Qualities of a real seeker.

Part A 

Mana ki andar ki sadhana karo

 Mana ko bahar ki vastuo se door karo

Mana ko aadat dalo chup hone ki, shanti ki, pratiti ki,

 Eeshwar ke anubhuti ki, atma prakash ke darshan ki

 Aur bahut kaal tak eeshwar ke dhyan mie rehene ki.

Atma bodh kathin hai kyunki is mei parishram and thakan adhik hai

Parantu ek bar prarpt karne ke bad sada sada ke liye vishram hai.

 Isliye mana ko modo, mana ko sansari baton se sada door rakho

Chahe hum sansar mei rahe parantu yadi hum kuch samay pratah kaal eeshwar ka dhyan kare

 To mana poora din shaant rahega,  itni takat hai eeshwar mei ki shanti poora din bahegi

Isliye nirantar eeshawar ka dhyan karo jab tak ki

Avastha aisi aa jaye ki sare din mei kabhi bhi bhagwan ya guru se dhyan hatega hi nahi.

Vaha paripakva avastha tak aa jao aur eeshawar mei vishram karo

Us shanti me doob jayo aur anek janmo ki thakan ko door karo.

Om shanti shanti shanti Om!

 

Translation-

Perform inner sadhana of mind

Detach your mind from worldly subjects

Habituate your mind to remain silent, to remain calm and to live in divine perceptions

Make it a habit for the mind to experience God, to see Divine Light

And let your mind have the habit of remaining in constant communion with God over a long period of time

Given that Self Realization is arduous to attain since it demands extreme effort and one is exhausted in the process

Yet once you achieve it, there is rest for forever

Therefore transform your mind, keep it away from worldly chitchat and repartee

Although we may live in this world but if we spare sometime in the morning to meditate on God

The mind will remain calm because God has so much power that

Peace begot from God will linger throughout the day

Therefore always meditate on God until you

Arrive at a stage when your mind never off tracks from the thought of God or Guru

Come up till this established stage and rest in God forever

Immerse in that God peace and get rid of the weariness of many lives

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om !

  These benevolent words of Swami Dayananda Shaligram of Ganeshpuri began to trickle inside me when I sat on my bed on the morning of 17th Aug in Shri Aurobindo Ashram around 9.30 after breakfast and was deeply engaged in meditation for a short duration. The act of meditating is so rewarding and enticing that I wish I can afford to prolong that and avoid all the possible extraneous activities so that I add up some more time to my daily meditations. Although we are tied up with many karmic obligations, yet it is possible to unite our mind with the Divine as and when it is possible, no matter how busy we are in the world. When my normal routine gets disrupted, I meditate whenever I get some time off during the day or at night with joyfulness. As long as I can connect daily to God with my meditations, it doesn’t matter when and where I meditate and how long I meditate. After all it is the mind that should be immersed deeply whenever possible to Higher Consciousness irrespective of time and location.

Meditation is a gift of God, I now understand when at the airport yesterday I could yet again connect effortlessly to get an answer to someone’s question which was put up to me recently. The more I remain connected with divine bliss and peace, the more I understand the great words of the great illumined masters who advocate to me that no matter what happens outside, dive deep within yourself, you shall find deep peace, divine peace, blissful peace waiting for you to be savored. I express my thanks and gratitude liberally to all my Spiritual Masters to have shown me this pathway and gave me great wisdom. It is they who have reiterated so often the importance of diverting the wandering mind inwards and harnessing the infallible ananda, shanti  permeated in Brahma, the Self which is all ours. My heart is so full of thanksgiving and gratefulness this moment to have received such mellifluous and peace-giving gifts such as meditation and along with that the inculcating of the qualities of devotion, tranquility, gratitude, faith, sincerity and the most important of all-obedience towards my gurus.

