स्त्री

“स्त्री”

कोणतीही वाईट गोष्ट किंवा अन्याय हा हजारो वर्ष चालत आला की अक्षरशः रक्तात, पेशिपेशित आणि मानसिकतेत घुसतो. मग ती एक नैसर्गिक प्रक्रिया होत जाते. मग ते अन्याय आणि चुकीच्या गोष्टी देखील गोड आणि चांगल्या वाटत जातात.
ज्या स्त्रिया अजून स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या नाहीत किंवा शिकलेल्या नाहीत त्यांची गोष्ट सोडा पण आज ज्या करोडो स्त्रिया नोकरी करतात स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या आहेत. त्यांचेच उदाहरण देतो.
1. अगदी सुरवातीच्या काळात कोणत्या मुलीला हे आवडले असेल की आपले नाव लग्नानंतर बदलले जावे? आपले आडनाव बदलले जावे? ज्या बाळाला आपण 9 महिने पोटात ठेवले त्याला फक्त बापाचे नाव लावले जावे?
हजारो वर्षांपूर्वी जेव्हा या गोष्टी सुरू झाल्या तेव्हा किती प्रचंड त्रास झालं असेल. त्यात जबरदस्ती झाली असेल. पण अगदी 10 ते 20 वर्षांपूर्वी आणि अजून देखील ही गोष्ट इतक्या सहजपणे आणि इतक्या खुशीने आणि आनंदाने ही गोष्ट घेतली जाते. हल्ली बऱ्याच मुली लग्ना नंतर नाव बदलत नाहीत हा बदल होतोय. पण खूप कमी आहे. बऱ्याच मुली लग्ना नंतर माहेरचे आणि सासरचे दोन्ही आडनाव सोशल मीडिया वर लावतात. कोणता मुलगा किंवा पुरुष असे करताना दिसला का? आत्ता आत्ता प्रत्येक फॉर्म मध्ये आईचे नाव लिहायची सोय आली. पण हे देखील फक्त फॉर्मवर. 20 एक वर्ष आधी पर्यंत असे काहीही नवते. परंतु आज देखील कोणत्याही मुलाला नाव विचारले की स्वतःचे नाव मग बापाचे नाव आणि मग आडनाव असेच सांगितले जाते.
त्यामुळे आज काल शिकल्या सावरलेल्या मुली, स्वतःला स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या समजत असलेल्या मुली देखील वरील सांगितलेल्या गोष्टी सर्रास करतात.
किती अश्या मुली माहित आहेत ज्या नाव बदलत नाहीत? आडनाव देखील बदलत नाहीत? ज्या लग्न नंतर आपले पासपोर्ट किंवा अन्य कागदपत्रात नाव आडनाव तेच ठेवतात? हातावर मोजण्याइतकेच असतील.
2. कोणत्या माणसाला असे वाटेल की आपल्या पार्टनर ल आपल्या शिवाय अजून पण कोणी पार्टनर असावा?आपल्या नवऱ्याला आपल्याशिवाय 2 बायका असाव्यात?
पण कैक धर्मात असेच चालू होते. अजून देखील सर्रास चालू आहे. महाभारतात द्रौपदीने 5 नवरे केले तर तिला वेश्यां ठरवले गेले ते पण भर दरबारात.
अजून देखील काही धर्मांमध्ये आपला नवरा अजून बायका आणेल ही गोष्ट सहज मानली आहे ,
कारण अन्याय हा पेशीपेशित भिनलेला आहे. स्वीकारला गेलेला आहे.
आणि जेव्हा याच्या विरूध्द काही घडते मग मात्र पुरुष समाज बिथरतो. धर्म बिठरतों.
मग ते सावित्री बाई फुले, रमा रानडे यांनी चालू केलेले पाहिले स्त्री शिक्षण असो किंवा तीन तलाक चा कायद्यावर बंदी आणणे असो.

वेद हे साधारण 10 एक हजार वर्षांपूर्वी किंवा त्या आधी लिहिल्याचे सांगितले जाते. वेद लिहिणे किंवा त्यांची रचना करणे यामध्ये मैत्रेयी, गार्गी अश्या अत्यंत विद्वान अश्या स्त्रियांचा देखील समावेश होता.
एका काळापर्यंत समाज हा मातृप्रधान अथवा स्त्रीप्रधान होता. त्या काळात पुरुषांवर अत्याचार झाले असे ऐकिवात येत नाही. कारण स्त्रीचा स्वभाव निसर्गतः आईचा असतो.
नंतर हा समाज पुरुष प्रधान झाला, सत्तेच्या आणि ताकदीच्या जोरावर.
समाज ही एक सतत बदलत राहणारी गोष्ट आहे. परंतु ही पुरुषप्रधान संस्कृती इतकी जास्त काळ चालू राहिली आहे.
फक्त भारतातच नाही तर जवळपास सगळ्या जगात. इजिप्त च इतिहास, रोम च इतिहास , कोणत्याही धर्माचा अभ्यास करा. स्त्री ल दुय्यम दर्जा दिलेला आहे नेहमी.
महाभारत , रामायण या काळात तर स्त्री जशी वागवली गेली तशीच किंवा त्याहून जास्त वाईट रित्या 1960 ते 70 पर्यंत परिस्थिती होती.

आत्ता आत्ता जाऊन गोष्टी हळू हळू बदलत चालल्या आहेत. आणि आता अजून खूप बदलतील. “आज कालच्या मुलींना असला माज आला आहे, स्वतःला जास्त शहाण्या समजतात”. असं वाक्य खूपवेळा ऐकू येते. लोकांना नावीन्य स्वीकारायला वेळ लागतो. दोन्ही बाजूच्या लोकांना, जे स्वतः बदलत असतात त्यांना देखील व जे बदल बघत असतात त्यांना देखील. ज्या स्त्रियांना गेली हजारो वर्षे घरात डांबून , नाही नाही ते धार्मिक अन सामाजिक नियम घालून त्यांना ज्या पद्धतीने वागणूक दिली आहे त्याचे अजून काय परिणाम असणार?
कोणतीही गोष्ट अत्यंतिक प्रेशर खाली दाबून ठेवली आणि प्रेशर काढले की ती गोष्ट उसळी मारणारच. ही नॉर्मल होण्याच्या प्रक्रियेतील पहिली पायरी आहे.

आज करोडो स्त्रिया नोकरी करतायत. स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या आहेत.
अजून खूप काही बदल होणे अपेक्षित आहेत. सामाजिक आणि धार्मिक स्तरांवर. स्त्री किंवा मादी या बद्दल माझ्या मनात खूप काही शंका देखील आहेत. पण आज ते विचारायची वेळ नाही नंतर कधीतरी.
पण तरीदेखील माझे प्रामाणिक मत हेच आहे. स्त्री ही अत्यंत खंबीर, कणखर आणि मानसिक दृष्ट्या पुरुषापेक्षा जबरदस्त ताकदवान अशी आहे. स्त्री ही बायको बहीण मैत्रीण काहीही असली तरी ती निसर्गतः आईच असते. प्रत्येकाची. आश्या प्रत्येक स्त्रीला ज्यांना मी ओळखतो किंवा ओळखत नाही त्यांना, आजच्या जागतिक स्त्री दिनी माझे अत्यंत आदरपूर्वक व भावपूर्ण नमन.

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What is Brahmin? ब्राह्मण म्हणजे काय?

ब्राह्मण म्हणजे काय? 

हे फक्त अश्या लोकांनी वाचावे ज्यांना खरोखर खूप खोल वर विचार करता येणे शक्य आहे. 

आज माझ्या सर्टिफिकेट वर ब्राह्मण हा शिक्का आहे. मला पण लहानपणी वाटायचे की ब्राह्मण आहोत आपण. आणि अभिमान देखील होता. तसेच प्रत्येक माणसाला त्याच्या जातीचा अभिमान असणे साहजिक आहे. आता जातीं मध्ये देखील खूप पोट प्रकार आहेत. ते सध्या बाजूस ठेवू. 

मी मोठा होत गेलो तसे स्वतः विचार करू लागलो, की नक्की काय आहोत आपण. पुस्तके वाचत गेलो त्यातून निरनिराळी मते वाचली. मी माझे मत हळूहळू बनवायला लागलो. विचार करून 

मुळात ब्राह्मण, क्षत्रिय, वैश्य आणि शूद्र हे प्रकार का आले? त्याचे अर्थ काय? 

मला बाकीचे माहीत नाही पण ब्राह्मण या शब्द बद्दल मे बोलू शकतो. करण हा शब्द मला जन्मापासून चिकटवलेला आहे. आणि हा शब्द खूपदा वाचनात देखील आला 

मी या शब्दाचा मला समजला अर्थ मांडायचा प्रयत्न करणार आहे. त्यासाठी खलील काही गोष्टी समजून घेणे फार महत्वाचे आहे 

वेद उपनिषद यांमध्ये ब्रह्मन् हा शब्द खूपदा आलेला आहे. मुखत: अद्वैत वेदांत आणि मांडुक उपनिषद हे ब्रह्मन् हा शब्द खूप वेळा वापरते. ब्रह्मन् या शब्दाचा अर्थ प्रत्यक्ष ब्रह्म किंवा परमेश्वर याला उद्देशून वापरला आहे संतांनी सोप्या शब्दात परमेश्वर किंवा मी समजवायचा प्रयत्न केला.असे सांगून की परमेश्वर चराचरात आहे.आपण जर खोलात जाऊन वेदांत काय सांगतो हे पाहू. आपण आजचा समाज बुद्धिजीवी आहोत 

खाली दिलेली अद्वैत वेदांत ने सांगितलेलीमीची व्याख्या नीट वाचा. फार confusing आहे ती

मी स्वतः जो या देहात बसलेला आहे. जो हा देह चालवतो. पण मी म्हणजे कोण? 

जो हा देह नाही. मन नाही, बुद्धी नाही, काहीच नाही असे पण नाही. असा असलेला जो कोणी आहे तो म्हणजे खरा मी 

ते तत्व सगळ्यांच्यात आणि सगळ्या चराचारात आहे तेच. पण हा मी कोणालाच समजत नाही आणि जाणून देखील घेता येत नाही

कारण ज्याला आपण physically experience करू शकत नाही ते आपण कसे मानणार?

जी गोष्ट आपले मन देखील नाही त्याला कसे imagine करणार?

जी गोष्ट आपली बुद्धी देखील नाही त्या बद्दलचे ज्ञान कसे मिळवणार? 

कोणी म्हणेल मग हामीअसे काही असतो का खरोखर 

हो असतो. कारण आपल्याला ही जाणीव असते की मी आहे. माझा हात तुटला किंवा पाय तुटला तर आपण काय म्हणू? की माझा हात तुटला. म्हणजे जोपर्यंत तो हात या शरीराला जोडून होता तोपर्यंत मे त्याला मीच समजत होतो. आता तो बाजूला आहे म्हणजे मी त्याला माझा हात असे म्हणतोय. म्हणजेच तो हात म्हणजे मी नव्हे

आत्ता पर्यंत मे जो शर्ट घातला होता तोपर्यंत मी त्या शर्टाला पकडून मी असा स्वतःचा उल्लेख करतो. पण जेव्हा मी शर्ट काढून बाजूला ठेवतो तेव्हा तो शर्ट वेगळा आणि मी वेगळा हे मला कळते. तसेच शरीर मन बुद्धी एक एक बाजूला करत जायला माणूस शिकेल तसे त्याला हे कळत  जाते की मी म्हणजे शरीर नव्हे, मन नव्हे आणि बुद्धी देखील नाही. 

मी आपण सतत अनुभवत असतोच.उदाहरण द्येयचे झाले तर अगदी छान उदाहरण आहे माझ्याकडे मे स्वतः तयार केलेले

आपण आपल्या डोळ्यांनी सगळे जग बघतो. पण आपण स्वतःचा चेहरा कधीही आयुष्यात प्रत्यक्ष बघू शकत नाही. मीप्रत्यक्षहा शब्द वापरला आहे हे लक्षात घ्या. मी माझा चेहरा कधीच पाहू शकत नाही. हो आरसा किंवा काही गोष्टीत आपण आपल्या चेहऱ्याचे प्रतिबिंब बघतो. पण ते प्रतिबिंब असते. प्रत्यक्ष मी नसतो. जसा आरसा असेल तसे ते प्रतिबिंब दिसेल. पण स्वतःच्या डोळ्यांनी स्वतःचा चेहरा बघणे शक्यच नाहीये. म्हणजेच स्वतःला direct आपण कधीच बघू शकणार नाही 

पण याचा अर्थ असा आहे का की मला चेहरा नाहीच आहे? आपल्याला चेहरा आहे याची जाणीव आपल्याला 100 टक्के असते. पण आपण तो बघू शकत नाही. Exactly तसेचमीजो कोणी आहे त्याचे वर्णन करता येईल. की तो  “मीआहे हि जाणीव आपल्याला 24 तास असते. पण जागे असताना आपण स्वतःच्या शरीराला आपण मी असे समजतो. झोपलेले असताना स्वतःच्या स्वप्नात जो कोणी असतो म्हणजेच मनाला मी असे समजतो. तर गाढ झोपेमध्ये ज्याला deep sleep म्हणतात तेथे तर काहीही नसून देखील मी हा असतोच.

जसे मला चेहरा बघता येत नसताना देखील हा दृढ विश्वास असतो, ही जाणीव असते की मला चेहरा आहे. फक्त मे तो पाहू शकत नहीये पण मला जाणीव आणि खात्री आहे की मला चेहरा आहे.

 तीच जाणीवमीची असते. तो हा दिसणारा , जाणवणारा मी म्हणजे ब्रह्मन्. त्याची जाणीव ज्या व्यक्तीला सतत असते त्याला हे देखील कळलेले असते की हाच मी सर्वत्र आहे. 24 तास ही जाणीव असणे हेच खरे आत्मज्ञान. आणि ते मिळवणारा खरा ब्राह्मण. 

तर या मी ला जाणून घेणेअहंब्राह्मस्मि किंवा तत्वामसी किंवा सोSहम म्हणजेच प्रत्यक्ष ब्रह्म (ब्रह्मन्) आणि परमेश्वर मीच आहे. हे ओळखणे या मार्गावर चालणाऱ्या माणसाला ब्राह्मण म्हंटले जाते 

परमेश्वर किंवा स्वत्व याचा साक्षात्कार होण्यासाठी देव देवता यज्ञ याग जात धर्म याची खर तर कसलीच गरज नसते. तर स्वतःचे आकलन करत जाणे याची गरज असते. नास्तिकातला नास्तिक देखील ते मिळवू शकतो असेच मांडुकोपनिषद सांगते. 

आणि यासाठी देवाला मानले पाहिजे असेही नाहीये ही याची खासियत आहे. खास करून नास्तिक लोकांचा विचारच यात केला गेला आहे. स्वतःची ओळख करून घेणे हे महत्वाचे, देव माना अथवा मानू नका. पण स्वरूप अनुभवा. हेच अद्वैत वेदांत सांगतो. 

तर अश्या प्रकारे ब्रह्मन् ची ओळख करून घेणारा ब्राह्मण असतो. जन्माने कोणीही ब्राह्मण होत नाही 

मी स्वतःला ब्राह्मण मानत नाही आणि फक्त माणूस अशी जात मला लिहिता येत नाही ते सुद्धा कायद्याच्या कमतरतेमुळे 

ज्या दिवशी मी त्या रस्त्यावर असेन जेथे मलामीकाय ते ओळखायचं त्या दिवशी मी ब्राह्मण असेन. आणि ते देखील मला ब्राह्मण बोलणारे हे लोक असतील कारण मला स्वतःला त्या गोष्टी बद्दल ना आस्था असेल ना महत्व की मला काय म्हणून ओळ्खतायत. 

माझ्या मते आणि वेदांतच्या मते देखील संत ज्ञानेश्वर, तुकाराम , नामदेव, स्वामी विवेकानंद , बुद्धकबीर, रुमी, सुलतान बहू, राम, कृष्ण, बुल्लह शाह हे खरे ब्राह्मण. आपण त्यांना केवळ ते कोणत्या जातीत जन्माला आले त्या जातीवरून ओळखायचं बघतो. 

जो कोणीही माणूस म्हणून जन्माला आला आणि ज्याने कर्मयोग, ज्ञानयोग, भक्तियोग किंवा कोणत्याही मार्गाने स्वतःला जाणून घ्येयला प्रयत्न केलेला असा  प्रत्येक जण ब्राह्मण आहे

त्यामुळेच विश्वामित्र हे जन्माने क्षत्रिय असून, वाल्या कोळी हा इतर जातीचा असून, त्यांना ब्राह्मण हे पद मिळाले. 

केवळ ब्राह्मण आडनाव असलेल्या घरात जन्माला आलेला कधीच ब्राह्मण नसतो. केवळ व्यर्थ अभिमान असतो. 

प्रत्येकाने जर खरच प्रामाणिक प्रयत्न केला तर atleast आपण खरच काय आहोत याची जाणीव तरी होईल. अगदीच काही नाही तर खोटे अहंकार गळून पडतील. 

मी आत्ता तरी केवळ एक माणूस आहे. आणि जवळपास आजूबाजूला असलेले सगळे जण. पण कधीतरी ब्राह्मण बनेन आणि प्रत्येकाचा स्वतःला या level जा जाणे हा मूलभूत अधिकार आहे. कारण प्रत्येकात तोच ब्रह्मन् निवास करतो, तेच तत्व निवास करते. ज्या प्रमाणे घरातील इलेक्ट्रिसिटी ही एकच असते पण ती दृश्यमान होते ती कधी बल्ब च्या रुपात म्हणजे प्रकाशाच्या रुपात, कधी फॅन च्या रुपात म्हणजे हवेच्या रुपात आणि कधी हीट च्या रुपात. पण सगळ्यामध्ये तीच electricity तोच करंट खेळत असतो. अगदी तसेच आहे सगळे आपण पण.

आणि एकदा ही जाणीव झाली की मीच सगळे आहे तर मी कसा कोणाचा द्वेष करू शकेन, कसे कोणाचे वाईट करू शकेन? 

मला आशा आहे मी प्रयत्न केलाय जास्तीत जास्त सोपे लिहायचा. काही लिहिन्यातल्या त्रुटींमुळे समजले नसल्यास माफी असावी.

 Mayur The Lone Wolf

The Reality-4

Please do read the previous blogs regaring reality so it would be better in understanding this blog.

The Reality-1

The Reality-2

The Reality-3

We have talked about different types of realities and how it is linked with our suffering or happiness both. We talked about the higher level of realities means the enlightenment, where person achieves those realities or dimensions, where he can get rid of the suffering and pain and even from the pleasure. Basically going beyond the duality.

So how to achieve this higher Reality?

There are different ways to achieve it. There are so many paths. Like dhyan yoga, karmyoga, devotion, hath yoga. But we forget the most straightforward and direct path, which is to ask question “what am I?” All these paths mentioned above also root down to the same question. But there are many diversions, processes, achievements and failures, while walking those paths.

But the path of questioning ourselves that what am I? Is most straight forward. There is no magic, no hard work, no limitations, no belief system, no religion, no God and Goddesses. It’s a path of seeking, where we keep asking the questions. Where we are open to every new idea, new questions and answers.

So I will try to Generalis this route. There are mainly 3 stages of it.

1. Shravan (listening)

Where a person listens to the scriptures. Where person tries to know about the different dimensions and try to understand what am I? This listening is always benificial when it is from the experienced person called as Guru. Guru’s task is to just tell you whatever he can. To guide you without expectations from ou. You have to listen it with full absorption. You have to grasp it with the brain and intellectual. So till now it’s a theory for us. Where we try to analyse the different dimensions and how am I different from everything we experience. Where our brain tries to understand or make anologies which is kind of beyond every sense. Where you try to understand and ask as many as question about who am I. May be every answer will not satisfy you. But atleast you get some theoretical answer from the experienced person.

here I want to make one thing clear in between the real Guru and other fake entities to call themselves as guru or aster.

