02 June 2014

Earning money to reach God – Salary to do Yoga

Yoga is a spiritual path, a path to enlightenment and a path to God. We try to incorporate Yoga-asanas into our life because they make our bodies healthier. But Yoga to reach God is always considered a path that can be taken only when we leave the path of our household lives. This may not be true.

Have you ever wondered how the work you do every day to earn your daily bread can the same work of Yoga to reach God? Is it even possible? The answer, with a little effort is an obvious yes! The same job that gives you salary is the same work that will make you realize God and on top of it earn respect in everyone’s eyes.

We have all come across auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers who do not have enough change, even two rupees to settle the transaction. I have also come across Auto-rickshaw drivers who keep magazines with a good luck blessing written to engage their customers while they travel. Will you have a quarrel with such a driver for two rupees? Are you not going to trust him more when he says he’ll take you through the shortest route? Did he not end up getting more respect from you while doing his daily job? And didn’t he seem like a person who takes care of his customers and is worthy of what he is doing? Isn’t he already doing a form of “Karma-Yoga” that makes him closer to God? Perhaps, he is closer to God with more peace of mind than you?

We are all so engrossed and addicted in the thought of being SOMEONE. It is our mental idea that we can’t let go of. When we compare ourselves with others, we always find targets we have not met. We always have such targets that we didn’t achieve. We remember them and make our lives bitter. But aren’t our best memories of times we enjoyed together with family and friends? They are the ones who see the potential in us we can’t see when we compare ourselves with others. And they are the people for whom we must change our mindset. This is where God helps us.

The God I am talking of is the one who keeps guiding me and telling me, “You can do it better”, “Did you think of the people affected by your action”, “Are your decisions and actions making you happy?” As Narendra Modi ji said, the key is not in being someone to others, but doing something for others. Possibly failing, but doing everything you can. This gives you respect that comes from love, not fear. Love always trumps fear and puts you on the way to God. Did we keep our commitment of working the way it work was to be done? Did you put your heart and mind and soul to it? This is the path of Yoga to God. Will you smile at all strangers you come across? Will you smile at the next person you meet?

Yes you will!

~S. N. Ray
30-May-2014

02 April 2010

Reply to a pseudo-intellectual blog article

Have you ever tried smelling a Lotus in the wild?

Chances are that you have not, because it is deep in mud, sometimes filled with stinking water.

In a country where taboo has unfortunately made masturbation more common than sex, we end up masturbating intellectually and screwing it up than thinking rationally.

Perhaps you should read the last verse of the Hymn of Creation in the Rig Veda. Here is goes:
"That out of which creation has arisen,
whether it held it firm or it did not,
He who surveys it in the highest heaven,
He surely knows - or maybe He does not!"

Read religion as guidelines not set of rules and you will start having answers. Sage Kapila propounded the Samkhya philosophy to LOGICALLY PROVE GOD DOES NOT EXIST. Swami Vivekananda went further to show how Advaita Vedanta filled the gaps in the conclusion to make it a perfect logical argument to show GOD EXISTS. But I guess you are still getting ready to reach the intellectual level required to understand that logic.

In a small family, parents talked about how solving of differential equation and state space problems lead to the development of rocket and mankind's leap into new era. How propulsion system improved the speed and helped us achieve escape velocity. There small child of 4 years, with eyes full of innocence looks at them and ask them can this technology bring me "Dairy milk bar"?

When your bliss lies only in lying down in green field with mangoes in your hand, the need of religion become as absurd as the rocket science to that small child. Your arguments do not go beyond your material need of senses of soothing shade, delicious taste which above child ask for in Dairy milk bar.

Regarding the utility of sadhus and all, I would like to begin with the ultimate aim of man in his life? Why I asked this question is to understand the utility to you of a true sadhu. Consider the above example, if this small child goes to his science teacher and ask him I want my dairy milk and this teacher, just to please his "customer" takes out eclairs and give him for time being. This child is happy. So are we treated by so-called Babas. But does this act of teacher undermines the actually utility which is he designed for in universe? Similar is case with a Sadhu, if you feed garbage question, you will get garbage out.