That morning, I had prayed to God to tell me how can I continue serving them in spite of my overtly disrupted routine and kindly let me know what is it that I must now begin to write for the next post so that all those who are following the blog sincerely may get their answers; their doubts should be dispelled and they should get over their shortcomings as quickly as possible. The response came in instantly in this poem which flowed without a break as I kept on writing in my diary.

After the wisdom filled poem, Swami Dayananda Shaligram spoke these following golden words for all the seekers, whether they are just the beginners or have advanced much higher on the spiritual step ladder. A disciple, he said should have these qualities if he/she wishes to open the door of the kingdom of God.

“Control the senses by controlling your mind. Once the mind is controlled, the senses automatically come under our control.

It is the manas, or the mana , our mind that first wanders and then proliferates further in worldly affairs and material stickiness. Beware of its nature of proliferation. We have come here to wind up our sansara, to tie up the loose ends and conclude our accumulated karmas done over past so many lives. Instead we are spreading out, diversifying and expanding our physical and material worlds. The mind should be hooked and anchored to the mind of the Guru or God whatever the state of the disciple is and not become dull because of constant rubbing in of worldly matters. The more time the mind is immersed in thoughts of God, the lesser it will trouble you.

So not controlling the mind can prove to be detrimental and create more diversions for the mind. Because we have done so much wandering in so many lives that it becomes difficult to control and bring the mind to rest by meditating now. Also the mind refuses to budge and cannot be controlled by any tool or method for the reason that it has become a habit for it to fritter, chatter or just be malicious and negative.

It takes a lot of time and unrelenting effort and persistence to master the mind but even your slightest effort adds up to the bank balance of your good karmas. So practice some form of mind taming by controlling it by various types of spiritual and mind training methods and techniques available to you. You may practice anything, but do it regularly and sincerely over a considerable time period to get results.

There is peace inside us.  Our mind must be made peaceful so that its peace helps us to realize God within us. No matter what practice you perform, never give up until you get the desired results. It is ‘tamas’ or dullness in us which stops us and hinders our spiritual growth. To  avoid that, do not postpone your spiritual duties; perform all your daily duties and do no waste your time in negative or unproductive thinking. Perform actions which are helpful in your spiritual goals by saving time everyday.”

Such great wisdom packed in such a small package! Friends, I am expressing my gratefulness once again at the holy feet of Shaligram Maharaj who with great compassion and concern has summarized the pearls of great wisdom in Bhagwat Geeta in small capsules for us to open and assimilate. I offer my many, many thanks and pranams to him for this post!

 Part B

On the last day of my stay in the Ashram on 17th morning before my meditation, I went to the holy Banyan Tree in its compound to pay my respect and seek blessings.

This time during my trip to Delhi I did not get the probability to sit down at leisure at its trunk in order to have a long discourse with it because of consistent time constraint. So I just stood there silently with much reverence and gratitude and my eyes shut with devotion and I let the moments flow uninterruptedly. In a few instants I got energized and revived as I received abundant pranic energy which gave me respite from the tiredness caused by excess carbon dioxide inside me because the hectic activities consumed most of the oxygen in my cells.

Each pore of my body opened up little by little and each cell began to expand with unconstrained pranic energy entering them with a huge gush. I felt completely rejuvenated in no time and felt at that time as if I was never inflicted with any exhaustion during my hectic days. I inhaled the brilliant air passionately to absorb all the pure oxygen as fast as I could that was prevalent in the vicinity.

When some amazing moments passed by, I felt so privileged when I heard the tree talking with me once again, “Do you think I would have let you go to Bombay with this kind of weariness? You are doing selfless tasks most of the day after finishing your personal duties and  so you must benefit from me. Now inhale deeply a few more times and store that vital force inside your brain to be used up for writing the next article. I too wish to serve Mahavatar Babaji in his mission by giving you prana instantly so that you can use it for his blog.” I was gratified as I felt so very humbled to have got a shot in the arm with fresh air and I bloomed and revived like a  sunflower which was drooping in absence of the Sun!

