I have tried to summarize my observation with vivid and simple manner.
I am writing on a subject I have deep interest, and a inner clarification to express and bring them out as per best of my abilities. Moving forward, as and when the thoughts and its logical conclusion come I try to express it. The views written are my own and any shortcoming to be noted. This failing will be due to my grasp of this vast topic in a rather narrow manner.|
I have wondered and kept a keen eye about latest developments in the field of science, economics, politics, and personal orientation. In all these diverse field I wondered about a possibility of divine arrangement (this can be in the form of infinite permutation and combination).
I was hooked on to the evolution theory, and believed that the nature has evolved in a manner to prolong its natural state of equilibrium (by equilibrium I meant longevity).
This is a state wherein in earth we reproduce and leave the best of traits that can survive acid tests of the environment.
Environment can be defined as a random state of nature. Life with its natural way of prolonging or surviving is successful in prolonging its traits in the surrounding, in a successful manner. This power of life to receive a stable body for a day or for a millennium depends upon, its ability and this ability increases with greater repetition and progression.
To clarify this point I take an example when we learn to walk we fall, and more we make effort the more successful we become in maintaining our weights, on our legs similarly, as life evolves the ability to prolong longevity increases with greater exposure.I have spent a considerable time in observing a ant and has marveled the perfection that has been demonstrated in all activity. This perfection is ingrained in our nature and can be exhibited in nature, in all practical matters. I have observed a naughty cow answering to the soft and tenderness of caressing the tender skin below the head. We are born to achieve the same, and hence shouldn't waste our precious time in discussing irrelevant matters and strive in direction of realizing our true nature. This journey though we don't have to take, as perfection is inbuilt we need to understand, and accordingly accept the. This we can do when we start seeing divinity in all activity, and accordingly realize the potency and perfection of all acceptance. This means we have to accept all circumstances in equanimity, and not get affected. Like the clouds can temporarily hide the sun, similarly all joys and sorrows are just the temporary phase of life, we need to nourish and increase our power to accept the good and the bad as divine display by nature, that includes our body, and practice the habit of all acceptance with earnest and focused manner. We will automatically experience and nourish the radiance of love.
In the last billion years scientists have uncovered the inherent persistence of life in evolving and surviving in different kinds and types of natural conditions some are harsh and some are favorable yet we find the process of evolution being perfect, this perfection come with maintaining the fine-tuning with nature.The example I can think is to copulate in a favorable condition and surviving the harsh conditions of nature and weather.
All this I have gathered with some reading, and some logical sequence of events that did make me wonder about the basic glue missing in the theory of evolution.
To further clarify this point, the survival and creation of beauty and perfection can be attributed to some unseen and yet subtle force, and the potency of this subtle force is evident and can be elaborated with perfect observation and grasp.
I have experienced the strength of love and this love supported with positive intent and innocent focus indeed creates miracle.
Love as in basic terms can be the attraction we have to the lowest level to the highest level for example I can love a scenery that is momentary, and I love my family.
How love remained in background and did played a very important role in evolution can be, like comparing time playing a salient role with space and object.
This is just an introduction and I will do follow up on love and its relation with nature, individual, events and finally with perfection that we call God or Lord.
I will express my views about the different stages we move forward in this world.How our evolution as human being and progress of the mankind with relation to love, and its basic role. A relation, faith and understanding with love of the highest order, can give us a long lasting peace. This will act as a great anchor, when we face difficult moments in our life.
|Are there no breaks at all in the jnani’s awareness of the Self? For example, if he is engrossed in reading a good book, will his full attention 'be always on the book? Will he simultaneously be aware that he is the Self?
AS: If there are breaks in his Self-awareness this means that he is not yet a jnani. Before one becomes established in this state without any breaks, without changes, one has to contact and enjoy this state many times. By steady meditation it finally becomes permanent.
It is very difficult to attain Self-abidance, but once it is attained it is retained effortlessly and never lost. It is a little like putting a rocket into space. A great effort and great energy are required to escape the earth's gravitational field. If the rocket is not going fast enough, gravity will pull it back to earth. But once it has escaped the pull of gravity it can stay out in space quite effortlessly without falling back to earth…
|It is an astounding revelation to consider that we are co- creators of our own life path and evolution even before we
slipped into this garment of flesh and bones we call a body. As we awaken to this truth, living in a human skin becomes
an adventure. When we see through the compassionate eyes of the Soul, our every challenge and experience teaches
us valuable unfinished lessons of forgiveness , healing , compassion,patience, resilience, love and Oneness. It changes
every thing- how you look at your own life and the lives of others around you. Judgement and criticism fall away.The brilliant
insights gained about our life from a grander and higher perspective free us from victim consciousness and limited beliefs
not only about ourself , but also the lives of those around us. Now, when faced with a challenge, ask yourself, ‘ Why might
I have chosen this experience? Every experience, every challenge has a higher meaning and is a powerful opportunity for
self- growth. Each of us has a Divine purpose, a reason for being here,that includes but goes well beyond our own learning.
