In a havan, we make an offering of samagri to Agni deva, which contains both exotic ingredients like guggul as well as common ingredients like rice and sugar, representing in totality the different aspects of creation.
Similarly, our body contains all aspects of creation, which belong to no specific individual. These keep on changing and exist to aid the forces that run creation. Every moment in the life of a sadhak is a havan, an ahuti made to the devas in his every thought and action—be it eating, sexual gratification, travel, leisure or even sadhana, which has to be sacrificed after a stage. All these are aspects of the physical, temporary and unreal. The moment a sadhak associates himself with a physical aspect and tries to hold on to it, it is called a dilution in yog. On the other hand, if the sadhak makes an offering to the devas with every physical aspect, it paves way to evolution.
Both devas and danavs exist within a being. The aspect that one relates to or accesses is indicative of his state of evolution or desire. Gayatri, the ultimate force of creation, resides in the body and can be accessed. There are two aspects of Gayatri sadhana–Gayatri, which is internal (antarang) and Savitri, which is external (bahrang). Together, they represent completeness (poornata). The Gayatri sadhana is the ultimate sadhana, to achieve completeness. However, to access this aspect, one also has to have the matching desire. A mismatch between desire and what the Gayatri sadhak tries to access results in a mess within and outside because the sadhana calls for purity of the highest order; to be centred on his sadhya every moment. The slightest waver of focus or a momentary thought or desire is enough to create a downward spiral.
These Shaktis through sadhana can be accessed with this body under the sanidhya of a Guru. The reason people falter is because they lack a guru, who gives the sadhak experiences of the spiritual world. A shishya is one who keeps walking the path shown by the guru with his eyes fixed on him. If he pauses even momentarily to pluck a flower on the way or even admire its beauty, it is considered guru-droh. No matter how beautiful, how high its attraction, the flower is still physical (sthool), therefore unreal. The person will get the flower but in the process he will lose the path of the Guru. guru-droh is considered a greater paap than brahm hatya.
Your experience determines your direction. The level of sadhana and experiences go hand in hand. If your experiences are growing and your interactions with the energy world are increasing, then no matter what you are doing in the physical, you are on the right path. If not, no matter how many pujas and paths you do, you have drifted from your path. The mind may play tricks, because it is a powerful entity which can lead you to beguile you. So, monitor the amount of time spent in sadhana vis-à-vis physical pursuits. Less of sadhana and more of physical pursuits means you have regressed, for the mind is playing tricks.
Whenever you are slapped, first comes the sound and then the pain. A guru can sense that sound/dilution first and warns the sadhak to be careful. Most ignore this because their ego prevents them from seeing the mistake and move away from the guru, but understand only once the damage is done. The sadhak then needs to look at what he is moving towards. Whenever you move away from your guru, observe yourself. Then, if you immerse yourself in silence and are able to attract others towards the subject and practices, then you are on the right path. If not, and you are busy with mundane activities, be rest assured that you have diluted yourself.
A guru will till the last try to somehow save the shishya, and keep him on the path. Prithviraj Chauhan’s guru feigned being Prithviraj in front of enemies so that the king could escape. A guru does not shy away from putting his life at stake for a shishya, because even in doing so, he will gain salvation. But then if the shishya refuses to be carried on the path further or changes his path midway, there is little that a guru can do to save him.
Yogi Ashwini is the spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram.