After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshman: Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he can.
A brute he may be, but he is also a great scholar!
The obedient Lakshmana rushed across the battlefield to Ravana side and wispread in his ears:
Oh demon king, do not let your knowledge die with you.Share it with us and wash away your sins!
Ravana responded by simply turning away his head. An angry Lakshman went back to Lord Rama and said:
He is arrogant as he always was, too proud to share anything!
Rama conformed his brother and asked him softly: Where did you seat while asking Ravana for knowledge?
Next to his head so that I hear what he had to say clearly! – spoke Lakshman.
Lord Rama smiled, placed his bow on the ground ans walked to where Ravana lay.
Lakshmana watched in astonishment as his divine brother knelt at Ravana’s feet.
With palms joined with extreme humility, Lord Rama said:
Lord of Lanka, you abducted my wife, a terrible crime for which i have been forced to punish you. Now, you are no more my enemy. I bow to you and request you to share your wisdom with me. Please do that, for if you die without doing so, all your wisdom will be lost forever to the world.
To Lakshmana surprise Ravana opened his eyes and raised his arms to salute Lord Rama:
If only i had more time as your teacher then as your enemy.
Standing at my feet as a student should, unlike your rude younger brother, you are worthy recipient of my knowledge.
I have very little time so I cannot share much but let me tell you important lessons i have learned in my life.
1) Things that are bad for you seduce you easily; you run towards them impatiently. So you must defer the bad action as much as you can and avoid them.
2. Things that are actually good for you, fail to attract you; you shun them creatively, finding powerful excuses to justify your procrastination. So you must do good action without any delay and as much early as you can.
This is why i was impatient to abduct Sita but avoided meeting you.
This is wisdom of my life, Lord Rama. My last words. I give it to you! said Ravana and died.
Please let your children read this, it maybe too late for some of us but if you are young its the right time
There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second Richest man who has Donated $ 31 billion to charity.
Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:
He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, which he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO’s only two rules.
Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder’s money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.
He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.
Bill Gates, the world’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became devotee of Warren Buffet.
Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.
His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and Remember:
A: Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.
B: Live your life as simple as you are.
C: Don’t do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel good.
D: Don’t go on brand name; just wear those things in which u feel comfortable.
E: Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on people who are really in need.
F: After all it’s your life then why give chance to others to rule.
The above may not make you Warren Buffet. However it will surely make you successful and bring you more wisdom.
Sometimes in the dark of the night I visit my conscience To see if it is still breathing For its dying a slow death Every day.
When I pay for a meal in a fancy place An amount which is perhaps the monthly income Of the guard who holds the door open And quickly I shrug away that thought It dies a little
When I buy vegetables from the vendor And his son “chhotu” smilingly weighs the potatoes Chhotu, a small child, who should be studying at school I look the other way It dies a little.
When I am decked up in a designer dress A dress that cost a bomb And I see a woman at the crossing In tatters,trying unsuccessfully to save her dignity And I immediately roll up my window It dies a little
When at Christmas I buy expensive gifts for my children On return, I see half clad children With empty stomach and hungry eyes Selling Santa caps at red light I try to salve my conscience by buying some, yet It dies a little
When my sick maid sends her daughter to work Making her bunk school I know I should tell her to go back But I look at the loaded sink and dirty dishes And I tell myself that is just for a couple of days It dies a little
When I give my son the freedom To come home late from a party And yet when my daughter asks I tell her it is not safe I raise my voice when she questions why It dies a little
When I hear about a rape or a murder of a child, I feel sad, yet a little thankful that it’s not my child I can not look at myself in the mirror It dies a little
When people fight over caste creed and religion I feel hurt and helpless I tell myself that my country is going to the dogs I blame the corrupt politicians Absolving myself of all responsibilities It dies a little
When my city is choked Breathing is dangerous in the smog ridden Delhi I take my car to work daily Not taking the metro,not trying car pool One car won’t make a difference, I think It dies a little
So when in the dark of the night I visit my conscience And find it still breathing I am surprised For, with my own hands Daily, bit by bit, I bury it.
By Rashmi Trivedi Author of Woman everything will be fine!
Ganesh mantra SUM KAISSYIA KA DANTASYA KAPLO GAJ KARN KA LAMBO DHARASYE VIKTO VIGHNA NASO VINAYAK
These two mantras are very powerful and can be recite in the morning as soon as awake.
Before opening the eyes you have to pass the palms of the hands on the face, then hold them togheter. Opening the eyes, you’ll recite the mantra of the awakening looking only at the palms. Then for seven times you’ll recite the mantra passing the hands on the whole body. At the end you’ll recite the Ganesh mantra.
MANTRAS TO LIGHT INCENSE
त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव ।त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव ।त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणम् त्वमेव ।त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देवः ॥त्रहि माँ त्रहि माँ त्रहि माँ
tvameva mātā ca pitā tvameva ।tvameva bandhuśca sakhā tvameva ।tvameva vidyā draviṇam tvameva ।tvameva sarvam mama deva devaḥ ॥trahi māṁ trahi māṁ trahi māṁ
White as camphor, the avatar of Karuna (god of Compassion), adorned with the garland of the Serpent King, ever dwelling in the lotus of my heart, to the Lord and Lady, Shiva and Shakti together, to them I bow down.
SHANTI MANTRA (Peace Mantras)
we are everything, we are together
ॐ सहना भवतु सहनौ भुनक् तुसहवीर्यम् करवावहै तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विष्आवहै ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः
In the Vedas the mantra (sound) is the primary source from which the universe has sprung (in the Bible: “in the beginning it was the Verb”); it is the primordial vibration presents in every thing, the motor of the universe. Through the study and the search on the mantrasthe ancient wise man have discovered how we can be in harmony with the cosmos and with ourselves.
ॐ (Aum) it is the primordial sound, is the matrix of all that exists in the universe. it doesn’t have a particular meaning, it is rather a sacred syllable that represents the essence of the vital energy from which the creation has sprung. ॐ is the combination of three sounds: A – U – M. The A represents Brahma the creator, the conscience, the state of vigil. The U represents Vishnu the preserver, the subconscious, the state of dream. The M represents Shiva the destroyer, the unconscious, the state of deep sleep. It can be noticed as these three letters are tightly correlated with the endless breath of the universe, in which the three strengths of creation, preservation and destruction continually follow one another and how they are correlated with the three dimensions of the human conscience.
The utilization of the sounds for spiritual purpose is universally used. In a lot of religions the continuous repeating of a sentence or a sacred sound with the help of a rosary (japa mala) represents the highest form of meditation. The mantras are the best vehicle in the meditation because through them the mind calms the incessant flow of thoughts and it settles in a state of deep concentration.
Bija means seed, root. It is a very powerful Mantra that usually consists of a single syllable. The Bija Mantra evoke particular aspects of nature or of the divine, each Devata has his or her own Bija. The greatest of all Bijas is Om or Pranava, because it is the symbol of Para-Brahman.
The following table lists some of the most common Bija Mantras:
Meaning – Element
auṃ / oṁ
Mahamaya – Bhuvaneshvari
Kali – Kama
Kavacha Bija – Armour
Mother of Viras – Mahakala
Kurcha Bija – Bestows Protection
Vaivasvata (son of the Sun-Vivasvan)
Cosmos – Heart
Astra Mantra (weapon mantra)
Svaha (consort of Agni)
Oblations – Sacrificial Fire
Ananda Bhairava – Guru
Bestows Protection – Inspiration
Some Important Mantras
ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे
om aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce
om – The Pranava Mantra represents the Nirguna Brahman, the infinite beyond conception.
aim – The Vak beeja, the seed sound of Mahasarasvati. The knowledge that is consciousness. Creation, rajo guna, the energy of desire.
hrim – The Maya beeja, the sound of Mahalakshmi. The all pervasive existence. Preservation, sattva guna, energy of action.
klim – The Kama beeja, the seed sound of Mahakali. The all consuming delight. Destruction, tamo guna, energy of wisdom.
camunda – The slayer of the demons Chanda and Munda, of passion and anger.
yai – the grantor of boons
vicce – in the body of knowledge, in the perception of consciousness
Hindi Translation: हम त्रिनेत्र धारी शिवकी आराधना करते हैं, जो अपनी शक्ति से संसार का पालन करतें हैं। उनसे प्रार्थना है कि वे हमें जीवन व मृत्यु के बंधन से मुक्त करे और हमें दिखा दे कि हम कभी भी अपनी अमर प्रकृति से अलग नहीं होते हैं॥
English translation: I worship that fragrant Shiva of three eyes, the one who nourishes all living entities. May he help us severe our bondage with samsara by making us realise that we are never separated from our immortal nature.
