The state of Super Consciousness-I

December 30, 2010

Part-A

Dear readers, I presume that you have appreciated anecdotes and pictures of my yatra which was undertaken so far, but this post does not have any discussion and photos of Kailash Mansarovar as the topic that I have picked up this time demands a different approach altogether. The post is lengthy and voluminous and has been divided in two parts. Those of you who have just arrived please read the previous post- How to increase the level of your consciousness-III for the definition of Super Consciousness.

I hope you liked reading the previous articles and they must have given you new insights and intuition as much as they have given me. I would like to inform you that the journey that I have undertaken along with Shri Mahavatar Babaji and you on this blog is becoming very, very interesting at this juncture. There is a tinge of thrill, immense exhilaration and joy as I get exposure to new mystic revelations with each passing day as we proceed to higher and higher steps of our ascent.  At this intersection, I am eager to  share with you a very fascinating episode that took place with me freshly on a trip to Delhi. This post is unique and very different in presentation in the sense that we also have a story teller in the end of this episode. The storyteller is a Banyan Tree and the protagonist is one grand Master, a Himalayan Yogi.

The article has become lengthy as I had to weave my many present and past spiritual experiences and knit them together, churn and then conclude the eternal knowledge that is underlying and flowing silently in these experiences. This and the latter posts can be summarized into one theme – that of Super Consciousness and you can break this post into many parts and treat each event, story or experience as a whole. The topic is complex but can be made simple by breaking it into many small simple concepts and once when everything is understood and absorbed, the main concept can be understood in entirety. There will be three parts on Super Consciousness and the complete picture will come alive after all three are presented to you in a row.

So we begin with a very simple story which will lead us to a grave and pensive knowledge in the end. The post is narrative in nature and my attention has been on its crux and gravity of the spiritual precept instead of my writing skills and lucidity. So kindly handle this post as is expected. Like before, every post is being revised by me even after it is published and as usual, I add some lines, words here and there to make it better and clearer for the convenience of every reader. So please read this post more than a few times. Hope you will be gratified and richer at the end of it just as I have become by composing it.

The Banyan tree is also called the spiritual tree, the Boddhi tree and is held sacred in India. It can live for hundreds of years and sometimes a thousand and above in rare cases. The tree is sacred because of the energy and power it emits. It has very saatvik, pure energy emanating out of it and therefore it is an ideal place to contemplate and meditate. The air it throws out is very pure and full of oxygen and the vibrations given are holy in nature. Out of so many Banyan trees some are unique and outstanding because of their special nature. You will soon discover what makes one Banyan Tree different from other, one sadhu or yogi different from another, how to derive optimum advantage from the great Masters, how to make very quick spiritual progress by utilizing their spiritual knowledge that they bestow on us and much, much more…..

I was in Delhi for a week a few days back and I took some time off and visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram for meditation; and this time also for one interesting assignment. Since the past many weeks, I was looking for a real picture of a Banyan tree for the blog in case I ever needed it for future posts.  I was not successful in my search in Mumbai. So I thought I will go the Ashram in Delhi and take a nice picture of a Banyan Tree. I took my camera and eventually managed to find the right type of tree in that area and I took a few good pictures. However, what I never dreamt in my life was that I would be so blessed to receive such rare and worthy insights in the occult and spiritual world and that too from a Banyan Tree!! By occult I mean the unseen forces in nature and not tamasic or dark  forces. However, before I tell you more about it, let’s talk about the other associated aspect of this post- the Himalayan Yogis.

The Himalayan Mountains are longest in range and height in the world. Not only are they longest, but they also have some rare species of flora and fauna which are about to be extinct now. In addition to this, what we do not know is that since the past ten thousand years or so, the Himalayas in India, Tibet and Nepal are the abode and haven of the sages, practicing yogis and sadhus or ascetics. Since the rest of the world is cut off from the cold and freezing Himalayas, it makes a perfect haven for the rishis and sages to do their tapas, spiritual practices of Yoga, to compose hymns and to write holy books and scriptures. The mountains are dotted with so many caves hidden from the sight of the people. The mystics in Tibet have specialized in occult, meditation and chanting. The caves are secreted for a good reason. Impurities of the people defile them and their intrusion is an obstruction in their attempts. The worldly thoughts of the people distract their mind from meditating upon God. They wish to remain pure like the incorruptible water of sacred river Ganga. The real yogis get happiness from the peace that they get from meditation and quietude of the mountains. They want to have a continuous link and communion with the Higher Consciousness.  The Vedas, the Puranas, The Mahabharata, Sandhya Bhashya and so many other holy texts have originated and were written by the sages in the valleys, caves and abodes of these magnificent mountains. And many more noteworthy scriptures apart from what have been just mentioned above have also been composed in these mountains.

