Thursday, 19 April 2018

Selfishness Is The Ultimate Truth


  SELFISHNESS is the ultimate truth - To grasp this truth,you must be mature enough...

  Let's dissect - 

Ramana Maharishi,the great enlightened master, declares , ' there are no others'

What's the significance to this ?

As long as you are in the perception that you,creation and God are separate,you are in delusion.

  What is creation in essence ? Big Bang ? Yes,you may relate it as such.A huge explosion that settled dust and particles into planets,which eventually inhabited life forms that evolved to higher complexities.Hence, essentially, creation,despite an infinite variation, has a same origin.What was creation before big bang ? The theory states that there were no atoms,no planets.. nothing.Just a force or sheer emptiness.




   This emptiness or nothingness is also said to be Shiva.Shiva in sanskrit has many meanings to it, with one being ,'' He who does not exists''.

 In fact,there is a hymn from the vedas,called the Nasadiya suktam which speaks of the origin of universe,very much in tandem to the modern big bang theory.Nasadiya suktam speaks of how nothingness prevailed prior to the existence of planets.



                      Video : Nasadiya suktam chanting with meaning 

 From ' Shiva' ( absolute consiousness ), came existence with the play of ' Shakti' ( active,creative energy ) and the 5 elements.Millions or perhaps,billions of beings and species may exist,but fundamentally,the core of each one of them is the same.The true nature of every being is of the same consiousness.




  TO BE SELFISH...

means,to realise your true nature as absolute consiousness. To break the ' I ' that you hold.To transcend your physicality,your emotions,your memories..everything that was created like a cocoon over your absolute consciousness.


In this state, what difference is there between you and others ? All are one,in different bodies,states and frequencies.This is in fact the essence of Vedas.

  When you give importance to your self, you are giving importance to everything else - because what you refer to 'self' is indeed everything : the same consciousness that presides everything in the universe.

 The gist of each Veda could be explained in one simple sentence.These are called the Mahaavaakyas.

THE MAHAAVAAKYAS : 

Rig Veda  
 - praGYaanam brahmaa  ( consiousness is Brahman ) Brahman : God

Yajur Veda
  - aham brahmaa asmi   ( I am Brahman )

Saama Veda 
   - tat tvam asi ( That thou art )

Atharva Veda
   - ayam aatmaa brahmaa ( This self is Brahman ) 

Vedas declare - brahmavid brahmaiva bhavati ( Knowing Brahman,one becomes Brahman ) 







Selfishness is the truth - 'I' includes everyone else.There is no space for discrimination. 

Beyond gender,caste,species,creed,religion,culture,good,evil,pure,impure... all are one.This is what every enlightened master or avatar portrayed.This is the ultimate message - realise your self - and be selfish ! Because when you realise it,there is no others ! Where is the 'me' and 'he' to even differentiate ?


             
We may exist in different colours,shapes,sizes and qualities,but 
essentially,we are connected by the same string ( consiousness) which is the only truth.The colours on the outside is just the decoration.






   The ultimate equation ,

                                       You = God = creation

  


 

Once Lord Rama asked Hanuman, "How do you contemplate on Me?" "At the physical level, You are my Master and I am Your servant. At the mental level, I am a spark of thy Divine Self. At the Atmic level, You and I are one," said Hanuman.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Why worship the Lord of Death - Yama ?




 What's roasting ? Hey, it's the God of Death - Yama ! 

This is one deity that never hangs as a portrait in any house - for obvious reasons.

 Let's dive in and clear some misconceptions..

Who is Yama ? 

People imagine that there is a Lord of Death known as Yama. In truth, Yama is just a symbolic representation of Time.


Why time ?

  Death and time possess an intimate link.Death pounces when your time is 'up'.Got it ?  With every tick on your watch,you are nearing your grave.

  This is why in tamil, they refer to the deceased as '' kaalama aithanga'' ( their time is up )

 Time exists only because physicality ( body ) exists. Once you drop your body ( physical death ) , the concept of time does not work for you.

