The year was 2009 when I first heard the discourse on Yoga Sutra of Patanjali as interpreted by a living incarnation, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji). Patanjali, the great sage declares that the state of Yoga is the cessation of mental patterns where one lives in a different zone of existence of limitlessness and total understanding. To me, it felt something beyond my limited logic and far-flung at that time since I was not able to fathom this truth, let alone experiencing it.
Fast forward to January 2016, as I read the 3rd verse of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali again, suddenly it just clicked within me – “Hey! This is the zone I am living now!” I was too ecstatic with this revelation!
The 3rd Yoga Sutra states ‘Tada drau swarupe vasthanum’, it means “This results in relaxation into one’s true nature of limitlessness and total understanding.”
The first insight we need to know is that anything we can experience again and again is a pattern. Any experience we can enter into and come out of it is just a mental pattern. By this definition, even our sleep is a pattern since we go in and come out every night. It is a pattern.
Here is the truth – whatever you see and experience in the outer world is because of your thought patterns. Your thought patterns create the life that you experience. You could be experiencing the same situation but a different comment by different person could trigger a feeling of deep suffering or a feeling of joy and relaxation. Just see how your thought patterns can influence your response in situations and even life crisis. Without even your knowledge, your life is being run by thought patterns. It is the thought patterns which keep the mind alive!
The second insight is the way to stop the mental patterns is to take the responsibility to complete whatever hangovers you created as mental patterns and relax from everything in complete completion – the consciousness. Yoga Sutra teaches us that only when we really relax from everything, we are established in our own true self. The moment the thoughts disappear, when the cessation of mental patterns happens, when the chitta-vrittis (mental patterns) are no more, it results in relaxation into one’s own true nature. When you are able to have your mind under your control, that freedom is what Patanjali called being established in your true nature.
How to stop the mental patterns? You may ask!
From my experience, the quickest way is to find a living master who is already radiating the state of Yoga. This is what I did. In last December, I attended a 21-day yoga spiritual inner awakening retreat in Phuket called Nithyanandoham 1008 conducted by Swamiji. In this mystical process, he purified the muscles memory and bio memory by removing all patterns I created in these 2 layers and he awakened the bio energy in me. The bio energy is the God particle that exists in all of us.
Now it has been almost 3 weeks since I came back from this program. Like many others who are experiencing the powers and miracles, I am also seeing many changes at different aspects of my existence. At the physical body level, the body feels totally new and young with great flexibility and possibility. There is no sign of tiredness as the body is constantly radiating such high energy, frankly I even forget how tiredness feels like because the tiredness pattern has been totally erased from the muscles memory. The mind feels so clear and it falls into silence, the thoughtless zone whenever I bring restful awareness or whenever the mind is needed for planning, I can just switch it on. It is such a great freedom to be able to relax into my true nature. Another extraordinary thing I discovered is that whenever I am in the zone of Yoga, I can direct my awareness into anything I want clarity or answers. For example, I have just started writing my next book, just by focusing my awareness on the book, the space is intelligent enough to show me the key points I should write in my inner space. The understanding happens in the space of complete completion. I am just too thrilled to discover this fascinating conscious playground called Yoga.
I remembered Swamiji explained further that “In whichever areas you turn your consciousness, you will have complete clarity in that dimension about that truth. It will be waiting to reveal all its mysteries to you. All you need to do is just look into it. You will be able to connect with it and receive all the information and secrets and mysteries. You can download all the information you need from Cosmos. This is what Patanjali means when he says – limitlessness and total understanding.” This is such an amazing truth which is now becoming an experience itself for me after coming back from Nithyanandoham retreat!
In essence, if you are a Yogi living in a thoughtless zone, you literally live in a different zone of existence because you are experiencing oneness with consciousness, Existence. Your life will be filled with constant excitement, powers and miracles. Namaste 😀
- Source – 108 truths of the Yoga of Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
Are you struggling to still your restless mind?
Do you find it impossible to stop your inner chatters?
