6 resolutions for rapid progress in sadhana
Guru Poonam is the festival that aims to elevate Sadhakas to the next higher levels of spiritual progress. Here’s a new lesson for this Guru Poonam. First resolution: You must be waking up during the Brahma Muhurta. If you don’t, resolve on this day, “I will wake up in the Brahma Muhurta every morning.” Brahma Muhurta begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before sunrise. So, even if you wake up 2 hours, an hour and a half or even an hour before sunrise, you wake up in the Brahma Muhurta itself. Waking up at this time brings good fortune, promotes health, gives a longer life and saves one forever from being born in lower life forms.
Second resolution: Sit for meditation, devotional practices and Sadhana facing east or north. This enables the Sadhaka to get the help of divine vibes.
Third resolution: When you do Japa, a kind of bio-electric energy is generated in your body. Thus, whenever one does any sort of prayer or meditation one must do it while sitting on an Asana (a piece of mat) made of a material which is a non-conductor of electricity (woollen cloth) so that this energy doesn’t get earthed. This Asana should be long enough so that when you feel tired you can stretch your body and then relax completely and lie down in Shavasana for 2-4 minutes. The prayer room should be isolated and no worldly activity should be done in it so that the room remains charged with vibes of Sadhana and devotional practices. Make it a Sadhana temple from where you can directly talk to Guru or Paramatman,as you would talk to a friend over the phone, whenever you face some adversity or want to consult your Guru. If possible, place fresh flowers at times in this room: A pious smell is nourishing. It will nourish the neurones. Perfumes etc. excite your passion, but flowers and Tulsi are wholesome.
Fourth resolution: Promise me. Starting today, I will regularly do the Tribandha Pranayama (Pranayama done with three Bandhas:Moola,Jalandhara and Uddiyana). Those who do 3, should increase it to 4-5 and more to gradually reach 10. (People suffering from some disease affecting their heart, lungs etc. should consult a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician) before doing Pranayama).
Fifth resolution: While doing Sadhana, whenever you get an opportunity, the tongue should be stuck to the palate or its tip should be kept in touch with the root of the teeth. This will protect you against falling a victim to the influence of just anybody. So, if the uninitiated (those without a Guru) are influenced by you, they will be benefited; whereas, if you are influenced by them, you will suffer losses. My followers shouldn’t get adversely influenced by the uninitiated. I would rather say that they shouldn’t come under the influence of even other initiated people. Affixing the tongue to the palate helps in this direction. The biggest foe of humans is the covetousness for pleasure and the fear of sorrows. Despite knowing some act to be wrong, we end up doing it induced by this covetousness; and consequently have to pay dearly for the same. If you wish to ward off the fear of sorrow, then whenever you come under its influence or get chastised by someone, simply affix your tongue to the palate.I will relate an old incident. I went to meet a fellow saint in Mount Abu. He said,“Maharaj ji, There are lions here that grab and hunt monkeys at night.” I said, “But monkeys live on trees, whilst the lions move on the ground. How do they grab them?” “When the lion roars, the monkeys tremble with fear and fall off the trees. They are then grabbed by the lions.” Thus fear is bad for any creature. So, whenever you go for an interview or talk to your boss or face some challenge, if you are overcome by fear you will fail. Remember to affix your tongue to the palate. Then you won’t be influenced by them, instead you will influence them positively and get selected. Sticking the tongue to the palate (more scientifically fold the tongue upward and backward so that the lower surface lies in contact with the upper palate) is called Khechari Mudra. It has other benefits as well and also helps with concentration.
Sixth resolution: Whenever you are sitting free, just start counting your breaths. While inhaling, mentally say ‘Om’ or ‘Rama’; and while exhaling, count the breath (1). Again while inhaling say ‘Arogya’, and count further (2) as you exhale. Thus, if you develop the habit of counting up to 108 breaths every day, then success, health and happiness will become your personal property. And who doesn’t want success, health and happiness? Everyone desires for them. This technique is being imparted as Prasada to benefit those who are initiated with Guru-mantra. Those who aren’t, but practise it on hearing about its benefits will also uplift themselves based on their respective abilities. The initiated who receive it as Prasada will also have the grace of Guru and God backing them.