WISHING YOU ALL HANUMAN JANAM UTSAV / HANUMAN JYANTI TODAY – MAY HIS BLESSINGS REMAIN ON US ALL


LORD HANUMAN JI WORSHIPPING RAM, SITA MAA AND LAKSHMANA

LORD HANUMAN JI
HANUMAN JANAM UTSAV / HANUMAN JYANTI TODAY



Hanuman Jyanti is being celebrated today
The Chitra Purnima
In Shakula Paksha
He is the symbol of strength and amazing power
He is passionate devotee
Of Lord Rama
The Maryada Prashotam
While we want the blessings of Lord Ram
We can worship Lord Hanuman
Who is the Deity
To whom we can worship for successful fructification
Of any project we undertake in hand
His prayers at this juncture
When Novel Coronavirus virulence
Is taking toll all the world over
With Hanuman Chalisa recitation
Or chanting of Mantra
Om Eh Reem Hanumante Shri Ram Doote Namon.
To seek and get answers to our pressing problems
His worship could also assist us
For removing the negative forces
Which has bedeviled our lives.
The devotee could offer while performing worship
& Wisdom
With flowers like marigold, rose
With parsad as Ladu, halwa and banana
Which are very dear to Lord Hanumana
Born to mother Anjana
Due to her worship of Lord Shiva
Due to which Lord Hanumana
Too is termed as the incarnation of Lord Shiva.
My sincere prayer to Lord Hanumana
I entreat thee the Bhakta of Lord Rama
The savior of all the creations
To rid the humanity off the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
From the surface of this Planet.

HANUMAN JYANTI TODAY (8TH APRIL 2020)

Before relating the significance of this day, I offer my sincere prayer to the one who can deliver the humanity from the virulent virus which has engulfed whole of the humanity in its vicious entanglement. Sure enough, our sincere prayers can stop the novel coronavirus pandemic while observing all the norms of lockdown procedures. Remaining isolated in the comforts of our homes, keeping distance while going out when inescapable, washing hands as and when required while observing all norms to avoid personal contact with others since this virus spreads through contact with the infected person.

Lord Hanuman was born to Anjana, the wife of Vanaraja Kesari (the King of Monkeys). It is believed that Anjana was cursed by Muni Vishwamitra for disturbing him. He cursed Anjana that she will give birth to a monkey. Anjana to get rid of the curse worshipped Lord Shiva and urged him to be a part of her son. Thus, it is believed that Lord Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S JYANTI TODAY

Lord Hanuman Ji is the son of mother Anjana (An Apsara who was cursed by Rishi Vivhsvamitra to take birth on earth in Vanara family) and father Kesari the King of Sumeru. The Wind God Vayu had also a role in his birth besides being the Guru of Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji is a well-known devotee of Lord Rama who is one of the pivotal characters epic Ramayana. His name has been mentioned in Vedas, Puranas, besides in Jain, Buddhist and Sikh scriptures. He is also known as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is not only worshipped in India but also in Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

 Hanuman Jyanti marks the birth of HANUMAN JI to father King Kesari and mother Anjani with the bounties of Wind King Pawan Dev Ji. The devotees who have strong influenceof Shani Dev Ji should worship Hanuman Ji. In this context, reciting of Hanuman Chalisa eight times is very effective to please Shani Dev Ji (Satron). He is hugely respected for His prowess and the one who bestows his graces on those KARMA YOGI are honest and sincere in their prayers.

Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of the Hindus. Lord Hanuman is a passionate devotee of Lord Rama Ji. He is widely known for his undaunted loyalty to Lord Rama. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy besides known for devotion to Lord Rama. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, brandish the gada (including many other celestial weapons), and even move mountains which he exhibited when needed for bringing a medicinal plant to save the life of Lakshmana the brother of Lord Rama.

The devotees celebrate this day, worship Lord Hanuman Ji and also keep fast on this day and seek his blessings besides offer Ladoos to Him as these are liked by Him. They receive Parsad in the form of sweets, flowers, Tilak etc. The Param Bhakta of Lord Hanuman Ji also recite devotional songs praising Lord Hanuman Ji for his Shakti and Bhakti and also seek his blessings besides sing HANUMAN CHALISA in his praise for receiving his graces.

