the ways of Ajah
Ajah chooses a positive (affirmative) approach: instead of prescribing self-limitations and condemning various actions, it embraces such actions in a spiritual light. Thus, sexuality, love, social life and artistic pursuits are considered vectors of spiritual evolution. The main focus in Ajah is on practical methods for attaining enlightenment. Whatever is pleasant and positive can be integrated in its practice.
In Ajah Dharma all scripture is significant, however emphasis is placed on
*the Avadhuta Gita*
*the Bhagavad Gita*
*the siva sutras*
the new testament of Jesus the Christ
the Gnostic gosples
books written by saints&Gurus
and any additional text you find enlightening.
the Ajah believes Sainthood can be achieved only during a lifetime.
If one is canonized after death it is because they were a saint during life.
Saints come from all over the world, & from every religion.
You should seek to be like them whom make angels out of themselves.
Many saints it seems gain supernatural abilities includeing but not limited to…the ability to fall in love with everyone, realize the different paths of spirit, perceive the auras of living organisms, attain the power to pass through objects such as walls, bend the world by using the power of the mind , walk on fire, operate based on spirit communications (mediumship), they become a peacemaker, actually change a violent pattern in the world , organize a tree plant with kids, calculate faster than a computer, control their heart rate—including making it stop—with no ill effects, intuit information from the past (retrocognition) or future (precognition), have out-of-body experiences, live off nature and in generally harsh conditions, be 90%+ a vegetarian, and be able to intuit other people’s thoughts and feelings.
Ajah puts a special emphasis on the physical body in spiritual practice “as a vessel of the Supreme” and, as such, not an obstacle tortured in ascetic practices.
Repeated submergence into the state of non-duality is supposed to induce secondary effects on the physical body due to the activity of the spiritual energy (Shakti) and may be called body alchemy. Starting from the expanded consciousness of the self (atman), the body (and in the end, the exterior reality too) is infused with the experience of non-duality
The non-dual, experienced initially only in consciousness, is extended to the whole body. The adept will discover the power (siddhi) of identification with the Universal Consciousness experienced in the physical body, generated spontaneously, without any effort (formal meditation, postures – asana, concentration Dharana and other forms of exertion in yoga). This process is described as the descent of the energy of the non-dual consciousness into the physical. Then consciousness manifests as a free force, entering the senses and producing extroverted samādhi. At this point, consciousness, mind, senses and physical body are “dissolved” into oneness, expanded into the spiritual light of consciousness.
As a consequence, any perception of the exterior reality becomes nondual. It becomes possible to live submerged in a continuous state of union with Shiva even while performing regular day to day activities. This form of extroverted, all inclusive samādhi is the pinnacle of spiritual evolution. The Ajah-yogi experiences everything as pure light and ecstasy (cit-ananda) and does not feel any difference between interior and exterior any more.
Long natural hair (normally Dreadlocks)
one should not cut the hair on top of ones head, the only time one should cut ones hair is at the end of harsh turmoil in which a new chapter of life has dawned. The hair is wisdom as it keeps the subtle energies inside the body. We wear locks as an expression of inner spirituality and to emphasize of our identity. In our faith we must remain “whole”.also locks are sacred as they are considered to be a religious practice and an expression of their disregard for profane vanity, as well as a symbol of their spiritual understanding that physical appearances are unimportant. The public symbol of matted hair is re-created each time an individual goes through these unique experiences. In almost all myths about Shiva and his flowing locks, there is a continual interplay of extreme asceticism and virile potency, which link the elements of destruction and creation, whereas the full head of matted hair symbolizes the control of power.
“The long-haired one endures fire, the long-haired one endures poison, the long-haired one endures both worlds. The long-haired one is said to gaze full on heaven, the long-haired one is said to be that light … Of us, you mortals, only our bodies do you behold. …For him has the Lord of life churned and pounded the unbendable, when the long-haired one, in Rudra’s company, drank from the poison cup”
(The Keshin Hymn, Rig-veda 10.136)
Positive Attitude to Life
a mind frame that a Ajah has to accept and practise. It is to have a “positive, buoyant and optimistic” attitude to life and the future. Always be – in “high spirits”, “ever progressive”, “always cheerful”, etc are some other terms used to describe this phrase.
The Ajah believe in the Will of God and that God is without enemies and is always merciful. Hence acceptance of it’s Will is in the interest of and for the benefit of His Creation, even if at times one suffers severe hardship.
This attitude of positiveity is to allow one to sail through the ups and downs of life with as little harm as possible to the individual.
To join and help others in their hour of need is to be a saint.
the best diet is a karmically good diet, you should avoid meat if possible but if you cannot manage this say a prayer to the mother for the animal and stick to fish or poultry. As a simple rule avoid eating meat to please the tongue
Red meat should be avoided at all times as it is like a humans flesh, as well as any unseemly meat which is meat killed so you personally could eat it.
You should never want your body to be a cemetery, were dead things reside…. so vegetarianism is encouraged.
Purity and impurity
Actions or objects are not seen impure in themselves, rather the attitude is the determinant factor. Spiritual ignorance is the only impurity and knowledge is pure. As long as one is identified with the supreme consciousness, there is nothing impure. The adept is unaffected by any external impurity and makes use of what is reprehensible to attain transcendence.
Action without action
“nonaction”, “effortless action” or “action without intent”.The meaning is sometimes emphasized by using the paradox expression : “action without action”.
This concept is associated with water through its yielding nature. Eastern philosophy proposes that the universe works harmoniously according to its own ways. When someone exerts their will against the world, they disrupt that harmony. It asserts that one must place their will in harmony with the natural universe.Thus, a potentially harmful interference is to be avoided, and in this way, goals can be achieved effortlessly. Through effortless action the sage seeks to come into harmony with the way, which accomplishes by nonaction.
Naturalness is central to Ajah It describes the “primordial state” of all things as well as a basic character of the soul, and is usually associated with spontaneity and creativity.To attain naturalness, one has to identify with the self, and the self alone; this involves freeing oneself from Ego, attachment, and desire, and appreciating simplicity.
the “uncarved block”, which represents the “original nature… prior to the imprint of culture” of an individual.
Nature and the environment is a central theme in Ajah Dharma. Living with respect to the land and its many components is showing one’s respect for Ajah. Living off of the land means food is produced organically and agricultural practices are implemented safely, causing no damage to the land. Alcohol and red meat is forbidden and for the most part One lead a vegetarian lifestyle. The idea behind the practice is vegetables come from the Mother (earth), and the earth produces good things. Fruits are thought of in the same way. Things made from natural roots and herbs are an acceptable part to the diet. It should be noted that one should not were leather either, theirs a saying “one who wears shoe leather walks on death”
The most preferable method of getting food is through one’s own plantation or garden. This idea is the most environmentally sound way of farming and producing food. The return of this process is doing the least damage to the land. Its objectives are to live a healthy lifestyle. Often the desire to live ‘naturally’ is unfeasible because of Western societies wants and desires, but Ajah strive to live this way.
meditation is Yoga which means “union with God”, meditation and deep introspection is the way to enlightenment. For this reason all Ajah are obligated to make meditation a regular part of their lifestyle and daily routine.
meditation is easy
Forget the past;
Drop thoughts of the future
Experience only the present moment.
Tune out anything that is impermenent.
All you have left is the I AM.
At its core, meditation is about touching the spiritual essence that exists within us all. Experiencing the joy of this essence has been called enlightenment, nirvana, or even rebirth, and reflects a deep understanding within us. The spiritual essence is not something that we create through meditation. It is already there, deep within, behind all the barriers, patiently waiting for us to recognize it. One does not have to be religious or even interested in religion to find value in it. Becoming more aware of your self and realizing your spiritual nature is something that transcends religion. Anyone who has explored meditation knows that it is simply a path that leads to a new, more expansive way of seeing the world around us. Yogas of all types are spiritually good for one and should be practiced freely. They are all encouraged and learned in Ajah Dharma
There are five types of yogas
Bhakti yoga- devotional worship
Karma yoga- practicing good deeds
Jnana yoga- the yoga of knowledge , knowing the I AM.
Raja yoga- the yoga of concentration.
Tantra yoga- the yoga of energy manipulation.
The first phase of development is linked to the attainment of a state of non-duality described as an “absorption into the spiritual heart”, samadhi or experiencing the “uncreated light” of consciousness (prakāśa).
Keeping an Alter.
altars generally contain pictures or statues of gods and goddesses.
There is usually a space to put the offering bowl (tray with worship offerings). Anything put in an offering bowl to god is instantly and completely spiritualized.
altars may be erected in temples or in private homes. altar is typically a piece of furniture, such as a table or chest, upon which ajah places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping God the absolute,performing ritual, and/or saying chants and prayers. Upon the altar typically rests a cloth, used to protect the surface from damage by candle wax, spilled liquid, or dust from burnt incense. This cloth is often adorned by a spiritual symbol.
A place is set up in front of the alter as a personal meditation spot.
Since all form (matter) is created by vibrational frequencies, the world is made of vibration and therefore sound. A harmoneous om. This means that harmony is one of the great Truths. And disharmony is distance from Truth.
“don’t rock the boat”- Bob Marley
Since we are all one to create sadness is to create cancer within ones-self. So harmony with the natural world and with the heart of of our being.
Through intelligence as well as intention, we carry a special responsibility to protect nature. We are aware that every choice we make sows the seeds of karma for the future we are creating. A realized person would never seek to harm. The key to success in this world is swift action and intellegent thought.
There is a level of reality that few acknowledge but is available to all. Reality is deeper and stranger than we can even imagine. It is both simpler and more complex than we believe. And that is as true of our minds and our selves as it is of the world. 3, 2, 1.
The One Whole Divine
The Great Mystery itself is genderless, omnipresent, and incomprehensible to the human brain. It manifests in this universe as a polarity or balance of forces, which we call feminine (Goddess, shakti) and masculine (God, shiva). This is the duality that must be eventually transcended. Ajah is the state primordial and universal. All human beings are at their center, Ajah. All representations of the Divine are worthy of worship.
Just as all lakes lead to the ocean. All prayers go to the one God.
Shiva(god) & Shakti(goddess): Primary Faces Of The Divine
The shiva is the male divine,father sky, the light of creation, the immoveable spirit, that never dies, pure wisdom, and pure bliss, the I AM. The shakti is the female divine, mother earth,material nature, ego-mind, maya.
Since both yin and yang are Divine, both are equal, and both are necessary to all life, we honour both goddess and god, female and male, Earth and spirit, nature and intellect equally both as the one true God, the same divine consciousness, whom is formless…
its important to understand that there is one force in this universe whom shows itself in limitless forms and personalities.
If you like a certain god or goddess you are welcomed to use it as an image of God, this gives you a face to worship and so helps along sadhana(spiritual Practice.) The diety is, in an ultimate sense, described as “false” because Ajah or Brahman appears as a diety only due to the conditioning of the ego-mind. However, as described earlier, just as the world is true in the pragmatic level, similarly, The diety is also pragmatically true. Just as the world is not absolutely false, the diety is also not absolutely false. He is the distributor of the fruits of Karma. Whenever we talk about Ajah, we are in fact talking about God. God is the highest knowledge theoretically possible. Devotion (Bhakti) will cancel the effects of bad Karma and will bring a person closer to the true knowledge by purifying his mind. Slowly, the difference between the worshipper and the worshipped decreases and upon true knowledge, liberation occurs.
Life is maintained by polarity
All life is created and maintained through the ecstatic dance between these two polarities. Without polarity there is no world without good there is no bad and vice versa.
The whole universe is being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti.
The tradition has associated to these principles a form, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine one. Accordingly, Shiva represents the constitutive elements of the universe, while Shakti is the dynamic potency, which makes these elements come to life and act.
The divine couple Shiva&Shakti corresponds to two essential aspects of the One love: the masculine principle, which represents the abiding aspect of God, and the feminine principle, which represents Its Energy, the Force which acts in the manifested world, life itself considered at a cosmic level.
From this point of view, Shakti represents the immanent aspect of the Divine, that is the act of active participation in the act of creation. Shiva defines the traits specific to pure transcendence and is normally associated, from this point of view, to a manifestation of Shakti who is somewhat terrible (such as Kali), personification of Her own untamed and limitless manifestation.
The Divine Mother, the feminine energy, Shakti, is considered to be the motive force behind all action and existence in the phenomenal cosmos. The cosmos itself is Shiva, the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality that is the Divine Ground of all being, the “world soul”. Masculine potential is actualized by feminine dynamism, embodied in multitudinous goddesses who are ultimately reconciled in one. Mother Maya, Shakti, herself, can free the individual from demons of ego, ignorance, and desire that bind the soul in Maya(illusion). Practitioners of the Tantric tradition focus on Shakti to free themselves from the cycle of karma.shakti is one and the same with Shiva.
