Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage, typically induced by a guided meditation.
There is evidence that yoga nidra helps to relieve stress. An ancient technique from India, it has now spread worldwide.Yoga nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required.In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only hearing still connects to any instructions given. The goals of both yogic paths, yoga nidra and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.
It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one’s actual environment.
Every truth contains within it a paradox of opposites and it’s complete acceptance is the way to ingrain it…wholeness passes through a sequaelae of pain and inner opening …a fracture of the familiar and the conditioned…and that’s the fire one has to pass through to fly in the open skies… If I have any dream it is to live our lives in open and honest truth of love and the self… in this grand vision for ourselves and others; we will set ourselves free and eternally in the deepest love possible between any humans.. we can choose to remain trapped in what we have arrived at or keep moving deeper into oneness and the self and love.. the double edged spectrum of truth is a pinch of spice and sugar and is not readily available to an unripe mind. The door opens when one is ready and in surrender. The egoic identity cannot surrender easily to enter this home with no walls as it stands stupefied in the absence of recognizable efforts what it is used to. Truth is easy and difficult both as it is too subtle to grasp and too easy to intellectually understand. However with patience, silence, acceptance and conscious effort…we embody it’s paradoxes and gracefully live it’s spectrums. Only willingness to remain open and in surrender is needed to enter this realm of the apparent opposites.
We are often assailed with doubts and dillemas. The fickle mind plays out it’s drama of being the master and having a authority to make choices for us. That itself is a big illusion as all is unfolding as it should at it’s own pace and grace. But the mind asserts it controls occurances by making wise and meaningful choices. That assertion keeps the ego alive in its Glory of being in control. Doubts are the tools of the mind and trigger in us dis satisfaction, anxiety and insecurities. However, doubts can be used as a vessel which can hold within it the wisdom waters of knowing. When we have doubts, we probe deeper, we meditate on our experiences and sculpt perceptions and understandings. Doubts sharpen the longing and inflame the passion to know. The ambiguous nature of doubt opens us to the possibilities of discovery. Thus…doubts may be used well to our evolution and to deepen perception and amalgamation of experience. Don’t fret when you have doubts. Own them and let them lead you home…to being more of yourself .
Aloneness… The prelude that always leads to Oneness
There comes a definite time in one’s journey beyond which one has to travel alone. No matter whom or how deeply you might have loved, have been accompanied or the sacredness of your beliefs, you find yourself much too far away from such familiar locale. A common mistake at this point would be to identify this as a solemn kind of loneliness which has a melancholy undertone to it. And then try harder to fit in…amidst the familiar and the comfortable. Alas.. some changes are ir reversible and rather there is never a going back to the same old patterns of consciousness. This realization could be scary as one finds himself too too far away and is grieving at the loss. The compass no longer guides to definitive end points, the paths lie fractured and one has no friends to share the fear and grief. How ever..if one prevails in this pause and looks without donning the coloured glasses of old conditionings, he will be able to find peace with the new conscious awakening that’s unfolding. At the end of the lonely dark tunnel, the awakened world of unity awaits where one will know all to be his self only. But do you have the guts to go on travelling through the black hole of aloneness to arrive at the iridiscent light of oneness and love? If yes, know that you are essentially alone as you have never been and keep moving…one step at a time.
” Panta Rhei”..A famous Greek saying which points to the ever dynamic state of everything in this universe is an awakened truth in itself. Everything constantly flows and like one can never step again into the same water of a running stream, one can never replicate an experience or stay in the unmoving state whatsoever. Decay and death take over every thing that is matter and the most affluent kingdoms, the geniuses of men and the strongest of infrastructures all mellow to the blows of mighty time. Then where can one be safe from perishment and it’s way? The realization of impermanance in one’s experience can be a important turning point in the quest for truth and how one must live here while alive. With no perch to land on, the essence of freedom takes over a new insight.
Enlightened beings are also subject to this impermanance. Even their bodies disease, decay and die. Even they feel pain and pleasure ,the only difference being they remain untouched and unmoved by these changes. Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi s life drowned in the mouna ( silence) of the self for allmost 14 years after his Advent on arunachala after his enlightenment at 19 years of age. In his later years, he descended from the mountain and made himself available to the many seekers for his presence and guidance. So essentially his enlightenment also evolved in a way..changed gears. The zen of all phenomenon including enlightenment is that it is not a static one but ever in a flux of some sorts. In fact, an awake being can easily and effortlessly shuttle himself across role plays and ever-changing scenarios of life because he has an in depth understanding of the ever changing nature of all occurances including his own occurance of awakening. He prevails and floats gracefully and that’s what sets him apart from an un awakened life that roars and cries out in suffering and pain or is blown away in the winds of pleasure, success, fame and money.
There is no resistance to change in the awakened one and that stems from his wisdom of knowing all is ever flowing…ever moving…ever and only his own self….
Humorous indeed.. as everything, we even make the process of letting go a conscious strategy of betterment and progress. Our obsession with perfection and our mindless pursuit towards ideal make us arrive at points of ego hyperactivity of letting go. To let go..there must be someone to let go…isn’t it? This someone is the ego. This someone is the pride that is ever engaged in a self improvised version of itself. So paradoxically..the commonly used testament of “letting go” also is a fugitive of the mind alone. Renunciation is it’s new flavour ..it’s new indulgence. True renunciation has nothing to do with objects, people or places. It is the giving up of the personal identity of ownership of those. Awakening brings a new perspective and one can honestly see the sharp intellect playing itself out as the humble saintly being who has renounced. Also letting go cannot be a strategy…but is an occurance ..a ripe fruit that falls off the branch when the moment arrives. Without a fanatasicism for letting go and without a permission of the branch, the fruit drops off. There is no obvious intention at play here and that s what makes it so subtle and natural. The ego is pushy and glamorous and letting go is only one of it’s new fad logos.
Allow and Be… Don’t intend or try to Let go…just Be..and it will drop when it’s meant to.
Retreat essentially means ” withdrawing”. Our attention drives our worlds and it’s manifestations. Whatever we pay attention to..grows on itself. Most of us are ever busy and engaged in our performances in the outer worlds and phenomenon. And hence our attention remains at these occurances. As we go on and on day after day approached by newer situations and enticements, we tend to forget to remain inside us. Soon, the gap between our true self and it’s manifestations rises and makes us feel restless, longing and ever in search of a new and more better space. A viscious cycle indeed, we fall into the trap of repeated distraction and cease to hear the inner subtle silence of the self. Attractive and enticing options in the outside never let us pause to look within which sounds so empty and vain. When one gets weary of running behind these never ending uprisings, one longs for his own presence. Until this zenith of longing peaks to an unbearable point, one continues to rush and push himself in the repetitive patterns of engaging illusions. Retreats are silent times of ruminations where one can pause to reflect and assimilate ones experiences and in turn for tapping an unlimited power centre of energy and bliss. In these pauses…one can still down the routine pace and mutate conditioned responses. But what after these rosy retreats end in places and time frames? One is again beckoned to participate and urged to respond ? There is no escape really from performance and daily living until one is in a silent and slow space zone of time and place. So does it mean the retreat was a placebo and a mind projection? How can one ever remain in this space of non doing, nonbias and silence while one full heartedly and without fear performs, engages and even relishes whatever one is confronted with? The answer seems to lie in the conscious and repeated practise of being ever in the retreat and keeping the attention inturned while all that must flow outside us continues on in full roar. That is true detachment, true renunciation and brings us to a welcoming space of sat chit Ananda which keeps effulging…and a retreat from which one never returns…
Lord Bhairav sometimes known as Kaal (Kaala) Bhairav, is the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated.He is one of the most important deities who originated in Hindu mythology and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. Lord Kaal Bhairav is that manifestation of Lord Siva who oversees the march of time. The person who worships Lord Bhairav gets victory over enemies, materialistic comforts, and success. Worshiping Lord Bhairav helps to get rid from sufferings and pains, especially the troubles related to paranormal world. The devotee cherishes all round success and a healthy life free from any sort of diseases. One should recite Kaal Bhairav Gayatri Mantra 108 times at sunrise and pray to Lord Kaala Bhairav for constructive use of time during the day. Om Kaalakaalaaya vidhmahey
Thanno Kaala Bhairava Prachodhayaath.
Love as the mating of two solitudes..
