Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shivyog Teachings


Excerpts from his motivational sermon to the sadhaks

"From today prepare your own report card. Perform self assessment, self analysis. Stop leading a life to please others. Let inner voice guide you and not the whims and wishes of others. Be your own supervisor. Be your own guide

But before all this, you must clear the abscess of your karmas, the layers of negativity around you because if you start assessing yourself before you are totally pure, you will lead yourself to trouble.

I want to also tell you to compete only with yourself. When you nurture rivalry with someone else, jealousy is bound to come and pollute your mind, take your energy down, deplete your positive energy.

So the feeling must be that every day in every way I am getting better and better. At the end of every day introspect whether you are a better individual than what you were the previous day. Do not forget that you're a passenger on a journey. You have to move ahead with a progressive approach every day. This approach excludes the judgements & assessment by others of you. You can't go on changing yourself to conform to everyone in the world. You have to have your own principles and all your actions must be in consonance with these principles.

Make a questionnaire for yourself and read that every night to yourself. Make a checklist of how you will conduct yourself in a day. And at night, monitor whether you could follow that checklist.

The choices in life must be governed by your own ultimate goal. And the checklist must be in synchrony with this ultimate goal. The decisions in your life should be such that they lead you to infinite. It must not be that you make choices which involve only short-term gains and the road ends there. Long term planning must be done. Remember, you have to go to the rooftop of existence. You can't be stuck in the staircase of life. 200% life must be there. Worldly and material goals should be made such that both the worldly accomplishments and spiritual achievements complement each other and which results in your ultimate ascension.

The question you must ask yourself before acting and reacting in any given situation is that whether doing so is helping you fulfil your soul agenda. At the end of every day self analysis must materialize."

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Ishan Shivanand·Friday, August 5, 2016

My father always taught me the importance of saying no. Learn to say no with confidence, he would say. But how can one say no to the truth I would wonder? This was the question when I was naive. As I grew, the question changed where does the truth come from? Who creates these universal truths? After all they are handed down to us by men with all their shortcomings, who think they are absolutely right. I have worked with schizophrenics, they all believe they are right, all tyrants feel their truth is absolute, all fanatics believe none is superior then their word.

Makes one think what is passed as truth may be nothing more than an opinion, a general opinion, a mass belief, nothing to do with the truth as one believes according to one's level of consciousness according to one's IQ, hence once what was exotic and mythic like Zeus' thunderbolt becomes simple in the form of electricity created by different charge in particles in a cloud.

How does one know how able was the one who propagated these truths that we so universally accept? Or was the purpose of the truth was one with a more sinister nature like the truth told to me when I was a child in the form of following lines "better not shout better not cry better not pout I am telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town" a manipulating truth told to children to keep them in check so they do not misbehave, a well developed lie telling the child that Santa sees all and will give reward and punishment according to the certain behaviour. Good and bad behaviour defined by the whims of the parents. Only now I realise the trick being played on. But then, are not so many truths about concept of God similar to the concept of Santa will one day I wake up to realise that half the concepts real to me today will turn to be a sham tomorrow. Were these truths created so society may bend to the will of some tyrant who claimed only he knew will of God just like parents make truths claiming only they know the will of Santa.

So are these truths or beliefs that I follow but the question whose belief and why? Who benefits from me following these truths? I will let you ponder for a while as you understand the world around you, a virtual reality hidden beneath reality. For, your body may be surrounded by beauty; one may find his minded clouded a slave of borrowed opinions.

But then the most revolutionary question appears - What is a truth?

Is truth a solid inanimate static object or is truth an evolving living entity dynamic? A simple mind may not see the difference between a truth and a law and may debate that what about natural laws how can they be dynamic? But is nature itself not evolving? Is climate not evolving? Organism not evolving? And if so, should our understanding of these laws evolve with the times or if we talk about truths what about the different layers of truth, a man pointing to the sun says it’s a star. True. It's a ball of gas. True. It's fire. True. It's hydrogen. True.

Again, so many layers of truth that if one starts dissecting, one may find that one’s truth is but limited by one's understanding. And so one may conclude that the past can be studied but the future is dynamic, the future is unpredictable. So one may make assumptions from past opinions.
One may even define the truth to an extent but the future in it hides limitless possibilities. Treasure, whose key belongs only to the dreamers, the ponderers, the seeker who want to find truth.

From this arises the final question - why does the seeker want to find his own truth? Why he is not satisfied with the current beliefs? Maybe the seeker is evolved. Maybe the seeker is a freak of nature, having genetic material which makes his brain work harder than the rest or maybe the seeker is just more industrious and wants something with a passion, blessed with a drive more powerful than the rest of his counterparts. Survival of the fittest.

