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Judge-Mentalism : A perspective

“It’s easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Friends & fellow travellers,

As I read this quote by Gandhiji, I get a deeper insight into what made Gandhiji undefeatable and unstoppable by the most sophisticated army and artillery the then leading nation of the world, Britain, could afford.

How can we live by this mantra? The first thing that comes to mind is we would have to drop the very notion of being judgmental!

Mankind today is lost in judging people and situations alike around them. Consciously or subconsciously we are constantly making judgments about people by color, caste, creed, religion, age, good/bad, financial status, values, strengths, weaknesses so on and so forth, the list is simply endless.  Of course, since we are in the twenty first century and have been taught to become aware of our intolerances, we now allow our senses and worldly experiences of pleasant and unpleasant drive this age-old addiction. Our loved ones are also not spared as our preference for “pleasing to the mind and senses” over “what is right” starts taking topmost priority

The question that comes up is how is judge-mentalism different from discernment or knowing when not to play with fire. One would easily argue, I cannot leave my jewelry collection with someone who has been labeled as thief. Which means, now I have to also drop my own attachments, fears and ego so that I can discern without feeding the fire? Exactly, and it worked for Gandhiji. His non-judgmental demeanor supported by fearlessness, humility and little attachment to the outcome of his endeavors is what gave us the most unimaginable outcome. He proved to the world that by being judgmental we are limiting our own choices, capabilities and unfathomable victories for self.

So far, the world has been focusing on how by judging others we are unleashing an unfair disadvantage to those we judge. While that is the obvious truth, in order to really adopt this non-judgmental demeanor, we need to get a bit selfish first. What’s in it for me to not be judgmental? If we try to understand just one example of Gandhiji’s life and his achievements it will be obvious that by being judgmental we are first hurting ourselves in the process. By letting our judge mentalism drive our actions we choose to deal with the familiar terrain that is oh so pleasantly comforting and we also choose to go in circles in the same place forever! We build a boundary around ourselves- “a circle of trust” and choose to live within our self-imposed prison of limits. Anyone who does not abide by my rules, definitions, expectations, etc etc shall be judged! But that’s when start losing out on opportunities along with self growth that our ego, in fear of being hurt and defeated, cannot even fathom.

Let’s break the invisible shackles and step out of that comfort zone sacrificing our attachment to “pleasantness” and embrace simply being there!!!

Judgmentally yours

Jhankhna

This article has been contributed by Jhankhna Verma, a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner from New Jersey USA. Jhankhna is a Yoga enthusiast & has deep interest in the field of ancient Healing Systems.
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The Power of Tattva Shakti Sadhana – Experienced

FOLLOWING  IS THE ACTUAL MAIL  from an advanced    TATTVA   SHAKTI   VIGYAAN    PRACTITIONER    WHO OVERCAME    HIS   DECADES   OLD   ISSUE   WITH   THE POWER OF CONTINUOUS SADHANA!
Dear Ma Shakti and Acharya ji,
Shivoham!
I wanted to recount one of the experiences that happened to me 3 weeks ago.
You know that my stutter causes me a lot of anxiety and despair at times. This anxiety and despair increases when there are interviews to happen.
3 weeks ago, I was appearing in a job interview, within my company here in USA.
Ma had just taught me basics to Swar Vigyaan. The interview was about 1 week away and I started to prepare myself mentally for it:
1) I started meditating more – 2 hours a day, primarily feeling my breath or mentally repeating Soham with breath
2) Started affirming to myself that I will just do my duty – tried to be more dispassionate and surrendering to God
3) I also started gathering my will power – saying to myself that I will not stutter
4) I kept focusing on breath to keep my mind composed even after the meditation hours – I understood that the more I kept the mind under control throughout the day, the easier it will be to gain composure at a quick notice. I understood that there are no meditation hours and after hours.
5) I also tried to develop a sense of equanimity towards all – people up the ladder and down the ladder are but same spirits like me. This makes love flow for them and made me more comfortable.

I was able to manage my speech so well that the 3 member interview panel did not know that I stutter at all – even after 1 hour of discussion!

The outcome was not positive in the sense that I did not get the job, but I was very satisfied with what I was able to do.
To repeat the same seems to be an uphill task, because I have to summon all my energies, will-power, concentration and Love of Guru/God to do it – but Now I know it is possible. Just sustaining it for longer period is not easy.

I am extremely happy with what I was able to accomplish, to know that we have all that we need within ourselves. And that with perseverance, Guru and God by one’s side, everything is doable.

Pranam!

Assessing the Quality of Our Thoughts: A Simple-n-Silly Experiment

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कलि कर एक पुनीत प्रतापा |मानस पुण्य होई नहीं पापा ||

Tulsidas astutely defines the character of Kali Yuga in Uttarkand in Ramcharitmanas. In this age of Kali, mental righteousness bears good while mental sins don’t bear evil. It is an amazing blessing of this yuga. Saints from Chaitanya to Prabhupada, Kabir to Raidas realized this and used nama-japa as the means to redeem themselves and many others.