We know of the conventional love alone. The love that is born out of a concept of mutual fullfillment and an amusement of social norms and conditions..like all other entertainments, love is now a cheap thrill of pleasure and pain and has no sacred or neuter components there of.
We all wish to love the other merely seeking a refuge from our own loneliness and incompletion. True love is on the contrary never possible between two halves who are confused and incomplete and anxiously seeking a merger as a solution. True love is a celebration of association rather of two solitudes that have now learnt fully that they are deep, complete and resounding of themselves in undiluted richness. What can arise out of the fusion of two blocks of chaos and lust themselves? Nothing but deeper chaos and mess. No wonder the society today is full of such wrecks in the name of love, marriage etc.
Preparedness is vital for conjunction. What is best preparation? The stilling in one’s own self, spending meaningful solitude where the biases are watched and allowed to dissolve. The pre requisite of being a nobody is to be fullfilled before love is stepped into. Nothing else needed, surrender and mutual appreciation is then not a cheap intellectual tool but rather a powerful step towards one’s own deeper revelation through the beloved.
How many of us can practise to live with one’s own aloneness before the wedding night of communion with the beloved? It is scary , boring and does not inspire most of us who want instant coffee of quick unmindful sex and need quench. Who has time for pleasure when orgasm is what one has known and seeked so far? The depths of love are not meant for such hasty and unmindful ones and it’s treasures will remain ever hidden from them. Only the aware, silent and patient mindful ones will reveal love in its Glory and full form..the others will only claim to love. Staying in the shallow waters and believing themselves to be in love… They will fool and chaos themselves more and more.
A man who truly loves himself can only love the other..no one can give us anything that we are not.
This poem forms a part of a book called “Be Love”. Be love has many more such poems which depict the romantic spiritual erotica of love. Love is used as a tool of spiritual realization and know the self. Follow the link to buy the book: www.drpallavikwatra.com/product/be-love/
A powerful hymn to tap Lord Shankara’s grace through the stotra which elucidates his mantra Om Namah Shivaya.
Very intense but feminine…
Linga Bhairavi Devi is an exuberant expression of the Divine Feminine — powerful, compassionate and ecstatic. Linga Bhairavi Arati – An appeal for Devi’s Grace and an offering of oneself.
Chinnamasta Devi is one of the Dasamahavidyas. She is Prachanda Kali and is a fierce form of Mother’s compassion and love. Daily Recitation of this stotram which has 108 names ascribing her qualities can be used to tap her grace.
Guru Namavali is a set of invocations where Shiva is worshipped as the Guru. It is recited as a part of the empowerment ritual of Kalavahana of Sri Vidya tradition.
Śrī Vidyā is a Hindu Tantric religious system devoted to the Goddess as Lalitā Tripurasundarī (“Beautiful Goddess of the Three Cities”). Śrī Devi is the Divine Mother who bestows bliss and plentitude on her devotees. Śrī Vidyā is a well developed form of Śāktā Tantra. This audio podcast reveals the secret mantra keys of Sri Vidya tradition.
The famous Lalita Trishati stotra, which is a dialog between Lord Hayagreeva and Agastya in the brahmandapurana, holds one of the keys to the highly guarded Shodasakshari mantra of Devi, with which the coveted Shree Chakra is worshiped.
After Hayageeva gave the Lalita sahasranama stotra, Rishi Agastya falls on his feet and requests him to reveal to him the secret of Shree Chakra worship. Hayageeva keeps quite. At that time the Devi herself appears and tells Hayagreeva that as Agastya and his wife Lopamudra are great devotees of her and deserve the secrets of the Trishati stotra. Then Hayagreeva teaches the following Lalita Trishati stotra to Agastya.
It has 300 shlokas, 20 for each beeja of the Panchadasi mantra. Reciting this hymn of Lalita brings abundance, grace and immense blessings.
Ganpati Tarpanam is a set of 444 offerings made to Mahaganapaty to seek his grace and blessings. Sri Adisankara has mentioned in Prapancha Saram, that all people irrespective of of caste, creed or religion can do to seek the blessings of Lord Maha Ganapati.