If this is what you find a challenge, the insight from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will bring you the right understanding and solution to go beyond the mind.
In the second Yoga Sutra, it states that ‘Yogaha chitta vritti nirodhaha’, meaning ‘Withdrawal from mental patterns is Yoga’. This is the essence of Yoga as captured by Patanjali – a great sage who compiled the Yoga sutras in a systematic and scientific way more than 5,000 years ago.
In order for you to appreciate this truth and connect with the higher consciousness, you need to come into the present moment – NOW and come into the space of pure listening in order to catch the subtle dimension of the MIND which was revealed by my master, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji). He opened up this profound understanding of the subtle mind in me!
First of all, he said that mind is not an object or a thing as we are taught by society, it is an action. Mind is not a thing to struggle with, suppress or destroy, mind is an action. Just like you are walking as an action, if you don’t feel like walking, you just sit down. When you don’t feel like talking anymore, you just shut your mouth and be in silence. In the same way, mind is an action, if you don’t want it to think anymore, you can stop it. That’s all.
However, you will say ‘No, I have already tried this in many ways, it doesn’t work for me!’ The truth is thinking is a simple yet subtle action, you are doing it, nobody else inside you is doing it. You are the only one who is responsible for the mind to go on in action.
Second, if you feel that the thinking comes back again after sometime, be very clear, it comes back because you want it to come back. At any moment, if you really don’t want it, you can just stop it. Whenever the mind comes back, it is simply because you want it to come back. You have the complete freedom to switch it off and start it again but the problem is you forget that it is YOU who have started it again due to your unawareness of this subtle truth. If you have this basic clarity that you are the one starting the mind, at least you will not feel powerless in front of your mind because you respect your decision. Just understand – “When I want the mind, I am starting it. When I don’t want it, I am relaxing from it.”
The essence of Yoga is only this one sutra – yogaha chitta vritti nirodhaha, Yoga is cessation of mind. Yoga is withdrawal from mental patterns. Mind is not a thing, it is an action which is entirely in your hands. This sutra has to be approached with openness and devotion of the space it is delivered. You will have the same click as I had if you can just bring a cognitive shift in the understanding. Just knowing this simple truth makes me feel powerful to handle my mind intelligently and effortlessly.
Third, you don’t need the mind to be alive. We always think that mind is bigger than the brain. Swamiji’s guru – Yogi Yogananda Puri once revealed that the mind is just one action of the brain. See, when you are asleep or in silence, your brain continues to operate your daily life, your brain is able to keep your body functioning perfectly. So understand, the mind is just one part of your brain – this is the shift you need to have. If you have the courage to switch off your mind as and when it is not required, the mind becomes your slave as it is under your full control. If not, you are a slave to your mind!
Lastly, Swamiji shared that “Living your life without what you call as mind is living enlightenment.” Living independent of the mind is what he called as living enlightenment. To live with the freedom of the mind, you need to take the responsibility completely on your shoulders. The moment you feel you are responsible for your thinking, you know very clearly that you can stop it. Only when you don’t want to take responsibility, you resort to postponing life or blaming life. We need to take responsibility for our subtle action – which is the mind, and knowing when to stop the mind so that we can get back to the natural space of completion and vibrant silence.
In short, Yoga means being able to play with your mind or completely relax from it. Namaste 😀
- Source – 108 truths of the Yoga of Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
On this New Year Day, for the first time, I welcome 2016 with great positivity and new possibilities that it is going to be a phenomenal year! Never have I felt this powerfulness within me in my life, it was only after attending a 21-day spiritual Yoga retreat called Nithyanandoham 1008 with my Guru, Paramhamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) in Phuket last December. So much purifications happened at the muscle memory, bio memory and bio energy levels that it is almost impossible to express the profound experience in words. Fundamentally, words are such poor substitute to describe the intense spiritual experiences and transformation which happened at the very core of my Being.
