Daily Archives: October 23, 2011

Tucson Meet Yourself — Namaste America

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I went to Tucson Meet Yourself. It is an event that is held once a year in Tucson that show cases all cultures, the dance, music and food. During this experience and being in that atmosphere of attending Tucson Meet Yourself with my ethnic clothes I realized what I come to embrace of this great nation is the liberty and freedoms to be who we choose to be. The celebration of diversity is also the pricelessness of this country United States of America.

I wish I had pictures of share from the event, and unfortunately is all you get to see.

Namaste America! 

 

A Hindu Saint — On Education!

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http://www.telugubhakti.com/telugupages/Monthly/Satsang/Bhajagovindam.htm

This website is truly elightening!
It is the Sloka 1 of Bhaja Govindam

BHAJA GOVINDAM
Sloka 1
Bhajagovindam Bhajagovindam
Govindam Bhaja Moodhamathe
Samprapte Sannihite Kaale
Nahi Nahi Rakshati Dukrinkarane

Meaning:Bhaja – Seek, Govinda – The Lord Govinda, Moodhamathe – O Fool, O Ignoramus, Samprapte – (When) comes, Sannihite – appointed, Kaale – Time, Nahi – Surely never, Rakshati – Saves, Dukrinkarane – Grammar rule.

The meaning
Seek or Worship Govinda, Seek Govinda, Seek Govinda, O Fool or ignoramus. When the death comes at the appointed time, grammar rules will not save or rescue you.

Can you believe these were the words of Adi Shankara acharya? The famous Indian philosopher and writer, and also the one that brought to us the first Bhagavat Gita.

Bhaja Govindam

 

What will save us is I am that pure consciousness. The principle of Brahman, the conscious is one.

 

 

Holy Moly!

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I did not know if I should call this Hinduism or Sanantana Dharma so I just titled it Holy Moly. 🙂



The Questions of the Atreya-Tantra


Question (from: CS.IV.I)

i) Into how many elements is the empirical man* split?

ii) In what way is man a cause?

iii) What is the origin of man?

iv) Is he sentient or Insentient?

v & vi) Is he eternal or finite?

vii & viii) What is his nature and his modifications?

ix) What is the signifier of a man said to be?

x) How can action be derived from the ‘action-less’ soul? xi)
If he is independent why is he born in undesirable wombs? ‘

xii) If sovereign why is he forcibly overcome by unpleasant feelings?

xiii) Why doesn’t the omnipresent know all experiences?

xiv) Why doesn’t the ‘pervader’ see that which is concealed by mountain or wall?

xv) Which comes first the body or the knower of the body?

xvi) Of what is this a witness xvii, xviii ix) Which of the thre pains of the afflicted, does the physician seek to cure: past present or future ones? xx, xxi, xxii) What is the cause of pain where is its location and when do all pains disappear completely? xxiii) By what signs is the ‘Self’ grasped?
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Samara — Do you know what it means?

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Here is what it means to the people of different faiths.

Do you think this changes how people view God?

What if samara meant in old Hebrew: “under the law or rule of god.”

What if samara meant in Islam: “Guardian or “protected by god.”

What if samara meant in Buddhism: Sengsara, suffering.

What if samara meant in Hinduism: the dwelling of samsara, the continous flow of cycle of birth, death, and rebirth from bondage.

Do you think it changes the way people understand faith, God and religion? I think it does, and perspective we carry is the truth of our bodies in this world.

Here is a resource I found helpful to understand Hindus definition of samara or samsara.  http://www.telugubhakti.com/telugupages/Monthly/Satsang/Bhajagovindam.htm

Aham sarvasy prabhavo 10.8

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10.8

ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate

iti matvā bhajante māṁ budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

ahaṁ -I am 

sarvasya -in the entire, all

prabhavo -seen in capacity/capability/influence in the

mattaḥ -oversight of the religion (mattam – Telugu for religion)

sarvaṁ -of the entire

pravartate -their behaviors

iti -thus

matvā -consider (matva/matram)

bhajante -worshiping to

māṁ -attain me

budhā -with that intellect 

bhāva-samanvitāḥ- emotion that shows (bhava) equal to being accompanied (with God).

