[ Excerpt From Talk By Nandhiji on Guru Purnima Day ]
Namaste, Pranams Divine Beings, this is Nandhiji.
It is beautiful to connect to the grace of this Guru Poornima moment!
The grace of the Guru’s powerful blessings, these are moments of huge shift, individually, collectively for humanity and for Planet Earth. This Guru Poornima is particularly more enhanced due to the Eclipse. This means that there is potential for each one of us to expand into our truest selves and that is Source.
My story goes back to the time when I was a seeker, and in those days, Guru Ayya was on his 8th year fasting and in his fasting drinking one cup of milk a day, he had not slept, he had gone beyond sleep. He was in a cave up in the Arunachala Mountains. I so wanted to know and experience, whatever he was experiencing.
I decided to stay overnight behind him (behind the partition of his cave) to observe and to meditate and to be with him. I was behind him through the night meditating. Around 3 o’clock he was in ecstasy singing. It felt like there was a pillar of Light and all Angels were dancing around it and He was that pillar of Light. There was so much joy, happiness, vibrancy of the dance at that moment that I felt, that vibrancy, that light would perpetually be with me. Every time I invoked Guru Ayya by way of his mantras, it would be a heart song that connected me back to Guru Ayya’s ecstasy.
A few years later, I moved to Los Angeles. Guru Ayya would come to me in my meditation and say: “When you sing for us, it’s beautiful. Now it’s time for you to sing for humanity.” At first I was hesitant. I was very shy. I could never imagine myself singing before anyone, and so I had a bit of resistance towards it. I set a condition to myself & Ayya that I would need a didgeridoo player to go along with my chants should I create my Siddha mantra chant music. My very next yoga class I taught had a didgeridoo master, Cofi, come to learn my yoga. Cofi introduced me to music composer Wing. The Siddha intent of dream to reality was happening fast!
Just a week later was the Guru Poornima moment, when it happened, bringing us all together with Cofi, the didgeridoo player, Wing, the composer, the studio and in a swift moment our first musical album “Cave of the Siddhars” was born.
The Siddha offerings of consciousness by way of mantra chant music was born with ease at the Guru Poornima moment. It was the energy fields of Guru Ayya and all my gurus coming together to give to humanity the resonance, the resonance of Light, the resonance of transformation, the resonance to wake up our inner Guru.
[Cave of the Siddhars music album is noted through kinesiology evaluations to have calibrations beyond the threshold of enlightenment. This is an affirmation to Guru Ayya’s sacred presence through the mantra invoked. More info]
Today I will be giving 10 dimensions for us to attain the Super Mind.
What is the Super Mind?
This Super Mind of the yogic mind is the mind state of Turiya. Thought is reality. The potency of thought is the grandness of reality and a potent mind, a powerful mind creates empowered thoughts and so is our reality. In other words, when we have the Super Mind, everything is possible, anything is possible. We are beyond the limits, the normal limits of the mind.
This Guru Poornima moment allows us to absorb these 10 dimensions that we will go through today- as our inner journey, as our wisdom of joy, for which discipline can be set to attain it.
The first is to know that the Guru is Consciousness. Guru means dissolving away the karmic limits. The Guru is dissolving away ignorance. When ignorance is dissolved away what remains is pure, pristine empowerment of the source connected mind. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a great master, would mention the mind is a mirror. When there is any dirt on that mirror, we are not able to see clearly. When the dirt, that ignorance is removed, we are able to connect to Source with totality of clarity.
Who are the Gurus? There are five Gurus, the five dimensions of Gurus.
The first is our own breath. The second is our mother and father. So, rub our palms together, feel our mother, feel our father and receive the blessings. The third Guru is the external Guru, who gives us the mantra to wake up. Fourth Guru is the inner Guru. Now with the inner Guru awake, we realize everything is a Guru. We are a part of everything and everything is to teach us and to guide us. That’s the fifth Guru. So, understanding Guru as Consciousness and understanding the connectivity to the Guru, we know gratitude. So, for a moment, be in the mind of gratitude. Gratitude especially to all the external Gurus who woke us up.
[My gratefulness to each of my seven Gurus on this special day!
My first Guru, Bhairavasekar Swamy, who took me through my death experience.
My second Guru, Saddhu Krishnaveni Amma, who dwelled in a cave, who left her body. Siddha Rajaswamy, Rohini Mataji, our Gurus who bridge the ancient Siddha wisdom & Siddha lineage grace.
Amma Amritandamayi, the hugging saint Amma whose hug conveys Her presence within each.
Siddhapurush Baba Nataraj, Los Angeles who is a Siva Yogi constantly uplifting humanity in his prayers.
Siddhar Mahasivaswamy, the Sage who lived in solitude for over two decades meditating inside a tiger sanctuary.
Guru Ayya, the Siddha who sat in solitude meditating for over 24 years without moving, drinking just a cup of milk a day.]
Time: The next is understanding that we experience life through time. In other words, all our realities are experienced through time. When we are sleeping, we are not experiencing time. When we wake up, when we are awake, when the mind is functioning in an optimal level, it is in the dimensions of time. Now in the dimension of time is where the mind is. If we step out into timelessness, which is meditation, if we step into timelessness, when we come back to time, that time is empowered. So, meditation is beautiful in all its forms. When we do yoga, in reality, there is a meditative process happening. When we are drawing or when we are dancing, there is a state of meditation going on. When driving in states of joy, there is a meditation going on. That is timelessness! Glimpses of timelessness… If we attain the totality of this timelessness, then when we experience life as time, we define time. In other words, we are able to bring that timelessness of our beingness into reality in the form of harmony, core states of joy and all the bliss around it. Because the qualities of timelessness is brought into time, prioritize the need to be in the timelessness, because, when we are in timelessness in experiencing time, it is like operating from a meditative mind and a meditative mind means a mind of pristine clarity, where every thought is pure, sheer wisdom, every thought has an accuracy from seeing the larger picture.
Breath: Now, the next is to know breath and the womb of breath, Samadhi states- with the mind completely absorbed in Source.
In life, we all experience reality is going up and going down, especially when we are sad, or our realities are hard, our mind goes inward. Added to this is our breath five times a day flips to the right, and every time it flips to the right, we are inspired, but every time it’s not flipped to the right, our mind goes down. In other words, there’s a natural cycle that goes on up and down, up and down. It’s okay to be depressed. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to have a mind that feels not good. We must know this mind as Siddharta, the seeker. We know that we are sad and depressed for the reason of a reality, for the reason of our mind, and also there is a natural cycle going on. When we feel our mind going inwards or sad, take it all the way inward, hold the breath. Now, when we hold our breath, where are we going? Here’s when the mantra comes to play. Here is where we would utilize the mantra to go within to source. When we hold our breath, our Samadhi like state now, our retention of breath now is like a womb, when we are taking ourselves to source.
So, let’s take a mantra, a Guru mantra for now, and feel the energies and let’s take ourselves into the innermost womb within ourselves. This is a very simple mantra. Consider: Siva. Si is infinite, Va is the goddess. Siva is the experience, Siva is infinity. Siva as Guru, who comes to us in the human form. Chant: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha. Natha is being of light. So, when are reciting: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha, the mantra, invoke all the beings of light! Christ, all Masters, all the Light Beings, any Being who has opened the door of consciousness for us, who has opened the doors to the spiritual realm for us. Invoke all the Gurus of past and present to us. Chant three times or more the mantra: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha. This mantra is where we enter into Samadhi- by retaining breath holding on to the mantra. From this inner journey we connect to the womb of infinity. Take a deep inhale, hold the breath, feel the mantra within and go within. Exhale.
When we go deeper and deeper into breath, we are beginning to come to point zero, the states of harmony, the states of primal core peace within ourselves. Know breath as the perfect instrument to be able to transform the mind in the moment.
