Sunday, February 27, 2011

Devotion Is The Easiest Way To Get Close to God

As per the Bhagwat Gita, devotion is the easiest method to know the truth about self knowledge / soul knowledge & get close to the God. In "Bhagwat Gita", Lord Krishna Says that if a person is devoted to God only then God rescues that person from ocean of Birth & Death i.e. that man becomes eligible for permanent life beyond death forever with God. God is very clear that once a person comes in God's refuge, then all his problems are solved & God becomes his protector in this life & life beyond. God assures that his devotee never falls again in life as He always protect him.

God himself declares about the glory of devotion in Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 65 & 66 which are here given below.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 65:

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

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 66:

"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 varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear."

Also as per (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XII verse 8) God says that:

"Fix Your mind on Me (God) and establish your reasoning in Me (God) alone; thereafter doing so you shall abide in Me (God) only. There is no doubt about it."

So as per assurance given by God in Bhagwat Gita, Lets all be devotees of God only & let's pray for Him (God) daily. So lets have devotion in God. Let's all worship the God so that He can protect us always.

Jai Sri Krishna

Sunday, February 20, 2011

God is yours, so devote yourself to Him

Who is dear to God? One who is devoted to God is dear to God. Sri Radharani was a Gopi who was most near to Lord Krishna’s heart. Sri Radharani's devotion and dedication towards Lord Sri Krishna was complete that is the reason that she was most dear to Lord Krishna. Sri Radharani was always full of devotion towards the Sri Krishna & never thought of anyone besides Lord Krishna.

Similarly if our devotion towards the God is complete then there is no reason that God shall not be with you. God says in Bhagwat Gita:

"ananya-cetah satatam
yo mam smarati nityasah
tasyaham sulabhah partha
nitya-yuktasya yoginah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eight verse 14)

"Lord Sri Krishna says: Whosoever, always & constantly remembers Me with undivided mind; by that person, I am easy to obtain, O Arjuna, because of his constant engagement in the devotional service to Me."

ther than devotion towards the God, let's chant Lord's name as God is always present in His name. Chanting Lord's name is the biggest sacrifice as described by Bhagwat Gita & it purifies oneself:

"maharsinam bhrgur aham
giram asmy ekam aksharam
yajnanam japa-yajno ’smi
sthavaranam himalayah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 25)
"Sri Krishna said: Of the great sages I am Bhrigu; of vibrations I am the transcendental Om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [Japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas."
Below is a beautiful video "Hari Bhazan" which too says that we should be devoted to God as God is ours only. Enjoy the beautiful Bhazan.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wish Fulfilling Tree (Kalpa-Vriksha)

We have all heard of "Wish Fulfilling Tree". In Sanskrit it is called Kalpa-Vriksha. It is a mythological Wish Fulfilling or Boon-Giving tree. It is a tree that has mythological significance in India and elsewhere. As per mythology, if you wish anything from this tree, it fulfills the wish of that person. Considered as sacred among Hindus, the tree is believed to have been one of the nine jewels, which were churned out of the sea (Samudra Manthan) by the demons and gods. Here below is a story about that "Wish Fulfilling Tree".

"A man was sitting under the shade of the "Wish Fulfilling Tree". He wished to be a king, and in an instant he became a king. The next moment he wished to have a beautiful damsel with him, and the damsel was instantly by his side. The man then thought within himself, that it is a remote area & is near a forest, what if a tiger came and devoured him. Lo!! and alas! in an instant he was in the jaws of a tiger!

Similarly God is like that "Wish Fulfilling Tree". Whosoever, in God's presence thinks that he is destitute and poor, remains as such, but one who thinks and believes that the God will fulfils all his desires, receives everything from the Lord. So from the God, whatever, is asked for, God provides that to his devotee. God is so kind that he provides everything to his devotee even before asking as God reads the mind of His devotee. If you have firm faith in God & your wish is pure then God shall certainly fulfill your wish. "

The essence is that, whatever you want, material or spiritual, you can get it from God by becoming His devotee. God Himself declares in "Bhagwat Gita"

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

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: 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."

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

So it is very necessary that we have firm faith in God & we have Positive Affirmations in our mind. Every thought we have in our mind & every word we say is an affirmation. So let's always have positive thoughts in our mind so that "Wish Fulfilling Tree" called God can fulfill our life with all the positive things. Let's never have negativity in our life or our thoughts as same shall then be present in our life. Do not let the tiger of negativity devour you & let the positivity always be on your mind & in your life.

Jai Sri Krishna

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Infinite God

Infinite simply means “Without Limits”. When we think of God as infinite then we just think of Him as limitless, Omnipresent & the one who fills this limitless space. Such an Infinite God exists everywhere & is not limited by time or space. In all the religions of the world God is designated as a singular, universal Supreme Being who encompasses all this creation. His all the attributes such as power, wisdom, love, compassion etc. are limitless & hence Infinite. Let's all pray to that one Infinite God.

The God who is present everywhere in space & creation is called Omnipresent God. There is no place in creation which can be without the presence of God & He is present there at every point of time and space. God fills all the space & places in heaven and on earth.

God has existed since time immemorial and will always exist as He is eternal. God has no beginning or end. There was never a time that He did not exist & there shall never be a time when He shall ceases to exist.

Here below are few verses from Bhagwat Gita which describe about the infinite nature of God:

"sarvatah pani-padam tat
sarvato ’ksi-siro-mukham
sarvatah shrutimal loke
sarvam avrtya tishthati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 14)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Everywhere are His (God's) hands and feet, His eyes, heads and faces, and He has ears everywhere. In this way the Super Soul exists, pervading everything in this world."
"mattah parataram nanyat
kincid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam
sutre mani-gana iva" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Seven verse 7)
"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, there is nothing else besides Me in this world. Like clusters of yarn-beads formed by knots on a thread, all this world is threaded on me.
Here below is a "Hymn to that Universal, Omnipresent Infinite God". It is from "Svetasvatara Upanishad":

"O God,

You are the Ancient One & the Lord of Shining Light,
You dwell beyond all the darkness and the night;
knowing You alone can a man cross over death,
There is no other path for him to take."

All heads are Your heads, all faces Your faces,
You dwell inside the heart & also in all hidden places.
Through the whole universe, You have extended Yourself.
You are Shiva, the auspicious, the ever-present Lord."

With hands and feet everywhere, eyes and ears
Everywhere, heads and mouths everywhere,
You have filled up every corner of the space.
Smaller than smallest and larger than largest."

Present are You in the depths of our heart.
When free of desires and unshaken by sorrow, we
Seek for You only, then by Your grace,
Your Form and Your glory stand clearly before us.

"O Lord, Creator of even Brahma, the creator,
Revealer to him of the knowledge called Veda,
To You, I come in my longing for freedom;
To You, for refuge, with reverence, I come!"

So let's pay our obeisance's to such an Infinite God. Let's also think that God is always near to us & is always in our heart. Then He too shall never give you up or never depart. God is always with you & shall always be with you if you think Him to be supreme. So always have trust in your life that God is near you though He is present in all the creation.

Jai Sri Krishna