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Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 07:22:36 +0530

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: “Deva_Sudhakar”

Subject: Realisation From a Train Journey

Baba

== REALISATION FROM A TRAIN JOURNEY ==

Namaskar,

Here I want to tell my own personal story with Sixteen Points.

Although I struggle here and there in trying to follow all of Baba’s guidelines, I

have immense respect for those margiis and wt’s who properly adhere to

these points. And certainly I try each and every day to implement as many

points as I can. By Baba’s grace sadhana, asanas, fasting and many of the

points have become regular aspects of my life. In this regard, many thanks

to all A’nanda Ma’rgiis for your support and satsaunga.

Ultimately, on a larger scale, I feel following 16 Points does not just

bring welfare to the individual, but to the society at large also; in that

sense Sixteen Points is not just an individual affair, and I think many

feel this way as well.

Anyway here then is my story– or one of my stories– about Sixteen Points.

OVERCOMING SHYNESS IN SADHANA

By Baba’s grace, in the confines of my own home, I have long been

habituated to doing my sadhana twice daily– just as every Ananda Margii

does. My problem would arise when I would leave the house.

For instance, it would often happen that when traveling– either for

business or for AM retreats etc– then I would refrain from doing sadhana

in public. Because I did not feel comfortable sitting and closing my eyes

in the train, or airport, or bus terminal and doing sadhana. It was not so

much that I was physically uncomfortable, but mostly I felt uneasy

mentally– always worried about what others would think of me.

So in this state of shyness and fear, I would sit there and try to do my

meditation with my eyes open– staring out into space. But of course it did

not work. Or I would bend forward as if I was tying my shoe when really

this was my half-hearted attempt to do one of my yoga asanas. And just

forget about doing my dances like kaoshikii & tandava– never!!

In this way I was nearly paralysed when trying to do my AM practices in public.

All because of my shyness (lajja) vrtti, and similar types of psychic complexes.

And the problem is that extreme shyness continued not for one day or one

week– but rather for months and years on end.

HOW IT ALL GOT TURNED AROUND

Then one day the assignment came to travel with another margii to do some

business and then the two of us were going to go together to one of our

AMURT camps. This was the proposed agenda. And I was quite happy and

excited about it.

As we started the first leg of our journey, we got slightly delayed and

sure enough we found ourselves on the train with mealtime approaching.

I hadn’t shared my hesitations about doing sadhana in public with my margii

companion, so I just acted normal as I saw him preparing to do his evening

program.

First I saw him go to the bathroom in his business attire with his shoes

and socks on, and then a few minutes later I saw him return wearing thongs

(sandals) with his shins, ankles, and feet dripping of water. I noticed

that his pants were rolled up nearly to his knees. And when I looked at his

face and saw that there were water droplets accumulated all throughout his

beard, mustache, and on his eyelashes. In addition, beads of water were

dripping down his cheeks and disappearing into his beard. Plus his sleeves

were rolled up past his elbows and I could see that the hair on his forearms

was totally matted down and stuck to his skin since that area was still

quite wet. In sum, he had done half-bath– on the train!

Little by little, I could see he was now preparing to sit for sadhana–

right there in the compartment with everyone watching. With much

trepidation, I also began to notice that other passengers were beginning to

take notice of him and were watching him– some strangely and others in

amusement. Or so it seemed to me.

With my heart beating fast, pretending that everything was 100% normal, I

looked over at my margii brother and I also got up and walked towards the

washroom on the train. I wetted myself down as best I could and found

myself also leaving the washroom totally dripping with water, as I had not

brought a towel with me. Nor did I have sandals. So I walked back to my

seat with my bare feet on top of my shoes– not inside. And I was using my

toes to grip my shoes with each step so that I could advance ahead. Step by

step I slid forward. The whole ordeal was quite awkward and I nearly fell

multiple times, but somehow– by Baba’s grace– I made it back to my seat

without falling on anyone.

By that time, my margii companion was deep into his sadhana lessons– eyes

closed, face serene, oblivious to the world around him.

With much nervousness I began to get seated in padmasana and slyly took a

look around the compartment. It seemed to me that everyone was watching

me– looking on in disbelief that a second person (dripping with water) was

also now going to start the esoteric practice of meditation. I was

completely worried.

