Sunday, June 29, 2008


During meditation you behold divine visions, experience divine smell, divine taste, divine touch, hear divine Anahata sounds. You receive instructions from God. These indicate that the Kundalini Shakti has been awakened. When there is throbbing in Muladhara, when hairs stand on their roots, when Uddiyana Bandh, Jalandhara Bandha and Mulabandha come involuntarily, know that Kundalinihas awakened.

When the breath stops without any effort, when Kevala Kumbhaka comes by itself without any exertion, know that Kundalini Shakti has become active. When you feel currents of Prana rising up to the Sahasrara, when you experience bliss, when you repeat Om automatically, when there are no thoughts of the world in the mind, know that Kundalini Shakti has awakened.

When, in your meditation, the eyes become fixed on Trikuti, the middle of the eyebrows, when the Shambhavi Mudra operates, know that Kundalini has become active.

When you feel vibrations of Prana in different parts inside your body, when you experience jerks like the shocks of electricity, know that Kundalini has become active.

During meditation when you feel as if there is no body, when your eyelids become closed and do not open in spite of your exertion, when electric-like currents flow up and down the nerves, know that Kundalini has awakened.

When you meditate, when you get inspiration and insight, when the nature unfolds its secrets to you, all doubts disappear, you understand clearly the meaning of the Vedic texts, know that Kundalini has become active.

When your body becomes light like air, when you have a balanced mind in perturbed condition, when you possess inexhaustible energy for work, know that Kundalini has become active.

When you get divine intoxication, when you develop power of oration, know that Kundalini has awakened. When you involuntarily perform different Asanas or poses of Yoga without the least pain or fatigue, know that Kundalini has become active.

When you compose beautiful sublime hymns and poetry involuntarily, know that Kundalini has become active.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Boost Your Brains - Saraswati Mantra

Gyananand - the joy of true knowledge! And no doubt a divine pleasure filled one's heart on hearing Gyananand speak. Even prose spilled out of his lips like a divine sweet song, and he could enthral huge crowds with his powerful speech. When he stirred the emotions of the audience not a eye remained dry, and with light anecdotes he would have them rolling in the aisles.

Yet there was a time when this very man would stutter and stammer, even with shortest of sentences, shrink from addressing anyone from the dread of being laughed at and found it difficult to retain even bits of information in his memory. Yet even as a child he dreamed of great success and fame, and this strong wish in fact led him to a Spiritual Master who completely transformed his life.

One day unable to stand the scorn, rebukes and taunts of his family members and friends any longer, he decided to desert the society which only knew how to make fun of him. He set out from home without any particular destination in mind. For years he wondered in the Himalayas searching for someone who could help. It was a hard life and he had to go without food sometimes for days at a stretch, yet the hope of succeeding some day kept him alive.

Then suddenly his stars decided that he had been through enough trials and led him to Gurudev's door. He was accepted as a disciple and then started years of testing by a perfect Master who would bestow divine grace only on the most deserving. These tests were however child's play for the young man who had weathered Nature's fury itself and he came out with flying colours in every test Gurudev subjected him to. Moreover he did not mind these harsh tests for deep down something told him that he, had at last reached the right place.

Then after two years the golden day dawned when Gurudev showered divinity onto his parched soul. A special ritual marked the occasion in which Gurudev activated his latent faculties and blessed him with mesmerising eloquence, sharp intelligence and a photographic memory. At the end of the ritual, Gurudev inscribed the Saraswati Beej Mantra on his tongue with a silver pen dipped in honey. It had a miraculous effect and ever since he has been a powerful speaker who can sway the mood of a crowd, and a remarkable individual who can retain permanently anything read or spoken just once.

The simple, ordinary youth of yester years was given a new name - Gyananand and to this day he is the foremost of Yogis of the Himalayas. Truly wonderful is this Sadhana which is being reproduced ahead, through which parents can ensure success of their wards in the most tough trials and examinations. It's a ritual that can produce geniuses in every field - medical, engineering, politics, economy, academics and even sports. Laurels, fame and accolades are sure to flow to the individual who had been able to imbibe the power of this Sadhana.

