16 fascinating facts about Draupadi I bet you didn’t know-3

Draupadi’s clause

When Draupadi agreed to be the common wife, her condition was that she would share her household with no other woman. In other words, disregarding popular practice of the times, the Pandavas could not bring their other wives to Indra- prastha. Arjuna, however, succeeded in bringing one wife in. She was Krishna’s sister, Subhadra. And with a little advise from Krishna, she was able to trick her way into the household.

Duryodhana did not participate in Drauapdi’s Swayamvara

There is a reason why Duryodhana did not participate in Draupadi’s swayamvara.It’s because he was already married to the princess of Kalinga, Bhanumati. He had promised her that he would never marry another, and he kept his word.

Draupadi cursed the Dogs

Here goes the story according to a Punjabi folklore: Pandavas had agreed that only one brother must enter Draupadi’s chamber at a time and during that time no other Pandava must enter her chamber. The brother who entered her chamber was to keep his shoes outside the door. The violation of this condition had a strict penalty – the offender was to leave immediately for year long exile.

Arjuna, the offender

One day when Yudhishthira was in Draupadi’s chamber, a dog stole his shoes from outside the door. Arjuna, unaware of this, entered the chamber and saw his elder brother with Draupadi. According to the agreement, Arjuna had to leave for the exile. Embarrassed, Draupadi became furious with the dog that had stolen Yudhishthira’s shoe, thereby cursing all dogs – “All the world will see you copulate in public, stripped of all shame.”

The other side of Drauapdi

Asvatthama, the son of Drona, had mercilessly killed the five sleeping sons of Draupadi in the middle of the night. Krishna, Arjuna and Bhima went and captured Asvatthama and brought him to Draupadi for her to take the final decision. Draupadi, however, displayed an amazing sense of compassion when Asvatthama sat with his head down. Although Krishna told her that there was no sin involved in killing such a murderer, Draupadi could feel the pain Drona’s wife could feel at the loss of her son.

Blessed to be a virgin

Before she moved to the next husband, Draupadi walks through fire to regain her virginity and purity. Such rules were never placed before polygamous husbands. All the Pandavas had other wives but these wives stayed with their parents and the Pandavas had to travel out of the city to visit their other wives in the four years that Draupadi is intimate with the other brothers.

Krishna was Draupadi’s only friend

Draupadi always considered Lord Krishna as her Sakha or beloved friend and Krishna addressed her as Sakhi, this is emblematic of the spiritual love existing between the livid Draupadi and Krishna. The only true friend, who validated her persona and came to her rescue each time she found herself in dire circumstances, was Krishna, whose divine presence she experienced constantly in her life.

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Written By A Cop ~ It Could Save A Life-1

In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation…
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :

The elbow is the strongest point on your body.  If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide.

If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM.  Toss it away from you…. Chances are that he is more interested  in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse..  RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy..  The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will.  This has saved lives.

4. Don’t sit in your car!

Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS!)  The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a weapon to you, and tell you where to go.

AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,

Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF!

Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car.  Your Air Bag will save you.  If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it.  As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.  It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall,  or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

Om Namah Shivay

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Dealing with Terminal Illness-1

All rivers merge in the sea, all small things become a part of a bigger phenomenon, it goes back to its source in Nature.

What to do when one of your loved one is diagnosed with a terminal condition? Do I have any insights? I was asked recently.

It is one of the most agonizing, most painful experiences — to see a loved one wither away in front of your eyes while you put a brave face and watch helplessly. We are more fragile and more caring than we would ever know. The greater we care about someone the more their pain we feel in our own hearts. Is there any way to be at peace during this difficult time? Allow me to share with you a little story.

In the quiet countryside lived an old physician. He had been seeing patients for more than forty years and was known for his kindness, for making free house calls for the terminally ill. He always took his dog along whenever he visited his patients. The dog would wait outside the patient’s house while the doctor went in to see to the ill person.

On one occasion, a certain man had less than three months to live. He was scared of death and confessed his fears to the physician.

“What will it be like after I die, doc?” he said. “Will I be alright? What awaits me?”

The doctor stopped scribbling on his pad and put down the pen. He got up, opened the door and looked at his dog. The dog wagged his tail, and as much excitedly as triumphantly leaped towards him.

The physician turned to the patient and said, “Do you see this dog? He didn’t have a clue about what all was in this room, on this side of the door. The only thing he knew that I, his master, was here. And, that’s all he was looking forward to.”

