⇒ Krishna Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of a Cowherd’s Boy
The eighth avatar, Krishna, along with his brother Balarama, appeared in the Dwaparyuga to kill the demon king, Kansa. Lord Krishna conveyed the message of love and humanity to the world. Krishna told the epic poem Bhagavad Gita to the warrior Arjuna ,in which he acclaimed : ”Whenever Dharma, or the situation of law and order, is endangered on this world, I incarnate onto this world to re-establish Dharma, law and order, and to protect the Sadhus or saints and to destroy the evil elements of the society.”

⇒ Buddha Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the Form of Buddha
The ninth avatar, Mahavira Buddha, appeared in the Kalyuga, to teach the lesson of following a middle path in life. ”Buddha” means ‘the enlightened one’. He taught that all sorrow comes from attachments and desires, so it’s better to curb all attachments in order to remain happy.

⇒ Kalki Avatar – Lord Vishnu on Horse
The tenth Avatar, Kalki, (“Eternity”, or “time”, or “The Destroyer of foulness”), is yet to appear on the earth. And it is expected to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the time period in which we currently exist, which will end in the year 428899 CE.


Q: Guruji, Please give your special message for ‘Christmas’.

Guruji: The Christmas tree is pointing upwards and its branches grow on all sides, and we all have that capacity to blossom to the fullest of the human potential. At the time of year when no tree bears anything, the Christmas tree has many gifts to offer and it is evergreen throughout the year. A Christmas tree bears the gifts and the lights not for itself, but for all. The gifts you are carrying in your life are for others. You offer the gift of service to anyone one in need, and you will wonder how your needs are being taken care of!

In the Bible, Jesus said, ‘Unless you become like a child, you cannot get into the kingdom of heaven.’ The whole world is one family, so it is necessary that we live with naturalness and simplicity; only then life blossoms. The second thing is, the wall that we erect between ourselves and others needs to be demolished. Drop all inhibitions between you and others. From your side you drop inhibitions. Go on and shake hands. This is what kids do. However, as we grow up, we tend to lose that. We create a wall between us. We bring formalities between us and forget our naturalness.

All those who are grown up physically, but want to be a child again, or think you are one, just go for it! Don’t worry about what others think about you. If the world calls us crazy, let them say, but you be happy. Be in the present and be natural. What is most important in the world is innocence along with intelligence. The innocence of an ignorant person has no value. Similarly the crookedness of an intelligent person has no value. What is most valuable is innocence and intelligence. Innocence and intelligence should go together.

Om Namah Shivay

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⇒ Matsya Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Fish
The first avatar, Matsya, was taken by Lord Vishnu at the end of the Satyuga (last age), when a flood destroyed the world. Through this avatar, he saved humanity and the sacred Veda text from the flood.

⇒ Kurma Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Turtle
The second avatar, Kurma, was taken in the Satyuga (last age) to help the Devas and to obtain the amrut (nectar) of immortality which was also sought after by the Asuras (demons). He helped in creating the world by giving support of his back through this avatar.

⇒ Varaha Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Boar
The third avatar, Varaha, was taken at the end of the last flood in the Satyuga, when Bhoomi Devi (Earth Mother) sank to the bottom of the ocean. Vishnu, in the form of varaha, dived into the ocean and raised the goddess out of the ocean, supported by his two tusks.

⇒ Narsimha Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Half – Man and Half – Lion
The fourth Avatar, Narsimha, was taken in the Satyuga (last age) to kill a tyrant demon king. Narsimha is the only avatar which was Hybrid in form being half human and half animal.

⇒ Vamana Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of a Dwarf
The fifth avatar, Vamana, appeared in the Tretayuga in order to destroy Bali, the king of demons. He came during a huge ceremony conducted by the king and cleverly asked for just three feet of land, measured by his own small feet. Vamana covered whole of the earth and the heaven, subduing Bali into his feet.

⇒ Parshurama Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of a Brahmin
The sixth avatar, Parshurama, appeared in the Tretayuga to destroy the warrior caste. When the kings of the earth became despotic and started to harm people and saints in the forest, Vishnu incarnated as Parshurama and destroyed all the kings who were harassing the people.

