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The Param yogi, the Adi Guru – The Lord Of Yoga

Sometimes you may feel the world you live in isn’t the absolute truth. Somethings feel too incomplete to know the real happenings. Sometimes you may feel the human origin is not the reality within itself. This world is a mysterious, mystical, spectral and pre-natural fusion of energies, energies that are too subtle. Somethings exist beyond space and time. Somethings which have an origin much before we originated. Someone responsible for our origin as a whole. There is a secure, safe and untouchable order of this universe, having an esoteric and paranormal, unconfined and subtle, philosophical and cosmic element in it. How do we reach the truth? Is there a way this can be touched upon?

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MUKTI AND MOKSHA

For knowing the truth we have to go way back in time. It was a time when India wasn’t called “INDIA” but as “Bharat Varsha”. The land south of the himalayas was referred by this name. The people back then were united by the virtue of just the one thing – Mukti(liberation). Everyone craved for mukti. How can this mukti be achieved? According to popular beliefs, this mukti comes after all the desires in this materialistic world of your are fulfilled. Even a simple dream of seeing a “grand-child” and dying before it may let you hover around in this unreal world of ours, craving for the last wish to be fulfilled. When a person dies an unnatural death (accidents, suicides) it’s believed that they roam around at the same place, regretting the decision, having pity on their fate and trying to communicate with the ones you had when you were a human. It’s like you can feel their being around, but you won’t be able to see them.

It is important here to know that “moksha” and “mukti” are not anything different. Some schools use the word Mukti and some chose the word Moksha but that doesn’t mean they are different. Some try to interpret them based on their understanding on the difference between those schools but those two words mean the same and can be put in place of the other. For instance : sālokya, sāmípya, sārūpya and sāyujya are called as Mokshas by some schools and Muktis by some schools (Shaiva and Vaishnava scriptures often refer them as “Muktis” instead of  “Mokshas” while some others refer them the other way.)

SIGNIFICANCE OF YOGA

The yogic culture largely holds its manifestation from Shiva. Shiva in this culture is not merely known as GOD but as the first guru- The Adi-Guru. Apparently, what can be conferred from Shaiva scripts and Shiva Purana is he was the first yogi. Yoga as a sadhana or spiritual practice rests upon cultivating the Shiva consciousness of the highest awareness and bliss.He is an ideal forgoing force, both a breath taker and breath giver, all in one. One other story of his story. He is depicted as sitting in lotus pose on mount Kailas, in deep samadhi, unmoved by the events of the universe. His body is smeared with sacred ash. In his hair is the crescent moon symbolizing mystical vision and knowledge. The meandered serpent coiled around his neck symbolizes the mysterious kundalini energy which is instilled in all of us since time immemorial. The river Ganges cascades from the crown of his head symbolizing perpetual purification, which he bestows upon his devotees. He is throe-eyed or Trilochana as and this third eye is the eye of wisdom lying in the center of the forehead. He is often referred to as NeelKanth by people.

He is Yogeshwara, the lord of Yoga and Maheshwar – the God of GODS – lord of the five elements from which the universe is created – The GOD WE ALL LOVE – SHIVA.

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The spreading of Yoga

It is believed that “rishis” were among the first ones to gain the knowledge of Yogism. Apparently, the first one to clinch this knowledge from the destroyer himself was his spouse- Maa Sati.  All yogic and tantric systems consider him as the first Guru.

Teaching Yoga to Maa Parvati

Intimacy is a formidable, dominant and top-level virtue of a healthy relationship. Apparently, intimacy was how Shiv first thought the sermons and physicality of Yoga.  The sutras of Yoga by Shiva are such that almost in every sutra , he calls her and as the resplendent one, the gracious one, the beautiful one. So this teaching materializes between two people with utmost intimacy. Intimacy should not be understood as sexual turn of events. It means there is no resistance; this person is absolutely open to whatever is being offered.

