatherings, follow protocols even if it may mean prejudice guided by mass hysteria, eat what is served, drink what is accepted, listed what is told and die when needed.

Or be strong. Remember my father's words WHAT DO YOU WANT? Let your work continue. Accept that for a million people who love you, a hundred will always hate. Choose to enjoy the love of the ones who matter and reject the minions of darkness. Have a path, think of the good you can achieve and accept the ones who love as they will always love. For, they with you, stand in the light and the ones who hate, it is their nature. If not you, someone else will be their target.
KNOW that if all great men fade away, what will be left of the world? If all divinity became afraid of the naysayers, who will guide the next generation?

UNDERSTAND that the world belongs to those who are willing to work the hardest. For if you see one is becoming restless from your good work, know that change is coming and if you continue, a day will come when all that remains is light.

ACCEPT that even in satyug there were asurs, even in kalyug there are devtas. For, this is the truth of life - on the throne, only the king changes, on the planet only the rule changes but both energies remain and each is always trying to influence the other. Which one wins? The one you are willing to back as the battle is not outside; it is the one writhing and if you choose that you stand for divinity, then knows that in your life light has won.

REMEMBER what do you want? Go looking for diamonds, you will find. Go looking for coal and it's yours. The light walks with you always. So standing with the light, I today remind myself a promise I made long ago. I will not fade away, I will fight every obstacle, I will help every brother, I will work harder and harder, I will not waste my time on the ones trying to tell me negative. My time is precious. If I must, I will utilize it to walk the path of my Guru. For, satyug can be brought back if you and I are willing to walk in the light. I promise I will always be there for you like my father and his Father, just like you are there for all those who you love.

NEVER doubt yourself for many will want you to fail to justify their own shortcomings. Inventions belong to the passionate. Do not ask why there is wrong, instead ask what and how can there be good through me.

I am in the light and it is here I wish to bring you; it is here I will wait for you, what do I want?

I want love, peace, divinity, prosperity and healing for you hence I must strive like the good people before me to let the light be more than any darkness we may face.
We will succeed as we sow what we reap. I choose to sow divinity.

Bless you
Namah Shivay

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Guru Sharanam





गुरू सिद्धि नहीं शुद्धि देगा

तुम्हारी पहचान तुम्हारे गुरू से होती है, तुम्हारा गुरू कौन है उसने कौन सी साधना की है। जैसे ही तुम गुरू की ओर देखते हो तो गुरू की ओर देखते ही तुम्हारा अपने गुरू के साथ एक कनेक्शन हो जाता है, और जब कनेक्शन होता है तो गुरू के अंदर जो उर्जा होती है वह तुम्हारी ओर ट्रांसफर होना प्रारम्भ हो जाती है। और यदि गुरू पवित्र है तो गुरू का ध्यान करते ही तुम्हारे शरीर में, मन में और जीवन में पवित्रता बहना शुरू हो जाती है।

गुरू सिद्धि नहीं शुद्धि देगा। वह तुम्हें संस्कारों की शुद्धि देगा। वह तुम्हारे एक-एक बुरे कर्म को हटाकर तुम्हारी चेतना को उठाएगा। वह यह कभी नहीं कहेगा, ’कि चलो आज मैं तुम्हें सिद्धि देता हॅू।क्योंकि सब कुछ तुम्हारे ही भीतर समाया हुआ है। सब सिद्धियॉ भी तुम्हारे ही भीतर है, सारे अविष्कार जो हो चुके हैं और जो आगे होने वाले हैं वो सभी तुम्हारे ही भीतर समाये हुऐ हैं। तुम्हें बाहर से कुछ दिया ही नहीं जा सकता। एक बार गौतम बुद्ध कहीं जा रहे थे तो उन्हें कुछ लोग मिले और बोले कि आइए हमारे पास कुछ सिद्धियां हैं हम आपको सिद्धि देते हैं। पर ऐसा नहीं हुआ भगवान बुद्ध ने तपश्चर्या की, साधना की और बोधित्व को प्राप्त हुये।

