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    11-27 September 1893


    In an era of fake godmen and other charlatans, who interpret ancient scriptures in their own ways in order to amass wealth and gather huge masses of sycophants around them, listening to the following speeches of Swami Vivekananda and trying to comprehend them can remove a lot of misconceptions about the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and give clarity to the mind. It can also help people learn the essence of spirituality, gratitude, the belief in oneness, universal brotherhood and selfless love for the Supreme Being.

    Click below for the historical speeches of Swami Vivekananda read out by someone else and also to read the text of those memorable speeches. The absolutely brilliant Swami Vivekananda simplified Advaita Vedanta and taught it in a way much better than those of happy and ‘sad gurus’ who claim to be great masters and come out with their own versions of the Sanatana Dharma with ridiculous theories such as that of some Adiyogi and so on.

    Click here https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/swami-vivekananda/
    (I have added relevant Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita to support certain statements of Swami Vivekananda)

    Jai Shri Krishna

  2. ‘Time Dilation’ mentioned in Dharmic Scriptures

    According to the theory of relativity, time dilation is a difference in the elapsed time measured by two observers, either due to a velocity difference relative to each other, or by being differently situated relative to a gravitational field…..

    The delusion of the mind caused by ignorance, leads the mind of a person to inflate their ego and makes them feel separate from Divinity as well as from the rest of nature. READ FURTHER

    Jai Shri Krishna

    • Dear Sir,

      I first found this while watching the Sri Krishna serial by Ramanand Sagar and then in the Srimad Bhagavata Purana discourses that i attended as a kid.

      People who watched the movie Interstellar were surprised to find that this concept of time dilation is intertwined with a heart wrenching story in our Puranas, when i told them about this.

      Here is the story or Muchukunda.

      The further story of Muchukunda is in another episode where Bhagavan Krishna and Kalayavan engage in a battle for the city of Dwarka.


      Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaaya

  3. Namaste dear sir,

    I followed what you said and read the Gita again. It took me exactly 2hours 43 minutes to complete all chapters. 🙂 When I was reading I marked some chapters which I am now reading again slowly and carefully.

    Thank you very much sir.

    Affectionate regards,

    Jai Shree Krishna


    • Very good Vedhika. I am happy for you and Ram. Continue your quest for knowledge in all humility in order to experience Divinity and bliss in your every breath, every heartbeat and every moment of life.

      Jai Shri Krishna

  4. Namaste.

    The Divine Scripture The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one that you can refer to any time and draw inspiration or ideas from, no matter what situation you might be in. However, it is primarily due to lengthy and detailed interpretations of each Shloka by great learned people, that make copies of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita so fat, big. uninteresting, unattractive and uninviting to newbies. The sheer size of the copies, gives the impression to people that it would take them a long time to read it and that they would do it when they are much older or even after they have retired!  Not reading the Bhagavad Gita despite being blessed with the possibility of reading it, is something that most people regret once they do take the time to complete reading it. 

    In order to motivate first timers to complete reading the Divine Scripture at least once, I have given below a table showing how much time one approximately needs to quickly read merely the translations of each chapter.

    Quickly reading 700 Shlokas takes about 146 minutes in all which will be one of the greatest investments of time in your life.

    First timers could read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita with the sole objective of simply acquiring the feeling of having completed it once. It will not matter if one does understand many Shlokas. The goal needs to be to complete reading it. People who have read it once, are drawn to it again and again after which, they start relating different Shlokas to situations in their life and to apply what they have learned. The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is a scripture which can inspire people with tremendous amounts of energy, mental power, confidence and different ideas every time they read it.

    Every great journey begins with the first step. One of the prime aims of TVM Gita Samiti is to encourage and prompt people to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita at least once. The difference that it will make in their life and in their attitude towards life, cannot be described in words – one needs to experience it.

    Take a firm decision and go to our Bhagavad Gita Site to receive Divine Knowledge.

    I pray for the well-being of everyone and may all receive abundant Divine Blessings.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    • Totally agree.If not for you I wouldn’t have read it. Thank you infinitely my friend for being my guide in life and in my spiritual pursuit.

    • https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/guarding-your-happiness-key/

      This is a good read and certainly a rational logical approach to a real life situation.

      I for one have benefitted immensely from regular work outs and vouch for the feel good effects which I have been enjoying for over two years now. To me any challenge, with positive mindset, systematic approach and hard work can be addressed be it personal or professional issue. I have faced both and managed so far by having a come what optimistic/positive mindset and largely working out and releasing of the “dopamine’ for sustenance. Now imagine if I was radiating full positivity how quick the result would have been!!! That’s my KPI for the year radiate positivity and joy:)

      Hope all the folks who are struggling, embrace systematic approach to any problems they facing and have patience and persistence to work on finding solution. I am certain one will emerge victorious in time.

      Let us all resolve to be happy and cheerful and spread the joy around


  5. Namaste.

    A totally smooth life with sufficient money in which one goes to the same office everyday, sees the same people, does the same work all through their life, can be extremely boring, dull and demotivating even if the person had everything that he or she wanted in life.

    Events make life interesting. Falling and rising again; losing and gaining money or property; people leaving you and new people entering your life; being cheated by others; and other such incidents and situations not only add colour to life, but they make it eventful, engaging, stimulating and apart from keeping your mind busy, they reward you with knowledge and experience which are most essential for the process of your Karmic evolution. Every challenge and every new problem or crisis are in fact blessings in disguise, because they are actually opportunities to get smarter and wiser, to clear past negative Karma and to purify your soul.

    The human mind is such that after a problem has been solved, however serious it was, it slowly forgets the intensity of the stress that one went through when they were in the middle of the problem. The pain vanishes over a period of time but the wisdom that was gained, remains and that wisdom is priceless because it can never be acquired by listening to someone’s story or advice; or by reading a book; but it can be learned only through first hand experience.

    With sincere gratitude for the highly eventful life that my Karma has blessed me with in this Janma, there is one short sentence that I would like to say to those who are currently undergoing difficult challenges in life: “This too shall pass.”
    Also read : SBG 2:14

    Jai Shri Krishna

    • Dear Sir,

      Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sudden demise of your friend! It’s so sad to see someone close to you pass away so early.

      I have been reading wonderful articles from you which are indeed very useful for one and all.

      Problems in life teaches us some lessons as a key takeaway. Some of them are:
      1. It makes become more and more humbler in life
      2. Helps us accept all events in life with humilty
      3. Kindles an interest in us to help others in the path
      4. Helps us learn to be mentally more stronger

      Even if you are not under Sade Sati/Shani Dasa, I urge people in this forum to go through Tavamithram Sir’s wonderful and life changing articles on Karma and Sade Sati & other related articles again and again. I personally have been immensely benefitted from it. Everytime I go through them, it keeps my mind calm and focussed.

      It’s been a while since I posted in this forum as I have had some medical exigencies.

      May lord Krishna bless you all!

      Jai Shri Krishna!


  6. Dear Tavamithram Sir,

    This is with regards to the fantastic article on Corruption in Spirituality.

    It was an eye opener for all of us and I am sure that each one of us has done it before or continue to do it every now and then. It made me look back and reflect upon my own journey towards understanding the Law of Karma and acknowledge the deep relationship I am fortunate enough to have realized with Bhagavan Krishna.

    All throughout my childhood, my family has imbibed me with countless stories from our scriptures on Bhakthi, and the journey of our wise sages from history. I had the good fortune of being exposed to the divine Srimad Bhagavatha, the Mahabharatha and the Ramayana at a very young age. I had learnt the basics but I had never had that personal connection with the divinity within and pervading all around.

    My prayers were driven by fear of the divine and not out of love. I used to think that if the Photos of the Gods weren’t around, then I could do whatever I wanted to do as the Gods couldn’t be watching me.

    I was taught shlokas and I had memorized them by heart. I used to chant them because I believed that I could get favors done by the gods. I had a general sense of what was right and what was wrong and that was it.

    I experienced a real personal connection with Bhagavan Krishna when I was a confused, arrogant 17 year old. Lord Vitthala of Pandharapura destroyed my arrogance and ego and opened my eyes for the very first time to begin my journey of learning in the spiritual path. He is my teacher, friend, father, mother, my protector and my savior.

    One of the first changes that one can definitely feel if a connection is made with the divine is the total collapse of the “Give and take” business. It is no longer about transactions with the divine. One genuinely feels that it doesn’t make any sense anymore to make promises to the gods with bribes.

    Whatever I did, I did them being fully conscious that nothing was hidden from Bhagavan Krishna. Not even the thoughts. He was a friend I had put all my trust and faith in, and no one bribes friends. I began to do my work sincerely and with a lot of dedication and hard work. The rest was up to him. There was no way I was going to bribe my way into anything. It was hard work and trust in Bhagavan Krishna all the way. I knew he had my back, whatever would have been the outcome.

    Another development that one can notice when the connection is made is the loss of hate. All negative emotions that arise due to the ego will drastically diminish, because the love for Bhagavan Krishna pervades all of them.

    It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we stop feeling like humans. No. It means that we will be more open to the reality of His presence in our lives. And that reduces a lot of negativity in our thoughts. Including the desire to expect favors from Him.

    In conclusion, if our personal connection with divinity is real, and we truly feel it, then the corruption will automatically stop. We don’t give him anything except our love and gratitude. And we don’t expect anything except his presence with us always, his guidance and a deeper spiritual understanding.

    We will understand that everything we need in life will come naturally and eventually if we deserve it and have truly worked for it. Even the “bad” things won’t shake our courage.

    Reading the Bhagavad Gita took the personal connection to a greater level. I don’t even have to ask him to give me a deeper spiritual understanding in life. I just have to open a chapter in the Gita and read. I learn something new and a whole new perception unveils itself many times. His words are always there. I only have to open and read.

    I strongly believe that this site was a result of countless prayers of a countless people who have been honest with the divine. We have been blessed with a guide who has seen and lived life, as have the rest of us, and lives the Bhagavad Gita every moment of his existence.

    I sincerely thank you for your guidance and for sharing your wisdom through the Bhagavad Gita.

    Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaaya

  7. Dear Sir,

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Om Shanthi.

    I would like to express my gratitude for your guidance and your selfless actions to help me and a countless others personally and through the site.

    I pray that more people find peace of mind, courage and solace through the teachings of Bhagavan Krishna and the Gita wonderfully written here in this treasure trove of wisdom.


    Om Namo Bhagavan Vaasudevaaya

  8. Dear Sir,

    Congrats to you on the 5th anniversary of this superb site! We pray to our dear lord to give you all comfortsand long life.

    Hare Krishna!
    Many thanks and best regards


  9. I also thank all you kind people who joined me in thinking of my friend who ceased to be physically present with us last year.

    वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय
    नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि |
    तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णानि
    अन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही || २ २२ ||
    SBG 2:22
    As a person casts away old clothes for new ones, the embodied Self too casts old bodies away for new ones.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  10. Namaste .

    I thank all who have sent me congratulatory messages for completing five years of running this site.

    May you all stay abundantly blessed.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  11. Our dearest and respected sir and all others,

    How are you all?

    Sir we wish you happy 5th anniversary of this beautiful site and pray to Lord Krishna to shower his blessings on you forever. My father too sends his best wishes to you.

    We are very sorry for your loss of your friend sir. If it is okay with you please tell us about your friend.

    Our deep regards and pranams to you sir,


  12. I congratulate you my dearest friend. This is a milestone in the selfless work that you have been doing. The kind of patience you have is something I have no come across before.

    It makes me sad for your friend but you did your best to be there for someone whose life was fading away and that is sufficient for you to receive blessings from the departed soul.

  13. Namaskar dearest Sirji,

    Me as your sincere student who has been you with from the beginning of this blog I congratulate you from my heart.

    Always your student,

    तुमच्या साठी काय पण

    जय श्री कृष्ण


  14. Namaste respected sir,

    First of all please accept our condolences for your friend. When I feel down somethimes I remember what you tolld me about your friend and try to feel more grateful and calmer.

    My parents, my sisters and Minu and I would like to congratulate you for completing 5 years of the great service you are doing for people.

    We pray for your good health and happiness.

    Thank you for all your help and blessings sir.

    Jai shree Krishna


  15. Congratulations dear sir!

    We hold you very dear in our hearts and wish you a long and happy life.

    Warm and affectionate regards from us,

    Jai Shree Krishna

    Ram and Vedhika

  16. 5 Years of existence completed.


    This blog/site was started this day, on the 7th of February, 2014. During the five years that went by, we have had thousands of visitors from over 130 countries. Many of you personally communicated with me and many others used this site as a source of motivation, positive energy, hope, Dharmic knowledge and moved on with improved self confidence, renewed energy and optimism. I sincerely believe that it was Divine Grace and some good past Karma I carry, that connected me with so many wonderful souls.

    However, yesterday – the 6th of February, was a sad day for me because it was the day last year, when I lost a very good friend of mine. My friend’s passing away is certainly an irreparable personal loss for me but having studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and being a committed devotee of Bhagavan Krishna, I take the loss as a learning experience and continue my work of enlightening others about the Three Priceless Gifts, namely, life, good health and a sane mind. My friend who passed away was young, good looking and professionally as well financially well placed. But all that could not prevent the greatest gift of life from being snatched away by destiny.

    People, who have all the three may consider themselves extremely rich simply because, should a person sense that even one of the three gifts run a risk of being affected, they would be prepared to spend all the material wealth they have in order to regain the gift that is under threat. Being healthy and possessing a sane mind are greatest Blessings which are incomparable to any thing else. It is therefore necessary for you to care for your physical as well as mental health. You can care for your physical health by following the triple health mantra – Hygiene, Sattvik diet and Exercise. Caring for your mental health is easy – love and respect yourself; hang around with happy and peaceful people; read good books and watch good movies that carry positive messages; get enough sleep and above all; stay away from pessimists.

    I wish everyone a Blessed, fulfilling, successful, prosperous, love filled and peaceful life ahead

    Jai Shri Krishna

    • Dear Sir .,
      First my condolences to you for loss of your friend ..
      Secondly congratulations Tavamithram Sir / Site for completing 5 years. I am sure with my own assessment the positive impact it could have made to so many lives is not measurable . Many have approached Sir for personal resolution , yet many may have benefited just by reading the blogs .
      My best wishes that this Site further add lot of content which would be helpful to so many more individuals and help understand true meaning of life , Bhagvad Gita and remain neutral to ever changing situations around . As Sir says Life .. just Experience it ….
      Krishnam Vande Jagadguru

  17. Dear friends,

    I hope you all are fine. During my recent visit to India I met one of our friends from this forum by chance. It was a total coincidence and hard to believe. I was invited for dinner by a friend of mine in delhi about a week ago. My friend had invited some of his other friends too. One lady who was talking about Lord Krishna and how she read the gita asked me if I had read the Gita. I said yes and told her about Tavamithram sir and his teachings. She was pleasantly surprised because she too knows our sir very well and has communicated with me also on this forum! I thought how can this be! Real miracle! From there itself I sent a text to sir and told him who I was with. We all spoke on whatsapp and had some great moments of our life. The lady whom I don’t wish to name without her permission could not control her emotions as she narrated to me her story and how sir helped her and her husband to patch up and get back together. She said her marriage was actually over when she found sir and took his help. Now they are together as a sweet couple. I was so happy to see them so happy!

    Wishing you all happiness and success!

    Thanks and pranam to sir,
    Jai shri Krishna


    • Dear Jana,

      Hope you had a nice flight back home. Thanks a lot for saying such nice things about us 🙂 Ram also enjoyed the conversation with you on the different topics we spoke about. I have no problem in saying that we met in Delhi as I would be too happy to tell others about what happened to me and how happy we are now. I would like other couples to know that silly reasons because of ego can spoil very good relationships. Ram and me argue even now but after we got back our arguments are for each other like I get upset when Ram does not have timely food!

      We wish you and your family all the best. Hoping to see you again soon maybe combining with our Sir’s next trip to India.

      Affectionate regards from us from Delhi,

      Jai Shree Krishna


      • Good day to you Vedhika and Ram,

        The pleasure was fully mine.You know the surprise element of meeting someone you never expect to meet in a new place made our meeting even more interesting! Good to see you both also talking with so much confidence and happiness. Yeah..see you soon!


    • WOW. ! Such wonderful feeling like getting connected to family member after long gap. Yesterday only I Visualised how nice it would be if we all meet together in presence of our guru TVM sir ..

      • Namaste Kishor,

        Please don’t place me at a position any higher than that of what you would accord to a friend. I am nothing beyond an ordinary friend with no expectations from anyone, but will be there for anyone who wishes to talk and seek moral as well as spiritual support.

        We are all travellers in the journey of time and Karma, with our common destination being attaining Krishna or Moksha, the Supreme Goal. Just as co-passengers in a long train journey would do, we too help each other by sharing with one another our thoughts, stories, positive energy and whatever we have learned and experienced so far.

        Jai Shri Krishna

  18. Namaste.

    A poorly understood, untamed and uncontrolled mind is the prime cause of all problems in life.

    People write to me requesting me to advise them if they could go to this temple or that temple, to the Shani temple or to perform special poojas for Shani, Rahu, Ketu, etc. My simple advice to them would be to have…….READ FURTHER

    Jai Shri Krishna

  19. Namaste Family,

    This is a post mainly for all fellow Vrischikans for whom the countdown for the end of Sade Sati is now down to about 360 days.

    I personally believe that no one sails through this period. The two most famous Vrischikans are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of United States Donald Trump. If you think by rising to the premier positions during Sade Sati, they have been sailing in their life, then you are mistaken. They have been through much tougher times than us with their daily personal lives exposed to the common man through a vilifying media. Almost on a daily basis, we hear of them facing crises and judgement by media and mis-judgment by people.

    So, as we all journey towards the end of this tumultuous yet important period of our lives, we must everyday give a thought to all that we have learned. For that is the sole purpose of this Universe. By placing all kinds of obstacles in our path, the Universe is honing us for a better future.

    On Tavamithram site, there is a section on “The Five Pearls”. They are namely:
    1. Faith
    2. Gratitude
    3. Knowledge and Work
    4. Vision
    5. Social Responsibility

    I am a lesser mortal to preach on the first four pearls. However, regarding the fifth pearl of Social Responsibility, I definitely want to give my advice.

    Smile and help someone who is underprivileged than you, volunteer for a special needs school or for a old age home, take care of your parents and family, plant some trees; just do something for the society selflessly. It will not only give you an indescribable satisfaction, but make you forget your worries for some time. By doing so, you are paying back your Karma and the Universe notes it.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  20. The biggest illusion of humanity is EGO. It is an extremely powerful and utterly convincing experience. It is a direct consequence of Maya or Illusion.

    The human body is made up of billions of microbial and living cells. Each individual cell in the body has life and performs its function, all aimed towards the same goal. Our continued sustenance.

    Right from the day of conception, the cells transform from being a microscopic entity into a fully grown independent and complex biological individual. The functions they perform are highly sophisticated.

    When the body is young, the cells work to add more mass and nutrients. When injured, the cells quickly begin the healing process. When the body is invaded by a foreign cell called a virus or bacteria, the cells involved with the immune system work tirelessly to preserve and protect the body. Millions of cells die defending the being against the invader. All the basic biological processes are performed by these living cells day and night from the first day to the last.

    Yet, when we think of EGO or the ‘I’ or the Self, we tend to overlook the billions of living cells that have collectively made up our physical being.

    So what are we referring to when we say I?

    Is this consciousness a collective representation of all the living cells in the body?

    Is it the mind? Is it the intellect? Is it the body?

    Let’s examine each case separately.

    Although the mind is a part of our existential experience and possesses a tremendous influence over our thoughts and voluntary actions, it cannot be the ‘I’. Simply because we do perform both voluntary and involuntary actions without the blessings of the mind and sometimes by going against the mind. By reasoning, we are not the mind because the mind is not the master controller. The mind is a sole source of emotions. But it not the entity that takes decisions and performs actions. The mind is not in charge but it tends to fool us into believing that it is. There must be something else.

    What about the intellect? The calm and calculated voice at the background that is impartial and functions with discriminatory skills. The intellect is a product of millions of years of biological evolution. Its main focus is survival and protection of the being. The intellect keeps us practical and realistic. It lacks emotions and gives logical analysis to help us take decisions that are in the interest of our well-being and continuation. Are we the intellect then? No. Because just as in the case of the mind, many decisions are taken and actions performed without the blessing of the intellect and many times by going against it. So even the intellect is not actually in charge. Then who is the ‘I’?

