Yogic Principles of a yogi

Yogic Principles: Embracing Inner Harmony Beyond Society

Yogic Principles: An introduction and disparity between societal norms:

The discourse of yogic principles presented, the narrative unveils the profound disparity between societal norms and the principles of yoga. Advocating for a shift toward spiritual enlightenment and ethical living. It scrutinizes the societal conditioning that prioritizes materialism and consumerism. Whereas the principles of yoga emphasize inner beauty, mental balance, and consciousness expansion. We present a text that elucidates the necessity of discernment, self-control, and adherence to yogic principles as pathways to transcend societal conditioning. And cultivate a life of contribution and harmony.

Societal Conditioning vs. Yogic Principles:

  • The presented argument suggests that by delineating the societal norms that dictate human behavior, perpetuating violence, materialism, and consumption. It contrasts these norms with the essence of yoga, which advocates for inner transformation and spiritual elevation. Emphasizing the societal focus on material wealth and external validation, the narrative highlights yoga’s emphasis on inner beauty, mental equilibrium, and consciousness elevation as the true markers of fulfillment.

Balancing Act: Society vs. Yoga:

  • A significant aspect of the discourse revolves around the intricate balance between societal expectations and the pursuit of yogic ideals. We acknowledge the challenge of navigating these contrasting worlds but underscore the importance of steadfast adherence to yogic guidelines. By embracing the principles of yoga, individuals are encouraged to transcend the allure of material pleasures and societal pressures. This is the path towards attaining true inner harmony.

Control and Discernment:

  • Central to the narrative is the concept of control. Extending beyond mere restraint of desires to encompass discernment in accepting societal knowledge. There is a clear distinction between vidya (knowledge leading to self-realization) and avidya (knowledge hindering self-realization). This further propagates the rejection of societal dictates that impede spiritual growth. By exercising control over the mind and senses, individuals can transcend societal conditioning and pave the path toward self-realization.

Critique of Societal Constructs:

  • The above narrative offers a critical examination of societal constructs, highlighting their role in perpetuating inequality, injustice, and environmental degradation. Drawing historical parallels, it questions the legitimacy of societal norms that have endorsed discrimination and exploitation. By challenging the authority of societal dictates, individuals are prompted to reevaluate their adherence to norms that contradict universal principles of humanity and morality.

Embracing Yogic Principles:

  • In contrast to societal dictates, the narrative advocates for the adoption of yogic principles as a means to foster inner harmony and contribute positively to the world. By aligning with principles such as non-violence, truthfulness, non-greed, and respect for others, individuals can transcend societal conditioning and lead a life of ethical integrity and spiritual fulfillment. Through adherence to the ethical precepts of yama and niyama, individuals are empowered to move towards the purity of character and become contributors to society.

The nature of the debate presented encapsulates the transformative potential of embracing yogic principles in transcending societal conditioning and fostering inner harmony. By discerning and rejecting societal norms that contradict universal principles of humanity, individuals can embark on a journey towards self-realization and ethical living. Through steadfast adherence to yogic guidelines, individuals can cultivate a life of contribution, embodying the essence of harmony, and integrity.

Yogic Principles

Conclusive Understanding of Yogic Principles vs. Societal Conditioning:

  • Society dictates norms promoting materialism, consumption, and external validation.
  • Yoga emphasizes inner beauty, mental equilibrium, and consciousness elevation.
  • Material-driven existence perpetuates societal discord, trapping individuals in Maya.

Balancing Act: Society vs. Yoga:

  • Striking a balance between societal expectations and yogic ideals is challenging.
  • Adherence to yogic guidelines facilitates the transcendence of material desires.
  • True fulfillment lies in embracing yogic principles despite societal pressures.

Control and Discernment:

  • Control extends beyond restraint to discernment in accepting societal knowledge.
  • The distinction between vidya (knowledge leading to self-realization) and avidya (hindering self-realization) is crucial.

Critique of Societal Constructs:

  • Societal constructs perpetuate inequality, injustice, and environmental degradation.
  • Historical parallels question the legitimacy of discriminatory norms.
  • Reevaluation of adherence to contradictory societal norms is necessary.

