Sunday, April 24, 2016

Greatness of Chapter Four of Bhagwat Gita

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Reading Bhagwat Gita is the most pious Spiritual activity. It is said that if a person even reads daily, a single chapter or even a single verse of it then he attains to great Spiritual state. Below here is explained the Greatness of Chapter Four of Bhagwat Gita. Here below is a story that tells the glories of the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita & how all the sinful reactions are destroyed by just reading to Chapter 4 of Bhagwat Gita.

”In the ancient times in India there was a great saint named Bharata, who used to live on the bank of the Ganges. That great devotee of Lord Krishna, Bharata daily used to recite the fourth chapter of the Bhagwat Gita. Devotee Bharata once went on a pilgrimage to the town of Tapodhana and worshipped Lord Krishna over there. While returning back from Tapodhana he rested below two fruit trees. While having rest under the trees he used the root of one tree as a pillow and the root of the other as his foot-rest. Under that tree he also did his prayer & recited the fourth chapter of Bhagwat Gita. When the great devotee Bharata left that place, both the trees dried up and died. The two souls living in those trees were freed & these two souls took their next birth in the family of a pious Brahmin as his daughters.

Those two daughters of the Brahmin when reached the age of seven, they went on a pilgrimage and happened to meet the great devotee of Lord Krishna, the saint Bharata. The two girls remembered everything of the past & on seeing him, they fell at his feet and said to Bharata, “O Great saint, by your greatness, we were freed from the forms of trees.” When Bharata heard their story, he was very much surprised. Then the girls told the complete story to saint Bharata.

They said, “Great saint Bharata, in a previous life we were heavenly nymphs, the Apsaras of Indralok. Once, King Indra of heaven asked us to cause the falldown of the sage Satya-Tapa, who was doing severe penance on the bank of the river Godavari. Satya-tapa was very pious & had complete control over his senses. He had become very advanced in devotional service of Lord Krishna & on seeing his devotion Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe also used to visit him daily to learn from him about the devotional service of Lord Krishna.

Seeing all this, the king of heaven, Indra was not happy & was displeased to see Satya-tapa’s purity and elevation. King Indra got worried that this powerful sage would one day want to take the position of king of heaven & he shall be thrown out of his kingdom. To prevent this, Indra sent us to the bank of the Godavari. There we danced in front of saint to disturb Satya-Tapa & agitate the sage in his penance. On seeing our dance Satya-tapa got angry with us & cursed us, saying, ‘You are fallen due to disturbing my penance & so both of you go and become fruit trees on the bank of the river Ganges.

Upon hearing his curse, we fell at his feet and begged forgiveness, for we had acted merely as Indra’s servants. When Satya-tapa saw our repentant attitude, he became pleased and told us we would live as trees only until Maharaja Bharata came in contact with us. He also blessed us that we would be able to remember our previous lives.”

Reminding saint Bharata that he had rested between two fruit trees, the two girls said they had heard his recitation of the fourth chapter of the Bhagwat Gita, After being freed from that form of life, they said, they had been born in a family of devotees. Since then they had lost all desire to enjoy this world. They had carefully been reciting the fourth chapter of the Bhagwat Gita daily
and thus had attained devotion to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna.”

Chapter Four of Bhagwat Gita is entitled "The Yoga of Knowledge, as well as, the Disciplines of Action & Knowledge."

On the battle field of Kurukshetra, when Arjuna, the disciple of Lord Krishna got infatuated & forgot his duty to fight, then Lord Krishna reminded Arjuna of his duty to fight a lawful, justful war & gave him the teachings of Bhagwad Gita. Arjuna after having been taught in the path of knowledge by Lord Krishna came back to his path of duty & fought a lawful battle against the Kauravas (his enemies) & won the battle with the grace of Lord Krishna.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four (4) is entitled "The Yoga of Knowledge ,as well as, the disciplines of Action & Knowledge." This Chapter has a total of 42 verses.

Verses 1 to 18 are about the Glory of God (Lord Krishna) with attributes; Karmayoga, or selfless action, described herein.

Verses 19 to 23 are about the conduct of Yogis and Sages, its glory described herein.

Verses 24 to 32 are about the different forms of sacrifices and it's fruits described herein.

Verses 33 to 42 are about the glory of Knowledge described herein.

To read complete chapter Four (4) Verse by Verse in Original Sanskrit Language Text & its English Translation.......Click here to read...........Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four (Chapter-4)

Below are some verses from fourth chapter of Bhagwat Gita:

"ajo ’pi sann avyayatma
bhutanam isvaro ’pi san
prakritim svam adhisthaya
sambhavamy atma-mayaya" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 6)

"Sri Krishna said: Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form."

"yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 7)

"Sri Krishna said: Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O Arjuna, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend Myself."

"paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya cha duskritam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 8)

"Sri Krishna said: To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium."

"janma karma cha me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ’rjuna" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 9)

"Sri Krishna said: One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna."

"vita-raga-bhaya-krodha
man-maya mam upasritah
bahavo jnana-tapasa
puta mad-bhavam agatah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 10)

"Sri Krishna said: Being freed from attachment, fear and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, many, many human beings in the past became purified by knowledge of Me—and thus they all attained transcendental love for Me."

"tyaktva karma-phalasangam
nitya-trpto nirasrayah
karmany abhipravrtto ’pi
naiva kincit karoti sah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 20)

"Sri Krishna said: Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitlike action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings."

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Greatness of Chapter Three of Bhagwat Gita

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Here below is explained the Greatness of Chapter Three of Bhagwat Gita. Read the story below to see, how all the sinful reactions are destroyed by just reading to Chapter 3 of Bhagwat Gita.

“In the olden times, there was a Brahmin named Jada who used to do sinful acts only. He used to spoil all his wealth in gambling, drinking alcohol, hunting poor animals, and visiting the prostitutes. Once, he went on a business trip and earned lots of money and then was returning home. On his way back, Jada stopped for a night in a lonely place. There were thieves in that place & they took away all his earned money and also killed him. As Jada had done only sinful acts in his life so Jada went into a body of ghost. As a ghost, Jada used to wander here & there.

Jada had a pious son who was very religious and learned in the Vedic scriptures. When his father Jada did not come back for quite a long time then his son decided to search for him. His son inquired about his father, wherever he went. While roaming in search of his father, a person told him what had happened to Jada.