Although the Himalayan sages do not have much physical contact with the external world, but they certainly radiate and transmit celestial vibrations and wave lengths of Super Consciousness in the environment far and wide. The spiritual and godly vibrations emitting from the minds of the realized yogis since time unknown make the Himalayas sacred and pious and hence they have acquired a special place amongst all the mountains. The whole atmosphere, the smell in the air and the trees have something very special about them. There are yogis who have achieved many great siddhis or supernatural powers many of them have become ageless, immortal and radiate rays of illumination reaching out several kilometers. Some of them are practicing and living yoga since the past few hundred years thereby purifying the whole region. They have been helping humanity in a silent way by spreading divine vibrations and also by diffusing rays of holy and spiritual thoughts thus making the Himalayas sacred and holy. So many times the answers and solutions that we receive in distress and genuine needs are not ours. They have been answered by them!! They know and understand that it is not possible for us to give up our modern life style and do not expect us to undergo hardships of tapasya to know the truth. But nevertheless, they help us at whatever level and stage we are by mentally transmitting thought waves in the atmosphere. Hence we find solutions, our confusion gets cleared and there is clarity of thought. Such holy souls are very selfless in nature and are always helping mankind and this is their service to God.

Mahavatar Babaji is one such outstanding holy incarnation. He is meditating and living with a group of a few trusted and very advanced yogis in the secret caves of Himalayas living for just one purpose- to help mankind and the human race as a whole to evolve in Spirit. And also to make this planet more peaceful, worth living and to avoid any conflict between two or more nations. He is a living example for the world to see the full potential and possibilities of human development in Spirit.  He is a Maha Purush because he has crossed all the limitations of maya or prakriti and has achieved immortality. He answers to so many people’s doubts, questions and curiosities without their even being aware of it. He helps innumerable aspirants on their journey of self realization and shows them their future path in direct and oblique ways.

How do the yogis achieve the highest levels of Consciousness?

Each man possesses a mental body of his own. It is the energy of the kind of thoughts that dwell and are nurtured in the mind. His intellectual property, his process of thinking and the kind of thoughts nurtured are all included in the mental body. Each thought that we send out, each thought that we receive and the cumulative power of it all makes a man what he is and it this thought power to which we are attracted in some people or repelled depending on the quality of thought.

Every thought has its own vibration and wave length. The nearer it is to Super Consciousness, the higher its power.  The lower the thought, the denser the wave. The higher the consciousness of the person, the subtler the thought. Our thought waves float in the ether like sound waves. One’s mind is able to catch the wavelength of a similar thought. We should be careful in mixing with people, spiritual aspirants should try to mingle with strong, healthy and positive minds.

There are three types of power that a man possesses in his consciousness.

Ichcha Shakti or the power of one’s desire

Sankalp Shakti or thought power and

Kriya Shakti the power to do actions.

First comes the Ichcha Shakti. It is the power bestowed upon humans to initiate an act. Without this power, the force to initiate and start an action does not come into play. The stronger the desire or ichcha shakti, the more possibility for the actions to manifest. Desires should be positive and constructive in nature. It should be used to promote only positive developments in oneself. They should be cultivated and enhanced by practice of concentration and positive affirmations. One must be cautious not to put this ability to a distorted goal. It should not be used for incorrect, detrimental or unsound goals. For example Bhishma Pitamaha in Mahabharat story had the boon of dying at will. If he had used this boon before the Kurukshetra war, there would have been no war in all probabilities. Duryodhana would not have fought this war because he was depending on Bhishma Pitamaha to kill Arjun, the infallible archer. As no one could kill Bhishma Pitamaha and he was a great warrior, Duryodhana’s plan was to kill Arjuna through Bhishma Pitamaha. So Ichcha Shakti should not be used for mischievous, detrimental as well as vicious acts.

Sankalp Shakti -. This word is also used for determination many a times. Sankalp here means the rise of a thought, the power of thoughts. Every thought that is born is like a wave in an ocean, and has its magnetic power. It draws to itself positive or negative circumstances. The more positive our thoughts, the more power we possess and vice versa. Attention should be paid by us every time we think and to our quality of thoughts. We should discard the evil, bad and weak thoughts. In their place cultivate and nurture positive, constructive, creative, powerful and healthy thoughts.

King Drupad of Panchal vowed to kill the man who was once his best friend, Drona out of enmity and hatred.  Hence he wished for a son who would one day grow up and kill his enemy. He performed a putrayeshti yagya to beget a son for this purpose. Such detrimental thoughts should always be destroyed immediately.

Kriya Shakti Kriya means to do, shakti means power- the power and force to perform actions. Some people have more energy and force to work than others. The reason for this is that both the body and mind of such people are robust and healthy and they are in tune with nature’s powers. Such people not only perform better than others but they also produce better results in shorter duration because of their kriya shakti.

All the three shaktis are divine powers only but its uses are different. We need to become aware of these three latent powers in us. These shaktis push us to move up in great strides on the spiritual path and we are transformed quickly. We need all these shaktis as we progress our way up. They should be cultivated and increased by the practice of concentration and meditation.

