TREES ARE YOGI-S IMMERSED IN ENVIRO-SAMADHI

Vasudeva Sri Krsna  declared Himself to be Asvattha  tree among trees in immortal, sacrosanct wisdom of Srimadbhagvadgita 

Asvatthaha Sarvavriksanam Devarsinam Ca Naradaha I

Gandharvanam Citrarathaha Siddhanam Kapilo Muniha  II X / 26 II

Among all trees, I am Asvattha, Narada  among divine sages, Citraratha  among Gandharva-s and Sage Kapil among realised ones.  

The Supreme Deity went on to expound cosmic mysticism with the instance of same Asvattha  tree – 

Urdhvamulamadhaha Sakhamasvattham Prahuravyayam  I

Chhandansi Yasya Parnani Yastam Veda Sa Vedavit  II XV / 1 II

They regard Asvattha  as imperishable, having roots upward and branching downward with Veda-s as it’s foliage. One who knows it in reality, is the knower of all.  

He eloquently established trees to be Yogi-s in real sense, perpetually in the state of Samadhi  sacrificing every bit of their existence every moment for the sake of all beings, directly by offering themselves as fruits, foliage, wood, Ayurvedic  medicines, shelter to animals and insects while indirectly by purifying environment constantly. Indeed, trees are Mahayogi-s commanding a distinct halo of sanctity exercising their exceedingly critical role as an important member of the eco-system wherever they grow. The moment seed sprouts on earth, divine aura is immediately created that associates itself with it, continuously augments and stays with the tree throughout it’s existence.  

Trees are divine representatives that incessantly consume themselves on multiple fronts to ensure, all beings survive and remain healthy. This self-annihilation by trees is akin to offering oblations into YajnaKunda  absolutely selflessly, in the spirit of Niskama Karma  so that proceeds are dispensed unto those who need them most. In this Yajna, oblations are trees themselves. 

Trees are wonderful Guru-s too as they continuously teach us how to be philanthropic without being motivated. Trees are ultimate philanthropists as they continue providing so much even after their being uprooted and eventual demise.  

Trees are indeed, incarnation of the Supreme Provider as they feed us and animals, provide fresh air to breathe, support all other members of their eco-system and cure our diseases. 

Trees are real doers for all of us without imposing themselves upon us as the real doer.  

Trees silently withstand oppressive heat, tornadoes, cyclones, rains, quakes, floods etc. without uttering even a faintest cry of agony. Like Rsi-s and Maharsi-s, their level of endurance is unmitigated.   

Trees silently suffer when brutalised by human intervention or climatic calamity. They never ever retaliate. We must learn from trees how to minimise complaining and cribbing against anyone or anything and how to be eternally patient and tolerant.  

Trees are absolutely non-discriminatory, benevolent to all irrespective of socio-economic barriers.  

Trees have inspired so many poets and authors to create their best. The Daffodils by William Wordsworth, If I Were A Tree by Harindranath Chattopadhyaya etc. are some prominent examples.    

Under the shade of trees, so many Yogi-s, Rsi-s and Maharsi-s attained Moksa. Gautama Buddha  attained Nirvana  under a grand banyan tree, now famous as Bodhi  Tree. If trees had not been Mahayogi-s, such accomplishments would not have been possible under their canopies of green foliage. 

When the breeze wafts around, trees hum beautiful lullaby. Even an agitated mind is certain to fall asleep under the green of a tree.   

Planting trees is an intensely noble Karma  that may even earn eternal peace for departed ancestors.  

Trees are meant to be loved, nourished and adored. They never take anything from us. They only provide.

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WHY WERE EVEN SEMI-CLAD / TOPLESS WOMEN ABSOLUTELY SAFE IN ANCIENT BHARATA ??