Having a desire to uplift the soul of his father, Jada’s son went on a pilgrimage to Gaya to worship the Lord Vishnu so that his father could be released from the ghostly life. While on the journey to Gaya, one evening, the son did his daily worship of Lord Vishnu under the same tree where his father had been killed. His son started reciting the third chapter of Bhagwat Gita under that tree & suddenly a loud sound came from the sky. He looked up and saw his father changed into an Angel being, his body having the colour of a dark rain-cloud. He father Jada had become four-armed & he was dressed in yellow cloth. Jada’s bodily effulgence was going up in all directions in the sky.

Jada said, “My dear son, as a result of reciting of the third chapter of Bhagwat Gita, you have freed me from a ghostly form. Now you should return home. The purpose of your going to Gaya has already been achieved. Then Jada asked his son to liberate his brother and some ancestors also who had led the sinful lives and were suffering in hell. The son said that he would recite the third chapter of Bhagwat Gita until the time all his ancestors trapped in hell were freed.

Then a celestial plane arrived from the Lord Vishnu’s kingdom, Vaikuntha, the spiritual world, and transported the father Jada to the supreme abode. The son returned home and began reciting daily the third chapter of Bhagwat Gita in front of a Deity of Lord Vishnu. As the recitations continued, Lord Vishnu sent His messengers, the Vishnudutas, to the kingdom of Yamaraja, who punishes the sinful ones. The Vishnudutas told Yamaraja that Lord Vishnu has wished him well and has ordered him to free the ancestors of Jada, the conditioned souls suffering in the hell. Yamaraja at once had all the ancestors of Jada released from hell. So that is the greatness of third chapter of Bhagavat Gita.”

Chapter Three of Bhagwat Gita is entitled "Karmayoga, or the Yoga of Action."

On the battle field of Kurukshetra, when Arjuna, the disciple of Lord Krishna got infatuated & forgot his duty to fight, then Lord Krishna reminded Arjuna of his duty to fight a lawful, justful war & gave him the teachings of Bhagwat Gita. Arjuna after having been taught in the path of knowledge by Lord Krishna came back to his path of duty & fought a lawful battle against the Kauravas (his enemies) & won the battle with the grace of Lord Krishna.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three (3) is entitled "Karmayoga, or the Yoga of Action." This Chapter has a total of 43 verses.

Verses 1 to 8 are about the discussion of Lord Krishna & Arjuna about the Importance of the Performance of one's duty, in a detached way, according to both Jnanayoga & Karmayoga.

Verses 9 to 16 are about the necessity of Performing Sacrifices etc.

Verses 17 to 24 are about the necessity of action on the part of the wise and even on the part of God Himself, for the good of the world.

Verses 25 to 35 are about the marks of the Wise man and the marks of the unwise man. There are instructions about performance of action without attraction and repulsion.

Verses 36 to 43 are about, how one should overcome the desire.

To read complete chapter Three (3) Verse by Verse in Original Sanskrit Language Text & its English Translation......Click here to read...........Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three (Chapter-3)

Below are some verses from third chapter of Bhagwat Gita:

"na hi kascit ksanam api
jatu tisthaty akarma-krt
karyate hy avasah karma
sarvah prakriti-jair gunaih" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 5)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment."

"niyatam kuru karma tvam
karma jyayo hy akarmanah
sarira-yatrapi cha te
na prasiddhyed akarmanah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 8)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Perform your prescribed duty, for doing so is better than not working. One cannot even maintain one’s physical body without work."

"yajnarthat karmano ’nyatra
loko ’yam karma-bandhanah
tad-artham karma kaunteya
mukta-sangah samachara" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 9)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Work done as a sacrifice for Vishnu has to be performed, otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O Arjuna, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage."

"evam pravartitam chakram
nanuvartayatiha yah
aghayur indriyaramo
mogham Arjuna sa jivati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 16)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, My dear Arjuna, one who does not follow in human life the cycle of sacrifice thus established by the Vedas certainly leads a life full of sin. Living only for the satisfaction of the senses, such a person lives in vain."

"tasmad asaktah satatam
karyam karma samachara
asakto hy acharan karma
param apnoti purushah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 19)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme."

"karmanaiva hi samsiddhim
asthita janakadayah
loka-sangraham evapi
sampasyan kartum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 20)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Kings such as Janaka attained perfection solely by performance of prescribed duties. Therefore, just for the sake of educating the people in general, you should perform your work."

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Greatness of Chapter Two of Bhagwat Gita

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Reading of Bhagwat Gita is considered a great pure Karma & all the sinful results are destroyed by reading to it. Here it is discussed about Chapter Two of Bhagwat Gits & the virtues related to reading this Second chapter. Here below is a Story which describes the Greatness of reading or Listening to the Chapter Two of Bhagwat Gita.

“In the olden times there was an intelligent Briahmin with the name of Devasharma who made demigods happy with his devotion to them. Though he has everything but he always remained unhappy as he wanted to know about the knowledge of the Supreme God. To have this Absolute knowledge he discussed it with many learned men, saints & did a great service to them. During this time he met a great Godly men who used to mediate daily on God & he had full knowledge of the Supreme God. That Godly man asked Devasharma to god to the Forest area of Asau-pura & meet the Goat-heard named Mitravan and ask from him about this knowledge of God realization.

After paying his respect to the Godly man, Devasharma went to the woods to find Mitravan. When Devasharma reached at Asau-pura, he found Mitravan in a beautiful forest, beside a small river, sealed atop some rocks. Mitravan looked very calm, peaceful, and his goats moved here and there fearlessly. Some goats even sat next to tigers over there and other ferocious animals. At this beautiful place, Devasharma also became calm, peaceful. After paying obeisance's to the Mitravan, he inquired from him about devotion to Lord Krishna.

On request of Devasharma, the learned man Mitravan, narrated him the following story: “My dear Devasharma, once when I was in this forest herding goats by the bank of this river, a tiger attacked all of us. On seeing the ferocious tiger, goats & myself ran away. Then from a distance I saw one goat being chased by the tiger. But suddenly a strange wonderful thing happened: the tiger lost its anger and no longer desired to eat the goat.” Mitravan described that both the tiger and goat were confused by this sudden peacefulness and so they approached him to ask what had happened. Mitravan in turn, inquired from a monkey who told him the story of Sukama, a learned sage.

Sukama had once pleased another sage by feeding him sumptuously and speaking pleasant words. The pleased sage gave Sukama the second chapter of the Bhagavat-Gita written on stone. The sage left after giving Sukama an instruction to recite this second chapter of the Bhagavat-Gita daily. Because Sukama followed this instruction, he quickly attained complete knowledge of Absolute, knowledge of Lord Krishna. And because of his devoted austerities, performed at the very place where Mitravan and the monkey were standing, anyone who came there no longer felt the pangs of hunger and thirst and at once attained complete peace.