Keeping that intention and sankalpa  in my view,  I inhaled deeply all the fresh air surrounding me along with the blessings bestowed as I prayed and wished quietly in my heart  that all the readers who happen to read this post must also get the special mental force bestowed on me. Instantly reading my mind, at this point the holy tree said, “On your next post due on 20th Aug, put a picture of a red hibiscus flower, the red hibiscus which is blooming on that bush next to me. Pluck not the one that your eyes see easily but the one that is just below it and the one which is hardly visible to anyone. That one is sacred and has tremendous energy, it will give you and your blog subtle pranic energy.

Genuine saints never exhibit their real divine powers; they keep their siddhis or extraordinary divine powers a secret because they do not like to flaunt them, just like this red beautiful flower. I revealed to you its hidden subtle powers of subtle energies. But people are ignorant and foolish, just because the good souls are extremely humble and refuse to flaunt their divine powers, they are not respected.

Whatever comes from God is sacred; whatever is sacred should be revered. If you show no respect to your teacher or Guru, you will make errors after errors and consequently you will not get bliss and real joy from God. So tell all the readers to read each word with reverence and instill full faith and devotion in the givers.

This blog has unrestricted yet incomprehensible divine, supreme knowledge bestowed by the compassionate Grace of Shri Mahavatar Babaji. It is timeless and priceless; realize its value and worth. Don’t squander your valuable time in unproductive actions and activities. Contemplate on every word that is being said here, value the time and energy being spent on creating this blog and respect all those who have made it possible. By showing reverence and devotion to those, you shall appreciate and comprehend the hidden knowledge preserved in it, secreted yet disclosed in these words. The Mahatmas are ever waiting for you to change your behavior and wrong actions and have compassion for you yet the human takes infinite time to turn his mischievous mind towards divine qualities. Therefore, do not hesitate to peep inside your inner being and throw out all the trash and negative thoughts and habits like anger, ego, envy, pride, lack of humility and gratitude.”

As if this was not enough, the kind Banyan Tree unfolded yet another secreted piece of scientific knowledge of Yogic world. He revealed to me, “And for those who are real devotees and are seriously practicing meditation I want them to know this- the more prana or vital force you have, the more you will be able to meditate. The higher realms of spiritual kingdom can be accessed with the blessing of the divine guru and high level of fine energy called sukhshma prana.

The more Iccha shakti you have, the more prana your body will contain effortlessly. If you have a strong will or Iccha shakti, the more prana you shall have from prakriti or nature because of which you will be able to meditate more deeply. We can draw in prana mentally from nature in meditation for this purpose. If you meditate on a healthy or holy tree situated anywhere, you can draw huge ‘prana’ while sitting at home when you focus your mind deeply on such a sanctified and revered tree; while staying at home, you shall be revived. Iccha shakti is vital to improve your power of meditation. Therefore improve and increase your power of will.”

I thanked the gracious tree copiously and prayed to it that I should never forget any word of such great wisdom gifted to me by its grace. The red hibuscus flower was hiding so much in the thick bush that I had to bring it in my room in the Ashram to take its picture. Here is that sacred beautiful flower!!

After I left the Ashram  that night in my house, I thought of my splendid experience with the holy tree many a times, more so about the revelation that we can acquire greater heights in our meditations by our power of will and I was so very delighted to discover this truth!

I became so much richer and wealthier with this knowledge!!

As I bring to a close this post, I remember a few lines from Bhagwat Geeta from Chapter 2 from verses 64, 65 & 66. The eternal spiritual wisdom in it stands true even today: these shlokas seem to conclude everything that a struggling seeker must acquire and I would be keen on to quote them here…

Raagdveshviyuktaiastu vishyaniindriiyaishrachran I

Atmavashyaivirdheyatma prasadamdhigachati II 64

But the self controlled Sadhak while enjoying the various sense objects through his senses, which are disciplined and free from likes and dislikes, attains placidity of mind.

