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  • It is so unfortunate that whole Hinduism lost this Upanishad. Buddhism is still able to

  • create more and more enlightened beings just because they held on to that one truth "Zazen".

  • Zazen means just sitting. It is so unfortunate even the priests in the South Indian Temples

  • are standing and doing Pooja. So this idea of sitting is completely lost. Above the Mahakal,

  • if you see all temples will be sitting and doing Pooja. Below Mahakal, all will be standing

  • and doing Pooja. It is unfortunate. You may think "What is there in sitting". You

  • don't know. I tell you. You don't know -- power of sitting. By sitting, sitting,

  • you will learn how to be sitting with aloneness "Rahasistitaha, Aatmanam rahasistitaha".

  • That is why, in Hindu tradition, the highest practice is called Upanishad. The highest

  • preaching is called Upanishad. Even the place where the teaching is transmitted is called

  • seat. Peeta. Understand. So much of importance was given to sitting. I tell you. If you learn

  • sitting, sitting, sitting, you will easily pick-up this sitting with yourself. The Upanishad.

  • If I have my own way, I will really tell all our Ashrams and centers, have furniture and

  • chairs only for the people who cannot sit on the floor. Elders or who are sick or handicapped.

  • Even to all our devotees, I give this as a spiritual instruction. Only when you are not

  • feeling well, when you can't sit on the floor, use furniture. Otherwise even in the

  • house have furniture for the visitors. But when you all guys sit, all you guys sit on

  • the floor. You don't know, this habit of sitting on the floor will slowly help you

  • to sit with yourself. Upanishad.

  • So in 11 days you can catch that Upanishad samyama. In Buddhism they have a very beautiful

  • way. They will just gaze at the wall, facing the wall they will sit and gaze. No thoughts

  • allowed. Just sit.

  • Bodhi dharma sat in Upanishad for 12 years gazing the wall. Now after all, all you guys,

  • Niraharis, you may need to move your head away from the wall may be 3 times a day for

  • juice.

  • I really wanted Hinduism to get back to that truth of Upanishad.

  • It is so sad when I went to Nepal this time, in Katmandu I saw 82 percent Hindu population,

  • only 5 percent budhist population but go in any street, you will find 10 buddhist monks

  • going around. You will not find a single Hindu monk. It is so sad. You guys lost all the

  • spiritual wealth, you inherited. Why do you think your next generation is not becoming

  • monks. Because it was never based on the spiritual inspiration. You can see those Buddhist monks

  • highly educated, cultured working on the spiritual truths. The few hindu monks you will see that's

  • also very few. One or two. Old beggars. In Katmandu, Pasupathinath temple asking for

  • few penny. That's it. I take a vow in the name of Maha Kala and Maha Kali. Just through

  • the akashic readings, inspiring and initiating I will create atleast 100 thousand sadhus,

  • sanyasis. I mean youngsters, celibates living enlightenment and spreading enlightenment.

  • Giving life to the vedic tradition. It is really unfortunate that these great spiritual

  • heritage. In Zen monasteries, Buddhist monasteries, you can see thousands of monks sitting in

  • Zazen for a whole day.

  • Hats off to ISKON movement for making ajapa japa as a life style. They atleast brought

  • that back.

  • But one of the greatest heritage of Hinduism, vedic tradition the Upanishad. Neither gurus

  • talk about it nor disciples practice. The general public do not even have confidence

  • that Upanishad is possible in their life. In Hindiusm if you are a monk, you can't

  • even survive unless you do some social service. I am not against social service. Just now

  • I blessed the people who gave the money. I am going to send this and going to do social

  • service. But that should not replace our mystical explorations. Unfortunately, in Hinduism the

  • mystical exploring has been replaced by running schools, colleges and hospitals.

  • Each person inspired about enlightenment is a diamond. His time and energy should be directed

  • towards achieving the enlightenment and radiating the extraordinary experiences and powers of

  • enlightenment. As a part time, second or third priority he can be doing some social service.

  • Nothing wrong. But it is unfortunate that social service has become a main stream religion.

