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  1. Jibengong - What is it?

    I'm now interested in it after reading the following Blog entry Issuing power into the physical: the role of connective tissue Is there anyone here who practices this Gong Fu? If so, what has been / is your experience of it?
  2. The Dawn Remembrance Verses

    I found the Sadhguru video that discusses the latitude/longitude and time of night for optimal "spiritual seed"-sters for Sadhana. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cJVqRUrxok&list=RDCMUCcYzLCs3zrQIBVHYA1sK2sw&index=4
  3. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Karma

    The following is a partial transcript for the talk Sadhguru gave April 21, 2020 Sadhguru on Karma Life is karma. If you want to become NishKarma - that means - people think No-Karma - if you want to become No Karma - there is no such thing. You can become very minimal Karma. So is a Couch Potato NishKarma? No no. Lethargy is a tremendous amount of Karma. It takes a lot of work to be lethargic. In a sense you will have to generate a lot of explanations for everything and convince yourself that you don't have to do anything about it. Right now there is virus going on. Somebody is dying around you. You have to [flits hands to wave away] - tsk - do something within yourself to not to respond to that. Otherwise it's natural for you to respond to it. So being a Couch Potato is not Nishkarma. Well a yogi can become almost like a hibernating state where everything is minimized. But still he is not free from karma. He might take less number of breaths per minute. You may be taking 12 to 15 breaths per minute. When somebody simply sits (SG demonstrates cross legged position with hands palms up and open on each knee) they may just go down - maybe 3 breaths, maybe 6 or 8 but below that you can not go. You can even stop breathing a while for some time but it's only some time. If you stay without a breath, not by holding, just by lowering the metabolism then slowly a different level of karma will begin to pick up momentum in the body. When it picks up anyway - you will breathe. Again it may go into breathless state, again it will come back. So this way you can minimize but still you're not free. You will have to get up to drink a little water or put something in your mouth. When you put something in, something has to go out. All these things are karmas. So what is the way to handle this? Well what do you think we've been doing with you? With Inner Engineering? What do you think it is? It is simply this, many of you...(laughs)...almost all of you when you did the online Inner Engineering program you still have not done any practice. Or you went through the program first 2 days, no practice yet, first 2 days we're still talking to you suddenly after 2 days you feel a new sense of life and freedom. This thing has happened to millions of people. I know this. Suddenly you light up. Not because all your old karma went away. Just those 2 days you did not create too much fresh karma. Suddenly it's feeling so light and wonderful because you are not creating an unnecessary burden upon yourself. So what was the trick? There are various aspects, let me not go into all the aspects now. The simplest thing is this - your ability to respond. See, whether I should do something or not, if I think about it - right now, many people are struggling with this - let us say somebody around somewhere close - let's say somebody is infected in Coimbatore. [Looks up wondering] "Now should I do something or not? Why should I do? Why should I do anything? He must have a family. Let them do." But if we just put up that man's suffering in front of you you will have to do a lot of work to not do anything. But to respond in which ever way you can. Not everybody can go and save everybody's lives. But at least do whatever you can. It's very simple. The amount of karma you have to do - mental karma - will come down dramatically within your mind - simply because your response has become indiscriminate. Indiscriminate in response but not indiscriminate in action. Because you cannot afford to be indiscriminate in action. In action you are always discerning because action requires physical capability, energy, intelligence, means to do it, time to do it, many things are involved. And these are all limited commodities. Nobody can do indiscriminate activity. If they do indiscriminate activity they will die very soon. And that is also a bad karma. Yes, it is. Activity is not indiscriminate but our response is indiscriminate. Wherever it is I would like to do something, if possible, everything that is possible, will do. But what is not possible we at least have a little intention. Just because of that you came to the program and you felt such a sense of freedom. People have been asking me, "Sadhguru, how will the online program work without the practice?" I want you to know before you came for the Shambhavi Initiation already you were feeling fantastic. Simply because you stopped creating fresh karma. Old karma did not go away in those 3 or 4 days. Just that new load is not happening. For the old karma actually just living is enough. Sitting here, living, breathing, heart beating is good enough to start dissolving the old karma. A few things need a little more nudge but most of the things will simply go away if you sit here and breath, live, heart will beat by itself. You don't have to do anything. Or are you doing? [flutters hands into various mudras]. Some of you think you are doing everything. The whole issue of people when it comes to their health - whatever - because everybody is an Internet Doctor now. No? They've done a lot of research. The doctors are having hell. Because every patient who comes knows more about the damn thing than the doctor is supposed to know. Doctor knows something more profound because he spent 9-10 years studying and experience of treating people. But these people looked it up after they came to know they have this particular ailment last 3 days they've looked up everything that's on the Internet. And now with all kinds of questions they go with their own prescription. "Please give me this drug. Other drugs I will not take." A whole lot of them coming to the doctor saying, "I will not take this drug. I will take only this." This is supposed to be a very educated patient. A highly educated patient means you are going to be a lifelong patient. You need to understand. Yes, if you become a lifelong doctor it's a good thing. You become a lifelong patient, very qualified patient what is the point of that? This is simply because you think you are doing this [activity with hands] you have to check your heartbeats, everybody is wearing a band... ***edited for brevity**** [SG digressed a bit about how a great many people these days have turned into excessive neurotic worry warts about their own health] **** All the time being worried - what is happening? What is happening (health-wise)? This itself is sickness. Too much concern about health itself is sickness and it's a terrible karma. This karma will have an enduring effect on you. So this is all that happened in the first 3 days of Inner Engineering, online or otherwise. All that happened is that we gave you little tools with which you stop creating new karma and suddenly it felt so wonderful. You did that little homework, ok? What happened today? 5 things to write down. Just because of that homework you paid attention to what you are doing and what you're not doing, suddenly tremendous sense of liberation. If a two and half hour program can have such an impact on you, if you pay a little more attention, in this lockdown time, you can just learn how to not create karma. Simple this, your response is unbridled. You don't decide what is worth responding or not worth responding. It's not your business. A bird, a grasshopper, and a human being, man, woman, child, doesn't matter, you respond. Do you have to act? No. Action is always a discerning action, because there are quantities involved in action which are not unlimited. Our energy is not unlimited, our intelligence is not unlimited, our actions in no way can be unlimited they're always limited. But our ability to respond is limitless. This one thing, just this one thing, if you do you will not create any karma today. You will not add up load. Just not adding up a new load, you will see it feel like liberation. That's the kind of damage you are doing to yourself. Why do you think when you were a child you are like this (gestures at his own smile) still you had warehouse loads of karma on you but still you were grinning. Now you become like this (serious look). "A virus, Sadhguru. Virus!" Even before the damn virus came most people were looking so grave, it looked like they walked out of it. This is because every day building up this rubbish endlessly. Every day. Whatever happens you build it up. Build it up. Build it up. Something happens, something doesn't happen, for everything you create a mess, within yourself and that load of mess, just garbage. You're like a garbage truck I'm telling you. Yes. But now it's a lockdown. You don't have to pick up any garbage. That's a good thing about a lockdown. You just simply - you don't be selective. Who are you to decide what is worth your attention and what is not? Whatever created this, who ever created all this do you see a blade of grass is created with as much care as this big tree or yourself or an elephant or a tiger? A little creature, a tiny little insect that is going there is better decorated than you. Hello? You have to put on all kinds of dyes, they're all very well painted by themselves. So whoever created - has creation paid any less attention to these tiny, little creatures than yourself? No. So then who are you to decide what to respond to, what not to respond to? Your ability to respond always has to be unbridled. If you're not getting what I'm saying, well we can't come and teach you now. There is Inner Engineering Online. Just go through this 3 days, just first 3 days what is being said there, let it sink into you, soak it in completely. You will see in 3-4 days time you feel like you are floating simply because no new garbage. That's how it feels. So please make it happen. There is no need to go on adding up trash load upon your head.
  4. Sadhguru's Series on Mysticism & the Occult

