We all have times in our lives when we have the blues, but in some people, this low mood becomes persistent and lasts a long time – for weeks, months or even years. And if it comes with other hallmark symptoms, such as lack of interest in enjoyable activities, a feeling of hopelessness or thoughts about self-harm or even suicide, then you or your loved ones may be suffering from depression. There is a big uptick in the numbers of people, including children who are now suffering depression.
There are many situational factors that cause depression, such as economic insecurity, illness or illness of loved ones, divorce, not having enough friends, and then there is depression without a situational cause. It is that depression which is rising in people of all ages and in all countries in the world.
I was watching Particle Fever, a PBS program about the physicists at CERN trying to get the particles in their huge collider to smash into each other. This was a huge project of many years to figure out how with the use of magnets to make it work.
Super Symmetry and multiverse. There was a wonderful graphic showing the multiverse as almost entirely space with occasional universes like ours. It looked like what the idea of reality could be with only 1/4 of all being made manifest where we are and in other spots. Super Symmetry is the idea that there is something, some force that is not random keeping the known universe together, otherwise it would disintegrate at some point.
When the physicists discussed the “black holes”, they were positing that they would be made up of particles yet to be discovered. Clearly, they are unable to imagine anything in the universe that would not be some kind of matter.
Physicists are for the most part materialists, not being able to imagine any alternative.
Yet the Vedas clearly say that Brahman creates matter of varying densities in each Yuga that are expressed in 100 manvantaras of cycles of 3-1/2 billion years, and then an equal amount of time in which the manifest universe has been withdrawn. We do not have the ability to imagine what an unmanifest field could be, but that does not mean that it does not happen from time to time. We know that 3/4 of the multiverse never manifests, but we cannot imagine that either. We cannot imagine in our human state what Brahman is.
Man – Manu, manifest, manvantara. This is not a coincidence of syllables but rather an underlying concept. Man in any English or Sanskrit word means mind at its root. The manifest universe is created by Mind.
Man is distinguished from animals by mind, a concept much more encompassing than intellect. In the Book of Genesis, Jehova/Yaweh/the All in All is said to have created humans in his image. Brahman is the entire field-without-end of Mind, Consciousness, and we like Brahman are more than animals, we share Mind, Consciousness.
When Jesus says to his followers that whatever he has done (with his siddhis,) they can do greater things, he is talking about the ability of Mind (his and ours) to manifest our desires. This can be done through directing our shakti at the higher chakras (3-6) by our minds to make manifest. This ability can be used in prayer to make healing manifest, etc.
[Woman is not a word dependent on male superiority, as some Second Wave feminists have thought, but rather mind with a womb. The circle plus graphic is very clear, as is the male circle and arrow showing life generation potential.]
Yes. Some souls are already enlightened before incarnation.
When the avatars of Vishnu like (7) Rama, (8) Krishna, and (9) Gautama Buddha take a body, as emanations of the Divine they teach us how to be enlightened. Rama and Krishna were known as Divine as children. Gautama acted a teaching role by acting as if he were an ordinary prince, who took up meditating out of misery or sympathy with humans in misery. There are other amsha (partial) avatars, who come to aid humanity between the times of the great avatars, such as Uddhava, who promised to incarnate often in the Dark Age until Kalki, the 10th Avatara, will come.
When sadgurus take a body, they are already enlightened beings who come to teach and bless humanity. There are others who are enlightened avadhuts (beings from other realms,) who come to bring spiritual light to all nature and sentient beings. They choose to live anonymous lives either among us or in seclusion. Sadgurus Rama Krishna and Ramana Maharshi were born enlightened, but in this Dark Age, they needed to show humans how to become enlightened in the same way Gautama did, pretending to be regular humans and later showing their great spiritual power and teaching. I have had the privilege of spending time with four sadgurus, and no matter what personality mask they wear, there is no personal ego there at all, only a desire to serve the Divine Mission.
There are other highly developed souls who incarnate still seeking enlightenment. While all souls are already enlightened, our mind-ego is not. We seek to remember who we really are and keep at it until finally we annihilate our own egos through vairagya (detachment from our emotions, and finally from our own ego.)
