Learn to Surf the Waves by Mastering Self


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I love the idea of riding the waves. The ocean is a powerful entity, but the joy of the surfer is learning how to ride the waves, come high, and come low. You know the surfer cannot dominate the ocean, the ocean is too powerful. So what does the surfer do? The surfer tries to work with the ocean, to understand the ocean and try to keep that board being held by the ocean. So the surfer has to master himself, he has to learn how to focus well so he does not become a victim. He has to learn how to understand. Many times he is going to sink, but that would not discourage him: “I need to understand a little more.” So he understands how to focus, how to develop confidence and how to work with the ocean; moving the board, moving his weight, balancing his energy, staying focused.

When he has learned to master himself, he will be flowing with the ocean. He will be in complete surrender, he will become the ocean, he and the ocean will not be different; he will feel he is flowing with the ocean, the ocean is carrying him. So in the height of the surfer’s experience, he is flowing with the ocean. He has not conquered the ocean, he has mastered himself and he has learned now how to adjust himself harmoniously, every time the ocean changes. He is completely surrendered to the energy of the ocean by harmonizing himself with it, by mastering himself.

So he is being carried by the ocean. He has the idea that “the ocean is the power not me. The ocean is carrying me with its force.” When the ocean produces the big wave he is happy, he is being carried high up, and when the ocean brings him down into the lowest, he goes down and coasts in the lowest. He enjoys. So he rides the wave however the wave flows.

Manage your energies during the ups and downs

How does that apply to you in riding the waves of life? When you meet the high moments, what do you do? You develop powerful energies, you reserve your energies, you observe how you play with that. You do not become proud; you do not become full of ego. You have great respect, you are happy and you are using the rewards of this for the times when the waves will be low so that you will not lose your joy. And as life changes, as life challenges you, you look for the new skills. “The water does not have as much power now to hold me, so what do I do? How do I generate now? How do I work with this low phase?” So you try to understand and use all the reserve of energy you have now to work with this situation. You use the low moments now, to work with it and build even more energy. You learn how to work with this phase until you are in complete harmony with the vicissitudes of life, the ups and downs. When there is a dark period and you cannot do anything, because there is not so much Light, you go within and you build your energies. You let your inner Light guide you. Learning to work in harmony with life is exciting.

Excerpt of talk by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Recognize the Dream-like Nature of Life


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If you observe very carefully, you are held in an experience that is much like a dream. The wise say that this experience of waking life is just a longer dream, which means we are actually sleeping in the consciousness, because we know that dreams happen when we are sleeping. Is it true that we are held in an illusion, and what we are experiencing as reality isn’t so? That there is a greater reality than what we are experiencing? Is there?

Let us hold that thought for a moment, that what we are experiencing as reality with our human senses is not absolute reality; it is dream-like. Just think for a moment. What have you seen as you look in the mirror every day? You have seen your physical body change. If you look at life very carefully, there is a birth and death every day, you will see the constant change in everything around you. When we go to sleep and have this experience of a dream, why do we call it a “dream”? Because when we wake up, we realize that it was only in the mind and our perception of the dream changed. So every day, you are watching how that which you hold as a reality is ever changing.

Excerpt of talk by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation: Centre in the Consciousness


butterfly-insect-wing-wildlife-87039.jpegLet us give attention to the consciousness space. How do you do that? It may sound simple, but actually it is very profound. The consciousness space is that centre of being in which the ego operates, the sense of “I,” and it is that centre of conscious experience. It is that centre of pure awareness within you in which you are experiencing the elements of nature, the movement of the mind, the movement of emotion.

In that centre of being you have a consciousness of Self, you have a consciousness of the elements, and then you have a consciousness of the subtle reality of mind and emotion and intention. Centre in that experience of “I exist.” Not that you are the thinker, that’s a role. Not that you are the one who is feeling, that’s a role. Not the body, that’s another role. But that very centre of being where the “I” plays in the consciousness, assuming all these different roles.

The goal in the play is to stay beyond the roles that you play; to get to that centre where you can observe every role without being caught in it, identified with it as your only reality. Centering in the consciousness space means centering in the “I” experience, but beyond every role; beyond the thinker, beyond the one that feels, beyond that vital person that drives the body, and beyond the body.

This is an experience that comes with grace, as you open up to grace. You cannot have this experience just by wanting it, but by opening up your being with humility and with a sincere desire to manifest the all of you. Surrendering to that inner process of transformation, that inner space will open up to you. It cannot be had by the one that plays with the ego or is caught in the ego.

Excerpt of guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation: Observe Without Identifying With Change


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In this meditation, we are going to centre in that inner posture, that holds us in the witness consciousness, observing mode, without judgement, without labelling, without like and dislike. Just learn to observe. The only aspect that does not change is that witness conscious aspect of being, where you observe all that changes; mind changes, emotion changes, body changes. Observe everything from that centre of being, where you do not identify with the change. The goal is not to identify with the change, just to observe the change from that centre of peacefulness.

The goal is to observe how we quickly identify with change. A thought comes, and we become carried away by it. An emotion comes, and we get carried away by it. The body’s vitality changes, and we become carried away by it. Is it possible that we can observe everything without being carried away, without losing that centre of consciousness where we are constantly in present moment observation?

A good practice here, as you stay observing without judgement, is to focus on your breathing – breath awareness. Just allow the breath to gracefully and naturally flow as you breathe out completely and breathe in deeply. A rhythmic breath allows us to become more peaceful, more stable in the consciousness. Observe the human experience.

Observe the physical body without judgement. Observe how the belly breathes when you relax the belly. Observe how the chest opens up as you fill the lungs. Observe how the shoulders move to allow for a deeper breath. Observe how the breath flows out as you push the breath out completely. Just observe, and in a very natural way, breathe.

Clear the mind of thoughts that you will stay fully in the present moment, observing that mental experience of being. If a thought comes, gently push it away. If many thoughts come, take a remote view; allow them to come, allow them to go. Just witness them. And learn how to observe the human experience. If emotions come, again observe them, do not be carried away by them, and come into a place of equanimous being; just observing the duality from that space of acceptance and lovingness. Sustain that awareness. That is learning how to go deeper into the reality.

Excerpt of guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Witnessing Can Take us to the Rapturous “I”


Magnolia_Close_600.jpgIn the Māyā, we have this identity of Self but it is an ego identity, not true Self. And this ego has to be transcended as it were, because we need to come back to the experience of true Self. The ego will still exist though in the experience of true Self because once you have a form, the identity of the form is there and that is the ego. We have an energetic form on the inside and we have a physical form, so we have an energetic ego and we have a physical ego.

We have a causal ego with all the karmas that are sleeping in the causal body; we have a subtle ego in the dream state – the dream is the mind state – and; we have the gross ego or that of the waker, the physical body. So we have the three states of consciousness; the waking, the dreaming, the deep sleeping. And we have spoken about that fourth state, the turiya. In all of these experiences, we have an ego at play, and this ego has to undergo a transformation in the evolutionary process obviously.

It requires witnessing, the posture of the sākśī, and it has to move from the waker, through the dreamer in the mind, beyond the deep sleep, into that fourth state of witnessing. Can you be excited about that? Can you be excited that in focusing on beingness, you can really see the journey? But if you are caught, if you become the doer, you cannot. So you need to be in the beingness observance. And there it is the “I am”; not the “I am the doer,” but just the “I am,” just coming more into “I am.” So when you think of “satchidānanda,” “sat chit” is just that pure consciousness state where just the “I” exists in its pure being, and the “ānanda is like the “ābhoga”; it is the joy, the rapture. So when we say, “satchidānandoham,” that is what we are saying; we are that sākśī that is in bliss. Satchidānandoham. Satchidānandoham. That is the same turīyā bhoga, the rapturous experience of the “I” in freedom.

For more details on the practise listen to Sri Vasudeva on Day 33 Forty days 2017. The full talk and meditation is available for a few days here.  To download a personal copy go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Guru Principle


2s6x8d.jpgIn our meditation today, let us give attention to that marvellous power that lies at the centre of the eyebrow. Breathe into it and breathe out from it. And begin to honour the Guru principle, that power we see alive in the Masters; that incredible power of wisdom, of detachment, of unity with the Divine, of being the instrument. Centre yourself in that Guru tattva, bowing to all Masters, and to the Supreme Master within you. That is where the power is to wake up from the dream fully.

If you want to invoke the mantra of the Guru, the eternal Guru, the cosmic Guru; Om Guru Om Guru Om Guru Om. ‘Gu‘ stands for darkness, and ‘Ru‘ for the light. ‘Gu‘ is the darkness of ignorance, and ‘Ru‘ is the light of Divine Consciousness. And hold that focus.

If you can feel the stirrings of the energy, then let it bring you into a space where you can become one with the Guru Power. Allow it to come into your space. Observe what happens to the mind when you are centered there. The mind has the tendency to come into quietness – manas gets a chance to rest. Honour the silence there, and the goal would be to surrender to the wisdom, to the power, to the presence that emerges in the space.

Bring all of you to the brow

Bring all of you to the brow, so the centre of the perineum should be connected to the brow, the sacral area connected to the brow, navel area connected to the brow, heart area connected to the brow, throat area connected to the brow. So you breathe from the root right up to the brow, and from the brow right down to the root. And this is how you get every chakra connecting to the brow, serving the brow. So this is where you make your true Guru offering, with every level of your being.

I honour you, O Cosmic Guru, O Guru tattva, with every level of my being; with my body, with my vitality, with my heart, with my silence. I bow to you completely, within me.

So all the prāṇas are given to the Guru. The mind and senses become absorbed in Guru. This is meditation in Guru.

Guru Gita says, “mokṣa-mūlaṁ guroḥ kṛpā.” When you get the blessing of the brow chakra, guroḥ kṛpā, the blessing of the Guru tattva, the freedom will come.

Let the Guru manifest in the entire being

And now let us bring the Guru to the heart. Let us fill the heart with the love that comes from the Guru tattva; Guru manifesting as love in the heart, Guru manifesting as vitality in the gut, the energy that courses through the physical body, the Guru power through the body, and Guru energy manifesting in the space around, through the root into the space around. Let us fill the space with Guru tattva. Let the Guru power unite us all.

Om Guru Om Guru Om Guru Om. 

The liberating power in the Māyā – the Guru tattva, the Guru Shakti.

May we be protected together, Guru tattva and disciple; Om saha nāvavatu.

May we be nourished together; Om saha nau bhunaktu. 

May we be strengthened together; Saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai.

May our knowledge be full of light; Tejasvi nāvadhītam astu.

And may we always remain in unity, despite our diversity; Mā vidviṣāvahai

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sri Vasudeva Day 31 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation for Inner Freedom


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Begin to quiet the mind, so that we can observe our Self as being different to the body. Let us move away body-conscious thoughts, observing the body, but not identifying with it as our reality.

There is chakra awareness within you along the spine; there is prāṇa awareness with the breath, and; there is awareness of attention and intention. In the subtle world, your intention can create your reality, your perception. Your mind can create your reality. Begin to observe that space.

Stay with the moving breath. Open the belly and the chest to breathe, and breathe more completely, with attention along the spine. From the base of the spine, perineum area, take your attention along the spine as you breathe right to the back of the neck in the medulla area. And as you go to the medulla area, focus on the third eye. You are coming into subtle body awareness when you do that.

Protect the mind from being caught up in thoughts, beliefs, ideas, expectations, and impatience. Stay completely alert. Do not fall into sleep when you come in this space and try to retire the mind. You can do that by focusing on the third eye.

Whichever area along the spine feels burdened or challenged, take your attention there, still holding that mental power of the third eye. Focus on whichever chakra feels unbalanced.

The goal is not to be caught in the subtle dreams of the mind, nor to fall into the deep sleep, but to try to be fully aware.  This is how you learn to master the subtle world. It needs Rudra ( third eye) power to manage it; Guru power. Kuṇḍalinī brings it to us.

