Monday, 22 December 2014

Goodness is noone's responsibilty

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Once upon a time there was a politician who never took bribe. Day and night, he used to think how he can work for the welfare of the people and nation. Generally such people never reach to the powerful position but luckily he became a minister of state.

Next day one of his distant relative came saying, "will you use your power and get me nice government officer?" Politician said no. The relative returned sad and when he was back to village, he said to everyone, "now the politician has become a big man, he have forgotten his relatives, he act as if he doesn't need his relatives". He was not proud his relative politician was not corrupt. Next day at the coffee shop, he reads newspaper and says, "look all these corrupt leaders, it's because of them, my country has not progressed".

Next day a good social worker went to meet mr. politician and reminded him how worse was the condition of road in the village and now mr. politician was in power he should do something about it. With the effort of mr. politician, the amount needed for road development was sanctioned and the work was started.

Mr. relative was at the tea shop when all people were praising combined effort of mr. social worker and mr. social worker. Mr. relative said, "they surely must have done some embezzlement". Whole village believed and then went on to confront Mr. social worker. Mr. social worker was innocent but no one would believe him. Soon Mr. social worker left village and went somewhere else.

A teacher came from city with the aim of improving education in the village. Educational condition of the students was very poor. Thus he decided to provide extra tuition classes. But soon the villagers protested saying, teacher is spoiling their kids by keeping them whole day at school. There children now never do any work at home, the teacher has ruined the discipline of all the children. Teacher had to leave the village too.

There can be so many stories, In each of the stories those who try to do something are questioned but one who do nothing are never questioned. Everyone believes negative feedback blindly but goodness is no-one's responsibility.
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Difference: knowing god and singing

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What's the difference between people who believe in god or who don't?
ans : There is no difference at all. They both are talking about something they don't know. No one has seen god unless they have some illusionary disease like 'Munna bhai' from 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' who used to see Mahatma Gandhi. After reading this paragraph, people may think i don't believe in god but my thinking is slightly different and inspired by Sadhguru. Instead of blindly arguing about belief and disbelief, i like to question myself, does this argument takes me any closer to truth? will I realise god through this argument? What's even more important for me is, will I know myself? There is no point in knowing something else if we don't even know ourself.

Personally I hate these conflicts, created by so called fanatics of religion. Every religion is great, if you make proper study of your own religion you will ultimately know the truth, you will all loving and all caring. But for that you have to reach the pinnacle. Why I say pinnacle is because, there are various misbeliefs for starters spread for their own benefits. One such belief is that, follow just one religion and stick to it. This is misbelief that newbies need to follow strictly if they want to excel further. If there was no such rule, then people will just jump from one religion to another and reach nowhere. They will not know essence of even one religion and they will bring conflict. Next paragraph may be able to give reason behind this jumping nature.

Human is fascinated by new things. A youth gets excited when new model of phone comes in the market, a child gets excited when he sees new toy in the market and the list may go on. New things are exciting. First few days after buying a new mobile, we keep on playing with it and after few days or few months, same mobile is no more exciting. Eventually you want to get rid of it.

Same with religion, they look exciting and faultless at the beginning and then slowly you start to find faults. Here is the time when you need to stick with your religion. Once you pass this level, you will know, some of those faults you saw was due to lack of your own maturity and some were actually in need of change. No religion is faultless, but jumping from one to another is the stupidest thing to do!

Ok, why am I writing this?
I conduct meditation classes for kids. And religion conversion is so active in nepal that wherever I go, I find some kids who were recently changed into Christian. They refuse to say names of any hindu god. There is no problem with this belief but I think this is extreme! But again this may have been said to them to help them stick to one path. I don't interfere with their belief, but I just want to make sure no kids have grudge over other's religion. So I do something else in class.

I ask them, if I faint here while I am conducting the class, who will take me to hospital?
Children shout, "we will"
Then I say-" so that will save my life, that means you are god for me?"
children- yes
Me- ok, if something happens to your friend, will you take them to hospital?
Children- yes
Me- then aren't you god for your friend?
Children- yes
Me- so the god is within each of us, don't seek him outside. Everyone of you is god. Saying the name of god from other religion or not won't make any difference as long as you know everyone of you is god. You are free to choose.

Recently a famous singer said, she doesn't want to sing songs with names of hindu gods and then whole nation is about to go crazy. Comments are being passed, people are even saying bitch and other words which i will never write in my blog. Immaturity of both the singer and commenter is wide spread over the walls of social networks.