Souls incarnate at various levels of development of the ego-mind-personality. Our world is a very dynamic place. Some souls are coming for the first time from the lower lokaas, and they need to learn how to navigate life in the lowest lokaa of light instead of the over materialism of the lower lokaas.
Most of us are somewhere in the middle between being newbies and getting to the higher levels of samadhi. We come back again and again trying to develop ourselves spiritually. Some of us are very entranced by what glitters and what we can possess, taking longer to wake up and try for enlightenment.
Others are quick learners. Some of those quick learners are souls which have come from other astral planets specifically to rise from stasis to enlightenment via the chakras, which are only found in humans.
When souls have reached enlightenment, they have a choice of merging with God, pouring the teacup back into the Ocean of Bliss, or pledging to keep coming back to aid other souls in reaching enlightenment. This is the Dasa vow in Sanatana Dharma and the Bodhisattva vow in Buddhism. Either choice is fine, and we will choose according to our nature.
An enlightened person has gone through all the 4 stages of samadhi and achieved complete vairagya, detachment from all worldly things then one’s own ego, sense of self as separate from the whole divine universe. At that point, the human agreement of reality falls away, and we see Reality, Satya, Truth, That Which Is. The convention of linear time also drops away, so that past, present and future are perceived simultaneously. This may have been momentarily glimpsed on the way of the levels of samadhi.
Although it is impossible for those not enlightened to imagine what that means, nevertheless there are a very small number of beings here to help us who are able to cope with all that information and still appear “normal.” True sad/satgurus are among those beings. There are others who do not take on the job of guru but find other ways to help in the universe (not just Bhu Lokaa/Earth Plane.)
Morning Mantras taught by Satguru Rama Mata (Vishwa Shanti Ashrama, Bangalore:
Early Morning Prayer Before Arising
Opening your palms before you, repeat the following:
Karaagrae Vasatae Lakshmihi
Kara Madhyae Saraswathi
Kara Moolaethu Govindaha
On the tips of my fingers, I see Lakshmi. Saraswathi is in the middle of my palms and Govinda (Krishna) resides at the base of my palms.
Join your palms together:
Prabhathae Kara Darshanam
I join my palms together in salutations, seeing God in my palms. (The symbology of this is honest labor.)
Prayer Before Placing One’s Feet on the Floor
Before placing one’s feet on the floor, reverently repeat the following:
Samudra Vasanae Devi
Parvatha Sthana Manadithae
Vishnu Patri Namaha Stubhya
Paadasparsham Kshamaswa Mae
O Divine Mother, Your sari is the ocean and the mountains are Your breasts. O Spouse of Vishnu, please forgive me for touching my feet upon You.
Prayer As One Bathes or Showers
As the water falls on our heads as we bathe or shower, we should feel that we are bathing in the seven sacred rivers. In this way, we cleanse our mind, body and intellect.
Gangaecha Yamunae Chaiva, Godaavari Saraswathi
Narmadae Sindhu Kaaveri, Jalaesmin Saanidhim Kuru
Bless us with Thy presence, O Divine Rivers: Ganges, Jamuna, Godavari, Saraswathi, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.
Prayer Before Meals
Om Brahmaarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaagnau Brahmanaa Hutam
Brahmaiva Taena Gantavyam
He sees sacrifice as Brahman.
Ladle and oblation are Brahman.
Fire is Brahman, the pouring is Brahman.
The goal to be reached is also Brahman.
Anna Purnae Sada Purnae
Shankara Prana Vallabhae
Jnana Vairagya Siddyartham
Bhiksham Dehee cha Parvathi
One who is giving the food and the food itself is the Spouse of Shankara. The offering is the siddhi (power) to give the bhakta vairagya. Please give us the alms of that blessing.
Mata cha Parvathi Devi
Pita Devo Parameshwara
Bandhava Shiva Bhaktas cha
Swadesho Bhuvari Traayam
Parvathi is our Mother.
Shiva is our Father.
Our relatives are Shiva bhaktas.
Our country is the three worlds.
Prayer Before Dawn and Dusk – Gayatri Mantra
This short form of the Gayatri Mantra should be chanted 108 times, 1008 times, 28 times or at least ten times in accordance with your sankalpa (promise or pledge).
