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Today’s (12th February, 2015) Morning Satsang continues with the Upanishads Series - Living Advaita. Isha Upanishad–Verse 2 kurvann eveha karmāṇi jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ| evaṁ tvayi nānyatheto ‘sti na karma lipyate nare || 2 || In this profound delivery of the Isha Upanishad, Paramahamsa Nithyananda describes the major differences between soft power and hard power or spiritual power and political power. By understanding these two, greater insights into society and life are gained. Living and commanding our lives with soft power, erases our karmas; it is about deciding for life - inspiring, liberating and enlightening. Watch, Share and Subscribe to our channel to be notified of the next upload click to subscribe. visit:
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Nithyanandeshwara Samaarambhaam

Nithyanandeshwari Madhyamaam |

Asmath Aachaarya Paryanthaam

Vandhey Guru Paramparaam ||


I welcome all of you with my love and respects.  I welcome everyone who is sitting with us through Nithyananda TV, Sadhna TV, Arra TV, and two-way video-conferencing having Nayana Deeksha all over the world.


Let me enter into the Upanishads. 


Ishavasya Upanishad, the second verse:


कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः |

एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे ॥

kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

evaM thvayi naanyaThethoaAsthi na karma lipyathe nare ||


“One should desire 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!  Let me explain what is “Karma”. 


“Karma” is the bondage created in you by your commission or omission of certain acts which is incomplete with your own cognition about life.


Listen!  If you think money is life, some of the acts you did which didn’t bring money to you, or some of the acts you did not do, again which deprived you from money, commission or omission of certain acts which is incomplete with your concept of life, is “Karma”.


And, any commission or omission of the acts which is in sync and complete with your concept of life does not bring you any Karma.  It does not bring you any incompletion.


Commission or omission of acts which brings incompletion with your concept of life is “Karma”.


Now, how will you liberate yourself from this Karma, free yourself from this Karma?  I tell you, when you decide FOR life, when your core decides FOR life, automatically your laziness disappears, your boredom disappears.  Again and again and again, tirelessly standing up, tirelessly standing up, listen, tirelessly standing up!  Listen, tirelessly standing up again and again!


कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः |  

kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |


Deciding to live, again and again, tirelessly standing up, again and again, naturally aligns all your acts into the concept of life you carry.  So, all your commission and omission of the acts align themselves to the idea of life you the idea of life you have.  So, your commission and omission of acts become complete with the idea of life you have.  That’s all!  Actually, only this one line can solve the issue, the problem, question people have: ‘Why the bad people are so rich, good people are so poor, bad people are so healthy, good people are having disease?


Listen!  Listen!  Whether you are good or bad is going to be decided based on whether your acts are complete with your concept of life.  Understand, if your concept of life is all about pleasure and money, and your acts are complete with it, you will have that.  That’s all!  There is nobody to judge whether money is the ultimate purpose of life.  Forget about that!  God is not a judge, please understand.  He only sees the kind of Completion you are carrying.  And, ultimately, he does not even see that.  It is an automated mechanism as far as the functioning goes on.  So, listen, “if he wants he can interfere” does not mean he goes on interfering.  No!  So, be very clear, God is not sitting and doing some judgement, passing some judgements about you every day – ‘Oh, this fellow, all the time running behind money!  Let me punish him!’  No!  In course of time, whenever you are deciding constantly FOR LIFE, you yourself may realize there is something more prior, you should give more priority, more importance, than money.  You may evolve.  Your idea about life may change.  You may reinvent yourself, feeling, ‘No, there is something which is a little more than money.  There is something in life which is a little more than money.’  So, you may start reinventing yourself.  Then, let your acts be complete to that new idea of you, the way you reinvented you.


So, understand, deciding FOR LIFE, again and again and again, not entertaining laziness, not entertaining boredom, being in the space of constant excitement, being in the state of constant passion, compassion, excitement!  So, understand, the only way to be free from Karmas, the bondage created by the acts, by deeds, the only way is: Decide FOR LIFE!  Decide FOR LIFE!


God is not “hard power” in Hinduism, in Vedic Tradition.  Listen!  I am defining two words: HARD POWER, SOFT POWER. 


“Hard Power” means, the political power, where the administration, bureaucracy, the Law, Court, punishment, reward, all this exists – ‘You HAVE to do this or you will be prosecuted and put in jail!’  ‘You should not do this or you will be prosecuted and put in jail, tortured.  You may even be hanged!’  This is “Hard Power”.


