Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Self is one thing that you cannot develop. Everything else you may develop. You can develop the land, you can develop the earth, but you cannot develop the self. And if it can be developed it is better you put it in the storeroom like everything else. That is why Gautama went about saying, “You are non-self. You are Anathma.” People were talking too much about athma, then slowly it took the egg shape. So now he knew a chick will come. People will sit on it and make it hatch also (Laughs). Initially they said, “hell and heaven.” To which he said, “There is no hell and heaven.” “That we also know, but it is about reaching the Divine, God.” He said, “There is no God.” “That we also know. Our Upanishads also say we are Athma.” He said, “There is no Athma.” Then they said, “No, no, no the consciousness!” He said, “There is no consciousness. It is just that you are conscious that there is no consciousness; that is all.” See, everything he demolished because everything that can be demolished must be demolished. That is the whole sadhana.
So sadhana is not about building something. It is not about creating divinity within you, not about becoming enlightened. It is simply there. Sadhana is just a way of opening your eyes. Sadhana is like an alarm bell. Some people need just a buzz - they wake up. That is all sadhana is. A long alarm bell - it must be piercing. You know, these days kids have those new James Bond watches. In these watches there is a small knife-like object which comes out and pricks you, along with a beep, beep sound. So if somebody is too thick skinned then we have to really poke. The whole thing is a process of just waking up, that is all. We are just stuck to one level of reality.
Waking up to another level of reality, can it just happen? Nothing to happen, if your involvement with this is total, so total that you transcend it. Or you are not at all involved, absolutely no involvement with what’s here, then also you see the other. These are two ways, either with 100 per cent involvement or zero involvement. Then you become loose in the present reality. Then you see the other reality within you.
So never seek enlightenment. The moment you start seeking you get rooted into this reality; please understand that. Without seeking you must work, that is the thing. When people have nothing to get they can’t be intense. That is their problem right now. That is exactly what you need to learn.
When a person doesn’t seek anything but still he can act totally, with utmost intensity, then there is a way. If you seek, then something else happens; you get entangled with this, then nothing happens. So the whole process of spiritual dimension or the path is just because people don’t get this distinction. They have a mind which doesn’t allow them to be intense and involved with anything where there is nothing to get. That is the reason why it seems to be a great sadhana or struggle; otherwise, it is nothing. If you see this aspect, if you just eliminate this one calculation – “What can I get?” and simply you know how to throw yourself into everything that is around you, then 90 per cent of the sadhana is over in one stroke. Simply, it’s over.
If one’s relaxation is absolute, if you were utterly relaxed, relaxed to a point where you have no individual existence then there will be no need for sadhana. But the ego knows no relaxation; its existence is in a certain effort or tension. You have accumulated tensions, that is why sadhana is needed. Sadhana is not an effort to get somewhere; it is a tool to drop the effort and the need to get somewhere. Enlightenment is not an accomplishment, but a homecoming.
Monday, December 17, 2007
There is a mercury lingam in the Theerthakund. The Rasalinga is made of solidified mercury which is 99.8% pure mercury. This is generally considered 100%. There are only 0.2 % of impurities which could not be taken out. Generally, according to the principles of modern chemistry, you cannot solidify mercury at room temperature. In extremely low temperatures mercury can be solidified, but in normal temperatures there is no such thing. Here, you see, at normal room temperature, it is solidified in this Linga. This is an ancient science, an ancient Indian alchemy, through which mercury can be solidified at room temperature. And mercury is the heaviest substance on the planet. This Linga is just two feet tall, but it weighs 680 kgs. That's a lot of weight for an object of this size. The rock beneath, the avudayar, which is at least 5 or 6 times bigger than the lingam itself, probably weighs just about 150 kgs or maybe 200 kgs, not more.
Mercury, as a substance, has been a very, very important part of all kinds of spiritual alchemy around the world. Here, there is a whole mastery of this science known as the Rasa Vidhya or Rasa Vaidhya where we use solidified mercury as a system of healing. It is very rare, but if it is properly prepared, if it is properly consecrated, it is very healing. You know in South India some people are wearing a ball of mercury around their neck? You can consecrate mercury whichever way you want, and the reverberation is almost eternal. It will stay forever because the substance has that quality- it retains the reverberations for a very, very long time. The core of Dhyanalinga is also solidified mercury.
