Gratitude to Tirisula & Master Sree

Coming together was our beginning.

Training together was the progress.

Working together was our success

This journey will continue as we learn to learn to un-learn to re- learn to be relevant.

Our Takeaway: A line from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” refers to stilling the mind to experience Ultimate Reality and move toward Self-realization.

Our Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life in Tirisula YTT. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” As we surrender our ego at your door steps.

Adapted from Melody Beattie

I Love Quotes: Let us Aspire to Inspire Before we Expire!

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu! (May all beings, everywhere, be free and happy).

Yoga is connected to Everything and Detached to nothing (Aparigraha).

The purpose of life is to discover your gift; the work of life is to develop it; and the meaning of life is to give your gift away.”

If you are not sure of your life purpose, follow you passion…..

“Inhale love, exhale gratitude.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Your body is listening to everything your mind is saying.”

“If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths.”

“The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. Yoga is skill in actions.” – The Gita

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.” – Buddha

Through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced. – Bhagavad Gita

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. – Diana Robinson

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Meditation means dissolving those invisible walls that the ego and ignorance have built.”

“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenika

Live your life like it is an adventure no one is watching. Explore, Dance, Live, Laugh and Love. For this is the oldest you have even been and the youngest you will ever be again.

“Just as firewood is turned to ashes in the flames of a fire, all actions are turned to ashes in wisdom’s refining flames. Nothing in the world can purify powerfully as wisdom; practiced in yoga, you will find this wisdom within yourself. (4.37-41).” – The Gita

“We fear most in life, not what we can see in the light of day, but what is unseen, hidden from view, lurking in the dark shadows of our existence” – David Scott

“Emotional pain lingers when it is not given a voice.”

“How other people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer

“Always forgive and go to sleep with a clean heart.”

“Never wish them pain. That’s not who you are. If they caused you pain, they must have pain inside. Wish them healing. That’s what they need.” Najwa Zebian

“Those who judge other will never understand and those who understand others will never judge.”

“If you judge people, you do have not time to love them,” – Mother Teresa

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.

Yoga Wellness and Water drinking habits (Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend).

‘All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop’– KABIR

To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature and life itself.’– MASARU EMOTO

Water: the element of movement, feminine energy, feeling, forgiveness and cleansing. Water is emotion. Water is fluid. It has no shape of its own but rather follows the shape of the earth below it, or what holds it. We can look at our physical bodies as the incredible earthen containers of the fluid essence that flows through them, our emotions.

Our structure provides shape, but water is what fills that structure allowing it to flow and to change. Like water, we too must learn to let our energy flow, yield, cleanse, change, and release. After all, 70% of each one of us is made up of this beautiful element. Just like how the planet is made up of 70% of water bodies.

When you practice yoga, you are systematically raising the heat in the body. If you drink cold water, the heat will rapidly fall, and this will cause various other reactions. You will become more susceptible to allergic conditions, excess mucus and such things. If you are doing intense asana and you suddenly drink cold water, you may catch a cold immediately. So, don’t drink water when you are doing asana. And do not go to the bathroom during practice time because you should work out the water in the form of sweat.

Water is life and life is water. Water has memory and water element is the principle of cohesion. In the body, this emerges as nourishment, growth, and lubrication. Water element cools, moistens, adheres, soothes, softens, smoothest, dulls and spreads. Water element also regulates lubrication and connection, protecting the body and mind from the destructive nature of wind and fire elements. When we express free-flowing water element, we connect easily to others. Emotionally we feel content, express ourselves calmly and smoothly, and allow things to “roll off our back.”

Water element governs the hips, so when our connection to water element falters, our hips can be weak or very tight. Drink water only in sited positions or conch shell position for yoga cleansing therapy. You should only drink water when you are thirsty base on Yoga Sutras philosophy.

It is encouraged to take bath before and after yoga. Try to get up early in the morning drink water first, to clear your bowels, take bath and then do yoga. Our body works for the elimination of waste products in the night and it is better to get rid of the toxins after waking up.

Here’s how to drink water at the correct time to maximize its effectiveness on your Body: 

Drink two glasses of water after waking up to activate internal organs.

