taking a shower

RIght way to Bathe

Now one might wonder whether there’s any method to bathing or taking shower. Yes, there is! And there are FIVE KINDS OF BATHING. Bathing with EARTH/ MUD, WATER, FIRE, AIR, SPACE/ETHER.

EARTH/ MUD BATH

Here either you can cover your entire body with clay except your head or get submerged in earth leaving your head out. If your do this for half an hour to on hour it is good. While applying fine clay on your body or on specific parts either you can cover it with a cloth or leave it uncovered. IF you leave it UNCOVERED temperature is reduced; it has a cooling effect. If you COVER it with a cloth temperature is increased.This practice removes toxins from the body, reduces swelling, relaxes the muscles, removes pain and so on. Now you know why in the akhara people exercise in the mud.

mud bath

WATER BATH

WATER BATHING

Normally the water you get for bathing will be slightly less than room temperature. Here one should start bathing by washing and cleaning both your feet first–its under side as well as top portion. Then you should pour water on your legs from the waist down. Then you should pour water on your arms and torso (base of neck to waist). Finally you should pour water on your head couple of times. Clean every inch of your body.

While taking shower also this method should be adopted. Cold water bathing strengthens your body.

One should not bath in VERY COLD WATER. One should bath twice daily and once in rainy season if you have not sweated during the day. Singing while taking a bath is good to balance temperature

WARM WATER BATHING

In warm water bathing also you should adopt the procedure for cold water bathing. This is for the brain to get used to the temperature shift. Warm water bathing removes toxins through the skin and relaxes your muscles. Too much warm water bathing weakens your body. It is best to do it once in a while.

TOXINS IN YOUR BATHROOM

All your shaving creams, soaps, shampoos, cleaning agents everything artificially made by man are TOXIC. WHen you use such thins on your body they seep into your body through the pores on your skin and create all kinds of problems. So dont use such SHITS. For bathing in bharat we traditionally used powdered pulses like green gram and so on instead of soap.

Heating water in HEATERS or MICROWAVES for bathing is NOT GOOD.

 toiletries

HOW TO DRY OFF WITH A TOWEL AFTER BATHING

First rub your back completely, then your head, then face, then torso, then arms, then legs.

FIRE BATH

It is best to start your day by exposing EVERY INCH OF YOUR BODY including your ANUS  to sunlight. You can do this either while exercising or after bathing. Unless you get enough sunlight certain nutrients are not absorbed in you body. Foreigners understand its importance and lie naked on beaches to absorb sunlight. Best time to sun bath before 9 AM and after 4 PM.

sun bathing in beach

sun worship

child lighting a lamp

sadhu with his dhuni

Lighting a lamp in the morning and evening also serves the same purpose. But is less effective than exposing to SUNLIGHT.

KRIYA YOGA is the ULTIMATE FIRE BATH where you bath yourself with inner energy or SUN/ prana.

You can learn about sun gazing here: http://sunyoga.info/.

Even NASA has confirmed sun gazing: http://guardianlv.com/2013/05/nasa-confirms-super-human-abilities-gained/

For learning SURYA KRIYA click:

http://www.ishayoga.org/

https://www.ishayoga.org/hata/teachertraining/surya-kriya/

“Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham,

tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya-dharmaya drstaye.”

“The Truth is concealed by the golden vessel. O Sun! Open the entrance to that cover, so that the Truth that is concealed by you is visible to me, a truthful devotee, by your illuminating Grace.”

AIR BATH

One should expose oneself to breeze either naked or with clothes. NAKED is the best in all the type of baths. Pranayama is another way to clean the air within you but only when the atmosphere is clean. It is not recommended in cities where pollution is high.

woman enjoying breeze

ETHER/ SPACE BATH

Meditation cleans the space within you.

a kriya yogi

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sadhu doing tapasya

Sadhana – Your Spiritual Homework

Doing your sadhana or spiritual practices is a NECESSITY if you want to gain higher experiences in life. Sadhana is like a SPIRITUAL HOMEWORK to get the top position in the UNIVERSITY OF LIFE. Now many might complain about the homework business still continuing even in life. YES, for you to get proficiency in what you are doing one needs to do homework and Sadhana or spiritual homework is the ULTIMATE HOMEWORK one could possible do.

There are many general  sadhanas one can do and if you get a GOOD GURU he will make you do CUSTOM SADHANAS specially designed for you. I will not go too much into this and it would be better for you to start with any simple spiritual practice so that you can gradually climb the ladder of sadhana and experience the ultimate. A basic spiritual practice is to  visit temples.

If a person takes birth in Bharat which is the SPIRITUAL HEADQUARTERS of this PLANET and if he does not do sadhana he is living a waste life. Here is what Osho says on Bharat:

“India is not just a geography or history. It is not just a nation,a country,a mere piece of land.It is something more:it’s a metaphor,poetry,something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields that no other country can claim. For almost ten thousand years,thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive,their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptiveness, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land. It is strange because it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for truth.”