Coming to the question of Hanuman taking large size, Krishna Bhagwan doing rass lila, why do think they have described in our religious texts so beautifully and are these stuff in real or more symbolic in nature to make lesser fools like us to understand the deeper meaning. Its just because our mind can think in terms of dimensions. Thats precisely why the reason we hindus propagated both fields of worship (sagunaa and nirgunaa bhagwan). After all small child has every right and to love his own god with folded hands before his hanuman ji.

It is for a purpose that almost all Hindu gods have blue skin and yellow robes. Each man is born different. Each needs answers he wants to hear.

There are two principles: All people are not equal. And this world is "Will to Power" not "Will to Survive"....

Before commenting on religion, read it, understand it. After all, you need something to keep order in the filled with idiots.

30 July 2009

Veer Savarkar v/s Gandhi

It is amusing how even accomplished people tend to think like the crowd. I was reading a paper in EPW by Rudolf C Heredia who is with the Indian Social Institute, Delhi and wrote in opinions regarding Hinduism of Veer Savarkar and Hinduism of M.K. Gandhi after his research.
http://www.epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/13616.pdf

He asks us what is Hinduism? He answers it by saying Hinduism refers to a religious faith tradition that is far easier to describe than define. There are three traditional Hinduism margs - jnana, karma and bhakti (path of knowledge, path of duties and path of devotion). Hindu academic, Arvind Sharma, opines that "the great challenge Hinduism faces in our times is to ensure for all Hindus an equal opportunity in determining what Hinduism should be for our times". Jyotirmaya Sharma says, "Every Hindu decides what is Hinduism. That space ought to remain inviolable. It is a space worth living for and dying for". Note this (1).

He goes on further to describe Gandhi’s Hinduism: Gandhi redifined hinduism by talking about the reality of god, the unity of all life and the value of ahimsa (the desire not to harm) as love. His profound redefinition of Hinduism gave it a novel reorientation with his seva marg (the path of service). Gandhi reworks Bhagavad Gita's nishkama karma (detached engagement), to become the basis of his ahimsa and satyagraha (truth-force)! Moreover, for Gandhi, truth (satya), is the ultimate reality, and violence is always a violation of this truth. He prefers "god is truth", and finally, even reverses this to "truth is god", where "truth" is the ultimate reality (satya). Ahimsa is my God and Truth is my God and realising this was his moksha. "What was the meaning of saying that the Vedas were the inspired word of God? If they were inspired, why not also the Bible and the Koran?" Gandhi integrates the Upanishads and the Tulsi Ramayan in his religious synthesis. When it comes to bridges across traditions, Gandhi brings the Gita together with the Sermon on the Mount and reads one into the other.

Note this (2): Logical consistency of Vedantic Hinduism diluted by making Jainism the base for its definition, detachment is linked to inaction which is contrary to the virtue of action glorified by Lord Krishna, and all this is garnished by a theoretical mirage of merging cultural guidebooks for intellectual satisfaction.

Dr. Radhakrishnan’s opined in his Hindu View of Life that "whoever calls himself a Hindu is a Hindu"! Belief was not relevant, though social customs were to be respected. It is a religion of orthodox practices, not of orthodox doctrine. Any attempt to homogenise such a rich and multifaceted tradition under a hegemonic hierarchy will impoverish it religiously and devastate it culturally." The result was that the opposite happened. The Ramakrishna Mission in West Bengal even filed a petition in the high court in 1981 claiming minority status as a religion, distinct from Hinduism, which the court upheld in 1985. But which was finally rejected by the Supreme Court in 1996. But by in personal law, everyone who is not of another religious community, is a Hindu by default unless they positively disown the religion. This is nothing new. Even Hinduism accepts atheists as a valued Hindus to provide it the chronological dynamism needed. Note this (3).

