Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Practice Being Content

Sat, 08/15/2015 Bangalore, India
Deep rest is the essence of sadhana. You have become so tired by doing something or the other all the time. Now just sit down for some time and to be with yourself. Do some meditation. When you meditate, you will start seeing a new world in front of you.
You get deep rest is meditation. You get rest when you are content, and this rest is what gives rise to Happiness.
Running behind happiness makes you tired. When you run behind happiness you get tired, but when you repose in the self, when you rest, you get energy, and that brings you strength, joy and happiness. So every once in a while, stop the rat race, and take some time out to be with yourself, and get some rest. This is what knowledge is and this is what spirituality is.
Many time, in the name of sadhana also, we start engaging ourselves in some activity, and once again we get tired. I tell you, the physical body does not make you as tired as the mind does. Work doesn’t make you as tired as much as your desires. Nothing else makes you more tired than your own desires, or greed. So what is important is for you to become content. Again and again, be content. This is an art and this is what meditation is. True sadhana is to being calm, contented, and rested.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sri Sri's Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 - Part 1

Sat, 08/15/2015 Bangalore, India
In Chapter 8, Lord Krishna begins by telling Arjuna, “I am the Supreme Lord and the governing deity of all Yajnas – whether they are material or spiritual in nature. I am the One who everyone wishes to know and attain in the last moments of their life. And I am the One into whom they all dissolve at the time of death”.
The moment Lord Krishna says this, Arjuna becomes even more thirsty to know. Arjuna then asks, “O Lord, what really is Brahman? What is Spirituality?” We all have also heard these words quite often – Brahman, Karma, Purusha (referring to the Cosmic all-pervading Being),Adhyatma (Spirituality), and Devta (demigods). What are all these, really?
When present in the battlefield, one remembers and thinks about his last moments of life. In the battlefield a person thinks, “Will I overcome Kaal (death) or will death overpower me?” This fear arises in the mind, and one suddenly becomes aware of the impermanence of life. So in such a situation it is natural for such questions to arise in the mind. In the same way, Arjuna too began to have these questions. So this intense curiosity arose in Arjuna to know what is Karma; what is Spirituality; what is Adidaivik, etc. Hearing this, Lord Krishna says:

"Aksharam brahma paramam svabhavo 'dhyatmam uchyate. Bhuta-bhavodbhava-karo visargah karma-samjnitah".

What is the Brahman?
That which is the highest, the supreme, the ultimate; beyond which there is nothing. It is that which is indestructible and can never be destroyed or diminished; that which is constant and unchanging; that all-pervading One Consciousness which is Satchidananda (the all-blissful one) from which everything in creation has come forth and into which everything ultimately dissolves – that is the Brahman.
What is Adhyatma (spirituality)? 
Spirituality is about being established in one’s true nature. It is returning to one’s very nature.What is your nature? Your nature is to run towards joy and happiness. The pace and the intensity with which we run towards the Brahman, towards happiness is what spirituality is, and that is your very nature. Being spiritual is in everyone’s nature.
What is Karma? 
Many kinds of feelings arise within us. All these feelings propel or cause some action. So that feeling is also called Karma, and the (resultant) action is also called Karma. For example, when a desire to create arises from within you, then that desire or feeling is also Karma. The action has already begun. The moment there arises a desire in your mind, say, to build a new building, then that’s it – the work or the action has happened. It is called Sukshma Karma(action or karma at the subtle level). And then there is the Sthula Karma (action at the gross or material level), i.e., actually building .
You all have heard this so many times that one must remain detached and dispassionate while doing Karma. What does it mean? It means that definitely you must act, but do not attach yourself to it, and get stuck to it because whatever impression gets imprinted on the mind becomes Karma (that one must go through).

"Adhibhutam ksharo bhavah purushas-chadhidaivatam. Adhiyajno aham evaatra dehe deha-bhrtam vara".

