Sleep Kriya: Yoga Nidra

Sleep is the moment of rejuvenation and the space of timelessness to incubate our mind. Yogic sleep empowers the mind to expand in consciousness. 

Sleep quality affects the quality of our mind’s abilities to perceive, remember and produce optimal thoughts. Sleep resets our mind. The quality of sleep matters and is directly proportional to the wellbeing of our mind and body.

For a Yogi, sleep is a sacred moment. The vaster Consciousness is expanded, the deeper the sleep and lesser the time required to sleep.

Yogic deep sleep has no dreams. Time condenses requiring shorter time of needed sleep. Upon awakening from a yogic sleep it should feel a brand new moment filled in optimism, mind supercharged, body healed and each thought from clarity.

Turiya is attainment of yoga. Superconscious states of mind. 

Yogis who master Consciousness are able to condense sleep to the extent of going beyond “sleep”, the state of turiya, called the sleepless sleep.

My experience of the states of turiya was with my Guru Ayya who meditated atop near the peak of Arunachala mountain. He drank a glass of milk a day, never moved and he never slept. I would climb up the mountain to be near his cave enclosure through the night to meditate. In the beginning of my need to sit near Ayya was my curiosity – what made Ayya love his solitude and inner journey so much that made him cut off completely from the external world and journey within? Once a day, early in the morning, his devotees would remove thorn bushes that blocked Ayya’s cave entrance and Ayya would start a fire to make herbal tea. All pilgrims who came to see Ayya were served Ayya’s tea. He seldom spoke to anyone other than his helpers. After two hours, the helpers would again close up the entrance of the cave so Ayya to enter back into his solitude, until the next day.

I spent my time sitting outside the cave through the night wanting to absorb his meditative energies. Through the night I heard Ayya speaking to the Divine. Sometimes he would burst into ecstasy singing. He was in a vortex of powerful energies- in states of perpetual overflowing joy. It was now easy to understand how Ayya had transcended sleep- he was in realms of turiya, the super consciousness state of the mind.  It was this sublime ecstasy experience that inspired me to create my music Turiya Nada. To know the states of turiya is to know the three states of mind- sleep, dream and awake- as an observer. Sleep and mastery of sleep is the vital element in  attainment of states of turiya.

My quest to learn more about sleep made me eager to ask enlightened Masters. In my pilgrimages during my years seeking my light within through solitude was another of my Gurus, Siddha Maha Siva Swamy. Maha Siva Swamy lived in a forest shrine of Nambi Hills, a  tiger sanctuary all by himself. I enjoyed every moment with him as he was alright taking my questions and he would answer me. I remember walking with him through the jungle to reach Nambi Hills. It felt eerie initially. It felt unsafe as I knew this was a tiger sanctuary and only a few would walk into this forest. I asked him if he ever felt afraid walking in this forest all by himself mentioning how frightened he should be of the tigers. He smiled at me and mentioned, “Tigers walk away from human sensing us. But some tigers are too old. One old tiger would sit over there and roar. Its roar was so weak unlike others. But they never will harm me.” I did not tell him how that old tiger could have become a maneater. I felt safe with him knowing he must have the higher vibrations safeguarding him. 

When we reached this sacred shrine after a five mile walk through the forest, we bathed in the sacred jungle stream and in the evening, did our puja (worship). As night time came, I told Maha Siva Swamy I needed to learn how to sleep. I had watched him enter into samadhi many times, with ease. Any time he entered into samadhi, the whole area around him would buzz in light. I was certain that if he could enter into samadhi with so much ease and meditate through days and nights, he must have mastered the art of sleep.

We lay side by side near the ancient Temple entrance on the ground with cloth underneath me. He did not need anything underneath him. I asked him what he was doing with his breath and how he was preparing his mind for sleep. He said, ” Go into the mantra fires. Surrender your breath. Descend into your heart. Fall asleep there.”  I spent the next few minutes trying what he told me. A few minutes later I was ready to ask the next few questions. I said, “Swamy, now that I am in my heart, now what?”… and all I heard was his snoring. He was fast asleep. In another world. Soon I fell asleep too. 

What I learnt from these ultimate moments with Guru Ayya and Guru Maha Siva Swamy the mind in its journey. The mind in its states of being awake, sleep and realms beyond sleep is states of Consciousness. These Yogis had mastered Consciousness itself by being able to enter the sleepless sleep realms of Turiya.  Ever since, I have delved deep to make sense of sleep to understand sleep as a tool of wellbeing, an instrument to intense meditation and a proponent to enhance the mind’s clarity.

Practical steps to Yogic Sleep- Yoga Nidra:::

  • Through the day attain, maintain and generate the ease of mind. Do yoga, meditate & do pranayama or run, play basketball or walk. Doing physical activities does tune the mind into a long lasting meditative experience.
  • Doing puja (worship of the Divine) or prayers helps setting the mind in a meditative state through the day. Prayers helps us discard worries, anxieties & stress.
  • Every breath, enter into our core of harmony within retention- with mindfulness & awareness. Being in a continuous meditative state throughout the day nourishes the mind that requires less time to revitalize. The meditative mind works sleep effectively. 
  • Set a daily time to shut down our work and prepare for bed. Scheduling and setting a daily time helps the mind subconsciously tune into the sleep ready mode. 
  • Just before getting to bed, shower, bathe or wash our face & forehead. Water as an energy cleanses away unwanted thoughts.
  • Do gentle stretches or yin yoga before bed if feeling unable to cope with stress or worries. The best yoga always happens when our mind is low. Yoga helps come back into our body. 
  •  Meditate using mantra chants. Even if for just 5 minutes. Make this moment a time of prayer. All the reality experiences; thoughts, anxieties,; needs, wish, fear- and emotions; surrender into the mantra fires. Let go of realities to the Divine Source God. No realities belonged to us before birth. Now in sleep, consider it the moment of death when all of realities is surrendered to Source God.  

THE PROCESS:

  • Select consciousness expanding books. Set a habit to read before sleeping every day. Reading conscious books imprints the mind with good thoughts. 
  • Lay down on the bed turning over to the left side. Use pillows or elbow as prop and start reading the book. Be aware of the right breath that gains predominance as we rest our body on the left. We are tapping into the moon energies of breath that activates sleep. 
  • Sleep will come soon especially if the book is philosophical in nature 🙂 Chase sleep away by wanting to read more. Affirm for ourself that the night is young and we have all night to read. Sleep will come as a threatening lion or a cute puppy wanting to be held. Chase it away! Close eyes a minute when sleepiness gets heavy. And start reading again. 

– Now we are ready to sleep. Put away the book. Flip over to the right side. Start reciting a mantra that makes us feel connected to Source God. Enter into the heart like allowing ourselves to float away into the womb of Light. 

