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Sadhana Lessons: Inter-Related

From: "Dayananda Bhagat" To: Subject: Sadhana Lessons: Inter-Related Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:41:12 +0530 BABA "Tumi bha'lo ba'so yadi, eso..." (P.S. 792) Purport: Baba, You are the most loving One. But I have hardly any devotion; that is why sometimes I feel that You do not love me. Baba, when You love me so much then please come close. Baba, if You are going to judge me by my virtue and vice and based on that You will decide whether I am qualified or not, then I do not have any hope because I only possess negative things. I do not have any good qualities or virtues in my life. So without considering my virtue and vice-- good or bad things-- please come. Baba, the garden of my life is filled with thorns. There is not a single flower; but, innumerable buds are there. So when You will come then those buds will surely bloom, otherwise not-- they will wither away. But on those flowers which do bloom, then there You will remain seated. Baba, please sit on those newly blossomed flowers. Baba, in my heart neither I have any song nor I have longing to sing the song. The pollen of my prana has dried up and is floating in the air. All this happens because You are remaining distant. When I will get the blessing of Your touch then my whole existence will be vibrated. And all the negative things will turn into positive ones. And by that way I will be able to serve You. Baba, without seeing my virtue and vice please come...
- Link Between Pranayama, Kumbhak Pranayama, and Dhya'na -
Namaskar, Throughout His teachings Baba guides us that sadhana is the backbone of AM ideology. In innumerable places Baba describes this very fact. And years ago when I learned pranayama from my ghrii acarya then with very loving and polite way he taught the entire process of pranayama. And this whole following letter is our encounter about that. It took around 2 1/2 hrs. and he told one very important thing which shook my whole existence. He told when you have any confusion in pranayama then read the CC part 3 Pranayama chapter. There Baba has described beautifully about the process of pranayama. Then I read the book. It is amazing that how from beginning to end Baba has described the entire process. When I was reading a question cropped in my mind that why Baba has revealed this practical science of pranayama and openly wrote in this book. This CC-3 part is not the Acarya Diary itself. Acarya Diary is something else. This question was looming in my mind that when I see my family Acarya I will ask this serious question, that why Baba revealed this whole science of Pranayama in general AMPS book. In the meantime I was reading Yoga Psychology book chapter---it is again surprising to see that dhyana is beautifully described in this chapter "Ideating on the Guru" (1st Ed YP). So when I attended a retreat then I saw my Acaryaji and I and asked that when other lessons of sadhana Baba did not like to disclose about practical lessons in any margii books. The practical teachings of sadhana remained limited up to different acarya diaries. But why about pranayama and dhyana Baba has written openly? My acarya told me that yes it is very interesting question. So he said "let me think with cool mind I will give the answer." After we finished our midnight sadhana in the cemetery in dark winter amavasaya night he asked me to sit on one grave there under the tree. He reminded and lovingly he told that pranayama and dhyana are closely associated and important. When you will be qualified to have kapalika sadhana or when you become senior acarya then you will see that Baba has given strict guidelines about dhyana. My Acarya continued, 'Dhyana is very essential for reaching final goal to liberation. And to do perfect dhyana 7th lesson of sahaja yoga sadhana --that is kumbhak pranayam--is needed. With pranayam, mind gets pointed. And with pointed mind if sadhaka practices dhyana then incomparable degree of improvements will happen. Because pranayama is very helpful in dhyana practices so both lessons are closely linked.' Dadaji went on, 'Our WT Dadas and Didis they are all very busy in Social Service projects and doing various types of business etc. They may not have proper time to read Baba's books or practice deep sincere dhyana in their personal life. So in that case always possibility that they may not give proper guideline to their diksa bhai (initiates). Or to any Margii who is requesting for sadhana guidelines.' 