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Six Signs of a Seeker

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

1. Acknowledging that one knows very little.

Many people think they know, without knowing or they get stuck in their limited knowledge. So they never learn. So the first thing is to acknowledge that one knows very little.

2. Willingness to know.

Many people acknowledge that they do not know, but they are not ready to learn.

3. Being non-judgmental and open-minded.

Some people would like to learn but their judgmental attitude and close-mindedness does not allow them to learn.

4. Total commitment and one-pointedness to the path one has chosen.

Some people are open-minded but lack commitment and one-pointedness. They keep shopping here and there and never progress.

5. Always putting truth and service before pleasure.

Sometimes even committed and one-pointed people stay away from the path in pursuit of momentary pleasures.

6. Patience and perseverance.

Some people are not swayed by pleasures and are committed and one-pointed, but if they lack patience and perseverance, they become restless and dejected.

What is the meaning of Rudra Puja, Rudra Abhishek

Q: Dear Guruji, what is the real meaning and importance of Rudra Pooja? And what happens to the people or the place?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Rudrabhishek is an ancient chanting which was downloaded from the Aakasha (space). When the ancient sages and Rishis sat in meditation, they heard, and what they heard, they started transferring to other people. The effect of Rudrabhishek is it creates positive energy and removes negative vibes. And a lot is said about the Rudrabhishek. When Rudrabishek happens nature flourishes, nature becomes joyful, happy.

Main thing is the vibration, that is it. If you ask me, ’Do you know the meaning of all the chants? I will say, ’I also don’t know.’ It’s the vibration of the chants that is important and then the meaning.
There are two parts, the first part says, ’Namo, namo, namo, namo!’
Mana, means mind. The word mind in English comes from Sanskrit word Mana.
Nama is the reverse of the mind. The mind going to its source is called Nama.
When the mind goes outside to experience the world, it is Mana. So Nama. is the mind going back to its source.
When it goes to its source, what does it find? Everything is made up of one consciousness.
Now, what do the scientists today say? God Particle – by which everything has been made. Thousands of years ago the Rishis said the same thing, that everything is made up of one thing, and that they called Brahman. – that which is neither male nor female. It is nothing but a Tattva. Tattva means principle. A great principle by which everything is made of, they called it Bramhan. And when that Bramhan becomes personal, it is called Shiva Tattva – the innocent Divinity; that is in everything. That is why we say, ‘Namo, namo!’
In the trees, in the greenery, in the birds, even in the thieves, and in a dacoit, everywhere, it is the same one principle.

Then, the second part will say, ‘Chame, chame, chame, chame.’ You have heard this, isn’t it?! This means, everything is in Me.

Me’ in English comes from the Sanskrit word ’ Ma’, which means Myself.
Ma Ma’ means ’ For Me’, ‘In Me’. So, everything is in terms of ; myself;. The second part is everything is for me and everything is in terms of me.

Even for numbers they say, ‘Ekaachame’, which means, one, two, three, four, they are all my form; Myself. Like that, ‘Sugamchame’, happiness for me! ‘Abhayanchame’, fearlessness, happiness, health, all the good things in the universe, let them all come to me, and they are all part of me. That is it.

And as this is being chanted, usually milk and water runs through the crystal, drop by drop. This is the ancient method. It is done with water or in fire as well.
What they do is they keep a fire and they put different herbs for the different chants. Or you allow a string of water to keep falling on a crystal and you listen to this chanting – this is the ancient method.

And done on Mondays it is even more special. Monday is the day of the moon and the moon and mind are connected. Mantra, mind, moon, they are all connected somewhere. So, in India, it is a tradition, they have this chanting going on in the Ashrams. So in our ashram also, every Monday, we have this.

All the five elements are used in Pooja. Pooja means honoring all the elements, born out of fullness. So, fire, water, incense sticks, fruits, flowers, rice, whatever nature has given to us, those things are used and the chanting goes on.
There is a lot of depth and meaning to it. You can go and do some research on it, more and more things will come out.

Mainly, it creates more positive ions, more so when people are meditating.
Just doing it as a ritual is not that effective because it is said that the Veda Mantras are effective when people are awake from within; for them, these mantras have more meaning. So, they help you to go deep into meditation.

On track

When you want to do something, look at your strength. Your weakness is that you start looking at others' strengths! When you are running, you can only look at the track below, not at who's next to you. Like a horse with blinders, you just look at your path and let anybody do whatever he/she wants.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Who is a volunteer?

