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Digest #4814
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Sringeri by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna

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Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:27 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

There are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand. And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words. (Kahlil Gibran)

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:29 am (PST) . Posted by:

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We need to forgive ourselves to give ourselves to Krishna




When we commit some serious mistakes, we may beat ourselves down with guilt, "Why did I do such a thing?"




Certainly, we need to take responsibility for our mistakes. Simultaneously, we need to forgive ourselves; otherwise, beating ourselves down can dishearten and disempower us so much that we may become dysfunctional.




Gita wisdom helps us to stop using the past as a stick to beat ourselves perpetually. How? By revealing the vision of an eternally loving God, Krishna. He always stays in our heart as our friend, and he guides our wanderings through material existence (Bhagavad-gita 18.61).




We are souls on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution towards Krishna. We become prone to mistakes because of our disconnection from Krishna – indeed, disconnection from him is our greatest mistake. And an unforgiving attitude towards ourselves creates a negative self-obsession that perpetuates our disconnection from him.




Thankfully, whatever our past mistakes, Krishna is still ready to help us transcend the factors that disconnect us from him. We are finite souls who are presently controlled by the nature of our material bodies (18.59-60). And that nature can sometimes make us do wrong things. But above material nature reigns Krishna (18.61). And we can go beyond the travails of material nature towards eternal peace by surrendering to the Lord of material nature (18.62). But we need to surrender with our entire being, with all our emotions (sarva-bhavena) – that is, without letting our conditionings hold us back.




Such surrender is integral to bhakti-yoga, which is a time-honored process for offering ourselves to Krishna in a mood of devotion. If we beat ourselves down with relentless self-recrimination, aren't we devaluing the very thing that we are meant to offer?




Therefore, we forgive ourselves so that we can give ourselves wholeheartedly to Krishna, thereby transcending our past.




Think it over:




Why is an unforgiving attitude towards ourselves a mistake?

How does relentless self-recrimination interfere with our devotional offering to Krishna?

How does giving ourselves to Krishna help us transcend our past?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/we-need-to-forgive-ourselves-to-give-ourselves-to-krishna/ https://www.gitadaily.com/we-need-to-forgive-ourselves-to-give-ourselves-to-krishna/

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:35 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Mumbai Darshan Post 23- Meeting Swami Shuddhabodhananda ji




Two weeks prior I had given Swamiji a difficult to procure publication from Sringeri (The Multifaceted Jivanmukta, which Prasad Krishnan ji i and his wife Sharada ji had kindly gifted us) that Swamiji wished to read. I had also borrowed Swamiji's copy of his commentary on the Brahma Sutra Bhashya (Chatussutri) with notes on which topics are addressed where, which I in turn had to return. Since his residence was a few blocks away from where we were, I checked to see if Swamiji was available for me to pick up TMJ and drop off BSB. He was.




My father and I went to meet Swamiji and he shared with us beautiful snippets from the life of Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Mahaswamiji, whom he hold in the highest regard.




Everytime I think of Jyeshtha Sannidhanam I cannot help but be inspired by his peerless jnana, vidvattam, karuna, siddhi and vinayam. How can a person of such accomplishment and learning even exist among us? It boggles the mind and fills the heart with Bhakti. I daresay looking at the Jagadguru inspires as much (if not more) awe than when I see an image of Adi Shankaracharya. Perhaps it is the temporal closeness that makes me feel that way. But one thing is certain, the existence of such individuals validate for us the kind offerings of Veda mata, since the essence of ShAstra culminates and finds the highest expression in their being. To me the Jagadgurus are bhagavAn. Bhava shankara deshika me sharanam!





Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:45 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Sringeri days ..Part 26, from the entries of Padmanabhan Venkatraman ji




What Umesha told us lingered in my thought for long . Wondered why we should force imagine anything at all , even as an aid for dhyana. Should we not take a witness bhava and wait for things to happen on their own? If we seek something and when it materializes, we would not know if it was a projection of mind or a natural occurrence. But the blue light thing was fascinating.




Umesha told us that Siddhasana was the best for meditation; with the heels aligned with genitals, and Maha Bandha done, Kundalini rises. This instruction can be found in any Raja Yoga book. What made it deep and insightful for us was his narration of how Jyeshta Mahasannidhanam was taught by Lord Shiva himself. He narrated it so nonchalantly as if Lord Shiva was an ordinary Yoga Instructor.




We all felt so undeservingly lucky to be instructed by a jnani who was taught by Lord Pashupathi Shiva who invented Yoga himself ! And that too with added benfit of mentorship by Siddha Purusha Umesha! The instrument in all this was none other than our dear 'Paappaa Kannan', who is so unassuming that he does not accept any credit in the whole thing even today- even after delivering 40 years of benefits to so many of us. My gratitude to him will hopefully travel with me when I breathe last.




