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Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

CHAPTER 8 – Gayatri Mantra

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A rough literal interpretation, as different from translation of the mantra is as follows: “We contemplate upon the Originator or Source of everything, that adorable, effulgent Divinity, and pray that our intelligence may be illumined and stimulated, so that we would be enabled to understand the Absolute Truth.”

There is one crucial word in this mantra which sets it apart from all other mantras. It is the word dheemahi. It means either ‘We meditate upon’ or ‘May we meditate upon’. Whatever meaning we select–an assertion or prayer–the important aspect is the plural form of the word. And this has great significance. Since it is a mantra to be chanted, generally as a personal mantra, why should it have the plural subject? The plural implies that the prayer is for the benefit of all, though the aspirant is seeking the development of spiritual consciousness. The ‘we’ underlines the same latent Universal Consciousness in all. It is this transcendence over a desire for narrow personal benefit that imbues the Gayatri Mantra with its great power.

As with all mantras, Gayatri also has its tutelary deity, though it is addressed to Savita, the sun. And that deity is Gayatri who is the female counterpart of the trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, or more appropriately, their consorts Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali representing learning, wealth, and protection. They are prayed to for personal worldly boons, while Gayatri is invoked to give us the buddhi to understand our true nature, knowing which, we have everything. It is our identification with our individual selves that flings us into bondage. But the divine light of Savita helps us to free ourselves from our bondage, so that the power of Gayatri envelops us.

Above all, the Gayatri Mantra is unique in another way. It is the only mantra which is the combination of a prayer and a mantra–it combines the inherent power of the sound of a mantra (which sometimes has no meaning for the chanter) with the power of the prayer.

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Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Worry and Fear

Although life seems capricious, uncertain, and full of all kinds of troubles, still we are always under the guiding, loving protection of God.

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Don’t make a fuss about anything. Whenever you worry, remember, you are deepening the cosmic delusion within you.

{Man’s forgetfulness of his true omnipotent soul nature, and of its divine connection with God, is the cause of all his suffering and limitation. Yoga teaches that this oblivion or ignorance is caused by maya, or cosmic delusion.}

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Fear of failure or sickness I cultivated by turning over such thoughts in the conscious mind until they become rooted in the subconscious and finally in the superconscious. Then the superconsciously and subconsciously rooted fear begins to germinate an fill the conscious mind with fear plants that are not so easy to destroy as the original thought would have been, and these eventually bear their poisonous, death-dealing fruits…..

Uproot them from within by forceful concentration upon courage, and by shifting your consciousness to the absolute peace of God within.

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Whatever it is that you fear, take your mind away from it and leave it to God. Have faith in Him. Much suffering is due simply to worry. Why suffer now when the malady has not yet come? Since most of our ills come through fear, if you give up fear you will be free at once. The healing will be instant. Every night, before you sleep, affirm: “The Heavenly Father is with me; I am protected.” Mentally surround yourself with Spirit….You will feel His wonderful protection.

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When the consciousness is kept on God, you will have no fears; every obstacle will then be overcome by courage and faith.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

CHAPTER 8 – Gayatri Mantra

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The next three words of the first line—Bhur, Bhuvar and Suvaha—are, in a way, further explanation of the symbolic content of Aum. However, there is a slight difference; where pranava is directed towards the Ishvara as Indivisible Consciousness, the vyahritis point to the deities that rule the physical, astral and mental planes of our ordinary life. These deities are Agni, Vayu, and Aditya and the three vyahritis are the bija, seed mantras of the respective divinities.

There is a further affinity between the pranava and the vyahritis. According to the Chandogya Upanishad, Prajapati meditated on the threefold knowledge (the three Vedas) and, from the result of the meditation, extracted its essence, namely Bhuh from the Rig, Bhuvah from the Yajur and Suvah from the Sama Veda. When he further brooded on these vyahritis, the syllable Aum was the result.

Coming to the mantra proper, it ought to be pointed out—and this is very important—that the Gayatri is translated in as many ways as there are scholars with their individual views. Many reasons can be given for such diversion of views. Leaving alone the incompetence of some of the interpreters, we may arrive at one reason for the variants; the extremely rich and complex nature of the Sanskrit language. Often, the same word or expression has different meanings in different contexts. Or, it can have several cognate meanings in the same context. Closely allied to this, is the highly inflected nature of the knowledge which determines its syntax. A strict adherence to grammatical analysis will yield an apparent meaning but not the right one.

