Sunday, July 31, 2011

'Lord Rama' & Bhagwat Gita

'Bhagwat Gita' is one of the most sacred books of Hindus. It contains many paths of spiritual knowledge & various Hindu philosophies. For the first time all these teachings of 'Bhagwat Gita' were given by "Lord Krishna" to His disciple Arjuna on the battle field of Kurukshetra in India. But how these teachings of 'Bhagwat Gita' are related to 'Lord Rama'.
In Hindu religion, "Lord Rama" is a Hindu God & people worship Him as the divine incarnation of the Supreme God, "Lord Vishnu". It is said that "Lord Rama" was born at the time of Demon King Ravan a, when due to Ravana's evil rule, religious practices were on the decline. So to deliver the mankind at that time from evil forces, "Lord Vishnu", who lives on the higher planet in His transcendental form, descended on earth. It is said that Lord Vishnu descended on the earth in the form of "Lord Rama" in "Treta Yuga" or "Treta Millennium".
Also as per the Hindu religion, "Lord Krishna" is a Hindu God & people worship Him as the divine incarnation of the Supreme God, Lord Vishnu. It is said that "Lord Krishna" was born at the time of King Kansa, when due to Kansa's evil rule, religious practices were on the decline. So to deliver the mankind at that time from evil forces, "Lord Vishnu", again descended on the earth. It is said that Lord Vishnu descended on the earth in the form of "Lord Krishna" in "Dwapra Yuga" or "Dwapra Millennium".
The above two paragraphs clearly tell us that Supreme God, "Lord Vishnu" descends on the earth to deliver mankind from time to time. In "Treta Yuga" or "Treta Millennium" He took the form of "Lord Rama" & in "Dwapra Yuga" or "Dwapra Millennium" He took the form of "Lord Krishna". As it is Supreme God, "Lord Vishnu" who descends on the earth from time to time, so both "Lord Rama" & "Lord Krishna" are the forms of Supreme God, "Lord Vishnu" only & hence are one & the same being. As per the Hindu scriptures "Lord Vishnu" shall again descend on the earth in "Kali Yuga" or "Kali Millennium" as "Lord Kalki". Below verses of Bhagwat Gita also establish the
above said facts.

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 6:

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

"Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: 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."

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 7:

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

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

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 8:

"paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya cha duskritam

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

In below verse Lord Sri Krishna fully establishes that He Himself is Lord Rama also who is the wielder of weapons like bow & arrow:

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 31:

"pavanah pavatam asmi
ramah shastra-bhrtam aham
jhasanam makaras chasmi

"Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Of purifiers I am the wind, of the wielders of weapons I am Rama, of fishes I am the shark, and of flowing rivers I am the Ganges."

In this "Bhagwat Gita Chapter Ten-Verse 31", "Lord Krishna" himself is clearly saying that "Among the wielders of weapons, He himself is Lord Rama." So this verse also clearly establishes that "Lord Rama" & "Lord Krishna" are the forms of Supreme God, "Lord Vishnu" only & hence are one & the same one being. So let's worship "Lord Rama" & "Lord Krishna" equally as both are incarnations of "Lord Vishnu" who come to this earth in different point of times in history to help the humanity.
To see beautiful Lord Rama Bhajan here

Jai Shri Krishna

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Godly Knowledge is not for Bad People

"Once a caretaker of an elephant took it to the River side and gave it a nice bath for more than an hour. He applied loads of soap and scrubbed the whole body of elephant nicely with water. Caretaker was fully satisfied with the cleaning of the elephant. He took the elephant out of the water and was driving it home. The moment elephant reached the bank of the River, it too k with its trunk a large quantity of dust and dirt and smeared its whole body with it. The caretaker realized that all his effort has gone in waste. He took the elephant back to the forest and made it lift logs of wood. Caretaker extracted lots of work from the elephant. Whatever effort he put forth in this direction was not wasted at all! He realized that the elephant was fit only to do the hard work, and it was wiser to take work from the elephant than to waste time in bathing it."
In religious sense same is the case with people of bad nature. Bad people who are given to all kinds of vices are comparable to elephant in the story. The caretaker is a saintly soul. The saint tries to clean the bad habits of the vicious people with the soap of scriptural knowledge and bathes them with divine knowledge, divine songs like Japa, Kirtan, etc. But the moment he finds a chance, the bad, vicious person sprinkles the dust and dirt upon himself with his bad habits & bad karmas.
The saint understands the vicious man's nature. He puts him to hard work only & not imparts the divine knowledge to him. He extracts much useful work from him. The vicious man works like the elephant. Work eventually purifies the bad person.
Bhagwat Gita also says that we should not unnecessarily teach & preach the people of vicious nature:

"idam te natapaskaya
nabhaktaya kadachana
na chasusrusave vacyam
na cha mam yo ’bhyasuyati"(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 67)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, This confidential divine knowledge should never be explained to those who are not pure, austere, or are not devoted to God, or are not engaged in devotional service, nor to one who is envious of God."

"ya idam paramam guhyam
mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
bhaktim mayi param kritva

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, one who explains this supreme divine knowledge secret to the devotees of God, pure devotional service is guaranteed to that person, and at the end he will surely achieve the God."