Mother or father of the child can accomplish this amazing ritual. The most propitious day would be Friday or Monday of the bright phase of the lunar month .Get up early in the morning at 4 am. Have a bath and get into yellow robes. Get the child too ready for the ritual. Next sit on a yellow mat facing East or North. Make the child sit on your right hand side. On a wooden seat spread a yellow cloth.

Then on a steel plate place the Saraswati Yantra . Bathe the Yantra with water. Wipe it dry. Place it in a separate place covered with yellow flowers. Next make a mark of sandalwood paste on the Yantra.

Pray to the Guru for success in Sadhana. Offer rice grains, incense and a ghee lamp and chant thus.

Shuklaam Brahm Vichaar Saar Paramaamadyaam Jagadvyapineem,
Veennaa Pustak Dhaarinneem Bhayadaam Jaadyaandhkaaraapahaam
HasteSfalikmaalikawn Vid-dhartee Padmaasane Sansthitaam,
Vande Taam Parmeshwareem Bhagwateem Buddhipradaam Shaaradaam

शुक्लां ब्रह्मा विचार सार परमामद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं,
वीणा पुस्तक धारिणीम भयदां जाड्यांकारापहाम ।
हस्ते स्फटिक मालिकां विदधर्ती पद्मासने संस्थितां,
वन्दे ताम परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम ॥

Next place 'Medhini Gutika' on right hand side of the Yantra. Offer fragrance, rice grains and vermilion on it. Thereafter with a silver straw dipped in honey write the Saraswati Mantra (ऐं) on the child's tongue.

Take water in your right palm and pledge thus: I (name) son of (father's name) accomplish this Saraswati Sadhana for my child (child's name) mental development

Let water flow onto the ground. With a Saraswati rosary chant 11 rounds of this Mantra.

Om Ayeim Vaagvaadinyei Ayeim Om

॥ ॐ एं वाग्वादिन्यै ऐं ॐ ॥

After Sadhana string the Gutika in a red thread and tie it around the child's neck. This is a single day ritual but one can continue chanting the Mantra just 11 times every morning for added benefits. Drop the Yantra in river or pond. The rosary must be kept preciously and put around the child's neck whenever he or she sits in some competition/exam.

-Mantra-Tantra-Yantra Vigyan, Feb 2008 Issue

Monday, June 02, 2008

Guru-Disciple Relationship

Many people have heard stories, which are absolutely true, only about false GURUS or spiritual guides; because such stories are much more frequent than the ones about real, authentic GURUS or spiritual guides, thus people have remained with a deformed impression on the nature of the master-disciple relationship.

The authentic-spiritual link between a spiritual master and a true disciple never has anything to do with the relationship between a master and his slaves and does not imply that the disciples must forever bow and be inert at the feet of their GURU, waiting without making any personal effort for the day when the GURU will have mercy on them and give them spiritual liberation for the simple reason that they served him their whole life.

The connection between master and disciple has nothing in common with the often comical relationship between a super star and his hysterical and adulating fans who obsessively hunt for the smallest gesture or look from the one they adore, a person who is himself/herself so often, very superficial.

Also, the master-disciple relationship is not similar to the relationship between a military commander and his subordinates who are under obligation to blindly execute any orders and are promoted upon their ability to obey without question or hesitation the orders from their superiors.

If we had to pick, as an analogical example, a common human relationship which comes closest to the ideal and profound relationship between a true GURU and a true disciple, the only one would be the relationship between an expert mountain guide and an aspiring climber.

A sincere, devoted and serious spiritual aspirant is just like a climber who wishes to conquer the highest mountain in the world as soon as possible, but currently does not know the best route and does not have enough experience to successfully finish this extraordinary adventure.

