Kundalini – Influence Across the World!

Earlier we saw some excellent videos on the Source of Universe (The Source), Sacred Geometry and concept of Kundalini Energy and Chakra (The Code of Life). This video is about how the Kundalini Energy, Third Eye (Anja Chakra) and Lotus has been represented across the world among different cultures, traditions for a very long time. It also briefs about the purpose of Hatha yoga and celibacy. It’s also an excellent blend of Spirituality, Science and Religion. 🙂

Kundalini (Coiled Energy or Serpent Power) is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human beings. Kundalini is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine. The primordial cosmic energy in every individual which eventually, through the practice of yoga, rises up the Sushumna Nadi. As it rises, the Kundalini awakens each successive Chakra. Nirvikalpa Samadhi, enlightenment, comes as it pierces through the door of Supreme Soul at the core of the Sahasrara (Crown chakra) and enters!

Who is Bodhidharma?

Much has been uttered about the semi-legendary Shao-lin Monastery in China. However little or no research has been done to clarify the many stories surrounding the history of this place, thought by many to be the birthplace of the traditional oriental martial arts. Closely related with the story of the Shao-lin Monastery is the name Bodhidharma, also referred to as Ta-mo, Damo, Daruma. Bodhidharma, revered by Buddhists as the 28th direct spiritual descendant of the Lord Buddha and First Patriarch of Chinese Zen. Bodhidharma was born near Kanchipuram in the Pallava Kingdom in South India.

Pragyatara, Bodhidharma’s master, told him to go to China because the people who had reached there before him had made a great impact, although none of them were enlightened. They were great scholars, much disciplined people, very loving and peaceful and compassionate, but none of them were enlightened. And now China needed another Gautama Buddha. The ground was ready.

Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma was the first enlightened man to reach China. The point I want to make clear is that while Gautama Buddha was afraid to initiate women into his commune, Bodhidharma was courageous enough to be initiated by a woman on the path of Gautama Buddha. There were other enlightened people, but he chose a woman for a certain purpose. And the purpose was to show that a woman can be enlightened. Not only that, her disciples can be enlightened. Bodhidharma’s name stands out amongst all the Buddhist enlightened people second only to Gautama Buddha.

Being an adept in Kalaripayattu (fighting art) which was popular in Pallava Kingdom, Bodhidharma taught the martial arts to Shaolin monks. He is credited with inventing Kung-Fu and associated martial arts in East Asia. Bodhidharma put up the essence of Mahayana Buddhism as a four-fold practice that encompass all other practices. They are: accepting adversity, adapting to conditions, seeking nothing, and acting in accordance with the Dharma.

The first Patriarch Bodhidharma arrived in Canton from T’ien-Chu (India), and stayed at the Harilakit Grove. At that time, Emperor Wu was a faithful adherent of Buddhism. The Emperor sent emissaries to receive the monk at Chin-ling (Nanking). They had a meeting, but no impression was made on the Emperor. The monk crossed the Yang-tze to the north and stayed at the Shao-lin Monastery at Sung-shan.

There are many legends about the man; they all have some significance. The first legend is: When he reached China – it took him three years – the Chinese emperor Wu came to receive him. His fame had reached ahead of him. Emperor Wu had done great service to the philosophy of Gautama Buddha. Thousands of scholars were translating Buddhist scriptures from Pali into Chinese and the emperor was the patron of all that great work of translation. He had made thousands of temples and monasteries, and he was feeding thousands of monks. He had put his whole treasure at the service of Gautama Buddha, and naturally the Buddhist monks who had reached before Bodhidharma had been telling him that he was earning great virtue, that he will be born as a god in heaven.

The dialogue between Emperor Wu and Bodhidharma is recorded in the book, Fu-tsu li tai t’ung tsai, it reads:

When Bodhidharma was presented to the Emperor by the magistrate of Canton, Hsiao Ang, the Emperor said, “I cannot enumerate the number of monks that I have supported, since I ascended the throne, in erecting monasteries and transcribing the sutras. I wonder what merit is gained by all this.”

