Death eventually strikes us all. Yet the subject of death is mostly avoided and in some cultures even prohibited to be talked about.
My Dad who was facing health challenges for over three years with two cancers, a weak heart & a failing kidney. He passed on first week of March 2019.
It was during Mahasivratri time that he made clear he was going to die and that he needed me to leave US and come to India immediately. I absolutely needed to stay in US during this time as I was guiding humanity through this period in attaining the objective of yoga through this vortex of time of Mahasivratri – to be the Yogi.
My Dad had literally held on to his life the last three weeks waiting for me. After I arrived from Los Angeles, I was driven straight to his hospital in Madurai (South India). With tears in his eyes he said, “Now that you are here, I feel healed and complete. Now I do not have fear. I can now face anything”. He was laying on the bed unable to move as I sat by his side with my palm on his chest reciting our Siddha mantras and the other hand holding his hand. After a day, he slowly departed as I felt his last breath and his new journey beginning. He left in peace surrounded by my sister and Mother, his family. The day after, I completed his last rites- picking up his ash & bones from the crematorium. As I did, I realized that his 69 years on planet earth now has a void to fill and his legacy of love to carry.
I write from this space of grief and its wisdom, and my journey as a yogi.
A yogi is one who has ‘died’ and is the Spirit living in the human in enriched experience and wisdom. To know that each breath holds the journey of life and that beyond life is the wisdom gift of death. Yet death is always the most feared by nearly all humans. Even the person living the most miserable life does not want to die.
From the yogic perspective, to understand death is to awaken and realize our inner wisdom, called Atma Nyanam, wisdom of the Soul.
To know death while alive is to be a Jeevamukthi- the One who is free as Spirit, the Yogi.
Viktor Frankl’s message after going through the horror of the holocaust is the wisdom of death- “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
My own story of my ‘near death’ experience or rather, the through- death experience-
When aged 27, 27 years ago, at the peak of my business success, I felt struck by the notion that I was going to die. A psychic friend of mine did a tarot card reading for me. The three times I pulled out the cards- all three were death. I was frightened. My friend told me not to worry and it meant blessings of major transformation. But I felt my impending death in all its ugliness- cold, painful and remorseless. I felt like a dying man seeking anything to hold on to. When my neighbor gifted me a small wooden Siva Lingam (Lingam is the symbol of infinity holding the essence of Lord Siva). I held the lingam as my last straw praying for protection. That when I heard within me a voice that said, “I am coming to take you later today.” I thought it was the voice of God. I stayed home through the day. That evening, I heard a knock on my door. I opened the door to see a young Sage, Bhairavasekarswamy of age 27, with fire in his eye who told me, “Lord Siva sent me to take you. You have death coming for you. Will you come with me to Srikalahasti? “. (Srikalahasti was a 3 hour car journey away from Chennai, where I was living then). I said, “I have been waiting for you all my life. Lets go!”.
That evening he did rituals while having me recite a mantra. He took me through my past life deaths. Each death of my past revealed the consequences of that life. It was extremely painful and frightening to go through that experience. But the mantra he gave me started generating a small oasis like blue harmony center embryo like that felt safe and protective. Slowly that embryo grew larger and larger and that became “me”. I felt free. I felt joy for no reason. I cried out of happiness as I found something that felt complete. As I returned back home next day, I felt I was a huge Being inside a little well shaped body. Early next morning I was up wanting to meditate (something I had never done before) and there I was rushing to go inward to emerge feeling just bliss, with a pristine mind of no thoughts. My habits shifted radically- I could not smoke cigarettes any more and could not stand the sight of meat let alone eat non-vegetarian.
I was now in waves of bliss and whenever my bliss waivered, I knew I needed to stop and meditate to reconnect to Source to reset myself.
Now began my journey into myself as I connected with realized Beings who as Gurus guided me deeper- into caves, shrines and the wilderness in solitude. My journey was over 9 years, growing within myself until I woke up to understand my life purpose- to reach Consciousness to humanity.
Yogic wisdom of Death:
– The only thing that belongs to us is our breath. Greater the fullness and calm of breath in its inhale and exhale, the greater quality of thoughts and thinking pattern we produce.
– Our mind is like a vegetable that we grow in consciousness. When we meditate, we are expanding our consciousness transcending the cycles of life and death. Expanding consciousness, our mind actively evolves to enables thoughts to become wisdom from higher platforms of consciousness. .
– Each breath holds the wisdom beyond death and life. In retaining breath, yogis go to samadhi states where life is supported with minimal breathing and intake of food & water. Attainment of samadhi states, the potent deep meditative states is a gift every human innately has ability to.
