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Am I a Hindu?

Meditation verse for Bhagavad Gita

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Meditation verse on Gita

Om Parthaya prati bodhitam bhagavata narayanena svayam,
Vyasaena grathitam Purana munina madhye Mahabharatam,
Advaitamrta varsinim bhagavatim ashta dasa dhyayinim,
Amba tvam anusandadhami bhagavad-gite bhavadvesinim.

 

Om Parthaya prati bodhitam — Om parthaya reason for it is (arjuna), that do everyday (prati) the philosophical knowledge explained given to us (bodhitam)

Bhagavata narayanena svayam — Bhagavata (bhagavata) told by lord god Narayana (narayayena) himself for the entire (svayam)

Vyasaena grathitam purana munina madhye Mahabharatam — even though it was vyasa (vyasaena) who wrote the book (grathitam), the muni from the past (purana munina) in the middle of Mahabharata katha (madhye Mahabharatam)

Advaitamrta varsinim bhagavatim ashta dasa dyayinim —- the immortal nectar of the advaita (advaitamrta), by showering us with (varsinim), Gods words given to us (bhagavatim) in the form of, 18 chapters to meditate upon (ashta dasa dyayinim)

Amba tvam anusandadhami bhagavad-gite bhavadvesinim – And unto the mother (amba), I meditate upon recite the Bhagavad Gita (tvam anusandadhami bhagavad gite), the destroyer of the house or dwelling of samsara (bhavadvesinim).

(My own translation of the mediation verse)

Om. Parthaya (Arjuna), the reason for it is Arjuna, that do everyday the philosophical knowledge explained to us by Lord Naryana himself for the entire. Even though it was vyasa who wrote the book, the muni from the past, in the middle of Mahabharata Katha, the immortal nectar of advaita, by showering us with Gods words given us in the form of 18 chapters to meditate upon. And unto the mother, I meditate upon recite the Bhagavad Gita, the destroyer of the house or dwelling of samsara.

 

The meaning online on the internet.

http://www.venkatesaya.com/1311.bhagavad.gita/prayers.php?p=prayer_begin

http://avdevantimes.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html

 

 

Sahanavavatu Mantra

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Om sahana avavatu 

Om let us together/altogether (saha na) that which is happening in good manner (avavatu)

sahanau bhunaktu

let us together (saha na) which we eat/enjoy (bhunaktu) (in essence to say that which we consume with our bodies literally and figuratively)

saha viryam karaavavahai 

together (saha) give us strength (viryam) to perform for the benefit of (karaavavahai)

Tejasvinau adhitam astu 

illuminating us in (Tejasvinau) our studies (adhitam) be it so that (astu)

maa vidvishaavahai

from our (maa) enemies/enemity (vidvishaavahai)

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Om peace, peace, peace

 

Om let us together that which is happening in good manner. let us together that which we eat/enjoy, together give us strength to perform for the benefit of, illuminating us in our studies (or what is studied) be it so that, from our enemies/enemity  Om peace, peace, peace. 

sahana avavatu

Websites with other meanings–

http://www.eaglespace.com/spirit/sahanavavatu_mantra.php 

http://www.gitamritam.com/samvad/sahana/

http://www.greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/vedas-om_sahana_vavatu.php

Notes: for the meaning in the above website I would like to point there are no words in the sloka for a teacher or student or lord. Nonetheless the meanings from the websites convey the over all meaning. Since I am particular about what makes sense to me and how I understand things, it helps me to take a deeper look at it for a meaning to understand it in way it is meant to be understood in Sanskrit.

What is this Symbol?

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You see America — I don’t know the Bible.  A religion and foundation in its own right. Will anyone understand these words and in a way with what type of judgement or no judgement?

This is a blog about my quest to understand religion, with meaning.

Does anyone know what the Vishnu’s Symbol Kapita stands for? A symbol that you see in the picture below.

I wonder if it is  for the 2 religions? It is my belief that everything stemmed out of two religions — Hinduism and Christianity. For example, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism came out of Hinduism. One might think the idea of everything stemming out of two religions is a over loaded and a crazy statement or do you think it has some validity? I believe there is some truth to this. In the picture below Kapita is the symbol that Vishnu is showing to Arjuna in his discourse of Gita. I have seen this symbol in church services and it is also a symbol of Jesus that you see the picture below.

Vishnu Kapitha Mudra E            Jesus image kapita

 

Now, what the symbol Kapita means in both the religions is what I hope to find out. I would like to think it is for ways (margam – way to) in this world, one through the power of mind and the other through the power of heart.  Actually, what I found out about this symbol it symoblizes explaining meaning. 

A Hindu —- What is a Hindu? Hinduism under construction.

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Hinduism Under Construction

What is a Hindu?