“That’s how I see death,” he continued. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like in the other world or this world once I am gone. I don’t really know the whats, whys and hows about dying. Like my dog, I’m unsure what all is on the other side of the door. But, I do know that I’ll end up by the feet of my master. And, that’s all I need to know because that’s all that matters to me.”

I find this anecdote particularly beautiful. Ultimately, it boils down to living with grace and peace for as long as we have the chance to breathe.

Even if there’s no afterlife, even if there’s no heaven or hell (personally, I don’t believe in heaven or hell except the one on earth), it doesn’t really matter because an infinite existence awaits us. All rivers eventually end up in the sea regardless of their course, all the drops of rain either merge into ponds, rivers, lakes, oceans or they are absorbed by the earth. If nothing, they simply evaporate and go back to the source. Either way, from infinitesimal they become infinite.

Om Namah Shivay

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Master’s experiences in samādhi

AMRITA: “Sir, how do you feel in samādhi?”

MASTER: “You may have heard that the cockroach, by intently meditating on the Bhramara, is transformed into a Bhramara. Do you know how I feel then? I feel like a fish released from a pot into the water of the Ganges.”

AMRITA: “Don’t you feel at that time even a trace of ego?”

MASTER: “Yes, generally a little of it remains. However hard you may rub a grain of gold against a grindstone, still a bit of it always remains. Or again, take the case of a big fire; the ego is like one of its sparks. In samādhi I lose outer consciousness completely; but God generally keeps a little trace of ego in me for the enjoyment of divine communion. Enjoyment is possible only when ‘I’ and ‘you’ remain.

“Again, sometimes God effaces even that trace of ‘I’. Then one experiences jada samādhi or nirvikalpa samādhi. That experience cannot be described. A salt doll went to measure the depth of the ocean, but before it had gone far into the water it melted away. It became entirely one with the water of the ocean. Then who was to come back and tell the ocean’s depth?”

THE GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA,8-24

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Q: To what extent we can be attached to our body?

Guruji: Once when I was on tour, I saw that there was an advertisement for the cemetery there on the road.

Do you know what the advertisement said? It said, ‘Beautiful and scenic burial ground with panoramic views. Book your place now!’ What would a corpse have to do with seeing panoramic views after death?

In foreign countries, there is a great amount of marketing done even for cremation and burials. It is so surprising. People there actually go ahead and make bookings for themselves in advance, so that they do not miss out in the end.

They even give instructions as to what clothes should they be buried in, what colour they should be and so on. They write all this in their will. This is the most unfortunate extent of attachment one can have to the physical body. Just let go!

Someone or the other will surely cremate you after you die. Why think so much about this? It is sheer madness, I tell you. If you really have to become so madly attached to something, get attached to the Divine who has created everything, rather than getting attached to the things He has created.

Such attachment only creates fear. This fear in turn brings misery and sorrow, which in turn bring dejection and disappointment. Then one goes on regretting endlessly about the past. They think, ‘I should not have left that job’, or, ‘I should have chosen that other girl for marriage when I had the chance’, and so on.

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क्षमा कर सब पाप मेरे हे भोले शंकर, तू अपने धाम बुला लेना

भगवान् का यह एक विलक्षण स्वभाव है कि वे कुछ भी देते हैं तो इस ढंग से अपने को छिपाकर देते हैं कि लेनेवाले को वह वस्तु अपनी ही मालूम देती हैं ! कारण कि संसार में देनेवाला बड़ा और लेनेवाला छोटा माना जाता है | इसलिए भगवान् अपने को छिपाकर देते हैं, जिससे अपने में बड़प्पन भी न आये और लेनेवाले में छोटापन भी न आये ! अतः मिली हुई वस्तु को लेकर अपने में अभिमान नहीं होना चाहिए, प्रत्युत भगवान् के प्रति कृतज्ञबुद्धि होनी चाहिए | जब लेनेवाला मिली हुई वस्तु को अपना न मानकर देनेवाले–भगवान को अपना मानता है, तब भगवान् उसके ऋणी हो जाते हैं 

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अंत समय जब आये मेरा , साँसों में तेरा नाम हो
छवि हो आँखों में तेरी, मन तेरे चरणों केपास हो
जीवन भर तो निभाया है, बस इतनी और निभा देना
क्षमा कर सब पाप मेरे हे भोले शंकर, तू अपने धाम बुला लेना
ॐ नमः शिवाय
हर हर महादेव
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ईशकृपा बिन गुरु नहीं, गुरु बिना नहीं ज्ञान।
ज्ञान बिना आत्मा नहीं, गावहिं वेद पुरान।।

अर्थः ईश्वर की कृपा के बिना सदगुरु नहीं मिलते और सदगुरु के बिना ज्ञान नहीं मिलता। ज्ञान के बिना आत्मा के स्वरूप का पता ही नहीं चलता क्योंकि आत्मा ज्ञानस्वरूप है। यही वेद-पुराण भी गा रहे हैं।

Om Namah Shivay

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12 Steps Towards a Healthy Living Plan.

