SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI : PRAKASH DIVAS ON 31ST AUGUST 2919


SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI

Guru Granth Sahib is the sacred scripture
Construed as the revealed word of divinity
Spoken factually by the Gurus & other revered Saints
Known for the wisdom and sagacity of highest order
The holy compact lot is termed as Gurbani
Meaning spoken from the mouth of Gurus & sacred saints
The most revered ones indeed
We’ve firm conviction that these holy words
Are the words of Waheguru Ji (God).
Guru Arjan Dev Ji the Fifth Guru
Made a sincere beginning
To bring together and collected and compiled the scriptures
Which contained Mool Mantar, Japji and Sohila
Composed by Guru Nanak Dev Ji
The First Guru – the most revered one
As a collection of his Holy hymns
The scripture was known
Thence this Holy Book was termed as the Adi Granth
Installed in Harminder Sahib
On 16th October 1604 by Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Subsequently in 1706 the Adi Granth
Became Guru Granth Sahib Ji
The supreme and Eternal Living Guru of Sikhs
Which was declared by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji added 1 Sloka
In Mahala 9 Ang 1429
Enriched by the teachings
Of Indian saints of repute
Such as Ravidas, Ramananda, Bhagat Bhikhan,
Kabir and Namdev
Besides Muslim Sufi saint Sheikh Farid.
Every word and phrase of Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Is based on the society and its wellbeing
Including the Justice of our Waheguru (God)
Which bestows enlightenment to us all
The Holi Granth is revered as Gurbani
The holy words of Gurus
The voice of sanity and wisdom
Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the spiritual authority of Sikhs.

To dispel his doubts of Mughal Emperor Akbar
He undertook a random checking
And found his doubt as false alarm
By the vested interests
He too found the Holy Granth as treasure house of spiritual gyan.

Guru Granth Sahib ji is revered
And termed as the eternal living Guru
The most respected spiritual guide and Guru
Which inspires all the communities of the world
With its sagacity and wisdom
Written in Gurmukhi
Meaning coming from the mouth of the Gurus
The revered ones opined
That through reciting His Naam
Through Shabad Kirtan
Could bestow the human
With bliss – an eternal joy.
Then compositions by the Sikh Gurus
Added scriptural richness to the Tenth Living Eternal Guru.
May the teachings of Tenth Eternal Living Guru Ji
Remain enlightening the humanity as a whole
For eternity with the blessings of our Guru Jis.

ON MAINTAINING BALANCE IN OUR LIVES


BALANCE IN OUR LIVES

WITHOUT BALANCE WE MAY DRIFT IN THE OCEAN

We have our highs and lows
Like high and low tides of ocean
Which touch the beaches
Then recede back
As it loses its vigor
This process just continues
Just like human existence
While in youth
Man has got speed
To go on in life
But as he grows old
He recedes in speed.
But during the periods
Of youth and oldage
Man has to have balance
To be equipoise in all situations
Both in highs and lows of his existence
Happiness should not make us go off the tangent
Sadness should not lower us to our lowest levels.

For joy to be our constant buddy

It is essential to have satiety

In what we have – earned with our efforts with utmost sincerity.

Without the unwanted traits like lust, greed and anger for a company.

To keep balance means to keep equanimity both in lows and highs of our lives. Literally speaking balance means equilibrium, poise, stability, steadiness etc. Thus balance is most essential for us otherwise we shall lose the poise, a little dislocation and we are out. 

LEARNING TO HAVE BALANCE IN LIFE BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES

To keep balance or equi-poise is all very nice for all of us but it is not always that life is not sunshine and rainbow always. When such a situation dawns, our patience, persistence and tolerance come to our rescue. The more we gain experiences, the more learning process we are having. These experiences could be good or not so good. Here the life is tortuous.  Sometimes life throws us down the hill because of our faults due to our indiscretions, but after course corrections, we can take control, move forward despite some unsavory incidents and then being productive will always be helpful for regain our perspective. Having regained our perspective, we can lead a positive life on the plank of our experiences which the life has taught us. Steer clear of any controversies with our resilience and sincerity thus we can change our brain chemistry after knowing what stimulates our happy chemicals in the state of nature. Then it is easier to change, manage and be in sync to face the ups and downs of our lives.

It is not merely due to our normal routines and experiences thereof, it is mainly by following a spiritual directed life which could bestow balance in our life.  In Bhagwad Gia Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to remain steadfast in Yoga, perform your Karma without attachment to the fruits of your Karma and remaining the same both in success and failure.

It is also essential that we endeavour to keep on getting experiences and add to our knowledge. It is the knowledge about various things which helps us to take corrective action when it is needed. In order to live a purposeful and balanced life, we have to move multi-directional. For this to happen, we have to maintain a healthy poise and composure. Here our priorities should be pursued with utmost sincerity and zeal. Having balance means having acquired the main purpose of our existence.

BALANCE ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE

We must have observed the consequences of losing our physical balance. I do remember the incidence of losing my physical balance when I was swimming in a deep canal. While swimming, due to huge current, I lost balance and was about to be swept when suddenly I recovered my balance, I can only say, with God’s grace thus  saved my life. It was a split second recovery or otherwise I must have fallen into a different channel more virulent and deeper. I may not have been here writing this blog if this could have happened. That is the consequence of losing physical balance. Other people must have got some other experiences in losing balance.

LOSING MENTAL BALANCE

When our mind is not in our control, we tend to go off the tangent and may fall prey to three most undesirable elements lust, anger and greed – the destructive  Ku-Karmic deeds. Having overtaken by these three elements which are destructive in nature and detrimental to our forward movement.

HIGHS AND LOWS OF OUR EXISTENCE

There are two sides of the same coin: high and low, hot and cold, good and bad, day and night, high tide and neap-tide, birth and death, black and white, etc. In fact in everything there is opposite. And there should always a balance in all these aspects. If one aspect is more than the other then there is problem to maintain an equilibrium.