Embracing Yogic Principles:

  • Adoption of yogic principles fosters inner harmony and ethical living.
  • Alignment with universal principles of humanity leads to self-realization.
  • Adherence to ethical precepts empowers individuals to contribute positively.
  • Embracing yogic principles transcends societal conditioning, fostering inner harmony.
  • Discernment, control, and adherence to ethical precepts lead to self-realization and fulfillment.
  • By embodying yogic principles, individuals contribute positively to society’s well-being.
How to find Purpose of Life

Karma, the Flow of Cause and Effect

Karma is derived from the Sanskrit root word kri, meaning ‘to do’. It encompasses all actions, thoughts, and words that we engage in. Even inaction is considered Karma, for it, too, has a consequence. Thus, every action, every thought, and every word we speak is Karma. It is important to remember that Karma is not merely the result of our actions. Rather, it is the entire process of cause and effect. Every thought, word, and action creates an imprint on our consciousness, shaping our character and influencing our future actions. Therefore, it is essential to perform our actions with utmost integrity, ethics, and morality.

Understanding Dharma

Dharma is the inherent nature of all beings. It is the path of righteousness, duty, and moral obligation. Every being has a unique Dharma, and it is our duty to fulfill it with utmost dedication and sincerity. When we perform our actions in accordance with our Dharma, we are living a life of purpose and meaning.

How to find Purpose of Life
How to find Purpose of Life

Interconnection of Karma and Dharma

Karma and Dharma are interconnected, and we cannot understand one without the other. Every action we perform has a consequence, and it is our duty to perform our actions in accordance with our Dharma. By understanding the deeper meaning behind these concepts, we can lead a life of purpose and fulfillment, and ultimately, reach spiritual enlightenment.

The Misconception of Karma

Many people mistakenly believe that Karma only refers to the consequences of their actions. However, Karma is an ongoing process that influences our every thought, word, and deed. Consider this: even if you choose to do nothing and remain idle, this too is an action towards being lazy, and it will have a certain result, perhaps leading to lethargy or even illness.

The Power of Thoughts and Intentions

In the same way, when you express love and affection towards others, it brings joy and happiness to their hearts, and they may bring you gifts or other blessings. Even the thoughts that we entertain have a profound impact on our lives. If we hold on to negative thoughts such as anger, jealousy, or hatred, it can create destructive patterns of behavior and affect our character.  For example, in your mind you say, oh, I am a strong person; I am a brave person. I can do whatever I want. Because of that, your character changes, this is also Karma. As you understand now, everything is Karma, including not doing something as well.

Cultivating Awareness and Mindfulness

Therefore, we must cultivate awareness and mindfulness in all that we do, say, and think. By understanding Karma, we can make conscious choices that bring positive results and avoid actions that lead to suffering.

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When great meets the greatness: A tale of Alexander and the yogi

The tale of Alexander and the Yogi, an ancient tale is perhaps one of the most important and iconic learnings we may receive in our lives. Yet many people in the modern world do not dwell on tales of the past and this is why they keep making mistakes. The eternal truths have been revealed to us and stand as true today as they did in the ancient world, for once upon a time even the ancients thought that they live in a modern world. What we call modern today will become ancient to others in a thousand years.

An important tale I would like to share is perhaps of that person whom the Western world calls the greatest emperor who rose from amongst them. There is a lot to be learned from this so do read with full awareness.

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As Alexander pushed for new glories, he encountered the gymnosophists (the Greek word for yogi). Ten yogis were captured and brought to Taxila. As had been informed to them about their intellect capabilities, he decided to test them. He thought of playing a game with them. He said to the yogi, that he would ask each of them a question. At the end of the game, he would put to death the one who had the worst answer.

To make it an interesting read I have added my answer. You may also add your answer and leave it in the comment box below.

1-Who are the majority the dead or the leaving?

• The yogi answered the living cause the dead does not exist anymore.
My answer- The dead, because the living can be counted, but the dead can’t.

