This is how the unseen Hand of God helps us in our daily life. Many times we try to do something knowing that we are incapable of succeeding, only to find out that we are mysteriously helped by some invisible force. We often think that we are all alone in the world. We think that we have to face the challenges of life by ourselves. But we do not realise that God’s help is always available to us. At the right moment, we get a helping hand when we think all is lost.
NISHKAMA KARMA (State of No – Action) becomes possible only for a yogi at heart. Meditating on what is unimaginable is considered to be the ultimate sadhana. It is supposed to be beyond any conceptualisation. If we imagine light, that is also a kind of form. If the mind keeps thinking about the term ‘unthinkable’ to focus on, that is also limited in sphere. So it is a challenge, one has to overcome and the secret is that it can be attained by not pursuing anything with an intention to pursue, by becoming absolutely blank.
That is the state of ‘no – action’ in every sense (the state of Godhood) that supplies the energy for all action. Why do we need sadhana of the unthinkable ? We need the strength to pursue the most fruitful action. Ramakrishna talks about three thieves, representing three gunas : RAJAS (can make you exhausted), TAMAS (can completely destroy you ) and SATTVA (the thief that has a lot of compassion) SATTVA also guides you to the road that takes you safely home, the STATE OF NO – ACTION.
Kabir Das called this SAHAJA YOGA. If we can become completely blank even for a moment, that is the real state of GOD – REALISATION. In deep sleep, we may attain this stage. But from a spiritual point of view, this state has to be experienced when we are awake.
It is very difficult to become completely thoughtless. After remaining blank for a while, w may feel sleepy, but even then it is worth practising. The effort to make ourselves thoughtless is also an action. So, that action has to be discarded. But as a beginner, we may take some form or light and remain blank, which may ultimately lead to the state of nothingness and thoughtlessness .
A sage suggested, you may think of God’s feet to begin with, but do not try to perform anything on the feet. Just remain stable. A state will come when the feet will disappear ——- what would remain is ‘nothingness’. As one attains the state of ‘nothingness’ spontaneously, permanent peace prevails.
That is why it is said that BRAHMN is ‘unspeakable’. Even one who realises cannot utter a word about it. Buddha simply smiled and said nothing as He was asked to comment on NIRVANA. It is for individuals to experience it. Those who follow the path of sadhana and human welfare are able to perform this selflessly. Thus, NISHKAMA KARMA becomes possible for a yogi at heart.
———– Arup Mitra.
In Hinduism, very God and Goddess can be understood from at least four standpoints : the absolute, the cosmic, the departmental and the incarnation who appears on earth to re-establish Dharma.
From the cosmic standpoint, Lord Shiv represents the Lord of the universe— the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the world. From the departmental standpoint, he is worshipped as the Deity in charge of the power of destruction.
“On all bare heights shall be their pasture” (Isa. 49:9, R. V.)
GANESHA is the Swami of RIDDI & SIDDHI. RIDDHI is the force responsible for prosperity and abundance —– all material riches and luxury pertaining to the five senses. SIDDHI refers to spiritual powers, including extra-sensory perception (ESP), clairvoyance, premonition and thought manifestation.
Ganesha manifested at a time when impurities started creeping in to society. In due course, as worldly desires took precedence over spiritual pursuits,mantras and sadhanas were prescribed to invoke the different aspects of Ganesha, to fulfil desires in the realm of the physical, the grossest layer of creation.
The white-coloured SHWETARK GANAPATI is said to reside in the root of a rare variety of the MADAR plant, bearing white flowers instead of the common purple flowers. SHWETARK GANAPATI brings vitality, vigour and strength when kept in the bedroom, intelligence and concentration when kept in the study, spiritual powers in the puja room, bringing luck and prosperity, freeing the house from negative influences.
The success of the sadhana is indicated by the manifestation of the Deity in the YAJNA AGNI. SADHAKAS or seekers who have been seriously practising the various mantra siddhis, have been known to have had physical manifestations of the Gods. GANESH CHATURTHI is the auspicious night of SIDDHI mantra and mantra DIKSHA under the guidance of a Guru. HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI !!!!!
JANMASHTMI marks the day of the birth of KRISHNA, an “avatar”. AVATARS are agents of change from the negative to the positive, because the inherent nature of creation is destruction. The “avatar” acts as a ” safety valve” or a “speed breaker.”. The VARAHA avatar annihilated HIRANYAKSH, NARSINGH avatar came to end HIRANYAKASHIPU, VAMAN avatar protected creation from the ASUR BALI, PARSHURAMA saved humanity from KARTAVIRYA ARJUN, RAM destroyed RAVAN and KRISHNA steered the great war of dharma, the MAHABHARAT. Krishna avatar was in DWAPAR YUG, we are now in KALIYUG, and therefore another birth of Krishna in this YUG is imperative.
An “avatar” removes the forces responsible for destruction, thus delaying the onset of impending doom and restoring order to society. The avatar protects. The positive aspect of creation entails protecting the weak, saving animals from dying, feeding the poor or even the conservation of natural resources. In this way, we become agents of change, albeit of a minor nature. While an avatar is an agent of major change.
We are all avatars in our small ways. If we endorse the positive side of creation and try to protect it, we are “mini-avatars”, effecting small positive changes at our own level. If we go the opposite way, looking to destroy creation by killing animals and exploiting nature, then we behave like “asurs” Then we unconsciously invite an avatar to annihilate us. This choice lies with us this JANMASHTMI, to decide whether we want to be the agents of change (avatar) or destruction (asur). A Very Happy JANMASHTMI to one and all.