The Deeper Meaning of Janamashtami

The beauty in our ancient stories is that they were never made location-specific or time-specific. Ramayana or Mahabharata are not just events that happened a long time ago, they are happening everyday in our lives. The essence of these stories is eternal. There is a deeper meaning to the story of Krishna’s birth too. Devaki symbolizes the body and Vasudev symbolizes the life force (prana). When prana rises in the body, joy (Krishna) is born. But the ego (Kamsa) tries to eliminate joy. Kamsa is Devaki’s brother which indicates that ego is born along with the body. A person who is happy and joyful does not create trouble for anyone. It is the one who is unhappy and emotionally wounded who ends up causing disruption. Those who feel injustice has been done to them end up being unjust to others out of their hurt ego.

The biggest adversary of ego is joy. Ego cannot survive and has to bow down where there is joy and love. A person can hold a very high position in society, but he melts in front of his own little child. When the child falls ill, however strong the person is, they feel a little helpless. Ego simply melts when confronted with love, simplicity and joy. Krishna is the epitome of joy, the quintessence of simplicity and the very source of love.

Devaki’s and Vasudev’s imprisonment by Kamsa signifies that when the ego takes over, the body feels like a prison. When Krishna was born, the prison guards fell asleep. The guards here are the senses which protect the ego because they are turned outward when awake. Inner joy sprouts in us when the senses turn inwards.

Krishna is also known as the butter thief. Milk is the essence of nourishment and curd is a cultured form of milk. When curd is churned, butter comes up and floats on top. It is nourishing and yet light, not heavy. When our intelligence is churned, it becomes like butter. When knowledge dawns in the mind, one gets established in one’s Self. Such a person remains unattached to this world and his mind does not sink in it. Krishna stealing butter is a symbolism depicting the glory of love. So attractive is Krishna’s charm and skill that he steals the minds of even the most dispassionate.

Why does Krishna have the peacock feather on his head? A king is responsible for the whole society and that responsibility can become a burden, which sits on the head as the crown. But Krishna fulfills all his responsibility effortlessly, like a game. A mother never feels taking care of her children is a burden. Similarly, Krishna wears his responsibility lightly and plays his roles colorfully, just like the peacock feather on his crown.

Krishna is the most attractive, joyful space within all of us. When there is no restlessness, worry or desire in the mind, you are able to get deep rest. And it is in deep rest that Krishna is born.

The message of Janamashtami is that it is time to bring a wave of joy in society. Become seriously joyful!

Om Namah Shivay

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पंचक: भूलकर भी न करें ये 5 काम, पड़ सकते हैं मुसीबत में

भारतीय ज्योतिष के अनुसार जब चन्द्रमा कुंभ और मीन राशि पर रहता है तब उस समय को पंचक कहते हैं। यानी घनिष्ठा से रेवती तक जो पांच नक्षत्र (धनिष्ठा, शतभिषा, पूर्वा भाद्रपद, उतरा भाद्रपद एवं रेवती) होते है उन्हे पंचक कहा जाता है। कुछ विद्वानों ने इन नक्षत्रों को अशुभ माना है इसलिए पंचक में कुछ कार्य विशेष नहीं किए जाते हैं।

नक्षत्रों का प्रभाव

धनिष्ठा नक्षत्र में अग्नि का भय रहता है।

शतभिषा नक्षत्र में कलह होने के योग बनते हैं।

पूर्वाभाद्रपद रोग कारक नक्षत्र होता है।

उतराभाद्रपद में धन के रूप में दण्ड होता है।

रेवती नक्षत्र में धन हानि की संभावना होती है।

जानिए पंचक में कौन से 5 काम नहीं करना चाहिए

1- पंचक के दौरान जिस समय घनिष्ठा नक्षत्र हो उस समय घास, लकड़ी आदि ईंधन इकट्ठा नहीं करना चाहिए, इससे अग्नि का भय रहता है।

2- पंचक के दौरान दक्षिण दिशा में यात्रा नही करनी चाहिए क्योंकि दक्षिण दिशा, यम की दिशा मानी गई है इन नक्षत्रों में दक्षिण दिशा की यात्रा करना हानिकारक माना गया है।

3- पंचक के दौरान जब रेवती नक्षत्र चल रहा हो उस समय घर की छत नहीं बनाना चाहिए, ऐसा विद्वानों का मत है। इससे धन हानि और घर में क्लेश होता है।

4- पंचक में चारपाई बनवाना भी अशुभ माना जाता है। विद्वानों के अनुसार ऐसा करने से कोई बड़ा संकट खड़ा हो सकता है।

