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Rudra Puja and Maha Satsang in presence of SriSri – Diwali at Valsad, Gujrat

In Deepavali on 25/10/2011 at 23:45

 

There is only one thing you need to do, keep cleanliness. Keep your heart clean, then your home, then your city.
First clean your heart, and don’t stop there.
Don’t do anything that will make you go to jail.
If the inner mind is clean, then the behavior is right. Then everyone becomes our friend.
If the heart is clean, then behavior is better.
If anger comes up, how to overcome that? Through Sudarshan Kriya.
If anger rises, then how to get rid of them? Do Sudarshan Kriya, pranayaam, meditation.
You do not need to fear.
Worshipping the Universal consciousness is Seva.””Seva also keeps the mind happy.
Serve the consciousness and keep your heart clean. The same thing in simpler words is called, Devotion to Lord and Devotion to Country.
Those who do a lot of Seva feel much faith in God. And those who have a lot of faith, they serve society.
The people who serve, they start having faith.
Keep your inner self clean by doing pranayam.
Distribute sweets, become sweet yourself.
Whatever you wished to do last year and couldn’t accomplish, pray that you can accomplis this year.
Pray and take sankalpa too.
Sankalpa means intention.
The things that were left incomplete last year, pray that they are completed this year.
Take a new sankalpa about what you will do and what you will not do.

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The Secret of Mantra Chanting

In Bhanu Didi, Knowledge digest, Navaratri on 03/10/2011 at 00:55

By Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Mantras – Sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose.  But what are they?  What do they mean? Where did they come from?  There are so many questions surrounding these ancient syllables.

Speaking about Mantras is the revelation of ancient secrets that have been kept sacred from several ages, secrets that continue to benefit humanity irrespective of its circumstances.

What are Mantras?

Mantras are impulses or rhythms of the consciousness. They create vibrations in the spirit. Their effects, influence, method and mode of working are all a mystery.

In Sanskrit, it is said, Manana trayate iti mantra.Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from your worries. Often we wonder why we chant some sounds without understanding their meanings? Can something beyond our understanding help us?

The meaning of every mantra is infinity. It is a sound vibration beyond the cognition of the mind. When the mind is unable to cognize, it simply dissolves and moves into a meditative space.

How Mantras affect the mind?

The mantra is like a seed. Every seed has the potential to become a tree. Similarly, these sound vibrations contain all the possibilities of creation. Some mantras are in the seed form, called the bija mantras. Others are fully expressed, i.e, the fruit of the mantra is also expressed, such as the Gayatri mantra.

Mantras are a secret. That which is kept a secret alerts the sub-conscious mind. The mantras work at the level of the consciousness. When we want a seed to sprout, it needs to be sown into the soil, hidden, a secret. If it is simply thrown around, birds may eat them up. We can read and learn about mantras and their uses from books and the internet but that will only satisfy the intellect and not translate into experience.

Mantra and Meditation

When we chant the mantras, or listen to them, we get purity of mind and word. This prepares us for meditation. As a result of the sound vibrations, different patterns of the mind re-arrange themselves to become tranquil. Agitation is reduced, helping us to turn inward. For instance, when we laugh, our happiness increases. When we cry, the heaviness of our sorrow is released. Just the sounds of laughter and crying have helped. Mantras act in a similar manner. Repetition of the Mantras creates a psychological or mental response that is very deep and beyond the realm of words or expression. It can only be experienced. Speech falls short as it cannot go beyond the expression level into the experiential level.

When the mind is calm and centered, it can turn inward. Only a mind turned inward can experience the vastness and beauty of the Divine consciousness. When our focus is outward on the objects of the senses, our mind is scattered and racing behind one craving or another. Physical senses seek to know all about the external universe. Meditation is the tool for inner exploration.

Antarmukhi Sada Sukhi – one whose mind is turned inward is ever in bliss. Mantras are the tools which allow the mind to dissolve and repose in the Self.

Why should we repose in the Self? How is this going to help in our day-to-day life?

When the river is calm, the reflection is clearer. When the mind is calm, there is greater clarity in the field of expression. Our sense of observation, perception and expression improve. As a result we are able to communicate effectively and clearly.

Most of our problems or misunderstandings arise because of a lack of proper communication. When our mind is free from agitation, the way we interact and communicate is so much more pleasant and effective. Our efforts are not hindered by rifts caused due to communication gaps. This leads to a lot of positivity in our outlook and progress in life.

Mantras are as subtle as the air which creates ripples in the water as it gently moves over it. Air is all-pervading and at the same time affects specific regions. The field of the mantras is also such. It is all –pervading and also creates an impact on the one who is practicing.

(The writer is the sister of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and is the director of Women & Child Welfare Programs, The Art of Living.)

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“come to me!” and more..

In Knowledge digest on 13/09/2011 at 23:55

Wake up and realize this is all made up of thoughts, just thoughts. Your appreciation of beauty is a thought, your aversion to an object that is ugly is a thought. Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing thought in mind. Realize this is just a thought and you will be free. Knowing thought as thought brings the freedom. When you know a thought as a reality, that is when you are stuck – Sri Sri

Life sometimes seems very complicated. There is pleasure, pain, happiness, suffering, generosity, greed, passion and dispassion. When our life is full of such opposing values, our mind sometimes becomes unable to handle these complications and just breaks down. It is then that you need wisdom to guide you through troubled times. Guru is that wisdom. – Sri Sri

Usually what happens when you talk to people? You get stooped into their level of problems. You get carried away into the problems. So just try this: one day let everybody come and complain 100 things to you, you simply keep your energy high, your sight inward, your mind inward as though nothing has happened. You will suddenly feel there is a freedom within you. – Sri Sri

All the equipment’s: mike, light they all run on electricity. They all look different but they run on the same thing. Similarly we all look different but we are all made of the same thing. The Sun and other things in the universe is made up of the same universal energy, even scientists agree with this. What we consider as an item is not really an item, it is energy. Krishna said the same thing in Gita: People think that I am a human being, I am in human form but I am shakti. ~ Sri Sri

“You know light never fights the darkness. The moment light comes, darkness disappears. So there is no real fight between light and darkness. If there is darkness, it is just mere absence of light. You bring light back and the conflict gets resolved!” – Sri Sri