Swara Yoga Lessons by Tantra Master Ma Shakti Devpriya ji

Question:

Shivoham! Ma,

I am noticing my swara since few days. I take a note right at the time of sunrise. And few more times in the day. I have noticed that during the sunrise, some days it is as per the tithi. but some days it is not and even if I try to change it, it does not change. During the day, i have understood that most of the times it is surya that is active. I remember you said that chandra should be active during the day and surya in the night. So what should i do to correct it. Although i try few methods to change but it does not change for a long time. And how do i ensure that the correct swara is active during sunrise.

K.P.

Shivoham!

Dear K.P.

This is almost a common query, that all the new practitioners and enthusiasts of Swar Vigyaan have, that Swara is not according to the tithi. There are few reasons for this. Although I did share in the class, about how we can predict about our coming day, paksha, month and even year by reading our Swara during sunrise. But I had also mentioned, to predict correctly, we need to achieve proper working of the Swara.

When the swara is not according to the tithi, the first thing that should be attempted is to change the swara. This can be done by any of the method I had taught during the class. As you mention, that even if you try to change the swara it does not change and you also share that most of the times it is the surya swara that is active, so let us understand what can be the underlying causes for the same.

The first point to understand here is that there is certainly some problem/issue or disease. It can be on mental level and/or physical level. So try to contemplate on the following pointers.

Health of respiratory system

First step is to understand the health of your respiratory system. It means right from the nose to the lungs. Nose is a very important organ when it comes to understanding of the swaras and so its upkeep is very much necessary. Have you ever suffered from sinusitis, or currently are you having blocked nostrils or nasal passages. Also understand if there is unusual dryness in the nostrils? Do remember to do Jal Neti every morning, it will ensure you have clear nasal passages. Applying ghee (clarified butter) in the nostrils once daily will be helpful if you experience dryness in the nose. Also be sure of any anatomical issues like nasal septum deviation etc. There can also be some swelling in the throat or nasal area. If you are suffering from any of the above issue, proper treatment should be taken.

Health of Digestive system:

Problems with digestive system actually reflect on the overall health of our body. If you study and correct your swaras daily, you will soon realize that they are first ones to tell you that there is some problem with your digestive system. Over active pingala nadi or surya swara, can mean too much heat in the body. It can be reflected as hyper acidity in the system. Too much toxin buildup in the body is also a cause for overactive surya swara.

Posture:

This is also an important but many times overlooked cause for disturbed swaras. Overactive surya swara can simply mean that nerves in the left side of your body are weak. You must have noticed yogis sitting with a straight back and maintain the graceful posture for longer period of time. It has a reason behind it, when you sit with a straight back, you actually let proper functioning of the nadis to happen. Even a little bit of bent on either sides, affect the subtle nadis and that can be easily understood by reading the swara. Do you find yourself bent mostly towards your left side. Suppose you sit for longer periods of time, which side do you bent to?

Other less known Factors

If you are into any spiritual practice, especially mantras.. notice which mantras you are chanting because certain mantras (the most potent of those are of Agni, Surya, Narsimha and Hayagreeva) tend to increase fire-activity in the body thus disrupt the swara cycle.

Tattvic imbalance is another factor which come in the way of restoring normal swara cycle. In our lineage for the uninitiated ones we suggest Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya for this issue.

Nadi-Shuddhi is not just desirable but mandatory for achieving perfection in Swara Yoga discipline. Anyone who wishes to achieve greater success in Swara Vigyaan must conduct oneself through the Nadi-Shodhan practice on daily basis because it is a Complete Wellness Programme in itself and removes all diseases from body.

Weight shifting is general phenomenon that impacts swara cycle. Notice which leg do you tend to put your weight on, when standing for long time? Which side of the body do you use more?  As you will answer these questions you will find insight into functioning of your swaras.

Further any infection, pain or even dental filling in your left jaw can trigger surya swara dominance.

Once you are able to understand the underlying cause, for one swara dominance and rectify it, the functioning of the swara according to the tithi during sunrise will also start happening.

Finally, I would add a word of caution here. We tend to think about our bodies like machines, and feel that just tightening some screws here and there is going to heal it. You should understand that your body is a play of subtle energies and your lifestyle, emotions, situations has caused wear and tear to your body over many years, so it will take time in bringing harmony and balance in it.

