The Secret for Growth

The Secret for Growth

It is always my wish and prayer that my students and all those that I know grow with each passing year. As we begin 2010, I would like to share a small story about speaks of the secret for growth, whether it be in your spiritual life, professional life or personal life.

Tansen had been appointed as a musician in Akbar’s court. In his times, to become a court musician was a major accomplishment. You were given immense facilities – a palace to live in, an elephant to move around in, etc. It was a musician’s dream. Upon receiving this news, he made the long journey to visit his Guru Swami Haridas deep in the forest. After sharing the news, he bowed at feet of his teacher and sought his blessings.

“I am very happy that you have accomplished so much. Always stay like this,” his Guru said, “if you want to continue to grow.”

Tansen rose and asked him to explain.

“Observe the posture of one seeking to climb a mountain. He is always leaning forward, keeping his head bowed. Observe the posture of one going down a mountain. He stands tall with his chest out. If you want to reach great heights, you must keep your head bowed and keep your ego in check. When you stand tall, you will no longer be able to go higher.”

Tansen got the message.

Mantra (Lecture Excerpt)

Mantra (Lecture Excerpt)

Mantra is a sound formula. It is a vibratory composition. Commonly people understand stutis and shlokas as mantras, but real mantras do not carry any dictionary words.


A mantra is just a sound graph.
There are three types of mantras: female, male and eunuch. Each type of mantra creates its own effect.

What will you realize by mantra? First, it will take you out of the tormentation you suffer due your thoughts and you will have a new vision. The new vision will be that the cosmos is not anything but Shiv and Shakti; sat and chit; station and motion.

Self-Realization (Lecture Excerpt)

Self-Realization (Lecture Excerpt)

Man is alienated from himself. He has become that which he is not and that creates confusion. This confusion is the biggest hurdle to his spiritual growth.


Before he begins his struggle to realize God, he must first realize himself.
When man realizes his own self, he will automatically find a way to realize paramtattva – Supreme Reality. That experience will drive him to realize paramanand – Divine Bliss. But you have to prepare yourself for Divine Bliss.

The problem is that man leads two lives – an external life and an internal life. Compared to what he does in his external life, he does three times more activity in his inner life. As such, his real life is his inner life. Every moment, you have to choose, make a decision. Generally, this decision is taken by your mind. Until you do not realize the difference between the mind and the self, there will be continual conflict between the two. This is why understanding the self, self-realization is so important.

A Mango Tree

A Mango Tree

There was a full-grown tree, a mango tree. It was standing alone, being nice to everyone. One day, a young child from a nearby colony came to play under the tree. The tree fell in love with the child at first sight. The tree was happy watching the child play in its full innocence. After some time, the child returned home. Once he was gone, the tree happily recounted the memory of the child and waited for him to return.


The next day, when the child returned to play, the tree bowed down his branches to reach the child so that he could eat mangos. Love blossoms between a big person (be it age, fame, wealth, size) when the big person does not see a difference between themselves. (Moral: love teaches you to bow down and surrender, regardless of one’s size and stature) The child too fell in love with the tree. Slowly, he began to climb the tree, hug the tree, and sleep in the branches of the tree. This way, the tree and child happily spent time together.

But naturally, the child began to grow. It started going to school and had less time to spend with the tree. The tree was still happy, the child was growing and learning. The tree only wanted the child’s presence, no other expectations. He found contentment in the smaller periods of time they spent together.

The child continued to grow, his studies increased. He began to spend even less time with the tree, but he still would come to see the tree. Again, the tree was happy. The child was growing. During mango season, he would keep the best mangoes to give to the child. (Moral: real love is always is happy in other’s growth)

The child continued to grow and became a young man. He fell in love and stopped coming to see the tree. The tree would wait patiently, thinking of the day when he would come and sit on its branches, but the boy did not come for a few months. Once, the tree saw the boy passing on a nearby road.

He called out to him. “I am always waiting for you. Why don’t you come to see me?” he said to the boy.

His answer shocked the tree, “Why should I come to see you? What will you give me?”

The tree replied, “I’m ready to give you everything.”

“Can you give me a million dollars?,” the boy retorted.

“Money is a human invention, I cannot give you that. I can give you everything I have: my fruit, my flowers, cool shade, peace, my branches to sit on, a place to be at one with nature – everything I have. The day that trees have money, that day, we too will have to sit in the temples or search the world to find peace.”

Tantra (Lecture Excerpt)

Tantra (Lecture Excerpt)

We have to understand that tantra is not spiritual, tantra is physical. But tantra is not only physical. It works with the occult level. Tantra has five objectives:

    • Boghti or Ishtprapti (Control of Desired Objects or Enjoyment)
    • Mukti (Liberation)
    • Vibhuti (Control of Supernatural Powers)
    • Parimansankramana (Change of Dimensions)
    • Swa par-gyan (Knowledge of Self and Others)

What is physical and what is occult?

Physical means any matter that occupies space and is constrained by time – so it has a fixed beginning and end. Our body is physical, but there are many things in our body that are physical, yet not physical. There are things that cannot be taken into the laboratory and be defined by the dimensions of space and time. Some examples include memory, thoughts, dreams, dream within a dream and intuition. All of these things fall within the occult level, also known as supraphysical.

Tantra directly deals with occult matter. Such like science deals with physical matter, tantra deals with occult matter.