Lord Vishnu (Krishna) Saligrama – Saligrama is also Known as Saligramam sila,Saligramamam,Saligram,Salagram or Saligrama. Saligrama is Lord vishnu himself found only in stone form(murthy form in kaligandaki river in nepal),this page includes the details info ,collection of saligrams.
Saligrama is Supreme Avatar of Lord Vishnu in Form of Holy Stone named as Saligrama.All Sacred Saligrama Stone is Found only in Gandaki River,Nepal.While Worshipping Saligrama,Tulasi leaves is offered to Saligrama(lord vishnu),Tulasi devi is offered as Signifying Goddess Lakshmi.
In Hindu Devotee house mostly Nepal and India,Tulasi vivaha or Literally known as ’Tulasi Marriage Ceremony’ is Celibrated with Saligramam is conducted- sort of Kalyanotsavam for Saligrmam and Tulasi.
The Sacred Gandaki river where Saligramam stone is Found and Collected for Worship is also known as Krishna Gandaki or kali gandaki river which lies in Mustang district in Near Muktinath temple. Nepal Where saligrama is found is Home of Lord vishnu and mostly hindu Populous country.
Related Questions – Saligramam or Saligrama sila
1 – Which other Colours does saligrama stone is Found ? Is Saligrama only Black Stone?
No ,Saligrama sila Stone is Found in Any Colours but mostly 99 % percent as Black Colours in Appearance. White Colours are Rare. Black Colours Saligrama is also Scared and Rare but worshipped by mostly all Devotee. Red Colours Saligrama is not Worshipped in house and we should not worship red Saligramas.
2 – Where is Saligrama available or Found?
- Except Gandaki River in Muktinath Nepal ,Saligrama sila stone is not found in other Place.
3 – Does it have the symbol of sudarshana chakra or Marks as well as other holy Symbol of lord vishnu?
- Yes mostly Saligrama sila is found in appearance with Sudarshana chakra but Some Saligrama have naturally golden colours marks,different holes,Crystal etc which are rare in nature.Saligrama is also found in shape of sankha,Chakr,Gada,Padma which are lord vishnu four hands, four weapon or symbol carried by lord vishnu in each hand.
4 – What is Hindu Religious Story Behind having Chakra in Saligrama or Marks lines?Is Saligrama is found only inside water?
- According to Hindu Religious Scripts. Lord Vishnu Himself Said ’Hey BishwaKarma you Make My Saligrama Beautiful Design and Chakra’. From that Time Lord Bishwakarma came in Gandaki river and started making beautiful design,Chakra in Saligrama.It is said that Lord bishwakarma is present in Gandaki river in Form of Insect name as Bajrakeeta(water insects).
Lord Bishwakarma is also Known as God of Artitects,God Engineer ,Designer,Hindu God of Artitecture,God of Furnitures etc. Saligrama is found in Chakra and beautiful marks. Saligrama is mostly found inside Gandaki river where as some in bank of Gandaki river. There is no any Religious story behind on this but Scientifically when water in gandaki river flows hugely ,Some Saligrama move in bank of river.Saligrama inside Gandaki river is consider as very auspiciousness and Good in Comparing to Outer saligrama of Bank of river where different views of devotee is seen. But Spirtually all saligrama is lord vishnu(krishna) ,Saligrama donot have any fault on this.
5 – Is it a fact that more and Less number of chakras in a Saligrama represnet its significance ?What are Saligrama holes?
Yes ,Saligrama Having One chakra is sudarshan where as 2 chakra is consider as narayan(lord vishnu),3 chakra saligramam- achyut saaligrama – lord achyut sri krishna appears as 3 chakra shaligram,4 chakra is God janardhan Saligrama,5 chakra is God basudeva(krsna) Saligramas. According to some script ,A Saligrama with 7 holes and 14 chakras is known as Ananta Padmanabha Murthy. 2 holes and 4 chakras is Narayana Murthy and so on. All the Murthys are of the same power.But only more than 12 chakra is Ananta.
6 – Where can we Read Some articles on Hindu Religious Script? What is Dwarka Sila and Saligrama sila difference?
- We Can read about Saligrama in all 18 Purans under different contexts. There is some small mythology book found in religious shop where we can read some topic about Saligrama . Only 18 puran and Shastra Described Saligrama Clearly .Only Expert Guru and priest also can described the value and details of Purana shortly.
Dwarka sila is Lord Krishna himself. Dwarka sila is found in Dwarka river in india where as saligram is found in nepal,Kali Gandaki river. Dwarka sila is white in appearance where as saligrama in black. It is said that while worshipping Saligrama if any body keep dwarka sila,it is consider as Auspiciousness and can please lord vishnu easily.There is no any thing remain.
7 – Which Saligramam should Madhwas should worship? Can Madhwas can worship big Saligrama?
Abnormal sizes Saligrama should be kept in the Temples/Mutts etc. The size recommended for the puja in the house is smaller Saligramam which can be accommodated in the closed fist.We should not worship abnormal saligrama in house.
8 – Does We should do daily abhiseck or Snan (Holy Bath) to Saligrama?