At least it’s impossible 4 me to avoid eating delicious ones!

Forget about diets. There are a million and one different diets out there telling you the ‘miracle’ way of loosing weight, keeping the weight off or staying healthy. The only consistency of diets today is that none of them work. Yes, you may loose a little weight by sticking to a diet but once you revert back to your old ways of eating the weight will just come back again. What most people need is not a diet, but a healthy eating plan. Diets do not encourage healthy eating; many will deprive you of essential nutrition and be counterproductive to long term healthy. You don’t need to starve yourself, you don’t have to eat calorie controlled meals, you don’t have to follow fad diets; you simply have to follow these 14 steps towards a healthy lifestyle

Step #1 – Make sure you eat some form of protein at every meal.

Protein is important in any guide to healthy eating. In the past, many diets have either told us to remove or limit protein, or ‘overdose’ on protein in our pursuit of weight loss and healthy living. Both of these are incorrect. Protein at every meal will ensure you will not overeat, which is typical of high carbohydrate diets. Protein is also essential in building and repairing muscle, which is essential to build a strong metabolism. Eating protein at every meal is important, but remember, this doesn’t mean it is the only thing you should be eating.

Step #2 – If you can’t eat protein at meal times have a protein shake.

Since it is important to have protein at every meal, it is also important to make up for the times when we can’t include protein in our diet. Protein shakes can be bought at health stores, bodybuilding suppliers, and in many supermarkets. Remember though, protein shakes are a ‘supplement’, and as such they are there to supplement an already healthy diet, not be the basis of one.

Step #3 – Eat 3 meals a day.

Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Remember to have 3 substantial meals a day. Once you miss a meal your body lowers your metabolism to take into account the lack of energy in your body. Once your metabolism slows down it makes it a lot harder to loose weight and remain healthy. If you are not in the habit of having three meals a day start planning a menu for each day. It is also helpful to have designated ‘meal times’ to bring routine into your eating habits.

Step #4 – Eat more fresh fruit.

This is self explanatory. If you want a snack, have some fresh fruit. Fruit is very good for you and the fiber makes it a more substantial snack then many unhealthy alternatives. You should eat at least 2 pieces of fruit a day.

Step #5 – Eat more seasonal vegetables.

Like the last step, this one is also self explanatory. With each of your meals throughout the day, have some vegetables. There are many different ways you can eat vegetables, so be creative. Salads are easy, and cooked vegetables can be had with a lot of meals. You should eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day.

Step #6 – Eat lean cuts of meat.

Stop eating fatty meat. As well as being saturated animal fat (the worst kind), most people don’t realize how many calories and fat can be cut down by just eating leaner cuts of meat. Once you start being conscious of eating lean meat it becomes a very simple process; sometimes it may just be a matter of removing the skin off the chicken, or buying low fat mince instead of regular.

Step #7 – Avoid carbohydrates after breakfast in the form of bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, pumpkin and tin food.

Carbohydrates are fine, in fact, they are essential. But what we want to eat most of are complex carbohydrates, which are primarily found in fruit and vegetables. Simple carbohydrates as listed above are also fine to eat in moderation, however, they should be avoided after breakfast as they only provide short term energy which is converted into excess calories when not used.

Step #8 – Avoid Snacking… and if you need to snack, have fruit, a protein drink or untoasted walnuts or almonds.

Snacking should be avoided, as it is usually where we consume the excess calories and fat in our diet. Part of this problem is ‘snack foods’ which have become a staple in households, yet don’t have much nutritional value. If you are going to snack, stick with the above suggestions.

Step #9 – Drink lots of water.

Most people don’t drink enough water. The amount of water you should drink varies from person to person, and can be dependant on a range of different factors such as climate and physical activity. Try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day, it will help you flush toxins from your body, aid in digestion and keep your body operating efficiently.