2- Which is the most cunning animal?

• The yogi said the one that humans still could not find.
My answer- the one who doesn’t reveal a…………………………………………!

3- What is more powerful? Life or death?

• The yogis said Life, because life cause life beings more illnesses.
My answer- Easy, Death. In life you go away from god, in death you go back to god.

4- How can a human be more loved?

• The yogi answered, by being powerful without promoting fear
My answer- By not listening to the voice in his own mind.

5- Which is bigger the day or the night?

• The yogi answered the day. It is bigger by one day than the night as it came earlier.
My answer- Day because the moment it appears, the darkness of the night runs away.

6- Where do the biggest animals exist? On the land or in the sea?

• The yogi said on the land, because the sea is part of the land.
My answer- In The Swords of those who are uncivilized and don’t have morals.

7- How can anyone be a god?

• The yogi said by doing something a human can not achieve.
My answer- Yoga says give up the ego and you are god. Capitalism says earn money and you are god. Politics says win elections and you are god. I say the moment you see the spark of divinity within yourself you become a god.

8- the next question was related to Alexander’s conquest. Alexander asked why you asked your king to revolt against me?

• The yogi said because I want him to live as a royal or die as a royal.
My answer- Because nobody likes the neighbor (stranger) to become the father to your child.

9- For how long is it good for one human to live?

• Until death becomes more desirable than life.
My answer- As long as history doesn’t turn him into a villain.

Plutarch, “Life of Alexander”, Paralell Lives, 64-65

Turning to the judge, Alexander bade him give his opinion. The judge declared that they had answered one worse than another. “Well, then,” said Alexander, “thou shalt die first for giving such a verdict.” “That cannot be, O King,” said the judge, “unless thou falsely saidst that thou wouldst put to death first him who answered worst.” These philosophers, then, he dismissed with gifts. ⁃ Plutarch, “Life of Alexander”, Paralell Lives, 64-65

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Alexander attempted to persuade a yogi to stay with him as one of his teachers. He even suggested using force to escort him to his country, but the yogi replied philosophically: “What shall I be worth to you, Alexander, for exhibiting to the Greeks if I am compelled to do what I do not wish to do?”.

However, Alexander did succeed in taking a yogi back home, or at least it seemed that way. The yogi lived as a teacher to Alexander and represented “Eastern honesty and freedom”. The Greeks called this yogi “Kalanos”, which might either be a reference to Kalyan or Kali.

As the yogi accompanied Alexander to Persia, he wanted to give up his life as the body was not holding up and he knew his time to go had come. Being a yogi, he wanted to go on his terms by entering a samadhi while sitting on a funeral pyre. This happened in the full view of the whole Macedonian army. The soldiers observed that the yogi had no fear of pain or death, and he never once moved from his position as his flesh was consumed by the flames. He was seventy-three years of age at the time of his death. The city where this immolation took place was Susa in the year 323 BC.

Interestingly, as he left for his final moments, the yogi said to Alexander: “I shall see you soon in Babylon,”. Even though at the time of the death of Kalanos, Alexander did not have any plans to go to Babylon. Alexander left Persia and died a year later in Babylon.

Philo preserves a letter written by Kalanos to Alexander. This is depicted in a painting created in 1672 by Jean Baptiste de Champaigne. This famous painting portrays “Alexander the Great receiving the news of the death by immolation of the gymnosophist Calanus”. This painting is on display at Chateau de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles. Diogenes Laërtius (3rd century AD) mentions the yogis in his reports. He also adds that Pyrrho of Elis was influenced by the gymnosophists during his time in India with Alexander the Great. Upon returning to Elis, Pyrrho adopted their lifestyle, ultimately leading to the establishment of the Hellenistic philosophy of Pyrrhonism.

Guru Shri Siddhartha meditating in upper Himalayas

Who is a successful yoga teacher

who is a successful yoga teacher ?
Is it someone who spreads yoga ?
Is it someone who markets and creates a niche for him/her ?
Is it someone who can help you evolve spiritually ?
Is it someone who can do those body bending asans ?

