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Here is a short info-graphic slide on Ganesh Bija Mantra. On this day of Ganesh Chaturthi, let us pray to his wonderful guiding energy, seek his blessings in removing our ignorance and obstructions; as we walk our daily spiritual path... Also check out- Who is Ganesh? and Ganesh Symbolism and Meaning
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As we know, all the Hindu/Vedic deities were given forms based on deep and profound symbolism and to convey their attributes and qualities. In this video, you will understand the symbolism and meaning of the form that has been given to Ganesh- the elephant faced deity! Why does Ganesh look the way he does? Watch on and find out more...
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Ganesh (also written as Ganesha) is prayed to and honored before starting any venture. He is called the Vignaharta- remover of all obstacles. In this video learn more about who is Ganesh ...
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Kirtana has always played a major role within Bhakti Yoga- the Yogic path of Praise and Devotion. Bhakti Yoga allows anyone and everyone to pray with love and faith. It utilizes songs and music to feel close to the Divine! It does not require strict and often restricting principles and methods of the other two paths of Yoga- Jnana Yoga (Yogic path of Knowledge) or Karma Yoga (Yogic Path of Action).
This short video explains what Kirtana is...
It is a common practice among Hindus to offer coconut during prayers. Many, including Hindus wonder- why this is the case. Since many of the Hindu practices come from the original Vedic culture, which was very logical and scientific in it's approach, this practice of offering coconut has a very beautiful and logical explanation. Watch on to know more...
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This is the wisdom of Dhumavati which is one of the Dasha Mahavidyas: which are the ten Shakti-s that exist in this manifested world. That is why they are called Dasha (ten) Mahavidyas (Wisdom Goddesses- or Wisdom Shaktis). Basically each of these Shakti-s represent a profound and unique aspect of creation. All of manifestation is only possible because of some Shakti (energy) and these ten- Shaktis are at the very core of everything in this manifested world.
We will look at the details of each of these Mahavidya and what they represent and their profound wisdom in other posts. But for now, conduct the above sadhana/practice and let the amazing wisdom of Dhumavati light up your life and your path ahead.
Nada Yoga is an ancient Vedic concept which considers the core vibrational energy that exists within all that is created. Everything in creation has three types of molecular motion: translational, rotational and vibrational motion- with vibrational motion being at the very core of the existence of the molecule!
In Yogic terms it is a type of Nada-spanda for that molecule. I.e. it’s very own vibration (spanda) and the sound (nada) affiliated with it. Those who are familiar with Solid State or Physical Chemistry may know that we are able to reach very close to absolute zero but never exactly absolute zero. As we approach absolute zero, we lose translational and rotational molecular motion and to attain absolute zero, we would also need to loose vibrational molecular motion, which is not possible at an existential level!
Nada Yoga considers two types of sounds- external sound which is Ahata and internal sound which is the Anahata! Ahata utilizes sensory organs like our ears to hear it. Anahata on the other hand cannot be heard by such sensory perception, it can only be experienced when we go within like in deep meditation states of Dhyana and Samadhi. Dhyana and Samadhi are the last two yogic limbs in Ashtanga Yoga.
All kinds of devotional music as chanting, kirtan and so on was meant to help one reach their Anahata (also called the unstruck sound) thru the Ahata. I.e. somewhere utilize the external sensory organ, which is what we have at our disposal as humans to reach the true, inner essential core within us which makes us conscious beings!
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Kali is the primordial energy of creation, the first feminine energy principle responsible for this entire manifested universe. That is why she is often addressed as Adi Shakti- the first energy principle.
Kali, who represents Time, is the first and foremost of all Shakti-s, i.e. energy forms. Since all of creation manifests and exits in and thru her, she is also a representation of space- where all things can come into being. In this regard Kali represents the Space-Time continuum which allows for this manifested material world to exist.
In a comprehensive understanding of the various primordial energies, called The Ten Great Wisdom Goddesses or Dasha Mahavidyas; Kali is the first Maha Vidya- i.e. the first of the Wisdom Goddesses. The rest of the Mahavidyas represent various aspects of creation and even though they exhibit various forms of the feminine principle of creation, they are all considered as coming forth from the first Mahavidya, which is Kali.