Sri Vasudeva Day 30 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Freedom Comes by Cleaning the Kārmas


4a37becb7ebed004b139033d86177aba_free-flower-photo-free-flower-pics_1600-1000.jpegIn the usual experience that we are having, the normal human experience, we have waking, dreaming and deep sleeping. But as the “I,” the ego, evolves in the consciousness, it is going to experience this waking and this dreaming with more consciousness. So as you do your sādhana, you will find that you become more conscious in the waking state. You become more conscious in the dream state as well; you are repeating mantras, you are meditating, you are having spiritual conversations. The “I” or the ego continues to evolve in these experiences of waking and dreaming, so what is stored in the subtle energy body is being refined, upgraded, updated.

It is those kārmas that are stored in that causal body where we go to deep sleep, that keep us tied to the play. As those kārmas arise from deep within and begin to feature in the play, they become prārabdha kārmas and they pull us in the play again and again. So even when the body leaves, those kārmas are still there. And they are associated with the elements, with the senses, with the ego, and these unresolved kārmas bring us back into rebirth.

The process of spiritual discipline or the process of consciousness transformation or evolution in consciousness helps us to break away from the bondage of all those kārmas. And as we begin to clear the kārmic space – this can be done of course through consciousness exploration, consciousness expansion, using the intellect and the awakened Kuṇḍalinī operating – the “I” begins to evolve. As chakras open up more, the “I” begins to evolve and the way we operate in the waking state, the dream state and even the deep sleep state will change; more of a witness will emerge in the space. We will start witnessing actions in the gross space, in the subtle space, and even as we go to deep sleep. We go to the deep sleep differently, with more consciousness, and we wake up with more consciousness. So we do not feel that when we wake up, we have gone into such a limited state. We go in the deep sleep more consciously and we wake up more consciously.

And finally as the soul evolves, the ego will get into a state where it will identify more with its Higher Self, and experience more of the detachment and witnessing in the play without losing engagement. It will become more conscious in the play. Then with Grace, it will jump or leap into the fourth state of consciousness, which is that rapturous witness of all the states. It will become this rapturous witness, held together with the Divine in the dreaming, in the waking, in the deep sleeping. That is the turīya state; that is the state of freedom that  we are seeking. So it comes with cleaning the kārmas, breaking free of the kārmas in the play. Sri Vasudeva Day 26 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Subtle Energy Space


pexels-photo-132344.jpegBreathe down to the root, and then breathe with attention up the spine, giving attention to every area where the senses are connected: root chakra and smell; sacral chakra and taste; navel chakra and light, seeing; heart chakra and touch, feeling; throat chakra and space, ākāsh, and; then the mind, centre of the eyebrows. So let the breath revitalize every area that you can see it clearly.

Now an important point is to observe whether the prāṇa is energizing you, whether you are becoming aware of these areas of the senses, and whether you are having an even breath. Go to that place where the breath can be more even, where the prāṇa can be more steady, and begin to revitalize those areas, regulate the prāṇa, and begin to observe what happens to the mind when you do.

Keenly observe whatever thoughts are arising in the mind; they are coming from the chitta, the memory store. Learn to develop a relationship of the manas with every area: mind with throat; mind with heart; mind with gut; mind with sacral area; mind with root. And observe what thoughts enter the play; that will give you an idea of where you need to work more.  Sri Vasudeva Day 25 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Prana


free-incense-sticks-450x334-1.pngThe  spinal column is sacred; therein lies the fire of Kuṇḍalinī, burning Her way through the karmas that we have created.

If you want to bring energy to your hands, go to the heart. If you want to bring prāṇa to the gut, go to the centre of the gut. You want to go to the throat and bring Her to the throat, or brow and brain. So begin to explore. You are in a field of grace; this is the space of the Masters. The Masters’ energy is in this space, the guru tattva is in this space, your guru power is in this space.

Now there should be greater awareness of the entire spinal column. And you can subtly breathe up the column from the root to the brow, and breathe down the column, and that is how you traverse the sushumna nadi.

You stay in the practice until She becomes more and more visible in your space. Do not be impatient, do not give up. Give her a charming call, a child calling out lovingly to its Mother, “Please come Mother, I need you. Teach me, guide me, work with me. I am Yours Mother. Be my Guru, be my teacher. Nourish me, protect me, strengthen me.” Sri Vasudeva Day 24 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org