That is, we plan Life challenges not only to remember who we really are, but also to share ourselves, our unique essence,
with one another . Each of us souls came here to be the highest frequency of love that we truly are. Courageous souls,
one and all.
|THE IMMATURE DEVOTEE PRAYS TO KEEP HIS ENJOYMENTS INTACT'
Those who understand that even the delight derived from the vision of deities and such experiences is not eternal, while there is an eternal bliss abiding within oneself as one’s Self alone take to the path of knowledge and their mind is ever busy with reasoning and inquiry until the dualistic conception held by them finally disappears. These are real jnanis!
So also are they real bhaktas who do not pay heed to anything but God, think of Him alone and do not even cast a glance at the enjoyment of sense objects.
Those are not real bhaktas who pray to God to keep their enjoyments intact – it is such people who argue about the merits of knowledge and devotion!
Perfect knowledge will soon dawn for those who give up everything and meditate on God alone….
The closer one comes to the Self, the more one renounces.
What is enjoyment?
It is to like that state in which one already is.
What is renunciation?
It is not to like that state I which one already is. …
Complete renunciation and jnana is the same.
|As we think so we become, we all know that theory. But as we think, these thoughts create a specific wavelength. Some are positive, some are negative and some are neutral. According to the nature of these wavelengths thought mingles with other waves. It is as though we are playing in an orchestra with 108 musical instruments all tuned to one particular note. One small mistake, one wrong note by one person will disturb the entire orchestra. If everyone is able to tune to others instruments the symphony is a very beautiful thing.
In the same way, your thought also mingles with the particular wavelengths of other people. A positive thought mingles with a positive wavelength, a negative thought mingles with a negative wavelength, and you also attract thoughts according to your thought wavelengths. If you hate somebody you attract all the hate of every human being into you and you become horrible. You become a monster.
|Paramahamsa Hariharananda, a realized Kriya Yoga master, was born as Rabindranath Bhattacharya in the hamlet of Habibpur of Nadia in Bengal, India, the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, on May 27, 1907. He was born into a wealthy family, to a Brahmin father, Haripada Bhattacharya, and an outstandingly pious, generous, and loving mother, Nabin Kali Devi. The child Rabi would be as luminous and brilliant as the sun, removing the darkness of ignorance from the world, as augured by his father (Rabi means "sun."). Rabi was highly spiritual and cultured, staunch and astute, and well versed in all scriptures. His precocious memory for intricate mantras, hymns, and prayers in Sanskrit, which he learned while listening to his father even at the age of four, exhibited uncommon and marvelous perspicacity. Under the guidance of his father, he quickly mastered Vedic astrology, astronomy, and palmistry. When Rabi was twelve, Shri Bijoy Krishna Chattopadhyay, a renowned Self-realized sadhaka, initiated him into Jnana Yoga and later inspired him to meet Jnanavatar Shriyukteshwar.
1932 was a momentous year. Rabinarayan met Swami Shriyukteshwarji in the Serampore ashram and was initiated into Kriya Yoga. Swami Shriyukteshwarji taught him cosmic astrology and entreated him to move in and take charge of the famous Karar Ashram in Puri, Orissa. In Swami Shriyukteshwarji's gracious company, he crossed the stages of first Kriya. He then received second Kriya from Paramahamsa Yogananda after witnessing Yoganandaji's samadhi during Yoganandaji's return to India in 1935.
Two years after the mahasamadhi of Swami Shriyukteshwarji in 1938, Rabinarayan stayed in a rented house near the seashore in Puri. Many people reported having seen the physical body of Swami Shriyukteshwarji after his worldly departure. Before Rabinarayan moved to Puri, he instructed a friend to find a house to rent there. His friend later realized that the old monk who directed him to rent a certain house near the sea, where Rabinarayan lived in for some time, was actually Swami Shriyukteshwarji. Later, Swami Shriyukteshwarji instructed Rabinarayan to henceforth live in the Karar Ashram. From that day onward, he lived in the ashram as Brahmachari Rabinarayan, leading an ascetic life, fulfilling the grand wish of Swami Shriyukteshwarji.
In 1940, he mastered kechari, bhramari, and shambhavi. During this time, an effulgence of supernatural divine light started glowing around his body, producing ineffable awe and spiritual ecstasy in many. In 1940 and 1941, he learned third Kriya from Swami Satyananda Giri. From 1943 to 1945, the last higher Kriya initiations were given by Shrimat Bhupendranath Sanyal, a realized householder disciple of Lahiri Mahashaya. In 1944, he was taught some intricacies of meditation and spiritual life by a mysterious, anonymous yogi. From 1946 to 1948, he attained different states of samadhi, including nirvikalpa samadhi.