    The body? As described in the beginning, the body is not a single entity but a universe of microscopic living cells all oriented towards the same goals. Survival, evolution and preservation of genetic information. So again when viewed this way, the body cannot be referred to as the ‘I’. There are way too many stakeholders to just use one label. However, the body comes closest to describing ‘I’.
    The body is real, it is physical and can be experienced through the senses.

    So, with the above reasoning, ‘We’ sounds better than ‘I’ to describe our existence as it describes the body better and because the body comes closest to describing the ‘I’. But then again, the being takes decisions and performs actions without ever understanding the body. Without understanding the cells or communicating with them. One could also say that the decisions taken are because of a certain complex combinations of neurons in the brain. Are a bunch of neurons the real ‘I’?

    But even then, there is no clear explanation with us as to who is really calling the shots.
    Since we can rule that all the three candidates are not the ‘I’, then what is it?
    Is it real at all? Or is it an illusion?

    Illusion? Does it mean that EGO is not real but an experience of illusion?

    When the EGO goes, one of the things one can be sure of experiencing is the loss of a first person viewpoint. We begin to see “ourselves” just as another part of a greater entity called the universe. We are just one in many. When this illusion called EGO disappears, there is no ‘I’ to be found. When that moment of realization hits you, however brief it may be, it crumbles everything around you.

    And then you are back as yourself again after that out of world experiencing existence without EGO.

    This is because we live in the world of Maya and for as long as we live in the world of Maya and experience it, we will always have the illusion of EGO.

    Our only way through this, is to surrender at the lotus feet of Bhagavan Krishna and chant his name in Bhakti.

    He is the source of Maya and he is the end of it as well.

    I did not speak of the soul being the real ‘I’ because I have not experienced the soul yet. I have a long way to go, maybe a million years and a million janmas more or maybe tomorrow or the next week. I cannot write on something that I do not have any idea about. And as per the divine Upanishads and the Gita, the experience of the Atman is not something that can be written or described in mere words.

    As Sir has said in his explanation of Karma in the Video, both Pride and Shame have the hidden hand of EGO.
    Title – „Stop carrying guilt! Understand Gunas, Karma, Karmayoga or Selfless Action and ‚Doership’“

    It manifests in unimaginable and different forms. This topic needs a whole article of its own.

    This was but a humble attempt at a deeper understanding of the mysterious and illusory EGO.

    Keep your trust and faith in Bhagavan Krishna and awaken to his reality.

    Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaaya

  21. “Marriage as a long conversation. – When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

    • Namaste.

      You may send me a mail with more details about you and your problem.

      Here is something that people who suffer due to a breakup need to remember : “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours; if they don’t, they never were.”

      Stay blessed.

      Jai Shri Krishna

  22. Just Sharing one message that I read

    Who is your life partner ?
    Mom ?
    Dad ?
    wife ?
    Son ?
    Husband ?
    Daughter ?
    Not at all….

    Your real life partner -is Your Body..

    Once your body stops responding no one is with you.
    You and your body stay together from Birth till Death.

    What you do to your body is your responsibility and that will come back to You.

    The more you care for your body, the more your body will care for You.

    What you eat,
    What you do for being Fit,
    How u deal with stress,
    How much rest you give to it..
    Will decide how your body gonna respond.

    Remember your body is the only permanent address where You live

    Your body is your asset/liabilty, which no one else can share.

    Your body is your responsibility.
    Because,You are the real life partner.

    Be Fit forever,Take care ur self,Money comes & goes,Relatives & Friends are not permanent.

    No one can help your body other than you.

    Pranayama – for Lungs
    Meditation – for Mind
    Yoga-asanas – for Body
    Walking – for Heart
    Good food – for intestines
    Good thoughts – for Soul
    Good Karma – for World

  23. *Sincere thanks to the makers of this wonderful video.
    A must watch for Dharmic people, pseudo seculars, pseudo-westernised Indians, converted Indians, atheists, etc.

    Why don’t Indian babas and swamies explain the fundamental truths about the great Sanatana
    Dharma in such simple but pure language?

    This lady used English words only three times during her entire talk. How many Indians can speak their mother tongue without mixing English words?

  24. Wishing everybody that this festival brings good luck and prosperity and hoping that it is joyous, and fills your days ahead with happiness. Have a wonderful Pongal.

  25. From birth to certain stage we feel that we are driving our life , we plan according to our wish , we succeed partially or fully , we come to understanding that we are steering our life , we are progressing as per our choices .. then suddenly something happens we feel we are not in control , we consult .. sade sati .. etc…. however we understand irrespective of several efforts of consultation and counseling that problem does not appear to leave us . We come to understanding that no one in this world can help us which leads to stage of sharnagati . But then how do we handle this situation ourself ? We approach Krishna but at times we feel even he is not helping Some time more we pray more the trouble increases …What do we do in such situation ..Take Sharanagati at the feet of Krishna ! This also means Krishna is making us stronger and asking to wait till our Karmic balance is squared off. Here we are not in control of external situation , however we can control our inner self . There is a way , by practicing Bhakti we can reduce our problems . Yes .. By practicing Bhakti the problem does not reduce but our resolve to handle the problem increases. Bhakti makes us stronger and that is what Krishna wants ..Krishna promises he will take care of us in such situation with guarantee .

    मच्चित्तः सर्वदुर्गाणि मत्प्रसादात्तरिष्यसि |
    अथ चेत्त्वमहंकारान्न श्रोष्यसि विनङ्क्ष्यसि || १८ ५८ ||
    macchittaha sarva durgaani
    mat-prasaadaat tarishyasi
    atha chet-tvam-ahankaaraan-
    na shroshyasi vinang-kshyasi
    (SBG 18:58)
    By being fully conscious of Me, you will overcome all obstacles and hardships by My Divine Grace. However, due to pride and ego, should you not listen to My advice, you will be ruined.

    • Hi Kishorji,

      Hope you are doing well. Comments you put are absolutely true. I have the real experience on the same. Couple of years back i was passing through the same phase of my life. I prayed a lot, I paid a lot to astrologers and also believed some Babas , who told me that can easily resolve all my issues. Nothing happened .I am still remembering the day I contacted sir and I become the member of this family and also the life after that. I can say, situations are not changed in a favorable way but I gain lots of things that are really useful to my life. Sharangathi is very important that all of us need to practice. Give our present moment og life as a gift to Bhagavan,and do complete Sharangathi. Bhagavan will take care of us.

      भोक्तारं यज्ञतपसा ं सवलु ोकमहेश्वरम ्|
      सजहृदं सवुभूतानां ज्ञात्वा मां िाजततमृचछतत || ५ २९ ||
      He who knows Me as the enjoyer of sacrifices and austerities, the great
      Lord of all the worlds and the friend of all beings, attains to peace. The
      wise who know Me – the Supreme Lord of all planets and Demigods and
      benefactor of all living beings, as the purpose of all their sacrifices and
      austerities, attain Me.
      Krishnam Vande Jagad Gurum

  26. Namaskara to Sir and other members,

    I and my family members are regular readers of all the eye opening teachings in this blog. It has helped us a lot in getting clear thinking and so we have no unwanted worries. Today my two sons have a good name in their college and are doing very well in studies. We will be always thankful to you sir for giving us your time and advice whenever we are in need. I don’t know how I am going to repay you for all what you have done.