⇒ Rama Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of the King
The seventh avatar, Rama, the prince and king of Ayodhaya, appeared in the Tretayuga, to rescue Sita with his loyal servant Hanuman and his brother, Lakshmana, and killed the demon Ravana. Lord Rama became one of the most popular gods in the Hindu religion.


Shri Krishna :
”A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. At the end, he reaches the Supreme Abode.”

Om Namah Shivay

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Mahabharata: Epic retold -3

Arjuna Versus Karna

Once inside, my brother had fought brilliantly. Ashwathma and the Bahlika prince Bhoorisravas had challenged him – only to retreat. Karna had then faced Arjuna. The two fought a dazzling duel.

Kauravas Cheer

But, as dusk approached, and Jayadratha was yet to be sighted, Krishna asked Arjuna to pretend to give up on his vow and withdraw, dejected. Seeing Arjuna turn back, the Kauravas had cheered. For a brief moment, the formation parted to reveal an ecstatic Jayadratha.

Krishna Takes A U-Turn

That was all Krishna needed. Whipping the chariot around with amazing speed, he presented Arjuna a clear shot of his quarry. The Gandiva spoke. Jayadratha fell, an arrow through his throat.

Bheema Introspects

Leaving Yudhisthira’s tent, I walk to mine. A vow fulfilled. Jayadratha killed. But has Abhimanyu been avenged? Will it return him to life? What about Kshatradharma? And Jayadratha himself? It occurs to me war is an endless cycle of revenge.

Bheema Offers Food To Drishtadyumna

Drishtadyumna is waiting for me at the tent. He must have come straight from the battlefield. I notice blood oozing from under his armour. Knowing no words to console him, I ask Visoka to bring food. Drishtadyumna eats absently. I am glad for the silence.

Drona’s Fall Certain

“Drona must fall,” he says, when he finishes. “I do not say that because of Kshatradharma alone. Drona must fall for us to win this war.” He adds as an afterthought, “I almost had him today.”

So What If Arjuna Kept His Word?

“Still, today we were lucky,”‘ I say. “Our losses weigh heavy, but Arjuna kept his word–“. “Yes, his foolish word. Though that was the work of midnight messengers. Not luck!”

What If Krishna Broke His Vow?

Seeing the expression on my face, Drishtadyumna says, “Krishna threatened to break his vow and fight if Jayadratha did not fall today.” Drona understood the danger. Krishna as charioteer was one thing, but allegiances would falter if he fought for us.

Division In the Ranks

The old brahmin knew how many under his command revered Krishna. They would find it difficult to raise a weapon against him. The Kauravas could lose divisions.

Wily Brahmin Who Bartered His Own

“The wily brahmin thought Jayadratha was a fair price to pay,” Drishtadyumna says. “Why do you think he kept away from the chakravyuha?” Ghatotkacha is right. We are worse than animals. We barter our own if it suits our purpose.

War Is Always Ugly

Seeing my troubled face, Drishtadyumna says softly, “War is ugly. There never has been one without treachery. There never will be. “The righteous war you seek exists only in Yudhishthira’s mind… Come, we must prepare for the battle at night!”

Om Namah Shivay

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Mahabharata: Epic retold -2

The Sun Sets Early

Yudhisthira looks at me anxiously when I ride up to him. Through the day, messengers have kept him abreast of news from the various fronts. “Not much time left!” he says. “The sun sets early today!”

Krishna Knows About Time

When I look at him, he adds impatiently, “Dakshinayana. Today marks the end of summer solstice!’ I realize why Krishna had summoned the astrologers the night before. At least, he has a more accurate idea of duskfall than any of us.”

Drona’s Formation

Drona has created a formation within the formation, which Arjuna is trying to break into. It is almost certain Jayadratha is inside the second formation. The Panchala princes Yuddhamanyu and Uttamaujas are with Arjuna.

Looking For A Flag

Drishtadyumna too is nearby, engaging Drona’s division, though their battle seems to be taking him away from Arjuna’s forces. Cautioning Yudhisthira to position himself securely and not do anything foolish, I ride back, telling Visoka to find Drishtadyumna’s flag.

Something Is Wrong

The light is beginning to fail when we sight Drishtadyumna’s men. Even as we approach, I sense something is wrong. Cutting through a ring of ground troops, I come to a still chariot. On the deck lies a boy, his throat pierced by a single arrow.

Who Is Responsible?