  • I tell you even social service should be teaching enlightenment.

  • This is the priority list I am giving for my sanyasis. Understand.

  • First: Achieving enlightenment

  • Second: Radiating the extraordinary powers and experiences of enlightenment

  • Third: Social service along with the lines of enlightenment like teaching the science

  • of enlightenment

  • Only 4th : IS doing other social services. Because there are millions of people to do

  • that work

  • Whatever you think as best and you found as best in your life, share that with the world.

  • If you are a seeker, enlightenment is the best thing you found in your life, share that

  • with the world. You will have enlightenment you will give only Anacin, metacin to the

  • people, it is cheating. So the seekers even if you do social service in ordinary sense,

  • you are cheating the world. You are hiding the important thing with you and giving only

  • small things to the world. A seeker should give the science of enlightenment to the world.

  • That is the biggest gift.

  • Let there be spiritual revolution. I give this as a spiritual instruction to all our

  • devotees. If you want to have two children, go for 4 and handover two to the Dhyanapeetam.

  • Bring them up with a spiritual culture from the beginning and reach them to Dhyanapeetam.

  • We need thousands of sanyasis to revive the vedic tradition.

  • People sometime ask me "why don't you adopt all the orphans and bring them up swamiji?".

  • I tell you no, only if the kids grow in the happy family they live as a true sanyasis.

  • Not otherwise. Not otherwise. Otherwise they become cunning, cheats.

  • I know our devotees are the happiest families on the planet earth. The best possible happiest

  • families. There may be some fights one or two days, here and there. Whatever it may

  • be, but best possible. Especially if both of you are connected, husband and wife both

  • are connected means that is the best possible in the kids growing.

  • Only when I remember all these great truths, I feel Oh god, how did we lose this concept

  • of Upanishad when Buddhists are able to retain their zazen. Why Upanishad did not become

  • part of our common man. Go to any poor, poorest villager in Tibet. He will be doing ajapa

  • japa with a rosary. Drivers who drive our vehicles during the Kailash Yatra will be

  • doing ajapa japa with the rosary. When Tibetian Buddhism is able to retain ajapa japa, when

  • Japanese Zen tradition is able to retain Zazen, how did you idiots loose Upanishad. No, really.

  • These are such a beautiful, simple, non-expensive life style based great truths. To experience

  • Upanishad, you don't need to be rich, you don't need any pre conditions. You don't

  • even need a special place. These all life style based truths.

  • Sometimes I feel so much of pain Oh God, how did , why did these fellows lose all these

  • basic truths. I tell you I have been to village to village of India. Only in North India that

  • also in few, only very few parts of North Indian villages, the ajapa japa is retained.

  • Other than that, throughout India nowhere I see this core spiritual concepts are alive.

  • At the most what we know as Hinduism is going to temple once in a while and putting few

  • coins to the priests, putting few flowers on the deity, and showing a camphor and coming

  • off. That's all.

  • The first word you will hear when you want to learn about Hinduism is Upanishad. May

  • be second word. First word will be Vedas and second word will be Upanishad. Sometime Upanishad

  • will be the first word, because Upanishad is the essence of Vedas.

  • Even if you want to jump start learning Hinduism, first thing you will learn is Upanishad. How,

  • how did the main stream Hindus do not even know Upanishad. I tell you guys, main stream

  • Hindus do not even know Upanishad.

  • Unless there is a spiritual revolution, where millions of, not even thousands, millions

  • of youngsters take up the sanyas life and study the spiritual truths day in and day

  • out, start living it, there is no hope for Hinduism. There is no hope for the spiritual

  • tradition. If only millions of youngsters realize this truth, science of enlightenment

  • and bring it to their life and radiate it to others. Only then this great spiritual

  • truths can be revived. Again life can be breathed into these precepts.

  • I lived in so many vedantic monasteries. As an insider I tell you, even the great vedantic

  • monasteries, Akadas which represent Hinduism do not know Upanishad. You will not find any

  • of them sitting. Some of the biggest Missionaries, the Hindu Missionaries, their total spiritual

  • practice is 108 times repeat the Mantra morning.

