Don’t try to prove your importance by dying! No! Try to prove your importance by Living!


The second verse of Ishavasya Upanishad:

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः |

एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे ॥

kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

evaM thvayi naanyaThethoaAsthi na karma lipyathe nare ||

“One should decide to live in this world for hundreds of years, all the while doing his deeds dispassionately as sanctioned by the scriptures. In this way, the deeds done by you shall not cling to you. There is no other way by which a man can free himself from the bondage created by the deeds.”

Listen! The first thing the Upanishads declare: DECIDE TO LIVE! I was expanding on this from yesterday. Decision to LIVE! Please listen! It is not as simple as you think; it is really deep, really deep.

Every step of life, don’t give up! Go on deciding to LIVE, deciding to LIVE, deciding to LIVE! In every opportunity, open to live….open to live.

I will give you one small example:

The moment I read the Kaamika Aagamaa….. The Aagama says, during the puja to Mahadeva, Shiva, all the three “gaana” should be there: Mantra Gaana, Veena Gaana, Veda Adhyaayana. Mantra Gaana, means, the mantras chanted during puja; and the Veena Gaana; and the Veda Adhyaayana, Vedic chanting. The moment I read that, immediate next step is: ‘Oh, in these three, only Veena Gaana I do not know myself. Get me a Veena; I want to learn.’ That’s all! That’s all is the next step I took. I asked my Mahant who assists me; I called him and said, ‘Hey, get me a Veena!’ And, I said, ‘Organize a teacher for me!’

Constantly opening for life!

I tell you, you are living as long as you are opening yourself for life. When I say “life”, I don’t mean just learning new things. If you think wealth is life, you should be constantly opening up for wealth and taking responsibility for it till the end of your time, your so-called “end of time”. Listen! If you think power is your life, you should be constantly opening up to power till the end of your so-called life. In every step, whatever you believe as life, opening yourself for that constantly is “saying YES to life”. Listen! “One should decide to live hundreds of years” does not mean you just decide to breathe, inhale and exhale, for hundreds of years. No! Whatever you believe as life, opening up for that!

I am very clear, till the last moment of my life, 127th birthday, may be, by 11, 11:30, noon, I may leave the body in the public stage. Till then I will be giving my satsangh. That day morning there will be satsangh, and there will be Kalpataru Darshan, there will be Sannyas initiation, and, after that, I will leave the body. Means, not that I am going to become non-functioning, I will not be functioning using just this body.

So, be very clear, what you decide as life, being available for that, and saying “YES” to that constantly is “kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH” (कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः)!

If you think, money is life, even the last moment of your life you should be saying “YES” to it. 

If you think power is life, even the last moment of your life you should be saying “YES” to it and making decisions for it.

If you think enlightenment is life, you should be saying “YES” to it even the last moment of your life.

In my life, I am very clear, living Advaitha and enriching the whole world with the spiritual truth is my life. So, I am saying “YES” to this till the end of my so-called life.

Please understand, life does not end when you leave the body; but I am saying, even that so-called life, till the end of that so-called life, I am saying “YES” to what I believe as life, and even after that, I will be constantly available. Whoever wants to relate with Me, connecting with Me through various methods – prayer, meditation, worship, whatever – I will be constantly available, making this great science and spiritual blessings available to them.

So, understand, “saying YES to life” means, not just saying “YES” to breathing, inhaling and exhaling, your little heart pumping the blood, little brain once in a while active. No! “Saying YES to life” means, DECIDING TO LIVE! Means, deciding to live and take responsibility for whatever you believe as life.

I am very clear, the best joy, pleasure, bliss, in my life I experience when I live Advaitha and share Advaitha, enrich the world with Advaitha. When I live Advaitha and share with the world, enrich the world with these great Advaithic principles! I am very clear! So, saying “YES” to that, taking responsibility for that throughout your life means, DECIDING FOR LIFE, understand? That is why I am constantly NEW, because, I am constantly deciding FOR LIFE. Otherwise, no one can expect our Sangha to be growing. See, the way we started, if you just see the journey, it was such powerful, high-energy journey! And in next six months, I tell you guys, you can’t even imagine how we will be! Because, now it is all thrown at the feet of Kaamika Aagama! What Mahadeva has dictated in Kaamika Aagama, even I have not read it fully! But I have already declared and I have surrendered myself to that, and I am taking all the decisions, making everything happen!

Yesterday, one of my sannyasini asked me, ‘Swamiji, can we celebrate this whole Shiva Rathri as per Kaamika Aagama? Mahadeva has given detailed instruction.’

Immediately I said, ‘Go ahead!’

This Shiva Rathri, we are going to be celebrating it as per Mahadeva’s, Shiva’s instruction! This decision I took without even knowing the details of instruction! It is not that I have read all the details. Just Jnanatma asked me, ‘Swamiji, Mahadeva has given the instructions, thorough, detailed instruction of how to do puja, homa, including Guru Puja, everything, in the Kaamika Aagama. Can we celebrate this Shiva Rathri as per Mahadeva’s instruction?’

I said, ‘Done! Do it! Done! Do it!’ That’s all!

So, understand, the eleventh chapter gives the procedure for Shiva Rathri Puja.

I said, ‘Go ahead!’ That’s it!

And, I have not even read the procedures fully! Whatever it is, I am deciding FOR it! We will throw ourselves, surrender ourselves, dedicate ourselves to the Kaamika Aagama, and do, stretch ourselves to the maximum of Mahadeva’s instruction, declaration. Once you decide, deciding FOR it!

I tell you, deciding for what you believe as pleasure, life, joy, bliss, and taking continuously the responsibility for it is, “MAKING DECISION TO LIVE”!

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः | kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

I learnt it from my “poorvaashram” grandfather. He lived, I think, ninety-eight or ninety-nine (years). Till the last day of his death, he woke up and did his Nithya Puja! And he is a man of integrity and discipline; never, he missed a single day his morning puja! Took bath, did his puja, did his meditation, went to the office, his office, by walk, attended his morning routine, came back noon, mid-noon, had his lunch, lay down for rest…..left the body!

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः | kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

There is another one extreme: My guru, Yogananda Puri! He was admitted in the hospital in the name of “heart attack”.

And the doctors asked him, ‘What did you do, you got heart attack?’

He said, ‘No, just I was demonstrating some yogic practices, and I think I had heart attack.’

They asked, ‘What is the yogic practice that you had heart attack?’

‘No, I just tied the iron rod around my chest and exhaled, and the iron rod broke.’ This he does regularly. ‘And I was demonstrating. So, at that time I had heart attack.’

The doctors were shocked! ‘Hey, what do you mean by this?’

He said, ‘Come on, bring another one iron rod.’

And he demonstrated, and he had one more heart attack with all the machinery in the hospital! And the doctors reported he had forty-two heart attacks when he was under the scanning and under the observation of doctors, but did not die! Stops the heart and starts as he wants!

Finally, the doctors said, ‘He won’t die, don’t worry. Take him to the house.’

And, in the house, he sat, and he ate, and he was making fun of all the disciples, devotees around him.

And, just, one day, fine morning, around eight o’clock or something – that is what I was told, because I was not there physically on the spot – he just waved the hands to all of them, and blessed, and left the body, just dropped the hand! Literally like a movie scene! And, till the last moment:

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः | kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

So, first you need to have a clear understanding of what you consider as “Life”. Not just deciding to breathe, inhale and exhale. What do you consider as joy, the purpose of your life, inspiration for your life, excitement for your life, saying “YES” to that, deciding FOR it!

Nothing is right or wrong. Deciding for political power is not something wrong. Deciding for money is not something wrong. Deciding for enlightenment is not something wrong. Nothing is right or wrong. Your decision without conflict makes everything right. Your decision with conflict makes everything wrong. If you have a Self-Doubt, SDHD, Self-Doubt, Hatred, Denial, even if you decide FOR Advaitha, it will be wrong! If you don’t have SDHD, even if you decide for money or political power, or any mundane so-called ordinary things, it will not be wrong! Finally, it boils down to the strength of your decision.

“One should decide to live in this world for hundreds of years, all the while doing his deeds dispassionately as sanctioned by the scriptures.”

Listen! Listen! Listen!

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः |

एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे ॥

kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

evaM thvayi naanyaThethoaAsthi na karma lipyathe nare ||

Decide to LIVE! Decide to LIVE!

At some time, your decisions may prove itself not sufficient. You may have to reinvent yourself at one point in life. ‘Even then, when that point comes, I will reinvent myself! As on now, with the knowledge I have, the clarity I have, the Completion space I have, this is what right means, I decide for it. Even if I have to change it later on, reinvent myself, that is okay. Now I am deciding. And, when I need to reinvent myself, without the blink of the eye deciding to reinvent myself, dropping the old decisions and understanding, and entering into the new decisions and understanding is “RENUNCIATION”.

Understand, the level of Completion you have now, the possibility, the “saadhya”, possibilities, opens up in your life, you may think, ‘This, this, this, this, this, I will do. This is my decision for life.’ Then, when you grow in that, then new possibilities may open up. So, the possibility for you to reinvent may start happening. At those moments, just standing up again and deciding for further life, deciding for further life, deciding for further life, and ability to renounce the old decisions and move to further life, or assimilate the old decisions into the new decisions, further life, is “RENUNCIATION”.

I will give you one example:

Suddenly, one of our Swamis came and told me, ‘Swamiji, let us have a balloon in the ashram, big balloon with our ashram name, so that people from Mysore Road can see.’

I thought, ‘Okay. Have it.’

Then I thought, ‘Let us have one more balloon declaring the next celebrations we are going to have, like Shiva Rathri. One more balloon for Shiva Rathri also. Let the people see and come and attend Shiva Rathri.’

Then I suddenly realized, actually the Aagama asks us to raise the flag for this purpose only! When the temple flag is raised, people all around that area see that there is an “Uthsava” (festival), and they come for the temple, they come to the temple and attend the “Uthsava”. So, exactly what was done in the Aagama by raising the flag, we are doing it by raising the balloon. But, now, that does not mean we need to stop raising the flag, because, both of them are not contradicting. They don’t contradict. It is not that we are going to raise the balloon on the flagstaff. So, when they are not contradicting, assimilating it, digesting it. That is what is “respect to the tradition and ability to renounce”.

Many times, in the name of renunciation, we do throw out the things, we do renounce the things from the tradition, which need not be renounced. I became enlightened does not mean I need to renounce the brushing style as per the Aagama, taking bath style as per Aagama; because, even after enlightenment, anyhow I am going to brush, I am going to take bath. It is not that I am going to stop those actions. When I am going to have it, do it, why not do it as per the Aagama? After all, it is not contradicting the enlightened lifestyle. That is what I call “renunciation, but not throwing away the tradition”. Wherever both can co-exist, I always insist on keeping both to co-exist.

Listen! I am answering so many questions here!

One: Decide FOR LIFE.

Second: Be very clear about what you consider as “Life”, what is your passion, what excites you, what inspires you, what brings you joy, what brings you pleasure, what brings you bliss.

Third: Take responsibility for it.

Fourth: When you are taking responsibility and living, suddenly you may come upon a situation where the better knowledge and better possibility opens up to you. Then, again, don’t decide just because you lived this for so many years. Decide FOR LIFE, for expansion, and jump to that, reinvent yourself with that. When you are reinventing, if this old can be digested into it, keep it; or, don’t bother, let go it; don’t worry, just let go it. This is exactly what I call “DECIDING FOR LIFE”.

Almost, I have given you the Manual for “kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH” (कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः)! I have given you the Manual for “kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH” (कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः), understand?

I have given one home-work yesterday: Sitting and digging out all the patterns, moments, incidents, decisions, thoughts, you encouraged AGAINST LIFE, decisions you took AGAINST LIFE, saying, “I don’t want to live! Why should I live?’, all these stupid things.

And, there are some people; they try to get your attention and sympathy by this: ‘Only after I die you all will know how important I am!’ Just to prove your importance you want to die?!! Stupid fellow! LIVE and prove your importance! Not by dying! No, people talk! People talk, ‘Only after I die you all will know how important I am for your life!’ No! Don’t try to prove your importance by dying! No! Try to prove your importance by LIVING!

Many times you encourage this kind of thoughts, this kind of oscillations, this kind of conflicting, contradicting thoughts, understand? If you decide you are a Sannyasi, DECIDE to start LIVING! It is instruction from Mahadeva! Don’t think, ‘Till I take Sannyas, I will try one or two affairs. If nothing works out, then I will plan for Sannyas.’ No! That is not the way Mahadeva teaches. Or, if you decide, ‘No, I am going to get married and live.’, and after you live, after certain years, suddenly the possibility opens up for you to reinvent yourself in the next level, then don’t be stuck with the decision of being married, living married, because you took the decision earlier. Have the guts to reinvent yourself; but, decide FOR LIFE!

The conflicting, confusing, self-conflicting….. Understand, all self-conflicting decisions are self-pain- inflicting decisions. Entertaining panic patterns, anxiety attacks, is nothing but deciding AGAINST LIFE.

I tell you, actually, knowing that whatever you are afraid of will not be as bad as you imagined when it happens in your life is, “INTELLIGENCE”.

Knowing, ‘Anything I am afraid of will not be as bad as I imagined when it happens”, is “INTELLIGENCE”.

If you are afraid of poverty, when actually it happens to you, it will not as bad as you imagined. If you are afraid of disease, it will not be as bad as you imagined when it actually happens to you. I am not asking you to fall sick. No! I am only saying, ‘Don’t engage with the pain patterns and anxiety attacks.’ Don’t entertain the anxiety attacks and pain patterns related to any fear, because, engaging with them is decision AGAINST LIFE. Decision AGAINST LIFE!

Understand, in the Shivoham process in Cambodia, all I did is only one thing: All your decisions AGAINST LIFE, I started melting it. I just started melting all your decisions AGAINST LIFE. Suddenly, people see they are transformed! Suddenly, people find themselves transformed! I tell you, I just did only one thing: Put fire on all the places where you decided AGAINST LIFE! And we do decide against life tons of times every day. If just breakfast is a little delayed, ‘What kind of life it is?’ If just a little less money in your bank balance for what you want to purchase, ‘Better to die than living like this poor life, useless!’

Please understand, your every thought counts! Your every decision counts!

You are the only being allowed to have Free Will! Neither devathas nor devils have Free Will. Free Will is beyond their reach.

Please understand, Indra (Chief of the Gods) has to drink nectar, has to play with Rambha, has to see the dance of Urvashi, because, that was the decision he already made. The collective result of all the decisions he made, he enjoys in Deva Loka (world of gods/heaven). In Deva Loka he has no right to decide newly. He can, at the most, decide a few dance steps of Rambha or Menaka or Urvashi; but he cannot change Rambha, Menaka, Urvashi; he cannot get some other fourth name, fifth name (other divine damsels). No! So, the result of the cumulative decisions he has already taken can be experienced in Deva Loka; but he does not have a Free Will to take decision.

Same way, in the Naraka Loka (hell). The cumulative, the result of the cumulative decisions you have taken in your life is experienced in Naraka Loka; but, you yourself don’t have Free Will to take new decisions in Naraka Loka. You can’t say, ‘This oil is too hot. Don’t fry me in this. Please can you put me in hot water instead of hot oil.’ No! You cannot ask for hot water tub instead of hot oil tub. No! No choice is given. If the Naraka allotted to you is “Krimi Bhakshya”, means “eating the insects” or “eaten by the insects”….. There is a Naraka described, where you will be eating insects and small animals, and the other side of you will be eaten by those small animals. So, in that Naraka, you cannot have decision – ‘Can you change instead of bees to ants?’ No! The cumulative result of the cumulative decisions you took is exhausted, enjoyed, experienced in Naraka.

So, neither Naraka nor Swarga (heaven), neither Hell nor Heaven, gives you the right for Individual Will. Only here (Bhu Loka/Earth) you are given the right for Individual Will. Please use it strongly, actively, as Upanishad declares; because, every active decision, every living thought, has power….has power! You might have decided two-thousand times against life. But now if you decide, ‘Now I am deciding to correct all my decisions I took earlier against life. Whether it is two-hundred, or two-thousand, or twenty-thousand, I am DECIDING!’, that decision is enough to get inserted into your very DNA, and reprogram, re-alter, re-align your whole DNA to your new way of thinking! Understand, your decision here immediately creates a ripple in the Sun, Moon, Saturn, and the whole universe! Please understand, in all those places, no one is there who can DECIDE!