 In our scriptures, Yama is said to be the son of Sun.

Children and young people too wonder how the Sun happens to have a son named Yama, who is the Lord of Death. They think it is odd for the Sun to have a wife and son. Such feeling arise of out of misunderstanding. How do we understand Time?

 Basically it is via the phenomenon of sunrise and sunset, both of which are related to the Sun. We reckon that there are 12 hours from 6 o’clock in the morning to 6 o’clock in the evening; this is the way we count time and the progress of the day is related to the movement of the Sun in the sky. It is in this sense we associate time with the Sun, and figuratively describe time as being the child of the Sun.




 The Gayatri Mantra of Lord Yama :

 Surya puthraya Vidmahe 

 May we know the son of lord Surya ( Yama )

 Maha Kaalaya Dheemahi

 May we meditate on time ( Lord of time ) 

 Tanno Yama Prachodayaath

 May Yama fertilise our intellect and enlighten us.


So do not fear Yama.Understand the inner significance behind.
Only one who faces death can live.He who realises that death is only for the body,enslaves Yama.



            Anirudh Sainath's artwork of Yama deva,as per the scriptures.

Monday, 25 December 2017

The virtue of Organ Donor



Register yourself as an organ donor today !

 Organ donation by itself possesses a profound amalgamation of servitude,a sense of completion and a spiritual essence.

  Let's get to the core : 

 Contemplate on the truth - you are consciousness. Absolute consciousness. This consciousness which you are is not part of the mind and body which most are identified to. Your body - composite of organs and networks of complex systems only serves as a vehicle for your consciousness - packed in karma , commonly termed 'soul' to play its part in this creation.

  When you take an oath of being an organ donor, a lot of higher truths fall into your sense - that could transform your whole being and self tremendously.




Let's see : 

1. Your immortality strikes you ! 

When are your organs being transplanted into another being ? - When you are physically dead. This creates an awareness in you that what you have identified with is no permanent. Your skin,flesh,beauty - is superficial at its best. This truth,unfortunately strikes many only at their time of death. If you live with this truth in awareness, you will start noticing as to how efficiently and blissfully you start walking the path of life.

 You become centered in your consciousness. Instead of living as a body with consciousness - you start living as an infinite consciousness experiencing life within a small body.

 This high spiritual truth is referred to as aham bramhasmi. Aham Dehosmi is the term used when one have all their sense organs functioning with the feeling of ' I am the body'.




There are several, who, despite chanting the Lord’s name for several hours, days and months together, did not transform themselves even one bit. The demonic nature of Ravana, Bhasmasura and Kamsa did not diminish even a little, despite their chanting of the Lord’s name. What is the reason for this? All their sense organs function with the feeling: "I am the body (Aham Dehosmi)." Those who utter the name of the Lord while being immersed in body consciousness cannot realise the Divine, however long their penance may last. You are the embodiment of Divine Consciousness. Only when you are pure, you can experience that consciousness. Through attachment to worldly pleasures one gets bound to the physical and becomes oblivious to one’s essential Divinity.
- Sai Baba


2.  You are no longer attached with your body

 The biggest attachment most have is perhaps the attachment with their body.They are so glued to their physical nature that the very idea of losing it sends bouts of terror into their minds. Being an organ donor, you allow a channel or perhaps a fistula for this truth to seep into your awareness gradually. This will lead you to a higher state where you realise that you are not the body,but yet utilise it at its best. Once you have mastered this, everything else in life becomes a play in your hands. Be it wealth - you can be a millionaire yet remain unattached to money.Not perturbed by its presence or absence.

3. Giving life to someone else

 You serve even after you leave your body.Parts of your body function in someone who lacks it.In this way,you are able to give sight or vital visceral organs to someone who lacks it.It creates a deep sense of unison amongst us.The truth that the world is a family - Vasudeva Kutumbakam can be achieved through this.




 ''Just imagine that one day our heart will beat for someone else , our corneas could give sight to two people, our bone marrows are used for treating patients with certain types of leukemia and sickle cell anemia while skin grafts give a hope for a girl who suffered from burn accident to step out of her house bravely.. And this all will happen just because of us..Let's give the gift of life at the end of our life!! I have already registered to be an organ donor and how about you? ''


- S.E  ( The sole cause of this article and awareness ) 



 Please register yourself as an organ donor today.If you are a regular visitor of my blog and should it be in your appreciation, do register yourself as an organ donor and take the pledge to inspire all around you. This is my sincere request to all.

Thank you.



Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Caste system in Vedas





The caste system,as widely spoken of - did it have its origin from the Vedas ?
Let's look 

 The caste system has been abused and misunderstood.The original concept of caste system was different.

 The Purusha Suktam,a vedic chant which finds place in all four Vedas ( Rig,Sama,Yajur and Atharva ) expounds on the caste system.



                  Video above : Purusha Suktam chanting in Puttaparthi


  The Purusha Suktam is a very famous veda mantra which is chanted in Yagyas and pujas.In this hymn, God is personified as a person ( Purusha ) .The Godly attributes are reduced to a human nature so as to express the glory of this supreme energy we call as God.

 For instance,this suktam describes God as possessing infinite heads and limbs.This is not to be taken literally as it describes how every head is His.God is present in everyone.In this manner,this hymn glorifies God in many ways as a person.

  







At one point,the caste system is related to the Purusha ( God) .




 BraamhaNo sya mukhamaasiit

-  The thinkers ( bramhaNo ) represent the head ( mukham) of the Supreme Person as they symbolize the power of thought and discrimination of Purusha.

Baahuu raajanyaH kRitah

- The rulers or soldiers ( raajanyaH ) represent the Purusha's hands ( baahuu ) as they symbolize the power of protection and preservation of the Purusha.

Uru tadasya yad-vaishyaH

- The businessman ( vaishyaH ) represent His thighs ( uru) or the power of acquisition and distribution.

Padbhyagm sudro ajaayata

- The workers ( sudro ) represent the feet ( padhyaagm) or the power of support and the movement of the Purusha.


What the Purusha Suktam explains is that




Brahmin - the priestly class - those established in higher knowledge and wisdom,emerged from the head of the God.









Kshatriya - the warrior class- those who are predominantly courageous ,physically and strong,emerged from the shoulders ( hands ) of God







Vaishya - the business class- efficient in the art of commerce , emerged from the thighs of God











Sudra - the labour class - those who are active and engaged in physical labour - emerged from the feet of God.

Can there be a body without a head ? Can there be a body without the feet ? Can there be a body without the hands ?

So,all the castes are compared to the limbs of the same body - the body of God.This holy and profoundly significant Varna Organisation fell into the hands of unintelligent and selfish men with restricted outlook and narrow ideals ; they expounded it in writing as their fancy dictated.Thereby,they brought about great harm to the world.

The original design of the caste system was based on the temperament,profession,vocation,avocation and attitude to life of individuals.All were considered equally important.

Caste is the Cosmic Person Himself,manifesting as human society.It is the visible form of the Lord,charming in every limb.


- Baba

 When the Vedas say that the Sudras emerged from the feet,it does not mean that they are discriminated.Feet is used as it illustrates the power of support and movement contributed to the society.

 This was wrongly propagated by certain groups to discriminate and tarnish the truth of the Vedas.












 What is the relevance of Purusha Suktam for modern society ?

 - Man is the limb of society
 - Society is the limb of the nation
 - The nation is the limb of Divinity

 So, man and God are related.Part of God is nature ,part of nature is society and part of society is man.So,man,society,nature and God are interlinked,interconnected,inter-dependent and inter-related.This relationship is very well explained in the Purusha Suktam

 - Baba


 The Purusha Suktam further explains and expounds on the mind, god realisation,nature and other truths of the cosmos or existence.