– To understand death as a friend and companion in each breath makes us fearless and allows us to enjoy life in its fullness. When meditating, bring to awareness death and that beyond death.
– To tap into the meditate on the “I am” principle means, transcending death & the limited human and align to the light of infinity within. We realize death is finite, ie, a temporary phase.
– The re-birth after ‘death’ experienced within the retained breath, is to align ourselves into the Now and the magic of being in states of joy. Rebirth means the newer mind and grand perception of wisdom.
– Lord Siva, the Yogi is described as Satchidananda. It means- experiencing consciousness as bliss. This yogic experience is truth of attainments of meditation. Be the bliss form.
– The last thoughts at the time of death guides the journey after death. It is for this reason that in all Hindu households, everyone is named in God names- so each time God is called when any family member is called. Reciting mantras to Source (God in all names and in namelessness) connect creates a perfect habit for us to remember Source at all times while awakening us to be the Spirit, Source connected at all times.
– To enhance potency of meditation through chanting, feel breath & the recited mantra connected to the Spirit we are before our birth and after our death. Connecting death and birth awakens us to the eternal Soul we are drawing the wisdom of Spirit.
– Death, Lord Yama has a companion, Chitragupta, the ‘accountant’ who keeps track of our karmic pattern. In birth, the karmic pattern of past life is now passed on so the life fulfills and completes the past momentum. When we awaken as yogi, we experience the wisdom of being the Spirit. We are able to negate the limits of karma, as we transcend death in breath and as Spirit, go beyond our karmic imprints. We are able to transform our challenges in life to opportunities.
– Realizing Soul Wisdom, we realize our Oneness. We worship life and all the living as we understand our Soul the same as in all other living. Not doing harm to other living creatures blessed us with good karma. Eating food that has imprints of love and not violence grows our consciousness as what what we eat, we become.
– When we lead a life doing good & not harming others we are gifted a death of peacefulness.
– Life is measured by the number of breaths we take. Each breath is meaningful and yet limited in numbers. In understanding we each have a shelf life, celebrate life in heart’s doings and Be.
– When we realize we are the Spirit in the human experience, our individual ego dissolves to the recognition of “We”. We are now aligned to the spirit world. We tap into intuitiveness, clairvoyance and other forms of ESP that is unique to each.
“Before birth & after death is Spirit. In between – our reality experience. Life is measured by number of breaths- breath limited in numbers.
Encased in shelf life, celebrate breath of Spirit with potent thoughts, wisdom of heaven.
In Knowing, the Yogi Be!” Mastery of Consciousness
Nandhiji www.nandhiji.com is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He lives in Los Angeles, where he shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community.
Vriksasana Tree posture enhances thoughts potency.
“Connect Source with intent. Seek Consciousness for humanity. Whirl thoughts to manifestation. In singular focus, immense passion & indomitable will create & tweak realities.
Bringing heavens to earth, as Angel, the Yogi Be!”
Quote – Mastery of Consciousness Teachings, Nandhiji
When Mahatma Gandhi ji went into hunger strike, it was with prayers. Each breath was with mantras and the dedication of his fasting to the Divine.
In the times of India’s freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhiji’s power of tapas was visible. Gandhiji was known for his rigid daily prayers and fasts. His tapas power was self evident when the British would often wonder how huge crowds would gather sometimes before Gandhiji’s arrival. Gandhiji often made spontaneous decisions to travel. In those days communications was only through telegrams that was slow and most of these locations were not connected by phone. When Gandhiji called for the Salt March, the Non-Cooperation Movement, Non-violence etc, whole of India readily became One- to observe the freedom struggle collectively. It was as though Gandhiji was speaking to each Soul. It was Soul Power- the work of tapas.
Sages of India go deeper into themselves in tapas and are called Tapasyas unleashing Soul Power to accomplish intent. In the beginning of India’s freedom struggle, Gandhiji’s fasting and hunger strike did make a dent on imperialism. The British government did see him as a threat. The colonial powers kept throwing Gandhiji into prison. It was in prison that Gandhiji intensified his tapas to create greater potency to the intent of freedom for India. Later, after India attained independence from the British, chaos & violence broke out all over northern India. Gandhiji once again went on fast unto death to resolve the situation- and harmony did result. Within all of this is the mystical element of tapas- the inner power of will, focus and energy to transform the external.
A yogi is a natural achiever and a leader by way of accomplishment. One of the benefits of yoga in life realities is the ability of a yogi to do super human tasks. This amazing ability of a yogi is attributed to enduring focus, indomitable will power, sheer discipline and grace of Source connectivity.
This empowerment of yoga practice is from Tapas/ Tapasya.