The yogis know about  these hidden powers and they practice austerity,  contemplation, read scriptures, do service or seva, give up all the vices to purify their being. No wonder their consciousness is cleaner, purer and superior than the masses.

If one wishes to raise his consciousness, then first he must want it,  he must have a desire. It should not be a fickle desire like the flame of a lamp on a stormy night but instead it must be a steady, unflickering flame. This is Ichcha Shakti.

Once the desire or ichcha is ignited, the seeker must  make his desire firm, discuss with the guru and the peer and then do a pratigya or make a pledge . Once the sankalp  or determination has been done, then we must act on it.

Kriya Shakti- Act with all your interest, cheerfulness and never ending interest. Take proper diet, and nutrition, sufficient sleep to stay healthy and to promote good health in order to be more productive and efficient to do the worldly duties and spiritual practices regularly. Exercise regularly and meditate fervently. Endure disturbance created by negative forces and make them your stepping stones.

Part-B

Now the story about the Banyan tree…..

In the morning before I left for the ashram, I meditated at home as usual. To my surprise, Sri Aurobindoji surfaced in my mind and informed me that there are 5 main verses in Bhagwad Geeta. Out of these one is verse 1 of Chapter 15

Urdhva mulam adhah shakhamashwatham prahuravyayam I

Chandasi yasya parnani yastam veda sa vedavit II

I was thankful to him after I got the summary of a great scripture from a maharishi. I was looking forward to go to the Ashram in the morning and spending a few hours there.

 I asked a few people if there is a Banyan tree in the complex and all they said was though there are a few, but they do not know the exact location. They tried to help me in looking for the spiritual tree but in vain. After my initial failed attempts and spending about one hour on it, I fell back upon my intuition and I walked back to the place where I remembered I once saw a Banyan tree many years ago. I reached a coppice and at last found a big Banyan tree hidden amongst the other commonly found trees. I was absolutely euphoric the moment I saw this tree and in a state of triumph, I dumped my bag and woollens on the dusty ground and got my camera readied.

Looking at it, I got a feeling that no one must have spotted and cared for this special tree as there were other striking beautiful trees. I saw the tree carefully. It was huge, its canopy was large, the trunk was fairly wide but strangely the roots that were coming out of the tree were exceptionally thick. So old, strong and firm were the roots that there were tertiary roots coming out of the primary roots. I was a bit perplexed as I couldn’t assess the age of the tree because the roots seemed too old while the rest of the body looked much younger in comparison.

As I was taking the photos, the commentary of Geeta Chapter 15 verses 1, 2 and 3 ran through my mind and I recalled its meaning. This is what I thought-

The world consists of mostly unaware men. They come in this world, first they get attached to the fleeting world, they spread the roots of entanglement far and wide and then they get lost in the web of ‘maya’. They create a sansara, a world of their own, full of attachment without ever knowing the creator of this universe.

While the gyani or yogi on the other hand, enters the world, looks for the seed, the creator of the universe, Purushshottam, the Divine Father by reading the scriptures, vedas, goes to a guru solves the puzzle called sansara and then creates a divine world for himself without getting caught in the decaying and fleeting world…..

No wonder the  worldly man is compared to an inverted banyan tree in the first verse!

I went home after I took these pictures and at night when everything fell silent after I lay in my bed, the Banyan Tree of the Ashram appeared before me quite unexpectedly and thus spoke to me. The conversation that took place between us is very mesmerizing and left me spellbound for  the next few days.

Banyan Tree: “Today you came to me and you have worshipped me; I am very pleased with you. I have been standing quietly for so many years and nobody glances at me. Everyone is attracted to the external beauty of other trees and gets swayed by them. You have come all the way from so far to look at me and take my photos! I am very happy to be on your blog because it belongs to Shri Mahavatar Babaji. The area of the ashram which has the samadhi ashes and meditation hall has divine light. Can you see that?”

Me: “Yes, now I can. I see two big circles of light. One is on top of the relic and the other on top of the meditation hall.”

Me: “How old are you?”

Banyan Tree: “A few hundred years. Three hundred and twenty one to be exact.”

 Me: “But you don’t look that old. You have a slighter trunk. How come?”

Banyan Tree:  “Because  I don’t have ichha to be so big. I had the desire to be only spiritual and holy. Trees have prana or life force inside them. Look at me in the middle, can you see the silver light inside me?”

Me: “Yes, I do.”

Banyan Tree: “That’s my prana or energy which I give to others. There is energy also in the leaves and other parts of the tree but maximum life force is in the centre of the tree in my trunk. Look again.”

Me: “I am seeing it.”

 

Banyan Tree:  “Trees have two main things -Spirit and life force –Atma and prana respectively. Each tree has its own Spirit and it has vital life force called prana. If the tree has a desire or ichcha shakti to help others selflessly and to be holy in nature, then it grows very big in size. Most Banyan trees have either of these desires while a few have both the desires, hence the difference in nature of each tree.”