PRAYER BY THE DEVOTEES

On this auspicious day, devotees of Lord Hanuman pray him and seek his protection and blessings. They flock to temples to worship him and present religious offerings. In return, The devotees receive parsada from the temple priests in the form of sweets, flowers, coconut etc. People also celebrate him on this day by reciting various devotional songs (especially Hanuman Chalisa). The devotees also recite Beej Mantra – OM EH REEM HANUMANTE SRI RAM DOOTE NAMON. In this Hanuman Ji is prayed for being a devout messenger of Lord Rama who is a symbol of strength and energy.

It has also been mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that Hanuman’s father Kesari, the king of Sumeru was the son of Brihaspati. Due to the intense prayers of Anjana and Kesari to Lord Maheshwara, a son was born to them named Hanuman an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Vayu (The deity of Wind). He too had a role in the birth of Hanuman Ji and that is why we term him as the son of Vayu.

In Vishnu Purana, there is also a mention of the birth of Hanuman Ji. Narda Muni wanted to marry a beautiful princess for which he wanted to have Lord Vishnu like face. Instead, Lord Vishnu gave him the face of a monkey, thereupon Narda cursed Lord Vishnu that this ape-like face (Vanara) will assist him when he would be in dire need. This was also the reason of Hanuman Ji’s birth because, without his help, the task of defeating Demon King Ravana would have been very difficult.

VARIOUS NAMES OF LORD HANUMAN JI AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE

Lord Hanuman Ji is Rudra Avtara, another name of Lord Shiva. He is also worshipped by various names by His devotees  such as Bala Ji (Child Hanuman),  Anjaneya (Son of Anjana), Mahavira (Full of bravery and courage bestowed upon him by Sun God), Balarka (Sadrushanana like the rising sun), Batnasiddhikara (Giver of Strength), Bajranghbali (With huge strength), Bhakta Vastsaka (Protector of devotees), Bhavishya (One who knows about future happenings), Chiranjevini (Immortal), Chaturbahave (Four armed), Danta (Peaceful), Dheera (Most courageous), Deenabandhave (Defender of the oppressed), Daithyakulantaka (Destroyer of the demons), Kesrisuta (Son of kesri), Hanumanta (One with Puffy cheeks), Intrajit (Remover of the effect of Indrajit’s Brahmastra), Jai Kapeesh (Hailing monkey), Kapishwara (Head of monkey army), Kabalikruta (One who swallowed the Sun),

Kumarabrahmacharine (Bachelor with youthful strength), Panchavaktra (Five faced), Pratapavate (Known for his bravery), Yogini (Yogi par excellence), Rudraveerya (Born of Shiva), amongst so other names for showering of His graces and blessings. He is known for His ritualistic healing power and have the power to remove the evil spirits from the bodies of the devotees and Mehandipur, the Abode of Sri Bala Ji exerts its positive influence on His devotees.

From the various names that Lord Hanuman Ji is known, it is evident that he helps his devotees to cure their sufferings, comes to their rescue in tiding over their difficult situations, curing them of their ailments caused due to some ill-effects of magical powers, one who bestows us courage as He is known for his courageous acts which He exhibited while Hanuman Ji  was taken to Demon King Ravana’s palace in chains by his son Meghnatha while He was on the mission of locating Sita Maa in the custody of Demon King Ravana. He not only burnt the Golden Lanka of  Ravana but also exhibited very benign demeanour to Ravana’s brother Babishana, a Ram Bhakta himself – PROVING HIS MULTI-FACETED ROLE AMONGST THE DEVTAS.

A DEVOUT BHAKTA OF LORD SRI RAMA

Lord Hanuman Ji is known for his Bhakti and for Lord Rama besides his heroic initiatives and power are well known to us all. He is known for his martial arts – amongst which use of gadha, wrestling, acrobatics and also meditation. He is an epitome of celibacy/chaste and inner control including devotion to his duty. He performed the special role in helping Lord Rama in retrieving Sita Maa after Demon King Ravana abducted her from Panchbati in the disguise of a Sadhu by deception.  Hanumanji was sent to Lanka for getting information on Sita Maa. He surmounted several hurdles while crossing the ocean. When he reached in Lanka, Sita Maa felt very pleased but at the first instance, she was skeptical about him since she thought that he could be one of the deceptive stances of King Ravana. But on showing the golden ring of Lord Rama, she was convinced that he was actually the doot or Messenger sent by Lord Rama for locating her.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S VISIT TO LANKA IN SEARCH OF SRI SITA MAA