If you do not take care of these minute things it may not be possible to bring perfect balance. If you continue having erratic lifestyle (includes sleep cycles, food quality and timings, exercise, pranayama and of course stress) there is less hope.  So minimize the damage you do to your body and experience the wonderful support of swaras in your life mentally, physically and spiritually.

-Ma Shakti Devpriya

Ma Shakti Devpriya is a Tantra Master in Krama System, Founder of 'The Shakti Multiversity' and non-profit 'Sacred Association for rejoice and Love'. Her book on Tantric Spirituality "Tattva Shakti Vigyaan - Tantra for Modern Man' is the best-seller at Amazon in its category. She along with her beloved consort Master AD takes workshops on Swara Yoga, Prateek Vigyaan, 5D Shakti Healing, Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya and also initiates sincere seekers in Tantric practices through Tattva Shakti Vigyaan deeksha.
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Dharana- The power of concentration

“In   the   beginning   of  meditation,   lights  of  various colours, such as red, white, blue, green, a mixture of red and green lights, etc., appear in front of the forehead. They are Tanmatric lights. Every Tattva has its own hue. Prithvi Tattva has yellow colour. Apas Tattva has white colour. Agni has red colour. Vayu has green colour. Akasa had blue colour. The coloured lights are due to these Tattvas only.
Sometimes a big sun or moon, or lightninglike flashes appear in front of the forehead during meditation. Do not mind these appearances. Shun them. Try to dive deep into the source of these lights.
Sometimes Devas, Rishis, Nitya Siddhas will appear in meditation. Receive them with honour. Bow to them. Get advice from them. They appear before you to help and give you encouragement. 
In the beginning of meditation and concentration you will see in the centre of the forehead a resplendent, flashing light. This will last for half or one minute and then disappear. The light will flash either from above or sideways. Sometimes a sun of 6 inches or 8 inches in diameter with or without rays will be seen. You will see the form of your Guru or Upasya-Murty also.
When you get glimpses of the Self, when you see the blazing light, when you get some other extraordinary spiritual experiences, do not fall back in terror. Do not give up the Sad-hana. Do not mistake them for a phantom. Be brave. March boldly with joy”  says Swami Sivananda in one of his articles on Meditation.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN MEDITATION?

Everyone, who has ever tried to meditate knows how difficult it is to bring this dragon of mind under one’s slight control, what to talk of experiences. Majority of the first timers in meditation are so bogged down by this phenomenon called mind that they think it’s better to go fishing or listen to a soothing piece of music rather than sit in lotus posture on a meditation mat to tame this invisible nuisance-creator – The Mind.

Mind’s ways are peculiar and who understands that better than the eastern mystics and Yogis who not only deeply studied the patterns of the erratic mind but also discovered wonderful ways to bring this mind to its legitimate stature of a Servant!

This 3 Hr programme on Dharana gives you clearer understanding of the techniques you can use to control your mind better.

Can’t Concentrate BUT YOU CAN Meditate!

In fact There are two diagonally opposite methodologies adopted by the eastern Masters to tame the devil – One has its roots in Yoga and the other in Tantra. Although there are stark differences in these two yet somewhere Tantra has liberally and successfully integrated the static and dynamic ways of meditation and therefore Dharana is synonymous with ‘Meditation’ in Tantric scriptures.

A common student of Patanjali Yoga knows a sequence that places concentration before meditation. This translates to – If you can’t concentrate you can never be able to meditate. This is perfectly true but since ways of minds are innumerable hence there are other ways to meditate for sure. Did you hear me saying ‘You can surely skip practice of concentration to be able to enter meditation?’ Yes! This is exactly the point.

Dharana – Using the Power of Mind!

