18 January, 2017

Touch and spiritual connections


When the Pope first met the Shankaracharya in India they shook hands and with that a spiritual connection was established between the western and eastern hemispheres and Hinduism (Sanātan Dharma, a Vedic way of life) spread in the western world.


Shaking hands is not just a physical action there is a tremendous transfer of energy


With a touch a spiritual connection is established


A handshake may be beneficial or may not be depending on the person you shake hands with


The DNA are easily transferred with a touch and they are named “touch DNA”, in 2015 research was done on this subject and proved that even an innocent persons DNA can be found on the crime scene if that person has shook hands with a criminal; DNA are so easily passed on with a touch


Also the negative energy of one person can be easily transferred to the other person by a handshake





Namaste--the gesture of greeting by folding the hands and bowing slightly found on the Indian subcontinent is not only more respectful but also creates a positive energy since bringing the hands together is a powerful mudra also any negative vibration emitting from the other person is stopped at the same time we open up ourselves to receive a higher level of consciousness, that is the reason we join our hands in front of a deity or a saint (it would be much beneficial to close the eyes when performing Namaste in front of a deity or a spiritually elevated person)








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As I mentioned earlier “with a touch a spiritual connection is established”, so always touch some artifact or just the wall or floor when you visit some ancient place or a place of higher vibrations, in this way we connect ourselves spiritually with that place


Touching a tree or a bolder is also beneficial


A spiritually elevated person may heal or uplift spiritually a person just by touching him


Energy is also transferred by looking at a person that is the reason we must control our sight and not keep on looking here and there thereby wasting our energy (you know what I mean)


While on the topic of sight it is spiritually beneficial to keep our eyeballs slightly upwards or straight, most of the people keep their eyeballs downwards, if you observe people walking on the street most will have their eyeballs facing downwards only a very few people look straight ahead this is a very good spiritual practice as it increases ones field of consciousness


It is all an energy game; most people thrive on energy from others, that is the reason why people do not like to get ignored some get angry  when a person does not look at them simply because they do not receive that energy from the person


Beware of the people who always touch you or come very close to your body, when a person comes very close to another person the other’s thinking process is affected (disorganized) and one can easily destabilize you and your decision taking ability


If there is energy transfer by simply touching or looking imagine the energy transfer during sex. A sexual union is not only something operative on the physical plane, but also on the psychic (astral) plane and during the process one partner who has a lower spiritual level stands to gain and the other with a higher spiritual level loses; So one must be very careful in choosing a partner



After many years of marriage both the husband and wife attend the same spiritual level and there spiritual bonds becomes so strong that they surpass the spiritual connections between parents and children


The priest of the ancient temples carried out the daily rituals others had the role to memorise the Vedas while some were assigned the task to conduct the Vedic fire ceremony’s  they were called Brahmins because of the role they had and to maintain sanctity they were the only ones allowed to touch the sacred objects in the temples hence they had to stay as pure as possible physically, mentally and spiritually (of course if one is spiritually elevated the other two naturally follow) that is the reason no one was allowed to touch them, even today in ancient temples like Badrinath, if the priest has to enter the temple Garbha gruha (sanctum sanctorum) he has to take a bath, if he has to enter 5 times a day he takes a bath all the 5 times and is escorted to the temple as no one can touch him, if any one touches him by mistake he turns back to take a bath again, but it is very unfortunate that even though the Vedas never acknowledged caste discrimination by birth the Brahmins proclaimed themselves to be superior to all and have ended up becoming the biggest racist if you study their history you will not believe that one human can be so cruel to his fellow human being.


I end this article; please enjoy the chant of the Maha Mantra (Great Mantra)



At the Sivananda Ashram (Divine Life Society) in Rishikesh from 1943 onwards a 24 hours a day, seven days a week chanting of the ‘mahamantra' began in the bhajan hall, and this chanting has continued unbroken till date for World Peace


Bhajan hall at the Sivananda Ashram



Since the past 3 years I have made some notes and plan to write a series of blogs titled “A pilgrimage called life”



06 January, 2017

The Trinity and why are bhang ganja hemp cannabis leaves offered to Shiv


Trinity, Tridev, Trimurti, Shiv, Shivling, Marijuana, Cannabis, Sativa / Indica (Hemp), Bhang, Ganja, Charas (Hashish), Pot, Weed, Grass.




More contents added on 8th Jan 2017


Introduction to the Trinity


From the study of the various world-Scriptures

1) One eternal, infinite, incognisable real Existence.

2) From that the manifested God, unfolding from unity to duality to trinity.

3) From the manifested Trinity many spiritual Intelligences, guiding cosmic order.

4) Man a reflection of the manifested God and therefore a trinity fundamentally, his inner and real Self being eternal, one with the Self of the universe.

5) His evolution by repeated incarnations, into which he is drawn by desire, and from which he is set free by knowledge and sacrifice, becoming divine in potency as he had ever been divine in latency.


In other words:  The Tāo produced one; One produced Two; Two produced Three

…. From the Trinity come many Gods, connected with the administration of the universe……….

The above points taken from the book-- The ancient wisdom by Annie Besant


Tridev stands for Trinity


The Tridev are Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh, now the word Mahesh is replaced with Shiv

The iconographic allegory as follows:

Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver or indwelling life and Shiv the destroyer and transformer respectively

They are cosmic energies / principles and it is not possible for us to comprehend them hence they are represented as having human forms

Since Shiv is a direct creation of the formless God, he too is formless and worshiped as a symbol the Shivling while Shankar is the deity

                                               












The left image is of Shankar the deity and on the right is the symbol of the formless God Shiv, the Shivling


Tridev the three Deities also represent the three gunas or attributes of the universe namely sattva, rajas and tamas where Vishnu represents sattva guna, Brahma represents rajas and Shiv tamas

After being in a deep meditative state one gains the ability to create that is to bring something into existence, as per the mythical tale Vishnu was in a deep state of mediation out of his navel came out Brahma who assumed the duty of creation, whether it is creating the Cosmos or creating a business empire it is not possible without the rajas guna to be predominant hence Brahma represents the rajas guna the attribute or quality of activity, of desire for procreation, that desire owing to which the universe and everything in it is called into being

Vishnu represents the Sattva guna the property of preservation he protects those who follow the righteous path and always guides all on this path

While Shiva because of his role as the destroyer represents the tamo guna which is the attribute of decay 

Brahma is not worshiped; maybe because it is more suitable to place a feminine energy as the creator rather than a male energy hence the worship of Shakti, the Divine Mother has superseded or replaced Brahma as the creator

Moreover Shakti, the Divine Mother should be worshiped along with the God one worships as without her worship the path is incomplete




Pancha mahabhuta the five elements and the Tridev


It is mentioned in the Vedas that the supreme spirit willed that there may be creation he brought creation into existence with the word OM, from OM came the five elements first came space then air , fire , water and earth

Nothing can exists without space so space is created first which is filled with air, fire cannot come into existence without air, from fire water is born (water vapour) and from water earth is produced

Shiv is fire, Vishnu is water and Brahma is earth


This was also the order in which the Tridev were created



Trimurti त्रिमूर्तिः



Murti means idol and Trimurti is the idol which depicts divinity as a three faced figure of the Tridev this conveys that the three gods of the trinity are in reality one and the same God only having different functions in short the three Gods are explained as three of his supreme forms





This is the famous image of the Trimurti at the ancient Elephanta caves off Bombay however in this particular image (as per the official website) here Shiva is depicted as manifesting all three aspects of the Godhead.


It is very clear that one can worship any form of the Tridev initially till the stage when he has to go beyond that to realise the one absolute God rising above the three gunas

Is a pity that there is a conflict among Vaishnavas and Shaivites regarding the supremacy of Vishnu and Shiv (Vaishnavism is a tradition which considers Vishnu as the Supreme Lord and its followers are called Vaishnavas, while Shaivism considers Shiva as the Supreme Being and its followers are called Shaivites). The conflict has previously reached such proportions that people were killed

At the famous Chidambaram temple where Shiv is worshiped as Ether, when the idol of Vishnu was  reinstalled as many as 20 priest including the chief priest committed suicide by jumping from the south entrance tower of the temple



Why are bhang / ganja / hemp leaves offered on the Shivling



This is one of the most idiotic absurd stupid and ridiculous image I have ever seen


Shiv is also the God for of all sorts of character’s and creatures which include ghosts, devils, demons, goblins, evil spirits etc.

Shiv is kind, non-judgemental, ever accepting, merciful, he is naive hence called Bhole; whom everyone rejects he readily accepts them

By virtue of his tamo guna he can keep all sorts of creatures under control, when I stayed overnight in the Kalpeshwar Mahadev temple I was discussing this with a sadhu and he said that Shiv is the biggest gunda (I do not have the correct English word for the same but may roughly mean an outlaw, rebel or untamed) and hence he can keep all gundas under his control, Vishnu cannot do this he can kill them but only a gunda is required to keep all gundas under control which Shiv can do easily because of his tamo guna. Shiv accepts them as necessary in a universe which runs on duality; also he is ever ready to guide them towards the path of self-realization because every soul that is born one day completes his journey and attains liberation and the final merging with the Almighty

During Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean in Hindu mythology) a poison was released, the Gods and demons present there were terrified. The Gods had attended immortality by drinking amrit the divine nectar yet they did not dare to go near the poison which was so powerful that it could destroy all of creation. Shiv because of his tamo guna was able to consume all the poison (the snakes also came to help Shiv and they too drank the poison with him because they too have the ability to handle poison)

This is what everyone needs to know about Shiv and his tamo guna

So to convey the teachings and educate others a custom was formed to offer things to the destroyer (Shiv on the Shivling) which cannot be consumed by people.

