Jul 7, 2014

Path I walk

     There are many paths, and we all are free to chose the path(s) that makes us happy, after all it leads to the same place (or at-least closer to it).

Past week I happen to go meet/hug "Hugging Saint" (Amma) in Washington DC, I would say it was a fruitful adventure. Few of my friends had invited me to the event, reached the venue at around 5PM and stood in line to get a Token for hugging. I had heard about here while I was studying in India, but I cam to this event without any expectation, just to observe and enjoy the moment.

The night started with Amma's (Hugging Saint) entrance and few chanting and small religious formalities. Growing up in this culture I was nonchalant about the whole proceedings so far. After which she gave the speech, which was repeated by the translator in English. Over-all the message was good, it dealt with moral living and loving everybody. After which we mediated for few min and then she started the Hugging Process. (at around 9ish in the night).

I switched my token with one of my friend as she had to leave early, so when my turn came it was already past midnight. I could see people crying (including one of my friend), getting hysterical, lots of emotions were flowing. When my turn came, I went hugged her, she told me "my darling, my darling, my darling......." and that's it. It was done :) I know I was not expecting to be enlightened by a hug nor was I expecting any super natural miracle.

There were lots of booths out there to shop, so I shopped for few plants (holy Basil to grow in my apartment) and few Khadi Kurta (hand-loomed cotton shirt and trouser), and in my mind I was thinking. " ummmm 21st century's spiritual preaching, what would Buddha or Jesus would have done if they would have seen this mixing of marketing and spirituality."

May be a month back, I stopped going to the "Spiritual Philosophical discussion" group as I realize there was no point for me to go discuss philosophy and gain intellectual wisdom. As I already knew what I need to practice to proceed in the path and mere philosophical discussion was wasting my time, plus all the knowledge/Wisdom comes from within in our meditation anyway.

In the same manner, I know "Devotional Path/ Bhakti Yog" is definitely not my path either, the Singing of devotional songs (Kirtan) and Humanizing, Idolizing the Supreme and what not, at-least I see that as a madness :), well that is the reason why I don't practice that.

For me, I'll stick to my Lab, LAB being my BODY and the experiment being the Experiential experience/wisdom that I get while mediating/practicing QiKung or doing Yog. I love feeling, I love experiencing and I love the Voidness within and the journey continues.......

Jun 9, 2014

Characters in Bhagwat Gita, Part 3 of 3 (Subtle Meaning)

   Awww, now comes the interpretation part. Let the historian and philosopher's interpret as they please, but let me dissect this story, in a way I found it to be rational and convincing to my intellect.

Firstly, like I mentioned in the Part 1, the battle took place non-other than in our own body, hence it's not too far stretch to say that body part is our mind. (Chapter 13/Verse 1) "Edam Sariram Kaunteyea Kshtrya Mitya Bhidiyeatey"  This BODY is the Field(battle), who understands it well is the enlightened one.
There are few examples in Hindu Mythology which talks about "Meditation" in a very cryptic way. Example "Samundra Mandhan" (Churning of the Sea). In this story Demi-gods and Demons work together to churn the sea to get the treasures, starting from Poison (deep rooted complexes) and ending with Immortality Nectar (enlightenment), hello doesn't that sound like a meditation?? And Demi-Gods and Demons are nothing but our characters within.
Krishna: The Spiritual guide or our intellect.
Arjuna : it's derived from "Anurag" which means "one who is devotional"

Pandu (father of Pandavas): It's the image of good virtue and righteousness.
Kunti (mother of Pandavas): She represents dutiful conduct.

Karn (Kunti's son before wedlock to Pandu): The action that is taken without the proper understanding or before the development of righteousness in one's heart. (e.g: blind faith, rituals and dogma followers). It acts as a enemy in our spiritial path, hence it's one of the Vices.

Yudhistir: Awakening of virtue in oneself. 
Bheem: The faith or the sentiment towards the path.
Nakul: One who follows the discipline life.
Sahdev: One who adheres to Truth.

Satyaki: One who is filled with goodness in heart.
Kashi-Raj: the feeling of sacredness within.
Kunti-bhoj: One who has conquered worldly sentiments with dutifulness of the spiritual path.
Dhristdhyum: One who has focused mind and has faith in the universal truth. 
Virat: A great warrior, confident and will-power.
Drupad: representing consistency and unshaken in the spiritual path.
Dhistraketu: Strong Determination.
Chetikan: One who has strong concentration, and focus mind at will.
Purujit: One who has won over the Senses.
Yudhamanyu: War like temperament.

Srikhandi: The destruction of past "Karma" or "Sanskar" . (realization of the universal truth)

Bheesm: The Delusion; the delusion dies when there is no sanskar left (in this story, Srikhandi is the cause of Bheesm's death.)

