I Wish You A Merry Christmas

 

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All bathe in God’s love, but one who acknowledges it shines among all. 

 

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 In Master’s presence you can experience God’s love and protection.  Being with Master is being with God.

 

That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

That ‘Him’ is not one, He is all. There is not a single particle that is not Him. There is not a single you that is not Him. Celebrating all is the true spirit of Christmas. ❤

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Love each one

In such a way

That they all say

They are the most loved

That’s how God loves

He is the greatest Beloved ❤

 

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❤ ❤

Pratyahara + Shanmukhi Mudra

 

Pratyahara;  (Taking the senses inward)

Pratyahara is the the 5th limb of 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, which is explained in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Lord Krishna also mentions Ashtanga Yoga in Bhagvad Gita but gives no explanation, and neither does Arjuna asks about it, suggesting that Ashtanga Yoga was well known and practiced then, over 5000 years ago.

Pratyahara is an essential practice on the path of yoga. The outer world is very diverse and attractive, and so the mind keeps going to the outer again and again. But a yogi reminds himself of the transitory and temporary nature of the world, and takes the mind inward again and again. The more the mind stays inward, the less the yogi gets affected by the outer. 

“It is in the nature of the things to arise, change, and finish. Knowing this, the wise without getting disturbed, remains still and finds peace within himself easily.” Ashtavakra Gita 11-1. ❤

Shanmukhi Mudra

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Shanmukhi (6 faces)  Mudra is named after Lord Murgan, the One with 6 faces, symbolically meaning, endowed with all 6 spiritual wealths. 

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Shanmukhi Mudra means closing of the 6 gates (2 ears, 2 eyes, nose, and mouth). It is a symbolic way of saying that for next few minutes you are not interested in the outer, and you want to take your awareness and senses inward.

How to practice

Sit up straight but relaxed.

Place the little fingers below lips, ring fingers above lips, middle fingers at the nostrils, index fingers on the eyes, and thumbs at the openings of the ears. 

With middle fingers softly resting on the nostrils (without closing them partially), breathe deeply and with each breath take the awareness more and more inward with this feeling that you are not interested in anything outer. 

After each inhalation you may hold the breath in , and gently close both nostrils with middle fingers. Hold it for few seconds but without any struggle, and then exhale smoothly. 

On exhalations you can also make a long high-pitch sound  like a bee, hoom……. 

In the beginning, practice this for 8-10 breaths, and gradually increase it to 5-8 minutes.

Benefits: 

Improves focus

Helps in keeping mind inward

Soothes nerves in the face and forehead area.

Stimulates the energy centre between eye brows.

Enhances inner peace and calmness.

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It takes 3 monkeys together to practice Shanmukhi Mudra:)

A nice reminder to not speak ill of anyone, and not letting your mind get disturbed by any negativity you may see or hear. ❤

 

 

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May Divine Mother Saraswati make you realize your Fullness! ❤ ❤

Neither disturb nor get disturbed

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An angry mind 

Is filled with smoke 

It spreads smoke

Like a smoldering fire

 

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A mind embedded in past

Is filled with foul smell

It spreads foul smell

Like rotten food

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A mind filled with joy

Spreads fragrance

Like a flower.

 

Live like a yogi!

A yogi is very aware of what he thinks, speaks, and acts,  so that any of these don’t cause disturbance in  others’ minds. He looks at his intentions before he speaks or acts. If the intention is to hurt someone or put someone down, he doesn’t speak or act. If the intention is good, and if he must speak or act that may disturb others, he thinks of a skillful way to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.

A yogi also doesn’t get disturbed by what others say, do, or think. He is fully aware that people will say or do things that he may not like or agree with. He is awake in the acceptance of this truth that this will happen again and again. So when it happens, he doesn’t get disturbed.

A yogi is aware that what he thinks affects others, and others’ thoughts affect him. So he is very mindful of what he thinks, and doesn’t get affected by unnecessary thoughts that may be just passing through his mind, but may not be his own thoughts.

So, by not disturbing others, and by not getting disturbed by others, he remains peaceful within himself.

You can also live like a yogi. It is just a matter of continuous abhyasa. ❤

One who never disturbs anyone and one one who never gets disturbed by anyone, and one who is free from mundane excitement, anger, fear, and anxiety is very dear to Me.” Bhagvad Geeta 12-15

Just by living this wisdom of not disturbing and not getting disturbed, the other qualities mentioned in the above shaloka will automatically dawn in you. 

 

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May Mother Durga bless you to live like a yogi, if yoga is your path! ❤ ❤