Sunday, March 28, 2010

Video - Infatuation

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Infatuation is something that we get attached to some object or person badly. We are always thinking of that & without that object / person , our life seems impossible....Read more here

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Video - How to be Peaceful in Life

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In your normal life, just introspect & check the state of your mind. Normally whether it remains calm or it remains agitated & disturbed. It is generally said that we see this world through our mind.......read full article at here

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A Simple Prayer

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God is the Supreme Reality. He is the only one without a second. He is all powerful - Omnipotent God. As he is having all the powers to do anything, so we should pray only to such a God. Prayer is basically an act of addressing the God for the purpose of worship. Prayer is a way of having a personal experience and intimate connection with our loving God, through which He listens silently to what we have in our mind. So in this way, God as the Supreme one, blesses anyone who worships Him in sincere devotion, as there is no discrimination with Him, whosoever, is the seeker.

In my school days below few lines were engraved in cement on the top of front entrance gate of our school. Whenever, I used to enter the school in the morning, I used to read these lines which is a simple four line prayer to God. Since then it has got engraved in my mind.

त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव,
त्वमेव बंधू च सखा त्वमेव,
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव,
त्वमेव सर्वं मम देव देव


It's meaning is that:

"O Lord, You Are My Mother, Father,
You Are My Kinsman And Friend.
You Are My Wealth Of Knowledge, Strength, Power And Velour.
You Are My All God Of Gods".


Below is a devotional music Hindi video "Tumhi Ho Mata Pita Tumhi Ho, Tumhi Ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Ho". It's also a prayer to the God similar to the above one.




It's lyrics are here below:

"Tumhi ho maata pita tumhi ho,
tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho

tumhi ho saathi tuhmi saharay
koie na apana siva tumharay

tumhi ho naiyaa tumhi khevaiya
tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho

jo khil sa ke na
woh phool hum hain
tumharay charanon ke dhul hum hain
daya ke drishti sada hi rakhana
tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho

tumhi ho maata pita tumhi ho,
tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho"

The meaning of above lyrics is:

"You are the mother, You are the father
You are the kinsman and You are the friend

You are the companion & You the support,
There is no one is own except You in my life,

You are the boat and You are the boatman
We are the flower that cannot blossom...


and We are the dust of You feet.
O God, Please always keep merciful eye on us



You are the mother, You are the father
You are the kinsman and You are the friend "

So Let's pray God with above few simple lines & God shall have mercy on us. These simple few lines are enough for the God to become Happy with us. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita ensures that only:

"man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaishyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo ’si me" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 65)


"Lord Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend."

"sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
mokshayisyami ma suchah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 66)

"Lord Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear."

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

See The Hand Of God In Everything

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How much faith do you have in God? Some have this faith due to their family traditions, others due to their social traditions, while others have genuine search for God in their lives & they are the one's who have firm faith & quest for God. Only such people who have a great thirst for God are able to know the God truly. Through their such strong yearning for God, they start seeing God's presence in every person & object of the world. Such people also see the hand of God in everything & believe the God to be the cause of everything. Below is a beautiful ancient story of a cobbler from India who believed in this truth & saw the hand of God in everything:

In the ancient times there was once a cobbler who lived an ordinary, simple but honest life. He was a very poor man and had to work hard to support his family, but he was very much devoted to the worship of God - Lord Vishnu, the God of creation in Hinduism. He lived beside a huge Banyan tree. This Banyan tree's central trunk was huge & it was surrounded by smaller trunks which hung down from the branches to put out fresh roots. The tree was very old and was just like a small forest.

One day, as he worked in the shade of the Banyan tree, the great ancient "Saint Narada" came to visit him. Narada is famous among all Hindus as the personal messenger and friend of God-Vishnu. Saint Narada is able to see God, whenever he wants, but he spends most of his time travelling throughout the universe in all the different planets, visiting God's devotees and instructing them. The cobbler was very happy to receive the God's messenger, Narada. After welcoming him with due respect he ventured to ask if he had recently seen God-Vishnu.

