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Thursday 21 June 2018

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Photo & Video Recordings

When a young person of the age of 33 dies, there is bound to be some controversy and doubts regarding the death. This is what see in the case of Jaggi Vasudev's wife's death. Her name was Vijji, and she died in January 1997, on what is known traditionally in Tamil Nadu as thaipoosam. Below are some photos, videos and a discussion of the details and various evidence surrounding this controversy of her death.

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Murder?

First thing to note here is that there are two versions of the story. One side claims that Jaggi Vasudev's wife died, and that she was actually murdered by Jaggi. The other side claims that she was not murdered, and in fact, she did not even die in the conventional sense. She attained mahasamadhi, a spiritual term meaning a person has become one with cosmos, and so ceases to exist. In India's tradition, there are many who are said to have attained mahasamadhi, including Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Shirdi Sai Baba etc.

Below are a few images of Jaggi Vasudev's wife, during the early days of her marriage.

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife Jaggi Vasudev and his wife. Jaggi Vasudev's Daughter Jaggi Vasudev's daughter bows down to a photo of her mother, during a dance performance.

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Mahasamadhi?

As said above, the other version of this story is that she attained mahasamadhi. In mahasamadhi, the person's body still remains sometimes, and it is often cremated, and the ashes kept in a tomb, or samadhi. Vijji's samadhi is at the Isha Yoga Center. A photo is shown below.

Jaggi Vasudev's wife's samadhi Jaggi Vasudev's wife's samadhi, where her ashes are cremated.

Below is the description of this mahasamadhi, from Jaggi Vasudev himself: Jaggi Vasudev on his wife's death / mahasamadhi. Jaggi Vasudev has spoken about this many times, and these videos are also available on Youtube. I have chosen one here, that was spoken to a celebrity audience that included Anupam Kher and his wife Kirron Kher. Jaggi Vasudev is answering Kirron Kher's question on his wife's mahasamadhi.

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Video

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Investigation

So which of these is true. Unfortunately, Jaggi Vasudev's wife's death took place 21 years ago, so it is not a simple process to investigate. One thing that is clear is that though Jaggi Vasudev is claimed to be the murderer on some sites on the Internet, he was never convicted in a court of law. In fact, no case was ever presented in the court even. Generally, if anyone is suspected of murder, the accusers would file an FIR in a police station immediately. That way, an investigation can progress and if there is proof, the case can be taken to a court of law and the sentence passed.

Unfortunately, none of the accusing websites are taking such an action. However, they continue to publish articles on the supposed controversial death of Jaggi Vasudev's wife. These people are perhaps trying to profit from the popularity of Jaggi Vasudev. They know that by publishing such stories, they will make people click on their pages, and so the website can make money from ad revenue (which is linked to number of website visitors). The same logic can hold for some of the Youtube videos that same similar things, without showing any proof.

It is surprising that people can make accusations of murder without proof because in Indian legal system, no one is guilty unless proven. To make such accusations without taking the case to court, can be a punishable offense.

It is said that there is a FIR filed in 1997, immediately after the death. However, no one clarifies on what the result of this FIR was. No action was taken by the police. It is also well-known that Jaggi Vasudev was an unknown person, and not famous as he is now. So the question of political influence on police is also not possible. Also, the accusations that he fled to the United States to escape prosecution do not hold water. He is living in India and has been for several years now, so obviously he did not "flee" to the US.

There is also the accusation that her body was cremated immediately, and that this means foul play. Nowadays, such things can be found out because all deaths are recorded and a doctor signs the death certificate after examination. This was not the case 20 years ago though. A death certificate was not mandatory. And it is customary for traditional Hindu families to cremate the body within a few hours of death. Keeping the body for even a day is considered inauspicious for the soul.

Since no one provides any credible evidence, it must be concluded that in fact, Jaggi Vasudev's wife's death was not murder.

Jaggi Vasudev's Wife's Death: Truth?

