Life is a Guru

How do you respond to life whenever something traumatic happens to you?
Do you ask WHY?
Do you fall into guilt or depression?

In the first 5 months after my return from India, I have been undergoing major changes in my life which shook the very core of my being – everything which once gave me the false security were removed from my life. I plunged into a state of utter insecurity, but it only took me a few days to crawl out of this black hole of Maya (illusion).

I remembered one lesson I learned from my Guru, His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, a living incarnation (fondly known as Swamiji) when he had a compound fracture in his right hand after a horse-riding accident in 2011. He didn’t experience any pain because he never look back. He explained that whatever happened is a time shaft. Time shaft should not be looked back, no post-mortem. Either look at the time with complete acceptance or gratitude. He looked at Kalabhairava (Lord of Time) only with gratitude.

He said “Kalabhairava is Guru (dispeller of darkness). Life is a Guru. Don’t look at life with a ‘WHY’. A ‘WHY’ towards life always brings suffering. ‘WHY’ does not give answers. It gives only more and more suffering. So, look at life with either complete acceptance or gratitude.

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Imagination is the result of mere words

Do you know that imagination is the fantasy which moves you away from the reality?

The biggest click I got from the 9th Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is – imagination is the results of mere words – words we create unconsciously! Patanjali says anything experienced by you, other than your pure consciousness is vikalpa – imagination. Imagination is that which is created merely by words! Hence imagination brings more suffering than wrong knowledge because for wrong knowledge to happen, your consciousness needs be present and the mind needs to do something. Wrong knowledge can only happen in waking state or dream state. Wrong knowledge is nothing but wrong logic. But imagination can disturb you in all the three states – waking state, dream state and deep sleep state because imagination touches the deeper zones than wrong knowledge.

Another important truth I discovered from this sutra is that imagination corrupts your seven chakras. What are chakras? See, your mind and body come in contact with each other at 7 points in your body. These 7 points are known as the 7 energy centres or chakras. The Yoga tradition describes these 7 points as Chit-Jada-granthi – the points where matter and consciousness meet each other. Whenever you carry imagination, you corrupt these 7 energy centres and disturb their functioning.

For example, if your imagination touches your root centre, Mooladhara chakra at the base of the spine, it is called fantasy. You are caught in fantasies about others and yourself which results in distortion of your basic perception of reality. You start seeing everything as larger than life, you start expecting the things which can never happen. Projecting your magnified expectation on reality is called fantasy. This happens often in relationships, you will always feel that the other person is not fulfilling you. You start imagining things, projecting things and creating things. When you see that it is not happening through the other person, you start blaming the other person. That is why you constantly feel the other person is depriving you or suffocating you. You are not even aware that it is your fantasy which is creating the expectation of things which can never happen or which never happened.

Next, if your imagination touches your Swadhistana chakra or being centre located 2 inches above the root centre, it is called fear. You experience fear of others and fear of yourself. You start to have phobia for no reason. If your imagination touches the Manipuraka chakra, the navel centre, it is called worry. You start worrying about others and worrying about yourself. If your imagination touches your Anahata chakra, the heart centre, it is called attention-need. You suffer from continuous attention need from others and from yourself. Sometimes you put up with abusive relationships just because of your attention-need. You forget that you can be a source of love and you need not be a beggar for love and attention. If your imagination touches your Visuddhi chakra, the throat centre, it is called jealousy. You start constant comparison with others and comparison with yourself. This happens a lot when you constantly compare with yourself what you were able to do yesterday and not today. If your imagination touches your Ajna chakra, the brow centre, it is called ego. You start suffering from ego with others and with yourself. The greatest suffering is you judge yourself, you regret your own words and actions or you are angry with yourself for something. When you carry too many judgments about life, about others and yourself, it means imagination is corrupting your brow centre. Finally, if your imagination touches your Sahasrara chakra or the crown centre, it is called discontentment. You suffer from discontentment with others and discontentment with yourself. This is how we create different kinds of suffering in our life due to the inability to handle the realities of life!

