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.
We have our highs
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
It is essential to
In what we have –
earned with our efforts with utmost sincerity.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Janmashtami has been variously described as: Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami,
Ashtami Rohini, Shrikrishna Jayanti, Sri Jayanti, Krishna Janma, Gokulashtami,
Sri Krishna Jayanti, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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. .
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.
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.
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
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
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.
sing songs and make merry besides exchanging gifts and flowers. In temples
satsang and puja is also held.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Gita discourse which Lord krishana had with Arjuna in the battlefield of
Kurukshetra (A DHANUSHDHARI OF REPUTE) enlightens us with the following besides
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.
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.
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.
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
· 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
· 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
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.
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 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.
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.