TOTAKASHTAKAM – for Stress Relief #Spritituality #Hinduism


VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE

MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE

HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1||

 

O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM

BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM

RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||

 

O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA

NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE

KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||

 

BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM

SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA

MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||

 

KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO

BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA

ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||

 

DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

JAGATIMAVITUM KALITAKRITAYO

VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH

AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||

 

OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE

SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH

SARANAGATAVATSALA TATTVINIDHE

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||

 

O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA

NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO

DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||

 

NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

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Meanings of Some Shapes and Symbols in the Yantra #HDL


Shapes and patterns commonly embedded in yantra include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols

  • Lotus flower = chakras or energy center of the body
  • Bindu, or dot = the starting point of creation or the cosmos
  • Shatkona (Sanskrit name for a symbol identical to the Star of David):Swastika = good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victorySanskrit characters = represent the sounds of a particular chakra, or subtle form of deity
    • An upwards triangle represents the static substratum of the cosmos, spiritual aspiration, the element of fire, or Shiva
    • A downwards triangle represents the creative power of the cosmos, productivity, the element of water, or Shakti
  • Circle = Energy of the element water
  • Square = Energy of the element earth
  • Upward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element fire
  • Downward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element water
  • Diagonal lines = Energy of the element air
  • Horizontal line = Energy of the element water
  • Vertical line = Energy of the element fire
  • Point = Energy of the element ether

Yantras are Visual Tools

The geometrical forms of the Yantra activate the right hemisphere, which is visual and nonverbal. The diagrams are essentially thought forms representing divinities or cosmic powers which exert their influence by means of sound vibrations.

They can be illustrated on paper as mandalas or carved onto stone etc, however the most effective substance to carry a Yantra is copper. Copper is a well known super conductor for electricity and cosmic energies alike. It is believed that constantly concentrating on the representation helps to build fortune (positive energies therefore positive potentials), as planets and deities have their peculiar electro-magnetic field which governs basic emotions and karma.

Therefore Yantras are visual tools that serve in meditation either as centering devices or as symbols of the energy pattern of a deity. When a yantra is to be used for worship and the energy is invoked in it, it becomes a symbolic representative of the deity. It actually becomes the deity when you can abandon your analytical, critical attitude and the energy circulates in higher centers.

Yantra Requires a Mantra

A Yantra is always associated with a mantra. Just as the mind is a part of the brain, yet different from it, a mantra is a part of the Yantra. The mantra is the mind consciousness while the Yantra is the form of the deity. It is not a strict rule to chant the mantra associated with each Yantra as the Yantra represent the mantra in a symbolic form and the full effect of the Yantra is obtained by ‘worshipping’ or using the Yantra in your practice.

 

Shree Yantra or Sri Chakra Yantra – The Goddess in the Machine

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The Sri Chakra or Shree Yantra is one of the most auspicious, important and powerful Yantras. It has proven beneficial for almost everyone. It is the source of attaining all worldly desires and fulfilling all wishes through inner cosmic power and mental strength. It is most widely known to be the ‘instrument for wealth’ as it brings about both material and spiritual wealth.

You can push the limits of your growth as the Sri Chakra diffuses any negative energy that stands in the way of your peace, success, affluence and harmony.

Shree Yantra is the source of supreme energy and energy is nothing but another form of element in the shape of waves and rays. This Yantra is highly sensitive as it has magnetic powers. It is a divine store-house of energy which picks up particular cosmic ray waves emitted by the planets and other universal forces and transforms them into useful vibrations. These are then transmitted to the surroundings where the Yantra is placed and destroys all destructive forces within the area.

Directions for Using Your Yantra

A Yantra is a great cosmic conductor of energy. It is an antenna of nature making it a powerful tool to attract or increase harmony, prosperity, success, good health, protection etc. and improve your meditations and concentration.

It is important to have your Yantra activated or energized in order for the pre-programmed purpose and intent to go ‘on-line’.

Focus your eyes and mind at the center of the Yantra to achieve higher levels of consciousness. The Yantra’s color may change over a period of time especially with regular abhishekam, however this does not dilute the power of the Yantra.

  • Place the Yantra on a clean and sacred altar facing the appropriate direction (see below)
  • Do not let other people touch the Yantra.
  • You may desire to perform abhishekam, or ritual anointing, to the Yantra with rose water or milk according to your personal practice-daily, weekly, monthly. Then, rinse it with water and wipe it dry.
  • You may wish to place rounded dots of sandalwood paste on the 4 corners and in the center of the Yantra (sandalwood powder moistened with a small amount of water)
  • Chant the appropriate mantra in front of the Yantra if you desire.
  • If a small size, you may wish to carefully carry the Yantra in your purse or wallet. It is recommended to wrap in a protective cloth such as silk when travelling this way.

How Quickly Do the Yantras Benefits Show?

It can take up to 45 days before experiencing the benefits of an activated Yantra. This is on the conservative side as many feel the effects immediately if their karmic potential is ‘ripe’. Some Yantras work better over the long term as they graduate steadily through their blessing stages. Have patience and faith. Your positive thought vibrations play a key role in the effectiveness.

Yantra Lifespan

There is no limit to the life span of a Yantra and they can last your life time. However, if you obtain a Yantra for a specific purpose, and that desired effect is achieved, then it may withdraw its energy.

Positioning and Placing Your Yantra

Generally a Yantra should be placed in the North, North-West direction, facing South, South-East. The Vaastu Yantra should be placed in the South-West corner facing North-East. Sri Chakra Yantra should be placed in the East facing West. The Kubera Yantra should be placed in the North facing the South or East facing West.

 Two or more Yantras can be place together; however, a Kubera Yantra should always be placed on the extreme left of all others, meaning it should be at the left when we look at the Yantras. Sri Chakra Yantra should be in the exact center of the group. A Ganesha Yantra should be placed at the extreme right side of any group of Yantras.

Please Note

All Yantras are instruments for enhancing potential known for assisting in attracting desired outcomes but they cannot force something to manifest if it is against your karma. For example, if it is not meant to be, someone cannot be forced to fall in love with you, or prosperity or good luck cannot come all at once. When things are meant to manifest for you, a sacred Yantra will help speed up the process and can even potentially help remove obstacles that prevent dreams from manifesting.

Handle the Yantra with the utmost respect and reverence as anything less will immediately reduce or negate its Shakti or energy.

Yantras are much more powerful than a picture or even a statue of a deity and they are used to energize the latter. In India temples, the Sacred Inner Sanctums that house the main deity, the Yantra associated with that deity is placed under the base of the statue to initiate, energize and sanctify the space.

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GAYATRI MANTRA & Its Scientific Meaning


Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma.

This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Ved-Mata, the mother of the Vedas.


!!  Om bhur bhuvah swah

 Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat  !!

 

The literal meaning of the mantra is:

O God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty, You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear, You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon Your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction.

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The mantra, however, has a great scientific importance too, which somehow got lost in the literary tradition. The modern astrophysics and astronomy tell us that our Galaxy called Milky Way or Akash-Ganga contains approximately 100,000 million of stars. Each star is like our sun having its own planet system. We know that the moon moves round the earth and the earth moves round the sun along with the moon. All planets round the sun. Each of the above bodies revolves round at its own axis as well. Our sun along with its family takes one round of the galactic center in 22.5 crore years. All galaxies including ours are moving away at a terrific velocity of 20,000 miles per second.

 And now the alternative scientific meaning of the mantra step by step:

 

(A). OM BHUR BHUVAH SWAH:

Bhur the earth, bhuvah the planets (solar family), swah the Galaxy. We observe that when an ordinary fan with a speed of 900 RPM (rotations Per minute) moves, it makes noise. Then, one can imagine, what great noise would be created when the galaxies move with a speed of 20,000 miles per second. This is what this portion of the mantra explains that the sound produced due to the fast-moving earth, planets and galaxies is Om.

The sound was heard during meditation by Rishi Vishvamitra, who mentioned it to other colleagues. All of them, then unanimously decided to call this sound Om the name of God, because this sound is available in all the three periods of time, hence it is set (permanent). Therefore, it was the first ever revolutionary idea to identify formless God with a specific title (form) called upadhi. Until that time, everybody recognized God as formless and nobody was prepared to accept this new idea.

In the Gita also, it is said, “Omiti ekaksharam brahma”, meaning that the name of the Supreme is Om , which contains only one syllable (8/12). This sound Om heard during samadhi was called by all the seers nada-brahma a very great noise), but not a noise that is normally heard beyond a specific amplitude and limits of decibels suited to human hearing. Hence the rishis called this sound Udgith musical sound of the above, i.e., heaven.

They also noticed that the infinite mass of galaxies moving with a velocity of 20,000 miles/second was generating a kinetic energy = 1/2 MV2 and this was balancing the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence they named it Pranavah, which means the body (vapu) or store house of energy

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(B). TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM:

Tat that (God), savitur the sun (star), varenyam worthy of bowing or respect. Once the form of a person along with the name is known to us, we may locate the specific person.Hence the two titles (upadhi) provide the solid ground to identify the formless God, Vishvamitra suggested. He told us that we could know (realize) the unknowable formless God through the known factors, viz., sound Om and light of suns (stars).

A mathematician can solve an equation x2+y2=4; if x=2; then y can be known and so on. An engineer can measure the width of a river even by standing at the riverbank just by drawing a triangle. So was the scientific method suggested by Vishvamitra in the mantra in the next portion as under:-

 

(C). BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI:

Bhargo the light, devasya of the deity, dheemahi we should meditate. The rishi instructs us to meditate upon the available form (light of suns) to discover the formless Creator (God). Also he wants us to do japa of the word Om (this is understood in the Mantra). This is how the sage wants us to proceed, but there is a great problem to realize it, as the human mind is so shaky and restless that without the grace of the Supreme (Brahma) it cannot be controlled. Hence Vishvamitra suggests the way to pray Him as under:

 

(D). DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT:

Dhiyo (intellect), yo (who), nah (we all), prachodayat (guide to right Direction). O God! Deploy our intellect on the right path.

Full scientific interpretation of the Mantra: The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the galaxies (swah) are moving at a very great velocity, the sound produced is Om , (the name of formless God.)

That God (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing/respect (varenyam). We all, therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) upon the light (bhargo) of that deity (devasya) and also do chanting of Om. May He (yo) guide in right direction (prachodayat) our(nah) intellect dhiyo.

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So we notice that the important points hinted in the mantra are:-

1) The total kinetic energy generated by the movement of galaxies acts as an umbrella and balances the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence it was named as the Pranavah (body of energy).

This is equal to 1/2 mv2 (Mass of galaxies x squre of velocity.)

2) Realizing the great importance of the syllable OM , the other later date religions adopted this word with a slight change in accent, viz., Amen and Ameen.

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Narendra Modi – the people’s politician #NaMo


Narendra Modi has been the victim of the longest running defamation campaign in India’s political history. It’s more than a decade since 2002 when media,left-liberal mafia,Islamists & communists and congress propaganda machine started their hate campaign against Modi.If one looks at the propaganda then she finds that same lines are being repeated every time and not only this but same propaganda has been going on for the last 60-70 years against nationalist forces! But opposition to Modi and the systematic mis-information campaign and slandering against him is the most shrill ever seen in India. It is therefore, necessary to analyse why Modi has attracted so much hostility that opposing forces have abandoned even the basic precautions of wearing the masks this time. The opposition to Modi stems mainly from following factors.

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Hinduphobia

The Hinduphobia is so engrained in the minds of leftist brigade that it is perplexing some times. In their eyes Hindus are inherently fascist, communal and inferior people who have no right to self governance and empowerment. In fact they have no right to survival or to preserve their culture and spiritual traditions.