    Kind regards and good wishes and to your family members,

    • Raghu, the credit goes to you and your wife because both of you are such responsible and wonderful parents.

      Jai Shri Krishna

        • Hello Doc, thank you for the appreciation.

          However, please let me point out that taking credit for something amounts to saying ‘I am the doer’, which is the result of ego and improper understanding of the Self and of the fact that we people are mere instruments in the Divine Hands of the Supreme Being Krishna- Ref: SBG 3:27 and SBG 11:33 respectively.

          What I do on this site is to think aloud and to share what I have learned and experienced in my life, and that is what I share with people when they communicate with me. I encourage everyone to be true seekers because that is what life as a Sanatana Dharmic person is all about as against the lives of those stuck in quagmires of organised religions and cults. Committing Karmic blunders of claiming or even harbouring thoughts such as, ‘I know everything’, ‘I am right and you are wrong’, or ‘I am greater than you’, is something that neither would I ever do nor would I teach others to do. All of us are travellers in this fabulous voyage called life. Let us all help each other, learn from each other and be of use to each other.

          SBG 3:19
          तस्मादसक्तः सततं कार्यं कर्म समाचर |
          असक्तो ह्याचरन्कर्म परमाप्नोति पूरुषः || ३ १९ ||
          Therefore after giving up attachment, always perform your work as your duty. The one performing duty without attachment to the fruit of the work will certainly attain the Supreme.

          SBG 3:20
          कर्मणैव हि संसिद्धिमास्थिता जनकादयः |
          लोकसंग्रहमेवापि संपश्यन्कर्तुमर्हसि || ३ २० ||
          Even Janaka and other kings attained perfection through action. Your actions should be for the benefit of the world.

          SBG 9:27
          यत्करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
          यत्तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्कुरुष्व मदर्पणम् || ९ २७ ||
          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.

          Jai Shri Krishna

      • Namaskara sir,
        Nimma yellarigu Sankranti habbada shubhashegalu.
        Happy Sankranti to all.

        It is very kind of you to say that. Yes we love our children very much and so we used to be too strict with them because we don’t want them to go in a wrong path.After you have explained your method we also talk to our sons with patience and convince them to do what we want them to do but without using any force. Me and my wife are nowadays extra careful not to lose our temper before the children.Very grateful for helping us to change our method of bring up children. At such a young age both of them are so well versed with Bhagvad Gita which is great blessing for us.

        Thanks and kind regards

  27. The journey of life can be extremely beautiful when every moment of it is celebrated as the greatest blessing, when it is not taken for granted, when there is love without expectation, when there are no conditions attached to it, and when the happiness gained out of it is because of the feeling of being blessed to be alive and not because it is dependent on something or on someone.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  28. Namaste.

    The subject of Sadé Sati has been one of the reasons, which I wouldn’t mind calling a pretext, that I used in order to reach out to people and teach them at least the basics of our rational philosophy, namely the Sanatana Dharma which stands on Advaita Vedanta. However, it is rather unfortunate that thanks to some babas, astrologers, poorly informed elders; and also to the Adharmic God concept learned by many people due to the education that they received in schools based on Abrahamic philosophies; our Sanatanic (Hindu) people have drifted far away from the path of rationality, sanity and of Dharma. This makes them mentally and spiritually weak apart from closing their minds to spiritual knowledge. It slows down further improvements in their lives and in most cases, also stops them at a particular stage of their Karmic evolution even after passing through many challenging Janmas.

    I have written quite explicitly on this site that the Sadé Sati period happens in everyone’s life and that it usually smashes to smithereens the worst enemy called ego in people, and nudges them towards self-discovery and inner transformation, thereby helping them develop noble qualities such patience, simplicity, modesty and generosity, which can only result in a better and more fulfilling life. Had I said to Vrischikans in so many words when I started this site in February 2014, that the five years that followed would not be particularly pleasing, how would they have taken it or how would it have helped them? Instead, I took the path of encouraging people to not just read and recite the Srimad Bhagavad Gita but to begin to understand it because it is the ultimate manual for a comfortable life and amazing Karmic evolution. I started the easy to use TVM Gita Website in December 2014.

    Being a person who has miraculously survived many situations during which I was convinced that I was very close to experiencing the other end of life, and when I actually looked forward to being awake and conscious when the grand event of departing happened, I can tell you for sure that wealth, relationships, comforts in life, etc. are nothing compared to being alive; healthy; and possessing a calm, clear, composed and powerful mind. What I have been doing all the while through this site is to teach people the importance of the ever inspiring awe for nature and unconditional love towards all beings that add the necessary magic required to make life beautiful, wondrous, meaningful and turn every moment of it into one of celebration. I have been sharing what I learned about introspecting, studying one’s own life patterns and making necessary changes in order to cause positive changes in life and correcting its course to the right heading. However, most people still refuse to let go off their ego and their feeling of entitlement; prefer to stick to reading and writing sob stories on astrology sites; going through general predictions; and waiting for Sadé Sati to end, expecting their life to change the moment Saturn transits to the third house from their natal moon. I am forced to remind people of this natural law again: “If I continue to do what I have always done, I will continue to get what I have always got.” Life does not change unless change happens from within.

    Every moment is the first one of the rest of one’s life and therefore correcting one’s course can actually be done any time. Now is the moment to do it. The sooner the better because it protects people from drifting too far away from the right path and later on spending more energy to get back to it. In one of my previous posts, Thank yourself if you are a Sanatana Dharmi (Hindu), I said to Dharmic people that it is their own good Karma that has brought them into Dharmic families in this Janma and that also those who have embraced the Sanatana Dharmic way of life or are drawn towards it, can be proud of the good Karma they have collected. Your past Karma has created your present and your present Karma is creating your future. Those who truly understand this would not be careless about what they do in the present but would rather work on ‘righting Karmic wrongs’, creating more positive Karma and building a better future.

    Jettison pessimistic and negative thoughts forever. Care for your physical health, learn to control your mind and follow The Five Pearls. Make it a point to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita at least three times and make adhering to Bhagavan Krishna’s teachings a habit. It is never late to sit up, get up, stand up, correct your course and sail ahead into a blessed, beautiful and glorious future.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  29. Dear friends,

    I wish everyone a blissful new year and pray for the success and happiness of all of you. I never miss reading anything new here after my life changed for the better ever since I came here. I am being regularly guided by Tavamithram.

    I am delighted to see this platform open again.
    Praying for the good health and peace for all.

    Dr. S.S.

  30. Namaste,
    This is a humble attempt to write down and describe an incident that happened a little more than a year back. This was the beginning of a positive tide in my Sade Sathi as a Vrischikan.