So, the Rasalinga was consecrated in a particular way - fundamentally to open up one's receptivity and stabilize physical imbalances in a person. When I say physical imbalances, I am talking about pranic imbalances which cause physical disturbance - physical and mental disturbance. It straightens out the energy or the pranic imbalances in a person, which will lead to a lot of physical and mental well-being. But the main focus here is to create spiritual receptivity.
You will hear, in the next few months, many people claiming miraculous healing and things like that. You shouldn't be surprised because it has the capability to do that, though we are not going to promote it in that direction. We are more promoting it as a pool which will enhance spiritual receptivity. But you will see lot of people claiming physical well-being out of it. Yesterday, an 83-year-old man came to me and shared, "after I went into the pool twice, I feel 5 years younger than what I am." He had not climbed a staircase in the last 3 or 4 years but he went down by himself and came up by himself and he is very proud. He wants to stay back in the ashram for his life because he thinks he is going to become a young man if he has a dip everyday. It could happen.
I just went in it once and for almost three days I couldn't close my eyes - I was just wide awake, like that. I don't think I'm going to take dips too often. There is a tremendous amount of energy there and when the body is wet, it is always much more receptive than when the body is dry. You must stay there for 7 minutes at least. If you stay there 7 to 12 minutes, you will see a tremendous sense of vibrance and rejuvenation in the body.
The water there has not become dense, it is just that the vibrance of the lingam makes you feel buoyant. This energy soaked water will have an uplifting effect on the physical body in terms of health and well-being. Above all, it creates a tremendous sense of receptivity - a spiritual receptivity - in a person.
If we want to understand it in terms of chakras - it is mainly in the region of Swadishtana and Manipuraka. It's between these two. That's how the Linga is made. It has created a powerful field of its own.
So, for those people who don't get the point easily, we want to drown them. Drown them not in water; drown them into a certain energy field so that even the hardest nuts will crack somewhere.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
In theory, it is possible to slowly construct a human physical body for the Dhyanalinga, and to create a being like that - somebody who will walk - if we're willing to work towards this. In theory, it is possible, but to get all the ingredients and all the forces together is an enormous job. Once we create a physical body, to sustain himself in such peak energies, he would have to do so many things. Above all, once you have a physical body, people's ability to experience what's beyond that will decrease, because once you see a person, you start judging - seeing what's right and wrong about him, what appeals to you or doesn't. All these judgments will take away your ability to experience that being. That's the huge difference. To create the subtle body itself took enormous amounts of work. If we want to create grosser dimensions of the body, we can create a very beautiful human being without him being born through a womb, because the subtle body is properly established. It would be like having Shiva back, alive, walking, but it wouldn't serve any purpose and would involve too much. It's very difficult to tell you logically or sensibly what this is all about.
This reminds me: when Vivekananda was a highly energetic and intense young boy, he was very skeptical and full of questions. He wanted to investigate everything. He had won many awards in debates and was always looking for more debates with whomever he met. When he met Ramakrishna he asked him, "You're always talking about God. What is the proof that there is God?" He was expecting some great explanation, which he obviously had the logic to break down, and he would defeat him. Ramakrishna said, "I am the proof." Vivekananda didn't expect this answer. He was expecting some explanation as to how there's a creation and a creator. So when Ramakrishna said, "I am the proof," he didn't know what to say. He sat there, bewildered. Ramakrishna thought this fellow's snooty logic was making him stupid. Vivekananda had enormous intensity, but he was missing the whole point. So Ramakrishna just took his foot and placed it on Vivekananda's chest. He lost all of his logic, and tears started flowing. Tears and Vivekananda were impossible. Logical people cannot shed a tear unless they're touched in their innermost depth. Tears just started flowing and then he said, "I'm very sorry I even asked you such a question."
Now, if you think logically, it seems impossible that there is no difference between the Dhyanalinga and me. Even if you have experienced the Dhyanalinga in some way for a moment, it still sounds absolutely egoistic for me to say this; but really, there's no difference. If you don't like it, I can't help it. Slowly you will see, as the days pass, I won't be interested in keeping up any façade for anybody's sake. We have done enough of that in order to bring about the necessary goodwill and understanding into people so that they could become receptive enough. We don't have to continue doing that for a lifetime. Those who are too logical and whose ability to live life is very much on the surface may fall off. I don't want them to fall off, but they may, because I am too blunt. It's all right. This is how it is.
When you go to the Dhyanalinga, just sit there - you don't have to believe or disbelieve anything. It's as if a good dinner is being served in front of you. You're not overly hungry nor do you dislike the food. Simply sit there, not trying to grab it. Just be willing, open, not making any judgments about the food in front of you. You must sit in front of the Dhyanalinga like that, not doing anything, but not putting your foot into the food either. Sit there with a certain willingness and openness; then you will see that this is not just a symbol. The Dhyanalinga is not just a stone standing there anymore . You will see it is like a living being in every way.
Somebody who doesn't have a physical, mental or karmic body, but only has a subtle body - spiritual or etheric body - can only touch you on that level. If we teach you Hatha Yoga, kriyas, or if we change your mental attitude through the programs, and you practice for some time, then you give it up, you will see, you will go back to square one. But once you're touched at the level of your etheric body, you can't get rid of it. Whether you live or die, it still goes with you. This is what initiation means. It's not just a bundle of instructions. The idea is to touch you on the level of your etheric body so that it can never be taken away, no matter what kind of life you live, or how ignorantly you live. The seed can't die; that's how it is put across. That's what an initiation means.
When you sit in front of a living Guru, you have many problems, judgments, likes and dislikes, because invariably you end up looking at his personality. People have left their Gurus for all kinds of frivolous things. This happened with J. Krishnamurti, a realized being and very wonderful man. There was a certain lady who was very close to him and deeply involved with his work. She was always around him and traveled to many places with him. Once when he was in Amsterdam, Holland, he went into a shop to buy a tie for himself. He was so meticulous about choosing a tie, because he was very conscious about everything and also what he wore. He could throw the tie away if he wanted to, but when he wears it, he wants it to be in a certain way. So he went into the shop and spent nearly four hours picking out one tie. He pulled out every tie in the shop, looked at it, put it on, and then said, "No." It took him four hours to select just one tie. This woman watched and watched and watched, and as minutes passed, in her mind his enlightenment receded. She thought a man who could be so concerned about what kind of tie he wears couldn't be enlightened, and she left him. Many such stupid things are done because of your judgments.
People have left their Gurus for even more frivolous things. This is simply because, in your day-to-day life, you are deeply caught up with your own physical and mental bodies. What has happened within you on deeper dimensions is not in your moment-to-moment awareness. Certain moments you know this is the deepest thing that has happened to you in your life. The rest of the time your mind will argue and prove to you that it's not so. With Dhyanalinga, you don't have these problems because it doesn't carry a physical or mental body. If you experience him once, every time you sit, you will look up to him reverentially. If he had a physical body, one moment you would be looking up to him reverentially, the next moment you would be judging him and condemning him for something. It's bound to happen. So he has come with extra advantages
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Now, is there something wrong with the duality ? That is not the point. Without duality there is no creation. Only because of the opposites, the creation has happened. But to be trapped within the duality is the problem. If one is limited to the duality, one does not know the beyond, then it becomes a great limitation on your life. Duality seems to be the source of all the pleasures in the world. If there are no opposites there is no pleasure in the world. At the same time, duality is the source for all sufferings in the world. It is only because of the opposites that man suffers. So, caught in this pleasure and pain experience of life, people get wounded with life. Most people get wounded with life. They do not become wise with life, they become wounded with life because they are not able to handle the duality of life nor are they able to transcend the duality of life. Because when you have limited your experience to your sense perception, you are bound by the duality, you cannot help it. All these sense organs, seem to be an access, seem to be a freedom. For example, eyes-your vision seems to be a freedom for you. If you had no eyes there is no experience of the outside in many ways. But it is the eye that which is limiting you in so many ways. Eye is like a window to your body; it is through this window you are looking out. Now, a window seems to be a great possibility, but a window is also a limitation for you. If you come totally out of this limitation, then you will see it is not the eye that sees, it is you who sees. Eye is only an opening to the world. So, sense perceptions are just a small opening, at the same time a great bondage within ourselves.
The whole process or the whole science of Dhyanalingam is an establishment of the whole exuberance of the duality of life. Through the nadis of Ida and Pingala, through the seven charkas is the wide range of experience, the wide range of manifestation of life. The many many forms of life, the many many levels of life, many many ways of experiencing life are there in the world only because of the duality and the seven charkas of the seven dimensions of life.
