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Adi Shankara’s Gems of Wisdom

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Some quotes from Adi Sankara’s Prasnottara Ratna Malika (Question – Answer-Gem Necklace) in Sanskrit, which is meant to elevate the seeker, by providing answers to doubts that may arise in the mind of the devotees:

Adi Shankaracharya - Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam

What is the most desirable for human beings?   Life dedicated to one’s and others’ welfare.
What is Charity? Expecting no return.
What do those who have destroyed dark ignorance specially urge repeatedly?   Charity along with sweet words,

knowledge with humility, courage with patience,

wealth with renunciation.

These four auspicious things are hard to attain.

How to conquer resistance to spiritual growth.

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I recommend that you do a 40-day discipline/sadhana of Om Gum Ganapati’yae Namaha. Ganapati removes obstacles, inner and outer. Light a candle at your altar and write out your intention to conquer your resistance.

Do at least a mala, 108, repetitions daily without fail. If you skip a day, you must start again at Day 1. Most of us have some ‘reason’ causing us to skip a day, usually around the 38th say. It is just our resistance, so we start again until we have conquered it.

If you still feel resistance a week after you finish your sadhana, do another 4o days. This may have to be repeated. How long it takes to fulfill any goal of a sadhana depends on one’s karma. Perseverance brings rewards, sometimes great rewards.

Chamundi Mantra for Protection

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Sadguru Sant Keshavadas taught us that the mantra is Om Eim Hrim Klim Chamunda’yae Vich’che Namaha. This is longer than the North Indian version, because it is in the Classical Sanskrit of the South. The shakti of the mantra is enhanced by the Om at the beginning and the Namaha at the end.

The goddess received her name by killing the demons, Chanda and Munda. She is one of the very fierce Tantric Devis of great protection.
Chanting this mantra brings protection and uniquely gives one strength. If you wake up with bad dreams, chanting chases them away.

I have sat in a meeting where all of the others wanted to take the whole time arguing with each other over minutia. I got bored and started chanting the Chamundi mantra silently. Within less than 5 minutes, the arguing stopped, and the others were able to get organized and do the tasks assigned.

Jai Maa!

Transforming Depression

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Starting in the late ’90s, Namadeva Acharya used to talk about the positive energies that would be coming in with the shift to the Aquarian Age and later about moving into Savitri, the era of mass enlightenment, one of the 12 12,000-year sun cycles.
 
Later, he was getting information that in that time which we are in now many people would be unable to cope with the new energies and do “crazy” behaviors.  We are certainly seeing those crazy behaviors in the huge increases of mass shooting events, among other negative behaviors.  Some of those behaviors are efforts by people in different parts of our government (state, local and national) to keep doing the same failed policies over and over, expecting the results to be different.  The never-ending war in the Middle East is a very good example of this, as is repeating failed domestic policies that harm rather than help.

 
For spiritual people, there have been stress, accidents, illnesses and depression, as we try to adjust as fast as we can to the new energies.  I am still healing from a nasty bruising fall on June 30, 2017, and this has given me time to think about what is going on and what remedies we have in Sanatana Dharma (Hindu) practices.

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.

There are different subtypes of depression. Some of the most common ones include manic depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or “the winter blues” and antepartum and postpartum depression (occurs specifically in pregnant women and new mothers). These have physical origins and are not included in this discussion.
Starting in early 2012, we have had waves of higher vibrations coming into our solar system from the divine realm.  Each wave, lasting a few months, has moved our solar system to a higher divine vibration, and spiritual people have done our best to adapt to the new vibration.  Then after a short rest, another higher vibrational wave has moved us further, and we adapt as best and as fast as we can in the next short rest period until a new even higher vibrational wave comes.  We have had 4 of these waves in the last six years, ending in late April 2018. The next higher vibrational wave should arrive in mid 2020.
The people who do not believe in the Divine and do not do any spiritual practices of any type will not have the tools to adapt to this new energy. They may be feeling as if the ground beneath them is like the deck of a rolling boat, which would result in a lot of insecurity, then anger.
However, we have wonderful tools to help us.  Mantras and pujas were prescribed by the great sages to help us in this Dark Age. Along with puja and mantras, we should be doing a lot of pranayama to strengthen our prana and to increase our oxygen intake for the brain.  Urban dwellers especially need to get more oxygen.
Alternate nostril pranayama, kriya techniques from the lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya (including Sri Yukteswar and his students, Paramahansa Yogananda and others,) and the Buddhist pranayama taught by Namadeva Acharya as Dr. Wright’s Cleanout, are all very good.
Among the several Mantra Therapy programs by Namadeva, I would particularly recommend Disk 2 of the Healing Intensives and the one for Restoration of Dharma and Peace. I would also recommend the mantras below, which are not on the Mantra Therapy programs recommended. I have highlighted the programs recommended in the right column.  They are available as CDs and downloads.
From these resources, I recommend that you construct a daily or twice daily routine of mantra and pranayama to aid in spiritual growth.  This will work best with hatha yoga or other physical activity and improved diet.  We are all getting more sensitive at the same time we find more pollution in our foods being reported. I try to eat only organic foods but need to double check the veracity of even the organic foods at mercola.com.

Particle Fever and Mind

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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.]

 

Are Any Humans Born Enlightened?

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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.

What Is Enlightenment Beyond The Four Stages of Samadhi?

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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.)