Offer All Your Cravings As Oblations To The Sacrificial Fire Of Consciousness

Wishing All the Members A Very Very Happy New Year with this unique gift of Words of Wisdom from an Enlightened Guru:

[Following is an English translation of the discourse of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj in a Satsang at Munger in the state of Bihar, India way back in February 1943.

– Translated by Pravesh K. Singh (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sant_santati , http://blog.360.yahoo.com/praveshksingh ) ]

Dear Devout People,

This is the Santmat-Satsang. We accord equal respect to all sants. Baba Gorakhnaath ji has described `Yoga,’, `Jnaana’ (knowledge) etc. in his verses. However, Kabir Sahab expounded these concepts with great clarity which was greatly beneficial to the human beings.

Because of keeping company with the mind and body organs, this `surat’ (unliberated individual soul) has forgotten its original pure form or nature. On removing it from the sense organs and making it still at its centre, divine light appears. This is the witness of Guru. We call him Guru who gives us knowledge. A person who feels the same ecstasy, pleasure or bliss while in meditation as one would get when lost in extremely melodious music is called a `Yogi’. When awareness of the outside world is totally gone, divine bliss is experienced. Pure form of the current of consciousness is known as `paraa prakriti’ and `aadi naam’ (primordial name, word or sound or vibration). Swami Dayanand ji called it `Om’ while Kabir Sahab and Guru Nanak Sahab called it `sattanaam’ (True Name or Word); both are the same thing.

My dear devout people! This is a spiritual gathering. In such a gathering talks of ordinary people like me do not carry any value. In this Satsang compositions of sants and verses or hymns from scriptures must be recited. Listen to the meaning of a hymn from Upanishads: "There are two forms of `Brahma’`shabda brahma’ (Divine sound which is also treated as Brahma) and `parbrahma’ (That Brahma who transcends or is beyond everything). One who becomes adept or accomplished in (meditation of) `shabda brahma’ attains the `parabrahma’. Baba Gorakhnath has said (regarding God): "Bastee na shoonyam, shoonyam na bastee". If you treat God as `bastee’ (inhabited), He is filling everything, everything exists within Him. If you consider Him as `shoonyam’ (void), he is completely void. However, He is neither `bastee’ nor `shoonya’. The (Quintessential, Divine) Sound or Name pervades wherever space is considered to exist. The Absolute Entity or the Supreme Being is even beyond this sound (`shabdaateet’ meaning `beyond word’). Wherever there is vibration, there is sound. Sound is the natural companion of vibration. This sound itself is, in fact, the conscious and the nectar or the elixir of life. The sound itself is the current of consciousness. It is this current of consciousness or the sound which brings everything into action. It is within everything, but this is not the `varnaatmak’ (formed of alphabets) sound. The one, who has been initiated, has got a Guru, finds this nectar within himself. The one who does not have a Guru can not get this. Only he can be said to be the one `with or having a Guru’ who, learning the right technique (of meditation) from a true Guru, has raised his consciousness into light, having collected it (his consciousness), gathered it from darkness. He alone acquires the true elixir, in the form of the quintessential word, within him. He who has learnt the right technique from a true Guru but does not practice it, who is still tied to or engrossed in the darkness (of sensory pleasures, worldly things) is, in fact, one `without a Guru’ even though he has been initiated (by the Guru).

Move ahead relinquishing the five objects (of senses). Know the soul. One would be removed from objects only if the fuel (of sensual enjoyments) is not added to the fire (of desires, cravings, and longings). Initially when we hear, read and reflect about God, we get the indirect knowledge of, or about, God. Later direct knowledge results through `saadhanaa’ (meditation) and `samaadhi’ (state of trance or intense meditation, when awareness of the body, the outer world is totally lost). Our troubles, afflictions or miseries will not end without doing `bhakti’ (devotion, practicing meditation is true form of devotion), and it is essential to know about the true form or nature of God in order to be able to do `bhakti’. He alone is the Supreme Being who is infinite and is equipped with infinite power. Gross instruments cannot handle, deal with or grasp subtle objects; similarly gross `indriyas’ (senses or organs of senses) cannot perceive the subtle God. The consciousness pervading this body is, in fact, its master. The various organs are its servants. These servants are not capable of service or devotion to the God. This `bhakti’ (devotion) has to be performed by the `surat’ (current of consciousness) only. That, who collects his currents of consciousness or attentive awareness at the Centre of consciousness, offers his cravings (as oblations) to the fire (sacrificial pit) of consciousness. Gross bhakti, including `maanas jap’ (mental recitation of some sacred `mantra’) and `maanas dhyaan’ (trying to visualise the form of Guru or the desired deity) purifies the heart. Therefore gross `bhakti’ is essential to begin with.

The Supreme Being, the God, is not visible to `indriyas’ (senses). He is without any colour, without a form, without a kind or type, without a cast, without time, without action. He is beyond all that is known, or knowable, to you (by remaining in this body). Even `Dwait’ (Dualism) and `Adwait’ (Monism) are mere symbols for Him. Surrender yourself completely; grasp the (Quintessential) word to get to that that is beyond everything. He can be found only through this `bhakti’.

