Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva: A Yogic Explanation

A Yogic Explanation by H. H. Shri Shailendra Sharma

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Ancient sages realized three states of the creation and introduced their presiding gods as Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the fosterer; and Shiva, the destroyer. A pondering on these symbols from modern perspective leads us to a new meaning of all these symbols.

The principal basis of the creation is matter. As far as eyes can see, there are very many forms of matter that are visible. Right from the gross to the subtle, the matter with its entire immensity is present within the infinitude of the universe. The term Brahma means ‘unlimited immensity’. It is a symbol of the immensity of matter, the principal basis of this creation, or it may be said that the root consciousness of the conscious matter was adorned by the term ‘Brahma’ by the sages.

Lord Vishnu contains the creation and while containing it, he also fosters it. We have read this in the scriptures. After pondering upon this we find that the element that contains the matter is ‘void’ or the empty space. So much so that upon studying the smallest unit of matter – the atom, we find that the void exists between the centre of the atom and the particles moving around it. The support of the movement of matter is the void. Sages realized the capacity of the void to contain the matter and gave the name Vishnu to the consciousness of the conscious void.

When we split the matter and reach the atom, and then split it too, we can experience pure energy. In our quest for analyzing the energy or searching the root source of the energy, when we reach the original source, we are able to see that the advent of energy takes place from pure thought. Pure thought, which we can also term as the consciousness of the matter, is born from the conscious void. Pure thought alone is the link that establishes a relationship between the matter and the void. Continue reading

Karma

There is so much information about karma. Karma is cause and effect. Karma is fatalistic. Karma is the sum of all actions of a person in one of his successive states of existence, viewed as deciding his fate for the next. Karma is volitional action, or that is done knowingly or deliberately. Karma is made up of Prarabdha (so much of past actions as has given rise to the present birth), Sanchita (the balance of past actions that will give rise to future births – the storehouse of accumulated actions), Agami or Kriyamana (acts being done in the present life).

All of that is true. Simply put, Karma is displacement. It is the state of being ‘besides one self’. This is the reason, why the law of karma is typically inevitable. The root cause from which all causes spawned, is the cause of the displacement from self. The displacement is self individuation. Imagine a point out of which all of a sudden an infinite yo-yos, shot out. Each yo-yo oscillates on its own, coming closer and going farther, from the point of origin. As long as yo-yo doesn’t reach the origin, it oscillates back and forth. This is karma. The back and forth oscillation.

We are special yo-yos, we are autonomous yo yos. We can control  whether we wish to continue oscillating or rush back to the origin. All we have to understand, that there is an origin.

Which is the highest or best Yoga practice?

I love answering this question always and my answer, as always is, none. Yoga, is the end, not the means to achieve the end. Yoga is communion with the self. So whatever means suits you catches your attention, or strikes you as pragmatic and effective.

  • Ha tha Yoga
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Sahaj Yoga
  • Kriya Yoga
  • SIddha Yoga
  • Tantra

among other instruments, to achieve this communion, are just instruments. Everything that we possibly need, is already there with us. Samkhya Cosmology maintains that there are 25 tattvas that manifest in this universe or creation. Incidentally (or not?), research shows that the human body contains 25 elements including some trace elements (not all) from the current periodic table, that play significant biological roles. Some may argue that there are 58 known elements or even all of them in our body. So be it.

The point here is, the human body is perhaps one of the most complex systems to have evolved. It encompasses the best known biological, chemical, electrical, magnetic and physical systems within it. It is not a wonder then, human beings are amongst the sentient species known. The human body is the best available tool, equipped with a powerful mind, to probe beyond the observable, to inquire the supernatural and to discover the metaphysical. Ultimately, to merge with the spiritual.

Anyways, I digress, coming back to which Yoga practice is the best; I would like to use the western movie analogy here. A cowboy who could draw fast, was the one who could shoot the others. He may or may not have the best hand gun in the world. His foes and contestants could even have rifles, cannons, shotguns. But, the gun was  and is as good as the hand that uses it. And, the hand is as fast as the mind that uses it. This was true, even when all shootists trained hard for precision and speed.