The King of Kings, the male energy, Shiva is the one supreme, universal Spirit that is the origin and support of the phenominal universe. Shiva is sometimes referred to as the Godhead which is the Divine Ground of all matter,energy, time, space,being, and everything in and beyond this universe. Siva or “Brahman” is conceived as personal(“with qualities”), impersonal(“without qualities”) and supreme . Shiva is one and the same as shakti.
The reflections Of The One Divine
The Divine is One, manifesting as the polarity of positive and negative. These two are perceived by humans in a variety of forms, and worshiped as numerous Gods and Goddesses around the world. Each of these holds a piece of the Truth. Yet the whole of the Truth is the One, which unites all existence within Itself.
The mind’s Limitation Of Perception
Since the Divine One is beyond the perception of the mind, all Truth that can be perceived by the 3-dimensional brain must necessarily be incomplete. knowing that . . .
All truths contain some piece of Divine Truth,
All confusion arises from imperfect perception of Divine Truth,
No mortal mind can directly perceive Divine Truth in its natural state,
Any mind that directly perceives Divine Truth cannot communicate it to other minds, which are still in their mortal state,
All paradox is resolved in the One.
when man tries to know the attributeless Ajah with his mind, under the influence of Ego(maya), Ajah becomes the diety.the diety is Ajah with Ego — the manifested form of Brahman.
The godhead can be described as Saguna Brahman or Ajah with attributes that may be regarded to have a personality with human and Godly attributes. This concept of godhead is also used to visualize and worship in anthropomorphic form deities such as Shiva, Vishnu, the Mother, Christ, etc.
Now the question arises as to why the diety created the world. If one assumes that diety creates the world for any incentive, this slanders the wholeness and perfection of the lord. For example, if one assumes that the lord creates the world for gaining something, it would be against His perfection. If we assume that He creates for compassion, it would be illogical, because the emotion of compassion cannot arise in a blank and void world in the beginning. It is assumed that Creation is recreation or play of Shiva & Shakti. It is His nature, just as it is man’s nature to breathe.
The Unity Of All
The Immanent Divine – Equality Of All Beings
The Great Mystery manifests Itself as all that exists. Which means that the Divine dwells within each of us, and everything else. Every person, every river, every tree, every rock is sacred. The One is the Life Force.
Shiva is spirit the inner divine.
Shakti is matter the outer divine.
God is the inner and the outer, so what else is there other than God?
All Is Sacred
Since the One is manifest in all matter, our bodies and the Earth are sacred. They are Temples in which the Divine dwells. Everything in existence is a Temple of the Divine. It is only our illusions that prevent us from seeing this. All opposites are ultimately illusionary. All is Ajah, all is sacred.
Nothing Lasts Forever
All things must pass. In the realm of duality, the circle must turn. So that new things may arise, the old must fall away. This is sacred karma, to be honored and celebrated.
Nothing dies this is an illusion created by the ego. We perceive this abandonment of body as death. But can the soul-almighty die, can God die…. if you break a tea cup with tea in it, the cup is broken and is no longer a cup, but the tea is still tea. They say the spirit is like water and it fills whatever container you fill with it.
The Law of Karma
“God does not make one suffer for no reason nor does He make one happy for no reason. God is very fair and gives you exactly what you deserve.”-unknown
In the realm of duality in which our physical bodies reside everything moves in circles what ever our body and mind does will eventually cycle around and have and equal result. We should always be happy with whatever comes as we are the creators, preservers, and destroyers of this life.
all living beings are under the influence of Maya’s three qualities. Always present together in varying mix and degrees, these three qualities of maya bind the soul to the body and to the earth plane. Above these three qualities is the eternal time. Due to the influence of three modes of Maya’s nature, jivas (individual beings) perform activities under the control and purview of the eternal time. These activities are called “karma”. The underlying principle is that karma is the law that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them.
Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment.
Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny. According to the Vedas, if one sows goodness, one will reap goodness; if one sows evil, one will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.
Nothing Is Hidden
Since nothing is lost and nothing can be hidden from All That Is, integrity and authenticity are vital components of Ajah sadhana (spiritual practice).
Life After Death
Life after death is reincarnation, since we are all the same god-soul we will continue to make bodies for ones self until we rid ones self of the illusion of Ego.
the soul (atman) is immortal and reincarnated through the cycle of lives known as Samsara, each time in a body which is born and dies. People gain karma by acting, which prompts the need for reincarnation.
The Bhagavad Gita states;
Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from childhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. (2: 12-13)
Worn-out garments are shed by the body; Worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body. New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments. (2:22)
after the enlihgtenment one will spend eternity absorbed in the perfect peace and happiness of the realization that all existence is One Brahman whom is Ajah, of which the soul is part.
Interaction with Deep Reality
Co-Creators Of Life
Since we are all manifestations of the One, we each hold the power to access the Creative Force, and to exercise it to change worldly reality.
We are continually creating our reality, and only our conscious mind is unaware of how much this is so. Our lives and our world are exactly what we make of them. Whether we create consciously or unconsciously, the world around us is a direct consequence of our inner reality.
This is not merely a fact of life. It is part of our Purpose in coming to the Earth.
The Goal of Life
It is clear that man’s soul is, itself, a part of God. It is obvious, however, that human beings are, generally, unaware of the divine within themselves; they are far less conscious of the purpose of their existence. The purpose of human life is to recognize the unity self and Eternal Spirit and to facilitate his becoming reunited with Him. When man begins to remember God with love in his heart, his evaluation of worldly pleasures and attachments is inevitably altered. By modeling his life on the perfection of God, and believing in the will of God, he hereby wins God’s grace; on attaining this, he is released from the cycle of births and deaths and is reunited with God in perfect bliss.
EGO the source of sorrow
Ego is the complex illusionary power of Ajah which causes the Brahman to be seen as the material world of separate forms. Ego has two main functions — one is to “hide” Ajah from ordinary human perception, and the other is to present the material world in Ajahs place. Māyā is also said to be indescribable, though it may be said that all sense data entering ones awareness via the five senses are Māyā(ego), since the fundamental reality underlying sensory perception is completely hidden. It is also said that Ego is neither completely real nor completely unreal, hence indescribable. Its shelter is Brahman, but Ajah itself is untouched by the illusion of Māyā, just as a magician is not tricked by his own magic. Māyā is temporary and is transcended with “true knowledge,” or perception of the more fundamental reality which permeates the ego.
The Ego and the Divine self
The soul or the self (Atman) is identical with Ajah. It is not a part of Ajah that ultimately dissolves into Brahman(Ajah), but the whole Brahman itself. Now the arguers ask how the individual soul, which is limited and one in each body, can be the same as Brahman? Adi Shankara explains that the Self is not an individual concept. Atman is only one and unique. Indeed Spirit alone is God.
It is a false concept that there are many souls. Adi Shankara says that just as the same moon appears as a multitude of reflections on the surface of water covered with bubbles, so the one Soul appears as a multitude of atmans in our bodies because of Maya(eg).
Atman(soul) is self-proven, however, some proofs are discussed—e.g., a person says “I am blind”, “I am happy”, “I am fat” etc. The common and constant factor, which permeates all these statements is the “I” which is but the Immutable Consciousness. When the blindness, happiness, fatness are inquired and negated, “I” the common factor which alone exists in all three states of consciousness and in all three periods of time, shines forth. This proves the existence of Atman, and that Consciousness, Reality and Bliss are its characteristics. Atman, being the silent witness of all the modifications, is free and beyond sin and merit. It does not experience happiness or pain because it is beyond the triad of Experiencer, Experienced and Experiencing. It is incorporeal and independent.
When the reflection of atman falls on ignorance, atman becomes jīva — a living being with a body and senses. Each jiva feels as if he has his own, unique and distinct Soul, but only the one Soul, equal to Brahman, is true.
there is always a feeling of I am. This awareness is the divine within that is experienced as a divine emptiness, but cannot be truly described, this is the soul the god-essence. The body-mind reacts as if it was god, pushing the will of the brain on another self, causing suffering. This is a confusion on the individuals part because one associates the self with the body & mind(ego), instead of the true self whom is the god seeded with in.
Let god conquer your devil.
the self says I AM….
the ego adds the next part
I AM horny
I AM hungry
I AM angry
I AM man
I AM woman
allow your self to remain as it is, as the self.
Without ego creating these persisting thoughts, one will be liberated from worry, sorrow, and regret.
if you doubt this truth, then ask one self, am I the permanent spirit or the limited body-mind.
But why ego? Ego is the Natural side effect of having a working brain and body. The ego is a reflection of every thing you’ve learned in this lifetime. The mind is a mirror, if you look only outward you are a reflection of your environment, if you look within you experience liberation as you understand the oneness of the soul and god, knowing this your troubles seem to disappear.
You are not the sum of your parts you are, I AM the eternal spirit.