 “Recall the gigantic Peepal  Tree that you saw in Murugan temple in Katargama in Sri Lanka. It has both- Ichha Shakti and Sankalpa Shakti. So it is very, very big and is also spiritual and holy. And my child, that tree can hear also! Therefore, whoever comes to worship it, say their prayers there, they have wishes fulfilled. Those who come to quietly meditate under it, gain a lot of power to overcome their hurdles on the spiritual path and consequently make quick and hasty progress.”

Me: “No wonder, Hindus and Buddhists alike come in large numbers to worship this gigantic tree!”

Banyan Tree:  “Not all Banyan or Peepal Trees are powerful and very pious. Just a few have a great desire to grow big in size and to be holy too like the one you saw on your pilgrimage in Sri Lanka.”

A spark was felt in my brain at this moment and I recalled this particular momentous event of mine. In Nov 2003, I attended a spiritual retreat of Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) in Ranchi.  At 4.00 am, I had a very vivid vision. I saw a very huge Banyan tree which was shining and was made of gold. It had a very vast canopy and it covered a massive ground. There were innumerable thick roots falling from its branches and they touched and penetrated in the ground. The roots were so strong and firm that they looked like sturdy pillars on which the tree rested. The tree had very bright radiating golden rays of Light spreading outwardly in all directions. Shri Mahavatar Babaji was sitting under this tree and his body was made of golden light and it glowed very brilliantly. His head and back had a huge halo and I saw its rays of Golden Light reaching everywhere. His body was made up of stellar golden rays and He was sitting in a Lotus posture in a samadhi!!

*(19.08.17. I am reading this blog post again to refresh it. This year our Foundation named Nav Jeevan Jyoti Foundation NJJF, has been formed. Our logo is inspired by this vision of mine)

Though such moments are very short in duration, but they always leave an indelible mark. At that time I had no idea what was the significance of this experience and the future course of my spiritual path was shrouded in mystery. But on that night when the Banyan Tree reminded me of this specific incident, I saw a correlation.

One more example was cited by the Banyan tree to me and that was this- In the late sixties, Auroville township was being developed by The Mother of Pondicherry. A very big banyan tree was about to be cut as the land was being cleared. It pleaded to The Mother in a subtle state before its fate had to be decided. That night the Mother saw this tree in a dream who pleaded not to be cut as it was his desire to continue living near the meditation hall which was about to be constructed soon. The Mother responded to his appeal and the following day, instructions were given to the concerned person and the wish of the tree was fulfilled. I have been to this site and seen the meditation hall and the extraordinary, beautiful, huge banyan tree and I also had the privilege to sit under it for some time in Dec, 2002. A great amount of energy and vitality was received by me by just sitting under its massive canopy.

Auroville_matrimandir_cloud

(Banyan tree in Auroville. Courtesy-Google images)

The Banyan Tree still continued filling me with abundant knowledge by telling me more.

Banyan Tree: “Each tree has prana according  to his icchha Shakti. The more icchha Shakti,  the more prana it will have. The prana is stored in its leaves.  As it grows bigger and bigger, it  will have more and more leaves to store prana. These trees have abundant prana  to give to others. So have icchha Shakti and grow in Atma and not in material. Unless somebody possesses icchha Shakti, they cannot grow in Atma. Have icchha Shakti to grow in Atman and not desires to grow in material and worldly things. If you grow in Spirit you have power. Add power to your family, nation and planet like Babaji.  Babaji is like a massive Banyan Tree. He possesses ancient wisdom, eternal values and esoteric knowledge. He is Boddhi Sattva, one who has enlightenment of Truth, knower of eternal Truth. Follow Babaji and his teachings. Serve God the way he is serving God since time immemorial. This is the best service you can do to humanity and to God.”

He continued to bless me further by revealing to me, “Some extra ordinary Banyan Trees emit Super Conscious rays, they are old, very old unlike seasonal flowers. Most saints of today are like seasonal flowers but Mahavatar Babaji is like the Banyan Tree. The Banyan Trees and Babaji are both alike. They give us a new lease of life, vitality for health, spiritual progress and hasty evolution but silently. He likes to hide from public and do selfless service for God eternally.”

I was incredibly touched to have been chosen by this holy tree for spiritual enlightenment on an auspicious day like that one. I was elated and overwhelmed by this phase of enlightenment bestowed by the Banyan Tree and the following few days were full of fulfillment and tranquility.


How to increase the level of your consciousness-III?

