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.
Karma The word means Action. The Law of Cause and Effect. The sum total of actions and thoughts from a person that cause a reaction or return of like energy to the source that generated it. Reincarnation or re-birth continues until all karma is balanced or neutralized.
Sanchita Karma: The total of all karma from all lifetimes.
Prarabdha Karma: Karma for one life, including Planetary karma represented by the natal birth chart in a particular incarnation.
Kriyamana Karma: Results of our free will actions and decisions in this life, which may be dealt with in future lives.
Agami Karma: Immediate results from present actions.
Sadguru Rama Mata, our lineage-holder, calls papas (negative karmas) mistakes. The suffering that we experience as our karma plays out in any given life is related to the scenario that we came in with to teach ourselves to act better for our own self and others. In other words, the working out of our karma life to life is school not punishment.
We acquire karma by our actions, therefore we must perform good actions towards others in every possible way, including service to others, to reduce it. Mother Teresa is a great role model for devoting a whole life to service to the Divine by serving other people. In our own lives, the small actions of loving kindness by smiling at others genuinely, encouraging others, helping strangers in small ways help both us and the strangers. One of those ways more thought related is to pray for others.
It is an odd habit in humanity that so often the people we are meanest to are our family members, whom we purport to love. Loving kindness definitely begins at home.
Karma is like a clump of negative matter in us. The great sages and seers have given us mantras to chant. Mantras work to ameliorate our karma by breaking up those clumps of negative karma within our Chakras 1–6. Each of the 50 sounds in the Sanskrit alphabet, the Matrika, stimulates a coordinating petal on a particular chakra, thus sanding off a minute bit of karma. A lot of chanting = a lot of sanding, so to speak.
Different mantras work differently in their sound vibration pattern to help us. Some, especially Rama mantras, work to heal us in body and mind. Some mantras are liberation mantras, meaning they are so potent that they reduce our negative karma quickly. Mantras for each of the 9 Planets of Jyotish astrology work to reduce our parabdha karma, that which we are born to work out as expressed in our natal chart. Each planet has different parts of the body that it rules, so if there is illness or planetary conflicts in our natal chart and progressed chart, chanting the planetary mantra to alleviate those conditions is very beneficial.
The Gayatri Mantra is the master mantra, the one that contains all the vibrations of the entire universe.
“Of all mantras, the supreme and the most potent power of powers is the great, glorious Gayatri mantra. It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be s/he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. Gayatri is an impregnable spiritual armor, a veritable fortress, that guards and protects her votary, that transforms one into the divine and blesses one with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.” Sadguru Sant Keshavadas writes in his book, Gayatri, The Highest Meditation.
Sanskrit mantras are NOT about meaning. It is a vibrational energy technique to ameliorate karma. It works, because each of the 50 Sanskrit letters/sounds vibrate a particular one of the 50 petals/spokes of Chakras 1-6.
Mantra patterns are composed by high beings who are able to literally see how the pattern works and whether it is beneficial. This is why it is so critical to be sure that any mantra you may use comes from these ancient authorities.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Looking at the lives of gurus, both sadgurus and junior gurus, it is clear that they are great examples of Emerson’s principles. Namadeva Acharya’s motivations in all his endeavors in life, both spiritual and mundane, were based on these principles.
I was born in the 1940s. We were raised in the Forties and Fifties in a culture that was based on the principles in the Emerson quote. Those principles are are very grounding and were part of our generational impetus to rebel against the obvious abuse of a war with no purpose and an effort to make the USA live up to its claimed purpose in the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. This led to our response to injustice and participation in the Civil Rights movement, supporting Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta in the farm workers union, and later the Second Wave of Feminism. During that time, I never heard people question why they were on the planet in the way younger people do. The Sixties and Seventies were also a time of spiritual questing, and many explored different ways of life and beliefs to satisfy the perennial inner spiritual drive of all humans.
One of the major reasons that younger people think differently is that major media, particularly television, deliberately in the late Seventies morphed into All Propaganda All The Time. I was working at WCBS-TV in NYC in 1977 and saw a huge change at that station, which got rid of all the investigative journalists and those who would not read exactly what was on the prompter and also changed their public service programs to be less inclusive of non establishment ideas and people. Later, stations dropped those programs entirely. The principles of advertising were used to persuade viewers that protesting, resisting were useless. Newscasters did not chit-chat but read the prompters, which said literally, “Oh, you can’t fight city hall” and other phrases to discourage protest and create the impression that resisters are wierdos. Shortly afterward in the Reagan era, the intensive propaganda plus advertising urged everyone to find their happiness in stuff. Everyone was urged to become Yuppies. Kids who saw this in nearly every tv show, grew up not with Emerson but with extreme materialism.
I am very happy as an old activist to see the engagement and activity of the Millennials and others more recently to make positive changes in America and the world.
I hope lots of people see this essay and re-think why they are so unhappy, then reject the pop culture all around us.
A good life is a life in balance. If we nurture our souls and have devotion to the Divine, seek knowledge, and serve others, which is Raja Yoga, the highest path to mukti (liberation from the rounds of rebirth) then we will be fulfilled and know we have lived life to the best of our abilities.