Maya (Attachment) And Daya (Compassion)

on Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Sri Ramakrishna Said-





"To love only members of the Bramho Samaj or of one's own family is maya;to love one's own countrymen is maya.



But to love the people of all countries,to love the members of all religions, is daya. Such love comes from love of God, from daya"





"Maya is nothing but 'Kamini and Kanchan'.A man living in its midst gradually loses his spiritual alertness. He thinks all is well with him.





The scavenger carries a tub of night-soil on his head,and in course of time loses his repulsion to it.





One gradually acquires love of God through the practice of chanting God's name and glories."
Remember that daya, compassion, and maya, attachment,are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of 'my-ness' towards one's relatives. Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world.

It is an attitude of equality. Maya also comes from God.Through maya, God makes one serve one's relatives.But one thing should be remembered: maya keeps us in ignorance and entangles us in the world, whereas daya makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds."


"How is it ever possible for one man to liberate another from the bondage of the world? God alone, the Creator of this world-bewitching maya,can save men from maya.There is no other refuge but that great teacher, satchidAnanda [existance-knowledge-bliss].

-From GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA

Bhagwan Krishna And Bhagvad Gita

This is the one central idea in the Gita:




work incessantly, but be not attached to it.


That wonderful poem, without one note in it, of weakness or unmanliness.


Krishna talks of himself as God, as Christ does. He sees the Deity in himself. And he says, "None can go a day out of my path. All have to come to me. Whosoever wants to worship in whatsoever form, I give him faith in that form, and through that I meet him. ..."(Gita, IV. 12.) His heart is all for the masses.


This was the great work of Krishna : to clear our eyes and make us look with broader vision upon humanity in its march upward and onward. His was the first heart that was large enough to see truth in all, his the first lips that uttered beautiful words for each and all.


-Swami Vivekananda.

The Goal And Methods Of Realisation

on Friday, April 16, 2010

Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda


February l4th, 1894, stands out in my memory as a day apart, a sacred, holy day; for it was then that I first saw the form and listened to the voice of that great soul, that spiritual giant, the Swami Vivekananda, who, two years later, to my great joy and never-ceasing wonder, accepted me as a disciple.


He had been lecturing in the large cities of this country, and on the above date gave the first of a series of lectures in Detroit , in the Unitarian church. The large edifice wag literally packed and the Swami received an ovation. I can see him yet as he stepped upon the platform, a regal, majestic figure, vital, forceful, dominant, and at the first sound of the wonderful voice, a voice all music-now like the plaintive minor strain of an Eolian harp, again, deep, vibrant, resonant-there was a hush, a stillness that could almost be felt, and the vast audience breathed as one man.


The Swami gave five public lectures and he held his audiences, for his was the grasp of the "master hand", and he spoke as one with authority. His arguments were logical, convincing and in his most brilliant oratorical flights never once did he lose sight of the main issue-the truth he wished to drive home.
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Mrs. Mary C Funke

Spiritual Longing...

Greetings for New Year..

GREETINGS ON 

TAMIL NEW YEAR - APRIL 14, 2010 

AND



BENGALI NEW YEAR - APRIL 15, 2010






We exchange greetings on the birth of the new year hoping all the days to come in the year bring happiness to us.

Is it necessary to look back the days that had gone out of our hands?




"Forget the past and act in the living present" is the oft quoted words by all of us.


No doubt, things gone by are gone for ever, they cannot be got back however much we may try. Yet, there utility in looking to the past. One should look to the past, not to derive imbecile satisfaction from an attitude of blind worship but to derive inspiration for greater achievements. It is dreams that sustain us in life. An the past supplies us with a never-failing source of dreams.



"If there were no real achievement in the past, how can the past supply you with inspiration?". Well, a good question.



The answer is that it is not the past but the halo of the past that gives strength to our actions. The moon in its naked reality is not at all beautiful. If one goes near to it, he or she will perhaps feel disgusted. But nevertheless does it not look beautiful as we see it from distance? The past was perhaps as ugly as is the present, but the strength of the past lies in the fact that it can wear a charming look to supply inspiration and evoke new hopes and aspirations in the present. Perhaps the forefathers of a man had nothing to say to their credit--nothing to boast of-- but is there any man who does not feel proud of his ancestors?


Why is it so?


It is because, seeing through the prism of time, he finds everything glorious and beautiful in them.