But with little alternative– as I did not want to skip my sadhana since I

was traveling with a fellow margii, and because my fear of skipping sadhana

in front of him was greater than my shyness of doing sadhana in public– I

took Baba’s name and closed my eyes and quickly began the mandatory

repetition of my Ista mantra, before delving into bhuta shuddhi.

At first I was quite self-conscious and was wondering if all the

passengers were still looking at me. But then to my amazement, as I focused

on my mantra, a deep serenity overcame my being and I could feel Baba’s

divine presence. With each mantra japa, the anxiety and nervousness drifted

away; by His grace, with each and every second that went by I became more

immersed in His flow.

With that sweet feeling, I calmly proceeded through all my sadhana

lessons– one by one– feeling totally ensconced in His love. I even did

pranayama before my final session of dhyana. Finally, as I got myself out

of my kneeling position after completing Guru Puja, I discreetly took a

look at my wristwatch and noticed that it was far past my usual dinner time.

Then I looked over at my margii brother and I saw that he too had just

completed his sadhana, and he had just begun putting his shoes and socks

back on. In that moment, when our eyes met, he greeted me with a warm smile.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT…

With sadhana properly completed, I was just about to inquire about

proceeding with our normal evening routine when I noticed another passenger

coming towards us.

At this time my nervousness suddenly overcame me and I looked over at my

margii brother. He seemed quite calm and composed. When the passenger came

closer he greeted us in a very gentle and respectful way and asked if he

could join us. We of course agreed.

And then the passenger began to say that he was deeply intrigued with

meditation and that he really admired us for being so dedicated to our

practice that we did our meditation on the train. Then that passenger

called two of his friends over and suddenly there were five of us. And it

was quite apparent how these other three gentlemen were highly impressed by

seeing us do our practices and they wanted to know all about sadhana and

meditation.

Thereafter in a very open way, my margii companion and I shared many things

about spirituality with them. Soon the three gentlemen were listening with

great interest about vegetarianism, meditation, health, channelizing the

mind, and all sorts of topics. Their questions seemed endless and with each

moment their admiration for us grew.

Then to my astonishment, my margii companion revealed to them that we were

actually Ananda Margiis. One of three did not seem to know Ananda Marga at

all. But the other two gentlemen told that they had read some unfavourable

things about Ananda Marga in the newspaper, but that after this inspiring

meeting they would now hold Ananda Marga in an entirely new light– with

new respect. They also said they were interested in getting initiated.

We past the rest of the journey sharing our packed vegetarian meals with

them and spoke at length about the joys and sweetness of our spiritual

path– our AM path of bliss.

REACHING OUR DESTINATION: ‘I MUST ADMIT…’

When we reached our destination we all did namaskar to one another and then

the three gentlemen went in their direction with the address and phone

number of a local jagrti in hand. And the margii brother and I went in our

direction.

When we got to the street, we hailed a taxi and got in. Once inside– in

the privacy of our own taxi– I expressed to my margii companion what a

wonderful journey it had been. We had done our full routine, did lots of AM

pracara, and spent the whole train ride in His sweet flow.

And then I admitted that regrettably I generally forgo my yoga and sadhana

practices when traveling. And I told my margii companion that when I saw

him go for half-bath and come back dripping wet, then that gave me the

courage– or provided me with the circumstantial pressure– to do the same

and also begin my sadhana. Otherwise, I admitted, I would just have skipped

it all.

So I thanked him wholeheartedly for his dharmic example and sadvipra-like

conduct.

AN UNEXPECTED REPLY

With a smile, my margii companion told me that he also had something to say.

He explained that he was totally unsure of himself as he approached the

washroom to wet down his legs, arms, face etc. And he said he was equally

nervous about starting sadhana. Because he said he had never done this

before and that he too skips his practices when traveling alone.

But he figured that since he was traveling with a dedicated Ananda Margii

(that is to say me!), then he felt should move ahead by following Sixteen

Points– because he was thinking that I would do that!

He said that was why he had started his routine by doing half-bath etc and

that if he had been travelling alone he would never have done such a thing

and also would probably have skipped his full yoga and meditation program.

