Wednesday, 29 July 2015

GROWTH.


GROWTH.
“Tell me”, asked the Yogi, “what is the best system towards progressive growth, what should determine the apex?”
“My Lord, history tells us that we have had kings, elected representatives, even intellectuals ruling us, many of whom, were just. But every time the system collapsed. Nothing worked”.
“Why not use a system of pure merit?” Asked the Yogi.
“If we have a system of pure merit to rule, it sounds ideal, but is destined to collapse also”.
“Why?” Asked the Yogi.
“Because my Lord, what will happen to those of little merit, where shall they go?”
“Those of the highest merit can devote themselves to helping those of the lowest, can’t they? “Asked the Yogi, “leaving those of the second highest merit to rule?”
“Agreed my Lord, but when those of the low merit are pushed up by those of the highest merit, where will those of the second highest merit go?”
“Down, of course! “Said the Yogi.
“Why, my lord, what would be their fault?”
“It is not a question of fault”, said the Yogi, “it is a simple law of Nature, what goes up, must come down.”
“Then, change the law of Nature my lord, else even your angels shall be condemned to fall again.”
“How”, said the Yogi, “can we change the law of Nature?”
“Replace the word merit with harmony my lord. Those of the highest harmony will teach those of the lowest. When they grow up, there shall be no problem in their acceptance. Harmony always accepts harmony. It is not linear only, like merit, it has no top slot. No apex. It spreads in all directions, it dances into new spaces? Teach us to be harmonious, my Lord.”
“You have grown”, said the Yogi, “I can see you blossom.”
"You are a great gardener, you cultivate your trust”, replied the snake
“Yes, and I trust my cultivation”, said the Yogi, “this is the real secret of gardening”.

Shravan‬, the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas, is dedicated to Lord Shiva.



#‎Shravan‬, the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is considered as “the Destroyer” or “the Transformer” among the Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. It is the fifth month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. As per Vedic Almanac, the star Shravan rules the sky during this period and hence is also called Shrawan mas. Almost all the days of this month are propitious, filled with numerous rituals and festivals to seek blessings from Lord Shiva.
Significance of Shiva Puja in Shravan Month:
According to the legend, Samudra Manthan (the churning of oceans) took place in the month of Shravan. During the samundra manthan, fourteen different types of rubies came out and the thirteen of these were distributed among the demons, except Halahal (poison). Lord Shiva came to rescue, drank the Poison and stored it in his throat. The throat turned blue due to effect of poison and hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Lord Shiva. In order to reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All the Gods thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to make lessen the effect of poison.
Since then, Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water in Shravan . Each Monday of Shravan, known as Shravan Somvar, is observed with austerity and is devoted to worship Lord Shiva. Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves, and flowers, chant the Shiva mantra and fast till sunset. Sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar fasting also begins from the first Sombar of Shravan month.
Both men and women observe fast to please Lord Shiva. The married women take fasting to attain prosperity and a long, peaceful family life and unmarried women to attain eternal blessing from Lord Shiva for good life partner.

The best thing you can do is to keep going. Don’t be afraid to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.



The best thing you can do is to keep going. Don’t be afraid to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.Yes, life is tough, but you are tougher. Find the strength to laugh every day. The power is within, discover thyself! Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. Love and it will come back to you! And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing! Peace ~ Jai Shiva Shankar!

Call Him, and he walks towards you! Stir Him, and he manifests unto you. Go deep within, and you realise He Is in You! Shivoham Shivoham



Call Him, and he walks towards you! Stir Him, and he manifests unto you. Go deep within, and you realise He Is in You! Shivoham Shivoham

FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD


FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD
We all know that Lord Shiva drinks venom for the welfare of the rest of the world, His is the highest spirit of sacrifice for His own creation. But can all those who love Shivji also do something in return for their Beloved God? Here is a passage from The Yogi and the snake which throws light on what Shivji wants in turn from His Bhakts:
"I now wish to improve your understanding about the Shiva conscious. Snakes do not bite each other for survival.They are shunned on wrong Notion.lethal, as their bites can be,they are rarely an aggressor tribe.They only use their fangs if grossly intruded upon.My chief adornment is the King Cobra.One, who has learnt by mere posture to ward off the evil of malafide intrusion." The snake observed that even Shiva’s trident was only parked beside Him. "My snakes never actually Bite venom to their creator,they only discharge roles that are alloted to them,sometimes vomiting venom when they were,in fact aiding the production of Ambrosia. I want you to understand this well before you are turned to man again. For the Shiva conscious man has a greater task than the Shiva conscious snake, he must partake a little venom spilled by the Shiva conscious snake. Remember one last thing about the wandering snakes," said the Yogi with a diamond Gaze,”they always reach their homes in their woods where no one disturbs the harmony of others. They do not just lose skins and get nowhere.They outgrow skins and lose them along the way. They do not lose the way itself."
Dear Friends,By now hundreds have read passages from The Yogi and the snake , and i have been asked several times if there is any hindi translation of The book.Unfortunately, no, because that would require a translator, and a publisher who wants to print it in Hindi. But here is a basic translation of one passage i had done myself.
इस पुस्तक में भगवन शिव अपने भक्त ( एक सांप) को कहते हैं की शिव के चेहते कभी भी दूसरों को जान भूज कर हानि नहीं पहुन्चाहते. विशेष रूप से सांप कभी किस्सी को बिल्ला कारन काटते नहीं.यदि समुन्द्र मंथन के समय भी उनके सांप वासुकी ने विष उगला तो वोह भी अमृत मंथन के प्रयत्न में हुआ.
इसी प्रकार एक और उद्धरण देते हुए शिवजी अपने गले पे लिपटे प्रमुख नाग का उदहारण देते हैं :
शिवजी का प्रमुख नाग तोह केवल फुंकार से ही दुष्ट लोगों को डराना सीख गया है. स्वयं शिवजी का त्रिसुल भी प्रहार की मुद्रा में नहीं अपितु उनके समीप भूमि में सावधान खड़ा रहता है. इस्सी प्रकार शिवजी के सभी भक्त हानि नहीं बल्कि दूसरों की सहायता में लीनं रहते हैं . शिव के मानव भक्तों का कार्य शिव के साँपों से भी अधिक है: उन्हें अपने स्वामी शिव के प्रकार विषपान करना पडता है क्योंकि उनका कर्त्तव्य शिव के साँपों से अधिक है. इस प्रकार अपने साँपों के चरित्र को अच्छा बता कर शिव जी फिर अपने भक्त को इस पुस्तक में यह कहते हैं की सांप कभी अपने मार्ग दर्शन को अपनी पुराणी चमड़ी की प्रकार गुमाते नहीं अपितु चमडियाँ गुमाते गुमाते भी अपने मार्ग पर चलते रहते हैं जब तक वेह अपने घर लौट न जायें. इस्सी प्रकार शिव भक्तों को जनम जनम अपने लक्ष्य की ओर जाना है, और वोह लक्ष्य है आत्मबोध और दिव्या दृष्टी.
ॐ नमः शिवाय !

HIS GREAT ORNAMENT IS SIMPLICITY


HIS GREAT ORNAMENT IS SIMPLICITY
He looks to all sides with benevolence.
His presence divinates the very air,
He is the King of mystics,
the beloved of Billions,
and yet the simple Nath, Bhola.
Who never asks for any ornamentation,
but wears His simplicity itself as the great ornament!
And yet when they do get the chance, the Bhakts crown Him with with their devotion.
This beautiful pic of panchamukhi Kedarnath is adorned by a gold crown. स्वर्ण मुकुट धारी भगवान केदारनाथ की पंचमुखी मूर्ति
Aum Namah Shivaye!

In His dream they are all awake but as He awakens, slowly they fade....


In His dream
they
are all awake
but as He awakens,
slowly they fade....