5- पंचक में शव का अंतिम संस्कार नही करना चाहिए। ऐसा माना जाता है कि पंचक में शव का अन्तिम संस्कार करने से उस कुटुंब में पांच मृत्यु और हो जाती है।

यदि परिस्थितीवश किसी व्यक्ति की मृत्यु पंचक अवधि में हो जाती है तो शव के साथ पांच पुतले आटे या कुश से बनाकर अर्थी पर रखें और इन पांचों का भी शव की तरह पूर्ण विधिविधान से अंतिम संस्कार करें तो परिवार में इस दोष से और किसी की मृत्यु नही होती एवं पंचक दोष समाप्त हो जाता है।

Om Namah Shivay

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Qualities of People of ‘Demoniac Nature

In “Bhagwat Gita”, Lord Krishna tells about in detail the people of demoniac nature who are born in this world to cause pain to others & are the cause of destruction of this world. Just go through the qualities of the people of demoniac / bad nature & reflect, whether there are any such qualities present in yourself. If you find any such qualities in you, just try to weed these out of your nature, as otherwise, these shall lead to your fall only, morally & spiritually.

As per the Lord in ( Gita: Chapter XVI verse 7 to 20 ) God says that:

” Men belonging to the demoniac group know not what is right activity & what is the right cessation of activity. Hence they posses neither purity ( internal & external), nor good conduct nor truth.” – Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-7

“They say: The world is without any foundation & altogether false, Godless & brought about by mutual union ( of man & woman); what else?”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-8

“Embracing this view, these lost souls with little understanding, ill disposed & devoted to cruel actions, are born for the destruction of the world.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-9

“Possessed of hypocrisy, conceit & arrogance & given to insatiable passion, and adopting false doctrines due to delusion, they take to action with impure vows.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-10

“Giving themselves over to endless cares terminating only with death, and given to the enjoyment of sensuous pleasures, they believe the highest limit of joy to consist only in this.”

“Held in bondage by a hundred ties of expectation, given over to passion & anger, they strive to obtain by unlawful means hoards of money for the enjoyment of sensuous pleasures.”-

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse 11-12

“This has been won by me today; that ambition I shall realize now; this wealth is mine already; that will be mine again”

“This enemy has been already disposed of by me, and I shall make short work of others also. I am the lord, I am the enjoyer. I am perfect, powerful & happy.

“I am wealthy, and high-born. who else is like unto me? I shall perform sacrifices, give alms & rejoice. Thus deluded by ignorance, bewildered by numerous thoughts, enmeshed of the web of delusion & addiced of the enjoyment of sensuous pleasures, men of demoniacal nature fall into the foulest hell.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI – verse 13,14,15 & Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI – verse 16

“Self-important, unbending, filled with the intoxication of wealth & honor, performing nominal sacrifices for show & contrary to scriptural ordinance.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-17

“Given over to egoism, violence, insolence, passion & anger, these malicious persons hate Me ( God) that dwell in the bodies of others, as well, as in their own body.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-18

“These haters, evil, cruel, & vilest among men, I ( God) repeatedly throw into demoniacal wombs in this world.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse -19

“Arjuna, cast into demoniacal wombs, birth after birth, these fools, attaining not to Me ( God), sink into still lower depths.”- Bhagwat Gita: Chapter XVI verse-20

So above are the demoniacal qualities of bad people as defined per the “Bhagwat Gita” in this world & we should abstain from all such qualities.

Om Namah Shivay

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Are YOU Ready to MAKE a BREAK?-4

Breaking OUT

It obviously requires some form of courage to ‘break out’ of any prison or penitentiary. The authorities will have to be defied. The rules of the institution will have to be broken. New alliances may have to be formed. Clever strategies to break out of ones cell and then out of the building, will need to be created. Patience, determination, discipline and flexibility will rise to the top of the list of character traits required to ensure the whole ‘break out’ process is successful.

Such are the ingredients of any film or TV series about inmates breaking out of their enclosure! They also provide us with the perfect metaphors for our own spiritual liberation.

First however, there is one missing ingredient in the above scenario. And that is accepting that we are in a ‘self made’ prison. That we are entirely responsible for our own incarceration! We are responsible for the imprisonment of our self behind the bars of our attachment to our beliefs, perceptions and habits to which we ‘hold on’ and therefore hold in place. We are responsible for the cage of dependencies and addictions, many of which we sustain and strengthen every day in various ways. We are each responsible for forfeiting the freedom of our spirit! If we don’t realize this then it is likely we will spend large chunks of our time and energy raging against the world around us. As many do! And that not only kills our happiness it destroys both our strength and our capacity to be creative.