Afterwards, Mitravan told Devasharma that he and the tiger and goat had later found the stone in a temple and had begun reciting the Second chapter of the Bhagavat-Gita daily. In this way they had quickly attained to peace & devotion to Lord Krishna. Devasharma decided to carefully follow Mitravan’s example, and thereafter, in the village where Devasharma lived, visitors would recite with him the second chapter of the Bhagavat-Gita. In this way Devasharma attained to the divine mercy of Lord and the lotus feet of Lord Krishna.”

Chapter Two of Bhagwat Gita is entitled "Sankhyayoga or the Yoga of Knowledge."

On the battle field of Kurukshetra, when Arjuna, the disciple of Lord Krishna got infatuated & forgot his duty to fight, then Lord Krishna reminded Arjuna of his duty to fight a lawful, justful war & gave him the teachings of Bhagwat Gita. Arjuna after having been taught in the path of knowledge by Lord Krishna came back to his path of duty & fought a lawful battle against the Kauravas (his enemies) & won the battle with the grace of Lord Krishna.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two (2) is entitled "Sankhyayoga or the Yoga of Knowledge." This Chapter has a total of 72 verses.

Verses 1 to 10 are about the discussion of Lord Krishna & Arjuna relating to Arjuna's faint-heartedness.

Verses 11 to 30 are about the "Sankhyayoga" & this Yoga of Knowledge is described herein.

Verses 31 to 38 are about the Kshtriya's duty to engage himself in fight.

Verses 39 to 53 are about the " Karmayoga" (the Yoga of Selfless Action).

Verses 54 to 72 are about the marks of the man of stable mind and glories of such a man are described herein.

To read complete chapter Two (2) Verse by Verse in Original Sanskrit Language Text & its English Translation......Click here to read...........Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two (Chapter-2)

Below are some verses from Bhagwat Gita, Chapter Two:

"avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasyasya
na kascit kartum arhati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 17)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Know that to be imperishable & indestructible, by which all this is pervaded; for none can bring about the destruction of this indestructible substance, the imperishable soul."

"antavanta ime deha
nityasyoktah saririnah
anasino ’prameyasya
tasmad yudhyasva bharata" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 18)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, All these bodies pertaining to the indestructible, immeasurable and eternal living entity / soul are spoken of as perishable; therefore, fight, Arjuna."

"ya enam vetti hantaram
yas chainam manyate hatam
ubhau tau na vijanito
nayam hanti na hanyate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 19)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, They are both ignorant, he who knows the soul to be capable of killing and he who takes it as killed; for verily the soul neither kills, nor is killed."

"na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato ’yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 20)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul is never born nor dies at any time. Soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. Soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. Soul is not slain when the body is slain."

"vedavinasinam nityam
ya enam ajam avyayam
katham sa purushah Arjuna
kam ghatayati hanti kam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 21)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, how can a human being who knows that the soul is indestructible, eternal, unborn and immutable kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?"

"vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya
navani grhnati naro ’parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany
anyani samyati navani dehi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 22)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones."

"nainam chindanti shastrani
nainam dahati pavakah
na chainam kledayanty apo
na sosayati marutah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 23)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind."

"acchedyo ’yam adahyo ’yam
akledyo ’sosya eva cha
nityah sarva-gatah sthanur
achalo ’yam sanatanah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 24)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same."

"avyakto ’yam acintyo ’yam
avikaryo ’yam ucyate
tasmad evam viditvainam
nanusocitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 25)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body."

"atha chainam nitya-jatam
nityam va manyase mrtam
tathapi tvam maha-baho
nainam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 26)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, If, however, you think that the soul [or the symptoms of life] is always born and dies forever, you still have no reason to lament, O mighty-armed."

"jatasya hi dhruvo mrityur
dhruvam janma mrtasya cha
tasmad apariharye ’rthe
na tvam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 27)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna,One who has taken his birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament."

"avyaktadini bhutani
vyakta-madhyani bharata
avyakta-nidhanany eva
tatra ka paridevana" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 28)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?"

"ascharya-vat pasyati kascid enam
ascharya-vad vadati tathaiva chanyah
ascharya-vac chainam anyah srnoti
srutvapy enam veda na chaiva kascit" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 29)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all."

"dehi nityam avadhyo ’yam
dehe sarvasya bharata
tasmat sarvani bhutani
na tvam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 30)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, he who dwells in the body can never be slain. Therefore you need not grieve for any living being."

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Greatness of Chapter One of Bhagwat Gita

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Bhagwat Gita is a very Piose Book. Reading to it is considered a great piose Karma & all the sinful results of Past Lives & this life are destroyed if one reads to the Bhagwat Gita regularly. Even if one recites to a single verse of it, one attains great virtue due to that, what to talk of reading full chapters of it. Here it is discussed about Chapter one of Bhagwat Gits & the virtues related to reading this first chapter. Here below is a Story which describes the Greatness of reading or Listening to the Chapter one of Bhagwat Gita.

“In the olden days in India, there was a man named Susharma, who was born in a pious Brahmin family. When Susharma grew up he went into bad company & started doing sinful acts, He became a person full of wickedness & a man devoid of piety. He used to feel a pleasure while hurting others. For his livelihood he used to collect the dry leaves from a garden & used to sew these together to make plates and cups. One day Susharma entered the garden of a very pious sage to collect leaves, and a snake slithered in and killed him. Because of all his sins, he was cast into many hells and suffered there for quite a long-time.

Later on, he received the body of a bull. As a bull, he was purchased by a very crippled peasant and for many years he had to carry heavy loads. One day, when the bull was carrying very heavy load on his back, he fell unconscious. Bystanders felt very sorry for the bull and bestowed upon him some results of their pious acts. One prostitute was also standing there but she doubted if she had ever performed any pious acts which she could offer to the dying bull. So he just made a prayer in her mind & offered all the pious credits that she might have earned accidently in her life to the bull.

After the bull died and entered the abode of Yamaraja (Lord of death), the god of death, Yamaraja, informed him, “Now you are freed from the reactions to all your previous sinful deeds because a prostitute gave you her pious credits.”

In his next life Susharma again took birth as an elevated pious Brahmin, but this time he could remember his past lives. He decided to find the prostitute who had caused his liberation from hell in last birth. When he found her, he asked her what pious acts she had performed. The prostitute replied him that her pet parrot had daily recited verses from Bhagwat Gita that had completely purified her heart.

Thereafter the Parrot told them about the recitation of the verses of Bhagwat Gita. Parrot told them that in the previous life the parrot had been a proud and envious, yet very learned Brahmin who had insulted other learned persons. Due to his Insult of Learned people, he had now, therefore, received the body of a parrot. But as a parrot he had often heard certain sages reciting the First chapter of the Bhagavat-Gita, and he had also begun reciting it. So he had become purified due to that. After being sold to the prostitute, the parrot continued his recitations of Bhagavat-Gita and thus earned the prostitute pious credits.

Susharma eventually became completely pure, and within a short time he attained to the poise Planet of Lord, Vaikuntha,the supreme destination.”

On the Battle field of Kurukshetra, when Arjuna, the disciple of Lord Krishna got infatuated & forgot his duty to fight, then Lord Krishna reminded Arjuna of his duty to fight a lawful, justful war & gave him the teachings of Bhagwat Gita. Arjuna after having been taught in the path of knowledge by Lord Krishna came back to his path of duty & fought a lawful battle against the Kauravas (his enemies) & won the battle with the grace of Lord Krishna.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter One (1) is entitled "The Yoga of Dejection of Arjuna." This Chapter One has a total of 46 verses.

Verses 1 to 11 are about the Description of the Principal warriors on both sides (Kauravas & Pandavas) with their fighting qualities.

Verses 12 to 19 are about the Blowing of conches by the warriors on both the sides.

Verses 20 to 27 are about; when the Arjuna observes the warriors drawn up for the battle.

Verses 28 to 46 are about; when the Arjuna is overwhelmed by the Infatuation & when Arjuna gives expression to his faint-heartedness, tenderness & grief.

To read complete chapter one (1) Verse by Verse in Original Sanskrit Language Text & its English Translation......Click here to read...........Bhagwat Gita: Chapter One (Chapter-1)

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Kaliyuga & Benefits of Chanting the Names of God

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“Once the four Pandavas (except Yudhishthira who was not present) asked Krishna:

"What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyuga?"

Krishna smiled and said "Let me demonstrate to you, the situation of Kaliyuga." He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring them back.

Each of the four Pandavas went in the four different directions to search for the arrows.

When Arjuna picked an arrow, he heard a very sweet voice. He turned around and saw a cuckoo singing in a spellbinding voice but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird he left the place immediately.

Bhima picked arrow from a place, where five wells were situated. The four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight.

Nakula was returning to the place after picking up the arrow. He stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean. With great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behaviour of such a calm animal.

Sahadeva picked arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling. The boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on its way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahadeva was also amazed at this sight.

All the Pandavas asked the meaning of these incidents. Krishna smiled and started explaining...

"In Kaliyuga, the priests will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit.

In Kaliyuga poor will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four wells didn't have a single drop of water for the empty well.

In Kaliyuga parents will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her new-born calf.

In Kaliyuga people will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall."

~ Uddhava Gita, Srimad Bhaagawatam.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is situated in everyone's heart. He is also within your hearts. Therefore chant the glories of the Lord and always meditate upon Him continuously.

"One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly."

A devotee should be very much careful to see whether his time is being spent unnecessarily. He should ask himself, "Am I now engaged in maya's service or Krsna's service?" This is a symptom of an advanced devotee. Nama−gane sada rucih: such a devotee is never tired of chanting, singing, or dancing. The word sada means "always," and ruci means "taste." A devotee always has a taste for chanting Hare Krsna: "Oh, very nice.

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

" This is taste. Of course, this taste takes time to awaken, but when Rupa Gosvami was chanting he was thinking, "I have only one tongue and two ears. What can I appreciate of chanting? If I could have millions of tongues and trillions of ears, then I could relish something by chanting and hearing."

"'Krsna is the origin of Lord Visnu. He should always be remembered and never forgotten at any time. All the rules and prohibitions mentioned in the sastras should be the servants of these two principles.'"

– Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 22.113

Even if in the beginning one chants the Hare Krsna mantra with offenses, one will become free from such offenses by chanting again and again. Papa−ksayas ca bhavati smaratam tam ahar−nisam: one becomes free from all sinful reactions if one chants day and night, following the recommendation of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

– Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.24

In "Bhagwat Gita" also Lord Krishna is saying to Arjuna:

"satatam kirtayanto mam
yatantas cha drdha-vratah
namasyantas cha mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 14)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: Always chanting My glories, endeavouring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion."

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

What is the Value of Life?

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"A man asked Lord Buddha: What is the value of life?
Lord Buddha gave him a Stone & asked him, “Go & know about the value of the stone, but take care not to sell the stone.”
The man went to an Orange seller in the market and asked him about the value of the stone.
Looking at the bright Stone, Orange seller said, "You give it to me & I shall give you 12 oranges"
Further, nearby a vegetable seller saw the bright stone & said, "You can take a sack of potatoes, if you want to sell it to me"
Further in the market he went to a gold seller & showed it to him. Seeing it, Goldsmith said, ”You can take 5 million, if you want to sell it to me.”
When the man refused, Goldsmith said, "Give it to me in 20 million or tell me at what price you want to sell.”
Man said to Goldsmith, ”I cannot sell it as my guru has asked me not to sell it.”
Then he went to a Diamond jeweller & showed the stone.
On seeing the invaluable Ruby, diamond jeweller put it on a red cloth & then moved around the invaluable Ruby in prayer with folded hands.
Then the jeweller said, "This Ruby is invaluable. By selling the whole universe, the whole world, it cannot be bought, no one can put a price on it.
After that the man came back to Lord Buddha & told all the story. 

Now he asked Lord Buddha, "Now tell me, Lord, what is the value of human life?
Lord Buddha said, “You showed the stone to the Orange seller & he declared its price as "12 oranges".
You showed the stone to the vegetable seller & he declared its price as "1 sack of potatoes".
You showed the stone to the Goldsmith & he declared its price as "20 million".
You showed the stone to the Diamond jeweller & he declared it as invaluable.
Now it is the same with human life also. Everyone as per his status, his capacity shall put a different value of life. Don’t worry, You are undoubtedly a Diamond..!!!! Do not worry, this world, will also identify, find your true value one day."

“Durlabham manusyam janma, tadapya dhruvam arthadam” – The human form is reached by many pains, but a life by which God can be attained is still more difficult to get.

A human body is one of of some 8.5 million life forms, up from the unicellular organism, into which a soul can incarnate. It is only achieved when there is a perfect balancing of karmas, and is, in fact, the best form of incarnation for the rapid exhaustion of such karmas. It is because a human life is fraught with so many obstacles, tests, trials, and sufferings, that one can spiritually progress and evolve very, very rapidly in such an incarnation.

kaumara acaret prajno
dharman bhagavatan iha
durlabham manusam janma
tad apy adhruvam artha-dam
                          (Bhag. 7.6.1)

Disparity in human society is due to lack of principles in a godless civilization. There is God, or the Almighty One, from whom everything emanates, by whom everything is maintained and in whom everything is merged to rest. Material science has tried to find the ultimate source of creation very insufficiently, but it is a fact that there is one ultimate source of everything that be. This ultimate source is explained rationally and authoritatively in the beautiful Bhagavatam, or Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Human birth is very precious. Through this human body we can realize our true self, soul & can realize God. We took this birth with the grace of God. The real father and mother of all living beings in this world is the almighty God. The physical body is given by our parents. Soul is given by God! God has given us this chance as human to realize our self. Realize soul and God. So let’s devote this precious life for Self Realization and let’s devote our Life in the service of God. Then only true value of this human life can be realized.

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Positive Thoughts, Positive Thinking

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“A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, "I don't know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop." The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved on.

The next day, the minister went to that shop dressed as one of the locals to see the shopkeeper. He casually asked him how his business was faring. The shopkeeper, a sandalwood merchant, reported sadly that he had hardly any customer. People would come to his shop, smell the sandalwood and then go away. They would even praise the quality of the sandalwood but rarely buy anything. His only hope was that the king would die soon. Then there would be a huge demand for sandalwood for performing his last rites. As he was the only sandalwood merchant around, he was sure the king's death would mean a windfall.

The minister now understood why the king had stopped in front of this shop and expressed a desire to kill the shopkeeper. Perhaps, the shopkeeper's negative thought vibration had subtly affected the king, who had, in turn, felt the same kind of negative thought arising within.

The minister; a noble man, pondered over the matter for a while. Without revealing who he was or what had happened the day before, he expressed a desire to buy some sandalwood. The shopkeeper was pleased. He wrapped the sandalwood and handed it over to the minister.

When the minister returned to the palace, he went straight to the court where the king was seated and reported that the sandalwood merchant had a gift for him. The king was surprised. When he opened the package, he was pleasantly surprised by the fine golden colour of the sandalwood and its agreeable fragrance. Pleased, he sent some gold coins to the sandalwood merchant. The king also felt sorry in his heart that he had harboured unbecoming thoughts of killing the shopkeeper.

When the shopkeeper received the gold coins from the king, he was astounded. He began to proclaim the virtues of the king who had, through the gold coins, saved him from the brink of poverty. After some time, he recalled the morbid thoughts he had felt towards the king, and repented for having entertained such negative thoughts for his own personal goal.

If we have a good and kind thought for another person, that positive thought will come back to us in a favourable way. But if we harbour evil thoughts, those thoughts will come back to us as retribution.

"What is Karma?" asked Swami
Many replied, "our words, our deeds, our feelings, our actions......"

Swami shook his head and said

"Your thoughts are your Karma!"

Below are the verses from "Bhagwat Gita-Chapter Twelve- Verse - 6-7", in which God is asking his disciple Arjuna to do all his actions / activities for Him only.

'Ye tu srvani krmani
myi sanyasya mat-para
anany-naiv yogen
maam dhyayant upasate'

'Tesham-aham samud-dharta
mrityu-sansar-saagrat
bhavami na-chirat parth
mayy-avesita-chetsam' (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XII verse 6-7)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Those people, who worship Me by surrendering all their activities unto Me, are always devoted to Me, always meditate upon Me, Having always fixing their minds upon Me, O Parth - to them, I swiftly rescue from the ocean of birth and death.'

Below is a good verse, "Verse - 70, Chapter Two of Bhagwat Gita" teaching peace of mind.

“aapurya-manam achala-prathistham
samudram apah pravishanti yadvat
tadvat-kama yam pravishanti sarve
sa shantim-apnoti na kama-kaami” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter II verse 70)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, As the waters (of different rivers) enters the Great Ocean, which though full on all sides remains undisturbed, like wise a person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires - can alone achieve peace, and not the man who runs after these desires & strives to satisfy such desires."

Keep your desires in control & think positive; do not hanker after these desires & be just like an Ocean & never lose your peace of mind in any of the circumstances. So always be creative in life by thinking positively as thoughts have the power to change one’s life completely. Be always Positive & always be Happy in Life thereafter.

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Do Not Worry, Have Faith in Lord Krishna

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"Once there was a rich man who was having all the amenities of life but was not happy because of this worrying nature.

He went to an astrologer and showed his horoscope.

The astrologer said, “Everything is alright in your horoscope for now. Your anxiety of mind is without any reason & it is simply troubling you. Astrologer advised him that he should learn Bhagavat Gita from a Spiritual Teacher and implement it in his life. That will solve all of his anxieties. There is no other solution”.

The rich man went to a Spiritual Teacher and the Teacher was very happy to teach him Bhagavat Gita.

He said “OK. We’ll start with the first chapter and complete the whole book of 18 chapters in 3 months”.

The man said, “No Sir. I’m very busy with many things. So teach me the most important part of Bhagavat Gita”.

The teacher said, “OK. Just learn 18th chapter. It is the summary of the Bhagavat Gita and it will take 2 weeks”.

The man said, “Even 2 weeks is difficult. Teach me something more simple”.

The teacher said, “OK. There is one Shaloka (Verse) in the 18th chapter starting with “Sarva dharman parityajya”. Just learn that one Verse and it will give you the essence of the Bhagavat Gita”.

The man said “One Shaloka (Verse) is also difficult for me to learn. Tell me something more simple.”

The Spiritual Teacher said, “There is one important word in that Shaloka (Verse) ‘Ma shuchah’, which means, “Do not worry”. Just understand this and Gita is understood.”

The man said “That’s alright. But I’m already in anxiety and tell me how to remove it. Just telling “do not worry” will not help me. Please tell me what I should do to get rid of anxiety”.

The teacher said, “That is what the Bhagavat Gita is all about. If you want to know how to be free of worries then you should start from the chapter 1 of Bhagavat Gita and go through patiently and understand all the chapters. There is no shortcut to this process as Bhagavad Gita is itself a short cut given by the Lord Krishna to learn spirituality. It is the essence of all Vedas and the Lord has mercifully given that so that one need not go through the Upanishads and Vedic mantras to understand the truth.” The man came to his senses and started studying Bhagavat Gita from the beginning seriously under that Spiritual Teacher."

Moral of the story:

In the Bhagavat Gita Chapter Two verse 11, Lord Krishna starts his teaching by saying,

"sri-bhagavan uvacha
asocyan anvasochas tvam
prajna-vadams cha bhasase
gatasun agatasums cha
nanusochanti panditah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 11)

"Sri Bhagavan said: Arjuna, You speak the learned words but you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief & not be mourned . Those who are wise mourn neither for the living nor for the dead."

Here Lord Krishna states Arjuna not to worry for something which is not worthy of worrying.

In material existence we take so many bodies and without fail in all these bodies, we think we’re the controllers and the anxiety follows without fail.

And in the Bhagwat Gita there is only one point stressed by Lord Krishna from the beginning to end.

He starts with ‘Don’t worry’ in Chapter Two verse 11 and many times in the second chapter he repeats “na tvam shocitum arhasi” (you have no reason to worry).

In the Bhagwat Gita Chapter 16 verse 5 Lord Krishna again tells Arjuna ‘Ma shuchah’ (do not worry) and in the final instruction he concludes again with the same words, “I will deliver you from all sins. Do not worry (Ma shuchah)”.We can understand from this that the summary instruction of the Bhagwat Gita is one should throw out anxiety. The whole world is in the control of the Lord.

We worry for lack of riches or comforts and become anxious when others possess it. In this way, worrying has become a part of our nature. Actually this anxiety is due to lack of faith and surrender to Lord Krishna. And there are no shortcuts to be free from anxiety.

"dehi nityam avadhyo ’yam
dehe sarvasya bharata
tasmat sarvani bhutani
na tvam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 30)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, he who dwells in the body can never be slain. Therefore you need not grieve for any living being."

The only way to stop worrying is constant chanting of the Lord’s names and scrutinizing study of scriptures like Bhagwat Gita and Bhagavatam in an attitude of surrender to learn how GOD controls everything.

The more intensely we chant and more intensely we study Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam the more we become surrendered to Lord Krishna (maam ekam sharanam vraja). And as much as we are surrendered to Lord Krishna, that much we become fearless and anxiety-free.

"avyakto ’yam acintyo ’yam
avikaryo ’yam ucyate
tasmad evam viditvainam
nanusocitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 25)

"Sri Krishna said: Arjuna, It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body."

"atha chainam nitya-jatam
nityam va manyase mrtam
tathapi tvam maha-baho
nainam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 26)

"Sri Krishna said: Arjuna, If, however, you think that the soul [or the symptoms of life] is always born and dies forever, you still have no reason to lament, O mighty-armed."

"jatasya hi dhruvo mrityur
dhruvam janma mrtasya cha
tasmad apariharye ’rthe
na tvam socitum arhasi" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 27)

"Sri Krishna said: Arjuna, One who has taken this birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament."

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lord Krishna's Sweet 108 Names

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"Divine Chants of Lord Krishna" are chanting the names of God which give peace of mind. Listening to these Divine names of Lord Krishna regularly gives lot of peace of mind. These Divine names of Lord Krishna purify the mind of devotee. Chanting the Divine names of Lord Krishna leads to spiritual development.

In "Bhagwat Gita" also Lord Krishna is saying to Arjuna:

"satatam kirtayanto mam
yatantas cha drdha-vratah
namasyantas cha mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 14)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: Always chanting My glories, endeavouring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion."

Below are 108 names of Lord Krishna. If a person remembers these 108 names of God & chants these names in his / her mind then that person achieves to the supreme devotion of God.