The most important difference in between the real Guru and other religious priests or so called intellectuals and scholars is that, the Guru never expect anything from you. H(S)e will never bound you with any kind of rules and regulations. But h(S)e is always ready to help you out. Even if you leave him/her, h(S)e won’t take it in a negative way. Real Guru gives you full freedom to nurture yourself. Because h(S)e himself is the enlightened entity he acts like that.

Then the second stage comes.

Manan: ( thinking deep about whatever you have listened).

This stage we can call as a meditation as well. Where we are processing data in your mind. With full focus and concentration. We try to experience whatever we listened. We try to go deeper and deeper inside us. Where mostly we start realising things sooner or later depends on person to person. We actually try to digest whatever we have listened from our Guru.

Aaj person is going deep down to find himself, he might experience so many hidden good and bad about him as a mind. At this stage a person starts getting stable with focus.

Then automatically the third stage begins.

Nidhidhyas: (continuous reminding experiencing) the fact about my true nature, which is divine. )

Nidhi mean continuous and dhyasa means being behind the motive. So it is like thinking and behaving continuously for the goal.

In Marathi language it is also called as taildharawat (तैलधारावत). That means, when you pour the oil into something, the oil keeps falling in other vessel continuously without disturbance, in a continuous stream.

So here a person continuously starts thinking and realising that he is the divine one. Even though he is active in the day to day life, his focus on the self realisation doesn’t get disturbed as it used to be. Most of the time he cam do his everyday jobs effortlessly and he can focus on his meditation at the same time.

Many times he may get defocused but the task of the person is to take ifocus back on himself. That’s why it is called as the Nididhyasa.

So these are the three steps to have the self-realization very easily and in very direct way.

Now the question arises if it is really very direct and simple way then why doesn’t everyone get it? Why people struggle even on this path?

First we need to understand one thing that one should have really have a passion to realise the higher reality. Most of the people follow the path for just a intellectual adventure and then leave in between. That’s why very few get till the end of the race.

The second reason is there are some milestones where everyone needs to take care of something. Which are the kind of hurdles.

So what are those hurdles? Because this hurdles are created by mind and intellectual. as well as some part of it is because of some external conditions.

so we will try to analyse what are those hurdles in the next blog. How to tackle them is very important.

Till the time just keep asking yourself only one question “what I am I?” Just close your eyes and try to find out that I. Which is neither the body nor mind nor intellectual. I am sure even a one minute time is sufficient to realise the part of divinity in yourself.

The Lone wolf.

The Reality:- 3

You must read the The Reality-1 and The Reality-2 to understand this further explanation.

In the The Reality-1 we saw the types of realities according to the Upanishads.

In The Reality-2 blog we saw the 3rd reality means the enlightenment state in little depth. We tried to learn, what is Brahman?

In this blog we will try to understand what are the steps to know this brahmin and self. the steps to wake up from the day today reality into the enlightenment state.

so here we will brush up again some things.

What is the most profound statement of Advait Vedanta?

I am Brahmin.

So here two questions arises.

  • What am I?
  • What is Brahmin?

So lets ask yourself.

There is a beautiful statement in Vedanta:
I am not what is experienced but I am the one who experiences it.

to understand it we will see some part again in little depth.

  1. Are you this body? Physical body?

You may say , yes I am.

Ok then, so you mean to say right now your right hand Is also you.

Suppose If we cut you right hand (just for imagination, I am not that cruel yet …), what will you say?

Is it still you? You will say that my right hand is laying there. But it will be your hand not you, yourself.

You are still there even your hand has gone. Like this, if we remove most of the organs, still you will be there (obviously in worst pain and cursing me for it). And the point will come where it will be your body lying somewhere and you are observing it. Which means a dead body without you inside it. What does that mean?

Its simple.
I AM NOT THE BODY.

2. Are you the mind? Your emotions?

You will say yes.

Ok let’s accept you are your mind.

Have you observed that your mind runs so freely all the time? When you sleep in the dream state you feel that you are in the dream itself.

When you wake up your world is changed totally. So is it really you? At the same time you know you can control your mind.

Isn’t it a obvious statement which says you can control your mind, means you and your mind are different things. You are something above the mind.

So when we go to that depth then we understand one thing.
I AM NOT MIND OR EMOTIONS

3. Are you the Intellect?

We claim or say or do everything in our life what our intellect command us. Even when I say that “I am Mayur”, that means its my knowledge. My name is Mayur, and having knowledge about it is my intellect. So almost everything we do in our life is only because of our intellect.

But a point when we are in the deep sleep. At that time nothing exists, neither any knowledge about self, or others or even dream state. For those moments we are like a dead person. But still something exists there which is silently observing that state as well. But it is not intellect.

So Intellect is a very deep identity of myself but we can say that I AM NOT INTELLECT either.

So exactly what am I? which is not my body, mind or intellect.