  You may learn the Purusha Suktam and chant this powerful hymn to experience these deep vedic truths.Link attached below : 



 English translation ( meaning ) :-

- https://www.scribd.com/doc/306980642/Purusha-Suktam-Lyrics-with-English-Translation

lyric PDF and audio ( downloadable )  - scroll to find  :- 

http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/Vedam_schedule.htm

 For assistance and help in checking your learning progress,send your recorded voicenotes or queries via whatsapp to +60163059916



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Surya Upanishad - Awaken your solar power






                         Video : Tutorial for learning Surya Upanishad

Links ( scroll to find ) :

Audio : http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/Vedam_schedule.htm

Lyrics with meaning
  
 : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxeSoIgoGbdOcWZhem0zTWtVTW8

If you have practiced and want clarification ( if you are chanting it correctly ) ,you can send your recorded voice message via whatsapp to +60163059916.



 Surya Upanishad is from Atharva Veda.


Contents of Surya Upanishad.

 As Surya Upanishad is a veda mantra,you should understand as to how it was founded.Veda mantras are cosmic sound vibrations perceived by sages who were in meditation.These vibrations were orally chanted and taught to disciples.

Origin of Veda Mantras ? What are Veda Mantras - Click here





 The Sage ( Rishi ) who received Surya Upanishad is Bramha.Gayatri 
 Chandah ( the metre used.Vedas are chanted in particular tone and length known as 'metres' ).

  These details are found at the introduction of Surya Upanishad.






Then,the form of Lord Surya, seated on a chariot with 7 horses,having four arms bearing two lotuses,the others bestowing promise of refuge and boon,
set in the red lotus is described.

 Then comes the Gayatri Mantra.Gayatri mantra invokes the energy of the Sun.



 Lord Surya is later glorified as the manifestation of the entire creation and the source from which creation existed.

 He is also described as the senses,motor organs and bodily functions.

 Surya is also described as the energy from which all creatures were born and who will merge back into.




 Effects of Chanting Surya Upanishad.

 These are taken from the Upanishad itself.

(1) If this mantra is chanted facing the Sun,one is released from the fear of great diseases

(2) His poverty perishes

(3) He becomes free from various sins such as eating forbidden foods,having forbidden sexual relationships,indulging in conversation with people having no character.



(4) At midday, if one recites this facing the Sun,he is released from the great 5 sins.

(5) One should be careful when imparting this knowledge to undeserving people.

(6) He who chants at dawn becomes fortunate,gets livestock,masters Vedas


(7) When recited during three periods namely, dawn,mid-day and dusk, one gets the fruit of performing hundred Yagyas.

(8) Reciting this when the Sun is in Hasta Nakshatra,one conquers death.








 Sun worship has been a very prominent part of our ancients.Even today,many of you would be carrying the traits of affinity to solar energy.Chanting the surya upanishad can stir this inbuilt memory within you to its fullest potent.


Lord Surya's energy played an important role in Mahabaratha.Kunti Devi conceived Karna - a prominent character of this Ithihasa through Lord Surya's energy.

 The manifestation of Surya's energy expressed through Karna's mystical and superhuman traits.





In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshamana were intitiated into the secrets of sun worship by Sage Vishwamitra.Lord Rama recited a hymn  known as 'Aditya Hrdayam' which guaranteed His success in the war.

 By chanting the Gayatri.( Remember that Gayatri addresses the Solar energy and is chanted in Surya Upanishad.This is something not many know of ) .Sage Vishwamitra could summon powerful weapons.

 Lord Rama belonged to the Solar Dynasty.

Correct way to chant and the benefits of Gayatri - Click here


Unfortunately, Sun worship has declined evidently today.

 Why is it important for Sun worship ?

 You function with solar energy itself ! 

The Sun exists as an objective physical phenomenon.The Moon and the Earth are there.The Earth has come from the Sun.The Moon has come from the Earth.Both the Earth and the Moon have come from the Sun.They are fragments of the Sun. Without the Sun the world cannot exist ; there can be no birth or death.Nothing can exist without the Sun. This was the reason the ancients worshiped the Sun as Divine. Elements of the Sun are present in every human being.Everyone has originated from the rays of the Sun.The light within each one is derived from the Sun.As His light is present within us,we are a fragment of the Sun.Each one of you carries the imprint of the Sun within you.




