Thursday, 31 July 2014

May Lord Shiva Bless you and your family on the auspicious occasion of Nag Panchami.

Photo: FB786 * Mahakaleshwar Naga Panchami Darshan *

The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third storey is open for darshan only on the day of Nag Panchami.
Shubh Nag Panchami

May Lord Shiva Bless you and your family on the auspicious occasion of
Nag Panchami.

* Mahakaleshwar Naga Panchami Darshan *

The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third storey is open for darshan only on the day of Nag Panchami.
Shubh Nag Panchami

May Lord Shiva Bless you and your family on the auspicious occasion of
Nag Panchami.

Mantra Meditation

Photo: FB785 * Mantra Meditation *

The mantra meditation technique involves the conscious repetitions of certain sounds that appeal to the mind in order to achieve a meditative state. Mantra literally means ‘revealed sound’ or a combination of sounds that develop spontaneously. It is important not to confuse a mantra with religious chants. A mantra maybe given by a guru or may be a personally chosen sound or word, but the important thing is that it must appeal to the mind.

* Mantra Meditation *

The mantra meditation technique involves the conscious repetitions of certain sounds that appeal to the mind in order to achieve a meditative state. Mantra literally means ‘revealed sound’ or a combination of sounds that develop spontaneously. It is important not to confuse a mantra with religious chants. A mantra maybe given by a guru or may be a personally chosen sound or word, but the important thing is that it must appeal to the mind.

Thank you Lord Shiva for blessing me much more than we deserve.

Photo: FB784 * Blessings For All  *

Thank you Lord Shiva for blessing me much more than we deserve.

Thanks Kaushal Photography for this beautiful pic .

Thank you Lord Shiva for blessing me much more than we deserve.

Lord Shiva sometimes takes us into troubled waters… Not to drown us but to cleanse us.

Photo: FB783 * Lord Shiva Teaching *

Lord Shiva sometimes takes us into troubled waters…
Not to drown us but to cleanse us.

Thanks Kaushal Photography for this beautiful pic .

Lord Shiva sometimes takes us into troubled waters…
Not to drown us but to cleanse us.

If you have a dream, and you work to make it happen, then you have a goal. Otherwise, it is just a fantasy

Photo: Pankaj Pal

If you have a dream, and you work to make it happen, then you have a goal. Otherwise, it is just a fantasy

A very interesting picture of Shiva, drawing out the ascetic warrior.

Photo: A very interesting pic of Shiva, drawing out the ascetic warrior.Note the Trisula in one hand and the yoga danda in the other.Perhaps a more appropriate understanding will be that Shiva is the Embodiment of both the spiritual and temporal life. Aum Namah Shivaye!
Shail Gulhati: Shiva and Mysticism.

A very interesting picture of Shiva, drawing out the ascetic warrior.Note the Trisula in one hand and the yoga danda in the other.Perhaps a more appropriate understanding will be that Shiva is the Embodiment of both the spiritual and temporal life. Aum Namah Shivaye!

Parvati, the param bhaktin and yogini of Lord Shiva.

Photo: Parvati, the param bhaktin and yogini of Lord Shiva.
It is said Shivji does not incarnate. Of Parvati it is said, she can make even Shivji incarnate.!!  Shiva as Shanker the Yogi, her eternal husband , as we know him in the pauranas.

Shail Gulhati: Shiva and Mysticism.

Parvati, the param bhaktin and yogini of Lord Shiva.
It is said Shivji does not incarnate. Of Parvati it is said, she can make even Shivji incarnate.!! Shiva as Shanker the Yogi, her eternal husband , as we know him in the pauranas.

Appreciate the Gift

Photo: मार्कंडेय ऋषि और महामृत्युंजय मंत्र -

भगवान शिव के उपासक ऋषि मृकंदु जी के घर कोई संतान नहीं थी .उन्होंने भगवान शिव की कठिन तपस्या की. भगवान शिव ने उन्हें दर्शन दिए और वरदान मांगने को कहा . उन्होंने संतान मांगी .भगवान शिव कहने लगे कि तुम्हारे भाग्य में संतान नहीं है .तुमने हमारी कठिन भक्ति की है इसलिए हम तुम्हें एक पुत्र देते हैं.उसकी आयु केवल तेरह वर्ष की होगी.

कुछ समय के बाद उनके घर में एक पुत्र ने जन्म लिया. उसका नाम मार्कंडेय रखा. पिता ने मार्कंडेय को शिक्षा के लिए ऋषि मुनियों के आश्रम में भेज दिया .बारह वर्ष व्यतीत हो गए .मार्कंडेय शिक्षा लेकर घर लौटे. उनके माता- पिता उदास थे.जब मार्कंडेय ने उनसे उदासी का कारण पूछा तो पिता ने मार्कंडेय को सारा हाल बता दिया.मार्कंडेय ने पिता से कहा कि उसे कुछ नहीं होगा.

माता-पिता से आज्ञा लेकर मार्कंडेय शिव की तपस्या करने चले गए.उन्होंने महामृत्युंजय मंत्र की रचना की .एक वर्ष तक उसका जाप करते रहे. जब तेरह वर्ष पूर्ण हो गए तो उन्हें लेने के लिए यमराज आए .वे शिव भक्ति में लीन थे. जैसे ही यमराज उनके प्राण लेने आगे बढे तो मार्कंडेय जी ने शिवलिंग से लिपट गए.उसी समय भगवान शिव त्रिशूल उठाए प्रकट हुए और यमराज से कहा कि इस बालक के प्राणों को तुम नहीं ले जा सकते.हमने इस बालक को दीर्घायु प्रदान की है. यमराज ने भगवान शिव को नमन किया और वहाँ से चले गए .

तब भगवान शिव ने मार्कंडेय को कहा तुम्हारे द्वारा लिखा गया यह मंत्र हमें अत्यंत प्रिय होगा .भविष्य में जो कोई इसका स्मरण करेगा हमारा आशीर्वाद उस पर सदैव बना रहेगा.इस मंत्र का जप करने वाला मृत्यु के भय से मुक्त हो जाता है और भगवान शिव की कृपा उस पर हमेशा बनी रहती है.

यही बालक बड़ा होकर मार्कंडेय ऋषि के नाम से विख्यात हुआ.

अकाल मृत्यु वह मरे ,जो काम करे चंडाल का,
काल उसका क्या बिगाड़े ,जो भक्त हो महाकाल का.