Bodhidharma answered “There is no merit at all.” The Emperor asked, “What achievement is considered without merit?”

Bodhidharma answered, “All these are insignificant doings that would not free the doer from being reborn into this earth again. These deeds still show traces of worldliness; they are like the shadows following objects.

“Although they appear actually existing, they are no more than mere nonentities.”

The Emperor asked, “What then can be considered true merit?”

Bodhidharma answered, “A deed of true merit is full of pure wisdom and is perfect and mysterious, and its real nature is beyond the grasp of human intelligence. Such as this is not to be sought after by any worldly achievement.”

The Emperor asked, “What is the principle of the sacred truth?”

Bodhidharma answered, “Emptiness, and not sacred.”

The Emperor asked, “Then who is it that stands before me?”

Bodhidharma answered, “I do not know.”

The Emperor could not understand the deep meaning of all this. Bodhidharma remained for a few days and then he crossed the Yangtze River and proceeded north to the Shao-lin Monastery to remain there gazing at the walls.

What the Emperor did not understand was that Bodhidharma was advocating Cha’an (Zen) Buddhism, which centers its teaching “directly pointing to the human mind” and “becoming a Buddha just as you are,” believing that the Buddha nature is inherent in all human beings and that through meditative introspection this nature can readily be seen. By the Buddha-nature is meant the Buddha-mind in its highest attributes and true essence, which transcends all distinctions of object and subject or duality of any kind. It is emptiness, that is, empty of any specific character. The world of appearances, with all its specific characters, is but a product of the imagination.

To penetrate the Buddha-mind, the great masters of meditation variously advocated “absence of thought” in the sense that the mind should be freed from the influence of the external world. They taught “ignoring one’s feelings” so as to eliminate all defilement’s and attachments.

From its distaste for book-learning, Cha’an (Zen) Buddhism became known as the doctrine “Not founded on words or scriptures.” It was rather a teaching “transmitted from mind to mind,” that is, from one master directly to his disciple without the intervention of rational argumentation or formulation in conceptual terms. In essence, Cha’an (Zen) Buddhism is highly individualistic and often irreverent and iconoclastic with respect to tradition.

Reference

http://www.usashaolintemple.org/chanbuddhism-history/
http://www.messagefrommasters.com/Life_of_Masters/Bodhidharma.htm
http://ariseasia.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-bodhidharma-has-no-shoes.html
http://www.buddhismgrove.com/history/the-shadow-of-bodhidharma-the-founder-of-zen/

Who is Sthapati?

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By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

In order to execute all the aspects of Vaastu technology, a specially trained individual (Sthapati) must be at the helm of any Vaastu consultation or project. It is easy to observe that a few workshops or even a month or six months training is profoundly insufficient to properly supervise a Vaastu consultation.

It takes years of training in terms of theory and years of practice under the supervision of an established Sthapati. A Sthapati must be a designer; builder (sculptor) trained in a number of the arts, sciences (including physics, earth science, etc.) and must have knowledge of engineering.

Anyone who undertakes Vaastu consulting or claims to be a Vaastu consultant or architect without proper training is guilty of malpractice. It is only a Sthapati or his or her appointed colleagues or disciples who are qualified to work in the area of Sthapatya Veda or Vaastu Shastras. The following text describes what a Sthapati is in the words of some of the great Vaastu Shastras and other ancient texts. It is taken from
Quintessence of Sthapatya Veda by Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati.

Hence a Sthapati must be a master of a broad field of knowledge. He or she must be an expert in the knowledge contained in Vaastu Shastras.

Reference

Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, aumscience.com/wordpress. For any questions please visit http://www.aumscience.com.

Vaastu Science in Architecture

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By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

”When inner space and outer space resonate together in harmony then peacefulness, vitality, health, prosperity, and dynamic, ecstatic creativity become the natural order and effortless experience.” – Brahmarishi Mayan, circa 10,500 BC

“The Universal Space, when bounded or enclosed by a walled structure, assumes negative and positive qualities, just like the human being possessing a particle of the universal space (called inner space / inner being) does exhibit positive and negative behavior during its life time.