If we truly want to conquer the highest mountain top as soon as possible, as beginner climbers we would have several options: we could, for example, make the stupid decision to take on the ascension alone, or we could choose to join a group of more experienced climbers (who are also trying for the first time to get to the top), but in both cases the chances of success would be reduced and the dangers we would face be greater.

Another option could be to use as a guide a book written by a person who already made it to the top but, the book, no matter how well written, would be unable to take into consideration all the factors of success like: our strength, talent, experience as climbers and it would not be able to completely anticipate all the obstacles like: weather changes, modifications that occurred on the landscape, landslides, avalanches, etc.

Finally, the best choice would be to look very carefully and find a real live person who made it to the top and wishes to accompany us and help us if need be all the way. When we search for this expert we should not care for his exterior appearance, the way he dresses, his religion or skin color.

In fact all that matters is if he REALLY REACHED THE TOP of the mountain we are about to climb. He has to know the way and have excellent teaching skills, patience and experience in climbing.

He has to choose a path depending on our qualities: perseverance, vitality, dedication, power, skill, courage etc. but also our defects, a path that best fits our real capacities. He must teach us all that he thinks is necessary to reach our aim quickly and safely.

In spirituality, like in other domains, the presence of an excellent guide who has authentic knowledge and vast experience can greatly help us reduce the time and energy we would waste on useless pursuits.

He could help us eliminate suffering and the possible risk of failure. He would easily lead us to complete success giving us advice on how to utilize our forces most efficiently.

He could even give us a hand when we are in a difficult situation. He would act wisely to help us unlearn our destructive or unhealthy habits which would otherwise hinder us in the future and facilitate the development of those qualities that would help us in our ascension.

All these may seem useless to someone standing at the base of the mountain but they are extremely useful on the way to the top, as the ascension gets more and more difficult.

The beginner climber should take an inner oath not to leave his guide in the middle of the journey; but if, despite better his judgment he did so, he would take upon himself full responsibility and face the huge risks he will stumble upon. Also, the authentic spiritual aspirant must make the same oath - otherwise the master-disciple relationship can never truly work.

Because each GURU or spiritual guide leads his disciple on the path to Self revelation that best matches the disciple's qualities and his experience, it would be a stupid thing to simultaneously take the guidance of more than one GURU - just as a climber could not climb the mountain with different guides and on different routes simultaneously - anyone can see this would be impossible.

An analogy preferred by the yogis is that of an eccentric traveler who wishes to "safely" cross the sea but who has each foot in a different boat.

We cannot say we have a GURU until we are completely sure we found the right person, someone we are willing to follow unconditionally. Then we must be ready to apply his teachings with perseverance and dedication.

Also, we cannot say we are true disciples until we follow with self-abnegation all he asks us to do. Every GURU has both disciples and devotees. The group of devotees includes those that although they are convinced of the authenticity of the master, have very little or no wish to make efforts to walk on the path towards Self realization.

These devotees often have a lack of trust and test their spiritual master and sometimes other masters at the same time, wasting time in their presence, mentally analyzing their behavior, character, teachings, gestures, etc.

The true disciples are only those spiritual aspirants who are firmly engaged on the spiritual path and do not have the need to test their GURU for anything, allowing him to help and support and even test them when necessary.

Once a true master-disciple relationship appears, the authentic spiritual journey towards Self revelation begins immediately, without delay. During this journey both GURU and disciple have to take on serious personal responsibilities.

Just as a mountain guide, the GURU pledges to take care of his disciple all the way, but, as we could never expect the guide to carry the beginner climber on his back, we cannot expect the GURU to make the spiritual journey for his disciple.

The ascension, though it is guided, assisted and even helped by the GURU must still rely on the personal effort of the disciple. The GURU always accompanies his disciple spiritually, energetically and telepathically all the way, step by step giving him/her advice, help and reminding him/her of the right way.

ONLY WHEN THE DISCIPLE IS TRULY PREPARED will the GURU teach the shortcuts and useful techniques/methods to easily surpass all the obstacles, will warn the disciple of the temptations they may face and will remove their doubts and fears with the help of his spiritual powers, huge knowledge and personal experience.