‘Mind over matter’ is a very common phrase.  A strong and controlled mind is capable of healing chronic and life threatening diseases. But this same mind, when not in control can become the biggest obstacle when one tries to practice meditation. A Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner knows how delicately the mind is placed in the cosmological map of existence that is the 36 Tattvas. The mind is the origin of Jnanendriyas (Sense organs) , which further form the karmendriya (Action organs), from which originate the Tanmatras (Subtle organs) and finally the Panch Mahabhutas (material elements) are formed. The mind itself originates from Buddhi (Intellect) and if we trace the map towards its origin, we come to know about Ahankara (Ego),  Pakriti(Nature), Purusha (Individual soul) Maya(Illusion),  the five Kanchukas( the five limitations) and the five Shuddha Tattvas (Pure Elements)  and reach right till the Shiva Tattva (Pure Consciousness). The mind has the capability to move in any direction, but we mostly find it attracted towards material side as it becomes stronger when it enters into the cycle of formation. While moving towards the Pure Consciousness makes the mind lose its identity and is certainly not an easy journey for it. When you have control over your mind and can focus and concentrate on anything you wish for long period of time, it means you have perfected the practice of Dharana. The Dharana in itself converts into meditation, triggering the journey towards Pure Consciousness. You will be given practices to calm the continuous chatter of mind and perfect your concentration in the Dharana Workshop. So that the art of keep mind over matter is achieved.

Dharana Workshop & Its Contents

Since the practice of concentration is not possible unless the activity involved is of interest you would be given some utterly simple but effective ‘Active-Handles’ to gain the firm grip over your mind and loads of useful information on how mind works that you would love to put to test.

It is Knowledge cum Practical Workshop by our beloved Master Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.  Following are the contents in brief –

  • What is mind – A Master or Slave
  • Brief introduction to Nadis & their impact on Mind
  • How Prana Fuels the mind – Useful tips on it!
  • Replacing Control with Awareness
  • Emotion as an Active Handle
  • Perfection before Manifestation
  • Practicing Dharana in daily life
  • Takeaway Practices

Duration & Mode of Delivery

It is a 3 Hour LIVE Interactive Workshop taken on Skype Session by  Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.

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Applied Wisdom of Saundarya Lahiri – by Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

With permission of our beloved master, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath we are placing the excerpts of a discourse that he delivered on the topic of Saundarya Lahari Sadhana for the benefit of every seeker. Read on..

Shivoham!

Saundarya Lahiri sadhana in Tantric system is a means to attain the highest spiritual experience i.e. pratyaksha darshanam of Devi in all her grandeur and glory. If you aspire for that kind of experience then you MUST be initiated in Tantric discipline. Once initiated as and when you become capable your Guru shall allow this sadhana and also tell you some secret keys of this. A Tantric practitioner is supposed to takes up ANY sadhana ONLY with the Guru’s permission. 

But those of you who are not initiated should not get disheartened because you can equally benefit from it.. gain higher wisdom, material wealth, perfect health… great relationships and much more just by rendering the chanting of different verses to the Mother divine in prescribed manner. So.. Irrespective of your status of initiation or deeksha Your connecting with Shakti shall grant you all the resources, powers and toys needed for leading a comfortable and engaging life. I think that is what most of you have come for. (Smiles)

In fact this very first verse of Saundarya Lahiri can be said to be a Kalpa-Vriksha or wish-granting tree. It is oozing with power to fulfill ALL YOUR DESIRES FOR OBJECTS. Everyone who seeks fulfillment of one’s material desires can use this verse for obtaining divine mother’s grace. Within this verse there are concealed and coded vibrations of the panchakshari  mantra i.e. Shiva’s Mantra and also the maha-mantra of SriVidya that is called Panchdasi Maha-Mantra -Vidya. Since none of you are yet inducted in these mantras I shall not be uttering the mantras. I hope soon all of you shall progress and become eligible for initiation into SriVidya..

SO… now let’s look at the first  verse of this great mantra-stuti.. it is:

                                          || Sanudarya Lahiri – Verse 1 ||

As I told this shloka is a boon-granting, wish fulfilling energy… this energy or Shakti is contained in its specific sounds. It is chanted to remove the obstacles from our life. It is also used in getting the desired objects in our life. Like every other shloka of Saundarya Lahiri this shloka is also reverberating and overflowing with energy. So You shall need a Yantra to hold it. Some of you have already been introduced to the concept of Symbology and Mandalas by Ma Shakti Devpriya ji.. so you know what a Yantra does. This verse uses a specific Yantra. Most briefly explained….  Yantras and mandala have a mysterious quality that they can store the generated energies during the worship or practice and then they can also reflect it back to the worshiper. This reflected energy has a transforming effect on the practitioner. It is for THIS PURPOSE a mandala or Yantra is used otherwise your energies dissipate without creating any impact. OK?

Now I shall be drawing the mandala…

Have a look.