जन्मकुण्डली में सूर्यादि ग्रहों के द्वारा किसी प्रकार की अनिष्ट की आशंका हो या मारकेश आदि लगने पर, किसी भी प्रकार की भयंकर बीमारी से आक्रान्त होने पर, अपने बन्धु-बन्धुओं तथा इष्ट-मित्रों पर किसी भी प्रकार का संकट आने वाला हो। देश-विदेश जाने या किसी प्राकर से वियोग होने पर, स्वदेश, राज्य व धन सम्पत्ति विनष्ट होने की स्थिति में, अकाल मृत्यु की शान्ति एंव अपने उपर किसी तरह की मिथ्या दोषारोपण लगने पर, उद्विग्न चित्त एंव धार्मिक कार्यो से मन विचलित होने पर महामृत्युंजय मन्त्र का जप स्त्रोत पाठ, भगवान शंकर की आराधना करें। यदि स्वयं न कर सके तो किसी पंडित द्वारा कराना चाहिए। इससे सद्बुद्धि, मनःशान्ति, रोग मुक्ति एंव सवर्था सुख सौभाग्य की प्राप्ति होती है।

ऊॅ हौं जूं सः। ऊॅ भूः भुवः स्वः

ऊॅ त्रयम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्।
उव्र्वारूकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्।।

ऊॅ स्वः भुवः भूः ऊॅ। ऊॅ सः जूं हौं।

Om Namah Shivay

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Appreciate the Gift

When you open your eyes in the morning, sit for a moment and appreciate the gift of a new day, create a peaceful thought and enjoy some moments of silence throughout the whole day.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

OUR TEMPLE RESTORATION WORKS AT AROLI, KANNUR AS OF 30 JULY 2014



Our Temple works are in progress. By God’s grace, the work of chuttambalam wall is finished. The works of 16 stone pillars and namaskaramandapam are still remaining for the mason. The stones for the pillars are sized. It is said that laying of stones will begin tomorrow.
The order for stone pillars is given at Palakkad. We had gone there last week. Only finishing work is remaining. Carpenter will begin their work in one week. The contract for laying stones in the inner floor of chuttambalam will be given once the workers are here for the work of pillars.
There will be puthari vellattam on Thulam 10 (October 27). The inauguration work of chutambalam will be done in the presence of Thanthri. 
The photos below shows the current work status.
Thank you.
Warmest regards,
C. Praveen, Temple Committee Chairman













Photos taken by Mr C. Praveen

MONEY

Photo: MONEY 

“I need to ask a few questions about things that are in focus today”, said the snake, “ what about money?”
“What about money?” asked the Yogi, “it has always been in focus”.
“Well what of it?” asked the snake.
 “Enjoy money”, said the Yogi, “only, don’t let it deprive you of whatever comes for free!”.
“Can a moneyed man be spiritual? “asked the snake.
“Why not?” answered the Yogi. “Man has only made the currency. But money is evaluated in terms of what it can buy. Whatever it can buy, wherefrom has all this come? Break everything down to the elements and you are back to Nature again. It can buy food, livestock, tents, a home, gems, metals, contraptions? All these belong to God in any case. Is money unspiritual? No you cannot blame the piece of paper. What goes wrong then?
A moneyed man, a man of means, gets so involved with those means, he forgets the end. He gets so externalized with his fascination of these means, he seldom finds the time ,or has the need to go within; to internalize, to  introspect, to meditate; therefore the chances of his making contact with the source, become minimal. He remains joyous with these toys, to which he has easy access. We say he is distracted. Not attracted to the source of joy, within. We say he is deluded. Such a man, is rarely compassionate, indifferent to the welfare of fellow beings, and prone to oppressiveness and unrightful authority. Where there is unrightful authority, there is hell.
But, if such a man, who inspite of his money, doesn’t lose track of the end, doesn’t lose kindness, love and other things that money can’t buy, can he not be spiritual? If a moneyed man uses his money to help others, is he not both moneyed and kind? Will Heaven not welcome him then?” The Yogi smiled.
“So, enjoy money, with a thorough understanding about its limitation. Understand the mystic character of money, it deprives you of what it can’t buy. Do not let it deprive you of harmony.

{ From the book, The Yogi and the snake by Shail Gulhati}

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LA9ZU4G

Artist Dipika Mukhija

MONEY 

“I need to ask a few questions about things that are in focus today”, said the snake, “ what about money?”
“What about money?” asked the Yogi, “it has always been in focus”.
“Well what of it?” asked the snake.
“Enjoy money”, said the Yogi, “only, don’t let it deprive you of whatever comes for free!”.
“Can a moneyed man be spiritual? “asked the snake.
“Why not?” answered the Yogi. “Man has only made the currency. But money is evaluated in terms of what it can buy. Whatever it can buy, wherefrom has all this come? Break everything down to the elements and you are back to Nature again. It can buy food, livestock, tents, a home, gems, metals, contraptions? All these belong to God in any case. Is money unspiritual? No you cannot blame the piece of paper. What goes wrong then?
A moneyed man, a man of means, gets so involved with those means, he forgets the end. He gets so externalized with his fascination of these means, he seldom finds the time ,or has the need to go within; to internalize, to introspect, to meditate; therefore the chances of his making contact with the source, become minimal. He remains joyous with these toys, to which he has easy access. We say he is distracted. Not attracted to the source of joy, within. We say he is deluded. Such a man, is rarely compassionate, indifferent to the welfare of fellow beings, and prone to oppressiveness and unrightful authority. Where there is unrightful authority, there is hell.
But, if such a man, who inspite of his money, doesn’t lose track of the end, doesn’t lose kindness, love and other things that money can’t buy, can he not be spiritual? If a moneyed man uses his money to help others, is he not both moneyed and kind? Will Heaven not welcome him then?” The Yogi smiled.
“So, enjoy money, with a thorough understanding about its limitation. Understand the mystic character of money, it deprives you of what it can’t buy. Do not let it deprive you of harmony.

{ From the book, The Yogi and the snake by Shail Gulhati}

THE UNIVERSAL AUTHOR

Photo: THE UNIVERSAL AUTHOR

Shiva in a thinking Mood. A rare depiction. Shiva seems to be brooding on a subject close to His heart. 
His appearance gives a hint: He has grown a beard, and this would probably happen during the time between Sati and Parvati.
Is He thinking of the past? the future? 
Or , as the timeless Master that He really is, 
is it a mix of both that remains safe with Him. 
God's memory is the perfect record keeper of what has already gone by, and God's Imagination makes Him the lucid dreamer who gives life to things yet to appear. 
And yet, He does this always by being in the present moment. God is always Here, and now, as The author of all things. Aum Namah Shivaye!

Shail Gulhati: Shiva and Mysticism.

