Monday, 24 October 2016

11 Lessons From Lord Shiva You Can Apply To Your Life

There is a reason Shiva is called 'The Devo ke Dev-Mahadev'. The tranquil-looking lord can turn into a destroyer, and can also be a bholenath. He has multiple shades to his personality, and is one god who can truly teach us the wisdom to live life. Take a look at 11 lessons we can learn from him.

1. Come what may, you must never tolerate evil 

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Lord Shiva was known as the destroyer of evil. He couldn't tolerate injustice and destroyed the evil rakshasas in a fair manner. Similarly, even we should try to keep zero tolerance for the evil happening around us and take a stand against injustice.

2. Self-control is the key to living life to the fullest

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An uncontrolled mind can lead you to live a disastrous life. You cannot win battles when you lose focus and fall prey to your desires and addictions. Therefore, it’s necessary to keep your mind aligned to your goals and heart too.

3. Keep calm and carry on

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Shiva was called a ‘Maha Yogi’ because he meditated for hours for the well-being of the universe. His calm state of mind was disturbed only due to extreme reasons, but otherwise he would always be in a meditative state of mind. Thus highlighting the fact that you can win half the battle just by being calm in a stressful situation. It's really the best strategy to sorting out a problem. 

4. Materialistic happiness never stays for long

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Take a look at Shiva’s attire for a second. Only armed with a trishul and damru, Lord Shiva always stayed away from wealth. You’re missing out on nothing in life if you’re not attached to wealth and materialistic things. Because materialistic happiness is temporary. You need to find your happiness in events and experiences, and not things.

5. You must learn how to suppress negativity gracefully

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Shiva was a ‘neelkanth’ because he swallowed poison named ‘halahala’, that emerged from the ocean. Only Shiva could have consumed this poison and suppressed it in his throat. The important lesson to take back from this incident is to take negativity in our stride, and turn it into positivity.

6. Desires lead to obsessions and obsessions lead to destruction

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Since he was free from desires, Shiva never obsessed over things. It is a fact that desires always lead to obsessions, and these in turn make us self-destructive. 

7. Respect your better half

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Shiva was ‘Ardhanarishwar’, where half of him was Parvati. He treated Parvati with utmost respect and care. She was his ‘shakti’ and he gave her the importance she deserved. 

8. You must control your ego and let go off pride

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Your ego is the only thing that prevents you from attaining greatness. It is your ego that comes between your goals and your dreams, and makes you a less loving person. It is said that Shiva carried his trishul to keep his ego in check. He never let his ego get the better of himself. On the other hand, nor did he tolerate anyone else’s ego.

9. Do thorough research on something you're likely to get into

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The Ganga in Shiva’s hair symbolises the end of ignorance. This implies that you should know what you are getting into. Being in denial about facts is not going to help.

10. Understand that everything is temporary 

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Maha yogis don’t fall for ‘moh maya’. They know that life is ephemeral and what happens today is not going to exist forever. Time changes and so do we. 

11. Dance

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Lord Shiva is known as Nataraja or the King of Dance. Although his ‘tandav’ destroyed the world, it was also an art that passed on to us.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sadhguru on Work-Life Balance

How to find work-life balance? Sadhguru says, there is no such thing as work and life – it is all life. When you are constantly striving to create what you care for, you will never wish for a break.
Q: How does one balance work and life and especially family and children?
Sadhguru: Your work has to be lived, and your life has to be worked at. And there is no such thing as work and life, it is life and life. If your work is not life, I do not see why you should do it. Your work also is life. Would your life happen if there was no work? I am not referring to just the economic aspects. So work is very much life. Do not make this demarcation that there is something called as work and life. There are different aspects of life, and they need to be dealt with.
One important thing people can do is, have family conversations regarding various things you are doing at your work. This builds a completely different level of trust and you do not know what insights may come from your family. These are people who are outside observers to your work, but they are people you trust, and who love you and want you to succeed. Their input can be extremely valuable. It may be your wife, it may be your five-year-old child, you do not know. I know people try to keep work conversations away from family, but I would say that is a mistake. Why can’t work conversations be very interesting if you are creating something? Family could get involved in it, and when you are at home, though you may not actually be working hands on, you could still be thinking and evolving ideas for tomorrow or for the future.


