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Looking at what others are successful at instead of the how of their success, is the greatest cause of failure.
The cure for some types of breathlessness is to slow down and pay attention to what we we are doing.
A question answered:
After listening to the Bhagavad Gita sessions I have some questions—is it necessary to chant mahamantra? From the age of 15 -16 years I am practicing 'Om shree krishna shree krishnaya namaha', it is part of my breath now. Nobody has given this mantra to me. I don't know how it came. I have been meditating on Krishna since my childhood. Should I start afresh chanting mahamantra or continue the one I have been practicing? Lots of gratitude. Sir please guide me.—I.R.
Chanting of Krishna's names (japa yagya) is recommended in the Bhagavad Gita as being the highest of yagyas (sacrifices).
The Mahamantra is a specific chant meant for liberation of the soul from material bondage. The Mahamantra has been specially blessed for this purpose 500 years ago by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is directly Krishna Himself.
He removed the 'Om' from the mantra and turned it around to begin with 'Hare Krishna' so that anyone, including non-brahmins, could freely chant this without side-effects. (The Om mantras are vedic mantras meant for chanting by initiated brahmins.)
The Mahamantra is the most powerful chant for liberation and can be chanted unconditionally by anyone.
KQ WEEKEND - Special Seminars & Conversations with Nalin Nirula - Day 2- March 19, Conversation #7 - Tackling problems, Being With The Light
April 2017 Seminar Schedule & Programs * Reiki 1 - April 8-9, Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on both days. Attendance also for Review
KQ Weekend conversation #6
Knowledge about Krishna as the Source of Reiki is given in greater detail when one is ready to receive this knowledge.
In the beginning one is begging for favors from demigods, Reiki--anyone who can give me some benefit. Then after receiving benefits one is attached to Reiki, but when more benefits require you to change by taking responsibility, instead of that one may drop out of the Reiki healing process.
Knowledge of the source strengthens our commitment to the Reiki healing process and action in Krishna consciousness.
The Oxford Dictionary's word of the year for 2016 was ‘post-truth’, an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.
What this really means is, the telling of lies in a believable way to shape and influence peoples beliefs and actions.
According to Professor Timothy Snyder, this is pre-fascism, and the giving up of facts and truth would see democracy yield to fascism, just as Europe saw this in the post-truth era of Hitler’s regime. Snyder was commenting on Facebook soon after Donald Trump’s election as President of the USA.
Readers will recognize that the reality of the saying, ‘repeat a lie often enough and get enough people to believe it, then it becomes the truth’ is now a widespread phenomena in politics and social media. Accurate reporting of facts is called fake news by the neo-fascists, and the fake news they put out is promoted as the truth.
The more widespread the phenomena, the more turbulent the times society experiences.
“You submit to tyranny when you renounce the difference between what you want to hear and what is actually the case,” Snyder writes in his book Tyranny. This is true of the mundane world as well as our own lives and how we want to look at things and interpret them.
Snyder may as well be talking about the false-ego, which is the greatest personal tyrant that each of us carry.
The job of this personal tyrant is to create a post-truth world for each one, so that we are deluded about the truth of our own existence and capabilities.
As long as we are acting on the dictates of the false ego tyrant, our mind and intelligence has an uphill task connecting with the truth of our origins and our true ego position.
By connecting all that we do in Reiki consciousness, in Krishna consciousness, by studying the Bahagavad Gita without the fake commentaries and beliefs that suit our ego-motives, we can defeat the post-truth fake reality and fake news of the tyrannical false ego.
In doing this we, become more steady and balanced in what we do. We become grave and restrained in what we would otherwise do. We improve our lives by living more in the light of truth than cowering in the shadows of fear.
By connecting our mind and intelligence with Krishna conscious activities, we liberate ourselves from the tyranny that oppresses our souls. We do this best when we have an empowered Krishna connection somehow to the brahminical energies—by whatever name called—Brahmin or Reiki or some other, and then make our way to the understanding of the Supreme Person who is the Truth that is the source of all things.