That is why genocide of Hindus during Islamic invasions when some 80 to 100 million people were butchered is whitewashed and praises are written for the barbarians who did that, that is why religious prosecution of Hindus in Pakistan, Arab countries and even in India is ignored or labelled a communal topic, that is why ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir is blamed on Hindus themselves or ethnic cleansing of Bodos in Assam is dismissed with a straight face.

Needless to say that this attitude is inherited form the colonial masters, after all what the communism is all about? Nothing but a strand of western imperialism and hegemony and on that a failed and disastrous one.So strong is the Hinduphobia that they have woven a whole fantasy world of ” historical and social” analysis to “prove” how evil Hinduism has been and the only way out is total annihilation of Hindus. So anybody who talks about one of the the largest ethnic cleansing in world in Pakistan and Bangladesh is shouted down as a fascist and communal because victims were Hindus and Sikhs. What is logic of Hindus in Muslim lands anyways, goes the Hinduphobic thought process! Hinduphobia has eaten up their brains to such an extent that they even side with the most regressive and barbaric forces of Islamofascism and shower praises on Taliban and feel “secular” in company of like of Jilani and Bukhari! It is, therefore, intolerable for them to see a leader who is proud of being a Hindu and can rise to great heights without resorting to Hindu bashing.

It is intolerable that he refuses to wear skull cap or splashes his pictures of throwing Iftar party unlike seculars like Mulayam who is only seen in the pics wearing skull cap and making dua at Iftar parties but never in a temple or performing puja! It is blasphemy that Modi refuses to believe that all burden of Hindu-Muslim unity is only on Hindus. After all when do we see any Muslim politician ever accepting Tilak on his forehead or throwing party on any Hindu festival? Of course it never occurs to Modi bashers that a Hindu too can have religious rights and sensitivities like others and horror of the horror a Hindu can have right to reject.Modi has demolished the anti-Hindu propaganda and stereotypes by showing the world the meaning of Hindutva through his developmental works and achievements.

He has revived the Hindu administrative ethos of the old-honesty, loyalty, hard-work, impartiality and entrepreneurship. It is the spectre of the return of the Gupta-Chola administrative culture, splendours of Vijyanagar and dedication of Maurayans which is haunting leftist-congressi mafia. And they are leaving no stone unturned to malign Gujarat and Modi.

Castism

It gives nightmares to castist-communal-communists, Congressi elites and upper caste Muslims that Modi does not belong to the so called upper castes but to a caste which lies low in the castist hierarchy. But he has broken the glass ceilings and threatens the little cosy world of the traditional elites by his mantra of mass prosperity and equality. And that he has done so without evoking caste politics is something which has shaken the whole political dispensation and the leftist “academia” (in fact less of academia and more of propaganda machine). In the castist-communal-communist pseudo history Hinduism is the religion of some invading “Brahmin-Baniya” aryan invaders who imposed it on the indigenous people.

Therefore, all others should not follow Hinduism (and convert to other foreign religions!) They mean that Dalits, tribals and the masses of India had no history, culture, religion and civilisation but all they think is theirs is actually imposed on them by invaders. In true castist mentality they believe that people never had any brains of their own and were not capable of creating their own culture,spirituality apart from what some Aryans imposed on them. And even today they are incapable of deciding good from bad and must,therefore, follow what the comrades tell them or evangelists feed them. By propagating this myth they have sought to systematically de humanise the Dalits, tribals and others to create a rootless and alienated people which can be used as the cannon fodder in their “revolution”.

In this they are enthusiastically joined by evangelists and Islamists who are sensing spoils for their schemes. It is this game which has been upset by Modi’s Hindutva -A proud assertion of people’s Dharma and willingness to stand up for the spiritual freedom and rights of Dalits and tribals and other oppressed sections of society and not to let them become a hunting ground for predatory religious organisations or to be tortured for being Hindu by castist-communists. This is beyond belief for mostly upper caste, mostly rich, mostly urban leftist mafia, congressi Rajas, mediapersons and “intellectuals”.

The upper caste Muslims, the promoter of Islamism and admires of foreign Turks and Mongol overlords of India, are insecure about their power and wealth to which they have grown accustomed to while muslims masses lived in deprivity. When was the power in the hands of the Indian muslims in the much glorified “Muslim rule”? Irani, Turani, Mughalani aristocrats schemed for power while Hindustani Muslims with their Hindu brethren worked in fields and paid taxes to fill the coffers of these invaders! Modi by refusing to buy in the distorted version of the history and calling Delhi sultanate what it really was-a barbaric military occupation of India by fanatic and often psychic overlords-threatens the hold of dogma of religion and pseudo history of past glories over the Muslim masses.

By championing the mass prosperity without paying homage to religious identity he has become a headache for Mullahs and Maulavis who are rightly sensing the ground slipping under their feet. That a so called low caste person can be the fountainhead of so much dynamism, efficiency and intellect is intolerable for castist leftist and media establishment and thus these two are hostile to him to the extent of insanity.

Communalism

Modi by his straight forward refusal to do politics of communal appeasement and symbolism has become target of the all the communal elements in the country especially communists. He has focused on development and prosperity rather than caste and communal mobilisations. And by this he has enhanced its appeal across the religious, regional and caste divides. This upsets the game plan of those who seek to keep India permanently fractured along communal lines and gives sleepless nights to the old political guard who simply cannot imagine a post communal politics.

Development

Modi’s politics of development and not of emotions and identity challenges the status quo of the political culture in India. He offers no Muslim reservation, no free laptops, no subsidies and no other freebies but his work record and developmental agenda. Gujarat has grown under him as the dynamic hub of opportunities, business and entrepreneurship. It is attracting not only investments form India and abroad but also the talents. He has promoted a liberal and market friendly economic policies and thus increased prosperity, jobs and social mobility.