Navel Chakra Meditation: Now, take a deep inhale from the roots, every breath of ours inhale from the roots, hold the breath, lift the energy up above the navel, because it is up above the navel, where we access the Guru chakra that by default opens the third eye. Putting our hands, our fingers above the navel, take a deep inhale from the roots, lift the breath above the navel, and feel the third eye open and through the third eye, say the mantra three times: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha.
Rub our palms and receive the grace blessings of all the Gurus present in our invocation, of the beings of light to guide our thoughts.
Pranayama- Breath Work: When we wake up from sleep, when we are wanting to bring focus, we are dealing with a mind that has gone through several layers of reality and we want to bring it into its core harmony. The left breath is the moon energy, the sun is the right breath. Pranayama is the tool to wake up the mind. By doing pranayama, we are awakening the mind to its greater potential. Now, there are so many forms of pranayama. This form of pranayama that we are going to do now is something you can do while driving a car, or while sitting down working on a computer, or simply walking or standing. This pranayama could be done at all times. When we do this, we are stimulating our mind to activate itself and access the different Siddhis, the different powers within our mind and that is, when the mind has been able to come to core harmony. Patanjali mentions, that you bring your mind to one single thought and hold it steadfastly, hold that one singular thought with focus. The mind becomes pristine and slowly the mind expands itself and awakens itself to receive its special powers to be this special power. Pranayama clears the mind to its pristine states.
Press the left big toe down and take a deep inhale from the left. Just by pressing your left toe down, mentally visualize the breath to be from the left. Take a deep inhale from the left, and exhale from the left. Press the right big toe down, take a deep inhale from the right, and exhale to the right. Okay, do it a couple of times, inhale from the right by pressing the right big toe down, exhale to the right by pressing the right toe down. Inhale from the left by pressing the left toe down, exhale to the left by pressing the left toe down. Okay, now shift. Press the left toe down take a deep inhale, press the right toe down and exhale to the right. Inhale from the roots from the right, press the left toe down and exhale to the left, and imagining ourselves exhaling from the crown chakra. Press the left toe down, inhale from the roots, press the right toe down, and exhale through the crown chakra through the right. Inhale all the way from roots from the right, by pressing the right toe down, press the left toe down and exhale to the left. Take a deep inhale, hold the breath, lift the energy up above the navel, bring it to the third eye and say the mantra three times: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha. Rub our palms together, receive the great blessings.
What we did as this form of pranayama is powerful from the perspective of being able to reset our mind to its core zero, the core harmony, from where our thoughts now emerges from a mind, that is pristine in clarity.
Dance: The reason I went up the mountain wanting to be with Guru Ayya was, I wanted to know, how was a Sage or Being, able to sit in one single place not moving, not for a day or two, but for months, for years to sit not moving. I was wondering what was that special going on inside. If it was so exciting to not even want food, so exciting to not want to have anyone to talk to, so exciting to go inside and go within, and be so totally absorbed. What was going on inside? And the revelation for me was, – there was a dance. There was a powerful dance! And then to realize that Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, the Cosmic Lord of the Dance represents infinity, the core of infinity is within each one of us, and that core of infinity is the dance. If we know this dance, we are the inspired. If we know this dance, we are that vibrancy, the Spanda, that dance within, the passionate union of infinity and the finite, the passionate union of all states of joy, and that passionate states of joy blesses us with stillness. So, this state of joy is within the mantra.
Going into the mantra and be aware of the state of dance within. Clap and chant the mantra a few times: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha.
Divine Beings, when we do our Yoga, end your Yoga with a dance. When sitting down, know there is a dance going on inside ourselves, our breath moving in and whirling upwards, there is a sacred dance within. Whatever we do, we are the dancer dancing! There’s a bliss emanating now. When we are the dancer vibrating frequencies of light, we know, we are now accessing our own beautiful mind that is blossoming.
Know the dance, the dance within, at all times as the higher vibrations we are, generating wisdom as each thought.
Incarnation Game: My Guru, Siddha Guru Rajaswamy would mention: “Invoke all the beings of light and they will serve you, and they will serve you by giving you the right thought, they will serve you by giving you the highest wisdom, they will serve you by paving your way to complete the highest purpose and your reason for birth!” Invoking all the masters, let the masters presence be with you. I would take it from an even further practical dimension: Think of Leonardo Da Vinci, think of Albert Einstein, think of Rumi, think of Mahatma Gandhi, think of all the beings, the masters who lived before us and think of all these beings as ever-present in us, if we can just say: “I am your reincarnation.” So simply invoke all the masters, and all the beings who are with us and proclaim especially with the masters who are not in the body. “I am your reincarnation, Abraham Lincoln.” All the beings who have been here, are moving humanity through frontiers.
So, through the mantra, let’s invoke all the Gurus, chant three times: Va Va Va Va Siva Guru Natha. Rub your palms together and receive the blessing of all the masters. Let all the masters guide us. Let all the masters give us a thought, the right thought.
Yoga Nidra- Yoga of Sleep & Waking Up Process: The next is, the time when we are most vulnerable is when we go to sleep. The time, when the mind resets itself is, when we go to sleep. The time, when we are resting ourselves from the process of thoughts is, when we go to sleep. Sleep is the time of incubating the mind.
So how do we incubate the mind? Go into the mantra before you sleep. Before we sleep, meditate. As we meditate, imagine ourself being the pillar of light. Meditating as the pillar of light means, simply dissolving into that nothingness from, where the state of joy is, and this state of joy is light. Go into the state of light.
Ideal mantra is Aum Namah Sivaya as the resonance has the energies to clear away anxieties and fear ( or chant any mantra that we might feel closer to). When chant the mantra, we are beyond destiny; we are beyond the sun; we are beyond the planetary system. We are that infinite, infinite, infinity that sees the vaster, grander sun of the universes. This is Lord Siva- Infinity. Realize our vastness chanting the mantra Aum Namah Sivaya.
In yogic sleep In sleep we do not dream. Our sleep state is deep, when we have gone beyond dream with no REM (rapid eye motion). In our death like sleep there’s nothing other than the experience perhaps of being the Spirit. We plunge into that eternity of sleep, but a few hours of sleep suffices.
We wake up in the morning, wake up in blessings of gratitude.
The moment we wake up, think of our Mother as represented by our left hand, think of our Father, our with our right hand- rub both our palms together, and welcome ourself into the human reality thankful on cellular level to our Mother & Father.
Do the same exercise thinking of our Cosmic Mother & Cosmic Father.
When I was a little boy, my grandmother would take me to the puja room and tell me: “Pray for the right thought, ask for the right thought.”
Praying for the right thoughts as our first prayer upon waking up gifts us the right mind of consciousness and its wisdom that creates enriching realities.
Puja- Source Unions: The 9th dimension is doing the puja. A puja is the mother of meditation- as the mind is taken to effortless meditative states after a puja.
A puja means worship. A puja works bringing the power of infinity into the finite. That is, a puja from the perspective of having an idol, having the lingam and bringing our focus, we are enhancing a powerful state of the mind, which is the Yogic focus. If we do the puja with a Siva lingam or with the deity, and say the mantras with focus, that invoked infinity energy resonates within our finite realities. When we are able to bring our mind together into a single pointedness, it’s like a magnifying glass converging light into fire. That is the power of a puja. The puja multiplies the minds empowerment by allowing us to get into the states of Yogic focus, because it is inside the Yogic focus where the dance is happening and this inside the dance, we are the dancer. Step into being the dance through the puja. Then understanding that everything we do is the worship. Every moment of ours is the worship. Every dimension of ours is the worship, where we are connecting to the divine in all layers, the supreme Tantra. This supreme Tantra on all layers means, we are connecting the infinity into the finite, in all layers of our experiences, this is the puja.
Turiya States of Super-Consciousness: The final dimension of the attainment of the Turiya states, is understanding, what the Turiya states is all about. In temples in India, especially goddesses, she had many heads. In Lord Vishnu showing himself, as the Supreme God creator to Arjuna, has all the heads, many heads. In the Ramayana, Ravana was portrayed with ten heads, he was a worshipper of Lord Siva. Those heads, the multiple heads, represents the states of Turiya, the Super Mind state of the Yogi. In this state of the Super Mind is, we know – so we are inspired. If we know, and if we are the dance, and we are inspired, we’ve gone beyond sleep, we’ve gone beyond hunger, we’ve gone beyond the limits of the body in the form of heat and cold and hunger, we’ve gone beyond the limits of the mind in the form of sleep and fatigue. We’ve gone into the state of the spirit dancing, this state of Turiya is the yogic mind. Now in the state of mind, not only we do have access to the highest of wisdom of all the masters, but also our mind is able to align that grace into realities, align that grace into the genius of our hearts’ doings.
[This is the Guru Poornima grace, the grace of the Guru, the grace is called Guru Kadaksham, the grace of the Gurus instant energy fields to transform. So when we rise up in layers of consciousness, very naturally we leave behind that which is not good for us, that which was addiction that which was holding us back, that which was karma. Karma in different forms, for instance poverty karma, or karma from physical limits or health limits, all this are on different layers of consciousness, but as we climb up in layers of consciousness, we are able to let go of the past. And the more we let go, the lighter we get, and the lighter we get. Grace opens the doors to more of grace. We resolve problems, resolve limits of circumstances and transform our limits and challenges to the grandest of opportunities. We are able to do the grandness of hearts’ purpose with yogic focus, grace and greater energies.]
With all the grace of the Gurus, with the grace of the moment, may each of our lives be transformed.
– Outer Guru who awakens the Inner Guru- 5 Gurus.
The first of the dimension is, understanding the Guru as Consciousness, and as five states of Consciousness: breath, our father, mother, the outer Guru, the inner Guru and everything is the Guru.
– Time & timelessness, the 24 hrs cycle.
Next, knowing the time cycle, and in the time cycle, within the 24 hours, light a lamp once a day. Observe the new moon to celebrate the spirit Lord SIVA, observe the full moon to celebrate the awake mind Lord Vishnu. Know these time cycles, set yourselves free by connecting to source. Connecting to source, means connecting to timelessness. Connect to timelessness, define time.
– Know breath and the womb of Samadhi & the Navel Chakra.
Know breath from the states of Samadhi and know Samadhi as a womb from where we grow our mind.
– Pranayama: Alternative breaths in yoga, meditation and every experience.
From here, understand, and know the navel chakra and the awakening of the third eye with the activation of the navel.
– Be the Dance. Meditate. Attain Yogic vibrancy.
Know the dance, the dance within, be the dance at all times, so our life is meditation. So, our thought is from a meditative mind, in other words, a pristine mind and a thought from a pristine mind is pure wisdom.
– Invoke all Masters. Reincarnation.
Invoke the masters, invoke all the masters, let all the masters shower us with the right thoughts. Shower us with alignment to our highest purpose and allow us to blossom from the perspective of each master completing their life work through us.
– Sleep in womb of Light & wake up to align the mind.
Sleep in the womb of light. When you sleep in the womb of light, that is going into the mantra light and then entering into sleep, this mind is nourished, so when we wake up, we are waking up with a mind that is ready, a mind that is high vibrancy state, able to connect to source even more deeply and rework realities, and work realities in alignment to source grace.
– Puja: Create concentration & yogic focus.
The puja is the worship of divinity, the worship of source through time, through what we do, seeing every reality as connected to source. Seeing perfection in all of everything, and yet understanding through this perfection. There we are, connecting to source on all the layers and allowing the source unions as passion to work its way. So our life is a blossom, so every reality of ours a blossom, so every chakra of ours is in blossom, enjoying the grace of light.
– Turiya- yogic states of super consciousness.
Awaken and allow yourself to be the vastness, to be the grandness, to be the giant in what we do. When we know we are the giant being, a huge big soul in the body, when we know we are the vast beingness, we are able to shine our genius in all the facets, where we bring our focus.
With this, may Consciousness as grace be for each of us. May our inner Guru shine and uplift humanity while completing our life purpose.
Nandhijiwww.nandhiji.com is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He lives in Los Angeles, where he shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community.
The gift of grace comes from having a daily discipline to attain higher consciousness, health, abundance and love. Yoga naturally yields all attributes of yogam (luck).
These are precious moments for humanity, as higher consciousness is now a reality. Yoga, in the Western sense, spearheads this awakening, even if it is considered a simple exercise for health benefits and fashion, instead of a spiritual discipline; the taste of a drop of honey will eventually lead to the honey pot of higher consciousness.
The Siddhar wisdom is potent when applied to the practice of Yoga, as the body is an effective tool to lead the mind towards the inner core of realization. By Yoga, we refer to Hatha Yoga as practiced in the West: the sequence of physical postures and the inner journey created through this practice. I recommend utilizing the traditional Sun Salutation sequence to experience the teachings below.
Ideally, the Sun Salutation by itself is sufficient to attain core consciousness, which is the objective of our yogic practice.
Below are some insights of the Yoga of the sages:
1. Yoga is a journey through breath and consciousness:
Ha and Tha of Hatha Yoga means the intertwining of Sun and Moon energies of the breath. Hatha Yoga is in reality the journey of consciousness through breath. The right breath is the Sun and the left breath is the Moon. The sages call these two breath streams the inner rivers through which we ride through awareness.
By being aware of our breath in its Sun and Moon energy, we are able to utilize the natural currents within breath via Yoga. Swimming along with the predominant breath and stimulating the Sun breath and the Moon breath equally enable us to flow with the inner currents of the mind and consciousness. To know breath and the Source of breath is to know life, death and the immortal Spirit.
Harnessing breath, we awaken to the wisdom of being Spirit.
2. Awakening energies of gratitude:
Our consciousness begins from each cell; each cell owes its existence to our parents — to Father and Mother. The initial step of awakening body consciousness is to acknowledge our Father and Mother in gratitude.
Through the first round of Sun Salutation, we utilize the asana sequence of the left to visualize and express gratitude to our Mother — the Moon breath. Likewise, we utilize the sequence of the right to visualize and express gratitude to our Father — the Sun breath.
By acknowledging our Father and Mother (in thought, dedication and gratitude) who are the seeds that created our body, and who are part of the thinking process we possess, we shift our body consciousness field of energy. When we are thankful and grateful to our parents’ unconditional love from the moment of our birth, we are able to vitalize every cell of our body to a state of well-being.
Our first initiation towards higher consciousness begins with gratitude. Gratitude and coming to terms with body consciousness pave the way to Now — this is where the Yoga practice begins.
3. Activate the root chakra and invoke Lord Ganesh’s blessings:
Lord Ganesh, the essence of the root chakra, is invoked in the beginning of all endeavors to enable success. The success of the inner journey, Kundalini awakening and higher consciousness, relates to the strength and power of the root chakra.
The root chakra, once activated through Yoga, holds the key to the well-being of the body in physical reality, as well as in the spiritual essence, and this creates a strong foundation of harmony for awakening Mother Kundalini. The root chakra (the muladhara) needs to be activated through the bandha (the inner lock, called the Mula Bandha), visualization and mantra. The muladhara is where the inner lamp is.
When we light this inner lamp through our daily Yoga practice, not only do we awaken the Kundalini energy, but we are also taken through our inner journey safely, because we have been blessed by Ganesh. In practice, the Mula Bandha that awakens the root chakra is easily activated through the Sun Salutation process.
4. Invoke our gurus through Yoga:
When we understand breath as a tool for consciousness, we realize the space beyond breath as infinite wisdom, the guru. In Yoga, as we journey through consciousness and states beyond the mind, the awareness beyond the mind is the guru who continues to guide us. Each thought carries energy and thoughts of our guru in the physical or spiritual form which carries expanded energies of wisdom.
When we invoke Christ or Babaji or our personal gurus to guide us through our yogic journey, we are guided through a higher wisdom connection that is fulfilling and nourishing; this is the next level of consciousness.
Guru consciousness is activated from the chakra above the navel, which the yogis call the Guru Chakra (not described in any text books or intellectual teachings of Yoga). Tapping into this energy field just above the navel, we access vast unlimited energy even as we awaken to the primal wisdom of higher consciousness.
Yogis activate the Guru Chakra to climb above consciousness, to gain the freedom to exist beyond hunger, heat/cold and sleep/tiredness. When we realize that the guru is Kundalini and the Kundalini is a state of consciousness, we are the guru.
5. Yoga with mantra is effective:
The mind and thoughts are vibrations. Mantras are a vibration-inducing resonance that shift and transform the frequency of the mind in order to generate thoughts that are more aligned to the energy within the mantra — this is done through breath. When we recite mantras through our yogic sequences, our breath entwines with the mantra to unravel the higher energies of consciousness within the mantra.
Each chakra or energy center is activated through the mantras, through breath and through our awareness, allowing us to kindle and ride Mother Kundalini. Awakening our inner fire, the Kundalini, we utilize our daily Yoga to transform ourselves. Riding on Kundalini as a state of consciousness while going through the sequences of Yoga, we evolve from human to angelic.
When we do Yoga simply as a physical exercise without awareness of the sacredness of breath, we are more likely to injure our body and not receive the amazing and beautiful benefits of real Yoga.
6. The special universal cave — third eye:
All rituals and disciplines finally lead to the supreme state of being still — the attainment of vibrant stillness of meditation. This vibrant stillness within happens when we find our center. By practicing Yoga, we awaken the inner fires of Kundalini that are experienced as surging joy and bliss which lead to vibrant stillness.
This surge of bliss initially is like a nuclear explosion rushing above the crown chakra. A yogi directs the explosive energies of the crown chakra towards the third eye to harmonize this inner fire with focus. This third eye focus takes us to the seat of the Universe, the magical space that is the meeting point of Source and human.
Awakening the vast energies within ourselves through breath, asana and the grace of mantra, we rise to the seat of consciousness, to the third eye. The third eye is the experience of conscious samadhi — a state of awareness that exists while being absorbed in meditative oneness.
In bringing all the focus through the third eye, we deploy the Kundalini energies of bliss, manifested as the wisdom and super-normal strength in our physical realities. The objective of Yoga is the attainment of being Spirit having a human experience, or in practical terms, to be able to bring Source energy into physical realities.
Much of the Hatha Yoga styles we have in the West are beautiful hybridizations of the traditional Yoga practiced in India, but with a focus on the needs of proactive individuals and directed more towards the body.
Ever-expanding consciousness is pure wisdom that is reflected in the present moment. As there is truth in the dynamic nature of ever-expanding consciousness of the present moment, there is truth in the hybridization of Yoga, as long as the Yoga practice is in tune with uniting the Source to our human experience via yogic principles.
The spiritual end of experience that aligns with the stillness of the mind and the vastness of being Spirit is beyond scriptures and belief systems in its truth.
From the perception of the Siddhar sages who live the life of Yoga in its entirety, the Yoga journey is about being liberated as Spirit, and then taking care of the body, understanding that the body is a shrine that holds the divinity of Self.
As we are liberated from the mind and body to know ourselves as Spirit, and then knowing the body as a shrine in which we experience the mind as a tool of consciousness, the inner journey through yogic wisdom unfolds each day as life-enhancing experiences.
7. Five elements and Yoga:
Key to understanding Hatha Yoga is the realization of the vastness of our Spirit and its natural impulse toward awakening, and the knowledge that the human body is a shrine. The yogi understands that the human body contains all of the Universe and Mother Earth. This all-ness is contained in the five elements: earth, water/fluidity, fire, air and void/space/infinity.
The yogi understands the divinity within each of the five elements. Each element represents the totality of the universe. Once this is understood, mastery of consciousness is attained. So in our daily Yoga, awareness of our inner journey through the elements paves the way toward the mastery of wholeness.
The five elements as described by yogic philosophy are known as the Pancha Bhoota.
The body is represented as the earth element. Water/fluidity represents the life force and our intellect. The fire element represents all the various fires within our body, from digestion to the thinking process. The air element represents our breath, the air we breathe and the energy within the breath, our prana. The infinite void element is our experience of the meditative state of the mind beyond mind state. The experience of the element of infinity is bliss and joy. The element of infinity is our direct experience of the Spirit that we are.
8. Do Yoga in the nude (only if/when possible):
While the idea of practicing Yoga in the nude may sound alarming, for a yogi, wearing minimal clothing means wearing the entire infinite sky as clothes. Digambara, the sky-clad one, is another name for Lord Shiva, the supreme yogi. Practicing Yoga in the nude enables us to integrate the five elements as one body, one being.
From the yogic experience, and through grace and learning, comes the ability of the mind/body to break free of all limits and rise above extreme cold or heat, hunger and sleep. The concept of tumo, the inner fire that produces warmth for the body is a vital aspect of our yogic journey. By practicing Yoga in the nude, we integrate the five elements.
How to practice Nude Yoga:
If you are indoors, open your window or door to keep the outside air flowing inside, so you remain connected with the air element.
Be conscious of the temperature (hot or cold) and allow your yogic practice to generate the inner fires that work like a thermostat to equalize the indoors with the outdoors.
Allow your awareness to go beyond the mind to connect with the infinite nature of the sky. Realizing that we are infinite beings doing yoga is the rich experience of the Spirit having a human experience.
9. The power within each posture — Sthira:
Sthira is the attainment of calm, tranquil, harmony of the breathless breath in-breath. The Himalayan Master, Mahavatar Babaji, taught that sthira can be attained through Yoga and meditation, and that within each posture is the trigger of vital energies kindled through breath. From Mahavatar Babaji comes the mystical Kriya Yoga which embodies the essence of sthira as a very vital part of the practice.
Through each posture, dive into this tranquil space by utilizing the breath of sthira and expand the self. This self is our awareness of our vast being-ness that is also experienced through the recitation of Aum. Sthira is the attainment of bliss and joy through breath from the breathless being.
A Yoga session without reciting Aum is glorified gymnastics and presents much danger since we are not including the greatness of our partnership with Source. In the breath of sthira is the realization of the eternal Aum that makes us aware of our infinite being, one with Source.
10. The yogic journey includes skipping/dancing/running:
The Yoga practice we do comes originally from the sages who lived in the wilderness of caves and mountains in India. Every day they walked, climbing up hillocks and hills. Most temples and shrines in India are located up in the hills to facilitate such pilgrimages. Their daily Hatha Yoga practice complemented their walking, and their food intake was minimal or optimal.
In our society, we consume far more calories than we need. We are exposed to huge blasts of stress energies. We live without the need to walk on a daily basis. We can transcend this environment by including skipping and/or dancing and/or running and/or cycling alongside our daily Yoga practice.
I recommend including any additional activity that gives more of joyfulness, as joy paves the way to daily discipline.
11. Do your own daily Yoga:
Utilize a Yoga studio as you would use a walking stick. Yoga studios are for us to learn sequences of asanas, but this is not a substitute for your daily Yoga practice. Your daily Yoga practice with or without a Yoga studio is important for your daily inner journey in its practice, learning, wisdom and experiences.
There is a deeper wisdom that stems from the yogic perception of time. When we commit to our own daily practice that does not rely on anyone else or other circumstances (such as a Yoga studio), we begin to step into a realignment of our 24-hour cycle through the gift of Yoga — that of timelessness. Practicing Yoga is a powerful form of worship and a journey into timelessness.