According to mythology, sitting on the bank of the river, Shiva was teaching Ma Parvati about yoga. No one was around except for a fish who was listening to their talks carefully. This fascinated Ma Parvati and she was beatific that a water animal was taking a keen interest in Yogic Philosophy and culture. Then she prayed Lord Shiva to transform the fish into a human, so as to communicate with him. This man was reborn as a human and is none other than Matsyendranath, the first of the Natha Yogis, famous in Yogic history. who propagated Hatha Yoga to his disciples. He was defined by a peculiar aasana following which he got this name.

This knowledge was eventually attained by us from Agama Sastras. From these teachings, came various traditions which still exist. One of them is the Nava-Nath Tradition founded by Matsyendranath, Gorakshnath and the seven other Gurus of theNath Tradition, which is still prevalent mostly in North India. Some consider Gorakshnath as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. In the South, it was the Siddha Agastiar or Agastya Muni, who disseminated this knowledge and created a lineage of Siddhas who specialized in Yoga, Tantra, Medicine, Astrology and other sciences. The tradition of 18 Siddhars is well known in South India.

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Lord Shiva is an amalgam of something too much to be defined by mere finite characters. He is the endless form, within the form himself. The form within himself is what is worshiped by the people all around the globe and he is surrounded by insurmountable number of rituals around him. On the other hand, the Shiva described as formless is worshiped as the Siva Linga and is considered as the ultimate reality. Though formless is something which cannot be given a form, the oval shaped Shiva Linga is said to be the first form taken during creation. Lord, he is the master of all four yogas, his Bhakti towards Shakti, his  Jnan of the self and cosmos, his Raja meditations of rhythm and steps, and his Vishvishvkarma of drinking venom. He remains devoted to his own principle of divine creation, to his consort, and consequently, to us all.

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He is the supreme knowledge of self, all our selves, and the whole extra-terrestrial self. You remain absorbed in trans-personal meditations for our growth. If this is not enough, finally, he neutralizes the wrongs committed by his children, this is his inevitable cosmic action.
Therefore, although he contains the whole universe, although he is the Supreme God, yet, he is a yogi too, remaining always absorbed in Godhood. Shiva is considered the supreme consciousness in which the play of fabrication happens in the form of Shakti herself. Shiva and Shakti are indivisible,indissoluble and inextricable, just as the creation cannot be separated from the designer.

 

 

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Shiva’s divinity and the word “Tantra”

(The following content is after a lot of analysis and covered from various sources, books and articles written by people associated with cosmic events, studies and learning from the parallel world. Reader’s discretion is advised and are asked to interpret it by personal experiences and intellect)

Shiva is an amalgam of primordial awareness, energy and exuberance.He is the buoyancy to the force being applied, the external pressure. And guess what? This thrust, this coercion is being provided by the lord himself. He thus exists in the form of a question, the answer lying within him too . All this forebodings and premonitions beings holding these divine principles within, and even apparent delusion or confusion is merely these aspects in play. They are united till the end and from the beginning. The expressions, no matter what you perceive and confess, colloquy and parley,keep it inside or move them out, remains the same extract of pieces, abstract of something too concrete.

 

We move and navigate the landscape of palpable life which is both always reflective of this understanding and at the same time, always operating by laws of apparent contradiction of that simplicity. They are the two sides of the same coin,the ways the positives and the negatives ions hold ends of the same metal, the way night follows the day, light the darkness, bad phases the good phases. However, when seen fully, those contradictions only open up into an even greater joy of the ultimate understanding. The light conquers the darkness, but at the same time it was the darkness that made you realize the importance of light, the same way how those bad times made you realize the good ones.

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Such is the divinity of the great Lord. He resembles them all, just need to look carefully.

What is tantra?

Tantra is the merger of two words with different meanings : “Tattva” and “Mantra”. “Tattva”(matter) means the science of cosmic principles. Matter occupies the spatial and temporal arrangement and confines within the particulars of the nature. This matter is in a way related to the universals but inter dependent of it. While “mantra” refers to the science of mystic sound and vibrations. Tantra, therefore is the application of cosmic sciences with a view to attain spiritual lordship. In another sense, tantra also means the scripture by which the light of knowledge is spread:

“Tanyate vistaryate jnanam anemna iti tantram

There are essentially two schools of Indian scriptures – “Agama” and “Nigama” (learn them from the hanuman chalisa). Agamas are those which are revelations while Nigama are the traditions. Tantra is an Agama and hence it is called “Srutishakhavisesah”, which means it is a branch of the Vedas.