Dhitrastra: He's blind so emblem of Ignorance.
Duryodhana: One who is excessively attachment to materialistic things.
Dronaacharya: the feeling that "Oneself" and "Divine" is different, hence he's teacher of both Pandavas and Kauravas. This knowledge will either helps us erase the duality, but until then he'll fight from the vices side.
Kripacharya: the feeling of false compassion when the journey hasn't been completed yet.

The interpretation I used has been inspired from this interpretation "Yathartha Geeta."

Apr 8, 2014

Characters in Bhagwat Gita, Part 2 of 3 (Literal Meaning)

   As I mentioned in my previous post, the conversation between the "Spiritual Guide" (Krishna) and "Spiritual Seeker" (Arjun) takes places in the middle of the battlefield (Kurukhestra). Now, let us understand which sides are facing each another in this battle. This post will be dedicated towards literal meaning, that is to understand the character in this epic battle. Bhagwat Gita is part (division) of a bigger volume epic book Mahabharat.

This battle is between two faction of the same family and they are fighting for the right to rule the kingdom. In one side we have family of "Pandu" and in other we have family of "Dhritarastra". Pandu and Dhritarastra were half brothers and Dhritarastra was elder and born blind. Even though Pandu was younger he became king as Dhritarastra was blind. Unfortunately, Pandu died young, so Dhitarastra was supposed to be caretaker king, until the son's of Pandu became older. Later, Dhitarastra and his sons refuse to give the kingdom back to son's of Pandu. So they ultimately decided to settle the score in the battlefield.

Military-Line-Up as mentioned in the Gita

A. Pandav's side (Family and Friends of Pandu's Sons)

Krishna: Charioteer of Arjun, The spiritual guide(also cousin of Pandavs)

1. Five son's of Pandu and Kunti
a. Yudhistir: King of Pandav's Army, also the eldest Pandav
b. Bheem: Commander-in-Chief of Pandav's side.
c. Arjun: The main warrior, also the main character (Spiritual Seeker) conversing with Krishna (Spiritual Guide)
d. Nakul.
e. Sahadev.
2. Five son's of Dropadi : Dropadi was married to all the five Pandavs (Collective wife), hence One son each from each Pandav's.)

3. Abhimanyu: Son of Arjun and Subhadra.
4. Other Warriors
a. Dhristradhum
b. Birat
c. Dhistraketu
d. Chekitan
e. Kashi-Raj
f. Purujit
g. Kuntibhoj
h. Yudhamanyu
i. Utammauja
j. Shrikhandi

B. Kaurav's Side (Son's of Dhirtarastra)
1.Bheesm: Great Grand-Father of Pandavs and Kauravs, also the Commander-in-Chief of Kaurav's army.
2.Dhronacharya: Martial Teacher of both Pandavs and Kauravs.
3.Kripacharya: Teacher of both Pandavs and Kauravs
4.Karn: Friend of Duryodhan, also Son of Kunti (mother of Pandavs) before wedlock with Pandu.
5.Duryodhan: Eldest son of Dhitrarastra.
6. Remainder of 99 sons of Dhitrarastra and Gandhari 

I hope you understood the basic character line up of this battle, I hope to continue more with "SUBTLE MEANING" of these characters and the story in the next blog post.



Namaste and see you soon.

Apr 4, 2014

Learning Compassion

    A "Teacher" once told me, one of the benchmark that you are following(or growing in) the path of Dhamma/Dharma (Spirituality) is that you'll see the growth of Compassion, Love and wanting everyone to join the path and to enjoy the happiness of the path.

Couple of weeks back, I went to attend "Acro-Yoga" class. I always wanted to go to this class because, I knew this will make me learn, to let go of my ego, controlling attitude, and other vices that might hinder my progress in this spiritual path, (unconditionally) trust the partner, communicate without words and share the unconditional love. I believe this will be the practice that I'll do with my partner (in future) to grow our unconditional and harmonious love, to trust each other and build the strong communication foundation and meditate till bliss. [ I know, I talk a lot about Ideals :) ]

I started the day with a fruitful meeting with a psychic (totally unplanned and coincidental), she told me few things, which the universe had been telling me for sometime, about the peoples who had just entered in my life coincidentally and few other details about my path(which were accurate to my surprise). It was kind of reassurance to me about the path I'm following. After which I had a weekly session with my Sifu on QiGong healing techniques, hence that day I was already little extra receptive towards the energy of the universe.

So in the evening, I go-to this workshop on Acro-Yoga and was having a good time. We were partnering up and doing all sorts of acrobatic moves. We practiced many positions and I really enjoyed letting go and trusting my partners, I was flying meaning I was the one who was hanging upside down in the air while my partner would hold me from below, couple of time I was acting like a base too. Once, I had "Miss C" as a partner and she lifted me in her legs like a piece of paper (well she taught me how to let go of myself first), I was hanging with head down and legs up and only supported by her legs. I closed my eyes and I immediately went into the meditative state. We must have stood like that for good 4 to 5 minutes and I could feel the spiritual connection between her and me.

