Subtle truth about attachment

Once a while I like to read light-hearted spiritual stories which teach us about the truth in life. Here are the three timeless stories which were taken from the book titled “108 New-clear bombs” by HDH Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam.

A small story #1:-

There were four fools in a village. They went to the village Guru and asked for a spiritual practice. The Guru said: “Practice gratitude. Be grateful for everything.”

The four fools decided to follow this practice very sincerely.

Once, they used a boat to cross a river. After crossing the river, they decided: “We should be grateful to this boat which helped us cross the river. We should not leave this boat like an orphan here and go away!”

So, all of them started carrying the boat on their heads and going around. Whenever people asked: ‘What are you doing?’, they would reply: “We are being grateful to the boast which helped us cross the river!”

Here is the truth – a good technique can take you a little further on the path. But if you cling on to the technique even after it has become useless for you, you are like the four fools carrying the boat! Knowing when to drop the technique is intelligence.

A small story#2:-

There is a story in the traditional literature of Hinduism, it is the story of Rishi Jadabharata. This rishi was staying on the banks of a river. He had renounced all worldly pleasures and was spending his life meditating for enlightenment.

One day he saw a mother deer gave birth to its baby on the riverbank. Soon after giving birthing, the mother deer died. Seeing the helpless orphaned fawn, the rishi was overwhelmed with pity. He started taking care of the fawn. Gradually, the rishi began to get attached to the fawn. Slowly and slowly, the attachment grew so much that even at the time of his death, Rishi Jadabharata was continuously thinking about the deer, worrying about the deer and wondering what would happen to the deer after his death. Due to his strong attachment, the rishi was reborn as a deer and came back to live with the deer.

Here’s the truth – the uninterrupted flow of mind towards one object had happened in Rishi Jadabharata, even at the time of death. But finally, what was the result?

See, the last thought we cherish before leaving the body determines the next body we assume. He had to take birth as a deer and come back to live with the deer. He missed enlightenment which was his life purpose due to attachment!

Dhyana, meditation happens when the mind which is meditating and the object of the meditation, both lose their boundaries. When the boundaries are lost, you experience Samadhi (falling in tune with the Source, Adi) where the extraordinary powers and realization happens. The proper experience of meditation leads one to Samadhi.

A small story#3:-

There was once a merchant who used to sell puffed rice (poha). He was a big miser. Once he was selling puffed rice during a temple festival in his village, many Bairagi Sadhus and wandering mendicants came to the festival. Many of them went to him for alms, but he did not even give a handful of puffed rice to them, instead he chased them away.

Even the temple priest asked him for a handful of puffed rice for the temple deity as naivedyam (sacred food), but the miserly merchant was not ready to give him anything!

Suddenly, there was a strong wind. The puffed rice that the merchant was selling was lifted into the air and started scattering everywhere on the floor. Now this guy couldn’t do anything. So, in his desperation, he looked at the puffed rice on the floor and his great renunciation and devotion was suddenly awakened, he started chanting “Narayanaarpanamastu! Narayanaarpanamastu! I offer all this to Narayana, to the Lord!”  

Here’s the truth – Renouncing because you don’t have anything left to renounce is not renunciation! Renouncing because you don’t have any other choice is also not renunciation. The real renunciation happens when you must first have it, then you can offer it to the Lord! Namaste 😀

 

Simple techniques to fall in tune with Self

As I was browsing one of the old books called ‘Who asked you to believe?’ which was published by His Divine Holiness, Paramahamsa Nithyananda during his early public life, I couldn’t help but notice these timeless pearls of wisdom and techniques still resonated within me at a much deeper level after 11 years. So, I decided to share it here as a constant reminder to many seekers out there.

1. Step into the timeless Zone
‘Over the years, you have become so time bound, so dependent on time. From the time your get up in the morning to the time your brush your teeth, to the time that you eat breakfast, it goes on and on. It has gone to such an extreme that you cannot be even five minutes without looking at your watch. Come out of this foolishness and see life as the ultimate timeless zone. Slip out of this time awareness and fall into the state of timeless, boundless energy.’

Technique to get out of psychological time:-
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Unclutched action makes you a high performer

Do you know that you can be a high performer without stress and worries?

Let me share with you a powerful truth I learned about actions and performance from my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) which I was initiated into the science of unclutching in 2009 during a 21-day spiritual and yoga retreat called Inner Awakening.

Swamiji shared this simple but subtle technique called ‘Unclutching’ with the world, the ultimate science for freeing oneself from stress, worry and fear, and moving effortlessly to higher consciousness. He said: “Do not create, maintain or destroy any thought. If you don’t do any of these three things, you are the Supreme Self, Parabrahma!” Unclutching is like a self-purifying method. For any technique to be self-purifying and liberating, the moment you become subtle, the technique should also become subtle by itself. Unclutching is one such universal technique that can be used anytime, anywhere, by both the beginners and advanced practitioners. This simple method is remarkably easy to learn yet it is deeply profound in its transformational impact on your consciousness.

I remembered in my first Inner Awakening in June 2009, for several days we spent just sitting in Swamiji’s presence to unclutch from various layers starting from thoughts, breathing, emotions, attachment; even spiritual experiences. The deeper we are able to unclutch the more bliss we experience. The beauty of the “Unclutching” technique is that it can be applied instantly wherever you are. It does not require one to be sitting in a quiet dark room or in a tranquil state of mind. Once initiated by Swamiji (known as deeksha), it can take the practitioner immediately from being “clutched” – emotionally attached to whatever is going on in one’s life, to being “unclutched” – the space of conflict-free living. Thousands of people including myself had benefited and experienced tremendous healing and improvements in aspects of life such as health, wealth, mental clarity, creativity, relationships, careers and spiritual growth.

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