Saturday, July 21, 2007

22. Being Jyote Swaroop

In one of my early post I had written about our Divine Origin. This post is about being "Jyote Swaroop " - a share of my understanding from my experience on the path.
This I had shared in a Group on Simran Experience in Sikhnet Sevadars.

"O mind, you are a form of Divine Light - recognize your own origin."
- SGGS page 441


These words of Guru Sahebji that assert in clear terms our origin and direct us in the choice of our path had first stuck in my mind while reading the book “Sarab Rog ka Aukhad Naam “by Bhai Ragubir Singh Bir. Bir Sahebji had written a number of Books and emphasized that Gurbani is a science. The principles underlying gurbani worked only when understood and applied in the proper way.


The aim of simran should be to recognize and experience “our divine origin.”
It so happens that we keep on reading gurbani and the words do not strike a cord within to evoke related experience and understanding. When these strike it is Gurparshad meaning Grace.

Grace is the moment of transformation. Grace attracts the trigger for change. And it is happening to all of us. Grace is ever in our life. Grace comes in many forms.
About our being Jyote Swaroop, one understanding came while reading the following words from the Arti.

"Thousands are Your eyes, and yet You have not even one eye. Thousands are Your forms, and yet You have not even one form. Thousands are Your lotus feet, and yet You have not even one feet. You are without a nose, yet thousands are Your noses. Your play enchants . The Divine Light is within everyone, You are that Light. Within you is same Light that shines within everyone. "
-SGGS page 663



The meditation that developed out of these words is –


“When looking Feel that who is looking is HIM. When walking Feel that who is walking is HIM. While using the hands Feel that who is working is HIM. And so on …”


The simran meditations are have an essential element of pre acceptance . This pre acceptance is ‘Manne” of japji Saheb.
This pre acceptance is what actually is and has to be accepted first without any doubting or questioning. This is where surrender before the Guru comes in. It is acceptance of guru’s teachings.
The pre acceptance has also been expressed in the form of state of being. Feel the state and you transform to that state.
Words have meaning and evoke a response of experience within us.
You want to feel enthusiastic, think and just act enthusiastic and you will be so. Want to be happy, think of happiness and act happy.


Gurbani tells us that all qualities and everything is HIM. So being jyote swaroop we can any time access and be in that state of being.

AASAA, FIFTH MEHL:


“He does not die, so (being His light) I have no fear of death (will be living even after life on earth). He does not wither (his virtues remain same), so I do not stumble (get enticed by vices). He is not poor (is abundance), so I have no greed (I am satiated).He is never diseased, so I have no disease. 1The giver of life is our life Himself; and there is no other, only Him (EK ONKAR). When he is the only one, then there is no other Destroyer (a threat to existence). 1 Pause He has no bonds, so I have no bondage. He has no occupation, so I have no entanglements. He has no impurities, so I have no impurities (of mind). He is bliss, so I am ever in bliss. 2He has no anxiety, so I have no cares. He has no stain (affected by vice and virtue), so I have no afflictions (have become clean). He has no need, so I have no desires. As He is immaculate (pure), so I am chaste. 3Says Nanak, the Guru clears away doubts and misgivings. (That) I have no separate existence; He is the only One and there is oneness. Before and after (here and there) He alone exists. When I meet him (in a state of being), we are of same color (are similar).”
- SGGS page 391


This awareness of being Jyote Swaroop is possible in a mind state of ‘unman’ meaning when we keep focus of our awareness inward.
Simran is the way to detach our ever outward directed awareness and thinking inward. Simran leads us to Naam – our origin.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Simran Experience :Simran Method Questions from Harvinder Singh

Harvinder Singh has recently asked questions on simran method through email.

The questions and the answers are being shared for the benifit of the seeker who needs further clues .

The Guru within guides and attracts in the life the book , article , Vichar and even a blog post for clarity.


Harvinder Singh wrote as


"I have read your simran healing ebook recently and I have certainly enjoyed reading it as the ebook content was informative as well as interesting.

I have some questions regarding simran if you can please answer for me:

(1). When I practice simran I normally do it vocally. I have difficulty practicing it mentally. What happens is that for a few minutes I can do it mentally, but after that my mind tires and I cannot hold this thought for too long.


(2). Can one open their dasam duar if they do simran vocally? I would probably imagine one would have to do it for many hours a day over a long period of time?