Two things I want to say in this condition are:
  1. 1.Being popular means many people know them, not that whatever they do or say is right.
  2. 2.Ageing and maturity are two completely different things, ageing is natural and unstoppable and maturity comes by continuous effort of practising right thing.
This gives her every right to pass that thought. People who know the big picture of religion know that she was taught that so that she doesn't keep on jumping from one religion to another. Nation may not be able to hear her voice singing the name of gods. There are other good singers who are willing to do this.

Singing may come naturally, knowing god takes lots of effort. A popular singer's view on religion need not be counted. Only a good guru can guide you in the quest of finding god and good guru is again hard to find. Lets not pass stupid comments about this situation.






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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

3 ROAD PUZZLE OF SUCCESS

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There is a three way road…one goes directly to the destination but you cannot walk on it before walking on second..second ends just before the destination is reached…third reaches the destination but you have to go through the first….which way you should walk?
I saw this as facebook status of my teacher, at first I thought this question had no answer.
Next thought that came to my mind was what was this path of!
Then I assumed it was path of life, then answer was clear to me, one that can help me reach destination was third one. I cannot walk on third without going through first one and again second one before walking the first one. So second path is a must walk. We won’t reach destination but there is no escape. It looks like one time failure is not end to all of the possibility.
After walking on second, we can walk on first which will take us to our destination and then it opens third path.
I learned a beautiful lesson that, if you are not afraid of failing and even go on after failing once or twice or whatever times one has to then the path to success will open and once you are successful many more paths will open.
This may not be the exact answer the questioner was seeking, but it is my way of solving the question. Can you solve it by any other means? Do comment 
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

STORY OF SAGE ASHTAVAKRA’S MARRIAGE

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The story of Sage Ashtavakra’s marriage is found in the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata. The sage wanted to marry Suprabha, daughter of Sage Vadanya. Ashtavakra disclosed his love for Suprabha to her father. Sage Vadanya decided to test Ashtavakra before giving his daughter’s hand.
Ashtavakra should go north to the Himalayas pay homage to Shiva and Parvati and further go north and talk to a beautiful woman residing there. When Ashtavakra returns successfully, he will win the hands of Suprabha.
Sage Ashtavakra accepted the challenge and he went north. First, he went to the palace of Kubera. Here, the treasurer of the gods entertained him. He then went further north and had darshan of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
He then went further north and met a beautiful woman named Uttara. The woman tried to entice Ashtavakra in many ways. But the Sage did not fall for her tricks. Finally, Uttara asked the sage to marry her.
Ashtavakra denied her request by saying that he was in love with Suprabha and will only marry her.
Uttara was pleased with the Sage and revealed her true form. She was the queen of the north and was testing the fidelity of the sage.
She then blessed the sage and helped him in his early return.
Sage Ashtavakra successfully returned and married Suprabha.
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Teej

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 My message on the occasion of  Teej
Those who don't understand essence of fasting; it is just a torture for them where they are not allowed to eat....
if you are among these then please understand, when you fast in the name of god, or for husband or for any cause, the effect not being related to cause but the action of fasting, fasting will only effect you.
It is scientifically proven that fasting increases your satvic gunas (i.e. feel light, calm,serene and more receptive mind)
Happy teej to everyone, please don't take fasting as a burden, let's save our culture and don't fast if you are already diseased in such a way that fasting is dangerous to you.
Ok let's understand the festival Teej now,

Literally, "teej" means "third". Therefore Teej falls on the third day after the moonless night (Amavasya) and the third day after the full moon night of every month which means there are 24 teej each year. However, the third day after the new moon or Amavasya of Shraavana (श्रावण) month is the most important Teej.

Teej is celebrated over three days:
1st day is day of feast which is also called 'dar khane din'. The essesnce of this day is that feast is hosted by gentleman. Women who spend most of the time of the year cooking and serving others get freedom from cooking, they spend all day dressing up and make up to full extent. (please don't curse me, if these thing don;t happen these days). They sing and dance on this day.

2nd day is the day of fasting. Some women live without a morsel of food and drops of water while others take liquid and fruit. The fasting is observed by both married and unmarried women. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits, etc., made to Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing upon the husband and family. The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the night. It is believed that by the lightening of oil lamp all night long will bring peace and prosperity to the husband and entire family.