The caste system is based on the two foundations-endogamy and denial of economic freedom. People are trapped in their respective professions which they have inherited by the accident of the birth. The central point in the caste system has been the denial of the economic freedom often enforced by the perpetuation of the violence. And it is on the economic freedom that all our other freedoms rest. The caste system can be broken only by providing antidote-economic liberty-to the fundamental reason that sustains it. Modi by following this policy has rattled the socialist brigade who see the lifetime of their work collapsing like a heap of card. Caste system cannot be overcome by socialism as many people falsely believe.

In fact, caste system is very much like socialism as it imposes the dictate of the society on the individuals, reduces the scope of individual entrepreneurship & choice and places the society above individual. People are told what they should think rather than what they actually think. Socialism can only strengthen caste system and identities as can be seen in communist dominated states of W.B, Kerala or heartland of socialist politics i.e. U.P, Bihar etc. The double digit industrial and agricultural growth in this global recession is envy of the whole India. Modi has proved that the decisive and visionary leadership can deliver results and that he is the most efficient and visionary political leader in the country.

This gives cold feet to the samajwadi typos who never want people to come out of castism and poverty otherwise who will be fooled by their samajwadi utopia? The Likes of Mamta, Mulayam, Commies and Congressi are sensing the coming rebellion in the states they continue to oppress as the Gujarat model convinces more and more people that things can change for better and Hindutva is that change.

National security

Modi’s no nonsense approach to the internal and external security stands in sharp contrast to the manipulative and cowardly approach by the opposition. In the ten years of the Modi’s rule Gujarat has seen no communal riots (with the exception of the 2002 riots after a Muslim mob burned train coach at Godhara and when Modi had just assumed power). Where as U.P is burning under communal riots under “secular” Samajwadi Sarkar, In Assam illegal Bangladeshis are doing ethnic cleansing of the helpless tribals, In Hyderabad fascists and communal elements like MIM’s Owasi are having the free run! But of course no body is calling Mulayam-Akhilesh or Tarun Gogai fascist or communal.

It is clear Modi is being targeted for very different reasons which have nothing to do with 2002 riots or concerns for minorities. Modi’s refusal to even entertain question of religious or ethnic identity of the terrorist worries those who ask for mercy for Afzal Guru and Kasab or LTTE terrorists. The prospect of Modi in charge has rattled the powers that be who could count about weak and reptilian politicians to save their pets in the name of minority or majority grievances and manufactured dissents. It is clear that Modi will not tolerate these sinister forces like those behind Kundankulan protests, Maoist vandalism or aggressive evangelism wearing the mask of human rights and anti- caste discourses which seek to install a sense of alienation among different sections of the society. These forces have not found any foothold in Modi ruled Gujarat and they fear that their free run in rest of India will come to an end if ever Modi assumes the national role.

Hence, the massive and unprecedented international campaign by ” rights” groups and lobbying with foreign governments by shadowy groups against Modi.

But despite these shameless efforts by sinister elements to malign Modi his popularity has risen across the country and sections of the society.

His recent interview to Shahid Siddique ( which drove seculars to silly theatric, even expelling Siddique from S.P) and Google hangout broke the siege the Media had built around people and Modi.

Modi’s work and track record speaks for it self and that is why people have given repeated mandate for him and his government. That is why he is the most preferred candidate for the top post in the country. Nothing can stop the awakening of the people who are desperate to get rid of corrupt-castist-communal-communist political culture to which India has descended.

[  The author of this post is a research scholar from JNU. But he would like to remain anonymous due to considerations about the left leaning culture in his centre and especially the hatred for Modi prevalent there.]

Unique Eco-Sculptures from an Indian Design Student


Design Student Creates Unique Eco-Sculptures 

The Eco-Lamp

Satish Behera is a design student in India who has been exploring the ancient craft of paper maché as an ecological design material.  His style is so unique, his designs so impressionable that they are hard to forget.  His has created a style that is very professional and objects that are very desirable. (Pics)

 Using nothing more than newspaper, glue and varnish, Behera’s medium winds around and around itself as it becomes both base and cover, while Behera molds each strip into an elegant cultural work of function and art.  Each work has a patina of its own created by the blend of varnish, glue, and paper ink, adding even more distinctiveness to Behera’s style.

 

Eco-Ganesha is a modern, ecological sculpture of an ancient Hindu god, a god who, legend has it, has an elephant head.  It is exquisitely formed with rich detail that’s astounding when you consider the designer’s medium.

Design Student Creates Unique Eco-Sculptures

Eco-Ganesha

The Eco- Lamp or the Paper Table Lamp was a challenge for Behara who writes that the unusual form resulted from his placement of the lamp’s center of gravity.  Though Behara uses every strip of newspaper he acquires in his exploration, he acknowledges that he had to use “alien” products like wire, a bulb and the bulb holder.  This is a functioning lamp with a 60 watt bulb.

Wanting to design something more interesting than a box for a speaker, Behara created the Eco-Speakers to look like large snail shells/  Again, you see his meticulous craftsmanship.

Design Student Creates Unique Eco-Sculptures

Eco-Speaker

Of course, these works were simply explorations Mr. Behara undertook as part of his design coursework, but they’re awfully interesting and I should think marketable as well!

The unknown side of Hinduism


Hinduism is a whirlpool of knowledge, that which cannot be understood at first glance. To be a Hindu is not just about being gifted, but it’s an experience we need to live out in accordance with the Shastras.

Walking through a temple might be an overwhelming experience, where we would believe the superior powers are embedded within the deity. Sure enough, but how did this power get there? How did the idol get a life and how are we sharing this power? Or rather…what is this power that we define as “the ultimate truth”?

