Subtle truth about attachment

Once a while I like to read light-hearted spiritual stories which teach us about the truth in life. Here are the three timeless stories which were taken from the book titled “108 New-clear bombs” by HDH Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam.

A small story #1:-

There were four fools in a village. They went to the village Guru and asked for a spiritual practice. The Guru said: “Practice gratitude. Be grateful for everything.”

The four fools decided to follow this practice very sincerely.

Once, they used a boat to cross a river. After crossing the river, they decided: “We should be grateful to this boat which helped us cross the river. We should not leave this boat like an orphan here and go away!”

So, all of them started carrying the boat on their heads and going around. Whenever people asked: ‘What are you doing?’, they would reply: “We are being grateful to the boast which helped us cross the river!”

Here is the truth – a good technique can take you a little further on the path. But if you cling on to the technique even after it has become useless for you, you are like the four fools carrying the boat! Knowing when to drop the technique is intelligence.

A small story#2:-

There is a story in the traditional literature of Hinduism, it is the story of Rishi Jadabharata. This rishi was staying on the banks of a river. He had renounced all worldly pleasures and was spending his life meditating for enlightenment.

One day he saw a mother deer gave birth to its baby on the riverbank. Soon after giving birthing, the mother deer died. Seeing the helpless orphaned fawn, the rishi was overwhelmed with pity. He started taking care of the fawn. Gradually, the rishi began to get attached to the fawn. Slowly and slowly, the attachment grew so much that even at the time of his death, Rishi Jadabharata was continuously thinking about the deer, worrying about the deer and wondering what would happen to the deer after his death. Due to his strong attachment, the rishi was reborn as a deer and came back to live with the deer.

Here’s the truth – the uninterrupted flow of mind towards one object had happened in Rishi Jadabharata, even at the time of death. But finally, what was the result?

See, the last thought we cherish before leaving the body determines the next body we assume. He had to take birth as a deer and come back to live with the deer. He missed enlightenment which was his life purpose due to attachment!

Dhyana, meditation happens when the mind which is meditating and the object of the meditation, both lose their boundaries. When the boundaries are lost, you experience Samadhi (falling in tune with the Source, Adi) where the extraordinary powers and realization happens. The proper experience of meditation leads one to Samadhi.

A small story#3:-

There was once a merchant who used to sell puffed rice (poha). He was a big miser. Once he was selling puffed rice during a temple festival in his village, many Bairagi Sadhus and wandering mendicants came to the festival. Many of them went to him for alms, but he did not even give a handful of puffed rice to them, instead he chased them away.

Even the temple priest asked him for a handful of puffed rice for the temple deity as naivedyam (sacred food), but the miserly merchant was not ready to give him anything!

Suddenly, there was a strong wind. The puffed rice that the merchant was selling was lifted into the air and started scattering everywhere on the floor. Now this guy couldn’t do anything. So, in his desperation, he looked at the puffed rice on the floor and his great renunciation and devotion was suddenly awakened, he started chanting “Narayanaarpanamastu! Narayanaarpanamastu! I offer all this to Narayana, to the Lord!”  

Here’s the truth – Renouncing because you don’t have anything left to renounce is not renunciation! Renouncing because you don’t have any other choice is also not renunciation. The real renunciation happens when you must first have it, then you can offer it to the Lord! Namaste 😀

 

The sacred science of Puja

Do you know the science behind puja?

In Vedic tradition, puja is the simplest and most authentic way you can connect and commune with the Divine. It awakens in one the Advaita Bhakti – the space of devotion rooted in Oneness with Cosmic Consciousness. For millennia, across all changing ages, the different puja rituals have been practiced and passed down to generations proving their sacredness and power.

I was first introduced to the sacred ritual of Sri Guru Puja in June 2009 when I was attending a 21-day Yoga and spiritual retreat called Inner Awakening in Bengaluru, India with a living incarnation, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji). Since then, offering Sri Guru Puja has become part and parcel of my daily spiritual routine. In Vedic tradition, Guru is everything – he is Father, Mother, Teacher, Dear Friend, Beloved, Protector, Liberator and the Living Deity (Sachala Murti). The happening of Guru is the direct grace of Sadashiva-AdiShakti and all gods-goddesses. Sri Guru Puja is offering gratitude to the Sri Guru, the living embodiment of Sadashiva (Consciousness) and AdiShakti (Energy & Power). It is a beautiful opportunity to connect deeply with the Guru and express gratitude, love and surrender. When this puja is performed with integrity, it will establish one in a state of Oneness with the Guru.

