Karma and the ‘Why me?’ Question

It is an irrefutable fact that everybody possesses some degree of a personality trait called narcissism. Of course, the degree of narcissism in a person is what that separates a normal person from someone who needs professional help. However negligible one’s degree of narcissism might be, it certainly is capable of pushing a person towards the feeling of entitlement, selfishness and also the typical ‘Why me’ Question. One’s own answer to the ‘Why me?’ question is usually based on self-pity and the feeling of being a victim of others, of external forces or simply of misfortune.

People who care to set aside their narcissistic trait, however small and insignificant it might be, and also their feeling of being a victim, succeed in finding out not the answer to the ‘Why me?’ question but a permanent solution to it.

The following presentation analyses the ‘Why me?’ question, the principle of Cause and Effect and the ways to carve out a clearer, better, enjoyable and enriching destiny with the help of the teachings imbibed from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

May peace reign in your heart, mind and soul and may your life be blessed with an abundance of Divine Grace.

Jai Shri Krishna

A Yogi with a Steady Mind

The following poem by Rudyard Kipling explains the importance of maintaining a calm and balanced mind.

Who is a ‘Stithapragnya’? 

SBG 2:54-57

SBG 2:53 When your mind is no longer wavering or perplexed but is steady in Samaadhi (in Bhagavan) or in self-realisation, you will attain Yoga.
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SBG 2:54 Arjuna said:
What is a man, O Keshava (Bhagavan Krishna), who is steady in Samaadhi or Self realisation called? How does such a man talk? How does he sit and how does he walk?
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SBG 2:55 Shree Bhagavan Krishna said:
One who gives up all desires of the mind, O Partha (Arjuna), and when one has a purified mind and is in a pure state of the soul, he is called a ‘Stithapragnya”or a man of steady consciousness.
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SBG 2:56 He who is not agitated or disturbed despite the threefold miseries, is also not euphoric when he has comforts and is free from attachment, fear and anger, is a sage with a steady mind.
Note:
The threefold miseries are, a. miseries that stem from the mind and body, b. miseries caused by other beings, and c. miseries caused by natural calamities and catastrophes over which no one has control
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SBG 2:57 He who is free from attachment and neither rejoices when he achieves good nor hates evil has steady wisdom and perfect knowledge.

In January 2020, I published on Amazon my first work of retelling the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English in the form of an EBook and in February 2020, I published my first paperback version of my work.  On the front covers of both the books, just below the main title  ‘The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English,’  it said, ‘Master the Art of Mastering your Mind’.

The world is an extension of the mind. Everything that we perceive, know and think we know is through the mind which acquires data through the senses. The one who has mastered his mind and has realised his Self, has nothing more to master.

Bhagavan Krishna says in SBG 7:02 I will now clearly explain to you this phenomenal knowledge and also its realisation after which, there will be nothing further remaining to be known in the world.

Most people spend their whole life searching for God and solutions to their problems only to realise that what they had been looking for all the while was within themselves.

Stay balanced, happy and peaceful.

Jai Shri Krishna

Q&A about the Fundamentals of the Sanatana Dharma

Fundamental Q&A about The Advaita Vedanta Philosophy of the Sanatana Dharma aka Hinduism.

This presentation contains a set of 23 questions asked by some of the visitors to this site and their respective answers from me. They are primarily the most common questions people have regarding the Sanatana Dharma, which in no way is any organised religion. It is an ancient yet rational philosophy that has evolved over many millennia thanks to the contribution of great people including highly accomplished sages, and it has been handed down to the present generation of people by our forefathers who preserved it in order for us to benefit from it.

However, care needs to be taken to avoid its very essence of being nondualistic from being altered and doctored by certain groups of people and religious organisations with vested interests or due to sheer ignorance. Doing so leads to major misunderstandings about the supreme philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta, which, when translated, means the ‘Nondualistic (path) towards the end or the goal of knowledge.’

Going through all the 23 questions and answers is recommended, however, timestamps for easy navigation to individual questions have been provided in the description box of the Video;
(The next presentation will be on Karma and the “Why me” question.)

The 23 questions:
Q   1 What does “Sanatana Dharma” mean?
Q   2 What is the actual name of the Sanatana Dharma? Is it not Hinduism?
Q   3 What kind of a religion is the Sanatana Dharma? Is it based on polytheism,
monotheism or any other concept? Please explain in detail.
Q   4 Who is God? Why do we have so many Gods and Goddesses?
Q   5 What about the 33 ‘crore’ Gods in Hinduism?
Q   6 Which are the Hindu scriptures that need to be read and followed?
Q   7 Who is the real “I”? Am I the Atman?
Q   8 What is the difference between Atman and Prana or life force?
Q   9 Am I the Atman, the mind, or the senses or a collection of all of them? 
Q 10 What is the difference between mind and intellect? Which one is superior? 
Q 11 Who is the doer and who is the enjoyer?
Q 12 At whose command do we all perform actions?
Q 13 Does Karma work like “Every action has a reaction” ie., does Karma take effect immediately?
Q 14 Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people?
Q 15 Why do some people get over bad Karma quickly against some who keep struggling?
Q 16 ‘Many Karmas’ have happened before one got to know Krishna, about the Self and the Dharmic philosophy – so who is to ‘blame’ for this ignorance?
Q 17 Can Krishna and Bhakti towards Him alter our path decided by past Karmas?
Q 18 What does true surrendering mean?  How do we test ourselves whether we have fully surrendered? 
Q 19 Which Gods should I  pray to? ‘Demigods’ or Krishna the most superior One?
Q 20 What is the true process of Bhakti: idol/temple worship, reciting Mantras and which Mantras? 
Q 21 Why do many Westerners, who are not ‘linked’ to the Dharmic philosophy continue to be good souls?
Q 22 What happens after death?
Q 23 Can you give us some simple and practical steps that common people could follow in order to balance their Karma?

Finding Peace in Marriage

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Tavamithram’s PodTalk no. 01- 29.04.2020

Answering the ‘Why me?’ question

About two years ago, I had written a post on the typical narcissistic ‘Why me?’ question that people ask themselves when they face challenges in life.

When things do not go as one wishes, they tend to blame others, their fate, their natal chart, their teachers, their country and everyone as well as everything else other than themself who is the actual cause of everything. I have written in quite a few posts of mine about the three possibilities why things happen to people in life:
1. Everything is merely a coincidence and nothing has any reason whatsoever.
2. It is due to the principle of Cause and Effect or Karma
3. There is a God above who is doing all this to you.

Now, if you are a person who does not happen to belong to any cult which forces you to believe in a God in heaven, a book or in any person as tenets or conditions to be a part of that cult, you must be a mentally and spiritually free person who is guided by common sense. This should make you understand that the possibility number 3 is senseless. Therefore, it could either be No. 1 or No. 2. If it is No. 1 you know that you have no control over the situation anyway. So, if, for example, you feel you have a bad marriage and cannot live with your spouse, go for a divorce and be done with it. However, if you were to go by the possibility No. 2, which is that of Karma, you need to understand that whatever the situation you may be in, it was you who caused it or rather, asked for it. So, if you have a bad marriage, it is your own past Karma that caused it to happen. You cannot escape it. If you divorce your current spouse and go for another one without making the necessary changes in yourself, the story is sure to repeat itself because you have not broken the pattern. On the other hand, if you can break the pattern and make changes in yourself, why divorce at all and add more negative Karma to your bag which is already loaded with it?

Marital problems? It was you who had ‘asked’ for them

Let me clarify an important thought about Karmic balance. It is the subject of marriage that I shall be talking about today in order to explain clearly the destiny one’s past Karma creates. As I said earlier, if you have a ‘bad marriage’ in the current Janma, it could only mean that it was you who caused it or ‘asked for’ it for this Janma. It does not mean that someone or some God is punishing you. It indicates that in your previous Janma, you were not particularly good in this area and hence you needed to work on it further. That is why your destiny has created challenges for you in your marriage so that you can learn to manage it well.

Take the example of bodybuilding. If you would like to build muscle, you would need to apply more than normal stress on the particular muscle that you wish to build. This damages your local muscle fibre and causes muscle fatigue or muscle failure. When you rest after the workout, the exercised muscle repairs itself by undergoing a cellular process during which, new myofibrils or muscle strands are formed. When this is done at regular intervals, there is good muscle growth and the person begins to look in shape. In the case of one’s past Karma, the area in which a person has been weak or has not done sufficient justice in the previous Janma is repeated so that there is ‘more pressure’ in that area that would trigger the person to act on it and learn to handle it better. This helps them improve themselves and progress towards perfection.

Couples who do not realise this truth worsen their own Karma by continuing to do whatever they did in their previous Janma which is exactly why they have a difficult marriage in the current Janma in the first place. If they do not make changes, their pattern will continue into probably the next few hundred Janmas until they receive some kind of enlightenment someday. There are some who look for relationships outside of marriage with the excuse that they are not happy in their own marriage. They woo others into such immoral relationships and ruin the progress in their respective Karmic journeys. Such acts can only guarantee more Karma which they will have to soon balance. Shedding Karma, like shedding weight, is certainly neither an easy nor an enjoyable thing to do. You might want to stay fit and avoid the collection of negative Karma just as you would avoid collecting unwanted fat.

If everyone could comprehend the fact that they are, or rather, their past Karma is directly responsible for whatever situation they might be in, their propensity to purposefully, inadvertently or even foolishly collect more Karma can be minimised. The moment realisation happens they cease to blame the other person and they take the responsibility upon themselves. This activates an important part of their consciousness which turns them into a kind, compassionate, forgiving and lovable person. Attaining this should add colour and spice to their marital life and make it more interesting as well as worthwhile.

Children are the greatest gifts after one’s own life

Something of great importance is that couples who are blessed with children have no moral right to cause any negative impressions in the minds of their little ones. It is in fact highly sinful do so because the negative impressions they create in the minds of their children could have serious repercussions on the psychology of the child and also have a lasting impact on their psyche for the rest of their lives. If we were to talk about extreme cases, the name of Adolf Hitler is one of the names that come to my mind. His father was a cruel man who treated Adolf’s mother very badly. It can be concluded that his father’s cruelty resulted in the horrifying deaths of millions of innocent people in Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship. I have two questions to people who humiliate their children – “How dare you?” and “How ungrateful can you be?” There are people who have everything in the world but are not blessed with children but then we also have people who are blessed with everything including children but they are neither thankful, happy, appreciative or at peace with themselves in their lives. Also, think of the people who have everything but not a human companion. Therefore, when people who are blessed with a companion and children complain about life, they are only expressing that they feel that they are entitled to more or better. This is sheer arrogance, vanity and ingratitude.

Why me? It is me and that is why

The ways of destiny can be very cruel. A lot of people must be well aware of this great truth by now. Instead of asking ‘Why me’, it would make sense to say, “It is me and that is why,” It is my humble request to everyone to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, understand some basic truths about the Sanatana Dharma and Karma, and make a resolution to never treat children and all others with disdain. After their own life, it is children who are the greatest gifts that one can receive. Children are the future. It is not merely about the next couple of generations but forever into the future. If you took a moment to think, you would be able to see that some single action of one of your forefathers thousands of years ago is the direct causal factor of your birth as the individual you are in the current Janma. Every action of yours will have an effect on the generations to come. Let us be sensible and leave behind a better world for future generations.

As it is taught in organised cults and religions, Advaita Vedanta does not teach that there is someone up there or there are planets controlling your life. It is your own past and present Karma that are determining everything that happens in your life. You are Divine and you have the possibility to change your life for the better, right at this moment. If your life is a mess, you have to change it. Going to a temple and praying can help you calm yourself down and think more intelligently but the solution in the form of a change in what you do has to come from within. Look, if you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always got. It is not so difficult to comprehend this simple natural principle, is it?

So what is that one should do to improve relations with their spouse?

Stop bickering, complaining, arguing, finding faults, suspecting or throwing the blame at each other. Remember that the best way to convince the other of your idea is through action and not through words. No one is going to buy your argument just because you so vehemently say whatever you say. Speaking harshly can only worsen the stress in the relationship. This is because, just like you, the other person too would do their best to prove themselves right. One person needs to give in. There is no loss of respect in giving in but it only shows that the one doing so is largehearted.

Discuss with your spouse and consider making major changes in your daily routine. This could include going to the fitness studio along with your spouse, going for walks together with spouse and children, having an early dinner together, making it a point to sit together and read a book with each of you taking turns to read page after page, cooking together on weekends, starting new hobbies, and so on. All one needs to do is to sincerely want to improve their relationship and the rest will automatically follow. Ego is the main thing that needs to be avoided like the plague. Ego leads people to think and say that they are better than the other and that they deserve a better spouse. The moment they sense disagreement, they get into a self-defence mode which soon changes into an offensive one. They start hurling abuses at each other and even at each other’s families. However, most of such people overlook the major fact that they will soon get old and that their children who are young today will grow up and would do the same thing to them.

Men need to understand that women do not like their husband to be a weakling. They usually like their man to be strong, kind, generous, appreciative, warm, forgiving and wise. Similarly, men too do not like it when their woman does not respect them or keeps nagging them constantly.

If you have decided to make changes in yourself in order to improve your relation with your spouse but are feeling embarrassed to come down from your ‘high position’ and make it too conspicuous that you are trying to change, you could begin by throwing in here and there casual words of appreciation for your spouse. You could praise him or her before friends and tell your friends all that you would like to tell your spouse but are not able to do so directly.

Change needs to happen from within. Expecting your spouse to change in order for you to have a better married life can only waste the rapidly diminishing priceless gift of life particularly the most valuable part of life which is known as youth. My humble experience in life has taught me that anything can happen to anyone anytime. Let us not, when our final moments arrive, have the need to rue not having used our time wisely.

Make  the change

Dump all idiotic conditions and reservations. Life is too precious and short for such silly things. Love everyone, be kind and loving to children and o everyone else, have fun, sing, dance, meditate, party, travel, have holidays, enjoy nature, go trekking or climbing and donate things to the needy who are not so lucky as you are.

Take a vow to take the lead in catalysing a chain of recurring happy events that bless your home with love, happiness, abundance, good health and bliss. Trust me, nothing is worth wasting the most precious moment called the NOW for!

Jai Shri Krishna

LIFE IS TOO PRECIOUS – LIVE IT – BE THANKFUL FOR IT – RELISH IT –  CELEBRATE IT

Albeiro Vargas – The little angel of Colombia

Why is it that a true living angel such as the wonderful Albeiro Vargas does not even have a Wikipedia entry as of today? His story is one of the most formidable and impressing ones that I have come across in a long time. The person, who was merely a nine-year-old when he started his work, along with his little angel friends, proves that there is always something that one can do to make living more worthwhile and fulfilling.

I would say that watching this film on the story of the ‘Little angel’ of Colombia, in itself could be an act of meditation. It is ultimate Divinity, unconditional service to mankind and the highest form of humanness. The kindness and sweetness of the Albeiro as a nine or ten-year-old boy can certainly melt even the hardest of hearts.

Life is the greatest gift. Nothing can be more precious than it. Helping others live and experience this greatest gift is true Dharma. The way Albeiro so lovingly and affectionately cares for very old people really touched my heart. May he and his team stay blessed.

 

 

Firm principles, a clear goal, focus, dedication, and consistency

उत्सीदेयुरिमे लोका न कुर्यां कर्म चेदहम् |
सङ्करस्य च कर्ता स्यामुपहन्यामिमाः प्रजाः || ३ २४ ||
utsiide yurime lokaana kuryaam karma che dhaham
sankarasya cha kartaa syaamupahanyaa mimaaha prajaaha (SBG 3:24)
Bhagavan Krishna said: If I ever stopped being engaged in My action, these worlds will perish. I would also cause unwanted population that would ruin all beings.

A person always needs to be aware of and responsible for his or her thoughts, words and deeds. Maintaining consistency requires effort and therefore one needs to always consciously work on remaining consistent. Making a statement or a verbal commitment merely for the sake of saying something attracts Karma, which will need to be balanced someday or the other. We come across a lot of people who make tall promises but later on retract from what they said with the justification that their situation forced them to do so. It is quite possible that the person’s situation really prevented them from keeping their word but that is precisely the reason why, as I said earlier, one needs to be aware of and responsible for his or her thoughts, words and deeds.

The Shloka SBG 3:24 quoted by me above points out that if Bhagavan Krishna, Brahman or that intangible, incomprehensible and indescribable force were to ever stop working, ‘unwanted population’ would be caused and that would ruin all beings. Let us look at it metaphorically. When, for example, a person makes a commitment to someone but does not continue to work on keeping the commitment, just like the unwanted population that Krishna spoke about, unnecessary thoughts, distractions and temptations, could take over their mind and make them deviate from the path they had earlier committed to taking. This would then force them to perform actions that would only attract negative Karma and damage their life as well as their Karmic journey like the way an unwanted population would ruin all beings.

It is quite a normal human quality to be unsteady or fickle-minded although the intensity of being so may vary from person to person based on the progress they have made in the process of their respective Karmic evolution. Learning to control one’s mind, not by suppressing it but by developing noble virtues, discipline, and social responsibility; ensures that one’s most important priorities, namely, those of collecting positive Karma and precluding the heaping of negative Karma can be achieved.

An important point to be borne in mind is the basic principle of Karmayoga, which is to do work without being attached to its results. Let me tell you that this is not as tricky or at times paradoxical as it may sound to some.

The following Shloka should explain how and why it is not so:
सक्ताः कर्मण्यविद्वांसो यथा कुर्वन्ति भारत |
कुर्याद्विद्वांस्तथाऽसक्तश्चिकीर्षुर्लोकसंग्रहम् || ३ २५ ||
saktaaha karmanya vidhvaamso yathaa kurvanti bhaaratha
kuryaad vidvaam stathaa sakthash- chikiirshur loka sangraham (SBG 3:25)
Just as ignorant people perform actions with attachment to the results, learned people perform work, but with no attachments. Their desire, if at all, is only the welfare of the world.

This Shloka indicates that performing action wishing good for the society that one lives in, should suffice and enable a person to stay on the path of Karmayoga. The welfare of others need not always mean the society at large but it could also mean the person or persons to whom one gives a word or makes a commitment. Simple actions that stem from wishing well for others include actions as simple as sharing positive energy with others. I have been running this website since 2014 and I do it expecting nothing from others except hoping that my posts help people learn certain basic truths and secrets that I have learned, which have been helping me welcome, face, fight and overcome major challenges in life including life-threatening ones and the knowledge that I gained through them that have been helping me evolve physically, mentally, intellectually and spiritually.

Thousands of people have been coming to this site, have contacted me and have also been communicating with me. In all those communications, I have been giving people the most valuable but rapidly and constantly diminishing asset that anyone can ever have, which is the TIME I have in my current Janma. The services I have been offering people include personally teaching them how to introspect, analyse a given situation, identify their own pluses and minuses, chart a plan for their future and I have also been counselling individuals, couples, morbidly depressed people and others who urgently require moral support. That is what I promise to unconditionally do for anyone that contacts me for help. However, the question is how many of the people who have personally communicated with me have honestly considered one of the most important pieces of advice I always give, which is to share positive energy and vibrations with others without any expectations in mind? Many people come here, get a temporary solution to their problems, return to what they were doing, but rush back to me after a while saying that their life has not improved. Of course, there will be no change or improvement! How can one expect life to change when they do not change from within or do not remain consistent in what they, in their pursuit of self-improvement, started becoming after receiving some help from me or from anyone else? If one continues to do what they did earlier, they will continue to get only what they got earlier. It is plain common sense. Can you go to the gym for a couple of months and expect to have that dream figure? No, you cannot. It takes years of discipline, rigorous training and sacrifice.

At this point, I must emphasise that what others do with their lives makes no difference to me because I, anyway, do not expect anything from others. Nevertheless, I know deep in my heart that whatever I do through my sites or in my life, in general, is not with selfish motives but purely for the welfare and happiness of others at least for the reason that I take Krishna’s teachings a bit too seriously.

It is my sincere suggestion to everyone that if you wish to change your life, it would be you that needs to change. You can be sure that the world will not change. Waiting for a particular astrological phase to change your life is a total absurdity because if you do not change, your life will not change. Following Dharma, having social responsibility as a guiding principle, being consistent and doing whatever you do as a sacrifice unto Krishna can help you lead an enriching and fulfilling life, which is anyway the only thing that comes to one’s mind during their last moments of life.

Thanks to the initiative by our friend Anupam, we started discussing the SBG on the forum at www.tavamithram.com which Dhruva, Kishor, Sundarji and Janardhana also joined and shared their respective thoughts. However, I find it rather disheartening that except for these five people, no others joined it or even showed signs of being interested in doing so. Let me reiterate once more that I have nothing to lose because I am aware that just as all others, I too do not possess anything and therefore, logically speaking, cannot lose anything. I am only sharing with others the knowledge that saved my life multiple times, changed it, enriched it, filled it with the most fascinating and exhilarating experiences, and is helping me every moment to stay blissful no matter what the challenging situation my destiny may force me to enter or be in. I shall continue to do my small bit for others even if some people still prefer to live in a world of delusion obsessed with dualities and a faulty God concept.

To take what I teach or not is left to you. Remember, even Bhagavan Krishna said so to Arjuna in Shloka SBG 18:63

Please do invest some time to study the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, discuss it, master the art of mastering your mind, and learn to design your future in the way you would want it to be and not like something that astrological predictions tell you they would be. The current situation with the quarantine and stay-home laws could be very well used to take life-changing steps that could pave the way to your wonderful earthly as well as Karmic future.

Always stay spiritually aware, focused, committed and socially responsible.

Therefore, “Reflect fully on what I have declared to you and do what you wish to do.” (SBG 18:63)

Jai Shri Krishna

“Who am I?” – Shri Ramana Maharshi’s 42 Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

‘Your own Self-Realisation is the greatest service that you can render the world.’ – Shri Ramana Maharshi

It was in the month of July 1896. Shri Ramana Maharshi, né Venkataraman, was suddenly overcome by the fear of death. However, instead of panicking as people would usually do, he decided to study the subject of death. He tried to figure out what it was that died when a person died. He realised that death happened merely to the physical body but the actual being or Self in a person never dies. That day of realisation changed his whole life. He completely lost all interest in outward life. He would go to the temple and stand there for hours before the deities as tears would roll down his cheeks. He would meditate for long durations of time.