THE UNIVERSAL AUTHOR

Shiva in a thinking Mood. A rare depiction. Shiva seems to be brooding on a subject close to His heart. 
His appearance gives a hint: He has grown a beard, and this would probably happen during the time between Sati and Parvati.
Is He thinking of the past? the future?
Or , as the timeless Master that He really is,
is it a mix of both that remains safe with Him.
God's memory is the perfect record keeper of what has already gone by, and God's Imagination makes Him the lucid dreamer who gives life to things yet to appear.
And yet, He does this always by being in the present moment. God is always Here, and now, as The author of all things. Aum Namah Shivaye!

Lord Vishnu Worshipping Lord Shiva

Photo: Lord Vishnu Worshipping Lord Shiva ||

Once, the Asuras became undefeatable. They started to torture the inhabitants of Earth as well as the Devas. The Devas approached Lord Vishnu after being defeated by the Asuras. However, even Lord Vishnu was not able to suppress the acts of the Asuras. To get a solution, Vishnu went to Mt.Kailash and started praying Lord Shiva. He worshipped by chanting the Sahasranama( thousand names) of Shiva.

He tossed a lotus at the Shiva Linga after chanting each name. To test Vishnu’s devotion, Shiva hid one of the lotuses Vishnu brought for the puja. At the end of the Sahasranama, Vishnu found that he was short of one lotus. He started searching for that flower. He couldn’t find it even after searching the whole world. Without being disheartened, Vishnu tossed one of his lotus-like eyes at the Shiva Linga to finish the puja. Lord Shiva became extremely pleased watching this. He appeared before Vishnu and asked.

“Sri Hari! I will grant your wish. Ask for anything.”

Vishnu replied, “Oh Lord! The Asuras are threatening the whole world. We are all in great anguish because of that. I don’t have enough weapons to face them.”

After hearing this, Lord Shiva gave Vishnu the Sudarshana Chakra(the divine bladed disc) that he had. Lord Vishnu thus successfully defeated the Asuras using this Sudarshana Chakra ..

Om Namah Shivay

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Lord Vishnu Worshipping Lord Shiva ||

Once, the Asuras became undefeatable. They started to torture the inhabitants of Earth as well as the Devas. The Devas approached Lord Vishnu after being defeated by the Asuras. However, even Lord Vishnu was not able to suppress the acts of the Asuras. To get a solution, Vishnu went to Mt.Kailash and started praying Lord Shiva. He worshipped by chanting the Sahasranama( thousand names) of Shiva.

He tossed a lotus at the Shiva Linga after chanting each name. To test Vishnu’s devotion, Shiva hid one of the lotuses Vishnu brought for the puja. At the end of the Sahasranama, Vishnu found that he was short of one lotus. He started searching for that flower. He couldn’t find it even after searching the whole world. Without being disheartened, Vishnu tossed one of his lotus-like eyes at the Shiva Linga to finish the puja. Lord Shiva became extremely pleased watching this. He appeared before Vishnu and asked.

“Sri Hari! I will grant your wish. Ask for anything.”

Vishnu replied, “Oh Lord! The Asuras are threatening the whole world. We are all in great anguish because of that. I don’t have enough weapons to face them.”

After hearing this, Lord Shiva gave Vishnu the Sudarshana Chakra(the divine bladed disc) that he had. Lord Vishnu thus successfully defeated the Asuras using this Sudarshana Chakra ..

Om Namah Shivay

Light Up The Darkest Of Places

Photo: Light Up The Darkest Of Places

With the skies dark outside and pelting rain, it seemed appropriate that I got a Forward from a nun friend ­ a prayer which says, “Woman of God, let your light shine in the darkest places, where it is impossible to love.“ That was a challenge to me, since I have been feeling unloving to many of late.

The darkest places are often the places of sin, where accumulated hatreds and prejudices have corroded the soul over many years. In what way could I help the divine light to penetrate the darkness? The first thing I thought of was that I could smile more often, to bring cheer all around.

I could be more gracious even if I met with hostility . I could share a biscuit with a friend and I could give them a good book or article to read. Perhaps, I could help an elderly person clear her fridge of old food. I could be feeling uncomfortable and irritated by the noise made by young students in the lift, but I could try to be friendly, not always grouchy .

The list makes me sound like an old woman already , but it is true. I am no longer able to do remarkable things, but the darkest places for me are those just around my little room, where I could still meet the unmet needs of those who are now frail, feeble and in the evening of their lives.

The journey within is the hardest of all because that's where we encounter the most darkness. The same prayer says that God is there for us, always with us, with unconditional love. And so, when I wake up in the morning, I thank Him for the grace of a good night's sleep. I welcome the canteen boy , when he walks in with my break fast tray at the YWCA, whether it is upma, idli, poha or masala dosa. Just as the joys of life have become small ones, the ways in which I spread God's light have become small too.

When I first read the prayer about shining in the darkest places, my thoughts went instantly to working for prisoners, criminals, prostitutes and what have you. Ruminating on it after my afternoon siesta, I began to think differently . The darkness is where I am at the moment. All I need to do is to become a little more human by accepting my flaws and limitations.

It is strange how `holy' people try to be`perfect', when all they are asked to do is to accept their imperfections and work with them to help recreate the world. God's love is after all for `imperfect' human beings like us.

When I look at God's creations, I can see that there are human beings of every shape, size and colour, sometimes even the absurd and ridiculous. So few are `beautiful' in the sense of physical beauty . To love all these is to bring the light of love to the darkest places. Simpler than we thought, isn't it?

This is an ordinary recipe for ordinary folk like you and me. So, now I do not think of `Woman of God' as an awesome title that I can never inherit. In my own little room and with the little I do, I can still be a `Woman of God'. I will live and work quietly and I hope I will die quietly. And I hope to find the gates of heaven opened for me because I smiled often, joked sometimes and gave the canteen boy a small tip for fetching my tea.

Om Namah Shivay

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Light Up The Darkest Of Places

With the skies dark outside and pelting rain, it seemed appropriate that I got a Forward from a nun friend ­ a prayer which says, “Woman of God, let your light shine in the darkest places, where it is impossible to love.“ That was a challenge to me, since I have been feeling unloving to many of late.

The darkest places are often the places of sin, where accumulated hatreds and prejudices have corroded the soul over many years. In what way could I help the divine light to penetrate the darkness? The first thing I thought of was that I could smile more often, to bring cheer all around.

I could be more gracious even if I met with hostility . I could share a biscuit with a friend and I could give them a good book or article to read. Perhaps, I could help an elderly person clear her fridge of old food. I could be feeling uncomfortable and irritated by the noise made by young students in the lift, but I could try to be friendly, not always grouchy .

The list makes me sound like an old woman already , but it is true. I am no longer able to do remarkable things, but the darkest places for me are those just around my little room, where I could still meet the unmet needs of those who are now frail, feeble and in the evening of their lives.

The journey within is the hardest of all because that's where we encounter the most darkness. The same prayer says that God is there for us, always with us, with unconditional love. And so, when I wake up in the morning, I thank Him for the grace of a good night's sleep. I welcome the canteen boy , when he walks in with my break fast tray at the YWCA, whether it is upma, idli, poha or masala dosa. Just as the joys of life have become small ones, the ways in which I spread God's light have become small too.

When I first read the prayer about shining in the darkest places, my thoughts went instantly to working for prisoners, criminals, prostitutes and what have you. Ruminating on it after my afternoon siesta, I began to think differently . The darkness is where I am at the moment. All I need to do is to become a little more human by accepting my flaws and limitations.

It is strange how `holy' people try to be`perfect', when all they are asked to do is to accept their imperfections and work with them to help recreate the world. God's love is after all for `imperfect' human beings like us.

When I look at God's creations, I can see that there are human beings of every shape, size and colour, sometimes even the absurd and ridiculous. So few are `beautiful' in the sense of physical beauty . To love all these is to bring the light of love to the darkest places. Simpler than we thought, isn't it?

This is an ordinary recipe for ordinary folk like you and me. So, now I do not think of `Woman of God' as an awesome title that I can never inherit. In my own little room and with the little I do, I can still be a `Woman of God'. I will live and work quietly and I hope I will die quietly. And I hope to find the gates of heaven opened for me because I smiled often, joked sometimes and gave the canteen boy a small tip for fetching my tea.

Om Namah Shivay

The Secret Of True Success :

Photo: The Secret Of True Success :

Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. And alas! we are also traders in love.If you come to trade, if it is a question of give-and-take, if it is a question of buy-and-sell, abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise and a fall in prices: always expect the blow to come...We get caught.How? Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want. Desire is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure.The great secret of true success, of true happiness, then, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful.

Om Namah Shivay

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The Secret Of True Success :

Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. And alas! we are also traders in love.If you come to trade, if it is a question of give-and-take, if it is a question of buy-and-sell, abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise and a fall in prices: always expect the blow to come...We get caught.How? Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want. Desire is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure.The great secret of true success, of true happiness, then, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful.

Om Namah Shivay

Siva And Tattvas-2

Photo: Siva And Tattvas-2

In the Saiva Siddhanta, there are 36 Tattvas of which 24 are known as Atma Tattvas, 7 as Vidya Tattvas, and the remaining 5 as Siva Tattvas. The 24 Atma Tattvas are the 5 elements, ether, air, fire, water and earth; the 5 Tanmatras, sound, touch, form, taste and smell; the 5 sense-organs, ear, skin, eye, palate and nose; the internal organ; the 5 motor organs, speech, hand, foot, anus and the generative organ; and Ahankara, Buddhi and Guna. The 7 Vidya Tattvas are Purusha, Raga (love), Vidya (knowledge), Kala (art), Niyati (order), Kaala (time) and Asuddha (impure) Maya. The 5 Siva Tattvas are Suddha Vidya, Isvara, Sadasiva, Sakti and Siva.

Maya evolves into the subtle principles and then into the gross. The individual soul experiences pleasure and pain through Vidya. Siva Tattva is the basis of all consciousness and action. It is undifferentiated (Nishkala) Suddha. Maya, the Sakti of Siva starts her activities. Then Siva becomes the experiencer. Then He is called Sadasiva known also by the name Sadakhya, who is not really separate from Siva. The Suddhamaya becomes active. Then Siva, the experiencer becomes the Ruler. He is then Isvara, who is not really separate from Sadasiva. Suddhavidya is the cause of true knowledge.

The five activities (Pancha-Krityas) of the Lord are Srishti (creation), Sthiti (preservation), Samhara (destruction), Tirobhava (veiling) and Anugraha (grace). These, separately considered, are the activities of Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Mahesvara and Sadasiva.

In the five-lettered Mantra (Panchakshari) ‘Namassivaya’, Na is the screening power of the Lord that makes the soul to move in the world, Ma is the bond that binds him in the Samsaric wheel of the births and deaths, Si is the symbol for Lord Siva, Va stands for His grace and Ya stands for the soul. If the soul turns towards Na and Ma he will be sunk in worldliness. If he associates himself with Va he will move towards Lord Siva.

Hearing the Lilas of Lord Siva and the significance of Panchakshara, is ‘Sravana’. Reflection on the meaning of Panchakshara is ‘Manana’ or ‘Chintana’. To develop love and devotion for Lord Siva and meditate on Him, is ‘Sivadhyana’. To become immersed in ‘Sivananda’, is ‘Nishtha’ or ‘Samadhi’. He who attains this stage is called Jivanmukta.

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Siva And Tattvas-2

In the Saiva Siddhanta, there are 36 Tattvas of which 24 are known as Atma Tattvas, 7 as Vidya Tattvas, and the remaining 5 as Siva Tattvas. The 24 Atma Tattvas are the 5 elements, ether, air, fire, water and earth; the 5 Tanmatras, sound, touch, form, taste and smell; the 5 sense-organs, ear, skin, eye, palate and nose; the internal organ; the 5 motor organs, speech, hand, foot, anus and the generative organ; and Ahankara, Buddhi and Guna. The 7 Vidya Tattvas are Purusha, Raga (love), Vidya (knowledge), Kala (art), Niyati (order), Kaala (time) and Asuddha (impure) Maya. The 5 Siva Tattvas are Suddha Vidya, Isvara, Sadasiva, Sakti and Siva.

Maya evolves into the subtle principles and then into the gross. The individual soul experiences pleasure and pain through Vidya. Siva Tattva is the basis of all consciousness and action. It is undifferentiated (Nishkala) Suddha. Maya, the Sakti of Siva starts her activities. Then Siva becomes the experiencer. Then He is called Sadasiva known also by the name Sadakhya, who is not really separate from Siva. The Suddhamaya becomes active. Then Siva, the experiencer becomes the Ruler. He is then Isvara, who is not really separate from Sadasiva. Suddhavidya is the cause of true knowledge.

The five activities (Pancha-Krityas) of the Lord are Srishti (creation), Sthiti (preservation), Samhara (destruction), Tirobhava (veiling) and Anugraha (grace). These, separately considered, are the activities of Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Mahesvara and Sadasiva.

In the five-lettered Mantra (Panchakshari) ‘Namassivaya’, Na is the screening power of the Lord that makes the soul to move in the world, Ma is the bond that binds him in the Samsaric wheel of the births and deaths, Si is the symbol for Lord Siva, Va stands for His grace and Ya stands for the soul. If the soul turns towards Na and Ma he will be sunk in worldliness. If he associates himself with Va he will move towards Lord Siva.

