The Chequered Flag for Vrischikans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes.

Jai Shri Krishna


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A smooth life or one which is eventful?

Namaste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be a free thinking and modest seeker.

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

Jai Shri Krishna

 

Mental Freedom and Happiness versus Mental Dependence and Heartaches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:
The threefold miseries are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feelings such as happiness, sadness, fear, anger, desperation, hatred, etc are states of mind. You are happy or sad only when you think of whatever it is that gives you those feelings. It is the way you perceive different situations that cause to the different states of mind. One one hand, being attached to people, to objects, to one’s work or accomplishments apart from their feeling of ownership of what they believe they possess, can give rise to the fear of the risk of losing them. This fear of losing leads people to take the wrong decisions which can have serious repercussions and cause irreversible damages in one’s life. When the fear of losing has taken control over one’s mind, they not only give up but they also give themselves lame excuses and baseless reasons in order to justify to themselves their decision to quit. This decision to quit, however, does not solve their problem or make them feel better! It only makes them even more despondent.
The Bhagavad Gita begins with the chapter that talks about the feelings of despondency, weakness and confusion that took over Arjuna’s intellect. His despondent state of mind was about to turn him, who was known as a valiant, intelligent and knowledgeable warrior king, into a coward, destroy his perspicacity and drive him towards delusion, failure, defeat and ignominy.
However, Arjuna took an extremely important step that people in a despondent state of mind need to take in order to improve their situation and achieve their goals. What he did was to concede that he had an unclear mind, and asked Krishna to accept him as His pupil and teach him the way to counter the problem that he was facing. The knowledge and advice that Arjuna received from Krishna, changed his way of thinking and perceiving things as a result of which, Arjuna attained grand success.

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

i.  Correct flaws in your thinking as well as in your perception of reality,

ii. Understand the natural ‘Cause and Effect’ principle,

iii. Become fearless, self-confident, generous and socially responsible,

iv. Reset your life by learning to override all your negative past Karma through Divine Knowledge, and,

v. Most importantly, learn to recognise your TRUE SELF and Master the Art of Mastering your Mind

Jai Shri Krishna

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Positive Karma Through CSR in the Bhagavad Gita

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: THE FIFTH ONE AMONG THE FIVE PEARLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Shri Krishna

Vegan devotees of Krishna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jai Shri Krishna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Shri Krishna

Coming soon:
Audiobook – The Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English, presented by Tavamithram

THE KARMA YOGI LEADER SHRI NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODIJI 

The Cup of Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.

Jai Shri Krishna

Treat Insults and Setbacks as ‘ROCKET FUEL’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Shri Krishna

Achieving Serenity of the Mind and Experiencing Divinity

Studying the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and perceiving the Divinity in You

WHO IS KRISHNA? WHERE IS KRISHNA?

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

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

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


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

Transcript of the video:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shlokas from The Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

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

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

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

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

What is the first step to handle a serious problem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Musk deer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Peace reign in your Heart, Mind and Soul.

OM Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Krishnam vandé Jagad Gurum

Is Karmic Retribution True?

Namaste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Shri Krishna

The Prisoner’s Dilemma – a note for Vrischikans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great and fulfilling life ahead.

Stay blessed.

Jai Shri Krishna

Beware of God Vendors and Traders

Please note:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Jai Shri Krishna

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

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

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

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

5.  Click here to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita 

6.  Click here : Karma

Indian Elections – Making the Right Choice

Namaste.

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

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

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

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

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

Jai Shri Krishna

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

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Warren Buffett’s 10 Rules for Success

The tried and tested  Ten Rules for Success by Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors and most successful businessmen in the world. As of March 2019, Warren Buffett has a net worth close to US$ 85 billion.

Down times in life are in fact ideal periods for introspection, self analysis, self improvement and course corrections. When things are going well for people, it is quite normal for them to be convinced that they are the ‘doers’ and that their success is a result of their smartness, talent, ability and work. This belief builds ego in them which in turn, has the power to cause intellectual blindness, avarice, selfishness, miserliness, ruthlessness and also the fear of losing what they believe they possess. However, when calamity strikes them in business or in career, they realise that the good things that happened to them all the while, actually happened on their own and that they simply benefitted from some unknown factor in their life which some people might call luck that they feel they don’t possess anymore. On the other hand, wise people who possess great wealth and always achieve tremendous success in the material world, not only know the secret to amassing wealth but they also know how to protect their wealth by guarding themselves from all the negative traits mentioned above that usually come along with success.

By Mark Hirschey – Work of Mark Hirschey, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2581999

One such wise person is Warren Buffet, who is one of the most successful and richest businessmen in the whole world. He does not believe in pomp and show, and never wastes money. Even after becoming a billionaire, he still lives in the same ordinary house he bought in the year 1958. He is a noted philanthropist who has announced that he would give away 83% of his wealth in charity. He has stated that he would not leave behind any significant amounts of wealth for his children because he does not want the money to make them feel like doing nothing. He respects money to such an extent that he would not spend a single cent on something that is unnecessary.

Some of his frugal habits include, driving the same ordinary car for many years, starting his day with breakfast costing about three or four US$ at a local restaurant, enjoying hobbies that are not expensive and entertaining friends like Bill Gates once in a while, but never throwing extravagant parties.

Should you be one who has been facing unexpected financial difficulties, particularly if you are a Vrischikan (Moonsign or Scorpio), who has been ‘hit’ by Sadé Sati, you must be presently wishing for good opportunities in life in order for you to be able to earn back all that you lost, to achieve more success than ever and to regain all the glory that your destiny snatched away from you in such a shocking manner. My suggestion to you would be tell yourself that your situation will change once your mind changes. After having faced difficulties and troubles which you find so hard to solve, your ego must have either left you completely or must be on the verge of freeing you from its clutches. This is the perfect time for you to prepare yourself to attract and channelise wealth back into your life. You could start the process of preparing yourself for the new period of abundance by promising yourself that you would not visit astrology sites again and corrupt your mind reading their general predictions! Instead, make it a point to watch at least one or two videos of talks by successful people everyday. You could search for videos on Warren Buffet and watch them. If it is wealth that you wish for yourself, you will surely be positively influenced by his speeches.

Carefully read Warren Buffett’s Ten Rules for Success given below not just once, but about three or four times everyday. This is because you need to remove all the negative energy that must have accumulated in you in the last few years, and replace it with positive energy and a winning attitude. The ten rules need to become your normal style of thinking and working. It is necessary for them to enter your psyche and become your core philosophy of business and handling wealth.

Assuming that today, you sincerely start believing you are on the final stretch of the tough period you have been going through, and make it a point to follow the advice given by Warren Buffet, it should not take you more than a few months before you find yourself rising again. However remember one important Mantra of the man who happens to be one of the richest three in the world – it is FRUGALITY. You may also call it deep respect for Lakshmiji. Never throw money – not even a cent.

Revisit The Five Pearls and read below Warren Buffett’s Ten Rules for Success.

May you attain great prosperity and share your abundance with others like the way great successful people do.

Warren Buffett’s 10 Rules for Success

1. Reinvest Your Profits

When you first make money, you may be tempted to spend it. Don’t. Instead, reinvest the profits. Buffett learned this early on. In high school, he and a pal bought a pinball machine to put in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had eight in different shops. When the friends sold the venture, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks and to start another small business.

2. Be Willing to Be Different

Don’t base your decisions upon what everyone is saying or doing. When Buffett began managing money in 1956 with $100,000 cobbled together from a handful of investors, he was dubbed an oddball. He worked in Omaha, not on Wall Street, and he refused to tell his partners where he was putting their money. People predicted that he’d fail, but when he closed his partnership 14 years later, it was worth more than $100 million.

3. Never Suck Your Thumb

Gather in advance any information you need to make a decision, and ask a friend or relative to make sure that you stick to a deadline. Buffett prides himself on swiftly making up his mind and acting on it. He calls any unnecessary sitting and thinking “thumb-sucking.”

4. Spell Out the Deal Before You Start

Your bargaining leverage is always greatest before you begin a job – that’s when you have something to offer that the other party wants. Buffett learned this lesson the hard way as a kid, when his grandfather Ernest hired him and a friend to dig out the family grocery store after a blizzard. The boys spent five hours shoveling until they could barely straighten their frozen hands. Afterward, his grandfather gave the pair less than 90 cents to split.

5. Watch Small Expenses

Buffett invests in businesses run by managers who obsess over the tiniest costs. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated (he was). He also admired a friend who painted only the side of his office building that faced the road.

6. Limit What You Borrow

Buffett has never borrowed a significant amount — not to invest, not for a mortgage. He has gotten many heart-rending letters from people who thought their borrowing was manageable but became overwhelmed by debt. His advice: Negotiate with creditors to pay what you can. Then, when you’re debt-free, work on saving some money that you can use to invest.

7. Be Persistent

With tenacity and ingenuity, you can win against a more established competitor. Buffett acquired the Nebraska Furniture Mart in 1983 because he liked the way its founder, Rose Blumkin, did business. A Russian immigrant, she built the mart from a pawnshop into the largest furniture store in North America. Her strategy was to undersell the big shots, and she was a merciless negotiator.

8. Know When to Quit

Once, when Buffett was a teen, he went to the racetrack. He bet on a race and lost. To recoup his funds, he bet on another race. He lost again, leaving him with close to nothing. He felt sick — he had squandered nearly a week’s earnings. Buffett never repeated that mistake.

9. Assess the Risks

In 1995, the employer of Buffett’s son, Howie, was accused by the FBI of price-fixing. Buffett advised Howie to imagine the worst- and best-case scenarios if he stayed with the company. His son quickly realized that the risks of staying far outweighed any potential gains, and he quit the next day.

10. Know What Success Really Means

Despite his wealth, Buffett does not measure success by dollars. In 2006, he pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He’s adamant about not funding monuments to himself-no Warren Buffett buildings or halls. “When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.”

Bitter First, Sweet Later

Dara Singh Thali. Courtesy : Exploring Corners

[Dara Singh Thali. Image courtesy of Exploring Corners]

What would you normally tend to first do when a sumptuous Indian ceremonial full meal is laid out for you? Let us say that the meal spread consists of a variety of dishes made from different vegetables; assorted rice dishes; lentils; a creamy spinach dish; unleavened bread such as nan, roti or chapatis; papadums; a couple of sweet dishes; dessert; and one or two bitter dishes made of bitter gourd and neem leaves. Most Indians remember from their childhood, that due to the instructions they had from their elders to not waste food on the plate, they could not avoid the bitter dishes , which, they were told were good for health, and therefore they had to consume them. In order to comply with the parental instruction, they would first pick the bitter dishes out and quickly swallow them, so that they could take all the time they needed to relish the other delicious dishes.

There are things in life which can never be avoided – past Karma is one great example. It is a bitter truth that a lot of people fail to comprehend. When people face trouble, they resort to praying to their favourite deity to be freed from their troubles and to be blessed with a comfortable and trouble free life. But on the other hand, those who have thoroughly understood the Cause and Effect principle, would never do such a senseless thing of asking to be relieved from trouble simply because escaping the effects of past Karma is just not possible.

Kanchi-mahaperiyavaaHis Holiness the great Shankaracharya Shri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati, who is fondly and reverentially known as Kanchi Mahaswamy, Mahaperiyava or Walking God, would advise devotees to literally ask for problems, troubles and challenges in life! No, it is not as bizarre or ludicrous as it may sound but it is the most sensible thing one could do when it comes to balancing one’s Karma by meekly submitting to the natural law that cannot be circumvented. It is something similar to what happened to you in your childhood when you wanted to first finish eating the bitter dishes from the lavish Indian meal spread, before you could go for the luscious ones, only because it was an unbreakable condition laid down by your mother! When you know that you can’t dodge your past Karma, you had rather aim at undergoing and completing tough stages before you graduate to a better Karmic level of your life, in which, you can start enjoying better things.

Rather than asking for relief from challenging experiences in life, it would be wiser, Karmically speaking, to ask to be blessed with the possibility of ‘quickly’ undergoing challenges, learning from them and being done with them at the earliest. That would be the way to get rid of past Karma because it happens to be the only ‘Karma balancing procedure’ at all! There is absolutely no point trying to run away or escape from your past Karma because sooner or later, it will anyhow hunt you down, just as your positive past Karma with its bountiful Karmic rewards, will come looking for you wherever you are. Never forget that none of your gurus, babas, swamies or astrologers can ever contribute towards having your negative past Karma waived. That is impossible.

So what if new problems crop up in your life? Face them, handle them, clear them and keep moving ahead! You can’t have everything in life. No one can. What you have worked for in the past is what you will get. Such an attitude can turn your troubles into elements of excitement that enrich your life with events, colour, learning and more ‘pages for your book’.

It needs to be repeated that if you are someone who is currently in trouble, whether you are in Sadé Sati, Shani dasha or whatever, it was you who created such a situation through your past Karma! We, the followers of the rational, scientific, logical and natural Sanatana Dharmic, don’t believe in wacky stories such as that of a bearded pervert God in the clouds, who punishes people for not believing in him, for lying, for stealing or for committing adultery! The all powerful natural law of Karma, which has the longest arm, is simply based on Cause or Effect or Sow and Reap!

It’s perfectly alright to be faced by challenges in life, to fall, to suffer insults, to lose, to be rejected, to be cheated, or to be let down by near and dear ones. That is what almost all great successful people did before they arrived at the top! Read about people like Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap, the Rani of Jhansi, Napoleon Bonaparte and most importantly about Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi!

Trying to see reason through lateral thinking instead of blaming planets, greatly helps in settling the uncontrolled and confused mind which is the source of all problems. A confused mind does not stop with being confused but it confuses all others around you. It is truly a pity to come across intelligent and well read people including engineers, doctors, scientists, mathematicians and other such knowledgeable people, who find it difficult to understand the natural law of Cause and Effect andthink so illogically when it comes to accepting challenges, facing them and deftly handling each one of them in a manner a sane person governed by reason would do.

Never allow self-doubt to take control of your mind because it can create a timorous and wimpish attitude in you. Let troubles come into your life, so that you can vapourise your past Karma soon by balancing it.