On our personal level, we feel too much pain and unhappiness when something goes amiss. In life everybody undergoes hard and not so hard times. Even the Avtars of Lord Vishnu; Lord Krishana and Lord  and Lord Rama surmounted many hardships and then only they could exterminate the evil in the form of evil Demon Kings Kamsa and Ravana with their unparallel spiritual orientation and resilience of highest order.  Imbalance results when we go awry in our thoughts, actions, attitude, habits, behavior etc.

BALANCE IN THE NATURE

We know how Mother Nature functions; there is a balance in all its activities. We are provided with the most essentials of our lives free (Air, Water and Sun) without which we cannot survive even for a minute. Similarly, there is a perfect balance in universe. Little imbalance created here and there is made good after sometimes by the nature.

The balance in nature is a principle which tells us that ecosystem is in stable equilibrium. If there is slightest change here and there then it is corrected by some negative feedback and then imbalance is corrected by the nature to bring it back to original state vis-à-vis the rest of the system. But if there is too much of imbalance which is difficult to be made good quickly then we shall have to face the consequences. This imbalance results in catastrophes like  excessive rains, floods, cyclones, tsunamis,  melting of snow in the Antaretic region due to increase in temperature in the atmosphere due to our own omissions and commissions the consequences of which would be too severe  etc. These manmade imbalance due to personal greed will have disastrous ramifications.

The imbalance to the ecology due to thousands of fires in the rainforests Amazon in Brazil is really very severe. It will cause environmental degradation of huge proportion.  It is construed as though ‘the planet’s lungs’ are on fire since 20 percent of Oxygen is got from the Amazon. These fires may be due to human greed for recovering more areas for cultivation and also for other commercial activities overlooking the imbalance which it is causing to the environment. If these fires are not extinguished quickly then we are in for disproportional consequences.  The recent held G-7 summit, the leaders from various countries were concerned about the Amazon fires and suggested various measures to douse these fires before it is too late. 

BALANCE IN THE SOCIETY

In our real life, we do not function on the principles of Nish-Kama Karma. We want to get something out of everything i.e. we have our own axe to grind in everything we do. By so doing, we do not have harmony and understanding between the members of the society thus suffer when there is a need of working in unison for attainment of common goal.

We can attain balance in our lives by living a life full of joy, healthy, harmonious with peace and satisfaction then we should act in multiple fronts.

  • Total control of our mind – control over emotions and feelings.
  • Control over our thoughts and actions thereto.
  • Control over our diet for keeping our body healthy.
  • Control over three misbalancing our life: anger, lust and greed. These three are the sworn enemies of the humanity.
  • Our egocentric tendencies which makes us isolationist and sometimes anti-social.
  •  Then the imbalance in the environment is really very far reaching implications. For example due to rise in environmental temperature, increase in pollution level both air and water, etc.  
  • Then we have to keep a balance of how much of money we have and how much we have to spend. If we spend more than what we are having then we are in for trouble. Similar is the case with country’s finances – spending more than what a country has may lead to bankruptcy.

Essentially, if we want satiety, peace, harmony and want that we have satisfaction in  our life, it is important that we have balance in manifold areas. It is not acquired by having progress in one area and lackluster contentment in others. In life, sometimes, our own efforts may not pay dividends, we can seek the assistance of others who have attained a healthy balance in their life and is willingly ready to render a helping hand. Balance in life means no attachment at all with the fruits of our actions but our duty is to perform our KARMA.

ON OUR COMPLAINING MENTALITY


ON OUR COMPLAINING MENTALITY

When we complain…..

When we tend to complain
Evidently we showcase
We’re not in control of our senses
That is why we falter and waver
And resort to dither
From our true path
And tend to protest
On anything under the sun.
When it is hot
We complaint
When it is cold
We complaint
When our word is not honoured
Where fault lies on our door
We complain still
When we fail in our mission
Due to our lack of commitment
We complaint
When we lose our self-esteem
Due to disbelief on the policy of give and take
We complaint
When get angry on others on filmiest of grounds
We complaint
When others pay us in the same coin
When we’re not satisfied with what we possess
Without exerting even slightest
We complaint
When we do not meditate sincerely
Due to which we do not get connectivity with our Creator
We tend to complain.

The meaning of complaint is something is wrong or whatever has happened is not what we expected. If somebody uses corrosive methods or use offensive language against somebody, we complain. Then if somebody interferes into our affairs, we are perturbed and would like to get our points redressed or our grievances are addressed. We may complain.This is also a statement of fact is wrong then complaining is the real solution. Then if there are discrimination on the basis of caste, colour, race etc. then we lodge a complaint to the authorities concerned for redressal. We also complain while our views are not taken into cognizance when we rightly deserve on merit.

We must have observed how some of us whine on anything under the sun. Anything which others do or do not do come under the telescopic observation from some of our critics who complaint or giving their own expert opinion.


COMPLAINT MENTALITY


There are people who would complain on anything, in whatever situations they are in. If there is more cold they complain, if there is more heat, they complain. If there is rain, they complain. If there is no rain, they complain. Their unending complaints never stop. I have observed people in the parties complaining about the food despite the fact they take the same to their heart’s content! I feel sorry for such people. In great epic Mahabharta, Dharyodhana of Kaurava had the tendency to complain on anything. Seemingly, every failures he had, he held Pandvas responsible. This complaint mentality resulted in fight between Kaurvas and Pandavas where several thousand lost their lives; proving that complaint mentality could become the sole reason of our downfall ultimately.


COMPLAINTS IN THE WORKING PLACES


In the offices, we have seen people complaining about the attitude towards highhandedness of their bosses without improving their own working efficacy. We should realize that if our boss criticizes our working, then we should improve. We’ve to change our proficiency and then we can expect respect for ourselves. We shall not have any complaints from anybody if we improve our efficiency.


