Archive for March, 2016

Theory of Pulsation & Complementary Class Coupon

Monday, March 7th, 2016

This Entire Universe is a constant pulsation that contracts and expands from an eternal source that has not beginning and no end. That pulsation is called The Spanda in Tantric tradition. It can be experienced in everything and in every moment. When we begin to focus on the pulsation at the source of life we return to that source and experience the deep connection with everything. Seating in mediation watching the Spanda in the form of breath contracting and expending. Or through out the day, watching the Spanda arising from the Atman (the Inner Self) as an impulse that transforms into though patterns creating myriad of thoughts which create our own worlds. When we can bring our-self back to the source where the Spanda begins its pulsation, we can begin to master our own thoughts, feelings and life flows effortlessly. Struggle is not a requirement for our Sadhanan (spiritual journey). Even if the world is moving into a huge contraction, we can find a path of least resistance and “Be in the Spanda” with much more “suka” (ease) than Duka (pain). The choice is always ours. Since time is only real in the physical plane, the spanda both contracts and expands simultaneously at all time. As our world goes through a period of contraction, we have the choice to contract with is or expand. Contractions are always and opportunity for greater expansion when we realize our choice not to get sucked in the Lila (the play of consciousness) or Maya (Our own play both individual and collective). When we connect to source, letting the inner guidance take us to a new level we experience greater expansion, love & inner power. Then we know that everything is a perfect unfoldment and we participate with it from a place of service to one another. 

We are One People Living in 7 Billion Worlds.

 


Announcement:

Below is a complementary class coupon valid until July 31, for my Tuesday class at willows Yoga at 6:30. If you already have a path at the willows, please forward this coupon to someone who would appreciate this gift from you.

I will not be teaching this week, due to recovering from the Flu and I’m looking forward to see you next week and meet your friends who you forwarded the coupon to! 🙂

Class canceled this week only:
Tuesday at
Willow Yoga from 6:30pm to 8pm

Much Love,

Ishwari




MahaShivaratri

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Article  from the holiday spot

Puranas contain many stories and legends describing the origin of MahaShivaratri. According to one, during the samudra manthan, a pot of poison emerged from the ocean. This terrified the Gods and demons as the poison was capable of destroying the entire world, and they ran to Shiva for help. To protect the world from its evil effects, Shiva drank the deathly poison but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This made his throat turn blue, and he was given the name Neelakantha, the blue-throated one. Shivaratri is the celebration of this event by which Shiva saved the world.

According to another legend in the Shiva Purana, once the other two of the triads of Hindu Gods, Brahma and Vishnu, were fighting over who was the superior of the two. Horrified at the intensity of the battle, the other gods asked Shiva to intervene. To make them realize the futility of their fight, Shiva assumed the form of a huge column of fire in between Brahma and Vishnu. Awestruck by its magnitude, they decided to find one end each to establish supremacy over the other. Brahma assumed the form of a swan and went upwards and Vishnu as Varaha went into the earth. But light has no limit and though they searched for thousands of miles, neither could find the end. On his journey upwards, Brahma came across a Ketaki flower wafting down slowly. When asked where she had come from, the Ketaki replied that she had been placed at the top of the fiery column as an offering. Unable to find the uppermost limit, Brahma decided to end his search and take the flower as a witness.

At this, the angry Shiva revealed his true form. He punished Brahma for telling a lie, and cursed him that no one would ever pray to him. The Ketaki flower too was banned from being used as an offering for any worship, as she had testified falsely. Since it was on the 14th day in the dark half of the month of Phalguna that Shiva first manifested himself in the form of a Linga, the day is especially auspicious and is celebrated as Mahashivaratri. Worshipping Shiva on this day is believed to bestow one with happiness and prosperity.

This version is the one my Guru, Swami Chidviliasananda always tells on that day:

A legend explains the all-night worship of Shiva on Shivratri. There was once a poor tribal man who was great devotee of Shiva. One day he went deep into the forest to collect firewood. However he lost his way and could not return home before nightfall. As darkness fell, he heard the growls of wild animals. Terrified, he climbed onto the nearest tree for shelter till day-break. Perched amongst the branches, he was afraid he would doze and fall off the tree. To stay awake, he decided to pluck a leaf at a time from the tree and drop it, while chanting the name of Shiva. At dawn, he realized that he had dropped a thousand leaves onto a Linga to keep himself awake, the tribal plucked one leaf at a time from the tree and dropped it below which he had not seen in the dark. The tree happened to be a wood apple or bel tree. This unwitting all-night worship pleased Shiva, by whose grace the tribal was rewarded with divine bliss. This story is also recited on Mahashivaratri by devotees on fast. After observing the all-night fast, devotees eat the Prasad offered to Shiva.