Sunday, 18 March 2018

NAVARATRI or DURGA PUJA ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

NAVARATRI or DURGA PUJA
(nine days in honour of the nine manifestations of Durga) 

extract from Swami Sivananda's book Hindu Fasts and Festivals.

SALUTATIONS to the Divine Mother, Durga,
who exists in all beings in the form of intelligence, mercy, beauty, who is the consort of Lord Shiva, who creates, sustains and destroys the universe.

This festival is observed twice a year, once in the month of Chaitra and then in Aswayuja. It lasts for nine days in honour of the nine manifestations of Durga. During Navaratri (the word literally means "nine nights") devotees of Durga observe a fast. Brahmins are fed and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property.

The beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. They are indicated respectively by the Rama-Navaratri in Chaitra (March-April-May) and the Durga Navaratri in Aswayuja (September-October). The bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change on account of the changes in Nature. Sri Rama is worshipped during Ramnavmi, and Mother Durga during Navaratri.

Haidakhandeswari the Shakti o Haidakhan Babaji
The Durga Puja is celebrated in various parts of India in different styles. But the one basic aim of this celebration is to propitiate Shakti, the Goddess in Her aspect as Power, to bestow upon man all wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge (both sacred and secular), and all other potent powers. Whatever be the particular or special request that everyone may put before the Goddess, whatever boon may be asked of Her, the one thing behind all these is propitiation, worship and linking oneself with Her. There is no other aim. This is being effected consciously or unconsciously. Everyone is blessed with Her loving mercy and is protected by Her.

Durga Puja or Navaratri commences on the first and ends on the tenth day of the bright half of Aswayuja (September-October). It is held in commemoration of the victory of Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. In Bengal Her image is worshipped for nine days and then cast into water. The tenth day is called Vijaya Dasami or Dussera (the "tenth day"). Processions with Her image are taken out along the streets of villages and cities.

Durga Puja is the greatest Hindu festival in which God is adored as Mother. Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God. One's relationship with one's mother is the dearest and the sweetest of all human relations. Hence, it is proper to look upon God as mother.

Durga represents the Divine Mother. She is the energy aspect of the Lord. Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no existence. Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva. Lord Shiva is only the silent witness. He is motionless, absolutely changeless. He is not affected by the cosmic play. It is Durga who does everything.

Shakti is the omnipotent power of the Lord, or the Cosmic Energy.
The Divine Mother is represented as having ten different weapons in Her hands. She sits on a lion. She keeps up the play of the Lord through the three attributes of Nature, namely, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Knowledge, peace, lust, anger, greed, egoism and pride, are all Her forms.

You will find in the Devi Sukta of the Rig Veda Samhita that Vak, symbolising speech, the daughter of the sage Anbhirna, realised her identity with the Divine Mother, the Power of the Supreme Lord, which manifests throughout the universe among the gods, among men and beasts and among the creatures of the deep ocean.

In the Kena Upanishad, you will find that the Divine Mother shed wisdom on Indra and the gods and said that the gods were able to defeat the demons only with the help of the power of the Supreme Lord.

The worship of Devi, the universal Mother, leads to the attainment of knowledge of the Self. The story in the Kena Upanishad known as the "Yaksha Prasna", supports this view. It tells how Uma, the Divine Mother, taught the Truth to the gods. Goddess Shakti thus sheds wisdom on Her devotees.

Babaji performs Yagna
Devi worship is, therefore, worship of God's glory, of God's greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty. It is unfortunate that Devi is ignorantly understood by many as a mere blood-thirsty Hindu Goddess. No! Devi is not a vicious demoness nor is She the property of the Hindus alone. Devi does not belong to any religion. Devi is that conscious power of God. The words Devi, Shakti, etc., and the ideas of different forms connected with these names are concessions granted by the sages due to the limitations of the human intellect; they are by no means the ultimate definitions of Shakti.

The original or Adi Shakti is beyond human comprehension. Bhagavan Krishna says in the Gita: "This is only My lower nature. Beyond this is My higher nature, the life-principle which sustains the universe".

The Upanishad also says: "The supreme power of God is manifested in various ways. This power is of the nature of God, manifesting as knowledge, strength and activity".

Truly speaking, all beings in the universe are Shakti-worshippers, whether they are aware of it or not, for there is no one who does not love and long for power in some form or other. Physicists and scientists have now proved that everything is pure, imperishable energy. This energy is only a form of divine Shakti which exists in every form.

