Since I received a notification this morning that this site has 101 followers, as of now, I thought it’s time to invite you all into the Void Space with me – right here, and right now.
Please be with me till the end of this post, if it’s safe.
It is not important to sit with an upright spine, but if you feel good about it, do it so.
Give yourself a half-smile.
Release the tightness of your body.
Relax into your peaceful smile.
Please don’t force anything. You’re good as you are, in your own way.
Trust this process, Trust this guidance.
Breathe in, stay with your breath as you breathe in.
Breathe out, stay completely with your breath as you breathe out.
Tap into that ‘Ease’ that you may feel right now.
Become a flow with breathing as your anchor.
Breathe in, Breathe out.
There is nowhere to go, nothing to do.
Stay here, with your breath, now.
If your mind brings something – a thought, a sensation or an emotion,
No matter how pleasant or unpleasant it might be,
Remain as an Observer and continue to stay here, with your breath.
You are safe here. You are beautiful here. You are your True Self here.
Welcome aboard. You are in the Void Space now.
Thank you for being here.
Please let me know how did it go in the comments. I’ll be happy to guide you further with obstacles that you might be facing.
Please visit my first-ever post here, where I gave some tips for the beginners in Meditation.
Note:- You might want to do your next sessions with (half-) closed eyes.
The most received post is The Mirror with 76 views, as of now. I’m really happy about this.
Thank you all once again for being here. It feels like a Family – I’m happy and grateful. Looking forward to knowing you all more and more through your writings, comments, and your continued presence & support.
The term Yoga, though popular, remains superficially understood by most of us. Despite having grown up in India, I always had thought Yoga is a form of physical exercise. If you think of Yoga the same way, this post is right for you.
The short story is that – Yoga means Union. – Is it the union of the body, the mind and/or the soul? – Is it the union of God’s Consciousness with the Human Consciousness? – Is it the union of the soul and the Holy Spirit?
I leave it to you to decide. Depending on your personal identity – this may vary. Let’s now look into different ways of attaining such a remarkable union.
1.Yoga as Action/Service (Karma Yoga) – Action here implies nurturing the righteous (Dharma) way of living. – You might want to read one of my earlier posts (jump to point 3 in the post). – For example, Mahatma Gandhi is a Karma Yogi. (NB: The scripture Bhagavad Gita played a crucial role in Gandhi’s life.)
By dedicating all your works to Me, you will be freed from the bondage of good and bad results. With your mind attached to Me through renunciation, you will be liberated and will reach Me.
2. Yoga as ‘Asana‘ – This is the Yoga as we all know of. It is a set of body postures that involve gentle twisting, balancing poses accompanied by conscious breathing. – This also includes Meditation.
3.Yoga as Devotion (Bhakti Yoga) – This involves Prayers, Singing the Gods’ names with deepest yearning for the divine connection and so on. – This is also called as the path of Love.
If one offers to Me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, I delightfully partake of that article offered with love by My devotee in pure consciousness.
4.Yoga as ‘Inner’ Wisdom (Gnana Yoga) – Understanding the deepest mysteries of the human mind consciousness itself is a form of Yoga. You might translate this into Intellectual form of Yoga. As an example, Socrates is a Gnana Yogi.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Having laid out these techniques, I’d also like to state that there is no one particular path for all beings. Probably, that is why we have different options, no? It’s been said that for a sincere aspirant, the path shall be laid before him/her. However, it is also evident that none of these paths are completely distinct from the rest.
It doesn’t matter if one is an atheist or a monotheist or a polytheist, these techniques remain valid to live a righteous living.
I hope this post was useful to you. Thank you for reading.
It is a Winter morning in Summer You are the perfect rescue to my soul, Filling my body with your fragrance Warming my mind with your freshness Bringing my whole existence an ever-new joy There is no present, past, nor future with you There is only timelessness, forever and eternal Thank you, thank you, thank you. As I drink the last sip, permit me to remain with you.
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Have you ever wondered why fear arises in the mind? I know it is not easy to contemplate the roots of unpleasant emotions as it requires a lot of Practice, a Courageous and Compassionate Heart.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to look at my fears deeply and thanks to that, I am able to understand certain aspects of myself.
I will try to write in this series of posts (episode 1 is here) what I have observed so far. Let’s dive in.
#2 Fear as a sign of unhealthy attachment
I know it is very easy to get attached to things/persons that bring happiness in our lives. However, when this attachment gets so intensified to an extent that we constantly fear losing what we possess. I know it is a relatable feeling what I’m talking of. When we long for something, we remain restless and when we get to experience what we longed for, we begin to be afraid of losing it. Poor us!
In Truth, Happiness is our true nature and it is a pure ‘internal’ thing and does not depend on our life circumstances. This realization will already liberate us from suffering of three kinds – Longing, Anxiety, and Lamentation.
a) Appreciate what you have in your life ‘right now’, by expressing gratitude, for example.
b) Accept that we will have to leave everything we possess at certain point in ‘time’ – okay, maybe it is sad but the bright side is that – this acceptance will help us live our lives more present and joyous.
What else can you suggest someone to let go of their attachments? Let me know in the comments.
I’m glad you’re here to share the VoidSpace with me today!
The word Action has a huge significance in Indian/Eastern philosophy. In fact, one of the ways to interpret the word Yoga is to think of Action. We also are very much familiar with the term Karma (Fruits of Action) and its significance in our everyday life.
Let me expand the three kinds of Action as I have understood:
Performing duties to fulfill the expectations posed into us by the society, friends and family.
The mind is mostly restless with ever-growing material needs/desires.
There is a strong attachment to the outcomes of the actions.
There is a conflict between the Heart and the Mind.
External world is given a higher priority than one’s own inner being.
There is pleasure and pain, success and failure, happiness and depression, health and disease. i.e., there is duality.
To simply put, this implies non-utilization or under-utilization of resources (The mind, the senses and the body) to live in Harmony.
This involves serious laziness.
This is ignorance of extreme kind.
This leads to disease, and death.
3. Actionless Action (Righteousness = Dharma):
This involves doing actions only for the sake of bringing more and more Peace, Harmony and Health into our lives and other sentient beings.
This involves renunciation of the desired or non-desired results of the action.
There is no space for panic attacks, depression, or ego-based pride.
The thinking mind is in its true “Home” – the Heart. There is no conflict between each other.
There is no one external to be pleased and nothing to chase.
It is, therefore, possible to perform the action using a ‘single-pointed’ mind and pure dedication (the success probability is higher + inner contentment is guaranteed).
Most importantly, pleasure and pain are alike to the doer as she is in touch with her inner being.
Jesus Christ says “And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:“. Here, the lilies of the field perform Actionless Action.
Krishna says “Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions.“
What do I feel from this picture? Bliss, Peace, Surrender, Love.
And, when I noticed the mirror in Radha’s hand which reflects Krishna’s glorious face, my Heart melted away as it says us that the beauty we see in Radha is a reflection of Krishna and it holds the same the other way around – Krishna’s Divine personality is a perfect reflection of Radha.
And today, one of the rules from the book “40 Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak popped up on my Facebook feed – As I read it, I quickly recalled Radha and Krishna! Here’s the rule:
Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is the best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you.
Shams of Tabriz (Forty Rules of Love)
How effortless is to be in such a Solitude! To recognize the mysterious Mirror – That perfectly reflects the presence of God within us!