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It is already there. Why do you have to make the coordination? It is there spontaneously. Whether it was right or not, it happened, the story is over. Now leave that and worry about yourself! How long will you keep dragging the things that have happened, whether it was right or not. There are so many types of Ramayana. Sri Lanka has their own version of Ramayana according to which Ravana was the hero and whatever Rama did was wrong.
He attacked Lanka and Ravana was such a good man. You first look at yourself.
How long will you be lost in stories! Stories are there to learn something in life. Learn that and move on in life. Life itself is there to teach you. If you open your eyes, your behavior itself teaches you. You keep getting bothered by meaningless things and from your face it seems like you are carrying a mountain! Everybody is going to die and you will be fed till the day that you die. Now that you are on the path, all your needs will be fulfilled. Has anybody felt any lack here? God is giving you everything in abundance.
And look around you, everybody is getting and you will also get. If there is no ambition, no laziness, life is simple. And there is so much knowledge. There is a whole treasure of knowledge here.
How long will you keep thinking and talking about business and your work. Sitting in satsang and thinking and talking about business, then your mind gets lost even more.
You keep doing what you are doing but when you are sitting for satsang, close your eyes and become one with the song or sing with the bhajan. If you are not able tot meditate, there are thoughts going in the mind, start clapping and start singing. Nobody cares, this is not a concert or a program! Out of tune also works here.
In satsang it is ok to sing out of tune. Not for the lead singers, but for those who follow. The chorus will work whichever way it is, but just sing. Just close your eyes and sing, then you become empty. Hanuman is called the remover of all troubles but his followers are all celibates. Is it necessary to be a celibate to be a devotee of Hanuman? No, many married people go to the temples. If with inspiration from Hanuman people move ahead is brahmacharya celibate lifeit is good.
To unite Rama and Sita, Hanuman is needed. Be an ideal husband and be an ideal sevak like Hanuman.
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Does bhakti have categories? In your love are there not different flavours? Do you love your parents the same you love your wife or husband? And do you love your spouse the same way you love your children? Why do you ask such questions? Just wake up and see your life! Do you love your neighbours? Suppose you have a dog at home, so you love the dog or not?
And the way you love your dog, will you love your children the same way? The way you love your children, do you love your grandparents the same way? You take your children on your lap and pull their cheeks. If you pull your grandparents cheeks what will they say! It is so clear. You will have to run from home and they will also not let you in.
You will be on the streets. Then you will have to go to Hanuman to take care of your troubles! First you invite trouble, then you go to the remover of troubles. Love has caused so much trouble.
All distortions that happen in life are because of love. Love for money makes you constantly look at your wallet, how much you can get from others. If you go to a spiritual, pilgrimage places, there are many thieves there. Because devotees devotees look at God and the thieves look at their pockets and steal cellphones and purses. Every time, in big satsangs, I have to tell them to be careful every time.
People are so lost in the satsang, they are not aware about their phone their money or their purse. And then at that time very easily the thief can finish the work. They work in a team, these people, they have a big bang and they are very coordinated. Earlier they used to steal your footwear, now they steal your cellphones. This is the situation. We have to bring awareness towards this. There is such a big treasure of knowledge which you can steal. If you can loot this, then go ahead and loot it.
The ancient sages have said that knowledge is such a big wealth, go ahead and rob however much you can. People get into these small things. Too much love for someone, that is called attachement. If you have too much love for body parts, it is called lust, if you have too much love towards your seat, position, that is called ego. All these different distortions, love, anger, attachment, if you see the basis there is some attachment at the base.
So love is the mother of all distortions. Does that mean that we run away from love? Everybody wants to know how do we find such happiness where there is no pain. How do we find such love where there are no distortions in it. This is the desire in life. How do we get it? Through knowledge and meditation. Without knowledge and meditation, love gets transformed into distortions.
If there is knowledge and meditation then love gets transformed into devotion, it remains pure and it gets transformed into bliss, joy. It is because of disinterest that distortions come in life. Everybody desires a life full of juice and life. Everything here is nectar, juice. When do we need to make an effort and when do we become effortless? After you make the effort, become effortless. You can only hold on, if you let go of something first. So make the effort and then you let go.