Prasade sarvadukhanam hanirsyopajayate I

Prasannachetaso hvashu buddhi: paryavatishthate II 65

With the attainment of such placidity of mind, all his sorrows come to an end; and the intellect of such a person of tranquil mind soon withdrawing itself from all sides, becomes firmly established in God.

Naasti budhiryuktasya na chayuktasya bhavana I

Na chabhavayata: shantirshantasya kutu: sukham II 66

He who has not controlled his mind and senses can have no reason; nor can such an undisciplined man think of God. The unthinking man can have no peace; and how can there be happiness for one lacking peace of mind?

(Refer the previous post and one more titled- ‘The state of Super Consciousness-I to read all the other conversations with the sacred Banyan Tree)

The picture of the lovely sunflower has been gifted to me recently by one blog reader. Thanks Nish.

Very little is known about Swami Dayananda Shaligram of Ganeshpuri.He was the foremost disciple of Swami Nityananda. Other posts divulging about his shrouded personal life and spiritual teachings are in these  articles-What is renunciation?-II,& How to make your life extraordinary from ordinary?

17 Responses to Qualities of a real seeker.

  1. doodlescribble says:

    Dear Sarika Aunty,

    Such could be the power of a unassuming and mature tree which sends transcendental signals to your mind to write another exceedingly inspiring post on mind control just confirms the power of spirituality. The spirituality which creates such strong vibes that it can wipe out a thousand vices even for the moment of its realisation.
    This post conjures up lot of images of the serene and the placid environs of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The very fact that you were so much drawn to this occasion that you came all the way to Delhi from Mumbai.
    Not only just the tree and the Ashram premises but I am sure it’s you even who has surely left strong impulses of your true knowledge from your revered gurus to the Ashram and to us reading this blog.
    A lot of dichotomy mentioned in my last comment have been resolved through this post and also through a conscious effort to embed the discipline of mind in my innate being. To certain extent I feel happier this weekend.
    I came across a very powerful and enchanting mantra – A Mangalacharan invoking peace of mind.

    The video emphasises on the fact that we are just a tiny spec in this infinite universe and it will be a much beautiful earth to live in if all of us seek peace within.

    Wishing you and your near ones the best from my side for the selfless and priceless task of writing this blog every month with impeccable diligence.

    My Best Regards,
    Deepanjan

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dear Deepanjan, Thanks a ton for the wonderful video and words of appreciation. The mantra is actually very powerful and along with the video had a thrilling effect on my whole being. I experienced the existence of Pure Brahma in this Cosmic Universe or Brahmaand. Somewhere Brahma is hidden and somewhere it shines in its full glory. The dullness and brilliance both are because of the existence of Brahma.
      Our mind is an instrument with which we can connect with any Soul in this Universe. Therefore, erase the dullness of the mind and bring in it the brightness of Brahma.
      This process starts with our mind and the tool is meditation. With meditation, we can connect with anything, anywhere.
      Our own effort is surely required and is must but we must also be initiated by a competent Guru who opens the frontiers of Brahma, the highest Truth.
      Therefore, bow to them at their sacred feet, do pranam and surrender yourself completely.
      You will perceive Brahma!!
      Sarika Aunty

  2. Shahid says:

    What you write here is so true. We come to earth to liberate ourselves but end up further entangling ourselves. “We have come here to wind up our sansara, to tie up the loose ends and conclude our accumulated karmas done over past so many lives. Instead we are spreading out, diversifying and expanding our physical and material worlds. The mind should be hooked and anchored to the mind of the Guru or God whatever the state of the disciple is and not become dull because of constant rubbing in of worldly matters. The more time the mind is immersed in thoughts of God, the lesser it will trouble you.”
    Gratitude to Shaligram Maharaj for such deep wisdom.

    Also interesting how the banyan tree wanted you to take a picture of a specific red hibiscus flower.

    The sunflower picture sent by Nishith is so full of life !!!

