“Yogis say that long hair draws more energy to the brain. They describe the body as an inverted tree of which the spine is the trunk, the nervous system the branches, and the hair the roots. This is why many yogis let their hair grow long.”
You may meditate on this interesting explanation by Yogananda: “The hair is more on the head because that is where the seat of energy is.
“Some yogis do not cut their hair but keep it long, to draw from the ether a greater quantity of cosmic rays. The reason for Samson’s having lost his superhuman strength when his hair was shorn by Delilah may well be that he had practiced certain yogic exercises that transform one’s hair into sensitive antennae to draw cosmic energy from the ether.”
To begin with, I have no knowledge of asanas, but let me relate it to any other divine subject. Whenever human will change any divine knowledge from its paramparic (traditional) ways to commercialization the results will be dangerous, i.e it will just become a futile exercise and the fruit will be very minimum.
Just think why Bhagavan shiv ji has bolted all the mantras and see how people and so-called gurus are distributing mantras in the public and virtual world. Now think the purpose of bolting all the mantras, only a true seeker can unbolt it that too by the grace of Bhagavan shiv ji.
The same is with astrology, there is a reason why paramparic astrology is rare to find. “Mantras are mere words if its not unbolted, astrology is just intellect if not paramparic and yoga is just an exersice”. We must do our job by putting seed in seekers for paramparic yogic practice. But at the same time, we must understand that people with a pure heart who are dedicated to these ancient methods can have blessings and grace on them, and such kind of humans are and always will be very few in numbers.
May the blessings of Bhagvan Shiv Ji shine upon you in your journey Om Namah Shivay
Yoga is definitely not what you want it to be, there is a specific prescribed path with rules and observances and various other guidelines. Yoga is a big part of Sanatan Dharm (what the west and modern people call the Hindu religion). There is a whole branch of dedicating oneself to God, called bhakti and it’s an integral part of yoga without which yoga just cant be yoga. Another 2nd important branch of yoga which is called karma yoga is based upon the morals and guidelines laid down in manu Shastra (read it). Then it’s Gyan/jnan yoga which is based upon all the holy books like Ved – Upanishad – Ramayan – Mahabharat – Holy Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.
Asans just make you healthy so that you can pursue the other higher goals of yoga- which is to connect to Bhagavan Vishnu Narayan Ji or Bhagavan Shiv Ji. Just by changing the perception about Yoga and view in its true essence, that Bhagavan Shiv Ji is considered as the giver of yoga to this world and later Bhagavan Krishna summarised the knowledge of yoga in the holy Shrimad Bhagavad Gita should end all disputes regarding this. But time and time again someone comes and tries to take this validation more like a factual statement out, take religion out of yoga and you’re left with an exercise regiment which is closer to gymnastics.
Most yogis become yogis to connect with Bhagavan Shiv Ji or Bhagavan Vishnu Narayan Ji (not the western and modern Instagram self-proclaimed yogis) Everything you do in yoga has the purpose to connect the human to the soul and then connect the soul to shiv consciousness, and the end goal is to liberate yourself and become free from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
Again we emphasize that the whole knowledge of yoga has been given to the world first by Bhavan Shiv Ji and then later summarized by Bhagavan Krishan Ji should end any doubt, this is why a yogi is given initiation by a guru and has to complete a mentorship program of 12 years which starts at Mauni Amavasya at Mahakumbh and not some 200 or 300 or 500-hour teacher training program. Yoga itself is a much larger term that can only be formulated with a combination of various elements and branches, asanas or Pranayam itself is not yoga, and yoga is not just asanas and Pranayam only. When you want to talk about your commercial interests what you should do, is mention asanas only because that would not come under religious or other guidelines.
“Cultural appropriation is a term that defines the adoption of a minority’s culture by the dominant culture. The dominant culture takes the minority’s culture, or a part of it, and makes it seem menial, without any of the significance that it was supposed to have.
Even though many people think that adopting aspects of another culture can be thought of as “sharing,” that doesn’t justify not respecting what that object means in the actual culture it was stolen from. And the reason it is so frustrating is that the dominant culture does not have to suffer any racism because of it. The argument that people are just “honoring” them is ridiculous because, at one time in history, the natives were considered filth and slaves as the hero of England douchelord Winston Churchill said.