Like if you have to catch the train, until you catch the train, make the effort. You can put it down and relax. In the compartment if you run up and down, the train will not reach faster. After you get on the train, you relax. Once you are on the plane, you relax. Your running up and down will not make it reach faster. Those who become established in yoga, they must relax. In yoga when you stretch, you stretch as much as you can till you start feeling a little pain. Once that happens, you start relaxing.
Like when you are trying to touch your toes while bending down. By all means make the effort to do as much as you can and a half an inch more than that. Then it starts paining, then experiencing that pain, with love, start relaxing. When you start relaxing, then you find yourself in the infinite, you become one with the infinite. This starts coming into your experience. After making the effort, then you become effortless. First effort and then relax. This is what Maharishi Patanjali says in the Yogasutras, how do you perform the asanas — make the effort and then relax.
No, make the effort and then relax. It is said that there are three steps of learning — Shravan, Manan and Nididhyasan. Nididhyasan means making it as your own wealth, making it as part of you, having expertise in that.
How to rekindle the sense of wonder? Just be in the moment, feel fresh and alive! See the entire past as a dream and doubt the present as to whether this could be a dream, then you are already in wonderment. Please speak about the connection of food to the mind.
This is an ancient saying. The moment you say that you are going to do this for a long time, already your anxiousness to finish it and get the result of it is gone. Not just doing it for the sake of doing it.
You know, people do things, wailing and wailing. So you have to keep doing, till you feel there is no need to do it anymore. Please speak about the connection between sexuality and spirituality. Sex is the origin from which everything is born. In this culture, in the orient, it is honoured as Divine. And from sex move upwards towards emotions. So it is the second chakra, which is of sex. Then the third chakra, then the fourth and the fifth.
So you move higher up. One is a basic instinct, another is an acquired ability. So spirituality does not disown anything or disassociate itself with anything. Spirituality encompasses all aspects of life. In fact, spirituality uplifts one from sex to higher consciousness. Sex is getting interested in some part of the body and having stimulation. And the goal of sex is to find joy, not sex itself. The goal of sex is to be in the moment and forget about everything and find joy. And spirituality provides the joy which is not through an act, but beyond the senses.
For example, after a long you meet someone or you see someone very dear to you, as soon as you see them, something happens inside. Or you even think about them, something happens inside. You feel a deep sense of love, even just a thought kindles the love inside of you. And it is not associated with touch, smell or grabbing or any of the physical attributes to it.
Your sense are not involved in it. Just a thought, a feeling rekindles something very deep inside you and you feel very happy and joyful. And that joy, no other thing can give, no sensory pleasures can give. That is what is higher happiness. They say the joy that you get in sex, if it one unit, Samadhi or meditation is one thousand times more than that. Is it possible to cure diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, without any medicine?
So many people here have become healthy without taking those medicines. People who have been taking tons of medicines, they start doing yoga and pranayama, meditation, blood pressure, diabetes, all these things become normal. So you need to start doing it. Talk to our doctor, talk to our hospital, our yoga department, they will guide you. In the society, the press blames the politicians, the politicians blame the bureaucrats, the bureaucrats blame the system and the system blames the people.
Where does the buck stop? This what others do. The buck stops with you. What do you want to do? Can you create awareness in people about it?
Can you do something about it? This is what you need to think. No point in discussing what others are doing. But what is it that you would like to do. How can stop the heart from wanting something that it cannot have?
You have said you cannot have it. Somewhere you need to drop it, otherwise you cannot have it. When you have a goal in life to achieve, when you are here to contribute something positive in the world, then you will not be bogged by your needs and your cravings.
Now I will give you a goal. We have World Culture Festival coming up. Millions of people are going to come from all over the world. You better get active for it!
Can we measure life force of a living being? Yes you can measure, and no you cannot. The being is maya, that is why you can measure it and when the being becomes part of Brahm Supreme consciousnessthen you cannot measure it. Whatever the ego associates itself with, it becomes that. The Indian justice system takes very long to give justice. If you are working in that field, then you can definitely do something about it.
What is the difference between a student, a disciple and a devotee? These are three different levels, primary, higher secondary and college. A student only wants to take some knowledge and leave.