December 20, 2010

 

When the Chetna shakti of the individual joins and unites with Atma shakti or Universal Spirit, that is Super Consciousness. It takes place at Brahmarandra or crown chakra. All sacred knowledge, truth and divine illumination takes place at Brahmarandra. Illumination comes from God, beauty comes from God, and truth comes from God. The state in which there are no thoughts is called Nirvikalpa.  (How to increase the level of your consciousness –I)

“After arriving at this stage even the Guru is not there, only Brahma remains. At this stage there is the Absolute Truth, absolute Brahma, Immutable Brahma, Unchanging Atman our Spirit. It is the beginning of the search of the Truth. Brahma is the source of our origin. We must immerse in it again. So meditate on the Light of God! Meditate on the golden glow of illuminating Light!” (Ignite the flame of Illumination-II)

The state of Super Consciousness is reached by doing progressive meditation by which is meant that the aspirant must progress from lower chakra to the higher ones in meditation. One should start concentration from the solar plexus, then progress to heart and finally to the third eye. (How to increase the level of your consciousness-II)

Dear readers, as we progress with each post step by step, we are moving higher and higher on the levels of realization of Self. It becomes necessary for us to look back for a while and see the links that are present in preceding posts. For this reason I have quoted from the posts of previous segments at the start because all this is inter-connected. Keeping all the quotes in mind, let’s continue now from where we left last time. We were discussing progressive meditation to enlarge our present level of consciousness.

The third eye is the centre of divine perception, visions, supernatural powers and telepathy. It is called the third eye or spiritual eye because the human soul has the capacity to see beyond the normal eyes, an inherent faculty of unused power to see beyond the realms of physical world. This centre of concentration is named agya chakra in Yoga. It is a special door of knowledge where one can see, hear, know and feel in super normal ways without the use of one’s senses. Knowledge coming from this door can be depended upon wholly and one cannot go wrong in his judgment unlike the normal method of knowing and judging situations in normal circumstances. High frequency vibrations of sound and light are very well received at this point from the middle regions of astral world without any hindrance of earthly disruptions. Through third eye one can have a direct contact with the Higher Self.

Please know that the results of concentration attained by the seeker at the third eye is much slower than the preceding chakras and the progress is at a slower rate. Much work has to be done prior to the manifestation of its commendable results at this centre. Only persistence helps. Meditation at the agya chakra or the third eye should never be done alone but always under the guidance of a guru. Many people are casual about it and are misguided by their mentors. As with Kundalini Shakti, so with the third eye. The awakening of these two sacred centres should come as a grace from the gurus and not by obstinate efforts of oneself. The dangers are many, including the most prominent of opening the door to evil spirits and the lower worlds. Practices like tratak or concentration at one point, on that of a flame or lamp with the motive of gaining success in materialistic affairs or attaining supernatural powers can prove to be very harmful for the practitioner. One must learn concentration to control the restless senses and mind and get rid of the weaknesses; and we must meditate to attain self realization. The intention of any spiritual practice should be pure and progressive in nature. Invoking and installing of a deity, a guru or some image of God in the heart and the third eye is mandatory, more so if you have just begun. The initiation and commencement of this sacred act should be in the knowledge of a reliable guru.

Karna, the brave warrior and friend of Duryodhana in Mahabharat lied to his teacher Maharishi Parshuram about his history and background. On revelation at a later stage, Karna was cursed by his teacher for lying and hiding his background.

There are spiritual laws which when defied result in very painful and detrimental results. Therefore, one should always be very humble and egoless in all the spiritual efforts and give the highest status to the benevolent guru. It is in our own interest and safety that we follow the legacy or parampara of guru –shishya, teacher student tradition and succeed in our deliberate efforts. Those of you who have any doubt or query at this stage must not hesitate, they must clear them now as we are about to move on to our next important lesson of spiritual knowing.

From the position and center of the third eye, the spiritual voyage becomes exclusive as well as conclusive. When we concentrate at this point with our conscious will, we pull up the life force from the lower regions of the body to higher levels of concentration. The lower chakras are meant for and they deal chiefly with sustenance and survival actions. As humans have a very deep sense of survival instincts visible as ego, hatred, enmity, selfishness and self-centeredness, the consciousness of majority of people is centered there. Evidently, the vibrations of thoughts emitted from the lower chakras levels are gross and heavy. The knowledge base and capacity of understanding of majority of people is constricted and limited plus the vast horizons of higher consciousness untapped. The actions performed with constrained knowing and dim consciousness leads to unsatisfactory and impoverished results resulting in human race suffering in terms of mental unrest, confusion, lack of prosperity and success, physical as well as mental ailments, and as a whole they lead a directionless, purposeless and meaningless life. Sadly such a typical life is repeated again and again by the human soul who never reflects or thinks and therefore fails to transform and convert himself into a higher being. This is the irony of humanity at large! Only a few have the desire to attempt to walk on the path of spiritual evolution and divinity. And ironically those people who do attempt lose interest after some time because the results of these efforts are slow to become visible and difficult to assess by the unaccomplished practitioner!

Nevertheless there are a few outstanding aspirants who are intelligent, perseverant, diligent and sincere too. They continue working towards their objective and higher aspirations. They just refuse to be re- born incarnations after incarnations into insignificant and meaningless existence in lower worlds and domains.