So in the end, while we were doing the finishing prayers, the instructor says, "All the donation for the tonight class , will go towards a good cause of funeral rite." (I was thinking umm what is that). Then Miss C, mentioned how the funeral costs are expensive and it was her Dad which had passed away. I immediately said "What was his Name?" (It was as if someone was speaking for me). Then suddenly I said, lets mediate few minute for him. (Again, I knew I was speaking but it was someone who made me do this, there was not even a fraction of second of mind work in my head, it came out as a instinctive reaction, it was very instantaneous for me). I also said after the mediation, that he might be within us too. (again totally instinctively), she said she can feel him too.

So, we all were ready to go, I went and held both her hands and pulled her towards me saying, I need 5 minute with you. Honestly, that is not me, and there was fraction of second of hesitation in her. Then she said "give me few min so I can say goodbye to my friend." After that, I told her just close your eyes and relax, you can even think about your dad if you like. Then I just prayed to Universe and asked to bless her. (My Guru had taught me how to perform this ritual, there is few steps and techniques to follow). So I'm holding her head at this time, and in few second I could feel the energy flowing via me to her, it was very intense my whole body was shaking. This was my first in-person blessing session, I had done this techniques to friends and family remotely. After the session, she told me few personal things about that moment and what her dad told her. We hugged for few minutes and I felt really good about the whole session.

I also, told her I was just acting as a medium and "Universe" is doing whatever it pleases, and I had nothing to do with it. I contributed the donation and hugged (few folks), waved goodbye and left. I had already informed everybody that that might be my first and last workshop with them, as I was moving away from Las Vegas in few weeks. 

Whatever I did was instinctively, I shed a tears too. I could feel her pain and I had this feeling deep inside me to make her feel good. It was unconditional, I was not looking for anything in return. Then drive back home, I was feeling good from inside too, the feeling that I can't express in words, if I try I'll say I was in bliss state.

I realized my purpose of going to that class, as you know nothing is coincidence in this world. Somehow I had to be there to meet her and may be universe wanted her to meet me too (for whatever reason). The connection I felt with her, there was definitely something that pulled me to go-to that class, may be I was receptive then, may be I could give her what she was missing, who knows. The power of synchronicity always amazes me, and I'm glad that I am learning to connect the dots too.

Next day morning, as I woke up. Something inside told me to look for the Acro-Yoga classes in the place where I was moving and found a workshop the month I'm moving there :). I listened to the inner-voice and signed up immediately. Let see what this universe have in plan for me this time. Washington DC (well near MD suburb though) here I come to be in your arms.

Om, Namaste and have a wonderful time in the journey.

Mar 31, 2014

What is Bhagwat Gita ? Part 1 of 3 (An Overview)

     It's a book, a spiritual "how-to-guide" book which was written many thousands years back (at-least 3 millennium back). It has been interpreted and reinterpreted by many with different result. Now, lets not waste this blog on going over these technical issues. Let me give you some perspective on what I understood, and how it's changing and guiding my life.

To understand "Gita" (Bhagwat Geeta/Gita) we need to understand what is Ved(Vedas) first. Ved was written many years(thousands?) before Gita was written. It's a collections of writings on "Wisdoms" from many enlightened souls who traveled this earth. It teaches us the path to liberation, the path of divine realization(enlightenment). Gita is nothing but the compressed version of the Ved, the writer just kept the needed ideas and techniques requires for realization. In one line if I have to say, it teaches us how to do "Meditation."

Gita, it belongs to everybody. This is not a property of any religious sect, person of certain status, gender or race. "The Universal Truth" is TRUE for everybody, just like the laws of nature is true for everyone, likewise the "Art of Liberation" is true for everyone too. This will not be Universal Truth, if it's not TRUE for everyone.

Gita is a conversation between "Spiritual Guide" and a "Spiritual Seeker". For a dramatic effect the conversation takes place in the battlefield. Yes, this is a WAR story but the War within not the outside war like what we see these days. The writer writes in  (Chapter 13/Verse 1) "Edam Sariram Kaunteyea Kshtrya Mitya Bhidiyeatey"  This BODY is the Field(battle), who understands it well is the enlightened one. 

The brief philosophical message of Gita:

Whatever happened, it happened for good, Whatever is happening, is happening good, whatever will happen, it will happen for good.
What have you parted with that makes you cry? 
What did you bring with you that you have lost?
What did you create which is now destroyed?
What you have taken, you have taken only from here.
What was given was given only from here.
What is yours today, was someone else's yesterday, will be someone else's tomorrow.

Understanding, that "whatever happened,is happening and will happen for good" has been my "Sacred Mantra" for very long time. This has made me think positive and has made me rise up after I fall. After all to learn how to rise, we need to learn how to fall first.

If there is only one thing that is permanent in life, that will be CHANGE itself, everything changes except CHANGE.

I hope to see you in PART 2 and 3, where I'll go through the characters mentioned in Gita. First, literal and then subtle meaning.



ओम् तत् सत् OM TAT SAT (Supreme Absolute Truth)