Thursday, 28 April 2016

An ‘Akbar’ From Jaipur Has Created His Own Shiva Temple To Show His Devotion To The God

Whether you worship Ram or Allah or Jesus, all that matter is that you have faith.

And a man in Jaipur has been living his life thinking just the same. The man, 39-year-old Akbar Khan, has built a temple for Lord Shiva in Jaipur as a show of his devotion and love.

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He says that whether it be troubled times or happy times he not only offered prayers at the nearby mosque but also worshipped Shiva and added, “Whenever I was in trouble emotionally or financially, I had always prayed Lord Shiva and all my troubles vanished.”

But before the temple, Khan had organised invitation prayers of Lord Ganesha, a kalash yatra, a yagna and a bhajan sandhya previously.

Khan says that he cannot exactly recall when he started revering Lord Shiva but he adds, “Allah kaho ya Ram, kya farak padta hai.”

The temple has been named ‘Bhooteshwar Temple’ and will not only have Shiva but his entire family as well.

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He says, “I am thankful to Lord Shiva that he has chosen me for the task. I have constructed the temple without any financial help. There was no temple in Om Vihar Colony. I got the idols from Sikandara in Dausa.”

When asked about the objection he faced from his or other communities during the construction he said that he faced none.

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He added, “I never faced any kind of objection. With this temple I would like to give a loud and clear message that whether you call Allah or you call Ram both are same. Members of all religion should respect each other’s religion. We have got idols having heights ranging from 3 feet to 5 feet. We will have idols of Parvati, and Lord Ganesha. Prior to that, we are organising a programme on April 28 to be started by a good number of pandits in which we will offer prayers to Lord Ganesha to come to the temple. This would be followed by a kalash yatra in which 251 women will participate on April 29. Then there would be a bhajan programme and yagna. From April 30 onwards, the temple would be open for the public.”

Now isn’t this the kind of example religious fanatics in India need? Well done, Akbar Khan.

News Source: Times of India

Lord Shiva is the ultimate grandmaster of yoga, most personifying the practise of yoga.

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Lord Shiva is the ultimate grandmaster of yoga, most personifying the practise of yoga. As Nataraj, the lord of the dance, lord Shivas dance and gestures also reflect yoga postures. As Yogeshwar, the great lord of yoga, he rules over all aspects of yoga relative to body, mind and consciousness. Shiva is the lord of asana practice with 84 lakhs of asanas said to have derived from his movements. Shiva symbolises the immortal Prana, the undying force of eternal existence. Tantric yoga teachings about Prana relate to Shiva, who holds the inner power of pranayama. Shiva is the lord of meditation, depicted seated in deep meditation. In his Dakshinamurti or youthful form, he is the teacher of Jnana Yoga, the yoga of knowledge, through the power of the silent mind, enlightening all the great Rishis. Many great yoga traditions arise from Shiva and honour him as their original guru. Most Himalayan sadhus are Shaivites. Shaivite Yoga includes the Nath traditions that form the main teachings of Hatha Yoga and Siddha Yoga. In Vedic times, Shiva was lauded as Rudra along with the Maruts, his wandering sages, and with great Rishis like Vasishta. Shiva Yogis maintain a special sacred fire in honour of this Vedic heritage. Shaivite yoga in the Mahabharata is called Pashupata Yoga. Shiva represents the eternal presence of yoga behind the Dharmic culture of India. Shiva's numerous shrines throughout India hold many yogic powers, from Kailas and Manasarovar in the north to Rameshwaram in the south, including the famous 12 JyotirLingas from Somnath Ji to Kashi Vishwanath Ji. Those who practice yoga should always remember Shiva, the great lord of yoga. If one can surrender to Lord Shiva inwardly, all the powers and insights of yoga will naturally be revealed at the appropriate time and manner. Shiva is the inner guru of yoga and all true gurus function with his grace and insight!
Om Namah Shivaya ~ Boom Shankar! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Don't let other people determine your worth.

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Don't let other people determine your worth. The same Shiva who created the earth created you. Remember you are special! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ Namaste Lovely People. It's time for Thursday Thoughts ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป❤️๐Ÿ’ž Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, but they will never be you. And stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right. Let go of people who don't realise your worth, life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.! Love, Light & Peace! Har Har Mahadev ~ Boom Shankar! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bhang is much more than just a drink; it is a substance that comprises of endless healing benefits