So when when bhang (hemp) leaves are offered to Shiv on the Shivling they are to convey a message that we humans cannot consume this since you are the destroyer with tamo guna you have the ability to consume it



bhang ganja hemp cannabis leaves offered to Shiv on the Shivling


Similarly milk is offered to the shivling in the month of shravan (late July to august) the grass is new and when the cows graze they consume the soil too (since the grass is too short & easily comes off from the roots also since the soil is loose during rains). The milk thus contains more minerals than what the human body can digest and therefore during the month of Shravan one should not drink more milk, so what we should not consume give it to Shiv


In contrast Vishnu is the protector and is always offered good nutritive food like tulsi (holy basil), chappan bhog sweets (56 types of rich nutritive sweets), panchamrit, and his idol is smeared with chandan (sandalwood paste) and various aromatic oils. This is educate the people that he Vishnu is the protector and all of these should be offered to him and consumed or used for common good 





Nutritious-delicacies offered to Vishnu 


So in short eat whatever is offered to Vishnu and avoid what is offered to Shiv that was the teachings given to the masses in form of rituals

Of course elaborate rituals are carried out in ancient temples where the head called Shankaracharya or the chief priest makes offerings of various foods and other items on the Shivling and /or Shree Yantra to make offerings and to establish connections to higher realms, below are videos of the Shankaracharya of Sringeri math performing such ceremonies, the crystal Shivling you see in the video was presented by Adi shankaracharya 2500 years ago also the Sringeri math is in possession of one of the oldest metal shree yantra, I want to visit this place and other south Indian temples which house various ancient Shree yantras  














What differentiates us humans from animals is that we have Buddhi (intellect) we have the power to discriminate between right and wrong.

“Intoxicants destroy the intellect.”


We can achieve higher consciousness and experience bliss that is perfect happiness; great joy, there is no end to it we can achieve Buddhahood and more and remain in that state for ever and ever (because as we change our thinking / habits for good our DNA keeps reprograming itself for better and better) but what is achieved by consuming intoxicants is just temporary and results in a hangover and ill health   

Marijuana / bhang may be having some medical benefits, even poisons are used for treatment, but taking a medicine is different than forming a habit of staying high

On the social media we often come across post like a child saying I want to live in a world where I am free to grow my own marijuana / bhang. He just wants to be like a zombie; may be the people who control us and rule over us want the same so that they can keeps us under control with no one to question their misdeeds, and that is why they make drugs illegal so that they being in power can freely run a drug cartel that is the reason the war on drugs has always failed


A small child is always happy without any reason, he lives in happiness and joy that his is true nature; our aim is to return to the origin and be like that small child, our own true self

Look at the child’s bright sparkling eyes and the dull lifeless eyes of a person who consumes substances just for a temporary euphoria

We should all have a look at your childhood photos and try to go back to our original true self



Below images of children who are always happy we can be like them









































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Bahadur Shah Zafar---The Emperor who wrote his own Epitaph with a burnt stick on the wall.




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23 December, 2016

Pilgrimage to the Himalaya 2016


This time I had planned a trip in advanced but nothing work out, so as usual I started a totally unplanned trip (I just get down at Haridwar station then decide where to go)

I stayed in temples, caves and forest. Most of the time in tents

I met many sadhus who stay in solitude at high altitudes, in forest, by the river etc

It was indeed a very fruitful trip

First visited the ancient Ansuya devi temple







Atri muni ashram near Ansuya devi’s temple




One needs to go behind this water fall to reach the ashram










Tungarnath the highest shiv temple in the world













Nandi ji 




Stayed here for only Rs 400 a day




Chandrashila (literally the moon rock) reached after an early morning trek above Tungarnath






Sunrise at Chandrashila







Kalpeshwar mahadev in the urgam valley







Urgam valley









Note: Tungarnath and Kalpeshwar mahadev are one of the panch (five) kedar temples

Dhyan Badri (one of the panch Badri temples)








Hot springs at Tapovan off Joshimath famous for their healing powers, it was cold and I just did not feel like coming out of the hot water---Wash me, cleanse me, purify my heart and set me free. Psalm 51:2


  



Ancient temple of Bhavishya Badri in Sumai vllage






Then trekked up to the forest where the self-forming idol of Bhavishya Badri is located










My tent at Bhavishya Badri




Nandadevi as seen from Bhavishya Badri



Neelkanth as seen from Bhavishya Badri


Niti Valley


View towards tapovan, joshimath



Then spent a few days at Badrinath







Inside Ekadashi Gufa



Trek to Muchkund Gufa off mana village



On the left is Mana pass the highest motor able road, then is the mana village and the road to Badrinath




Muchkund Gufa



 Trek to the base of Neelkanth





At the base of neelkanth


A cave ashram high above Badrinath temple, I always wanted to visit it. It is very well equipped, has a boiler / heater, solar panels and is fully insulated 





View of Badrinath from the cave ashram






View of Badrinath temple enroute to the cave ashram