Yoga: Elixir for life.

YOGA! Over the past few years Yoga has been trending all across the world, becoming a popular fad among youngsters. As a child, I was always more of a couch potato but I knew one thing for sure; Yoga has a religion and it’s Hinduism. I had always heard of myriad incidents where some Yogis master power over their bodies and minds to such an extent that they could breathe through their toes and stay in the same position for days and days, without any food or water. However, all these extraordinary happenings had always been brushed away by me, because they were always referred to as ‘myths’. Only now does it dawn upon me, after meeting my Guru, that the word ‘myth’ is highly arbitrary in nature and it creates doubt in us about our very own traditions and culture, when it IS a possibility even for us.
Recently, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Yoga and the way it is being practiced. People have come up with ridiculous practices like ‘beer yoga’, ‘goat yoga’ and oh, before I forget, ‘nude yoga’.
Before I continue, watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMbiK4yY7WE
What exactly is wrong with this video? Well, it’s a group of Americans talking about how a religious practice, yes, religious practice, that originated in India and is deeply rooted in Hinduism is good for their body and mind but they would rather not associate it with Hinduism. Yoga, unfortunately, is the newest platform for the intellectual recolonization of India and Hindus in particular.
Yoga, by definition means “union of the individual spirit with the universal spirit” In other words, we practice Yoga to experience the space of Oneness (Advaita). Yoga is a path to the ultimate and it IS the ultimate. Yoga not only gives you physical and mental wellbeing, it prepares our body to receive high energy initiations from the Guru, leading ultimately to enlightenment.
Also, I want to emphasize that you don’t necessarily have to be Hindu or Indian in order to practice Yoga. To different people, the universal consciousness can mean different things; you can call it Sadashiva, Krishna , Jesus or even a formless cosmic energy. Hinduism doesn’t discriminate. But to participate in the stripping of its identity and roots, forcibly disassociating it from Hinduism is absolutely felonious. The science is available for the world to enjoy and benefit from! However, diluting the practices in any form and coming up with preposterous, absurd names such as ‘downward dog’ or ‘wheel pose’ is unacceptable.
It has been said before but let me remind you about the Kohinoor diamond which was once part of our proud Indian heritage. The priceless diamond now sits, embedded in the crown of British royalty. The British arrived, looted the country, colonized the people and stole the jewel to claim it as their own. Whether you realise it or not, the same thing is happening to Yoga. Yoga is a gem from the depths of Hinduism and we are allowing this intellectual theft to happen. Most Yoga nowadays is the product of a deep-seated human need for fulfilment, combined with a tendency to “white wash” anything that is brown.
In other words, if you ever feel like doing ‘mindfulness meditation’ or ‘upward dog’, please do not call it Yoga. Yoga is much much more than any ordinary fitness regime. If you want to practice the most authentic Yoga, refer the scriptures and constantly align yourself to it, so you know you’re on the right track. I’m also proud to say that my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda is reviving this extraordinary science and bringing Hinduism back to its glory!
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Windows to the world!


“Awareness controls your life” – Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

Throughout our life, we come across various situations. Sometimes, we find ourselves trapped in a classroom with a dreary looking professor, monotonously going on and on about a subject. Sometimes, we find ourselves amidst people with whom we have absolutely nothing in common. Most of the time, as we don’t actually enjoy what we’re doing, we end up doing it mechanically. When this happens, our mind begins to wander and starts to dwell in its own fantasies and imaginations, far from the reality happening outside us. We create a distance between ourselves and reality. In other words, we lose AWARENESS. 

Unfortunately, the truth is that everyone dies but not everyone lives. Personally, I think ordinary people don’t actually live; their life gradually slips into death. They merely exist. 

Swamiji has said that awareness makes us take ownership of our lives and take control of it. Without awareness, there is no scope for involvement with life and hence, there would be absolute withdrawal and denial. Now, you’re probably wondering, what does photography have to do with this ? Let me answer you with an example from my own experience.

Under normal circumstances, a winter morning would seem perfectly ordinary to me. Nothing about it would strike me as different or unique. After starting to explore my possibilities, I picked up my camera and started venturing. To my utmost surprise, the so called ordinary morning didn’t seem ordinary anymore!! I began to pay attention to all the trivial details ; the thin golden rays of the sun emerging from the horizon, the serenity of the vast pinkish sky, the lightness of the fluffy white clouds floating from place to place, leaves glistening with fresh dew drops, the sweet, vibrant fragrance of newly bloomed flowers, the list is endless. I started to actually become AWARE of my surroundings and relish every single detail, feeling gratitude for everything.

