When we read the Puranas or the Upanishads, we find descriptions of great scientific advancements; stories of people with paranormal abilities and direct interactions with Gods. When we consider monuments left behind by the ancients, we see amazing engineering feats and advanced architectural knowledge. Most modern day discoveries already exist in our ancient texts.
Ancient Indians were proficient in geometry, grammar, physics, medicine and spiritual quest. Panini introduced grammar to the world for the first time in a complete manner. Literary masterpieces like Kalidasa’s Shakuntala and Kena Upanishad inspired legendary works such as Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Faust. Religious studies scholar Huston Smith, while asserting the supremacy of Vedic sciences over modern astronomy, says: “While the West was still thinking, perhaps of 6,000 years old Universe, India was already envisioning ages and eons, and galaxies as numerous as the sands of the Ganges.” The German philosopher, Schopenhauer, referring to the Upanishads, expressed: “It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death.”
Voltaire, in 1777, was convinced that “everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges—astronomy, astrology, metaphysics”. It is said that Pythagoras went from Samos to the land of Ganges to learn geometry. Why were—in countless invasions—our temples looted and plundered if we were such an advanced culture with so much knowledge?
Look around to find an answer. We are all part of Shiv, and entire creation is His form. It is only when the urge for Shiv within us becomes very strong that He is able to feel us. For example, our body has various organs, but some are more pivotal than the others.
Our hair and fingernails are part of our bodies that do not feel pain or pleasure, but if we get even a slight cut anywhere on our skin, we are constantly reminded of that body part due to the pain. Similarly, try to become the nerve of Shiv.
Create so much heat and attraction within yourself through the powerful practices of Ashtang Yog, following the Yams and Niyams in totality, undergoing penance and tapa so that you become the nerve of Shiv. If your connection with Him is so powerful that every time you undergo pain, He experiences it too, he is forced to notice you and grant your desire. The degradation of the Vedic culture began when its custodians began selling and using it for their selfish gains. The wealth of temples were used for private luxury; penance was forgotten; sadhaks became businessmen marketing all aspects of this precious science without understanding an iota of it; all the nerves changed into fingernails and became unimportant parts of Shiv. Obviously, neither Shiv nor the Vedic practices were relevant anymore, and only attachments, the bonds of maya and pleasures of the five senses mattered. Spiritual evolution was no more man’s objective, and pleasure became the finality of physical life.
With Avidya all around, obviously this culture had to decline; it had to be invaded, wealth had to be redistributed, all phenomenal forces and gyan had to become dormant as it was not required—for only what is required is given to us.
Shiv exists and so do all the energies that the Vedas talk about. There are countless sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram who have had the darshan of these shaktis and even interacted with them through specific kriyas. All the gods exist; the siddhis are for real; all that the Vedas talk about are real, for the Vedas themselves are real. All we have to do is, turn ourselves from a state of unreality into reality, experience pain and nature within. Feel yourself as a part of creation, then only will Shiv feel you as a part of Him and you shall experience the reality or Vidya.
Shiv lives in every atom of creation. The consciousness of that atom in, which he is present, chooses to be aware of Him—or in other words, communicate with Shiv. It is unreality which takes consciousness elsewhere through the veils of maya. I invite readers to Dhyan Ashram if they desire to remove these veils and face the supreme reality.
The article was published in The New Indian Express