- Yes it is recommended to Bath(snan and abhiseck) Saligrama daily . If Someone who doesnot bath Saligramam should worship saligrama daily or by best we should try to snan daily . We should also bath which is very good day to bath Saligrama is in lord vishnu day in week ,every lord vishnu fasting day and special day of month,year etc.
9 – What are types of Saligrama? What are different name of Lord Vishnu Saligrama?
There are different names of saligrama and name of lord vishnu saligrama,which are classified by holes,chakra ,different marks etc. which are describe below -
Types of Saligramam are as follows
1. Lakshminarayana Saligrama, 2. Pradhyumna Saligrama, 3. Aniruddah Saligrama, 4. Vasudeva Saligrama,5. Sankarshana Saligrama(Balaram),6. Narasimha Saligrama,7. Lakshmi Narasimha Saligrama. 8. Hayagriva Saligrama, 9. Sudarshana Saligrama, 10. Gadadhara Saligrama,11. Madhusudana Saligrama,12. Lakshminarayana Saligrama,13. Lakshmijanardhana Saligrama,14. Vamana Saligrama,15. Sridhara Saligrama,16. Raghunatha Saligrama,17. Damodara Saligrama,18. Rama Saligrama,19. Rajarajeshwara Saligrama,20. Anantha Saligrama,21.Kurma Saligrama,22.Parshuram Saligrama,23.Varaha Saligrama,24. Krishna Saligrama,25.Buddha saligramam,26. KalkiSaligrama,27.Purshottam Saligrama,28.Santhana Gopal Saligrama ,29.Laddu Gopal saligrama,30.Trivikrama Saligrama.
Others name of lord vishnu(krishna) Saligrama sila
Ananta saligrama sila, Matsya Saligrama,Anirudha Saligrama,Narasimhadeva Saligrama,Chaturmukhi Saligrama shila,Damodara Saligrama,Narayana Saligrama,Devi shaligrama,Padmanabha saligrama,
Gadadhara Saligrama,Paramesthi saligramas,Ganesha Saligrama,Pradyumna Saligramam,Gopala Saligramam,Purushottama Saligramam,Garuda saligramam,Sankarsana saligrama,Hayagriva saligrama,Shesha saligrama, Shivalinga saligram shila,Hiranyagarbha saligrama,Ratna Garva Saligrama,Hrishikesha shaligrama shila ,Sudarsana saligramam,Kapila saligrams,Vaikuntha shaligram,Keshava saligrama sila,Krishna Saligramam,Vishnu-panjara Saligrama murthy,
vishnu saligrama, Yogeshvaran shaligram shila.
10 – What are Benefits and Boon attain by saligrama ?
- Saligrama is lord vishnu himself,One can please and make happy god vishnu if even touch and Darshan Saligrama sila in life.Saligrama worship pleases god vishnu(krishna) and all God/Goddess.
Vaishnava worship the Saligrama the most sacred stone for six values of life, i.e. Righteous living, Wealth, Protection, good health, pleasures and Spiritual happiness. They used to worship Saligrams i.e. Vishnu in an abstract form i.e., God without form as a ‘Saligrama’. The use of the Saligrama is similar to the use of ‘Lingam’ as abstract symbol of Lord Shiva. The Saligram is found in river Gandaki near Muktinath in Nepal. According to the Vaishnava and hindu devotee the Saligrama is the “dwelling place of Lord Vishnu” and any one who keeps it, must worship it daily. He must also adhere to the strict rules such as not touching the Saligrama without bathing, never placing the Saligram on the ground, avoiding non-vaishnavaite (or non-satvic) food and not indulging in the bad practices.
The Lord Krishna himself mentions the qualities of saligram to ‘Yudhishtra’ in the Mahabharta. Most of the Shaligrama are considered auspicious, some are very sacred, while others are considered to bring good luck, money, peace, sons and so on.
The temples can use any kind of Saligrama in their rituals. The place where the Saligrama stone is found is itself known by that name and is one of the 108 sacred pilgrimage places for the ” Vaishnavas” of South india and ‘Muktinath divya desam ,Nepal’ .In fact such is the auspiciousness of this place that the Puranas mention that any stone from Nepal is equally sacred to Saligrama.
As per Skanda Purana, Padma Purana and other epics, the worshipper of Shree Saligrama knows no fear and is blessed to attain all desirable things, worldly comforts, good wife, good sons, good health, immense wealth, peaceful environment prevails in his surroundings and he gets immense protection against all evil forces. His all anxieties, mental tension goes off and all ambitions are fulfilled Even the water that has just touched the Saligrama Shila becomes Amrit” and by drinking it “man” is relived of all diseases. Worshipping of Saligrama helps in meditation and attainment of spiritual liberation.One will attain Baikuntha dham(home of lord vishnu) after life circle if some one care and worship saligrama sila ritually and devotionally there is no doubt on this.
11 – What are Puja method or Worshipping process and Mantra of Saligrama?
- Saligrama pooja process and mantra can be viewed on Mantra and Puja Vidhi.