Hearing the Lilas of Lord Siva and the significance of Panchakshara, is ‘Sravana’. Reflection on the meaning of Panchakshara is ‘Manana’ or ‘Chintana’. To develop love and devotion for Lord Siva and meditate on Him, is ‘Sivadhyana’. To become immersed in ‘Sivananda’, is ‘Nishtha’ or ‘Samadhi’. He who attains this stage is called Jivanmukta.

Om Namah Shivay

Why Did God Create the World? Part 5

Photo: • यदि कोई कहे कि ईश्वर तो निर्गुण और निर्विशेष है, वह तुमसे प्रेम कैसे करेगा ? तो साधक को कह देना चाहिए कि ‘भाई ! मुझे तो ऐसे ईश्वर की आवश्यकता नहीं है, मुझे तो वह ईश्वर चाहिए जो पतित-से-पतित प्राणी से प्रेम करता है | जो परम दयालु और सबका सुहृद है | अपने प्रेमियों को प्रेम का रस देने के लिए ही अवतार लेकर नाना प्रकार की लीला करता है’ |

अवतार लेना हमलोगों की भांति कर्मवश जन्म लेना नहीं है, भगवान् का अवतार लेने का मतलब प्रकट होना है | उनका शरीर त्रिगुण माया का कार्य नहीं होता; किन्तु परम दिव्य चिन्मय होता है |

• यदि भगवान् बिना हेतु के दया करनेवाले और पतितपावन नहीं होते तो उनको कोई प्राप्त ही नहीं कर सकता; क्योंकि संसार में कौन ऐसा प्राणी है जो पतित न हो | कोई नहीं कह सकता कि मैं पतित नहीं हूँ | पतित का अर्थ है अपनी जगह पर ठीक-ठीक न रहनेवाला | इस दृष्टि से हरेक मनुष्य पतित है |.....अतः साधक को चाहिए कि अपने को पतितजानकर और भगवान् को पतितपावन मानकर अपने को समर्पण कर दे | सर्वतोभाव से उनका हो जाय | तभी चित्त शुद्ध होगा |

• भगवान् उसी पतित को मिलते हैं, जो पतित नहीं रहना चाहता अर्थात् पुनः पाप नहीं करना चाहता | ऐसे साधक को भगवान् परम पवित्र बनाकर अपना लेते हैं, परन्तु जिसको अपने पापों का पश्चात्ताप नहीं है, जो उनको छोड़ना नहीं चाहता उसे भगवान् नहीं मिलते | वैसे ही जिसको अपने गुणों का अभिमान होता है, उसे भी नहीं मिलते | साथ ही यह भी बात है कि जबतक साधक के मन में किसी दूसरी वस्तु की चाह रहती है, तबतक भगवान् नहीं मिलते |

Om Namah Shivay

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Why Did God Create the World?

Part 5

But why does the mind project the dream world? We may give many reasons for the same, but finally we would come to the conclusion that it is the nature of the mind to do so.

Why does fire burn? What is its motive behind burning? Because, it is its nature to do so. In the cause-effect chain one ultimately comes to the conclusion that the Truth/God projects the world because it is its nature to do so.

Devasya esa svabhavastu aptkamasya ka spriha

It is the nature of the Truth (to project the world) as the fulfilled(Infinite) can have no craving (desire to create out of incompleteness).

If the world is an appearance, it cannot be real. But it is experienced, so it cannot be totally unreal. Then what is it, real or unreal? Also it does not seem to satisfy us that the purpose of creating the world is that it is the nature of the Truth to do so. Could this be explained differently?

True. The world cannot be absolutely real as the real (sic) is that which is always present. The world gets negated in our deep sleep state. Also the world cannot be totally unreal (asat) as it is experienced by us. It is only relatively real (mithya) and therefore an appearance. Then what is absolutely real? “I” the experiencer of the world never gets negated . I can never experience my absence. Hence the Self alone is absolutely real. Vedanta says that you (not as a name and form) as pure Existence are the cause of the world, you have within you all the answers about creation. Enquire deeply and discover that Truth, all else will become clear. Do not wait for answers from others.

It is said that all that there is in the totality exists also in the individual (yatha pinde tatha brahmande). So let us think how we create anything. Initially we become conscious of our potential to create. Once we are aware of our ability we cannot help but express it. When a child realizes that it can talk, it prattles on endlessly without purpose. Having expressed our creative ability we identify with it, get attached and then suffer, e.g. a child is born I call it my child, get attached to it and then suffer. For example, I perchance become aware that I can sing. Initially I sing in the bathroom for the sheer joy of it. Later I sing to others and once I become a professional, I seek applause and money, where once I sought neither. For example I become rich and realize that I can build my own house. I plan and build one. I start living in it and then become a householder. That is, one who is held by his house! I become a prisoner of my own creation.

Om Namah Shivay

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Parvati ji worships her Lord Shiva in the symbol of shivlinga..

Photo: Parvati ji worships her Lord Shiva in the symbol of shivlinga..
Parvatiji, who ,herself is the incarnation of Durga, Jagdambe,is the greatest devotee of Shivji. From her we learn not only faith,but also tapasya, prayer, discipline, consistency and a great will.Aum namah shivaya! Jai jagdambe!!

Parvati ji worships her Lord Shiva in the symbol of shivlinga..
Parvatiji, who ,herself is the incarnation of Durga, Jagdambe,is the greatest devotee of Shivji. From her we learn not only faith,but also tapasya, prayer, discipline, consistency and a great will.Aum namah shivaya! Jai jagdambe!!

Eklingji, the Amazing Temple, near Udaipur, Rajastan.where Lord Shiva is declared to be a King!!

Photo: Eklingji, the Amazing Temple, near Udaipur, Rajastan.where Lord Shiva is declared to be a King!!

Eklingji, the Amazing Temple, near Udaipur, Rajastan.where Lord Shiva is declared to be a King!!

3rd Post - Divine incidents happened during #Shiva journey to #Amarnath Cave. (More Posts to Follow)

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Pissu Top : Slightly ahead of Chandanbadi is Pissu Top.  The importance of this place is related to the darshan of Amarnath. According to this, for the darshan of Amarnath, a huge fight between the Gods and Demons occurred. That time with the help of #Lord #Shiva, Gods defeated the Demons. With the dead bodies of demons, a mountain was formed. From then this place is known as Pissu Top.

3rd Post - Divine incidents happened during #Shiva journey to #AmarnathCave. (More Posts to Follow)

Pissu Top : Slightly ahead of Chandanbadi is Pissu Top. The importance of this place is related to the darshan of Amarnath. According to this, for the darshan of Amarnath, a huge fight between the Gods and Demons occurred. That time with the help of #Lord #Shiva, Gods defeated the Demons. With the dead bodies of demons, a mountain was formed. From then this place is known as Pissu Top.

