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  • Jeff Belyea
    Thanks, Bob. Enjoyed.
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 7, 2006
      Thanks, Bob. Enjoyed.

      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety
      <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > I found this Article by Swami Chidananda to not
      > only explain many aspects about Lord Karthikeya
      > (whom I had never heard of before, or if I did,
      > can't remember), but also found it to present a
      > 360 degree look at leading a life that will help
      > your evolution in consciousness. It presents the
      > great non-dual pointing that "worship" of Lord
      > Karthikeya represents, and virtually all the
      > ingredients that comprise Raja Yoga, the yoga of
      > meditation. Enjoy!
      > Peace and blessings,
      > Bob
      > Essential Ingredients of a
      > Victorious Spiritual Life
      > By
      > Sri Swami Chidananda
      > When the forces of the celestials were unable to
      > overcome the dark and gross forces of the demoniacal
      > hosts, they appealed to the supreme grace that God
      > is to grant them a leader, a commander, so that they
      > might once again rally their forces, give battle in a
      > decisive manner, and thus triumph over the forces of
      > darkness. The battle represents the eternal struggle,
      > the eternal tension within the field of consciousness
      > of each individual psyche, the two-way pull between the
      > positive and the negative, between the gross and the
      > subtle, between light and darkness, between Spirit and
      > that which holds it bound to its present state—a situation,
      > a state of being that is inexplicable, and, therefore,
      > is termed as the cosmic illusion of the eternal enchantress
      > or the great power of Brahman, maya. It is this tension that
      > is enacted and resolved in the six-day worship of Lord
      > Karthikeya.
      > Karthikeya has as His banner the emblem of a cock, the cock
      > that crows in the morning waking you up from the deep
      > slumber of the night's darkness and calling you towards
      > the dawn that is about to break over the hilltops.
      > Uttishthata jagrata—arise, awake, and gather all your forces
      > together by patient and diligent effort. Gather together the
      > scattered rays of your entire personality potential—your
      > physical activity, your sentiments, attachments, affections,
      > emotions, love—gather them together and let them become
      > concentrated towards one goal, one attainment, one supreme
      > experience, one realisation.
      > Ekagrata (one-pointedness) is the hallmark of the true
      > seeker, aspirant, yogi, sadhaka—the unification of your
      > entire being and directing it towards the Supreme Reality.
      > It is the alpha and omega of all spiritual life, of the
      > science of yoga and attainment. It is the practical inner
      > aspect of the outer framework and structure of the phenomenon
      > called the religion of man.
      > It is the gathering together of your entire personality
      > potential, of the scattered rays of your mind that are
      > divided amongst the innumerable objects of your senses,
      > withdrawing them from all the things that keep on distracting
      > your mind, gathering the mind together by patient discipline,
      > by continued, unremitting effort, taking keen interest in
      > this process—not doing it half-heartedly or unwillingly, but
      > with great enthusiasm, patience and diligence.
      > It takes a long period of time, for it is the reversal of
      > your nature as was created by the Creator or the Powers that
      > be. It is a renewal of your entire consciousness. It is a
      > rebirth in purity, and a spiritual awareness of your eternal
      > linkage with the cosmic Spirit Divine. It is a total
      > unification of your entire being into one keen single point
      > and directing it towards the great Goal.
      > Thus Karthikeya is a wielder, not of a sword, not of a mace
      > or a discuss or a trident, He is the wielder of a single,
      > sharp one-pointed spear, indicating to us: Come, be unified
      > in toto, by patience and diligence, through abhyasa
      > (practice)—never again allowing a reversal of this
      > unification, never allowing the scattered rays of your
      > physical activity to be dispersed among the trivia of this
      > daily life, not allowing the mind to become dispersed towards
      > sense objects, not allowing the affections of your heart to
      > become diversified, distracted and drawn outside, not
      > allowing the intellect to pursue mere intellectual,
      > hair-splitting processes in this temporary, universal
      > appearance, which is a long dream. And support your abhyasa
      > with vairagya (dispassion). Support your yoga with the rock
      > of self-restraint, of samyama. Make samyama the bedrock, the
      > foundation stone to build up the structure of yoga, minute by
      > minute, hour by hour, day by day. Make your life a grand and
      > glorious edifice whose pinnacle point is the Supreme Reality.
      > This unification, Karthikeya stands for. This wakefulness,
      > Karthikeya stands for. This alertness and vigilance,
      > Karthikeya stands for. And these are the essential
      > ingredients of a successful sadhaka. They are the
      > essential ingredients of a victorious life spiritual.
      > Thus may your efforts be directed—physical, mental,
      > intellectual, emotional. May all your efforts be unified
      > and directed towards the attainment of the divine destiny
      > for which you have come on earth, by attaining which alone
      > your life becomes fulfilled, your life becomes complete.
      > Otherwise, it is incomplete. Even if you have the wealth
      > of the three worlds, yet your life remains incomplete.
      > Towards this completion, towards this fulfilment, may you
      > live every moment of your wakeful life, and in this effort may Lord
      > Karthikeya bless you with success!"
      > Much more by Swamiji and many other of Swami Sivananda's
      > disciples and Swami Sivananda HimSelf, can be found at:
      > Sivananda Day-to-day. It is sent out weekly.
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