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  1. About the nature of non existence.

    +++++ Very well-written, Thanks Seth
  2. Living In A State Of Constant Bliss

    Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing Shakti is bliss and wisdom, emptiness and luminosity, Empty and Full. Now that she has begun her dance of grace, all one needs to is let her do her dance of grace and just be.
  3. When HamSa becomes SoHam

    Hundun, It’s all good! I acknowledge and appreciate your good intentions behind everything you have written over the years on this forum. I would much rather take the content than the tone. So, it’s all good. I, for no part, deny the utmost importance of the Guru. The entire premise of Non-dual Shaivism is - GururupaayaH - Guru is the ‘upaya’ for all the other upayas (anu, shakti, shambhava) are through his Grace. And Mark is a very fine Teacher, in fact the only one I have recommended to my students. Several folks on this forum who I speak with offline will smile at this with recognition. I have known Mark for a long time. Both of us share a similar background in Tantra and Dzogchen. More than a decade ago, when Mark was beginning to become popular after the Muktananda phase, his students were (I imagine that’s still the case) an eclectic mix. While most “got” it, there were several who did not open up to the grace and also did not persevere for they would have opened up in due course anyway. Back then, Mark’s teaching was even less “structured” in a typical sense and obviously with a reason. But I would speak to several who simply did “not” get it and gave up. Being immensely passionate about Kashmir Shaivism, it really pained me. I had several lengthy discussions with Mark on Grace (Shaktipat), upayas and so on and the difference in approach towards different kinds of aspirants. Mark did acknowledge what I have to say and I do see a lot more of content today in his teachings aimed at the category of aspirants I spoke of. The nine categories of Grace or Shaktipat map to the three Upayas (Shambhava, Shakti and Anu). Most often, practitioners today are suited for Shakti and anu upayas. You are a better qualified practitioner suited for Shaktopaya and hence readily opened up to Grace. Others, who need time to open to Grace (or cognize the Grace that already is), need something to hang on to, like a raft, which can also aid in their further opening up, and such tools as this would really help. Kashmir Shaivism insists on Mani (gems), Mantra, Mudra (pranayama, mudras, bandhas) and Aushadha (herbs) for this very purpose. Needless to say, none of this negate the importance of Guru, for they function only through his Grace. Grace is the road to a goal that is Grace. Even in the scheme of revelation of scriptures of Kashmir Shaivism, there were already the Shiva Sutras, which imparted Grace and Non-duality through the teaching, they “pointed out”, as we say in rDzog chen terminology. But this did not help all kinds of aspirants. Thus came into being the immensely practical and to-the-point Vijnanabhairava with a whole range of tools such as Ajapa, dharana on breath, space, light etc. to help advance one from Anavopaya to Shakta and further to Shambhava and so on. For someone qualifying for Shaktopaya, the techniques employed by an anu may seem lowly or mortal. But the very state of conditioned awareness of someone working with Shaktopaya will seem the same to someone else dealing with near-no-technique and non-duality (as in Shambhavopaya). It’s all really relative. And thank you for the kind words.
  4. When HamSa becomes SoHam

    Who is "we"? Are you speaking for everyone of Mark's students? I have done seven intensives with him and spent several years with him, and you certainly don't speak for me. The question apparently was from a beginner. And you throw stuff like "listen to your core" - it simply doesn't make sense! These techniques stem from Vijnanabhairava and Netra Tantra and they don't "advice you to listen to your core". The teachings of the tantra are practical and simple, the results are magnificent. One need not "listen to the core" - the core makes itself evident once you listen to the breath - listening here is not 'physical listening' - simply touched by awareness, I thought I stated that. If grace is all there is (I don't disagree with this though), then why be aware of the the central channel or bellows breath or anything? There are certain tools to channel the grace, open up to it and the one I stated is what is being used in Kashmir Shaivite tradition. You can discuss the same with Mark and he will not disagree. Well, do ask him when you get a chance who he studied Paratrimshika from We can agree to disagree but if you toned down your usual pompous self a little bit, we can have a productive discussion.
  5. When HamSa becomes SoHam

