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“Pranayama, Meditation & SUDARSHAN KRIYA are to the mind what ‘FOGG’ is to the body”

I asked my friend “Kya chal raha hai?” He said “Bus, FOGG (popular deodorant/perfume)chal Rahaa hai! Making Lockdown interesting.. Dating my wife ..having candlelight dinner at home! “
That uplifted my sinking spirits and I told him “You lazy bones! If you are acting it out, do it 100%! Have a bath before you put deo or perfume!”

If one has a bath before putting perfume or deodorant, it will stay longer than if one just sprays it on one without having a bath. For, in the case of the latter, the body stink will come back with a vengeance after the perfume wears off.

This is analogous to our experience when we pray and offer worship to our beloved Form of God or to the Formless. When we pray, we experience such joyful, peaceful and positive vibrations within us which naturally spread to the environment to bring similar vibes in others.

But,generally, it stays markedly only during those moments we pray from the core of our being. It may stay for a short time, long, or, longer after that, but, when one returns to the inevitable roles one has to play in one’s life-situations, one’s mind goes back to the same old patterns of thought,word and actions as reactions to the situations created by those of others. (given room for exceptions)
So how to sustain the same state of mind while practically living in this world and still prevent oneself from being ‘afflicted’ by the collective consciousness of equally stressed individuals and afflicting the environment in return?

It is possible! One has to first cleanse one’s mind of all muck collected unawares through the ego matter-body that clouds the intellect and putrefies the feelings, emotions and thoughts that cloud the vision to such an extent that one starts seeing everything with ‘coloured lenses’. Relationships start rotting at least in the mind, greatest friends or/and closest relatives turn greatest enemies overnight ,criminal and suicidal thoughts words and actions follow!

One cannot work on one’s mind and change it oneself like how one works on one’s body by workouts at the gym etc and makes it strong and healthy.

But when one becomes attentive to the effect the different feelings and emotions have on one’s state of mind, one realizes that that one can change the breathing pattern and consequently bring a corresponding positive response from the body and the entire nervous system to ultimately affect one’s physical well-being. Psychosomatic?

Now is there a way to control this? We cannot directly control this by using our intellect. But we can learn to work through conscious breathing to change the state of mind and hence feelings, emotions and thoughts !

This can be done by regular practice of pranayama and meditation, and markedly, Sudarshan Kriya, the wonder of wonders technique that, over a period of time, can bring such a wonderful change in the way one reacts to situations and stress in life that it keeps one healthier than otherwise one would have been in body and mind!
This is indispensable for every individual for his or her own sake and so for the sake of a healthy society. .. the earlier one learns and starts doing this practice,the better. For one saves not only one’s body and mind from illness but saves the collective environment from pollution by negative vibes which can bring equal degree of devastation or may be even more than viruses and bacteria!
It is my belief that a healthy powerful collective consciousness can wage a strong defensive battle and ultimate win over any virus with as less harm as possible to mankind !

THE SUDARSHAN KRIYA & THE HUMAN MIND

Have you all become aware of this reaction of the human mind to challenging situations in this world?
I have, many a time.
And I have realized one truth for sure. I wonder if it is only a truth for me or is it for all (leave alone exceptions) .a general truth!

When I hear of natural calamities or unnatural calamities as brought about by man, be it floods, earthquakes, road/rail/air accidents, the first thought that surfaces is “Oh! hope my children/my parents/my friends/grandparents are safe, healthy etc!
This thought is an instinctive one and is also akin to an involuntary action limited to positive affirmation, prayers etc for who all one has a sense of belonging to! Very natural. nothing to feel guilty about.. harmless selfishness!

In contrast, is or are those thoughts that may be congenitally so in some fortunate embodied souls,or, are voluntary in the beginning, but, by regular spiritual practices(to me, it is My Master’s Grace and the Sudarshan Kriya)as initiated into by those in that capacity to do so, these can take a shift towards instinctive, involuntary thoughts or prayers that go out to one and all ..unconditionally..as one experiences that WE ARE ONE GLOBAL family and need to inspire, support, pray for , and work together as ONE to save each other, leaving aside all past hurts dangerously lodged in the mind if any, forgetting differences country, religion, ideologies etc.

