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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Lord Shiva In Phallic Form



Mithun Dey

Many religious people belief is that the Shiva ‘Linga’ stands for the phallus,the symbol of the generative power in nature. “This is not merely a major mistake but also a serious blunder”, Swami Sivananda expressed. In Sanskrit literature, the term ‘Lingam’ transliterated as ‘Linga’ means a symbol or mark. Hence, the Shiva Linga is taken as a symbol of Lord Shiva and a mark that refers to the almighty which is unformed. Shiva Linga talks to the believers in the unique language of silence and it is merely the superficial symbol of the formless being, Lord Shiva is the eternal soul chaired in the chamber of your heart, who is your secret self or 'Atman' and identical with the supreme 'Brahman.'

According to Linga Purana, the foremost Linga is devoid of smell, colour, taste and et al and is talked to as ‘Prakriti’ (Nature) itself. In the verdict period, the Linga made symbolical of the generative power of Lord Shiva. As we know, the Linga stone is like an egg shape which signifies the ‘Brahmanda’. It denotes that the creation is produced by the union of ‘Prakriti’ (nature) and Purusha, the powers of nature of both male and female. Linga also specifies ‘Satya’ (Truth), ‘Gyana’ (Knowledge) and Ananta (Infinity). More, Shiva Linga has three distinct parts which are considered as ‘the lowest one is
called the ‘Brahma Pitha’, the middle one the ‘Vishnu Pitha’ and the topmost one is called the ‘Shiva Pitha’.

There is a strange power in the Linga, to persuade attention of the mind and help focus one's concentration. Thus, the antique sages and soothsayers of India arranged the Shiva Linga to be established in the temples of Lord Shiva.
 The Lord Shiva has been worshipped in phallic form. According to mythology, both the Lord Brahma and Vishnu had once made an argument in regard to their supremacy. The Lord Brahma who is the Creator stated himself to be more honored, on the other, the Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, expressed that he commanded more respect.

Just then, a gigantic 'lingam', known as Jyotirlinga, mantled in flames, emerged before them. Both Brahma and Vishnu were captivated by its rapidly mounting in size. They stopped thinking about their quarrel right away and determined to its size. Vishnu presumed the form of a boar went to the netherworld and Brahma as a swan flew to the skies. But both failed to achieve the self-assumed tasks. Next, The Lord Shiva came out
of the 'lingam' and declared that he was the forebear of both of them. Consequently, he must be worshipped in his phallic figure.

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(The article is on Shiva Ratri, falls on 10th of March this year)
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DAY TO DAY ACTIONS FORMS THE DESTINY OF TOMORROW!

Life is an agricultural land:- What we sow, grows and brings the particular fruits in front of us over time!

 Personal attitude and approach towards life and values decide our destiny.  For Hindus, good karma is usually produced by correctly performing the duties of one's caste, or social class. If a person lives admirably and fulfills the responsibilities of the caste, the soul can be reborn into a higher caste. Hindus also believe that because karma is its own law, it requires no divine interference.

So good begets good and bad begets bad!


In Hinduism, karma is of three kinds:

Prarabadha Karma,Samchita Karma,Agami Karma

Prarabdha Karma.  (accumulative karma)  Karma Siddhantha tells us that it is due to the Prarabdha Karma phala that we are experiencing the fortunes and 
                    misfortunes in this life, Prarabdha Karmas are ripe or fructuous actions.
                    Prarabdha is often translated as destiny.

Sanchita Karma.  (operative karma)  In Hinduism,  is one of the three kinds of karma. It is the sum of one's past karmas – all actions (good and bad) from one's        
                              past life follow through to the next life.
                           Sanchita Karma is our guiding genius for good or evil,  a guide that holds us in leading strings,  that shadows our movement at every pace, & dogs our
                            steps whether we be waking or dreaming.

