Friday, October 29, 2010

Be Pure - A Pure Thought is a Great Service to this World

People generally like purity of atmosphere, environment and even bodily purity so that they may live a comfortable life. Internal purity will automatically bring external purity.  A man with internal purity will act righteously in all his activities. Nobody likes impurity. That is why some people maintain purity for others sake to have good relationship with them. Whatever it may be, keeping oneself pure and clean is beneficial both to self and to others. It keeps diseases away and gives long life too. This is true and known to each and every body.
But there is one more field (aspect) where we have to maintain purity.  That is the field of thinking.  That is quite internal. Having pure thought is a godly quality. No doubt it is an inborn quality in humanbeings. It will come from nowhere. It is already there within. Only thing we have to do is to maintain it as it is. But what we do is, we spoil it with wrong conceptions. For example if our neighbor or relative gets wonderful gains from his business, immediately we develop jealousy towards him for no reason. Yes for no reason, because there is absolutely no loss to us in any way.  Thereby we spoil our inner purity and develop internal enmity. Instead of becoming like this we might have congratulated our neighbor or relative for his success. That might have led to good friendship which is always helpful.  Yes a man in profits will definitely be helpful. If not, what is there? There is no loss to us. But one benefit is there. That is how our inner purity can be maintained.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Adopting Vegetarianism is easy, being Health conscious and compassionate towards Animals

If Humans become genuinely spiritual not for the sake of society but for one's own self, become more health conscious, develop compassion and love towards Animals, they switch over to vegetarianism.

We don't intend to hurt any of your feelings, but as it was rightly said by ISKCON, "You are what you eat!" This is also correct, because your food is mainly responsible for your behavior whether you are intelligent or cunning or lazy or anything else.

Everything we eat contributes in one way or the other to one of our qualities. If you eat food derived from the plants, you would be peaceful, sharp, healthy and with good behavior. If you eat more meat and less vegetarian, you would become lazy, more prone to illnesses and ill-mannered in your behavior. This can be noted, in fact, by any one of us observing our surrounding people whose food habits are known to us.

Cultural or Historical reasons are no excuses for not adopting a Vegetarian diet

Cultural or Historical reasons are no excuses for not having a vegetarian diet. It is an uncivilized act to say bluntly, because though many people know that you can make your balanced diet with vegetarian diet alone, people tend to eat meat only for the pleasure, rather than the real health concerns. Of course health really gets better with increased vegetarian food than the meat or animal based foods.

Whether we believe it or not, the humans started separating themselves from the animals, prior to which the humans were similar to the animals in their life style. Such human evolution had happened in various parts of this world irrelevant to one another, and we know it from our history that there were great civilizations like the Mohenjadaro, Harappa, Indus valley civilizations in Indian sub-continent whereas there were Mayan Civilization, Egyptian Civilization, Roman Civilization in Europe and other parts of the world.

Vegetarian diet contributes to Spiritual development while Meat consumption contributes to Spiritual degradation

There will be no real spiritual development or real devotion as long as you eat meat, enjoy the food which is prepared by harming orkilling the animals.

Here is the important question for those who love to eat meat – "Why the same Supreme God, who created both the humans and the animals (besides creating everything else in this universe), made the human body in such a way that if you scientifically evaluate the biological similarities between the man and all the types of vertebral animals, the human body is falling under the herbivorous category and not under the carnivorous category?"

Vegetarian food as a diet is not at all a hindrance to gain health and intelligence

Vegetarianism (Vegetarian diet as the food habit) is not at all a hindrance to gain health and intelligence. Nowadays it is scientifically proven too.

 "Without eating meat, fish, seafood, how can you be healthy? How can you get all the necessary balanced diet?" are the general questions asked by most of the Westerners especially to the Indian vegetarians, when they come to know that there exist the people who don't eat meat, fish, eggs, etc., but only eat food based on green leaves, vegetables and fruits, pulses and grains, some being lacto-vegetarians and some others being pure vegans.

Adopting Vegetarian diet besides leading a pious life makes any person, a True Brahmin

Vegetarianism is the closest practice to follow non-violence and that will lead to Human compassion towards animals, besides contributing to a person’s tranquility to a certain extent. Instead, meat consumption is violence towards animals and it contributes to uncontrollable passions that become the root cause of people’s selfish behavior to a certain extent.

To call a spade a spade, we sometimes need courage and determination to face the criticism, especially if you are addressing something to a group in which the majority of people oppose the concept. Speaking about Vegetarianism, Humans love towards animals, Spirituality will generally draw more criticism than appreciation, because the majority of the people in this world support the meat eating habits citing health reasons, religious reasons, cultural reasons or some other.

In this article, the term ‘Brahmin’ is used where felt needed, and we humbly request you to understand it in the true spirit, that it is by the deeds and not by the caste alone, that people are to be called ‘Brahmins’.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bhagavad Gita - Practical implementation in Life

The simple unassuming character of mind has changed with the march of time and has assumed a colorful disposition, and begun to shed its effect on everything in us, both outer and inner. Whatever, therefore, we take into our thought or action exhibits colorfulness in all its phases. Our excessive attachment to the environment, and surroundings of a similar nature, create in us heaviness and grossness. Subtleness is lost and everything that comes to our view is interpreted in the same light. This not only veils our understanding, but the heart and brain also get affected by it. It was the same tendency of mind, which displayed itself through all the writings of men of knowledge and learning. For thorough understanding of things, one must have practically attained the state of mind required, before one can come out to explain it to others. The same was the case with our sacred GITA. There are numerous commentaries and more are still being added. Almost everyone attempted it from his level of learning and reason for the people to understand it from the same level of thinking. But though their physical labour in this respect may be appreciable to some extent, the actual purpose is not served at all; and to be more frank, the commentaries have made the original text all the more complicated by putting the bare truth under coverings or misconceptions. In other words, we increase our own limitations by adding more and more complexities to it.

Who will be happy during Death?

The end of life is death. Spiritualists say that there is life after death. Lord Sri Krishna in his Gita says that the soul still exists even after death and the air, water, even fire cannot destroy the soul.