    The challenges are still present, but my perception has changed.
    And since then, they are not challenges anymore.

    I was near a breaking point. I had almost given up. The hopelessness and desperation at that moment was the culmination of a 10 year downhill journey in life.
    I had not lost faith in the divine being who had protected me all this while and with limited and inadequate spiritual knowledge, I had held on and kept going.
    But this time, something was different. I could take it no more. I curled up in my bed, closed my eyes and wished that it would all end.
    I had totally broken apart. The beat down I had received time after time for more a decade made me completely let go of everything, because in that psychological situation, I had nothing to hold on at that point.
    It was not a negative surrender. I had still not lost any faith in the divine being. It was a liberating kind of surrender.
    And then it happened.
    It seemed that all my prayers I had made for some kind of a deeper spiritual understanding, since the time I was old enough to grasp the four aspects of life i.e Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha, were answered.
    It was a very brief experience that felt out of this world. I have never felt it again since that day. But what my mind and body experienced then, changed me forever.
    It is difficult to put it in words or to describe it. It was right after the moment I had completely surrendered and accepted everything without fighting.
    I seemed to raise above my body and saw someone curled up in bed. And then I saw it.
    I saw EGO.
    It is real and no, EGO is not pride exactly, although pride arises out of EGO.
    I have heard about EGO and the challenges to overcoming that, all my childhood from the stories of Srimad Bhaagavatha, the numerous tales of Bhakthi, from the tales around Bhagavan Krishna, around Sri Vitthala of Pandharapura who was pursued by the saints of Maharashtra and Karnataka, and from the countless sages and pious devotes that lived and shown the path to the generations before us.
    Hearing and reading about EGO is one thing, getting an experience of EGO is something out of this world.
    No matter how much I try, I cannot fully describe what I felt and saw.
    In that brief time, I lost the feeling of any kind of association with my identity. ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘myself’, ‘mine’ all seemed to have separated from me. I was not who I thought I was. I saw a human body curled up in the bed. It was just another thing among the millions of things on mother earth and the universe.
    I do not recall being emotional at this point. However, the intellect was running wild trying to come to a calculated conclusion from all this that I was experiencing.
    One of the first conclusions was that the body did not belong to me.
    That body did not belong to me. That body does not belong to me. That body is not mine. I am not that body.
    Nothing in this universe belonged to me, let alone that frail, fragile body. The only emotion I felt for a very brief time then was a mixture of shame and surprise. A moment later, even that shame I had experienced and associated to me, disappeared.
    All the identities that were attached to that body were not mine at that moment. Absolutely nothing related to the being I saw, felt like mine.
    The intellect worked harder to find out what I had become.
    Alas, how can one put a tag and a description on something that cannot be related with absolutely anything in one’s memory?
    Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing in this world could be said belonged to me at that time. I do not know who I felt I was at that moment, but I could see everything about my existence, being dissected and laid out. And I was not part of it. I was apart from it, where I saw.
    I saw EGO ripped out and it was not me at that moment. It is indeed difficult to explain.
    I had this surge of energy in me and I immediately got up. I could not believe what I had just gone through. I ran straight to the Pandharapura Vitthala’s photo frame and stood there looking at him.
    I was baffled. All the pain, sorrow and desperation had somehow disappeared.
    I believe I had to realize that EGO really exists and what it actually feels like, for it to happen.
    I had just witnessed a whole new dimension of perception that I still am not able to explain. It is something to be experienced. It was then that I mustered up courage and decided to write to Tavamithram Sir for the first time ever, and I did. I had reached a strange place and I didn’t know in which direction to go. Something in my head told me to do it.
    And his guidance and instructions to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita was a message from Vitthala himself. Reading the Gita was the need of the hour and I would never have done it without his instructions. The first change one will certainly see after reading the Gita for the first time is the disappearance of fear and confusion. I was not lost anymore. And I had found a clear pathway to continue in my karmic journey.
    Have I lost my EGO now and have I become a Gyani? No. But I have come to understand things better with each passing day, and EGO is something that keeps coming up in different forms. I will write about my learnings about it soon. There is still a long way to go, lots of corrections to make and plenty to learn. But that experience was a pivotal point in my life and without Sir’s guidance and without the Gita, things could have just been the same old or maybe more confusing today.
    No matter what, keep your faith in Bhagavan Krishna, don’t be too hard on yourself for the mistakes you make. Learn from them and focus on living a little bit better each day.
    Be kind to all beings. You, are in them and they are in you.
    Bhagavan Krishna is in you.
    Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaaya

  31. Happy New Year to sir and dear friends. Thanks a lot for reopening this forum dear sir. We all are connected in one way or another through Supreme Bhagavan so I hope sir cant never close this forum for ever .;)
    Hope all are doing fine. It’s a long time that we interacted with each other. Everything is fine with me also.

    Requesting you all to please start writing your experience, doubts, knowledge to this forum again to make it active and therefore we can connect more to Lord Krishna.

    “The pleasure one enjoys from [spiritual] practice results in cessation of sorrow.”

    Krishnam Vande Jagad Gurum


  32. Dear Sir,

    Jai Shri Krishna!

    Thank you for opening the discussion forum.

    Every single article in your site conveys great messages. Whenever I am in a low mood or feeling depressed, I make it a point to go through your article and it gives me great confidence and boosts my morale.

    Thank you Sir,


  33. Jai shree Krishna !
    Thank you Sir for opening this forum … This gives us opportunity to voice our feeling as well read and understand good real life experiences responses from other group members ..so as together enhance our knowledge of BG .

  34. Namaste.

    Some of our friends who wish to be the first ones to post on this forum after its reopening have already mailed me their contributions requesting me to publish them on their behalf. However, I would request all those who would like to write on the forum to post their own messages, comments, etc. once the forum is opened and I will publish them in the actual order of their arrival into my inbox.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  35. Most people who have been through this site must have gathered by now that this is no place for negativity, pessimism, self-pity, etc. but a place where people can pull themselves together, stand up, march ahead and successfully face whatever challenge they might have before them.

    One of the greatest secrets of success lies in drawing inspirations from people who have already crossed the path that lies before us and learning from them how to handle tough challenges even without being in the situations that they were in.

    This video is a rendition of mine on my harmonica, of an extremely beautiful, powerful and highly motivating number by one of my favourite Divas, namely Whitney Houston.

    Receive the energy, believe in yourself and move ahead..

  36. Namaste.

    The Discussion forum will be reopened on 06.01.2019.