All the spiritual knowledge he possessed was experiential in nature that originated from his repeatedly asking himself, “Naan yaar?” in Tamil which means “Who am I?” They were purely from his own experience and not from others or from books. He was a neo-Vedantist who did not propagate rituals, rites and other such religious practices. He taught that  the only reality is the Self or the true ‘I’, which is nothing but an all-inclusive awareness.

Shri Ramana Maharshi principally taught Self-inquiry and encouraged people to do sincerely. There is a well-known anecdote about him that when he was once asked by someone how to treat others, he replied by saying, “There are no others.” He said that the “Who am I?” question is not meant to find an answer to it but to in fact ‘dissolve’ the seeker who asks the question. His method of Self-inquiry is known as as ‘Hridaya Yoga’.

The selection and rearrangement of 42 Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita is indeed a great boon to any seeker. The rearrangement form a smooth flow Divine teachings that help a person understand the core philosophy taught in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

Although I have given the respective Shloka numbers after each of them for easy reference, the correct way to read the selected Shlokas would be to follow the order given by Shri Ramana Maharshi ignoring the actual Chapter and Shloka numbers. The order of the Shlokas given by Shri Ramana Maharshi too, just as it is in the original order, removes the fear of death, right at the very beginning.

Identification with the body, mistaking the mind for the Self, the fear of death, attachment to impermanent objects, a confused and egotistical ‘I’ concept, a wrong ‘God concept’, and the lack of focus, are some of the key factors that cause sadness, pain, misery, hate and all things negative in the world. The Self is Divine, permanent and Divine. Learn to the revel in the Self. Everything else will leave you some day or the other.

In order to make it easy to understand the philosophy that Shri Ramana Maharshi, taught through his rearrangement of the 42 Shlokas, the Sanskrit Shlokas have been avoided so that one can read through the English translations uninterrupted.

I have grouped the 42 Shlokas in 10 groups, which should make understanding the Shlokas even easier. Set your mind, focus and read the following Shlokas with all humility and devotion.

I     The body, the Self and existence

1.  Sanjaya said: To Arjuna, who was overcome with compassion, pity and sadness and whose eyes were filled with tears, Madhusudana (Bhagavan Krishna) said as follows. (SBG 2:01)

2.  Shri Bhagavaan said: O Arjuna, the wise sages call this body the Kshetra or the Field and he who knows it, the Kshetrajna or the Knower of the Field. (SBG 13:01)

3.  You should know that the Kshetrajna or the embodied Self in all bodies or Kshetras is Me, O Arjuna. Knowing about the Kshetra and the Kshetrajnas is called knowledge. (SBG 13:02)

4.  I am the Self, O Gudakesha (Arjuna), situated within all living entities. I am the origin, the middle and also the end of all beings. (SBG 10:20)

5.  For one who is born, death is certain; and for one who dies, rebirth is certain. Hence you should not grieve for this inevitable truth. (SBG 2:27)

6.  The Self is never born, nor does it die at any time. It does not come into existence by being born. The Self is constant. It is not killed when the body dies. (SBG 2:20)

7.  The soul or the Self is indeed incombustible. It cannot be cut, nor moistened nor dried. It is eternal and it has been there forever. (SBG 2:24)

8.  You must know that that which pervades the body can never be destroyed. The soul is indestructible and imperishable. (SBG 2:17)

9.   Seers who have studied both, the material body and the eternal soul, have concluded that the unreal does not endure and the real never ceases to be. (SBG 2:16)

10. Like the sun that illuminates the whole world, the Self or the Soul, which is the Lord of the Kshetram or the body, illuminates the whole field, O Arjuna. (SBG 13:33)

11. Neither does the sun, the moon nor fire illumine the supreme abode of Mine. The one who goes there never returns to material life. That is My highest abode. (SBG 15:06)

II    The Highest Goal is understanding the Ultimate Truth of the Omnipresent Divinity

12. What is called the Unmanifest and the Imperishable, is said to be the highest goal. Those who reach it do not return to this cycle of births and deaths. That is My highest abode. (SBG 8:21)

13. Those who are free from vanity and delusion, are victorious over the evil of attachment, dwell constantly in the Self, have their desires completely turned away, and are freed from the pairs of opposites known as pleasure and pain, will certainly reach the eternal goal. (SBG 15:05)

14. A person who disregards the teachings of the scriptures and acts under the influence of desire, attains neither perfection, happiness nor the Supreme goal. (16:23)

15. The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Soul or the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally in all beings – the unperishing within the perishing. (SBG 13:27)

16. By single-minded devotion and dedication, I can be seen and known like this and in fact, one can even become one with Me, O mighty-armed Arjuna. (SBG 11:54)

III   Faith, the kinds of faith and devotion

17. The faith of everyone is as per their nature, O Arjuna. People are what the nature of their faith is. (SBG 17:03)

18. The person of faith and devotion, who has control over the senses, attains knowledge. He immediately attains Supreme Peace. (SBG 4:39)

IV  The mind, the intelligence, the intellect and spiritual strength

19. To them who are ever steadfast in worshipping Me with love, I give the Yoga of discrimination by which they come to Me. (10:10)

20. Out of mere compassion for them, I reside in their intellect and destroy the darkness born of ignorance by the bright lamp of knowledge. (SBG 10:11)

21. But, to those whose ignorance is destroyed by the knowledge of the Self, their knowledge like the sun, manifests that highest Being. (SBG 5:16)

22. The senses are superior to the sense objects; the mind is superior to the senses, but the intellect is superior to the mind, and the Self or the soul is superior to the intellect. (SBG 3:42)

23. Therefore, knowing oneself to be higher than the material senses, the mind and the intelligence, one must conquer the enemy which is in the form of lust and desire. This enemy is difficult to conquer and only spiritual strength can conquer it. (SBG 3:43)

V    The fire of knowledge that burns Karma

24. Just as a blazing fire burns wood used as fuel into ashes, O Arjuna, knowledge burns all actions and reactions due to material activities, into ashes. (SBG 4:37)

25. A person whose every action is devoid of selfish desires and whose actions are burned by the fire of knowledge is known to be a wise and highly learned person. (SBG 4:19)

VI  The way to liberation

26. Sages who are free from passion and anger, who have their mind under control, who have realised the Self and are constantly aiming for perfection, are assured of liberation in the Supreme, here and hereafter. (SBG 5:26)

27. One should withdraw little by little, establishing the mind in the Self through the intellect regulated by concentration. He should not think of anything else. (SBG 6:25)

VII   Learning to control one’s own mind

28. Wherever and whenever the mind wanders restlessly because of its unsteady quality, it should be restrained and brought back under the control of the Self. (SBG 6:26)

29. With the senses, the mind and the intellect always controlled, with liberation as his supreme goal, free from desire, fear and anger—the wise person is truly liberated forever. (SBG 5:28)

30. A yogi whose Self is united with Divine Consciousness, sees the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self. Such a person sees the same everywhere. (SBG 6:29)

VIII  Exclusive devotion to Krishna, being a ‘Stithapragnya’ or a person of stable and steady consciousness, and the way to becoming dear to Krishna

31. To those people who worship Me alone, thinking of no other, I give My assurance that they get what they want and preserve what they have. (SBG 9:22)

32. Of those, the one of wisdom who is engaged in devotional service is the best. I am dear to such a knower and he or she, in turn, is dear to Me. (SBG 7:17)

33. Therefore, after innumerable births, the one who has perfected his or her wisdom, understanding fully My universal reality, surrenders to Me and such a soul is very rare. (SBG 7:19)

34. Shri Bhagavan Krishna said: One who gives up all desires of the mind, O Partha (Arjuna), has a purified mind and is in a pure state of the soul, is called a ‘Stithapragnya’ or a man of steady consciousness. (SBG 2:55)

35. The person who has renounced attachment to all sense objects lives with no sense of ownership and is free from false pride, thus attaining peace. (SBG 2:71)

36. The one who neither troubles others nor is agitated by the world; and is free from joy, envy, fear and anxiety; is dear to Me. (SBG 12:15)

37. He who remains unmoved in honour and dishonour; is the same to friend and foe, and has renounced all actions by giving up claims of being the ‘Doer’, is said to have transcended the three Gunas. (SBG 14:25)

38. But for the one who delights in the Self, remains Self-illuminated, fully satisfied with the Self, duties don’t exist. (SBG 3:17)

39. Such a person has no purpose whatsoever and is not interested in whatever is done or not done. He also does not depend on other living beings. (SBG 3:18)

IX Being Self-content, free of envy, and balanced both in success as well as in failure

40. A person who is satisfied with gains that come to him on their own, is steady, has surpassed duality and is free from envy. Such a person is even-minded both in success as well as in failure. He is never bound even while performing actions. (SBG 4:22)

41. The Supreme Bhagavan dwells in the hearts of all beings, O Arjuna, and in accordance to their respective Karma, He directs the wanderings of all beings by His Maya or illusive power, as if they were mounted on a machine. (SBG 18:61)

X   Seeking total refuge in Divinity

42. O Arjuna! Seek refuge in Him and surrender your body, mind and soul unto Him. By His Grace, you shall attain Supreme Peace and the Eternal Abode. (SBG 18:62)

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Mantra Meditation with Tavamithram

Welcome and Introduction
1.   Sankat Nashak Ganesh Stotra 7:59
2.   Bhadram Karnebhih 10:28
3.   Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra (3 x repetitions) 11:24
4.   Durga Mantra 12:23
5.   Shiva Maanasa Puja 13:15
6.   Nrsimha Mantra (3 x repetitions)16:28
7.   Surya Gayatri Mantra (3 x repetitions)17:18
8.   Aditya Hridayam Mantra 17:56
9.   Dhanvantari Mantra (3 x repetitions) 25:10
10. Shanti Mantra 26:54


Om Shri Ganeshaya namaha

Namaste.

Welcome to this Mantra meditation session during which we shall aim to mentally connect with the timeless, Divine, eternal and grand system of which all of us are a part.

You would need to be in a dimly lit room and sit on the floor in the Padmasana position. Never mind, those of you who do not know the Asana or cannot perform it for whatever reason, may simply sit cross-legged comfortably on the floor or in any other position in which you would feel relaxed yet alert.

Bhagavan Krishna says in the 13th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita:
क्षेत्रज्ञं चापि मां विद्धि सर्वक्षेत्रेषु भारत |
क्षेत्रक्षेत्रज्ञयोर्ज्ञानं यत्तज्ज्ञानं मतं मम || १३ २ ||
kshetrajnam chaapi maam viddhi sarva kshetreshu bhaarata
kshetra-kshetrajnayor-jnaanam yattat-jnaanam matam mama (SBG 13:02)
You should know that the Kshetrajna or the embodied Self in all bodies or Kshetras is Me, O Arjuna. Knowing about the Kshetra and the Kshetrajnas is called knowledge.

This means that the Self in all beings is Krishna Himself. However, the perception of our own Divinity is usually deluded by our untrained mind. That is when Mantras and Meditation are of great help.

मननात् त्रायते इति मंत्रः Mananaat Traayate iti Mantrah
A Mantra is that by which one is protected and redeemed through constant thinking and remembering.

The mental barriers due to the confused dualistic ‘I’ in us and the supreme system known as Brahman, can be easily dropped with the power of Mantras and meditation.

We are made up of the same five elements that the entire universe is made up of. In that sense, just as the universe contains us, we too contain the universe in within us.

Mantras help us rise and get back to where we belong. They can have two major effects on those who chant, recite, sing or merely listen to them. By understanding what the Mantras truly mean, a person chanting or reciting them visualises the splendour and magnificence of the different forms of the Universal Brahman and derives immense spiritual energy from them.

The other benefit of Mantras comes from their sonorous value. All of us know that sound has the power to shatter glass panes, rid people of diseases, elevate states of mind and create overall wellness. These benefits of Mantras help in building a strong mind which protects one’s immune system from being compromised by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or even unrighteous thoughts. Such a state of mind leads to a healthy and stable constitution of the body.

The concept of prayer taught in many organised religions is usually about asking God for help, for a cure from a disease, or for any other kind of favours. On the other hand, Vedic chants and recitations, that invariably are praises offered to the Supreme Brahman in different forms, are aimed at energising the seeker and helping them attain a natural balance of energies within themselves which contribute towards their mental and physical strength apart from building in them the necessary receptiveness for worldly as well as Karmic rewards.

Bhagavan Krishna says in Shloka 7:16

चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन |
आर्तो जिज्ञासुरर्थार्थी ज्ञानी च भरतर्षभ || ७ १६ ||
chatur vidhaa bhajante maam
janaaha sukritino’rjuna
aarto jijnaa surartharthee
jnaanee cha bharatar-shabha (SBG 7:16)
Among the pious, there are four kinds who are devoted to Me. They are the distressed, those seeking knowledge, people desiring material gain and people of wisdom.
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7:17
तेषां ज्ञानी नित्ययुक्त एकभक्तिर्विशिष्यते |
प्रियो हि ज्ञानिनोऽत्यर्थमहं स च मम प्रियः || ७ १७ ||
teshaam jnaanee nitya yukta
eka bhaktir vishishyate
priyo hi jnaanino’tyartha-
maham sa cha mama priyaha (SBG 7:17)
Of those, the one of wisdom who is engaged in devotional service is the best. I am dear to such a knower and he or she, in turn, is dear to Me.

I would now request you to close your eyes and visualise a bright light on the horizon. Fix your mental gaze on that light and join me in this brief meditational journey towards feeling the true Divine Self in us.

I shall now begin this session of Mantra meditation in which I shall be reciting ten powerful Sanskrit Mantras. The first Mantra is the Sankat Nashak Mantra of Ganesha. It is a Mantra that helps seekers like us transition from a mundane state of mind into a focussed and energised one. This Mantra will then be followed by Mantras for Shiva, Durga or Parvati, Narsimha, Aditya and Dhanvantari. Aditya, Surya Bhagavan or the Sun God, but for whom the solar system would not exist, is revered as the one deity who, in all his grandeur, is actually visible to the human eye.

Therefore, it is the Aditya Hridayam Mantra that assumes the main part of this meditation session, which we shall end with the Shanti Mantra for world peace and wellbeing.

Let us begin.


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1.  Sankat Nashak Ganesh Mantra
प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं
गौरीपुत्रं विनायकम् ।
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यं
आयुःकामार्थसिद्धये ॥ १॥

प्रथमं वक्रतुण्डं च
एकदन्तं द्वितीयकम् ।
तृतीयं कृष्णपिङ्गाक्षं
गजवक्त्रं चतुर्थकम् ॥२॥

लम्बोदरं पञ्चमं च
षष्ठं विकटमेव च ।
सप्तमं विघ्नराजेन्द्रं
धूम्रवर्णं तथाष्टमम् ॥ ३॥

नवमं भालचन्द्रं च
दशमं तु विनायकम् ।
एकादशं गणपतिं
द्वादशं तु गजाननम् ॥ ४॥

द्वादशैतानि नामानि
त्रिसंध्यं यः पठेन्नरः ।
न च विघ्नभयं तस्य
सर्वसिद्धिकरः प्रभुः ॥ ५॥

विद्यार्थी लभते विद्यां
धनार्थी लभते धनम् ।
पुत्रार्थी लभते पुत्रान्मोक्षार्थी लभते गतिम् ॥ ६॥
जपेद्गणपतिस्तोत्रं|
षड्भिर्मासैः फलं लभेत् ।
संवत्सरेण सिद्धिं च
लभते नात्र संशयः ॥ ७॥

अष्टेभ्यो ब्राह्मणेभ्यश्च
लिखित्वा यः समर्पयेत् ।
तस्य विद्या भवेत्सर्वा
गणेशस्य प्रसादतः ॥ ८॥

इति श्री नारदपुराणे संकटविनाशनं
श्रीगणपतिस्तोत्रं संपूर्णम् ।

2. Universal Prayer -Bhadram Karnebhih
ॐ भद्रं कर्णेभिः शृणुयाम देवाः ।
भद्रं पश्येमाक्षभिर्यजत्राः ।
स्थिरैरङ्गैस्तुष्टुवाग्‍ँसस्तनूभिः ।
व्यशेम देवहितं यदायुः ।
स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृद्धश्रवाः ।
स्वस्ति नः पूषा विश्ववेदाः ।
स्वस्ति नस्तार्क्ष्यो अरिष्टनेमिः ।
स्वस्ति नो वृहस्पतिर्दधातु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

3. Maha Mtryunjaya Mantra
ॐ नमः शिवाय
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्‌॥

4. Durga Mantra
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

सर्वाबाधाविनिर्मुक्तो धनधान्यसुतान्वित:।
मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशय:॥

सर्वाबाधाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि।
एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्वैरिविनाशनम्॥

5. Shiva Maanasa Puja
रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः
स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं
नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम्।
जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च धूपं तथा
दीपं देव दयानिधे पशुपते
हृत्कल्पितं गृह्यताम्॥१॥

सौवर्णे नवरत्नखण्डरचिते पात्रे घृतं पायसं
भक्ष्यं पञ्चविधं पयोदधियुतं
रम्भाफलं पानकम्।
शाकानामयुतं जलं रुचिकरं कर्पूरखण्डोज्ज्वलं
ताम्बूलं मनसा मया विरचितं
भक्त्या प्रभो स्वीकुरु॥२॥

छत्रं चामरयोर्युगं व्यजनकं
चादर्शकं निर्मलं
वीणाभेरिमृदङ्गकाहलकला
गीतं च नृत्यं तथा।
साष्टाङ्गं प्रणतिः स्तुतिर्बहुविधा
ह्येतत्समस्तं मया
सङ्कल्पेन समर्पितं तव विभो
पूजां गृहाण प्रभो॥३॥

आत्मा त्वं गिरिजा मतिः सहचराः
प्राणाः शरीरं गृहं
पूजा ते विषयोपभोगरचना निद्रा समाधिस्थितिः।
सञ्चारः पदयोः प्रदक्षिणविधिः
स्तोत्राणि सर्वा गिरो
यद्यत्कर्म करोमि तत्तदखिलं
शम्भो तवाराधनम्॥४॥

करचरणकृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा
श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसं वापराधम्।
विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व
जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो॥५॥

इति श्रिमच्छङ्कराचार्यविरचिता
शिवमानसपूजा समाप्ता॥

6. Narsimha Mantra
उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखम्।
नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहम् ॥

7. Surya Gayatri Mantra
ॐ आदित्याय विद्महे
मार्त्तण्डाय धीमहि
तन्नः सूर्यः प्रचोदयात् ॥

8. Aditya Hridayam
ततो युद्धपरिश्रान्तं
समरे चिन्तया स्थितम्।
रावणं चाग्रतो दृष्ट्वा
युद्धाय समुपस्थितम्॥ १

दैवतैश्च समागम्य
द्रष्टुमभ्यागतो रणम्।
उपागम्याब्रवीद्राममगस्त्यो
भगवान् ऋषिः॥ २॥

राम राम महाबाहो
शृणु गुह्यं सनातनम्।
येन सर्वानरीन् वत्स
समरे विजयिष्यसि॥ ३॥

आदित्यहृदयं पुण्यं
सर्वशत्रुविनाशनम्।
जयावहं जपेन्नित्यम्
अक्षय्यं परमं शिवम्॥ ४॥

सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्यं
सर्वपापप्रणाशनम्।
चिन्ताशोकप्रशमनम्
आयुर्वर्धनमुत्तमम्॥ ५॥

रश्मिमंतं समुद्यन्तं
देवासुरनमस्कृतम्।
पूजयस्व विवस्वन्तं
भास्करं भुवनेश्वरम्॥ ६॥

सर्वदेवात्मको ह्येष
तेजस्वी रश्मिभावनः।
एष देवासुरगणाँल्लोकान्
पाति गभस्तिभिः॥ ७॥

एष ब्रह्मा च विष्णुश्च
शिवः स्कन्दः प्रजापतिः।
महेन्द्रो धनदः कालो
यमः सोमो ह्यपां पतिः॥ ८॥

पितरो वसवः साध्या
ह्यश्विनौ मरुतो मनुः।
वायुर्वह्निः प्रजाप्राण
ऋतुकर्ता प्रभाकरः॥ ९॥

आदित्यः सविता सूर्यः
खगः पूषा गभस्तिमान्।
सुवर्णसदृशो भानुर्हिरण्यरेता
दिवाकरः॥ १०॥

हरिदश्वः सहस्रार्चिः
सप्तसप्तिर्मरीचिमान्।
तिमिरोन्मथनः शम्भुस्त्वष्टा
मार्ताण्ड अंशुमान्॥ ११॥

हिरण्यगर्भः शिशिरस्तपनो
भास्करो रविः।
अग्निगर्भोऽदितेः पुत्रः
शङ्खः शिशिरनाशनः॥ १२॥

व्योमनाथस्तमोभेदी
ऋग्यजुःसामपारगः।
घनवृष्टिरपां मित्रो
विन्ध्यवीथीप्लवङ्गमः॥ १३॥

आतपी मण्डली मृत्युः
पिङ्गलः सर्वतापनः।
कविर्विश्वो महातेजाः
रक्तः सर्वभवोद्भवः॥ १४॥

नक्षत्रग्रहताराणामधिपो विश्वभावनः।
तेजसामपि तेजस्वी
द्वादशात्मन् नमोऽस्तु ते॥ १५॥

नमः पूर्वाय गिरये
पश्चिमायाद्रये नमः।
ज्योतिर्गणानां पतये
दिनाधिपतये नमः॥ १६॥

जयाय जयभद्राय
हर्यश्वाय नमो नमः।
नमो नमः सहस्रांशो
आदित्याय नमो नमः॥ १७॥

नम उग्राय वीराय
सारङ्गाय नमो नमः।
नमः पद्मप्रबोधाय
मार्ताण्डाय नमो नमः॥ १८॥

ब्रह्मेशानाच्युतेशाय
सूर्यायादित्यवर्चसे।
भास्वते सर्वभक्षाय
रौद्राय वपुषे नमः॥ १९॥

तमोघ्नाय हिमघ्नाय
शत्रुघ्नायामितात्मने।
कृतघ्नघ्नाय देवाय
ज्योतिषां पतये नमः॥ २०॥

तप्तचामीकराभाय
वह्नये विश्वकर्मणे।
नमस्तमोऽभिनिघ्नाय
रुचये लोकसाक्षिणे॥ २१॥

नाशयत्येष वै भूतं
तदेव सृजति प्रभुः।
पायत्येष तपत्येष
वर्षत्येष गभस्तिभिः॥ २२॥

एष सुप्तेषु जागर्ति
भूतेषु परिनिष्ठितः।
एष एवाग्निहोत्रं च
फलं चैवाग्निहोत्रिणाम्॥ २३॥

वेदाश्च क्रतवश्चैव
क्रतूनां फलमेव च।
यानि कृत्यानि लोकेषु
सर्व एष रविः प्रभुः॥ २४॥

॥ फलश्रुतिः॥

एनमापत्सु कृच्छ्रेषु
कान्तारेषु भयेषु च।
कीर्तयन् पुरुषः कश्चिन्नावसीदति
राघव॥ २५॥

पूजयस्वैनमेकाग्रो
देवदेवं जगत्पतिम्।
एतत् त्रिगुणितं जप्त्वा
युद्धेषु विजयिष्यसि॥ २६॥

अस्मिन् क्षणे महाबाहो
रावणं त्वं वधिष्यसि।
एवमुक्त्वा तदागस्त्यो
जगाम च यथागतम्॥ २७॥

एतच्छ्रुत्वा महातेजा
नष्टशोकोऽभवत्तदा।
धारयामास सुप्रीतो
राघवः प्रयतात्मवान्॥ २८॥

आदित्यं प्रेक्ष्य जप्त्वा तु
परं हर्षमवाप्तवान्।
त्रिराचम्य शुचिर्भूत्वा
धनुरादाय वीर्यवान्॥ २९॥

रावणं प्रेक्ष्य हृष्टात्मा
युद्धाय समुपागमत्।
सर्वयत्नेन महता
वधे तस्य धृतोऽभवत्॥ ३०॥

अथ रविरवदन्निरीक्ष्य रामं
मुदितमनाः
परमं प्रहृष्यमाणः।
निशिचरपतिसंक्षयं विदित्वा
सुरगणमध्यगतो वचस्त्वरेति॥ ३१॥

॥ इति आदित्यहृदयम् मन्त्रस्य॥

9. Dhanvantari Mantra
ॐ नमो भगवते महासुदर्शनाय वासुदेवाय धन्वंतरये:
अमृतकलश हस्ताय सर्व भयविनाशाय सर्व रोगनिवारणाय
त्रैलोक्यपतये त्रैलोक्यनिधये
श्री महाविष्णुस्वरूप श्री धन्वंतरि स्वरूप
श्री श्री श्री औषधचक्र नारायणाय स्वाहा॥

10. Shanti Mantra
ॐ सह नाववतु।
सह नौ भुनक्तु।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः।
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु।
मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
Om namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya

May you and everyone else in the world stay blessed with excellent health, freedom, peace, happiness and prosperity.

Thank you.

Krishnam vandé JagadGurum

The Coronavirus – a social meliorist?

When there is a fear of death, people generally suspend all the conditions and reservations they might have in life and do everything possible to stay alive. This fear is so strong that in the event that the risk of dying is high, even powerful people ignore masking it before others. Western people, for example, who are so proud of their social traditions of expressing love through physical contact either by hugging or kissing, are now experiencing major changes in their social practices.

Important people of the world such as President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, Prince Phillip, the king of Spain and others have taken to greeting people with folded hands and a ‘Namaste’. No one wants to die  – at least for now. In fact, almost everyone suffers from varying degrees of thanatophobia, which is the fear of dying or being dead. It fundamentally stems from one’s attachment to their impermanent physical being and the lack of ample understanding that the body is temporary and short-lived but the SELF, that occupies a body during a lifetime, is indestructible and permanent.

The health and the duration of the existence of the short-lived perishable body, which is the temporary abode of the SELF, completely depends on how well it is cared for. According to Dharmic culture, the body is called a temple of Divinity. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘temple’, which basically means a place of worship, as ‘a building used for the worship of a god or gods, especially in religions other than Christianity.’ However, the term ‘temple’ can be translated in a couple of Indian languages as follows:

  • Devalaaya and Devaalayam (house of God) ದೇವಾಲಯ and దేవాలయం
  • Devasthaana and Devasthaanam (place of God) ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ  and దేవస్థానం 
  • Koil (House of the king – ko – il) கோயில் 

Although most of the followers of the Sanatana Dharma are aware that Brahman is omnipresent, a place which has been consecrated as a temple of God is highly venerated and kept clean at all times.

In Shloka 13:02 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, 

क्षेत्रज्ञं चापि मां विद्धि सर्वक्षेत्रेषु भारत |
क्षेत्रक्षेत्रज्ञयोर्ज्ञानं यत्तज्ज्ञानं मतं मम || १३ २ ||
SBG 13:02 You should know that the Kshetrajna or THE EMBODIED SELF IN ALL BODIES OR KSHETRAS IS ME, O Arjuna. Knowing about the Kshetra and the Kshetrajnas is called knowledge.

This is a clear statement of Krishna indicating that the SELF in all beings is none other than Him. Therefore, from the definition of the term ‘temple’ given above and based on Krishna’s statement that the SELF in all beings is Brahman or Krishna, it can be concluded that the body is His temple. Such being the case, the body deserves the respect and treatment that one would give a temple that is in the form of a stone edifice. Since Dharmic traditions accord utmost importance to maintaining personal hygiene and respecting the personal space of people, followers of the Sanatana Dharma, greet each other with folded hands saying ‘Namaste’, ‘Namaskar’, or ‘Vanakkam’, respecting their divinity and sanctity. 

Cleanliness and purity are values that have been referred to in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. The Sanskrit term used in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita to denote cleanliness is शौच – SHAUCHA. It is a rather interesting term because it has many meanings such as cleanliness, purity, purity of the mind, honesty and even integrity. Oxymoronic that it may sound, the Sanskrit term for toilet, which is ‘Shauchalaya’, literally means a place of cleanliness and purity. The emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene has always been extremely high in Dharmic traditions. The term ‘Shaucha’ has been used multiple times in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which indicates how intrinsically the concepts of cleanliness and purity are intertwined in the fabric of Dharmic culture. The term ‘Shaucha’ can be found in the Shlokas 13:07, 16:03, 16:07, 17:14 and 18:42.  

Demographic and political influences cause massive cultural syncretisation in human societies, which force people to drift far away from their own time tested traditions that were created by their forefathers over generations. In the case of Indians, particularly young ones, it is the lack of the proper passing down of Dharmic family traditions as well as pseudo-westernisation that have greatly contributed towards such cultural decadence. Krishna said in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita that whenever there is an imbalance in the society, He would manifest Himself. Relating what he said to the current Coronavirus situation, His words may be interpreted as acts of nature that happen from time to time only in order to set things right. SBG 4:07-08

Since many millennia, Indian people, who belong to the oldest, most ancient yet constantly evolving civilisation of the world, have been subjected to brutal attempts of barbaric foreign forces that conquered large masses of people and ruled over them using their pernicious religions as mass mind control systems. One of the elements of their modus operandi has been to get indigenous people to detest their own culture in order to prepare them mentally to accept the new dogma taught by those marauders and soul vultures. Another social disease that joined the list of agents provocateurs that caused Dharmic Indians to look down upon their own philosophy, culture and traditions is what is known as ‘Macaulayism’. This formed the foundation of the dreaded social malady of pseudo-westernisation with which many young Indians have been affected.

The Coronavirus crisis, which seems to be a balancing act of nature, is an event that not only reminds people how vulnerable, impermanent and inconsequential their physical existence in this world is, no matter how rich, educated or good looking they might be, but also teaches them the need to prioritise paying topmost attention to the health and hygiene of themselves and of others. It validates the philosophy behind general Dharmic social customs. Before the arrival of plunderers, mass murderers, conquerors and colonisers, India or Bharat Varsha, was known to be the Vishvaguru or Teacher of the world. It is high time for India to regain the status that is rightfully hers. As the Coronavirus has already triggered the process by inducing important people of the world to take the lead and follow Indian traditions, others should soon follow suit.

Many countries are under lockdown at least for the next few weeks. Just as an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty as against a pessimist who sees the difficulty in every opportunity, we too can decide to make use of this time to reset our lives as if there were a reset button that we could press and turn everything back to how it was in the beginning. 

Although it is a time of protecting ourselves from infection and avoiding playing a part in spreading the virus, it is, thanks to the fact that most of us are indoors, a curative period of time for mending things and invigorating ourselves. The mending and restoration can be of physical health, of disturbances in the mind or of troubles in relationships with others.

Below is an adumbration of ideas and suggestions for people who would like to treat their precious time during the current situation as a boon contrary to dreading it or calling it a bane.

Making optimal use of time

  • Make use of this time to interact more with your family members.
  • Increase the amount of reading you do.
  • Find videos on YouTube that teach you home workouts and use them to stay fit.
  • Search the Internet for vegan culinary ideas, recipes and diets and should you be an omnivorous person, consider using this time to comfortably evolve towards a life of plant-based eating and living.
  • Work on your hobbies or develop new ones.
  • Those of you who have children in the family, spend more time with them, shower them with love and attention, help them with their schoolwork and teach them values that will guide them through their future.
  • If you have pets, show them too how much you love them and make them feel safe and secure.
  • Introspect and do a thorough self-analysis by making two separate lists of all your qualities that you feel are good and of those you feel are undesirable.

Focus on personal as well as social habits

  • Maintain personal hygiene. Shower at least twice a day and clean yourselves well.
  • Always wear clean clothes.
  • Pay attention to what you send down your oesophagus. All known seven Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Make sure that you do not ingest carcasses, bones, blood or other fluids from animals. I personally find it disgusting to consume meat, eggs or even dairy products which are basically made from pus containing mammary secretions of animals.
  • Respect the personal space of people, avoid shaking unsanitised hands with strangers or touching them unnecessarily. A polite and respectful ‘Namaste’ should do.
  • Whether you already have or have not read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, do it now. You may make use of our TVM Gita site and my audiobook, EBooks or paperback books.
  • Respect life, Respect nature. Remember that a plant-based diet is a result of evolution in human dietary habits.

Let us take a resolution to respect the values that our great forefathers gave us. It was they who faced it all, stood tall, developed the great Sanatana Dharma and left it for us so that we may live a healthy, peaceful, happy, rewarding, fulfilling and Karmically beneficial life.   

Stay safe, healthy, peaceful, thankful and abundantly blessed.

#coronavirus #namaste #healthandhygiene

“Graduation Day” for Vrischikans

Namaste Vrischikans.

People born who under the Vrischika Rashi (Scorpio), are known for their analytical mind and inherent qualities such as honesty, intelligence, courage, kindness, generosity, strong reasoning powers, a magnetic personality, leadership skills, high energy, speed and determination. However, just as even priceless pieces of jewellery need to be polished once in a while in order for their shine to be protected, people also need to undergo periods of honing and refinement – once in about three decades.

Your period of honing and polishing is over, for now, as today is the last day of either your first, second or third Sadé Sati in this Janma of yours. From tomorrow onwards, you have neither any reason nor excuse to prevent yourself from marching ahead.

Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna: SBG 18:63 “I have taught you the secret wisdom which is deeper than all that is confidential and profound. Reflect fully on what I have declared to you and do what you wish to do.”
Similarly, your Sadé Sati must have taught you many numerous invaluable vital lessons regarding the philosophy of life. Follow them and continue to be the good people you always have been.

You are unstoppable. Go for it. Attain great victory and happiness. Stay blessed.

SBG 11:33 “Therefore, get up and attain glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a prosperous kingdom. All these warriors have already been destroyed by Me. You are merely an instrument, O Arjuna the ambidextrous one.”

Jai Shri Krishna

PS: This is for people who write to me directly. You are most welcome to send me mails but since the number of emails I receive is quite large, it might not be possible for me to reply to each and every one of you. I would appreciate if you could write on the forum because by doing so, our communication would be useful to others too. Should you have concerns about privacy, you may use initials or a pseudonym, as many already do, and conceal your identity on a public forum. The time I spend to reply to one mail when spent on replying to a post on the forum could be beneficial to others too. Let us all continue to be generous in sharing our knowledge, experience and positive energy with each other.

The Third Phase of Sadé Sati for Dhanu Rashians – Sagittarius

Always remember that the general predictions you read on the net are literally general. Each person’s past Karma can be understood only by decoding and analysing individual features of their chart but the question is why would one want to waste time to do it or learn it unless one would like to become an astrologer or add one more feather of knowledge in their cap? There is an easier way to have a better life – Follow the Sanatana Dharma by reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and learning Advaita Vedanta along with the law of Cause and Effect, and write your own destiny. 
 
My personal advice to people who, despite such sane advice cannot stop themselves from going to astrological sites/blogs and reading astrological predictions, would be to read them, derive positive energy from them and move on to build your destiny which you are creating with every thought, word and deed every moment of your life. Your present is a result of your past and your future will be the result of your present. It is simple logic.
 
We shall now move on to the general predictions for  Dhanu Rashians (Moon sign of Sagittarius)

Let me make you feel comfortable before you read any further. The third phase of Sadé Sati Archer01for you Dhanu Rashians will certainly not be as challenging as it has been for you in the 1st and 2nd  phases and as it has been for Vrischikans in all the three phases. You may heave a sigh of relief and continue reading. 

The 3rd, 6th and 9th houses are generally considered auspicious for Saturn but in your case, although Saturn will be positioned in the 2nd house for the next almost three years, you will notice that the lessons you learned in the last five years will help you stay stable minded and take wise decisions. This period is predicted to be much better than the last two phases of your Sadé Sati. However, please remember very clearly to ensure that you have all the qualities associated with Saturn, which are, honesty, hygiene, discipline, truthfulness, hard work,  charity and other such noble virtues. Hence, the more modest, kind, generous, large-hearted, helpful and charitable you are; the more Divine Support will you experience. Some people who are in trouble say that they would start helping others when they are better off. This attitude does not necessarily attract Divine Grace because it has selfish overtones. A person who has experienced great shocking incidents, challenges, insults and other such upheavals as well as reversals, is bound to have become wiser and therefore can not only think more calmly and make smarter decisions but can also help others in need of support.

Some of you who might be tempted to go to babas or astrologers who offer ‘remedies’ for the ill effects of Saturn might want to comprehend that doing so amounts to fraud and corruption, (Please read ‘Spiritual Corruption, Corruption in Spirituality and Trade-Offs with Gods’) and settling the new negative Karma collected through such means could take you multiple Janmas to clear. The logical ways to balance karma are to bear the brunt without complaining and adding more positive Karma to ‘outweigh’ past negative Karma. If acts of penance and undertaking gruelling pilgrimages to temples which are hard to reach could solve problems for people, all those who live in such temple towns should be extremely happy, healthy and opulent people with no monetary problems at all. As I always do, I repeat that the Shloka 18:66  of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita contains the secret and also the entire philosophy of righteous living. Follow Krishna’s teachings and you will never have to bother to read such astrological predictions in your life any more. Stay modest, truthful, unselfish, kind, compassionate, nature-loving, generous, ready to learn, ready to help and ready for anything any time, and you will see those negative qualities such as ego, sadness, fear, anger, hatred or jealousy never take over your mind again. The Divinity in you will guide you, lead you and will also make you a guide for others. 

24.01.2020 09:55 Hrs IST. Saturn transits into Capricorn and remains in the Uttara Ashada (Uttiradam star) for a period of 108 days. Saturn will be in the house of Capricorn along with Sun which is the lord of your 9th house. This indicates luck, wealth, improvement in business, gaining back lost honour, profits due to the 10th aspect of Saturn and an overall increase in courage. Through righteous thoughts, words and actions, you should be able to reset the course of your life towards the right destination.

11.05.2020 05.30 Hrs. Saturn goes retrograde for a period of 140 days until 09:30 hrs 29.09.2020. It is said that when Saturn goes retrograde in the third phase of Sadé Sati, it would indicate a favourable time for you. So this means that this period of four months and 20 days could only be better than the previous period of 108 days.

29.09.2020 09:31 hrs to 22.01.2021. During these 115 days. Saturn goes direct after being retrograde and traverses through the stages of Uttara Ashada star in Capricorn. The previous 140 days would have benefited the native which will help them coast through this period. It would be like a cyclist who stops pedalling while riding downhill. However, the fact that Guru and Ketu are in the Rashi or first house indicates that there is more Karma to be settled. Planetary movements are patterns which indicate different stages in the Karmic evolution of people but each individual has their own Karma which only they can balance. Therefore my personal advice to all would be to be open and ready for anything any time; which is the secret of my happiness and utter fearlessness in my life. Nevertheless, we can say that the first year of the 3rd phase of Sadé Sati should be much better than the 2nd phase of your Sadé Sati and will help you in greatly reducing the stress in life.

On 22.01.2021 at 05:30 hrs, Saturn goes direct to the Shravana or Thiruvonam star which is ruled by the moon, although remaining in Makara or Capricorn until 23.05.2021. Sun is the lord of the house of luck (9th house Bhagyasthaana) for Dhanu Rashians. In Karmic terms, luck can be defined as the factor which originates in one’s past good Karma. This is the time when all the good you did in the past will fructify into Karmic rewards in the forms of protection, unexpected help from others, loan waivers. Vedic Astrology calls Saturn the one who delivers and maintains justice. This means that even a small act of goodness you might have done in the past will be rewarded for in this period. 

However, the fact Moon is the lord of your 8th house receiving the aspect of Saturn indicates reduced positive effects of the luck factor mentioned above. This is no cause for worry simply because that period will anyhow be less stressful than what it is like for you at the moment. There might be small setbacks or delays in the things you do and wish to achieve but maintaining calmness in your mind, regular meditation and physical exercise can help you sail smoothly ahead.

23.05 to 11.10.2021. In the next period of four months and twenty days, Saturn goes retrograde again. Saturn continues in the Sharavana star moving from the 3rd ‘pada’ to the 1st ‘pada’ in retrograde motion. This period is predicted to be highly favourable to Dhanu Rashians. It indicates success, the gain of wealth, removal of obstacles in life, improvement in the lives of family members, You will also find ways to settle loans and legal issues that were bothering you earlier. This period is expected to be much better than the previous four months. 

11.10.2021 to 18.02.2022. In this period, Saturn goes direct again and moves through Makara in the positive direction. This will be so for almost four months and ten days when Saturn traverses in direct motion through the Shravana or Thiruvonam star. There might be slight delays and you might experience impediments in the things you do but remember that they are temporary. Read the Shloka SBG 2:14 whenever you experience a feeling of being stifled at work. Stay calm and bear in mind that you have already crossed the most difficult part of the journey so this is nothing. Take extreme care to never lose your patience or temper. Anger can lead you to commit mistakes that cause damages which are irreparable. 

18.02.2022 01:30 hrs to 29.04.2022 07:45 hrs. Saturn leaves the star of Shravana and enters the house of Dhanishta or Avittam of which, the lord is Mars who is also the lord of your 5th and 12th houses. This period of two months and ten days is a highly favourable position for you Dhanu Rashians. It indicates gains in business, property, career promotions, attaining higher levels in all that you do, and it also indicates that the native’s children, if any, will do very well in studies and in their career. It is a period when you will start sensing that you are going to be victorious in the field of your work.

29.04.2022 to 04.06.2022. Saturn transits direct from Capricorn to Aquarius, which is the 3rd house for Dhanu Rashians and is the other house ruled by Saturn. The general prediction for these 36 days is that it will be an excellent period. On 05.06.2022, which is the 37th day after Saturn’s moving into Aquarius, Saturn goes retrograde and returns to Capricorn until 12.07.2022 indicating that there could be a slight drop in the levels of positivity in your life but do not forget one very important fact – You are still under Sadé Sati. In this period, what can hurt you the most could be that things do not go as expected by you. The simple logical solution to this problem would be to not expect anything, at least in this period of 37 days. be happy with what you have and get better at your virtue of patience. Live this period as though nothing happened and simply float through it without worrying much about anything. 

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12.07.2022 to 23.10.2022. In this period, Saturn continues its retrograde motion in the 2nd house and remains here for a period of 103 days. This is predicted to be a highly favourable period for you. You will begin to sense that you are on the home stretch towards the end of your Sadé Sati. Major problems in your life will begin to simply vanish into thin air. There will be an improvement in your social standing. This period prepares the setting for the final stage of your Sadé Sati.that had turned your whole life topsy turvy. 

23.10.2022 08:23hrs. Saturn goes direct again in Capricorn and remains there until 17.01.2023 when Saturn after entering Aquarius, will not return to Capricorn for the next almost three decades. This is the final stage of the 3rd phase of Sadé Sati for Dhanu Rashians. The last 87 days of the 3rd phase of Sadé Sati for Dhanu Rashians is when you will start getting back all that you lost in the last 6-8 years. It could be your respect in society, the properties you lost, and also some people who abandoned you. 

To sum up, the first year of the 3rd phase of your Sadé Sati indicates the reduction of stress in life. The next period of one year is one that will have ups and downs but in the broader sense, it should be much better than your current situation. In the year 2022, Saturn moves into the Dhanishta star which is the star of the 5th house for Dhanu Rashians. The 5th house signifies, children, fortune, learning, optimism, pleasure, and general happiness. 

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On 17.01.2023 you will end your Sadé Sati and will be headed towards a wonderful future, the brilliance of which will be directly proportionate to the way you courageously and gracefully faced as well as handled your challenges, which were nothing but phenomenal learning opportunities in your life and Karmic journey. Remember that when luck, which is the result of one’s own past good Karma, knocks their door, it cannot help a person who failed all his exams get a PhD or someone who never jumped into water become an expert swimmer. Everything depends on one’s past Karma that they have carried forward. Recall what I always say about the 60 20 20 principle that works in life – 60% of your destiny has already been written by you in the form of your past Karma. 20% of your fate has been written by you by your thoughts, words and deeds in the current Janma and 20 % of your destiny is still open which you can play around with by either adding more positive or negative Karma. 

