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::::
– 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
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Mahasivratri is the auspicious time for each of us to do the ultimate pilgrimage- the pilgrimage within to wake up and rebirth as the Yogi.
This coming Mahasivratri falls on March 4th 2019.
Mahasivratri is the most significant spiritual festival observed by millions across India.
Dedicated to Lord Siva, the Lord of Destruction of the limited, Mahasivratri holds the blessings of the unlimited, the Spirit. Lord Siva is called the Yogi as He is the perpetually infinite in unions with the finite. Hence Mahasivratri is called the Great Night of the Yogi, Lord Siva.
In practical realities, Mahasivratri offers:
– An ideal time to detox the body
– The time to detox the mind – letting go of the past and karmic imprints of limitations
– An ideal time to create an intent of resolution and a supreme prayer
– An inspiration to awaken the yogi within
– A potent time to break free from the stagnancy of life to enable us to more easily evolve into a life more attuned to our higher purpose
– To awaken to the joyfulness of “Being” a person of higher consciousness and thereby imbibing all the qualities of higher consciousness: abundance, harmony, love and wisdom.
– To be a Master, a Yogi awake.
This day of Mahasivratri is based on the lunar calendar; during this period our consciousness easily condenses into divine awareness. From the yogic perspective, the Moon directly influences the mind and our consciousness. Each month, the new Moon and full Moon energies offer their own unique power as the Earth rotates around the Sun in its oval-shaped orbit through the year. Mahasivratri is a sacred vortex of time caused by the once a year alignment of Earth in correlation with the moon and sun; Earth and the planets and stars.
Yoga as practice is the daily discipline of push and the sacred grace of the pull.
For a yogi, it is time to transcend the human and be Spirit. Mahasivratri holds the ultimate objective of yoga, the grace of awakening and expanding Consciousness, enlightenment is the gift of Mahasivratri. When Consciousness expands, we utilize our entire mind potential and tap into the states beyond mind- turiya states.
For a yoga practitioner, meditator and seeker Mahasivratri is like a birthday, the day of awakening to the vastness of ourselves as Spirit- the newer consciousness.
This is the night when Sages who meditate in seclusion throughout the year in solitude come out to bless humanity.
There are many stories behind Mahasivratri. One of the popular story is of the thief on the run:
To escape wild animals he climbs above the vilva tree (vilva tree considered sacred Lord Siva) and stays up all night in repentance. Unknown to him was a Siva Lingam and his unconscious movement through the night caused the vilva leaves (a sacred offering for Lord Siva) kept falling on the Lingam. By virtue of staying up all night, a mind surrendered to the infinite in repentance, unconscious worship of Lord Siva through the Lingam- the thief got enlightened.
This thief story is to illustrate the ease of awakening with little effort when tapping into the energies of Mahasivratri.
Masters of ages from Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Rumi, Nelson Mandela had woken up to the next higher level of consciousness and it is from this mind realm that they were able to shine as Masters. Yogis call this supermind states of super-consciousness – turiya.
My Guru, Siddha Ayya sat for eighteen years without moving in his cave on the peak of Arunachala drinking one cup of milk a day. He had gone beyond sleep. He was in states of turiya. Turiya is described as the ‘sleepless sleep’ state. In states of turiya, our mind potential is more than completely utilized. We awaken the various forms of siddhis (ESP) that is uniquely within each of us as the genius. Turiya states is depicted as Gods and Goddesses with multiple heads of ten and hundred to illustrate our innate ability to be the Many as One. To attain turiya states is the objective of yoga. This sublime state of higher consciousness is in simple words- the genius of the Spirit having the human experience of inspiration. Our each thought has become wisdom. Turiya states happens when the crown chakra, the Sahasrara, has blossomed with the thousands of petals of consciousness having unfolded. When the crown chakra has blossomed like a lotus, the journey of a Siddha, an enlightened Being, has begun. Turiya has been mentioned to have 18 higher states with the last states of turiya being more God like in attributes.
Lord Siva (mentioned as Lord Shiva in North India) is that beyond void, the energy of infinity. When our limited soul stuck in ego of “I” wakes up to realize the vast Being of Spirit that is truly whom we are, our jivatman (individual soul) becomes Paramatman (Vast Infinite Self that is mentioned in the Christian tradition as the Holy Ghost), Lord Siva- the limitless Being. Lord Siva, the Yogi is called Satchidananda. Sat is Consciousness; Chit is experience; Ananda is Bliss. When turiya states is attained, we are the Master having attained turiya states – a mind of clarity, the wisdom of knowing, the grace of Cosmic unions- yoga and the form of bliss.