Subsequently, Hanuman Ji expressed his desire and asked for permission to allow him to have some fruits from the Vatika (garden) of Ravana as he felt very hungry due to his long and tiring sojourn. She allowed him but with reservation since she did not want that any harm should happen to the Ram’s doot. When allowed to have fruits, Hanuman Ji started not only taking fruits but also uprooting the trees. When the demon guards intervened, he killed them all. This news went to King Ravana, he sent his son Meghnath who with deception brought him in front of Ravana – that was the opportunity Hanuman Ji was waiting for; firstly to convince the king to return Sita Maa to Lord Rama with respect besides asking for his forgiveness for kidnapping her. This was vehemently opposed by the king Ravana who was filled with the ego of his prowess along with he being one of the fondest Bhaktas (worshippers) of Lord Shiva. He flatly refused to do so. Instead, on the advice of his advisors,  he ordered that the tail of Hanuman Ji be burnt. Having lit the tail, Hanuman Ji showed to the Lankan what he could do. He burnt the entire Lanka by hopping from home to home. All this sent a shock wave to the entire Lankans – an indication of things to come for Ravana for his misdemeanor. During this, Hanuman Ji met Ravan’s brother Vabhishana who was Lord Rama’s Bhakta. During this period, Hanuman Ji liberated Lord Shani Dev Ji, the dispenser of Justice from the confinement of Ravana.

WHY SINDOOR IS IMMERSED IN LORD HANUMAN’S STATUE

We immerse sindoor on the idol of Hanuman Ji which is liked by Hanuman Ji. We also apply some of the sindoor on our forehead from the foot of the idol of Hanuman Ji. There is a legend for this too. While Sita Maa was applying sindoor as a tika on her forehead, Hanuman Ji asked why she was putting vermilion on her forehead. She replied that it was t ensure the long life for her husband – Lord Rama. Hanuman Ji for ensuring the long life of Lord Rama applied sindoor to his entire body and that is why we smear his entire idol with it.

A WELL KNOWN LEGEND ABOUT HANUMAN JI’S TEST FOR HIS LOVE AND DEVOTION 

Hanuman Ji was the chief devotee of Lord Rama. This was proved by a legend. While Maa Sita Ji wanted to award Hanuman with gems’ garland, Hanuman simply broke the pieces of garland. Sita Maa felt very surprised and wanted to know about the reason for breaking the garland pieces. In reply to this, Hanuman Ji told that the image of Ram Ji resides in His heart and therefore he needed no gift of any kind. Then, Hanuman tore the part of his chest, and lo and behold, the image of Lord Rama and Maa Siya Ji was there etched. All this proved that in every atom of Hanuman Ji, Lord Rama remained stamped.

SRI HANUMAN CHALISA

In Hanuman Chalisa, Hanuman has been described to be a reservoir of knowledge who ensures for the awakening of general people. He is the messenger of Lord Rama, the son of Anjana and Kesari. He helps in removal of ignorance and helps in enlightenment. He is the worshipper of Lord Ram and Maa Sita. The magnificence of his attire has been mentioned. He was sent was dispatched to Lanka as the messenger to know about the whereabouts of Maa Sita where he killed many demons. Even Vibhishan the brother of Lankesh knew everything about Lord Hanuman Ji. Despite his knowledge, energy (Shakti), empowered by boons by different God-heads in various aspects, his prayer, and love to Lord Rama excelled everything else. Those who pray Him are bestowed with all sorts of bounties and his graces remain with them.  He is the ultimate remover of bad luck from our midst if we sincerely pray Him.

The Valmiki Ramayana and Ramayana written by Goswami Tulsidas very compressively tell us the details of Ayodhya King Dashratha and all the description till the end. These amongst others are very popular amongst the people.  

Hanuman Ramayana. There is the description of Hanumat Ramayana in old Hindu scriptures – Vedas and Sikandpurana etc. This was the description of Ramayana codified by Lord Hanuman Ji. This was codified by Hanumanji with his nails on the rocks. After reading this descriptive Ramayana, Maharishi Valmiki got very disappointed as his own written Ramayana was not as good as he had seen the one written by Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji got moved by the concern of Valmiki Ji, therefore, he threw that portion of the rock into the sea so that nobody could read the Ramayana written by Him. Thereupon, Maharishi Valmiki promised to take birth in next Yuga as Goswami Tulsidas and write comprehensive Ramayana which is read by all of us now.