In innumerous stories of India, individuals seeking a special power, a specific reality or even a weapon sets out to the solitude of the forest. They then undertake tapas wherein the seeker observes unwaivering focus invoking the Divine with intent. With constant unbroken mantra recitation and observing self-control, disciplines and austeries that which the seeker sought is attained as the boon. Every tapas is unique in its discipline, methodology, mantras and process. Tapas is usually undertaken with the advice and directions of a Guru.
In today’s world of yoga when a practitioner does the physical yoga postures holding breath, thoughts naturally stills and the mind attains greater focus with clarity. This benefit of yoga is like drops of nectar adding to enrichment of experience. When experiencing this mind potency, yoga practice becomes more addictive allowing for more discipline. Life realities catch up to our daily yoga practice. The yoga practitioner now realizes that the realities of the external world can be created from within and real peace can be created with actual realities manifested. As the journey within yoga continues, the drops of nectar now becomes the honey pot as the journey of the seeker becoming a yogi. Consciously and unconsciously, a yogi steps into the evolved practice of yoga, tapas- the perpetual Source connectivity with Kundalini fires awake.
As a yogi, each breath is with awareness, Source connected through mantra fires. Mindfulness, awareness and optimal thoughts now is the evolved state of mind.
With tapas, the yogi becomes a vortex of higher vibrations. In a yogi’s presence healing, calm, harmony, love and goodness simply happens as the power of tapas, the inner fires, is actively recreating the dynamics of realities.
Power of Tapas:
Of all yoga postures, it was the Vriksasana posture that was mostly conducive to tapas. In modern history, there have been many Sages who have stood in the Vriksasana posture for years together!
In our day to day lives, utilize this posture to realign realities to unresolved issues, to seek fearlessness, to seek a prayer to be answered or simply, to align with Source in totality seeking realization.
When doing the Vriksasana, know that it is an intensifies prayer & a super condensed meditation.
– Set intent.
– Do the Vriksasana posture after doing other yoga postures so the body is sufficiently warmed up.
– Do pranayama to create core harmony and balance prior to Vriksasana posture. Ensure steady calm breath & mind as foundation.
– Utilize simple heart resonance mantras through the process. Siddha mantras are effective as they are like nursery rhymes allowing awareness beyond the mind.
– In the posture- right leg up stimulates the Sun breath. Utilize mantras invoking the masculine Divine entities- Lord Siva/ Lord Vishnu/ Lord Muruga
– In the posture- left leg up stimulates the Moon breath. Utilize mantras invoking the Divine Femninine- Goddess in all her forms.
– Tap into the vortex of Light generated within – seek Source, surrender the mind & intent, allow each mantra recited to be prayers.
– Begin tapas by steadily reciting the mantra with focus on the invoked, dissolving breath inside the mantra resonance- while attaining steadiness & balance through the process.
– Do the posture starting with one minute each side and gradually extend this practice to any length of time.
– After doing the posture, it is natural to feel the mantra recite within on its own accord. Allowing the sacred inner fire to continue each breath, let our mind conceive wisdom of Source to work our realities.
With daily yoga practice, the power of tapas will awaken on its own accord through the yogi’s awareness of each breath, Source connectivity and life’s challenges. To be in tapas is to be the reflection of Source. As a yogi, uplift humanity!
Nandhiji www.nandhiji.com is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary, awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He lives in Los Angeles, where he shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!”
Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community.
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The worship of Lord Siva, represented in the form of a Lingam is the Siva Linga Puja.Each year, based on the lunar calendar, the Mahasivratri is observed by millions, the yogis and householders alike throughout India. Mahasivratri is a sacred vortex of time that easily confers enlightenment and grace to evolve in ease with observation of yogic disciplines. Each year when we celebrate Mahasivratri, the Siva Lingam Puja holds a key to an inner journey.The Siva Lingam puja is the most personal and intimate time for a yogi as moments of absorption into the Divine, fully aware and intensely in union with Source through breath and as breathless joys. The yogic discipline of doing the Siva Lingam puja is considered the most potent of all yogic practices in being able to push a yogi through states of consciousness and as grace, evolve to be the object of worship, to be Lord Siva- as in the journey into One to be Oneness.In the yogi traditions of mystical India, each precious moment as human is for the purpose of enhancing more of consciousness and closer to Source. This journey beyond consciousness is enhanced each day with deeper and even more empowerment in the awakened inner wisdom. After having woken up to be the Spirit, the yogi then starts enhancing this experience through intensifying the bliss state for the mind to be at all times. In this journey through consciousness guided by bliss, the yogi understands effort and progress as a yogi through the push factor of own effort and divine grace as the pull factor- through the Siva Lingam puja.
