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Health & Welfare Issues / Is that you in this video?
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:05:28 PM »
With smartphones intruding into personal space, people are often seen missing the real fun. Are you one of them? Watch this video to know how smartphones have actually changed our lives, and significant things have inadvertently become insignificant for us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8#t=88



News report

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947
General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:07:07 PM »









 


As eternal Lawgiver, She makes and unmakes laws;
it is by Her imperious will that karma yields its fruit.
She ensnares men with illusion and again releases
them from bondage with a look of Her benign eyes.
She is the supreme Mistress of the cosmic play, and
all objects, animate and inanimate, dance by Her will.
Even those who realize the Absolute in nirvikalpa Samādhi
are under Her jurisdiction as long as they still live on
the relative plane.

 







948
General topics / Re: Sangeetha Dhyana
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:36:17 AM »


  Pallavi

Mari mari ninne moralida nee
Manasuna daya rathu

Mercy is not coming in to your mind,
Even when I again and again entreat you.


Anupallavi

Karimoravini sara guna chana neeku,
Karana memi sarvandaryami

Oh God who is in every being,
What was the great hurry to go,
When the elephant requested you.


Charanam

Karunatho dhruvani kethda nilsina kadha vinnanayya,
Suraripu thanayunikai nara mrugamena soochanale maiya,
Marasiyunnavana charuni brochina mahima thelubhavayya
Tharanu velayu Thyagaraja sannutha tharamukhadhikane vinanayya

I have heard of the story of your
standing with mercy before Dhruva,
What is the secret of your becoming
man-lion to help the son of enemy of devas,
Please also tell me why you saved an
ungrateful monkey wandering in forest,
And so please understand that it is not good
for you not to be pleased with Thyagaraja .

949
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:09:05 AM »
Stray thoughts...

if you can't do anything, just look at your Guru.

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950
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:03:13 AM »

951
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: August 26, 2013, 10:18:05 AM »
Stray thoughts...

a saying or a definition in samskrit goes thus...

गृह्यते इति गृहः

gṛhyate iti gṛhaḥ

That which (holds/grasps/not free/dependent/to belong) is house

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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:41:36 AM »


   











Will-power needed for renunciation

"In order to be able to renounce, one must pray to God for the will power to do so. One must immediately renounce what one feels to be unreal. The rishis had this will-power. Through it they controlled the sense organs. If the tortoise once tucks in its limbs, you cannot make it bring them out even by cutting it into four pieces.

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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:15:52 AM »


  "The ways of God are inscrutable indeed. Bhishma lay on his bed of arrows. The Pandava brothers visited him in Krishna's company. Presently Bhishma burst into tears. The Pandavas said to Krishna: 'Krishna, how amazing this is! Our grandsire Bhishma is one of the eight Vasus. Another man as wise as he is not to be found. Yet even he is bewildered by maya and weeps at death.' 'But', said Krishna, 'Bhishma isn't weeping on that account. You may ask him about it.' When asked, Bhishma said: 'O Krishna, I am unable to understand anything of the ways of God; God Himself is the constant companion of the Pandavas, and still they have no end of trouble. That is why I  weep. When I reflect on this, I realize that one cannot understand anything of God's ways.'

"God has revealed to me that only the Paramatman, whom the Vedas describe as the Pure Soul, is as immutable as Mount Sumeru, unattached, and beyond pain and pleasure. There is much confusion in this world of His maya. One can by no means say that 'this' will come after 'that' or 'this' will produce 'that'."

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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:11:17 AM »


It is true that no one starves at the temple of
Annapurna in Benares; but some must
wait for food till evening.

955
General Discussion / Re: Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings & Assurances
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:54:52 PM »
True Guru Bhakti

There was an old woman, by the name Radhabai. She was the mother of one Khashaba Deshmukh. Hearing Baba’s fame she came to Shirdi with the people of Sangamner. She took Baba’s darshan and was much satisfied. She loved Baba intimately and resolved in her mind that, she should accept Baba as her Guru and take some Upadesh from Him. She determined to fast herself unto death, so long as Baba did not accept her and give her any Upadesh or Mantra. She stayed in her lodging and stopped taking any food or water for three days. I was frightened by this ordeal of the old woman and interceded with Baba on her behalf. I said, “Deva, what is this You have started? You drag so many persons here. You know that old lady. She is very obstinate and depends on You. She has resolved to fast unto death, if You don’t accept and instruct her. If anything worse happens, people will blame You and say that Baba did not instruct her and as a consequence, she met her death. So take some mercy on her, bless her and instruct her.” On seeing her determination Baba sent for her, and made her changeher mind, by addressing as follows:

“Oh mother, why do you have to subject yourself to unnecessary tortures? You are My mother and I am your child. Take pity on Me and hear Me through. I tell you My own story, which if you listen carefully, will do you good. I had a Guru. He was a great saint and most merciful. I served him long, very long, still he would not blow any Mantra into My ears. I had keen desire, never to leave him, but to stay with and serve him, and at all costs receive some instructions from him. But he had his own way. He first got my head shaved and asked Me for two paise3 as Dakshina4. I gave the same at once. You may say that, as My Guru was perfect, why should he ask for money and how should he be called desireless? The reply is that, he never cared for coins. What had he to do with them? His two paise were (1) Firm faith and (2) Patience or perseverance. I gave these two paise to him and he was pleased.”

“I resorted to My Guru for 12 years. He brought Me up. There was no dearth of food and clothing. He was full of love or say, he was love incarnate. How can I describe it? He loved Me most. Rare is a Guru like him. When I looked at him, he seemed as if he was in deep meditation and then, we both were filled with bliss. Night and day, I gazed at him, with no thought of hunger and thirst. Without him, I felt restless. I had no other subject to meditate upon, nor any other thing than My Guru to attend. He was My sole refuge. My mind was always fixed on him. This Nishtha (firm faith) is one paisa of Dakshina. Saburi (Patience or perseverance) is the other paisa.




  I waited patiently and served My Guru. This Saburi will ferry you across the sea of this mundane existence. Saburi removes all sins and afflictions, gets rid of calamities in various ways, and casts aside all fear, and ultimately, gives you success. Saburi is the mine of virtues, consort of good thought”. Nishtha (faith) and Saburi (patience) are like twin sisters, loving each other very intimately.

“My Guru never expected any other thing from Me. He never neglected Me, but protected Me at all times. I lived with him and was some times away from him still I never felt the absence of his love. He always protected Me by his glance, just as the tortoise feeds her young ones, whether they are near her or away from her on the other side of the bank, by her loving glances. Oh mother, My Guru never taught Me any Mantra then, how shall I blow any Mantra in your ears? Just remember that Guru’s tortoise-like loving glance gives us happiness. Do not try to get Mantra or Upadesh from anybody. Make Me the sole object of your thoughts and actions and you will, no doubt, attain Paramartha (the spiritual goal of life). Look at Me whole-heartedly and I, in turn, look at you. Sitting in this Masjid, I speak the truth, nothing but the truth. No Sadhana or proficiency in the six Shastras, is necessary. Have faith and confidence in your Guru. Believe that, Guru is the sole Actor or Doer. Blessed is he, who knows the greatness of his Guru and thinks him to be Hari, Hara and Brahma (Trimurti) Incarnate”.

Instructed in this way, the old lady was convinced she bowed to Baba and gave up her fast. Hearing this story carefully and attentively, and marking its significance and appropriateness, Hemadpant was most agreeably surprised. On seeing this wonderful Leela of Baba, he  was moved from top to toe, he was overflowing with joy, his throat was choked and he was not able to utter a single word.

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General Discussion / Re: Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings & Assurances
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:43:03 PM »


 













As a devotee is resolute and determined,
so, is Baba’s immediate response.
Some times Baba puts the devotees
to severe test and then, gives
them ‘Upadesh’ (instructions)”.

957
General Discussion / Re: Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings & Assurances
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:21:28 PM »
Woman and wealth are the two main obstacles in the way of our Paramartha (spiritual life) and Baba had provided in Shirdi two institutions, viz. Dakshina and Radhakrishnamai for, whenever they came to Him, He demanded Dakshina from them and asked them to go to the ‘SCHOOL’ (Radhakrishnamai’s house). If they stood these two tests well, i.e. if they showed that, they were free from attachment for woman and wealth, their progress in spirituality was rapid and assured by Baba’s grace and blessings.

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General Discussion / Re: Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings & Assurances
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:14:54 PM »


“Allah Accha Karega" (God will do good)!”

959
General Discussion / Re: Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings & Assurances
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:10:29 PM »


 





On another occasion at noon the fire in the Dhuni began to burn brightly, its flames were seen to be reaching the rafters above. The people  who were sitting in the Masjid, did not know, what do do. They dared not to ask Baba to pour water or do anything to quench the flames. But Baba soon came to realize, what was happening. He took up His Satka (short stick) and dashed it against a pillar in front, saying, “Get down, Be calm”. At each stroke of the Satka, the flames began to slow down, and in a few minutes the Dhuni became calm and normal.

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There was a nest near Bhagavan's couch. The young squirrels became orphans as their mother was eaten by a cat. Therefore, Bhagavan, who have equal concern for all living beings without any discrimination, took care of the young ones.

"The little ones do not know that the wisdom lies in remaining inside the nest, because all troubles are outside. But they cannot remain inside, i.e. within" said Bhagavan and using this example Bhagavan taught his devotees how to turn the mind inwards and how beneficial it is for spiritual sadhana. He told, "If the mind is not externalised but remains sunk in the heart, then there would only be happiness, but mind keeps moving out."

Rangaswamy was an attendant to Bhagavan for a number of years and served Bhagavan with diligent devotion. Suri Nagamma referred to him as 'Nandi!' He was to Bhagavan what Nandi was to Lord Shiva!

Once he asked Bhagavan, "What is the path for keeping the mind inwards?"

Bhagavan replied, "It is exactly the same as what I am doing now. Each time a young squirrel comes out, I keep putting it back into the nest. When I go on doing it, the young squirrel learns the happiness of staying in the nest."

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