I clearly remember the day when I decided to become a yoga teacher. I never wanted to be the best yoga teacher, I just wanted to teach yoga. I just wanted to spread the true traditional message of yogic philosophy, I just wanted the world to stand up and notice how beautiful my culture and traditions are, I just wanted to rid the world of those false yoga teachers who tarnish the image of yoga and yogic philosophy and provide false information in the name of yoga. But most of all I just wanted to provide a safe way of healing and raising the consciousness of the people of this world and help them overcome their mental and physical wounds.

I still think that I might never become a teacher for I will always have many things to learn from the people of this world and the world itself, perhaps at best, I will always be a student in this life regardless of what others call me. I still have many shortcomings and I can’t dare to call myself a yogi, I have some ways to cross before I Recognize myself as a yogi, but I’m not giving up, because I have come a long way in my journey and discovered many things about myself and this world. The best thing about this journey is, that every day is beautiful and every second of life is blissful. I have also realised, Perhaps yoga is for everyone but not everyone is for yoga, and that is fine…

The Genesis of My Yoga Journey

My journey began with a simple desire – to teach yoga and share its profound benefits with others. However, as I immersed myself deeper into the practice, I realized that yoga was much more than just physical postures. It was a holistic approach to life, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.

Discovering the True Essence of Yoga

As I delved deeper into the practice, I began to uncover the true essence of yoga – a journey of self-discovery and inner transformation. Through meditation, breathwork, and self-reflection, I learned to connect with my true self and cultivate a sense of inner peace and harmony.

Overcoming Challenges on the Path

Like any journey, my path to becoming a yoga teacher was not without its challenges. There were moments of self-doubt, setbacks, and obstacles along the way. However, through perseverance and dedication, I learned to embrace these challenges as opportunities for growth and self-improvement.

The Desire to Spread Authentic Yogic Philosophy

One of my driving motivations for becoming a yoga teacher was the desire to spread authentic yogic philosophy. In a world saturated with misinformation and the commercialization of yoga, I felt compelled to uphold the true teachings of yoga and dispel any misconceptions.

Embracing the Role of a Forever Student

Despite my journey to becoming a yoga teacher, I recognize that I am, and always will be, a student of yoga. There is always more to learn, explore, and experience on this path, and I embrace the role of a forever student with humility and gratitude.

The Beauty of Every Moment in the Journey

One of the greatest lessons I have learned on this journey is to appreciate the beauty of every moment. Whether it’s the stillness of meditation, the challenge of a difficult pose, or the joy of teaching others, every moment is a precious gift to be savored and cherished.

Understanding that Yoga is for Everyone, But Not Everyone is for Yoga

Through my journey, I have come to understand that while yoga is for everyone, not everyone is ready or willing to embrace its teachings. And that’s okay. Yoga is a personal journey, and each individual must find their own path in their own time.

As I reflect on my journey to becoming a yoga teacher, I am filled with gratitude for the experiences, lessons, and growth it has brought into my life. Though the path may be challenging at times, the rewards far outweigh the struggles. And as I continue on this journey, I am reminded that the true beauty of yoga lies not in the destination, but in the journey itself.

Assistant guru Rodica standing with Natraj statue

Is Knowledge Enough, or Is It Just Not Enough?

Embarking on a Journey of knowledge

Within the realm of existence, sentient beings are divided into two distinct categories based on their approach to the divine. The first category comprises beings who, through the path of knowledge, use faculties of their intellect, and embark on a journey of profound inquiry to comprehend the immeasurable expanse of Bhagwan Shiv ji.

Seeking Understanding through Reason

These beings meticulously weigh and measure, attempting to encapsulate the boundless within the confines of their limited understanding. With meticulous precision, they endeavor to fathom the depths of His divine essence, employing the scales of discernment and reason.

Forging a Connection with Ishwar

Their ardent quest drives them to forge a connection between their mortal selves and the omnipotent Ishwar, creating a sacred abode within the recesses of their own minds. Through their inner contemplation and meditative introspection, they fashion a space where the resplendent radiance of Shiv and Shakti can find refuge and solace. It is within this ethereal dwelling, nurtured by their intellectual prowess, that they perceive and commune with the enigmatic presence of the Divine.

