The sexual fluid is very valuable. The stronger the sexual
fluid is and the more it is retained in the body, the purer and more tranquil
the mind will be. The more tranquil the mind becomes, the easier it will be for
it to turn inward, and it will also acquire the power to make discoveries in
the inner realm. …..I am not against married life…. nor am I against producing
children. But one who is interested in making spiritual progress must conserve
his sexual fluid.
The Indian medical texts and scriptures say that a husband
and wife should observe certain rules in their sexual life: such as having sex
only during the post-menstrual phase. Indian medicine says that, while there is
happiness in discarding feces, there is happiness in retaining the sexual
fluid. ….If sexual fluid is conserved,
it will burst out of you in the form of light, and that will be most
satisfying. It is the sexual fluid which bestows radiance, vigor, contentment,
and happiness. If you retain it, you become far more attractive than if you
lose it. ……The scriptures say that a householder who indulges in sex no more
than once a month is a celibate.
The subtle sexual fluid is the same in both man and woman.
In the man it is called virya, or
semen, and in the woman it is called raja.
If the inner Shakti is not yet fully active, the practice of
hatha yoga can be very beneficial, as long as you observe the rules of the
game. But if you do not, it can become very harmful. …..anyone who is
underweight should not do headstands, and those who do the headstand should
perform that posture last. After that, one should not do any other postures. At
the end of a session to overcome and absorb the fatigue of the different
postures, one must lie down in the corpse pose for fifteen minutes. ….No matter
how good you are, you should not hold the headstand for more than four minutes.
Immediately after eating, you won’t be able to meditate very
well, because the Shakti is not able to circulate freely when the stomach is
full of food. So it is not good to meditate while food is still in the stomach.
Meditate before you eat or at least two hours after eating.
For all yogic practices, the stomach should be completely
empty. Those who practice or teach hatha yoga should know that one must not
practice asanas for at least three hours after a meal; also, one must not eat
or drink anything for at least one hour after a session of hatha yoga. ….To
ensure proper digestion, you should fill only half of your stomach with food,
one quarter should be filled with water, and the remaining quarter should be
left empty, to allow the digestive prana to circulate freely…..You must wait at
least two and a half hours before going to sleep so that the food is at least
…the length of time one can meditate is influenced by the
strength of one’s constitution. If one meditates more than the body can stand,
one’s head will become too hot. Serious meditators must be sure to eat the
right kinds of foods. Here in our kitchen, we use cashew and pistachio nuts,
clarified butter, raisins, and other such good foods which will give you a lot
There are many different fluids in the body, but the most
important one is called ojas, a
beautiful, shining yellow fluid that is situated in the bone marrow. This ojas is created through semen; it is
very radiant, and it gives you the power of memory as well as strength. If we
meditate too much and don’t give enough rich food to our bodies, the fire of
meditation begins to consume the ojas
from our bones, and we become dull, lose enthusiasm, and become very tired.
That is why we have a time limit for meditation.
You can meditate six hours a day if you like, but you have
to eat good rich food so that you will have sufficient strength. You will also
have to remain celibate, because this ojas
is created by semen.
If you wish, you can meditate twice a day – one hour in the
morning and one hour in the evening – provided that you drink milk and eat
sweet things, such as fruit or honey.
Bhartrihari, the great poet-saint, said, “It is impossible
to know anything about the ways of perfected beings or to know anything about
their karma.” Some of them stay completely naked, their only couch is the
earth, and they don’t even have a torn piece of mattress, whereas some live in
royal splendor that surpasses even that of kings. Some are very serene and
calm, some stay mute all the time, whereas others never stop swearing, and
still others lay around like pythons – they don’t even move …One sage said that
some Siddhas act like saints, others act like madmen, and still others act like
evil spirits, remaining ever in a very strange state.
Q: …….When you
touch seven hundred people during an Intensive, do you take on karma from all
Baba: I don’t have
to take their karma; it comes to me automatically…..At any rate, all of this
karma is burned away within two days. Every morning, I take a bath in the
manner prescribed by the scriptures. Then I meditate in a special room (no
matter where I go, I set aside a special room for meditation) and during my
meditation, all the karma is burned up. The fire of knowledge of the Self is so
powerful that it can burn up any amount of karma…..the Guru….never takes good
things from us; he only takes away what is bad.
When you eat someone’s food, you should be aware that it
carries the influence of whoever gives it to you. That is why we chant a lot
before we eat – to purify the food of any negative impressions it may carry.
…in the sahasrara,
at the crown of the head, there is a tiny spot of brilliant light, which we
call the Blue Pearl. It is the vibration of this light that starts the
breathing cycle….What we call death is nothing but another name for the Blue
Pearl’s departure from the body….. It is sometimes possible to see the soul depart
from a dying person…..
According to the Upanishads, the aperture through which the
soul departs is thrown open as it leaves the body. If it departs throught the
nose, the nose becomes crooked; if it departs through one ear, that ear changes
too; and if it departs through the anus, a lot of shit flows out. …..
happens after the body dies?
takes place. In meditation you can see your past incarnations. You may even be
able to see your future incarnations, but that is very rare.
There is a world called Pitruloka,
where the departed spirits live.