Each day consists of 24 hours of day/night time that limits us. When we step into timelessness just once a day through Yoga, we reflect life as though we are the Sun; the Sun does not experience night or day, and so the mind ceases to be limited by the perception of diurnal change.
Another key benefit of having our own daily Yoga practice is in awakening ourselves to be the greatest master and the most deserving student. When we learn from a Yoga teacher, we are then like a sponge, able to incorporate all the gold nuggets of wisdom into our daily practice.
12. Yoga is tantra:
Tantra comes from the pre-Vedic teachings of South India, from the Dravidians. The worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti and its associated yogic teachings was called Tantiram, the roots of tantra. Tantiram is to unite Source with our human reality through the wisdom of joyfulness.
Tantiram wisdom teaches that the root chakra, the muladhara, holds all the power in our journey towards realization and the journey through consciousness after waking up. The root chakra holds the key to the inner journey, hence the importance of worshiping Lord Ganesh.
When we tread the yogic path, we realize the vastness of ourselves; we are like an onion, layered in realities, from the roots all the way to the crown — realities to unite with Source. Tantiram, the core of tantra, is the experience of orgasmic bliss within each and all layers of reality that we can enhance through our daily Yoga.
When we awaken to the wholeness of Yoga, we transform our primal energies of sex, sensuality and survival instinct into evolved angelic potent thoughts of manifestation. Our daily Yoga is a tool for transforming and evolving through the embrace of wholeness, the tantiram. Most Hatha Yoga teachings involve invoking the root chakra to awaken and work with Mother Kundalini.
When we journey inward, we know Mother Kundalini as another state of consciousness; through this awareness we ride through the inner fire, awakening each chakra. Each chakra holds the secrets of all layered realities, manifesting in harmony, abundance and Divine grace.
This wholeness is the union with Source that holds the nature of bliss and the understanding of the I am experience, as in the bold statement, “I am God.” Lord Shiva experienced is Satchidananda — the experience of the Now as bliss.
Nandhiji is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community. Nandhiji www.nandhi.com
“Indomitable will manifests impossible realities.Yoga is attainment of tapas- awake kundalini fires with intent in austeries. Focus, willpower, discipline & Source unions grace aligns realities to magnificence of goodness. Uplifting humanity, the Yogi Be!”Nandhiji (nandhiji) August 17, 2018. Tweet.
A yogi is a natural achiever and a leader by way of accomplishment. One of the benefits of yoga in life realities is the ability of a yogi to do exceptionally difficult tasks. This amazing ability of a yogi is attributed to enduring focus, indomitable will power, sheer discipline and grace of Source connectivity.
This empowerment of yoga practice comes from Tapas/ Tapasya. (Meditative fires infused with intense self-discipline that transforms and purifies us.)
In numerous stories of India, individuals seeking supernatural powers, a specific reality, special strength or ability, they set out to the solitude of the forests and caves. They then undertake intense tapas, wherein the seeker observes unwavering focus invoking the Divine with intent. With constant unbroken mantra recitation and observing self-control, disciplines and austeries of the seeker, that sought is attained- the boon. Every tapas is unique in its discipline, methodology, mantras and process. Tapas is usually undertaken with the advice and directions of a Guru.
Picture of Siddha Guru Ayya in tapas in a cave on Arunachala mountain.
My Guru Ayya did his tapas for 18 years in a cave near the peak of sacred mountain Arunachala. Through the entire time he sat without moving, he drank a cup of milk a day in absolute silence. He transcended sleep to step into the yogic mind state of turiya, called the sleepless sleep. Anyone who received his mantra and sat near him received his awakening grace. Guru Ayya’s potent awakening grace of tapas was conveyed through his mantra. [Utilizing Guru Ayya’s mantra chants along with his other Gurus who are in tapas, Nandhiji created his debut Siddha chant music Album Cave of the Siddhars that is noted to have broken the enlightenment thresholds in kinesiology calibrations. ]
His power of tapas worked with laws of nature. Many of us who climbed up the mountain to spend moments with Guru Ayya did experience his miracles in different ways. One of the miracles experienced would be- witnessing rainfall heavily all around Ayya and the small area where his devotees gathered with not a drop of rain touching anyone. A visit to be with Ayya was always a lifetime experience to be carried! After visiting Ayya, the devotee felt Ayya’s sacred presence and were witness to miraculous realities prayed for. It was the power of tapas that Ayya had built through the many years of austeries that now was with each of us who connected with Ayya through his mantras.
In the times of India’s freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhiji’s power of tapas was visible. Gandhiji was known for his rigid daily prayers and fasts. His tapas power was self evident when the British would often wonder how huge crowds would gather sometimes before Gandhiji’s arrival. Gandhiji often made spontaneous decisions to travel. In those days communications was only through telegrams that was slow and most of these locations were not connected by phone. When Gandhiji called for the Salt March, the No-Cooperaton Movement, Non-violence etc, whole of India readily became One- to observe the freedom struggle collectively. It was as though Gandhiji was speaking to each Soul. It was Soul Power- the work of tapas.
In today’s world of yoga when a practitioner does physical yoga postures working with breath, the mind naturally stills down and attains greater focus with clarity. The pristine mind as benefit of yoga is like drops of nectar adding to enrichment of experience. When experiencing this mind potency, doing yoga becomes a daily practice due to joys of attaining a happy mind and discipline sets in to have more of joys. Life realities catch up to our daily sadhana, or spiritual practice. The yoga practitioner now realizes that the realities of external world can be created from within, and real peace can be created with actual realities manifested. As the journey within yoga continues, the drops of nectar now becomes the honey pot, as the the seeker becomes a yogi. By doing yoga and other spiritual practices, consciously and unconsciously our yoga evolves to igniting tapas within- the perpetual Source connectivity with Kundalini fires awake.
As a yogi, each breath is with awareness, Source connected through mantra fires. Mindfulness, awareness and optimal thoughts now are the gifts of the evolved state of mind. With tapas, the yogi becomes a vortex of higher vibrations. In a yogi’s presence healing, calm, harmony, love and goodness simply happens as the power of tapas, the inner fires, is actively recreating dynamics of realities.
With daily yoga practice, the power of tapas will awaken of its own accord through the yogi’s awareness of each breath, Source connectivity and life’s challenges. One could enhance their spiritual practice and experience the state of tapas by chanting the ancient mantras of my Gurus, wherein each sacred sound comes from intense tapas of the inner fires.
A seeker of deep meditation and a single focused mind can find the collection of these powerful mantras in my Siddha Guided Chakra Meditation CD, “SivaSivaa”, where I serve as your personal guide to light your lamp and awaken your inner Guru.
Stress Management : Six Yogic Tips to relieve stress, increase creativity, and overcome obstacles
Stress is caused by our mind on an overdrive often worrying, anxious and or angry about a real life situation or a perception of fear, emotions and memories. To understand and recognize that stress problem and it damages spring out as symptoms- bad health, anger issues, bad sleep etc is in itself the first step.
These are the six yogic tips that are offered from the mystic wisdom of the Siddha Sages.
Harnessing breath, glide the mind.
Understand that breath is the only real belonging we have, while alive. Breath is a key influence behind the mind that produces optimal thoughts.
If breath is utilized as a prayer to connect to Source , the outcome is a mind that is pristine in calm and harmony. Slowing down breath enables our mind to slip out of stress.
– Inhale from the root chakra (from the perineum) and retain breath. Think of Source/ God/ Void and surrender the mind in its intent and the thoughts of stress.
– Retain the breath for as long as we can- allowing all thoughts- good and bad to disappear in the void.
– Breath out slowly affirming “I am”.
– Follow this cycle of breath for however long possible or even all the time- as this yogi breath awakens our highest wisdom while creating the core space of tranquility, harmony, fearlessness and clarity of the mind.
Our inability to see or know with clarity often times is stress.