Is Knowledge Enough, or Is It Just Not Enough? There are 2 Paths: one defined by intellectual inquiry, & another where the seeker surrenders

Discovering a Deeper Connection

Beyond the realm of analytical pursuit, lies another enigmatic plane of existence. Here, beings of a distinctive disposition dwell, whose hearts serve as the sanctum for the eternal presence of Shiv. Theirs is a journey where mere knowledge is not enough.

Forging an Ineffable Bond

Deep within the recesses of their souls, an ineffable connection is forged, intertwining their very essence with the divine essence of the Ishwar Himself. These blessed souls, touched by a mystic fervor, have attained the divine grace that resides solely within the inner sanctum of their being.

Experiencing Divine Unity

In this sacred space, the cosmic dance of the divine unfolds, as the seeker merges effortlessly with the sought. Their hearts, aflame with an ardor that transcends the limits of mortal perception, become the divine dwelling wherein Shiv, the supreme consciousness, finds eternal abode.

Embracing Unity Beyond Knowledge

Here, the seeker becomes the sought, and the dance of duality dissolves into a state of sublime unity. In this state, the blessed ones experience the divine vision, beholding the ineffable beauty and grace of the Lord in all His resplendent glory.

Convergence of Paths

We encounter two distinct paths: one defined by intellectual inquiry, where the seeker traverses the realm of thoughts and concepts in search of Shiv, and another where the seeker surrenders their very being, becoming a sacred vessel for the divine presence to reside. Both paths bear the potential for divine realization, and it is in the convergence of these paths that the mystery of Shiv’s essence unfolds, enveloping the seeker in a realm of mystic transcendence and boundless love.

A Yogis' Dharma

A Yogi’s Dharma is the best way in kaliyug

Unveiling the Components of A Yogi’s Dharma

To comprehend the significance of A Yogi’s Dharma we must understand yoga. To understand what I say and why I say it, it’s imperative to delve into the narrative of Kaliyug. However, let’s embark on our journey by understanding the fundamental components of A Yogi’s Dharma. Symbolically represented as a bull with four legs, the choice of the bull signifies its innate nature of perseverance and tireless effort, intertwined with the association with Bhagwan Shiv. Each leg symbolizes a unique facet for Dharma to thrive:

1) Tapasya = Austerity

2) Shauch = Purity

3) Daya = Kindness

4) Satya = Truth

“तपः शौचं दया सत्यं इति पादाः कृते कृताः |
अधर्मांशैस्त्रयो भग्नाः स्मयसङ्गमदैस्तव ||”

A Yogi's Dharma

The Erosion of Dharma Across Yugas

During Satya Yuga, the bull of Dharma stands firmly on all four legs. However, as the epochs transition, the integrity of Dharma gradually deteriorates:

In Treta Yuga:

Tapasya diminishes, signifying the infiltration of darkness into a quarter of the world.

In Dwapara Yuga:

Shauch is lost, with only half the populace engaged in higher pursuits and maintaining purity of heart.

In Kali Yuga:

Dharma remains crippled, supported by only one leg, and by the end of this epoch, even Satya wanes. This epoch witnesses the majority of the world consumed by egoism and sensual gratification, neglecting higher aspirations.

Navigating Through Kali Yuga

We find ourselves in the era of Kaliyug, where every step we take determines our trajectory toward divinity or self-destruction. It’s incumbent upon us to tread cautiously, fostering habits that draw us closer to the Supreme Shiv Consciousness. Mind you, we are not referring to Mother Goddess Kali; rather, we speak of the demon Kali. The significant difference lies in the fact that Mother Goddess Kali aids us in transcending Kaal and Maya. On the other hand, Rakshas Kali further binds us in Maya, subjugating our ego and diverting us from our higher Supreme Shiv Consciousness.