BALANCE IN COMPLAINTS & ACCOLADES


It is not that we shall always be praised, they are times when we shall be having criticisms, complaints would also be there many a times. When somebody complaints against us, we should always see our drawbacks and try to improve ourselves. We have to make conscious effort to take complaints and honours in the same manner while making efforts to improve where we lack. But this should be done without getting perturbed. In Bhagwad Gita it is mentioned ‘Those, who are alike to friend and foe, equipoised in honor and dishonor, cold and heat, joy and sorrow, and are free from all unfavorable association; those who take praise and reproach alike, who are given to silent contemplation, content with what comes their way, without attachment to the place of residence, whose intellect is firmly fixed in Me, and who are full of devotion to Me, such persons are very dear to me.’


COMPLAINTS AGAINST US SHOULD NOT MAKE US DISMAYED


It is a fact that people do complain about our demeanor, we should take it with a pinch of salt and do course correction. If mistake is on our part the we should do everything under our control to set things right. Contrarily, if our conscience is clear and there seem to be nothing wrong for complaints, just make things clear. If the complainant is satisfied it is good if not then also there is no problem since there are the people to whom you cannot convince anyhow. We should adopt the sound advice given in Bhagwad Gita: ‘Alike in cold and heat, joy and sorrow’ and move on come what may. Criticism and complaints do come when we are actively pursuing a course of action and during that something happens. That should not hamper our further movement. Similarly, if somebody criticizes and complaints our way of working or our manner of worshipping which we think is good enough for God’s connectivity then we should just ignore those complaining voices and continue take recourse as hitherto followed for our spiritual journey.

ASSOCIATION WITH UNFACOURABLE ASSOCIATION

When our association with morally and ethical orientation people is questioned then we should consider visiting our position and desist from having any relationship with those people then it is in the fitness of things to do something tangible to abstain from such company since we are adversely affected by the company we keep. Kusangat (Unfavourable company) tarnish our own image and sangat (favourable association) makes us sublime.

While we are performing our job, it is not that we get only appreciations, there are times, when get complaints and admonitions from our superiors and colleagues. If mistake falls in our doorstep, we should make concerted efforts to introspect and take the opposition views. Everybody cannot be wrong. We can be wrong too. Also, we should take our praise and denudation and endeavour to reach to a conciliatory approach and resolve things if there are any.

NARROWNESS AND BROADNESS OF OUR HEART

There are times when we meet people who are narrow in their viewpoints. They create negative environs or impressions wheresoever they set their foot. These are vicious people filled with malice and love toward none. They have complaint mentality. We should always remember that narrowness, narrows ourselves in every way. Broadness broadens ourselves in the society in which we are living. We have the example of crows and swans. Crows eats everything which comes its way but swans live in the clean environs of water-bodies.Advertisements

KRISHNA JANAMASHTHMI


KRISHNA JANAMASHTHMI

WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY JANAMASHTHMI

When evil is at the worst of all times
When irreligious & immoralists rule the roost
When there is no respect for the principles of natural justice
When voices of virtuous souls are gagged with force
When human rights and values are overlooked woefully
When ignorant get rewards only
When people with sagacity are ignored willfully
When people are disgruntled immeasurably
When unawareness is respected unduly
When egocentric tendencies are pampered fully
When even blood relations are imprisoned by their own offspring unreasonably
When divinity and spirituality lose its sheen
When saintly advices are not paid any heed
When arrogance is allowed to fester
When subjects are hugely coerced by their masters
To submit to their whims
And forced not to pray Omnipotent and Omniscient
When seers’ Yajna are defiled
By throwing rubbish and filth on the sacred fires
When sages and opposition voices are stifled with arrogantly
When even just-born kids are done to death mindlessly
Because of fear of these children
Growing and becoming a cause of their own death
When general masses are uncared
And left at the mercy of evil marauders
Thence our Lord Vishnu descends from His Abode Vaikuntha
And incarnates for destroying the evil from the world at large
In order to deliver the pious and the righteous
Thus He annihilates the evil which has made a residency
As irreligious and unreasonable ones
Thus re-establish the principles,
Of morality and fair-play.

At the stroke of midnight, Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshtra,
There appeared Lord Vishnu dressed in shining attire
And carrying His weapons including Sudharshan Chakra,
In the imprisonment of King Kamsa,
On request from mother – Devaki & father – Vasudeva,
He turned Himself as a baby to be hidden from evil Kamsa,
Thus took place the birth of Krishna in Yadu dynasty,
Kamsa knew in his heart of hearts
That nobody can undo the purpose of Lord Vishu incarnation
Since the will of God always prevails on all occasions.

The violent and vigilant guards remained in deep sleep,
Oblivious what transpired in the guarded dungeon just near,
Whilst heavy downpour made the Yamuna fully swollen,
With Sheshnag providing a shelter from rain,
Yamuna swelled still further on,
Wishing to touch the feet of the Supreme Lord,
Then Krishna offered His Divine Feet for Yamuna’s touch.
At Nandgaon Vasudeva exchanged the baby Krishna
Brought back Yashoda’s daughter named Yogmaya
He was back to his prison cell without being noticed by anyone.

At Nandagaon, Krishna performed many of His Leelas
Showed His mystical prowess at Mathura and finally Dwaraka,
He mesmerized Gopis with His flute – at the musical best,
Attracting even the cows herds in hoards,
Gayatri Mantra was initiated to the Krishna by Guru Gargamuni,
And Vedic arts and sciences by Guru Sandipanimuni,
At Mathura He killed many demons,
To ward off the demons threats,
Thus stopping threat looming large,
Of many a ferocious demons.
During His childhood days
And thereafter during his life time
His role as destroyer of evil is well-known to everybody
Mahabharta epic provides us the testimony. .