What is referred to as Adibhuta
That which is perishable and ultimately gets destroyed or comes to an end is called asAdibhuta. It may exist today and not exist tomorrow.
What are the Devtas (divine deities or gods and goddesses)?
See, there is some humidity in the atmosphere. It means that there is some (proportion of) water element present in the air. We also see the water element in the form of ice. Then we also see the water element in the form of clouds.
When water evaporates from the oceans to form the clouds, then you cannot see it. But once the vapor accumulates to form the clouds, then you are able to see it. In the same way, there are special powers or spirits which you may call as angels or Devtas. Special manifestations (of the all-powerful one consciousness) having special attributes or qualities are given the title of Devtas.
(Here water represents God, and vapor, ice, clouds which have their specific qualities, even though they are all just water, represent the Devtas).
So what is the Adidhaiva
It is the Purusha, the powerful One Consciousness that is present within us all. Even theBrahman is nothing but consciousness only, but it is present everywhere. In the realm and space of this omnipresent consciousness (Brahman), the special forms that can be seen or realized as a unique and concentrated manifestation of the same consciousness is called thePurusha.
When it (Purusha) gets even more concentrated just as when water as vapor gets even more concentrated; then it becomes Prakriti.
You can understand it this way: (water as) ice is Prakriti, and (liquid) water is the Purusha; and (water as) vapor is the Brahman. The Brahman is Space. Everything exists in Space.
What does Yajna mean? 
Lord Krishna says, “It is I who experiences all these in the physical body. I am the Adiyajnaalso”.
Yajna is that which unites and brings everything together, the one that sees and understands everything – the Seer. So Adiyajna is that which understand and brings all these three together - Adibhuta, Adidaiva and Adhyatma. The intention to unite and bring everything together arises only when one is able to see these as distinct and separate.
Lord Krishna says, “I am that divine principle that emerges and becomes visible when these three unite”. This is why Lord Krishna says that “All the demigods and goddesses reside within Me”.
It means that the One Consciousness contains and holds both the Purusha and the Prakriti.
Lord Krishna says, “By this perspective, I reside within all beings and I sustain and run everything in this Creation. I uphold and bring everything together, and I am also the one who experiences everything. Everything in Creation is My divine play, a game created by Me. I am the ball, the player, the playground on which the game happens and I am also the audience, and I am also the umpire who stands and judges the game”.
This is YajnaYajna is a sacred process of honoring all these three.
We remain entangled in cravings and aversions for others. But when we have the essence of the Yajna - meaning when there is total unity and harmony within us, when everything within us comes together in a perfect balance; then the entire world feels like our own, and we feel everyone belongs to us.

"Anta-kale cha mam eva smaran muktva kalevaram. Yah prayati sa mad-bhavam yati nasti atra samshayah".

Lord Krishna further says, “It is alright to go about your life as you like, but in the last moments of life, you should remember Me and establish your mind and intellect totally in Me. There is no doubt that when you remember me with devotion, you will surely unite with Me”.
But the truth is that whatever we do throughout our lives is what we actually remember in the last moments of our life as well. In those dying moments too, the same things disturb the mind. That is why Lord Krishna, after having given so much knowledge, also says, “In your final moments, remember Me”.

"Yam yam vapi smaran bhaavam tyajaty ante kalevaram. Tam tam evaiti kaunteya sada tad-bhava-bhavitah".

It is an irrefutable truth of life that whatever we think of at the time of death, that is exactly how we become (in the next life). The impressions in the mind with which one leaves the physical body at the time of death, will need to be washed off, for which one then needs to take on another physical body.
With whatever desires or state of mind you leave your present physical body, the same (desires or state of mind) determine the kind of physical body and state of mind you attain to in the next birth. That is why Lord Krishna says, “Always keep remembering Me”.

"Tasmat sarveshu kaleshu mam anusmara yudhya cha. Mayy-arpita-mano-buddhir mam evaishyasy asamshayah".

In the next verse Lord Krishna says, “Think of Me even as you struggle or battle in life".
When you give your 100% in anything that you do, then that is a battle. A battle does not always imply killing someone. A battle means, wherever you put all your efforts and everything at stake. So if life appears to be a struggle, then put in your 100%. But Lord Krishna says, “Do so by keeping Me in your mind at all times as you struggle. Surrender both your mind and your intellect to Me when you do this”.
It means to surrender totally – both by feeling and by understanding (logic).
Some people do not apply any understanding but are driven greatly by feelings only. Some people are able to understand and interpret things correctly but there are no feelings or emotions in them. That is why Lord Krishna has said many times in the Bhagavad Gita, “Be connected to Me both by your feelings and by your intellect”.
Krishna says, “Surrender unto Me and accept Me totally – both at the level of emotions and the intellect. By doing so you will surely attain Me and there is no doubt about this. You will attain that steadiness and equanimity; you will awaken into that true Self that is Me. I do not reside somewhere distant away from you. I reside within you".

