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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.

 

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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.