“Soft Power” is the spiritual power.  Thousands of people, I can say, in a way, even millions of people do whatever I am saying in the morning satsangh.  I don’t have any “hard power” over them.  Sometimes I am just sitting in this hall in Bidadi and saying, ‘Please close your eyes.  Start inhaling and exhaling, and chant Shivoham.’  I can see, all over the world, thousands tying the eye-band, and closing the eyes, and inhaling and exhaling, and start chanting Shivoham.’  There is no “hard power”.  If they don’t do, there is nothing like they are going to be prosecuted, punished.  No!  It is a “soft power” where, if they do, they raise themselves out of their own inspiration; voluntarily they come and learn to evolve themselves, raise themselves.


In Vedic Tradition, Mahadeva is not “hard power”.  He is a “soft power”, sitting in Kailasa and teaching.  Indra is “hard power”; not Mahadeva, understand.  The concept of “God” in Vedic Tradition is so beautiful, so subtle!  Because the concept of “God” is a “soft power”, we also had always “soft power” all over the world.  We have not sent a single soldier, but we are ruling the whole China for the last thousand years culturally!  We have not sent a single soldier across the border, but the whole China is living for the last thousand years as we want!  We just sent one young man from Kanchipuram – Bodhidharma.  Over!  Understand?  Because, our concept of “God” is a “soft power”!  Understand, even now the world’s largest-practised religion is Yoga.  The world’s largest-practised religion is Yoga!  And it does not have any “hard power”!


We don’t have our own State.  We Hindus don’t have our own State, be very clear!  We don’t have any “hard power”!  We don’t have our own bank!  We don’t have our own country!  Wherever we are majority, we always declare that as a “Secular” country, because, our religion is built on the structure of “soft power”, not “hard power”.  Because, we have not portrayed our gods as “hard power”, we always portrayed our god and believed our god as “soft power”, anybody who wants to play the role of God has to be only the centre of “soft power”.  In our society, if somebody has to reach the highest ladder of society, highest respect, he just has to retire to “soft power”.  “Hard power” was never our ambition; it was never part of our ambition, understand?


Buddha ruled practically the whole Asia, not because of “hard power”.  If he was having “hard power”, he would have been ruling just his kingdom....just his kingdom.  But, he left that and took up the “soft power” and he ruled the whole Asia!  I tell you, Buddha was ruling a larger area than Krishna!  Buddha was ruling a larger area than Rama!  Buddha was ruling a larger area than even Meenakshi!  Because, he took “soft power”, not “hard power”!  


Understand, our concept of “God” is never: He comes and sits in the seat of the Judge, and there is Judgement Day, and all the souls come, and the judgements are delivered.  No!  No!  No “hard power”.  It is completely “soft power”. 


And, even now, the largest-practised religion of the world is Yoga, understand?  People may be born in many religions; but, the largest-practising religion, the religion being practised every day all over the world is Yoga!  But, never it was spread through “hard power”.  Never it was spread through political power.  Never it was spread through political clout. 


Understand, we were slaves to some countries as far as “hard power” is concerned; and they were living what we were saying as far as “soft power” is concerned!  Understand, what we should do as far as the legality and political things are concerned, how much tax we should pay, all that the British was deciding.  But, what he should do as far as his body and mind were concerned, we were deciding!  Understand?  So, our tradition was never dependent on “hard power”.  That is why we never cared about “hard power”.  We let anybody rule this country for thousands of years.  I am not saying that is right; I am saying, the root of that thinking setup, the root of that thought-trend.  Originally, anyone who starts thinking in Vedic Tradition, comes only to the conclusion of “soft power”, please understand.  Finally, I am not going to judge whether “hard power” is right or “soft power” is right, all that.  I am just explaining to you the mental setup, the mental setup, all the conclusions we come, when we study the Upanishads, when we dive deep into the experience of Upanishads.


God is not “hard power”.  He is the source of “soft power”.  See, Mahadeva, he sits in Kailasa.  He does not control all the Akhilaanda, Andaanda, Brahmaanda, Bhuvanaanda, all the universes, worlds, planets.  No!  He just sits in Samadhi.  Once in a while he opens his eyes and teaches in silence.  And, again, when people have a problem, they come to him, and he blesses them, attends to it.  And, again, relaxes into Samadhi.  The very description of God is “soft power”.  In the western religions, the very description, concept of God is “hard power”.  That is why, anybody who wants to play God, they have to become the centre of the “hard power”.  And, if I go a little deeper into it, that is why the clash between the politicians and priests always was prevalent in the West.  In the East, it was always together.  Always the Rajas and Rajagurus were together, because they know their zones are different.  Kings never felt threatened by the priests.  Kings never felt threatened by the Gurus, because, whether the very way of thinking and acting, the Guru was settled in “soft power”, and the king was always secure. 