Each one of you, just ask yourself, "What is it that you want?" The reply would be, "Peaceful happiness or Eternal Bliss". This eternal bliss is available to the sants. How do sants find it? The answer is: "through bhakti".

`Yogahridaya’, `Adhaarchakra’, `Ajnaa chakra’, `the sixth wheel’ are different names of the same thing. One should live a self-reliant life, give up stealing, robbing, taking to toxic substances, violence and lying; do service to Guru, meditate on the form of Guru, make the luminous point appear within by practicing Yoga of Light as taught by the Guru. This will enable you to raise yourself from the dark sky or space within to the illuminated sky or space. You have to fly up further from the realm or sky of light to that of sound. This route or path is called `Vihangam Maarg’ or `Path of a Bird’. After all the desires, flights of imagination, doubts etc. arising in the mind have been quelled, one aught to practice listening to the `Udgeeth’ or `pranav naad’ or `sar shabd’ or the quintessential or primordial sound in a neutral, stilled state of mind; this is called `meen maarg’ or `Path of a Fish’. This is the only way that can lead or take one to the God. Goswami Tulsidasji has said:

"Waari mathe ghrit hoi baru, sikataa te baru tel.

Binu Hari bhajan na bhav tariy, yah siddhaant apel."

[For one it might be possible to get `ghee’ (clarified butter) by stirring water, and it might still be possible to get oil by grinding sand, but it is not at all possible to swim across the ocean of existence without devotion to God.]

Thus `bhakti’ is essential to get to the Supreme Sovereign God who is infinite, invisible, and subtler than the subtlest. He can be perceived only by pure consciousness. Even this consciousness, when attached or associated with `indriyas’ (organs), is not capable of managing an access to God. It will have to rid itself of its company of `indriyas’ and the various types of bodies; only then this `surat’ or consciousness would be able to make it to the God.

There are as many levels of cosmos or universe as there are levels in/of the body. There is a portion of `prakriti’ (nature) which is completely inactive, completely free of any sort of disturbance, activity or creation because here the three attributes or qualities of nature (`sat’, `raj’ and `tam’) are in exact mutual equilibrium, completely balancing or counter-balancing each other. Here all the three qualities are having equal intensity, force of attraction, hence no activity or disturbance can take place here; so, the nature, here, is without any agitation or disturbance whatsoever. When the playful mood or wish of the God to create acts on a part of nature, that part of the nature gets agitated; the balance or equilibrium that had been prevailing hitherto gets disturbed. Some of the three qualities get comparatively strengthened while others get weakened. Through the differential strengthening and weakening of the three attributes, that portion of the nature gets agitated, vibrated, activated. This part of the `prakriti’ (nature) is called `vikriti’ (aberration). This is also called `maayaa’ (illusion). Through this very agitated part, innumerable cosmos and bodies are created. This body is a miniature form of the cosmos only; therefore, if we are on a particular level of body, we will be on the identical level of the universe, too. If anyone leaves or rises beyond a particular level of body, he also leaves or rises beyond the same level of the cosmos or universe. One has to walk within in order to leave or penetrate different levels of the body and, hence, the cosmos. How do we walk or journey within? Understand this. When we start slipping from the awakened state to that of sleep, there is a stage in between the two states – that of half sleep. In that state, our thoughts scattered in all the four directions begin to concentrate, or shrink. As these thoughts of ours go on shrinking, we go on sinking deeper into deep sleep from the stage of half sleep. The import is that to move inwards we have to collect or gather our thoughts and awareness inwards from outside. This concentration of awareness or consciousness itself is the means or the way to inward travel. Following the technique taught by the Guru, first practice `Manas Jap’ (mental recitation of a holy mantra without moving the lips or the tongue) and `Manas Dhyan’ (Mental visualisation of the image of Guru or desired deity, trying to make it appear clearly in the inner sky keeping the eyes closed) to concentrate your attention. `Jap’ (recitation) is of three types – `Vaachik Jap’ (reciting the mantra audibly), `Upaanshu Jap’ (reciting the mantra in an extremely feeble voice so that it is not audible even to the person sitting or standing next though the lips and the tongue move while pronouncing the mantra) and `maanas jap’ (mentally reciting the mantra without moving the lips and the tongue). Out of the three types of japa, `maanas jap’ is the highest quality or order of `jap’. Having practiced the `maanas jap’ and `maanas dhyaan’ successfully, do `drishtiyog saadhan’ (Yoga of Divine Light). By fixing or stilling the gaze at a point, the intersection of two lines (of sight), you get to see light. There is a current of sound permeating this light. Meditate on this sound by practicing `surat shabda yog’ (Yoga of Divine Sound). Thus doing `bhakti’ in this order, `bhakti’ gets completed. This is the way to `bhakti’.

Current of `surat’ or consciousness keeps flowing through all the `indriyas’ (organs). The faculties of taste, smell, seeing etc. possessed by these `indriyas’ are only because of this consciousness. It is this consciousness only which receives or gets the tastes, smell etc.

