Acharya, what do I do after realization?
You may be thinking it is a very relevant question but it is not! Various reasons for making it irrelevant but the most important reason is that the question is rooted in imagination. But since you asked, let me tell you that probably nothing different you can do after self realization. In most probability you would be continuing with what you have been doing doing so far albeit with joy and complete understanding of why and who is doing these things.
But as I said the question is rooted in imagination therefore the question you should be asking instead is “Have I reached?” And answer for that I can tell you. You have not because you are still creating questions about existence. So it would be better if I will tell you few things that you can do to speed up your journey and attain the goal. You have been listening to my Shiva Sutra discourses and I am sure you will be able to correctly understand what is indicated in these tips.
You may not realize but this world that you experience is beautiful creation of yours, the Shiva in you.. the source of all creative energies and mirror of all reflections. So be true to your core, the Shiva in you and sincerely attempt the following..
1. Watch your creation in Awe!
Vismayo Yog Bhoomikaah !
विस्मयो योग भूमिका : (शिव सूत्र 1: 12)
Do not take things for granted but apply your whole being involved and absorbed in your own experience. Live like a child and watch the starry night, bird’s flight, rivers and oceans, the swings of air, snowy mountains, little tiny creatures and everything you experience. But don’t stop yourself from being awed and surprised. It’s time to sing the nursery rhyme again –
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Soon you will know this cosmic web is your projection.
2. See this world as extension of your own body.
दृश्यं शरीरम् (शिव सूत्र 1: 14)
You thought you own a body that is approximately 5 feet tall and weighs around 140 pounds. You are wrong.. this world is your body. Your eyes floating are sun and moon that float in the space.. lending you capacity to see things in their light. Your lungs are extended to every tree and tiniest plants that is capable of supporting the lungs you carry. This earth, river streams, oceans and clouds are the collectively flowing as blood and bodily fluids in you. The air that blows in storms and covers this planet is also the part of your lungs.. for without air lungs have no function. The Earth is your body, the solid frame through which you navigate and act in this world. It is so wonderful to see this word as extension of our own body but it should not be imagined.. rather experienced in the light of deepest awareness.
The very next thought that will come to you is to take care of your body.. but how?
3. Take care of every part of your body – Take care of this world blissfully!
Lokaanandah Samadhi Sukham!
लोकानन्दः समाधिसुखम् (शिव सूत्र 1:18)
All the essential and noble teachings such as ‘Save the environment’, ‘Thou shalt not kill’, ‘World is one family’ etc. are rooted in the previous sutra. It is not a postulate but experience of the seers. Shiva Sutra is declares this in yet another sutra ‘Naisargikah Praana Sambandhah!’ (नैसर्गिकः प्राणसंबन्धः – शिव सूत्र 3 : 43)which confirms that there is an intrinsic energy connection between you and this world (your extension). Therefore imbibe these teachings in your being.. Till the time you actually experience yourself it is of great help to be guided and inspired by this ultimate truth.
As you start feeling this world as your own creation you shall develop a sense of responsibility towards it. Now what? You must learn to take the joy of serving your own creation as the ultimate achievable bliss. This is
You have the power to transcend the physical realities now.
5. Give 100% of yourself in whatever you do!
Shakti Chakra Samdhaane Vishwa Samhaarah!
शक्तिचक्र सन्धाने विश्वसंहारः ( शिव सूत्र 1:6)
You seem to be caught in the Maya, this outer world but always remember there’s nothing outside. It’s all in you! Unlearn the art of distraction and master the art of concentration using the Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya. When you are in-charge of your mind you can put it to work rather than getting worked up by this restless monster. And one you have mastered your mind you can learn to dissipate your inner world of confusion and mess. It happens only when your inner energies are able to revolve in a particular fashion, forming a chakra. Upon connecting with this chakra (orb) of energy you will get to see that the world outside is expansion of your own shakti or energy which just follows your ‘will’.
6. Keep reading the words of Guru!
गुरु उपाय (शिव सूत्र 2:6)
Learn to read and reread the scriptures for they are the words of Masters of all Masters albeit with caution that you do not arrive at conclusions yourself without taking a confirmation of your living Guru. The intelligence is cunning and therefore it mostly misinterprets things for you therefore whatever you read and understand – place it at the feet of your Master for the final directions. He / She will guide you.
7. Your effortless effort should continue all the time.
उद्यमो भैरवः ( शिव सूत्र 1:5)
Spiritual quest is not a part-time job, neither it is a full-time job of 9 to 6 rather it is a way of life! Continuous effort that becomes effortless like your breathing can serve you. Awareness is to become your constant companion so that it impregnates all the 3 to give access to the 4th! Jaagrat-swapn-sushupt-bhede turyabhogasambhavah (जाग्रत्स्वप्नसुषुप्तभेदे तुर्याभोगसंभवः , शिव सूत्र 1: 7) The state of supreme awareness can come only when your effort becomes an enterprise.
उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत.. Get up, wake up and walk tirelessly till you reach the goal!
Is it enough for you – the Eternal child of Supreme Mother?
– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath