Shiva is the Highest Master of the entire yoga, meditation, and tantra system - no one can be greater than Lord Shiva.
Meditation (a state of concentrated attention) helps come nearer our Deities. But meditation has also many healing effects and it is widely used by many cultures and religions too. It usually means that our mind is positioned beyond what is generally viewable. Its origin is definitely in Eastern religions, where it has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Meditation can be used for personal growth, or to focus our mind on God, or on some aspect of God. Meditation has been defined as "self regulation of attention and perception in the service of self-inquiry". J. Krishnamurti used the word meditation to denote something entirely different from the practice of any system or method that controls the mind: "Meditation is the ending of thought. It is only then that there is a different dimension which is beyond time. All effort to meditate is the denial of meditation". In his teachings he continues: "Meditation is never the control of the body. There is no actual division between the organism and the mind. The brain, the nervous system and the thing we call the mind are one, indivisible. It is the natural act of meditation that brings about the harmonious movement of the whole. To divide the body from the mind and to control the body with intellectual decisions is to bring about contradiction, from which arise various forms of struggle, conflict and resistance."I do not have any special connection with Science of Identity Foundation, but I have never disconnected my memories from Australian surfers and Bondi Beach.
Riding Transcendental Waves
Surfing and MeditationAn interview with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa
Jagad Guru is a bona-fide spiritual master whose ability to speak from a platform of personal realization and understanding has made him very influential in communities around the world. Because he can present God and religion scientifically and with philosophical reasoning rather than dogmatically and fanatically, countless numbers of people who were previously skeptical are now finding that these teachings have a very real application in their individual lives.
Jagad Guru grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and has been surfing most of his life. Being fully self-realized he is able to give us unique view into activity of surfing from the transcendental platform.
Riding Transcendental Waves
An interview with Jagad Guru
Q: Most surfers probably regard a good tube ride as the highlight of a solid session in the water. No other manoeuvre is quite like it. When the surfer gets inside the tube, time seems to distort as he flows with a twisting curl of energy Ė itís an incredible feeling.
Jagad Guru: Then why does he have to keep going back in search of the tube? Thatís the trap theyíre in, trapped searching for the experience that comes with the tube. They want to keep merging with the void, being part of that energy. It actually comes down to simply wanting to forget their misery, so they can exist and not be aware of any of their problems. I mean everybody is always searching for everything to be in its right place. But there are always all kinds of problems. So generally a surfer goes into the water to forget his miseries and get away from it all Ė to get away from the hassles. But even in the water there are hassles; the waves break on you, the water is cold, all the other people out there are hassling you, and so on.
So surfing is a search for happiness which is natural, and the tube ride is just another medium or means to come to that situation of being happy. Someone else might get that very same feeling from skiing or some other feeling where everything seems to fit. But itís never for long Ė although everything fits together perfectly for a second or two, it never lasts.
Q: Is that a meditative state?
Jagad Guru: It is a natural condition of the spirit soul to be one, to be feeling that harmony, while simultaneously existing as an individual, and still feeling yourself as an individual. So the question should be where to find that pleasure in the long run. How to actually have that feeling all the time rather than having to struggle and getting it once in a while if youíre lucky. The answer is to dovetail your will with the will of the Supreme Person. Like if youíre surfing for example, you donít ďmakeĒ the tube, you fit into a particular situation and you fit in perfectly. The tube is there, itís going on, now youíve got to figure out how youíre going to fit into it.
Sometimes youíll stand on the beach and the tube is breaking and then you imagine yourself; ďThere I am.Ē You mentally project yourself fitting into this, maybe this tiny little wave breaking on the sand. ďAh, look at that,Ē and you imagine yourself one inch tall riding this perfect 40 foot wave thatís actually only six inches high. So the idea is that youíre trying to fit into a reality thatís already there.
So you have to dovetail your situation, you have to place yourself so that youíre in harmony with the situation which is already there. When you speak about God, the Supreme Being or the Supreme Person and you talk about dovetailing your will with His, then youíre talking about your whole life being dovetailed in such a way that through your whole life you actually feel that oneness Ė that freedom from anxiety. You actually feel a complete liberation, but even more so, because youíre not just dealing with one little energy of God, namely the water or this one little surf spot, but youíre dealing with the entire existence. Then the wave you are riding is your entire life.
This is actually what a person is searching for Ė pleasure in unity with God. Now theyíre getting a little glimpse of it on a wave. Thatís why a lot of people after surfing or getting some tubes or getting that higher taste can give up all kinds of things to be able to get that tube, to be able to get in that position of harmony. So a lot of people who are surfers become serious about making their whole life in harmony with God, not just one of Godís waves, but the entire wave of God. After all, a wave is just Godís energy. So youíre trying to place yourself so that youíre in tune with Godís energy. Now if you can do it on a vast scale or you can do it directly with God Himself, then you can imagine how much pleasure there is in that.