A disciple goes one step further and forms a relationship, he is connected with the heart and mind. And a devotee, well he controls God himself, he makes God is servant! If one is a master he is a devotee, if he wants to do seva, he is a disciple and if he wants to simply takes something and go then he is a student.
What is the causal body, how is it responsible for liberation? Liberation is caused by the subtle body, the causal body is just there. You first worry about the gross body and subtle body, let the causal body be for now! Can we change prarabdha karma? What is the significance of the three threads in the Upanayanam ceremony? It represents the three debts that we have. The debt we have to our parents, the debt that we have to our Guru and the debt that we have to society.
When we take Sanyasa, then we are not tied anymore to all three debts. So wear the threads to remind us for our three debts. How do we get rid of bad habits? There are three ways, love, fear and greed.
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If love someone dearly, tell them that you will not do anything bad or through fear or if someone tells you that you will get a lot of money Ques: Why do we pray to Vishnu and Shiva but not to Brahma? No, I am just joking. Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, they are all one.
There is a temple just before Davangere, where there is an idol which is half Shiva and half Vishnu. Because there used to be many disputes as to whether Shiva is greater or Vishnu, so they put them both together.
It is said in Vaikunth everyone is Vishnu, right from the guard at the gate to the King everyone takes the form of Vishnu. In Shiva Purana it is said, in Kailash, wherever you look you will see Shiva. This means that God is only One, He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.
Kailash and Vaikuntha is not different, they are the same. Shiva was the one gave the Sudarshan Chakra to Vishnu, that is what the legend says… and in another Purana, Shiva worships Vishnu.
So there is no point in getting into a debate as to who is greater. In my childhood days, there was a lot of tension between the devotees of Shiva and Vishnu. Of course it is not the case now. There is a village in Gujarat where nobody would take the name of Shiva. All these are signs of ignorance. What do we do when we are hurting? Know that you are not alone, someone is with you. Problems come and they go. While meditating I see a pink light in the middle of my eyebrows.
Does it mean anything? In meditation you can have many experiences. Sometimes you smell a fragrance, sense a warm touch, any of the five senses can get activated, that is ok. Any experience we take it as they come and move on. Is it better to be single or married? Every Sunday satsang I get this question! I think it is important for you because you are asking for it. If it was not important you would not have even asked this question.
Somewhere you feel it is important and somewhere you feel a little scared as well. So if it is important for you just go ahead. We have a matrimony service here and we have marriage bureau where we provide all the services, everything is available here. If something gets fixed with the marriage bureau all arrangements are ready anytime! And we also have an Astrology service to fix the date! In adverse circumstances, our faith gets shaken. Why do we get scared? You are feeling scared.
Focus on the sensations, then the emotion will transform. And love, fear and hatred are different emotions of the same consciousness, same energy. Time and place also has an effect on our emotions. Sometimes we feel scared because of the time and sometimes because of the place.
Our body has so many naadis energy channels and when naadis open then different emotions come up. Through knowledge and meditation we can take care of it. Of course it is difficult at that time when we go through those emotions. Mantras help to transcend the mind. That is why they are called mantras. In a vaidic shloka they say Agnishtomi, meaning, we have fire within us as well as Somaras which brings us coolness.
If our feet are warm, stomach is soft and head is cool, then a person is healthy. If your stomach is hard then something is wrong, feet is cold then there is something wrong and if your head is hot then definitely everything is wrong! So sign of good health is being cool headed, having warm feet and soft belly. Now scientists are saying so many different kinds of hormones are getting produced in the body like dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin endorphins.
All this comes under endorphins. And all of them put together, perhaps this is what they call Somaras. They say from the center of the head, the liquid gets generated and that flows through the whole body and that takes you to bliss.
It makes you happy. That is why Rig Veda, thousands of years ago, spoke about the Soma mandala, the ninth mandala, is called Somamandala. And purifying, that Soma is like a flow. How to perceive the world from upasana or gnana drishti? Both, Upasana means sitting close by. When you sit close by, will you not get the Gnana, will you not get the knowledge? Upasana, is connecting with your heart, gnana is connecting with your intellect, your mind. When you like something, you know about it and when you know about it really, to know is to like it.
