Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Anarchy Rules

"अब गुजरात में विपक्ष को मुद्दा बिजली का मिला, पानी का, और सड़कों का - तो विपक्ष ने फिर आरक्षण का मुद्दा लेकर हार्दिक पटेल को लाकर खड़ा कर दियाI" - विक्की पंडित

Shri Hardik Patel supported Shri Kejriwal/AAP in 2014, and now Shri Kejriwal is open in supporting Patel in his 'cause'.


Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Anti-Modi-Hardik-backed-AAP-in-2014/articleshow/48567699.cms

Hardik Patel's links with AAP are becoming more apparent - he also mentioned Kejriwal in his speeches, and is not denying his connection with AAP, but he got visibly rattled when media asked about his connection with Kejriwal, and left the interview midway.

Moreover, his close aide from PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) - Chirag Patel, who is always seen at his side, contested the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections (on Gujarat Parivartan Party's ticket) against BJP's Anandiben Patel. He later joined AAP, as the news reports say, Hardik Patel himself supported AAP in 2014.

Such hooligans! Both use the same modus operandi - demand pointless things, go on dharnas, provoke the police by pelting stones, cry victim when police tries to control the violent agitation, gain public sympathy; media loves the drama for the sheer TRP, and you get public sympathy! 

But how dangerous it is for the masses when such riots occur – how many get injured, how much public property gets damaged - who cares! We are anarchists - we only know how to destroy, we do not take responsibility of anything! 

Since NO real issues left to counter BJP in Gujarat, a non-issue is being concocted by the Opposition and political parties which are vying for space in Gujarat. 

Interesting to look at the role of the MEDIA here - creating a hype around him - in exact SAME manner which they did with Kejriwal and his Jan Lokpal drama. It is not just amusing, but also infuriating to see when media terms such goons as full of "youth power".  

I had a déjà vu about media eulogizing Shri Kejriwal in a similar manner.

But it is curious to see there are some who get fooled by the media hype – and actually believe Hardik Patel is fighting for a 'cause' or fighting for the good of his people! (Déjà vu again!) Just like AAP/Kejriwal manage to do so.

Image credits - Manoj Kureel

The current CM of Gujarat is a Patel, Hardik Patel himself comes from a political family background, and he wants to convince us that Patels are the new "backwards" of Gujarat! 
Even a little child in Gujarat knows how powerful and influential the Patel community is there.

Wish the media would just use some objectivity and portray this man for what he is - a shrewd, dangerous man with political ambitions; just like other reservation advocates. He is a goon who carries and flaunts weapons publicly, scary to see media painting as a 'hero'!




You can always trust an AAP supporter to create mindless dramas and riots. Hardik Patel seems to be a Congress/AAP stooge, who is extremely good at fooling the masses and provoking them to spread anarchy.  He is definitely a poisonous speaker who incites violence and malice. He has someone backing him, time will tell what his real agenda is.   



Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Vedic Parenting Tips



Vedic Parenting Tips


Modern science of parenting is full of contradictions, every decade the researchers and social psychologists seem to come up with different approaches to parenting, you will find big shelves of bookstores full of parenting books, which often offer completely different advice on parenting.

This leads to a confusing and bewildering sense among the first time parents. especially living in cities, in nuclear families - it does not seem clear which exactly is the right approach to parenting. 

For those parents who are interested, here are some eternal facts and parenting principles as in accordance to Vedic wisdom, which have been constant since times immemorial. 

Being a parent myself, I have also struggled with trying my best to nurture and guide my daughter so that I can do my duty as a parent faithfully. I have found the following points extremely beneficial.

Kindly find below, some excellent Vedic parenting tips, nicely summarized by Smt. Sunandaji daughter-disciple of Swami Parthasarathy:

1. Children have enormous amount of energy. They need a proper direction in life, that energy should not be curbed or stifled. Constant correction does not help them in any way; it will eventually lead to strained relationship between parents and children. Parents need to learn to deal with that energy in positive manner and help the child to direct that energy.

2. Every child has an inherent personality, which is called in Sanskrit as Swadharma (innate nature). Parent ought to understand it, and support it – it is parents' obligation to develop that nature, instead of guiding the child based on their own personal convenience or whims & fancies.

3. If you force children to do things, children will disobey and detest the correction. Therefore, it parents need to teach children by setting examples, not sermonizing to children.

4. Some of the important values which parents need to live up to, as good human beings are:
• to learn to give, rather than take
• to develop an unselfish attitude for others
• In any relationship, we need to do our duty towards others



Link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYypQfgbdlE

More more media from VedantaWorld you can visit this link: http://www.vedantaworld.org/books-and-media


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ratnakar & Rishi Narad

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Upanisha Ganga, Episode 3 - ज्ञान लाए परिवर्तन (Knowledge Transforms)

The third episode of Upanishad Ganga narrates the story of the dacoit Ratnakar and Rishi Narad. 




Ratnakar is used to blaming others for his fate. He blames the system, the King, and justifies his actions. Ratnakar plays the victim, but Narad explains to him that he alone had created his own miserable world for himself until now. 

But he also has the power to create a new, positive and constructive world with the dint of his potential. All he has to do is to become aware of this, and learn to take his own responsibility.

After interaction with Rishi Narad, the dacoit Ratnakar introspects and realizes the folly of his ways. He works towards self-realization and is able to tap the latent power of the Aatman.

The same man who was once a feared and infamous bandit, (after gaining knowledge of his potential) goes onto create one of the most revered and profound epics known to humankind – Ramcharitmanas and becomes famous as Rishi Valmiki.


That is the power of self-knowledge, as is proclaimed in the Bhagwad Gita (6.5):

उद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत्।
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मनः॥६-५॥

Hindi translation: अपने (विवेक युक्त मन) द्वारा अपना (इस भव-सागर से) उद्धार करे और अपने को अधोगति में न डाले क्योंकि यह मनुष्य स्वयं ही अपना मित्र है और स्वयं ही अपना शत्रु है ॥६-५॥

English translation: One has to free oneself (from the bondage of this world) by utilizing one’s rightful mind. Let one not downgrade oneself; by immersing the Self in the world, for you are your own friend and you are your own enemy (if you do not do work towards self-realization).

In other words, do not get too lost in this world (people, situations) around you. You must strive to seek the divine within, work for self-realization. You are your own friend, and you are your own enemy. You alone can work towards your Mukti.

Bottom-line: Each human being has immense potential within. It is due to lack of self-knowledge that we suffer our fate. 


You can watch these episodes online:
https://www.youtube.com/user/upanishadganga/videos

You can buy the DVDs here:

http://www.amazon.in/Upanishad-Ganga-Vol.../dp/B00F93L264

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Caste System


Caste system with different name is there in every religion and community all over the globe. Sects/denominations - hierarchical social order is not unique to Hinduism and India.

"Christianity Today" says there are “approximately 38,000″ Christian sects/denominations.
Most of them have separate Churches, do not inter-marry, do not even visit each others' Churches. There have been several cases of community boycott when couple of different sects has inter-married.

Only recently a Bishop has openly said that inter-caste marriages are against Christianity.



Muslims also have unchi jaat and neechi jaat (Biraderis/Quoms). Upon contact with a low-caste Muslim, a Muslim of a higher jaat can "purify" by taking a short bath. Lower casts in Muslims include - Kunjra, Dhobi, Halalkhor, kalal, Bhanar, Halalkhor, Hijra, Kasbi, Lalbegi, Maugta, Mehtar. 

In Bihar, cases have been reported where higher-caste Muslims have opposed the burials of lower caste Muslims in the same graveyard.

They refuse to marry outside their own respective castes, and in this they are no less strict and particular than the Hindus, honor killings are more rampant & brutal than Hindus, when inter-caste marriages happen.

It is high time we demand that Indian media starts acknowledging the facts in an unbiased manner.
It is time the mainstream media learns to respect all religions equally. Social evils exist in all religions - targeting only Sanatana Dharma will serve in further dividing the country.

If we want to fight this social evil, we have to first acknowledge that it effects all communities and religions in our country. It is not the problem of only one religion. We all have to unite and fight this evil together.

The next generation of Indians has to unite and stop this discrimination against the Hindu community.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

33 Vedic Devas




According to Vedas there are 33 Gods/Devas. These deities are separated in the following pattern : 12 + 11 + 8 + 2. 

12 is the number of Adityas, 11 are the number of Rudras, 8 is the number of Vasus, one is Prajapati, the Master of Gods, and one is a Supreme Ruler who is very powerful. 

12 Adityas (personified deities) correspond to the 12 Solar months and represent different attributes of social life. The ancients especially venerated the Adityas and Vedas are full of hymns dedicated to Indra, Agni, Surya, Varun and the like. These are:

1.       Indra/Shakra (eldest and the undoubted leader of other Adityas)
2.       Ansh (due share),
3.       Aryaman (nobility),
4.       Bhaag (due inheritance),
5.       Dhatri (ritual skill),
6.       Tvashtar (skill in crafting),
7.       Mitra (friendship),
8.       Pushan/Ravi (prosperity),
9.       Savitra/Parjanya (power of word),
10.   Surya/Vivasvan (social law),
11.   Varun (fate),
12.  Vaman (cosmic law).

8 Vasus are attendant deities of Indra and comprise of eight elemental gods that represent the different aspects of Nature. They are:

1.       Anil (Wind),
2.       Apas (Water),
3.       Antariksh/Dyaus (Space),
4.       Dhara (Earth),
5.       Dhruv (Pole Star),
6.       Anal (Fire),
7.       Prabhas (Dawn),
8.       Soma (Moon).