God is invisible and dwells inside. The fourteen `indriyas’ (five organs of action, five organs of sense, mind, intellect, chitta and ego) are not capable of knowing Him. Learn the right way from a True Guru to meditate and practice it sincerely. The soul of all the adored deities is one and the same only. So, you may select depending on your preference any one of these for `maanas dhyaan’; perceive his (or her) `sthoola’ (gross), `sookshma’ (astral), `kaaran’ (causal) and `mahaakaaran’ (supra-causal) forms and , in the end, see His true form. Then you automatically would come to know of the Unity of All of these.

You had heard, a little ago, in the speech of Doctor Sahab: "The Goddess Saraswati (the Goddess of Learning) is riding a white swan. Light is radiating from her radiant body." This is a very lucid metaphor or allegory of `pranayam’ (phonetically "praanaayaam"). It suggests, by way of a hint, the devotees of Saraswati ji to ride the breaths in the form of swan and perceive the `OM’ sound in the form of holding her lute. This sound (`OM’) is the primordial sound. `Rishis’ (sages of ancient times) got hold of this sound by their intense meditation and expressed it as `OM’ or `pranav’. This holy sound is the symbol of God. It can not be pronounced in the human voice. A recluse has remarked, "Brahma has come out of this `prananv’; `Vishnu’ has come out of this `pranav’. `Shiva’ also has come out of this `pranava’." `Praan’, `OM’, `Udgeeth’ and `Sfot’, all these mean the same. This sound is not `varnaatmak’ (alphabetical); it is in the form of a vibration (produced without even an impact of any nature).

Satsang is acceptable to all alike – theists or atheists. Now listen to the essence of the sayings of sant you had listened (a short while ago): "Remember (meditate on) Him giving up all other (worldly) desires. Remember (meditate) with all the attention. Go to the house of `Sushumnaa’ (the central and the chief of the three principal yogic nerves). This way, practicing the Yog of Divine Word, you would eventually come to see Him. Then you would be able to visualise/ know His immanence through all the living & non-living beings. Shun bad company (and vices). The blissful sound experienced within (during meditation) is the real Gayatri. Listen to its enchanting melody. Practice the `drishti yog’ (Yoga of Divine Light) for this. This causes vertical ascension of the consciousness. Learn how to do this, from a genuine preceptor.

Truth Is One In All Religions, In All Places & In All Times!

Selected Quotes from Some Christian Mystics:

What it takes to be truly spiritual? In an absolute sense, spirituality refers to the enlightened state of existence which one can attain only after seeing the God or realising self-identity with the Supreme Being. In a relative sense, it means to live a life of that kind of discipline which ultimately leads to the realisation of God. Spirituality, thus, is experiencing, seeing. Seeing what exists. And we can’t say, it is not factual. It is a fact which is predictable & verifiable in experience.

"Experience", said Swami Vivekanand, "is the only source of knowledge. In the world … religion is not taught as a science of experience. This should not be so… A small group of men who teach religion from experience, are called mystics and these mystics in every religion, in every country, in every age, speak the same tongue and teach the same truth. This is the real science of religion, as mathematics."

Below are some of the quotes from three prominent Christian mystics borrowed gratefully from blogs of my friends and some websites:

Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328, Germany):

In one God is found, so to find God, a man must be one. God is "a light shining in itself" that he is manifest neither in time nor place , that he is an unspoken word, he is causeless, with no before or after, he is neither being nor goodness, nor spirit. It is no good trying to understand this by using reason,. God is not a thing nor has he a body. He is neither form or matter. When a man goes out of himself to find God or fetch God, he is wrong. I do not find God outside myself nor conceive him excepting as my own and in me. God is pure oneness, being free of any accretive multiplicity of distinction even at a conceptual level. [Divine Consolation]

God is infinite in his simplicity and simple in his infinity. Therefore he is everywhere and is everywhere complete. He is everywhere on account of his infinity, and is everywhere complete on account of his simplicity. Only God flows into all things, their very essences. Nothing else flows into something else. God is in the innermost part of each and every thing, only in its innermost part. [Sermon LW XXIX]

The One descends into everything and into each single things, yet remaining the One that unites what is distinct. [Sermon LW XXIX]

God . . . is the being of all beings. [Sermon LW XXIX]

All things are contained in the One, by virtue of the fact that it is one. for all multiplicity is one, and is one thing, and is in and through the One. . . The One is not distinct from all things. Therefore all things in the fullness of being are in the One by virtue of its indistinction and unity. [Sermon LW XXIX]

When we turn away from ourselves and from all created things, to that extent we are united and sanctified in the soul’s spark, which is untouched by either space or time. This spark is opposed to all creatures and desires nothing but God. [Sermon DW 48]

If we are to dwell in him . . . we should take leave of ourselves and of all things and be attached to nothing external which acts upon the senses within. [Sermon DW 40]

Therefore it is in Oneness that God is found and they who would find God must themselves become One. . . And truly, if you are properly One, then you shall remain One in the midst of distinction, and the multifold will be One for you and shall not be able to impeded you in any way. [On the Noble Man]

Thomas a Kempis (1380 – 1471, Germany):

Learn now to die to the world, that you may begin to live in Christ. Despise all earthly things that you may go freely to Christ. You will never enjoy peace until you become inwardly united to Christ. The more completely a man dies to self, the more he begins to live to God. True peace and joy is to be found in Me alone. The mind of man is prone to delusions. Unless a man’s soul is raised, set free from all attachments to earthly things, and wholly united to God, neither his knowledge nor possessions are of any value. Blessed are the ears that hear the pulse of the divine whisperer, and give no heed to the many whisperings of the world” A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself. An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning. Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame. How quickly passes away the glory of this world! Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.

