Though I had read a lot of books written by Swami Satyananda, on his great personality. But his presence I could not imagine. On 21st Nov. he came out of his seclusion, i.e. on the very first day of Satchandi Yagna 2006. Everyone was awed by his very presence. Such greatness! And such simplicity! What a miraculous combination! He talks simply, sweetly, and humorously. And in his simple stories, he delivers deep messages. Those who understand and have been blessed to have faith in his greatness are able to pick up the gems and pearls, which he is strewing all-round. His grace was abundant e.g. when it rains heavily, you can collect as much water as you want. There was ceaseless shower of love, grace and light. If a devotee keeps his heart open to receive his grace, however unclean he may be, the God does not hesitate to shower his grace.
I would like to present his memorable words for the benefit of those, who could not reach Rikhia Dham for this grand event. I must admit that those are my interpretations of his sermons, so any pitfalls if there are should be accepted and excused.
A JOURNEY TO MOON--
He said, “One acre of land has been bought in the moon on the bank of sea of serenity. What will we do there? Man cannot stand there because there is no gravity on moon. Kundalini will awaken there very fast i.e. only in one hour Sadhana. Now a day, the land is quite expensive there. But after a few days the fare will be cheaper. The scientists are discovering a raw material whose small piece will solve all the problems of world’s energy i.e. of water, electricity. We are going to get this 1 acre of land registered in moon. We will occupy it and this land will be ours. We will make Ashram there & when prices rise further we will sell it at higher price and all the money earned will be used for the benefit of Rikhia people.
If I am alive, I will sponsor your trip. But how much extension can I get? So you all deposit a lot of money ( Ten thousand dollars) in your bank and go there. The money in the form of Nam Smaram?
HEART SURGERY- Swamiji emphasized the importance of selflessness. He said, “I am an expert heart surgeon. I do open heart surgery. I can changeyour arteries; remove the blockages from then when the arteries are blocked, you become selfish / miser. When an expert heart surgery has been performed on you, your veins open, you become selfless. Blockages are there not only on physical level but they are on the mental and spiritual level also. On mental level they manifest as anger, frustration, hatered and dissatisfaction.” Many times he requested one and all to let Him perform this heart surgery so that all of us could receive the divine grace. “If this heart surgery is not performed the negative feelings keep on getting accumulated become volcanic”. He said, “For these five days you are functioning on artificial heart with by pass done by an expert heart surgeon” Oh my God ! He has revealed so much in these very simple words. The great favor to one and all who so ever comes near him. The atmosphere of Tapowan was full, overflowing with divine grace and who so ever went there with an open heart received divine grace in full abundance. The only requirement was to keep the door of heart open”.
A Kirtan, which was chanted after this resume, fitted perfectly.
“Door of my heart open
While I pray to thee --2
Open wide, open wide, and open wide
And set me free—2”
Maya is all-powerful; it does not let Kundalini rise. Jiva due to Maya is attached to this body and world. The gravity of Maya is too strong; it does not let jiva rise above the level of an animal. The original abode of Kundalini is Swadhishthana chakra. But it falls to Mooladhara. And all-powerful Maya encaptures it in its strong grip. Even atheists accept the presence of Kundalini. The divine grace in the form of Kundalini has no form, no religion. It is present in one and all as Cosmic Shakti. During Yagna, the vibrations of this Cosmic Shakti are present all over i.e. above, below and around the jiva and with the help of an expert heart surgeon like Gurudev when the doors of heart open wide, the great Cosmic Shakti rises and goes to Sahastrara & joins Shiva. It may sound theoretical but the one who is blessed by ‘Mother’ herself feels this cosmic power in one’s being. The vibration is so strong and real that mind is absolutely still and the wholebeing is filled with a deep divine feeling, happiness, contentment and bliss. No amount of words can replace this experience. The glory of divine grace can only be felt, felt and felt. Gurudev day after day emphasized that on moon since there is no gravity i.e. No Maya as there is no air, no water, no atmosphere, no world by possessions, jiva is free and then in the absence of Maya, the body consciousness wanes and Kundalini rises even with a little Sadhna. Is it not the very basic massage of mental renunciation? By his humorous examples he is making it loud and clear that what the cause of our own low spiritual status is. While living among the world i.e. Bhoga one can become a Yogi by following this simple and powerful method of detachment. And when detachment starts Jiva starts getting rid of gravity of Maya and that is how the divine manifestation is nothing else but the realization of one’s true innate potentials, using then for the benefit of each and every creation on this earth.