Though Umesha joked that I don't need the blue wave help as I was given nirguna dhyana , I did not ignore it. I took it seriously for two reasons – one, I never accepted the dichotomy of nirguna and saguna, as both are mere characterizations. The Maadhwa in me would always remind me that nirguna is also a guna or why mention that? More importantly, every syllable of jyeshata mahasannidhanam was a treasure trove for me. That is why I hardly spoke otr asked anything in his presence. One sentence or guidance will need one lifetime to implement for a lowly life like me and so why ask for something that I can't handle in this life .So, I began the practice of Yoga as taught by our master Paappa Kannan.




This practice continued for decades and over the time would prove every word I read in Hatha Yoga Pradipika and every direction of jyeshta Mahasannidhanam. My dhyana deepened and the Maha Bandha happened by itself- jalandhara, Uddiyana and Mula locked itself. The blue waves spread across, starting between eyebrows and spreading around. Since I had no form to meditate on, the pranava resounded as if a rishi was was chanting in a deep well.




There are two causes of the activities of the mind: (1) Vâsanâ (desires) and (2) the respiration (the Prâṇa). Of these, the destruction of the one is the destruction of both.




When the Brahma granthi (in the heart) is pierced the anâhata sounds, like various tinkling sounds of ornaments, are heard . When Viṣṇu knot (in the throat) is pierced which is indicated by highest pleasure experienced, the Bherî sound (like the beating of a kettle drain) is heard. In the third stage, the sound of a drum is known to arise in tie Sûnya between the eyebrows.When the Rudra granthi is pierced the perfect sound like that of a flute is produced.







To experience all these theoretical statements of Hatha Yoga Pradipika was too stunning, given that I was still an ordinary gruhasta, doing my masters in engineering. From Umesha's tales we learn that this was what SSANB taught Shri Chandrashekara Bharati ; who in turn trained jyeshta Mahasannidhanam who mentored Umesha . And we lttle sparrows got drenched by this amruta even as we weren't seeking it nor did we realized the value..




Years later I would get stunned to get hear of the same in Pondicherry Manakkula Vinayagar temple. My wife and I just moved there from Lucknow on a new job ; we were told of this historic temple and we visited. As I stood there worshipping the Ganapathi, Sirkazhi Govindarajan was singing through the CD player and the words caught my attention. The beautiful rendering can be heard in the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QC_NUbNX6M




ஒன்பது வாயில் ஒருமந் திரத்தால்

ஐம்புலக் கதவை அடைப்பதும் காட்டி

ஆறா தாரத்(து) அங்குச நிலையும்

பேறா நிறுத்திப் பேச்சுரை யறுத்தே




இடைபிங் கலையின் எழுத்தறி வித்துக்

கடையிற் சுழுமுனைக் கபாலமும் காட்டி

மூன்றுமண் டலத்தின் முட்டிய தூணின்

நான்றெழு பாம்பின் நாவில் உணர்த்திக்




குண்டலி யதனிற் கூடிய அசபை

விண்டெழு மந்திரம் வெளிப்பட உரைத்து

மூலா தாரத்தின் மூண்டெழு கனலைக்

காலால் எழுப்பும் கருத்தறி வித்தே




இடைச்சக் கரத்தின் ஈரெட்டு நிலையும்

உடல்சக் கரத்தின் உறுப்பையும் காட்டிச்

வாக்கும் மனமும் இல்லா மனோலயம்

தேக்கியே யென்றன் சிந்தை தெளிவித்(து)




எல்லை யில்லா ஆனந் தம்அளித்(து)

அல்லல் களைந்தே அருள்வழி காட்டிச்

சத்தத்தின் உள்ளே சதாசிவம் காட்டிச்

சித்தத்தின் உள்ளே சிவலிங்கம் காட்டி




The most interesting aspect was not that the Avvaiyar song was about Kundalinii Yoga, but it mentions how we can trigger Kundalini by the pressure applied by Heels on the muladhara chakra - மூலா தாரத்தின் மூண்டெழு கனலைக் காலால் எழுப்பும் கருத்தறி வித்தே.




I stood frozen, as the song went on explaining the entire Turiya anubhava.




This ability to realize and connect what I observe at different places and situations with what was taught by Umesha and jyeshta Mahasannidhanam was greatest boon that was bestwed on me.




This meant that Acharya was every where, any time, whispering the true import of things into my ears in the brain.




But this would happen over years. I went back to the routine after getting trained in Yoga, I was facing another life altering decision point. The Masters was coming to a close and what would I do next ? I had already gotten a class I officer job in central government and was trying to be selected as a Management Trainee at HAL. Will these jobs come in the way of my sadhana was a moot point.




I was keen on doing my Phd as I admired teaching profession. I had applied for phd in Tata Institute in Banagalore and hoped to follow the footstpes of Dr.Subbaramaiah. I was happy when I received the interview call and rushed to the Institute.