We have got this unique advantage that we can look both to the past and to the future. We dream of glorious achievements in the future. But on analysis it will be found that it is on the basis of the past that we build up our future by actively utilising the present that is available in our hands.


On the auspicious occasion of the new year, we shall pray to Sri Sri Ramakrishna, Mother Sarada and Swami Vivekananda to bless us all in putting our whole being in whatever works we engage in our present so as to fulfil our dreams in the days to come.
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Swami Nishthatmananda of muzaffarpur Rk Mutt

Thus Spake Holy Mother: Sarada Devi

Spiritual Sayings which came in Dinamalar.

on Monday, April 05, 2010

Panchaamritam

on Sunday, April 04, 2010

PANCHAAMRITAM

Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar


Poornima, Kali Yugaabda 5111, VIRODHI Panguni 22 (April 5, 2010)


ONE

Sri Gurupadalinga Mahaswami, who heads the Virakta Math in Gulbarga district (Karnataka, Bharat), single-handedly converted 25 acres of barren land into a virtual gold-mine through a mixture of organic and conventional farming. The swami participates in every aspect of agriculture, right from the preparation of the land, tilling, sowing and harvesting of the crop. He spends at least 10 hours in the fields supervising operations. The agriculture and horticulture farm owned by the math is self sufficient. It has an open well and three high-yielding borewells that provide sufficient water for the farms. The entire horticulture farm is watered through drip irrigation; not a single drop of water goes waste. To improve the water table in the village, the swami donated five acres of land for constructing a tank and that has helped in improving the groundwater levels in the village. The farm has its own vermicompost manufacturing unit that produces 200 tonnes of vermicompost from 18 pits a year; 50 per cent of the compost is sold at the rate of Rs. 300 a quintal to farmers. The Swami established a grape farm five years. On an average, the farm produces more than 10 tonnes of qood quality golden raisins which fetches a good price in the market. The farm has one of the biggest scientifically established sheds, which can at a time hold 10 tonnes of grapes a day. The swami has also taken up cultivation of sugarcane on a small patch of land and is experimenting with the paired row method of planting of sugarcane which helps in retaining the moisture levels on the land for a longer period resulting in a higher yield. The farm also provides employment for the womenfolk in the village, who get a monthly salary of more than Rs. 1,500. The farm is frequented by the farmers from other districts as well. Recognising his contribution in the field of agriculture and horticulture, the State Government awarded the Swami the prestigious Krishi Pandit award this year.




Based on a report by Shri T. V. Sivanandan in THE HINDU March 18, 2010.






TWO


"I usually travel by Metropolitan Transport Corporation( MTC) bus, from Jain College stop (Which is near to my office) to Tidel Park. Formerly, MTC buses on routes 19B and 21H mostly won't stop at Tidel Park. So I usually prefer to get into T51 bus, which stops. After some time, 19B started stopping at Tidel Park also. Today (March 22, 2010), while returning from office at around 8.30 pm, I got into a bus (19B) in Jain College at around 8.45 pm, and asked the conductor to give me a ticket to Tidel Park stop. He said, the bus won't stop there; I contested that; but he kept on saying the same thing. I found a complaint phone number (9884301013) in my mobile. I called that number. The MTC official at the other end asked me to give the phone to the conductor and asked for the bus registration number. He enquired where the bus was at that time. I said it is in Kandhanchavadi. The MTC official said he will come on the line and talk to them. I was curious how he will come and catch the bus. A few minutes ticked by. The wireless transmitter (to track the bus), near the driver in the bus started screaming... The driver stopped the bus on the left side of the road and started listening to the transmitter. The MTC voice enquired why the bus did not stop at Tidel Park stop. The driver said he stops in Tidel Park stop and in the previous trip also he has done. The voice asked him then why the conductor kept saying what he said. The voice asked the conductor too what the matter was. The conductor was speechless. The driver somehow managed the situation and supported the conductor by saying that the conductor was new to this route. The driver asked to be excused for the incident and said he will stop at the Tidel Park stop. The MTC voice said he wanted to talk to the passenger who called him. I went near the transmitter and spoke to it. He said he was sorry for the incident and apologised to me on behalf of MTC. Everyone in the bus was surprised. I came back to my seat and I was embarrassed as all were looking at me. A few passengers took down the number from my mobile. Eventually, the bus stopped at Tidel Park stop. Yes, nowadays good things happen in government sector also. Technology too is used properly".