Full meaning:

I am in the entire, seen in the capacity/capability/influence in the oversight of the religion of the entire, their behaviors, thus (as a result) consider worshiping to attain me with that intellect, emotion that shows equal to being accompanied (by God). 

Note: iti is “thus” and as with also the verses (Adhyesyate ca ya imam 18.70), (adhyatma-jnana-nityatvam 13.11), and (adharmam dharma iti ya 18.32). I have consistently used the same meaning for each word, and not interchangeably. For example, atma is always the soul, aham is always I am, ca is always also and so forth. 

What does it say in Gita?

 

This meaning is not entirely different. 

 

Quotes by Mahnidhi Swami

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“As Krsna remains always grateful to his servitors, a devotee should always feel grateful toward the Lord and guru. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, “even if a devotee serves Krsna for one thousand universal creations, he cannot repay the debt he feels to Krsna for having received the opportunity to serve Him.” HH Mahanidhi Swami

If I was a devotee who is serving krishna or has served krishna for one thousand universal creation, he cannot repay? why? It is a debt he feels to krishna. Okay, understood. It is the debt he feels to krsna for having received the opportunity to serve him. So he owes to Sri krishna for giving an opportunity to serve him? 🙂  —- What a devotee.

We are surrounded by friends – the only enemy is within.” HH Mahanidhi SwamiBottom of Form

What does surrounded mean to you? So EVERYWHERE you go you are surrounded by friends? What if you went to the wrong part of the Bombay? Slums for example. Who is the enemy then? Only what is within. 

“Devotees are not impressed by the poverty or wealth in material sense in any way; what impresses is devotion.” HH Radhanath Swami

Hare Krishna!

Speaking in such a way as to hurt another person’s heart out of carelessness, envy or ego is to cause violence by the mouth – HH Radhanath Swami

Violence by the mouth sounds like this: Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Our consciousness and our motivations in life are like spectacles having different colors, which make everything appear tainted. Association of saintly people and regular spiritual practices give us the vision and the philosophical ideal which help us see the world. HH Randanath Swami

Hare Krishna! 

Religion is not simply a sectarian identification that we socially accept within our life. Religion is the process of purifying our heart; a process of taking shelter of the Supreme Lord.
– HH Radhanath Swami
Religion is a process of purifying your heart — Is that process prescribed? Religion is the process of purifying our heart —- What is this process again? To me it is the process of going into the temple and out of the temple, finding A PROCESS of taking shelter of the supreme Lord.  I am talking about poverty in India.

“Real religion is about, developing real character; character of compassion, character of humility, the character of determination to grow in all circumstances.”  HH Radhanath Swami

The real “characters” are: character of compassion, character of humility, character of determination. If you put those three you will have a real character —– Anna Hazare fighting against corruption.

SB 10.10.15: A poverty-stricken man must automatically undergo austerities and penances because he does not have the wealth to possess anything. Thus his false prestige is vanquished. Always in need of food, shelter and clothing, he must be satisfied with what is obtained by the mercy of providence. Undergoing such compulsory austerities is good for him because this purifies him and completely frees him from false ego.

One: Whose false ego will austerities purify? A poverty-stricken man?
Two: Why does a poverty stricken man need to go through austerities? 

Three: What is mercy of providence?

Four: What are these compulsory austerities that would purify a poverty stricken man?

“Krsna takes special care of the devotee, guides him, gives him intelligence. What kind of intelligence? Just to give him the clue how one can go back to home, back to Godhead. Krishna does not give intelligence how one can gain some material prosperity. Therefore people are not very much interested in worshiping Krishna.”

HDG Srila Prabhupada Bombay, September 26, 1973
Are we advocating for Krishna giving the devotee intelligence to take shelter under godhead and how does that intelligence have to do with also gaining material prosperity. So in both situations people are not interested in worshipping Krishna?

“If you stretch your heart and strain your brain you can always find some good in everyone. No one is absolutely bad – through and through.” HH Mahanidhi SwamiBottom of Form

Hare Krishna!  

Wherever we find the teachings, the association, and the inspiration to purify our lives, to lead a life of integrity and humility, and to live in a spirit of selfless service—that’s where we are going to find the deepest experience of God.
I could not agree with you more Mahanidhi swami. 🙂

“In Kali-yuga, the mind is so lazy that it wants to quit without even trying. If one is not immediately successful, the mind will say – “Oh. I cant do it. I quit!”” HH Mahanidhi Swami

This world revolves around action. Quitting is not an option.

“The bird of the mind flies on two wings: the past and the future. Cut off the wings! Be here, now: hear, chant and remember – love, serve and surrender.” HH Mahanidhi Swami

‎What is bird of the mind flies on 2 wings?  

“Chanting the holy name without service attitude produces sound but no divinity – like a gun firing blanks, instead of bullets.” HH Mahanidhi Swami

To servitude…. Hare Krishna!

To the degree our actions are selfish, it cannot satisfy the heart. A selfless act is that in which we are truly giving ourselves for the object of our love.
– HH Radhanath Swami

I love it! 🙂

“Whether your mind is your best friend or worst enemy – know for sure that he is here to stay. So you had better get to know him!”

HH Mahanidhi Swami

A true statement.  

“To have mental concentration one must be cheerful and peaceful. By cultivating friendship with equals, respect for seniors, compassion for juniors and indifference towards sinners one will destroy envy, hatred and aversion and become happy and serene.” HH Mahanidhi Swami
Hearing this brings me peace.
“In order to progress in devotion we have to learn the workings of the mind, popularly known as human psychology. So a good bhakta is a good psychologist.” HH Mahanidhi Swami

Most definetely agreed.  Truth seekers to me are also good physchologists. How many really understand the workings of the mind?

SB 10.10.11: While alive, does this body belong to its employer, to the self, to the father, the mother, or the mother’s father? Does it belong to the person who takes it away by force, to the slave master who purchases it, or to the sons who burn it in the fire? Or, if the body is not burned, does it belong to the dogs that eat it? Among the many possible claimants, who is the rightful claimant? Not to ascertain this but instead to maintain the body by sinful activities is not good.
Maintaining the body in the way a body knows the difference and in the way we can see is a Hare Krishna devotee.

Is prasadam your karma phalam?

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It is! Here is why.

The fruit that you offer yourself to god, you receive it in the form of praasad, that is to me Karma phalum.

prasadam

Praasad means three things: Mercy of God, favor — blessings of the God, and satisfaction (Vedabase.net). So you are at the mercy of god when you offer your fruit and he blesses you with what you put there infront of him/her and in turn sees you take it gracefully and be satisfied.

This is how prasadam works, what you place for God and receive.

Taking the praasad with you, offering the praasad, being satisfied by it and importantly seeing it take into effect in your life, those results are — phalithum.

phalitham means – you are satisfied with the blessings of God, you have obtained the fruitive results from God.  The fruitive results does not mean just monetary gains but it also means gains in spiritual and personal growth. It is our karma phalitham.

On Avatara

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In Hinduism, an avatar (English: /ˈæv.ə.tɑːr/, from Sanskrit avatāra, अवतार in the Devanagari script, meaning “descent” from heaven to earth) is a deliberate descent of a deity from heaven to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (i.e., Vishnu for Vaishnavites) and is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation.”

Avatara does not necessarily mean the Birth of God.

Avatara means —-
Avatara is how and in what form he “descents” himself onto this earth.

Here is a Sanskrit verse on Avatara where the Lord/Bhagavan says he will descend to establish Dharma millenium after millenium .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X256Qxfnn5A&feature=related