MAUNA YOGA. Iswara Prasadam is what God has in store for us. Come what may, Prasadam is to be accepted as God’s love. Usually after temple puja, vibhuti and ponggal is accepted as prasadha. There is no dwesha – dislike, hatred or aversion towards temple prasadha. This is a message to welcome and accommodate life’s one too many encounters. Every issue or shortcoming is deemed to be within the Grace of Iswara prasadham. There is always a blessing in Prasada even-though there is no immediate result.
Accepting life’s shortcoming and happiness as karma phalam is Saranagathi. Ishvara Pranidhanam means final surrender. This is the attitude that brings about Shanti or peace. In accordance with the Prarabdha of each, the One whose function it is to ordain makes each to act. ‘What will not happen will never happen, whatever effort one may put forth. And what will happen will not fail to happen, however much one may seek to prevent it. This is certain. The part of wisdom therefore is to stay silent’, said Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi.
The purpose of Mauna is defeated if there is any mental debate going on. Maunam as Ishvara-svarupam, the truth of Supreme Brahman proclaimed through silent eloquence, is what is stated, silent eloquence. Even this thought is to be dropped and so is are sunyavadin-nihilist thoughts. There is to be no academic discussion in the mind. That is noise. During silent tapas, thinking about what Sri Krishna, Sankaracharya, Ramana, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Nayanmaars or Alvars or any modern acharya is but noise. You might as well pick up a book and read or write notes. When the yoga is silence, Vedanta or Siddhanta schools or other faiths and gurus are to be dropped. It is yoga of silence not tapas of noise. You don’t need all this except grace of Divinity. You need yourself to be in stillness and not let the mind float away. It is better to be renovated in aloneness than to be in bondage with noise.
MAUNAM SARVATHA SADHAKAM: Silence is the means of all achievements or goals. Maunam karoti - observe silence; maunam karoti - hold one's tongue; maunam eva ucitam - better be quiet; mounam pazyati - observe silence. Remain quiet, remain still, O mind, you will become Divinity.
ANANDA TAPOVANAM. What is nature meditation? Prakriti is rich in colors and sounds. 'Prakriti yoga-nila'i or 'prakriti-tavam' means nature meditation. It is far different from machine-driven mind-stressed life routine. Nature helps in the body mind-senses to work in harmony with Divinity. Natural atmosphere revitalizes basic intelligence and physiology because the senses are engaged with nature, its different colors and sounds. The chirping and singing of birds, the trickling waters of mountain streams, screeching crickets, boasting toads, flapping bats, cool breeze, smell of fresh vegetation, blossoming flowers etc add to life a rhythm of nature not found in urban life.
A deep state of meditation comes about with the least number of people around. It is a solo venture in a green comfortable spot to concentrate more effectively. No-one cares if you are dressed or digambar. There would be no-one to tell you of postures as long as you are comfortable. There are no faces or deities to concentrate on. You are your own deity; it is your own experiment of what suits you best to enjoy the colors and sounds. You can meditation with open or closed eyes.
Your eyelids are not camera shutters to be closed in a second. Let me share some Siddha notes on this. Be seated comfortably. Have a slow count of nine chants, like Hara Hara Mahadeva, Om Namah Shivaya or Om Shakti or any mantra you like. Look straight and roll your eyeballs upwards. It may cause a little pressure in the beginning but you will get used to it. With the eyeball aimed upwards to the maximum, now very very very slowly bring your eyelids down. Reposition your eyes within to look straight and relax in the position. All this should be over with the last ninth chant
MANTRA AND TANTRA! “O Mother ! Neither I know any incantation nor I have any mystical talisman. Why ? I don't know any hymn either. I have no idea how to invoke you or how to meditate on you. Neither I know your story nor your glory, nor I know your various postures nor I am given to weeping in distress. But one thing I know for certain that seeking shelter under your protection, and following your order, is definitely going to end all afflictions” - Na mantram na yantram tadapi cha na jane stutimaho Na chavhanam dhyanam tadapi cha na jane stutikathah I Na Jane mudraste tadapi cha na jane vilapanam Param jane matastvadanusaranam kleshaharanam. Adi Sankaracharya.
Neither do I know how to give, Nor do I know how to meditate, Neither do I know Thantra; Nor do I know stanzas of prayer, Neither do I know how to worship, Nor do I know the art of yoga, So you are my refuge and my only refuge, Bhavani Na Janaami Dhanam, Na cha dhyana yogam, Na janami thathram, na cha sthothra manthram, Na janami poojam, na cha nyasa yogam, Gathisthwam, Gathisthwam thwam ekaa Bhavani Bhavani Astakam, Adi Sankaracharya.