Kshatradharma, Drishtadyumna’s son. Another sacrifice to the gods of war. From the furious attack Drishtadyumna is launching on Drona, it is clear who is responsible for the death. I rush to assist the Panchala.

A Wheel Will Do the Trick

Two chariots cut across my path. My cousins. Perfect targets for my anger! I leap out of the chariot. Wrenching the wheel of a destroyed vehicle, I send it spinning at the enemy on the left

Bheema In Action

Catching it in his midriff, the Kaurava crumbles against his flagpole like a broken bamboo shoot. Roaring, I jump into the second chariot. When I crush his neck with the metal of his own bow, my cousin lets out a gargling scream. Blood spurts with his last breath.

I’m Good Enough For Two

Two more of the blind man’s sons. I do not even recall their names. How many left now? “Here!” Visoka shouts, driving up close. “We must go to Arjuna quickly!”

Arjuna’s Conch

Fear grips me as we race towards where Arjuna is fighting. The light is almost gone. The battle could end any moment. Before we get closer, I hear a roar. Then, the victorious blare of Arjuna’s conch.

The Dust Settles

When the dust settles, I see the fighting has ended. Krishna and Arjuna, followed by the rest of their contingent, are driving back. At the camp, there is celebration. Yudhisthira and Satyaki embrace the tired but triumphant Arjuna. Krishna is smiling.

Arjuna Breaks The Circle

Yuddhamanyu tells me what happened. Within the cart phalanx, Drona had created a chakravyuha to tuck Jayadratha away from harm. Arjuna had broken into the circle without trouble. Yuddhamanyu, Uttamaujas and a group of soldiers had followed him in.

Om Namah Shivay

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Mahabharata: Epic retold 1

Retelling An Epic
The Mahabharata is an epic that never goes out of fashion. Whenever it is dipped into, one comes out with gems, the biggest diamond it has to offer being the Bhagavad Gita – the divine song sung by none other than Krishna, an avatar of Maha Vishnu, the supreme god of the Hindus…

A Look Inside

The following verses describe the day after Abhimanyu’s killing. 

Abhimanyu’s Killing: The Day After

As the first rays of the sun break through the eastern sky, Arjuna surveys the battle formation. Drona has arranged to protect Jayadratha. Shakatavyuha. The cart phalanx. Somewhere in this solid, square box is his quarry.

A Father Bereaved

My brother’s face is carved in stone, except for his bloodshot eyes that restlessly flit across the enemy line, assessing, calculating. I look at Krishna. It is clear he too has not slept much.

A Teacher’s Target

Drishtadyumna had predicted the enemy would be arrayed in the cart formation. He had also asked Yudhisthira to position himself securely. “The war will be over if Yudhisthira is exposed,” he said. “Drona will target him, especially now that our attention is focussed elsewhere.”

Kauravas’ Defence

Today, Satyaki is guarding my elder brother. Drishtadyumna has asked me not to stray far either. The rest will support Arjuna. As our men crash into the formidable wall Drona has erected, the Kauravas put up a strong defence. Jayadratha is nowhere to be seen.

Metal Tipped Revenge

Leaving Yudhisthira and Satyaki in the second line, I surge ahead behind Arjuna. My brother stands tall in his chariot, deft fingers distributing metal-tipped revenge from the Gandiva in a way I never thought possible.

Arjuna Unleashes Panic

When Arjuna unleashes the fire arrows, there is panic in the enemy ranks. Our ground troops use the confusion to batter their formation. Leaping down from the chariot, I join in the mayhem. I spot one of the Kaurava brothers in the melee, engaging Arjuna but briefly.

Avenging Abhimanyu

For a short while, I hear the mesmerising song of Arjuna’s bowstring. Then, when I look up, he is gone. Drona’s first line lies in tatters. With Nakula and Sahadeva, I fall upon the Kaurava troops, giving them no chance to regroup. Today, we all slaughter to avenge Abhimanyu.

The Eldest On Frontline

At one point, I see Yudhisthira rushing with unexpected fury at Salya. My elder brother matches the more experienced warrior, arrow for arrow. Realising the danger of Yudhisthira continuing on the frontline for too long, I persuade him to leave Salya to me.

Clouds Of Dust

Drishtadyumna has moved farther away by the time Salya retreats. I see his chariot through a cloud of dust, cutting deeper into enemy lines. The sun climbs high, then begins its descent rapidly.