    The Vedic Lunar Calendar describes the day as follows:
    06.01.2019: Krishna Paksha/ Lunar month of Kartika/ New moon day (Amavasya)/ VRISCHIKA Rashi/ Anusham Star (Nakshatra)

    Vrischika Rashians might want to take the lead and start sharing as well as discussing the knowledge they have gained in the last six to seven years. This will be the last year of this Sadé Sati period for Vrischikans. After crossing gruelling situations in the last few years, they will soon be on the home stretch and clear the ‘chequered flag’. The long awaited ‘PHEW’ moment for most Vrischikans is fast approaching. (I said ‘most Vrischikans’ because a lot depends on the course corrections they made during the last few years)

    Dear awesome Vrischikans, be proud of yourselves and share with others what life has taught you. Spread love, joy, warmth and positive energy. Do not hold yourself back from celebrating your successful completion of seven years of the major Karma balancing period of your lives.

    May you all stay abundantly blessed.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  37. “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

    Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’
    The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’

  38. Namaste.

    Those who haven’t read The Srimad Bhagavad Gita yet might want to consider using this site http://bit.ly/tvmgita to quickly go through the simple translations of all the 700 Shlokas.

    It normally takes three to four hours to complete reading all the chapters. Regardless of whether you understand the teachings of Krishna or not, the moment you complete reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita once, you will feel drawn to read it again and again.

    Reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita regularly helps the seeker learn to interpret the Divine teachings of Krishna and apply the knowledge in real life situations thus making life more enjoyable, fulfilling, successful and peaceful. The knowledge gained by reading Krishna’s Supreme Gift to mankind, can help people face even the most challenging of situations with a smile, sheer courage and utter confidence. It is a book that can straightaway calm even the most disturbed mind and teach the reader practical methods to harness it and make utmost use of its immense potential.

    There isn’t any problem that cannot be solved by a composed, well trained and stable mind. However, a mind which is not under control, can turn out to be one’s worst enemy.

    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.


  39. Swami Vivekananda on missionary menace.
    How right he was over a century ago!
    “If all India stands up and takes all the mud that is at the bottom of the Indian ocean and throws it up against the Western countries, it will not be doing an infinitesimal part of that which you are doing to us.”

    Once when he was in India, he also said , “…And then every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less, but an enemy more.”

  40. Namaste.

    As I have said earlier, if you are Sanatana Dharmic, you need to be thankful to yourself for the good Karma you have collected or else you could have been born into a family following some weird cult or organised religion but claimed that it was ‘revealed’ by God through messengers.

    The Sanatana Dharma is the perfect way of life for seekers. There are no commandments, rules, conditions or any particular book, person or God that people are expected to follow. Being a true seeker automatically leads one towards Self-Realisation which is the way to get out of the cycle of Samsaara and become one with the Supreme Brahman.

    In continuation of my endeavours to help people study important Dharmic scriptures, I will soon be publishing a post including a video on a set of Shlokas from the Rig Veda.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  41. Namaste.

    This video of David Frawley, who is an American Acharya and author, is not only for practising Sanatana Dharmic people but also for those belonging to organised religions.

    As I said in my last post Thank yourself if you are a Sanatana Dharmi (Hindu) it is only your good past Karma that has brought you into Dharmic families. Even if you were born into families practising organised religions but you find yourself drawn towards the Sanatana Dharma, you can be sure that it is your own positive past Karma that is causing it. Refer Shlokas 6:41-44 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

    The video of David Frawley’s talk is given below.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma | David Frawley

  42. Interview with Vice President of the country of Suriname in South America, Shri Ashwin Adhin.
    It is wonderful to see the Sanatana Dharma flourishing in the country thanks to the country’s wonderful Dharmic people who revere their forefathers and protect the knowledge they received from them.

    Note: The Vice President uses the name Bharat to refer to India.

    Thank you Rajiv Malhotraji for the interview. 🙏

  43. Namaste.

    According to the Srimad Bhagavad Gita not only all humans but also all beings are to be treated equally.
    विद्याविनयसंपन्ने ब्राह्मणे गवि हस्तिनि |
    शुनि चैव श्वपाके च पण्डिताः समदर्शिनः || ५ १८ ||
    SBG 5:18
    People who are wise treat equally, a Brahmin endowed with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, and even a person who cooks and eats dog meat.

    Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna that no one is either repulsive or dear to Him. However, He also said that there are some who are dear to Him and also those who are extremely dear to Him. But how can that be possible that on one hand He says that all are equal but on the other, He says that some are extremely dear to Him?

    Click here to know how one can become dear to Bhagavan Krishna. The steps are clearly given in the 12th Chapter, namely the BhaktYoga of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

    May everyone receive the Grace of the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna and be blessed with well being, happiness, peace and prosperity.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  44. “Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. But being a gentleman, is a matter of choice.”

    ― Vin Diesel (American actor, producer, director and screenwriter)

  45. Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.

    If you are looking for different results – stop for a moment; shelve your ego but respect yourself even more than before; throw out the feeling of entitlement; strengthen your attitude of gratitude; think; analyse; introspect; change old habits and do things differently.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  46. Gita Jayanti 🙏
    The Gita Dhyanam is a short meditation on the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which teaches people the ultimate way to master their mind, live righteously and achieve positive Karmic progress.


    May everyone be blessed with Divine Knowledge and Grace and may all live a healthy, peaceful, happy, prosperous and fulfilling life.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  47. Namaste.

    This short film by Vir Hirani called ‘The Obituary’, should help people understand the value of time, of every day and of every moment of life. Doing so will deter them from wasting time on hatred, anger, jealousy, vanity. etc.

    Life has no ‘Rewind and Play’ function therefore make the best of it.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  48. Namaste.

    The increasing inundation of wonderful ‘thank you’ mails from people who contacted me, communicated with me and learned certain secrets to eternal happiness, is truly humbling, divine and fulfilling. I am indeed happy for all of you. People (including me), who learned how not to suffer but to benefit from the Sadé Sati period, may give themselves a pat on their backs for their perseverance, faith, patience, honesty, dilligence, absolute trust in Krishna and also for being calm and composed even when their world was hit by the most horrible cyclone.

    I suggest that you visit the Mandukya Upanishad page given below, understand the Upanishad and fully comprehend that you are nothing short of being Divine. This understanding will not only help you in challenging situations that you might encounter in the future, but will also prevent you from going into such situations at all.


    Stay Blessed.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  49. Namaste,

    Below is a mail to me by our friend Krsna Kumar.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    Mail from Krsna Kumar.

    Namaste Sir,

    I hope that you are in the best of health and divine spirits.

    As this year draws to a close, I want to be amongst the first to wish you a New Year that is eternally blessed by Bhagavan Krishna. And we hope that you will continue to guide us through. 2019 will perhaps be a momentous year for all Vrishchika Rashians. This will be the last year under the strict watch of Shani. In many ways I feel that, since the “fateful day” when I felt like being hit by a truck, I have had one of the most humbling, satisfying and interesting periods of my life. Of course not before going through some darkest patches. The fact that now I have you in my life, the fact that I acted on my instinct to give back to the world, the fact that the universe pushed me back to my own career path from which I had taken a detour leads me to believe that it all happened for the best. I am at peace and am on a different level of self realization. I have begun to love life.

    Please convey my best regards to all members of our Group, in your own way. And wishing Vishal a musically fulfilling New Year ahead!

