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How long does a spiritual awakening last

How long does a spiritual awakening last? 

How long does a spiritual awakening last?

by Shree Devi Mayi Ma

How long does a spiritual awakening last what happens after a spiritual awakening

Do you wonder what a spiritual journey and awakening are like? How long does a spiritual awakening last? And what happens after a spiritual awakening? These questions are some of most common questions for a new sincere seeker. They come up again among my followers and disciples. 

Beloved… just imagine for a moment, thousand years went by and you were frozen. Frozen completely—your mind, your heart, everything—and all of sudden you start to unfreeze. The mind is starting to function. Your heart is starting to pump blood, it’s starting to feel, to experience life. Your eyes are seeing things in a state of wonderment with a new clarity and perception just like a child. Enlightenment is just that: breaking boundaries of your ignorance. It is waking from untruth to truth, darkness to light, ignorance to enlightenment. 

Everything is starting to become animate. You become sensitive and vulnerable, and you experience new sensations and intense feelings. This is what spiritual awakening and spiritual growth are. I use this analogy because I remember when I was a little child. We loved the snow! Did you do play in the snow when you were a child? 

Growing up in Canada in Montreal, it was super freezing, like below zero. We used to make igloos and hide in them. My brother Coco and I would play in the snow until we were shivering and completely freezing. Sometimes our mother would let us play until nine o’clock at night on the weekend. We would come back and be so red, completely frozen, and we’d sit down by the furnace to warm up. Our faces and bodies would be burning as we unfroze.

Did you do that when you were a child? Have you experienced what it is when you played outside and got completely frozen? It creates certain pain, right? It’s like a numbness that starts to unfreeze, and it hurts. Despite the pain, Coco and I would still go back the following day, play again, and we would transcend that pain. Spiritual awakening is, in a way, like your own unfreezing. Do you see and hear what Devi Ma is talking about? 

Spiritual awakening is like your own unfreezing because your energy is rising up in the upward main chakras in your subtle body. You are starting to experience the physical reality with a new different perception and sensation as your energy expands and rises in the seven most important chakras. I go into this subject in great depth, including the subtle body and kundalini activation & ascension, in my spiritual memoir, Becoming the Light: Realize Your True Enlightened Nature, and even more so in Becoming the Light Inner Journey mastery program, which gives you empowering tools, insights, and revelations about your own spiritual awakening, growth and ascension. 

Is the energy starting to ascend in your Anahata, your heart chakra? Is your beautiful heart starting to expand, embracing everyone as the Divine? Is your mind starting to make a distance from your agitated thoughts and monkey mind and transcend? By remaining open, vulnerable, and receptive, you are allowing grace to flow. 

When you embark the spiritual path with a spiritual master who guides you, you become a genuine sincere seeker, especially if you meditate every day and have a sadhana with a kriya yoga—for instance, like Siddha Sat Chit Ananda kriya meditation. Then purification can start slowly, happening no matter what the karmic samskaras (impressions) and vasanas, your karmic tendencies, are. 

This is the karmic structure which Devi Ma talks about frequently. The impressions and the tendencies that have been formed into the karmic structure for you to become conscious, mindful, and aware so you can process them. The karmic structure is just a memory, because karma is just a memory. So as you are processing those karmic structures, it can stir up painful experiences.

For example, a lot of repression of a dysfunctional family can become karmic impressions. Let’s say you had a mother or father who was very abusive to you. Or you were sexually abused and it was a terrible experience for you. Such repressive environments, which are very unhealthy and teach you to become codependent and where you suffocate and never feel love, are deep into the karmic structure. You never felt worthy or good enough. That is an example of a samskara that can haunt you for the rest of your life if it is not healed and purified. 

All of these impressions are imprinted deep inside the physical and subtle body. So you had to repress them because as a child, you could not cope with the experience. This is the natural mechanism for a child to protect himself or herself. So, the memories become repressed inside, and that’s how people often fall into major depression later on as they age. And it was the case with Devi Ma.

So as you awake and grow on the spiritual path, you become more conscious and aware of these samskara in order to process them. They need to be purified by the universal primordial energy, what we call Shakti in the Yogic tradition (or Divine Mother). Some people call this God, the Divine, or so many other names. Purification is just getting rid of that garbage, that karmic load. 

How long does a spiritual awakening last? It’s important that I share about my own spiritual awakening, and ascension, which might be contrary to what other spiritual masters believe. They might not agree with what Devi Ma is saying here. Though, there is a certain amount of suffering and pain that comes along through spiritual awakening and growing. Let’s face it: When those impressions—karmic memories deep in the subconscious mind, in the subtle body, even in the physical body—come to the surface and are being healed and purified, you have to become conscious of them in the here and now. And so, it can be traumatizing for some seekers for a short period of time.

How can it not be painful when it comes out, when the memory comes to your consciousness? If I look back when I was with Gurudev so many decades ago, I would have explosions of sobbing. I call them emotional eruptions. They were like volcanos for hours and hours lying on the ground in deep mourning, and sobbing—not knowing why, or what it was all about. The reality is that was an eruption of karmic structure being purified from past lifetime.