There are 18 “Agamas”, which are also referred to as Shiva tantras, and they are ritualistic in character. There are three distinct tantrik traditions – Dakshina, Vama and Madhyama. They represent the three “shaktis” or powers of Shiva and are characterised by the three “gunas” or qualities – “sattva”, “rajas” and “tamas”. The Dakshina tradition, characterised by the “sattva” branch of tantra is essentially for good purpose.

The Madhyama, characterised by “rajas” is of mixed nature, while the Vama, characterised by “tamas” is the most impure form of tantra.

 

Is tantra vidya evil?

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Tantra meditation is immensely vigorous, dynamic and cogent and has wide range of applications.The fact that it can be utilised for evil, wrong doings and harassing someone is a truth and cannot be a fallacy. It is so persuasive and  eloquent that it can also lead to death of someone, making them sick, or loosing their materialistic possessions, sometimes even peace of mind. But connecting it only “evil” and “negative” and “sinister” is only the half truth.

Tantra meditation has been useful for people in the past and is useful till today. It can ensure that you meet your soul mate. It can also make sure a couple deprived of a child get one even after long periods of marriage. Unfortunately “black magic” is the word awarded to tantra meditation in India. Why? Let’s find out.

Tantra meditation is basically done by the use of souls of dead people, spirits roaming around because of some unfulfilled choices in the material world. These souls are asked questions. These souls can travel back and forth in time to tell you about the gained information from the same.

Using this information the tantric helps his clients. If the information is a good one a good soul is used and if the information is an evil one an evil soul is used for the job. The tantric enslaves these souls and uses them for their own needs.

The tantric most of the time live a secluded life. They live in forests and also in places where the dead are burnt. They spend years in tantra meditation and attain great powers. We cannot say how many of the tantrics today are genuine. However, we can definitely say that the knowledge of tantra meditation is limited to few as it requires great devotion that is not very easy to find in today’s world. Many people have done research on the subject and many books have been written on the same.

Some tantrics will want alcohol from the clients in order to tell them the future. They are not normal people that we meet. Most of them don’t even have a family. They live a life of seclusion and socialise very little. Most of them die alone. The tantric say that as they can not only predict the future of a person they can also change it. This is exactly why the Gods are never pleased with tantra. Nature has  a general plan for everyone and through the use of techniques like tantra meditation, we can change the course of this life. This is exactly why tantra has a negative effect on the life of the tantric when he/she indulges in such usage of the great knowledge.

In tantra meditation the things that are used are not the conventional type. They use bones and skulls of the dead. The ashes of the dead are an important part of tantra meditation. Well the belief in tantra is that body is something that will end one day. The only aspect of life that will always remain with us is the soul.

The ashes are the only remaining part of life after death as Hindus are burnt. The ashes are powerful and they can make the impossible possible. The tantra meditation is mostly done on no moon nights as the evil spirits are strongest on this day. The tantra meditation requires chanting of a lot of mantras. Bali that in Sanskrit means sacrifice is a very crucial part of Tantra meditation. Bali may be done of an animal. In most parts of the country this has been banned. However, in some rural areas this still continues. Goddess Kaali is worshiped in tantra meditation. Many tantrics even drink blood of animals to please the Goddess and get blessed.

The tantra meditation is done to help people attain their goals. However, when you do tantra meditation or you select a tantric then you should do a good background check. Tantra meditation is very strong and if the tantric wants they can also create a lot of trouble. Tantra meditation is indeed Indian black magic that has been practiced for generation. It is a body of knowledge a skill that required years to master.

We don’t know how many will learn the Tantra meditation now. Most of the tantric prefer not to get married as a result they don’t have a legacy to continue this knowledge, neither do they prefer to teach it outside their circle, which is hardly any, as they live secluded lives mostly. We just hope that people continue to learn the tantra meditation and the knowledge is not lost forever. After all tantra meditation is a very important part of our traditions.