Yagna is very very important in today’s world. Every Yagna consists of three aspects i.e. Satsang, Worship and Prasad distribution. Prasad distribution is to the most important of all these. As sweet without sugar, dish without salt and body without life, is the Yagna without prasad distribution. Gurudev emphasized the prasad to be given as the blessing of Devima, not as a charity and true to this spirit all the articles that were meant to be distributed either to the poor or to the devotees were offered first to Devi Ma.
Gurudev said that after offering this to Devi Ma , everything comes as a gift from great Mother. The Prasad must be distributed not out of love / courtesy / charity. A Prasad is a collection, culmination, and execution of goodwill of all of you present or not present here. It is you and you who have contributed. In church the bread and wine are given i.e. symbolic but this Prasad distribution in the form of utensils, chatai, blanket, rice and various offer items, which the poor Villagers required, are real. Real and real. One lakh families around Rikhia are being benefited by this Prasad distribution. Each family consists of 4 to 5 members. Do you understand, nearly 5,00,000 people are given Prasad. The English people have worked very hard by going from village to village, from one house to another house listed number of family members and their requirements.
Worship means not only chanting of Durga Saptashatipath and Kirtans, but it deeply related to unfoldment of the self. Realisation of the self. Looking at your Atman is the ultimate aim of this worship. The Atman who is same in everyone.
All of you have come to Satsang with only one idea i.e. of Supreme Mother- Divine Mother. All the way you had been thinking about one and one only and that is the Devi Ma in the form of divine grace. I am quoting the words of a Kiwi child “ I have no nationality / religious / language / gender. I only understand heart’s language. I am above you, below you, all around you. Feel me as Cosmic Power. I shower my graces on one and all Yagna is worship, full of divine vibrations. You see feel ME in all the things present here, in all the actions performed here. Try to look around you with complete alertness and awareness of ME and ME only. I am inside you, all around you Experience ME and ME only.”
Then Gurudev named Divine Mother as Divine Mom the D Mom. Seed of Yoga has blossomed; light of Gyana has enlightened many. Seed of Yoga then and Yagna now is a boon to the mankind. The mother says, “Surrender to ME. Leave all your tensions, worries and sorrows”. Mother is always generous to his children. A child may astray from his path but even then the love of Mother does not diminish. She showers her child with all her grace and love. At yagna you Eat, walk, sleep and think only of ME. Chanting of Mother’s name with open heart is the quickest way to realize HER GRACE.
KANYAS & BATUKS OF RIKHIA
So Divine Mother is right here amongst all of us. All of you dance; she is the goddess of dance. 5000 yrs back Lord Krishna danced with Gopis & Radha in Vajra . And now here each Batuk (boy) is the manifestation of Christ and each Kanya (girl) is manifestation of Ma Durga. Below 12 yrs of age each childis fully divine because Maya has not / cannot touch it. They are Mayatita, Trigunatita, . All the people Brahmins or otherwise who become Trigunatita, Mayatita become the channel of divine. Then the divine manifests through them.He said,” It is very –very difficult for us to go back in our childhood. But with the help of these Kanyas and Batuks we can contact divine grace. Devi is only a symbol i.e ‘Nirakar’. Kanyas and Batuks are ‘Sakar’. In electricity, there are two types of conductors i.e. good and bad. These Kanyas and Batuks are good conductors of divine grace and energy. We all are worshippers. They are the media and we worship themand ask Devi to bless us with a child who is His direct Form. But what do we do? We forget that He is divine . We develop attachment and consider the innocent child as only our own. So now here you consider feel, these Kanyas and Batuks and Godesses. And you can accumulate what ever you want by considering these children as the media of Divine grace. This Rikhia Peeth is established due to these Kanyas and Batuks only. Only the greatness of these children should be felt here in Rikhia Peeth. They are from 6-7 years to 12 years, they are the members of this peeth. All the elders are incorrigible.
Again and again Gurudev preached to inculcate the pure love and devotion to the innocent Kanyas and Batuks of Rikhia as Divine Forms. He said, “Feed these children with the same love and devotion, as you would after food to Divine mother. We will feed these innocent souls first and then give then our tender. These divine forms will help us in reaching Divine Mother. All of you have different desires, some want money, others want to be blessed by son and so on. Let God decide what is the best for you.
