Archive for May, 2012

Chandrashila – In the arms of Shiva

Chandrashila – In the arms of Shiva.

 

Its just mind blowing!!!!!!!!

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Tadoba – Hell For Tigers, Brutal Reality! Where Is Environment Minister Of India?

Tadoba – Hell For Tigers, Brutal Reality! Where Is Environment Minister Of India?.

Conversion – Is it a right thing to do?

Once i was travelling by bus to Pondicherry (india) and i met a person who seemed to be very curious in talking to me. It all started with a general discussion and then he started to talk about Jesus – He said Jesus can heal you, he can clear your heart, purify you and you can go to heaven and the same thing happened to me again a colleague of mine who is a muslim was forcing me to attend the Zakir Naik event!!

I don’t believe in conversion, if one has not been able to understand God and the way to lead life spiritually in their existing religion, then how well are you gonna understand the new religion. 

In Hinduism most people follow the vedic way because their parents do so, but in Islam and Christianity it isn’t that way. People read the Quran/Bible or any other religion for that matter in their childhood they do something called as “Religious classes” and this helps one understand their religion better. But in Hinduism people hardly go through Gita/Upanishads or any other sacred texts and we read only when we become an adult or in our teens when religion becomes interesting, which gives a thrill whilst you read. As the base isnt strong people fall to conversion (mostly hindus), we have not understood hinduism properly and thats when we feel Idol worship and worshipping a hundred gods doesnt make sense and this weakness has been a tool to others who attract one to their religion. 

What would one understand in the other when he hasn’t understood thy self!

If one truly understands – All religion speaks of only one god “Brahman in Vedic way/Hinduism”, “Allah in Islam”, “The Father – who Jesus kept repeating” “Meditating on the supreme one – as per Gauthama Buddha”, “Guru’s teaching in Sikkism” name a religion… and its everything same – Formless, Never born, Infinite, Omniscient, Omnipresent, never begotten God. Then why should one convert? If one has to travel to a specific point, he can take any route he wants – Drive/Fly/Trek/Sail. 

Does one anytime think – that what does one gain by you converting to their religion, Do you think the converter cares whether you go to hell/heaven. Conversion doesn’t make sense, its all done with a political motive! 

If you believe in God, believe the way you want to love God, never fear the lord – Its God and God is to be loved not feared! Today love him as a Hindu, tomorrow as a Muslim and later as Jew/Sikh/Christian…. 

All is needed is Belief – Not Conversion! 

 

 

Be No Thing

What it meant to be a Hindu for me

I loved this read….

Cosmic Stories

Even before I opened my eyes for the first time in this world, I was a Hindu. I was a Hindu by default because I was born in a Hindu family. I was marked with this word. Although, I didn’t know what that word really meant, I used to write my religion as Hindu in all the school and college forms. I still do that.

In this essay, I am not going to argue about what Hindu really means. I will do that in the next Blog. In this Blog, I will rather tell my readers about what I have experienced and how I see Hinduism. I am not religious anymore. I wonder if I was ever so religious. I was born in a Brahmin Family in one of the most underdeveloped states in India. It is necessary to talk about my birthplace because it has a good significance here…

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Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah

Another amazing reply by Ms. Revathy.

“Dharma eva hato hanti/ Dharmo rakshati rakshitah” (One who destroys Dharma is destroyed by Dharma/ One who protects Dharma is protected by Dharma).

Is this the real meaning?

If we try to translate “Dharma protects those who protect Dharma” in Sanskrit then it will be more like “Rakshitam Dharma Rakshati“.

Then what could be the real meaning of this sloka?

Let us break down each word and find out the meaning:

Dharm~Eva Hato Hanti, Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah!

Tasma~Dharmo Na Hantvyo, Ma No Dharmo Hato~Vadhit!!