Agami Karma.  (karma created in future)  New Karma accumulated in the present lifetime which is carried forward into future lives.


when you do good to others something good will happen to you. 
but if you do bad for others bad karma will follow you , It is the nature of the universe. I believe the universe will provide for you the lessons you must learn. The point of the lessons may be very mysterious and confusing... but in the end we make the growth intended for us by the universe... and if we don't we will face the consequences.

When we truly understand the law of action and consequence, we can see that our life is a result of our own moment to moment ignorance of the effects of our actions. We create our own suffering, therefore, we can create our own happiness instead, if we know how.
An individual should know of what he/she is doing in the present as that is definitely going to affect one's future.Destiny keeps altering depending upon karma, though certain
 things remain fixed."



JAYATI GOEL
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Serve Others After Death

Arjuna, those who are full of worldly desires and devoted to the letter of the Vedas, who look upon heaven, as a supreme goal and argue that there is nothing beyond heaven, are unwise. They utter flowery speech recommending many rituals of various kinds for the attainment of pleasure and with rebirth as their fruit. Those whose minds are carried away by such words, and who are deeply attached to pleasure and worldly power by performing rituals only, cannot attain the determinate intellect concentrated on God.”(Gita-42-44)

 The Gita is nothing but a sneer of the Divine Mind at our foolish theorizing. The fool thinks himself to be the apostle of wisdom. The light of real wisdom is shut out by obstinacy and the foolish theories become a foundation of life. After the death of a person, his kith and kins perform a number of rituals including his cremation. And the large numbers of people do wish, after his death, that his ashes be immersed in the holy rivers, or spread over mountains and the sacred places. Most of the Hindus families perform the ceremonies for thirteen days for the peace of departed soul.

 What happens, if one donates one’s body after death and lets the doctors’ work on it? What about cremation? It is invalid thinking that if the cremation is not done the man will become ghost. We ruin ourselves by sticking to our nicely well knit theories. Nations go to the ruin by their foolhardiness. It will be a great service in fact to donate, after death, one’s organs that will save the life of others. It will be a great service to humanity.

 If one serves in this way after death, one’s atma, soul, shall find a place in the heart of the eternal Lord and one is reborn as an embodiment of mildness and tranquility, it is sure.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Peace is directly proportional to human values

Phenomenal advancement in science and technology has conferred   numerous boons on human race in the areas of information, communication, infrastructure, travel, entertainment, education, health care, energy, space exploration and various ways of providing man with innumerable comforts with newer inventions. But human values all along have been declining in society where fear, insecurity, unhappiness, exploitation and several evil propensities in almost all walks of life haunt. Today man is pursuing selfish interest and does not serve the society selflessly as all inclusive social progress is lacking. There are divisive forces in every field of activity and unity among men, faiths and nation is not seen.   Moral standards have generally declined right from the educational institutions to every field of activity as man is pursuing only material progress for himself and has little regard for moral and spiritual living being higher aim of human birth. We witness wars, communal disharmony and violence rampant and extremist elements misusing sophisticated technology creating terror and loss of innocent lives and property. Leaders of various nations are deliberating at regional and international levels to deal with situation and terrorism is proliferating at rapid pace all over the world. Counter offensive measures using modern technology and weapons to eliminate or contain terrorism are not meeting with success.

A change of heart alone, through inculcating human values in the society can reverse evil trends and ensure lasting peace and harmony in the society. Man in his greed exploits Nature too; drawing indiscriminately on its resources and causing menacing environmental pollution resulting in ecological imbalance leading to natural calamities and widespread diseases. The governments, scientific community, social and religious organizations and all right thinking citizens must now focus their attention to devise measures to develop human sciences alongside physical sciences. Reputed sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler also forecast in his book “Future Shock” accelerated technology impact on society leaving them disconnected where people face abrupt collision with future,


 Sri Sai Baba says, no society can find its fulfillment, no social ideal can fructify, without blossoming of the spirit of man.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lord Krushna Considered an Absolute Incarnation


Lord Krushna was born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Hindu lunar month of Shravan. Lord Krushna was an absolute incarnation (purnavtar). Actually an absolute incarnation is not an incarnation but The Lord Himself; hence it possesses all the characteristics of The Lord.