Recently a friend raised an issue as to how we have transformed rather declined so much from the era of high degree of freedom of mind and body to the present characterised by loads of clothes on body and innumerable ideological knots, kinks in mind and intellect. Even women used to be sparsely attired, semi-clad or even topless to be more precise in ancient Bharata. Even during sixties / seventies of past century, rural hinterland across the nation was absolutely comfortable with topless women. That is very well depicted through idols, sculptures that used to be crafted and chiselled in very large numbers across the continent. Amarasilpi Janakacarya  is one of such legendary sculptors who raised several highly sophisticated, refined temples in the country. Most of Madanika-s i.e. women dancers or characters in Valmiki Ramayana / Mahabharata / Upanisad-s were topless as a measure of routine life-style without inviting ignominy or undesirable attention. Then trooped in invaders like Muslims / Christians who found themselves “horrified” to behold ‘fashion statements’ of our ancestors and forcibly loaded then from tip to toe with clothes without bringing in European winter along with the heavy clothing !  

It appears like an enigmatic mystery to present generation as to how semi-clad / topless women were so secured in those days with no trace of gender crimes in those ancient societies, whether every nook and corner of every town was appointed with CCTV cameras, whether every street was intensely patrolled by Beat Constables of Haryana Police !!!! Or was it due to fear of extreme punishment like castration etc. being awarded instantly in a kangaroo court !!! 

No. Not really so. Mystery lay somewhere else. 

Our ancestors in ancient Bharata  were highly advanced and most sophisticated / refined society in the world. Cultural and Adhyatmika  framework of ancient society constituted by our ancestors was very sturdy, inviolable, sacrosanct and impenetrable. Also it used to be nourished and strengthened by every section of that society.  

Most conspicuous constituent of that institutional framework was four Asrama-s comprising of Brahmacarya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha  and Sannyasa. And the Asrama  of Brahmacarya  was at the root of our entire glory as Visvaguru  in the world, highest order of knowledge and refinement in every, I repeat emphatically, every aspect of life. Let us scrutinise the Asrama  of Brahmacarya  in detail.

Brahmacarya Asrama  used to be practised in hermitage of Guru-s  who used to be Siddha Tapasvi-s. Let us have a glimpse of Brahmacari-s in his Guru’s hermitage as detailed in Manusmriti 

Sevetemanstu Niyamanbrahmacari Gurau Vasan  I

Sanniyamyendriyagramam Tapovrddhayarthamatmanah  II II / 118 II 

While dwelling in the hermitage of Guru, while pursuing enrichment of wisdom and knowledge, Brahmacari  is ordained to practise following instructions.

Brahmacari  is the one who lives life of an ascetic in a hermitage with his Guru. Observing severe asceticism with augmented emphasis of celibacy, he is required to pursue study of Veda-s and other scriptures along with other disciplines of study. Brahmacari  compulsorily undergoes Upanayana Samskara  at the hermitage under the supervision of his Guru. As the discipleship advances a bit, Brahmacari  is awarded a Varna  depending upon his abilities, faculties and inclinations. Brahmacarya  i.e. the state of being a Brahmacari, continues in the hermitage so long as the Brahmacari  carries on with his studies before entering into the phase of being a householder. Maharsi Manu  has prescribed a descriptive catalogue of mandatory duties and responsibilities to be practised by every Brahmacari  so long as he dwells in the hermitage in the august company of his Guru. 

Varjayenmadhumansam Ca Gandha Malyam Rasanstriyaha  I

Suktani Yani Sarvani Praninam Caiva Himsanam  II II / 120 II 

All sorts of indulgences viz. Gandha, Mala, Rasa, company of man and woman must be eschewed by ascetics religiously.

Extravagance to gratify senses must be abhorred and eschewed as these are gateway to decline and certain disaster.  And a Seeker is called upon to assimilate the regime of self-denial to ensure self-consecration. These are effective distractions for an ascetic that may eventually succeed in destroying all pursuits. 

Abhyangamanjanam Caksnorupanacchatradharanam  I

Kamam Krodham Ca Lobham Ca Nartanam Gitavadanam  II II / 121 II 

Singing, dancing, playing musical instrument, use of black streak in eyes, touching organs aimlessly, wearing shoes and crown, Kama, Krodha, Lobha  etc. must be shunned.

Those are activities that may potentially distract an ascetic from the charted path of Sadhana  into frivolity. These must be abhorred and eschewed by Brahmacari-s and Sadhaka-s.

Dyutam Ca Janavadam Ca Parivadam Tathaanritam  I

Strinam Ca Praiksanalambhamupaghatam Parasya Ca  II II / 122 II  

He must ever refrain from gambling, indulgence in lying and carping, watching women and harming others in any possible manner.

Aforesaid indulgences also must be eschewed by Brahmacari-s and Sadhaka-s. 

Ekaha Sayita Sarvatra Na Retaha Skandayetkvacit  I

Kamaddhi Skandayanreto Hinasti Vratmatmanaha  II II / 123 II 

Must sleep in isolation, never allow ejaculation of Virya  as it destroys one’s Brahmacarya. Brahmacari  must be absolutely particular about not discharging his Virya  as loss of Virya  destroys Brahmacarya.  

Svabhava Esa Narinam Naranamiha Dusanam  I

Atoarthanna Pramadyanti Pramadasu Vipascitah  II II / 145 II 

Moral fibre of man being disrupted immediately after coming in contact with woman, is quite natural herein. Hence the wise ones must observe extreme discretion while interacting with women.

In this Sloka, Maharsi Manu  has likened man and woman with Indriya  and Visaya  respectively. If Indriya-s are conceded liberty of interacting with respective Visaya-s, it is known as the state of Bhoga. When Indriya-s are denied the liberty consciously, it is the state of pursuit of Tapa.

If Indriya-s remain in the state of Bhoga  perpetually, more and more Samskara-s are generated requiring increasing number of births and deaths in the world, more of agonies and miseries. Bhoga  is a certain recipe of decline and degradation. Revelling perpetually in the state of Tapa  leads to dissolution of incumbent albeit unredeemed Samskara-s, purification and consecration of one’s Citta. Through Tapa, one advances towards Moksa  gradually. Undesirable and purposeless interaction between man and woman too, leads both in the same direction of decline and destruction ultimately. 

Matra Svasra Duhitra Va Na Viviktasano Bhavet  I

Balavanindriyagramo Vidvansamapi Karsati  II II / 147 II 

He must refrain from being alone in company of mother, sister or daughter as powerful Indriya-s may overpower Viveka  of even the enlightened ones. As Indriya-s are assertive and powerful, one ought to be abundantly discreet by refraining from being alone with women. 

Brahmacarya  is the spiritual pursuit entailing one to deport oneself in the highest traditions of Adhyatma  without pause. When elements of Astangayoga  of Maharsi Patanjali  i.e. Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pratyahara, Pranayama, Dharana, Dhyana  and Samadhi  are ardently pursued by a Brahmacari, he is certain to attain the highest abode of enlightenment, highest order of sanctity and highest expanse of divinity. Out of these eight elements, it is Pranayama  that is the highest order of Sadhana  capable of absolutely purifying Sadhaka  of entire basket of Samkara-s i.e. imprints of past yet unredeemed Karma-s from his / her Citta. There is one more mystical attainment that is possible to realise – complete command over five Bhuta-s as well as all carnal desires including Kama  i.e. lust herein. 

Complete control / command over lust / wayward mind is perfectly attainable through intensive Pranayama  from 30 to 60 minutes everyday by developing perfect restraint over the ‘Bull-hormone’, also know as Testosterone, sole culprit responsible for all anti-woman crimes if not restrained effectively. Practising Sadhu-s have confessed to me, such a control through Pranayama  is so powerful, so effective that they dislike even looking at women !! Ancient Bharata  had a network of more than 8 lakh Gurukula-s across the country funded and patronised by local populace. Young lads used to join these Gurukula-s at their very young age, reside and study for next 15 to 20 years. During stay at these Gurukula-s, they compulsorily followed a very stringent regime of YogaSadhana, Japa, study, sports, misc. errands etc. Rigorous Pranayama  was absolutely essential for all of them. When the entire young and old ‘male-mankind’ in ancient Bharata  had to compulsorily undergo hours and years of Pranayama, YogaSadhana  of this stringent order, how can anyone even visualise these ascetic Brahmacari-s turned absolutely Sattvika Grihastha-s having any malicious or lascivious thoughts towards women ? Semi-clad, even topless women did not deter them at all, rather did not even bother them at all !!  