So we should not unnecessarily teach & preach the people of bad nature who hate God. Such people cannot be changed of their bad nature as they are engrossed always in bad karmas & are always envious of God. We should let such people live in their own world. But if we shall impart divine knowledge to the people who are devoted to God then it shall be the real beneficial service to God. In this way God shall endow us with devotional energy through which we shall finally attain Him.

Jai Shri Krishna

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Simple Prayer with Gayatri Mantra

All the religions of the world believe in one God. We all pray to God with different types of prayers. Prayer is basically an act of addressing the God for the purpose of worship. Prayer is a way of having a personal experience and intimate connection with our loving God, through which He listens silently to what we have in our mind.

In Hinduism there is a simple prayer in the form of Vedic hymn which is called "Gayatri Mantra". This Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra in Hindu Religion. It is a sacred Hindu chant. It is widely used in meditation & listening to this chant brings peace of mind. As per Bhagwat Gita God is present in the form of WORD as "Gayatri Mantra". It consists of the prefix: oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ ॐ भूर्भुवस्वः, a mantra taken from the Yajurveda, and the verse 3.62.10 of the Rigveda. The Gayatri mantra is found in all the four Vedas in Hindu religion. The God invoked in this mantra is Savitr, and hence the mantra is also called Sāvitrī Mantra.

In Devanagari Lipi, it is:

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।
तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥


Brief about the Gayatri Mantra:

Gayatri Mantra is the foremost mantra in Hindu religion and Hindu beliefs & it inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path". The mantra is also a prayer to the "giver of light and life" - the sun.

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

How to worship Gayatri Mantra:

The mother Gayatri lives in the Gayatri loka which is a planet like our earth though not visible through any scientific instruments available to date on our earth.Then how can we reach towards our divine mother? Our ancient saint, rishi vishvamitra found a simple method to reach towards our divine mother and get her blessings through Gayatri Mantra.The mantra asks wisdom from mother which is a necessity in today's stress full life. So just chant this Mantra & God shall bless you.

In Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 35, Lord Krishna himself declares that he himself is there present if someone chants Gayatri Mantra as it is the king of all the Mantras & God himself resides in this mantra.

"brihat-sama tatha samnam
gayatri chandasam aham
masanam marga-sirso ’ham
rtunam kusumakarah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 35)

"Sri Krishna said: Of the hymns in the Sama Veda I am the Brihat-sama, and of all the mantras, I am the Gayatri Mantra. Of months I am Margasirsa [November-December], and of seasons I am flower-bearing spring."

So let's daily do the worship of God by chanting this Gayatri Mantra. By chanting this "Divine Vedic Mantra" we shall get peace of mind. So let's make it a practice to invoke the God daily through this simple prayer of Gayatri Mantra. By doing so God shall be happy with us & shall bless us always through His mercy & compassion.

See here some other beautiful Hindu Divine Chants

Jai Shri Krishna

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spiritualize Your Life

Today's life is so, that everyone feels to be very busy in this hectic day to day life. We all are very busy at our work place & in our home life also. In this busy life, we face lot of tensions & our mind is full of stress all the time. We forget about the true happiness in life & how it can be attained. For us earning lot's of money in life & enjoying it, is the mantra that can give us happiness in life. In our life we either run after money or we try to make our near & dear one's happy in life. Money & material things may give us joy at present but when these material things are not in our life, due to one reason or the other, much pain comes in our life. Same is the case with human relations. Till the time these relations are with you, they may give you joy for the time being. But in the absence of these relations our mind feels pain & sorrow.

We all know that we have come to this world alone & shall leave this world alone only. Whatever things we acquire or whatever relations we make on this world stage is only in between your birth & death. Some day, these things or relations shall leave you within this lifetime or ultimately you have to leave all these in the end. Any infatuation to material things or relations is going to give you pain only, whenever, separation shall occur from these one day. All material things & human relations are imperfect & any imperfect thing cannot give PERFECT love or joy to you. Unless you find a perfect & permanent thing in life, you shall not be able to find perfect love in life.

So, What is the real truth of life? It is to evolve and manifest the Spiritual principles within ourselves. We need to search the truth, the truth about ourself, our soul, which is a part of that Super Soul called God. We need to seek God who is the Divinity concealed behind different forms of life. We need to see the external world as God. We need to see & worship the sacred, Divine Presence that sanctifies all places and all objects in this world. It is the Divine Spirit that pervades all places around us, we need to feel it's presence around us. We need to see the Lord of the Universe, the hidden God, who pervades His own creation, all around us. This is that we need to Spiritualize our life.

To Spiritualize our life, we need to fill our thoughts & sentiments, every single word and deed of ours with an attitude of intense reverence, devotion, and worshipfulness to that Divine Spirit called God who pervades all the space & is all around us. Let all of our life be pervaded by that Spiritual emotion. Let's live in the awareness of that Divinity all around us. Behold light of God shining all around us & everywhere. Divine Being looks at you through all eyes. Let's feel this truth that all life is spiritual. So Let's endeavour to spiritualize our life. This is the key to devotion & blessedness.

As per Bhagwat Gita:

"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 spiritual & devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me."

Bhagwat Gita also teaches us that "we should know ourself to be that immortal soul". Once you are able to do that then we shall feel our SELF to be part & parcel of that Universal Self (GOD) who is infinite love & is pervading all around us. We are a spark of that Universal Soul, who is the source of infinite love. Once we are able to know that, our life too shall be full of love & blessedness.

Jai Shri Krishna