    Hmm... Well my knee-jerk response is that I assumed it was an emotion that was so amazing it could lead to tears of joy. But now I'm wondering if perhaps that is wrong? I do on occasion feel a slight bit of joyfulness at night when I chant. However, it is sporadic and never sticks around and alas I still have monkey mind though not nearly as bad as it once was. I agree with your entire post above. I could imagine someone much further along than myself being ok with self-identifying as this or that. If they want to say "I'm a so-and-so." I'm totally ok with it. In many instances I can see how such could be helpful depending on the situation it's being said in. I just don't see myself as being that far along the spiritual path and the more I practice the more aware of just how "unconscious" I am of so much about everything I call "me". OK. Truthfully I don't really know if someone posting on DaoBums is further along than myself or not of course. Which is why I posted earlier about not holding other's opinions in higher esteem than my own - or vise versa.
  5. Personal Practice Discussion Thread Request

    I would like to request the re-activation of my PPF. Thanks
  6. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    I'm currently reading the following: ISBN: 93-82565-92-2 and ISBN: 978-0-9998330-3-2
  7. Sadhguru's Series on Mysticism & the Occult

    I'm a bit behind you then as I've yet to experience any kind of "blissed-out-ness" but I'm starting to experience every day the 'just let things be what they are' and no mental categorizing or labeling too. It's why I no longer identify myself as a "Buddhist". I guess if someone really presses me on it I would say "Dharma-ist". But even that is beginning to fade now. Fun fact! I just found out recently - via a cursory glance at a page in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra - this dropping of self-identifying I'm a "Buddhist" (or Daoist, Hindu, etc) - this is one of the signs a slightly higher level chakra and meridians are starting to wake up. Talk about me being super surprised to see the very thing I'm now experiencing every day - I'm reading about it right there on the page along with the guru's commentary and he said this is exactly one of the things that happens. According to Sadhguru the ordinary human has 21 chakras fully awake and functioning. Once one becomes interested in spiritual or magical practices it's a sign the 22nd (or more) chakra is starting to wake up.
  8. What counts as Idolatry to you?