Please listen! I saw in Nepal, all the Bollywood actors, actresses, are very famous in Nepal, and people see all Bollywood movies (Bollywood is the Hindi movie industry in India). I don’t want to say in Nepal there is no movie industry. It is very less. Because, this grandeur of Bollywood, they overpower the Nepal movie industry, and Nepal celebrates Bollywood movies and Bollywood actors, actresses. Please understand, same way, the Sun or the Moon or Saturn or Jupiter, in all those places, there is no one with the power to DECIDE. That is why people with power to decide are celebrated all over those planets. Just like Bollywood movies, actors are celebrated in Nepal….. No offence to Nepal movie industry; but, surely these guys, the Bollywood industry was able to create loud noise, and they are celebrated there. And, in other planets, I tell you, there is nobody to decide. A muni sits in Samadhi; that’s all. He cannot decide to go for shopping. He goes to the Loka, that Loka of Tapo Loka, because of his cumulative decisions to be in the space of Tapas without getting disturbed. So he goes there. He only can sit in Samadhi there. There is no shopping mall in Tapo Loka. Only here you have shopping mall and Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, both! If you want to go for shopping, you have shopping mall; if you want to meditate and sit in Samadhi, you have Bidadi Banyan Tree! Understand, that is why this world has so much of choice, variety, colourful. The variety, choice, colourfulness, is because we have a Will. We have Will means, we have responsibility.

You need to know, every thought you create, creates a vibration in the Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. You need to be responsible for every thought you generate, every thought you attest, every thought you say “YES”.

Now you can decide: ‘I think I have messed up a lot in the past. Now I am declaring, erasing all the mess I created in the past. And now I am deciding FOR LIFE. Let my DNA start reprogramming, aligning, flowing, FOR LIFE.’ This decision, even now if you declare, immediately it will vibrate in the Sun, it will vibrate in the Moon, it will vibrate in Jupiter, it will vibrate in Saturn, it will vibrate with Rahu, it will vibrate with Kethu. All of them will say “Thathaasthu”! Learning to get the Cosmic “Thathaasthu” is Science of Prayer, understand? The methodology of getting the Cosmic “Thathaasthu” is Science of Prayer.

I am defining “Prayer”. If you don’t know the context, and if you cannot get the “Thathaasthu” from the Cosmos, your prayers are nothing but pure “polambals” (புலம்பல்). Means, how you call some number saved in your cell-phone and cry to that fellow, saying, ‘I am not expecting any solution from you. Just I wanted to cry. Please listen to my “polambal”!’ No, there are many people who call our Enriching Temple just to “polambify”. Means, grumbling, grudging! They don’t even expect any solution. They just call and tell, ‘No, I am not asking any solution from you. You just listen to me. I have to cry somewhere. I just want to cry to you; that’s all.’

But, I tell you, you CAN get Cosmic “Thathaasthu”, if you just know Cosmos is “Thathaasthu”!

This Shivoham process is all about burning all your “life negative” patterns and decisions, and aligning you to this one verse – “kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH” (कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः). 

Listen! Listen! Deciding FOR LIFE! This truth – DECIDING FOR LIFE – needs to be internalized from multiple angles. And you need to Complete from multiple angles.

I have seen, whenever people get pain, they say, ‘Swamiji, death is much better than this pain! Please!’

People come and tell me!

I tell them, ‘No! This pain itself is, because, you decided many times, earlier, to die. Now stop! Stop deciding death! Decide LIFE! You will walk out of this pain! You will burn this pain, melt this pain, and get out.’

If you decide always FOR LIFE, even if your body is not functioning, you will be in “Jeeva Samadhi” – Eternal Life!

One of the greatest gifts I am giving to my kids is LEARNING TO DECIDE FOR LIFE. I will create the pure bio-memories, muscle-memories which decides only FOR LIFE, never takes a single decision against life. Whenever a person, whose bio-memory and muscle-memory always DECIDES FOR LIFE, if he sits, anybody who walks into his breathing space automatically get healed, because, THEIR muscle-memory, bio-memory also starts DECIDING FOR LIFE.

Last few days, one drama is going on. One devotee came for healing. The moment I put my hand on the head and heal, the body becomes alright. After a few hours, it is back to the same condition by evening. I was wondering, ‘What is going on? Why?’ Then I saw, so many thousands of decisions she made AGAINST LIFE! When I am putting the hand, the bio-memory loves life and it comes back to life, and it heals itself. It says, ‘Yes, yes, I want to live!’ And, after a few hours, ‘No, no, I think it is all not right, and this Swami mesmerised me to live. I don’t think I am capable, it is possible.’ And, it goes back to disease!

I am neither mesmerising nor hypnotising; I am just reminding you to LIVE!

Just this one verse if it can be internalized, people can walk out of so many diseases:

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः | kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः | kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

DECIDE to LIVE! DECIDE for whatever you believe as LIFE. DECIDE for whatever gives you the joy, inspiration, excitement, pleasure, and bliss. DECIDE for it.

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.