When you are in the process of unfreezing, you experience everything new. You see things like you’ve never seen before with more clarity and discernment. How long does a spiritual awakening last? When you are awakening, you are experiencing everything anew, yet the beauty and the grace of it is that you are expanding your boundary, your horizon, and especially breaking your own karmic limitations. You are starting to rediscover your true nature, and slowly you are experiencing glimpses of your Divine presence. It can be a rollercoaster ride on the spiritual path as you awaken.

Though in the long run, I assure you that the benefits are so phenomenal, and certainly outweigh the spiritual process of healing and purification. You start achieving mastery of yourself and your own destiny. You start becoming joyous, equanimous, at ease, and blissful for no apparent reasons, just from your true Divine nature. All the invisible strings and entanglements start falling off one by one over the years, and you are no longer a puppet, and a victim of circumstances and conditions. You start seeing things as they are without the lens of conditioned personality. 

How long does a spiritual awakening last

Three major things can happen after your spiritual awakening: 

1-) You start experiencing Kundalini ascension, meaning Maha Shakti (the primordial energy often known as the Divine Feminine energy or the Divine Mother in the yogic tradition) starts to rise by opening a new main chakra as to ascend.. As a consequence, you might be experiencing what we call in the yogic tradition Spontaneous kriya. These are mystical and mysterious natural spontaneous occurrences, such as trembling, shaking, weeping & sobbing, speaking in tongues, practicing acrobatic asana, mudras, pranayama (different rhythmic breathing) of their own accord, and much more. This is a time where you need enough more support and spiritual guidance. 

2-) As you advance and progress on the spiritual path, you may start experiencing different mystical experiences like going into different kinds of samadhi, such as Sahaj Samadhi or Bhava Samadhi just to name a few. 

(Go to Shree Devi Mayi Ma’s YOUTUBE channel for more insight on this subject.) 

3-) There might be a long period of time during your spiritual growth and ascension where you do not want to do anything anymore, as if you lost all desires. You are basically not interested at all in what you used to love. Friendships shift considerably and you start attracting new people in your life with a different energetic vibration and frequency. The length of time varies for each unique sincere seeker. Yet despite all this, you are feeling equanimous, and have attained a certain level of profound inner peace and bliss. These three aspects of spiritual growth are very beneficial and are great signs of successful progress on your journey of spiritual awakening and growth. You are definitely evolving and growing by leaps and bounds! 

How long does a spiritual awakening last? 

What happens after a spiritual awakening and how long does a spiritual awakening last cannot be answered just in a blog or short video. A spiritual awakening can last your entire lifetime. It depends on your karmic structure, and if you are on the spiritual path and practicing kriya yoga, meditation, hatha yoga, practicing mindfulness, Mantra and Nidra yoga, etc. It also all depends on your openness, receptivity, and vulnerability to grace to flow in your life. Many conditions, variables, and factors need to be considered. Everyone is unique. I highly suggest you read my spiritual memoir to delve deeper into this subject in order to gain insights, epiphanies, and revelations from my own realization.

As you grow on the spiritual path and journey, this will affect and impact the life you want, and the magnificent opportunity to tap into your full potential as a human being to self-realize and experience your true divine nature—what we call in the yogic tradition Sat Chit Ananda (Absolute truth, omnipresent, omnipotent, pure consciousness, bliss).How long does a spiritual awakening last? Spiritual awakening and growth is like a bud in the mud. With time and the right conditions, it will grow into a beautiful fragrant lotus. So the faster you get there, the better for you because you will radiate the light of the Divine, of our Creator, to all living beings wherever you go.         How long does a spiritual awakening last what happens after a spiritual awakening

So don’t beat yourself up and say “I can’t do this, and I will never have mastery over myself.” It’s within your reach. On your spiritual path and journey, it is crucial to have diligence, perseverance, self-effort, patience, and support and proper guidance. Eventually, your own inner guru will fully awaken. Often that’s exactly what is missing on the spiritual path, and when you are going through a breakthrough, you need even more guidance, help, and support, like rays of sunlight which emanate to see the beauty of your being. 

One last thing I feel is extremely crucial to share with you. I have seen in my own journey that right when you are about to make a big breakthrough, it feels the hardest—and you want to quit and run away. It appears as if everything in your life is falling apart. You’ve been hit with something that looks like misfortune, or the end of the world has come!

You think you’re going crazy, but you’re not, beloved. It is the opposite. You are just unfreezing. You are starting to experience life with a different perception, with a different energy field, and you are breaking through your limitations. You are transcending and purifying. 

This has been my own experience many times. In the worst, most unbearable times where you are about to make an amazing breakthrough, which leads to a huge decision in your life, you feel like you are going insane. This is exactly when you need to persevere even though you might think you are not making progress. You feel so much suffering it seems unbearable.