– Step into timelessness of sleep like meditation. The mind flows into states of deep sleep where dream occurrence is rare. With practice, in this womb state we gradually activate more awareness of our mantra vibration of our unconscious mind connected to Source God. In this sleep our mind is incubated like a caterpillar turning to be a butterfly, we transform our human to Angelic. This yogic sleep reduces in time due to its depth and intensity and ability to serve the mind and body in rejuvenation. 

– Upon waking up, the first thoughts on arising out of sleep is reaching out to the mantra recitation and connecting our mind to Source God. Our first thoughts, “Please God Source give me the right thoughts.” Our first prayers- rub both the palms thinking of our Mother as our left palm and our Father as our right palm in gratefulness. Feel every cell in our body grateful to our Mother & Father. Place it over our eyelids in gratitude. 

Let gratefulness be our vibrancy gifted by the depth of our sleep. We are now the vibrancies that aligns and manifests all that our heart intends. 

 Gratitude Beloved Sleep Goddess who gifts our mind the grandness of our Now. 

Interesting observations of yogic sleep:

  • In depth of sleep there are no dreams. Sleep is like death.
  • Sleeping hours reduce.
  • Wake up feeling like we slept ‘hundred years’.
  • Wake up with a mind that is crystal clear.

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Nandhiji www.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.

Happiness & Attainment of Happiness!

In these challenging times of social distancing and self quarantine, most of us come together as family and for some it is solitude. We have more of ourselves to ourselves. Our emotions amplify due to subdued external activities. 

To be Buddha is to be happy. 

Yet, nearly all of us are the Siddharthas (Siddhartha is the name of the prince whom Buddha was before his enlightenment). Siddhartha was profoundly sad after confronting realities of life that led him to seek enlightenment and become Buddha. The extreme sadness triggered Siddartha to go inwards to find his truth and there after dwell perpetually in happiness. 

When we are in the proximity of an enlightened person, a common observation is the feeling of peace, calm and happiness. To be awake is to be in the higher vibrancies that is causal of happiness. 

Bhutan declared to the world its value as a nation by the worth of Gross National Happiness.

Bhutan was underlining the core tenet of Eastern philosophy- the attainment of inner riches rather than the acquiring of material wealth as true aspiration of a conscious human. To consider happiness as true wealth is wisdom. 

Happiness is a deep word with several layers of meaningfulness. Beneath “happiness” is so many facets of us as humans striving as life works and in each moment experiences. 

Yet the essence of happiness can be weighed by how long it lasts and its qualities that can grow us or imprison us. 

From happiness that satisfies our hunger and or an object obtained, happiness shifts from being loved to being adored. Each time a child gets excited to receive a toy, the toy is able to convey an extent of happiness that might momentarily. Satisfying our mind generates happiness is sparks but not the flame. Satisfying our soul and dwelling in positive emotions is subtle everlasting happiness, the building blocks to a life of fulfillment.

Aligning an awake state of mind that realizes itself as Spirit having the human experience and navigating human experience through its various emotions is being a Master, a Yogi. For an actualized person, happiness is a state of Being that is perpetual and bright as the sun. Human experiences of sorrow, grief, anxiety, anger etc is like the moon that cannot make itself visible midday before the sun. 

From the yogic perspective, the quality of happiness experienced is the mark of attainment of the journey within to realise ourselves. 

Satchidananda is the name of Lord Siva that means- being the form of bliss in the Now. The realization of our journey within is to be the Yogi, Lord Siva- who is pure blissful happiness. 

Happiness is contagious. Be happy, and all of humanity receives our higher vibratory presence to be happy!

So what does it take for each of us to truly be Happy? 

Meditate

Meditation is the most vital and first step to realizing ourselves. There are a thousand ways to meditate. Choose the method that enables us to be the vibrant states of joyfulness within our stillness. Subduing the mind by focus, we are in our most natural states of inherent happiness. The practice of meditation attains not only mindfulness, calm & harmony & clarity but also, a greater reality of an optimal mind that is causal of happiness in all its forms. 

Positivity as attitude

Utilize positive emotions like inspiration, compassion, empathy, kindness and love as handles to stay in the realm of happiness. 

Utilize negative emotions

Utilize negative emotions like sadness, loneliness, grief and anger as triggers to go deeper within to the meditative states. 

Mantras

Chant mantras as ancient resonance are vibrancies that transform our mind to that of the higher vibratory presence we invoke. Mantras help us connect to Source. Chanting mantras help transform problems & challenges to opportunities and solutions due to the vibratory fields of enhancement as in focus, grace and wisdom 

Gratitude

Gratefulness is a powerful bridge to attain happiness. More gratefulness always brings more of that we seek towards us as realities. 

Being in the Now

Being in Now is to be happy. Compartmentalize our experiences, so one bad experience does not contaminate another. Feel the past as manure that fertilizes the present moment. Knowing that being happy in the Now creates wisdom that are seeds for a future reality that is abundant in all we desire to cause happiness. 

Awareness of ego

 Letting go of our ego, the mind, the emotions and realities play of ego eases us to happiness.  When our mind subdues to its natural states of harmony, happiness simply rises as the lotus- radiant. 

Life of purpose

 Getting to know our life purpose, heart’s joy and the focus that gives us happiness.  To work from the heart to ensure each moment is a delicious play of fun, excitement & joy. Blessed are those inspired who do their heart’s work. To unfold our highest purpose means, to be in happiness that overflows. 

Develop the core within

Know that every experience in life is temporary. The happiness that comes from the underlying core within ourselves is the foundation of happiness. This core of Being within each of us is like a muscle that grows with practice. Yogis mention this core as the cosmic womb within where we incubate Light, transform and expand. 

Consciousness

The core within ourselves where we think from is Consciousness. Our each thought creates realities of happiness, sadness and all the emotional states. When we think from higher consciousness, our thought is wisdom. Incubate in the core within ourselves through yoga, meditation, outdoor walks, nature, dance and all activities that bring us joy. Expand the egocentric I of our thoughts to We of wisdom. Adorn Consciousness as the essence our true Self. Happiness is our nature when in Consciousness we are the flow of an enriched life. 

Happiness truly is an inside job. When we realize ourselves whole, the external world stands to augment and contribute to our happiness no matter how dim reality is. When awake, as higher vibrational Beings we create heavens of realities that are causal of happiness in all forms- from health, wealth, love, inspiration & wisdom.

Nandhiji www.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.

Lamp: Yogi’s First Tool of Consciousness

For a yogi, lighting a Lamp is a daily discipline, spiritual tool and a key to meditation. Fire has been a core principle in nearly all traditions, cultures and religions across the globe. 

Lighting a Lamp as a daily ritual is a key step taken on the path of light, fire and grace. 

My story

About two decades ago, when as a wandering yogi seeker, I was meditating in the caves of Arunachala. There was this young monk, Muthu aged 14 who had started his first week of meditation in the same cave where I was. The next morning he and I went up to see Guru Ayya who had been meditating for years drinking just a cup of milk a day (Guru Ayya had done his ‘tapas’ penance for 18 years in the cave on the peak of Arunachala mountain). 