For Gandhi the unity of humankind was premised on the oneness of the cosmos. However, diversity was rooted in the fundamental Jain principle of anekantavada (nonabsolutism), the many sidedness of truth. For him "unity in diversity" was the integrating axis not just of Hindu, but of Indian culture, and of all humanity as well. Once conceded, this becomes a foundational truth, and tolerance a necessary consequence. Any encounter between religious traditions must be premised on equal respect for all religious traditions as the basis for mutual learning. Swami Vivekanada has said that Hinduism cannot live without Buddhism and Buddhism not without Hinduism...The Buddhists cannot stay without the brain and philosophy of the Brahmins, nor the Brahmin without the heart of the Buddhist... Let us join the wonderful intellect of the Brahmin with the heart, the noble soul, the wonderful humanising power of the Great Master. Note this (4) keeping in mind Note (3) above.

Let us take another perspective. Gandhi did not separate religion from politics for his personal ambitions. He was never a successful lawyer. To overcome his knowledge of lack of ability, he brought religious inaction in the name of tolerance to politics rather than political militancy into religious communities. Note this (5) where Gandhi used religion to further his political ambitions.

This is where we need to bring in Mr. Nathuram Godse. He had given a speech in the court while he was presenting his case during trial for murder of M.K. Gandhi. I will quote some portions here "Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. All the reading (of Swami Vivekananda, Dadabhai Naoroji, Socialism etc) and thinking led me to believe it was my first duty to serve Hindudom and Hindus both as a patriot and as a world citizen. To secure the freedom and to safeguard the just interests of some thirty crores (300 million) of Hindus would automatically constitute the freedom and the well being of all India, one fifth of human race. This conviction led me naturally to devote myself to the Hindu Sanghtanist ideology and programme, which alone, I came to believe, could win and preserve the national independence of Hindustan, my Motherland, and enable her to render true service to humanity as well. Gandhi in condemning history's towering warriors like Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Gobind Singh as misguided patriots, has merely exposed his self-conceit. 'A Satyagrahi can never fail' was his formula for declaring his own infallibility and nobody except himself knew what a Satyagrahi is. Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. All his experiments were at the expense of the Hindus. I thought to myself and foresaw I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred and that I shall have lost all my honour, even more valuable than my life, if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future."

The above opinion of Nathuram Godse is bypassed by the author. Maybe the reason was assuming legal judgements, can be passed on as moral and value judgements. In the same tone, the author has called Savarkar’s ideology as narrow and exclusivist in its conflation of janma bhoomi (motherland) and punya bhoomi (holyland). Note (6).

The author himself says Hindu nationalism is not particularly religious. In its present avatar it claims to be "cultural nationalism". Its founding father, Savarkar, was himself a rationalist atheist, who wanted his body cremated after his death without any religious ceremonies. Yet he was "fanatical" about Hindutva or Hinduness, which he first formulated in 1923, and deliberately set in opposition to other religious traditions not originating in India, such as Islam and Christianity. His Hindutva was articulated as a political ideology of ethno-religious nationalism to include culture and race. In 1941, his birthday wish was expressed in the slogan: "Hinduise all politics and militarise all Hindudom". Thus for him "Hinduism must necessarily mean the religion and the religions that are peculiar and native to this land and people". He defined Hindu in terms of "the three essentials of nation (rashtra), race (jati) and civilisation (sanskriti)". The first important qualification of a Hindu is that "the whole continental country from the Sindhu to Sindhu, from the Indus to the Seas", "is not only a Pitribhu but a Punyabhu, not only a fatherland but a holyland" as well. In his speech to the Hindu Mahasabha at Nagpur in 1938 he insisted that "India must be a land reserved for the Hindus". Justice J S Verma in his remarks in a Supreme Court judgment in 1995 concerning the political use of religion opined an explicit equivalence between the two: Hindutva is nothing but Hinduism. Hindutva is now projected as Bharatiyata, Indianness. The change in name proposed is merely to make it more acceptable to the unsuspecting. Note (7)

But all this written by the author above is untrue. Savarkar did make an exception to his own ideology and acknowledge Nivedita as a Hindu, even though her janma bhoomi (land of her birth), was not India, she made it her punya bhoomi, her holyland, because she adopted its culture and religion as her own. Anticipating the global-local dilemma she insisted: "Only the tree that is firm in its own soil can offer us a perfect crown of leaf and blossom...cosmo-nationality consists in holding the local idea in the world idea".

