Life after death

*What Happens After Death ??*

What is death ?

Is there life after death ?

Is death painful?

What happens after death ?

How does rebirth happen ?

Where do we go after death ?

These kind of questions related to the most feared event that ends our life always fill our mind, especially when any of our near or dear ones die.

We feel that suddenly the relationship has broken abruptly n wish there could be a connection again. In this quest, our journey to find answers to the above questions begin …

*So, what happens after death ?*

Death is actually a very interesting process !!

*Disconnection of the earth sole chakras*

Approximately 4-5 hours before death, the earth sole chakras situated below the feet gets detached … symbolizing disconnection from the earth plane !!

A few hours before an individual dies, their feet turn cold. When the actual time to depart arrives, its said that Yama, the God of death appears to guide the soul.

*The Astral Cord*

Death severs the astral cord, which is the connection of the soul to the body. Once this cord is cut the soul becomes free of the body n moves up n out of the body.

If the soul is attached to the physical body it occupied for this lifetime, it refuses to leave n tries to get into the body n move it n stay in it. We may observe this as a very subtle or slight movement of the face, hand or leg after the person has died.

The soul is unable to accept that it is dead. There is still a feeling of being alive. Since the astral cord has been severed, the soul cannot stay here n is pushed upwards n out of the body. There is a pull from above … a magnetic pull to go up.

*End of the physical body*

At this stage the soul hears many voices, all at the dame time. These are the thoughts of all the individuals present in the room.

The soul on its part talks to his loved ones like he always did n shouts out “I am not dead” !!

but alas, nobody hears him.

Slowly n steadily the soul realizes that it is dead n there is no way back n at this stage, the soul is floating at approx 12 feet or at the height of the ceiling, seeing n hearing everything happening around.

Generally the soul floats around the body till it is cremated.

So, the next time if you see a body being carried for cremation, be informed that the soul is also part of the procession seeing, hearing n witnessing everything n everyone.

*Detachment from the body*

Once the cremation is complete, the soul is convinced that  the main essence of its survival on earth is lost n the body it occupied for so many years has merged into the five elements.

The soul experiences complete freedom, the boundaries it had while being in the body are gone n it can travel anywhere by mere thought.

For 7 days the soul, moves about its places of interest like its favorite joint, morning walk garden, office, etc..If the soul is possessive of his money, it will just stay near his cupboard, or if he is possessive of his children, it will just be in their room, clinging on to them.

By the end of the 7th day, the soul says bye to his family n moves further upwards to the periphery of the earth plane to cross over to the other side.

*The Tunnel*

Its said that there is a big tunnel here which it has to cross before reaching the astral plane. Hence its said that the first 12 days after death are extremely crucial.

*we have to carry out the rituals correctly n pray n ask forgiveness from the soul* so that it does not carry negative emotions like hurt, hatred, anger, etc atleast from the near n dear ones.

All the rituals, prayers n positive energy act like food for the soul which will help it in its onward journey. At the end of the tunnel is a huge bright light signifying the entry into the astral world.

*Meeting the Ancestors*

On the 11th n 12th day Hindus conduct homas n prayers n rituals through which the soul is united with its ancestors, close friends, relatives n the guides.

All the passed away ancestors welcome the soul to the upper plane n they greet n hug them exactly like we do here on seeing our family members after a long time.

The soul then along with its guides are taken for a thorough life review of the life just completed on earth in the presence of the *Great Karmic Board.* It is here in the pure light that the whole past life is viewed !!

*Life Review*

There is no judge, there is no God here. The soul judges himself, the way he judged others in his lifetime. He asks for revenge for people who troubled him in that life, he experiences  guilt for all wrongdoings he did to people n asks for self punishment to learn that lesson. Since the soul is not bound by the body n the ego, the final judgment becomes the basis of the next lifetime.

Based on this, a complete life structure is created by the soul himself, called the blue print. All the incidents to be faced, all problems to be faced, all challenges to be overcome are written in this agreement.

In fact the soul chooses all the minute details like age, person n circumstances for all incidents to be experienced.

Example : An individual had severe headache in his present birth, nothing helped him, no medicines, no way out. In a session of past life regression, he saw himself killing his neighbour in a previous birth by smashing his head with a huge stone.