Just like I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post ( Being sensuous…) , Sadashiva exists in detail. How will we be able to enjoy and celebrate Him, if we don’t even enjoy the details of our surroundings ? 

HINDUPHOBIA- the hype & hyperbole against Hinduism.

It was a fine winter evening. I cuddled up in a warm woollen sweater and turned on the television. I skimmed through a number of channels with a smirk on my face, hoping to find something interesting. All of a sudden, something caught my attention. Under normal circumstances, I would’ve skipped through it, but something rather odd made me stop and watch. It was a perfectly ordinary Tamil channel playing serials full of drama, which I always assumed grandmothers and grandfathers liked to watch . However, a person dressed in saffron and wearing rudraksh was present there. This was rather unforeseen so I decided to watch a little more. It didn’t take me more than a few seconds to realise that the person dressed in the traditional attire was being portrayed as a cunning, lustful, manipulative cheat who plots against everyone else. I felt absolutely infuriated at how the idea of sannyas and saffron was being misused and depicted wrongly.

Understand, this example might probably seem diminutive and irrelevant to you. You might wonder why I’m making such a big deal about a fictional television serial. But why don’t you consider for one moment, the gigantic impact it has on its viewers. Regrettably, they choose to believe everything they see on TV and subconsciously, whether they realise or not, they develop HINDUPHOBIA. When I say this, I don’t just mean the followers of other religions, I’m referring to our very own Hindu brethren who fall for such ploys by the Anti-Hindu forces.

One of the most fatal fallacies of people’s reasoning is that all religions are the same. But how can we even compare them when they are all completely different ? Can we compare all the cuisines of the world and say they’re all the same ? No. We can safely say that all religions are unique and most certainly NOT the same.

Hinduism, in actuality, talks about ‘Vasudeiva Kutumbakam’ which means the whole world is our family. This means a practicing Hindu lives for others ; goes on endlessly spreading bliss and celebration. Sadly, as people subconsciously digest all the crap they see, when Hindus are being portrayed so pathetically, they start developing an aversion towards Hindus and in extension, our Sannyasis. 

Here, I want to bring to your awareness, the persecution that my Guru Paramahamsa Nithyananda went through. Swamiji’s growing popularity and ability to draw huge masses of seekers caught the eye of many anti-Hindu forces and a few of them joined hands to start a systematic campaign to malign Swamiji – and Hinduism in effect. It is an open secret that these evil forces demanded huge sums of money to stop the tirade, which in itself highlights the crooked intentions of theirs. 

In conclusion, this blog should serve as an eye opener to those people who are easily misguided by such anti-Hindu forces. When in doubt, follow a three step process 

1. Read & learn more about our Hindu scriptures
2. Question the intent and objective of articles & TV programs that belittle Hinduism & it’s followers 
3. Lastly – hold your head high as a practising Hindu

The land of love,life and death…

VARANASI! The very remembrance of this divine city fills me with a feeling of awe and fascination. From the grandeur and vastness of the Ganga, to the petite crowded lanes full of hustle, the only thing constant everywhere is Sadashiva’s immense, powerful presence. 

Th moment I got out of the airport, the sharp, bitter cold hit me. I shuddered, pulling on my jacket and wondering how i would be able to manage myself for the next three days. However, the excitement of the whole situation completely overtopped every other negative feeling and I grinned to myself, awaiting the experiences to come.

After collecting our baggage, we proceeded to our hotel and decided to retire for the day. Just when I was on the verge of falling asleep, an unison of loud, boisterous chanting disrupted the nightly silence. They seemed to be chanting “RAM NAAM SATYA HAI” . Out of curiosity, I peeked out of the window to see a group of men carrying something on their shoulders. It was covered in a colourful cloth and a lot of flowers. It then dawned upon me that it was a dead body which was being carried to the Harishchandra Ghat, for cremation. 