Coming to even Gandhi's view on caste. He said that "There is no calling too low and none too high. "If untouchability was a part of Hinduism it could only be a rotten part". He was saying exactly what Nathuram Godse was following. But he was doing it for political ambitions of being the only person acceptable to Muslims and the lower castes.

Now my opinion, which is as valuable as him in a democracy:
Note (1): Leave it to a Hindu to decide what Hinduism he follows. Don't counter your own statement and decide for us.
Note (2): Natural spring water is pure and so is distilled water. What would you call a person who tries to mix both? Natural spring water is good for human health and distilled water is good for car battery health. Do NOT mix religions.
Note (3): Hinduism is far more accomodating than what the author knows. No hindu kills another in the name of "jihad" or in the name of the Pope. All Hindus visit the same temple. He is yet to digest the inherent complexity and variety of our religion.
Note (4): "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" i.e. the world is one family is a founding principle of Vedantic Hinduism. There was no need for redifinition by a mere mortal like Gandhi.
Note (5): Here Gandhi violates the fundamental law of life or teachings of the Bhagavad Gita by preaching inaction. It is what brings a sense of melancholy to the whole culture spoiling its pride in its heritage and also the motivation to work for greater heights. Just for the ego of being called the "Mahatma".
Note (6): I ask WHAT IS WRONG IN CALLING MY MOTHERLAND AS THE SACRED LAND? This doesnt show exclusivism of Veer Savarkar, but the inherently under-developed and insecure mindset of the author Mr. Rudolf Heredia.
Note (7): The author is calling "cultural nationalism" based on geography, native traditions of the race and a civilization older and more refined than the western one, as fanatical. I can smell bias here.

Keeping in mind all the notes above, I would like to make a statement. In my limited knowledge, the author has personally not faced any wrath of communal tension. He has no understanding of why a non-religious person can be a nationalist and takes the easier route of calling such people militarist and fanatical. He has never gone through the RSS mission charter. I sense jealousy when he sees the work of Christian missionaries being done far better by Hindus. So how can they get more converts? Moreover, the Sangh that he is denouncing was not only given due respect by the Supreme Court of the land and was called to be a part of the Republic Day parade by Jawaharlal Nehru. Gandhi only talked of seva ashram and it was the Sangh that is till date doing all the social work. It is not congress workers that reach a flood hit site, but the khaki shorts wearing missionary activist of the Sangh following Veer Savarkar's ideology. The congress workers of Gandhi only distribute money and get votes. All that the saffron brigade wants is a strong nation with its people having pride in their land, their customs and their forefathers. If he has a problem with that, we all have a problem with him. But inspite of calling us militarist, we spare him. Somehow, just like M.K. Gandhi he can just sit.

Neither Gandhi nor the author have the might to hit back. They only know how to lay low and find ways to make it seem honourable. It is us who have the might and still tolerate them. We all know who is the honourable worker and who is the lazy punching bag.

Today when i see the photograph of M.K. Gandhi, I am filled with indifference for him and pity for the generations of his followers. He made value judgements on the lives of patriots like Netaji Subhas Bose and Bhagat Singh who chose to sacrifice lives for us. He made us learn so-called novel and totally trash things like non-cooperation and civil disobedience which people do even today with their own goverment and PSUs. The discipline of an advanced culture of the race of the Indian nation was lost. Netaji was foresighted when he said that only a dictatorial rule would be able to cure this malaise. When he preached non-violence, he was teaching how to kill your fellow beings. The post-independence riots are enough proof. He earned freedom at the cost of the generations today.

