Monthly Archives: November 2011

Poems By The Great Tagore

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Beggarly Heart, by Rabindranath Tagore

When the heart is hard and parched up,

come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting me out from
beyond, come to me, my lord of silence, with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner,
break open the door, my king, and come with the ceremony of a king.

When desire blinds the mind with delusion and dust, O thou holy one,
thou wakeful, come with thy light and thy thunder.

 

 

 

 

From Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Gitanjali

What divine drink wouldst thou have, my God, from this overflowing cup of my life?

My poet, is it thy delight to see thy creation through my eyes and to stand at the portals of my ears silently to listen to thine own eternal harmony?

Thy world is weaving words in my mind and thy joy is adding music to them. Thou givest thyself to me in love and then feelest thine own entire sweetness in me.

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The Great Yoga Teacher Sri Aurobindo

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Early mystic experiences of Sri Aurobindo

In the formative years of our youth, some of us experience those serendipitous and decisive moments which open new vistas and reveal to us our calling  in life; one individual may chance upon a stirring piece of music and be impelled to become a musician; another may be captivated by an enigmatic pattern of numbers and subsequently enroll in math studies; and yet another might discover an uncanny aptitude for mechanical tools and go on to build a business around it.  These are predestined moments, moments when the soul shines forth to disclose our purpose and guide us to our vocation in this incarnation.   In the lives of mystics as well, we see such transcendental moments which initiate their entry into the spiritual path.  This article presents some early mystic experiences of Sri Aurobindo as noted down in his poems.

Before we discuss Sri Aurobindo, let me digress by providing an example from the early life of a noted computer scientist Michael O. Rabin.  In this excerpt from the book Out of their minds: the lives and discoveries of 15 great computer scientists by Dennis Shasha, Michael Rabin narrates an episode in his childhood which motivated him to study math even though his father wanted him to devote himself to religious studies.

My sister, who is five years older than I, brought home The Microbe Hunters by Paul de Krif.  Reading that and other books on the pioneers of microbiology sparked my imagination, so from the time I was eight until about twelve, I thought I might become a microbiologist.

Then one day serendipity played a role and I was kicked out of class.  There were two ninth-grade students sitting the corridor solving Euclid style geometry problems.  I looked at what they were doing.  There was a problem they couldn’t solve.  So they challenged me and I solved it.  The beauty of that, the fact that by pure thought you can establish a truth about lines and circles by the process of proof, struck me and captivated me completely. [1] (link)

Such transformative experiences abound in the lives of mystics as well.  Ramakrishna Paramahansa early in his childhood was said to have been entranced by the ethereal sight of dazzling white geese silhouetted against a dark monsoon sky.  Rabindranath Tagore in his youth had a vision of the world bathed in light; this vision informed his soul-stirring poetry and philosophy of life.

Early experiences of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo was born in 1872 in Calcutta, India.  At the tender age of seven, he was sent to England by his father for higher studies and that is where he remained till the age of twenty-one.   While in England, he once came across a brief statement on the “Six philosophies of India” and was especially struck by the concept of the Atman in Advaita.  He thought it might bear a clue to the reality behind the phenomenal world but he couldn’t ascertain its deeper significance at the time. [2]

He returned back from England to India in February of 1893 on board a steamship as was the custom in those days.  When the ship docked at Apollo Bunder (seen below) in Bombay(now Mumbai), he felt a vast calm descending upon him.  This envelope of calm that ensconced him persisted for many months. [2]

Photo: Apollo Bunder circa 1900. Click image for source

He subsequently took up employment with the Maharaja of Baroda State. In the first year of his stay(approx 1893-1894), he was involved in a horse carriage accident during which he had the vision of a Godhead surging up from within to save his life. [2]   He wrote the poem “The Godhead” describing this experience.

Photo: Horse-drawn carriage circa 1900. Click image for source.

The Godhead

I sat behind the dance of Danger’s hooves
In the shouting street that seemed a futurist’s whim,
And suddenly felt, exceeding Nature’s grooves,
In me, enveloping me the body of Him.

Above my head a mighty head was seen,
A face with the calm of immortality
And an omnipotent gaze that held the scene
In the vast circle of its sovereignty.

His hair was mingled with the sun and breeze;
The world was in His heart and He was I:
I housed in me the Everlasting’s peace,
The strength of One whose substance cannot die.

The moment passed and all was as before;
Only that deathless memory I bore.

Yantra Meditation

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Yantras are ancient sacred symbols which denote cosmic energy. Yantra,  is a combination of two words – yan meaning instrument, something you use in order to make something happen and tra emanating from trayati, meaning liberation, to make free or to awaken. “A yantra thus works as an instrument, a key to open up particular parts of the mind, to extend our consciousness, to make us aware of our godliness, to make us aware of ‘I am that,” 

No words or thoughts exist in the spiritual dimension, since they are creations of the intellect and the mind, respectively. So how does one discover or express an internal experience? “Through symbols known as yantras and mandalas in yoga.