A puja is not meditation in the sense, a puja requires a highly alert and involving state of mind. A puja is when Source/object of worship is celebrated in the physical form with offerings of flowers; milk; water etc along with mantra. A puja is a concentrated enhanced form of worship and can be called the mother of all meditations- a puja leads to a mind that is meditative, the natural state of the mind that is be defined as meditation. By doing a Siva Linga Puja, the yogi aligns in the receiving end of grace by invoking the power of the infinite Source in human realities for themselves and for the entire world.Utilizing the Lingam as representation of the infinite with the mind in super aware state of connecting as a bridge between the Divine invoked and the object of focus with through offerings of the heart, a Siva Linga Puja is done.
To yogis, the Lingam is the most apt form representing the Infinite. The Lingam is the infinite as in Form referred in Sanskrit as stambha- beginning-less and endless pillar. The traditional description of the Lingam representing the phallus is not the entire meaning behind the Lingam. Yes, the Lingam is the representation of the Wand of Light as the experience of our own inner Light rushing above through the spine.
When a yogi does the Lingam Puja, the yogi is invoking the infinite Spirit from within and the Infinite God Almighty of formlessness to be the dweller in the Lingam, the form. The Lingam serves to house, represent and radiant the energies of Infinity.Later through history by way of Western historians and through ways of convenience in hypothesis, a Lingam began pegged with the meaning of phallus as in being shape.
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The scriptures of Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, the essence of Consciousness in Hinduism, was born on the battlefield of Mahabharath in the discourse of Arjuna with his charioteer, Lord Krishna. Arjuna keeps asking Lord Krishna questions about life, death and wisdom. Lord Krishna rewards Arjuna’s seeking by giving him the Vishwaroopa vision – the ultimate blessings of enlightenment.
Vishwaroopam is the depiction of GOD as seen by Arjuna when Lord Krishna revealed Himself to him. Vishwaroopam is the ultimate vision of God as splendour of splendours, in innumerable forms, eyes, faces, mouths and arms as in Divinity, as human, and as all the living and representing the infinite universes. This experience is the fourth state of consciousness – Turiya. Sages express this state as the the sleepless sleep. For a Yogi this is a continual state of superconsciousness.
Turiya is the state of heightened inspiration, indomitable focus, infinite energy and blissful pristine mind amongst all the other extraordinary experiences of the moment.
Turiya is the awake state of mind that ‘enlightened’ Beings experience.
This is the moment when we are literally, the many as One. The depiction of Arjuna’s experience of visualizing GOD as the multidimensional, multifaceted, infinite finite is Vishwaroopa – the blessed state of mind.
Attainment of turiya is mastery of Consciousness – the gift of yoga, meditation and any form of practice that takes us within.
I share my story to offer a better understanding of Turiya.
As a seeker, aged 27, I was seeking nectars of truth and grace to find my ‘whole’. I went searching for Masters who could guide me. One of my Masters was Guru Ayya, who thoroughly intrigued me.
He was meditating in his cave on the peak of Arunachala mountain. He never moved, never slept, never ate – he only drank a small cup of milk and herbs.
Every morning at 6am his helpers would open up the entrance to his cave. For two hours he entertained all who came to seek him.
Pilgrims at his cave would walk around reciting his mantra to receive Guru Ayya’s blessings. Guru Ayya’s helpers would announce – “There is no need to communicate with Guru Ayya. He understands your every thought. As you recite the mantra walking around, pray and seek what you want. It will come true. ”
Reciting the mantra in Guru Ayya’s presence was an empowering experience, as we truly felt Ayya in presence and within our breath. Later, after about 2 hours of Guru Ayya having shared his presence with his seekers, the helpers would close the entrance of the cave with sticks and thorn bushes. Guru Ayya would delve back into himself, happy in his ‘solitude’.
My question at that time was – So what is the amazing thing Guru Ayya is doing that he does not want human company, is able to go within into himself entirely beyond even sleep, hunger, heat or cold? What is the enormous joyful activity he is indulging in that allows him the grace of stillness, focus and discipline to meditate and Be?
I would climb up the mountain top to be with Guru Ayya as often as I could. Each time, in the presence of Guru Ayya, I felt my mind transforming and allowing me my own grace of stillness rise from the core.
There were nights when I would meditate outside Guru Ayya’s enclosure, in proximity near him. Listening to his awesome states of ecstasy as he sang and sometimes conversed with ethereal Beings aloud throughout the night, made me understand this realm of ecstasy. I realized that I was absorbing within me, the presence of Guru Ayya through my inner journey.