We should never sit directly on the floor while chanting this mantra but should use a pillow, blanket or a mat of deerskin and kusha grass
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat
O Effulgent Light that has given birth to all the lokas or spheres of consciousness, O God who appears through the shining sun, illumine our intellect.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at the night of no moon, two nights before the new moon and before it is full in Pisces. In India, it is celebrated all night long, singing songs in praise of Shiva and his Shakti and pouring milk, panchamrita, and water over the yoni-lingam. Turmeric is offered for prosperity, kumkum and flowers for blessings of the Mother. This year it is on February 13-14, 2018.
Everything you offer in worship is for your own purification, cleansing yourself of your emotions, all your negativities in body, mind, spirit, and karma.
ATTRIBUTES OF SHIVA, translated by Swami Sivananda Saraswati, founder of Divine Life Society:
Advaita, Akhanda, Akarta, Abhokta, Asanga, Ashakta, Nirguna, Nirlipta, Chidananda’rupah Sivoham Sivoham.
Non-dual, indivisible, non-doer, non-enjoyer, Unattached, without qualities, I am Shiva (auspiciousness), I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Avyakta, Ananta, Amrita, Ananda, Achala, Amala, Akshara, Avyaya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Unmanifested, endless, immortal, bliss, Immovable, without impurities, imperishable,inexhaustible, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Ashabda, Asparsha, Arupa, Agandha, Aprana, Amana, Atindriya, Adrishya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Soundless, touchless, smell-less, formless,without Prana, without mind, without senses, unseen, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Satyam, Shivam, Shubham, Sundaram, Kantam, Sat-chit-ananda, Sampurna, Sukha, Santam, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Truth, auspiciousness, good, beautiful, resplendent, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full, pure happiness, peaceful. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Chetana, Chaitanya, Chid’ghana, Chinmaya, Chidakasa, Chinmatra, Sanmantra, Tanmaya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Consciousness, mass of knowledge, full of knowledge, All-pervading like ether, consciousness alone, full of That, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Amala, Vimala, Nirmala, Achala, Avang’manogochara, Akshara, Nischala, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Pure, stainless, immovable, Beyond the reach of mind and speech, imperishable, steady, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Nitya, Niru’padhika, Niratisaya Ananda, Nirakara, Hrimkara, Omkara, Kutastha, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Eternal, without attributes, supreme bliss, Without form, Hrim and Om (Pranava), rock-seated Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Purna, Para Brahma, Prajnana Ananda, Sakshi, Drashta, Turiya, Vijnana Ananda, Chidanandarupah Sivoham Sivoham.
All-full, Paramatman, knowledge and bliss, Witness; Seer, the fourth state, self-knowledge, bliss. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Satyam, Jnanam, Anantam, Anandam, Sat-chit-ananda, Svayam Jyoti Prakasam, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Truth, knowledge, endless, bliss, Existence-knowledge-bliss, self-luminous, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Kaivalya, Kevala, Kutastha, Brahma, Shuddha, Siddha, Buddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Chidananda’rupah Sivoham Sivoham.
Immortality, alone, changeless, Self Pure, perfect, illumined, existence-knowledge-bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Nirdosha, Nirmala, Vimala, Niranjana, Nitya, Nirakara, Nirguna, Nirvikalpa, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Without defects, pure, spotless, eternal, formless,
without qualities, superconsciousness, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Atman, Brahma Svarupa, Chaitanya-Purusha, Tejomaya, Ananda, ‘Tat-Tvam-Asi’ Lakshya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Self, Supreme Self, consciousness, Full of light, bliss, that which is indicated by ‘Tat-Tvam-Asi -Thou art That’. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
‘Soham’, ‘Shivoham’, ‘Aham-Brahma-Asmi’ Mahavakya, Shuddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Purna Para Brahma, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
‘I am He’, ‘I am Shiva’, ‘I am Brahman*’, Pure, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
*Brahman is not Brahma but the entire Divine Energy that is 100% of the universe.
Mantras of the month:
Om Namah Shiva’ya
*Shiva’s Moola Mantra
Om Shrim Klim Namah Shiva’ya*
This mantra joining Shakti with Shiva makes you a siddha (perfected being.)
Om Pashupati’yae Namaha
Shiva is lord of all creatures, earth, plants, animals, fish