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Upanishad: Sitting with an Enlightened being

 In today’s fast paced society, many people feel the need for increased support and help at many levels and are opting for counseling, therapy, self-help groups or meaningful communities  as ways to improve their lives. As the traditional means of support are disappearing from nuclear and extended families, local jobs, traditional villages and communities where people have had roots for generations,  individuals and  families are experiencing increased stress at all levels.  This stress is coming from all facets of life;  job, finances, school and relationships which translates to a world-wide rise in depression.

Support can come from any number of newly familiar sources, a counselor, minister, therapist, or from a close friend we trust. As the focus shifts from crisis management to changes in daily behavior to an overall mental shift,  we may recognize that our present perception of life is somehow the source of our trouble. Instead of searching for a way to mend our existing lifestyle so that we can settle back into our stressful comfort zone, we may seek to learn a fresh way of being — remodeling our lives from the inside out, rather than just patching up the exterior.

When we  put ourselves in the space of receptive listening and learning, we are entering the zone of Upanishad.

The term Upanishad signifies three things. It is a spiritual practice, a scientific concept, and a collection of sacred texts, some of which are among the earliest writings in all of Hindu religious thought. Generated originally through oral transmission, Upanishads have been noted down over time, along with numerous commentaries added by those who have passed them to ensuing generations.

Upanishad as spiritual practice

When students sit close to an enlightened being, they draw in his knowledge and wisdom beyond the dimension of words..

The Upanishads are composed in the language of Sanskrit.  Upa means “near to” or “close by”; ni means “down” and s(h)ad means “to sit”. Thus literally the word upanishad means “to sit down nearby”. When are seated near an enlightened master who has already grasped the deep truths and high realizations of the cosmos, we are sitting in Upanishad. When students sit close to an enlightened being, they draw in his knowledge and wisdom beyond the dimension of words.  Non-verbal understanding as well as verbal instruction is transmitted. The unstated, underlying meaning of upanishad confirms this phenomenon.  The act of sitting is named as a physical happening; but what takes place spiritually cannot be described, so it is left to the understanding of those who have experienced it, who record their experiences.

According to the book Living Enlightenment, when a disciple sits  in the presence of the master, the same experience that happened in the master is reproduced in the disciple. The disciple who experiences the master and within whom the master has reproduced, writes down his recollections on how this process has happened.  The disciple or master or someone else  writes an account of how the experience was reproduced in the disciple – what happened when the process began, how it ended and what happened when it ended.  This report is referred to as an Upanishad.

Upanishad encompasses the mystical, deeper teaching which is not available through verbal instruction

As used by Indian scholars and philosophers, Upanishad encompasses the mystical, deeper teaching which is not available through verbal instruction. It has been translated as “sitting with the master” and “sitting at the feet of the master”, since for those outside the Hindu cosmology, the master’s presence is not self-evident. However, the most correct interpretation is “just sitting”. By sitting in silence, an effect is achieved that surpasses normal communication, and this effect is the primary accomplishment, rather than a classroom exchange of information.

The science of upanishad

It is specifically the effect of wordless transmission that characterizes Vedic spirituality, in which philosophy simply confirms the discoveries of science.

The science of Upanishad is founded on quantum physics and mechanics. Although only recently rediscovered by modern scientists, the principles of quantum physics were well understood in Vedic civilization. The basic tenet is that all beings and objects are composed of molecules which vibrate at varying rates of speed. Nothing is actually stationary, even when it appears solid and unmoving.  The level of vibration is determined both by an organism’s intrinsic nature and by its state of awareness of itself. In the case of human beings, when we function only from predetermined, unquestioned beliefs which we have accepted from our surroundings (families and society), we tend to vibrate at a  low level. This level is our “default”, like a default computer setting. A second and corollary cause of low frequency is negative emotion, which suppresses our energy flow and keeps us from connecting to the universal life around us.

Once we begin to examine our thoughts with conscious attention, we can deliberately raise our vibration to a higher frequency

Once we begin to examine our thoughts with conscious attention, we can deliberately raise our vibration to a higher frequency. We can examine our negative beliefs and replace them with more positive ones. We can absorb in-formation (data which helps us to form ourselves into higher beings). We can reaffirm our understanding of the cosmos as completely interconnected, alive, conscious and compassionate.

When enough repetition has occurred of this positive input, the high frequency becomes permanently established. We experience enlightenment, the eternal awareness of our divinity. the highest coherence of consciousness.  We drop our heavy burden of negative emotions and ideas and become literally lighter in mass; and we are illuminated from within by the understanding that the world around us is maya, illusion, and that the true everlasting reality is joy.

As each entity vibrates it emits an energy field. The higher the frequency, the more positive the vibration and the more powerful its field of influence. It is the nature of everything in the cosmos to be attracted toward increasing its own frequency. So as one entity with a high frequency approaches another entity with a lower frequency, the vibration of the second entity is raised up to match that of the first entity. This is called entrainment.

When two entities connect temporarily and are subsequently separated, quantum mechanics clearly shows that they do not lose their energetic connection. They are permanently imprinted with the memory of their contact.  Whatever behavior is generated by the entity of higher frequency will be repeated or mirrored in the second entity, forever. This long-lasting principle of influence is called entanglement.