After following a strict spiritual practice of sincere meditation and maintaining silence for many years, Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj graced him with two long-cherished visits in 1949 at Karar Ashram, showering him with blessings and prophesizing that his mission would be to spread Kriya Yoga to the East and West. He later traveled to the famous Ranikhet in the Himalayas to visit Babaji Maharaj, but only heard Babaji's voice instruct him to spread Kriya Yoga throughout the world.
In 1950, he was appointed by Paramahamsa Yogananda as the acharya of the Karar Ashram. From that day on, he worked tirelessly for the spiritual advancement of the disciples on the spiritual path. Aware of his spiritual attainment, in 1951 Paramahamsa Yogananda empowered Brahmachari Rabinarayan to initiate sincere seekers into Kriya Yoga. Thus, he started his long missionary work that took him to the length and breadth of his beloved India. He was also blessed with the highest spiritual attainment, the paramahamsa stage.
On September 27, 1958, Mother Goddess Kali, his presiding deity, appeared before him with all effulgence of light and radiant splendor, instructing him to work ceaselessly for the spiritual uplifting of the world, assuring him of her blessings on his work teaching Kriya Yoga.
On his fifty-second birthday on May 27, 1959, he was initiated into sannyasa by the world renowned sannyasi Jagadguru Bharati Krishna, the Shankaracharya of Gobardhana Peetha, Puri. Casting off his previous name Brahmachari Rabinarayan, he became Swami Hariharananda Giri.
He was later crowned sadhu sabhapati (president) of the Karar Ashram amidst the loud applause and approval of many sadhakas, sadhus, and the Shankaracharya. His spiritual life illustrates the synthesis of karma, jnana, and bhakti practices.
To keep the luminous light of Kriya Yoga burning, which had been ignited by Paramahamsa Yogananda, and to spread the message of Kriya Yoga throughout the West, Paramahamsa Hariharananda (who became known affectionately as "Baba" (father) to his spiritual children) traveled to Switzerland for the first time in 1974. Since then he has spread the message of Kriya Yoga throughout the world and has established Kriya Yoga centers in Europe, India, and North and South America. Attaining nirvikalpa samadhi, at will was a rare hallmark of Paramahamsa Hariharananda's sadhana.
Highly educated and well-versed in many languages, Paramahamsa Hariharananda mastered numerous religious scriptures such as the Bible, Torah, Quran, Buddhist texts, Vedas, Upanishads, Tantra, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Sankar Darshan, Brahma Sutra, and more. He illuminated their meaning by providing divine interpretations in a new metaphorical way. His writings include Kriya Yoga: The Scientific Process of Soul-Culture, The Bhagavad Gita In the Light of Kriya Yoga: A Rare Metaphorical Explanation for God-Realization, and numerous other publications. For integrating so many scriptures into Kriya Yoga, he earned high praise from all over the world as vishwa guru.
People from all walks of life, from farmers to educators, scientists, ministers, statesmen, civil servants, doctors, engineers, professors, lawyers, judges, musicians, singers, and artists have been privileged to become his disciples and follow his noble path.
Paramahamsa Hariharananda remained extensively in the West after 1990 and his work continues from headquarters on three continents: Vienna, Austria; Miami, USA; and Jagatpur, Orissa, India.
He spent his long life studying, teaching, and fulfilling his mission to share the philosophy and technique of Kriya Yoga with the people of the world until leaving his mortal body in Miami, Florida, USA, on December 3, 2002, at 6.48 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, at the age of 95. Then on the 10th of December, his physical body left the Florida ashram, homeward bound for the distant shores of Mother India to be laid to rest with his forefathers. The Government of Orissa had decided to accord state honors to Paramahamsa Hariharananda upon the arrival of his remains. With a solemn state honor that Orissa had never before bestowed on a monk, Paramahamsa Hariharananda was given bhu-samadhi in Hariharananda Gurukulum in Balighai in the presence of thousands of monks and devotees.
|The real meaning of death and dying is completely different from what is generally understood by these words.
When you know the continuum of life, all perceptions (of which body is a part) are felt as appearing and disappearing in consciousness. This apparition and disappearance is the true meaning of birth and death. We are born every time a thought or sensation appears, and we die whenever the concept or percept disappears.
We die every night before we fall asleep and we are born every morning anew. We have to get used to this death, to the ‘lâcher’ (appearance) of the objective world. We should ask ourselves, the deepest of ourselves: "what is there before the apparition of thought? What happens when thought disappears? What is there before the body fell asleep and before we woke up?"