Beloved, you are not alone. You can do it, and this spiritual process is telling you that you are crossing through a major boundary, and that you are breaking free from your self-fabricated jail. You can transcend that, and you can gain mastery over yourself. It just requires a lot of perseverance, spiritual guidance, support, and empowering yogic tools to transform you.

I’m here for you to help you see with clarity that some of your samskara are still there, like thinking that you cannot do it, that you cannot achieve or attain a certain level of mastery in your life today. With time you will transcend that suffering. Don’t carry your wounds on your back as trophies. Use them as tools of dissolution—dissolution from bondage—and just allow yourself to be in surrender and for grace to flow. The deeper your longing to know and merge, the faster your spiritual unfoldment will take place. 

How long does a spiritual awakening last what happens after a spiritual awakening

Shree Devi Mayi Ma, July 2022

Free yourself from your own self-created jail, your karma. As you do just that, you help to free other living beings as you are emanating the light in your own entourage. Gautama the Buddha once said that, our own enlightenment serves the whole of humanity. I definitely witness that around my entourage. Spiritual growth seems never ending. It is a spiritual unfolding process, an evolutionary process that can take you to the deepest state of samadhi and liberation, of the beyond … 

Loving devotion, receptivity, humility, openness, vulnerability, and profound surrender are the secret ingredients for success on your spiritual journey. Allow for a profound reverence to take place within you, and bow down, even physically bow down to the Divine. It is an important practice. You breathe… and you breathe through it consciously and mindfully offering yourself. When there is too much pain and suffering to cope with, don’t repress it, just allow it to come out and be in touch with it as you are consciously processing it. Otherwise, you are just accumulating more karma again. Allow Divine love to flow through your entire being for all living beings…

AUM Namah Shivaya AUM

Article written by Shree Devi Mayi Ma based on April,22, 2023 based on her own self-realization, life experiences, insights, revelations, timeless & practical wisdom.

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Discovering Your Divine Light

Discovering Your Divine Light

 

Your life may feel out of control at times, but the trials and tribulations of everyday life can lead you toward an inner radiance that shines brighter than the darkest days. In fact, a strong spiritual practice can guide you toward your ultimate life path.

You are a powerful being capable of emanating radiant light and experiencing a profound spiritual transformation. Today in this insightful video of one of Shree Devi Mayi Ma ’s Divine satsang, we’ll share some of her wisdom that will allow you to deepen your spiritual inclination using yoga, meditation, inner guidance and carry you toward your Divine light.

Join us in this profound wisdom, insights and guidance at Devi’s Grace as Shree Devi Mayi Ma guides us on how to get in touch with our Divine light through “Drinking Bliss” – the best cocktail to have on a moment-to-moment basis!

Begin Your Morning By Feeling Divine Grace

Some people awake to a blaring alarm and a laundry list of responsibilities racing through their minds, while others lazily roll out of bed with the residue of forgotten dreams still hanging in the cool morning air. 

However, Shree Devi Mayi Ma encourages us to begin each day with a fresh new perspective just as a child in a state of wonderment. When you get up in the morning, smile and express gratitude for another day on Earth. Allow yourself to become an instrument of Divine grace and make small steps towards discovering your Divine light with incantation, mantra and mindful practices. 

Embrace each new day as a great opportunity to make yourself useful and serve all living beings, with what Shree Devi Mayi Ma calls, “Karma Yoga” by performing a compassion act with no expectation in return. Open your heart, love other beings and take compassionate loving actions with the most beautiful and pure volition to give and share yourself. 

If life’s stressors are weighing you down, allow yourself to feel the lightness of being by living joyfully and mindfully in each moment. Simply take five mindful minutes to ground yourself through your conscious and mindful breathing. Shree Devi Mayi Ma calls this “inhaling God.” Expressing your incarnation aloud in the cosmos before hopping out of bed can change the course of your life. 

Remember, you need to make the time to express profound gratitude for a new day and set your intentions for the day ahead. Use the power of incantations and yogic mantra. Shree Devi Mayi Ma goes in depth in her programs with this phenomenal subject on how to raise your energy into higher vibrational frequency.

What is it that you wish to accomplish or manifest? Would you like to become more compassionate? Would you like to become more patient?  Would you like to be more fulfilled and happier? Would you like to feel more at ease, at peace and blissful? Give yourself this moment to yourself and transform your life one moment at a time – one day closer to rediscovering your Divine light. 

You Have the Power to Master Your Destiny

As Shree Devi Mayi Ma was experiencing advanced stage 3 breast cancer which had metastasized into her body, she nearly passed away from a severe anaphylactic shock reaction induced by potent and harsh chemotherapy. During this intense, otherworldly experience, she felt the presence of Jesus Christ. In that instant of crossing over, a miracle happened to her. To learn more about her entire profound story, grab a copy of her major acclaimed book, Becoming The Light: Realized Your True Enlightened Nature

After experiencing the agony of dying and being reborn, her life was never the same. During her cancer journey, she experienced a natural sense of Zen every morning as she observed the morning sunlight reflecting upon leaves dancing in the breeze. She still does, and that existential zen moment is eternal within her nature now. Just as Shree Devi Mayi Ma feels one with everything, you can too. 