When the Surya Upanishad refers to the Sun,it is not just the physical Sun.It also refers to the inner Sun- the embodiment of the spiritual light within.The physical Sun we observe everyday.But the inner Sun,the Sun of divinity that we have inside us,we may not observe unless we learn to look within. The physical Sun gives us light that nourishes and purifies.The inner Sun gives us illumination and spiritual wisdom that removes the darkness of ignorance.

The intense heat of the physical Sun scorches everything and kills germs.The spiritual wisdom of the inner Sun has the power to burn out evil desires,dears and harmful attachments.
The physical Sun is very far from the planet Earth.When we observe the Sun from here,we see a tiny disc,but we know how bright and vast it really is.Similarly,the inner Sun that we have deep within us,is very far from us and it seems very tiny and insignificant.But when we approach our inner Sun we realise just how infinite it really is.Experiencing this infinity,we are illumined and transformed. - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In a nutshell...

Sun worship should be appreciated once again.As a deity, Surya is visible to our naked eyes as a star.Chanting the Surya Upanishad and the Gayatri to this visible form of God will elevate us highly.

Remember that most of us carry a dense affinity to solar energy as our ancients were ardent worshipers of the Sun.This genetic makeup can hasten our progress in tapping this energy.

May the chant of Suryopanishad fill the atmosphere as dawn peels over the sky to kiss our forehead with its nourishing rays.





Surya Upanishad Recitation

Monday, 16 October 2017

History of Karrupar

  



 Karrupuswamy as a deity is stealing the limelight on the contemporary.His popularity is rising as we speak and people of different ethnicity around the globe have started worshiping Him.

  This would be my third article on this deity,who is indeed very much close to my heart.The other two articles can be found here :

(1) Karrupar Mantra

(2) Mystery behind the salt immersed Karrupar @ Sivakaliamman temple

 So let's look into the 'morphological' aspects of this deity.We start with Sri Karuppar.

 Sri Karuppar or Karuppanaswamy or Karrupuswamy ( all three terminologies denote the same deity ) is the prototype of the Karrupar vamsam or lineage.This means that there are many other individualised consciousness or identities of karrupar along the line after sri karuppar,which we will discuss later.

 Sri Karuppar is described as a fierce looking warrior,dark in colour ( depicted blue) , handsomely moustached, forehead adorned with tirunaamam ( vaishnavite tilak ) , holding a machete or sword (aruval ) and riding a white horse.These are the standard features of Sri Karuppar, or the standard form of Karuppar.




 The widely-accepted legend behind Sri Karuppar dates back to the period of Ramayana,which occurred more than 20 000 years ago.



 Kusha,brother of Lava who is the child of Sri Rama is said to be Karuppar.When Sita Devi was sent to exile into the forest,some series of events occurred where Sage Valmiki creates a child from darbha grass after Sita's child, Lava went missing from his sight.However,Lava was actually safe with his mother.Hence,this resulted in two children. In order to differentiate the children,they were asked to walk through a fire test.Lava braves it unhurt while Kusha gets somewhat charred into a dark-skinned child.Sri Rama blesses Kusha as a guardian deity.

 There are several versions of this story above with slight variations.Again,emphasising that this is the widely-accepted story and not purely authentic.There's no solid evidence for this story.

  Some facts correlate with the incidences of this story though.

1. Kusha in sanskrit means darbha grass.It corresponds with the story which claims that Kusha was created from darbha grass.In many Karuppar temples,the dhyana sloka ( invocation prayer describing the deity to be meditated upon) sung in tamil address the deity as ' He who is born from darbha' ( darbhaiyil piranthavane ).



2. Karuppuswamy's naamam ( forehead marking) indicates a vaishnava relation.This could be highly possible if Karrupar is Kusha, son of Rama.