Work on building new positive Karma, rise from the past, stand tall and above all, march ahead like a true battle hero.

(Read Shlokas 2:02 and 2:03 from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. A meticulous read of the entire second chapter followed by that of the entire Gita, would be of great benefit to people facing difficult or adverse situations)

Jai Shri Krishna

Defeating the defeatist tendency

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The Honourable past President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, was one of the most amazing Indians to have walked on the planet in recent times. Despite his extremely simple background, it was perhaps his past Karma that led him to wonderful people that included those of great wisdom, and made him an outstanding teacher, aeronautical engineer, aerospace scientist, the 11th President of India, and above all, a distinguished, highly spiritual, Karmayogi and yet a thoroughly kind, down to earth and modest human being.

Below is an amazing, awe-inspiring and highly motivating talk by the honourable past President of India. It is a video of the full speech of Dr. Kalam in the Tamil language, that he gave at the Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram in Kattankulathur, which is close to Madras.

Those who do not understand Tamil, might want to click on ‘Settings’ below the video and turn on ‘Subtitles’ in English.

Below is a gist of the speech and its essential points

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Dr. Kalam begins by narrating an incident that happened when he was a student of the 5th grade. He talks about his teacher called Sivasubramaniam Iyer, who one day, taught him and his classmates about how birds fly. The teacher drew images of birds on the blackboard and explained to them the basic principles of flight. He noticed that thirty out of the forty students did not understand the lesson and therefore, he took his students along with the young Dr, Kalam to the nearby beach on the small island of Rameswaram in the southernmost tip of India where they lived.  He asked the students to observe birds that were flying in the sky and said that the flapping of the wings by birds caused lift which enabled them to fly. That was the day Dr. Kalam decided that he would study aeronautical science later on in life.

Time went by and Dr. Kalam graduated in physics and also completed his master’s degree ín aeronautical engineering in Madras. In order to fulfill one of his greatest ambitions in life, he then went to Dehradun for an interview for pilot officers, that was held by the selection board of the Indian Air Force Academy. The process lasted for four days and nights during which, he took part in sports activities, debates, discussions, etc. There were 250 applicants for eight posts of pilot officers. The board selected nine candidates and Dr. Kalam was the ninth one. He was taken in as a standby just in case someone among the eight failed the medical test. However, as the eight others were cleared,  the young Dr. Kalam was out of the race.  He felt dejected and upset because all the hard work he had put in, did not get him the seat at the academy. It was his big dream to become a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force and that dream of his was shattered to bits.

ganga.jpgOn the way back home in southern India, Dr. Kalam stopped at Hrishikesh and bathed in the Ganges. He then went to the Sivananda Ashram also located in Hrishikesh.  When he entered the Ashram, he saw Swami Sivananda seated and giving a discourse on the Bhagavad Gita to a large gathering of people. At the end of the discourse, a person from Europe who was present in the gathering, and Dr. Kalam were asked to meet Swami Sivananda. Swamiji asked him what the matter was because he looked so upset. Prof. Kalam told Swamiji about his not having made it through the selection process of the Indian Air Force Academy and that he was heartbroken and crestfallen.

Swamiji opened a copy of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and read out to him some Shlokas from the 11th chapter which is about the Vishvaroopa Darshan of Krishna. Swamiji said that Krishna asked Arjuna, who was filled with self-doubt and despondency, to fight all adversities and to learn to defeat his defeatist tendency. 

Dr. Kalam compares this teaching with Thirukkural #623

இடும்பைக்கு இடும்பை படுப்பர் இடும்பைக்கு
இடும்பை படாஅ தவர்.
(idumbaikku idumbai paduppar idumbaikku idumbai padaa adhavar) (Kural 623)
Literal translation: “Those who give sorrow to sorrow, when in sorrow, never suffer from sorrow”
The couplet means that “Those who neither shake nor become weak when affected by sorrows but fight them fiercely, can easily win over them and drive them away.”

This impressed and inspired the young Prof. Kalam to such an extent that apart from achieving better clarity in life, he went on to become one of the top Indian scientists and later on, the most beloved President of the great Indian nation.

Dr. Kalam ends his inspiring speech with Thirukkural #595

வெள்ளத் தனைய மலர்நீட்டம் மாந்தர்தம்
உள்ளத் தனைய துயர்வு.
(vellath thanaiya malar-neettam maandhargam
ullath thanaiya thuyarvu) (Kural 595)
The couplet means that, “The height of the stalk of an aquatic flower is determined by the depth of the water in which it exists. Similarly, a person can rise as high as their zeal is.”

The deep knowledge that Dr. Kalam had of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, helped him live an absolutely blemishless and Karmically rewarding life as an extraordinarily fine human being.

May his teachings, which are practical and easy to comprehend as well as follow, continue to inspire people, generation after generation.

Jai Shri Krishna

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

SBG 9:28 By doing so, you will be freed from the bonds of action that result in good and in bad. By being free and with your mind guided by the principle of the Yoga of renunciation, you will attain Me.

Mainly for Vrischikans – Nope, this is not a Rahu Ketu Transit report

Most of you who are into Vedic Astrology, must be aware of the Rahu/Ketu transit which is due to take place on the 6th of March 2019 when Rahu moves into Gemini while Ketu transits into Sagittarius.

For Vrischikans, it would mean that Rahu and Ketu transit into the 8th and the 2nd houses from their natal moon, respectively.

As there are hundreds of websites that carry information about the ‘effects of the Rahu/Ketu transit’ on different Rashis or moon signs, which people can go to and read as many times they want, I am not going to say anything about it as I might only be repeating what others say and end up wasting time.

This post is in response to the mails that I have been receiving from many visitors of this site, particularly Vrischikans, who are currently the ‘senior most’ among the three signs under Sadé Sati. People born under the two other signs Dhanu (Sagittarius) and Makar (Capricorn), and all others may also read and absorb the main message in this post.

Dear Vrischikans who are worried about the Rahu/Ketu transit,

Haven’t you learned in the last seven years that worrying, crying, sobbing, fussing, writing sad stories, self pity, looking for sympathy, reading general astrological predictions, getting your charts analysed by ‘astrological geniuses’ on Vrischika Rashi blogs, lighting ghee lamps at Saturn temples, ‘offering a black ‘chadar’ to a beggar on Tuesdays’, ‘feeding sesame seeds to raven on Saturdays’, calling the beautiful ringed planet names, and incessantly complaining about life and the challenging fate you were born with, have not been useful to you but have only brought you more pain and frustration?

Even if we were to take a moment to multiply our imagination skills and assume that planets do meet up once in a while and discuss how to affect lives of human beings, you are too small and insignificant for a planet like Saturn that is 700 times the size the earth to ‘waste its time’ conspiring to ruin your life. I don’t wish to speak about brainwashed people who belong to organised religions, but I am appalled to see the number of Sanatana Dharmis (Hindus) who fall for such ridiculous ideas when the Sanatana Dharma based on Advaita Vedanta, is the only ancient, true, rational, scientific, sensible and logical way of life for true seekers, that even asks questions about the origin or creation of everything, for example in the Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Veda. It is unfortunately the influence of foreign cults and organised religions on the people of Bharat, that has greatly contributed towards damaging and distorting the mind of the common Sanatani (Hindu) and removing from it the Dharmic concept of a Universal, Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Impersonal Supreme Brahman also worshipped in the form of Bhagavan Krishna. This ignorance is the prime weakness of such people which is well exploited by fake astrologers, fraudulent societies, ashrams and religious organisations.

Just like people who find it easier to believe in the existence of a spirit in an allegedly haunted house than perceiving the omnipresence of Divinity, when a person who is undergoing challenges in life is told that it is their own past Karma that caused the troubles, they adamantly continue to be in denial. But when they are told by an astrologer that it is their Saturn Dasha, Bhukti or any other planetary position on their chart that is causing it and that things would get better for them once the planet transits to the next house on their natal chart, they readily accept it and also praise the astrologer for being a good one! What the astrologer actually did was nothing more than offering counselling and moral support that the poor ‘victim of bad planetary positions’ paid for and altered the way he or she thought! Some people who come to this site are redirected from other blogs. They write their woeful tales on other blogs but when they come here, they silently read my posts, go through comments on the discussion forum, and go back to their crying corners because I don’t approve sob stories on this site since I am strictly against allowing even an iota of negativity around me thanks to the fact I am an incorrigible optimist.

The distorted and disturbed mind of a Sanatani (Hindu) is unable to understand and accept the principle of Cause and Effect, which in fact, is so simple that even a birdbrained person should be able to comprehend it with ease. Your present is the result of your past Karma and your future is being written right now by you through your present Karma! You might ask if this meant that Vedic Astrology is nonsense? No, not at all! The fact is that Vedic Astrology is an unbelievably wonderful Karmic diagnostic system created by our great ancestors. Those amazing wise people, studied patterns in the lives of people and probably found a correlation between events in a person’s life, their Karma and planetary movements; and brought into existence the great gift to mankind called Vedic Astrology. I personally consider a person’s natal chart to be their ‘Karmic diagnostic report’ from which, we could take hints and plan necessary course corrections instead of wasting time digging deeper and deeper into it.

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When you want to prepare some vegetable pulao, you would start by collecting the necessary ingredients such as rice, vegetables, spices, cashew nuts and some oil, etc. and follow the recipe to make the vegetable pulao. If you wished to prepare mushroom pasta, you would need mushrooms, pasta and a recipe to prepare the dish. The end product always depends on what you use as ingredients and on how you use them. Take a few other analogies – If you want a mango tree to grow in your garden, you would plant a mango seed. A person who cheats another, gets cheated by someone. You dump someone unfairly, you will be dropped like a hot brick by somebody when you least expect. Hurt others and you can be sure of being hurt by others. Similarly, if you want good, do something that will get you good. Help others, and providence will bless you with the necessary help when you are in need of it. Share with others what you know and have, and the others too will do the same with you. That’s what the saying ‘reap what you sow’ means. That’s also called Cause and Effect! Reading astrological predictions for hours together or being upset about a supposedly unfavourable planetary transit can have no positive effects on your life but they can most certainly have negative ones! When your thoughts are negative, things that happen around you are bound to be negative. To recap, when you plant a papaya seed, you get a papaya tree, don’t you?

In order to study what actually happens during a tough astrological period like Sadé Sati in a person’s life, we could take a look at the different stages that the affected person goes through during the period.  Such a period usually begins with a shocking event and as time passes, it leads them into feeling forced to make certain changes in their habits and attitude towards life. This helps them grow wiser because they develop patience, become more kind and compassionate, get rid of bad habits, shed certain negative traits in them that used to block their growth and improvement in life, become more modest and also begin to altruistically help others who need help. This means that the person has benefitted from the trying time and has successfully balanced their Karma. However, unfortunately, there are also people who do nothing during such periods and don’t care to introspect in order make positive changes in themselves, but visit astrology sites everyday and eagerly wait for a new Rahu/Ketu or Guru transit to take place so that their life could all of a sudden turn into a bed of sweet roses! Nope, things don’t work that way. Let me quote Thomas Carlyle – “No pressure, no diamonds”! When you know that everything that happens is based on your past Karma, how can you expect your future to suddenly become wonderful when no new positive Karma from your side is being created and collected? In my opinion, people who do not ‘take advantage’ of a period of Saturn, or let us call it, any challenging period in their life, to correct and improve themselves, are simply wasting a golden Karma balancing period in their Janma.

Let us try to understand what really happens when a person is upset, depressed, sad or simply angry with their own destiny. They usually begin by finding faults with themselves and with others around them, and end up getting into the habit of actually visualising bad things happening to them. It is said that things usually happen twice – once in the mind and once for real. When you visualise bad things, you can be almost sure that all the bad things you thought of, can also happen for real. Do you want unpleasant or bad things to happen in your life? Thinking negative things is usually a result of self pity that stems from low self respect and poor self confidence. People who respect themselves never pity themselves! It is mostly people who are weak minded and lazy to improve their own spiritual knowledge, that are gullible victims of fake astrologers, astrology sites, swamies, babas as well as good, bad and ‘sad gurus’.

I started this site five years ago and ever since its beginning, I have been advising people to visit my Bhagavad Gita site, take a couple of hours of their time and complete reading my simple translations of the 700 Divine Verses of the Srimad Bhagavd Gita. Thousands of people did take my advice, read the SBG and straightaway enter a better state of mind which had a positive influence on their lives. However, there have also been many others who visited this site and for some reason or the other, were not particularly impressed with this simple suggestion of mine and sadly continued to suffer due to their own ignorance and faulty thinking. For Krishna’s sake – when I say that I suggest people or advice people, it definitely does not mean that I am some guru or religious expert! As my name suggests, I am TAVAMITHRAM – YOUR FRIEND and nothing beyond that. This is my site and so I share my views on it just as others write their views on their sites or you can publish your views on your own site. I share with others what I have learned in my life which certainly has not been a regular and stable one but has been rather adventurous and highly eventful. Let us be honest – how many of you have looked death in the eye not just once but many times and wished to stay awake and conscious when the impending event was to happen? I did. But I guess it is due to some Karmic reason that my moment of departure from this Janma of mine, hasn’t arrived as yet. Taking or not taking whatever I write here is totally left to the visitors of this site. There is no hurry. Never mind, everyone is bound to learn about the principle of Cause and Effect some day – at least in the next few hundred Janmas.

Those who find what I have said above to be acceptable,  and would like to take action in order to change the course of their life, might want to set aside a day or two and go through the following steps:

Preparation:
1. Study and define your position and status in life.
2. Re-evaluate your concept of a good life and a bright future. Define the situation you are in not just as a good or bad situation but write down a list of everything that you don’t like in your life and all the things that you want in your life. Being clear and precise can add great value to this exercise of yours.
3. Come to terms with the situation you are in. This means, understand thoroughly where you stand so that you can plan your next stride and calculate how long the stride needs to be. Even if they are bitter, accept inevitable truths such as losing a job, someone leaving your life, loss of wealth and property, having to work under an awful boss or even a change of place that you did not wish for.
4. Make a list of all the mistakes that you believe you have committed but wouldn’t repeat if you had a second chance.
5. UNDERSTAND that it is only your own POSITIVE THOUGHTS and ACTIONS that can produce POSITIVE RESULTS.

