Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merging with Siva By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

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365 enlightenment lessons from a mystical master, revealing the depths of raja yoga, the clear white light, the states of mind and the ultimate spiritual destiny of every seeker.

Merging with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics is a guide for one who is ready to diligently walk the spiritual path. Great new vistas open up throughout its 365 daily lessons as Gurudeva shares, in the clearest terms, deep metaphysical insights into the nature of God, soul and world, mind, emotions, ultimate realizations, chakras, purpose of life on earth and much, much more. 

Simple but effective practices are taught: how to remould our nature and karmas, calm the mind, develop self-esteem, begin to meditate, clear up the past and create a bright future. 

Merging with Siva is a collection of a lifetime of realization. Realization is knowing, the aftermath of experience, having proven to oneself, from the inside of oneself, the deeper knowing. It also means “what has been seen.’’ This no one can take away, change or alter. If you are as I am, liking to peruse a book from the back to the front, Merging with Íiva is just that book for you. The end is the beginning, and the beginning is the end.

How to Study this Book 

To study Merging with Íiva, it is important to read through the entire book at least once. Then go through the daily lessons day after day just before sleep. Read the lesson of the day to the family, to friends and send it to loved ones on e-mail. The 365 lessons are divided into three parts: “Dancing in the Light,” “Living in the Divine” and “Merging in the All,” organized as to the three seasons we follow at Kauai Aadheenam. 

Thus, Part One corresponds with the season that begins April 14. Part Two begins on August 15, and Part Three begins on December 15. Serious seekers will choose one of these mystical times to commence the sâdhana of reading the daily lessons around the year. Look back over the year, and you will clearly view your spiritual unfoldment as to how you have changed in belief, attitude and have been transformed a little in various departments of your life. 

Each lesson is to be absorbed into the subconscious mind, to be experienced, sometimes immediately, such as the lessons on affirmation and the numerous lessons on awareness flowing through the mind as a traveler journeys from city to city. This anyone of any background can experience. Inner light is also described in many lessons. It has been experienced by many, many—the light within a darkened room shining within the body. You do not have to be a saint, sage, philosopher or anything but an ordinary person to experience inner light. 

This experience makes you an extraordinary person. Read and absorb each chapter as a complete concept. Don’t belabor each point. This is not a rigorous philosophical treatise, but a free-flowing upadeßa of a guru seeing things as they are and responding to questions of devotees at the time, explaining situations that had arisen in the group around him, from an inner perspective. These spontaneous spoken es says describe the strivings of tens of thousands of seekers over a period of fifty years. 

Their questions are, no doubt, your questions, and my answers given here would no doubt be your answers, because these eternal matters don’t change all that much through the millennia. This is not an intellectual study. Remember that there are two books that precede Merging with Íiva for xiv MERGING WITH ÍIVA a full and deepening transformation. They are Dancing with Íiva and Living with Íiva. Both envision a complete change in philosophy and life style. Dancing with Íiva, Living with Íiva and Merging with Íiva form a trilogy, my legacy. 

In philosophical terms relating to the path of attainment, the charyâ mârga is Dancing with Íiva, the kriyâ mârga is Living with Íiva and Merging with Íiva outlines the yoga and jñâna mârgas. Here, in our trilogy, we have a complete study for a lifetime or two, or possibly more. 

Part Four of Merging with Íiva is Cognizantability, the thought-provoking râja yoga aphorisms and their commentaries. The Resource Section begins with Swami Vivekananda’s little-known poem “Song of the Sannyâsin,” extolling the ideals of renunciation upheld by today’s three million Hindu monastics. This is followed by a “Key to the Astral Colors” and “Charts: Cosmology, Chakras and Tattvas.” All this is the fruit of a lifetime of meditation.

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