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The Himalayan Yoga Meditation Centre
This blog is dedicated to Yoga Meditation
in the Tradition of H. H. Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas.
Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral, Ph.D is the Spiritual Director of
The Himalayan Yoga Meditation Centre in Calgary.
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Milarepa

 

A few days after that Marpa took Milarepa to another spot and told him to build a four-angled building there, 9 stories high with an ornamental upper part forming a tenth story. Milarepa asked that Marpa's wife came to be witness to his words, and she did, saying, "of course I can stand as witness; but the guru will not pay any attention to us. Besides, he is doing an altogether needless thing. Besides, this site is not ours by right." Her husband said, "Merely do what you are asked to do, to stand witness and then get away home. You don't need to raise questions no one asked you to raise."

See if there was not a secret plan

Others who witnessed the building project, said, "It seems as if Marpa really means to build on this spur."

Still others said, "He has got hold of a novice from the Highlands, one with a mania for building, and he keeps the poor young man busy all the time building houses of unapproved patterns on every ridge, spur, and knoll round here. Then, when the building is half finished, he gets the young man to pull it all down again and carry the materials back to where they came from. Let us wait and see."

But the house was not pulled down this time, and Marpa's relatives said, "The pulling down of the others was only a feint to mislead us, and prevent our objecting at the onset. Let us pull it down now!"

 

 
 

 

 
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A disciple of Marpa, Milarepa is a famous saint in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. His story is one of sincere devotion and unfailing Faith in Guru and his desire for enlightenment is an inspiration for many on the path of Self- Realization.

Building houses as a futile undertaking

Milarepa wept bitterly. But next morning Marpa came to him and gave him another task instead. Milarepa was to build a house for one of Marpa's sons. But after Milarepa had built half of it, Marpa came and asked him to tear it down and take back the stones and the earth used in the building, to the place he had taken them from.

Now the lama, who looked intoxicated, took Milarepa to a ridge and ordered him to build another house there, and described once again how he wanted it built. But when Milarepa has built half the house, Marpa came to him while he was working and said that even that house would not do, and that Milarepa must restore the clay and the stones to the places he had taken them from. Milarepa obeyed.

For the third time Marpa took him to a ridge and asked him to build him a really nice house there. Milarepa entreated him to consider matters well this time and only then to give him the orders.

Marpa: "I have thought well over the matter."

So Milarepa started to build a triangular-shaped house, as directed, but when he had built one third of it, Marpa came down and said, "Who gave you the order to build a house like this? See that you demolish it and do as bidden with the materials."

By this time Milarepa was much grieved. He had a big sore on his back, but kept his misery to himself, not daring to tell the lama and his wife about his condition. That motherly lady said to her husband, "Your useless building undertakings are only wearing out the poor youth's life. Marpa then agreed to impart four formulas to Milarepa.

 
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Swarupa- Our True Nature

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Yoga is meant to be uplifting ourselves from wherever we are - uplifting all aspects of our being so that we know ourselves. So that we may improve every aspect of ourselves and enter into our real nature.

 

Anything else that is done, it is part of preparation. The aim of Yoga is that you will know yourself. What do you mean by that? That simply means that human beings, all of us, we do not know our real nature and the practice of yoga is undertaken so that we know our real,  true nature, as it is explained in Yoga.

Swarupa:  Swa- your own. Rupa means your form or your nature. Rupa- this is what we see in front of the mirror and what others see. It is not the true form. Our true form never changes because it is ever free, ever pure, ever wise. Unchangeable. Anything that changes, it is not the real form. Because today this is real and tomorrow something else is real. So how would I trust which one is real? We are constantly changing - a change is happening at every micro-second. Something that will change is known as Samsara- the world. Or Jagatjagat means that which moves. Everybody is moving; we are a moving principle. Therefore, there is jagat or samsara in me. In all of us. And there is a samsara without or outside of me. Both are changing, inside and out. So that which changes today is this way. Tomorrow it is another way. It is not true.

 

 That is why yoga says your Swarupa, your own nature, it never changes. It is identical. Amazing thing! It is identical.  Your nature, my nature – True Nature – we are talking about. We are not talking about the persona based, personality based nature. That, of course, is different because each one of us has a different mind.

 So the True nature is identical…..Yoga is after THAT nature. And another unique and amazing thing is that this True nature and the nature of God are one and the same.

This is so beautiful.

 That should be a great reason - that should be enough excuse for Ultimate Inspiration.

 

 
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Image taken in Shivaratri celebrations at SRSG 2012
Is the desire for enlightenment or self realization just another attachment?

Yes, it is a kind of a desire, but it is a higher desire. its a desire that is more pure and much more.. its not associated with the negative emotions. so yes it is a desire..and one reaches there they leave that desire because they are already there. Desire is such a higher desire, so those are very pure, higher elevated desires.

Non possessives.. how does saving and setting aside for the future play into the 8 llimbs of Apryagrya and surrender and faith?

Apraygra is that you are freeing yourself by practicing this principle so that you don't accumulate and don't get attached. Because attachment is the cause of sorrow pain and misery. So you don't want to get into pain misery and sorrow you start to practice this idea.. Slowly.. to anything and everything .. slowly..
Don't give up what is necessary to start… and then slowly slowly you will start cutting that down. Like if i have 10 pairs of pants.. do i really need ten pairs? I could probably survive nicely with seven. So if one is practicing non possessiveness then one gives away 3 pairs. Then slowly slowly, do i really need 7, I could do well with 5.. and then gives away two. And slowly you minimize and minimize..
So if we are planing for the future, and putting away money.. does this mean we are lacking in Faith and surrender that we will be provided with all we need? Yes, this question has both a practical approach and also a philosophical approach. The practical approach, if you are still not totally sure, and not completely able to surrender, then yes, you do need to save for the future and have that peace from being practical. But one who has totally surrendered then yes, they never doubt that surrender even. then it is ok. Then with that surrender the consequences are as such that even if they are painful, one doesn't feel pain. It is makes his or her commitment or surrender even stronger. But if you still have doubt then yes, be practical and save.

So then doubt would be attachment?

It may not be attachment, but you get attached later… it may be that you are just being very practical and wise in the beginning, but if you get attached by worrying what if, what if, oh the shares are down, oh i should have sold my gold, oh i lost money.. Then you have attachment and worry and pain from this attachment. If for the future you were wise and bought gold because it was there then if it goes up and down or changes you will not worry.. when the time comes and you need to sell that gold, whatever the value will be will be the value… rather then worrying each day what will happen. So stress and Dis-ease could be strongly reduced or eliminated by practicing non attachment? Absolutely, thats why they say disease.. so you dis-ease… so be More at ease. Disease. and Dis- ease.. there is a close relationship.. you are not at ease that's why there is a disease.

Yes, but getting back to the question.. you can accumulate what ever it is you want.. but what they are saying is.. don't be attached to it. It simply means, i that with which you have is taken away from you, it should not create pain. That is what non attachment.
 
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Ahymsa, if your truth will cause violence in someone else.. is it a violent act to tell them?
Yes, there is a verse - Speak the Truth, but do not speak unpleasant truth.
If it's a truth that may hurt somebody else, then remain quiet. Don't say it so you are saving yourself from not lying.
The philosophy is, if a lie would benefit someone else then that lie is not a lie, because it is said or done for the benefit of somebody.
The principal of ahymsa is very unique in that the definition of Ahymsa changes depending on where and how you are applying it. It needs a lot of wisdom first to understand what it means and then more wisdom to understand how and where you would use the same ahymsa. If your actions are such that are hurting others, then from a ahymsa point of view those actions are violent actions. If not to do them would be hurting yourself, then that would be violence to yourself then one has to go deep into contemplation of what to do. If you doing it will hurt the other, and to not do it will hurt yourself, then one needs to find the middle path. That is why I am saying Ahymsa is such a principal that is very difficult a lot of the time. The degree, the who, the how, all depend. There is a small story of a hunter that shoots a deer and then he is running after the deer and he sees the deer go inside a Sages cottage. So the hunter went inside and said, did you see my dear that I just shot. The sage says, the one who sees can not speak and the one who speaks can not see. Which means, yes, my eyes saw, but my eyes are unable to say. My mouth is able to speak but it has no eyes. The sage did not tell because he wanted to save the dear, and at the same time did not lie. So this is the practicality of the teachings. It is a very vast and it takes a lot of time and you can't understand it just by definition You have to look at yourself and look at the other and come into the common ground of how far you can save yourself from nonviolence and save the other. It takes a lot of wisdom. Like in Ghandi's case he was absolutely against violence but then he was sending people and they were being shot and beaten by the British.. was it right or was it wrong.. one has to really think what exactly he was trying to do. So this question can not be understood in a plain manner and also can not be answered with the simple word - non violence. What is non violence to you, and where are you applying it, and Then what is the result or consequence of the action.. all these things one needs to contemplate.

Is their difference between Focusing on the Breath and Mantra Meditation?
Yes, they are two different techniques. Focusing on the breath is the preparation part before focusing on the mantra which takes you deeper into a higher level and is when the meditation begins. Meditation is from the mind, so mantra is from the mind, or of the mind or by the mind. Breath is not. They are different stages of meditation. The focus on the breath is the beginning stage, and then going into the mantra recitation, and then no mantra and then going into your being an doing nothing.

Is there a 'best' kind of meditation?
The best kind of meditation is when you have reached or obtained total stillness of the body breath & the mind. There is nothing even in the mind, only an awareness of your being. This is the best. This is a stage of meditation.. there is more to meditation, do not limit yourself.. each state or stage is part of meditation and is still meditation, but the final stage is when you are free from all distractions & disturbances.. you are there in totality of being aware of yourself.