To attain perfection and genius in what we do- before we begin, meditate to attain a mind of clarity. It is important to ‘Know’ and ‘see’ the bigger picture first- even if in this process we do not have all the information. Meditation often awakens our intuitive abilities to ‘see’ beyond our limited mind.
Invoke our Teachers/Masters in our meditation with focus on the third eye seeking guidance of the highest that aligns to our heart. Meditation teaches us the magical Now moment of action and infinite patience.
To see the larger picture with a meditative mind is much like visualizing a target so to lock our focus before starting a task, venture or journey. Once started with our task or intent we have visualized strive to attain the ‘flow’. This ‘flow’ means, being inspired in the doings, loving the now moment with mindfulness and allowing ourselves to connect the dots by bringing our focus with passion and will.
A meditative mind helps us ‘fly’ over realities.
Our action as work and doings from mindfulness helps us ‘glide’.
Take a break to celebrate your Source unions- Clap!
As we strive in our work it is only natural sometimes to have a mental block. Its vital to remind ourselves to play in between our work if we are not able to make our work, play. Steps to attain the flow:
Stop work for a little minute! Rub both our palms together, feel our reverence to our highest self and as gratefulness to Source/God/Universe.
Sing a mantra or a prayer or an inspiring song from the heart
– Clap your hands with our heart song’s rhythm and feel the connective flow of our joy states.
– Rejoice and relax in the states of joyfulness while you clap.
– Make it a prayer by letting go of our worries and stress to our heart song as we clap.
4.Awaken to our higher consciousness mind through daily yoga:
Do yoga as a meditative inner journey of breath, visualization and mantras chant. When we do yoga to journey within and expand our consciousness, we are surrendering our mind, body and breath to Source as prayers.
The best time to do yoga is at the start of the day, so our mind is placed at as higher perch. The ‘higher perch’ of the mind refers to a meditative mind that is able to perceive realities with calm and core harmony while able to take decisions that have optimal results.
Yoga and meditation- apart from allowing our mind to be stress free also gifts us with a mind that is trained to focus and to hold that focus for a longer period of time.
Points to observe while doing yoga that helps stress:
Know breath and the journey through breath while doing yoga.
Within every posture and posture sequence is a core harmony- the zero point- where we have surrendered to the process. Let go of the mind and thoughts here to simply be in the vibrancy of calm.
Bring attention to awareness and mindfulness through the process. This is the mind of a monk that is tranquil and in the magical Now. This state of mind is called the state of ‘turiya’ by the yogis. Genius and optimal thoughts spring from the superconscious mind states of ‘turiya’ referred to by the yogis as the ‘sleepless sleep.’
Attain and recite mantras or a mantra that your own to ‘cook’ our Inner Fire’.
It is said that when we pray we are talking to God and when we meditate, we listen to God. When we chant our mantras, we are doing both- praying and meditating simultaneously.
Our stress has a reason that might or might not be caused by actual realities but when we hold a mantra by reciting it, we are intensifying our prayers to Source/God/Infinite to remedy the cause of stress. Awaken the inner fire by way of mantras that we recite. When we recite a mantra, we are changing the inner structure of our mind and its thoughts. Mantras are vibratory fields that have been passed on by Gurus to disciples over thousands of years to transfer consciousness. When chanting the mantras, we are awakening our inner fire that serves as a vortex of Light that protects, guides and assists us.
To sleep well and deep is a major battle won on stress.
Utilize a pivotal vortex moment of before sleep to enter into sleep state and emerge next day into the awake state with this yogic teaching. Stress must be eliminated before sleeping so we can sleep as the deep needed rest for the mind and body. These are tips:
Have a bath/shower, if not, wash our face- especially the forehead. Cut cords of the past as in emotions, tiredness, fatigue with water as energy cleanse.
Select from your bedside a spiritual, philosophical or scriptural read.
If we do not have a book, simply chant a mantra of our heart and surrender the mind to Source/ God.
Turn body onto the left side and read a book of higher vibrations or chant the mantras. . Laying on the left stimulates the breath that induces deeper relaxation to prepare for sleep.
As we read/ chant- sleep will kick in soon and it will come to us in different ways.
Tell sleep to go away and tell ourselves even if it is till dawn and we do not have to sleep, no worries. Nobody ever died of lack of sleep. In this self hypnosis, we are dissolving the fear of a night without sleep.
Continue reading/ chanting. Sleep will come like a tiger growling. Do not worry- continue reading.
Sleep will come as a little puppy saying, “Pick me up”. Do not give in :)))))
Now when we feel ready to descend into sleep- sit up a moment and recitie a mantra as prayers in focus- setting the intent- that our subconsciousness is Source connected in sleep.
Descend into our heart with the mantra chant in the sleep we welcome.
Allow all realities to correct and align itself to the vast infinite Universe as we sleep in the womb of Light.
Rub our palms together. Acknowledge our left palm as our birth or adopted mother and our rIght palm as our birth/adopted father – and placing palms over our eyelids, receive the blessings of our first Gurus.
Rub our palms together and ignite our sacred mantra that we were chanting the night before. Acknowledge our left palm as our Cosmic Mother who will take care of our needs and is protective and our right palm as the Cosmic Father infinity whose dance of bliss form we are in human realities. Receive the blessings.
Set intent to be the Yogi and climb above to adorn the eagle mind of consciousness.
Be the Sun that shines. Each breath, Source connected!
About Nandhiji: Nandhiji is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian & visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher. He represents the path of the Liberated.
Nandhiji shares the common sense wisdom and teachings of the Siddha Sages, the liberated mystics of South India. www.nandhi.com
Book: Mastery of Consciousness- Awake the Inner Prophet: Break the limits of mind, body, and circumstances- by Nandhiji
Siddha Guided Chakra Meditation Teachings: Siva Sivaa- Light the Lamp within and attain the awake mind of a Yogi: 2 CD Audio with tools of Consciousness-
Kalangi Kundalini Yoga DVD: Level One: Basics uses the simple sun salutation sequences, Siddha breathing techniques, potent Siddha mantras and other empowering yogic tools to awaken the mastery of consciousness http://bit.ly/kalangi
Music: Turiya Nada- Siddha Inner Fire Mantra Chants:
The 10,000 Hour Rule —the principle holds that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. For the yogi, this is Guru’s grace that condenses the timelessness of mastery into time.
“On the path seeking my wholeness as a yogi was grace. Grace of my Gurus condensed timelessness to time. My Gurus gave me a part of themselves through the mantra deeksha (the lighting of the mantra fires within me). Guru Ayya would often say, “Take me and my presence along with my Gurus through my mantras. My mantras are all you need. Light your Lamp and know your own truth within you as your inner Lamp. When light your Lamp reciting my mantras to invoke me, I am with you!”.
Siddha Guru Rajaswamy would mention, “When you see a Siddha Guru, just receive his mantra blessings and then digest the light of the mantra. Do not go and bother that Siddha Guru again as for him it is disturbance.”
In years of my journey within through caves, shrines and the spiritual wilderness of South India with my Gurus and under guidance, I realized my evolution was not only dynamic and swift but also, more efficient. For instance, being awake meant more of consciousness to better quality of thought to enhance the experience to attain more of consciousness- a cycling of efficiency. It was like learning to run and then fly and with time, glide. To wake up as Spirit (also called satori) is the first of grace. To attain the Guru to guide and expand consciousness is the grace of wisdom. To awaken the inner fires, the Guru within, is empowerment. To realize life purpose and be the inspired yogi working for humanity is blessings to be the Angel creating heavens.” – Nandhiji
From the Siddha wisdom of understanding learning, understanding and realization, the blessings we receive from Masters and Temples is seeds of consciousness, the embryos instilled in us. A Yogi nurtures these embryos to expand and be the consciousness that ultimately is the Master and the sacred enshrined in the Temple.