Now here is something that applies to everyone. Among the various Karmical evolutionary purposes of Sadé Sati, achieving the quality of modesty is the most important one. Doing so can guarantee the kind of exponential increase as I mentioned above in the areas of physical health, wealth, properties, vehicles, personal satisfaction in life, general happiness, gaining respect and honour in society, recognition by government authorities and other large organisations. Should your chart contain other positive and favourable planetary positions, the last 87 days of the 3rd phase of your Sadé Sati will be very good.

Based on what I learned from my own life as well as from the lives of all the people that I have interacted with so far, I would like to make a few suggestions. Please feel free to decide to follow them or not:

1. Read and understand the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. It would be great if you could learn to chant the Shlokas but I stress a lot on learning its philosophy for which, reading the English translation should help. The TVM Gita site, my Audiobook, as well as my EBook, can be of great help.

2. Print the Five Pearls and keep them with you always

#1 FAITH – Absolute Faith in Krishna and in oneself.
#2 GRATITUDE – An Attitude of Gratitude for everything.
#3 KNOWLEDGE and WORK – Your knowledge and the quality of your work
#4 VISION – A well-defined VISION for the future.
#5 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Every thought and act of yours, count. Take responsibility for your own society.

3. My new book Tavamithram’s Vedantic Nectar Drops (1-6) is a collection of my posts which are arranged in a particular order meant to help people fully understand Advaita Vedanta and nature’s Cause and Effect principle, which will prevent people from falling into the Karmic ditch of ego and help them realise that everyone writes their own destiny.

Please continue to be the good people that you have always been and never allow challenges in life to corrupt your character. Be extremely careful and highly thoughtful when you say or do anything simply because, with everything you do, you are writing your own destiny. Your regular visits to this site and your participation in this venture of spreading knowledge and positive energy to people who are in need, are most welcome and will be greatly appreciated.

I wish you all Dhanu Rashians great strength and wisdom to successfully cross the 3rd phase of your Sadé Sati which is not expected to be as trying as it is said to be for Vrischikans. I sincerely pray to Bhagavan Shri Krishna to generously bless you with a healthy, long, happy, love-filled, prosperous and fulfilling life.

Jai Shri Krishna

At last – the END of SADÉ SATI for Vrischikans

Namaste dear Vrischikans,

If you happen to be one of those Vrischikans who first came to this site and visited itthanks-3264252 regularly in order to derive positive energy, moral support as well as spiritual help because you were going through your Sadé Sati, I must say that the time to say goodbye has arrived. However, as long as I can and my destiny permits me, I will surely continue to do my work of spreading positive energy blessed with the knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

At last – the END of SADÉ SATI for Vrischikans
On 24.01.2020, Saturn transits into the house of Capricorn for a period of almost three years and will move further from there at 18:00 hrs of the 17th of January 2023. In this post, we shall be looking at the general predictions for Vrischikans (people born under the Lunar sign of Scorpio) for the period between 24.01.2020 and 17.01.2023.

The planet Saturn is generally associated with Karma, destiny, discipline, justice, righteousness, altruism, hard work, long-distance travels, new businesses, new beginnings, and so on.

thumb-328420_1920Those of you who are reading this could be the ones who have been experiencing great hardships and challenges in the last seven to ten years. The Sadé Sati period for Vrischikans started on 14.11.2011. It went through three phases during which, Saturn transited through Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. I learned from the thousands of people who contacted me through this site that compared to people of other lunar signs, Vrischikans were the ones who were the most badly hit during this so-called fateful period. Most of them tried to find solace in astrological sites hoping to read positive predictions for people born under the Lunar sign of Scorpio. They needed to convince themselves to hold on for some more time until things would get better. Some of the people who connected with me lamented about the untold miseries and losses they faced in their lives. You must be aware that I do not write about such matters on this site because doing so can only spread, fear, gloom, dejection and loss of self-confidence in people that, I, as a person who has stared into the eyes of death multiple times, have always wanted to help people fight against.

This blog/site was started by me in February 2014 just after I experienced an amazing miracle concerning my beloved son. I thought that on one hand, starting from 2011, I underwent massive setbacks in my business as well as in my health but on the other, thanks to the wonderful upbringing and spiritual training I have had apart from the extraordinarily amazing life that I have led so far; I developed a 100% positive attitude towards life. I decided to share with others this attitude of mine along with the fearlessness that I have always been blessed with.

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Back then when I started this site, it had been around two years since Vrischikans had entered their Sadé Sati and most of them were under severe stress, both in their personal as well as in their professional lives. I would reply to hundreds of emails every week and counsel heavily distressed people every day and night. The total number of people who connected with me ran into thousands. There have been people who contacted me minutes before jumping off a bridge, before consuming poison, or just before slipping a noose around their neck. Fortunately, I could talk them out of their destructive state of mind and share with them important teachings from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which straightaway helped them see reason and learn to reprogramme their lives. They understood that vicissitudes in life are not reasons to die but to be treated as great opportunities to evolve mentally, physically, spiritually and Karmically.

Based on my modest knowledge of Vedic Astrology and from my experience of teaching as well as counselling people, I started writing posts and articles on this site that would teach people important facts about Dharma, Karma, the Vedantic God concept, and achieving peace of mind by simply following a few steps which included reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and some important Upanishads.

As a person born and raised in India, who received excellent spiritual education since a young age, it has always disturbed me to see Indians, particularly well-educated ones, who are confused in life in spite of being born in the great land of India which is the source of the ultimate philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta. The lack of fundamental spiritual knowledge gives them a flawed ‘God concept’ and zilch knowledge about the law of Cause and Effect aka Karma, which is the prime governing factor of everyone’s life. This lack of fundamental knowledge puts people in a predicament and leads most of them into believing that God is ‘testing their faith’ or planets are out to destroy them.

This post of mine, which could be the last one for Vrischikans, is particularly meant for those Vrischikans who think they have experienced severe hardships in the last decade but have also learned to calm their mind after learning ways to master it. I must reiterate that the following predictions for Vrischikans are general in nature and that individual natal charts with different planetary placements, Dashas and Bhuktis can indicate more about an individual’s past Karma. Nevertheless, assuming that you have learned your lessons during the spiritual training period of Sadé Sati, I give you below the different stages in the next three years and their significance in your lives.

Before I continue, I would like to repeat that planets do not influence your life. Vedic Astrology is a wonderful science handed down to us by great geniuses of the past who, through centuries of study, developed a method through which one could observe planetary movements and relate them to the patterns in one’s life which indicate their past Karma. Their positions on your chart are useful merely for ‘Karma diagnosis’ purposes. Past Karma can be overcome only by balancing it. No third party can do it for you. Not even your own mother who bore you and delivered you. It’s impossible. Nevertheless, I would like to emphasise on the fact if at all there is a way to override past negative Karma without balancing it by undergoing troubles and challenges in life, it would be through total Sharanaagati. Remember what Krishna said to Arjuna in Shloka SBG 18:66? Krishna said, “Giving up all your ideas of righteousness or religion, take complete refuge in Me. I will liberate you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.”

Predictions for Vrischikans (Lunar sign of Scorpio)
The third phase of Sadé Sati is generally considered to be a favourable period, however, in the case of Vrischikans, it could have been quite challenging. This is because Saturn is not a favourable planet for Vrischikans. In the first phase of Sadé Sati, Saturn was in the 12th house, in the second phase, Saturn moved into Vrischika or the house of Scorpioscorpio02 and currently in the third phase, Saturn passes through the 2nd house. The lord of Vrischika is Mars and when Saturn passes through the 12th,1st and 2nd houses of a house of Mars, there is bound to be unrest since, in astrological terms, Mars and Saturn are considered to be hostile to each other. This means that even during the third phase of Sadé Sati, which, for other signs is quite favourable, Vrischikans would have typically faced a lot of losses and major hurdles in personal as well as work life. The other factor that indicates such troubles in life is the presence of Guru (Jupiter) in the 12th and the 1st houses. Loss of honour could have also taken place during the last few years.

Before going into details, let me give you the good news that you have been waiting for. The next three years are going to be an extremely amazing period for Vrischikans. That’s right. You read it correctly. The period will have the potential to undo all the troubles and ‘sufferings’ Vrischikans might have undergone in the last 8-10 years. You will soon start experiencing huge growth in your courage and will benefit from general improvements in life, health and wealth; and great progress in the lives of your children if you have any. Those of you natives who are looking for life-partners stand high chances of attaining success in your pursuit of love. Previous health issues or legal problems will soon be out of your life. The position of Saturn in the third house is an excellent position which can get you back the same amount of courage and self-confidence you had when Saturn was in Leo or in Virgo about 10 to 11 years ago. People who left you during your downtime will soon start regretting their great folly of not being patient with you. However, I repeat – everything greatly depends on the strength of individual planetary positions, Dashas and Bhuktis on your chart but still, even if those positions were not all that good, this new transit of Saturn will herald a new dawn of brightness into your life. You will feel as if you were born again.

24.01.2020 09:55 Hrs IST. Saturn transits into Capricorn and remains in the Uttara Ashada or Uttiradam star for a period of 108 days. Saturn will be in the house of Capricorn along with Sun. This is a highly favourable position for career matters of Vrischikans. There could be new business development, state recognitions, high positions, promotions, etc. All those benefits could translate into wealth and landed properties. A general improvement in health, happiness, love life, career and in social status is possible. This is the period in which your new post-Sadé Sati life will begin to be carved by your destiny.

11.05.2020 05.30 Hrs. Saturn goes retrograde for a period of 140 days until 09:30 hrs 29.09.2020. Whatever were the predictions for the previous 108 days will apply during this period of 140 days too in which, Saturn is retrograde in the house of Uttara Ashada of the Sun. This means the upward course you started in the previous 108 days will continue. This can include improvement in your career, material wealth, family life along with excellent health. At this stage, I would suggest that you either write a mail to yourself or even make an audio or video in which you record all your thoughts as of this period, your current status, expectations, concerns, issues, ideas, etc. and take a look at it again exactly after 12 months. You can be sure that when you review it next year, your life would have attained a 100-150% improvement in all areas.

29.09.2020 09:31 hrs to 22.01.2021. During these 115 days. Saturn goes direct after being retrograde and traverses through the stages of Uttara Ashada star in Capricorn. Astrologically speaking, this can be an amazing period. However, there are other factors on the natal chart that reveal more details. In this period, a native has the possibility of receiving honour, wealth, success in work, happiness in the family concerning the native’s children and parents, marriage, the birth of children in the family, travelling, and so on.

Therefore the first period of almost one year starting from the end of Sadé Sati on 24.01.2021, is predicted to be simply wonderful for Vrischikans. On 22.01.2021 at 05:30 hrs, Saturn goes direct to the Shravana or Thiruvonam star which is ruled by the moon, although remaining in Makara or Capricorn until 23.05.2021. During these four months, Saturn remains in Capricorn or Makara and the moon is the Trikona lord and also the lord of the 9th house for Vrischikans. The 9th aspect of Saturn is such a fantastic position that this period, between 22.01 and 23.05.2021, will be even better than the previous 115 days. This can only add to wealth, get the native new friends, increase the happiness of siblings, indicate good health of the mother of the native, This is predicted to be a smooth and excellent period. The overall flow of things is highly positive and favourable.

23.05 to 11.10.2021. In the next period of four months and twenty days, Saturn goes retrograde again. Saturn continues in the Sharavana star moving from the 3rd ‘pada’ to the 1st ‘pada’ in retrograde motion. No, there is certainly nothing bad predicted during this period except that the positive effects experienced by the native could be slightly lower than those experienced by them during the previous four months. In order to receive the exact same amount of benefits received during the previous four months, all that you, the native would need to do would be to ensure that you remain modest, kind, friendly and generous with others, and above all, be sincerely grateful for all the lavish Divine favours received by you. Saturn in the third house along with the Moon indicates intelligence, calmness, peace and smoothness. There might be minor delays in achieving results for the work done but the virtue of patience that you learned during the Sadé Sati will come in handy.

11.10.2021 to 18.2.2022. In this period, Saturn goes direct again and moves through Makara in the positive direction. This will be so for almost four months and ten days when Saturn traverses in direct motion through the Shravana or Thiruvonam star. These extraordinary 130 days can be likened to the flight of a plane that has attained an altitude of over 40000 feet, has a tailwind, and simply shoots through the air at a speed of above 900 without much strain. It is a period of four months in which you will truly shine after having undergone all the honing during the Sadé Sati period of eight years. I would like to restate that during this period, you would have to pay extra attention to being grateful, altruistic and going out of the way to thank or help all those who helped you and stood by you during your down days. Doing so can attract immense Divine Blessings. To sum up, the period in which Saturn remains in the Shravana star would be a highly auspicious and lucky period for Vrischikans. Do not neglect your health through over-indulgence but make sure that you follow a regular fitness programme supported by a Sattvik ‘Karmafree’ diet.

18.02.2022 01:30 hrs to 29.04.2022 07:45 hrs. Saturn leaves the star of Shravana and enters the house of Dhanishta or Avittam of which, the lord is Mars which is also the lord of Vrischika. These two months and ten days are predicted to be extremely good for your health, wealth, happiness, wisdom, position, respect in society, It is a time when all those who harmed you in the past will pay for what they did. You will be blessed with such high positive energy that you would, with great ease, be able to help others in trouble as compared to the Sadé Sati years when you struggled to even fend for yourselves.

29.04.2022 to 04.06.2022. Saturn transits direct from Capricorn to Aquarius, which is the 4th house for Vrischikans and is the other house ruled again by Saturn. The prediction for these 36 days is the same as for the previous 70 days. On 05.06.2022, which is the 37th day after Saturn’s moving into Aquarius, Saturn goes retrograde and returns to Capricorn until 12.07.2022. Therefore the first 36 days in direct motion and 37 days in retrograde motion make 73 days, during which Saturn is in the 4th house, indicates all the positive things predicted for the previous period of 70 days. Saturn’s retrograde motion in the 4th house is something very good for Vrischikans although such a position is not considered to be very lucky for people of other signs.

12.07.2022 to 23.10.2022. In this period, Saturn continues its retrograde motion in the 3rd house. You will now begin to actually fully feel all the positive effects of the good Karma done in the past. The positive effects will be felt in your family life as well as at work. There are also high possibilities that Vrischkinas invest in buying property, on the education of children, buying precious metals and so on. In fact, during this retrograde motion of Saturn, it would feel like rapidly increasing the speed with which you make massive improvements in life.

23.10.2022 08:23hrs. Saturn goes direct again in Capricorn and remains there until 17.01.2023 when Saturn after entering Aquarius, will not return to Capricorn for the next almost three decades. This is the final stage of the first three post-Sadé Sati years for Vrischikans. The last 87 days of the first three-year phase after the end of the Sadé Sati period is predicted to be a period in which all that you were blessed with during the previous 33 months, will undergo exponential growth. However, as I said earlier, among the various Karmical evolutionary purposes of Sadé Sati, achieving the quality of modesty is the most important one. Doing so can guarantee the kind of exponential increase as I mentioned above in the areas of physical health, wealth, properties, vehicles, personal satisfaction in life, general happiness, gaining respect and honour in society, recognition by government authorities and other large organisations. Should your chart contain other positive and favourable planetary positions, the last 87 days of the 1st three-year phase after Sadé Sati will be so good that you will actually thank your stars for having you experience the brunt of Sadé Sati which made you into a finer person.

17.01.2023 18:05hrs. Saturn transits into Aquarius and thereby ending the 1st three-year phase after the Sadé Sati for Vrischikans. The immense knowledge and experience that Vrischikans must have literally amassed by then, are sure to guide them further and help them lead a bright and prosperous life ahead.

Based on what I learned from my own life as well as from the lives of all the people that I have interacted with so far, I would like to make a few suggestions. Please feel free to decide to follow them or not:

1. Read and understand the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. It would be great if you could learn to chant the Shlokas but I stress a lot on learning its philosophy for which, reading the English translation should help. The TVM Gita site, my Audiobook, as well as my EBook, can be of great help.

2. Print the Five Pearls and keep them with you always

#1 FAITH – Absolute FAITH in Krishna and in oneself.
#2 GRATITUDE – An Attitude of Gratitude for everything.
#3 KNOWLEDGE and WORK – Your knowledge and the quality of your work
#4 VISION – A well-defined VISION for the future.
#5 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Every thought and act of yours, count. Take responsibility for your own society.

3. My new book Tavamithram’s Vedantic Nectar Drops (1-6) is a collection of my posts which are arranged in a particular order meant to help people fully understand Advaita Vedanta and nature’s Cause and Effect principle, which will prevent people from falling into the Karmic ditch of ego and help them realise that everyone writes their own destiny.

Dear Vrischikans, this could be my final post on Sadé Sati addressed to Vrischikans. Of course, your regular visits to this site and your participation in this venture of spreading knowledge and positive energy to people who are in need, are most welcome and will be greatly appreciated. I thank all you beautiful people you who connected with me, stayed in contact or even those who went away; and those of you who shared your precious time with others and me on this site; for sailing together during the challenging years between 2014 and now.

I wish you all Vrischikans all the very best in life and sincerely pray to Bhagavan Shri Krishna to generously bless you with a healthy, long, happy, love-filled, prosperous and fulfilling life.

Jai Shri Krishna

 

The long arm of Karma

In the year 1972, a woman called Linda Darby successfully pulled through an escape from the Indiana State women’s prison. Linda had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing her second husband and setting their house on fire to cover up the crime. The escape was bloody in nature in which she got hurt. She was on the run for more than 35 years. In that time, she managed to create an entirely new life for herself. In order to avoid being captured, she abandoned the family and the town she knew. She went to Pulaski in Tennessee and started her life all over again. She wonders how she managed to keep such a huge secret for over 30 years. She got married for the third time, had two children and eight grandchildren during the over three decades of life on the run. All she did after escaping from prison was to change her last name to McElroy and one digit of her social security number apart from burying the truth. Her life as Linda McElroy went well and no one including her family members or neighbours ever got to know anything about her past. However, after she was arrested again, she said that the fear of being identified and caught had always troubled her.

On that fateful day in October 2007, she fixed the dinner and sat at the kitchen table. The doorbell rang. Her daughter went to answer the door. It was police officer Joe Robertson whom they knew for over 30 years. The cop entered and showed Linda a picture and asked her if she knew the person in the picture. Linda held the picture in her hand and took a look at it. She realised that her time was up and said that it was her in the picture. At first, Joe could not believe what she said because he had known her for so long but Linda said that she could sit there and lie the whole day but eventually she would be identified simply because the fingerprints she left on the photograph would not lie. She admitted before her children that back in 1970, she was accused and convicted of murdering her second husband. Linda Darby started to serve her sentence and died in prison in July 2015.

Just as she could not escape the long arm of the law of the land, people who try to avoid settling their past Karma need to know that such an escape or waiver of Karmic settlement is not possible. Going to temples, praying, feeding crows on Saturdays or donating black bedsheets to poor people on Tuesdays do not and will not help settle past Karma of which, the only way of clearing is by settling it. Just as the police officer Joe Robertson rang Linda’s doorbell that day, Karmic settlement too can happen to anyone any time, unannounced or without any prior intimation.

People who face sudden changes in their life that throw them into challenging situations need to comprehend that it is Karma catching up with them – past Karma from the same Janma or a former one. Karma is simply the principle of cause and effect and not of reward or punishment as taught in organised religions. This is because if it were rewards and punishments, there would have to be someone or some entity carrying out the actions of rewarding and punishments. As per Advaita Vedanta, there is no separate being that does anything but it is an entire system personified as Brahman or Krishna that automatically runs based on natural laws of which that of Cause and Effect is one.

The Shloka 18:66 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one in which Krishna asks Arjuna to give up all his ideas of righteousness and religion and to completely take refuge in Him, by doing which, he would be liberated from all his sins. In the case of Linda, how much ever she would have implored and pleaded before the law of the land, she would not have been allowed to go free without serving her sentence. However, according to the law of Karma and as said in Shloka SBG 18:66, there is a possibility to erase all past Karma simply through Sharanaagati or total surrender before Krishna. So, what happens when a person offers Sharanaagati? Does he or she straightaway come out of the mess they are in? The answer is a strong NO. What happens is that when a person gives up their ego and their feeling of entitlement, and follows Dharma, the process of ‘deleting old files’ from their subconscious mind begins. Remember, in Shloka 15:08, Bhagavan Krishna says that when the Atman leaves a body, it takes along with it, the mind and the five senses. There lies the answer. The past Karma of a person is recorded in one’s own mind and not in some ‘heavenly server’. Therefore, if we were to look at it logically, we could say that when we change our mind, we change our Karma. Isn’t such a thought far better than idiotic and fatalistic ideas taught in organised theistic religions?

In an earlier post of mine on this site, I had written about His Holiness Shankaracharya Shri Chandrashekharendra Sarswati. When his followers who faced challenges in life asked him for help and guidance, he would tell them to pray and ask for more troubles in life! This would initially shock his followers but when they deeply thought over the advice, they would comprehend that their objective should not be to escape Karma but to settle it and to be done with it as quickly as possible, and that was the reason behind the sage’s advice to his devotees to literally ask for more troubles in life. Doing so alters the entire concept of prayer. Think about it. Many people sit down at the dining table and just before beginning to eat, thank God for the food. What do they mean? Are they thanking God for the food they have been blessed with while millions of innocent children are starving to death? Or when people who face legal troubles due to tax or other financial matters, do they ask God to let them off the hook? There is an old saying Tamil, which, when translated means,” The one who has eaten salt (in excess) must drink water (to clear the salt).” Similarly, people who face challenges need to understand that they are not being punished by anyone but are only experiencing Karmic reactions of their own actions and also that they need to learn from those challenges and set things right apart from creating better future Karma.