Thus, those Gurukula-s ensured, complete safety and  security of women throughout the country by raising such Sattvika, ascetic men. Anti-women crimes were completely unknown to them for thousands of years. Is all that possible today with kids staying with their parents, going to their schools with tiffin boxes and water bottles in a van / bus, attending schools 8 am to 1 pm and attaining even half of those cultural roots ? Next to impossible to attain. 

Eight lakh Gurukula-s were methodically destroyed by Thomas Babbibgton McCaulay, a British missionary who later introduced, western oriented anti-Hindu  Convent education that gradually ruined our cultural moorings and population of stalkers / rapists / eve-teasers / acid-throwers started rising exponentially in the country. Centuries later, nation witnessed Nirbhaya-Kaand, massive agitation launched and the whole world castigated us for not respecting our women !!! BBC shot an abusive documentary indicting Hindu-s and Sanatana Hinduism  responsible for rapes and all gender crimes without uttering even a word about grave crimes perpetrated by their ancestors upon our ancestors !! All these ‘eulogies’ for a community which did not even know how to be rude to a woman till they forcibly entered, destroyed our values and looted our country to dreaded famines and mass deaths on streets of Kolikata !! 

Years ago, Swami Ramdeva  of Patanjali  Group once challenged on live TV channels to name even a single, even a single case when a Gurukula  educated person was apprehended for anti-woman crimes. The challenge is yet to met by anyone. As human civilisation has moved considerably in various directions, it is not feasible or advisable to revert to ancient Gurukula  system now. Network of Acarya Kulum  schools being raised by them may be the appropriate move in that direction integrating all practices. Similar such chain of schools are being developed by other religious preacher-reformers too. Once this generation is in majority few years hence, gender disparity may be addressed to a great extent.

 

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SOLITUDE IS BEING IN UNIVERSAL COMPANY

If one renounces the world at the innermost level of his subtle being or consciousness simultaneously honouring all his temporal obligations and mandates, he / she is assumed to be in the state of solitude. It is one of the highly evolved states of Adhyatmika Cetana.  

A person in solitude is Samattva  too i.e. he / she is equipoised towards all sorts of vicissitudes of life that one undergoes inevitably. Equanimity and solitude co-exist in one’s innermost being. When equanimity and solitude co-exist in one’s innermost being, one is at once rendered tranquil and serene at the core. A person dwelling in a remote cave deep inside a dense jungle albeit with a high order of mental noise and turbulence, is never in solitude. At best, he / she may be alone, possibly having boycotted his / her kin and the world driven by some extra-ordinary reason. Emotional traumas and setbacks are best dealt with in the state of solitude. He she bounces back highest when he / she hits the rock bottom through the tranquillity and fortitude attained in the state of solitude. 

State of solitude also ordains complete absence of Raga  and Dvesa  i.e. affinity and aversion towards anyone. Being equanimous towards joys and woes, it further extends and evolves into being bereft of affinity or aversion too, towards anyone. It leads to complete impartiality towards all irrespective of any kinship or lack of it whatsoever. Everyone is equally dear to those established in the state of solitude. 

A person in solitude is an ardent Karmayogi, being overwhelmed with his / her SvaDharma  with no trace of inclination to appropriate Karmaphala  thereof. They earnestly believe in the cosmic reality that divine mandate for mankind is restricted to performing SvaDharma  ONLY and no other Karma  whatsoever. That too selflessly because man enjoys no privilege to own Karmaphala  of his / her SvaDharma  performed by him / her. So severely restricted is the brief of human existence in this planet.  

One in the state of solitude is also Nirlipta  i.e. absolutely detached towards anything outside his / her consciousness. They are entirely disinterested and indifferent to any action other than SvaDharma. They are inclined to honour SvaDharma  alone because of that being a divine mandate. As a matter of fact, they are absolutely disinterested on emotional plane of consciousness in SvaDharma  too ! They violate / transcend this lack of interest only because cosmic laws must not be dishonoured.  