Muthu asked Ayya, whom he held as his Guru, “What do I need to do to really be able to meditate and go within?” Guru Ayya mentioned- “Have 3 fistful of nuts each day, drink plenty of water and keep your Lamp lit beside you. With grace find your stillness”. Muthu then asked, “Why the lit Lamp?” Ayya answered, “When you light your Lamp you are connected to all Gurus & Source God. The Lamp serves and guides you. The Lamp, the Sacred Fire, as sole Soul Companion sustains us in our meditation”.  

Ever since, I light my Lamp each day- as a heart ritual that enhances potency of prayers, Source connectivity and my innermost Light. 

I share these teachings of my experience with each of you. 

In Mother Amritandeswari, Hugging Saint’s words “Fire is the presiding deity of the spoken word. The qualities of fire are heat and light. However, in recent times, we have been emitting only heat and smoke instead of light. This very heat and smoke now are choking us. May we all be able to come together as one and light the lamp of knowledge, both internally and externally, thereby removing this heat and smoke.”

So why do yogis direct us to light our daily lamp? 

1. Connect to Source: Establish our own direct rapport and connectivity with Source/ God/ Infinite. Source connect to any Name, all Names or the Nameless. What matters is our own interaction of our mind with the subconscious mind and beyond. The nature of connecting to Source is bliss, joy, happiness and all positive feelings that encourages us to set a discipline to have more of it each day by way of creating our own heart rituals. The process of allowing the higher powers to take care of our worries, anxieties and actual realities does enable us to carry less baggage of thoughts- as effective prayers. 

2. Step out of the rat race of mind  & realities. Step into timelessness: Step out of the rat race of human realities that is based on the cycle of time, mind and realities. Each day’s 24 hours holds the natural ups and downs of our mind, our daily patterns of sleep, being awake and moods; and the realities that trigger us to be happy, sad, inspired and or depressed. By lighting our own lamp we are stepping into timelessness, and attuning into our Soul and our connectivity to the higher powers. When we step out into timelessness, we experience meditation that has the nature of harmony, tranquility and peace. When we step back into human realities, we are able to think from the meditative mind that has reduced limits in the ability to think and perceive and make optimal decisions. 

3. Liberate ourself: The time we spend with our Lamp enables us to set ourselves free from our own mind, our karmic patterns that are drawn from our thinking patterns and the religious or personal beliefs and dogma we grew up with. By lighting our lamp, we are reminding ourselves to be the Temple/ Church/ Mosque/ Shrine and beginning to experience the most mentioned word in history by all masters, gurus, poets, philosophers and mystics- Freedom. When we are free, we are gifted with the experience of true love. 

4. Awaken our Inner Fire: Awakening our Inner Fire really means awakening the perpetual orgasmic states of joy within that kindles our discipline to have more of these joy states each day. A yogi builds greater awareness through every breath and thought with disciplined focus and passionate effort each day. When we light the Lamp outside ourselves we are manifesting our own inner fire. By lighting our own inner fire, we are invoking the Presence of Source and the Masters who guide us. With our Inner Fire awake, we awaken our Inner Guru- the self realization all yogis mention about. 

5. Mystical Element: In the Siddha traditions and in most spiritual traditions of yoga, the ultimate union with Source God is through the five elements, ie, Earth/ Water/ Fire/ Air/ Ether. Fire is the element that is between the physical elements of Earth & Water and the non-physical elements of air & space. Fire is the representative & doorway to the spiritual world. A Yogi utilizes & works with the 5 Elements through the Sacred Fire.

6. Attain the super conscious mind state of Turiya- Utilize the grace of the inner realities to twirl and modify external realities by the singular focus of an empowered mind. 

 All masters who furthered the frontiers of humanity by way of genius, invention, discovery, teachings and a betterment of the society have been able to think outside the box, ahead of times and are able to hold a sustained and dedicated focus with passion until they reach the goal. The mind that sustained this supernormal mind is called by the yogis, “Turiya”, the 4th state of consciousness described as the ‘sleepless sleep”. By lighting our daily Lamp to step into timelessness, we are stepping beyond the limits of our mind into the superconscious mind. A meditative mind is empowered due to the essence of “Turiya” where the nature of the ‘mind’ is eagle-like as in being effortless in gliding to see the big picture; ability to bring intense sustained focus and think from a higher perception that flows in genius. 

7. Be a Yogi, Inner Guru Awake- Awakening our own Source connectivity is yoga. Upon awakening our inner fire, we are constantly expanding consciousness to tap into our own crisp wisdom, harmony and a stress free environment. Each day, through our heart rituals of lighting our Lamp and stepping into mindfulness and awareness through the day, we are guided to make perfect decisions for ourselves. We bring quality to our lives with choices we make in our eating habits, in our work and recreation, in relationships and we align ourselves to evolve and grow. A yogi is the master who is perpetually connecting the cosmic with the mundane realities and constantly expanding consciousness to attain more consciousness. By being the Yogi, we uplift ourselves and humanity by our vibrant thinking, doings and simply Being. 

8. Gazing into the Sacred Lamp is enlightening. Our power of focus is enhanced. Trataka- singular focus on the Lamp is much like a magnifying glass converging the sun rays into fire when we bring our focus on the fire.

Video of Siddhapurush Baba Nataraj on Trataka:

Rituals to get the Fire PUJA started!

A puja is different from meditation. A puja is the mother of meditation.

In Puja, Source God in form is worshiped with our mind in offerings, focus, mantra, breath as prayers. Our mind is set to meditative harmony with an awake core through Puja. Fire as epicenter of focus enhances the Puja.

1. Set the Lamp on an altar preferable at the North East corner and if not possible to get this direction, any direction will do. 

Better still, allocate a room for your daily meditation, yoga and puja with the Lamp in the center. 

2. Utilize a candle or traditionally, cotton wicks with the recommended oil- sesame or ghee. The type of oil we utilize also holds a nature of reality we are invoking. Sesame oil is for well-being and clarity of thoughts; ghee for abundance in spiritual and physical realities etc. A simple candle is also perfect. The goal- to have a live fire that connects us to Source God. 

3. Start the lighting of our Lamp with mantras and prayers – ignite the root chakra and each chakra above (SivaSivaa Inner Journey is recommended) or any prayers or meditation methods to connect with the sacred fire. 

4. Walk around the Lamp clockwise as we recite the mantra- ideally three times or as many times reflecting the invoking of the Divine within ourselves. 

5. Walk around ourself clockwise to imbibe and receive all the blessings and eternal vibrations we have invoked. 

6. Offer flower petals, one at a time, for each mantra recited- to the Lamp and/or image of Deity. 

7. Climb from the root chakra above through each chakra knowing that we are aligning each of our external realities accordingly and our breath entwined with the mantras as in invoking the Divine is a supreme potent prayer. 

8. End our inner journey, the pilgrimage to Self by way of reciting “Shanti”, the call for Peace three times. The first shanti is with the intent of being the blessings of the infinity we are in the sacredness of the finite and our human realities. The second call for peace is for Consciousness to prevail for all of humanity. The third shanti is to invoke peace as in abundance, well-being, love and harmony as blessings to ourselves that overflows for all of humanity, Planet Earth and the universes. 

9. Touch the flame of the Lamp gently with our two hands and place the warmth over our eyelids to receive the grace blessings of our worship. 

10. Meditate for a while in the silence and void space of harmony with the mantra and intent “I am”. 

11. “Cool” the fire (never say “put off the fire” or do not blow off the fire as this fire we have invoked is Divine Presence) by placing a petal of flowers over it or placing a fire extinguisher over it. 

12. In this process we have created our own Shrine in your home and inside ourself as a vortex of Light that evolves us, creates the life we desire from our heart, awakens us to our highest purpose in life, guides us each day and allows ourselves to be in the heaven of realities. 

Nandhiji www.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.

Announcing Mahasivratri World Yogi Day Feb 21 2020

Announcing Mahasivratri World Yogi Day, a sacred festival observed by Hindus to enhance Consciousness- Feb 21, 2020

Beyond International Yoga Day & yoga is the seldom mentioned spiritual observance of Mahasivratri- the vortex of time that holds the objective of yoga with the attainment of super-consciousness. Mahasivratri is the night to celebrate Lord Siva. 

Once a year, 1.08 billion Hindus living in India and across the globe celebrate the popular festivalof MahaSivratri that is based on the lunar calendar of astronomical & astrological significance. Mahasivratri has been observed for thousands of years by all Hindus as the auspicious time of enlightenment. Mahasivratri is the second most popular festival celebrated by Hindus, after Diwali Mahasivratri, the Night of the Yogi, is observed by millions as the time that holds potential to transform the human in limited circumstances, mind & body to that of the vast Spirit unlimited by mind & body. 

During Mahasivratri it is believed that mantras recited gains potency and the mind aligns to stillness with ease.  The astrological alignment of the solar system, the planets, the moon with earth during Mahasivratri is said to be the perfect time to expand consciousness. 

This year, 2020 Mahashivratri falls on Feb 21 Friday night. 

For those practicing yoga & meditation, this is the time to look forward to attainment of the objective of yoga- attainment of ‘turiya’, the states of super-consciousness that yogis mention as sleepless sleep. 

The majority of observers of Mahasivratri believe that all it takes to receive Mahasivratri blessings of enlightenment is to stay awake all night long on that night, reciting mantras and dancing. 

The yogis however observe Mahasivratri two or four weeks prior as a pilgrimage within by fasting, detoxing and deep meditation. 

 For 2020, the start of pilgrimage of Mahasivratri is the Full Moon day of Feb 9. The process of detoxing as fasting means- nuts & fruits & fruit juices, herbs & plenty of water. To expand consciousness and ready ourselves chanting of mantras, visiting sacred shrines, deeper yoga practice and meditation helps.  

Perspectives on Mahasivratri: 

“Every Mahashivratri is meant to wake up every particle of your body. The festival is a wake-up call to move away from conflicts and move towards truth, beauty, peace, and benevolence – the ethereal qualities of Shiva.”

  – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Mahashivratri is an opportunity and a possibility to bring yourself to that experience of the vast emptiness within every human being, which is the source of all creation. It is an opportunity for one to dissolve their limitedness, to experience the unboundedness of the source of creation which is the seed in every human being.” Sadhguru

“Awaken the unlimited potential of life observing Mahasivratri, the time vortex of enlightenment to transform all our limitations to the unlimited. Mahasivratri is an ideal time for each of us to undertake our inward journey and be the Yogi”- Nandhiji

“May all Beings be blessed on MAHASIVRATRI–worshipful day of Great Lord of Universes” –Sri Nataraja Muni Baba Giri Swami.

“The evershining one, who has no night or day, who has no beginning or end, who is ever fresh and immaculate –  The Shiva within us. This is the Night of Yogi to awaken the Shiva within us.

Om Namah Shivaya” – Mohanji

Where & how to celebrate? 

Nearly all ashrams across India and many yoga studios across the globe will have programs on the night of Mahasivratri Feb 21st. 

For undertaking your own pilgrimage within yourself, wherever you are, Nandhiji offer guidance as Livestream on FB- World Yogi Day: Pilgrimage Within Event http://bit.ly/Yogi2020

Yogic insight into Death

Death eventually strikes us all. Yet the subject of death is mostly avoided and in some cultures even prohibited to be talked about. 

My Dad who was facing health challenges for over three years with two cancers, a weak heart & a failing kidney. He passed on first week of March 2019.

It was during Mahasivratri time that he made clear he was going to die and that he needed me to leave US and come to India immediately. I absolutely needed to stay in US during this time as I was guiding humanity through this period in attaining the objective of yoga through this vortex of time of Mahasivratri – to be the Yogi.

My Dad had literally held on to his life the last three weeks waiting for me. After I arrived from Los Angeles, I was driven straight to his hospital in Madurai (South India). With tears in his eyes he said, “Now that you are here, I feel healed and complete. Now I do not have fear. I can now face anything”. He was laying on the bed unable to move as I sat by his side with my palm on his chest reciting our Siddha mantras and the other hand holding his hand. After a day, he slowly departed as I felt his last breath and his new journey beginning. He left in peace surrounded by my sister and Mother, his family. The day after, I completed his last rites- picking up his ash & bones from the crematorium. As I did, I realized that his 69 years on planet earth now has a void to fill and his legacy of love to carry.

I write from this space of grief and its wisdom, and my journey as a yogi. 

A yogi is one who has ‘died’ and is the Spirit living in the human in enriched experience and wisdom. To know that each breath holds the journey of life and that beyond life is the wisdom gift of death. Yet death is always the most feared by nearly all humans. Even the person living the most miserable life does not want to die. 

From the yogic perspective, to understand death is to awaken and realize our inner wisdom, called Atma Nyanam, wisdom of the Soul. 

To know death while alive is to be a Jeevamukthi- the One who is free as Spirit, the Yogi. 

Viktor Frankl’s message after going through the horror of the holocaust is the wisdom of death- “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

My own story of my ‘near death’ experience or rather, the through- death experience- 

When aged 27, 27 years ago, at the peak of my business success, I felt struck by the notion that I was going to die. A psychic friend of mine did a tarot card reading for me. The three times I pulled out the cards- all three were death. I was frightened. My friend told me not to worry and it meant blessings of major transformation. But I felt my impending death in all its ugliness- cold, painful and remorseless. I felt like a dying man seeking anything to hold on to. When my neighbor gifted me a small wooden Siva Lingam (Lingam is the symbol of infinity holding the essence of Lord Siva). I held the lingam as my last straw praying for protection. That when I heard within me a voice that said, “I am coming to take you later today.” I thought it was the voice of God. I stayed home through the day. That evening, I heard a knock on my door. I opened the door to see a young Sage, Bhairavasekarswamy of age 27, with fire in his eye who told me, “Lord Siva sent me to take you. You have death coming for you. Will you come with me to Srikalahasti? “. (Srikalahasti was a 3 hour car journey away from Chennai, where I was living then). I said, “I have been waiting for you all my life. Lets go!”.  

That evening he did rituals while having me recite a mantra. He took me through my past life deaths. Each death of my past revealed the consequences of that life. It was extremely painful and frightening to go through that experience. But the mantra he gave me started generating a small oasis like blue harmony center embryo like that felt safe and protective. Slowly that embryo grew larger and larger and that became “me”. I felt free. I felt joy for no reason. I cried out of happiness as I found something that felt complete. As I returned back home next day, I felt I was a huge Being inside a little well shaped body. Early next morning I was up wanting to meditate (something I had never done before) and there I was rushing to go inward to emerge feeling just bliss, with a pristine mind of no thoughts. My habits shifted radically- I could not smoke cigarettes any more and could not stand the sight of meat let alone eat non-vegetarian.

I was now in waves of bliss and whenever my bliss waivered, I knew I needed to stop and meditate to reconnect to Source to reset myself. 

Now began my journey into myself as I connected with realized Beings who as Gurus guided me deeper- into caves, shrines and the wilderness in solitude. My journey was over 9 years, growing within myself until I woke up to understand my life purpose- to reach Consciousness to humanity. 

Yogic wisdom of Death: 

– The only thing that belongs to us is our breath. Greater the fullness and calm of breath in its inhale and exhale, the greater quality of thoughts and thinking pattern we produce. 

– Our mind is like a vegetable that we grow in consciousness. When we meditate, we are expanding our consciousness transcending the cycles of life and death. Expanding consciousness, our mind actively evolves to enables thoughts to become wisdom from higher platforms of consciousness. .

– Each breath holds the wisdom beyond death and life. In retaining breath, yogis go to samadhi states where life is supported with minimal breathing and intake of food & water. Attainment of samadhi states, the potent deep meditative states is a gift every human innately has ability to. 

– To understand death as a friend and companion in each breath makes us fearless and allows us to enjoy life in its fullness. When meditating, bring to awareness death and that beyond death. 

– To tap into the meditate on the “I am” principle means, transcending death & the limited human and align to the light of infinity within. We realize death is finite, ie, a temporary phase. 

– The re-birth after ‘death’ experienced within the retained breath, is to align ourselves into the Now and the magic of being in states of joy. Rebirth means the newer mind and grand perception of wisdom.

– Lord Siva, the Yogi is described as Satchidananda. It means- experiencing consciousness as bliss. This yogic experience is truth of attainments of meditation. Be the bliss form. 

– The last thoughts at the time of death guides the journey after death. It is for this reason that in all Hindu households, everyone is named in God names- so each time God is called when any family member is called. Reciting mantras to Source (God in all names and in namelessness) connect creates a perfect habit for us to remember Source at all times while awakening us to be the Spirit, Source connected at all times. 

– To enhance potency of meditation through chanting, feel breath & the recited mantra connected to the Spirit we are before our birth and after our death. Connecting death and birth awakens us to the eternal Soul we are drawing the wisdom of Spirit. 

– Death, Lord Yama has a companion, Chitragupta, the ‘accountant’ who keeps track of our karmic pattern. In birth, the karmic pattern of past life is now passed on so the life fulfills and completes the past momentum. When we awaken as yogi, we experience the wisdom of being the Spirit. We are able to negate the limits of karma, as we transcend death in breath and as Spirit, go beyond our karmic imprints. We are able to transform our challenges in life to opportunities. 

– Realizing Soul Wisdom, we realize our Oneness. We worship life and all the living as we understand our Soul the same as in all other living. Not doing harm to other living creatures blessed us with good karma. Eating food that has imprints of love and not violence grows our consciousness as what what we eat, we become. 

– When we lead a life doing good & not harming others we are gifted a death of peacefulness. 

– Life is measured by the number of breaths we take. Each breath is meaningful and yet limited in numbers. In understanding we each have a shelf life, celebrate life in heart’s doings and Be. 

– When we realize we are the Spirit in the human experience, our individual ego dissolves to the recognition of “We”. We are now aligned to the spirit world. We tap into intuitiveness, clairvoyance and other forms of ESP that is unique to each. 

“Before birth & after death is Spirit. In between – our reality experience. Life is measured by number of breaths- breath limited in numbers.

Encased in shelf life, celebrate breath of Spirit with potent thoughts, wisdom of heaven.

In Knowing, the Yogi Be!”  Mastery of Consciousness

Nandhiji www.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.

Utilize Yoga to Manifest, The Power of Tapas

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Vriksasana Tree posture enhances thoughts potency.

“Connect Source with intent. Seek Consciousness for humanity. Whirl thoughts to manifestation. In singular focus, immense passion & indomitable will create & tweak realities.

Bringing heavens to earth, as Angel, the Yogi Be!” 

Quote – Mastery of Consciousness Teachings, Nandhiji

When Mahatma Gandhi ji went into hunger strike, it was with prayers. Each breath was with mantras and the dedication of his fasting to the Divine. 

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 Non-Cooperation 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.

Sages of India go deeper into themselves in tapas and are called Tapasyas unleashing Soul Power to accomplish intent. In the beginning of India’s freedom struggle, Gandhiji’s fasting and hunger strike did make a dent on imperialism. The British government did see him as a threat. The colonial powers kept throwing Gandhiji into prison. It was in prison that Gandhiji intensified his tapas to create greater potency to the intent of freedom for India.  Later, after India attained independence from the British, chaos & violence broke out all over northern India. Gandhiji once again went on fast unto death to resolve the situation- and harmony did result. Within all of this is the mystical element of tapas- the inner power of will, focus and energy to transform the external.

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 super human 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 is from Tapas/ Tapasya. 

In innumerous stories of India, individuals seeking a special power, a specific reality or even a weapon sets out to the solitude of the forest. They then undertake tapas wherein the seeker observes unwaivering focus invoking the Divine with intent. With constant unbroken mantra recitation and observing self-control, disciplines and austeries that which the seeker sought is attained as 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. 

In today’s world of yoga when a practitioner does the physical yoga postures holding breath, thoughts naturally stills and the mind attains greater focus with clarity. This benefit of yoga is like drops of nectar adding to enrichment of experience. When experiencing this mind potency, yoga practice becomes more addictive allowing for more discipline. Life realities catch up to our daily yoga practice. The yoga practitioner now realizes that the realities of the 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 journey of the seeker becoming a yogi. Consciously and unconsciously, a yogi steps into the evolved practice of yoga, tapas- 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 is 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 the dynamics of realities. 