The power of the stone is not generate within the stone itself but is generated through the mystical diagram that defines the nature of the deity enclosed within the shrine. Various “bija mantras” attributed to the deity are embedded within this mystical diagram. For now this is just a copper/gold plate that carries the lines that define the true nature of the deity.

dwajastambhaThe real play starts at the dwajastambha, the main pillar in front of the temple. The fire of life is ignited along a darbha grass rope that connects the main dwajastambha to the shrine within the sanctum. The dwajastambha itself is a complex flag post, which contains designs all of which are attributed of the enclosed deity. Fire and ghee ignite the life of the mystical diagram placed within the sanctum followed by a series of hymns that are sung rhythmically along the cardinal directions within the shrine chamber. The mystical diagram comes alive when the fire with the burning ghee falls on its metal surface.

After this ritual the deity is placed over the metal plate and sealed to the floor using a mixture known as “ashtabandhanam”. The idol, made of a specific black stone is the carrier of this energy. This energy is maintained and enhanced by constant worship. Worship includes the bathing of the idol with water, milk, sandal wood, fruit mix, honey, oil, ghee and the like. Food is offered in the form of incense, flowers, fruit and rice to the deity.

The inner power of the idol is maintained by constant “pradakshinam” or circumambulation around the main shrine chamber and various prakaras. Only oil lamps should light the interior chamber and electricity is strictly prohibited. Flower garlands should be strung with banana fiber and not thread. Every thing that is offered to the deity is in its purest form. Hence the power of the deity is maintained.

What is the real nature of this “power”?
The nature of this power is strangely electrical, meaning it can produce anything from a mild shock near your elbow to making you shiver if you cannot cope with it.
The point is, we need to be ready to receive this power and for that the body and mind need to be prepared. Hence the various philosophies of detachment and zero desire so that we can concentrate on the Self instead of getting distracted by the world around us.

I know I made this sound really simple but this is belief as it stands today and no, Western science cannot prove this in a hurry.

ரஜினி சொன்ன 12 செய்திகள்!


டிசம்பர் 12-12-12 அன்று ரஜினிக்கு பிறந்தநாள் தேதி, மாதம், வருஷம் எல்லாமே 12-ஆக அமைந்தது தனிச்சிறப்பு ஆகவே ரஜினியைப்பற்றி அவரே சொன்ன 12-செய்திகள் இங்கே…

தெய்வம்…

” பெங்களூர்ல இளமையான காலத்துல ஒரு தடவை வீட்டுல இருக்குறவங்க எல்லாரும் மோசமா திட்டுனாங்க. மனசே வெறுத்துப் போச்சு.. பேசாம தற்கொலை பண்ணிக்கிற முடிவுக்கு வந்தேன். சாகறத்துக்கு முன்னாடி எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிச்ச ஃப்ரெண்ட் ஒவியர் ரமேஷை பார்க்கனும்னு தோணுச்சு. அவரோட வீடுதேடி போனேன்.. அவர் அங்கே இல்லை. அனுமார் மலைக்கோயிலுக்கு போனதா சொன்னாங்க. தேடிப்போனேன் மலையில் இருக்குற பாறையில விதவிதமா ஒவியம் வரைஞ்சுகிட்டு இருந்தார். அந்த படங்கள்ல தாடிவச்ச ஒருத்தர் என்னை வெறிச்சு பார்த்து சிரிச்சார். ‘உன்னை யாருமே புரிஞ்சுக்கலையா.. கவலையை விடு.. எல்லாத்தையும் என்கிட்டே விட்டுவிடு.. நான் பார்த்துக்கறேன்’னு பேசினார். பிரமிச்சுப் போயிட்டேன். ரமேஷிடம் ‘இவர் யாருப்பா’னு கேட்டேன் ‘அடப்பாவி இதுகூடவா தெரியாது.. இவர்தான்டா ராகவேந்திரர்’னு சொன்னார்!

பெற்றோர்…

எப்போ பார்த்தாலும் என்னோட அம்மா ராம்பாய் ‘வெயிலுல அலையாதே.. மறக்காம தலைக்கு எண்ணேய் தேய்ச்சு குளி.. நல்லா சாப்பிடு… வேலையில்லாட்டி பேசாம வீட்டுல படுத்து தூங்கு..’னு சொல்லிக்கிட்டே இருப்பாங்க! என் வாழ்க்கையோட எதிர்காலத்தைவிட என் உடம்புமேல ரொம்ப அக்கறை. அப்பா கோபக்காரர்.. படிக்கிறப்போ பிடிவாதம் பிடிப்பேன். அதனால் அப்பாவிடம் நிறைய அடிவாங்கிட்டு அப்படியே துங்கிடுவேன்.

மறுநாள் எதைக்கேட்டு அடம்பிடிச்சோம்… எதுக்காக உதை வாங்கினோம் என்பதே மறந்து போயிடும்.

குருநாதர்….

‘எம்.எஸ்.வி-யை சந்திக்கறதுக்கு முன்னாடி சோத்துக்கு வழியில்லை…. சந்திச்ச பின்னாடி சோறுதிங்க நேரமில்லை’னு எம்.எஸ்.விஸ்வநாதனை பத்தி பேசறபோது வாலி சார் அடிக்கடி சொல்லுவார். அப்படித்தான் நானும் கே.பி-சாரைபத்தி சொல்லுவேன். எனக்குள்ளே இருக்குற நடிகனை முதன்முதலா கண்டிபிடிச்ச கடவுள். அப்புறம்தான் உலகத்துக்கே நான் தெரிஞ்சேன். என்னை தெரியவச்சார்! ‘காமிரா முன்னாடி நடி… பின்னாடி நடிக்காதே..’னு சொன்னதை இன்னிக்கு வரைக்கும் கடைபிடிச்சுட்டு வர்றேன்.

கண்டக்டர்….

கர்நாடகா ட்ரான்ஸ்போர்ட்ல கண்டக்டரா வேலை பார்த்தப்போ ராஜ்பகதூர் நண்பனா கிடைச்சான். இப்போகூட ரெஸ்ட் கிடைச்சு பெங்களூரு போனால் வீட்டுலகூட அதிகம் இருக்க மாட்டேன். நண்பர்களோட பொழுது போக்குவேன். இப்போ பணம், பேர், புகழ் எல்லாம்  இருக்கு.. ஆனா அப்போ இருந்த சந்தோஷம், நிம்மதி இப்போ டெபனேட்டா இல்லை.

வீடு…

ராயப்பேட்டையில விட்டல் வீட்டு மாடியில் குடியிருந்தேன். அப்பவே அந்த ஹவுஸ்ஒனர் பாத்திமா அக்தர் நல்லா பழகுவாங்க. இப்போ நான் போயஸ் கார்டன்ல வசிக்கிற வீடு அந்தக்காலத்துல அவங்களுக்கு சொந்தமானது. நான்தான் விலைக்கு வாங்கினேன் இப்போ அதுக்கு பிருந்தாவன்னு பேர் வச்சிருக்கேன்.

மனைவி…

திருமணம் முடிஞ்ச பிறகுதான் ‘ஏண்டா இவ்வளவு லேட்டா கல்யாணம் செய்தோம்னு ஃபீல் செய்யுற அளவுக்கு லதா அன்பா இருந்தாங்க. என்னோட முன்கோபம், சினிமா தொழில்ல இருக்குற ப்ராப்ளம் எல்லாத்தையும் நல்லா உணர்ந்து உறுதுணையா இருக்குறாங்க. அம்மாவுக்கு என்னோட ஆரோக்கியம் முக்கியம்னா, லதாவுக்கு என்னோட எதிர்காலத்து மேல் ரொம்ப ரொம்ப அக்கறை.

நட்பு…

நான் கஷ்டபட்டபோதும் சரி… இப்போ வசதியா இருக்கும் போதும் சரி என்மேல ஒரே மாதிரி அன்பு செலுத்துற ராஜ்பகதூர் ஆச்சர்யமான நண்பன். அதுபோல இன்ஸ்ட்டியூட்ல படிச்சப்போ பழகிய நண்பர்கள் எல்லாருமே எனக்கு இப்பவும் நல்ல ப்ரெண்ட்ஸ்! சினிமாவுல, அரசியலுல எல்லாத்துலயும் நண்பர்கள் நிறையபேர் இருக்காங்க!

வாகனம்…

நான் பெங்களூர்ல கண்டக்டரா வேலை செஞ்ச பஸ் நம்பர் 10ஏ.  சென்னையில முதன்முதலா வாங்கின ஸ்கூட்டர் டிஎன்ஆர்- 4306, அப்புறம் பியட் கார் இப்போ இன்னோவா!

பட்டம்…

‘திரிசூலம்’ வெள்ளிவிழா பங்ஷனுக்கு மதுரைக்கு போயிருந்தேன். அப்போ எல்லாரும் மீனாட்சி அம்மன் கோயிலுக்கு போய் அவங்க அவங்க பேரைச்சொல்லி சாமிகிட்டே அர்ச்சனை செஞ்சாங்க. குருக்கள் என்னோட நடத்திரத்தை கேட்டார் ‘தெரியாது சாமீ..’னு சொன்னேன். இப்போதான் உண்மை தெரியுது மக்கள் கொடுத்து இருக்குற பட்டம்தான் (சூப்பர்ஸ்டார்) என்னோட உண்மையான  நட்சத்திரம்னு!

மேக்கப்….

‘அபூர்வராகங்கள்’ படத்துல முதன்முதலா மேக்கப் போட்ட சுந்தரமூர்த்திதான் ‘குசேலன்’வரை எனக்கு மேக்கப் போட்டவர்.

நடிப்பு…

படப்பிடிப்புக்கு போகும்போது முக்கியமான காட்சிகள் இருந்தால் என்னோட டயலாக்கை முதல்நாளே வாங்கிட்டுப் போய் வீட்டுல ரிகர்சல் செய்வேன். வசனத்தை ஷூட்டிங் ஸ்பாட்டுல மனப்பாடம் செய்யத் தெரியாம அப்படி செய்யறது இல்லை. மறுநாள் தேவையில்லாம நேரத்தையும், ஃபிலிமையும் வேஸ்ட் பண்ணாம நடிகனும்னு ஒரு அக்கறை அவ்வளவுதான்!

ரசிகர்….

‘அபூர்வ ராகங்கள் ‘ படத்தை சென்னை கிருஷ்ணவேணி தியேட்டர்ல முதன்முதலா பார்த்தேன். நான் நடிச்ச காட்சியை திரையில பார்த்ததும் சீட்டுல உட்கார்ந்து இருந்த ஒரு சிறுமி என்னை திரும்பி பார்த்தார். படம் முடிஞ்சி வெளியில வரும்போது என்கிட்டே ஓடிவந்த சிறுமி சினிமா டிக்கட் பின்னாடி கையெழுத்து கேட்டார்.. நான் போட்டேன். எனக்கு கிடைச்ச முதல் ரசிகை அந்த சிறுமிதான்.  அவர் எங்கேனு தேடிக்கிட்டே இருக்கேன். நான் போட்ட முதல் ஆட்டோகிராப் சினிமா டிக்கட் பின்னாலதான்!

-திருவாரூர் குணா

The Wheel of Yoga


Different approaches to God-realization in Hinduism

Types of Yoga

“Hinduism has taken into consideration the fact that people are of different tastes, temperaments, predilections, and bent of mind, and therefore has accepted the need for different paths for different individuals to suit their requirements. Thus four different paths have been laid down: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga. Followers of all the four paths have the common goal of merging with the Supreme Reality. While the Jnana Yogin aims at reaching his goal by the realization of his identity with the Supreme Reality, the Bhakti Yogin surrenders his individuality at the feet of the Lord, his beloved; the Karma Yogin realizes his goal by work unattached to the fruits thereof and the Raja Yogin soars ahead by physical and psychic control culminating in ‘merging’ through Samadhi.