So, Dhyanalingam is manifested in all these levels, but the purpose of Dhyanalingam is to help a person to go beyond the duality. We are not denying the duality. We are not against the sense perception, but using the sense perception, seeing the limitation of the sense perception, one needs to go beyond that. So what we call as Lingam, the word Lingam means a form or the fundamental form. It also can be interpreted in English as symbol. It is the basic symbol or the basic form in the existence.
When we say Lingam, we are referring to the most fundamental form, or the first form that can happen in the process of creation. Just sometime ago I happened to look into the pictures taken through spacecrafts of certain galaxies. If you look at it carefully, you will see the very core of every galaxy is in the form of a Lingam. So, seeing this within ourselves, when you go deep into yourself the very core form of you is in the form of a Lingam. So, based on this is the science of building a Lingam exactly to that form and proportion because that form is a perennial source of energy. Every other form will dissipate over a period of time. The form that we call as Lingam is a perennial source of energy, which cannot be destroyed. It is the fundamental form to the existence. Now, through this manifestation of Ida and Pingala or Shiva and Shakthi, both the dimensions of the logical and the intuitive can be enjoyed and experienced. Today, in the name of modern education we are establishing too much of the logical, destroying the intuitive totally. We are afraid of feeling life, we want to think our lives out today. People are becoming more and more thinking, less and less feeling. If you know the intuitive, you can make life within yourself very beautiful. But you may be incapable of creating an external situation for yourself. If you become very logical, you are very capable of creating an external situation for yourself the way you want it, but you are incapable of creating an internal situation for yourself. If you look at your life, if your internal situation is very beautiful, you are very blessed. But still if the external situation is very much against you, some suffering will come to you, you cannot help it. The world will make sure that you suffer. If you are a master of external situation, you know how to create the external but you do not know how to create the internal, then you enjoy some pleasure in the world, but absolute misery within yourself. So, one has to evolve knowing both dimensions of the logical and the intuitive. Only then a person goes through this world well balanced, a fulfilling life he can live. But knowing the intuitive and knowing the logical is not sufficient. One has to know that which is beyond this, which in Yoga we refer to as “Prathiba”. One is the intuitive nature, another is the logical nature, what is beyond is called as “Prathiba”, where you are neither intuitive nor are you logical, but you have a direct perception of the world the way it is. To experience life simply the way it is, not to the interpretations of your senses.
Now, when we talk about the Lingam, "Why the Lingam? Isn’t Sahaja Sthithi Yoga sufficient?". This question comes up in people’s mind. Many people have asked me-the amount of time, energy and resources we have spent in the last four years to make the Lingam happen, if we had put the same thing into doing other work in the society, we could have produced lots of miracles out there. Why don’t we do it? Why this Lingam?
This is simply because.... See, you can approach a person either through his body or through his mind or through his prana or through his spiritual body or though his bliss body. These are the five ways you can approach a person or these are the five ways a human being can transform himself.
He can start working through the body, he can start working with the mind, he can start working with his pranic energy, he can start working with what we call as etheric body or the spiritual body or he can go directly to the bliss body. Now if you transform your body, let us say with proper food, with proper eating, with proper asanas, we transform your body.
One year you do the asanas, you eat properly, you do everything. One month if you just indulge in food, don’t do anything, you will see, again you are back to square one. The transformation of the body can be very easily taken away from the external situation because body is enslaved to the outside situation in so many ways.
Now, transforming a person through his mind, by transforming him psychologically, bringing understanding to him intellectually, making him know many things-this transforms a person, but once again as you can influence him one way, you can also influence him the other way. You can also again reverse the transformation very easily, which many of you experienced through Sahaja Sthithi Yoga process. Your body, mind and prana gets transformed in many ways when you sit there for thirteen days. But after sometime, you put yourself back, you roll yourself back once again in many situations that you live in. And again through your pranayams, kriyas, we can work on the pranic body, transforming that, but that is also subject to external influence. If you think differently, eat differently, if you sleep differently, the prana gets affected.
For every thought, for every situation, for every external situation, for every external vibration you face, your pranic body reverberates in different ways and goes through changes. So when we teach Yoga, we are trying to transform you through the body, through the mind, through the prana. All these things are good ways, good methods, but still they are subject to external situations. They are subject to the external influences of life.
