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Sacred Secularism!

15 Sep

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, Gautama’s elder cousin, encountered a courtesan. She gave him alms, looked at him, a tall and handsome young man, and said, “I heard monks are looking for shelter. Why don’t you come and stay in my house?” Ananda Tirtha said, “I must ask the Buddha as to where I should stay.” She became really taunting, “Oh, you want to ask your Guru? Go and ask him. Let’s see what he says.”

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, “This lady is inviting me. Can I stay there?” Gautama said, “If she is inviting you, you must go and stay there.” Upon hearing that, the townspeople who were around were up in arms. They said, “What? A monk is going to stay at a prostitute’s home? This is it! This spiritual process has become corrupt.” Gautama looked at them and said, “Why are you so worried? The lady is inviting him. Let him stay there. What is the problem?”There are better highs than getting drunk. There are better highs than doing drugs.People started to get up. He said, “Wait. 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 – if you find something much higher, you should go for that.” 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.😌

Chatur (Sanskrit) means 4 (doesn’t “Chatur bhuje chandra kalA vadamse” ring a bell!🔔). It’s a 4-month period, during monsoon, when many popular festivals are also celebrated. 🤗 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). 😇

There are a few interesting stories (what’s our magnificent culture without them 😏) about ChAturmAsya vratA that one can Google & enjoy. 👌

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. 🙌

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.☝ 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.👍

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). 🙈

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.🙌

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.🌼

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. 😌

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.. 🐙 So much for the secular spin 😄- that too in the name of realized Masters 👼- on our meaningful, purposeful & powerful ancient culture! 🙌 Shambho 🙏

Be joyful 😌 & spread the cheer 🌻

~Swamy

@PrakashSwamy

Less is More!

6 May

LG_4K_TV1Human beings want more and more of everything. Bigger homes and goods, larger TVs and mobiles, faster cars and bikes, heftier bank accounts, richer life style, fancier pet breeds, longer than 15 minutes of fame and so on.

While there’s nothing wrong with aspiring for more (wonderful beings like Robin Sharma will be jobless otherwise), what they don’t realize is craving for more often leads to less. Paradoxical, but true.


 

Choiceless means no choice left, not less number of choices. Hobson’s choice is the choiceless choice. But Life is full of choices and one must take the chance to pick a choice!

 

TVsAll those electronics superstore ads (IPL, May day, Summer vacation… pretty much any day is a good day for offers and freebies) woo you to upgrade your TV to an 85” 4K TV. 0% EMI makes it even more tempting. Other you’re your better half’s raised eyebrows (and a potential dinner and post-dinner cut ;), nothing’s going to stop you from acquiring your latest and greatest gadget. But the moment you land in that swanky superstore, you see a million choices in front of you, teasing and taunting you to try and buy. Making a choice becomes so hard that you may end up making your better half happy! Even if you made the choice – informed or otherwise, you’ve to also buy missile proof armour to protect yourself when that TV gets delivered at home. Hmm.. how nice it would’ve been to be choiceless and settle for that home cooked dinner!


 

verbal_vomitVoiceless means no voice, not less voice. The voiceless can speak of course, but their voice isn’t of any value.

Those of you who’ve cowered at that raised eyebrow and the prospect of not getting dinner may be called voiceless by those who make a lot of noise about anything. That smug smile on your face after a sumptuous dinner tells a tale, eh?


 

Monkay1Careless means doesn’t care, not less care. If you’re habitually careless, others will stop caring about you!

One must be careful while acquiring anything as the world is full of fake or not-so-good imitations of the really good stuff (invariably more expensive), which boast of the same kind of firepower as the exalted brands. Being careless can actually put a big hole not just your wallet but also in that funny thing called ego.


 

CrashedBike1Reckless means hasty, rash and irresponsible, not less (w)reck. It’s another matter that reckless behaviour invariably leads to some form of a wreck!

It’s quite normal for humans to be reckless based on assumed knowledge about anything and everything, due to their overrated sixth sense. But some wreck or other faithfully follows recklessness like a dog following its master.


 

Stairs1Pointless means there’s no point in trying hard, not less points for either being reckless or obsessively aiming for perfection in everything – by the self or others.

