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As time goes by, people-events-things dissolve, Shantidwara as Matarishvan's personal project has transitioned back into the unknown.

Mata discontinued promoting her classes and events as "Shantidwara", but continues offering Yoga classes at her beautiful home and serving community from a new platform/blog https://shivaparvati.yoga  


Firstly, Mata has been subjected numerous times to intellectual property theft in the past. Before Shantidwara was conceived as name for Mata's home in 2019, she has created Flow in 2013 - some greedy hands took it from her and misused. This time, as Shantidwara started getting a spin, the same greedy hands tried to grasp it and misuse, so Mata let go of the idea to call her home a name (greedy hands are powerless over nameless).


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We never really answer the "Why" question - the very question that seems to be the only one a child often wants to ask.  

Instead of answering Why, we answer What. And if it's not enough, we just bring even more What answers.

- Why do bananas grow on trees?

- Well, that's because they're fruit, and trees have fruit as little vessels for their seeds, to procreate. 

That's telling a bit about what is happening to bananas, and what is going on before and after or around that, but it doesn't say anything about Why it is happening. Why does banana tree care to comply with all those patterns?

The child isn't satisfied and keeps asking.

- Why procreate? 

- Well, that way when it dies it has little babies that will continue being bananas, carrying on with the being a banana business. 

"Duh!" - Thinks the child, - "that's not what I asked". Not satisfied. It goes on. We never answer why anything happens. We just keep on rumbling about what is happening - cause and effect, layer by layer. That's all we know from early on - shut off from feeling the Why by bringing a whole lot of the What, aka information noise. We answer the Why with the "because" - as in "the cause of this is this". We never care to reflect on why one thing causes another. 

A banana tree doesn't have a reason to do anything. It does what it does, flowing in our perception of space and time.

If we look at it and care to ask "why?" - we give it a reason. Or hope for reason, rather, which is just as good.

Reason is a projection of one's care, love and hope. Hope that there is some innate nature of existence. Love of mystery and perceived beauty. Care for the continuation of life. Even fear is just another expression of love, care and hope. 

We now start accepting that matter is but a multitude of energy cycles. But we also know that energy is not some-thing. It doesn't exist. Energy is a potential for change. Capacity to cause motion or interaction. Energy is not an event or object. It's an opportunity. Energy magically becomes something only if we care to take a look and wonder Why. Why zero is zero, and not 1-1? Or is it? What is one then? Why did I think it up? Why do I question?

And now, if we keep explaining the reason by looking into facts, however close we get to the "core" of the subject, we are bound to an endlessly explainable and therefore mundane deduction. It never answers the Why question. We make up time progression because we need cause and effect to create an illusion of reasoning. 

The Why answer is not in linear logic. It just is. It has no substance, mass or timeframe. 

The answer to the Why question is the meaning of everything. It is our-Selves, after we've finished the neti-neti job. 

The closest we can get to feeling the reason without formulating or understanding it is when we love. Love is when just "know" Why. We can't explain, but somehow we know. 

The more we think and understand, the less we love. 

Explanation creates more and more layers of the What answers - layers of separation from what birthed the essence in the first place. The universe of the What becomes bigger, with more of confused attempts to explain, and longer distances between ripple crossings. 

As soon as we understand we cease to wonder. We stop looking for the Why.

True love consumes and drowns understanding. 

The Why answer lives in mystery. The time vanishes. We don't need it. The Why answer is in our heart. In one single time and space. Nothing has ever begun. We know. As one.

 

Children wonder. As long as we wonder - we are children, living. As soon as we stop - we are lost, dying. Goatless. Bananas.

Wonder - as in being in awe with limitless possibilities, including magic and unknown and that what is impossible to describe.

Why did we have to teach language and make castles of illusory meaning and take away the chance to just take time and wonder?

We fill our children with love. We fill our friends with love. We fill plants and music with love. Love is the soul. If we give out enough of it, we transcend time.

Rumi says - "When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men".

And now I get it. I understand What makes me love my wife. It is her ability to fall in love. With ideas, people, moments, fears, and at one point - with me.

And I sure hope that I will never, ever, ever, ever understand WHY I love her.

Or why I love you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is an auspicious day when full moon, winter solstice and Dattatreya Guru Jayanti coincide, celebrated as the beginning of a new year. Jayanti is a point in time when victory of a particular personage in history allows us to connect to the wisdom unfolding through the story of their life. Dattatreya is mentioned in various Puranas, Samhitas, several Upanishads are dedicated to his glorious life. 


“The Twenty-Four Gurus of Dattatreya

Swami Dharmakeerti Saraswati


Yayati was a rajarishi, an ancestor of the Yadu clan to which Sri Krishna belonged. His queen was Devayani, the daughter of Rishi Shukracharya. The only weakness the king had was desire, and desire was his undoing. Cursed by the rishi on one occasion, to become old before his time unless he could exchange his old-age with someone else, Yayati sought his eldest son Yadu and begged him to help him out of the predicament.


Yadu, of all the king's sons, was interested in spiritual life. He pondered over the situation. Seeing his father obsessed with youth and desire, Yadu realised the impermanence of both. He was filled with vairagya. However, he did not want to grow old before his time, because he thought, 'When old-age comes gradually one exhausts his desires naturally and along with them the karma. Besides, youth is a time for spiritual, sadhana, a preparation period for the development of higher consciousness.


Sad at having to disappoint his father, nevertheless Yadu knew that he had to refuse. His father subsequently disinherited him. To Yadu, who was quite disillusioned with the world already, this was a boon. He walked away from the palace and entered a forest, seeking a guru who would initiate him into the mysteries of higher reality.


During his wanderings he came across a naked ascetic, smeared with ash, radiant with bliss, Yadu felt drawn to him. 'O Rishi' he asked, 'who are you?' 'I am an Avadhoot,' said Dattatreya, for that was who it was. 'What is an Avadhoot?' asked Yadu in innocent humility. 'Aksharatvat, imperishability; Varenyatvat. Devout wishing for-these two words form the essence of an Avadhoot,' said Datta Prabhu. 'One who has cut himself asunder from all things which are transient-One who has shaken off avidya and lives in the bliss of his own atman. He is an Avadhoot.'


'Lord,' said Yadu, 'I too wish to shake off avidya. I too wish to know the akshara, the imperishable. Please teach me,' Pleased by the shraddha of Yadu, Dattatreya explained to him the significance of discipleship in a sadhak and proceeded to give him instances in life where he had learned from twenty-four situations. Life itself is the guru to one rich in discipleship.


Dattatreya explained to Yadu that discipleship is openness, receptivity, flexibility of the mind; the capacity to renounce concept alter concept, experience after experience, to reach the inner truth. It is the capacity to see beyond forms into their essence. Discipleship is a state of consciousness that is fired with an intense longing to experience the truth as it is and not to be satisfied with its various reflections. It was with this spirit that Dattatreya responded to the entire world around him, the spirit of discipleship that learns from all of existence, with all the innocence of a child.


Earth


From the earth, Dattatreya learned the qualities of forgiveness, unselfishness and the strength to bear burdens. Very often progress on the spiritual path is hampered because a sadhak is tied to the past. A trauma at some time in life decides one's response to similar situations all through one's lifetime. Nothing is seen with freshness and innocence. Everything is seen through the eyes of fear and suspicion because of past conditioning. This quality is not just projected onto the outside but also onto oneself. Inadequacy, lack of confidence, poor self-esteem, are in reality lack of faith or trust in ourselves. They are a measure of one's own self-rejection.


The earth, burdened by a thankless world, stands firm and proud. She is not demoralised. She does not punish or reject herself. Dharitri, one who holds, is a reflection of Dharma, the eternal one that holds all existence. With immense tenderness she holds the world in her lap, unmindful of assaults on her person. To Dattatreya she was symbolic of shraddha, having a capacity to hold together, herself and all associated with her, with great compassion, giving of herself totally to the situation which asks of her, with an unflinching steadiness, like the physical body holding divinity within itself.


Air


The air to Dattatreya was a symbol of aliveness, prana carried in its garments. Pervading everywhere, yet uncontaminated, carrying fragrance, but not being the fragrance, it reminded him of pure consciousness, present in all manifestation, yet not being affected by the movements, the changes within it. It brought to him the experience of detachment, stillness in movement.


Sky


The atman resides in the body but it is not the body. The sky holds the world like a garment or canopy but it is not the world. It seems limited but in reality it is limitless. The sky was his third guru. The deeper mind is like the sky: vast and unseen, holding thoughts and feelings like clouds, seeming limited but really limitless in its possibilities.


Water


His fourth guru was water. In. its very ordinariness water is extraordinary, It supports all life. Some simple organisms can live without air. However, none can live without water. Over millions of years, water has been responsible for shaping the face of the earth. It nourishes the soil so that mighty forests can grow. It decides the climate. It has great stability. It cleanses, purifies, refreshes. To Dattatreya it was symbolic of the compassion of a yogi that unobtrusively flows to the world, nourishing and refreshing.


Fire


His fifth guru was fire, which destroys all that is gross. Like the inner fire of awareness that reduces everything to its essence (bhasma), purifying ruthlessly whatever is poured into it, fire reminded him of freedom from the defects of avidya.