The Vaastu Shastras attempt to calm down all negative qualities of space by arranging the built space in a scientific way. The individual or individuals living in such a well defined space experiences peace and bliss. This wards-off all illnesses attributable to Space. Hence Indian architecture is said to be therapeutic.”                   – Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, Contributions of Viswakarmans to the Science, Technology & Culture of Indian Origin, 2000, Appendix II.

When the 8×8 grid becomes 9×9 it forms the basic energetic structure of universe. When followed through in the construction of built space that built space reflects the energy of the cosmos. What we want to replicate for permanent human and divine living space is the most peaceful, stable form that reflects a full balance of Om Light, OM Sound, Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Space. Vaastu Shastras recognize no other form for human dwelling other than the square or rectangle. In Sthapati’s quote above he mentions that enclosed space brings both negative and positive qualities. He mentions that proper application of Vaastu Shastras calm down all negative qualities of space by arranging it in a scientific way. An example of the affect of space can be seen in nomadic peoples who dwell in circular or polygonal forms (teepees, domes, and yurts). Their lives are in constant movement and their communities do not thrive in a settled manner. The dome or circular form produces an overabundance of the air element, which has the characteristic of excessive motion and movement.

An examination of the life of the Plains indigenous people who lived in teepees in contrast to the Eastern indigenous people makes this point clear. As an example, the Eastern peoples lived in rectangular buildings, had a formal government that united the tribes (Iroquois Federation upon which our nation was modeled), farmed, and enjoyed peaceful communal living. The Plains people were on the move, did not farm or raise much food, and were constantly at war with each other. Fundamentally, round structures reflect the Tamas guna and ultimately do not bring Spiritual Bliss and happiness. They are missing the settled expression of air, fire, water, earth and space elements. They are fine for temporary structures (in fact excellent for disaster situations etc.) but not for habitation where they will remain for any length of time. Ultimately they will bring disharmony to a dwelling site especially if they are activated through Vaastu.

In India the only traditional buildings that are round are for dancing and entertainment where people only stay a short time and movement is part of the character of their use. In addition, Kali temples are round. These temples are rare and require very special care to avoid certain inharmonious affects.

Creating positive, life supporting and spiritually enlightening effects requires knowledge of specific rules of Vaastu Science. Those specific rules have been meticulously delineated in the writings of Mamuni Mayan and translated and applied by Dr. V.Ganapati Sthapati in his Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda, Dakshini Publishing House, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, second edition 2005.

The scientific knowledge of Mamuni Mayan extended from the innermost, smallest particle of the unmanifest to the outermost largest conglomeration of particles in the manifest world. Within that entire range, Mayan was able to note the size of what scientists today call the atom. He accurately predicted and measured the size of the earth’s mantle. In addition he noted the movement of the planets and constellations including the qualities and characteristics of what are called nakshatras (27 celestial bodies that have frequency and numerical equivalence). He was an expert at understanding vibration and frequency.

Reference

Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, aumscience.com/wordpress. For any questions please visit http://www.aumscience.com.

Halloween and Tharpanam – Why?

Halloween or Samhain

Halloween on October 31st is the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.

Halloween culture can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe. Roots lay in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead. Samhain signifies “summers end” or November. Samhain was a harvest festival with huge sacred bonfires, marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one. Many of the practices involved in this celebration were fed on superstition.The Celts believed the Souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all souls were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick-or-treating.

  • Halloween is the modern name for Samhain, an ancient Celtic holy day which many Neopagans — especially Wiccans, Druids and Celtic Reconstructionists — celebrate as a spiritual beginning of a new year.
  • Halloween is a time to confront our personal and cultural attitudes towards death and those who have passed on before us.
  • Halloween is a time to lift the veil between the many material and spiritual worlds in divination, so as to gain spiritual insight about our pasts and futures.
  • Halloween is a time to deepen our connection to the cycles of the seasons, to the generations that have come before us and those that will follow, and to the Gods and Goddesses we worship.

