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Relationship of Sadhana Lessons

Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 23:12:06 -0000 (GMT) From: Singh_Manindra Subject: Relationship of Sadhana Lessons To: AM-GLOBAL Baba "(Mor) d'a'ka'te a'so niko, krpa'te ele..." (P.S. 3681) Purport: Baba, even after calling, still You do not come. Instead You come without being called. Just I just go on calling You to satisfy my own mind, that's all. Baba, You do not care about language; on that basis alone You do not come. You only care about the feeling of the devotee's heart. With the heart one can get You; not just by the show of malajapa-- external paraphernalia or rituals. You do not care about those things. Rather You come due on the point of devotion. Baba, You are nearest and sweetest. Everything You understand; You hear everything; and You are aware about one and all, Oh dearmost. But when the mind is drowned in ego. Then You do not like to go close to that very person. So those suffering from vanity, from them You keep distance. Baba whatever sadhana, dhyan, pranayama, asana-- whatever I do. All these things I do with only the desire to satisfy You. That is why I do my spiritual practices. No other desire. O Baba, Parama Purusa, even after understanding my pitiful condition and foolishness; please shower me with Your causeless grace and make my life successful. Baba, when I was calling You did not come; but You have come now. It is Your causeless grace. Baba, Your liila is unfathomable...
Namaskar, In our unit was one sadhana shivir program was held and afterwards many margiis expressed how it helped arouse many devotional feelings in the heart. And I felt the same way and indeed my whole family was so much benefited. It is Baba's grace that ultimately He has given us such type of opportunity. We Ananda Margiis are so fortunate that we have gotten the blessings of Parama Purus'a, our Guru. How He is guiding us every moment and blessed us with spiritual sadhana, the sumum bonum of life. Although Dadas and Didis are coming to my house regularly, but because of their being over-busy schedule and affairs, often they do not have time to sit with a peaceful mind and help solve anyone's sadhana problems. I can understand their difficulties. So I do not have anything to say against that. But even then, I feel that in my life, sadhana is the most important thing and that meditation should get top most priority. Before the sadhana shivir program, I was looking for any Dada or Didi with whom I can have some guideline about my queries in sadhana. In the meantime though, my family acarya came. So I approached him because he is also kapalika and he has deep interest in sadhana. Following then are some of the many points which he shared with me about pranayama, dhyana and the ordering and practice of the lessons of sadhana. #1: Baba clearly guides in Senior Acarya Diary that without properly practicing pranayama, then good dhyana is not possible. So pranayama should be done just before dhyana. My family acarya added that he cannot write the direct quotes from the Senior Acarya Diary because this diary is not for public distribution. But he quickly added that it is the order of Baba that senior Acaryas should read carefully and understand these points. And then they must convey the correct process to all margiis. Because this link between pranayama and dhyan is important for proper sadhana. #2: If anyone such as a senior acarya is not aware about such things and if they are not guiding on this point about the important relation between dhyan and pranayama, then it reveals that fact that those acaryas do not have time etc to read the Senior Acarya Diary. Otherwise if proper interest was there then they would surely be aware that this point is discussed in pointed fashion in the pranayam chapter on page 98 of the Senior Acarya Diary. #3: Any margiis who have contact with senior Acaryas who are authorized to have Acarya Diary, they can get confirmation about this serious point that pranayama and dhyana are closely associated. And those who are still feeling confusion then at least they should practice pranayama and then dhyana on an experimental basis. It is my own experience since practicing this sequence in my life I feel big difference. So I think if anyone will practice this very technique which is printed in Senior Acarya Diary then naturally anyone will realise this fact easily in their life. Because as Baba says the knowledge that remains confined in the books has no value.' #4: Here is the one of the critical links between pranayama and dhyana. Because pranayama is complementary to dhya'na. BABA says, "Pra'n'a'yama is the scientific process to control the respiration and hence the mind, as a result of which sadhana is especially facilitated. The practice of dhya'na becomes a time consuming affair if pra'n'a'yama is not adequately practised." (CC, part 1, pg 11) By the above teaching then it is clear that pranayama