“Soul is the thing, that the weapon can’t destroy, the fire can’t burn, the water can’t wet and the wind can’t blow away.”
It exists till it merges with the ultimate at the time of total dissolution. By this it is understood that death is not at all the end. It is just a fall of outermost sheath called Annamayakosa (the body), which is a solid one around the soul. This fall of outer sheath is only due to its wear and tear, or otherwise this can be understood as a pause for rest, brought by Nature. When we subject this body to overwork mentally or physically, we get sleep, which is nothing but a pause that is brought up automatically. Death can also be understood in the same line. After rest one has to wake up and continue the work left out, which is still at his disposal.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cycle of Births and Deaths

The Hindu Philosophy and the Vedic school of thought firmly believe in ‘Punarjanma’ (Rebirth). The most glorious epic to Hindus, the ‘Bhagavadgita’ proclaims that death is inevitable and after death rebirth is inevitable too, in this sentence -

Jaatasya hi druvo mruthyuhu, Dhruvan janma mruthasyacha ………….”

There is a cycle called ‘Life and Death’ cycle. There is freedom for a soul from this cycle only when we attain 'Moksha' (Salvation). So about this inevitable process of births and deaths one should not worry. It is simply like going to bed at night and falling asleep and waking up again in the morning. That means death is simply going to rest and birth is getting up after rest. In between the conscious time is our life. Leaving this mortal frame (body) during the death and getting another body during the rebirth, is simply changing the worn out dress day after day. This is one way of understanding our life, and this life and death cycle.

This world is like an office, into which some may come by getting appointment and some will go by completing that service (retirement) or by retrenchment. People come and go according to their turn but the office runs continuously until its closure. The Hindu philosophy thus explained above is similar regarding the births and deaths in this world.

If we ponder over on this issue, we understand that these births and deaths are not real births and deaths. They are only the intermediate happenings. In fact our entity started with the start of the 'Srushti' (Creation) itself. We are continuing from there duly changing bodies, one after the other. At times we are even taking births with the bodies of animals, birds, insects and even plants and trees. However our entity and identification is preceding life after life. Therefore our real date of birth is the day of  Srushti(Creation) and our date of real death is the day of 'Maha Pralaya' (the Great Total destruction or dissolution by the God).

Regarding creation and destruction there are different and number of concepts in different schools of thought. Mahatma Ramachandraji Maharaj, the founder of ‘Sahaj Marg’ (the Natural Path of Realization) says that if a power is not put to use for a very very long time there is the danger that it may become frozen and become waste (useless). For example, a fully charged battery if not put to use, will lose its charge eventually without doing any useful work, and become completely discharged. If we think that God is a power (according to our school of thought) and that power is not put to use for hundreds of years together there is every danger that the God (power) may lose His power. However, this is just an analogy to understand about God in a materialistic way.

Therefore God has exhibited Himself in the form of this Creation, which includes the whole universe - the Galaxies, our World, the Nature, the Plant and Animal kingdoms, including all the matter and all the elements known to us. That is a movement, a stir that happened in the Absolute (God). On account of this stir the particles got released from God and gradually the creation had taken place. Due to the actions and reactions, so many things have taken their shape. Our mind, the thinking faculty, also has its share from the Absolute Power (God) while coming out at the time of Stir (creation).

So by our thinking and counter thinking i.e., by the clash in thoughts and performing the actions, we have developed so many ‘Samskaras’ (effects of our actions both good and bad, forming a sheath) that are covering our original entity ‘Atma’ (the soul) and these sheaths became more and more, and have got solidified day by day due to our own actions and reactions. In this process we have fallen into the running wheel of births and deaths undergoing the effects of our own actions and reactions in different bodies and in different lives to experience the ‘Karma Phala’ (the net results of our actions – both good and bad), and this goes on until we clear all the accumulated Samskaras and not accumulating new Samskaras in any particular birth.

In the Maha Bhagavatam, the epic of Hindus, there is the story of Bharata, a king. He in his final part of his life went to the forest for penance. But he died thinking about a baby deer, which was brought up by him. According to his thinking at the time of death, he took the birth of a deer. After that life as a deer he was again born in a priestly class family and found a solution for his life, and escaped from the cycle of birth and deaths. He has also preached the same to the society.

The solution is putting a full stop to the further births and deaths and travelling back to the source from where we came into existence as separate entities. That means we have to find a solution to prevent present and past (number of) births and deaths. For this the only way is to develop attachment with source (God) and lead a non-attachment life with this perishing world. By this we will reach a point where we stay safely without getting further births and deaths and merge ourselves in the source (God) at the time of total dissolution, because everything that came from the source has to turn back and merge with it one day. Until then we have to stay as a liberated souls with the holy thought having no solid or gross body. Even with the body also, one can live such a life called ‘Jeevanmukta’ (One who has crossed Life and Death cycle). Such men are capable of guiding others directly. That is because, they have a human form appearing before the needy in the world (Guru). This should be our goal of life.

So the fact is that we have come into this world at the time of creation and we will end our entity in the source at the time of total dissolution of this Universe. We lived a very long time and will live for a very long time too. During this very long lifespan we continued our entity (identity) with one or other body.

In this process only we have now taken a human form, which is the best of all living beings. We have the thinking faculty mind, which is a special feature of the humans and is a magnificent thing in the humans. By which we have to find a solution for this long and restless life. Because of this thinking power only we came to these farther distances and with this thinking only we have to make our return journey. Thinking with a hold over the Divinity is a travel towards the source and attachment with the outward world is a travel away from the source.

Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj’s ‘Sahaj Marg’ is found to be one of the best solutions for our life. If further interested, one can refer to other articles of this website labeled as Sahaj Marg.

Courtesy: Sri. P. Subbarayudu, Preceptor, and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Creating a Blog, using it and things to know about it

To define a Blog, inform about how to create it, use it, follow the etiquette and benefit from it, there are too many websites, and few websites are mainly aimed at helping new bloggers and they make money out of it.

The scope of this article is to explain about Blogging to the non-techie users in a concise way. It provides you a basic idea about Blogging and provides you many insights about which you can later verify and gain experience on your own browsing the Internet on those topics.