SMILES– AND OUR VOW FOR THE FUTURE

At that point we both broke down in laughter and gradually that laughter

turned to warm smiles. We both felt deeply indebted to Baba for providing

us with the beauty of our AM practices. We also both repented for having

skipped sadhana so many times in the past when traveling alone– all due to

shyness in public. Because on this fantastic journey, Baba had shown us

some of the beautiful things that can happen when one is strict in

following 16 Points.

So we both took the firm determination to adhere to all our sadhana

practices when traveling in the future– no matter what the public venue

might be, and irregardless of whether we were alone or not.

And thus far, by Baba’s grace I can say we have been successful– all due

to His loving countenance.

SIXTEEN POINTS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR

All around the globe the vibration has changed: The consciousness of the

people is rising. People are interested in spiritual ideas, in social

change, in health and well-being. In all kinds of sentient things. And in

each and every sphere our AM has the answer.

And one of the best ways to share this with others is simply to be strict

in all our practices: Sixteen Points. Because by this way we can be an

example to the world of what AM is about.

So following 16 Points– in all circumstances– really is Baba’s special

boon on us to be a medium in the establishment of His divine mission.

BABA’S BLESSING

It is Baba’s great blessing that He has showered us in His love and given

us all the secrets for moving ahead in life– unto His divine Lap.

Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we

will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete

seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and

spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the

sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,

Sudhakar

Note 1: WHO FEELS SHY TO FOLLOW 16 POINTS IN PUBLIC

Baba says, “Those who are reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies,

feel shy or ashamed at first to sit in meditation in the presence of others.”

(Subhasita Samgraha, part 3, p.86)

NOTE 2: FOLLOW DHARMA ALWAYS– NOT JUST DURING MAHABHARATA

Baba says, “Those who protect dharma, dharma protects them. One should always

protect dharma, in both big and small ways. If one thinks that they will only

follow dharma in some big events, and not in small ones, then those big events

may not ever come in their entire life. It may be that in their whole life,

besides their birth and death, not a single big event happens. Yet at the time

of birth how can one protect dharma. At that time one is just a small infant

and cannot do anything. That infant is totally unaware about the events going

on around them. Then how can they protect dharma. And at the time of death, a

person is senseless. In that case also how can they protect dharma. For this

reason, dharma should be protected always. In small and big ways– even in

jokes and humor dharma should be protected. Those who protect dharma, dharma

protects them: Dharma raksati raksitah.” (AV-32 (H), p.86-7)

Sometimes in our day to day habits we forget to follow dharma in small ways

such as not using water after urination or not doing bhuta yajina (feeding

animals and plants) etc, and we think that when the next Mahabharata happens

or when there is a battle to establish Prout or neo-humanism, then at that

time we will come forward wholeheartedly and fight. But we should remember that

in the beginning it is needed to follow dharma in small ways. Such as by doing

proper half-bath etc. Yet often we see that we overlook and neglect various small

points then we justify to ourselves that is fine. Because we mistakenly think

that when the big battle for dharma happens then we will be prepared. But we

should remember that such a battle may never happen in our lifetime and if it

does then only those who follow the small points of dharma will really be prepared.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’loker a’nanda tumi dhara’te nebe esecho…” – P.S. 3104

O’ Baba, the blissful Entity, the embodiment divine effulgence, You have

incarnated Yourself on this dusty Earth. This is Your grace. You have

saturated everything with Your divine flow of love and sweetness. You have

changed the dry and rocky heart into something very soft and loving. Baba,

Your sweet smile is unforgettable; Your voice is charming and attractive.

Baba, everyone says that they love You and that You love all. So why

then are You keeping me away. Whether You like me or not, please do not

continue to ignore me– please do not forget me.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, You are very close. Only You make me aware how You

go on playing Your liila with my mind. Baba You are bliss Personified. You

have come on this Earth to inundate love and devotion. Baba, You have come

in my heart and mind and blessed me with the highest devotion– parabhakti…

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Baba’s Mudra Photo is a Unique Gift…

Baba says, “The Sadguru is saying something, and the deaf or dumb man wants

to hear it but cannot. If one concentrates the mind on Vara’bhaya Mudra’,

there will be the direct effect of positive microvita on the auricular or

other nerve cells and also on the controlling cells, and it may be that all

of a sudden he may get back the power of hearing. One should look towards

this mudra’ and not to anything else. Microvita are radiated through this

mudra’. This is the inner secret.” (MVNS, p.65)

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