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That’s How My Yoga Sojourn Panned out

Posted by Mrityunjay on December 30, 2009

I recently made to a trip to Yoga-Land. Thanks to my friend Rajeev, who did the same course in Hyderabad and his strong recommendations, I was inclined to join this Yoga-program. Well, there were other reasons as well, like my own desire to do something different and Yoga is definitely a ‘different stuff’. The willingness to try out things that I have never done before was already there and add to all these factors my own struggle with spinal issues and lethargy factor.

When I first heard the whereabouts of program, I wasn’t really excited or deeply interested. Rajeev told me about the site, Ishafoundation.org and about the Sadguru. I did my customary googling and felt liking giving it a try. I tried my bit in finding about the Sadguru and his credentials before finally going for the course. He himself wasn’t taking the course but his trained disciples were assigned to do this work in different cities of India.

So finally I walked in at the camp held in a dharamshala in nearby Model Town. I tried analysing presence of co-participants and found most of them were middle aged or old aged persons. For certain time, I was the youngest until I saw this school kid coming. The course was of seven days with 6 days having 3 hours each and Sunday being the full day. By the time, introductory class ended, I was pretty sure I am going to give it a try.

The next few days were about learning Asanas and listening to Sadguru’s videos. I am not sure but there was something very powerful about his speech. He covered a wide range of subjects but the focal point was just one, to raise our consciousness and to find bliss within through responsibility and awareness. He had some divine hypnotic power and that’s why I kept finding myself staring and listening to his each and every word with maximum attention. It wasn’t just a mere ‘Moh-Maya’ gyaan but it was about some really relevant issues of our life. Based on science and the teachings of ancient times, it made every bit of sense and my susceptible mind finally surrendered to his infinite wisdom. It’s hard to exactly write down what he said but I could feel every evening I was walking back to my place in a cheerful state and a strong realisation that he has touched something deep within me. His lectures are there to be experienced and not to be heard from someone like me.

The days consisted of learning new Asanas and finally the day arrived when we were initiated to ‘Sambhavi Maha Mudra’. There was a magical moment when we finally performed this kriya. The entire process is of 21 minutes but that day it took longer than that. The Guru himself initiated us into it and I can never forget the sound of mantra and chanting. It was an exhilarating feeling. He chanted something and trust me, that was the best music that I have ever heard in my life. It sent me in a trance and I was spinning in a different orbit. I keep longing for same music and believe me or not, it was a heavenly feeling.

I don’t know what exactly is done in the initiation process but there are series of Asanas, Yoga, Kriyas and what not. I could feel myself looking at my thoughts separated from my body. The entire practice is quite simple and you may even find it silly but one definitely feels the change after doing it. Personally, I feel more relaxed and energetic. It’s more like a strong current of positive vibrations flowing within you and you just want to hang onto it.

We, the participants also performed Guru Pujja where you throw party to the Guru with flowers, sweets, foods (that contain positive pronic energy) incense and chanting. I am trying my best to continue the Kriya on a regular basis and have plans of doing few more programs from the Isha foundation. The next stage is of ‘Bhaav Spandana’ that is basically a residential program.

All in all, I entered into this program as a doubting Thomas but I came out being a believer. The course has nothing to do with religious beliefs and it is as simple as introducing yourself to the power of Yoga, Meditation and Inner Engineering. But then, after all you are hearing it from the mouth of the flowing bird and you got to be there and experience it. Then perhaps, you will figure out what I am talking about!

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Donkey’s Existence

Posted by Mrityunjay on December 6, 2009

The events of last few days or let us say, weeks has triggered kind of introspection-chain. Quite a few times, I wondered about whether being stagnant makes changing events of the world unnoticeable to me? But, I guess not! It does not really matter whether you are being stagnant or moving at a nano-second speed, things keep changing and you will be forced to notice them. Yes, if you are one of those active types, you will rather notice the changes quickly and in turn will be better equipped to handle the subsequent effects. Whereas, people like me who are more of laid-back nature and into the notorious habit of procrastinating, would be slow to react and adept quickly. The subconscious mind will be noticing each and every thing because of the fact I am always tuned to things taking place within the realm of my interest and even beyond that.

Sometimes, it feels that the best state of mind is to remain ignorant. You wouldn’t know what is happening and how is that going to affect you in short to long run. But problem is, you are hungry for ‘k’nowledge and even manage to acquire this dreaded K-word but if you are slow to process them, there are higher chances of you being confused at crucial junctures of your life. All the three angles of this triangle, absorption, procession and execution should be in sync with each other. There is no other way out.  

I remember, once while attending a class based on operation Management, I was told about four states of knowing,

1)    You know that you know

2)    You know that you don’t know

3)    You don’t know that you know

4)    You don’t know that you don’t know

Till the date I have always remained confused about these four states of being. For first couple of years, I always lived in the certainty of being in first two categories. That knowing of the state I am in, used to give me immense satisfaction and boost. How the tide has turned! Now, I think I am more in the level 4; the stage of Ignorance!

Have you ever observed a donkey and stigmas attached to it? Donkey signifies the ultimate insult and humiliation to your intellect or rather, existence! But is donkey aware of any of these exalted nomenclatures? Probably, his happiness arises from the fact that he is a donkey and that’s what is expected of him. To remain ignorant! We are slave to our own perception barometer! But, if a donkey is expected to behave within its limitations and not perform any smart act, are we humans any different? This question may lead to plethora of arguments but I am not in a mood to buy any of these.

Donkey’s life dictates, wake up, perform your daily chores, deserve some punishment, eat whatever you are being offered and sleep. Do humans behave any other way? Here, I think I can offer arguments from both side pertaining to humans’ exalted position in the microcosm, his ability to rise beyond the limitation, power of thinking and what not! But having said all that leave all those possibilities to a selected few whereas rest; please do adjust with your ‘donkey’ existence!  

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