Chanting Mantras and going to temples do help in calming one’s own mind and shedding ego. Doing so helps them develop a nature of being modest, generous, kind, compassionate, loving, forgiving and empathetic to the challenges faced by others. This leads to sharing with others and tending to be altruistic. We were born with absolutely nothing and when we leave, we will take nothing with us. Whoever or whatever we have or do not have, are merely those we worked for or did not work for in the past. When people, properties, wealth, power and position leave you, bear in mind that they never belonged to you and when their time is over, they leave. It is a natural law. However, until they were with you, they certainly made your life richer with experience. One’s life as an individual is merely a short journey that the perishable body occupied by the Self takes for a fixed duration of time. The destination of the body is usually a hole in the ground or a hot pyre, however rich, powerful, good looking, smart, educated or intelligent the person is. Treating challenges as experiences that enrich life, changes everything. They are pages in one’s own book.

When faced with challenges, instead of praying to be spared from trouble, do remember to wish and pray for the clearing of your past Karma as quickly as possible and do not forget to record what you learned. Learning from challenges and refining oneself ensure that the challenges one has faced do not happen again. Learn from your experiences and share with others what you have learned. Knowledge and love when shared, never reduce but undergo exponential growth.

Therefore, when faced with challenges in life, simply turn that switch in your mind to stop saying “Why me?” but to start looking at challenges as great Karma settling as well as wonderful learning opportunities which facilitate progress in one’s process of Karmic evolution by settling past Karma and building new positive Karma.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Sadé Sati Achievement Gauge for Scorpions

Now that the period, which has turned out to be quite an excruciating one for a lot of Scorpios or Vrischikans is nearing its grand finale, it is time for Vrischikans to ask themselves how useful or useless the unavoidable seven and a half year period in their life has been.

This post is about Scorpios and therefore let us begin by broadly classifying Scorpios into two groups. One group consists of people who have been affected by Sadé Sati and the other of people, who have not been affected by it. The group of people affected by Sadé Sati can again be broadly classified into two groups of people, namely, the ones who have been seriously affected in terms of losing their position, name, fame, loved ones, health, or wealth; and others who were affected but nothing very severe happened that could change their life in some way or the other.

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The transit of Saturn from Sagittarius into Capricorn is due to take place on 24.01.2020. Two important questions that Vrischikans or Scorpios could ask themselves at this stage with only a few more weeks left before Saturn transits out of the second house from their natal moon into the third house thereby ending the Sadé Sati period, are,

    1. Am I THANKFUL for the last eight years?
    2. Am I upset, angry, dejected, sad, ruined and bitter about what happened to me in the last seven to eight years?

If your answer to the first question is an honest ‘Yes’, you can be absolutely confident that there is going to be a great positive change in your life in the next weeks to come. However, should your answer to the first question be either a ‘No’ or ‘I am not sure,’ and your answer to the second question be an emphatic ‘Yes’, please do not expect any miraculous changes to take place in your life after the end of your Sadé Sati. This is simply because when something that you expect does not happen, you will feel disappointed and sad and by not expecting anything, you can save yourself from the deeper sadness and misery that will be caused by your own attitude and is lurking around you waiting to take over you.

A powerful affirmative answer of yours to the above Sadé Sati question indicates that you have worked on yourself, have read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita or have at least heard my audiobook, have introspected and retrospected, have realised that you or rather your Gunas or attitude were directly responsible for whatever challenges you faced in your life, have evolved intellectually and spiritually enough to comprehend that your life is not controlled by some angry planet or God but it is your own Karma created by your own thoughts, words and deeds, that does it.

In my post ‘The Chequered Flag for Vrischikans‘ dated 14.09.2019, I had listed out some points which Vrischikans might want to take a look at and consider following. I would say that with about seven more weeks to go, there is still time to get into an autocorrection mode and straighten things up, which, when left uncorrected, could impede the process of your blossoming after the long, dull and dreary phase in your life.

Most of you must be aware that I started this blog/site as my ‘thinking aloud platform’ and have been using it to share with others whatever tiny bit of knowledge and experience that I have gathered so far in my life. Many people came here, learned what they wanted to learn, changed their lives for the better and either continued to be a part of the family or moved on with their lives. I wish everyone well and pray for the wellbeing of all.

I can say from experience that nothing apart from the Supreme Truth is real. People make promises and they do not keep them. Many of them swear to be with you until the end but find better things in life and leave. They use you and when their requirements are fulfilled, they cast you away and exit from your life. The easiest way to avoid feeling sad is to imagine yourself as the little baby you were when you arrived into this world. You had nothing apart from your physical body. You could tell yourself that considering the fact you started your life with nothing, whatever you have, makes you richer than what you were when you were born.

Those who have studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita can easily understand that attachment leads to sadness and thinking about the results of one’s actions, paves one’s way towards situations that are filled with pain.

Bhagavan Krishna said:

SBG 9:27 Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give, whatever you practise as austerity, O Arjuna, do it for Me and as an offering unto Me.

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By doing so, you will be freed from the bonds of action that result in good and in bad. By being free and with your mind guided by the principle of the Yoga of renunciation, you will attain Me.

When there are expectations, there is bound to be pain, whereas when one develops ‘Prasadabuddhi‘ and accepts everything as Divine Gifts, the possibility of entering a situation which causes pain can be totally circumvented.

  • I am Divine energy now residing in an impermanent and biodegradable container called body. Read the Ishavasya Upanishad.
  • I don’t expect anything so I will never be disappointed.
  • Nothing or no one ever belonged to me so I have no fear of losing anything and all that I believe I possess, are temporary gifts to me that I may enjoy until the end of the current leg of my Karmic journey.
  • I am continuously evolving and therefore every experience, both good and bad, is only making me wiser.
  • I do not care about whatever happens in my life because I am well aware that life is uncertain and that it is normal for anything to happen at any time. However, I will make sure that I do not deliberately collect any new Karma, which I cannot escape paying back.
  • The most sensible thing I can do is to be a modest seeker and ask questions.
    SBG 4:34 Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all of them are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.
  • Let me be a humble witness and be thankful for all the experience that I gain through every day of my stay on the planet.

I wish you all Vrischikans well and hope that you prepare yourselves with all modesty, gratitude, kindness and love, and get ready to usher in the post-Sadé Sati part of your life, which, when lived well, is bound to bless you with excellent health, unimaginable joy, peace, prosperity and fulfilment.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Divinity in All Living Beings

(You may listen to the audio and follow the Shlokas given below)

Causing differences between people in the society is against the teachings of Bhagavan Krishna. The following shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita show that not only all humans, but also all living beings are equal before Bhagavan Krishna. No one or no being is superior or inferior.

Krishna says:
विद्याविनयसंपन्ने ब्राह्मणे गवि हस्तिनि |
शुनि चैव श्वपाके च पण्डिताः समदर्शिनः || ५ १८ ||
vidyaa vinaya sampanne braahmane gavi hastini
shuni chaiva shvapaake cha panditaaha samadarshinaha (SBG 5:18)
People who are wise treat equally, a learned and humble Brahmin,  a cow,  an elephant, and even a person who cooks and eats dog meat.

सर्वभूतस्थमात्मानं सर्वभूतानि चात्मनि |
ईक्षते योगयुक्तात्मा सर्वत्र समदर्शनः || ६ २९ ||
sarva bhootas-thamaat maanam sarva-bhootaani chaatmani
eekshate yoga-yuktaatmaa sarvatra sama-darshanaha (SBG 6:29)
A yogi whose Self is united with Divine Consciousness, sees the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self. Such a person sees the same everywhere.

यो मां पश्यति सर्वत्र सर्वं च मयि पश्यति |
तस्याहं न प्रणश्यामि स च मे न प्रणश्यति || ६ ३० ||
yo maam pashyati sarvatra sarvam cha mayi pashyati
tasyaaham na prana shyaami sa cha me na prana shyati (SBG 6:30)
A person who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, is not separated from Me nor am I separated from him.

सर्वभूतस्थितं यो मां भजत्येकत्वमास्थितः |
सर्वथा वर्तमानोऽपि स योगी मयि वर्तते || ६ ३१ ||
sarva bhoota sthitham yo maam bhaja tyekatva maas-thithaha
sarvathaa vartamaano’pi sa yogee mayi vartate (SBG 6:31)
The one who is in union with Me and worships Me residing in all beings, becomes a Yogi and, whatever circumstances the person may be in, resides in Me.

मत्कर्मकृन्मत्परमो मद्भक्तः सङ्गवर्जितः |
निर्वैरः सर्वभूतेषु यः स मामेति पाण्डव || ११ ५५ ||
matkarma krinmat paramo madbhaktah sanga varjitaha
nirvairaha sarva bhooteshu yah sa maameti paandava (SBG 11:55)
The one who is engaged in doing My work and considers Me his Supreme Goal; is free from contamination of the mind with previous activities and doubts; is free from attachment; has no enmity towards any creature, and is friendly with every living entity; certainly comes to me O Arjuna.

Remember, it is not just all humans but it is all living beings that are equal before Krishna. Therefore, Love, live, let live and respect the divinity in each other.

Krishnam vande Jagadgurum

 

Dhanteras

Namaste.

The Dhanteras day, also known as Dhana Trayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is observed as the day when Shri Vishnu incarnated as Shri Dhanvantari who is considered to be the Father of Ayurveda. The day is the thirteenth (Trayodashi) day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight of the month of Karthika. The Dhanteras day is revered as the day of the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean, when Shri Dhanvantari incarnated and Sri Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, appeared out of the ocean that was being churned by the Devas and the Asuras.

Shri Dhanvantari is invoked as the greatest protector and healer. The Dhanvantari Mantra is in praise of Shri Dhanvantari whom devotees humbly pray to for good health.

May Shri Dhanvantari and His consort Sri Mahalakshmi, bless you and your loved ones, with the greatest wealth of health, intellect and an abundance of all forms of material wealth.

ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे
विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि
तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ॥
Om Shri Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidmahe
Vishnu Patnyai Cha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodaya’at Om॥

Jai Shri Krishna
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Unsolicited Advice or Free Information

During the time I lived in India, there have been many instances when people showed me things like a furniture product, artwork, website or a presentation that they had created and asked me for my opinion. Since I felt that it was my responsibility to give them my feedback that could help them improve their creation, I would give them my honest opinion mentioning the errors or flaws that I had observed in their work. I found to my utter dismay that they got upset when I offered them my constructive criticism! On the other hand, when someone from Germany asked me for my opinion regarding something created by them, they would be extremely happy if I found faults and pointed them out to them! Due to their aim for perfection, they usually don’t look for someone who would pamper and inflate their ego through appreciation and lavish praises but they look for those who would tell them what they could do in order to achieve hundred per cent perfection.
Some time ago, I called a popular person in Madras whose YouTube videos on South Indian politics I watch regularly. I had noticed in a few of his videos that he claimed to quote from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita but in reality, they were merely things like, “Whatever happens, happens for good”, “What is yours today will be somebody else’s tomorrow” and other such stuff that one receives on Whatsapp but does not exist in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. My suggestion to him was that since he is a senior person considered to be well-read and experienced, he should spend about three hours to actually read through all the 18 chapters of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita at least once so that it would enable him to quote relevant shlokas concerning Karmayoga, self and mind control, social justice, self-confidence, fearlessness, devotion etc. and also rubbish allegations of anti-Dharma forces that the great scripture teaches casteism.
Instead of being thankful and happy to receive an important piece of advice from a well-wisher like me from across the ocean who has taught the Srimad Bhagavad Gita to thousands of people, he took to defending his position! He said that his aim was to spread good values and by saying that they came from the Gita, people would pay more attention to what he was saying and that is why he said such things like “Whatever happens, happens for good, etc.! He also said that as he was ‘old’, even if he read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, he would not be able to remember much of it!
I thanked him for taking my call, wished him all the very best and made a final unsuccessful attempt to get him to read the great scripture at least once.

In my experience of counselling couples, I observed that most of them had relationship problems simply because they did not listen to what their partner said. People usually give boring clichéd advice to couples such as “Be patient and understanding”. However, what I suggest to people is to never say “No” to free knowledge and information! When a person suggests something to you, you are actually receiving thoughts and ideas from another human being with their own education and different kinds of experience. The information or advice is all the more important when the other person is of the opposite gender!  A man can never think like a woman nor can a woman think like a man. Never! Therefore, when a man’s female partner tells him something, he should seriously consider the fact that he is receiving knowledge and information from a person of the opposite gender whose way of thinking is something he will never be able to experience. This means that he is receiving priceless knowledge that is otherwise impossible for him, for free. It applies to women paying attention to what their men say too.

Being more pragmatic and treating constructive criticism as a great boon that could lead one towards perfection, can greatly contribute in building healthier, enriching and more useful relationships, and make life more interesting and worth living. People who do not know this secret, invariably try their best to prove themselves right even if they knew that they were wrong!
Since the time I published the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in the form of an audiobook, I make it a point to mention it at the end of every post of mine. Studying the Srimad Bhagavad Gita cannot get simpler and easier than listening to it as an audiobook instead of reading it which might be difficult and uninteresting for people with problems of concentration.
Those who haven’t read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, please do get a copy of my audiobook and listen to it multiple times. It is sure to positively affect the way you think and add value, peace, happiness, fearlessness, confidence and get you abundant Divine Blessings.
Remember: Never say “No” to free knowledge and information in the form of advice or suggestions from others. A clever and sensible person would normally receive the free information, process it in their mind and then decide whether to implement it or not. It is certainly better than trying to emulate their feline pet that shuts its eyes as it drinks milk!
May you all stay blessed.
Jai Shri Krishna
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Shastra Puja – Dassault Rafale

As the Leader, so the People.
यथा राजा तथा प्रजा  [Yathaa Raja, Thathaa Prajaa.]

India is blessed with the most wonderful leader Shri Narendra Modiji. Despite the efforts of anti-Dharma and anti-India forces, he continues to rise and take along with him in his rise, his entire family of over 1.3 billion Indians.

Shri Modiji’s knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the fact that he is guided by his intellect to apply the Divine Knowledge in his life, have already shown tremendous results.
Bhagavan Krishna said:
SBG Shloka 4:07 “Whenever righteousness comes down and irreligion predominates, O descendant of Bhaaratha (Arjuna), I manifest Myself.”

We are now witnessing events which were unthinkable a few years ago. They include the incarceration of people who have been comfortably swindling the nation since a very long time, and also the rapidly increasing respect for India and Indians on the international arena.

Traditions, however silly, nonsensical or irrational they may seem, contribute towards the ethnic, regional, national and even linguistic identity and the sense of oneness of the people of a community or nation. The most developed and modern countries also follow their Abrahamic tradition of inviting a priest to utter a few words from their holy scriptures and to sprinkle ‘holy water’ at the place where they are about to commence a new project, commission a new aircraft or ship. The western tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne against new ships is one that they have inherited from the Greeks who did it to honour Gods and seek their blessings.

So why is it that pseudo-liberals, pseudo-westernised Indians, ‘Macaulayists’, and other such anti-Dharma, as well as anti-India forces, are against what has been done by the honourable Indian defence minister in Paris on Ayudha Puja day 2019?

The Indian government took delivery of the Dassault Rafale [pronounced DASS-O RA-FAAL] aircrafts in France. The day coincided with the Ayudha Puja day which was respectfully observed and celebrated by the Indian Defence Minister and his team. What was wrong about it? And what was regressive or communal about it?!

It is rather an unfortunate and ugly truth that India could be either the only one or one of the very few countries in the world, in which disrespecting the nation, its indigenous culture and traditions, and also its leaders are considered to be signs of being progressive and elite!

On the positive side, we should be thankful for the great leader Shri Modiji that we have, who sets an example for the people, particularly the young ones, with his attitude, manners, style, discipline, total self-confidence, honesty, respect for people and nature, respect for elders and women, readiness to learn and stay abreast with technological developments, by discussing Dharmic philosophy in public and not behaving like an apologetic that most Sanatana Dharmis have been trained to behave as, and above all, with his immeasurable love and respect for India as well as Indians.

Indeed do people follow their leader. The honourable Indian leader Shri Narendra Damodardas Modijji, who is the greatest one after Netaji Subhash Chandra Boseji and Shri Sardar Vallabhai Patelji, is one leader that people could blindly emulate and succeed in attaining great Karmic evolution.

Jai Bharat
Jai Shri Krishna

The Union of Knowledge with Modesty

The monthly programme called “Mann ki Baat” or the “Words from the heart” by Shri Narendra Modiji is a programme that I never miss. The honourable Indian Prime Minister’s monthly talk to Indians is broadcast through this wonderful programme in which he informs Indians of the work he did during that period and also fills it with great pearls of wisdom that he has amassed during his lifetime.

Among the different topics he spoke about in “Mann ki Baat” dated 29.09.2019, he touched upon the topic of modesty. Shri Modiji called the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on the telephone and greeted her for birthday. The telephone conversation was broadcast in the programme. When Shri Modiji admired her for all her achievements, the great singer humbly said that she owed everything to her parents and of course to her listeners. This modesty of hers despite her being a great star, earned her another round of lavish appreciation from Shri Modiji.

Shri Modiji quoted the above poem from the Hariharasubhaashita of Harihara, which likens the union of knowledge and modesty with that of gems and gold.

An expensive decorative earthen vase ceases to be one the moment it falls from a height of two feet or when it is struck by someone using a hard object. However, the fact that it is earth, never changes. The broken pieces of an earthen vase can be crushed, kneaded using water, be put on a potter’s wheel and formed into a new vase, jug or pot again.

Likewise, people are nothing but pure consciousness in different physical forms which are not permanent.  All external forms undergo changes but the true Self can neither be changed nor destroyed.

SBG 2:20 The Self is never born, nor does it die at any time. It does not come into existence by being born. The Self is constant. It is not killed when the body dies.

SBG 13:32 Just as the all-pervading ether is not tainted because of its subtlety, the Self that is seated everywhere in the body, does not mix with it nor is affected by it. 

Those who are aware of the above truth are not affected by states of mind such as vanity, arrogance, narcissism, fear, greed, jealousy and hatred.

Shri Bhagavan Krishna taught Arjuna the importance of knowledge without any arrogance.

SBG 3:27 All actions are done by the three kinds of material nature called ‘Gunas’, but he, whose mind is deluded by false ego and arrogance, thinks “I am the doer.”

SBG 3:30 Renounce all your works completely in me, with your mind with full knowledge of the Self and without expecting any benefits.  Be clear of arrogance and laziness and fight.

SBG 3:28 But O mighty-armed Arjuna, the one who knows the absolute Truth that the Gunas and the actions springing from them are different from the Self, is not attached. They understand that it is not the Self, but it is the Gunas that go for the respective objects, which are also products of the same Gunas.

SBG 4:19 A person whose every action is devoid of selfish desires and whose actions are burned by the fire of knowledge is known to be a wise and highly learned person.

SBG 4:34 Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all of them are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.

SBG 4:35 After acquiring that knowledge, O Arjuna, you will not be deluded like this anymore and by that knowledge, you will see all creatures in you and them in Me.

SBG 4:37 Just as a blazing fire burns wood used as fuel into ashes, O Arjuna, knowledge burns all actions and reactions due to material activities, into ashes.

“A great man is always willing to be little.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the main problems with many Sanatana Dharmic people aka Hindus is their sheer laziness to spend 3 hours of their time to read a simple translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in a language of their choice.  They would gladly spend that time to watch some movie but would find it extremely difficult to invest it to acquire the knowledge taught in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.  In reality, one or two thorough reads of the great scripture can clear their mind and make them a hundred times smarter and more knowledgeable about life, death, Krishna, Brahman, Karma, Dharma and Advaita Vedanta in general than many of the bearded charlatans masquerading as great spiritual gurus and roll in the wealth created from their gullible and sycophantic followers who are plain lackadaisical to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

Not reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which is the nectar of all the Vedas, and not learning at least the basics of organised cults that arrived into India through marauders, usurpers and colonisers, are two of the prime causes for what is known as ‘Hindu-bashing’ which is increasing and also the conversion of Dharmic people into ridiculous desert cults based on bizarre ideas of God.

Reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita or going through it at least once is a simple yet most important step that everyone could take in order to protect and preserve the Sanatana Dharma apart from glorifying it and presenting it to future generations in a rational, logical and scientific manner.
The new audiobook “The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English retold and read for you by Tavamithram Sarvada,” has been made in order to make it easier for people who either do not have the time, the patience or the inclination to take the grand step of reading the book and receiving great enlightenment in their life.

Please click on the links given below to the different stores from where the Audiobook can be downloaded.

May you all be blessed with the Divine knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita imparted by Bhagavan Shri Krishna and may you and your loved ones live a healthy, peaceful, prosperous and fulfilling life.

Jai Shri Krishna
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Finding God Through The Aum Mantra

The musk deer is, in fact, the perfect example of the tendency of most people to spend their whole life looking for God when the Self in them is that God that they are looking for. The ultimate goal of the study of Advaita Vedanta for a seeker, is to learn to realise their true Self which is pure Divinity.

Bhagavan Krishna says in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita:

SBG 6:31 He who is in union with Me and worships Me residing in all beings, becomes a Yogi and, whatever circumstances he may be in, resides in Me.

SBG 10:20 I am the Self, O Arjuna, situated within all living entities. I am the origin, the middle and also the end of all beings.

SBG 13:02 You should know that the Kshetrajna or the embodied Self in all bodies or Kshetras is Me, O Arjuna. Knowing about the Kshetra and the Kshetrajnas is called knowledge.

SBG13:27 The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally, the unperishing within the perishing.

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is the shortest Upanishad with merely 12 verses, analyses the syllable ‘AUM’ and explains through it the four states of consciousness. Watch the video on the Mandukya Upanishad below.

May you realise the divinity in you and understand that as in organised cults, the Advaita Vedanta does not propound the concept of a god being a separate being living somewhere up above. It is unfortunate that the lack of this vital knowledge drives people into confusion, mental delusion, mental slavery of soul merchants and kicks them out of the right course towards the Supreme Goal of creating great positive Karma and attaining Superconsciousness.

The Advaita Vedanta is the ultimate philosophy, understanding which, can straightaway lead you to eternal bliss.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Mandukya Upanishad in 13 minutes

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English – Retold and read for you by Tavamithram Sarvada

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The Chequered Flag for Vrischikans

It is almost time for Vrischikans (people with the lunar sign of Scorpio) to say ‘PHEW! What a ride!’ That is because their life-changing period of Sadé Sati, which began on the 14th of November 2011, is due to end a couple of hours after the 24th sunrise of January 2020. Although the period is known as Sadé Sati or ‘seven and a half’, it has already been, as of today, seven years and ten months since that ‘fateful’ day that ushered in a tumultuous, challenging and metamorphic stint in the lives of Vrischikans.

On the one hand, we have Vrischikans who lost their positions, jobs, businesses, wealth, property and even loved ones, but on the other, there are Vrischikans whose lives were either not much affected during the Sadé Sati period or those who rose to great heights in life during this time. Our beloved Prime Minister Shri Modiji is one great example of a Vrishikan who rose to the position of being the leader of the world’s largest democracy within merely three years after his Sadé Sati started.

Ever since I started this blog/site on the 7th of February 2014, I have been sharing what I have learned as well as my positive thoughts in order to help people maintain composure, increase mental strength, develop patience, refine their virtues, shed ego and arrogance, and above all, to the learn The Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I have also explained clearly about Advaita Vedanta; Karma, Dharma; about certain Upanishads; that Vedic Astrology is a ‘Karma diagnosis tool’; that planets do not control people’s lives but all that happens in one’s life is due to their own Karma;  and that the best way to alter one’s life is to work on one’s Gunas taking the help of the Divine Knowledge imparted by Shri Bhagavan Krishna in The Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

However, it needs to be said that for a lot of people, the subject of astrology is like dope. Whatever and how much ever they are taught about Advaita Vedanta and Karma being the cause of all events, inequalities, troubles, challenges as well as their moments of crowning glory,  they will still continue to look for someone or some website that makes astrological predictions that their stars augur a good future for them. They flatly refuse to use their basic intelligence and common sense to figure out that the possibility of the ringed planet called Saturn, which is seven hundred times the size of the earth, ruining the lives of a human being born under a particular zodiac sign is far-fetched.

Nevertheless, for the benefit of those who continue to be obstinate in not wanting to learn and imbibe the Divine Knowledge taught in The Bhagavad Gita but continue to believe that planets are the ones that are responsible for all good and unpleasant events in their lives, I would like to state the following encouraging predictions based on the rules as per Vedic astrology.

The Good News
On January 24 2020, Saturn will enter Makara Rashi or Capricorn, which is the 3rd house for Vrischikans. Ancient Rishis have written that the transits of Saturn into the third, sixth and eleventh houses are exceptionally favourable ones. This means that this transit is going to be extraordinarily amazing for three Rashis or lunar signs namely, Vrischika (Scorpio), Simha (Leo) and Meena (Pisces). Saturn will remain in the house of Makara for a period of 36 months except for short durations of retrograde movements.

Now here comes the catch. The position will be an extremely favourable one provided people maintain discipline and have noble virtues in them. Qualities such as laziness, vanity, rudeness, dishonesty and disloyalty can completely block all the luck that is at the moment almost on the doorsteps of people born under the three signs and waiting to shower them with an abundance of all good things in life.

In order to have a clearer mind or rather a less foggy one after having undergone a major transformation during the chastening Sadé Sati period and before commencing a new inning in life, Vrischikans who have been affected during the seven and a half year period might want to take a look at some important tasks that they could consider completing on time. Performing these tasks and empowering yourselves with a better understanding of the SELF, Krishna, Sadé Sati, Karma, Gunas, the 60 20 20 equation of settling Karma, and of making the best use of the remaining months in Sadé Sati are what you should now be looking into.

1. Read and understand at least the basic philosophy of The Srimad Bhagavad Gita. You could also get a copy of the audiobook of The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English that I have recently published. Its just two hours and fifty minutes long.

2. Learn The Five Pearls and follow them to a T.

3. Make sure that you have completely done away with your ego.

4. Check your levels of modesty and humility that you have reached during your Sadé Sati and be sure that you do not have even an iota of arrogance left in you.

5. In case you have not been smart enough to make good use of your down years to work on improving your physical health, start doing it right away. How about starting a new habit to walk at least 1.5 hours every day or joining a gym?

6. Take your time to think and confirm that there are not even the smallest traces of hate in your heart, be it for someone or for something.

7. 60% of your destiny was created by you in your past Janmas and you can do nothing to change it. 20% of your destiny has been created by your actions caused by your Gunas in your current Janma and this too is unalterable. The remaining 20%, however, is still open for you and the choice to add either positive or negative Karma to the equation, is purely yours. Please do get one thing straight – No god, No planet or No other entity is either doing you good nor is destroying you. It is your own Gunas that are solely responsible for all that happens in your life. (See SBG 3:27-28)

The forthcoming 36-month stay of planet Saturn in Makara, that begins in January 2020, contains three important celestial events, namely, one Rahu transit and two Guru transits which can indicate quite remarkable developments in your life. However, benefitting from them or inviting new troubles in the periods indicated by these planetary transits totally depends on how well prepared a Vrischikan you are.

Vrischikans, please start organising yourselves for a brand new part of your life which, if you have fulfilled your Sadé Sati training period well, will be so awesome that the force with which it will stun you positively will be much greater than the force with which the onset of your Sadé Sati shocked you in 2011.

Take a deep breath, be proud of yourselves for the patience you have had during your Sadé Sati and be thankful for all the divine protection that you have been receiving all along. Remember that things could have been worse! Start visualising the chequered flag at the end of the gruelling rally that you have been through. Bear in mind that when your time comes and when you achieve great success, it would be necessary for you to be kind and generous. Please be careful so as to not rush into things only because you are in a great hurry to get back all that you lost and do not forget that the massive amounts of pain you endured since eight years might cause a proclivity in you to develop a vengeful attitude which can only ruin the loads of Karma credits you have earned through your kind gestures to others, and through facing defeat, insults, joblessness, financial crunches, troubles in the family and other painful as well as heart-breaking situations.

The most important rule to be remembered is that the end of Sadé Sati does not guarantee the end of all troubles. It is only a proper understanding of Karma and of righteous living as per Dharma that will greatly contribute towards putting unpleasant things behind you and creating a new blessed life and world for you as well as for your loved ones. A balanced mind is the key to such a life.

SBG 2:55 Shree Bhagavan Krishna said: The one who has given up all desires of the heart and has a purified mind which finds joy in itself and not in external factors is called a ‘Stithapragnya’ who is a person of steady consciousness.

SBG 2:56 He who is not agitated or disturbed despite by the threefold miseries, or is also not euphoric when he has comforts, and is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage with a steady mind.

Note- The threefold miseries are:
Miseries that arise from the mind and the body.
Miseries caused by other living beings.
Miseries caused by natural disasters over which we have no control.

May the priceless knowledge and experience that you have gained during your Sadé Sati help you in living the rest of your current Janma as a Karmayogi and ‘Stithapragnya’, and may you be showered upon with the Divine Blessings of the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna.

Best wishes.

Jai Shri Krishna


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A smooth life or one which is eventful?

Namaste.

Being a person who has been through life-threatening situations in which the chances of my surviving looked quite bleak, and after having discussed in the last couple of decades with many others like me, who had been to the edge of life, I can confidently state some of the thoughts that ran in our minds during those moments which could have been our last ones.
They were:
1. “What have I done in my life?” and NOT “How comfortably did I live my life?”!
2. “What all did I experience and not experience in life” and NOT “How much money did I make or how much real estate I possessed?”!
3. “Who were the people I hurt but did not apologise to for hurting them?” and NOT “How many people did I miss hurting?”!
4. “I should have taken that opportunity instead of missing it due to silly reasons.”
5. “How interesting has my life been?” and NOT “How comfortable has my life been?”!

In my post The Cup of Life dated 13.08.2019, I had written, “People who have celebrated life and have lived it to the fullest, relish the crescendo of life as well as its climax moment, while those who have been sad, discontent, selfish, egoistic, angry or bitter all through their time on earth, don’t.”

The very purpose of life is learning – Learning to learn; to get up from a fall; to experience good and bad as well as pleasure and pain; to love; to share; to endure; to survive, and conclude a lifetime feeling oneness with the system. At the time of departure, it is a life full of surprises, different people and great experiences that one usually wishes they had. Those who have had such a life, are the ones that are the happiest during the final seconds of earthly existence. Having lived a plush, comfortable and trouble-free life at someone else’s cost is certainly not what makes people happy at that highest moment. The happiest are those who loved; were kind; kept their word; loved children; loved animals; admired flowers and butterfiles; enjoyed gardening; cooked with passion; dreamt; strived; struggled; worked hard; shared; burned and fell but rose again from the ashes; built their world on their own from nothing; helped others and made them happy; contributed towards protecting nature, and left a legacy behind that generations of people could benefit from.

During the years when I was much younger, many of my friends disapproved my decision to choose an adventurous life instead of a peaceful one that a person enjoys by doing a comfortable ‘9 to 5’ job. Well, the result of my decision has been my highly eventful, extremely thrilling, enormously rewarding and greatly educative life that is filled with such a large number of stories that even after my son has turned 15, I have still not managed to recount to him beyond 15-18% of all that has happened in my life so far.

It would definitely be great to possess a lot of wealth but what about those who are not affluent? Why should they feel sad for not possessing something that does not guarantee great health, peace and happiness? The truth is that, a truly rich life is one which is rich with various kinds of experiences, one in which you met many people, and one that teaches you things that no university can ever teach. If one had Moksha or salvation as the ultimate goal, learning through experience would be the only way to get there.

Therefore, experiences, both good as well as bad, are amazing divine blessings that one needs to be thankful for. But for them, one neither grows nor evolves. However, during troubling times in life, reading the following Shloka should help one get some solace :

मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः |
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || २ १४ ||
maatra-sparshaas-tu kaunteya sheetoshna-sukhad-duhkhadaaha
aagamaa-paayino-‘nityaas- taam-sthithikshasva-bhaarata
SBG 2:14 O son of Kunti (Arjuna), impermanent things like happiness and sadness, heat and cold in summer and winter, come and go. They are temporary so learn to endure them.

Be a free thinking and modest seeker.

May Divine Blessings continue to shower upon you giving you a rich and fulfilling life.

Jai Shri Krishna

 

Mental Freedom and Happiness versus Mental Dependence and Heartaches

Almost everyone has undergone heartaches caused by someone who hurt them or left them for someone else. It could have been among school friends, colleagues, relatives or romantic couples who had sworn earlier they would never leave. From a psychological point of view, such a heartache can be said to be a result of ego, attachment and the will to possess the loved person.

Love, attachment and being possessive about a person or object you love are in fact often confused with one another. When you truly love someone, you wish them well and do not try to possess them.

True love is truly loving, wishing the loved one well and expecting nothing in return.

In reality, all relationships except the one with the Supreme Brahman or Krishna, are bound to end in pain and separation, at least through the death of either of the two in the relationship. Excessive attachment to a person or object also gives rise to the fear of losing who or what one is attached to and this damages trust, causes suspicion and ruins one’s peace of mind.

Attachment to a person usually stems from the state of mind that one achieves through the relationship. The relationship satisfies one or more desires of the person. Bhagavan Krishna has explained the repercussions of being attached to a person or object as follows:

SBG 2:63 A person who thinks of sense objects develops an attachment for them. From this attachment desires are born and from desires, anger is born.

SBG 2:63 Anger gives birth to delusion and this delusion results in confusion of memory. When memory is confused, intelligence is destroyed and from the destruction of intelligence, the person perishes.

Bhagavan Krishna also says that the way to achieve a calm state of mind is not through suppressing the senses but by controlling them.

SBG 3:33 The learned act according to their own nature. All beings follow their own nature. What can suppression do?

SBG 3:34 It is natural to be attracted to or to be repelled by sense objects pertaining to each sense. However, one should not come under their control because they are obstacles in one’s path towards self-realisation.

Bhagavan Krishna explains in Chapter Two of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita who a ‘Sthithapragnya’ or a steady minded person is. A ‘Sthithapragnya’ is one who has perfect control over the senses. A Yogi who is a Stithapragnya has a stable mind and is steady even when sense objects come to him. He remains unmoved and enjoys eternal peace.

SBG 2:55 Shree Bhagavan Krishna says:
One who has given up all desires of the heart and has a purified mind, which finds joy in itself and not in external factors, is called a ‘Stithapragnya’  or a person of steady consciousness.

SBG 2:56 He who is not agitated or disturbed despite by the threefold miseries, or is also not euphoric when he has comforts; and is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage with a steady mind.

Note:
The threefold miseries are:

  1. Miseries that arise from the mind and the body,
  2. Miseries caused by other living beings
  3. Miseries caused by natural disasters over which we have no control.

SBG 2:57  He who is free from attachment and neither rejoices when he achieves good nor hates evil, has steady wisdom and perfect knowledge.

Reaching such a state of mind free from delusion and being in it even during the time of death, unites one with the Supreme Being.

The sources of happiness and sorrow are explained in Shloka 160 of the 4th Chapter of the Manu Smriti:

सर्वं परवशं दुःखं सर्वं आत्मवशं सुखम् ।
एतद्विद्यात्समासेन लक्षणं सुखदुःखयोः ।।
sarvam paravasham duhkham sarvam aatmavasham sukham
etad-viddhyaat-samaasena lakshanam sukha-duhkhayo (MS 4:160)
Everything becomes a cause for sorrow if one is dependent on it for happiness, whereas, everything turns into happiness when one is dependent on oneself.

SBG 14:16 It is said that the fruits of righteous actions performed in Sattva are pure; those performed in Rajas, result in pain; and the fruit of work done in Tamas, is darkness.

SBG 5:03 A person who neither hates nor desires the results of his actions is known to be a Sanyasi or one who has renounced everything. Such a person is free from dualities and is therefore liberated from material bondage.

SBG 13:30 When a man sees the whole variety of beings as resting in the One and spreading forth from That alone, he attains the realisation of Brahman.

Note:
A man becomes one with the Supreme Brahman when he realises that all these various forms are rooted in the One.

Shri Ramana Maharishi was once asked, how to pray for other people. The Maharishi answered, “If you are abiding within the Self, there are no other people. You and I are the same. When I pray for you I pray for myself and when I pray for myself I pray for you. Real prayer is to abide within the Self. This is the meaning of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ – ‘That Thou Art.’ There can be no separation in the Self. There is no need for prayer for yourself or any person other than to abide within the Self.”

Those who comprehend the message given above will be free from heartaches.

Going through the Ishavasya Upanishad should also help:
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Jai Shri Krishna

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The ‘Who am I’ question has always intrigued people of almost all civilisations. There have been numerous renowned philosophers who came out with their own answers to the question. The French philosopher René Descartes, who is known as the father of modern philosophy, gave a conclusive statement saying, “I think and therefore I am.” He meant that it is only through our mind that we know that we exist and therefore if we can think, we exist. On the other hand, according to the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, it is “I am and therefore I think!”

Feelings such as happiness, sadness, fear, anger, desperation, hatred, etc are states of mind. You are happy or sad only when you think of whatever it is that gives you those feelings. It is the way you perceive different situations that cause to the different states of mind. One one hand, being attached to people, to objects, to one’s work or accomplishments apart from their feeling of ownership of what they believe they possess, can give rise to the fear of the risk of losing them. This fear of losing leads people to take the wrong decisions which can have serious repercussions and cause irreversible damages in one’s life. When the fear of losing has taken control over one’s mind, they not only give up but they also give themselves lame excuses and baseless reasons in order to justify to themselves their decision to quit. This decision to quit, however, does not solve their problem or make them feel better! It only makes them even more despondent.

The Bhagavad Gita begins with the chapter that talks about the feelings of despondency, weakness and confusion that took over Arjuna’s intellect. His despondent state of mind was about to turn him, who was known as a valiant, intelligent and knowledgeable warrior king, into a coward, destroy his perspicacity and drive him towards delusion, failure, defeat and ignominy.

However, Arjuna took an extremely important step that people in a despondent state of mind need to take in order to improve their situation and achieve their goals. What he did was to concede that he had an unclear mind, and asked Krishna to accept him as His pupil and teach him the way to counter the problem that he was facing. The knowledge and advice that Arjuna received from Krishna, changed his way of thinking and perceiving things as a result of which, Arjuna attained grand success.

The two hours and fifty minutes that you spend on this audiobook of the complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English presented by Tavamithram Sarvada will help you:

  1. Correct flaws in your thinking as well as in your perception of reality,
  2. Understand the natural ‘Cause and Effect’ principle,
  3. Become fearless, self-confident, generous and socially responsible
  4. Reset your life by learning to override all your negative past Karma through Divine Knowledge, and,
  5. Most importantly, learn to recognise your TRUE SELF and Master the Art of Mastering your Mind

Jai Shri Krishna

 

Positive Karma Through CSR in the Bhagavad Gita

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: THE FIFTH ONE AMONG THE FIVE PEARLS

‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or CSR, is the modern term for a company’s responsibility to people, society and the environment. Large conglomerates learned that in order to achieve sustainability in their businesses, they had to ensure that the welfare of all the participants in the entire business process was of utmost importance.

Many great kings and queens who ruled in the past, passed ordinances and carried out projects that ensured the upliftment of the people.

A lot of people carry noble intentions in their heart. Intentions such as being of use to the society by helping the needy in whichever way possible. However, the self-doubt that clouds the minds of most people, due to their feelings of inadequacy or ignorance of ways to perform such noble acts, prevents them from doing charitable works.

The fact of the matter is that the more one sincerely thinks of the welfare of the world, the higher will be the chances of their becoming instruments in the Divine Hands of Krishna (SBG 11:33). As many of you might have understood from the SBG, it is not us but it is our Gunas that are the ‘doers’ of actions. Unfortunately, many people erroneously think that they are doing things (SBG 3:27).

As a matter of fact, something as simple as merely thinking sincerely about the welfare of others and requesting the Supreme Being to be considered for the job of being an instrument in His Divine Hands, would mean that our Gunas are tuned to be more Sattvik and this, in turn, would mean that we are on the right path towards perfection. Many large charity organisations were started by people who were in the lowest ebbs of their lives. What they did during the times they struggled was that they empathised with all others like them who were going through challenges in life, and with the sincere wish to help them, took their first small step in that direction by sharing whatever they had with those who did not.

SBG 2:39 O Arjuna, I have declared to you the Truth according to the Sankhya or the path of knowledge. Now listen to the teaching of Yoga, which is the path of selfless action combined with devotion. By practising this, you will free yourself from the bondage of actions.

SBG 2:40 There is no loss in taking up such a task in this world. Even a little bit of progress in Dharma will free you from grave danger.

SBG 3:20 Even Janaka and other kings attained perfection through action. You should perform action with the view of being of benefit to the people of the world.

SBG 3:25 Just as ignorant people perform actions with attachment to the results, learned people perform work, but with no attachments. Their desire, if at all, is only the welfare of the world.

SBG 14:06 Of these, Sattva, which due to its purity is luminous and healthy, frees a person of all Karmic reactions. Those of this Guna are attached to knowledge and to happiness, O sinless one.

No one can know everything. Not even an expert in a particular field knows everything about it. All of us are continuously evolving. Therefore, the lack of experience or knowledge in something should never stop us from thinking in that direction. Once we enter an area with focus and dedication, all the knowledge that we gained in our previous Janmas, that is stored in our Karmic memory, will come back to the forefront and guide us on our journey (6:43-44).

When I started this site in February 2014, I too did not have much knowledge of blogging. In fact, I still don’t think I qualify to be included even under the category of mediocre bloggers. However, I gather from people that whatever small work I am doing through this site is helping them and this greatly humbles me apart from making me feel that I should be doing even more as service to others and to the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna.

SBG 9:27 Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give, whatever you practise as austerity, O Arjuna, do it for Me and as an offering unto Me.

SBG 6:40 Bhagavan Shri Krishna said (to Arjuna):
O Arjuna, neither in this world nor in the next world, is there destruction for him; because the one who does good, O My dear friend, never comes to evil.

Think of the famous starfish story in which the young boy said to the elderly man with great joy, as he threw back one starfish into the sea, that although he could not save the lives all the thousands of starfish washed ashore, he could save that one creature. You do not have to be able to help the entire society. You could consider yourself highly lucky and blessed so much if, through your acts, you are able to be of use to a few people or even one single living being.

Jai Shri Krishna

Vegan devotees of Krishna

The Sanatana Dharma is a path for seekers which means it is a path which helps its followers EVOLVE CONTINUOUSLY. Another important truth is that the Sanatana Dharma is not an organised religion with dos, don’ts, rewards and punishments.

It is purely based on the natural principle of ‘Cause and Effect’. With every action of ours, we create Karma. I am sure you will agree with me if I said that stealing and drinking the milk that a cow produces for its babies is certainly not a noble act. Females among mammals produce milk that contains all the nutrition required to help the little one of their respective species grow into a healthy adult. Bovine milk, for example, contains hormones that can make a little calf grow into a 270 to 300 Kg animal in a period of a year.

The different cultures practised by people always started with someone doing it for the first time. When powerful or famous people practise something, whatever they practise is usually emulated by the people below them.
SBG 3:21 Whatever or whichever action an important person does, others follow him and emulate him. What he does becomes a standard for the others.

People who follow blindly what others do cannot be considered to be particularly intelligent. Sheep do the same thing too by following their shepherd.

Unlike the way it is in organised religions that enslave their followers with commandments or divine rules, Bhagavan Krishna, towards the end of His discourse to Arjuna, says, (SBG 18:63) I have taught you THE SECRET WISDOM which is deeper than all that is confidential and profound. REFLECT FULLY on what I have declared to you and DO WHAT YOU WISH TO DO.

