The Master and the tiger

Value- Peace

Sub value- Patience, concentration

guru and disciple

A teacher and his student were walking from one village to another, when they suddenly heard a roar behind them. Turning their gaze in the direction of the roar, they saw a big tiger following them.

The first thing the student wanted to do was to run away, but since he has been studying and practicing self-discipline, he was able to halt himself from running, and wait to see what his teacher would do.

“What shall we do Master?” Asked the student.

The teacher looked at the student and answered in a calm voice:

“There are several options. We can fill our minds with paralyzing fear so that we cannot move, and let the tiger do with us whatever pleases it. We can faint. We can run away, but then it will run after us. We can fight with it, but physically it is stronger than us.”

“We can pray to god to save us. We can choose to influence the tiger with the power of our mind, if our concentration is strong enough. We can send it love. We can also concentrate and meditate on our inner power, and on the fact that we are one with the entire universe, including the tiger, and in this way influence its soul.”

“Which option do you choose?”

“You are the Master. You tell me what to do. We don’t have much time.” The student responded.

tiger

The master turned his gaze fearlessly towards the tiger, emptied his mind from all thoughts, and entered a deep state of meditation. In his consciousness, he embraced everything in the universe, including the tiger. In this state the consciousness of the teacher became one with consciousness of the tiger.

Meanwhile the student started to shiver with fear, as the tiger was already quite close, ready to make a leap at them. He was amazed at how his teacher could stay so calm and detached in the face of danger.

Meanwhile the teacher continued to meditate without fear. After a little while, the tiger gradually lowered its head and tail and went away.

The student asked his teacher in astonishment, “What did you do?”

“Nothing. I just cleared all thoughts from my mind and united myself in spirit with the tiger. We became united in peace on the spiritual level. The tiger sensed the inner calmness, peace, and unity and felt no threat or need to express violence, and so walked away.”

“When the mind is silent and calm, its peace is automatically transmitted to everything and everyone around, influencing them deeply”, concluded the teacher.

Learning

One must have a calm mind and concentrated thoughts, then things will just get sorted out and we can achieve success.

 

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Sant Jnaneshwar visits Namdev

Value- Eternal Truth

Sub value- All are one

namdev

Namdev being a devotional person, was always busy with chanting Lord’s name, thus had forgotten his householder’s duties. Janabai his sister (maid servant of the house), suggests Namdev to take some money as a loan from a wealthy man and sell clothes for living.

Namdev agrees, Namdev goes from village to village selling clothes. In one of the villages he sees all villagers crying, he asks them what the reason for their pain was. They tell him that the village has been looted by the bandits, that their food, money and even clothes have been looted.

Seeing their miserable condition Namdev distributes his clothes for free. He comes back home empty handed, seeing that his wife leaves him and goes to her father’s house. Janabai prays to Krishna and weeps in pain as Namdev is separated from his wife and children.

Sant Jnaneshwar who was visiting Namdev to take him along on a North India pilgrimage sees Janabai weeping and asks her “What is it Janabai?”.janabai

“Oh brother, does it make Lord happy to see his children suffer?” asks Jana

“Is it you talking?” asks Jnaneshwar

“Don’t you see how mercilessly Lord has treated Namdev?” says Jana

“You forget sister, It is only a dream, he is the only one who gives. Jana, all is maya of Vitthal, He who looted is Vitthal, He who is looted is Vitthal, Namdev who helped them is Vitthal, You who is weeping is Vitthal, Whole world is Vitthal, when you realize this, you won’t be troubled after”

 

jnandev

Learning

This is the eternal truth that God pervades and is everything. There are no two. Non duality. Whatever one sees, experiences are all the one.

http://aumamen.com/story/sant-jnaneshwar-visits-namdev

The villager and the happy man

Value- Peace

Sub value- Quietening the mind

villageIn a small village, in the valley, lived a man who was always happy, kind, and well disposed to everyone he met. He always smiled, and had kind and encouraging words to say, whenever it was necessary. Everyone who met him, left feeling better, happier and elated. People knew they could count on him, and regarded him as a great friend.

One of the village dwellers was curious to know what his secret was, and how he could always be so kind and helpful. He wondered, how is it that he held no grudge toward anyone, and always was happy.

Once, upon meeting him in the street he asked him: “Most people are selfish and unsatisfied. They do not smile as often as you do; neither are they as helpful or kind as you are. How do you explain it?”

The man smiled at him and replied, “When you make peace with yourself, you can be in peace with the rest of the world. If you can recognize the spirit in yourself, you can recognize the spirit in everyone, and then you find it natural to be kind and well disposed to all. If your thoughts are under your control, you become strong and firm. The personality is like a robot programmed to do certain tasks. Your habits and thoughts are the tools and programs that control your personality. Become free from being programmed, and then the inner good and the happiness that reside within you will be revealed.”

“But a lot of work is necessary. Good habits have to be developed. The ability to concentrate and to control the thoughts has to be strengthened. The work is difficult and endless. There are many walls that need to be to climbed. It is not an easy task.” Lamented the villager.

“Do not think about the difficulties, otherwise this is what you will see and experience. Just quieten your feelings and thoughts, and try to stay in this peace. Just try to be calm, and do not let yourself be carried away by your thoughts.”

“Is that all?” Asked the villager.happy man

“Try to watch your thoughts and see how they come and go. Stay in the quietness that arises. The moments of peace will be brief at first, but in time they will get longer. This peace is also strength, power, kindness, and love. In time, you will realize that you are one with the Universal Power, and this will lead you to act from a different dimension – point of view -consciousness, not from the selfish, small, limited ego.”

“I will try to remember your words,” said the villager, and continued, “there is another thing that I am curious about. You do not seem to be influenced by the environment. You have a kind word for everyone, and you are helpful. People treat you well, and never exploit your goodness.”

“Being good and being kind do not necessarily point to weakness. When you are good, you can also be strong. People sense your inner strength, and therefore, do not impose on you. When you are strong and calm inside, you help people, because you can, and you want to. You act from strength, not from weakness. Goodness is not a sign of weakness, as some people erroneously think. It can manifest together with power and strength.”

“Thank you very much for your advice and explanations”, said the villager, and went away happy and satisfied.

Learning

One must believe in oneself and develop inner strength and conviction to do what is right. When the mind is at peace all other values like love, righteousness all follow

http://www.successconsciousness.com/index_000022.htm

Importance of Prana- The life force

Value- Eternal truth

Sub value- Control of senses

prana 1

Once upon a time, looking everywhere, traveling far and wide, are six seekers of truth and wisdom. After many miles and long journeys, they hear of a great sage who may be able to help them in their quest. They arrive at a hermitage, deep in the forest. The sage asks them to spend a year with him and then ask him whatever they wish. The seekers agree, becoming the sage’s disciples. After a year, one of them asks the sage, “Which Sense is of the greatest importance in sustaining the body?”

In reply, the sage tells them this story.

Once upon a time there were five Senses: Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste and Touch. One day as they were sitting around, they talked about all the things they could do. The Senses were somewhat boastful about their abilities and importance and they claimed to be the rulers of the body. Look at us, for we are remarkably special, they claimed! There is no way the body survives without us, they boasted

Each sense, in turn, showed off its abilities. Hearing filled the space with music that breathed emotion and passion that stirred the soul. Sight matched the music with a breathtaking splendor of swirling, magical forms in exquisite shades of colors. Smell, in a puff of breath, perfumed the expanse with heavenly aromas. Taste, not to be outdone, exhaled out a cornucopia of mouthwatering flavors. Touch made the whole body vibrant with each and every breath, tingling with soft warmth and delicious coolness. They all lavished praise for one other. It was quite a show.

Prana quietly breathed in and out, watching this awesome spectacle. It was simply there, present. With the in-breath, it observed the Senses; with the out-breath, it observed the Senses. After letting the Senses go on for a while, Prana said, “None of you reigns supreme in the body.” No one was listening. The Senses had no time or awareness of anything else. They were completely blind to everything beyond themselves and certainly had no sight of Prana. Prana tried again. The Senses, in their total self absorption, had no attention to spare for Prana. Angered, Prana left.

As Prana left, the sounds, colors, fragrances, tastes, physical sensations, and the mind, all faded and disappeared. The Senses ceased to exist. The Senses had no idea of what happened. As Prana returned, they found themselves and knew that they were. Prana left and the Senses were no longer there. The Senses were suddenly vulnerable and scared.

Prana reappeared and suddenly they were aware of Prana. Like a light switch, they were turned on and off by this vital energy over which they had no control, but the energy had total control over them. With this awareness came the instant realization that they existed because of Prana and that this vital energy was far more powerful than them. They did not rule the body at all in any way. Prana did.

As they bow down in respect, Prana told them, “Dividing myself five times and spreading out in the body, I change my form and create the Senses from myself and thus give life in the body.”