Perfection is a mirage, for we’re all imperfect creatures, whether we like it or not. So, what’s the point in pretending to be perfect in whatever we do?


 

OMG-PenguinbTasteless means lack of taste, not less taste. And being tasteless has nothing to do with food, but with pretty much everything else in Life.

Eggless means (for the gastronomically oriented Annamaya kosha beings!) no egg, not less egg. Speaking of eggs, the next time you gobble up a half-boiled or an omelette, you might want to remind yourself that they’re none other than aborted life forms, that which could’ve been a chicken, but aborted well before they were born! We know how the mother of an aborted baby feels, don’t we? That’s pretty tasteless for someone who boasts about having one more sense than that poor eatable 😦


 

OMG-A-BranchbSenseless means total lack of sense – common or sensory ones. Being senseless can be construed as lack of sanity as well. Or as nonsense, which isn’t any different from no sense, whatsoever.

Human beings are sensitive creatures. At least many are. But if we limit ourselves to being sensitive about self-preservation only, then we’re missing the whole point about Life, the way it is. That would be a pretty senseless way to live this precious Life!


 

Milo1bBreathless means out of breath, not less breaths. We’re breathless whenever we’re choiceless, voiceless, careless, reckless, pointless, tasteless and senseless. Which is pretty much all the time!

Have you ever observed your breath when you’re upset about your…

  • Inability to make a choice or raise your voice – like when you’re in front of your boss, at home or work?
  • Incredulity at the disastrous result of being careless or reckless – like when you met with or witnessed an accident?
  • Insensitivity about doing something that’s senseless or tasteless – like those pointless weekly BAU meetings you attend without fail?

Tom&Jerry1In all such situations, if you cared to observe your breath, it’ll be much faster than your normal breath. Well, probably not the last one, as you might anyway be half asleep (the pros will be fully asleep, with their eyes wide open)!

When you breathe faster, you age faster. Perplexed? It may be worth remembering that your lifespan is nothing but the number of breaths, not the number of years or days you live.

Dogs and Cats breathe faster. Their lifespan is short – just about 12-14 years. That includes your cuddly pet with adorable almond eyes and fluffy tail, with very few exceptions.

OMG-KirabAll the big cats breathe faster, especially when they hunt. They live just twice as long as dogs.

Alligators live as long as humans, as they can remain still in water waiting for pray for a long time, when their breath naturally slows down.

Elephants breathe much slower. Their long breaths result in a longer lifespan – longer than average humans. It helps that they’re usually sedate and remained vegetarian!

Tortoise_Hare3Tortoises and Swans live twice as long as humans, which is in direct correlation to their breath. It helps that they’re slow and elegant, not putting themselves under pressure, which typically is brought upon them by none other than the two legged beasts called humans!

So the secret of a long lifespan is to manage, regulate and control one’s breath.

Ouch, there goes up in the air all those cosmetic nips and tucks, special potions and diet fads!

There’s a whole science called Pranayama to do just that. It is said that sages lived for many hundreds of years. That isn’t baloney for they truly have mastered their breath and ate natural food, frugally to stretch their lifespans at will! And they’ve also managed to shed the other life limiter called ego.


 

BuddhaEgoless means absolute lack of ego, not a little less of an all-encompassing mushroom cloud like monster ego. Letting go of that cloud that shrouds reality is the first and most important step for self-realization.

All the self-realized Sages, Mystics and Yogis have managed to do that and meditated for long periods in silence to still the mind, which keeps fanning the ego fire tirelessly!


 

Colors of SilenceNoiseless means silence, not less noise. Silence is the most powerful sound as AUM, the origin of everything, came out of absolute silence.

Life came into being when the sacred sound manifested from the unmanifest. Only in silence, one can converse with the true self. For seekers who strive to experience and live Life the way it is, Silence is the way!

We always breathe more, speak more and think about ourselves more. Is it any wonder that we also worry more and thereby reduce our Life to a wreck? A clear case of more leading to less!

Crying_GirlThe way to a joyful, healthier, longer and more fulfilling Life is to breathe less, speak less and think less about ourselves. And that’s precisely why Less is More!

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