Dialog with loved ones – July 2017
Dialog with Loved Ones …
Dear Loved One,
Shiva is the Reality, Shiva is the Truth, Shiva is the Beauty, this entire universe is Shivamaya.
Bholenath! Sadashiva God of the Gods “Mahadev” is the ineffable executive of this universe. It is beyond the ability of our intellect to understand Him, comprehend Him or describe Him. Shiva is the element, which is the Ultimate Reality, Shiva is the regulator who witnesses everything in the universe. This entire creation arises from Him, nurtures through Him, alters through Him, and finally this creation merges within Him. One can only experience this expression.
Today I wish to tell you a lot about Shiva, but the literal words have a limited capacity to describe. Shiva is the one where the words reach their limits, and can be expressed only through emotions and feelings. The Shiva element is present inside each one of us, and we experience and feel this ultimate element at each moment.
YaH ShivaH SaH Guru ProktaH |
YaH Guru SaH Shiva SmritaH ||
The scriptures state that Shiva is the Guru and Guru is the Shiva. Both are imbibed within each other but there is a slight distinction. Guru is the definable omnipotent executive, whom we wish to understand, recognize, meet and experience. All these processes are possible only through a describable executive, therefore Guru is termed as the definable executive. Sadguru is the determinable form of ineffable Shiva.
The Guru form of Shiva and Shiva form of Guru symbolize infinite love. This infinity is present within our own self. This infinity is very deep. Infinity i.e. limitless, has been termed as the space or as the abyss. Our physical senses fear treading into this infinity, our body is afraid of limitless love, and tries to stop us from entering into it. This body tries to inhibit us by either displaying a fear of shame, or by putting work pressure. The body desires us to focus all of our actions towards it. It does not want us to tread towards the inner-mind, because the journey to inner-mind is completely unknown to it.
In reality, we ourselves are afraid of the infinity. We do not wish to scale the infinite heights of the space, or the fathomless depth of the abyss, or the deep recesses of our mind. This infinity is limitless massive, it is Gurumaya. The journey of inner-mind is from miniature to massive. Sadguru used to refer this as – “Swan flying towards the sky”. The disciple should transition towards the infinite sky like a swan. Proceed deep into your limitless inner-mind, towards all of your Chakras. Try to at least feel that Shiva expression. You will not be able to stop yourself once you start on this path of eternal joy.
This body has its own limits, which cause you to pause, stop and then move forward… However can you think of any limit of your inner-mind. This is the journey into the infinity… How can you pause for a break? You use multiple excuses of model behavior, or of societal bandages to confuse this mind. You cannot experience Shiva through this external body frame. You cannot even feel that Guru-element through this body and its external senses. You can comprehend the infinite range of Guru and Shiva only through the limitless infinite inner-mind. Shiva is the ultimate executive, because all powers flow through Him. The Shakti energy-power resides within Him. The body, senses and the wishes get activated through Him. This ultimate power resides in a miniature form in each individual.
An individual is unable to experience this Ultimate power of Shiva because his body has tightly wrapped up his mind. The body generally wishes to tie the mind in bondages, and generally it is successful in this endeavor. However, the Sadhaks, the true disciples pierce into the distinction between mind and body. They are able to free up the mind from the clutches of the body and establish control of this inner mind. This control of the mind is the real control of Shiva, the eternal joy.
Let me ask you a simple question, does our body controls our mind or does our mind controls our body? A fine distinction is visible between the body and the mind, and even the wise state that – body and mind are separate entities. However, what is the best method for both exist together. The body should be controlled by the mind. Therefore, the Sadhaks, Yogis and Sages-Ascetics are called “Manasavi” since they do not compromise with the mind. They let their body be controlled through their inner mind. They live through their inner-mind. The sense of Shiva is an expression of divine joy. The abhishek of this mind is equivalent to the abhishek of Shiva. This is the essence of penance.
It is very difficult to survive and live under the control of the inner-mind. It requires deep practices of Dhyaan (Contemplation), Dhaarana (Focus) and Samadhi (Meditation). The body does not need these pre-requisites of Dhyaan, Dhaarana and Samadhi. The body functions within an automatic mechanism. It is like a machine, sometimes it works properly and sometimes it needs to be repaired. The heart-beats increase as soon as one gets excited and tensed. A general person does not want his body to be controlled through his inner-mind. He does not wish to be governed through the Shiva-Guru. He considers his body to be everything, and therefore, his body drives him as per its wish. The body controls the mind. This body is highly selfish. It cares only about itself.
But our inner-mind is highly selfless. It continuously contemplates, is ever-full of joyful ecstasy and is devoid of calculations-stratagem. It is completely imbibed with the Nectar-elixir of Shiva element. This inner-mind always strives to make you joyful, happy and contemplative. This mind is similar to the infinite heights of space and the fathomless depths of the abyss. It can contemplate, ruminate and ponder beyond the capacities of the body.
The inner-mind imbibed with Shiva-element is like Neelkanth, it is the Sadashiva … the perfect one, ever optimist to eradicate pains and sufferings. The nectar-elixir within the Sadhak-disciple makes him ever-optimist and hopeful. He continues to taste the divine nectar, and the hope ever-emanates from the nectar. Hence the “Manasavi” personalities drive the entire set of literature, arts, science, inventions and novel philosophies. Guru is the elixir form of the Shiva who continuously blesses the Manas-children and disciples through the divine nectar. Persistently continues as the strongest pillar of optimism, and bestows this optimism-nectar to His disciples.
May you always be filled with the nectar-elixir joy
Nand Kishore Shrimali