JKYog e-Magazine, Issue No.58
"No horse gets anywhere
until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is
confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is
tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated,
disciplined." ~ Henry Emerson Fosdick
This month 'Sumiran' team is picking up 'The Power of Focus' as
the topic of the month. In this issue we will be presenting
articles on how to harness the power of focus and Shree Krishna's advice
on developing focus on the path of spirituality. Readers will
also find Kripalu Leelamrit, Bal-Mukund Contributions, Featured items
and Yogasans to help relieve Back Pain.
THE POWER OF FOCUS
Do you sometimes at
the end of the day feel that you have been occupied with a number of
things throughout but you haven't got anything worthwhile done?
It's not a very good feeling because you don't accomplish anything
substantial and in return feel disheartened. Unfortunately for most
people this becomes a routine. They dissipate time and energy in
doing a number of things, yet don't accomplish what they set out to.
One of the major reasons why people squander away a lot of their
valuable time, efforts and energy is because they lack FOCUS. We
have all seen a magnifying glass as kids and even experimented burning a
piece of paper. The rays of the sun when focused through the
magnifying glass can light a fire. Similarly steam rising from a
boiling pot is unfocused, and fades into the atmosphere, but steam
surging through a turbine is focused. In the same manner, our
efforts throughout the day are dissipated on distractions and we lose
sight of the goal in mind. Whether we wish to learn a new hobby,
become financially independent or set up a new business, we need to
focus on the goal.
People who have learned to harness the
power of focus have gained mastery in their fields. People like
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have learned to direct their efforts to a
single purpose. We can pick such examples from everyday life as
well. Two students in the same class perform differently
depending on who has learned to focus better? If both have to
finish an important college assignment, one will get distracted by phone
calls from friends, an entertaining movie or sheer laziness.
Conversely the other student will overcome all these trivial
distractions and successfully complete his assignment on time.
With such sustained focus day after day he will be able to achieve much
more academically than his peers who give into distractions.
constant practice, we can learn to use the power of focus in our
everyday lives. Day after day we will achieve our goals; and even
if we fail, we will develop the perseverance to march forward.
This is a great way to maximize our potential and to live a life that is
truly meaningful. Resolve firmly to focus on your personal,
professional or spiritual goals and remember these words;
"Getting distracted by trifles is the easiest thing in the world... Focus on your main duty"
~ Epictetus, The Art of LivingHere are 5 simple tips to use the POWER OF FOCUS to accomplish your goals:
Whenever you have a task in hand, select a particular time of the day
when you would like to work on it. Also set a target time within
which you would like to accomplish it.
Choose a place that will be most conducive to finish your task.
This place should have the least potential of getting noisy or
3. Think of the inspiring reason that
drives you to accomplish that task. Without a motivating purpose
you will not pursue your goals with enthusiasm.
4. Avoid all distractions like phone calls, small talk, T.V etc.
You must invest in developing the power of focus. Everyday spend
some time alone to meditate and exercise as these activities help in
strengthening the power of focus.
When you start off
your journey towards a destination, you decide which roadmap to follow,
once on the road you may get down to get food or a tank refill but you
don't lose sight of your destination. Even if your car breaks down
or you come across road blocks you will still speed toward your
destination. However, in real life we lose sight of our
goals. The same logic applies to most things in life. If you
wish to achieve success in your professional lives or gain more control
of your personal life and achieve inner peace, you must be
focused. By learning to focus to accomplish meaningful things one
after the other you will achieve more control over your restless
mind. You will experience a sense of confidence and satisfaction
in everything you do, and this will be your secret to living a
Buddhi yog is
the art of detaching the mind from the fruits of actions, by developing
a resolute decision of the intellect that all work is meant for the
pleasure of God. Such a person of resolute intellect cultivates
single-minded focus on the goal, and traverses the path like an arrow
released from the bow. This resolve becomes so strong in higher stages
of sādhanā that nothing can deter the sādhak from treading the path.