He married many queens,
Rukimni being the most beautiful one,
Love of Radha & Krishna is etched in folklores,
Will ever remain in our memories till enternity,
As the pious Love of Divines.
Lord Krishna acted as a Charioteer of Arjuna,
The greatest dhanushdhari of all times,
Was the role of His in the Kurukshtra war!
Where Lord Krishna displayed His stupendous Universal Form,
When Arjuna was in doubt to fight war,
Against kith and kin of his own,
Then the Supreme Lord delivered His famed Bhagavad Gita,
“The Song of God”,
Containing essence of Jnana,
All encompassing knowledge – Gyana.
In the war that ensued,
Evil doers met their doom,
Thus had the results of their wicked karmic deeds,
Proving that bad Karma leads to bad end,
And with them the wickedness that pervaded,
Thus Kamsa met his death at the hands of Lord Krishna,
A victory of good over evil was ensured,
A lasting lesson for us mortals to follow indeed’
May Lord Krishna’s blessings be showered on all of us
By gracing us with wisdom and sagacity
And spread the message of goodness for us mortals.

KRISHNA JANAMASHTAMI

Krishna Janmashtami has been variously described as: Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Shrikrishna Jayanti, Sri Jayanti, Krishna Janma, Gokulashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, etc.

After the marriage ceremonies, while Kamsa was taking his sister Devaki and brother-in-law Vasudeva in the cheriat, he felt very happy. There is a custom of brother accompanying the married sister to her in-laws home. The procession was passing merrily while Kamsa was driving the chariot. The atmosphere was surcharged with joyous/ecstasy.

As ill luck would have it, there was a prophecy from the sky: “Kamsa, you are such a fool! You are driving the chariot of your sister and your brother-in-law, but you do not know that the 8th child of your sister will kill you.“. Kamsa was dumbfounded and could not control his anger and therefore wanted to kill Devaki (the daughter of Devaka) but Vasudeva intervened and promised that they will give all their newborn children to Kamsa after their births and agreed to stay in his jail cell. They were thus imprisoned under the supervision of guards. Vasudeva also commented that Kamsa being a greatest warrior and should not kill his own sister. He also told Kamsa that we are dying every moment that passes and death is evitable for the one who is born. Thus he pacified Kamsa through his (Vasudeva’s) flattery.

Afterwards, Kamsa imprisoned his own father (Ugrasena) and declared himself as the King besides usurping the power of King Surasena (Vasudeva’s father). He expanded his power to other parts too through his prowess.

Subsequently, first six children of Devaki and Vasudeva were killed by King Kamsa sooner they were born after the news of their birth was conveyed to him. While Kamsa’s relatives and friends tried to dissuade him from doing so but he did not listen to anyone.    Then there was a news of miscarriage of seventh child but actually seventh child was transferred to Rohini as Balarama – just secretly – a Mystical potency of God.

The birthday of Sri Krishna is celebrated every year. As per the astrological calculations and scriptural details, the date of Krishna’s birth, which is known as Janamashtami is 18 July 3228 BCE. Lord Krishna lived upto 18th February 3102 BCE. He is the 8th Avtar of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha (dark night) between the months of August – September every year.

Krishna belonged to the Yadu dynasty descending from Soma. He was the 8th son of Princess Devaki and Vasudeva (son of Surasena). Krishna was carried across the River Yamuna by Vasudeva after his birth in the confinement of Kamsa.

When Krishna was born, there was an atmosphere of peace, auspicious stars were visible in the sky besides there were all positive signs. The demigods were very pleased and began to shower flowers. Then Lord Vishnu appeared before Devaki and she felt very elated. Vasudeva was also very happy after seeing the shine on the face of the newborn – such opulence and effulgence. The demigods had already informed them that Supreme Personality of Godhead would be born from the womb of Devaki. He was really convinced that the newborn was the Godhead Himself. Vasudeva  began to offer prayers. He was of the firm belief that now Kamsa will get justice for his sinful acts. He thus prayed and requested Him to save them from the hands of Kamsa. Devaki requested Him to take the form of an ordinary child so that no harm is done to him.

Afterwards, a mystic thing happened, all the prison locks got opened, all the guards slept and there was a heavy rain. On the birth of eighth child, Lord Vishnu ordained that the child be taken to Gokula to Nanda and Yashoda. There upon, Vasudeva took infant Krishna with him, crossed the river Yamuna and reached Gokul. After leaving infant child at Gokula, he brought back Yashoda’s daughter named Yogmaya back to his prison cell. Due to the grace of Lord Vishnu, nothing went amiss. The birth of Krishna, and activities are all transcendental and one who understands it is spiritually rich person. His birth is according to His time and place besides the need of such an eventuality. Even the planetary systems were adjusted auspiciously at the time of Krishna’s birth.

Foster father Nanda Baba and mother Yashoda of Lord Krishna were very happy while they were celebrating the birth of their newborn son with great pump and show. There was an atmosphere of joy everywhere. Yashoda always thought Krishna as her dear son and not anything else – they all enjoyed the childhood pastimes of Krishna thereafter.

The news of the 8th child was given to Kamsa. While Kansa was about to kill Yogmaya, she vanished from his hands and thundered that his killer was in Gokul and warned about his looming death. Thereupon Kamsa sent his various ferocious demons to kill Krishna.

KAMSA’S PERSECUTION RECKLESSNESS STARTS

Kamsa comes to know about the birth of 8th child and further information that he is taken to Gokula made him furious. He got exasperated and lamented; now the cruel death will not be far away he thought. Yet he wanted to do everything in order to eliminate the child.

IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS

Significantly, the celebration of birthdays for everybody is a must since it reminds us not only our self-worth but also we realize the purpose of our lives. It also gives us realization how much our friends our relatives and other well-wishers love us.  We reciprocate in the same measure the wishes and wellness showered on this day for us. Therefore, it is not only the birthdays of Messengers of God we should celebrate but also of ourselves, friends and relatives.