The highest happiness occurs when a person has actually placed his
entire life in the hands of God and God is simply pushing him. Just
like when youíre in a tube itís like youíre in a glove. Youíre riding
the tube feeling youíre being perfectly moved along, youíre not doing
anything anymore. Youíre doing things to get in that position where
you donít need to do anything. The best part of the tube ride is when
youíre just right. Youíre right there and
Now if you can imagine being in Godís hand Ė rather than just a little tube which is a tiny fragment of Godís hand Ė then how much happiness is in that? Thatís why many surfers are actually searching for that harmony of being in tune with God, and they are getting glimpses of it in the surf once in a while. But this is just a glimpse, it is not all satisfying. You need more. What you need is an eternal tube ride, then youíll be happy. What is that eternal tube ride? That is when youíre perfectly linked up in connection with doing Godís will. Just like when youíre going with the wave Ė youíre going with the flow and youíre doing the waveís will. The waves are coming this way and you paddle out to catch them, you donít make the waves, you catch the waves.
So surfers by nature already know that thereís some kind of happiness by going with an energy thatís already there Ė just catching it and then relaxing Ė being in tune with that energy thatís already moving. So when we talk about Godís will, weíre talking about the energy of God. He has His own will. Just like a wave has its own will and you harmonize yourself with it. I know some surfers look like theyíre trying to tear the waves apart but this is another thing again. If they canít get in the tube then they just want to tear it apart. This is the difference. There are actually two different experiences. But the first experience Iím talking about is the experience of being in complete harmony with the energetic source of all energy then that is the perfectly happy position and that is possible to achieve by engaging in the bhakti-yoga process.
Q: Would you agree that the surfers who are trying to tear it apart, rather than harmonize, are not succeeding?
Jagad Guru: They are not satisfied. In the first place because a person is not completely satisfied with the tube ride for the reasons I mentioned earlier he wants to dominate the wave. You think youíre so powerful youíre ripping the wave apart Ė but letís see you go out to Sunset, turn the wave around and make it go out to sea. Are you such a powerful surfer? No, you must go with it.
This is another point. Trying to tear it apart is a manifestation of another characteristic of the spirit soul. Not only do you want to be in harmony, but you also need to express your individuality. You need to be active within that harmony. So you can be perfectly in harmony with the wave and yet dancing with it. Being in harmony with it. Relating with it. Although youíre in harmony with it and in tune with it youíre also being propelled. While youíre in that harmony you can dance with it Ė you can drive off the bottom, then hit off the flip and fly back down. Youíre going with it in oneness but youíre simultaneously also expressing your individuality. So surfing then shows that impersonalism Ė seeing God as simply being void impersonal force Ė is not enough. You need to relate, you are still an individual and you still have to be active within that harmony. When weíre talking about being one with God weíre not talking about being nothing Ė weíre talking about having an active, loving relationship with Him, having oneís entire life based on this harmonious position as a foundation, but within that harmonious oneness there is variety.
The idea of becoming nothing or void is not satisfying to the soul either. Spiritual life means oneness yet simultaneous diversity. Iím one with God, yet still Iím separate from Him, Iím an individual, and Godís an individual. Yet Iím one with Him in love and will.
Q: Many aggressive surfers boast at their ability to conquer the wave. They think they are somehow conquering that force of nature by ripping the wave apart.
Jagad Guru: The fact is, even a person who is aggressive has to use the waveís energy. They have no energy of their own. The reason a person who is an aggressive surfer has so much power, or the reason that they move so fast, is not because they are really great people, or strong or something Ė it doesnít have anything to do with that. It is a matter of being able to find that part of the wave where there is the most energy and utilize that to gain speed or power and go with it. They have to go with it. They may think that they are conquering the wave but there is no such thing as conquering the wave. Letís say you are an aggressive surfer and you get really locked in on a tube, how do you conquer that? Like a tube at Pipeline or something. If you get hit by it how are you going to conquer it? You just get dragged over the coral. The only way that you can conquer it is to find that spot as far back as you can where youíve got that speed to break out of it, right? You canít fight it and make it turn around, you have to go with it.
Or letís say that itís a smaller tube and it hits you and you continue on your board. Letís say just for example, you go into a shore-break and it looks like it is going to break on you. It tubes over you, and instead of kicking out you decide to go with it and stand up, so called defeat it. You just hit it, blast through and keep going. The only way you can do this is if, while your eyes are closed, you perceive which way the energy is moving and balance accordingly. You might break through it but then you havenít defeated the wave Ė you just lost it. The point is that you couldnít be moving if you werenít going with the energy of the wave Ė you have to go with it otherwise you lose it.
The more aggressive surfers are getting into the finer parts of the wave where they are actually tuned into and utilizing the greater energy of the wave. As far as guys who just turn the board backwards by the strength of their thighs, thatís something else. But they still wouldnít even be able to do that if they werenít on the wave. In other words, they canít do that on land. You canít do that on land just standing there with your board. Letís see you turn it backwards and forwards and move it at great speeds.
Skateboarding is an attempt, but they need a hill, the same thing with skiing. So you just go with the energy already provided by nature. The whole thing is based on going with the flow, if you donít go with the flow you will either lose the wave or fall off the board Ė you get ďcrunched.Ē Ultimately a person has to give up his idea of defeating the wave. They need this idea that they defeated Sunset or they defeated a wave, or they defeated something due to their desire to put themselves in the illusion that they have defeated death. ďThis tube was chasing me and I made it out. I have defeated death again.Ē So I go out there and catch it so that I can make believe it was chasing me and I beat it. Itís like going to a horror movie to experience the fear. You go to Sunset horror movie so you can have that fear and defeat it. You feel that you are not a man. What does a man mean? It means defeater, number one, lord, master. But these are illusions of mastership Ė you are just a little ant making believe he is some kind of master.
If you go half a mile in the sky you can barely see Sunset Beach and how big the waves are. All the guys out there look just like little ants and theyíre thinking; ďIím great.Ē But in reality they are nothing. So none of us are masters, we have to recognize that we are all dominated or subordinate. We are all energies and we come from the Supreme Energetic and our business is to be in tune or in harmony with Him, acting as His servants. As long as we are trying to be masters, then we have to continue to experience the fear of death. We can live in illusion for some time that we are defeating death, but ultimately death comes and takes us.
Q: Most surfers try to sort of live in the high they get from the surfing experience, trying to extend or perpetuate that feeling on land, or get frustrated when they donít.
Jagad Guru: Then they get skate boards.
Q: And a few other extras, like drugs, sex and booze.
Jagad Guru: They donít do those things for the harmony, rather they do them to forget their frustration. Actually they are trying to void out. They want to become nothing. Thatís why theyíll smoke dope or whatever, they want to become nothing and forget their misery. In other words, practically speaking, the highest happiness that a surfer knows is temporary forgetfulness of his misery. He lives a miserable life then goes out and forgets his misery for one tube ride. But, even that took him all kinds of misery, by getting cold in the water, the wind, hassling and so on. So the question is: Canít you be happier than that? Isnít there something more than that? We say yes, there is higher happiness.
Q: For the average surfer caught up in the ways of the world, what would you suggest if he wanted to evolve?
Jagad Guru: If they get on the waves of transcendental sound, they will be transported into a condition of self-realization, understanding who they are, and theyíll gradually taste the nectar of spiritual bliss. If they practise hearing the Gopala Govinda Rama Madana-Mohana mantra for example and chant alone or with their friends, theyíll actually be transported. They can ride the waves of transcendental sound into the spiritual sky. Anyone can begin like that. It doesnít cost anything. It costs less than surfing. You donít need to give up anything, you can even chant while youíre in the water. So by transcendental sound a person can be transported into a condition where they are actually happy, they are actually tasting happiness. Which is what everyone wants. Everyone wants pleasure, so pleasureís the goal. If you ride the waves of transcendental sound youíll actually taste spiritual pleasure. Such pleasure far surpasses the temporary happiness we derive from this material world.
Q: For many Western people that sounds far too simple, just to believe that by chanting some ďIndian verseĒ they can achieve fulfilment.
Jagad Guru: Well, some would think surfing is a pretty stupid thing too. ďThatís a pretty absurd thing, that you get so excited by going out there on this piece of foam and riding one of those wave things.Ē Isnít that an absurdity too?
Q: Could you elaborate on the strength and inner power of mantra meditation?
Jagad Guru: First let me say that a mantra is not an ďIndian verse.Ē A mantra is made up of a combination of Godís names and God and His names are not American, Indian, Australian, or whatever. The effect of chanting Godís names is so powerful because God is so powerful and He has appeared in this age as His names. If you say God cannot appear as His name, then youíre denying His all powerful position. And if you say why would God do this, He doesnít need to answer that because Heís all powerful. Heís the one that makes the rules. Heís the one who does what He wants and now you have to figure out how to get in tune with Him.
You donít have to say how come the wave is going this way. You just ride it. You are subordinate, youíre dominated. You may think itís simple Ė so then you must be like a child again and become a little simple. Haribol! Chant the names of God.
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Sri Ishopanishad: Mantra 10, Inner Peace
The wise have explained that one result is derived from the culture
of knowledge, and that a different result is obtained from the culture
~Sri Ishopanishad, Mantra Ten
For one who lives a hedonistic life, a life in which nescience is cultivated, the results are envy, anger, greed, impatience, disrespect for others, anxiety, depression, hatred, ever-increasing lust, forgetfulness, frustration, dissatisfaction, duplicity, fear of death, and so on
.~ Jagad Guru speaks (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)
(On the other hand,) for a person who cultivates wisdom or true knowledge, the results are inner peace, satisfaction, patience, respect for others, freedom from duplicity, compassion, joyfulness, remembrance of his spiritual identity, freedom from the fear of death, freedom from anxiety and depression, and so on.
~ Chris Butler speaks (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)
The negative social results of a society populated primarily by hedonistic people should be obvious to anyone. A society of self-centered, animalistic people who have no other interest than their own sense enjoyment cannot be at all peaceful or progressiveóeither materially or spiritually.
~ Jagad Guru speaks (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)
(On the other hand,) the positive results of a society populated mostly by people who are serious about cultivating wisdom and spiritual understanding should be clear. If the citizens are peaceful, satisfied, respectful of others, compassionate, selfless, and so on, then society will be progressive both materially and spiritually.
~ Chris Butler speaks (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)