There are thousands of stories in India about the kings.  There are tons of stories where the brother takes over the kingdom, where the son takes over the kingdom from the father, ministers take over the kingdom from the king, but not a single story where the Guru takes over the kingdom from the king!  And, among the son, brother, minister, guru, Guru knows more secrets about the king and the kingdom, more information about the king and the kingdom, than the brothers, ministers, the army Commander-in-Chief, and all of them.  We have tons of stories where the Commander-in-Chief suddenly imprisons the king and takes over the kingdom, where son imprisons own father and takes over the kingdom, where brother imprisons the king and takes over the kingdom; but we don’t have a single reference to say the Rajaguru imprisons the king and takes over the kingdom!  Because, we are settled with the “soft power” and “hard power”!  The king feels completely secure!  The very thinking of the Guru is all about “soft power”; it has nothing to do with “hard power”. 


A little understanding about this “hard power” and “soft power” will give you a lot of clarity about Vedic Tradition and even about how to handle yourself.  See, if you always handle yourself with “hard power”, you become insensitive to life.  If you all the time think only about the law and move only with that, then your whole life will be controlled only by law.  I am not saying breaking the law.  All I am trying to tell you is, let the “soft power”, the spiritual understandings and power decide many things in your life than the fear and greed of “hard power”.  If you allow more and more the fear and greed of “hard power” to decide your life, you are a slave!  But, “soft power” is always inspiration-based; it is not fear-based or greed-based. 


Today’s Vaakyaartha Sadhas subject is – “Hard Power and Soft Power”, understand?  A lot of thinking has to be done in this line.  A lot of exploring has to be done in this line.  There is a big difference between “you don’t rape somebody because of fear of law”, and “you don’t rape somebody just because you don’t want to be violent and you don’t want to enter into somebody’s space”.  You don’t want to rape somebody because of Law & Order is “hard power”.  You don’t want to rape somebody because you don’t want to enter into somebody’s space, or you don’t want to be violent, or you don’t want to be abusive into somebody’s space is “soft power”. 


Order which comes by “soft power” is the permanent eternal order.  Understand, order never comes by “hard power”; it comes only by “soft power”.  May be, Law & Order can come by “hard power”, but order can come only by “soft power”.  Actually, this will answer a lot of questions about what is secularism, why the concept of secularism evolved only in the western countries, and why the concept of western secularism is not going to suit India.


Please understand, secularism in India should be respecting all the great things from all religions, not discarding all religions.  If Bhagavad Gita is introduced, if Suryanamaskar is introduced, immediately a few people cry, ‘Oh, we are losing our secular fabric, secular fabric!’  Relax!  Respecting all the religions, respecting all the spiritual traditions as unique!  Now I am making a statement.  Please understand, earlier I used to make a statement: ‘All religions are unique’.  Now I am reinventing myself and updating myself: ‘All SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS are unique!  All SPIRITUAL COMPONENTS OF RELIGIONS are unique!’  I am no more attesting all religions.  ‘ALL SPIRITUAL COMPONENTS OF RELIGIONS ARE UNIQUE, AND THEY SHOULD ALL BE RESPECTED AS SACRED’.  Respecting all the spiritual components!


And if you come and tell me, ‘No, no, no, no!  My religion itself should be respected.  Why are you separating spiritual component and religion?  In my religion, spiritual component is very less’, what can I do for that?  It is up to you!  One good thing with Vedic Tradition is, the whole Vedic Tradition, the whole religion is spiritual component!  The way you brush in the morning, the way you wash yourself, everything is spiritual.


Listen!  This contemplating and exploring on “hard power” and “soft power” will answer thousands of our questions.  It will help us to think.  Thousands and thousands of understandings we have in life, it will actually answer thousands of your questions, and it will question thousands of your answers, understand?  A Guru who only answers your questions will lead you to a cult.  A Guru who questions your answers also only will lead you to culture!  A Guru who answers only your questions will lead to you a cult.  A Guru who questions your answers also only will lead you to culture!  If I have to give a simple difference between spiritual component and religion, wherever the truths are given to you for you to assimilate and develop your thinking from Perception to Fact, Fact to Truth, Truth to Reality, it is “Spiritual”.  Anything other than this is “Religion”.  That’s all! 