Our journey through daily yoga gives us drops of nectars of Siva Consciousness, ie, bliss, wisdom, tranquility, joy and vitality. When we do an inner pilgrimage aligning ourselves to Mahasivratri, we attain being Consciousness itself with turiya states our natural mind realm. Our potent thoughts create magnificent realities. As Yogi, we uplift humanity in the vibrancy of our Being.
Observing Mahasivratri to attain the awakening to be Lord Siva, the Yogi step out of the cage of time. The liberating experience of Mahasivratri is the once a year pilgrimage that needs be digested each week on a special day we set for ourselves. Choose one day a week to do yoga, meditate and connect with Source as to expand the Mahasivratri blessings of turiya states.
Mahasivratri and Turiya: One of the key observances during the night of Mahasivratri is to stay awake all night. In reality, it is not about being a weekend warrior staying up all night singing, chanting and dancing, but about training ourselves to go beyond the mind and its sleep pattern through meditative practice. At the time vortex of Mahasivratri, we are able to experience the ‘sleepless sleep’ state with less effort. Our mind that has experienced the state of turiya is forever expanded in consciousness.
Guidance for the 14 days Inner Pilgrimage: –
Let this moment be the Source initiation.
Now- bring into daily practice the awake states of turiya by observing one day each week for our inner pilgrimage accelerating and intensifying Mahasivratri blessings! Conquer time through timelessness video
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The gift of grace comes from having a daily discipline to attain higher consciousness, health, abundance and love. Yoga naturally yields all attributes of yogam (luck).
These are precious moments for humanity, as higher consciousness is now a reality. Yoga, in the Western sense, spearheads this awakening, even if it is considered a simple exercise for health benefits and fashion, instead of a spiritual discipline; the taste of a drop of honey will eventually lead to the honey pot of higher consciousness.
The Siddhar wisdom is potent when applied to the practice of Yoga, as the body is an effective tool to lead the mind towards the inner core of realization. By Yoga, we refer to Hatha Yoga as practiced in the West: the sequence of physical postures and the inner journey created through this practice. I recommend utilizing the traditional Sun Salutation sequence to experience the teachings below.
Ideally, the Sun Salutation by itself is sufficient to attain core consciousness, which is the objective of our yogic practice.
Below are some insights of the Yoga of the sages:
1. Yoga is a journey through breath and consciousness:
Ha and Tha of Hatha Yoga means the intertwining of Sun and Moon energies of the breath. Hatha Yoga is in reality the journey of consciousness through breath. The right breath is the Sun and the left breath is the Moon. The sages call these two breath streams the inner rivers through which we ride through awareness.
By being aware of our breath in its Sun and Moon energy, we are able to utilize the natural currents within breath via Yoga. Swimming along with the predominant breath and stimulating the Sun breath and the Moon breath equally enable us to flow with the inner currents of the mind and consciousness. To know breath and the Source of breath is to know life, death and the immortal Spirit.
Harnessing breath, we awaken to the wisdom of being Spirit.
2. Awakening energies of gratitude:
Our consciousness begins from each cell; each cell owes its existence to our parents — to Father and Mother. The initial step of awakening body consciousness is to acknowledge our Father and Mother in gratitude.
Through the first round of Sun Salutation, we utilize the asana sequence of the left to visualize and express gratitude to our Mother — the Moon breath. Likewise, we utilize the sequence of the right to visualize and express gratitude to our Father — the Sun breath.
By acknowledging our Father and Mother (in thought, dedication and gratitude) who are the seeds that created our body, and who are part of the thinking process we possess, we shift our body consciousness field of energy. When we are thankful and grateful to our parents’ unconditional love from the moment of our birth, we are able to vitalize every cell of our body to a state of well-being.
Our first initiation towards higher consciousness begins with gratitude. Gratitude and coming to terms with body consciousness pave the way to Now — this is where the Yoga practice begins.
3. Activate the root chakra and invoke Lord Ganesh’s blessings:
Lord Ganesh, the essence of the root chakra, is invoked in the beginning of all endeavors to enable success. The success of the inner journey, Kundalini awakening and higher consciousness, relates to the strength and power of the root chakra.