  • Upanishad Samyama. Sitting with aloneness. It is a beautiful word.

  • Ekaaki yata -- citaatmaa niraasheera -- parigrahaha: Just sit in aloneness with yourself and connect

  • with yourself by unclutching.

  • Even such a simple thing like Upanishad has to be taught by an incarnation. See the damage

  • done to the vedic tradition. This should have been told to you by your mother. At the age

  • of 5 your mother should have taught you this and told you "Upanishad means, sit, my child,

  • sit without worrying and thinking. Sit without being bothered. This is the way you will grow,

  • not only physically, consciously". How you have. See when a mother talks to a child she

  • tells " Hey, eat only then you will grow like your elder brother. You will become stronger

  • like your father". Same way in each house you should have one example of enlightenment.

  • She should tell, "Sit in Upanishad. Only then you will become like your grandfather.

  • See how graceful he is. Established in peace and knowledge. You will become like that".

  • I will make enlightenment as a household subject. Even this middle class women, middle aged

  • middle class women, they are the atom bomb of India. No. I tell you. They are the atomic

  • energy of India. Middle aged middle class women of India. They are the atomic energy.

  • Either they become electricity and useful to the society or they will become atom bomb.

  • My success was I hit that crowd. See the India's hands were youngsters, legs were retired people,

  • eyes are politicians, brain is bureaucrats, body is middle aged middle class women. That

  • is the most unused resource of India. The only thing they practice, the religion of

  • the middle aged middle class women of India is TV soaps; TV serials. Upanishad should

  • have been their religion. Unfortunately, never they were given the understanding, nor the

  • technique or the inspiration. So their life is wasted in front of the TV. I really wanted

  • to start a TV channel just to make all these as a main stream life style. We will do it.

  • We will do it. We will do it.

  • Upanishad can do so much good. I tell you Hinduism is yet to be discovered in India.

  • We lost it 500 years before and we are still yet to discover it. I really feel sad to teach

  • such simple things. I should be teaching how to materialize, how to express extraordinary

  • yogic powers, how to initiate others into Kundalini awakening, but instead I am sitting

  • and teaching you how to sit.

  • No, in Buddhist families, by the time you are 10 you know Zazen, you know ajapa japa.

  • You better know about death. They will teach you. If I am allowed, I will make a law that

  • from every house one person should become sanyasi. We need. We need large number of

  • monasteries. Sanyasis. Spiritual education centers. Universities. Theology seminaries.

  • Spirituality teaching organizations.

  • Aatmanam rahasistitaha: Sitting in aloneness with the self. One side I am feeling so joyful,

  • I had the knowledge and opportunity and the possibility to experience, practise all these

  • at young age. Other side I feel so much of pain that why did all these not become main

  • stream life style. What is the risk in people just learning to sit in the young age. Why

  • was neither parents nor social leaders or spiritual leaders are even aware of these

  • basic simple truths and not reaching it out to the main stream people. Why did our thinking

  • trend become sopolluted and corrupted by these paid news bribery media? Why should we bother,

  • if some bollywood star is living in some relationship with somebody and that actress's dog has

  • a chickenpox and that dog's girl friend dog is having a cancer and that pissed on their car.

  • No, really it is sickening. What informations are becoming our life style. Because you consumed they give,

  • because they give you consume. Everybody bothers about the economical, political, social corruption.

  • Nobody is bothered about the conscious corruption. They think this does not need to be a first

  • priority. Conscious corruption happened and happening to the vedic civilization.

  • I vow to teach all these simple basic truths as a life style, by creating millions of sanyasis.

  • This is the "guru vak" for all my sanyasis and sadhus. You live and radiate such peace

  • and joy and understanding and capacity. So anybody who comes in contact with you feel

  • jealous of you and takes up the life style you are living. I gave up eating solid food

  • not to prove anything to anybody. I don't need to prove anything to anybody. Just to

  • inspire. Inspire the next generation. I am making you all "Niraharis" not to save

  • the food cost for the planet earth or this country. To inspire millions.