Learning

Prana in this story is mahaprana and the five sub-pranas are apana, prana, samana, udana, and vyana. These five subcategories of energize various parts of the body and have different functions. Apana exists from pelvis to navel; prana flows from heart to throat; samana moves from navel to heart in the midriff; udana is in the head, arms, and legs; vyana is throughout the body. As we hear this story, at some level, does something within us, the unthinking part, know the message of the story instinctively? What do we instinctively do when there is a terrible smell? Hold the breath — no breath, no smell. When something tastes terrible, hold the breath! No breath, no taste. The Senses and the mind are born from Prana, are a manifestation of Prana, and return to be absorbed into Prana. In fact, the Senses and the Mind are absorbed into Prana every night during the phase of deep sleep. Deep sleep is so important to all of us. Without a withdrawal from the unceasing activity of the Senses and the Mind, we feel exhausted and depleted of vitality. If we have a restless night with lots of dreams, the sleep is not refreshing but tiring. Deep sleep is refreshing and invigorating. However, we are not aware during deep sleep.

With meditation though, it is possible to withdraw awareness from the constant chatter of the Senses and the Mind, just be aware of Prana, and experience the same deep relaxation as deep sleep, while being fully aware of it. If we listen carefully, we hear the notes of the music of the breath of life, Prana.

http://www.mahasriyoga.com/articles/pranathroughstory.html

Thoughts affect the food one cooks

Value- Righteousness

Sub value- Purity of thought

There lived in Malur, Mysore State, a pious brahmin who was a great scholar. He had an equally pious wife. He was always intent on puja and japa dhyana and was known far and wide for his virtuous character. One day, a sannyasi called Nityananda came to his door seeking alms; so, he was happy beyond measure. He invited the monk to take dinner with him the next day so that he might honor him with due hospitality. He hung green festoons over his doors and made elaborate arrangements for the reception. But, at the eleventh hour, physical impurity rendered his wife unfit to prepare food for the honored guest or for any one else. A neighbor volunteered to cook the meal and she was brought in and introduced into the kitchen.

serving food

Everything went off well and all were as happy as they could be, under the circumstances. Only, the sannyasi was wrong during meals by an overpowering desire to steal the silver cup, which the host had placed near the plate. In spite of his best efforts, the evil idea won and the sannyasi hurried to his abode with the cup hidden in the folds of his robe. He could not sleep that night, for his conscience pricked him so. He felt he had brought disgrace on his guru and on the rishis whom he invoked by the mantras he recited. He could not rest until he ran back into the brahmin’s house and, falling at his feet, restored the article with tears of repentance trickling down his cheeks.

Everyone wondered how such a saint could stoop so low. Then someone suggested it might be the fault transmitted to the food he ate, by the person who cooked it. And when they examined the history of the neighbor they found that she was an irrepressible thief! The thieving tendency had, by subtle contact, affected the food she prepared. This is the reason why sadhakas are advised to live on fruits and tubers only, when they reach a certain stage of spiritual achievement.

Learning

It is said that when food is prepared with love and good thoughts it always tastes best and is healthy.

http://bababooks.org/chinnakatha1/ck4.html

The Minister and the dogs

Value- Right Conduct, Love

Sub value- Gratitude, compassion

king and minister

There was this king that had 10 wild dogs…
He used them to torture and eat all ministers who made mistakes.

So one of the minister’s once gave an opinion which was wrong, and which the king didn’t like at all…
So he ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs.

wild dogsSo the minister said,
“I served you 10 years and you do this..?

Pease give me 10 days before you throw me in with those dogs!
So the king agreed…

In those 10 days the minister went to the guard that was guarding the dogs and told him he wants to serve the dogs for the next 10 days…

The guard was baffled…
But he agreed…
So the minister started feeding the dogs, cleaning for them, washing them, providing all sorts of comfort for them.

So when the 10 days were up…

The king ordered that the minister be thrown in to the dogs for his punishment.

But when he was thrown in,

Everyone was amazed at what they saw..
They saw the dogs licking the feet of the minister!

So the king baffled at what he saw… Said:” what happened to the. !!!”

The minister then said;”
I served the dogs for 10 days and they didn’t forget my service…
Yet I served you for 10 years and you forgot all at the first mistake!”…

So the king realised his mistake and ordered the minister to go free.

Learning

This is a lesson to all those who forget the good in others as soon as a problem arises. Let us not wipe out the history that is filled with good because of a small incident we didn’t like. Always remember the good done to you.

