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The History of the Kumbh Mela and Why Millions Gather to Seek Liberation

Enlightenment, Paramahamsa Nithyanada, Self Realization, Spiritual Awakening, SpiritualitySarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

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. 

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Seeking Sets You Free

Self Realization, Self, Expansion, Divinity, Creativity, Spirituality, Spiritual AwakeningSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

I have always been a seeker, even when I did not know that I was or what it was called.

My whole life I have been searching for something more—something bigger that what I was experiencing.

I was seeking for meaning, fulfillment and the purpose of my existence.

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Why Have a Guru?

Enlightenment, karma, Paramahamsa Nithyanada, Self Acceptance, GuruSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

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.


When the Shift Hits the Fan. ~

Breakthrough, Completion, Enlightenment, Ego, EXPANSION, FEAR, Loss, Self RealizationSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

“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.

16 Things I have Lost and Still Survived

Authenticity, Breakthrough, EXPANSION, EnlightenmentSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

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.

Comparison is Kryptonite

Authenticity, Chakras, Self Acceptance, Self, self realizationSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

We have all done it at one point or another—been the victim of the dreaded ‘green eyed monster.’

Whether it has been someone’s looks, their wealth, their social status or their success in the outer world we have all done it, myself included. Heck, I have even been guilty of envying someone’s spiritual progress thinking that they were more spiritually evolved or had more knowledge than me.

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14 Things I Don't Do Anymore ~

Authenticity, Awareness, Completion, Ego, Enlightenment, Expansion, Integrity, patterns, Self, Self Acceptance, Self Love, self realizationSarvasmarana Ananda Ma NithyaComment

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.

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