Moon


The moon seems to wax and wane, yet there is no intrinsic change in it. Likewise the moods and changes in man are qualities of body and mind, not part of the atman.


Sun


From the sun, that takes water from the ocean by evaporating it and returning it as life-giving rain water, Dattatreya realised that through the sense-organs one can take in the essence of the objects of perception without being obsessed with the external form of the object. Its light is reflected in gutters, rivers, streams, puddles, and looks different according to the contents and qualities of the water, but in itself it is the same. So to, the atman in different bodies seems to take on the qualities of the body, but in reality it is the same one everywhere. The sun brought to his mind qualities of egoless-ness and omnipresence.


Pigeon


From a pigeon that had little fledglings, which when caught in a net by a hunter, cried piteously, luring the mother to her death, Dattatreya realised the dangers of samskara. Too much involvement in samskara re suits in the destruction of spirituality. It was attachment to the family that was responsible for the destruction of spirituality. It was attachment to the family that was responsible for the destruction of the bird. Our samsara too, consisting of our prejudices, our desires, our passions, that are born of us and from out family, destroy the spirituality within us. The higher yearning is smothered by preconceived notions, rigidity of mind and intellectual clutter.


Python


The ninth guru was a python. Seeing it eat only what came to it, not setting out in search of feed, Dattatreya learned the value of surrender.


Ocean


The ocean receives all rivers, all the waters of the earth, some clean, some polluted, yet it remains unaffected and retains its essential 'oceanness'. Freedom from disturbance was the lesson from the ocean.


Firefly


Seeing a firefly drawn to its destruction by its infatuation with the glittering flame, the yogi realised how desire can lead to destruction.


Bee


The twelfth guru was the bee. Flying from flower to flower, taking honey only for its immediate need, leaving the flowers unbruised and unhurt, the idea of bhiksha was born to Dattatreya. Not storing for the future, taking what was given voluntarily and offering goodwill in return, was the concept of bhiksha.


Elephant


The thirteenth guru came in the form of an elephant that hurtled down to its trap by being drawn to the wooden image of a female elephant. Dattatreya learned that when one has a great passion for the highest truth, one should not be deluded by the distractions of sensual desire. Even a photograph, a thought of a woman, can pull one down from one-pointedness in one's search.


Honey-gatherer


The fourteenth guru was a honey-gatherer. The bee speeds his time making honey which the honey-gatherer enjoys. Dattatreya realised that most often people spend their lifetimes gathering possessions in the faint hope that they will give them happiness and security- Not only do these possessions not give any inner security, but the majority of people are so busy gathering possessions that they do not have time to enjoy them. They are enjoyed by other people. What a waste of time, energy and emotional investment, felt Dattatreya. Precious time should be spent, not in acquiring but in reaching the inner self.


Deer


On one occasion the yogi watched a deer. Nimble and swift of foot, it was on guard and alert. A hunter who failed to catch it realised that the animal was interested in or distracted by music. Knowing its vulnerability, he distracted it and caught it. Any vulnerability is a weakness on the spiritual path. One loses alertness. Ekagrata or one-pointedness is lost. In no time, the sadhak who has raised himself with great effort is plunged into rajas and tamas. One should always be aware of one's vulnerable point and be alert on the path so that one does not go astray.


Fish


The fish is caught because the bait with the worm is a temptation. One should be wary of the sense-organs and desires associated with them, whether it be taste, smell, vision, audition or touch. The yogi was alerted to this obstacle while watching the fish.


Pingala


The seventeenth guru was a courtesan called Pingala. On one occasion Pingala waited for her lover in great anguish and restlessness. Long did she wait, but he did not come. At one point she became utterly disgusted with herself and thought, 'It is because of my desire and expectation that I suffer.' At the height of suffering; she turned her awareness within and a great transformation took place in her. 'Had I but sought the divine beloved with the same ardour, I would not be in this plight now/ she thought to herself.


Thus a great vairagya arose in her. Leaving her desires aside, cutting asunder all expectations in one flash with the sword of viveka, she took to the spiritual path, Dattatreya was inspired by Pingala's life, the lessons she learned from her suffering, the ease with which she dropped her ignorance, like the dropping of a garment and the heights to which her consciousness soared, free of desires, with the twin wings of viveka and vairagya.