காந்திஜி கொல்லப்பட்ட வழக்கில் கோட்சே யின் வாக்குமுலம்,
ஆதாரம் MAY I PLEASE YOUR HONOUR
காந்தி கொலை செய்யப்பட்டதற்கு முழுக்க முழுக்க நானே பொறுப்பு. வீரசவர்க்கார் உள்பட வேறு எவருக்கும் தொடர்பு இல்லை” என்று கோட்சே கூறினார். டெல்லி செங்கோட்டையில் அமைக்கப்பட்ட சிறப்பு நீதிமன்றத்தில் கோட்சே தொடர்ந்து வாக்குமூலம் அளித்தார். வாக்கு மூலத்தின் பின்பகுதி வருமாறு:-
ஜின்னாவின் இரும்புப்பிடி, எக்கு உள்ளத்தின் முன் காந்திஜியின் ஆத்ம சக்தி, அகிம்சைக் கொள்கை அனைத்தும் தவிடு பொடியாகிவிட்டன. ஜின்னாவிடம் தம் கொள்கை ஒருக்காலும் வெற்றி பெறாது என்று தெரிந்திருந்தும் அவர் கொள்கையை மாற்றிக் கொள்ளாமலேயே இருந்தார்.
தம் தோல்வியையும் அவர் ஒப்புக்கொள்ளவே இல்லை. மற்ற மேதைகள் ஜின்னாவுடன் பேசி அவரை முறியடிக்கவும் வழிவிடவில்லை. இமயமலைப் போன்ற பெரிய தவறுகளைச் செய்த வண்ணம் இருந்தார். நாட்டைப் பிளந்து துண்டு துண்டாக்கியவரைத் “தெய்வம்” என மற்றவர் மதித்தாலும் என் உள்ளம் ஏனோ அவ்வாறு ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள மறுக்கிறது, அவர் மீது கோபம்தான் வருகிறது.
காந்தியைக் கொன்றால் என் உயிரும் போய்விடும் என்பதை அறிவேன். சிறிதும் சந்தேகம் இல்லாமல் என் எதிர்காலம் பாழாய்ப்போவது உறுதி. பாகிஸ்தானின் ஆக்கிரமிப்பிலிருந்தும் அட்டூழியத்திலிருந்தும் இந்தியா விடுதலையடையும் என்பது என்னவோ உறுதியாகும். மக்கள் என்னை “முட்டாள்” என்று அழைக்கலாம். அறிவில்லாமல் அண்ணல் காந்தியடிகளைக் கொன்றதாகக் கூறலாம். நம் இந்தியா ஒரு பலமுள்ள நாடாகவும், சுதந்திர நாடாகவும் இருக்கவேண்டும் என்பதே என் விருப்பம்.
நம் நாடு வல்லரசாகத் திகழவேண்டுமானால், காந்தியடிகளின் கொள்கையை நாம் கைவிடவேண்டும். அவர் உயிரோடிருந்தால் நாம் அவர் கொள்கைகளிலிருந்து மாறுபட்டுச் செயல்பட முடியாது. நான் இந்த விஷயத்தை நன்கு அலசி ஆராய்ந்த பிறகே அவரைக் கொல்ல வேண்டும் என்று முடிவு எடுத்தேன். ஆனால் நான் அதுபற்றி யாரிடமும் பேசவில்லை. எந்த வகையான யோசனையையும் எவரும் சொல்லவில்லை.
பிர்லா மாளிகையில் பிரார்த்தனை மைதானத்தில் 30_1_1948_ல் காந்தியைச் சுட என் இரு கைகளுக்கும் வலிமையை நான் வரவழைத்துக்கொண்டேன். இனி நான் எதையும் சொல்வதற்கில்லை. நாட்டின் நலனிற்காகத் தியாகம் செய்வது பாவம் எனக் கருதினால் நான் பாவம் செய்தவனாவேன். அது கவுரவம் என்றால் அந்த கவுரவம் எனக்கு வரட்டும்.
நேதாஜி விடுதலைப்போரில், வன்முறையை ஆதரிப்பவர்களை மட்டும் காந்திஜி எதிர்த்தார் என்பதில்லை. அவருடைய அரசியல் கருத்துக்கு எதிரான கருத்துக்கள் உடையவர்களையும் வெறுத்தார். அவருடைய கொள்கைகளை ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளாதவர்கள் மீது அவருக்கு இருந்த வெறுப்புக்கு சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ் ஓர் எடுத்துக்காட்டு. காங்கிரசில் இருந்து சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ் தூக்கி எறியப்படும் வரை, காந்திஜியின் வன்மம் முற்றிலும் அகலவில்லை.
சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ் 6 ஆண்டுகள் நாடு கடத்தப்படவேண்டும் என்று பிரிட்டிஷ் அரசு உத்தரவிட்டதை எதிர்த்து எனக்குத் தெரிந்தவரை காந்தி ஒரு வார்த்தைகூட சொல்லவில்லை. மற்ற எந்த தலைவர்களையும் விட நேதாஜியை மக்கள் விரும்பினர். 1945_ல் ஜப்பானியர் தோல்விக்குப்பிறகு சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ் இந்தியாவுக்குள் நுழைந்திருந்தால், இந்திய மக்கள் ஒட்டுமொத்தமாக அவரை வரவேற்று இருப்பார்கள். ஆனால் காந்தியின் அதிர்ஷ்டம் சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ் இந்தியாவுக்கு வெளியில் இறந்துவிட்டார்.
முஸ்லிம்கள் மீது காந்திஜி அதிகமான மோகத்தை வளர்த்துக்கொண்டார். பாகிஸ்தானில் இருந்து இந்தியாவுக்கு அகதிகளாக ஓடிவந்த இந்துக்கள் மீது இரக்கப்பட்டு ஆறுதலாக ஒரு வார்த்தைகூட பேசவில்லை. மனிதாபிமானம் பற்றி அவருக்கு ஒரு கண்தான் இருந்தது. அது முஸ்லிம் மனிதாபிமானம். காந்திஜிக்கும், எனக்கும் இடையே தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் எவ்வித பகையும் இருந்தது இல்லை. காந்திஜி மீது நான் இந்த தீவிர நடவடிக்கையை மேற்கொள்ளக் காரணம், நம் நாட்டின் மீது நான் கொண்டிருந்த பக்திதானே தவிர வேறு ஒன்றும் இல்லை. பாகிஸ்தான் நிறுவப்பட்ட பிறகாவது, பாகிஸ்தானில் வாழும் இந்துக்களின் நலனைக்காக்க இந்த காந்தீய அரசாங்கம் ஏதாவது நடவடிக்கை எடுத்திருந்தால், என் மனதைக் கட்டுப்படுத்திக் கொண்டிருக்க முடியும். ஆனால், விடியும் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் ஆயிரக்கணக்கான இந்துக்கள் படுகொலை செய்யப்பட்ட செய்தியைக் கொண்டு வந்தது.
15 ஆயிரம் சீக்கியர்கள் சுட்டுக் கொல்லப்பட்டனர். நூற்றுக்கணக்கான பெண்கள் நிர்வாணமாக்கப்பட்டு ஊர்வலமாகக் கொண்டு செல்லப்பட்டனர். அந்த இந்துப்பெண்கள் சந்தைகளில் ஆடு_மாடுகள் விற்கப்படுவதுபோல விற்கப்பட்டனர். இதனால் இந்துக்கள் தங்கள் உயிரைக் காப்பாற்றிக் கொள்ள இந்தியாவை நோக்கி ஓடிவந்தனர். இந்தியாவை நோக்கி வந்த இந்திய அகதிகள் கூட்டம், நாற்பது மைல் நீளத்துக்கு இருந்தது. இந்தக் கொடிய நிகழ்ச்சிக்கு எதிராக இந்திய அரசு என்ன நடவடிக்கை எடுத்தது? அவர்களுக்கு விமானத்தில் இருந்து ரொட்டித் துண்டுகள் போடப்பட்டன. அவ்வளவுதான். “தேசத்தந்தை” என்று காந்தி அழைக்கப்படுகிறார். அது உண்மையானால் அவர் ஒரு தந்தைக்குரிய கடமையிலிருந்து தவறிவிட்டார். பிரிவினைக்கு (பாகிஸ்தான் அமைப்புக்கு) சம்மதம் தெரிவித்ததன் மூலம் இந்த தேசத்துக்கு நம்பிக்கைத் துரோகம் செய்துவிட்டார்.
பிரிவினைக்கு காந்திஜி சம்மதித்ததால் அவர் இந்தியாவின் தேசத்தந்தை அல்ல; பாகிஸ்தானின் தேசத்தந்தை என்று நிரூபித்து விட்டார். பாகிஸ்தான் பிரிவினைக்கு நாம் இணங்கியிருக்காவிட்டால், நமக்கு சுதந்திரம் கிடைத்திருக்காது என்று சிலர் கூறுவது தவறான கருத்து. தலைவர்கள் எடுத்த தவறான முடிவுக்கு அது வெறும் சாக்குப்போக்காகவே எனக்குத் தோன்றுகிறது. 1947 ஆகஸ்டு 15_ந்தேதி பாகிஸ்தான் சுதந்திர நாடானது எப்படி? பஞ்சாப், வங்காளம், வடமேற்கு எல்லை மாகாணம், சிந்து முதலிய பகுதி மக்களின் உணர்வுகளுக்கும், கருத்துக்களுக்கும் எந்த மதிப்பும் தராமல் பாகிஸ்தான் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. பிரிக்கக்கூடாத பாரதம் இரண்டாகப் பிரிக்கப்பட்டு, அதன் ஒரு பகுதியில் மதவாத அரசு நிறுவப்பட்டது. முஸ்லிம்கள் தங்கள் தேச விரோத செயல்களுக்கு வெற்றிக்கனியை பாகிஸ்தான் வடிவில் பெற்றனர். பட்டப்பகலில் சுமார் 400 பேர் கூடியிருந்த கூட்டத்தில் காந்திஜியை நான் சுட்டேன். அது உண்மை.
