Today is day 1 of the Shuddhadvaitam Program which is 21 days with His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, my beloved Guru and Master. Thousands of devotees and disciples gather from all corners of the world to be initiated into over 70 Siddhis or mystical yogic powers during this auspicious time and space of the Simhasta Kumbh Mela where all the planets and energy of the Divine support the awakening of higher states of consciousness and enlightenment.
The Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering where millions of seekers and Hindus congregate together to pursue moksha (liberation) from the wheel of samsara, the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. Hindus gather from all over India and around the world to participate and celebrate in this massive pilgrimage of faith by bathing in the sacred rivers to be cleansed of all sins and karmas from many lifetimes.
Everyone is seeking, even if we are unaware of it.
Every day we are seeking. Seeking is a fire of the soul—the un-dying ember in our heart that keeps us alive.
The syllable gu means shadows
The syllable ru, he who disperses them,
Because of the power to disperse darkness
the guru is thus named.
~ Advayataraka Upanishad 14—18, Verse 5
In the Vedic scriptures there is repeated emphasis that one cannot make spiritual progress in life without the guidance of a guru.
Why would anyone need a guru? Could we not obtain enlightenment ourselves without the need of someone else? Many people claim the the guru is within. This is true. However, how many of us claim we can hear him, understand him or even follow his instructions?
If that were the case then it would be quite simple and there would be a lot more enlightened beings walking about.
If we want to dive deep into our spiritual life then we need to work with someone who has mastered the inner world. That would be a guru.
Guru means teacher in sanskrit, one who takes us from darkness to light. It is the living guru that leads us inward. He serves as a lamp to ignite our own inner light or inner guru. He is the lighthouse to our soul. He is our own atman (soul) being reflected back to us.
The guru is the one who shines like the full moon on a dark night. He is the dispeller of darkness. He liberates us from the ignorance in humanity and bestows upon us the ultimate spiritual wisdom and experience which is enlightenment itself.
When we want to learn how to do anything in life we consult a professional teacher. For example, if we want to learn how to play the piano we take lessons from a music teacher, if we want to learn how cook we take cooking classes, etc. A guru is someone who has mastered the inner and spiritual worlds and can help us to do the same.
The guru is a one stop shop. He serves as our own personal life coach, spiritual advisor, doctor, healer, lawyer, psychiatrist, financial consultant and best friend.
The guru can help with all the difficulties in life that we may encounter. Nothing is beyond his scope of expertise. His wisdom and knowledge is beyond the limitations of space and time.
What makes an enlightened being?
It is a person who has achieved the highest state of evolution. They live permanently in a state of super consciousness and have mastered the science of self-realization. The enlightened being is an alchemist who has the ability to transmit the supreme experience onto us without much effort on our part.
They help us to burn lifetimes of karmic patterns that we carry in which we struggle with intensely to release. A guru is a person who he himself or herself has crossed. They have gone through all possible situations and have the wisdom and expertise to help guide us on our path.
They become a co-creator for our reality. We stop wasting time in trial and error processes. They help us to shorten our journey from what could be a long path with arduous challenges and obstacles. We could waste lifetimes trying to reach the ultimate on our own. Having a guru expedites our spiritual journey and helps us to achieve the transcendent state of existence which is enlightenment.
Having a guru can be one of the biggest blessings one can have in their life.
“The place where nothing works is where everything works.” ~ Adyashanti
When the spiritual two-by-four hits us over the head, it’s time to wake up.
It’s a Divine wake up call for us to transform and heal our life.
Spiritual awakening never comes at a convenient time in life. It always comes at the most inconvenient and most inappropriate time. Life does not wait for us when she wants to wake us up. When she hits us over the head we have no choice but to wake up. Sometimes we get blind sided and don’t know what hit us, but this is the only way she can get our attention. Something drastic has to happen.
The law of life is whatever we fear of loosing, it will be taken away from us. The more fear we have of loosing something; the quicker it gets removed and the more desperate we become to hold on to it.
Whenever things are taken away from us it is only an external reflection of the internal changes happening inside of us. It is only our perception evolving. It is a gift given to from Cosmos.
The debate of vegetarian versus non-vegetarian has long divided people.
There are many reasons why one should not to consume meat for example, ethical, environmental and health sensibility, etc. However, there are many positive ones why one should consider a vegetarian lifestyle.
Everyone has a drama queen in their life in one way or another. Either we can get caught up in the chaos and let them influence us or we eliminate them completely from our life.
Sometimes life feels like a dream on repeat; the scenarios and people change, but the lessons are the same. It’s as if we are stuck in a loop somewhere.
We are equipped with super powers however, most of us are not aware of it. All we need to do is just start unpacking them one at time and use them as weapons in our daily life.
Before we know it we will be rocking our best life! Blue tights and cape are optional.
Back in the day before I started meditating I was an expert at medicating myself. I had been doing it my whole life without even realizing it.
I used to medicate myself with food, shopping and sleep. Sleep was my favorite drug of choice. When I was asleep I was in the utmost unconscious state and I did not have to feel my pain or much less face it. When everything became all too much I would just go to sleep. I did this for years until I learned how to meditate.
Whenever we want to adopt a new healthy habit like incorporating a meditation practice into our daily life—usually the first thing that creeps up is resistance.
A fool always—
1. Takes leaps into the unknown with full trust that things will always work out no matter what.
2. They are always up for a challenge or new adventure.
3. They are spontaneous and full of life.
These are just a few little things I have learned along the way. When I have let go of these—I have experienced such liberation, joy and peace within myself.
1. Wake up and look at Facebook right away. Instead I make a perfect latte and read something spiritual to feed my soul for the day and set the tone for how for how I want it to unfold.
Yoga is a space–it is not an action.
It is not limited to an asana (pose) or a fancy arm balance, it’s a state of being—a lifestyle.
It is a way of thinking, breathing, sitting, eating, speaking, sleeping and doing.
Now a days everyone has something to sell, some product, some technique, some affirmation or some visualization.There are so many self help-guru’s out there pitching one thing or another it’s hard to keep track of them all.
Life can get downright messy sometimes and we all could use some reprieve once in a while.
This day in age most of us get inundated with so much information, stimulus and the to-do-list a mile long. Everyone has busy lives and sometimes it just seems to much.
Recently I had a "come to Jesus moment" when my boss asked me how I felt about promoting sales for the food we sell being that I am a vegan.
Currently I am working in what Marie Forleo calls a “bridge job”. A job that pays the bills while I work on creating my own enterprise. I was okay with that until my boss backed me into a corner. Immediately I had to do an internal scan of whether or not this job was in alignment with my integrity and authenticity as an evolving conscious being. It clearly wasn’t and I needed to change that ASAP.
Loneliness is the nature of our being it is our very existence. Pure aloneness is our nature. We were born alone and we will die alone. The truth of the matter is we are all orphans but paradoxically we belong to the whole. How could this be?