Pancha Kosha- The 5 sheaths

Value- Eternal Truth

Sub value- Purity

A long time ago…so long ago that the Gurukul system was in existence. He was called Bhrigu. After his education for many years under an able Guru, he returned home. After the homecoming and celebrations, his father Varuna asked him, “What is the ultimate Truth in you?” The son thought for some time and said, “I am sorry father, my Guru never taught me that.” Father says, “If you are unable to answer my question, your education is not complete at all”. The devastated Bhrigu asked “Oh, what should I do then? How will I complete my education father?” Varuna calmly said “Penance. It is the best form of education. Go to a forest a perform penance dear son, you will definitely find an answer to this question.”

pancha kosha

After a certain period of time the son thinks he has the answer and goes back to his father to share it. He says “Father, my physical body is the ultimate truth. The Annamaya Kosha. If the physical body is working fine, anything and everything is possible, I will not be able to do anything with a sick body.” The father is highly disappointed with the answer and expresses the same. The son goes back to the forest in search of the proper answer.

After some years, he returns back. “Father, I was completely wrong! What can I do with only a physical body? I need life in it! There has to be the flow of Prana in my energy channels. It is the Pranamaya Kosha which is important”. The father is again disappointed. “No son, go back and bring me the right answer this time” he said.

After some more time, after a more rigorous penance, he again comes back and shares with his father. “Oh Father, I was wrong. It is not only the Prana that is important. It is the proper mental status that I always need. I have to be mentally fit. My mind should be trained. I should be a sane person. It is the Manomaya Kosha.” “Son, it’s time you bring me the right answer now. Don’t you think?” said Varuna gloomily.

Once again he performed penance and returned joyously after realizing an answer. “Father, Father, I finally found an answer to your question. The ultimate Truth in me is that I must be aware of the right and wrongs. I must have the knowledge. It is the Vignanamaya Kosha. Am I right my dear father?” asked Bhrigu eagerly. “No” said the father flatly. “It is highly disappointing to have wrong answers after giving you four chances my child. Forget it; the answer might come your way one day, just wait for it”. “No father, give me one last chance, I want the answer as much as you want it. Please allow me one last time.”

This time, the father apparently had to wait a longer time for his son’s return. He was taking much more time than the father ever expected. Bhrigu had taken decades already. The father is worried now. He feared the worst and set out in search for his son. While searching in the forest, he saw that from some part of the forest, there was bright light emanating in all directions. When he went there and saw what it was, he had a huge mixture of emotions. He was over joyed, surprised, sad, blissed, pleased, proud, lost…all at the same time! He saw a man sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture) with Dhyana mudra in his hands. The light was emanating from his divine body. Its brightness was equal to a thousand suns. He was undoubtedly the most contented person in the universe. A glance at him would fill any person with joy, happiness and contentment. He was Bhrigu who had left for penance to find an answer to his father’s question! Varuna slowly wiped his eyes, bowed down to his own son with complete reverence and returned back home.

He knew, he knew his son had realized the answer. He knew that Bhrigu was so immersed in the answer that he forgot to return back to his father and tell him what the Ultimate Truth is. He had mastered the Anandamaya Kosha. He had realized how untrue and vulnerable the four Koshas were and how true this Ananadamaya Kosha is. He had reached Samadhi Sthiti. In complete bliss, united with the Bliss Himself…

Learning

Annamaya Kosha: The earthliest and innermost of the five sheaths or Koshas. The food that one eats feeds this Kosha. A healthy, disease free physical body is only because of healthy natural foods and Yogic practices.

Pranamaya Kosha: This is the second Kosha. Larger and subtler than the Annamaya Kosha. The air that is breathed in and out is the energy source. A healthy body includes the well-being of this sheath as well. Good energy flow in the body is only due to an evolved Pranamaya Kosha.

Manomaya Kosha: The emotional and perceptual aspects of the mind include this Kosha. One’s thoughts are food for this Kosha. Well-developed Manas is the symbol of a positively thinking and positive energy emanating mind.

Vignanamaya Kosha: The Kosha that represents the intelligence in conscious state. The ability to discriminate between right and wrong, transient and eternal, pain and pleasure, true and false, decision making skills all constitute this Kosha.

Anandamaya Kosha: The largest and the outermost and subtlest of all the Koshas. Most difficult to interpret and most difficult to understand as well. It’s a state of natural bliss and joy. This Kosha is the transcendental body. Ananda is an incarnation of Brahman himself. He is the infinite source of bliss. The Sadhaka is connected to the Supreme-Soul completely only in this state. Nothing can bring him sorrow; nothing else can bring him joy. In this state the Sadhaka is not bound by illusionary aspects like space and time.

http://chinmayeeraj.blogspot.ae/2013/03/pancha-kosha.html?m=1

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