Nowadays, I see that the “Thank God it’s Friday” culture, which essentially comes from America, is growing in India too. That means they are dead five days a week and only live on weekends. That is not a good way to live. You must live all the seven days.
The distinction between work and what is considered fun or pleasure is too stark in society today – particularly in the American milieu. Fortunately it is still not so tight in India. In the United States, some people go to office on Friday mornings wearing beach shorts under their trousers. When they come out on the parking lot, they just pull off the trousers because they do not want to be seen in their pinstripes on a Friday evening – they want to be seen in their beach shorts!
If you constantly strive to create whatever you care for, whether you are in a workspace or on the street, you will always feel like you are on a holiday.
This is mainly because people are suffering their work. One who knows the joy of activity will not want a break. For me, my work is a love affair. If I work 20 hours a day, I do not feel that something has been taken away from me. If you constantly strive to create whatever you care for, whether you are in a workspace or on the street, you will always feel like you are on a holiday. The physical body needs a break sometimes, but if you need a break from work, that means you are doing something you do not really care for. If you are doing something you truly care for, why would you want a break? I would like to have 48 hours a day if it was possible, but even a mystic is not given extensions!
People are trying to divide their life so that work is something you do just for money and family is something you do to touch people’s lives. But no matter how much money you earn, if you find your husband, wife or children are not touched by what you do, suddenly everything seems meaningless. Somewhere in your life, you want people to be touched by the activity you perform. For example, if you were to make a film, would you want to do it if no one wanted to watch it? Or build a house that no one would want to live in? You would not want to produce something no one wants to use. In some way, you long to touch people’s lives. This aspect need not restrict itself to family alone. It can extend itself into every area of life.
Work is not just about the money that you receive, it is about the privilege that you have been allowed to create something. Money is a means for our survival, and to that extent it is necessary. However, you must always assess yourself in terms of whatever you are being asked to do. What is the level of responsibility that is being offered to you? What is the opportunity for you to create something truly worthwhile, both for yourself and for everyone around you? Any work that you do in the world is truly worthwhile for you only if you are able to touch people’s lives deeply.

Of Fragrance and Filth

What does purity really mean? Sadhguru explains, purity does not mean becoming saintly or sterile. To become pure, one must become life-oriented.
Sadhguru: People’s idea of purity is very convoluted. Purity is not a certain level of incapability as it is generally made out. When I say purity, do not think of whatever you call saintliness. I am not talking about purity in that sense. If you say the air is pure, what do you mean by that? Does it mean to say this air came straight from God, or does it mean it has all the ingredients to nourish life? If you say the land is pure, does it mean it is sterile where nothing can grow, or that it is full of all the filth that can exist on the planet, and if you throw a seed,pooff, it will immediately pop up? Pure means life-oriented; everything that is needed for life to burst out and make things happen is all there.
Purity does not mean becoming unnatural and digressing from the life process.
Purity does not mean you should become constipated. Purity does not mean becoming unnatural and digressing from the life process. Purity means you have become the life process because only life can perceive life. You have to be alive in the highest possible way if you want to perceive the subtler and deeper dimensions of life. It is just that everything that is said, people take it literally and put it into some other context.
In the yogic culture and probably in other places also, someone said, “If you are sexually oriented, you will not perceive.” They said this not because they think something is right or wrong about it. All they said was, “If you are sexually oriented, you are driven by a little cocktail of chemicals within you. Your consciousness will not work because it is a compulsive force.” If you are in a certain state of compulsiveness, the sounds of consciousness will be out of your grasp. In that context, any number of people would have said that if you are sexually oriented you will miss the other aspect. Not because it is right or wrong. If it is wrong, then your very existence is wrong. Well, that has also become a teaching in some places today. It is just that every word that is said can be misunderstood and taken to a dimension of one’s own limitations.
The body involves the mind, the energy and a substance which makes all this. I am calling it a substance because it is quite substantial. For me, that dimension is far more substantial than the physical reality that I see around. Divine is a substance because it is more present than anything else in the existence. Something that is so substantial, so powerfully present, I do not think I am doing any injustice when I call it a substance. But if one has to become receptive to that substance, this physical substance that you can see and touch has to be there only as a small extended particle of that substance; only then, one becomes receptive.

Fragrance and Filth

Right now, if you stick your nose out, you will smell the plants, the flowers – many things. If you walk ten paces, you will smell something else. As you go here and there, you will smell so many things. But the air does not know anything about these smells. It simply carries anything that comes its way. The air is not enjoying the smell of the rose or the jasmine, nor is it suffering the smell of the toilet. It simply works as a medium. It carries everything – neither enjoying or suffering anything. Maybe it just enjoys its movement because when we trap it, it stinks!
If one wants to know, you should not discriminate, but if one loses his discrimination, he cannot know.
If you become like this, that this smell and that smell both do not mean anything to you, then you will become capable of touching everything. You are not dodging or avoiding anything but you are refusing to make a distinction between this and that; you simply carry everything that you touch, not forgetting anything. The air has not forgotten anything that it has touched. Whether it is the fragrance of a flower or the stink of the filth. Whatever it touches, the air carries everything without discriminating. Because it is like that, it is capable of touching everything. If it was not like that, it would definitely avoid the toilet, and the moment you went into the toilet you would suffocate and die.
But it is pervading the toilet as it would pervade the shrine, in the same way, with the same involvement. It is touching the form of the divine and the lump of filth with the same involvement. Because it is like that, it gets to know and carry everything.
If one wants to know, you should not discriminate, but if one loses his discrimination, he cannot know. If someone is really looking, what is shit, what is sacred doesn’t matter for him. He starts looking at everything. If your interest in life is without prejudice, that you just want to know what this is about, only then you become a receptacle, a

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Lord Hanuman is a versatile genius.