George Orwell's dystopian 1984, was ahead of its time in its depiction of the totalitarian State. Today, in 2017, the totalitarian 'Big Brother' state is very much alive and well across the world in varying degrees.
In common parlance, the term 'Big Brother' refers to abuse of government power, specially with regard to civil liberties, and mass surveillance of people.
Russia, North Korea and China immediately come to mind, embodying the 1984 'Big Brother', where "the ruling Party wields total power 'for its own sake' over the inhabitants". This includes invasive monitoring and surveillance of all citizens. America is well advanced on this path.
Today, India is also joining the Big Brother hoods by insisting on making the Aadhaar card mandatory, which has many issues of concern, that the government has not properly applied its mind to.
In spite of the Supreme Court ruling against making Aadhaar card mandatory in certain areas, the government has ignored it. The Supreme Court has ruled that sensitive bio-metric data of individuals may not be freely shared by government agencies, and that individuals have the right to refuse to share this information.
The highest court in the land calls this an infringement of individual civil liberties.
The BJP government, however, is set on a contrary path. There is a further proposal by Finance Minister Jaitley to eliminate all other forms of identification and make only the Aadhaar card the primary identifier across all categories of usage and welfare benefits.
The Aadhaar linked systems are not at all cyber-secure according to the experts. The Aadhaar card information can be accessed by hackers and others to the detriment of individuals and their financial and banking security.
It appears that the government is setting up the citizens to be looted easily, and that is not a pleasant picture nor a comforting thought.
What can you do?
Make yourself more aware of your bio-metric and financial information vulnerabilities and avoid those transactions where you open yourself to to the likelihood of falling victim to the vulnerabilities.
In the first instance, it would mean using more cash transactions wherever possible, rather than using the apparently convenient bank account linked Aadhaar card payment systems.
Heal that anxiety & stress caused by others, by changing within that which we see of ourselves reflected in others.
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Consulting non-bonafide sources on spiritual matters is dangerous to ones spiritual progress.
Their offensive statements are an obstruction on the path as they disturb and deviate ones understanding.
Being a scholar without spiritual qualification, and then speculatively commenting on spiritual subjects bringing them down to a materialistic understanding is demonic.
Such atheistic and demonic sources are to be rejected immediately, regardless of popular sentiment.
Detachment comes automatically as we do our healing--it is the ghostly echoes of other people's concerns that vibrate in us, artificially creating some attachment.
The article reminded me of the difference between the 'old school' educational experience and spartan living conditions I went through at the Doon School, as compared with some elite schools in Delhi today, with their air-conditioned classrooms and buses. To be sure, although we fondly called it the 'Doom School', the experience was not unduly harsh, but took some getting used to. As for myself, I was always happy to be back at school from the holidays to be able to engage in so many extra-curricular sports, cultural and artistic activities not otherwise available at home.
I have always advocated that one should accept some voluntary physical hardship daily--be it ever so little, as it is excellent training for life's unpredictable conditions. The earlier the training is given, the more easily one adjusts to it. Having a capacity to bear physical hardship develops an internal capacity to tolerate misfortunes that our destiny may deliver to us.
We can use this mechanism of becoming resilient by living a more spartan life. This can be done easily--switch off the air-conditioner or fan for some time if the weather is hot; walk, instead of riding in your car; get used to walking barefoot on hot flooring--such as when you may visit a temple and walk in the open courtyard, or do that on your terrace or balcony; have a meal with just 2 or 3 items, or undergo a periodic fast.
This last may seem a small thing but if you are used to having a number of dishes served at a meal, the contrast will be noticed. Take this a little further and fast from grains and lentils and beans on Ekadashi (twice a month); go on short periodic fasts. These are all health giving and character building measures.
