Saturday, August 2, 2014

GREAT QUOTES - FROM - SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV - (02-Aug-2014)



GREAT QUOTES

FROM

SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV


Here is a collection of Sadhguru’s beautiful quotes. As always, there is a Great wisdom flowing from each of them and devotees and Fans of Sadhguru will surely love them. My best regards to each of the readers.

Ø  For me, friendship is not an advantageous transaction or give-and-take, for me friendship is a certain overlapping of life.
Ø  Someone can shoot straight and someone cannot. Why? Lack of attention. From the simplest to the highest things, it is just lack of attention.
Ø  Light comes and goes. Darkness is always – it is the basis of existence.
Ø  If you want to get into prevention, it is a lifelong commitment to create a society of a certain kind. Marching on the streets for one day and lighting candles is not enough for prevention. Prevention is a lifelong commitment.
Ø  Yoga means to unite the limited with unlimited.
Ø  Life is not outside of you. You are life.
Ø  Essentially leadership is the art and science of making things happen.
Ø  There is a lot more to life than your thoughts and emotions. Time to move from psychological space to life-scape.
Ø  Love is not possible, it is simply out of question as long as there is fear of losing yourself
Ø  Intelligence is not yours or mine - it is the nature of creation and the creator. Finding access to this intelligence is our skill and endeavor.
Ø  When you talk about love, it has to be unconditional. The moment there is a condition, it just amounts to a transaction.
Ø  Love is never between two people. It is what happens within you, and what happens within you need not be enslaved to someone else.
Ø  Devotees are extremists, but not against anything - for everything.
Ø  Spirituality means you don't try to find explanations for your nonsense - you are willing to face it.
Ø  Sounds are many – silence is one. Forms are in zillions – the source of creation is one.
Ø  Devotion does not mean you have to be a temple-going, pooja-doing, coconut-breaking person. A devotee has understood what his place in the existence is.
Ø  Every mantra activates a particular kind of energy in a different part of the body.
Ø  Creativity need not necessarily mean that you invent something fantastic. Someone can be creative about how they sweep the floor.
Ø  There is no need for a spiritual leader to turn political, but there is a need for every political leader to have an element of spirituality.
Ø  Ultimate intelligence is when you know how to keep your intellect aside.
Ø  Because you are very spiritual, you can't walk the streets with eyes closed, can you?
Ø  Spiritual practice is like food. Food only works for those who eat it. Spiritual practice only works for those who do it.
Ø  Your intellect can never take you to what is right, it can only point what is wrong
Ø  Generating words means attributing meanings to meaningless sounds.
Ø  What is needed to build a successful individual, the same things are needed to build a successful nation.
Ø  Democracy is not a spectator sport. We have to participate.
Ø  If you are not willing to die, the question of being reborn doesn't arise.
Ø  Economic development without spiritual evolution of humanity means we will have everything yet we will have nothing.
Ø  If you are too serious about everything, you will only know thoughts and emotions. You will not know life.
Ø  The mind has no quality of its own – it is just a possibility.
Ø  When you do not know how to handle yourself, where is the need to produce another life.
Ø  Being attached to someone is not about other person. It is about your own sense of inadequacy.
Ø  Frustration, discouragement, and depression mean you are working against yourself.
Ø  Smartness is in knowing our foolishness.
Ø  What your consciousness is intensely focused on is what will manifest in your life and in the world around you.
Ø  Poetry is the succour for all those who touch illogical levels of elation or ecstasy. Be it a Lover, Drunk or Mystic.
Ø  Some spiritual teachers give you a nice new coat of paint, and suddenly you will look shiny and nice. Certain others scrape off even the primer beneath the paint. You came to the second kind.
Ø  Evil does not fall upon us, nor does it grow within us. It is just that if we invest in ignorance, evil is bound to come into our lives.
Ø  If you die of excitement, it’s all right. Such a magnificent creation and you die of boredom – that’s a crime.
Ø  Intelligence is not limited to intellect or thought. There is more intelligence in the air around you than in your brain.
Ø  You can be socially smart but existentially stupid.
Ø  If you do what you like with 100% involvement, what you don’t like, you must do with 200% involvement. That’s breaking limitations.
Ø  As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities – from the deepest hell to the highest states. It is up to you which one you choose to explore.
Ø  My work is to bring clarity. Once you clearly see that the whole universe is one, everything about you and your relationship with existence will change.
Ø  If you knew the true nature of your existence, you could play the drama of life whichever way you want, to whatever extent you want.
Ø  With the necessary technology, simple space, even a piece of stone can be made into divine exuberance. This is the phenomenon of consecration.
Ø  Even if I am with a million people, I am always alone. I do not see people as people. I see them as myself.
Ø  Everything comes from the same source. You can be at absolute ease only if you experience yourself as a part of existence, not as a separate individual.
Ø  Being a creature on the planet means the hand of the Creator has touched you. There is no better blessing.
Ø  Unleash your desire; limit it not to the limited. In the boundlessness of the desire is your ultimate nature.
Ø  Every moment of your life, you perform action – physically, mentally, emotionally, and energy-wise. Each action creates a certain memory. That is karma
Ø  Believing gives you comfort, solace, and a sense of belonging, but there will be no courage and commitment to seek what is true.
Ø  To live is to give, and to give is to live.
Ø  Until you know the pure ecstasy of being, your life is not fulfilled.
Ø  There is no place where there is no Grace.
Ø  Ignorance allows you to explore everything. But you get trapped by what you think you know.
Ø  When you are a human being, the upper line is gone.
Ø  It doesn’t matter what kind of karma you gathered in the past – this moment’s karma is always in your hands.
Ø  Youth is humanity in the making. If something is in the works, the more attention you pay to it, the better the product will be.
Ø  If you really look for truth, don’t assume anything – just seek.
Ø  May your decisions be based upon what truly matters and works, not upon your likes and dislikes.
Ø  I am not interested in you seeking God. I am interested in you becoming godlike
Ø  Using yoga just as a therapy is like using an airplane as a bus.
Ø  The Divine doesn’t love you. And there is no need, because everything is in the lap of the Divine.
Ø  If you understand that desire is an endless process, it is a game you can play joyfully.
Ø  Your thoughts and emotions may keep you fully engaged right now, but they are just small offshoots of life - they are not life itself.
Ø  What you think about yourself, what others think about you is of no existential significance.
Ø  You do not have to pursue something intensely; you as a being should become very intense.
Ø  Sadhana is a tool to consciously hasten your spiritual evolution.
Ø  If you want to find out the purpose of life, you need to look beyond the limitations of body and mind.
Ø  If you have one eye set on the goal, you have only one eye to find your way.
Ø  An Asana Can Change your Life.
Ø  You do not have a duty towards anyone or anything. If you have love and care, you will do what is needed.
Ø  Only when man is willing to change himself, there can be a true revolution
Ø  If there is love in your heart, it will guide you through your life. Love has its own intelligence.
Ø  If you know how to touch the core of a human being, everyone is willing to do the best for you.
Ø  If we are in tune with the fundamental laws of nature, we will enjoy the process of life. Otherwise, suffering is inevitable.
Ø  Mind is madness. Only when you go beyond the mind there will be meditation.
Ø  The only way you can taste life is with involvement.