Similarly, in all yogic practices the body and the mind have to be trained. Scriptures, texts, tutelage, music, dance, entheogens, chanting, exercises and practice are all part of the training. This training is more to restructure the conditioning of the mind, to  be able to comprehend or accept that is inherent and within,  to better make sense of the day to outwardly experiences that we accumulate post birth.

Like the Oracle says to Neo in the Matrix, ” You have already made the choice! You are here to understand why you made it.”

There have been seers, religious revolutionaries like J. Krishnamurti who sought freedom from the Guru, the book, the tradition and the authoritarian voice of another. “Truth is within you”, he said, and to discover the truth in the luminous light of perception was to transform the very nature of thought and consciousness. It was to awaken intelligence, insight and abundant compassion. The total responsibility lies with the individual. No one, according to J.K. can free another.

Then there was, who I dare to call the nihilist yogi, U. G. Krishnamurti. He was an Indian thinker who questioned enlightenment. Although necessary for day to day functioning of the individual, in terms of the Ultimate Reality or Truth, he rejected the very basis of “thought” and in doing so negated all systems of thought and knowledge in reference to It.

“Tell them that there is nothing to understand.” he said.

Although many considered him an “enlightened” person, U.G. often referred to his state of being as the “natural state.” He claimed that the demand for enlightenment was the only thing standing in the way of enlightenment itself, if enlightenment existed at all. Incidentally, to clutch on to nirvana was also a desire and not a fool proof mechanism, as per the Buddha.

The legendary, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, changed his religion several times to explore the ideology and philosophy behind each. Changing a religion for a Hindu was then and even today is a great taboo. Ramakrishna Paramahansa saw the mother goddess Kali in his wife and remained a celibate thereafter.

All said and done, all perceptions, ideas, beliefs and systems can be changed, broken, reused,  Religious doctrines, texts, philosophies, teachers, yogic systems all exist in abundance for men to extract what facilitates their quest and discard what they cannot. This does not imply, however, that we disrespect the means or belittle the efforts of others. Talking, listening, reading, following, imitating, meditating, self-enquiry, questioning, all are part of the process. Like a clay sculptor, who adds and removes clay as needed to sculpt, we must learn to imbibe and let go as need be. Adapt and Improvise.

Chakras DeMystified – Part 2 – Prana: The Universal Life Force

If ‘steadfast awareness or super subtle pure conscious’ is the quintessence that permeates everything in the observable universe and beyond, then Prana is its universal principle of energy or force. It is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe, all the forces in nature and powers which are hidden in men and which lie everywhere around us.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati says:

Prana is force, magnetism and electricity. Radio waves travel through prana. That which moves the steam engine of a train and a steamer, which causes the motion of breath in lungs, that which is the very life of this breath itself, is prana. It is prana that pumps the blood from the heart into the arteries or blood vessels. Through prana digestion, excretion and secretion take place. Prana digests the food, turns it into chyle and blood, and sends it into the brain and mind. The mind is then able to think and enquire into the nature of Brahman.

Prana is the link between the astral and physical body. When the slender thread-link of prana is cut, the astral body separates from the physical body. Death takes place. The prana that was working in the physical body is withdrawn into the astral body.

How is Prana related to the Chakras?

In the pranic body, prana flows through nadis, energy channels, and is stored in chakras, energy vortices. According to some researchers, the electromagnetic energy in prana gives rise to radiation in which the waves of electric energy and magnetic energy are at ninety degrees to each other, resulting in what looks like a spiral. Indeed, the spiral radiation structure around chakras has been seen, described and drawn by sages and savants from all parts of the world at different times.
At the pranic level, in their initial stages the practices of pranayama clear up the nadis, energy pathways in the body. The scriptures say there are over 72,000 nadis or pathways of prana in the pranic body and six main chakras. However, in the average individual, many of these pathways are blocked and the chakras release energy only partially. In other words, we do not utilize our full potential in terms of energy, mind and consciousness. The negative conditions we experience, whether physical or mental, are the cause as well as the consequence of the blockages. The state of our nadis and chakras are defined by our samskaras, conditionings carried in seed form, as well as purushartha, self-effort and anugraha, grace. When these pathways of energy are gradually freed so that prana moves through them smoothly.


