• Q&A with Holistic Scientist PPS Kanudadaji

    by Amit Patel | Sep 01, 2014
    Aspirant: Dadaji, could you explain what Sanskar means?

    Dadashri: Sanskar does not mean virtues as is generally understood. There is no equivalent word for it in English. But you will understand what it means as we explain it to you.

    Sam-kaar  means all activities are balanced. And one who is balanced, normal, in all the activities of life, in all relative living and in all the relative aspects, is Sanskari. Do you follow?

    It is extremely difficult to understand Sanskar. That is the puzzle and that I exactly what distributed Arjun for he had no knowledge of this. And why is it he had no knowledge? Because the vision that is required for such knowledge was not there. Even though he had been with Lord Krishna all his life and at that particular point of time in front of Him, yet he was puzzled. Faced with the situation of having to fight his own kinsmen, he was put in a dilemma. Lord Krishna understood his problem & explained to him that the situation demanded that as a Sanskari, he should be very alert and not waste any time or he would be finished as war was already declared. Had war not been declared, it would be a different thing.

    But Arjun continued to be puzzled. How can one be active in any relative activity and at the same time be balanced? Then Lord Krishna explained the state of a balanced human being to him. Now a human being with a balanced state! How can one be balanced in each and every situation when the only instrument one has to deal with the situation is intellect. What? Tell me.

    Aspirant: Intellect.

    Dadashri: Definitely. All over the world, intellect is the only measurable instrument one has with which one as to be balanced. And that instrument itself has to be stable. Unless that instrument is stable, how can one be balanced? At that time, the intellect had some balance. But if for Arjun it was difficult to live as per his intellect, how could it be easy for an ordinary person? Lord Krishna continued to explain. And finally the time came when Arjun, having realized the limit of his own understanding power that was intellectual based, surrendered and begged of Lord Krishna to show him his ultimate form (divine state). So, the ultimate form was shown and he exclaimed. ‘Oh! Behold! Behold! Behold! ‘

    He was awe struck on seeing his form, not in the sense of stature and size. He saw the form of that Absolute Divinity within, with powers of infinite and perpetual nature unfolded in a body without egoism. A live body without egoism is that Absolute form in this limited body frame. Do you follow? A live body without egoism! That is what he saw. And yet Lord Krishna was living with everybody like a friend. Nobody could understand that he had such powers within. But to know that, you have to have that inner Divine vision.

    But for the people to understand such a form and god be fearing in life, one has o be shown and explained such a form, stature wise, dramatically, with so many heads, so many hands and all those things.

    Aspirant: So God doesn’t have so many heads?

    Dadashri: No! God doesn’t have so many heads. This form is for those who have no realization of God and God’s form, His potentiality and powers, infinite powers. Till one gets self realization, one has to be god fearing keep fear of God in mind & live life. If the cops are removed and full freedom given, what will be the state?

    Aspirant: There will be chaos.

    Dadashri: Chaos! People will play havoc. So cops are needed. Similarly, for the people, depending on their stages of development, to be blessed with an easy life, a smooth life, they have to be God fearing & rely on Him. That is why God is shown to man as someone with stature.

    But the true stature of Lord Krishna was that He experienced himself in every living creature, whether visible or invisible. And that was the vision, Sanskar, that the Lord Krishna gave to Arjun. Do you understand, Vikram? And you? (referring to his fiancée). So your marriage is fixed for the 18th of July? Very good. My blessings are with you. Our Sanskar are such that in spite of being bound by marriage, though dependent on each other throughout life, both of you will experience independence. That is the state… It is not the Woman’s Liberation Movement that can give independency to women. No!

    There were times when women could not read scriptures. They could not read the Vedas. There were certain reasons and certain social adjustments required. But how can rules that are subject to time and period be made into permanent laws? See how people lose their own independence on so many man created laws and other things as per social requirements. Not that it is bad. It is good. But there are certain limits within the frame of which everybody has to be understood. It is not that females are inferior to males. No! No! No! Not at all. Both have equal right to realize and experience the mighty and total blissful state of God and that too within oneself, not outside. And therefore in search of God, one has to go within, not wander outside. Within means one has to go deep, to the core of the heart.

    And Jesus is there at the core of the heart. It is not that Jesus has died. No! Jesus himself had said that ‘We’ are there and Resurrection is referred to in this sense. Vision, do you follow? And the location of Jesus, His life and way of living is at heart. He was a living example to the world in his times of a human being with heart. For Him, nobody was his enemy. Though one has to face so many contradictory situations in life, yet at heart one can be totally impartial. But today, because of the hard and complex times, to live, by heart, principle wise is very difficult. Today, nobody can trust anybody. But oh! What a wonder of Nature that in such difficult times, you have a live form before you in whom you can have trust just on seeing Him and such a live form can only be a self-realized state, in its total experience. Though He is before you, eating, speaking, participating in all the worldly activities like everyone else, yet HE is not in any of these worldly activities, totally free (separate) like a dry coconut kernel from the shell.

    Aspirant: Dadaji, when you were talking of Arjun with Krishna, you mentioned that at the time, Arjun was not aware of the Pure Soul. The issue was that he had a problem in entering the battle because of his emotions. So in today’s context, we always have the same battle.

    Dadashri: Like?

    Aspirant: Like where do we draw the line because a lot of times, we have to stretch a lot…

    Dadashri: In short, I will tell you. It is the crux, the basic point. That means one has to live life with the drawn line, the border line, the dissociating line. Do you follow? But that line is not physical and yet it is there. And the subtlety, the divinity and the powers of what is within are here. It’s the line of demarcation between the Relative and the Real.

    To have knowledge of the Relative perfectly as well as knowledge of oneself as Real, Shuddhatma, which is perpetual with infinite powers, infinite vision, infinite knowing power, that is true knowledge.

    But worldly knowledge in relative terms is based on intellect. The sharper the intellect, the sharper the knowledge. The sharpness of an intellectual person surpasses that of an ordinary person who understands this knowledge of the Real at a much later stage depending on his intellectual state within. But after all, it is intellectual power only and it is physical. But though physical, it is not something that the medical science can examine to understand it. It is physical in the sense that it is part and parcel of the whole physical existence. But unfortunately, understanding this knowledge of the Real has always been a puzzle in good times as well as adverse times.

    In good times too, everybody tries to solve the puzzle through the medium of intellect only. But how can intellect help when one is puzzled? But as the understanding grows, one realizes more and more that one is caught in a puzzle, which is making one dependent on so many things. In fact, this bonded state gets understood in each and every facet of life. And that experience (of the bonded state) particularly comes in adverse times when all one’s reliance on intellect fails. Then one remembers God and takes the solace of prayer. Prayer has a great impact, let me tell you. Even though one is with intellect, it does not matter. But the whole irony is that prayer and intellect never go together. Never! Prayer always has to be from the heart and the difference between the head and the heart is here.

    Now only a self-realized Soul, a “Gnani”, who has perfect knowledge of the qualities of the Relative and the Real and who is always on the Real aspect side, God aspect side, with Godly virtues, Godly qualities in spite of living in the Relative field (mind, speech, body assembly), can implant you on the Real side by destroying all the relative belief aspects which you believed to be Real and open out your Real vision. This can happen only as long as the “Gnani” is alive. The moment He is not there, then you have to rely on indirect means by way of scriptures, books or whatever activities can help you.

    But whatever may be the indirect means, they are of limited power because the body medium, which is taking the help of these means, is itself in disarray, i.e. not in unison by head, by heart & by behavior. By head means at mind level, by heart means at speech level and by behavior means activities at gross body level. So in the absence of such a unified function of the whole body, as a unified aspect, as a unified live means, one has to resort to so many other means for one to be stable within and this is very difficult. That is why Lord Krishna said that only in the presence of a self-realized person is there, that you have a solution to this puzzle.

    When Lord Krishna’s state opened out, it was a transitional time. Even though times were good, i.e. mind, speech, body were in unison, negative forces were taking over the positive forces. And today, when times are bad and there is no unison of the mind, speech, body assembly, the Gnani’s state, Dada’s state, has opened out.

    Aspirant: Dadaji, in the context of Arjun, he passed through various situations before he ended up with the decision to enter war. But when he actually came on the battlefield, he could forsee the dire consequences of war and then went back on his decision to fight.

    Dadashri: No! That means he did not understand Dharma as it is. That is the point. Do you follow, Ranjitbhai?

    Aspirant: I am following but…

    Dadashri: No! Dharma, to know Dharma as it is, is a totally different thing. That is where Arjun failed because his understanding of Dharma was based on intellect and the aspect of intellectual understanding (emotional aspect) of Dharma is not Dharma.

    Unable to comprehend what Lord Krishna was explaining to him. What his Dharma demanded, Arjun ultimately surrendered and then Lord Krishna bestowed Grace on him, destroyed all his belief aspects on the Relative side which he believed as Dharma and his state as his perpetual aspect was established within him. And having done that, he left Arjun to decide what he had to do.

    We have not gone through the Gita nor read any scriptures. Yet, if you put any scripture in the world before us, we can see them through and through and reveal what exactly had happened at that time. We can visualize those times and those aspects now, be it the times of Jesus, Buddha, Lord Krishna, anyone, just anyone. You too can do so but for that you have to spend some time with us and everything will be O.K. But today we have to talk to Dona and all these people.

    Come, come, Dona, ask whatever questions you have.

    Aspirant: I am going through difficult times. I had a relation with someone for four years. We had a baby. But the relationship has ended and I am having trouble moving house.

    Dadashri: Would you like to taste, experience independency within you in situations where you feel depressed or in certain aspects of life that you might face in the future? I can make you experience independence from all those forces. But that desire to get freedom from the puzzles and problems of life has to come from the bottom of your heart. Right? But what price will you pay for it? You are charging for your portraits, isn’t it?

    Aspirant: I paint pictures of angels to spread the idea of spirituality.

    Dadashri: In India too, there are painters who want to show that such is the brilliant light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. But pictures are pictures after all, and ‘you’ are ‘you’ as Pure Soul within, how can the pictures be seen? So because of your certain natural gift that is carried forward from your past life into this life and that little clarity which is within, you can draw the pictures.

    Aspriant: Yes, I know it’s a gift.

    Dadashri: So for artists, players, dramatists, musicians, scientists, for all of them, it is like this. But a real artist with a natural gift is one who never compromises art in terms of money. The same goes for a great author too.

    Aspirant: That’s why I don’t make much money…

    Dadashri: It will come when the time comes. The coming and going out aspect of money is something that is subject to certain natural laws. Do you understand? But people are ignorant of this. Certain people amass wealth in spite of not working hard or by unfair means; and honest, sincere, hard working people don’t many any money. These times are such. One can say that today’s time is parole time, a temporary, brief period for people to live life with certain means of happiness created due to the advancement of technology on  the physical side. What does Parole mean. Ranjitbhai?

    Aspirant: Parole? To  be…

    Dadashri: To be out of prison for a limited period.

    Aspirant: Temporarily.

    Dadashri: Then back into prison.

    Aspirant: Depending on your behavior.

    Dadashri: Life is like this but people don’t realize this. For  you, money and everything else will also come. But you must remember that all this is a coming and going aspect. But the experience of your blissful state is perpetual; it can never go. It is not subject to destruction or change.

    Ranjitbhai, the answer to your query is in those 5 sentences only. Those 5 sentences can unfold infinite powers within you. But these being adverse times, that infiniteness cannot open out to its fullest extent, the Absolute state. Yet, you can experience those infinite powers within you to the extent of 14th phase of the Moon, but not the Full Moon. Can you trace the difference between the 14th phase of the Moon and the Full Moon?

    Aspirant: It’s the phases of the Sun.

    Dadashri: No questions of the Sun. We are talking of the moon now. The Moon and Sun are totally different. It’s not the phases of the Sun. It’s the phases which are relative that go on operating on the physical aspects and which makes us see the Moon as waning and waxing. For 15 days waxing then waning. Do you follow? So in waxing period, when out of the Dark Moon, then first phase, second phase, third phase, like that up to the 14th phase, your infinite state can open out. But because of the time factor, the 15th phase cannot open out. So the 15th phase is here, Simandhar Swami, Absolute Vitarag and the 14th phase is here, Dada Bhagwan, though He is no more. But ‘WE’ are now here in HIS place. Though forms are different, yet the state is the same. But we cannot take credit for it. No! It’s HIS grace and yet experience is ours. You too, can achieve this state. I have not put any conditions that you have to do this or do that. After this realization of the liberated state within, you have been made free to live life fully, keeping in mind those 5 sentences given to you as Agna. Even though you have to live in this world amongst people with diverse opinions, yet you can remain opinion free and experience your blissful state. Do you follow? You can achieve this state by living as per the 5 sentences given.

    I give you 2 viewpoints. Which is the 1st on? By Relative viewpoint, I am Ranjit and the 2nd one is that by Real viewpoint, I am Shuddhatma. So why are these 2 viewpoints given as Agna? Because whatever taste you are experiencing within in a realized state is through our Grace and not due to your own efforts. Grace is required because in these times, your body medium is not in unison and therefore to follow your body medium along with other people’s body mediums and at the same time remain stable within, is difficult.

    And a stable person, even with such non-unified body aspects, the  more he progresses, the more humble he becomes. In spite of his knowledge of the Real and his understanding and experienced state within, because of his inner humility, his attitude is such that, “Oh! I am nothing. I don’t know anything.” But ordinary folk cannot understand his inner, humble state. Even for saints and sages, high sages to have such a humble state is very rare.

    In the time of Lord Rama, there was only one Maharshi and that is why he was called Maharshi. Amongst all  the  Rushis he was called Maha Rushi. Rushi  is a state, a high state. So to be in the state of Maha Rushi, it is… He was the Guru of all. Yet, he was so simple at heart. In spite of all his powers, because that realization aspect was lacking, what he felt within was “Oh! Bondage! Bondage! Bondage!” He was truly in search of a higher up. Higher up, in the sense, not in Relative terms, but in terms of an Absolute, one who is free from all bondages, i.e. a “Gnani”. And he did come across one and through his Grace, he got self-realization.

    Maharshi Vashishtha, in turn, bestowed Grace on King Rama, who also was of a high stature, and that is how he got transformed from King Rama to Lord Rama.

    Dadashri: So Ramesh, you and Shashikant are friends?

    Mahatma: Yes, we are friends.

    Dadashri: What is the definition of a friend?

    Mahatma: Somebody we know intimately to a certain degree, with whom you feel comfortable and somebody who respects our limitations.

    Dadashri: If he insults you?

    Mahatma: Well, I guess… we forget. We learn to forgive friends more than other people.

    Dadashri: Is it?

    Mahatma: I think so.

    Dadashri: In any situation?

    Mahatma: Ah! Well! You are pushing it too far.

    Dadashri: That is the test. The test is there. Right?

    Mahatma: A friend is someone in whose house you can fill the plates.

    Dadashri: That’s true. A friend is a great word, a very great word. Amongst all the relationships is a worldly life, a friendship relation is above all. And this relationship can be found only between a mother and a child. A mother’s friendship with children us the real friendship you must have such an ideal aspect before you to understand what a friendship is. A father cannot be as good a friend to a child as a mother can be. Do you follow? That means in a friendship aspect, there cannot be calculation of any sort that you can find only between a mother and child. However, a child may behave against a mother or parents, yet a mother’s love towards the child is always in favor of the child, without any sort of expectation whatsoever. Isn’t so?

    Mahatma: Yes.

    Dadashri: That is in worldly life. Similarly, in God’s realm, to experience God’s bliss, there has to be a live body in front of you, a self-realized Soul, a “Gnani”. Just as a mother’s love for a child is supreme in all the relative considerations, similarly, a Gnani’s love transgresses all the relative aspects. He identifies himself with every living creature in the whole world. He is in unison with all. Even with a fly that sits on him or an insect that bites him. He experiences oneness because his state is a pupil like state with everybody. He learns a lesson from the insect not to bite anyone.  

    Whatever physical suffering comes to any human being, can come to such a high state also. Wherever there is a body, anything can happen to the body. There is a definite account behind all these happenings. Perfect account and real accountancy of life and accountability of life lies here. Dona, do you understand?

    Our relative, worldly life is dependent on so many aspects. Yet everybody’s life accounts and its accountability is subject to one’s own doing only. You cannot blame anyone else for what happens to you. You cannot say, “Oh! He did this to me.

    We are explaining this science to you in such simple terms but there is great depth behind this. The depth of the Pacific is nothing. What is the depth of the Pacific

    Mahatma: 30 miles.

    Dadashri: Whatever it is, but it is nothing before this.

    Imagine you are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. How would you feel? But if you are picked and placed in the shallow waters where your feet touch the floor, how confident would you feel. This is what happens when you get self realization. And once that Divine Vision opens out, when you can see all the intricacies involved in living life, how life is dependent on so many aspects, the complexity of the human body etc., then you will realize that the depth of the Pacific Ocean is nothing; the Everest is nothing, the Titanic experience is nothing. Mountains, ravines, valleys, icebergs, whatever you see, all these things, all these experiences are within you only. So this accountability of life’s happenings is individual, based on one’s projections.

    So now you can realize the importance of being a human. Though you find differences nation wise, belief wise, but basically the human form is there and being human, certain qualities have to be there. So what those qualities should be needs to be well understood today. Outwardly, people show that they are concerned about their fellow beings, but often it is not so. Isn’t it ironical that laws are laid down only for human society? In any other realm, there are no laws. These plants, these creatures don’t need any laws. They don’t need maternity homes. They don’t fall sick. They are one with Nature.

    Actually, whatever came out in the vision of an original scientist, by way of natural gift, is being applied by today’s scientists in a very negative manner. Whatever research they do, the outcome is mainly focused on monetary returns and scientific dominance over the world. They don’t even know what they are heading for and fear is constantly lurking within. Hence, it would be better if they did research on the relative aspects of life to find ways and means so that people at large, feel peace within. But unless they realize the account and accountability aspect of worldly life, they cannot do research. And this applies to each and every individual who wants to go deep in the science of life.
  • Center of the Inner Science of the Soul - The Mind

    by Amit Patel | Sep 01, 2014
    First of all, let us try to understand what constitutes the mind from the point of view of an enlightened soul (Gnani).  The mind is at the center of the inner science of the soul, and is also the very basis for the progress of modern science.

    It is said that Mind is the cause of bondage for man and this very mind is also the means for total freedom from bondage.  The question now arises as to which mind this is, and how is it the cause of bondage and Liberation?  The answer to this questions is hardly known to a few, that man’s internal charged mind is the cause of his/her bondage and emancipation, but very few have any insight into its root cause.

    ACTUAL FACTS OF THE MIND ARE UNIQUE

    It is generally believed that one has only one mind, but in fact, one has two minds:
    • The causal mind - charge mind (Bhaav maan) - subtle mind
    • The effective mind - discharge mind (Dravya maan) - physical mind of conscious and subconscious state

    If both of these forms of the mind are properly understood, the path to Liberation becomes simple and clear.  Science (Vignan) gives this ultimate understanding by answering the following questions.

    • What exactly is the mind?
    • How is it born?
    • Who are its parents?
    • What goes into the formation of the mind?

    If this is understood exactly, then the mind, which has been the cause of bondage, can now lead us to Liberation.

    TWO MINDS

    The mind is of two kinds, the physical and the subtle.  The subtle mind is called charged mind (Bhaav Maan, or feeling mind), and the physical mind is called the material mind (Dravya Maan).  The former is known as the causal mind, and the latter is known as the effective mind.  Bhaav Maan is in the charge form and Dravya Maan is in discharge form.  Bhaav Maan is integration (Puran or filling) and Dravya Maan is disintegration (Galan or emptying). Dravya Maan is completely physical and mechanical.

    Bhaav Maan and Dravya Maan that people know are only Nishchetan-Chetan (Mechanical Chetan). The Gnani Purush gives the Purest Original Chetan while the rest is the mechanical machinery. The machinery works by itself and because of the ego we say that we are the operator. This belief is fractured with the grace of the Gnani. Mind cannot be seen by a doctor but can be seen by the Gnani. The mind is complete physical whereas the subconscious mind is Nischetan - Chetan ( matter + conscious).

    LOCATION OF MINDS

    The charge mind (Bhaav Maan) is situated between the eyebrow, three inches behind the center of the forehead Agna Chakra, or third eye vortex), whereas the discharge
    mind (Dravya Maan) is in the heart (Anahat Chakra, or Lotus Petal Link).

    ONLY ATMA GNANI PURUSH (HOLISTIC SCIENTIST) CAN PLUG INTO BHAAV MAAN

    Today mind is scattered in many places and objects. It is like water, which, after it has been sprinkled around can not be used. On the other hand if water is contained in a vessel, than it can be used appropriately. Similarly, if mind can be contained, then it can be used in the spiritual Pureuit. Since the water can be bounded by a vessel, likewise subtle physical state of mind can be bound only by a non physical state of Self Realized conscious state of an Atma Gnani Purush.

    No one but an Atma Gnani Purush can reach the Bhaav Maan (charge mind), and He alone can plug into our Bhaav Maan so that the new subtle mind is not charged anymore, and only the discharge mind remains.  Only then can the effects of Dravya Maan (discharge mind) be seen and known.

    PUZZLE INSIDE THE MIND

    Greed, pride, deceit, and anger are some of the knots within the mind.

    The knot of pride is easy to detect in another person since the person with the knot boasts and displays egoistic characteristics.  The knot of greed is also easily recognized by others, but the knot of deceit can be known only within oneself, because it sprouts from within.  One must recognize the various knots within oneself, since the knots are distinct from each other and are different from oneself.

    Atma Gnan (Absolute Knowledge) conquers the mind.  The knots are dissolved by an Atma Gnani, based on the knowledge of the Pure Self, and thus one attains the state of perfect non-attachment, i.e., non-attachment to the knots through Self-Realization.

    THE NATURE OF THE MIND IS KNOWN BY THE TYPES OF THOUGHTS

    The mind is composed of subtle material knots, which burst when various circumstantial evidences combine.

    When lighting fireworks such as a fountain, sparks rise high up according to the capacity, quantity, and pressure of the power filled in the fireworks. Similarly, when circumstantial evidences such as substance (Dravya), space (Kshetra), time (Kala), and feeling (Bhaav) occur simultaneously and spontaneously, spark-like currents arise from the subtle material knots of the mind.  When the ego gets involved with this, a thought is formed.  Thus, we feel as if we had this thought.  However, the fact is that actually the thought arises in the mind as opposed to us begetting the thought.  If we think we got the thought, this becomes significant, because it is the charging point of Karma, and thus the causal mind (Bhaav- Maan) is born.  The bigger the subtle material knots, the more thoughts we will have about them, and the smaller the knots, the fewer the thoughts.  The nature of a mind can be known from the types of thoughts arising from it.

    Human speech is formed out of atoms lighter than those of the body, and the mind is made up of atoms even lighter than those of speech.

    THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER OF MIND

    Even though today’s material science has almost reached its zenith, only Vitrag Vignan can shed true light towards understanding the minutest (subtlest) functioning of the mind. Great psychologists, philosophers, and thinkers have not been able to pin-point with clarity the subtle functioning of the mind, since only a Realized Soul can delve deep into the inner working of the charged mind.

    Opinion is the Father of Mind, and the Language is the Mother of Mind.

    THE ORIGIN OF THE MIND

    Opinion is constructed from the atoms of ego, and from this opinion, the mind comes into being. Good opinions form a good, positive mind and bad opinions form a bad, negative mind.  When one understands clearly and with pure faith that “I am a Knower and a Seer, a blissful Pure-Self, a Self illumine and illuminating Self,” then, the mind dissolves itself and enlightenment dawns, bliss manifests itself, and permanent happiness is experienced.

    OPINIONS ARE FORMED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS

     Due to circumstantial forces and prevailing situations, a person is placed in, opinions are incessantly formed consciously or unconsciously.  These opinions that form in the mind may be on any number of subjects, such as people, world, time, nation, religion, sect, society, creed, etc.  Thus the mind becomes the cause of bondage to worldly life.  It is our own opinion that binds us, and not things external to oneself or other people.  All the visible, compulsory happenings that are beyond our control are the fruition of past deeds as effects (Uday Karma) and under the jurisdiction of some external force over which we has no control (Parasatta).  Thus, we should not form opinions if we want to be free from bondage.  We need to understand that believing in a concept such as ‘I am Dr. J.P. Amin’, is the most consequential opinion we can form.

    ONLY AN ATMA GNANI CAN FRACTURE WRONG BELIEF

    From the relative (worldly) point of view, ‘I am Dr. J. P. Amin’, is the first basic wrong belief(blunder) and is the root cause for cycles of rebirths in the world.  By the Divine Grace of the living Atma Gnani Purush (living Self Realized Soul who can make others realize the true Self), this wrong belief is fractured through spiritual initiation and the right belief—I am Shuddhatma, i.e., I am the perpetual Pure Soul Self is set in.  As a result of this, permanent bliss (Liberation) can finally be attained.  Here the Vitrag Vignan not only offers real solutions to the original (basic) profound questions, but also exactly shows and explains correctly its root cause.  If this right belief that “I am the perpetual Pure Soul Self” sets within, then the mind becomes the means to Liberation, because right belief (Darshan) is the beginning of Absolute Knowledge (Keval Gnan).

    Liberation is totally independent and complete freedom. There is no one above you (boss) nor any one under you( subordinate-underhand).  “I” is permanent. But one is attaching or multiplying the permanent “I” with all temporary thing ‘Mine’. Then how can one be happy? “I” is all joy. ‘My’ is all misery. ‘I’ with ‘My’ is Jivatma. “I” without ‘My’ is “Parmatma”(God).

     It is the all time principle that No body can ever be a doer of any action by choice in one’s body belief state of the owner of doership. This is in the sense of scientific understanding of the scientific aspect of Vitarag Vignan which is distinctly separate from the ritualistic aspects of religion following of various world systems which is born out of indirect observation through action of spiritual activities ownership in spiritual search of the ultimate experience of freedom from all bondages and bliss.

    OPINION PREPARES THE BLUE PRINT

    Due to circumstantial forces and prevailing situations, opinions are incessantly formed and given, consciously or unconsciously.

    Suppose we hear that a certain individual is a thief.  Based on this hearsay,  we form a strong biased negative opinion that the person is a thief, and any subsequent encounters with that individual will only reinforce the opinion and lead to a point of fixed opinion that will be an obstruction in changing our opinion.  With the passage of time, that person might change, but due to lack of knowledge (ignorance), we remain bound to the belief that, that particular individual is still a thief.

    In pursuance of such wrong beliefs, Arta Dhyan (Dhyan, which is painful to oneself) multiply, since we may feel sorry or worry about a person, and increased suffering from within leads to Raudra Dhyan (Dhyan, which gives pain to others), in that, based on our opinions, we may say harsh words or argue with a person to get our point across.  This continuous negative process attracts negative Vibrations Karmani Varagana, i.e., subtle elemental body building blocks, from which the charge mind (Bhaav Maan) will be formed.  And when the atoms of the mind are discharged, they will cause excruciating pain.

    When a strong and rigid opinion is formed about something, it becomes an obstruction. It hinders our progress, and our inner vision gets clouded.  It is easy to remove opinions of a number of things, but it takes a great endeavor (Parakram) to remove an obstruction.

    THE WORLD IS OUR OWN PROJECTION

    Our behavior today is the effect of our opinions (feelings
    nursed) from previous births—thus the world is our projection.  Going down the steps of a well, if one shout “I are a thief,” what will one hear?  Does one not hear one’s own echo?  Therefore, if one don’t like this echo, then one should say instead, “I am a king,” and one will hear the echo “I am a king.” Similarly, the world is the echo of one’s own vibrations that come from the opinions spoken loudly or  quietly in the mind. Therefore, one is wholly and solely responsible for one’s own world.

    Whatever opinions we has given in the past life in ignorance in the very presence of the Perpetual Soul on mind-speech-body of others in the Brahmandi well of the Pudgal (charge mind), their echo or echoes have become our  present world.  Our present world, therefore, have been created by nobody else but by us by giving opinions.  Neither God nor anyone else is at all responsible for our present circumstances whether they are good or bad.

    In today’s world, in ignorance, we give credit to ourselves for success and blame others or God when one fails.  It can be seen that any one person cannot give any action to another person, which is the Sanatan Principle. The actions which we give others to perform are believed by us that we are giving them but they are merely the reactions of the past opinions that were given in the Brahmandi well, which nature provides back as reactions in this life by means of various medium and persons as instruments as means for resolution, so release from past bondage can be obtained.  If it were possible to provide actions to others on a free will, then nobody would allow any one to attain Liberation that is release from bondage. Therefore, it is up to us to completely stop giving opinions after an action has taken placed so that the echoes do not come back and thereby Liberation can be achieved.

    It should be particularly noted that in being aware of getting released from bondage, we should not fear misuse from any person and supposedly get a wrong message of doership of the activity without expecting results of the activity. Such Scientific living has to be understood within for getting freedom from bondage of the past action through present reactions form which occurs within and without. This scientific wise living is from within and that is why this inner science is not be expressed outwardly. This is the way of Vitrag Science.

    Whatever seed of Karma we have sown in the past, we bear its fruit today as its effect.  If we don’t like to receive misery, unrest, frustrations, etc., then we need to realize that these are the echoes of our own previous misconduct.  If we desire happiness, comfort, and peace, we need to correct our opinions and start imparting what we want in return in the future. 

    If we sow the seeds of mangoes (happiness), we will receive many mangoes, and if we sow babul (a thorny plant, representing misery), we will receive many thorns.  Similarly, we should abstain from cheating, stealing, adulterating, killing, etc., for ultimately we will suffer by receiving the same.

     - Dr. J. P. Amin

  • Holistic Science of Blissful and Positive Living

    by Manish Shah | Aug 02, 2014
    In today’s world, every human being ultimately wants to be permanently happy in their material and spiritual pursuits however they go after material sources which only give temporary happiness. So the question arises “If materialistic approach gives temporary happiness, where can we get permanent happiness? To experience permanent happiness, one must aim to seek the permanent source of happiness. Only then, our journey to experience permanent happiness begins. For blissful and positive inner living, it is important to understand ‘Who we are’ and the significance as well as the reason for our own existence in this world as a human being. The Holistic Science ‘Akram Vignan’ as revealed by “Dada Bhagwan” and Holistic Scientist “Kanudadaji” who have experienced Absolute Divine knowledge and Bliss, provide an exact knowledge and understanding of this Science of human living.

    Human Life – Existence – Our existence in a Human form is nothing but the echoes of our own projections through verbal ‘opinion’ and ‘expressions’ created in an illusionary belief state of ‘I am the name bearer’. All the worldly day to day affairs are carried out with a strong conviction and belief that ‘I did this’, he/she did this to me etc. which become a root cause of bondage of karmas that ultimately results in the cycle of birth and death. We are part of this Mother Nature in the form of our own echoes. However, we take the power in our own hands in various activities of life that is being lived out and create more echoes in Mother Nature only to be born again.

    Human Life – Purpose and Importance- The purpose of human life is to know ‘who we are’ and ‘who we are not’ so we can live our inner life with positivity and human qualities in every facet of our life. This helps us overcome obstacles, conflicts and experience permanent happiness. Intellectually, we have made significant advances in medicine, science and technology, however we do not know the prime source, our “Pure Soul”, from which our body derives energy. To be born as a human in this era is the greatest natural miracle. From the human platform, we can elevate ourselves to a higher spiritual form as well as downgrade to a lower form. We are solely responsible for our own actions. The Divine nature has bestowed upon us a golden opportunity, hence we owe it to ourselves to understand the human life living ‘correctly’ so we can live without conflicts in our material and spiritual pursuits. Human body is wrapped with a packaging of mind, speech, intellect and ego that are scientifically timed to be emptied out in a natural manner. It is the result of past life ‘causes’ that were generated by way of opinions and expressions in the form of molecular subtle seedlings. Human body is a wonderful ‘instrument’, however out of ignorance we take the ownership of it and fail to make the best use of it. If there was a price of human breath, everyone will empty their bank accounts and take as many loans as possible and pay whatever price that is being asked to live. This most expensive gift to us is free but we are not aware that we have paid a very big price for it. Every breath of our life living should be such that we make the best use of our body by reading one’s own mind-speech-body. This will help us to understand our own self better and be instrumental in serving the mankind for spreading peace and harmony.

    Holistic Science ‘Vitrag Vignan’ in our daily living – The Holistic Science of human living helps us to understand who we are ‘Pure Soul’ and who we are not ‘the body’. ‘Pure Soul’ is permanent and ‘Body’ is temporary. Soul and body are together like milk and water and yet, they are distinctively separate from each other. Both can co-exist in harmony; however the conflict and confusion arises when we take the ownership and possession of everything that is temporary including the body. This gives rise to our inner enemies i.e. Anger, Pride, Greed and Attachment and creates obstructions in our blissful living. Our human body can experience liberated inner living only if we understand that it is a ‘natural’ state of existence. We can live with our body like a best companion by dealing with our mind and intellect in a positive manner. We can see our own mistakes and understand our own nature by remaining precisely focused on our mind, body and speech. This helps us to better understand and respect other’s viewpoint and make required adjustments to avoid conflicts in our day to day living.

    So the question arises, ‘how to deal with our own mind’? Our physical mind is nothing but knots of opinions about likes and dislikes, good and bad etc. When we are faced with any situation, our intellect tries to support these opinions without accepting the situation ‘as it is’. If we observe and accept whatever comes to us without any opinion and quarrel, it is the surest way to inner peace. Our mind will display both positive and negative thoughts however with sincere efforts and determination we can channelize those negative thoughts into positive ones. For example, if someone’s attitude towards us is unfriendly and insulting, we can put this human science to work with an understanding that the person who is insulting us is merely an instrument in delivering the effects of our karmas; so he/she is not at fault. Our mind will display the bad opinions created about that person however we should not support that and stay positive with an understanding that ‘after all, he/she is a nice person’. As soon as we say that, our intellect subsides and does not provoke inner enemies of anger and pride. If we continue practicing this each time during the unfriendly encounter with any person, our positive inner vibrations touch the person who insulted us and his/her attitude towards us will gradually change. If someone picks our pocket, we become restless and start blaming the thief but do not think why only our pocket was picked and not anyone else’s from the crowd of people. The rationale is that, if we are not at fault, not a molecule in this entire universe can touch us. However, our mistake of seeing other people’s faults has been carried forward from countless lives and the same mistakes in this human life continue and create conflicts.

    It is the outer package, the Prakriti (mind-body-speech) that the world believes to be ‘doer’ whereas in reality no one is at fault. The Prakriti is under the influence of unfolding karma which sometimes makes people do things against their wishes. We see the same person in different light and give different opinions in different situations. One day he may appear to be very good and the next day he may appear to be disrespectful and the third day he will appear to be very helpful. Why does this happen even though he is the same person? It is because of our incorrect vision tainted with intellect that makes us see faults in others. The intellect creates differences and division of ‘me’ and ‘you’, ‘mine and yours’ whereas in reality, we are ‘One’ as ‘Pure Soul’ in every living being. To see our own Pure “Self” (Atma) in us and in animals, plants and any living creature is the greatest and invaluable gift we can give ourselves and to all living beings. Our progress towards perfection of flawless vision and harmonious living begins when our inner intent becomes positive and when we start seeing all day to day worldly happenings ‘as it is’ without building any opinion or seeing anyone’s faults. Whole-Hearted acceptance of any situation as it stands without any opinion leads to blissful and natural inner human living. When we are happy inside, then only we can make others happy outside. Our birth as a human being is our greatest asset however it can be called a ‘real’ asset only if we use it wisely and properly. The Holistic Science ‘Vitrag Vignan’ helps us to understand ‘who am I’, ‘who is the creator of this world’, ‘why do circumstances arise’, ‘why there is suffering’, ‘what is the purpose of life’ etc. This science helps us to solve the problems of day- to-day life most importantly at home, business/work and at other places, resulting in blissful living.

    The essence of human life regardless of any religion, caste, creed or nationality is to:
    - Understand and appreciate our existence as human beings in the Divine nature
    - Live inner life very positively with human qualities to benefit our own self
    - Become a valuable instrument in the Divine cause of spreading peace and harmony in mankind

    - Sanjiv Patel (Pa, USA)
  • Maintain Peace at Home

    by Manish Shah | Aug 02, 2014
    • It is up to us to make our home a “Home Sweet Home”
    • Peace & relationships with each other far more critically important than being right. If it comes down to saving a relationship over being right, the logical and practical choice is always the relationship! 
    • Practice active listening from the heart center rather than from intellect helps us to understand what is causing any abnormal behavior and will help us to cultivate compassion, caring and empathy towards our loved ones rather than judgment, agitation or antagonism.  The goal is to cultivate true harmony, caring and affection in the home.
    • People are far more important than money and things especially in the home.  If it comes down to avoiding conflict for the sake of $$$; avoiding conflict is always our best choice.  $$$ comes and $$$ goes, however, relationships can be extremely difficult to mend once broken; broken hearts and fractured minds are tremendous liabilities to harmony and peace in the home.
    • Do not be afraid to admit mistakes to smooth-out strained relations in the home. Just simply admonishing to a mistake with humility and genuine remorse can really open the channels of communication that were seemingly shut down.  The other person will feel in the heart center the genuineness of our intention to connect and relate with them.  Their ego will soften and their heart will start to open-up. 
    • A positive attitude from within helps lift everyone in the home – actively cultivate a positive attitude of gratitude, giving and humility from within through introspective affirmations and cleansing.
    • Make a list of all the virtues of each person in the home environment and remind yourself and them of those virtues when the opportunities arise for empowerment.  When we magnify and accentuate the positive traits and qualities of a person, they become stronger and can even serve to diminish negativity.
    • Validate, honor, respect and uphold the virtues and divinity within each other.   It is a domino effect!  If we continually validate, honor and respect the virtues and divine in the people around us; they will, in turn, learn to do the same with us and each other.
    • Focus on serenity, healing and empowerment from within rather than expectations and standards that lead to conflict, clashes and dissention.  Our family members are more likely to be relaxed and empowered when they know they are loved for who they are unconditionally rather than who we want them to be. 

    - Shaila Bharat Mulji

  • Holistic Science Personal Experience - Patience: Find your Way to Emotional Freedom

    by Manish Shah | Aug 02, 2014
    It sounds too good to be true right? Well it’s not but it is very much possible. Let me tell you how being patient in certain situations can really benefit us and our inner happiness. One of the most important qualities a person can have if she or he wants to spiritually grow is to be patient. With patience and persistence one can overcome pretty much anything one want and have inner rich living.

    But then there will be questions. Why is it hard to be patient? How can you improve your patience? And how can patience help you out practically in life by applying the principles of holistic science? Here are some thoughts that may give you some answers to such questions.

     “How can a society that exists on instant emails, frozen dinners, instant connection around the world teach patience to its young?”
    The perception to people is that patience is disappearing from society, before they wait or have any effort they want results. Everything is moving fast in today’s society. Instant gratification is default setting in our lives and in our minds due to the rise in fast moving technology.

    I’m not saying this to put down today’s society. I’m just saying it to give at least a partial explanation why patience is hard to understand and use to your advantage in this society.

    Social programming doesn’t pay much attention to patience. It wants you to do more right now instead. And after a few years in this society, it may seem normal to get things instantly. And the thought of delaying instant gratification may seem like can’t be an option. Many people in this fast moving world do not see and practice patience on a regular basis. But we will discuss how it can benefit us in your daily life. Patience is important because we all must come to terms with the fact that many things won't happen as soon as we would like them to, but using the  key principles of holistic science we cultivate patience e.g. Adjust everywhere, avoid clashes for inner happiness, sufferer is at fault, have positive vision, one cannot be happy by hurting anyone's ego, ego is a life for everyone,  i am fully responsible for myself and what happens to me,  do not blame others, be positive even in the negativity, Insistence and adamancy lead to sufferings or sorrowful states,   Do not try to improve others but try to improve your own self.

    Imagine you are a person who prefers summer and it is currently a cold December. Right now, you are very unhappy. What you have to realize is that your unhappiness is your own choice. What will being angry over the slow turning of the seasons accomplish? Eventually, it will be Summer. There is nothing that you can do to make it come faster, so why not sit back and wait it out happily? This will even lower your stress levels. Learn to accept the things you cannot change, and you will be free of emotion and much more in tune with your inner peace.

    There is a second reason why patience can be important. Some things in life get better the more you wait. For instance, when I had graduated college I had a consulting job lined up. The company is large and getting staffed on projects is not necessarily easy, you have to reach out and show your skills to get staffed, and If you are not staffed for x amount of months, this could lead to termination. I observed my colleagues, whom have not acquired self realization from holistic science, and noticed a lot of them panic and show negative attitudes. After 3 months, many people were angry with the staffing team and became discouraged, many stopped trying to learn technical skills that would help them get staffed on projects, and many even said they will quit and look for a new job.

    However, my perspective was very different from my colleagues because I had applied the principle of holistic science in this situation. Although it was a time where I could have panicked or could have been impatient and started looking for another job, I tried to be patient which allowed me to think more rationally. I prayed to get the strength to be patient, and I took this time to get certifications and gain the skills that could help me get staffed. I started to reach out and network with the company’s community to present my skills, and I remained persistent. I looked at this time as a period of learning, instead a period of panic and impatience. I was not angry or discouraged, and instead I was free of emotion and kept a positive attitude while waiting. As an individual with holistic science vision, I had applied the practice of patience to allow things to fall in place and certainly soon enough I landed a project.

    The final way the patience can help you is that it will remove the incentive to act rashly. If you sit back and think before acting or speaking, you may realize that there is an alternative solution that would benefit your inner self. This will prevent you to do anything negative and prevent yourself from binding new karmas. The longer you wait, the more you will be able to control your emotions so that you can think rationally. I am sure we can all think of a time in our lives where we may have acted or spoken out rashly without thinking, and if we had applied the principle of patience, then the outcome would have resulted in inner peace and satisfaction.

    At the end of the day, in my experiences I have truly learned how to apply the principles of holistic science in my daily life. There is not a single materialistic thing in this life to truly get aggravated over. If our lives consisted of 1000 year life spans maybe it would be worth fighting for something, but in theory our human life is too short to hang on to lingering emotions.

    Patience is necessary in our short lives. Our lives are tools for liberation, we are to use them to live our destiny, and we are to remain neutral without binding new karmas. So be patient, and free yourself of emotion.

    - Trupti Patel, Chicago
  • Experience the Happiness, Bliss and Inner Peace through the Science of Pure Real-Self and Relative-Self

    by Manish Shah | May 30, 2014

    Compiler and Expositor: Dr. J. P. Amin

    It is generally believed that the transempirical self is attained only through undergoing a special kind of spiritual discipline called yoga, meditation and concentration. Such practice enhances the physical or material energy.

    People who have experienced all sorts of pleasures and luxuries of the highest kind are still away from ultimate eternal bliss!

    Whatsoever relative happiness one may have, by its very nature can’t give real permanent peace or happiness.

    In the Yoga path there is salutary, soothing effect, of course, physical through practice of yoga. It pacifies the burning pain of mind, speech and body. But it does not lead to experience of Bliss of Liberation because what people practice is the deluded action leading away from ‘Reality’, basically egocentric activities, so they reap the harvest, in form of misery or happiness. Liberation is for those who are ‘egoless’.

    ‘Yoga’ is a word derived from the root, “Yuj” which means to join (i.e. joining through meditation).

    Holistic Scientist: For what purpose do you practice Yoga? For the object known or unknown?

    Aspirant: …

    Holistic Scientist: See, I will explain to you. You believe the “Non-Self” as the “Self”. You are unaware of the “Real-Self”. So knowing the body alone, you have practiced yoga to discipline your body. It is a physical discipline.

    Holistic Scientist: Can you think of carefully and deeply about a person that you do not know?

    Aspirant: No.

    Holistic Scientist: Similarly, how can you meditate upon the “Self” when you are ignorant of the “Self”? What good have you accomplished in regards to the ‘Atma’ (Pure-Self)?
    There are four types of ‘Yoga’.
    (i)                 Deh-yoga : Concentration on the nerve centers in the body.
    (ii)               Vani-yoga: Uttering mantra (invocation) of God’s name for a period(iii)             Mano-yoga: Contemplating or meditating.
    (iv)              Atma-yoga: Realizatio of “Pure-Self”.

    Only Atma-yoga leads to Liberation whereas Deh-yoga yields wordly rewards. Atma-yoga, i.e. attunement with the Pure-Self itself is the realization of one’s own identity.

    Knowing anything other than one’s own ‘Real-Self’ is all ignorance and anything known after self-realization is the ‘Real Knowledge’. Hence, Atma-Yoga (Attunement with the Pure-Self) is the only real yoga and others are meditational exercises of the Non-Self termed as ‘Ayoga’.

    Holistic Scientist: Who practices concentration? One who suffers from the disease of mental confusion and perturbance tries to apply the ointment of concentration on it. If asked the aspirant, did any of his/her worries become less intense? Reply is ‘No’.

    When is meditation possible? Then, when the ‘Real-Self’ becomes meditator. Not the meditation but the motive behind it should be fixed. Meditation is the outcome of the fixation of the motive or goal.

    Elsewhere, at any given moment, every individual may be in one of the following four Dhyanas – viz. Arta Dyhana (Repressive Vision), Raudra Dhyana (Oppressive Vision), Dharma-dhyana (Relative Vision) and Shukla Dhyana (Real Vision).

    Arta-Dhyana means one causes suffering or pain to himself. Here, one does not inflict pain on others, but suffers himself.

    Following examples will give an idea of how Arta-Dhyana prevails in one’s life.

    • You agonize over a piece of precious glassware slipped from the hand and broke into pieces.
    • You lose your wallet and it results into a sleepless night.
    • You are anxious about the future of your children.

    Anger, pride, attachment and greed don’t figure in Arta-Dhyana. Arta-Dhyana is not seen in the present times because Raudra-Dhyana is pre-dominant these days. The result of Arta-Dhyana is an animal form in the next birth.

    Raudra-Dhyana means no one causes suffering or pain to others. To covet what belongs to others and to think of seizing even an iota of someone else’s happiness for one’s own is also Raudra-Dhyana.

    The classic examples of Raudra-Dhyana are:

    • Deceiving a customer by selling poor quality goods.
    • Getting in confrontation with a co-worker and hurling insults at him.
    • Taking undue advantage of people.
    Dharma-Dhyana means to make others happy. In this state one has no worries and inner state is devoid of conflicts. In this state, one avoids the occurrence of Arta-Dhyana or Raudra-Dhyana using proper understanding.

    In Dharma-Dhyana anxieties, worries, inner clashes or anger subside and one remains calm, steady, fearless, restrained and composed.

    Following are some examples of Dharma-Dhyana.

    • A huge loss in business is countered by the understanding that whatever happened is just and correct. One remains composed despite the adversity.
    • Someone insults me but I understand that the person who insulted me is just an instrument. This is nature’s way of settling my karmic accounts. With this understanding, I do not retaliate.
    Dharma-Dhyana overcomes Arta-Dhyana and Raudra-Dhyana. The result of Dharma-Dhyana is a God form if it is pure or a man form if Dharma-Dhyana is mixed with Arta-Dhyana.

    Arta-Dhyana and Raudra-Dhyana result in entanglement in the worldly affairs while Dharma-Dhyana results in equanimity in the worldly affairs. Shukla-Dhyana leads to the path of liberation. It has four stages.
    Stage 1: Aspirant gets indistinct experience of ‘Pure-Self’. Indistinct experience means to feel the coolness of the ice when the wind blows over the ice block
    Stage 2: In this stage, there is a distinct and clear experience of the “Pure Self”. This means that “Pure Self” is known or realized.
    State 3: This is the state of an absolute (Kevli).
    Stage 4: Liberation.

    Shukla-Dhyana begins after one realizes the “Pure Self” through the grace of a Holistic Scientist.

    This article was originally published in December-January 2014 edition of the Akram Vignan magazine. It has been lightly edited to suit the audience.

  • Transcript of Andy Brine's interview with Dr. Shailesh Mehta on Holistic Science

    by Manish Shah | May 30, 2014
    Hello and welcome to this interview today. I am Andy Brine of ‘Become authentic on video’. Today I have the pleasure and privilege to interview Dr. Shailesh Mehta. We are going to speak about Holistic science and integral living. So please welcome Dr. Shailesh Mehta.

    Andy Brine- How are you?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - I am fine. I also heartily greet all of you and the holly self of all of you. I bow to holly self that is pure self of all of you and am very happy to meet you all.

    Andy Brine- fantastic! So as first question, it would be great to find out more about you and what first got you interested in Holistic inner science and integral living?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta- Yes well, as I was a medical student, I knew quite a bit about modern science and different facets of modern science. All of you also know and experience that the progress and developments in the various disciplines of modern science have gifted us with lot of amenities and comforts. There is phenomenal progress in fields like Nano technology, stem cell, genetics, neutrinos, god particles and much more. But when I was looking within me and looking around I was finding that I do have stress, inner unrest, lack of harmony and sometimes clash within me. I was in search of happy, harmonious, rich, meaningful inner living. I had many unanswered queries within. 

    As a doctor I would try to help people but I would be able to help them only physically or ailment wise. I would not able to alleviate their anxiety, inner clashes, and many inner issues.

    I felt the need for   the Holistic inner science which can provide   answers to all such inner issues and enable me to have happy, harmonious, rich, inner living even amidst difficult situations. I realized that it makes me experience inner freedom, better use my inner potentials and progress on the way to ultimate aim of liberation. Being an eye doctor now I enjoy the privilege of dealing with both visions, physical or outer - as an eye doctor and inner with this Holistic inner science.

    Andy Brine - How would you best describe Holistic science and integral living for those who are watching today?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - Holistic Inner Science is all inclusive and all comprehensive science of my own life and living which includes mind, body, speech, inner processes going on within me as well as all the outer circumstances and happenings, governed by natural laws, natural regulatory system and universe as a whole. In other words it is the science of ‘I’ as ‘I am’, whatever way I am living along with my mind, body, speech and everything around me. To say more, it is science of pure conscious in relation to matter, prakruti- purush , anatman- atman- or relative self and real self. It does include   other areas like, functioning of relative   inner self in the form of mind, reflective conscious, intellect and ego, science of speech, science of nature and human living and much more.

    It gives me science and art for daily happy, harmonious, rich, human living and leads me to ultimate knowledge or ultimate aim of my life which is salvation or liberation. Thus it includes everything.  In fact, I would go a step further and say that outer science or relative sciences and holistic Inner science are not different but they are continuation  of one spectrum. So far the world not knowing holistic inner science was not  focusing within so we are dwelling on to it with little more attention for one to have integral living.  

    Integral living is over all balanced and whole some living. I need to look or pay attention to all corners of my living and not only one corner of wealth or money.  Different corners like health, wealth, personal development, inner or spiritual progress, my relations with my spouse, my kids or children, my parents, my colleagues or my clients need to be looked upon. In other words I do need to look at personal, familial, social, professional, national, global and ecological aspects of living .Everybody must be aware that initially we were only focusing on physical health but even WHO now say that it is the total heath of mind- body- soul, which matters .Instead of only intelligent quotient (I.Q.) now we do speak about Emotional quotient (E.Q.) as well as Spiritual quotient (S.Q.). The world is moving towards whole, wholesome living or the overall balanced living looking to all facets of life and living.

    Andy Brine – Very very interesting. So you are talking about internal environment and external environment and would you say there are two separate parts or very much a whole in terms of living an integral life?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta- Yes, initially when I had not acquired these visions, I was feeling that my outer world or outer circumstances are playing the major role to make me happy or unhappy. But   after having understood Holistic inner science visions, now I feel that my inner world is more important in one way. In another way my inner and outer is not separate, but in continuation. Do the circumstances really make me happy or unhappy or is it my attitude, my outlook or my vision of looking at the circumstances, which make me Happy or unhappy? Of course, later ones.

    There is darkness, i.e. no light and if I am trying to go out, I may have many stumbling. But even if there is one light I will have no stumbling. In other words, I am doing an experiment and if I do not have the correct knowledge or correct understanding, no matter what efforts are being put in, I will not be successful in achieving desirable results. But as soon as I have correct understanding or a right methodology, results will be favorable effortlessly. How does this concept apply to my life and living? I would say that as long as I have stumbling in the form of disputes, clashes within and lack of harmony inside or outside, I would feel that I have still to search for something, I have still to search for Holistic inner science visions. Against that if I have correct visions, right beliefs or correct understanding; I will become happy, harmonious from within. I would have effortless desirable results in my life experiment.

    If you wish I can share the experiment with you?

    Andy Brine –Yes definitely I will be interested. 

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - So let’s start with very simple thing. all of us, in fact every human being ,why to say every human being ,all living beings are in search of happiness and nobody likes unhappiness, I think that is the basic truth, right?

    Andy Brine – Certainly.

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - Now let us further research on happiness. Initially I believed that plenty of things would make me happy and well there is nothing wrong in it. One can enjoy whatsoever is available and in front of you. But then I started realizing that it is at the level of my mind and ego that I am trying to compare and compete with others. E.g. I am  a doctor  practicing since 25 years , my income is x, I am doing y number of surgeries per month but my junior colleague is having double than me and having bigger car than me . My mind was going into race course but then through this Holistic inner science vision I could realize that in a racecourse all the horses are running but only one horse gets to be number one and all the rest will be breathless. So, the correct key is to have a normal and natural living. What is meant by a normal and natural living? Rose flower doesn’t blossom up in competition with anyone, a mango doesn’t become a beautiful fruit in competition with anybody, but it’s just natural. So if I allow my natural abilities to excel, I would be competing with myself, I would be naturally trying to be excellent and still saving myself from miseries or problems of the worldly competition or comparison.

    Further to it, what can give happiness or unhappiness at the level of heart? What can give me fulfillment? If it would be coming from abundance of things, at least people having couple of cars , extra fridges and many number of clothes in wardrobe should not have any tension on the face. But here the free smile is very hard to find. Even if somebody is taking the photograph, someone has to instruct 3 times please smile please smile, please smile and then the smile comes.

    Andy Brine – yes.

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - So what does really make me happy or unhappy?

    I found in this science that no sooner I decide to help somebody, to make somebody happy or suppose somebody is sick and I decide that I will render some help then even before I go out and help, my heart is full, I experience fulfillment and I become happy first. Let us take a small instance like our grandson’s birthday is coming up after 15 days; we decide to invite a few children and throw a small party. Here even before we invite anybody, we start feeling happy in the heart. Therefore, what is the secret? The secret is whatever action of my mind, speech and body which is going to make others happy will make me happy first. Before obliging others, I am being obliged first and before helping others I am being helped. In the worldly language I can say I have helped others or obliged others, but the natural secret is ‘I am being obliged or being helped first’.

    So I decide that let me open a happiness shop if I want to become happy. If I have shop of sweets I will never be in shortage of sweets. You will ask me how to open happiness shop? Have you ever seen a happiness shop anywhere in the world? We see big board’s like Kmart’s, Wal-Mart’s and what not but we hardly see the happiness shop. Do we?

    Andy Brine – No.

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - So how can one do that? Who would give the loan or credit? What would be the inventories?

    My mind, body and speech is the natural asset with me which is my inventory and it is my inner resolution, inner decision or inner inclination at the level of heart that whosoever comes across my life, from morning to evening let me try to offer some help, let me try to soothe someone’s heart, let me try to give some happiness to someone and in the process I will never be in shortage of happiness. Let us examine the reverse scenario. If I receive phone call that when you were away from your clinic your staff was non-disciplined and was not coming to the clinic on regular time. Then my mind may start revolving that let me go there, I will fire them, take them to task and what not. They may be enjoying but what happens to me before firing them? A fire within me starts or I am getting burned within. If I look at my face in the mirror at that moment, it would not be a smiling face and if someone took my photograph I will not love to see that photograph because it will be a frown faced. The secret is that whatever actions of my mind body and speech which are going to hurt or disturb others would disturb or hurt me first. Having realized such simple truth I resolve in the morning that let me my mind body and speech not hurt any living being in the world and let my mind body and speech make one and all happy to the extent possible. Let us explore the science behind this. Every religion, every visionary has suggested to do unto others what you like them to do to you and do not do to others what you don’t like them to do to you. However, my modern intellect was not accepting it and was rather asking, “Why to bother about others? I need to care for myself; I have enough problems of my own. Who cares for me?”But when I understood this science, I realized that I am not doing for others but I am doing for myself and it is affecting me first. Each action of my mind body and speech even before affecting others is affecting me positively or negatively and having understood this it is very simple for me, that there is no other in the world, but world is ‘me’ only; it is my extension, my projection and my continuity only. That’s where not only my ‘inner and outer self’ are one but the whole world with whom so ever I am interacting or coming in any relation is ‘me’ only. World is my own echo, my own projection. Now you will say what do you mean by echo? Normally people understand that when I say Andy you are very nice and good person you will also tell me Shailesh you are also a very good person. People believe that echo comes from outside which is true in a way, but the truth is, even before I say you are a nice person as soon as it comes to my mind to say you are a nice and good person, my face will become smiley. Why is that so? Because the inner reflection of my action even at the subtle level of mind makes me happy or in   reverse way if I decide to say you are stupid I will be negatively affected. So inner echo affects me first and then there may be outer echo coming from the world. So my world is made by my own self and I am  whole and sole responsible for my own self and world is nothing  other than my own echo’s and my own projections.

    Andy Brine - I mean that is definitely very interesting dwelling upon echo and how we internally view ourselves. I want to go back slightly because I was interested about what you talked about clashes that often we can have external clashes which may be something that happened in our life, experienced clashes with work, collogues, friends may be and we have internal clashes as well don’t we? How would you say best way to deal with those clashes in terms of integral living?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta –This is a very good question.  Let us first understand what happens when there are clashes? What is science of clashes?

    I have realized that whenever I have clashes outside or within me, for whatever reason - right or wrong, I lose my inner harmony. I lose my inner happiness, my energy level goes down, and negativity creeps in. Sometimes if there is a significant clash my mood goes off for hours together. If something comes up I will say please leave me alone for a while till my inner energies are replenish back then I will take care of it.   Therefore, the clash harms me; it takes away lot of my inner energies or spiritual energies. With this Holistic inner science vision, I decide to avoid clashes and no sooner I decide to avoid clashes my inner vision light, my inner understanding light will show me the way how to sail through  the situation smoothly without having clashes. If you do that, then somebody may ask, “Is it always to let go things or always to surrender?” No it is not surrendering or I am not letting go things like that because if I do that it is like pressing a spring and a pressed spring may rebound anytime, so it is not that. It is resolving the situation with correct understanding, with right belief and with correct vision.

    Why do the clashes happen? Most of the times there are clashes due to two to three common reason. First and foremost I believe that I am right on this particular issue or in this matter. I have all the right to convince, persuade, state my case and have representation but no sooner I become insistent or adamant about my views clashes would start. The other fellow also believes   that he or she is right and he or she will also pull the rope. If all of us start pulling the rope what will happen? So I should realize that as I am right in my own way, the other   may be right by his or her own view point. If I start realizing that everyone is right by one’s own viewpoint then I will try to listen and respect it. I will decide “let me resolve the situation amicably with equanimity”. It will be in everyone’s benefit which will save all of us from lot of animosities or wasting energies.

    Another interesting aspect is suppose I am a CEO of some company, I instruct my clerk or lower level staff to do a task and after a while I go back and ask them whether the work is completed or not? Unfortunately, I find work hasn’t been done and I may go mad. Here I do not realize that I gave instructions at my pace.  My revolutions may be 5000 per minute but the clerk may have just 500. Revolutions mean my thinking speed, my speed of comprehension is fast at 5000 per minute where as that speed for the other person was low. So how can he understand at my speed? If I do not realize and do not go down to his or her level I may not get the work done and it may lead to clashes. So not understanding a few basic things of life I may have clashes outside.

    Now what about inner clashes occurring at level of my mind or heart?  When something happens, my intellect always asks why it happened to me. Why to me only? I am always helping everyone or caring for others and still why others are reciprocating in different ways? Why and to me only? Here Holistic Inner science vision gives me the correct understanding how my life experiment is running. My own human life is an ongoing, continues experiment. I am living as I am name bearer Shailesh and in that capacity ‘I am’ is an experimenter. If I have correct understanding of life experiment along with natural laws and natural regulatory system, I will have resolving vision for all happenings within and without. (One such vision is whatever has happened is just and correct as per natural laws which we would discuss and understand later on) . Our mind always seeks resolving answers, so as we go ahead we will also see different types of vision which will help me resolve my inner clashes and keep me happy and harmonious from within.  

    First we talked about ‘Avoid clashes’; if we go further than that another golden key is ‘Adjust everywhere’. One who masters the art of adjusting everywhere with all different personalities and in all different situations will not only be happy in this world but would progress towards the doorstep of liberation. Does that interest you?

    Andy Brine - Yes it’s hugely interesting definitely. I think we all are here to live happy, harmonious life and to get on with it everybody with whom we are in contact with, it’s very interesting. I think when you  did drove on point of external conflicts or clashes and internal conflicts, they seem like you deal with them very much the same way and externally its go inside and understanding everybody has their points of view and has their views or visions, we need to respect that. At first you are going down to that level of thoughts?

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta -Yes it includes thoughts but more importantly my beliefs and my vision. Have we ever focused on what beliefs I am harboring inside? If I go a step ahead, human life is nothing but bundle of beliefs and effects thereof. Suppose if I look within myself, I have peculiar, particular beliefs about everything regarding food, lifestyle, about how the things should be happening, how others should behave, what is good and bad   and so on. Now the other fellow may have different beliefs and it is my belief of looking at the happening or at other people which is making me positive or negative. So if I become aware about all those beliefs I can change the beliefs which are disturbing my harmony for better leading to happy, harmonious living. If I can become aware of the beliefs being harbored, I can always try to see whether they are doing me harm or good. Not only to me but to all, because world is not different from me. The second vision which we were talking ‘adjust everywhere’ is in line on this thinking.

    Now if I see I do not have problem with my basic necessities. However, in my childhood I have seen those days when my father used to worry from where he will get my fees for school and I had only two pairs of uniform, so I had to wash them on Saturday and use them on Monday. But today even our grandson gets instead of one, three pairs of reebok shoes. The issue is not of basic necessities, but today the problem is difficulty to adjust with each other, in our family, we may have husband or wife, may have kids and our parents. We experience that all personalities are different and even though we want to live happily sometimes we find it is difficult to adjust with each other. It is so much so that one person in family will like to talk more, he may be talkative or extroverted personality, the other one likes to talk very less and may be an introverted personality. Now the talkative fellow will ask the other person at least speak something, house should be lively place and other fellow says to this person why are you talking and bluffing all the time, remain quite. Another example of difference is that in a bed room, one person has to keep air conditioner at 75 Fahrenheit and the other may have to use a blanket. Today nature has made our families and workplaces like a garden whereas previously they used to be like farms. What is the difference? In farm for miles together everything is alike, if it is almond all almond, if it is wheat all wheat, if it is rice all rice. Hence everyone used to feel that others are also like me and adjustment was easy. But in today’s life there are gardens in family meaning there by one is rose, one is orchid, one is jasmine, one is mango, one is blueberry, one is strawberry …that means each plant or tree is different but none without a fruit or a flower. Rose never complains to mango why you do not have beautiful flower like me? Mango doesn’t go ask rose why you don’t have a lovely fruit like me. Do we go and complain to Rose plant that why do you have thorns which pricks me? Similarly if I have such simple vision of my family, I will be able to look what are unique fruits and qualities of each personality in terms of ability or skills. I will make good use of that and never complain about what other members don’t know. A good manager is one who knows what are the positive abilities of all people with whom one is working and would make best use of them and never complain of what are the shortcomings. So with such simple visions my inner vision and beliefs get changed, which not only makes me happy and harmonious but it also changes my outer world also with whomsoever I am working. Ultimately it is my attitude which shapes my world.

    Suppose we take a scenario of workplace. There are so many management courses going on everywhere across the world that charge thousands of pounds and dollar’s to teach management skills. But I realized with this science that if I can manage myself I will be able to manage others. One who can manage one’s own self best can only manage others.

    At work place what should be the best way of handling or dealing with others?

    It is primarily ‘ego’ management, if I know how to handle my ego and how to handle others ego in a productive, friendly and caring way it will be win- win situation. People will love me and put their heart and souls with me in whatever work is there to be done. It is said that human are nothing but different forms and manifestations of ego. Two things happen in the world - either the ego is boosted it gets positive boost or it is hurt .If I want to live happily , get good productivity, I should be knowing how to handle everyone’s ego positively  and never to hurt anyone’s ego. If we explain further, the people say ego is a bad entity. No, ego itself is not a bad entity since without ego no action can be done. It is how you use ego which matters. If you are using ego in a positive way to help, care, share and do the constructive things it will be a positive world. If you use ego negatively to do bossism, criticize, to put blocks in someone’s path, you and the world around you will be unhappy.

    This is how different simple visions or beliefs go and function at the level of mind, reflective consciousness, Intellect and ego which comprise my inner self machinery. This brings us to another dimension, ‘who and what is driving our life?’ Suppose there is a beautiful car like a powerful Mercedes Benz. This car is important well and good but who is more important the driver or the car? Till driverless cars hit the road, a driver is more important. We always see if driver is awake and not drunken to be able to drive properly.

    In my own life I realized that it is my inner-self in the form of mind, relative consciousness, intellect and ego which is driving the outer self or body. This inner self is not stand alone but it is under the influence of my opinions, beliefs, values, my visions of looking at things along with intent, ultimate purpose or goal and my awareness level. It is also affected by inner weaknesses of anger, pride, greed, deceit, attachment and aversions. Holistic science or Holistic inner science  have changed my visions or beliefs for better understanding and that affects my inner self machinery to function properly for inner as well as outer.

    Andy Brine -  It will be probably interesting to look how it is related to corporate world or corporate environment in terms of managing leadership like you said if we can learn to manage our self then we can  more effectively manage others, very interesting.

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta – Yes, it is overall ‘vision light’ which would guide and lead us and in turn every one. If I add on to that scenario at work situation my attitude should be positive. World can be won by pure love.

    What I found is when I go to church, I go to temple, I go for meditation; I do find some tranquility and some positive energy for me. That happens for few minutes only. Why not to convert my work place into a temple or a church or a place where I get positively energized. So with my attitude changed, that today I have an opportunity to oblige people, to smile, love and care all with whom I interact, see god in them, to see holy self into them then my very work place becomes a place where I would be not only happy but energized all day. So it matters how I change from within and the whole experiment becomes a very fruitful thing. I am just changing my software drivers   for better to give me better results.

    Therefore, my vision always remains positive in whatever circumstances I am into. Sometimes even If the nature may give me challenging circumstances, so to say from worldly view point nature may give the circumstances which are challenging or difficult. But It is not the circumstances that are making me suffer or make me happy or unhappy altogether but it is my vision of looking at things which really make me happy or unhappy, positive or negative. So If I have ‘positive vision’ functioning in all situations, I would always be a gainer and never a loser. Difficulties would give me opportunity to develop from within.

    Andy Brine – Fantastic, thank you very much for sharing this today. It’s been a privilege.

    Dr. Shailesh Mehta - More so even scientists are  trying to document all these things by way of functional MRI, brain scanning and other tools. Sometimes we can share those findings also but everything is really being studied as a whole. Thank you very much. Good  bye.

    Andy Brine -Thank you very much and will see you soon, bye for now. 
  • Economics and Religion

    by Manish Shah | May 30, 2014
    अर्थम् अनर्थम् भािय तनत्यम्....

    Thou shall always keep in mind that money power may lead to havocs.”

    - Aadi Shankaracharya

    If one looks to the fundamental Principles of Economics right from Adam Smith, a reference is rarely made to the Human values or religion in Economics theories. Let us look to the evolution of Human civilization in three critical phases. The Agriculture wave, prevailed for thousands of years with the civilization centered around nature, slow pace of life, manual production by masses, village based society, joint family system etc., where the life as well as the economy was driven by social values and spiritual values.

    The industrialization wave beginning with 17th century brought with it the era of mass production, profit maximization, marketing with the simultaneous evolution of modern economics forming a foundation for the industrial society characterized by mechanization, urbanization, nuclear families, speedy life etc. As the renowned futurist Alvin Toffler has remarked, the industrialization wave has brought with it a concept of looking to human being merely as a clog in a wheel of the industry and has done everything to treat the humans as one of the factors of production. i.e. Land, Labor and Capital. The man is being treated as subservient to machines. The life and economy is guided by material values and individual gain justified quoting the Darwinian biological theory of survival of the fittest.

    While the industrial era has enriched the mankind in various material aspects the results are quite contradictory from the viewpoint of holistic welfare of the human civilization, to name a few:

    + Mass Production v/s Rising Unemployment
    + Large volume of Capital formation v/s Rising Poverty and Degrading Environment
    + Profit Maximization v/s Increasing incidences of Manipulations in Corporate Governance.

    The Knowledge Wave:
    With ushering of the third wave i.e. knowledge wave backed by Information and Communication Technology and Electronics, since last 30 years with an accelerating speed and coverage since 1990s, a paradigm shift is hovering around and various fundamentals of industrial civilization are being questioned. A quest for revisiting those fundamentals is becoming more intense and widespread with a revolutionary forum of internet and social media available almost free of cost to masses.

    Religion /Human values in Economics:
    With the development of the knowledge wave, the new generation in particular is challenging the role of human being in economy merely as a Production factor and searching for a role which is more fulfilling, satisfying and meaningful. The quest for revisiting the values of industrial civilization is likely to become further intense with the deep-rooted and recurrent Recession not responding well to the measures backed by the theories of modern economics.

    The Questions being raised:
    • Why the Ethical values (aimed at overall long term welfare of society as a whole) described in all the Religions have found no place in the foundation of Economics Theories. There might be serious defects/bugs in the software of economy!

    • Why the human being should accept to be treated merely as a factor of production with no regards for his personality development to lead a fulfilling life enriched with a sense of satisfaction.

    • Why the human life be founded on the Darwinian Theory of “Survival of the Fittest” with indifferent and callous attitude towards poor and illiterate masses founding the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid.

    • Whether the efforts of diagnosing and treating with a specialized economics and monetary approach instead of a multi-disciplinary holistic approach will lead to an effective long term solution to the Recession in the economy and rising Depression? across the society.

    The Probable Answer : The problem is highly complex and therefore the answer lies in collective and holistic thinking. There is a dire need for the Economists, Sociologists, Scientists, Religions Leaders, Thinkers, Politicians and Management Gurus coming together and explore various alternatives to tackle the situation of receding concerns for ethical values, humane approach, environmental hazards, the recession and stagflation and save the human civilization from the vagaries of the pure economic approach which is likely to even justify destruction through war and implied colonization of weaker countries, through politico-economic considerations.

    References:
    ‘Third Wave’, ‘War and Anti War’, ‘Revolutionary Wealth’ by Alvin Toffler. 
     Future at the Bottom of Pyramid, by Prof .C. K. Prahlad.
    ‘Hind Swaraj’ by Mahatma Gandhi.
    ‘Aapta-Vani’ – Dada Bhagwan

    - Lalbhai Patel
  • The Search for Truth in Science and Vedanta

    by Manish Shah | May 04, 2014

    This speech was delivered on Inaugural Function of HSRC on 27th April 2009 by Dr. S. R. Pandya. Dr. Pandya is a renowned Theoretical Nuclear Physicist, Honorary Professor & Former Director, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.

    I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to visit this beautiful Center, an abode of peace and spirituality and to be able to participate in this celebration. When I was invited to come here, I was somewhat hesitant. I have little acquaintance with religion and spirituality. I was born as a son of a professor of Physics (Incidentally, my father taught at the MTB Science College here for more than 30 years). I was educated and trained as a scientist and by profession; I have been a scientist all my life. I have also been convinced for many years that science and religion are not contradictory. Our society stands on the twin great pillars of religion and science. They run parallel to each other. They ask and search for answers to the same deep, fundamental philosophical questions. Their paths, their methodology and their technologies may differ, indeed they do differ widely. But the goals are the same mountain peaks. Often the results of their quest are amazingly similar.

    Let me elaborate on this, "Kena Upanishad" is one of our major Upanishads. Many of you may be familiar with it. In the very first mantra the Rushi asks four very fundamental questions. Each question begins with the word "Kena" or "by whom". Hence the name of this Upanishads.

    The first mantra runs like this:
    केनेषितं पततत प्रेषितं मनः
    केन प्राणः प्रथममः प्ररैततत ुक्तः
    केनेषितां वाचामममां वदन्तत
    चक्षक श्रोत्रं क देवो ुकनन््त

    Of course many learned pandits have commented on this mantra and its interpretation. But I, as one familiar with the quest of modern science wish to offer you my own interpretation.

    The first question concerns the working and perhaps the very purpose of the mind or to stretch a little, of consciousness. This certainly is the frontier area of research for scientists today. It involves physicists, biologists, psychologists and even mathematicians and information science. The wording of the question is some three thousand years old and appropriate to that age. But I hope my interpretation is more appropriate to our age. The second question concerns an equally deep problem. It is about the origin and functioning of life itself. This is also a problem of great interest to modern science, as you all know. The third question is about the speech. I interpret the word "speech" as basically communication not only between humans but also between all forms of life. How do we communicate is the subject of the science of linguistics which again attracts many computer scientists, biologists and psychologist.

    Communication between men and machines is a frontier area of research. Finally the last question talks about eyes and ears. This again I interpret as a mode of acquiring information or cognition. How do we know? We want knowledge of the external world and how it impacts our senses and through our senses our brain and mind. The development of quantum theory in the last century has brought to the fore the question of the relationship between the observed system and the observer. I do not go into any details here. I only wish to emphasize the point that scientists (natural philosophers) and religious philosophers follow similar paths of inquiry.

    The answer to these questions occupies the rest of the "Kena Upanishad". Basically, if I understand correctly, it says that behind all these objects and processes, there is a single universal element to understand which Rushis and Scientists struggle alike and knowing, which releases one from all bonds. The element is almost incomprehensible and to describe it one has to use lots of "not this", "not that" etc.

    I find the answer given in the "Nirvan Ashtakam" most beautiful.
    अहं तनषविकल्पः तनराकाररूपः
    षवभकर्वुािप्ु सवित्र सवेन्तिुाणाम्
    सदा मे समत्वं न मकन््तनि बतधः
    चचदानतदरूपः मिवोऽहं मिवोऽहं

    Whatever this "element" is, it is the only one. It has no form or shape or taste or smell. It is inaccessible to our normal senses. It is universal everywhere. There is no place or time where it is not.

    I will again try to draw a parallel with modern science and the conclusion it has reached. During the last four centuries, science has studied the structure of matter and of the radiant energy down to the deepest level possible. It has arrived at a truly amazing conclusion. All the matter we see and experience in our universe in its billions of different forms, is made up of only a few different kinds of atoms, about a hundred different kinds of atoms. You, I and the most distant stars and galaxies are all made of the same few atoms. Is this not an echo of - that thou art? In the last century, scientists have gone even deeper into the atomic structure. I will spare you the details. We find that the ultimate constituents, the building blocks of the universe are only a few elementary particles, called quarks and leptons. There is nothing else in the universe. Helping these particles to interact with each other and make more complex forms of matter are just four different types of forces. Radiant energy is only an expression: of one of these forces- the electromagnetic fields.

    The implications of this wonderful basic unity underlying all things in nature are equally breathtaking‘. I believe that once we realize this all-pervading element of unity in nature and accept it fully, this provides the foundation for all morality and ethics in our society. This is what supports and integrates man and nature. The basic percepts of truth and non-violence follow from this unity. If everyone is part of me and I am a part of every one, how can there be violence amongst us? How can I lie or cheat anyone, when I realize that I am cheating myself only? This is truly the essence of "Dharma”.

    Science is today a powerful force in our society. We see its influence everywhere, what has made science so powerful? Let me tell you that the strength and progress of science is largely due to the fact that scientific methodology is based on the principles of truth and nonviolence. Scientists do not go to war because they have different views or beliefs. One can find many instances in history where scientific disputes are settled by arguments, calculations or experiments done independently by third parties and results accepted amicably. In scientific papers one present's truth and only truth. Any fraud is quickly discovered and eliminated ruthlessly. Here indeed is a lesson our society can learn from science.

    When scientists examine the properties of these fundamental building blocks of nature, a truly amazing and incompressible face of reality is revealed. Of course, these elementary particles have no substantial form or shape, but also they are nothing like anything that we can express in everyday language. There are no words in our language to describe what they are, because our language can only describe what we see and experience in everyday life. If you ask, "Where is this electron?" an experiment can locate it as here or there. But when you are not looking at it, it can be anywhere. In fact quantum theory tells us that it is everywhere in the universe, all at the same time! Does it remind you of षवभकर्वुािप्ु सवित्र ॽ In the quantum world a cat can be dead and alive at the same time, if no one is looking! I cannot go into more details here. I only want to say that basic entities constituents of the universe are not only inaccessible to our senses but also indescribable in our language.

    I have only tried to draw some parallels between discoveries of science and revelations of our ancient Rishis. It would not be true to say that they have reached identical conclusions. But I find the similarity in some fundamental concepts very interesting and worth exploring.

    -  Dr. S. R. Pandya

     

     

     

  • Q&A with Holistic Scientist

    by Manish Shah | May 04, 2014
    Questioner: Can dollar and God co-exist (dwell together)?

    Holistic Scientist: They can, of course; but if God is loved, the dollar comes. God must be loved, always, and not the dollar.

    Questioner: Is there any prohibition in the shastras (scriptures), regarding receiving interest?

    Holistic Scientist: Our shastras have not raised any such objection. But to become glutton-like in matter of interest is dangerous (i.e. charging too much interest on the loan). There is no harm in charging/receiving interest which causes no grief (trouble) to the other person.

    Questioner: It is written in the shastras that husband is God like. What is your opinion, Sir?

    Holistic Scientist: The authors of such books were men. If your husband is like (as worthy as) Lord Rama (a pious character from the epic Mahabharata), you need to be Sita (Lord Rama’s wife). If the husband can tolerate even when the wife is erratic or becomes a lunatic, then he is like God.

    Questioner: Is it true to say that time itself is God, or that time is Parameshwar (the Almighty)?

    Holistic Scientist: Time cannot be equated with God. You yourself are God almighty. It is necessary to know that (You are that!). Time is only an instrument.

    Questioner: Is man dependent on his age (era that he is living in), or the age dependent on man?

    Holistic Scientist: It is just like this. For the present, man is dependent on the age (era). But the concept of time is also created by us. You yourself are the King and everything is dependent on the King.

    Questioner: Even though we have time and also desire, how is that we are lazy?

    Holistic Scientist: There are generally two types of people. Some people are just lethargic about their work, and some others are too hasty about it. Those who are hasty may not be successful and also those who are lethargic may also fail to do things well. It is desirable to remain within the bounds of normality.

    Questioner: What is a woman’s decoration-ornaments or qualities?

    Holistic Scientist: Try to decorate a foul-tongued woman with ornaments. Does she really look attractive? If at home your wife is using bad language, decorate her with ornaments. Does she look attractive now? So a woman’s decoration are her good qualities.

    Questioner: Who is greater, the one who forgives or the one who is forgiven?

    Holistic Scientist: Forgiveness is sought by people all the time but we may not have forgiven anyone! Therefore, true worth of a person is determined by his ability to forgive. A holistic scientist’s forgiveness is natural. Even if someone makes a mistake, Holistic Scientist forgives that person even if he does not ask for it.

    Questioner: It is easy to remember something but it is very difficult to forget it? What is the reason?

    Holistic Scientist: Neither remembering is easy, nor forgetting. Both acts are equally hard. For someone who does not have good memory, remembering is very hard but forgetting is really easy. And for someone who has good memory, forgetting becomes very, very difficult.

    Questioner: It often happens that two persons are in love, but fail to get support of family members and commit suicide. Then, what would we call this kind of love?

    Holistic Scientist: Roaming love! It cannot be called love at all. When such people get too emotional they lie down on the railway track and hope that they will meet in the next birth. Such hope does not come to fruition. These individuals are just acting to settle their past karmic accounts. They can never come together again.

    Questioner: Can they never meet despite a strong desire?

    Holistic Scientist: If wishes were horses, the beggars would ride them. Hope is futile. One’s next birth will be also as a result of karma or actions.

    This Q&A was first published in December-January 2014 edition of Akram Vignan magazine. It has been lighted edited to fit the audience.
  • Holistic Science Personal Experience - South Korea

    by Manish Shah | May 04, 2014
    I accompanied my husband to South Korea for one year on a business assignment. South Koreans are very friendly and just like Indians and are always keen to learn English. Since it was a new country with a new language, I had chosen to take with me a complete set of Apta Vani (spiritual text) and Kaviraj’s pads (spiritual hymns)  instead of my vast collections of songs and ghazals. Also, I maintained constant contact with the Apta Putras (Expert Holistic Science Practitioners). Thus, I had the opportunity to do a lot of abhyas (study) and manan (contemplation) and read all the Apta Vanis.

    While travelling on a bus I met a group of Korean ladies who were eager to practice their English. So, I requested them to come to our home once a week. When they came for the first time, one of the ladies kept looking at a photo of Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagwan and asked me if he was my father. So I asked her if she really wanted to know. Then I explained her a little bit about Holistic science. As the weekly sessions continued she kept asking more questions about the science and I explained key principles such as “adjust everywhere” and “avoid clashes”. Then I explained cause and effect and the principle that one who suffers is at fault. Eventually she opened up and started talking about the problems with her mother-in-law. I requested her to practice the key Holistic Science principles and to keep telling herself that her mother-in-law is a good person.

    Our weekly sessions continued for a while. Then I had to go to India USA for a few months. After about 6 months, I received a letter from her that she was getting along fine with her mother-in-law and as a result there was peace and harmony in her home.

    -Tarulatta Patel
  • Vision of Cosmic Unity

    by Manish Shah | May 04, 2014
    Let us welcome 2014 and resolve to purify our nerves, mind and heart to their pristine glory, for well-integrated and harmonious living…

    Since the dawn of civilization, man has been in search of Light, Truth and immortality. There has been an intense longing and perennial quest for peace, prosperity and perfection.

    The famous prayer for peace sums up the eternal peace or prosperity vision.

    May there be peace and prosperity in the outer and inner space on the earth, in the water, in the vegetable kingdom-both eatable and on-eatable, in the entire cosmos, in the entire reality, everywhere, at all times, there be peace and peace alone. May everyone attain and experience peace. May peace and peace and peace prevail.

    Lord, make me an instrument of thy love and peace. Only love can save mankind. Love is the source and end of life, and also the law of human race. We should see the Self in all beings and all beings in the Self. “Sarvan Khalu Idam Brahma”, this I the vision of cosmic unity.

    We are in 2014. Let us advise our senses and mind

    Not to while away precious moments of life in idle talks or gossip or thinking, feeling, speaking or acting in a negative way, hurting anybody…
    1. Not to see things that entice us and befool us. To see the self in every creature we come across
    2. To speak healthy, soothing, loving words so as to give peace and joy to others. Not to offend anybody.
    3. Breathe in good, fragrant, sweet things and exhale love, sympathy and joy all around.
    4. Keep your mind fresh, unpolluted and healthy, so that it may give you and others joy unalloyed. Fix it on the inner sight of consciousness and experience bliss within. You well –integrated harmonious being will shed rays of love and joy around, it will bring in a silent evolution of consciousness in the restless and discordant orchestra of human heart.
    5. I bow to the Real form of all the creatures of the universe with love and devotion.

    Aum! I worship Bhagavan,
    Who has become the universe and pervades all,
    Lord of past, present and future.
    He has made and supports all that is.
    He is being and the essence of all beings:
    He is pure and supreme Self in all.
    He is all and the beginning of all things.
    He is existence, its cause and its support.
    He is the origin and the power.
    He is the Lord.
    He is the One from which creation flows.
    His heads are a multitude,
    Yet he is the Self in all.
    His eyes and feet cannot be numbered.
    Many and mighty are his forms.
    His soul is revealed in light; as fire he burns.
    He is the rays of the moon and the light of the sun.
    His forms are many, but he is hidden.
    He has hundreds of forms, hundreds of faces;
    His face is everywhere.

    “God is in every creature that is visible or invisible. He is everywhere and everything. He is seated in every heart. So see the Self in others, not their ‘Pudgals’ (bodies) or their ‘galan’ (discharge)”, says Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagwan. Now let us see what Krishna Bhagawan says in the verse 15 of chapter 15: sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto (I am centered in the hearts of all). He is the spark of spirituality in every heart. He is the innermost core of our being. He is the Lord of Love and infinite compassion. He is
    our Real Pureself…Sat-Chit-Anand Swaroop.

    Just as a wave is the part of the ocean-the source and sustenance and the force behind it, in the same way everything is a part of the Cosmos. Whatever existed, whatever exists and whatever shall come into existence, are all the manifestations of the same divine source. In the shifting sands of time, every element is divine, throbbing with life and consciousness. There is One unitary, Self-existing principle which expresses itself in diverse forms. This is external Aryan tradition of Wisdom.

    Our enlightened Rishis and Tirthankars have left this wisdom for all as. Indian culture has denounced the pursuit of ‘artha’ and ‘kama’-wealth and desires, without being guided by ‘dharma’.

    The relation between science and spirituality is not antagonistic. The two have to join hands for the attainment of peace and prosperity. In a holistic view one need not conceive any rift between science and spirituality. According to external tradition the ideal life situation is possible only when the microcosm and macrocosm (Vyashti and Samashti) are in perfect harmony. So let all creatures be healthy, happy and lead a harmonious and peaceful life. Let love prevail in the world.

    -   Vishnu Pathak

    This article was originally published in December 2013 – January 2014 issue of Akram Vignan.

  • Holistic Science Personal Experience - Across the Borders

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    When we printed the first book that had compilation of experiences from USA Mahatmas, Mark did all the printing for us. When I visited the press for the first time, I had with me an English version of the Akram Vignan magazine. The magazine had a few sutras in it. Mark read them and got really interested. I asked him if he wanted to keep the magazine so that he could read it at his leisure. He said yes and so I left the magazine with him. Next time we met he asked me about Dadaji and Holistic Science and so I briefly talked about both.

    Mark is the son of a pastor and from the very young age had a conflict of opinion with his father. His father’s belief was that here is only one way to salvation whereas Mark’s belief was that there are other ways to attain salvation.  

    We had more conversations on Holistic science when we met during the course of printing the book. I gave him some other books--Adjust Everywhere, Who am I, Avoid Clashes and Science of Liberation.  We would meet once in a while but communicated a lot through e-mail. During our conversations, Mark would ask questions to clarify his understanding of Holistic Science.

    After familiarizing himself with Holistic Science, he wanted to meet Dadaji and receive gyan.

    Mark incorporated “adjust everywhere” and “avoid clashes” in his life. Once, he took his car to the mechanic and was told that it will be fixed the following day. Next day he rode his bicycle to the car shop to pick up his car. He was told that it was not fixed and they needed another day. He immediately remembered the principles of adjusting everywhere and avoiding clashes. Instead of getting irate, he contained himself.

    Following is some dialogue with him:
    The PDF you sent about Krishna was good. It clarified a couple of points for me. Specifically about fruits of one's efforts, that it is all right to expect to accomplish something but one must be accepting of the outcome whether favorable or unfavorable. I am reading a book now on Vedanta that describes the difficulty of knowing one is the pure soul but not yet experiencing it. The writer likened that state to a very poor person who is informed that he is an heir to great wealth, but lacks the legal fees to establish his ownership of it. This person is now more miserable than before knowing his true nature. This is where the gnani comes in, if I understand correctly. Only one who is established in a non-relative state can destroy the ignorance of the person who is seeking his self. The gnani will show you the missing glasses are propped on your head.


    Brazil
    In Brazil we met a lady who had helped a lot of people. We named her Krupa. As we got to know her we stated talking to her about Holistic Science. She developed a really good understanding of “adjust everywhere”. She expressed her desire to meet Dadaji. Also, I hired her in our project to help translate books from English to Portuguese and vice versa.

    She has translated Introduction to Holistic Science and Integral Living into Spanish and Portuguese. She sends an e-mail to Dadaji on his birthday every year. While translating the book she asked several questions, so that she could understand the true meaning of what was said and translate it with precision.

    She is involved in a court case with people who have taken over her property. In these difficult circumstances, she has lived her life with patience and has not said any unwelcome things about the opposing party.  She recently mentioned that Holistic Science has helped her in her life and for that she is forever grateful.


    Spain
    After returning from Brazil, I had a project which involved interaction with our Spain office and particularly the project manager there. The project manager was a very smart and sharp individual but was always quick to blame others. I was aware of some design issues because the Spanish team was asked follow the design given from USA.

    I started working with the project manager and by applying Holistic Science principles started solving problems that the Spanish team was facing. I started leveraging their experience in design. I solicited their opinions and established a healthy team environment. Their production went up and as a result they were able to meet their project requirements. The project manager and I developed mutual respect and friendship. I started having conversations about Holistic Science with him. After retirement I was in touch with him sporadically. Swami Shaileshanandji’s Introduction to Holistic Science and Integral living was translated into Spanish and Portuguese in Brazil. I thought that we could get this translation proofread by him.

    I recently sent him the Spanish version of the book.  He reviewed the preface and the first chapter found it very interesting.


    I
    ndia - Bombay Airport
    While going through the local airport security the officer who inspected me was very diligently in doing his job. Out of curiosity, I asked him which God he worshipped. He said he did not believe in God since God had done a great disservice to him. I told him not to lose faith and gave him the 9 diamonds foldout card and asked that he follow these principles. He looked at the card and was elated. Later, I met another officer who asked me what I did to the other officer that got him cheerful. I told him about the 9 diamonds card. He immediately requested a copy. I had only one copy left which I handed to him.

    - Rajnikant Patel

  • We have four wives but only one that is faithful

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and took great care of her, giving her nothing but the best.

    He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He was very proud of her but always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

    He too, loved his 2nd wife, in fact his confidante.

    His 1st wife, a very loyal partner had made great contributions in taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply. He hardly took notice of her.

    One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life with 4 wives. But felt very lonely now!

    He asked the 4 wife. ‘I loved you the most, showering you with the finest things in life. Now that I’m dying. Will you follow me and keep me company?

    ‘No way! ‘replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

    The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart.

    The 3rd wife replied to the similar question from the dying Merchant. No! Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!

    And the rebuff from the second one was even sharper, I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time! At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.’

    Then a voice called out: ‘I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.’ The merchant looked up and there was his first skinny wife.

    Greatly grieved, the merchant said, I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!’

    Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives.

    a. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us one day when we die.

    b. Our 3rd wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

    c. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

    d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

    This article was first published in the June-July edition of the Akram Vignan Magazine.

  • Today’s Holistic Science and its new Paradigm

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    "Philosophy is empty if it is not based on science. Science discovers, philosophy interprets", said Einstein. Today, scientists are losing their faith in mere intellection and attach more importance and a higher validity to the power of realization of a holistic universe. "What we grasp intellectually may be overthrown by a new argument, but what you realize is yours forever. Newton and Galileo were the prophets of physical science, and Upanishad seers and Tirthankars were prophets of spirituality." In the ultimate analysis the whole universe, mental and material, will be fused into one. It’s the finding of unity towards which we are going.

    The Boostrap theory of Geophrey Chew, the concept of the 'Implicit order' by David Bohm, the successful experiment of Bell's 'Theorem' by Clauser and Freedman, all these have arrived at the vision of holistic universe where every particle is connected with every other particle even at the farthest end of the universe. The new paradigm of modern science is the holistic paradigm. A paradigm is an entire constellation of beliefs, values, techniques and so on shared by members of a given society. S. Kuhn, in one of his most influential books of modern times, shows how the scientific world is periodically overturned in a 'Paradigm shift'. The new paradigm of today’s science is based on the basic interconnectedness of the entire universe and an inseparable connection between mind and matter. This is the new holistic paradigm of science. The lopsided development of science with its sole emphasis on intellect, ignored the holistic vision bringing thereby a disaster of the two world wars. But shocks of human annihilation opened new visions to many scientists.The value of science must lie in the world of men as all roots lie there. These are the strongest bonds in the world, stronger than those even that bind the atomic scientists to one another. The scientists realized their moral duty to men and found the deepest bonds that bound them to their fellow-men.

    “With the nuclear holocaust threatening us, what we need for survival is synthesis, the ecological perspective, the holistic view”, says physicist Fritjof Capra. Who like others, feels that the Darwinian concept of the struggle for existence, natural selection and adaptation, will never explain the phenomenon of higher human evolution.” Ile says, “The new paradigm is the holistic, ecological world view. And we need this shift of perception.”

    Rene Weber, while interviewing physicists like Fritjof Capra and David Bohm felt that today’s Nobel Prize winning physicists must also become Buddha. The highest scientific mind must also be combined with the noblest Buddha heart. Capra thinks “that both Einstein and Bohr were primarily meditative and intuitive at the same time, they were the greatest of physicists.”

    About Niel Bohr, Capra said. “Bohr’s science was his mysticism” and added that “in the eastern traditions, the most enlightened becomes the most ordinary. And so these great sages just went round cutting fire wood and drawing waters”, or constructed bridges to bring people together to live as a global family, “The whole universe is one mass, one ocean of matter, in which you and I, the sun and the moon, and everything else are but the names of different little whirlpools and nothing more. It is one unchangeable, unbroken, homogeneous Atman.” Capra wrote: “We have piled up tons of thousands of nuclear weapons; enough 10 destroy the entire world several times over. All this suggests, a profound imbalance in our culture. Further reflections show that the roots of this culture crisis lie in the imbalance between two modes of consciousness which have been recognized as characteristic aspects of human nature throughout the ages. They are usually called the rational and intuitive modes or the scientific and religious modes.” These two modes of human consciousness have been described by Chinese thinkers as the Yan or the active, rational, competitive, and the Yin or intuitive, co-operative, emotional and the mystical aspects of our mind. The time is ripe for a shift from a purely materialistic, to a holistic-intuitive-humanistic paradigm. The Yan having reached its climax retreats in favor of Yin.”

    Astrophysics today proves that in the smallest particle there is the potency of the entire universe. Vivekananda gives a humanistic orientation interpreting this truth thus: “The world is homogeneous and modern science shows beyond doubt that each atom is composed of the same material as the whole universe... Man is the most representative being in the universe, the macrocosm, a small universe in himself.” Shankaracharya had tremendous intellectual power. He threw the scorching light of reason upon everything. We want today that bright sun of intellectually joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. The union will give us the highest philosophy: Science and religion, will meet and shake hands.” Romain Rolland wrote, “Europe and Asia are two halves of the soul. Man is not yet. He will be.”

    “Art, Science and Religion are but three ways of expressing a single truth.

    Michael Talbot wrote, “Most importantly the new physics is offering us a scientific basis for religion. This is something new in the history of western civilization, and its impact will certainly be felt in every aspect of our lives”. This is the echo of what Schopenhauer predicted in the last century on the epoch-making impact of Vedantic mysticism of the Upanishads on the thoughts of the coming ages. He said, “In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. The world is about to see a revolution in thought more extensive and more powerful than that which was witnessed by the Renaissance of Great Literature.”

    The rational and intuitive modes or the scientific and religious modes must unite this new paradigm and philosophy of today’s Holistic Science. Our is a holistic universe where matter, energy and consciousness are connected together in one inseparable common background which is termed as Absolute Consciousness (Chit) and Absolute Bliss (Anand) in our Eastern Philosophy. 