Those in the exalted state of solitude are incessantly practising Sahaja Yoga. That is the order of Yoga  pursuit of which enables them to constantly / incessantly remain conscious of their existence and all their doings as well as undoings. They never ever act / speak anything unconsciously i.e. mechanically without being aware of what they are doing or speaking. That is the state of Sahaja Yoga  that is inevitably associated with the state of solitude. 

State of being in solitude demands to be an excellent listener. Listening to external cacophony as well as to the subtle, mystical sounds from the Infinity audible in one’s own inner being. Celestial deities are always eager to communicate with human beings who can listen to them. Those reveling in the state of solitude are the ones who communicate with Deva-s and Devi-s comfortably. And they learn extra-ordinary wisdom through this exquisite communication rendered possible by being an excellent listener. 

Those in the state of solitude speak a very different language, language of Mauna  i.e. silence. They communicate a lot through the language of Mauna. When unavoidable, speak minimum words to convey maximum possible as they are profoundly conscious of the reality that in reality, Mauna  is the eternal speech i.e. perennial  flow of communication that is interrupted by spoken words and sentences. Spoken words disrupt Mauna. Gautama Buddha  used to impart Diksa  through Mauna  unto his disciples and his disciples used to receive that with the highest degree of accuracy again in the state of Mauna. Most effective way to preach is through Mauna  only. Mauna  transforms while speech only amuses !! Hence, Mauna  is profound eloquence that penetrates innermost being of any being. Once a disciple of Swami Vivekananda  had acute headache, requested Swamiji  to suggest some medication. Swamiji  instructed her to sit before him in Padmasana  and himself went into deep Samadhi  before her. In a few minutes, her headache was completely cured without any medicine !! She narrated later, she experienced, she was floating in space !!! Sublime and pious thoughts impart tremendous strength to the language of Mauna.   

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‘TRINITY’ OF INTEGRITY / HONESTY

There are three orders of honesty / integrity that exist benignly. Let us examine these one by one with illustrations for everyone to grasp and appreciate. 

PRODUCTIVE / CREATIVE / CONSTRUCTIVE / DEVELOPMENTAL HONESTY / INTEGRITY  

This one is the highest order of honesty / integrity. People pursuing this order of honesty / integrity are truly remarkable and legendary, rather history creators. Not only they remain resolute in this virtue, they do not allow others under their direct command and control to digress from the charted course of honesty / integrity.  Best example of this order of honesty / integrity is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has injected too many values and standards of highest order into the country. When it comes to excellence in governance, it will be very difficult for any public figure to match him, what to speak of outdoing him. Ex-PM LB Shastri is yet another shining example who pursued this order of honesty / integrity. APJ Abdul Kalam too, belonged to this class of legends. There have been scores of such personalities in various disciplines wherein they delivered their best in spite of heavy odds adhering to their values absolutely selflessly. Ex-Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan is yet another such name. For the first time, he revealed fangs that go with the Office of CEC. He also revealed, if a bureaucrat so desires, he may compel tainted politicians like Lallo / Mulayam bend backward. He was truly a migraine for the ruling party of the day.

George Fernandes is another brilliant example of productive honesty / integrity. As Industries Minister with PM Morarji Desai, he ousted IBM and Coca Cola, handed over a golden opportunity to indigenous industry to grow, and results were spectacular. Domestic computer industry grew so well that after a few years down the line, IBM had a very tough time to gain a foothold in national market and their the then CEO Thomas Klein had to revise his Project Report umpteen times before any success. Similarly, soft drink industry with brands like Thums Up, Limca, Fanta etc. came into being only because exploitative bully Coca Cola was chucked out by him. These filthy rich MNCs had no guts to approach George Fernandes to offer lucre and desecrate him.     