When the shift happens, prayers go out to one and all simultaneously .. O Lord! Hope this doesn’t take innocent lives or afflict anyone with diseases that cause great suffering! O Lord.. Mercy!

Especially, we are indeed the most fortunate ones who, may be for just a few moments or may be more , have gone beyond those ‘I/my/mine gates’ and can instinctively involuntarily think about and pray for those, who, on the world-stage, have always talked ill of us, slandered us, insulted and ill-treated us every time we had to travel with them on life’s journey. Every time we might have tried to take a step forward to iron out differences or clear misunderstandings if any , these people may have rescripted, redirected and re-acted the story, maybe, to cover up what they think are ‘lacks’ and to keep up their social image of being good, loving, and what not! Poor desperate, struggling souls! They probably have never loved themselves and hence may not have experienced peace within!

Nowadays, my heart goes out to these souls as they don’t touch me emotionally anymore as they used to. Yes they used to take my gestures towards them as my weakness, emotional vulnerability and simplicity or naivety whatever! But I ‘played’along with them sincerely and it paid off with most! But there are a few.. I can count them on my fingers ..who can never change their ways.

It has become a boring game for me to sustain such destiny relationships at the worldly level. I have freed them from the shackles that I had tied them to, not by their behaviour ,words and action, but , by my own reaction to these with my ego-body and cloyed reason and intellect and emotions that must have tripped from the perfect balance.

These few have been transferred from my mind to my heart-centre by PURE GRACE and this has changed my equation with them. I don’t any longer keep in touch with them at the world level of communication through phone and mail but when I sit for my prayer and meditation, I pray to My Master to fill their hearts with so much love and peace that all their struggles within and without are over!

I used to do that earlier also, but the difference is that I have stopped repeatedly trying to convince anyone that I love them and I have stopped repeatedly saying ‘sorry’and asking for forgiveness in case I had done any harm to them intentionally or unintentionally.

And believe me this change within has given me such joy and peace as no-one can destroy. ..such infinite freedom within that I experience in this finite matter-body with its paraphernalia!
This moment this is the truth and this moment has been my experience moment-to-moment for quite sometime now.
Life is here and now or never!
This is for sure.. just like one needs to brush one’s teeth regularly to keep them healthy one needs to do Sudarshan Kriya or equally powerful techniques regularly for mental and emotional cleansing and sustenance as such!
Thank you O Master for Thy Grace, techniques, meditation and most of all.. SUDARSHAN KRIYA!!!
Such is the Power of Grace of the Master!

BEFRIEND THE MIND THROUGH SUDARSHAN KRIYA & FIND LASTING HAPPINESS, & FULFILMENT IN LIFE!

One cannot exercise control over one’s own mind .
Hence one can be mind-driven, many a time, to host such feelings. emotions and thoughts, as alien to one’s true nature and hence, further driven to speak such words and perform such actions as may harm oneself and hence the whole environment.
One can be driven many a time to the pull of the Five Senses.
Then, how can one expect to control over others’ minds that is the driving-force behind their feelings and emotions, thoughts, words and actions ?
And everyone has the power to influence someone or other, a few or many, depending on one’s role in society in terms of position and social status.
A homemaker needs to have as much control over the mind as does the one heading an educational institution , a company, a political group or spiritual organization that wields the power to influence others .

Hence THE SIMPLEST AND THE LASTING SOLUTION FOR ALL PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD – BE IT IN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, OR BE IT IN SOCIETY AT LARGE, IS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, mainly. pranayaama and SUDARSHAN KRIYA.

Sudarshan Kriya, practised, daily after being initiated to it by a certified teacher of SUDARSHAN KRIYA (not from online demos or from any practitioner, who is not a certified teacher) , over a period of time, can weed out all those deepest, subtlest impressions in the sub-conscious mind, of the vibrations created within by the thoughts, words and actions and reactions of oneself to those of others around that are part of one’s environment in different life-situations.