Training your mind and bringing it under your control – action plan:
1. Read and understand The Five Pearls that I follow in my life. It is a concentrated extract of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
2.  Click here to open our Srimad Bhagavad Gita site and complete reading all the 18 chapters. Don’t bother if you don’t understand some verses because you will anyhow read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita many times in your life and will learn to interpret the Divine Teachings in your own way.
3. Click here to study the Ishavasya Upanishad
4. Click here to study the Chariot Analogy based on the Kat-hopanishad

Should you sincerely and diligently complete the above tasks, you can be certain that by the time you are through with the last step, you would have become a Vedantist, would have built a great spiritual relationship with Bhagavan Krishna, be in a beautiful mental plane that will be entirely different from the one you are in now, and feel extraordinarily and also astonishingly courageous, self confident and mentally powerful. It is also quite possible that you will completely stop visiting astrology sites thereafter, and not need others to tell you how to make course corrections in your life in order to improve it. However, you don’t need to worry much in case you don’t wish to put in efforts in order to make changes in your life because our Sanatana Dharma, unlike some organised religions,  does not menace people with hellfire and some evil guys in a fiery hot hell to pour burning oil on you forever. The only thing that can happen is that you might have to go through a few hundred more challenging Janmas before you get the general picture and realise that it is your own Karma that causes everything in your life and in your Karmic journey.

Dear Vrischikans, please don’t allow gloomy and cynical people to influence your thoughts and make you pessimists like them but please follow my advice and take the most awesome Karmayogi leader our honourable and beloved Shri Narendra Modiji as your role model. Remember, he too is a Vrischikan and is under Sadé Sati, but he attained the highest levels of his personal success in this Janma of his, right in the middle of his Sadé Sati that people are generally so terribly scared of.

Stay blessed.

Best wishes.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Divinity in you

Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna:

(SBG 18:13)”Learn from Me, O mighty-armed Arjuna, the five factors, as declared in the Saankhya system which is the philosophy of spiritual illumination and the ultimate purpose of all actions.

(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 different functions performed by the being; and the Super Consciousness within as the fifth factor.  

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It can be gleaned from this Shloka that an individual is essentially made up of five factors which are the physical body, the ego, the mind, the senses and the Superconsciousness.

Bhagavan Krishna also said,  (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.”

It is evident from the above Shlokas that it is the presence of the Self or the Superconsciousness in a physical body that differentiates between one that is alive and another that has died. When the physical body of a person dies, it is the Self or the Superconsciousness that leaves it. The following Shlokas explain that the Self or Superconscioisness, not only in humans, but also in all beings, is Divinity, Brahman or Bhagavan Krishna Himself. This has been clearly stated in Shloka  SBG 18:20 given below.

An untamed and untrained mind, ego, ignorance, arrogance and being brainwashed into following an organised religion or cult, are some of the reasons that prevent people from being seekers, and from being aware of as well as from sensing the Divinity in themselves. This sends them flocking behind godmen, godwomen and astrologers who weave their own stories and keep naive people entangled in the web of their bizarre tales.

Reading and understanding The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the easiest and surest way to break free from mental slavery and to begin an exciting, awe filled, Karmically rewarding, peaceful and fulfilling life.

Below are some Shlokas from The Srimad Bhagavad Gita that explain the Divinity in you.

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 3:30 Renounce all your works completely in Me, have full knowledge of the Self and fix your mind on Me, don’t expect any benefits, be clear of arrogance and laziness and fight.

SBG 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.

SBG 5:05 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 6:29 A yogi whose Self is united with Divine Consciousness, sees the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self. Such a person sees the same everywhere.

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

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

SBG 13:24 There are some who perceive the Self within themselves through meditation and there are others who approach Him through the Yoga of knowledge or that of action.

SBG 13:27 The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally, the unperishing within the perishing.

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.

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 18:20 The knowledge by which one sees the one indestructible Reality in all beings, although divided in countless forms, is said to be Sattvic or pure.

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 become one situated in Brahman, a person becomes serene in the Self, does not lament or desire; and is the same to all beings. It is in that state that a person attains Supreme Devotion unto Me.

Click below to read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Jai Shri Krishna

‘Time Dilation’ mentioned in Dharmic Scriptures

According to the theory of relativity, time dilation is a difference in the elapsed time measured by two observers, either due to a velocity difference relative to each other, or by being differently situated relative to a gravitational field. As a result of the nature of spacetime, a clock that is moving relative to an observer will be measured to tick slower than a clock that is at rest in the observer’s own frame of reference. A clock that is under the influence of a stronger gravitational field than an observer’s will also be measured to tick slower than the observer’s own clock. (Source Wikipedia}

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SBG 8:17 By human calculation, one day of Brahma is equal to a thousand Yugas (millennia), and the night is also of the same duration. The wise who know this truth know about day and night.

The special theory of relativity of Albert Einstein’s results in time dilation for inertial systems.

Verses 9.3.30 – 32 from the Bhaagavata Purana, narrate how one someone went to the highest planetary system and stayed there for ’20 minutes’. But when he returned to earth, 116,640,000 years had passed by on earth. He found neither his friends and relatives nor his sons and grandsons. He could not even find a record of his family tree.

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9:3:29 Taking his own daughter, Revati, Kakudmi went to Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka, which is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, and inquired about a husband for her.

9:3:30: When Kakudmi arrived there, Lord Brahma was engaged in hearing musical performances by the Gandharvas and had not a moment to talk with him. Therefore Kakudmi waited, and at the end of the musical performances he offered his obeisances to Lord Brahma and thus submitted his long-standing desire.

9:3:31: After hearing his words, Lord Brahma, who is most powerful, laughed loudly and said to Kakudmi: O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time.

9:3:32: Twenty-seven chatur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names.

Now study the Nasadiya (pronounced naasadiya) Sukta from the Rig Veda which describes creation in a way similar to the Big Bang theory.

An ideal Sanatana Dharmi (a Hindu), is one who is a true seeker. The Sanatana Dharma is the only scientific, rational, sensible, logical and credible way of life in which there are no commandments, satan, messengers, agents, hell, heaven or a bearded jealous God sitting in the skies who punishes people who don’t believe in him. Yet, due to the spiritual corruption that Sanatanis have undergone listening to the ridiculous stories told by missionaries and other marauders and usurpers, many Hindus have completely lost the Dharmic God concept and they have forced themselves into dark holes of ignorance and stupidity. Many do not even have any basic knowledge of the Divine Sanatana Dharma and the principle of Karma or Cause and Effect. It is for this reason that there still are Sanatanis who still believe that during challenging times in their lives, it is God that ‘tests’ them or it is those planets out there that team up together and conspire to damage their love life, snatch their job away and create havoc in their life!

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Read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and go through the Ishavasya Upanishad as well as the Chariot Analogy from the Kat-Hopanishad and you will know that you are Divine. You will realise that The self in you is nothing but pure Divinity, the Self in you is Krishna and You give Him a form in order for you to be able to better visualise Him, meditate upon Him and also commune with Him.

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.

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.

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

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The delusion of the mind caused by ignorance, leads the mind of a person to inflate their ego and makes them feel separate from Divinity as well as from the rest of nature. Money spinning religious movements headed by babas add to the confusion by taking advantage of this stupidity and ignorance of the common man and propounding their own theories in order to keep people uninformed and unenlightened for ever.

Read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita today and make your direct connection with the Divine Supreme Being Krishna. Understand the natural principle of Cause and Effect. Learn to design your life and Karmic journey the way you want them to be.

SBG 3:30 Renounce all your works completely in Me, have full knowledge of the Self and fix your mind on Me, don’t expect any benefits, be clear of arrogance and laziness and fight.

Jai Shri Krishna

Guarding Your Happiness Key

Loneliness and Solitude
Quite often you hear single people say, “I feel lonely,” “I have no one to love me,” “Is my Karma so bad that I can’t get married and have a good spouse?” “I feel so depressed, dejected and bitter with my life,” and so on.

Perceiving being alone as either loneliness or as solitude is like trying to establish whether a glass filled with water up to the middle is half full or half empty. It is true that loneliness could be painful and depressing but if you regarded being alone not as loneliness but as solitude, it could turn out to be a great opportunity for you to look inwards and make necessary improvements in your own approach towards life. Solitude is something that people in committed relationships sometimes long for. That is why couples are advised once in a while, to take some time off from each other and be on their own for a few days or weeks. It gives them time to look outside of the window, into themselves, into their relationship, to learn to be thankful for what they have and to think of all that they could do to further strengthen their relationship rather than complaining about the inadequacies of their partner.

Relationship with oneself
An important fact that is usually ignored is that for people who are depressed, angry, bitter, complaining and negative; attracting someone into their life, particularly a lover or someone who would either propose to them or accept their proposal, could be very difficult. Don’t you think that just as you are looking for someone who would flood your life with romance, happiness, caring and togetherness; the other person too must be looking for someone like that? There is hardly anyone who would take the trouble to connect and start a relationship with a person who is always sad or cross. When someone asks you how you are doing, just say that you are doing great instead of beginning to narrate your sad story of being lonely and having no one to love. Be lavish in praising people and things around you and talk about pleasant things. Don’t forget that you will hardly find anyone who would be interested in sob stories. However, it should not be overlooked that in most cases, the prime reason behind a person who is single to try to find a romantic relationship, is due to the myth that such a relationship or marriage is the only way to lead a happy and fulfilling life. The truth is that the most important relationship for anyone is the one with themself ,which can be interpreted as accepting one’s own imperfections, pluses and minuses, as being normal. Until a person achieves a healthy relationship with oneself, it would be difficult for them to influence the hearts of others and lead them to like or love them.

Looking for relationships

Relationships are important but narrowing down the search for a good relationship to that of a lover or of a spouse is baseless and unrealistic, because there is no guarantee that a person will find an ideal romantic relationship. No one can be sure of a smooth and happy married life. Whereas, the chances of success in building a strong non-romantic relationship or a deep and committed friendship with a classmate, colleague, acquaintance, neighbour or cousin, are much higher and can be of a quality much better than that of a romantic one which, in a lot of cases, is nothing short of an illusion that people so vehemently chase all through their lives. Being thankful for the people we have in our life, doing our best to help them and to be there for them, are sure ways of laying the foundation for great lifelong relationships which may not be of a romantic nature. Appreciating others and thanking them for their friendship are magical ways to become more loved by others.

A romantic relationship is something that is a chance happening in one’s life. It is also quite possible that it doesn’t happen at all. That should not be the indicator of a happy and fulfilling life. You cannot plan or create a strategy to get into a romantic relationship with someone because if you did that, it would amount to trickery and there would be no honesty and truthfulness in the relationship acquired through such means. Although such a relationship happens by chance, cognisance needs to be taken of the fact that the stage for such an event to happen was in fact created subliminally by the person who has found romantic love. The method of building the possibility of finding love and increasing the chances such a thing happening in one’s life, will be discussed later in this post.

Just as some people long to find a romantic relationship; there are others who strive to protect the relationship that they are in; try to get back one that they have lost; or there also those who are tired of the one they feel they are stuck in. Whatever be the case, it is essential to learn how a romantic relationship is born, how it grows and in the event it dies, why it dies.

Measuring love
American social psychologist Zick Rubin, created a method to empirically measure love. As stated by Rubin, a romantic relationship consists of three factors, namely, attachment, caring and intimacy. He said that these three factors were like three pillars of a romantic relationship and that even if one of them were shaky, it could jeopardise an entire existing relationship or ruin the possibility of building a new one.

One of the greatest enemies of any relationship
As per my personal opinion based on my experience from my own life and also from those of my friends and of those I counsel, I would like to say that there is an evil element which is so powerful that it can even prevent a relationship from being born at all, let alone allowing it grow and damaging it. That evil element is called EGO. This element is the foundation for many other disagreeable qualities such as selfishness, narcissism, arrogance, adamancy, and the ‘I deserve better’ attitude. This also causes jealousy, over-possessiveness and a strong suspicious nature. If only a person with a high level of ego could take some time to deeply introspect, they would realise that the prime reason for their ego is in fact their low self-confidence or some kind of an inferiority complex that they cleverly mask with an air of superiority. The question that arises is that how could a person who is in such a state of mind ever attract anyone, and even if they somehow did attract someone into their life, how could they build a strong and deep relationship of love that would keep the loved person or spouse in it forever? Ego is one of the deadliest enemies of any relationship. What I said above may be summarised as, ‘No one wants to befriend or fall in love with either a sad and gloomy or an egotistical person.’ Therefore, if you want to pave the way for a new relationship to enter into your life, drive all the sadness and bitterness as well as your ego out of your mind and start being cheerful and emitting joy.

The good news
The good news is that there is a simple method that consists of a few steps, through which one could prepare themself to be a person suitable for a potential romantic encounter which could have the propensity of later on fructifying and culminating into marriage or a lifelong commitment. This method has two main benefits. On one hand, it prepares the person to change the colour and course of their life, while on the other, it contributes greatly towards their general health and well-being.

The method is to start caring more for yourself. That’s right. By doing the work of investing on yourself, you can become healthier; happier; gentler; kinder; more magnanimous and forgiving; and simply more attractive. Such a person attracts people like the way flowers attract butterflies (I didn’t say bees because they sting !) out of which there could be high chances of their finding the right one to be their life partner.

The method of caring more for yourself contains the following parts:

1. Jettison all negativity, anger and frustration; and start celebrating life. The three reasons that you are alive, healthy and sane are good enough for you to celebrate every moment of your life. Of course, continuing to be negative is certainly not all that bad because you wouldn’t be sent to hell for being so. The worst that could happen could be that you might be stuck in a negative Karmic pattern for many more Janmas or life times to come until the day in some future Janma of yours, in which you are enlightened with the basic knowledge of the principle of ‘Cause and Effect’ and you use your mental force to break the negative chain.

