Sunday, January 23, 2011

Body & Soul - II

Wife, son, mother, father, relatives are all symbols of the outer form. When one dies and the other form is cremated no one accompanies one to the other world. They all cry for some time and then they return home leaving the departed soul to seek another body. When one day you have to realise that the real you is not the outer body but the soul, why don't you do it today?

We don't even have the power  to change the outer body at will. Better than us is the snake around the Lord's neck who can slip out of its skin and appear in a new young skin.

We are not aware that there is a difference between the outer and the inner forms. And till we don't realise this the Guru shall have to keep discoursing, shouting and exhorting. He has to speak because this is his job and we have to listen because we cannot avoid it. If this is how you think then my words shall produce no effect.

You have to try with devotion and faith and then you shall realise how joyful it can be. You have to just live on joyfully without worrying what is happening around you. What you think or don't think is not going to matter much. So why worry?

Your son is not earning anything, so how is your worrying going to help. You might plead with him, yet he won't go out and earn. So what is the use of worrying and fretting. You just become a witness to everything, you just enter your inner self and you shall find that all the worrying is for nothing.

Praying to Lord Shiva, Shankaracharya says - Na Taato Na Maataa, i.e. I have no mother or father, while the fact is that he had parents, he had relatives, he had friends, he even had a home.He had everything and yet he said - Na Taato Na Maataa.

It means that he wanted to be linked with the inner body where all outer relations are useless. It might happen in a moment or it might take a whole life, but the moment you enter the Sharir the outer problems shall stop worrying you. Then sorrow, pain, affliction shall not trouble you and you shall not sit with your head cradled in your hands. Then you shall not feel perturbed or face any paucity in life. You can never put an end to paucity or poverty through your efforts.

The first text that Pushpadant wrote was Mahimna Stotra and he wrote another called Shiv Stotra that too has forty verses. Each of these verses is unque and one of these is as follows.

Vidaaro Porvaayam Vati Charati Poornnamad Iv, 
Shivatvam Sevyam Ya Yad Nirat Shreya Shruti Iv, 
Vishaagram Mevaatvam Bhav Na Vaditaa Preyat Ivah, 
Shivo Saakshaad Roopam Shiv Bhavati Saayujya Iti Cha.

It is an extraordinary verse fro a text writter by Pushpadant that was never published and never remembered by later Rishis. After Pushpadant this text completely disappeared. There is no one on the earth today who remembers even one verse from this precious work. If these rare verses are not put down on paper then they shall be lost for ever. If their essence is not imbibed in life then the rare knowledge of our Rishis shall disappear. It is very unfortunate that not one priest in India remembers a word of this amazing text.

The above verse contains the essence of life. Pushpadant Says - I have been worshipping Lord Shiva for the past seventy five years, yet I always remain in tension and worries. Is this then my fate, that is to die harassed by tensions? O Lord Shiva! I have devoted myself fully in your feet. Why is my life still full of worries? When shall I be able to attain to divine joy which the ancient texts describe as Brahmaanandam Sukham?

And as soon as Pushpadant completed this verse Lord Shiva answered - Guruvei Gatih. You don't have a Guru. Who shall then tell you why you face so many paucities even after having worshipped me for seventy five years? For the first time in your life you have realised that you have been suffering a lot and so I have appeared to answer your question. If you wish for fearlessness and joy you shall have to go the Guru. Only a Guru can tell you why you are facing problems and pain.

These verses from Shiva Stotra are not present in any text. They have simply disappeared and with them seems to have disappeared a part of our precious knowledge. Rather there appeared a very dark phase of ignorance which was dispelled by Lord Buddha. Now again after another two thousand five hundred years of darkness some Guru shall appear to lead the disciples.

I too am trying to do the same thing. But it is only after the Guru finds some empty book in form of disciple that he is able to write on it true knowledge in order to remove the darkness of ignorance. If anyone among you is ready to be a book the Guru can do much. but you shall have to be blank. Only then shall the Guru write on the pages. And I always keep looking for blank pages in form of dedicated disciples. And I shall always feel sorry that I could not find real disciples.

A real Guru never writes on paper, for paper will be destroyed one day. True knowledge is to be written on someone's heart. The Guru is ready to write but no one is ready to devote himself fully for the purpose.

Lord Shiva said to Pushpadant - a Guru, for Guruvei...Find you and only he can tell stand why you could not lose yourself in my form even after having worshiped me for seventy five years, why you could not become free from worries and why you could not attain to totality.

In the third verse Pushpadant says - I have spent all the childhood in your holy feet. I know only you and no one else.

Lord Shiva says - You wish to clap with one hand. But this is not possible. For sound to travel there should be a medium of air in between. If I call out to you there needs to be a medium which could transmit the sound. And the medium is air. Similarly there must be a medium between you and me. Without it your prayers do not reach me and neither do my thoughts reach you. This is why you are still identifying with the physical body.

And after writing the first three verses Pushpadant wrote the fourth after one and half years. He simply could not compose the fourth verse for a long time. And the fourth verse contains the essence of the whole text.

- Revered Sadgurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimali

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Body & Soul - I

Asit Giri Sam Syaat Kajjalam Sindhu Paatre, Surtaruvar Shaakaa Lekhini Putramoorvi.
Likhati Yadi Griheetvaa Shaardaa Sarvakaalam, Tadapi Tav Gunnaanaameesh Paara Na Yaati

Where the divine name of Lord Shiva is chanted there is laughter, joy, exuberance, totality vibrating in the air. And one who keeps laughing and smiling cannot die, for when one laughs the life energy becomes all the more vibrant, the blood gushes with a new vigour and the body trembles with joy.