In the context of time and space, is time also maya or real? I leave that question to you. You sit and wonder, what is real and what is unreal.
My giving an answer for this question is not going to help you. This question has arisen from your intellect, and this is an exercise for your intellect. So sit and contemplate on it, think about it. Then you will get it. First of all, if you are really anxious to know the answer, the answer will come.
Or if you are not so keen about it, the question will fall off. Nowadays social media is becoming a new battlefield to vent out communal rage, to polarize people, indulging in very upleasant behavior. What can we do? Social media should not be blamed for it. This only shows how the mentality of people. It shows the education system needs a revamping.
It shows that some set of etiquettes, decency, social behavior must be taught from the every beginning. And our entertainment media is also equally responsible for this sort of aggressive, bad behaviour.
This sort of reform should come from every side. From education, from entertainment, from religious and spiritual anchor and social atmosphere needs to be created, to handle these sort of things. I am not able to choose between two offers. Should I go with money or join a start up? SriSri; If some company is playing more, go ahead. And if you find that it is not good and you find something else there then go there!
But one thing, do some good work in society. Profession is something, that is there. But one thing, do some good work for society. There is a lot of good work to be done in seva. What is the Turiya state and how can we experience it? That which takes place in meditation, that which is not dreaming, nor sleeping nor awake, that is the Turiya, the fourth state. It is what you experience once you lie down after Sudarshan Kriya, when you are not awake and not asleep.
Can it be determined by those close to him? When we get more than the effort that we put in, that is called good fortune. If you put in a lot of effort with no result that is called bad fortune. Just think over this. And if you really look at it, then whatever you have received has always been more than your effort.
How did you get it? That is what grace is? Even animals do that. If the head of the house falls ill, the dog in the house feels sad, they stop eating. So this is human nature, it is present in some quantity in everyone. If you go beyond that then there is no other and no pain, that is the state of a Siddha.
Then your mind is established in advaita non-duality. That person does not see value in sympathy and compassion.
You only feel compassion towards others, do you feel compassion towards your own self? If you hurt your hand, do you feel compassion or sympathy towards your hand? No, it is hurt, it is hurt. The word compassion implies the presence of another. Yes, if there a no impressions formed then you act without getting attached.
If you act with this feeling then you attain Yoga Siddhi perfection in Yoga. You become a witness, like the sky. You become detached from the feelings of hunger, pain etc. You become a spectator to all of that. You are doing something, but are not affected by it. It did not touch you.
Sometimes it happens that an event takes place where others are feeling sad but you do not feel the same way. How many have experienced this? Many raise their hands. You get fully involved in something but you feel that you have nothing to do with it. Tulsidas has said that Sita is the Maya between Rama and Laxaman.
If you like what he says, take it, if not say whatever you want to about him. I am not going to be a lawyer to anyone. My family behave badly with me and then say sorry but I am unable to forgive them. What do I do? Well, who is at a loss? Our biggest problem is, we expect everyone to behave ideally, in an enlightened fashion, be upright all the time.
My dear, this world has many imprefections and people have many imperfections. What will happen to you? Would you like it? You have done mistakes. If someone holds it against you for your life, how would you feel? You will not like it. So why do you do the same thing? If anyone does something wrong, anyway they will have to suffer for it, they will have to pay for it.
Someone makes some abusive remarks, they are going to have to face the music. We have to move towards Kanakpura. In the main road itself we can see ashram. It seems to be so far, but after reaching there you will forget your journey strain. The very entrance of ashram guide you every thing. Such a nice climate and a good environment that every one loves to be there and joined the courses offered by them.
After some distance by walk, enjoying the nature and location of ashram, the big Vishalakshi Mantap, welcomes you. It is a gorgeous building and stand with spirituality of love and peace. Vishalakshi Mantap is like a lotus with fully blossom petals. One has to see the beauty of that. If u came from the exit side of ashram, you can see elephants playing with sugar cane sticks. No one will come before seeing those elephants. After coming from sunny, you can sit opposite to Vishalakshi Mantap, under teak trees and see the architecture of that building and the open stage upon enquire counter office.
It seems to be the best architecture. If you sit for meditation definitely you will forget all your worries and enjoy silence over there. After some times we again started towards Bangalore, with heavy hearts.