Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pranahuti regulates the tendencies of mind - Sahaj Marg

The revered Master Sri Rama Chandraji Maharaj says that spiritual training for the attainment of higher stages is only possible from the process of 'Pranahuti' (Yogic transmission) and by no other means.

Emphasizing the importance of 'Pranahuti', is because the superior power of Master combined with self effort reinforces the spiritual progress. Besides this, in this path our consciousness of self effort remains subdued and never promotes the feeling of ‘Ahankara’ (Ego) and ‘Pride’, which often influence the worshippers following the grosser mechanical methods.

The power of transmission is a yogic attainment of a very high order by which a 'Yogi' can infuse by his will power the yogic energy or Godly effulgence on anyone, and removes anything unwanted in him or detrimental to his spiritual progress. He can exercise the power not only on those assembled around him, but also on those who are away from him.

Pranahuti is brought into effect through the power of will which is always effective. If a trainer in spirituality (Preceptor) exerts his will to mould the mind of the trainee, it will yield effective and excellent results. The worthy trainer, with the power of yogic transmission, weakens the lower tendencies of the mind of the trainee and sows the seed of Divine light in the inner most core of the heart.

The trainee may not feel anything at the beginning. The reason is that he is accustomed to feel only through the senses and the divine power is beyond senses. After sometime, however, he may feel the results of such transmission, which also are in the form of subtle changes of the working of his vital parts and of the tendencies of his mind. The power of pranahuti is a divine power working through the channel of pure mind.

Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Friday, May 7, 2010

God's Love is impartial to All and the Results we get in our lives are based on our Attitude

One should maintain an attachment with  God. This may differ from person to person. One may think about Him as his Lover, Relative, Master, Guide or even as a Foe who frightens him. However he never shows any inequality or any unevenness towards the people who like him or does not like him. In His view, all are His children and He will show no partiality among them. Liking and disliking are no concerns in his view.

However we may feel that God punishes some people and grants boons to some others. This is not correct and it is only our ignorant perception. The Hindu Srimad Bhagavath Gita (BhagavadGita) confirms it in several instances. The nature of God is to save all from down fall and to keep them  on the right path to reach Him. For this, the treatment of God depends upon our own behavior or attitude. If our behavior is smooth, the treatment will also be smooth. If it is harsh, the same is the treatment. So love for love and enmity for enmity. It is automatic. In other words, we can say God is automatic and acts very transparently. Therefore we are very much responsible for the receipt of treatment (good or bad) from  God through  Nature, which is prevailing around us which includes every living being and non living things.

This concept of getting ‘Results’ based on our attitude, behavior, thoughts and deeds, is otherwise called Karma Phala Siddhanta (Deeds and Results Theory), which is well explained in the Bhagavad-Gita. Those who excel in their life doing their assigned duties properly, following the right principles, will always strive to do good to the fellow beings because those are the pioneers in understanding this Karma Phala Siddhanta and they can be considered as ‘Karma Yogis’.

In the  Mahabhagavata at the first instance itself it is said that ‘Saving (ruling) the Disciples is a great art and the Lord (God) is the expert in that art’. At times a situation may come, where both the rivals have to be supported, because both are right and are dependent on God. In such cases, a divine solution will emerge and God proves Himself as God leaving us bewildered in amazement. Let us recollect such an instance, the history of Great king ‘Maha Bali’ in Chapter 8 of Telugu edition (Script) of the  Maha Bhagavatam.

Bali, the Asura king of   Lower Worlds (‘Asuras’ meaning ‘Demons’) conquered the higher worlds and has driven Indra, the King of Devatas of  Heaven  ( ‘Devatas’ meaning gods) to forests. Years together, he was in troubles. ‘Adithi’, the mother of Indra prayed Lord Vishnu (the Supreme God) to save his son from his difficulties. Lord Vishnu was pleased with the prayers of Adithi and promised her to make her son the King of Heaven once again by ousting Bali from that place.

Well, the Supreme Lord has given a word and it should take place. But, how? King Bali was not a cruel person like the other Asura Kings. He was not at fault to receive the punishment from the Lord. Moreover he is the devotee of Lord Vishnu. God cannot show partiality and punish Bali for the sake of other devotee. Really to our rational human mind, it is a difficult situation to deal with.