Modern 'spartan' living can be luxurious. You only have to think of your time as a child or student--for sure life was 'tougher' then, than it is for most of the children today in your social and community circle.
The sparing use luxuries and non-essentials simplifies life. Give away things you have not used for years and are unlikely to use. Donate your time and physical labor for causes. Not only will you feel better about yourself and clear up some clutter in your home and your life, but with these practices you will end up enriching your life.
The thought of being lightly burdened weighs heavily on us when we remain attached to out-dated things & attitudes.
Q & A After Class and end of webinar
The significance of chanting the mantras for liberation (Om namoh bhagavate vasudevaya, and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra)... The four chief prabhav expansions of Krishna are Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa, Pradyumna and Aniruddha, and Vāsudeva is the primary expansion who originates the others and also the material universe and all creatures in it.
Sri Krishna describes some of his opulences and greatness with references to things we can connect with through our experience and knowledge. These opulences include the vastness of the ocean, the lordly nature of the lion, the purifying effect of the wind.
"Among the great sages I am Bhrigu; of vibrations I am the transcendental Om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names (japa), and of immovable things I am the Himalayas." (BG 10.25)
"I am the beginning, middle and end of all creations, O Arjuna, and of the sciences I am the science of the spiritual self; of all knowledgeable arguments I am the natural conclusive truth." (BG.10.32)
Those who are empowered through the Brahminical healing energies of Reiki & KQ Force gain their freedom from the karma syndrome of birth, death, old age and disease, by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra
Narsimhadev and Prahlad Maharaj (Painting by Abhishek Singh in the private collection of Nalin Nirula)
The truth can be seen only when the false ego is silent. The truth of a situation is not the only factor that determines decision making and that does not always involve the false ego or self-worth.
The false ego is an assumed position of one's self-importance and seeks to control things in favor of one's self image. Self-worth is a humbler position of knowing one's capabilities and shortcomings and be willing to learn from others.
Being connected to the fear-relieving energies of Reiki is no guarantee that one will choose to be free of fear. I find it common that fear of knowing the truth people to reality and fosters perpetuating their comforting illusions.
Typically in a medical situation people say things like, ‘I don’t want to go to the doctor because then they will find something wrong with my test reports!’, When I ask them, ‘how is not knowing this a good thing?’, then a spontaneous response might be, ‘well, the doctor will tell me to stop drinking and smoking and eating the kind of food that I love!’
When you see this on the written page it sounds ridiculous that people actually live their lives like this, but this is something we all might have said at some time or other. It’s not all that uncommon.
In a similar vein, healers take this to the next level by asking for healing that, ‘all clinical test reports show nothing abnormal detected’, whether for themselves or their family member. This is so, even when there are clear signs and symptoms that the person has a health issue in varying degrees of seriousness.
This is peculiar, because what is being asked for is, false or misleading test reports, instead of asking for healing that the person’s problems be diagnosed accurately and measures be taken by them to reverse the problem. Chronic diseases are mostly reversible just by changing one’s lifestyle and mainly the diet.
Following a diet such as the one in our Eating Cure goes a long way in changing ones health picture radically for the better.
A more dangerous condition is when people take medicines that artificially reduce symptoms, and suppress the normal disease markers in clinical test reports, thinking this is a cure. So you might hear, ‘my lipid profile is good, I’m taking statins, my hypertension and blood sugar levels are also in control because I’m taking medicines. I’m okay—the doctor says so!’ But various symptoms persist and the disease persists—it is only hidden and gone underground to continue damaging the body. This is not a cure or reversal of disease.
This is not okay. The only use of such medicines is to postpone a health disaster and to give the person time to change their lifestyle. That is the best option, failing which one must be prepared for the worst.
Those addicted to a particular lifestyle will find excuses to maintain their addictions for as long as possible, no matter how harmful, and then there are those who would not change for anything, and rather choose to suffer painful and untimely ends.
