(This post was pubished on 03..03.2021
Well, until you continue to think and believe that
a. there is someone up there, who is separate from you
b. ‘cruel planets are destroying your life
c. God is ‘testing your faith or ‘punishing’ you for your past sins
d. you will be happy only if you found a soul-mate
e. life has no meaning because you do not have what or whom you want in your life
f. some guru, baba, or amma can remove all your troubles and save you from the pain or unhappiness that might be affecting you
g. once your planetary Dasha or transit changes everything will be fine
i. your spouse is a curse in your life and that your life would have been better if you had someone else for your spouse
j. wealth, position, and power are the ways to happiness
h. you have no one to love you
i. if you could ‘woo’ someone into your life as your lover, you could be happy
and so on,
you have not taken into consideration how Karma works, you are not aware of the fundamental principles of Vedanta that teaches the truth of nondualism, and you will certainly continue to be unhappy.
So many people keep writing to me asking me when their ‘time would change’. A lot of them have either completed their periods of Saturn or are still undergoing them. I have been saying on this site for the last seven years that Vedic Astrology is a Past Karma diagnostic system and that PLANETS AND PLANETARY PERIODS DO NOT CAUSE ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE. Have I not been stressing the importance of studying the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and internalising the non-dualistic philosophy and the principle of Cause and Effect that it teaches? Yet people continue asking me which temple they could go to or what ritual or ‘astrological remedy’ they could perform in order to set their life right.
This is a general reply that I would like to give to all those who have been asking me similar questions. Let us begin by getting certain facts clear.
We are the same ALL-PERVADING SELF, BRAHMAN OR KRISHNA that RESIDES IN CONTAINERS called BODIES. You are free to visualise the ALL-PERVADING SELF OR BRAHMAN in any form but the fact remains that as per Advaita Vedanta, everything is one and that there is no separate God, being, ghost, spirit or anything else sitting up there in the clouds.
SBG 12:05 Those whose minds are set on an unmanifested and impersonal Absolute Power, face difficulties in reaching the goal. This is because people always identify with the body and when there is no perceptible form, it is difficult to perceive.
It is not the Advaita Vedanta but organised cults and religions that stand and thrive on the idea of a separate god in heaven.
SBG 10:20 I (KRISHNA) am the Self, O Gudakesha (Arjuna), situated within all living entities. I am the origin, the middle and also the end of all beings.
Avadhuta Gita 1:34 There are no Vedas, no worlds, no gods, no sacrifices. There is certainly no caste, no stage in life, no family, no birth. There is neither the path of smoke nor the path of light. There is only the highest Truth, the eternal Brahman.
In that case, who does one pray to? To ONESELF, of course! It is only because of that abstract phenomenon called EGO that one does not realise the truth that they themselves are the ALL-PERVADING SUPREME BRAHMAN or KRISHNA and therefore need to resort to various methods of ‘connecting’ with their true SELF.
Your AWARENESS is the ALL-PERVADING SELF that uses the mind as an interface between yourSELF and your senses through which you perceive what you call reality.
Unhappiness, dissatisfaction, anger, jealousy, hatred and other such destructive feelings arise from the inability TO COME TO TERMS WITH A SITUATION OR SITUATIONS – at least TEMPORARILY.
Think about it – the moment you come to terms with something that has been disturbing you, you feel fine. This is what family, friends or well-wishers do when you happen to be livid with rage due to whatever reason. They tell you to calm down and actually talk you into COMING TO TERMS WITH THE SITUATION, at least for that moment.
Happiness is a STATE OF MIND, that’s all. Learn to Master your Mind and find the switch to YOUR OWN HAPPINESS so that you can turn either it on whenever you wish or keep it on all the time and not depend on someone who would claim to truly love you and promise to be with you until the end, or on some object that can flip your happiness switch.
Your Karma through your thoughts, words and deeds, and all that happens in your life and beyond are directly interrelated.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY and TAKE CONTROL.
Be a RESPONSIBLE SOUL.
Those of you who are serious about changing your life might want to consider going through the following videos and post.:
They have all been created based on experience and knowledge gained through years of study. You could also simply ignore and continue with whatever you were doing.
Jai Shri Krishna
‘VEDIC ASTROLOGY – KARMA DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM’
Ever since I started this site in February 2014, what I have been saying about Vedic Astrology is that it is a great tool for ‘Karma diagnosis’ which helps in making course corrections in order to break negative patterns in one’s life. Another important thing that I have said time and again has been to never go too deep into Astrology or get stuck with it but to take hints from it, make changes in your life, and keep moving. I have even given the example of a medical diagnostic report that we do not keep looking into every day but put aside once the doctor prescribes us the necessary treatment.
I think I need to repeat what I have said in the past.
The principle of Cause and Effect aka Karma, is the one that appears to drive everything that happens in one’s life. This means that one’s ‘present’ is the result of their ‘past’ and their ‘future’ will be the result of their ‘present’. Read SBG 15:08 again to read that every Atman enters a new Janma carrying along with it the mind and senses from the previous Janma.
The change of Dashas, Bhuktis indicate that the native would have learned his or her lessons during that period so that they make changes in themselves it is that which will lead to a change in their life.
Just as you can withdraw from your bank account only the amount that you have already deposited in it, the ‘Karmic bank’ of a person also gives them exactly what they have credited earlier.
Another natural law that I do not know how many times I must have repeated is, “If I continue to do what I have always done, I will continue to get what I have always got. If I want my life to change, I NEED TO CHANGE.” Therefore, being lazy; not learning anything from past experience; not strengthening one’s virtues of gratitude, humility, modesty, and compassion; and not making changes necessary in oneself in order to prepare them for the future, but expecting life to all of a sudden become a bed of roses just after the end of Sadé Sati or any other unfavourable Dasha, is nothing but stupidity or it can also be called insanity.
Those who have taken my advice and have studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (and not merely read some verses here and there) and have understood Universal Oneness and the law of Cause and Effect, are the ones who have had major changes in their lives. Have I not been teaching the Vedanta in a simple manner that is easy to understand? Have I not been saying that changing one’s life needs to begin with changing their own mind? The Five Pearls that I first taught a few years ago is the core essence of the SBG in merely 5 points. I came out with The Five Pearls particularly for people who are either of a lethargic nature or those who think they are too smart and wise to be reading an ancient book such as the SBG that I have named the perfect MIND MANAGEMENT MANUAL.
There are many of our friends who found themselves in rather unfavourable situations when they first came here. But then, they took the trouble of opening their mind and learning. Many of them found love during their Sadé Sati, got married, and were even blessed with children. However, I feel sad to say that I have also come across some people who haven’t made the slightest change in them even after their completing their Sadé Sati. They seem to have overlooked my posts such as ‘The Chequered Flag for Vrischikans’ and ‘At last – the END of SADÉ SATI for Vrischikans’ in which I have discussed in detail the steps that people need to take in order to break old negative patterns in their life and start new positive ones.
After publishing an Audiobooks of the SBG on Amazon, I also published a YouTube video of a run-through of the SBG. I shall certainly not stop figuring out new ways to enable as many people as possible to read and understand the life-changing and Karma-changing book.
Let me end this post by encouraging you read the SBG, listen to my Audiobook(s), or watch the Run-Through Video a few times. It will surely make a great difference in your life. If you are looking for something new or some major change in life, start by working on learning to manage your mind. The rest will follow. And so what even if they don’t? Life is happening NOW. Be thankful for it and truly celebrate it.
Jai Shri Krishna.
Greeting people in the name of Krishna
Recently, someone greeted me saying, “Radhe Radhe” I asked her what that was and what she meant by that. I can understand ‘Jai Shri Krishna, but what is ‘Radhe Radhe’? Who started that? What is the story behind it? Is it because some people believe that Krishna can be easily pleased by going through his ‘lover’? But He has explicitly said in SBG 9:32 that anyone, no matter which gender, caste, or economic status, can directly approach Him. Doesn’t approaching Krishna through his ‘lover’ and not wife resemble the way some businessmen gratify politicians in order to receive special favours from them?
None of you would have ever found me mentioning the name ‘Radha’ or ‘Radhe Radhe’ anywhere in my writings except in this post of mine. This is because I prefer staying on course rather than straying away into bylanes. The lady said to me that people from a group that ‘is CONning’ people usually say that. I said that the Sanatana Dharma is not a religion or cult but it is a timeless eternal path trodden by great wise people who have left behind priceless knowledge and information for us that we could seek guidance and draw inspiration from in order to live a fulfilling life and progress in our Karmic journey towards our ultimate goal of Moksha or dissolving into the Whole. Read SBG.: 9:23, 9:24.
Nevertheless, in order to have some clarity in mind, it would make sense to ask oneself the following questions: Who was Radha? And who was Rukmini? How old was Krishna when He knew Radha and left Gokula? When Krishna is the personification of the Whole, what is the reason to worship Radha or use her name in greetings?
As per the Sanatana Dharma, Shiva and Shakti represent the male and female energies (like Yin and Yang in Chinese culture) Krishna is the personification of the whole (12:05) Krishna is NOT some spirit like being or a bearded man sitting in the clouds! Krishna is the personification of the indefinable, ineffable, and incomprehensible and All-Pervading Brahman without which nothing can ever exist. He is the personification of the SELF in all beings. SBG 10:20, 13:02, 13:28. It is unfortunate that although Krishna Himself has taught Advaita, there are organisations that create new cults, propagate Dvaita, and divide our Vasudheiva Kutumbakam through their ‘we are greater than thou’ methods.
I also asked the lady if she had watched my Q&A video on Sanatana Dharma – In English as well as in Tamil.
The Sanatana Dharma is a highly advanced philosophy that cultists are trying to manipulate and take over. My intention is to bring about more clarity in thinking and not hurt the beliefs of people. When people ask me if I believe in something, all I say is that I am a humble seeker and that even to say ‘I believe in something’ amounts to arrogance. This is because I feel who am I to say I even believe in or not believe in something? How do I know I am right? So, if I claimed to be right it would only mean that all others were wrong, which is nothing but what organised Abrahamic cults also claim.
I feel our aim should be to unite as one in the quest for knowledge and not divide our family through individual beliefs, cults, sects, castes, creeds, babas, ammas, and so on.
I use the SBG as a manual to lead a life of a seeker with childlike awe and enthusiasm, to help those who are already there in our family understand its great values, and to show outsiders the way into our grand Divine family that has no boundaries, conditions, rules, threats, and punishments as in cults started by humans.
Jai Shri Krishna
TAKING THE HELP AND ADVICE OF KRISHNA
Unlike in organised religions in which the god(s) of those religions give(s) people commandments and tell(s) them what to do and what not to, the Teachings of Bhagavan Krishna help a devotee in achieving the following objectives, which are merely a few of the countless ones that a sincere devotee gains by reading and understanding the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
- Clear their minds of nonsensical ideas that have been infecting their lives all the while
- Be healthy and strong
- Be fearless
- Think clearly, intelligently and responsibly
- Always work with the welfare of the world in mind
- Be a perfectionist
- Be a useful citizen of the world
The Srimad Bhagavad Gita can certainly be called a panacea for all problems but that is only by correcting the root cause for all woes in life, namely, an unclear mind due to confused ideas about God, about oneSELF and also about one’s own ego.
Towards the end of His grand discourse, Bhagavan Shri Krishna tells Arjuna that now that he has all the required knowledge, Arjuna could do what he wished to do.
Therefore when seeking guidance from others, it would always be better for people to take as many inputs as possible, to process all the information in their mind and take decisions based on righteousness.
Jai Shri Krishna
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 leading them to close 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 the course and sail ahead into a blessed, beautiful and glorious future.
Jai Shri Krishna
Out of the 195 countries in the world as of today, which include 193 member states of the UN, people from 131 countries have visited this simple site of ours which I created in February 2014.
I started this site with no specific plan as such but only because my heart told me
a. to share with others the knowledge and joy that I have been receiving through numerous miracles in my life; b. b. to think aloud on this platform,
c. to write about the methods I use to commune with the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna,
d. and to use this site to disseminate the Divine Philosophy of the Sanatana Dharma by teaching the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and other Dharmic Scriptues.
It was indeed a great and touching moment for me when I counted the number of countries this site has been seen in. It made me feel highly blessed to have been given the Divine opportunity to touch the lives of people from all around the world.
Most people who found this site were those who were frantically looking for answers to the seemingly difficult questions they had during tough times in their lives. Everyone undergoes ups and downs in life. I personally have experienced extreme situations in mine including near death experiences and that is probably why I find it easy to relate to highly complex situations many of our visitors say they are in. According to me, a life without challenging situations to be overcome by us could be very boring and insipid.
One important question that comes to many people is how to encounter troubles that appear before them all of a sudden when they least expect? The first and foremost rule is to NEVER PANIC. When a person panics, their intelligence takes a back seat and they become highly vulnerable to all kinds of danger that are always lurking around everybody. They become nervous, depressed and many even become angry with God! Many become mental slaves of astrologers, astrology sites and blogs; and some others become devotees of godmen/godwomen, use the pictures of those babas and ammas as their DPs, donate whatever they have at the feet of those people and manage to completely wander away from the true path towards Krishna that they should be taking ! There are also many who take to alcohol or drugs and some who contemplate ending their lives. In truth, the best way to handle stressful, unpleasant and painful situations would be to first treat them as parts of your own learning and Karmic evolution process instead of thinking like a victim and believing that someone or some planet is harming you. Remember that every experience makes you richer and stronger and Sadé Sati is one such fantastic period which everyone should be doing their best to benefit from. The success and wealth that comes after Sadé Sati will surely stay longer with people and thanks to the downtime they already had (‘past Sadé Sati people’), they will surely use their wealth to help others who are in need and amass even more positive Karma (5th Pearl).
Everyone is a student in the ‘university of life’ and actively engages in the process of learning until the moment of their departure. It is learning and not money,that makes people richer. All kinds of material wealth will be left behind but what one certainly takes along while departing, are the senses and the mind (SBG 15:08). A well trained mind, deep spiritual knowledge and a divine nature which is formed by a perfect combination of the Gunas, are the main parts of the permanent intangible wealth that will remain and grow with Jivaatmas until they reach the final goal which is Paramatma.
Your mails with your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.
People who wrote regularly on the Discussion forum, when they write to me, do keep inquiring about others and they convey their love and best wishes to all. I wouldn’t really like to name them here for fear of the possibility of missing out on some of them.
May you all stay blessed with excellent health, happiness, prosperity and peace.
Jai Shri Krishna
Your mind is where you perceive everything in your life. Therefore, true education should be how to use your mind.
I would like to reiterate on the something that I am strongly convinced of and what I very often write about. It is about MASTERING ONE’S OWN MIND. A mind of a person that has not been harnessed, by default, always looks for reasons to justify the person’s perceived inability to do something, makes the person believe harder that they are not good enough and forces them to conveniently look away when there are opportunities and ways to change their life for the better. The erroneous belief that one is inadequate, is further strengthened by the numerous ads in the media, placed by major manufacturers of beauty, fitness and other such products, that constantly bombard people’s minds with subliminal instructions to buy their products in order to become ‘better’.
Although the Self in people is the same as the one in every other being, every single person, thanks to individual Karma, is unique. Trying to be like or appear as someone else is one of the prime causes behind feelings of inadequacy whereas respecting oneself leads to unconditional self acceptance, self confidence, mental power and optimism. When faced with a challenge, a pessimist complains that it is possible but difficult and an optimist confirms that it is difficult but possible. The optimist is someone who knows that their mind is their slave that does play mental games with them all the time, but they also know for sure that it would do whatever they wanted it to do. However, the struggling pessimist has not yet understood that their mind is not them but a mere tool. In Shloka 15:08 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Krishna spoke about the mind being carried along by the master or the Self, Janma after Janma.
SBG 15:08 When the soul which is the master, acquires a body, it takes the mind and the five senses from the body it has left, just as the wind takes different odours along with it.
*A simple tip that I would like to give people, both men and women, who need help in fighting feelings of inadequacy would be to begin by paying attention to their sole possession that is sure to stay with them in the current Janma, namely, their body. Getting fit and physically strong spikes people’s confidence levels up in a matter of a few weeks. Many of our friends have followed this advice of mine and have seen marvellous improvements in their personal and professional lives. Your whole life, its length as well as its quality, depend entirely on your body. There cannot be anything more important than being thankful for your body, respecting it and taking good care of it by following a Sattvik diet, maintaining excellent hygiene and exercising regularly. It should interesting to note that the mind of a person with a healthy and strong body is more obedient and subservient to its master. How many people have you come across who are in great physical shape but lack self-confidence?
Jai Shri Krishna.
This is a note to someone who wrote to me this morning expressing extreme anguish as he was on the verge of accepting total defeat. There have also been a few others, who have unclear minds; have weak faith and self confidence; are suffering under a “Why me?” mental trip; and are upset with Krishna; who have been writing to me for advice.
Bhagavan Krishna said:
हतो वा प्राप्स्यसि स्वर्गं जित्वा वा भोक्ष्यसे महीम् |
तस्मादुत्तिष्ठ कौन्तेय युद्धाय कृतनिश्चयः || २ ३७ ||
SBG 2:37 Either you will be killed in the battle and you will the celestial abodes or, you will win this battle and enjoy the kingdom on earth. Therefore arise and fight with resolution.
