Friday, May 24, 2019

Truly ...


AMMA and Astrology...

Devotee: It is said that one’s horoscope cannot be changed. Is that true, Mother?

MOTHER: What is said in astrology is the result of the actions performed in the past. The fruit of actions can be obstructed through other actions, such as actions dedicated to God.
A stone which is thrown upwards can be caught before it falls down. Likewise, the course of the fruit of actions (karma phala) can be changed before fructifying. A horoscope will give way before God’s Will (sankalpa). It may show in one’s horoscope that he will marry.
But the horoscope will change if he does spiritual practices and happens to have satsang (the company of sages) at a young age. Thus he might be able to become a sannyasin.
It will certainly change, provided there is a good spiritual disposition and satsang. 
Self-effort, including doing spiritual practices such as worship, japa and meditation are indispensable.


Goddess ...

Have no fear of anything is this world, for this world is merely an examination ground for us to learn detachment from pleasure and pain. 
Do not give fear an opportunity to dwell in your mind, for the Goddess dwells in your heart. 
With the greatest faith, always remember Her. 
~Shree Maa


That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Art: Rodrigo Rod


Every time we sit for sadhana, we seek to make the journey through the 5 koshers, or the 5 sheaths of existence.
We go from the Annamaya Kosha (the physical body) to the Pranamaya Kosha (the breath body), to the Manomaya Kosha (the body of mind), to the Vijnanamaya Kosha (the body of wisdom and light) to the Anandamayi Kosha (the body of bliss).
Once we touch Ananda - Pure Bliss - we begin the journey back, filling our wisdom and light with the taste of that bliss. We then take all that bliss, wisdom, and light, and fill our our mind, our Manomaya Kosha. We then use our breath (Pranamaya Kosha) to breath all that light and wisdom into our own bodies and all of manifested existence.

Our 5 sheaths of existence ...

As we practice making the journey through the koshas, the 5 sheaths of existence, we find each one dissolving into its more subtle aspect: Gross perception of the outside world dissolves into breath, which dissolves into thought, which dissolves into the light of wisdom, which dissolves into Bliss! We make this pilgrimage after every time we chant:

From the Annamaya kosha (gross body)
to the Pranamaya kosha (breath body)
to the Manomaya kosha (mind body)
to the Vijnanamaya kosha (wisdom body)
to the Anandamaya kosha (bliss body)