In my first year in Herakhan is was exciting when a special festival was coming up. The whole place would be painted, cleaned and decorated, gardens looking swell. Some people took a fresh mundan, bought themselves a new sarie or kurta. Indian devotees would come, for some occasions many people would come all building up to the festival.
On the days itself Babaji would ware a turban or something special and be a bit more around and there were more rituals, a richer bandana (feast meal) and prasaad shared around and a certain intensity was in the air. On the moment it was over, the trucks, horses and porters with people and their luggage left the karma yogi’s swarmed the the temples, rooms and gardens with brushes, mobs and rakes to take down decorations and clean everything again. In the beginning it always surprised me a bit that the next day the alarm clock rang again at 03.45, one jumped in the refreshing river and the day was actually largely as always. No chandan or puja a bit later, just the regular clockwork going. Like life itself.
Shri Muniraj was a great example in this also. He made several tours around the world but that was not quite a holiday, but a lot more intense. Big swarms of people everywhere around him and from early morning till late filled with busy programs. Never ever cutting short on his own puja in his room, no matter jetlag or time difference…he was on the dot and on the spot!
On the days off that were planned to do some sightseeing he would share his love and attention with everybody around but was not deeply impressed with just about anything he was shown. Just in the last few years of his life he spoke of a holiday when he went to visit Kharku and Jamuna’s resort Kamalaya in Thailand.
He already passed 75 when he went first time but there he had minimal programs and really got a lot of rest and a daily foot massage. Not many people would crowd around and the big adventure of the day was leisurely drinking and scraping out a coconut. Always doing his puja punctual morning and evening, even when he was visiting others, like he did here in my home.
The reason that I am telling this is in support of those who were new to doing Sadhana, practice. Now you have had a taste, do not stop! For those who have been doing many hours a days will have to take a step back but don’t loose it now and loose that what you have build up inside of yourself. I saw an interesting remark that said a day without Japa is a wasted day. When you focus on the Divine, the Divine is with you. If you do that more often It is more often in your awareness and the stress that the world radiates becomes a whole different experience for you. In this time where so many things in our world are falling apart it is very important to create an steady island of peace inside ourselves and Sadhana helps op create that. Lord Shiva is the Lord of destruction and being focussed on Him thru His mantra diminishes your imaginary personality your ego a little bit at the time.
Before I had suggested a number of mala’s to do but perhaps it is wiser if you take your own responsibility, set your own daily goals, don’t be stingy but reach for the sky and be happy.
Shivaratri is on the 11th of March.
Om namah Shivay is the best there is for the occasion.
May God be with you and the road rise to meet you ❤️
Bhole Baba ki Jai !
Shri Muniraj Maharaj ki Jai !
Jai Mahamaya Ki Jai !
A tip from Sadhguru
Sadhguru: The sound AUM is not to be uttered as Om. The way it is to be uttered is, open your mouth – “AAHH,” and as you slowly close your mouth it becomes “OOH,” and “MAA.” It is a natural happening. It is not something that you do. If you just open your mouth and exhale, it will become “AAHH.” As you close your mouth, it slowly becomes “OOH”, and when you close it, it becomes “MMM.” “AAHH,” “OOH,” and “MAA” are known as the fundamental sounds of existence. If you utter these 3 sounds together, what do you get? “AUM.” So we say “AUM” is the most fundamental mantra. So the mantra is not to be uttered as “Om Namah Shivaya,” it is to be uttered as “Aum Namah Shivaya.”