12 June 2009

Sanatan is Eternal

A couple of days ago, i finished reading the graphic novel "The Watchmen" by Alan Moore... Today i finished watching the movie... The plot reminded me of another very well known story by Isaac Asimov, "I, Robot"... Asimov's VIKI, the super-intelligent and super-powerful robot had to be terminated in its initiative of bringing peace to human society... But Alan's super-intelligent Adrian Veidt "The Ozymandias" and super-powerful Jon "Dr. Manhattan" were allowed the same liberties of taking human lives for lasting peace... Ethics, is a word that then started to have a new meaning for me... Ethics is then a matter of the circumstance, situation, maybe perspective or just a matter of time...

It maybe just a matter of time that the communication revolution brings me to a point where the only information i need is the one i dont have... the information about my identity, knowledge about the importance of my identity to the human society, the harmony of my identity with the existence of humanity... I turn to the wisdom of the ages, the guiding lights of my life, Hinduism, the "Sanatan Dharma" Eternal Religion... Its the oldest religion of the human world and claims its superiority from its logical foundations...

Sanatam Dharma tells me my identity is defined by the nation and culture i live in... It tells me the only thing beyond my control is time and all things that are consequent to it and hence it is the omnipresence of God... And finally it tells me to maintain my character and control my senses so that one day i might just turn time in my favour... all to achieve the end... So i prepare myself for anything, absolutely everything that might come my way... Life is sorted out and there's a grand plan in my head... I strike at every opportune moment i can find... And one day, luck will be my say...

It is like the wish to fly... I am standing on a glass floor in an aircraft... I already feel like a bird... But i need to fly... I jump on the glass to break it... I keep jumping... I know it will break... I am prepared for the leap... The parachute bag is my plan on my shoulder... The glass beneath my feet breaks... I am literally falling from the sky... But i laugh as I am flying...

The average intelligence of the human society decreases as population increases... On top of it we are doing away with all natural resources we were gifted... What is the end we seek??? Where is the plan??? Are we really preparing ourselves??? Or is it that we are still struggling to find our identity simply because we cant find time from fulfilling our dear infinite unsatiable wants??? The answers are there in front of us, in my daily life, in our Sanatan Dharma... No, I am not afraid that tenets of Hinduism will die... 1 billion is too huge a number... But things get diluted and dulled... From our solution books, i fear losing some important pages... With time people would rediscover logic and the Sanatan Dharma... Or maybe humanity might not get the chance to know its too late... They were not so smart at all... The calamity struck when the humans were "still evolving"..... Still, the Buddha is Smiling...

'OM'

21 April 2009

Narasimha Prachand

The movie ‘Gulaal’ by Anurag Kashyap has an unsettling plot with stirring songs by Piyush Mishra.  The focus of this post is not the movie or the plot, but how the songs can be strung together to bring forth the message that is being conveyed to us.  It is not about what you and I see in this world, it is about the comprehending the complete picture.

Here are snippets from four songs that convey the story of each today:

Aye ek waqt ki baat bataye,
Ek waqt ki,
Jab sheher hamara so gayo tho,
Wo raaj gajab ki

Jab sheher hamara sota hai, to maloom tumko,
Haan kya kya hota hai,

Nashe mein doobe sehan se khoonkhaar chutkulo ki paidaaish hoti hai,
Adh nange jismo ki dekho, lipi putti se lagi numaaish hoti hai,
Laar tapakte chehro ko kuch shitaani karne ki khwahish hoti hai,
Wo pooche hai hairaan hokar, aisa sab kuch hota hai kab,
Wo batalo to unko aisa tab tab tab tab hota hai,
Jab sheher hamara sota hai

Jis raat gagan se khoon ki baarish aayi re,
Jis raat sheher mein khoon ki baarish aayi re

***

Maana Ki Jo Hua Hai

Wo Tune Bhi Kiya Hai
Inhone Ne Bhi Kiya Hai
Unhone Ne Bhi Kiya Hai

Maana Ki Tune..Haan Haan
Chahaa Nahi Tha Lekin
Tu Jaanta Nahi Ki Ye Kaise Ho Gaya Hai

lekin tu phir bhi sunn le, nahi sunega koi,
Tujhe yeh saari duniya khaa jaayegi nigal ke

Insaan ke sheher mein insaan khoj le tu

Dekh Teri Thokar Se
Raah Ka Wo Patthar

Maathe Pe Tere Kaske Lag Jaaye Na Ucchalke.