There are two yantras that can be used in your prayoga..

The most popular one is this… (draws a yantra)

Another Yantra I am drawing now… (draws another yantra)

This Yantra shall be made on an elevated platform. You can use a big round plate what we call thali for it. The material used in drawing this particular mandala is red coloured rice-flour.

Now let me first share the practices for those who are not initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan. Take a beautiful photograph of Mother MahatripuraSundari. The picture should be such that you love and feel great to look at… Not just any picture. Get that framed and place it at your sadhana place. The day you place this picture at your puja place you shall be offering ‘Panchopachaara‘ to this divine mandala (picture) of Devi. Since that day every morning and evening you shall continue with this panchopachara for the days your chanting continues. Ideally you should continue offering panchopachara even after your prayoga is over. After all you have now invited and installed Mother – The creator and ruler of Cosmos at your place!

What is panchopachara? If you do not understand what is panchopachara then do not worry.

These are simple humanly offerings made to the object of reverence such as a Yantra, Idol or Mandala… believing them to be a living entity… rather more like a living being. So you offer water for bathing, offering fragrant sandal paste for anointing, offer vermilion or turmeric for smearing on devi’s forehead, offer flowers to show your respect, light up fragrance and a deepam. Finally you offer something to eat.. generally something sweet is offered followed by water offering. That is it!

The same ritual shall be followed with the Yantra you shall make everyday. Looks simple…??  It is!!! But you should remember it is a ritual mandated only to cultivate the required attitude of reverence and forge a connect with saguna swaroopa of Primordial Shakti in the form of Mother Goddess MahatripuraSundari. Therefore it can not be done mechanically… there should be this feeling of Shakti – The Mother Goddess being there in the Yantra to receive your offerings. In a nutshell the more you feel Devi’s personal presence in your rituals more effective and successful your Prayoga will be.  Right?

Now listen to the exact sequence in which you shall be doing this chanting. Please keep in mind this method is for those who do not have ‘deeksha’. For dixits (initiated ones) I shall discuss after this..

  1. After taking bath wear clean clothes.
  2. Sit facing east (for this particular prayoga) at the specified place. Preferably on a red woolen blanket (asani).
  3. Light up a deepam (vertical wick) of clarified butter (ghee). Preferably cow’s ghee should be used.
  4. Now make the perfect shaped Yantra on the elevated platform with red flour of rice (for that mix the powdered rice with red color)
  5. Invite Mother to assume her seat in this Yantra. Offer panchopachara to the Yantra with love and reverence. Keep the offerings little away from Yantra and take care while you make offerings especially water as if that gets sprinkled upon the Yantra it might distort its shape. A distorted or disfigured yantra should not be used in any circumstance.
  6. Visualize Devi accepting your offerings.
  7. Convey the object of your desire or the obstacle you want to win over to the mother.
  8. Now chanting of this first shloka begins.

I repeat the chanting for you..

9. You are supposed to chant this shloka minimum of 108 times. (You may use rosary beads to keep the count).

10. Once your chanting gets over make a prayer submitting your being to mother with folded hands. Request Devi to accept your energies and bhava and bless you with your desired object.. Thank her and request her to leave for her heavenly abode.

11. Sprinkle some water below your asana and offer namaskaram to king of gods Indra and pick up that water with your finger and rub it to your forehead.

Always remember that Shakti can not be manipulated forcefully and therefore even if you are provided with every tool for your prayoga or application you shall have to be humble and in the receiving mode.

Precautions you should take –

  1. Always take permission from your Guru. Share your intentions of doing the prayoga and request for permission.
  2. You MUST share the tithi (date and time) of your starting the prayoga in advance.
  3. No one should be physically present while Prayoga. Neither watching over of this process by anyone is allowed.
  4. If you are chanting only 108 times then this chanting should be done for 120 days. The ONLY other possible combination is 10×108 times per day for 12 consecutive days. I don’t think you will have that much time at your disposal. So.. my suggestion would be that you take up chanting of 108 times on a day.
  5. Best time for this sadhana is night however you can choose any convenient time but the rule is maintain that same timing everyday for four months.
  6. Keep everything you need during Prayoga within your reach. Once you get seated for chanting you should not leave the seat without completing the number of counts decided. In life-threatening situations around (or any such emergency) you can terminate your sadhana prematurely but then all your previous counts go in vain. For example if you started 10 days ago and on 11th day you had to terminate your prayoga prematurely without completing 108 (or 10×108) chants. All your counts so far become null and void. In that case you should give yourself a break and do not continue your sadhana. Start afresh, requesting for obstacle free passage through prayoga.
  7. Ensure deepam keeps lit up during entire chanting… till the end. If deepam is put off due to any reason your sadhana is said to be khandit.. or interrupted.  The same rules apply here also.. means your sadhana done so far will become null and void.
  8. You completely abstain from sex and sexual stimulating material or activities during the entire period of sadhana. Keeping an attitude of reverence towards opposite sex is desirable.
  9. During this sadhana consumption of alcohol and meat etc is not allowed.  Stay vegetarian.
  10. One of the most important precaution is to stay away from anger. But even if you get angry due to any reason you are not supposed to raise your voice in spat of anger. Such a behaviour creates havoc around you and also leaks your energies.
  11. Finally… You should not throw any articles like flower, burnt wick, dust or ashes of Dhoopam etc. that are used in Puja here and there indiscriminately.  Never throw these things in dustbin. The best way is to dig a pit and bury those items (nirmaalya) there. Avoid disposing Nirmaalya in rivers/water bodies either as that causes water pollution.

At the end.. Let me clarify… Especially for those who are not initiated in Tantra or Tattva Shakti Vigyaan  ‘Bhava’ or the attitude is extremely important. A childlike innocence and enthusiasm during chanting is the key. Like a child you should feel that you are secure in the assuring and protective company of the Divine Mother. You should know within that ‘She’ is your mother and she is listening to you.  It is with this Bhava you should conduct your chanting and japa. … then… you shall reap the immediate benefits invariably. Of course absolutely correct pronunciation should be learnt and be maintained during the chanting!

Hope you all shall surrender your false ego at the lotus feet of the Beautiful Goddess of the Three Worlds and receive Her grace.”

Acharya ji further gave some more instructions on the subject –

For the higher practitioners (Krama initiates) all of the above rituals are going to be completely different. These are more elaborate and would require more precision… because you will be given beeja mantras for these verses. So you shall require personal guidance on this sadhana. You already know that more than your own efforts Gurumandala’s blessings do the magic for you. Here in these rituals also you shall be invoking Gurumandala and carrying out protection rituals as the first few things. You shall be using the personal mantra (that is given during your ‘deeksha’) as well. For the rest of period (when you are not engaged in prayoga) practice of ‘samyama’ and ‘witnessing’ is the key for receiving grace of mother.

Jai Ambe Shri!

The Shakti Multiversity keeps organizing LIVE sessions of Masters on different subjects such as Shiva Sutras, Tantric Healing, Saundarya Lahari, Shiva Swarodaya, Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, Vigyan Bhairava Tantra etc. To attend Acharya ji's and Ma Shakti's LIVE discourses and workshops on Ancient Wisdom please write to us at: shakti.multiversity@gmail.com or saral.org@gmail.com

Swara Vigyaan LIVE workshop in New Jersey – by Ma Shakti Devpriya ji

You can also write to us on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com for registrations or further queries.

Ma Shakti Devpriya ji is an accomplished Tantrika in the krama system of SriVidya lineage. She is one of the most experienced teachers of Tantric subjects such as Sacred Symbology, Tattva Shakti, Marma Vigyaan, Art and science of Mandalas and Yantras etc.

Aout Swara Vigyaan or Swar Yog she says "Simply put it is magic. Unbelievable but still practical and a knowledge that is applicable in modern times". "But one should always keep it in mind that it is a science that may require a few lifetimes to perfect" She adds.

Swara Vigyaan Basic Course – Workshop in Mumbai – 22nd June 2018

Science of 100% Success in life from Shiva

The creator of universe has aligned our body rhythms with the cosmic patterns. This ancient science was being taught in the Guru-Shishya parampara and many ascetics, yogis who displayed the miraculous powers as reading the future and predicting the outcome of any present endeavour was earned through this science only.

The time has come when human race has evolved enough to be able to receive and use this knowledge now. Every person can learn to read the cosmic rhythms by simply observing one’s breath albeit by adopting some discipline in life and going through simple preparations.  It must be noted however that it takes only few weeks to tune into this knowledge and start experiencing the magic of Swara-Vigyaan but it takes a lifetime of discipline to master it.