I never expected that James Clerk Maxwell , who I had challenged during the undergard days, would be biding his time patiently to strike. After a short period of pleasant Q&A, the interview panelists asked me to go to the black board and derive Maxwell's equations from the first principles.




The ground slipped away from my feet and I stared blankly at the board.

(To be continued)





Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:46 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Sringeri Days …Part 28, from the entries of Sri Padmanabhan Venkatraman ji




Bharati Theertahru's questions were a bit intriguing but not surprising. He was recognized as the best tArkIka even at his young age. The way he built up his positions with logic, structure and syllogism was well known and every one trembled in front of him. Like a judo master, he would use opponents' arguments against themselves. He was stickler to rigor and discipline. His love for Sanskrit was legendary. His speeches in Tamil was always cute, heavily sanskritized and delivered with a Telugu accent.




"What do I like? Lonely research, desk job or interacting with people?", I echoed his question. I was very intrigued that as a person who dropped out of high school, left home to take refuge under jyeshta Mahasannidhanam with vairagya, he got to these points so easily. Logic is the knowledge of all knowledges. By his sheer logic expertise and structured questioning Bharati Theertha understood the nature of the professions.




None of this would diminish his great devotion to Lord Raama.His mastery of Sanskrit, chandas, vyakarana, nirukta ,nyaya, and Bhakti are in full demonstration in the simple devotional song 'Garuda Gamana' he wrote.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVxB1xde5lg




Bharati Theertharu is like Vysasa Raja theertharu of Maadhwa parampara for our times. With Vidhushekara Bharati slowly taking over the Administrative reins of the Mutt, He will probably write Tarka Tandava , Nyayamruta and Tatparya Chandrika of his own and will be responded by Shri Satyatma Theertharu of Uttaradhi Mutt. Our next generation is perhaps destined to witness another 'vyasa theertha- madhusudhana saraswathi' battled of words and thoughts.




"I like to interact with people ", I replied after a great deal of thought. "The choice is then pretty obvious. You go and join as management trainee in Hindusthan aeronautics'", Bharati Theertharu quipped. That was it. The decision made and verdict given. I went back to Banagalore and updated Dr.Subbaramaiyya. He was not at all pleased.




He was one of those rare kinds of scholar jnAnis, who don't hesitate to openly but respectfully disagree with even Acharyas. He was like Bhrigu Muni in a calmer version. He probably felt that Bharati Theertharu was overlooking he problems of worldly ways. "How can you join the management trainee program and yet maintain all the aanhika, achara etc ? You are from maadhwa sampradaya which is famous for its strict observance of Madi and Achara. You will not be able to do anything", he sternly told.




"Acharays have not given me any restrictions in my saadhana and I am not a perfect maadhwa either" I meekly told. My late father was a great fan of EVR Naicker Periyar. Dr.Subbaramaiah was not pleased at all. He was not a great fan of us trying to follow Umesha either. Every one can't be Umesha was his considered opinion. " Any way Acharya has asked to do join HAL and so you go and do it. But bear in mind your difficulties in following Umesha is only growing and not reducing".




My mother was the happiest person to hear this decision. For her, it was a win, being confident that once I get on to this job, she can slowly coerce me into abandoning Umesha, not just his ways. Little did she realize that Umesha would be with me forever and the best she can succeed was in getting me married.




So I went to Bangalore and joined Hindustan Aeronautics as Management Trainee. It was a residential program with first year at IIT Madras and next year at Management School HAL ran with IIMB. We were shipped to Madras and were allotted accommodation in Cauvery Hostel. The room mate allotted to me was Kaveri Renganathan , a pious Telugu brahmin. He was bright, calm, methodical and more importantly follower of achara anushtana. Both of us were a sight in IITM- doing sandhya vandane in the balcony overlooking sports yard and every one else ogling at us. He rose to become CEO of HAL Bangalorte and yet did not leave any of his anushtana.




But Dr.Subbaramaiyya was right . In the mess it was difficult to do the Nithya karma associated with eating. It became particularly bad when moved to Bangalore where it was all going properly dressed with shoes on into the mess and buffet system etc.




As I took my woes to Umesha, he would always say that when we are following Acharyas instructions, we should not worry. Achara Anushtana can be done anywhere the way circumstances allow. What is important is that we do. " After all you are the' spirit of the instruction and not of word' man. Acharya knows this and hence let you join this job" would be his response.




I diligently followed this advice and it served me well as I travelled all over the world; as I took sales job later that meant I on travel more than 60%. Hotel rooms in Hongkong, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Shangai, Paris, Dusseldorf, London, all over US, India and Canada have heard my Gayatri japa and Rayaru Japa. Over the last forty years I have realized that we live in our heart and heads; not at all in this physical world. What happens to this body of ours in this physical world has no relevance at all.




Today we adorn this body and we don't know what we will get next. Why should what happens to one particular form of ours body have such a great influence on us? Let the karma play out for any body we assume and one day in this kalpa all will be over. The physical experience is very subjective, relative and hence Mithya. If we learn to dis-associate ourselves from this Mithya world , we do not get entangled. The world and experience is real, as Shrimad Anandatha Theertha says, but very subjective, relative having no serious consequence as Shankara says.




विश्वं पश्यति कार्यकारणतया स्वस्वामिसम्बन्धतः

शिष्याचार्यतया तथैव पितृपुत्राद्यात्मना भेदतः ।

स्वप्ने जाग्रति वा य एष पुरुषो मायापरिभ्रामितः

तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥८




As part of training, we were mentored by a few seniors of the program. A few of us were hauled to the aircraft final assembly hangar. "Hello, I am S.C. Ratnam", he unassumingly said and gave an impressive talk. He inspired us in a short sixty minutes.




When we got out of the room, someone whispered "Do you know who he is? He is grandson of Mokshagundam Vishweshwaraiah".




(To be continued)





Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:46 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Sringeri days ..Part 27




I stared at the large blackboard and then at the professors who sat there staring back at me. It was obvious that they were enjoying my discomfiture. They were a bit bored too, having seen so many PhD candidates fumble. Tata Institute, almost appeared to be frozen for me, but for the sounds of chirruping birds in the lush woods.




I started hesitantly. " You take Gaus's electric and magnetism laws, look at Faraday's laws and Ampere's circuit laws.. Correct them for conservation of electric charge and rewrite in terms of Fields. You get it".




"Derive and show us", the professors chuckled. After all you want a phD in telecommunications and you better know this was their attitude.




I prayed to Rayaru ,Jyeshta mahasannidhanam and strated to derivations. I struggled for an hour to get to some acceptable level of derivation. The professors thanked me and let me go. I was so exhausted by the experience that I decided to take the train back same day to Chennai instead of lingering in Bangalore. I was very disappointed that as Umesha's disciple and pupil of legendary Dr.Subbaramiah, I gave such a dismal performance. All my pride for having hobnobbed with geniuses of Matscince Institute, corresponding with Dr.George Sudharshan and measuring up to the challenges of Umesha all dissolved like salt in fresh water.




With a heavy heart I alighted in Chennai and took an auto to my brother's home. It fealt very heavy and dreary, not only because of a potential rejection by IISc; all the difficult confrontations in the family that I evaded all these months of stay in Sringeri Shankara Mutt at Chamrajpet would be waiting for me. My mother would continue where we left, pressuring me to abandon my desire to follow the footeps of Umesha; my uncle would resume threatening to excommunicate me from family circles for going the Mayavaada way. How could I even think of it, having such a great connection with guru sArvabhouma Ragahvendra theertha would be the refrain.




I was banking on PhD to buy me a bye pass to the whole confrontation, but it was looking least likely happen.




As I entered the home with an apprehension, my brother welcomed me with gusto and joy. He was the first born in the family and always wished me well. There was excitement all around and I wondered why. " You are admiited to the phD course in Tata Institute", my brother cried out, waving a telegram .Every one was happy in the family except my mom. She wasn't keen on my doing PhD on two counts – one, for about 15 years since the death of our young father we have been living under the benevolence of our paternal grandfather and she wanted all of us start pulling our weight by earning. She was also troubled by my getting deeply involved with Sringeri and was afraid I will go the Umesh way. Like a typical mother she thought getting a job would lead to getting married. She rightly guessed that PhD enrolment would facilitate my going the Umesha way.




The very next week I got selected in the Hindusthan Aeronautics Management Trainee program. It was the most prestigious management trainee program in the country, conisidered to be next only to Tata Administrative services. With UPSC Class I officer post, I faced three choices. " What would you do", asked my mom. "I will ask Umesh and go by what he advises", I replied, much to her displeasure. "So, your give more value to your friend than your mother?", she demanded. "He is not just a friend. He is a siddha purusha whose guidance showered the grace of Vidyatheertha Mahswaminah. It is millions of janma sukruta that we get to receive the grace of such jnanis. So I will listen only to them", I replied angrily.




As happens always, she enlisted her cousin brother who lived next door. He was a devout maadhwa and virulently anti Shankara. He tried to push me around threatening that I will end up in deep hell following Shankara whose Advaitha was nothing but decorated Buddhism. I just ignored him. I reached out to Umesha instead.




" I will check with Acharya and let you know", Umesh said when I disclosed the options I had. As I waited, he telepathically chatted with jyeshta mahasannidhanam. He then gave his command that I should go to Sringeri and discuss with Shri Bharathi Theertha who would guide me on next steps. This was a demonstration of Patanjali Yoga Sutra's Vibhudi pAda that assures of ashta maha siddhi that are possible if once masters Samyama.