A long time back I had heard a prayer, which immediately flashed, was “Oh God give me not what I desire, but what you think the best for my being”.
So in Kanya bhoj; feed these Kanyas and Batuks with this ‘Bhav’ only. The divine energy is too powerful for us to stand. To get electrical energy from powerhouse we need transformers. Consider these children as transformer of divine grace and receive divine energy in a form, which you can easily hold in your pocket/heart. By making them happy, you are making me happy. Decorate them and you decorate me. Feed them and you feed me. If you are able to instill this ‘Bhav’ in your dealing with these. Kanyas and Batuks then your worship is fully accepted by the divine mother. And you have succeeded in assimilating the gist of grand Yagna.
KANYA BHOJ & SITA KALYANAM
The last day of this Yagna consists of two vital events first is of Kanya bhoj and second is of Sita Kalyanam. Sita Kalyanam means marriage of Sita and Rama. In the Hindu tradition the marriage of Sita and Rama depicts union of cosmic energy to Shiva. The meeting of Rama and Sita, Shiva and Shakti is a symbol of universal creation. This day, when marriage of Sita and Rama is celebrated is very very auspicious i.e. the fifth day of Magh Aghan month. In our ancient tradition on this very famous day the scared marriage of Rama and Sita took place. So we have selected the same day of the same month according to Hindu calendar. All those who have attended this Yagna must introspect about their achievements seriously. If you are able to offer your good intensions to the transformer of the divine energy in the form of Kanyas and Batuks then you can seriously understood the meaning of this grand worship. Many people have worked hard for the success of this grand Yagna. Right from the richest to the poor, each and every one is contributed in his own way.
Rama means indweller of heart. As air and moisture are present everywhere, similarly Rama is present everywhere. Sita can remove hard-core ego of the land. Land here refers to the mind, being of Jiva. This is a field of hard land full of Maya. No body can change it unless you have strong element of Sita.
Sita and Ram represent position of our lives i.e. what is happening it shows relationship between mind and ego. And the moment we utter, Sita Ram we tune with our inner self otherwise in our daily life. We are always in the tuning with the outer world so this is the definition to bring you back to your own inner world, your own consciousness. Spirituality. According to Vrihadranyak Upnihsad Yagavalakya was Guru of king Janak. He had two wives named Maitrya and Katyayaniat. Yagavalakya a stage in life told both the wives that he wanted to renounce the world, so they both can share his property. Katyayaniat asked fro all his material property. Maitrya was very intelligent; she knew that property was perishable so she refused to accept the property. And this statement left me thinking why are all of us running after wealth property?
Sita was miraculous right from the birth. Janak had a bow of Shiva. One day Janak saw that Sita removed the bow, which was very heavy without any effort. Janak was surprised and decided to marry Sita to a groom who could string the bow. Janak knew that only a very strong man could do that. Today i.e. the fifth day of Aghan, it happened. During Swayamber ceremony of Sita only Rama could string the bow. And that is how Sita is married to Rama
I come from Kumaun i.e. hilly region. All other weaknesses of my personality were removed during my various Sadhanas but intolerance to heat remains. This intolerance I carried for many years. In Munger AC was installed in my room and there was a central AC also . But after coming to Rikhia I decided to get rid of this weakness also. So the message is very clear, how to become a better and stronger individual i.e. by shunning your own weakness / negative quality one by one slowly and gradually. In Rikhia I did Panchagni Sadhana from 14th January to 16th July i.e. Makar Sankranti to Karka Sankranti. I firmly decided let me die of dehydration. No cooler/ no AC/ no fan. I faced heat upto 90 degree Celsius from 60 degree Celsius. Swamy Niranjan used to send me Nariyal Pani. Panchagni means sitting in the midst of 4 fires and the heat of the Sun was the fifth fires. Then I did Purashcharan i.e. reading Guru Mantra one Crore eight Lakhs times. And then I became heat proof. Now I do not have any problem with heat or cold. Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha and Mada are the five fires, which keep on tormenting the Jiva. This is Panchagni of Jiva. And Jiva cannot control these five passions. It is very very difficult.