Have you seen people renouncing life due to many unfulfilled fantasies about life? They fantasized about luxury lifestyle but they didn’t make it and they couldn’t tolerate the failure, the reality of their life. They started to renounce out of frustration due to not having the right understanding about their fantasy.  I’ve seen people misunderstood about yoga and they created a fantasy about themselves and tortured themselves in the name of yoga. They are not able to come out of the fantasy they are caught in. That’s the endless suffering.

In essence, imagination – Vikalpa is fantasy which not only moves you away from reality, but it also makes you experience the ultimate suffering. It has to be understood with very deep awareness. It originates from the words you use to yourself and others because words have power to shape your destiny. Your ability to relax from imagination is the ultimate relaxation you can have in life. Namaste 😀

Source : 108 Truths of Yoga of Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda

You are untouched by suffering

This is the straight truth by Pantajali, the great sage, the father of Yoga: Suffering can never touch you!

How many of you are ready to accept this truth?

If you are able to grasp this truth, then you are already a living yogi! But for the majority of people, their cunning mind is not ready to accept that it is so simple because it still wants to do the nonsensical game of clutching and identification with thought patterns.

If we look in deeply, we will realise that everything is just a game. The mental game that doctors, psychiatrists, psychologist, priests used to exploit us by using guilt, fear and greed. Since young, we are very strongly made to believe by parents, educationists, society, politicians, by people at large that we have an unconscious mind and subconscious mind especially the psychiatrists and psychologists. The funny thing is they don’t even understand fully about their own mind, let alone trying to guide the world! No wonder they created a mess in the human consciousness with all kinds of disorders and we are suffering from it. For example, Sigmund Freud is the biggest fraud who sold a big hypothetical and fraudulent system of thinking to the world, which can never be questioned, and which can never be proved. Recently the scientific father of the disease ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Leon Eisenberg, just before his death, he gave a confession. He said, “ADHD is a fictitious disease.” Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners also made a statement: “ADHD is a fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.” It is the conspiracy of the psycho-pharmacology units all over the world which fabricated this delusion and made us believe it due to some vested interests.

In the Vedic tradition, only enlightened masters, who have already gone beyond the mind, are qualified to talk about the mind. He is able to give the unadultered truth and solution so as to raise the collective consciousness of planet earth.

Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) is one such living master among us, he declared this simple truth “There is no such thing as suffering, there is no such thing as healing and there is nothing to be healed.” Any thought pattern, any incompletion or any memory we are carrying from the past, cannot touch our inner space. The truth is the past actually does not have any control over our inner space. All the so-called suffering is really unnecessary. This is because we are constantly made to believe that our past has a very strong connection with our present. We are constantly taught the idea that we are carrying an unconscious mind filled with many engraved memories, committed sins and karma. We were told that if we have suppressed some thoughts or emotions, we have to release it or if we were abused, we have to heal that wound through past life regression. These are nonsensical ideas put into our consciousness. That is how we create a disorder for ourselves and suffer. If only we realise that we are responsible for clutching again and again with the old thought patterns and allowing them to cause the unnecessary suffering upon ourselves.

Patanjali says that “Till we reach the state of yoga – the cessation of the mind or the withdrawal of thought patterns, there is clutching and identification with thought patterns”. He went on to explain that the modifications of the mind or mental patterns are five-fold, they result in the alternation of anguish and of non-anguish, suffering and peace. He is telling us that we are all qualified for enlightenment if we renounce our self-doubt, self-hatred and self-denial patterns. All we need to do is just stop our action called mind and relax into our true nature. We will experience the state of NOW and nothing else is required.

In essence, no suffering can ever touch our pure consciousness which is by its nature blissful, powerful and all knowing. Just relax into your true nature NOW. Suffering exists only with ignorance of this truth. Namaste 😀

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