=Hope you loved and Enjoyed the Quotes

Wishing you all

The Grace of Sadhguru,
Sd/-
(v.vijayamohan)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE HINDUS, HISTORY AND THE ALTERNATIVE HISTORY - WENDY DONIGER - SOME VIEWS -SEX IN RELIGION


"THE HINDUS, THE HISTORY, THE ALTERNATIVE HISTORY"


2000 years before, no one on earth would have heard of the word HINDU. This word, to the best of my knowledge and belief, isn't there in any of the ancient Indian writings. The westerners coined the word. But, it has now become convenient to use the word and there is no problem in using it.

So, what is HINDU HISTORY? What is History - in general? Somebody chronicles currently occurring events - and that becomes History. But, one man's History is another man's trash. What the Marxists say was the History of Bengal is not what Trinamool Congress would agree with. What Lenin and Stalin would say was the History of USSR is not the History the current leaders of the numerous countries in the region would agree with as History.

Usually, the winner of a war forces everyone to accept his version as History. This is the case with first and second world wars. The vanquished always has a different History to tell.  History cannot be the story of one or two individuals.Or, even of a minor percentage of the population. But that is what goes round as History.

History cannot be the view of  one or two individuals like Herodotus, who lived in 400 BC and was considered the father of History. Like him, there are any number of Indian Historians. In my opinion, almost none of them would have even seen a tenth of India.They would have read a few Books, met a few Individuals and formed their opinions - which they wrote as History of India. 