Sparrow


Dattatreya watched a small sparrow flying with a piece of food in its beak and saw it encounter a big bird. Pursued by the big bird, the little sparrow dropped its food and escaped while the former pounced on the food. He realised the wisdom behind the instinctive action of the bird, that when the enemy is stronger, one should not hang onto possessions. Not only is this true concerning material possessions but also of the Fried. When a strong emotion so overpowers one, it is not wise to fight with the mind at that stage. It is best to let it pass while witnessing it in a detached fashion, so that the energy associated with it settles down. The sadhak needs to build up his foundation systematically and stabilise it before he or she is ready to face the giant waves of the ocean of the mind. It is said, "Discretion is the better part of valour", and, 'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread". One must be aware of one's limitations in the early stages of sadhana lest one get burned out for lack of patience.


Child


The nineteenth guru was a little child Dattatreya saw playing relaxed and untouched by the past. A child lives from moment to moment. He does not remember the abuse the pain of a moment ago, nor does he dream of the future. All of him is present at every moment. There is no tension in play, no competition, just sheer joy and fun and celebration, like the flowering of the trees. The spiritual path too can be light and full of celebration. The sadhak should be alert against the dangers of succumbing to the heaviness of the ego. It is for this reason that santosh, contentment, is one of the qualities of a disciple.


Girl


The twentieth guru was a young girl who was alone at home when she had unexpected visitors. Brought up in a tradition where the unexpected guest, atithi, is regarded as divine, she seated them with respect and then went into the inner room to prepare food for them. While pounding the rice her glass bangles made a noise knocking against each other. One by one she broke them so that the noise would not disturb her guests, until she had just two on her arm. When these too made a noise she broke one so that she had just one.


In a flash Dattatreya understood that one should walk alone on the spiritual path. Even a close, silent companion can create mental noise that prevents the great silence from taking place.


Archer


The one-pointed concentration of an archer reminded Dattatreya of the importance of sattwa guna and the unruffled ekagrata of a seeker. One is reminded of the Mundaka Upanishad which states, "Om is the bow, atman is the arrow and the target is Brahman," The archer was Dattatreya's twenty-first guru.


Snake


The twenty-second guru was the snake which taught him two things. One was to abandon crowds. The second was that familiarity and the known blunt awareness and create attachment. The lesson also applies to the mind. Shun the crowds within oneself, the market place within, and move closer to an uncluttered state of consciousness. Do not hold on to anything known, whether a thought, or an emotion. This will help the sadhak keep his awareness totally in every moment, unconditioned by yesterdays.


Spider


The twenty-third guru was a spider. The spider weaves its web with saliva from itself, and when it is done with it, takes it back into itself. This reminded him of the Brahman, the divinity that throws the cosmos cut of itself and at the end of an akaal gathers it back into itself.


Wasp


The twenty-fourth guru was the wasp, 'bhramara keelaka'. The wasp is said to take an insect, keep it in its nest, and keep stinging it every now and then until the insect becomes one-pointed with fear. The insect is almost meditating on the wasp in its terror, until it takes on the characteristic of its tormentor and itself become a wasp. "Brahma vidya brahmeva bhavati," ("To know Brahman is to become Brahman.") The situation is so reminiscent of Sambhrama yoga that Kamsa practised. His fear of Krishna made his mind so one-pointed that he attained liberation.


Upon hearing all this Yadu was enlightened, and paying homage to the Guru, Dattatreya, proceeded on his way.


The story of the twenty-four gurus of Dattatreya has tremendous significance for any disciple. Very often one analyses and dissects the speech and actions of one's Guru, moving from Guru to Guru, looking through the eyes of the ego. Because one has not become a disciple, one does not have the consciousness to look beyond words into the silence, beyond form into the formless beyond the periphery into the centre. So, one keeps missing again and again.


For a seeker, discipleship is very important. Discipleship is not an emotional intention or an intellectual understanding of gurutwam. Discipleship is a state of consciousness. It is like the opening of a flower. Its opening is not calculated. It does not choose the time. It opens spontaneously when the bud stage is over, and as it opens the sunlight streams into it naturally from all sides. The sun does not choose the flower. The sun's rays are present naturally. When the flower opens there is a meeting, a union.


Dattarreya's relationship with each of his gurus did not consist of didactic lectures, nor of intellectual discussions or understanding. They were the intuitive flashes of an innocent mind, a mind innocent of concepts and preconceived notions. His consciousness as a disciple was such that gurutwam streamed into him from every side; from spiders, snakes, courtesans, children etc. All of existence became his Guru because he was a disciple, and because he was a disciple he was also the Adi Guru. The union of discipleship and gurutwam is not physical; mental or emotional. It is a state of consciousness; two great rivers merging to find that the water is one. Such discipleship is rare and should serve as an inspiration for all sadhakas looking for the highest truth.” Bihar School Of Yoga http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1992/cmay92/24gurus.shtml

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