Vedanta says brahmin is the same. According to Vedanta brahmin is the one Which cannot be experienced.

So obviously according to Advait Vedanta, Brahmin is a state is which is beyond explanation. It is a state of just being and bliss which cannot be explained.

Then the obvious question would come like, how can we believe that such thing does even exist?

If the Brahmin is beyond the senses of physical body, beyond the imagination of the mind and beyond the knowledge of intellectual then how to realise it?

So how can one experience which is beyond experience of physical sense , emotional or mental sense or even intellectual sense? To experience that bliss. That permanent being.

The Advaita Vedanta says one cannot know the real Brahmin or himself as the divine because of ignorance. And what is the ignorance? The ignorance of self. As most of the human being identify themselves as either human body or mind or intellectual. The Brahmin is beyond all this.

Now the most confusing statements will come here so try to read it very slowly by understanding the meaning of each statement.

Advait Vedanta says you always have realisation of yourself. How?

Because we always know I do exist, Whether I am in a dream state or awakens state or deep sleep state. Just we don’t try to feel it. What does that exactly means?

I will try to give a simple example what we face everyday. We look at the other people, we look at all the objects around us. But have you seen your own eyes or your own face? no I am not talking about the face you look into the mirror for any kind of reflective surface. I am talking about directly looking into your eyes for your face. It’s impossible. Whatever you do, you are not capable to look at our own face directly. Does it mean that you don’t have eyes or face? No. You have a face.

Even though we don’t have the direct experience of the eyes or our face but we have always realisation that I have eyes and I have a face. This is the realisation of the fact.

if you correlate this example with the Brahmin or the soul or divine yourself, You will realise that you do exist always irrespective of your body, mind or intellectual.

That is why Swami Vivekananda used to say that I feel so sad because you cannot understand what you are.

so this is the first step to acknowledge and repeat yourself that I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am not the intellectual, I am not the sufferer, but I am the Brahman who do exists permanently. And repeating this continuously will lead you to the real realisation of yourself.

then the automatic question will arise that is this theoretical knowledge sufficient to realise what I am? Will it give realisation as well?

Asking the question daily about “What am I? “ is the start of the journey towards inward. To know ourselves, to get escape from all the suffering and pain and even happiness. Towards Bliss. Which is the true nature of self. Understanding it deeply most of the time in the day to day life we will start realising things.

How to make all these practices profound and flawless also has techniques.

The steps towards the realisation are

        1. Shravan (listening as exact translation, but it means collecting knowledge by listening or reading the texts from self realised people or gurus and masters.)
        2. Manan ( thinking about it deeply)
        3. Nididhyasa (trying realizing those words what your mind has accepted by now.)

I will try to explain these 3 main things in the next part of Reality:4.

what are the difficulties or questions one may ask while doing above things. There might be many doubts while walking this path. So will mainly discuss the process of walking down this path.

Till the time let’s start with the very basic thing by asking a most profound question. At least we know by now with our theoretical knowledge that I am not body, mind or intellectual.

SO start asking one question from now again and again and deeply…….

“ WHAT AM I?”

Am I this body?

No.

Am I this mind?

No.

Am I this intellectual?

No.

Then what am I??

I am the soul of soul. I am the Brahmin . I am the supreme Devine . Am not the surlfferer, but I am the constant bliss. The silent observer.

-Mayur The Lone Wolf

My other Blogs

  1. Illuson
  2. The king and the queen
  3. Focus
  4. The Love and The Trust

Illusion

Who says everything is visible in the light?

Days are bright, all have the sight;

But truth struggles to fight;

And nothing seems right;

when sun sets down;

owls and spirits wear the crown;

the hidden secrets of the day bright;

dance with the night;

but nights are different;

They are dark , and they are silent;

the secrets of the world shall reavealed to only those;

who stay up all the night on their toes;

whether a barking dog or creative robber;

Hunting bat or passionate lover;

Insomaniac or a old granny or;

Haunting spirit or a meditating yogi;

all The above shares their own secrets

when others in the bright day can not interpret.

it is not wrong to say that the whole world is an illusion

because days give us light but

The nights give us the vision.

Mayur The Lone Wolf.

The king and the queen

The above photo I took in Dubai. No I am not explaining about the photo or how did i take it. It’s a general thought process.

I do play chess a lot. It’s an interesting game. I was playing the game with my friend who has wooden set of chess. we were playing the game and I was in really bad situation. I just had two pawns, king and queen on the board.

Suddenly my friend’s mother called him for something to get in. So he just went inside the kitchen. While thinking the move to avoid checkmate I had this thought I am sharing Below.

Queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard. Queen can move anywhere across the board. If you lose the queen it’s very difficult to win the game because Queen holds 9 points. Many players lose their hopes to win after losing their queen.

Exactly in opposite way, the king is like most weak as a Pawn. Because King can only move 1 Block. The value of king is also very less. I mean in terms of points. King holds one point.

So if you see the game scenario, it feels and seems that Queen has more rights, it is way more powerful than the king. It seems like King is very much dependent on the queen.

