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I wish to share with you…..if I could throttle you I would….if I could scream in your face I would…..but then, I have learnt over time that no one can change another. The desire should stir from within the self. So, I can only share with you, what I have learnt/experienced.

Like I voiced in my last post, Kundalini is not to be messed with unless you have worked on the yamas and niyamas outlined by the great sage Patanjali. See, in the days of yore, one’s physical body was the experimenting lab. They first conducted all the experiments on their person. They EXPERIENCED their hypothesis on their person. They did not require rats!! Edward Bach, the man behind bach flower remedies ‘became’ the plant he was researching on. In this way he was given the knowledge of which type of people would benefit from this remedy. It is a technique used by our rishis. So, if Patanjali has clearly stated that only following yamas and niyamas, can the rest flow smoothly, it was not without reason.

Following the path of Kundalini Yoga, or playing with powerful pranayams, is not to be compared with buying the latest gizmo and showing off to the neighborhood. This energy is very powerful and should be handled prudently. A soul enters a human body to carry out a particular divine plan. Having this extra energy and not utilising it specifically for your particular divine plan will bring about many health problems. The energy will move to where it is directed. If it is used up for work in the lower chakras it will end up burning those centres because they are just not made to hold higher, purer energy. You wouldn’t know why you have ended up with xyz health problems. When a fire is lit, it rises. If we put it out with water or sand, it dies. Same holds for the Kundalini fire within us, only what dies is the physical body that we have chosen.

Knowledge=freedom…….from the lotus pond.

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Kundalini

My first post for 2011. And this post’s topic is Kundalini. Yup, the famous Kundalini. I’m not going to bore/enlighten my reader with the details of this Shakti. Plenty of material out there to confuse/enlighten. We all have freewill, so we can decide what to do with further reading.

Many now-a-days wish to ‘awaken’ the kundalini shakti. Many profess to teach the ‘art’/method. How many actually understand the meaning of this shakti. How many know what it is already doing within our physical frame. How many are aware what happens if the kundalini shakti is prematurely awakened.

The kundalini is a force, very natural and already active, within all us humans. For those who have observed, not merely seen, nature will understand that it runs its course. And a timely course at that! We are unable to pass urine or stools until time is given for the excreta to form. At the right time it is thrown out of the body. It is natural. Simple.

When we begin to learn driving, we lack steadiness and confidence. As we clear our obstacles, emotionally or physically the path clears automatically. It is natural. Simple. Nature is simple. When we first begin to clear the path by following our intuition, ‘still small voice’, hunch or reading and implementing conscientiously Patanjali’s yoga sutras, the path clears for Kundalini’s blissful chakral movements. Excreta/muck gathered over lives, that gathered in the course of the current life, has to be thrown out, so that a timely movement is given way to. She is the mother and she knows her child well.

Dear reader, whether kundalini enthusiast or not, remember that nature is simple. Nature takes a timely course.

Understandings…….from the lotus pond.

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We have X number of books on how to achieve maximum in the minimum amount of time. Hmmmmm….time seems to be ticking away…That is why my favorite line is that life is too short, so don’t hold anger or jealousy, don’t blame someone else by depending on them. Do what you can and just be happy. It’s not worth carrying extra load.

So, having said that, how many of us actually implement all the good, workable and inspiring things we read in these helpful books? Many such books suggest one simple thing to do. WRITE down our goals, affirmations, dreams…whatever we want. But is it implemented? When we read it in the book, we are all geared up that this XYZ book answers our style. We think we will do these things. As soon as we put the book down, we forget. Then we end up having Monday blues! What is simple is pooh-pooh. People can’t accept that life IS simple.

Many go and join ashram groups, go to bhajan-kirtans, ‘sat-sangs’. They leave that area and ka-boom, they are back to their old selves. All that motivated them during the discourse they forget as soon as they have to haggle with the auto fellow. Or as soon as they get behind the wheel.

The person giving the discourse may have positive vibrations that can help motivate you for that duration. He/She may not necessarily have such an aura  for it to continue with us, as we leave the venue. It’s the feeling that we carry inside us that can further help us.  The book  awakens our enthusiasm, fires us up….then the levels just drop. What happens?

The discourses or books can just do that-Motivate. But it’s us who has to do the rest. Even a guru can take the disciple only so far. The ultimate journey is ALWAYS ours. The ways to re-align ourselves with God may be many but the effort is only and always from us. And yes, the way is simple. What is under our nose is never seen and rarely understood!!

 Wake up! Set goals, write down the affirmations, make charts or wheels, whatever works, but take the first step and DO something. We are taught ways to maximize our time on earth in this birth. So, let’s make sensible use of this opportunity. But just like we might want to be VP of the company we work in we must know and focus on where we want our life going.

Working on a better NOW….for that simple and fantastic experience of  BEING……from the lotus pond.

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I am back to the nautilus shell’s spiraling mystery. My facination has not waned. The more I look at it the more information seems to flow intuitively. So amazing, fantastic, mind boggling….any number of adjectives can be added but the best is humbling. Yes, the simplicity of Divinity is so humbling that it is an emotion that has to be experienced.

When a babe comes into this world we rejoice the arrival of a new life. We comment on what we see manifested. Along with the life in the baby, it’s counterpart death also exists, unmanifested. As we grow we Radiate outwards. Our energy is thrown into LIFE. With increasing age, deterioration sets into the physical. We begin our return journey to the centre , the bindu, from whence we began. Now, approaching DEATH is manifested and LIFE slowly becomes the unmanifested. The cycle of birth and death continues.