(3). How can one improve their concentration so that one can perform mental simran? "




The Answer sent to this mail is as below :

"It is Guru 's Mehar that opportunity for sangat on the topic of simran has come about.



In the first question you have asked that :

"When I practice simran I normally do it vocally. I have difficulty practicing it mentally. What happens is that for a few minutes I can do it mentally, but after that my mind tires and I cannot hold this thought for too long. "

The Simran is different corresponding to the three levels :
1. Physical or Gross
2. Subtle energy plane– our emotional and mental body energies correspond to this plane.Also known as Astral plane.
3. Spirtual plane – also known as causal plane.

This is a broad classification and we have bodies corresponding to these levels.We can place our conscious awareness (SURT) at any of these planes.Normaly the surt is enbrossed in physical plane during our waking ours.

At the physical level the simran is vocal and is known as Jap and is done with the tongue.
Jap is mainly done of gurbani shabads.

Shabads are repeated again and again for Gyan , change of our state of mind (filling it with LOVE of Waheguru) and agreeing ( maniya) that HE is HAZAR NAZAR.

Waheguru shabad recitation voiced outside be listened by the ears (Suniya) so that the SURT is pulled automatically inside.

Then the Waheguru Gurumantra is spoken inside without involving tongue.Here also it is to be heard by the ears.

The above is a tool or method only as the aim is for the SURT to meet the Shabad going on inside.

The minds chatter goes on and on as it is the nature of mind.The SURT which is subtle goes beyond and above the viel of mental chatter.

In Japji Saheb Guru Sahebji says as under :

suni-aa mani-aa man keetaa bhaa-o.
antargat tirath mal naa-o.

When SURT is inside the simran is mental. Here feel the presence of Waheguru.When presence is felt recitation gets dropped .

Feel being filled with Light and love.
All qualities are HIS. All is HIM.So our attitude should be of acceptance whether we like it or not.Feel your negative gross qualities going. This way the emotional-mental energies become lighter and after some time the do not have much strength to take you out unless you desire.

Your second question is " Can one open their dasam duar if they do simran vocally? I would probably imagine one would have to do it for many hours a day over a long period of time? "

Vocal simran is jap and a start.One should prefer to do vocal simran of Gurbani Shabads ( full bani , shabad or part). Gurbani is Brahm Vichar.Gurbani gives us Gyan. Gurbani speaks of Waheguru.The proximity increases.

We have to go inside .Be in a state of UNMAN,meaning our SURT is kept inward and are not attached with the outward world. This is even when our eyes are open.
Even when we are sitting in a group.
Even when we are doing work or walking.

We do have to concentrate on worldly things or work but then even without our awareness the subconscious is engrossed in simran in the same way as it does the driving automatically even when our mind is elsewhere. Subconscious then does what we normally do and drives the car on the daily route.
Sikh way is SURAT- SHABAD abhyas. The inner shabad when connected with surt pulls it through Dasam Dwar.
Do not focus on the "time taken ". Time taken is quite variable ,when conditions are right the next shift automatically occurs.
As I had explained in the Simran Healing Book our thoughts are creative.When we focus and believe in the thought that "time taken is more "it would the become our experience – time taken would be more.

Your third question is " How can one improve their concentration so that one can perform mental simran?"

A form of meditation is that Mantra word is recited inside with concentration.One comes back again and again when concentration is lost.
I feel that this form of meditation is for a sidhi.
Another way is to find gap between thoughts so that surt goes across.

Sikh way is Simran - meaning re- membrance .We are Jyote Swaroop and the viel of HAUME (separateness ) has to be lifted.
For remaining inside with concentration.
Practice is required so that the mind gets used to it.

One can also use the triggers for the shifts.Here is how it can be done.

After closing eyes do backward counting from 20 to 1 . (later it can be reduced to 10 to 1 or 5 to 1).


This acts as a trigger for shift to occur.Other triggers can be made are " Ekonkar to Gurprasad".
One affirms mentally that "As I count from 20 to 1 my awareness focus will shift to …….and I would be connected with my physical body/emotional body/mental body/causal body (as per the reqirement)"
When count is finished affirm that you are now in _____ Body.
This method I advice for healing purpose but is good for spiritual practice as well in the beginning. Through this method one get used to be within..

When connected with physical body one can ask it to relax and remove any stress .In the mental plane we can remove mental thought forms or patterns .In the spiritual plane we can talk with our higher self or spiritual personalities.

Eventually we should listen to shabad inside which is sikh way.
All this is a part of NAAM connection. "

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