Sayings of Paramhamsaji-Good and bad

images-15Question: – Do you believe in good and bad, or just in conscious and unconscious action?

Sw. Satyananda Saraswati: – Surely, there is good and there is bad. Firstly, if someone is cheating someone, or if somebody is murdering someone, or if someone is taking poison, it is bad. Good and bad are the two traits of the mind, body and individual, but they are, of course, not absolute.

Secondly, you have to believe, for some time, in good and bad. If you go deep and analyse yourself properly, or if you introspect, you will realize that virtually everybody does believe in good or bad. One may not know, or he may not acknowledge, or in his ignorance or arrogance, he may say that he doesn’t believe in it, but he does.

However, for one who has transcended the realm of duality, for the person who has developed equal vision of mind, there is no consciousness of good and bad, because he has transcended all notions of duality. If I say that I don’t believe in good or bad, it means that I have transcended duality, and if I have transcended duality, then I am not an ordinary man. However, it is necessary for every ordinary person to have clear-cut awareness about good and bad, in relation to society, to his body, to his mind, and to his spiritual progress.

Congratulations!

congratulationsFirst of all, I would like to congratulate Indian Cricket team for the superb victory against England which brought confidence in the team and made all of us proud.

The partnership between Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav was worth seeing. Virat Kohli again made all of us realize and also the opponent team of his determined attitude. On the other side, when I was watching the game of Kedar Jadhav, time to time while watching him play, I was remembering the memorable time spent with him, when he was a doing Yoga with his Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team mates and I was the Yoga Teacher of Maharashtra Ranji Trophy Cricket Team. I would like to share few memories which are interesting as well as inspiring.

I was the Yoga Teacher of Mr. Ajay Shirke, who was the Chairman of Maharashtra Cricket Association and I used to go to watch the matches of our Maharashtra team. One day, when I was watching the match, and at the same time, explaining the importance of Yoga Nidra to one of the committee members of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). He suddenly requested me that soon it would be lunchtime, players will have some time, why don’t you give one small Yoga Nidra session to them. I accepted and they all went through Yoga Nidra session. After the session their feedbacks were motivating. From there, my journey of Yoga Teaching started with MCA.

One day, when I was watching a friendly match, I saw one batsman was performing wonderfully well, he hit 6 sixes in 6 balls. The way he was batting, appealed me a lot and in the evening I mentioned it to Mr. Ajay Shirke that this player has something special. He told me the name of that player, he was Kedar Jadhav.

When I started official Yoga session, Kedar Jadhav was one of the best and sincere practitioner of Yoga. I remember when he used to come to me, and ask “what to do Sir, since long time I am not able to complete the century. Sometimes, I am out on 99, sometimes 95, what to do!”

I found the solution in Yoga Nidra practice. If you (Reader) have done Yoga Nidra ever, then you must be aware of one of the aspect called visualization in Yoga Nidra. Myself and my wife Ruchira, discussed a lot on how to make yoga Nidra effective for the players and the team. Finally we prepared Yoga Nidra with specific visualization practices. We prepared the visualization practice for the batsmen and bowlers separately, in which the batsmen used to do batting and the bowlers used to do bowling in Yoga Nidra visualization process.

I explained the players about the concept of doing Yoga Nidra properly and rectifying their weaknesses in subconscious mind, then they needed less effort through conscious mind, as subconscious mind is the powerful and the obedient mind. I am happy to share that this project was a successful one. Players used to play cricket in Yoga Nidra visualization and they noticed minute details also. When I asked for the feedback, one of the batsmen told me that he saw Pravin Kumar bowling in his visualization. When I asked the reason why he saw Pravin Kumar, he mentioned that he found it difficult to compete with Pravin Kumar due to his ability to swing the balls. And like that different players had different experiences in Yoga Nidra. So in this way the Yoga Nidra practices were going on and gave a very deep, positive and creative impact on their minds.

Yesterday when Kedar Yadav was at 93 runs, just 7 runs short for a remarkable century, memories came flashing by which I shared with my wife, Ruchira, about when Kedar Yadav used to be sceptical about scoring a century and I told my wife to see whether today he is able to complete the century or not…AND HE DID. 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM INDIA!!!

 

Significance of Makar Sankaranti

Makar SankrantiSalutations to the Supreme Lord who divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun god, who on the great day embarks on his northward journey. The day on which the Sun begins to move northward is called Makar Sankranti. To many people Makar Sankranti ushers in a new year. The six month period which the sun travels northwards is highly favourable to aspirants for their march towards the goal of life. It is as though the aspirant were flowing easily with the current towards Supreme.

The day prior to Makar Sankranti is called Bhogi festival. On this day old worn-out and dirty things are discarded and burnt. Houses are cleaned and white-washed. Roads are swept clean and designs are drawn with rice flour. But in the life of the spiritual aspirants, it will not do to attend these external things alone. Cleaning the mind of its dirty habits of thinking and feeling is more urgently needed. Burn them up with a wise and firm resolve to tread the path of truth, love, and purity from this holy day onwards.

If you do this then Makar Sankranti has a special significance for you. For the Sun, symbolizing knowledge, wisdom and spiritual light, now joyously turns on its northward course and rushes towards you, to shed its light and warmth in greater abundance upon you and to infuse into you more life and energy.

The Sun itself symbolizes all that this day stand for. The message of the Sun is the, message of light, the message on unity, impartiality, true selflessness. The Sun shines on all equally, it is the benefactor of all beings. Without the Sun, life would perish on earth.

-Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Sayings of Paramhamsaji-Non attachment

Q:- Could you please amplify, that a little further, for instance, taking the statement from the Bhagvad Gita. “Do thou action for theimages (9) sake of action, not for the results of the action.”

Sw. Satyananda Saraswati: – Yes, usually when we do anything in this world, we do achieve results, positive, negative or mixed. They are always there, however, it is the negative results which influence our minds. If we get good result, it is alright. But we never get only positive results; the results are always mixed or negative. Therefore, the mind is greatly influenced by the negative aspect of results.

You have to reap the results anyways, but what you must do is make the mind so strong, so well attended, and at the same time so powerful, that the influence is not felt by the mind. You are not shaken. It is said in the Gita, “You should do your duty but do not be attached, do not be influenced by the results of the action.”