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Bhagavad Gita

In Bhagavad Gita, Media digest on 04/01/2012 at 13:30

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Terrorists are cowards. Whenever terror has struck in any part of the world, we have heard people say that it is an act of cowardice. A coward runs away from action but harbors all negative feelings and does it surreptitiously.

This is exactly what happened to Arjuna. Arjuna was angry, upset, sad and wanted to run away. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said not to be a coward. So, it is an antidote to terrorism. Lord Krishna said, “Bravery is the way — face the war when it is inevitable and do your duty.”

A terrorist is stuck in his identity. He hides it — has no rationale and inflicts pain. Whereas Bhagavad Gita helps one transcend one’s identity, encourages reason and infuses wisdom. In this sense, it could be called the antidote to terrorism.

The duty of a policeman, a soldier or a king is to be impartial for the sake of the nation, whether it is their mentors or relatives. But terrorists are never impartial.

A soldier is brave and a terrorist is a coward. A soldier is protecting and preventing violence and a terrorist is inflicting pain and suffering. The Bhagavad Gita is the scripture of bravery in both realms of physical and metaphysical.

Terrorism is deeply steeped in hatred. An act without hatred is what Bhagavad Gita propounds. The Bhagavad Gita epitomizes the correct action — of righteousness, of upliftment of spirit and an action or duty that ought to be performed even in the most compelling situation.

In the last 5149 years of the existence of the Bhagavad Gita, there is no evidence of someone becoming a terrorist after reading it. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and it was an inspiration for his non-violent movement. The Bhagavad Gita is a unique scripture which caters to the entire range of human evolution, comprising every level of this vast existence.

Bhagavad Gita stands for poise and equanimity and for performing one’s designated duty. Lord Krishna does not encourage everyone to take the weapons and fight but a soldier cannot sell bananas in the market. He has to take his weapon to bring security to his people.

If Bhagavad Gita is a terrorist scripture then all military academies in the world are nothing but terrorist organizations. Doesn’t this sound strange? Would the courts ban Lenin, Marx and Mao Tso-Tung, who to stay in power inflicted terror on millions?

A terrorist or a coward hides and inflicts pain on others whereas a soldier sacrifices his own life to bring security and peace to people. They both may take the gun but their intentions are poles apart.

The Bhagavad Gita encourages reasoning and dialogue while terrorists are blind to any reasoning and are closed to any form of dialogue.

Interestingly, in any military training all over the world, the soldiers are asked to see the enemies as dangerous objects which need to be eliminated. The psychology behind indoctrination of such an idea is that when they think the enemy is a human being the soldiers are unable to raise their arms. There are many such survival tactics where the army men are desensitized.

A similar situation happened to Arjuna. Lord Krishna went step by step to deal with Arjuna’s emotions, ego, mindsets and concepts. He finally touched on the nature of his spiritual being; revealing him the highest knowledge and making him realize his eternal nature. This brought him enormous strength and then propelled him to perform his worldly duties. A doctor cannot be taken as a dacoit just because he opens up the stomach of the patient.

Lord Krishna says “no sin begets him whose intellect is unattached and free from cravings and aversions, even if he kills the whole world.”

Now, the condition of an intellect free from cravings and aversions itself counters terrorism. Terrorism is done when the intellect is deeply attached and is hateful. The metaphors and the high standards of humanism exhibited in the Bhagavad Gita are unparalleled.

Jesus had said, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.”

In the Quran, there are many verses which talk about striking terror in the hearts of the infidels and cutting off their fingers. By these standards, if you still call Bhagavad Gita a terrorist scripture, then you have to precede such statements by the Bible and Quran.

The fact is that it is not the scriptures that inflict terrorism; it is the misinterpretation of an ignorant and stressed mind which justifies their actions quoting scriptures.

This piece has been written in light of a Russian court case against the Bhagavad Gita. The case ended with the Russian court rejecting the ban.

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Blessings

In from the Heart, Tim Wong on 07/11/2011 at 23:50

Let us have the courage to pass through all experiences and for wisdom to dawn;

Let our senses take us from attachments to the Source that is;

Let our attachments become pathways to liberation freeing us from all concepts;

Let our freedom become a lighthouse uplifting all humanity;

Let us share our wisdom and recognise the permeating divinity for our consciousness to blossom;

Let our divine light shine brightly;

Let our light bring liberation;

Let its glow be filled with wisdom and compassion;

Let our light rise steadily and brightly even through devastations and storms;

Let it cast only the shadow of self-knowledge.

Let us all bless.

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AshtaLakshmi

In Deepavali, hinduism, Knowledge digest on 25/10/2011 at 09:31

Narayana is the goal ( Lakshya hai).  Is the means for Lakshmi to reach till there. Eight types of Goddess Lakshmi are there.

