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Short Stories {1} ~ River Ganges Insanity

Washing off the days reminants within the womb of the River Ganges, in the ancient lands of India, a young lady named Anadi, combed through her dark black locks wishing she had fulfilled her guru’s daily tasks. Worried reverberations tensed her worn out body.

Anadi’s guru had instructed her to contemplate by the serene waters edge on the concept of enlightenment. She was trembling at the thought of going insane. Throughout her journey on the path of enlightenment she had visions of past lives, angelic beings, prophetic dreams and doubted herself, were these visions true or a figment of her mind turning her insane?

Observing the river’s candles lit each night floating along the river, Anadi realised in her mind “for the mystic swims in the same waters as the insane.”

Guruji initiated her, “you have understood the point.” Painting an orange hue on her third eye she became one of Guruji’s enlightened deciples.

“Yes,” Anadi proclaimed.

Anadi was no longer afraid of turning insane, she realised that insanity and sanity are part of the duality of this dualistic world. By using her mind towards the creator, and only him, she would return to sanity through the insanity she was so worried of.

As she lit her candle, with empowering energy flowing throughout her physical vehicle, silently whispering a prayer her body aroused from the dream of the dream she was living in. In the hypnotic state she was in upon waking, she had met her dead guru in her dream reassuring her she was not going crazy.

That very young morning, when everyone was asleep and the birds were churping their morning symphony she said her daily blessings by the river Ganges. “For I am sane in an insane world” she echoed through the nearby caves.

“I have travelled through madness to find me,” she screamed.

Madness is somewhere between chaos and having a dream. Anadi made sense of the dream by plunging into it and moving with the dance. For those who did not hear the music, those dancing were deemed insane.

And the world kept on spinning and weaving it’s cosmic web…

~DiosRaw 28/03/21

~Pratyaya~

Pratyaya is a Sanskrit term that can refer to several concepts, but in yoga, it typically refers to the contents of the mind – a single thought, a person’s basic tendencies or an object of focus in meditation. It can also refer to a person’s conscious impressions or internal seeds that do not disappear, even in the blissful state of samadhi.

In Buddhism, the concept of pratyaya refers to the causes, particularly of mental activity, and is divided into four types: hetu-pratyaya (direct cause), samanantara-pratyaya (immediately preceding cause), alambana-pratyaya (object as a cause) and adhipati-pratyaya (superior cause).

~Expansion~

Expansion is a concept in yoga that describes both physical and spiritual growth. During the physical practice of yoga, the lungs expand through the breath, allowing vital life-force energy to flow through the body. In turn, yoga poses help the yogi grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

It is on the spiritual level, though, that expansion is most significant. On this level, it means letting go of unconscious contraction, thereby allowing the yogi to be present and aware.

~Linga Sharira~

Linga sharira is the subtle body within Hinduism’s three-body philosophy. From Sanskrit, linga translates to “reason,” “characteristic” or “conclusion,” and sharira means “body.” This body is considered to contain all vital functions and keeps the physical (gross) body alive. It is believed to exist after an individual dies and operate as a medium for reincarnation.

Within a spiritual practice, yogis seek to balance the three bodies through pranayama, meditation and asana.

~Dan Tien~

Dan tien roughly translates as “energy center” or “sea of qi,” where qi is the life force energy. They are areas of the body that are the focus of spiritual energy. Dan tien are an important concept in Taoism and Chinese medicine, and also feature in practices such as qigong, reiki and martial arts. Descriptions in literature of the dan tien date back to the 3rd century C.E.

Many meditative, spiritual and physical practices guide the yogi to focus on the dan tien. To act in a way guided by the dan tien is associated with higher levels of awareness, or samadhi.

~The Sakta Agamas~

The Sakta Agamas are a series of texts that cover various theoretical and practical aspects of life and worship for Hindus who follow Saktism, which believes in Sakti (Shakti) as the supreme deity. The Sakta Agamas are more commonly referred to as the Sakta Tantras.

The other two main categories of agamas are the Vaisnava Agamas (Vaishnavism) and the Saiva Agamas (Saivism). Each agama is composed of four paths or parts (padas): jnana (knowledge), yoga, kriyas (rituals) and charyas (worship).

~Samana Vayu~

Samana vayu (known as “balancing air” in English) is one of the five vayus that make up prana. Samana vayu is believed to exist in the abdomen with the navel as its energy base and oversees the digestion of everything from food to thoughts.

Balancing the samana vayu while practicing yoga poses not only promotes physical strength, but also helps the practitioner move closer to their spiritual aspirations.

~Sahaj Samadhi~

Sahaj samadhi is a type of samadhi, or “deep spiritual bliss,” which yogis believe to be their natural state. Many consider sahaj samadhi to be the highest, or the most complete level of samadhi. It is said to be unconditioned, non-dualistic and uncontrived; and, as a state, it is always accessible to the wise and those who have burned their past karma.

Sahaj means “natural” or “effortless.” As such, sahaj samadhi can also refer to a type of meditation practice that yogis consider to be a natural and effortless system of meditation.

~Tilak~

Tilak is a mark typically worn on the forehead by Hindus. It is a protective mark as well as a sign that shows religious affiliation.

There are different types of tilak in different sects of Hinduism. In the Vaishnava tradition, the tilak is called urdhva pundra and is usually made of sandalwood paste, clay or vermilion and applied as two lines that form a “U” shape, with a third vertical line in the middle. Saivites usually use a sacred ash, called vibhuti, and apply the tilak as three horizontal lines on the forehead, with a red dot at the center. This tilak is called tripundra. The devotees of Shakti and Devi use red turmeric powder, called kumkum, and draw only one vertical line or dot.

~Bhuvana~

Bhuvana is an ancient Sanskrit word and name that has important meanings in yogic philosophy and Hinduism. It comes from the root word, bhuvan, which literally translated means “earth,” “world” or “home.” However, the appropriate interpretation of bhuvana depends on the context. In different situations, bhuvana can refer to “mankind,” “living creature” and even “water.”

Both of these contextual meanings of bhuvana have multiple references in scripture and the teachings of Hinduism and yogic philosophy.