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Monday, June 30, 2008

How Important is it to Meditate?

How important is meditation, spirituality?

There is an ancient story from the Shiva Puranas: Shiva marries Shakti the daughter of Daksha Prajapati. For some reasons Daksha starts to dislike Shiva, and when he arranges a big difficult, elaborate Yagya and celebration, doesn't invite Shiva and Shakti to particiapte. Shakti sees many devas and devis decked up and smiling, going for the yagya and asks them about their destination and when told about it, is completely surprized she and Shiva were not invited...

After arguing with Shiva about going to the party, she has her way and bejeweled and smiling leaves for her fathers abode... Her father is not happy to see her at all, and insults her and her husband Shiva in front of the entire assembly. Shakti is outraged and immolates herself screaming that she will be born again to wed Shiva, but this time from a father who she can be proud of...

When Shiva hears that his beloved wife is no more, He comes to the scene along with all his ganas and wreaks havoc... the way only Shiva can! It ends with chopping off and spectacular destruction of the head of Daksha Prajapati and a premature ending of the Yagya...

All the gathered assembly then bows down in abject fear and prays to Lord Shiva for mercy and compassion and somehow to make the Yagya complete. Shiva (in his characteristic way) chops off the head of a goat and attaches that to the body of Daksha Prajapati and brings him back to life so that the Yagya can be completed. The Yagya is completed... All praise the glory of Lord Shiva...




That's a nice story, but it contains a beautiful secret: Daksha Prajapati is the one who is most skillful, the most adept... and that's required to rule and be the King. Now when there is skill, Shakti (power) will actually even manifest, but will not stay long without the deep, blissful, meditative Shiva tatwa (essence of Shiva)...

Shiva then comes along and chops off the head of Daksha, symbolizing the annihilation of ego and replaces it with a goat's head. And here the symbolizing is really superb: Shiva is conveying that the most elaborate, difficult Yagya... which requires so much skill and such adeptness can be done even by a goat!... When the presence of Shiva is manifest!!

Guruji added similarly having all the skill in life, all the success, whatever you wish will still make you feel hollow, incomplete unless you also have with all that spirituality and meditation.

He had once said: " You loose the right to eat if you have not done your meditation for that day!!" (Agar Dhyan nahi kiya, to tumhe khana khane ka koi hak nahi hai!)

Without the essence of Shiva, Life is like a huge elaborate wedding without the bride and the groom... You got everything, the flowers, the music, the dancers, the fragrances, the poojaris, the witnesses, the food, the laughter, the tears, the noise, the confusion, the gifts, the jewelry... everything needed for the perfect wedding... but with the bride and groom missing, there would be no point...

Laugh, Sing, Dance, Meditate... (Remember to do Seva as well!:))

Jai Gurudeva!
love
bawa  

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22 comments:

transcedence said...

I lovee the way you put everything so matter-of-fact, it just hits you in the face (in a feel-god way)...yes and of course days feel weird and incomplete without meditation and even sleep gets blissful...These mythological stories are really wonderful to read..:)esp the way you put them

Jai guru dev
Harshini

Raghavan said...

beautiful interpretation by Guruji ! I remember seeing a tape "Krishna's Bday" where HE explains the significance of the birth of Lord Krishna in similar terms.

feels good since i just manage to do kriya before dinner...now it feels like I earn my dinner everyday :) .

Jai Guru Dev,

Anonymous said...

wow! and I was just explaining to amma and Shweta about Daksha and Sati etc as there was a TV serial ... U are going to have a 11 year old and 70 year reading your blog in total rapt interest !!!

cool ! Way to go ! Bawa and Dinesh

love
Shobha

Anonymous said...

I Really Really love this.
I love the way in which He simply puts forth the things in such an indisputable way. I mean, its simple, No option, No room for any argument, Just meditate.

Anupam Gupta said...

Wow!!!!i mean i never knew it wud be SO COOL a reason for which we meditate...nice one bau...really gud...

atmarati avirodhena said...

woww bau

an amazing post as usual :) could you please share some guru stories and also stuff from when you were volunteering for courses :)

bucketfulls of love
tanu

komal said...

jai gurudev bau,
what a beautiful story.. and very true to life too.. meditation and being with the self are more important than any fame/ successin life...life in my case is incomplete without the spirituality / meditation aspect...

Mano-Sphere! said...

Bau,

I had heard this story, but now got to know its essence and significance.
Thirsty for more such knowledge and wisdom. ;)
Love & JGD,
Aditya

Dilkhush Singh Kohli said...

Jai Gurudev :)

If these stories were there without your explanation it would be like mango shake with no mango :D

Thanks a lot !!!

Guru Ang Sang,

seemaa said...

Wow Bau, The perfect story which takes us from the Banana skin to the Banana - you make the esoteric so simple & lofty to practical.

love,
seema

Vinod Raghavan said...

Excellent explanation Bawu(Bhidu)..I am from an Iyengar family who are Vaishnavites & who shouldn't worhsip Shiva..I feel so sorry for all orthodox Iyengars..they just donno what Shiva is..Also that explanation about Shiva being away from all 108 astrological effects - you can feel that Shiva tatva after a superb Om Namah Shivaya chanting..I just love Shiva..he's my hero!..Om namah Shivaya!!!

O.A.K. Tree said...

Whoever thought of symbolizing the importance of meditation have great job. Such depth in the story.

I also love the way Bawa writes the blog. It is soooooo captivating!!!

Amazing!!!

Mavin said...

Such depth and yet so simply put.

Jai Gurudev

vemuri said...

JAI GURUDEV!!

i am simply speechless whenever i hear something from Guruji!!
i experience immense devotion and feel uncontrollable happiness in me. you have simply admire it!!

p.s. sorry to tell here but if you could once more conduct the advance course for the new year it would be really great cause i attended the advance course last december and cannot find a better way to start the new year. please!! please!!

aparnata said...

Thats just great!!!!! :) The Bawa WAY! :) Really Meditation is just the coolest thing in life! I dnt realize that before! But yest i did(coincidence-you wrote an article about it). I had my first job interview yest. I dnt expect me to clear the first round tensed i thought Guruji! Closed my eyes 10 mins just gone by. i opened my eyes to my surprise i could see nothing but joy. Happines outa no where(i was the only one smiling when every other face in the room was devilish!:P). I dnt care about the results!! i couldnt believe it!! And in the end.. i was smiling through the experience when others (who also got selected) were frowning!! Now i really do believe it!!:) i do!!! :) :) :) :) Coming for the advance course!! Thank you Guruji. :)

Jai Gurudev!
Love,
Aparna

Ashish said...

Bau its I love to meditate... exspecially when dinesh bhaiya is there... His presense just make me go deep into meditation...[:)]

Monica said...

beautiful!! it's great to see such symbolisations.
but Bawa!! when Shakti was no longer alive (she became a sati), Only Shiva's force was present, even then the yagna got completed... is it not that both forces are necessary?!
will meditation suffice?
Om Namah Shivay :)

Abhay Karnataki said...

a very nice article! gave me a gentle reminder of giving more priority to meditation than food... had not done my meditation that day! will remember it before every next breakfast !

richa said...

these guruji's words have given me more committment to do kriya before breakfast.. wonderfully said.. :)

sweetteju said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmm..... really worth to read this..... i liked it tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muchh!!!!

JGD....

Luv u Guruji, Bawa & Dinesh Bhaiyya

Harsha Vardhan M.V said...

wow!mythology seems so interesting when guruji interprets it !
hey the word verification i need to type to post this comment is-
MYBAU :)

amit said...

so deep and beautiful!!
...jgd....

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