Relation of Lord Hanuman Ji with the following Deities:-

JAI HANUMAN JI – THE LORD WITH AMAZING POWER AND WISDOM

RELATION BETWEEN LORD SHIVA AND LORD HANUMAN JI

Lord Hanuman Ji is the incarnation of Lord Shiva hence one who worships Lord Hanuman ji gets graces from Lord Shiva and vice versa too.

RELATION OF LORD HANUMAN JI WITH LORD SHANI DEV JI

Lord Hanuman Ji while on the sojourn to Lanka to locate Sita Maa happened to meet Lord Shani Dev Ji (Saturn) (the son of Sun also and Chhaya Putra) in the prison of Demon King Ravana. Lord Hanuman Ji freed Lord Shani Devi Ji therefore there developed friendship between the two. Even Shani Dev Ji cast his spell (sight) on Lord Hanuman Ji which helped Him to speedily burn Golden Lanka of Ravana. If we pray lord hanuman ji, the graces of Lord Shani Devi Ji too remain with us.

MAY LORD HANUMAN JI’S BOUNTIFUL GRACE REMAIN ON THE HUMANITY AS A WHOLE AND DELIVER US ALL FROM THE HOUR OF ADVERSETY CREATED BY THE VIRULENT VIRUS.

WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY MAHAVIRA JYANTI ON 6th APRIL. HIS BLESSING ARE MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER


WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY MAHAVIRA JYANTI ON 6th APRIL. HIS BLESSING ARE MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER

Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara was born on 599 BC and died in 510 BC. It is also mentioned in Kalpa Sutra that he was born between 1375 – 1400 CE in a family of a Kshtriya in present day Bihar. His birthday is mentioned as Mahavir Jyanti.

While the world at large is passing through difficult times due to critical situation created by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, till such time no vaccine or medicine is found by our scientists, it is the sincerest prayers to our God who can deliver us from this critical juncture. He can bestow us forbearance and will to survive by providing us HIS ETERNAL GRACES so that nobody departs for good from his/her dear one.

I pray to Lord Mahavira who got his Omniscience – Kevala Jnana or eternal knowledge after undergoing extreme penance may bestow the humanity wellness, peace and prosperity and rid the humanity from the scourge. I want to see happiness and joy on the faces of all along with self belief and belief on God.

HAPPY MAHAVIR JYANTI ON 6th APRIL 2020

MAHAVIR JYANTI ON 5TH APRIL 2020



Mahavira also known as Vardhamana
He is regarded as the 24th Tirthankaras
A spiritual successor of 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanatha
Born in the early part of 5th century BC
Into a family of Kshtriya Gotra
In present day Bihar
His birth is celebrated as Mahavir Jayanti
And his Nirvana or Moksha is observed by Jains as Diwali
It is mentioend that he was born on 599 BC & died in 510 BC
Vide Kalpa Sutra his birth is mentioned as between 1375 – 1400 CE
Vira Nirvana Samvat era began in 527 BC
With Nirvana of Mahavira at Pavapuri in Bihar
Which is considered a holy place of Jains
Opinion may differ from person to person
But his preaching are second to none.
In spiritual knowledge and awakening
For 12 long years
He lived a life of renunciation
And attained omniscience – Kevala Jnana
Or eternal knowledge
Knowhow which could be universal in nature
Subsequently be got moksha – moksha
In 6th century BC
Mahavira taught about Jainism and is considered to be the contemporary of Buddha.
Mahavira also known as Vardhamana
Was the 24th Tirthankara
Meaning a savior and a well known Spiritual Preacher
Who made significant efforts in reviving Jainism
With his spiritual and ethical teachings of tirthankaras
The base of which was laid in Pre-Vedic era
He left his home while he was about 30 years
And became a true ascetic in true sense of terms
Followed severest Bhakti Marga
In the form of severest penance – Bhakti
For his spiritual awakening
And enlightenment
Due to which he attained Omniscience – Kevala Jnana
Finally attained Nirvana or liberation – Moksha
At the age of seventy two.
His teachings included non-violence – ahemsa
Truth, what is right and what is wrong – satya & Astya
The importance of non-attachment – Aparigraha
Taught about chastity – Brahmacharya
Thence numerous realities – Anekantavda
All his teachings are codified in – Jain Agamas
His earliest known historical signs at Mathura
Mahavira is known variously
Such as Samana, Nayaputta, Brahmham, Bhagwan and Muni
Mahavira’s childhood name was Vardhamana
As per text Digambara Uttarapuranna
Mahavira was born in Kundgrama
In the Kingdom of the Videhas
The one who grows in stature and worth
And helps others too to grow all around.
In the Kalpasutras in Bihar
Lived as severest ascetic life for 12 years
Then preached Jain philosophy for 30 years
He is termed as the great hero – Mahavira
He faced all the ups and downs of his life with unmatched stamina
In the traditions of Svetambara
In the early Budhist Suttas
He is called as worthy one – Araha
In Vedas he is known as devoid of love and hate Sramana
But truth stands out that he preached Jainism philosophy
Tirthankara means savior or spiritual preacher
Svetambara texts mention his birth on 13th Day of 599 BC
At Kundagrama as his place of birth
In the month of Chaitra
In the Vira Nirvana Samvat calendar era
Which falls in the month of March-April
Lets adopt his noble teachings in our life
For making it sublime and purposeful
With love flowing for everybody
And hate none
With non-use of force
While living a life suffusing with truthfulness
Not overly attached to the worldly possessions
Or not stealing what is not ours.