The above verse can serve as motivation for people who find themselves in the middle of the sea, to continue swimming instead of giving up and letting themselves sink only to become shark food. Fighting until the end is what even animals do. Bhagavan Krishna’s words literally mean, continue your fight until either you or your opponent survives. When you have a problem, treat it like an opponent, fight it with all your might until either you or the problem remains. Where there is a will, there will most certainly be a way too. The stronger your will and the force you exert, the higher the chances of your succeeding. A soul on fire is an extremely powerful force. This force is sufficient to activate every nerve, sinew and cell in your body to help you take on even the greatest of challenges. Everyone faces successes as well as downfalls in life. But what our friend, who this post is meant for, needs to remember is that true manliness, is to stop complaining; being patient; courageously accepting the tough situation one is in; handling it cleverly and braving all kinds of challenges that come along with it; taking the blows; bearing the pain; and using one’s own inner strength and power in order to overcome all hurdles and difficulties; and like the Phoenix, rising again from the ashes.
The Supreme Bhagavan asked Arjuna, SBG 2:02 O Arjuna, where, in this hour of crisis, did these qualities like weakness, which are unbecoming of honourable men, come from and take over you? Such qualities will prevent you from reaching higher levels in life and will also ruin your honour and get you a bad reputation.
Some people who are in trouble need to get it straight into their head that neither is Krishna testing them nor is any planet punishing them for something bad they did in the past. It is ridiculous to believe in such nonsense. Those people should try and clear their mind of such stupid thoughts. Everyone is directly responsible for their life and for all that happens in it. Therefore, stop blaming others, Krishna or planets for misfortunes in your life. The hard truth is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Your present is a result of your past Karma and your future will depend on your present Karma. If things are going wrong, find out why they are going wrong, work on thoroughly analysing the situation you are in, and avoid being a wimp wasting time writing sob stories on astrology blogs. Sadé Sati is a self correcting period that destiny, based on one’s own past Karma, provides everyone with. Make the best of this time and evolve into becoming the finest version of you. Live and truly experience life by regarding it as a journey and don’t worry much about the destination which is usually either a pyre or a hole in the ground.
Krishna is in you. He is everywhere. Get the idiotic ‘God concept’ spread by organised religions out of your head. Being born in a Sanatana Dharmic family is enough to prove that you have amazing positive Karma. Be proud of yourself; love and respect yourself; and with full faith and total confidence, ask Krishna or the universe for whatever you wish. Be patient. What you wish for will surely be yours. Never entertain doubts in your mind.
SBG 4:40 The ignorant, the faithless and the doubting Self, proceed to destruction. For the one who doubts, there is happiness neither in this world nor in the other.
SBG 11:33 Therefore, get up and attain glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a prosperous kingdom. All these warriors have already been destroyed by Me. You are only an instrument, O Arjuna the ambidextrous one.
Jai Shri Krishna
Feelings such as dejection, frustration, anger, jealousy, hatred etc. stem from the lack of understanding of the ‘I’ within oneself. The belief that a planet, God or someone else is causing harm to a person in a difficult situation is pure mental delusion. Nothing can bother a person who has understood that the ‘I’ in him/her is nothing but divinity. This awareness leads to a peaceful mind at all times. Managing the mind should be the FIRST STEP before doing anything else in life because a mind which is out of control is the prime cause of all problems and sufferings apart from leading a person to collect more and more negative Karma which is sure to make the future even more difficult and challenging.
Jai Shri Krishna
It has been over four years since I started this site which has been receiving thousands of you visitors from all over the world and also blessed me with the opportunity of personally connecting with you wonderful people.
Most of you who came to this site were looking for solutions to challenges that you faced or simply for answers to questions that you had about life in general. Being totally convinced that learning to manage one’s own mind better is not just the first step towards solving all kinds of problems but also the panacea for troubles of all sorts, I took to spreading the Divine Teachings of Bhagavan Shri Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which can be called the greatest mind management manual.
The knowledge that I have gained in my eventful life filled with miracles, adventure, travelling and a lot of amazing people is what I share through my sites. Nevertheless, in order to fully comprehend what I am saying, it would be absolutely necessary to patiently, read through the pages that I suggest in the same order that I give the links to the respective pages. A lot of people are highly confused about the ‘God concept’ and this contributes towards their mental turmoil when they ‘pray to God’ to help them with something but they feel their prayers are not being answered. Looking for someone to blame is normal negative quality of most humans but it can easily be overcome through knowledge. Until one has a delusional mind that believes someone else is causing them troubles or harm, they will not be able to attain mental peace. Every action has a reaction which means that if something is happening in your life, either good or bad, the only possible cause for it is yourself. Holding someone else, planets or God is absurd. Bhagavan Krishna said that the mind and the senses are carried by the Soul when it leaves a body. (SBG 15:08) Karma is not something that is recorded in a heavenly server in the sky! But all thoughts, words and deeds of a person are recorded as impressions on their mind which in turn influence the Gunas of a person. Therefore, people who would like to change their life, need to work on changing themselves and refining their own Gunas apart from praying or chanting Mantras.
The Sanatana Dharma although ancient, is the most advanced philosophy. You start studying it by reading scriptures such as Itihaasaas, Puranas and Upanishads and finally reach the stage of Super-consciousness. Each individual can decide whether they need multiple Janmas to reach the final goal or if they would like to do it during the current one.
Below are some Shlokas from the SBG which can greatly help in understanding the truth behind the ‘I’ in us. Learning this is the most important milestone in the one’s Karmic journey that people need to aim at achieving.
It is important to remember that the main reason behind a troubled mind is the fact that one has not come to terms with situations and things in their life, and that is because of a poor understanding of the ‘I’ in them.
जितात्मनः प्रशान्तस्य परमात्मा समाहितः |
शीतोष्णसुखदुःखेषु तथा मानापमानयोः || ६ ७ ||
SBG 6:07 The one who has conquered the mind has already reached Super-consciousness. Such a person has crossed all dualities such as cold and heat; pleasure and pain; honour and dishonour; and is always balanced, peaceful and steadfast in devotion.
सर्वभूतस्थितं यो मां भजत्येकत्वमास्थितः |
सर्वथा वर्तमानोऽपि स योगी मयि वर्तते || ६ ३१ ||
SBG 6:31 He who worships Me residing in all beings in a spirit of unity, becomes a Yogi and, whatever circumstances he may be in, resides in Me.
बहिरन्तश्च भूतानामचरं चरमेव च |
सूक्ष्मत्वात्तदविज्ञेयं दूरस्थं चान्तिके च तत् || १३ १५ ||
SBG 13:15 The Supreme Truth exists both inside and outside of all moving and non living beings. The Supreme Truth appears far to the ignorant and near to those of knowledge.
समं सर्वेषु भूतेषु तिष्ठन्तं परमेश्वरम् |
विनश्यत्स्वविनश्यन्तं यः पश्यति स पश्यति || १३ २७ ||
SBG 13:27 The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally, the unperishing within the perishing.
समं पश्यन्हि सर्वत्र समवस्थितमीश्वरम् |
न हिनस्त्यात्मनात्मानं ततो याति परां गतिम् || १३ २८ ||
SBG 13:28 Such a person sees the same Supreme Bhagavan dwelling equally everywhere does not destroy the Self his own self and he goes to the highest goal.
ममैवांशो जीवलोके जीवभूतः सनातनः |
मनःषष्ठानीन्द्रियाणि प्रकृतिस्थानि कर्षति || १५ ७ ||
SBG 15:07 Souls in living beings are an eternal portion of Myself. They are bound by their material nature and draw towards them the five senses and the mind.
अहंकारं बलं दर्पं कामं क्रोधं परिग्रहम् |
विमुच्य निर्ममः शान्तो ब्रह्मभूयाय कल्पते || १८ ५३ ||
SBG 18:53 A person who has given up egoism, false strength, arrogance, anger, desire, and covetousness; is free from possessiveness and is always peaceful; is fit to attain Brahman or Super-Consciousness.
ब्रह्मभूतः प्रसन्नात्मा न शोचति न काङ्क्षति |
समः सर्वेषु भूतेषु मद्भक्तिं लभते पराम् || १८ ५४ ||
SBG 18:54 Becoming Brahman, serene in the Self, he neither grieves nor desires; he is the same to all beings and he attains supreme devotion unto Me.
If you are a follower of the Sanatana Dharma and understand even the basics of Advaita Vedanta, you will not consider troubles in life to be punishments but you will look at them as great learning experiences that make you wiser, stronger and richer in knowledge and experience.
Here is something that can make Vrischikans feel nice about themselves. It is said that being born under Vrischika rashi indicates a very high stage of Karmic evolution of the particular Jivatma. Many great sages including the Sage of Kanchi – Shankaracharya Shri Chandrashekharendra Saraswatiji were/are Vrischikans. The severe challenges faced by Vrischikans, teach them that they should not be allowing the enormous progress they have made in the process of their Karmic evolution to be affected by mundane problems of the material world. The greatest living Vrischikan that Vrischikans and also others can derive inspiration from is Karmayogi Shri Modiji who lives the life of a true Rajarishi. He follows the Srimad Bhagavad Gita to a T. His Supreme Guru is the Jagadguru Bhagavan Shri Krishna Himself.
Jai Shri Krishna
After reading the mails to me from some of the visitors of this site, I infer that many of them have not really understood the core principle of the Advaita Vedanta or Nondualism of the Sanatana Dharma. The concept of God being separate from nature is the one that Abrahamic religions are based on but that is not the case with the greatest, natural and rational way of life called the Sanatanna (Hindu) Dharma. Advaita (a – dvaita) or Nondualism means ‘NO TWO’, in other words God and I are not two different entities. So the questions that may arise is ‘why do we worship Krishna and other deities?’ Well, the simple answer to the question is that we are not yet spiritually evolved enough in order to perceive the Supreme Brahman or Krishna within us. The moment we do that, we attain Brahman. It’s actually that simple.
SBG 17:05 Those who are impelled by the forces of egotism, passions and attachments, practise terrible austerities which are not taught in the scriptures.
SBG 17:06 These senseless men torture all the elements in their own bodies as also Me residing within it. You should know them to be of demoniacal qualities.
SBG 18:53 A person who has given up egoism, false strength, arrogance, anger, desire, and covetousness; is free from possessiveness and is always peaceful; is fit to attain Brahman or Super-Consciousness.
SBG 18:54 Having attained Brahman, serene in the Self, he neither grieves nor desires; he is the same to all beings and he attains supreme devotion unto Me (Krishna).
The posts given below can give a better idea about Advaita Vedanta which is the core principle on which the Sanatana Dharma stands. Christian education and insufficient or improper spiritual education given to their children by Dharmic parents have corrupted the minds of Dharmic people into believing in the God concept of the Abrahamics in which God is separate from nature. Abrahamics actually believe their God to be a guy with silver hair and huge thighs sitting on a throne in heaven in the clouds. The scriptures of those cults vividly describe various attitudes of their God such jealousy, anger, the scheming nature, etc. Those are religions that are used to control people. They have dos and don’ts, commandments, etc. whereas we, the Dharmic people, are not compelled to believe in anyone, anything or in any book but are only encouraged to be seekers throughout our life and beyond. (SBG 4:34, 4:35)
Karmayoga: It is the path of right action. Adopting Karmayoga means performing one’s duties without attachments to the results. The prescribed duty of a person is his or her Dharma. Physically or mentally harming someone is Adharma but that exactly is the Dharma of a soldier at the battlefront who is fighting a war to protect his land which is his duty. Knowing to discern between Dharma and Adharma requires transcendental knowledge which is what you acquire by reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
SBG 2:48 You have to do your duty without any attachment to its success or to its failure. This kind of an equanimity is known as Yoga.
This is not a ‘mumbo jumbo’ site of some baba or soothsayer who tells people to wear certain precious stones on their person, offer sesame seeds to crows on a Saturday or offer black clothes to a beggar on a Tuesday! I am a just a normal person, an entrepreneur, who has had an awesome, adventurous and highly eventful life thus far and all that I am doing on this blog/site of mine is sharing my experiences, the knowledge I have gained through my research work and also in life, my thoughts and my ideas. Whatever I write on this site about the Sanatana Dharma and the SBG is rational philosophy. Therefore people who are looking for Tantric stuff or ‘quick magical remedies’ and other solutions to their astrological problems might want to consider going to swamies, matas or bearded babas because this is not the right place for them. They are neither Karmically nor intellectually ready to receive true knowledge as yet. On the other hand, people who have made a resolution to set their Karmic pattern right and would like to get on a call with me to discuss about working towards achieving the Supreme goal, may first go through the following pages, achieve a clear mind and then write to me for an appointment. The reason why I ask people to read through my site before getting on a call with me is to help them understand at least the basics of the Sanatana Dharma which would be of great use whenever they have the call with me.
Once seekers have acquired the information and knowledge given in the pages above, they will be ready for another extremely important Upanishad of which I am currently preparing a presentation.
The most important requirement during the process of learning is to have a mindset that is not biased with previous ideas but is neutral and open to receive new information.
SBG: 11:55 O Arjuna, he who is engaged in doing My work and considers Me Supreme, is free from contamination of the mind with previous activities and doubts, he who is free from attachment, he who has no enmity towards any creature and he who is friendly with every living entity, certainly comes to Me.
SBG 18:66 Abandoning all your ideas of righteousness, take complete refuge in Me. I will liberate you from all sins. Do not despair.
Krishna is the personification of the Supreme Formless Brahman which is the entire system and all beings as well as deities that we Dharmic people worship are manifestations of that same Supreme Formless Brahman (Ref SBG 11:13). This is explained in one of the posts above referring to Shloka 12:05 of the Bhagavad Gita. So if a person is under the impression that God is kind, unkind, fair, or unfair, they will need to first go deeper into understanding Advaita Vedanta when they will finally understand that they themselves are that God but the only problem is that thanks to their ego which is the result of a mind which has not been mastered, they don’t know the truth or realise it.
People who are on the right Dharmic path are modest and they sincerely work on mastering their mind. Doing so apart from helping them harness the infinite potential of their mind, gets them out of the foggy layer of delusion caused by ego, pride and their lack of knowledge of their own divinity.
Jai Shri Krishna
THE THREE PRICELESS GIFTS
People write to me describing the problems faced by them, and quite a few of them invariably end their mail saying that God has been very unkind to them and therefore they are upset and angry with God.
I have three questions to people who complain about life not being as per their expectations:
Q 1. Are you alive?
Q2. Are you healthy?
Q3. Do you consider yourself to be of sound mental health?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to the above questions, you should be considering yourself to be phenomenally rich. It might sound strange but it is the truth. Has it ever occurred to you that the three gifts you have are priceless and that even the richest person with all the wealth in the world cannot buy?
Let us sum it up –
1. A person who lacks the first gift, cannot exist at all.
2. One who suffers from poor health, would be willing to spend all the wealth he or she has, in order to get healthy, and
3. A person with unsound mental health would perceive things quite differently and would therefore not be able to fit into this discussion.
So what is the problem? Your troubles in personal life or at work? Did someone let you down or dump you? You worked hard to get a job but were not selected? You have been jobless for some time and are not able to find a good job?
Well, all situations change. Nothing is permanent. Even if you got a wonderful job or found an amazing partner, how sure can you be that they would last your whole lifetime? And even if they did last so long, how sure can you be that you would still want them? Troubles, challenges, happy moments, sad moments, etc. come and go. Life is a journey between your first and last breaths and as long as you have the three priceless gifts mentioned above, you have no reason to feel sad at all. However, it is quite natural that people go through moments of euphoria, anger, sadness, etc. But remember, whenever you feel down, just take a moment to imagine your life without one, two or all three of the priceless gifts and you will feel fine. Trust me.
Jai Shri Krishna
Ego – the world’s biggest illusion.
Ego is really quite a funny thing – When people succeed at something, it makes them believe that they did it but when they fail at something, it tells them that it must be due to someone else’s fault, because someone let them down or simply because they are undergoing a bad patch due to unfavourable planetary positions! Ego destroys a person’s power of reason. It shuts one’s ears to friendly advice from near and dear ones. It does not let people introspect and work on improving themselves. Ego is the world’s biggest illusion.
Ego arises from ignorance of the fact that one is not the ‘doer’ at all and also because of being a slave of one’s own mind. People with ego are those who have not come to terms with their own mind and the mind is nothing but an abstract phenomenon with monkey like characteristics. (There is an old saying in Tamil: மனம் ஒரு குரங்கு (manam oru kurangu) – The mind is a monkey.)
The mind when under control is a highly efficient slave. It is also an extremely powerful tool with the help of which, people can achieve almost anything and this is the main reason why organised religions and cults are so keen on numbing the minds of their followers by filling them with nonsensical concepts of satan, hell, heaven, etc. and prohibiting them, who are any way brainwashed, from asking questions about their bizarre dogmas.
An uncontrolled mind deludes a person thereby allowing ego and vanity to overpower their intelligence and intellect. Perceiving life with a mind full of ego is like beholding a gorgeous rainbow on the sky through a murky piece of glass. Ego manifests itself because people are fooled by the tricks and antics that the monkey called ‘mind’ plays on them.
Understanding the teachings of Krishna through the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, enables a person to manage their mind better, achieve success as well as satisfaction in life and progress towards the supreme goal.
बन्धुरात्मात्मनस्तस्य येनात्मैवात्मना जितः |
अनात्मनस्तु शत्रुत्वे वर्तेतात्मैव शत्रुवत् || ६ ६ ||
bandhur aatmaa ’tmanas-tasya
yenaat maivaat manaa jitaha
anaat manastu shatrutve
varte taat-maiva shatruvat (SBG 6:06)
“The mind is the greatest friend of the one who has conquered it; but of the one who has not done it, the mind is the greatest enemy.”
Click on the link below for more on ‘Doership’ and Gunas: https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/karmayoga-and-doership
Jai Shri Krishna
This is for people who worship corpses, babas and others in their mausoleums. The choice of being Sattvik, Rajasik or Tamasik, rests with each individual. Reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita should clear all delusions of the mind.
Everything is one whole – read Ishavasya Upanishad – https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/ishavasya-upanishad/
Of course, people do need teachers who can show them the way but many people refuse to learn and move forward. It’s like asking someone for directions to a place and when they give you the directions, you sit at their feet and swear to live and die there, instead of going towards your destination with the help of the directions you just received.
All wrong actions are a result of the lack of knowledge. People who do not see divinity in themselves, get attached to godmen and godwomen believing that they will set their lives straight. Karma is ruthless and everyone has to settle their Karma some day or the other; or rather, in some Janma or the other. No one can share one’s Karma, not even the mother of a person. True knowledge of the Self and of the Paramaatman leads to mental peace, removal of fear and stress from the mind and towards the Supreme Goal.
Therefore developing focus in the mind while praying or meditating is a sure way to achieving clarity, brightness and stability. Our Sanatana Dharma does not give threats of hell to those who worship corpses and other such godmen, babas, etc. instead of the One Divinity that exists everywhere and in all beings but it only teaches that a wrong approach can cause a few hundred or thousand extra Janmas of challenging learning experiences.
यजन्ते सात्त्विका देवान्यक्षरक्षांसि राजसाः |
प्रेतान्भूतगणांश्चान्ये यजन्ते तामसा जनाः || १७ ४ ||
yajante saattvikaa devaan
yajante taama-saa janaaha
(SBG 17:04) The Sattvik or the pure worship Celestial Beings of light; the Rajasik or the passionate worship the Yakshas and the Rakshasas; the TAMASIK who are deluded, worship the DECEASED, GHOSTS AND SPIRITS and other elemental beings.
मन्मना भव मद्भक्तो मद्याजी मां नमस्कुरु |
मामेवैष्यसि सत्यं ते प्रतिजाने प्रियोऽसि मे || १८ ६५ ||
manmanaa bhava madbhakto
madyaajee maam namaskuru
maame-vaishyasi satyam te
prati-jaane priyo’si me
(SBG 18:65) Fix your mind on Me, always think of Me, be devoted to Me, sacrifice unto Me, and you shall come to Me. This is My promise to you as you are dear to Me.
सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज |
अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः || १८ ६६ ||
sarva dharmaan parityajya
maamekam sharanam vraja
aham twaam sarvapaapebhyo
moksha yishyaami maa shuchaha
(SBG 18:66) Giving up all your ideas of righteousness or religion, take complete refuge in Me alone. I will liberate you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.
Jai Shri Krishna
Talking to one another about Bhagavan Krishna
Why wouldn’t a person who knows the Ultimate Truth that is Bhagavan Krishna talk about it as often as possible?
There is no compulsion to believe blindly without asking questions as in the case of organised religions. The freedom to ask, think, read, analyse, understand and teach that are the principles of the Sanatana Dharma make it so beautiful. Highly blessed are those born into Dharmic families and also those who have freed themselves from mental slavery and have embraced the Dharmic way of life. People born into Dharmic families owe immense gratitude to their forefathers who refused to come under any sort of pressure and convert to foreign cults.
Universal Oneness means Universal Oneness! No one or no being is superior or inferior because all living beings are driven by the same Self that exists equally everywhere. It also means that believing in the story that God made animals so that humans could abuse, hunt, kill and eat them, amounts to being absolutely insensitive and Adharmic. Going through the Ishavasya Upanishad once more will help in understanding this truth.
तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया |
उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः || ४ ३४ ||
upadekshyanthi te gnyaanam
gnyaaninas thatthva-darshinaha (SBG 4:34)
Acquire knowledge through reverence to teachers who have known the Truth, serve them and ask them questions until all your questions are answered. The wise who know the Truth will teach it to you.
यज्ज्ञात्वा न पुनर्मोहमेवं यास्यसि पाण्डव |
येन भूतान्यशेषाणि द्रक्ष्यस्यात्मन्यथो मयि || ४ ३५ ||
yaggnyaatvaa na punar moham
evam yaasyasi paandava
yena bhuutaan yasheshaani
drakshya syaatman yatho mayi (SBG 4:35)
After acquiring that, O Arjuna, you will not be deluded like this anymore and by that knowledge, you will see all creatures in you and them in Me.
योगयुक्तो विशुद्धात्मा विजितात्मा जितेन्द्रियः |
सर्वभूतात्मभूतात्मा कुर्वन्नपि न लिप्यते || ५ ७ ||
sarva bhootaatma bhootaatmaa
kurvannapi na lipyate (SBG 5:07)
A person, who is devoted to the path of selfless action, has a pure mind or a purified soul, has his body and senses under control, is compassionate to all living beings and sees his Self in them, although engaged in work, is never in bondage.
मच्चित्ता मद्गतप्राणा बोधयन्तः परस्परम् |
कथयन्तश्च मां नित्यं तुष्यन्ति च रमन्ति च || १० ९ ||
katha-yantash-cha maam nityam
tushyanti cha ramanti cha (SBG 10:09)
The minds of My devotees are fully engaged in Me. Their lives are devoted to Me. They attain great transcendental bliss by preaching about Me to one another.
मत्कर्मकृन्मत्परमो मद्भक्तः सङ्गवर्जितः |
निर्वैरः सर्वभूतेषु यः स मामेति पाण्डव || ११ ५५ ||
matkarma krinmat paramo
madbhaktah sanga varjitaha
nirvairaha sarva bhooteshu
yah sa maameti paandava (SBG 11:55)
He who is engaged in doing My work and considers me Supreme, is free from contamination of the mind with previous activities and doubts, he who is free from attachment, he who has no enmity towards any creature, he who is friendly with every living entity certainly comes to me O Arjuna.
Jai Shri Krishna
Maintaining a balanced approach in life.
सुखदुःखे समे कृत्वा लाभालाभौ जयाजयौ |
ततो युद्धाय युज्यस्व नैवं पापमवाप्स्यसि || २ ३८ ||
sukhaduh khe same krtvaa
laabhaa laabhau jayaajayau
thatho yuddhaaya yujyasva
naivam paapa mavaapsyasi (SBG 2:38)
So fight the battle treating alike pleasure and pain, gain and loss as well as victory and defeat. By doing so, you will not sin.
इहैव तैर्जितः सर्गो येषां साम्ये स्थितं मनः |
निर्दोषं हि समं ब्रह्म तस्माद् ब्रह्मणि ते स्थिताः || ५ १९ ||
ihaiva tairjitaha sargo
yeshaam saamye sthitam manaha
nirdosham hi samam brahma
tasmaad brahmani te sthitaaha (SBG 5:19)
Even here in this life, those who have their minds situated in equality and in equanimity and have conquered dualities, are flawless and are situated in the Ultimate truth.
Duality or Dvaita means a pair of opposites such as:
Heat and cold
Pleasure and pain
Honour and dishonour
Birth and death
Happiness and sadness
Good and bad
Real and unreal
Separating oneself from reality or the Supreme Consciousness makes one feel insecure and leads them into despondency, emotional troubles, fear, anger, jealousy, hatred, etc. When the mind is filled with negative energy, one becomes mentally and physically weak. Whereas by performing all duties as a sacrifice to The Supreme Being without any attachment to the results, it is possible to overcome all dualities, find peace in everyday life and progress in one’s journey of Karmic evolution towards the Ultimate goal.
Jai Shri Krishna
Steve Irwin was a committed and passionate wildlife conservationist from Australia. He wanted to be remembered for his passion and enthusiasm. He said that conservation was his job, his life and his whole persona.
He died in a freak accident in 2006 while shooting an underwater documentary film. The barb of a stingray pierced his chest and killed him. Steve was one of the world’s best wildlife conservationists and in his shows were very engaging because of the manner in which he shared his excitement about working with animals.
Steve Irwin was from Melbourne, Australia and his wife Terri Raines was from Oregon, USA. Destiny brought them together. They lived a happy life as man and wife and brought two lovely children into the world. Being passionate animal lovers, Steve and Terri did a lot of shows together. However, when the time came, Steve was cruelly snatched away from the world by destiny.
The point here is that it is destiny that connects people and the destiny of people depends on their respective past Karma.
I wrote in a response to Radha Phadte that Atmans do attract each other and also ‘find’ one another even if the two have taken birth in different parts of the world. The following video is about how they met, fell in love and married each other .
“AND THE ANSWERS ARE ALL UP TO ME.” – Looking into oneself and listening to the song of the inner Self.
Whitney Houston, whose talent, passion and dedication to her work were unmatched, was the epitome of excellence, charisma and grace. She will be remembered as one of the greatest divas of all time.
This harmonica rendition of mine, is a tribute to the marvellous singer who lives in the hearts of millions of her admirers. The wonderful song with soul stirring lyrics, is powerful enough to motivate and soothe even the weakest and most hurt of hearts.
Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Namaste dear family.
This is in response to a few questions asked by Radha in her post dated 29.08.17.
You must have read in the second chapter of the SBG the detailed explanation given by Bhagavan Krishna to Arjuna about the fact that the inconceivable, noncombustible, unbreakable, insoluble and indestructible Self is different from the body.
SBG 2:20 “The Self is never born nor does it die at any time. It does not come into existence when the body is born nor does it die when the body dies.”
SBG 2:23 “The soul cannot be cut by weapons, it cannot be burned by fire, water cannot wet it nor can wind dry it.”
Bhagavan enlightens Arjuna about people wrongly identifying themselves with their body which is temporary. The Self and the body are separate from each other and so are the Self and the ego too. People also wrongly identify themselves with their body and mind. It must be understood that the Self is Divine. The Self is the Supreme Truth. It resides in the body which lasts one Janma. At the end of a Janma, the body is shed and the Self moves on carrying along with it the mind and the senses. What we call a human being is in fact a ‘unit’ formed by the body, the Self which is life in that body, and the mind. Altogether, they make one ‘unit’ called a human being. In some of my earlier posts, I have given the analogy of a person driving a car. When seen from outside, the person driving the car and the car appear and move as one unit but neither is the person the car nor the car the person because they are distinct from each other. Similarly, the body the mind and the Self are distinct from one another.
A person has a body which includes the brain, a mind, the five senses and above all, life which is the real Self.
SBG 13:28 “Such a person perceives the same Supreme Bhagavan dwelling equally everywhere and he does not degrade his own spiritual well-being by MISTAKING his EGO to be the SELF like the way ignorant people do. He therefore reaches the highest goal.” We can see that the Self and the Ego are not one and the same. The body too is a mere vehicle that the Self uses to travel in through a Janma or lifetime.
SBG “3:27 All actions are done by the Gunas or the three qualities of nature. But he whose mind is deluded by false ego and arrogance, thinks “I am the doer”. ”
SBG 4:35 “After acquiring that knowledge, O Arjuna, you will not be deluded like this anymore and by that knowledge, you will see all beings in their entirety in you and also in Me.”
SBG 13:27 “The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally in all beings, the unperishing within the perishing.”
SBG 18:20 “That by which one sees the one indestructible Reality in all beings, undivided among the divided – you should know that knowledge to be Sattvic or pure.”
SBG 18:14 The five factors are, the body which is the seat of action; the ego that claims to be the doer; the mind and the various senses; the distinct types of movements and functions performed by the being; and the Super Consciousness or Divinity within the being, as the fifth factor.
Therefore the Self is the Supreme Truth and it is Bhagavan Krishna Himself. The Self certainly needs to be greatly respected. Self respect is respecting the Eternal and Supreme Truth within us whereas harbouring ego in the mind leads a person towards believing that they are someone who they are not. It is like inflating a balloon that can burst any time. Ego is an illusion. Haven’t you noticed that ego does not exist when a person is asleep, unconscious or after the Self leaves a person’s body?
When a person’s ego is hurt, it could mean that the person thinks high of themself, they feel they are entitled to being treated in a certain manner and that the person who hurt their ego, has not given them the respect they believe they deserve. Ego numbs a person’s intelligence and the power of reasoning. It separates them mentally from others and from the entire system we are all is a part of. Ego makes their virtues as well as their mistakes appear larger than they really are which is one of the main causes behind the wrong choices people make in life.
SBG 17:05 “Proud, conceited, impelled by the force of passions, egoism and attachments, those men practise terrible austerities not taught by the scriptures.”
SBG 17:06 “These senseless men torture all the elements in their own bodies as also ME RESIDING WITHIN IT. You should know them to be of demoniacal qualities.”
When you feel emotionally hurt by someone, forgive them but do try to communicate your feelings to them in a friendly or even in an indirect way they would understand. It is important to forgive because that is how you can stop a new Karmic cycle of hurt and revenge from forming. Respecting oneself begins from caring for the body that one lives in, acquiring knowledge, improving existing skills or learning new ones, practising kindness and maintaining a positive atmosphere at all times.
Respecting oneSelf and the Self in other beings means respecting the Omnipresent and immanent Bhagavan Krishna. But feeding one’s ego, drives them away from the Truth and deeper and deeper into illusion leading to delusional thinking.
SBG 5:07 A person who is devoted to the path of selfless action, has a pure mind or a purified soul, has his body and senses under control, is compassionate to all living beings and sees his Self in them, although engaged in work, is never in bondage.
SBG 18:53 A person who has given up egoism, false strength, arrogance, anger, desire, and covetousness; is free from possessiveness and is always peaceful; is fit to attain Brahman or Super-Consciousness.
May everyone be blessed with the Supreme Knowledge taught in the Bhagavad Gita and may sadness, anger, jealousy, sufferings and misery be removed from people’s lives forever.
Jai Shri Krishna
Namaste dear family,
Luckily for us Sanatanis, unlike for those who believe in dogmatic religions, there is nothing called eternal damnation or hellfire that we will be sent to as a punishment for not ‘obeying god’s commands/ commandments’. We believe in Karma and in Action and its consequences. We also believe,
i. that our present is the result of what we did in the past and that our future will be a result of what we do today
ii. that our mind is not us but it is a tool that we carry around with us into different Janmas
iii. that our body does not belong to us since it has only been ‘leased’ to us as a shell that we can use in order to travel across our current Janma
iv. that there are no punishments for atheism, agnosticism, apostasy, for becoming a slave of our mind and to begin to believe that we control our lives
v. that the only issue about not following Dharma but becoming a slave of our mind is not punishment, but spending a few more hundred Janmas before evolving to the next level of understanding
vi. that Krishna is the immanent, transcendent and all pervading Supreme Power in all beings without which a being or a thing can’t exist at all
vii. that all actions man performs by his body, speech and mind, whether good or bad, are caused by five factors namely, the body which is the seat of action; the ego that claims to be the doer; the mind and the various senses; the different functions performed by the being; and the Super Consciousness
Somehow many people seem to overlook these basic principles of the Sanatana Dharma and they sink into permanent melancholy instead of celebrating being alive and conscious. They are sad because they feel positive changes do not happen in their lives. Expecting changes, whether positive or negative, to happen in life without making any changes in the five factors mentioned in point no. vii. is sheer stupidity.
People need to ask themselves questions such as:
a. why does my life follow a particular pattern ?
b. why is it that I manage to invoke similar reactions from whoever I interact with?
c. am I showing enough respect and giving enough importance to others like what I would expect from them?
d. am I being grateful to others for gifting me the most important and rapidly depleting asset which is their time on the planet?
e. do I know what I want in life?
f. why do I have this feeling of entitlement?
g. in which way am I superior to others?
h. how am I expressing my gratitude towards nature for all the good things I have and for all the bad things I don’t have?
All of us are SEEKERS. No one is superior nor inferior. We happen to be in different stages of our own Karmic evolution. Nature’s laws will NEVER change and therefore it is we that need to change. We have two choices and they are either LEARN or BE TAUGHT by nature in the form of experience, of course.
I would like to share again a post on this site for last Gokulashtami/ Krishnashtami which is related to what I have written here. Please do read the post:
Do you want to see magical changes in your life? Well, the way is to shed ego completely and to go for total SHARANAAGATI before Bhagavan Shri Krishna.
SBG 2:07, 9:22, 9:34, 18:66 etc. To read these verses, you may visit http://www.tvmgita.wordpress.com
Also see the page Sharanaagati under Krishna and the Sanatana Dharma.
Happiness is just a state of mind and it can be acquired any time by anyone who has a clear mind.
DELUSIONAL THINKING IS THE PRIME CAUSE FOR ALL SORROWS, TROUBLES AND MISERIES.
Jai Shri Krishna
Below is a five year old video of a wonderful talk given by the current Indian External Affairs Minister honourable Shrimati Sushma Swaraj on being conferred upon the SIES Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi award for public leadership.
Her talk in chaste Hindi admidst renowned Indian public figures, describing the value and importance of the Sanskrit language and Dharmic values can make every Sanatani (Hindu) proud of their vedic history, values, culture and traditions.
It is important for Indians, particularly the younger ones, to learn to understand and resepct their own traditions. This can save them from traps laid by foreign forces that have been incessantly trying to destroy the Sanatana Dharma using force, by injecting their ideas into the education system or through mass conversions, etc.
Many Indians try to ape the west even without knowing much about their own ancient culture and background. Every culture does have its own concepts of good and bad which have evolved over certain periods of time. Although India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions, it is the overall concept of the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) which acts as a unifying force, holds Indians together and guides them at all times. When I say Indians, I mean those who respect the values of the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) even if their forefathers had converted to foreign faiths. Factors such as being ruled by invaders and colonisers for many centuries, ‘Macaulayism’, being continuously told by christian educational institutions that Sanatanis (Hindus) are idol worshippers, backward and therefore dependent on the west, have caused a lot of Indians to look down upon themselves but to look up to the west. All these reasons cause many Indians to want to ape the west which have led to various results in the Indian society.
Some of the effects and results are, the increase in nuclear families; general decadence of family values; selfism or self-centredness and over inflated egos under the guise of self-esteem and breaking marriages for reasons that could have been easily sorted out through proper counselling by family and friends; going live in relationships instead of traditional marriages through which not only the bride and the groom but also their families come together; going for fast, easy and ready to eat foods instead of food prepared in traditional Indian ways; rampancy in alcohol consumption, sharp drop in showing respect to women and elders, etc.
It certainly cannot be denied that there are very good western values that can be learned by Indians which many unfortunately don’t bother to do. They are values such as, general law-abidingness; discipline, punctuality; respecting commitments; cleanliness; not littering, not being dependent on others but doing their own things; saying thank you and sorry whenever required; politeness in communication, avoiding shouting and loud noises while having conversations, discussions and even debates; etc.
It is important to note that respecting good western values and adopting them do not necessitate the giving up of Indian culture, traditions, morals and of course the Sanskrit language that Sushmaji spoke about in this video.
Jai Shri Krishna
The uncertainty of life.
For a true seeker, life is a gushing wellspring. It is an incomparable source of knowledge. Life is an exhilerating journey filled with adventures; thrills; various kinds of experiences; happiness; pains; sorrows; disasters; achievements ; massive successes and failures, etc. However, people do have different ways of looking at life. A lot of people, instead of relishing life and enjoying the learning process that is a part of it, turn sad, bitter, vexed or depressed when they do not achieve the things they wanted. But on the other hand, people who possess even a small amount of wisdom, know that more than achieving the goal, it is the path towards attaining it that is interesting. They know that once they achieve their goal, it will result in the uncertainty associated with the goal being lost. Arriving at the destination makes things uninteresting again and in order to keep things going, they will need another goal. The best option would be to set goals so high that you would need to spend your whole life advancing towards them.
The only certainty contained in life is death. Apart from that, there is nothing that one can be absolutely sure of. Everyone is born with an irrevocable death sentence which will be carried out when the destined time arrives; and that destined time depends on unexplainable factors but it is usually attributed to the past Karma created by them. The good thing is that in spite of the uncertainty regarding the length of one’s sojourn on the planet, humans have learned to be optimistic and believe that they will a live long, healthy and happy life.
Those who have learned to ignore unwanted things and have embraced the uncertainty of life, consider each and every new moment of life to be a great new gift. When things don’t go their way, they are grateful to their destiny for having saved them from some potential risk of falling into an unknown abyss of unpleasantness! When they open their eyes in the morning after a good night’s sleep, they are excited and grateful for the new day their Karma has blessed them with. They set out into the new day with the attitude of being open and ready to receive new knowledge and gain experience which they will share with others for the benefit of the world.
It is important to always bear in mind that it is the voyage of life that matters because the end of life is usually in a cemetery! The inherent uncertainty of life is common to all beings. What one is yet to know is more exciting for a person than what one already knows. A person who loves life finds the uncertainty associated with it to be motivating if not titillating! Uncertainty adds fire to one’s desire. It makes life worth living. The factor of uncertainty when reinforced with absolute faith and optimism, turns every ‘today’ into a grand reason to celebrate and be thankful for; and every ‘tomorrow’ into something that one can passionately look forward to.
Worrying about the future amounts to wasting time because the Karma that people have created will anyway get them their dues and the new Karma that people create, has the power to change the course of one’s future. Gratefulness for life, acceptance of what destiny offers and the willingness to treat every experience as a new knowledge gained makes a person eternally happy, peaceful, calm and divine.
Think of the new things you will be doing in the future, the places you will be going to and the wonderful new people you will be coming across in your life. Live the moment you are in and enjoy the thrill of having the possibility of a mind-blowing future.
Give it a deep thought and you will soon be convinced that the uncertainty in life makes it truly enchanting. Not knowing the future is unquestionably a boon and not a bane. In the giant roller coaster ride of life, to scream out of fear or with excitement totally depends on how you look at the ride and what you think of it.
Life is too precious and extremely beautiful.
Jai Shri Krishna.
A fitting response to those belonging to foreign cults who try to malign the Sanatana Dharma.
A debate between Shri Shri Abhinava Vidyathiirtha Mahaswamigal and a missionary.
A matter of religion.
This debate between the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Shringeri Sharada piitam, Shrii Shrii Abhinava Vidyathiirtha mahaswamigal ( 1931 – 1989 ) and a christian missionary which took place sometime in the year 1973. The missionary had come to Shringeri (Karnataka India) to debate with the Acharya and establish the “supremacy” of christianity over the Dharma. After exchanging a few words of formality:
Jagadguru: What is the purpose of your visit ?
Missionary: Swamiji, I intend to open a christian church and an ashram nearby.
Jagadguru: What’s the objective or motivation for doing so?
Missionary: I want to preach christianity and help distressed people seek peace and salvation.
Jagadguru: Well, what do you preach?
Missionary: Regarding christianity; the greatness of jesus christ and thereby convert people to our christian religion.
Jagadguru: Well, could you kindly explain to me about your religion ?
Missionary: With Pleasure Swamiji !!!. You may ask me specific questions. I will answer to them.
Jagadguru: How old is your religion?
Missionary: It has been 1973 years since my religion was founded.
Jagadguru: Good. It means that there is a specific date for the beginning of your religion. But were there not people before your religion was born? Were they not living happily?
Missionary: If there were no people at all, for whom should we have preached our religion? Before christianity was born, people were very much there. christianity began to show people the sure way to go to the heaven.
Jagadguru: Ok !!! you mean to say that only those who follow your religion go to heaven and the rest fall into hell? What happened to the millions of people who lived (and died) before your christianity was born? Did they go to heaven or to hell after death?
Missionary: They were all sinners since they didn’t follow christianity and hence went to hell to suffer.
Jagadguru: That is highly unfair!! Even the most corrupt government of the present age won’t follow such a foolish policy! Is it justifiable to say that all those who didn’t follow the rules and regulations before they were formulated would go to hell? Is it possible to know in advance the rules of Law that would be enacted sometime in the distant future and follow them now?
Hence it is not only unfair, but highly foolish to say that all those who didn’t embrace and follow christianity before it was founded, were sinners and went to hell.
At this point, the missionary was highly confused and embarrassed. His face turned pale. He had observed that the Mahaswamy was very cool and composed throughout the debate. In contrast, the missionary was breathing heavily due to anxiousness and showed signs of restlessness. Unable to look at the glittering persona of the Mahaswamy, the missionary bent his head and said in a low voice –
Missionary: True Swamiji. I agree to your words. Those people who lived before christianity was born, would not have gone to hell. They would have only gone to heaven.
Jagadguru: Even that would be highly unfair. Because according to you, every person who lived before the birth of christianity would have gone to heaven; but according to the teachings of christianity, only those who follow the christ’s path would go to heaven and the rest would go to hell. Therefore, it was better before christianity was born, since everyone could go to heaven without discretion!!!. Your christianity is indeed doing injustice to people.
Now the missionary was highly disturbed. He had to eat his own words. He simply wished to somehow escape from that place but he could not do so.
Missionary: Swamiji, please don’t ask me such questions. Please let me go.
Taking pity at the vulnerability of the missionary, Jagadguru continued: Ok, let us leave all that stuff for now. You see, people in this world are subject to different kinds of worries, sufferings and pleasures. What’s the reason for this?
Missionary: The almighty god jesus is responsible for this.
Jagadguru: If your god is responsible for the pitiable condition of a beggar and the pleasures enjoyed by a wealthy man, then doesn’t it mean that your god likes some people and dislikes the rest?
Missionary: That is god’s own wish. We are helpless. He can act according to his wishes.
Jagadguru: Ok then, He could have blessed everyone with only pleasures and happiness. Why did he then give sorrow and sufferings to some people?
Missionary: Its all left to god’s wish. We never know why.
Jagadguru: I find no logic or essence in your answer. By the way, one more question to you. Some people die during childhood and others die in their old age. Where do the children go after death – to heaven or to hell?
Missionary: How can small children commit any mistake ? They are flawless. Since they are too young, there is no question of sin or good deed.
Jagadguru: That’s why I asked you regarding children.
Missionary: All children go only to heaven!
Jagadguru: Oh !!! Then our parents have done a great injustice to all of us. They should have killed us while we were small children so that we would have not committed any sin when we grew up. The heaven too would have been ours!
The missionary was once again in trouble
Missionary: Swamiji, I am unable to say anything.
Jagadguru: Ok leave it. After death, all have to go either to heaven or hell. Can you tell me when this happens?
Missionary: Whenever the god wishes to dispense justice, the fate of a soul is decided.
Jagadguru: What a surprise !!!!!! Is god such a lunatic that he dispenses justice as and when he wishes ?
Missionary: No not like that. There is a particular order.
Jagadguru: Ok please explain to me that order explained in your bible.
The missionary started sweating and blabbering.
Jagadguru: Ok I will tell you what has been told in your bible. Kindly correct me if I am wrong
Missionary: Sure Swamiji.
Jagadguru: After the death of all people on this earth, will dawn the day known as “the Judgement day”. On that particular day, god will dispense justice and send some to heaven and the rest to hell.
Missionary: Yes Yes !!! Your words are true Swamiji.
Jagadguru: Look my dear, observe the happenings of our own world. If a person is caught for committing a crime, he is housed in a jail for a couple of days, before conducting an inquiry. In case the law authorities require to keep him in jail for a longer period, he has to be produced before the magistrate and the necessary permission for incarceration needs to be obtained from him. If the magistrate doesn’t agree to that, the culprit has to be let free.
According to your religion, after the death of a person, his soul has to wait for the death of all the rest of the people on this earth, even if it means billions of years, to seek judgement from the god. People keep taking birth and dying. How unfair it is to say that one has to wait for the death of all the rest!. Even in man made courts, no judge will ask an accused to wait for trial until all the rest commit some crime !!!!!
The missionary was totally speechless and blank. He didn’t know what to say or how to react.
Jagadguru continued: Your religion is supreme to you alone. You should follow it with utmost faith and reverence. But you have no right to question and destroy the faith of others, nor try to “convert” them. Also it is not at all fair to preach that those who don’t follow your religion will go to hell. It is nothing but ignorance to think that only your faith leads to god and that of others are useless. Stop preaching and start seeking the Truth. A person of self realisation treats all equally.
As usual, the Jagadguru blessed the missionary visitor and blessed him with fruits and “Mantrakshatha”. The missionary prostrated before the Jagadguru with utmost reverence and left the place.
Jagadguru addressed his disciples who were present around him:
सहयज्ञाः प्रजाः सृष्ट्वा पुरोवाच प्रजापतिः |
अनेन प्रसविष्यध्वमेष वोऽस्त्विष्टकामधुक् || ३ १० ||
sahayagnyaaha prajaaha srshtvaa purovaacha prajaapatihi
anena prasa vishya dhvam-esha vostvishta-kaama-dhuk (SBG 3:10)
“Prajapati (Bhagavan Vishnu) who is the Supreme Lord and Creator said during creation, ” Do this Yagnya (sacrifice) and be more and more prosperous. You will get all that you desire”.”
The Supreme Father of the Universe created men along with the yajnas or ritual offerings and blessed us that yajnas will be our “Kaamadhenu” the divine Cow that fulfills all wishes. The Supreme Father, while doing creation has also formulated the rules for the well-being of our Universe. This is the philosophy of our Vedic Dharma, this is the greatness of our Dharma.
Our holy scriptures proclaim that the Supreme Being – God is primordial or one who has no beginning or end. So is this Universe and our Dharma. Living beings enjoy the fruits of their own actions.
Good deeds and actions bring good results. Likewise, bad deeds and actions bring bad results to living beings. The Paramaatma or the Supreme Being is alone capable of judging the fruits of our actions. It is very true that God is very kind. Just like a judge reduces the punishment of a convict who confesses before the court, the Supreme Being forgives those who repent for their bad actions and leads a virtuous life thereafter. But those who repeatedly commit the same mistake are bound to be stuck in a never ending cycle of births and deaths.
Our Shaastras urge that one should possess good intellect along with faith. They strongly emphasize right thinking. But other religions preach that just faith is enough. Blind emotions are the hallmark of such organised religions. Our Vedic Dharma strives to strike a balance between emotions and intellect. Our Saints and philosophers accept something only after giving much thought to it and subjecting it to lots of “fire tests”. Hence ours are time tested values and they are very much relevant for all ages.
Incarnations of great divine personalities like Lord Rama and Krishna are unique to our Dharma. Our Dharma is not founded by these great men. Instead, our Dharma contributed such great men to humanity. Such is the greatness of our Vedic Dharma.
We are all greatly blessed indeed to have born in such a great land and society. Let us all inculcate and assimilate the essence of our Dharma and accomplish the real purpose of our births.
From the book “Yogiraja Shri Abhinava Vidhyathirtha” in Kannada language, authored by Shri Huragalawadi Lakshmi Narasimha Shasthry.
Jai Shri Krishna
Some people have been writing to me asking questions about the ‘Karma’ cased by consuming meat. I have also come across vegans and vegetarians who turn almost apologetic when confronted with questions such as, ‘Even plants have life,” etc. We already have a post called ‘Meat Karma’ in our reading corner. However I am placing the link to the post here again for the benefit of those who would like to read it.https://tvmdharma.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/meat-karma/
It is common knowledge that meat can be obtained only through violence against an innocent creature that does not want to die and has the right to live its full life on the planet. Causing or contributing towards violence, causes negative Karma which needs to be balanced at some point of time or the other. People who would like to continue stuffing their mouths with the meat of animals which has pain, sufferings, disease and death infused in it, may continue to do so as long as they wish, but they should not forget that they are amassing negative Karma. Of course, there is neither anyone watching meat eaters nor is there any god that is going to send them to hell, but there is catch feeding on the bodies of other beings. It is that they will have to go through multiple Janmas filled with sufferings, sorrows, miseries and pains until their Karma is balanced. The choice always remains with people.
Some basic knowledge of the human anatomy is sufficient to tell us that the teeth, the jaws and intestines of humans have been designed by nature in such a way that they can easily process plant based foods and not meat or animal bones. Human jaws and teeth cannot shear, chew, grind or crush raw meat. That is why meat is softened by marinating, cooking, grilling, baking or frying. Meat contains carcinogens, bacteria, dioxins, antibiotics, steroid hormones, etc. that does nothing but harm to the body. Unfortunately, the general population is steadily and regularly indoctrinated about the non existent ‘health benefits’ of consuming dairy and meat products through strong media campaigns financed by the international food as well as the medical industries which are controlled by a powerful few.
Here is a page with some interesting films that are highly informative and useful for everyone and not only those who are considering going vegan. https://tvmvegan.wordpress.com/films-on-atrocities/
Choose compassion and great health that lead to a long, peaceful and complete life. No disease can exist in an alkaline environment, certainly not cancer. People need to inform themselves more about the right kinds of food that they need to consume. No one has contacted diseases by eating a lot of vegetables but people do get strokes or bowel cancer due to the consumption of meat. The meat which people consume does not digest fully and rests in the colon for a long time. People who eat meat are actually carrying putrid meat in their colons which they have stockpiled over the years! One can well imagine what the breath of such a person would smell like!
The first thing that patients of serious diseases such as cancer are told to do is to straightaway TURN VEGAN. Why wait until sickness strikes? Care well for your body which is the one and only physical possession you are sure to have until the end of your Janma.
Start building positive Karma for your future and for that of your loved ones. Stop using animal products.
Jai Shri Krishna.
The post was about some fakir babas that Sanatani people worship. They go to mausoleums of such people and pray to their ‘ghosts’. Some people wrote in support of the babas saying that they were very good and meant no harm to the Sanatana Dharma. Something that I vehemently condemn is Sanatanis going to babas, fakirs and other people who claim to possess miraculous powers. Such acts only lead a person away from Krishna.
Below is an excerpt of the discussion on the post. For privacy purposes, the name of the person who replied to my post has been removed.
Bhagavan Shri Krishna clearly says in verse 18:66 of the SBG “Sarva dharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja. Aham tvaam sarva paapebhyo mokshayishyaami ma shuchaha. Abandon all ideas and come to Me. I will liberate you from all your sins. Don’t worry.” Yet Sanatani people go to these babas, fakirs and also to tombs of those who were invading marauders! Actually all that these people need to do is to spend 3 to 4 hours of their life (which they would gladly to watch some moronic khan movie) and read the Bhagavad Gita which will change their lives forever.
Image upload: SBG Verse 18:66
Response from another FB user:
परित्याज्य is a gerund abandoning and not verb abandon as mentioned above, then again in english abandon has negative connotation and is generally used in negative sense. e.g. the captain abandoned ship, he abandoned his wife. so abandon is not good choice of word. sanskrit words have precise meaning with prefix suffix or declension, त्यागः is generally translated as renunciation, relinquishment but prefix परि in front of त्याग deserves special attention and would be better not to gloss it over haphazardly , , , , 2. to translate धर्म as ‘idea’ is gross injustice/negligence to such beautiful word. let me venture to translate this extremely important shloka with more precise grammar and thus offer homage to श्री कृष्ण !! all dharmas pre-renouncing, to my one shelter converge !! i shall liberate you from sin; grieve not !! , , . notes – dharma has no english equivalent and even they have adopted that word as it is, so no need to change धर्म. . . apologies if any offence percieved but intention here is only to show grammatical precision and beauty to our friends. ॐ शांति
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Namaste and Jai Shri Krishna.
Tell me something please, – how many Sanatanis that you have come across have read the SBG? I am talking about common people and not philosophers, gurus and geniuses. Well, I haven’t come across many although I travel a lot and come across many people. After a lot of thinking I came to the conclusion that most people don’t read the SBG simply because they find it too boring with highly philosophical and lengthy interpretations. I always use situations which are convenient for me to tell people about the basics of Advaita Vedanta and I also try to convince them to read the SBG at least once. I tell them that even if they don’t understand most of it, the very fact that they have completed reading the translation of the 700 verses of the Divine Scripture will make them feel proud of themselves, of their Dharma (not idea!) and above all of their heritage. It will bring them a degree closer to Bhagavan Shri Krishna. Too much of philosophy and too many genius gurus are the main reasons why people in general are so ignorant of our Dharma and so easily fall for fake fakirs, missionaries and others. I believe that there needs to be a clear discipline on when and where to respectfully discuss the SBG in depth and when not to. It is most certainly not on the discussion column of a post on fake fakirs!
The objective needs to be to first get people interested in it after which, they will automatically be drawn deeper into it. Our culture, the Sanskrit language and so much of knowledge we had, have already been greatly damaged by invading marauders. They even made our people feel ashamed of our own culture and of our own selves! With the simple translations on my Gita websites that I run since the year 2014, and of course by the Divine Grace of Bhagavan Shri Krishna, more than 20,000 COMMON people who never had any plans of reading the SBG, have read it and are now immersed in Bhakti for Bhagavan Krishna.
This discussion was about fake fakirs and not about Sanskrit grammar or its translation into English. I used the verse 18:66 in order to tell COMMON people in PLAIN language, that all one has to do in order to be liberated, is to give up their (ridiculous) ideas and offer Sharanaagati before Krishna. This will protect them from fake ads and programmes conducted by people like missionaries who go around telling people that Hindus are evil and that they are devil worshippers. Being a polyglot and having worked as a language lecturer for some years apart from specialising in descriptive linguistics, I do see your style of explaining words whcih I appreciate and respect. But I can’t help adding that your comment, due to the amount of stress on Sanskrit grammar, reminded me of the Bhaja Govindam song!
Did you realise that the verb ‘to abandon’ also means ‘to dump`? That is what I meant to tell people – ‘Dump all the nonsense you have heard from fake fakirs and others and simply surrender before Krishna! What was wrong in it? Now let us ask a COMMON man which translation he finds easier to understand,
a. Abandoning all your ideas of righteousness, take complete refuge in Me; I will liberate you from all your sins. Do not grieve’
b. ‘All dharmas pre-renouncing, to my one shelter converge !! i shall liberate you from sin; grieve not !!’
Sir, it would be amazing if learned people like you, worked on simplifying basic truths of Dharma and spreading them around people who have no philosophical background at all. Pluralistic ignorance that our people suffer from creates a gaping lacuna through which international fraudsters and soul harvesters walk in filling the heads of our COMMON people with their preposterous IDEAS of religion. Such fraudsters lead Sanatanis to ridiculing and disrespecting their own DHARMA.
I appreciate you once again for the explanation you have given.
Jai Shri Krishna.
Reading and understanding the Bhagavad Gita corrects the reader’s way of thinking and this causes huge positive changes in life.
There are times in life, when people notice that the things they worked very hard on did not get them much, but the things that happened on their own or by chance, were the ones that made them successful and changed their lives entirely. Good things can happen to anyone provided they are spiritually and mentally open to such Divine Blessings and do not have minds that are stuffed with dogmas. It is mostly the ego or the overinflated ‘I’ in a person that makes them feel ‘they’ are responsible for the successes they have had in life. Only when things suddenly start going wrong, do people comprehend that all the while when they were successful and ‘doing well’, they did nothing apart from UNKNOWINGLY being at the right place at the right time.
The prime source of all problems in life is lack of understanding due to an unbridled mind, which, as a matter of fact, is a highly competent but dangerous trickster that all people are forced to live with all through their lives. However those who have learned to treat their MIND as a slave and have mastered the art of managing it well, are known as people of wisdom.
Unfortunately many people get fooled and conned by missionaries and other abrahamic cults who propound theories such as those of creation in six days, adam and eve, eternal sin theory, hellfire, etc. which are only ways and means to keep the masses deluded in order for rulers to be able to dominate over them forever.
Through Sharanaagati to Bhagavan Krishna, a person stops being tricked by the MIND into erroneously believing that the person is the body when the body is nothing but a vehicle for the Atman to travel through a Janma.
Sharanaagati frees people from the grip of ego and ignorance that cause delusional thinking which invariably ends with a huge downfall in life.
Sharanaagati helps people commune directly with the Supreme Energy that governs the entire universe which is boundless.
Attaining Sharanaagati to Bhagavan Krishna shatters arrogance and vanity, thus making people more attractive, friendly, loveable, kind and most importantly divine.
Give up all misunderstandings about Dharma, Karma and life in general; and surrender before Bhagavan Krishna. He will protect you.
Jai Shri Krishna
What is wrong in consuming meat and other animal products?
Many Sanatani people (a.k.a Hindus), wonder and ask if they are ‘allowed’ to eat meat and other foods derived from birds and animals. The other question they have is, ‘Don’t people ‘kill’ plants, vegetables and fruits in order to eat them?’…
Jai Shri Krishna
Do not R.I.P. a departed Sanatani person!
On the 6th of September 2016, a cousin of mine left the physical body he had occupied for about 45 years. He was the eldest son of one my mother’s sisters. Until January 2015, he was leading a normal life and that was when he was diagnosed with cancer. Since then and until the day he departed, he suffered excruciating pain but he never complained about anything. He probably knew that he was clearing a lot of his Karma. Another sad thing that happened in his family was that about eleven months ago, his younger sister and her husband had a fatal car accident.
On hearing about my cousin’s demise, some of my friends conveyed their condolences to me and also said or wrote R.I.P (Rest in Peace). This disturbed me and I am therefore putting down a few important truths in the Sanatana Dharma regarding the concept of soul, the body and the death of the body.
When Indian people come across posts on Social Media such as Facebook about someone’s death, they just type RIP even without thinking anything. ‘RIP’ or ‘R.I.P’ or ‘Rest in peace’, do not agree with the fundamental principles of the Sanatana Dharma. Many Indians do that because they are victims of mental hijacking and conditioning done by abrahamics through their education systems. Abrahamics say this because of their belief in the judgement day when all dead people will be raised in order for them to be able to answer God for whatever they did when they were alive. This idea does not belong to the Sanatana Dharma at all. Souls don’t rest! They are energy and an eternal part of Krishna – (SBG 15:07)
Of course, Sanatanis do say, “Bhagavan unki aatma ko shanti dein”, which means, “May God grant peace to his (or her) soul”, but the term ‘Shanti’ means peace and not rest. The best thing a Sanatani could wish for a departed soul is Moksha or salvation from the cycle of births and deaths which means the union of the soul with the Supreme.
Simple and clear explanations on this topic can be found in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna says that when a soul leaves a body, it carries the mind and senses of that Atman and Body combination, and moves to a new womb to start a new Janma. This explains individual traits of babies and toddlers.
SBG 15:08 “When the soul which is the master, acquires a body, it takes the mind and the five senses from the body it has left, just as the wind takes different odours along with it.”
The following verses describe the soul, Atman or Higher Self. The verses in Sanskrit may be found here www.tvmgita.wordpress.com
SBG 2:13 Just as the soul which is in the body, passes through childhood, youth and old age, it also passes into another body after death. Wise people are not baffled by this fact.
SBG 2:20 The Self is never born, nor does it die at any time. It does not come into existence by being born. The Self is birthless and constant. It is not killed when the body dies.
SBG 2:22 As a person casts away old clothes for new ones, the embodied self too casts old bodies away for new ones.
SBG 2:27 For one who is born, death is certain; and for one who dies, rebirth is certain. Hence you should not grieve for this inevitable truth.
Bhagavan Krishna says to Arjuna (Verse 8:5) :
अन्तकाले च मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम् |
यः प्रयाति स मद्भावं याति नास्त्यत्र संशयः || ८ ५ ||
antakaale cha maameva smaran muktwaa kalevaram
yah prayaati sa madbhaavam yaati naastyatra samshayah (Gita 8:5)
“And whosoever, leaving the body, goes forth thinking of Me alone at the time of death, he attains My Being. There is no doubt about this.”
Therefore when you wish to express your condolence on the passing away of a Sanatani and if you really wish the departed soul well, instead of saying R.I.P., you could simply say ‘Shantih, Shantih, Shantihi’ or quote one of the following verses:
मामुपेत्य पुनर्जन्म दुःखालयमशाश्वतम् |
नाप्नुवन्ति महात्मानः संसिद्धिं परमां गताः || ८ १५ ||
samsiddhim paramaam gataaha (Gita 8:15)
Having attained Me, these great souls do not take birth again here on earth, which is the place of pain and is non-eternal. They have reached the Ultimate Perfection.
आ ब्रह्मभुवनाल्लोकाः पुनरावर्तिनोऽर्जुन |
मामुपेत्य तु कौन्तेय पुनर्जन्म न विद्यते || ८ १६ ||
aa brahma bhuvanaal lokaah
maamupetya tu kaunteya
punarjanma na vidhyate (Gita 8:16)
All the worlds, including the world of Brahma, are subject to return again, O Arjuna. But he who reaches Me, has no rebirth.
The following verse which is not all that difficult to learn to pronounce could be said to express condolence at the demise of a Sanatani person:
अविनाशि तु तद्विद्धि येन सर्वमिदं ततम् |
विनाशमव्ययस्यास्य न कश्चित्कर्तुमर्हति || २ १७ ||
avinaashi tu tadviddhi
yena sarva midam tatam
vinaasham avyayas yaasya
na kaschit kartu marhati (Gita 2:17)
You must know that, that which pervades the body can never be destroyed. The soul is indestructible and imperishable.
Jai Shri Krishna
Sadé Sati, Gemstones and Bhagavan Krishna –
A few weeks ago, I had written about different things that those under Sadé Sati normally do. Some of them were quitting a good job for some trivial or no reason at all, walking out of a relationship, blaming someone falsely, or making any major change because of some thought that haunts them and very quickly convinces them.
We protect the privacy of our visistors and therefore we will not publish anyone’s name but we found it absolutely important to let our visitors know about this particular possibility during Sadé Sati. This is the story of a young couple, both Vrischikans, who had a very strong bond between them and they were sure that they were soulmates. The woman was karmically lucky that she was not affected by Sadé Sati as such but the young man has been undergoing Sadé Sati in its merciless form. The man was and still is totally devoted to her and in his mind the question of any other woman does not arise at all. But this lady had met someone who sells special gemstones blessed by a great Sage and was fully convinced that those stones could change her life. She even tried to convince the young man to go for a special blessed stone which he refused for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons was that he is an ardent devotee of Krishna and has understood Bhagavan’s teachings very well. He told her clearly that he did not object to her going for the stone but insisted that he wouldn’t go for any such thing. This was simply because it would mean that he was not fully trusting in Bhagavan Krishna. The woman was fully enamoured by the benefits the stones would get her and she decided to end the relationship she called divine all the while. She started making false accusations on the poor man who simply could not understand what was happening. One fine day she made the heartless move of leaving him thus destroying and shattering his heart and life. The young man has still not come to terms with what has happened in his life and has not found any way to do so. The good thing is that he fully believes in Bhagavan Krishna and knows that if destiny would allow it, he will reunite with the woman of his heart.
There are bound to be people who look for quick material results and are also superficial in their relationships. But jilted people who are honest and faithful should not be brooding over what happened because that brings no positive effects. Instead they need to strengthen their faith in Krishna and in Karma by studying the Divine words of Krishna. Downtimes are always suitable for physical, mental and spiritual recuperation.
This is probably the umpteenth such case that I have come across in the last 12-14 months from our visitors. Almost all those affected by such separations are either Vrischikans undergoing Sadé Sati or are those who belong to another Rashi but are under Saturn Dasha. I find many things which are uncannily similar in all their stories. Many of them also lost a lot of money to people who promised them ‘remedies’ and other shortcuts to wipe off old Karma.
After having talked to all these people and after having analysed the patterns in their lives, all I would say to those nursing heartbreaks would be to not take any rash decisions but to maintain calm. Surrender completely before Bhagavan Krishna and place the burden at His feet. He will handle it.
In this context, I would like to quote a few verses from the Gita.
4:34 Acquire that through prostration, by question and by service. The wise who know the Truth, teach you in wisdom.
4:35 After acquiring that, O son of Pandu (Arjuna), you will not be deluded like this anymore and by that knowledge, you will see all creatures in you and them in Me.
4:36 Even if you were to be the worst of sinners, you would be able to cross all sins and the ocean of miseries by the boat of transcendental knowledge. (Remember even if you have sinned, don’t blame or punish yourself. The moment you have realized your mistake, have asked for pardon and have started to learn the truth, you will be clean again)
4:37 Just as a blazing fire burns wood used as fuel into ashes, O Arjuna, knowledge burns all actions and reactions due to material activities into ashes.
4:38 There is certainly nothing more purifying than knowledge. He who is perfect in Yoga finds it in the Self in due course of time.
7:07 Beyond Me, there is nothing superior. Everything is connected to me like pearls on a thread.
7:22 Endowed with firm faith of that deity and sanctioned only by Me, A DEVOTEE OBTAINS ALL THAT HE DESIRES FROM THAT DEITY.
7:23 The results of insufficient understanding are always temporary. A DEVOTEE OF A DEITY OBTAINS THE DEITY, BUT MY DEVOTEE OBTAINS ME.
7:26 O Arjuna, I know all the past, the present and the future of all living beings, but nobody really knows me.
7:27 By the illusion of duality that arose from desire and aversion, all forms of life from the beginning are in delusion.
7:28 But those whose sins are completely eradicated by performing virtuous deeds are free from the delusion of duality and they engage with dedication in devotional service unto Me.
7:29 Those who strive to be freed from old age and death, take shelter in Me. Such people learn the ultimate truth, the embodied self and the law of action or reaction.
18:60 O Arjuna, bound by your own Karma (action) born of your own nature, even that which due to delusion you don’t wish to do, you will certainly do helplessly!
(This explains why the heartbreakers acted in the way they did)
18:61 The Lord dwells in the hearts of all beings, O Arjuna, causing all beings, by His ILLUSIVE POWER (MAYA), to revolve as if mounted on a machine.
18:62 O Arjuna! Seek refuge in Him and surrender your body, mind and soul unto Him. By His Grace you shall attain supreme peace and the eternal abode.
18:63 Thus I have taught you the secret wisdom which is deeper that all that is profound. Reflecting fully over what I have declared to you, do as you think fit.
18:64 Hear again My supreme word, most secret of all; because you dearly beloved of Me, I will tell you what is good.
18:65 FIX YOUR MIND ON ME, be devoted to Me, sacrifice to Me, bow down to Me. You shall come to Me; I PROMISE you, for you are dear to Me.
18:66 Abandoning all your own ideas of righteousness, take refuge completely in Me and I will liberate you from all sins; do not grieve.
18:67 This is never to be spoken by you to one who is devoid of austerities, to one who is not devoted, nor to one who does not render service, nor who does not desire to listen, nor to one who finds fault with Me.
18:68 He who teaches this Supreme Philosophy to My devotees, offers to me the highest form of service and shall undoubtedly come to Me.
(My personal advice to the young lady if at all she reads this post would be to take good care of herself and to be thoughtful about whatever she is doing. If bypassing past Karma were so easy, so many people would have already done it.
Well, cheer up people, destiny is all powerful and true love always wins. Have faith and patience. I can’t say anything else to make you guys feel better. But remember, just because someone used you and chucked out like a fried curry leaf, it does not mean that you should stray away from the path of righteousness. Truth will always prevail.
Krishnam vandé Jagad Gurum
(This is supposed to have been written by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday. However, there are many disagreements on this fact because Alison McMillen the daughter of Kim McMillen, says that it is a case of false atttribution. According to her, it is a text from her mother’s book that was rewritten by someone. Who wrote it is not really the point here although I would like it if someone proved that it was Charlie Chaplin who wrote it. It is indeed touching and thought provoking, and almost anyone can relate to it.)
Two days ago, I received a call from one of our visitors saying that she had quit her well paying job. She also said that she had no strong reason for taking such a decision and feels sad about having quit now. She is the ninth person in the last few weeks to tell me about a sudden decision like this. Two things in common with these people are that they are all Vrischikans and that all of them were not hit by Sadé Sati as such. They had not experienced any major change in life after the start of Sadé Sati.
This seems to be a part of the pattern in the lives of people under Sadé Sati or under periods of Saturn. People quit jobs, dump good customers and business partners and there are also some who for trivial reasons, break good relationships.
The best thing would be to think well, discuss with the concerned people, take advice from close friends and then take decisions. Breaking something given by destiny is not at all a wise thing to do until and unless it is really called for. We were born with nothing and whatever we have or receive is given to us by destiny. Rejecting something given to us by destiny is not a very modest thing to do and it certainly does not add to positive Karma. Hurting others or causing sadness to others should be totally avoided.
It is important to care for your family and relationships. All those people play important roles in the process of your Karmic evolution. True love and friendship are natural and not contrived. It is destiny that makes them happen and it is our duty to nurture and preserve them.
Stay happy, always be positive and let your life be filled with love and friendship.
Jai Shri Krishna
All of us are in different stages of our own respective Karmic advancement and therefore it would make no sense to compare our life with those of others. Each one of us is DIFFERENT as far as our Karmic levels are concerned but deep within, we are all part of the SAME Supreme System.