What is a Blog?

As you may already know that Blog is a form of website which is maintained like a journal, where all the articles posted will be displayed in the reverse chronological order – meaning, the latest Post (articles referred to as Posts in Blogging terminology) appears on the front page as the first item and all the previous posts appear in the descending order.
Uses of a Blog

A Blog is mainly used by individuals or a group of individuals or even companies to keep their readers updated about the latest news. Unlike a commercial website, there is more personal communication in a blog where the authors are supposed to be more interactive with their users. Users generally keep posting comments, if they like or dislike a post on the blog, but then it is expected that the blog owners or blog authors should respond to them as early as possible. That is one big responsibility of a blog owner/author.
Otherwise, in the long run, there won’t be so many loyal visitor to the blogs.
Blog is therefore a very dynamic medium of expression and sharing of thoughts, ideas and experiences, that today, it has become a popular hobby to many, including the celebrities in the current generation.
A Blog can be used by anyone right from a primary school teacher to a CEO of a company to share their personal ideas. The teachers can use it as a medium to teach their own students posting their content, so that a student missing one class can get to know the lessons from the teacher’s blog.
A Blog can be used by a professional engineer who can share his personal experiences and the methods of learning with his friends or juniors at his university, he can provide the technical as well as practical guidance to the students, who can get awareness about their chosen field of study.
A Blog can be used by a doctor, a lawyer, a spiritual seeker who can help their own circle of people. And the list of uses of Blog is endless.
Things to be taken care of before creating and using a Blog
While Blog gives us the freedom of expression, we are not supposed to post any article which is obscene, which infringes with the copyrights of others, which promotes racism, which advocates hatred against other organizations or individuals.
The websites hosting the Blogging services may terminate your blog and your account altogether, if someone reports abuse about your blog.
Another notable point is that, the Blog is a medium which can be accessed from any part of the world and once you put some content on your blog, even if you delete your blog too, there will be some content available for a long time in the cache of search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
Creating a Blog and using it
You have so many blogging platforms like Blogger, Wordpress, typepad, movable type, etc. Few of them are free to all users but few of them are paid services. But the paid services are also offering many features, which are not offered by the free services like the customization of the templates as you wish.
Fortunately, the user don’t even need to know HTML or Java scripts to use the blogger or any other blogging platform though there are a lot of options for the enthusiastic users to customize their blog and bring a new feel different from the default templates of the Blogger.
To start with, Blogger platform is very good to use for the beginners. Blogger is owned by Google and all the hosting is generally provided by Blogger/Google servers.
If you have a Google account, then you only need 3 steps to create a blog.

  1. Go to http://www.blogger.com
  2. Sign in with your Google username and password. Don’t worry, if you don’t have the Google account already. The Blogger will guide you to create a Google account in minutes.
  3. You need to select a blog name which is not taken by somebody like myname…., myspace…, etc.
  4. Select a template after you finish the above step. Blogger has some default templates which are quite beautiful, but you can later switch to any template even after writing your articles. The switching of template will not affect your blog posts in anyway. But this is ensured only if you try the option of choosing the Blog templates from within the blogger when you are signed in.
  5. Start posting your first article. You can edit your article at any time after posting it once.

Things to know after you created your Blog
Once you create your first article, you can immediately watch your blog typing its URL in a browser to find out how it looks like. For visiting your blog, you just need to type the blog URL in the web browsers like you do for any other website.
For doing any modifications to your blog settings like the editing of the posts, or customization to your templates, etc, you always need to log on to your blogger account.
The inevitable thing about using free services is that you can’t choose your desired domain name or URL address, say http://www.example.com

For example, all Blogger blogs are appended with the word ‘blogspot’ in addition to the username, so they look something like http://userdefined.blogspot.com
Buying a Domain Name
What is a Domain Name? To be simple, to say in the non-techie language, Domain name is just like paying money and getting a municipal registration done for an automobile or a house, etc.
There are actually two generic words used by the people regarding any website, one is the Domain Name and the other Web hosting.
Whereas Domain name is something related to the web address of your blog/website, Web hosting is something related to providing some online space for storing your content on some server.
To complete the above said analogy, Domain name is like paying for the registration number, whereas Web hosting is like buying a house or an automobile.
So for a complete free service, you don’t need to think about any of these things, you can just think about signing in into Blogger website your Google username and password, and completing those 3 steps to start posting your articles.
In case you are particular about the URL of your blog, and if you don’t want any appended words like Blogspot to them, then you need to buy a domain name.
Again you don’t need to worry about how to get it done. From inside the Settings option of Blogger, you can easily choose to buy a domain name with a nominal price of $10 or so, probably it may vary from country to country.
There are options in the Blogger settings window, through which you can direct your blog URL something like http://yourname.blogspot.com to www.yourname.com or www.yourname.org or www.yourname.net, etc.
Even after you do this, your blog is still hosted on the Blogger server, and you have no limitations on the number of articles you can post to your blog.
So, enjoy Blogging, and become an important and responsible person in your society and also in this world.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Realisation of God through Penance

If you see in Indian epics, people have taken up penance by going to forests for meditation and  for pleasing their beloved deity. Especially kings resorted to forests and taken up penance to get children or to get some powerful boons such as deathless life, victories etc., At the point of their success in penance the deity appears before them and grants boons according to their desires. How can it be possible? Let us think over and see what our Spiritual Masters wrote about it.
Generally one craves for something and concentrates on heart, nose end, spine end or on a point on forehead in between the eyes (bhrukuti) thinking that his deity will appear duly pleased by his penance. This thought  of energy by concentration on a point will bring the form of deity before him and grant boons proposed by him. This happens by enfoldment of Kundalini Shakti (power knots in the spine cord) and power gets unleashed.

In this process only Ravana the villain of Ramayana saw his proposed form of four headed Brahma and got tremendous boons from which he performed innumerable violent deeds. But some pious ones like Druva got the boons in a similar way but he has  not misused them. So people used to take up penance to gain power but their usage is according to their will and pleasure only.

