‘Spiritual Significance of Navratri’ series

Spiritual Significance of Navratri series imageSpiritual Significance of Navratri’ series

It gives me great joy to launch a brand new series ‘Spiritual Significance of Navratri’, which consists of 19 very short posts on the different aspects of Navratri & the various Shiv Shaktis.

Please find the full list of topics covered in this series below:

List of Topics (‘Spiritual Significance of Navratri’ series) 

Spiritual Significance of:

Navratri, Shiv Shaktis & Dussehra
Spiritual Significance of Maa Durga | True Meaning of Maa Durga imageMaa Durga Spiritual Significance of Ambe Maa imageAmbe Maa
Spiritual Significance of Maa Saraswati | True Meaning of Maa Saraswati imageMaa Saraswati Spiritual Significance of Santoshi Maa | True Meaning of Santoshi Maa imageSantoshi Maa
Spiritual Significance of Maa Kali | True Meaning of Maa Kali imageMaa Kali Spiritual Significance of Maa Parvati | True Meaning of Maa Parvati imageMaa Parvati
Spiritual Significance of Gayatri Mata | True Meaning of Gayatri Mata imageGayatri Mata Spiritual Significance of Goddess Lakshmi | True Meaning of Goddess Lakshmi imageGoddess Lakshmi
Spiritual Significance of Jwala Devi | True Meaning of Jwala Devi imageJwala Devi Spiritual Significance of Mata Naina Devi | True Meaning of Mata Naina Devi temple (mandir) imageNaina Devi
Spiritual Significance of Khodiyar Maa | True Meaning of Khodiyar Maa photoKhodiyar Maa Spiritual Significance of Sheetla Mata | True Meaning of Sheetla Mata photoSheetla Mata
Spiritual Significance of Chamunda Maa photoChamunda Maa Spiritual Significance of Bahuchar Maa photoBahuchar Maa
Spiritual Significance of Kuldevi & Kuldevtas | True Meaning of Kuldevi & Kuldevtas - Photo of Ashapura MataKuldevis Celebrating Navratri Always | Happy Navratri Festival Special Wishes imageConclusion

Spiritual Significance of Shradh | True Meaning of Shradh

Spiritual Significance of Shradh | True Meaning of Shradh imageSpiritual Significance of Shradh | True Meaning of Shradh

It’s the days of Shradh going on… Hence today, let’s understand the spiritual significance of Shradh.

Introduction

During Shradh, we offer food to our ancestors & feed it to others around, with the intention that the fruit of this good karma will go to our ancestors.

The science behind this is whatever thoughts we create for them, those vibrations reach them.. Hence this practice was created, so that even in our busy schedules, we spare some time for sending good thoughts & vibrations to the departed souls.

Since these pure thoughts & vibrations help them immensely in their journey ahead (in their next birth)

Making Shradh successful

During these days, it’s natural for the memory of these souls to come often… Hence, let’s resolve that whenever their memory emerges, we’ll only create gratitude, good wishes & pure feelings for them, to make their journey ahead easier!

Indeed, let’s keep sending powerful vibrations of peace love & joy to them!

And to give anything, we first need to be full of it ourselves… Hence, in order to send vibrations of peace & love, I first need to be full of it myself… Hence, let’s keep connecting to our Supreme Father who’s the Ocean of these virtues, so that we naturally keep radiating these vibrations everywhere around!

Remaining protected from negative!

While it might seem natural to feel sorrow, etc during this time… But when we truly realize that even this is reaching & affecting them, it becomes very easy to transform our thoughts towards the positive! 

It’s important not to create guilt in any form, e.x., because of not being able to fulfill their last wishes, creating anger for them when alive, etc… Since this sends further negative vibrations to them… Hence, let’s now send only the purest vibrations to them, which heals everything!

Understanding Shradh accurately

Many specially cook their ancestors’ favorite food for offering in Shradh… Now, it’s easy to understand that the physical food can’t reach the subtle soul… But our thoughts & vibrations for them (including while cooking & serving) definitely do!.. Hence, let’s also ensure the purest & most positive thoughts for them!

The soul has actually taken birth somewhere else, hence he definitely can’t come back in any way for accepting the food… But our thoughts still reach & communicate with them, regardless of any barriers of time & place!… Hence, let’s always send the right & most empowering messages to them

The fruit of any good karma done always goes to the one performing the good karma i. e., the fruit cannot be transferred to someone else… Hence, it’s not possible that we do the good karma, & the fruit goes to them… But we can definitely empower them with powerful good wishes, helping them create the most elevated karma & fortune for themselves!

The above points are important because we get many questions by souls (who are simply unable to afford, give physical presence, etc for the required Shradh ritual) whether it’s OK if they can’t perform the required ritual… The answer is it’s absolutely fine, if you’ve understood the true intention behind Shradh, remember them with a lot of love, send very pure & powerful vibrations to them, etc

Meditation Commentary for Shradh

I take a few moments to slow down my thoughts… I the soul, point of light… Master of this body… Creator of every thought & feeling… I’m a Peaceful being… Child of the Ocean of Peace… I remember the departed soul… The beautiful moments we’ve spent together… I remember their virtues & specialities… & thank them deeply… May you progress in your new life, may you be happy always..

I connect to my Supreme Father… Ocean of Peace & Love… Am getting filled with His divine vibrations… I now emerge the departed soul, & send these pure vibrations of peace & love to them

Visualise these very pure vibrations reaching them… And helping them immensely

From now, I’ll never create any vibrations of sorrow for you… Will only create the purest vibrations of good wishes & gratitude… To help create your illustrious future!… Om Shanti!

Conclusion (Spiritual Significance of Shradh)

Hence today, rather than just focusing on physical aspects, let’s realize that every thought we create for our ancestors reaches them… Hence, whenever we remember our ancestors, let’s only create powerful thoughts of gratitude & good wishes… Since these vibrations help them immensely in the journey ahead… Further, let’s remain connected to our Supreme Parent God, to ensure we remain full of peace love & joy always, hence also radiating the same to them… Indeed, this also greatly empowers our mind & we naturally keep serving everyone around, hence helping bring the divine land Satyuga once again!

Om Shanti!

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Practising Soul Consciousness | Creating a soul conscious stage

Practising Soul Consciousness | Creating a soul conscious stage imagePractising Soul Consciousness | Creating a soul conscious stage

The first lesson that God comes and teaches is ‘You are a soul, not the body’. Hence, creating & maintaining the soul conscious stage is one of our primary practices.

So, let us explore what exactly is meant by a soul conscious stage, how to create it, and it’s signs & benefits.

What is Soul Consciousness & it’s Benefits?

It just means remaining in the awareness of being a soul, and thus in the experience of our original virtues of peace love, joy, etc

Practising soul consciousness has numerous benefits, some of which are listed below:

  • Being in the experience of our original virtues makes us feel very full & satisfied, and also heals the mind
  • When soul conscious, the resulting vibrations reach the body. This helps the body organs work efficiently & in harmony, thereby helping the healing process
  • Since our mind is light & free from waste, work efficiency increases thereby helping us do more work in less time
  • When we are in the experience of our original qualities, we start giving rather than taking, accepting instead of expecting. This improves all our relationships

Creating a soul conscious stage (i.e., Practising soul consciousness)

The basis of any sthiti (i.e., stage) is smriti i.e.,our thoughts are the foundation of our state of mind.

Here’s how it works:

When we create a thought e.x., I am a Peaceful soul, this thought creates a little feeling of peace. Then, we create another thought, creating another little feeling. As we continue creating a series of associated thoughts, these little feelings continue to accumulate, developing our powerful state of mind.

So, what are the thoughts we could use to create a soul conscious stage?

List of thoughts for practising soul consciousness

The thoughts to create can broadly be divided into 6 categories:

i) Qualities; helps to experience

  • I am a Pure soul
  • I am a Peaceful soul
  • And similarly for the original qualities of love, bliss, happiness, power & knowledge
  • I am a Being of Energy
  • I am a Conscient Being
  • I am very light (weighless)

ii) Related to the body; helps to detach

  • I am the Master of this body
  • I am situated in the centre of the forehead
  • I see through the eyes, listen through the ears, speak through the mouth, act through the body, etc
  • I am different, this body is different
  • I have taken many such bodies in my journey
  • The body is physical, I am subtle
  • I am eternal & imperishable, the body is temporary

iii) Form; helps to visualise

  • I am a tiny point of light
  • I am a sparkling star
  • I am a shining jewel
  • I am a source of light

iv) Examples; of the relation between Soul & body

  • I am the driver / owner, this body is the car
  • I am the actor, this body is my costume
  • I am a diamond, this body is a box
  • I am a deity, this body is the temple
  • I am the charioteer, this body is the chariot

v) Self respect points; there are many self respect points specifically related to the soul conscious stage

  • I am the Jewel of the Forehead
  • I am Master Sun of Knowledge, or Purity
  • I am the flame of a lamp
  • I am a victorious jewel, Godly jewel
  • I am the Ruler over the Self
  • I am the light of God’s eyes, I am the light of the world

vi) Journey of soul

  • I am a resident of soul world
  • I have come down, & taken this human costume to play my part in this world drama
  • I was originally perfect & complete, full of all virtues, completely pure in Satyuga
  • I am currently under the direct sustenance of God, who is making me full & perfect once again
  • I am God’s angel, always light & sharing happiness with all

We could use the above list of thoughts in 2 ways:

  • We could create all these thoughts, or at least 1 thought from each of the above categories for good soul conscious stage. Create a thought, feel it for a few seconds, then create the next thought, feel it, and so on for a few minutes
  • Hold one of these thoughts for a longer period e.x., Holding the thought ‘I am a peaceful point of light situated in the centre of the forehead’ for a long period creates a very powerful stage

Also, along with creating the above thoughts:

  • If we visualise the form of the soul, and we are able to hold that image in our Intellect, experiencing becomes very easy
  • If we are practicing the meditation by specially sitting, try not to use the body at all, ie let it remain absolutely still, as far as possible. This is the bodyless stage

There are some ways which make it very easy & natural to become soul conscious:

  • Take drishti from Baba with the awareness that He’s looking at me as a soul. His powerful soul-conscious drishti makes it very easy to experience soul-consciousness
  • The environment of the Centre is charged with vibrations of meditation & soul consciousness since many years. Creating a soul-conscious stage in such an environment becomes very easy

Signs of soul consciousness

It’s important to be aware of the signs of a soul conscious stage. This helps us check at any time or after meditation whether we are soul conscious, & the extent to which our stage is powerful.

When we are soul conscious:

A) External Signs

  • Our words are soft, slow, sweet & less
  • We experience a feeling a lightness around us & in our actions
  • Our eyes are soft, cool
  • Our face looks light, happy

B) Internal Signs

  • Our thoughts are slow, focused, peaceful, light
  • We are able to quickly put a full stop to past, whether the past goes back to few years, days or even minutes
  • We worry less about the future
  • Our discerning & decision making capacity becomes efficient & quick; we are able to resolve & finish issues quickly

C) Interactions, Memories etc

  • We are easily able to experience others as souls too, & are able to see their specialities
  • It becomes easy to create thoughts of good wishes & pure feelings for everyone around us
  • We are able to easily remember our silence home, our Father the Supreme soul, our perfect stage, etc

D) Other

  • Because thoughts remain slow & free from issues, sleep becomes better. We are able to sleep quickly & sleep is of better quality ie less quantity or hours needed
  • The power of vices & weaknesses reduces

Best Practices

To be able to create and maintain the soul conscious stage throughout the day, there’re some best practices, which are as follows:

a) On waking up

When we wake up, particularly early in the morning, the mind is absolutely fresh. Hence, whatever we listen read or experience at this time goes straight in, thereby easily continuing for the rest of the day. Thus, creating the soul conscious stage at this time & then also connecting with the 100% soul conscious being God, makes it easy to remain soul conscious for the rest of the day.

b) Listening to the Murli

To become a doctor, we need to study from a doctor. Similarly to become soul-conscious, we need to study from the 100% soul conscious being God. Hence, daily listening to God’s direct elevated versions (i.e., Murli) is very important for good soul consciousness.

In addition, before Murli class, it’s a very good practice to create the soul conscious stage, & then try to maintain it during Murli class. It’s easy to maintain during this time, since we are listening from the 100% soul conscious being, who is also seeing us as souls. It then becomes easy to remain in that stage later during the day too.

c) Throughout the day

Attention on thoughts throughout the day, to ensure we don’t go too much towards waste (about past or other people) or negative. This prevents us from getting unnecessarily pulled into body-consciousness.

d) Breaks (Traffic Control)

Sometimes, when involved in a lot of actions, we may lose attention on the self. Hence, taking regular breaks (e.x., Traffic Control, whether the regular 3 minute breaks or 1 minute every hour) helps a lot as we can recreate the soul conscious stage during that time. This effect then remains for a long time, after which it might be time to take another break. Hence in this manner, we can maintain an elevated stage throughout the day.

e) Before sleeping

Before sleeping, it’s important to do a quick audit or check of our state of mind over the day, and resolve any pending issues. Then, create the soul-conscious stage for a few minutes & then go to sleep. This ensures an elevated stage throughout sleep, thereby improving sleep quality & also making it natural to wake up early.

Continuing Ahead

The nature of the mind is it requires newness. Hence, if we create the same thoughts daily in meditation, it will get bored. Hence, although I have given a list of thoughts above, it’s very important to have access to a source from which we regularly get new thoughts to create in meditation.

The main sources are:

  • Murli. In it, God not only reminds us we’re a soul, but does so in various different ways & methods. This gives us different methods & approaches for practising soul consciousness. E.x., He uses many different phrases for soul consciousness, such as:
    • Bodyless stage; means I sit & become completely detached from the body i.e., not using the body at all
    • Dehi abhimani stage; here in actions we remember we are doing actions through the body, seeing through the eyes, etc
    • Atma abhimani stage; where we are in the experience & awareness of our original qualities of peace, love & joy
  • Churning; the more we contemplate & churn on knowledge of soul, we get new thoughts which can be created in meditation. For example, Thinking over the point ‘I am Master Sun of Purity’, we get the following points:
    •  Like the Sun, I am full of all powers
    • My rays & vibrations are finishing all weakness around me
    • Everyone around me are getting benefited from my vibrations of purity
    • I am child of the Sun of Purity, He gives powerful vibrations of purity to all, I am also His child, I am like Him, and will become like Him
    • etc
  • Classes; listening to classes on soul consciousness by senior experienced souls also gives us new approaches of practising soul consciousness

Other Benefits

Our spiritual progress is based on the soul conscious stage:

  • Being soul conscious helps us to understand Gyan easily, deeply & in a simple natural manner
  • When we are soul conscious, it becomes easy to remember the Supreme Soul, our Supreme father. Hence, practising soul consciousness is the basis of Rajyoga meditation
  • Soul consciousness is the basis of our Dharna i.e., all divine virtues like simplicity, patience, cheerfulness, smiling face, sweetness, tolerance, etc
  • When we are soul conscious; pure vibrations spread around, our words touch others’ hearts, our actions inspire others; hence it’s the basis of Seva; whether through thoughts, words or actions

Here are some thoughts to increase our determination for creating & maintaining the soul-conscious stage:

  • My efforts of practising soul consciousness in this 1 little birth will last effortlessly for 21 births
  • As per the drama, we remain body-conscious for half a cycle. If even now we remain body-conscious, then what’s the benefit?

Om Shanti!

A version of this article ‘Practising Soul Consciousness | Creating a soul conscious stage’ was published in ‘The World Renewal’ magazine (Feb 2016 issue)

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