Hence it becomes imperative for us to understand very well as to why we need to put in so much effort and time today for self improvement and progress in a lifestyle which leaves us with little spare time. However, those people who are wise enough will invest their energies and time towards their development because they realize too well that if they do so, their future lives will be pious, peaceful and sacred. And their present lives will have a great meaning and purpose too.

Dear friends, so back to our original subject-we were discussing about concentration at the third eye. It takes longer time and practice to open this centre of consciousness because the effects of past accumulated karmas are very profound and erasing them takes extensive time and labour. There are many doors which must be opened one by one and these are doors of ignorance and darkness of many, many incarnations. As each door opens one after the other with clearing of small portion of ignorance, we begin to experience frequent patches and periods of calmness, mental peace and devotion in our life. Once the agya chakra is cleaned by God and Guru’s Grace, the dormant Kundalini Shakti awakens by itself and the prana or vital force starts to flow freely in the spinal cord within some time without any hindrance or blockages. This process recharges and electrifies the spinal column and the nervous system as well and the prana reaches the seat of Super consciousness –the Crown Chakra with the help of excess force given by Kundalini. But please remember this, it is not a hurried affair and process. It is going to take you quite some time depending on many factors which may be discussed at some other time in a later post soon.  Next…

The Crown Chakra or Brahmarandr- Brahma means God, randra means a hole. It is the region of receiving Super Conscious vibrations from the celestial worlds. The uppermost part of the cerebrum is very sacred for the reason that it is here that the knowledge of sacred Brahma is received and established. It is the centre and seat meant for only one purpose- to receive spiritual realizations, illumination and knowledge in the form of astral rays of divinity through the very fine nerves present in the nervous system from the highest skies or astral worlds on the human form. It is received in the upper cerebrum which acts as an antenna, the human receiver and transmitter. Sincere prayers, affirmations and aspirations from this state is heard and manifested without any delay. It is a very potent and powerful centre and must be utilized for self growth and world transformation.

No physical or gross activity is done from this centre of vast learning. If one learns to concentrates at this sacred point, the knot of breath and mind is broken and the breath stops for a while. Cessation of breath leads to Super Consciousness. It is a stage of absence of thoughts as the connection of the Spirit breaks from the body temporarily and we are in a state of Cosmic Spirit. The ultimate aim of any Kriya and Pranayam is to untie the knot of prana and manas– vital force and mind. We shall discuss this in little more detail later in future articles. This particular advanced stage is termed as Samadhi and is hard to attain by one’s own efforts but easy to achieve for humble, sincere and devoted disciples as a Grace from their benevolent, merciful gurus. Arjuna experienced the Cosmic form of the Universal God during a war on a battlefield of Kurukshetra!! The Grace of Krishna was spontaneous and it flowed out of divine love for Arjuna who had a sacred heart and undying love for his mentor, Guru and teacher and beloved friend Krishna!!

The Crown Chakra is the place of receiving abundant Cosmic Light without any hindrance or obstacle. So all the knowledge that comes from the higher skies or celestial kingdom is in the form of Cosmic Light first which instantaneously translates into human intellect and comprehension. Hence knowledge received in this method is infallible while the world’s method of  knowledge procurement is from the middle level and order- the intellectual level. It cannot be relied upon so  many times and is not complete in wholeness.

If we learn to begin to operate from the higher state and level of Super Consciousness and Cosmic Light, all our actions are going to be of divine wisdom, love, understanding and compassion. It is stage of perfection or boddhi sattva. All human stride should be in this direction to circumvent disorder, hatred, and mayhem so prevalent in our world. But alas it is not so!

If we cannot change the present world we can change the world within ourselves. We can definitely make our inner world pious, peaceful and divine. The real purpose of each human incarnation is to move somewhat nearer to this supreme goal and not to drift aimlessly or regress in lower consciousness. The real purpose of spirituality is again the same-to rid our consciousness of the lingering ignorance of our divinity and sanctity. Each incarnation is a big lesson to learn, each life is an opportunity to learn our next lesson. We are given incarnations after incarnations to live until we understand fully well that the real purpose of our life is to reveal the divinity present in us. We should therefore make all possible tireless and persistent efforts everyday in some manner to push our present life in that sacred direction.


How to increase the level of your consciousness-II?

December 10, 2010

Today, the sixth day of the last month December.

A day of complete surrender, and complete calm and peace.

A day of renunciation of slightest personal will or individual desire.

A new dawn, a new beginning, a new start.

A day full of inspiration and a day without any slight worry of future.

No note of discord, only notes of harmony, sweet music and melody of joy.

A life so new as though I read the pages of a new book!!

As I utter these words of the Divine, there was before this a circle of opulent beatific Light.

Gathered in me between the two eyes of mine.

Pale yellow it was, and within some instants it vanished and went back in the blue sky.

This is not any poem but the flow of the Great Masters’ Grace who are watching over us.

Giving us enlightenment, solutions and raising us to the consciousness of level Higher.