By this it is understand that doing penance and getting the vision of God (deity) is not final and the end. There is life after it whether good or bad, right or wrong. So in this we find no salvation. The problem of life  still remained unsolved. This is happening only because we are not having right goal or target before us. Appearance of God is by mere strong supposition. If a person travels on the sea for months together and becomes home sick, he begins to think of his people and native places strongly. At that time he sees villages and people before him on the sea which is not true. In the same way the people in  penance see their own contemplated Gods before them. But getting power is due to the opening of Kundalini (power knots in the spine) by one pointed strong concentration. Seeing God in the form of our own liking is not right. But we should be prepared to experience God as He is. God cannot be seen, but can only be experienced. God speaks in the language of feelings raised in the inner most core of our heart.

Even after getting the vision of the deity, the demon Ravana was put to punishment by Lord Sri Ram for his wrong actions. Dhruva got a great boon of shining in the sky as a star. But he cut a sorry figure for not having a right goal in his mind to pose before the Lord when he appeared. He became dissatisfied for not asking realization (or) mergence with the Lord, when the opportunity came.

Penance is a must to get the beloved one. What is that? That is nothing but God, the embodiment of pure love. In olden days the society was good. People were happy and comfortable with their kith and kin in solitude in the society. Whatever was needed for common life was available. So if they want to get anything more and special they resorted to forests for penance as forests are the only fit places for penance. In forests there was no protection from wild animals, from winds, from fire, from chill etc., thereby they selected forests to have penance in solitude.
Now let us come to our present day life. We should have a goal of life. What is that? And how do we take up the penance for achieving that. The time and space is endless. Our life in them is very minute, so somehow or the other we should complete our life cautiously and have to go back to our source (i.e.) from where our entity started, that is nothing but God. We have to merge in the Ultimate escaping from the numerous unwanted birth and deaths. For that we have to take up penance and leave attachments with this world. We have to please the God by thinking of him and him alone having no other wants. Regarding other pains and pleasures, they come and go. The real man never cares for them.

At this time and according to the changed present conditions of the world, we need not go to forests for penance. Especially for family holders house itself is enough for penance. Mahatma Ramachandraji says like this. Please observe:
“It is good to be put to worries. The home is the training centre for submission and endurance. To put up patiently with the day to day events of life is the highest form of penance and sacrifice. So instead of anger and resentment, one must cultivate in himself a meek temperament. For others aloofness, solitude and dissociation might be the means for cultivating contentment, endurance and freedom from the entanglement of life, whereas for us, to put up with the taints and rebukes of the family, friends and society is the greatest form of penance and sacrifice. In fact to put up coolly with miseries and troubles contributes much to our betterment, hence they are valuable assets to our progress. It is only by their wrong use that we spoil their effect and thus get deprived of their best advantages.”
So, for the household man, the way shown by Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj is the best for the Realization of God. For other details and guide lines of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj, see other articles in this website labeled as Sahaj Marg.
Courtesy: Sri P.Subbarayudu, Preceptor and Sri B.E.Sampath Kumar, abhyasi, of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pranahuti regulates the tendencies of mind - Sahaj Marg

The revered Master Sri Rama Chandraji Maharaj says that spiritual training for the attainment of higher stages is only possible from the process of 'Pranahuti' (Yogic transmission) and by no other means.

Emphasizing the importance of 'Pranahuti', is because the superior power of Master combined with self effort reinforces the spiritual progress. Besides this, in this path our consciousness of self effort remains subdued and never promotes the feeling of ‘Ahankara’ (Ego) and ‘Pride’, which often influence the worshippers following the grosser mechanical methods.

The power of transmission is a yogic attainment of a very high order by which a 'Yogi' can infuse by his will power the yogic energy or Godly effulgence on anyone, and removes anything unwanted in him or detrimental to his spiritual progress. He can exercise the power not only on those assembled around him, but also on those who are away from him.

Pranahuti is brought into effect through the power of will which is always effective. If a trainer in spirituality (Preceptor) exerts his will to mould the mind of the trainee, it will yield effective and excellent results. The worthy trainer, with the power of yogic transmission, weakens the lower tendencies of the mind of the trainee and sows the seed of Divine light in the inner most core of the heart.

The trainee may not feel anything at the beginning. The reason is that he is accustomed to feel only through the senses and the divine power is beyond senses. After sometime, however, he may feel the results of such transmission, which also are in the form of subtle changes of the working of his vital parts and of the tendencies of his mind. The power of pranahuti is a divine power working through the channel of pure mind.

Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Friday, May 7, 2010

God's Love is impartial to All and the Results we get in our lives are based on our Attitude

One should maintain an attachment with  God. This may differ from person to person. One may think about Him as his Lover, Relative, Master, Guide or even as a Foe who frightens him. However he never shows any inequality or any unevenness towards the people who like him or does not like him. In His view, all are His children and He will show no partiality among them. Liking and disliking are no concerns in his view.

However we may feel that God punishes some people and grants boons to some others. This is not correct and it is only our ignorant perception. The Hindu Srimad Bhagavath Gita (BhagavadGita) confirms it in several instances. The nature of God is to save all from down fall and to keep them  on the right path to reach Him. For this, the treatment of God depends upon our own behavior or attitude. If our behavior is smooth, the treatment will also be smooth. If it is harsh, the same is the treatment. So love for love and enmity for enmity. It is automatic. In other words, we can say God is automatic and acts very transparently. Therefore we are very much responsible for the receipt of treatment (good or bad) from  God through  Nature, which is prevailing around us which includes every living being and non living things.

This concept of getting ‘Results’ based on our attitude, behavior, thoughts and deeds, is otherwise called Karma Phala Siddhanta (Deeds and Results Theory), which is well explained in the Bhagavad-Gita. Those who excel in their life doing their assigned duties properly, following the right principles, will always strive to do good to the fellow beings because those are the pioneers in understanding this Karma Phala Siddhanta and they can be considered as ‘Karma Yogis’.

