Anandway: Blog

Roadmaps to joy!

Q: What is the significance of a Jyotirlinga?

Jyotirlinga in India Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Art of Living

Q: What is the significance of a Jyotirlinga?


#SriSri: ‘Jyoti’ means flame. The consciousness of a saint is like a flame. In the older days, wherever the saints stayed, they established these Jyotirlingas. They asked people to come there and meditate. If you see, the form of god is like a light and like a stone. He is the light within us. To make people aware of this the Jyotirlingas were established. People would go there, sit, pray and meditate – then they would discover their being. These places were called ‘Jyotirlingas’ because it is where people realized that they are the form of 'Jyoti' within. To identify these places, they called it Linga. What is a Linga? It means to identify. It is a marker. When a child is born, how do you identify whether it is a boy or a girl? You identify it by looking at the genitals. They give the sign of the gender. That’s why the genitals are also called the ‘Lingas’. Linga means the sign. Like ‘Gau’ means cow, thought and movement. How has the name for the cow been given as ‘Gau’? That is because the cow moves. Knowledge, movement, thoughts & liberation - these four are the root of ‘Gau’.Similarly, Linga means the identification. The genitals are the identifiers of the Gender. Similarly, the Shivalinga is the identification that there is God in the world. It is the identification for the God. You place a stone there; by looking at the stone you would remember the god which is in the form a flame; that which is omnipresent. These places were called Jyotirlingas, because there were saints present at the places. In the presence of Saints in the satsang – people would meditate and would find their light within. The Flame doesn’t refer to the flame of a lamp - but that we are ourselves are light. This is how the song – ‘Shivoham, Shivoham’ originated.
Then, these were spread throughout India for the people who could not travel from the North to the South or from the East to the West. In every corner of the country these 12 Jyotirlingas were created. From the Himalayas to Rameshwaram; from Vadiyanathdham to Gujrat these were established. This means at all these places the saints were present and they would help people in identifying the ‘Jyoti’. This is the significance of Jyotirlinga.

Invitation for Maha Shivratri 2015 Celebration at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"When you sit and meditate, you are in the Shiva principle. And that Shiva principle is truth, benevolence and beauty. These three things together form Shiva." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahashivratri is an annual celebration at the Art of Living International Center in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sanskrit chants from the Vedas create a meditative and joyous aura in the place, overflowing with meditators.

mahashivratri 2015 art of living ashram

Don’t miss it. Register now at www.bangaloreashram.org

Sri Sri Yoga, level 2 with Kamlesh Barwal ji at Art of Living International Ashram, 5 to 9 November 2014

"When mind controls man, it's..s Bhoga (bondage). But when man controls mind, it's… Yoga." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

sri sri yoga level 2 art of living bangalore ashram

Learn to control your mind in the Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 with Kamlesh Barwal, at the Art of Living International Ashram

Learn Special Advanced Yoga postures and meditations, designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, along with knowledge from Patanjali Yoga Sutra.

Dates: 5th - 9th November 2014
Register Online: www.bangaloreashram.org
For Details Call: 080 67262626/27/28

Advanced Meditation at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"Love is the fragrance of a silent, peaceful, and meditative heart" – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

amphitheatre art of living ashram bangalore
Fill your life with the fragrance of love with Advanced Meditation Programs in presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, at the Art of Living International Ashram
1st - 5th November 2014 (with Kato Upanishad Video Sessions)
8th - 12th November 2014 (with Kena Upanishad Video Sessions)
Register Online: www.bangaloreashram.org
For Details Call: 080 67262626/27/28

DSN course at Art of Living Bangalore Ashram, 20 to 23 November 2014

"Why do you think you are weak? Wake up and see you have all the strength" - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
dsn

Break free from your personal barriers, and create personal empowerment!
DSN Program at the Art of Living International Ashram
Dates: 20th - 23rd November 2014 (Reporting by 5pm on 20th Nov)
Online Registration: www.bangaloreashram.org
For Details Call: 080 67262626/27/28

Peacocks, Birdwatching for Urban birds in Lucknow, India

peahens india (1)

I clicked this picture from my balcony in Lucknow, last winter. Peacocks and peahens don’t mind our home in the dense green surroundings. They sit on my rooftop at times, and even come to feed on the roti served for birds that are more frequent in visiting my balcony: warblers, babblers, mynas,the lone coucal, pairs of pink flecked doves and crows.

In this picture the peahens and peacocks are sitting on a neem tree, laden with the Giloi (Amruth, Guduchi) climber.

I feel so lucky that Peacock, the National Bird of India, lives so close to me.

Rangi Sari, folk song from Uttar Pradesh by Malini Awasthi with lyrics

रंगी सारी गुलाबी चुनरिया रे, मोहे मारे नजरिया सांवरिया रे

पहनी सारी गुलाबी चुनरिया, मोहे मारे नजरिया सांवरिया रे

जावो जी जावो, करो ना बतियां

अजी बाली है मोरी उमरिया रे, मोहे मारे नजरिया सांवरिया रे, रंगी सारी…

बीत चुकी है सारी रतिया, अभी लौटे नहीं हैं सांवरिया रे, मोहे मारे…

Tag Cloud