O lord of mine! Surrender, complete surrender to you

I do today; I bow to you completely at Thy Holy Feet.

May You and I always be one like the wood and holy Vedic Fire.

The big woods burn in the flames of fire but in the end.

Where is the wood? Only fire.

May I burn like the sandal incense.

Soothing, sweet fragrance it has and calming touch.

And healing properties of inner soul.

Once burnt all, only deep fragrance left,

In the house, in the mind and in the remaining soul.

May I too, Oh my beloved Lord! Burn like the incense and

Spread your Light, happiness and delight

And emancipating knowledge of Supreme.

And forever live in the inner chambers of your benevolent heart!

Hidden from the eyes of the people malevolent everywhere.

Yet serve them, my kind compassionate Master.

In serving them I express my love for you, my beloved.

As the expression of my gratitude towards you can only

Be expressed in no other but just this way!!

These lines of inspiration came as a surprise gift on a beautiful morning and is the precursor to the new post on the blog. The composition is also the  continuation of the theme and subject that was dealt in the previous post as to how to increase the level of our Consciousness. The Great Masters are always there to show us the right path and methods of raising our level of consciousness. To know ourselves, there is a definite course of path to be undertaken by us as shown by the experts.

There are 3 stages of a seeker or sadhak while advancing on his way up and they are-

  •    The stage of knowing
  •     the stage of practice and
  •     the stage of perfection.

First of all, the beginner becomes familiar with the efforts and the course of action to be taken.

Once that is known, the target set, and the practice begins.

Through practice is attained perfection to reach the kingdom of God .

There are 3 stages of development and transformation of the mind towards its perfection-

  •  Concentration- to stop wandering and scattering of the mind
  • Stilling the mind -to silence it and
  • Lastly the Transcendental stage – to reach Super Consciousness and practice of remaining in the Superconsciousness state as much as it is possible.

 Concentration-By nature, the flow of the energy of the mind of all people is outside. The energy flows out through the five senses. Remember, the mind is first controlled by the senses. The senses are controlled by self control, self discipline and obedience to the Spiritual Master. The senses diffuse the mind in all directions and blind our intellect and reasoning so the first lesson in concentration is controlling the senses. The ideal way of controlling the senses is meditation whereby one disciplines himself by not moving the body, closing the eyes and stopping the mundance activities of the mind by concentration on a divine figure, a flame or light or his sacred guru. An expert master will emphasize on controlling the senses and all desires and will teach the student to practice this discipline with all his might and strength.

Once the senses are in good control, the mind becomes calm. No wonder in Bhagwad Geeta, Lord Krishna emphasized great  importance of controlling the senses by which the mind’s restlesssnes and agitation could be ceased. It could then be made to concentrate at one point and that is the point between the two eyebrows, the centre of concentration.

The method by which the mind is focused at one spot or point by stopping it from dissipating is called concentration. Concentration leads to meditation.

Deep concentration is achieved by constant and regular practice.

Practice makes one perfect.

Those of us who are very much keen for self-transformation must try to reach their destination of self knowledge and self realization by the following helpful practices-

Dear readers, here are 5 helpful points for practice to increase the level of our understanding and consciousness for the aspiring sadhaks. It can be done at home and workplace by mentally keeping the omnipresent Guru in your heart. Before you begin this practice,  remember the revd. masters so that their invisible yet profound help and guidance reach you in all possible maner and their protection is acquired to act as a shield against all possible dangers in your path. Although most of us are leading a very fast and hectic lifestyle, yet we can continue practicing the given sadhana for our well being, self transformation and empowerment. So let’s begin with a very simple and practical step.

Reflect back the bad vibes that people throw at you. Do not absorb or reverberate the bad vibes, thoughts or ideas that people plant  in your mind. Though it is not possible to keep away from people in this world completely, we can definitely cut off the unwanted thought power coming from them in the form of bad vibrations and bad thoughts. After interaction with them, clear your mind of their impact of their sanskaras, karmas effects. Live in an equipoise state of mind. If you happen to fail, rise again.

Stay like a lotus flower in this world. In spite of so much impurity around us, a true yogi, with continuous practice of bringing the mind back on the centre of God, attains peace and tranquility.

 Create a reliable source, a sanctuary inside you to retreat. Inside the cave of your heart dwells peace and silence. Underneath the innermost layers of your mind is complete calmness. Create a sacred space inside filled with soothing peace and comfort.

Practice stillness of mind. Minimize fruitless activities like unnecessary socializing, entertainment and gossip in workplace and at home. Instead visualize your dream future and begin to act on it now with a few initial steps. As an aspirant, if you wish to become intuitive or an advanced meditator you must begin now. Meditate for fifteen minutes in the morning hours and fifteen minutes in the evening or before sleeping at night. Slowly increase the time. Once you get in the compulsive habit of meditating, make your meditation more dynamic and intensive. Quality of meditation is more important than quantity. Stop your mind from scattering or agitating and in its place continuously practice calming and stilling the mind. Once you achieve this target, practice prolonging that stillness. During periods of stillness, hold on to the gentle peace that prevails. In stillness of mind, ego is erased. The more deeper you go, the more peace you will attain. Practice is required by the seeker to touch the deeper levels of the mind. Practice is the key word.