The truth is, she probably just died. People die! Even young people. It doesn't necessarily mean anything suspicious. There are many diseases and physiological defects such cardiac palpitations due to having a hole in the heart. Many people do not even realize they have such ailments, and they just die one fine day. There are people who even have bacterial infections in the brain. These are picked up through respiration sometimes. There are cases of people picking up such infections from hotel AC rooms and going into coma or even dying. Maybe this is how Jaggi Vasudev's wife died. There are many such possibilities. SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is well-known. But young adults die too from unknown causes (though not in the same numbers). It doesn't necessarily mean murder. As said above, in those days, no autopsy was necessary, so the cause cannot be accurately identified.

As for Jaggi Vasudev's claim about her mahasamadhi, well, he offers no concrete proof of it either. Neither does he clearly explain how such a process works. So perhaps these are just the words of a man grieving the loss of his wife and believing that she attained the goal of all spiritual seekers.

How the Kundalini Rises Through the 7 Chakras

The theory of vibration (Spanda) relates directly to the concept of potential-sound (shabda-tanmatra) which develops into the individual matrika as the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. These letters are called varnas, meaning colours, as each of these distinct “matrix-vibrations” has a definite colour-affinity. As the gross aspect of the subtle (Shabd), these “phenomenal seeds” are the foundation of the ever-changing Reality and are inseparable from Consciousness.

About Kundalini

Consciousness, subtle sound, manifest sound, form, colour and the elements are all inter-related. Every Matrika has a Shakti (Energy). Of all the Shaktis, the Kundalini-Shakti is the greatest. This “serpent- energy” of potential vibration, is the “atomic” energy of the microcosm. Contained within the body there is a great power-potential. It is the power of the Cosmos. “Coiled” in the lower centres, the Kundalini-Shakti may be released through “vibrational” activity. This vibrational activity can be of three kinds: Through Breath-Control (Pranayama) : Breath-Activity. Through Sound (Mantra) : Sound-Activity. Through Elementals : Alchemical-Activity.

Associated in ancient times with the Mother-Goddess, and the Earth-Goddess, this energy has been worshipped as the One Principle by which the Nature-Potential may be released into the realm of Cosmic-Consciousness. When activated, this energy surges through the subtle body and “discharges” as Amrit (“Nectar”), flooding the Consciousness with Blissfulness. This union of “moon” and “sun”, once again brings us to the polarity-symbolism, which is the undercurrent of the Tan trie cosmology. Dr. Wilhelm Reich, in his researches into “Orgone-Energy”, undoubtedly stumbled upon the all-powerful Kundalini-Shakti, which has its root in the sexual centres. According to the Kularnava tantra, the world “is made only of Shiva and Shakti”. When separated, these two poles strive to unite. When united, Blissfulness is the result.

How the Kundalini Rises Through the 7 Chakras

Moving up the central axis (“Mount-Meru”) of the Subtle body [composed of Pranas (Vitality-essences) and Nadis (Vitality-essence-channels)] through the Sushumna-Nadi (“Central pathway”), also called “Meru-danda” (Mount Meru Staff), through the Chakras (Subtle- body centres) - the 7 chakras through which the kundalini passes are the Muladhara at the base, the Swadisthana chakra at the genitals, the Manipuraka at the navel, the Anahata chakra at the heart or solar plexus, the Vishuddhi chakra at the throat, the agna chakra between the eyebrows, and the sahasrar or fontanelle at the top of the head - to “Immortal” Union with the Shiva Consciousness- principle of the Sahasrara-Padma-Chakra (at the top of the head), the Kundalini-Shakti “consummates” the “marriage” of Individual Spirit (Atma) to Universal Spirit (Paramatma). The release of this energy from the “earthy” to the “etheric”, through the vortices of the subtle colour sound centres (Chakras) is a highly specialized science.

7 Chakras and Visualization

The Yoga instructions on the visualisation and activation of the subtle body vary according to the tradition of the Guru, however there are a number of “common-factors” which are now given: First there is the visualisation of the "Emptiness” and “Hollowness” of the body. Then a central axis “Mount Meru”. is imagined, reaching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, the Brahmarandhra: “aperture of Brahma”!, also hollow “reed-like” and of a dark blue-black colour The colour of outer space; Then to each side of the central "staff” are a smaller channel Ida & Pingala . each of which are also hollow. Tradition varies slightly as to the colours attributed to these two channels, but generally they are a mixture of Red and White, with a concentration of Red to the Right, and White to the Left. Likewise the breath is associated with these channels, the equalising of breath being the aim of Hatha-Yoga as expounded by Matsyendra Nath and Patanjali.

History of Gorakhnath & Kanphata Yogis

The followers of Gorakhnath are known as Yogi, as Gorakhnathi, and as Darsani, but most distinctively as Kanphata. The first of these names refers to their traditional practice of the Hatha Yoga, the second to the name of their reputed founder, the third to the huge ear-rings which are one of their distinctive marks, and the fourth to their unique practice of having the cartilege of their ears split for the insertion of the ear-rings. In the Punjab, in the Himalayas, in Bombay, and elsewhere they are often called Natha, which is a general term meaning ‘master.’ Women of the sect are similarly called Nathni. In Western India they are generally known as Dharamnathi (or Dhoramnathi), after a famous disciple of Gorakhnath, by that name. In other parts of India the names Kanphata and Gorakhnath! are commonly used.

How the Name Kanphata Yogi Came About

It is said that the practice of splitting the ears originated with Gorakhnath, and that the designation Kanphata (literally, ‘Split-eared’) was a term of disrespect applied to these Yogis by Muslims. The word Yogi is a general descriptive term, applied to many who do not belong to the Kanphatas. It ‘has many shades of meaning, from that of saint to that of sorcerer or charlatan.’ It is also a general term for ascetics, particularly for those who are endeavouring, by restraint and discipline of the body, to secure union with the Brahman. From the generalized point of view, the Gorakhnathis constitute the principal group and the better class of Yogis, although some of the less desirable characters of ascetics bearing the name Yogi, may be found amongst them. They form a distinct order of Yogis.

“Kanphata Yogis are found everywhere in India, being as widely scattered as any of the ascetic orders. They are met with separately as mendicants and as hermits, and in groups, in the Northern Deccan, in the Central Provinces, in Gujarat, in Maharashtra, in the Punjab, in the provinces of the Ganga basin and in Nepal.

Historical Writing About Kanphata Yogis

In the Punjab the term Yogi, is used to cover a wider group, ‘ that miscellaneous assortment of low caste fakirs and fortune-tellers, both Hindu and Muslim, but chiefly Muslim, who are commonly known as Yogis. Every rascally beggar who pretends to be able to tell fortunes, or to practice astrological and necromantic arts, in however small a degree, buys himself a drum and calls himself, and is called by others, a Yogi. Those men include all the Muslims, and probably a part of the Hindus of the eastern districts, who style themselves Yogis. They are a thoroughly vagabond set, and wander about the country- beating a drum and begging, practising surgery and physic in a small way, writing charms, telling fortunes, and practising exorcism and divination; or, sitting in the villages, eke out their earnings from these occupations by the offerings made at the local shrines of the malevolent godlings of the Sayads and other Muslim saints; for the Yogi is so impure that he will eat the offerings made at any shrine. These people, or at least the Muslim section of them, are called Rawal in the centre of the Punjab. Rawal corresponds to Nath. In Kathiawar they are said to exorcise evil spirits and to worship Korial, In Sialkot they pretend to avert storms from the ripening. The drawn sword into the field or a knife into him and accepting suitable offerings.

How a Kanphata Yogi Lives

Before going into this, here is a brief look at what is yoga in the first place. It is not proper for Yogis to live alone; and they are not supposed to wander, but to abide in monasteries, or at temples, and to meditate. The books prescribe as follows, for Yogis: The practice of the Hatha Yoga should be carried out in a private cell, four cubits square, free from stones, fire and water, [situated] in a well-governed country, free from violence, where the law (dharma) is followed and where alms are abundant. [The cell] should be neither too high nor too low, free from cracks, hollows and holes, [and should have] a small door. [It] should be well plastered with cow-dung, clean and free from all kinds of vermin. On the outside [surrounding it] it should be graced with a beautiful enclosure [garden] with sheds, a platform and a well. These are the marks, as described by adepts in the practice of Hatha [Yoga], of a cell where the Yoga is to be practised. Having seated [himself] in such a cell, with his thoughts abandoned, [the Yogi] should practise Yoga in the manner indicated by his guru.’