  • From now, I am not just going to tell people to do Inner Awakening, to live enlightenment.

  • I am going to straight tell "become a Sanyasi". India needs. India now really needs millions

  • of sanyasis and rishis. People are so insensitive. They care only for their career, foolish career,

  • which will lead to only more and more depression and suffering.

  • Its time that all you sanyasis and sadhus, rishis who are living in the ashram create

  • the ambience for the next generation to come inside. You all grow to accommodate them,

  • to live a happy life, and train them by the example. Not by bullying but by nandheeing.

  • Nandhi teaches by example. I create a new word. Nandheeing is the opposite word of bullying.

  • Nandhi is one of the greatest guru in saiva tradition. In saiva tradition, four are considered

  • as guru. Devi, Nandhi, Subramanya and sanakadi rishis. These are the four major sampradayas

  • in saiva tradition. We belong to Devi's tradition because as we follow the shiva sutras.

  • Live this Upanishad samyama and reach out to the whole world all these great truths.

  • Such a simple no- risk process all these. Will do only good. Will never do anything

  • bad. Let's reach out to the world with these beautiful simple to practice samyamas and

  • revive the vedic tradition. Revive the Upanishadic tradition.

  • Q&A

  • Q: Respected Swamiji, Tourism in India has great potential. Recently Karnataka Govt has

  • received 35 thousand crores of investment bids to develop tourist infrastructure in

  • heritage site, Hampi. Swamiji, what are your comments on developing tourism in India, especially

  • spiritual tourism and yet retaining the sanctity and sacredness of the places.

  • A: Beautiful question. Understand, what is retaining the sanctity and sacredness of a

  • place, spiritual place? If a person sees that deity or a place with feeling of sacred, the

  • place's sanctity is maintained. If the person does not see that place or the deity with

  • the sacredness, the place does not retain its sanctity and the sanctity is disturbed.

  • Please understand, I strongly condemn the pseudo Hindus stopping Westerners, other religious

  • people into Hindu temples, not allowing them having darshan of the deities. Please understand,

  • I wanted to make this very clear. Even in all Indian temples, I tell you, millions of

  • Indian atheists and the fellows who don't have any respect, does not carry any sacredness

  • for the deity enter and have darshan. They are the fellows who are disturbing the sanctity.

  • Millions of westerners come, carrying so much of sacredness are not allowed to have the

  • darshan of the deity. It is strongly condemnable.

  • Yesterday, the representative of the Pope went to Tanjore temple and these cheap fellows,

  • cheap few fanatic Hindus did not allow him to have the darshan of the main deity. I strongly

  • condemn that. I welcome Pope's representative and I sincerely invite him to our temples.

  • Please come and experience and have darshan of true vedic Hindu tradition. I am going

  • to send him a formal invitation. The representative of Pope came to India to attend the Velankanni

  • Festival. After attending the festival he made a statement "nothing like this ever

  • I have seen in any country". Because the whole festival was based on the Hindu tradition.

  • The chariot, being pulled and the deity being brought everything, and he was so impressed.

  • He wanted to see some of the big temples of Hindu tradition. Unfortunate. It is really

  • unfortunate. We should have welcomed him and took him to the temple and made him have the

  • darshan of the main deity. See, when he wants to see, naturally, he carrys the sacredness.

  • He is not coming there to disrespect or to reduce the sanctity.

  • We Hindus need to be more open and with understanding; how to retain the sanctity and sacredness.

  • First thing, in all temples have enough priests who can talk, make people understand the story

  • of the deity and create the sacredness in people and make them go and have darshan with

  • that sacred feeling. That is the only way to retain the sanctity.

  • I know millions of so called Hindus, they go to the temple not to see the deity, but

  • to see the women who are coming to the temple or to do other mischievous things. You guys

  • are allowing all these fellows into the temple. When somebody comes to experience the sacredness

  • you don't allow them. We have to retain the sanctity. No doubt. So when they come,

  • educate them.