What is “Shraddha” or Faith ?

on Friday, July 13, 2012

"Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God."
"Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith in God – this is the secret of greatness. If you have faith in the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods, and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you. Have faith in yourselves and stand upon that faith and be strong."
"Dear boy, this subtle essence which you do not perceive, out of this subtle essence (of the seed) the large banyan tree stands. Have faith, dear boy; Out of that being which is this subtle essence, the whole Universe has come. That is the Truth. That is the Atman. That thou art, O Svetaketu. “"
-Swami Vivekananda

What is spirituality ?

"When the life - blood is strong and pure, no disease germ can live in that body. Our life - blood is spirituality. If it flows clear, if it flows strong and pure and vigorous, everything is right; political, social, any other material defects, even the poverty of the land, will all be cured if that blood is pure."

"That is the national mind, that is the national life - current. Follow it and it leads to glory. Give it up and you die; death will be the only result, annihilation the only effect, the moment you step beyond that life - current."

"So, be you all Rishis and sages; that is the secret. More or less we shall all be Rishis. What is meant by a Rishi? The pure one. Be pure first, and you will have power. Simply saying, "I am a Rishi", will not do; but when you are a Rishi you will find that others obey you instinctively. Something mysterious emanates from you, which makes them follow you, makes them hear you, makes them unconsciously, even against their will, carry out your plans. That is Rishihood."
                    - Swami Vivekananda

What is life ?

"Life is a series of fights and disillusionments….The secret of life is not enjoyment but education through experience. But, alas, we are called off the moment we begin really to learn."
Man’s life in this world is meaningful and fruitful to the extent that his energies, wealth, intelligence and speech are utilized for the good of others."

 -Swami Vivekananda

Who am I ?

"I am the child of the Divine Mother, the source of all power and strength. If Mother sends me men again in whose heart here is courage, in whose hands strength, in whose eyes there is fire, real children of the Mother – if She gives me even one such, then I shall work again….I want to work at hurricane speed, and I want fearless hearts."
"We are the children of the Almighty, we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can we be nothings? We are everything, ready to do everything, we can do everything, and man must do everything."

- Swami Vivekananda

Man behind exploring God Particle.

on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The world is celebrating the discovery of the sub-atomic particle at CERN, Geneva, which many believe could well be the long sought after Higgs-Boson. This particle is also called the ‘God Particle’ because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe.

It was Satyendra Nath Bose, Calcutta physicist, who in the '20s theorized the existence of indistinguishable elementary particles, called "bosons" in his honor. Yesterday, CERN in Geneva confirmed the observation of the Higgs boson, which gives particles mass. Over 100 Indian scientists have participated in the experiment.

 The "God particle" has a father and not (only) the British Peter Higgs: his name is Satyendra Nath Bose and he was an Indian physicist. It was he who - along with Albert Einstein - in  the 1920s studied and theorized about the statistics of indistinguishable elementary particles ("Bose-Einstein"), later called bosons in his honor. Yet the world continues to celebrate the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in Geneva, made yesterday, and nobody seems to remember Nath Bose's vital contribution to Peter Higgs' theory formulated in the 60s. 

Life of Satyendra Nath Bose

Born in Calcutta in 1894, Satyendra Nath Bose was the first of seven children. His father, Surendranath Bose, worked in the Engineering department of the East Indian Railway Company. He graduated in physics and was a polyglot (he spoke Bengali, English, French, German and Sanskrit). Satyendra Bose taught at the University of Calcutta and to Dhaka (now capital of Bangladesh). It was precisely in those years that he investigated Planck's law, without reference to classical physics. In 1924, he sent the results of his research to Albert Einstein describing a statistical model that will lead to the discovery of indistinguishable elementary particles.

But even in life, Satyendra Nath Bose did not get much recognition for his studies: although many scientists received the Nobel Prize in physics for research on bosons, the Swedish Academy never awarded the prize to the scientist.

The Higgs boson is the particle that provides mass to all other subatomic particles of matter, which make up matter. The first to hypothesize its existence was the British physicist Peter Higgs in 1964. Since then, several studies have questioned how it can be reproduced in order to prove its existence. July 4, 2012, CERN in Geneva confirmed the observation of such a particle, thanks to experiments performed with the super accelerator LHC (Large Hadron Collider). For most, the Higgs boson is known as the "God particle" because of a popular physics book by Leon Lederman, called The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What Is the Question? (1993).

About 3 thousand scientists and physicists from around the world have participated in the experiment at CERN. Of these, over 100 were Indians.


Swami Vivekananda's Mahasamadhi-July 4, 1902

on Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Swami Vivekananda traveled world wide spreading the essence of Vedanta. His works and lectures can never be forgotten, he was the one who made the western civilization to understand that Hinduism teaches Self Realization and accept any form as God.