The birth of Lord Krushna is celebrated at midnight on Sri Krushna Jayanti (Krishnashtami). This year it falls on 10 aug 2012. The divine principle (tattva) of Lord Krushna is most active on this day of the year.
Not only is His principle (tattva) most active on Krushna Jayanti, but in present times His energy is 100% manifest, and He rushes to the aid of the devotee who surrenders unto Him. His devotee long to feel closer to Lord

Krushna every day and not just on Sri Krushna Jayanti. To invoke Lord Krushna's principle the best solution is to repeat Lord Krishna's Name as follows: "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" continuously through every action.
Krushna Jayanti is especially significant from the viewpoint of establishing Dharma, and surrendering unto The Lord.

"Where there is Krushna, there is Dharma, where there is Dharma, there is victory.


 Krushna (कृष्‍ण): ‘(आ)कर्षणम् करोति इति’ means the one who attracts.
 Vasudev : This is one of the Names of Lord Krushna.
He is called Vasudev since He is the son of Vasudev.
Vasu (वासु) + dev (देव) = Vasudev (वासुदेव). Vasaha (वास:) means sustenance or the reinstatement of sustenance. From among creation, sustenance and dissolution the deity who governs sustenance is Vasudev.
The deity who bestows the frequencies necessary for life on the earth, to acquire a specific state is Vasudev. (Atharvaveda)
When ahat and anahat sound waves travel together with the same speed, their combined path is called Vasudev. (Samaveda)
The state which consists of the combination of sound and light is called Vasudev. [Gandharvaveda - Sangitveda, a sub (upa) - Veda of the Samaveda]
 Balaram was Krushna’s brother. He carries a plough shaped like ‘ ८ ’ (8) the number eight in Sanskrut in His hand. This implies that He has control over Prakruti consisting of the eight principles. The eight principles of Prakruti are the five basic cosmic elements, the mind, the subconscious mind and the intellect.
 Kansa was the maternal ancle.  Literally in arithmetic kansa means a bracket ( ) which symbolises limitation. Since Kansa’s prowess was limited he could not withstand Krushna.
Rukmini was Krushna’s chief queen. His seven other main queens were Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Satya, Bhadra and Lakshmana. These eight queens represent the eightfold Prakruti. The implied meaning is that the eight principles are within the control of Krushna. Krushna married the 16,000 princesses imprisoned by Narkasur after freeing them, so that they acquired social status. The 16,000 princesses represent the 16,000 spiritual energy flow channels (nadis) in the body. Marrying them means activating them.
Radha-Krushna are the male and female aspects of God. Known as the Divine Couple, together they are the full manifestation of God.

The name Krushna literally means “all-attractive.” So, not only is Krushna/God all-powerful and all-knowing, He’s also the most beautiful Person.

Why should that matter to us? We’re all parts of Krushna—as drops of ocean water are tiny samples of the ocean. The more we know about Krushna, the better we understand ourselves—and the easier it is to understand what life is for.


Jayati Goel

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The Changing Face of Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan is a term from the Hindi language which means a relationship or an association based on protection. This is a festival which

has a long standing Indian heritage. More commonly known as Rakhi, this Indian festival signifies the sacred bond of love between a brother

and sister. this is An Endearing Bonding Between Two Siblings

 It is a day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their relation. The meaning of the festival is self explanatory, as Raksha in Indian parlance means protection and bandhan means a bonding. On this day sister ties a rakhi on her brothers’ wrist and brothers in turn vows to protect their sisters all through their lives.

If we consider the traditional festival of Raksha Bandhan, we can see how many minor yet reflective changes have taken place in the way we celebrate the festival.

Sisters now have the option of sending an online Rakhi to Brothers , if they happen to be settled outside the country or if they might be visiting another country on the day of the festival.