Trying to adopt the Indian culture while not understanding the significance of that culture is wrong. It is important to think twice before wearing garments and practicing traditions of another culture; it is necessary to understand that these items can really mean something to the people of that culture and this must be respected and followed.” – Fatima Farha
When Swami Vivekananda, the man credited with bringing yoga to the West, said that all the mud on the bottom of the Indian Ocean could not balance the filth that had been thrown at India, it was not an exaggeration. In order to justify their colonization of India, the British employed racist and orientalist narratives that created a social, cultural, political, and religious hierarchy with European Christians on top, and Indian ‘heathens’ at the bottom. Years of political, cultural, and religious humiliation, and yet, what a day we live in, defending myself from a colonial hangover and clutches is called arrogance and judgment and ego…
Please spread the right and complete knowledge OM NAMAH SHIVAY
The chakras are beyond the physical body or the sthula sharira. They are part of the linga sharira. The energy field or emf encompassing the body. The linga sharira is a consequence of our absorption of light energy . We are nothing but energy. Some of it light energy ! Without the sun rays we are nothing. We can be bioluminescent as well. This is sensed not only by our eyes but the EMF emitted by our own brains! As we absorb the energy and transform it to suit different frequencies in the body we transform how we feel. Humans are very visual. We can see 3D in color naturally. Elephants, on the other hand, have better ears than eyes. They can hear us 3 KM away and smell us 10 km away. Due to the quantum nature of energy.
The mula is red in color. The R in VIBGYOR or the visible light spectrum or the Sa in the 7 notes in nada yoga. The ancients discovered how we are impacted by light and sound of different frequencies. The mula is red in color red has more energy than other colors and frequencies of vibrating photons. Red represents shakti or energy residing at the Muladhara. The note Sa is a vibrational energy that works on the Muladhara. The svadisthana chakra present below the navel is represented by Orange the color the O in VIBGYOR and is representative of the self. It is where the energy flows from. Thought may occur in the mind , it is talking to yourself. It can be tuned for neuro-linguistic programming! Anahata.! But the voice energy or ahata starts flowing from the svadisthana. Not from the brain. Something modern science is still discovering. With music, a focused mind, and controlled breath, the individual can, according to Nāda yoga, “listen in on” their own Anahata, their own “inner sound”, OM is pronounced as Aauuummmmm as ahata. But Om the Anahata version is the vibration of the universe. The primal energy! Something we feel 24/7. Without this vibrational energy, there would no be cell replication or reproduction or life as we know it! To concentrate on this inner sound as a support for meditation is very helpful to tame the mind, and when it has been clearly recognized, used for self-centeredness in outer life as well.
So the 7 chakras in the linga sharira corespond to lights of different color and sounds of diferent notes and frequencies representing the EMF or energy fields we create close to nerve plexus or ganglions or centers in the body where neurons from diferent areas of body converge around the meru dhandha or spinal chord. Charkras are not from the sthula sharira or gross body that we can see and feel , they are from the subtle or linga sharira , the temple of shiva, They can only be sensed by the energy waves or emf created by our brain which is an antena that receives energy and a transponder that radiates this energy. It is transcedant. Beyond the physical sense. Beyond our sense organs. It takes practice to develop this ability. We are so blinded by noise of the outside world and so immeresed in it we cannot sense the energy in selves. The ancients discovered that by focusing on certain colors and tunes we can transform the energy in the body. Like our guru shiva or neelakantha the blue throated one, blue standing for the color of the vishudda chakra. The color of truth, of creativity ,dance and art. Like shiva our guru of natya yoga, nada yoga, hatha yoga, mantra yoga and ayurveda. It is our shiva nature. formles and shapeless that can be impacted by the frequency and amplitude of the energy we can generate. IT IS THE SECRET.
3rd Solar Plexus
6th Third Eye
Glory to our ancestors who discovered these aphorisms of nature based on observation and experience. They did not use sthetoscopes or microscopes . They established this knowledge of tantra based on experience. Jai guru mahadeva. Shiva is our guru of tantra. The chakras are spirutal aids in the sadhana. It is the science of energy transformation. Kundalini ! Practice hatha yoga or mantra yoga. Discover the world within. The world of Parashakti , or radiant inner energy !
Devi asks: My lord “What is vibrational energy ? what are these vibrations? Where do they come from ? why should we be aware of this ? Shiva replies: “My deartest one , they are the kind that meditation or mantras generate everywhere . light heat and sound are the result of vibrational energy. These vibrations are the kind that resonates with the vibrations of nature. Devi asks lord shiva : my lord ” Energy flows where attention goes” what is the significance ? Shiva answers: Devi , it is about the universal polarities of the univers. positive and negative. opposites attract. it is the nature of energy. If your attention is not here it is elsewhere. chasing her. instead we have to withdraw into the self. Through our sense organs. withdrawal of the senses , from the dynamic shakti to shiva the static . opposites attracting. from negative to positive. it is through the vibrations we create. IT is the product of human imagination . there are many techniques. From the form to the formless. From shakti to shiva. freedom from our own thoughts. look inside.
Nikola Tesla observed that the universe is a sea of energy. Today, physicists know that matter is a form of energy, vibrating at different frequencies. Energy comprises 98% of the Universe and “matter” only 2%. We live in a universe of spiritual, psychic, and physical energy by virtue of which all living things exist through their ability to transmute this universal energy into something individual. We become endowed with the ability to transmit our own energy field, our individual unit of power.