Drink one glass of water 30 Minutes before meals helps digestion. 

Do not drink water during meals as it may disrupt digestion process.

Drink one glass of water 30 Minutes after meals helps digestion. 

Drink one glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure.

Drink two glass of water before 30 minutes before physical activities.

Drink 1 glass before going to bed to avoid strokes or heart attacks

The rule of thumb for overall daily water consumption is based on your body weight ½ oz. of water per pound of body weight is recommended.
That converts to 1 litre of water for every 70 pounds of body weight.

If you need motivation to drink more water, remember that it…

  • constitutes 80% of your brain
  • regulates your body temperature
  • constitutes 85% of your blood
  • helps carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • moistens oxygen for breathing
  • helps converts food into energy
  • helps body absorb nutrients
  • removes wastes
  • constitutes 22% of your bones
  • constitutes 75% of your muscles
  • cushions and protects vital organs
  • cushions joints
  • maintains health of all tissues including your face & skin

Never stand and drink water

Stomach damage: when we stand and drink water, it flows easily and in great volume down the food canal and splashes onto the lower stomach wall. This splash damages the stomach wall and the nearby organs. Long term practice disturbs the digestive system and further cause’s heart and kidney problems.

Kidney damage: water intake while standing lets the water pass through kidneys with a push without much filtration. This may cause impurities to gather in the bladder or in blood. Now kidneys, bladder and heart are at stake.

Arthritis: if water is taken while standing it disturbs the balance of other body fluids. Ultimately it also affects the joint regions and cause deficiency of required fluids in joints. This results in joint pains known as arthritis.

Amazing Healing Benefits of Drinking Water in a Copper Vessel

Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water that has been stored in a copper vessel is another easy way to supply your body with enough copper. According to Ayurveda, drinking copper-enriched water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach helps balance all three doshas (Kapha, Vata and Pitta).

Copper is an essential mineral that has many roles in the body. It helps maintain a healthy metabolism, promotes strong and healthy bones and ensures your nervous system works properly. While copper deficiency is rare, it seems that fewer people today are getting enough of the mineral.

  1. Helps the digestive system perform better.
  2. Helps heal wounds faster.
  3. Slows down ageing.
  4. Helps maintain heart health and beats hypertension.
  5. Mitigates the risk of cancer.
  6. Protects you from infections.
  7. Regulates the working of the thyroid gland.
  8. Beat’s arthritis and inflamed joints.

“I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.”-Henry David Thoreau

 

Muscles concentric and eccentricating should feel good in all Yoga Asana (Sthira Sukham Asanam)

Second week of YTT, Master Sree gave us homework. Go and find out which Yoga Asanas causes muscles contractions? The prime mover (agonist and antagonists) concentric contractions, eccentric contractions, and isometric contractions? We did not have the answers yet, All three of these types of contractions are used throughout in our yoga practices for all Yoga Asanas.

Now in our fourth week, I am happy to share and blog these insights, through Master Sree’s guidance.

A variety of concentric and eccentric contractions are used until our body has reached a desired shape. Once you are ready to hold that shape, the muscles must maintain the shape via isometric contractions. The longer you hold an asana pose, the longer the muscle must maintain the isometric contraction and it will eventually start to fatigue.  That may be when you feel like getting out of the pose.  Stay in the pose and let the isometric contraction get you stronger. Muscles contract in different ways: concentric contractions, eccentric contractions, and isometric contractions.  All three of these types of contractions are used throughout our yoga practice. While executing a forward fold (Uttanasana) and reach your head towards your toes, you feel an extension in the hamstrings (the muscles that run down the back of your thighs).  In this case, each end of the hamstring muscles is being stretched away from each other. One end of the muscles is in the back of the hips and is known as the origin of the hamstrings.  The other end of the muscles is in the back of the knees and is known as the insertion of the hamstrings.  While in the forward fold, the backs of your hips lift upwards, away from the back of the knees. In other words, the origin and the insertion move away from each other.  But this action does not come from any “work” of the hamstrings.  The hamstrings are passive in this move. Perhaps more familiar words, the hamstrings are “opening up”.  What you feel is the elongation of the muscle. 

