Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 6

Folks,

Picture of Mother Shridevi Gayathri

The Universal Self and the Mother of the Vedas: Supreme Power  Shridevi Gayathri

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa in Katha Upanishat.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Anoraneeyanmahatomaheeyan Atmaasya jantornihito guhayaam |
Tamakratuh pashyati veetashoko dhatuprasadan mahimanam Atmanah || – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.20

Meaning: Subtler than the subtler, bigger than the biggest, the Individual Self is concealed in the heart-cave of this creature. He who is free from desire and free from sorrow perceives the glory of the Individual Self – 1. through the purity of mind and senses. 2. by God’s Grace.

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality does not get killedDuring death, only body gets killed; not the Individual Self.

In this mantra, Lord Yama describes the strategy to see that Individual Self. Individual Self is smaller than the smallest, bigger than the biggest. In other words, Individual Self pervades everything which is small or big.

Individual Self is located in our heart region. We can experience it by becoming desireless and by purity of  mind and senses.  We can see it by equipoise and by God’s Grace (by devotion).

In other words, since the Individual Self is subtler than the subtlest and grosser than the grossest, we cannot see it easily. It pervades the entire universe just like oil in a sesame seed. Then how can we see it? Lord Yama says authoritatively: we can experience the Universal Self(a.k.a. God) within our hearts! How? by devotion and meditation.

In this mantra, Lord Yama unleashed a secret doctrine elaborated in our Upanishads: 1. God is within our hearts; don’t have to look outside!. 2. God cannot be shown to us by somebody else; we need to experience God within ourselves by devotion and meditation. What a great teaching indeed!

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankara bhashya by our Great Universal Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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ConVerse: Shridevi ! You are the Light and the Fire!

Picture of Goddess Shridevi

Parashakti Goddess Shridevi Durga : The Supreme Mother of the Universe!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

It has been a long time since we had the last conVersation. 🙂 Here is another one.  It is addressed to Shridevi and requests her to destroy our fears and annihilate all our enemies*.

Shridevi by her very nature  is  kind, compassionate and caring towards her devotees. She is there to save them from all dangers. She is both the light and the fire. According to Vaidic hymn Agni Durga Sukta, Shridevi Durga is  shining(light aspect) with blazing flames(fire aspect), because of her power of penance(tapas).

In this conVerse, we pray light and fire attributes of Shridevi. Both these aspects are useful and important in their own ways. Just think about it. If the fire is pleased and controlled, it gives us light to dispel darkness and fears. If the fire is angry and unchecked, it can cause enormous damage and destruction.

In this hymn, we are praying Shridevi to shower her Grace upon us to guide us by her light. Also, we request her to destroy the fears and enemies by her fierce fire aspect.

Here is the conVerse at the lotus feet of Shridevi and Lord Shiva. Come on! Let us pray with complete surrender and devotion.

Potential benefits: Dispelling all fears.

Mother Shridevi Durga!

You are the Light, to those in a plight    |
You are the Fire, for enemies who fight ||1||

You are the Light, for those who pray   |
You are the Fire, for those who prey  ||2||

You are the Light, in darkness of fear  |
You are the Fire, for demon we fear ||3||

You are the Light, to folks who’re good   |
You are the Fire, to those who’re bad    ||4||

You are the Light, that directs the dear    |
You are the Fire, that destroys the fear ||5||

You are the Light, that shows the way  |
You are the Fire, burning evils away   ||6||

You are the Light, for us to  gain   |
You are the Fire, for all who pain ||7||

You are the Light, for all benign |
You are the Fire, for all malign ||8||

You be the Light, and kind to me |
You be the Fire, to zap my enemy || 9||

*Esoteric Glossary: The words in the conVerse have esoteric spiritual interpretations too. You may re-read  the conVerse with these meanings in mind. Enjoy!

  1. Light: The Highest Knowledge, direction.
  2. Fire: The Supreme Force that destroys all evils.
  3. Darkness: Illusion.
  4. Enemy: ignorance.
  5. Evils: sins, karmas.
  6. Fear: fear of being in the infinite birth and death cycle.
  7. Me: Individual Self.

Esoteric Insight:
The Light and Fire symbolize Varada(“boon giving”) and Abhaya(“Do not fear”) gestures of Shridevi respectively. The devotee is requesting for both material prosperity and liberation from birth and death cycle by praying these two aspects of Shridevi.

For details, read a detailed article on these gestures here. Thanks to Shridevi’s Grace we could get this mystical interpretation of the conVerse.

Tamaadi Shaktim Pranatah sma nityam |

Meaning: Let us pray Shridevi Shakti always!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 5

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Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati : The Great Dual Powers of the Non-dual Reality!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Hanta chenmanyate hantugn hatah chet manyate hatam |
Ubhau tau na vijaneetho nayagm hanti na hanyate || – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.19

Meaning: If slayer thinks of slaying and the slain thinks of being slain, both of them do not know. He neither slays nor he is slain.