Guru Ayya is a Siddha Sage who was meditating above in a cave on Arunachala mountain for 18 years and then in the quiet of his village for another 6 years. He left his body March 2018. Siddha Sages act and behave in ways that is not considered normal. He meditated 24/ 7 transcending sleep and hunger. While on the peak of Mount Arunachala in a cave, he drank just a cup of milk a day, sitting unmoving in the malasana posture. To receive his blessings, his instructions were- recite his mantra walking around him. He assured that there was no need to ask or speak to him personally as any thought or intent would manifest and be fulfilled in the mantra grace.
His mantra: Ayya Siva Siva Siva Sivaa, Arakara Arakaraa #Sadhana Practice:
Light a Lamp.
Recite the mantra.
Sit with spine upright.
Invoke Ayya’s Presence.
As in prayers ask for the intent/ need or simply seek his Presence.
Do dharma/good in Ayya’s name and thought to consummate the grace of Guru Ayya.
GURU AYYA & HIS MANTRA – an interesting insight using Guru Ayya’s mantras::: Siddhas, the enlightened Beings who journey beyond, are the mystics who have for years held a singular focus, preferring solitude and meditating without any disturbance or interaction with others.
I was guided to seek Ayya as my Guru when Ayya was in his 9th year of meditation on Arunachala mountain. We started the climb at 5 am stopping first at a spot on the foothills to pray to Ayya. These prayers were literally meaning to inform Ayya we were on our way up, a climb of 90 minutes. Once above, all the barricades of sticks, thorns and shrubs around Ayya’s enclosure (he preferred not be disturbed after the morning group blessings and on completion of each day’s morning prayers, the attendants would close and secure Ayya’s little cave so he would not be disturbed). We were told several times, “Do not disturb or attempt to talk to Ayya. Ayya knows what is in your mind and anything you desire will come true. Recite Ayya’s mantra and connect with Him”
Ayya’s Guru, Siddha Ayya Vaikuntha’s prayers would be recited and we were given Ayya’s mantra and reciting the mantra we walked around Ayya several times. Ayya would then share tea and herbs served in coconut shell cups and his attendant on behalf of Ayya would put the holy white third eye blessings for all the seekers.
I realized that any thought or the wisdom behind that thought manifests in Ayya’s presence & his mantra- however big or small the thought was. I sought through one of my pilgrimages to see God with my two eyes. To me this vision was important as I wanted to realign to the childhood experience of seeing God when I was aged 4. After being with Ayya in the morning and descending the mountain, later that evening, while meditating from the rooftop of our hotel, there was Arunachala, in a golden hue- the splendor of splendors. The blessings I received was the perpetual ‘vision’ of God at all times that latter inspired me to do the paintings of Siddha Darshan and create my book Mastery of Consciousness with each picture depicting the alignment to the vision in its uniqueness.
For the many years I have known Ayya, any time I chanted his mantra, that which I had needed came true as realities with a qualification- either the intent fulfilled itself or the wisdom behind the intent. I remember praying for financial relief and survival of my failing business- and my business instead sank.
Beyond obvious through all the time since connecting with Guru Ayya and being in the mantra fires was the knowing that while chanting- that I was in the ancient Light vortex, guided- with each thought the gift of Ayya, the lineage of the Siddha and the intent of greater good for all.
Today I thank Ayya’s for this reality as wisdom as to let go of my past and to start afresh doing my heart’s work as a yogi and humanitarian. The usage of Ayya’s mantra meant I was connecting to Guru Ayya’s presence and his Gurus and this resulted in attaining better quality of thoughts with more potency.
Through experience I learn that Siddha mantras are incredibly powerful as in transforming and expanding our consciousness almost immediately, bringing the power of Guru Ayya’s tapas (meditative fires) into our every thought, daily lives and our highest purpose as transformation for each to be the Siddha.
SivaSivaa Siddha Guided Chakra Meditation- mantra initiation inner journey.
Food determines our wellbeing. Food is also medicine in its ability to heal and immunize. As a vital input into ourselves, food also determines our thinking and thought patterns. Food is pure energy. To enhance the energy present in the food, before we eat, saying grace matters. There are of course, a countless ways to say grace before eating our food as each culture, religion and families have different ways to express gratitude. From the Siddhar perspective, food also has a component of dharma, basic goodness, as an energy field to be enhanced.
In India, it is normal, in fact, a cultural practice, to offer food to the guests before eating, even if the guests are strangers. This practice of offering food has deep meaning in the causal of dharma. Nearly every saint, sadhu, guru and yogi in India would agree that offering food as dharma to feed others is the most potent of all actions – simply because, as Siddhar Rajaswamy says, “The stomach pit is the only pit in the human body that can be satisfied and every human, rich or poor goes through the pangs of hunger. Food also represents the body and when we feed people, we set into motion, the grace of well-being not only for ourselves but for humanity itself.”
Let us begin with this story to understand how we may say grace before eating. The story is from the time of the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas, the five brothers (the good guys) are in exile, hiding in the forest. The Pandavas, the five brothers were married to Draupadi. The Kauravas, hundred cousins (the bad guys) found out their cousins, the Pandavas hiding place in the forest. Draupadi was a Goddess incarnate who was graced with Lord Krishna in the divine relationship of a brother- and in this birth, she was thew wife to the five brothers, the Pandavas.
Determined to inflict damage on the Pandavas, the Kauravas summoned Sage Durvasa. Sage Durvasa had done tremendous tapas and due to the potency of his tapas, every word he spoke came true. But Sage Durvasa had a vice – inspite of years of intense penance that gave him enormous siddhis (powers), he had not conquered anger. Durvasa was extremely short tempered and in a moment, he could curse anyone.
The Kauravas requested Durvasa to go and visit the Pandavas in the forest intending that Durvasa would arrive at the little hut dwelling of the Pandavas just after the Pandavas had their food.
The custom in Indian households, still followed in many households today is, when you have any guests come to your house, you need to offer them food. So there was Durvasa with his retinue of disciples standing outside the Pandava brothers house and Draupadi was shocked and worried. Seeing Durvasa standing before her as a guest, Draupadi realized that there was absolutely no food grain left in the house to cook for that day and her guest and all his disciples. As she stood in silence, Durvasa muttered, “Divine Host, my disciples and I are hungry and tired. We will go and take a bath in the nearby stream and we will come back to your home shortly.” Draupadi understood this to mean that Durvasa and his disciples had indicated the need to be fed and they would be taking a bath to give Draupadi time to cook their food!
Just after Durvasa left to have a bath with his entourage, Draupadi started crying out to Lord Krishna, “Please come and save me Krishna!”. Lord Krishna appeared and asked Draupadi why she should panic when there was already all the food of the universe available to her. Draupadi says to Lord Krishna, “Krishna, this is not a joke. Don’t you realize that we have no food in this household? Every morsel of food has been consumed.” Lord Krishna goes to the vessel in which the food was cooked and He picks up a tiny morsel of leftover rice and He puts it in His mouth saying, “May all the stomachs of all living beings be full and satisfied!”.
Meanwhile, Durvasa and his disciples had just completed bathing and were returning in anticipation to eat the food they thought was being prepared by Draupadi for them. Just then, their stomachs felt full already. Another custom followed in India today is, if you are invited into the home of your guest to eat, you need to eat well. To eat well as a guest is to honor the host. Durvasa was now perplexed as to how he could face Draupadi as it would be an insult to not be able to eat. Understanding such a circumstance, Durvasa and his retinue quietly slipped away.
This story expresses Siddhar wisdom. Whenever we prepare to eat, if we could for a moment close our eyes, imagine ourselves to be the vast Spirit, like Lord Krishna and make a deep wishful intent- “May all creatures and may all of humanity be fed”, and then as an ethereal Being, we inhale the food’s aroma and say gratitude to Source for having given us this food, we set into momentum potent dharma.
“Great indeed is the power acquired through austerity to endure hunger. But greater still is the power of those who relieve the hunger of others.”
-Tirukkural 23:225, Spiritual Poetry of a Tamil Saint, Siddhar Thiruvalluvar
When we understand the significance of imagining and creating the intent to feed every stomach on planet earth before consuming our own food, even if we are physically not doing so, we are reflecting a positive thought of vibrational energy. When we acknowledge ourselves to be the Universal Spirit and intend the fulfillment of every hunger, we invoke the energy of the Source, to enable this. Accompanied by gratitude as our reality in the moment, the food becomes cleansed, energized and serves our well-being.
The difference between an emperor of time and a slave is that an emperor owns time and the realities within it, while a slave is trapped in seemingly uncontrollable natural ups and downs.
Stepping into the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, in Gujarat, India, it is mind-boggling to see that there are hundreds of articles and books written by one man and another few hundreds books written about him. It is obvious that during his times, the world press must have written about him far more than recorded as clippings at Sabarmati Ashram.
This one man, Mahatma Gandhi, had far too many activities on his plate, apart from the already overwhelming initiatives he undertook in the freedom struggle of India. He did his fair share of chores for the upkeep of the Ashram. There was not a single piece of correspondence sent to him—from all parts of colonial India (that includes today’s Pakistan and Bangladesh) and from all parts of the world—that was not replied to by him personally. Added to all these daily activities was Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prioritization of time to spin cotton for his own clothes, garden, tend his animals and meet the numerous people who showed up every day at his Ashram.
So how did Mahatma Gandhi manage so much within 24 hours? What was his yogic secret? Mahatma Gandhi was named the “Mahatma”—the “Great Soul”—to denote the yogi in him who was the emperor—the yogi who had conquered time, reality and the limits of the human.
In India, millions of gods and goddesses are worshiped in various forms. From the mystical yogic perspective of the Siddhars, some of our most important visible forms of “God” today are our wristwatches and our clocks. But when we learn how to align time with timelessness, we are in tune with the evolving grace that is the absolute gift of being born human.
Yogis, sages and enlightened masters in India are called “Maharaj,” King of Kings, for the reason that they truly are the emperors. The difference between an emperor and a slave is that an emperor owns time and the realities within it, while a slave does not own time. Yes, everything comes back to time and how we are either enslaved within time or timeless and free through defining time of our own accord, as an emperor.
Whether we like it or not, we are born into the 24-hour cycle of time, which has its days and nights. We are born with a mind that is captured by the limits there are to the hours we can spend in sleep, in being awake and in the dream states. This mind is also a slave to the past and its momentum. This can be attributed in part to “karma,” the law of equating the past with the present. This emotional roller coaster creates lopsided realities and further traps the mind in seemingly uncontrollable natural ups and downs.
As a slave, we then see our reality as in a movie theatre, without any control over what unfolds, forgetting that this is a movie and we do have a choice.
We can of course choose to be a slave or an emperor!
An emperor owns time. So how do we begin setting ourselves free from time and redefining time and the realities unfolding before us? How do we become the emperor?
Photo: Monika N.
Light your Lamp at least once a day!
From beginning to end, life’s journey is between us, as individuals, and Source/God. In between Source and our true identity as Soul is our mind. Lighting our outer and inner lamp is a mother to all meditation effort, as we are able to let go and surrender all our worries, emotions and good and bad thoughts to Source. We still the mind to a place of calm, harmony and optimism.
When we light a lamp to connect with Source/our inner self/infinity once a day, we are lighting and manifesting the inner lamp within ourselves. Lighting our inner lamp at least once a day breaks our entrapment in the 24-hour cycle of time by awakening us to the space of timelessness, which we experience during these moments spent with ourselves and Source. The experience of connecting to Source is guided by joy, happiness and liberation each day, with our objective being to have more and more of this.
Once a week, set yourself one day to take a supreme holiday.
Ultimately, if we can prioritize one day a week just for us to reconnect to Source, our journey to become the emperor has just begun. This one special day is for us to meditate, pray, do yoga or anything that will bring us to our own centers. It is not about our creative zeal or even our family, let alone our career. It is about us expanding our consciousness to be Source/infinite, devoid of our mind,reclaiming ourselves as Spirit having a human experience.
Once every fortnight, utilize the days of the full moon and new moon as vortices of time to penetrate beyond ordinary consciousness.
The full moon period is a vortex of time that enables you to make a shift in shaping your existing realities. The full moon directly works with our minds. From the yogic perspective, when we observe this full moon vortex of time with a focus on Lord Vishnu, we are able to transform our spiritual and material realities through the mind and its ability to focus on expanding the realities we truly desire.
Likewise, during the new moon, the vortex of being and Spirit, we are able to leapfrog our evolution as we observe the worship of Lord Siva. In the space of infinity, where consciousness is forever expanding, our mind and our realities can be taken several notches above. The yogis prefer the new moon vortex as it offers the chance to preset the mind to a much higher “station” in its ever-expanding consciousness, able to make potent each thought.
The grandest and the most powerful vortex of time/timelessness is the once-a-year enlightening vortex of time: Mahasivratri, the supreme night of the yogi, Lord Siva. This vortex, based on the lunar calendar, has been observed by hundreds of millions of regular householders and spiritual seekers dating far back through the history of India.
Observe this potent vortex of time and start your yogic inner journey by way of fasting, meditating, pilgrimage, silence and worship at least two weeks before this sacred day. Slowly, but surely, we begin to realize that we can slip out of the limitations of time (as we do in sleep) and the limitations of the mind, to attain the yogic turiya state—“sleepless sleep.” As Mahasivratri nears, through the grace of this enlightening vortex of time and our own effort, we easily step into the state of turiya—we experience Spirit having a human experience.
On the night of Mahasivratri, most spiritual weekend warriors try not to sleep, so as to get the blessings of this sacred night. For us, the yogis, we are already in the beautiful sleepless sleep state of turiya, a state of inspired awareness, and on this night, we become the vast infinity of being, Lord Siva. Each of us has our own unique experience of “being God.”
Photo: Sudarshan Vijayaraghavan
After having the sacred, fruitful experience of being Lord Siva on Mahasivratri, the mind will never be the same. Realities naturally align themselves to harmony. Innermost desires and highest purposes are fulfilled through the empowered super mind that has experienced being God—the enlightened mind.
We utilize the joyful splendor of the Mahasivratri night experience once a week when we observe that one sacred supreme holiday for ourselves, to further intensify our Source connection, renewing us and deepening our worship.
Every day, when we light our lamp, we carry forward our expanding consciousness to even vaster realms while we are in the state of super-consciousness—the state ofturiya. Our every thought now comes from the genius of the mind that is aligned to its pristine Source state. Ultimately, we understand and awaken to the need to be in a perpetual state of joy, bliss and inspiration, and we set our daily discipline to attain this angelic state of being.
All this discipline of being united with Source leads us to be in the magic of the “now” moment. Being in the “now” as Spirit having a human experience, our karma that limits us is transmuted to become opportunities for growth.
Where can there be the past momentum of karma if we are not in past or future but in the now, not as humans but as Spirit having a human experience?
In this enlightened state, where each thought is empowerment to further embrace reality, free of karmic restraints—we are the emperor.
The secret behind the dazzling work and life message left behind by Mahatma Gandhi, in his books and in his legacy, can be attributed to the state of turiya he was in. Every day, he was up by three am, ready to start the day in communal prayers. He seldom took a nap during the day. He held another communal prayer meeting at 10 pm, after which he would read before getting to sleep.
Being in the state of turiya, he was a cause of setting into humanity’s consciousness the reality of harmony, love and peace. Mahatma Gandhi was an emperor, a “Maharaj,” who conquered time as a yogi.
When humanity sets itself free by awakening to timelessness, we will chart the destiny for our future, through a consciousness where physical and material abundance flows naturally, in harmony and fulfillment for all. Peace reigns supreme where consciousness is.