Source : Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God,
Commentary by Swami Mukundananda
|Shree Krishna's advice for developing focus|
One of the most important things
that all modern day life coaches and self help books advocate is the
power of focus. The famous motivational writer
Stephen Covey wrote this in his bestselling book called The 8th
"When you have too many top priorities, you effectively have no top priorities."
In fact there isn't any
field of human endeavour that does not emphasize on FOCUS as the
essential quality for success. Parents ask their children to
focus on academics, top bosses ask their employees to focus on business
priorities and coaches ask their players to focus on their game.
'Focus' seems to be the buzzword today. But actually Shree Krishna spoke
about it 5,000 years ago when he delivered the knowledge of Bhagavad
Gita to Arjun. In Chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita, Sankya Yog, Shree
Krishna described the vital importance of developing focus on the path
of spirituality. He did not just stop there; He went on to
describe the science behind developing the power of focus.
Scriptures inform that within our body is the subtle antah karan,
which we colloquially refer to as the heart. It consists of the mind,
intellect, and the ego. In this subtle machine, the intellect is
superior to the mind. It makes decisions while the mind
creates desires and gets attached to the object of affection as
determined by the intellect. In other words whatever the intellect
will decide the mind will have to obey. A person's intellect is
convinced that eating chocolates makes him very happy so he will hanker
for sweets. But if his intellect gains the knowledge that eating
too many sweets is not good for health, even if his mind creates a
hankering for chocolates, he will control it with his intellect.
This is also called the power of discrimination.
The power of
discrimination is highly developed in humans and that is what
distinguishes us from animals. It is our foremost duty to use the
intellect to guide the mind in proper direction, i.e. towards the goal
of God realization. But to traverse the path of God realization is
not easy. It requires us to overcome many obstacles of the
material world and to practice detachment. A spiritual aspirant has to
overcome the disapproval of peers and family, attractions of Maya and
above all battle with the mind and overcome its weaknesses. The
flame of the aspiration for God-realization must be so strong, straight
and intense, that no obstacle can quell it. But how can we develop
such a single minded focus on the path of spirituality? Shree Krishna
gives the answer:
vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-śhākhā hyanantāśh cha buddhayo 'vyavasāyinām
descendent of the Kurus, the intellect of those who are on this path is
resolute, and their aim is one-pointed. But the intellect of those who
are irresolute is many-branched. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 41)
remain undeterred on the path of spirituality are the ones whose
intellect is firmly convinced that there is no happiness in the world
and their goal is God realization alone. We also have the
knowledge that we are the soul and not the body and our aim is
God-realization, but the decision of our intellect is not strong
enough. Somewhere our intellect also has a decision that world has
happiness, more money can make us happier or I don't have happiness but
someone else in the world does. In other words our intellect is
many branched. Those whose intellect is many-branched find their
mind running in various directions. They are unable to develop the
focus of mind that is required to tread the path to God. But
a person of resolute intellect cultivates single-minded focus on the
goal, and traverses the path like an arrow released from the bow.
sun rays, when focused through a magnifying glass can light a fire, all
our thoughts if directed to the Supreme Lord can ignite the fire of
devotion and love in us.
Fresno Retreat with Swamiji - A Life Changing Experience
first retreat of Swamiji's USA tour of 2014 began with a
BANG at Ramada University, Fresno, CA. Devotees came
from all over USA to spend three blissful days of sadhana in
the inspiring company of Swamiji. The Retreat was a
very special experience for everyone. Ram Navami was
also celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. It was
an enlightening and highly motivating program. This is
what the devotees had to say!
retreat was great. It will help a lot in moving more
towards spiritual direction. Swamiji has a unique
way of explaining things, most difficult things made so
easy. I like Swamiji's lectures the most, but Ram Navmi
and Parikrama were real good, enjoyable, and helpful."
