Rain

on Friday, April 15, 2011

Rain

It was a busy
morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman, probably in his 80s, arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.



I took his vital
signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone
would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I
was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On examining, I found that it was
well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to
remove his sutures and redress his wound.



While taking care of
his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as
he was in such a hurry.



The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to
the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her
health.



He told me that she had been there
for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.



As we
talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He
replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in
five years now.



I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every
morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he
patted my hand and said,

'She doesn't
know me, but I still know who she is.'



I had to hold back
tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,

'That is
the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is
neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an
acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not
be.



With all the jokes
and fun that are embedded in our lives, sometimes there is one that comes along that has a
message..


 

The
happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make
the best of everything they have.



'Life isn't about
how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the
rain.'

Swami Vivekananda on Meditation

on Monday, April 11, 2011





Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning.


Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in heart.


The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation.


In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.


The greatest thing is meditation. It is the nearest approach to spiritual life- the mind meditating. It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material-the soul thinking of itself, free from all matter- this marvelous touch of the soul! ·


There is the infinite joy, unchanging. Meditation is the gate that opens that to us. Prayers, ceremonials, and all the other forms of worship are simply kindergartens of meditation.


Within there is the lion the eternally pure, illumined and ever-free Atman; and directly one realizes Him through meditation and concentration, this world of Maya vanishes.


DO not spend your energy in talking but mediate in silence; and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you.


When your mind is in the highest state, you are unconscious of it. Accumulate power in silence and become a dynamo of spiritually.


The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every corner of the soul.

Why Be A Hindu?

on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Why Be A Hindu:


The Advantages of the Vedic Path
By
Stephen Knapp

Description of "Why Be a Hindu"
(From the Preface)

This book is my response to the fact that sometimes I get a little concerned, as I was when I took one of my tours of India (June, 2001), when I see the efforts of those who try to demean and unnecessarily promote serious misunderstandings about Hinduism, the Vedic culture

This often times is done in the attempt to convince others of the greatness of some of the minority religions there. This is something that is increasingly going on in India. It is also increasing in other parts of the world in what is called "Hindu bashing." 

I have also witnessed young Hindus who have moved to the West and sometimes exhibit confusion or disregard in their attitude toward their own culture, some of which is a result of the Western attitudes and misunderstandings toward Hinduism. 

So this booklet is written in response to that confusion, trouble, and the unnecessary campaigns for conversion. All of this is merely due to a lack of a clear understanding of Vedic culture and what it offers. So I wanted to bring out some simple yet important points, in the form of this booklet, that I thought people should consider in their view of the Vedic spiritual path.
Hinduism, or the Vedic culture, is not merely a religion. 

It is a spiritual path and way of life. Quite honestly, nothing compares with it. And I know. I grew up in the West as a Christian, studying the Bible from cover to cover due to my own curiosity. However, when I was about 19 years old, I still had many questions that were not and could not be answered within the Christian philosophy. So, I made great studies of the various religions and civilizations throughout the world, finally finding the Vedic culture as perhaps the most profound tradition of all. It is one that offers more insights into life and the purpose of it, especially the spiritual aspects, than any other culture one can find today. In this way, I found the kind of answers I needed in the Vedic literature, especially in the Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavat Purana and others. Only then did things of this world begin to make sense to me.

So what's so great about Vedic culture and its philosophy? 

This booklet describes some of the elementary details that differentiates Hinduism, the Vedic path, over all others. And I am glad to share this with my fellow human beings who are open-minded enough to consider the various avenues that can help us understand more about our spiritual identities and the purpose of life.  

This is not an attempt to say that the Vedic path is better than anything else for everyone, but there are distinct advantages worth considering from which a person can benefit.

After each point about the advantages of Vedic culture in the booklet, there are a few paragraphs that elaborate on it to make it more clear. The points that are considered include:

1. What does Hinduism stand for? 
2. Hinduism is the oldest living culture in the world. 
3. The Vedic literature is the oldest and most complete scripture found anywhere. 
4. The Vedic path has a most developed and complete spiritual philosophy.  
5. The Vedic literature offers more information on the science of life after death, karma and reincarnation.  
6. The Vedic philosophy offers a most complete understanding of God and the spiritual dimension. 
7. Hinduism and the Vedic literature has many direct words and instructions from God. 
8. The Vedic path offers the most loving and beautiful forms of God. 
9. The Vedic culture has some of the greatest spiritual teachers and masters that you can find. 
10. Vedic culture offers a most direct path to personal spiritual enlightenment and realizations. 
11. Because Hinduism is one of the most expressive paths, it is also one of the most emotionally fulfilling. 
12. Hinduism, Vedic culture, offers a scientific way of life, from diet, lifestyle, daily schedule, etc. 
13. Anyone in any position can be a Hindu and practice and benefit from the Vedic teachings. 
14. The Vedic path views all religions as truth, or portions of the One Truth, and ways of salvation. 
15. Hinduism, Vedic culture, does not present God as a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or Sikh God. 
16. This is why Hindus, the followers of the Vedic path, can live peacefully with those of other religions. 
17. Hinduism has no concept of Jihad, holy wars, crusades, or martyrdom on its behalf. 
18. Followers of Vedic philosophy do not target others for conversion. 
19. Hinduism accepts that everyone has the right to choose one's own path to enlightenment or salvation. 
20. Hinduism offers a universal God and consciousness, beyond a mere local tradition. 
21. Hinduism promotes seeing God in all living beings. 
22. In Hinduism you can ask all the questions you want without being considered a blasphemer or a doubting person. 
23. Hinduism is like the million dollar culture. 
24. The Vedic process offers the easiest path back to God. 
25. Hinduism advocates a universal rather than a self-centered consciousness. 
26. Hinduism promotes the cause of real care and concern for others. 
27. With or without a church or institution, Hinduism shows and establishes that everyone has a personal and independent relationship with God, which only needs to be reawakened. 
28. In essence, Hinduism, the Vedic system, opens the door to the real meanings of life.

To read the book in detail check the below link,


Why be a hindu? booklet...

10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill

10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill
 

1. Who is Anna Hazare?

An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What's so special about him?

He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?

This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, bio-fuel and wind mills.

In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Ok,...?

This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?

He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?

He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

8. It's an entirely new thing right..?

In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft (corruption).

7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?

The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.

Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% government participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?

A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

9. Is he alone? Who else is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?

Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.

Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

10. Ok, got it. What can I do?

At least we can spread the message. How?

Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.

At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India.

At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain.

At least we can pray for his good health.

Who are opposing him: All corrupt politicians, bureaucrats,mafia, smugglers and others.

Who are silent : opportunists or who have slavery blood in their veins and can not rise to oppose atrocities.

Thanks for reading this post and please pass this message to all our friends and relatives.

Swami Vivekananda On India


"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...

But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood.....

Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... 

Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. 

We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live....!"
   
-Swami Vivekananda

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