Humans are energy transformers; we are alive and developing in proportion to how much of this universal energy we accept and how freely it flows through us. The better we transmit this energy or allow it to flow through us, the higher grade we occupy; the more alive and contented and effective we become. it has to be experienced. we too have to understand how to harness this universal energy from which we come from. Formless and shapeless. Nirakar. Nirgun, the infinite. The pure unconditioned energy !Source:
MahaShivratri, it is one of the holiest days for the universe. Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night /14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. It is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers,Vrat (fasting), doing Yoga and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, Satya (honesty), Ahimsa (non injury to others), forgiveness and the discovery of Shiva. The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to Jyotirlingams. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown.
Bhagvan Shiv ji besides being the god to whom other gods pray to is also seen as the first yogi or ādiyogi and the first guru or ādiguru. Many thousand years ago, on the banks of lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, ādiyogi poured his profound knowledge into the legendary saptrishis also known as cosmic saptarishis or “seven sages”. These sages carried this powerful message of Yoga to different parts of the world including Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America.
As time passed by, many yugas came and passed by, knowledge diluted and in some cases was lost. Evenually Bhagvan Krishna came and gave a perfected translation in his sermon to arjun which was narrated by Sanjay to Bhagvan Ved Vyas and passed to us in the form of the holy Shrimad Bhagvad Gita which explains every deep aspect of oga holistically, therefore Bhagvan Krishna came to be known as Yogeshwar.
We have to fast, no solid foods only water. The ardent devotees keep awake all night. You could also chant OM NAMAH SHIVAY all night with fasting and breaking the fast in the next morning (Tuesday) with fruits and milk or water. Give yourself to Mahadev, your unconditional love to Mahadev and Surrender to the creator and dissolver of this universe and become a part of source.
This is the concept of neti or reduction or elimination. People complaining of back ache are accumulating too much stress in their backs. They do not have any idea of how to free this stress.
Neti is adishankaras favorite buzzword, It means to reduce or eliminate. Not only in terms of diet or intermittent fasting affecting physical body it also defines the mind that can silence the bad thoughts and go towards the pure thought or silence or nothingness or shiva neti neti neti . not this not that., towards the pure truth. Neti means elimination not accumulation. we have to learn what this means in the sadhana. Discover thy self.
The glory of Shiva is beyond the beginning, the middle and the end of time. Since the time of the Vedas, Shiva temples became famous and the delightful glory of Shiva came into existence as “jyotirlingas” (symbols or “marks” of Divine light) and have been worshipped.
The meaning of the entire worship of Shiva and the essence of the Shiva Purana is that in all living and non-living entities, Ishwara is present as the all-pervading spirit in soul form and that the Infinite power of God is One. He is formless and is beyond all forms.
The form of the Shiva lingam is the light of millions of suns in a natural state. Since time immemorial, both in India and around the world, the worship of Shiva has been performed.
Bhagwan Sri Rama who lived over 1.75 million years ago established many Shiva lingams and worshipped Lord Shiva.
In Egypt, where one of their ancient deities was named “Isis”, Shiva was also worshipped on the banks of the River Nile. The Mesopotamian peoples also worshipped Shiva as Ishwara.
The Indian sages spent years in the forest doing severe austerities to increase their knowledge and brilliance to integrate the grace of Parameshwara and become enlightened beings. On the sacred day of Maha Shivaratri, Shiva’s brilliance comes into existence as infinite brightness. And devotees fast the entire day and stay awake the entire night of Shivaratri worshipping Lord Shiva, their bad karma is abolished and they gain knowledge and salvation.
We all know India is the land of sadhus, or what are commonly known as sages or mendicants. In Hinduism, a sādhu (Sanskrit sādhu, “holy man”) is a religious ascetic or holy person. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. The sadhu way of life can take a variety of forms. Sadhus may live together in monasteries or isolate themselves in small huts or caves, but many wander throughout the country alone or in small groups. Sadhus, the dreadlocked holy men usually seen lurking around Hindu temples, are essentially an Indian phenomenon. However, Nepal is also one of their favourite stomping grounds. Sadhus are especially common at Pashupatinath temple which is rated as one of the subcontinent’s four most important Shaiva pilgrimage sites. During the festival of ShivaRatri, Pashupatinath hosts a full-scale sadhu convention, with the government laying on free firewood for the festival.