O Raat Ke Musafir
Tu Bhaag Na Sambhalke
Potli Mein Teri Ho Aag Na
Sambhalke

***

Oh ri duniya, Oh ri duniya,
Aye duniya, aye surmayee aankhein ke pyaalo ki duniya oh duniya,

Alsaayi sejo ke phoolon ki duniya oh duniya re,
Angdaayi tode kabootar ki duniya oh duniya re,

Khwahish mein lipti zaroorat ki duniya oh duniya re,
Heyyy insaan ke sapno ki niyat ki duniya oh duniya,

Mamta ki bikhri kahani ki duniya oh duniya,
Behno ki siski jawani ki duniya oh duniya,
Aadam ke hawaas rishte ki duniya oh duniya re,

Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai?

Jalta makaan mein basera wo dhoondhe,
Jaisi bachi hai waisi ki waisi, bacha lo yeh duniya,
Apna samajh ke apno ki jaisi utha lo yeh duniya,
Chitput si baaton mein jalne lagegi, sambhalo yeh duniya,

Magar falsafa yeh bigad jaata hai jo,
Wo kehte hai…aalim yeh kehta wahan ishwar hai,
Faazil yeh kehta wahan allah hai,
Kabur yeh kehta wahan issa hai,
Manzil yeh kehti tab insaan se ki,
Tumhari hai tum hi sambhalo yeh duniya,

***

Aarambh hai prachand,
Bole mastako ke jhund,
Aaj jung ki ghadi ki tum guhar do

Aan baan shaan ya ki jaan ka ho daan,
Aaj ek dhanush ke baarn pe utaar do,
Aarambh hai prachand…

Ishr ki pukaar hai yeh bhagwat ka saar hai,
Ki yudh hi to veer ka pramaan hai,
Kauravo ki bheed ho ya pandavo ka neer ho,
Jo lad saka hai wo hi to mahaan hai,
Jeet ki hawas nahi, kisi pe koi vash nahi,
Kya zindagi hai thokaro pe maar do,
Maut anth hai nahi to maut se bhi kyu dare?
Yeh jaake aasmaan mein dahaad do,
Aarambh hai prachand,

Ho daya ka bhaav ya ki shaurya ka chunaav,
Ya ki haar ka wo ghaav tum yeh soch lo

jis kavi ki kalpana mein zindagi ho prem geet,
Uss kavi ko aaj tum nakaar do,

Rang kesari ho ya mridang kesari ho ya ki,
Kesari ho laal tum yeh soch lo..

Bheegti nasso mein aaj, phoolti rago mein aaj,
Aaj aag ki lapat ka tum baghaar do,
Aarambh hai prachand,
Bole mastako ke jhund,
Aaj jung ki ghadi ki tum guhar do

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Now let us see what is being conveyed to us in this lyrical story in parts:

Let me tell you a story of a time when the town slept sound
Do you know what happens when the town sleeps?