    Seems to me this is true. John Michael Greer wrote a bit about this last month. How the OTHER, non-hierarchical Protestantism that flourished alongside the Puritanical Hellfire and Brimstone Magisterial version has been systematically erased from U.S. history books and the general populace's mind. Apparently the non-hierarchical version of Protestant Baptism arrived on U.S. shores even prior to the Mayflower (which was filled with the hierarchical Magisterial obedience style believers). Quote: It appears there was a power and public relations struggle between these various approaches to the Christian teachings in the 20th century and the Magisterial sects won. I remember JMG talking about how he knew a saintly elderly lady who was a devout Christian and she told him, "The Word of God is Christ Himself. Anyone who can't see the difference between that and a book has a lot of learning to do"
  9. Sadhguru's Series on Mysticism & the Occult

    I had to look up Dwai's word adhikara Here's a link that gets more in-depth about it.
  10. Sadhguru's Series on Mysticism & the Occult

    I've taken one of Sadhguru's online classes. I actually felt the shakti power so at least for me Sadhguru is legit. It's possible he won't be for someone else. I mean...even the Buddha had people who had karmic connections and got spiritual benefit from one of his own disciples but not at all from Him(!) and when questioned by his disciples about it he said it was due to different past actions in a prior lifetime by both himself and the disciple vis-a-vis the lay people in who's town the Buddha's Sanga were staying. In any case I figure holding in esteem anyone else's opinion above one's own to be a passing phase as much as doing the reverse (ie holding one's own opinion above others). If one gets benefit from Sadhguru's talks that's fine, if not, that's also fine. What was that phrase from (I think) it was Diogenes? "You don't hand over your body to just any stranger sir so why would you do the same with your mind?"
  11. Chanting Deity/Buddha names and The Cosmic Doctrine

    The following is to inspire you to keep going but to strive to do what you're doing with ever increasing perception. This is the power of the Still Point at a human scale. This lady found the Still Point of these rocks and look at what it achieved. Realize this is what Buddha name chanting is helping you to achieve inside yourself. p.s. There was a great quote from one character to another - of all things! - in the Netflix show Altered Carbon. "To the mind that is still, the universe surrenders."
  12. Chanting Deity/Buddha names and The Cosmic Doctrine

    Hello Omiiran! The following is background information to help explain my other post. I started with the breath and pain. Specifically a lot of the small aches and pains I feel in my body daily. That was my initial interest that led me to do research. Upon reading about the various nadis/meridians and chakras the kind of breath pattern and where the breath intent flows activates different qualities in your body and mind. I'm pretty sure you already knew that but it was brought home to me just how much it matters when I started digging around for info on the Sri Chakra/Sri Yantra and Shiva Chakra/Shiva Yantra. Meridians meet in triangles inside the body and the kind of energy (pancha bhuta as just one example) flowing in and around the still point (bindu) determines how you are building yourself up and what kind of garbage you are tossing out. That's exactly what's happening to us every day. Most of us are doing it unconsciously. The goal of any kind of practice ultimately is to make that whole process under full conscious control. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev says scientists today can duplicate a true vacuum in special chambers and when they introduce energy to the vacuum different kinds of "virtual particles" (his words) pop out. That's what's happening inside of everyone reading this post - right now. Since different people are unconsciously building up and tearing down different things in their body and mind it makes it difficult to give blanket instructions. Invariably there's gonna be that subset who don't respond well to what the majority benefit from. As a side note: The above process is what Agastyamuni's yoga tantra teaches one to do. That's why you don't need props, no mantras, no divinatory tools, with his system, etc. Why use intermediaries when his system teaches you those things directly using your own body as the teacher? Those poses taught alongside different kinds of breathwork are acting inside you just like the scientist's experiment with energy in a vacuum. Which meridian, the angle, the speed, the obstructions, the pressure, the rhythm, etc and which general triangular section around the still point in your body you've chosen for all that to converge at changes what you're busy becoming. As an example, I found out recently that there's a small triangular section right around Manipura chakra's bindu that's related to improving one's health and grants you the ability to help improve OTHER people's health problems too if one is so inclined to become a nurse or physician. So...that's what Buddha name chanting is actually doing. The Buddha name is a recipe or to use another analogy - canned code. You aren't being an engineer from the get-go. The engineering has already been done for you. All you need to do is follow the recipe and the result will happen on its own. That's why you don't need to appeal for a response or constantly looking for a response from a Buddha or Bodhisattva for results (something Master Nan particularly warned against and said 100% guarantees problems down the line for the chanter if they do one or both of those things. Well, yeah - because it's an uncounted for addition to the recipe). That's why when I read the Cosmic Doctrine I was thunderstruck by just how profound an achievement Agastyamuni's system truly is. If your goal is to gain 100% control over every single one of your internal energies then this is what your training regimen needs to look into eventually. Judicious use of Buddha name chanting can greatly speed that process up but now you have a basic idea of why and how karmic sickness happens at all and why a Buddha name will address some problems while leaving others untouched. [p.s. Sri Rohit Arya has made the following point - As with everything in life there is a point of diminishing returns. Simply piling on Buddha name or mantra after Buddha name or mantra eventually creates a major Shakti traffic jam inside the body so that's why simpler is often better when it comes to Buddha name chanting or mantra use.] Now...if you want to be a Kriya Yogi and want to cultivate the ability to craft your own new recipes then eventually you'll need additional skills in addition to Buddha name chanting. You'll also need to find the right kind of Coach - aka Guru who can train you for that Profession - the Kriya Yogi Profession.
  13. Chanting Deity/Buddha names and The Cosmic Doctrine