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Who is Shiva?

Who is SHIVA? Is he for real? Was he an “aghor?” 

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Shiva. He is the greatest enigma in the Pantheon of Hindu Gods. He is a mystery. A riddle which is solved only by devotion.  He is a conundrum. A closed book that can only be opened when u have faith in him. He is the ace of them all, he is the place where the opposites meet and clash. He is the emerging point and the adjoining point. He is the locus of all the extremities. He is an ascetic, yet a householder, Mediator of the great stillness, yet Natraj, the Dancer, Chief of ferocious outcomes of the world yet an epitome of tranquility.

When you have no one to seek for help, and intuition is the only friend u can rely in extremities, he is the one who appears as a will power, he is the only that gives you the energy to fight, he is the one who keeps you calm even in all odds. All you need to do is remember him whenever you can. He is the creator yet the destroyer. He is the  lord and yet the friend you have been looking for all your life. He has the fire in his head, the sun and the moon are his eyes, his breath is the air and his heart is the universe. He is the one whose feet led to creation of the world. He is the inner-self of all the beings.

So does that mean only Shiva is the reality? That’s half the truth.

Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma are the supreme cause of material manifestation. They are the soul of all souls (super souls). The world is their’s and they are the world. There is no impersonal difference between all the three. They are, so the world is, and hence they exist. (Bhāgavatam (4.7.50)

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How did Shiva take birth in this material world?

The pastime of Lord Shiva’s birth is described in Bhagwad-Geetam(3.12.7–13): “Although Brahma tried to curb his anger, it came out from between his eyebrows, and a child of mixed blue and red was immediately generated. “After his [Shiva’s] birth, he began to cry: O destiny maker [Brahma], teacher of the universe, kindly designate my name and place. “The all-powerful Brahma, born from the lotus flower, pacified the boy with gentle words, accepting his request, and said: Do not cry. I shall certainly do as you desire. Thereafter, Brahma said: “O chief of the demigods, you shall be called by the name Rudra by all people because you have anxiously cried. My dear boy, I have already selected the following places for your residence: the heart, the senses, the air of life, the sky, the air, the fire, the water, the earth, the sun, the moon, and austerity. This description is of how Śiva appeared in the material world.

Evidences of Shiva in Ancient times

The evidence go way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation.The Pashupati Seal is the name of a steatite seal discovered at the Mohenjodaro archaeological site of the back in the IVC. The seal depicts a seated figure, possibly tricephalic (having three heads). He is horned and surrounded by animals.  He is regarded to be a seal of Lord Shiva or Rudra, who is worshipped as a “linga” and being a “yogi”.

Why does he as an Aghori, worship the DARKNESS?

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An aghori believes in getting into total darkness by all means, and then getting into light or self realizing. Though this is a different approach from other Hindu sects, they believe it to be effective. They are infamously known for their rituals that include such asshava samskara (ritual worship incorporating the use of a corpse as the altar) to invoke the mother goddess in her form as Smashan Tara.

Darkness is always perceived in a filthy manner. Light has a source and that source will exhaust one day. Darkness is eternal! We hunt for positivity in our lives because our body emits negative ions. Thus maintaining the electromagnetic harmony of the Universe. Broaden your perspective and realize that it’s the darkness that holds the light. Without darkness, light could have never been appreciated. Without darkness light has no existence.

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Shiva is known to be the first aghor. He uses bhaang to get intoxicated. Bhaang is considered to be the first plant that emerged on this planet. So it is as old as the world itself. Besides it is the “prasad” of Bhole. Indian festival “holi” is celebrated with drinking/ eating bhaang to be intoxicated and get lost in the devotion of Lord Shiva.

” I am Shiva . I am formless. I am eternal. I exist without existing. There is nothing that is not me. There is nothing that is apart from me. There is nothing that is not included in me. There is nothing that is not a part of me. There is nothing that is not dear to me. I love the lowest of the low and highest of the high. I see them all as a part of me. Without me, nothing exists. I include all of the past, present and the future. “