त्रयमेकत्र संयमः

श्रोत्राअकाशयोः संबन्धसंयमात् दिव्यं श्रोत्रम्




We continued to chat for some time and Umesha explained how amruta bindu dropped during his meditation. Hatha Yoga Pradipika describes how Kechari Mudra facilitates the Somarasa drop from the crown of the head.




दवा-सप्तति-सहस्राणि नाडी-दवाराणि पञ्जरे |

सुष्हुम्णा शाम्भवी शक्तिः शेष्हास्त्वेव निरर्थकाः || १८ ||

In this body there are 72,000 openings of Nâdis; of these, the Suṣumnâ, which has the Śâmhhavî Sakti in it, is the only important one, the rest are useless.




सुष्हुम्णा-वाहिनि पराणे सिद्ध्यत्येव मनोन्मनी |

अन्यथा तवितराभ्यासाः परयासायैव योगिनाम ||

The Prâṇa, flowing through the Suṣumnâ, brings about the condition of manonmaṇî; other practices are simply futile for the Yogî.




छलितो|अपि यदा बिन्दुः सम्प्राप्तो योनि-मण्डलम |

वरजत्यूर्ध्वं हॄतः शक्त्या निबद्धो योनि-मुद्रया ||

If the hole behind the palate be stopped with Khechari by turning the tongue upwards, then bindu cannot leave its place even if a woman were embraced..




ऊर्ध्व-जिह्वः सथिरो भूत्वा सोमपानं करोति यः |

मासार्धेन न सन्देहो मॄत्युं जयति योगवित || ४४ ||

If the Yogî drinks Somarasa (juice) by sitting with the tongue turned backwards and mind concentrated, there is no doubt he conquers death .

ऊर्द्व्हास्यो रसनां नियम्य विवरे शक्तिं परां छिन्तयन |

उत्कल्लोल-कला-जलं छ विमलं धारामयं यः पिबेन

निर्व्याधिः स मॄणाल-कोमल-वपुर्योगी छिरं जीवति || ५१ ||

He who drinks liquor of the moon (soma) falling from the brain to the sixteen-petalled lotus , by applying the tongue to the hole of the pendant in the palate, and by meditating on the great power (Kuṇḍalinî), becomes free from disease and tender in body, like the stalk of a lotus, and the Yogî lives a very long life.




"Don't you have to cut the tongue at the root to fold it back to block the hole at the back of the throat?" I asked. " There is always a hard physical way and a metaphysical way. This is the difference between Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga", he answered. "When Guru's grace is present in abundance everything happens".




He narrated the incident when a Hatha Yogi demosntarted all the powers of hard yoga to Shri Sacchidanada Shiva Abhinava Naraismha Bharati once.SSANAB Acaharya in turn demonstrated all the siddhis fof Kecharu Mudra without having to mutilate the tongue. (Smt Sumitra Ranganathan has sent a passage from gnaAnanda Bharati's Acharyendra Vaibhavam that provides detils in chapter 8)




With this additional piece of learning of 'virtual' Kechari Mudra I offered my pranAms to Umesha and left . After years of practice I discovered that the hole in the back of the throat could be closed by enlarging the throad end of the toungue, as my own version of Kechari Mudra.




An interesting video of yoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQcWWtbaSE




As directed I travelled to Sringeri. I rushed to Narasimha vanam and prostrated to Acharyas. Jyeshta Mahasannidhanam said Bharathi Theertharu would help me decied on my career move.




Bharathi Theertharu listened to my description of the two jobs and PhD admission attentively. He then looked at me with his usual twinkle in the eyes and asked me, " What do you prefer – general desk job, spending lonely hours on research or interacting with people?"




(To be continued)





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Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:48 am (PST) . Posted by:

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Sringeri days ..Part 27




I stared at the large blackboard and then at the professors who sat there staring back at me. It was obvious that they were enjoying my discomfiture. They were a bit bored too, having seen so many PhD candidates fumble. Tata Institute, almost appeared to be frozen for me, but for the sounds of chirruping birds in the lush woods.




I started hesitantly. " You take Gaus's electric and magnetism laws, look at Faraday's laws and Ampere's circuit laws.. Correct them for conservation of electric charge and rewrite in terms of Fields. You get it".




"Derive and show us", the professors chuckled. After all you want a phD in telecommunications and you better know this was their attitude.




I prayed to Rayaru ,Jyeshta mahasannidhanam and strated to derivations. I struggled for an hour to get to some acceptable level of derivation. The professors thanked me and let me go. I was so exhausted by the experience that I decided to take the train back same day to Chennai instead of lingering in Bangalore. I was very disappointed that as Umesha's disciple and pupil of legendary Dr.Subbaramiah, I gave such a dismal performance. All my pride for having hobnobbed with geniuses of Matscince Institute, corresponding with Dr.George Sudharshan and measuring up to the challenges of Umesha all dissolved like salt in fresh water.