The Lingam works with you in a completely different way. It starts with you from the other end. When I say transformation…now, willing to be transformed, what it means. When people come to Sahaja Sthithi Yoga program, some people come as investigators, some people come as students, later on these investigators sometime become students after the third day. The next set of people, they come as students, after a few days, they become disciples. Very few become devotees. What it means to be an investigator or a student or a disciple or a devotee-an investigator is of gross mind, he is not interested in knowing anything. He is not interested in transformation at all. He just wants to know whether the other person knows or not. This is an unfortunate situation for anybody. It is a waste of life.
A student is willing to learn, not really looking for transformation, but he is willing to learn, he is willing to learn to the point of convenience. As long as you teach him those things, which are convenient for his life, he will learn. If you teach something, which will dissolve him, he will not learn. . He can only learn that which is convenient for him. He can learn that which will help him to get rid of his disease, that which will give mental peace, that which will give material well-being, physical well-being, emotional well-being. These things he is willing to learn. Beyond that he will not go.
A disciple is one who is willing to transform himself. A devotee is one who has no will of his own. He has simply given himself up. These are the ways that you can transform yourself. These are the ways you can receive something totally new into yourself-either by being an investigator, or a student, or a disciple, or a devotee.
So when you come through, for example the process of Sahaja Sthithi Yoga, most of the time, most people start as students, some people graduate into discipleship, very few move into becoming a devotee. But when you start with the Dhyanalingam, if you just be there for sometime, you will see that you will start as devotee, which is a tremendous advantage over Sahaja Sthithi Yoga as it starts from that end which cannot be influenced by the outside situation. If you transform your spiritual body, you will see this transformation is permanent. Once you are in the sphere of Dhyanalingam, the seed of spiritual liberation is sown into you. You cannot help it. Whether you are willing or not willing, whether you are a believer or non-believer, whether you have come to investigate or come to surrender-it does not matter
The seed of spiritual liberation is always planted into you, and nobody can go untouched. Whether you are going to allow this seed to sprout today or tomorrow or after ten lifetimes, that is your choice. But you cannot destroy the seed. So why so much effort has been put into making Dhyanalingam when we could have done something else is simply because this transformation works at you from a different end altogether.
One cannot destroy this. Other kinds of transformation one can undo. This cannot be undone. That is the reason why so much has been done to make this happen. How much has been done to make it happen, I can never put it into words. In terms of what we have done physically, it is not much. But in terms of what has been done to make the Lingam the way it is, it can never be expressed in words.
This, today’s situation of being able to complete the process of the Lingam and offering it to the world reminds me of a very ancient story that is repeatedly said in the yogic lore. They said, it so happened one day, there were two men, one was blind, another was a cripple. They were in the forest and suddenly there was a forest fire. One person is blind and another person crippled. One cannot see where to go, the other cannot go. So the two of them struggled by themselves for a while and nothing happened. Anyway they would be burnt because fire does not distinguish between anything. It just burns anything on the way. So between the two of them they came to an agreement and the blind person who was physically fit carried the crippled person on his shoulder and the crippled person who could see showed the way. And the blind person brought the crippled person out. Both of them were out of the forest fire. This story is repeatedly used to indicate or to explain the need for both the logical and the intuitive aspect of life.
The earlier attempts with the Lingam have been purely intuitive. Within, we know how to do it, but we did not successfully create a social situation that would accept it. This time, the blind person and the crippled person have come together. We have worked on the social situation sufficiently that today we have completed the process with people’s support and today there are this many people here to experience the Lingam. This has happened simply because the blind and the cripple came together successfully. Earlier attempts were all purely intuitive, did not have the tact to handle the society and they always made sure it did not happen. Even this time, serious attempts were made to stop the process in so many ways, but we have gone through this because the blind and the cripple came together well successfully.
The consecration, I repeatedly say this, I repeatedly wish within myself, I only wished that we could have included more people into the process of consecration. Because of the nature of the process, because of the intensity, because of what is required in terms of energy and understanding to go through the process, we had to limit it to just a few people, but it would be a dream situation if we could involve thousands of people and make a situation like the consecration process.
This took almost three years. In these three years of consecration, what we have seen, what we have experienced, how life has happened around us at that time is indescribable, there is no way we can express it in words. The fortunate few who are there with us, they know what it means, but do not ask them because they can never say anything about it as it is impossible to put it in words.