NEED OF  INCARNATIONS

The demons kings were very harsh in their behavior towards their subjects. They inflicted all sorts of punishments on them including not allowing them to worship their deities and carrying out various rituals as enshrined in the scriptures. The demon kings wanted that people should obey them, pray them and remain slave to them. All this and more hardships made the world at large troubled spot. This necessitated and impelled deity of earth – Mother Earth (Bhumi) to go to the Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka  with tears in her eyes to reduce the burden of evil doers and the heinous sins being perpetrated by the demons from the earth. Lord Bhrahma, Lord Shiva along with all Demi Gods accompanied Mother Earth for invoking Lord Vishnu to come to their succor. All prevailed upon Lord Vishnu to appear as the son of Vasudeva and all other Demi Gods to appear on the Mother Earth in different forms to assist Lord Vishnu in His new Avtar in one form or the other.  .   

Lord Krishna Himself has enunciated in Bhagwad Gita that whenever there is excessive evil/sin in the society; when there is prominence of repressive and regressive forces besides prevalence of irreligious practices, He appears on this planet to eliminate evil thus minimize the scourge of evil from the society besides protecting the pious and righteous people. His form may be different in different ages but He takes birth or incarnates and shows the right course to the people at large with His thoughts and actions.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham’

Lord Vishnu is the cause of creation and He incarnated as Krishna to eliminate demonic forces prevalent in the society at large. It has rightly been said that God is omnipotent and omniscient besides He possesses innumerable names: Lord-Allaha-Rama-Krishna-Jehova-Budha-Akalpurakh but Truly speaking; He is the ONE. He has personal and impersonal aspects. To exemplify this; a drop of water has the same chemical and physical properties as water from huge reservoir of water. One or Many hardly makes any difference. Our body which we love the most is impermanent. Our soul and the Super Soul are permanent. It does not die with the death of the body. God incarnations and saints’ lives which have been enumerated in different scriptures have made it amply clear about the importance of God Consciousness through their discourses and other mystic actions, remain inspiring us humans. Such is the importance of incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Krishna.

 Kamsa sent Putana who was known for killing small children by her sinful methods, to kill child Krishna. Krishna killed her after suckling her breast.

  • King Kamsa sent demon named Trnavarta with mystic powers. He was eliminated by Krishna without much difficulty.
  • A demon named Bakasura attacked him and his cowherd friends. Krishna killed him.
  • Serpent Aghasura was killed after playful acts of Krishna and his friends with him.
  • Dhenukasura attacked Krishna and his gops. He killed the demon.
  • Demon Pralambasura sent by King Kamsa was killed by Lord Krishna.
  • Demon Kesi in the form of a horse was killed by Krishna.
  • While visting Mathura, Lord Krishna killed the wrestler named Canura by hurling him to the ground while wrestling.
  • Finally Lord Krishna dragged the demoniac King Kamsa and threw him on the ground, struck im with His fist repeatedly and killed him. That was the end of the evil along with Demon King 

 WHAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC DO ON THIS PIOUS DAY

Devout keep fast on this day and remain awake till midnight at the time when Krishna was believed to have born. The image of Krishna as an infant is kept on the cradle or swing both at homes and temples and everyone wants to have a dharshan makes the swing to move. This is considered an auspicious thing.

Devotees sing songs and make merry besides exchanging gifts and flowers. In temples satsang and puja is also held.

Janamashtmi is celebrated differently In different parts of India. In Maharashtra, Dehihandi is celebrated where buttermilk is kept in a pot and kept at a convenient height. Different parties try to break this earthen pot so as to win this contest. This event is undertaken to remember the event of stealing of buttermilk by Krishna in his childhood from Gopi’s homes. The participants in this event are called Govindas.

In Mathura (the birth place of Krishana), Gokul and Vrindavan the festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. People gather in large number and offer their prayers to Him. Even in Dwarka in Gujarat where Krishna established his kingdom, people visit Dwarkadish temple. Bhagavata Purana, the part dealing with the pastimes of Krishna are recited besides offerings of betel, fruits, flowers etc done by the devotees.

Gokulashtami is celebrated with great fervor in South India too. In Tamil Nadu, the people decorate the floor with kolams (decorative pattern drawn with rice batter).

Besides Lord Krishna’s mysticism and Leelas are always enjoyed by the devotees.

  • Lord Krishna dance upon the heads of the serpent Kaliya thereafter Kaliya realized his mistake.
  • Protected the people from the heavy rains on the village Vrindavan by lifting Govardhan hill on his little finger.
  • Rasa Lila (Dance) with gopis at Vrindavana to the tune of the flute.

It is very vividly in Bhaghwad Gita that those who know about the birth, His appearance and all activities of Lord Krishna become eligible to be transferred to spiritual world. JAI SHRI KRISHNA. For this to become reality we have to be Krishna Conscious.

Bhagwad Gita discourse which Lord krishana had with Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra (A DHANUSHDHARI OF REPUTE) enlightens us with the following besides other things:

  • You have the right to work but never to the fruit of the work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.
  • Whatever happened, happened for the good, whatever is happening is happening for the good and whatever will happen will happen for the good.
  • Change is the law of universe, you can be millionaire in an instant or  a pauper in an instant.
  • The soul is eternal.
  • You came empty handed and will leave empty handed when you die.
  • Lust, anger and greed are the three the gates to self-destructive hell.
  • Man is made by his belief, as he believes, so he becomes.
  • When meditation is mastered the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.
  • Doubts are our enemies.
  • We are kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to  lower goal.
  • We are all one since all are God’s creations.
  • Let go off attachment – our attachment to the worldly possessions is the cause of miseries.
  • Give without expecting anything  in return.
  • Man is his own friend or enemy by his karmic deed  or misdeed.
  • Steadiness equipped with Yoga one controls the mind.
  • A person can attain supreme state of freedom from the karma by self-control, and disregard for the material possessions.
  • It is better to do one’s own duty better, even though it may be below our merits which we actually deserve.
  • The five factors of our actions are: place of action, the doer, the sense organs, numerous efforts  and the divine law which govern all other factors.