1. Jnana Yoga – is the way of wisdom.

The Jnana Yoga is monist. The aim of asceticism is to reach Knowledge and gain access to noumenal truth. The word jnana means “knowledge”, “insight,” or “wisdom”. Jnana-Yoga is virtually identical with the spiritual path of Vedanta, the tradition of nondualism. Jnana Yoga is the path Self-realization through the exercise of understanding, or, to be more precise, the wisdom associated with discerning the Real from the unreal.

The term jnana-yoga is first mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, where Lord Krishna declares to his pupil Prince Arjuna: “Of yore I proclaimed a twofold way of life in this world, o guileless Arjuna – Jnana Yoga for the samkhyas and Karma Yoga for the yogins.” (III.3). Jnana Yoga represents the knowledge of the self in general. Self is present everywhere and all bodies are perishable. The self never perishes. It never dies even though body is killed. The Yoga of knowledge represents the knowledge of the self, and the self is eternal, omnipresent, imperishable and omniscient.

Jnana Yoga is the most arduous way, reserved for an elite and in it the Yogin must go beyond the plane of Maya. Jnana Yoga leads to an integration through knowledge, gnosis. Also, there is dhyana yoga. The Sanskrit dhyana becomes Ch’an in Chinese which becomes Thom in Vietnamese, Son in Korean, Zen in Japanese. This yoga is specifically what gets called the yoga of meditation.  All these constitute the Buddhi yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, that is, the yoga of integrated intelligence and will.

2. Bhakti Yoga – is the way of exclusive devotion to God.

Bhakti Yoga is the supreme devotion to the Lord. Bhakti is intense attachment to God who is the Indweller in all beings, who is the support, solace for all beings. Bhakti yoga is integration through love or devotion. It teaches the rules of love, for it is the science of the higher love; it teaches how to direct and use love and how to give it a new object, how to obtain from it the highest and most glorious result, which is the acquisition of spiritual felicity. The Bhakti Yoga, does not say “abandon” but only love, love the Most High”.

3. Karma Yoga – is the way of selfless work.

To exist is to act. Karma yoga means the discipline of action or integration through activity. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of self-surrendered action. Even an inanimate object such as a rock has movement. And the building blocks of matter, the atoms, are in fact not building blocks at all but incredibly complex patterns of energy in constant motion. Thus, the universe is a vast vibratory expanse. Karma Yoga is selfless service unto humanity. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of action which purifies the heart and prepares the heart and mind for the reception of Divine Light or the attainment of Knowledge of the Self. But this has to be done without attachment or egoism. The karma yoga of The Gita is a unique philosophy of action and it declares that nature has given the right of action to man only and the right of the result of action is under the authority of nature. But the action is a duty of man; therefore he should perform actions without the desire of fruit. Lord Krishna says: “Not by abstention from actions does a man enjoy action-transcendence, nor by renunciation alone does he approach perfection.” (III, 4). Then God Krishna, who communicates these teachings to his pupil Arjuna, points to himself, as the archetypal model of the active person: “For Me, O son of Pritha, there is nothing to be done in the three worlds, nothing ungained to be gained – and yet I engage in action.” (III.22).

4. Raja Yoga  - The Respelendent Yoga of Spiritual Kings

This refers to the Yoga system of Patanjali, is commonly used to distinguish Patanjali’s eight-fold path of meditative introversion from Hatha Yoga. Psycho-physical practices for mind and cure have been part of Hindu medical science in the ancient times and no wonder Dr. freud and other modern psychologists are just the beginners in the field discovering the age-old science. Sri Aurobindo observed: “Indian yoga is experimental psychology. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the Upanishads – these and the Saiva Siddhanta treatises – furnish pioneering examples of experimental psychology.” “In Indian psychology they proceed from the basis of the supremacy of mind over matter and postulate Atman as the ultimate Reality of the universe unification with which is the basic purpose of this yoga.”

Romain Rolland 1866-1944) French Nobel laureate, professor of the history of music at the Sorbonne and thinker. He authored a book Life and Gospel of Vivekananda, calls this yoga as the experimental psycho-physiological method for the direct attainment of Reality which is Brahman. Many serious seekers have successfully tried direct realization of the Supreme through the mind control without waiting for indefinite births to take place. This great methodology was developed by the great classical theorist Rishi Patanjali who sought to attain ultimate knowledge through the control and absolute mastery of the mind thus cutting down the endless path of the soul for perfection through future births. The whole thrust is on the concentration and control of mind after shutting it out of all worldly objects to reach the Ultimate Reality.

“The powers of the mind are like rays of dissipated light; when they are concentrated they illumine. This is the only means of Knowledge. The originality of Indian Raja Yoga lies in the fact that it has been the subject for centuries past of a minutely elaborated experimental science for the conquest of concentration and mastery of the mind. By mind, the Hindu Yogi understands the instrument as well as the object of knowledge, and in what concerns the object, he goes very far, farther than I can follow him.”

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. India’s first spiritual and cultural ambassador to the West, said: “The science of Raja Yoga proposes to lay down before humanity a practical and scientifically worked out method for reaching the truth.”

Other Forms of Yoga

There are several other forms of yoga, such as Hatha Yoga, Mantra Yoga, and Laya Yoga. The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to destroy or transform all that which, in man, interferes with his union with the universal Being. It is a “Yoga of strength” which lays particular stress on physical exercises that even permit the adept to perform physiological feats that are normally beyond human capacity.

Once a Yogin has obtained purification by the different disciplines of the Hatha Yoga the Yogin must recite a series of mantras or “prayers” which make up the Mantra Yoga. The aim of Laya Yoga is to direct the mind upon the object of meditation.

All these are branches or subdivisions of the four main divisions of yoga stated above. All branches of yoga have one thing in common, they are concerned with a state of being, or consciousness. “Yoga is ecstasy” says Vyasa’s Yoga-bhashya

The Lost City of Krishna & Mystery of Dwarka


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 Once upon a time, in the midst of sea lay a mystical kingdom. The city was home to 900 palaces, all made of gold. This golden city was supposed to have arisen out of the sea on the command of a person who is very much the heart of Hinduism. The story about the city is as much magical as the story of the man who built it. Legends surrounding this mysterious city fascinated poets and scholars for centuries. Poets have described the radiance cast by the island city as spreading over miles in the sea. The personality ruling over this kingdom was none other than Lord Krishna, the charismatic God ruling over the hearts of millions of devotees. Dwarka as the golden city was called, had many ‘Dwaras’ or ‘Gateways’ that were connected to the mainstream land via bridges.