11 Rudras:
·         5 abstractions – Ānanda (bliss), Vijñāna (knowledge), Manas (thought), Prāṇa (breath/ life), Vāc (speech),
·         5 names of Shiva – Isana (ruler), Tatpuruṣa (that person), Aghora (not terrible), Vāmadeva (pleasant god), Sadyojāta (born at once)
·         1 - Aatman (spiritual self)

In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the 11 Rudras are represented by ten vital energies (rudra-prana) in the body and the eleventh one being the Aatman:

katame rudrA iti |
dasheme purushhe prANA
AtmaikAdashas
te yadA.asmAchchharIrAnmartyAdutkrAmanty
atha rodayanti
tadyadrodayanti
tasmAdrudrA iti || 4 ||


- ‘Which are the Rudras ?’ ‘The ten organs in the human body, with the prana as the tenth and the Aatma as the eleventh. When they depart from this mortal body, they make (one’s relatives) weep. Because they then make them weep, therefore they are called Rudras.’ -  Brihadaranyaka Upanishad III-ix-4: ‘

There is a prevalent myth that Hindus have 33 million Gods and Goddesses. ’33 Crore Gods’ is a completely misinterpreted fact due to wrong translation of Vedas by certain foreign 'scholars'.

The term ‘trayastrimsati koti’ mentioned in Atharva Veda, Yajur Veda, and Satapatha-brahmana, is rightly translated as 33 Gods.

The term koti in Sanskrit has two meaning, one is ‘type’ and the other is crore.

So, somewhere in translation, they missed the basic fact that Sanatana Dharma/Hinduism has 33 Supreme Gods and not 33 Crore Gods.


But because 1). the 33 names are listed, and 2). 33 Deva figure is repeated in various other scriptures like the Ramayana, Mahabharata (Bhagwad Gita) as well; hence there is no room for confusion.

Nevertheless, it is true that the Vedic Sanskrit is different from the normal spoken Sanskrit, hence the major (both intentional & unintentional) mistakes happen in interpreting the Vedas.

It is sad that even basic words are wrongly translated by some western 'scholars' and we Indians have no interest in our own scriptures. We respect the western scholars even more than our Vedic scholars.



Feminism

I don't call myself a Feminist anymore, because I have seen how people misuse and abuse this term. 

A lot of times, women and women group confuse it with female chauvinism. I have seen women misusing 'freedom' and 'choice' in the name of feminism; their choices should be respected, but if the man chooses to do the same - he should be judged.

If both genders are equal - then how can only one gender demand special rights and privileges? 

There are countless such examples:

- If a woman slaps a man - he deserved it. But if a man slaps a woman - he is monster.
- If a woman abandons her children, it was her choice and she demands respect for it - but if a man abandons his children - he should be punished.
- If women have extra marital affair - it is their privilege, but if the man has an extra-marital affair - he is a male chauvinist pig.

The term feminism is often abused by women when they demand certain special rights - even while they claim they are equal. For these reasons, it is often misunderstood by men also.

When I had first heard of this term 'feminism', I was an adolescent. I remember even then, I had wondered - why this terminology was accepted by any sane person? 

If people want to fight the patriarchy in the contemporary society, and demand equal rights for both genders, then the movement should be called 'Equalism' or simply human rights movement - because both genders suffer from stereotypes in patriarchy.

Patriarchy rules often tend to create suffocating roles for both men and women – men can’t cry, men shouldn’t be emotional, men cannot take care of children, men cannot love a child more than a woman, men should not take care of household chores, men should earn insane amount of money, man should be physically strong, men who dance are gay – there are endless examples of strict patriarchal effect men’s happiness and limits their growth as human being.

Both feminine and masculine qualities in a human being need to be equally respected. But they way ‘Feminism’ is used – I don’t see that happening.

Neither gender is superior, both genders have their own set of weaknesses and strengths. I am for equal human rights, I am against special privileges to either gender. 

I have realized that one cannot fight patriarchy effectively by female chauvinism, and hence I am not a 'Feminist' anymore.

Sanatana Dharma


"At the earlier stages of spiritual evolution and metaphysical thought the Vedas mention the names of various gods and goddesses: Mitra, the Sun; Varuna, the god of night and of the blue sky; Dyu and Prithivi, the Sky and the Earth; Agni or fire god, the friend of all; Savitri, the Refulgent; Indra, the master of the universe; and Aditi, the mother of all other gods (the Adityas). Gradually, however, we come across a tendency towards extolling a God as the greatest, controlling all other divine entities. This marks the progress of the concept of God or the ultimate Reality from polytheism to monotheism, ultimately leading to monism."
- Swami Tattwamayananda


The first mandala of the Rig Veda brings out this idea most beautifully: ‘God is called Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Agni, and God is the heavenly, noble-winged Garutman. The Reality is one, but sages call it by many names; they call it Agni, Yama, Matarishvan.’ (1.164.46)





The idea that names may be many and different but they all denote the one God occurs in ‘Vishvakarma Sukta’ too. Therein it is stated: ‘The name-giver of the gods is one; other beings come to him to inquire.’ (10.82.3)

Scope of Sanatana Dharma 

It has been difficult for the Westerners (and others) to understand the essence of Sanatana Dharma because it cannot be put in the West-defined categories of polytheism, pantheism, and monotheism etc.

The scope of some religions in this world can be fit according to these parameters and they can be defined and understood using these terms, but some cannot be fit into these limited definitions.

To understand Sanatana (eternal) Dharma/‘Hinduism’, one needs to realize that it is all encompassing – there is even scope for non-existentialism and atheism in the scriptures – then how can we make it fit into a category?

The ancient scriptures of Sanatana Dharma are of two kinds – Shruti and Smṛti.

1. Shruti is considered to be solely of divine origin. It includes the four Vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda) the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads with commentaries on them.

The Shrutis present a kind of naturalistic polytheism; with the main Gods appear as fire, sun, wind etc. The major Vedic deities/Gods are - Indra, Surya, Agni, Vayu, Varuna, Mitra, Aditi, Yama, Soma, Sarasvati, Prithvi, and Rudra. Mostly worshiping the various life-giving elements and energies of nature, which play a crucial role in nurturing life forms on the planet and beyond. But Upanishads also talk about the Unity of Consciousness.

2. Smṛti refers to all the knowledge derived and inculcated after Shruti had been received.
Hence, Smrti is not considered 'divine' in origin, but was 'remembered' by later Rishis (sages by insight, who were the scribes) by transcendental means and passed down through their followers. 
It is in the Smritis that the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh seems to appear. It includes the Bhagavata Purana and the Vishnu Purana which are Sattva Puranas. For example these both declare Vishnu as Para Brahman Supreme Lord who creates unlimited universes and enters each one of them as Lord of Universe.

Hence, we can observe that at one point, some scriptures – like the Vedas (Shruti) proclaim a kind of pantheistic polytheism – the natural elements and energies – like fire (Agni Dev), earth (Dhara Devi), wind (Anil Dev)– are worshiped as personified Gods/Goddesses.

At one point – monotheistic principles surface – especially in Vedanta Darshana (Upanishads, also Shruti) with the concept of Unity of Consciousness deeply imbibed in it.

In various Purana (Smriti) – polytheism again resurfaces, even though it defies the strict definition of polytheism because same Truth is manifested in seemingly large number of Gods and Goddesses

Deity Worship

As far as the psychology of deity or idol worship is concerned – these idols, images and symbols - help most people in focusing their concentration, and hence the practical usage cannot be questioned.

That is why most Gods – even in pantheistic religions (fire god, water deity etc.) – are personified.
The human mind can feel closer to images than abstract ideas.

Moreover, this provides people the liberty to select one's deity (Ishta Devta) according to one's personality and inclination

Core values

Following are some of the core fundamentals of Hindu faith/Sanatana Dharma:

v   There is a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being (Paramatma/Brahm) who is both immanent & transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.

v    There are many paths to reach the Truth, thus, all religions/faiths are genuine paths to attain Paramatma, deserving respect and understanding. Within Sanatana Dharma also, there are several path to select according to one's inclination to attain Mukti - Karma Yog, Jap Yog, Gyan Yog, Raj Yog, Bhakti Yog, Lay Yog among other paths.

v    Karma is the law of cause & effect by which each individual creates his/her own destiny by thoughts, words & actions.

v    Aatma (part of Paramatma) or Soul reincarnates, is indestructible, immortal, eternal; goes through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and Mukti (liberation) from the cycle of rebirth, is attained. Not a single soul will be deprived of this destiny.

v    ALL life forms are sacred, to be loved & revered, so you have to follow Ahimsa - non-injury.

v    Divinity exists in unseen worlds and temple worship, rituals, sacraments & personal devotions can help in connecting with God. Thus God can be worshiped in many forms - as Krishna, Ganesha, Kaali, Durga, Shiva, or any other form/name. 

v   Maya - "ब्रह्म सत्यम, जगत्‌ मिथ्या" - The experience of this world is not absolute reality. No one reality exists - each individual has his/her own subjective world-view of the reality. Truth starts surfacing only as we get closer to Paramatma; Brahm is the ultimate reality, and without knowing this Truth, one cannot find reality. 


It is time that we start understanding our own culture and start reading our scriptures. 

It is time we stop defending our faith and way of life in front of others, and try to be more sincere followers of our revered heritage.


It is time we inculcate the values of self-respect and knowledge - in ourselves and in our children.