There were two ways to make this consecration happen. One was very playfully dancing with it. Another way was to give up this body and merge with it. These were the two ways to make this thing complete. Merging with the Lingam, shedding the body would have been the easier way. But we avoided that process simply because I had this apprehension that if we do something like that, it will put so much fear into people that it may take one or two generations before people accept Dhyanalingam itself. So to do it like a play, to make it like a dance, it has taken so many things-I am really at a loss for words, but I have to say this.
This happened the way it happened is one thing. Above all, the Divine Grace, and I cannot discount the love and support that we received from the people around us. The Bhrahmacharis, the inmates in the ashram, the teachers, the meditators, the volunteers and so many other people knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously supported us in making this happen, many of them unwillingly. I wish to bow down to all of them because whichever way knowingly or unknowingly, whichever way they did it, what they have done is one of the greatest gifts that we can offer to the future generations.
I think I need to say a few words about constructing a suitable ornament to the Lingam, the process of building the temple with the limited resources that we could put together. I want to especially mention the efforts that have been put in by the Bhramacharis, the volunteers, meditators and members of the public and the labour force. Especially the last three to four months, the feverish pace at which they have been working is unbelievable. You should have seen the dedication and involvement with which the labour force was functioning.
I want to tell you this, you have known the pleasure of modern science. You have known the convenience of the modern science. Why this Lingam, why this yoga, why we are talking about what we are talking here today is, I also want you to know the power, the liberation of another kind of science, an inner science, the yogic science through which you can become the master of your own destiny. You can create your life the way you want it. You can decide the very process of life, death and rebirth. You can even decide the womb in which you are going to be born. And you can dissolve at will. There is another science like this, which gives absolute mastery over life. The whole process of Dhyanalingam is just to manifest this science in such a way that it cannot be taken away. To manifest it in such a way that it would be accessible at any time to anybody who is willing.
Above all, it gives an opportunity for all people to do their sadhana in utmost intimacy with a Guru, which is usually available to very few
Friday, December 7, 2007
Stagnation is a certain disease. It is anti-life. Stillness is a tremendous amount of life not manifesting itself in any way. It is just there – potent. That is God. God is stillness, not stagnation. The mind is stagnation. Sadhana is a force which moves you from stagnation to stillness, but between stagnation and stillness, when they are together, there seems to be very little difference, since your logical mind only understands in terms of moving and not moving. Not moving is stagnation, but stillness is also not moving. This non-movement, you may call it stillness or stagnation because it’s purely subjective.
If you look at it objectively, stillness and stagnation are about the same. Physically they could be seen as about the same, but qualitatively they are worlds apart. A person who is meditating and a person who is sleeping may look about the same. One is sitting and sleeping, another is lying down and sleeping, that is all. For a person who doesn’t know the difference, that’s all he sees. Have you seen with how much sarcasm people look at meditation – those so-called dynamic people of the world? They think it’s for people who don’t even know how to sleep.
Externally there may be no difference between stillness and stagnation. Internally there is a tremendous difference. From stagnation to stillness, from ignorance to enlightenment, that’s the difference. In a way, it is the same thing, only the quality has to change, that’s all.But how can you know the qualitative difference when you’re drowned in ignorance? This is why the movement of sadhana has to go in full circle. Depending on how stupid a person is, that is how long the sadhana has to be. Physically and mentally, push yourself to the limit and see what is there. If you stop for every little discomfort, you will never know what it is. Just push yourself to the limit. Physically, mentally, emotionally, in every way push yourself to the last point, either you must go mad or you must get enlightened, that’s all there is; and we will not allow you to go mad, don’t worry.
That is why I keep asking you, “What is your priority? What is it? You have to increase it.” Every time I ask that question, you have to push it up one more notch. To the point of discomfort you have pushed, but don’t let up, push it up one more point and yet another point. It has to be pushed to the ultimate, to the optimum. Only then can the mind dissolve by itself. You don’t have to do any other sadhana. This is the only sadhana needed. All other activity in the form of sadhana is just to get this one thing done. Make it in such a way that your sankalpa is unshakeable.
Why someone is asked to go and live in the Himalayas for twelve years is not because if they live in the Himalayas the rocks could give them enlightenment. It is because he is even willing to waste his life for twelve years, with all kinds of hardship, just to seek Truth. If that kind of sankalpa has come, that man is very close. In a way, it is like literally wasting your life. When the whole world is eating well, drinking well and enjoying themselves, you are sitting there in the cold and chanting, “Shiva, Shiva, Shiva,” knowing nothing might happen.