So maybe that's why Buddha chose to find his own truth even though he was born to a culture
Which In Itself claims to be complete? Something drove him. Or why just Buddha? Anyone who has done anything, their head was wired different. All the Kings who were not satisfied with their territory or the saints who were not satisfied with their spiritual truths were all pioneers. The only difference - their heart guided their ambition to either be saints or conquerors. The conquerors with black hearts ready to acquire at any cost - May it be the decimation of the conquered or the saints ready to assimilate with and evolve the existing. So in both the cases they changed the timeline and created a new truth, a new reality parallel to the timeline which would have persisted if they had not interacted with it. Thus leading us back to the question where does the truth come from and what was the motivation to sell that truth to the public in the first place.

Interesting, is it not? So this means you either follow someone's truth or you create your own truth. And hence I am on a quest to find my own truth to create my own reality and yes this will make some people uncomfortable as many like there truths statics and definite I understand their plight hard work is not for everyone. We know pre-cooked, ready to eat food is carcinogenic. Still people, who are too lazy to cook, buy that, will heat it, eat and even feed their innocent kids this poison.

To such a person one must learn to say no. Only when one learns to reject the negative opinions can one really pursue their dreams. After all they are all opinions, all created in the image of their master, a black heart having a black opinion and so on multiplied by infinitum. But then won't I become vague? What will be the structure to my thoughts? How will I model my life? What will be the nature of my existence till I find the truth?

Who will be the bridge?
"Guru gobind dou khare kake lagu pae
Balihari guru apne gobind dio milae "

To this query there is but one answer - my dear dear guru, a guide of my choosing, the facilitator of my birth, the bridge between my god and myself. For if I will be influenced by opinions, why be blinded by the hateful opinions of conquerers? Why not choose the nourishing nature of saintly opinions?

The knowledge that guides me that I have the power to create my truth, the grace that teaches that truth is not what burdens but what sets me free. But most of all in a world like concrete the knowledge which empowers me to be the stubborn plant that breaks even the densest concrete to embrace the sunlight.

And to resonate with that wisdom one must learn this skill. The skill to refuse these negative opinions, the skill to shoo away these haters like one shoos away rats, a skill as important to a spiritual seeker as swimming is to a sailor.
So mark my words, the golden words of my guru, to all the bad habits, to all men who resonate at a negative frequency, to all those who like to bring others down, to those who love to gossip, to all who may deviate me from my path.


For, if I must, why must I follow their truth when with the help of the divine I can create my own truth - a heavenly mansion made with bricks of love and light.

Learn to say no!
Be the flower that breaks out of the concrete.
Bless you my brother/sister
Namah shivay,

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Shivyog Teachings


Here's what he spoke on Karma Yog

"All Shiv Yogis must be Karma Yogis. By Karma Yogi I do not imply its definition what the world knows. The world says that a person who keeps working endlessly through his physical body is a Karma Yogi. I want to clarify that workaholic is not Karma Yog. Putting mindless effort like a robot in a factory is not Karma Yoga.

What Lord Krishna said, I want to make it very clear to all so that you do not hold a different interpretation of his divine message. The great Krishna ordained all humans to be Karma Yogis, to perform every task of their life with 200% involvement. 100% of what they can do through the physical effort and the rest 100% through the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects because a human being is not just the physical being. He is the sum total of the body, emotions, mind and spirituality.

Whenever you commit a task, all your bodies need to be working in tandem for the work to be justified. You must consolidate the powers of all your bodies - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - and apply it to accomplish the task at hand with perfection.

If your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies are moving in different directions, it will be an action of failure. We can call it jokingly as Garba Aasan, asan like doing garba, making mockery of life, actions and general work ethic.

You don't need to be like a labourer in a brick kiln, putting in tremendous efforts and still getting nothing substantial in return. Shiv Yog says work less, accomplish more. When you learn how to involve all the five bodies in a task, you learn the trick to excelling in any and every task you take up.

That is the sadhna that I want to teach you. I'm not guiding you to merely sit for one hour with closed eyes. I'm teaching you to be as Lord Krishna said 'Yogust Kuru Karmani'. Always be in a state of union with the infinite Shiva. Let all your five bodies be in alignment, in consonance, in rhythm with the divine power. Sadhna is not meditation per se; it is perfecting every deed you perform.

Set goals in life - immediate, midterm and long term - and let every action of yours be synergised towards achievement of your goals. That way you will never have to worry about going off-track.
So being a Karma Yogi is about setting a goal first of all. Secondly, working physically towards the achievement of that goal. Thirdly, putting your emotions in that task. Fourthly, letting your mind be filled with faith, belief and symphony that yes you are succeeding. Fifth, letting your spiritual self, activated through Shiv Yog sadhna, clear passage of spiritual cord and bring the grace for a hassle free, smooth sailing life. Lastly, like your fifth body, remain in bliss, remain in the present moment. Do not keep harping on the past. Don't be stuck in a time warp. Do not question why something is happening in life or why something happened. Just work to heal. Be in the present. No analysis or assessment of the past."

Sunday, June 26, 2016



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