Although she experienced profound sickness within her body, Devi Ma (as many affectionately call her) maintained a high vibration in her mind while walking the spiritual path. Devi Ma was practicing spirituality for a decade at this point, but her connection to the Divine strengthened. Most people would consider a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, but she found opportunity, grace and a blessing within her struggles and major crisis. 

When doctors told Shree Devi Mayi Ma that they did not want her to undergo more chemotherapy treatments, she asked the ascended masters for Divine guidance regarding her life path. In a moment of profound inner knowing, she knew to chant the mantra of Mahavatar Shiv Babaji Gorakhnath over the chemotherapy and herself. Despite her doctor’s refusal to perform yet another round of chemotherapy, Shree Devi Mayi Ma knew that she was divinely guided and did not need to walk her path alone.

 

Find Divine Guidance Through Mantras  Chanting, Incantation, Mindful and Yogic practices 

Shree Devi Mayi Ma began chanting this powerful mantra of protection imparted to her by her first spiritual master. This mantra comes straight from the Siddha Nath lineage of Mahavatar Babaji, who is believed to be a reincarnation of Lord Shiva. For those who may not know, Mahavatar Babaji is widely known as an ascended master who blesses his devotees while spreading Kriya Yoga worldwide. Many believe that he has lived in the Himalayas for thousands of years, and is still around on another plane.

When Shree Devi Mayi Ma was undergoing intense chemotherapy, she often used mantra chants to maintain a high vibration. Chanting mantras regularly is one of many methods to train your mind to stay at a high vibration, still the agitated mind, and harness the strength of will to persist in the face of suffering. Mantras also help transform your energy into higher vibrations. 

While there are many chants, meditations, and incantations to choose from, Devi Ma explains in-depth techniques and yogic practices that you can use to raise your vibration in her programs Becoming the Light, Inner Journey Mastery, and Radiating in Light. In fact, Devi Ma has used these chants and tools herself to maintain a high vibration while undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatments and several surgeries.

For instance, in Devi Ma’s first chemotherapy session, she felt an intense burning sensation as the nurse injected her with the first AC medication, which her nurse said was the most dangerous form of chemotherapy. However, as Devi Ma awakened her inner guidance through dedicated chanting, meditation and intense sadhana, her fear subsided, and the pain dissipated. Even her ex-husband was astounded by the transformation in her response.

In Shree Devi Mayi Ma’s program at Devi’s Grace, Becoming the Light Inner Journey online mastery, you can learn more about her profound guidance, teachings, practical and timeless wisdom which has been inspired by the ancient yogic tradition and universal timeless wisdom beyond the age, class, or religion.

In this program, you will unearth insights directly from Shree Devi Mayi Ma and her energetic transmissions from ascended masters and her previous spiritual masters. With this spiritual knowledge, guidance and yogic practices you can transcend the human experience as well with the sheer effort of your own diligence, effort and perseverance. Devi Ma says, “Yoga is the science of self-realization and liberation. The beauty with this science is you can test it on yourself, and have a direct experience! You do not need any belief system. Inner beauty is realizing the oneness of existence, that is yoga!”

Tap Into Your Inner Guidance

Even in the worst situations, there is always the possibility for a higher vibration, expansion of consciousness, a wave of Divine love and profound healing. Rather than criticize her doctors or live in fear, Shree Devi Mayi Ma found strength, joy, bliss and inner peace through the guidance of ascended masters, such as Jesus Christ, Maha Avatar Bababji, Shiva, Gautama The Buddha, and many others. Although she is not religious, simply recalling these profound spiritual and mystical experiences brings profound tears of pure joy, bliss and gratitude for all life offers. 

 At that moment when she almost died of that severe anaphylactic shock reaction, Devi Ma realized that her pain was nothing compared to those who came before her. She felt in her soul, spirit, and heart that her pain was nothing compared to the pain that Jesus Christ experienced on the cross. Just as Devi Ma realized she had all the tools and inner power necessary to heal her sufferings and pain, you can, too, as you walk along the spiritual path. 

Ancient Yogic Practices and the Spiritual Path

An essential tool to work with along your spiritual path is, your Divine garden, within your body temple (as Devi Ma calls it). While there are 114 chakras throughout your subtle body, the Anahata, also known as the Heart Chakra, must be opened because it connects the upper and lower realms. The Sanskrit word “Anahata” means “unstruck.”  When this chakra opens it allows the energy to move upward in your subtle body. Then, you can start embracing every living being as God through your energy, and experience existence with a new sense of clarity.

Devi Ma says that your energy field is magical, and if you vibrate at a low frequency, your aura will not be able to emanate at the highest degree. Furthermore, when you’re vibrating at a low frequency, you may feel sluggish, moody, unbalanced, out-of-tune or even depressed about your inability to expand. She often speaks about the “magical wand” and how to use it in her programs.  