First is ADI LAKSHMI (Primeval Lakshmi)- we are all sitting here and we don’t even know we have come to this world.  Have you ever thought you have come to this world? What is your age – hmm? Try to recall- 30-35-40-50 hmm? Just think that 50 years before I came here. Where was I before this? What is my source, what is my origin? This knowledge is not there. To have the knowledge of our own origin is AdiLakshmi.  Then Narayan is very near- not far. The search of our own source, knowledge of source is AdiLakshmi. Where I have come from? Who am I? Where will I go? After 30-35-40 yrs, this body won’t remain! Where will I go ? Where have I come from? Are you here right now? Be aware – Am I here right now? Have I come here or have been here all times? What is this? This knowledge is AdiLakshmi. The knowledge of self.  The person who gets knowledge of self- the fear finishes from his life forever. There won’t be any fear. Attained contentment, bliss.  This is AdiLakshmi. AdiLakshmi is only with the learned ones (wise). And the ones who have AdiLakshmi, know this that they have attained knowledge.

Second Lakshmi is DHAN LAKSHMI (Goddess Of Wealth) – this everyone understands Those who don’t have DhanLakshmi they get away from Dharma (duty), they get involveda in Adharma (unrighteousness). All Adharmi (evil doer), thief, dacoits all are in the search of DhanLakshmi (Wealth). With the desire of wealth , one does wrong deeds, likes all types of violence – hmm fraud, cheating – The desire of DhanLakshmi. He doesn’t see if he has, and with force wants to get DhanLakshmi and with force DhanLaksmi doesn’t come , even if it comes, it doesn’t give pleasure, it only gives only sorrow and pain.  Think Dhan(Wealth) as Lakshmi. Dhan (Wealth)  is not Lakshya (goal). Some people forget Dhan as Lakshmi and Dhan (Wealth) becomes the Lakshya (goal) of life. Till death collect the money (Dhan) and deposit all the money in bank and die ! One crore, One thousand crore rupee is in the bank and the person is no more .  And had not even written the Will- even troublesome ! One wealthy man, knowing he would die soon, didn’t want to die. People would come to him to console and say take the name of God, do some Bhakti, doctors have already said that they can’t do anything, so wait for your death – pray to God,  don’t be sad. He replied I am not angry because of my death, but this huge wealth which I have- don’t want to give it to all my mischievous children. The whole life I worked on this, earned lots of money but now I have to give to this to my useless children- will do something about this. Then he called one astrologer, he told need not worry . After 25 years you will be born in so and so village, with so and so name. He became very happy and made his Will by that name. Man makes Dhan as Lakshya and becomes sad. Dhan is Lakshmi, worship it like Lakshmi- honour it. Some people see fault in the Dhan(Wealth) and held it responsible by thinking  its all because of Wealth, Dhan has only made all this happen, Dhan is not good, this is also not good. Honour the wealth, make good use of it then Dhan becomes Lakshmi. It is said that Lakshmi is very chanchal ( playful,unsteady), it keeps moving. When it moves then it gets value. What doesn’t move, remains fixed has no value. If you see the picture of Lakshmi and Saraswati, you will see that Lakshmi  is on the Lotus flower, above water. Water is unsteady. Saraswati is sitting on the rock. In some pictures Saraswati is also on lotus but mostly Lakshmi has been kept on the lotus, in the water.

Saraswati has been kept on the stable place. Its like this only knowledge when comes is stable. This is the third type of Lakshmi VIDHYA LAKSHMI (Lakshmi of Knowledge,education) . Knowledge also can be misused. Even if only to study becomes the Lakshya (goal) of someone then also Vidhya doesn’t becomes Lakshmi. To study and then to make use of it. Then this is Vidhya Lakshmi.

Next on fourth number is DHANYA LAKSHMI (Lakshmi as Goddess of grain). Dhan is there but Dhanya is not there. Have enough money but can’t eat anything. Can’t eat bread, ghee (butter), rice, salt, sugar can’t eat anything. Then what happen? Dhan Lakshmi is there, enough money is there but shortage of Dhanya Lakshmi . You go and see in villages, they don’t have wealth there but have enough Dhanya Lakshmi. They don’t have any hesitations or shortage of serving any anyone with food for few days. Whether they have money or no, but they have enough Dhanya. The quality and quantity of food villagers eat, people in city don’t eat that much. Their digestion power is also good.  Dhanya Lakshmi- honor the Dhanya.  Food is the most important in this world to everyone. Caligy is one province in Canada, where how much ever food is needed to serve the entire planet (Earth)  grows there sufficient in itself.  How much grain grows there is enough to serve everyone on this planet for one full year. Lot of vegetables also grow there. But they take all vegetables and grains and dump it into the river. Why? To maintain the availability of it. In India, people hide the onion, then its price will rise! Earn more with less effort,  this is not Dhanya Lakshmi. Then we have not considered Dhanya as Lakshmi. Don’t waste it and misuse it. Sometimes how much food is cooked more than half of we waste and throw it, don’t give it to others. Some people have a habit, sweets will come, they will keep it inside and it will get spoilt but they won’t give it to others. When it will gets spoilt then they take out to give.  In many big houses it happens, they have enough money and variety of food is cooked, its ok to cook variety but they give it to others after it gets deteriorated. This is wrong, should honor the food, this is Dhanya Lakshmi.