"Yes," replied Saint Narada, "I have just been with God-Vishnu and He has sent me to see you."

The cobbler was amazed to hear that God-Vishnu had sent Narada to him. No one important ever came to see him - he was only a shoemaker. What possible interest could God-Vishnu have in him? After some time he asked Narada. "Why did God-Vishnu want you to see me?"

Saint Narada said: "God thought you might have some questions."

"Questions?" The cobbler was taken unawares. Saint Narada himself had come to answer his questions! Of course, he did have questions from time to time, but now, with this unique opportunity, his mind went blank! In confusion he could not think of anything.

Suddenly cobbler thought of one simple question. "What was God-Vishnu doing when you saw Him?"

"He was threading an elephant through the eye of a needle," Narada replied mysteriously.

"Threading an elephant through the eye of a needle?" the cobbler was surprised. He hadn't expected that God-Vishnu would be doing this. "Well, one thing's for sure," he said, "Only God-Vishnu could do that!"

"Surely you don't believe me," smiled Narada, amused at the cobbler's simplicity. He had given this answer merely to test the cobbler and didn't expect him to believe it. "I don't think even Vishnu could really do that - it's impossible."

"Why can't God-Vishnu do that?" responded the cobbler, a little taken aback at Narada's lack of faith. "Nothing's impossible for God-Vishnu. This world is full of His miracles. He makes the Sun rise each day. He makes the Wind blow. He makes the rivers run and the trees and flowers grow. He provides for the food for all the creatures in this world."

The cobbler said to Saint Narada, "Look at this," he went on as he bent to the ground and picked up a seed from beneath the Banyan tree, "Inside this seed is a Banyan tree as big as the one above us. It's just waiting to come out. If God-Vishnu can squeeze a whole Banyan tree into such a tiny seed, surely he can thread an elephant through the eye of a needle!"

Hearing the wisdom of the cobbler's words, Narada had to admit that what he said was true. He realized that this man was not a simple man he had thought of him but was very wise because he could see in everything, the hand of God.

So such is the faith of true saintly people like the cobbler in God that they cannot think of anything without Him. Such saints see God equally present in everyone, everything. Below verse of Bhagwat Gita says that only:

"vidya-vinaya-sampanne
brahmane gavi hastini
suni chaiva sva-pake cha
panditah sama-darsinah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Five verse 18)

Sri Krishna said: The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision, the God present in a learned and gentle Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater (outcaste) even.

Below are few verses of Bhagwat Gita which tell us about the powers of God & how all this world is under His control:

"prakritim svam avastabhya
visrijami punah punah
bhuta-gramam imam krtsnam
avasam prakriter vasat" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 8)

"Sri Krishna said: The whole cosmic order is under My control. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end."

"mattah parataram nanyat
kincid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam
sutre mani-gana iva" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Seven verse 7)

"Sri Krishna said: There is nothing else besides Me, Like clusters of Yarn-Beads, Formed by knots on a thread, All this world is threaded on Me (universal soul)."

"yad aditya-gatam tejo
jagad bhasayate ’khilam
yac chandramasi yac chagnau
tat tejo viddhi mamakam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 12)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The splendor of the Sun, which dissipates the darkness of this whole world, comes from Me. And the splendor of the moon and the splendor of fire are also from Me."

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Perfect Love

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In our relationships we enjoy Love & Affection. But these are the same relationships which give us pain, hurt & at times we feel completely disillusioned. Why it is so that the same person who gives you so much love & affection becomes the cause of hurt & pain? When relationships go wrong, then many times people are so much depressed in all such situations that they feel completely lost and alone in their lives. Why such relationship problems come in our lives? Why our lives are disrupted by our own relations with whom we in the first place received so much Love & Affection?