    Mark Griffin's method is simple. He asks one to employ Bellows breath through the practice. The sound of inhalation is so and this syllable vibrates at the base of the spine (representing Shakti or Kundalini). The sound of exhalation is ham and this vibrates at the crown center (representing Shiva). Thus, on inhalation, the breath moves down to the end of the spine (which is a tad lower than the root chakra really, and is called Kula-sahasrara or the thousand petal lotus at the bottom of the spine) and ascends to the crown at exhalation. Mark clearly states that the breath inherently has the sound of soham (or hamsa) and one need not verbally or mentally utter these syllables. I agree with him in a sense because if one uttered these syllables, it would become japa and not ajapa. One only needs to maintain awareness of the breath along the central channel in the above described fashion. IMO, a beginner may benefit from actually reciting the sounds mentally. In Zazen or even in Anapanasati, sometimes we count breaths initially to keep the mind fixed. By reciting the Soham mantra (which in Tantra acquires advanced transformation into Prasada, Para, Para-Prasada and Prasada-Para etc.), one is also benefited by consciously tuning into the vibration of the breath through sound. Moreover, the tradition teaches that one does not jump into Ajapa directly but starts with Japa and lets it naturally transform into Ajapa. So, after a certain proficiency is attained, the mental chant stops automatically and one simply remains aware of the breath in the central channel. Whether one uses Hamsa or Soham is a matter of choice. There is some discussion of it here.
  6. Ditto here!! It was appreciable of Scott to speak up. While one can argue about the receptivity of the women who had these orgasms from Drew (its debatable if they did in their worlds too, or just in Drew's) and interpret such a receptivity to mean subconsious consent on their part for whatever exchange that occured, in a way, this is literally like a rape or molestation from one angle! Imagine, if this did really occur, a lady, who is standing some place in a coffee place drinking or serving coffee, begins to experience an orgasm all of a sudden!! It can leave her confused, she may run to a doctor to get this involuntary phenomena fixed. It may lead her to a guilt if she is in a loving relationship. She may lose interest in "normal" sex post these orgasm, ruining her normal life. If she were of a religious bent and associated with an Abrahamic religion, she could believe this to be a demonic possession, involuntary orgasms are very common with a demonic possession from what I have seen in several such cases I have dealt with. Lot of things happen because of this thoughtless behavior. True, nothing of this may happen, but the possibility that this can happen is something no one here seems to be considering. Also, who knows what happened to the women who experienced these orgasms, energetically, were they harmed in anyway? Possible right? In Tantra, we have Bhairavi Chakra, Dutiyaga, Lata Sadhana and other practices which involve sexual energies and these are not undertaken by those without a firm foundation - reason being unpreparedness can prove costly driving one insane and blowing up the nerve circuits due to intense flooding of energy. Look at the example of the guy on this thread who gave up Spring Forest Qigong based on Drew's insistence of Full Lotus. Tomorrow, a noob may develop some energy, get inspired by Drew's adventures and run around doing something similar? Sifu Lin clearly seems to have pointed out grounding issues and unbalance with Drew, and for anyone who can sense energy even at the basic level, is it not obviously evident Drew is way out of balance and ungrounded? I find it rather strange that women here condone such a thing as forcing another woman into an involuntary orgasm in public. Drew is a genius, no doubt about it! I have conversed here and offline with him for years and consider him a friend. Unfortunately, balance is not something he has embraced. I don't know which moderator spoke what with him - there seem to be a group that is openly supportive of this charitable act of running around giving orgasms, but this is what he writes on his blog.
  7. Phuket Buddha Qigong Donald Rubbo is well-known for his work on Wuji gong or Primordial Qigong. A few years ago, I saw this exact same form in Bekasi, Java and it was attributed to an immortal of some local sect.
  8. Scotty-san, please don't bother!!! Not a good read, in any way
  9. Xiang Gong or the Frangrance Chikung school does not advocate Full Lotus. In fact, the grandmaster of this school Tian advised not to practice Full Lotus while practicing Xiang Gong, as also any kind of breath manipulation/regulation. I can't find the translated article by the grandmaster right away, but will post the link once I can. Xiang Gong requires one to not practice other forms of Qigong or anything that deals with Chi manipulation and that probably is the reason for this diktat on the full lotus. As a side note - I don't see the point in holding on to the posture using brute force or to the point of discomfort. Patanjali clearly states in his Yoga aphorism, Sthira-sukham asanam - Asana or posture should be 'sthira' (stable or steady) and 'sukha' (comfortable). Sthira is also not only in terms of quality but also as a measure of time - how long can one steadily hold the posture. The word 'sukha' or comfort is a qualifier to the entire thing - if it is not comfortable, then steadiness/duration of posture does not help much. Patanjali, unlike the later Hatha Yogins, recommended Asana as a tool for Dhyana (meditation) and Dhyana cannot happen if the asana is not steady and comfortable. How does one master an asana? Patanjali explains that too - Prayatnashaithilyananta samapattibhyam - one, by gradual abandonment of effort and two, meditating on the infinite. Initially, one does apply effort to accomplish the asana, but gradually, this effort should be slackened and let go for without abandoning this "effort", dhyana cannot ensue. Some translate this Sutra to mean - one can adopt any posture that is comfortable. This is perhaps stretching a tad too much. B K S Iyengar takes serious exception to this and suggests one to find sthirata (stability) and sukhata (relaxation or comfort) in one of the time tested and recommended postures such as Padmasana, Siddhasana, Vajrasana etc. (which are commonly used for Dhyana). May be that's what Drew is talking about - accomplishment of total stability and comfort - which cannot occur unless dhyana ensues, so a perfect full lotus is in a way a sign of some accomplishment. But so would be the case with any other posture like say Siddhasana...
  10. Hanuman Chalisa - Anup Jalota