Bhang is much more than just a drink; it is a substance that comprises of endless healing benefits. It is often confused with Cannabis or Marijuana - herb that is inclusive of three species sativa, indica, and ruderalis, and is often used as recreational drug. However, Bhang is part Cannabis mixed with cold milk. It is a drink that is considered one of Lord Shiva’s favourites. Hence, people as a gesture of devotion offer and consume this drink as a blessing of Lord Shiva.
Leaves and buds of cannabis are grind using mortar and a pestle into a fine paste, and then mixed with spices and milk. Often, this paste is used in preparation of ‘Bhang Thandai’ or ‘Bhang Lassi’ during Shivaratri and Holi. However in some parts of rural India, Bhang or Cannabis or Marijuana is widely considered a substance holding high medicinal properties. Going back to Indian legends, Cannabis for adults or Bhang for infants, was used to cure ailments like, appetite, sunstroke, fever, dysentery, lisping, speech imperfections or digestion related issues. Yogis, Sadhus and Aghoris often use this substance to boost their meditation prowess and achieve transcendental states, which they believe could act as a bridge between them and Lord Shiva.
Cannabis is considered highly strong and dangerous substance if consumed raw. Bhang, however, lowers the essence of the herb, and is considered edible for mortal humans. Owning to its beneficial property in providing relief from stress and anxiety, for ages Bhang has been used in Ayurvedic treatments in India and its sub-continents. If taken in proper quantity and under medical guidance, Bhang is capable of treating depression or any chemical imbalance caused in Brain. Bhang is one of the most effective and natural medicine ever available to mankind that can cure diseases, wounds and neurological or nervous disorder. It is used as an intoxicant that soothes the nerve in distress, thus reducing the pain instantly. Grind Bhang leaves into fine paste and then apply the paste onto wound or chapped skin. Bhang provides instant coolness to the skin, hence is believed to be a perfect option when treating sunburn.
Moderate amount of Bhang, as prescribed by doctor, if consumed before regular meals (mixed with some snack, but never on empty stomach), then it not only boosts the taste of food, but also catalyses the process of digestion. And, if taken in right quantity, then Bhang can also help in weight loss process.
With growing age, a human body witnesses a lot of changes in functioning, due to arthritis or multiple sclerosis. But, Bhang paste or any drug prepared using Cannabis, can have altering effect on the above mentioned ailments. Even today, in rural India, Bhang is regularly used in treatment of nausea, chronic vomit, fever and sunstroke. Bhang, Marijuana, or Cannabis are being used in preparation of drugs that are now being applied in the treatment course for Cancer, and HIV/AIDs. It is still under scientific observations, but Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in laboratory. It has been found that Cannabis or Marijuana, a herb, when used in medicine is able to treat neurological issues, like insomnia, depression and other disorder.
Bum Bum Bhole ~ Har Har Mahadev !

Whenever you are sad and you don't understand what's happening in your life, just close your eyes, take a deep breath and say: "Bholenath

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Whenever you are sad and you don't understand what's happening in your life, just close your eyes, take a deep breath and say: "Bholenath I know its your plan. Just help me through it." ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ Namaste Beautiful People. It's time for Wednesday Wisdom ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ž Yes, trust Bholenath in all circumstances. "Take a deep breath and sense me beside you, I never let you out of my sight. You leave without me, but I am determined to follow you to your isolation. Become a part of your reflection. Just remember there is no escape from me because I am your subconsciousness. It's not possible for you to ever distance from me. I am part of you ever residing inside you, all you have to do is inhale and call out to me!" Yes, HE is all powerful and all knowing. whom you worship is omnipresent, right now HE is near you and HE is with you, in a very special way, with his whole being and in absolutely undivided attention. Shiva does not look upon trouble as we do. Where we see stress he sees opportunities. Where we see crisis, He sees growth and betterment. Shivas purpose in times of crisis and trouble is to teach us precious lessons. They are intended to educate, and build us up. And when we learn from them and ride out these storms of life. So when Shiva tests you, or bad things happen, see it as a time for you to learn and to trust Him. And when it is over we can look back and see that the trials have been necessary. We are better, He is glorified! Love, Peace & Gratitude ~ Har Har Mahadev ~ Jai Bholenath!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

‘Buddha’ means ‘Awakened One’

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In general, ‘Buddha’ means ‘Awakened One’, someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions, having great compassion embracing all living beings without discrimination. Buddhism started with Buddha, who was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal around 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a god or a prophet. He was a human being who became Enlightened, understanding life in the deepest way possible.
Siddhartha was born into the royal family of a small kingdom on the Indian-Nepalese border. The prince would take every opportunity to convey spiritual meanings and to encourage others to follow spiritual paths. However He confronted with the reality of inevitable suffering of life. These encounters left a deep impression on his mind. Because he understood the laws of reincarnation he also realized that they experience these sufferings not just once, but in life after life without cessation. Seeing how all living beings are trapped in this vicious circle of suffering he felt deep compassion for them, and he developed a sincere wish to free all of them from their suffering.
This prompted him to puzzle over the meaning of life. Eventually he felt impelled to leave his palace and follow the traditional Indian path of the wandering holy man, a seeker after Truth. The King tried to arrange a marriage for him in the hope that he change his mind.
"Father, if you can give me permanent freedom from the sufferings of birth, sickness, ageing and death I shall stay in the palace; but if you cannot I must leave and make my human life meaningful.”
For six years, Siddhartha submitted himself to rigorous ascetic practices, studying and following different methods of meditation in Bodh Gaya, India. But he still hadn’t solved the mystery of life and death. He realised that physical austerities were not the means to achieve liberation. So he abandoned this way and looked into his own heart and mind; he decided to trust his intuition and learn from direct experience. He encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than extremism. He called this The Middle way. He sat down beneath a bodhi tree and vowed not to rise until he attained perfect enlightenment. After 40 days, on the full moon in May, Siddhartha finally attained ultimate Freedom. He purified his mind of all defilements and attained enlightenment at the age of thirty-five, thus earning the title Buddha, or "Enlightened One". For the remainder of his eighty years, the Buddha preached the Dharma in an effort to help other sentient beings reach enlightenment.


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“Do you believe in Reincarnation?” He asked one day.
“Only if I get to be with you,” She replied. She thought He would be pleased with that answer, but as She turned to look at Him, She saw that suddenly He had become even more grim than before. His eyes had a mysterious sadness about them.
“What is the matter, Shiva?” She asked gently.
“Nothing,” He said.
Sati learned to leave Him alone with His own thoughts at times like these, which were not many, but when they happened, they always left Him intense.