The fifth one is Dhairya Lakshmi (The Lakshmi of Courage)  In house there is everything, Dhan, Dhanya all relations but are coward. Usually the children of rich families are coward. The children of Kings are even more coward, so coward, so coward. Dhairya is one Lakshmi. Dhairya is one wealth. In service sector it is seen that the workers are scared of the officers. If it’s a businessman, then they are scared of inspectors. Usually we ask officers that what type of assistants do you like ? The one who comes with fear in front of you or the one who communicates with courage with you . The person who is afraid won’t tell the truth. If your subordinate is scared of you then he won’t tell the truth to you.  Will make false story and will run away from you. You won’t be able to work with such person. You like such workers and assistants under you who works with courage and talk to you honestly. Why do you get sacred of your officers? Why because we are not connected to our life. We don’t know that there is so much power within us, the Divine power that is walking along with us, then it is the shortage of Dhairya Lakshmi. Only with the Dhairya Lakshmi one can progress in life or else cannot. The quantity of progress depends on the quantity of Dhairya Lakshmi, whether is business or in job there is a need of Dhairya Lakshmi.

The sixth is the Santana Lakshmi (Progeny Lakshmi) –  There should be such kids who are the wealth of love. There should be realtion of Love. Then it will be Santana Lakshmi or else a botheration or stress. Such children due to whom the stress is either not there or it reduces is Santana Lakshmi.  The Santan (Children) who brings peace, happiness and prosperity, that is Santana Lakshmi. And the Santan with whom there is pain, sadness, unhappiness, disputes then that Santan is not Santan Lakshmi.

And the seventh is the Vijaya Lakshmi (Victoriuos Lakshmi). Some people have all the facilities and resources even then they don’t get success in any work, they start any work it will get spoiled. This is the shortage of Vijaya Lakshmi. If you tell someone to go and get something, after sometime he will come back and just tell he couldn’t get it. Even if they go by auto rickshaw it will break down on the way. They take taxi and even if finally reach there , the respective shop will close. You will think it would have been better if I would have done this work by myself. The smallest of works can’t do – there is too much shortage of Vijaya Lakshmi. If you tell them to put the bulb, they will say that couldn’t find the stool- the bulb is too high. That’s why I am sitting in darkness, there is no stool, and how I do put it.  They will find some or the other excuse and even if there is no excuse the situations will turn like this that no work can be done by them.

The eigth is the Bhagya Lakshmi or Bhagya Lakshmi (Royal Lakshmi) the one who blesses ruler with the secular power). ‘Satta’,  some terrorists, they don’t have Kingdom or power but whatever they say everyone will listen. They have power to rule. Sometimes the Minister or King are sitting, whatever they say nobody will listen. In some offices also its there no one listens to the boss but an office clerk will rule and everyone listens to him. How much Raj Lakshmi is with the Trade Union, it possibly won’t be with the owner of the mill. Mill Union leader can rule, dictate and govern. It is doubtful if the President will have Rajya Lakshmi. The Prime Minister will have or no, is doubtful. But the head of a small village will have. Whatever he speaks the whole village listens. The power to rule (govern) is being given by the nature to the people. There are some political Ministers, they are governing, ruling even by being in jail. There’s lot of blessing of Rajya Lakshmi on them. There had been one Chief Minister, he was in coma still he was able to rule, govern the country. He was unconscious for 4-6 months but the Kingdom was going on  with his name, even now they run with his name. It is not necessary that they have Dhan Lakshmi, Dhanaya Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakhsmi, Santana Lakshmi, even then they may have Rajya Lakhsmi, the power to rule the country.

These are the eight types of Lakshmi, they are all connected to each other. In some or the other quantity these all are with everyone. How much do we honor it, make use of it, it all depends on us. We all have these, some of them are more and some are less in quantity. The absence of these eight Lakshmis is called- Ashta Daridrta (Misery). Lakshmi is there or no, Narayana can still be adapted. Narayan belongs to both. Lakshmi Narayan and Daridra Narayan (laughter)! Now the time is to become Lakshmi Narayan from Daridra Narayan. Narayan is always there. And there is no worship of Daridra Narayan, Lakshmi Narayan is only worshipped. Daridra Narayan is served and Laskshmi Narayan is worshipped. Otherwise everything is Narayan and Narayan. And the entire life flow is moving from Daridra Narayan to Lakshmi Narayan- from misery to prosperity. From dryness in life towards the Divine nectar.