Step #10 – Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Though it is difficult for many people to avoid caffeine and alcohol on a daily basis, I suggest you keep these to a limit of a drink a day. Preferably alcohol should be kept to less than 3 nights a week. Both of these substances can be counterproductive to good eating habits and keeping good health.

Step #11 – Exercise Regularly.

No healthy living guide could be complete without telling you to exercise regularly. Above all, do something that you enjoy. If you enjoy going to the gym 3 nights a week, do that. If you enjoy playing squash with your friends, do that. If you enjoy running around the block a few times in the afternoon, do that. One of the more important parts of exercising is doing something that you will continue to keep up. There is no point in buying a gym membership if you despise going to the gym. Keep in mind that the more you enjoy something, the more you will do it, so stick to exercise you enjoy.

Step #12 – Take a walk after your evening meal.

As well as getting into good habits, this one will also help you keep the weight down. It is common to over indulge during your evening meal. The problem with this is the overload of energy that will be in your body when you are doing nothing but sleeping. You don’t need all this energy whilst you are sleeping so it is beneficial to go on an evening walk after you nightly meal. If you get into the habit of doing it, it becomes a relaxing and extremely helpful tool for staying healthy. 

Om Namah Shivay

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Building Bridges-1

Practise ahimsa, aparigraha and anekantavada to bring peace to the world

Everything is possible through self-effort. Here, Self means Atman — roughly translated as consciousness. Atman is a technical word. Consciousness means I’m alive; atman is deeper. Atman cannot be seen, but it can be felt. If we are aware of each and every moment of our life, it means we are one with our own Self. When we are not aware of our own Self, then we are not aware of our own consciousness. Inner awareness is experience of Self or realisation of atman.

In Jain philosophy, it is said that each individual has an independent atman, and that there are billions of atmans. All life forms whether they have one sense or three or five senses have consciousness and have atman. Water, air, fire, earth, everything has life and they have the same kind of feelings that we have. Infinite knowledge, infinite action, infinite energy and infinite bliss are the basic characteristics of a soul, but right now, because of our layers of karma, these qualities are not awake in us. Layers of karma cover our infinite knowledge, so we can see only through our senses. The word Jina means a qualitative person who has overcome his inner enemies, not of the outer world but of the inner world, in the form of anger, ego, pride, deceit and greed. These are the major enemies of our soul — the reason why the soul cannot realise its own nature. The ultimate aim of the soul is to come back to its own nature, and that happens only when bad qualities are annihilated.

Mahavira realised that living a luxurious life will not give happiness, so he renounced and led a simple life. In Jainism, enlightenment means Kaivalya gyan meaning pure knowledge, which can be seen without the help of the senses or the intellect. It is pure knowledge that comes from atman. Mahavira practised for 12 years, ate and slept very little, and spent most of his time in meditation. Mahavira asked people to practise ahimsa. Jainism has three major principles: ahimsa, nonviolence; aparigraha, nonpossession and anekantavada, multiple perspectives.

Respect all forms of life. Nonviolence can be practised through our mind, speech and physical actions. If my words are not hurting anyone, my speech is nonviolent; if my thoughts are positive, my thinking is nonviolent and if my physical actions are not hurting anyone, I’m communicating through nonviolent actions. To listen to others and respect others is a quality of understanding. There are two ways of nonviolence — active and passive. Sometimes, we practise passive nonviolence and then we don’t speak up even when somebody hurts us, because we think that we are being dominated. Active nonviolence is when we don’t react in a violent manner but in a nonviolent way, for instance, the Civil Disobedience Movement, launched by M K Gandhi in the 1930s. React, but communicate without aggression. Through our body, speech and mind, we can practise an active way of nonviolence. Peace is possible only through nonviolence.

People fight for possession. Possession is of different kinds — power, politics, and of thoughts or of the material world. Whenever we try to dominate somebody or even ourselves, it becomes possession. We can be attached to anything — to a person, material or to a building. Mahavira said Mucchaha prigraho utto; ‘mucchaha’ means attachment, whatever we are attached to (our desires can be really dominating) could lead us to deviate from the right path. If there are less possessions, there will be less violence. It will result in a peaceful way of living. If it can be practised in our day-to-day routine, it will give us a restful mind and that will help us become more spiritual. Nonpossession doesn’t mean that you don’t keep anything but it means limited possession, having satisfaction that leads to a peaceful lifestyle.

Om Namah Shivay

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