Adulterated and deadly jokes are born in drunkenness, Half naked bodies with make-up are exhibited, Drooling lusty faces show their evil desires
And they ask astonishedly when does this all happen
Someone tell them that all this happens when the town sleeps 

It is that night when the sky sends rain of blood on the town, that night when the night slept it received the rain of blood

 

I agree that whatever was done was done by you, by these people and by those people… 
I agree, yes i agree, that you did not want this to happen… you do not know how all this happened…

But listen to me, nobody will listen to you… this world is out there to eat you alive…
Go and search for a human in this town of humans… 
Be careful lest your kick on the rock on the road does not jump at hit you back on your head

Hey traveller in the dark, please run cautiously, be careful that you dont carry a spark of fire in your belongings

 

O my world, O my world, Hey world, hey dream-filled eyes of this world… hey world of flowers of the lazy bed… hey yawn-breaking world of the pigeons,

Hey world of needs wrapped in desire, hey world, hey world of the the intent of the dreams of humans… 
hey world of a scattered story of motherhood, hey world of scared-crying young sisters, hey world of the lustful relations of humanity…

So what even if I get this so called entire world ???

Search for the home in the burning house, whatever is left of this world, please someone save it…
Look at everything and everyone in this world as your own and pick up your world… else it will start burning down on the most trivial of issues… please someone take responsibility of this world…

This story of this world gets spoiled when they say there is Bhagwan, when they say there is Allah, when they say there is Jesus…
That is when the destination of God’s heaven tells us : This is your world, go and save it yourself if you can

 

The time has come that the terrible dance of Lord Shiva (Nataraj) begin, the group of sensible heads calls out for the declaration of war… 
Be ready to sacrifice your self, your ego, your dignity, your wealth on the tip of the arrow… because the terrible dance of Lord Shiva is beginning…
It is the call of God and the essence of the Bhagawad Gita that the proof of bravery is war… whether it is the crowd of the Kauravas (considered evil) or the family of Pandavas (considered good), only the one who could fight can stake his claim to greatness…
There is no lust for victory, no wish to control anyone… boot out this whatever so called life that you have…
If death is not the end of life then why should we be afraid of dying??? Go and roar this out in the sky above!!!!!
The terrible dance of Lord Shiva has begun…

The emotion of pity or the courage or the wound of defeat… think about these and choose now…
If there is a life of love and feelings in the imagination of a poet, ignore him today…
The colour is saffron or the beat of the drums is saffron or the saffron should be red (with passion of blood)… choose today and right now…

In those wet blood vessels, in those expanding nerves, fill up blazes of fire… 
The terrible dance of Lord Shiva has begun, the groups of wise heads call for the declaration of war to save humanity today…..

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 We have been told the story when an innocent boy Prahlaad (representing future) is being killed by his own devil father (representing the present) for his greed and selfishness and ego. That is when Lord Vishnu also takes his most deadly form of Lord Narasimha, he takes the form of an animal and kills the devil like an animal with his bare claw-like hands. Now is the time that we need to prepare the ground for Lord Narasimha to come again… 

Here are two Narasimha prayers that we invoke today:

1. Tvayi Rakshathi Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
     Tvayi Cha Arakshati Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
     Ithi Nischita Dhee: Srayaami Nityam,
     Nruhareh: Vegavathee Tataasrayam Tvam!

“O kamasikha Narasimha! you are sarva sakthan. When you are resolved to protect some one, where is the need to seek the protection of anyone else? When you are resolved not to protect some one, which other person is capable of protecting us?. There is no one. Knowing this fundamental truth, I have resolved to offer my saranagati at your lotus feet alone that rest at the banks of Vegavathi river.” (Kamasika Ashtakam by Vedanta Desika)

2. ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho, 
     yato yato yami tato nrsimhah,
     bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho,
     nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

“Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Narasimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Narasimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.” (Narasimha Pranama)

 

The Narasimha Maha-Mantra

Om Ugram, Viram, Maha-Vishnu,
Jwalantam, Sarvato Mukam,
Nirshimham, Bhishanam, Bhadram,
Mrityor-Mrityur namam yaham.

“O’ Angry and brave Maha-Vishnu, your heat and fire permeate everywhere. O Lord Narasimha, you are everywhere. You are the death of death and I surrender to You.”