Instead of trying to find out why Krishna is depicted to be One who drank bovine milk and consumed butter made from it, it would be better to REFLECT upon and RESEARCH the matter, and ask yourself if it would be right in any way to snatch the milk meant for babies of another species or to kill animals and consume them. Cows and other animals do not queue up before dairy farms or slaughterhouses offering their milk or flesh! As if it were their right, humans TAKE what they want from innocent voiceless animals. Apart from the ethical or moral angle in consuming animal products, one needs to look at what drives today’s gargantuan food industry. The only factor that the food industry works for is PROFITS. In order to create more profits, they need to produce more, and in order to produce more, they resort to unnatural methods such as injecting poor female mammals with various drugs which include Oxytocin, Bovine somatotropin, etc. Do not forget that food created by tampering with nature, leads to an imbalance in its basic chemical structure and that makes it carcinogenic.

One of the first instructions that doctors give patients of serious diseases such as cancer is to STOP CONSUMING ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING DAIRY. They are asked to go for a diet of RAW VEGETABLES. Another example is that of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are usually prescribed a casein-free diet which means removing all dairy products from the diet.

A very long time ago, our ancestors used to live in caves but we don’t, do we? They did a lot of things which we don’t. That is called human evolution.

I can say from my experience that since the time I changed from being a pure vegetarian to a vegan and have gone back to regular exercise, I have been experiencing everything that people above the age of about thirty-five would dream of – Excellent Fitness; Increased Physical Strength and Stamina; Lesser wrinkles due to tighter skin; Cheerfulness; and an Overall Age-Reversal. The most important benefits of going 100 % plant-based are, the crystal clear conscience as well as the feeling of relief and peace that it gives caused by shutting a prime source of excessive amounts of negative Karma which I will have to balance through many lifetimes.

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Jai Shri Krishna

A brief guide to the basics of Karma Yoga or the Yoga of Action

Karma Yoga can be defined as the ‘Yoga of action’ or ‘Yoga of active action.’ It means action without attachment to one’s actions. Karma Yoga should not be confused with selfless service.

Karma Yoga or the path of rightful action is one in which a person strives to surrender all of their human activity to the sublime will. It begins with the renunciation of all egoistic purposes of their works, of all undertakings of action out of egoistic interest or for the sake of a worldly result.

As per Karma Yoga taught in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita; serenity, renunciation of all desire for the fruit of our action, and action offered as a sacrifice to the sublime Lord of our nature and of all nature; are the three basic approaches to the Supreme Bhagavan. It is one of the three recommended Margas of paths to attain Moksha or salvation.

Swami Vivekananda said, “When you have trained your mind and your nerves to realise this idea of the world’s non-dependence on you or on anybody, there will then be no reaction in the form of pain resulting from work.” – Karma Yoga: The Yoga of action

Below are some selected Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, that can help a seeker understand Karma Yoga better. PLEASE DO READ THEM CAREFULLY AND PATIENTLY!

SBG 2:37 Either you will be killed in the battle and you will enter heaven or, you will win this battle and enjoy the kingdom on earth. Therefore arise and fight with resolution.

SBG 2:47 You have the right only to work but never to claim its results. The results of your actions should never be your motive but at the same time, let this not make you attached to inaction.

SBG 2:48 You have to be established in Yoga, O Arjuna. You have to do your duty without any attachment to its success or to its failure. This kind of equanimity is known as Yoga.

SBG 3.19 Therefore, always perform your duty or work unattached because the one performing work without attachment will certainly attain the Supreme.

SBG 3:20 Even Janaka and other kings attained perfection through action. You should perform action with the view of being of benefit to the people of the world.

SBG 3:30 Renounce all your works completely in me, with your mind with full knowledge of the Self and without expecting any benefits. Be clear of arrogance and laziness and fight.

SBG 4:15 Ancient people who sought liberation, performed actions based on this truth. Hence, you too should perform your duty in Supreme Consciousness.

SBG 5:02 Bhagavan Shri Krishna said: Renunciation and the Yoga of performing selfless action both lead to liberation. However, among the two, the Yoga of performing selfless action is superior to the Yoga of renunciation of action.

SBG 5:07 A person who is devoted to the path of selfless action, has a pure mind and a purified soul, has his body and senses under control, is compassionate to all living beings and sees his Self in them, although engaged in work, is never in bondage.

SBG 5:10 One, who dedicates all his actions to the Supreme Bhagavan and gives up all attachment to his works, is untouched by sin, just as a lotus leaf is by water.

SBG 5:19 Even here in this life, those who have their minds situated in equality and in equanimity, have conquered dualities, are flawless and are situated in the Ultimate truth.

SBG 5:25 Those whose sins have been destroyed, whose minds are clear of doubts, and are always engaged in working for the welfare of all living beings, achieve liberation and absorption in the Supreme Bhagavan or Brahman.

SBG 6:01 He who performs his obligatory duty unattached to the fruit of his work, is a Sannyasi and Yogi following the way to attain Ultimate Consciousness. He is not just someone who has merely renounced action.

SBG 6:07 The one who has conquered the mind has already reached Superconsciousness. Such a person has crossed all dualities such as cold and heat; pleasure and pain; honour and dishonour; and is always balanced, peaceful and steadfast in devotion.

SBG 8:07 Therefore, think of me at all times and do your duty of fighting the battle. With your mind and intellect offered to Me, you will certainly attain Me.

SBG 9:27 Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give, whatever you practise as austerity, O Arjuna, do it for Me and as an offering unto Me.

SBG 11:55 The one who is engaged in doing My work and considers Me The Supreme Goal; is free from contamination of the mind with previous activities and doubts; is free from attachment; has no enmity towards any creature, and is friendly with every living entity; certainly comes to me O Arjuna.

SBG 17:11 The sacrifice which is offered by people as taught in the Scriptures, without expecting any reward but with the faith to do it as a duty, is considered to be Sattvic or pure.

SBG 18:09 O Arjuna, an action that is done as a duty, giving up all attachment to the fruit of the action or desire for reward, is considered Sattvic.

SBG 18:66 Giving up all your ideas of righteousness or religion, take complete refuge in Me. I will liberate you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.

There are countless Karma Yogis in the world who do their duty with utmost sincerity and dedication. However, the most popular and beloved one among them happens to be Shri Narendra Damodardas Modiji. He is truly who one of the greatest Karma Yogis, whose contemporary I am fortunate to be.

Jai Shri Krishna

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The Cup of Life

Is your CUP HALF-FULL or is it HALF-EMPTY? Are people in general continuously LIVING or are they steadily DYING?

The hard, bitter, undeniable and unavoidable truth about life is, death. It is the only event that one can be sure of taking place someday or the other. Just as all rivers rush towards the ocean, the course of every being from the moment they are born is set towards their certain physical death.

The process of dying begins right from the first breath and heartbeat one is gifted with in a new sojourn or lifetime on the planet.

All living beings are constantly on a crescendo towards that climax moment of the physical death of their perishable bodies. However, since the Atman or the Self is imperishable, physical death signifies merely the end of one brief leg of the grand Karmic voyage of their True Self within them. The only good and sensible thing that one can do with life is, to LIVE IT! People who have celebrated life and have lived it to the fullest, relish the crescendo of life as well as its climax moment, while those who have been sad, discontent, selfish, egoistic, angry or bitter all through their time on earth, don’t.

Disregarding this vital truth of life or treating this great law as something scary, bad, inauspicious, ugly or unlucky; gives rise to confusion, fear, disenchantment, mental delusion and many other such negative and intellectually blinding qualities in people.

c-cupOn the other hand, what is actually needed is the coming to terms with the perennial presence of the shadowy companion called death next to oneself, not being afraid of this most important and greatest yet truly unavoidable fact of life, and being thankful for every moment of one’s life for the simple reason that this ‘companion’ continues to be only a shadow and not a manifested reality, which could either put a person on a hot pyre or send them six feet under the ground. Just as a person with a positive mindset sees a cup half full rather than half empty, respecting this great truth and being grateful for the LIVING HALF of the reality of life, that technically speaking, could end any time, however wealthy, powerful, knowledgeable or good looking one may be; can help one focus on the magical, beautiful and magnificent LIVING HALF of the reality of life rather than on allowing the subconscious fear caused by the DYING HALF of this reality, to control their general behaviour, character and whole life.

Until one is alive, conscious, healthy, has a sane mind, has food to eat, gets enough water to drink, has decent clothes to wear, has a roof over the head, and does not have to manage any physical condition such as a disease or injury in order to stay alive; they could, without a doubt, believe that LIFE IS REALLY GOOD.

It is the beautiful and adventurous journey between the first and last breaths in a person’s lifetime that is called life, and as far as the basic needs for this journey are met with, WHY WORRY, QUARREL, FIGHT or COMPLAIN, AND WHY NOT ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF THE MOST FORMIDABLE JOURNEY EVER?

There were times in my life when I battled grave health conditions due to serious injuries I had in major motorcycle accidents that were quite graphic in nature to be described here. Even in such situations, the moment I realised that I was still conscious, I only thanked my stars for the favour and thought to myself how lucky I was because I not only knew in advance that my grand final moment could be around the corner, but I was also going to be awake and conscious to experience it! However, thanks to my destiny and to the work I presume I am yet to complete in this lifetime of mine, my ‘CUP’ continues to be HALF FULL and I still exist as I write this post.

Life is indeed the greatest gift. There cannot be anything more superior to this Divine gift. Worrying or being unhappy, amounts to being ungrateful despite being blessed with the greatest Divine Karmic gift. There certainly are many people who undergo great challenges in life as compared to the affluent ones who lead comfortable lives. But however difficult, challenging or painful a situation one may be in, the one thought that can instantaneously make them feel better and truly motivate them to keep going is “It could have been worse.”

Attachments with wealth, position and people are senseless because all kinds of attachment have an end. People will come and go, so will material possessions and also our bodies. What remains with us or rather, with the True Self in us, is our Karma until it is either balanced or neutralised by understanding the ultimate Truth resulting in Self Realisation (SBG 18:66).

Everyone and all life forms are Divine. People should never degrade themselves by giving into thoughts that make them feel anything below this default status of Divinity that all living beings naturally enjoy. It is important to continue to be humble seekers and not be tied down to dogmas or organised religions that paralyse one’s mind and intellect, and stop their further intellectual, spiritual as well as Karmic evolution.

Forget worries and problems. They will come and go just as the heat and cold in summer and winter (SBG 2:14) Do not let sadness, that arises from being dumped or cheated by someone, from losing wealth or property, for taking too long to achieve your goals or because you are not happy with yourself, affect you and rob you of your MOST VALUABLE NOW. Nothing or no one is worth worrying about and wasting the NOW for.

The greatest reason for celebrating every moment of life is for being alive. Happy people achieve all that they want whereas sad people don’t do so. Hanging around with negative people or reading negative posts on astrological blogs are sure to flood your life with loads of negativity which could take you hundreds of lifetimes to erase from your Karma.

Therefore, be happy and make others happy. I can tell you from experience that it is not difficult at all. Try it and you will soon be obsessed with this beautiful way of experiencing your life which is the most valuable blessing you enjoy every moment of your stay on the planet.

Enjoy life. Love it. Celebrate it. Relish every moment of it.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.

Jai Shri Krishna

Treat Insults and Setbacks as ‘ROCKET FUEL’

Gratitude is a noble virtue that carries along with it great physical as well as spiritual energy. All of us have received something or the other from people. To begin with, it was our births that our parents gave us, for which, most of us are deeply grateful and indebted to them.

I am extremely grateful to my incredibly wonderful parents for the greatest gifts that they blessed me with, such as, my genes, my great health, their unconditional love, the excellent upbringing and education they gave me, their superlative guidance and the total freedom that I always enjoyed. My sincere gratitude also goes to all my phenomenal teachers and terrific friends who graced my life and continue to do so until now.

However, I must add that I offer my special thanks to all those people, who existed in my life right since the time my memory can recall, who ridiculed me, let me down, insulted me, called me names, made personal remarks about me, planned conspiracies against me behind my back or even physically attacked me. That is because I very well know and realise that I gained extraordinary energy from their deeds which functioned as the energy that propelled me forward and brought me so far in life that sometimes it makes me wonder if I even deserve all that I have been blessed with.

Every downfall, insult, setback or incident of being abandoned by near and dear ones, are times when people need to sit down, think, introspect and assure themselves that a firm foundation is being laid for something great to come. Think of the kinetic energy that a simple rubber band amasses when pulled back by stretching it. Take the example of flying machines. How can an aircraft generate thrust that is needed by it to take off and fly and how can a rocket lift-off if they had no energy in the form of fuel stored in them? It is the same case with humans too. It goes without saying that in order to achieve things in life, one needs to be physically strong but what is more important is a healthy and strong mind with deep determination and great mental energy. And this energy or ‘rocket fuel’ can be easily drawn from all the setbacks, insults and discouragement that one receives from others.

The passion in oneself to prove a point or to prove someone wrong is nothing but highly volatile and tremendously powerful high octane fuel.

However, please do bear in mind this important teaching of Bhagavan Krishna to Arjuna:
SBG 2:48 You have to be established in Yoga, O Arjuna. You have to do your duty without any attachment to its success or to its failure. This kind of equanimity is known as Yoga.

Jai Shri Krishna

Achieving Serenity of the Mind and Experiencing Divinity

Studying the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and perceiving the Divinity in You

WHO IS KRISHNA? WHERE IS KRISHNA?

UNDERSTAND THE GOD CONCEPT AS PER ADVAITA VEDANTA, ATTAIN FEARLESSNESS AND BECOME UTTERLY SELF CONFIDENT.

(Note: This is a serious topic and it directly targets the fallacious god concept that most Sanatanis (Hindus) have and also the impression that others have about the Sanatana Dharma.

You may decide to either watch the entire video or read the transcript of the video. In the latter case, I would suggest that when you read the transcript of the video for the first time, you may do so by skipping the Shlokas from The Srimad Bhagavad Gita that appear in italics and come back to them once you have completed reading the post.) 


The video is 23:29 minutes long and in case you do not have the time or the patience to watch it, please do exit the page. Thank you. 

Transcript of the video:

When you are agitated, stressed, tensed, afraid, angry or simply worried, and you go to a friend for advice, the first thing they would tell you to do would be to CALM DOWN.

Calming down means calming the mind. A calm mind does its job of thinking clearly.

A sane and conscious mind is necessary for a person, whoever they might be or however powerful and rich they might be, to know, realise and experience who or what they think they are. A person who has their mind under their control is powerful and cannot be defeated.

That is one of the main reason why organised religions which are used mainly to control the masses, are designed in such a way that through the fear of hell and the greed for heaven that they convince people with, they take complete control of their follower’s minds and make them their mental as well as physical slaves forever. Organised religions do not permit the asking of questions. If you are a member of a cult, you either do or die but never ask how and why.

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita, on the other hand, encourages seekers to ask questions and it teaches them different ways to not just control their own mind but also to master it. Achieving Serenity of the Mind is the highest goal of true philosophy because that is when a person can clearly experience the Divine SELF in them. A calm mind ensures serenity of the Self and that makes life beautiful, enjoyable and blissful. A calm mind is not affected by destructive thoughts or emotions.

Divinity exists everywhere but an untamed mind blocks a person from realising their own Divinity.

Shlokas from The Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

Krishna says
SBG 18:53 A person who has given up egoism, false strength, arrogance, anger, desire and covetousness; is free from possessiveness and is always peaceful; is fit to attain Brahman or Super-Consciousness.
SBG 18:54 Becoming one with Brahman, serene in the Self, he neither grieves nor desires. He is the same to all beings and he attains supreme devotion unto Me.
SBG 18:55 It is only through love and devotion that a person can know Me truly. Knowing me thus, he enters into Me at once.
SBG 18:56 My devotees, though engaged in all kinds of works, take refuge in Me. They, therefore, receive My Protection and Grace and attain the Highest and Eternal Abode of Moksha.
SBG 18:57 Using the Yoga of your intellect, dedicate all your actions to Me, have Me as your highest goal, devote yourself intensely to Me and you will always be under My protection. Be fully conscious of Me, always.

Learn to master your mind. Make your mind work for you and not against you. Whatever be your problem it is only when your mind is calm that you will be able to find solutions.

SBG 6:06 The mind is the greatest friend of the one who has conquered it; but of the one who hasn’t, the mind is the greatest enemy.
SBG 6:07 The one who has conquered the mind has already reached Superconsciousness. Such a person has crossed all dualities such as cold and heat; pleasure and pain; honour and dishonour; and is always balanced, peaceful and steadfast in devotion.
SBG 6:33 Arjuna said: This Yoga of equanimity taught by You, O Krishna, I do not see its steady continuance, because of restlessness of the mind.

SBG 6:34 The mind is certainly restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding, O Krishna! I think it is extremely difficult to control it just as the wind is.
SBG 6:35 Krishna said: Undoubtedly, O mighty-armed Arjuna, the mind is difficult to control and restless but it can be restrained through practice and dispassion.

What is the first step to handle a serious problem?

Well, begin by coming to terms with the situation, at least temporarily. Coming to terms with a situation can straightaway calm your mind. When your mind is calm and has not been hijacked by emotions such as lust, fear, anger, hatred or jealousy, it can think intelligently, come out with sensible solutions, and allow you to know that what you are looking for is within you.

People who have studied The Srimad Bhagavad Gita and know what Advaita Vedanta or Nondualism is, are aware of the fact that their person is a combination of their physical body, their senses, their mind, their intellect, and their SELF which is nothing but embodied Divinity, along with their Gunas or nature that they carry from one Janma to another.

In fact, there is no compulsion for anyone to go to a temple or to a prayer hall in order to show their respect for Divinity, simply because Divinity exists right within them.

Scriptures of organised religions based on good and evil, are aimed at making their followers believe that there is ‘Someone up there’. Their philosophy is based on a personal god who is separate from nature. But The Srimad Bhagavad Gita teaches you that you are that same eternal and indestructible Divine SELF that exists everywhere. Organised religions separate their followers from god and in some cases, likening god with others can also attract the death penalty!

All organised religions teach people that their god above in the sky, is always watching you, notes down all your actions, listens to your prayers, will reward you for your good deeds and punish you for your bad actions, and if you don’t follow him, will torment you in hell forever.

Those who study Dharmic scriptures such as the Vedas, the Upanishads and certainly The Srimad Bhagavad Gita; learn the Advaita Vedanta and Universal Oneness. It is called RATIONAL PHILOSOPHY.

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita teaches nondualism which means that you and god are not separate and that it is the SELF in every being that is God, Brahman or Krishna. When you pray or meditate, you do so by concentrating on the Supreme Grand System or Brahman of which we are all a part.

SBG 12:01 Arjuna said: Those devotees who are ever steadfast and worship You, and those also who worship the Imperishable and the formless Absolute—which of them are better versed in Yoga?
SBG 12:02 Shri Bhagavan Krishna said: Those who, fixing their minds on Me, worship Me, ever steadfast and endowed with supreme faith, I regard them as the best of Yogis.
SBG 12:03 Those who worship the Imperishable; the Indefinable; the Unmanifested; the Omnipresent; the Unthinkable; the Eternal; the Formless and the Immovable;
SBG 12:04  and have their senses controlled, possess a balanced mind, and are engaged in the welfare of others; certainly come to Me.
SBG 12:05 Those whose minds are set on an unmanifested and impersonal Absolute Power, face difficulties in reaching the goal. This is because people always identify with the body and when there is no perceptible form, it is difficult to perceive.

Those who do not understand this Divine Truth or do not wish to understand it, are the ones who either blame a cruel god and also the magnificent planets for difficult situations in their lives. Such people live and die at the feet of godmen, god women, swamis, babas and end up spending a few hundred miserable Janmas before they begin to realise their idiocy.

SBG 10:20 I am the Self, O Gudakesha (Arjuna), situated within all living entities. I am the origin, the middle and also the end of all beings.
SBG 10:41 Whatever there is that is glorious, prosperous and powerful, you should know that to be a manifestation of a part of My Splendour.
SBG 13:02 You should know that the Kshetrajna or the embodied Self in all bodies or Kshetras is Me, O Arjuna. Knowing about the Kshetra and the Kshetrajnas is called knowledge.

The Musk deer

The musk deer is a beautiful animal that carries close to his navel, a musk scent gland that gives out a ravishing fragrance which is used by humans in manufacturing perfumes. The poor stag that is ignorant of his scent gland, is extremely fascinated by the fragrance and he starts searching for its source. He spends his whole life trying to find out where the fragrance is coming from and dies without ever realising the truth.

All he had to do was to bend a little bit and look within himself and he could have easily succeeded in knowing that he was the source of the enchanting redolence. Instead, he spent his whole frustrated life wandering in search of something that was within him. True spiritual wisdom is understanding that you are Divine and that the SELF in you is none other than Krishna Himself. If you look for Him outside of you, you might only end up like the musk deer. Delve into yourSELF and you will find Krishna. Remember that a clouded mind prevents a person from perceiving their own Divinity.

The mind which is not under control harbours negative emotions such as lust, anger, jealousy and fear; builds ego, the idea of being separate from the rest of nature, feelings of inferiority or of superiority; and gives people the sense of entitlement. When things do not go well with them, their untamed mind blocks their rational thinking and makes them believe that it is some force outside of them such as that from gods or from planets, that is harming them.

Divinity is omnipresent. It is the same everywhere. There is nothing that is less divine or more divine. When you realise that you are Divine, you will have nothing to fear or worry about.

Your understanding of your Divinity will strengthen your conviction of the fact that nothing unbearable shall ever happen to you.

Therefore, never forget that before you begin to create or achieve something or solve a problem, the most important tool you need is a calm mind.

Recognise the Divinity in you and start with a calm and composed mind. Everything else will automatically fall in place.

SBG 11:55 The one who is engaged in doing My work and considers Me The Supreme Goal; is free from contamination of the mind with previous activities and doubts; is free from attachment; has no enmity towards any creature, and is friendly with every living entity; certainly comes to me O Arjuna.

Whatever people do is with the ultimate goal of achieving a particular state of mind. Think about it. Why are wars fought? Why are various kinds of crime committed? Why do people lie or cheat? Why do people con others? Why do people trick you into relationships? It is all because those who commit those acts want something that would make them either happy or less sad. Why do they help others? It is simply because it makes them happy and happiness is a state of mind. It always boils down to pleasing one’s own mind. How ridiculous can it be to waste one’s whole life trying to please and satisfy their mind that is in fact supposed to be their slave and not master!

