> 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,
> Essential Ingredients of a
> Victorious Spiritual Life
> 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 statea 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 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 jagrataarise, awake, and gather all your forces
> together by patient and diligent effort. Gather together the
> scattered rays of your entire personality potentialyour
> physical activity, your sentiments, attachments, affections,
> emotions, lovegather 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, sadhakathe 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 processnot 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 directedphysical, 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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