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Past in Present!

15 Apr

The extended Swamily recently made a road trip to his home town Madurai, for his mother’s 70th birthday celebration ceremony (the traditional way with homam or havan, vedic chanting, etc). After the ever-customary Temple visit & purchasing all kinds of stuff (from eatables to brass items to Nannari sorbet to clothing to sticker bindhi to lamp wicks to gift items to rug cloth bags for saving the planet from plastics to what not…) and now-customary visit to Ramana Mandhiram (RamaNa Maharishi‘s uncle’s house, in the lane opposite to the South Gopuram of the world famous Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, where BhagawAn had the profound death experience, while still in his teens, which set his historic one-way trip to the sacred town of AruNAchalA aka ThiruvaNNAmalai, to shine his “Who am I!” spiritual light on the world), they had some time in hand to visit the residence where they’ve spent several of their formative years. 

Present Past… 

During the return journey, the family took a quick detour into a suburb of Dindigul called NGO colony, where Swamy lived for a few years, during the middle & high school years. Swamy’s sister-in-law #3 (of the 3) made an insightful observation, when the extended Swamily were about to get down from the vehicle to see the old house at NGO colony, Dindigul.


Past Past… 

After being away from the family for a few years (for better education, he was left with his grandparents & maternal uncle’s family in Madurai, during the Primary school years, which happened at BAla Gurukulam & Sri VidhyAlayam schools, in S.S.Colony), this independent house (Swamy Srโ€™s first own house – quite an achievement then, for an honest government servant with a fairly large brood & an extended family) is where Swamy lived & studied from 6-10th standard (@ MSP Solai Nadar Memorial HSS, which apparently remains one of the top schools in the town); met with a life altering (quite literally) sports accident (shattered the knee cap due to improper landing at long jump – for which the PET didn’t bother to train anyone – that too immediately after a sprint, for which Swamy seem have a natural flair) not only abruptly ended his potential sports career (India still awaits an Olympics Gold in Sprint ๐Ÿฅ) but also forced him to discontinue the scholastic education (due to incorrect treatment by an allegedly drug-addict doctor, which resulted in 2 surgeries & prolonged the period of recovery to several months) that he (pretty much always) did well in (a State Rank in S.S.L.C & University Rank in Engineering will sufficiently substantiate that claim), for an year (which eventually made him Anna to his fellow students, then onwards, simply because he was an year senior to them ๐Ÿ˜œ); became an ignorant agnostic for a short duration (blaming God for letting him down๐Ÿ˜ฃ); turned believer (is it gnostic! ๐Ÿค”) again; discovered (or re-discovered) his talent for sketching & writing (no formal training in either craft, other than joining a popular online course for painting & promptly discontinuing it soon ๐Ÿ™ƒ); silently appreciated the value of family (hint: his left leg was in a PoP cast for months, due to 2 surgeries to fix his damaged knee, so he couldn’t go to the restroom on his own for awhile – at least until he could pull himself around with the cast ๐Ÿค•), et al.


Long story shortโ€ฆ or in today’s SoMe terms – blog story tweet ๐Ÿ˜, that house occupied a significant number of gray cell real estate, to store piles of unreal memories, letting the mind reminisce the long gone past, as and when it liked. And there are a few other places like that as well (Swamy Sr was a humble – untainted as well – government servant, who was routinely transferred from one town to another, every two or three years), not only in Madurai, but also nearby towns like RAmanhAthapuram, Dindigul & UtthamapALayam.


Present Past… 

Incidentally, Swamy was inadvertently visiting some of these places, in the recent past, for different purposes. As a serious seeker, he is fully aware that there are no accidents or mere coincidences in Life. So, his sister-in-lawโ€™s (an intellectual & writer similar to Swamy, but doesn’t dabble on the spiritual space, unlike Swamy) remark triggered a thought trainโ€ฆ (ah, that bloody wily mindโ€ฆ how glad is it to be in the thick of pointless action again.. & again.. & again.. ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ˜ฑ).