If you’re struggling with the heavy feeling of a low vibration, Devi Ma can guide you toward the path to pure, expanded consciousness through yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Gradually, you will feel your heart begin to open so that you can spread the light from within to the world. With her loving guidance and energetic presence, you also can master the alchemy of well-being and achieve spiritual and life fulfillment. 

In Radiating the Light, you will learn and be imparted into the Siddha Sat Chit Ananda Kriya meditation, a yogic kriya meditation practice that will teach you to control your life force energy, also known as prana. In addition, you will also experience the Yoga Nidra in the Womb of Creation Meditation. In this guided meditation, you will be able to enter an entirely new state of relaxation and rejuvenation that will gradually restore your life-force energy.

Radiate Light with Shree Devi Mayi Ma at Devi’s Grace

Devi Ma ’s true nature is to naturally spread Divine love, light, and healing, while actualizing an evolved world in which you can embrace loving-kindness for yourself and all living beings. However, the journey towards a more loving society begins with you, and Shree Devi Mayi Ma at Devi’s Grace can guide you towards a fulfilled, joyful way of life.

At Devi’s Grace, our programs, Becoming the Light Inner Journey Mastery and Radiating the Light are based on her profound self-realization, insights, mystical kundalini ascension along with the transmissions of the ascended masters, ancient yogic tradition wisdom & knowledge which will empower you to transform not only yourself, but your life destiny. Devi Ma will guide you along the inner journey of self-discovery, self-healing and self-realization. These programs will empower you to radiate the Divine light from within.

If you’re a truth seeker in need of guidance, allow Devi Ma from Devi’s Grace to lead you toward the light. You have the inner power to master your destiny. Our Becoming the Light Inner Journey Mastery program will empower you to experience your true nature and Divine presence. What’s holding you back? Experience one of the first videos from the program, From Untruth to Truth Journey, as our gift to you. After watching the video in this blog, please accept our complimentary gift on how to master yourself

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In Search of Love | Devi’s Grace by Shree Devi Mayi Ma

In Bhakti yoga, the most ordinary activity may become full of spiritual beauty, value, and significance if it is performed or expressed for the unfolding of selflessness and the expression of Divine love. The Source is manifested in every atom of this universe. So it does not matter at the end who is our sacred figure and/or religion, because the same thread connects us all. We are all interconnected as One like waves of the cosmic ocean. When we hurt someone, an animal or nature, we only are hurting ourselves. When we let someone down, we are letting ourselves down. Inner beauty is realizing and experiencing the oneness of existence. That is to be in yoga. Love and compassion are the pulsating heart of all spiritual paths and religions. When an individual feels Divine love within, the rest blossoms like a wild garden; compassion, understanding, reverence, harmony and respect all occur naturally within.

Thus, Bhakti yoga is universal and can be practiced by anyone from any religious, socio-cultural or economic background. The only criterion is to have longing for the Divine. This emotional force called “Rati” transforms the lover, shedding all psychological and emotional limitations, blocks and fears. One may wonder, is this path of love merely one of sentimentalism and emotional outburst? Bhakti yoga recognizes the amazing power of human emotions, and encourages devotees to wisely channel their energy to the highest Divine goal, the ultimate objective of existence.

          

 

Devotion liberates the imprisoned heart from its own fabricated jail, to feel again by letting go of life conditioning, depression, socialization and the false illusion of the ego. Devotion elevates and expands our consciousness to the Source by allowing our genuine nature to pierce through. Only then the intensity of the longing (Rhada) of our being can be felt— the cry heard. “Your life becomes utterly beautiful because your emotion has become so sweet. Through that sweetness, one grows. That is devotion,” says Sadhguru.

When one becomes passionate for the Divine, one opens up their heart to this entire creation, breaking down all man-made barriers. All religious, political, ethic and socio-economic walls dissolved. Divine love then flows abundantly. Bhakti Yoga is the alchemist healer for the brokenhearted, the lost soul, the wounded one who is afraid to love again for fear of rejection, commitment, vulnerability, pain and suffering. Decades ago my heart was shattered to pieces. I never thought I could ever love again. But my devotion to the Divine healed me. I have experienced the healing power of Bhakti Yoga. “If you use your emotions and try to reach the ultimate, we call this Bhakti yoga, the path of devotion,” says Sadhguru.

The element of surrendering is the core of Bhakti yoga, without it there

cannot be any devotion and pure love. “Thy will be done.” Most Westerns do not understand the meaning of this Eastern thought on “surrendering.” Many individuals view it as a demeaning or a submissive position. Surrendering is empowering spiritually. Surrendering is letting go of the strong demands of the ego personality, and getting rid of the noisy chaos of the mind which are responsible for our anxieties, fears, limitations, stress, worries, confusion and suffering. “Surrender” allows the eternal beauty of our true nature to shine thru. How can we deny ourselves the highest? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Gurudev) says on surrendering, “Have faith in the organizing power of the supreme intelligence and have the sincere feeling, ‘let thy will be done.’ That is a state of total contentment. The pinnacle of love is also called ‘surrender’- where your whole being becomes one with the infinite, where the river meets the ocean, where the activity reposes in rest, in the self.”

