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Stress Management: Six Yogic Tips

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.

 

  1. 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.

– Do the Siddha Pranayama – yogic breath work-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGgVdXhE1r4

 

  1. Meditate to attain the Knowing.

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’.

[Nandhiji’s SivaSivaa Siddha Chakra Meditation teachings- https://sensitiveplanet.com/pages/siddha-chakra-meditation ]

 

  1. 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.

– Get back to focus knowing that as the river flowing to the ocean, our thoughts too flow naturally guided by our joy states.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXU6TnTNLoA

 

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.’

[Yoga for the Achiever: Kalangi Kundalini Yoga DVD- Basics: https://sensitiveplanet.com/pages/kalangi-kundalini-yoga-dvd ]

 

  1. 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.

[Listen to Turiya Nada: The inner fire music https://soundcloud.com/turiyanada ]

 

6. Deep sleep and the incubation of the mind:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Select from your bedside a spiritual, philosophical or scriptural read.
  3. If we do not have a book, simply chant a mantra of our heart and surrender the mind to Source/ God.
  4. 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.
  5. As we read/ chant- sleep will kick in soon and it will come to us in different ways.
  6. 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.
  7. Continue reading/ chanting. Sleep will come like a tiger growling. Do not worry- continue reading.
  8. Sleep will come as a little puppy saying, “Pick me up”. Do not give in :)))))
  9. 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.
  10. Descend into our heart with the mantra chant in the sleep we welcome.
  11. Allow all realities to correct and align itself to the vast infinite Universe as we sleep in the womb of Light.
  12. Next morning:
  • 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!

 

Compiled from Mastery of Consciousness Book & Teachings  www.sensitiveplanet.com

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

 

 

Resources:

 

Book: Mastery of Consciousness- Awake the Inner Prophet: Break the limits of mind, body, and circumstances- by Nandhiji

https://sensitiveplanet.com/pages/awaken-your-inner-prophet

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Consciousness-Awaken-Inner-Prophet/dp/1634437217/

Handsigned by Nandhiji: http://bit.ly/Mastery1008

India: http://www.nandhi.net/shop/book/moc/

 

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-

http://bit.ly/2lPIWAy

 

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:

http://www.sensitiveplanet.com/music-of-turiya-nada/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAPcO0

 

Nandhiji’s Teachings: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/nandhi108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10000 Hour Rule and Yogic Grace of the Guru

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.

Mastery of Consciousness Digital Download: Mastery of Consciousness

Guru Ayya & the MANTRA

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.

Download Ayya Arakara mantra song: Arakara Album: download

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. 

: SivaSivaa 

 

 

Grace of Food: Siddhar Wisdom

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.

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Conquer Time :- Emperor Empowerment! Be the Yogi

Photo: Sasmita

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.

Observe Mahasivratri as a yogi—be Lord Siva!

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.

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About the Siddhars

About Siddhars (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhar) (Tamil: சித்தர்):  are saints in India, mostly of the Saivaite denomination in Tamil Nadu, who professed and practiced an unorthodox type of Sadhana, or spiritual practice, to attain liberation. Yogic powers called Siddhis are acquired by constant practice of certain yogic disciplines. Those who acquire these Siddhis are called Siddhas. These Siddhars can be compared to Mystics of the western civilization. Siddhars are people who are believed to control and transcend the barriers of time and space by meditation (Yoga) and herbs that transform the body to make it potentially deathless, and a particular breathing-practice, a type of Pranayama. Through their practices they are believed to have reached stages of insight which enabled them to tune into the powers hidden in various material substances and practices, useful for suffering and ignorant mankind. Typically Siddhars were saints, doctors, alchemists and mystics all at once. They wrote their findings, in the form of poems in Tamil language, on palm leaves which are collected and stored in what are known today as Palm leaf manuscript, today still owned by private families in Tamil Nadu and handed down through the generations, as well as public institutions such as Universities all over the world.

Siddhars from Nandhi’s perspective:

After years of inner journeying, meeting and absorbing the Siddhar wisdom, being consumed in the Siddhar mantras while living the life of the Siddhar, it is inspiring to write about the “Siddhars” from this experience.

The term Siddhar has always drawn intrigue, curiosity, interest and respect in India. The little known aspect about them other than from their divine poetry and literature has always created mystery while revealing the secrets of this yogic path to those who are spiritually mature seekers.  In Tamilnadu and as in rest of India, it is common for an enlightened being to be called a Siddha or a Siddhar. When Gautama Buddha was born, the astrologers identified his star of birth to be powerful in all aspects, as a higher being- so he was named Siddhartha- the one who is a Siddhar. Siddhartha later left his home to seek ‘nirvana’, the attainment of liberation of the mind, to then be called Gautama Buddha.