The time taken for total cleansing may differ from one practitioner to another, depending upon the layers of impressions formed of this and other lifetimes. For some it may happen in a few months of regular practice. but for others, it may take many years.

BUT SURELY ‘VACCUM-CLEANING’ BY DAILY USE OF ‘THE MIGHTY VAC’. I. e. SUDARSHAN KRIYA’ HAPPENS WITHIN. WITH GOD-GIFTED UNSHAKABLE FAITH AND INFINITE PATIENCE ,IT WILL HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER, IT IS NEVER ‘NEVER’ !

That is why it is said that one should never compare one’s progress on the spiritual path with that of others, as it may either boost one’s ego or drive one to depression .

DO WE EVER COMPARE OURSELVES WITH OTHERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE GOOD THINGS BY WORLDLY STANDARDS THAT FALL INTO OUR LAPS TOO SOON AND TOO EASILY AS COMPARED TO OTHERS? NEVER! FOR, WE EITHER TAKE CREDIT FOR THEM OR TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED.

THEN WHY DO WE JUDGE GOD AND HIS JUSTICE AND LOSE FAITH AND PATIENCE IN ANYONE OR ANY THING THAT WE THINK WE BELIEVE IN, WHEN WE GO THROUGH LONG-TERM MISERY IN LIFE? WHY DON’T WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT?.
BECAUSE WORLDLY LOVE FOR AND FAITH IN ANYONE WE BELIEVE IN, BE IT EVEN OUR ONE’S GURU OR GOD, IS SO CONDITIONAL! (Generally, though there may be exceptions).

O LORD! PRAY GIVE THE GIFT OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA TO ALL THOSE WHO NEED IT!

PRAY BLESS US SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PRACTISE IT WITHOUT FAIL TILL THE LAST DAY OF OUR LIVES, COME WHAT MAY!

PRAY BLESS US SO THAT OUR FAITH IN YOUR GRACE , IN SUDARSHAN KRIYA, ARE NOT DEPENDANT ON VISIBLE RESULTS BY WORLDLY STANDARDS OF FULFILMENT AND SUCCESS.
DAILY PRACTICE IS SURE TO BRING CHANGE IN ONESELF, IN ONE’S WAY OF HANDLING LIFE AND RELATIONSHIPS.WHICH CAN BE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT DOESN’T NEED TO BE VALIDATED BY ANYONE ELSE.

THIS IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WITH DAILY PRACTICE OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA, ONE BEFRIENDS THE MIND. HENCE ONE DOESN’T NEED TO CONTROL IT. IT AUTO-PILOTS ITSELF TO NAVIGATE THE PRACTITIONER-SEEKER’S LIFE-PLANE SKILFULLY THROUGH ALL LIFE-SITUATIONS.
THE MIND NOT ONLY NAVIGATES THUS BUT ALSO HOLDS THE REINS ON THE IMPRESSIONS THAT ARE MADE ON IT THROUGH THE SENSES, THE THOUGHTS, WORDS, ACTIONS OF THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT!
ISN’T THIS SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERIENTIALLY EMPIRICAL!
THANK YOU MASTER FOR YOUR GIFT OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA – THE WONDER OF WONDERS!

मन पर नियंत्रण

इनसान का मन कैसा है! इस मे कभी प्यार, खुशी और शांति के फूल खिल जाते हैं तो कभी नफ़रत, ऊदासी और अशांति के बादल छाये जाते हैं!

लेकिन इनसान अपना मन पर काबू पा सकता है! पर इसकेलिए इनसान को उतना ही सजग रहना ज़रूरी है जितना कि तलवार की धार पर चलने केलिए । और यह बुद्धि या परिश्रम से नहीं होता है । यह सिर्फ कृपा से आर रोज़ सेवा, सत्संग और साधना की त्रिवेणी मेे स्नान करनेे से ही मुमकिन है ।

(टिप्पणी : कुछ लोग सेवा का मतलब बिना तनखा़ह लिए काम करने और सत्संग का मतलब मिलके बैठने और भजन गाने को समझते हैं।