………some people die peacefully, whereas others, because they
remember all the bad things they have done, find death very painful. In order
to die consciously, one has to perform good acts in one’s life. Regardless of
the dying person’s state, however, you should still chant at his side, and you
should pray to the Lord. If the sound of the Lord’s name were to find entrance
into him, even by force, it would do much good. But you cant help him to remain
conscious; one has to earn that by doing good acts. Good meditators pass away
in a meditative state, and they are not even conscious of dying…..
…the soul, when it leaves the physical body, carries with it
all its desires and attachments in seed form; they don’t disappear. When it is
reborn, it is reborn with all those attachments and desires.
Q: In a more
Baba: No, in the
same state in which it left its last body. However, after being reborn, the
soul can evolve if it wants to. In the interim, between one life and the next,
no evolution takes place. It is only in this world that evolution is
possible………..For quite a while after death, one remains in a state of
unconsciousness. Then the spirit wakes up and passes into the world of
ancestors. In that world, it is decided where the soul is going to be born
….Once your inner Shakti is awakened during meditation, it
is possible to see seven of your past lives very clearly …..
Baba: One can
change the planetary influence through sadhana
or spiritual practice. That is the only way…..Through chanting or japa, repetition of a mantra, one can
accomplish anything. Chanting has tremendous power.
My physical eyes have become so refined and pure that I can
see a bluish light pervading everywhere, which not even your most sophisticated
instruments can see. That light is just like the delicate after-image that
persists when a flash-bulb goes off. That bluish light keeps sparkling all the
time, everywhere. …..is not like a continuous glow; its made up of particles
like tiny sparks.
There are higher planes that are more subtle than the physical
one. Pitruloka, for example, is the
world of ancestors. Swargaloka is
heaven; and there is a realm called Siddhaloka,
where great beings such as Bhagawan Nityananda, Zipruanna, and Shirdi Sai Baba
live ….They are very very far away……..neither can you visit these higher realms
unless you make the proper effort to see them. However, the beings there can
visit us more easily because their knowledge and strength of mind are much
greater than ours ………the beings from these lokas
have their unique vehicles, although they are not like our machines. They are
propelled by the mind and go wherever their pilots will them …..You wont find
our sun or moon in these higher realms; there is no day or night. You will find
just light. In Siddhaloka, for
example, there is only blue light. This is the realm of fully realized beings…..
No being who attains this realm ever falls from that high state, but occasionally
……one of these Masters descends to Earth temporarily to initiate a worthy
seeker ………Normally their bodies are made of substances so subtle that we cannot
perceive them, but whenever those beings feel like showing a physical
manifestation, they can take any form they wish to be seen in. …..Siddhaloka is one of the farthest planes
from our own. One of the nearer planes is called Pitruloka, the world of ancestors. ………There are many different
planes where gods and goddesses live …..The forms of these gods and goddesses
are not very different from our own. People who meditate a lot and have very
high meditations see all these beings very clearly.
…..There are three ancient abodes of Siddhas, called Siddha pithas, and I used to visit them a lot.
One is in Tibet, another is in Girnar, and the third is on the mountain known
as Shri Sailam, where people are always chanting.
There is another book, Pratyabhijnahridayam,
which is a short work but divinely inspired. You should also study that.
Supreme Consciousness is supremely free; therefor, it can
never fall into the hands of any one person or be controlled by instruments. You
can experience it in the cerebral center called the sahasrara in the form of a blue dot, which resembles a pearl.
Although it is visible, it is so subtle that no one can touch or influence it. ….It
appears to people who are pure and simple-hearted. …..Through the Blue Pearl, I
can know the true character of people who come to see me. Even when I’m giving
a talk, I will suddenly glimpse a tiny blue dot hovering over someone’s head,
and I know that he is a good person.
Readiness for Kundalini yoga is essential in the form of mumukshutva, an intense, sincere desire
for liberation. But even without that, profound love for a Siddha can arouse
the Kundalini. Kundalini yoga carries all other yogas in its wake; once it has
begun, no other yoga is needed. …….Some people attempt to awaken the Kundalini
forcibly through self-effort or by means of hatha yoga. Is such cases anything
can happen; one can even become mad. But when the Kundalini is awakened by the
grace of the Guru, it rises spontaneously and transforms the human body, making
As the Kundalini rises in the body and pierces the chakras,
various types of emotions manifest, such as laughter, weeping, love and desire.
Anxieties, latent illnesses, and many different kriyas, or yogic processes, also occur. One may even appear to be
mad for a short time, but it is not real madness. Heavy sleep, lethargy, and
involuntary movements of the body may also occur. Hunger may temporarily
disappear and sleep may decrease …..
Scientific instruments can study only the physical and
psychological aspects of Kundalini awakening, such as its effects on the
organs, nervous system, heart rate, metabolism, and so on. The inner, subtle
aspects cannot be detected by instruments because Kundalini is an extremely
subtle force; it is pure light.
There is a prayer in our Vedas,
our holy scriptures, which goes: sarve
bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niramayah, sarve bhadrani pasyantu, ma kascid
dukha bhag bhavet – “May all be happy; may all be healthy; may all see only
auspicious sights; may no one experience suffering.” Through this prayer we
wish well not only for human beings, but for all living creatures.