I still remember I was packing a gift for my Father , one was a Golden statue of Krshna having Butter from the Pot and the other one was Laughing Buddha Standing with huge coins around him. I sent him via some Professional courier services along with a letter which conveyed my love for him(When you are Homesick and staying in PG with wrong set of people love for your family automatically rushes in with multiplied intensity ). The third day I got a call.
You know how typical South Indian Dads are. If you dont, let me explain you, they are very loud in speaking, sometimes they are so intense that they forget to listen what we have to convey. But they are very lovable in nature and much more smarter then we ever expect them to be.Being from the Hotel Line they know how to manage people and most of all they are good in calculating things mentally. Where we so called educated people need calculators these days.
So getting back to the point, I got a call from my Dad stating that the legs of laughing Buddha has cracked up, since Krishna shifted might be due to transportation and the Flute part just bashed Buddha's leg.
At that time since I was initally visiting ISKCON Bangalore more frequently attending Bhagvatam classes, taking association of devotees and enjoying delicious Prasadam everyday. I thought(or had intuition ) Krshna might be angry one me and he is trying to pass on information that he is the Supreme personality as mentioned in the Bhagvad Gita.
I still have those Two statues right in front of me :) and when i see them i get a laugh at myself , that I was comparing two same things. call Krishna >> Buddha or Buddha >> Krishna both are one. They are All attractive. and when one is All attractive you call him Supreme personality.
so what exactly do you mean by all attractive. It means that one is very beautiful, Very Rich, Very Powerful, All Famous and at the same time completely renounced.
So why exactly we approach such great personalities in form of dieties or breath or Mantra Meditation. Most probably I have seen (Including myself sometimes ) is to miraculously get some desires fulfilled.
But the main aim of deity Worshiping, Focusing on Breath or Mantra Meditation is mainly related to controlling the mind or taming once Mind.
Trying to reduce once desire.
Increasing your awareness.
Simple Living High Thinking.
Changing your old Habit patterns.
Improving your Intuitions.
Developing Love and Compassion for others(including an Ant).
Controlling your own senses.
Being in Mode of Goodness
and ultimately knowing the Supreme Divine and experiencing his reciprocation
. So how do you become Fit or eligible to know him:
First thing is Start with cleansing your body. I am not talking about taking bath , which I am very much sure that you all do it everyday.
Try to wake up early Morning(If possible by 4:00 AM this is known as Bramhamurta time). FOR that you make sure you sleep early too.
Once awake with full attention try either Mantra Mediation or Breathing Medition, in either case make sure you are uttering the mantra attentively or focusing on your breath. Believe me it is the most difficult thing since thousands of Random thoughts will come up the moment you start doing it. This is what people call Maya or Illusionary Energy which refrains most of the people from knowing Spirituality
Do some Physical excersices like a Simple Surya Namaskar to Swimming , trekking , Yoga as per your capacity and slowly increase it. You will feel refreshed, rejuvinated, light weight, once you start consistently doing it. This will keep your body activated for the entire day.
Make sure you have Breakfast and Lunch heavily but in the evening time eat less as much as possible. If possible try to change your eating habits like eat less spicy food. Avoid Non-Vegetarian as much as possible. Since Non-Veg is mode of Ignorance. Avoid Alcohol again this comes under Mode of Ignorance. Slowly once you start Spirtual practises you will be surprised that your food intake capacity will slowly decrease. You will automatically be attracted towards Sattvick Food. Sattvick means Mode of Goodness. Sattvick food includes Fruits and Vegetables.
When I used to stay in ISKCON Hostel Sattvick food was like which that was offered to Lord Krshna having a Tulsi leaf over it. I could automatically observe that my agitation has gone down and my Craving for NonVeg Items was automatically Nullified. It was called Prasadam. Since Bhakti just entered into that food. When I used to taste Prasadam it was simply 'Out of the World'.
Even Steve Jobs gave lecture at Stanford University on How he loved walking a Mile at Hare Krishna Temple just to have one plate of delicious meal. Complete Video reference mentioned below.
[I would walk the 7 Miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna Temple -Steve Jobs]
Once you are able to cleanse your body with the above mentioned points , which ofcourse takes persistence and your commitment towards it.
Second comes is the Mind:
I would recommend avoid News Papers and Televisions as much as possible. Try reading or hearing some good books . Listen to some good Music that gives you peace. Some of my favorite books I read so far:
Power of Subconcious Mind
Bhagvad Gita As it Is
The Day when i stopped drinking Milk
Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Just by reading these books ...to certain extent I started meeting Like minded people like ISKCON Banglore devotees, Sandeep Maheshwari-CEO of Images Bazaar and to my surprise I kept on visiting so many awesome people when I was least expecting them to visit. Emotions [Energy in Motions were all set just by reading these books.]
Just think when you start meditating on your breath or doing Mantra meditation at this state how much effective it will be. Incase you dont understand remember one thing Taste of the pudding lies in when one tries tasting it rather then hearing from somebody else.
Try to have elevating Flash Mob with Like Minded People creating Positivity
Try Vipasanna [Below Video shows transformations within Criminals]
Join FOLK(Friends of Lord Krishna) ISKCON Hostel for all Working and Studying Professionals. Since association plays a very important role . Understand what is Bhakti Yoga .
Crush your False EGO
So you are Senior Manager, Senior Anaylst, QA , Software Engineer, Senior Executive, Director Head, Actor, Vice President, Call Center Executive, Security Anaylst, HR, Watchman
What if death comes suddenly..what are you now suddenly Just a heap of Body having blood mucus and mere bones. What happened to your designations, your property.
The below Video will give you an Hint finally how to get rid of False ego.
Please feel free to write me back about how you felt about my blog and your experience on practising the above points that I have mentioned.