History is just a chronicler's view of what he has seen, heard and read - and nothing more. 

There is no independent, impartial, unbiased Historian born on earth. There is no Historian who has seen a reasonable portion of the Land and met a reasonable number of important individuals of his time in that land - to be able to form a view applicable to the majority of the Individuals residing there. 

History is always a microscopic view - but enlarged as macroscopic view. Generalizations are wrong most of the time - and History is the worst kind of Generalization that we have invented.

And then, we have art history, cultural history, political history, religious history and so on. You cannot understand religious history by meeting non-religious individuals. You cannot get to know art history by meeting religious leaders. Political history differs from Politician to Politician. They all differ and the ruling clan/party's version holds sway. Most of the Political History gets written by non-politician journalists and historians. Each has his own Bias. So, History isn't an accurate depiction of everything that happens. Yet, it has some value, if written by unbiased, widely read and widely travelled persons.

But, that is not the case generally. It is almost always written by Biased Individuals.

How would you know about Hinduism and Hindu religious History? Read the Upanishads,read the Bhagavad Gita, read Adi Sankaracharya's writings etc. These are authentic versions of Hinduism as it evolved. Without reading any of these, if someone writes on Hinduism or Hindu history or alternative History, it is equivalent to Trash. Not worth reading at all.

Hinduism, or the religion in India (call it by any name you like) is not just 2000 or 3000 years Old. I am sure, it is as old as the earth itself or the first human being on earth. Why Human beings? Even the Gods followed the same ism. That is what we find in the Upanishads.

Now, Wendy Doniger, the author of "The Hindus : An alternative History" would not perhaps like to believe that. It is up to her. Neither she was there nor I was there when the Gods wanted to know who the Great Yaksha (Brahmam) was who could easily show Indra, Agni and Vayu that they are completely  powerless before him... and when Goddess Uma Devi came to these Gods to tell them about the Brahmam. When did this happen? Millions of years back.  You don't have to believe that. It is up to you. No one compels you. But, Brahmam is a FACT. Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga is a definite Path to know it first hand - not just to believe it.

Hinduism prescribes certain beliefs and practices for those who cannot make further efforts to know anything first hand, in religious matters. These are needed for such Individuals. Hinduism prescribes Bhakti marga (devotional path) for those who can believe in a God blindly. Hinduism prescribes karma yoga (the path of action) for those who want to devote to serve Humanity. Hinduism prescribes Jnana Marga (path of wisdom) for those who are willing to sit with Great Gurus and know the truth. Hinduism prescribes Yoga Marga (Meditation and Samadhi) for those who are willing to explore the depths of the self and find the self (and the God) within the self.

Hinduism prescribes Idol worship - in the very initial stages. As a person graduates further, Hinduism allows him to find the god in the entire Universe outside him or within his own self. Hinduism  prefers non-idol form of worship - and yet approves idol worship too, as something required in the initial stages.

Hinduism sees every force of nature as a God and yet says, there is one and only Brahmam, which is pervading all these Gods. At a later stage, Hinduism says, the same Brahmam is in You too. A little later, the same Hinduism says, that Brahmam is YOU.

The same Hinduism talks of Brahma, Vishnu, Easwara - and then talks of a Sakthi which is their originator.

You don't have to believe in a God at all - to be a Good Hindu. Yet, if you go through Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga, you can know the deepest of truths - which are unknown to all religionists all over the world. Frankly, this sort of Yoga Marga is just unheard of in other parts of the world and unknown to them. So, what is religion and religious History, if you never explored any of these aspects of Hinduism.

Adi Sankaracharya is a monumental figure in Hindu religious History. He is an authority on Hinduism. And, he is a historical figure. I have written commentaries in this Blog on some of his master pieces. Without knowing his specific views on aspects like sex in religion, commenting on sex in Hinduism is inappropriate. Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya and many other religious stalwarts are also part of Hindu religious history. They all differ from each other in certain Higher religious aspects - though not in the mundane religious aspects. They are all essential part of the religious History of India. And then, we have Ramana maharshi on whom Paul Brunton has written a lot. We have Ramakrishna and Vivekananda - the recent stalwarts. We can't ignore Osho and many other great religious thinkers who shaped religious thinking in India.

The Best aspect of Hinduism, and only of Hinduism, is that it gives us perfected methods to KNOW and EXPERIENCE  at the individual level what the Ultimate fact about the self is and what the Almighty being is. You don't need to believe. You can KNOW. 