plays an important role in the practice of dhya'na. And in this next guideline Baba is telling us that dhya'na is our highest practice which has no comparison. BABA says, "Dhyana is the unbroken flow of the mind-stuff, or citta, in one continuous stream, like the flow of oil, where all the propensities of the mind are fixed on the goal." (CC, part 1, pg 11) By this sadhana guideline it is clear that dhya'na is the top most lesson and that other lessons, especially pranayama, play an important and complementary role. #5: About Pranayama, here below Baba says something very meaningful. Baba says, "In order to control the mind the ten va'yus have to be brought under control. The systematic and scientific process to regulate the va'yus in order to control the mind is called pra'n'a'ya'ma. Pra'n'a'n yamayatyes'ah pra'n'a'ya'mah -- "The process of controlling the va'yus is known as pra'n'a'ya'ma." (The word pra'n'a'ya'ma is derived as: [pra'n' + a' - yam + ghain].)" (DT I, p.125) Baba says, "The psycho-philosophy behind the practice of pra'n'a'ya'ma is that the spiritual aspirant tries to let the pra'n'endriya [ten vital-energy currents] remain in a state of pause so that the paused unit mind will merge into the ocean of consciousness." (Yoga Psychology, " Questions and Answers on Meditation ") #6: The pranayama of ayurveda is related with physical exercise. Their pranayama is totally misguided. Not depending on ideation and mantra. Those who are practicing pranayama in ayurveda, they do just breathing exercise. And invite serious psychic disease. And ghastly physical ailments. #7: Regarding lesson order and sadhana practice: Baba says: "Just after Asanas Pranayama is prohibited" (Caryacarya III, rules for Asanas no. 16). #8 By doing pranayama properly then by this way the mind develops a 360 degree outlook. Expansion occurs and the mind becomes bigger in which case small minded thinking like groupism and narrow-mindedness cannot exist. Baba says, "The humans of today have started to realise that they are the progeny of Parama Purusa. If people can properly ideate on Parama Purusa, they will realise Brahma. On imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured." (PNS-8, p. 19)
Here in conclusion, Baba is giving great importance to spiritual practices like pranayama and dhyan and how sadhana holds the golden key to human happiness and fulfillment. Baba says, "Those human beings who do not perform spiritual practice are under the influence Prakrti...I have said before that there can be no progress either in the realm of physicality or in the realm of intellectuality. Those who are hankering for progress in these fields are indulging in a self-cheating business. Whether they admit it or not, they know that they know nothing. Ask them whether they are getting pleasure in the realm of physicality. They will admit that they are not. Ask a good business man whether he is earning good profits. His reply will be, 'What profit? I am incurring losses'. This will be his reply whether you belong to Income Tax Department or not! To run after progress in the realm of physicality and intellectuality is utter foolishness, a waste of time, as there is no progress in these fields." (Baba, SS part 10) brotherly yours, Manindra Note 1: Some blind persons think that sadhana should not be done if one is in an 'off-mood' or feeling angry or upset. And such person have even gone so far as to make misguided comments about this point in their books and publications etc. But this point is not at all accurate-- not at all true. Rather sadhana can be practiced at all times regardless of how one is feeling emotionally. And indeed it is the very practice of sadhana that will bring the mind back into a proper state of well-being. So one should never feel constrained thinking that sadhana should not be done because of their emotional state. The one point to be aware of in this regard is that only pranayama must never be done if one is feeling angry or irritated etc. But beyond that all other sadhana lessons can be practiced regardless of one's mental disposition and in fact sadhana will help to bring the mind back into a proper state of balance and upliftment. Note 2: Here Baba guides us about the purpose of human life. Baba says, "The foremost duty of a human being is Brahma sa'dhana or the devotional worship of God." (SS-2, p.6)
******************************************** Hankering for Praise
Baba says, "Those who work with the motivation that they will attain intellectual victory are slaves to words of praise. They can never become great people. It is bad to be a slave to worldly words of praise. The sounds raised by jackals and those raised in praise of some intellectuals are similar. Hence remaining engrossed in [the path of intellectuality, i.e. vada, vitanda and jalpa] will lead to nothing...So those who waste their time in vada, jalpa and vitanda are fools. They are C-grade fools." (AVM-5)

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