If there is a living Sadguru there are bound to be real, inquisitive disciples. We are not sitting in a funeral ground. We are here to enjoy life. And it can be enjoyed through dance and music, laughter and smiles, devotion and dedication. These are the means to totality in life. One need not turn beads to attain totality in life.

The outer physical form is not your Sharir or your real body, for the Shatras have called it Deh or the physical shell. There is a difference between Deh and Sharir. Deh means that which shall die one day, that shall be destroyed. One who identifies only with the outer for has to end up in body is immortal. Sharir means an inner energy, a vibrance. Inside the outer form is another body and it is this body that brings joy, laughter and all good feelings in life. The outer body cannot generate such tender feelings. The physical body can only procreate, it can only create another Deh in the form of a child. This is the only use of the Deh(Body). Other  than this it has no creative purpose. It cannot produce laughter or a smile. The physical body ever keeps moving on the path that leads to death. But we have not taken birth to end up thus.

If you think that life ends when the body is burnt or when it dies, then know it that this not the end. Ram has not died, he lives on. And so do Krishna, Buddha, Shankaracharya and Lord Shiva. We know all about them and they live on in our hearts and even the future generations shall remember them.

We should do something so that the future generations might realise that we did something great, that we achieved something, that we were disciples of some great Guru. And all such achievements are had through the medium of a Sharir, not the Deh.

But to link with the Sahrir one must be vibrant. This is why I try to make you dance. I wish to put an end to the stagnancy in your lives. I wish to make you realise that the Deh is not everything. When you realise this my voice shall reach your conscience. Till y voice does not reach your soul, all my efforts shall go waste no matter how many times I perform Shaktipaat on you. I will give you a force and it shall just bounce back from your physical form without having any effect and thus energy transferred shall go waste. This energy is not ordinary. It is part of divine the divine, it is the force of years of Sadhana. It is a tremendous power which can make your lives vibrant. I want this energy to enter into the inner body. And inside there are other planes, other bodies, - Bhu, Bhuvah, Swah, Mahaah. But one needs great to contact them.

Today man is the most poor creature spirituality. And this is because whenever you meet a Guru your demands are frivolous. You do nothing but harass the Guru. You know only outer physique and hence your prayers are limited to - Guruji, my wife is ill or I want to promotion or I want this thing or that thing. These are demands of the outer form. And till we continue to identify with outer form problems of life shall continue to be.

But once you stop identifying with the outer form and link yourself to the inner body the problems shall fail to trouble you. There sure shall be tensions and problems but they shall no perturb you. They shall continue their onslaught no matter what you do. You may pray, you may weep, you may face them with a challenge, they shall always be there. So there is no point in worrying about them.

In the text Mahima Stotra Pushpadant say to Lord Shiva - "I feel very surprised, O Lord. You live in a funeral ground, all you posses is an empty bowl. In one hand you have trident and all you wear on your body is ash. what more a snake coils around your neck and yet you look so happy, so contented. Even we are not so happy. We too want to be happy like you."

Problems in life are never going to end, but when you become oblivious of the outer physique and start to identify with the inner body you shall ever remain immersed in joy. I am not saying that you shall stop having problems in your life. They shall surely be there but they shall not worry you. In fact man very easily becomes involved in his problems and when this happens he loses contact with the inner body and consequently with spirituality. Sadhanas or spiritual progress is not possible through the physical body. For this one needs to awaken the soul.

Lord Shiva's disciple Pushpdant wrote two texts one of which is Mahimna Stotra. If you read it you shall find that it is a unique text in which there are 40 verses. One of these is Asit Giri Sam Syaat...

It means that even if the whole earth is used instead of paper, the oceans as ink, the wood from all jungles as pens and even if the Almighty takes upon himself the task of writing, even then all the virtues of Lord Shiva cannot be listed.

And Shiva too has a family, yet he is so happy and overflowing with joy. There is no difference between Lord Shiva and you. You think there is a difference but not your soul. Shankaracharya never thought there was any difference and hence he could say -Shivoham (I am Shiva). He was not lying, for he was speaking from the depths of the soul.

If you speak from your physical form, you shall only discriminate. You shall think that you are different from the Lord who sits in the temple. And even in the temple there is a priest standing between you and the Lord. How shall you feel close to Him? Its only when you lose yourself in the form of the Lord that He shall appear before you in his real divine form.

Then you shall feel like crying - Shivoham Shankaroham. I am shiva, I am Shankar. Then if you meditate deeply the Lord shall have to come. Then you need not even go to a temple. But in order to reach this high spiritual stage one has to first learn how to enter into the inner body.

If you read this article and forget it the next day it shall of no use. If I explain to you some Sadhana and you fail to use then my effort shall go waste. Till you don't understand what I am trying to say, all this shall be of no use.

I write something and you read it without understanding then there won't be any result. Each of my words has a hidden meaning and that has to be imbibed. If I say that Lord Shiva is withing the He sure is. He is not there in some stone idol. Those who have not stopped identifying with the outer body shall never go to a temple. But you shall go there, offer water on the Lord, offer milk and flowers. You need these rituals because you are still identifying with the outer form. But the moment the link with the inner is established the outer rituals shall all become useless.

- Revered Sadgurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimali