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Glory of NAAM-JAPA

Realization in course of Incessant NAAM-JAPA
 
  1. KUNDALINI POWER AND ITS MANIFESTATION (as realized by five sense organs)
Disciple: Often I hear very pleasant sound coming from within, what is that? Sadguru: It is called ANAAHAT-NAAD or unhurt sound*. It is generated within the body and heard when mind is tranquil. It is so enchanting that even snakes climb the body of an aspirant to enjoy the sound. (The frequencies vary like the notes of an octave and may be rhythmic or continuous).

Disciple: While on NAAM-JAPA effulgent light of varying colors appear in vision. What should be done at that time?

Sadguru: You should treat that fondly. If ignored it stops appearing. But you should not hanker for it as well. Keeping up in NAAM-JAPA those appear again and again.

Disciple: Do the different colors represent different attributes?
Sadguru: Yes! The yellow represents the gross (earth), white- the fluid (water), red- the energy (fire), azure- the unconfined (air), blue black- the Omni permeable (ether).
White color represents purity, red –the creativity, yellow- knowledge, blue black represents annihilation (as in a deep trance), white is conducive of devotion.

Disciple: Where from these (light and sound) generated? Do they come from inside or outside? Do they have any relation with the soul (ATMA)?

Sadguru: They sprout from the brunches of nerve terminals in the spinal cord connecting the limbs and organs known as CHAKRA. Out of numerous CHAKRAS ten are predominant, (some say six).

The CHAKRAS gain power initially from the gross body, then it penetrates into the finer body, then to the casual body and ultimately reflects on the soul (Atma). It can not be understood by words or reading. It is a matter of realization. They help to increase the concentration of mind. 

*Commonly we hear air borne waves are generated when two objects strike with each other (hurt sound). There are electro-magnetic waves (Pran Vayu) felt within the body as heat, sound and light generated out of bio-chemical reaction in the process of metabolism. During NAAM-YOGA these can be heard as sound waves known as Anahata-Naad (Unhurt sound) when in middle frequencies and as light of various colors when in higher frequencies.
  1. CONDENSATION OF LIGHT & SOUND as shape & language (Roop and NAAM)
Disciple: The lights sometimes take tangible shape. What are they?

Sadguru: It happens during the course of NAAM-JAPA. At the earlier stage shadows and shapes are seen in short glimpses. Gradually it becomes clear and stays able for longer time. Then the shapes assume as known forms and clearly visible as still photographs. At last they start moving and communicate with gestures.
The unhurt sounds also condescend into verbal tones and gradually communicate in concurrence with the visible forms and start chatting.

The manifest form of Gods and Goddesses, incarnate saints and messiahs not only of your faith or country but of different faiths and countries ever worshipped or revered anywhere in the world, known or unknown, belonging in the civilized world or the pagans start appearing before your vision. Similarly smell is associated with vision and sound. All the five inner sensual organs are associated with these experiences. The devotee should not ignore these experiences as illusion or imaginary. The prerequisite of these experiences is the tranquility of mind. More the tranquility more vivid are these communications (dialogues, VISION etc).

Disciple: On the way of NAAM-JAPA some get vision of gods &goddesses frequently and some do not get at all. Why it happen so?

Sadguru: These visions are related to one’s intense desires of the past lives*.These visions are reflected on the tranquil mental plane. Those who have no desire don’t get these visions. They only get the vision of their GURU. All other visionary forms merge in the form of GURU.

Disciple: What benefit one gets out of these vision?

Sadguru: These communications increase faith & zeal in your spiritual pursuit. But it does not in itself directly free you from the worldly bondage.

Disciple: Worship of Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva (the creator, nourisher and annihilator, the three attributed Gods) is said to be necessary for liberation.

Sadguru: Yes, it is true only when one worships with a desire of total liberation and consider them as the representatives of the one & the supreme God and not as separate entities with attributes.

* The whole structure of Indian spiritualism stands on the foundation of rebirth of soul for evolution till the veil that separates him from God is removed.

  1. Vision of soul & Gross body as separate entities (Darshan of Atma & body as-Separate)
Disciple: While in NAAM-JAPA I saw a brilliant and clear image of my own self but wearing the signs of an ascetic. What does it signify?

Sadguru: It is a vision of your spirit or soul (Jeevatma). When the ego, lest, pride etc, are subdues such vision appear. If the vision is frequent then it denotes that you have crossed a milestone. Henceforth the inner gaze becomes stronger. An aspirant should not tell these experiences to others. It may cause delay in his progress.

Disciple: How does it help in reaching our target i. e. “liberation”?

Sadguru: With the vision of the self an aspirant’s faith turns into conviction that the gross body and spirit are two separate entities. Then the soul thrives for a union with the super soul (Param atma), the God.

If by the grace of God that union is stabilized, even if momentarily, Your ‘I ‘ness (ego) melts, all your doubts vanish and worldly activities are subdued.

Disciple: Is that liberation?

Sadguru: No, but it portends that. NAAM-JAPA becomes spontaneous (meaning that the mind remains fixed at gazing the “BREATHING & NAAM” duo for long hours) and the joy of "NAAM" starts unfolding. The aspirant realizes the inner meaning of "NAME IS GOD".

At the moment the sense of the external world and even that of his own body disappear, yet the inner sense of NAAM-JAPA and the rapture thereby remains stronger.

Disciple: Is that joy* the same that scriptures say as the unbounded perennial joy of the “ANAND” part of Sat-chit-anand that is, ultimate truth (Sat), supreme consciousness (Chit) and the perennial rapture (Anand)?

Sadguru: Yes, the joy or rapture, part of Sat-chit-Anand, is comparable to the joy that is received during spontaneous and intense NAAM-JAPA. Yet it is not complete liberation (it is Naamanda).

*Every bit of God’s creation is an outcome of HIS joy; it lives in His joy and merges in HIS joy. That’s why all creatures under veil unknowingly search for that joy and run after ephemeral pleasures and get sorrows as the other side of the coin.
  1. LIBERATION (Mukti, Nirvana-freedom) 
Sadguru: A stage comes when even the external sense as well as the sense of ‘I’ness or self is almost non-existent. The breathing becomes imperceptible and therefore the NAAM also seems non existent. But the joy persists till the internal sense is able to recognize it.

Disciple: What happens then?

Sadguru: “What happens then”, is the ambit of mind & intellect and hence beyond expression through words. It is a state of SAMADHI in deep trance. One is unable to spell out his experiences after coming back to external sense. This state is called the union of Atma with Paramatma i.e. microcosm with the supreme consciousness i.e., “Sat-Chit-ananda”. This is the state of liberation from worldly bondage. This state of union is only a gift of God and cannot be attained by self effort.

Disciple: How does a liberated person interact with the external world when he lives after attaining salvation?


Sadguru: After attaining salvation the whole being of the saint becomes transparent so that the feelings, thoughts, pleasures &pathos of others penetrate his heart. Being selfless his vision towards the external world changes completely.
   His behavior pattern varies depending upon the persons’ previous intention. Some prefer complete fusion in God. There is a second genre who prefers to maintain duality with an intension to relish the joy of viewing the play between God & his creation or even participate in the play as is staged in the theatre of the world around him.

Disciple: Is there any difference in the external activities of the two categories of liberated saints as said by you?
 

Sadguru: Yes, there are lots of differences in the external activities of the two.
  • The first category longs for dissolution of the microcosm (Jeevatma) into the supreme consciousness (Paramatma).Prefers to live in seclusion engrossed in meditation, frequent Samadhi, NAAM-JAPA, reading and writing, and only communicate with individuals or gatherings who posses great spiritual aspiration for salvation.

  • The second category does not long for dissolution in God. As a devotee he rather wishes to maintain duality between himself and God and enjoy the play that relentlessly occurs between God and his creation. He loves to participate in this play or at least enjoy as a spectator.

  • Inhalation and exhalation rate goes down so low as to be medically declared as on the verge of death. Kundalini Shakti by Sadhana can be pulled up to the joint of the spinal cord (medulla oblongata) & cerebellum. Beyond that point Kundalini Shakti is pulled up by an unknown way to the Sahasrar (Meninges) i.e. the top of the head. God in human body resides in “Sahasrar” with whom the soul, the female counterpart meets. As soon as it comes down man comes to external senses.
  1. DEVOTION (Bhakti)
Disciple: Our path of AJAPA-JAPA leads to PACHAM-PURUSHARTHA (fifth stage of progression on the spiritual path). What is that?

Sadguru: Purusharth means what can be achieved by the effort (penance) of a spiritual aspirant. The four Purusharths are
  • Niti (abiding by the principles of rituousness)

  • Dharma (abiding by the principles of spiritual guidelines)

  • Gnyan ( enlightenment- vision of soul and supersoul)

  • Yoga (abiding by the principles of unification of soul with supersoul i.e. God)
Inception of devotion, the fifth stage, follows Yoga or union with God. The spiritual aspirant now turns into a DEVOTEE of God. He starts abiding by the guidelines of devotional path.

These are- Loud chanting, singing and listening devotional songs, reading and listening discourses on devotional scriptures & biography of devotees, worshipping deity (idol or mental), taking Prasad (food, flowers , leaves etc offered to manifest God), staying in the company of saints and places of pilgrimage etc. In Ajapa-Japa, an aspirant can attain all the five stages described earlier.


Disciple: We have been told about the activities of a liberated Yogi or Gnyani, who is a seeker of dissolution (Nirvana or mukti). I am eager to know how a liberated devotee (Bhakta) behaves with the world around him.

Sadguru: It has been said that the heart of a liberated one becomes transparent so that he receives all the emotional feelings of the manifest world around him, be it animate or inanimate.The liberated devotee lives amid masses where the play between God and his creation is more intense. He dances in ecstasy in the company of devotees, laughs with the persons enjoying ephemeral pleasures, cries with the persons’ crying, becomes compassionate at suffering humanity and acts to alleviate their suffering be it physical, mental, or spiritual. It is not only the human being, but also the lesser beings like animal world and plant world where his compassion works, animates and inanimate undistinguished.

               However the reactions of others emotions in his heart exist momentarily like a line drawn on the surface of a tranquil water body. He cares little about the results of his work. All his activities turn into worship of God in His creation and worship does not care for results. Worship is instant joy in itself.
  1. DEVOTIONAL-LOVE (Prem-Bhakti)
It is domain unattainable by following any formulated guidelines of the scriptures. It is an intimate relationship between the devotee and God’s (manifest, incarnate or the compassionate) forms.

  1. God's manifest form- Sound & effulgence, its condensed form- Shiva, Vishnu, Kali etc.

  2. God’s incarnate form- Rama, Krishna, Radha, Sakhi, Mahaprabhu etc

  3. God’s compassionate form- Guru the liberation, saints.
This intimate relationship may be compared to the loving relationship in human beings in its supreme form.
  1. When the intimacy is with the manifest God, the devotee is in a state of either tranquility or acts as a servant of God.

  2.  When it relates to the incarnates of God, the relations sparkle in multiple flares, i.e.- God comes down to devotee and becomes a friend of His devotee or a child (God) of His parents (devotee) or a lover (God) of His beloved(devotee).

  3. When it relates to a spiritual guide (the Guru) the relation is predominantly that of a “servant of the servant of God” but with SADGURU (who is not only a compassionate liberator but behaves like a friend & parent) the relation is multiple but predominantly as the servant to God and also as a child (devotee) of his parent (Sadguru) or occasionally as a friend and a lover (Sadguru). The friend’s , child’s & lover’s relationship is a product of VRAJA (the place where Sri Krishna was born and played) but with Sadguru (Gosaiji) it is seen outside VRAJA as well, in the domain where a devotee’s heart is moistened with the dew drops of love of the VRAJA.

    Therefore “Sadguru deeksha” that leads the disciple to the highest domain of “PURE LOVE FOR GOD” through “Ajapa Naam Sadhan” only is considered by the saints’ community as belonging to the highest state of deeksha (initiation) because only Sadguru spells out that he has delivered of the accumulated sins acquired through numerous births. He initiates with a power impregnated “MANTRA” that repeats incessantly irrespective of the disciple’s personal effort. The action of the Mantra is immune to the faults*(NAAM-APARADHA) as is described in scriptures as the Sadguru in the heart of the disciple repeats the MANTRA himself.

    The Sadguru promises to accompany the disciple till he reaches the state of liberation.

    It is a great hope for the spiritual aspirants who are desirous of spiritual attainment but do not possesses the tenacity & strength to pursue the path of penance needed for salvation.

    Gosaiji himself affirms with conviction that the moment a DISCIPLE TAKES SHELTER OF SADGURU he is assured of salvation (Ref.: Geeta-18/66)

    *The faults do not allow the NAAM-JAPA to continue and yield the cherished results as described for the followers of prescribed guidelines and by self effort (refer: )
FOOD HABITS:

Disciple: A great tantric (follower of leftist spiritualism) sings, “I am not a drunk in alcohol, I drink nectar in the name of Kali”. What is nectar?

Gosaiji: Food that we take contains biochemical substances. Those biochemical substances mix in the blood which in turn excites the brain cells to exude different hormones. The hormones excite the idiosyncrasy or mental constitution, may it be virtuous or vicious. Then it affects the body because of the psycho-somatic interrelationship. These hormones may be nectarean or toxic in effect, for example- Devotion is an outcome of certain hormone that exudes from the brain. When it is generated in sufficient quantity it exudes from the aperture of the pallet of the mouth. It can be ascertained by its peculiar taste. Three or four drops of it are sufficient to quench the appetite for five to seven days and the devotee may delve in trance for hours. Externally he may look like a drunken person.

Disciple: Then there must be adverse hormones also that may be harmful?


Gosaiji: Similarly the adverse hormones may arouse the vicious attributes within a person which are considered as harmful in the path of spiritual pursuit. The innocent child puts into its mouth any discarded material and relishes it whereas the scared parents try to extricate it out of abhorrence. Similarly when a novice aspirant on spiritual path who posses any of the following vices in excess and consumes the food that contain the substance that may aggravate those vices, the enlightened saints are scared and advice the novice to refrain from it.

For example


  • A short tempered person must avoid hot spicy food and also those which increase bile secretion.

  • A lustful person must totally discard Meat, Chicken, fish, eggs, onion and avoid excess of condensed milk, boiled butter, lentil seeds, honey and sweets.

  • A greedy person must avoid Bitter tasting food in excess.

  • A proud person to avoid Sour food in excess.

  • A touching & emotional person to avoid- Salt in excess.
Disciple: A Prasad * is said to be of Satwik nature and be taken safely, is that true?

Gosaiji: Yes, if it is really a “Prasad”. Food offered to deity-god, may not necessarily be accepted by the deity and if not accepted it is not a Prasad. Prasad does not mean the left over food. Prasad means contentment and blessing of the deity or to say any saint.

Disciple: How can we ascertain that it is Prasad or not?

Gosaiji: Generally ‘prasad’ has a special flavor & a flat yet pleasant taste. Touching it or putting a little of it in mouth an exulted feeling permeates into the devotee’s whole being. At least a pleasant feeling is there. Those who have received power impregnated MATRA the NAAM-JAPA is intensified spontaneously. Gosaiji further said, “When I was young, a saint (Shyama-Khepa) used to visit our place at Shantipur to take the midday Prasad. Sometimes he would get up from his seat and angrily say, “Today Shyam Sundar (deity) has not taken it due to some irregularity of the cook.” The ashamed housewife accepted her fault & a gamboling would start in the kitchen to prepare fresh ‘Bhog’ (meal) for the deity.     The safest way is to cook one’s own food, offer it mentally to your deity revere and take it immediately in solitude.

Disciple: What is the special significance of what you said now?

Gosaiji: It is to avoid contamination of another person’s (cook’s) physical as well as mental and moral characteristics (idiosyncrasy). Contamination may occur after cooking also by physical or mental contact of other persons or even by invisible spirits in your absence.

Disciple: We often find that hermits without any savings collect alms and donations from door to door, invite hundreds of devotees and feed them with sumptuous meals (Prasad) but they themselves prepare their own meager bhog and take that Prasad after all invitees have left contented. Kindly tell me the inner secrecy of such actions.

Gosaiji: Scriptures say that God loves mostly to eat through thousand mouths than eating alone in the dark corner of the temple with doors all shut. The spiritual aspirant gets relieved of the vicious attributes within them by feeding others with items of food he intensely fond.

Disciple: I am unable to control my greed trying the way you told.

Gosaiji: Instead of fighting with a bull to make your way, it is better to feed it with some fodder and which it is grazing on it, frisk on your own way.

* Prasad:   The eatables, drinks etc offered to one’s deity are called ‘Bhog’. When the deity accepts its essence (finer part), the left over, i.e. Gross food and drink that remains is called ‘Prasad’. It is Satwik (Pure) and is devoid of impurities that might have contaminated the food in the process of its preparation and serving.

Disciple: In some streams of “Deeksha” there is not much restriction on non-vegetarian food as is in this deeksha. Are the deekshas different?

Sadguru:
There are different deekshas and their aims and objectives are also different. The basic differences are -

Sakaam deeksha - A Path for fulfillment of worldly desires, e.g.: health, wealth, knowledge, prosperity, glory, dominance on others etc. even deity or idol worship.