Offering flowers, incense, candles, and fruits to the Divine is not enough; it is like compassion without action. Offering every breath, every thought, every action with a heartfelt passion to the Divine is the devotion of the genuine bhakta; worship God in every particle of this universe. “What dawns in you is freedom and joy. Divine love is itself an end, is itself the fruit,” says Gurudev. Once Anandamayi-Ma said, “If one loses one’s being in the contemplation of the Divine name, one can merge oneself in the ocean of Heavenly Beauty.” Her entire life also exemplified this sublime path of love, so is my  my work—my breath.

 

 

In the state of surrendering, of abandoning oneself, we have already won the victory because a fragrance of equanimity will exude from us like a blossoming garden. Surrendering begets expansion of consciousness. Divine love brings us back home, healing us from the illusion of separation from the Source. The more we know and experience our ultimate nature, the more we become an instrument and expression of beauty, love, and compassion. Compassion is always the highest expression of love. Genuine love is just there like the sun radiating all over the planet, and all living beings. Its rays emanate without discrimination, without asking for anything in return. Divine Love is our very nature. It needs to be experienced, expressed. We have wings to soar. When Divine love is present, it can never go away. It is eternal and boundless.

Forever in search of eternal Divine love, I woke up one morning ….an epiphany had blossomed in my being like a baby lotus bathing in a tranquil pond. As a yogini, mystic, spiritual guide, vocalist, composer, artist and author, I realized my work is a spiritual ritual and devotion offered to the Divine Mother. I only sing, chant, write, compose music and paint for the Divine and help others and the animals to lose myself in it—as an instrument glorifying its wonder. Like the blue moon scintillating on a crystal lake, my work reflects our deepest longing to merge. Shakti, the primordial Divine energy permeates all that my being is.

Only from the garden of Divine love can compassion, kindness, and selfless service spring forth. When Divine love grows in one’s heart, all human values flourish. Serving humanity becomes natural. Jesus Christ’s greatest teaching was the simplest — the path of love. And love starts from within, radiating, growing like a wild flower garden. Love is expressed in compassion in actions, respect, understanding, cooperation, caring, forgiving and kind actions. Love is the very core essence of all religious and spiritual traditions.

Being in a state of Bhakti yoga does not limit us to only one branch of our living tree. When Divine love flows, devotion, right actions, and right knowledge naturally take off like a young dove on its first flight. The longing for meditation and asana (postures) grow strong. We start serving humanity as our beloved one, discovering and realizing the light within us. Swami Vivekananda shared with us long ago, “The great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way to reach the great Divine end in view.”

“The satisfaction of love is not the feeling itself, but in the joy that feeling brings. Love gives joy. We love ‘love’ because it gives us such intoxicating happiness. So love is not the ultimate; the ultimate is bliss. God is Sat-Chit-Ananda, ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss. We, as soul, are individualized Sat-Chit-Ananda. True love is Divine, and Divine love is joy,” explained Paramahansa Yoganada.

“Devotion is a way of transforming your emotion from negativity to pleasantness. Just see, people who have fall in love do not care about what is happening in the world. The way they are, you think they are unrealistic. It is just that they have made their emotions pleasant, so their life is beautiful. That is the state of a devotee.” says Sadhguru.

Devi Ma with Sadhguru in 2018 when she offered him her riveting and acclaimed book, Becoming the Light: Realize Your True Enlightened Nature.

Thus bhakti yoga brings us back home, healing us from the illusion of separation from the Source. Experiencing Divine love is finding and experiencing our Creator, and is accessible to everyone. Then our ephemeral journey on earth becomes more beautiful,  more meaningful as the entire universe belongs to us and we belong to the each other. An blossomed heart is the path to the ultimate truth– transforming us to an expanded consciousness. We may not have control over wars, natural disasters and the economy, but we have the will to open up our heart to seek this ultimate transcendental and transformational love, finding our ultimate genuine nature and allowing the light to permeate our actions. It is our foremost responsibility. When we become aware of the intensity of our longing for the Source and invoke the Divine within, our cry is heard. Expressing devotional love helped my being liberate my imprisoned heart.

There is profound humility in surrendering, in abandoning oneself completely. In that surrender an inexplicable sense of serenity and bliss exudes from within. That presence is the Source shining forth. We can live with an ever expanding consciousness, or as a slave to our compulsiveness and early conditioned training and life accumulations. The choice is ours. The essence of wisdom is always timeless, universal and expansive. There is only one truth, one Source of creation manifesting in billions of different forms. What we call “God” is always within us. We are all interconnected. At the very core, we are a unique expression and manifestation of the Divine, a microscopic mirror of the macroscopic existential phenomena. Through the transformative power of yoga, the beauty of our ultimate nature shines through. Feeling a sense of belonging is a portal to knowing our ultimate being, realizing there is only One. Belonging is vital for reconnecting with the Divine within us.