A child is more familiar with the mother than with the father, because the mother is very kind, loving, tender and affectionate and looks after the needs of the child. In the spiritual field also, the aspirant or the devotee--the spiritual child--has an intimate relationship with the Mother Durga, more than with the Father Shiva. Therefore, it behoves the aspirant to approach the Mother first, who then introduces Her spiritual child to the Father for his illumination.

The Mother's Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.

Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your heart to Her with frankness and humility. Be as simple as a child. Kill ruthlessly the enemies of egoism, cunningness, selfishness and crookedness. Make a total, unreserved, and ungrudging self-surrender to Her. Sing Her praise. Repeat Her Name. Worship Her with faith and unflinching devotion. Perform special worship on the Navaratri days. Navaratri is the most suitable occasion for doing intense spiritual practices. These nine days are very sacred to the Divine Mother. Plunge yourself in Her worship. Practise intense repetition of the Divine Name, having a regular "quota" of repetitions per day, and the number of hours spent on it.

Devi fought with Bhandasura and his forces for nine days and nine nights. This Bhandasura had a wonderful birth and life. When Lord Shiva burnt Cupid with the fire of His "third eye", Sri Ganesha playfully moulded a figure out of the ashes, and the Lord breathed life into it! This was the terrible demon Bhandasura. He engaged himself in great penance and on account of it obtained a boon from Lord Shiva. With the help of that boon, he began harassing the worlds. The Divine Mother fought with him for nine nights (the demons have extraordinary strength during the night), and killed him on the evening of the tenth day, known as the Vijaya Dasami. The learning of any science is begun on this highly auspicious day. It was on this day that Arjuna worshipped Devi, before starting the battle against the Kauravas on the field of Kurukshetra.

Sri Rama worshipped Durga at the time of the fight with Ravana, to invoke Her aid in the war. This was on the days preceding the Vijaya Dasami day. He fought and won through Her Grace.

Religious observances, traditional worship and observances at times have more than one significance. Apart from being the adoration of the Divine, they commemorate stirring events in history, they are allegoric when interpreted from the occult standpoint and, lastly, they are deeply significant pointers and revealing guides to the individual on his path to God-realisation.

Outwardly, the nine-day worship of Devi is a celebration of triumph. This nine days' celebration is offered to the Mother for Her successful struggle with the formidable demons led by Mahishasura.  
But, to the sincere spiritual aspirant, the particular division of the Navaratri into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the Supreme Goddess has a very sublime, yet thoroughly practical truth to reveal. In its cosmic aspect, it epitomises the stages of the evolution of man into God, from Jivahood (the state of individualisation) to Shivahood (the state of Self-realisation). In its individual import, it shows the course that his spiritual practice should take.

Sri Muniraj performs Yagna in Haidakhan during Navaratri
Let us, therefore, examine in detail the spiritual significance of Navaratri.

The central purpose of existence is to recognise your eternal identity with the supreme Spirit. It is to grow into the image of the Divine. The supreme One embodies the highest perfection. It is spotless purity. To recognise your identity with That, to attain union with That, is verily to grow into the very likeness of the Divine. The aspirant, therefore, as his initial step, has to get rid of all the countless impurities, and the demoniacal elements that have come to cling to him in his embodied state. Then he has to acquire lofty virtues and auspicious, divine qualities. Thus purified, knowledge flashes upon him like the brilliant rays of the sun upon the crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake.

This process demands a resolute will, determined effort, and arduous struggle. In other words, strength and infinite power are the prime necessity. Thus it is the Divine Mother who has to operate through the aspirant.
The first 3 days 
is adored DURGA as KALI in order to PURIFY our MIND & HEART
Let us now consider how, on the first three days, the Mother is adored as supreme power and force, as Durga the Terrible. You pray to Mother Durga to destroy all your impurities, your vices, your defects. She is to fight with and annihilate the baser animal qualities in the spiritual aspirant, the lower, diabolical nature in him. Also, She is the power that protects your spiritual practice from its many dangers and pitfalls. Thus the first three days, which mark the first stage or the destruction of impurity and determined effort and struggle to root out the evil tendencies in your mind, are set apart for the worship of the destructive aspect of the Mother.