Now focus on the strengthening component of muscles.  After you have done 5 sets of sun salutations or held Warrior II for ten breaths, you might start to feel your muscles “working”.  What you are feeling is the fatigue in your muscles as they are contracting.  It is through repeated muscle contraction (against some level of resistance) that the muscles get stronger. Muscles contract in different ways: concentric contractions, eccentric contractions, and isometric contractions.  All three of these types of contractions are used throughout our yoga practice.

When a muscle performs a concentric contraction, the muscle actively gets shorter. Each end of the muscle is attached to a different bone. As the muscle shortens, it pulls on the bone that the muscle is inserted on. The bone that has the muscles insertion, generally moves towards the bone which the muscle originates on. The muscle works against some level of resistance to bring the tow bones closer together. In the case of a concentric contraction, the. The origin of the biceps is at the shoulder and the insertion is just below the elbow. As the muscle shortens, it pulls the arm bone just below the elbow up towards the shoulder, causing elbow flexion (elbow bending).

Now consider how your biceps will create an eccentric contraction.  During an eccentric contraction, the muscle lengthens. In this case, the insertion of the muscle (which for the biceps is just below the elbow) moves away from the origin (which is at the shoulder) toward the floor. That is, the muscle must control its action against the pull of gravity. Eccentric contractions are used quite frequently in yoga. As you unfold your hands from prayer, you use an eccentric contraction of the biceps. You may be thinking this looks like the muscle is stretching. But there is a significant difference: the biceps muscle is active here. The primary purpose of the eccentric contraction is to provide controlled movement of the bones when moving with resistance. During the concentric contraction of the biceps, the muscle must overcome resistance of gravity (and the hand weight). However, during the eccentric contraction, the biceps must control elbow extension (elbow straightening) so that gravity does not just pull the lower arm down to the ground.

Finally, explore isometric contractions. When a muscle is isometrically contracted the length of the muscle does not change, and therefore no movement occurs at the joint. The insertion moves neither towards nor away from the origin, but rather remains stationary. Isometric contractions are common in yoga, particularly when poses are held for several breaths. As you move in and out of a pose, you are likely using concentric and eccentric contractions. Though when you hold the pose, the contractions are likely isometric.

Sitting comfortably and bring your hands to prayer at your heart center. You just performed a concentric contraction of the biceps in order to bend your elbows and bring your hands up. Your biceps got shorter. Now hold your hands in prayer position. Your biceps work isometrically to maintain that position. There is no change in the length of the muscle. They stay in the shortened position you previously put them in. Now slowly hands from prayer position and lower them to your side for mountain pose. The biceps work eccentrically. That is, if you do not want to flop your arms down by your side in a careless manner. To carefully place your arms by your sides, you must use an eccentric contraction.

Pranayama Effects

Master Sree, was sharing with us in the YTT class that you actually don’t have to drink or eat just by embracing yogic breathing and consuming the air you can live.  This shaddana has been proven by siddhis’ and Yogis in the forest.  I was curious and went onto read more and seek modern god’s (google)  facts and data to learn the undermentioned facts of pranayama.

Pranayama is the conscious and deliberate control and regulation of the breath (Prana means breath, ayam means to control, to regulate). With each breath we absorb not only oxygen, but also Prana. Prana is cosmic energy, the power in the Universe that creates, preserves and changes. It is the basic element of life and consciousness. Prana is also found in food, therefore it is very important to have a healthy and wholesome pranic diet. The conscious guidance of Prana in the body gives rise to an increase in vitality, physical detoxification and improved immunity, as well as the attainment of inner peace, relaxation and mental clarity. In mythology it is said that the length of a person’s life is predetermined by the number of breaths. and The Yogi tries to “conserve time” lengthen life by slowing down the breath. Mindfulness and consciously breathing the breath.