In the  Mahabhagavata at the first instance itself it is said that ‘Saving (ruling) the Disciples is a great art and the Lord (God) is the expert in that art’. At times a situation may come, where both the rivals have to be supported, because both are right and are dependent on God. In such cases, a divine solution will emerge and God proves Himself as God leaving us bewildered in amazement. Let us recollect such an instance, the history of Great king ‘Maha Bali’ in Chapter 8 of Telugu edition (Script) of the  Maha Bhagavatam.

Bali, the Asura king of   Lower Worlds (‘Asuras’ meaning ‘Demons’) conquered the higher worlds and has driven Indra, the King of Devatas of  Heaven  ( ‘Devatas’ meaning gods) to forests. Years together, he was in troubles. ‘Adithi’, the mother of Indra prayed Lord Vishnu (the Supreme God) to save his son from his difficulties. Lord Vishnu was pleased with the prayers of Adithi and promised her to make her son the King of Heaven once again by ousting Bali from that place.

Well, the Supreme Lord has given a word and it should take place. But, how? King Bali was not a cruel person like the other Asura Kings. He was not at fault to receive the punishment from the Lord. Moreover he is the devotee of Lord Vishnu. God cannot show partiality and punish Bali for the sake of other devotee. Really to our rational human mind, it is a difficult situation to deal with.

To solve this problem Lord Vishnu has taken birth as a son of Adithi, and in this ‘avatar’ (incarnation) he was known as ‘Vamana’. He was a dwarf boy and at the right time, he reached the ‘Yagnasala’ (place of worship through Fire) of King Bali and extended his blessings as a priestly class boy. On seeing the glittering eyes and intelligent words being spoken by the boy, King Bali got  impressed and enquired the whereabouts of the boy. After getting the satisfactory replies, King Bali asked, what for he came and what did he want?

Vamana replied that he wanted only three feet of land for him and that too he wanted to measure with his little foot only. King Bali laughed at him and said, “You are still a boy and does not know how to wish. You are not requesting before an ordinary king, you are standing before the ruler of the three worlds. Come on, ask for more according to my dignity.”

The boy replied, “Yes my dear ruler, you are no doubt a great king but I want only three feet land. My need is limited, please grant that much. I will be satisfied”.

 King Bali decided to give three feet land as desired by the boy. While he was performing his traditional ritual of offering the land by pouring water from the ‘Kamandalam’ (a kettle), the spiritual master of King Bali, ‘Sukracharya’, with his intuitional powers studied the situation and found that the dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ was none other than Lord Vishnu, who is going to occupy all the three worlds with his three feet measurement. Immediately he revealed all the facts about Lord Vishnu’s birth as the Dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ and asked the King not to give anything to that cunning boy.

King Bali, after hearing his master Sukracharya, simply said that he has given a word and he cannot step back. His master repeatedly advised the King that he is going to meet the great danger and in such conditions one can lie to protect themselves. He also said that lying is not a sin when there is danger of losing life, property and character, and in saving pious men and holy cows and in the matter of women and in marriages. Therefore this is such an instance and he can say no to that boy.

In spite of such advice and some sort of threatening from his master (he is violating his master’s orders), King Bali stood strongly on his word and said that he would fulfill his given word even when his wealth vanishes, his kith and kin die or leave him, let the power diminish and let him  be imprisoned and  sent to Hell. He also said that even if the boy may be Lord Vishnu, or Brahma, the creator or Lord Siva, the destroyer, he is not worried and so saying he gave the required three feet land to that boy and asked him to measure as he likes. The boy enlarged his body expanding and occupying the whole world with his one foot and the upper worlds with his second foot and asked BALI for place to his third foot. Bali understood the situation and calmly showed his head to Vamana to place his third foot. Vamana (Lord Vishnu) immediately kept his foot on Bali’s head and pushed him  down to ‘Rasaatala’ the lower world. Then Lord Vishnu gave the Heaven to Indra and fulfilled his promise given to Adithi.

Now one may think, “But, what about Maha Bali? Is it not injustice done to him?” The reply is ‘No’. Lord (God) will not do so. So then, what happened next? Let us see further.

On entering Rasaatala by the push of Lord Vishnu’s foot, he was provided with a great palace. His kith and kin were allowed to live with him happily there. Lord Vishnu granted a boon to King Bali that he would be the King of Heaven in future and till then Lord Vishnu became the servant of King Bali at the seventh threshold of Bali’s palace safeguarding him day and night with his weapon mace. So the Lord made King Bali as his own master.

What an irony! Now King Bali is the master and Lord Vishnu is his servant. See Indra got his lost power, but King Bali got mastery over the Lord. Which is great?

This is the way how the Lord treats his disciples without partiality.

Courtesy: Sri. P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri. B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Best people do their Duty as a service unmindful of Obstacles and Results

Srimath BhagavadGita is a universally accepted Holy Book and the best of all other spiritual books for Hindus. It has discussed  ‘Karma’ (Duty) in detail. Lord Krishna says that one should perform one's duty without having any expectations on its profits. He named such duty as `Nishkama Karma’ meaning, the ‘Desireless duty’, which gives a comfortable peaceful life. However some atheists have taken it very lightly, misinterpreted it and have laughed at it quoting some examples that no farmer will indulge in agriculture unmindful of a profitable crop or no one does business without thinking of his profits.

To the materialistic world of this age, all these claims of the atheists may seem appropriate, but there is more to life than to just think about logic, science, passions or money.

While reading the  Holy Scriptures we should consult our heart but not our intellect. Then only we will get its true meaning. Desireless duty is always a true attitude. A man who performs his duty for duty's sake will get no discontentment. If you do a thing with some expectations and in case you will not get the result or get it below your expectations, it is sure that you will be disappointed. This disappointment is directly proportional to what you expected. Hundred percent desires less duty may not be possible. However we can adopt it to the extent possible and get more and more results. All Divine preaching goes on these lines only. Less desire leads to more comfort is the principle underlined in it.

In performing duties, there will generally be three types of people. Number one Uttama Purusha (the Best), Second is Madhyama Purusha (the Mediocre) and the third Adhama Purusha (the Worst).

The Adhama (the Worst) category person does not start a work at all. He expects so many obstacles even before he starts the work that he  does not start it at all, thinking that it is a waste.