The five vows or principles are observed by the Jains:-

  1. Non-violence (Ahimsa). It is opned that every living being has sanctity and respect. This applies to actions, speech and thoughts.
  2. Truthfulness (Satya). It applied to individual and for others.
  3. Chastity (Brahmacharya). It is believed that abstinence from sex and sensual pleasure for all faithfuls.
  4. Non-Attachment (Apangraha. An attitude of non-attachmet to the fruits of our action while following a disciplined  life.
  5. Compassion (Dyaluta). We should be compassionate to all including animals.  

The following are his teachings:-

  • Non-use of force (Ahimsa) while getting something done.
  • Following truth (Satya).
  • Opposing untruth (Asatya) in any event.
  • Following a life of chastity (Brahmacharya).
  • We should follow a life of non-attachment to the fruits of our action (Aparigraha).
  • There are multi-dimensional realities (Anekatavada) to reach the truth.
  • Remain fearless in hardships and in calamities that is why he is called as Tirthankara.
  • Knowledge which is universal is based on truth should be followed.
  • All humans undergo several reincarnations according to our karma therefore we should perform right karma.
  • It is believed that soul exists an is eternal i.e. does not die as the body dies – a principle which is being followed in Hinduism.
  • Karma includes actions and intent. The effects of good karma and bad karma.
  • The goal of spiritual practice to liberate the jiva from the karmic accumulation and enter the realm of the Siddhas and finally liberation after one attains total detachment from the worldly possessions or for that matter anything after following a life of self-restraint.
  • He taught about many sided realities and truth and reality are complex. Reality could be experienced. Onne can experience the truth of taste but cannot fully express that taste through language. Spiritual truths are also very complex. These could be experienced through self effort and right karma.
  • Jainism believes in plurality of humans and freedom of belief.
  • The significance of following the five principles is to achieve spiritual peace for better rebirth or reincarnation or liberation after following highly spiritual life. The Mahavira also put emphasis on restraint and be compassionate to other creatures as well. In other words, the life of self-discipline is of paramount importance. The cleaning of sould leads to spiritual development based on supreme moral virtue.
  • The five vows (Vrtas) which Mahavira Preached are enumerated as under:-
  • Ahimsa (Non-violence). Mahavira preached to maintain sanctity and dignity of all in the spirit of Ahimsa – without force or intimidation. It should be in action, speech and thought.Satya (Truthfulness). He stressed about being truthful in thoughts and actions.
  • Asteya (Non-stealing). Nobody should steal what is not ours.
  • Brahmacharya (Chastity).He taught abstinence from sex and sensual pleasures for monks and faithfulness to one’s partner for householders.
  • Aparigaha (Non-attachment). An attitude of non-attachment to property or worldly possessions should not be given much credence by the mendicants.

ADOPTION OF SANITY IN THE CRITICAL JUNCTURE OF LOCKDOWN


ADOPTION OF SANITY IN THE CRITICAL JUNCTURE OF LOCKDOWN

LIGHT FROM WITHIN CAN SAVE US

Evidently, it has been observed that the Covid-19 is proving very destructive for the humanity as a whole. It has been infecting people who are not observing lockdown conditions or are not adopting safety norms devised by W.H.O. and medical community of respective countries. This lockdown could be successful only with the active participation of general masses. If a single person breaks the norms, that person could become a spreader for becoming reason for infecting thousands people.  But it is unfortunate that some people with unethical and irreligious thoughts (Dooshak soch) are putting at naught all the efforts put in by the Government, medical and paramedical staff besides the law enforcement agencies/police staff. Such negative oriented people should realize that Corona does not differentiate between communities or religion. It could infect anybody anywhere.

