I was reminded of a straight truth by my guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda – “Life can be equated to 2 things i.e. whether you have an ability to achieve what you want in the inner and outer world or just getting stuck in both the worlds. These are the only 2 equations.”
Life gives us the freedom to choose either to be powerful or powerless. To be able to achieve what you want in both the inner and outer worlds, you need to understand the science of manifestation. Manifestation is one of the oldest fascinating sciences in Vedic tradition. How an idea can be taken and put into the very source of our body and manifest itself as reality? Like how our body was manifested in our mother’s womb, we too carry a seed energy called Hiranya Garba (the cosmic womb) in which if an idea is planted and it can manifest. All of us have that cosmic womb within us. Any idea we put in the Hiranya Garba becomes a reality or possibility which directly adds to our life.
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Today is Vesak Day – a very auspicious day in celebration of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha. In remembrance of this great being, his compassion and enormous contribution to the human consciousness, I would like to share with my readers a real-life incident which happened to Lord Buddha’s life before he left his body. This happening was taken from Osho’s book – “The Buddha said”, gifted by a dear friend from USA.
When Buddha was dying, all his disciples gathered around him to listen to his final teaching to the world. Ananda, his chief disciple was crying and weeping. And Budhha said “Stop! What are you doing? Why are you crying and weeping?”
Ananda said, “You are leaving us. I was with you for 40 years. I walked with you, I slept with you, I ate with you, I listened to you – I was just like a shadow to you, and yet..…you were available and I could not become enlightened. Now I am crying that you are going, you are leaving. Without you, it seems impossible for me to become enlightened. Even with you, I could not become enlightened. I have missed such a great opportunity. Without you..now there is NO hope. That’s why I am crying, I am not crying because you are dying because I know you cannot die. I am crying because now for me there is no hope. Now, with your death, starts my dark night of the soul. For eons of time, millions of years, I will be stumbling in the darkness. Hence I am crying – not for you, but for myself.”
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If you were to ask someone – what is Yoga?
Immediately, the typical answer would be ‘Yoga is a physical form of exercise called asanas (postures) used to promote strength, flexibility and balance in the body’. In the modern society especially in the West, yoga has been reduced to just a physical exercise with some breathing techniques, some chanting and some meditation thrown in to create an exotic appeal. Some of the latest fads include an obsession with precision of different complex postures and a belief in the illusion that excessive loss of water in hot yoga is equivalent to a good workout. The Western society largely sees yoga as another form of stress-buster or stretching aerobic exercise. But what they are seeing are merely the side benefits of yoga. It is almost like going to a restaurant and reading the menu without tasting the food! This is so different from what Patanjali, the father of Yoga is advocating in the Yoga Sutras! The mainstream society is only able to catch the physical dimension of yoga but not the authentic body language of yoga.
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