“Ayur arogya maishwaryam balam pushtir mahatyasha
kavitvam bukti mukti cha chaturavrutti tarpanaat
By doing Ganapati Chaturavrutti Tarpanam regularly one is blessed with Ayuh- a long life, Arogyam- good health, Aishwaryam – dharmic wealth, Balam – strength, Pushti – lasting eminence, Mahat Yashas-great honour and veneration , Kavitvam- Literary skills, Bukti – enjoyment of worldly life and Mukti – Moksha ie salvation and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
The Goddess is none other than you. The kalavahana is a powerful ritual that engrains this live experience in your being .This puja opens the benefits of sri chakra puja to you. It is very powerful, but has been kept very secret so far. Doing puja; every day connects you to Goddess, solves your life’s problems, and makes you a delightful, wealthy and an excellent all around person radiating the glory of divine love towards all. May you enjoy and live out your own divinity.
The blessings of solitude
Alone and with one self, there is a distinct experience of the presence of being. It resonates with every spiritual word one might have heard, learnt or read. There is great holiness in the succor of this space which does not reject, accept or oppose you as you are. There is no religion or bias in the solitude space which could lean your ideas in any which way. It’s a new position of empowered peace and richness of the human spirit vocalizing itself to those who are primed to hear.
On certain days…this solitude could be creepy, scary and painful too. As one is limp in the expression of one’s choices to another human beings, one seems to have lost the capacity of judgement, analysis , good will and power. Existing here as a nobody while all the somebody’s out there are busy making a mark…one could be pushed to a critical level of depressive melancholy and grief. In these dark moments before the dawn of the true self shines in all its splendour..one must hold on and root deeper into the silence of solitude.
There are always things to do and words to say and ambitions to be materialized. Life’s changing priorities does not allow us to ever still and thus we are often deprived of the sweet silence of one’s own companionship in solitude. We hurt so much from everything we manifest but never step back to create a distance from it. That single maneuvre by stepping back into our solitude helps us detach from the allmost real experiences we seem to be having. A watching often always accompanies solitude and this watching ensures we are not our mind body emotion experience but the spectator of it all.
Honour your inner self periodically the gift of solitude and silence and know yourself to be full, complete, wholesome , empowered ,self sufficient and strong. Relive the lives gone by, dream the future that awaits and know that one is never not accompanied in the moment.
“Shri Ramachandra Kripalu” or “Shri Ram Stuti” is a prayer written by Goswami Tulsidas. It was written in the sixteenth century, in the Sanskrit language. The prayer glorifies Shri Rāma and his characteristics.
The famous Lalita sahasranama Stotra can be found in the Brahmanda Purana. It was given to the great Rishi Agastya by Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishhnu. Agastya was dismayed with the ignorance and the pleasure seeking lives of people and worshipped Devi Kamakshi at Kanchi, one of the most revered Devi Shakti peethas, for a solution to uplift the masses. Lord Hayagriva appeared before agastya and advised him that the worship of the Devi with the Lalita Sahasranama stotra is the best way to attain both spiritual and material upliftment.
The meticulous watching ends in a peal of laughter
Every tiny experience in the moment speaks to us through the medium of thoughts, words and actions. The universe is constantly exploding on us it’s projections and enticing us to react and spill our set of beans.
It’s allmost a defunct state to continue this habitual response sequence and never question the futility and exhaustion of it. Only when one stills in the core of being…the mind is a crystallized clear consciousness to observe the detail and yet remain without a bias to the observation.
This is called as watching….a watching needs 3 things…an observer, an observed and the action of watching…so there is a subject, object and a distance to be travelled between them. The zen part of this story is that there can be neither of the 3 elements there as all are part of the great ONENESS.
So might as well …just be…drop the watching too. Have the Gaga of your favourite stuff when it happens and cry when you feel like… Be ….
Laugh as it dissolves the watching and the thought of watching too.
The chosen Man
The wild fugitive of rambling minds
A chaos too gross to be tamed,
You …sacred Goddess of the yonder
Who is to be your chosen man?
Would he be the shining knight
On an emboldened black horse
Or would he be the Casanova
To ask of your hand for a dance?
Would he be an epitome of chauvinistic pride
Or a sculpture of disciplined muscles?
Would he know all about unicorns
Or would he hold tenderly your buttercup waist?