Here’s what she said (may not be verbatim, but close enough)…

โ€œAnna, you seem to be the most excited person, who wants to see this old house!โ€

A pertinent point, considering the group of people getting out to see the house (now in dilapidated condition, locked out without any inhabitants) included 2 (out of 4) of his younger brothers (who too have lived there) & one more sister-in-law (who is familiar with the house) & the other s-i-lโ€™s parents (who happen to be paternal aunt & her husband, for the brothers & thereby familiar with that house as well). The 3 kids (of the younger brothers) & the driver were just curious about all the excitement of the (yet-to-grow-up) adults, as they had no clue about the place. But the kids were naturally excited about climbing the wall & exploring the ancient dwelling of their parents, where they probably were the past replicas of them in the present! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


After spending a short while, checking every part of the house (it was locked, but one can go around, climb the stairs to the open terrace & also peep through the partially shut windows) & recalling a few interesting (or intriguing, depending on the perspective) incidents, the group left the derelict place, overflowing with memories of a long gone, but obviously not yet forgotten, past. The smartphones captured the house, frozen in time, for posterity, as it’s quite possible that none of them may ever visit it again! 


Past in Present… 

As the vehicle continued to clock kilometres on the expressway, speeding towards Chennai, so everyone but Swamy can rush back to their survival routine the next morning, Swamy recalled a different incident, from his Master Sadhguruโ€™s life, which resonated with what he’s now going through. 

It’s called the Karma YAtrA, which enabled those involved in Sadhguru‘s consecration of the Dhyanalinga, (a one-of-a-kind perennial energy form, consecrated using the ancient mystical process of PrANa PratishthA, which is his Guruโ€™s will that took him 3 births to complete), to experience their past, the memories of which was impeding their participation / presence, by exploring places of their past!

(you may know more about it hereโ€ฆ http://isha.sadhguru.org/mystic/dhyanalinga/consecration-process/karma-yatra/)

After reaching Chennai late in the night (which can also be termed as early in the morning), taking a brief nap & waking up fresh, listening to the cooing & chirping of birds, it became clear to Swamy that, he has started visiting places of his past recently, not to remember the past (that was a reality a long time ago, but obviously not anymore) but to let go of it (as it has no relevance or value to the spiritual pursuit, progressing towards self-realisation). For good! 
Though Swamy’s state of awareness is still limited to only the Present Past (past events of the present birth / lifetime) and yet to expand to the Past Past (past events in previous lifetimes), he’s at least clear about what needs to be done in the present, ASAP, about the past… Quickly cover a few more places that enshrine memoriesโ€ฆ to complete the Karma yAtrA, i.e. journey to the Past in Present! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

Be joyful ๐Ÿ˜Œ & spread the cheer ๐ŸŒป
~Swamy

@PrakashSwamy 


Sacred Secularism!

15 Sep

โ€‹This enchanting tale about Gautama the Buddha & one of his wonderful disciples was shared by my Master Sadhguru (shared as received).

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“Right now, during monsoon, the northern and eastern part of the Indian subcontinent is receiving heavy rains. In a season like this, Gautama the Buddha, who was otherwise continuously travelling with a large group of his disciplines, made a rule that in these two and a half months, the monks could stay in one place. Generally, the rule for the sanyasis or monks who were with him was to never stay in any place for more than two days. But during the rainy season, walking through the jungles would have been treacherous, and many would have lost their lives. Therefore, this was a time when they stayed in a larger town and spread across many homes.

During the day, the monks went out for alms. Ananda Tirtha, Gautamaโ€™s elder cousin, encountered a courtesan. She gave him alms, looked at him, a tall and handsome young man, and said, โ€œI heard monks are looking for shelter. Why donโ€™t you come and stay in my house?โ€ Ananda Tirtha said, โ€œI must ask the Buddha as to where I should stay.โ€ She became really taunting, โ€œOh, you want to ask your Guru? Go and ask him. Letโ€™s see what he says.โ€

Ananda went back to Gautama and put what he had collected at his feet. Everyone was supposed to find food and shelter wherever they go. So Ananda asked, โ€œThis lady is inviting me. Can I stay there?โ€ Gautama said, โ€œIf she is inviting you, you must go and stay there.โ€ Upon hearing that, the townspeople who were around were up in arms. They said, โ€œWhat? A monk is going to stay at a prostituteโ€™s home? This is it! This spiritual process has become corrupt.โ€ Gautama looked at them and said, โ€œWhy are you so worried? The lady is inviting him. Let him stay there. What is the problem?โ€There are better highs than getting drunk. There are better highs than doing drugs.People started to get up. He said, โ€œWait. I am on this path because I see this is the most precious and powerful way to live. Now you are telling me her ways are more powerful than mine? If that was the truth, I should go and join her. As a true seeker, that is how it should be โ€“ if you find something much higher, you should go for that.โ€ People were in high dungeon, and of course, many left.