Power of Tapas: 

  • Develop unwaivering yogic focus.
  • Concentrated prayers, Source unions, creates miracles.
  • Expand in consciousness, the super-mind state of Turiya- realm beyond limits of the mind. 
  • Develop the potency of mantras.
  • Be the vortex of light that enlightens others.
  • Be blessed in wisdom that arises of a clear pristine mind.
  • Incubate and grow our vastness and truest potential.
  • Receive the realities prayed for completing a Circle within.
  • Invoke the Divine and be the Divine invoked.
  • Be empowered in perseverance to attain heart’s seeking.

Of all yoga postures, it was the Vriksasana posture that was mostly conducive to tapas. In modern history, there have been many Sages who have stood in the Vriksasana posture for years together! 

In our day to day lives, utilize this posture to realign realities to unresolved issues, to seek fearlessness, to seek a prayer to be answered or simply, to align with Source in totality seeking realization. 

When doing the Vriksasana, know that it is an intensifies prayer & a super condensed meditation.

Steps: 

– Set intent. 

– Do the Vriksasana posture after doing other yoga postures so the body is sufficiently warmed up. 

– Do pranayama to create core harmony and balance prior to Vriksasana posture. Ensure steady calm breath & mind as foundation. 

– Utilize simple heart resonance mantras through the process. Siddha mantras are effective as they are like nursery rhymes allowing  awareness beyond the mind.

– In the posture- right leg up stimulates the Sun breath. Utilize mantras invoking the masculine Divine entities- Lord Siva/ Lord Vishnu/ Lord Muruga

– In the posture- left leg up stimulates the Moon breath. Utilize mantras invoking the Divine Femninine- Goddess in all her forms. 

– Tap into the vortex of Light generated within – seek Source, surrender the mind & intent, allow each mantra recited to be prayers.

– Begin tapas by steadily reciting the mantra with focus on the invoked, dissolving breath inside the mantra resonance- while attaining steadiness & balance through the process.

– Do the posture starting with one minute each side and gradually extend this practice to any length of time. 

– After doing the posture, it is natural to feel the mantra recite within on its own accord. Allowing the sacred inner fire to continue each breath, let our mind conceive wisdom of Source to work our realities. 

With daily yoga practice, the power of tapas will awaken on its own accord through the yogi’s awareness of each breath, Source connectivity and life’s challenges. To be in tapas is to be the reflection of Source. As a yogi, uplift humanity! 

Nandhiji www.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.

Founder of the 3 Visions of the Ariven Temple: 

Declaration of Consciousness Movement: Empowering Humanity: www.declarationofconsciousness.org

World Yogi Day: Empower Yourself- Be the Yogi: www.worldyogiday.com

Ariven Community: Global sanctuaries for retired animals, yoga community, biodynamic farming: Empowering Communities www.ariven.org

Linga Puja: Multiply Consciousness

The Lingam Worship:

Lingam

The worship of Lord Siva, represented in the form of a Lingam is the Siva Linga Puja.Each year, based on the lunar calendar, the Mahasivratri is observed by millions, the yogis and householders alike throughout India. Mahasivratri is a sacred vortex of time that easily confers enlightenment and grace to evolve in ease with observation of yogic disciplines. Each year when we celebrate Mahasivratri, the Siva Lingam Puja holds a key to an inner journey.The Siva Lingam puja is the most personal and intimate time for a yogi as moments of absorption into the Divine, fully aware and intensely in union with Source through breath and as breathless joys. The yogic discipline of doing the Siva Lingam puja is considered the most potent of all yogic practices in being able to push a yogi through states of consciousness and as grace, evolve to be the object of worship, to be Lord Siva- as in the journey into One to be Oneness.In the yogi traditions of mystical India, each precious moment as human is for the purpose of enhancing more of consciousness and closer to Source. This journey beyond consciousness is enhanced each day with deeper and even more empowerment in the awakened inner wisdom. After having woken up to be the Spirit, the yogi then starts enhancing this experience through intensifying the bliss state for the mind to be at all times. In this journey through consciousness guided by bliss, the yogi understands effort and progress as a yogi through the push factor of own effort and divine grace as the pull factor- through the Siva Lingam puja.

What is a Puja?

A puja is not meditation in the sense, a puja requires a highly alert and involving state of mind. A puja is when Source/object of worship is celebrated in the physical form with offerings of flowers; milk; water etc along with mantra. A puja is a concentrated enhanced form of worship and can be called the mother of all meditations- a puja leads to a mind that is meditative, the natural state of the mind that is be defined as meditation. By doing a Siva Linga Puja, the yogi aligns in the receiving end of grace by invoking the power of the infinite Source in human realities for themselves and for the entire world.Utilizing the Lingam as representation of the infinite with the mind in super aware state of connecting as a bridge between the Divine invoked and the object of focus with through offerings of the heart, a Siva Linga Puja is done.

So,

what is the meaning of the Lingam?

To yogis, the Lingam is the most apt form representing the Infinite. The Lingam is the infinite as in Form referred in Sanskrit as stambha- beginning-less and endless pillar. The traditional description of the Lingam representing the phallus is not the entire meaning behind the Lingam. Yes, the Lingam is the representation of the Wand of Light as the experience of our own inner Light rushing above through the spine.

When a yogi does the Lingam Puja, the yogi is invoking the infinite Spirit from within and the Infinite God Almighty of formlessness to be the dweller in the Lingam, the form. The Lingam serves to house, represent and radiant the energies of Infinity.Later through history by way of Western historians and through ways of convenience in hypothesis, a Lingam began pegged with the meaning of phallus as in being shape.

How is a Siva Linga Puja done?

  • Attain or purchase a small Siva Lingam. You will need a few utensils that will help contain the water, milk and other offerings you may pour over the Lingam.
  • Attain, receive or learn simple mantras, preferable for Ganesh, Lord Siva and Goddess Sakti. Your Siva Linga Puja is an inner journey through mantras, journey of uniting your external realities and infinite inner realities through the puja using the mind in focus and surrender of all thoughts through the fire of bhakti, devotional love.
  • Once a day or once a week or whenever convenient- commit to doing a Siva Linga Puja.