Sri Sri Ravishankar

Who is a volunteer? One who comes to help, without being asked to help; one who is self-motivated, inspired, becomes a volunteer.

There is the possibility of the inspirational motivation going down in a volunteer, which could bring frustration.

Usually volunteers come from the space of demand rather than humility – this dilutes the quality.

Another slack that could happen to a volunteer is that they could slip away from commitment, thinking there is no 'boss' – "If I like it, I do it; if I don't like it, I don't!" It is like the steering wheel of a car – if all the tires say they do not need steering, then the car cannot run smoothly. If you want to construct a building, you have to accept the authority of the structural engineer.

All these can only be overcome by being more grounded in spiritual knowledge. A volunteer devoid of spiritual dimension is utterly weak.

1) A volunteer needs to stick to his commitment.

2) The integrity in a volunteer comes from spiritual practices.

3) The authority needs to be acknowledged.

4) The strength of a volunteer comes from the challenges he is ready to willingly face.

5) A volunteer moves beyond boundaries as he finds he is capable of doing so many things he never ever thought of doing.

6) A true volunteer does not expect appreciation or reward.

7) A volunteer has such a joy – that joy, itself, comes as the reward.

8) If a volunteer thinks he is obliging somebody, he is thoroughly mistaken. He is 'volunteering' because he derives so much joy out of it.

The joy is immediate – it does not come on the first of every month in the form of a salary!

When a volunteer realizes this, he is filled with gratitude.

When a volunteer waivers from within, the support system is knowledge and good friends.

Death and enlightenment

You have died many times and you have been born many times. If you can die every moment and be born every moment then that is enlightenment and that is happiness. Being in NOW is enlightenment!

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

ब्रह्मदर्शन की रीति आ गई तो जहां दृष्टि पड़ी, ब्रह्मानन्द लूटने लगे

  • उपासना की जान समर्पण और आत्मदान है, यदि यह नहीं तो उपासना निष्फल और प्राण रहित है।
  • जिस जाति में भलाई, सत, या ईश्वर पर विश्वास, श्रद्धा या इसलाम नहीं हैं, वह जाति विजय नहीं पा सकती।
  • जब तक सांसारिक दृष्टि वाली श्रद्धा, सीधी होकर आत्मा (कृष्णः) की सहगामिनी और तद्रूपा न होगी तब तक न तो अहंकार (कंस) मरेगा, और न स्वराज्य मिलेगा। मारो ज़ोर की लात इस उल्टे विश्वास को, अलिफ़ की भांति सीधी कर दो इस कुमारी श्रद्धा की कमर।
  • ब्रह्मदर्शन की रीति आ गई तो जहां दृष्टि पड़ी, ब्रह्मानन्द लूटने लगे। प्रतीक उपासना तब सफल होती है जब वह हमें सर्वत्र ब्रह्म देखने के योग्य बना दे। सारा संसार मन्दिर बन जाये, हर पदार्थ राम की झांकी दिखाये और हर क्रिया पूजा हो जाये।
  • वह आत्मदेव जिसकी शक्ति से संपूर्ण संसार स्थिर है और जिसकी शक्ति से संपूर्ण कामनायें पूरी होती हैं, उसको कोई विरले ही मांगते हैं और शेष सब संसारी वस्तुपं को, जो बिल्कुल तुच्छ, हीन और वास्तव में अवस्तु हैं, मांगते रहते हैं।
  • धर्म शरीर और बुद्धि का आधार है। मन और बुद्धि का ईश्वर में लीन हो जाना ही धर्म है – ईश्वर को मानने वाले की बात और होती है और जानने वाले की और।
  • वह व्यक्ति जो अपने समय का ठीक ठीक सदुपयोग करता है, सच पूछो तो वही जीवित मनुष्य कहलाने का अधिकारी है।
  • वह व्यक्ति जिसको संसार के विषय और वासनायें नहीं हिला सकतीं, वह निस्सन्देह सारे संसार को हिला सकेगा।
  • पवित्र आचरण, जितेन्द्रिय और शुद्ध विचारों से भरे हुये, सच्चे निश्चय वाले मनुष्य का शरीर और मन प्रकाश स्वरूप हो जाता है और ईश्वर का तेज और शान्ति-आभा उसके मुख मंडल पर साफ़ चमकने लगते हैं।

~ स्वामी रामतीर्थ (१८७३-१९०६)

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