    - Vishnu Pathak

  • GURU

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagavan says about the Guru’s place in an aspirant’s life. “An enlightened Guru, an alchemist of souls, transforms the aspiring disciple into himself-a liberated soul, erasing the thin line of difference between a Guru and his disciple. Nobody attained liberation without Guru’s grace-Master’s grace. Only self illumined Tirthankaras did. But they were also fortunate enough to get their spiritual guides in their previous births who blessed them with a spiritual vision.”

    The rise of new political ideology in the West after the first world-war made men intolerant of all authority. The truly-seeking minds were caught between the spirit of the new age and that of the venerable traditions and scriptures, which had, throughout the centuries, produced spiritual masters who led millions “from the unreal to the real and from death to Immortality.”

    It is small wonder then that bewildered, earnest, truth-hungry men should visit the Maharshi and seek his advice on the need or otherwise of a guru.

    Questioner: I have been following a certain school of thought which completely dispenses with gurus. But after many years of deep thinking. I have now come to the conclusion that a guide is absolutely essential on the difficult path which leads to spiritual liberation. I beg of Bhagavan to enlighten me.

    Maharshi : All scriptures recommend spiritual teachers. The guru is none other than the goal men seek, the Self. As seeker’s mind is bent outward, the Self takes a human shape as a guru to help driving it inward. God, Self or guru appears as a man to dispel the ignorance of man, just as a deer is used as a decoy to capture a wild deer. He has to appear in a body in order to dispel the i-am-the-body’ notion of the seeker.


    -1937


    Sri Dilipkumar Roy of Sn Aurohindo Ashram this morning sang in the presence of Maharshi in the Hall and in the evening asked the following questions :

    Dilipji : Some people reported you have said that there was no need for a guru. Others gave the opposite report. What does Maharshi say?

    Maharshi : I have never said that there is no need for a guru.

    Dilipji: Sri Aurobindo and others refer to you as having had no guru.

    Maharshi : AIl depends on what you call guru. He need not be in a human form. Dattatreya had twenty four gurus : the five elements-earth, water, etc., which means that every object in this world was his guru. Guru is absolutely necessary. The Upanishads say that none but a guru can take a man out of the jungle of intellect and sense-perceptions. So there must be a guru.

    Dilipji: I mean a human guru Bhagavan (The Maharshi) did not have one.

    Maharshi : I might have had one at one time or other. But did I not sing hymns to Arunachala? What is a guru ? Guru is God or the Self. First a man prays to God to fulfil his desires. A time comes when he will no more pray for the fulfilment of material desires but for God Himself. God then appears to him in some form or other, human or non-human, to guide him to Himself in answer to his prayer and according to his needs.

    -30 Oct. 1945


    Mrs. Jinrajdasa, an old theosophist and later a follower of Sri J. Krishnamurti.

    Mrs. J: In Mrs. Besant’s time we used to spend such a lot of time meditating on the Masters. Are Masters really useful?

    Maharshi : Masters do exist externally as long as the pupil feels himself to be the body. As such they are useful to teach him the truth about himself. Once the pupil experiences the Truth and breaks the body illusion, he realizes the Masters to be the same as himself, namely, the Supreme Consciousness, or Self. If there are Masters outside the Self, they are not real, being outside additions, for he who comes will also go, that is, is impermanent. The fact is Self, Master and God are one and the same.

    Mme. de Rarhonvi: Oh ! We are far from this truth!

    Maharshi : How many miles are you far from this truth? Do you deny your existence? If not, how can you deny Reality, which is pure existence, the Self?

    -19” Feb, 1937

    - Vishu Pathak

  • ‘Shiva’ is the manifest form of Shakti (Energy-Force)

    by Manish Shah | Mar 03, 2014

    “Shiva” means one’s own awakened ‘Pure Soul-form’ - ‘Paramatma-swaroop’, which is the abode of infinite knowledge, infinite vision, infinite energy and infinite bliss. The awakened Pure Soul-form Paramatmaswaroop’ means ‘Shiva Swaroop’, the manifest-form of ‘Infinite energy’.

    An individual soul (Jiva) is the best instrument for the attainment of ‘Shiva State’, the ultimate goal. Here the gift of infinite grace of the enlightened soul, in conferring the knowledge of one’s ‘Self, is the excellent medium. But the principle is that such ‘excellent medium’ must be possessing ‘Shiva-nature’ (wishing and doing spiritual well-being of all).

    But how can it happen?

    It is said that in whom the ‘Shiva Principle’ is fully manifested, the ‘body-temple’ of such an enlightened soul becomes the excellent instrument.

    The ‘Shiva-state’ is the innate, natural state of an enlightened soul. Such enlightened souls travel far and wide for the spiritual well-being of the world.

    May each and every soul of the world attain ‘Shiva-state’. The infinite soul-bliss, he has experienced, may that infinite souL-bliss be experienced by all the souls of the world. Such constant ‘Shiva-state’ eternally abides in an enlightened soul.

    To be determined in one’s own ‘Self may be called one has attained the ‘Shiva state’.

    ‘Shivji’ means one who has become ‘Kalyan-swaroop’ (well-wisher, doing good of the world) and who possesses the wonderful soul-force of doing good to every soul of the world, as an instrument. An enlightened soul is such a rare superhuman form.

    Liberation is possible only, if “I am the Pure self’ is undoubtedly determined with the infinite compassion of the manifest, present enlightened soul. Having become the soul, if one speaks : ‘I am the Soul’, liberation is attained. It is master-key lies hidden in the enlightened heart of an enlightened Soul’.

    Those who want to experience the infinite qualities of the soul and make these qualities of the soul manifest in their equivalent forms-they should be highly delighted singing the boundless, immeasurable living glory of the enlightened soul, living according to his precepts. O my God ! This is the unprecedented, divine, unparalleled story of my own ‘Soul’. My own inexhaustible, imperishable, infinite-Self-nectar-drinking.

    Infinitely infinite abode of merits virtues, infinite imperishable Force my own soul’s
    manifestation-fame-’That’ is the greatest cause of my own bliss(of the Self).

    What is ‘Experience’ of the Self? Eternal, constant state of Bliss...

    That bliss never leaves one under any circumstances (at any place, at any time). One experiences meditation with open eyes amidst (Aadhi-Vyadhi-Upadhi) physical, mental and worldly afflictions.’ The bliss of the Self, once experienced never leaves. That is called the realization of the Self. It is the ‘State of Pure Selfhood’. Going beyond the state of Self-experience attained through the observance of the precepts of the manifest enlightened soul, it culminates into perfection-state of Godhood-Siddhagati is attained-such unparalleled is the ‘Akram Vignan’ (Holistic Science)!

    The Bliss of the Self is Eternal. And, therefore, the ‘Glory of Soul’ is called matchless, infinite glory ! Before such soul-glory, even the kingdom of the three worlds is insignificant, transitory and burdensome.

    -J. P. Amin

     

  • NO ATTACHMENT TO DUST

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014

    Brahmanand, an enlightened master, wrote the following advice for his disciples.

    Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true aspirant.

    When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it.

    Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a noble guest. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature.

    Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.

    A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.

    Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves as does rain or snow.

    Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.

    A noble heart never forces itself for ward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.

    To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes hut he never lags behind. Neither glory nor shame can move him.

    Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong. Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.

    Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.

    This article was published in the February-March 20012  edition of the Akram Vignan magazine.

     

  • The Valor and Power of Embracing insults

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014
    Normally, when someone insults us, the relative ego will rise up and revolt! However, when one underlines and experiences first-hand the power of embracing insults; one gets empowered rather than broken down. Anger is like taking a hot coal in the palm of one’s hands. It bums the hands in which it is held. Instead, with a humble relative ego the reaction from within is the opposite. The energy that otherwise would have been wasted on anger is absorbed and compounds to empower from within. This gives rise to wisdom and spiritual power.

    The power gained from the art of embracing and absorbing insults can move mountains! Every time one receives an insult and is able to drink it in as though it was nectar, one is nourishing the divinity within while burning away layers of ignorance.

    As the relative ego is humbled, the innocent instrument making the delivery of the insults can be held to a high esteem with gratitude from within. Instead of anger, there is a silent fountain of compassion that springs from the heart center.

    As the spiritual energy from imbibing, absorbing, assimilating the insults of the relative world compounds within one, it permeates the surrounding ether oozing with a sweet, enthralling aroma of peace and harmony.

    Only the truly brave and courageous have the humility, the will power and the wisdom to receive insults with an open heart, smiling face and steadfast demeanor. The immense spiritual power surrounding absorbing of insults cannot be defined accurately in words; but, rather is something to be experienced by oneself.

    No heartfelt Inner Attitude of “YES”

    An inner attitude of ”yes” does not mean we go around saying “yes” to everyone and to everything! It is rather an inner “openness” of the heart center. This allows nature’s energy to flow effortlessly, fearlessly and seamlessly when it comes to all the minute to enormous exchanges of ‘energy’ whether subtle or gross in order to bring the account balances of the past to a big, beautiful, liberating zero!

    The inner attitude of “yes” helps to remove all the barriers that nature’s forces face when it comes to settling the karmic accounts of infinite past lives. This inner attitude of “yes” serves to “free” from affinities/aversions in the relative life that prevent clarity of vision and ultimately oneness of mind-speech-body.

    If our innermost desire is to “clear the karmic accounts” a “yes” attitude definitely helps! So, whether we are able to meet the needs of each and every relation in the relative or not, the inner intent is still one of “yes”. Therefore, we get freedom in the process whether it seems we have satisfied all of our relations or not! In a sense we are validating our relative self by embracing this inner attitude of “yes”! The bottom line is our heart remains untainted, pure and free from any aversion/affinity towards any living beings whatsoever including our
    relative self!

    An inner attitude of “yes” allows for a total acceptance of manifesting scenes as they unravel, no matter what they may be. An inner attitude of ”yes” allows our lotus at the heart center to effortlessly emanate a fragrance of kindness, compassion and pure love to all living beings within and without whether they are friends, foes or indifferent.

    This article was published in the August-September 2011 edition of the Akram Vignan magazine.
  • Welcome to Funfair

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014

    The Polestar for Permanent Happiness
    (Good-bye Amoeba)

    Let us begin right now, from today.

    My father was a prolific reader --- a great lover of books. My mother was deeply inclined to spiritualism. In the university hostel nearby my residence, there were many friends of mine. They belonged not only to different states of India but also foreign countries like America, England, Africa, etc. Many a time in the evening, we used to meet in a coffee house and discuss different subjects. Our discussion was mostly focused on economic, social, domestic, historical and philosophical problems. We were deeply interested in the discussion and exchange of thoughts. Moreover, I had a deep interest in literature. This resulted in carving the lasting impression of science, spiritualism and literature in my mind.

    On account of this impression there was the development of curiosity and inquisitiveness in me. This had affirmed my belief that the knowledge of this universe is infinite. Today radio astronomy makes us realize the boundless expanse of this wonderful world and universe. And we are just a part of it. Such a knowledge makes us humble and wise.

    The study of science gives us a story of multi-formed, one-sensed microbes like amoeba evolving into five-sense human being. This process of evolution is an amazing and rare phenomenon of the live world. The Enlightened Person can give an acceptable explanation of this process of evolution. According to him, ‘Nigod’ or dormant state is a phase in which there are innumerable living entities who are still not named. Then they transit from the nameless existence to the living beings having specific physical frames and names. The worldly existence assumes various packings of body and these species are named and can be identified, for e.g., potato, elephant and snake, monkey, man, etc.

    Man differs mysteriously from animals, birds and insects. As man advances in age, his intellect, feeling and fancy also develop. Because of this, he gets entwined in blood relations. These are the relations of father, mother, brother-sister, son-daughter, all relatives, relations of school, college, business, job, marriage. Thus relations make us lose ourselves in the thick forest of relativity.

    These relations breed dualities --- conflicts and clashes, happiness and unhappiness, hope and despair, ambition and rivalry, jealousy, opinions, blaming, attachments and expectation, worry, craze for power, sex, anger, pride, greed, violence, disadjustment, negativeness. These dualities lead to the breakdown of the bridge between human beings and other living entities. Man becomes a victim of physical ailment and mental suffering. Pain and agony go hand in hand. Thus each of the relations leaves a painful scratch on him.

    To my memory comes a story --- once a king visits the mental hospital. He happens to see a man hitting his head on the wall. When asked the reason of doing so, he narrates his story of his failure in love for the woman whom he could not get. The king enters another department. There, another madman is spitting on a picture of a lady whom he loved. On inquiry, it is known that he gets the lady he loves but that lady leads him to lunacy. Thus whether one succeeds in love or fails in love, there is lunacy. In fact there are atoms of lunacy in all of us. Our life is a distorted picture, a baseless edifice where we stand helpless and hapless.

    Just recall the picture of a human being with tiny balloons, stuck all over the body on the wall of a stall. You have to shoot the rubber balloons with the airgun. If you shoot all the balloons you get a nice gift or cash. In our life also miseries, worry, stress, anger, pride, greed, cunningness, violence, unkindness, cruelty are like rubber balloons stuck within us. One who makes efforts to shoot them wins life and enjoys the game of living.

    Dear friends, I would like to elate you by these illustrations. A rapport has been created between us, be it only of five minutes. Let us make a Master Plan of being happy. Hopefully all will like this project and greet it. Let us take a round in fun-fair in order to bring about a radical change in our living and create a total transformation of our existing state.

    Thus from the fun-fair you have got a unique vision which is already there within us. Quietly, gradually patiently let us shoot down the rubber balloons of stress and striving in our life. In the conversation that follows and from our openness we will be gifted with the Road Map of permanent happiness and peace. We welcome you most heartily and lovingly. Oh, we would like to hug you! Let us all decide to fill our existence with a new zest and zeal and be one of the mankind in the world of happiness.

    Wisdom is inside. The World is outside.

    Sudhir Shah