The only correct interpretation depends on the apprehension of the subtle context which is beyond the rational linguistic deciphering. In short, any true meaning that can be arrived at can only be through the buddhi, which faculty the mantra is aiming at developing in the aspirant. Such a situation may appear like a petitio principi, an argument in circles. Yet, therein lies the mantra’s power-the power to draw the aspirant closer and closer to the contemplation of the words of the mantra.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Nervousness —  continues……

Instead of hurrying in a state of emotional excitement to get some place, and then not enjoying it once you arrive because you are restless, try to be more calm…. As soon as your mind becomes restless, give it a whack with your will and order it to be calm.

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Excitement upsets the nervous balance, sending too much energy to some parts and depriving others of their normal share. This lack of proper distribution of nerve force is the sole cause of nervousness.

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A body that is relaxed and calm invites mental peace.

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[Technique for relaxing the body:]

Tense with will: By command of will, direct the life energy {through the process of tension} to flood the body or any body part. Feel the energy vibrating there, energizing and revitalizing. Relax and feel: Relax the tension, and feel the soothing tingle of new life and vitality in the recharged area. Feel that you are not the body; you are that life which sustains the body. Feel the peace, the freedom, the increased awareness that comes with the calmness produced by the practice of this technique.

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When you have peace in every movement of your body, and peace in your thinking, and in your will power, and peace in your love, and peace and God in your ambitions, remember—you have connected God with your life.

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Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

CHAPTER 8 – Gayatri Mantra

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By the letters of the English alphabet, one cannot capture the total essence of the meaning of Aum. In Devnagari, the word is written in a special manner. This is not the simplest manner in which it can be written in that script; the simplest representation for the sound would be….. But it is written symbolically with a characteristic flourish… Like all the other things in Vedanta, This particular symbol is designed in such a way that one distinguishes the subtle from the gross.

The form of the sound aids in visualizing the different states of consciousness in conjunction with the vibrations caused by the chant. (Lengthening the ‘u’ sound while chanting is supposed to transfer the effect of the chanting to everyone, while lengthening the sound of the ‘m’ is good for one’s own getting into a meditative mood.) As written in Devnagari, the upper bend of the character stands for the bhur and jagratawastha, the lower bend for the bhuvar and swapnawastha. The other bend, which is like an elephant’s trunk, represents the suvarloka and sushupti. (Lord Ganesha is called Aumkararupa for the reason that Aum in Devanagari is more like the ideograph of the face of an elephant.)

The small crescent moon with a star on top is the ardha matra, the reverberatory or resonant sound that continues after completing the utterance of Aum. This is also called the anahata chakra. Anahata means that which is not struck and, therefore, it denotes an unstruck sound. In meditation, one is supposed to hear this sound internally.

Since an exposition on Aum can be endless and, therefore, beyond the scope of this short essay, only one final reference need be made as to its importance by turning to the Katha Upanishad: (Yama tells Nachiketas): That word which all the vedas declare, which all the austerities proclaim, desiring which people live the life of a religious student, that word to thee I shall tell in brief. That is AUM. This syllable is verily the everlasting spirit. This syllable, indeed, is the highest end; knowing this very syllable, whatever anyone desires will, indeed, be his.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Nervousness

One who is naturally calm does not lose his sense of reason, justice, or humor under any circumstances.

….He does not poison his bodily tissues with anger or fear, which adversely affect circulation. It is a well-proven fact that the milk of an angry mother can have a harmful effect on her child. What more striking proof can we ask for, that violent emotions will finally reduce the body to an ignominious wreck?

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Indulgence in constant thoughts of fear, anger, melancholy, remorse, envy, sorrow, hatred, discontent, or worry; and lack of the necessities for normal and happy living, such as right food, proper exercise, fresh air, sunshine, agreeable work and a purpose in life, all are causes of nervous disease.

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If we connect a 120-volt bulb with a 2,000-volt source, it would burn out the bulb. Similarly, the nervous system was not made to withstand the destructive force of intense emotion or persistent negative thoughts and feelings.

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But nervousness can be cured. The sufferer must be willing to analyze his condition and remove the disintegrating emotions and negative thoughts that are little by little destroying him. Objective analysis of one’s problem, and maintaining calmness in all situations of life will heal the most persistent case of nervousness…The victim of nervousness must understand his case, and must reflect on those continual mistakes of thinking which are responsible for his maladjustment to life.