Effects of Pranayamas

Physical Effects

  • Preservation of the body’s health
  • Purification of the blood
  • Improvement in the absorption of oxygen
  • Strengthening the lungs and heart
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Regulation of the nervous system
  • Supporting the healing process and healing therapies
  • Increasing resistance to infection

Mental Effects

  • Elimination of stress, nervousness and depression
  • Quietening of thoughts and emotions
  • Inner balance
  • Release of energy blockages

Spiritual Effects

  • Deepening of meditation
  • Awakening and purification of the Chakras (energy centres)
  • Expansion of consciousness

Why we must do yoga asanas with spiritual reverence?

The Yoga Sutras offers a clear roadmap for the evolution of consciousness from ordinary states of awareness such as waking, dreaming, and sleeping  to higher states of consciousness. Routinely as you practice, yoga takes shape within you. If you do any  yoga asana sweat must pour out from the top of your head and not all over the body. The rest of the body may sweat according to weather conditions, but the main sweating should happen from your head. That means you are directing your energy in the right direction, and the asanas will naturally do that. Ultimately, you want to become a fountain head of something else, so you first practice with waste water. If you keep working up your ushna (heat), it will naturally take the waste water upward. If your system gets too hot, slow it down with a little bit of shavasana, but never reduce the heat with cold water. You should sweat it out rather than going to the bathroom because the level of purification is much higher when the waste water comes out as sweat.

During practice, if you are dripping with sweat, usually your attire will soak it up. But if you are bare-bodied, always rub the sweat back into the body because there is a certain element of prana (energy) in the sweat, which we do not want to lose. When we rub the sweat back into our system, it will create a certain aura and strength for the body a cocoon of your own energy which is also known as kavacha. We do not want to flush this down the drain. Yoga is about using the body to its maximum benefit. If you do asanas regularly and you rub back your sweat into body, you will generate a certain level of ushna and pranic intensity. Hot weather, cold weather, hunger or thirst, not that you are completely free from it all  but these will not bother you as much.

The idea is to slowly grow beyond your physical compulsions. Whether it is food, drink, bathroom, or whatever else, the level of a particular compulsion is different from person to person but the physical is a series of compulsions. The idea is to reduce the compulsions gradually so that one day, if you sit, you become yoga and not just practicing yoga. To become yoga means that your level of perception is such that there is no distinction between you and the universe. We become one microcosm while nature is the macrocosm. In essence we are one Indivisible whole…..

YTT REFLECTIONS

 

“Yoga is for EVERYBODY. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that comes from Bharath and it belongs to the world. It helps us navigate the challenges of life and should be accessible to all, regardless of race, religion, country, gender, body size, flexibility level. Understanding as a teacher it is not about you, it’s about your students. You are a guide to help inspire and empower others along their journey”. Master Sree always reminded us to leave our ego at the door as we enter the yoga studio.  These were the insights and encouraging words of our Master Sree.

I am Sundram, retired armed force personal in my late 50’s, want to rediscover the yoga teacher in me despite my old injuries. My life purpose is to celebrate living,  envision to embracing yoga way of life. I am transiting into my second career in April’21 thus clearing my leaves. I took this window of opportunity to challenge myself, coming out of my comfort zone to learn YTT. The authentic and traditional yoga pedagogy and Master Sree’s wisdom gave me the courage to embark onto this journey. Yoga has empowered me to look inwards, while inspiring me to live life on my terms and being at peace with my choices.

Tirisula, YTT was intensive, more than I could ever have imagined and although I went through tough moments, it was worth every minute with my exposure only to hatha.  I learned a lot on many aspects of yoga sutra.  I learnt to trust the process of life, tap into my inner world and understand my being. The path of YTT has taught me how to become more of myself. We live in a world where we are constantly being told we are not good enough and life is a race and we are continuously striving to be someone else.  The more I lean into the practices, yoga has taught me the more I feel I am living a life that is authentic to me. Beyond the posture and learning to live from the heart. I realized how the asanas are just vehicles to a deeper knowing of ourselves, they allow us to recognize who we are on a spiritual level (Sthira Sukham Asanam).