Indian Prime Minister appealed to more than 130 crore countrymen to raise the Collective Consciousness of the people. According to him, this could be done by putting on a light (torch light, earthen wick or a candle or light from a mobile) after putting off the electric light at 9 PM on 5th April 2020 (Sunday) and that too for 9 minutes only. By so doing, the PM of India wants that all of us should exhibit that we shall fight this dangerous virus collectively. This collective consciousness will generate positive thoughts and will certainly do a heaven of difference for our wellness.This positively oriented thought percept will help in generating self-belief and will bestow positive expectations at this atmosphere of highly surcharged environment created by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic – deadly virus.

The following wisdom suffusing holy thoughts from Sri Granth Sahib are apt and most relevant:

When one’s light merges into the Light, and one’s intuitive consciousness is joined with the Intuitive Consciousness, then one’s cruel and violent instincts and egotism depart, and skepticism and sorrow are taken away. The Lord abides within the mind of the Gurmukh, who merges in the Lord’s Union…”

I have not been able to write any other topic since the COVID-19 infection has been raising havoc round the world and I am hugely saddened by the deaths due to this virulent infection, therefore, this poem. I am also dismayed by some people’s irrational thoughts.

I have quoted some of the scriptures of Holy Quran, Bible, Bhagwad Gita, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, all these are against hurting others. The current scenario of helplessness has evidently criticized one thing and that is that the humanity is living on the edge; the rich and the not so rich are same when it comes to adverse-effects of infection caused by Novel Coronovirus Pandemic.

HOLY QURAN says: And those who hurt Muslim men and women, without them doing anything (wrong), have burdened themselves with false accusation and open sin.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Bhagwad Gita: Forgiveness is a divine quality. Cultivate the attitude of forgiveness through spiritual transformation according to the Bhagavad Gita.

Therefore, all of us should live in harmony in an atmosphere of forget and forgive and do not show bias on the basis of religion, caste, colour, region etc. This vicious virus is not attacking any single community or society, it is attacking everybody who comes in its sphere of influence.

SANITY IN THE HOUR OF LOCKDOWN

ONLY COLLECTIVE WISDOM CAN ASSIST US WITH THE GRACE OF OUR BENEVOLENT GOD



The spirit to fight Novel Coronavirus so deadly
Remains assiduously all times high
Credit goes to the medical community
Who are performing Yeoman’s job so very diligently
By providing medi-care at the nook and corner of the cities and towns
They are the real time covid-19 warriors
Providing medical care to those who require the most
In confines of hospital rooms
In the lanes and narrow bye-lanes
Informing people about the importance of lockdown
Along with significance of social-distancing
Besides hand-washing for personal hygiene
Time and again
We have word of thanks
For their stellar job marvelously well done.
At some places they receive huge compliments/accolades
While at some other places
So difficult to comprehend
Some amongst us resort to venting out their anger
By hurling insults or brickbats
Or even spiting at the health workers!
Or stoning even, for performing their jobs
And strangely enough, hurling of choicest abuses too!
Which the medical staff
May not have heard during their entire lifetime itself
Then even some quarantined ones misbehaved
Even resort to the audacity of spitting at their saviour
While advising them to keep observing lockdown condition
Stay home, stay healthy and stay out of harm’s way.
To keep sanity
At the hour of adversity
I pray to God for bestowing us sagacity
And tolerance to all and sundry
For ridding us of this manmade of nature’s fury
Where care and caution is only a remedy.

NO LOCKDOWN FOR NATURE & ITS FUNCTIONING BUT HUMANS SHOULD FOR SURVIVAL


NO LOCKDOWN OF NATURE & ITS FUNCTIONING

BUT MUST FOR WE HUMANS FOR SURVIVAL

BIRDS ALSO NEED FEED


After performing my meditation in the morning hours, I went outside with some eatables for the birds and stray dogs. As all of us are observing lockdown, I too was doing so but my inner voice cajoled me to get up and take some eatables for the ones who were not observing lockdown at all.

The birds and other animals were moving without let or hindrance – the birds were moving from one branch to another without care and caution.

The nature creations; crows, pigeons, sparrows, etc. and animals like street dogs and cats etc. trees of various forms were doing their different functions as any other day.