If you live there for long enough, you may come to know. Shiva probably will not come and bail you out. When you’re hungry, you’re plain hungry. When you’re cold, you’re just cold. You know it may turn out to be hopeless being there. In spite of that you stay, because the most important thing in your life is something else. When that sankalpa comes, it does not take twelve years. In one moment, it can happen. Nobody needs to wait for twelve years. This can be the moment. It is because you don’t use this moment that you have to wait for the next one. This is always the moment. Are you going to tighten it up, or every time discomfort comes, will you think, “Oh, this is not for me.” It is definitely not for you if this is so. I am not saying the path is difficult; it’s just that you make it difficult. The path is not difficult. It is very simple. If you are simple, it’s very simple. If you are all wound up, the path is very, very winding. That’s all it is.This moment, when you’re very simple and at ease, life is very simple, isn’t it? When you’re wound up, just see how complicated it is. Don’t become all wound up. There is enough nerve-racking past in you, which is already in knots. Don’t create new knots now. The old knots are already causing a lot of pain, causing a deep pit inside, which is eating you up in many ways. Some of you have become aware of this, and some are yet to become aware of that, but it is there in every human being. There is one empty pit within you which just eats you from inside. That is enough, isn’t it? Don’t create more now. What you have created in the past is enough. Many lifetimes of opportunities have been wasted, but this one need not go to waste too. Those of you who feel the urgency, please go on unrelentingly. To those of you who think, “Anyway, another ten thousand years are there, no problem,” I am saying, “Why only ten thousand? There is a whole eternity ahead of you. There is no hurry. After all, what is wrong with life?” When I say it, it may look like a curse, but it is not a curse. I am saying, in this situation, when the energies are high like this, if you don’t make use of this situation and me, if you don’t see this, well then..
The mechanism of terror in the world today encompasses various kinds of terrorism, and religious terrorism is a major part today. The purpose of terrorism is not war but to cripple a society with fear. It is more a shock value and because it has grown due to availability of material they have had quite an impact. We see suicide bombers; young people who are willing to give their lives.The revolutionaries and the resistant forces have all been educated people. But now when physician have become terrorists then its like people who are supposed to give life are taking lives. There seems to be so much anger that people are willing to take lives for whatever cause they believe in.
One way of looking at it is-any man who is willing to die for what he believes in is a wonderful man. The problem is that there is a huge volume of anger and hatred behind it and so the end result is ugly. Otherwise a man who is willing to die for what he believes in has a wonderful quality.
It’s just that this is happening with enormous anger and hatred against some body and that is the problem. In India we have the naxalites, the communist group which believes they are causing a revolution but we call them terrorists. Then there are the Tamil Tigers in Srilanka and the IRA group all of whom believe they are freedom fighters. And now there are the religious terrorists who believe they are fighting for their religion.
So different causes have bred the same thing-whenever there is a powerful force that becomes oppressive, people who do not have the same level of power will naturally go in for the method of fighting we call terrorism.It is very important that the armies, the government and the leaderships in the world look at the cause why people are so angry. For every creature on this planet, its own life is always precious. Even if you try to kill a little ant, it does its best to save itself; so it is for the human being. To be willing to die for something means that “something” has become very important to him, especially when so many people are going in the same direction.
We have to address the fundamental issues beneath that decision rather than treating it as something you can just stamp out.Right now the level of terrorism in the world has grown because we are blatantly trying to stamp things out rather than looking into and addressing the fundamental issues. Today you have to live with the reality that once every few months another terrorist event will happen on the planet.
Who is a terrorist? People who are in it do not believe they are terrorists. It is just a term that they feel someone is using for them. Many of them think they are freedom fighters, revolutionaries and some think they are God’s own children. You stamp out one person and a hundred will be born out of that lack of understanding.
Right now in many ways the US is the leader in the world. Whenever a particular nation becomes very powerful there can be a possibility of exploitation and domination on one hand or if done the right way, there is a possibility of changing everything for the good.Earlier there was Russia and because of the mistrust, both of them went about doing all sorts of things to gain superiority in the world. A lot of illegal activities happened and the excuse was always if we don’t do it, the other would. Now that Russia is gone, there is only one gun left and so it should be easy to keep it down.