Yoga: Union

Yoga, literally means ‘to add’, ‘to unite’. This is all it is, really. The word signifies the end more than the means to achieve the end.

Union of what? Yoga is the union of will with power.Will without power, cannot get things done. Power on its own is just chaos, if there is nothing to guide or harness it.

Yoga stands true to its name in every sense of the word. If we look at its operational aspect, whether it is hatha-yoga, raja-yoga, siddha-yoga or any other school of yoga, a yogi aspires to awaken vast measures of power (Kundalini shakti), lying dormant in his root chakra. Then strives to propel this power upwards, to the chakra that is the seat of the ‘will’. Thus uniting will with power.

The union of Shiva with Shakti. The union of Yin and Yang.
Merging of all dualities into a singularity.
Even cause and effect do not remain as two events separated by time. Similarly thought and action become one. When thought and action are the same, time dissolves and everything happens in a trice.

Perhaps the biblical verse “Let thy will be done”, makes more sense now.

 

Himanshu Says …

– Himanshu Kulkarni 
Life exists in the words that you speak.
Q:     Do you know what came first? The sun (सूर्य)  came or the word सूर्य: ?
A:     The word came first before the actual, celestial body, sun.
जग in sanskrit means सृष्टि or creation, is made of 2 words ज= जनन = birth and ग = गमन = exit, this world is rest house take birth, spend some time and go.
Shiva is  Shava + e = shiva. Shava literally means a dead body and ‘e‘ means energy. Together they form us, this world.
When we utter words from a stanza, in rhythm then that is called MANTRA. Chanting mantras with technique and props is called TANTRA.
After chanting mantras daily after a said time time, develops constructive resonance.  Along with natural frequencies of the pancha mahabhuta (space, fire, air, water and earth)buddhi, mana, and ahankara (8 vidha prakriti),  the invisible cosmic energy in space creates shapes for a short while.
Our mind interprets it as Ganesh, Krishna, Jesus or other gods. So finally, WORDs create the UNIVERSE. Chanting mantra gives birth to objects labelled as dev, danav, manav, yaksha, kinner, gandharva and this is abstract classes are inherited from panchamahabhutas, mind, buddhi, ego et al.
As for the privilege to be born in India, one who is a true scholar (seeker) is born in India, for h(is er) last 2nd last or 3rd last birth.
Invisible cosmic energy is the purest form of energy driving this whole world. It becomes visible in purest form of water and when this water becomes slightly impure by accumulating or mixing with negative thoughts, it forms living bodies of animals. The creation of ‘man‘ is a result of this accumulation. We are impurities of nature and we feel the physical weight.
Ultimately meditation is a journey to transfer our heavy body to invisible weightless cosmic energy (E = mc2) energy and mass are interchangeable. Thus the ultimate aim of our life is to transform ourselves, this heavy body (jad jiva) to invisible cosmic energy (chanitanya mayi shiva) by a process called dhyana, aweakening of kundalini (serepent power).
I do love yogis, llamas, they become channel or tunnel of cosmic energy and transfer it back to nature After some years they become 100% purest form of cosmic energy due to meditation. They become channels of pure energy. As I said earlier, this channel gets dissolved in cosmic energy and only energy remains.
I do respect yogis, buddhists and llamas, by heart and mind.  I have been interacting with them from past 3 years.
I feel pleasant and secure when I interact with them and always want to be with them lifelong, “
॥ श्रीपाद राजमं शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥”
। दिगंबरा दिगंबरा श्रीपाद वल्लभ दिगंबरा।