❖ DAY FIVE ❖
In this modern world, death has been one of those topics not entirely explored without fear. In a way death represents the Great Unknown for there has never been truly anyone who have walked to other side long enough and return to tell us what awaits us when we cross that bridge. Death remains a mystery. One of the most precious things we can recognize in this life is this finite existence.
The pandemic has given us an opportunity to meet the shadows of fear in our psyche as we grapple with the idea of death. Before the pandemic, most of us have just been driving on autopilot. Clocking in, and clocking out. Repeating the same cycle over and over. Not much time is spent on reflecting on one’s own needs, what brings joy and what truly matters.
When we begin to realize (real-eyes) that the journey of birth and death is a solo journey and no one can accompany us but our own selves, wouldn’t we spend a little bit more time deepening our connection with own ourselves? Meditation opens the door to knowing the Self. The self with the big S. The consciousness that travels with us.
Awakening the Higher Power Within naturally takes place as the fruit of making the effort to meet the Sacred each day.
Do you have any fear surrounding death and the unknown?
If so, how does this fear manifest in your life?
Lastly, what are the steps you can take towards resolving this fear?
Death Doesn't Really Exist by Swami Muktananda (Siddha Yoga)
I LET GO OF MY FEAR.
I AM BEFRIENDING THE UNKNOWN.
I bow, I bow again and again to Anjani’s son, Hanuman
Jaya Seeyaa Raama,
Jai Jai Hanumaan
Victory to Sita and Ram, Victory to Hanuman
Victory over the darkness of suffering…
Jaya Bajrangbalee, Baba Hanuman
Victory to the one with the body of a thunderbolt
My Baba, Hanuman.
Sankata Mochan kripaa nidhaan
You are home of all Grace.
Destroy all my problems, calamities and sufferings.
In the Yoga tradition of India, Mantra carries the vibrational power of that which you are meditating upon. It is not necessary to understand the literal meaning of the mantra per se, although it would benefit the logical mind to assimilate its meaning, but ultimately, we recite mantras to experience the vibration of each sound and syllable.
In the Ramayana, one of sacred texts of India, one Being is revered as the Son of the God of Wind and his name is Hanuman.
Hanuman is pure devotion, humility and strength – He is the perfect being.
Maharaj-ji said, "Hanuman is the breath of Ram," the breath of God. God is not far away from us but as close as our breath. Symbolically Hanuman represents the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path. He is the son of the wind, (Vayu) the very essence of prana (vital energy) itself. Whenever we need increased power and vitality Hanuman is there for us. Our breath and prana for it is breath that serves the divine within us all.
Therefore, Hanuman is also called Pranadeva, or the God of Breath or Life.