The next 3 days 
is adored DURGA as LAKSHMI in order to bestow us POSITIVE QUALITIES
 
Once you have accomplished your task on the negative side, that of breaking down the impure propensities and old vicious habits, the next step is to build up a sublime spiritual personality, to acquire positive qualities in place of the eliminated demoniacal qualities. The divine qualities that Lord Krishna enumerates in the Gita, have to be acquired. The aspirant must cultivate and develop all the auspicious qualities. He has to earn immense spiritual wealth to enable him to pay the price for the rare gem of divine wisdom. If this development of the opposite qualities is not undertaken in right earnest, the old demoniacal nature will raise its head again and again. Hence, this stage is as important in an aspirant's career as the previous one. The essential difference is: the former is a ruthless, determined annihilation of the filthy egoistic lower self; the latter is an orderly, steady, calm and serene effort to develop purity. This pleasanter side of the aspirant's Sadhana is depicted by the worship of Mother Lakshmi. She bestows on Her devotees the inexhaustible divine wealth or Deivi Sampath. Lakshmi is the wealth-giving aspect of God. She is purity itself. Thus the worship of Goddess Lakshmi is performed during the second set of three days.

The last 3 days
 is adored DURGA as SARASWATHI in order to bestow us WISDOM
 
 Once the aspirant succeeds in routing out the evil propensities, and develops Sattvic or pure, divine qualities, he becomes competent to attain wisdom. He is now ready to receive the light of supreme wisdom. He is fit to receive divine knowledge. At this stage comes the devout worship of Mother Saraswathi, who is divine knowledge personified, the embodiment of knowledge of the Absolute. The sound of Her celestial veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the Upanishads which reveal the Truth, and the sacred monosyllable, Om. She bestows the knowledge of the supreme, mystic sound and then gives full knowledge of the Self as represented by Her pure, dazzling snow-white apparel. Therefore, to propitiate Saraswathi, the giver of knowledge, is the third stage. 
The tenth day
The tenth day, Vijaya Dasami, marks the triumphant ovation of the soul at having attained liberation while living in this world, through the descent of knowledge by the Grace of Goddess Saraswathi. The soul rests in his own Supreme Self or Satchidananda Brahman. This day celebrates the victory, the achievement of the goal. The banner of victory flies aloft. Lo! I am He! I am He!

This arrangement also has a special significance in the aspirant's spiritual evolution. It marks the indispensable stages of evolution through which everyone has to pass. One naturally leads to the other; to short-circuit this would inevitably result in a miserable failure. Nowadays many ignorant seekers aim straight at the cultivation of knowledge without the preliminaries of purification and acquisition of the divine qualities. They then complain that they are not progressing on the path. How can they? Knowledge will not descend until the impurities have been washed out, and purity is developed. How can the pure plant grow in impure soil?

Therefore adhere to this arrangement; your efforts will be crowned with sure success. This is your path. As you destroy one evil quality, develop the virtue opposite to it. By this process you will soon bring yourself up to that perfection which will culminate in identity with the Self which is your goal. Then all knowledge will be yours: you will be omniscient, omnipotent and you will feel your omnipresence. You will see your Self in all. You will have achieved eternal victory over the wheel of births and deaths, over the demon of worldliness. No more pain, no more misery, no more birth, no more death! Victory, victory be yours!

Glory to the Divine Mother! Let Her take you, step by step to the top of the spiritual ladder and unite you with the Lord!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Ναβαράτρι, 9 νύχτες αφιερωμένες στη Θεϊκή Ενέργεια (Mahashakti. ~ Indira Devi


Ναβαράτρι, 9 νύχτες αφιερωμένες στη Θεϊκή Ενέργεια (Mahashakti)
18 Μαρτίου - 26 Μαρτίου 2018

by Indira Devi

Η Ναβαράτρι είναι ενα από τα μεγαλύτερα θρησκευτικά φεστιβάλ της Ινδίας προς τιμήν της Θεϊκής Μητέρας, της Δημιουργικής Ενέργειας του Σύμπαντος. Η Ανοιξιάτικη Ναβαράτρι (Chaitra Navaratri) είναι πραγματικά μια γιορτή- ύμνος στην Μητέρα Ενέργεια που δίνει ζωή σε όλα και η οποία βρίσκει στην Άνοιξη την πιο ένδοξη και λαμπρή εκδήλωσή της. Η ζωή ξεπετάγεται από παντού, ξερά κλαδιά γεμίζουν χρώματα και αρώματα κι ένα πράσινο χαλί απλώνεται να καλωσορίσει την ανθοφορούσα, πολύχρωμη Άνοιξη. Τα χιόνια λιώνουν και γεμίζουν γάργαρο καθαρό νερό τα ποτάμια... η φύση ξυπνάει από τον παγωμένο χειμωνιάτικο ύπνο και στολίζει τον κοσμικό καμβά με κελαϊδίσματα, μεθυστικές μυρωδιές, ζουζουνίσματα, όλων των ειδών τα άνθη κι ένα λαμπρό φως που ζεσταίνει και γλυκαίνει όλη την πλάση. Μέσα σ’ αυτή την πανδαισία της ζωής που γλυκοξυπνά, υμνείται στην Ινδία η συμπαντική Μητέρα ή Mahashakti στα σανσκριτικά.