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The story of Krishna as told in the sacred scripture Srimad Bhagavatam, describes the scenario that led to the construction of Dwarka. Once, when Krishna was ruling the city of Mathura, the kingdom was repeatedly attacked by Jarasandha, the tyrant King of Magadha (the present day Bihar), around 17 times. The Monarch lost to Krishna in all 17 battles, and he attacked Mathura the 18th time. At this stage, Krishna decided to build a separate city on an island in the Western coast of India, to save his citizens, his Yadava clan from the trouble of repeated wars. The city was built by the divine architect, Vishwakarma himself. The city soon grew in fame and became the invincible pivot of Lord Krishna’s mission, housing thousands, in around 900 palaces. The city was well fortified and could be reached only by ship. Dwarka soon became a talking point everywhere, and commanded awe and wonder all over the world.

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When the Lord decided to unwind his mission, and left for His heavenly abode, the island of Dwarka also sunk, leaving traces of its wonderful existence only in scriptures, until recently when archeologist found an underwater kingdom of the coast of Dwarka town in Gujarat, supposed to be the original Dwarka.

Dwarka was the first archeological site in India, where marine explorations were undertaken, and continued for four decades. Many amazing discoveries by marine archeologists and oceanographic studies over the last three decades point in no uncertain terms to the historicity of Krishna’s kingdom, the original Dwarka of the Mahabharata era.

In 1963, the marine exploration carried out by the Deccan College in Pune and the department of archaeology, Government of Gujarat, unveiled many artifacts and inscriptions, hundreds of centuries old at a supposed Dwarka site.

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The greatest exploration happened when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted a second round of excavations under the direction of the famous underwater archeologist, S R Rao, leading to the discovery of Krishna’s Dwarka under the sea. The well-fortified city of Dwarka was discovered in between 1984 to 1990, extending more than half mile from the shore. The township was built in six sectors along the banks of a river. The foundation of boulders on which the city’s walls were erected proves that the land was reclaimed from the sea. What is amazing is that the general layout of the City of Dwarka described in the ancient texts agrees with that of the submerged city discovered by the Marine Archaelogical Unit. Many ancient inscriptions were also found. One of the inscriptions refers to Dwarka as the capital of the western coast of Saurashtra and more importantly states that Lord Krishna lived here.

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Further, Marine Archeologists found a large number of stone structures, rectangular, semicircular and squared shaped, in water depths. They are randomly scattered over a large area. Moreover, many varieties of stone anchors were also found. These discoveries seem to suggest that Dwarka was once, one of the busiest ports along the western coast of Bharatvarsha (ancient India). Many more areas of original Dwarka may be discovered in near future.

The discovery of the legendary city of Dwarka was an important landmark in the history of India. It dispelled the doubts raised by historians about the historicity of Mahabharata and Lord Krishna, and the very existence of Dwarka city. It has extended the history of Indian civilization from the present day to Vedic age.

What is Mind?


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Infinite Universal Consciousness is also called Brahmn. In this Infinite Universal Consciousness this entire universe is pervaded. When a Spark of this Universal Consciousness is conditioned by and undergoes modification by mixing with Nature Elements or with the external body, then this conditioned Consciousness is called MIND. In such a situation Consciousness forgets it’s true nature that it’s a part of & of the nature of that Infinite Universal Consciousness. Such a conditioned consciousness is also called Jiva.

This Jiva / Mind after forgetting it’s true nature (being part of & of the nature of that Infinite Universal Consciousness), inherits a body & makes appearance in this world. Such a conditioned soul / Jiva takes birth in different bodies & moves from one body to other body after death. Such a journey of soul / Jiva goes forever until it sees the truth again.

But Infinite Universal Consciousness, called Brahmn is independent of all these & pervades this whole universe, beyond this Jiva & beyond this body.

It is due to our Ignorance only (after forgetting the Infinite Universal Consciousness called “Brahmn”) that this universe exists. Once we know ourselves to be a part & parcel of that Infinite Universal Consciousness, then this illusion of universe disappears & you become one with the Brahmn.

Below are some verses from Bhagwat Gita which illustrates the same:

“mamaivamso jiva-loke
jiva-bhutah sanatanah
manah-sasthanindriyani
prakriti-sthani karshati” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 7)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.”

“sariram yad avapnoti
yac chapy utkramatishvarah
grhitvaitani samyati
vayur gandhan ivasayat” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 8)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.”

“srotram chaksuh sparshanam cha
rasanam ghranam eva cha
adhisthaya manas chayam
visayan upasevate” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 9)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.”

“utkramantam sthitam vapi
bhunjanam va gunanvitam
vimudha nanupasyanti
pasyanti jnana-chaksusah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 10)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The foolish cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this.”

“yatanto yoginas chainam
pasyanty atmany avasthitam
yatanto ’py akritatmano
nainam pasyanty acetasah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 11)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The endeavoring transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to.”

“sarvasya chaham hridi sannivisto
mattah smritir jnanam apohanam cha
vedais cha sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedanta-krd veda-vid eva chaham” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 15)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.”

“dvav imau purushau loke
ksharas chakshara eva cha
ksharah sarvani bhutani
kuta-stho ’kshara uchyate” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 16)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, There are two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material world every living entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every living entity is called infallible.”

“uttamah purushas tv anyah
paramatmety udahrtah
yo loka-trayam avisya
bibharty avyaya ishvarah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 17)

Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the God Soul, the imperishable Lord Himself, who has entered the three worlds and is maintaining them.”