    This para also caught my attention “We can draw in prana mentally from nature in meditation for this purpose. If you meditate on a healthy or holy tree situated anywhere, you can draw huge ‘prana’ while sitting at home when you focus your mind deeply on such a sanctified and revered tree; while staying at home, you shall be revived. ”

    So every picture on this blog is holy / sacred and can revitalize the viewer , even if he is sitting at home, watching them, is what i understand. Do you suggest we take print outs of the Banyan tree/ Red flower / Mount Kailasha / Babaji’s Temple and Yantra and other sacred pictures in this blog and place in a folder, so that we can view them
    daily ?

  3. spiritinlife says:

    You got it right Shahid. We cannot go on living in dull states of obscurity and sleep. As humans we must endure to know the Truth. Before one can ever get to realize God in our heart and mind, that person has to first understand why is he/she in the state of being that she or he is currently? How did it all happen? What is the governing force and what are the laws in the nature that are ruling our lives.
    As I have said earlier in a few posts that all my life I tried very hard, went to a few spiritual teachers, read so many books but never got any answer. It was only after my own deep relaizations as I was clearing my extra heavy burden of soiled clothes called karmas, that enlightenment came to me. I understood that hence forth I should be very, very careful in what I do, say or think. And I must add innunerable new and fresh good deeds to even out my past mixed deeds. I must, must learn the art of meditation which is the medium of communication between the Masters and me and me and God eventually.
    And in this whole process wich has taken a few years, my mind became very subtle-sukshma, extra fine. The extra fine mind can connect with all sorts of subtle energy in this Universe. In fact, mind is everything, the most powerful thing that a human possesess.
    So our mind can travel anywhere to anything. If we with the wish of God, connect it to the sacred things, we get blessings of various kinds. Similarly, the advanced yogi can draw vital life force from anywhere in this world.
    Regarding the photos, I have replied in ‘Why is peace so essential for a seeker-III’ , your last comment and their significance. please read it. You can view them in the folder if you wish.

  4. Shahid says:

    I agree with what you have written here Mom : “Whatever comes from God is sacred; whatever is sacred should be revered. If you show no respect to your teacher or Guru, you will make errors after errors and consequently you will not get bliss and real joy from God. So tell all the readers to READ EACH WORD with REVERENCE and instill full FAITH and DEVOTION in the givers.”

  5. Shahid says:

    This para is fantastic and this actually inspired me to run to the photo studio a few months back, to take a printout of the holy tree of Shri Babaji and the Red flower : ” If you meditate on a healthy or holy tree situated anywhere, you can draw HUGE ‘PRANA’ while SITTING AT HOME. when you focus your mind deeply on such a sanctified and revered tree; while staying at home, you shall be REVIVED. “

  6. Shahid says:

    One more Gem in this blog ” It is the mind that should be immersed deeply whenever possible to Higher Consciousness irrespective of time and location.”

  7. pandey2 says:

    Whenever i read these sacred writing i get peaceful and recharged. How many times you read you will always have something new to get.

    The Kind words of Banyan Tree truly represents the sacredness of this blog :

    “This blog has unrestricted yet incomprehensible divine, supreme knowledge bestowed by the compassionate Grace of Shri Mahavatar Babaji. It is timeless and priceless; realize its value and worth. Don’t squander your valuable time in unproductive actions and activities. Contemplate on every word that is being said here, value the time and energy being spent on creating this blog and respect all those who have made it possible. By showing reverence and devotion to those, you shall appreciate and comprehend the hidden knowledge preserved in it, secreted yet disclosed in these words. The Mahatmas are ever waiting for you to change your behavior and wrong actions and have compassion for you yet the human takes infinite time to turn his mischievous mind towards divine qualities. Therefore, do not hesitate to peep inside your inner being and throw out all the trash and negative thoughts and habits like anger, ego, envy, pride, lack of humility and gratitude.”

    Thank you so much.

    with lots of love and gratitude to Masters.