Om Namah Shivay

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किस देवता का वाहन कौन है और क्यों?-2

हनुमानजी का आसन पिशाच
हनुमानजी प्रेत या पिशाच को अपना आसन बनाकर उस पर बैठते हैं। इसी को वह अपने वाहन के रूप में भी प्रयोग करते हैं। पिशाच या प्रेत बुराई तथा दूसरों का भय एवं कष्ट देने वाले होते हैं। इसका अर्थ है कि हमें कभी भी बुराई को अपने ऊपर हावी नहीं होने देना चाहिए।

सूर्य का वाहन रथ
भगवान सूर्य का वाहन रथ है। इस रथ में सात घोड़ें होते हैं। जो सातों वारों का प्रतीक हैं। रथ का एक पहिया एक वर्ष का प्रतीक है जिसमें बाहर आरे होते हैं तथा छ: ऋतु रूपी छ: नेमीयां होती हैं। भगवान सूर्य का वाहन रथ इस बात का प्रतीक होता है कि हमें सदैव क्रियाशील रहना चाहिए तभी जीवन में प्रकाश आता है।

यमराज का वाहन भैंसा
यमराज भैंसे को अपने वाहन के रूप में प्रयोग करते हैं। भैसा भी सामाजिक प्राणी होता हैं। वह सब मिलकर एक दूसरे की रक्षा करते हैं। एकता द्वारा अपनी एवं अपने परिवार के रक्षक होत हैं। उनका रूप भयानक होता हैं। अत: यमराज उसको अपने वाहन के तौर पर प्रयोग करते हैं।

भगवान कार्तिकेय का वाहन मोर
भगवान शिव के पुत्र कार्तिकेय देवताओं के सेनापति कहे जाते हैं। इनका वाहन मोर है। धर्म ग्रंथों के अनुसार कार्तिकेय ने असुरों से युद्ध कर देवताओं को विजय दिलाई थी। अर्थात इनका युद्ध कौशल सबसे श्रेष्ठ हैं। अब यदि इनके वाहन मोर को देखें तो पता चलता है कि इसका मुख्य भोजन सांप है। सांप भी बहुत खतरनाक प्राणी है इसलिए इसका शिकार करने के लिए बहुत ही स्फूर्ति और चतुराई की आवश्यकता होती है। इसी गुण के कारण मोर सेनापति कार्तिकेय का वाहन है।

लक्ष्मी का वाहन हाथी एवं उल्लू
माता लक्ष्मी का वाहन सफेद रंग का हाथी होता है। हाथी भी एक परिवार के साथ मिल-जुलकर रहने वाला सामाजिक एवं बुद्धिमान प्राणी होता हैं। उनके परिवार में मादाओं को प्राथमिकता दी जाती हैं तथा उनका सम्मान किया जाता हैं। हाथी हिंसक प्राणी नही होता। उसी तरह अपने परिवार वालों को एकता के साथ रखने वाला तथा अपने घर की स्त्रियों को आदर एवं सम्मान देने वालों के साथ लक्ष्मी का निवास होता है।

लक्ष्मी का वाहन उल्लू भी होता हैं। ऊल्लू सदा क्रियाशील होता हैं। वह अपना पेट भरने के लिए लगातार कर्मशील होता है। अपने कार्य को पूरी तन्मयता के साथ पूरा करता हैं। इसका अर्थ है कि जो व्यक्ति रात-दिन मेहनत करता है, लक्ष्मी सदा उस पर प्रसन्न होती है तथा स्थाई रूप से उसके घर में निवास करती है।

सरस्वती का वाहन हंस
मां सरस्वती का वाहन हंस है। हंस का एक गुण होता है कि उसके सामने दूध एवं पानी मिलाकर रख दें तो वह केवल दूध पी लेता हैं तथा पानी को छोड़ देता है। यानी वह सिर्फ गुण ग्रहण करता है व अवगुण छोड़ देता है। देवी सरस्वती विद्या की देवी हैं। गुण व अवगुण को पहचानना तभी संभव है जब आपमें ज्ञान हो। इसलिए माता सरस्वती का वाहन हंस है।

Om Namah Shivay

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किस देवता का वाहन कौन है और क्यों?-1