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality is eternal He further emphasizes this point further.

This mantra essentially means that one’s body can be killed, not his spirit, i.e. Individual Self. One’s body can be killed, not his Individual Self.

According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.

When a person dies, only his body gets killed. But, not himself(i.e. Individual Self). The person’s spirit(Individual Self) escapes during death. It takes another body to burn its karmas and this process of death and birth continue infinitely. This vicious circle is termed as cycle of Samsara in our Scriptures.

The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to  attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas.

It is important to remember that this secret teaching on life after death is unleashed by none other than the Lord of Death, i.e. Lord Yama himself. Thus, it comes from the authority.

Scientist folks! don’t demand for an evidence or a proof. You cannot prove it by experiment nor experience.  Because, we are talking about spirit and death here! Just kidding 😉

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Site Update: First Anniversary of the Blog!

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Rudraksha Yoga: Knowing the Unknown, Knower and the Known!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

We have some good news for you! Yes! Today is the first anniversary of Rudraksha Yoga!!

It has been a year since the blog Rudraksha Yoga was started, i.e. on 28th January 2013. Only by the Grace of Shridevi and the guidance of our Saduru, we could contribute a little to our society via authentic articles on Traditional Indian Yoga, Sanatana Dharma(a.k.a Hinduism) and its philosophy. It was an exciting year for us indeed!

We thank all our readers and well-wishers who directly or indirectly contributed to this blog. We solicit their continued support to spread the message of our Scriptures and Great Masters to the entire world!!

As per our policy, we will continue to focus on the Highest Knowledge and Traditional Yoga in our articles, as long as the Grace of Shridevi and our Master is on our side to help us. So…

Enjoy Reading! Have fun!!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Rudraksha Yoga

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 4

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OM – The Supreme Symbol of the Ultimate Reality

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us  continue to understand the teaching of Lord Yama(Lord of Death) that was bestowed to Nachiketa in our Scripture in Katha Upanishat. Lord Yama clearly elucidates the nature of the Ultimate Reality, that which does not take birth or dies. Who else can tell us more authoritatively on what happens or remains after death, other than Lord of Death, i.e. Lord Yama himself? Come along. Enjoy the secret knowledge!

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Na jayate mriyate va vipashchit nayam kutaschit na babhuva kaschit|
Ajo Nityam Shashvato’yam purano na hanyate hanyamane shareere|| – Katopanishat, Mantra 1.2.18

Meaning: The knowing Ultimate Reality is not born; nor does it die. It came from nothing and nothing came from it. It is unborn, eternal and ancient. It is not killed when body is slain.

Notes: In this verse, Great Master Lord Yama(Lord of Death) teaches Nachiketa. He says that the Ultimate Reality is something that exists all the times – past, present and future. So, there is no question of birth or death to it. It is ancient since it is not bound by time.

Important teaching here is when the body is killed, the knower in the body, who  is the Individual Self, is not killed. It goes away from the body with its karmas. It will go into another body to experience the fruits of its karmas.

Our supreme goal in our lives is to attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again and again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas.

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 3

OM - Symbol of the Ultimate Reality (Credit: Gita-Blog)

OM – The Symbol of the Ultimate Reality

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us  understand more on the nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama( the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa. These teachings are the secrets that enable us to achieve the real goal of yoga.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Etatalambanagm shrestam etadalambanam param |
Etatdalambanam jnatva Brahmaloke maheeyate || – Katopanishat 1.2.17

Meaning: Relying on this word (Om) is the best of all.  This word(Om) is the Ultimate Refuge. One who understands how to depend on the word(Om), gets That which he desires.

Notes: Greatest Teacher Lord Yama, the Lord of death, continues his teaching to his disciple Nachiketa. The word Om is the best mantra of all. It is indeed the origin of all mantras. Om is the symbol and sound of the Ultimate Reality itself. If we understand how to connect Om by chanting and contemplations, we can merge with the Ultimate Reality which is Brahman. This verse suggests the contemplation and meditation on Om sound* to achieve real yoga.

Notice the strategic pun  in the verse by using the Sanskrit word alambanam. It means dependency, refuge and relying. Although, same word is repeated in the verse, it takes different shades of meanings each time. The verse says depending on the word Om is the best strategy to attain the Ultimate Reality. Om is the Ultimate Refuge. By relying on Om by chanting, one can realize the Truth. Fantastic!!

Our supreme goal in our lives is to attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again and again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas. Our Great Masters guide us an show the way in our Scriptures.

*Caution: Meditation using Om mantra must be learned from a Realized Master. Do not try to practice yourself without proper guidance by an adept Master. Otherwise, it may may lead to unpredictable psychological issues and potentially risky.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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