Significance Of The Bilva Leaves

Photo: FB782 * Significance Of The Bilva Leaves *

 1. ''Lakshmyaascha stana utpannam Mahaadeva sadaa priyam,Bilva vriksham prayachchhaami eka bilvam Shivaarpanam.Darshanam bilva vrikshasya sparshanam paapanaashanam,Aghorapaapasamhaaram eka bilvam shivarpanam.''
 
''Born from the breasts of Goddess Lakshmi, the Bilva tree is ever dear to Mahadeva. So I ask this tree to offer a Bilva leaf to Lord Shiva. To have darshan of the Bilva tree, and to touch it, frees one from sin. The most terrible karma is destroyed when a Bilva leaf is offered to Lord Shiva.Sri Bilva AShtakam (v. 6–7)''
 
2. ''Tridalam TrigunakaramTrinetrancha TriyaayudhamTrijanma Paapa SamharamEka Bilvam Shivarpanam.
 
''Offering of a bilvapatra to the three eyed god Shiva who holds a Trishula (weapon with three sharp edges) will wash away the sins committed in the past 3 lives.''

* Significance Of The Bilva Leaves *

1. ''Lakshmyaascha stana utpannam Mahaadeva sadaa priyam,Bilva vriksham prayachchhaami eka bilvam Shivaarpanam.Darshanam bilva vrikshasya sparshanam paapanaashanam,Aghorapaapasamhaaram eka bilvam shivarpanam.''

''Born from the breasts of Goddess Lakshmi, the Bilva tree is ever dear to Mahadeva. So I ask this tree to offer a Bilva leaf to Lord Shiva. To have darshan of the Bilva tree, and to touch it, frees one from sin. The most terrible karma is destroyed when a Bilva leaf is offered to Lord Shiva.Sri Bilva AShtakam (v. 6–7)''

2. ''Tridalam TrigunakaramTrinetrancha TriyaayudhamTrijanma Paapa SamharamEka Bilvam Shivarpanam.

''Offering of a bilvapatra to the three eyed god Shiva who holds a Trishula (weapon with three sharp edges) will wash away the sins committed in the past 3 lives.''

AWAKENING

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This is the opening of  Gyan Chakshu, this is the whole path of the yogis! The gaze of the discriminating mind destroys wrong previous concepts and illusions. Whatever scriptures such a man reads, he interprets rightly, whatever situation he encounters, he understands. The mind of spiritual discrimination destroys falsehood and delusion.

{ The Yogi and the snake}
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AWAKENING

This is the opening of Gyan Chakshu, this is the whole path of the yogis! The gaze of the discriminating mind destroys wrong previous concepts and illusions. Whatever scriptures such a man reads, he interprets rightly, whatever situation he encounters, he understands. The mind of spiritual discrimination destroys falsehood and delusion.

{ The Yogi and the snake}

Om Gan Ganapathaya

Photo: Om Gan Ganapathaya :

With this mantra, we invoke Lord Ganesha, welcoming Him into our hearts. Enter most houses in India, and you are sure to find art works of Ganesha—a stone sculpture greets you at the entrance; there could be an occasional painting in the corridor and of course, figurines in brass or marble stand in their resplendent glory on mantelpieces. The God of Beginnings, He is also invoked as a Patron of Letters during writing sessions. Stories about His birth have been narrated through the ages; His lineage is fascinating…the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, He is said to have been created by Parvati from the dirt of Her body. As a remover of obstacles, Ganesha is the god we turn to when in trouble or when we are starting something new.  

Most conflicts arise because we tend to complicate life instead of simplifying it. Our expectations of others are so high that it becomes impossible for them to meet those expectations. We want to only receive all the time; our greed knows no limits. However, a greedy life is an imbalanced life. The seema rekha or limit cannot be mathematically defined. Your heart has to tell you when to stop. Simplify life to enrich it. Shed the extra baggage that is weighing you down, preventing you from making the most of the present moment.

Om Namah Shivay

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Om Gan Ganapathaya :

With this mantra, we invoke Lord Ganesha, welcoming Him into our hearts. Enter most houses in India, and you are sure to find art works of Ganesha—a stone sculpture greets you at the entrance; there could be an occasional painting in the corridor and of course, figurines in brass or marble stand in their resplendent glory on mantelpieces. The God of Beginnings, He is also invoked as a Patron of Letters during writing sessions. Stories about His birth have been narrated through the ages; His lineage is fascinating…the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, He is said to have been created by Parvati from the dirt of Her body. As a remover of obstacles, Ganesha is the god we turn to when in trouble or when we are starting something new.

Most conflicts arise because we tend to complicate life instead of simplifying it. Our expectations of others are so high that it becomes impossible for them to meet those expectations. We want to only receive all the time; our greed knows no limits. However, a greedy life is an imbalanced life. The seema rekha or limit cannot be mathematically defined. Your heart has to tell you when to stop. Simplify life to enrich it. Shed the extra baggage that is weighing you down, preventing you from making the most of the present moment.

Om Namah Shivay

“Common sense is the most uncommon thing in this world”. In order to clarify our thoughts on this we need to elaborate on some simple matters.

Photo: Swami Vivekananda said, “Common sense is the most uncommon thing in this world”. In order to clarify our thoughts on this we need to elaborate on some simple matters.

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We need to put an end to crime against women and children at any cost. This can only happen when society turns more spiritual, more humane and more sensitive.

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For the next week or from now on in your life, please don't believe anything negative that you hear about yourself, whether through people telling you, or the negative voices that you hear from within. Discount them all as false. I believe that you are awesome and so should you. 

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Right Word, Right Time : Inspirational words are very important in life. They carry enormous weight. The right words spoken at the right time can make all the difference. Words have a great impact. You cannot change anyone’s destiny, but you can awaken and empower them with loving motivational words.

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‘All God’s creatures are His family and he is most loved by God who does good to His creatures’.

He is not my friend — may God be my friend/  

And he who bears ill will against me, may his joys increase/

He who puts thorns in my way on account of enmity/May every flower that blossoms in the garden of his life be without thorns.

Om Namah Shivay

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Swami Vivekananda said, “Common sense is the most uncommon thing in this world”. In order to clarify our thoughts on this we need to elaborate on some simple matters.

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We need to put an end to crime against women and children at any cost. This can only happen when society turns more spiritual, more humane and more sensitive.

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For the next week or from now on in your life, please don't believe anything negative that you hear about yourself, whether through people telling you, or the negative voices that you hear from within. Discount them all as false. I believe that you are awesome and so should you.