2. Whatever heartaches you might have, keep them to yourself because no one wants to hear them. Never mind, time heals even the gravest of wounds. Don’t reveal your weaknesses to others.

3. Work on your physical fitness. Remember, an individual is a ‘physical unit’ comprising of the Self, the mind and the body. It is the body in which the Self resides and the physical body’s good health assures a long and comfortable journey through one life time. A good looking person is usually one who is physically fit and is in shape. Spending hours before a TV, surfing the internet, reading or writing sob stories, visiting astrological sites or watching soaps, get you nothing but successfully waste your time on the planet. Instead, spending an hour at the nearby fitness centre regularly, can make you feel proud of yourself when you look in the mirror a few months later. A well groomed person who is healthy and in good physical shape, generally has a good amount of self confidence and such a person is seldom a sad, unattractive or an unfriendly one.

4. Don’t eat animal carcasses. It has been medically proven that portions of the undigested meat you eat, decay and remain in your colon as carrion for many years. It is like being a walking morgue or graveyard. (Read Meat Karma . Nourish yourself with good food that contains veggies, greens and fruit – They make your skin glow. Visit TVM Vegan

5. Get sufficient sleep.

6. Go out, be with friends and make more new friends.

7. Spend time for your hobbies and think of starting a new one.

8. Keep yourself busy. Take up a course on something that you have always wanted to learn but could did not find the time or the inclination to do so.

9. Most importantly, stay away from pessimists.

10. Develop patience because that is the first requirement to fight ego that has the power to seriously impede good conversations that could lead you into healthy relationships. Patience helps improve divine qualities such as kindness and forgiveness which are essential components of sincere relationships.

Don’t forget that the best relationships are those in which there is a lot of communication, appreciation, kindness, generosity and the absence of ego. Here is a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits’. “Marriage as a long conversation. – When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation.”

Though Nietzsche’s quote refers to men seeking to marry, it can also be applied to women seeking lifelong relationships. Always remember that good and interesting conversations are usually not possible with dejected and gloomy people. Smiling, eye contact and the quality of listening, are extremely important to begin and have great conversations in which tremendous amounts of knowledge and emotions are exchanged between different minds.

Karmic blunder
Cherish the life you have. In case you have had a sad past, just dump it mercilessly. It’s over. Start anew. Life is short and the time left in the current life time is ticking away for everyone. In my opinion, killing the present which is the greatest gift, either thinking of a person who has left you or waiting for some imaginary person, and secluding yourself from the people you have in your life merely as an expression of depression and bitterness against your life pattern, would be a Karmic blunder of a massive proportion that could have severe Karmic repercussions. If you are not happy with your present, try to understand that it was your past, or rather, your own past Karma that caused your present. Why would you want to make the same mistake again and experience its effects in the future?

Karmic course correction

According to my concept of Karma 60-20-20, 60% of your destiny has already been written by your Karma in your past Janmas, 20% has been decided by your Karma in the current Janma and the remaining 20% is still open which you can use to change the course of not only your current Janma or life, but also of your entire Karmic voyage towards Moksha.

The happiness key
Simply throw away unwanted baggage, take a firm decision to take control of your life and happiness, and promise yourself that the key to your happiness stays with you because handing it over to someone else, or in other words, being dependent on others to become happy, is the easiest, shortest and surest way to create the possibility of a life of mental slavery, sadness, pain, frustration and anger.

Never give others the power to control the state of your state of mind and your life. Thank your blessings and follow the simple steps given above. You will certainly be a healthier, happier and more energetic version of yourself and you will be bubbling with joy and positivity. You will radiate love, kindness, warmth and divinity all around you and it is probably such a wonderful and charming person that your prospective date is looking for.

Stay blessed.

Jai Shri Krishna

Modiji writes about his life

A true Karmayogi leader, visionary, true friend of the common man, philosopher and guide…

Prime Minister Modiji, the greatest leader of our times, writes about his childhood, his spiritual quest and his efforts to know himself.

India is truly blessed to have an honest, sincere, dedicated, strong, wise, brave, knowledgeable, dynamic, kind and loving leader such as Modiji who is an ideal role model and source of great inspiration for the young as well as the old.

My family of 8 lived in a 40×12 feet house – it was small, but enough for us. Our days began early, around 5 AM when my mother would provide traditional forms of curing and healing to newborns and small children. Through the night my brother and I would take turns to keep the ‘chula’ going for her to use. She didn’t have the fortune of getting an education, but God was kind and she had a special way of curing ailments. Mothers would line up outside our house every morning because she was known for her healing touch.

Then, I would open my father’s tea stall at the railway station, clean up and head off to school. As soon as school ended, I would rush back to help him, but what I really looked forward to was meeting people from all over the country. I would serve them tea and listen to their stories – that’s how I learnt to speak Hindi. I would hear some traders speak about ‘Bambai’ and wonder, ‘Will I ever get to see the city of dreams?’

I was always curious – I would go to the library and read everything I could get my hands on. I was 8 when I attended my first RSS meeting, and 9 when I was a part of an effort for the betterment of the lives of others – I set up a food stall with my friends to help the victims of the floods in parts of Gujarat. I wanted to do more, but I was aware that we had little means.

Still, even at that age, I strongly believed that God has made us all alike. It didn’t matter what circumstances I was born into, I could be something more. So when you ask me, what my struggles were, I’ll tell you that I had none. I came from nothing, I knew no luxury and hadn’t seen a ‘better’ life, so in my small world…I was happy.

If the way was ever difficult, I made my own way. I had a great need to look sharp and groomed. So, even though we couldn’t afford an iron, I would heat some coal, use an old ‘lota’, wrap a cloth around it and press my clothes – the effect was the same, then why complain?

This was the beginning of everything that I am today and I didn’t even know it at the time. So if you ask the 8 year old Narendra Modi, running around serving chai and cleaning his father’s tea stall, whether he even dared to dream about becoming the Prime Minister of India, his answer would be no. Never. It was too far to even think about.

While growing up, I had a lot of curiosity but very little clarity. I would see army men in their uniforms and think that this was the the only way to serve the country. But as my conversations with the saints and sadhus at the railway station grew deeper, I realised that this too was a world worth discovering.

I was undecided, unguided and unclear — I didn’t know where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and why I wanted to do it. But all I knew, was that I wanted to do something. So I surrendered myself to God and left for the Himalayas at the age of 17. I bid goodbye to my parents as my mother gave me a sweet dish before I left and put a tilak on my forehead to bless my journey.

I went wherever God wanted to take me — it was an undecided period of my life but still, gave me so many answers. I sought to understand the world, to understand myself. I travelled far and wide, spent time at the Ramkrishna Mission, met sadhus and saints, stayed with them and began a discovery, inwards. I moved from place to place — I had no roof above my head, but still never felt more at home.

I would wake up during Brahma Mahurat, between 3 and 3:45 am, and take a bath in the freezing waters of the Himalayas, but still feel the warmth. I learnt that peace, oneness and Dhyan can be found, even in the simple sound of a waterfall. The sadhus I lived with taught me to align myself with the rhythm of the Universe.

So that’s what I did — I aligned and experienced revelations that help me till today. I realised that we’re all tied down by our thoughts and limitations. When you surrender and stand in front of the vastness — you know that you’re a small part of a large universe. When you understand that, any trace of arrogance you have in you melts and then life truly begins.

That’s when it all changed. After two years, I returned home with clarity and a guiding force to lead the way.

After coming back from the Himalayas, I knew that I wanted my life to be one that is lived in the service of others. Within a short span of returning, I left for Ahmedabad. It was my first brush with living in a big city – the pace of life was very different. I began my time there by occasionally helping my uncle at his canteen.

Eventually, I became a full time Pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. There, I got the opportunity to interact with people from different walks of life and do a wide range of work. We all took turns to clean the RSS office, prepare tea and food for colleagues and clean utensils.

Life was rigorous and busy. But amidst all of my duties, I was determined to not let go of my learnings from the Himalayas. To ensure that this new phase of life didn’t take over the sense of peace that I achieved there, I decided to take out some time every year and introspect. It was my way of maintaining a balanced life.

Not many people know this, but I would go away for the 5 days of Diwali. Somewhere in a jungle – a place with only clean water and no people. I would pack enough food to last for those 5 days. There would be no radios or newspapers, and during that time, there was no TV or internet anyway. I would reflect – and the strength that this alone time gave me still helps me to handle life and its various experiences. People often asked me, ‘Who are you going to meet?’ And I would say, ‘मैं मुझसे मिलने जा रहा हूं।’ (I’m going to meet myself)

Which is why, I always urge everyone, especially my young friends, in the midst of your fast paced life and busy schedules, to take some time off…think and introspect. It will change your perception – you will understand your inner self better. You will start living in the true sense of the word. It will also make you more confident and undeterred by what others say about you. All of these things will help you in times to come. So I just want each and every one of you to remember that you are special and that you don’t have to look outside for the light…it’s already within you..

Narendra Damodardas Modi

Spiritual Corruption, Corruption in Spirituality and Trade Offs with Gods

Scenario 1.
“Dear God, why are You punishing me? What wrong have I done? Don’t You have a heart? Are You blind? Are You deaf? Do you derive pleasure out of the sufferings of innocent people like me? Please help me! If you help me solve my financial problems,
a. I will donate 10 % of my profits to your temple.
b. I will gift You gold ornaments, diamond necklaces and a diamond crown.
c. Since I am not very rich, I will break a coconut at the doorstep of your temple.

Scenario 2.
Government officer to a builder: “I cannot grant you the permission to construct the building as per the design that has been given by you because it goes against the conditions stipulated by the law.”
Citizen to the officer: “Please do me a special favour and grant me permission. If you could do this for me, I will have a suitcase full of money to your home tonight.”

It is usually situations and deals which resemble scenario no. 2, that fall under corruption but never are deeds similar to the one in scenario no. 1, considered to be wrong. Why is that? It is because ‘fixing matches’ with the blessings of a deity has become a regular practice among people. They make special vows of donating money, jewellery, and other materials in return for Divine favours. Offering donations out of gratitude for Divine Blessings received is one thing but sending money to religious institutions as part of a bargain with the presiding deities of those institutions, is another. It is quite a common practice in India for people to advise their children to make a vow to Shri Ganesha to break 108 coconuts at the nearby Ganesha temple if they passed an examination. The funny part is that the parents as well as the children who make such deals are well aware of the fact that passing an exam calls for good preparation and not Divine Intervention.

As per the concept of ‘Cause and Effect,’ each and every situation that one is in, is the ‘Effect’ of something they thought, said or did in the past;  and the way they react to the situation and the action they take, will be the ‘Cause’ for some future ‘Effect’. It is a straightforward natural law. Making deals with ‘Gods’ and asking for out of turn favours, are nothing but acts of corruption. When I explained as above to a person who sought my advice, the following questions were thrown at me. “So what should I do? Shouldn’t I pray to God and ask for what I want? Should I silently suffer, tolerate the injustice and not even question it? It is unfair!”

I replied, “Injustice? Unfairness? Has it ever occurred to you that ‘unfairness’ and ‘injustice’ are purely human qualities? Nothing in nature or in the animal kingdom is unfair. Every being behaves as per its own nature following the laws of nature. Man is the only being that tries to outsmart nature even if it meant using unfair methods. Take a simple example of people taking a vow to send money to a temple or ashram of some problem of theirs was solved. What else but corruption is it? When there is a problem, people should identify it, define it, study it, find countermeasures and solve it. Performing a puja asking for Divine Intervention amounts to cheating. Of course, you may ask for what you want! However, the most important favour you should be asking your God for needs to be the ability to think clearly. Remember, when Arjuna, the brave, talented, knowledgeable and highly intelligent warrior king was despondent, he requested Krishna to take him as His pupil and teach him how to live and fight.
[SBG 2:07 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.]

Arjuna did not ask Krishna to vanquish the Kauravas for him and make him victorious without fighting the war! Arjuna did not tell Krishna that he would present Him a part of his kingdom if he won the battle for him! That was because Arjuna was not CORRUPT! When Arjuna shelved his ego and completely surrendered before Krishna, the Divine Discourse called the Srimad Bhagavad Gita started. It was because of the ‘egoless’ mindset of a devout student hungry for knowledge that Arjuna maintained during the entire discourse, that helped him acquire the Divine Knowledge imparted to him by Krishna, which then, in spite of the enemy army of Kauravas being extremely strong, enabled him to obliterate them.”

People who feel they are undergoing challenging situations need to remember that there are NO SHORTCUTS to balancing their Karma and that the only method if at all, that could help them bypass difficult situations in life is TOTAL SHARANAAGATI  before Krishna  (18:66). It takes simple common sense to comprehend that a person who has taken to Sharanaagati and performs all their actions as a sacrifice to Krishna (SBG 5:10), would never think, say or do anything Adharmic (unrighteous) and as a result, would not attract negative reactions to their actions.

In my posts called ‘4 Questions from the 18th Chapter of the SBG’ and Karmayoga and Doership’, I had quoted Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita through which Bhagavan Krishna explains to Arjuna about action or Karma, the five factors in a person that cause action, the reaction to every action and about ways to balance Karma. Unless people understand the concept of ‘Cause and Effect’, they will forever be complaining, cursing and brooding over the problems or conditions which are unfavourable to them in their life, and will be easy victims of fake astrologers, babas and swamis.

People usually complain that ‘As far as I know, I have harmed no one, so why should I undergo all these sufferings? Why can’t I lead a happy life? Why is it that others who cheat, lie and commit crime, are doing well and are happy? I see people who harm others and are selfish but they too get away with all that! How does one explain that? This is not fair! This is unjust – tut tut!” Some others add, “Why should I tolerate this? I am bitter! I can’t take this anymore! I am upset! I am sick of all this!”