पर मेरे ख़याल से जो भी निष्काम भावना से की जाए और जिसको करने मे कर्तापन महसूस न हो उसे ही सेवा कहा जा सकता है। और जिसके संग मे आनंद, विद्या और शान्ति की प्राप्ती होती है उसी को सत्संग कहा जा सकता है। )

A HOLIDAY -.MEMORY TO CHERISH

Globe-trotters and holidayers want to take back home – memories to cherish – of a fun-filled and stress-free holiday .
It’s only a few years now since I started travelling and going for a holiday abroad.
It is a combination of many factors that make a holiday a memorable one to cherish in our hearts.
I cherish memories of my holidays in Australia .
It’s a wonderful place of natural beauty – free of pollution of any sort

They are wonderful people, open-minded and bias-free and all-inclusive in all ways ,- free of class, creed, color, and other definitions as may be. They are always ready to help any tourist, or, in fact, anyone in need of it.

The law and order system and its administration are proactive and hence efficacious and supportive . Hence I feel very safe, even when I travel alone, any time of the day or night.

They have remarkable infrastructure such as good roads and commendable traffic control with latest technological support (for roads, in cars and everywhere), to avoid disorder or breach of law) as conducive to making daily life stress-free. There is hardly any fear of accidents due to over speeding, as people are very aware and responsible and responsive. And , in case of exceptions, if any, immediate action is taken so there is hardly any scope for insensitivity and callousness vis-a-vis different speed-limits for different zones, such as school-zone, pedestrian crossing , crowded market during festivals, etc.

They lead ‘quality lives of rich and lasting values such as dignity of labour and self-help .When I go for a walk,I see even elderly couples mowing the lawn, gardening, wheeling garbage bins in and out of the house to keep them out,on the scheduled day and at the scheduled time, for collection and disposal. At a very early age, children become independent and realize the value of self-dependence.

Personal hygiene and cleanliness are examples to emulate, especially as it’s not only the governing body or the authorities concerned, who take responsibility for a suburb or a city to be kept clean – everyone contributes. We don’t find garbage littered on the roads and in the public places such as a children’s park or in and around a restaurant or a fast food joint ‘on wheels’. Even the children are trained at a very early age to be responsible for waste disposal so as not to be a nuisance to the public.

In all the apartments in the city and the suburbs, pets are allowed. Every place is dog-friendly . And, those who have pets are equally responsible and empathetic to even those who may not like pets around. They take the responsibility of collecting the ‘poop’of their pets when they take them out for a run and disposing it as per the rules.

The awareness of all, including kids,about the ways to save the environment from pollution of any sort, is, indeed, commendable. One cannot find even a piece of paper or a crumb of bread lying around anywhere – not even around the garbage bins. Pedestrians and cyclists alike take care not to throw litter on their way and keep to their side and place of walking/cycling and parking, respectively. Trees are not allowed to be cut for building houses as legal approval needs to be taken before a building site is bought.

I am yet to hear a loudly-honking driver here for law doesn’t permit it.

The Traffic Control and the Road and Infrastructure officials as well as the Police are on their scheduled rounds round-the-clock. .

The buses, trams and the Metro Train are all capably managed, taking care of punctuality, cleanliness and contingency alternate services.

The medical services are very good. The patient’s immune system is given time to cure small ailments, which may not need immediate administration of antibiotics. This is possible as antibiotics are not available without a certified doctor’s prescription. (Ironically, it is another thing that if one is a tourist from a country where antibiotics can be bought at the counter, and where, a patient can meet a specialist directly, not going through the GP, as is mandatory here, his or her system may take time to activate the immune system to cure the minor ailments.)

The Day Care Centers here are so dependable and personal care is customised to the child’s needs, with support from the parents.

One of their greatest achievements that I have heard of is punctuality. Offices work from 10a. m. to 5 p.m . They don’t make it even a few minutes late to open and close offices, restaurants, etc.

I think all these are possible with the combined efforts of all citizens and the governing bodies including the city police, the traffic police etc. along with the strict administration of law and order.

The above may be the experiences for many of you ,who are born and brought up and live in such a place. But, to me, these are eye-openers as I have not travelled around much .