Brothers can also send online  Rakhi gifts to their sisters if they live outside the country.

 Cultural changes have an impact on every aspect of a person's life and festivals are no exception.


One doesn't even need to visit a marketplace for buying Rakhi gifts anymore. One can just look for a website that provides the services of sending Rakhi gifts , and order online by paying through a credit card or net banking. Who could have thought of anything like that happening a decade or so ago?

In todays busy world, though the customs of Rakhi are same almost everywhere but changes have taken place in the ways and trends of celebrating Rakhi. Unlike the past, now markets are flooded with rakhis in innumerable designs, shapes, sizes, colors and materials. From zardoshi to precious pearl and diamonds, everything is used as a material to create beautiful rakhis. One can find myriad varieties of Rakhi threads in market which are very popular among the populace.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan has been celebrated since times immemorial. But things have undergone a sea change.


Now the  question is: Are we giving more weightage to the sanctity of this affectionate relationship by increasing the monetary value of the Rakhis. Shouldn’t we be giving more value to the affectionate feelings, love and togetherness?

Time to think about it ……..Festivals are ,after all ,to celebrate togetherness .

Jayati Goel

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Monday, June 18, 2012

GOD AND HIS BLESSINGS

All human beings are creature of GOD and are part of single universe. We believe good luck by our own efforts and bad luck because of others. We pray to God in sorrow and forget when we succeed. There is thin life-line, drawn by God, in between Life and death, ups and down, which we never foresee, but it is controlled by unknown power. Sometimes we lose by a whisker. Sometimes we achieve unexpectedly beyond our own expectation. Super natural power of god control that thin life-line between GOOD or BADLUCK, SUCCESS or FAILURE. Once we are born on this earth, we find our body is living amongst other human beings; we have to ask our inner voice, what is the purpose and meaning of our life i.e. relations, sharing and caring. The RAM found his purpose in ‘VANVAS’, BHISHAMH PITAMAH found in fighting for ‘KORVAS’,SHRI KRISHNA drived the charriot for Arjun in MAHABHARAT, Tulsidas by giving Divine preachings, Gandhiji found his purpose of life in freedom struggle, Ambedkarji in writing INDIAN CONSTITUTION,MOTHER TERESA to uplift ‘suffering people’. As a common man, we can see many people around us, found their purpose in their lives so easily, an IAS lady officer left her job to take care of her mentally challenged child, A Brother never got married to support his widow sister and her children, a government serving lady helped her divorcee sister and adapted her child to remain unmarried for the whole life. a father gave – up all his earnings for the education of his seven daughters and found every joy of life playing and caring grandchildren, a DHOBI while doing his job continuously for fourteen hours daily without any break provides protection to many families living nearby. There are many such blessings of GOD and we gracefully accept the same to make our life comfortable. How can we live life without such blessings of GOD running through human to human as their purpose of life we have to find it! The one who knows his life’s purpose, its actual meaning, is rewarded by GOD with all luck and achievements. There are achievers as TATA BIRLAS who always treat their servants like their family. MR.AMITABH BACHAN became superstar because he is so humble towards human relations, feelings and sufferings, while acting in reel life and real life. DR.ABDUL KALAM AZAD became president of INDIA because he devoted his life for the cause of nation i.e. ISRO foundation. There are so many examples of common man who is blessed for finding the purpose of life. A shoemaker, who supported his son, relentlessly to become, AIIMS doctor. A salesman blessed with a doctor son and charter accountant daughter for his hard work and dedication. A pherewala blessed with two engineer sons who in return build a new house for their parents. In many ways we can find blessings of GOD rewarded for our pure karma’s (purpose of life).GOD is omnipresent we have to get his blessings only by finding a purpose of life and actually following it with faith, dedication and hard work. So we have to share happiness and joy with all human beings to have contentment and peace in our life. Pawan Kr.Jakhu
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www.