If truly wise leadership comes up in the United States, they can truly change the world. It doesn’t take a lot of money and resources to address all the problems in the world-it just takes the will. USA has spent more than 600 billion dollars on Iraq. A fraction of that amount could have helped in eradicating poverty or providing healthcare (forty percent people on the planet don’t get medical help), educational facilities and nourishment on the planet.
We have not re-built Iraq. We have done nothing except kill our men and people of other countries. It has happened due to lack of vision and simply looking at the world with the same eyes as the barbarians have looked at it. If some body pricks you with a pin instead of cutting off their hand if you try to turn their hearts around, try to work on their anger and move them towards a more sensible way of looking at life, things may be different.
By cutting one hand you are making a million more hands come up.
When you look at the Muslim doctors from India who went to UK, they are good students who have done well. They are married and have children. They definitely did not build their lives around becoming terrorists. They wanted to live a normal life. They feel that the international activity against their community is such injustice that it’s firing them up to such an extent that they are willing to die for it and kill people. Even if they are misguided, if a large number of people are going in this direction, I think we need to work on turning them around. Shooting them down is not the answer.I was at the World Economic forum and a positive development is that the major economic forces on the planet are thinking of peace- not necessarily by compassion but by compulsion. Especially in the last four years, I see a trend where major corporations in the world are looking at changing the fundamentals of human life on the planet in terms of education, health, nourishment and medical care.
Corporate social responsibility is not always driven by compassion today but even if it becomes the fashion, as long as it serves its people that is all that matters.
That is not good enough. A farmer plants a tree and waits 8-9 years before he can reap the fruits of planting that tree. There are several companies that have the capability today for similar long term investments. If they invest in human health and education, in about 15 years they will have huge human resources at their disposal. Finding employable and capable human resources is becoming a big challenge today, as is the expansion of a market base. We have left half the world population behind, and unless we empower the entire world population to participate in economic activity, things will not reach their full potential.
In the last three-four years I have been to several world economic forum and other summits featuring business leaders and many of them are not focused on long term investment. They are only worried about current trends and how they can gain the competitive edge over others.
But today I see that slowly the thought process is beginning to change. Many of the business leaders are beginning to understand that an inclusive economy is definitely better in the long run. Inclusive doesn’t just mean including the rest of the human population but also to address ecological concerns.
Business of course should not be run like a charity. I think the days of corporate social responsibility are over. No human being wants to feel his well being is dependent on charity. He wants to feel worthy, and he wants to feel that he is part of the process of economic prosperity; that it’s an equal partnership between him and each corporation. Both the corporation and the individual come armed with certain capabilities. It’s important to see how human potential and corporate capability can be combined to create a productive enterprise.We recently devised an in-depth business plan and gave it to Reliance Industries to show them how they could include the local people, benefit the farmers and make money in the process. It took us six months of talking and negotiating to convince them it works.
As far as India is concerned, there is a big economic boom but it sitting on a very narrow base. The biggest generation of new economic development is from the IT industry which does not employ more than 2 to 2.5 million people which is just a little over 2 percent of the total population. You cannot have sustained growth or an economic revolution by involving such a small number of the population.
Right now we have 1 billion people to feed and the Indian farmer is somehow managing it through a very rudimentary infrastructure. We need to focus on investing in the creation and training of a skilled force and look at it as a long term investment that will bear fruit after 6 to 8 years. There is great need for long term investment in different forms of education which will be beneficial for the investor also. Otherwise we will have chaos, because of unstructured and unplanned development and movement. The chaos will be outside and within the human being as well.Having talked about business and creating opportunities, I have to point out that all those who are working towards economic development, and creating opportunities or have already become successful business leaders, need to also focus on creating a balance between their inner and outer worlds. A certain kind of clarity to look beyond the immediate has to be created and that can ok beyond the immediate has to be created and that can or inner and outer worlds. have already bed that clarity will only come when the person reaches a certain physical and mental state. We teach an inner engineering course which helps executives in achieving that. For the skeptical, I must add that the course is taught in such a technical and scientific way that you will not have any problems with the divine, because whatever you call divine becomes a source within you. The moment the person loses contact or turns away from the source within himself he reaches a dead-end.
The engineers from IIT once they take the course will realize that the yoga system we teach is more technical than any engineering they have studied. At the World Economic Forum, the topic I presented was spirituality and science and how the scientists today are talking like philosophers. Albert Einstein has said that unless we look at science with the vision of a mystic there is no answer