No, I am not talking about any women rights or husband and wife or any kind of social life and rules. I am trying to correlate the queen and king in our day to day life. Our very personal life. Spiritual or eternal life.

King and queen are like soul and physical body. In our day to day life we know how much we care about our body. we know that if we lose our body we are going to die. We try to give everything with what our body demands. Then it may be the health related thing or pleasure related thing or mental satisfaction. We always do whatever is required for our physical body. Basically we live for that.

But we hardly even notice about the soul. yes, when we discuss kind of philosophical stuff or at certain occasions we try to think about soul. But most of the time we live and think as a physical body. The way we take care of our physical body, we never try to know our soul or to take care of the soul. We never nurture it. We never ask our soul that what do you want? I know the question is wrong here because the question should be what I really want?

So the king is the soul and the queen is the body. And in the chess, the queen means body is totally free, wild, powerful. we give most importance to the queen, we always try to save the queen. Even though our main motive of the game is to save the king we hardly recognise it.

Weather it’s chess or real life even if the queen (physical body) leaves the board, game is still ON.

But when king (soul) leaves the board. Queen (body) goes straight into the wooden box.

The Lone Wolf

The Reality- 2

This is the sequel part for my blog The Reality -1

Just to refresh few terms from that blog:

There are three stages of reality according to the Mandukyopanishad.

  1. Dream Reality : The lower reality which we experience in a dream state.
  2. Awaken Reality: The day to day life what we live.
  3. Enlightened or Superconscious Reality: Turiyawastha which is super conscious stage of reality.

We experience dream as the reality when we are sleeping and watching the dream.

When we wake up, the Dream Reality ends for us and new reality of day to day life starts. Even if the dream is pleasurable we are supposed to wake up either this way or that. Even if we want to sleep more, to experience the dream for longer time finally we push ourselves up to wake up.

Now the question is how can one wake up from the awaken reality that means the day to day life reality to the enlightened state? Is it possible?

Advait Vedanta says big YES. It’s possible.

First of all, the person needs to have a wish to really wake up from this reality. This is the most important criteria.

Why am I saying this because, if you can observe, when dream is of mixed emotions of the good and bad incidents, we do enjoy watching it. We don’t want to wake up easily. But when dream is terrible horror or sad we immediately try to get up and get rid of it.

In the same way day to day life is mixture of pleasure and sorrow incidents. We just stick here and never want to give up. Whatever happen we like to be in this reality. When some one really gets fed up with this day to day reality, that person starts to find the answer to find the higher level peace and satisfaction.

So for such person Advait Vedanta gives the solution in question and answer form. These questions and answers are very deep and intellectual. For people like us who can not easily devote ourselves to someone, for them this is mental treat as well as thought provoking. In fact it allows us to ask as many as doubts we can and it gives answers to our doubts as well.

One of the most important question in Advait Vedanta is “Who am I ?”

When we are in the dream state we feel that our mind is nothing but me. Our mind creates the images and all surrounding. In the dream state we don’t have awareness of our physical body. We feel pain and pleasure without actual interference of our physical body.

The moment we wake up we start feeling that this body is nothing but me. Till the time I was dreaming I was feeling mind is me. Now I am feeling this physical body is me.

So who am I exactly?

So lets try to find the answer as given in the Advait Vedanta. We will start from outside to inside.

Am I a physical body?

We feel that I am this body. Yes, why not? That is how it looks like.

But wait,

  1.  Now I am wearing the shirt and I call that shirt also as me. Then I point a finger towards me, I say that this is me, with my cloths and body.

If I remove the shirt and put aside. Now? Am I that shirt anymore? No. That is mine shirt but its not me.

     2.  In the same way suppose, If I cut my hand. (Don’t take it seriously, and don’t cut                 your own hand. hehe ) That hand was part of me when it was attached to the body.           But it is not anymore. I will say that it is my hand. But its not me.

So in this way when I die. That means whatever is inside me gets away from the body then people even don’t call my body by my name as well. They say move the body here, there. That’s the fact. Let it be.

But what I mean to say it is sure that even it appears like I am this physical body but when we think deeply we come to conclusion that I am not.

Then we will go further inside.

Am I my mind?

As we saw when we wake up from dream we realise that we are not in the dream. Means we are not mind as well. Or I can not say that I am only the mind.

Deep sleep?

When we are in the deep sleep state we don’t see any dreams , and nothing happens there. Even we don’t have realisation of our own physical body as well as our mind. But still we do exist. It doesn’t mean that I am not there. Yes I am always there.

So,

Am I this physical body? NO

Am I this mind? NO

Am I this intellectual? NO

So am I nothing? NO

So who am I?

Advait Vedanta says, I am not Nothing as well as I am not Something.

How super deep and confusing statement it is. Isn’t it? In Short,  you can not explain about myself as, I am something and you can not even prove that I am nothing.

Read it again, because I also got confused here always.

Who am I?

I am not nothing.

I am not even something.

This I has terminology called as the “Brahman“. Which never awakes and never sleeps. Which just exists. It does not get affected by anything. Any situation, ani condition it is stable, never changes, never gets affected.