Well, before delving any deeper into the naive and childish questions above, that many people ask themselves, it would be necessary to understand why the concept of ‘Cause and Effect’ makes more sense than any other theory. The gross inequalities and huge differences in the lives of people from different parts of the world and different strata of human society can theoretically be attributed to three major possibilities:

a.  There is no specific cause and everything happens just by chance

b. As taught in organised religions, there is a ‘God’ in the sky who is jealous, proud, and sometimes compassionate when people sing praises of Him, but also sends disobedient people to an eternal hellfire.

c. Karma – Cause and Effect. As per this concept, there is no one punishing or rewarding an individual but the person’s own thoughts, words and deeds create the future of the individual. After the end of a Janma of a person, their Karmic future based on their Karma collected in the Janma that ended could be one of the following:

i. They simply cease to exist or no one knows what happened to the individual Jiivaatma. [SBG 2:28 O Arjuna, nothing is known before birth and after death. The only period known is between birth and death. Therefore of what use is lamentation.]

ii. Moksha, in which the Atman or the life energy becomes one with the whole, does not have an individual mind and does not occupy a physical body which creates the impression that it has a separate identity.

iii. Rebirth as a being that one subconsciously wished to be during the previous Janma or in any one of the earlier Janmas
[ SBG 8:06 At the time of death, while leaving the body, whatever one thinks of is what they will attain by being constantly absorbed in its thought, O Arjuna.]

iv. Rebirth as a being whose Janma teaches them something extremely important that they were unaware of or did not bother to learn.

v.  Rebirth as a person, who at the point of ending their previous Janma, thought of acquiring or achieving something in the next Janma.

vi. Rebirth as a person that needs to undergo the entire learning process through challenging experiences until they acquire the required knowledge. Sorry, a Janma like this one can be quite a tough and excruciating one.

vii. Rebirth, simply in order to settle a score with someone!

It is quite evident that as per the law of ‘Cause and Effect,’ every individual literally writes their own future. So why blame others or ruin the possibility of a better future through the act of creating even more negative Karma by being negative, sad, thankless, materialistic and angry? 

Being upset because you don’t get what you want is ludicrous. This is because desires, wishes, dreams and ambitions of people keep changing with time. Preferences and tastes of people change. It starts right from childhood. A child that receives as a present a flashy bicycle or an expensive pencil case that he or she dreamed of, soon loses interest over that dream object and aspires for other things. It is the same case with many couples. In the beginning, they feel they can’t live without one another, but as time passes by and their different masks begin to fall off one by one, they start by crying out affe01for some ‘personal space’ within the relationship and finally end up abandoning the person they promised to be with until the end and marrying someone else. People’s minds keep changing according to the different environments they are in. An old saying in the Tamil language compares the human mind with a monkey because of its antics and due to its unpredictable behaviour, which is very difficult to control. Something that one considers to be most valuable and precious, could become a thing of no value in another part of time in their life.  What one considers to be an earth-shattering problem at a particular stage in their life could soon become a trivial thing of the past. What one longs for right now, could become totally uninteresting and be forgotten after some time.

Until one is alive and has a sound mind, there are the three greatest and priceless gifts that one should be extremely grateful for:
1. Being alive
2. Being of good physical health
3. Possessing good mental health

Those who truly understand the value of the three priceless gifts mentioned above are never affected by even the worst of challenges in life. They always treat every challenge as an enormous opportunity to experience, learn and evolve.

Attachment to physical possessions is the greatest stumbling block in the processes of Karmic as well as Spiritual evolution of a person. The only physical object that will most certainly remain with an individual until the end of their Janma, is their body because it is a part of the unit called an ‘individual’, which is made up of five factors, namely, itself (the body), the ego, the mind, the various senses, and the Super Consciousness or Aatman. Disrespect and improper care of the body, which is a temple of divinity, could result in serious illnesses, loss of some of its parts even before the end of a Janma or shortening of the Janma.

As I said in another post, when the mind changes, life changes. Cribbing, complaining, fretting and fuming over difficult situations which are temporary anyway, result in the waste of the NOW, which, as a matter of fact, can be perceived by an individual only due to their blessings of life and consciousness, which they should always be extremely thankful for.

When Yama, the lord of death, decided to teach Nachiketa the Kat-hopanishad, (read this post ‘The Chariot Analogy’ ) he commenced by stating the two paths that humans are interested in – One that leads to pleasure and the other that leads to spiritual satisfaction. Yama said that the former path leads people to death while the latter one leads people to immortality. All attachments invariably end in pain simply because nothing or no one is permanent. Should one’s situations be unfavourable or unpleasant, the primary step the person should be taking in order to come out of it would be to wholeheartedly and modestly accept their Karmic responsibility for their situation. Trying to ‘bribe God’ might sometimes seem to solve your problems temporarily because of your sheer faith in the method you have adopted, but the Karmic problem that you attempt to circumvent cannot be brushed under the carpet forever because as per the law of ‘Cause and Effect,’ it needs to be settled or balanced, some day or some Janma or the other. From the manner in which some babas, godmen and god women make a living out of exploiting the spiritual ignorance of people and offering them methods to make trade-offs with Gods in order to solve their problems, it is rather apparent that they have not given the power of the law of Cause and Effect a serious thought. Had they done it, they wouldn’t be doing what they are doing because when their payback time arrives, it can be a highly gruelling and truly chastening experience.

What cannot be defined cannot be managed, therefore introspecting instead of brooding and complaining, and finding ways to correct one’s nature; would be better options for people in trouble. Reading and understanding the Srimad Bhagavad Gita can do wonders to the way a person thinks, perceives and interprets life.

  • You are Divine. You don’t need agents between you and the Supreme Divine Being. Study the Mandukya Upanishad
  • There are no shortcuts to balancing Karma except TOTAL SHARANAAGATI
  • Nothing is permanent – not even troubles and pains.
  • Live the NOW.
  • Live in the NOW. 
  • Be lavish in expressing your gratitude for The Three Priceless Gifts
  • Follow The Five Pearls which can be called the essence of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

SBG 2:14 O Arjuna, impermanent things like happiness and sadness, heat and cold in summer and winter, come and go. They are temporary so learn to endure them.

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

Jai Shri Krishna

The Utimate Divine Truth

“SBG 2:41 In this path, O descendant of Arjuna, there is a single point of focus and determination. The thoughts of the undecided are branched and are infinite.”

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

People write to me requesting me to advise them if they could go to this temple or that temple, to the Shani temple or to perform special poojas for Shani, Rahu, Ketu, etc. My simple advice to them would be to have a strong ‘God concept’ and clear focus. Dissipating their mental energy, devotion and also their supplication before the Divine, can only cause them frustration and do not good to them. Religious organisations and cults mislead people into believing in different deities, gurus, babas and others in order to profit from the desperation that people suffer from. The particular weakness of people  to tend to believe a story about the presence of an evil spirit in a dilapidated house rather than the grand truth of the omnipresence of Divinity, is what makes soul traders not only thrive but also become powerful organisations that control huge masses of people. The Karma of one individual CANNOT be borne or settled by another. It has to be managed by each individual no matter which guru’s or swami’s devotee he or she might be or which precious stone he or she might be wearing on their person!

Remember that your nature, thoughts and actions are directly responsible for all that happens in your life. When your thoughts change, your life changes. Make it a point to NEVER ever begin your day brooding over the past, thinking of having lost something or someone, or feeling low.  What is gone is gone. Be done with it. Have faith in Krishna and in yourself, and start afresh. Every day is a great and miraculous Divine Blessing apart from being the first day of the rest of your life.

cast-overboard

It is never late to start all over again. Dump all unwanted thoughts just like jetsam that is cast overboard in order to lighten and stabilise a floating vessel, and steer your life back on to the right course.

Please watch the following video and PATIENTLY read the Shlokas from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita given below it. The power is within you. It is your mind that needs to be managed after which everything will automatically fall in place. It’s just a matter of intention, focus, dedication, faith, confidence and some time.

Jai Shri Krishna

SBG 7:16
Among the pious there are four kinds who are devoted to me. They are the distressed, those seeking knowledge, people desiring material gain and people of wisdom.

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

SBG 7:18
While all these are certainly noble souls, the one of wisdom who is connected to Me is with Me because he or she is solely engaged in aiming for Me as the highest attainment.

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

SBG 12:01
Arjuna said:

Those devotees who are ever steadfast and worship You, and those also who worship the Imperishable and the formless Absolute—which of them are better versed in Yoga?

SBG 12:02
Shri Bhagavan Krishna said:

Those who, fixing their minds on Me, worship Me, ever steadfast and endowed with  supreme faith, I regard them as the best of Yogis.

SBG 12:03
Those who worship the Imperishable; the Indefinable; the Unmanifested; the Omnipresent; the Unthinkable; the Eternal; the Formless and the Immovable;

SBG 12:04
…have their senses controlled, possess a balanced mind, and are engaged in the welfare of others; certainly come to Me.

SBG 12:05
Those whose minds are set on an unmanifested and impersonal Absolute Power face difficulties in reaching the goal. This is because people always identify with the body and when there is no perceptible form, it is difficult to perceive.

SBG 12:06
But to those who worship Me, renouncing all actions in Me, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal, meditating on Me with single-minded Yoga, ..

SBG 12:07
…to those whose minds are set on Me, O Arjuna, I certainly become the saviour out of the ocean of the mortal Samsara!

SBG 13:15
He, The Supreme Truth, exists both inside and outside of all moving and non living beings and as it is subtle, is far away from material senses to be seen or known. Although the Supreme Truth or Brahman is far away, it is near to all.

SBG  13:16
He is not divisible, yet He exists as if divided in beings; He is to be known as the supporter of beings; He devours and He generates too.

SBG 13:17
He is the Light of all lights, is beyond darkness; He is knowledge, the Knowable and the goal of knowledge, seated in the hearts of all.

SBG 13:18
Thus the Field as well as knowledge and the Knowable have been briefly stated. My devotee, who knows this, is suitable to attain My Divine Nature.

SBG 13:19
You should know that both Prakriti or Nature and Purusha or Spirit, are without beginnings. You should also know that all modifiable objects and qualities are born from Prakriti.

SBG 13:20
In the production of the effect and the cause, Nature or matter is said to be the cause; and in the experience of pleasure and pain, it is the individual soul that is responsible.

SBG 13:21
The soul seated in Nature experiences the Gunas or the qualities born of Nature. The attachment of the soul to the Gunas is the cause of its birth in good and evil wombs.

SBG 13:22
The Supersoul in this body is also called the Spectator, the One who permits, the Supporter and the Transcendental Enjoyer. He is the Paramatma, the Supreme Self and the great Bhagavan Himself.

SBG 13:23
One who comprehends this truth about the Spirit, Matter and the interaction of the Gunas is liberated and whatever condition such a person may be in, will not take birth again.

SBG 13:24
Some behold the Self in the Self by the Self through meditation, some do so by the Yoga of knowledge, and others by the Yoga of action.

SBG 13:25
Others who do not have spiritual knowledge but start worshipping after hearing from others, certainly transcend the ocean of birth and death.

SBG 13:26
Wherever a being is born, whether it be unmoving or moving, you should know, O best of the Bharatas (Arjuna), that it is from the combination of the Field and its Knower.

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

SBG 13:28
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.

SBG 13:29
He who is a seer, perceives that all actions are performed by Prakriti or the material nature which is born of the body and mind. He sees that the true spiritual Self does nothing.

SBG 13:30
When a man sees the whole variety of beings as resting in the One, and spreading forth from That alone, he attains the realisation of Brahman.
Note:
A man becomes one with the Supreme when he realises that all these various forms are rooted in the One.

SBG 13:31
The imperishable Supreme Self is without any beginning and is devoid of material qualities, O Arjuna. Although it dwells in the body, it neither acts nor is tainted.

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

SBG 13:33
As the sun that illuminates the whole world, the Self or the Soul which is Bhagavan of the Kshetram or the body, illuminates the whole field, O Arjuna.

Nasadiya Sukta – The Hymn of Creation

Questions regarding the origin of the universe; its creation; the birth of the earth and all its inhabitants; etc. have continued to remain unanswered. However, religions attribute everything that is inconceivable and unknown, to an invisible God who, according to them lives in heaven that they believe to exist high up in the skies. Most organised religions are based on this dualistic God concept.

One of the important organised religions of the world teaches its followers that creation took place over a period of six days during which, night and day were created on the second ‘day’ but the sun, moon and the stars in the sky were created in the fourth ‘day’! This makes it quite difficult to understand what the separating element between day and night could have been even before the sun was created. Another important world religion too is based on the six day creation story, however, their book says that God created the earth in two days; took four days to place mountains on it, nourish and bless it; and two more days to create the stars and the seven heavens. Two plus four plus two equals eight and not six! Well, they also commanded to never disbelieve or question the book. How convenient!

An organised religion has a set of rules and conditions, which every follower is expected to follow. Those who go against the rules of the religion are called heretics and apostates that deserve severe punishment. Whereas a person who really believes in something because he or she is told to do so, does not use their power of thinking and reasoning at all and this is exactly what is wanted out of them by their religious leaders because it makes controlling them and ruling over them easy. When you believe that what you believe in is right, you automatically come to the conclusion that all others are wrong. This causes those who believe in a particular dogma to hate those who don’t.

The very idea of God being separate from nature is the core principle of organised religions. Followers of such religions and cults are brainwashed to believe that a particular God created them and he expects people to revere him. They are warned against going against authorities saying that if they did so, they would be going against the will of God who was the one who put all those people in power. Right from the time they were little children, they are made to believe that those who don’t abide by the commandments of God, will be punished in hell forever but those who are sincere to their religion will be lavishly rewarded in heaven after death. Therefore, according to organised religions, the way to avoid hell and ensure a place in heaven, is to be devoutly religious by refraining from thinking and asking questions, by obeying the clergy (who work for the authorities) and paying taxes to the religious organisation they are a part of.

On the other hand, the Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism, which was not founded or created by any individual, is a beginningless and endless way of life with a strong value system that in no way restricts the spiritual freedom of sincere seekers. In fact, even Krishna, in the final chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, asked Arjuna to use the knowledge he had gained from Krishna and to act as per his own wish.
SBG 18:63 I have taught you the secret wisdom, which is deeper than all that is confidential and profound. Reflect fully on what I declared to you and do what you wish to do.

Seeking the truth by taking the help of scriptures, teachers and the experiences that life offers, is the prime goal of followers of the Sanatana Dharma.