So, what is Hindu History? Hindu History is about the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Brahma Sutras, the Atma Bodha, the viveka choodamani - and about those who wrote them and who figure in them ; about those, who taught these to their disciples; about those who shaped Indian thinking on all these aspects.

Is sex a part of religion? No. it is not. Sex is a part of life. Part of our social life. It is needed for reproduction and continuity. It is so, in all beings. The donkey has no religious life. But, it has sex life. It is much the same as in human beings. The ant has sex life. The elephant has sex life. The Lion has sex life. Every insect has sex life. Why are we confusing sex life with religious life and religious History? Sex life is same or similar in all beings. Religious life - only humans have. And, west and east greatly differ in them. In general, eastern religions are more ancient than western religions. Hinduism is the MOST ANCIENT RELIGION in the world.

In India, there are certain restrictions placed on sex life - only to make it more long lasting and more enjoyable - and at the same time, to ensure that it does not interfere with religious and social life.

India calls it Sex within Dharma. India was the only country which prescribed  kama sutra, the science of sex. But, India is also the country which placed certain restrictions on sex. But, all those restrictions are intended to ensure fair play for both sexes, and make sex long lasting and equally enjoyable for both.

So, let us not confuse sex with religious life. These two are entirely different aspects of life. sex is not taboo in religious life. But, it is not religious life. In fact, man has to remain a celibate for practicing certain higher procedures in religious life. Otherwise, mind will be going around sex pleasures always.

Going to a Temple, performing puja, performing prayer, practicing Yoga, etc are part of religious life. The sex act with the wife/husband is part of social life. 

Eating and drinking are not religious practices - yet eating and drinking of certain items are prohibited. It is so with sex also. Sex with some one else's wife/husband is prohibited. Sex at certain times is prohibited. Rape is considered a huge social offence, punishable with death. Ravana's story and Duryodhana's story are just that. They got killed for coveting some one else's wife. But that is not religion. Ajanta and Ellora and sex orgies are not religion. They are social. Sex orgies especially are not the preferred mode of sex.

I haven't read what Wendy Doniger has written in her 'THE HINDUS : AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY", nor do I propose to read the same. I don't know why some so called Hindu organizations are reading that - instead of reading Gita or Yoga Sutras, and are protesting against it. I don't know why Arundhati Roy is so vociferously supporting the Book. Nothing of these seems connected with religion to me.

My feeling is - their time would be better spent - if they try to understand the Gita, the Upanishads, the Atma Bodha first. A clearer knowledge of THE HINDUS, will emerge thereby. That will make Histories and alternative Histories redundant.

Should Hindus Protest against anti-hindu writings or not? why not? Do Protest. That is, if they are ANTI-HINDU. But, let all such protests be perfectly peaceful, well-reasoned and perfectly democratic. Tell the people why you are protesting or objecting. Tell them why their views are not correct. In my view, that is enough of a protest. Nothing more is needed.

Others need to know what Hinduism is all about. But, before that, we need to know what Hinduism is all about.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

BHAGAVAD GITA - CH.2 -Sl.16,17,18 - SAMKHYA YOGA -Which, is indestructible;which, is destroyed constantly?



BHAGAVAD GITA

(THE COMPLETE YOGA SASTRA)

CHAPTER.II-SAMKHYA YOGA
 


In the previous Blog Post, we spoke of the IN-DWELLER, who experiences all the changes occurring in the body and the mind. Lord Krishna did not use the word "ATMAN" for the in-dweller. Instead, he used the word "Dehi", the one who dwells in Deha or Body. 

The In-dweller moves on from one body to another, when the former Deha collapses finally and dies. Death is for the Deha, not for the Dehi. For the Deha, all sensations that happen are also fleeting and impermanent. Sukha, Duhkha, heat , cold etc all come and go. They happen to Deha but are experienced by Dehi. 

The wise man knows their fleeting nature and remains unperturbed by the changes happening in the body. Such a wise man who remains unperturbed by all these changes , is fit for immortality, says Lord Krishna. This will need further explanation. Let us move on with Lord Krishna further.


CHAPTER.2. VERSE.16





Naasatho vidyathe bhaavo naabhaavo vidyate sathah |

Vubhayorapi drastontastvanayostatvadarsibhih   ||


Meaning :

 
"The ASATH or the unreal has no  continued existence. The SATH or the real will never cease to exist. The Drasta or the witness realizes the truth about both the real and the unreal. "

The words 'sath' and 'asath' have special meanings in Vedanta.  There are no equivalent words in English. 

Sath - is that which exists always - in the past, in the present and in the future. Its non-existence is impossible. 'abhava' means non-existence. Sath is always existing. Asath is the opposite of sath. Can we therefore say - asath is that which does not exist always or that which never existed?

How do we know of anything which never existed, not existing now and will never exist in future at any time? How can we even talk of any such thing at all?

This is not the meaning in which the word asath is used here. Certain things give us the impression of being in existence continuously, but are not in such continuous existence. Consider the human body. When you look at your own body, you feel it is existing. But, you do know that, over a period of 10 years, either it has grown much larger or has depreciated much depending upon the stage of life you are in. 

You also know well that this change is happening every moment in the body in every cell. One day, the quantum of change is so much that we are able to see it well with our gross eyes also. In reality, change is happening all the time, in every atom and every cell. You can't see the same body twice. You can't step into the same river twice, because water is flowing always though river looks like the same. Same is the case with your body. 

The whole universe is changing every moment. But, many things look like having the same shape all the time. The Sun, the moon, the stars - all are changing all the time; but to our gross eyes, they seem to be the same. Whatever is always changing is really not existing as the same thing at any time. This is the meaning in which ASAT is used here. Vedanta uses the word MITHYA to signify this state.

If everything is MITHYA or ASAT in this universe, what then is SATH? What is it that remains UNCHANGED all the time?  If something is UNCHANGED all the time, it must have been this way, always in the past, always in the present and always in the future. It can't disappear at any time in future, for, if it does that, it cannot be SATH. Likewise, it could not have not existed at any time in the past, for, then also, it could not have been SATH then.

Readers will remember the word 'DEHI' used by Krishna in previous slokas. Dehi was said to experience all the changes occurring in the Deha. In this sloka, the word used is Drasta, the witness or the Seer. The Drasta knows both the Sath and the Asath, says Lord Krishna.

But, is the Drasta Sath or Asath?



CHAPTER.2.VERSE.17


Avinaasi thu tad viddhi  yena sarvamidam thatham   |

Vinaasamavyayasyaasya na kaschithkarthumarhasi ||  


Meaning :
"know that - Indestructible indeed is that which pervades all this. No one can effect the destruction of this indestructible entity"

Sath is that which pervades all the asath - and yet is not asath. Asath is all that is pervaded by the Sath. The sath is indestructible; while the asath is continuously changing; or, in other words, it is continuously destroyed and formed into a different shape.

Not only the individual Deha which is asath and the Dehi, which is sath, the whole Universe is Asath and there is a Sath that pervades the whole Universe.


CHAPTER.2.VERSE.18

Anthavantha yime Dehaa nityasyoktaah Sareerinah   |

Anaasinoprameyasya tasmaad yudhyasva  Bhaaratha ||  


Meaning :
"while the Dehi, the in-dweller, is always existing and is indestructible, the bodies (or Dehas) of this Dehi (in-dweller) all have an end (and cannot exist forever) . Therefore, O Bhaaratha, fight!"

The bodies are all subject to destruction. They all have an end. They are constantly racing towards their own destruction. But, the in-dweller always exists and is not subject to any such destruction.

Having said this, Lord Krishna once again tells Arjuna, to fight the battle - since, whether you fight and destroy them or not, they are anyway bound for their own destruction.

The whole of Vedanta explores the Sath and Asath that fills the Universe, and explains to us the same. It calls the Sath as Brahmam and the Asath as Jagath, and gives their truth in a simple form as : "Brahma satyam; Jaganmithya". There is also a third aspect of this truth, to which we will come later.

In each Body and in every atom of the Universe, there is sath, which is permanent and indestructible. But, the Deha and the larger Universe, in fact, every atom of them are Asath and are constantly changing and getting destroyed.

So, the question now is - Are you the Deha , or, are you the in-dweller? Are you Asath, or , are you Sath?

This is the question that every Vedantin, every Yogi, every seeker of truth wants to explore and know. The Vedas and the Upanishads are all devoted to the unravelling of this one truth. Lord Krishna is giving their essence in the most easily understandable form in the Gita. We are proceeding along with the Lord to understand the same.

 
.....will Continue.