Even given that we can’t compare a developing country to a developed country, we cannot overrule the fact that most or all of these above are possible in a developing country as well.

It has been an enriching experience for me in Australia. I hope to travel widely and explore and take back great memories and lessons to learn for my people.

ENVIRONMENTALISM

The other day, during one of my countryside rambles, I saw a building under construction

(One of the most common scenarios)

BUT

WITH ALL THE DIFFERENCE

1. Efficacy of waste management on an a daily basis – no debris or garbage thrown around.

2. No tree uprooted to build.. so no birds made homeless by insensitivity and callousness.

3. No work of this kind done at untimely hours.

4.No pollution of any kind.

HENCE NO DISRUPTION IN THE ENVIRONMENT

Here, everyone is an environmentalist – at the grassroot level – the foundation-stone for growth!

KUDOS to MELBURNIANS!

A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT OUR LEGACY TO POSTERITY

It is indeed commendable, I. e. the clean environment in Melbourne, even given – the efficacy of a clean environment directly corresponds to the geographical dimensions and the population of a country or continent . The people are very aware and all work together to support any endeavour to save the environment from pollution . The fact that India is considered a Third World country and so also a developing country gives scope and hope for a healthy environment as per global standards. It may take some time, but with the government and the NGOS already working along with the Environmentalists, and, presumably, the ‘common man’ like you and me, that day is not far when we will be at par with global benchmarks of a clean environment.

STRESS & THE SUDARSHAN KRIYA. (THE MIRACLE ‘PILL’)

When I think of how stress, if neglected, can be harmful, even fatal to an individual, an analogy comes into my mind – of that of a tapeworm, which slowly, but surely, kills the victim eating into his or her entrails – be it his or her her brain, liver or intestine etc.

Those victims, who succumb to stress, may be extraordinarily hypersensitive individuals, and may be mentally and emotionally vulnerable in varying degrees. At a tender age, the ego-shell, which serves as an armour for the growing child, is tampered with, or broken here and there, thereby jeopardising the child’s cognitive development . This can clog the brain and regress or even retard its development, upset the mental equilibrium of the child, precipitate emotional imbalance, that can worsen by constant, consistent pressure from further external stimuli .

This imbalance can erupt like a volcano at a point of saturation, or, if suppressed, can be ‘a stealthy ‘killer’ that can lead to the worst possible situations in the victim’s life – where he or she may not understand the world and vice versa and hence may live under tremendous pressure. It may affect not only his or her life, but also those of his or her near and dear ones, as most of us may generally mistake the victim’s behavioural patterns as childishness and immaturity, showing off, ego, arrogance, hypocrisy or eccentric behaviour.

We may not understand that behind the adult is he or she who is ‘stuck’ in that state of mental/emotional growth of somewhere between 11 to 15 years – Not even parents, kith and kin and friends, who love him or her dearly and unconditionally. It can worsen his or her state by exposure to undue stress in his or her immediate environment, and so also the social and professional circles that he or she moves in. He or she may be grossly misunderstood, ridiculed, condemned, hated, even boycotted by some .

This can create a ‘disconnect’ between the victim and the world, and can lead to diseases of body and mind, gradually but surely, over a period of years and decades. It can further lead to severe and chronic depression, anamolous behavioural patterns sometimes, and, at its crescendo, can also drive the victim to desperation. He or she may take to drinking, drugs,or, may commit suicide, may even commit a murder or rape and may even turn into a terrorist and land up in jail as a ‘branded’ social pest’. How unfortunate!

In a few cases, he or she may even be living life very well, discharging all duties of this world as a responsible individual, but there may be still something ‘lacking’ in his or her life. Very few of his or her near and dear ones may come to know this, for, they may just accept it and love him or her unconditionally. Thus, life may carry on for the victims and all around him or her.
Gradually , it may lead to the direst possible consequences as mentioned earlier, but for the ‘MIRACLE’ that can happen in his or her life through an external agent that can give him or her the power of introspection and the courage to admit to himself or herself and accept it that he or she is different from the world, and, cannot carry on this way, but, needs to change, but how – he or she may not know.