Freedom of thought, hunger for knowledge, always being awestruck by nature and experiencing oneness with the entire system, help a seeker in achieving a much higher state of consciousness in which, nothing matters to them or bothers them because they are continuously evolving. That state is nothing short of inexplicable bliss which is priceless.

The Nasadiya Sukta is a set of seven Shlokas of the 129th Hymn from the 10th Mandala of the Rig Veda. It starts and ends with questions regarding creation. It does not say that God made the universe, the stars, the sun, the moon, the earth, the plants, the animals and the humans but on the contrary, asks how anyone could anyone know how and when creation happened, because everything and all beings including the Devas or Gods, would have appeared only after the universe came into existence! The Sanatana Dharma is the highest and the most rational as well scientific philosophy unlike organised religions that stand on fairy tales and bedtime stories. Being born into a family following such an advanced way of thinking could be either a stroke of chance or, the result of the person’s excellent past Karma. The latter possibility seems to be more convincing. Karmically evolved are those who were born into Sanatana Dharmic families. Do thank yourself if you were born in one. It couldn’t have happened but for your good past Karma.

The unfortunate part however is that despite being born into Dharmic families, many people still want to cling on to sectarian ideas; to babas and swamis; to ashrams and mutts, etc. instead of opening their heart, mind and soul to seek and experience the truth.

The human mind, which can be the source of unimaginable force, is most difficult to control. A seeker’s mind is filled with countless questions, which makes it challenging to control it and calm it down. The twelfth chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one that is dedicated to teaching devotion and focus. It is in this chapter that Krishna talks about the need for humans to worship the Supreme Brahman or Krishna with a form, because the human mind cannot imagine anything that is formless.

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.

All beings are a part of the omnipresent One. It is this understanding that takes people hundreds if not thousands of Janmas or lifetimes to realise and comprehend.

We are all part of the same Supreme Divine Energy but occupying different ‘containers’ called bodies. Oneness with the Supreme Being can be experienced through knowledge, right action, ‘egoless’ devotion and meditation.

The Nasadiya Sukta नासदीय सूक्तः – The Quest about creation

नास॑दासी॒न्नो सदा॑सीत्त॒दानी॒म् नासी॒द्रजो॒ नो व्यो॑मा प॒रो यत्।
किमाव॑रीव॒: कुह॒ कस्य॒ शर्म॒न्नंभ॒: किमा॑सी॒द्गह॑नं गभी॒रम्॥१॥
naasadaa-siinno sadaa-siit tadaaniim naasiidrajo no vy-o-maa paro yat |
kimaavariivah kuha kasya sharmannambhah kim-aa-siidgahanam gabhiiram ||1||
There was neither existence nor non-existence, neither matter nor space
What covered it? Where was it? What was its purpose? What protected it? Who was the master of the cosmic water (space plasma) that was dense and deep?

न मृ॒त्युरा॑सीद॒मृतं॒ न तर्हि॒ न रात्र्या॒ अह्न॑ आसीत्प्रके॒तः।
आनी॑दवा॒तं स्व॒धया॒ तदेकं॒ तस्मा॑द्धा॒न्यन्न प॒रः किञ्च॒नास॑॥२॥
na mrutyur-aa-siidamritam na tarhi na raatryaa annha-aasiit praketaha |
aan-ii-davaatam svadhayaa tadekan-tasm-aa-ddhaanyanna parah-kinchanaasa ||2||
There was neither death nor immortality and nothing to separate night and day,
That One existed enclosed in nothingness, there was only that One and no other.

तम॑ आसी॒त्तम॑सा गू॒ळ्हमग्रे॑ऽप्रके॒तं स॑लि॒लं सर्व॑मा इ॒दं।
तु॒च्छ्येना॒भ्वपि॑हितं॒ यदासी॒त्तप॑स॒स्तन्म॑हि॒ना जा॑य॒तैकं॑॥ ३॥
tama aasiit tamasaa guuL hamagre-e’praketam salilam sarvamaa idam |
tuchhyenaabh-vapihitam –yadaasiit-tapasastan-mahinaa jaa-yataikam-m || 3 ||
Darkness covered darkness, all this was hidden intelligence in cosmic water (Space Plasma)
And the One enclosed in nothing arose from the power of heat.

काम॒स्तदग्रे॒ सम॑वर्त॒ताधि॒ मन॑सो॒ रेत॑: प्रथ॒मं यदासी॑त्।
स॒तो बन्धु॒मस॑ति॒ निर॑विन्दन् हृ॒दि प्र॒तीष्या॑ क॒वयो॑ मनी॒षा॥४॥
kaamastadagre sama-varta-taa-dhimanaso retah prathamam- yadaasii-t |
sato bandhuma-sati niravindan hrudi pratiishy-aa kava-y-o manishaa ||4||
Desire entered and the primal seed appeared from the cosmic mind.
The wise who searched deep within their heart could discern between that which is and that which is not

ति॒र॒श्चीनो॒ वित॑तो र॒श्मिरे॑षाम॒धः स्वि॑दा॒सी दु॒परि॑ स्विदासी त्।
रे॒तो॒धा आ॑सन्महि॒मान॑ आसन्त्स्व॒धा आ॒वस्ता॒त्प्रय॑तिः प॒रस्ता॑त्॥५॥
tirash-chiino vitato rashmir-e-shaamadhah svidaasiiii dupari svidaasiiii ta |
retodhaa –aa-sanmahimaana aasantsvadhaa aavastaatprayatih parast-aat ||5||
From the primal seed sprang crisscross rays holding all the forces above and below.
The strong powers made fertile forces with strength below and impulse above.

को अ॒द्धा वे॑द॒ क इ॒ह प्र वो॑च॒त्कुत॒ आजा॑ता॒ कुत॑ इ॒यं विसृ॑ष्टिः।
अ॒र्वाग्दे॒वा अ॒स्य वि॒सर्ज॑ने॒नाथा॒ को वे॑द॒ यत॑ आब॒भूव॑॥६॥
ko addhaa v-e-da ka iha pra v-o-chatkuta aaj-aa-taa kuta iyam visrushtihi |
arvaagdevaa asya visarjanenaathaa ko v-e-da yata aababhuuvaa ||6 ||
Who can say and know where all this came from and how all this came to be?
The Devas (Gods) came after all this manifested so who knows where all this came from?

इ॒यं विसृ॑ष्टि॒र्यत॑ आब॒भूव॒ यदि॑ वा द॒धे यदि॑ वा॒ न।
यो अ॒स्याध्य॑क्षः पर॒मे व्यो॑म॒न्त्सो अ॒ङ्ग वे॑द॒ यदि॑ वा॒ न वेद॑॥ ७॥
iyam visrushtir-yata aabhabhuuva yadi vaa dadhe yadi va na |
yo asyaadhyakshah parame vy-o-mantso anga ve-eda yadi va ne veda || 7 ||
Where did creation have its origin? Who is One that created it or did the One not create it?
That One alone perceives all from above and knows the beginning or maybe doesn’t?

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantihi
Harihi Om

Thank yourself if you are a Sanatana Dharmi (Hindu)

Ask yourself, “Was I born into a Sanatana Dharmic (Hindu) family or am I one who had earlier belonged to some organised religion but have embraced the Sanatana Dharma?”  Should your answer to either of the questions be ‘yes’, the first and foremost thing you could consider doing would be to give yourself a pat on your back for the wonderful past Karma you have created and collected.

Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna that even if a person had committed any Adharma in the past, but also has positive Karma credits to his or her account, they will certainly be born in a family of good Dharmic people. Such a birth or such a life happens only to blessed people who have been righteous in the past.

SBG 6:37 Arjuna said: He who is unable to control himself although he has the faith, and whose mind wanders away from Yoga, what end does he meet, having failed to attain perfection in Yoga, O Krishna?
SBG 6:38 Fallen from Yoga and Meditation, does he not perish like a detached cloud without any support, being deluded on the path of the Ultimate Truth, O Krishna?
SBG 6:39 Please remove this doubt of mine completely, O Krishna, There is no one else who can remove it but You.
SBG 6:40 Bhagavan Krishna said: O Arjuna, neither in this world, nor in the next world is there destruction for him; because the one who does good, O My dear, never comes to evil.
SBG 6:41 After having attained the worlds of the righteous and after having dwelt there for many years, he who fell from Yoga, is reborn in the house of the pure and the prosperous.
SBG 6:42 Or he is born in a family of even the wise Yogis which is a kind of birth that is very difficult to obtain in this world.
SBG 6:43 There his previous divine consciousness is revived and he comes in contact with the knowledge acquired in his former body. He then works even harder in order to achieve perfection, O Arjuna.
SBG 6:44 With the divine consciousness from the previous birth, a person gets attracted to Yogic principles as they will come to him even if he does not go behind them. Such a person strives for yoga and is steadfast in Yogic principles.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘religion’ as follows:
1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
2. A particular system of faith and worship. ‘the world’s great religions.’

Therefore, a  person who follows a religion is expected to believe in a God, in a messenger, in a book or in a set of rules stipulated by the body that governs the religion and its followers. One who does not comply with the rules of the religion is either punished on earth or are threatened to be sent to an eternal hell after death.

In order to comprehend the greatness of being a Dharmic (Hindu) person who is naturally blessed with mental, physical and spiritual freedom, one could take a moment of their time to think how their life would have been had their heart, mind and soul been hijacked and placed under the control of dangerous ‘religious leaders’ or clergymen and if they were forced to believe in some book apart from being commanded to believe in a God in heaven and in someone else who lived a long time ago they neither saw nor experienced.

The Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), which is founded on Universal Oneness, is a way of life that encourages seeking, learning, growing spiritually and perceiving the Divinity existing equally in all beings. There is no compulsion to believe in anyone or in anything. As against the rules of a typical organised religion, asking questions is not only a Dharmic person’s right but is also recommended to everyone.

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

SBG 13:28 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.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that after the entire discourse Bhagavan Krishna gave Arjuna, He did not order or force Arjuna to do anything or to follow a set of commandments, but asked him to reflect on the knowledge He had imparted and to act as he wished. Can anyone think of an organised religion that allows its followers to act as per their wish, not to mention thinking for themselves and not be accused of heresy or apostasy?
इति ते ज्ञानमाख्यातं गुह्याद्गुह्यतरं मया |
विमृश्यैतदशेषेण यथेच्छसि तथा कुरु || १८ ६३ ||
iti te jnaana-maakhyaatam guhyaad-guhyataram mayaa
vim-rushyaita-dasheshena yathe-cchasi tathaa kuru
SBG 18:63 I have taught you the secret wisdom which is deeper than all that is confidential and profound. Reflect fully on what I declared to you and do what you wish to do.

Be grateful to yourself for the good person that you have been in the past, to your respectable ancestors who protected the Sanatana Dharma and have handed it over to you despite the threats and torture they received from barbaric invaders as well as from crafty and cruel colonisers and to the great Bharat Varsh or India that you were either born in or originate from.

Jai Shri Krishna

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The Three Types of Happiness

SBG 2:14 (Bhagavan Krishna said) O Arjuna, impermanent things like happiness and sadness, heat and cold in summer and winter, come and go. They are temporary. Therefore learn to endure them.

Anila receives two phone calls

A man and his young daughter Anila, were seated in their living room eagerly awaiting a call through which they would be given the results of an important examination Anila had taken a month earlier. A positive result in the exam could land Anila a job with an excellent pay packet and great perks in the organisation of her dreams while a negative result would mean that she would have to wait another whole year in order to take the next annual examination. Anila was nervous and was biting her nails in anticipation. Then all of a sudden, the phone rang and she jumped off her chair to answer it. The person on the other end of the phone read out her registration number and gave her the news that she had scored 95% in the exam and that she was selected for the job. Anila’s joy knew no bounds and she screamed with joy. She announced the news to her father who hugged her and congratulated her. It had been hardly ten minutes since she received the news and Anila had already informed her cousins and friends about her success. She and her father were ecstatic and were planning to throw a party that evening when the phone rang again. It was the same person at the other end of the line but this time, he apologised profusely for his mistake of misreading Anila’s registration number! He confirmed that Anila had not made it and that she would have to wait for an entire year before she could take the exam again. That was it.  Anila and her father were shattered. Anila turned almost hysterical, picked up things from the table and started hurling them on the floor. She tore her hair and began to cry loudly. Her happiness was gone and she plunged into extreme sadness.

One phone call took her to the heights of happiness and ecstasy while another destroyed the wonderful feeling she had and shred her morale to bits. The telephone calls were external factors that had direct control over the state of Anila’s mind as well as on that of her father.

Happiness is something that everyone strives to achieve. It is an ideal state of mind of feeling nice that can be achieved by successfully completing a task, by acquiring something one longed for, by winning someone’s heart, by earning  a lot of money or for many other reasons that can can give a person pleasure. However, many people overlook the fact that happiness is a fleeting feeling and if it is founded on an external factor, it will certainly not stay for long. On the other hand, people also experience unhappiness when something unpleasant happens, someone says or does something bad, when they lose someone or something, or simply when they don’t get what they want.  
The OED defines happiness as:
a. the state of feeling or showing pleasure
b. the state of being satisfied that something is good or right.
Happiness can be simply defined as the feeling you get when things give you pleasure. It is a state of mind which can be reached and also influenced, both by oneself, as well as by allowing external factors to do so.

Bhagavan Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the three classifications of happiness:

SBG 18:36 Now hear from Me, O Arjuna, of the three kinds of pleasure, in which the soul in the body enjoys and reaches the end of all pain.

SBG 18:37 The happiness which first seems like poison but in the end is like nectar, is said to be Sattvic. It is born of one’s intellect which is situated in Self-realisation.

SBG 18:38 The happiness or pleasure which is first like nectar due the contact of sense organs and sense objects, but in the end is like poison, is said to be Rajasic.

SBG 18:39 The pleasure which shrouds Self-realisation right from the beginning until the end and is derived from sleep, indolence and delusion, is declared to be Tamasic.

SBG 18:40 There is no being either on earth or in celestial abodes and not even among deities, that is free these three Gunas or qualities which are born of Nature.

A person’s happiness and the type of their happiness depend on their Gunas. Everyone exists in a web of their own Gunas and it is the dominant one among the three Gunas in them, that forms their nature and general character. It is important to note that the Sattvik Guna is the only Guna from which one can move higher; attain a state of TriguNaatiita (त्रिगुणातीत) which means a state that transcends all the Gunas; and proceed towards attaining Brahman.

SBG 2:56 He who is not agitated or disturbed despite the threefold miseries (a. miseries that stem from the mind and body, b. miseries caused by other beings, and c. miseries caused by natural  calamities and catastrophes over which no one has control), is also not euphoric when he has comforts and is free from attachment, fear and anger, is a sage with a steady mind.

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

SBG 18:53 A person who has given up egoism, false strength, arrogance, anger, desire, and covetousness; is free from possessiveness and is always peaceful; is fit to attain Brahman or Super-Consciousness.

SBG 18:54 Becoming Brahman, serene in the Self, he neither grieves nor desires; he is the same to all beings and he attains supreme devotion unto Me.

Arjuna had earlier asked Bhagavan Krishna to help him by showing him the way to fight restlessness of the mind.

SBG 6:33 Arjuna said: This Yoga of equanimity taught by You, O Krishna, I do not see its steady continuance, because of restlessness of the mind.

SBG 6:34 The mind is certainly restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding, O Krishna! I think it is extremely difficult to control it just as wind is.

SBG 6:35 The Blessed Bhagavan said: Undoubtedly, O mighty armed Arjuna, the mind is difficult to control and restless. But it can be restrained through practice and dispassion.

SBG 3:36 Yoga is difficult to attain for a person whose mind is not controlled. But it is possible for one who has his mind under control and works through prescribed means.

If you are dependent on others or on material possessions to make you happy or feel good, it could only mean that it is not you but others and material objects that have control over the state of your mind. A strong and self respecting person should never allow external factors to affect the state of their mind and go to the extent of causing them unhappiness. Permitting others or empowering them to be the reason for your happiness or sadness causes your state of mind to be a toy that others play around with, which, if they wished, they could also destroy any time. Learning to be the master of one’s own mind needs to be the first step before taking up any task or challenge in life. Before starting a job, a project, a relationship or anything, it would be advisable to think it over clearly, weigh the pros and cons and begin with a calm mind. A person who rushes into something, runs the risk of experiencing pain in the future should things not go as planned, but on the contrary, any task taken up by a person with a balanced mind has a low or zero probability of failure.
SBG 2:38 Fight the battle treating alike pleasure and pain, gain and loss as well as victory and defeat. By doing so, you will not sin.

American poet and writer Archibald MacLeish said something brutally true: “The only thing about a man that is a man is his mind. Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.”  (!)

But for the mind, people wouldn’t even know they exist or who they are. The mind is the interface between the Self, the brain and the physical body. A person’s knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita which is the greatest ‘Mind Management Manual’ ever, along with the right way of applying that knowledge in their life, however distressing the situation they may be in, will keep them afloat, living, discovering, inventing, creating, building and also serving others apart from being naturally happy.

A person who has a mind totally under control, experiences Sattvik happiness which is truly blissful and never ends in pain. Sincerely loving Bhagavan Krishna and sacrificing all actions unto Him, can completely safeguard people from unhappiness, bitterness, fear, hatred and all other negative qualities and influences. 

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

SBG 9:28 By doing so, you will be freed from the bonds of action that result in good and in bad. By being free and with your mind guided by the principle of the Yoga of renunciation, you will attain Me.

May your hearts be calm, blissful and filled with Sattvik happiness forever.

Jai Shri Krishna

The Three Vital Truths in one’s Karmic Journey

The Three Vital Truths about one’s Karmic Journey

Namaste.

My inbox has been receiving too many mails from people with requests for detailed astro-analyses of their natal charts. It has been happening despite mentioning in many of my posts that this is not an astrological site but a place where one can learn about the Sanatana Dharma; Karma; important Dharmic Scriptures such as some of the Upanishads, The Srimad Bhagavad Gita and above all, about Krishna; which will teach them to manage their mind better and achieve great success in their material as well as in their spiritual journeys.

I must however state that when people contact me for guidance or for general counselling, I do take some help of my knowledge of Vedic Astrology by taking a quick look at the person’s natal chart but I do that with the sole objective of getting a general idea of the person’s past Karma. This is because it helps in planning a course correction in the current Janma of the person.

Most people, who until they do well in life, are totally convinced that they are very smart, intelligent and good at their work and that is why they are doing well. However, when things begin to fall apart and appear to go out of control, they realise that they can’t even get hold of the reins of their life, let alone knowing where to look for them, and they begin looking outward for answers. When they reach this stage, a distorted or weak ‘God concept’ leads them into fear, depression, bitterness, self-pity, anger, etc. An incorrect ‘God concept’ forces them to think that God is ‘testing them or punishing them’ for their sins. Such ideas stem from foreign cults that propound that God and creation are separate which is not the case in the Sanatana Dharma.
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.
SBG 13:27 The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally, the unperishing within the perishing.

There are Three Vital Truths about one’s Karmic Journey that people need to remember when it comes to managing different kinds of crises in life:

1. Whatever happens in your life, whether pleasant things or challenging situations, are caused by you and non one else. The ‘you’ in this statement refers to the combination of the three Gunas in you which along with your mind, body and Self make the person who you are. The mind and the senses are carried by the Atman along with it from Janma to Janma (SBG 15:08).

2. A Vedic Astrological chart is merely a tool that helps in taking a peek into your Karmic pattern. The gigantic planets hurtling through space DON’T harm you or do good to you but their positions on your chart are used to decode the stage of Karmic evolution you are in.

3. The way to offset or outweigh past negative Karma is through new positive Karma. However, as per Shloka 18:66 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Krishna (the personification of the ‘whole’, has promised that by total Sharanaagati to Him, all negative past Karma can be wiped out.

Bearing in mind the three truths given above and taking some time to study more about the Advaita Vedanta through the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, The Ishavasya Upanishad, etc. can greatly help you in coming out of the “I” mess that most people are stuck in and also help you avoid wasting time at the feet of babas and swamies who love basking under all the attention their followers give them apart from amassing the wealth that they are gifted with by them.

Material success and the wealth that comes along with such success, are certainly important but they are nothing but extremely tiny parts of the entire experience that a Jivatma undergoes through the numerous Janmas it takes as living beings. People who are selfish and think only about their own material wealth and comforts during a lifetime can certainly achieve all of that however, in the Janma that follows, it translates as negative past Karma which starts a new cycle of trials and tribulations that life throws towards them (SBG 9:24) All past thoughts, words and deeds of a person determine the present and those of the present determine the future. There might be people who are under the influence of pseudo-westernisation, of abrahamic cults or of so called ‘rational thinkers’ groups’ that do not agree with this but they too will learn in due course of time. The problem is that it could take them many more challenging Janmas or lifetimes.

Based on my personal experiences and findings (remember I am not a baba or a swamy), I give below my suggestions to people a. who are perturbed and unhappy due to difficulties in life, b. who are worried about impending challenges and also c. those who are brooding over unpleasant things of the past.

The suggestions given below should help you clear your mind and prepare yourself for positive inputs about the Sanatana Dharma which will propel you up on the ladder of your Karmic evolution:

1. Read and understand the Three Vital Truths about one’s Karmic Journey given above.

2. Read and understand ‘The Three Priceless Gifts’ https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/thoughts/ Entry dated 31.5.2018

THE THREE PRICELESS GIFTS 

Namaste.

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

3. Personify Krishna in the form of your choice and make a detailed mental image of Him and visualise yourself either at His Feet or even seated next to Him having a conversation with Him. It is absolutely essential that you actually ‘see’ Him in your mind. Humans find it difficult to perceive something that does not have a clear physical form. (SBG 12:05)

Once this is done, your mind will be clear of unwanted clutter and mental chatter and you will have a direction to look in apart from having a single point to focus upon. The thoughts of a person with no single point of focus are branched and indefinite (SBG 2:41)
Attaining this state of mind indicates that you will be able to perceive things more clearly and will be ready to make the major course correction in your life you have been waiting to do.

Every day is the first day of the rest of your life. May you make the right choices today that will create a bright future for you and for your loved ones.

Jai Shri Krishna

Understanding the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)

Namaste.

Recently a forty-something person born in a Dharmic (Hindu) family wrote to me saying that he did not like Krishna but adored Shiva. He said he did not like Krishna because he felt ‘Krishna plays with words, tries to follow Dharma and breaks laws’! He added that he believed that ‘Shiva is pure’. His lack of basic knowledge about the Santana Dharma even after his four decades as a Sanatani (Hindu) on the planet, instantly prompted me to create a new page with an index to some posts of mine regarding the Sanatana Dharma. It needs to be understood that the prime causes of the misconceptions that people born in Dharmic families have in their mind are threefold:
a. The improper or insufficient spiritual education that they received from their family and teachers.
b. The influence of the wrong ‘Sky-daddy God concept’ taught in missionary schools.
c. The sway that babas, swamies, gurus, matas, etc., who create their worlds of followers, have over them. They present themselves as avatars, lead people away from the path of Dharma and thrive as ‘ living Gods’.

People born in Dharmic (Hindu) families which are not converted to foreign religions need to take a moment to think about the amount of courage and determination their own ancestors must have had in order to resist temptation as well as fight fear due to the pressure from the then rulers when India was not free. Had even one of them converted, all the generations of people, that followed, who are now Dharmic (Hindus), would not have been Dharmic (Hindu), but would have been mental and physical slaves of some convoluted foreign organised religion.

The least Sanatana Dharmic (Hindu) people can do for their amazing ancestors is to learn, respect and preserve the traditions they followed. It is the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) that they preserved, nurtured and left behind that has made the Dharmics (Hindus) what they are today and have given them the freedom to think and to live life the way they want.

Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, (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.” What He meant was, acquire knowledge from learned, wise, older and more experienced people but keep going ahead to discover the Divinity in you instead of settling down as a devotee at the feet of some godman or godwoman who is also another mortal like you. In short, Bhagavan asked Arjuna to be a seeker until he reached the final goal of Super-Consciousness, Moksha or simply attaining Krishna.

The Sanatana Dharma although ancient, is the most rational and advanced philosophy. There is no ‘sky daddy’ who punishes his own creation when they don’t listen to Him, no messengers, no satan, no hell, no evil guys to beat you up with red hot spiked iron rods and boil you in oil for eternity, no heaven, no damsels in the heaven, no resurrection, no day of judgement and none of such other things that organised religions force their followers to believe in. You can start studying the Sanatana Dharma by reading scriptures such as Itihaasaas, Puranas and Upanishads and finally reach the stage of Super-consciousness. You are also absolutely free to decide whether you would need multiple Janmas (lifetimes) to reach the final goal or if you would like to do it during the current one.

As compared to organised religions, the best part of the Sanatana Dharma, which was neither started by nor named after any individual, is that there is no compulsion to believe in anything at all. Being a nature loving modest and sincere seeker should do.

Go to the new Index page on posts regarding the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)

Jai Shri Krishna

Living in the Now

Living in the NOW

The past is non-existent. Apart from the knowledge, which is nothing but retained memory of the things learned and the experiences gained, the past is of not much use. Dwelling in the past can only devour the fleeting present which slips by even without one experiencing it. However, pleasant memories from the past do have the power to motivate people to live the present in a manner better than they did in the past.

Every day, every sunrise or every moment, can be a new beginning of a blessed future. Waking up in the morning, which is a Supreme Divine Blessing and privilege denied to many, is the first great opportunity of the first day of the rest of one’s life. May everyone accept this priceless divine gift with all humility, gratitude, awe and reverence.

“We have two lives
and the second begins when you realize you only have one.”

MY SOUL HAS A HAT by Mário de Andrade

Guru Transit 2018

As per Vedic Astrology, Guru or Jupiter is considered to be the most benevolent and propitious planets. A natal chart with a strong Guru indicates strong positive past Karma which means a great future for the native. Vedic Astrology treats transits of Guru, apart from Saturn and Rahu/Ketu, to be highly significant in a person’s life time. Any thought or action that breaks the monotony in one’s life makes things more interesting and therefore a planetary transit can be a good time for people to experience that much needed change or push in their minds.

Since I don’t believe in general predictions because each person’s individual Karma is different, I am not going to write in detail about the effects that this Guru Transit is going to have on people. Most people will anyhow go to visit Astrology sites to see if there is any good news for them! What I would like to say about this Guru transit to people who believe in Vedic Astrology, would be to make use of this celestial event as a trigger to create changes in their mind in order to succeed in making major course corrections in their earthly life as well as in their Karmic journey. This calls for deep introspection and a self-evaluative analysis.

The benefits of such an introspection and self-evaluative analysis are as follows:

1. Through constructive criticism of oneself, it would be easier for a person to spot the behavioural and attitudinal changes that you need to make.

2. People can easily identify important patterns, both positive as well as negative, in their life.

3. It gets simpler to keep the mind fixed on your bigger purpose and goal in life instead of allowing petty things to disturb your positive Karmic flow.

4. You will realise that when you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always got. This understanding will make you rethink your methods of doing things and you will start doing them differently which will also get you different results.

5. You will now fully comprehend that fear is not real and that it is nothing but imagining something in the future that has not taken place yet. Understanding this great truth will help you be in the present and make the best of it instead of wasting it on thinking about something that has not even happened.

6. Reading the Srimad Bhagavad Gita will help you differentiate between, your mind, your ego, your intellect, your body and your TRUE INDESTRUCTIBLE DIVINE SELF.

Let us take a quick look at what Vedic Astrology says about the effects that the transit of Guru into Scorpio or Vrischika is expected to have on the certain areas in the lives of people of the three moon signs Vrischika (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius) and Makara (Capricorn), which are currently under Sadé Sati:

Vrischika – Guru moves into the 1st house for Vrischikans. This is an auspicious position for Guru. It signifies general prosperity and also harmony in family life. People wishing to get married can find their life partners and the marriages of those who have already found someone can take place during this period. Vrischikans have high chances of growth in career. This is also a time during which Vrischikans get more interested in spirituality and philosophical studies. The presence of the benevolent planet in the moon sign or Rashi is a wonderful period for Vrischikans to work on their health and improve it. Regular exercise, proper Sattvik diet and meditation can greatly contribute in assuring excellent health for natives.