It is the only culture in the world where the only goal in human life is to get liberation or mukti. To be free from the very process of life, from every limitation and to go beyond that. This is a GODLESS CULTURE where GOD is seen only as a stepping stone. People were free to worship anything: from cows to snakes, from trees to rock and still attain enlightenment. In other countries people believed ‘GOD CREATED THEM,’ but here in bharat we have created many varieties of GODS over time and thereby  we PERFECTED the WHOLE TECHNOLOGY OF GOD-MAKING. Sadhana is in other words is ‘the technology of god-making.’ That is something isn’t it.

So, start your sadhana!

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The Imminence of Death

Death is a habit of the body and one does not know when we will be over taken by death. However one believes and acts as though one is going to live forever. This is nothing but stupidity. The people that you see today there is no guarantee that you will see them tomorrow. It is this uncertainty that is the HALLMARK OF LIFE.

Fools will carry on with LIFE-AS-USUAL attitude. But the HUMBLE YOGI knows that DEATH IS NOT THE END and that is is only a SMALL PAUSE in the CYCLE OF LIFE that has started since the BEGINNING OF LIFE. He therefore wants to go beyond death and does all things to ensure that it happens thereby wasting no time. He knows that death is nothing but soul  changing its body which is beautifully described in Bhagavad Gita as given below:

वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णान्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही।।
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the “soul” accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.

A simple practice which could help you in the direction of spirituality is: WHEN YOU BEHAVE WITH PEOPLE BEHAVE AS IF YOU ARE SEEING HIM FOR THE LAST TIME. You will never see the person again in life. With such an attitude people will behave in the loving way possible because you will never get chance to repent for wrong doing again.

So please dont waste time in FLIRTING WITH SENSE OBJECTS instead work on your sadhana as no one knows when death would catch up with you.

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The Language of Love

I don’t know how many of you speak the LANGUAGE OF LOVE let alone KNOW IT. Then mothers, fathers would say our love for children is true. It is definitely true but it is the LOVE OF ATTACHMENT and nothing else. Any ordinary persons first love is towards himself. Then when his emotion expands it extends to one’s lovers, wives, husbands, children and so on. The basis of this kind of love is IDENTIFICATION. One loves the person whom he thinks he is identified to.

It is precisely because of this that is causing all the problems in this world. One might not feel the same for somebody else who is not related to you. Hence people fight with each other; clans with other clans; nations with other nations and so on.

Now you think what you are is limited to the boundaries of your body because your physical senses cannot extend beyond that. But with meditation you can extend yourself to include everything even the whole existence within you. When this happens if somebody suffers you feel his pain. When somebody is injured you are are affected. This is what Krishna meant when he said:

“An enlightened person sees with equal vision a learned scholar, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater.”

How can he discriminate between himself and others when he finds that he is the one who is existing in many bodies. Now  the discrimination between my son and their son has ended and all children are the same for you. In this condition how can a person ever think to injure his fellow creatures. Until this kind of awareness happens one will see wars, blood shed, rapes and what not.

My wish is that everybody know the sweetness of love–not the love of attachment but the love that comes from all-inclusiveness which one realizes through meditation.

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above;
For love is heaven, and heaven is love.

–Walter Scott

swami tapovanam and swami chinmayananda

The Role of a Guru

One of the meaning of the word Guru is ‘heavy’–heavy by taking the burden of karma from the disciple. All human being carry the burden of karmas right from being a single celled creature. It is the force of karma that makes a person act as well as experience pain and misery. And spirituality is all about wiping out karmas.

Many a times the density of karmas prevent us from experiencing our true selves. It is like thick dust on a mirror preventing it from reflecting sunlight. It is exactly here that the need of true guru is felt. A true guru by being compassionate takes upon himself many of your karma so that you are able to sit still for meditation. Also when students go into deep meditation by leaving the conscious mind he might encounter many unexpected memories and experiences. Here a Shiva like guru takes the poison of karmas upon himself otherwise you will crack. This is exactly what is meant by SAMUDRA MANTHAN or CHURNING THE OCEAN OF MILK.

samudra manthan churning the ocean of milk

When consciousness is churned many things both good and evil comes up and the student may not be prepared to deal with such things. And the true guru makes a drink of it. The word Enlightenment in tis context has a clear meaning–REDUCING THE WEIGHT OF YOUR KARMAS.

It is generally said that when the student is ready a teacher appears or sometimes teachers also seek out students. Anyways it is always best to have a guru to lead us in this dark world where LIFE IS A BRIEF HAPPENING.

a yogi giving his blessings

Body–Your Machine for Life

They keep their engines silky smooth

Its bodies neat as a pin

While their human form with which to experience divinity

Is ever towed behind like a wreck.