“ Miracles are those that happen to ordinary people, under extraordinary duress.
These miracles may be a play of unknown factors called Providence and can happen in many ways.

I know of, and, can vouch for two such ways as I have directly and indirectly experienced in my life.

Just like a dying sea-giant comes up in all his ebbing giant strength in the last moments before his death, a victim may put in all the ‘power within’. He for she wants to ‘fight for survival’ in the world, may be, less for his own sake, but more for the sake of his or her near and dear ones. It is at this ‘nadir’ of one’s life that ‘the killer instinct’ iof an individual ,can come into play to make the ‘impossible’ ‘possible’. He or she does so by using stress as a ‘launch- pad’ to reach his or her ‘zenith’ in life.

As an example of the latter are those very few, who are enigmas.They may have gone through the worst situations in life but by providence and/or by self-effort, they have kept their ego shells intact to be able to live life kingsize. Their ego is in its rightful place and gets back to its shell when it senses danger and they are able to..’wade through’, ‘struggle through’, ‘ float by’, and, ‘fly over’ the very same situations as the hurts cannot penetrate their ego-shells and may just abrase, peripherally. So they end up as as strong self-made individuals who are examples to emulate. They stand out – unique and dauntless, majestic,tall and royal – amidst all kinds of stress ,mostly stress caused by harm done by man to man, especially in close destiny relationships and social circles that man has to Iive in and adapt himself to, in all life-situations.

Alternately, The Supreme Power may appear ‘out of nowhere’ in some form or other, and directly intervene to bring about a ‘MIRACLE’ to bring a change within the individual himself or herself – a phenomenal transformation to bring about corresponding changes in his or her life and relationships, for the better.

These generally happen to those who become totally helpless and surrender in prayer . It can only happen with prayer and the willingness to change oneself rather than trying to change the whole world. These victims want to change for their own sakes as they can no longer handle the roller-coaster ride of life, its uncertainty and unpredictability. No longer do the different flavours of human relationships trigger their ‘taste buds’. They know that their inter-personal relationships are directly linked to the intra-personal one .There comes a time when these individuals start looking around for something other than a few hours’ seminars . Placebos can work for many,but, these may not completely cure them of their their illness.

THE MIRACLE THAT I KNOW OF, AND, HAVE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED THE POWER OF IN HEALING AND COMPLETE CURING OF LONG-TERM IMBALANCES IS, ‘THE SUDARSHAN KRIYA’.

REGULAR PRACTICE OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA, WITH MEDITATION ALONG WITH PROPER MEDICATION CAN CURE ALL ILLNESSES, AS MOST OR ALL OF THEM ARE PSYCHOSOMATIC, which, if neglected, may lead to drug- addiction,suicide,murder,rape etc.

With practice of Sudarshan Kriya, The time-span it takes to heal an individual completely depends on the degree of hurt done – how deep in the subtle layers of the mind it has penetrated and rusted . It is just like soft moss can be pulled out from a surface easily but the hardened moss needs to be scrubbed very hard to take it out. .

We take a bath daily to keep our bodies clean. We sweep and mop the house regularly to keep it free of dust. What about the ‘muck’ that gets settled within us? It cannot be cleaned by a body bath.

Sudarshan Kriya does both .It sucks out all the muck that settles within as toxins of emotional hurt anger etc . The accumulated muck is cleared out over a period of time..may be 20 days,20 months

It took me almost two decades to be completely cured of the repercussions of umpteen years of accumulated stress, though healing had been happening. And, daily practice of kriya prevents further impressions from settling in the subtle layers of the mind.

Believe me – if my Beloved Master His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Founder of ‘The Art of Living’ had not come into my life and initiated me into Sudarshan Kriya, I would never have accepted the world and relationships as they are and would not have been able to cope with the complexities of life . Unchecked and ever-increasing levels of stress might have ruined my life and those of my near and dear ones.

SUDARSHAN KRIYA NEEDS TO BE INTEGRATED INTO TREATMENT OF ALL ILLNESSES IN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, SO ASO INTO ALL KINDS OF THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT CENTRES, HOSPICE etc.