"Abhyasa-yoga-yuktena chetasa nanya-gamina. Paramam purusham divyam yati parthanuchintayan".

Now how can one achieve this? To this, Lord Krishna replies, “You must do Abhyasa (regular practice)".
What is the nature of the mind? The tendency of the mind is to run off in different directions. Steady and regular practice (Abhyasa) prevents the mind from straying into different directions.
In any person in whom the Divinity is kindled and awakened, you will find that they have so much depth in them. When a person’s mind is scattered and strays in different directions, then you cannot see the Divinity in them. Such people are not able to achieve anything in life, even though they may be great scientists or great artists, you do not find something solid and admirable in their personality.
How can one nurture that steadiness and depth in one’s personality? It can happen when one’s Consciousness is one-pointed and fixed on one single goal, or in a single direction. Only then is a person able to do something, only then can one see the Divine qualities or the Divinity in a person.
Do you know what is the nature of Consciousness that gets distracted in different directions? Such a person always thinks of getting something or the other; something from here, or something from there and so on. This is a sign of lack and feeling like a beggar. When you become steady and established within yourself, then that is a sign of prosperity and abundance. It is a sign of being graceful and beautiful. When someone is very graceful and dignified, it means that their spirit or consciousness does not stray here and there, rather it is collected and firmly established in the Self. It means that there is a deep sense of contentment. Contentment is what makes you divine; happiness makes you divine; skillfulness makes you divine.
For all these divine qualities to blossom and manifest in you, Lord Krishna advises – You must engage in Abhyasa Yoga (regular practice).
Often people associate regular practice (Abhyasa) with something that is very boring, dull and lifeless. It is not so at all. Abhyasa here means to go towards the source of all joy. The moment one understands this fact, all the Abhyasa becomes very easy and joyful.
Now if you find this understanding too abstract and difficult to bring into practice as Arjuna claims also, then Lord Krishna says, “My dear, I am here before you. Just remember Me”. This is where the importance of the Guru lies.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Meditation: The Fastest Way To A Quiet Mind

Fri, 07/10/2015 Bad Antogast, Germany
(Below is a continuation of post Making A Better World)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Making A Better World

Fri, 07/10/2015 Bad Antogast, Germany
There are problems in life but we have to collectively work towards them and overcome them. We are so fortunate that we have this knowledge. This organization is now 35 years, and this is what we have been doing, coming together and solving problems.
Many people cannot believe what happened in Cuba and Columbia (referring to the peace talks between the Columbian Government and rebel group (FARC) to end a more than 5 decades of armed conflict). They say that this is too good to be true that the rebel group (FARC) are now wanting peace. This war has been going on for the last 50 years. All the big powers (referring to America and Europe) tried to get them to cease fire, but it did not happen.
Today, the Spanish news channels are asking me, "How did you do this? What did you tell them? Everyone else tried and failed. How did you get them to agree to peace and non-violence?"
I said, "I don’t have any ulterior motive, or any other agenda. I went with a simple message of peace, and I was ready to listen to them. I understood their position. They are not bad people, they are also victims".
Usually what do we do is, we point the finger towards the other and say, "They are bad people, they are the culprits, and I am right". If you go with that attitude, nobody would want to listen to you.
The first thing I told them was, "I understand your position, you are not bad people", and that is when the communication began. They agreed and said, "You are the first person who understands that we too are victims. Everyone looks at us as culprits". This changed the atmosphere and they declared unilateral cease fire.
There are issues in the world today, and depression is one of them. Depression is going to be the biggest killer in the world. Every two seconds, seven people die out of stress, and what we are doing is helping people relieve their stress, and this is very significant. If more and more teachers work towards this, we will definitely make a better world.

Monday, August 1, 2016

You Are Not Your Thoughts

Sat, 06/13/2015 Bangalore, India
(Below is a continuation of post Drop The Past)