The science of Upanishad is founded upon the principles of entanglement and entrainment.

The science of Upanishad is founded upon the principles of entanglement and entrainment.  The enlightened master generates a powerful energy field which radiates the frequencies of compassion, balance and healing. These vibrations are “contagious”. When others sit in proximity to such a field they “catch” the same experience. Just as in illness, some of those who are exposed are more susceptible, more open to “contagion”, while others may be “immune”.

How to increase one’s affinity for spiritual evolution?

Maintaining a specific lifestyle, described in the sacred writings, enhances positive vibrations and cleanses the self..

Certain factors contribute to opening our receptivity.  Maintaining a specific lifestyle, described in the sacred writings, enhances positive vibrations and cleanses the self of much entrenched negativity. This lifestyle generally includes specific nutrition, physical exercise such as hatha yoga, specialized breathing (pranayama), and various forms of meditation. Individual compatibility with a master can also play a role. Masters may dismiss a student whom they feel cannot benefit, or they may refer the student to a different master.  Even within the enlightenment zone there are individual differences between masters. Each is unique.

Quantum science confirms unequivocally that thoughts are also particles of energy. They have mass (weight) and occupy space and time. The understandings of the master, his cognition of deep truths and realities beyond the maya of three (or even four) dimensions, are also communicated wordlessly during Upanishad. As the energy of the student becomes congruent with that of the master, these understandings simply reveal themselves.

Upanishad as sacred scripture

In spite of the nonverbal nature of Upanishadic teaching, eventually some aspects were recorded. Instruction shifted from energetic to oral to written as civilization itself followed the same course. Ultimately the anchoring principles of Vedic thought such as the concepts of self-realization, karma, rebirth, and the significance of yoga and meditation as tools for spiritual evolution were set forth in the Upanishads to guide future seekers. In addition, the unique insights of various masters were recorded to benefit those who could not directly sit in their presence.

Relevance of upanishad for daily life today

How can these ancient teachings help us today? How can we benefit by taking time out of our busy lives to “just sit”?  And even if we do it, how do we connect with an enlightened master who can generate an energy field to entrain our vibrations to a higher level?

The ancient teachings can offer a direct experience to help us today. As we raise our energy frequency we discover dramatic improvements in our lives, the lives we think we are too busy to step away from. Energy determines everything in our worldview, including health, finances, relationships, career and profession, hobbies, enjoyment and creativity. For example, in a financial transaction, the attitude toward the transaction determines our energy, and our energetic field affects the person we are negotiating with.

Many factors participate, including whether the other party reminds us of someone we like, whether we feel comfortable spending money, and whether we carry specific beliefs, such as that all car salesmen are dishonest.  If we carry that belief when we shop for a car, we are likely to either meet a dishonest salesman, or even suggest the thought to an honest salesman that in our case he could cheat us!  

As we attune to higher energetic fields we are amazed at how formerly challenging situations become simplified

This is how energy “creates reality”. As we attune to higher energetic fields we are amazed at how formerly challenging situations become simplified. We discover solutions to our financial difficulties, positive ways to communicate with our loved ones, exciting and creative career opportunities.  We are able to jump out of repetitive, self-defeating behavior patterns and beliefs. The world around us sparkles with possibility. This is the “magic”, the “miracle” of Vedic spirituality — bliss at our fingertips.

How do we find someone to teach us these skills and help us use our energy more wisely and productively?

One enlightened master has made himself fully available to both classical and contemporary seekers.

In his groundbreaking work to prove the scientific value of Vedic spirituality, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, a young adept and mystic from South India who began his yogic training at age three and has spent his entire life in the cultivation of enlightenment, has led exhaustive tests on the dynamics of Upanishad, examining whether his energy can be transmitted to others, how prolonged the exposure needs to be and how long a “holding effect” is maintained when followers leave his presence. Having achieved enlightenment at the young age of twenty-two, he has experimented extensively with the effects of his own energy field on groups in varied situations, from seasoned practitioners to newcomers without prior experience, in settings ranging from large programs to small training sessions.

Paramahamsa Nithyananda has discovered that Upanishad can be extended far beyond the original expectation of prolonged physical proximity

Building on the classical ideals of spiritual practice, non-verbal communication and entanglement, Paramahamsa Nithyananda has discovered that Upanishad can be extended far beyond the original expectation of prolonged physical proximity. Administering his teachings via video on the Internet, he has observed that seekers across the world can be impacted by his energy. He has increased the impact with the addition of Nayana Deeksha, where the master “sees”. Many disciples see the master, but when the master’s eyes fall upon the disciple, the energy initiation or deeksha is maximized. Paramahamsa Nithyananda has facilitated this effect through two-way video conferencing, using cutting-edge technology to expand the ancient concept of “sitting at the master’s feet”.

Quantum mechanics shows us that two entities, once entangled, can be separated by the full width of the universe without losing their bond. But how is that bond established? What determines the ability of two quanta to imprint themselves with each other’s energy?

Paramahamsa Nithyananda tells us that it is our receptivity, our openness to his energy, that creates that bond. Supported by simplified basic daily practice, we can become fully entangled with his energy and be uplifted to a permanent new level of well-being.

Nithyananda on upanishad

Question: Do you initiate only the people who are sitting live with you, or do you also initiate those who are watching the recorded discourse later on?


When you melt down and sit with a deep trust the connection happens, the initiation happens..

“Please understand, the initiation happens whenever you melt down in the deep trust and feeling connection with the Master. When you melt down with the trust and deep connection you are sitting live with me. You are coming alive with me, I am coming alive with you. Please understand, I am making an important statement. Sincere seeker, sincere disciple when he sits with a deep melting relaxed mood with the Master, not only Master comes alive with the disciple, disciple comes alive with the Master. Not only disciple feels fulfilled, Master also feels fulfilled. When sincere seeker melts down with the deep trust and relaxes, the transmission of the lamp happens automatically. Whether sitting live with me in two-way  conferencing or sitting live with me in the webinar or eNTv or watching this discourse later on in the youtube recording, does not matter. If you are sitting with a  deep trust and relaxed mood, understand, I am alive with you, you are alive with me. Sincere seeker, when you sit around me I don’t even expect you to do pooja to me or meditate or do any ritual!  Just if you sit around me, not only you are feeling the fulfillment, I also am feeling fulfilled. Sitting live with me or listening to the video discourses recorded later on does not matter. When you melt down and sit with a deep trust the connection happens, the initiation happens, the transmission of lamp happens. But one thing, if you have the habit of coming and sitting in the morning satsang, not only the initiation will happen, you will practice these techniques systematically and the next evolving with be more easy. There are so many instructions and understandings which I add continuously every day. If you are watching recorded discourse on youtube, you will not be watching in proper time. The timing may not be proper. So only those difficulties should be avoided. If you are watching the recorded discourse in youtube, decide every day you will sit only at particular time.. watch only yesterday’s discourse, that’s it. So have the habit of maintaining that continuity, don’t change the date and time of the discourses. If you have the continuity, you will have the effect of watching live TV. When a sincere seeker sits with the Master, thousands of things happen in their system. Upanishad completely awakens your inner being, your inner Self.”

Paramahamsa Nithyananda has spoken extensively on the ancient Indian tradition of gurukul, the tradition of masters and and disciples.  Children were left with the master at the age of seven and they grew up centering beautifully in their consciousness.  Masters are living embodiments of the scriptural truths.  Their thoughts, words and deeds stem from the ultimate Truth. Disciples pick up the truth just by living around them. Swami Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Master of enlightenend master Paramahamsa Yoganananda from India and  author of Autobiography of a Yogi, says, “Sitting with the master is not merely being in the physical presence, but keeping him in your heart, being one with him in principle and tuning oneself to him.”

Paramahamsa Nithyananda comments, “ This is the whole teaching of Upanishad. The Master is super-conscious energy. When you tune to him you tune to that energy. You can tune only through innocence and openness.”

One devotee relates,

When the whole family is sitting with Swamiji (Paramahamsa Nithyananda), the inner understanding is so different. The way we think about ourselves, the way we look at other people, the way we deal with our own thought patterns — all have changed. Being aware of our own thought patterns has helped us to bring our married life to a different level, a different understanding.

PR Singapore

Devotion transcends all boundaries of space and time. This emotion vibrates at the highest frequency and can connect us even across thousands of miles with beings we have never met nor spoken with. When we create that connection we naturally create entrainment for ourselves, following the energy trail of the frequency we desire. As we repeat the experience again and again, it forges entanglement.

Supplementary practices we undertake can strengthen and sustain our intention: daily yoga, prescribed diet, regular meditation and specialized breathing.  But the basic essence of Upanishad is as simple as sitting quietly in devotion to a being whose energy we want to emulate.

A devotee recounts his travels with Paramahamsa Nithyananda to Allahabad:

In Allahabad when we sat with him (Paramahamsa Nithyananda) we had a very rich experience, very mystical in nature which people could not understand. When I returned, every Thursday devotees assembled at my house and worshipped Swamiji (Paramahamsa Nithyananda) and would also do guru pooja. The experience was rich and the energy was very high. Even after people left, even until two o’clock in the night we could feel the high positive energy in my house. Many people were healed and some people’s personal problems were solved.

RS Chennai, India

Another account of how “just sitting” can transform our inner space:

We had a long night meditation. We had to sit for a long time and we were not allowed to fall asleep. Usually when I get sleepy I want to give in to it. But during this night, sitting in meditation, I realized that even if I felt sleepy I didn’t have to give in to the feeling. And later during the day when I went outside,  I felt angry about something and I saw that I didn’t have to give in to that feeling either. I can just observe my tendency to get angry and I can just stop it. I can see that it’s an emotion that I don’t have to get into.

MA Netherlands

Paramahamsa Nithyananda has perfected the other side of Upanishad — the role of the enlightened master, of which the texts themselves say little. He has studied and documented the work of initiating entanglement, and offers to provide this tremendous gift to all who seek it.  We have only to hold out our hands and welcome it.

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