Most of the sites on internet which use for social net-working start with www. Here it stands for world wide webs. So www should ideally stand for worship, wise and wisdom, and on the other hand these three W are also the symbols of wealth, women and wine and these are most dangerous in man’s life if he is crazy of only any one of the three. A person with lust remains in burn-out syndrome. Now days, everything is about material things. Getting latest phones, living in the best house, wearing the most expensive clothes etc. everyone wants to be the right at the top in terms of materialism. When people would choose to have money, cars, houses etc. over God. Forgetting all about the Creator during the midst of these things. That is what the bible says, I do believe in Mathew 16:26; “What does it a profit a man to gain the world but to lose his own soul.”
 
In this materialistic world everybody is behind three W. Very few people are there who do not want such a happiness which is not perfect or complete, which is incomplete or transitory. They people do not want such a life and wish for such a knowledge which is incomplete. They want such a happiness which should never end. They want such a life which should always be.
 
Flies do not discriminate between filth and honey; they flit from one to the other. But bee is attracted only to the sweetness of honey. Similarly, there are indiscriminate human beings who like flies are drawn to material desires, no matter how impure, some may once in a while feel attracted to God and meditation, but as soon as another temptation comes they are captivated again by the material life. The devotees are like a honey bee. Devotees love only what is beautiful and good. They will feel goodness, and ever seek the sweet nectar of God’s presence in meditation.
 
There is nothing which is eternal, perfect or absolute. We hush up the desires to seek Truth by petty worldly desires and become happy or unhappy at times and intervals. Sit and connect Inner net  instead of internet and it will enlighten the inner experience and realize the real nature of ours. And three W will transfer in worship, wise and Wisdom. Do worship, become wise and get wisdom.

Kamal Wadhwani
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THE MAN IS A SOCIAL CRUEL ANIMAL


It was one of those hallowed days when the great benefactor was moving restlessly in quest of the mystery behind the endless sufferings awaiting this fugitive life. Undaunted, he was moving, engrossed in his thoughts and unconscious of the world outside his radiant face was overcast with an anxiety that reflected the tension raging in his mind. Feverishly he was striving at the problem of Relativity and Absolute. Suddenly his attention was attracted by a flock of sheep moving at that unusual hour, for it was noon, and he witnessed a peculiar scene in the flock. There was an ewe with two lambs, one moving ahead and other limping behind; for somebody had hurt it. The attention of mother was divided between the two and, vexed, she moved here and there lest she should lose one or the other.
 
All compassionate Buddha came down from the high plane of his mental sojourn and took the bleeding lamb upon his neck with the idea of relieving the ewe of her distress. On enquiring from the shepherds Buddha learnt that the entire flock of the innocent creatures was being taken to king Bimbisara to be offered by him as a sacrifice that night. Moved to depth by the news, Buddha decided to accompany the flock. Buddha was thinking of the dumb creatures who reposed all their trust in their master, the shepherd, who betrayed that trust.
At last the flock reached its destination. As Buddha entered the hall where sacrificial fire was burning and priests were chanting ‘mantras’ to sanctify the victims offered for sacrifice. At one end he saw a stream of blood flowing. At that critical moment Buddha sought leave to speak. His voice was vibrating with compassion and fellow- feeling. How callous and merciless man was in betraying the trust reposed in him by mute creatures, Buddha lamented. The dumb creatures who offered to man milk and wool, themselves feeding upon the fodder that has natural growth, were slain in return of their sacrifice. What mercy should then man expect, who was a usurper, who took everything and gave back nothing?
His words, full of disarming simplicity and innocence, moved everybody. Sacrificial fire was scattered and no more blood shed. Proclamation was made to the effect that there would be no further slaying of any creature in the kingdom, for any purpose whatsoever.
 
Kamal Wadhwani
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Not even a correct national phrase in India


 'Satyamev Jayate' scripted on the national emblem ,is something which is incorrect.
It is not clear that from which book it has been taken.