The sun’s rays were bathing all the creations equally. I observed different birds, their multi-colours, from feet to the beaks.
It gave me immense satisfaction that I have come here to feed these birds and stray animals.

NATURE IS FUNCTIONING AS USUAL



NATURE IS NOT OBSERVING LOCKDOWN BUT WE HUMANS SHOULD

I happened to go to a park
While on a morning walk
With some eatables for the birds and stray animals
With silence writ large around
Due to the essential lockdown
No voices of humans heard
Children swings in the park
Were swinging but at a snail’s pace
Not by any human hand
But with the morning air which was blowing
A dog was sitting all alone
On the park chair with none around
Where people used to sit enjoying the cool air
At normal times
Has a ghost silence due to pandemic Coronavirus.
Now while the air is free from pollution
But all men perforce are sitting at their respective residences
Observing lockdown norms sincerely
So that they may not become cause of virus transmission.

Observed the play of nature and its creations
The green leaves of ashoka plant, neem tree,
Peeple and banyan amongst other trees rustling just freely
With sunlight falling on these green leaves
Which help these for performing their job so vital
Photosynthesis without any restraints
Thus channelling the energy of sunlight
Forming oxygen and carbohydrates
So vital for substance of life on this planet.
Then I turned my attention to birds
Observed the chirping of sparrows
The cawing of crows
The cooing of pigeons
The mewing of cats
The barking of a dogs
The coo-coo of cuckoos
Thus combining all music
Created by the birds
Then I introspected just deeply

No lockdown of cosmic functions
Without let or hinderance.

No lockdown of metabolic functions
We eat drink and have emotional feeling.

No lockdown of prayer
We can have connectivity with God.

No lockdown of love and affection
Deepen your love with the members of your family.

No lockdown of compassion
We should help meet others’ needs
Birds, animals or men in need.

No lockdown of internalizing
And exploit the inner reservoir of inner potentials.

No lockdown on our hope
This hope can bestow us positivity
To remain hopeful in any situations and conditions.

I sincerely pray to all my love ones
To observe lockdown
So that this Pandemic Coronavirus
Is not transmitted from person to person.

LIFE OF LORD RAMA LORD SHRI RAM JI – CELEBRATING RAM NAVAMI (2ND APRIL) IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC


LIFE OF LORD RAMA LORD SHRI RAM JI – CELEBRATING RAM NAVAMI IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

LORD RAMA AS THE MARYADA PURSHOTAM


From the account of his life, it is evident that Lord Rama was the epitome of righteousness and virtuosity – a Maryada Purshotam. He was the best ruler who looked after his subjects compassionately. He and his brothers were imparted value system under the guidance of spiritually oriented Gurus. This may be in undiluted value system, use of weapons such as archery etc. under the guidance of religious Gurus in the hermitage with strict discipline and compliance wherein every disciple was given individual attention.

LORD RAMA WAS LORD SHIVA’S BHAKTA


That is the discipline the general people should have for ridding ourselves from the virulent virus which has engulfed our society. Our sincerest prayer this birth anniversary would be to bestow immunity all our communities from this Pandemic Coronavirus. May Lord Rama’s blessings remain on all of us.



RAM NAVAMI IN COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT

When Coronavirus is playing its death dance
Attacking the vulnerable ones with vengeance
Who come in contact with each other without any protection
When people are observing lockdown condition
Observing distance from each other while outside the residences
If and when it is inescapable to go out in emergent contingencies
When we’ve to celebrate Ram Navami after fasts’ observing
Despite situation created by Covid-19 – so very trying
Yet we’ve to think more about life and living
Rather than getting swayed by the current of coronavirus
Defeat the mindset so negative
And create conditions appropriate all around by helping the needy
Thus learning from the life of Lord Ram
Who was the embodiment of righteousness & virtuosity – Maryada Purshotam
With most adorable traits with immense prowess, full of idealism
The Avtara (Incarnate) of Lord Vishnu – the one who stood for Truth
A reservoir of humility with simplicity in abundance
Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence
That every offspring should possess in profusion
Along with the respect for the elderly and parents
The traits which Lord Rama had in sufficiency
He left for 14 years exile, leaving everything and everybody
Most dear ones too in Ayodhya
When his father King Dashratha of Ayodhya
Was constrained to act on the promises made in the past
To his wife Kakai – mother of Shri Bharata
And step-mother of Lord Shri Rama
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life once
By putting her own life in danger
Consequently, extracting two promises for fulfilling
At a time and occasion of her own choosing,
Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color,
In making Queen Kakai realize the promises
First promise being crown for her son Shri Bharata
And 14 years in exile for Shri Rama.
Shri Ramji, as expected, accepted exile for fourteen long years
And that too without slightest demur
He embraced the life simplest in the forest
Accompanied with Sitaji – the consort of Lord Shri Rama
With brother Lakshmana too accompanied Shri Rama
Living on the fruits and herbs that existed there in forests.

