Mala beads

Beads are used to keep count of mantras and prayers.When selecting beads the basic choices are…

Clear Beads (glass, crystal, clear resins, etc.) – they represent the mother, they therefor are good for attracting material abundance, and for chanting for anothers wellbeing…

crystal beads

Holy Beads (Rudraksha, tulsi, wood, bodhi wood, etc.) – they represent the spirit, and are good for meditation, and deep states of relaxation and dissolution of false-identity…

Bodhi Beads

Rudraksha Beads

a third option for Yogis is to combine the two…

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40 day practice

The period of 40 days has been widely recognized as an auspicious period both in the East and the West since ancient times. A traditional way to do an extended practice of Om Namah Shivaya mantra is to choose a number of repetitions per day, and to do that for 40 days. The mind likes to have a beginning and end to a practice, a sense of completion, such as comes with a 40 day (or longer) practice.

Fixed time per practice session: Mind finds comfort in knowing that it will do the practice of one round of 108 repetitions (or some other number of rounds), and that each round will take a predictable amount of time.

Same number of rounds: Mind also likes the predictability of doing a certain number of rounds done per day. Mind may resist at times, but once it gets started in the practice, mind likes the habit.

Specific number of days: Mind also likes the plan of knowing how many days or months a practice will take to complete. This can be very beneficial in stabilizing a noisy mind, which is a common complaint.

A mala is a set of counting beads with 108 beads. Only 100 are counted, with the other 8 considered an offering to the divine, however you personally hold that. You might choose to do 1, 2, 3, 4, or more rounds of 108 mantras per day, counting with a set of mala beads.

It has been said that there is freedom in discipline; choosing to do a regular practice frees the mind from wondering what practice will be done that day. It is also important not to do the mantra practice with rote repetition, but rather, with feeling and awareness.

By running your own experiment for 40 days, you can decide for yourself whether or not the practice of Om Namah Shivaya mantra is beneficial.

Extended practice

A noticeable level of mantra siddhi (power of the mantra) is said to come with 125,000 repetitions of a mantra (Such an extended practice is called a purascharna). This is equivalent to 1250 rounds of a mala.

Such an extended practice with Om Namah Shivaya mantra can have a tremendous effect in stabilizing the mind in preparation for advancing in meditation. Such a practice simply must be done personally to understand the benefits. It does take quite a commitment to do this practice every day for such a long period, but it is well worth the effort.

In choosing the level of practice per day, it is important to have stability from one day to the next, and to not skip any days. It is best to choose the level that works for you consistently, rather than changing the number from day to day. For example, if two rounds per day is a good number, then it’s better to stay with that amount each and every day, not to do none on one day, but four on the next day.

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Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namaḥ Śivāya is the most holy name of God Śiva, recorded at the very center of the Vedas and elaborated in the Śaiva Agamas.
Na is the Lord’s concealing grace, Ma is the world, Śi stands for Śiva, Va is His revealing grace, Ya is the soul. The five elements, too, are embodied in this ancient formula for invocation. Na is earth, Ma is water, Śi is fire, Vā is air, and Ya is ether, or Ākāśa. Many are its meanings.
Namaḥ Śivaya has such power, the mere intonation of these syllables reaps its own reward in salvaging the soul from bondage of the treacherous instinctive mind and the steel bands of a perfected externalized intellect. Namaḥ Śivāya quells the instinct, cuts through the steel bands and turns this intellect within and on itself, to face itself and see its ignorance. Sages declare that mantra is life, that mantra is action, that mantra is love and that the repetition of mantra, japa, bursts forth wisdom from within.
The holy Natchintanai proclaims, “Namaḥ Śivāya is in truth both Āgama and Veda. Namah Śivāya represents all mantras and tantras. Namaḥ Śivaya is our souls, our bodies and possessions. Namaḥ Śivāya has become our sure protection.”
—Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

The book “The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony: Volume I” by Thomas Ashley-Farrand defines Om Namah Shivaya as:
“This mantra has no direct translation. The sounds relate directly to the principles which govern each of the first five chakras on the spine…Earth, water, fire, air, ether. Notice that this does not refer to the chakras themselves which have a different set of seed sounds, but rather, the principles which govern those chakras in their place. A very rough, non-literal translation could be something like, ‘Om and salutations to that which I am capable of becoming.’ This mantra will start one out on the path of subtle development of spiritual attainments. It is the beginning on the path of Siddha Yoga, or the Yoga of Perfection of the Divine Vehicle.”

OM/AUM: The three parts of Om (A-U-M) encompass the three states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, the three levels of gross, subtle, causal, and the three levels of conscious, unconscious, subconscious, as well as the three universal processes of coming, being, and going. Absolute silence beyond the three levels is the silence after AUM. It also refers to Tripura, the one who live in the “three cities” as in Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, as well as the light referred to in Gayatri Mantra.