There is a story in Mahabharat about the Master archer Arjun. Young Pandavas and Kaurvas were being given warrior training in the forest by their teacher Dronacharya. A dummy wooden bird was hung from a branch of a tree and all the students were asked by the master to hit the eye of the bird with their bow and arrow. One by one, the students came forward. The master asked each student “What do you see?” Someone said that he saw the tree, the other said that he could see the bird, the flower  and so on. They all were asked to step aside. When Arjun was called and asked what did he see, he very categorically said, “Master, I only see the eye of the bird”. Dronacharya was very pleased with the perfect answer and asked him to hit the bird with his arrow. He was overwhelmed by Arjun’s immense concentration and predicted that one day he would become the finest archer in the world.

When the swayamvar or contest of Draupadi took place, Arjun was able to win Draupadi’s hand in marriage because of his exceptional concentration. It was only him who could aim and hit at the eye of a revolving fish in oil’s reflection. As a child Arjun’s concentration was immense and he spent all his energy by practicing it while others played and in future became an expert marksman of that time.

A person who does one pointed concentration for a long duration with devotion is blessed with the opening of the third eye by Guru’s grace. Like a bird, the practioner can fly in the limitless skies of Super consciousness far and wide. So we seekers should learn to concentrate like Arjuna and we must improve and perfect the art of concentration.

Have a noble goal, a very big mission in life work towards it till those goals are met. If you have a goal of plunging and penetrating into higher dimensions and realms of your Spirit, then harbour and realize those beautiful dreams. Raise your consciousness in every thought and deed from the current level to the desired one. Look upto a great saint, a realized being and move towards your mission.

Practice meditation without fail. Sacrifice and give up food, a conversation with your friend, a movie or a party for the sake of learning the art of meditation and give it the top most priority if you want to achieve and succeed in all walks of life. Begin with concentration. Teach the mind to sit still and not fidget all the time. Stop its aimless wandering and meandering in the valleys and mountains of the mind. Do not allow the thoughts to float like helpless white clouds in the sky without any specific direction. Bring back  and rivet the mind to the centre of Consciousness.

The state of superconsciousness is reached by doing progressive meditation by which is meant that the aspirant must progress from lower chakra to the higher ones in meditation. One should start concentration from the solar plexus, then progress to heart and finally to the third eye.

Concentration at the solar plexus. Concentrate and fix the mind in one firm place- the place of awakening and aspiring- the solar plexus. It is the center of agni  or fire and aspiring. So ignite and awaken a flame of aspiration during meditation. Pray fervently.  Plead God to give you the strength to aspire and aspire and aspire more. Pray to God to help you to walk and climb the steps towards Spirit one by one without any hurdle. Pray that all the hurdles be removed one by one so that you may tread freely and quickly. Some people may experience too much heat after prolonged meditation at this centre. Please discontinue this practice and shift to the next higher chakra- the heart.

 Concentration at the heart chakra. Clean the heart chakra by being generous in forgiving people. Real happiness and felicity will be attained when we forgive all those who were and are not kind and good to us. Once you forgive and move on in life and look forward to your bright future, you will attain calmness and poise. Practice sending out love to people who are in need and also to those who have negative feelings for you. Cleaning this centre accelerates the development of devotion towards God and humanity as a whole.

Concentration at the third eye Arouse your mind to make it alert, intuitive and subtle by concentrating at this sensitive place. This is possible if you concentrate regularly at the place between the eyebrows. It may bring some discomfort in the beginning but with continuous and long practice, it will vanish. Do it for ten minutes in morning and for ten minutes in evening and the duration like all other disciplines may be lengthened.

Along with this, if some of the readers who are very keen and interested in burning past karmas very quickly, then they must purify the merudand or the spinal cord by Kriya and Pranayam, but under some guidance of a teacher. Impurities of past karmas are deposited at various levels of the spinal cord technically called chakras  or energy centres.

Also silent praying, chanting of mantras, yogic practice of pranayam, kriya and continuous remembrance of a godly figure purifies the inside of the spinal cord thereby clearing the debris of karmas of past life incarnations.

To be continued…

(Related post- Awareness- the art of right living)

P.S. The first picture on the post is of Kumari Devi Temple in Kathmandu, an incarnation of goddess Durga worshipped by Hindus and Nepali Buddhists alike. If you noticed, there is a stupa at the bottom, then the face with very prominent eyes and finally a very tall golden tower (which could not be accomodated in the frame of the camera.) It looks like a pyramid and can be compared to the pymramid of chakras on which the humans ascend on the evolution path.

The second picture is of meditating Buddha and has a similar design representing the ascending steps like a pyramid.