The answer to all the above questions is that we all are equally Human & equally Divine. Due to our Divine nature we are so lovable & due to our Human nature we fall a prey to ego, mistrust, hatred, jealousy, anger etc. which destroy our relationships. Now let us understand the nature of Love which is always pure & blissful. Each human being whether it's you, your partner or any of your relations, is having a Divine Soul & each one is a part of that Universal Soul - God. Soul is the source of Love in one's heart & it reflects from that person when we are in love. Nature of "Pure Perfect Love" is like the Sun shining in the sky but when this Sun of love in the sky of your heart is clouded by ego, mistrust, hatred, jealousy, anger etc. then our relationships are destroyed.

When we fall in love with someone, we love to be in the company of that person, as bright sunlight of love comes gushing through that person's Soul & we feel blissful. Receiving pure love from another person bestows a great blessing on us. Such a "Perfect Love" lets us realize the goodness & beauty in our Soul nature. Human Soul is beyond the qualities of our personality traits like ego, mistrust, hatred, jealousy, anger etc. that's why our experience of "Pure Perfect Love" is so beautiful. But when our mind is clouded by the negative personality traits, we have the problems in our relations. Same person who seemed so lovable once becomes an object of hatred. Just remember that our body is just a channel through which this radiance of "Pure Love" flows from our Soul in our heart but when it is clouded by our bad personality traits of ego, mistrust, hatred, jealousy, anger etc. in our mind, then all this love is marred.

How to preserve our relationships beautifully?

In our relationships, we continually move between times, when the Sun of "Perfect Love" in the clear sky is shining brightly and the times of dark clouds which cover this Blissful Sun by the negative traits of our human nature. Now as the sky is infinite & the clouds cannot cover the Sun always, same is the case with our relationships that if we move intelligently in our relationships then we can easily cross the times when it is marred by the clouds of ego, mistrust, hatred etc. Whenever, such negative qualities arouse in your relationships, just remember the immortal, loving, blissful qualities of Love that is shining through the Soul of each person in this world. Each human being is Divine in nature at the Soul level. So just ignore the negative traits of a person & Love that person unconditionally; just like a mother Loves her children, ignoring the negative traits & tantrums of her children.

Below are few verses of Bhagwat Gita which tell us that each human being is Divine at the core, as God as the "Super Soul" resides in the heart of all beings, from where fountain of "Perfect Love" springs out in our lives.

"sarvasya chaham hridi sannivisto"
God is seated in everyone’s heart.

"ishvarah sarva-bhutanam
hrd-dese ’rjuna tishthati"

The Supreme God dwells/resides in the hearts of all beings.

Below are some beautiful quotes on Love:

"There is more hunger for Love and Appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Teresa

"You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your Love and Affection." - Gautama Buddha

"What most people need to learn in life is how to Love people and use things, instead of using people and Loving things." - Author Unknown

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give - which is everything" - Author Unknown

Jai Shri Krishna



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

8 in 10 People Seek Help Of God: US study

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What is the meaning & value of God in your life? Do you depend on God in your bad times? Is God directly involved in your personal life?

Answers to all the above questions have become the subject of a new research. As per the findings published in the journal ‘Sociology of Religion’, below are the findings, where it was found that 8 in 10 people depend on God for help in their life:

As per Sociology Professor Scott Schieman : "Many of us might assume that people of higher social class standing tend to reject beliefs about divine intervention. However, my findings indicate that while this is true among those less committed to religious life, it is not the case for people who are more committed to religious participation and rituals."

As many as 82 per cent said they depended on God for help and guidance in making decisions, while 71 per cent believed that when good or bad things happen, these occurrences are simply part of God's plan for them.

While 61 per cent held that God has determined the direction and course of their lives, 32 per cent agree with the statement: "There is no sense in planning a lot because ultimately my fate is in God's hands."

In Bhagwat Gita also God is teaching the same thing that if we turn toward the God, then God too turns toward us & always protects us in all circumstances. So let's always remember God in our good & bad times so that God can help us always in our life. Below are few verses from Bhagwat Gita which confirm that.

"ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
tesham nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 22)

"Sri Krishna said: But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have."

"sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
mokshayisyami ma suchah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 66)


"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Abandon all varieties of religion or Setting aside all meritorious deeds, just surrender unto Me. I shall liberate you from all sins. Do not fear."

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Karma Believers Have Higher Expectations

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In Hindu Philosophy "Karma" has greater significance. Though "Karma" in its simplest term is "Action" only but in Hindu scriptures Karma is related to the origin of one's own body. Karmas of earlier birth become the basis of this birth & Karmas of this birth become the basis of his next birth & so on.

Now as per one study "People who believe in karma are more likely to have higher expectations" in life:

"People who believe in karma are more likely to have higher expectations and a more long-term orientation, which decreases the importance of momentary happiness, says a new study.

Authors Praveen K. Kopalle, Dartmouth College, Donald R. Lehmann, Columbia university, and John U. Farley Dartmouth College, found that some consumers strategically lower their expectations in order to try to increase their satisfaction with a product or experience

The experts wrote: “The doctrine of karma links current conduct to future consequences either in this life or the next. Thus, a belief in karma entails, among other things, a focus on long-run consequences.” Read more on it.......here

Read about "Karma Philosophy"............here

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MP govt mulls 'Bhagwat Gita' teachings in schools

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NDTV reports:

The teachings of the Bhagwat Gita could soon be a part of school curriculum in Madhya Pradesh.

"As part of the moral science the teachings of Gita should be included in the school curriculum. I am seriously thinking of doing so," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

But will it snowball into yet another controversy. Read More................MP govt mulls 'Gita gyan' in schools

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Happiness

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Here below is a story from "Chhandogya Upanishad" where a son is questioning his father regarding happiness:

"Father, everyone is looking for happiness. But what is meant by happiness?" This was one of the questions a wise boy in India, Sveta-ketu, put to his father many centuries ago.

"Son, one of the signs of happiness, is that a person who has it becomes active in life. A person who does not find happiness does not feel like being active in life. His mind is cramped, his will is weak. What is vast and infinite brings happiness. There is no true joy in what is small or finite. I can tell you that the Infinite alone is happiness; but you must desire to understand this Infinite, my son."

"I want to understand it, Father," said Sveta-ketu.

"Good," said his father. "Then you must listen carefully to what I say and think deeply about it:

"When a person sees that Brahmn/God pervading everywhere and that no one is separate from Him, that he is one with all the people, animals, and objects in the universe, when a person sees and hears and knows nothing else -- that is the Infinite.

"But, if one sees or feels some other thing, obstructing him, separating him, then that is the finite. He has not yet found the Infinite.

"The Infinite never passes away; it lasts forever; but what is finite will pass away."

In the above story, father is teaching his son to realize that he is a soul & that soul is present in everyone & everywhere. This infinite Super Soul is called Brahmn. God himself is called Brahmn. Whole world dwells in Brahmn. Whole world comes from Brahmn. Whole world goes back in Brahmn. Whole world breathes in Brahmn. Let's worship that Brahmn, the God. Finding & realizing one's identity with the infinite Super Soul is finding the real happiness.

Below are few verses of Bhagwat Gita where God is also telling of His nature to be as described above only:

"maya tatam idam sarvam
jagad avyakta-murtina
mat-sthani sarva-bhutani
na chaham tesv avasthitah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 4)

"Sri Krishna said: By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them."

"athakasa-sthito nityam
vayuh sarvatra-go mahan
tatha sarvani bhutani
mat-sthanity upadharaya" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 6)


"Sri Krishna said: Understand that as the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, rests always in the sky, all created beings rest in Me."

"prakritim svam avastabhya
visrijami punah punah
bhuta-gramam imam krtsnam
avasam prakriter vasat" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 8)


"Sri Krishna said: The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end."

"aham atma gudakesha
sarva-bhutasaya-sthitah
aham adis cha madhyam cha
bhutanam anta eva cha" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 20)


"Sri Krishna said: I am the Super Soul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.

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