To be honest, I was afraid of signing up for YTT, it felt like a huge risk and investment for me at this point in my life. I loved yoga and the way it made me feel.  Yoga is a mirror and so is everything we do in life.  I have heard Master Shree saying “the way you do yoga is the way you do everything”. I found this concept hard to get my head around at first, however with more practice, I see how true this statement is reflecting in my journey. One of my favorite definitions of yoga is that it’s a practice that restores us to our natural state of wholeness and balance. It shaves away everything that we don’t need but that we collect over time: our fears, insecurities, trauma, pain and beliefs. I became more and more serious and more focused about my yoga practice.

Over the past weeks of training, we have understood what it means to lead from the heart. The practice of yoga and teaching softens the heart and opens you up to parts of yourself that you never knew existed while connecting you to a place deep within you. Embrace the discomfort of transformation, there is a whole new world waiting for you on the other side. Let go of how you think things should, be open to whatever comes up and trust you are exactly where you need to be grateful for the whole experience. Lean into gratitude. Yoga teacher training really is just the beginning of a lifetime journey of self-discovery and YTT is a huge blessing. Investing in ourself and personal development is a gift. I am eternally grateful for this path and for YTT, lessons and insights changed our life. Master Sree washed away our worries about not being hardcore enough, or flexible enough, or spiritual enough, and essentially told us all that yoga is all about you. It’s a personal journey and the first principle of yoga is to “Start where you are.” It was such a simple shift in perspective, but a crucial one for me.

The personalization of studying in a small group. Because we were a small group (4 students), we had the ability to ask questions and have our experience tailored to the subjects we wanted to learn. Since this was our first YTT experience, it was nice to feel like our Master Sree was guiding and facilitating throughout with the new norms.

Thank you! Tirisula, Master Sree, Sandra, Claudia and Frannie. I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life. Whoever you are, whatever our differences. To practice a discipline (YTT) is to be a lifelong learner. You ‘never arrive.’ The more you learn, the more acutely aware you become of your ignorance as our ego will melting.

The pre- course brief and information were good heads up but I personally felt that it would be beneficial if we were informed from onset about the test, teaching requirements and exams criteria and preparations.

Namaste or Namaskar (My soul bows to your soul).

Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “I bow to you.” Hands together at the heart chakra with Anjali mudra and acknowledging ourselves and the person in front of us as a part of the divine creation. In this way, we are considered equal and connect with the other being with a sense of love and gratitude shedding any feelings of ego and arrogance.

KARMA-YOGA : THE DIVINE WORKER.

Karma yoga is a path to reach moksha (spiritual liberation) through work. It is rightful action without being attached to fruits or being manipulated by what the results might be, a dedication to one’s duty, and trying one’s best while being neutral to rewards or outcomes such as success or failure. Let me explain by using the example of Arjuna’s story from Gita.

Sri Krishna lays bare the very common situation that most of us frequently labor to choose a right course of action in many situations.  Sri Krishna makes it clear that the enigmatic question –  what is to be done and what is not to be done?  what is Action and what is Inaction? has been a difficult puzzle even for learned sages.  Sri Krishna gives Arjuna the complete formula to solve this puzzle from which he would be delivered from this confusion.

One has to know what is Action (Karma), what is Wrong Action (Vikarma) and what is Inaction (Akarma).  The way and ramification of Action is very hard to understand (like a thick forest through which light cannot penetrate). One who sees Inaction when there is incessant Action and Action when there is  Inaction (cessation of Action) is the wise man.  He is situated in Yoga and all his actions proceed from this universal awareness. The awakened Sages regard a man to be wise when all his undertakings are free from eagerness for results and his desires consumed by the fire of the liberating knowledge.

The wise man is ever satisfied, does not need any external support, is not attached to the results of his action.  Such a person, even while being engaged in action incessantly, acts only as an instrument of the Divine.  He is action-less in his inner calm and homogeneity of will with the Divine. One who has no expectations, is not attached to his personal possessions, has a mind controlled by his Self, performs actions only by the body and does not incur any demerit. For one who is satisfied with what ever comes to him with circumstances, who is beyond dualities (success or failure), who is not jealous of any one, is not swayed with success or failure, does not get bound by merit or demerit  of his actions though he is performs actions incessantly.