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Lord Hanuman is a versatile genius. In Sri Sri Rama Rasayana, a Bengali version of the Ramayana, we find that Hanuman Ji learned the Shastras from Lord Rama himself. In the Muktika Upanishad, we see Rama teaching him Vedanta and explaining him the different types of mukti. In Rama-rahasya Upanishad, we have him in a teacher’s role. In the Mahabharata, Hanuman Ji discourses Bhima on the characteristics of the four varnas, and the duties of the king and the people. In his Vinay Patrika, Tulsidas salutes him as knower of Vedanta, proficient in various sciences, authority on the Vedas and their auxiliaries, and an expounder of the lore of Brahman. He is also kaladhara (master of arts) par excellence, a renowned dancer and singer, and a master musician, sangeetcharya. According to Kalindaji, a critic of Sangita Parijata, a work based on Hanuman’s theory of music, there are three principal exponents of music: Hanuman, Shardula, and Kahala, Shiva being the lord of music.
On completing his education with Surya, Hanuman insisted on offering his guru-dakshina, the preceptor’s fee. Surya asked him to serve Sugriva, his son, who was not as strong and powerful as Bali, the chief of the vanaras. This brought Hanuman into Sugriva’s service. 'He is the counsellor of the vanara king Sugriva. He has mastery over language. It is impossible for anyone to converse like him without attaining command over the Rig, Yajur, and Sama Vedas. His proficiency in grammar is thorough; he has studied it many times over. Thus, Hanuman Ji represents many things at many levels. He is regarded as the Superman, the perfect man, the knowledge body (gnana guna sagara) in man, the immortal man (chiranjeevi), the animal man and the flying human (va+nara). He is a perfect example of true devotion and complete surrender. He also symbolises the story of animal man in us who through the path of devotion and service to God, can purify himself and attain immortality. Truly in the entire Hindu pantheon there in none like Shri Hanuman, for he is an evolved God, born strangely as a manifestation of Lord Shiva but became a great devotee of Shri Mahavishnu through Lord Rama!!
Jai Shri Ram ~ Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Jai Rudra Ke Roop Hanuman! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Veerbhadra Avatar

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Veerbhadra Avatar
After Goddess Sati immolated Herself at the Daksha yagna, Lord Shiva became extremely furious. Lord Shiva plucked a hair strand from His head and threw it on the ground. It was from the hair strand that Veerbhadra and Rudrakali were born. It is the most fierce avatar of Shiva. He is depicted as a dark God with three fiery eyes, wearing a garland of skulls and carrying terrifying weapons. This avatar of Lord Shiva severed Daksh's head at the yagna.


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The rishis came to realise, that divinity was timeless and present from the very inception of the world. It had to be: Not only was everything made by God, everything was made of God. ‘God stuff’ had been wired into all from the beginning!” Suta declared.
“And the magic of Shiva’s touch…” Suta continued, gently putting his hand over Shaunaka’s, “Was understood to be the bringing back of the spirit to its original form.”
“So… meeting the source automatically enabled a factory resetting! Like when we take a broken toy to its maker, and he assembles it back! I see…” said Shaunaka.
“Yes,” confirmed Suta, with a benign smile, pleased with Shaunaka’s grasp, indicated by his innocent, but accurate analogy. “It is all in the touch of the maker’s hand.


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That ‘Shiva was an aloof mendicant’, was the greatest misnomer.
He defied the very concept that the more mystic one is, the more detached hebecomes. Contrary to what people had come to believe of Him, as the most mystic of all, He was desperately attached and fallibly infatuated, which made Him endearingly human.
He loved relationships, in fact, craved for them, surfing with equal intensity the crests of one and all in a tumultuous ocean of relationships and feelings; sometimes knowing, at other times eager to know, how his favourite people had surfaced to their present form in this ocean of manifestation: He always wanted a recap from the other’s story.
In each lifetime, in each story, He enjoyed sitting with His friends, sharing quality time in long conversations. They would exchange anecdotes and talk of the experiences gathered in each other’s absence. It was like filling in the blanks, putting in the pieces that fitted into a mystic Jigsaw. Unfailingly, each time, there would ultimately be that one glorious moment when, while sitting and exchanging their own private worlds and sojourns, the final piece would fit, completing the big picture.
And a silent but supremely powerful Oneness would dawn.
It was called Samadhi.