H Ανοιξιάτικη Ναβαράτρι, ξεκινά πάντα με τη νέα σελήνη του σεληνιακού Ινδικού μήνα Chaitra (αντιστοιχεί στο μήνα Μάρτιο/Απρίλιο του Γρηγοριανού ημερολογίου, αναλόγως σε ποιό μήνα πέφτει η νέα Σελήνη). Η νέα αυτή σελήνη, είναι η πρώτη μέρα του μήνα Chaitra, η πρώτη μέρα της Άνοιξης και η πρώτη μέρα του χρόνου κατά το Ινδικό θρησκευτικό ημερολόγιο (σεληνιακό ημερολόγιο). Η Chaitra Navaratri του 2017 ξεκινά την Τρίτη 28 Μαρτίου και σταματάει στις 5 Απριλίου

Ο ερχομός της Άνοιξης με τη συμβολική νίκη του Φωτός επί τους σκότους σηματοδοτεί και το ξεκίνημα της νέας χρονιάς κι όλα αυτά γιορτάζονται, υμνούνται και δοξάζονται στο μαγευτικό φεστιβάλ της Ναβαράτρι.. Ναβαράτρι σημαίνει «εννιά νύχτες», και για εννιά νύχτες υμνείται και εορτάζεται η Δημιουργική Ενέργεια του σύμπαντος με χορούς, kirtan & bhajan, ιερούς ύμνους, αρχαίες βεδικές τελετές, ανάγνωση ιερών γραφών, προσευχές, ενατένιση και διαλογισμό.. Είναι μια μοναδική ευκαιρία να εξαγνιστούμε από ότι βαραίνει τον ψυχισμό μας, και ανάλαφροι και χαρούμενοι όπως η Άνοιξη να περπατήσουμε το μονοπάτι του Φωτός

Είθισται οι συμμετέχοντες να θυσιάζουν κάτι στη διάρκεια της Ναβαράτρι. Μπορεί να είναι το κάπνισμα, ο καφές, η σοκολάτα, μια κακή συνήθεια, μια συμπεριφορά, ακόμη και η ομιλία (πολλοί μπαίνουν σε σιωπή και δεν μιλούν σε κανέναν), ως μια ένδειξη της θέλησης τους να εξαγνιστούν και να καθαρίσουν από ότι τους βαραίνει. Η Θεική Μητέρα αναλαμβάνει τα υπόλοιπα! Οι Βραχμάνοι ιερείς λένε πως, όσοι τηρούν την υπόσχεσή τους και προσεύχονται με ειλικρινή καρδιά κατά τη διάρκεια της Ναβαράτρι, θα λάβουν ένα δώρο από τη Θεϊκή Μητέρα τη δέκατη ημέρα! Είναι μαγικό το πως ανταποκρίνεται η Θεϊκή Μητέρα στις ευχές, τις προσευχές και τις επιθυμίες μας δίνοντας μας αυτό που χρειαζόμαστε, το οποίο μερικές φορές φαίνεται δυσάρεστο ή δύσκολο, όπως π.χ. ένας χωρισμός, ανοίγει όμως νέους δρόμους και δυνατότητες και στο τέλος μένει μόνο η ευλογία!

Η ενέργεια που εκλύεται κατά τους εορτασμούς της Ναβαράτρι είναι κάτι μοναδικό. Θεϊκή ενέργεια υψηλής , υψηλότατης δόνησης ιδίως κατά τις τεράστιες τελετές της φωτιάς (yagna ή havan) που γίνονται κάθε μέρα στις 12 περίπου το μεσημέρι. Οι συμμετέχοντες στη yagna προσφέρουν στη φωτιά φρούτα, καρύδες, ρύζι, λουλούδια, λιβάνια, αρώματα και ghee ενώ Βραχμάνοι ιερείς ψάλλουν ασταμάτητα μάντρα και στότρας. Η φωτιά , κατά τις Βέδες είναι η πιο χειροπιαστή εκδήλωση της κοσμικής ενέργειας Mahashakti, στον φυσικό κόσμο. Η φωτιά δε των yagnas, έχει μια ενέργεια μεθυστική, σαγηνευτική και άκρως εξαγνιστική. Η φωτιά των yagnas της Ναβαράτρι είναι τόσο δυνατή που λέγεται ότι καίει συσσωρευμένο κάρμα χρόνων. Η Θεική Μητέρα καίει ότι της παραδώσουμε στις φλόγες της: θυμό, λαγνεία, λαιμαργία, φόβο, ενώ οι προσευχές που συνοδεύουν τις προσφορές μας στη φωτιά, (καρύδες κυρίως) βρίσκουν άμεση ανταπόκριση.