The Madhyama (the Mediocre) category person starts the work and drops it in the middle when a simple obstruction appears on  the way.

But the Uttama (the Best) category person will complete his duty and finish the work taken up, even though he comes across a  number of impediments. He will never leave his duty and isn’t afraid of any obstacles. Such a person will achieve victory and he becomes  the Great Man, the Hero in this world.

Consider this example – A nail is to be driven into a wall and a calendar is to be  hung. The Adhama (worst) might not start the work at all saying that the wall is strong and the nail is soft. The Madhyama (mediocre) tries to do the work but when it becomes difficult i.e., when the nail becomes twisted and the hammer in use is not proper, he stops the work and goes away thinking that it is not in his capacity. But the Uttama (the best) will start the work with preoccupied thought of completing the work without any doubt. If the nail is  bent, and difficult to drive the nail into the wall, he will bring a jumper and strong hammer, drives the nail into the wall and hangs the Calendar on it.

In this context, Sage ‘Vemana’ said, “One should think well before starting a work. That is all. Afterwards there should be no question of dropping it. The thought of middle drops should not creep into the mind. In case it happens so, it is nothing but equal to death”.

In Hindu scriptures, there is a mythological tale, where the Devils and the Gods once churned the ‘Ksheera Saagaram’ (Milky sea) for the sake of ‘Amrita’ (nectar). They got the poison first, the fire next, followed by ‘Kama Dhenu’ (the boon granting cow), ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ (the boon graning tree) and the diamonds and the precious stones etc. But they have not dropped their endeavor. They continued till the nectar came, bearing all the difficulties and not being attracted by the boons which were the intermediate results. Such should be the attitude of a duty minded person and such a person should only be called  Uttama purusha (the best category among men).

The strict duty minded persons would always get much appreciation from their masters. There is a tale regarding this. The King ‘Aurangajeb’ always liked a servant very much and this has raised a kind of jealousy among others. Noticing this, the King called his servants to his court and asked them to cut into pieces a valuable diamond lamp stand kept in the hall. Nobody dared to do so. More over they reminded the value of that lamp stand to the King and prayed him not to resort to damage it. However when the King ordered his beloved servant to damage the stand, he simply obeyed the order and smashed the stand into pieces with his sword. That was his undoubted belief on his master. He always thinks that whatever his master says is right and his duty is to obey the order of his master. By witnessing this, all other servants recognized his greatness and stopped thinking bad against him afterwards.

Finally, let us consider a story of a duty minded saint, who, while going along a bank of a river, saw a scorpion drowning in water. Immediately he saved it and left it outside the water. However the scorpion bites the saint and accidentally fell again in the water. The saint without caring the severe pain once again saved the scorpion from the water. A person witnessing all these asked the saint why he saved the scorpion repeatedly when it hurt him with ingratitude. The saint simply replied that it had done its work and he did his duty. That is all.

By this it is understood that great people do not stop performing their duty in any circumstances. The loss or profit is least concerned to them. In their view, duty is duty and is the other way of serving God--Work is WORSHIP.

The same concepts are of course rediscovered by the leadership gurus of the West like Mr. Stephen Covey who in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has mentioned as ‘Principle Centered Thinking’ for taking decisions and performing actions, and by Mr. Robin Sharma in his books, ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’, ‘The Greatness Guide’, etc.

Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Critics are disguised Compliments, so get Inspired and do your best for Success in your life

After a long time I got a chance to share some thoughts with you. I had gone through some books this time again, I am learning a bit of knowledge every time from them. While reading about Lord Rama in Bhagavatham I was so inspired by the way Lord Rama treats his brothers. Rama is a good example for a son, brother, husband and for a great emperor as well.

There is an incident in Ramayana in which Rama was playing with his brothers and after the play was over Rama went to ‘Kaikeyi’ (his step mother) and told her that he was defeated by Bharatha (his brother) with a large smile on his face and happiness, but Bharatha complained that Rama was losing the game every time to make Bharatha happy and win the game.

The lesson we can learn from it is those who serves others will reap more. Giving is a joy in comparison to Receiving. This is a simple principle in life ‘the life lead for others (for other’s happiness) is more worthy and has a meaning for it.’

For a man to live without selfishness he should overcome the qualities like Krodha (Anger) and Matsarya (Jealousy).

One of my friends has sent a quote to me once which says, “Don’t ever be angry upon your friends, because up to the end of life what hurts us is not the words of enemies but the silence of our friends.”

Remember that for every 1 minute of anger you will lose 60 seconds of happiness. The words which we may utter in anger will spoil the beautiful relationships between us. Recollect the words of Mother Teresa, “Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect man, help him to become perfect.”

Critics are the disguised complements, it has a good meaning. We generally feel disturbed when someone criticizes us about our work which may fetch hatred towards that person. Many great people has their own weaknesses but they have succeeded because of their hard work. They have converted their weakness into their strengths with the help of patience and determination. When someone is criticizing us certainly there should be something that we should improve yet. Critics make you know the truth and help you in achieving your goal soon.

The best example we can have is Sachin Tendulkar, he’d faced a lot of criticism but he has never spoken a single word, just he accepted them all with a smile and worked hard to improve his game. Today he is the legend of cricket and even more called as God of Indian cricket and more over called as the master blaster in the cricket world apart from being acclaimed as the ‘The Greatest Batsman ever’.

We cannot achieve anything within a day or night, we need lot of patience and hard work. As told by Robin Sharma in his book the ‘Monk who sold his Ferrari’ goal should be specific. It should be clear and well defined. The fact is that everything in this universe is created twice in this world. One in the mind and the other in the physical world. Those who can see his outer world dreams and who see the inner world awakens. The set goal should be concrete in our mind too then it will make you achieve your goal.

I request you to please read any books related to personality development or of great personalities because they inspire you a lot and show you the way to achieve the self mastery. We need to work hard to achieve something but there should be some sort of inspiration for us, and that inspiration we can get through books only.