From my experience, I struggled a lot in the initial period with the chanting of the Sanskrit mantras as you could imagine for a Chinese who was not born in Hinduism and Vedic culture. I remembered when I first started performing Sri Guru Puja, I used a recorded chanting as a guide. For 2 months I was totally dependent on the recording. One day, something happened which sparked a change. During the puja, when I was offering the Arati (fire), the burning camphor on the holder fell off and the flame starting burning the newspaper on the floor. I panicked and quickly put off the fire with water. Suddenly I received a click from this incident, the Divine had sent a strong message about my lack of authenticity in offering Sri Guru Puja. The moment I became aware of this inauthenticity, I declared that I would stop offering Sri Guru Puja until I learned to chant the mantras properly. With a conscious decision and will persistence, within 2 weeks, I was able to chant all the Sanskrit mantras properly and resumed the daily Sri Guru Puja.

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Samadhi is sleeping with awareness

Do you know that one-third of our life is spent on sleeping?

Sleep is a subject close to my heart as I have been enriching people who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, hypersomnia or over sleeping for the past 4 years through Sleep workshop and Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) workshop. The truth is human being is the only species who is tired after resting! If a man doesn’t sleep in the night, he suffers from chronic fatigue in the body because he is denying himself from the natural renewal process which in turn, affects his creativity and productivity. The whole day he will be constantly disturbed and irritated, there is no possibility of creativity. If sleep problem is not addressed holistically, there is a high chance that he may spiral into depression over time.

From the 6th Yoga Sutra, Patanjali, the great sage states that “Right knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination, sleep and memory – these are the 5 modifications of the mind which may lead to suffering or joy, anguish or non-anguish.” If we are able to understand that sleep is also another modification of the mind, we will simply know how to walk out of all sleep disorders.

Since sleep occupies such a big part of our life, it is important that we understand the utility value of sleep and how to use sleep for our spiritual growth. The yogis, sages and enlightened masters understand the science of sleep and the technique how to convert their sleep into Samadhi. Samadhi means falling in tune (Sama) with the origin (Aadhi) – the original source and vibrating in the same frequency of the origin, from which we all originated. A living enlightened master, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) said that the only difference between your sleep state and Samadhi state, the ultimate enlightened state, is this: Samadhi minus awareness is your sleep, your sleep plus awareness is Samadhi. Enlightenment is nothing but being aware when you are asleep. That’s all. When you are in deep sleep, there is no samskaras (engrams) which are active, there are no memories which are active, they return to its seed-form, you are completely silent, relaxed, at ease. You are in the state of Samadhi, but with one difference – you are not aware. In the deep state, you are in the same space where all the enlightened beings are residing but the only difference is you are not aware whereas Buddha is aware, Krishna is aware, Chaitanya is aware, they are alive eternally. Imagine if you can also gain the knowledge and right technique for sleeping, you can spend one third of your life in Samadhi.

In the deep sleep state, if you know how to be alive and aware, you are done! Nothing more is required. But for the modern men, the problem is we are not even aware when we are awake, let alone being aware while in deep sleep. The truth is we don’t sleep for more than 20-25 minutes continuously, we come back to dream state, play the dream world then fall asleep again, after 20-25 minutes, we come back and move in the dream state, have dreams and then again fall asleep. That is why for normal man, when he wakes up in the morning, he does not feel as if he had a good rest since he never rested, he was playing the game unconsciously even though the body might have be resting but he was not in peace.

Being aware during your sleep is different from sleep disorder, it is a state whereby you will be sleeping, but your whole awareness will be alive – it means, there will be no thoughts, no memories, no engrams, only you will be radiating with the pure awareness that ‘I will be alive”. One powerful technique I learned from Swami Satyananda Saraswati who founded the Bihar School of Yoga is Yoga Nidra. This is a science of falling asleep consciously into the deep sleep state with awareness. If you can fall into Yoga Nidra state and get back, your whole system will be brand new and you feel totally rejuvenated which allows you will respond to the world in a positive way. You will only respond to the world through joy and bliss.

In essence, sleep can be used for suffering or joy which means the sleep state can be manipulated to reach Samadhi state or to be in the suffering. It is only the depth of knowledge in sleep from the Vedic tradition gifted by the enlightened masters that can help humanity to completely eradicate sleep disorders on planet earth. Namaste 😀

Note: The dates for the next Yoga Nidra workshop by Your Presence Heals are March 10,17,24 & 31. To register, contact info@yourpresenceheals.com

  • Source – 108 truths of the Yoga of Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.