Symbols employed in Yantras

Shapes and patterns commonly employ ed in yantra include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols, for instance:

  • The lotus flower typically represent chakras, with each petal representing a psychic propensity (or vritti) associated with that chakra.
  • A dot, or bindu, represents the starting point of creation or the infinite, unexpressed cosmos.
  • The shatkona (Sanskrit name for a symbol identical to the star of David) composed of a balance between:
    1. An upwards triangle denoting action (or service), extroversion, masculinity
    2. A downwards triangle denoting introversion, meditativeness, energy
  • A swastika represents good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victory
  • Bija mantras (usually represented as characters of Devanagari that correspond to the acoustic roots of a particular chakra or vritti)

SHREE YANTRA

Shree Yantra is one of the most auspicious, important and powerful Yantras, which not only gives the maximum benefit, but also proves beneficial for almost everybody. It is the source of attaining all worldly desires & fulfilling all wishes through inner cosmic power & mental strength. “Shree Yantra” – Shree meaning wealth and Yantra – Meaning “Instrument” – The Instrument for Wealth The Shree Yantra brings about material and spiritual wealth.

Shree Yantra has that unexplained power to fulfill all our wishes and change our life for the better. Shree Yantra is definitely the answer to all the problems and negativity in our life. Any person using Shree Yantra achieves much greater affluence , peace and harmony.

Shree Yantra Sacred Geometry – help in clearing all the negative energies – the fog that surrounds our life – standing in our way of Peace , Prosperity and Harmony and make everything work for us in orderly manner . Shree Yantra the Multi Pyramid Geometric Grid is in 2 Dimension or 3 Dimension form . In 2 Dimension Form it is a Symbol of 9 Intertwined Isosceles triangles. The Shree Yantra in the 3 Dimension Meru Type is a multi Pyramid Cosmic Grid signifying unlimited abundance and positive powers. This Multi pyramidal Geometry is with 7 Pyramid steps and 43 petals with Base angle of 51.5032 exact matching of this Geometry brings about optimum results. Crystal Shree Yantra balances & harmonise the aura around us and remove the negative energy, therefore when we place this crystal shree yantra, in our home or office, the place is purified by the power of crystal and the mystical geomtery of shree yantra blesses the native with success and wealth. It is evident and proved that those who place this yantra in their home or office, replace all negative energies with unlimited abundance and positive power. Just see this yantra daily in the morning and you would see the effect of this yantra from the very first day.



An Easy Guide To Meditation

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I salute the supreme teacher,
the Truth, whose Nature is Bliss;
who is the giver of the highest
happiness; who is pure wisdom;
who is beyond all qualities and
infinite like the sky; who is beyond
words; who is one and eternal,
pure and still; who is beyond all
change and phenomena and who
is the silent witness to all our
thoughts and emotions—I salute
Truth, the supreme teacher.
– Ancient Vedic Hymn
  • Meditation as a Foundation Practice for Personal Benefits and Authentic Spiritual Growth
  • Experiencing the Natural Process:
  • How to Meditate Effectively
  • Meditation Techniques and Routines to Use for Satisfying Results
  • Awakening Through Progressive Stages of Spiritual Growth
  • Lifestyle Guidelines Supportive of Our Primary Aims and Purposes
 

Meditation, correctly practiced, is the simple process
of removing attention from conditions and circumstances
which, when cognized and overly identified with, fragment 
and cloud our perceptions. Meditating,
while remaining alert and observant, enables us to easily 
experience pure (clear) levels of awareness
or states of consciousness. Doing this on a regular schedule
 provides frequent opportunities for physiological
and psychological rest, while freeing attention to explore 
more refined states of consciousness
and to effortlessly experience spontaneous unfoldments of innate, 
spiritual qualities.
Please remember, as you read this and proceed to the practice of 
meditation, that the secret
of successful meditative experience is to relax into
the process, allowing constructive adjustments of
mental states and states of consciousness to occur
naturally. For this reason, it is recommended that
anxiety, as well as any inclination you may have
to exert effort to accomplish something, are to be
avoided when meditating. Anxiety about the outcome
of an endeavor indicates an attitude of need
and keeps us too self-centered. A sense of personal
effort or excessive use of will power, to accomplish a
goal or to make something happen, arises from selfconsciousness
which needs to be renounced so that
more refined levels of awareness can be perceived
and experienced.
At all times, whether meditating or routinely engaged
in everyday circumstances and relationships,
it is helpful to be inwardly aware of the fact that
you are an immortal, spiritual being temporarily
relating to the human condition. While in this world
you express as a Spirit-mind-body being, with your
spiritual nature remaining superior to the mind and
the physical body.