तुम अपने आप को असहाय और कमजोर कभी मत समझो, सारी शक्ति तुम्हारे अंदर मौजूद है। तुम्हारे अन्दर ही अन्नत छिपा है। शिवयोग का यही प्रयास है कि तुम्हारे अंदर जो अनंत सोया हुआ है तुम उसे जगा लो। भेड़-बकरी की तरह किसी के भी पीछे-पीछे मत भागो। जिस दिन तुम अपने भीतर की संपदा को जान लोगे उस दिन सारे दुख, सारे रोग दूर हो जाएंगे।

तुम त्रिलोकी को बाहर खोज रहे हो। उसी त्रिलोकी को अंदर खोजो। अंदर भी वही त्रिलोकी है। लेकिन जब तक गुरू जीवन में नहीं आता तब तक मनुष्य भटकता रहता है जैसे कस्तूरी मृग की नाभि में होती है लेकिन इसकी सुगंध को ढूंढने के लिए मृग वन वन भटकता है उसी प्रकार मनुष्य ईश्वर की खोज में जीवन भर भटकता रहता है लेकिन जब गुरू उसके जीवन में आते हैं तो उसे अनुभव होता है कि भगवान कहीं बाहर नहीं वह तो हर जीव के अन्दर है। इस सृष्टि के कण कण में उस परमसत्ता का वास है। उसी के चेतना से समस्त सृष्टि चल रही है।

गुरू ढूंढने में कभी जल्दबाजी नहीं करना। और किसी के कहने पर भी गुरू नहीं बनाना। जब कभी आप चश्मा खरीदने जाते हो तो वहां आंखों का नम्बर चेक किया जाता है वह कई लेंस बदलकर दिखाता है। किसी में धुंधला दिखता है तो किसी में छोटा दिखता है तो किसी में बहुत बड़ा बड़ा दिखता है और कई बदलाब के बाद आपके नम्बर का लेंस लगा दिया जाता है जिससे आपको स्पष्ट दिखायी देने लगता है। फिर आप कहते हो कि यह सही है इसे ही बना दो। एक चश्में के लिए इतनी जांच परख और गुरू तुम किसी के भी कहने पर बना लेते हो। वह मेरा गुरू है तुम भी बना लो।

जब तुम किसी को गुरू बनाते हो तो उस समय तुम अपने जीवन की बागड़ोर उसके हाथ में दे देते हो। इसलिये गुरू बनाने में कभी जल्दबाजी नहीं करनी चाहिये। उसके द्वारा बतायी साधना को करना और यदि तुम्हें उससे अनुभव होने लगे तुम्हारा जीवन बदलने लगे तुम्हें आत्मिक शांति प्राप्त होने लगे तो समझ लेना तुम्हे तुम्हारा गुरू मिल गया जिसे न जाने तुम कब से खोज रहे थे। उसी को अपना गुरू बनाना और जिसे एक बार गुरू बना लिया तो फिर उसके पल्लू को कस के पकड लेना। फिर उसे छोड़ने की मत सोचना। सब कुछ उस पर छोड़ देना।

वह तुम्हें इस लोक में भी पार करा देगा और परलोक में भी पार करा देगा। इसलिए कहा गया है कि नानक नाम जहाज है जो उसके जहाज में चढ़ गया वह एक न एक दिन पार हो ही जायेगा। और जो कभी इधर कभी उधर मन को भटकाये रखता है वह जीवन के भंवर में फंस जाता है।

गुरू वह वाहन है जो आपको नर से नारायण की यात्रा भी करा सकता है। वह उच्च की साधनायें कराते हुये आपकी चेतना का विस्तार करता है और फिर साधना करते-करते सगुण से निर्गुण अवस्था आती है तभी हम सिद्धत्व को प्राप्त होते हैं और यह अवस्था इतनी आसान नहीं है लेकिन यदि गुरू है तो आसान भी है। क्योंकि गुरू वह यात्रा कर चुका है जिस पर वह तुम्हें आगे बढ़ा रहा है। गुरू दीक्षा देता है।