 

If I dont fight for the future today, and I dont fight today’s war now, there will be no future….. In my country of Bharat, the Hindu is the BIG brother, and I being a Hindu will not let the younger brothers destroy the future of neither my motherland nor my own future… It needs to be accepted that when an elder brother takes a stern step against you, its for your benefit, its right… Even if it means acting with an iron hand of responsibility and may be looked upon as evil but I will do it simply because it is necessary to save OUR BIGGER HOME…

08 April 2009

Jana Gana Mana

There are words floating around saying UNESCO has declared "Jana Gana Mana" to be the best national anthem in the world. This post is not regarding the veracity of that news. This post is to make us know the anthem closest to our hearts better.

You will find here the entire poem of our national anthem with its translation.




Below is the translation of the national anthem in the handwriting of Gurudev Shri Rabindra Nath Tagore himself:


The entire poem is also given in hindi below:


The bengali text of the first stanza of the poem which forms our national anthem is given below:
Jôno gôno mono odhinaeoko jôeô he
Bharoto bhaggo bidhata
Pônjabo Shindhu Gujoraţo Môraţha
Drabiŗo Utkôlo Bônggo
Bindho Himachôlo Jomuna Gôngga
Uchchhôlo jôlodhi toronggo
Tôbo shubho name jage
Tôbo shubho ashish mage
Gahe tôbo jôeogatha
Jôno gôno monggolo daeoko jôeô he
Bharoto bhaggo bidhata
Jôeo he, jôeo he, jôeo he,
jôeo jôeo jôeo, jôeo he



Please refer to the following link for more details: http://india.gov.in/knowindia/national_anthem.php

(I wish to thank the following site for giving authentic research about our prestigious national anthem: http://satyashodh.com/janaganaman/index.htm )

Rebirth of Hindustaan

Swamy Vivekananda foresaw the dangers of Globalization as early as in 1893 when he spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. To quote his soul-stirring words: “Shall India die? Then, from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct ; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be”. 

 

Swami Vivekananda said: “Arise, Awake and Go Forth as Proud Hindus”. This message forms the basis of Dr Subramaniam Swami’s definition of the following five maxims which should constitute the fundamentals of Hindu Unity today: 

1. A Hindu, and those others who are proud of their Hindu past and origins, must know the correct history of India. They must learn the concept of India as Hindustan.

2. According to Hindu belief, all religions equally lead to God, and not that all religions are equal in the richness of their theological content. Respecting all religions, Hindus must forcefully demand from others that such respect is a two-way obligation. Muslims and Christians shall be part of the Hindustani parivar or family only if they accept this truth and revere it.

3. Hindus must prefer to lose everything they possess rather than submit to tyranny or terrorism.

4. The Hindu must have a mindset to retaliate when attacked. The retaliation must be massive enough to deter future attacks. 

5. All Hindus to qualify as true Hindus must make an earnest effort to learn Sanskrit and the Devanagiri script in addition to their own mother tongue and must pledge that one day in the future, Sanskrit will be India’s link language since all the main Indian languages have large percentages of their vocabulary in common with Sanskrit. 

 

Dr Swami declares with majestic aplomb: “These five fundamentals constitute the concept of VIRAT HINDU UNITY”.

 

Even reknowned people in the west like Arthur Schopenhauer has said, ”It is my belief that the philosophy and knowledge of the Upanishads would become the cherished faith of the people in the West.” 

 

I wonder whether we have become so “secularized” to the extent that we are prepared to forget our civilization ethos! What a pity. In this context I would like to quote these immortal words of Shri Aurobindo in his last political speech at Uttarpara on 30 May 1909: “I say it again today, but I put it in another way. I say no longer that nationalism is a creed, a religion, a faith; I say that it is the Sanatan Dharma which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatan Dharma, with it it moves and with it it grows. When the Sanatan Dharma declines, then the nation declines, and if the Sanatan Dharma were capable of perishing, with the Sanatan Dharma it would also perish. The Sanatan Dharma, is indeed nationalism. This is the message that I have to speak to you”. If India is held together, it is because of SANATANA DHARAMA.”

 

(Inspired by blogs of Mr. V Sundaram (Retd IAS) at www.ivarta.com)