Also, the GURU inspires and guides his disciples through the power of his example, but we must understand that the GURU cannot do the work for his disciples, he cannot carry them "on his back" all the way.

The only exceptions are periodic SPIRITUAL EXEMPLIFICATIONS when we can benefit from his divine grace directly in proportion with our degree of spiritual openness.

Consequently it is entirely our responsibility to continue to walk this path without stopping or detouring, no matter what obstacles, difficulties or how much suffering we are facing.

The GURU does not have the responsibility to pamper us or carry us "on his back", permanently, all the way, because the Divine objective of spiritual ascension is not to become more and more dependent on our GURU but to become more and more independent and self sustained, as we evolve. After the disciple experiences real spiritual evolution, he becomes AUTONOMOUS.

Even though the spiritual guide is selfless and unconditionally looks after his disciples, he is always the one who gives guidance, help and commands and not vice-versa.

A disciple who gets angry because his GURU does not do what he wants or does not satisfy his strange wishes shows monumental ignorance and egoism.

Just as a mountain guide acts, even though always at the service of his student, he always leads the one who hires him, having better knowledge of how to get to the top of the mountain, so does the spiritual guide or GURU.

In conclusion we have to have complete trust in our spiritual guide, his divine power to decide what is best, his wise inspiration and his selfless will to help us - when we deserve his help.

If for one reason or another, in the course of our spiritual journey, we decide to leave our GURU, we have to accept right from the start the RISK of SPIRITUAL STAGNATION or involution, the risk that we might delay our spiritual evolution with millions of years and gradually yield to demonic or even satanic temptations.

What benefits the disciple has from this relationship is obvious, but what is the benefit for the GURU or spiritual guide? From now on, our analogy of the GURU to the expert mountain guide ceases to function.

While the mountain guide offers his services only for financial rewards, the true spiritual guide does not have any need for material or personal gains and because he is a PERFECT BEING he unconditionally and permanently enjoys a state of supreme happiness and fulfillment.

Benefiting from limitless wealth in spirit, which includes an existence in a state of eternal beatitude accessible at will, he will never be tempted to lead us to the supreme knowledge for material or any other kind of rewards.

His only reward is the divine ecstasy he experiences when one of his disciples reached Self realization. Then Gods joy of receiving one of his sons back flows and manifests in the GURU.

The sacred texts show the single reason for which a perfect being, who reached a state of permanent unity with God or Shiva, would later assume the role of guiding us to a state identical to his own, this being the Infinite Love and Divine Compassion of God.

Only love makes it possible for the perfect spiritual guide to exist in this world, otherwise we would never have known such beings capable of showing us the way towards Self liberation.

Only limitless compassion will make the GURU assume the role of spiritually guiding other people towards spiritual liberation.

But what does such a compassionate and loving being expect as a reward for his invaluable help? The only "thing" the GURU permanently expects from us is that in turn we be perfect disciples, so that he can give us his love and guide us with God's help, full of compassion, towards our spiritual liberation as quickly as possible.

After we reach this stage and are equal to our GURU we become ourselves centers of infinite love and compassion and bestow spiritual light on those who deserve it.

Never forget that although MANY feel called towards the goal of Self realization FEW are chosen. Most of them stumble, hesitate, calculate, stagnate, go astray, criticize, allow themselves to be tempted, fall into doubt or let themselves be overcome by egoism.

The CHOSEN ones are the few who are full of love, humbleness, patience, perseverance and finally, perhaps when they least expected or even when they lost hope, they suddenly reach the ABSOLUTE and are united in ecstasy with GOD.

The biggest enemy of the mediocre disciple is himself, in fact, it is his EGO. Don't forget that "WHEN THE EGO GOES OUT, YOGA INSTANTLY COMES IN, AND WHEN THE EGO COMES IN, YOGA INSTANTLY GOES OUT".