The attainment of liberation coincides with the realization of the unreality of ‘personal self in the psyche’ (ego) and the simultaneous revelation of the ‘Impersonal Self’ as the ever-existent Truth Ajah, the source of all spiritual and phenomenal existence. The Neti Neti(“not this alone, not that alone”) method of teaching is adopted. Between sentient Awareness and insentient matter is an illusion formed in the mind. Moksha is the final release from this illusion when one’s worldly conception of self is erased and there takes place a loosening of the shackle of experiential duality, accompanied by the realization of one’s own fundamental nature:sat(true being),cit(pure consciousness), and ananda, an experience which is ineffable and beyond sensation (satcitananda).
We are all Shiva the awareness within ourselves.
The body and mind are part of the material nature whom is Shakti.
Shiva is God, Shakti is God…. everything is one and the same as God.
Since we are all manifestations of the One, we are all equal. Our highest authority is the Divine, and our duty is to interpret its messages within our own hearts, and live them as we see fit.
Following The Heart
the heart – as the voice of the Divine – is our highest authority. It is the truest guide we have in life. Following the heart creates a practice that is vibrant, responsive, spontaneous, and soul-full.
The way to salvation is a twofold path: the path of love and the path of selfless-service, or service to mankind. Love means little until it is exposed in action, so the one cannot rightly remain inactive, but of necessity, he must engage himself in the affairs of the world, while also following the path of earnest meditation. He is expected to seize every opportunity of helping his fellow-beings and of serving them in any way he can, without expecting rewards. To do this, therefore, he must have no selfish desires; his mind must be free of greed and attachment to power or riches, and he must have a truly humble heart.
The Worship Of Life
Since all the world is a Temple, so all of life is a diety. It is as sacred an act to make a bed as to meditate, when awareness of the Divine is present.
The worship of the One Divine is the worship of life. Not just the surface of life – the illusions of the world – but the meaning beneath the surfaces.
The worship of life is accomplished in all that enhances life: joy, pleasure, love, compassion, charity, service, and grace. These are our rites and offerings.
Mantra japa was a concept of the Vedic sages that incorporates mantras as one of the main forms of puja, or worship, whose ultimate end is seen as moksha/liberation. Essentially, mantra japa means repetition of mantra, and it has become an established practice of all Hindu streams, from the various Yoga to Tantra. It involves repetition of a mantra over and over again, usually in cycles of auspicious numbers (in multiples of three), the most popular being 108. For this reason, mala (rosary/bead necklaces) were employed, containing 108 beads and a guru bead. The devotee performing japa using his/her fingers counts each bead as he/she repeats the chosen mantra. Having reached 108 repetitions, if he/she wishes to continue another cycle of mantras, the devotee must turn the mala around without crossing the head bead and repeat.
To attain single-pointedness of mind, repetition of mantra’s can be done in the following ways:
Mantra Yoga (chanting)
Vaikhari Japa (speaking)
Upamsu Japa (whispering or humming)
Manasika Japa (mental repetition)
Likhita Japa (writing)
Bhajan: spiritual songs.
Kirtan: repetition of God’s name in songs.
Prayer: a way of communing with God.
Guru mantra: the first initiation (Diksha) given by the master to the disciple.
Bija mantra: a bija mantra represents the essence of a mantra (e.g. Om).
It is said that through japa the devotee attains one-pointedness, or extreme focus, on the chosen deity or principal idea of the mantra. The vibrations and sounds of the mantra are considered extremely important, and thus reverberations of the sound are supposed to awaken the kundalini or spiritual life force that stimulate chakras
Ritual Creates Harmony With Reality
According to belief, the purpose of rites is to align ourselves more thoroughly with the natural rhythms of life and the beauty of the Divine Within and Without.
Respect For All Beings
Everyone Is Integral To The Divine Plan
Since we are all aspects of the Divine, everyone has an integral and unique part to play in the world. So every being is deserving of respect.
The Company of Saints
Man also needs the company of good people, so that by their example and guidance, he may be able to keep his mind steadfastly towards that which is true and righteous, and then be freed from the baneful influence of evil desires and low thoughts.
No man can inspire to reach God if his own heart is full of pride and egotism. Man must always beware of the pitfalls of assumed or false humility. Even deliberate self-abasement can be a form of pride, since it arises out of egotism and self-esteem. True humility lies in being aware of one’s own abilities and shortcomings; it lies in the knowledge that God alone is the Doer of all actions; He alone is the Giver of all gifts; it is only by His favor that we enjoy riches, honor and achievement in this world. Without Him, we are nothing.
