Reciting Mantra as Yoga Practice

Mantra is a path to purification of the mind. One can realize the benefit from reciting mantras by practicing it as a daily yoga practice. These mantras came into existence as part of yogic practices. All the great gurus and yogis talk about mantras. One may not even know the meaning of the mantras, but if one has the intention of learning, he will benefit from the vibrations. The mantras are composed of Sanskrit words.

Mantras invoke positive vibrations within us. The yoga practitioner just needs to know that he has to repeat or recite something that will clean up the mind. So while practicing it, the yoga practitioner as spiritual seeker ought to have belief and faith that something good will happen. The practitioners repeat Sanskrit words to fill the mind with beneficial sound vibrations. Sanskrit syllables have a therapeutic quality, whether they are spoken aloud or said internally.Mantras bring about a state of resonance between the individual and depths of his inner being. The sound patterns of the mantra stimulate the mental & psychic nature of the yoga practitioner and the purpose & meaning of the mantra maintain spiritual health.

Om written universally as ॐ or Aum written as ओ३म् is the mantra said to be primordial mantra in Sanskrit. Reciting the mantra as a part of daily yoga practice provides the yoga practitioner an opportunity to connect with the spirit and stay on the path of spirituality for realizing divine light.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner

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Vairagya or Detachment is Complementary to Practice of Yoga and Spirituality for Spiritual Growth

Practice is crucial no doubt, but without detachment or vairagya, it does not bear the desired result in practice of Yoga and Spirituality. Without detachment or vairagya, knowledge of scriptures does not make a spiritual aspirant to grow in his spiritual quest. Without vairagya, one cannot properly follow any Yoga or Spiritual discipline.

A seeker in the path of Jnana Yoga needs to develop detachment from body and mind. A seeker in the path of Karma Yoga needs to develop detachment of the will from the fruits of action. A seeker in the path Of Bhakti needs to develop detachment to all worldly feelings that come in the way of his love for the Divine Beloved. And a Raja Yogi has to develop detachment to all distracting thoughts that make the mind restless. Whatever be the path of Yoga, detachment is complementary to practice in getting the desired result.

Practice without detachment is lame and detachment without practice is blind. What one needs, therefore, is a harmonious combination of both practice and detachment in yoga and spirituality for spiritual growth.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Strength or bala for Spiritual Life

One cannot achieve anything great in life without strength or bala.

Jagat-bala, worldly strength includes bahu-bala, physical power; artha-bala, money power; buddhi-bala, power of the intellect. Dharma-bala, the power of dharma is manifested by righteousness of dharma. Yoga-bala, the strength that comes from yoga is very powerful as it is based on purity, selflessness and compassion. Samyama-balam, the power of self-control by inextricably linked dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (ecstasy) controls the senses and the mind to become stronger. This power is strongest when it is tapo-bala, power of tapasya. Atma-bala is the strength of the Atman. When one thinks of oneself as the infinite Atman, one`s strength and power will be infinite. This is mukti, which makes one fearless and the person becomes the Self of everything.

One may read the scriptures and understand them, but it is almost impossible to digest them or make them practical without spiritual strength. We can acquire spiritual strength or Atma-bala by practising dharma,yoga and samyama.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Attitude to Create Opportunity in Each Circumstance

Attitude is the energy generated in our thought process when put in to action can create opportunity in each circumstance. Attitude is more a feeling than a thought, but it is affected by what we think. If we choose thoughts which create confidence to take up greater and wider sphere of activities, we feel empowered to execute the activities with much confidence. It determines how we react to the events in our lives and act in the times to come.

I and my wife after my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008 preferred to stay in a joint family with our offspring than to stay as a nuclear family at our native place in our old age for better physical, mental and emotional support in a joint family set up. On the other hand I had to leave my comfort zone of leading life with friends, relatives and old colleagues in my native place, district and state where I was having a worthy social recognition as a professional doctor amongst the public. Consequent upon my extra-ordinary decision, I had to lead my post retirement life in a completely changed social setup having only company of own family members. After residing in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi) for about one year, we relocated to Bangalore Karnataka where we are residing at present.

In the changed circumstances, intuitive thoughts came to my mind that the present global world is connected through internet via World Wide Web and it will be wise on my part as a senior citizen to give something back in innovative and creative way to the society of my native place, district and state; and my country India and World as a whole by complementing and supplementing my post retirement activities of Yoga and Spirituality with my scientific knowledge of medical profession. To work out my ambition, I had to acquire the knowledge and skill of information technology after my retirement at the age of 60 years.

I created my own blog Yoga and Spirituality in the website of WordPress.com on May 2, 2010. I have been publishing monthly average 2-3 articles on Yoga and Spirituality since May 2010 consistently for last 50 months up to June 2014. I registered my name as a user in social networking website Facebook on June 15, 2011. It is 3 years since then, I have been posting daily average 2-3 posts on health magazine, inspirational quotes, yoga and spirituality, photos related to functions, festivals, tours and travels in Facebook wall page and groups. Most of my old friends and colleagues with whom I had worked during my service, tech-savvy cousins and relatives have become readers of my blog Yoga and Spirituality and friends in Facebook. Readers of many countries throughout World are reading my articles posted in my blog Yoga and Spirituality as documents available for public view through Google and other search engines in Internet. Moreover I have been able to create a new circle of friends world-wide through social networking in Facebook. I have the pleasure to mention here that many of them both old and new are actively associated in posting likes and comments on my articles and sharing my photos and posts as readers, viewers,friends and comment authors.

Our attitude is everything. With proper attitude we can create opportunity in each circumstance to create something new.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore

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Spiritual Journey as Shirdi Sai devotee

Shirdi Sai in BTM Layout Bangalore

After my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa in February 2008, I along with my wife settled to stay with my son working in Gurgaon, Haryana (N.C.R.Delhi).It so happened that being devoid of rendering public service at the new place of settlement, I went back to my old place of work at Bargarh Orissa to serve the public in private capacity. I served as an honorary physician in Saikripa Hospital Bargarh for a very brief period from August 19, 2008 to September 11, 2008. However due to my ill health in old age I came back to Gurgaon to stay with family. The honorary service at Saikripa Hospital initiated the spiritual inspiration of Sai Baba in me by the time I came back to Gurgaon. On returning to Gurgaon, I got attracted to see the Sai Baba T.V.serial in Hindi telecast daily in evening. One night I dreamt Sai Baba was calling me to meet him in Sai Dham somewhere nearby located. On October 14, 2008 I searched & located the nearby Sai Dham at Sohna Road Gurgaon within one KM distance from our residence. I had a mental & spiritual desire to accept some one as my Guru to guide me in the twilight phase of life. When I attended the evening arati at Sai Dham in the assembly of devotees enjoying the Sai nam and bhajan, I took the Sankalpa that I will accept the discipleship of Sadguru Sai Baba. After the arati was over, I deposited my Guru Dakhina as donation to the corpus fund of the trust managing Sai Dham, bought one photo of Sai Baba for Guru puja at home, audio cassettes of Sai Baba bhajan for listening and books depicting Sai Baba`s leela for reading. Thus I was attracted towards spiritual philosophy of Sadguru Sai Baba in my mental, emotional and intellectual planes; and I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008. During my stay at Gurgaon, I used to attend Sai Dham with family at casual intervals to attend arati and bhajan sandhya.

We had to relocate to Bangalore consequent upon acceptance of assignment of a higher job by my son in April 2009. I continued the practice of visiting Sai Dham with family at casual intervals in Bangalore; but almost after one year of initiation of devotion in Sai Spirituality on October 12, 2009 I reaffirmed my faith (shraddha ) and patience ( saburi ) in my spiritual guru and made it a part of my daily life to attend noon arati and have Darshan of Sai Baba at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore. I also decided to donate some amount of my monthly pension that I receive every month towards generosity and spirituality. I use to give Dakshina to Sai on Darshan, monthly donation towards Annadan for poor, needy persons and anathashrams and annual donation for management of ‘Sri Sai Free Medical Clinic’ and ‘Sri Sai Free Dental Clinic’ functioning in the campus of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram to Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd) BTM Layout Bangalore. I have made it a part of my spiritual life to read the book ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’, the Bhagwat pothi for Sai devotees. I also read ‘Shri Sai Teeka’ written in Oriya. I listen to Sai Nam & Sai Prarthana in Hindi and Sai Krupa bhajans in Oriya. I have the fascination for Sai Baba images used as wall paper of my desktop and often posting photos of Sai Baba in my blog. As a part of Self-Expression of my devotion in Sai Spirituality, I have been publishing articles on the wonderful life and teachings of Shri Sai Baba in my blog Yoga and Spirituality and contributing the same as an author to the blog of Sai Shraddha; and to Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai in its English Section.

I had the privilege of Sai Darshan in Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra India on November 18, 2010. I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens New York City on August 18, 2013 during my visit to U.S.A. as a Visitor. During these years I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba in Gurgaon Haryana (N.C.R. Delhi), Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Bargarh during Orissa trip, Shirdi Dist. Ahmednagar Maharashtra in India and New York, USA. I have the spiritual connotation that Sai is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.

Shri Satchidananda Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee
Bangalore

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Pursuit of Excellence in Yoga and Spirituality

We live in a world that focuses on success. On the other hand, excellence is about being the best we can by maximising our talents and abilities to perform at the highest potential with existing resources. Success is mostly related to worldly achievements like social status of occupation, wealth and power; but it cannot ensure happiness and peace of mind. Excellence is all about achieving one`s personal best in abstract sense. The best example is pursuit of excellence in yoga and spirituality.

I was recipient of scholarships throughout my student career in schools and colleges beginning from Lower Primary Scholarship in 1957 to National Scholarship up to completion of my M.B.B.S career in 1972. I was basically an M.B.B.S. doctor, when I entered in public service selected by Orissa Public Service Commission in 1973. I acquired my higher qualification as M.D. in S.P.M. (Community Medicine) in 1988 sponsored by State Govt. as an in-service doctor; selected for higher study basing on evaluation of my M.B.B.S. career, service experience and efficiency in work. I worked with my utmost efficiency and proficiency along with the values of sincerity, honesty and integrity with compassion for the beneficiaries during my service career of more than 34 years as a Medical Officer in Orissa State Medical and Health Services; as a result I was rewarded with three promotions to the higher posts during my service career. I started my service as an Assistant Surgeon on October 30, 1973; worked in different Medical and Health Institutions of different Districts of the State of Orissa and after working as Sub-Divisional Medical Officer, Padampur Dist. Bargarh, Additional District Medical Officer, Bargarh and Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh on promotion; at last I got retired from Orissa State Government Service as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh on February 29, 2008 on attaining the age of superannuation.

Subsequent upon my retirement as Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa during 2008 and 2009 I developed Yoga and Spirituality as ways of my life. I was attracted towards Spiritual philosophy of Sadguru Sai Baba in my mental, emotional and intellectual planes; and I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008. I resorted to Yoga practices to maintain my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health; and I became a Yoga practitioner since July 28, 2009. I created the blog Yoga and Spirituality in 2010, nurtured it in 2011 and got it established in World Wide Web in 2012. During 2013, I rejuvenated my life as a yoga practitioner and Shirdi Sai devotee by means of Yoga and Spirituality. In 2014 I am recognized as an author based on my writings with my knowledge and experience as a yoga practitioner and Shirdi Sai devotee rather than a doctor in World Wide Web.

Being successful in one`s public and professional career does not necessarily mean it is excellent, and pursuit of excellence in yoga and spirituality does not mean to strive for success. Success is attaining or achieving socio-economic status, which elevates one`s importance in society; whereas excellence is the pursuit of quality in one`s work and effort.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore

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Inculcating Human Values among Students should be Prime Purpose of Education

The value system, the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad is embedded in education. The educated person with his general knowledge and power of reasoning is expected to make logical judgments. He is ought to be able to understand what is good for him, so also for the society and nation. Helping individuals to be developed as good citizens should be the prime purpose of education. It is difficult to be a good citizen without being a good human being. It is needed to focus education on inculcating good human values among the students while preparing them for jobs.

The neglect or reduction in the importance given to humanities and social sciences under the influence of the argument that more and more students prefer the so called ‘professional courses’ is also a big concern. Guiding and encouraging students to become good human beings and effective citizens are needed at all levels of education.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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