Various gurus and swamies started their own sects and subsects in order to rule over people. They distorted contents from Dharmic scriptures and for centuries, they have been misleading ignorant people. The 33 different aspects of nature represented by 33 Devas or त्रायस्त्रिंश – traayastrimsha, were changed to 33 ‘crore’ deities! 33 ‘crore’ means 330,000,000 (three hundred and thirty million) and assuming that you have a counting rate of 1 per second, it would take approximately 3820 days or little less than eleven years to count one to three hundred and thirty million! And they say we have 330 million gods! What a load of nonsense! Take for example the story of Krishna. Instead of preaching about qualities such as fearlessness, valour, truthfulness, principles and social responsibility, that Krishna taught, some gurus took off tangentially on the Krishna and Radha story and made Him some kind of a God of romance! They conveniently overlooked the following teachings that He gave Arjuna!

SBG 2:02 The Supreme Bhagavan said: O Arjuna, where, in this hour of crisis, did these qualities like weakness, which are unbecoming of honourable men, come from and take over you? Such qualities will prevent you from reaching higher levels in life and will also ruin your honour and get you a bad reputation.

SBG 2:03 Do not give in to cowardice, which is not manly and does not suit you. Shed this weak-heartedness and get up, O destroyer of enemies.

SBG 2:31 Considering your duty as a Kshatriya, you should not falter as there is no greater work for you than a battle which protects Dharma (righteousness).

SBG 2:32 O Paartha (Arjuna), glad are those Kshatriyas who get a chance to fight such a battle which has come on its own and will open the gates to heaven.

SBG 2:33 If you don’t fight this battle of Dharma (righteousness), you will be a sinner by failing in your duty and it will cause the loss of your standing as a warrior.

SBG 2:37 Either you will be killed in the battle and you will reach celestial abodes or, you will win this battle and enjoy the kingdom on earth. Therefore arise and fight with resolution. Shloka 2:37 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita teaches that when a person has COME TO TERMS WITH THE INEVITABLE RISK OF DEATH THAT LURKS around them all the time, the result will be SHEER FEARLESSNESS

SBG 2:38 Fight the battle treating alike pleasure and pain, gain and loss as well as victory and defeat. By doing so, you will not sin.

Let us get things straight. As per Dharmic scriptures, there are neither 330 million gods nor even one single god sitting up in the sky! The entire system is personified as Brahman or Krishna and the various deities or devas are the different forms and manifestations of the Supreme Energy. The SELF or JIVATMA in people is the same Divine Energy that exists everywhere and the bodies that beings ‘live’ in are impermanent and perishable. Another important thing is that planets don’t and can’t control your lives! Get over it, please! If you want to change the pattern in your life, you will have to make changes in your thoughts, words an deeds. There is no other way.

Instead of complaining about things and forcing yourself to believe that planets are out to destroy you or ‘god is testing you’, please begin to think more rationally and free yourselves from the web of destructive thoughts from your own mind which can dump you into a quagmire of depression and anger caused by self-pity. Invest about three to four hours of your time reading the translation of  The Srimad Bhagavad Gita – which is the greatest Mind Management Manual ever, and you will realise what an ancient yet highly intellectual and most advanced philosophy it teaches apart from making you realise your own divinity. You will also realise how much of your precious time you wasted on analysing your natal chart which is merely a ‘Karma Diagnosis’ method that can do nothing more than revealing to you the Karmic pattern your life may tend to follow unless you stepped in and made course corrections.

Master your mind and keep it calm, always. The mind is where everything begins, exists and ends. Taming the mind is the only way you will be able to use it to the fullest and work towards achieving all your goals.

May Peace reign in your Heart, Mind and Soul.

OM Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Krishnam vandé Jagad Gurum

Is Karmic Retribution True?

Namaste.

Many people believe that troubles in life are a result of Karmic retribution. Well, it is quite understandable that past Karma could be a cause for not only the bad times that one experiences in life but also for the good ones, but calling it ‘retribution’, goes against the very principle of ‘Cause and Effect’. The term ‘retribution’ is defined as “a punishment for a crime, especially punishment which is carried out by someone other than the official authorities.” It means that retribution is a punitive action carried out by a ‘doer’, or by someone or some entity. A lot of people usually believe the ringed planet Saturn to be the one that causes troubles in their lives. The planet is blamed when jobs are lost, businesses crash, when accidents happen or even when a spouse or loved one decides to leave. Until people continue to be convinced that there is an external force causing challenging situations in life, neither can they achieve peace of mind nor can they plot a clear path towards a higher state of spiritual and Karmic evolution.

Can you imagine singling out one single-celled bacteria in a remote corner of your stomach, knowing it by its first name, and causing it to suffer or die by sending a dose of anti-bacterial drug specifically aimed at it only because you want to punish it for being a part of a ‘team’ that had caused you a stomach ache some time ago? That is how far fetched imagining that planet Saturn is out to destroy your career or family is! THERE IS NOTHING CALLED KARMIC RETRIBUTION. Such absurd ideas are similar to the concept of a personal God residing in heaven, of Satan, of sin, hell, eternal damnation or of purgatory, propounded by certain organised religions. They stem from the lack of rational thinking and of ignorance of the timeless Advaita Vedanta and the priceless teachings of Dharmic scriptures, particularly, of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.  The Dharmic philosophy is absolutely scientific, rational and logical.

Karma is not recorded in some ‘Divine or heavenly server’ with the planet Saturn managing the system. How ridiculous can it be to think of something like that! A person’s Karma is recorded in his or her own mind in the form of general nature, character and attitude which are called Gunas. The mind which does not have a physical form but is a particular pattern of the flow of one’s thoughts based on one’s nature, is carried by the Atman or the life force when it leaves one body at the end of a Janma and enters into a new one (SBG 15:08) It is the Gunas that cause action which either balance previous Karma or add more to it. Based on the ‘Cause and Effect’ principle, all of us attract both ‘good’ as well as ‘bad’ into our lives. We might not do it consciously but deep within our mind, the processes of attracting and repelling are constantly taking place. The ancient system of Vedic Astrology reveals the patterns that take place in people’s lives. A person’s mind which has been conditioned to attract or repel certain aspects in their life continues to do so over large periods of time through multiple Janmas until he or she is ‘woken up’ by the mounting effects of doing so. That is when self-realisation happens. The Sadé Sati is one such period. This pattern is indicated by the seven and a half year course that Saturn takes to transit through the 12th, 1st and the 2nd houses from the natal moon of one’s chart.

Digging into one’s natal chart, waiting for the Sadé Sati period to end without working on oneself, logically speaking, can get one no positive results. Remember, “If I continue to be what I have always been, I will continue to get what I have always got.” An idle mind can only add more negative energy to a person’s life. It is lamentable to see educated people actually cursing planet Saturn believing that it is the planet that is causing them troubles in life, not getting them a good job or not helping them find a good life partner! Entertaining such vacuous ideas in the mind can surely have one effect and that is of DELAYING the beginning of a (positive) change in your life.

The first few steps that I would suggest to people who feel they have been affected by Sadé Sati or by any other ‘unfavourable’ planetary period would be to put everything aside, to go to the ‘Bhaja Govindam’ page, read and understand the philosophy of life explained in it in such a crisp and direct manner; and then read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (only the translation with no detailed and also boring explanations and interpretations!) followed by three of my posts given below:

It would be of great importance to completely remove the thought of being a victim of some ‘planet’s cruelty’, of Karmic retribution, of someone’s curse or of some witchcraft performed against you by one of your adversaries or enemies. Such a thought of victimhood promotes the swelling of ego through the feeling of entitlement and it increases self-pity to dangerous levels.

The cause for both good as well as bad events in your life is within you. It normally takes some time to understand this and to actually carry out a major corrective procedure in one’s personality. If changes have still not happened in your life, it could only mean that your Gunas have not fully changed yet and not that planet Saturn, Rahu or Ketu have not ended their project to destroy you! In astrological parlance, Saturn is called a ‘tough taskmaster’ which is, in fact, a metaphor that helps people develop a no-compromise, no excuses or no-nonsense attitude when it comes to self-improvement.

I know a lot of people who have been through extremely gruelling situations in the last few years of their Sadé Sati but are in fact immensely thankful for all that happened. They have offered complete Sharanaagati to the Supreme Omnipresent Brahman or Krishna, and have succeeded in ‘resetting’ their Karmic course. Take a look at the Shloka 18:66 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita: “Giving up all your ideas of righteousness or religion, take complete refuge in Me. I will liberate you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” This Shloka means that when a person clears his or her mind of fallacious ideas of life, happiness, wealth and success; and learns Karmayoga, as well as the nondualistic philosophy, taught by Krishna, all their past negative Karma will be erased. It only shows that it is never too late and that there is always a possibility to set things right.

The gratitude of the people that I talked of above, for the trying period they have been going through which included, shocking downfalls, insults, loss of position and wealth, being let down or being abandoned by those whom they trusted with their life, and other arduous events; is mainly because they have now found their true Self which is nothing but sheer Divinity or Krishna residing within them, and this knowledge is powerful enough to help them comfortably steer their way in their journey of destiny. One of those lucky people happens to be me.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Prisoner’s Dilemma – a note for Vrischikans

The prisoner’s dilemma, which is a paradox in decision analysis, is one in which two people acting in their own interests, do not lead to ideal results. It is typically a situation of two sides that protect each other at the expense of the other. Both participants end up in a worse situation than the one that they would have been in, had they worked together sensibly in the process of decision making.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” It is the case with a lot of people but since this post is about Vrischikans (people with natal moon in Scorpio), it would be better to limit it to discussing about people born under the Vrischika Rashi.

There are numerous websites and blogs in which astrologers and others claiming to be experts in astrology, write their ‘predictions’ about the fate of Vrischikans who are currently in the third phase of Sadé Sati. Vrischikans sharing their experiences is one thing, but giving each other ridiculous suggestions is another. Some Vrischikans publicly post their suggestions to fellow Vrischikans, saying things like they should feed crows on Saturdays or donate a black bed sheet to a beggar on Tuesdays! This situation of people is something similar to that of two prisoners embroiled in a typical prisoner’s dilemma. Whatever they do usually does not yield an optimal outcome. A Vrischikan who writes such strange posts, on one hand, does such things falsely believing that they are helping themself by being ‘good’ to others but on the other, they are subconsciously trying to take on a ‘wailing’ or ‘brooding companion’ in order to avoid feeling lonely in their act of complaining against ‘bad planets’, an unkind God or about any other force that causes bad luck! Both are sure to get them zero results if not negative results.

Another unfortunate fact is that a lot of Vrischikans believe that the moment their Sadé Sati comes to an end, their life would completely change and turn into a bed of roses. Others, break their heads trying to figure out the ‘remedies’ that they would need to perform in order to change their life for the better. However, the truth that can be gleaned from the teachings of Bhagavan Krishna, is that one’s life is determined by their own Karma and that the only way to change one’s life for the better, is through righteous thoughts, words and deeds.

It is interesting to note that three Indian politicians named below are all Vrischikans and despite their being under Sadé Sati, none of them seems to be suffering from penury, joblessness, sickness or any other such major problem that many Vrischikans face. Their respective destinies, thanks to their respective past Karma, have placed them in their respective positions, and all the three are currently on the electoral fray. The victor will be known soon. It is going to be a balance of past Karma and current acts of righteousness. Time will show us the real winner.

The three Vrischikans are:
Honourable Narendra Modiji
Rahul Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi

Now, how about imagining a situation in which all the three Vrischikans mentioned above, visited the same website or blog in order to read their astrological predictions? Please do think about such a situation and try to understand how futile and silly it is to read and believe generalised predictions.

Most Vrischikans must be aware that President Trump of the most powerful nation in the world, is also Vrischikan.

Please stop blaming, punishing or belittling yourselves. You strong people have already been through the tough period of attaining self-realisation. Get out of situations that make you think pessimistically. It is high time now. Rise and ensure that whatever you do, is useful not only to you but also to others.
SBG 3:20 “Even Janaka and other kings attained perfection through action. Your actions should be for the benefit of the world.”
Doing as said in the above Shloka, is a sure way to ‘reap the harvest’ of the gruelling Sadé Sati period that you have been going through. Your greatest success would be to have mastered the art of controlling your own mind. Do not forget that the only ‘thing’ that a human being can ever completely control is his or her own mind and it is the mind where all troubles and also happiness stem from and exist in.

Start preparing yourself to embrace positive changes in your life by being positive, thinking positive and doing positive things. In case you have not done it yet, spend the next three to four hours and complete reading the English translation alone of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Read and understand The Five Pearls. With all humility, gratitude, faith, sincerity and positivity, start preparing your storyboard for the rest of your life. Remember to add the element of altruism in whatever you think or do. A great future awaits people with a clean Karmic evolution status.

Bhagavan Krishna said, (SBG 18:57) “Using the Yoga of your intellect, dedicate all your actions to Me, have Me as your highest goal, devote yourself intensely to Me and you will always be under My protection. Be fully conscious of Me all the time.”

Have a great and fulfilling life ahead.

Stay blessed.

Jai Shri Krishna

Beware of God Vendors and Traders

Please note:

This is not a post that is meant for casual reading, but it is a serious one aimed at people who are desperate and also ready for a major change in their way of thinking. It would require decision and focus to read, understand and imbibe the matter in the particular flow that has been maintained on this post. Reading the post should take only about 6-7 minutes (I timed it), but reading the post, watching the videos given on the page, and reading the SBG completely, could take anywhere between 4 and 5 hours. This task is intended to help people get out of faulty thinking;  give up the habit of wasting their time at the feet of babas and others who claim to be spiritual leaders and agents of God ; stop reading general astro predictions on the net; and set the right course in their voyage of life.

 

Complaining about difficulties in life is something that is quite common among people. I can understand when ‘spiritually poor’ people who are mental slaves of some organised religion, or those who have been brainwashed by God vendors or soul traders do it, but it is painful to see Sanatana Dharmic people upset, complaining, fretting, fuming and cursing god or their fate, due to challenges that they face in life. This only indicates that they haven’t the faintest idea about the natural Cause and Effect principle and about the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy.

The very fact that you are a Sanatana Dharmi (Hindu), is sufficient to show that you already are a greatly blessed soul! It must have taken you hundreds of Janmas or lifetimes of collecting positive Karma to reach this  stage! The Sanatana Dharma is a way of life in which asking questions is not only ‘permitted’ but also encouraged. As a matter of fact, the word ‘permitted’ is actually not the right one to be used here, because as per age old traditions of the Sanatana Dharma, there is no such concept of things being permitted or not being permitted, like they are in many man made and organised religions of which, commandments are written in a book; and the head is a jealous and angry god who punishes innocent people for eternity for not respecting him! You could simply punch in ‘jealous god’ on a Google search bar and you will find relevant verses from the holy book of a major organised religion.

Those Dharmic people who wish to find out how dangerous other religions that claim to be loving and peaceful are, might want to try searching on the internet for ‘blasphemy laws in world religions’, and they will surely end up feeling blessed and also extremely grateful for not being a part of such cults.

The very fact that one is born into a Dharmic family indicates their excellent ‘Karmic past’ and their high level of Karmic evolution. Being in a system that promotes thinking and philosophical pursuit, paves the way for further Karmic evolution which is the way towards the ultimate goal of all Jiivaatmas.

Experiencing, learning, growing and evolving, are eternal parts of Dharmic way of life taught by our great ancestors. The Jagadguru or the Guru of the Universe, Shri Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna:  (SBG 4:34) “Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all your questions are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.”

The Rig Veda goes as far as posing logical and also skeptical questions even about the very beginning of existence or what is known as the creation of the universe. The 6th Shloka of the Nasadiya Sukta, asks how any god/deity could possibly know about the beginning of existence when they too would have appeared only after the beginning of everything and therefore they could not have been a witness to the event! That is absolute freedom and critical thinking guided by reason! Unfortunately on the other hand, there are some organised religions in which, the punishment for people who dare to ask questions, is public execution either by stoning, hanging or beheading. Try asking yourself who or what could have saved you from a miserable birth into a family that follows a grotesque religion like that. The right answer to that question would be that it was certainly not the stars, the planets or God that granted you your birth in a Dharmic family, but it was none other than you, thanks to your own good past Karma, that achieved it!

Regrettably, despite belonging to the most scientific, rational, nondualistic and only credible philosophy in the whole world, some foolish people get upset and angry with ‘god’ or with their fate when they don’t get what they want; and believe that god is ‘testing’ them when they face tough situations in life. In fact all those unintelligent ideas emanate from the lack of a basic understanding of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, or rather,  not understanding that God and I are one; and above all, because of being lazy to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which requires hardly three or four hours to complete.

The mind when not controlled or harnessed is of no use to anyone, but it unleashes a chain of reactions that lead a person deeper and deeper into abysmal ignorance and perpetual intellectual darkness, gloom and obscurity.

It needs to be understood that:
i.   the mind is nothing but a formless flow of thoughts configured in a particular way
ii.  the configuration of the mind, which is the interface between the Atman, the senses and the organs of the body; depends on the strength of the individual Gunas of a person which can be readjusted any time with the help of knowledge acquired through inquiry-based learning, by devoutly following a developed philosophy system, or from a learned and well experienced person that one may call a teacher. 
iii. the ego is a result of dualistic thinking or separating oneself from nature. It comes from a mind that has not been harnessed and leads a person to believe that they are superior to others and that they deserve more.

Most religions teach mind control through force. They have strict rules which are documented in their religious books and enforced by the clergy which works for the rulers of the land. They do not allow thinking, reasoning and analytical questions. Blasphemy and apostasy are ruled out using threats of capital punishments. They greatly revere the one or more books that belong to their religion. On the other hand, in the case of the Sanatana Dharma, there are entire libraries of ancient scriptures which could take more than a whole lifetime to read, interpret and comprehend. The good news, however, is that the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, which is known as the nectar of all the Upanishads, is a great point to start, and that the knowledge derived from it, should greatly help in mastering the art of mind management, that will help the seeker live a happy, successful and fulfilling life.

When proper mind management techniques are learned, anyone undergoing mental stress, can easily change the state of their mind within a matter of minutes if not seconds. Realising the Omnipresence of God, who is personified as Bhagavan Krishna, also means that He is present within you. You do not have to go to agents or soul traders to look for Him. Remove ridiculous ideas from your mind that planets are ruining your life or that God is ‘testing your faith’. The entire system we call as the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna, can only love, protect and maintain order in the entire system and will never trouble it or ‘test’ it. SBG 3:24 (Krishna said) “If I ever stopped being engaged in my action, these worlds will perish….”

You and only you are responsible for your present and also for your future. Be judicious in your thoughts, words and deeds through which you are constantly and continuously creating your own future. Do a good job designing your future. According to what I call the 60-20-20  principle, 60% of your destiny has already been created by the Karma that you have brought forward from your previous Janma into your current one, 20% has been created by what you did in the current Janma until this moment, however, the remaining 20% is still open for you, which you can use in order to ‘outweigh’ your past negative Karma and create new positive Karma. 

In order to help people develop the habit of looking into themselves to find answers to their questions, instead of wasting their precious time going behind babas and other such ‘God vendors’ who can do nothing to reduce past negative Karma of people, I recommend going through the articles and videos of important Dharmic scriptures, with simple and easy to understand explanations, that I post on this site regularly. This should enable people to get a better understanding of the principle of Cause and Effect and of the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy, so that they can elevate themselves intellectually from lower levels of spirituality that they have been pushed into, thanks to contaminated and apocryphal ideas spread by organised religions through the general education system in India, which is heavily influenced by ‘Macaulayism’; as well as by godmen and godwomen, who talk nonsense on YouTube and on other channels only in order to grow the number of their followers and get richer.

Please take some time and go through the videos given below in the exact order that they have been placed on this page. Once you complete watching the four videos, please read the English translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (read it again even if you have read it already) and follow it by reading the post on Karma.

Remember, solutions to all problems in life can come only from a calm, balanced and well managed mind. Go to Chapter 6 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita in order to read and understand some simple but important mind management tips given to Arjuna by Bhagavan Krishna.

May you all be blessed with great health, joy, freedom, prosperity and peace of mind.

 Jai Shri Krishna

1. The Nasadiya Sukta that raises questions about the beginning of existence

2. The Manduklya Upanishas that explains the four states of consciousness

3. The Ishavasya Upanishad that shows you are a part of the complete whole

4. Four Shlokas from the Kat-hopanishad which uses the analogy of a chariot to explain the different elements that make an individual

5.  Click here to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita 

6.  Click here : Karma

Indian Elections – Making the Right Choice

Namaste.

History has it that entire civilisations were wiped out through mass slaughter; millions of people were killed in the name of religion, god or some book that was said to contain the word of god; barbaric dictators ruled over vast lands that were abundantly blessed by mother nature; and great demographic changes were caused by invading marauders, plunderers and invading usurpers. The actions done by people of the past have shaped the present.

An action is performed by someone on someone or on something and it also usually has another factor involved in it, namely, a ‘facilitating agent’. The ‘facilitating agent’ could be a situation caused by an act of nature or it could also be a person or a group of persons, who, either did something to facilitate the act, or did nothing to stop the act from being committed.

Committing Adharma, knowingly, standing by those who commit Adharma, and also not doing anything to stop Adharma, cause the same amount of negative Karma. Looking away when you can do something also creates negative Karma which one will have to settle over the following few Janmas.

Remember:
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः
dharmo rakshati rakshitaha
Protect Dharma and Dharma will protect you.

Indians, please vote wisely. The simple action you take now will have a direct and permanent impact on the future of India, on the Sanatana Dharma, on your own safety, on the freedom that people of all faiths currently enjoy in India, and on the well-being of all your own future generations.

Jai Shri Krishna

Click on the images below (English or Hindi) in order to open and read a brief story about Stalin’s principle of governance that a particular ruthless dictatorial dynasty has been following in their way of treating Indians ever since India attained independence.

Vote-responsibly-HIN