Once, it so happened that Lord Krishna was standing in front of the mirror decorating himself. He was trying on different crowns on his head and putting on some fine jewelry while his charioteer waited outside with the chariot ready. His charioteer waited and waited and thought to himself – usually, Krishna comes immediately, today he has still not come. So, out of curiosity, he went inside to find out if the program was still on because Krishna was very unpredictable, anytime anything could change. So, the charioteer goes inside and he sees Lord Krishna standing in front of the mirror admiring himself.
He politely asked, “My dear Lord, tell me, why are you dressing up so much today. Where are we going?”
Lord Krishna said, “I am going to meet Duryodhana.”
The charioteer said, “You are dressing up so much to meet Duryodhana?”
Lord Krishna then said, “He cannot see my inside, he can only appreciate my outside. So how I am dressed will impress him because he cannot see my inside.”
Then the charioteer said, “You are going to Duryodhana? You should not go, he should come to you. This I cannot accept.” He continued to say, “This is not fair. Look at your status and look at him! You are the Lord of the world. You should not go, let him come.”
Krishna turned back, looked at him, smiled and said,
“Darkness does not come to light, light has to go to darkness.”
*May Deepavali illumine us from within.*
By Science and Nonduality
The Properties of Space
Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them. One example is “free energy,” also known as “zero-point energy,” which utilizes the substance that exists all around us and converts it into usable energy. This would give us a limitless source of energy, and would practically wipe out all poverty on the planet.
धर्मबीज -1 : "सम्राट चन्द्रगुप्त मौर्य (एक भारत विजयी भारत के प्रेरक सम्राट) सम्राट चंद्रगुप्त मौर्य का विजय अभियान सिकंदर के अभियान से अधिक सशक्त और प्रेरणा देनेवाला है। चन्द्रगुप्त के विजयी अभियान ने आक्रांताओं को पराजित करने के लिए भारत राष्ट्र को "संगठित" किया। जनमानस में "एक भारत विजयी भारत" का भाव जाग्रत किया।
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः
छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज
दासता की जंजीरों को तोड़नेवाले, मुगलों और दख्खन के राजाओं को चुनौती देनेवाले सोलहवीं शती के महान राजा थे - छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज।
उस समय का वातावरण कैसा था, यह देखना आवश्यक है। पूरे उत्तर भारत में मुगलों का शासन था। औरंगजेब जैसा राजा दिल्ली के तख्त पर था। दक्षिण में निजामशाही थी। हिन्दू धर्म खतरे में था। छोटे-बड़े हिन्दू राजा, सेनापति जो अपना पराक्रम, शौर्य मुगलों के लिए खर्च करते थे। ऐसे समय पर 15 वर्षीय बालक शिवाजी सामान्य परिवारों के अपने मित्रों के साथ हिंदवी स्वराज्य की स्थापना का शपथ लेते हैं। न उनके पास धन है, न उनके पास प्रशिक्षित सैनिक, न हाथी न घोड़े। फिर भी उनके पास क्या था जिसके भरोसे उन्होंने हिंदवी स्वराज्य स्थापित करने का प्रण किया। बालक शिवाजी के पास था उनका साहस और उनकी माता जिजाबाई के संस्कार। उसी विचारों से शिवाजी महाराज ने सामान्य प्रजा में चेतना जगाई। लोग इस युवा राजा को देवता की तरह मानते थे। आज भी मानते हैं और सदा मानते रहेंगे ऐसा उनका कार्य था। जिस तरह वनवास काल में भगवान श्री राम ने सामान्य से लगने वाले वानर सेना को साथ लेकर लंका के रावण पर विजय प्राप्त की, उसी तरह गरीब-परिश्रमी लोगों के सहयोग से शिवाजी महाराज ने मुगलों की लंका ध्वस्त कर दी।
वेद : आध्यात्मिक सत्यों का संचित कोष
हिन्दू जाति ने अपना धर्म श्रुति-वेदों से प्राप्त किया है। उसकी धारणा हैं कि वेद अनादि और अनन्त हैं। ...सम्भव है, यब बात हास्यास्पद लगे कि कोई पुस्तक अनादि और अनन्त कैसे हो सकती है। किन्तु वेदों का अर्थ कोई पुस्तक है ही नहीं। वेदों का अर्थ है, भिन्न-भिन्न कालों में भिन्न-भिन्न व्यक्तियों द्वारा आविष्कृत आध्यात्मिक सत्यों का संचित कोष। जिस प्रकार गुरुत्वाकर्षण का सिद्धांत मनुष्यों के पता लगने से पूर्व भी अपना काम करता चला आया था और आज यदि मनुष्य-जाति उसे भूल जाए, तो भी वह नीयम अपना काम करता ही रहेगा, ठीक वही बात आध्यात्मिक जगत् का शासन करनेवाले नियमों के सम्बन्ध में भी है। एक आत्मा का दूसरी आत्मा के साथ और जीवात्मा का आत्माओं के परम पिता के साथ जो नैतिक तथा आध्यात्मिक सम्बन्ध हैं, वे उनके आविष्कार के पूर्व भी थे, और हम यदि उन्हें भूल भी जाएं, तो भी बने रहेंगे।
- स्वामी विवेकानन्द
हिन्दू धर्म पर निबंध (19 सितम्बर, 1893 को शिकागो में आयोजित विश्व धर्म सम्मलेन में स्वामीजी द्वारा पठित)
उत्सरति इति उत्सवः (उत्सव वही जो हमें उन्नत करें)
माँ दुर्गा के नौ रूपों के पूजन का पर्व है नवरात्रि
आश्विन मास में शुक्लपक्ष की प्रतिपदा से प्रारम्भ होकर नौ दिन तक चलने वाला नवरात्रि शारदीय नवरात्रि कही जाती है। शारदीय नवरात्रि में दिन छोटे होने लगते हैं और रात्रि बड़ी। कहा जाता है कि ऋतुओं के परिवर्तन काल का असर मानव जीवन पर नहीं पड़े इसीलिए साधना के बहाने ऋषि-मुनियों ने इन नौ दिनों में उपवास का विधान किया था। नवरात्रि का समापन विजयादशमी के साथ होता है।
According to their website tellingly called http://www.trust.org, the Reuters Foundation is “the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s biggest news and information provider” and “a source of unbiased thought leadership” and the founder of Reuters Institute at Oxford University. Therefore, when on June 26, they released the results of their “perception poll” about the “world’s most dangerous countries in the world for women in 2018,” the world took notice. Some 550 aid and development professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, NGO workers, journalists, and social commentators (though it is not clear what competence if any they had in the subject), were asked to “to name the five most dangerous countries from the 193 United Nations member states”. The result was stunning. As the president of Reuters Foundation, Dominique Villa, put it bluntly: “India is now the most dangerous country for women to live in.” She claimed that this is backed by official statistics that show there is a rape in India every 20 minutes and that the government policy in this regard has been largely ineffectual. The website adds: “As India’s rape epidemic gets worse by the year, critics have pointed fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for not doing enough to protect women.”
In Sanatana Dharma, there is no single life, no single judgment, or eternal punishment. There is more than one life and, of course, there is no single judgment.
In fact, there is no judgment at all as such, for the idea is to help and not to judge and condemn. The inner dynamics of incarnation is not reward or punishment but self-improvement, and ultimately self-discovery and self-recovery, moksha.
-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998)
a foremost spokesperson of Hindu spirituality and culture in India
Khalaf Al-Harbi is a liberal columnist and a thinker from Saudi Arabia. His liberal views and objective columns on various issues are a big hit and widely discussed across the world.
In his latest column in 'Saudi Gazette', he heaps praises over India describing it as the most tolerant nation on the earth. In his column titled 'India - A country that rides elephants',
Khalaf Al Harbi writes: "In India, there are more than 100 religions and more than 100 languages.
Just for a name like this,”DevaNaagari” I would stay with status quo!
Why some think otherwise I wonder; go with a script that does not even have a name for itself and has to take the help of Latin/Roman?
Recently we see Hindi being written using the Latin Script ( lipi). It is being used for names of movies, on the internet, some people who know Hindi even correspond this way on emails or even SMS. Some known personalities have suggested that this script be adopted for our National Language Hindi. I am completely against this way of thinking. In this articles I want to begin proposing reasons for not ever thinking of adopting any Script other than the present Devanaagari that we have been using for a long time!
About *Ram* and *Ramayana*
The Interpretation of Ramayana as Philosophy of Life..
‘ Ra ’ means light, ‘ *Ma* ’ means *within me*,
So, Rama means the *Light Within Me*..
*Rama* was born to *Dasharath & Kousalya*.
*Dasharath* means ‘ *Ten Chariots* ’..
The ten chariots symbolize the *five sense organs*( *Gnanendriya* ) & *five organs of action*( *Karmendriya* ) ..
I have lived outside India now for 36 years and have had the opportunity to observe the behavior of people from varied walks of life as well as from several countries and cultures. Cases of inhuman behavior by Humans are exhibited everywhere, here in the USA too, from time to time. Often a gang of white Supremacists will beat a non-white even causing death. The police are not always effective; in fact they themselves are at times part of the problem. On occasion the other side reaches its limit and takes revenge. When we have the opportunity to live in more than one country, certain ways of our Human Species become more disturbing as one no more has the luxury of blaming a particular group, though some cultures seem to be more prone to quick and cruel reactions than others. Often, encouraged by wrong interpretations of religion by unscrupulous leaders!
In the case of India, mostly the blame is ascribed to the Hindu caste system. Let me first say a little about this monumental subject as the whole incident revolves around misunderstanding of the issue. The भगवत गीता says rather clearly: “चातुर वर्ण्यं मयासृष्टं; गुण कर्मा विभागशः" - Gita 4.13
Śabda(सब्द)—words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge Swami Dayananda,(स्वामी दयानंद) Introduction toVedanta(वेदांत).
We have a means of knowledge for objects other than ourselves through perceptual data and perception-based inference. But what is the means for knowing the knower? It is not possible to objectify oneself as I am the subject. The subject “I” cannot be the object “I”; simply because anything that can be objectified is no longer the subject. So the human dilemma of self-ignorance. So the means of knowledge to rid ourselves of this ignorance has to be something other than sense based perception and inference. Śabda(सब्द) —words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge (स्वामी दयानंद , Introduction to वेदांत). If the object is beyond one’s perception or experience, then words will bring indirect knowledge. All indirect knowledge needs to be confirmed upon direct knowledge.
“The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake”
The Western view has relied heavily on organized religion and failing that, on science to explain the mystery of life. Organized religion, where proselytizing is a great thrust, has given us more and more violence and has created great divisions between people. We find that one ends up supporting the organization and its infrastructure rather than gaining any spirituality. Acceptance rather than tolerance, spirituality rather than religiousness, is what we really seek in a more and more Globalized planet. Science has a possibility to connect us to the absolute truth as can be seen in the study of quantum physics (as opposed to classical) and related discoveries that are bringing us close to understanding the point where the subject/object distinction seems to become nonexistent. “The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake” (Isherwood, C., वेदांत for the Western World, p. 214).
“Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries. In the whole world, there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life – it will be the solace of my death.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, a skeptical and delightful writer of the French Renaissance, inventor of the modern essay. The philosophers no longer number him among their tribe, and no wonder: he’s too clear, too pleasant, and above all, too sensible. [CRS. Exception: Stephen Toulmin…] My paper may also fall into this category, because I do not think Vedanta needs to be dry and the concepts therein hidden behind long incomprehensible words.