“I have already always insisted that the most difficult thing to race with is yourself, not somebody else. To be able to take yourself to the limits but never breaking up, thats the essence of life. One who saves himself never gets anywhere. One who crosses the limit,of course gets somewhere but he wont be here. To be able to get to the last point and still not flip over, is the essence of life, is the very essence of yoga too. But if you want to drive yourself to that last rev possible, highest rev possible, your machine should be good –this human mechanism, which is the most sophisticated machine.”

—Sadhguru

We like in an era in which machines are glorified for their functional use. Man is the only creature who has glorified machines unlike any other animal. As a result we see that animals are healthy and man is sick. Day by day we are getting dependent on machines that our bodies are getting disused. And people who love machines know very well that anything lying disused will not function properly. Have you heard about Albert Camus, he said that a time will come when If someone falls in love with somebody, he will appoint a servant to go and make love on his behalf. Now they are saying that people will make love with robots in the future. This i think is where we are heading if we don’t change our habits.

Most people want to show-off the hugeness of their PRIDE by the bigness of their houses; the length, luxury and noise of their vehicles and so on. But it is only the humble yogi who knows that all worldly possessions cannot satisfy his pride. So he longs for that by which everything else is satisfied. And for that he keeps his body in over the top condition so that his body does not fail him in his efforts.

This blog is all about maintaining your body very well that it becomes a launch pad for something else. So, keep your body well so that you are able to experience life’s ultimate potential.

The Rishis prayed:

A hundred autumns may we see.
A hundred autumns may we live.
A hundred autumns may we know.
A hundred autumns may we grow.
A hundred autumns may we thrive.
A hundred autumns may we be.
A hundred autumns may we bide.
A hundred, yea, and even more.

samsara the cycle of life

Finding Samyama in Samsara

SAMSARA IS NOT ALWAYS SCINTILLATING. Samsara means the cycle of life, in which dualities alternate–sometime you experience happiness and the very next moment pain. It can be compare to an ocean where your soul is tosses hither and thither by the waves of duality. In the words of Buddha, everything is impermanent. Shelly in his poem Mutability writes:

The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright.

In LIFE, one tries to fulfill himself through various means: money, pleasure, power, possessing property, enslaving people and what not; also simultaneously experience pain and sorrow. Yet he still remains unfulfilled and still longs for more. But there is no end to it if you clearly see.If this is life then is it worth living, does it matter if we die today or tomorrow as life is as good as death. BUT IS THIS ALL TO LIFE or IS THERE SOMETHING BIGGER TO LIFE. Sanatana Dharma says YES!

DO you remember this scene in Slumdog Millionaire where Salim who is Jamal’s brother fills a bathtub with money and sits in it, waiting for the death which he expects any moment. It shows the limitation of what money can do in life.

jamal salim in a tub filed with money in slumdog millionaire

Rishi Pathanjali begins his famous Yoga Sutra by brushing aside what to ordinary people is LIFE by a half sentence: Atha Yoga anushasanam/ Now begins the practices to attain Yoga. To elaborate it, the first condition for a student of yoga is sufficient life experiences–and the way out of the pain of life is yoga. Second, he should be sincere; third, he should be receptive. Then a Guru starts communication of Yoga.

The same thing is Sadhguru’s words

“Going through life in its various aspects and stages, you may reach a point where you realize that all that you are involved in, all that you used to hold as desirable and precious does not really lead you to fulfillment – and that is where the true journey begins

When you really know the pain of ignorance, then a master arises…if your longing to know has really picked up a a certain intensity within you…then he will anyway happen.”

It shows that expertise in yoga is not that which a certificate proves. It is much bigger!

It is the path of Yoga which enables one to find SAMYAMA / EQUANIMITY in SAMSARA and a person who attains it is called SWATANTRA or FREE PERSON or one who acts from his being uninfluenced by any other factors. And he experiences SAMADHANA/ peace of mind. Also, the word for health–SWASTHA is derived from it which means ‘one who is established in his self.’ I therefore think that you cannot buy health from any doctor as HEALTH HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN. Such a persons mind is settled and is not disturbed by the waves of duality in the ocean of life. It is only such stable minded persons who can dive into the DEPTHS OF LIFE and realize the PERMANENT BEHIND THE IMPERMANENT, and within the NOISE, SILENCE.

Shankaracharya in his poem Soundarya Lahiri writes:

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Tatil-lekha-thanvim thapana-sasi-vaisvanara-mayim
Nishannam shannam apy upari kamalanam tava kalaam;
Maha-padma tavyam mrdita-mala-mayena manasa
Mahantah pasyanto dadhati parama’hlada-laharim.

Those souls great,
Who have removed all the dirt from the mind,
And meditate on you within their mind,
Who is of the form of sun and moon,
And living in the forest of lotus,
And also above the six wheels of lotus,
Enjoy waves after waves,
Of happiness supreme.