The virtue of tolerance goes hand in hand with humility, since they both arise out of the same attitude of mind. The tolerant man may be convinced that his own religion is the best for himself, but he does not presume to criticize the beliefs and practices of others provided that they follow theirs sincerely. Basic principles of all religion are universal and God recognizes the goodness in all religious faiths.
…………THE FIVE EGO POWERS………
the five major weaknesses of the human personality at variance with its spiritual essence. The common evils far exceed five in number, but five came to be identified because of the obstruction they tend to cause in man’s pursuit of the moral and spiritual path. The group of five evils comprises of
to Weaken the Egos hold on us we must weaken it first by avoiding these emotions that only arise from illusionary seperation created by the ego-mind.
….THE FIVE WEAPONS AGAINST EGO…..
as the ego quiets and the noise of racing thought is subdued we solidify our spirits prominence over the false mind by using the five weapons of virtue
armed with these virtuous qualities one becomes perfect.
The influences surrounding humanity are tinged with Ego to a great extent. One should maintain purity of mind and body so its shine will reflect the spirit with in. May passions of lust, anger, greed, pride and attachment may vanish and leave one in peace.
For a man to become free of these, he must of necessity occupy his mind with such thoughts as would inculcate in him such as mantra, humility and selflessness, and encourage him towards good and noble things. In other words, he will have to have positive and constructive thoughts which can only come when the mind is immersed in the Name of God. Evil thoughts gain easy entry into the idle mind, so if the mind is kept carefully under control, good actions are bound to flow from it and in this way, constant spiritual improvement is achieved.
All are welcomed as Ajah without regard of class, color, race, sex, or creed; all are treated as one people. Nobody is, therefore, favored simply because of superior birth or secular influence. It should be customary for all visitors to the Ajah’s house to eat together as a communal ritual of brotherhood; and it should be ruled that no one be looked down upon or refused. When man reaches the stage where he sees God in all things and in all hearts, the ideal of brotherhood comes naturally to him.
All Paths Lead To The One
Since everyone’s path is unique and worthy of respect, all religions and belief systems are valid to their practitioners. No one has the right to judge another’s path or to coerce them to a different one. The Rig-Veda says “truth is one, sages call it by many names”
“just as water from the sky all leads to the ocean, so do the prayers of all gods lead to the supreme God” -Bhagavad Gita
Personal Spiritual Path
Ajah stresses the language of self sufficiency, liberation and freedom. Complete in itself, Ajah supports the freedom of the devotee from interior mental and egotistic limitations and from exterior social and cultural preconceptions.
At a social level deconditioning is realized by detaching from traditional restrictions with regard to what is considered pure and impure and through the adoption of the spiritual family of the guru. At the mental level freedom is attained by the awakening of Kundalini through asana, pranayama, mudra or mantras, the amplification and sublimation of the vital and mental energy and the elevation of consciousness. The culmination of this process is spiritual illumination.
Absolute freedom is to be found only in the revelation of the unity of the spirit with God, a state described as re-absorption into the true Self (atman) enlightenment: re-absorption into the supreme consciousness of Shiva. To be free of rebirth conditioned by karmic restraints. Consciousness expands into the pure reality, a level that exist beyond time and space, where the powers of knowledge and action are unfettered, there are no conditioning desires or needs to be fulfilled and bliss is directly present in consciousness.
Ajah basic method is the experience of the freedom of consciousness in the heart. This mudra (attitude) means “the ability of consciousness to freely move about in the space of the heart”. The disciple learns to recognize Ajah as the ultimate reality. The practices pertaining to consciousness are explained in the Śiva Sūtras.
Validity Is Created By Service Of Life
A spiritual path is not legitimized by its history or the extent of its membership, nor diminished by internal debates. It is justified or not depending upon the actions of its adherents.
“Guru is the path” This statement from the most revered sacred text of Kashmir Shaivism, the Śiva Sutras, summarizes the school’s conception of the guru-disciple relationship. Ajah functions as a form of guru yoga, where the students only essential practice is to surrender himself to his teacher, accepting the spiritual impulse bestowed upon him by his master. Disciples eminently open towards their guru’s spiritual influence are named spiritual sons and held to know the highest state of consciousness by their direct link to their guru’s illuminated heart.