    Yes and No, of course one can get tricky and nit pick on words, but as long as the essence is understood, it's all good! It would be foolish to assume grace and the way to attain it (if at all is something that is not "already" attained as one's one inherent nature) can be technically described in word and accurately. I clearly stated that I was stating the views of the lineage of Madhura Bhakti which uses the word - sampaadayitum - which is exactly translated as "earned". If you disagree, that's fine, not that it bothers me, it just tells me you are not familiar with the different theological schools of Hinduism, each one, while seemingly different from the other, has its own charm and it is unnecessary to interpret them to fit one's own idiosyncrasies, or even a framework of Non-duality. Why not enjoy them as they are?
  11. Hanuman Chalisa - Anup Jalota

    Pandit-ji is a proponent of the Bhakti marga, the Madhura Bhakti path to be specific. Here, one "earns" the grace of the divine or makes oneself open to receive it through selfless service, unconditional surrender to the ishta, ecstatic love for one's beloved etc.
  12. Just a Human Being :)

    What I found very endearing about H H was his ability to retain humor and an open mind amidst all this chaos and confusion and violence. One may argue that this is a carefully cultivated image, but I have spent short and long durations with him and my opinion is that if there is any pretense in how he conducts himself, it's near to nothing. All we see around today are people craving for power, and here is a man who gave that up, and is open enough to admit that polity needs to be returned to people (common man as he frequently puts it) and even acknowledges the fact that power was taken over by the Dalai Lamas in the past and amends are needed to correct that. I sure hope Tibet sees better days. I have personally heard from many Lamas and even normal householders some really sad stories on what Chinese oppression has done to their lives. I've also seen among Tibetans some kind of blind allegiance to the Dalai Lama without taking any responsibility on their part - H H kinda points this out too subtly in his interview. There have been some predictions made by three oracles in 2011 on what's to come in future for Tibet, but one can only wait and see. Without the charismatic face of H H representing the movement (say after he has left his body), Tibet's freedom movement is sure to lose steam.
  13. I have the utmost respect for Sifu Lin and his good work. I did three levels with him long time ago and both he and his wife were amazing people, truly compassionate and not commercially oriented. Unfortunately, over the last few years, that seems to have changed. I also sense a change in the quality of his energy (this is just my opinion). I even removed him from my Facebook after ads and commercial stuff started appearing in excess. I don't know, if its the people around him, or the changing times and economy, but he does seem way too commercial and flashy than before. Lot of people know him now and as a result have benefited from him - that sure is something good. But over the top advertizing and some so called collaborations he keeps doing with New Age jumbos really turned me away from him lately. I do wish him the very best for the healing knowledge he has brought to many. My Dzogchen teacher - considered enlightened and consulted by even the Dalai Lama was somewhat big and never could do full lotus. His attainments of awe to a lot of high Lamas. My teacher of Tantra was considered a Siddha, and one of the few to openly exhibit his Siddhis - again considered enlightened even by orthodox Advaitins - never did Full Lotus. Trailinga Swami of Benares, one of the few Mahasiddhas to walk the earth in recent times was HUGE, he would float on Ganges most of the times and had Goddess Annapurna, the tutelary deity of Benares intercede for him on several occasions - there was NO way he could even do a half lotus. These were all considered Siddhas - by yogins, tantrics, alchemists and the mind-only folks like Advaitins or Buddhists of a similar persuasion. So obviously full lotus being any measure of spiritual attainment is absolutely silly. An ex girlfriend of mine did a lot of Yoga and was told my someone that full lotus would help burn fat or tone her waist or some stuff. She religiously would sit in full lotus while watching Tv and would not budge for like the duration of an entire movie - you know what women can do to shed their imaginary 'extra' pounds lol! Was she spiritual, not the least bit! Even in hatha yoga and tantra, Yonyasana and Ardhayonyasana are considered superior to Padmasana and that's just one example.
  14. Hanuman Chalisa - Anup Jalota

    Wonderful thread I have a special place for the music of Pandit Jasraj-ji with who I had the fortune of spending some time and learn. Truly a blessed soul who earned grace of Thakurji through music. You may like some renderings by him. It is hard to miss the Madhura Bhakti in his music, where the rasas of Shringara and Karuna beautifully blend together