Having radiated outward in so many of our lives, if we can gravitate to the centre especially when the LIFE energy is at its greatest then we live in continuous bliss. Heaven on earth. Difficult? Yes. It requires determination, focus and perseverance. Impossible? Not at all. We break the cycle of birth and death. Then Lord Shiva stops wearing the mund mala as Devi Parvathi will always be by his side. That is the story of Amarnath.

Our rishis of yore, shared with us the benefits of the yantras. They are diagrams, usually geometrical and symetrical. They are symbols, the language of life. Meditating on a chosen yantra, makes you understand what it conveys fully. Egyptians and the Orients too used and use such techniques. Becoming the yantra itself , is going deep into the chosen object where no separation exists. The yantra is you and you are it. The first part, that is experiencing the separation, is radiation. The experience of oneness is gravitation.

Our breathing too is in cycles. We don’t have to go externally looking for yantras. If we can experience us by becoming the inspiration and expiration we will have attained oneness. There is a completely new and exciting realm within our own selves waiting to be explored. It’s inexplicable!

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A crow was my inspiration for this post! Well, why not? I was lying there looking out the window when I spotted a crow. Big fellow and completely black, no grey at all. I got to wondering about their communication. They caw and call on their kind to share the meat thrown in someone’s dustbin. They caw and swoop down to eat the rice and lentils topped with clarified butter at a brahmin’s house. So, do they have some sort of vocabulary? Do they add new words? ‘Ah no! What is the motivation for them at their level?’ is what I asked myself.

‘What is our motivation?’ I asked myself.

‘The excitement of growth’ came the reply from within

‘So who motivates us, God or ourselves? But if we are God (in the unrealized state) then who is the Motivator and who the Motivated?’ asked I.

When there is only the Absoulte who is both darkness and light, manifested and unmanifested then only the Absolute can be the Motivator and the Motivated. Both are separate AND the same ONE.

This reminds me of the nautilius shell with its spiral formation. We can go to the outermost manifestations that our desires can take us, ultimately,we have to take the journey back within. That is our Absoulte resting place. That journey we have all begun….

From the murky waters of the lotus pond, comes this light…..

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So we fall in love then we also fall out of love. Then we again fall in love. We go through falling in and out of love throughout our lives. Come to think about all the times we have been in and out of loving someone, it takes up a major portion of our life on earth. So many emotional uphevals and all the physical ailments we end up with. Some abuse drugs and alcohol and make life even more miserable.

Am I against love? On the contrary, I am a die-hard romantic!! And I guess, I can think of love this way because I give so much importance to this fantastic feeling. The only difference with the majority is that they are all still falling, hurting and allowing time to take care of the pain. We FALL in love because we look for WHOLESOMENESS in someone external. We think and feel that the someone special will compliment and COMPLETE us. This is the first wrong approach. WE ARE ALL BORN COMPLETE FROM WITHIN. We find it difficult to fathom.

We spend so much time in the external world with friends, movies, games, socializing, etc. We hardly spend any quality time with ourselves. If we got to know ourselves, really got to know, from the inside out, then we would know what we are looking for in the external. We firstly don’t know what we want for ourselves and we go hunting for that something which will make us feel loved, secure, wanted and give us a sense of belonging. This is the second wrong approach. WE NEED TO KEEP QUESTIONING OURSELVES. FIND US FIRST. We are working the other way round. That’s why we end with up pain.

Man looks for contentment on three factors. One is the physical material world. If he has money to buy, clothes to wear, food to eat and a roof over his head and most importantly finds CONTENTMENT in what he has then he moves to his emotional side.

If man is able to feel loved, secure in love, and get his sense of belonging by first loving and accepting himself then he need not spend most of his earthly life seeking this externally. We fail to see that love flows from within to the out/external. If man loves himself he will be able to receive in abundance. Once there is CONTENTMENT of giving , sharing and receiving love, then only can man willingly move into the spiritual aspect of his personality. Till then we move in cycles in one life and continue the cycle of birth, death and birth.

Journeying onward on further enlightenment….from the lotus pond.

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Why we FALL in love

Sometime or the other all of us have fallen in love, but very few have managed to Rise in love. Love, actually is supposed to liberate. When love is ONLY for the sake of love it is liberating, thus we Rise in love. But with the majority love becomes as much a bondage as untold wealth to the rich. So, one ends up falling in love rather than rising. The same insecurity that plagues the wealthy is present in the one who loves and also in the one who is being loved. They want to hold on to love lest it slips out of their fingers.

Through love we try to find that ‘something’ that we feel is missing. That something is UNITY. We seek it through love, through sex, but deep within we know we have not attained it. We exchange energy with whomsoever we meet and interact. The other’s energy can touch us at any level. When there is a similar vibrational frequency we wish to interact more often. Our energy  creates an impression on the mind of the other just as the other individual’s has created on us. The impressions created are our own presumptions. What we have done though is to love the impression and not the person at all. So, the delusion sets in and we end up Falling in love.

Love for the sake of love and that love shall liberate. Don’t love for the feeling of ‘completeness’ for we are already complete.

My journey goes on….from the lotus pond.

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