Where Kanphata Yogis Travel

Yogis go on pilgrimages, visiting shrines and holy places all over India. In the rainy season of 1924, there were very few Yogis at Gorakhpur, most of them being away visiting various sacred places. However, they make their monasteries their headquarters. Some do live alone, in the jungles, practising Yoga; but hermits of this kind are exceedingly difficult to find. The author was able to get track of but two adepts, Baba Hira Nathji at Kali Mohini in Alwar, between Bhatinda and Bandikui, and Bawa Tejnal, at Patanjali Ashrama in Hardwar; and was unable to find either. Some of these are considered to be real adepts.

Wednesday 2 May 2018

The Effect of Action on Karma

The action is the effect of thought. The thought is not the mere working of the waking mind. It is the sum-total of the working of the waking mind, plus the thought produced involuntarily by the Karma which represents not merely the reflex action produced by that thought but also the quantity of the unspent reflex actions against it in the past.

The actions are the effects of the workings of the Inner Mind. That Inner Mind is not the balance left after omitting the two sections I spoke of as falling within the conscious range. I had to refer to those sections which related to the absorption of ideas from the soul’s conscious sphere since it is only against those sections that forces of Prakriti and karma directly impinge. Inner Mind is not affected except through these sections, but Inner Mind is one indivisible whole. It emanates forces which result in acts. These forces may be radiating from various sections but in the order of initial force they affect the Universe. While the Inner Mind is directly not affected by the forces which affect the waking sections deeply, it receives indelible impressions thereof which go to affect primarily the active part thereof.

Inner Mind in Relation to Failure of Action

Now when the waking section sends out thoughts, they get lost in the universe because of want of strength from the Inner Mind. Take an illustration. I desire that I should get a jewel. The thought affects the Inner Mind which at the time refuses to believe that the jewel can be got. If this thought escapes into the universe, it will result in nothing for want of support from the operative part of the mind’s artillery. It is the name I give to the operative part of the Inner Mind.

This is what gives karma its power. But first, we need to clearly understand what is karma. Karma is a misunderstood word. And Sadhguru gives a very interesting clarification about it below.

Other Causes for Failure of Action

Now, assume I hate a man. The hatred is so deep that when I desire to kill him I affect my Inner Mind also with that emotion. When this thought escapes into the universe the Inner Mind, which is of the same thought, supports this with its artillery fire and the act is done. If the act is not done it may not mean that the Inner Mind had not given support. The miscarriage of. the artillery might be caused by the previous balance of ammunition being insufficient or unfit for use.

Fifth Dimension and Inner Mind

I will remove the simile and tell you straight-way. If the Inner Mind has received a thought through its emotional section, it almost always received it, but in sending out thoughts it does not merely transmit what it receives since what it has received has been inextricably mixed and dissolved in the then state of the mind. Now what emanates from this state of the mind is the thought which is responsible for all actions. This is the fifth dimension and not the mere thought of the conscious mind. It is to make this clear to you that I have been repeating so long.

Saturday 24 October 2015

सूर्य नमस्कार के अनेक फायदे

यह एक सच्ची कहानी है। एक दिन राहुल पार्क में योग कर रहा था। उसने देखा की एक बूढा व्यक्ति भी योग कर रहा है। कुछ समय के बाद राहुल थक गया योगासन करते करते। उसने योग सीखा था एक किताब से जो उसको उसके दादाजी ने दी थी। दादाजी बहुत सालों से योगाभ्यास करते थे और उसका बहुत लाभ भी उठा चुके थे। तो राहुल उनसे प्रेरित हो कर योगब्हस शुरू करने लगा। राहुल की उम्र कुछ १८ साल थी और वह एक स्कूल में पड़ता है। उसके स्कूल में वो सबसे शक्तिशाली बच्चों में से मन जाता था। लेकिन उसने जब इस बूढ़े व्यक्ति को योग करते देखा तो उसके पर्चाखे उड़ गए!