Nishkaam deeksha - A path for attaining salvation. Yogic meditation prayer, worship, devotion, love without any aim of getting anything in return is “Nishkaam deeksha” that leads to complete liberation and also pure love for God. Union with Brahma (formless, attribute less God) or pure devotional love for incarnate God is the aim of Nishkaam deeksha.
Now let us come to the relation of deeksha with food we take. In Sakaam Sadhan (path) there is no restriction for non-vegetarian food. In Nishkaam Sadhan there are different path called Yoga.

Karma Yoga - The path of salvation through selfless service mainly to alleviate worldly sufferings of mankind. Since such service require physical strength, the non-vegetarian food (Rajasikaahar) is necessary to sustain the difficult situations (e.g. natural & man made calamities)

Gnyan Yoga - The path of enlightenment that only Brahma (formless, attribute less God) exists & the ephemeral world is an illusion. All dualities i.e. death or life, good or bad, pious and vicious, pleasure and sorrows are illusive and burnt in the blaze of enlightenment. So the vegetarian or non-vegetarian food is immaterial to them.

Bhakti Yoga:
The path of devotion is dependent on “bhava” the subtle sensitiveness of the mind. Unlike the Gnyanis who consider the world as illusion, the devotees consider all creatures as moving temples of God; God himself has said that he has divided himself as animate beings and inanimate objects to play with. Therefore premature killing* of a being before its natural death is sin and hence taking non-veg food is contrary to their belief- the path of devotion and non-violence.
Other problems of non-veg food in the progress of devotional path have been discussed earlier.

* Hindu philosophy is based on evolution of soul and rebirths, for that every time a soul is born it learns and longs for a better life and thus the evolution takes place. Premature death disallows its learning related to its life and thus evolution of the soul is retarded. That is sin and not the destruction of the gross body which disintegrates into elements only and not destroyed actually.

Disciple: There are devotees in different religions who are habituated to non-vegetarian food. Do they have to become a vegetarian for advancement in the devotional path?


Sadguru: For higher accomplishment on the path of devotion vegetarian food is essential. Higher the level of consciousness in an animal more harmful is its meat for the devotee. That is why fish is the least harmful for Ajapa-Sadhan. Even fish is to be discarded by the aspirant to move in the finer body.
      I have seen many Catholic- Christian, Sufi Muslims and Buddhist Yogis who are strict vegetarians. Some even avoid milk because it is an animal product*.
     The Buddhist Yogis & Muslim Fakirs (Sufi) often say that although they were habituated to non-vegetarian food but with the advancement on the path of Yoga and devotion they had to switch over to vegetarian diet and that too in restricted quantity and light in quality.

Disciple: Movement in the finer body is beyond my imagination, may be unattainable in my life. Is there any other harmful effect on physical health apart from the sin of killing for our physical nourishment?


Sadguru: Movement in finer body is not at all that difficult if the disciple moves in the right direction. Now come to the second question. Apart from purification of blood by oxygen the power impregnated “Ajapa Mantra” purifies the blood in a different way. A kind of secretion infuses in the blood stream which is in contradiction with the biochemical substances generated by non-vegetarian food and the two substances of opposite nature create a toxic effect. The body system tries to purge it out initially but the system fails in long run and various psycho-somatic ailments appear- such as chronic indigestion, nausea, weight loss, allergic effects such as cough & cold, feverishness, skin irruptions, eczema, asthma and even phthisis, T.B in extreme cases of neglect. These are often seen to occur in careless persons. These psycho- somatic symptoms are almost incurable by medicines alone but disappear within a short period if the “do’s and don’ts” are meticulously followed. An aspirant must slowly practice to live on vegetarian food before coming to Ajapa Sadhan. It does not affect health. It is better to abide by the norms rather than learning by trial and error.

*Once a Catholic Father, known to the author, suffered from severe hearty attack. The doctors suggested hospitalization for I.V. transfusion and medication. The Father refused to be admitted rather he suggested a devotee to read the Bible and give him drops of water of water of Jordan whenever extremely thirsty. At first the doctors left hope of his life but at the end of the 3rd day, astonished to see his improvement suggested chicken juice as diet. The Father refused to take anything non-vegetarian & took vegetables soup, fruits and gradually the vegetarian diet he was habituated for years.


The doctors were taken aback to see him blessing the ailing patients in the hospital on the 10th day.

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