Would he never shed a tear on the greatest sorrow
Or would he sing you lullabys in bed?
Would he be too proud to cook for you
Or to let you lead the way some times?
Would he be a charmer;wooing hearts
Or would he be a mundane hidden delight?
Would he know when you need to be held
Or would he always want you to ask?
Would his lips cause your neck to scald
Or would he orgasm you without a touch?
Would he be loving to your unborn dreams
As much as he would want you to be to his children?
Would he rise you up to the break of dawn
And whisper you his love confessions
Or would he tame you to sleep late
Unto the day in bed?
Would he be proud of your crazy adventures or
Would he hold you back in fear and shame?
Would he know when you closed your eyes to kiss him
Or would he rape you subtly in possesive gluttony?
Would he comb you when you were healing from sickness
Or would he blame you for being a burden?
Would he know which day you bleed
Or would he only be keen to penetrate?
Would he know who you are when no one’s looking
Or would he like you to uphold your masks?
No one but you can know this better;
As you are the incarnated divinity
Of feminine form
A sensitive and fragile being of light..
Who’s intuitive keenness ranges into the dark galaxies
Bringing to light
Your chosen man!
The Khadgamala (Khaḍgamālā, Sanskrit: खड्गमाला, “Garland of the Sword”) is an invocational mantra that names each of the Devi Hindu goddesses according to their place in the Sri Yantra or in the Maha Meru.This list of divine names is described poetically as a “garland” (Sanskrit: mālā). The sword (Sanskrit: khaḍga) is an epithet for the Devi’s “power to strike down desire, hatred, and delusion”.
This recitation of mantra is a spiritual practice of Sri Vidya tradition.
Mahaganpathy is the first force to be invoked along with the Guru at the onset of Sri Vidya as he is the remover of all obstacles ( Vignaharta). Indeed a powerful and apt way to reach the heart of Devi through her son, Ganapathy.
A famous rendition sung by devotees of Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi which is a fine example of bridal mysticism hymn. Bhagwan extolls the greatness of Lord Arunachala and through 108 verses of splendid emotion tries to partake of Arunachala ‘s grace for himself and all of us.
Suffering and pain are lessons too. They must be tended with equal care as they bring us closer to self realization. Pain is a valuable compass to this arrival.
Sri Vidya is the highest Atma jnana which cannot be tapped without the grace of a Guru. This mantra extolls the greatness of the Guru and helps us instantly connect to Gurus grace.
This mantra is often used to remember Bhagwan Ramana by his devotees in devotion and love to tap his grace
Love as if it’s the moment of your death
And everything you have ever known as a worth is at merciless stake…
Love in courage just as the darkness of a womb
Does not terrify it’s unborn child….
Love as if you are the magnificent sun
Shining on…uncaring and benevolent on
Whom or what it falls
Love like the ocean
In a complete wholeness of it’s depth and waves both all at once
Love like a prayer which has nothing to ask or say
Love like the helpless grass
Which bends to the flocking wind
Love like the autumn tree
Is ever in abidance to losing its green
Love like how Jesus died
Unquestioning to his cross
Love and be silent
As silence is love…
Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi was a silent saint from Tiruvanamallai and till date his magnificent presence inspires many from all over the world. His grace can be tapped by remembering him through the chanting of this mantra
In Vedic Hindu system, a person who renounces the world to become a sanyasi performs the Viraja Homa, or ‘Universal Sacrifice’. Performed daily, it can be used to instill the vairagya towards the body consciousness and it’s attachments. It’s practise cultivates inner freedom and establishes impermenance as an experience. Recommended to be practised everyday for 40 days. Technique offered by Guru Amritananda Natha Saraswati from Devipuram
In Vedic Hindu system, a person who renounces the world to become a sanyasi performs the Viraja Homa, or ‘Universal Sacrifice’. it’s daily practise helps in generating a Mileu of inner freedom from bodily and mental attachments and one has a chance to be born anew every day. The process of one’s death is powerfully visualized and then a rebirth as a ball of light is envisioned. A consistent 40 day practise can go a long way to offer inner renunciation and deep levels of freedom. This technique has been offered by Guru Amritananda Natha Saraswati of Devipuram.