Tharpanam

Similar to Halloween, there a ceremony for Ancestors in India called as “Tharpanam”. Generally Pitru Tharpanam is done during “Pitru Paksha” or “Mahalaya Paksha” or “Shraadh Paksha” which means a period for ancestors and departed members of the family. It is 15 day during which we pay homage to pacify the departed souls of the ancestors and perform a Tharpanam to keep the souls of their ancestors at rest. Often it is a son performing the ceremony in honor of a father. The period starting from the day next to Full Moon day Sept 15th – Oct 15t and ending on the New Moon day is the most auspicious time for performing this ceremony.

This is very calm and peaceful, but no sorrow and cry, because death can take only the body but not the soul, the soul is immortal and our ancestor visit us every year. So this ceremony with a happy but peaceful mood.To gain happiness in our life we must have the blessings of our ancestors.

Relevant to this topic I found an interesting video on Soul Genetics…

Reference

1. http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/origin-of-halloween.htm
2. http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm
3. http://www.neopagan.net/Halloween-Origins.html
4. http://hindupad.com/vratas-pujas/
5. http://visionnationals.org/halloween-in-india/

Yagya or Yajna or Yagam – Why?

I recently read an article that described the Shastric citations and scientific clinical trials of the benefits of something called “Yagya Therapy.” A yagya is a fire ceremony done for many reasons. It has ancient roots and has been done by various cultures all over the world – most notably in India. Yagya therapy is an herbal inhalation therapy described in the ancient medical science called Ayurveda.

It is said that the burning of special herbs in a fire creates smoke that purifies the atmosphere, adds fertilization to the soil as the herbalized smoke drops on the fields, and affects the individuals breathing in the smoke. This is not too far-fetched when you consider the modern practice of inhaling Vicks vapor rub, and the widely used practice of aromatherapy. It has been scientifically demonstrated that certain smells affect the amygdala the brain and bring a feeling of well-being. So, the concept of Yagya Therapy is not unreasonable.

One of the missing links in the use of yagyas is the special preparation of the fire pit. Mayan, the progenitor of Vaastu Shastras performed yagyas that were said to be so potent that even the wild animals of the jungle were peaceful. During a yagya and during Mayan’s yagya mantras or specific phrases are chanted along with a ritualistic building up of the fire in a fire pit. The combination of mantras and herbs bring about an amazing effect in the environment. However, there is something missing from modern day yagyas that was present in Mayan’s yagyas that special something – a missing link to the Divine – is the secret mathematics used to build the fire pit. In other words, people have the form of the fire pit in modern times but they don’t have the mathematics – the measure of the enclosed space of the fire pit that produces influences beyond material influences.

Use of mantras, herbs, and other elements produce subtle and gross effects on people and the environment. However the real change in humanity comes from altering the essential frequency of a person. There are all kinds of ways to change our material life but for lasting change, profound change, we have to change the frequency of individuals and the environment. Accessing the Divine rhythm or frequency can only do this. For a yagya to be deeply and profoundly beneficial it must be done in a fire pit that is mathematically calculated for the individual (when done for an individual) or for the community. When a fire pit is built properly per the Vaastu Shastras and Agamas, then the flame of the fire is literally holding the frequency of specific Divine qualities. It is not simply representing cosmic flame; it literally holds specific qualities of the cosmic flame. Like a Vaastu house, when exposed to these Cosmic frequencies, the individual’s own frequency in the cave of the heart is elevated. As the inner cosmic flame begins to vibrate with the external cosmic flame, positive qualities of the Divine begin to be out pictured as the life of the individual. Then health, peace, prosperity, and well-being emerge in one’s life. This is thoroughly explained in my book “Fabric of The Universe” which can be obtained through the bookstore at http://www.aumscience.com.

It is only through elevating the individual frequency that real and lasting change occurs. We are promoting the idea of properly constructed fire pits for yagyas with proper mathematics – it’s an advanced study topic taught as part of the AUM S&T Senior Graduate Program. I can hardly wait to have AUM S&T students building these fire pits in back yards all over the world.

– Dr. Jessie Mercay at http://aumscience.com/wordpress/