Namah/Namaha: Adoration, homage, respect. Nothing is mine (as an individual person); everything is thine (as the Absolute Reality). The three levels of Om, the three worlds of gross, subtle, and causal, along with the three states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of consciousness, as well as the three levels of conscious, unconscious, and subconscious themselves are “not mine” as the true properties of who I really am. Truly, “nothing is mine.” Rather, everything, all of these triads is “thine” or the “other” as the Absolute Reality.

Shivaya/Shiva: That Absolute Reality that is the ground out of which the others emerge. It is that “ink,” so to speak, that is not separate from the many forms which may appear to manifest or be created from that ink. In the Realization of this, one comes to see that he or she is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. The Mahavakyas, the great utterances, are seen to be true. Shiva (the static or ground) and Shakti (the active or creative) are seen to be one and the same. She (Shakti), while one with Shiva is realized in direct experience as the one in the three worlds (Tripura) outlined in Om.

Lord Sri Dattatreya

Dattatreya

The name Dattatreya has occurred occasionally outside india, but he is still practically unknown outside India. More foolish is the fact that although still worshipped by millions of Hindus he is thought of more as a benevolent God rather than a teacher of the highest essence of Asian thought. Dattatreya was a dropout of an earlier age than the period when Vedic and Tantra merged to become one Hindu faitht. It was men like Dattatreya who helped to make this possible. Dattatreya himself was regarded as an avatar of Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. The Upanishads describe Dattatreya with glowing praise and enumerate his great qualities. Typical of most dropouts of the ancient world, he lived completely naked. But this was a great spiritual era when all world reunicates were mostly naked or near naked. The Sanskrit idiom used to describe this condition was digambara, or ‘Skyclad” meaning of ‘clothed in the sky’ or ‘sky as garment’, but also an idiomatic meaning that the sadhu was one with his environment. This was the world of Shiva- Shakti where the way of life in harmony with Nature was the highest ideal. Civilization and cities had already appeared, but Dattatreya knew that only artificial men could live and be produced in them.

The path of Dattatreya is the path of all paths and is the source of all other traditions. He who treads the path of Truth, regardless of what religion he belongs to, is treading the path of Dattatreya.
As an incarnation of God, Datta came down to spread the universality of true religion. Anyone can be his follower, regardless of cast, creed, status, be they student, householder, recluse or renunciate.
No matter what sect or religion the true seeker follows, eventually he comes under the guidance of Lord Dattatreya, the Eternal Spiritual Guide of all mankind.

One notable aspect of these Datta Peethas is their indefinable but inseparable relationship with worship of God as Mother, the Supreme Energy -Shakti. (Hence, Sri Swamiji’s fierce aspect as Mother Chamunda.) Parasurama (eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu), approached Lord Dattatreya and was initiated into the intricacies of how to worship the Mother (Shreevidya Upaasana), before undertaking intense penance to obtain the grace of the Divine Mother.

The Saandilya Upanishad declares very clearly that Lord Dattatreya is the Supreme Reality and is the cause of everything that is created. It states, “The Supreme Brahman performed penance which was of the nature of knowledge (jnyana), and desiring to become many, assumed the form of Dattatreya. From that form came out the three letters A, U, M; the three mystical names Bhuh, Bhuvah and Svah; the three-lined Gayatri; the three Vedas Rig, Yajur and Sama; the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara; the three castes Brahmana, Kshatriya and Vysya; and the three fires Gaarhapatya, Ashavaneeya and Dakshina.”

“The lord is endowed with all wealth. He is all pervading and resides in the hearts of all beings. He is the great Maayavi, sporting with His own Maaya. He is Brahma. His Vishnu, He is Rudra. He is Indra and He is also all the gods of heaven and all other beings. He is East, He is West, He is North, He is South, He is below and He is above. He is everything. This is the glory of the form of Dattatreya.”

Lord Dattatreya came as the Supreme Philosopher (Avadhuta) so that the true meaning and purpose of Sacrifice (Tyaaga) may be revealed to mankind. Atri, His father, symbolizes penance (tapas) as described in the scriptures, and Anasooya represents freedom from jealousy. When penance and non-jealous nature unite in a single person, the highest truth emerges as Lord Dattatreya. As ultimate self-sacrifice, the Supreme God gave Himself as Datta to Atri and Anasooya. Hence, “Datta” means not only “that which is given”, but also as the ideal of “giving” without desire for reward, i.e. selfless giving. The whole life of Dattatreya shows us that this “giving” selflessly is the true renunciation/sacrifice. The significance of this sacrifice is stated in the Dattatreya Upanishad where the Lord says, “Not by action, not by progeny, nor even by self, but by renunciation (tyaaga) alone is immortality attained. “Real renunciation is the giving up of “I” and mine, not the mere abandoning of duties. Living a selfless life require giving up one’s ego. That is what Lord Dattatreya describes as true sacrifice.

As a Yoga-Avatar, Lord Dattatreya teaches us to perform all our duties skillfully and diligently. Yoga does not require outside aids, nor does it demand great physical effort. All we have to do is change our outlook and transform our attitude to life. This “change” consist of giving up the idea or feeling of “doership”, “enjoyership” and the resultant anxiety (and attachment ) for the fruits of our actions. By performing all our duties with this changed outlook, our mind will be freed from agitation and attain the restful state called “equanimity”, or the state where there is no “mind”. This is the state of Bliss that every soul ultimately aspires to. This is the state of Datta – the ultimate Gift of God.