The root chakra, once activated through Yoga, holds the key to the well-being of the body in physical reality, as well as in the spiritual essence, and this creates a strong foundation of harmony for awakening Mother Kundalini. The root chakra (the muladhara) needs to be activated through the bandha (the inner lock, called the Mula Bandha), visualization and mantra. The muladhara is where the inner lamp is.
When we light this inner lamp through our daily Yoga practice, not only do we awaken the Kundalini energy, but we are also taken through our inner journey safely, because we have been blessed by Ganesh. In practice, the Mula Bandha that awakens the root chakra is easily activated through the Sun Salutation process.
4. Invoke our gurus through Yoga:
When we understand breath as a tool for consciousness, we realize the space beyond breath as infinite wisdom, the guru. In Yoga, as we journey through consciousness and states beyond the mind, the awareness beyond the mind is the guru who continues to guide us. Each thought carries energy and thoughts of our guru in the physical or spiritual form which carries expanded energies of wisdom.
When we invoke Christ or Babaji or our personal gurus to guide us through our yogic journey, we are guided through a higher wisdom connection that is fulfilling and nourishing; this is the next level of consciousness.
Guru consciousness is activated from the chakra above the navel, which the yogis call the Guru Chakra (not described in any text books or intellectual teachings of Yoga). Tapping into this energy field just above the navel, we access vast unlimited energy even as we awaken to the primal wisdom of higher consciousness.
Yogis activate the Guru Chakra to climb above consciousness, to gain the freedom to exist beyond hunger, heat/cold and sleep/tiredness. When we realize that the guru is Kundalini and the Kundalini is a state of consciousness, we are the guru.
5. Yoga with mantra is effective:
The mind and thoughts are vibrations. Mantras are a vibration-inducing resonance that shift and transform the frequency of the mind in order to generate thoughts that are more aligned to the energy within the mantra — this is done through breath. When we recite mantras through our yogic sequences, our breath entwines with the mantra to unravel the higher energies of consciousness within the mantra.
Each chakra or energy center is activated through the mantras, through breath and through our awareness, allowing us to kindle and ride Mother Kundalini. Awakening our inner fire, the Kundalini, we utilize our daily Yoga to transform ourselves. Riding on Kundalini as a state of consciousness while going through the sequences of Yoga, we evolve from human to angelic.
When we do Yoga simply as a physical exercise without awareness of the sacredness of breath, we are more likely to injure our body and not receive the amazing and beautiful benefits of real Yoga.
6. The special universal cave — third eye:
All rituals and disciplines finally lead to the supreme state of being still — the attainment of vibrant stillness of meditation. This vibrant stillness within happens when we find our center. By practicing Yoga, we awaken the inner fires of Kundalini that are experienced as surging joy and bliss which lead to vibrant stillness.
This surge of bliss initially is like a nuclear explosion rushing above the crown chakra. A yogi directs the explosive energies of the crown chakra towards the third eye to harmonize this inner fire with focus. This third eye focus takes us to the seat of the Universe, the magical space that is the meeting point of Source and human.
Awakening the vast energies within ourselves through breath, asana and the grace of mantra, we rise to the seat of consciousness, to the third eye. The third eye is the experience of conscious samadhi — a state of awareness that exists while being absorbed in meditative oneness.
In bringing all the focus through the third eye, we deploy the Kundalini energies of bliss, manifested as the wisdom and super-normal strength in our physical realities. The objective of Yoga is the attainment of being Spirit having a human experience, or in practical terms, to be able to bring Source energy into physical realities.
Much of the Hatha Yoga styles we have in the West are beautiful hybridizations of the traditional Yoga practiced in India, but with a focus on the needs of proactive individuals and directed more towards the body.
Ever-expanding consciousness is pure wisdom that is reflected in the present moment. As there is truth in the dynamic nature of ever-expanding consciousness of the present moment, there is truth in the hybridization of Yoga, as long as the Yoga practice is in tune with uniting the Source to our human experience via yogic principles.
The spiritual end of experience that aligns with the stillness of the mind and the vastness of being Spirit is beyond scriptures and belief systems in its truth.
From the perception of the Siddhar sages who live the life of Yoga in its entirety, the Yoga journey is about being liberated as Spirit, and then taking care of the body, understanding that the body is a shrine that holds the divinity of Self.