दीक्षा यानी नाम-दान। नाम दान का बड़ा महत्व है क्यांकि गुरू के मुख से जो शब्द निकलता है उसमें गुरू के तप की अग्नि होती है और जब शिष्य उनके द्वारा दिये गए मंत्र का पूरी श्रद्धा और विश्वास के साथ जप करता है तो गुरू मंत्र की शक्ति से संचित कर्म भस्म होने लगते हैं उसकी बंद ग्रंथियॉं खुलने लगती हैं। जिससे उसके जीवन में शारीरिक, मानसिक, भौतिक एवं आध्यात्मिक उन्नति होना प्रारम्भ हो जाती है।

सिद्ध वो है जो कड़ा तप करता है। सिद्ध वो है जो आत्मसाक्षात्कार को प्राप्त कर चुका है जो अब और लोगों को भी इस मार्ग पर ले जा सकता है। गुरू तुम्हें मार्ग दिखा सकता है। सिद्ध होने के लिए आपको स्वयं मेहनत करनी होगी। गुरू शक्ति देता है। दुनियां के प्रपंचों से तुम्हारी रक्षा करता है। जहां तुम्हारे कदम गलत रास्ते पर गये वह तुम्हारे कदमों का आगे बढ़ने से रोक देगा। तुम जीवन के भंवर में कहीं फॅस न जाओं इसलिए वह तुम्हे सद्मार्ग पर लेकर जाता है।

We are very lucky, we have Baba as our Guru. Thank You Babaji for everything.

Namah Shivay.
Namahay Shivay

Sunday, February 28, 2016

INTERNET: GOOD FOR SEARCH, NOT SO GOOD FOR PARENTING

Internet parenting might expose your child to unforeseen risks While Internet may have it's vast array of boons, when it comes to rearing your child, Internet may be counterproductive. There is no substitute to the human touch. Nothing compares the wisdom of elders, the experience of the grandparents, their brilliant parenting credentials authenticated by a living example which is you. Find out all this & more in the video. 



The Theory of Practical



The boy played with his new toy car as his father watched the news. A wheel broke from the car to which the boy's reaction was loud but innocent. The boy exclaimed loudly looking at his ill fated toy. Oh shit!! the audible proclamation of fecal matter, immediately activated the disciplinary gene in the usually dormant father. He picked up the boy, placing him on his lap, took it upon himself to make the boy's bum a dark shade of rouge, like the shade on the cheeks of an overenthusiastic bride.

As the father continued the beating, he spoke words of wisdom, "Son, never say oh shit. Always say oh god help.

The next day again the child played with his broken toy and as fate would have it, another wheel became loose, to which again the boy's reaction was a loud scream 'Oh shit!' The father, again with the precision of a swiss clock, jumped into action, put the boy on his lap and gave another solid spanking for he thought he needed to knock some sense into the boy. One would think beating the bum was the path to enlightenment and like a happy meal always comes with a toy, the beating came with a message - "Son, we never ever say 'oh shit', we always say 'oh god'." 

The third day again the boy played with his toy. The father stared wide-eyed, waiting like a feline stalking its pray. The child continued his play and as if the heavens were in a mocking mood, again the wheel of the car broke loose. The father watched crouching, ready to move with the slightest provocation. But the boy was now wiser. He joined his hands and looking up, whispered, "Oh god, and lo ! magically the wheels of the cars came and joined to the toy. As the child lifted the car floating mid air through divine grace, his father jumped up the sofa and witnessing the miracle exclaimed - 'Oh shit!' 

This was a joke which my friends and I shared when young. What I didn't understand back then was the amount of wisdom this small anecdote had in itself. What the story shows is the single most popular style of parenting which my father used to call parroting. Not just parenting, parroting in itself is the easiest, laziest and the most comforting conformist approach to any discipline which life may have to offer. 