Ananda went and stayed with her. Because of the rains, it got cold. He was only wearing a thin robe, so she gave him a nice silk wrap. He covered himself with it. When people saw this, they took it as evidence that he was going astray. She cooked nice food for him. He ate. In the evening, she danced for him. He sat watching with utmost attention. When people heard the music, they thought he had fallen. Time passed. When the rains stopped and it was time to move on, Ananda came to Gautama with a female monk!!!

This is the power of being on the path of truth. There is an innate longing in human beings to seek truth. They just need to be given an opportunity.

– Sadhguru”

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The rainy season practice mentioned in the aforesaid tale is still actively observed by monks of many mutts (Ashram) too, as ChAturmAsya vrata.๐Ÿ˜Œ

Chatur (Sanskrit) means 4 (doesn’t “Chatur bhuje chandra kalA vadamse” ring a bell!๐Ÿ””). It’s a 4-month period, during monsoon, when many popular festivals are also celebrated. ๐Ÿค— This period is considered auspicious for performing DAna (offering / giving away to others), VratA (austerities including daily rituals & food), JapA (chanting MantrAs) & HomA (ritual havan or fire process for purification & specific purposes). ๐Ÿ˜‡

There are a few interesting stories (what’s our magnificent culture without them ๐Ÿ˜) about ChAturmAsya vratA that one can Google & enjoy. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

KAnchi MahAPeriyavA Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi aka ParamAchAryA (literally – Great Guru / Teacher) made its importance known to many by observing it in different places every year & disciples, devotees & seekers (considered the reincarnation of the great sage Adi SankarA, MahAPeriyavA is a realized Master who is physically no more but continue to be a living reality for many disciples) were delighted because it’s like having God incarnate come & stay in (near, to be precise) your place for an extended period of time rather than you going to their place for darshan. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Incidentally, Gautama, having been a Prince before becoming the Buddha (the enlightened one), would’ve not only known about this ancient practice, but would’ve also patronised SAdhus, monks & roving mendicants during the ChAturmAsya.โ˜ It’s but natural for him to follow it, albeit sans the rituals (which he consciously excluded in his path Damma PadA, so that any seeker, including those without any knowledge of the many rituals, can still seek to attain Mukti), which is the backdrop of the aforesaid story.๐Ÿ‘

Considering every 3rd person encountered on the road these days is a selective secularist, soon there’ll certainly be a secular spin to the Buddha’s tale as well, as the necessary pieces to put together a puzzle are all readily there (& a bunch of mic wielding maniacal reporters chasing TRP are always around to share their silly sickular views on prime time TV as well). ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Sadhguru, a living realized Master, has shared the tale of Gautama the Buddha,  one of the most popular realized Masters of all time, to shine the light on the power of spirituality, fueled by purity of purpose.๐Ÿ™Œ

Our ancient culture is abound with such enchanting tales from time immemorial, to ensure the safe passage of Truth thru time, for all future generations. In this tale, the subtly hidden message is about the auspicious nature of the ChAturmAsya period & the austerities to be observed / performed during that time, by all seekers.๐ŸŒผ

Since Mukti or ultimate liberation (from the cycle of birth & death) was considered the only purpose of being born as a human being in this awe-inspiring culture, such minutely detailed practices are given without any reference to religion, caste, status, gender & any such divisive criteria, which makes this ancient culture truly secular, i.e. Sacred Secularism. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

But the selective secularist pseudo intellectual elites, love to only use such tales to polish their silly perspectives on history. No sir / ma’am, no pre-historic or purAnic or vedic period exists in their human evolution timeline, as they continue to simply brush aside anything not written or spoken about by a western – preferably left-leaning – or western-educated scholar. BAUHumbug.. ๐Ÿ™ So much for the secular spin ๐Ÿ˜„- that too in the name of realized Masters ๐Ÿ‘ผ- on our meaningful, purposeful & powerful ancient culture! ๐Ÿ™Œ Shambho ๐Ÿ™

Be joyful ๐Ÿ˜Œ & spread the cheer ๐ŸŒป

~Swamy

@PrakashSwamy

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