St John of the Cross (1542 – 1591, Spain):

The aim of the spiritual life is the state of union with God through love. The soul and God seem to be one. God is ever present in the soul communicating and preserving its natural being just as the sun shines on the window. The path to union with God is the narrow way which leads to life; to imitate Christ is to die to self. All of the world’s wisdom and human ability contrated with his infinite wisdom of God is pure and utter ignorance. When God grants this supernatural favour to the soul, so great a union is caused that all the things of both God and the soul become one, the soul appears to be God more than a soul.

Dadu Dayal, Poet-Mystic From Rajasthan

Dadu is one of my all-time favorite classic Sants of India. He was a great poet-mystic and spiritual Master of Divine Light, Sound, and Nirguna Bhakti from Rajasthan in the lineage of Guru Kabir. Anyone who studies his teachings will encounter a very genuine, pure version of Sant Mat with the perfect balance of God and guru bhakti, love and mysticism (Surat Shabd Yoga, meditation).

Translations of Dadu bhajans are quite rare in English. Volume 25 in the glorious Encyclopaedia of Saints Series represents the most complete collection of the works of Sant Dadu Dayal in English to date. It is published by Criterion of New Delhi (distributed by Deep & Deep Publications). Nataraj Books is one source where this volume can be ordered from in North America. See link below.

Enjoy! Happy New Year! Meditate!

James

Sant Dadu Dayal, Encyclopaedia of Saints Series (Volume 25),
Edited by Bakshi and Mittra, Criterion Publications, New Delhi, India
https://www.VedamsBooks.com/no28758.htm
https://www.NatarajBooks.com

Background on Dadu from the Preface

Sant Dadu Dayal was a Saint from Rajasthan. ‘Dadu’ means brother and ‘Dayal’ means "the Compassionate One." He lived in the second half of the sixteenth century (1544-1603). His songs are in a Hindi dialect known as Braj Bhasa, being a mixture of Hindi and Rajasthani. Like the earlier Saint Kabir, Dadu came from one of the many low artisan castes that had converted to Islam. He lived in the Jaipur region of Rajasthan, most probably as a pinjari, a cotton carder. He married and had a family of two sons and two daughters.

Dadu gathered around himself a group of followers, which became known as the Dadu-panth. This organisation has continued in Rajasthan to the present day, and has been a major source of early manuscripts containing songs by the North Indian Saints [the Panch Vani]. He himself did not write down any of his compositions. These were recorded by his disciple Rajjab. Another disciple, Jana Gopal wrote the earliest biography. [A translation of the Janma Lila by Jana Gopal is also included in this book]. Dadu clearly experienced the bliss of Sahaja and alluded to it in his songs. Surviving songs do not record the name of Dadu’s guru. Certainly much of the imagery used in his songs is similar to that used by Kabir, and similar also to that used by the earlier Sahajiya Buddhists and Nath Yogis.

Some Mystic Verses of Sant Dadu Dayal, a Lover of the Beloved

Results of True Love — The Vision of the Beloved

One sits fearlessly by repeating God’s Name;
the Negative Power can never consume him.
When thou ridest the elephant, 0 Dadu,
then dogs bark in vain.
When love and devotion arise,
one is firmly established in blissful meditation.
With the grace of the Master,
he then drinks the divine Nectar, 0 Dadu.
By being dedicated to the Lord,
millions of obstacles are removed.
A tiny spark the size of a mustard seed
burns a huge amount of wood, 0 Dadu.
Impurities and blemishes of the mind
are burnt up in the fire of separation.
The separated lover will now see
the vision of the Beloved, 0 Dadu.

An Outer Guru that is not an Inner Guru, not a Qualified Teacher

The whole world makes an outer display,
whereas the practice of the Saint is within.
This is the difference between the two;
hence no accord is found between them.

A new pot taken from the potter’s furnace
may be decorated with many pictures outside;
But of what use will it be to thee,
0 Dadu, without any contents?
Such are the ones who make outer display of religiosity.

From one who bears no outer religious symbols,
but has unfathomable riches within,
Receive the wealth and keep it within
thy heart, 0 Dadu, and be obedient to such a Saint.

There is a great difference between a Saint and a mimic,
the two are as far apart as earth and sky.
The Saint is absorbed in God, whereas
the mimic pins his hopes on the world.
 
The One alone dwells within my heart,
Day and night I repeat His Name.
The Name of God alone is true;
keep that within thy heart.
Forsake all hypocrisies and cumbrous practices;
this is the teaching of all Saints, 0 Dadu.

True Sants Focus Our Attention Upon God

Sadagati Sadhava re

Saints are the true redeemers,
They make one see the Creator face to face.
Having themselves crossed the ocean
of the world, they take others across;
They are the saviors of beings.
Dyed in the colour of the Supreme Lord,
They have the blameless Name
as their support;
Always truthful, disciplined, blissful and contented,-
Their wisdom and reach knows no bounds.
In eternal love, in eternal ecstasy,
In eternal company with the essential Truth;
In eternal union, in eternal life,
In eternal knowledge and contemplation are they absorbed.
Crest-jewel of all, bestower of bliss to all,
They are rare in this world.
They are the Swans, the dwellers of the Ocean of Bliss,
Who come for the good of others, 0 Dadu.

Mind Gets Stilled By Listening To The Anaahat Shabd

[An English rendering of the Hindi translation of couplets of Sant Dadu Dayal, the medieval-age sant from Rajasthan, India by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj (1885-1986), taken from the latter’s book “Santwaani Sateek” (Commentary on Sayings of Sants).

-English Translation by Pravesh K. Singh

(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sant_santati , http://blog.360.yahoo.com/praveshksingh ) ]

“Niraadhaar Nij Dekhiye, Nainahu laagaa band.
Tanh man khelai peev saun, Dadu sadaa anand.” ||1||

[Closing your eyes look at (fix your gaze at) what is without a support or base (i.e. the “drishti-vindu”, the Point within, or the third eye). There the mind plays with the Lord (the ‘anoraneeyaam’, the tinier-than-the-tiniest form form of God).]

“Nainahu aage dekhiye, Aatam antar soi.
Tej punj sab bhari rahyaa, jhilmil jhilmil hoi.” ||2||

[Look within yourself in the front of the eye. The whole expanse or realm inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light which keeps on sparkling.]

“Anahad baaje baajiye, amaraapuree niwaas.
Joti saroopee jagamagai, koi nirakhai nij daas.” ||3||

[Myriads of sounds are heard; the listener of these gets place in the Kingdom or Town of Immortality (place beyond the reach of death). A genuine servant gets to see the resplendent form of the Supreme Being.]

“Shabad anaahad ham sunyaa, nakh shikh sakal sareer.
Sab ghati hari-hari hot hai, sahajai hee man theer.” ||4||

[I have listened to the Quintessential Unstruck Melody, the Sound that’s reverberating through the entire body from top to toe. Listening to this Sound, the mind spontaneously gets stilled.]

“Shabadain shabad samaaile, par aatam so praan.
Yahu man man so baandhi le, chittain chitta sujaan.” ||5||

[Permeate yourself into the Sound through the Sound. Connect your ‘praan’ to the God. Connect your (microcosmic) mind to the (macrocosmic) mind. O Learned Being! Erge your chitta (consciousness) in to the pure consciousness.]

“Drishtai drishti samaaile, suratain surat samaai.
Samajhain samajhi samaaile, lai so lai le aai.” ||6||

[Merge your sight into the sight, merge your surat-with-mind into the surat-without-mind. Merge your intellectual knowledge into the self Realisation. Merge yourself completely, losing your self into meditation]

“Jog samaadhi sukh surati saun, sahajai sahajai aav.
Muktaa dwaaraa mahal kaa, ihai bhagati kaa bhaav” ||7||

[The bliss of intense meditation, the ecstasy of trance comes about slowly. The spirit of the bhakti (devotion) is only aimed at getting the door to the Palace of Salvation.]

“Sahaj sunni man raakhiye, in dunyoon ke maahi.
Lay samaadhi ras peejiye, tahaan kaal bhay naahi.||8||

[Keep your attention in the natural void between these two (the two yogic nerves named ‘idaa’ and ‘pingdaa’). There relish the blissful taste of ‘laya-samaadhi’ (trance or intense meditation, mind getting completely detached from the outside world; there is no fear of death there.]

“Sunnahi maarag aaiyaa, sunnahi maarag jaai.
Chetan penraa surat ka; Daadu rahu lyau laai.”||9||

[Surat (current of consciousness) has come by the way of void, and will also exit by the way of void. The way to that current (of light and sound) lies in the void; Dadu exhorts to lay one’s focussed attention there only (in that void)]

“Surat samaai sanamukh rahai, jugi jugi jan pooraa.
Daadu pyaasaa prem kaa, ras peevai soora.”||10||

[That devote whose surat stays fixed in the front (in the inner sky), reverting from the outside world, is complete or perfect, in all the aeons. This blissful (juice) of bhakti is sipped only by the brave who is thirsty for love (of God).]

“Dadu ulati apoothaa aap me, antari sodhi sujaan.
So dhig teree baavare, taji baahar kee baan.||11||

[Dadu advises those who are not mature in practice (of meditation) to try and invert themselves. O wise fellows! Search for your inner Self. O crazy (outwardly oriented) people! That lord is with (within) you. Shun the habit of looking for Him without.]

Only The Grossest Physical Body Is Left Here!

Our Guru, Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj, used to say, which is in agreement with the sayings of all other sants like Kabir Sahab, Nanak Sahab, Radhaswami Maharaj, Dadu Dayal ji etc., that this body of ours we see with our eyes is only one of the many other bodies which the soul is accompanied with, till it is able to free itself of all of these; when the soul rids itself of all these bodies it becomes one with the God, or the Ultimate & the Only Truth for those who get affronted or repelled by the use of the word "God".