Swara Yoga Basic Workshop & Its Contents

Swar Yog is a knowledge and practice based Full day workshop by none other than Ma Shakti Devpriya ji for beginners that introduces you to the working principles of Swar Yog. You are given the ‘easy-to-do’ practices to quickly see the benefits of it. These practices and techniques help in harmonizing activities with the universal energies thereby bringing success and good fortune. Along with these you are given many time-tested secret tips of Swara Vigyaan those can be used in day to day life.

  • Secrets of Shiva-Swarodaya
  • Introduction to Nadis and their effect on human life
  • Introducing types of swaras
  • Meditating on the Swara
  • How to change the swaras voluntarily
  • Activities to be done during right nostril dominance
  • Activities to be done during left nostril dominance
  • Preparatory exercises for Swar Yog
  • Curing various ailments through Swar Yog
  • Assessing good & bad situations through Swar Yog
  • Introduction to Higher Practices in Swar Yog

Want more information on Swara Yoga?

You can click here for more information on Swar Yog- Basic Workshop.

Duration, Venue and Contribution

It is a full-day interactive workshop with lunch and two times Tea/snacks. Morning 9:30 AM to evening 5:30 PM

Venue  –

Dheeraj Enclave
Western Express Highway
(Behind Carnival Cinemas)
Borivali (East) – Mumbai

Contribution- Rs 6100/-only*
*Early Registration waiver of INR 1000 till 10th June.
If you register on or before 10th June’18 it is – 5100/-only

 

How to register for Mumbai workshop?

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Nirvana Shatakam by Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Practitioners, USA

On this Shivaratri (2018) spiritual seekers and ever enthusiastic Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners in New Jersey, USA celebrated the divine festival under the guidance of Masters. This video captures the beautiful chorus of Nirvana Shatakam sung by the practitioners.

Please ignore the AV quality for letting the energies in to elevate the consciousness.

Shivoham!

Note – If you live in USA wish to join or participate in such programmes please write to us on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com   we shall guide you.

Swara Yoga – Books don’t teach it all

Founder of The Shakti Multiversity, Ma Shakti Devpriya ji is an accomplished sadhika of Swara, teaching this ancient science of self-perfection to the masses.

Ma Shakti insists on disciplined approach under the guidance of an able teacher to be able to learn and perfect the art and science of reading the language of breath.

To know about the upcoming programmes write to us on –

shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

Growing with Karma and Grace!

 

My Dear Friends and co-Travellers in
Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Practices,

Shivoham!

It has been since long I was contemplating of writing my thoughts to be able to share it with you all. The wonderful experiences I have been going have made me realize the magic of ‘being under the guidance of my Gurus’. There are plentiful of experiences of Sadhana but without dwelling in specifics (as that is not permitted for us to share that with anyone except our Masters) I can say that I have been feeling very liberated for the past few months.

SURRENDER HAPPENS WHEN GURU BLESSES

There’s a kind of fluidity in the way my inner environment is changing… after talking with Acharyaji once and following up on his directions I really feel big change has happened in my perspective. I surrendered to Shiv Shakti completely. This courage has come to me only overtime.. if I look back, the kind of attitude I had I couldn’t ever dream of me taking such a move ever in my life.

During one of my personal consultations Acharya ji asked me to recite a piece of Ramayana on certain days in a week. This! Sunderkand path helped me tremendously. I had no idea how powerful this text can be. While reciting it I felt like I am surrendering with my whole body and soul just like Hanuman. I don’t want to sound pompous and fake but I really felt that Hanuman was in me. It was such a divine feeling, brought tears in my eyes. I thank my Guru for this.

BEING NON-JUDGEMENTAL IS POSSIBLE

I was not like this. Tattva Shakti Sadhana does have something mysterious about it but more so I feel it is grace of Gurumandala that works! Over the two years.. finally I feel I have dropped judgements on people for the most part. I am not 100 % free yet on that issue. If there is sense of judgement or forming of an opinion coming up it quickly develops into empathy and love for that person. Each one of us can achieve this with the blessings of Masters.

GIVING IS RECEIVING

One of my observations on my sister/brother sadhaks and even non sadhak’s struggle is about understanding the art of giving. Giving in terms of finance and volunteering. I feel, lot of them are looking for opportunities everywhere but fail to see that it is right in front of them. In the beginning I also might have had a blind spot but since the day when I decided to GIVE, the whole Gurumandala appeared to remove my confusions.