To solve this problem Lord Vishnu has taken birth as a son of Adithi, and in this ‘avatar’ (incarnation) he was known as ‘Vamana’. He was a dwarf boy and at the right time, he reached the ‘Yagnasala’ (place of worship through Fire) of King Bali and extended his blessings as a priestly class boy. On seeing the glittering eyes and intelligent words being spoken by the boy, King Bali got  impressed and enquired the whereabouts of the boy. After getting the satisfactory replies, King Bali asked, what for he came and what did he want?

Vamana replied that he wanted only three feet of land for him and that too he wanted to measure with his little foot only. King Bali laughed at him and said, “You are still a boy and does not know how to wish. You are not requesting before an ordinary king, you are standing before the ruler of the three worlds. Come on, ask for more according to my dignity.”

The boy replied, “Yes my dear ruler, you are no doubt a great king but I want only three feet land. My need is limited, please grant that much. I will be satisfied”.

 King Bali decided to give three feet land as desired by the boy. While he was performing his traditional ritual of offering the land by pouring water from the ‘Kamandalam’ (a kettle), the spiritual master of King Bali, ‘Sukracharya’, with his intuitional powers studied the situation and found that the dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ was none other than Lord Vishnu, who is going to occupy all the three worlds with his three feet measurement. Immediately he revealed all the facts about Lord Vishnu’s birth as the Dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ and asked the King not to give anything to that cunning boy.

King Bali, after hearing his master Sukracharya, simply said that he has given a word and he cannot step back. His master repeatedly advised the King that he is going to meet the great danger and in such conditions one can lie to protect themselves. He also said that lying is not a sin when there is danger of losing life, property and character, and in saving pious men and holy cows and in the matter of women and in marriages. Therefore this is such an instance and he can say no to that boy.

In spite of such advice and some sort of threatening from his master (he is violating his master’s orders), King Bali stood strongly on his word and said that he would fulfill his given word even when his wealth vanishes, his kith and kin die or leave him, let the power diminish and let him  be imprisoned and  sent to Hell. He also said that even if the boy may be Lord Vishnu, or Brahma, the creator or Lord Siva, the destroyer, he is not worried and so saying he gave the required three feet land to that boy and asked him to measure as he likes. The boy enlarged his body expanding and occupying the whole world with his one foot and the upper worlds with his second foot and asked BALI for place to his third foot. Bali understood the situation and calmly showed his head to Vamana to place his third foot. Vamana (Lord Vishnu) immediately kept his foot on Bali’s head and pushed him  down to ‘Rasaatala’ the lower world. Then Lord Vishnu gave the Heaven to Indra and fulfilled his promise given to Adithi.

Now one may think, “But, what about Maha Bali? Is it not injustice done to him?” The reply is ‘No’. Lord (God) will not do so. So then, what happened next? Let us see further.

On entering Rasaatala by the push of Lord Vishnu’s foot, he was provided with a great palace. His kith and kin were allowed to live with him happily there. Lord Vishnu granted a boon to King Bali that he would be the King of Heaven in future and till then Lord Vishnu became the servant of King Bali at the seventh threshold of Bali’s palace safeguarding him day and night with his weapon mace. So the Lord made King Bali as his own master.

What an irony! Now King Bali is the master and Lord Vishnu is his servant. See Indra got his lost power, but King Bali got mastery over the Lord. Which is great?

This is the way how the Lord treats his disciples without partiality.

Courtesy: Sri. P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri. B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Best people do their Duty as a service unmindful of Obstacles and Results

Srimath BhagavadGita is a universally accepted Holy Book and the best of all other spiritual books for Hindus. It has discussed  ‘Karma’ (Duty) in detail. Lord Krishna says that one should perform one's duty without having any expectations on its profits. He named such duty as `Nishkama Karma’ meaning, the ‘Desireless duty’, which gives a comfortable peaceful life. However some atheists have taken it very lightly, misinterpreted it and have laughed at it quoting some examples that no farmer will indulge in agriculture unmindful of a profitable crop or no one does business without thinking of his profits.

To the materialistic world of this age, all these claims of the atheists may seem appropriate, but there is more to life than to just think about logic, science, passions or money.

