Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bráhman, Big Bang & the Creation of the Universe

Scientists all over the world are trying to resolve the mystery of the origin of the universe. Most prominent theory of the origin of the universe is the "Big Bang" theory. But all such theories state that all this universe is matter only which exploded with a "Big Bang" & is always expanding.

In Hinduism also origin of the universe is told but there is some difference than the "Big Bang" theory. As per Hinduism, God or Brahman (ब्रह्मन् bráhman) is the one supreme, universal Spirit that is the origin of this universe. In that aspect God or Brahman is also referred to as the Absolute or Godhead which is the Divine Ground of all Creation.

As per Hinduism God created this universe out of "Zero" or nothing. Sometimes God himself in the un-manifest aspect is called "Zero" & Vedas tell us that "In the beginning was "Zero" or nothing & out of un-manifest aspect of God, came everything." Before the universe came into being, God in His un-manifest aspect was there & then He willed to create this universe. That "Zero" substance to which our Vedas call "God" is the source of Consciousness as well as Un-Conscious matter. He is also the source of Mind & Intellect. From this un-manifest aspect of God, on His will, He created this universe.

It is due to the WILL of GOD that whole creation takes place out of "un-manifest aspect" of God. God in His un-manifest aspect just willed & hence the energies required to form this universe sprang out of "Brahman (ब्रह्मन् bráhman)". "Big Bang" was started with the Will of God & also guided by His Super Intelligence. By just God's willing, Material Energies came into being which in turn created this vast infinite Space & later on out of Space came out the Air, Fire, Water & Earth. Unless until we consider & have faith in God with all His powers & His super Intelligence, we cannot appreciate the reality & truth about "Big Bang".

Below in simple words is defined Brahman (ब्रह्मन् bráhman):

God is called Bráhman,
Whole world dwells in Bráhman,
Whole world comes from Bráhman,
Whole world goes back in Bráhman,
Whole world breathes in Bráhman,
Let's worship that Bráhman, the God.

As per Vedas, Brahman is of the nature of truth, knowledge and infinity. Brahman is the source and ground of all things.

Below are some verses from Bhagwat Gita which describe the Brahman (ब्रह्मन् bráhman):

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

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

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

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

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

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

"yac chapi sarva-bhutanam
bijam tad aham arjuna
na tad asti vina yat syan
maya bhutam characharam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 39)

"Sri Krishna said: Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being—moving or nonmoving—that can exist without Me."

So let's have faith in the God who is also called Brahman (ब्रह्मन् bráhman), who in essence is of the nature of truth, knowledge and infinity & who is the source and ground of all things. Unless we know that God who created this universe out of His will & guided by His Super Intelligence, we in truth cannot understand the truth about "Big Bang".

Jai Shri Krishna

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Have Faith

What is faith? Faith is mind power of yours that you can achieve a particular goal in life. Faith is also the staunch belief in some other person, some other supernatural power in life. Faith is strength of mind. Faith is abundant energy that your mind generates. If you have faith in yourself then you can achieve anything in life. Just like a stone may remain in water for numberless years; yet the water will never penetrate into it. But clay is soon soaked into mud by the contact of water. So the strong heart of the faithful does not despair in the midst of trials and persecutions, but the man of weak faith is shaken even by the most trifling cause. So be firm in your faith towards the goal you want to achieve in your life, then no power of world can stop you from achieving it.

The other aspect of faith is having strong belief in some supernatural power (God) in life & having the belief that you shall always be protected by that supernatural power called God. For an individual being God exists just because of that person's "Faith". If you have "Faith" in God then God has some meaning in your life, otherwise not. If you have Faith in God, then only you can know more of Him, otherwise your journey towards God just stops there. Faith in God elevates an individual's thinking process & it purifies the heart, emotions & soul and leads one to the vision of God.

Faith is the soul of every religion. It creates new hopes and awakens in one the presence of God. Faith is the eye that sees the Lord and the hand that clings to Him. Faith is power. Faith is strength. Faith is abundant energy. He who has faith in God is strong. He who doubts about God is weak. Strong faith in God precedes great actions. Faith illumines the spiritual path, builds a bridge across the gulf of death, and takes one to the other shore of fearlessness and deathlessness. Faith is the one which makes our perceptions & beliefs. If you have Faith & believe in religious scriptures, words of a saint, then you shall be able to turn toward the God.

Below are few verses of Bhagwat Gita on Faith:

"asraddadhanah purusha
dharmasyasya parantapa
aprapya mam nivartante
mrityu-samsara-vartmani" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 3)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: Those who are not Faithful in this devotional service, cannot attain Me, O Arjuna. Therefore they return to the path of birth and death in this material world."