With a heavy heart I alighted in Chennai and took an auto to my brother's home. It fealt very heavy and dreary, not only because of a potential rejection by IISc; all the difficult confrontations in the family that I evaded all these months of stay in Sringeri Shankara Mutt at Chamrajpet would be waiting for me. My mother would continue where we left, pressuring me to abandon my desire to follow the footeps of Umesha; my uncle would resume threatening to excommunicate me from family circles for going the Mayavaada way. How could I even think of it, having such a great connection with guru sArvabhouma Ragahvendra theertha would be the refrain.




I was banking on PhD to buy me a bye pass to the whole confrontation, but it was looking least likely happen.




As I entered the home with an apprehension, my brother welcomed me with gusto and joy. He was the first born in the family and always wished me well. There was excitement all around and I wondered why. " You are admiited to the phD course in Tata Institute", my brother cried out, waving a telegram .Every one was happy in the family except my mom. She wasn't keen on my doing PhD on two counts – one, for about 15 years since the death of our young father we have been living under the benevolence of our paternal grandfather and she wanted all of us start pulling our weight by earning. She was also troubled by my getting deeply involved with Sringeri and was afraid I will go the Umesh way. Like a typical mother she thought getting a job would lead to getting married. She rightly guessed that PhD enrolment would facilitate my going the Umesha way.




The very next week I got selected in the Hindusthan Aeronautics Management Trainee program. It was the most prestigious management trainee program in the country, conisidered to be next only to Tata Administrative services. With UPSC Class I officer post, I faced three choices. " What would you do", asked my mom. "I will ask Umesh and go by what he advises", I replied, much to her displeasure. "So, your give more value to your friend than your mother?", she demanded. "He is not just a friend. He is a siddha purusha whose guidance showered the grace of Vidyatheertha Mahswaminah. It is millions of janma sukruta that we get to receive the grace of such jnanis. So I will listen only to them", I replied angrily.




As happens always, she enlisted her cousin brother who lived next door. He was a devout maadhwa and virulently anti Shankara. He tried to push me around threatening that I will end up in deep hell following Shankara whose Advaitha was nothing but decorated Buddhism. I just ignored him. I reached out to Umesha instead.




" I will check with Acharya and let you know", Umesh said when I disclosed the options I had. As I waited, he telepathically chatted with jyeshta mahasannidhanam. He then gave his command that I should go to Sringeri and discuss with Shri Bharathi Theertha who would guide me on next steps. This was a demonstration of Patanjali Yoga Sutra's Vibhudi pAda that assures of ashta maha siddhi that are possible if once masters Samyama.

त्रयमेकत्र संयमः

श्रोत्राअकाशयोः संबन्धसंयमात् दिव्यं श्रोत्रम्




We continued to chat for some time and Umesha explained how amruta bindu dropped during his meditation. Hatha Yoga Pradipika describes how Kechari Mudra facilitates the Somarasa drop from the crown of the head.




दवा-सप्तति-सहस्राणि नाडी-दवाराणि पञ्जरे |

सुष्हुम्णा शाम्भवी शक्तिः शेष्हास्त्वेव निरर्थकाः || १८ ||

In this body there are 72,000 openings of Nâdis; of these, the Suṣumnâ, which has the Śâmhhavî Sakti in it, is the only important one, the rest are useless.




सुष्हुम्णा-वाहिनि पराणे सिद्ध्यत्येव मनोन्मनी |

अन्यथा तवितराभ्यासाः परयासायैव योगिनाम ||

The Prâṇa, flowing through the Suṣumnâ, brings about the condition of manonmaṇî; other practices are simply futile for the Yogî.




छलितो|अपि यदा बिन्दुः सम्प्राप्तो योनि-मण्डलम |

वरजत्यूर्ध्वं हॄतः शक्त्या निबद्धो योनि-मुद्रया ||

If the hole behind the palate be stopped with Khechari by turning the tongue upwards, then bindu cannot leave its place even if a woman were embraced..




ऊर्ध्व-जिह्वः सथिरो भूत्वा सोमपानं करोति यः |

मासार्धेन न सन्देहो मॄत्युं जयति योगवित || ४४ ||

If the Yogî drinks Somarasa (juice) by sitting with the tongue turned backwards and mind concentrated, there is no doubt he conquers death .

ऊर्द्व्हास्यो रसनां नियम्य विवरे शक्तिं परां छिन्तयन |

उत्कल्लोल-कला-जलं छ विमलं धारामयं यः पिबेन

निर्व्याधिः स मॄणाल-कोमल-वपुर्योगी छिरं जीवति || ५१ ||

He who drinks liquor of the moon (soma) falling from the brain to the sixteen-petalled lotus , by applying the tongue to the hole of the pendant in the palate, and by meditating on the great power (Kuṇḍalinî), becomes free from disease and tender in body, like the stalk of a lotus, and the Yogî lives a very long life.