    PS: I read every single post on Tavamithram, and will continue to do so in earnest.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    Krsna Kumar

  50. Story in Marathi contributed by our friend Kishor.
    I will translate the story into English whenever I find the time for it within the next couple of days and add it to this post.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    ईश्वर (का) मानावा (का ?)

    पुरातन काळी एका खेड्यात एक म्हातारा मेला. त्याला तीन मुलं होती.

    म्हाताऱ्याने मरताना आपलं मृत्युपत्र करून ठेवलं होतं. त्यात लिहिलं होतं की, ‘माझ्याकडे जेवढे बैल आहेत ते तिन्ही मुलांमधे वाटावे. पण त्यांची कुवत आणि गरजेनुसार हा वाटा वेगवेगळा करावा. निम्मे बैल मोठया मुलाला द्यावे. एक तृतीयांश बैल दुसऱ्या मुलाला आणि एक नवमांश बैल हे तिसऱ्या मुलाला द्यावे. उरलेले वाटणी करणाराला द्यावे ’ अडचण अशी की बैल होते एकूण १७. त्यामुळे त्याचे एक द्वितीयांश, एक तृतीयांश आणि एक नवमांश, असे तीन वाटे कसे करायचे? बैल कापावे?

    वाद मिटविण्यासाठी त्यांनी गावच्या प्रमुखाला बोलावलं. तो आपल्या बैलावर बसून आला. त्याने समस्या ऐकून घेतली आणि म्हणाला, ‘तुमचे वडील माझे मित्र होते. मी तुमच्या पित्यासारखाच आहे. तुमच्या वडिलांच्या १७ बैलांमधे माझाही एक बैल जोडून देऊ. आता बैल झाले १८. त्यातले एक द्वितीयांश म्हणजे नऊ बैल दिले एका मुलाला, एक तृतीयांश म्हणजे सहा बैल दिले दुसऱ्या मुलाला. आणि एक नवमांश म्हणजे दोन बैल दिले तिसऱ्या मुलाला. एकूण झाले सतरा. आणलेला अठरावा बैल परत घेऊन तो म्हातारा निघून गेला.

    त्यांचा प्रश्न सुटला पण त्याबरोबर माझाही एक मोठा प्रश्न सुटला. माझ्यासाठी तो युरेका क्षण होता. हा अठरावा बैल बीजगणिताच्या “क्ष” सारखा आहे. तो तुम्ही धरला तर प्रश्न सुटतात आणि पुन्हा तो शेवटी जसाच्या तसा अलगद कायम राहतोच की! पण आपण जर हट्टच धरून बसलो की क्ष नाहीच मानायचा तर मात्र बैल कापावा लागेल. ईश्वर हा असाच अठरावा बैल आहे. तो तुम्ही मानला तर जीवनाची कित्येक कोडी सुटतात. आणि यात तुमचं काहीच जात नाही कारण तो शेवटी नामानिराळा अलिप्तच राहतो.

    13.12.2018 03:00 Hrs (I returned a short while ago from a long but successful business tour across Central Europe 🙂 )


    As promised, I give you the translation of the story contributed by our friend Kishor.

    In fact, I first came across this story many years ago, when I was a young school boy in Poona. I heard this story in Marathi, which is one of the most beautiful and musical languages of India, that I so dearly love straight from the bottom of my heart. Marathi and Maharashtra have a direct connection to the child part of my heart. Thank you @Kishor for sharing this wonderful story that kindled my childhood memories and reminded me of my Marathi teacher.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    “God or human? (This is either a strange title or maybe my Marathi is bad and that I have not translated it correctly!

    A long time ago, an old man died leaving behind three children.

    The old man had prepared a will before his death. What he had written in his will was as follows:
    “The number of bulls that I have must be divided according to the respective abilities and needs of my sons. A half of the number of bulls should be given to my eldest son. A third of the total number of bulls must be given to my second son and my third son, should get a ninth of all the bulls I possess. Let the one who does the job of dividing and distributing the respective shares to my sons, take whatever is left.

    The challenge was the fact that the number of bulls was 17, which was not easy to divide into a half, a third and a ninth without actually chopping one of the bulls?!

    In order to resolve the dispute, the eldest son contacted their village headman. The elderly man arrived at their farm riding his bull. He patiently listened to the oldest son and said, “Your father was my friend. Please treat me too as your father. I will help you solve your problem. Let me begin by giving my bull to you and adding one more to the number of bulls that you already have. This would mean that you now have 18 bulls. The first son got half of the total number of bulls that totalled to nine bulls. The second son received a third of the total number of bulls which amounted to six bulls and the third son got two bulls or rather, one ninth of the 18 bulls. Therefore 9+6+2= 17. The village headman, who gave the judgement and also his bull, in order to fulfill his judgement, took his bull, which was the eighteenth bull, back and returned home after delivering a fair and just judgement.

    The problem was solved, but along with that, a major question has also been answered. The judgement given by the village headman was a ‘Eureka’ moment. The eighteenth bull is like the “X” factor in algebra. If you keep it and know how to make use of it, you can solve your problem. But if you were to hold on to the thought that you don’t have a solution to your problem, you will never find one and will be forced to ‘chop the bull’ that you have!

    Divine Grace is just like the eighteenth bull which, if you take into consideration, most of your problems can be solved. Don’t forget that above all, you have nothing to lose.”

  51. Feeeling extremely blessed to have a leader who is not just a leader but a ‘Raja Rishi’ – a teacher, philosopher and guide 🙏🙏🙏

    PM Modiji looks back into the last 70 years..

    Translation of his question and four answers:
    What is the reason that even tiny countries went ahead of us in a very short time?

    There was no shortage of goals; there was a lack of intention.

    There was no shortage of money; there was a lack of passion.

    There was no shortage of solutions; there was a lack of sensibility.

    There was no lack of competency; there was a lack of work culture.

    Pray for Modiji

  52. “Success is really nothing more than the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. This means that any person who knows what they are doing and where they are going is a success. Any person with a goal towards which they are working is a successful person.”Earl Nightingale

    The longer the wait, the sweeter the success.

    Qualities and Virtues such as

      Total focus
      Being true to oneself
      Self confidence
      Continuous efforts
      Staying calm and maintaining mental balance
      and above all – Gratitude towards parents and all those who helped

    are sure to reward anyone with grand success. Pradeep Krishnan is a great example who has proved all the above to be true.

    Although qualified and licensed to fly, he was jobless for nine years. But neither did he nor his family members and friends lose hope. His father stood like a rock beside him and supported him in his one and only goal which was to become a pilot.
    SBG 2:41 In this path, O descendant of the Kurus (Arjuna) there is a single point of focus and determination. The thoughts of the undecided are branched and are infinite.

    May this young man and his awesome family stay blessed.

    Jai Shri Krishna

    The interview is in Tamil but thanks to the way people mix a lot of English when they speak and since the story is given above, it should not be a problem for non-Tamilians to follow what they are saying. True emotions do not need words in order to be understood.

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