ON OUR MISERIES


NATURE FURY

ON OUR MISERIES

While Engulfed In Misery
Our Heart Sinks Abysmally
Our Mind Stops Functioning Normally
We Close All The Paths Leading To Sagacity
Which Is A Forward Movement Spiritually
We Identify Our Eternal Soul With Our Body And Mind
Owing To Our Attachment
With Things And Relationships So Impermanent
Such As Comforts From Materials
Our Relatives And Friends
Which Anyhow We Shall Lose One Day
Like Ocean Waves Which Has Ebbs And Flows
Like Ebbs And Flows Of Our Relationships
Which Just Vanish In The Thin Air Being Transient
But Our Soul Being Eternal And In-transient
We Never Give Much Credence
And Enrich The It By Following Righteous Course
Thus Make Our Life Sublime And With A Purpose
Full Of Enlightenment But Bereft Of Avidya – Ignorance.
While In Grief So Grievous
Its Effects Are Too Severe
One Loses The Self-Assurance
This Makes The Person Concerned
Lose The Moorings
And Fall Into Precarious Situation
When We Are Living Like Autopilot Lifestyle
With Grief And Suffering Abounding
We Evolve With The Pain Caused By That Suffering
We Get Incremental Growth
But when we live with complete awareness
We keep our heart and mind unfastened 
Thereby we receive different ideas
From different sources
Thus acquire gyan – knowledge in abundance

The word misery means a feeling of despondency, unhappiness, gloom or despair. First of all, we’ve to know the causes of misery. This calamity may be natural or man-made by design; but common result is onset of misery in. Its spread effects are really very bad for the body and soul if the our miseries are allowed  to breed – the seeds of which may produce unhealthy fruits and spoil of existence. But when we become aware of the cause of our miseries, then, these bestow us an opportunity to introspect and we grow incrementally by experiencing them.

During the time a man is in grief an individual’s confidence decelerates, no confidence means we cannot contribute, as desired, for the organization he is working or the business such person is running gets lost due to lack of proper direction. No work means no money for sustenance of the family. No money  for the family to support means the family as a unit just gets drown with the onslaught of misery.  This precarious situation in the entire family may result in stressful situation. It is a fact that during the time we are engulfed in grief our emotions are at the peak and there may be disharmony in the family thereby adversely impacting the family fabric. We must have observed how a family as a whole commits suicide; sorry to say sometimes after signing a pact,  due to the persistent assault of misery.

If experience of the saints and enlightened souls is any guide, their enlightened view  is that God approaches us in the guise of miseries. These miseries are for the evolution of an individual. All this is for the benefit of the individual concerned – just to bring back the individual to its root – to be God conscious.

In essence, when we are experience sorrow and grief the only help which we can seek is that of God. For this we have to meditate sincerely.

While we live unconsciously, an autopilot lifestyle, grief and suffering strike us and thereby we learn and evolve ourselves spiritually through the medium of pain. The pain wakes us occasionally and gives incremental growth spiritually. Contrarily, spiritual growth is pleasurable and joyful when we live with self-awareness/consciously. We experience incremental growth through various experiences. Being conscious means we keep our heart and mind open and receive different ideas from different sources thus enhance our knowledge (gyan). Living thus, we evolve ourselves.

We grieve when we do not have material possessions which others are having. This comparison disappoints us. Also, when we categorize ourselves according to others perceptions or become judgmental about others some persons or things. This attachment with persons and things puts us in immense grief. Too much of attachment disappoints us when we lose some person or a thing. Therefore, we should not grief for losing something which is impermanent. We should never forget that we have eternal Soul with impermanent body; which is the carrier of the soul. A wise man never grieves for temporary things. Water waves rise and then fall, in the same way, our body too just perishes when soul leave it. Here soul is real and the body is unreal. We grieve or become unhappy because of our ignorance or avidya.

There is a wisdom for such people to be followed in Bible. When everything is down and out: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ……

These causes may be one or multiple:-

·        Miseries are identified with the body.  It has been seen that when something happens to any part of our body, we feel as though some catastrophe has fallen on us of which we cannot do anything. It is external in nature and hence impermanent. If some cure is sought the misery could be alleviated nothing to do with intrinsic in nature which is eternal in nature and lasting/permanent.

In Holy Quran it has been mentioned: Your Lord is He that makes the ship go smoothly through the sea for you that you may seek of His Grace, for He is Most Merciful to you.  When distress seizes you at sea, you cry to nobody save Him (God), but when He brings you back safely to the land, you turn away (from Him). 

There are the people who remember God when they are in need but there are some  rich and well-up who hardly remember Him. Those who remember God in good and bad times are the true believers.

·        Miseries identified with the family. Any relationship problem in the  family; it may be the divorce between the spouses, divorce of son or daughter due to relationship problems between the spouses. This makes us unhappy.

·        Death in the family. We feel miserable when we’ve death in the family without forgetting that whosoever has come to this earth has to leave this earth one day.

·        Failure to get what we want. We feel very disappointed when we do not succeed in our efforts then we feel disappointed and after sometimes this despondency seeps into our system.

·        Get injury in an accident. When we meet with an accident, we feel pain on the part in which pain is localized. If we just introspect, we shall feel that we know the cause and effect of the pain. This attempt makes us aware of the pain and by doing so, we spread the effect of the pain. Similar is the case with our misery. Awareness makes a huge difference.

·        When we get separated from our family. I have experienced when we are constrained to be separate from our family. It may be due to our transfer to  a far flung areas or due to any other reason which is not in our control.

  • When somebody lowers our self-esteem without any reason.
  • When we face losses in business for which we have invested a huge capital.
  • When our goals are not fructified despite best efforts.
  • When our offspring fall into bad company and fall prey to immoral and unethical behavior.
  • When we are not able to control our temper due to which we lose our inner peace.

Bhagwad Gita, advises us to remember the following:-


1. The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead as the one who is born will die one day, now or after sometimes.
2. The Self within is eternal, indestructible – then why to grieve over the body which is impermanent. 
3. The body enveloping the Self is short-lived. It has a beginning and an end should never be forgotten by us humans. 
4. Beings constantly pass through the repeated stages of unmanifest, manifest and again unmanifest. So why grieve over the inevitable? 
6. The indwelling Self remains eternally the same – our job should be to do righteous Karma for enriching the soul.