Life is extremely beautiful. Everyone is on the planet with some purpose or the other. When we discover ours, we have better focus and dedication. The way to find out what our purpose and path is to begin to understand the Sanatana Dharma. Anyone who has read and understood the Gita (I mean simple translation and NOT the lengthy interpretations) is free from fear, envy, uncertainty, lack of faith and confidence, harbouring destructive thoughts, meaningless acts of becoming slaves of Godmen and Godwomen, becoming superstitious and many other such things that block intellectual and spiritual refinement as well as advancement.
Both men and women can read the Gita from Arjuna’s point of view and understand the metaphor in the great treatise. below is a verse you may recite in full faith whenever you feel down or bewildered about some situation and also if you feel your confidence level going down.
पृच्छामि त्वां धर्मसंमूढचेताः |
यच्छ्रेयः स्यान्निश्चितं ब्रूहि तन्मे
शिष्यस्तेऽहं शाधि मां त्वां प्रपन्नम् || २ ७ ||
kaarpanya dosho pahata svabhaavah
prcchaami tvaam dharma sammudha chetah
yacchreyah syaan nischitam bruuhi tanme
shishyas te ‘ham shaadhi maam tvaam prapannam (Gita 2:7)
“With my mind in a state of confusion regarding my duty and the feeling of helplessness because of weakness, I ask you to tell me what is good for me. I am your disciple and I have surrendered my soul to you. Please teach me.”
When you visualise yourself as Arjuna and say the verse in full faith, your mind turns more alert and highly receptive to any small clue or idea that you may come across. Plain logic this is.I wish you and your family all the very best and abundant Blessings from the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna
Krishnam vandè Jagadgurum
Jai Shri Krishna
When people are successful in whatever they do, they proudly say that they did everything and that they strategised, worked intelligently and that is how they attained success. But when things begin to go wrong, they tend to look skywards believing that planets are not in favour of them and they go looking for astrologers. They try to look for reasons like ‘God is upset with them’, ‘someone has cursed them’, ‘their partner has brought in bad luck’ or simply that ‘they are going through a bad patch in life’.
The funny part is that when things are going well and when they are successful, they don’t even think of that very same God they curse when things go wrong. That is because of the ego or pride in them.
The 13th Chapter is about the field and the knower of the field. The field is the body and the immortal soul (the ‘I’ in us) is the knower of the field. The five elements, the ego, the mind, intellect and the ten organs, desire and aversion and such factors that constitute the Field. People who realise the divinity of the ‘I’ in them, can never hurt, damage or destroy anything. They know that their soul is a projection of the Supreme Being and hence its divinity and purity.
Everything that people go through is a part of each person’s own Karmic evolution. Everyone has to pass through various stages through different lifetimes or ‘Janmas’. Knowing this fact helps people go for the highest goal Krishna.
Good and bad times, being cheated or insulted by others are passing phases in life. They are just like heat and cold which come and go. Understanding that the ‘I’ in us not doing anything is a great step towards simplicity, ‘egolessness’ and absolute modesty. ‘Ahankar’, ego, self-conceit, arrogance, and such haughty qualities are the greatest enemies of a person that block spiritual development. Well, as we know, the Sanatana Dharma does not threaten people with an eternal hellfire as punishment for these negative qualities. But the only thing is that when people don’t handle their good times as well as their times of troubles and pains correctly, they will have to be repeated again in another lifetime or ‘Janma’ thus delaying Spiritual advancement and Karmic evolution.
It’s been a while since I posted anything new on this blog as I have been travelling extensively.
I have written earlier that the dreaded ‘SS’ is not only one of the most important periods in a person’s life but can also be a highly positive one! This period shows us and teaches us things that we never knew before. The truths that a person under Sadé Sati learns can sometimes seem to be bitter. But those bitter truths of life when learned well, turn sweet.
The events in the lives of the few thousands of people that contacted me in the last 16 months have proved to me to that ‘SS’ is something serious and worth paying attention to. How is it that similar things happen to people with similar moon signs and other similar planetary positions in their natal charts? How and why is it that most of the people who are currently facing the most difficult situations in their lives are either Librans, Scorpios or Sagittarians (moon signs)? I have seen the lives of people who used to be giants in their own fields, crumbling like a pack of cards. That is when those people realised and understood how small they are before the entire system. They also realised that when things went well, they were in the right place at the right time and it was nothing beyond that and that they did nothing after all – They were there when good things happened and similarly they are there when ‘bad’ things happen. I have also come across many people who attained unimaginable heights during Sadé Sati!
As I wrote in my previous post on 13.04.2015, when people achieve success, they proudly claim that they worked hard and their success is the result of their own intelligence and hard work. But when things go wrong, they look upwards or rather skywards, blame planets, karma, ancestral spirits, spouse, wrong advice from friends, bad omen, etc.
Sadé Sati teaches people that WHOEVER they are, they have no other choice but to bow down before destiny. Fate decides everything. Quicker ‘Karmic settlement’ leads to quicker improvement in life. I remember something the great Sage of Kanchi, Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal used to say. It may sound a bit weird initially but when understands the truth behind it, the philosophy becomes clear. He used to tell His devotees to pray to Mother Kamakshi to give them more and more troubles – so that their past Past Negative Karma may be neutralised at the earliest !
The fate or destiny of a person is totally based on his or her past Karma.
60 % Past Karma
20 % Current Planetary positions
20 % OPEN
Yeah! That’s right…. OPEN! How else can one correct historical wrongs?
Here is an example: ‘A’ hurts ‘B’ in a previous lifetime and in the current lifetime, ‘B’ somehow finds and attacks ‘A’ order to wreak vengeance. If ‘A’ should be an uninitiated person, he or she would strike ‘B’ back and this cycle will go on and on through different lifetimes or Janmas. On the other hand, if ‘A’ were smart, he or she would simply forgive ‘B’, not only does the Karmic cycle end forever, but this act also adds to the ‘20%’ that is open.
All acts of kindness, generosity, social responsibility and any kind of positive contribution towards nature and towards the society adds to the 20% that’s open and this leads to ‘Karmic balance’. The Sadé sati is an amazing period for Karmic balance. Saturn in the 11th 12th and the 1st houses on the natal chart will anyway ensure that this is achieved. Being grateful, modest, kind and helpful to others reduces the pain felt due to Saturn’s strict and heartless way of executing the law of Karma in order to establish Dharma. Recently a follower of this blog asked me why he had to be grateful when his whole life was in a mess. I gave him two simple reasons which are actually the crucial parts of one main reason. I said that all of us need to be thankful for every heartbeat and for every single breath of air, let alone for other important things such as water and food. Everything and everyone exist in one’s life only until the heart beats or rather until one is alive. Life is above all else and that is the first and foremost Blessing one needs to be thankful for.
Anything can happen anytime. Both good and bad things need only a fraction of a second to happen. Life is most uncertain and it needs to be highly respected and never taken for granted.
Life is too dear to be wasted on astrologers, on reading generalised monthly predictions trying to figure out the planetary positions and reasons that are causing troubles and of course, on brooding, complaining and on quarrelling. Stay away from pessimists, instead, it would be advisable to collect as much of positive energy as possible and keep going forward.
Just enjoy life.
When things are going well, people think and also believe that everything was going well because of their own intelligence, knowledge, hard work, talent, etc. But the moment people face adversities in life and when things don’t go the way they expected, they put the blame on Karma, bad planetary positions. So what does this mean? Are the bad things caused by planets and the good things created by oneself?
Well, this is exactly what one needs to learn and understand very well. One either learns it or, he or she is taught it – the hard way. Developing modesty and the sense of immense gratitude for each and every breath, heartbeat, for every morsel of food, a roof above the head, for the loving relationships one has, for the education, well for everything, are most important. One need not be a medical professional or a scientist to understand that the heart can stop any time and anything can happen any time. Therefore every second that people have, is a great present and it is most important thing that people need to be grateful for. Wealth, happiness, power, etc. can be experienced only when one is alive. Many people take this greatest gift for granted although they keep receiving it every second of life. Learning to respect and appreciate this priceless gift of life has the power to alter the way people look at life. Every year, month, week, day, hour, minute and second need to be relished and celebrated. There is every reason for people to be in awe of life. Every birth is a miracle and every child a wonder. Taking a partner or a friend for granted has the power to sour the relationship. Similarly taking life for granted makes a person lose the thrill of life. Working on beautifying the relationship that one has with life prevents people from wasting time on unwanted and negative thoughts. Life is always happy for a happy person.
Every situation teaches us what to do and what not to but unfortunately, people tend to complain. Complaining can also very easily become a habit. This is because complaining is easier than straining the mind to analyse and learn from the situation. The habit of complaining takes people on a one way ride into a pessimistic world of no return. On the other hand, absolute faith and total positive mental attitude convince people that nothing unbearable will ever happen. With this kind of a state of mind, thinking, dreaming and planning become very easy. Adversities and other tough situations that one faces, begin to appear as lessons instead of something terrible and painful. So what if things don’t go well? They don’t go well because one didn’t do things right. Learning from mistakes and applying the knowledge learned from tough times make more sense.
Life itself is the greatest wonder and therefore celebrate and savour every single moment of it on the planet. Life is a gift, live it.
Recently I came across a case that disturbed me. It was about a young couple that treated an elderly person in their family in a highly despicable manner. I narrated to them a story which cleared their minds and I must say, gladly of course, that they are now a happy family.
I would like to share that story on his page.
In a small town, lived a family of four consisting of a thirty year old man Shekhar, his aged father Ram, Shekhar’s twenty six year old wife Meneka and Rahul their six year old son.
“No! Not on that stone!”
(This is an old story that I read when I was a student of Grade 5)
Shekhar was a very friendly and a kind hearted man who worked as a book keeper for a local rice merchant. The money Shekhar earned was barely enough to make ends meet. The last days of every month were very stressful for them which forced Shekhar to borrow money from his employer. Shekhar had a few loans that he had to repay.
His wife Meneka was of a quarrelsome nature, which ensured that she did not have any friends at all. She was always angry and she envied her neighbours who were relatively affluent. She had the habit of blaming others for everything. As such people usually do, she found soft targets in Shekhar and in her father-in-law who were meek as cows and used them as her punching bags. She would vent her ire on them by screaming at them whenever she had an excuse to do so.
She kept blaming Shekhar’s father for being an added burden on the family and she was very rude to the elderly man.
Shekar’s father used to work as a District Collector and was quite an influential and a highly respected man in town. But soon after he retired from work, he lost his power, his influence and his income and life forced him to learn to come to terms with his new life as a retired man.
Shekhar loved his father Ram and so did little Rahul. Rahul and his grandfather were very fond of each other. Ram would tell his grandson Rahul interesting stories and he also helped the boy with his studies, particularly with his Math. Rahul always excelled in class because his grandfather prepared him with each and every lesson even before Rahul’s teacher could start the lesson in class.
However, Meneka somehow did not like Ram. She would taunt him to such an extent, that any other person in his shoes would have preferred to be eaten by a hungry alligator than be treated in such an inhuman manner.
One Saturday evening, Meneka was busy with her household chores. She heard something outside and she looked out of the window only to see her neighbour returning home wearing expensive clothes and jewellery. She was seething with anger which was caused by her envy and she rushed to her main punching bag, Shekhar. She yelled at him saying that she repented marrying him as he could not provide her with basic comforts such as expensive clothes and jewellery! Meneka told Shekhar that the main reason for their poverty was Shekhar’s father who lived with them. She asked Shekhar to take him away immediately and leave him at a home for the aged.
She threatened Shekhar that if he did not get rid of his father, she would kill herself and cause him serious troubles. As Meneka was screaming at the top of her voice, Shekhar’s father Ram could not help overhearing the conversation. He wiped his tears and drank a glass of water to clear the lump in his throat. He thought of his years when he worked so hard to raise Shekhar. During his tenure as a Government official, he sent young Shekhar to a private school that cost him a lot of money and bought him almost all that he wanted.
That night, Shekhar spoke with his father about the situation that they were in which was caused by Meneka. Ram told Shekhar that he wanted him to be happy and that he was prepared to live in a home for the aged. They decided to leave the following morning. Ram looked into the teary eyes of his grandson Rahul and told him that he could visit him at the home for the aged whenever his mother permitted him to do so.
The following morning Shekhar, Ram and little Rahul set out on the journey to the neighbouring town. They had to walk through a jungle that was situated between the two towns. They walked for hardly an hour when Ram complained of breathlessness. They stopped for a short while so that Ram could rest a little. Shekhar gave his father some water to drink. As Shekhar felt that if they stopped for too long they would be delayed and that he and Rahul would not be able to return home before it was dark.
Shekhar carried his father, placed him on his shoulders and holding little Rahul’s hand continued the journey. They walked for another two hours after which even Shekhar felt tired. He told his father that he wanted to take a break and rest for about half an hour. Ram agreed and Shekhar started looking for a stone or a rock on which he could seat his father. He noticed a big black granite rock that lay about 50 metres away beside the road.
Shekhar walked towards the rock walked for an hour and prepared to seat his father on the rock, when Ram screamed, “No! Not on that stone!” Shekhar was taken aback and he asked his father why not that stone. His father said again, “Not on that stone!” Shekhar and little Rahul looked at each other puzzled.
“Father! Now please tell me, why shouldn’t I seat you on that stone? What is the wrong with that stone?” Shekhar asked his father.
Ram replied saying, “My dear son, that stone is jinxed and it is an unlucky one!”
“Please be clear, dear Father, said Shekhar.
Ram replied, “Well Shekhar, it was a Sunday just like today, exactly 24 years ago. I was carrying my father on my shoulders to the home for the aged while you walked next to me holding my hand just as Rahul is walking next to you holding your hand. I was also tired after walking for a couple of hours and it was exactly on that stone, that I seated my father.”
What his father said shook Shekhar up. “History repeats itself,” he thought it could be himself. “Twenty five years later, it could be Rahul carrying me on his shoulders to the home for the aged!”
He put his father on the ground, embraced him and apologised to him saying, “My dear father, I am terribly ashamed of myself. It is my duty to convince my wife and keep you happy with us. Youth is not permanent and I too will become old in the future.”
The three of them belonging to three different generations hugged each other and sat down on the granite rock. Shekhar said, “Gentlemen, now let’s forget about the home for the aged and instead, imagine we are on a picnic!” He opened the bag in which they carried sandwiches for lunch.
After lunch, Shekhar put his hand into his pocket and took the piece of paper with the address of the home for the aged. He shred into bits and the three returned home to a life of love, care and togetherness.
Moral of the story: Love and respect older people and set a good example with much younger people. This is simply because we are next on the list. Ageing is an inevitable natural process and nobody can escape it. Remembering this fact helps young people empathise with senior citizens.
A short reprieve
Many Vrischikans must be feeling totally frustrated and tired as the first phase must have been quite hard. But I do see some strong rays of light and I would like to share this with fellow Vrischikans:
On 27.11.2014, Mars transited into Capricorn or Makara. This is a house where Mars is exalted and strong. A strong Mars indicates self-confidence, energy, desire and ambitions. This is the time to work with renewed energy and optimism to develop and build finances. You could also work on mending damaged relationships.
Jupiter, which is a planet of great fortunes is going retrograde on 09.12.2014 and will continue to be so until 08.4.2015. When we say a planet is retrograde, it means that the planet seems to be moving in the opposite direction when viewed from the earth. Jupiter is currently exalted and strong. This is a period when you can look into the following areas and set them right:
a. Financial planning
b. Misunderstandings with family members and friends
c. Attention required by children
d. In case you have been thinking of quitting smoking, drinking or any other such vice, this is the right time to achieve total success.
This placement of Jupiter will be a good period not only for Vrischikans but for everyone in general. Bhakti towards Guru will greatly help.
People who follow Dharma and stay clean in the heart have no reason to fear Saturn.
Those who have learned to stop blaming others or even their own fate, for their troubles, will start seeing tremendous positive changes in life. Instead of blaming, admitting that one is, or rather, one’s past Karma is directly responsible for one’s own situation, is most important. This is because this kind of taking responsibility has the power to ease mental pressure and reduce the propensity for anger towards others.
Anger blinds the mind and this prevents people from being receptive to divine energy. When two people argue over something, the easiest way to end the argument would be for either of them to agree to what the other says. Similarly, ending blame games and cultivating the habit of accepting criticism with grace and appreciation open the mind to new thoughts and ideas. This also prepares the mind to herald a major and pleasant change in life.
May Bhagawan Bless all of you abundantly
Pati, Patni aur Woh (Astrologer)
Vijay (name changed), the young man in his late thirties sounded absolutely despondent when he finally succeeded in reaching me. He had been trying quite frantically for over three hours to reach me on phone. I asked him what the matter was. What he told me shocked me too. I have known Vijay and his wife through this blog since February 2014. The two of them have perfectly matching horoscopes and the love they have for each other is so deep and divine that it could put Cupid and Psyche to shame. Vijay told me that ever since she met an Astrologer ‘Baba’ the previous day, all hell had broken loose in his family and that his wife wanted to leave him!
I tried to calm Vijay down and asked him if I could speak with his wife. He replied saying that she was seething with anger and would not like to speak with anyone. ‘Seething with anger? Why? For what?’ I asked. He said that the Astrologer Baba had told his wife that as Vijay’s seventh house was heavily afflicted, he certainly must be having an extra marital relationship! Vijay’s wife believed the astrologer and began suspecting her own husband. The twelve years of their marriage has been destroyed due to his wife’s belief in some unknown, noname, fake astrologer. Vijay pleaded with his wife to not trust someone else who had nothing to do with their lives. She wouldn’t listen to him but would blindly trust some astrolger!
