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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