    NAME :  MEANING

1.  Achala : Krishna is Still Lord

2.  Achyuta : Krishna is Infallible Lord

3.  Adbhutah : Krishna is Wonderful God

4.  Adidev : Krishna is The Lord Of The Lords

5.  Aditya : Krishna is Like Sun

6.  Ajanma : Krishna is One Who Is Limitless And Endless

7.  Ajaya : Krishna is The Conqueror Of Life And Death

8.  Akshara : Krishna is Indestructible Lord

9.  Amrut : Krishna is One Who Is Sweet As Nectar

10.  Anaadih : Krishna is One Who Is The First Cause

11.  Anandsagar : Krishna is Compassionate Lord

12.  Ananta : Krishna is The Endless Lord

13.  Anantajit : Krishna is Ever Victorious Lord

14.  Anaya One : Krishna is Who Has No Leader

15.  Aniruddha : Krishna is One Who Cannot Be Obstructed

16.  Aparajeet : Krishna is The Lord Who Cannot Be Defeated

17.  Avyukta : Krishna is One Who Is As Clear As Crystal

18.  Balgopal : Krishna is The Child Krishna, The All Attractive

19.  Bali : Krishna is The Lord Of Strength

20.  Chaturbhuj : Krishna is Four-Armed Lord

21.  Danavendra : Krishna is Granter Of Boons

22.  Dayalu : Krishna is Repositiory Of Compassion

23.  Dayanidhi : Krishna is The Compassionate Lord

24.  Devadidev : Krishna is The God Of The Gods

25.  Devakinandan : Krishna is Son Of Mother Devaki

26.  Devesh : Krishna is Lord Of The Lords

27.  Dharmadhyaksha : Krishna is The Lord OF Dharma

28.  Dwarkapati : Krishna is Lord Of Dwarka

29.  Gopal : Krishna is One Who Plays With The Cowherds, The Gopas

30.  Gopalpriya : Krishna is Lover Of Cowherds

31.  Govinda : Krishna is One Who Pleases The Cows, The Land And The Entire Nature

32.  Gyaneshwar : Krishna is The Lord Of Knowledge

33.  Hari : Krishna is The Lord Of Nature

34.  Hiranyagarbha : Krishna is The All Powerful Creator

35.  Hrishikesh : Krishna is The Lord Of All Senses

36.  Jagadguru : Krishna is Preceptor Of The Universe

37.  Jagadisha : Krishna is Protector Of All

38.  Jagannath : Krishna is Lord Of The Universe

39.  Janardhana : Krishna is One Who Bestows Boons On One And All

40.  Jayantah : Krishna is Conqueror Of All Enemies

41.  Jyotiraaditya : Krishna is The Resplendence Of The Sun

42.  Kamalnath : Krishna is The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi

43.  Kamalnayan : Krishna is The Lord With Lotus Shaped Eyes

44.  Kamsantak : Krishna is Slayer Of Kamsa

45.  Kanjalochana : Krishna is The Lotus-Eyed God

46.  Keshava : Krishna is One Who Has Long, Black Matted Locks

47.  Krishna : Krishna is Dark-Complexioned Lord Who Attracts

48.  Lakshmikantam : Krishna is The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi

49.  Lokadhyaksha : Krishna is Lord Of All The Three Lokas (Worlds)

50.  Madan : Krishna is The Lord Of Love

51.  Madhava : Krishna is Knowledge Filled God

52.  Madhusudan : Krishna is Slayer Of Demon Madhu

53.  Mahendra : Krishna is Lord Of Indra

54.  Manmohan : Krishna is All Pleasing Lord

55.  Manohar : Krishna is Beautiful Lord

56.  Mayur : Krishna is The Lord Who Has A Peacock Feathered-Crest

57.  Mohan : Krishna is All Attractive God

58.  Murali : Krishna is The Flute Playing Lord

59.  Murlidhar : Krishna is Murlidhar One Who Holds The Flute

60.  Murlimanohar : Krishna is Murlimanohar The Flute Playing God

61.  Nandgopala : Krishna is The Son Of Nand

62.  Narayana : Krishna is The Refuge Of Everyone

63.  Niranjana : Krishna is The Unblemished Lord

64.  Nirguna : Krishna is Without Any Properties

65.  Padmahasta : Krishna is One Who Has Hands Like Lotus

66.  Padmanabha : Krishna is The Lord Who Has A Lotus Shaped Navel

67.  Parabrahmana : Krishna is The Supreme Absolute Truth

68.  Paramatma : Krishna is Lord Of All Beings

69.  Parampurush : Krishna is Supreme Personality

70.  Parthasarthi : Krishna is Charioteer Of Partha - Arjuna

71.  Prajapati : Krishna is Lord Of All Creatures

72.  Punyah : Krishna is Supremely Pure

73.  Purshottam : Krishna is The Supreme Soul

74.  Ravilochana : Krishna is One Who Eye Is The Sun

75.  Sahasraakash : Krishna is Thousand-Eyed Lord

76.  Sahasrajit : Krishna is One Who Vanquishes Thousands

77.  Sahasrapaat : Krishna is Thousand-Footed Lord

78.  Sakshi : Krishna is All Witnessing Lord

79.  Sanatana : Krishna is The Eternal Lord

80.  Sarvajana : Krishna is Omniscient Lord

81.  Sarvapalaka : Krishna is Protector Of All

82.  Sarveshwar : Krishna is Lord Of All Gods

83.  Satyavachana : Krishna is One Who Speaks Only The Truth

84.  Satyavrata : Krishna is The Truth Dedicated Lord

85.  Shantah : Krishna is Peaceful Lord

86.  Shreshta : Krishna is The Most Glorious Lord

87.   Shrikanta : Krishna is Beautiful Lord

88.  Shyam : Krishna is Dark-Complexioned Lord

89.  Shyamsundara : Krishna is Lord Of The Beautiful Evenings

90.  Sudarshana : Krishna is Handsome Lord

91.  Sumedha : Krishna is Intelligent Lord

92.  Suresham : Krishna is Lord Of All Demi-Gods

93.  Swargapati : Krishna is Lord Of Heavens

94.  Trivikrama : Krishna is Conqueror Of All The Three Worlds

95.  Upendra : One who is Brother Of Indra

96.  Vaikunthanatha : Krishna is Lord Of Vaikuntha, The Heavenly Abode

97.  Vardhamaanah : Krishna is The Formless Lord

98.  Vasudev : Krishna is All Prevailing Lord

99.  Vishnu : Krishna is All Prevailing Lord

100.  Vishwadakshinah : Krishna is Skilfull And Efficient Lord

101.  Vishwakarma : Krishna is Creator Of The Universe

102.  Vishwamurti : Krishna is The Form Of The Entire Universe

103.  Vishwarupa : Krishna is One Who Displays The Universal Form

104.  Vishwatma : Krishna is Soul Of The Universe

105.  Vrishaparvaa : Krishna is Lord Of Dharma

106.  Yadavendra : Krishna is King Of The Yadav Clan

107.  Yogi : Krishna is The Supreme Master

108.  Yoginampati : Krishna is Lord Of The Yogis

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Spend some Time with God Daily

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God is the First necessity of Life. So finding God & having a relationship with Him is the most basic thing we need to do in order to grow in spiritual life. We all were created to have a relationship with God. This relationship is the goal of all religions and where the true joy in being a true devotee of God is found. So if we neglect it, we’re missing the basic joy of having a relationship with God & attaining peace through it.

So we should daily spend some time with God. Spending time with God is always good. Once you establish a relationship with God, many people find that their time with Him is the best time of their day. Or the part they most miss if they don't have the opportunity to spend time with Him. We can relate to God just as we would relate to a close friend. While this may be a hard concept to grasp at first, in time you will experience what it means to have God as your friend. We should make it a priority that we spend daily some time with God and also teach others how we are to relate to our Loving God.

In "Bhagwat Gita" also Lord Krishna is saying to Arjuna:

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

"Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Be aware of me always, adore me, make every act an offering to me, and you shall come to me; this I (Krishna) promise, for you are dear to me

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

"Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Abandon all supports and look to me for protection. I shall purify you from the sins of the past; do not grieve."

"samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu
na me dvesyo ’sti na priyah
ye bhajanti tu mam bhaktya
mayi te tesu chapy aham" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 29)

"Sri Krishna said: I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend of Mine, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him."

"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."

So lets spend some time with God daily so that He can always bestow His mercy on us. Once you start finding joy in relationship with God then you shall also move towards finding Bliss in your life.

Jai Shri Krishna

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

God is Seated in Everyone’s Heart

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We all are having different bodies & each body is having a face of it's own. Such variety in nature creates the illusion that we all are different individual beings. But all that variety in nature is at the physical level & at the soul level there is only one indivisible, omnipresent soul that is present in all of us. Its the indestructible soul present in our bodies that makes it so lovable, otherwise no one can love this body of five nature elements. All attractions in the body are due to this divine soul only. Once this divine soul leaves this body, it is called the death of that body & all attractions, all love departs with that soul. This divine soul is nothing but a spark of the universal omnipresent soul, the Almighty God. All human beings are lovable due to the presence of this divine soul in our body.

Now all the religious texts & Bhagwat Gita also teaches us that we should love all beings equally as the God resides in everyone's heart & seeing the presence of that divinity present in all beings, we should not discriminate with any body & love everyone equally. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita explain that only:

"sarvasya chaham hridi sannivisto
mattah smritir jnanam apohanam cha
vedais cha sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedanta-krd veda-vid eva chaham" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 15)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me comes remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas."

God again says in the Bhagwat Gita that He Himself resides in the heart of all human beings. Below verse explains that:

"ishvarah sarva-bhutanam
hrd-dese ’rjuna tishthati
bhramayan sarva-bhutani
yantrarudhani mayaya" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 61)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The Supreme God dwells/resides in the hearts of all beings, who are mounted on the automation of this body, causing them by His illusive power of material energy to revolve (according to their actions) and is directing the wanderings of all living entities."