1. A Hindu, having the eyes, knowledge, and awareness for Intellect (right from wrong).  
2. It is understanding Arhata, who is fit for worthiness. 
3. It is following the rules of samsara, the “Conditioned life.”
4. It is living by example.  
5. It is doing your duty – “karthavyam deva mangikam.
6. It is realizing Karma, that for every thought, deed and action there is a manifestation happening bigger than our universe.
7. It is following the guidance of a Guru or realizing who the teacher is that may have opened your eyes.
8. It is yada yada hi dharmasaya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tada atamanam srjamya aham. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasya ca dustkrtam dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. One of the favorites verses in all of Bhagavad Gita. It is belief that god will come through for the good, the righteous and the just, millennium after millennium.
9. It is an awakening or enlightenment, a type of wisdom associated with knowledge – Jna.
10. It is a realization of being aware of your own 5 senses or the Indriyas. 
11. It is a realization and consciousness of the self.
12. It is about Dharma, the eternal law of this universe and its manifestation. Truthful living, righteousness and duty that which you treasure.* The greater good each individual feels and one hopes for in this world.
13. It is knowing each individual you meet has atma (the soul). That which cannot be killed or murdered. Also not every soul on this earth is divine, it is that every soul is only potentially divine. It is for us to discover that divinity in our lives.
14. It is using your consciousness to be your guide.
15. It is having faith and bhakti (Devotion) towards God, that pour through your eyes. The foremost sense and aspect of worshipping God and surrender.
16. It is looking into and seeing with your eyes the “expression of others eyes” in way you can see their ttava (behaviours)/prakriti (nature) /gunas (character traits)
17. It is understanding the value and values of education.
18. It is meditating on Om.
19. It is seeing things for what they are and people for who they are – admiring them or keeping your own self-respect.

20. It is respecting “Guru” or really respecting what we value the most — the learning.

21. It is seeing the Maya and yet not fully being able to understand its manifestation.

22. It is living by God’s principles, the moral,  ethical way to transforming the self. Why else would anyone need religion?

23. It is embracing the power of: shradha, siddhi, buddhi.*
24. It is understanding the expression: Children are equal to god – in purity.
25. It is understanding the values in education of sanskriti, sampradaya and samskar.
26. It is seeing the wealth of sadhana (practice) to understand the term perfection.
27. It is understanding what god has blessed you with, Anna (food). And that is the term in Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit for food.
28. It is Anatha ——- Orphan —that does not have neither beginning nor end.

Are you a Hindu?

Do you see a resemblance based on your foundation, upbringing and experience?

How does one see this, as a Hindu, non hindu and how you may or may not even know a Hindu? A priceless ques. for you.

How do you measure each of these? *

Do you still consider yourself a Hindu after reading this post?

What do you think the difference is? where this is coming from? That is also something to learn from about a person and ourselves.

Thank you for taking the time to read it!

4.7 Yada yada hi dharmasya

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4.7

yada yada hi dharmasya

Where, where indeed there is dharma, that face, mouth of, righteous and just

Glanir bhavati bharata

that shining and glorious expression is that of bharata (India)

abhyuthanam adharmasya

rise to the occasion where there is adharma (injust and wrong)

tada atamanam srjamya aham

at that time in that form (atma) wearing the garland is I.

 

Where, where indeed there is dharma, that face, mouth of righteous and just that shinning glorious expression is that of bharata (India). Rise to the occasion where there is adharma (injust and wrong), at that time in that form wearing the garland is I.

Notes:The word asya according to the dictionary I was using is face, mouth of a person and that is what I used here to describe dharmasya.

 

 

The Last verse in Bhagavad Gita 18.78

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The Last verse in Bhagavad Gita 18.78

Chapter 18 —- Verse 78 (The last verse in Gita)

Yatra yog’esvarah krsno yatra partho dhanur-dharah Tatra srir vijayo bhutir dhruva nitir matir mama

My Translation

Yatra – Journey

Yog esvarah Krsno—- Union perfected (yog) by esvarah krsno

Yatra – Journey

Partho — Arjuna

Dhanur dharah —holding/wearing the bow (dhanur)  maintaining the path (dharah)

Tatra — There upon in that meeting (on the battlefield — implied)

Srir —- glories/good fortune

Vijayo — victory to the

Bhutir – human spirit

Dhruva –  its firm will/ resolve

Nitir —the moral principals [ Telugu — neetulu ]

Matir — of the mind 

mama  — belonging to us.

My Meaning:

Journey is perfected by esvarah krsno. Journey belongs to Arjuna’s who was holding the bow.  There upon in that meeting (battlefield) went on the glories/good fortune —– victory to the human spirit, firm will/resolve; the moral principals, of the mind belonging to us.

What does it say in the text by Tapasyananda?

Where ever there is Krishna, the lord of yoga, accompanied by Arjuna wielding the bow — there reign good fortune,victory, prosperity and sound policy. Such is my conviction.

 

 

The difference between Om and Aum

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aum

OM is —– The spirit of God, the sound, vibration of this universe that is the absolute truth.

What is Aum then?

AUM is a representation of the three Gods in three planes.

The representation of the three Gods:

A — Stands for Shiva — the past, the birth, rebirth and reincarnation.

U — Stands for Vishnu — the present, the time/space of our universe

M — Stands for Brahma — the future, the manifestation/creation of our universe Om.

 

The three planes:

Bhur Bhuva Svah

Bhur — Earth —- Lord Shiva

Bhuva — In the sky — Lord Vishnu

Svah — In space — Bharm

The representation of Aum shows the three planes of our existence.

AUM also represents Past, Present and Future.  If you say — the names of Shiva, Vishnu and Bhrama, they do sound true to their representation — past, present and future.

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