==========================

Right Word, Right Time : Inspirational words are very important in life. They carry enormous weight. The right words spoken at the right time can make all the difference. Words have a great impact. You cannot change anyone’s destiny, but you can awaken and empower them with loving motivational words.

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‘All God’s creatures are His family and he is most loved by God who does good to His creatures’.

He is not my friend — may God be my friend/

And he who bears ill will against me, may his joys increase/

He who puts thorns in my way on account of enmity/May every flower that blossoms in the garden of his life be without thorns.

Om Namah Shivay

If love is the essence and driving force of life, why there is so much unrest and hate in the world?

Photo: Q: If love is the essence and driving force of life, why there is so much unrest and hate in the world?

Guruji : Love without wisdom turns into jealousy and all negativeness.

Q: Guruji, in your opinion, what is there after death? Do you believe in reincarnation?

Guruji : I don’t believe in reincarnation. I know it’s there. You only have to believe something which you don’t know. When I know it exists then why do I have to believe?

You don’t say, 'I believe my car is outside'. When you've parked your car outside, you say, 'My car is outside'. 

This life is only a small portion of the vast life that we all have. This life is only one small bit.

Om Namah Shivay

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Q: If love is the essence and driving force of life, why there is so much unrest and hate in the world?

Guruji : Love without wisdom turns into jealousy and all negativeness.

Q: Guruji, in your opinion, what is there after death? Do you believe in reincarnation?

Guruji : I don’t believe in reincarnation. I know it’s there. You only have to believe something which you don’t know. When I know it exists then why do I have to believe?

You don’t say, 'I believe my car is outside'. When you've parked your car outside, you say, 'My car is outside'.

This life is only a small portion of the vast life that we all have. This life is only one small bit.

Om Namah Shivay

Siva And Tattvas

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Satyam Sivam Subham Sundaram Kantam

The Saiva Siddhanta system is the distilled essence of Vedanta. It prevailed in Southern India even before the Christian era. 

Tinnelvelly and Madurai are the centres of Saiva Siddhanta school. Saivites elaborated a distinctive philosophy called the Saiva Siddhanta about the eleventh century A.D.

Tirumular’s work—Tirumantram—is the foundation upon which the later structure of Saiva Siddhanta philosophy was built. The twenty-eight Saiva Agamas, the hymns of the Saiva saints form the chief sources of Southern Saivism.

In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., Nakulisa-pasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and Rasesvara.

Lord Siva is the supreme Reality. He is eternal, formless, independent, omnipresent, one without a second, beginningless, causeless, taintless, self-existent, ever free, ever pure. He is not limited by time. He is infinite bliss and infinite intelligence.

Lord Siva pervades the whole world by His Sakti. He works His Sakti. Sakti is conscious energy of Lord Siva. She is the very body of Lord Siva. The potter is the first cause for the pot. The stick and the wheel are the instrumental causes. The clay is the material cause of the pot. Similarly Lord Siva is the first cause of the world. Sakti is the instrumental cause. Maya is the material cause.

Lord Siva is the God of love. His grace is infinite. He is the saviour and Guru. He is engaged in freeing the souls from the thraldom of matter. He assumes the form of a Guru out of the intense love for mankind. He wishes that all should know Him and attain the blissful Siva-Pada. He watches the activities of the individual souls and helps them in their onward march.

Om Namah Shivay

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:: Siva And Tattvas ::

Satyam Sivam Subham Sundaram Kantam

The Saiva Siddhanta system is the distilled essence of Vedanta. It prevailed in Southern India even before the Christian era. 

Tinnelvelly and Madurai are the centres of Saiva Siddhanta school. Saivites elaborated a distinctive philosophy called the Saiva Siddhanta about the eleventh century A.D.

Tirumular’s work—Tirumantram—is the foundation upon which the later structure of Saiva Siddhanta philosophy was built. The twenty-eight Saiva Agamas, the hymns of the Saiva saints form the chief sources of Southern Saivism.

In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., Nakulisa-pasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and Rasesvara.

Lord Siva is the supreme Reality. He is eternal, formless, independent, omnipresent, one without a second, beginningless, causeless, taintless, self-existent, ever free, ever pure. He is not limited by time. He is infinite bliss and infinite intelligence.

Lord Siva pervades the whole world by His Sakti. He works His Sakti. Sakti is conscious energy of Lord Siva. She is the very body of Lord Siva. The potter is the first cause for the pot. The stick and the wheel are the instrumental causes. The clay is the material cause of the pot. Similarly Lord Siva is the first cause of the world. Sakti is the instrumental cause. Maya is the material cause.

Lord Siva is the God of love. His grace is infinite. He is the saviour and Guru. He is engaged in freeing the souls from the thraldom of matter. He assumes the form of a Guru out of the intense love for mankind. He wishes that all should know Him and attain the blissful Siva-Pada. He watches the activities of the individual souls and helps them in their onward march.

Om Namah Shivay

Why Did God Create the World? Part 4

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Part 4

Now if we see the nature of the Truth or God, from Its standpoint, creation is a logical and actual possibility. The world as we see is constantly changing. How can a changing entity emerge from a changeless entity? How can the Changeless modify to become the world? Being one without a second how can it produce the world as a separate entity like a potter makes a pot.

The Mandukya Karika says:

Na kascit jayate jivah sambhavoyasya na vidyate,
Etaddhi uttamam satyam yatra kinchit na jayate.

No individual was ever born, as it is not possible. Nothing was ever born from that reality. That is the highest truth.

When creation itself is not there, where is the question of the motive behind creation. This may seem impossible to stomach for us who are well grounded in this world and who give it an absolute reality. For us the absolute Truth seems unreal, remote or at the most an intellectual concept. But if we reflect on this again and again we might appreciate it.

One may say, but what of creation? It is experienced by us, so it must exist. What is its relation to God/Truth? What has it come from and why was it created?

True, the world is experienced by us. Every effect must have a cause. An effect cannot be a cause of itself and a finite effect cannot be cause of the infinite world. And therefore one of the objects of the world cannot be the cause of the world. Therefore God/Truth alone can be the cause of the world. The Truth cannot produce the world remaining different from it, (as It alone Is) nor can it modify to become the world, (as It is changeless). The only other possibility is that the Truth, remaining as It is appears as the world. The world is an appearance or a projection on the Truth. A snake is seen on the rope. The rope appears as a snake, without itself undergoing any change. The mind projects the entire dream world. The dreamer experiences joys and sorrows, has likes and dislikes, lives lifetimes, travels widely...........all in the dream. For him, the experiences are real and his world solidly real. On waking everything is realized to an appearance.

Om Namah Shivay

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Why Did God Create the World?