Siddhars are Sages who journey beyond enlightenment as the ‘liberated’ yogis. In this journey within consciousness, the Siddhars abandon beliefs for experience. Connecting to the ancient lineage of Gurus who pave way for guidance, protection and grace, their’s is a process of ‘unlearning’. The inner journey of the Siddhars is based on tapas (to light the fire within of perpetual Source union). The Siddhars follow the path of oneness that embodies ahimsa (ahimsa is the life message of Mahatma Gandhi. Ahimsa means- non-violence, non-killing, tolerance and love for not only all of humanity but for all creatures as well). For the Siddhars, external knowledge especially from a book is hardly relevant as much of their knowing, practice and teachings is based on self-knowledge, the wisdom from within. With depth of silence, meditation and mantra japa (recitation of mantras) as tapas, the Siddhars examine the human realities from cosmic consciousness. Those who chose the path of the Siddhars are often not from the Brahmin caste (priests, the upper hierarchy of the Indian society) and the Brahmins who take to the path of the Siddhars often renounce their caste as a Brahmin to be able to tread this ego free wisdom. The Siddhar tradition is devoid of castes, traditions, beliefs and written teachings. Instead, the ancient wisdom was conveyed through resonance, the mantra deeksha (initiation) and the guru’s grace- with much of evolving transformation happening from one’s own effort- tapas (inner fire) and sadhana (daily discipline). For a Siddhar Sage, divinity is in form and formlessness, with the worship centered more towards a simple fire lamp as a symbolic focus of their own inner lamp. Siddhars prefer to call God, Source as to free wisdom from stagnancy of dogma. The South Indian Siddhar’s teachings of Tantiram are the roots to the term ‘tantra’, where the awakened roots of the human as in the mode of survival, sexual and primal needs unite with cosmic consciousness to transcend a normal human into an angelic yogi. Siddhars worship the Divine Feminine as the essence to wholeness.

Siddhars from the practical sense:-

In the pathway of the Siddhars, as we journey through consciousness, we realize our mind being empowered by the extra abilities such as envisioning the future, seeing the past of another person, reading the thoughts of others etc. Due to the absence of ego, the Siddhar Sages do not succumb to these extra powers of the mind and the super-normal abilities that awaken with the mind connecting with Source/God. However, the Siddhars, realizing their vastness of being Spirit/Source in their ability to transcend the mind and the limits of the mind, bring this blessing to benefit humanity. The Siddhars bless humanity by way of deepening their tapas and flowing as the guiding wisdom to all who meditate, as Guru Ayya did while he meditated in his cave for over 18 years. There are other Siddhars who are in humanity as healers, scientists, visionaries and other professions who utilize the states of higher consciousness to effect changes in real terms. Some of the notable nature of the Siddhars are- absence of ego, total love for God/Source as bhakti (devotion), lack of organization and followers around them. To a Siddhar Sage living in the midst of humanity with a life of purpose and focus, multidimensional talents as genius are brought to fore. The path of the Siddhars is  attuned, aligned and suited to the current modern day society as it is a journey to seek being whole due to understanding the power of now and the colossal vastness of the human as in basic nature of goodness.

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Nine Jewels of Yoga: Siddhar Wisdom, the Tantiram

From the mystical depths of yoga are secretive teachings of “Tantiram”––the roots to yoga and tantra.

These teachings were held within the intimate circle, primarily to be shared only with those who are spiritually mature and are able to handle the vast potent energies of the awakening Mother Kundalini. However, from today’s perspective of where the word and name “yoga” came from, as in the form of exercise and practice reaching global awareness, it is necessary to understand yoga and the practice from the perspective of the Siddhar sages.

1.  Yogic practice enables us to meditate all day.

 Our daily discipline of yoga is to find the total union with source, with each moment as in supreme peace. The harmony within as the calm center, at all times is the yogic attainment with little practice as the first steps. In other words, we do yoga to attain a state of perpetual meditation.

2. Yoga is tantra––the union of the human with source through the sacredness of the ‘orgasm.’

All Hatha yoga is tantra. Tantra means union of source with our human. Tantra comes from the wordtantiram, which is the ancient wisdom of the realized to magnify human realities of highest purpose—to realize the orgasmic joys of being on every level of human reality that represents all the seven chakras. Each layer of reality,starting from the roots of sensuality to the leaves of active doing,  has a state of joy growing from the limited to the unlimited. When we are in this ‘flow’ we are blessed by an inspired life and its abundant reality.

3. Yoga is the realization of source in all things––“Tat Vam Asi”––meaning: “That Thou Art.”

However, to understand Tat Vam Asi as in actual experience, as a yogi, we need to understand ourselves containing all facets of the infinite and the finite represented by the five elements.

The yogi connects to each of the five elements to be one. Within this mystical wisdom is the practice of ‘tumor’–– the ability to generate heat from within and be beyond the limits of heat and cold. The practice of integrating with the five elements allows a yogi to be the master of the now as in terms of the natural settings.

The five elements are:

1. Earth—our body  

2.Water/fluidity—our mind

3. Fire—our intelligence and the intelligence of life 

4. Air—our breath/air and the wisdom of life force, prana  

5. The eternal source, space, void—to awaken to being dance within the void is to be Lord Siva, theSpirit.

Through our daily yoga, when we find union with Source through the five elements, we realize the oneness as the experience of being the All.

4. Yoga is the celebration of our body as a sacred shrine and the genius of the mind that enshrines our spirit.

Yoga naturally induces health. A healthy body enhances the mind to focus on higher ideals as in devotion and union with Source. However, our daily practice of yoga is beyond just health and well-being. Connecting the mind to Source awakens the genius within ourselves—the amazing unique potentcy each of us are gifted with from birth. By connecting the body to Source, we awaken to the rejuvenating the youthful energies.

5. Within each yoga posture is a treasured facet of empowerment.

Each posture of yoga has a specific enhancement in our external realities. For instance, the warrior posture helps better focus of thoughts; downward dog posture enhances mindfulness. To surrender the mind, the past and thoughts into the calm harmony of the center, by way of breath and stillness, awakens the underlying energy within each posture. To rest in the absolute state of harmony within each posture is to attain the tranquility of breath, “sthira.” Yoga is much like shooting to the stars  and then coming back home to the ocean of tranquility through each posture.

6. To do yoga is to be on the path of liberation.

The mind is conditioned by the past, or the momentum of karmic imprints that limits us and beliefs that impede us from realizing that we are Source. To realize the One within ourselves that is in harmony, love, peace, happiness, bliss and oneness, is to be God/Source. The objective of yoga is to climb above the mind and thoughts to the state of being the Spirit—directly experiencing Source as the loud sacred silence. When we awaken to realize ourselves as the Spirit, beyond the mind and the chatter of thoughts, we appreciate Source as in all the pathways of religion and yet, we are not confined by the limitations. A yogi is a prophet directly experiencing Source.

 7. A yogi is disciplined for a good reason.

When we experience the intense joys of yoga as in the bliss, the expansiveness, the sense of freedom and all the health and harmony benefits, we set a discipline to have this joy every day. When we do yoga every day, we choose to break the confine of 24 hours within which we experience the days and nights, and the ups and downs of our mind and instead. Instead yoga awakens us to step into the higher conscious state of “turiya“—the sleepless sleep—the super mind that enables us to accomplish far more than normally possible.

In being disciplined, a yogi sets himself/herself free.

8. Yoga is in riding breath as rivers of consciousness.

“Ha” and “Tha” as in Hatha yoga means, riding the rivers of breath.

On a subtle experience of the journey within, the yogis ride on the currents of the moon breath (left nostril) and the sun breath (right nostril). The breath of the sun and the moon has two different energies. The sun breath is much like fire with increased awareness and faster metabolism. When we are in the intense moments of prayers or doing inspired work, we are breathing from the right nostril unconsciously. The moon breath is rejuvenative, inward propelling and relaxing. When in deep sleep or fatigued, we normally are breath through our left nostril. The yogi understands and consciously utilizes the moon breath and sun breath, depending on the posture, alternating both the rivers of energy to create harmony.

9. Yoga is attainment of fulfillment in life—the Yogam

“Yogam” is used today colloquially in Tamil as to describe being lucky in all respects. To do yoga is to be lucky and favored in all aspects of love. From health, love, career—to the spiritual journey—yoga is an effective tool. When a yogi faces a crisis in life, often, the higher conscious perspective enables him/her to look at the crisis as an opportunity. “Yogam” means the wholeness. Finding wholeness in ourselves from the inner joys that are not really dependent on the external realities, we are able to be create a life of wholeness that is complete in all its goodness.

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Secrets Within Yoga: Awaken Inner Guru

Photo Credit: Painting of Mahavatar Babaji by Nandhi

Yoga works on the push and pull factor.