சுட்ட பிறகு ஓடுவதற்கு நான் முயற்சி செய்யவில்லை. தப்பி ஓடும் எண்ணமும் எனக்கு இல்லை. என்னை சுட்டுக்கொண்டு தற்கொலை செய்து கொள்ளவும் முயலவில்லை. கொலை பற்றி நீதிமன்றத்தில் என் உணர்ச்சிகளைக் கொட்டித் தீர்க்கவே விரும்பினேன். மரியாதைக்குரிய நீதிமன்றம் எனக்கு எந்த தண்டனையையும் விதிக்குமாறு கட்டளையிடலாம். என் மீது கருணை காட்டவேண்டும் என்றும் நான் கேட்கவில்லை.
பிறர் என் சார்பாக கருணை வேண்டுவதையும் நான் விரும்பவில்லை. `கொலைக்கு நானே பொறுப்பு’ என்னோடு பலர் குற்றம் சாட்டப்பட்டு இருக்கிறார்கள். கொலைக்கு சதி செய்ததாக அவர்கள் மீது குற்றம் சாட்டப்பட்டுள்ளது. நான் முன்பே கூறியபடி என் செயலுக்கு கூட்டாளிகள் யாரும் கிடையாது. என் செயலுக்கு நானே முழுப்பொறுப்பு. அவர்களை என்னோடு குற்றம் சாட்டி இருக்காவிட்டால் எனக்காக எந்த எதிர்வாதமும் செய்திருக்கமாட்டேன். வீரசவர்க்காரின் தூண்டுதலில் நான் செயல்பட்டேன் என்று கூறுவதை நான் ஆணித்தரமாக மறுக்கிறேன். அது என் அறிவுத்திறனுக்கு ஏற்படுத்தும் அவமதிப்பாகக் கருதுகிறேன்.
1948 ஜனவரி 17_ந்தேதி சவர்க்காரை பார்த்தோம் என்றும் அவர் “வெற்றியோடு திரும்புங்கள்” என்றும் வாழ்த்தி வழியனுப்பினார் என்று கூறுவதையும் மறுக்கிறேன். இந்து மதத்தை அழிக்க முயலும் சக்தியை ஒழித்துவிட்டேன் என்ற மன நிறைவு எனக்கு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது. மானிட வர்க்கத்தின் நலனுக்காகவே இந்தச் செயலை செய்தேன். இந்தச் செயல் முற்றிலும் இந்து தர்மத்தையும், பகவத் கீதையையும் அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டதுதான். நம் நாடு “இந்துஸ்தான்” என்ற பெயரில் இனி அழைக்கப்படட்டும். இந்தியா மீண்டும் ஒரே நாடாக வேண்டும். இந்திய வரலாற்றை எவ்வித பாரபட்சமும் இன்றி நேர்மையாக எழுதக்கூடிய வரலாற்று ஆசிரியர்கள் எதிர்காலத்தில் உருவானால், அவர்கள் என் செயலை மிகச்சரியாக ஆராய்ந்து, அதிலுள்ள உண்மையை உணர்ந்து, உலகறியச் செய்வார்கள் என்ற நம்பிக்கை எனக்கு இருக்கிறது.” இவ்வாறு கோட்சே கூறினார்.
நண்பர்களே உங்கள் கருத்துக்களை நீங்கள் கூறலாம், நான் மேற்கோள் காட்டிய அனைத்தும் MAY I PLEASE YOUR HONOUR என்ற ஆங்கில புத்தகத்தை ஆதராமாகக் கொண்டது.
Bhagvad Gita, one of the most sacred Hindu religious texts, is facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as “an extremist” literature across Russia, with a court in Siberia’s Tomsk city all set to deliver its final verdict in a case filed by state prosecutors.
The final pronouncement in the case will come just two days after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was here for a bilateral summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev from Dec 15 to 17.
The case, which has been going on in Tomsk court since June this year, seeks to get a Russian translation of ‘Bhagvad Gita As It Is’ written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), on the Hindu religious text banned in Russia and declaring it as a literature spreading “social discord”, apart from rendering its distribution on Russian soil illegal.
In view of the case, Indians settled in Moscow, numbering about 15,000, and followers of the ISKCON religious movement here have appealed to Manmohan Singh and his government to intervene diplomatically to resolve the issue in favour of the Hindu religious text, an important part of Indian epic ‘Mahabharat’ written by Sage Ved Vyasa.
The ISKCON followers of Russia have also written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi seeking immediate intervention, lest the religious freedom of Hindus living here be compromised.
“The case is coming up for a final verdict on Monday in Tomsk court. We want all efforts from Indian government to protect the religious right of Hindus in Russia,” Sadhu Priya Das of ISKCON and a devotee of a 40-year-old Krishna temple in central Moscow, told IANS.
The court, which took up the case filed by the state prosecutors, had referred the book to the Tomsk State University for “an expert” examination Oct 25 this year. But Hindu groups in Russia, particular followers of the ISKCON, say the university was not qualified, as it lacked Indologists.