Dhanu – Guru transits into the 12th house for Dhanu Rashians. The 12th house is that of losses through unwanted expenses. This means that Dhanu Rashians need to be extra careful about whatever money they spend. It would also make great sense to develop patience and calmness of the mind.

Makara – Guru transits into the 11th house for Makara Rashians. The 11th house is the house of gains so this transit of Guru to the 11th house could augur some decent financial benefits for Makara Rashians. However, the fact that Makara Rashians are currently under the first phase of Sadé Sati should not be overlooked and therefore caution in spending needs to be exercised.

Steps to follow:

1. Go back to the Five Pearls, understand them and follow them in life.

2. Read the Srimad Bhagavad Gita regularly because every time you read it, you would be in a different frame of mind and this will enable you to infer different lessons from the same chapter that you have already read. Reading the  Srimad Bhagavad Gita often, apart from clearing your mind of the self destructive ‘Why me?’ attitude, will definitely help you in achieving greater perception and understanding of different situations in life which will result in your making right choices.

3. Never stop being a seeker! The Sanatana Dharma is the only way of life, with no conditions, commandments, messengers, hell, heaven, satan etc. It does not expect its followers to believe in something, in someone or in some book. People are encouraged to ask questions until they are satisfied with the answers. (SBG 4:34) When acquiring knowledge becomes the greatest drive in a person’s life, all challenges and problems begin to appear as great lessons and not as punishments that many people with a loser’s attitude like to consider them to be.

4. Bring all your thoughts to a point of focus – to Bhagavan Krishna. Remember that it is the same Supreme Self that exists equally everywhere in all beings and deities. (SBG 6:31, 6:32, 13:27, 13:28, 18:20)

5. Your present was ‘written’ by no one else but you through your own thoughts, words and deeds in the past and therefore be careful of what you think, say and do now because you are currently building your future.

6. Love and respect all beings. Perceive the divinity in them but that does not mean accepting the life of a victim when wronged by someone because you see divinity in them. Fighting Adharma or injustice is a Dharmic or righteous act and that is exactly what Bhagavan Krishna asked Arjuna to do in the great battle of Mahabharata.

7. Learn Sharanaagati and surrender yourself completely before Krishna as this can straightaway reduce all your mental stress at least by half.

8. Don’t waste your time on scouring the internet to find general predictions for your Rashi or moon sign. If general predictions were to be true, shouldn’t all Vrischikans have been Indian Prime Ministers as Mr. Narendra Modiji the Prime Minister of India is? Modiji is Vrischikan by Rashi and also by Lagna and the most important point to be noted is that it was just after the start of his Sadé Sati that he became the Prime Minister of India the largest democracy of the world. Why didn’t he undergo  the kind of ‘sufferings’ that many Vrischikans feel they went through? Why didn’t he go jobless or go broke and not have enough money for food like some people who claim to be affected by the dreaded seven and half year period did? Well, as I have written quite often on this site, the Sadé Sati is not a period of punishment but that of ‘Karma Balancing’ that happens about two or three times in a person’s life time. A person who has high positive Karma reaps its benefits while others who have more learning to do, undergo challenges which teach them what they need to learn in order to perfect themselves. It is a period during which a native, who needs to learn and improve, feels they are under pressure to right their historical or rather Karmic wrongs by creating more positive Karma in order to ‘outweigh’  their existing negative past Karma that could be the cause of all the challenges they face. It is just a phase of self improvement and not of any divine retribution like many people are told to believe.

9. Life is the greatest gift without which one doesn’t exist at all. Each and every sunrise brings in a new day with countless possibilities to experience life better and to rise higher up the Karmic ladder. People who treat life as the greatest blessing and have absolute faith in Krishna, are never discouraged by difficulties that they come across in life. They know and understand that every moment, every day , every situation or every challenge that they experience is nothing but a great learning opportunity for them that can get them massive Karmic rewards and take them closer to Krishna.

गुरुर ब्रह्मा गुरुर विष्णु गुरु देवो महेश्वरः
गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः

Transliteration:
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnuhu
Guru Devo Maheswaraha
Guru Saakshaat Parabhrahma
Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha

Translation:
Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu,
Guru is Maheshwara (Shiva),
Guru is the Supreme Self Itself
Prostration unto the Guru

May the Divine Grace of the Supreme Guru and Bhagavan Krishna always be upon you.

Jai Shri Krishna

O lonely traveller of the heavens..

Namaste.

A sunrise is one of the most magnificent natural events that one can witness. During my visit to the south of India, I was blessed with such an opportunity to watch the dawn of the 23rd of July 2018 over the Bay of Bengal.

According to Dharmic scriptures and traditions, Aditya or Surya the sun, is revered to be the One that represents the visible form of the Divine. It is believed that worshipping the sun can help one in building immense mental as well as physical strength in them.

It is an exhilarating experience to chant or listen to the chanting of the powerful Aditya Hridayam Mantra [ https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/aditya-hridayam/ ] whilst witnessing sunrise. The energy, the hope, the power, the courage, the sheer optimism it fills the heart and soul with, are simply remarkable. However stressful the state of mind of a person may be, due to whatever troubles they might be facing in life, spending those few golden, invaluable, magical and awe inspiring moments witnessing a sunrise along with the power of the Aditya Hridayam Stotra, can simply crush and destroy all negative thoughts in them giving way to an experience of Divine Bliss, positivity, courage, grit and the buring desire to brave all odds and emerge successful.

Apart from the Aditya Hridayam Mantra, the last three of the 18 verses from the Ishavasya Upanishad [ https://tavamithramsarvada.wordpress.com/ishavasya-upanishad/ ] are also extraordinarily intense. They are as follows:

16. O Pushan the nourisher, O lonely Traveller of the heavens, O Regulator of everything, O Sun – the son of Prajaapati, gather up Your effulgence in order for me to see Your glorious form. The Highest Purusha who dwells in You, that I am.

17. May the vital force in me merge with the all-encompassing Praana or cosmic energy and may this body be burned to ashes. Om! O Agni! O Supreme One!
O mind, remember the righteous deeds which were done! O mind!

18. O Agni – the Bright Being, lead us to the right path to enjoy the fruits of our actions. Remove from us delusion and sin. We offer You in salutation again and again, our words of adoration for You.

May the Divine Grace of the Supreme Being descend upon everyone and may the world be filled with peace, happiness and prosperity.

Jai Shri Krishna

PRAY FOR MODI

Being spiritual does not mean being sitting ducks before enemies of Dharma.

The Constitution of India is considered to be the supreme law of the land. It guarantees citizens their fundamental rights. All citizens are expected to respect the constitution and adhere to the laws stated in it.

However, some organised religions that stem from other parts of the world, insist on the supremacy of their religious books over all other laws and brainwash their followers into foolishly believing all that is told to them by the clergy. But despite endeavouring hard for centuries to destroy the Sanatana Dharma and convert all its followers into their foreign cults, they could not achieve much success. This is due to the fact that the Sanatana Dharma is like a gargantuan banyan tree of which neither the main trunk nor the roots can ever be singled out and destroyed. There is no compulsion that its followers must believe in a particular book, person or god. There are no commandments. There is no fear of hell nor lust for heaven. It is a free way of life. It teaches people to think, act, experience, learn, grow and progress spiritually.

Nevertheless, some evil forces did succeed in establishing their bases in India, in planting their stooges at various levels of the society and of the government , and at converting certain sections of the Indian Sanatani society into their ludicrous cults.  They call their activities ‘soul harvesting’. It is a sad fact that many Sanatanis do get influenced by the marketing pitches of missionaries and other paid agents of foreign forces. They are tempted by the bags of rice (the reason why they are called ‘rice bag converts’), by the money and by the other privileges their foreign masters assure them on conversion to the new cult.

The question that remains is that how could any sane person leave the wonderful, nondualistic, natural, free, and spiritually as well as Karmically enriching Sanatana Dharma, and convert into a dualistic foreign cult that forces people to believe in a ‘sky daddy’ in the clouds, apart from enticing them with heaven and threatening disobedient people with an eternal hellfire? Such a person must either be under some kind of coercion if not ignorant, greedy, or just plain stupid.

The audacity of those involved in the massive conspiracy against Modiji to openly call for nationwide prayers to their god to bring Modiji down proves that they very well know how to take advantage of the ‘I don’t care attitude’, the laziness, the ignorance, the ‘sickularism’ and the lack of unity among Sanatanis (Hindus). The anti national cults that these vile and treacherous agents work for have been heavily affected by the clamp down by the Modi government on NGOs that used to function as mass converting factories for missionaries. Those traitors who don’t respect the Indian constitution and work against the country as well as the elected leader, are lavishly funded by Adharmic forces whose prime goal is to convert Sanatanis into their cults. Complacency on the part of Sanatanis will only make the enemies of Dharma stronger since the latter are very focused and absolutely sure about their missionary goals.

May sleeping Sanatanis wake up from their slumber of ignorance, and act by coming together and preventing the enemies of India from succeeding in their heinous designs.

Save India. Save Dharma. Save Dharmic people. Save Freedom.

PRAY FOR MODI –  PRAY FOR FREEDOM

PRAY FOR HAPPINESS – PRAY FOR INDIA

All Sanatanis, unite under Bhagavan Krishna to become one single family – Vasudheiva Kutumbakam.

Jai Bharat

Jai Shri Krishna

 

Karma, Karmayoga, ‘Doership’, Gunas & Selfless Action

People who have studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita understand that it is attachment that gives rise to negative feelings such as sadness, dejection, anger, jealousy, hatred, etc. Being attached to the results of one’s work, affects one’s concentration and efficiency. It also causes tremendous pain to people when they don’t succeed in achieving their goal.

One of the Margas or paths that one can take in order to attain the ultimate goal is the Karma Marga or the path of rightful action with no attachment to the results of one’s work. This is a sure way to maintain mental balance even in the most difficult of situations.

Bhagavan Krishna explained to Arjuna about the importance of being a Karmayogi and also taught him the way to become one.

Many people who don’t understand Karmayoga ask, “How can one do work without thinking of the end or aiming at the result?” Such a question is the result of not following carefully Krishna’s Teachings Who says that a ‘doer’ must certainly be fully focused on their target!
SBG 2:41
“In this path, O Arjuna, there is a single point of focus and determination. The thoughts of the undecided are branched and are infinite.”

However, being attached to the results of one’s work, leads a person to lose focus and start thinking of all the benefits one would get on attaining success. Instead of concentrating on the work in hand, they begin dreaming of things that they would gain if they succeeded, and worry about the troubles they would face if they lost, when both scenarios don’t even exist. This not only dilutes their focus, but it also ruins the quality of their work and pushes them towards mediocrity.

I have made this 17 minute video on Karmayoga and “Doership” which I hope will help people better understand one of the most important Dharmic principles of performing work to the best of one’s ability but with no attachments, whatsoever, to its results.

May everyone stay blessed.

Jai Shri Krishna

An ‘Emetic Agent’ for the mind

About verse 1:25 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Many of us have surely had situations in life, when we felt that there was something deep in our mind that disturbed us but we did not know what it was. We would break our heads trying to figure out the cause of the uncomfortable feeling that was bothering us but we would rarely succeed in doing so on our own. When such situations became unbearable, we usually go to elders, friends or professionals for counsel so that they could help us feel better.

What about people who have consumed some toxic substance?  The common treatment for people who have either accidentally or deliberately ingested something poisonous and want to be saved from certain death is inducing vomiting in them. An emetic agent, usually in the form of a liquid, is administered to the patient and this causes them to throw up resulting in the removal of the poison from their body.

What happens when a person’s mind is ‘poisoned’ due to the influence of detrimental thoughts? How does one clear the mind and calm it?

Hrishikesha, which is one of Bhagavan Krishna’s names, means controller of the senses. Krishna very well knew the mind of Arjuna and could perceive Arjuna’s hidden mental delusions due to his ego and his attachment with his cousins and others. Those emotional feelings of Arjuna, were strong enough to veil his intelligence and render useless all his knowledge, his abilities, his capability to make right decisions and his enormous experience as a fearless warrior.

The short sentence uttered by Bhagavan Krishna – verse SBG 1:25
“पार्थ पश्यैतान्समवेतान्कुरूनिति”
“paartha pashyaitaan samavetaan kurunithi.” means, “O Partha (Arjuna), look at the Kurus gathered here.”

That was it. It was just one simple sentence. If Krishna had wished, He could have also said “Look at the Kauravas, the sons of Dritarashtra, O Arjuna”, which could have actually resulted in infuriating Arjuna. Why did Krishna choose to use the name “Kurus” which was the name of the entire dynasty that consisted of both the Kauravas, which included Duryodhana, Dushasana, their 98 brothers and one sister Dushala; as well as the Pandavas? Bhagavan Krishna most probably intended to solidify the feeling of attachment due to kinship which existed in the mind of Arjuna, that was his main weakness, so that it would be easier to be removed through His Divine Discourse that would follow.

That sentence of Bhagavan Krishna, was certainly an ’emetic agent’ that He used, in order to help Arjuna in ‘throwing up’ his weaknesses that had their roots in his ego, in his attachments and in his lack of clarity.

Never neglect something that is constantly disturbing your mental peace, but try to get to the bottom of your mind, find the thing that is disturbing you and throw it out of your system.

SBG 18:66 “Dump all your confusing ideas about righteousness and religion, and take complete refuge in Me. I will free you from your past Karma. Do not fear.”

PS: Attachment is a huge weakness and a great hindrance in spiritual advancement. 
Loving someone and being attached to them, are two entirely different things. Loving someone (truly) means wishing the loved one good. It has nothing to do with possessing them or having them with you in your presence all the time.

Stay blessed, healthy and happy.

Jai Shri Krishna‌