Divine Ashes, & How Can Infinite Be Contained In Finite?

Divine Ashes

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A dry wood catches fire easily. It burns wholly and unconditionally, no matter for what purpose it is burnt.  When a wood is burnt for religious purposes, both its fire and ashes are considered holy. The fire is honoured and worshiped, and the ashes are considered auspicious which people smear on their bodies to remind themselves of their true-Self. Similarly, being a non-doer is  being like a dry wood. A non-doer acts wholly and unconditionally at Divine will. Such a non-doer and his actions, like the fire, are considered holy, and whatever the outcome of the actions, it, like the ashes, would be considered auspicious.

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A wet wood doesn’t catch fire easily. It gives out a lot of smoke. A seeker’s journey in the beginning may be like the burning of the wet wood. His questions, concepts, and doubts are like the smoke from the wet wood.

The proper practices of yoga help a seeker in becoming mature. A mature seeker catches the knowledge easily, and acts unconditionally at Divine will.

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How Can Infinite Be Contained In Finite!

Dear K ji,  Could you please explain how Infinite God  can be present within me who is finite?

 Yes, infinity can be present in finite. There are only seven music notes, but you can compose infinite music from them. With only a few alphabets you can write infinite stories. An apple seed contains infinite number of apples in it.

However, the expression that God is within you is not completely correct. The correct expression would be that you are in God,  just as a wave is in the ocean. When you are seeing a wave, to a limited degree, you are seeing the ocean also. However, to say that the ocean is in a wave would not be correct completely.
When you try to see God within you, because you see yourself as finite, you make God also finite. But when you see yourself in God along with everyone and everything else, a feeling of infinity dawns in you. 

From the higher knowledge point of view, whether you see God in you, or yourself in God, both arise out of ignorance, because neither is true. A yogi sees neither. He remains one. 

namaste

Precious Forever!

 

Precious Forever

A diamond is precious 
Forever!

Whether shining
Or covered in dust
Whether worn by a saint
Or someone full of lust

Whether stand alone
Or  bound
Whether lost
Or found

It’s precious
Forever!

 

A man and his friend were doing some work in the man’s basement. There, the friend saw a painting laying on the floor.  Though it was all covered with dust,  he recognized the painting, and said to the man ,” Do you have any idea how precious it is? It is an original piece of work, made by a very famous artist. You could sell it for a large sum of money, in fact, I will buy it from you.”  The man had actually forgotten about that painting. He had bought it many years ago. It used to hang in his living room, but after some time he didn’t like it and had stored it in the basement. Now that he knew it was a precious painting, suddenly it looked very beautiful again. He brought the paining back to his living room, cleaned it nicely, and hung it on the wall at its original place. To him, now the whole living room looked very beautiful and  precious. He felt proud of owning that painting, and took good care of it by dusting it daily, sometimes even twice a day, only because he had now realized how precious it was. 

 You also are very precious, an original piece of work, made by a very famous artist. You are a precious diamond, which always remains precious. It doesn’t matter who you are, however you are, wherever you are, you are precious. Whether you are on the path or not, you are precious. Whether found or lost, you are precious. Whether free or bound, you are precious.  Any negativity you may see in yourself is nothing more than the dust that got accumulated on the paining. You can  easily remove the dust once you recognize how precious you are. 

This week, two very famous and very well liked celebrities, Kate Spade ( a fashion designer) , and Anthony Bourdain (a chef , tv host, and film producer), sadly committed suicide.  They both were rich, famous, successful, gifted, and seemed to have it all what an average person can only dream of, but they still decided to take their own lives. Perhaps they forgot how precious they were!

I want to remind all my yoga friends and others that regardless of who you are and what your life situations are, don’t forget that you are very precious. Once you recognize how precious you are, everything in life, like the man’s living room, becomes more beautiful and precious. It doesn’t matter whether you meditate daily or not, but make this reminder a daily practice. 

namaste

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Consciousness! & 108 Sun Salutations?

 

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The Magic Of Consciousness

Realizing that change is in the nature of all beings, living or inert, the Awakened one remains unmoved and undisturbed, and easily finds peace within himself. Ashtavakra Gita 11-1

Consciousness is the source of whatever there is. Different levels of Consciousness exhibit different levels of existence, from illusion to reality, and from temporary to permanent.

Whatever you can see or touch, it arises and remains only on the surface of the Consciousness. It is temporary and ever-changing. That’s why it’s also called an illusion because it appears, disappears, and re-appears

 What you saw a moment ago, it is no longer there now. It has changed but it appears to be the same. The ignorance freezes your vision, so you continuing seeing the same. In fact, you want the sameness to last, so it lasts. It is the sameness that gives you a feeling of permanence, and of your own. It is the sameness that causes attachments and binds you. You have a desire to live longer so that you could keep seeing the same; your same body, and same dear ones etc. The sameness, however, can also cause you to destroy. You become tired of the same. The sameness can also put people into depression. For them there is nothing new. Your frozen vision brings you both, happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain,  good and bad, and creativity and destruction etc. 

But the vision of an Awakened one is not frozen. He continuously and constantly sees the changing and temporary nature of all that which appears and disappears, and remains unaffected by the opposites. He sees both appearance and disappearance as non-existent. He remains in awe at the ever-changing wonder and magic of the Consciousness. 

namaste

I speak
As though I know
But because I speak 
 Means I don’t know

I neither know
Nor don’t know
Nor have the desire
To know or not know

The one who knows
Is one of a kind
He is deaf, dumb
And blind

 

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108 Sun Salutations 

People often ask the following questions about practicing Sun Salutations:

  1. How many Sun Salutations (SS) one must do?
  2. What is the significance of doing 108 SS daily?
  3. I practice 108 SS daily, but why do i still feel tightness in the hips?
  4. Can the SS be done after the sunset?

Practicing 108  SS daily is a modern yoga craze, a result of the yoga becoming increasingly physical and competitive. It has no particular spiritual significance. However, practicing 108 SS daily can be a good cardio workout. but be careful. If you already have some imbalances in the body,  which most people do,  the imbalances can become worst  over time, as it is easy to lose awareness of the correctness of the postures when your focus is on the quantity or the speed.

Any prolonged repetitive and speedy movement causes the muscles to become tighter. If you don’t do sufficient stretching afterwards, the tight muscles can cause several pain and movement related issues. So make sure that after practicing 108 SS you have the time and energy left to stretch the body properly afterwards.

There is no fixed number as to how many Sun Salutations you must do, but there are 12 mantras that are given for the practice of SS, and this number could be used as a guide.  However, if doing 108 SS is your thing, by all means do it.

The Sun Salutations can certainly be practiced after Sunset as the Sun never really sets.
We practice SS to honour the life, and the Nature that supports the life. So, it can be practiced any time whenever you can. However, in the morning the higher sattva energy is conducive for the spiritual practices.

Do your SS practice with more attention and honour regardless of when you do it or for how long you do it. When you practice SS with honour, you make Patanjali and Sun very happy. 

Happy Sun