When I looked back, I could see how my whole Inner Awakening journey was preparing me to receive this ultimate mystical alchemy process. It all started in 2012 when I took a conscious decision to devote time, money and effort for my spiritual seeking during the auspicious 3-year window of conscious shift which began in Dec 2012 till Dec 2015. In Dec 2012 Inner Awakening program, I discovered that I had been suffering from one deep-rooted pattern for many births i.e. the pattern of inauthenticity which stopped me from my spiritual expansion. Inauthenticity comes from fears, ignorance and a wrong self-image. On the last day of Dec 2012 Inner Awakening program, I asked Swamiji to bless me to become authentic and He said “I will do it!” So in the entire year of 2013, I was doing a lot of completions using the science of completion as a technique to align myself back to the 4 spiritual principles of integrity, authenticity, responsibility and enriching self and others. Swamiji guided me to do a major overhaul of my 4 images – Inner Image, Outer Image, Life Image and Others’ Image. That created a fertile inner space for the seed of transformation to sprout.
Then in Dec 2013 Inner Awakening Program, I realised that I had a deep fear of my own Unknown – my huge possibilities but I was not sure how to overcome this fear. One very powerful initiation I received from Swamiji which had helped me to loosen up was ‘Chit-Jata Granthi Bhedana Deeksha’ which means experiencing the ultimate reality that we are pure consciousness. This initiation separates Chit (consciousness) and Jata (matter) so that we can establish ourselves in the Turiya state (pure consciousness). Chit Jata Granthi Bhedana means liberating our consciousness from matter like body and mind, helping us to wake up to the decisive components of life. After this initiation, I became more playful like a child and no longer bothered by incompletions. Swamiji shared this truth – “Man can’t make it, he has to be given”. He told us that he was also given this initiation by Arunagiri Yogishwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Through this strong initiation, I was able to experience the Turiya state as a witnessing consciousness but no thoughts.
In Dec 2014 Inner Awakening was another quantum leap into the mystical plane of experiencing “Shivoham” (I am divine) and awakening to all my possibilities. Some of the new intelligence started expressing through the body included the ability to create a space for transmission of truths as an experience for others as well as the ability to relate with children as a Cosmic mother. My life was very much enriched by new intelligence.
Finally, in the recent Dec 2015 Nithyanandoham 1008 program, Swamiji took the entire group of seekers to a whole new level of alchemy by awakening the God particle in us – the bio energy. I experienced a total re-programming of the muscle memory and bio memory to reflect the purity of divine consciousness.
He explained that there are three parts of a human being – firstly, the part Known to you, but negative which is binding, secondly, the part Known to you but positive which is liberating and lastly, the Unknown part of you. The Unknown part of you is 98%, the positive Known part of you is 1% and the negative Known part of you is 1%. Unfortunately, the Unknown of you” is always handled by the negative Known part of you. Any new situation you always look at it from the negative Known part of you which suffocates you in life. Through the Nithyanandoham process, Swamiji successfully converted the 98% Unknown part of you into positive bio-energy. I can already feel the power of this bio energy which gives me the intelligence to develop the right thought current to live a life with powerfulness, intelligence and strength. There is no room for guilt or powerlessness anymore. What an amazing gift by a living incarnation! A thank-you is not enough to express my heartfelt gratitude to Swamiji for the great gift of Inner Awakening to humanity. May more sincere seekers be touched by the divine alchemy of a living incarnation.
In essence, I can sum up my spiritual metamorphosis from Inner Awakening program in one statement “It is about making you experience the Universe and making the Universe experience you as it is.” The experience of ONENESS with the Cosmos and enjoying life as a divine play of extraordinary powers and spiritual experiences is something I would give up anything just to have this gift by the Guru. In this mystical process, I became more comfortable with playing with the Unknown part of me, living in advaita (non-duality) with the Whole. My entire inner space reverberates with this one cognition – Nithyanandoham (I am Nithyananda), the embodiment of eternal bliss. Every cell in my body, the mind and inner space are bubbling with confidence and powerfulness, the new year augurs well a new life with many possibilities! Stay tuned for more happenings. Namaste 😀
Note: To find out about Inner Awakening, click this link – http://innerawakening.org/