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dear Paripurna, totally agree with you. if you will follow each word and practice them with devotion you will see the transformation yourself. Practice, practice and practice….
      To me too these lines look like fresh and new-
      “This blog has unrestricted yet incomprehensible divine, supreme knowledge bestowed by the compassionate Grace of Shri Mahavatar Babaji. It is timeless and priceless; realize its value and worth. Don’t squander your valuable time in unproductive actions and activities. Contemplate on every word that is being said here, value the time and energy being spent on creating this blog and respect all those who have made it possible. By showing reverence and devotion to those, you shall appreciate and comprehend the hidden knowledge preserved in it, secreted yet disclosed in these words….Thanks for reminding all of us Paripurna
      Yours Ma

  8. Asim says:

    Felt peace reading this post..Thankful to Great Masters and you Aunty..

  9. Shahid says:

    Read this post again. Thank you Shaligram swamiji for sharing so much wisdom with us. I would love to have a 2 way communication with you and to have your personal guidance in my life right now. Please open me up to your presence. Thank you again. Peace and Love.

  10. Midhun Pk says:

    Ohm namo narayanaya.

    happy to read this again.

    Pranam to the holy banyan tree and ma.

    thanks for sharing the valubale message of banyan tree to us.

    “the more prana or vital force you have, the more you will be able to meditate. The higher realms of spiritual kingdom can be accessed with the blessing of the divine guru and high level of fine energy called sukhshma prana”

    hare krishna…..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna#mediaviewer/File:Sri_Mariamman_Temple_Singapore_2_amk.jpg

    “The man who sees me in everything
    and everything within me
    will not be lost to me, nor
    will I ever be lost to him.

    He who is rooted in oneness
    realizes that I am
    in every being; wherever
    he goes, he remains in me.

    When he sees all being as equal
    in suffering or in joy
    because they are like himself,
    that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
    ― The Bhagavad Gita

    With love,
    Midhun Pk

  11. pandey2 says:

    Mana ko bahar ki vastuo se door karo

    Mana ko aadat dalo chup hone ki, shanti ki, pratiti ki,

    Eeshwar ke anubhuti ki, atma prakash ke darshan ki

    Aur bahut kaal tak eeshwar ke dhyan mie rehene ki.

    Pranam Swami Shaligram..your Kind words of wisdom are like halogen light on the spiritual path. Kindly remove our darkness which become part of our life since countless life. May we grow spiritually and forever live in god.

    Let there be love and peace everywhere.

  12. Neena Wazir says:

    Sarikaji, I feel very lucky to have been inspired by you & strangely I feel ur presence around me after all these years. Must b my good karma to have known you for so long and so closely so that your persona is all pervading now!!!

  13. spiritinlife says:

    My dear Neenaji, so delighted to read your comment on WordPress and happy to see your arrival from FaceBook. That was the key intention on writing something worthwhile on FB so that some people can graduate and begin to follow the higher precepts on this blog.
    When two minds connect with pure thoughts, the distance of separateness departs. You and me are connected with a very good cause and the more we assimilate and join our minds, the nearer you shall feel. Someday you may also connect on the plane of Soul with me, please try. In Spirit there is no distance or separateness.
    As and as you will read more articles on the blog which are from higher domain, you shall embark. Waiting to see you rise and soar in the pure Spirit. May God and you be one soon.
    Sarika

  14. Shahid says:

    ” Prasade sarvadukhanam hanirsyopajayate I

    Prasannachetaso hvashu buddhi: paryavatishthate II 65

    With the attainment of such placidity of mind, all his sorrows come to an end; and the intellect of such a person of tranquil mind soon withdrawing itself from all sides, becomes firmly established in
    God. “

  15. Shahid says:

    ” Therefore always meditate on God until you

    Arrive at a stage when your mind never off tracks from the thought of God or Guru

    Come up till this established stage and rest in God forever ”

    Love you God ❤

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