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Ma Ganga sunrise


We are now taking registration for
The 2012 Pilgrimage to The Himalayas with Panditji.
With the last minute cancelation of the 2011 tour
we are sure this coming years group will fill up quickly!
Kindly send us an email at info@himalayanmeditation.com
if you are thinking, dreaming, planing or asking about going....

Below are twos short video on you tube of our 2008 and 2010 Pilgrimage groups for some more information of the beautiful places you may see.
Click Here to be redirected to You Tube's 2008 Video
AND click here for the 2010 Video
We recommend watching both for a True idea of what a pilgrimage can offer.
The first video is more photogenic and the second video is more the essence of Love and transformation that a Pilgrimage in these sacred places offers.
 
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Pandit in Hotel in Badrinath


Why do we forgot our past death and life and lessons?
The samskaras. The moment you are born you are covered with many sheaths, many black blankets of the Karma. You are born with the Karmas and so we are not pure. We have the chain of samskaras.. and we forget by the nature or rule that we must forget the past.. otherwise it would be Chaos in the world. The teachings are not to live in the past, live in the present. Then, make your future brighter by things in the present moment. It is a good thing that we forget. Philosophically, because of ignorance, Avidyā, we forget the past. What purpose would it serve if you were to know that you were a multimillionaire in past life.. so what.. or you were a King.. or any example.. so put yourself into that situation and think how will that serve. Or I was related to this person, or I was with you.. how does that serve this time, I do not know. But then again human beings are such that we are constantly justifying ourself to not feel guilty. That what we are doing is right or wrong because it is coming either the heart or mind and supported by either logic or feeling. One has to be very careful there I think… that is why we think we want to know.. to justify our actions in this lifetime.

Is it possible to believe that at one point we started with No Karma?
Probably.. that is a difficult to answer.. but yes I think when creation began we started with no Karma.. As the scriptures and the sages say - the creation, by the mind born, and the thought, and the being came into existence.. so possibly we started with no existence. That question is not easy to answer because if we started without Karma then.. where were we before? or how? and it is simply answered in many texts, this is the leela that just creates.. (leela - God's divine play.)

At the point when you burn through or have dealt with all your Karma then you are enlightened?
Yes you are enlightened or you are not bound by all the Karma. That is what enlightenment means. You are not any more in the principal of the Karma, you are free. Then you can choose to be reborn or choose not to be reborn. Free from Karma means you are no longer bound to be in the world you have emerged yourself with the Bhraman. But there again there is also a choice because the knower of Bhraman becomes Bhraman so then you have choice. If an enlightened soul comes back it only comes back for a pure reason, it comes back to help lead others out of their suffering. It is Absolutely the only reason they would come back, out of compassion of their heart to help others.

Is the true self emotionless?
Self is ever free, ever pure, ever wise, thats the simple answer. Ever free means it can not be deluded or affected by emotions or attachments or anger. Ever pure because it can not be affected by any Karma, it is never bound, so you can not ever put any stain on it or contaminate it. And Ever Wise, the Self knows the self. Its a complete knowledge and a complete realization. So self can not be emotionally attached.. emotions are from our emotional state of our being, which is before the self.. emotion can not affect the atman, you rise above all, one self realized is no longer thrown into the roller coaster of emotion. When ever the emotional state changes our feelings change and is not permanent but self never changes. It is the abode of Ananda so we are always feeling joy and bliss in the Self. That is why the Yoga texts suggests and advise going to the permeant. Once you reach there you will be forever sane because the waves of your mind never change.

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Panditji in Italy

Part three of an interview Panditji gave August 2011

As you see the Westernization of India.. what positive and negatives do you see happening?
Westernization of India has a lot of positive and lots of negative. Positives are that yes, people have access, the world has become smaller. They have much more information because the technology is vastly available through internet and television etc. Everyone has much more access to the Western culture and India has grown through that information and that access and this is a very good thing. Like, I came to the west and broadened my vision and understanding, so India has done the same and grown immensely by understanding and seeing very closely the western system or culture and adopted many good things.
However, the part that is not nice or negative - many Indians are somehow adopting westernization and forgetting their own culture. They are trying to become Westerners rather then 'Indians'. So from that point of view, a lot of culture, a lot of ethics, a lot of principals have been diluted. You can clearly see, in big cities, how people dress and act and how most people speak English now and less and less their own mother tongue. It has become a fashion, or a status if you look westernized, if you speak english, you think that you are 'somebody' rather then if you are wearing indian clothes, or speaking your own language. But everywhere, no matter if you are west or east.. wherever there is positive, there is negative too. They both exists at the same time. It is then that you have to really use your mind and your wisdom not to touch or take the negative things and only to take the positive. That's where Swami Rama's message is needed.. when he came here and built all these organizations - Himalayan Institutes of Yoga science, he said he wants to build the bridge. That was his Guru's message to him. "Go to the West and Build a bridge between the East and West. The West has a lot to offer to East and the East has a lot to offer to the West. So, build so that there can be a well balanced bridge of all the good qualities of the two. "
As humans we receive information from our minds, and we get information from our hearts.. how do we distinguish what is the Truth.. to trust the heart or the mind?
It is difficult to know what is the truth anyways.. whether it comes from the heart or from the mind. What ever comes from the heart is based on feelings and your experience. What ever comes from the mind is more rational and logical. So both can be true and both can be not true because even in a logical answer, your emotions are involved and even in an emotional situation that comes from the heart the mind may bring a small bit of logic. If ones selfish notions are involved then 'it' may not be true.. and same with the logic. You can justify a logic that suites you and then thereby you can say- yes this is the right thing. So it is very difficult to know. It could be that they are both true, or it could be that they are both negative. So it is difficult to say one way or the other which one is right and which one is wrong.
Pure intensions - That comes from the heart - would be right.
A logic that is based on a broad understanding and not limited to ones own justification, then it would be right decision or opinion.
What is life?
Life is a journey that one is born into to refine, to learn, to understand and to grow into the completeness. Life is a journey to understand why I am not complete and what can i do to become complete.