Upholding the Flag Bearers of Dharma

Amidst the potent influence of Kali Yuga, truth steadily corrodes as the dark age progresses. Yet, as long as life endures, endeavor to resurrect the virtues that epitomize Dharma. Walk the path of truth, for it is through truth that the divine beauty of Shiva is realized – “Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram.”

The Unfolding of Kali Yuga’s Timeline

Spanning 432,000 years (equivalent to 1,200 divine years), Kali Yuga commenced 5,124 years ago, leaving 426,876 years until its culmination in 428,899 CE. If Kali Yuga were analogous to a human lifespan of 100 years, its current duration corresponds to approximately one year and two months.

Contemplating the Unaware Child of Kali Yuga

Visualize Kaliyug as an oblivious child newly arrived in this world. Reflect on the havoc wreaked by the ongoing challenges. If this is the chaos in its nascent state of unawareness, envision the potential tumult as it matures, akin to an adolescent, a robust youth, and a reluctant elder unwilling to relinquish its grip on life.

Here are some shocking predictions about Kaliyug:

  1. In Kali Yuga, wealth alone will signify a man’s good birth, proper behavior, and fine qualities. Law and justice will apply solely based on one’s power.
  2. Men and women will cohabit merely due to superficial attraction, and success in business will rely on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be assessed according to expertise in sex, and a man will be considered a Brahmana simply by wearing a thread.
  3. As the earth becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes proves to be the strongest will gain political power.
  4. Citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain, and snow. They will also endure quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and severe anxiety.
  5. Men will neglect their elderly parents.
  6. Thieves will dominate cities, the Vedas will be tainted by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually exploit the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will prioritize their bellies and genitals.
  7. Servants will abandon a master who loses his wealth, even if that master is a saintly person of exemplary character. Masters will forsake an incapacitated servant, even if that servant has been in the family for generations.
  8. In Kali-yuga, men will harbor hatred for each other even over a few coins. They will forsake all friendly relations, willing to risk their lives and kill even their own relatives.
  9. Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by pretending austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those ignorant of religion will assume authority and presume to speak on religious principles.
  10. The maximum human lifespan in Kali Yuga will diminish to 50 years.
  11. Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, lifespan, physical strength, and memory will all decline day by day due to the powerful influence of the age of Kali.

Embracing A Yogi’s Dharma for Liberation

Chant the Maha Mantra OM NAMAH SHIVAY

Persistently chant the powerful Maha Mantra OM NAMAH SHIVAY to invoke divine energies and pave the path towards enlightenment and liberation.

Seek Wisdom and Spiritual Growth

Dedicate time to seeking wisdom through introspection, study, and spiritual contemplation, fostering personal growth and deepening your understanding of existence.

Engage in Yoga Asanas and Meditation

Immerse yourself in the practice of yoga asanas and meditation to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, fostering inner peace, clarity, and spiritual evolution.

Reflect on Self and Spiritual Journey

Take moments for self-reflection to contemplate your spiritual journey, aligning your actions with your higher purpose and aspirations for spiritual fulfillment.

Focus on Yogic Sadhana for Transformation

Devote yourself wholeheartedly to your yogic sadhana, nurturing discipline, perseverance, and dedication towards your spiritual evolution and liberation.

A Yogi’s Dharma is to Strive for Liberation from Darkness

Break the Chains of Maya with Willpower

Harness your inner strength and willpower to break free from the illusions of Maya, transcending the darkness that pervades this age and embracing the light of spiritual awakening.

Overcome Challenges with Faith in Shiv Consciousness

Maintain unwavering faith in the transcendent consciousness of Bhagwan Shiv ji, empowering yourself to overcome the challenges and obstacles on the path to liberation.