Being a very primordial, potent and foundational energy, Kali is also considered as the ruling energy and presiding deity in all Tantric and Mantric studies, i.e. studies of the Universal Energy of Tantra (Tools of Cosmic Creation & Existence) and Mantra (Power of Sound, Speech & the Spoken Word).
Since Kali is the basis of ‘manifestation’ of this created world from Pure Potentiality of Consciousness (Shiva), she represents the kinetic energy, governs actions and represents the very existentiality of a manifested (i.e. created) form.
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Namah is very commonly seen in many mantras. Particular in the ones where we are seeking a Bhakti- resonance with any particular energy-deity. E.g. Om Namah Shivaya or Om Gam Ganapatey Namah.
Namah is colloquially said to mean “salutation” or a way of greeting, which is a way of paying obeisance. But then, there are several other words in Sanskrit which mean greetings or salutation such as Pranaam. Why don’t we find those being used in mantras? Also, the actual root word for salutation is Nama without the ‘h’ or the visarga- i.e. the two dots at the end. So, what does Namah really mean and when you say them in mantras, what does that really mean?
As we know Sanskrit is a very scientific language and the words are meaningfully created from its constituting root words or root-alphabet-combinations. In this case- Na means “Not”. It is an alphabet used to indicate negation. Ma indicates “Mine”. So basically- Nama means “Not Mine”. Which makes sense as a form of greeting (acknowledging) “another” who is “not me”! That is why it is the root word in the famous greeting term “Namaste”.
Now comes the key part- visarga or the two dots at the end. It indicates letting go or sending forth. This is why it is key that Namah is used in mantras. Since it indicates, “I am letting go of all that’s not mine”. This reinforces detachment. Nothing in the physical world is mine and so I am letting it go. Then what is left? That which is NOT of this physical world. My very consciousness-essence.
So, when we say Namah in mantras what we are saying is that- I greet/pray/pay obeisance to you with my consciousness-essence (while letting go of all that is not me- this physical manifested world).
Next time you say any mantra which includes “Namah”. Say it while truly understanding this meaning of Namah. It is a very powerful experience. If you are finely tuned to experiencing energy, you will notice an even higher vibration and be able to “palpably” feel the energy of the deity you are praying to. This will also help you to more easily achieve “siddhi” of that mantra, which is to experience and maintain resonance with that energy-deity.
In English we address the consciousness essence of man as soul. So the question that comes to many is if that be the case, then how come we are all the same and considered to be similar to our creator. I.e. we are all supposed to be similar and at the same time are very different and have our own individual tendencies which we carry thru many lifetimes.
The original Sanskrit word helps us understand this better. Soul or Atma is our consciousness-essence and for a manifested individual it is called as Jivatma. Jivatma is made of two words, Jiv (or Jeev) and Atma.
The “Atma” part of the Jivatma, is the microcosmic representation of the macrocosmic divine Consciousness. It is the same in essence and so at this level we are all the same.
Then what makes each one of us unique in our soul journeys is the Jeev part. If you have read the article on our numerous bodies then you understand that we carry all our karmas and samskars (i.e. karmic memory impressions) in our Causal body. This causal body makes up the Jeev part of the Jivatma. Since each one of us have had different experiences and our interpretations of life scenarios and resulting actions have been different; we each have our individual Causal body and in this way are an “individual Jeev”. The word Jeev in its most literal sense means a “living form”. Such a living form or Jeev is our basic individual identity.
When we speak of cleansing our karmas and learning our lessons, we are basically working on this part of ourselves. As we progress, we come to the stage of “Enlightenment” which is nothing but true understanding that even this existence of “Jeev or Life-Form” exists because of the delusion of Maya (what maintains the manifestation of separateness and duality). At this point one is truly aware of the Atma aspect of one’s being. I.e. one is truly aware of our “Atmic Self”- this is nothing but a microcosmic drop of the macrocosmic Consciousness.
But till one is living a physical life, Enlightenment is as high an energetic state one can be in- since without letting the body go, which includes the Causal form and Jeev aspect, one cannot truly and completely merge in the macrocosmic Consciousness. This requires not just the awareness of one’s Atma but also detachment from one’s “Jeev-self”. If one has reached that stage of realization, then at the end of that lifetime, their Jeev would drop off! I.e. their Causal body along with its karmas and samskars would get dropped off and their Atma, their very essence will merge with the macrocosmic Consciousness. This is called moksha. It is ONLY after moksha that one will not be entangled with any further cycles of birth and death- since there is no “jeev- karmic causual body” creating the need for further births (and deaths)!