 

DESTRUCTIVE HONESTY / INTEGRITY

Such people are honest but indulge in destructive activities, even if honestly. Ex-PM VP Singh is a outstanding example of this order of honesty. By any standard, he was honest if compared with other run of the mill politicians. However, his agenda of Mandalisation of the country was excruciatingly disgusting and debilitating to the polity. Extent of damage that he wrought upon the nation just to outdo his political rivals, is humongous to say the least. It shall consume decades for the sinister effects to be wiped out from Bharatiya  psyche.  I believe, his wife was dead right in declaring him a ‘lunatic’ on a stamp paper before Allahabad High Court, just to retrieve the vast stretch of land donated to people best known to him, by him. One does find bureaucrats too, albeit rarely, who may be honest but hardly contribute anything to justify emoluments that they draw, courtesy those Pay Commissions that hardly ever cared to lay down stringent norms of performance appraisal for them. These Johnnies are ever obsessed with the fact that they are honest and the nation should feel indebted to them as they have been honest in spite of compelling circumstances to the contrary hence nothing wrong if they do blunders with honesty or their contribution to the nation amounts to nil !!

 

NON-PRODUCTIVE  HONESTY / INTEGRITY 

Ex-PM GIANI ManMohan Singh ‘Shikhandi’ is the most outstanding example of this order of honesty / integrity. When Rome was burning, Nero at least fiddled before the blazing Rome. When the nation was ablaze being plundered by his own Cabinet Ministers, Giani ManMohan Singh ‘Shikhandi’ did not even fiddle like the Nero !!  However, he is honest !!! Nation tolerated him for years, nation was even prepared to tolerate him more and more because he was honest !!! Sikhs have been proud of him instead of being ashamed of him because he was the first ‘Khalsa’ PM and honest !! First rate ‘vulgarian’ Khushwant Singh admired him because he is a Sikh, sworn in as PM for the second time outside Nehru-Gandhi-Vadra dynasty and he is honest !!! Oxford-educated / Tripos-holder GIANI ManMohan Singh ‘Shikhandi’ led a team of dacoits / murderers yet he is highly respectable because he is honest !!! For the first time in nation’s history, ‘Look-out Notice’ was pasted by Delhi Police on the gates of official residence of the absconding Cabinet Minister Shibu Soren on murder charges and summoned by a Sessions Court in Jharkhanda !!! And Giani ManMohan Singh ‘Shikhandi’ could not muster courage to sack him, throw him out of his Government because he has been so honest !! And the whole world laughed at us.   

I called him ‘Giani’ because he did not understand even basics of Bharatiya  economy. He always did his worst to replicate silly Oxfordian economic utopia into the country that led to unmitigated disasters. Recall 1991-96. His unplanned, directionless liberalisation (only external ) destroyed entire indigenous industry, raised unemployment and devalued Rupee steeply. His policies were utterly / blatantly anti-national. He was obsessed with his Oxfordian education, could not visualise that ancient Bharatiya  economic wisdom is far more superior to the imported one, worshipped Lewis Preston, the then World Bank President and Stanley Fischer, the then IMF Managing Director. By the way, he planted his clone, arrogant Montek Singh Ahluwalia in the monolithic Planning Commission to ensure complete ruination of economy before reverting to IMF after completing his tenure. 

I called him ‘Shikhandi’ because after 26/11 Mumbai carnage perpetrated by Pakistani terrorists wherein 166 precious / highly valuable human lives were lost, this empty-headed smiling idiot called a press conference and ‘ordered’ ISI Chief to fly down to New Delhi and explain his conduct to the country !!! If he had ordered sledge-hammer attack on Pakistan even if that led to a nuclear strike instead of that ‘Shikhandi’ brand order, today I would have declared him the greatest and best Prime Minister that the nation ever had !!! However, that was not to be. Yet he is so dear to all because he has been honest !! Had he really wished, he could have revealed his spine and fangs as he had nothing to lose being in the late evening of his life.

On the contrary, DISHONESTY has only ONE order albeit with multiple varieties. All dishonest people belong to the same order without exception as they deliver only one result. They steal as Dis-trustees.

I selected only those examples who are publicly well-known for the purpose of better illustration. If anyone adds more categories to the benign / malevolent orders of honesty / dishonesty, I shall be privileged to be educated on that front.

 

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