DISCUSSION – Forum

“THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RIGHT WORD AND THE ALMOST RIGHT WORD IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIGHTNING AND A LIGHTNING BUG”

– MARK TWAIN

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  1. 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

  2. “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

  3. Just Sharing one message that I read

    Who is your life partner ?
    Mom ?
    Dad ?
    wife ?
    Son ?
    Husband ?
    Daughter ?
    friends…????
    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.

    Remember*
    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

  4. *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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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 .

    18:58
    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
      Thanks
      Amal

  7. 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

    • 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
        Raghu

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

    Amal

  13. 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,

    Sundar

  14. 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 .

  15. 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

  16. 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..

  17. 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

  18. “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.’

  19. 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.

    http://bit.ly/tvmgita

  20. 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.”

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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. 🙏

  24. 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

  25. “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)

  26. 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

  27. 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.

    GITA DHYANAM

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

    Jai Shri Krishna

  28. 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

  29. 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.

    Click here for THE MANDUKYA UPANISHAD

    Stay Blessed.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  30. 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

  31. 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 🙂 )

    Namaste.

    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.”

  32. 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

  33. “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

      Ambition
      Total focus
      Passion
      Being true to oneself
      Commitment
      Determination
      Self confidence
      Patience
      Continuous efforts
      Modesty
      Simplicity
      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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