Save Yourself by Yourself...

on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.

Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.

Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds. This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.

Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.

First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,then only will we want real knowledge.

Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom.

Thoughts on Mahavir Jayanthi

on Sunday, March 28, 2010

It was on March 24, a few days ago, I felt happy and joy for being on the land of Vaishali, the land sanctified by the stay of Avatar Sri Ramachandra.
Now my joy knows no bounds when I came to know that this land is further sanctified by the birth of God-man Vardhamana Mahavira, the apostle of Jainism. I share a few of my thoughts.

Vaisali’s claim to fame rests on the fact that it was the first republic in the world that followed a democratic system of government over an area much larger than the Greek city-state or a Swiss Canton. Vaisali had no monarch, but a popular assembly and elders’ council who carried on the business of the state. It was a city with three walls, each of them built in a cow’s call distant from the next wherein 7707 Rajas were living. Vaisali, thus made a significant contribution to the evolution of the Indian polity and its importance in the cultural history of India is very great.

Vaisali was the cradle of Jainism from where the concepts of truth, non-violence, peace, right conduct, honesty and frugality radiated to all directions about six hundred years before the birth of Christ. Jainism has developed in to a major world religion through a succession of twenty-four teachers, called “Tirthankaras” starting with Rishabhadeva, whose name finds a place in Bhagavatha purana. The last two teachers are considered as historical personalities. They are Parsvanatha and Vardhamana Mahavira. The 23rd Tirthankara, Parsvanatha, confined his message to three principles viz. Ahimsa, Satya and Aparigraha.

Vardhamana Mahavira (599 -527 B.C) to whom the world owes Jainism, was virtually a product of the Vaisali confederacy. He was born to Siddhartha and Trisala at Kundagrama (present village of Basukunda) near Vaisali, in the clan of Lichchhavis during the reign of Ajatasatru. Ajatasatru annexed the Vrijji territory with Magadhan kingdom in the year 484 B.C. However, the tribe of Lichchhavis, the main element of the confederacy, succeeded in preserving its identity and survived till the 4th century A.D when it was again influential in the politics of eastern India. Vaisali, was a place of peace, righteousness and a cultural centre. The quiet life, which the ordinary people of the republican clans enjoyed under their autonomous states, was being completely disturbed under the rule of Ajatasatru. It was a period when those who happened to be in charge of the affairs of the states began to lose their faith in the values of eternal principles of religion, and the example of these leaders was probably becoming infectious and even the ordinary people looked at possession of worldly riches and powers as a worthy end to be achieved in utter disregard of means. It was at such a critical time in the history of our nation that Bhagavan Vardhamana Mahavira descended on the earth to preach his message of peace, love and kindness to all. As we find in the life history of all avatars, Trishala also experienced divine dreams. The fourteen auspicious dreams that she dreamt were: an elephant, an ox, a lion, anointment, a garland, the moon, the sun, an ensign, a jar, a lotus lake, a sea, a celestial abode, a heap of gems and a burning flame. His mission was to awaken in the people a true sense of brotherhood and a genuine desire to go by the path of righteousness.

Many are not aware the great work of Mahavira in raising the moral level of mankind and preventing it from being completely lost. Its matter of joy to mention that the Jaina religion still maintains its distinctive individuality both in the organization of order of ascetics and the lay community which is remarkable for its commercial enterprise and its super-abundant wealth. Though Jainism cannot claim to have the patronage and support of the rulers of the state as in the past, it still maintains its hold on a considerable part of the mercantile community of India.

In his 30th year, Mahavira renounced the world and after 12 year long self-penance, in his 42nd year of age, attained supreme knowledge on Vaisakha sudi dasami day. It happened in the field of the householder Samaga outside the town of Jrmbhakagrama on the northern bank of the river Rijupalika. When he attained the supreme knowledge, he was in a squatting position with joined heels, exposing himself to the heat of the sun, with knees high and the head low in deep meditation.