The next day, I awoke with a feeling of anticipation. We started off with a boat ride in the Ganga. What I’d seen in pictures and dreamt of for so long was finally unfolding in front of my eyes. As the boat travelled from Ghat to Ghat, I enjoyed the fresh breeze brushing the hair off my face and the warmth of the sunlight penetrating my skin. I dipped my hand into the Ganga, every pore of my skin celebrating the coolness and purity of the water. 

After forty five minutes, we reached the Manikarnika Ghat. We got out of the boat and prepared to take a dip in the holy water. I recalled that the Ganga has the ability to purify Herself and us, so we could leave behind whatever powerless thought currents that limit us from living up to our true potential. I slowly stepped into the freezing waters and felt my legs become numb. Before I dipped my head completely, I declared to myself powerfully that I would drop my habit of comparing myself with others. This pattern had always been troubling me, as it never let me appreciate what I have and myself. With that powerful declaration, I dipped three times and emerged out of the water -feeling liberated. I truly did feel free from my pattern of comparison. I felt that it had left me completely, so from that very moment, I started to feel gratitude even for the smallest of things.

After a series of temple visits, we sat in silence, on the banks of Ganga, at Harishchandra ghat. I watched in utter fascination as dead bodies were brought in and dipped in the Ganga before the cremation. From close quarters i observed the cremation process – the body is dipped in the Ganges once, placed on the pyre & lit to the encore ” HAR HAR MAHADEV” reverberating the steps of the ghat. As I watched this process, it struck me that one day, even my body would be nothing but ashes and that body is after all a mere object, beyond which I will continue to exist. 

I realised that people normally idolise and fear death so much,always dread it and create phobias about it, whereas in Varanasi, death is just another casual part of day to day life because they know very clearly that they will continue to exist in another form even after their body stops functioning!!! 

I also remembered Swamiji’s discourse on His death experience where He says ” When you know that death is going to happen to you, the respect which you carry for your ego will come down. Because, whatever you think shouldn’t leave you, is ego. When you know for sure everything is going to leave you, then the respect for ego drastically drops. ” 

According to legend, it is said that Sadashiva liberates anyone who is cremated here at Varanasi and appears before them, does the Ananda Tandava and frees them from the cycle of birth and death. 

Over the next few days, we visited Allahabad and a number of other temples including Kalabhairava, Vishwanatha, Annapurni and Vishalakshi. 

I truly did have an extraordinary experience in Varanasi. Instead of only seeing the chaos,crowd and confusion, i was able to embrace the uncertainty and see the ORDER within the chaos, thanks to Swamiji’s discourses.

In other words, if you want a whole new perspective about life and want to celebrate Sadashiva’s vibrant presence, Varanasi is the place for you !!! 

Why GURU?

Pourquoi nous avons besoin d’un Guru dans la vie???
À mon avis, le Guru est la meilleure chose dans la vie, parce qu’il t’adore plus que quiconque.
Mon Guru est Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Il est un maître éclairé et il relance l’Hindouisme.
Il est grand et époustouflant ! Il a de grands yeux magnifiques. Il est très beau. Il a des jattas longs et épais. Plus important, il a un large sourire !
Dans la vie, sans un maître éclairé, nous ne pouvons pas être bienheureux, car, nous ne savons pas où regarder. Quand nous avons un maître éclairé, il nous montre que la félicité est en nous, et non au dehors.
Dans l’hindouisme , il y a les écritures comme les Vedas et Upanishads. Il dit que nous sommes divins! Nous ne sommes pas des pécheurs… nous sommes des dieux !
Swamiji est descendu sur terre pour nous offrir cette experience. Merci beaucoup Swamiji!

English translation:

Why should we have a Guru in our lives?
The Guru is the best thing that can happen in our lives! He is the only one who loves us more than even we love ourselves…He knows us more than we know ourselves and His only intention is to empower us. My guru is Paramahamsa Nithyananda and he is rapidly reviving Hinduism back to its originality.
Swamiji is the epitome of grace ; he is tall and he has long, thick jattas like Sadashiva. Most importantly, he has a large smile.
In our lives, without an enlightened master, we seek for bliss in the wrong place because we don’t know where to look. When the GURU happens in our life , he makes us experience that it is within us, not outside!
Unlike other religions, Hinduism preaches that we are born divine, not sinners. Hinduism declares that we are all Gods, and Swamiji has descended to planet earth, to give us that ultimate experience .