ताहुल को किताब में यह असं मिले, जिन्हें वो रोज़ अभ्यास करता था : 

भुजंगासन, उत्‍तानासन, त्रिकोणासन, पश्चिमोत्तानासन, बालासन

तभी उसने देखा की ये वृद्ध व्यक्ति जूच अलग ही प्रकार का योग कर रहा है। उसको यह देख के अश्कार्य हो गया। राहुल से अब रहा नहीं गया और वो भाग कर अपने घर गया और दादाजी की किताब उठा के ढूढने लगा की उसने क्या देखा आज। ध्यान से ढूँढने पे उससे पता चले की वह सूर्य नमस्कार कर रहा है। इससे देख के राहुल प्रेरित हो गया और किताब पढ़ के अपने आप को सूर्य नमस्कार सिखाने लगा। ज्यादा समय नहीं लगा इससे सीखने में। अगले दिन वो सूर्य नमस्कार का अभ्यास करने लगा लेकिन उसने देखा की वृद्ध व्यक्ति कुछ अलग ही तरह से अभ्यास कर रहा था सूर्य नमस्कार का। उसने जा के पुछा की आखिर आप सूर्य नमस्कार अलग तरह से क्यों कर रहे हो?

तो उस व्यक्ति ने कहा "सूर्य नमस्कार के फायदे तो बहुत हैं लेकिंग इससे सही तरह से करने से ही यह फायदे मिलते हैं" यह कहकर उसने राहुल को सही तरीके से सूर्य नमस्कार करने की विधी सिखाई। राहुल को देख कर अस्चर्य हो गया की सही तरह से सूर्य नमस्कार करने से उसको फायदे दिखने लगे अपने जीवन में। स्कूल में उसके मार्क्स बढ़ गए। वोह अपने स्कूल का सबसे गौरवशील और शक्तिशाली विध्यार्ती बन गया। यहाँ तक की उसको सभी अध्यापक भी प्रशंसा करने लगे! 

तो यह कहानी हमें सिखाती है सही तरह से अब्यास करने से योग के पूरे फायदे उठाये जा सकते हैं। गलत प्रकार से योग अभ्यास ना करें क्योंकि इसका गलत प्रभाव हो सकता है। इस कहानी से हम सब सीखते हैं किताब से न सीखें लेकिन एक शिक्षक की खोज करें! 

Thursday 22 October 2015

भगवान कृष्ण का इतिहास

कृष्णा अपनी संश्लेषण के भीतर मनुष्य की आत्मा के सारे पहलुओं को बढ़ाने में अपनी सार्वभौमिकता में उपनिषदों दर्शन में धर्म प्रतिनिधित्व करता है। पश्चिमी उपनिषदों बुद्धिजीवियों गंगा के मैदानी इलाकों में वह जंगल विश्वविद्यालयों (आश्रम) की स्थापना कर रहे थे जब यह 4 सहस्राब्दी ई.पू., का अंत हो गया। उन भीष्म के दिनों Girivarya या राजगृह में जरासंध जैसा खूंखार रजा था जिसने हस्तिनापुर, द्रुपद यज्ञ शिवसेना, विदेशी आक्रमणों से परेचान्न कर दिया था। निष्कासित कर दिया आर्यों के आधिपत्य कैस्पियन सागर तक फैली हुई है।

(ग्रेटर भारत - Bharatavarsha)। भरत Khanda (उप-महाद्वीप) हालांकि आंतरिक कलह से ग्रस्त था। वे नस्लीय की तुलना में अधिक भ्रातृवध से संबंधित थे। घृणा, अहंकार, भावना और जलन कारण, सत्य और धर्म पर पूर्वता ले लिया है। पुजारियों द्वारा की सलाह दी योद्धा वर्ग मामलों के शीर्ष पर थे। Jarasandha और कंस की तरह अंधविश्वासी शासकों थे। शराब पीने और जुआ भी शामिल है जो सात सामाजिक बुराइयों (सप्त व्यास) व्यापक रूप से थे। मामलों की इस उलझन में राज्य में किया गया था, तो यदु के अंधेरे नायक दृश्य पर दिखाई दिया।

सभी के लिए वह यशोदा के युवा और आनंदमय उपद्रव और सौंदर्य और खुशी का एक शाश्वत बच्चा था। कुछ करने के लिए वह श्री कृष्ण हमें (कर्तव्यों) कर्मों का पता लगाने के लिए और जीवन की पहेली में महारत हासिल करने के लिए, बाहर काम करने के लिए चाहते थे और वह खुद कर्मयोगी थे।

उन्होंने कहा कि वीरता, पौरूष और पुण्य बहुत अच्छा लगा और किन्नरों के रूप में इन से रहित लोगों को बुलाया। हम पहले ऋग्वेद में उसके बारे में सुना है। उन्होंने कहा कि इंद्र का एक दानव, दुश्मन बताया गया था। हम बाद में एक  कबीले के सत्वाका के रूप में उसके बारे में सुना। उन्होंने कहा कि हथियार गदा एक विशेषज्ञ था जो नाम बलराम का था जो कृष्ण के बड़े भाई थे। बलराम भी कृषि के बढ़ते महत्व का संकेत हल के साथ एक आदमी के रूप में हमारे लिए परिचित है। नागा मुख्य अरायक की बेटी के पोते थे। वे बड़े भूमि की पटरियों और व्यापारिक समुदाय (वैश्य) के पेशे को चुना था, जो मवेशियों के झुंड के मालिक सरदार, वासुदेव के पुत्र थे।

वैसे कृष्ण के बारे में आप यह ब्लॉग भी पढ़ सकते हैं। यहाँ कृष्ण की अधभुत 30 लीलाएं दशाई गयी हैं। शायद पूरे इन्टरनेट पर यह सबसे अच्छे लेख हैं।

कृष्णा और इंद्र के बीच एक लड़ाई के बारे में बताया जाता है। हम यज्ञों में पशु और अन्य घरेलू पशुओं के बलिदान के बारे में उनकी अस्वीकृति के रूप में व्याख्या किया है। उन्होंने कहा कि एक देहाती और कृषि समुदाय के लिए पशु, पहाड़ों और जंगलों के महत्व के लोगों को राजी कर लिया। कालिया (पांच अध्यक्षता में) कोबरा को जीतने और उन्हें मारने के बिना यमुना के लिए अपनी पत्नियों के साथ कृष्ण की कहानी यही है। धाधुंध हत्या करने के साथ ही नाग की पूजा के लिए विरोध का प्रतीक है। कृष्णा यम के निवास के लिए जा रहे हैं और अपने गुरु सांदीपनी के मृत बेटे को लाने के लिए, जीवन में वापस, उसकी परंपरा बाद में भगवान मौत की, यम के रूप में तब्दील और  कुछ राजा को हराने के रूप में व्याख्या की जा सकती है। 

कृष्णा यज्ञों की गिरावट का कारण है और उनके साथ जुड़े अमानवीय और बेकार अनुष्ठानों की रफ्तार कम करने की कोशिश की। लोगों के जीवन के उनके विचार की सराहना की। कई अविश्वसनीय और सुपर मानव कहानियाँ एक आभारी लोगों द्वारा उसे दौर बुने जाते थे। हीरो पूजा यह किसी भी अच्छा करने के लिए हमें नहीं किया है उप-महाद्वीप के लोगों के साथ एक कमजोरी है। फिर भी यह है कि आज भी बेरोकटोक जारी है।

पोस्ट क्रिस्चन युग में भक्ति के रूप में जाना आराधना और भक्ति दुर्भाग्य से एक इंसान के रूप में उसे अध्ययन करने के लिए और अपने जीवन से लाभान्वित करने के लिए अवसर के लिए हमें वंचित किया है। नरकासुर, Pragjyotishapura के राजा और 16,000 अपहरण हुई महिलाओं की रिहाई पर कृष्णा की जीत का पुराणों बात करते हैं जिसे  क्रूर तानाशाह द्वारा बंदी बनाकर रखा गया था।