Vijay’s wife has left for her parents’ home and has taken her children too with her. Poor Vijay has stayed back in his city and still continues to be in a state of shock. All for his wife’s belief in an Astrolger Baba!
Honesty and truthfulness form the foundation of any relationship. I am quite confident that the truth in the relationship between Vijay and his wife will prevail and the two will be happy again after resolving their problems very soon.
Rats and traitors
Rats are usually the first ones to desert a sinking ship. Similarly traitors are the first ones to leave us when we are not doing very well or when we are in trouble.
Most of the people who have written to me so far have experienced such situations when people who they thought to be their friends, suddenly left them or deserted them.
In my opinion, people should actually be thankful for such situations in life because that is when they get to know who their true friends are and also those who never were true to them.
Dark nights are followed by bright days, cold winters are followed by beautiful springs and summers. Every dip in life is followed by an upswing and it would certainly be a great idea to carry less baggage during the climb. Down times are cleansing periods in life and that is when we need to work on discarding unwanted load off our backs.
Those who stay with us in such times are our true friends and we need to reward them when we are up on our feet again.
Although eulogosing any organised religion, especially abrahamic ones is not our objective, I would like to quote from the bible only in order to illustrate the situation. When Jesus was crucified, people called him names and ridiculed him. He was crucified along with two criminals. One of the two condemned criminals yelled at Jesus and said, “If you are Christ, save yourself and us too.” But the other one said to Christ, “Lord, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”
Jesus replied :
(Luke: 23:43) ‘And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, tonight thou shalt be with me in paradise’.
People, who have utter faith even during the lowest phase in their lives, are the ones who succeed in crossing it. When they rise again from the ashes, their most important and true friends would be those who stood by them in times of hopelessness.
The mosquito on the wall
I have come across many people who have someone or the other who bothers them, insults them and makes life miserable for them through taunting or so on. I too have have had such characters in my life but I can never forget one trivial incident in my life which changed the whole way I look at people who bother me or try to put me down. It was almost two decades ago, while I used to be an actor, that I learned a simple trick to handle such situations. The producer and director of one of the films that I worked in, did not like me at all. That was because I openly supported a competitor of his and also because sycophancy was not exactly one of my skills. He used to treat me in a very demeaning manner, he would even call me names and insult me before the film crew and the other actors. He humiliated me to such an extent that I would skip my dinner in order to avoid being seen by others from film crew. I used to feel very upset and deeply hurt. The reasons why I had to bear all that was because completing that film was very important for me and anyway, I had signed a contract with him.
We were shooting in a city away from mine and hence we stayed at a hotel. One evening after the shoot, I returned to my room and after a shower, I sat down on the sofa and switched on the TV. (There were no iPhones, iPads or Laptops then) I got up to pick up the remote control of the spilt Air-Conditioner and on the way back to the sofa, I stopped to pick up a bottle of water from the fridge. A mosquito buzzed close to my ears and I slapped my ear hard in the process of attempting to get the mosquito. But the alert mosquito escaped, flew away and sat on the wall close to lamp on the wall. My slap on my right ear was so hard that I heard strange ringing noises for the next few minutes. I went back to the sofa and slumped on it and I felt bad for having slapped myself for a tiny mosquito. As I was flicking through different channels, I reflected on all that had happened that day and I imagined my life in the future when I would be free from that man who was making me so upset. As my eyes aimlessly wandered around the room,
I suddenly thought of that mosquito and I looked for him. There he was on the wall right where I had seen him last, next to the lamp. I was wondering how he got into an air-conditioned room. I switched off the TV and I observed him and waited to see when he would move. I wondered what I would have done if there were a bigger creature or a human intruder in place of the mosquito in my room. I would have probably raised an alarm, attacked the intruder, called someone from the hotel and had it been a human intruder, I would have even called the police. That was it! Something occured to me. I thought again what a scene I would have kicked, but since it was only a small tiny mosquito on the wall, I simply ignored it, switched on the television and continued watching BBC news.
The next morning, at 5.30 AM sharp, I stepped into the car to be driven to the shooting location. The thought of the mosquito on the wall did cross my mind and I smiled to myself as I imagined a stupid me calling the manager of the hotel and the police to report about the intruding insect. We arrived at the location and just after breakfast, the assistant director came up to me to explain to me the scene that was to be filmed that day. The mean and unfriendly director of the movie walked past and on seeing me, he stopped and as usual, passed a cynical remark at me before walking to the lead actor of the film. What did I think of? – The mosquito on the wall! I likened the director to that mosquito on the wall and I smiled to myself! The anger and the hatred I had for him were gone and instead he looked funny to me – like an overgrown mosquito! I decided to treat him like that mosquito on the wall and to neither let his taunting affect my mind nor aggravate me. From then on until the completion of the movie, whenever he passed remarks at me or even yelled at me, I would think of that highly inspirational mosquito on the wall and I would laugh the otherwise unpleasant situation off.
I mastered the ‘Mosquito on the Wall Rule’ and used it with all those who, for whatever reason, I had to ‘put up with’ and I must say that I have been living happily ever after.
A lovely young Indian lady from North America, spoke with me last week saying that her world had shattered because someone whom she loved, deserted her. Desertion, letting another person down, faking friendship and affection, happen not only in romantic relationships but also among friends and business partners. The moment such a thing takes place, the affected person is shocked and he or she thinks as follows:
How could he (or she) have done that to me?
I don’t believe it!
I don’t deserve this!
How much I loved and trusted that person!
What’s wrong with that person?
Well, all the above reactions lead a person to go into self-pity and of course cause an utter waste of time.
Now let us analyse the situation:
Life (in this Janma) is not for ever and let us not waste even a single fraction of a second on someone or on something that is not useful to us or makes us sad or angry. If people really need us, they will make place for us in their life. If we have to be struggling and working hard everyday in order to prove to someone that we are important or are true to that person, he or she is NOT worth us. Any person that has a negative effect on us need not exist in our life. They could also be people who don’t respect us. Let them live their lives and let us live ours. Everyone has a right to live on the planet. He or she who claims to be superior than us is not superior. Most of us know the saying, ‘Empty vessels make more noise’. If a person is really great, he or she will show it in action and not through hollow words.
The thought of Soul connections may sound strange to many, I agree. I remember one of the wonderful things that my amazing (late) Father has taught me. He used to tell me, ‘How many people do we see every day right from the moment we leave home for work by car, bus or train or whatever until the moment we return home and to our beds in the night? And how many of them do we actually get to know or even get to see again? This means that whoever we get to know and become friends with are very different and special from those hundreds of people we see every day, but who we don’t see again. But let’s not give these ”special” people the right to make us sad or angry!’
Each and every second of our life, as it passes, is gone for ever. Being an optimist is most important but thinking that being above 70, 80 or 90 years old is a long time away is wrong. Time flies. The learning process continues until the last breath because even at the last breath, we will learn what it is like to breathe the last breath.
When I was in grade 12, there was a girl (about 17 plus) in our school who had a boyfriend who was probably 22. My classmates used to say that our friend was going out with an ‘old guy’!
Old guy? At 22? Well, for a 17 year old, he was an ‘old guy’!
The terms ‘young’ and ‘old’ are relative terms and we are all getting old with each and every passing second. We should be realising the fact that we will not be ‘young’ (not relatively) forever. This tells us that we should not be wasting our time on people who make us sad. We should be willing to let go of such people who do not bring about any positive effect in our life. Just say Goodbye to them (politely, though). A true companion is someone who you can grow with and become wiser with.
Let’s get back to the young lady that I spoke about in the beginning of this post. She is very happy now because she decided to ‘CTRL+ALT+DEL’ that person who caused her sadness. Now she is happy and she is open for a lovely new life ahead of her.
The moral of the story : Nobody controls nobody’s life. People cannot hurt us unless we allow it. If we do not give them this power, they cannot. Remember, God at times removes people from our lives to protect us. Have faith in Him. We can design our lives with 100% optimism and by completely surrendering ourselves to His will.
May God Bless her and all of you.
Jai Shree Krishna
Some people have written to me saying that they are tired of fighting and that they want to give up.
There are some, who feel that going for ‘astrological remedies’ could be their way to deliver them from the unpleasant situations they are in.
Finding a balance between coming to terms with reality and at the same time aspiring for success and working towards it, is tricky. But when people do manage to achieve this balance, success will most certainly follow.
Temporary setbacks, open roads in new directions. People think of things that they could never have thought of earlier. The most important fuel mixture for success is the permanent fire within, absolute honesty and TOTAL FAITH.
I would like to quote two verses from the Gita.
Bhagawan Krishna speaks to Arjuna as follows:
Gita 2 : 2-3
कुतस्त्वा कश्मलमिदं विषमे समुपस्थितम् ।
kutas tva kasmalam idam
The Supreme Lord said ,’ From where did these impurities and weakness which are unbecoming of honourable men enter you? They don’t take a man to higher levels but they cause him ill fame.
क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते ।
क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परन्तप ॥3॥
klaibyam ma sma gamah partha
naitat tvayy upapadyate
Do not yield to unmanliness O Partha, it is indecorous for a man like you. Shake off this faint-heartedness and arise, O destroyer of foes.
It was about ten years ago, when the rise of this man, whom I wouldn’t like to name, caught my special attention. I would carefully follow everything that was reported about him on the news. This awesome man became my main source of motivation and drive. Just like most highly successful people, this great visionary too started his business with almost no money. By the year 2012 he became one of the ten most powerful people in his country India the world’s largest democracy. His organisation now has about one million employees. This means that about a couple of million people, including the family members of his employees, directly benefit from his entrepreneurship, leadership knowledge, grit, intelligence, attitude, kind nature and all his amazing qualities.
His love and respect for his country is well known and he in his own way and style, leads his very large organisation just like a father of a family would lead his own family. His strong sense of social responsibility supported him and helped him grow in such unimaginable dimensions. However, highly successful people have enemies and he too does have quite a few of them. They did succeed in having this great titan humiliated and incarcerated. While his detractors think they have won, this super confident wonder man has a silent laugh because, he knows for sure that no one can ever stop his continuing meteoric rise. He has the good wishes and blessings of over a couple of millions of his own people and other people of his own country.
This man, who owns many palaces, large businesses, luxury hotels around the world, a large fleet of cars and aircrafts and has also rubbed shoulders with some of the most powerful people in the world, now sleeps in a small prison cell along with others and even shares a common toilet. He should be free in the next couple of weeks and then he will stand taller than ever before.
Life teaches people something new each and every moment of life. The ‘Atmas’ or souls of people are always in the process of attaining perfection. Experience is the greatest teacher and those who learn from experience move towards perfection. Destiny which is based on past Karma works in a particular manner that is not all that difficult to follow. Everything good or bad that people go through are a result of past Karma. But the question is how does one know what kind of past Karma he or she was born with. Horoscopes of people based on Vedic Astrology gives us an indication on past Karma. Once people get a fair idea of their past Karma, they can always work on specific areas and change the course of their life which was otherwise ‘destined’ according to their past Karma. Following the three Margas – Bhakti Marga, Gnyana Marga and Karma Marga guide people in balancing their past karma by adding more positive new Karma. A strong sense of social responsibility protects people until ‘Ahankara’ or arrogance and pride takes over their ‘Dharmic’ principles and way of life. Vanity needs to be completely avoided. Being vain never benefits people.
Studying the pattern of one’s own life, its ups and downs and sensing its rhythm greatly helps in analysing and even predicting future events. The future completely depends on the present. The sowing of seeds today gives rise to the possibility of a harvest in the future. Today’s deeds yield results in the future. What we call present is gone in a fraction of a second. Nothing is permanent and therefore worrying over the present kills the chance of a better future. Being prepared for anything any time enables detachment and helps in completely overcoming fear. Tuning oneself to the natural laws or Divine laws as they are called, makes life very beautiful and satisfying.
Dreams, absolute faith and self confidence
Namaste my dear friends,
during the last ten days, I have received over two and fifty hundred mails and I am sorry to say that I simply could not find the time to reply to all of them. I would like to give a general reply to those that I have not replied to. I hope you guys don’t mind.
Well, actually, I have started some new business projects and I am very occupied with my own work.
Here are a few basic guidelines that I would like to post here on my blog:
- There is NOTHING called Karmic punishment, but there are only Karmic settlements. It’s about Karmic pluses and minuses that we need to balance.
- There is nobody or no planet up there watching each and everything you do and waiting to catch you red handed in order to ‘punish’ you for your ‘bad’ deeds. (Right and wrong, good and bad are relative terms).
The two main truths about right and wrong, and good and bad are :
a. about causing or not causing harm to others
b. being or not being of use to the society and to nature.
Whether you believe in God or not is not the question but whether you are useful to the system or not, certainly is.
I would like to say that about 60-65 % of the people who contacted me so far, have been quick enough to understand some basic rules that I talk about and their lives have changed for the better within very short periods of time. The others think ‘logically’ and hence they don’t believe in miracles. Subconsciously, they actually believe that miracles cannot hapen and hence they don’t happen!
People dream and aspire for things but then they also start thinking in a ‘sensible’ manner and start telling themselves that their dreams are far too unrealistic!
I have always believed that during the process of dreaming, intelligence and logic are uninvited guests. In the film ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’, Eli Wallach said, ‘When you want to shoot, shoot!’
Since I am a pacifist, I would say, ‘When you want to dream, dream! And please do believe in them.’
I can tell you guys one thing for sure – There hasn’t been even one single well visualised dream of mine (however impossible – including my meeting with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) that hasn’t come true so far. It is the absolute faith that matters.
May God Bless you all
Jai Shree Krishna
In my humble opinion, talking about or sharing bad experiences during down times only worsens the situation that one is in. It kills the possibility of having some sudden life changing brainwave which can be caused only through creative thinking. Talking about all that one has ‘suffered’ leads to self pity which is one of man’s worst enemies. Instead, it would be advisable to study the stories of people who have overcome their setbacks and have succeeded in rising from the lowest levels in their life.
Past Karma or Praarabdha Karma cannot be changed. The present Janma is still open for us to alter or rather influence it. Our Karmic balance sheet can most certainly be changed.
‘Whatever is destined to happen, will happen’. Nice, but how do we verify if this statement is true or false? My own experiences have taught me that our future Karma CAN be altered. But unfortunately, centuries of mental conditioning prevents people from believing that the power actually lies within us.
We are all parts of the system and this large system will never let us down until we are useful to it. Therefore, when one is down he or she should be considering being useful to nature and to the society.
The concept is very simple –
1. Developing absolute faith in God and in oneself
2. Living a life guided by strong social responsibility
3. Daring to dream of something, fixing it as a goal and sincerely visualising it.
Many people do not know what they want in life and that is why they do not get anything. God is all powerful and there is nothing that He cannot do. All one needs to do is to decide what exactly one wants and to sincerely ask for it by repeatedly visualising it.
The birth of a child in a very poor family or in a wealthy family or as sick a child or a healthy one, may depend on Praarabdha karma, but what one achieves in the current Janma totally depends on the new Karma done. More positive new Karma offsets past negative Karma.
Bhakti Marga, Jnyaana Marga and Karma Marga are three ways to salvation shown to us by the Bhagawad Gita. Following these paths and absolute belief works wonders in people’s lives. Faith can move mountains.
Life is about hope, love, faith, dreams, achievements, etc.
Happiness, sadness, fear and so on are states of mind and there are ways that one can learn in order to control them or even manipulate them to achieve well-being. Going through a bad phase should be treated as a temporary learning period because such an experience is required for some future event. It prepares the base for some wonderful thing that is going to happen in life. Nothing unbearable shall ever happen and the sky will never fall on the head. Every problem has a solution but it may sometimes take a while before finding it. Tuning one’s mind to receive change is most important. Brooding over the past destroys the present as well as the future.
Accepting reality and learning from past mistakes help us in self-improvement. Dreams, Hope and Faith put us on the right bus to our destination.
Jai Shree Krishna
The power within.
In the month of February 2014, a well-educated and an affluent Vrischikan lady from India contacted me. She said that she had some health problems and requested me for my advice. As I always do, I told her that I was not some magician or an ascetic but a selfmade entrepreneur who has been passionately studying Vedic Astrology and Philosophy since over three decades. She developed confidence in me and she started following the suggestions I gave her in order to empower and energise herself. Within a period of about two weeks, this lady was almost perfectly alright and she felt very healthy and very energetic. Everything went well until she met some ‘powerful’ man (Baba) in her home town who claimed be a clairvoyant, a Guru and a staunch devotee of a Goddess. That man told her that she had ‘Devi Mata’ in her and that she was destined to be a great spiritual leader who would lead huge masses of people. He also said that he was the Guru ‘chosen’ for her and she believed him! Remember, the lady is an affluent one. She got him expensive presents such a mobile phone and so on.
He systematically brainwashed her every time they spoke on telephone or whenever they met with each other. The lady called him Guru Anna and she slowly but steadily got herself entangled in a deadly web of lies and deceit that he spun. He told her highly imaginative stories which the lady truly believed! He narrated to her his ‘experiences’ during his ‘meetings’ with Goddesses. He pretended to go into a trance and spoke to the lady all kinds of nonsense. This lady, who is basically a very honest and also a gullible person, even told him about me and that I was advising and guiding her spiritually. This presumably angered Anna and he went to the extent of telling the lady that I was a sorcerer engaged in witchcraft! He also told her that it was me who was causing her the sickness through black magic and I was also healing her to win her confidence!! This could be a good storyline for a Vittalacharya movie!
This lady believed everything he said and even distanced herself from other friends of hers. While I read one of her mails to me, I sensed that there was something wrong with her and I insisted that she spoke with me on Skype. Initially she refused but later on she agreed to have a Skype call with me. I was shocked at the way she communicated with me. She seemed like a woman who was possessed! How could a well-educated city-bred young woman like her even associate herself with such a charlatan like that Anna, let alone allowing herself to become a puppet in his hands!