The Hindus had pleaded with the court that the case was inspired by religious bias and intolerance`from a majority religious group in Russia, and have sought that their rights to practice their religious beliefs be upheld. The prosecutor’s case also seeks to ban the preaching of Prabhupada and ISKCON’s religious beliefs, claiming these were “extremist” in nature and preached “hatred” of other religious beliefs.
“They have not just tried to get the Bhagvad Gita banned, but also brand our religious beliefs and preachings as extremist,” Das said.
In fact, the ISKCON devotees have taken up the matter with the Indian embassy in Moscow too, apart from writing to the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi, for an early diplomatic intervention, before things get worse and the court passes an adverse verdict banning the ‘Bhagvad Gita’ and Krishna consciousness teachings.
In the Nov 1 letter, addressed to Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chatterji, ISKCON’s New Delhi branch Governing Body Commissioner Gopal Krishna Goswami, said the prosecutor’s affidavit claims Lord Krishna “is evil and not conforming to Christian religious view”.
Goswami also urged Singh to accord priority to the matter during his Moscow stay and to take it up with the Russian authorities.
- India ire at Russia book-ban case (bbc.co.uk)
- Bhagavad Gita faces extremist branding in Russia (ibnlive.in.com)
The Fire Yogi is a 47 minute documentary exploring a Yogi who has the extraordinary ability to use a unique breathing technique to get into union with Fire. This documentary portrays a rare and unusual Fire Ritual performed by the Yogi and the subsequent chemical analysis of his clothing & physical tests that examine this supernatural phenomenon. The Yogi has performed this Fire Ritual for a total of 1000 days over the last 45 years. The Yogi, weighing a mere 94 pounds (43 kilos), has been able to survive on only two bananas and a mere glass of milk with a few drops of water twice a day for the last 28 years. Many aspects of the Yogi are on the edge of unbelievability, while at the same time highlighting the power and endurance of human mind, body and spirit.
Yogi Rambhauswami, the 63-year-old yogi, claims that in 1975 he stopped drinking more than a few drops of water each day, that two years later he began limiting his daily diet to a banana and a cup of milk, and that he sleeps only three hours each night. By all rights the Sanskrit scholar should be malnourished and dehydrated, but in director and producer Mike Vasan’s documentary, he appears to be a relatively normal, if somewhat slender, senior citizen. Rambhauswami’s real claim to fame, however, is his elaborate fire ritual.
The ritual begins with his taking a bath, then moving on to meditation, pranayama, and a ceremony honoring Ganesha. The fire portion of the ritual is conducted over a sunken pit, into which Rambhauswami offers rice, coconut, sugar cane, and gallons of ghee. As he’s doing this, he goes into a deep meditative state. He enters the blaze and rolls around, protected by only a wool shawl, and remains there, in the fire, for up to 10 minutes at a time.
When Rambhau emerges from the flames, though, there’s little evidence that he’s just been charbroiled. Even his shawl is intact, its preservation credited to a protective aura. The shawl was later tested for fire retardant, and results showed that the material hadn’t been treated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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
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
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
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.”
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People tend to be religious in many things, inheriting the culture that they have adopted from their parents, and other ancestors. These religious events are a part of our character, as a person and an individual that appreciates the value of the mundane, and exalts the divine. Even though the celebrations are focusing on different aspects of religion from one culture or nation to another, their respect and reverence to deity binds them as one. Let us see the biggest religious events being celebrated in the world by many nations.
This is a major Hindu festival that literally means “nine nights”. This is a few of the festivals in the world that is celebrated four times a year. Worshipping the Divine Mother is the main theme of this event, which is usually done at the beginning of spring and autumn. The celebration is divided into three days, adoring the various aspects of the gods and goddesses.
This religious event is being celebrated by many of the Hindu people in respect to the avatar god of Vishnu, Krishna and his birth. This is when Rasa lila is being played to portray the life of Krishna, and showing his fun filled youthful days. Dahi Handi is another story, but brings out the mischievous side of him, which is being portrayed by groups of young men, forming a pyramid to break a high-hanging pot of butter.
Blooming cherry blossoms all over, with people sharing meals together on a picnic setting, looking at the majestic view of Mt. Fuji on some places. This is how Setsubun has been pictured in the minds of many people all over the world. This celebration marks the welcoming of spring, apart from the cold and chilly season of winter. They offer their prayers in a Shinto temple for good luck and fortune. Throwing beans all over the place is their way of warding evil spirits away.
Literally interpreted as the “fiftieth day”, the celebration of Pentecost is a reminder of the giving of the Ten Commandments, fifty days after the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. It is also celebrated at the time when the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ had received the endowment of the Gift of the Holy Ghost through the tongue of fire that symbolized its presence. It also denotes of the “Birthday of the Church” after the Savior’s Ascension into heaven.
This is the month of fasting where Muslims are abstained from eating, drinking, smoking, love making, and even engaging in worldly pursuits, during the hours of the day. This is done for Allah, and for showing their sincerity and submissiveness to his will. It teaches patience, humility, and spirituality to the Muslim people. This is the best time where their relationship with Allah is even closer.