Source: Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Rigved 7.59.12
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a boon to humanity and a panacea to all forms of ailments – Physical, Mental, Intellectual and Spiritual. The deeper one delves into the ocean of knowledge that this verse is, the more valuable are the pearls of wisdom.
This is one of the most beautiful shloka of chapter 9 (BG:9.8) of Bhagwad Gita. It signifies the power of Krishna and his creation. Krishna resides in each and everything as everything is created by him. The very element of our existence lies within these few beautiful words.
Krishna says that he only creates and then it is for us how we evolve. Though he is the supreme commander and directs everything with a neutral mind, it is for his creation to grow and evolve.
Krishna resides in each and everything as everything is created by him. The very element of our existence lies within these few beautiful words.
Curve back within yourself again and again till you have absolved yourself of all negative forces. Then create a beautiful human being who is above any form of pain and anger. Create a human who is not affected by the proceedings around him and takes everything in his stride with a calm and composed mind.
To establish of what type of constitution we are and to establish a diet is good routine to address to an ayurvedic physician.
In this section the matter is treated in general line to better understand the principles and the techniques of Ayurveda.
The diet, being of primary importance, has a big consideration in ayurvedic medicine. In western country is given more importance to the quantity of calories of the food and the classification in fat, carbohydrates, proteins etc., with little consideration on the digestive ability of the consumer, on the season, on the mental state of the individual or on the equilibrium of the energies in body and mind. According to the ancient Indian medicine the diet is above all a tool of preservation of the state of health and prevention of illness. That’s why we cannot ignore these important factors that so heavily influence our psycophysic equilibrium.
In this section some fundamental principles of the ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the composition of two sanscrit words Ayur life and Veda knowledge, its meaning is therefore science of life. The tradition wants the teachings of this ancient medicine to be reached by the Avatar (divine incarnation) Dhanvantari. It is an ancient system which was improved during the course of time that drew its principles from the Vedic knowledge. It has been widely used in India over the millennia and is still one of the medicines most commonly used in the Indian subcontinent.
Ayurveda is a medicine which deals man in his physical, mental and spiritual aspects, trying to heal the sick, prevent disease and maintain our own equilibrium state.
According to Ayurveda the universe is governed by 5 elements: EARTH – WATER – FIRE – AIR – ETHER. In our body these elements govern the 3 Dosha, the physical structure and the 3 Guna the mental structure.
The balance of all these elements determines the state of health.
In Ayurveda are described seven types of tissues of the body, known as saptadhatu. It is plasma (rasa dhatu), blood (Rakta dhatu), meat (mamsa dhatu), adipose tissue (medha dhatu), bone (asthi dhatu), the marrow and the nervous system (majja dhatu), and reproductive tissue (semen or female reproductive tissue) (sukra dhatu).
The eight branches of Ayurveda are:
Internal medicine (Kaya-cikitsa)
Opthalmology and Otolaryngology (Shalakya tantra)
Psychiatry (Bhuta vidya)
Prevention of diseases, improving immunity and rejuvenation (Rasayana)
Aphrodisiacs and improving health of progeny (Vajikaranam)
According to the Siddha tradition there are 96 aspects of life supported by the individual soul, the Purusha.
Life is lived through the 5 motor organs, Pancha Karmendriya, which correspond to the 5 senses and the 5 elements.
Mouth (expression) – hearing – ether
Hands (grab) – touch – air
Foot (move) – sight – fire
Urino-genital organs (emission) – taste – water
Anus (elimination) – smell – earth
The organs of action allow acting in the physical world and then allowing the mind to make new experiences. They are expressive and their receptive capacity is given by the sense organs. The organs of action are more related to the five gross elements while the sense organs correspond more to Tanmatras or thin elements.
Given that requires movement, the body has five hollow organs, 5 Asayas.
Ovary / Prostate
The Asayas are important because the body needs energy that is forfeited through food to generate movement.
All of us live by 5 types of actions:
With the mouth we talk and eat
With arms we take and give
With legs we go
With the genitals we reproduce
With the excretory organs we eliminate
The 5 actions of the body, walking, working, talking, release and procreating, are governed by Tridoshas derived by Pancha Mahabhutas.
Vata – movement
Pitta – nourishment
Kapha – rest
All matter consists of the five elements, Pancha Mahabhutas, which are understood as levels of density of matter itself.
Ether – Akasha
Air – Vayu
Fire – Teja / Agni
Water – Jala
Earth – Pritvi
The elements are the means which are necessary for the expression of Cosmic Intelligence.
