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Q&A withShivYogi

Sunday 06-07-2008 Starting Time-8:25 PM End Time-9:16 PM

(Through SMS)

Chittaranjan: Were you able to arouse the Kunadalini any time and if so your experience.

ShivYogi: It cannot be shared –It has to be experienced-“Experience the Experience”

Chittaranjan: Is it possible for ordinary people like me.

ShivYogi: In Tantra there is no Ordinary person

Chittaranjan: Do not share but have you experienced?

ShivYogi: Yes & No

Chittaranjan: Is it Dualistic?

ShivYogi: One on One discussion might clarify because we are trying to capture something which is beyond words and Intellect

Chittaranjan: Q

ShivYogi: You are welcome.

 

Sunday 06-07-2008 Starting Time-9:25 PM End Time: 9:47 PM

Chittaranjan: An hour of pain is as long as a day of pleasure

ShivYogi: Pain & Pleasure are the perceptions of the Mind

Chittaranjan: Dying is not extinguishing of light, but putting out a lamp because dawn has come. -Tagore

ShivYogi: If one analyses “Who Dies“the concept of dying gets clearer.

Chittaranjan: Only the outer body?

ShivYogi: Nothing Dies! - According to the law of conservation of energy, energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Further we accept the fact that when water is heated it becomes steam and we never say that water is dead but we do not accept in our own life leading to misery.

 

Tuesday 08-07-2008 Starting Time-10:26PM End Time 11PM

Chittaranjan: What is Thuria State of Mind?................It is all peace all bliss and non dual?.......How to reach?

ShivYogi: You are right Thuria is the non dualistic state and one transforms and slips into a witnessing state “Shakshi Manobhava”. According to the great sage Patanjali it can be achieved by meticulously (Kaayaa,Vaachaa, Manasaa) practicing (Abhyasa) (Swadhyaya,Chitana,Manana) ASTANGA

Chittaranjan: Will it be possible for me, the ordinary

ShivYogi: There is nothing called ordinary.....Awareness....Mindfulness makes the ordinary extordinary.

ShivYogi: Take out the‘t’ out of can’t

 

 

Wednesday 09-07-2008 Starting Time-8:35 AM End Time-10:18 AM

Chttaranjan: Udgitha is the principal prana which moves in the body. How to master to reach the higher state?

ShivYogi: The physical link between the Mind (Manomaya Kosha) and the Annamaya Kosha is the Breath. When Mind is agitated the Breath fluctuates and Prana is dissipated. Hence by practicing Pranayama one can simulate ida & pingala leading to the flow of Prana in Shushumna.

Chittaranjan: What is Shushumana?

ShivYogi: It is the central Nerve within the back bone connecting Muladhara to Shasrara.

Chittaranjan: Is it true that by concentrating on a part of a system and meditating that part becomes sick?

ShivYogi: Actually if done properly it promotes healing – “Mind over Body”

 

Wednesday 09-07-2008 Starting Time-10:16 PM End Time-10:33 PM

Chittaranjan: In Meditation can we reach different states before we reach the Thuria?

ShivYogi: Yes Astanga is the process leading to different states.

Chittaranjan: Cloudy ice flakes, bright light, sound, fragrance and sweet taste are the stages observed during Meditation. Is it so?............I have felt two stages sometimes.

ShivYogi: Experience is subjective. Expectations spoil the experience. So Experience without Expectation........”Experience the Experience”

 

Thursday 10-07-2008 Starting Time-6:31 AM End Time-7:54AM

Chittaranjan: Explain Astanga briefly.

ShivYogi: Astanga is an eight step process and technique if followed meticulously (Kaayaa, Vaachaa, Manasaa) (Anustana Madadre – there is no equivalent in English) one evolves from his animal tendencies to manhood and then on to Godhood-aids in individual transformation.

Astanga – 1.Yama, 2. Niyama, 3 Asana, 4.Pranayama, 5.Prathyahara, 6.Dharana, 7.Dhyana, 8.Samadhi.

Chittaranjan: Can I learn Astanga Now?

ShivYogi: Any one at any stage can absorb and adopt Astanga and evolve oneself to Godhood.

Chittaranjan: Thank you. Is Guru necessary for Astanga? If so whom do you suggest?

ShivYogi: Swadhyaya-self study and purity of purpose will lead you to the Guru. Learned people say “If you are ready GURU will find YOU”.

 

Friday 11-07-2008 Starting Time-9:41PM End Time-11:06 PM

Chittaranjan: What is Saguna, Nirguna Brahman? What do you mean by Brahman is independent of causation?

ShivYogi: Saguna-Nirguna-There is no exact equivalent word in English. Closest is- with attributes – attributeless.Brahman means supreme Reality. Nirguna Brahman refers to Supreme Reality-GOD which pervades through the Universe. It is considered without any form (Niraacara). Saguna Brahman or Brahman with attributes-Form. Hence Saguna-the visual and cognitive and Nirguna-the intangible and abstract are two sides of the same coin- Brahman. Saguna-Nirguna concepts explores and allows us to experience the Form (Absolute) and Formlessness (Abstract) of Divinity (The Supreme Reality) within and around us.

ShivYogi: Brahman is independent of causation means it is not touched by cause and effect.

Chittaranjan: Thank you.

ShivYopgi: You are welcome.

Chittaranjan: You will get tired after dictating and correcting. I feel sorry for you. Meet you tomorrow. Good night.

ShivYogi: ShivYogi does’t get tired. I think you are tired of jargons and acrobatics of words and concepts. That is why it is better to experience what cannot be explained. “Experience the Experience”

Saturday 12-07-2008 Starting Time-06:32 AM End Time-07:13 AM

Chittaranjan: What is Maya?

ShivYogi:  Maya is Illusion.

Chittaranjan: I feel what we experience in our day to day life is then illusion.

ShivYogi: Maya to the extent of veiling of the truth is held to be illusion.

Chittaranjan: What is Hiranyagarbha and Virata?

ShivYogi: Hiranyagarbha-literally means “Golden Womb”-It is the source of the creation of the Universe. Virata as in Virata Swaroopa- magnificent, expansive form of GOD encompassing everything.

Saturday 12-07-2008 Starting Time-09:47AM End Time-01:19 PM

Chittaranjan:What is the significance of Devi Puja, Srividya and Srichakrapuja. Is it not  that tantric methods are personal GAIN oriented?

ShivYogi: I finished walking and now I am entering bathroom will respond asap.

ShivYogi: Devi is the one who grants Bhukti & Mukti – “Bhukti, Mukti Prdayini” – Material enjoyment & Liberation. Based on the level of one’s evolution one aspires for Bhukti or Mukti or both. All Devi pujas are not Srichakra puja but Srichakra puja is Devi Upasana. Srividya is the Ultimate in Devi Upasana.

Chittaranjan: What is the speciality of Srividya. How much should one learn?

ShivYogi: In Srividya Navavarana puja is the key to reach higher planes of existence and finally merging in Devi (Mother Consciousness). Learning is a lifelong process.

Chittaranjan: Is Devi puja to be performed on a peaceful looking murthy?

ShivYogi: Devi puja might be a mental process or idol based or tantra based. All paths lead to the same destination.

Chittaranjan: Do you feel idol based is more towards love and peaceful in nature?

ShivYogi: Predominantly the mental makeup and preparedness of the individual makes the difference not the method or path.

Chittaranjan: Does Tantric methods put you on pressure and excitement?     

ShivYogi: No.

 

 

 

Saturday 12-07-2008 Starting Time-09:31PM End Time-11:09 PM

Chittaranjan: What is Atman and what is the difference with respect to BRAHMAN?

ShivYogi: I am reaching home and will respond asap.

ShivYogi: Atman – without Attribute, all pervading consciousness-is the witness which powers/energises jnanendriyas and karmendriyas. Brahman & Parabrahman – Atman & Paramatman is different in the context of micro and macrocosm – dualism – Dvitha but one and the same in the context of Advith- “Aham Brahmasmi”. With all this acrobatics of words one may say it is not THAT. So “Experience”

Chittaranjan: What is the Subtle Body?

ShivYogi: Subtle body is the vehicle of consciousness.

Chittaranjan: How does a man realise atman as pure consciousness.

ShivYogi: Through the Anustana of Astanga (Kaaya, Vachaa, Manasaa) or any other path one chooses with the grace of the Divinity.

Chittaranjan: What is Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana?

ShivYogi: Prana the life force operating in the body divides into five major flows/currents called Vaayu. Prana Vaayu, Apana Vaayu, Samana Vaayu, Udana Vaayu and Vyaana Vaayu. – each has a specific role to play in effective functioning of the human system. All these knowledge is futile at the time of exit – Most learned and the profounder of Advitha AdiShankara says “ Samprapte Sannhite kale nahi nahi rakshathi duinkarani................Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Mudhamathe”.

14th July 8:30am onward

Chittaranjan:What is the significance of Shiva and Vishnu in attaining Brahman?

Shiva and Vishnu as deities through sadhana on achiving shiva consciousness and Vishnu (Krishna) consciousness .As concepts Brahmha – Creating strong passion to attain Brahman.Vishnu-Maintaining that passion.Shiva-Destroy all the Kleshas aiding in attaining Brahman.

Chittaranjan: What is the significance of Abhishekam,Alankara and other rituals?

In Bhakti idol worship is fundamental in visualising God.All the action of the devoties is leading towards devotion-towards God through the idol. Every act is the personification of devotion.Further thr ingradients used during abhishekam withe inclution of the devine energy created by the devotion and the positive thinking by the devoties ( Personification of God) itself will infuse the medicinal value.

Chittaranjan: With all the knowledge mankind has,still there is no tranquillity and peace why?

Maya

Chittaranjan: At the cost of chaos pain and suffering?

Who creates all that?

Chittaranjan: Brahman Can you call it as manimestation?

You have not answered my question

Chittaranjan: No answer

ShivYogi: Animal tendencies in Human beings

12MN to 1:10 am

Chittaranjan: what is inward time?

Timelessness

Chittaranjan: What is the difference between intuition and intelligence?

Intution is the voice of the conciousnesws and intelegence is the one which analyses the voice of the consciousness to execute (to Convert into action) or not. One can experience if one is mindful.

Chittaranjan: Very good night my time is over.

When you are in the space of timelessness where is the question of time over?

15th July

Chittaranjan: Can Meditation alone control our Indriyas and prana

Astanga

Chittaranjan: Punarapi jananam......................was he also not sure of experiencing the truth?

Who?

Chittaranjan: Adishankara

ShivYogi: After experiencing the Truth cause and effect only he has sai Punarapi jananam........to come out of Punarapi.....the Cycle of Birth and death one has to experience truth and become that.”Yogah Karmeshu Koushalam”

Chittaranjan: Much is spoken of Beejamantra how does it help?

Beejamantra is a seed which creates a mental frame of mind through positive vibration to slip into the divinity consciousness.

Chittaranjan: By doing rituals and engrossed in them are we not deviating in our effort in seeking truth?

Bhakti marga is one of the paths to reach the destination. All paths lead to the same destination.

Chittaranjan: Knowledge to wisdom to bliss. If we miss the first do we miss the bliss

ShivYogi: It depends on the path.

Chittaranjan: How can one learn by grace?

ShivYogi: Grace is like sunshine it is always there we have to open the window to bask in the GRACE.

Chittaranjan: What is the difference between absolute reality, empharical reality and unreality?

ShivYogi: The absolute reality is not subject to change ,empharical reality is subject to change and unreality is opposite to reality and can referred to as illusion.

Chittaranjan: In abhisheka the deity becomes invisible is this the first manifestation of parameshwara?

ShivYogi: Good you are on the right track.

Chittaranjan: Is crystal linga is the symbol of supreme Brahman? Does it stand for thuria shiva?

ShivYogi: Yes

What is the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic love

ShivYogi: Love for gain vs Loving without expectation.

Chittaranjan: Is Intrinsic love is parameshwara leading to Bhakti? And the ultimate truth?

ShivYogi: You have hit the bulls eye!

Chittaranan.Please let me know the significance of Gurupurnima.

ShivYogi:

Cittaranjan: The sages of Upanishads discarded rituals and were sceptical. They were digging into the inner consciousness prompting intuition which satisfied their spiritual urge better than the intellect.

ShivYogi: I Agree.

Chittaranjan: Is Indian philosophy is static and life destroying?

ShivYogi: Indian philosophy is vibrant and life giving.

Chittaranjan: What is meant by swadhyaya, Klesha, Kumbhaka, Shunyaka?

ShivYogi: Swadhyaya is Self study, Klesha: afflictions and Kumbhaks is holding breath after inhalation Shunyaka: Holding breath after exhalation

18th July

Chittaranjan: Is there an aura around us explain

ShivYogi: Yes that is energy body Pranamaya Kosha. We are able to capture and see that with Kerilian Photography.

Chittaranjan: What is Kirlian Photography?

ShivYogi: Kirlien Photography was invented by a Russian to capture the aura.

Chittaranjan: Is aura an electromagnetic energy?

ShivYogi: Pranic energy.

Chittaranjan:What type of energy does pranic energy have?

ShivYogi: Cosmic energy.

Chittaranjan: Is cosmic energy electromagnetic ?

ShivYogi: Panic energy , Pranava OM is the current

Chittaranajan: Is Atman realisation of the Self and Brahman realisation of the Universe?

ShivYogi: Both are one and the same “Aham Brahmasmi”

Chittaranjan: Why then two name Atman and Brahman?

ShivYogi: because the path to Advita is Dvaita. From duality to nan-duality.

Chittaranjan: Is physics and metaphysics are the two faces of the same coin?

ShivYogi: Yes.

Chittaranjan: Can Prana be the magnetic field and sushumna the core as in a magnetic circuit.

ShivYogi: Yes

Sunday the 21st September 2008 Starting Time: 8:49 pm End Time: 10:30 pm

Chittaranjan: Why is the mind in fear from time immemorial?

ShivYogi: Fear is the creation of MIND..........Go beyond MIND

Chittaranjan: Is thought and time the cause of fear and by observing both can we overcome fear?

ShivYogi: Dissolve into thoughtlessness and drive the Darkness – FEAR – by lighting the Lamp – KNOWLEDGE

Chittaranjan: Then why one has to know about TIME?

ShivYogi: Thoughtlessness = Timelessness

Chittaranjan: Can Time stop if I look inside my Meditation?

ShivYogi: You can enter Timelessness

Chittaranjan: Can I reach in my Lifetime?

ShivYogi: Yes with the Grace of the Devine

Chittaranjan: But I have to overcome Desire also. How do I?

ShivYogi: What is Desire?

Chittaranjan: Mind is always confused, uncertain and insecure. By Desire – we form an image – will go in pursuit of pleasure – ending up in sorrow and ultimately Fear

ShivYogi: Why do you go after it when you know the result?

Chittaranjan: Why is there Time between Life and Death – Timelessness?

ShivYogi: Who Dies?

Chittaranjan: What do you mean? – What is known is Living and unknown is Death.

ShivYogi: You have not answered the question Who Dies?

Chittaranjan: The me & I and the Physical body.

ShivYogi: What does not Die or What goes on Living?

Chittaranjan: When Mind is totally quiet and empty with all its content and able to utilise this thought then can we merge in eternal timeless and nameless state?

ShivYogi: Referring to my earlier question “You are already in Timelessness, you are not aware....being aware is the Key. Subharatri............Enter into Timelessness!

Wednesday the 24th September 2008 Starting Time: 7:51 am End Time: 9:39 am

Chittaranjan: Is jnana realisation?

ShivYogi: Jnana is Knowledge with experience it becomes Wisdom

Chittaranjan: Then can Jnana help attain Spiritual Conciousness?

ShivYogi: Absorbing Jnana and adopting in one’s Life will lead to Spirituality

Chittaranjan: What is the reason for brain to limit the Knowledge of consciousness even as Universal Consciousness is all round us?

ShivYogi:  Maya –Break the shackles of Maya and merge into the Universal Consciousness

Chittaranjan: How does Sanyasa help in Spirituality? What are the necessary traits for one to be a sanyasi?

ShivYogi: Purity of Mind and Purpose is the key – Khashaya to the Mind not to the body is the key.

Chittaranjan: Can we equate Spirituality to an occult vision or an ecstasy?

ShivYogi: Spirituality is a way of Life distilled and practiced out of Para Vidya

Chittaranjan: Is Matter and Spirit same?

ShivYogi: No

Chittaranjan: What is Avarana and Vikshepa?

ShivYogi: Two Powers are always busy; 1.Avarana Shakti-Veiling Power and 2. Vikshepa Shakti-Projecting Power

1.By knowledge & Wisdom overcome the effect of Avarana

2.By Sadhana, Upasana & Devotion overcome Vikshepa

Chittaranjan: Is individual Soul the locus of Maya?

ShivYogi: Soul is not tainted by anything. It is the Jnanendriyas and inturn Karmendriyas which are affected by Maya.

Wednesday the 24th September 2008 Starting Time: 7:43 pm End Time: 9:39 am

Chittaranjan: Is there mysticism associated with Maya?

ShivYogi: Mystisism has the answer

Chittaranjan: Can Moksha, Spiritually or intellectually attained?

ShivYogi: Moksha can be achieved through the path of Spirituality; Intellect can be one of the tools.

Chittaranjan: Can jiva be equated to soul?

ShivYogi: Yes

Chittaranjan: How to develop Self control?

ShivYogi: Astanga

Chittaranjan: Is there a guideline to have a Dharmic Life?

ShivYogi: Do you mean spiritual life or Dharmic life?

Chittaranjan: What do you mean by Mystics of the world?

ShivYogi: Saints of the world

Chittaranjan: Why is offering made to a deity?

ShivYogi: Concept of showing Devotion

Chittaranjan: What is Dharmic Life?

ShivYogi: Dharmic Life: Living a life of discipline encompassing personal, social and spiritual dimension. Dictionary meaning of Dharma is statute, established order customs.....

Chittaranjan: Is Self Surrender by Devotion help us or is it a negative energy?

ShivYogi: Self surrender with pure devotion accompanied with knowledge and associated action will go a long way.

Chittaranjan: What does Matter and Soul depend on for their existence?

ShivYogi: Soul does not depend on anything; matter depends on energy and now based on quantum physics, depends on consciousness (of the observer)

Chittaranjan: Does Universe means all the Galaxies?

ShivYogi: Universe-Brahmanda is defined as everything physically exits.

Chittaranjan: What is Shuny philosophy?

ShivYogi: Don’t Know

Chittaranjan: Shuny is Zero-in Buddhist Phylosophy.

ShivYogi: Shoonya not shuny. Yes it is Buddist.It is also reffered in Veerashaiva Phylosophy (Shoonya Sampadane)

Chittaranjan: Is Kundalini Yoga one of the methods to reach Brahman? Is it not a dangerous method?

ShivYogi: Yes, properly done It is safe

26th September

Chittaranjan: Difference between Mantra and Tantra?

ShivYogi: There are three levels of representation of Divinity

1.     Mantra- Sound form – Beejakshara.- Beeja contains the Tree-Mantra contains Divinity

2.     Yantra: Physical diagrammatic form representing Divinity

3.     Idol: Having physical attributes

one of the explaination - Tantra: derived from two words “Tatva” and “Mantra”. Tatva is the science of cosmic principle. Mantra, science of mystic sound and vibration. Hence tantra is the application of cosmic sciences with a view to attain spiritual ascendency

Another explanation of Tantra derived from the root word tan meaning to extend, spread, continue, spin out, weave, to put forth, to show or manifest.

26th Sep 12:23pm

Chittaranjan: Is cause and effect same or is it an illusion of the cause or is it true?

ShivYogi: In the physics parlance it is equal and opposite. In the metaphysics parlance it can be subdued by one’s Dharmic behaviour and Devi’s Grace.

Chittaranjan: Pusti marga offers not only the divinity of man but the humanity of God, will it be a nice experience?

ShivYogi: I don’t know about Pusti marga

Chittaranjan: God brings some souls from himself and gives them a divine body and sports with them abandoning themselves to the divine in all aspects of life

ShivYogi: So?

Chittaranjan: Vallabha’s Philosophy

ShivYogi: Sri ramkrishna says if you want to find water identify the right place and continuously dig at the same place. It is a waste of resource and effort and above all you get frustrated and leave the effort.

Chittaranjan: Is it not necessary to know which suits you before digging the well?

ShivYogi: That is what Sri Ramakrishna has said

27th September

Cittaranjan: Is hallucination also an experience towards Truth?

ShivYogi: Define hallucination ........what is hallucination?

Chittaranjan: Visualising the abnormal

ShivYogi: There is a thin membrane between hallucination and vision

Chittaranjan: Seeing images?

ShivYogi: Vision is part of the path of Truth

Chittaranjan: Should all senses be brought together? If so how?

ShivYogi: One has to go beyond all senses – Astanga

Chittaranjan: Is Astanga the answer

ShivYogi: You have hit the nail on the head!

Chittaranjan: Is Nadishastra Kundalini yoga?

ShivYogi:  Nadisashtra is part of the Astrological predictions from pre-recorded Talegari (Leaves) 

Sunday the 27th  September 2008 Starting Time: 9:27 pm End Time:9:36pm

Chittaranjan: Is it true? There is nothing in the Universe which is not there in the Human Body.

ShivYogi: Yes-Macro and micro cosm.

Sunday the 28th September 2008 Starting Time: 6:27 pm End Time: 7:25am

ShivYogi: Invite GOD into the Chemistry of life. He will dilute your sorrows, Evaporate your Worries, Filter your mistakes & leave you with Crystals of happiness.....................Good Morning.

Chittaranjan: Than q

ShivYogi: U r welcome

Chittaranjan: What is MERU with respect to Spiritual, Physical context?

ShivYogi: Very good question. MERU is the 3 dimensional representation of Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra. There are 3 different version of Sri Chakra 1.Bhuprastha (2D) 2. Khurmaprastha (3D raised on Tortoise back) and 3. Meru Prastha (Raised fully like a mountain). Spiritually it represents navavarana 9 layers/veils to reach Devi-it’s a medium to reach the abode of Devi the Universal Mother. There are fundamentally 3 approaches in Srividya 1.Dakshinachara 2.Samayachara 3.Vamachara. In Samayachara the physical body with its 7 chakras represents Meru.

Chittaranjan: What is Dhakshina and Vamachara

ShivYogi: Dakshinachara: Right-Hand path: is a spiritual path where deities mainly Shakti & Shiva  are worshiped. It accepts absolute equality of Shiv & Shakti. Vamachara: Left-Hand path it is associated with panchMakaras 5Ms.It places strict rituals limits on the use of these literal forms and warn against nonsanctioned use. “The Tantric rites can be practiced in the purest form possible, without a touch of 5Ms, and this is amply proved by the lives of numerous Saints of this School”.

Chittaranjan: What are the subjective and objective points with respect to Creation.

ShivYogi: Creation is the manifestation of Consciousness. Creation and Evolution are objective and subjective manifestation of consciousness.

 

Chittaranjan: Does Manifestation take place after a period of rest?

ShivYogi: Manifestation is continuous and all pervasive.

Chittaranjan: Are mantras in the body as forms of consciousness and are there different mantras to energise the various power centres in the body to reach the Sahasrara?

ShivYogi: There are 7 energy centres represented by 7 beejaksharas

Chittaranjan: What are the beejaksharas corresponding to the different Chakras.

ShivYogi: Muladhara-Lam, Swadhisthana-Vam, Manipura-Ram, Anahata-Yam, Vishudha-Ham, Ajna-OM, Sahasrara-Silence.

Chittaranjan: As kundalini ascends from chakra to next chakra is there awareness and is evolution taking place?

ShivYogi: Learned people say it will be very subtle, like ant walking. Some experience as snake moving. It is highly subjective. But once again I reiterate that one has to experience without expectation. Expectation spoils the experience. One will evolve as one progress.

Chittaranjan: Good Night

ShivYogi: Shubharatri

Tuesday 30th Oct 2008 6:20 am to 8am

Chittaranjan: What is the difference between Rishi and Sanyasi?

ShivYogi: Rishi: formed from the verbal root rs – to flow, pour. Denotes a Vedic Saint to whom Vedic hyms were revealed. . They were generally in Gruhastashrama.. Sanyasi – There are 4 Varnashramas 1.Brahmacharya2.Gruhasta 3. Vanaprasta 4. Sanyasa. Some people preferred to lead a renounced order of life .They wore Kashaya and lead a celibate life.

Chittaranjan: What is Para and Apara Vidya?

ShivYogi: Para Vidya – Study of Brahman which is beyond everything is called Para Vidya. The Knowledge that leads to Self Realisation is called Para Vidya. Everything else is called Apara Vidya.

Chittaranjan: Do you know Bhargavi Varuni Vidya? ...The Spirit is encased in 5 Khoshas, and unveiling the subtle Khoshas is known as  Bhargavi Varuni Vidya.They are interpenentrating.

ShivYogi: Yes Bhagavi Varunin Vidya in simple terms is the vidya which elaborates on Panchakhoshas (5). 1.Annamaya 2.Pranamaya 3.Manomaya 4. Vignanamaya and 5.Anandamaya Khoshas. This teaching occurs in the Taittriya Upanishad and forms the subject matter of conversation between VARUNA and his son BHRGU.

Chittaranjan: What is Veda, Vedanta and Upanishad?

ShivYogi: Veda- ‘Knowledge’. Vedas are ‘apurusheya’  not of human origin but directly revealed and thus are called ‘Shruti’. There are 4 Vedas 1. Rigveda. 2. Yajurveda. 3. Samaveda. 4. Atharvaveda. Vedanta: Literal meaning-the end of Veda and refers to the teachings of the Upanishads which constitute the last section of the Veda and to the knowledge of its ultimate meaning. Upanishads: means the inner or mystic teachings. The term Upanishad is derived from Upa-near ni-down and shad-to sit ie sitting down near  GURU.

Chittaranjan: Pascal Law- the sum of evil is diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their room.

ShivYogi: But “Idle Mind is a Devil’s Workshop”

Chittaranjan: It is seeking Thoughtlessness and not idleness

ShivYogi: I wanted you to qualify ‘sitting quiet’! Now you are on the right track!

Chittaranjan: We accept the authority of another in seeking Truth. Why?

ShivYogi: Small correction-We accept the authority of the GURU while seeking TRUTH. Because we have faith in Guru’s Knowledge and Wisdom which comes out of experience.

Chittaranjan: Then are we not seeking-and hence not free in the mind?

ShivYogi: If you are free in the mind you won’t seek!

Chittaranjan: Is it not escape from the actual reality of ‘what is’?

ShivYogi: If one knows ‘what is’ there is nothing called escape or seeking ‘you are that’!

Chittaranjan: FREE, from reality promised by Guru?

ShivYogi: Faith in the GURU and sadhana will make one reach the reality. Several examples -Totakacharya of Shankaracharya, Narendra (Vivekananda) of Ramakrishna.

1st October 2008 8:50 am

Chittaranjan: Is ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ cause of ego?

ShivYogi: without the knowledge and humility, Yes

Chittaranjan: Do you know where the sleeping man, goes during sleep-all power withdrawn but the body is living and active?

ShivYogi: Human beings experience three stages. In the waking state-Jagrath Awastha-he experiences everything through his panchendriyas – 5 sensory organs. In the dreaming state-Swapna Awastha-he once again experience which when he wakes up says it was a dream. In the deep sleep state-Sushupti-he merges in that Universal, Cosmic eternal Peace. He is not aware but he feels happy after the event. There is the 4th state-Thuria-in this state he merges in that Universal, Cosmic eternal Peace but he is aware and he feels happy.

Chittaranjan: Has intelligence withdrawn all the power of consciousness from all parts of the body and is rest in space or vacuum?

ShivYogi: Intelligence will not be active during the deep sleep state (All the panchendriyas also will be put to rest). The consciousness merges in that Universal Cosmic eternal Peace.

5:49pm

Chittaranjan: What is Gothra or lineage?

ShivYogi: Gotra is a term applied to a lineage-Patrilinial in nature-whose members trace their descent to a common ancestor, usually a sage of ancient times.

Chittaranjan: What is Homa What is the significance of Prana, anna and agni?

ShivYogi: Homa, Havan, Yagna, refers to any ritual in which making offering into a consecrated fire is the primary action.

The consecrated fire (Agni) forms the focus of devotion. All the ingredients (Havis) offered has medicinal value and if inhaled will have great effect on the participant. Homa procedures are researched in Germany and are now being used as a therapy for retarded children. It is called Homa Therapy.

Prana the energy if properly controlled through kriyas (Process) during the Homa will prepare the Kartru the person performing to focus and concentrate to benefit more from the act. Anna is part of the Havis. Havis is the term used for the oblations offered to the God which are offered to the fire with reverence. Agni is the medium, which carries the Havis to different Gods. Havyapaka is the oblation cooked with butter and milk.

Chittaranjan: Is the spirit ever present in the four states of consciousness?

ShivYogi: If you refer spirit as Soul it will be present in all four states of consciousness.

Chittaranjan: How is elemental matter converted into life? What is Devayana and Pitryana?

ShivYogi: The answer is very long hence I am sending by email, Good night. Wish you Devayana!

Answer sent through email;

Once Prahavana Jaivali, a Kshatriya Prince of the Panchalas, accosted a young Brahmin called Svattaketu and asked him 5 questions relating to life, its origin and the destiny of soul after death. The Brahmin whose Guru is his own father could not answer them. The Brahmin Guru himself sought answers from the Prince. The explanations given by the Prince are summarized as follows:

1. There are five yajnas or sacrifices, and as a result of those sacrifices the elemental matter is ultimately converted into life or into a person as under:

(a)There is the fire and the Sun and the elemental matter is the oblation offered to it. The result of this yajna is the production of Soma, the life giving juice.

(b)Then Soma is poured into parjanya, the power that brings rain. The result is rain itself. The rain is poured as an offering on earth and food is the result.

(d)When food is offered to a man and when he digests it, the vital fluid called retas (semen) is produced.

(e)When retas enters the body of a woman, the embryo comes into being and a child is born. Thus, the elemental matter is converted into life after going through the five stages.

2. Since the man's body is made up of four elements, it is dissolved into those constituents, after death.

3. But the destiny of his soul depends upon his actions and his knowledge. If he has attained real spiritual knowledge, he goes by Devayana, the Path of Light, and does not return to this earthly existence, His soul becomes immortal.

4. But if he has lead a life full of desires and spent it in doing good deeds out of a desire for heaven, his soul goes by Pitrayana, the Path of Darkness, to heaven, remains there till his merit is exhausted and then hurries back to this world and takes his birth according to the general nature of his former actions.

5. But, if his is a life of sin and evil deeds and wickedness, if he was all along engaged in stealing, drinking, killing and debauch or in associating with people occupied with these sinful acts (these are the five great sins) he forfeits his claim to both immortality and heaven. He is born and reborn here on the earth and he goes through the cycle of lives of insects and worms and the vile vermin and suffers interminably.

Thus of those who are born on earth, some pass on and away to the world of Brahman, from which there is no return. Some others go to heaven, stay there for a time and then return to worldly existence, and numerous others are caught up in the ever-recurring cycle of birth and death.

Chittaranjan: Since Prana is essence of life and it wants food which in turn offered to sun represented by Agni, offerings are made to agni?

ShivYogi: Since you are referring to the above reference material and trying to deduce we can explain the phenomenon scientifically as follows;

-        The concept of offering Havis (Including food along with other ingredients) is twofold. 1. The ingredients offered will have medicinal value and when offered to Agni the fire it emulates fumes and if inhaled will have a healing effect on the participants of Homa. I have already explained the importance of Homa Therapy. 2. The fumes will go up into the ether and mixes with the rain bearing clouds (Seeding of clouds) and when it rains the distilled elements of the ingredients offered will go into the earth then absorbed by the plants which is in turn eaten by the human beings and animals and will be converted to the power of recreation through the formation of retas (Semen) and it takes care of the progeny explaining how elemental matter is converted into life.

-        As regarding Devayana, pitrayana and being caught in the cycle of life and death it can be explained with a scientific example as follows; ---------- Tie  a thread to a stone and swing it in air continuously, we know that it develops centrifugal and centripetal forces one pulling the stone away from the earth and one pulling it towards the earth. Stone is the being, centrifugal force is the strong pull of love towards GOD/BRAHMAN and centripetal force is the strong pull of the DESIRE. The love towards GOD/BRAHMAN might be unconditional, conditional or the love is not there at all. If the love is unconditional and there is no desire the centrifugal force takes over and the being is catapulted into Devayana path. If the love is Conditional with a Desire (positive) the Centrifugal force is greater than the Centripetal force (But the centripetal force still exists) hence the being is catapulted into Pitrayana path. If there is no love and the being is immersed in desire (Negative) then the centripetal force takes over and he is caught in the cycle of life and death....................”punarapi jananam, punarapi maranam...........Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam Bhajagovindam Bhaja Moodhamathe.....

me know the significance of Gurupurnima.

ShivYogi:

Cittaranjan: The sages of Upanishads discarded rituals and were sceptical. They were digging into the inner consciousness prompting intuition which satisfied their spiritual urge better than the intellect.

ShivYogi: I Agree.

Chittaranjan: Is Indian philosophy is static and life destroying?

ShivYogi: Indian philosophy is vibrant and life giving.

Chittaranjan: What is meant by swadhyaya, Klesha, Kumbhaka, Shunyaka?

ShivYogi: Swadhyaya is Self study, Klesha: afflictions and Kumbhaks is holding breath after inhalation Shunyaka: Holding breath after exhalation

18th July

Chittaranjan: Is there an aura around us explain

ShivYogi: Yes that is energy body Pranamaya Kosha. We are able to capture and see that with Kerilian Photography.

Chittaranjan: What is Kirlian Photography?

ShivYogi: Kirlien Photography was invented by a Russian to capture the aura.

Chittaranjan: Is aura an electromagnetic energy?

ShivYogi: Pranic energy.

Chittaranjan:What type of energy does pranic energy have?

ShivYogi: Cosmic energy.

Chittaranjan: Is cosmic energy electromagnetic ?

ShivYogi: Panic energy , Pranava OM is the current

Chittaranajan: Is Atman realisation of the Self and Brahman realisation of the Universe?

ShivYogi: Both are one and the same “Aham Brahmasmi”

Chittaranjan: Why then two name Atman and Brahman?

ShivYogi: because the path to Advita is Dvaita. From duality to nan-duality.

Chittaranjan: Is physics and metaphysics are the two faces of the same coin?

ShivYogi: Yes.

Chittaranjan: Can Prana be the magnetic field and sushumna the core as in a magnetic circuit.

ShivYogi: Yes

Sunday the 21st September 2008 Starting Time: 8:49 pm End Time: 10:30 pm

Chittaranjan: Why is the mind in fear from time immemorial?

ShivYogi: Fear is the creation of MIND..........Go beyond MIND

Chittaranjan: Is thought and time the cause of fear and by observing both can we overcome fear?

ShivYogi: Dissolve into thoughtlessness and drive the Darkness – FEAR – by lighting the Lamp – KNOWLEDGE

Chittaranjan: Then why one has to know about TIME?

ShivYogi: Thoughtlessness = Timelessness

Chittaranjan: Can Time stop if I look inside my Meditation?

ShivYogi: You can enter Timelessness

Chittaranjan: Can I reach in my Lifetime?

ShivYogi: Yes with the Grace of the Devine

Chittaranjan: But I have to overcome Desire also. How do I?

ShivYogi: What is Desire?

Chittaranjan: Mind is always confused, uncertain and insecure. By Desire – we form an image – will go in pursuit of pleasure – ending up in sorrow and ultimately Fear

ShivYogi: Why do you go after it when you know the result?

Chittaranjan: Why is there Time between Life and Death – Timelessness?

ShivYogi: Who Dies?

Chittaranjan: What do you mean? – What is known is Living and unknown is Death.

ShivYogi: You have not answered the question Who Dies?

Chittaranjan: The me & I and the Physical body.

ShivYogi: What does not Die or What goes on Living?

Chittaranjan: When Mind is totally quiet and empty with all its content and able to utilise this thought then can we merge in eternal timeless and nameless state?

ShivYogi: Referring to my earlier question “You are already in Timelessness, you are not aware....being aware is the Key. Subharatri............Enter into Timelessness!

Wednesday the 24th September 2008 Starting Time: 7:51 am End Time: 9:39 am

Chittaranjan: Is jnana realisation?

ShivYogi: Jnana is Knowledge with experience it becomes Wisdom

Chittaranjan: Then can Jnana help attain Spiritual Conciousness?

ShivYogi: Absorbing Jnana and adopting in one’s Life will lead to Spirituality

Chittaranjan: What is the reason for brain to limit the Knowledge of consciousness even as Universal Consciousness is all round us?

ShivYogi:  Maya –Break the shackles of Maya and merge into the Universal Consciousness

Chittaranjan: How does Sanyasa help in Spirituality? What are the necessary traits for one to be a sanyasi?

ShivYogi: Purity of Mind and Purpose is the key – Khashaya to the Mind not to the body is the key.

Chittaranjan: Can we equate Spirituality to an occult vision or an ecstasy?

ShivYogi: Spirituality is a way of Life distilled and practiced out of Para Vidya

Chittaranjan: Is Matter and Spirit same?

ShivYogi: No

Chittaranjan: What is Avarana and Vikshepa?

ShivYogi: Two Powers are always busy; 1.Avarana Shakti-Veiling Power and 2. Vikshepa Shakti-Projecting Power

1.By knowledge & Wisdom overcome the effect of Avarana

2.By Sadhana, Upasana & Devotion overcome Vikshepa

Chittaranjan: Is individual Soul the locus of Maya?

ShivYogi: Soul is not tainted by anything. It is the Jnanendriyas and inturn Karmendriyas which are affected by Maya.

Wednesday the 24th September 2008 Starting Time: 7:43 pm End Time: 9:39 am

Chittaranjan: Is there mysticism associated with Maya?

ShivYogi: Mystisism has the answer

Chittaranjan: Can Moksha, Spiritually or intellectually attained?

ShivYogi: Moksha can be achieved through the path of Spirituality; Intellect can be one of the tools.

Chittaranjan: Can jiva be equated to soul?

ShivYogi: Yes

Chittaranjan: How to develop Self control?

ShivYogi: Astanga

Chittaranjan: Is there a guideline to have a Dharmic Life?

ShivYogi: Do you mean spiritual life or Dharmic life?

Chittaranjan: What do you mean by Mystics of the world?

ShivYogi: Saints of the world

Chittaranjan: Why is offering made to a deity?

ShivYogi: Concept of showing Devotion

Chittaranjan: What is Dharmic Life?

ShivYogi: Dharmic Life: Living a life of discipline encompassing personal, social and spiritual dimension. Dictionary meaning of Dharma is statute, established order customs.....

Chittaranjan: Is Self Surrender by Devotion help us or is it a negative energy?

ShivYogi: Self surrender with pure devotion accompanied with knowledge and associated action will go a long way.

Chittaranjan: What does Matter and Soul depend on for their existence?

ShivYogi: Soul does not depend on anything; matter depends on energy and now based on quantum physics, depends on consciousness (of the observer)

Chittaranjan: Does Universe means all the Galaxies?

ShivYogi: Universe-Brahmanda is defined as everything physically exits.

Chittaranjan: What is Shuny philosophy?

ShivYogi: Don’t Know

Chittaranjan: Shuny is Zero-in Buddhist Phylosophy.

ShivYogi: Shoonya not shuny. Yes it is Buddist.It is also reffered in Veerashaiva Phylosophy (Shoonya Sampadane)

Chittaranjan: Is Kundalini Yoga one of the methods to reach Brahman? Is it not a dangerous method?

ShivYogi: Yes, properly done It is safe

26th September

Chittaranjan: Difference between Mantra and Tantra?

ShivYogi: There are three levels of representation of Divinity

1.     Mantra- Sound form – Beejakshara.- Beeja contains the Tree-Mantra contains Divinity

2.     Yantra: Physical diagrammatic form representing Divinity

3.     Idol: Having physical attributes

one of the explaination - Tantra: derived from two words “Tatva” and “Mantra”. Tatva is the science of cosmic principle. Mantra, science of mystic sound and vibration. Hence tantra is the application of cosmic sciences with a view to attain spiritual ascendency

Another explanation of Tantra derived from the root word tan meaning to extend, spread, continue, spin out, weave, to put forth, to show or manifest.

26th Sep 12:23pm

Chittaranjan: Is cause and effect same or is it an illusion of the cause or is it true?

ShivYogi: In the physics parlance it is equal and opposite. In the metaphysics parlance it can be subdued by one’s Dharmic behaviour and Devi’s Grace.

Chittaranjan: Pusti marga offers not only the divinity of man but the humanity of God, will it be a nice experience?

ShivYogi: I don’t know about Pusti marga

Chittaranjan: God brings some souls from himself and gives them a divine body and sports with them abandoning themselves to the divine in all aspects of life

ShivYogi: So?

Chittaranjan: Vallabha’s Philosophy

ShivYogi: Sri ramkrishna says if you want to find water identify the right place and continuously dig at the same place. It is a waste of resource and effort and above all you get frustrated and leave the effort.

Chittaranjan: Is it not necessary to know which suits you before digging the well?

ShivYogi: That is what Sri Ramakrishna has said

27th September

Cittaranjan: Is hallucination also an experience towards Truth?

ShivYogi: Define hallucination ........what is hallucination?

Chittaranjan: Visualising the abnormal

ShivYogi: There is a thin membrane between hallucination and vision

Chittaranjan: Seeing images?

ShivYogi: Vision is part of the path of Truth

Chittaranjan: Should all senses be brought together? If so how?

ShivYogi: One has to go beyond all senses – Astanga

Chittaranjan: Is Astanga the answer

ShivYogi: You have hit the nail on the head!

Chittaranjan: Is Nadishastra Kundalini yoga?

ShivYogi:  Nadisashtra is part of the Astrological predictions from pre-recorded Talegari (Leaves) 

Sunday the 27th  September 2008 Starting Time: 9:27 pm End Time:9:36pm

Chittaranjan: Is it true? There is nothing in the Universe which is not there in the Human Body.

ShivYogi: Yes-Macro and micro cosm.

Sunday the 28th September 2008 Starting Time: 6:27 pm End Time: 7:25am

ShivYogi: Invite GOD into the Chemistry of life. He will dilute your sorrows, Evaporate your Worries, Filter your mistakes & leave you with Crystals of happiness.....................Good Morning.

Chittaranjan: Than q

ShivYogi: U r welcome

Chittaranjan: What is MERU with respect to Spiritual, Physical context?

ShivYogi: Very good question. MERU is the 3 dimensional representation of Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra. There are 3 different version of Sri Chakra 1.Bhuprastha (2D) 2. Khurmaprastha (3D raised on Tortoise back) and 3. Meru Prastha (Raised fully like a mountain). Spiritually it represents navavarana 9 layers/veils to reach Devi-it’s a medium to reach the abode of Devi the Universal Mother. There are fundamentally 3 approaches in Srividya 1.Dakshinachara 2.Samayachara 3.Vamachara. In Samayachara the physical body with its 7 chakras represents Meru.

Chittaranjan: What is Dhakshina and Vamachara

ShivYogi: Dakshinachara: Right-Hand path: is a spiritual path where deities mainly Shakti & Shiva  are worshiped. It accepts absolute equality of Shiv & Shakti. Vamachara: Left-Hand path it is associated with panchMakaras 5Ms.It places strict rituals limits on the use of these literal forms and warn against nonsanctioned use. “The Tantric rites can be practiced in the purest form possible, without a touch of 5Ms, and this is amply proved by the lives of numerous Saints of this School”.

Chittaranjan: What are the subjective and objective points with respect to Creation.

ShivYogi: Creation is the manifestation of Consciousness. Creation and Evolution are objective and subjective manifestation of consciousness.

 

Chittaranjan: Does Manifestation take place after a period of rest?

ShivYogi: Manifestation is continuous and all pervasive.

Chittaranjan: Are mantras in the body as forms of consciousness and are there different mantras to energise the various power centres in the body to reach the Sahasrara?

ShivYogi: There are 7 energy centres represented by 7 beejaksharas

Chittaranjan: What are the beejaksharas corresponding to the different Chakras.

ShivYogi: Muladhara-Lam, Swadhisthana-Vam, Manipura-Ram, Anahata-Yam, Vishudha-Ham, Ajna-OM, Sahasrara-Silence.

Chittaranjan: As kundalini ascends from chakra to next chakra is there awareness and is evolution taking place?

ShivYogi: Learned people say it will be very subtle, like ant walking. Some experience as snake moving. It is highly subjective. But once again I reiterate that one has to experience without expectation. Expectation spoils the experience. One will evolve as one progress.

Chittaranjan: Good Night

ShivYogi: Shubharatri

Tuesday 30th Oct 2008 6:20 am to 8am

Chittaranjan: What is the difference between Rishi and Sanyasi?

ShivYogi: Rishi: formed from the verbal root rs – to flow, pour. Denotes a Vedic Saint to whom Vedic hyms were revealed. . They were generally in Gruhastashrama.. Sanyasi – There are 4 Varnashramas 1.Brahmacharya2.Gruhasta 3. Vanaprasta 4. Sanyasa. Some people preferred to lead a renounced order of life .They wore Kashaya and lead a celibate life.

Chittaranjan: What is Para and Apara Vidya?

ShivYogi: Para Vidya – Study of Brahman which is beyond everything is called Para Vidya. The Knowledge that leads to Self Realisation is called Para Vidya. Everything else is called Apara Vidya.

Chittaranjan: Do you know Bhargavi Varuni Vidya? ...The Spirit is encased in 5 Khoshas, and unveiling the subtle Khoshas is known as  Bhargavi Varuni Vidya.They are interpenentrating.

ShivYogi: Yes Bhagavi Varunin Vidya in simple terms is the vidya which elaborates on Panchakhoshas (5). 1.Annamaya 2.Pranamaya 3.Manomaya 4. Vignanamaya and 5.Anandamaya Khoshas. This teaching occurs in the Taittriya Upanishad and forms the subject matter of conversation between VARUNA and his son BHRGU.

Chittaranjan: What is Veda, Vedanta and Upanishad?

ShivYogi: Veda- ‘Knowledge’. Vedas are ‘apurusheya’  not of human origin but directly revealed and thus are called ‘Shruti’. There are 4 Vedas 1. Rigveda. 2. Yajurveda. 3. Samaveda. 4. Atharvaveda. Vedanta: Literal meaning-the end of Veda and refers to the teachings of the Upanishads which constitute the last section of the Veda and to the knowledge of its ultimate meaning. Upanishads: means the inner or mystic teachings. The term Upanishad is derived from Upa-near ni-down and shad-to sit ie sitting down near  GURU.

Chittaranjan: Pascal Law- the sum of evil is diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their room.

ShivYogi: But “Idle Mind is a Devil’s Workshop”

Chittaranjan: It is seeking Thoughtlessness and not idleness

ShivYogi: I wanted you to qualify ‘sitting quiet’! Now you are on the right track!

Chittaranjan: We accept the authority of another in seeking Truth. Why?