हिंदू धर्म में विभिन्न देवताओं का स्वरूप अलग-अलग बताया गया है। हर देवता का स्वरूप उनके आचरण व व्यवहार के अनुरूप ही हमारे धर्म ग्रंथों में वर्णित है। स्वरूप के साथ ही देवताओं के वाहनों में विभिन्नता देखने को मिलती है। धर्म ग्रंथों के अनुसार अधिकांश देवताओं के वाहन पशु ही होते हैं।

भगवान श्रीगणेश का वाहन मूषक
भगवान श्रीगणेश का वाहन है मूषक अर्थात चूहा। चूहे की विशेषता यह है कि यह हर वस्तु को कुतर डालता है। वह यह नही देखता की वस्तु आवश्यक है या अनावश्यक, कीमती है अथवा बेशकिमती। इसी प्रकार कुतर्की भी यह विचार नही करते की यह कार्य शुभ है अथवा अशुभ। अच्छा है या बुरा। वह हर काम में कुतर्कों द्वारा व्यवधान उत्पन्न करते हैं। श्रीगणेश बुद्धि एवं ज्ञान हैं तथा कुतर्क मूषक है। जिसको गणेशजी ने अपने नीचे दबा कर अपनी सवारी बना रखा है। यह हमारे लिए भी शिक्षा है कि कुतर्कों को परे कर उनका दमन कर ज्ञान को अपनाएं।

भगवान विष्णु का वाहन गरूड़
भगवान विष्णु का वाहन गरूड़ है। इसे पक्षियों का राजा भी कहते हैं। गरूड़ की यह विशेषता है कि आसमान में बहुत उंचाई पर उड़कर भी वह पृथ्वी के छोटे-छोटे से जीवों पर नजर रख सकता हैं। उसमें अपरिमित शक्ति होती है। वैसे ही भगवान विष्णु सबका पालन करने वाले तथा प्रत्येक जीव का ध्यान रखने वाले होते हैं। उनकी नजर सदा प्रत्येक जीव पर होती है। उन पर सबकी रक्षा का भार भी हैं इसलिए वह परम शक्तिशाली भी हैं।

भगवान शंकर का वाहन बैल
धर्म ग्रंथों में भगवान शंकर का वाहन बैल बताया गया है। बैल बहुत ही मेहनती जीव होता हैं। वह शक्तिशाली होने के बावजूद शांत एवं भोला होता है। वैसे ही भगवान शिव भी परमयोगी एवं तप के बल पर शक्तिशाली होते हुए भी परम शंात एवं इतने भोले हैं कि उनका एक नाम ही भोलेनाथ जगत में प्रसिद्ध है। भगवान शंकर ने जिस तरह काम को भस्म कर उस पर विजय प्राप्त कि थी उसी तरह उनका वाहन भी कामी नही होता। उसका काम पर पूरा नियंत्रण होता है।

देवी का वाहन शेर
शास्त्रों में देवी का वाहन सिंह यानी शेर बताया गया है। शेर एक संयुक्त परिवार में रहने वाला प्राणी होता हैं। वह अपने परिवार की रक्षा करने के साथ ही सामाजिक रूप से वन में रहता है। वह वन का सबसे शक्तिशाली प्राणी होता है किंतु अपनी शक्ति को व्यर्थ में व्यय नही करता, आवश्यकता पडऩे पर ही उसका उपयोग करता हैं। यह संदेश देवी के इस वाहन से मिलता है कि घर की मुखिया स्त्री को अपने परिवार को जोड़कर रखना चाहिए तथा व्यर्थ के कार्यों में अपनी बुद्धि को नही लगाकर घर को सुखी बनाने के लिए ही लगातार प्रयास करना चाहिए।

गंगा का वाहन मगर
धर्म ग्रंथों में माता गंगा का वाहन मगरमच्छ बताया गया है। इससे अभिप्राय है कि हमें जल में रहने वाले हर प्राणी की रक्षा करनी चाहिए। अपने निजी स्वार्थ के लिए इनका शिकार करना उचित नहीं है क्योंकि जल में रहने वाला हर प्राणी पारिस्थितिक तंत्र में अपनी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाता है। इनकी अनुपस्थिति में पारिस्थितिक तंत्र बिगड़ सकता है।

Om Namah Shivay

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