K C & Santosh Handa, CA
were here for the first time and experience was great,
infact beyond expectation. It changed our mind more towards
bhakti. As if now we were more inclined towards good
karmas. Going through Swamiji's lecture will help to find
some unanswered questions and will enlighten our
life. In addition to his lectures we really
enjoyed meditation sessions and the way it was carried
Amit Sharma, CA
July 12th to 18th
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Up-coming Retreats 2014
Aug 30th to Sept 1st
Oct 10th to 12th
Radha Madhav Dham, Austin
Sept 19th to 21st
For details, click here
Kripalu Leelamrit - Nectar from Shree Maharajji's Life
Shree Maharajji Goes To Vrindavan
Shree Maharajji reached Vrindavan, one devotional hearted person
offered to take Maharajji to a dharamshala (a free motel in India
which has minimum facilities) knowing that Maharajji appeared to be a
So he resided in a dharamshala near Vanshivat
(on the banks of River Yamuna). He used to go everyday to the
Yamuna to take bath. At 5 am he would go to Seva Kunj and simply
sit there engrossed in Divine Love. Seva Kunj is the place in
Vrindavan where Radha and Krishna performed the Maharaas along with the gopis.
He would sit there and sometimes laugh extremely loudly. Then he
would collapse in a state of ecstasy, his body shaking because of the satvik bhav (divine sentiment). This was around the 1940's. He also visited other leela sthalis
(places where Radha Krishna had performed their divine pastimes).
At that time Vrindavan was a very small town. As a result
some people had noticed Maharajji in this state and understood that he
must be a Mahatma (a great Saint).
the news about Maharajji spread in Vrindavan. As it was a small
place, it didn't take long for the news to spread. People were
being told that a Saint was currently in Vrindavan, who was always
absorbed in divine love ecstasy. The news also reached neighboring
towns such as Agra and Mathura.
was an advocate who used to live in nearby city Mathura, 12 km from
Vrindavan. His name was Janki Prasad Mathur. He was very
fond of meetings Saints and whenever he would hear that some great
elevated Saint has reached Vrindavan, he would definitely go for his
darshan. He received a dream instructing him, "There is a Saint
residing in Vanshivat. Go and bring him to your
house." So he went along with his brother-in-law, a government
engineer named Mithan Lal from Agra, in their car to Vrindavan and
Maharajji at that time was just coming out of the dharamshala
with a towel wrapped around to take bath in the Yamuna. They
asked him, "Is there a Mahatma who lives out here?" Maharajji
said, "He is not here today. He will meet you tomorrow, come
tomorrow." He turned them off and they went back. The next
day they came and did a little research and found that he is the Mahatma
they were searching for. So they requested Maharajji, "Please
come to Mathura to our house." Maharajji said, "I am not going to
leave Vrindavan." They said, "No, No. If you come there we
will have keertan in our house." On the name of keertan
Maharajji agreed, jumped and sat in the car. Maharajji asked them,
"Do you have anything to eat." They had brought some food for
four-five people with them. Maharajji ate everything that they had
This was to be the beginning of the third phase of Maharajji's life as there was again a change in his leela Maharajji that came about. At this time his preaching mission began.
News & Updates
Geriatric Health Camp at JKC
A Geriatric Health Camp was held on
June 14th, 2014 on behalf of the 'GERIATRIC DISEASE SOCIETY -
ODISHA' at Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalay Charitable hospital, a
part of the JK University initiative.Free
medicines were distributed to all the patients who needed medicinal
input and various other diagnostic tests were done free of cost. Click for more photos
Inauguration of Vision Center in Odisha
Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya (JKC) has started its Vision Centre
Free Eye Testing Centre - in Banra, Odisha, India in association with
LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) Network. The vision center
is equipped all the basic instruments for optometry diagnosis of common
ophthalmic problems and provides immense relief to over 8000 villagers
who live in the vicinity of JK University. Consultation and eye testing will be free of cost. Click for more photos
Swamiji conducted Yoga, Meditation and discourses programs at Middletown, CT, Kearny, NJ , Ozone Park, NY and New Cumberland, PA.