Known to be as the “festival of lights”, Diwali unifies Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, in celebrating one event, even though they have different reasons on why and how it is celebrated. At this time, lamps are lit to show that good reigns over evil. All the celebrants wear new clothes and share treats with family members and friends.
Chinese New Year
Celebrated by the world’s most populous people, the new moon experienced on the new lunar calendar is the mark of this very colorful, lively, and religious celebration. Fireworks in the sky symbolize of the flourishing of the heavens, and firecrackers are used to ward of devils so that people will not have bad luck. They also buy certain food, such as mooncake to emphasize stickiness or bonding in the family, or round fruits signifying good fortune.
Known as the day when Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, after the third day he was crucified on the cross, Easter is about the standing witness that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. There were also other adaptations of its celebration, where children find painted eggs or thinking of the Easter bunny.
This is the only religious event in the world that has the most number of visitors, pilgrims, and passage seekers from all the corners of the earth. Whether it may be a Muslim member in Indonesia, or somewhere in the United States, they will find a way to earn money for a ticket to get to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, or every time if they have the financial means to do so. It is celebrated on the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.
This special holiday is celebrated on the 25th of December in many countries all over the world. This day is so revered that many nations have taken this holiday, even crossing the boundaries of other cultures. It has been a worldwide celebration of the birth of the Savior, even Jesus Christ, in the city of Bethlehem. This is celebrated with the exchanging of gifts, the sharing of family dinner, and other cultural adaptations, such as Santa Claus and Frosty the snowman. This is every kid’s favorite religious event.
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The little blue boy Krishna has been a heartthrob of millions, since ages, mesmerizing them with His mischievous and prankish pastimes. Of all pranks, what has won Him the greatest fame is, the adventure of stealing butter. For which His devotees very fondly call Him ‘butter thief’ or ‘maakhan chor’, and even mollycoddle Him for this mischief. Yet there is another horde of His well wishers who are not much amused with this adventure. For their own obvious reasons they maintain that Krishna shouldn’t have done so…whatever was the matter.
Some supporters of Mother Yashoda sympathize with her, “She fed her special cows with flavorful grasses so that their milk was delicious. She personally collected the milk, made it into yoghurt and then churned it into butter with great attention. Mother Yashoda thought that her child didn’t like milk and yoghurt ordinarily prepared so, she personally involved into all these activities hoping that He won’t go to the neighborhood houses to steal butter. Despite all such wonderful arrangements by His affectionate mother, why did Krishna steal butter?”
Some logicians argue, “Krishna is the Supreme Lord and the source of all the spiritual and material worlds. He creates millions of universes, maintains them and annihilates them by His mere desire. He is the bestower of all magnificent benedictions. Then, just by His wish alone couldn’t He have created mountains and mountains of butter for Himself, and then eaten and distributed as much He liked? Then what occurred to Krishna that He had to take the pain of stealing butter?”
The experts counter this argument with a still better one, “Because Krishna was playing the part of an ordinary human child.” But then they get trapped in another loop, “Even if Krishna was playing the role of a human child, He was born as son of Vasudeva, a mighty Kshatriya ruler, and brought up by Nanda Maharaja, the lord of millions of cows. Either by His birth or by His upbringing He was always opulent… fabulously opulent. Then why did Krishna steal butter?”
Many worldly-wise, question, “Of all the available things around, couldn’t Krishna find something better to steal? Leaving aside gold and diamonds, He took the risk of stealing for paltry butter? What was the dearth of milk and butter in His land? It was so abundantly available that the residents of Vraja played with it during festivals. They threw it at one another in a sportive mood and smeared on other’s faces, without restriction. Then where was the need for Him to steal it at all?”
Yet there are the moralists who question, “Krishna claims that He appears in this world to re-establish the religion. Being a protector of religion is this what He is expected to do? Where have all the religious principles and morality gone? Whatever actions great men perform, common men follow. What kind of example is He setting for others to follow? Being a leader of the entire world, why did He steal butter?
Unable to find the real answer to this transcendental mystery some give up in frustration, while others speculate the answer based on their limited mundane knowledge believing it to be true. But in fact they remain millions of miles away from the truth, which is a prerogative reserved by Krishna for His pure devotees.
Srila Prabhupada explains:
‘In His village of Vrindavana He enjoyed Himself with His mother, brother and friends, and when He played the role of a naughty butter thief, all His associates enjoyed celestial bliss by His stealing. The Lord’s fame as a butter thief is not reproachable, for by stealing butter the Lord gave pleasure to His pure devotees. Everything the Lord did in Vrindavana was for the pleasure of His associates there. The Lord created these pastimes to attract the dry speculators and the acrobats of the so-called hatha-yoga system who wish to find the Absolute Truth.’ The pastimes performed by Lord Krishna in the material world are prototypes of His activities in the spiritual world which are simply full of never-ending spiritual bliss. These are meant to attract the conditioned living entities to the spiritual world where they can also get a chance to associate with Krishna and eternally enjoy with Him.