A person who is free from attachment, is free from dilemma of dualities, has his heart and mind established in Self-Knowledge, does all his work as a sacrifice (Yajnya).  Thus all his work is dissolved (without any taint of merit or demerit, does not initiate any ripples of reaction). A karma-yogi displays five characteristics which are, a) emphasis on process than outcome b) obligation towards others c) to act with equanimity d) seek perfection/excellence in action e) to regard work as an offering to higher Self (Ishvarapranidhana).

In summary, doing actions without expectations and honoring ones duty.  Swami Vivekananda description of this is “selfless service”. His motto and emphasis was Service to Men is Service to GOD. However, even now in modern day life as a Yoga practitioner  if we promulgate Karma Yoga without expectations, we can still reap these benefits of Karma Yoga. It makes negative feelings like ego, hatred, and jealousy disappear. Thus  inculcating good qualities like love, humility, and tolerance. This Karma Yoga path will make you look at life in a broader and more liberal manner.

 

Talking about Science & Yoga

Yogis are convinced of the healing benefits of yoga, based largely on direct experience and their observations of others. While this may not meet the criteria of scientific proof, their assessments should be taken seriously because the practice of yoga directly cultivates the ability to perceive internal states. Very experienced teachers, who have gone deeply into their own practices, also develop an uncanny ability to observe others. This was demonstrated positively by Master Shree in our YTT classes. While the methodology of older studies may not be up to current standards, and more  rigorous research is needed, the situation is improving with more and better research being published in both India and the West. We can expect more evidence in the years to come from studies currently under way evaluating yoga’s effects on everything from cancer to back pain and Ayurveda herbs and food.

In the efforts to explain yoga’s benefits, yoga teachers and practitioners tend to speak of chakras (energy centers), prana (vital force), and nadis (channels through which prana flows). While these concepts are useful in understanding yoga, they are completely unpersuasive to most Western Scientists. Indeed, most Western Scientists find such explanations off-putting. Yet, some yoga teachers make outrageous claims for the system they promote or dress up their theories about how it works in pseudoscientific language

My perspective is to not get too caught up in the words or worry about the occasional far-fetched claim. If notions like chakras and prana turn you off, just think of them as metaphors.  There may not literally be an id, ego, and superego in the brain, but these psychoanalytic concepts can still be an interesting way to think about how the mind works. Good metaphors can help us understand, as yogis put it, ” what is.” The fact is, all kinds ofnutty things are said about yoga. Some critics will try to use the most extreme pronouncements of ancient yogic texts or of modern teachers to discredit the entire field.  Many of yoga’s benefits can be explained in ways that conform with Western ways of knowing. Here are forty ways that yoga facilitates better health, both as prevention and as treat­ment, that are supported by evidence.  I would like to end todays blogging with my belief that, Yoga is the martial art of our souls and our greatest enemy is within us , our EGO!

Therefore, Let us Aspire to Inspire Before we Expire….

1 MAR’ 2021 Intensive Course YTT, Norris centre (Atman)

Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. It includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. I am seeking the Atman in me because of my curiosity of realization, am I the Shiva?

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory. I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes.

I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

I am not the breath, nor the five elements. I am not matter, nor the five sheaths of consciousness, nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion. I know not pride or jealousy.

I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain. I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals.

I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed. I have no father, no mother, for I was never born.

I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness. I exist everywhere, pervading all senses.

I am neither attached, neither free nor captive. I am the form of consciousness and bliss.

I am the eternal Shiva.

Spirituality recognizes that our role in life has a greater value than what we do every day. It can relieve you from dependence on material things and help you to understand your life’s greater purpose. Spirituality can also be used as a way of coping with change or uncertainty. I am still seeking the  The conceptual understanding that I am Brahman does not serve the purpose. The realization happens only in the complete absence of delusion. That is why i am often reminded not to be understood is Brahman is a state of my mind ?My karma ? or our godliness thoughts and actions in our routines without any expectations. I am still seeking and hungry to learn more….