So lets explore those metaphors. Within our consciousness the ‘authorities’ will have to be defied. These are the voices of our parents, teachers and sometimes society, recorded within our consciousness. In other words our conditioning will need to be challenged, exposed and discredited. It was ‘they’ who led us into illusions such as love is attachment, happiness is dependent on others, peace of mind is only possible when our bank balance has the right amount..etc.! But ‘they’ are not to blame. They only led us into the same illusions within which they had spent their life unknowingly imprisoning themselves. We chose to follow. A few don’t and never did. They are often known as mavericks!

We will need to break some of the so-called rules. Not the laws of society however necessary or misguided they may be. But the subtle, often unstated rules and expectations that define culture. Rules that sound like collective norms, that sound like the things you ‘have to’ do to ‘fit in’. You don’t ‘have to’ do anything. You don’t ‘have to’ talk in a certain way about certain things. You don’t ‘have to’ follow the norms and conventions that you see around you. Tradition and culture ‘can be’ more like the heavy chains of an anchor than the string that flies the kite. However it’s not a collective rebellion we are attempting ferment, simply the breaking out of some of the strictures of tradition.

New alliances will have to be made which, in a spiritual context, i.e. the context of our consciousness, means we will need to stop hanging out with those old beliefs and habits that constituted our comfort zones. We will need to consciously seek out and keep the inner company of deeper truths. And then cultivate the patience to allow those truths to come through consistently into action. That may mean some discomfort is inevitable when we ‘break out’ of our comfort zones defined by these old beliefs.

‘Clever’ also means being clever enough to ‘create’ a strategic plan, an exit strategy, in order to free our self. This means we will need to learn some method of meditation and spend time in contemplation in order to induce our own insights and realizations. These are necessary in order to fully dispel the illusions and delusions that keep us trapped. It could also involve consulting those who are already internally free, the ones who have done their inner work, broken the chains of attachment and dependency, and broken out of their old mindsets! What did they do, what have they realized, what did they encounter as they broke down, broke up, broke through and broke out, on the way to their own authentic freedom. They are likely to have a map of where all the tunnels are…so to speak!

All of which will require the ability to be disciplined and flexible as each bar of our self created cell i.e. each attachment, dependency and addiction that keeps us trapped, is clearly seen and permanently removed.

Om Namah Shivay

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The Anatomy of a Thought-2

Allow me to share beautiful verses from the Mahamudra instruction of Tilopa (a Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche translation).
Mists rise from the earth and vanish into space.
They go nowhere, nor do they stay.
Likewise, though thoughts arise,
Whenever you see your mind, the clouds of thinking clear.

Space is beyond color or shape.
It doesn’t take on color, black or white: it doesn’t change.
Likewise, your mind, in essence, is beyond color or shape.
It does not change because you do good or evil.

The darkness of a thousand eons cannot dim
The brilliant radiance that is the essence of the sun.
Likewise, eons of samsara cannot dim
The sheer clarity that is the essence of your mind.

Although you say space is empty,
You can’t say that space is “like this”.
Likewise, although mind is said to be sheer clarity,
There is nothing there: you can’t say “it’s like this”.

Thus, the nature of mind is inherently like space:
It includes everything you experience.

Stop all physical activity: sit naturally at ease.
Do not talk or speak: let sound be empty, like an echo.
Do not think about anything: look at experience beyond thought.

Your body has no core, hollow like bamboo.
Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space.
Let go of control and rest right there.
Like waves in the ocean disappear in the same sea they had originated from, thoughts emerge from and merge back into the same mind. Some start to surf these waves, but no matter how giant or exhilarating a wave, how beautiful the swell, how tidal the sea, how expert the surfer, the waves will toss him eventually. And this brings me to the moral of the story: there are no calming thoughts really, just like there are no stable waves.

A thought that’s appeasing today could well be disturbing tomorrow. For example, you love someone today and their thought brings you joy, tomorrow you may fall out and the same thought will give you grief. A good meditator knows that thoughts, at their best, can only calm the mind temporarily and intermittently. That the real solution lies in going beyond thoughts because like waves are waves and thoughts are thoughts. Some may be less displacing than others but ultimately they are destabilizing.

In the ocean of your mind, when it comes to the waves of thoughts, you have three choices ,

a, surf and accept the highs and lows,

b, watch the waves and put up with the constant sound of the sea,

c, move away from the ocean altogether. No one should tell you what to choose, you choose or alternate between these choices based on your own constitution.