Dharm – Dharma

Eva – used to emphasis

= Dharm~Eva – Dharma alone/Dharma indeed

Hato – Being killed/destroyed

Hanti – Kills/destroyes

Dharmo – From Dharma

Rakshati – To protect

Rakshitah – The protected one

Tasma – Hence/Therefore

Dharmo – From Dharma

Na – Not

Hantvyo – To kill/destroy

Ma – Do not

No – Nor

Dharmo – From Dharma

Hato – Being killed/destroyed

Vadhit – Killed

If one adds all the meanings, it becomes:
Dharma used to emphasis Dharma alone/Dharma indeed Being killed/destroyed Kills/destroyes

From Dharma To protect The protected one 

Hence/Therefore- From Dharma Not To kill/destroy

Do not Nor From Dharma Being killed/destroyed Killed

So the meaning of the Sloka : Dharma eva hato hanti/ Dharmo rakshati rakshitah

Dharma destroyed, destroys; Dharma protects, the protected.

This is what the Sloka conveys.

Dharma does not destroy, nor Dharma can be destroyed.

Here Manu is trying to state a fact rather than an advice.

Compare this with Gravitational Force: Here it goes,

If Gravitational Force is destroyed, everything on earth will fall apart; Gravitational Force keeps everything protected on earth. Neither Gravitational Force can be destroyed, nor does Gravitational Force destroy.

Manu is just stating the fact that Dharm is an essence of everything. It is neither a philosophy, nor moral obligation, or religious doctrine, or some kind commandments, or any faith or belief.

Now coming to your next part “Why yudhistra had to suffer at the hands of the treacherous Duryodhana ?

The course of the events and how Yudistrara dealt with it lead all the Pandavas to suffer as well as to enjoy success.

Even Sri Rama suffered the agony of separation from MA Sita.

Here also how Ma Sita handled her situation brought both Sri.Rama and herself the sufferings.

Suffering is the result of our perception of events and how we handle them.

Because man is free to select his options, he needs to think and understand that any human activity, including in action, has the potential to cause a chain of consequences. It is therefore important to choose an appropriate path. If he had no options or if he was not free to choose, that is another matter.

Mahabharata seeks to awaken the essence of Dharma within us, to learn to distinguish Dharma from its opposite. 

One has to look within oneself, grasp the true intent and spirit of Dharma in order to judge a situation and act in the best interests of the self and of the fellow beings.

On one occasion, Krishna tells Yudhishthira: “Sometimes one protects dharma by forgetting it.”

Yudhistrar handled the situations in a way, that lead to a chain of consequences, resulting the sufferings for Pandavas.

Dharma pictured in Mahabharata is ambiguous, uncertain and often disputed. For instance, Draupadi after the dice game, demands to know whether Yudhishtira had a right to stake her in the game after he had staked and lost himself. It was so difficult a question that even Bhishma, the recognized authority on Dharma, when pointedly challenged by Draupadi, confessed his inability to decide the issue. ”I am unable to answer your question because Dharma is subtle”, he says (na dharmasaukshmyat subhage vivektutm shaknomi te prasnam imam yatthaavat).

It was said that Dharma is subtle (sukshmam) because its essence is concealed in a dark cavern (dharmasya tattvam nihitath guhaayaam).

On another occasion, Draupadi wonders why they have to suffer so, if they were the righteous ones. If everything happened by the will of god, why then do the virtuous suffer? She exclaims, it seems only the powerful escape harm, not the righteous. Yudhishthira tries to explain: “None should ever perform virtue with a desire to gain its fruits.. … Do not doubt virtue because you do not see its results. Without doubt, the fruits of virtue will be manifest in time, as will the fruits of sin. 

The fruits of true virtue are eternal and indestructible”.

Years later, Yudhishthira has similar doubts. Soon after the war, he was overwhelmed by a sense of horror and melancholy; and was much troubled by the death and destruction caused by the war decides to perform Rajasuyaga as penitence for the acknowledged wrongs of the war.

Sometime sufferings give great lessons, as in the case of Ramayana and Mahabarata.