Part 4

Now if we see the nature of the Truth or God, from Its standpoint, creation is a logical and actual possibility. The world as we see is constantly changing. How can a changing entity emerge from a changeless entity? How can the Changeless modify to become the world? Being one without a second how can it produce the world as a separate entity like a potter makes a pot.

The Mandukya Karika says:

Na kascit jayate jivah sambhavoyasya na vidyate,
Etaddhi uttamam satyam yatra kinchit na jayate.

No individual was ever born, as it is not possible. Nothing was ever born from that reality. That is the highest truth.

When creation itself is not there, where is the question of the motive behind creation. This may seem impossible to stomach for us who are well grounded in this world and who give it an absolute reality. For us the absolute Truth seems unreal, remote or at the most an intellectual concept. But if we reflect on this again and again we might appreciate it.

One may say, but what of creation? It is experienced by us, so it must exist. What is its relation to God/Truth? What has it come from and why was it created?

True, the world is experienced by us. Every effect must have a cause. An effect cannot be a cause of itself and a finite effect cannot be cause of the infinite world. And therefore one of the objects of the world cannot be the cause of the world. Therefore God/Truth alone can be the cause of the world. The Truth cannot produce the world remaining different from it, (as It alone Is) nor can it modify to become the world, (as It is changeless). The only other possibility is that the Truth, remaining as It is appears as the world. The world is an appearance or a projection on the Truth. A snake is seen on the rope. The rope appears as a snake, without itself undergoing any change. The mind projects the entire dream world. The dreamer experiences joys and sorrows, has likes and dislikes, lives lifetimes, travels widely...........all in the dream. For him, the experiences are real and his world solidly real. On waking everything is realized to an appearance.

Om Namah Shivay

Monday, 28 July 2014

Where Is Lord Shiva? A Story From Purana

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In ancient India there lived a most virtuous Brahmin who was considered by all to be the best authority on philosophy.

One day the local king ordered him to appear before him. When he did so, the king said: “I have three questions that puzzle–even torment–me: Where is Lord Shiva? Why don’t I see Him? And what does he do all day? If you can’t answer these three questions I will have your head cut off.” The Brahmin was appalled and terrified, because the answers to these questions were not just complex, they were impossible to formulate. In other words: he did not know the answers. So his execution date was set.

On the morning of that day the Brahmin’s teenage son appeared and asked the  king if he would release his father if he–the son–would answer the questions. The king agreed, and the son asked that a container of milk be brought to him. It was done. Then the boy asked that the milk be churned into butter. That, too, was done.“The first two of your questions are now answered,” he told the king.

The king objected that he had been given no answers, so the son asked: “Where was the butter before it was churned?”

“In the milk,” replied the king.
“In what part of the milk?” asked the boy.
“In all of it.”
“Just so,” agreed the boy, “and in the same way Lord Shiva is within all things and pervades all things.”
“Why don’t I see Him, then,” pressed the king. “Because you do not ‘churn’ your mind and refine your perceptions through
meditation. If you do that, you will see Lord Shiva. But not otherwise. Now let my father go.”
“Not at all,” insisted the king. “You have not told me what Lord Shiva does all day.”

“To answer that,” said the boy, “we will have to change places. You come stand here  and let me sit on the throne.”

The request was so audacious the king complied, and in a moment he was standing before the enthroned Brahmin boy who told him: “This is the answer. One moment  you were here and I was there. Now things are reversed. Lord Shiva perpetually lifts up and  casts down every one of us. In one life we are exalted and in another we are brought
low–oftentimes in a single life this occurs, and even more than once.

Our lives are completely in His hand, and He does with us as He wills.” (“He hath put down the  mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” Luke 1:52)
The Brahmin was released and his son was given many honors and gifts by the king.

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* Where Is Lord Shiva? A Story From Purana *

In ancient India there lived a most virtuous Brahmin who was considered by all to be the best authority on philosophy.

One day the local king ordered him to appear before him. When he did so, the king said: “I have three questions that puzzle–even torment–me: Where is Lord Shiva? Why don’t I see Him? And what does he do all day? If you can’t answer these three questions I will have your head cut off.” The Brahmin was appalled and terrified, because the answers to these questions were not just complex, they were impossible to formulate. In other words: he did not know the answers. So his execution date was set.

On the morning of that day the Brahmin’s teenage son appeared and asked the king if he would release his father if he–the son–would answer the questions. The king agreed, and the son asked that a container of milk be brought to him. It was done. Then the boy asked that the milk be churned into butter. That, too, was done.“The first two of your questions are now answered,” he told the king.

The king objected that he had been given no answers, so the son asked: “Where was the butter before it was churned?”

“In the milk,” replied the king.
“In what part of the milk?” asked the boy.
“In all of it.”
“Just so,” agreed the boy, “and in the same way Lord Shiva is within all things and pervades all things.”
“Why don’t I see Him, then,” pressed the king. “Because you do not ‘churn’ your mind and refine your perceptions through
meditation. If you do that, you will see Lord Shiva. But not otherwise. Now let my father go.”
“Not at all,” insisted the king. “You have not told me what Lord Shiva does all day.”

“To answer that,” said the boy, “we will have to change places. You come stand here and let me sit on the throne.”

The request was so audacious the king complied, and in a moment he was standing before the enthroned Brahmin boy who told him: “This is the answer. One moment you were here and I was there. Now things are reversed. Lord Shiva perpetually lifts up and casts down every one of us. In one life we are exalted and in another we are brought
low–oftentimes in a single life this occurs, and even more than once.

Our lives are completely in His hand, and He does with us as He wills.” (“He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” Luke 1:52)
The Brahmin was released and his son was given many honors and gifts by the king.

Jodhpur's famous mahadev temple achalnath mandir



Jodhpur's famous mahadev temple achalnath mandir

Happy Monday

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कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतार,
संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम् ।
सदावसन्तं हृदयारविन्द,
भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ॥

Meaning:
Pure White like Camphor, an Incarnation of Compassion, The Essence of Worldly Existence, Whose Garland is the King of Serpents, Always Dwelling in the Lotus of the Heart..
I Bow to Shiva and Shakti Together .. _/\_

Har Har Mahadev || _/\_   
(ॐ) OM NAMA SHIVAYA (Om Namah Shivay, Jai Maa Kali, Jai Durga Bhawani, jai Saraswati, jai Laxmi )
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Happy Monday 

कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतार,
संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम् ।
सदावसन्तं हृदयारविन्द,
भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ॥

Meaning:
Pure White like Camphor, an Incarnation of Compassion, The Essence of Worldly Existence, Whose Garland is the King of Serpents, Always Dwelling in the Lotus of the Heart..
I Bow to Shiva and Shakti Together .. _/\_

Har Har Mahadev || _/\_