 Other karuppars along the line

 Sri Karuppar,as mentioned earlier,is the prototype in the karuppar deities.There are more forms of karuppars.Each have their own name,features,history and traits.

  Many have confusions regarding this.They confuse other forms of karrupar and associate them with Sri Karuppar.However, there's no significance in this confusion as all of them express the same energy.But some clarification does no harm.There are 108 karuppar identities overall.


                                        108 names of karuppar

  Sangilli Karuppar



 Sangili karuppar is one of the most well-known identities amongst the 108 karuppars.His history dates back to the era when Madurai was ruled by Tirumalai Naicker ( 1623 - 1659 AD ).He was the leader of the Piranmalai Kallars ( Kallars of the forest region ).Madurai Veeran,another well-known guardian deity co-existed with Sangili Karuppar.Apparently ,they were rivals, as the former was under the king while the latter,Sangili was a robinhood.




 An interesting part is that there are elders who reside in Madurai today who claim that their grandparents were certain that Sangili Karuppar and Veeran were the same person.In fact,there is a famous saying in tamil about how Veeran and Sangili cannot be seen together.Sangili Karuppar is said the be the mask uptaken by Veeran to help the poor beyond his duties within the royal patronage.

 If you notice the features of Sangili,He is different from Sri Karuppar.Sangili does not wield an aruval or sword,eventhough it is considered as an important insignia of karuppar worship.He wields a spear instead and is wrapped with chain.You can see these features in Sangili Karuppar trance sessions to verify this.

 18 aam padi Karrupar





 Another famous form of Karuppar.Also known as Malayala karuppu.Legends say that Malayala Karuppu appeared to the priests who protected the temple in the form of a pitch-black warrior,with a long sword and matted locks.He promised to guard Azhagar temple. 

 Similarly,there are many other forms of Karuppar, such as Periya karuppu,chinna karuppu,nondi karuppu,bhootaraja etc..



 Video above : Sankaran Kovil Karuppar.The priest here channels the karuppar through trance.You can see that the karuppar's language,style of speaking and even diet varies from other karuppar forms.


 Ultimately,they all express the same energy.They respond fast to one's prayer,protect dharma ( righteousness ) and safeguard justice and control time.

  Karuppars are associated with both Shaivism and Vaishnavism.Karuppuswamy is said to be the expression of Kala Bhairava.He is also seen as the fierce aspect of Krishna or Vishnu.Personally, I have testified this as well.You can access His energy in the same way whether you see Him as an expression of Shiva or Vishnu.



 The Bhairavas. We can see the parallel of Karuppar system to that of the Bhairava system. The picture depicts the Ashta-Bhairavas - eight expressions of Bhairava, headed by Kala Bhairava - who is the standard form of Bhairava ( like how Sri Karuppar is the standard in the karuppar system ).

  Note that each of the Bhairava forms are unique in their own way.They have their own vahana ( vehicle ) , attribute and form.60 more forms of bhairava branch from these ashta-bhairavas.So that totals to 68 forms of bhairava excluding the prototype Kala Bhairava.

  



 This is the form of Swarna-Akshara Bhairava.He does not have a fierce form as how we would expect a Bhairava to be.He sits with His consort and blesses devotees with wealth.A form of Bhairava who gives wealth. Heard of it ? Yes,He exists.

 In a nutshell...

  Whichever guardian deity you worship,worship them with the adhered protocol.If you are going into rituals,it may be better to learn up about the forms properly.For example,the shrine of Sangili Karuppar must have a chain.






 If these are too complicated,simply use the karuppar mantra-meditation technique I have posted via a link at the beginning of this article.That can get you connected to the energy of karuppar through any form you like.Or you could even worship Karuppar as Vishnu or Kala Bhairava. Sivakaliamman temple of Serdang express their Karuppar as Vishnu.I have articled this as well,which you can find in a link at the beginning of this article as well.


         
                          KLEEM HAAM KARUPPUSWAMIYE SWAAHA

                                       OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

                          KASHI KAAPU RAADHI NAADHA KALA
                                       BHAIRA VAM- BHAJE