When we look carefully, we discover not the absence of us, but a presence, a presence that cannot be objectified. It is too close to us.
|One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.
Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.
Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.
That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.
Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.
Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.
Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.
Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.
Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.
Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. .
|One must follow the way with sincerity and integrity. Even though there are slightly different teaching styles, the Way is one. If you are not sincere you will be wasting your time and suffer a mental loss.
If you practice Zen and resolve life’s great question then all your bad actions and sins for many lives will be extinguished, and you will end the suffering of samsara.
While you are practicing, give up your function as a human being: become deaf, blind and stupid (not clever). If you don’t attach to anything then the big ‘I’ appears by itself.
No matter what a person has done, you should respect him like a Buddha. This is the very essence of Buddhism.
The Buddha's cousin Devadatta harassed the Buddha throughout his life. And finally, Devadatta was put through a living hell. He was put through this as an expedient to protect other people from his wiles.
But how was the Buddha supposed to treat Devadatta, his own cousin but his greatest of enemies?
He rewarded him with Supreme Enlightenment.
|This a section of verses from Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam in which Muruganar explains the theory and practice of self-enquiry. The section is entitled ‘The enquiry that leads to true jnana.’ The translation is by Robert Butler.
572 All that is perceived as separate from consciousness is insentient. It will ultimately prove to be a mere error and cease to exist. Therefore, since the indivisible Reality that dwells within is consciousness itself, you should firmly reject as unreal anything which appears separate from that consciousness.
573 The Self shines through its very nature as a beautiful radiance within the Heart, as all thought subsides. Realising that the power of thought could never truly grasp it, you should abandon all such conceptualisation.
574 Is it fitting that we should seek to embrace our own Self by means of intellectual effort mediated by the senses, rather than by becoming a prey to the supreme reality that shines as that Self, and being annihilated through merging with its non-dual nature?
575 Whatever it is that attracts the mind will always cause a disturbance within it, giving rise to the cycle of pleasure and pain. Will this happen if, turning inward, the mind attains the realisation of the reality which lies within the Heart?
576 The enduring attainment is to become established in the Heart, abiding as the pure ‘I’, unruffled by the fierce gale whipped up by all the various [conflicting] branches of knowledge that are apprehended through the mind and senses, and cause us [only] agitation.
577 All universes are contained in that infinitesimally subtle awareness, without marks, without qualities, without any attributes whatsoever and free of all defect: the all-pervading and indivisible Sivam.
578 All dualistic concepts such as ‘this world’ and ‘the next world’ are merely unreal mental creations. Know that when these fall away and are no more, the one true reality underlying all worlds is none other than the unalloyed supreme intelligence of Sivam.
579 The supreme reality – in which the noble nature of pure grace flourishes, and which merges with us so that all the many false appearances such as ‘this birth’ and ‘the next birth’ cease to exist – shines out as the truth-imbued and flawless ‘I’.
580 In the unreal state where our true nature is veiled, the creations of the mind that swirl about are mere names and forms. But even these will be revealed to be of the nature of pure consciousness in the state of peace that prevails as Sivam, the Self.
581 The world is apprehended as separate from Sivam due to the error of sense-mediated perception [suttarivu]. This is caused by fruitlessly occupying oneself with mental concepts – which are the cause of birth – and failing to engage in the spiritual practice of turning inward.
582 The soul is nothing other than the Siva lingam itself. It is a grievous error for those who are unable to concentrate their attention and realise this through the subtle awareness that enters the Heart and asks, ‘Who am I? to wail and lament as if they were sinners.
583 Those who pursue the enquiry ‘Who am I?’ until the last vestige of identification with the physical body is eradicated from their hearts will gain the treasure that, like the sky itself, pervades all things as the Self, Sadasiva, shining as itself alone.
584 The correct expiation for living beings who feel they have erred is to abide steadfastly in the reality of the Heart, the unwritten lore of the Vedas, through the self-enquiry that asks, ‘For whom is the sin?’
| our world most people live together, sharing a lifestyle, mindlessly following their karma. Their lives just happen, without direction. They don’t see the terrifying thing waiting for them. When death comes, they are blind to what lies ahead.
Just like the prisoner screaming as he is dragged, twisting behind a horse, the chains of karma drag us down the road of suffering. Repeatedly, we follow the cycles of life, sickness, old age, and death. Only your wisdom sword can cut these chains.
No matter how well educated or respected you are, if you haven’t resolved the great question of life and death, you are like a person who has lost their mind.
If I shout someone’s name and they immediately answer, “Yes!” – that is true nature. True nature has no birth or death. It can’t catch fire, get wet, or be cut with a knife. It is completely free and without hindrance.