"Don't you have to cut the tongue at the root to fold it back to block the hole at the back of the throat?" I asked. " There is always a hard physical way and a metaphysical way. This is the difference between Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga", he answered. "When Guru's grace is present in abundance everything happens".




He narrated the incident when a Hatha Yogi demosntarted all the powers of hard yoga to Shri Sacchidanada Shiva Abhinava Naraismha Bharati once.SSANAB Acaharya in turn demonstrated all the siddhis fof Kecharu Mudra without having to mutilate the tongue. (Smt Sumitra Ranganathan has sent a passage from gnaAnanda Bharati's Acharyendra Vaibhavam that provides detils in chapter 8)




With this additional piece of learning of 'virtual' Kechari Mudra I offered my pranAms to Umesha and left . After years of practice I discovered that the hole in the back of the throat could be closed by enlarging the throad end of the toungue, as my own version of Kechari Mudra.




An interesting video of yoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQcWWtbaSE




As directed I travelled to Sringeri. I rushed to Narasimha vanam and prostrated to Acharyas. Jyeshta Mahasannidhanam said Bharathi Theertharu would help me decied on my career move.




Bharathi Theertharu listened to my description of the two jobs and PhD admission attentively. He then looked at me with his usual twinkle in the eyes and asked me, " What do you prefer – general desk job, spending lonely hours on research or interacting with people?"




(To be continued)


Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 am (PST) . Posted by:

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Mumbai Darshan Post 21- The Watchman




Harih Om. Whenever we visited my nani's (maternal grandmother) home, my father would find the building watchman constantly mumbling something under his breath, so he inquired into it out of curiosity.




The watchman responded: Main shvaas shvaas main bhagavan ka hi naam leta hoon (I recite Bhagavan's name with every single breath). He further revealed how in every stage of life the helping hand of ishvara was felt. Being a watchman is not a lucrative profession, but still his family managed to scrape together Rs.35 Lakhs for his son to be educated abroad. Today he has a master's degree and works in the US. When asked why then is he still continuing to work, he said there's nothing else for him to do and this job gives him time to remember Ishvara at leisure. This is the defining attitude of Sanatana Dharma and Bharatiya samskriti. Narayana Hari!





Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:58 am (PST) . Posted by:

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Sringeri Days : Part 24, from the entries of Padmanabhan Venkatraman ji




When the Ratha Yatra was over, we all retired to the choultry, while Umesha rushed to Guru Nivasa to perform guru seva before he retires to bed. We were all tired but very charged. The experience was one of its kind and now looking back, very few in the whole world population of billions got that chance.




But the thought of what will happen to us in general,and me in particular, was nagging me in the back of my mind. I would be completing my masters in a few months and what should I do ? We were not in Veda patashala; we were not garelu brahmacari either-as we spent all out time in adhyatma , shunning social events. In fact, with my exception, other members in the group had restrictions on food habits, movie going, books reading, family events. None of us were spending any time thinking of married life, yearning to meet a dream girl. None of us did any nukkad halts waiting to see pretty girls who pass by. Umesha and jyeshta Mahasannidhanam were the only two people in the whole world who occupied our mid.




In short, we were totally ill-prepared for a potential married life, mentally or psychologically.




But, unlike Umesh, we were not accomplished Yogis, and this was leaving us in a lmbo stage. Shri Bharthi Theertharu was very keen to develop us into a Hanuman Brigade of brahmacharis , devoting entire life to adhyatma. But jyeshta mahaa sannidhanam was not totally in support; he felt that given the times, this might put heavy burden on us. He was always compassionate, looking at it not only from our point of view, but also from our parents. He would never do anything against the wishes of parents or that would bring them grief. Parents were walking Gods for him.




My case was more complicated too; with a young widowed mother, coming from a Maadhwa community with historical connect with Rayaru family. How would this work out ? Dr.Subbaramaiyya always used to point out that I should listen to jyeshta mahasannidhanam, not aspire for any mutt brahmachari life.He felt the days of Mutt oriented bidi sanyasis were over; either you are a pitadipati or a gruhasta. Wandering monks are anachronism. With a great sigh , I went to sleep.




With the day break, we all rushed to Tunga River and had a great Anhikam. With the Vedic Chantings reverberating from the patashala yonder, our Gayatri japa and dhyana was terrific. It was time for us to be ADCs for the visiting Shankaracharyas.




So, I went to the quarters of my allocated Swamiji, Shri Swaroopananda Saraswathi Maharaj. There were dozens of his disciples in the small hall and it was visibly over crowded. I went in and offered my pranAms. Swamiji blessed me and looked at his Assistant. The assistant rattled a big list of demands that he wanted me to fulfill immediately. I ran to the Sringeri Mutt administrator and explained what the camp was expecting.




