non violence in thought word and deed

             Living Righteously in the new year ~ the Hindu way.

Make 2014 a year of Vedic living to enrich yourself and those around you.

The 10 Yamas~

  1. Ahimsa - non-harming. Not harming oneself or others by thought, word or deed.
  2. Satya - truthfulness. Adhere to truthfulness, not intending to deceive others in our thoughts, as well as our words and actions.
  3. Asteya - non-stealing. Uphold the virtue of non stealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt.
  4. Brahmacharya - divine conduct. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.
  5. Kshama - patience. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you.
  6. Dhriti - steadfastness. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.
  7. Daya - compassion. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals, plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse.
  8. Arjava - honesty. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.
  9. Mitahara - appropriate appetite. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset.
  10. Shauca - purity. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously. 

The 10 Niyamas~

  1. Hri - remorse. Allow yourself the expression of remorse, being modest and showing shame for misdeeds. Recognize your errors, confess and make amends. Sincerely apologize to those hurt by your words or deeds.
  2. Santosha - contentment. Be happy, smile and uplift others. Live in constant gratitude for your health, your friends and your belongings. Don’t complain about what you don’t possess.
  3. Dana - giving. Be generous to a fault, giving liberally without thought of reward. Feed and give to those in need. Bestow your time and talents without seeking praise.
  4. Astikya - faith. Cultivate an unshakable faith. Practice devotion and sadhana to inspire experiences that build advanced faith. Avoid doubt and despair.
  5. Ishvarapujana - worship. Cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation. Set aside one room of your home as God’s shrine. Offer fruit, flowers or food daily. Learn a simple puja and the chants.
  6. Siddhanta Shravana - scriptural listening. Read, study and, above all, listen to readings and dissertations by which wisdom flows from knower to seeker. Avoid secondary texts that preach violence.
  7. Mati - cognition. Strive for knowledge of God, to awaken the light within. Discover the hidden lesson in each experience to develop a profound understanding of life and yourself.
  8. Vrata - sacred vows. Uphold your vows strictly, be they marriage, monasticism, nonaddiction, tithing, loyalty to a lineage, vegetarianism or nonsmoking.
  9. Japa - recitation. Chant your holy mantra daily, reciting the sacred sound, word or phrase. Heed your instructions and chant the prescribed repetitions without fail.
  10. Tapas - austerity. Practice austerity, serious disciplines, penance and sacrifice. Be ardent in worship, meditation and pilgrimage.

Introductory Meditation Instructions

“The attainment of ultimate spiritual Peace and supreme Joy within oneself is the ultimate goal of the Masters as described by Maharishi Mehi and other great sages. Although this path is not content with meager goals, it is extremely easy to understand and practice. Progress is certain, although, for most, eager and persistent effort is required.” (The Way of Sages Sant Mat Website)

The Living Master of Divine Light and Sound says to his or her students: “I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has felt, and what has never occurred to the human mind.” (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas, Saying 17)

These are the introductory meditation instructions taught by Master Kirpal Singh, for new people not yet formally initiated into the Mysteries of the Kingdom within (Surat Shabda Yoga meditation). 

(For more teachings of Kirpal Singh, see the Kirpal Singh Website: ).

This is a great beginning, a good preparation and transition to Shabda Meditation. I am giving out this to all who come in contact with me, recommending it as a great way to begin meditating right now. NOTE: Meditation practice accompanies a life of Ahimsa: non-violence in thought, word, and deed and diet (vegetarian or vegan). Be peaceful on the outside as well as within. “When you learn the methods for inner meditation, you should practice diligently. Moral rectitude is also very essential in this pursuit.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Paramahans Maharaj)

Kirpal Singh’s Introduction to Meditation For New Spiritual Seekers:

“Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body, behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner eye, third eye, the single eye, shiv netra, tisra til, or the divya chakshu. In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this point, mind must be controlled and stilled.

“Sit in one pose, and move not your head, limbs or eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit still, please. To be still does not mean moving.”

(His arms sweep inward, hands contracting to the point between his eyes.)

“Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help of your physical eyes, is the inner eye. Do not put any strain on your physical eyes, nor turn them upwards, for that will result in headache or heat. Pay no attention to the breathing process… let it go on naturally.

“There are two currents working in the body; one of motor-currents or prana or the vital-airs, and the other of surat, or attention, which gives us the sense of feeling. The Saints do not touch the prana currents which govern breathing, circulation of blood, growing of hair and nails. The pranic system of breath-control is the way of yogis and not that of the Saints. The Saints’ way is to concentrate surat or attention at the single or third eye while mentally repeating the mantra of five charged names which act as an “open sesame” to the higher planes.

“Those who are initiated, repeat the five charged words, one by one, very slowly, mentally, internally, at intervals, so that your inner eye is not disturbed. Those who have not been initiated, just sit in sweet remembrance of God, repeating with the tongue of thought any name of God or Saint which you hold dear.”

[For example: Ram, HU {pronounced “HOOOOO”}, AUM {pronounced “OOOMMM”}, Allah, Yeshua, Radhaswami {RAAA-DHAAAA-SWAAAA-MMMMMEEEEEEEEE}, or some other sacred name.]

“As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky: If you look minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or you may see pinpoints of Light. If so, try to locate the big star out of them, and fix your whole attention on that. Then you may see the inner sun or moon. If so, focus all your attention into the middle; it will break into pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form of the Master or his Master.”

(He continues with the esoteric instructions, until everyone is absorbed.)

“…Become the eye itself. Go on looking constantly without a break. … Any effort on your part stands in the way; let yours be an effortless effort, and you will find that your soul will be withdrawn from the body.” (Kirpal Singh Website: )

Remember, this is the Introductory Meditation, not the full practice learned at the time of Initiation (Surat Shabd Yoga – Inner Light and Sound Meditation). This is only the beginning.

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Ahimsa  अहिंसा:  Non violence.  Compassion for all living things.  

From wiki:  "Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli: avihiṃsā) is a term meaning ‘not to injure’. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm.

Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings - including all animals - according to many Indian religions.

Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues and an important tenet of major Indian religions (Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. Ahimsa has also been related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences. While ancient scholars of Hinduism pioneered and over time perfected the principles of Ahimsa, the concept reached an extraordinary status in the ethical philosophy of Jainism.  Most popularly, Mahatma Gandhi strongly believed in the principle of ahimsa.

Ahimsa’s precept of 'cause no injury’ includes one’s deeds, words, and thoughts. Classical literature of Hinduism such as Mahabharata and Ramayana, as well as modern scholars debate principles of Ahimsa when one is faced with war and situations requiring self-defense. The historic literature from India and modern discussions have contributed to theories of Just War, and theories of appropriate self-defense.“ (image: pixgood)

Artemis: Do no harm.