Shubh Dassehra

 

 

Festival

Tracing the etymology of the word festival is the Latin Festa,  meaning a religious holiday. The older Latin words associated with festival are Fanum– temple and Feriaerituals.

In either way, it reminds us to celebrate- life and existence. It is a day the survivor through rituals, tries to incorporate a mystic in him/her. A day to experience the spirit which lies buried under files of paper work and the myriad jobs we need to fill up our loneliness.

It’s a day that has stood out for me since childhood. I could sense a prevailing sense of happiness and kinship.

Foes became friends and love was in the air. Even though it did the magical disappearing act the next morning.

Desire was ‘officially’ allowed to flow. Music, sweets, new clothes, and then- the Chinese invented firecrackers. The Arabs brought them to our land and it was  added to our repertoire of celebration. It was the one day we could drop our mind; be decadent and indulgent and accept that– ‘I Desire’!

Vijay Dashami or Dassehra takes place on dashami which is the tenth day of Aswin month. It marks the end of Navratri. 9 days for turning inward. We  are to be rewarded with the flowering of our spirit after cleansing it, of the accumulated dark.  A day of Triumph of good over evil. Triumph of our spirit, unchained from the hold of the ego.

A day that Ravana the ten headed demon was killed. I am curious, do the ten heads signify the death of his mind/ego/identity?

Festival- a day of heightened emotions and in keeping with the spirit, hope and curiosity are heightened within me.

Can we dare to make each day a celebration of our spirit? An acknowledgement of the wondrous opportunity that lies ahead with each dawn.

Each Yog Nidra incrementally adds to hope.

Can Breath introduce the Mystic to the stubborn Survivor?

A “menage a trois”. (An arrangement where all three co- exist)

Shubh Dassehra to all of you.

Responses

Meditation – the cure

 “I just have one belief; I do not believe human life is for suffering”

Naveen Varshneya 

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While drawing our algorithm, we start with identifying our symptoms. Do we look at our symptoms of today or from our childhood? Our tendencies also seem like they are about today and not from our childhood. How should I interpret this?

You can start with identifying your symptoms today and make your Algorithm identifying your Lack, Tendency and Pattern. It may seem like the tendencies are loud and clear today. This is only because as an adult, you are either more aware of it, or the tendency is more pronounced. However, if you go back to that age group of 7-14, you will find that the same tendency existed back then as well.  

For example – your lack is abandonment and so your tendency is need to prove/ excel. As an adult, you try extremely hard to prove yourself at work, but maybe as a ten-year-old you wanted to make sure that you win a colouring competition or feel worthy by collecting the maximum number of berries or fruits. 

 So, you would notice how the nature of tendency existed even back then – sometimes subtly, sometimes pronounced. It is just a matter of developing sensitivity to recognize it in that time and space. However, you can always work with current scenarios. 

Now that I have made my algorithm and have identified my lack, what do I do with this? Do I have to re-visit my childhood?

In every moment of disappointment – current or past, you can experience the lack. There are two ways to attend to the lack, once identified – 

  1.  You may simply keep your Algorithm/Lack in awareness by writing the events of the current time and go into breathing 
  2. You can revisit your childhood and write about moments that you experienced the Lack/Algorithm and once you have written a few events (in detail), you may lay down and begin to observe your breath. 

In either of the processes, your Algorithm/lack is in your complete awareness and observing your breath after this would only bring an expansion in your awareness. 

After finding my LTP and mapping my algorithm, I can see how I have suffered in my childhood and continue to do so. What can I do to remedy this and reverse my suffering?

 Since you are seeking the cure, you must know that state of meditation is the state of cure. The more you are in this state, the more you move towards light, thus curing your suffering.  

All the things which come into your awareness, must now be attended to by Observing your breath. For process of attending to what has surfaced, refer to Ques no 8 

Now that I have made my algorithm and have identified my lack, what do I do with this? Do I have to re-visit my childhood?

In every moment of disappointment – current or past, you can experience the lack. There are two ways to attend to the lack, once identified – 

  1.  You may simply keep your Algorithm/Lack in awareness by writing the events of the current time and go into breathing 
  1. You can revisit your childhood and write about moments that you experienced the Lack/Algorithm and once you have written a few events (in detail), you may lay down and begin to observe your breath. 

In either of the processes, your Algorithm/lack is in your complete awareness and observing your breath after this would only bring an expansion in your awareness.