Choose Liberation over Endless Suffering

Contemplate the choice between enduring endless suffering in this world or exerting efforts towards attaining liberation. Realize that while the journey may seem arduous, the pursuit of moksh offers the ultimate liberation from the cycle of suffering and rebirth.

lunar eclipse in hinduism

Yoga of the Lunar Eclipse

Important: some dos and donts for lunar eclipse (To my students I will send you more detailed personalized ritual details)

Dos and Don’ts for Lunar Eclipse: Following the Ancient Rituals and Purifying the Self

During a lunar or solar eclipse, certain regions of the world are affected, and to honor this event, we must follow the prescribed rituals as laid out in the scriptures. Our esteemed gurus advocate for embracing the sanctity of the occasion and abiding by the following practices:

The Shikshãpatri, a revered text, commands us to stop all activities at the time of the eclipse and chant the name of God in a purified state. After the eclipse, householders must bathe with their clothes on and then donate according to their means.
The Purãnas tells the story of how the eclipse came into existence, narrating how during the churning of the ocean by the gods and demons, the nectar of immortality was produced, and a demon named Rãhu, disguising himself as a god, drank it. Thus, when God beheaded Rãhu, he became a planet, and during certain times of the year, he holds the sun and moon by his mouth (Grahan), causing solar and lunar eclipses.

The rules to follow before, during, and after an eclipse are as follows:
Before the eclipse, one must not eat for 12 hours before the solar eclipse begins and for 9 hours before the lunar eclipse begins. During this period, one must not offer meals to God, but one can perform arti, pray, and sing devotional songs. If the solar eclipse occurs before sunrise, one may see the eclipse only after the sun has risen, and in this case, one must not eat after sunset the previous night.

During the eclipse, one must sit in one place, chant the name of God, and sing devotional songs. One must also observe a waterless fast while the eclipse is in progress.

After the eclipse, one must bathe immediately with clothes on and preferably with cold water. The Satsangijivan recommends offering donations according to one’s income, as this expresses one’s joy at the release of the Sun and/or Moon god from Rãhu’s grasp. Sadhus rejoice by performing puja.

To remain pure during the eclipse, one must get rid of extra cooked food, and not touch anything such as clothes, food, personal items, etc. After the eclipse, one must not touch anyone, and if one has touched anything by mistake, it must be purified by washing or by sprinkling water over it.

It is crucial to take a bath after an eclipse as darkness during the eclipse symbolizes impurity. Once the eclipse is over, light returns to the earth, and to rejoice, one must cleanse the impurity that darkness brought, worship God, and offer donations to express happiness.

We must also remember that we are all engulfed by an eclipse in the form of mãy, and purifying ourselves on this occasion will enable us to transcend this illusory world and reach the ultimate goal of yoga. Let us embrace the sacredness of the lunar eclipse and follow these ancient rituals to purify ourselves and connect with the divine.

Bhagwan Ram Kills demon king Ravan

Dussehra – The tale of DASHA HARA

Happy Dussehra
DASHA HARA is a Sanskrit word that means removal of ten bad qualities within you.

Bhagwan Ram defeats Ravan

On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, hear the tale of DASHA HARA – the removal of ten wicked qualities that reside within us. These vices are Kama vasana (Lust), Krodha (Anger), Moha (Attachment), Lobha (Greed), Mada (Over-Pride), Matsara (Jealousy), Swartha (Selfishness), Anyaaya (Injustice), Amanavta (Cruelty), and Ahankara (Ego).

As we conclude the nine sacred nights of Navratri, we witness the triumph of good over evil in the celebration of Vijayadashami or Dussehra. It symbolizes victory (Vijaya) over these ten wicked qualities. Like the sun that rises every day, reminding us that light will always conquer darkness, let us embrace this natural order and rejoice in the triumph of good over evil.

This moment is one of jubilation, where we honor the power of good, and the world witnesses its victory over the forces of darkness. May this joyous occasion bring success to your life, and may you overcome all evils with the grace of the divine. As we celebrate this occasion, let us wish our loved ones good health, happiness, and prosperity. Let us chant the mantras of

Jai Sri Ram
Bolo Siya pati ram Chandra bhagwan ki jai

Dharm ki vijay ho 🙏🏻
Adharm ka nash ho 🥊
Praniyo mai sadbhavna ho😇
Vishwa ka Kalyan ho🕉
Bolo shankar bhagwan ki Jai ❤️