Stealing in this material world is abominable. But in the spiritual world, that stealing by Krishna is worshippable. The name, fame, pastimes, entourage, paraphernalia, etc., of Krishna is non-different from Him. Just as Lord Krishna is worshipable, in the same way His activities are also worshippable. In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says, “janma karma ca me divyam.” The activities of the Lord are not mundane but are purely transcendental in nature, performed by the Lord for His and His devotees’ pleasure. When devotees hear about and glorify these divine pastimes they become purified and their love for Krishna intensifies. Devotees’ mind constantly dwell on these nectarean pastimes and this very meditation is the perfectional stage of Yoga. Lord Krishna mercifully enacts such relishable pastimes so that His devotees can merrily and lovingly meditate upon those and come back to Him very soon.
Krishna being the Supreme Lord is supremely independent. He is beyond all rules and regulations. There are no laws binding Him. That is why He is the Supreme Lord. He is free to do whatever He likes. His actions are beyond judgment and justification. Those envious of the Supreme Lord Krishna can never understand the mysticism behind His transcendental activities. This truth can be understood only by those upon whom He bestows His mercy. And thus will ever remain mystified as to “Why did Krishna steal butter?”
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On the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami (Gokulashtami), it is customary to prepare a few traditional sweets and savories. As Lord Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products, devotees make various dishes of milk to please the Lord.
Try these mouthwatering recipes to get the festival feel and offer them to Lord Krishna, before partaking of the same.
Method: Pressure cook dal in just enough water for 10 minutes. Drain excess water and grind dal to a smooth paste.
Mix it with rice flour, salt and sesame seeds. Pour hot oil on top and mix well. If necessary, add a little water to make the dough thicker. Pass through a well oiled chakli making device with a single or three-holed plain disc to prepare small chaklis on top of a polythene sheet.
Deep fry a few at a time. Store in an air-tight container.
Ingredients: Bengal gram flour 1 cup, rice flour half cup, bread 8 to 10 slices, powered salt 1 tsp, red chili powder 3/4 tsp, asafetida powder 1/4 tsp, hot oil for the dough 1 1/2 tbsp, oil for frying.
Method: Remove the brown crust from bread slices. Dip one slice at a time in water, remove immediately and squeeze out water. Add rice flour, gram flour, salt, chili powder to the squeezed bread and mix well. Pour hot oil, asafetida powder and then sprinkle water to prepare thick dough. Using a star disc or ribbon disk, fill dough in a well oiled chakli making device and squeeze directly in hot oil to prepare murukkus. Fry till light brown under medium flame.
Ingredients: Condensed milk one tin, desiccated coconut powder 2 cups, cherries half cup.
Method: Mix the condensed milk and one and a half cup of desiccated coconut powder in a bowl and stir on a low flame for about ten minutes. Set aside until the mixture has slightly cooled down and shape in laddus. Roll each laddu in the desiccated coconut powder and decorate with cherries.
Cheedai (Rice marbles)
Ingredients: Chakli flour 2 cups (ready-made); butter 2 tbsp; sesame seeds 1 tbsp; ghee 2 tsp; oil for frying.
Method: Add butter to the flour and rub well to get crumbs. Add sesame and ghee and make into stiff dough with water. Knead well and make tiny marble sized balls and deep fry in hot oil and drain. Makes about 50 numbers. A crunchy snack, the kids are sure to love it.
Note: Chakli flour can also be prepared at home by mixing roasted rice flour and urad dal flour in the ratio of 1:1/4 and adding a little of salt, jeera and asafetida.
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, half cup oil for deep frying, 1-2 cups maida, a pinch of salt.
Method: Mix sugar, oil and one cup water in a vessel and bring to a boil. Set aside to cool. When cooled, add a little salt. Add maida little by little and knead to soft dough. Mould into big balls. Flatten each ball into round shapes with a rolling pin. Using a knife, make diamond shaped pieces. Carefully lift and deep fry in oil till golden brown in colour.
Chithundai (Sweet balls)
Ingredients: For the filling, coconut gratings 2 cups, jaggery powder 1 cup, cardamom powder 1/4 tsp, a few cashew bits and raisins, oil for deep-frying. For the covering: Urad dal half cup, rice flour half cup, butter 1 tbsp, salt a pinch.
Method: Soak urad dal for 2-3 hours, drain and grind to a smooth paste until fluffy. Mix salt to butter and rub till fluffy, add rice flour and mix well. Add this to the ground paste and mix thoroughly to make a batter of very thick coating consistency.
Cook coconut gratings with jaggery till well blended and dry. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well. Make into lemon sized balls.
Heat oil, dip each ball in to the batter and deep fry till brown and crisp. Drain and store when cool.
Ingredients: 500 gms crushed khova, 300 gms powdered sugar, 8 to 10 pistachios sliced, 2-3 drops food colour, 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder.
Method: Mix khova with sugar in a pan. Heat on low flame, stirring continuously. Cook till mixture thickens. Allow it to cool. Add cardamom powder. Mix well. Take a small handful of mixture and press into flat round shape. Turn out carefully. Press 2-3 slices of pistachio in the center. Delicious Pedhas are ready to eat.