Success can be achieved by 1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration. But if we don’t get this 1% inspiration, we don’t even think big to set up our goals or commit for 99% perspiration. But if you have that 1% inspiration from these self-development books, you will automatically be empowered by your inner will for your 99% perspiration. All the best!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tapatraya (3 Cravings) of Humans and the suitable methods to suffice them

Tapatraya in Sanskrit, means 'The 3 Cravings (Anxieties)' of the Human Life. Trying for a thing or for a purpose with undue longing and anxiety is generally called as Tapatraya (Craving). This is the common man’s view. But spiritually this has got a different meaning, a meaning in true sense.

These three kinds of cravings termed as Tapatraya are  - 1. Aadhi Bhouthika (Physical), 2. Aadhi Dyvika (Mental), and 3. Adhyatmika (Spiritual).

The explanation of these three may differ from one school of thought to the other. But let us think according to our view.

Satya Tatvam (Truthfulness) is greater than Religious rituals and Sacrifices

Satya Tatvam in Sanskrit, means Truthfulness or Honesty. 'Telling what is heard and what is seen as it is' is called 'truthfulness'. One who tells the facts without any hypocrisy or cunningness in mind is called a man of truthfulness. Leading this kind of life is not an easy thing. The Mahabharata, the Indian epic tells about this truthfulness as follows:
“Even if you compare with thousand performances of religious sacrifices, Truth proves its greatness more than them. The pious dipping and worshiping in all sacred rivers and making pilgrimages are also not equal to truth. Truth is the highest virtue”.
Only speaking the truth is not a limit to a truthful person. Not crossing or acting against what he himself said is real truthfulness. In Indian epics, we find the king ‘Harischandra’ having such a truthful personality. He stood very firm to fulfil his words given to Viswamithra Maharishi. He sold away his wife, his child and he himself became a watchman to a burial ground to safeguard his word given to Viswamithra. Mahatma Gandhi also got inspired by Harischandra and has adopted the same truthful nature throughout his life.
There was a ruler of three worlds called Maha Bali. He also proved himself as a truthful person. He has also stood by his word and gifted everything including his kingdom consisting all the three worlds and was thrown to the Underworld (Suthala). He knows it well in advance about his downfall. But he has not stepped back in fulfilling his promise given to Sage Vamana. Even after everything is lost, he says that he cares not for wealth, kingdom, even death and Hell, but he cares for truthfulness. Such a truthful king he was and hence his name and glory are being remembered even today.
We are generally accustomed to tell lies even for simple things. While going out of home, if anybody in our home asks, “Where are you going?” we simply reply that “No where! I will be back soon”. When you return home and knock the door, someone in your home may ask you, “Where have you been?”, also to this question we may simply say, “No where! I was just here around”. These two answers are no doubt lies, but of no serious nature.
You might have uttered those lies in the sense that they are unimportant. Such lies may be taken as silly things and can be ignored. But better if we take care of them also. In some exceptional cases telling truth may harm others. In such cases it is felt that not telling truth is in  no way wrong. Once a robber chases a traveler to loot and kill him for money. The traveler hides in a hut of a sage. When the robber asks the sage about the traveler, he says that nobody came in that way. This is no doubt a lie, but by that a life has been saved. So this kind of telling lies (untruth) is no sin.
There is a tale in a book meant for Children, which speaks about the danger of telling untruth. Once a boy shepherd cried loudly, “Tiger! Tiger is attacking! Save me, save me”. The farmers in the nearby fields ran up to help this boy  and found no tiger. The shepherd laughed at them and said that he called the farmers for fun. The same episode ran twice or thrice. A few days after, a tiger really attacked the boy and his sheep. The boy cried for help, but no one turned up, thinking that the mischievous boy is a liar. There the chapter of that boy ended with his doom. This is a well known old story, but its essence is ever new.
So we should know the real value of truthfulness and act accordingly.
Entering  the real world of Spirituality, like joining and becoming an Abhyasi (Trainee) of genuine spiritual organizations like 'Sahaj Marg' one can find one's way to live a truthful life and to reach the destination (the Ultimate). For more information and confidence about Sahaj Marg, please go through the other spiritual articles posted on this website labelled as 'Sahaj Marg'.
Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri. B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Ahimsa (Non Violence) is the greatest virtue for any human being

Ahimsa (Non-violence) is the highest virtue. It is accepted by each and every religion and sect in some form or the other. But is there anyone who follows non-violence 100%? The answer will be no in all the cases, because taking vegetarian food is also not out of violence. The vegetables like leafy plants, roots, fruits and also grains and pulses all are with life and eating them also is violence. So in the ‘Mahabharata’ (an Indian epic) in ‘Aranyaparva’ non-violence is defined as follows:
"There is no one on the surface of earth without committing violence.
But one should keep away from violence to the extent possible.
So keeping away from violence to the extent possible is itself called non-violence."
To all the living beings eating is a must to survive. So eating for survival is not violence. But living for only eating is not acceptable as non-violence. Hence one should only eat to live and not live to eat.
So doing minimum harm to the co-living beings for survival is to be observed by all the human beings. People in Polar Regions and in deserts may have to depend on meat for survival as they can’t find vegetation suitable for food. However in the countries like India one can comfortably live with vegetarian food safely, happily and healthily.
Nowadays the science has also declared that vegetarian food is the best for humans and the human digestive system is fit for vegetarian food and not for meat. The scientific fact that has been discovered is that the human digestive system is more similar to that of the herbivorous animals than the carnivorous animals.
Therefore what is decided is to live in least violence. That means almost in non-violence.
Definition & Types of Violence
Again in ‘Anusasaneekaparva’ of Mahabharata, it is said that not only killing animals is violence, but also thinking bad about others, hurting others by words and manhandling are also categorized as `violence’.
So violence is of four types and we should be more careful towards them. In another instance that is in ‘Santhiparva of Mahabharata’, it is said that non-violence is like a foot print of an elephant, in which all the other foot prints disappear.
That means all other virtues include in non-violence itself. Having kindness towards all the living beings is the greatest virtue to be adopted by the humans. Because everything is created by God and thereby all the creatures are His progeny and so the relation between all the living beings is nothing but brotherhood. On account of this brotherhood all the living beings have the equal right to enjoy the God’s creation i.e., the nature.
‘Vasavi Devi’, the Goddess of ‘Vysya’ (merchant) community has proved herself an embodiment of non-violence. The king called Vishnuvardhana forced her to marry him, otherwise he would declare war against her country. She consoled her father and brother not to resort to war and she along with her followers entered fire and sacrificed herself to avoid war and violence. This story may be a point of inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi to fight with the weapon of non-violence against the British Rule in India.
Gautama Buddha has propagated non-violence in his preachings. He forcefully stopped killing animals in some of the Yagas (sacred fires). He used to tell those who wanted sacrifices that if they felt it sacred to kill animals, they could kill Him instead of those poor animals. He has spread love and non-violence by his preachings in the world. The greatest Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ also stood against killing animals in Yagas. In Anusasaneekaparva, ‘Bhishma pitamaha’ clarifies to King ‘Yudhistira’ (the eldest of Pandavas), his grandson, “Following non-violence is better and greater than performing ‘Aswamedha Yaga’, where there is violence of killing the horse used for this Yaga”. He added that killing and ordering or helping for killing are the greatest sins.
So the humble and sincere advice is to follow non-violence and proceed on the way of realization of Supreme God (the Ultimate) by following Sahaj Marg (The natural Path of Realisation) System of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj of Shahjahanpur. To know more about Sahaj Marg and the effective use of this system, please read the other spiritual articles of this website labeled as Sahaj Marg.
Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Writers, Authors and Bloggers must strive for 'Sahityam' and not for just limelight