Apart from this body which is gross, the grossest in fact, there are other bodies we (the soul) have. They are: the ‘sookshma’ (astral or subtle) body, the ‘kaaran’ (causal) body, the ‘mahaakaaran’ (supra-causal) body – these first four bodies are ‘jad’ (that which does not possess consciousness of its own and needs some other ‘conscious’ element to permeate through or pervade it to act as a conscious tool) bodies – and the fifth ‘chetan’ (conscious) body. When we die (the so called physical death), only the ‘sthool’ or gross body (formed of five elements namely, the earth or soil, the water, the fire or heat, the air and the space – the very same five elements of which this universe, the cosmos or the brahmand is formed; that is why Maharshi Mehi used to say that there is a lot of similarity between the body, the micro-cosmos and the brahmand, tha macro cosmos, and if we can lift ourselves above, or transcend the five levels of bodies we can also rise above the brahmand or the universe and thus merge into Him) is left here, completely dead; the soul leaves it while taking or carrying along with it the other four bodies and keeps them till it again gets a new ‘jad’ or gross body to be associated with – this is the foundation of rebirth theory which is more popular in the Indian sub-continent but is accepted by mystic sections or schools globally, regardless of religions. Now the actions performed – physical or mental- by us keep on being accumulated, and are also carried away with the soul when we die, in the form of ‘sanskar’. What we become and do in our next birth or births is mainly dependent on these past ‘sanskaras’ of ours.

Sants have consistently maintained that if we ‘meditate’ which is ‘bhakti’ (devotion or worship) in true sense, certain indelible noble ‘sanskaras’ are formed – please keep in mind, Gurudev would say, that the fruits of only good deeds or righteous acts or conducts not associated with ‘meditation’ can be reaped in any other species like an animal (dogs, elephants or other pet animals tamed in a luxurious ambience & way by a very rich owner). These ‘sanskaras’ of true bhakti, however, can be nurtured and developed further only in a human incarnation. That’s why that who has begun meditation learning the right technique from an authentic Guru is bound to get again the human body, because, sants unequivocally pronounce, bhakti sanskaras can prosper and be strengthened only in a human body. And thus, we can carry forward our earlier efforts, from where we had left in the previous birth, to realise our true Self, thus accentuating our ‘bhakti sanskaras’ further, ensuring another human birth … and the chain continues till we have matured or perfected our devotion, the soul has become free, in its purest sublime, spontaneously refulgent, conscious form where it realises that it is not different or separate from That Ultimate Truth, which many call as God; nay,it finds that it is the God itself – "I Am That" becomes literally realised.

Some of us who have started our bhakti in our previous births – ‘how many births’ we can’t say – we find interest in such discussions, feel at home in such a company or group where spiritualty is talked about. And if a person develops such an interest at a very tender age, take it for granted, it is surely our sanskaras of the previous births calling, and will not let us rest till we have been set on the right path capable of taking us forward. And for those of us who have not begun to march on the path of true ‘bhakti’, let us take a firm & solemn reolve on the auspicious occasion of Christmas, to seek a True Guru, entreat him humbly to teach us the right path, the right way to mediatate and ensure our true welfare, our March On the Path to Salvation and not rest before that! This will be celebrating Merry Christmas in the truest way.

Jesus Christ said that The Kingdom of God, the Treasure- Trove of Love and Eternal Bliss is within us. Hinting at the inner meditation, especially the Yoga of Light he had said, "If your eyes be one, thy body will be illuminated". On this auspicious festival of Holy Christmas, come let’s make the resolve that we would do our best to attain that Kingdom, that Treasure within.

Wishing A Merry Christmas to All!

Pravesh K. Singh

‘A Poet’S Labyrinth’ Tour

Hi everyone,

The dates for the Niles, OH promo and concert for my ‘A Poet’s Labyrinth’ Tour are June 6,7, and 8.  Again, the location is the Eastwood Hotel at the June Hollywood Memorabilia Expo and the show at the Muddy Cup has been moved to May 17.

There is also a new interview with me by the British Music website, ‘The Setting Sun.’  Check it out at http://www.geocities.com/aen1mpo//tiffany.htm

Have a good evening!

Tiffany

Conversations With Maharshi Santsewiji Paramhans

"This mysterious path is described in the holy books,
but it cannot be found simply by the study of sacred texts.
It is found by the grace and guidance of an accomplished teacher."

Special on His 87th Birth Anniversary (20.12.1920)

[English rendering of interactions with Maharshi Santsewi ji Paramahans excerpted from the book titled `Samvaad’ (meaning dialogue or conversation) authored by Kumar Ashok and published by Santmat Satsang Publication, Kuppaghat, Bhalpur, India in 2000]

– Translated by Pravesh K. Singh  

Q. God is Absolute Knowledge, Absolute Light and Infinitely Powerful. Despite being so, how his own part (jivaatmaa) came into bondage? How it fell into the dark abyss of ignorance?

Ans: When the Supreme Sovereign, God, thought in a playful mood: "Ekoham Bahusyaam" (I am one, Let Me be Many!), a sound or vibration was produced. Rishis called this sound by various names such as `Om’, `Sfot’, `Udgeeth’, `Pranav’ etc. Creation or Universe(s) was formed by this very sound or vibration. Two large spheres or realms of creation came into being. The first sphere or realm is called `Chetan Prakriti’ (Realm of Pure Consciousness), and the second realm is called `jad prakriti’ (Realm of Ignorance or Realm lacking in consciousness of its own). `Chetan Prakriti’ is one only, while the `jad prakriti’ came to be divided into four spheres namely, `Mahakaaran’ (supra-causal) `Kaaran’ (causal), `sookshma’ (astral) and `sthool’ (gross). In accordance with the characteristics of these five spheres, five bodies came to be formed namely; `kaivalya’ (conscious body), `mahaakaaran’ (supra-causal body), `kaaran’ (causal body), `sookshma’ (astral or subtle body) and `sthool’ (gross body).

Currently the realm we are living in is known as `sthool’ or gross sphere and accordingly, `jeev’ (unliberated individual soul) is living in the gross body. Thus, the `jeev’ is bound by five bodies and five spheres. Just as, within one and the same `mahadaakaash’ (larger space or sky) its numerous parts such as `ghat’ (space or sky within the body), `pat’ (space contained between partitions of curtain or cloth) and `math’ (space enclosed within the walls of a room or house) come to be separated from it (the parent larger space or sky) due to the covers of body, curtains and walls, the `jeevaatmaa’ (unliberated individual soul), because of getting covered by the layers or sheaths of darkness, light and sound has become separated from its original main stream (God), has forgotten its true nature and has come within the influence of `maayaa’ (illusion).

Q. What is the difference between `jeevaatmaa’, `chetanaatmaa’, `aatmaa’ and `paramaatmaa’?

Ans: The `aatmaa’ (soul) when attached with `antahkaran’ (a collective term used to include mind, intellect, ego etc.) is called `jeevaatmaa’. A soul which has got free of `antahkaran’ but is attached with `chetan’ (consciousness) is called `chetan aatmaa’ (conscious soul). There is no difference as such between the `aatmaa’ (soul) and `paramaatmaa’ (God). The above concepts can also be put like this: the soul attached with or covered by gross layers is known as `jivatma’, that with the cover of consciousness only is termed `chetan atma’ and the soul which is free of both gross and conscious sheaths is called `atma’ (soul) or `paramatma’ (God).

Q. God is surely without a beginning, but what about `prakriti’ (Nature or Cosmos) – is it with or without a beginning?

Ans: From the point of view of space and time, nature or creation is without a beginning, but from the point of view of origin or birth, it is with a beginning. Because, space and time come into reckoning only on formation of creation or nature or universes, not before that. Both types of nature or creation, namely gross creation and conscious creation came to be formed through the playful wish of God.

"Ye prakriti dwaya utpatti laya, hovain prabhu kee mauj se.

Ye ajaa anaadyaa swayam hain, haregij na kahanaa chaahiye." (Maharshi Mehi Paramahans)

[The two natures (gross as well as conscious) are formed and destroyed through `mauj’ (playful wish) of God. One must never say or believe these to be unborn, or without a beginning.]

Mahabharat says, "Just as the sea waves (rise on and) merge into the sea itself, similarly the nature or creations, too, are created and destroyed (within God only)." – Mahabharat Shanti Parva.

Sant Sundardas ji Maharaj has said,

"Brahma te purush aur prakriti pragat bhaee."

That is, both `purush’ and `prakriti’ originated from `Brahma’. Here `purush’ means `paraa prakriti’ (also written as `para prakriti’) or conscious nature/realm. In Chapter 15 of Shreemad Bhagwad Geetaa `aparaa prakriti’ (part of creation or nature not having consciousness of its own) has been called as `kshar purush’ (Destructible Nature or Realm), whereas `paraa prakriti’ (Conscious Realm) has been called as `akshara purush’ (non-destructible Realm); `purushottam’ or God is said to be beyond both these realms. For instance,

"dwaavimau purushau loke ksharashchaakshara eva cha.

Ksharah sarvaani bhootaani kootasthokshara uchyate" (Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta)

[In this universe two types of purush are there – `kshara’ (destructible or non-permanent) and `akshara’ (non-destructible). Bodies of all the beings in the world are destructible or impermanent, while the individual soul indwelling them is said to be `akshara’ (non-destructible’]

Nature or creation, too, is said to be without a beginning but not because it is also without an origin like God; it is called so because no time or space can be ascribed to its origin, for these two (space & time) come into reckoning only after the creation or nature is formed. The nature or universe or the creation appeared, with the `mauj’ (playful will) of God, within God only; thus its beginning or origin lies in the God who Himself is beyond space & time, without a beginning and an end. God is even said to be the `aadi’ (beginning or origin) of `anaadi’ (beginning-less or without an origin i.e. nature). Nature or creation is also said to `anaadi saant’ (without a beginning – from the point of view of time & space – but with an end).

Q. Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha have not explicitly made any references to the term `Brahma’ or God. Should they be, thus, treated as atheists?