He looked at the list and grimmaced. In a stern voice he said he would do what was possible. He surely won't be able to meet all that were in the list. "What do I do if the visiting swamiji's assistant pester me about it?", I asked with all my anxiety. I was scared what if Swarupananda were to get angry and curse me ? What if he were to convert me into a bumble bee and put me in his kamandalu ?




The administrator gave a big laugh. " Just give them whatever I am able to provide. As for the rest, just promise them and get busy into something else. If they really need something badly, they will escalate to me and I will see what I can do. Mostly they won't."




He was right. They just did not escalate at all. It was a lesson in political management learnt, strangely in a Mutt. Over years I got to learn that such institutions have two parts - Gurukul and Mutt; the former is all spiritualism and the latter deal with politics of things . We deal with jnAni in the former & and administrator in the latter. No wonder Karapatri, Brahmananda , Narayananda and our own SS Narasimha Bharati wanted none of it.




Umesha was like that too; for all his achievements and status as the gnAnana putra of jyeshta Mahasannidhanam, he would stay away from Mutt administration, as far as possible. As his disciples we also chose to do our humble seva for the Mutt but keep a distance.




All of sudden the whole thing was over and the visiting Shankaracharya's left the town. We were back to our blissful , peaceful, anhikas, discussions, and quiet darshan's of Acharyas. We walked in tip toe to jyeshta mahasannidhanam's room. He was there doing pranayama. Umesha beckoned us to sit down without making noise which we did and waited. It was a learning moment for us, watching jyeshta maha sannidhanam performing various types pf pranayama.




Umesha had taught us the importance of Pranayama in the practices of Ashtanga Yoga. He would often quote Hatha Yoga Pradipika

चले वाते चलम् चित्तं निश्चले निश्चलम् भवेत्

योगी स्थाणुत्वम् आप्नोति ततो वायुं निरोधयेत्

वपुः कृशत्वं वदने प्रसन्नता नाद स्पुटत्वं नयने सुनिर्मले

अरोगता बिन्दुजयो अग्निदीपनम् नाडी विशुद्दि योग सिद्धिलक्षणम्

"Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the Yogî gets steadiness of mind"

"When the body becomes lean, the face glows with delight, Anâhatanâda manifests, and eyes are clear, body is healthy, bindu under control, and appetite increases, then one should know that the Nâdîs are purified and success in Hatha Yoga is approaching"




Triggered by this statement, I spent decades researching on why classical Bhakti geethe, particularly Dasa sahitya gives us near samadhi anubhava. After deep analysis and connecting multiple dots it became clear that various ragas simulate various pranayama techniques that causes laya . Laya depends on Nada and so is logically called naada brahma. Again Hatha Yoga Pradipika asserts this

इन्द्रियाणां मनो नाथो मनो नाथस्तु मारुतः | मारुतस्य लयो नाथः स लयो नादं आश्रितः||

"Mind is the master of the senses, and the breath is the master of the mind. The breath in its turn is subordinate to the laya (absorption), and that laya depends on the nâda"




On the physiological level, the Melakarta raga are structured in such a manner, the various notes hit and induce different chakras in the body driving us to meditative experience by merely listening to the sound. This is because while the Raagas simulate various style of Pranayama, devotional component of the song facilitates Dharana concentration and the object of the song helps dhyana. The singer sitting cross legged holding back bone erect is sukhasana. Hence naadopaasna is hatha yoga.




Sitting there , waiting for jyeshta mahasannidhanm to finish his anushtana did not appear a burden; rather we wished it would prolong for us to note and learn more.




He finished it , turned towards us and smiled. One of our group, Neelu, asked him with his typical humility, " When I meditate I have a problem of saliva accumulation and have to swallow many times. Acharyal should help me with a solution". We all fine tuned our ears as we faced similar issues too.




"What habit is this saliva swallowing during meditation?", Acharya laughed heartily. He became serious next instant and said, "This is a common problem. There is a technique in buddhist meditation which is based on Hatha yoga". He turned towards Umesha, "You should help them learn Hatha Yoga".




Umesha gave his usual benevolent smile and looked at us.




(To be continued)


Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:35 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Without having the right attitude, service done with a spirit of self-conceit is a travesty of service. Eliminate selfishness, which is the cause of dualism and its brood of opposites, joy and sorrow, likes and dislikes, and so on. You must rid yourself of the sense of 'mine' and 'thine'. If your minds are filled with hatred, envy, prejudices and biases, you are not qualified to embark on service activities. "Active workers" (in the Sai movement) should have no feeling of arrogance or ostentation while carrying out the activities. They are indeed the spinal cord of the Sai organisation. As an active worker, you must understand the importance of human values and practice them in your life. You must constantly train yourself to become good men and women, fit to undertake noble tasks. All active workers must be broad-minded, completely free from selfish concerns, and must develop love towards all. Your recipe to experience Divinity must be, 'Offer services and receive love'. Sri Satya Sai Baba

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