As we are liberated from the mind and body to know ourselves as Spirit, and then knowing the body as a shrine in which we experience the mind as a tool of consciousness, the inner journey through yogic wisdom unfolds each day as life-enhancing experiences.
7. Five elements and Yoga:
Key to understanding Hatha Yoga is the realization of the vastness of our Spirit and its natural impulse toward awakening, and the knowledge that the human body is a shrine. The yogi understands that the human body contains all of the Universe and Mother Earth. This all-ness is contained in the five elements: earth, water/fluidity, fire, air and void/space/infinity.
The yogi understands the divinity within each of the five elements. Each element represents the totality of the universe. Once this is understood, mastery of consciousness is attained. So in our daily Yoga, awareness of our inner journey through the elements paves the way toward the mastery of wholeness.
The five elements as described by yogic philosophy are known as the Pancha Bhoota.
The body is represented as the earth element. Water/fluidity represents the life force and our intellect. The fire element represents all the various fires within our body, from digestion to the thinking process. The air element represents our breath, the air we breathe and the energy within the breath, our prana. The infinite void element is our experience of the meditative state of the mind beyond mind state. The experience of the element of infinity is bliss and joy. The element of infinity is our direct experience of the Spirit that we are.
8. Do Yoga in the nude (only if/when possible):
While the idea of practicing Yoga in the nude may sound alarming, for a yogi, wearing minimal clothing means wearing the entire infinite sky as clothes. Digambara, the sky-clad one, is another name for Lord Shiva, the supreme yogi. Practicing Yoga in the nude enables us to integrate the five elements as one body, one being.
From the yogic experience, and through grace and learning, comes the ability of the mind/body to break free of all limits and rise above extreme cold or heat, hunger and sleep. The concept of tumo, the inner fire that produces warmth for the body is a vital aspect of our yogic journey. By practicing Yoga in the nude, we integrate the five elements.
How to practice Nude Yoga:
If you are indoors, open your window or door to keep the outside air flowing inside, so you remain connected with the air element.
Be conscious of the temperature (hot or cold) and allow your yogic practice to generate the inner fires that work like a thermostat to equalize the indoors with the outdoors.
Allow your awareness to go beyond the mind to connect with the infinite nature of the sky. Realizing that we are infinite beings doing yoga is the rich experience of the Spirit having a human experience.
9. The power within each posture — Sthira:
Sthira is the attainment of calm, tranquil, harmony of the breathless breath in-breath. The Himalayan Master, Mahavatar Babaji, taught that sthira can be attained through Yoga and meditation, and that within each posture is the trigger of vital energies kindled through breath. From Mahavatar Babaji comes the mystical Kriya Yoga which embodies the essence of sthira as a very vital part of the practice.
Through each posture, dive into this tranquil space by utilizing the breath of sthira and expand the self. This self is our awareness of our vast being-ness that is also experienced through the recitation of Aum. Sthira is the attainment of bliss and joy through breath from the breathless being.
A Yoga session without reciting Aum is glorified gymnastics and presents much danger since we are not including the greatness of our partnership with Source. In the breath of sthira is the realization of the eternal Aum that makes us aware of our infinite being, one with Source.
10. The yogic journey includes skipping/dancing/running:
The Yoga practice we do comes originally from the sages who lived in the wilderness of caves and mountains in India. Every day they walked, climbing up hillocks and hills. Most temples and shrines in India are located up in the hills to facilitate such pilgrimages. Their daily Hatha Yoga practice complemented their walking, and their food intake was minimal or optimal.
In our society, we consume far more calories than we need. We are exposed to huge blasts of stress energies. We live without the need to walk on a daily basis. We can transcend this environment by including skipping and/or dancing and/or running and/or cycling alongside our daily Yoga practice.
I recommend including any additional activity that gives more of joyfulness, as joy paves the way to daily discipline.
11. Do your own daily Yoga:
Utilize a Yoga studio as you would use a walking stick. Yoga studios are for us to learn sequences of asanas, but this is not a substitute for your daily Yoga practice. Your daily Yoga practice with or without a Yoga studio is important for your daily inner journey in its practice, learning, wisdom and experiences.
There is a deeper wisdom that stems from the yogic perception of time. When we commit to our own daily practice that does not rely on anyone else or other circumstances (such as a Yoga studio), we begin to step into a realignment of our 24-hour cycle through the gift of Yoga — that of timelessness. Practicing Yoga is a powerful form of worship and a journey into timelessness.
Each day consists of 24 hours of day/night time that limits us. When we step into timelessness just once a day through Yoga, we reflect life as though we are the Sun; the Sun does not experience night or day, and so the mind ceases to be limited by the perception of diurnal change.
Another key benefit of having our own daily Yoga practice is in awakening ourselves to be the greatest master and the most deserving student. When we learn from a Yoga teacher, we are then like a sponge, able to incorporate all the gold nuggets of wisdom into our daily practice.
12. Yoga is tantra:
Tantra comes from the pre-Vedic teachings of South India, from the Dravidians. The worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti and its associated yogic teachings was called Tantiram, the roots of tantra. Tantiram is to unite Source with our human reality through the wisdom of joyfulness.
Tantiram wisdom teaches that the root chakra, the muladhara, holds all the power in our journey towards realization and the journey through consciousness after waking up. The root chakra holds the key to the inner journey, hence the importance of worshiping Lord Ganesh.
When we tread the yogic path, we realize the vastness of ourselves; we are like an onion, layered in realities, from the roots all the way to the crown — realities to unite with Source. Tantiram, the core of tantra, is the experience of orgasmic bliss within each and all layers of reality that we can enhance through our daily Yoga.
When we awaken to the wholeness of Yoga, we transform our primal energies of sex, sensuality and survival instinct into evolved angelic potent thoughts of manifestation. Our daily Yoga is a tool for transforming and evolving through the embrace of wholeness, the tantiram. Most Hatha Yoga teachings involve invoking the root chakra to awaken and work with Mother Kundalini.
When we journey inward, we know Mother Kundalini as another state of consciousness; through this awareness we ride through the inner fire, awakening each chakra. Each chakra holds the secrets of all layered realities, manifesting in harmony, abundance and Divine grace.
This wholeness is the union with Source that holds the nature of bliss and the understanding of the I am experience, as in the bold statement, “I am God.” Lord Shiva experienced is Satchidananda — the experience of the Now as bliss.
[Article from Book: Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji illustrates these ‘secrets’ from his teachings of Kalangi Kundalini Yoga- the yoga for the achievers] Book: Mastery of Consciousness- Awaken the Inner Prophet: Break the limits of body, mind & circumstances
Nandhiji is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community. Nandhiji www.nandhi.com
“Indomitable will manifests impossible realities.Yoga is attainment of tapas- awake kundalini fires with intent in austeries. Focus, willpower, discipline & Source unions grace aligns realities to magnificence of goodness. Uplifting humanity, the Yogi Be!” Nandhiji (nandhiji) August 17, 2018. Tweet.
A yogi is a natural achiever and a leader by way of accomplishment. One of the benefits of yoga in life realities is the ability of a yogi to do exceptionally difficult tasks. This amazing ability of a yogi is attributed to enduring focus, indomitable will power, sheer discipline and grace of Source connectivity.
This empowerment of yoga practice comes from Tapas/ Tapasya. (Meditative fires infused with intense self-discipline that transforms and purifies us.)
In numerous stories of India, individuals seeking supernatural powers, a specific reality, special strength or ability, they set out to the solitude of the forests and caves. They then undertake intense tapas, wherein the seeker observes unwavering focus invoking the Divine with intent. With constant unbroken mantra recitation and observing self-control, disciplines and austeries of the seeker, that sought is attained- the boon. Every tapas is unique in its discipline, methodology, mantras and process. Tapas is usually undertaken with the advice and directions of a Guru.
Picture of Siddha Guru Ayya in tapas in a cave on Arunachala mountain.
My Guru Ayya did his tapas for 18 years in a cave near the peak of sacred mountain Arunachala. Through the entire time he sat without moving, he drank a cup of milk a day in absolute silence. He transcended sleep to step into the yogic mind state of turiya, called the sleepless sleep. Anyone who received his mantra and sat near him received his awakening grace. Guru Ayya’s potent awakening grace of tapas was conveyed through his mantra. [Utilizing Guru Ayya’s mantra chants along with his other Gurus who are in tapas, Nandhiji created his debut Siddha chant music Album Cave of the Siddhars that is noted to have broken the enlightenment thresholds in kinesiology calibrations. ]
His power of tapas worked with laws of nature. Many of us who climbed up the mountain to spend moments with Guru Ayya did experience his miracles in different ways. One of the miracles experienced would be- witnessing rainfall heavily all around Ayya and the small area where his devotees gathered with not a drop of rain touching anyone. A visit to be with Ayya was always a lifetime experience to be carried! After visiting Ayya, the devotee felt Ayya’s sacred presence and were witness to miraculous realities prayed for. It was the power of tapas that Ayya had built through the many years of austeries that now was with each of us who connected with Ayya through his mantras.