Ans. Though Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha have not directly used the term `Brahma’, they have used words with similar connotations like `attaa’, `aatmaa’ (Soul), `gahakaarak’ (Builder of House) `naath’ (Master or Lord) etc. Bhagvan Mahavir has said: "aatmaanam viddhi" (Know your `Self’) whereas Lord Buddha has said,

"Attaa hi attano naatho ko hi naatho paro siaa.
Attanawav sudantena naatham labhati dullabham."

[An individual is his own master; how could any body else be his master? Having restrained or controlled himself very well, he attains to the Lord who is difficult of attainment.]

Further,

"Gahakaarak ! ditthosi pun geham na kaahasi.

Sabbaa te faasukaa bhaggaa gahakootam visankhitam.

Visankhaaragatam chitam tanhaanam khayamajjhagaa."

[O Builder of the House! I saw you; now you won’t be able to rebuild the house. All your chains or shackles have been broken; crown of the house has collapsed. Chitta has been rid of all the sanskaaras. `Arhattva’ (Destruction of desires or cravings) has been accomplished.]

Thus, it is unfair and improper to call them atheists. In fact, the people of their times were prolifically performing animal sacrifices and violent acts in the name of religion; therefore, they did not use directly words like `Ishwara’, `Brahma’ or `Bhagawaan’ or God. The renowned Buddhist monk Bhikshu Jagadeesh Kaashyap had told me this in reply to an identical curiosity.

Healthy Living – Prayer To Sun God

About anger and simple ways to control it

A word of Prayer to the Sun-God

The rising sun symbolizes hope and a new beginning. It imparts brightness and energy to the entire world. It is believed that offering a word of prayer to the Sun-God with a clean body and focused mind dispels darkness and gloom from within and consequently brings good health and prosperity. At sunrise if one could sit facing east in an erect position in yoga-mudra and meditate for ten to fifteen minutes, it would have a wonderful effect in releasing positive energy for the rest of the day. Deep-breathing is the most vital aspect of meditation. Deep breathing exercise (Anulom Belom) can be performed during meditation. This can be performed by inhaling deeply through the left nostril and exhaling slowly through the right. Then inhaling slowly through the right nostril and exhaling through the left. While inhaling through the left nostril the right nostril should be pressed with the thumb.  The left nostril should be pressed with the middle and right fingers while breathing in through the right. Deep breathing has yet another significant aspect to it. Inhalation means, infusing life giving force and calming the mind while exhalation is throwing out the negative elements from one’s being. This process of deep breathing can also be repeated during the day, even at work. Regular practice wards off disease of body and mind and helps one achieve their goal in life…

Anger – The venom that kills

Anger is one of the deadliest of negative human emotions. Whether it is a sudden fit of fury or seething anger, there is simply no escape from its devastating consequences. Anger destroys a person mentally and physically.

It is Written in Srimad Bhagavad Gita:

"Krodhat bhavati Sammoha, …

Sammohat Smriti Vibhramah,

Smriti bhransat  budhinasho

Budhinashat Pranashyati”

(chap.II-63).

Which means- From anger comes delusion – delusion in turn leads to loss of memory – loss of memory leads to loss of reason (error in judgment) And ultimately loss of reason (lack of discrimination) ruins a person.

It is really an absolute necessity for all of us to learn how to conquer anger if we need to have good health, longevity and success in life. But, getting over a negative emotion like anger is not easy. It requires self-discipline and also self-analysis. The first step is to find out the cause of anger and eliminate it from one’s mind. And then the other negative emotions and impulses like jealousy, greed, hatred, pride etc. which beget anger need to be controlled. According to Swami Sivananda

“Control of anger is really control of mind … when anger assumes a grave form, it becomes difficult to control. It should therefore, be controlled even when it is in the form of a small ripple in the subconscious mind.”

When there is a little irritability, stop all conversation and observe Mouna (silence). Practice of Mouna daily for one or two hours is of great help in controlling anger.

If you find it difficult to control anger, leave the place at once and take a brisk walk. Drink some cold water immediately. This cools down the body and mind. Chant ‘Om’ like a lion for ten minutes and then ‘Om Shanti’ mentally or verbally for five minutes."

Anger is a dark power which can get a person completely brain-dead. It secretes poison in the body which is worse than snake venom and can be fatal. It also vitiates the atmosphere and spreads like an epidemic. One needs determination to control it.

Anger subsides when one thinks deeply about its dreadful consequences. Examples of which one gets to see around us often leading to the progressive deprivation of culture and lack of spirituality.

Featuring And Advertising The Album

Hi everyone,

I just received word that two more music magazines will be featuring and advertising the album, tour, and music:)  These magazines are Twisted Dreams Magazine (printed in Florida) and Outcast Fanzine (printed and distributed in Greece).

A big thank you to Theofilos/Curehead (Outcast) and Andrea (Twisted Dreams)!

Have a great day!

Tiffany

Concert And Promo Appearance

Hi everyone,

I just recieved word that my concert and promo appearance that was to take place on May 23-25 at the Comfort Inn in Warren, OH has been moved to June at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, Ohio and will be part of the June Hollywood Memorabilia Expo.

I’m not sure of the dates as of yet but will post them as soon as I am informed.  Due to this, the show at the Muddy Cup in Albany, NY has been moved to May 17.

Have a good evening!

Tiffany