This phrase was used by Sangh Govt alongwith the national emblem as a symbol and stamp.
But in 'Ratnakar Sanskrit this phrase  is found in the book, and in the place of 'jayate'  it is 'jayati'.

It appears  grammatical error in this phrase,it should be Jayati instead of Jayate.

Talking about common sense  Satyamev Jayate has been taken from which book ?
Answer: From Mundkopanisd, but it is Jayati instead of Jayate.

सत्यमेव जयति नानृतं सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा यत्र तत्सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ।। (मुण्डकोपनिषद् 3/1/6)


Satyamev Jayate ' is our national phrase। इस वाक्यका ‘जयते’ शब्द ‘जि’ नामक धातुसे बना है । ‘जि’ नामक धातु प्रथम गणका तथा परस्मै पदपर है
 हां, ‘परा’ तथा ‘वि’ उपसर्गों के साथ ‘जि’ धातु आत्मनेपदी रहता है और तदनुसार ‘पराजयते’ एवं ‘विजयते’ सही हैं, किंतु ‘जयते’ नहीं ।


  Many years of the reference number of Sanskritbhasha experts has been informed for this change to the govt of india , but this change has not been charted and even no ordinary person has been informed about it by the govt.

How come this error  occur in the motivational sentence and ruled sanskritist not drawn attention to the need to know to get started.


Jayati Goel
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Being in the now

Rajyogi Nikunj, Hindustan Times

It is our most common, daily mental activity. Yet it is the greatest misuse of our mental energy and a complete waste of time. It's called worry. It is good to worry isn’t it?  Worry shows you care doesn’t it?  It means you are cleverly anticipating the future, right?  No. Worry is only anxiety based on fiction.

It is a series of negative thoughts that dis-empower the natural creativity of your consciousness. It is the dredging up of memories of hurt, rearranged into an imaginary tale of conflict or loss.

The most surprising fact is that despite the majority of us acknowledging worry as a waste of time and energy, it is still one of the common lessons we learn from our parents.

The prevailing myth handed down from generation to generation is, ‘it is good to worry, it shows you care’.

Worry is fear and care is love, and fear and love are polar opposites. If you stop for a moment and become aware of why you worry about someone else you may also find it is motivated by selfishness – you actually are really worried for yourself.

You are worried about how you will feel if something bad happens to someone else.  In fact, you are already feeling it. Worry is simply a habit that is learnt, an addiction that is fed by a toxic diet of bad news, unfortunate events and tales of personal trauma of others. The best and easiest way to get rid of this habit of worrying is ‘To Live In the Present’, Remember, we can only find peace in now, we can only live with love now.
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Virtuously yours

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times


No sane person will dispute that success follows virtues? One who is a depository of virtues is a sure shot for success in life.  Among the qualities of virtues, the foremost one is that it awakens one’s conscience against any kind of bad or immoral act.
We have it from Roman philosopher Cicero, "The greatest theatre for virtue is conscience." One can say that conscience enables one to cultivate all the virtues that a man can be blessed with.

Authors Anil Kumar Jha and Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, in their latest book, Success Follows Virtues, list 108 virtues and tell us how these virtues, if cultivated, can not only save one from the surety of doom but  can also make one the master of one’s own destiny.

The book gives guidance for developing one's divine qualities of head and heart, such as compassion, devotion, forgiveness, impartiality, courage, determination,  introspection, honesty, vision, truth and the like. And what one learns is that the more virtues one acquires, the easier it becomes for one to solve the problems of life.

According to the Geeta, virtue helps one do what is worth doing without any kind of attachment. And that makes it easier for one to get to the supreme state. We can say one good thing leads to another good thing and one stands a good chance of reaching the point of perfection.

How does one cultivate virtues? By being a man of courage and having simplicity of character, for instance. A man of courage, as Cicero said, is also full of faith; and simplicity of character, according Hazlitt, is the natural result of profound thought. A man who has already undergone profound thought is bound to be a man of virtuous character. The whole world opens up for such a person. And life becomes meaningful and worthy of living.


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