There is a word in Sanskrit 'Sahityam'. All the literature i.e., writings in prose, poetry or in any other manner comes under this main heading Sahityam, which really means 'with good, with welfare' and for good only. By this we can understand that the responsible writers or poets, the modern bloggers, web publishers should write only good and which helps the readers to live in welfare.
But nowadays, many writers or bloggers or poets have broken all the bars (standards) and are writing whatever they like, causing mental turmoil to the readers. Sex, violence, terrorism and superstitions are being inflicted on the common man especially on the youth in the form of books (mediocre and misguiding), cinemas, TV series and through the websites.

Simplicity leads to Real Life as defined in Sahaj Marg

Simplicity reveals the real state of a man. To live in tune with Nature is simplicity. It is not as easy as we think so. Man has gathered 'un-naturality' (artificiality) around him in the name of day by day evolution. Some articles which we treat them this year as unnecessary and luxuries have become necessities for the next year. Costly dresses like professional suiting, ornaments, TVs, Internet, Car etc., which we looked as luxurious in the yesteryears, have now became necessary things.  Now it became difficult to decide which is luxury and which is the simple need. The economical status of a man may decide which the luxury is, and which the simple need is.
Man has strayed away a long distance from simplicity. We are now in a stage of comparative simplicity.  We know the result of leading luxurious life crossing our earning capacity. We will be drowned in debts. We feel self reproach when once leading a luxurious life have fallen down to lead a pathetic life afterwards. This stage makes the life miserable. Therefore one must be in a position to lead his life according to his economical status, save some money and utilize it for social services.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Homeopathy medicines - A Guide for the Old, Poor and the Needy people

The last stage in human life is Old age. At this stage old people will encounter negligence from others including their families in some worst cases. Not only this, they will develop self negligence. Due to Competitiveness, tension due to pressure of work, spending leisure time on viewing TV, Children's education etc., youth also neglects them. Though the youth have love and affection towards them , they are not spending sufficient time as expected  by the old people due to the  above reasons. Youth working in foreign countries is also one of the reasons.


As a  result, old  people  are getting mental imbalance. They feel  that their vast experience in dealing things and  their sacrifices  for the family have no recognition by their kith and kin.Neglected presence of the old  people in taking decisions in important family matters will lead them to distress and self non-attention over the diseases from which they suffer. As a result they develop a tendency  "What for we are to live?" At this stage if they have some safe Homeo Medicines with them, they can safely use them. If they use these medicines for 4 or 5 days most of their health problems will be solved. If the old age people are from poor families, they can lead their future life peacefully by using these medicines without spending much money and rushing to the hospitals.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tips and things to know before buying a HandyCam (Video Camera or Camcorder)

With the advancement in the Electronics day by day, there is an increase in the number of features if we define a limit to our budget and at the same time if you stick on to a particular model the prices are being considerably reduced with each passing month. Right from the luxurious Laptops, LCD TVs, Mobile phones up to the simple USB flash drives the trends are similar. And during the festival seasons like Christmas, Pongal, Dusshera, Diwali, etc, there could be some mind blowing offers too.

Buying a video camera, nowadays, most popularly known as HandyCam, is of course a little bit tough decision to make. Because it involves a considerable number of technical parameters to be taken into consideration before buying it. Unlike a DVD Player where only the number of formats or the speakers connectivity that matters the most, or unlike a LCD TV for which the screen size and resolution that matter the most, for the HandyCam there are a number of technical specifications to be looked at.

Set your budget: This is the first and the foremost thing to do. Because the electronic items are available in such a wide array of specifications that without having your background work done, if you go to supermarket, you would be at the mercy of the stores personnel who may misguide you to spend too much citing some examples of a recently released model. They would like to extract more from the customers visiting their stores.

Attain Reality and Bliss following Sahaj Marg and proceed further for Union with the Ultimate (Supreme God)

The essence of the 'Infinite' (understood and termed as the Supreme God by the wise men), that is 'Reality' is within us. It is with us since the beginning of our individual entity because of a stir in the 'Ultimate' the process of creation started. Everything emerged from the Ultimate and a tinge of its essence in the shape of energy has crept into the creation. We too have our share as we are also the part and parcel of the creation.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Absolute Spirituality explained by Sahaj Marg

Spirituality is a way of life, which leads to Reality and transforms a man into a Real man. It reveals the ultimate truth which science cannot.
Science can bring forth certain facts in a laboratory through experiments, but there are numerous facts which cannot be proved in the laboratory. Spirituality deals with all such facts. It is a way to reach the Ultimate (God). It is a method through which the secrets of the Nature are unveiled.

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