The only boundary between our mastery and our dreams is us. That conditioned and brained-washed personality we do accumulate over the decades can cause the most intense misery and sufferings. When we are in a state of Divine love, physical boundaries melt away. We expand and stretch that love to all living beings . . . to infinity. Even power is an illusion. Our ultimate nature is naturally powerful because of its true Divine essence. Only within the depth of our inner shrine can we know and experience the truth. Genuine healing emerges from our expanding consciousness, and it transforms our being. The more our consciousness expands, the more we blossom. Divine love brings us back home, healing us from the illusion of separation from the Source. Our ephemeral journey on earth becomes richer, more beautiful, more meaningful as the universe belongs to us. Like a bamboo in a hurricane, we bend with resiliency, strength, grace and dignity without breaking. As long as there is a split between two entities, we will experience duality, exclusiveness, and hierarchy. There is only ONE!

Until we desperately long to know and seek the truth, it will never be revealed to a believer, only to a seeker. Listening is hearing with our heart, our spirit. Every particle of our being must be engaged. Every form has a unique sound, yet this whole creation is chanting a universal song. Have you heard its melody calling, vibrating within you yet?

From untruth to truth, darkness to light, ignorance to enlightenment, this has been my journey. In vain I had been seeking every corner of this earth, looking into every place of worship until one day I woke up in a valley of rose petals… experiencing thee in the shrine of my heart, resting in my sacred temple.

Shree Devi Mayi Ma

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The secret of the Ancient Tradition of YOGA

 The Great Blessing of Yoga – Celebration The Ultimate Union!

 

Inner beauty is realizing and experiencing the oneness of existence, that is yoga. The purpose of being on the spiritual path is to awaken your ultimate nature, and experience the oneness of existence in all living beings. That is to be in union with the Creator….God, by whatever word we choose to call this supreme Absolute intelligent consciousness. This rich ancient science of yoga always leads to expansion, boundlessness, oneness and liberation no matter what is your background, identifications, and life accumulations. Yoga is not based on any blind belief system, doctrine, or dogma. It is not a religion. Yoga is simply the science of experiencing the whole of existence as one by breaking all the boundaries of ignorance. It is the science of inner well being, of self-realization and intoxicating bliss. Any persistent and genuine seeker can experience the Divine presence within. Don’t seek outside. Within your body temple, within the shrine of your heart is the Supreme lover. Realize that you are the wave of the ocean of pure consciousness and Divine love. That is enlightenment by breaking all the boundaries of ignorance.

The Sanskrit word “yoga” literally means “yoke,” to unite. This union aims to dissolve, liberate, and unite oneself with the pure consciousness ( Nirgun Brahma) often referred to as the Source, the Self, the Absolute, God, Brahma, Creator, Divine Mother, or hundreds of other names. I love to refer to our Creator as the Divine Mother. When the rishis (ancient sages) talked about moksha (or mukthi) or Nirvana, the ultimate fruit of yoga, they referred to liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth, pain, and suffering in the physical realm.

Yoga is the science of union and the knowledge of the spine (related to the “kundalini” knowledge). So yoga is the union with the Divine in all its forms. Figuratively speaking, we can be in a state of yoga in every moment of our lives as we inhale and exhale mindfully. Becoming aware of your conscious breathing (with the help of subtle yet effective mindfulness tools and techniques) is realizing and experiencing that you are breathing in the Divine. Scientists affirm that everything is made of the same energy manifesting and expanding in billions of different forms. This energy is prana, the infinite, omnipresent and vital life-force that animates every living, sentient being and the universe. The cosmos is overflowing with it. Prana from Sanskrit can be translated as vibration, movement, or even motion and life-force energy. For this reason, pranayama (various types of yogic breathing techniques) extends beyond the control of breath; it is the grand portal to higher stages of consciousness, the universe, truth, and what we call God or Creator, the Source. Pranayama opens the door to endless divine power and infinite possibilities. Controlling this life-force energy is the sole purpose of pranayama. Sincere seekers have to be initiated by a genuine satguru to experience, learn, and practice the ancient art of pranayama. The higher we vibrate with prana, the more inner power we emanate.

Today we are witnessing a renaissance of this tradition, with yoga studios everywhere. Yet this trend is far from the genuine ancient and authentic yoga taught by the rishis for God-realization and liberation. Unfortunately, in the Western hemisphere many people still think of yoga as twisting one’s body into some kind of knot. Yoga goes far beyond exercise. It is an extremely rich and powerful spiritual path that involves body, mind, and spirit. As the revered sage Patanjali expounded in the yoga sutras thousands of years ago, hatha yoga prepares one’s body and mind for deep meditation.