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
pāńcha khilaune de ke govind rādhe
toone bhulāyā mohiṅ kāhe batā de
A worldly mother often
turns her small child's attention away from her by giving toys.
She actually goes to the market and purchases toys with the intention
that the child may get caught up in them and forget her for a
people have entire rooms and halls filled with toys from different
countries of the world. The question is: Why does the mother
give toys to her child? Does she not love her child? No,
no, she does. But she has many household chores to perform.
She has to take care of her mother-in-law, father-in-law, her husband
and her older children. On top of everything else, her child
starts crying. The older children also demand her attention.
"Mom, give me some money for school." I wonder how it is that
these mothers don't go crazy. They are going through all this not
for just a couple of minutes a day, but twenty-four hours a day.
It's the same in every family. This is why Saint Tulsidas has
gṛiha kāraj nānā jańjālā
soī ati durgaṁ śhaila viśhālā
The complications of a householder's life are huge mountains.
the mother tries to solve some of the daily problems she faces.
She keeps going any which way she can. She brings toys to the
child to make the child forget her for a while. While he
plays with toys, she does work for her husband, in-laws and her other
children. Moreover, she has her personal work to do as well.
She has to bathe, eat and do many other things for herself.
the toys purchased by the mother are of five types. There cannot
be a sixth type of toy. You may ask, "Why only five types?"
Because each individual has five sense organs through which we take in
the objects of the senses. These five senses of perception are
eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. We also have five senses of
action, such as hands and feet. But these do not possess any
knowledge. If you give your foot a toy, the foot will not become
entangled in the toy or attached to the toy. On the other hand,
the eyes see a rattle, and they like it. The ears hear the sound
of the rattle, and the mind becomes attracted. There are and can
be only five types of toys.
this great big world we are living in, is a toy that belongs to God,
and this toy is of five types. There exist in the world the
subjects of the five senses of perception. You look at the
world. Someone asks you, "Tell me! Have you been to New
York?" "No." "Oh, you haven't seen anything then." "Have you
seen that?" "No." "Oh! Then what have you
seen?" The desire to see is so strong that you can keep on seeing,
and yet the desire to see is never satisfied. This creation is so
vast that no one has been able to even understand it; what to speak of
seeing it in its entirety! Who can see each and every city,
each and every neighbourhood, each and every forest, each and every
tree? Who can see all this? Who has the time to see all
this? We live up to a maximum of 100 years. And then, this
creation is vast. The sun that we see in the sky is much
bigger than the earth. The planetary system is much bigger than
the sun. There are 3 billion suns in one planetary system, and
these suns are thousands of times bigger than the sun we know of.
And there are billions of planetary systems, and innumerable cosmic eggs
created by God. How much can you see? How much will you
see? And then, let's suppose you have seen the entire
creation, still you will want to see the celestial abodes. There
is no end to places you can see. The same can be said of objects
you can hear, smell and taste. There are five senses, and each has
To be continued in the next edition....
Explained by Swami Mukundananda
is one of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's principle writings, with
hundred golden couplets of inspiring quotes, advice, and
guidance for sincere devotees seeking to firmly establish
themselves on the path of bhakti.
Continuing with the explanation of the next verse:
kou kaha taju saba kāma kou, kaha bhaju sundar śhyām
hauṅ kaha dou ika saṅga karu, taba ho poorana kām
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj further touches upon a riddle that occurs in
spirituality. There are two things. One is to give up material
attachments and worldly desires. The other is to attach the mind
in God and engage in devotion. So you have to detach from the
world and have attachment in God. Now, which of these two should
we do first? Some people say that, first of all you have to
eliminate all material desires and then engage in devotion because it is
the mind that is to be engaged in devotion. If the mind is
harboring any material desires then how will you take the mind towards
God? Thus, first give up all material desires and then engage in bhakti (devotion). They say, "How will you do bhakti
if you have material desires?" That is what the problem is.
People go to church, they go to temple or Masjid and what do they do
there? They pray, "O God! Please give me nice house and a wife;
please help me get enough score to pass in the exam; please don't give
me miseries in life." Thus, unless you give up material desires, how
will you do bhakti?
Other people say that until you receive bhakti (devotion), you will not get rid of these material desires. We just learnt that the mind will not get cleansed without bhakti. It is easy to say, "Give up material desires", but how do we do it? So the second theory is:
rām bhajana binu miṭahiń ki kāmā, thala bihīna taru kabahuń ki jāmā
Without chanting the name of God, without devotion, the material desires will not go. Hence, first of all engage in bhakti,
and then you will get rid of these desires. People say, "Your
real desire is for unlimited bliss of God. Only when you get this
unlimited bliss you will be free from desire. So, they say - engage in
devotion and consequently worldly desires will go. First get the
bliss of God through bhakti and then these material desires will
vanish. You are stuck with both the cases. Now what to
do? Like the old riddle, "What came first?" "The chicken or the
egg?" If you say, "The egg came first." "How did the egg come without
the chicken?" "Alright, first of all the chicken came." "How did the
chicken come without the egg? Both are dependent upon each other.
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that both are naďve.
Renunciation and Shree Krishna devotion, both should be practiced
together. First understand that your happiness is not in the material
world. Your bliss is in God. When the intellect is
convinced, the mind will slowly get detached from the world. Mind
will say, "Alright. If the bliss is not in the world then where is
it? Tell me quickly. If you don't tell me I am going back
to the world." So, immediately you divert your mind towards God
and remember that Shree Krishna is yours. You contemplate upon
him, you learn to love him, so the mind will remain attached to God for
some time then it will turn towards material world. Again detach
from the world and attach the mind to God. You do both
simultaneously. You keep contemplating, "The world is not mine.
God is mine. The world is temporary, God is eternal. He is
my eternal father."
let this be our concluding message - you need to do both
simultaneously. You need to think again and again that this world is not
mine. You need to think again and again that only God is mine and
you need to practice with your mind million times then success will
Question & Answer with Swami Mukundananda
brings a series of question-answer sessions with Swami
Mukundananda. In the first series, Swamiji answers questions
raised by young aspirants from different walks of life.
Every week we will bring a different question with Swamiji's inspiring answer.
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To recite prayers in temple is being religious while to develop a prayerful heart is being spiritual. Watch Swamiji state the difference and then reconcile both the aspects.
Everybody wants to make this world a better place. Even
Hitler's motivation behind creating of the Holocaust World War II was to
make this world a better place.
People often think that there is so much bad going around
and feel why does God just sit and do nothing about it?
Watch Swamiji answers this age world question.
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Swamiji will be reaching Mangarh on October 28th. He will participate
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Personality Development Classes for Children
· Character Building Values
· Yoga & Meditations
· Bhajans, Shlokas & Prayers
· Inspiring Stories
welcomes all contributions of creative works from
children in different areas including poetry, moral
stories, art work, etc.
Shree Maharajji's grace and Swamiji's inspiration Bal Mukund classes
have started in Dubai. On the first day, the orientation session was
conducted for parents, in which the core values, key outcomes and
highlights of the program were explained. Parents and children were
very enthusiastic and there was a very positive feeling. Children
loved it and are looking forward to the next session.
Swamiji with CT center children.
Bal-Mukund CT center kid's showing their gratitude towards their teachers.
NC Bal-Mukund Year End Celebration.
Yoga Postures To Help Relieve Back Pain
is a common complaint among people of all ages. Poor or bad
posture (especially, a forward slouch), wrong sleeping positions,
stress, restless lifestyles, lack of excersie and weak back muscles play
an important role in giving you backache. The lack of flexibility
of the back which contributes to the lower back ailments increases as
the body ages. To alleviate these problems one should practice
yoga regularly. Practicing yoga helps release muscle tension and
thus improving back pain; while at the same time yoga helps to develop
muscle strength through yoga stretches and flexibility. We give
you three yoga asans that will help you get rid of your backaches.