That evening after our Skype call, I started on a treatment for her to get her out of all the mess that she was in. I sent her my first email and started explaining to her how such con artists and mountebanks operate. My third email was a direct hit and it did the job. The lady broke down and she requested me to save her from the clutches of that man. She is now completely free from the grip of that man and she has followed my advice of totally surrendering before God. She is now convinced that we don’t need agents, brokers or middlemen to communicate with God. She then requested me to post her story on this blog in order to enlighten other gullible people regarding such tricksters who are constantly on the prowl looking for easy victims.
Hers is not the only case of people getting conned and fooled by such quacks. Even young and intelligent men go to fraudsters who claim to be powerful Priests and Tantriks and pay huge amounts of money to be rescued from their financial crises or from any other kind of trouble. I too believe in Karma and in natal charts but as I have written earlier, natal charts are useful only for the purpose of Karmic diagnosis. I have been writing regularly about the concept past Karma and future Karma. We have the power within us to change our life. I strongly believe that greater the fall the higher the rise that will follow. I started this blog in order share my methods which I have followed. My tested methods ensure that ANYONE, even after a great fall, CAN RISE LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES.
I must mention another strange attitude of some people who contact me. There are some who are not very convinced about what I am saying simply because I don’t charge them anything for my time or for my services!! They believe that only expensive astrologers are good ones! I have made it very clear ever since the day I started this blog on the 6th of February 2014, that I am only sharing whatever I have learned during my life. In the last three and a half months, over 2400 people who not only contacted me but also stayed regularly in contact with me have experienced wonders happening in their lives. They are now back on their feet and have returned from what they felt were hopeless situations. I have mentioned earlier in another page that my whole life thus far has been full of miracles and I am just an ordinary man living an extraordinary life.
Anyone can attain great success and even rise from the ashes like a Phoenix, provided he or she really wants to!
May God Bless us all and may there be peace, prosperity and happiness everywhere.
Namaste everyone 🙂
It gladdens my heart immensely to see that all those who visit this blog are happy and are also highly motivated. This exactly is the objective of my blog. Spreading happiness, love, friendship, optimism and hope is something wonderful and it gives us great mental satisfaction.
Everything depends on our state of mind. Mastering the art of controlling our state of mind without external support makes us feel very strong from within. As I said in my film C&K, even negative qualities in us can be used to improve the quality of our own life. Pretending to not have any negative qualities in us blocks us from going further. The most important step is to first admit, at least to ourselves, that we do have anger and hatred within us. Denying this would amount to lying. Each and everyone of us has most certainly experienced insult and we tend to hate those who insulted us. Here lies the crux of the matter. Treating the insult as a part of learning gives us a strong verve to excel instead of falling into the trap of self-pity. Self-pity leads to Hypochondria and this succeeds in making us actually sick! People find excuses to justify their being idle and even go to the extent of believing that ‘if things have to happen, they will happen on their own’. It is only our action that has an equal and an oppsite reaction and therefore when there is no action there is no reaction.
The Gita tells us of 3 Margas or paths to attain Moksha or salvation:
- Jnana Maarga (path to salvation through knowledge)
- Bhakti Maarga (path to salvation through devotion)
- Karma Maarga (path to salvation through action)
I strongly believe that the Karma Maarga built on Social Responsibility is the one that can bring us materialistic success as well as Moksha.
Many who have not had materialistic success say that they are ‘not interested’ in the materialistic world. That reminds me of the story of the fox and the sour grapes. Achieving success in terms of money is most essential for people! I find it very hard to accept able-bodied young men wasting their time and energy doing nothing and fooling themselves saying that they are ‘not interested’ in materialistic success. In my opinion, that is escapism. Mother Nature is very generous to us and we need to be thankful to her and give her something back in return. We need to be well tuned to the System to receive as well as to give.
Being modest and benevolent after having achieved wealth and success is completely different from a poor and an unsuccessful person being modest. I admire great people who strove hard to make it big in life and later on worked towards to the upliftment of downtrodden people. This is their way of expressing gratitude to the System.
Many young women who have contacted me, have so much energy in them which they were told to actually stifle by many others! Mental energy is great power and the energy of even one young frail woman who is not so physically strong, CAN alter the lives of so many other people. It would be a selfish act to waste this energy and power in the name of simplicity, piety and ‘desirelessness’ before crossing the stage of experiencing materialistic success! How would we know if the grapes are sour or sweet unless we tasted them?
Well folks, arise and succeed!
Here is a command to Arjuna from Lord Krishna Himself:
Chapter 11 Verse 33 from Srimad Bhagavad Gita :
तस्मात्त्वमुत्तिष्ठ यशो लभस्व जित्वा शत्रून्भुंक्ष्व राज्यं समृद्धम् ।
मयैवैते निहताः पूर्वमेव निमित्तमात्रं भव सव्यसाचिन् ॥ ३३॥
tasmaattvamuttishtha yasho labhasva jitvaa shatroonbhungkshva raajyam samriddham |
mayaivaite nihataaha pooravameva nimttamaatram bhava savyasaachin || 33 ||
(Therefore, get up and attain glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a prosperous kingdom. All these (warriors) have already been destroyed by Me. You are only an instrument, Oh Arjuna.)
PS: Please note that the phrase ‘conquer your enemies’ is an allegorical reference to conquering negative qualities in people.
May God Bless us all and make us successful
Jai Shree Krishna
Many people have written to me saying that they are living in some country away from their motherland and cannot even think of the possibility of getting back. This indicates that they are attached to the kind of life they lead and also that they got used to something which they do not wish to forgo. Whatever it is, it indicates attachment.
Attachment to a person, thing, or place makes a person weak. The intellect is seriously affected due to this attachment. The intellect is the one that gives us the power of discrimination. A weak intellect causes illusions of desire, pleasure and pain. Our desire for persons, things or places leads us to work towards achieving our respective goals. Succeeding in achieving our goals gives us pleasure but failing to do so causes pain and grief.
Interestingly, people who are very poor are in some way or the other are actually happier than those that are well to do. This originates from non-attachment. People living in penury do not have many possessions and therefore they are not attached to anything. Their main concern is the food that they require every day.
Here is an explanations from the Saankhya Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita which is about the eternal reality of the soul’s immortality.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter: 2. Verses 62 and 63
ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंसः सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते |
सङ्गात्संजायते कामः कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते || २ ६२ ||
क्रोधाद्भवति संमोहः संमोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रमः |
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति || २ ६३ ||
dhyāyato viṣayān puḿsaḥ, sańgas teṣūpajāyate
sańgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ, kāmāt krodho ‘bhijāyate 2: 62
krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ, sammohāt smṛti-vibhramaḥ
smṛti-bhraḿśād buddhi-nāśo, buddhi-nāśāt praṇaśyati 2: 63
While concentrating on objects of the senses, a person develops lust and attachment to the sense object. From attachments, desires are born, and from desires, anger arises. 2: 62
Anger causes delusion and this delusion causes bewilderment and bad memory. Forgetting true values causes the loss of spiritual intelligence leading to destruction of the person. 2: 63
दैवी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया |
मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामेतां तरन्ति ते || ७ १४ ||
daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante
māyām etāḿ taranti te (7: 14)
This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.
न मां दुष्कृतिनो मूढाः प्रपद्यन्ते नराधमाः |
माययापहृतज्ञाना आसुरं भावमाश्रिताः || ७ १५ ||
na māḿ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ
āsuraḿ bhāvam āśritāḥ (7: 15)
The ones who do evil and the foolish do not surrender to Me; the lowest of mankind whose knowledge is stolen by this mâyâ have adopted the atheistic [demoniac] nature..
Desire is certainly good because that’s the thing drives man to invent and inventions lead to technological developments. But change is most certainly an important part of evolution and accepting and adapting to change has the power to make people happy.
Karmically speaking, destiny has its own way of changing people’s lives. Accepting new opportunities means being ready for change. Nothing or no one is permanent.
Here is a piece of important information that I would like to share.
A huge change has taken place in my life recently. Things that I never thought of, have started taking place in my life.
I have written to those who contacted me stressing upon the importance of developing self-discipline and modesty. I noticed among some people who contacted me, that they are still holding on to something that they have already lost. This prevents the opening of new avenues in life. I have repeatedly suggested to people to simply let go off the past and be ready to embrace the future. As per my experience and knowledge about Sadè sati, I must say that this new level of consciousness HAS to be reached a few months before the start of the 2nd phase of Sadé sati, which in our case would be November 2014. There will also be major changes in the months of June and July 2014
I fail to undertand why some people don’t want to prepare themselves for change! Don’t people want change? Or are they still stuck up with some old ideas and do not want to move out of their zones or comfort? Destiny is too powerful and it can change people’s lives overnight, just as it has changed mine.
The most unexpected things can happen and will happen. Life will not be the same during and after Sadé sati.
As I have made it very clear to those who write to me or Skype me, I don’t claim to be any authority on this subject but then, I have a lot to share from my highly eventful and colourful life so far. My experience has taught me that we certainly do have the power to alter our destiny that has been predicted by astrologers based on our natal charts. This can be done ONLY if we followed the rules and also ONLY if we actually want the change to take place. I opened my heart and destroyed all vestiges of ego and pride that I may have had. This made way for new opportunities that I never even imagined of. I started receiving unexpected calls from people who offered me new business opportunities. A lot of totally unimaginable new things started to happen. I feel that I am flowing with the wave as I have completely discarded my pride due to my past success. Each and every moment seems to be mysteriously amazing showing signs of something huge that is about to come. Total faith and absolute optimism have the power to wipe out any kind of stress from the mind. Mental stress is a state of mind and this can be tactfully handled by dreaming of exactly what one wants to achieve and by visualising all that to the minutest detail.
I am extremely glad to publicly state that during the last four weeks, almost everyone who communicated with me have benefited from the new way of thinking. Marriages that were about to break were not only saved, but the couples who contacted me and understood the rules and my concept, are now very happy ones.
People who were confused due to sudden downfalls in their business or work, all of a sudden experienced very pleasant surprises and now they are actually thankful for the downfalls that they had! This is a period of forced change and those who are braced for it, will undergo marvellous changes in life.
Jai Shree Krishna
Vedic Astrology believes in souls and in re-incarnation. This means that the soul of a person NEVER dies but moves into a new zygote after the death of one body and continues into its new Janma. This, in the Bhagavad Gita, is compared to a person going for new clothes when the old ones are worn out or faded. A soul can NEVER be destroyed. Each time we take birth, we have entered a new lease of life which is called a Janma or a lifetime in Sanskrit. This new Janma is based on past Karma. In other words, the life that is ‘destined’ for us is based on our past Karma. But of course, we do have the option and also the possibility to manage our present and future Karma.
When we feel unwell we go to a Doctor. The first thing that a Doctor does is to try to diagnose the problem using a stethoscope, an ECG machine, X-Ray, a CAT Scan, etc. Once the problem has been identified, the doctor prescribes us medication, surgical intervention and above all, change in our diet and in our lifestyle in order to not only cure us of the illness, but also to avoid its relapse. Similarly, after a Karmic analysis of a chart, the person in question needs to make the necessary changes in his or her own lifestyle, habits, attitude, etc. in order to be ‘cured’ of the problem and to be able to plan a great future.
When a Vedic Astrologer takes a look at the natal chart of a person, he or she can easily detect the Karmic pattern of the person in question. Karma in Sanskrit means Action. All of us are born with good and bad Karma. Once we know what kind of Karma we were born with, we can always find ways to balance the equation and to plan our future accordingly. It is a kind of introspection or self-analysis which all of us need to do in order to find out our own strengths and weaknesses.
Analysing our Natal Chart is therefore certainly a good way to discover our inner strengths and weaknesses so that we can work on them towards improving our life. But the main problem is that many people get stuck to a particular point on their horoscope and refuse to budge an inch even after the Karmic diagnosis. Is that what the person would do after a clinical diagnosis of some infection or disease in the body? NO. He or she will have to ACT by taking the necessary steps in order to be cured and to stay healthy.
It is said that everything happens at the right time. I personally believe that this ‘right time’ can be created by us. It takes a lot of work in analysing one’s own attitude, patterns in life and general style of behaviour .
Many people who are in some kind of a trouble, get their horoscope checked and invariably end up pitying themselves. Overcoming fear and self-pity is most important in order to prepare oneself to be open to new ideas and to great and amazing new opportunities. Many have written to me asking why their life has not changed although Saturn has been retrograde since March. Well, the answer is very simple – they are not ready yet.
Reading such a warm and a friendly message from a senior person like Mr. ASRK on the ‘About Tavamithram’ page of our blog moved me greatly and I decided to share my thoughts about paying attention to advice from elders and also earning their blessings.
All of us have gone through childhood and teenage when our parents or other elders advised us on what to do and how to plan a career and a bright future.In the name of freedom of thought, most young people do not pay heed to what elders say. I don’t mean to say that elders are always right but paying attention to them, in my opinion, would be the most sensible thing to do. Why do we go to others for advice when we are in trouble? It’s because the mind of the person undergoing trouble cannot think clearly due to fear, worries, one-sided views, etc.But the person we approach for advice is not directly affected by the situation and hence that person can think clearly and analyse the pros and cons of the situation, and also those of the action to be taken.I personally feel that listening to what others say is being smart because it is nothing but free information from the other person. I simply don’t understand why many young people do not want to even listen to what is being told to them.We don’t need to do what has been told to us, but listening can be wonderful food for thought.
When I used to work as a Foreign Language Lecturer, I followed my own methods to communicate important facts and truths to my students. I never asked them to sit beside me and listen to my advice. But I narrated to them ‘third party stories,’ as they are called in the field of Timeshare Marketing in which the main truth was somewhere hidden. My students would easily pick the main point and even apply it in their life.
Many parents and teachers wish to be something like dictators of their respective families and classes. This prevents the building of a strong bond of love and affection. I am sure that if young people are taught in the right and in an interesting way, they will not only understand, but due to their engagement in the conversation, may even come out with some new ideas which elders never thought of. Therefore open and clear communication between different generations is an enriching experience to both the younger and the senior ones. I personally find interacting with people much younger or much older than I am, to be very interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Well, I have come across so many young people who for some reason totally unknown to me are so proud and arrogant. I simply can’t comprehend that. Arrogance for what? How can such an attitude be useful to anyone? The first thing it does is to drive friends and near and dear ones away. It makes a person unpopular and disliked not only by people of the same gender but also of the opposite one.
I am of the opinion that the concept of simplicity has been communicated in a wrong way. Simplicity does not necessarily mean wearing simple clothes made of hand spun yarn or not caring for one’s own good looks. Such things were preached by people who could never have done anything better.
Young people or for that matter, everyone must certainly pay attention to the way they look and carry themselves. Staying fit, dressing well and being well groomed are very important for a person and this helps in developing self-confidence.Being affable and friendly attracts more friends and that makes life even more interesting.
During the first week of every month, my younger sister and I as little children would eagerly look forward to the new issue of a children’s magazine called ‘Chanda Mama’. My father had subscribed to this wonderful magazine. It contained simple stories at the end of which, some beautiful and important virtue or moral was communicated to the reader. A child whose mind is repeatedly impressioned with good values grows up into a law-abiding, disciplined and a friendly human being. The child’s mind can be conditioned with such good values.
Children are very good at visualising things and this is why when I wish to teach my young son something new, I always tell it to him in the form of an interesting story. Simple things like describing in detail the different characters in the story encourages the child’s concentration and keeps it fully engaged.
Instead of telling my child ‘Don’t do this or don’t do that’, I tell him a story, that I usually make up on the spot. I use two main characters – a ‘good’ one and the ‘bad’ one. At the end of the story I ask him which one of the two he liked. Invariably he would say that he liked the one that I actually wanted him to like. This character becomes a role model for him. The next time he commits the same mistake, all I do is to remind him of the story and the character that he likes the most and he would instantaneously do what was expected of him.
By treating a child in this manner, the child feels respected and also learns that respect can be won only by respecting others and by following the rules of the house. Screaming at a child and insulting it, especially before outsiders, completely destroys its sense of self-respect thereby ruining its self-confidence too.
The relationship between parents is a wonderful and a divine one. Parents are directly responsible for the future of their children.
This blog was published for the first time on February 6, 2014. In a short period of 7-8 weeks, we have received over 4600 emails, all of which we replied. The overwhelming responses, warm and welcoming comments from the followers of our blog have greatly motivated us. This proves that we did the right thing by starting this blog because there are so many people out there who are in trouble and need someone to talk to.
We must point out that 90% of the people who contacted me are under Sadé sati and almost all of them have difficulties in their career and in their financial situation. But 575 people among them have no problems with finances or with their career at all. We observed something common among them. All these 575 people are engaged in some kind of a charitable activity or the other. This has earned them good Karma and has protected them.
In one of my messages, I had cited the example of a typical corporate organisation that fires people when they are no longer useful to the society. We believe that the same rule applies to our life too. Social responsibility and being useful to others, play an enormous role in shaping one’s life. Selfishness leads to even more selfishness. All of us are a part of this system and we have no control over it. But we certainly have control on what we do and not do. Karma means ACTION. Good deeds get us good results. Positive results may seem a bit elusive initially, but they will most certainly come one day. Absolute faith builds great self-confidence and completely removes fear from our mind.
It is well-known that we reap what we sow and this adage when followed gives us clarity in thought, word and deed.
It is passion and absolute faith that make great people.
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela
Achievers are those who believe in the dreams that they dared to dream.