    Hi Omiiran I am going to make this a 2-part post. The first is to show how I've been dealing with your question myself. The 2nd post will be to fill-out why I've been going the route I have. 1. Each person has to decide how much they're willing to risk his/her own health and peace of mind in going the DIY route. For me, I hit some bumps here and there and the more I learn the more I realize just HOW little mastery and direct perception I have. Just simply having the ability to have a stress-free enough breath when chanting a Buddha name is itself a separate goal that some people would benefit from training separately from the goal of chanting a Buddha name. 2. There's also the separate goals of learning how to consciously practice and honestly assess yourself. So there's the part of "don't do practices mechanically". Or in modern sports training what's known as Intentional Practice. If it's not that kind of practice you're adding to the hurdles instead of adding to one's freedom. When I switched to the Intentional Practice perspective along with the self-assessment it gave a good idea of how much a beginner I am. I sometimes wonder how many Intermediates would still call themselves Intermediates if they took that kind of approach? 3. You could try treating it as a research project. Give yourself 2 weeks of Intentional Practice[separate skillset] of Buddha name chanting[separate skillset] using Master Nan's breath instructions[separate skillset] exactly (and I do mean EXACTLY) as he gives them. Do not try to get clever and "innovate" or "improve" upon Master Nan's instructions. At the end of each day do a self-assessment separate from the practice session itself. I know Master Nan scolded about dropping a Buddha name practice once one has begun but he also was saying that to his direct students, not to the general public. If anything comes up that you can't endure you need to consider dropping that practice pronto and switching to something else at a more basic, beginner level or even taking time off from anything "spiritual". If nothing else and you do need to take a break you can always focus on Karma Yoga (sila) - doing some kind of charitable service simply because you see someone else has a need that needs addressing (which does count as a separate legit path all by itself). But as long as you're getting decent results I would encourage you to continue. My next post will go into answering your other question: Be forewarned - it will be long but it's necessary to help contextualize things. Also, I repeat I am not a guru. I am sharing what I myself have learned through research as well the school of hard knocks from the bumps and occasional hair-raising booboos I've made. If you choose to go DIY for now the need for ruthless self-honesty ramps up accordingly. And after all the warnings I do want to point out that the majority of people have great results from following instructions from books and videos and finally look for a guru when the desire for one starts ramping up (that means their practices worked and they're getting excited and delighted with the results and are now looking to take it to the next level by working with a coach - aka guru).
  14. Akshobhya

    Can anyone tell me how the name Akshobhya is actually pronounced? I don't know how to read international symbols of pronunciation. I am guessing it sounds like Ak-sho-hai-ya although maybe the letter 'b' in there should be pronounced?
  15. The Dawn Remembrance Verses

    Sadhguru has a video on exactly this. Within a certain geographic latitude if one wakes around 3 am to 4 am naturally (without an alarm clock or other artificial means) one gains maximum benefit from any sadhana done at that time. If you don't naturally wake at this time it means you're a "Book Yogi" (Sadhguru's words, not mine) and sadhana at 3am forward won't gain you any benefit beyond what one naturally gains at other intervals such as sunrise, noon, sunset, etc. The fact you are naturally waking around this time suggests your guru lineage has planted a spiritual 'seed' of some kind in you and it's starting to sprout.