We should try to see light even in dark place – there may be opportunity for opening for us.  An opportunity which could best be exploited to our advantage but for this to be reality, we have to remain awake for a positive change. When we become aware about our misery, we shall find the cause of our misery and try to assuage  the pain.

For instance, if we have pain due to some accident, just find out the part which is paining. We should massage it and see how the localised pain spreads in wider area of the body. This spreading of pain reduces the pain or eliminates the pain altogether. Similar is the case with our misery. If we analyze the cause of our misery, we can just divide it into various parts thus eliminating this misery after sometimes but while doing so, we have to be patient. In hurry we multiply our worries.

It has also been observed that we tend to overstress and overstate our miseries thereby we ignite and enhance our miseries. While we do this, we lose our true self and go off the tangent without realizing that what we are doing is essentially very dangerous for us. This realization dawns on us when the situation goes out of control from us.

If we introspect, we shall find that the pain spreads from inside even though the injury is on the outside the body. If we concentrate on the point of our pain then we can know about the pain. When we become aware of the cause and effect, we bridge the gap in pain. Then we shall realize that our pain or misery is most exaggerated.

OUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL


OUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL

While our mind function expands
We become slave to our mind
Use more of it
Thereby ignoring the heart
Thus in the process hurting our soul/spirit
Continue more reliance on mind
The mind becomes more ego-minded
For more use of mind
Limits the use of soul
In our day to day role
Having total belief on our mind
But tending to ignore our heart
Result of it all would be affected awfully
The body and mind related problems will multiply
With stress and strains skyrocketing
Adding to karmic debts kitty
By resorting to anger, deceit, lust, jealousy
End result is the end of our familial relations
Since these relationships are rooted in emotions
Relationships bereft of emotions
Creates fertile ground for fear, anxiety
Greed, lust, worries, ignorance ultimately.

Our heart and soul expand
From every positive experience we gain
Through the medium of our body
But controlled by our mind
The function of our heart is narrowed.

Ignoring our heart
Means contraction of our heart
Thereby expansion in our ego-centric tendencies
As heart is pure and pious in its functions
It is suffusing with love, forgiveness
Empathy, enlightenment, fulfilling others needs
Tolerance, patience, balance and harmony will expand.

Listening to our heart
Means we shall be think and act like a child
Playing on the playground
With other children
Liking everything which Mother Nature has bestowed us with
Then while playing like a child
We shall not be caring or judging others
We shall have a balance
We shall seek solutions from within us
We shall not be overly worried whether we are losing
Or would go overboard with happiness when winning
Our heart would be fully open to positive change
And take in anything – good or bad without remorse
Without any reservation whatsoever.
Whence we rely more on our heart
We’ve purity in our desires
Purity in thoughts, purity in our action
Will be found in abundance
Our mind gets conditioned
Due to the influence of our environment
Parents, teachers, friends and society in which we live
From being non-judgemental
Loving, giving, harmonious
We tend to protective of ourselves
We become showy, cunning, shrewd
Our expectation are increased
Our demands just are aplenty.

With our mind at the helm of affairs
We tend to measure ourselves
As competition, our loss and gains
And our gains which may put others in pains
Rather than love and empathy
In the world today
We are plaything in the sphere of ego-mind
Thus we do not understand
The pain the others undergo
Far we are solidly controlled
By our mind
Because we have contracted our heart
And expanded our ego-mind.
When we tend to accommodate our inner voice
We shall change our mindset
And with it we become masters of our emotions
The most soft feelings
With it we save our relations
And with it we purify more our soul
And thus are more near to the PARAM ATMA (Super Soul).

RAKSHA BADHAN – RAKHI FESTIVAL (This festival is on 15th August 2019) May God spread the message of social harmony amongst the humanity


RAKSHA BADHAN – RAKHI FESTIVAL (This festival is on 15th August 2019)
May God spread the message of social harmony amongst the humanity

RAKSHA BANDHAN – RAKHI

Rich in cultural traditions despite upheavals,
India with its varied festivals,
Keeps reminding the multitudes,
Of the importance of the festivals,
Based sometime by changed seasons,
Or some sacred religious occasions,
Other times based purely on human emotions,
Whilst there is a need to revive relationships.

The RAKSHA BANDHAN is the festival, so dearest,
Where sister ties the sacred thread around her brother’s wrist,
Which is held in the Hindu month of Shravan,
Witnessed by the auspicious full moon from the Heaven,
Profuse with sisterly adoration,
And awe-inspiring sentiment of brotherly affection,
A festival of deep bond of emotion,
Wherein a brother promises fortification,
Of his sister from any danger unforeseen ,
An ultimate ‘bond of protection’ though unwritten,
Yet this thread is not an ordinary twine,
But solemn undertaking given.

Rakhi is not mere a knot between blood related brothers and sisters,
It is sacred knot between neighbours,
And other society members,
To keep the fabric of society united,
To ensure communal concord,
History is replete with several examples,
Where Rajputs & Maratha queens sent Rankhis,
To the Mughal kings,
And won their support at the time vcritical
There is also a story of Alexander the Great’s spouse,
Sending a Rakhi to King Porus,
Which King Porus accepted with immense respect
And the promise was so fulfilled
By not harming her husband
Such is the sacred rakhi’s bond.

Such is the power of this ordinary thread,
That it can keep even adversaries united.

O our All powerful Creator,
Thee who can do anything anywhere,
Knot the world community with thy Holy Thread,
So that all live in peace and concord.

RAKSHA BANDHAN (An Ordinary Twine which unites souls)

We, Indians, like many in many countries of world, are fortunate to have different festivals which we celebrate with religious fervour and devotion. Festivals may be different but there is a commonality of feelings which is emoted during these festivals; which is indeed amazing. That is the beauty which binds us together with a common Thread of Love and Care for each other.
The word Raksha means an act of protection and bandhan means a relation/connection/tie/bond/association. Taken together the two means a relation which ensures/bestows protection. Raksha Bandhan, in other words is a bond between brother and sister for bestowing protection to the sister whenever contingency arises – a sacred pledge that he (brother) will fulfil the promise of protection come what may. In return, the sister prays for the wellbeing and prosperity of her brother
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival which highlights the importance of brother-sister relationship. Here, brother-sister may be related or biologically unrelated. In some parts of India it is simply called Rakhi festival or Rakhi Purnima (falling on full moon). Indian being a multi-cultural society, not only Hindus, it is celebrated by Sikhs, Jains etc. The sister ties a (Rakhi thread) sacred thread on the wrist of her brother and the brother in turn gives a solemn pledge or promise to the sister to come to her succor at any unforeseen eventualities. A promise which is formulized on RAKHI PURNIMA DAY. This festival falls on full moon day (Shravan Poornima) and that is why it is also called as Raksha Poornima.
The brother-sister relationship is really very sensitive. When brother and sister are biologically connected then they grow up together under the same roof and the parents make them understand the importance of brother-sister relationship. As the sister, after she grows up, has to leave the home and hearth of her parents, Rakhi Thread becomes a link between brother and sister to remind each other that there exists somebody to care for him/her. It is, in other words, an emotional bond/link which brings forth the memories of the past days when both brother and sister had lived and brought up together. To say the least, I opine, sisterly love is next the motherly love. A simple woven thread, self made or purchased from market with great reverence cements relationship even further between brother and sister.


Some of the salient features of RAKSHA BANDHAN are given below”-

• Raksha Bandhan signifies the love and affection between brother and sister – an emotional link which solidifies the relationship between the two blood-related or otherwise.

• Brother promises to protect her sister and come to her succor whenever called for besides giving a suitable gift for his sister as a token of love.
• At the time of tying the knot of sacred thread parents, grand-parents and other members of the family ritualistically gather to shower their blessings on brother-sister at a spot where sister ties knot of Rakhi to her brother and pray for their well-being and prosperity. Tying of knot of a Rakhi is done in a ceremony by lighting a earthen wick or a candle in a shallow plate. Sister applies tilak or tikka on the forehead of her brother and then ties Rakhi. The purpose of lighting a wick is for sanctification of RAKSHA BANDHAN in presence of Fire God. Brother gives her gifts and promises to protect her whenever there is a need. Subsequently, the sister prays for the wellbeing and prosperity of her brother. Some sing religious songs in connection with Rakhi festival.

• The sister prays to God for the safety and prosperity of his brother.
• A sacred thread, in the form of Rakhi thread, cements a bond between brother and sister thus establishes goodwill and emotional bond between them two.
• Most importantly, when brother-sister love is affirmed outside the biological relationship then it will enhance inter-faith cohesion and fellow feelings between different castes, religions etc. This practice persisted in the past and is prevalent now as well. Raksha Bandhan evokes feeling of love, respect, and a sense of protection and also engenders a feeling of togetherness between different religions.
• Then there is a practice of sending Rakhi threads made by the school children to the soldiers guarding the borders who could not be with their sisters because of their emergent commitments. These soldiers will naturally feel elated and emotionally suffused by this sacred gesture.

• Self made Rakhi Threads along with the sweets and gifts are sent to the orphanages for tying to the ones who were not so fortunate to have their brother tying this sacred thread. This also brings smile on their faces.
• Brothers and sisters who are geographically separated send their Rakhis by post or any other fast means along with the gifts in the form of gift cheque etc. Now-a-days, due to the progress of communication owing to net, Rakhis could even be e-Rakhied without wastage of time. What a way to exploit the fast communication! This gesture too keeps the bond of brother-sister love ever blossoming.
• The Prohits self-make Rakhis and distribute amongst their disciples who put these on their writs with fervour. This too is considered as a SARED TWINE.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTICE

Earliest examples of a Rakhi Bandhan prayer is found in VISHNU PURAN: a prayer that Yasoda sung while tying a sacred rakhi lucky charm on Krishna’s wrist.


May the lord of all beings protect you,
May the one who creates, preserves and dissolves life protect thee.

Historically legend has it that Rajput queens used to send rakhi threads (a scared thread) to other neighbouring rulers in order to show their linkage or relationship and establish a bond of relationship and spread brotherly feeling amongst the neighbourhood and avoid bloodletting on small pretext or misunderstanding of any nature.

There is a legend, Lord Ganesha had two sons named Shubh and Labh. While Ganesh’s sister came to tie a Rakhi around the wrist of Ganesh, his sons became disappointed. They wanted a sister too. Then Narda Muni came and persuaded Lord Ganesha for the same and thus created a daughter by the name of Santoshi Maa by the divine flame emerging from wives named Ridhi and Sidhi who tied Rakhi on the wrists of her brothers Shubh and Labh. There is also a legend in Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana that after Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from demon king Bali, he requested Lord Vishnu along with Maa Lakshmi to stay in his palace. This was not like by Goddess Lakshmi. She had a plan. She tied a Rakhi around the wrist of King Bali and made him his brother. When asked for a gift she asked for the freedom of Lord VISHNU and freed from the promise to live at his palace. Demon king agreed.


In Manabharta, Lord Krishna considered Draupati as his sister. When there was a cut on his finger while beheading Shushupal, she pierced a piece of her sari and tied it around his injured finger which was bleeding. Krishna took it as a sacred thread (RAKSHNA BANDHAN) and bestowed her protection whenever called for the same.


There is also a legend of Yama (the lord of death) and Yamuna (river). Yama, due to pre-occupation could not visit her for 12 long years. She told Ganga for the same. Gangaji mentioned this to Lord Yama. He visited his sister thereafter. Yama was very happy to see his brother after a long time; prepared tasty food for him. On asking for a gift, she extracted a promise that he should visit her year after year. This too is connected with Rakshna Bandhan.


May true spirit Raksha Bandhan prevails and creates congenial brotherly feelings amongst the humanity in general.