So it is certain that, God is there in your heart who is sitting silently over there in the "Antaryami" aspect, watching you & your actions. Same is the case that God is sitting in everyone's heart & watching over our actions. Now if a person is able to see that God is present in everyone's heart then he/she shall love every creature of this universe equally as he/she shall be adoring the lovable God only in every creature. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita explain that only how a person of true knowledge sees all equally.

"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.

"ihaiva tair jitah sargo
yesham samye sthitam manah
nirdosam hi samam brahma
tasmad brahmani te sthitah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Five verse 19)

"Sri Krishna said: Those whose minds are established in sameness and equanimity have already conquered the conditions of birth and death. They are flawless like Brahman, and thus they are already situated in Brahman."

Now here below is a beautiful story how a devotee of God could not drink the nectar & attain to immortality as he could not see the God present in all beings.

"Once there was a Brahmin who was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He had no home & always used to wander in secluded areas. He was free of desire, lust, hatred, greed & used to live in a world of his own.

Lord Krishna became very happy with his devotion & asked him for a boon. Brahmin told Lord Krishna that he was desire less and he did not want anything, but Lord Krishna insisted for some boon to be granted to him as a reward of his devotion. At this Brahmin asked for a boon that ,whenever, he was in need of water & he felt thirsty, water may be provided to him. Lord Krishna granted him that boon & disappeared.

One day, Brahmin after walking for a long distance felt thirsty, but there was no trace of water. Then he remembered that the Lord Krishna had granted him a boon that he would find water at his desire. Suddenly, he saw a hunter dressed in torn rags accompanied by furious dogs, carrying water in a leather pouch and asked him, "Sir, would you like to have some water." Looking at the apparent impure condition of the hunter & being a staunch Brahmin (High caste), he felt repelled. He politely refused "No, Thank you". The hunter again approached him for the water, but in utter disgust & in anger the Brahmin told the hunter to go way and that he was not interested in the water. The hunter and the dogs disappeared. Witnessing this, he realized that it must be God, who disguised Himself and came to quench his thirst. He felt hurt how Lord Krishna could send water to him through an impure, Scheduled Caste person. How could Lord expect a Brahmin to accept and drink water from the impure leather bag?

Now Lord Krishna again appeared before the Brahmin, smiled and asked him 'Who was the hunter? Lord Krishna told the Brahmin that He had asked the Indra Devta (King of heaven) to fetch the water, who instead of water, had actually brought nectar to make you immortal, but on one condition to test whether you could see the Divinity in all. 'Hence I allowed him to do so'.

Brahmin understood how he had failed in the test. It was his Ego, which made him refuse the nectar, which came in the form of water and through Indra Devta.

So the moral of the story is that we should see the God/Divinity present in all beings & we should not discriminate with any body & love everyone equally."

Jai Sri Krishna

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

God Loves You

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God Loves You as much as you Love God. If there's one thing we want to hear time and again, it's this: God Loves you. He may not like everything you do, but He is never going to stop Loving you. God may not be very impressed with your works but what He cares about is your heart. 
God also wants that we reciprocate His Love & what God also wants to hear from us is, "I love You, Lord. Thank You for everything You've done in my life. I want to do what's right. Keep teaching me." Many of us don't pray and ask God for what we need because we don't think we have a right to ask. But through Bhagwat Gita God wants us to learn how to receive His mercy. 
Many a times we look for a thing in the outer world while it is very near to us. Once a man lost his spectacles. He looked for it all over his house but could not find it. Then he asked his son whether he has seen his spectacles. The son coolly said, “Father, it is tucked on your head only”. Most of us are also many times, searching for the things in places, where we know they are not. Similarly people are searching for the God in the outer world. People search for the God in temples, in churches, in synagogues etc. All these temples, churches etc. are man-made. Nobody is looking into their own body, their own self, which is the only place which is not man-made, it is the only place which is made by God & the place where God actually resides.

A deer who is having the Kasturi (Musk) in his body only, searches for the cause of fragrance all over there in the wild, while that sweet fragrance is coming from the inside of his body only. Same is the case with us that we are searching for the God outside ourselves while He is sitting in our heart only.

"In the olden days, one Indian village hired a night-watchman to keep a vigil during night time to check for robbers that were frequent in those times. Night-watchman would go around the streets and lanes in the village with a square metal lantern, open only at the front. The watchman could see, wherever the lantern cast its light. No rays of light used to fell on him, who carried the lantern. If you wanted to see who the watchman was, you had to ask him to turn the lamp back on his own face. We too are like that watchman!!! Our eyes (ears, tongue, nostril etc.) are all facing outward, looking at and feeling the things of the world. God says, "If you want to see me, turn the lamp around; look within your heart and you shall find the Source of all the light over there."

Same is said in the Bhagwat Gita by Lord Krishna:

"sarvasya chaham hridi sannivisto"
God is seated in everyone’s heart Bhagwat Gita Chapter Fifteen verse 15

"ishvarah sarva-bhutanam
hrd-dese ’rjuna tishthati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 61)

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

"jyotisam api taj jyotis
tamasah param ucyate
jnanam jneyam jnana-gamyam
hridi sarvasya visthitam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 18)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is un-manifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart."

Below are verses from Mundaka Upanishad explaining that our body is the Temple in which the Divinity of your Soul & Supersoul (God) both live together only:

"dva suparna sayuja sakhaya
samanam vriksham praishasvajate
tayor anyah pippalam svadv
atty anasnann anyo 'bhicakasiti"

In the tree of this body, Soul & Supersoul (God), are like two friendly birds sitting on the same tree. One of the birds (the individual atomic Soul) is eating the fruit of the tree (the sense gratification afforded by the material body), and the other bird (the Supersoul) is not trying to eat these fruits, but is simply watching His friend.

"samane vrikshe purusho nimagno
'nisaya socati muhyamanah jushtam
yada pasyati anyam isam asya
mahimanam iti vita-sokah"

Although the two birds are on the same tree, the eating bird is fully engrossed with anxiety and moroseness as the enjoyer of the fruits of the tree. But if in some way or other he turns his face to his friend who is the Lord, and knows His glories, at once the suffering bird becomes free of all anxieties.

So let's look inwards & find the God in our hearts who is the source of all Joy, Peace & Bliss. Be sure that "God Loves You", only thing is that you need to turn toward HIM. So when God is there in your heart in "Antaryami" aspect then you can always find daily some time from your daily routine & can pray to Him in your home only, while closing your eyes, sitting in a lonely peaceful place. Daily praying to Him like this shall make you more peaceful & shall make you feel more closer to God.

Jai Sri Krishna

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