Unlike the early men, today neither do we rely on tradition nor like the animals we have instinctual knowledge within us. Today, society dooms men to follow a very dangerous path to acquiring knowledge. A path known as conformity, where from the moment one is born, one starts to acquire information by mimicking the crowd around, irrespective of the fact that the crowd may be completely devoid of basic comprehension of earthly phenomenon. The phenomenon of 'not knowing' creates a state of anxiety among beings of higher consciousness. So prevent this state. 

Enteric answers are created by men of unknown origin and like a vast heard of wild beasts transverses in the plains of Masai Mara - following but the beast in front oblivious to the fact that the heard may be leading the being to the wild Mara river infested with hungry crocodiles. A man too navigates through life with a set of principles and guidelines given to him by the crowd, not knowing where these directions would lead him. A destination which can be as diverse as enlightenment on one hand to eternal damnation on the other My father showed me that like a parrot repeats what it hears, incognizant to its true meaning. so too men all around repeat ridiculous spiritual truths or incoherent religious philosophies passed on from generations, unaware of the depth or truth of what exactly that wisdom stands for. 

Everyone's a parrot, my father would exclaim, in his usually cheerful demeanor. An routine explanation from his wise self to my ignorant being when I would come to him stating the presiding blatant buffoonery in the name of godliness. Now one would debate live and let live, let the parrots be. But one doesn't understand how volatile society becomes if one is left to follow the path of parroting. Let me elaborate. There are two types of laws - the laws of science which can be verified, recreated, understood and calculated and the laws of parroting, which generally, usually, mostly & in fact almost always rely on blind faith. These laws do not adhere to any form of methodology or for that matter even common sense. 

If one person makes us understand the laws of gravity and another comes to that man stating that I do not believe, one would amusingly look at the clown who refuses to grasp simple truths. He would dismiss this incident pertaining to the dimwit of the simpleton. For the one who's wise knows that gravity exists regardless of one's beliefs. 

But now let us assume one is a parrot. He doesn't fully understand the doctrine that he preaches. If such a man is challenged, to protect his ego from defeat, he will enter a state of cognitive dissonance, a state in which one becomes aggressive, uncomfortable and anxious when provided counter proofs to one's beliefs. Such a man will resort to name calling or even bodily harm just like a parrot who in the company of another parrot starts to squawk at a deafening decibel. You will find the strong squawking and the meek squeaking and what the future generations are left with is nothing but a senseless, very vocal society. 

Spirituality is a science and like all sciences are preceded by query so too spirituality, in order to be sustained, it must be preceded by a simple acceptance that's one's understanding is finite . All science is developed not by parroting the wrong answers but by asking the right questions. 

One who is truly divine will have the power to say I don't know. I don't know are the most powerful words to be ever uttered by our species. All science must have risen from this question. When a young man must have looked at the sun and uttered what is it, a parrot would have told him that's the sun god in his chariot going from one place to the other, circling the earth. And that would have been the end of curiosity of the man. A parroting parent murders the curiosity of his own child and with curiosity, the single chance of enlightenment which the soul may have had. On the other hand, imagine if the parent would have said to the child's inquiry, "Son, I do not know, let us find the answer together." How beautiful it would be when both would work and one day stumble upon the truth, a truth which carries a method, a truth that can be recreated. Science suffered, the world was in dark ages where curiosity was condemned, where masses produced truth in the name of religious beliefs. And science thrived when one would just simply accept ones ignorance and would exclaim, "I don't know." That would be the start of discovery. This was the essence of our true culture - when children were sent at a young age to the gurukuls, where they would meditate to realize their own truths, where such an environment was created that a child would in his own capacity realize the universal truth and not just parrot. 

Such a child would grow up to be an asset to the society whereas parrots are just assets sans the 'ets' from the word. 

That was the difference I noticed between the revolutionary that is my father and the parrots. My father always challenged conformity. Whenever I would go to him asking about other religions and complicated but common philosophies, he would always say - "I have no idea my son. The only thing I can tell you about is the path that I have followed and the answers that I have discovered. An answer which was a world apart from the one dished out by the spiritual parrots for they had an answer and a view to everything." Maybe that's why spirituality degraded. You won't go to your Gardener for medical advice then why go to a random person for spiritual advice or for that matter to a spiritual person for economic advice. If we let the ludicrous lead, then the radical plummet of general IQ is inevitable. A man must learn to keep his ego aside and accept what he knows and what he doesn't. This Information Age gives anyone with an Internet connection the perception to be as wise as the Buddha, but no matter how profound one may think one's research is, the fact remains that spirituality - like any discipline - needs self mastery, dedication and meditation for the true answers to manifest. Reading a journal on the techniques of swimming may not make a person aquatically able or prepared to face a raging river. In the same way, parroting the scriptures does not prepare one to subdue the turmoils of one's life. It may make one frustrated and in a constant state of subconscious conflict as one may feel one is reading the scripture yet no respite - a state quite visible to the next generation - till eventually it becomes transparent to the children that the doctrine being presented to them in a palatable platter is nothing more then a diversion to life. 

My father said that the words in the scriptures were never meant to be repeated but experienced and all words that we may read are nothing more than someone's experience. And the beauty about human experience is that it is subjective to the consciousness undergoing the transformation. Serve the same dish to ten, they will interpret it to their understanding. There can never be a universal interpretation of poetry. It must be dealt & experienced. 

There are never universal answers to anything. Any true subject will always evolve with innovation and time. Like medicine evolved, science evolved, in the same manner what was divine yesterday has become science today. And as the only thing permanent is change, so too true spirituality has evolved. Parents must take example from how I was raised and how I will raise my son. Parents must learn to drop their egos and understand the truest universal truth is the one that comes from experience. When a child feels curiosity, it must not be plucked but nourished. Answers must not be presented but realized. 

One must take pride, not that he knows all the answers but because he is built in such a manner that he seeks the answers because even if you know all the answers, it is like knowing the equation. Just be knowing that E=MC2 or just by knowing the Pythagoras theorem, doesn't make a person mathematician. you must know how to solve the equation to get the answer on his own. In the same way one might have read the scriptures, but it counts for nothing. You must know how to solve the scriptures, how to come to that conclusion on yourself. And that is why Shiv yogi is a person whose truly curious about life, spirituality, divinity and God. 

What if both parents would meditate and find the answers with their children. Imagine how divine that family would be, how peaceful. For it is not parroting. Hence, there is no need to defend. Such a family realizes it's truth and remains in this state of constant evolution. Imagine a family raising supermen where various thoughts and ideas are openly discussed and inner experiences invoked through mediation . For such a family realizes that the source of all knowledge is not a external deity but the internal divinity and the purpose of life is not to please some being in the heavens but to awaken the divine potential that lies dormant in all beings, beings which in themselves are made of star stuff and are the seeds to the infinite universe. 

One can find God only when one first realizes the need to find. If all answers already are memorized and presented to inflate the ego, then why would such a mind seek? A mind which has the taste of divine will never waste itself to convince the uninitiated for it would be preoccupied with the eternal bliss of the supreme truth. 

I am a Shivanand and thus I accept, I know much yet there is a lot to learn. I am a Shivanand and like my father, I gladly accept what I do not know and what I do know, I work consistently to refine. Maybe that is why my father is never afraid. He openly invites doctors and scientists and seekers to come and meditate with him. 

He calls so that what he knows, he does not pass in words but in experience. Maybe that's why they call him the father of Indian healing and not the parrot of healing as he never speaks what he doesn't know and what he speaks is that which is mastered in a lifetime. 

Following from this, if you consider yourself spiritual, I give a simple test to determine your divinity. 

Whenever in a conversation of God, to the most mundane of queries you feel obligated to give most profound answers. You feel that's it's your responsibility to convert all those who don't believe. Understand you are officially a parrot. If your knowledge just gives you peace and you are driven to meditate by your experiences. When what drives you is nothing more then chasing the high experienced by your Guru's deeksha, know this you are the one truly the sadhak of your Guru. Know this - it is you who will inherit the heart and soul of the divine. Know this that at that time when you accept you don't know you have opened up to a wonderful world of opportunity wonder and awe, the time when you are my brother.

Bless you
Namah Shivay