In the times of India’s freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhiji’s power of tapas was visible. Gandhiji was known for his rigid daily prayers and fasts. His tapas power was self evident when the British would often wonder how huge crowds would gather sometimes before Gandhiji’s arrival. Gandhiji often made spontaneous decisions to travel. In those days communications was only through telegrams that was slow and most of these locations were not connected by phone. When Gandhiji called for the Salt March, the No-Cooperaton Movement, Non-violence etc, whole of India readily became One- to observe the freedom struggle collectively. It was as though Gandhiji was speaking to each Soul. It was Soul Power- the work of tapas.
In today’s world of yoga when a practitioner does physical yoga postures working with breath, the mind naturally stills down and attains greater focus with clarity. The pristine mind as benefit of yoga is like drops of nectar adding to enrichment of experience. When experiencing this mind potency, doing yoga becomes a daily practice due to joys of attaining a happy mind and discipline sets in to have more of joys. Life realities catch up to our daily sadhana, or spiritual practice. The yoga practitioner now realizes that the realities of external world can be created from within, and real peace can be created with actual realities manifested. As the journey within yoga continues, the drops of nectar now becomes the honey pot, as the the seeker becomes a yogi. By doing yoga and other spiritual practices, consciously and unconsciously our yoga evolves to igniting tapas within- the perpetual Source connectivity with Kundalini fires awake.
As a yogi, each breath is with awareness, Source connected through mantra fires. Mindfulness, awareness and optimal thoughts now are the gifts of the evolved state of mind. With tapas, the yogi becomes a vortex of higher vibrations. In a yogi’s presence healing, calm, harmony, love and goodness simply happens as the power of tapas, the inner fires, is actively recreating dynamics of realities.
With daily yoga practice, the power of tapas will awaken of its own accord through the yogi’s awareness of each breath, Source connectivity and life’s challenges. One could enhance their spiritual practice and experience the state of tapas by chanting the ancient mantras of my Gurus, wherein each sacred sound comes from intense tapas of the inner fires.
Power of Tapas:
To be in tapas is to be the reflection of Source. As a yogi, uplift humanity!
Jai Guruve Thunai
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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.
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-
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 ]
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:
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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.
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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:
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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
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.
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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.
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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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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?
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.
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.
The full moon period is a vortex of time that enables you to make a shift in shaping your existing realities. The full moon directly works with our minds. From the yogic perspective, when we observe this full moon vortex of time with a focus on Lord Vishnu, we are able to transform our spiritual and material realities through the mind and its ability to focus on expanding the realities we truly desire.
Likewise, during the new moon, the vortex of being and Spirit, we are able to leapfrog our evolution as we observe the worship of Lord Siva. In the space of infinity, where consciousness is forever expanding, our mind and our realities can be taken several notches above. The yogis prefer the new moon vortex as it offers the chance to preset the mind to a much higher “station” in its ever-expanding consciousness, able to make potent each thought.
The grandest and the most powerful vortex of time/timelessness is the once-a-year enlightening vortex of time: Mahasivratri, the supreme night of the yogi, Lord Siva. This vortex, based on the lunar calendar, has been observed by hundreds of millions of regular householders and spiritual seekers dating far back through the history of India.
Observe this potent vortex of time and start your yogic inner journey by way of fasting, meditating, pilgrimage, silence and worship at least two weeks before this sacred day. Slowly, but surely, we begin to realize that we can slip out of the limitations of time (as we do in sleep) and the limitations of the mind, to attain the yogic turiya state—“sleepless sleep.” As Mahasivratri nears, through the grace of this enlightening vortex of time and our own effort, we easily step into the state of turiya—we experience Spirit having a human experience.
On the night of Mahasivratri, most spiritual weekend warriors try not to sleep, so as to get the blessings of this sacred night. For us, the yogis, we are already in the beautiful sleepless sleep state of turiya, a state of inspired awareness, and on this night, we become the vast infinity of being, Lord Siva. Each of us has our own unique experience of “being God.”
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.