Οι εννιαήμεροι εορτασμοί της Ναβαράτρι είναι μια ευκαιρία για αποτοξίνωση (σωματική, ενεργειακή και συναισθηματική), μια ευκαρία να αποκτήσουμε απόσταση απ όλες τις συνήθειες και τη μηχανικότητα του νου, και να στρέψουμε την προσοχή μέσα μας σ αυτό που ποτέ δεν αλλάζει. Μια ευκαιρία για σιωπή, ενατένιση, μια ευκαιρία για επανασύνδεση με το Θεϊκό μέσα μας. Είναι τέλος μια πρόσκληση στην γιορτή της ζωής, γιατί ο Θεός είναι χαρά!

Για όσους δεν μπορούμε να παρευρεθούμε σε κάποιο άσραμ, μπορούμε να γιορτάσουμε τη Ναβαράτρι στο σπίτι μας. Στολίζοντας το altar μας με λουλούδια, προσφέροντας φρούτα και γλυκά στην Θεότητα με την οποία νιώθουμε συνδεδεμένοι, τραγουδώντας bajan και kirtan, απαγγέλοντας τα ονόματα της Θεικής Μητέρας, προσφέροντας ανιδιοτελώς γύρω μας χωρίς να περιμένουμε ανταπόδοση, παραδίδοντας αυτά που κάνουμε στο θέλημα του Θεού, θυσιάζοντας μια κακιά συνήθεια ή κάτι που μας ενοχλεί και θέλουμε να απαλλαγούμε.

Για εννιά ημέρες και εννιά νύχτες, ως τις 5 Απριλίου, το κανάλι είναι ανοιχτό για όποιον θέλει να συντονιστεί με την Κοσμική Μητέρα Mahashakti.

Είθε η Ενέργεια της Θεικής Μητέρας, να μας ευλογεί , να μας εξαγνίζει, να μας καθοδηγεί και να μας προστατεύει πάντα

Δόξα στη Θεϊκή Μητέρα του Σύμπαντος!

Jay Mahashakti ki Jay

Monday, 5 February 2018

FIRST MEETING OF GAURA DEVI WITH BABAJI ~ Gaura Devi

Gaura Devi with Babaji at Haidakhan
FIRST MEETING OF GAURA DEVI WITH BABAJI 

BABAJI MEDITATING
When I first met Babaji in 1972 He did not speak very often. He did not say much to me - only asked me from what country I came from. But that night, He came to me in my dream and said that He was my guru. He was walking in a dark forest in the dream with some disciples following Him and a light came out of Him.
The next day, He invited me and a few of my friends to Haidakhan and I did not go back to my country for the next five years because I began to follow Babaji everywhere. I realized that He was my teacher. Whenever I looked at Him this light that I saw in my dream would come out of His body. Every time I had a thought He could read them, and He was answering my every thought and feeling.
 
THE SMALL TEMPLE AT HAIDAKHAN
The Ashram in Haidakhan was not here at all in those times. There was only the temple and we would sleep out in the open. Babaji would sleep in a small dhuni where now the kirtan hall is built.
 
After five years, I had to go back to my country because I had no passport or visa anymore and the police caught up with me. This was because when I saw that they were not going to renew my visa, I burned my passport. So I had to go back to Italy to get a new passport and visa. When I came back I stayed for the next eight years in India.

After Baba left His body, I began to go back to Italy every summer. But even now I love to stay in Haidakhan. It is the place in the whole world that I like to stay. It is my home and it is a Divine place. I feel Babaji’s energy always everywhere I go but I feel it most strongly here. In Haidakhan I never forget about Him even for a second.

~ Valeria Bonazzola (Gaura Devi)
extract from her book "FIRE OF TRANSFORMATION"

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Karma (The law of cause and effect)


Karma (The law of cause and effect)

Karma is an inevitable law of cause and effect, by which all living beings reap the fruits of their actions and thoughts.

