Message: भारतीय अध्यात्म

इस अध्याय अथवा पृष्ठ में हम पारम्परिक  भारतीय अध्यात्म के बारे में बात करेंगे

 What did ancient Indian yogis mean by Yog?

India is the only country where people love to learn English.  Most of the Indians are proud of getting Citizenship of  richer countries.  As a result of  foreign rule  Indians are getting westernized more and more.  They have lost not only the knowledge of  Sanskrit but also of Hindi.  The new generation cannot even talk in Hindi. The modern Hindi is a mixture of  the earlier Hindi (one that had its origin in Sanskrit), Persian,  Arabic and plus a large number of words in English.

Some of the literate persons have developed a habit of  speaking partly in English and partly one of the Indian languages.

I don’t mind people getting westernized.  It is great. But they  have lost contact spiritual knowledge with the loss of Sanskrit or Hindi.  The modern Spiritual Gurus prefer to speak in English to attract heavier following in the West.   Before proceeding further I am keen to let you have some info on what damage India has sustained:

Hindi/Sanskrit        Westernized substitute
yog                                     Yoga

Buddh                              Budha
Ram                                  Rama 
Karm                                Karma
Dharm                             Dharma
Shiv                                  Shiva
Ganesh                           Ganesha
Viveka Nand                Vivekananda
Pranayam                     Pranayam
Saty                                Satya
Brahamchary             Brahamcharya
Yam                               Yama
Niyam                           Niyama
Gyan                              Gyana 
Mantr                           Mantra
Jap                                             Japa            
Dhyan                                    Dhyana
Tap                                           Tapa
Adhyay                                Adhyaya  

Yoga:     In these pictures what the young man is doing isYoga and what the old man is doing is Yog

Yoga seems to be a set of postures to be practised regularly to keep health and body in good shape.  In Sanskrit and Hindi this set of exercise is known as asan for which the westernized version may be asanas.   For commercial purpose, some Indians have labelled the asan as Yog or Yoga, thus managing to get easy money from the pocket of the westerners.

Detailed explanation on Yog is beyond the scope of this little page.  The process of adding something to another thing is known as Yog in Sanskrit. If we are willing to add ourselves to God, the process may be termed as Yog.  In spirituality Yog has only one meaning.  If you do the normal karm (duties) of life without thinking of what would be the fruit of your karm (action or doings), it is regarded as karm Yog.  Remembering and loving God alone   and thus willing to unite with God is Bhakti  Yoga. Those who try to understand God through spiritual wisdom and thus lose their own identity are practising Gyan yoga or yoga  based on spiritual knowledge.

We cannot prevent languages from changing.  Some preventive measures were taken in form of Grammar to retain the languages in their original form forever. The intention of our ancestors was not to put us under bondage but to help us with the heritage of knowledge they were leaving for us. We neither knew their intention nor we like to care about our own welfare. Consequently we are unable to understand what they wanted us to learn.

The result is that the spiritual wealth that India had, is almost gone out of our view because of our negligence towards Sanskrit, Hindi and Grammar. Half learned people produced the Hindi rendering. The people, having inadequate linguistic and spiritual understanding, further rendered the Hindi text to English.  Thus whatever little heritage we could partake of is elusive.

Nothing can be done about it. I can propose for all those who are interested to study seriously Ved and  all the Upanishad. I have great liking for Rig Ved  whose mental pronunciation or even listening to it can purify our inner self without even understanding the meaning.    Although nobody can be or could be considered to be an authority over Rig Ved or any of the Ved yet it is worthwhile quoting some text from the brief Biography of Max Müller. obtained from Internet. I learnt from myb friends that Max translated all the Ved into German. He also translated Upnishad.  Max Müller, one of the earliest Indologists, had happily concurred in a letter to his wife: “It (The Rigveda) is the root of their religion and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last three thousand years.” Later he also wrote to the Duke of Argyle, the then acting Secretary of State for India: “The ancient religion of India is doomed. And if Christianity does not take its place, whose fault will it be?”    In contrast, the theosophist Dr. Annie Besant was extremely enamoured. by ancient wisdom of India

Alan Leo cannot be forgotten while enumerating the names of hundreds  of western intellectuals  who devoted themselves to have something of their liking from Indian heritage.

We all know we need to be good human beings to be close to God. Being able to resist all temptations may help us have faith in Divine. It is in the interest of the inner being not to allow oneself to be misled to misinterpretations of the spiritual messages.

 To end this article I would only say that the personal experiences of mine need not be revealed here. One who has deep desire to learn, the doors of the Unseen are never closed. Let us knock, they will be opened.

Cheiro  –   Excerpt From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William John Warner
Born November 1, 1866
DublinIreland
Died October 8, 1936 (aged 69)
Hollywood, California
Occupation astrolger, numerologist, palmist and author
Nationality Irish

William John Warner, known as Cheiro, (November 1, 1866 – October 8, 1936) was an Irish astrologer and colorful occult figure of the early 20th century. His sobriquet, Cheiro, derives from the word cheiromancy, meaning palmistry. He was a self-described clairvoyant who taught palmistry,astrology, and Chaldean numerology. During his career, he was celebrated for using these forms of divination to make personal predictions for famous clients and to foresee world events.

[edit]Personal life and background

Cheiro was born in a village outside DublinIreland. He took the name Count Louis Hamon (or Count Leigh de Hamong).

As mentioned in his memoirs, Cheiro acquired his expertise in India. As a teenager, he traveled to the Bombay port of Apollo Bunder. There, he met hisGuru, an Indian Brahmin, who took him to his village in the valley of the Konkan region of Maharashtra, And later Cheiro was permitted by Brahmans to study the ancient book that has many study on hands and the pages of the book was made by human skin and written with gold and still it is guarded and protected with great care. After studying thoroughly for two years, he returned to London and started his career as a palmist.

Cheiro was reluctant to marry but was aware that he was destined to marry late in life. This did happen after a woman took care of him during a serious illness. A separate chapter is devoted on this matter in his memoirs.

[edit]Career

Cheiro had a wide following of famous European and American clients during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He read palms and told the fortunes of famous celebrities like Mark TwainW. T. SteadSarah BernhardtMata HariOscar WildeGrover ClevelandThomas Edison, the Prince of WalesGeneral KitchenerWilliam Ewart Gladstone, and Joseph Chamberlain. He documented his sittings with these clients by asking them to sign a guest book he kept for the purpose, in which he encouraged them to comment on their experiences as subjects of his character analyses and predictions.


The book “Titanic’s Last Secrets” includes a detailed account of one of Cheiro’s palm readings with William Pirrie, chairman of Harland and Wolf, builders of the Titanic. Cheiro predicted that he would soon be in a fight for his life, talking about the battle surrounding the Titanic sinking.

Decades ago, a Japanese young man came to consult me on his future.  He said, “Will I make spiritual progress and reach God ?”  The answer was negative. But I decided not to disturb the young man who was so enthusiastic about God.  I encouraged him with false forecast.  Very vigorously and emotionally he came up with another question. I  have one more question. I said “What is that?” ,”What about my girl friend” was his question filled with eagerness and ardent fervour.   I laughed and said, ” How can you sail in two boats at a time? How can you ride upon two horses at a time?  Choose either god or girls?”

 I like to think of  Lord Buddha’s life history.  He was given the name Siddharth.  On being lightened, he started being known as Lord Buddh.  One who is budh is understood to be enlightened.   I got tremendous inspiration from his available life history when I was not even nine years old.   In my opinion, I always hold at top the life history of every great saint or mahatma. 

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