Friday, November 14, 2014

Karma, Koshas, Ajapa Japa

Namaste, Vanakam.
You know, in the Vedas and the Bible it said that God created man in His image and likeness, and we understand that as in form – this form is God’s creation. The way you look is God’s creation. So if somebody is born with one leg missing, is that the likeliness of God? How can we say, ‘in His image …’? That means we must look exactly like God. Actually, what it means is ‘in His energy’ because we are a single unit of pure consciousness, and that consciousness is God. If we understand it like that then we don’t have to worry about disability, inability, and debility. You should not worry about these things because they won’t affect you if you are in His image. So that means when God sent us down here He sent us for 2 things: to experience this life again; and to work out the karmic consequences of your other lifetimes. And what are the karmic consequences of your other lifetimes? What are my karmic consequence of my other lifetimes? You. All of you are my karmic consequences from other lifetimes, be it good or bad. Because I am your karmic consequence from another lifetime too, whether you want to accept it or not. And because of that we are here. When you are born again in another lifetime (which all of you will from all of the karma you’ve accumulated in this life) you’re not going to escape the cycle of birth and death for a long time, in many cases it’ll be 33 000 years before you lose it all. You’ll come back here in another lifetime with the karmic consequences of this lifetime becoming the agama karma.

There are 4 kinds of karma: sanchita, prarabdha, agama and kriyamana karma – and somewhere, sometime in our daily lives one of those are in action, whether you’re doing good or bad. For example, we have teachers here. The teaching of students is their karmic consequences. They complain to me every day but in my mind I say ‘live your karma whether you like it or not’. So you might be thinking that you don’t remember your last karma. Do you have to remember it to suffer in this life? Whether you remember or not, you are suffering. Understand it like that. Many people wonder what the point of it is? We don’t know our last karmas but we’re suffering them. For example, Warren’s biggest karma, literally, is Sundrie, whether he likes it or not.

Every one of us is living our karma on this journey. You might be in any one of the 4 karmic divisions – any one of them is active at any time. To overcome that, the great masters, the ancient masters and teachers have given us a method called ajapa japa. It is a meditation technique that was given by the masters and came down to where we are now in a traditional way. By practicing ajapa japa you can overcome the consequences of this karmic action – when I say   ‘overcome’ don’t think it’ll be reduced – you’ll go through it without even knowing it.

Okay, to overcome your karmic consequences you need to devise a technique, and ajapa japa is the easiest technique. Paramahansa Yogananda taught it to every devotee he met. But, unfortunately for you, all of you are not as dedicated, devoted, or disciplined as those who Paramahansa taught. It’s all lost – you don’t have it. We have to literally cry to the people to please come to service. Service is yoga and sadhana. Eating, sleeping, loving, walking, seeing is yoga. Everything that you do is yoga whether you know it or not. So you can’t say you don’t know anything about yoga. Talking is yoga too. You’re exercising some part of your body. Understand? But gossiping is not yoga because then you’ll say you weren’t gossiping you were doing yoga.

So, in His image we were created to be a beautiful being in which He resides, not anybody else. He says, ‘I am a single unit of pure consciousness, in you I am fire, in you I am water, in you I am the wall, the body, everything. In you I can’t be destroyed’. When they say 'ashes to ashes' it’s not 'me' at all, it is the physical body referred to because you never die. That is how you’re living your karmic consequences of your other lifetimes because you won’t die. Your body will die but you won’t die. How can we understand this? It’s very simple. Today you know me as Guru. You all call me Guru. If tomorrow morning they call you and say that Guru died, at my funeral none of you will ask, 'When is Guru coming?' You’ll ask, when the body is coming because the ‘you’, the guru that you know is gone with the atma – that single unit of pure consciousness. When you die the atma within you, in the body, is no more there. It is only a useless body worth nothing, to be thrown in the ocean (the fishes will die), to be be cremated. If you’re a drug addict it can be planted and six months later we’ll get plants. The body is absolutely nothing. It is just here to function, to work out your karmic consequences.

The body is called annamaya kosha, meaning ‘food’. What does it require to live? Food. Annamayakosha, pranamaya kosha, manomaya kosha, vijnanamaya kosha, anandamaya kosha, are our 5 koshas (sheaths). All of us should strive on this journey to live in the anandamaya kosha. The vijnanamaya kosha is the intellectual state; manomaya kosha is the breath state; the annamaya kosha is the body. We should not satisfy it. We should satisfy all the others. We should transcend the annamaya kosha through the others, to anandamaya kosha. If you transcend to that state you’ll become a living Caitanya Mahaprabhu – nothing else. You will have everything you want in life, spiritually and materially. Bliss will be all over you. Just to see you, people will find bliss – by just looking at you. You will glow with the intensity of God and God alone. People will see you and be attracted because the God in you has come out. And all of that stems from just one thing: a single unit of pure consciousness. And as long as you are a single unit of pure consciousness and being, in that state you are equal to God in every aspect. But you have one factor: mind. The most dangerous aspect of a living entity is the mind.

So the question is: how do you control the mind? Everybody asks that question. To control the mind you should not be against the mind. You should be with the mind. I’ll tell you a short story. There was a king and he had 4 beautiful horses, but nobody could ride them because they were wild. So he put a challenge out to everybody. Whoever could tame the horses and ride them could have whatever they wanted from the kingdom. Hundreds came and went, some died, broke their backs or their legs –everyone left either as a body or with injuries. He decided that nobody could train the horses. One day a young man arrived and told the king that he would like to try and tame the horses. The king told the young man that professional horsemen had tried and not succeeded. How could a young man do it? The young man begged for a chance on condition that he was granted 12 months to try. By the13 month the king thought the young man had died. Then one day he came back riding one horse with the other 3 following behind. The king said, "Before I give you what I promised, can you tell me how you did it?" The young man replied: "I became a horse.  If the horse slept then I slept, if it ate, then I ate, When it ran I ran. Eventually the horses thought I was one of them and they became my friend. One day I touched one of the horses slowly until I could hold it around the neck, and then I could ride it". And that is what we need to do with the mind. What we are doing to the mind is pushing it away. We are not running with it. You cannot control the mind by pushing it away. You know that. To control your children you give them sweets, toys, play with them. You can only control the mind if you become the mind and act exactly as the mind is acting. So the manomaya kosha is that mind. And if you overcome that, the vijnanamaya and anandamaya koshas are really nothing, they are easy to transcend. But the beginning, the starting point to this is called ajapa japa. Go and look it up you’ll find it on the internet.

Hari Om. God Bless you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

We cannot live without prana

Hari Om.

Your whole lifetime is engineered by God, and God only engineers the destiny of lives by the number of breaths he gives us. We fix that by how we breathe those breaths. In comparison, it’s like a cellphone. 2 people can top it up for the same amount of money but one might use it longer than the other person. That’s the way we use this breath.

Kriya Babaji is a perfect example of the usage of breath and all of us should catch ourselves breathing and change the way we breathe so we can enjoy for a longer period this journey given to us by God. Whatever we do in life – eating sleeping, breathing, walking – is all based on yoga. And the total concept of yoga is based on pranayama. Prana is the life force energy that enters the body and sustains the body through your existence in the time given to you determined by the number of breaths God has given you. It is the most important aspect of this body. The day your prana disappears is the day you disappear and become just a body, you’ll no longer be a father a mother, or a son, anymore – but just a body. The identity of the father, son or mother is in the prana. When I call you I’m calling your prana because that is your existence. Once the prana is gone you’re just a body.

We are all living in just the body. We are not living the prana, the most important aspect of this journey is breathing – not eating. You can live without food for a number of days but you cannot live without prana for an hour – you’ll die. That is how important the life force energy is. And the beauty of this journey is that when both members of a household walk the journey together, a total state of bliss is easily attained. It is very important to understand that. This is not a single journey for a householder. It is a journey for both householders because the most important ingredients in any household are devotion, dedication and discipline. And the most important ingredient to attain states of bhakti is the same: devotion, dedication and discipline. And only these ingredients can spice up the spiritual journey. Only after attaining the spiritual journey will you realize what life is all about. It’s not about running in the park or the bush, it’s much bigger than that and as long as you don’t understand this concept of life, and life itself you’ll understand nothing on this plane or in this universe.

As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “You are a single unit of pure consciousness”. But we are not living by that. Instead we are living by the mind and letting it continually dictate to us how we should live this life. How should we live this life? There are only 4 aspects to this life: the Kriya Babaji Mantra states them clearly – “Om Kriya Babaji namaha aum”. To attain the state of Om you have to nullify the state of aum. Aum is your states of wakefulness, sleep and deep dreaming. Om is the universal existence of consciousness called God. And how do we explain the states of aum? In your waking state it’s like you’re standing on the first floor of a building looking out of the window. What you see outside is the awake state. The sleep state is when you’re on the second floor looking out of the window – you can see the first floor and the second floor. The deep dreaming state is when you’re on the third floor and seeing all three floors. But the ultimate state is standing on the roof and being able to see everything, that one pure conscious called God, or the state of turiye. It is a very important state in our lives, and it is important to attain it in this lifetime. But we cannot attain it because we are living in the aum state continually – either awake, sleeping or dreaming. When we are awake we become the greatest faculty of food, then we sleep and start dreaming. And all that is based on the anamaya kosha, the physical body. But the Om state, the state of turiya, is the anandamaya kosha, the most blissful state of the body and we need to attain that state in this present lifetime – that state of total purity. And once we attain it we have attained the state of turiye, a very important state on this journey of ours through the material plane.

Everything we do in this life whether playing music, singing, sitting and daydreaming – is all yoga. It is all based on your breath. When you’re in a deep dream state you breathe slower than when you’re in a sleep state. When you sleep you breathe slower than in your waking state. We all need to transform, but how are we going to do that? It is done by continuously reciting the name of the Lord. The most important aspect is the name of the Lord. Subconsciously, at the back of your head you must have that name 24/7, and then you will receive great heights of liberation, of moksha, and attain nirvakalpa samadhi – but we need to first start by understanding prana. Once we understand that then everything else is easy.

Hari om.