Controlling the mind is not taming but curbing it; it’s a futile exercise, a vain path. Instead, an aware mind is the most tamed state any mind can have. A mind free of thoughts is the most calm state of a mind. The third best is an absorbed mind. When you await eagerly with the surfboard of your desires to ride the thought waves, be prepared for anything, for surprises, not all of which may be desirable.

Most beautiful music gushes forth naturally from a silent mind like waterfalls do from the Himalayan mountains. You’ve to see one to hear one, or, you have to hear one to see the other.

Om Namah Shivay

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Are YOU Ready to MAKE a BREAK?-3

Breaking THROUGH

Seeing this connection between our stress (unhappiness), our attachment and our dependencies, triggers the big realizations that we need in order to remain internally free. Realizations like, “It’s not them it’s me that’s making me upset and unhappy”. Insights like, “I am not a victim if I so choose”. Break through moments like, “I already have everything I need”. Every such AHA moment is another ‘breakthrough’ to what is true. Each ‘breakthrough’ signals another step towards our liberation from our self created fragmentation and the stress that arises.

Breaking IN

This process of ‘waking up’ requires moments of introversion and introspection. Only then do we ‘break out’ of our habit of living IN what’s ON our mind. Only then can we ‘break in’ to our deeper states of being that are prior to the mind and thinking. These states include our inner peace, our capacity to be love itself and to know the joy of our own heart. Relearning how to ‘feel’ these states is only possible when we stop allowing our feelings i.e. our emotions, to be shaped and dictated by our attachments and our dependencies. We previously believed that the emotions that arose from those attachments/dependencies were ALL that we could feel. But once you ‘let go’, once you ‘break through’ the layers of attachment and ‘break in’ to those deeper levels of being, you rediscover your capacity to ‘feel’ the true and deeper nature of your self in your liberated state. That is, and always has been, the purpose of meditation; to ‘break in’ to a higher level of energy, a more enlightened state of being.

Breaking OPEN

One ‘pay off’ from ‘breaking in’ and restoring the awareness and the feelings of our true nature, is the ‘breaking open’ of our heart. Where before we were closed around the things, people, ideas and beliefs, that we were attached to, fearing loss or damage, we become open again. Where before we may have felt our heart was broken at the loss of something or someone that we deemed to be precious, we are now able to respond with the gifts of a quiet acceptance and serenity in the knowledge that everything and everyone comes to…pass! This is only possible when the chains of attachment that we placed around our own heart have been broken, melted down and refashioned into such gifts!

An truly open heart is the result of realising, “I am attached to and dependent on no one!”. With that realization comes the ability to be truly generous and kind, loving and embracing, unconditionally accepting and respecting of everyone! Where before you may have felt vulnerable and therefore fearful of the loss or the withdrawal of another’s approval or affections, now you have the strength of your unneedy heart back. You become invulnerable to others moods and inclinations, others reactions and intentions. It becomes much easier to maintain your inner stability in the face of ever changing relationships and situations.

Om Namah Shivay

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The Source of Emotions-2

In Anthony De Mello’s One Minute Wisdom, a disciple asked the master what is enlightenment. The master replied:
To be public-spirited and belong to no party, to move without being bound to any given course, to take things as they come. have no remorse for the past. no anxiety for the future. to move when pushed, to come when dragged. to be like a mighty gale. like a feather in the wind, like weeds floating on a river. like a mill-stone meekly grinding, to love all creation equally as heaven and earth are equal to all —such is the product of Enlightenment.

To be in touch with yourself is to be in communion with the Divine. Positive and negative emotions then are simply the dewdrops that vanish upon the emergence of the sun of mindfulness.

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It will cost around 38 Trillion Dollars to Create OXYGEN for 6 months for all human beings on Earth.
“TREES DO IT FOR FREE” They SAVE us.
“PLEASE SAVE THEM” Save TREE – Save EARTH

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Happiness and success, both depend on your ability to give. This ability to give is in your consciousness, in your mind. And it is not the object that you give that matters but the attitude of sharing.
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What is the difference between Punya and Paap?
Punya is a debit card – pay first and enjoy later.

Paap is a credit card – enjoy first and pay later.

KARMA is a restaurant, where there is no need to place order

we are served, what we have cooked..!

“Think twice… Act wise.”

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See that there is no inside and no outside. If you think something is inside then something is outside also. If you think something is outside, that is inside also. So real blossoming is when there is no inside and no outside. Everything is same, in and out is same. 

Om Namah Shivay

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