I am no one to preach but with my own experiences I can say.. Guidance is waiting to happen. It will only happen when we open our palms and let go of the money. Money is given by mother divine for us to use in good deeds. Once we take care of our family’s basic needs, we don’t need to worry about money. It is about the art of detachment from money and also relations. To let go of money is much easier than letting go of your near and dear ones. Letting go of near ones absolutely doesn’t mean not loving or caring for them.

REACH OUT TO YOUR COFFERS
FILL THE FIST WITH GOLD
OPEN YOUR PALMS TO GIVE.
LO AND BEHOLD!

ONLY OPEN & EMPTY PALMS CAN RECEIVE
THE DIVINE MOTHER IS WAITING TO OFFER!

Please forgive me if my language might not be right but I say it with all my heart and love. I haven’t posted anything on the blog before but I really felt maybe others should read this.

Thank you so much for being part of my life!

Additional Mention – Like each one of you, I am looking forward to meeting Guruma & Acharya ji in the upcoming retreat at Majkhali. From some time my sadhana is not happening on a regular basis as I have been swamped with some volunteering work helping the girl scouts. I know.. I and you have the Masters helping and looking out for us  always..
In deep gratitude for their grace and love.
Lots of love

– Preeti
Edison, New Jersey

Preeti is a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Sadhika from New Jersey, USA. She has been gracefully taking up every possible opportunity to help people around and especially support the causes of Gurumandala.

 

Art of Giving – How, When and How much Should I Give?

|| A teacher never stops surprising you… ||

This time, it was during one of his Satsangs when Acharya ji spotted me having an “Aha Moment” as a story was being narrated by our beloved Master Ji. Smilingly, he asked me to write about it. Hopefully, by the time I reach the end of this writing, I would understand the motive of his nudge😊.

Master Ji, a regular in Acharya ji’s Satsang discourses is truly a living example of “Love, Compassion and Giving”. During one Satsang he recently narrated a  family incident on the topic of ‘Giving’. It goes thus –

A newly-wed girl was very disappointed with her father-in-law’s refusal to part with any money for a needy person at the door. Angry and disappointed, she turned towards the stranger and said, “whatever my father-in-law has, it is from his past lives, he hasn’t earned anything in this lifetime, so he does not want to give away anything.” This didn’t go too well with her father-in-law and he threatened to annul his son’s marriage with her. The girl was not only spiritually aware but also had the wisdom and strength to handle a tough situation like this. She agreed to comply with her father-in-law’s wish provided the family declared it in the presence of all the guests who attended their wedding. Her stance caught everyone by surprise and they mellowed down. Perhaps the father-in-law realized his folly and chose to let the incident pass. Now almost a decade has passed and the family is not only together but truly charitable. To bring about such a change in the family’s attitude is definitely the power of being on the path of Truth coupled with self-conviction rooted in true understanding of Laws of Karma for sure.

This story triggered a series of thoughts in my mind. I had a very comfortable childhood, but I guess I did not imbibe ‘the giving’ virtue in true sense as I grew up. I had to deal with my own insecurities when I saw my husband in the ‘giving-mode’ all the time despite his less privileged upbringing. I decided to take an inspiration from his story. Quite honestly, it has not been easy, but the real growth happened gradually alongside my spiritual journey. It is not hard to find people around us worth emulating but we seldom take notice.

Speaking of Master Ji, his is an exemplary story in itself. A former high school Math teacher in a tough neighborhood in the US, he personifies the virtue of ‘giving’. I vividly remember an incident when I had once invited him to attend a Pranayama workshop by a senior Yoga Teacher from upstate NY. After the workshop, he offered to buy a few Yoga books from the teacher. I did not want him to spend and tried telling him that he could borrow those books from me instead of buying them. With his characteristic smile, he said, “it is okay, let me buy these books. We should try to help such good endeavors in every way”. I was astonished by his capacity to share and give.

I now innately understand that the opportunities for giving that come our way usually commensurate with our capacity to give and vice-versa.

This little note will be incomplete without the mention of Kahlil Gibran’s wisdom on ‘Giving’ (from “The Prophet”)…his words can guide us to the true essence of ‘Giving’…

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?