While reading the  Holy Scriptures we should consult our heart but not our intellect. Then only we will get its true meaning. Desireless duty is always a true attitude. A man who performs his duty for duty's sake will get no discontentment. If you do a thing with some expectations and in case you will not get the result or get it below your expectations, it is sure that you will be disappointed. This disappointment is directly proportional to what you expected. Hundred percent desires less duty may not be possible. However we can adopt it to the extent possible and get more and more results. All Divine preaching goes on these lines only. Less desire leads to more comfort is the principle underlined in it.

In performing duties, there will generally be three types of people. Number one Uttama Purusha (the Best), Second is Madhyama Purusha (the Mediocre) and the third Adhama Purusha (the Worst).

The Adhama (the Worst) category person does not start a work at all. He expects so many obstacles even before he starts the work that he  does not start it at all, thinking that it is a waste.

The Madhyama (the Mediocre) category person starts the work and drops it in the middle when a simple obstruction appears on  the way.

But the Uttama (the Best) category person will complete his duty and finish the work taken up, even though he comes across a  number of impediments. He will never leave his duty and isn’t afraid of any obstacles. Such a person will achieve victory and he becomes  the Great Man, the Hero in this world.

Consider this example – A nail is to be driven into a wall and a calendar is to be  hung. The Adhama (worst) might not start the work at all saying that the wall is strong and the nail is soft. The Madhyama (mediocre) tries to do the work but when it becomes difficult i.e., when the nail becomes twisted and the hammer in use is not proper, he stops the work and goes away thinking that it is not in his capacity. But the Uttama (the best) will start the work with preoccupied thought of completing the work without any doubt. If the nail is  bent, and difficult to drive the nail into the wall, he will bring a jumper and strong hammer, drives the nail into the wall and hangs the Calendar on it.

In this context, Sage ‘Vemana’ said, “One should think well before starting a work. That is all. Afterwards there should be no question of dropping it. The thought of middle drops should not creep into the mind. In case it happens so, it is nothing but equal to death”.

In Hindu scriptures, there is a mythological tale, where the Devils and the Gods once churned the ‘Ksheera Saagaram’ (Milky sea) for the sake of ‘Amrita’ (nectar). They got the poison first, the fire next, followed by ‘Kama Dhenu’ (the boon granting cow), ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ (the boon graning tree) and the diamonds and the precious stones etc. But they have not dropped their endeavor. They continued till the nectar came, bearing all the difficulties and not being attracted by the boons which were the intermediate results. Such should be the attitude of a duty minded person and such a person should only be called  Uttama purusha (the best category among men).

The strict duty minded persons would always get much appreciation from their masters. There is a tale regarding this. The King ‘Aurangajeb’ always liked a servant very much and this has raised a kind of jealousy among others. Noticing this, the King called his servants to his court and asked them to cut into pieces a valuable diamond lamp stand kept in the hall. Nobody dared to do so. More over they reminded the value of that lamp stand to the King and prayed him not to resort to damage it. However when the King ordered his beloved servant to damage the stand, he simply obeyed the order and smashed the stand into pieces with his sword. That was his undoubted belief on his master. He always thinks that whatever his master says is right and his duty is to obey the order of his master. By witnessing this, all other servants recognized his greatness and stopped thinking bad against him afterwards.

Finally, let us consider a story of a duty minded saint, who, while going along a bank of a river, saw a scorpion drowning in water. Immediately he saved it and left it outside the water. However the scorpion bites the saint and accidentally fell again in the water. The saint without caring the severe pain once again saved the scorpion from the water. A person witnessing all these asked the saint why he saved the scorpion repeatedly when it hurt him with ingratitude. The saint simply replied that it had done its work and he did his duty. That is all.

By this it is understood that great people do not stop performing their duty in any circumstances. The loss or profit is least concerned to them. In their view, duty is duty and is the other way of serving God--Work is WORSHIP.

The same concepts are of course rediscovered by the leadership gurus of the West like Mr. Stephen Covey who in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has mentioned as ‘Principle Centered Thinking’ for taking decisions and performing actions, and by Mr. Robin Sharma in his books, ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’, ‘The Greatness Guide’, etc.

Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.