Inside the core of myself, I felt the fires of the mantras converge in states of joy. Inside this core was a Dance where I was the dancer, observer of the dance and the observed who was dancing.
It was absorbing all other thoughts including my emotions, my worries and thoughts of hunger. Within this core of bliss, dance and peace, I felt I was incubating my own thoughts into wisdom.
What surprised me was my own ‘discipline’ that was happening to me on its own accord – like waking up each morning at 5 am no matter how late I slept – so I could connect to Source by way of yoga, meditation and puja to fulfill my joyous states. It was during my annual Mahasivratri time when I set my pilgrimage into myself by fasting and focusing within for 14 days, that I realized the heightened states of Turiya – the sleepless sleep states that is mentioned by the Yogis.
Anyone can attain anywhere, the gift of the Turiya states, through their own inner journey.
Mind states of Turiya as “Spirit experiencing the human” is the depiction of the awakened mind of all Sages.
Looking into the wisdom of all Masters – Rumi, Gandhiji, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, Plato & Ramana Maharishi as examples of the mind that attained Turiya and we now understand Turiya is attainable by all who seek it.
Einstein – “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. “
Abraham Lincoln – “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi
Plato: “You cannot conceive The Many without The One.”
Gandhiji- “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world- that is the myth of the atomic age- as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Ramana Maharishi “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.”
Upon attainment of the super-conscious mind, wisdom flows from within. When the identity of our ego is dissolved, as the mind subdued, the source of thoughts is from beyond the mind. Sages attribute the higher thoughts to the Gurus and the grace of the Gurus. All Masters attribute their wisdom to the We, rather than from memory or their own mind.
The many heads and hands experienced is the We – the power of many as One – Vishwaroopa.
How is Turiya attained?
– Seek truth as a bee seeking nectars. The starting point of our spiritual journey is humility, the urge to transform, the need of grace and the fuel of divine love, bhakti.
– Seek the grace of a living Master. Crack our karmic imprinted mind by igniting our inner Guru. Books & learning helps, but having a living Guru/s saves time in awakening process. A Guru’s job is to dissolve our ignorance and open our inner door to allow the light of Source to shine by implanting, awakening and lighting our inner Guru.
– Seek the core of joy- the Inner Guru – within as the embryo to nurture and grow as our bliss-formed mind and body. Nurture this sacred fire within. Allow time in patience and inner patience for our Inner Guru to be the Guru i.e, In time our own innate wisdom will shine.
– Be the Dance with each breath from Source, to Source. When we celebrate our core within as the Dance of Unions with Source, we are gifted stillness that allows the I Am principle to work. The I Am principle is the knowing of ourselves as Divine, limitless and perfect. Sages of all cultures and religions point to God within as the ultimate destination point of the question, Who am I? Each breath, we propel ourselves toward Source to the whole that shines as the Sun. The Sun itself knows no darkness. It is the planets that experience days and nights.
– Transform each thought to wisdom from the core harmony within. Meditate and from the states free of emotions and thought patterns, seek wisdom to navigate realities.
Once a year, arises an opportune time to take a pilgrimage within: Mahasivratri. Feb 21st, 2020, Friday is World Yogi Day, the time vortex of the attainment of Turiya.
Yogis & enlightened Masters of India direct us to observe Mahasivratri as the time to seek our higher Self as enlightenment is attained in ease.
Start our pilgrimage within 14 days before on the full moon on Sunday Feb 9th, 2020.
During Mahasivratri, there is specific alignment of earth with the sun & the moon, the earth in its orbit with all the other planets and in alignment with other stars. Mahasivratri is mentioned by the Vedic scholars as one of the most important time to observe to worship Lord Siva, the Supreme Self within, the Yogi.
Once a year millions across India observe MahaSivratri, the night of the Yogi. This period of time is a vortex of enlightenment- the time to attain turiya. Observe the 14 days of inner journey by way of detoxing the mind and body by gentle fasting, nurturing the Soul through yoga & meditation, awakening grace of transformation through seeking wisdom, in indulging in the dance within and twirling in silence.
Each day through the 14 days, journey within to discover our mind in its limits and the freedom beyond the mind in its vast limitless experience of joy.
As Mahasivratri approaches, feel the attainments of yoga as in state of perpetual joy, pristine mind and infinite energies- nature of turiya states of the Yogi.
– Utilize this experience of turiya each day with discipline to attain more of it.
Summary of the yogic concept of Vishwaroopa-
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Nandhiji www.nandhiji.com is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary, awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He lives in Los Angeles, where he shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community.
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Preparation for 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.
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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.
[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:
Compiled from Mastery of Consciousness Book & Teachings www.sensitiveplanet.com
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