Ether: manifests the idea of space, communication and expression
Air: manifests the idea of time, of the change and provides the basis for thought
Fire: manifests the idea of light, perception and movement
Water: manifests the idea of life, liquidity and flowing movement
Earth manifests the idea of form, solidity and stability
To have the experience of the outside world need the 5 sensory organs, Pancha Jñanendriyas; each of them corresponds to a quality of sense (Tanmatra) and an element
Ear – hearing organ – ether
Skin – organ of touch – air
Eye – organ of sight – fire
Tongue – organ of taste – water
Nose – organ of smell – earth
The sense organs, also called organs of knowledge, allow the experience of the outside world. It is noteworthy that through the sense organs we can assimilate the Pancha Tanmatras as subtle elements then they feed on a subtle level; that’s why there is the Vedic dictum “what you see, you become.”
The sensory organs are generated by the 5 senses, Pancha Tanmatra, derived from the interaction of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
Shabda – hearing – ether
Sparsha – touch – air
Rupa – sight – fire
Rasa – taste – water
Gandha – smell – earth
The Pancha Tanmatras create the manifested worlds in the form of a seed; they create the causal or ideal world, the world of ideas that precedes any form of material expression.
Senses work through the 10 Vayus. (5 Major – 5 Minor)
Prana Vayu – moves inward and governs the taking of substances and receiving of all kinds, has a propulsive nature and generates movement. Prana Vayu gives positive energy to all other prana.
Apana Vayu – goes down and ejects, goes out and governs the elimination at all levels. Apana, which is the basis of immune function, is the vital energy of the lower part of the abdomen.
Samana Vayu – moves from the periphery toward the center with an action of shuffling and discernment, in charge of processing and digestion at all levels.
Udana Vayu – is the energy of the throat that governs Word, self-expression, body growth, the ability to stand and make efforts, enthusiasm and willingness.
Vyana Vayu – moves from the center to the periphery and is the energy that is in the heart and lungs, governs the transport and movement at all levels.
Naga Vayu – responsible for the expulsion from the mouth and nose. Nagan is instinctive; it is the movement responsible for protecting the body’s defense. For example, in case of wind eyes are closed instinctively.
Kurma Vayu – responsible for the hiccups and swallow reported not only to food but also to situations, feelings, duties that don’t like, etc.
Krikara Vayu – responsible for the contrary movement of food and any movement outside the normal. For example, vomiting.
Devadatta Vayu – responsible for the opening and closing movement of eye lashes and the sneeze; It helps in protecting the body control systems.
Dhananjaya Vayu – responsible for joints creaking and contractures, the yawning and burping, helps rid the body of harmful gas residue. For example, when the prana becomes of poor quality, we yawn.
The Vayus flow through 12 main Nadis.
Brahma Nadi which are related chakras along the spine and brain.
Citra and Vajra Nadis creating Viyana Vayu and are linked to the cerebellum, spine and peripheral nerves.
Ida, Pingala and Jiva Nadis that result in Udana and Prana Vayus and are related to the lungs, heart and thyroid.
Pusha and Gandhari Nadis creating Samana Vayu and are linked to the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, spleen and liver.
Hasti and Alambusha Nadis that, along with Shankini and Kuhu Nadis, originate Apana Vayu and are related to the reproductive organs.
Shankini and Kuhu Nadis related to the colon, kidneys and bladder.
The 12 Nadis branch out from 3 Mandalas (centers).
Agni Mandala – governs digestive system and is located in the abdomen Chakras: Manipura, Swadhisthana and Muladhara
Surya Mandala – governs the heart and circulation and is located in the solar plexus Chakras: Vishuddi and Anahata
Chandra Mandala – governs the nervous system and is located in the brain and in the head Chakras: Sahasrara and Ajña
Vayus, Nadis and Mandalas are ruled by the 7 Chakras.
The chakras are located along the spine and are the seven major energy centers in the human body; each of them corresponds to specific features in both physical and spiritual.
Muladhara Chakra – Basilar origin. It is located at the base of the spine, in the pelvic region; represents the Earth element. The practice on this chakra helps to maintain stability.
Swadhisthana Chakra – Headquarters of health. It is located in the pelvic region and is considered the origin of the self; represents the Water element. The practice on Swadhisthana free from emotional blocks.
Manipura Chakra – Light of the jewels. It is located at the navel in the cavity of the abdomen; represents Karma, fate, and its element is Fire. The practice on Manipura facilitates metabolism, digestion, assimilation and elimination.