Truly speaking, the crux of a lesson for today’s younger generation
Is to respect and obey the orders of the parents
Who want our wellness in all situations and conditions.

Lord Rama had the knowledge of Vedas
And being the fondest Bhaktas of Lord Shiva
The knowledge he had had thus attained from his Gurus and parents.

Ram Navami should establish a kingdom of love for all of us in abundance
Overflowing with peace, full of tolerance, a feeling of goodwill for all
A kingdom of love for everyone
Factually leaving none
For it is a celebration for destruction of virus
In the form of Novel Coronavirus
Which could only be done
With self-discipline
By keeping distance
Along with observance of home quarantine
Then we should be able to defeat the virus from spreading
Pray do not be super-spreader of virus so virulent
But be super-spreader of message as to how to contain the virus
Our true celebration of Ram Ravami
Would be to spread positive messages
For containing the virus and destroying it altogether.

In essence, our God is very compassionate. He comes to the rescue of the commoners whenever they are engulfed and surrounded with evil in one form of other. Lord Vishnu, in one of his incarnations (7th Incarnation) as Rama took birth as Rama, the son of King Dashratha and Mata Kaushlaya. His birth was necessitated because the demons during that period of time did not allow the hermits or sadhus to perform their Yajnas or Havan and defiled their rituals.

Rama is the seventh incarnation (Avtar) of Lord Vishiu and Ram Navami marks the birth of Lord Rama. It falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chatra in the year 5114 BC. This year, Ram Navami is being celebrated on 2nd April 2020 in the environment of National lockdown dueto Novel Coronavirus.  Despite being concerned about their love ones, the devotees break their fasts which they have observed during Navratri.

Sita Devi is described as the daughter of Prithvi (the Earth) because she was found in a pot by Mithla King Janaka while ploughing the fields. She was brought up by the king. Janaka.

He had other three younger brothers, Bharat, Lakshmana and Shatrughan. After killing the demons on the invitation of Maharishi Vishwaitra, he took them to a Swayambar where it was decided that the one who breaks the bow of Lord Shiva would get the hand of Sita Ji. Lord Rama broke the bow easily thereby triggering the anger of Parushuram who realized his folly after he came to know about Rama being the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu (He himself was one of the Avtars of Lord Vishnu).  

Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya with his consort Sita Ji. There were huge celebrations in whole of Ayodhya. King Dashratha wanted to hand over the reign of his king to Lord Rama, being his elder son. Thereafter, on the instigation of Manthra, Kaikayi reminded Dahratha of his promise to him. She wanted the reigns of Ayodhya to be handed over to her son Bharat and send Rama to 14 years exile to jungles.  Sita and brother Lakshmana accompanied Lord Rama.

Lord Rama, Sita along with brother Lakshmana started their exile life, living in jungles, eating what is available in the jungle in the form of herbs and fruits. Then one day Sharupnakha, the sister of Demon King Ravana happened to come to their place. She misbehaved with Sita Maa thereupon Lakshmana cut her nose. On knowing about the episode, King Ravana wanted to teach Lord Rama a lesson. He with utter deception abducted Sita Maa and brought her to his Golden Lanka. A battle ensued in which the Demon King Ravana along with his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnatha were killed. This way, Lord Rama finished the evil represented by Demon King Ravana. In this battle Lord Hanuman Ji along with his army.

After the battle was over, Lord Rama crowned Vibhishana as the king of Lanka (who told the weak point of Ravana) which helped Lord Rama to kill Demon King Ravana.

Shri Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuma and Trijata returned back to Ayodhya and first time Dipawali was celebrated. After 14 years of exile during which he killed many demons and thereby the evil which they represented.

WORSHIP OF MOTHER DIVINE

People also take out processions, carrying the statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha etc accompanied with the chants of songs and dances and immersed in the water. After immersion of statues, the devotees pray to Maa Durga for blessing them with her bounties for the entire year.