The Inner Journey of the Siva Lingam Puja:

  • Prepare Yourself:Prepare yourself for the Siva Linga Puja as a very personal journey between you and Source. Having a shower or washing your face helps to refresh your mind and body. Set aside atleast 45 minutes of uninterrupted time. Create a sacred space for yourself, preferably an altar space that can hold and carry forward positive energies of a Siva Linga Puja. Pick up offerings of flowers, water, milk or anything else you may feel like offering to the Lingam.
  • Abishekam:There is no right or wrong way in a pure heart’s ritual. Begin at first reciting the mantra invoking Lord Siva. Connect your breath to the mantra resonance and feel the invoked Presence through your chanting. Now begin pouring water over the Lingam slowly invoking the Divine Infinite in the Lingam. You may pour milk over the Lingam collecting the milk for later use as Prasad, Divine sanctified offerings. After the final slow pouring the water finally to bathe and cleanse the Lingam, the Lingam is ready for the Puja.
  • Siva Lingam Puja:Have many flowers, if not, many petals of flowers as that you will offer the Lingam with every mantra recited invoking Lord Siva. Ideally, when Lord Siva is invoked, it is perfect wisdom to invoke the Divine Goddess to complete the wholeness within the Divine. We end this puja invoking the awake mind state, the God of sustenance and abundance, Lord Vishnu.
  • Invoke Blessings of Source:-A Siva Lingam Puja is powerful as we have invoked the power of Infinity in our realities. As we bring the Siva Lingam Puja to closure, from the depth of depth, invoke peace through reciting “Shanthi by expanding to the infinite vastness we are and bringing forth this energy blessings of peace into our own human form and realities. Create an intent in “Peace” ie, may this Peace for all the living or; may this Peace be for my own health and the health of all of humanity. Blessed are the messengers and custodians of Peace.
  • Sacred Shrine/Altar at your Heart Shrine:-After a Siva Lingam Puja, store the Lingam at an altar space as to keep the divine energies and blessings vibrant in our physical and spiritual realities.

Benefits of a Siva Linga Puja:

  • Grace to be a Yogi:When we surrender our total focus of the mind to Source, through the puja, the mind develops the ability to rejoice in the dance of stillness. This dance of stillness is the Mother of all meditative practices.
  • Evolve and Be God:As we invoke the presence of Source through our mantras holding the focus, we are drawing more and more proximity to the object of worship and gradually, we attain all the attributes we are invoking, ie, we slowly evolve to be angelic, invoking the presence of God/Source.
  • Awaken our innate genius:We awaken to the deeper dimensions of consciousness within ourselves that triggers the innate special powers within ourselves, the “Siddhis”. The Siddhis are the unique special abilities awakened in each of us such as musical genius, the ability to see the future, the awakening of various extra sensory perceptions, ESP etc. Yogis tend to disregard this awakening of various facets of the mind as it distracts us from the power of worship that grows in potency through humility.
  • Soul Empowerment:We wake up to the joys and bliss of experiencing Source/God- “Ananda”. This joy ebbing from the bottom of the heart through our Lingam Puja is a higher conscious vibratory state. To be in this bliss form state is to be God- with Lord Siva described as Satchidananda, the bliss form. Slowly but surely, our realities too begin to vibrate the higher frequencies of this divine bliss.
  • Deepen our yoga practice:When we do our daily yoga practice through the various sequences, we understand the deeper journey within after having done the Siva Lingam puja. In fact, it is advisable to do the Siva Lingam Puja after doing our hatha yoga practice so to seat the enormous vast immense energies of Source within us through the awake enerve centers, the nadis. Hatha yoga and the Siva Lingam Puja is naturally compatible and enhancing to each other.
  • Live the Magic of Now:To experience being God/Source; worship the Infinite Almighty through the mind and breath; attain grace of inner wisdom as a journey through consciousness- makes us Angelic and God like. Slowly but surely, we not only awaken to the vastness we each truly are but are also guided, protected and gifted with the most valuable gift of this human birth- to be able to celebrate the Now moment completely.
  • Multiply Potency of Consciousness:Worshipping the Lingam is multiplying consciousness. As we invoke ourselves to be Spirit, the Holy Ghost, we celebrate Lord Almighty Source of Infinite as in Form, empowering this Form to be Formlessness ever more.
  • Be Blessed:Lord Siva, the nameless Infinite Being invoked represents blessings of wellbeing, wisdom and highest purpose as the Yogi.

Nandhiji offers his guidance to any seeker on the journey on this sacred Mahasivratri night. Please join his Facebook page: Nandhiji Word Yogi Day: Maha Sivratri page to receive inspirational videos and guidance throughout these sacred 14 days of inner pilgrimage. http://www.worldyogiday.org/

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Vishwaroopam -Turiya States of Yoga

The scriptures of Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, the essence of Consciousness in Hinduism, was born on the battlefield of Mahabharath in the discourse of Arjuna with his charioteer, Lord Krishna. Arjuna keeps asking Lord Krishna questions about life, death and wisdom. Lord Krishna rewards Arjuna’s seeking by giving him the Vishwaroopa vision – the ultimate blessings of enlightenment. 

Vishwaroopam is the depiction of GOD as seen by Arjuna when Lord Krishna revealed Himself to him. Vishwaroopam is the ultimate vision of God as splendour of splendours, in innumerable forms, eyes, faces, mouths and arms as in Divinity, as human, and as all the living and representing the infinite universes. This experience is the fourth state of consciousness – Turiya. Sages express this state as the the sleepless sleep. For a Yogi this is a continual state of superconsciousness. 

Turiya is the state of heightened inspiration, indomitable focus, infinite energy and blissful pristine mind amongst all the other extraordinary experiences of the moment. 

Turiya is the awake state of mind that ‘enlightened’ Beings experience. 

This is the moment when we are literally, the many as One. The depiction of Arjuna’s experience of visualizing GOD as the multidimensional, multifaceted, infinite finite is Vishwaroopa – the blessed state of mind. 

Attainment of turiya is mastery of Consciousness – the gift of yoga, meditation and any form of practice that takes us within.

I share my story to offer a better understanding of Turiya. 

As a seeker, aged 27, I was seeking nectars of truth and grace to find my ‘whole’.  I went searching for Masters who could guide me. One of my Masters was Guru Ayya, who thoroughly intrigued me. 

He was meditating in his cave on the peak of Arunachala mountain. He never moved, never slept, never ate – he only drank a small cup of milk and herbs. 

Every morning at 6am his helpers would open up the entrance to his cave. For two hours he entertained all who came to seek him. 

Pilgrims at his cave would walk around reciting his mantra to receive Guru Ayya’s blessings. Guru Ayya’s helpers would announce – “There is no need to communicate with Guru Ayya. He understands your every thought. As you recite the mantra walking around, pray and seek what you want. It will come true. ” 

Reciting the mantra in Guru Ayya’s presence was an empowering experience, as we truly felt Ayya in presence and within our breath. Later, after about 2 hours of Guru Ayya having shared his presence with his seekers, the helpers would close the entrance of the cave with sticks and thorn bushes. Guru Ayya would delve back into himself, happy in his ‘solitude’. 

My question at that time was – So what is the amazing thing Guru Ayya is doing that he does not want human company, is able to go within into himself entirely beyond even sleep, hunger, heat or cold? What is the enormous joyful activity he is indulging in that allows him the grace of stillness, focus and discipline to meditate and Be?  

I would climb up the mountain top to be with Guru Ayya as often as I could. Each time, in the presence of Guru Ayya, I felt my mind transforming and allowing me my own grace of stillness rise from the core. 