 

Who am I?

” You are not your neurological, physiological and psychological ups and downs. You are your intention to be!” – Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

Whether we realise it or not, the way we perceive ourselves matters. It is the foundation of our lives! If we carry a low image about ourselves, ALL the situations we attract in our life will put us into more sadness and depression. The words we utter to ourselves are the words we attract around us, in reality.
When we change the way we look at ourselves, miraculously, what we want starts manifesting immediately, remind us of our divinity.

Throughout the illegal, inhuman persecution that was pinned on Swamiji, unimaginably, He never experienced depression of any kind, or suffering! Under normal circumstances,one would’ve shut themselves from the world in utter violation and grief.
But in Swamiji’s case, He never gave up! Even now, He goes on endlessly empowering people, showering experiences of self realisation and reviving the grandeur of Hinduism, without an ounce of sadness.
When people have incredulously asked Swamiji how this was possible, He simply explains that as he knows he is Sadashiva, nothing can violate Him! As he is established in the space of Advaitha, constantly living as Sadashiva, He can never experience grief!

Swamiji says, we are the owners of our lives. WE decide how we want to live.
The idea we carry about ourselves determines how happy we’ll be and how successful we’ll be.
I have seen in my own life, altering the idea I carry about myself reflects almost immediately in the existential reality around me.
Over the past few days, it’s been pouring cats and dogs. I happened to be stuck outside home on one such occasion. When rain drops started trickling down my hair, my first reaction was irritation. Then, like lightening, Swamiji’s words popped up in my head, reminding me that I’m Sadashiva and I have the power to manifest what I want. So, I closed my eyes and declared to myself , “I am Sadashiva. Dropping all my doubts and denial at Swamiji’s lotus feet, I declare it will stop raining now and continue only after I reach home.”
Miraculously, the rain stopped within seconds of my declaration!!! I wouldn’t have imagined living such an amazing life filled with miracles, if it weren’t for Swamiji and his teachings.

So, when you can upgrade your phone and your television, why can’t you upgrade yourself?
Upgrading your inner image( the idea you carry about yourself) brings excitement into your life and removes boredom. In other words, experience your peak possibility, your higher self, by changing the way you perceive yourself!

 

Celebrating the Cosmic mother…

A prevalent question which crosses all our minds… Why does Hinduism have so many Gods? There are crores and crores of Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism! Frequently, people have asked Swamiji why this is so. He answers them with a question; why do we have so many cars? Thousands of different cars have been manufactured with different levels of quality, different aesthetics, varying diesel consumption and so on, only because so much of research and development has been put into that particular field.
Similarly, the ancient Vedic Rishis had such an impressive thirst for inner fulfilment, that their research and development was in the science of inner space, to discover different paths to experience Oneness and they came up with an innumerable number of them.

Let’s say, you want a fruit which is hanging from a tree. There are numerous ways to get it. You could either climb the tree, or use a ladder, or use a piece of rope and pull it down. There are hundreds of ways to get it down. The grandeur of Hinduism is such that, there are so many different paths which will ultimately lead to the same goal. Swamiji has said that he himself has been exposed to so many of the paths like Vedanta and Shaivism, but none of them have amazed him as much as the science of Srividya, which is the Devi worship.

It would be considered normal to feel pangs of fear when a thief points a knife at you. But would you feel the same fear if your mother points it at you ? Of course not. This is because you trust her without a flicker of doubt and know that she would never do anything to hurt you.
When we start relating to life as our Cosmic mother, we feel tremendous joy and peace, as we know very clearly, whatever happens is just her play. All fear, greed, anger and sadness can melt away just with this slight shift in our cognition.
Many of us carry the dreadful idea that ‘life is sadistic’. This feeling completely vanishes when we start relating to Life as a mother. A new feeling of sweetness and trust develops in us and we become so light and relaxed knowing that every situation which arises is just Her manifestation, so she wouldn’t do anything to hurt us. This change in the way we perceive life, is enough to remove excessive burden, stress and fear that all of us carry about the future.

Being a born Hindu, I never felt very connected to any God or goddess before meeting Swamiji. I always used to feel a distance.  After my first encounter with Him in 2013 and during my time in Gurukul, I started relating to deities with such a degree of intimacy and closeness, that so many astonishing divine experiences started pouring in, convincing me of their very real, alive existence.