Understand, this “hard power”, “soft power”, thinking needs to be done a lot in the Vaakyaartha Sadhas; only then you will understand the uniqueness of Vedic Tradition and why we have so much of freedom; because, our religion was never used by its founders or its preservers to control people, understand?  Religion was never a tool for us to control people.  Rameshwaram to Kedarnath, morning till night, the actions of people are the same.  But we had fifty-four “deshas”.  Even a great personality like Shankaracharya never bothered to create the whole land under which his influence prevailed as one country.  Actually, Shankaracharya, if he wants, he could have done it.  And Jnanasambandhar, when he cured the Pandya, the Pandya offered the whole kingdom at the feet of Jnanasambandhar.  Jnanasambandhar is from Chola Kingdom.  He could have just said, ‘Alright!’  And, actually, the Pandya’s wife is daughter of Chola!  Actually, Chola’s daughter was married to Pandya!  Jnanasambandhar could have said, ‘Come on, after all the queen is from my kingdom.  Let both kingdoms be merged together and I will be Rajaguru for the whole.  He could have said it.  He didn’t!  Because, the whole Chola Kingdom was at the feet of Jnanasambandhar!  He didn’t!  He just said, ‘No, you continue to rule.  I will appoint a Sannidhaanam who will be Rajaguru for you and guide you.’  That’s all!  Understand, we were so clear!  We are not interested in “hard power”.  We are only interested in empowering, inspiring, raising human-beings.  Even in my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine myself handling “hard power”; because, we are so clear, “soft power” means “DECIDING FOR LIFE”, “hard power” means “CONTROLLING”.  “Hard power” is always about controlling.  “Soft power” is always about life – inspiring, liberating, enlightening, freeing! 


The concept of “God” society believes, is very important.  That holds the key of the whole social structure, please understand.  Don’t even think the concept of “God” is not that important.  No! 


One atheist fellow came and told me, ‘Hey, what is this?  You guys, if you believe in Shiva, you have so many holidays, celebration, festival.  If you believe in this god, you have so many holidays; that god, you have so many holidays.  You have so much of festivals!  If you believe in Vishnu, you have so many festivals!  If you believe in Ganesha, you have so many festivals!  Atheists don’t have any day to celebrate.’


I said, ‘Why?  Who said?  There is one important day dedicated to you: APRIL 1st!  Celebrate it!’ 


Atheists always run behind “hard power”.  Because they are so empty inside, they run behind “hard power”.  And, brilliant guy, the most intelligent guy will be established in “soft power”, and he knows life runs by inspiration, life runs by inspiration, life runs by inspiration!  Nothing else!  NOTHING else!  And NOTHING ELSE!  I tell you, life runs by inspiration!  You may say, ‘Oh, we allowed politically ourselves to be slaves and ruled by others!’  So many things we can say.  But, I tell you, we are, and we were, and we will be the most stable society!  Even after so much of attack!  Because, we know the technology of “soft power”!  When you decide FOR LIFE inside you, please understand, even if it is a simple decision – you have a headache and you decide, ‘I will be free from it and I am going to clear it, I am out of it’ – even that simple decision creates a ripple in the Sun and the Moon!  Please understand, I am not teaching something superstitious.  If you decide, ‘I will come out of my headache!  I will come out of my depression!’, that decision heals the hole in the ozone layer!  It is directly related to the hole in the ozone layer, and the ozone layer is healed, Sun is healed, Moon is healed!


So, understand, look into your life.  Work to be free from Karmas.  Work FOR LIFE!  Think FOR LIFE!  Be into life FOR LIFE!


कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छत्ग्ण् समाः |

एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे ॥

kurvanneveha karmaaNi jijeeviShechChathgN^ samaaH |

evaM thvayi naanyaThethoaAsthi na karma lipyathe nare ||


If you explore this one concept which I introduced today – “soft power” and “hard power” – you will understand the depth of Vedic Tradition.  Thousands of your questions – Why secularism evolved in the West?  And, why that concept of secularism is not the right thing for us in this country?  And what kind of a secularism we need to evolve for ourselves? – all these questions will be answered, all these truths will be revealed to all of us.  The “inclusive secularism” is what is going to work out for India, not using the word secularism “excluding”.  No!  Inclusive secularism!


So, with this, I bless you all!  Let you all radiate with Integrity, Authenticity, Responsibility, Enriching, Causing Living Advaitha, eternal bliss, Nithyananda!  Thank you!  Be blissful!