Five passions constitute mind. You finish all these five passions; there is no existence of mind. And without mind no existence of world. Concept of mind is based on world.
So as we keep on attaching ourselves to worldly objects, the mind becomes powerful, passions become more and more difficult to be tolerated. Gurudev further elaborated two basics of human life that is Prana and mind. Prana relates to Pingla and mind to Ida. Ida and Pingla are two nadis in the spinal cord. Nadis are a full system of their own. Prana means life and mind means consciousness. Ida controls left part of brain and Pingla right parts. Mind is towards right se and Prana is towards left side. Most of diseases that are around 76% are originated in the mind. First is Upadhi i.e. when a person imagine sickness. Second is Vyadhi example diabetes, blood pressure etc. and third is Adhi- mind becomes disturbed and depression sets in here in Yagna we are getting five days antibiotic treatment. This is a spiritual medicine. “Aim Hrim Klim’’ chanting of various kirtans and mantras. In this humorous statement Gurudev has stressed the importance of God’s name as powerful medicine for almost all the problems.
“Impose poverty on yourself for a few days” There is more happiness in poverty and simplicity. Think about it. Discuss it. All the rich people should reduce their desire, possessions and cravings. Materialistic tendencies must be reduced to achieve peace and happiness in life
IMPORTANCE OF YAGNA
In Hindu culture fire is not merely Agni but it is considered as ‘Agnidevta’. Similarly the Cow is ‘ go mata’ ‘and food is ‘anna devata’. So we pray and worship these deities and seek their blessings. Yagna is very scientific in its approach. The sacred fire of Yagna and the smoke thus created purifies the atmosphere. The whole environment where Yagna is performed is purified and filled with divine vibrations. So Yagna is extremely good from ecological point of view also e.g. Mehandi oil repels insects similarly Yagna is very powerful purifier. Good thoughts increase and these very good thoughts lead to propagation off Sattoguna.
Gurudev emphasized the major aspect of Yagna by saying ‘Give, Give and Give’. Giving must be in the form of prasad not charity. A man is not capable of charity. It is only God and God who bestows this wealth that enables man to give. When anything is given to a poor and needy person with the feeling of God’s Prasad both the giver and receiver benefit to a great extent. Swami Shivanand said, “Serve, Love and Give”. Swami Satyanand has shown us the path to follow this great teaching of his great Guru Swami Shivanand. Swami Shivanand asked each and every one desirous to attaining happiness and peace to start with service of mankind. A service if done selflessly with ‘Bhav’ can instantly invoke the grace of God. By establishing a relationship of love with God through service of His creations, one can easily ascend the path of peace and happiness. This is easiest and simplest way. Selfless service to the poor, needy and sick, loves to each and every creations of God and sharing our possessions with the people around us purifies the heart immediately. And if practiced continuously by deep faith and conviction, God has to shower his graces. He showers, showers and showers!.
The grand Yagna ceremony was finished with the deep message of marriage of Ram and Sita symbolic of union of individual and human soul.
His simple statements glorified the sprit of oneness of humanity, service to mankind in the form of God especially to the poor and needy. By giving the examples of those who had brought a large number of gifts for Batuks and Kanyas of Rikhia Peeth, he inspired each and everyone by not mere oration but by example. Each day Batuks and Kanyas who were almost one and a half thousand in number were gifted new dresses as Devi Prasad. And next day they all were the same beautiful and colourful dresses. The very sight of the happiness of these little gods set our pulse racing. By the sheer example of generosity in practice, its effect on every one did not need any teaching. With a selflessness that was perfect, Gurudev showered his graces on all present and those not present. Physically he was present in Tapowan almost all the time during five days of Satchandi Yagna. Enlighting, showering, empowering one and all without any distinction. A lot of gifts as Devi Prasad which was called as ‘Akshat (means never ending) were given to all devotees. All the devotees cherished the Akshat.
The whole atmosphere of ‘Tapowan’ was filled with a light heart, high moral and a pleasant taste of great personality of great Gurudev Swami Satyanand and his equally great disciple Swami Niranjanand. And pondered, “Can there be life more divine than this? Are they not gods on earth? Are they, not reincarnation themselves? In today’s world of hypocrisy, selfishness, dishonesty this experience came as a wave of/ blast of freshness, which cannot be compared, to any thing else. It is not humanly possible to encapture, depict their greatness in words."