A person who realises, I am the Brahman gets out of all fears, all illusions all misery and sorrows. Neither happiness affect the state nor sorrow.

So this was the way and objective of adavit Vedanta to wake up from the day to day life reality. We will see in detail information about it in the next blog.

I don’t want to make this blog too long, So I will continue on the same in my Reality-3 Blog.

I hope you got the thing I have tried to explain. Many of your doubts will be cleared in the third part of this blog.

Mayur The Lone wolf.

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Focus

 

Focus

I asked some people why do they meditate?

They said that they want to improve the focus and concentration, to get some peace and satisfaction.  I am sure most of you will give the same kind of reason.

I have even seen many people who complain that they can not meditate. They say that they sit for meditation and they do meditation but can not focus. So they feel meditation is of no use as they can not focus.

Both above situations are because of misunderstandings.

Because I feel meditation is not the tool to achieve focus or concentration. It is exactly opposite. Focus is the tool to achieve the meditation. And peace of mind is very necessary to meditate. Without focus and peace of mind  meditation is not possible.

Why are we not capable to focus? .

First lets understand our daily life. What we do almost 16 hours a day?

Multitasking.

In the today’s Corporate world, we are supposed to be Multitaskers. We are considered very smart if we can do multiple activities at the same time. We are habitual to do so many things at the same time.

Apart from corporate requirements, our personal life is like below.

  1. While driving we don’t enjoy pure driving but we need songs or other activities side by side. I do it always.
  2. While eating we never try to enjoy our meal fully. we r either talking or in to TV or in our mobiles.
  3. When we are with our parents or spouses or children just observe, how much time we really listen to them very carefully? with full attention?
  4. Even many people need newspaper or mobile phones in the washrooms in the early morning.

So we train ourselves to multitask almost 15 to 16 hours in a day.

Now we will see what is focus? or concentration?

Focus is attaching your mind to particular object or thought completely while detaching your mind from every other object and thoughts. But we are trained and even practicing to do multitasking daily. which is exactly opposite of the thing what we call as concentration. Almost whole day, whether we are at work or in personal life, we are practicing the multitasking.

How can we expect to do something which we never even practice in our daily life? Its like we want to get the gold medal in running competition but I am practicing chess.

Some people say we do yoga and meditation for half an hour or for an hour.

Really? Is it going to make you focused? I don’t think so. Its like having a carrot juice in the morning and whole day you eat junk food. Then there is no much use of that carrot juice.

so how can we achieve the focus.

When we will learn to do one thing with full attention. then whatever it is. It may be having meal, or talking to parents, driving etc. We have to change our lifestyle in a such way that it will help to gain me a focus and I can do meditate.

Then such meditation will help your lifestyle, will give the experience of peace. Its a circle. But you have to always start with the life style. First work on your life style seriously to gain focus. Then slowly work on your yoga or meditation. You will start seeing benefits after that.

As a summery and as my own perspective I am making below points to make this article more clear and revise whatever I said.

  1. your energy always work on your thoughts. When number of thoughts are more then energy consumption is more. yes it will be a mental energy but it is most important.
  2. when you have less and less thoughts in your mind then only focus is possible.
  3. Multitasking means more number of thoughts, and we are training daily to multitask.
  4. to gain focus try to do one thing at one time. So it will generate less thought after some practice. Try to make it as a life style.
  5. Because of such life style you will save enormous amount of energy behind all kind of thoughts whether they are positive or negative.

Then life is a bliss in many ways.

It is a very deep and very big topic. But I just want to convey the thought in this blog is mastery over anything needs that kind of lifestyle.

After mastering the meditation we won’t be able to do multitasking???

Being perfect in meditation is the kind of art where you are incharge to control your own thoughts. Which is the big achievement for anybody. That is why I said once you learn to meditate it will help to build your lifestyle. That means once you learn to control your thoughts life becomes much easier. you know which thought you want to keep and which one to ignore. So that will be also a kind of multitasking but it is at very different level.

Right now whatever multitasking we do is unconscious , or we have hardly controls over our thoughts, but after knowing to control the thoughts the multitasking we would be doing will be very conscious.

All of these things I have observed within myself. I am also doing all mentioned mistakes repetitively. But learning about self is most awesome process. It’s amazing to acknowledge our own faults and drawbacks. I don’t know when they will be rectified. I am trying and I will keep trying till end. But at least I am ready to acknowledge my faults. So I believe that definitely at certain time this fault will be rectified.

It is a very deep and very big topic. But I just wanted to convey in this blog that mastery over anything needs that kind of lifestyle. Being perfect in meditation is the kind of art where you are incharge to control your own thoughts. Which is the big achievement for anybody. That is why I said once you learn to meditate it will help to build your lifestyle. That means once you learn to control your thoughts life becomes much easier. you know which thought you want to keep and which one to ignore. So that will be also a kind of multitasking but it is at very different level.

Right now whatever multitasking we do is unconscious but after knowing to control the thoughts the multitasking we would be doing will be very conscious.

 

I hope this internal thinking will help some one atleast a little.

Mayur The Lone Wolf