Anahata Chakra – Not known Sound. It is located in the chest cavity near the heart and represents the Air element. The practice on this chakra is blossoming love, tenderness and compassion.
Vishuddha Chakra – Great purification. It is located in the hollow of the throat and represents the element Ether. The practice on it purifies and revitalizes the organism due to transformation from negative energy into positive. It increases energy and creativity.
Ajña Chakra – Dominance. Its name means knowing, sensing and control. It is located in the cranial cavity, in the middle of the forehead, and represents the mind. The practice on this chakra helps to think and analyze giving clarity.
Sahasrara Chakra – Eternal circle. It is located on the top of the head and represents Samadhi. Sahasrara means circle of Ecstasy and can define the interface between individual and universal consciousness. Represents the Purusha. The practice on this chakra brings peace and contentment.
The 7 Chakras derive from 5 types of bodies, Pancha Kosham.
Anna Maya Kosham – It is the physical body nourished by the food, it contains everything from soul to mind, etc.
Prana Maya Kosham – It is the energetic functional body that is nourished through the breath; without prana there is no life.
Mano Maya Kosham – It is the mental body that is nourished with thoughts.
Vijñana Maya Kosham – It is the intellectual body which is fed by knowledge and wisdom.
Ananda Maya Kosham – It is the blessed body that is nourished by pure consciousness, by the soul.
The soul sustains all bodies through the consciousness of intellect, thoughts, energy and structure.
The 5 Koshams have 2 types of action, 2 Karmas.
Nal Vinai – good destiny
Thi Vinai – bad destiny
The 2 Karma produce 3 types of slag, 3 Mala.
Anavam – main ego (wanting to sleep, wake up, hating, loving, enter in meditation)
Maya – illusion, ignorance
Kama – greed, too much desire.
We all live subjected to ego, illusions and desires. Although we have no longer desires, we continue to live because we are subjected to Maya, and also eliminating Maya, the ego continues to persist; to go beyond we should tend towards the Purusha burning the ego. The process of the manifestation takes place through a series of successive divisions with which various creatures and different objects come into existence. Ahamkara more than a reality in itself is a process, a series of thoughts that divide, not a real entity. This is a division power that is essential to the manifestation of multiplicity; it is a stage of evolution, but is not the fundamental truth or true nature of creatures that is represented by the Pure Consciousness beyond personification. Through ego the basic potentialities of the matter (Prakriti) and the fundamental laws contained in the Cosmic Intelligence (Mahat) take a specific form. The basic qualities of nature differ in three groups of five: five senses, five organs of action and five elements. These arise from Ahamkara through Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the Triguna.
If Buddhi is intelligence that allows to turn the gaze to deep and inner nature of things, the ego, which by its nature is outwards, creates the mind and the senses, tools that allow the individual to operate. Ayurveda places great emphasis on understanding of the ego and the inevitable distortions created by its influence; a proper understanding of the ego causes our judgment remains balanced and our actions are aimed at the universal good. Break free from the ego’s domain causes the dissolution of all psychological disorders and physical diseases.
Hasyam – humor, irony in a positive, fun, laughs, taking life lightly
Shantham: this tranquility can take over in a state of silence. This state happens naturally for a very short time, so that we are not able to recognize it; in meditation practice we try to bring this state to longer times and to recognize it.
We find the 9 Rasas in 5 types of status, conditions, Pancha Avastha.
Jakrat – waking state; be ready, alert. Consciousness is associated with the mental and to the senses.
Svapna – dream state; with eyes open or closed. Consciousness is in the subtle body, associated with the mental.
Sushupti – state of dreamless sleep; be asleep, peaceful, calm. Consciousness is in the causal body.
Turiya – state of meditation; deep consciousness, ecstasy, how to enjoy life outside or on inside, blissful. Consciousness is in the great
causal body – Mahakarana.
Turiyatita – state of pure consciousness – Unmesha; silence, total annulment which can be all the other consciousnesses.
Avastha is the state of the soul. In all the states is used the consciousness but the kind of state depends on the environment. The first three states are associated with Avidya (ignorance); Vikriti with the first two and the third with Prakriti. Pure consciousness is not taking part of normal life, goes beyond; even if one lives the life, he lives differently. Turiya is the state of deep meditation, Samadhi; Turiyatita is the state of meditation in life.
The 5 Avasthas live in 4 aspects, subtle causes, the 4 Andakarnis.