Makarasan (Crocodile Pose)
i. Lie flat on your stomach, legs together
and palms touching the sides of your thighs with your chin on the floor,
i.e. Simple Prone Posture. Gradually, raise your head and
shoulders, fold your arms and place your elbows in front of the chest;
keep them together; rest the chin on the palms. Keep your elbows
close to each other and in line with the neck to form an arch-like shape
with the spine. Now, separate your feet as far as possible, with the
toes pointing sideward, and the inner part of the legs touching the
floor. In the final posture, feel a relaxing effect on the
back. Stay in this position, with deep breathing, for up to five
minutes. Finally, return to the central position by lowering your
upper body and bringing your arms by the sides of your thighs.
1. Makarasan is a great medicine for those
who are suffering from slipped-disc, sciatica, lower back pain, and
other spinal defects.
2. A long stay in this asan even helps the
vertebral column to regain its normal shape and release compression of
the spinal nerves.
3. Additionally, it is quite helpful in curing
asthma if performed regularly for 15 minutes.
Ardh Shalabhasan (Half Locust Pose)
Lie flat on your
stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of your thighs with
your chin on the floor, i.e. Simple Prone Posture. Place your arms
under the body as close to each other as possible, with the palms on
the floor, exactly under the thighs. Stretch the chin a bit
forward and keep it held to the floor throughout the asan. Make
sure your legs remain locked at the knees at all times. Now while
inhaling (Radhey), gradually raise the left leg as high as possible,
making sure the right leg remains locked and in contact with the
floor. Hold the pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing. With
an exhalation (Krishna), unhurriedly lower the left leg to the
floor. Repeat the same process with the other This is
one round; try two more rounds.Eventually, come into Balasan, or Matsya Kreedasan and relax for a while.
1. Ardh Shalabhasan is tremendously beneficial in Yog therapy for the cure of sciatica and slipped-disc.
2. It assists in the elimination of constipation.
3. It helps in improving blood circulation throughout the body.
4. It tones up the thighs, hips, and buttocks by reducing unwanted fat.
5. If practiced daily, this pose can even control diabetes.
6. Women with problems related to ovaries and uterus can benefit from this pose.
Contraindications People with hernia and cardiac cases should not practice this pose. Also, pregnant women should not try this pose.
Bhujangasan (Cobra Pose)
flat on your stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of
your thighs with your chin on the floor. Now, stretch your legs
with both feet together; also stretch the toes, keeping them pointed
backward. Place your palms beside the lower chest-just below the
shoulders-so that the fingers lie under them. With an inhalation
(Radhey), raise your head, shoulders, and the chest until your navel is
nearly 3 cms above the ground. Ensure the pelvic area rests on the
floor. Simultaneously, attempt to arch your dorsal spine and neck
backward, as far as possible. Comfortably, bear the whole weight
on the lower part of the body with just nominal support from the
hands. Hold the pose for about 15-20 seconds with normal
breathing. With an exhalation (Krishna), gradually return to the
initial pose by bending the arms and then resting the trunk on the
floor. Repeat the process twice. Lastly, come to Balasan or
Matsya Kreedasan and relax completely.
Bhujangasan has versatile effects like, recovery from slipped-disc,
rejuvenation of the spine, alleviation of stiff back problems, and
giving natural relief in lumbago and sciatica.
2. It also provides
elasticity to the lungs by expanding the chest, which mainly results in
proper blood circulation in the pelvic region.
3. Bhujangasan is a
blessing pose for women as it tones up the ovaries and uterus, and helps
alleviate menstrual and various gynecological disorders.
Additionally, it activates the appetite, eliminates constipation, and is
tremendously useful for the abdominal organs such as liver and kidneys
1. Persons with peptic ulcer, hernia, intestinal tuberculosis, or hyperthyroidism should not practice this asan.
2. Those who have undergone abdominal surgery should avoid this asan for at least two months post-surgery.
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