"shraddhaval labhate jnanam
tat-parah samyatendriyah
jnanam labdhva param shantim
acirenadhigacchati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 39)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: A faithful man who is dedicated to transcendental knowledge and who subdues his senses is eligible to achieve such knowledge, and having achieved it he quickly attains the God & spiritual peace."

"sri-bhagavan uvacha
mayy avesya mano ye mam
nitya-yukta upasate
shraddhaya parayopetas
te me yuktatama matah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Twelve verse 2)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: O Arjuna, Those who fix their minds on My personal form and are always engaged in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith are considered by Me to be most perfect."

"ye tu dharmamritam idam
yathoktam paryupasate
sraddadhana mat-parama
bhaktas te ’tiva me priyah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Twelve verse 20)

"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: O Arjuna, Those who follow this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me."

So just have Faith in yourself & in the words of the God. It's the Faith in yourself & God which makes our perceptions & beliefs. If you have Faith in words of the Lord Krishna, then you shall be able to turn toward the God. It's Faith in God only which determines how you can mould your life. So just have Faith in the words of Lord Krishna & His teaching in Bhagwat Gita. Let's all pray to Lord Krishna who is supreme, divine & all powerful God. In this way God shall deliver us from all the miseries of life & shall protect us always in life.

Jai Sri Krishna

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Think Yourself to be the Immortal Soul

Once, a Lion's cub was raised among the lambs from the start of his birth. That Lion's cub when grew up, always thought himself to be a lamb only. Many times, that Lion was told about his true nature that he is the king among the animals but he always thought himself to be a lamb only. So, that Lion was an ignorant one, as he believed himself to be
someone different than his true self.

Similar to the above, is our situation as we are not able to see the true nature of our self (Soul nature) & the nature of this world. We always see our self to be this body but one day this body of ours shall perish. We don't believe that we are that Immortal Soul. But we are born again & again after death, as our Soul can never ever die. Our inner eye or intellect is covered with the dust of ignorance & we don't see things as it is. Our intelligence is covered with ignorance, just like a mirror is covered by the dust & we are not able to see our face properly in it.

We all need to introspect & see where our thinking is right in understanding of our self. Let's not cover our mind & intellect with a veil of ignorance but try to see things in right perspective. Below verse of Bhagwat Gita tells about how our mind & intellect is covered with the veil of ignorance. Let's clear this veil with the knowledge of the self (Soul) & see properly. Then you shall be able to see that you are that immortal Soul which is part & parcel of the Universal Soul (God). When you shall be firm in faith that you are that Immortal Soul, then death shall cease to exist for you as death is of a body & not yourself who is an Immortal Soul.

"dhumenavriyate vahnir
yathadarso malena cha
yatholbenavrto garbhas
tatha tenedam avrtam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 38)

"Sri Krishna said: As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, so the knowledge of living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of ignorance (desire)."

"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: 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."

Just like alighting a small lamp eats away all the darkness in the room, so just by illumining your intellect with the knowledge, leads one to the true nature of yourself which is your Soul nature. So always think yourself to be that immortal, all powerful Soul.

Jai Sri Krishna

Sunday, June 05, 2011

We Should Not Beg GOD For Rewards

All the people who have faith in God do prayers to God or do the religious rituals in the name of God. In Hinduism there are many God’s and Goddesses to whom people do prayers or do rituals in their names. There are many ritual systems associated with Hindu Gods & deities. In Hinduism there is concept of “Tridev” (Three Gods namely Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh) who are the primary deities of Hinduism. Other than that there are many other Gods & deities to whom people worship for the fulfillment of their desires.

People generally worship these Gods so that they can get their blessings and rewards for their worship. This worship to Gods is for the fulfillment of their desires, rise in status and position, for health, wealth, for their wants, freedom from sufferings, for getting off-springs, for marriage and other desires.

However, this type of worship done by those people is not proper and their fruits are limited and temporary because it is done for the material rewards. Lord Krishna in Shrimad Bhagwat Gita says as follows:-

"antavat tu phalam tesam
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam
devan deva-yajo yanti
mad-bhakta yanti mam api" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Seven verse 23)

"Sri Krishna said: Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet."

But as per Lord Krishna in Shrimad Bhagwat Gita one should not ask for all these material desires from the Gods but should be devoted to Supreme God (Lord Krishna) only as then God shall not only give everything but shall also protect, whatever, a person is already having. Not only that, in the end Lord Krishna shall give salvation (Nirvana, Mukti, Moksha) to that person.

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."

Jai Sri Krishna.