The push is our own daily discipline and effort. The pull is grace. This grace is attributed to our Guru whom we invoke through our daily yoga. If in a yoga class, expressing reverence and gratitude to the yoga teacher at the beginning and end of yoga sessions does contribute to enhancing the inherent goodness of the inner journey of yoga.

In nearly all Eastern philosophies importance, reverence and respect is given to the Guru, the one who opens the door to our inner wisdom.

This “Guru” is most times a living master or sometimes a spiritual being whose grace and guidance, the journey through consciousness as in yoga is enhanced. Awareness from a yogic perspective is the wisdom guiding us beyond the state of the ‘no-thought’ where the mind has no more thoughts. This ‘awareness’ as the wisdom behind thought is the Guru. In yoga, as we journey through consciousness and states beyond the mind, the awareness beyond the mind as the Guru continues to guide us.

This Guru could be Christ, Ramana Maharishi or any master of consciousness whom we feel deeply connected to or grateful for. When we invoke our Guru through our daily hatha yoga by way of breath, bandha (inner lock), visualization and intent, we open ourselves to be at the receiving end of grace that transforms our inner and outer realities.

The mind is the tool to awareness and the journey beyond consciousness.

Breath is the key to utilizing the mind. Each thought carries energy and thoughts of our Guru as in physical or spiritual form does carry expanded energy of wisdom that guides, transforms and evolves us. When we invoke our personal Gurus to guide us through our yogic journey, we are guided through a higher wisdom connection that is fulfilling and nourishing as the next level of consciousness.

The Guru Chakra:

The Guru Consciousness is from the awareness of the chakra above the navel called by the yogis, the Guru Chakra (not described in any text books or intellectual teachings of yoga). Taping into this energy field just above the navel, we possess vast unlimited energy even as we awaken to primal wisdom of higher consciousness. Yogis activate this energy field above the navel, the Guru Chakra to climb above consciousness that gives the freedom to be beyond hunger, heat/cold and sleep/tiredness.

With daily practice invoking our Gurus, we master consciousness to become the Guru. Expanded consciousness is Mother Kundalini. When we realize that the Guru is Kundalini and that Kundalini is a state of consciousness, we are the Guru.

How to incorporate the Guru Chakra in your daily yoga practice:

[It is recommended to practice Sun Salutations as a sequence to incorporate the invoking of the Guru. Sun Salutations is a sequence of postures that help warm up at the beginning stages of yoga. In this sequence, from posture to posture, awareness of breath, the mind and the body is with ease.]

1. Invoke your Guru at the start of the sequence when bringing your palms together as in Anjali mudra (palms together at the front of the chest). Remember your Guru through each following sequence and through each breath.

2. Stand with the legs slightly apart imagining ourselves as a pyramid. Feel the root chakra within ourselves as the center of the pyramid. Experience ourselves as stable and steady while aware of each breath.

3. Inhale our breath all the way down from the root chakra. Let the breath fill up from the lower belly and upwards.

4. In the retention of breath, be conscious of the spot above the navel. Contract the spot above the navel.

5. In the exhale, elongate the breath as a slow exhale while being conscious of the navel chakra and the Guru within our breath.

6. Do the entire sequence of Sun Salutation being aware of each breath as the journey within the breath invoking the Guru.

7. Through each posture, feel the Guru Chakra and all our effort from the body towards the postures coming from the Guru Chakra.

8. Upon completing the Sun Salutation sequence and coming back to the Anjali mudra (palms together at the front of the chest), exhale through the third eye, visualizing the Guru as Spirit within ourselves.

Ultimately, through our daily yoga, we realize our inner fire and the invoke Gurus as the higher consciousness we awaken to be. The Guru within is awake as blessings of yoga!

 So be the Guru!

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Six Secrets Within Yoga: Siddha Wisdom- Mastery of Consciousness

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 pro-active individuals and directed more towards the body.

Ever expanding consciousness is pure wisdom that is reflected in being 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 utilizing 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 being liberated as Spirit, and then the taking care of the body and understanding the body is as a shrine that holds the divinity of Self. Liberated from the mind and body to be Spirit and then understanding the body as a shrine to utilize the mind as a tool of consciousness, the inner journey through yogic wisdom unfolds each day as our own enriching experiences.

[By yoga we refer to ‘hatha’ yoga as practiced in the West–the physical postures and the inner journey through this form of yoga as a sequences of postures. The Siddhar wisdom is potent when applied to the hatha yoga practice as the body is an effective tool to work the mind towards the inner core of realization. Tapasyogi Nandhi offers the yogic insights from the mystical Kalangi Kundalini Yoga as practiced by the Siddhar Sages of South India.]