What I have observed is there are several folks who reach Enlightenment in their lifetime and continue on their “Soul Energy (Atmic) journey” for further understanding and awareness of their Cosmic self. Such folks are at higher energy states than of Enlightenment, but since they still have their physical life-form, it is imperative that they continue to lead their lives with non-action, i.e. without incurring any karma or creating any further karmic samskars. If they are able to do so, then at the end of that life-time they can reach Moksha. In case, they incur karma or get caught in any delusions of the Maya, then their causal body will not drop off at death and will continue with their Atma- leading to further cycles of birth and death.
So, along with understanding one’s true nature of “Consciousness” it is important for us to lead our life in non-action: i.e. action which does not incur karma or create any forms of “attachment”! We will address this concept of Non-Action in another post.
Please note that the above is merely a pictorial representation to show how an individual soul (Jivatma) is made of Jeev and Atma. It is NOT to indicate that any particular physical side or proportion is Jeev or Atma.
We all see and relate with our physical body. This is probably the most “identifiable” thing about an individual for many people. But that is not the only body we have. Those of us who are sensitive to seeing energies are able to view another layer over our physical body called the auric body. This is directly related and always in sync with our physical body. This is where body stores its “physical memory”.
For e.g., many a times it’s been noted that people who lose a limb in an accident or other sudden occurrence, continue to feel that they still have that limb. When you view their auric body, you will continue to see faint traces of their limb. Once the physical part is gone, the auric body also diminishes over time and after a while- one will not see the “auric limb” for that amputee.
The other aspect of this auric body is that all kinds of physical ailments and other problems are first noted in the auric body. At this stage they can be dealt with comparative ease than when that problem manifests in the physical body. Most energy workers help people by utilizing, cleansing and other wise positively manipulating the energy of their auric body.
Also several of the alternative healing methods such as Bach Flowers, Reiki etc. work on rectifying issues in the auric body- so they are never manifested in the physical body. In the case, where a physical problem has manifested; working first on the auric body helps to treat the core of that issue and prevent any reoccurrence. Of course the real “core” is in the Causal body, but here we are speaking strictly from natural healing philosophy perspective! ;)
Also energy drains and other psychic level help and attacks happen in the auric body. When we take a shower, along with cleaning our physical body, it also helps to clean and freshen our auric body. This is why people find showers & bath very rejuvenating. In addition, it is a good practice to periodically cleanse the auric body. You can use any of the techniques used in various natural healing modalities or simply use rock salt- you can use it in bath as a cleansing (and relaxing) bathing experience or simply take a little rock salt in your hand and move it over your body. Rock salt has been known to absorb negative energies and helps to give a quick, effective and refreshing auric bath. So next time, you feel all life being sapped out of you from tiredness and stress, do this little rock-salt auric bath and instantly feel vibrant and reinvigorated. Also, wearing Rudraksha cleanses the aura. Part of the reason why ancient Sages wore them.
Now comes the most important and also the most complex body we have- our Causal body. This is our connection with our soul journey. It contains all our karmas and samskars (karmic memory impressions). EVERYTHING that one experiences first finds its source in their causal body. Then if that karma is ripe to be fruition-ed, then it will manifest in the auric body and then finally in the physical body.
When one dies, their physical and auric body perishes BUT their causal body continues. This is the main layer of a Jiv (or Jeev, individual soul). Please note the article on Jivatma. Then, when it is time to manifest again in this physical world, the causal body which exists with the Jeev, then takes on an ego- which then provides the physical body and its associated auric body.
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This blog addresses the various insights, lessons and at times modern-interpretations of techniques and methods of ancient wisdom (particularly Vedic Culture).
It tries to bring the wisdom of ancient, insightful ways to benefit a modern, evolving and conscious lifestyle.
Frankly it brings many of the spiritual concepts at a real life level! Think of this blog as "Spirituality for the Rest of Us"... folks who have families, careers, material goals & ambitions and so on... the ones who cannot simply extrapolate what typical spiritual gurus and guides say, when they live special monastic lives.