'So if unfortunately, due to any reason, their initiates got misguided by certain Acaryas in practical process of dhyana or pranayama, then spiritual career of that margii will be in jeopardy.' Dadaji told, 'After all Baba is perfect Guru. He perceived that this problem is going to come in future. That Margiis may not be able to get proper sadhana guidelines from their respective Acaryas. So any Margii's spiritual career should not be ruined. Thinking this, Baba included dhyana and pranayama chapter in general AMPS books. Which are easily accessible. By this way, any Margii is able to correct the procedure of pranayama and dhyana if anything wrong is taught in initial sadhana teachings or during lesson revision. Although this can be said only with regard to fourth and sixth lessons, on certain level. If anything is not consistent with the printed teaching about fourth and sixth lesson, then at least Margiis should correct their procedure consulting Caryacarya and Yoga Psychology books. For confirming teaching in Baba's books, there is no need of any Acarya. It is clear and apparent, Baba's meaning what He gives in His books. Although there will always be need for good Acaryas and their proper guideline. But for emergency cases this was needed. That's why Baba blessed us by including 4th and 6th lessons in general AMPS books.' Acaryaji told, 'For example, many Acaryas teach Margiis that "Don't do sadhana more, otherwise you will become imbalanced and you will not be able to manage your mundane duties.' But Baba never says this thing. Rather Baba's teaching is, "Do maximum sadhana". So such type of teachings, Margiis can rectify. By taking guidelines from Baba's books. They should not just blindly believe.' Baba says, "Human life is for sa'dhana'." (CC-2, Chap 1, Pt #4) I must say, by serious thinking about this difficult situation and forthcoming problems, these very important and serious sadhana lessons Baba has written in the book which is easily available to each and every margi. So on the point of pranayama and dhyana each and every margi should read Baba's books and they will have clear cut idea. And at least Margiis can correct these two lessons without any difficulty. And that will be a great help in the entire practice of sadhana. Furthermore my family Acarya told not only these two lessons but many other important practices like asanas, 16 pts, kiirtana, tandava, kaoshiki and so many things. Baba has clearly written in different books which are available to all. So you see this way perfect Guru executes His work and we cannot blame any WT or Acarya for giving proper or improper guidelines because we should have sympathy for their involvement in the Social service projects and money problems. And in note 1 below there is some further important guidelines about pranayama and dhyana and related sadhana points. Here following is Baba's special mandate: Baba says, "From the very start of your life in the distant past up to the final culmination of all your movements and marches you are with Him, you will be with Him and under no circumstances can you be away from Him." (DMC 12th May 1979) Namaskar, Dayananda Note 1: In the last I told my Ghrii acarya that some say that the sadhana lesson must be done in the sequence of their lesson number such that after 5th lesson then dhyana will be done. In reply of this question, my local Dada gave the following response. 'Certainly all lessons are helping and should be done but Baba has clearly said in acarya diary that pranayama and dhyana have a particular link. That is why those who are not good in pranayama then they should not be taught dhyan, especially kumbhak pranayama should not be taught'. My family acarya was telling like this. He furthermore told that, 'without pranayama, one cannot reach the higher status in dhyana'. Then he concluded, 'Pranayama and dhyana are linked and this is not my suggestion. Baba Himself says this in acarya diary. So pranayama should be done near the end of sadhana directly before one concludes with dhyana. Means pranayama is highly essential and it should be practiced immediately before Dhyana'. Note 2: My respected Ghrii Acarya is also a practitioner of kapalik sadhana. Note 3: Whenever I sincerely follow the above mentioned guidelines from this entire letter then I invariably find that my sadhana is much improved.
****************************************** Link Between English and Sanskrit
Baba says, "Sanskrit is a language about 15,000 years old and it is no longer a spoken language. Furthermore in Sanskrit each and every word is created from a root verb." (AVM-14) Baba furthermore explains, "The word jina'na (knowledge) is derived from the Sanskrit root verb jina' (to know).... The verb jina' was changed into keno in old Latin language. In Sanskrit the pronunciation is jina', in Bengali jina, in the Rgvedic language jina, in Old Latin keno, and in Modern English "know"-- as the original spelling of the word was "kenow", we still spell the word with a "k" at the beginning without actually pronouncing it." (YP)

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