In other words, love your life and celebrate every moment, knowing that it is all Her divine play, which is always going to be auspicious 💞

Being sensuous.

Sensuousness : the feelings which are characterised by gratification of the senses.

I feel sensuous, receptive to everything around me.
How sweet the morning air is! Today, it’s a lovely apricot sky with flames in it and then a solemn pink. The air is still and freezing cold. Sweet, fragrant vapours rise from the Earth. Apparently, it had rained all night. Water drops cling to the plants, making the leaves glisten. Fresh flowers bloom with raindrops on them. The Sun has just risen. Thin rays of orange creep up into the sky. The red rim of the sun pushes itself higher effortlessly, as if a giant invisible hand has stretched down, pulling the curtain of night from the face of the Earth.
Promptly, a gentle sensuous breeze caresses my face. The sudden, sharp chirping of birds cuts through the air, giving me goosebumps. A few birds fly across the saffron sky in a commendable formation. I incredulously wonder how it would be to soar across the sky, piercing the wind, feeling so immensely powerful. I think to myself, the world has enough beautiful mountains, spectacular skies and serene rivers. It has enough lush forests and sandy beaches ; it has the promise of a sunrise and sunset , but it lacks people to enjoy it.

Sadashiva himself exists in details. How will we be able to enjoy Him when we don’t enjoy the details surrounding us? We always overlook the tiny details, but they turn out to be the most lovely ; Sadashiva’s creation.
Only now does it dawn upon me, the beauty of gratitude ; the greatest attitude, as Swamiji calls it. We ask for a ring, but are we grateful for our fingers? We demand God for money, but are we grateful for our very existence ? Swamiji says that every breath is a blessing and something we have to be grateful for. The problem arises when we ask ourselves WHY we have to celebrate, why we have to enjoy. Why do we need a logical reason to be happy? Especially when Swamiji has happened in our lives, what is there NOT to celebrate and be grateful for?
Blessed are those who see beauty in places where others see nothing. 💞

 

BUSTING PSYCHOLOGICAL MYTHS!

Ever heard of a disorder called ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?
A shocking 11% of the world’s children are diagnosed with this disease,according to new statistics.
Let me now reveal to you something you don’t already know. Leon Isenberg, the scientific father of ADHD spills the beans on his deathbed, that the whole disease is nothing but a figment of imagination! Quoting him, “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

Yes, you read correctly. Even according to Dr.Edward C Hamlyn, a professional psychologist and the founding member of Royal college of general practitioners , “ADHD is a fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.”
So, this implies that there are thousands of kids all over the world believing that something is seriously wrong with them! I find it absolutely horrifying that about fifty years ago, a child not participating in class would be termed as lazy, but now, he would be labelled with a disease!
This is precisely why there’s been such a dramatic increase in the percentage of kids diagnosed with ADHD. Devastatingly enough, it’s become a mere BUISNESS for the psychiatry industry to impose drugs upon children ,addicting them to it, ensuring a reliable profit for themselves. It’s sickening!

Lately, psychology has been classifying almost everything as a disorder. From wrongly believing that someone is in love with you ( erotomania), to inability in properly expressing a language ( Landau- Kleffner syndrome) , everything is termed as a disorder. Does this mean we are all mentally sick? Does this mean we all have something seriously wrong with us? The worst part is that psychology doesn’t provide established, genuine solutions for these problems; only drug use and other superficial techniques. Some mental disorders don’t even have a cure !

I’m grateful to have Paramahamsa Nithyananda in my life, as my Guru. 💞🙏 One of Swamiji’s umpteen contributions to the world, is spreading awareness about psychological myths which threaten humanity. Swamiji has said before that Hinduism gives you a grand introduction to yourself! It declares that you are divine! You’re not a sinner, and you’re certainly not abnormal in any way! Hinduism EMPOWERS you to live up to your peak possibility ! Swamiji has spoken hours together on a remarkable technique and truth called Poornatva (Completion), which helps you rewrite your future by making the past redundant. ( I will be expanding on this in my future blog posts) . This technique has transformed the lives of thousands of people, making them believe in themselves and love themselves!

Here’s the link to Swamiji’s discourse about Completion, the ultimate solution.

 

 

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