Yet, if we dig a little deeper – we find that for all acts of impropriety (sins), the seeds are first sown in the mind. The seeds of war are already sown in the minds of men much before they fight the most ravaging wars on physical plane. Ma Devpriya writes in her book “Tattva Shakti Vigyaan”, “It thus becomes an endless circular activity; mind controls the physical body and then physical body controls the state of mind…” This manomaya kosha is so powerful that, if left to itself, can lead to ultimate ruin.

All the evil designs that ultimately lead to ruin does indeed start off as a ripple of thought in mind. We have a definite thought pattern which we carry as samskaras of previous lives. This makes it very imperative to assess the quality of one’s thoughts. The first step to improvement starts from knowing oneself intimately – and thereafter keeping a check on one’s destructive tendencies and reinforcing the constructive ones.

Here is a simple and practical experiment which might reveal a little about us:

Take a relatively routine and uneventful day to do this experiment. This is because on extraordinary days, the impressions of the day can substantially shift the normal thought process pattern of a human mind.

  • Sit down in any meditative asana with a piece of paper and pencil in front
  • Close your eyes and begin watching your thoughts for a brief period of time
  • As you watch these thoughts, stay aware of what you are thinking
  • Once your mind has raced through a few thoughts, open your eyes every few minutes and take notes of what you thought. This interval of taking notes depends upon how fast your mind is hopping one. Once you have 4-5 thoughts, write it down lest you forget them
  • After taking notes, close your eyes again and start watching your thoughts
  • Repeat the process unless you have a long list of thoughts
  • Over a period of 60 minutes of watching, you will have a string of thoughts written on paper
  • Next, get out of your meditative posture and start classifying these based on the quality. We are all aware of the three gunas – here are some broad observations:

o   Sattvik – Feelings of love, compassion, joy, piety, rendering someone help etc.

o   Rajasik – Thoughts of activity – workplace, assignments, pending work, approaching deadlines, home chores. Impulses to engage in sense pleasures etc.

o   Tamasik – Impulses to hurt or cause harm, anger, apathy, deceit etc.

o   Any moments of thoughtlessness

When we repeat this experiment a few times, we will have a deeper understanding of mind. Based on what our prominent thoughts are, our mind is either predominantly sattvik, rajasik or tamasik. Vivekananda said that what comes out of our mind during such meditative phases could be so vile that it might surprise us! Mind works in myriad ways and there are many demons of previous samskaras sitting to bounce back.

When we understand this mind, we will be able to control its vagaries more accurately. Awareness is the key!

Shivoham!

Niraj Mohan*

Niraj Mohan is a seasoned Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner under the guidance and initiation of our beloved Masters, Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji. He has been engaged successfully in many volunteering projects of Sacred Association and carries out the role of senior editor in The Shakti Multiversity’s publication wing.

A tale of four Gurus by Niraj – रज्जब तूने किया गज्जब बांधा सिर पर मोर…

|| Falling in love with Gurus is not easy ||
|| Falling in love with Gurus is not easy ||

A tale of four Gurus

Guru’s often beseech their disciples to have immense patience on the path of self realization. Faith in Guru and patience in practice eventually lead the to glorious dawn which every seeker strives towards.
It is ironical, however, that the same disciples test the patience of their masters in intended and unintended ways!

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The great saint Rajjab rung eloquent when he saw his disciple, who once resolved to be a celibate his entire life, sitting on a mare and about to proceed to meet her bride to be. The saint, quite exasperated, almost rushed to his disciple’s place and addressed him thus!
रज्जब तूने किया गज्जब बांधा सिर पर मोर|
आया था हरि भजन को किया नरक में ठौर||
It is said that the disciple immediately realised his destiny at these words of his master, flung himself down from the horse and fell on the lotus feet of his master, to remain in his communion forever. But the saint had already had a dramatic day!

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Think of the immense consternation which Kabir would have faced when he left his mortal body. Kabir preached the unity of religions his entire life, only to find the Hindu and Muslim disciples squabbling over whether to bury or cremate his body! Legends say when the body was uncovered, there were just a few flowers, which needed neither burial nor cremation.

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Sri Yukteshwar, the Guru of Yogananda Paramhansa would often tell him – “…you will be much kinder to your disciples… A teacher could not spread India’s message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance”. Yogananda had his patience tested by his disciples in the West, when he slowly and patiently tried to bring his disciples, steeped in materialism, on the path of spirituality. He recalls, “I refuse to state the amount of truth I later came to find in Master’s words!”

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The last tale is the untold story of my Gurus, Ma Shakti Devpriya and Acharya Agyaatdarshan! In this age, deeply steeped in materialism, they patiently guide their disciples from ruin to glory. I have seen AD’s words becoming more strident for his disciples. From “do whatever little you can” to his latest exhortation of  “Udyamo Bhairavah – put forth all your enterprise to become Shiva” during his interpretation of Shiv Sutras, the paradigm he shifted for his disciples! Patiently waiting for their disciples to understand the wisdom in their words, they have stood by their disciples through the ordeals with the material and the spirit.
While I can only surmise how I might have tested their patience over the years, I bow to them in reverence and beseech them to be more direct, open and critical towards this wavering disciple of theirs!

Shivoham!

Niraj