1.    Five Elements and Yoga:

One of the key understandings to hatha yoga is the realization of the vastness of our Spirit toward awakening and the human body we have in being a shrine. The yogi understands the human body as the shrine that 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. When the yogi understands that connecting to Source is to be present through the existence of the five elements and begins to attain mastery over each element, that the real complete union of human and Source has begun.

So in our daily yoga, understanding our inner journey through the elements with awareness paves the way toward the mastery of wholeness. The elements are the body as are the elements of earth; each thought is as the element of water; our inner fires—the energies that help with digestion, breath, activities etc leading to the kundalini fire; breath and the breathless realm the element of air; and the final destination, infinite void space of ever expanding consciousness.

2. Do Yoga Nude (only when or if possible!):

While the word ‘nude’ does put most minds on alert and sometimes provokes the extreme ends of reaction, for a yogi, wearing the minimal clothing means wearing the entire infinite sky as clothes. Digambara, the sky clad one, is another name for Lord Siva, the supreme yogi. When practicing yoga, doing yoga in the nude enables us to integrate the five elements as one of the body and our being.

From the yogic experience, grace and learning is the ability of the body and our mind to break free of the limits and climb above the extreme cold or heat; hunger and sleep. The concept of ‘tumo’, the inner fire that produces warmth for the body is vital and important aspect of our yogic journey. By doing yoga nude we integrate the element of infinity of space; air through breath and our breath beyond breath wisdom; the inner fires and of our body shrine representing Mother Earth.

–       Open your window or door to keep the outside air flowing inside so to 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 equate our thresholds to equate whatever may be the weather outside.

–       Allow our 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 the human experience.

3. The Power Within Each Posture—Sthira:

Within each posture is the trigger of vital energies kindled through breath. The Himalayan Master (from the book, Autobiography of a Yogi. For those who have not read this wonderful book, a great life-changing gift of reading awaits you!) Mahavatar Babaji’s teachings of the mystical kriya yoga, condenses the essence of “sthira” as a very vital part of the practice. Sthira is the attainment of calm, tranquil, harmony of the breathless breath in breath.

Through each posture, divine 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 usage of “AUM” is glorified gymnastics that 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.

4. 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. Every day they walked, climbing up hillocks and hills. Most temples and shrines in India are located above on hillocks and hills to facilitate such pilgrimages. Their daily hatha yoga practice complimented their walking while their food intake was minimal or optimal.

In our society we do consume far more calories than needed. We are exposed to huge blasts of stress energies. We live without the need to walk on a daily basis. This environment needs to be transcended by making our yoga more effective by including skipping and/or dancing and/or running and/or cycling alongside with our daily yoga practice. Nandhi would recommend including any additional activity that gives more of joyfulness as joy paves way to daily discipline.

5. Do Our 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 it does not substitute our daily yoga practice. Our daily yoga practice with or/and without a yoga studio is important for your daily inner journey in its practice, learning, wisdom and experiences.

There is a deeper wisdom from the yogic perception of time. When we ensure that we have our own daily practice that does not rely on anyone else or any circumstance (like a yoga studio), we begin to step into realigning the 24 hours though the experience of stepping into the gift yoga has to offer—timelessness. Doing yoga is a powerful form of worship and a journey into timelessness. Each day has 24 hours of time that holds the day and night experience for us.

We are like a planet experiencing the day and night while limited within the 24 hours each ‘day’ has to offer us. When we step into timelessness just once a day through yoga, we reflect life as though we are the sun. We cease to be the night and days experiences of the mind in its moods and in its perception of realities.

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 sponge, able to incorporate all the gold nuggets of wisdom into our daily practice.

6. Yoga is Tantra:

Tantra comes from the pre-vedic teachings of South India, the Dravidians. The worship of Lord Siva and Goddess Sakti and the yogic teachings within it 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 roots, the muladhara, hold 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 thread the yogic path we realize the vastness of ourselves to be like an onion, layered in each reality, starting from the roots all the way to the crown as 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 tool to transforming and evolving through the embrace of wholeness, the tantiram.

Most hatha yoga teachings involve having to invoke the root chakra to awaken and work with Mother Kundalini. When we journey inward, we know Mother Kundalini as another state of consciousness and through this awareness; we ride through the inner fire awakening each chakra that holds the secrets of each layered reality as in its manifestations through 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 Siva as experience is “Satchidananda” the experience of the now as in being the bliss form.

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