This fascinating and ancient science of yoga is not a religion or a phi- losophy. Yoga does not fall into any category of an “ism.” Faith is not a requirement. You will still get many benefits even if you don’t believe in it. Yoga is a science. Anyone can test it and see the proof by having direct experiences with the Divine. A spirit of inquisitiveness, awareness, consciousness, patience, perseverance, diligent and discipline is required to thrive on the yogic path. If you have a longing and devotion for knowing the truth, success will surely come. In the Yoga tradition, the satguru is regarded as the highest embodiment of the Divine. It is with the grace and guidance of this true and genuine master that one reaches the highest state of ecstasy and liberation.

Yoga was brought from India by the popular pioneer and yogi, Swami Vivekananda, one of the most revered yogis and spiritual masters of the nineteenth century, a close devotee of the highly reputable and well- known mystic, saint, and enlightened master Paramahansa Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda introduced yoga to the West when he came to Amer- ica in 1893. He represented India as a delegate at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. That day brought a great boon to the Western hemi- sphere. Thereafter, Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private classes and lectures disseminating yoga in America and in Europe.

A few decades later, Paramahansa Yogananda set foot on American soil and went on to disseminate the knowledge of yoga in the West, especially “kriya” yoga, the yoga of mastering energy.

According to the ancient rishis and Sadhguru a phenomenal being of light, the Adiyogi (also known as the Adiguru) was the first yogi and supreme guru. He appeared more than ten thousand years ago in the upper region of the Himalayas at Mount Kailash and transmitted the science of yoga and the power of self-realization and liberation to the first seven mystical sages (rishis) to help expand and transform human consciousness to a higher state of vibration. Predating all religious traditions, these seven rishis, known as the Saptarishis, spread yoga over Mother Earth. In the Yoga tradition, the personal form of “Shiva” is revered as the Adiyogi and guru, from which the lineage of gurus descended.

Over the centuries, yoga spread and infiltrated into many different traditions, and new branches of yoga developed. By the grace of the Adiguru, today six major yoga branches have emerged: Hatha yoga (forceful) is the most familiar branch to Westerners; Bhakti (devotion-love); Jnana (right knowledge); Raja (royal), in which Kriya yoga falls; Karma (selfless action); and Tantra (continuity) remains to be explored by many millions of seekers. “Kriya” from Sanskrit means “completed action,” and the ultimate action of kriya yoga is to transform and master the energy. The words yogi (male) and yogini (female) designate those who experience the oneness of this phenomenal existence.

Spirituality means experiencing existence beyond the physical dimension of reality. Most people are trapped and limited within their five senses. As long as we continue to identify ourselves with the physical realm, we will remain caught in its boundaries. This creates the illusion of separation. As Jesus Christ said, “We are in this world, but not of it.” The subtler our being is, the more expansive and freer we become. In this altered state of consciousness, the individual can transcend and go beyond boundaries. Yoga is all about enhancing our perceptions to experience and see things as they are. Ultimately the journey on the spiritual path is to move from the grossest to the subtlest, where boundaries are crossed—from bondage to freedom.

Scientists affirm that everything is made of the same energy manifesting and expanding in billions of different forms. This energy is prana, the infinite, omnipresent and vital life-force that animates every living, sentient being and the universe. The cosmos is overflowing with it. Prana from Sanskrit can be translated as vibration, movement, or even motion and life-force energy. For this reason, pranayama (various types of yogic breathing techniques) extends beyond the control of breath; it is the grand portal to higher stages of consciousness, the universe, truth, and what we call God or Creator, the Source. Pranayama opens the door to endless divine power and infinite possibilities. Controlling this life-force energy is the sole purpose of pranayama.

Enlightenment is boundless within like the wind in the blue sky. Everyone can enjoy and benefit from her/his intoxicating fragrance. You need only be receptive and open to feel it. Self-realization is realizing there is no individual self. There is only One infinite being. Everything in the cosmos is interconnected like a spider web of pure consciousness.

True bliss emerged from the realm of the Anandamaya kosha (bliss body in the subtle body). One of the greatest blessings a sincere seeker may experience in his or her lifetime is the eternal and direct experience of his/her true natural state of enlightenment. Essentially, sat chit ananda is the ultimate grace that can be bestowed upon a human being. No matter what the conditions, when an individual is experiencing sat chit ananda, he or she remains firmly rooted in his/her divinity. My direct experience of sat chit ananda is what I often call and experience as intense Divine Love—exactly what the legendary ascended master Paramahansa Yogananda talked about.

The fire of mindfulness is the greatest alchemist’s wand for being home in this existential moment. Blissfulness, serenity and joy happen in this  eternal moment and experiencing God- that Divine presence within. The more awakened, the more you experience the oneness of this precious existence, and become one with the Supreme Divine Lover. And the more universal responsibility we have toward all living beings’ well-being and happiness. Ultimately it is all the same energy and supreme intelligent consciousness.

In Divine love, Jai Maha Devi!  Shree Devi Mayi Ma

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