There were nights when I would meditate outside Guru Ayya’s enclosure, in proximity near him. Listening to his awesome states of ecstasy as he sang and sometimes conversed with ethereal Beings aloud throughout the night, made me understand this realm of ecstasy. I realized that I was absorbing within me, the presence of Guru Ayya through my inner journey. 

Inside the core of myself, I felt the fires of the mantras converge in states of joy. Inside this core was a Dance where I was the dancer, observer of the dance and the observed who was dancing.  

It was absorbing all other thoughts including my emotions, my worries and thoughts of hunger.  Within this core of bliss, dance and peace, I felt I was incubating my own thoughts into wisdom. 

What surprised me was my own ‘discipline’ that was happening to me on its own accord – like waking up each morning at 5 am no matter how late I slept – so I could connect to Source by way of yoga, meditation and puja to fulfill my joyous states. It was during my annual Mahasivratri time when I set my pilgrimage into myself by fasting and focusing within for 14 days, that I realized the heightened states of Turiya – the sleepless sleep states that is mentioned by the Yogis. 

Anyone can attain anywhere, the gift of the Turiya states, through their own inner journey. 

Mind states of Turiya as “Spirit experiencing the human” is the depiction of the awakened mind of all Sages.  

Looking into the wisdom of all Masters – Rumi, Gandhiji, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, Plato & Ramana Maharishi as examples of the mind that attained Turiya and we now understand Turiya is attainable by all who seek it. 

Einstein – “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. “

Abraham Lincoln –  “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

Plato: “You cannot conceive The Many without The One.”

Gandhiji- “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world- that is the myth of the atomic age- as in being able to remake ourselves.”

Ramana Maharishi “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.”

Upon attainment of the super-conscious mind, wisdom flows from within. When the identity of our ego is dissolved, as the mind subdued, the source of thoughts is from beyond the mind. Sages attribute the higher thoughts to the Gurus and the grace of the Gurus. All Masters attribute their wisdom to the We, rather than from memory or their own mind. 

The many heads and hands experienced is the We – the power of many as One – Vishwaroopa. 

How is Turiya attained? 

– Seek truth as a bee seeking nectars. The starting point of our spiritual journey is humility, the urge to transform, the need of grace and the fuel of divine love, bhakti. 

– Seek the grace of a living Master. Crack our karmic imprinted mind by igniting our inner Guru. Books & learning helps, but having a living Guru/s saves time in awakening process. A Guru’s job is to dissolve our ignorance and open our inner door to allow the light of Source to shine by implanting, awakening and lighting our inner Guru. 

– Seek the core of joy- the Inner Guru – within as the embryo to nurture and grow as our bliss-formed mind and body. Nurture this sacred fire within. Allow time in patience and inner patience for our Inner Guru to be the Guru i.e, In time our own innate wisdom will shine.

– Be the Dance with each breath from Source, to Source. When we celebrate our core within as the Dance of Unions with Source, we are gifted stillness that allows the I Am principle to work. The I Am principle is the knowing of ourselves as Divine, limitless and perfect. Sages of all cultures and religions point to God within as the ultimate destination point of the question, Who am I? Each breath, we propel ourselves toward Source to the whole that shines as the Sun. The Sun itself knows no darkness. It is the planets that experience days and nights.

– Transform each thought to wisdom from the core harmony within. Meditate and from the states free of emotions and thought patterns, seek wisdom to navigate realities. 

Once a year, arises an opportune time to take a pilgrimage within: Mahasivratri. Feb 21st, 2020, Friday is World Yogi Day, the time vortex of the attainment of Turiya. 

Yogis & enlightened Masters of India direct us to observe Mahasivratri as the time to seek our higher Self as enlightenment is attained in ease. 

Start our pilgrimage within 14 days before on the full moon on Sunday Feb 9th, 2020. 

During Mahasivratri, there is specific alignment of earth with the sun & the moon, the earth in its orbit with all the other planets and in alignment with other stars. Mahasivratri is mentioned by the Vedic scholars as one of the most important time to observe to worship Lord Siva, the Supreme Self within, the Yogi. 

Once a year millions across India observe MahaSivratri, the night of the Yogi. This period of time is a vortex of enlightenment- the time to attain turiya. Observe the 14 days of inner journey by way of detoxing the mind and body by gentle fasting, nurturing the Soul through yoga & meditation, awakening grace of transformation through seeking wisdom, in indulging in the dance within and twirling in silence. 

Each day through the 14 days, journey within to discover our mind in its limits and the freedom beyond the mind in its vast limitless experience of joy. 

As Mahasivratri approaches, feel the attainments of yoga as in state of perpetual joy, pristine mind and infinite energies- nature of turiya states of the Yogi. 

– Utilize this experience of turiya each day with discipline to attain more of it. 

Summary of the yogic concept of Vishwaroopa- 

  • Pilgrimage within to attain our higher Self and master life. 
  • Know that we are the Many as One. 
  • Attaining states of Turiya, be the Yogi. 

Nandhiji offers his guidance to any seeker on the journey on this sacred Mahasivratri night. Please join his Facebook page: Nandhiji

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Nandhiji www.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.

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Preparation for Maha Sivratri

Preparation for Mahasivratri Inner Pilgrimage starting Feb 19th to March 4th::: 
Like the full moon of the mind waning into the new moon of the Spirit is our journey! 
– Affirm Pray Cry Sing: God I seek You to be lit in me. 
– Identify Soul needs and set intent of pilgrimage if able. 
– Create harmony with relationships, work, responsibilities and needs. 
– Create altar space at home. 
– Create time space for devotional yoga/ meditation/ kirtan. Brisk morning time & night time celebrations of each day.
– Set date of Feb 19th to set alight the journey of all journeys!

Ready to start pilgrimage:::: 
Our journey!
– Light each breath in mantra fires. Light the Now that consumes the past.
– Climb above navel. Arise above attachments. Climb above 5 senses, above hunger, above to be Spirit. 
– Daily yoga/ puja/ meditation/ kirtan celebrations. 
– Feast fasting: Nuts/ fruits/ raw juices/ water / herbs.
– Incubate the sacred embryo of Lord Siva through our daily yoga.
– Rest the mind in states of sleepless sleep, Turiya. 
– Set alight the body and mind in each moment celebrations, our pilgrimage. 
– Do external pilgrimages as a bee seeking nectars of grace. 
– Breaking free of addictions of all forms. 
– Worship each other as Siva. Address each other as Siva. Serve in humility. 
– Be dharma grace of Consciousness knowing compassion, love, kindness, forgiveness, goodness. 
– Be the vortex of Light that is guided, protected and incubating greater Light.

Our Event: Feb 19th: Initiation Livestream with Nandhiji @Nandhiji
https://www.facebook.com/events/304856706802852/
Aum Namah Sivaya!

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