3rd day  is Rishi Panchami which is celebrated as a day of purification. On this day women pay homage to seven saints or sages and offer praying to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the roots of the sacred datiwan bush, along with its leaves after which women are considered absolved from all their sins.






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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My reaction to spiritual myths I frequently hear

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Here are some myths about spiritual people:

1. They should not get angry
2. They don't fall in love
3. They won't marry
4. They should be aged
5. They should be vegetarian
6. They are religious
7. They will have long beard
8. They don't go to gym
9. They don't know about latest technology.
10. They can't have 10-5 kind of job
11. They only listen to bhajans and not the latest songs


I'm spiritual,
but sorry to disappoint you,
 i don't have long beard and hair
My reaction to each of these:

1. LOL, so that you can exploit them? They may be trained to show anger without actually getting angry, be careful.
2. LOL again, why? Is that Newton's law of love?
3. LOL, specially aunties think so, why?
4. LOL, gone are the days when people were spiritual in their old age, spirituality is the need of modern society, even 8 year old must meditate.
5. eventually they may be veg. but not compulsarily.
6. how is that even related?
7. long hair too.... the babaji in tv looks like that, isn't it?
8. Again, what's the relation? I have many friends who go to gym and do yogas too.
9. LOL, truly spiritual people love technology. Afterall they practice timeless technology like meditation.
10. LOL, not every spiritual person is a wandering saint, they can have regular lifestyle too.
11. LOL, don't underestimate the wide varieties of songs they listen to.





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Sunday, 17 August 2014

WHAT SHOULD BE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN MEDITATION?

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When people come to know that you meditate, first question that strikes in their mind is “what happens when you meditate?”
People every now and then come to me asking whether what they experienced during meditation is right or wrong. They want to know how do I feel during meditation. I have been meditating since last 2 years and beginners assume that I am doing right meditation as I am experienced and they might be doing it wrong way.
Yes there are right and wrong way of doing meditation but there is nothing to worry if you have found right master.
The myth of meditation: meditation is concentrating on something.
This is so wrong, meditation is not concentration but concentration is the outcome of meditation. Meditation is simple process of observing thoughts and meditation cannot happen by trying to stop some thoughts or flowing with some thoughts. I don’t know if I’m going little bit deeper but this post is not aimed to teach you how to meditate.
Now answering the question from the topic, what should be your experience in meditation? The answer is: each and everyone who meditates has his/her own experience and every time s/he meditates it is a unique experience. So asking someone, what should be the experience in meditation is just illegal question. One who is not foolish will never start essay of his/her experience but s/he will just say everyone has their own experience every time they sit for meditation.
However 3 golden rules of meditation are always applicable:
  1. I am no one.
  2. I do nothing.
  3. I want nothing.
One should follow these three rules while sitting for meditation.
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

SHLOKA IN HANUMAN CHALISA CALCULATES THE DISTANCE BETWEEN EARTH AND SUN

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The 18th shloka in Hanuman Chalisa talks about Hanuman jumping to sun thinking it is a fruit. It is now suggested that the particular shloka in Hanuman Chalisa calculates the distance between earth and sun. Hanuman Chalisa was written during the 15th Century.
The 18th Shloka reads like this:
Yuga Sahastra Yojan Par Bhanu
Liliyo Tahi Madhur Phal Janu
Yuga means the sum of Four Yugas (1 complete Mahayuga) with unit in divine years. Sahastra is 1000. Yojan is 8 miles. Bhanu is Sun
Satyayuga= 4800 divine years
Tretayuga=3600 divine years
Dwaparyuga=2400 divine years
Kaliyuga=1200 divine years
So 1 Mahayuga= 12000
Now next is sahastra common Sanskrit word meaning “1000″
Next is “Yojan” also know as that equals to 8 miles
Yuga X Sahastra X Yojan (in miles) = 12000X1000X8= 96,000,000 miles
Now 1 mile= 1.6km
So 96,000,000 miles= 96,000,000X1.6 km = 153,600,000km.
Today estimated distance is approximately 150,000,000 km which is close to above.
Note – There are some doubts in the above theory; By Yuga did Tulsidas mean a Mahayuga. In some translations the Yuga Sahastra Yojan is given as Juga Sahastra Yojan. Juga then mean 12000 years in that interpretation.
This is not a final statement. You should look for the correct interpretation of the Shloka in books and if possible talk to scholars about the translation of the 18th Shloka. Then come to a conclusion.
source: internet
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