BLESSINGS

Om Namah Shivaya

His divine grace Guru Mooji

Tony Moo, Mooji

Anthony Paul Moo-Young, known as Mooji, was born on 29 January 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and he is presently living in Brixton, London. Anthony worked in London’s ‘West end’ as a street portrait artist for many years, then as a painter and a stained glass artist, and later as a teacher at Brixton College. For a long time, he was well known as Tony Moo, but is now affectionately known as Mooji* by the many seekers and friends who visit him.

Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned advaita master, or Papaji, as his followers call him. In 1987, a chance meeting with a Christian mystic was to be a life-changing encounter for Mooji. It brought him, through prayer, into the direct experience of the Divine within. Within a short period, he experienced a radical shift in consciousness so profound that outwardly, he seemed, to many who knew him, to be an entirely different person. As his spiritual consciousness awakened, a deep inner transformation began which unfolded in the form of many miraculous experiences and mystical insights. He felt a strong wind of change blowing through his life which brought with it a deep urge to surrender completely to divine will. Shortly after, he stopped teaching, left his home and began a life of quiet simplicity and surrender to the will of God as it manifested spontaneously within him. A great peace entered his being, and has remained ever since.”

from:http://www.mooji.org/biography.html

Mooji is an inspiration for me and my heart is filled with love for this Guru, as it never quite klicked what ‘I AM’ is until i heard him speak the words…

you can try to analyse this man and people think that by criticizeing him, it will somehow subtract from his being-ness…

Love pours from all his revealed pure being-ness..

and feelings of pure devotion pool up when he speaks, this devotion only comes from a true satguru…

He seems to teach Advaita Vedanta(Hindu)  in sync with Mahayana Zen (Buddhist), while explaining that the “I AM…” the higher self, is God whom  he explains;

“sometimes i am praying to God, and sometimes i am God” -mooji

He Was first Initiated by a Christian Mystic who taught him God was with in….

I suspect given that he is Jamaican, wears long dreads(his Hindu guru’s bald!), and that Rastafari teaches that God is the Soul Almighty, I suspect that Mooji was probably initiated by a “Ras” (translated: chief) a Rastafarian mystic/holyman…

Mooji is the human embodiment of Lord Shiva

But experience always trumps blind faith, so check him out yourself…

http://mooji.satsangs.net/

some chatter

meditation is touching the soul…

meditation is union with God…

meditation is invoking the energy of the universe…

If you can go deeper past your body, deeper past your thoughts, and even deeper than your emotions…..

you’ll see it, pure unconditioned awareness… The original self, no memories, no noise, no sorrow, no pain, no language, no brain, no body, no anything, just this seeming emptiness, that upon closer inspection is not emptiness. This is the original energy before it takes form …

YOU CANT BE IN YOUR HEAD ANYMORE…

STAY AS THE SELF…. DONT REACT, LISTEN & OBSERVE….

If you don’t surrender, if you dont become an open trusting loveing person then you will never see the light& bliss of meditation, for it is verilly the kingdom of heaven.

“TRUELY I SAY UNTO YOU, WHOSO EVER DOES NOT RECIEVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD LIKE A CHILD SHALL NOT ENTER IT”                        -LUKE 18:12

helpful info about the enlightenment process

1) the first thing is the basic desire for happiness, one usually first tries indulgence.

2) after failing to find solace one tries spirituality…

3) next you find a spiritual path that encourages spiritual growth

Hindu, Buddhist, Sihk, Taoist,Gnostic Christianity, Sufi (islam mystics), kabbalah (Jewish mystics)…just to name a few…

sadhu baba

Buddhist monks

Sihk warrior-saints

a Shaman

4) now you are an initiate…   In this stage you strictly follow the wisdom of saints, sages, and masters. It is a purifying stage of spiritual evolution… there has yet to be any true experience only faith in secondhand knowledge. In this stage you follow strict codes, rules, and regulations…. you use these strict rules as a boat to carry you towards illumination and enlightenment.

massive muslim prayer- an example of devotion

5) This is the real beginning of the journey…. you experience unity yourself. a samhadi (dissolution of the self in meditation) you experience this truth yourself for the first time….

This is called an “illumination” true knowledge is attained, but you may periodically “fall from grace” so to speak. One exercises and learns to control this divine state via spiritual practice (sadhana), the more absorbed in that state you become, the more the ego is dropped off.

This should be thought of as a spiritual awakening or ‘little’ enlightenment… at this point having known Buddhahood firsthand, one is fit to teach a disciple…

spiritual awakening

waking up to see the sun shining

6) Solidification of knowledge…. once you stay in your pure awareness, once you stop identifieing with the mind-body organism, you are one with God, in a perfect Yoga(union), a living Buddha….

Thank you for reading,

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