In that case, if there is someone like that in your family whom you are dependent on, get them to up their life insurance at the very least, and arrange for your financial security and independence. You might need this sooner rather than later.
Decisions made in a hurry often bring long term worry, and then we scurry around trying to fix it.
What might have seemed a great idea or convenient to do by taking short-cuts, can come back to haunt us repeatedly. Then, dealing with the ongoing problems created by that decision can occupy us for a long time, taking away our attention from other things. This usually accompanied by loss of peace of mind in some way or another, in addition to having to deal with the fall-out of that one spontaneous decision.
Most spur-of-the-moment decisions come from confidence that one can get away with doing something that skirts the edge of the lawful. The justification for this is that it is something that people in similar situations have to do to get their work done, or are forced to do according to circumstances, or it is plain arrogance that says, ‘as long as I can get away with it’, it is alright.
That may be true, but holds only for a limited time. You can buy things on credit if your karmic credit card permits it, but at the end of the day you will get a bill for it. That due date may be sooner or later, but the bill will be presented, and payment will have to be made.
Whenever we see anyone scuttling around trying to fix a difficult situation they find themselves in, we can understand that their bill has been presented for payment coming from a rash decision. Often it is true that the person may have felt they have no choice.
In any condition, karmic healing of Reiki and the Karma Quotient Force can help restore things in varying degrees. They help to deflect the maximum downside that comes rushing down upon anyone who is so afflicted. Of course making a habit of taking reckless decisions and then expecting divine grace to bail one out is not advisable either, for at some point there will be a learning lesson that is effective, and it can be a relatively easier one or a really tough one.
Simplification of life and being satisfied with gains that come through honest, diligent efforts is the best cure for such conditions.
It prevents arrogance and one's head becoming so large and unmanageable that sound thinking falls by the wayside making us a victim of our arrogance.
“O Arjuna, conqueror of ignorance, I am the soul self of all living entities and am situated within their heart. I am also the beginning, middle and end of all living entities.”
One's basic nature doesn't change... but contact with the healing energy can transform our materialistic nature beyond genes and environment. Our basic nature is not the materialistic nature but our spiritual nature. That essential nature is revealed beyond the personality, when it is in contact with the healing energy, and that is a nature that does not change.
Valmiki's nature transformed when in contact with spiritual energy. That is how the spiritual energy can change our nature to reveal the essential nature.
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Mahashivratri is the day Lord Shiva awakens form his meditations on the Divine. Lord Shiva has a beautiful golden form and his throat is blue from the time he drank and held the poison that came from the great churning of the ocean for extracting the immortality nectar.
The position of Lord Shiva discussed; Lord Shiva as 'Vaidyanath' --master of healing and medicine; how healers should approach Lord Shiva.
In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna advises one not to approach the demigods for any lasting benefits (because they cannot deliver these), and instead should approach Lord Krishna directly.
However demigods such as Lord Shiva are not to be disrespected, and those who wish to follow him or offer their respect to him should not be discouraged.
"You are the Supreme Truth, the purest ultimate shelter and sustenance, the supreme pure transcendental unborn and original greatest Lord. All the greatest of sages have said this about You, and now You are directly and personally telling me this." —BG 10.12-13
"O Supreme Lord, I completely accept these truths as you have told me. Neither the demigods nor the demons know who You are, the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is knowable by revelation, O Keshava, killer of the false ego demon."—BG 10.14
Gyana Yoga and Karma yoga ae ultimately handicaps to reaching the bhakti yoga platform of direct service to Krishna--but healers are already engaged in this work and becoming purified gradually as they work with the healing energies (Q & A at 21:13)
If you really want to change something in your life, you have to be willing to think and act differently from how you did before.
At the time of death or in a fearful situation, it doesn't matter whether we are afraid or not, if we remain focused on our connection to the Divine. That focus will see us through everything we may face.
Where there is more fear, there is a greater opportunity to connect to the Divine. It happens naturally if you practice for it.
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