Based on a letter from Shri Prakash M, a software trainee of Tidel Park, Chennai;Idea: Smt. Rama Devi Prasad




THREE


Akhil Mathew, 18, a student of Indian origin, has won the third place in America's pre-college science competition, the `Intel Science Talent Search 2010'. The 18-year-old won the $50,000 prize for his math project on "Deligne categories, a setting for studying a wide range of algebraic structures with ties to theoretical physics," said a release issued by Intel. Akhil's father Mathew Thomas hails from Kerala and mother Rama Madhavarao from Karnataka. Erika DeBenedictis, 18, of Albuquerque won the top award of $1,00,000. Her project involved development of a software navigation system to help improve spacecraft travel through the solar system. The second place and prize of $75,000 was won by David Liu, of Saratoga, California, for his work to develop a system to recognise and understand digital images.




From THE HINDU, March 22, 2010; Idea: Shri. U Sunder






FOUR

The Municipal Corporation of Madurai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) selected 100 students of class X studying in the city's Corporation schools found to be the weakest in studies. It provided them toothpaste, soap, food, etc., and allowed them to stay in the school premises; it arranged for their intensive coaching there in order to ensure their success in final exams. This goes on for over a month now. Said Assistant Commissioner of the Corporation Shri. R. Bhaskar, "Most of the Corporation school students lag behind in studies because their homes lack the ambience. So, we decided to select those who lag behind and coach them under our supervision at least till the govt exams. The number was an unmanageable 240. We shortlisted them by selecting only those who fail in four or more subjects or in all subjects, for coaching. We arranged for their stay in a Corporation school near the Thirmalai Nicker Mahal that had been closed. There they benefit from the special coaching. We offer them food thrice a day; we serve them coffee or tea as well. Not to bore them with all lessons and no relaxation, they are given physical exercises in the mornings; we regale them with jokes in the evenings. They are introduced to the inspiring lives of Swami Vivekananda and Abdul Kalam in the nights. They are permitted to meet their parents for 15 minutes in the evening. The highlight is that the expenses for all this are met not by the Corporation but by quite a few good-natured individuals. The Commissioner gave us instant permission to use the premises for this purpose. Deputy Tashildar Shri Balaji contributes in a unique way. All along, he had been giving free tuition to poor students. He inspires the students by his tireless work, day and night."




Based on a report by Shri S.J. Idhaya in THUGLAK,

Tamil weekly, April 7, 2010. Idea: Smt. Vasantha.






FIVE


The intersection of "Arden" & "Amboy" Avenues in Staten Island was named "Dr Jitendra Sukhadia Crossing" by the City Council of Staten Island (New York, USA) on March 21, 2010, as a tribute to his wide-ranging exceptional humanitarian work. Dr Jitendra Sukhadia, who passed away on March 21, 2008 was a brilliant pediatrician, conscientious community leader and a legendary philanthropist who touched countless lives through his generosity of help, spirit and commitment, especially in Staten Island which was his home for more than three decades. This event was graced by Hon. Councilman Shri. Vincent Ignicio, NJ Assembly Member Shri. Upendra Chivukula and scores of Indian dignitaries from various organizations. Dr. Smt. Ila Sukhadia, wife of Dr Jitendra's Sukhadia, said that the street naming ceremony was a fitting homage by the people of Staten Island to immortalize his ideals. (Dr. Jitendra Sukhadia was a past president of New York area "Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America - VHPA" for several years and locally spearheaded all its charitable activities).


http://www.indoustalks.com/homepage/community-news/2067-street-naming-honor-for-dr-sukhadia-in-staten-island-ny;
Idea: Shri Vedhagiri Kapali.

Panchaamritam By,
Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai
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Never Give up.

on Thursday, April 01, 2010

One day I decided to quit...


I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality...

I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me...

"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"

"Yes", I replied.

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care

of them. I gave them light. I gave them water.

The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor.

Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew

more vibrant and plentiful.

And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on

the bamboo. He said.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I

would not quit.

In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.

I would not quit." He said.

"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant...But

just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years

growing roots. Those roots made it

strong and gave it what it needed to

survive.

I would not give any of my

creations a challenge it could not

handle."

He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have

been struggling, you have actually been growing roots"


"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you."


"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a

different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest

beautiful."


"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high"

"How high should I rise" I asked.


"How high will the bamboo rise" He asked in

return.

"As high as it can" I questioned.

"Yes." He said,

"Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and bring back this story.

Never Give up.

SARVAM SRI RAMAKRISHNARPANAMASTU

(SWAMI GUNESHANANDA)

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