The sufferings of the Yudhistra and other Pandavas and Draupadi, Nala and Damayanti, Savitri and Satyavan, clearly explain to us the fact or hard truth that the goal of life or perfection can only be attained through pain and suffering. 

Pain is the means through which man is moulded, disciplined and strengthened. Just as impure gold is turned into pure gold by melting it in the crucible, so also the impure and imperfect weak man is rendered pure, perfect and strong, by being melted in the crucible of pain and suffering. Therefore, one should not be afraid of pain and sufferings. They are blessings in disguise. They are eye-openers. They are silent teachers. They turn the mind towards God and instil mercy in the heart, strengthen the will and develop patience and power of endurance, which are the pre-requisites for God-Realisation.

The message of the Mahabharata is the message of Truth and Righteousness. 

The great epic produces a moral awakening in the readers and exhorts them to tread the path of Satya and Dharma. 

It urges them strongly to do good deeds, practise Dharma, cultivate dispassion by realising the illusory nature of this universe and its vainglories and sensual pleasures, and attain Eternal Bliss and Immortality. It induces people to do what Yudhishthira did and abandon what Duryodhana did. Stick to Dharma tenaciously. You will attain everlasting happiness and Moksha, the summum bonum of life. This is the final purport or central teachings of the Mahabharata.

May the teachings of this illustrious and ancient epic guide us in every walk of our life. May we stick to Dharma. May the great characters of the Mahabharata inspire us! May we imbibe the righteousness of Yudhishthira, the purity of Bhishma, the courage of Arjuna and the liberality of Karna! Glory to Sri Bhagavan Vyasa, the grandsire of the heroes, the author of the Mahabharata, a Chiranjeevi and an Avatara of Lord Hari. 

May His blessings be upon all of us !

 

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Why be born as a Hindu again??

This is a reply by Ms. Revathy to a question raised in one of the forums in “Yahoo”

I have become a fan of the lady who answered “Why I would want to be born as a Hindu again” – Is there is a rebirth!

HINDU means: 
The term Hindu signifies ‘H: Humility, I: Individuality, N: Nationality, D: Divinity, U: Unity’. These are verily our five life-breaths (pranas). Just as five elements, five senses, and five life-sheaths constitute our physical body; these five principles constitute the very essence of spirituality. The acceptance of the umbrella faith called Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) created a unifying influence and philosophy that established peace and cooperation.
I am also a Vegetarian and the adoption of vegetarianism by most Hindus, especially cow protection, assured that the people would be well fed instead of utilizing their limited resources on meat production. This is because HINDUISM PROMOTES SEEING GOD IN ALL LIVING BEINGS.
The teaching of ahimsa or non-violence minimized warfare and greed and assured the existence of dairy cows, plowing bulls, cow dung for fires and medicines, etc. etc.
The holiness of the various waterways (Ganges, Yamuna etc) kept access to fresh water available.
Hinduism has a basic view about liberation (which is known as moksa, pronounced moksha).
In Hinduism the family is extremely important. 
Look around; do you find any other culture that has lasted as long as the Hindu way of life, or Vedic culture? Do you see any other culture that after no less than 5,000 years, if not much longer, is still thriving and dynamic, practicing many of the same traditions as it did from thousands of years ago? Sure, you have other old cultures, like the Egyptian, the Inca, Maya, Aztec, all of which go back about 5,000 years, but none of these are still living cultures. They are all gone, leaving us but remnants and artifacts to figure out what really was their culture.
BECAUSE HINDUISM IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPRESSIVE PATHS, IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONALLY FULFILLING.
Since Hindus with a mature understanding of God are more aware of the many different aspects of God, and see the same God in all religions, there is no friction between them and those of other distinct faiths. They can live peacefully with other faiths.
As a Hindu, we do not need to be saved from what is already saving us, from what is already delivering us to a higher level of consciousness, a higher level of spiritual understanding.

These are my basic beliefs which make me to wish to be born as Hindu again and again.

 

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