The Divine Mother-Father, Gaytri, Spiritual and Virtual Reality
Light and Love
As we all, so I am too a seeker of my own Self. Some
approaches from different aspects of human spiritual culture from Vedas to
modern science are easily understandable when they have entwined with
Swami's Teaching as today's source of general spiritual enlightenment.
To worship God as the Divine Mother, is easier to
attribute motherly traits to the Lord, such as tenderness and
forgivingness. The natural love between a mother and her child is the best
expression of the Lord’s unconditional love for divine creatures includes
The motherly aspect of God in nature is full of beauty,
gentleness, kindness, and tenderness, compassion, forgiveness. When a
devotee worships God as Divine Mother, he/she appeals to Her tenderness
and unconditional love. The Divine Mother is the first manifestation of
Divine Energy. With her name comes the idea of energy, omnipotence,
omnipresence, love, intelligence, wisdom.
The powers of these deities, which are inseparable from them - just as the power of fire to burn, cannot be separated from fire itself. This power is conceived in the form of their consorts, Saraswati, Parvati (or Sakti), Lakshmi. They all are different modes and aspects of Paramatman, the Supreme Self or God.
Besides Vedas and worship God as the Divine Mother ancient Bharat has gifted to mankind Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (563 - 483 BC), the great spiritual teacher of mankind. Buddha's spiritual and moral forces have strengthened and enriched Hinduism and helped to wean it from perversions, which had set in at that time. (By glossary Buddhism is non-orthodox form of Vedic\Aryan teaching founded by the Buddha or enlightened one).
Buddha himself has revered as a ninth Avatar of Lord
Vishnu. Through it, Buddha (Buddhism) has connected with the different
modes and aspects of the Supreme God and His creative powers in Hinduism.
(It is a good example of unity the different religions).
Based on teachings of the founders of different faiths, having regard to the requirements of the time and circumstance of particular countries, and keeping in view the specific needs of the people concerned, certain rules and regulations were laid down. On this account, one faith should not be considered superior and another inferior." (Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 23. Chapter 36).
The Goddess - Divine Mother and Gayatri (by glossary the Vedic chant for awakening spiritual enlightenment, for attaining self-realization) is closely interconnected. The last is one of the most important and known Vedic hymns consisting of twenty-four syllables. At first, this hymn was addressed to Lord Surya (Sun) as the supreme generative force.
However, later Gayatri had personified as a Goddess.
Gayatri Devi (Gaayathree Dhevee) is the presiding deity of the Gayatri
Mantra. She is shown as having five heads and is usually seated within a
lotus. The four heads of Gayatri represent the four Vedas and the fifth
one represents Almighty God. In her ten hands, she holds all the symbols
of Lord Vishnu.
When Alexander the Great came to conquer India, he had
a curiosity to meet the spiritual masters of this land. On his way towards
the northwest, he found a Himalayan yogi lying on the ground, blocking the
march of his army. Alexander was unable to push this avadhuta (one who has
shaken off himself from the worldly attachments and obligations) off the
path and asked him to demand whatever he wanted. The avadhuta calmly asked
whether Alexander could shift sunrise (from the East) to the West? If not,
the avadhuta continued, “Then don’t disturb me; let me enjoy the sunlight
from the East…”
Madhavacharya was a saint living in Vrandavan. He performed the upasana of Gayatri for twelve years but lost patience thereafter, as he did not get the desired divine benefits. He left the sadhana of the Gayatri Mantra and began worshiping Bhairav on the advice of a tantrika. In less than a year's time he succeeded in the sadhana of Bhairav. The celestial body of Bhairav appeared but stood at his back and asked him to demand what he wanted to be blessed with. Madhavacharya said; “If you are the real Bhairav, please appear before my eyes”. Bhairav said : “I can't appear in front of you, because the brilliance of Gayatri- Shakti infused in you will burn me”. The devotee was surprised and inquired that if Gayatri sadhana was so powerful, why couldn't he get the desired benefits for such a long time? Then Bhairav explained to him how his Gayatri sadhana up till then had destroyed his sins and burnt out the evils accumulated during his past lives and that it was only after this purification that he would have deserved realization and attainment of the divine boons of the mantra. Now there was no doubt left in Madhava’s mind. He restarted the sadhana of the Gayatri Mantra and was soon blessed with divine boons. With the awakening of inner intelligence and acumen, he wrote the “Madhav Nidan”, which remains till date, a crucial treatise for the education and expert practice of the Ayurvedic System of Medicine.