Swami Vivekananda's tours, hectic lecturing engagements, private discussions and correspondence had taken their toll on his health. He was suffering from asthma, diabetesand other physical ailments. A few days prior to his demise, he was seen intently studying the almanac. Three days before his death he pointed out the spot for this cremation—the one at which a temple in his memory stands today. He had remarked to several persons that he would not live to be forty.

On the day of his death, he taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda to some pupils in the morning at Belur Math.He had a walk with Swami Premananda, a brother-disciple, and gave him instructions concerning the future of the Ramakrishna Math.

Vivekananda died at ten minutes past nine P.M. on July 4, 1902 while he was meditating. According to his disciples, this was Mahasamadhi. Afterward, his disciples recorded that they had noticed “a little blood” in the Swami’s nostrils, about his mouth and in his eyes. The doctors remarked that it was due to the rupture of a blood-vessel in the brain, but they could not find the real cause of the death. According to his disciples, Brahmarandhra — the aperture in the crown of the head — must have been pierced when he attained Mahasamadhi. Vivekananda had fulfilled his own prophecy of not living to be forty years old.

Remembering a song written by Swami Vivekananda on this day,

"And tell the world —
Awake, arise, and dream no more!
This is the land of dreams, where Karma
Weaves unthreaded garlands with our thoughts
Of flowers sweet or noxious, and none
Has root or stem, being born in naught, which
The softest breath of Truth drives back to
Primal nothingness. Be bold, and face
The Truth! Be one with it! Let visions cease,
Or, if you cannot, dream but truer dreams,
Which are Eternal Love and Service Free."

Swamiji on Bhakti Yoga

We all have to begin as dualists in the religion of love. God is to
us a separate Being, and we feel ourselves to be separate beings
also. Love then comes in the middle, and man begins to approach God,
and God also comes nearer and nearer to man. Man takes up all the
various relationships of life, as father, as mother, as son, as
friend, as master, as lover, and projects them on his ideal of love,
on his God. To him God exists as all these, and the last point of his
progress is reached when he feels that he has become absolutely
merged in the object of his worship. We all begin with love for
ourselves, and the unfair claims of the little self make even love
selfish. At last, however, comes the full blaze of light, in which
this little self is seen to have become one with the Infinite. Man
himself is transfigured in the presence of this Light of Love, and he
realises at last the beautiful and inspiring truth that Love, the
Lover, and the Beloved are One.

Swamiji on Karma yoga

Karma-Yoga, therefore, is a system of ethics and religion intended to
attain freedom through unselfishness and by good works. The Karma-
yogi need not believe in any doctrine whatever. He may not believe
even in God, may not ask what his soul is, nor think of any
metaphysical speculation. He has got his own special aim of realizing
selflessness; and he has to work it out himself. Every moment of his
life must be realization, because he has to solve by mere work,
without the help of doctrine or theory, the very same problem to
which the Jnâni applies his reason and inspiration and the Bhakta his
He works best who works without any motive, neither for money, nor
for fame, nor for anything else; and when a man can do that, he will
be a Buddha, and out of him will come the power to work in such a
manner as will transform the world This man represents the very
highest ideal of Karma-Yoga. "

Swamiji on Jnana Yoga

"The essence of Vedanta is that we are divine. The soul was never
born and will never die. There may be weakness, but never mind. We
want to grow. We all know our weaknesses, says Vedanta, but being
reminded of weakness doesn't help much.

Instead of telling us that we are sinners, Vedanta takes the opposite
position and says, 'You are pure and perfect. What you call sin does
not belong to you.'"

Swamiji on 'Dharana' in Raja Yoga

"What is meant "by holding the mind to certain points"?(Dharana) It
means forcing the mind to feel certain parts of the body to the
exclusion of others. For instance, try to feel only the hand, to the
exclusion of other parts of the body. When the Chitta, or mind-stuff,
is confined and limited to a certain place it is Dharana. This
Dharana is of various sorts, and along with it, it is better to have
a little play of the imagination. For instance, the mind should be
made to think of one point in the heart. That is very difficult; an
easier way is to imagine a lotus there. That lotus is full of light,
effulgent light. Put the mind there. Or think of the lotus in the
brain as full of light, or of the different centers in the Sushumna
mentioned before."

Swami Vivekananda sums up his comments on all yogas,

'The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of karma, the lotus, of
bhakti, and the rising sun, of Jnana. The encircling serpent is
indicative of yoga and awakened kundalini 'Sakti, while the swan in
the picture stands for the paramatman. Therefore, the idea of the
picture is that by the union of karma, Jnana, bhakti, and yoga, the
vision of the paramatman is obtained.'

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