The guru is considered to form a single Self (atman) with his students. As such, he leads the disciples to the discovery of their own Atman with his own consciousness, exalted into the supreme state. Like fire kindled from a candle to another candle, the revelation of the self is passed from master to disciple directly, not through words or exterior practices, but mediated by the direct transfer of Shakti.
Everyone is personally responsibility to the Divine for her choices, words, actions, and inaction – and even there thoughts, since he recognizes the power contained within them.
Everyone Can Communicate Directly With The Divine
The Divine is within all beings on at all times, but few are willing to notice and understand. The Divine is directly accessible to every person, through meditation, prayer, introspection, &ritual,
rituals in Ajah Dharma can run from traditional to complete informality.
In other words you should make them special in your own way.
The Shiva sutras state
“what is perceived, as external is truly internal.”
one regular part of Ajah ritual is promoting joy&love to all involved..
Group practices, include rituals, festivities,initiations, etc. The purposes of this practice are the initiation of novices, the expansion of consciousness and expression of the bliss already attained as participants become more and more advanced.
The key to the effectiveness of group practice is held to reside in the harmony of minds and hearts of the participants. When a compatible spiritual group is created, it can greatly accelerate the spiritual evolution of its members. It is said that such a group can enter a state of oneness and universal consciousness without effort.This is explained by the notion of reflection (pratibimba), a process of unification, an effortless overflow of spiritual energy.
Basic steps to a ritual
- Decide why you want to conduct a ritual. Make sure that your intention is clear.
- Decide how you want to perform your ritual; write the words that you want to use during the invocation and the other steps.
- Decide when to do the ritual; for example, you may want to time your ritual to a specific phase of the Moon
- Decide where to do the ritual, set up an altar, and assemble the tools and other necessary objects.
- Purify the space.
- Purify yourself.
- create sacred space.
- Invoke, evoke, or welcome Deity.
- Conduct a ritual observance if you desire.
- Raise power.
- Earth the power.
- Thank (or dismiss) Deity.
- Take down the sacred space.
The Aquarian Age
“The time has come not to search for God, but to be God. Time is not to worship God, but to trust and dwell in the working God.” ~Yogi Bhajan
The Aquarian Age is dawning. The final cusp ends on November 11, 2011. There are many dimensions to the radical shift of this Age. People everywhere are talking about it, making predictions or debunking it. Some sense the shift as a cataclysm or end of the world, others as a new beginning, and still others as a time of uncertainty and unpredictability.1
We have always experienced change, but rarely with this intensity and speed and never with this scope and vastness. This change is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time, space, relatedness, and relevancy.1
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age by Yogi Bhajan
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
2. There is a way through every block.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
PISCEAN TO AQUARIAN AGE
In the Piscean Age that we are leaving behind, it was a central and even sacred task to find and gain access to the right information. The motto of the age was “to be or not to be.” Learn, grow, and become something. Great knowledge about human potential was guarded by secrecy and layers of initiations. The Piscean Age was dominated by machines and hierarchies. As the Aquarian Age dawns, the old defenses and manipulations based on hiding and controlling access to information will no longer work.
The new Aquarian Age is ruled by awareness, information, and energy. In the Aquarian Age there are no secrets! Information is available. Finding it is not the central task any longer. In this Age, the motto is “be to be.” Real value will come from truth embodied in practical actions and in the internal caliber and qualities of your mind and heart. The greatest power will be your Word – your consciously projected words.
“The time has come of self-value. And the question is not: ‘To be or not to be;’ the statement is: ‘To be to be. I am, I am.’ The time has come not to search for God, but to be G.O.D.” ~Yogi Bhajan
THE CHARACTER OF THE AQUARIAN AGE
• Intellect is not enough. We need a new relationship to intuition, emotion, and instinct.
• Information is not enough. Neither is knowledge. We need wisdom.
• Learning is not enough. We must learn how to learn.
• Complexity is increasing as is our need to deal with it.
• This is an age of paradox – more global and more individual with fewer boundaries and more demand for political separations.
• Everything is faster and we have less time. We need far more love and unity for we have more fear and tremendous insecurity.
• We require a reconciliation and integration of the spiritual side of life with the technological and material sides – a spiritual fitness to sense values and meaning.
• There is no isolation. Each action we take must be considered ecologically and globally because each person does affect, directly or indirectly, vast networks of people and other living beings and places.
• Change and learning is continuous and life-long. We must maintain mental, emotional, and physical flexibility.
• Stamina and constant peak performance are the common benchmarks to evaluate all people and their work, and the need is to go inward and regenerate.