JKYog e-Magazine, Issue No.58

June, 2014 

"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.

With 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 Living

Here are 5 simple tips to use the POWER OF FOCUS to accomplish your goals:

1. 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.  
2. Choose a place that will be most conducive to finish your task.  This place should have the least potential of getting noisy or distracting.
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.
5. 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 fulfilling life.

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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 Habit: 

"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
O 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)

Aspirants who 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.

Like 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 

The 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!

"The 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

"We 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 out." 

Amit Sharma, CA

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Kripalu Leelamrit -  Nectar from Shree Maharajji's Life


Shree Maharajji Goes To Vrindavan


When 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 great Saint.  


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). 


Soon 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. 


There 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 reached Vanshivat.  


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 brought.


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 

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Lectures

The Five Kinds of Toys 

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 while.   

  

Wealthy 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 said:

  

 gṛiha kāraj nānā jańjālā  

soī ati durgaṁ śhaila viśhālā
The complications of a householder's life are huge mountains.

So, 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.     

 

Thus, 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.   

 

Now, 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 unlimited subjects.   

 

To be continued in the next edition.... 

Bhakti Shatak 

Explained by Swami Mukundananda 

 

Bhakti Śhatak 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

 

Jagadguru 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.  

 

Therefore, 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."  

 

Thus, 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 definitely come. 

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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.

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Yoga Postures To Help Relieve Back Pain

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)


Procedure 
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.

Benefits 
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)


Procedure 
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. 

Benefits
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)

Procedure 
Lie 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.

Benefits 
1. 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.
4. Additionally, it activates the appetite, eliminates constipation, and is tremendously useful for the abdominal organs such as liver and kidneys too.

Contraindications 
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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