In India, Sadhus generally congregate on important religious occasions, such as lunar eclipses or melas (fairs), and are found in large numbers in sacred cities such as Varanasi (Benares) and Haridwar, India. Their dress and ornaments differ according to their sect but they usually wear yellow/orange robes. They allow their hair to lie matted on their shoulders, or twist it in a knot on top of their heads. Shaiva sadhus follow Shiva in one of his best-loved and most enigmatic guises: the wild, dishevelled yogi, the master of yoga, who sits motionless atop a Himalayan peak for aeons at a time and whose hair is the source of the mighty Ganga river.
Traditionally, sadhus live solitary lives. They smear themselves with ashes, symbolising Shiva’s role as the destroyer, who reduces all things to ash so that creation can begin anew. Their foreheads are usually painted and they employ scores of tikka patterns. Sadhus generally take vows of poverty and celibacy and depend on the charity of householders for their food. Sadhus usually have only the possessions they carry with them: a danda, a waterpot (kamandalu), an alms bowl, a rosary, and perhaps an extra cloth or a fire tong. However modern Sadhus often travel, mix with all kinds of people and sometimes they act like they are the king of all reality. Modern sadhu keeps handy a phone, flashlights, shoes, wallet and sometimes even a laptop or iPad…
In antiquated Hindu society, rudraksh is connected with the tears of Bhagavan Shiv ji, (Rudra + aksa). You must’ve seen numerous yogis, sages, babes, and babes wearing rudraksh. Its a mala as well as its entire power field of vitality, it’s not just a style embellishment but as well as an assistant to the spirit, paying little heed to your motivations to wear the rudraksh, there are particular Rules to Wear and if not remembered the rudraksh can bring about genuine harm to your prosperity.
Normally the dots of Rudraksha are hung together as a mālā. Customarily, it is trusted that the quantity of dots utilized ought to be 108 in addition to one. The additional dab is the bindu or “guru dab”. On the off chance that the mālā does not have a bindu, the vitality is said to end up recurrent and wearers who are touchy may get to be unsteady.
At the point when the dots are hung, it is prudent to do as such with either a silk or a cotton string. It is then encouraged to change the string at regular intervals to keep it from snapping and the 109 globules from disseminating. The Rudraksha mālā may likewise be hung with either copper, silver or gold, commonly by a diamond setter. A typical issue with mālās set up with such metals is the mālā being tied too firmly. This may bring about the internal parts of the Rudraksha seeds splitting and disintegrating from intemperate weight. Along these lines, it is important to guarantee that the mālā is tied freely.
Somebody who truly wants to leave undesirable propensities and carry on with an existence of virtue can wear Rudraksh’s and may get themselves free not long after in the wake of wearing it . This has happened to numerous. It might transpire likewise, on the off chance that you will unequivocally. Rudraksh force is more than any jewels, yantra, tantra, mantra and Jantra. By and large the wearer and the admirer of Rudraksh is honored with flourishing, peace and wellbeing. However there are sure safeguards to be taken to keep away from the addition of sins. These safety measures are, for example:-
Rudraksh must be worn after Sidhhi (method of purification & charging with Mantra), performing the prayers and ritual rites for its sanctification and Hawan, etc. It should be worn on auspicious day, Monday or Thursday. Rudraksh Mantra and Rudraksh Origin Mantra is to be chanted daily 9 times while wearing in the morning and after removing before going to bed. Rudraksh must be removed before going to sleep and must be kept at the puja place.)
Rudraksha, being organic, is preferably worn in ways that do not involve metal
Rudraksh can be worn in the morning after having a Bath. It can be worn after reciting the mantra as above and incense/ ghee lamp etc must be used. It must not be touched before bathing. One should clean his hands properly after using the toilet.
The wearer of the Rudraksh should not eat non-vegetarian food and should not take alcohol. He should speak truth always and must go to Lord Shiva temple for his blessings.
Rudraksha must not be taken to the cremation grounds and funerals. Also, it must not be taken to the place while visiting a newborn baby.
NEVER wear the Rudraksh while having sex.
WOMEN must not wear the Rudraksh during their menstrual cycle.
ALWAYS keep your Rudraksh clean. Dust and dirt can settle in the pores of the bead. Clean these as frequently as possible with something with soft, fine bristles. If the thread becomes dirty or worn out, change it. After cleaning, wash your Rudraksh with some blessed holy water. This helps maintain its sanctity.
ALWAYS keep the Rudraksh oiled… After regular cleaning, oil the bead and treat it with incense. This is of UTMOST importance. especially when not using the bead for sometime, or storing it for a while.
Many get confused with the shape and size. One should not seriously worry about it. Just see that the Mukhi is well defined, corns and contours are natural, and there are no cracks near the central hole. Normally the buyer gets a feel when Rudraksh is kept in the palm. He/She feels that this is the one which was wanted.
Rudraksh is hot in nature. Some people just can’t wear it. Their skin shows signs of allergy. They can never wear any gold, silver, or thread chain. So better not to use it. Keeps the beads in the Puja room and offer daily prayers.