Another story from history is following. One day Emperior's Akbar prime minister Mansingh when he was strolling in the forests by the banks of the holy Ganga, he saw a saintly yogi engrossed in meditation. Suddenly he noticed a boa around the yogi, which was trying to entrap the latter into its fold and gulp him. Amazingly, the dragon-folds of the boa were not able to tighten around the yogi, nor his poisonous breath able to have any effect. He stood stunned for a few minutes. Meanwhile, the yogi opened his eyes and effortlessly threw off the python by the power of his yoga. Mansingh could not believe his own eyes; he was vividly and concretely witnessed the supernatural strength of spirituality.
Since the time, this cosmic mantra, the boon of Lord
Brahma, was beatified in the Vedic Age, there awakened the dawn of the
divine culture on this earth. Those who practiced its devotional japa, and
adopted its inspirations in life received immense peace, blissful
contentment, moral dignity, selfless love and amicable cooperation in
every phase of life. There is nothing illusive or unscientific about their
effects; there should be no doubt whatever about this. The spiritual
evolution induced by the Gayatri Mantra progresses gradually and steadily
- but certainly, with the progress in sadhana.
Gayatri Mantra is as an integral part of life-style. The vibrations of this universal mantra can spread this invisible Atmic light to the other people near or far. Its collective sadhana can arouse collective consciousness and progress in the world together with the spiritual upliftment of humanity. However, for that the purity of heart and faith to Almighty, Swami, Swami's Cosmic form is needed. Nothing can be achieved without developing the necessary abilities and eligibility. It is more essential for the invaluable attainment of divine blessings.
Blossoming of divine realization also is not possible
without the immersion of the identity of the individual self in the cosmic
Your two eyes cannot reveal to you the magnificence and
the majesty of the realm of the spirit. So the Gaayathri manthra has been
given to you as a third eye to reveal to you that inner vision by which
you may realize Brahman.
(Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. Divine Discourse: "God as
Guide".Guru Pournami, 1-8-1956 Prasanthi Nilayam; also: http://beaskund.helloyou.ws/askbaba/discourses/d1956/d19560801-1.html).
The author with the research team from declares that patients can get relief from pain or overcome their phobias by immersing themselves in computer-generated worlds.
Researchers are finding that virtual reality can ease
pain, both physical and psychological. The researchers found that severely
burned patients, who often face unbearable pain, can relieve their
discomfort by engaging in a virtual-reality program during wound
treatment. The results have been so promising that a few hospitals are now
preparing to explore the use of virtual reality as a tool for pain
control. By the other experiments, virtual-reality applications are
capable to help phobic patients overcome their different kind of
irrational fears. The conclusions have made by pain-related brain activity
using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
It seems clear that virtual therapy can reduce the
amount of pain-related brain activity. Pain has a strong psychological
component. The same incoming pain signal can be interpreted as more or
less painful depending on what the patient is thinking. In addition to
influencing the way patients interpret such signals, psychological factors
can even influence the amount of pain signals allowed to enter the brain's
Neurophysiologists Ronald Melzack and Patrick D. Wall
developed this "gate control" theory of pain in the 1960s ("The Tragedy of
Needless Pain," by Ronald Melzack; Scientific American, February 1990).
The tests were carried out with teenage boys who had
suffered gasoline burns and showed the positive result by using certain
Virtual-reality analgesia also has the potential to
reduce patient discomfort during other medical procedures. Bruce Thomas
and Emily Steele of the University of South Australia have found that
virtual reality can alleviate pain in cerebral palsy patients during
physical therapy after muscle and tendon surgery. (Aimed at improving the
patient's ability to walk, this therapy involves exercises to stretch and
strengthen the leg muscles.) Authors’ team at the University of Washington
is exploring the clinical use of virtual reality during a painful
urological procedure called a rigid cystoscopy.