Please do read the rest of the poem here…

http://www.katsandogz.com/ongiving.html

Shivoham!

This article has been contributed by Ms. Alpana, a Yoga Teacher, a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner and founding member of Divine Path Yoga - NJ (USA), an establishment dedicated to promote Yoga and offer path for discovering divinity within. She has been gracefully evolving under the discipleship of her masters, Guruma Shakti Devpriya ji & Acharya Shri Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji.

 

My Actions Beyond Me & Mine

“I bow at the lotus feet of my guru who guides me through it all. This is dedicated to my guru.”

I once asked a Wall Street business man known for his ruthlessness with his staff, why he donated his time to girls scout and money to institutions for terminally ill?  He said he was doing his bit to give back.

When I noticed that one of my ex-bosses was extremely generous during the holiday season with the cafeteria staff who served us, I asked her the reason behind her generosity. She told me to watch the events during after hour business receptions and dinner parties hosted in the office. Sure enough, the staff would be all around her, favoring her with best seating arrangement, asking her even before her drink in hand was over what she would have next and so on. At least she was honest and was clear about her motives.

I say it because so many of us don’t even know ourselves enough and do not wish to acknowledge our roots of selfishness. As Acharyaji says it, we as humans innately tend to serve the “I” more easily. So what if we don’t know or do not acknowledge our selfishness? Well then be prepared to be fooled again and again….. Here is a story

One of our very own special sadhaka, Krishnadasji, who has been a high school teacher in the US narrated this story. He taught at a public high school, which was once visited by a senior supervisor. After checking out several classes and teachers in action, he requested Krishnadasji and one of his young colleague teachers, Ms. Anna, to provide him with names of 5 underprivileged students from each of their classes. He said he believed in and practiced the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means that whole world is my family. He took these kids on a tour of Manhattan city and the kids came back very happy, raving about the supervisor. Ms Anna was smitten by this act of kindness and discussed with Krishnadasji how she was truly impressed by his generosity. She eventually started dating the supervisor and then came the day when they decided to tie the knot. She once again shared her joy with Krishnadasji who advised her to see things as they were before making life’s critical decision. She shared that he had showered all his kindness and love on her through plenty of nice gifts and she was quite sure about her decision. After 2 years of marital bliss, Ms. Anna shared the news of her pregnancy with her husband. She was distressed to hear that he did want the child and asked her to go for an abortion. She pleaded to no avail. Finally she shared her sorrow with Krishnadasji. He agreed to meet with her husband along with her parents for an open conversation. Krishnadasji our true angel was simply point blank and asked her husband what happened to his philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, when it came to his own child? It eventually came to light that he did not want his wife to have kids lest she lost her beauty!!

Most of us are no different from the Wall Street business man, the ex-boss or Anna and her husband. We tend to live in silos; doing our “good” for the society, allocating time for bhakti, etc. In our everyday lives, however, we continue to be driven by our flawed perceptions; marred by fear, attachment, pride, and our endless desires. We may not even be aware of our own sub-conscious drivers for our behaviors and actions! It is only when we start breaking down this silo mentality and begin applying the principles of kindness, generosity, and sacrifice to our everyday ordinary actions and interactions with our family, friends, colleagues, teams and partners alike that we would have taken the first step to knowing ourselves.

So why do I need to know myself? Its only when we really know ourselves will we start seeing the shades of black, grey and white in the fabric of our own lives. We may struggle to accept ourselves for who we are in the beginning but it’s a struggle worth undertaking. Once we are able to dive into it, we will eventually see the definition of “I” expanding because the same shades are present within and without just in varying patterns.

Well if we can only easily cater to the “I”, can we really go beyond it? Acharyaji says there is no need to go beyond the I! We just need to slowly start expanding our definition of “I”. Lets start small by including our loved ones and anyone else we have called “my” or “mine”.

I thank my guru, Acharyaji for his blessings and guidance through whom I am able to see a new day everyday! The daunting failures in my attempt to practice his divine teachings only drive me each day to start all over again.

Shivoham!

This article has been contributed by Jhankhna Verma, a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner from New Jersey US under the guidance of Guruma Shakti Devpriya & Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji. Jhankhna is a Yoga enthusiast & has deep interest in the field of ancient Healing Systems.

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