ShivYogi: Small correction-We accept the authority of the GURU while seeking TRUTH. Because we have faith in Guru’s Knowledge and Wisdom which comes out of experience.

Chittaranjan: Then are we not seeking-and hence not free in the mind?

ShivYogi: If you are free in the mind you won’t seek!

Chittaranjan: Is it not escape from the actual reality of ‘what is’?

ShivYogi: If one knows ‘what is’ there is nothing called escape or seeking ‘you are that’!

Chittaranjan: FREE, from reality promised by Guru?

ShivYogi: Faith in the GURU and sadhana will make one reach the reality. Several examples -Totakacharya of Shankaracharya, Narendra (Vivekananda) of Ramakrishna.

1st October 2008 8:50 am

Chittaranjan: Is ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ cause of ego?

ShivYogi: without the knowledge and humility, Yes

Chittaranjan: Do you know where the sleeping man, goes during sleep-all power withdrawn but the body is living and active?

ShivYogi: Human beings experience three stages. In the waking state-Jagrath Awastha-he experiences everything through his panchendriyas – 5 sensory organs. In the dreaming state-Swapna Awastha-he once again experience which when he wakes up says it was a dream. In the deep sleep state-Sushupti-he merges in that Universal, Cosmic eternal Peace. He is not aware but he feels happy after the event. There is the 4th state-Thuria-in this state he merges in that Universal, Cosmic eternal Peace but he is aware and he feels happy.

Chittaranjan: Has intelligence withdrawn all the power of consciousness from all parts of the body and is rest in space or vacuum?

ShivYogi: Intelligence will not be active during the deep sleep state (All the panchendriyas also will be put to rest). The consciousness merges in that Universal Cosmic eternal Peace.

5:49pm

Chittaranjan: What is Gothra or lineage?

ShivYogi: Gotra is a term applied to a lineage-Patrilinial in nature-whose members trace their descent to a common ancestor, usually a sage of ancient times.

Chittaranjan: What is Homa What is the significance of Prana, anna and agni?

ShivYogi: Homa, Havan, Yagna, refers to any ritual in which making offering into a consecrated fire is the primary action.

The consecrated fire (Agni) forms the focus of devotion. All the ingredients (Havis) offered has medicinal value and if inhaled will have great effect on the participant. Homa procedures are researched in Germany and are now being used as a therapy for retarded children. It is called Homa Therapy.

Prana the energy if properly controlled through kriyas (Process) during the Homa will prepare the Kartru the person performing to focus and concentrate to benefit more from the act. Anna is part of the Havis. Havis is the term used for the oblations offered to the God which are offered to the fire with reverence. Agni is the medium, which carries the Havis to different Gods. Havyapaka is the oblation cooked with butter and milk.

Chittaranjan: Is the spirit ever present in the four states of consciousness?

ShivYogi: If you refer spirit as Soul it will be present in all four states of consciousness.

Chittaranjan: How is elemental matter converted into life? What is Devayana and Pitryana?

ShivYogi: The answer is very long hence I am sending by email, Good night. Wish you Devayana!

Answer sent through email;

Once Prahavana Jaivali, a Kshatriya Prince of the Panchalas, accosted a young Brahmin called Svattaketu and asked him 5 questions relating to life, its origin and the destiny of soul after death. The Brahmin whose Guru is his own father could not answer them. The Brahmin Guru himself sought answers from the Prince. The explanations given by the Prince are summarized as follows:

1. There are five yajnas or sacrifices, and as a result of those sacrifices the elemental matter is ultimately converted into life or into a person as under:

(a)There is the fire and the Sun and the elemental matter is the oblation offered to it. The result of this yajna is the production of Soma, the life giving juice.

(b)Then Soma is poured into parjanya, the power that brings rain. The result is rain itself. The rain is poured as an offering on earth and food is the result.

(d)When food is offered to a man and when he digests it, the vital fluid called retas (semen) is produced.

(e)When retas enters the body of a woman, the embryo comes into being and a child is born. Thus, the elemental matter is converted into life after going through the five stages.

2. Since the man's body is made up of four elements, it is dissolved into those constituents, after death.

3. But the destiny of his soul depends upon his actions and his knowledge. If he has attained real spiritual knowledge, he goes by Devayana, the Path of Light, and does not return to this earthly existence, His soul becomes immortal.

4. But if he has lead a life full of desires and spent it in doing good deeds out of a desire for heaven, his soul goes by Pitrayana, the Path of Darkness, to heaven, remains there till his merit is exhausted and then hurries back to this world and takes his birth according to the general nature of his former actions.

5. But, if his is a life of sin and evil deeds and wickedness, if he was all along engaged in stealing, drinking, killing and debauch or in associating with people occupied with these sinful acts (these are the five great sins) he forfeits his claim to both immortality and heaven. He is born and reborn here on the earth and he goes through the cycle of lives of insects and worms and the vile vermin and suffers interminably.

Thus of those who are born on earth, some pass on and away to the world of Brahman, from which there is no return. Some others go to heaven, stay there for a time and then return to worldly existence, and numerous others are caught up in the ever-recurring cycle of birth and death.

Chittaranjan: Since Prana is essence of life and it wants food which in turn offered to sun represented by Agni, offerings are made to agni?

ShivYogi: Since you are referring to the above reference material and trying to deduce we can explain the phenomenon scientifically as follows;

-        The concept of offering Havis (Including food along with other ingredients) is twofold. 1. The ingredients offered will have medicinal value and when offered to Agni the fire it emulates fumes and if inhaled will have a healing effect on the participants of Homa. I have already explained the importance of Homa Therapy. 2. The fumes will go up into the ether and mixes with the rain bearing clouds (Seeding of clouds) and when it rains the distilled elements of the ingredients offered will go into the earth then absorbed by the plants which is in turn eaten by the human beings and animals and will be converted to the power of recreation through the formation of retas (Semen) and it takes care of the progeny explaining how elemental matter is converted into life.

-        As regarding Devayana, pitrayana and being caught in the cycle of life and death it can be explained with a scientific example as follows; ---------- Tie  a thread to a stone and swing it in air continuously, we know that it develops centrifugal and centripetal forces one pulling the stone away from the earth and one pulling it towards the earth. Stone is the being, centrifugal force is the strong pull of love towards GOD/BRAHMAN and centripetal force is the strong pull of the DESIRE. The love towards GOD/BRAHMAN might be unconditional, conditional or the love is not there at all. If the love is unconditional and there is no desire the centrifugal force takes over and the being is catapulted into Devayana path. If the love is Conditional with a Desire (positive) the Centrifugal force is greater than the Centripetal force (But the centripetal force still exists) hence the being is catapulted into Pitrayana path. If there is no love and the being is immersed in desire (Negative) then the centripetal force takes over and he is caught in the cycle of life and death....................”punarapi jananam, punarapi maranam...........Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam Bhajagovindam Bhaja Moodhamathe.....