Jesus stated the law of karma in the words "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

The law of karma is above all things. Karma starts when movement starts in the mind.

To stop karma we must bring the mind to that state of silence and voidness beyond which God can be known.

Only a yogi knows how to do this. Otherwise, as long as a man breathes, he is creating karma. No one can remain without action, even for a minute.

Therefore, learn how to dedicate your every action to the Lord.

- BABAJI


Sunday, 24 December 2017

How to reach God. ~ Gaura Devi


How to reach God

Gaura Devi
December 2 1978

Yesterday someone in the kirtan hall asked Babaji how to reach God, and He said, "It is only possible to reach God through Shunya, a state of 'absolute emptiness of the mind' and only the Yogi knows how to achieve it through meditation. God is beyond name and form."
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~ From Book by Gaura Devi, close Babaji disciple who attended to Him called Fire of Transformation: My Life With Babaji.

First Christmas in Haidakhan (Babaji's Ashram)


First Christmas in Haidakhan (Babaji's Ashram)

By Elizabeth from Berlin
From Haidakhandi International Journal - Spring 2017
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My husband, Ramananda was 75 years old at the time this occurred. He had been a student of Theosophy since he was 20. Because we knew almost nothing about Mahavatar Babaji at that time, my husband felt a resistance bowing in front of Him.

The next morning he said that Babaji had spoken to him in a Dream during the night, while Babaji's face came closer and closer.

He spoke: “I see, you have problems bowing in front of me. Just realize, that I am nobody and nothing. When you are bowing in front of me, you are in fact bowing in front of your own Higher Self!“ So there were no more problems bowing to Babaji after that.

Many of you know that Christmas was celebrated for the First time in Haidakhan in December, 1981. On Christmas Day, Babaji celebrated a Yagna (Fire ceremony) on Gufa-side. My husband told me later, what he had experienced during this ceremony:

The Sun was Shining brightly and people around the Fire were shouting “Swaha“ after every mantra, when Ramananda suddenly saw an extraordinary White Light around Babaji’s solar plexus. He felt almost blinded, but at the time realized there was Another Light coming from above.

This Light seemed to be 'even brighter' then the Sun. When he tried
to go deeper into this vision, he identified a figure that he knew as Jesus Christ, situated many meters right above Babaji. The Figure was Shining with an almost 'blinding light' out of His center like Babaji.

The Fire was burning; Babaji led us through the ceremony, acting in His own calm and steady way, when Jesus came down slowly until He paused about three meters above Babaji’s head. They were both like Shining Stars now.

Then, the Sun from above came down to melt into Babaji, until both
the Suns became ONE. At this moment, Jesus had vanished. Ramananda was holding his breath. He was in a state of ecstasy, but Babaji was going on with the Fire ceremony as if nothing at all had happened.

Meanwhile Ramananda heard the following words inside himself:

“Only if the Birth of Avatar Jesus happens 'Inside', will it be the meaningful Birth of Light at this time, which it is meant for all mankind.“

Now, of course, there was a question arising inside Ramananda: ‘what did Babaji intend to teach him with these words and visions?’ He came to the conclusion that Babaji’s Light prepares us for this birth to happen inside us, by purifying our hearts and minds.

To make sure that all this was more than just his own imagination, my husband was longing for Babaji’s confirmation. So during Darshan that evening he looked straight into Babaji's eyes, concentrating on the question:

‘Was that a REAL Vision?’

Babaji looked at him kindly, in a way that seemed to be motherly and fatherly at the same time, and He nodded slowly: giving him the confirmation he was asking for.

At that moment Ramananda saw Glowing Fire Circles in each of Babaji’s eyes that penetrated him deeper and deeper. He felt his 'Heart glowing' while he seemed to be endlessly unloading all that had been keeping him away from a deeper connection and understanding of God.

He felt blessed with the understanding that 'worshiping God outside' was not enough, it was time to Love God inside himself. That was probably the deepest Spiritual experience he ever had. Ramananda was certain that being in Babaji’s unconditional love had changed him profoundly.

Later that Evening he heard Babaji saying:

“Some of you will have a Vision of Christ. Take this as your Christmas gift."
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Photo: Lord Haidiyakhandi Bhole Baba and Jesus Christ 🕉️

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Meditation & Japa nama


Meditation & Japa nama
 
In this dark age (Kali Yuga) the mind of man is weak and restless from the first day of birth. Because of this, no one is able to do the real practice of meditation anymore, but everyone can pray and repeat and chant the name of the Lord, using whichever divine name his religion teaches.

~ Babaji