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Pointedness in Sadhana

From: "Virendra Mandal" To: Subject: Pointedness in Sadhana Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 23:14:29 +0530 Baba Intro to PS: In this song the devotee is innocently sharing his inner heart feeling about that most loving Entity, Parama Purusa. Yet, unbeknownst to him, the very Personality whom the devotee is communicating with is none other than Parama Purusa Himself. So that is the unique aspect of this song. "A'ma'r gopan kathá jene niyeche…" (PS 1272) Purport: My Parama Purusa is my most close and most dear; He is surrounding me in all the ways; I remain under His eternal shelter. He understands all the vibrations of my mind, all the feelings of my heart-- all my secret tales. He knows me inside and out; He is aware about everything. He understands the pain and longing of my heart; He knows what is good for me and what is bad for me; what is for my welfare; and, what I should and should not do. All these things He understands well. Parama Purusa is my everything-- He is my Guardian. Indeed my entire existence is within the palm of His hand. He knows everything about me. Whatever I try hide to from Him cannot remain hidden for long; everything gets exposed. Because He is well aware about my situation. Whatever I think, He understands. Nothing can be hidden from Him. Everything is within His reach. He brings everything into the light of His awareness. He resides in the depths of my heart. And by His remaining there, my whole being gets saturated by His divine presence. So He is my most dear One. In my inner-heart and inner-mind He whispers sweet, loving things into my ears. Parama Purusa is living in my heart and He knows everything. Indeed He is more aware about my whole existence than I am myself. And He constantly guides me and keeps me under His loving care and shelter. In that way I am moving...
Namaskar, In human life, sadhana is the main thing. And by Baba's divine grace each and every Ananda Margii is on the path of dharma sadhana. And in that way we can fulfill our mission of "A'tmamoks'a'rtham' jagaddhita'ya ca"-- liberation of self and service to society.
At the same time, side by side, Baba clearly warns us that those who do not have a deep spiritual flow are unable to do social service. Baba says, "one should realize that to render selfless service, an absolutely pure mind is required with the expansiveness of the vast ocean and the serenity of the blue sky. Otherwise, while promoting the welfare of the world, one may develop a selfish desire in one's mind in a weak moment, as a result of which one may bring harm to oneself as well as to the universe." (NSS, p.145) Naturally then those organisations or individuals who are engaged in social service but their movement is devoid of spirituality then ultimately their approach will prove itself defective, tainted by selfishness and hypocrisy. Thus it is a universal fact that to do social service a spiritual mind is needed. Otherwise the question comes that, 'why service?', 'What relation do I have with those whom I am serving'. In such a situation if a spiritual base is not there, then people do "service" to others for their own satisfaction. And when they do not get name, fame, praise, or self-satisfaction, then they become frustrated. And they leave their so-called social service work, after getting fatigued and tired. So whether in the field of (a) pure spirituality or (b) social service, in both the arenas sadhana is a requisite factor. It has a most important role. Thus in all phases of human life, pointedness in sadhana is necessary.
In Ananda Marga we have siddha mantra. Our mantra is charged with a spiritual incantation. If the mantra is properly repeated with proper ideation then mantra'gha't happens. I.e. the Mantra strikes against the sleeping kundalini. In that way when any margii does sadhana then in the natural course special types of feeling come like horripilation etc, if sadhana is done properly. And those feelings differ from one sadhaka to another. It depends upon the style of samskara and ultimately Baba's grace. As Baba says in this following teaching of Guide to Human Conduct. Baba says, "When the mental flow of a spiritual aspirant moves along the introversal phase of Macrocosmic meditation, one's animative force having the potentiality of divinity itself, rises above all tendencies-all samskaras-- and proceeds towards Eternal bliss. In this state the mind is vibrated with the Cosmic feeling. The unexpressed divine qualities of thehigher glands find expression and the resonance of the mind vibrates the nervous system. This gives rise to pious expressions in the physical body. In the case of those people whose occult feelings are not physically expressed due to causes associated with nerves, the mental vibrations cause certain radical changes, in the various glands within the body. These occult feelings are basically of eight types--they are Stambha (astounding), Kampa (trembling), Sveda (sweating), Svaraveda (hoarseness of voice), Ashru (tears), Romainca (horripilation), Vaevarna (change of colour) and Pralaya (fainting fit). There are other associated feelings of these major feelings. For examples--Nrtya (dancing), Giit (singing), Vilunthana (rolling), Kroshana (weeping), Humkara (roaring), Lalasrava (salivating), Jrmbhana (yawning), Lokapeksa tyaga (indifference), Attahasya (bursting into laughter), Ghurna (whirling), Hikka (hiccoughing), Tanumotana (relaxation of the physical body) and Diirghashvasa (making long breath)." (GHC, p. 38-9) When such type of sentient bhava or vibrations etc appears, that only happens with the sincere chanting of one's mantra along with Guru's grace.
Many sadhakas also experience that in this process heat generates especially in the spine area. From the muladhara cakra up to sahasara cakra- all along. And in particular if the back is kept in a comparatively cooler condition then the consequent heat which is generated will be released into the atmosphere. In which case the body will not become hot or overheated. If, however, the spine does remain hot for some time then 2 negative things happen. (1) Pointedness of repetition of mantra goes in poor direction, and (2) in next subsequent phase drowsiness or lethargy comes. And in that case surely the mantra gets forgotten, and the mind goes elsewhere. Then in furthermore stage sleepiness becomes overpowering and the body starts swaying this way and that way, and ultimately the time gets lost or wasted. After experiencing that half-sleep state, those who have poor understanding may think they were in samadhi. But any proper sadhaka can understand that after such drowsiness there is no question of freshness when that type of sleeping sadhana is over. And if really samadhi is there, then after sadhana full charm will be present. Where one can feel the spiritual vibration and its freshness. It permeates the entire existence for the whole day and longer. But if drowsiness or sleep overpowers the body then the effect is just the opposite. So when sadhana is finished one can see whether 'I was sleeping' OR 'I was doing sadhana'. If one's entire existence is not fresh and blissful in a very strong way then the answer is clear: 'I was sleeping'. This should be the conclusion; in which case one should feel repentance for wasting one's own valuable time. And one should take firm determination that their next session of sadhana is properly done. Because we have come on this earth for a very limited period-- each and every moment we are moving one step closer towards our cremation. Indeed in so many discourses Baba has described it like this: That as each and every breath passes the goddess of death is tightening her grip on you. So we should utilise this human life to the utmost and take special efforts to progress on the path of dharma sadhana, all the while serving Him and His creation. Here following is Baba's blessing: Baba says, "The establishment of a classless society is only possible by those people who accept the Supreme Entity as the goal of their lives-- whose entire mental energy is ceaselessly applied to one supreme Goal." (PNS-6, p.13) At His lotus feet, Ratan
****************************************** Eternal Source of Energy
Taraka Brahma BABA says, "Because each and everybody in this universe gets energy from Parama Purusa, He is the Supreme Source of energy." "This earth and all the other planets and satellites of this solar system get their energy from the sun. The sun is the source of their energy. But He is the source of the sun's energy. And that's why He is jvalantam." "And that's why I have said that there won't be any thermal death of this universe. Because He is jvalantam, He is present, and He will be present forever. So there won't be any shortage of energy in this cosmic system." (AVM-3, p. 26-27)

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