In his 30 years of spiritual ministration he was successful in making a peaceful proselytisation.

What did he preach in his 30 years of spiritual ministry?

Mahavira added two more ethical codes to the three principle of Parshvana and thus brought out a five-fold philosophy for attainment of kevala jnana. Those two ethical codes were asteya and brahmacharya.

Mahavira left behind a well-organised monastic order to which he taught a four-fold meditation technique to the monastic community. They are:

(1) Kayotsarga (2) Bhavana (3) Vipashyana and( 4) Vishaya

For lay community, he stressed only the seond of the above namely Bhavana which consists of contemplation of the meaning and the importance of Jaina triratna, namely, right faith, right knowledge and right conduct. Of these Triratna, it is the last one, viz. right conduct that was highly emphasized by him through his five-fold character principles namely, ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigraha. A deep study of this five-fold character building strategy will help us in understanding the significance shown to these principles by Avatars like Rama, Krishna and Ramakrishna and will help us in imbibing these virtues in our lives. Many of us may not know the significance of the last cardinal principle – aparigraha – meaning the vow of non-possession. The possessive and acquisitive instincts are the most degrading passions of humanity. It springs from and feeds upon undue self-love and self-esteem. It only strengthens the animal ego. The desire for having more than others and what is necessary is a crime and a sin according to Mahavir. The trends of modern though and policies of the states all over the world are definitely set against this psycho-ethical malady. Mahavir went to the root of the problem of evil when he gave it a co-ordinate status with non-violence.

These cardinal principles of Mahavir constitute the universal basis of all religions in the true sense of the term.

In 527 B.C, at the age of 72 years, Mahavir attained his Maha Kevala Jnan at Pava now popularly called as Pavapuri, a pilgrimage centre to all.

Mahatma Gandhi’s practical application of this doctrine of ahimsa as a weapon for the recovery of political independence removed the passive attitude of the Jaina community, who were stirred to enthusiasm by the Father of the Nation.

The Mauryan emperor Chandragupta embraced Jainism and settled in Sravana-belagola which is situated in Hassan district of Karnataka. At present Sravana-belagola houses a 57 ft. colossal statue of Gomoteswara made out a single stone slab. Though the statue is called as Gomoteswara which was another name of Chamundaraya who built it, in reality it is that of Bahubali, a son of the first Tirthankara Lord Rishabhadeva. Maha-mastaka-abhiseka ceremony performed to Bahubali every 12 years draws lacs of devotees from all over India.

The famous Jain Garden temple of Calcutta also is an important Jain shrine in India.

In Tamilnadu, the Jains were called as “Nayanars”. In Chennai –Mylapore, Thiruvalluvar temple was known as “Nayanar temple”. The fact that Chennai-Mylapore was the seat of the Jainas during the period before 17th century A.D is recorded in the old Thothirathirattu (collections of songs of prayers) called Mylapore Paattu. Nannool commentator Mylainathar, Avirothenather, Gunavira Pandita of Neminather fame lived in Mylapore. So, it is not surprising that the Jainas of ancient Mylapore erected a temple for the author of Thirukkural installing therein the footprints of the Thevar and worshipped them. But no body knows the whereabouts of the holy foot-prints of Thiruvalluvar in the temple dedicated to him. Ilangovadigal, in his “Silappathikaram”, begins the chapter Madurai Kandam with prayers to Arhat. Adiyarkku Nallar, in his commentary on Silappathikaram, says that Arhat temple stands for Nayanar temple. Even the stone inscriptions of Kalugumalai, near Villupuram of Tamilnadu mention that Nayanars were the followers of Jain religion.

The effects of the deeds of God-men continue to inspire men of all faiths in all times to come.

Lord Mahavir will always occupy a foremost place among the benefactors of humanity and I pray to Him to bless us a life of ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigraha!
Swami Nishthatmanana, Muzaffarpur Ramakrishna Mutt.

Ramashtakam with meaning

on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

1.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who is especially pretty,

Who cuts off all sins,

And who makes the mind,

Of his devotes happy.

2.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who shines with his matted hair,

Who destroys all sins,

And who makes the mind,

Of his devotees free from fear.

3.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who shows us his real self,

Who is very merciful,

Who destroys sorrows of life,

Who considers every one equal,

Who is peaceful,

And who does all that is good.

4.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who shows the world in himself,

Who is the truth without names,

Who is someone without form,

And who is away from sickness and pain.

5.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who is away from the world,

Who does not see differences,

Who is crystal clear,

Who does not have diseases,

And who stands always as,

The real form of truth.

6.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who is the ship to cross the sea of life,

Who shines as all types of bodies.

Who does good ,

And who shows mercy.

7.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who is so great that,

He is fit to be known through,

Great Vedic sayings,

And who is Brahmam ,

Which is spread everywhere.

8.I pray always that Rama,

Who is second to none,

Who grants peace,

Who gives us pleasure,

Who destroys the problems of life,

Who avoids illusion,

And who is the resplendent Guru.

9.He who reads or hears this octet on rama,

Which is easy to understand,

Which gives rise to good deeds,

Which is written by sage Vyasa,

Would get knowledge, wealth,

Pleasure and limitless fame,

And once he leaves his body,

He would also get salvation

Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda..

on Friday, March 19, 2010

Ramayana-The Real Pictures...

on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

During January the SriLankan Government started the ‘Sri Lanka’s Ramayana Trail’ — a religious/ spiritual tourism venture by Lanka — tour operators have been flooded with enquiries from India.With real places from Ramayana.

Refer the below Websites for More Information:

Ashok vatika where Ravana kept Sita

Floating Stone from Ramsethu(bridge made by lord Rama and Vanara sena).

Sanjivani Mountain from where Sanjivani Booti was acquired to save Lakshman.
Sugriva Cave
The Ravana Palace which was burnt by Hanuman.

Hindu Temples Abroad...

Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple , Johor Baru , Malaysia - The only Hindu Glass Temple abroad
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Toronto , Canada
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London ( Neasden Temple )
Ekta Mandir, Irving , Texas , US
Lord Venkateshwara Temple , Birmingham , United Kingdom
Lord Vishnu Temple , Angkor , Cambodia.
The largest temple of the world, raised during the reign of Suryavarman-II in 12th century, is, in fact, located in Angkor, a major archaeological site of Cambodia . It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is also one of the two temples intact in Angkor , Cambodia . The other is a Buddhist Temple . The largest temple of Lord Vishnu in Angkor is built according to Khmer architecture, original to Cambodia .
Malibu Hindu Temple , Malibu , California , US
Mother Temple of Besakih, Bali , Indonesia
Murugan Temple , Sydney , Australia
Prambanan Shiva Temple , Central Java , Indonesia.
Quad City Hindu Temple , Rock Island , IL , US.
Shiva - Vishnu Temple of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia.
Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida Inc, FL, US.
Shiva-Vishnu Temple , Livermore , California , US.
Sri Lakshmi Temple - Ashland , MA , US.
Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam - Pearland , Texas , US.
Sri Murugan Temple , London , UK.
Sri Murugan Temple “ Batu Caves ”, Penang , Malaysia.
Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swami Temple , Memphis , Tennessee , US.
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple , Washington DC , United States.

Sri Venkateshwara Temple - New Jersey , US.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple , Helensburgh, Sydney , Australia.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple , Pittsburgh , US.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago - Aurora , Illinois , United States.
Sri Venkateswara Temple , Bridgewater , NJ , US.
Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple , Little India , Serangoon Road, Singapore.
Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Temple , Rivervale Crescent Sengkang , Singapore.
Venkateswara Swami temple , Riverdale near Atlanta , Georgia , US.

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