In the life review, when he saw this he became very guilty n asked for the same pain to be experienced by him by way of a never ending headache in this life.

*Blue print*

This is the way we judge ourselves n in guilt ask for punishment. The amount of guilt in the soul decides the severity of the punishment n level of suffering. Hence forgiveness is very vital. We must forgive n seek forgiveness !!

Clear your thoughts n emotions, as we carry them forward to the other side too. Once this review is done n our blue print for the next life is formed, then there is a cooling period.

*The re-birth*

We are born depending on what we have asked for in the agreement. The cooling off period also depends on our urgency to evolve.

We choose our parents n enter the mothers womb either at the time of egg formation or during the 4-5th month or sometimes even at the last moment just before birth.

The universe is so perfect ,so beautifully designed that the time n place of birth constitutes our horoscope, which actually is a blue print of this life. Most of us think that our stars are bad n we are unlucky but in actuality, they just mirror your agreement.

Once we are reborn, for around 40 days the baby remembers its past life n laughs n cries by itself without anyone forcing it to. The memory of the past life is completely cut after this n we experience life as though we did not exist in the past.

*The agreement starts..*

Its here that we are completely in the earth plane n the contract comes into full effect. We then blame God/ people for our difficult situations n curse God for giving us such a difficult life …

 So, the next time before pointing to the Divine, understand that our circumstances are just helping us complete n honor our agreement, which is fully n completely written by us. Whatever we have asked for n pre decided is exactly what we receive !!

Friends, relatives, foes, parents, spouses all have been selected by us in the blue print n come in our lives based on this agreement. They are just playing their parts n are merely actors in this film written, produced n directed by us !!

*Do the Dead need healing / prayers / protection ?*

The dead always need serious healing n prayers for a variety of reasons, the most important one being … To be free n not earthbound !! … that is stuck in the earth plane n unable to leave.

There are many reasons for the soul to be earthbound like unfinished business, excessive grief, trauma on death, sudden death, fear of moving on to the astral plane, guilt, one of the most important being improper finishing of last rites n rituals.

The soul feels it needs a little more time to wait n finish before moving on.  This keeps them hovering on the earth plane. But the time is limited n it is very very important that they cross over within 12 days to their astral plane of existence, as the entry to the astral world closes a few days after this.

Earthbound spirits lead a very miserable existence as they are neither in their actual plane nor in a body to lead an earthly life. They may not be negative or harmful but they are stuck n miserable. Hence healing n prayers are of utmost importance during this period so that the departed soul crosses over to the designated astral plane peacefully.

Prayers by the whole family is very vital to help the dead cross over. The protection of the soul to help it reach its destination in the astral world is achieved through prayers.

Please Do Not Take Death Lightly … Now more than ever most souls are stuck on the earth plane due to lack of belief and family neglect.

Finally, for someone who has lost a near and dear one, don’t feel sad … We never die, we live on, death does not end anything, it is just a little break before we meet again !!

This article has been extracted from …

*The Garuda Purana*

Essence of Bhagvad Gita

If you don’t know what happens in Mahabharata, let me give you a brief backdrop. A great warrior fights against the injustice, only to be overcome by sorrow. He fights against everyone he has every cared for, including his own cousins, teacher, classmates. The sorrow gets most out of him, and thus he tries to give up the war.

When that happens, his Guru gives him the lesson of the lifetime, just like how Yoda does in Star Wars. Bhagavad Gita consists of 18 chapters of this lessons of life, emotions, ambitions and everything. Following are the essence of it:

You should enjoy your work

When we work, we look at the result rather than the process. Gita says that the work itself must be pleasurable than the results.

What it means is that the journey is more important the destination, as the saying goes. All of the great artists, warriors, scientists achieve the greatness because they enjoy the process of creation itself.

You have to manage your emotions

A large portion of Gita talks about managing emotions and attachment. In most situations, panic and attachment can be the enemies. Bhagvat Gita portrays hundreds of examples where it teaches about how one needs to keep calm and think through to use logic over emotions, even in the worst of times.

“The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.”

You can manage your emotion by doing these things

Gita suggests practicing Ashtanga yoga (the superset of all the current yoga) and selecting the right food. Gita has categorized food into three types: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattva are the fruits, green vegetables, milk; Rajas are spicy foods and steroids; and Tamas is fatty foods and leftovers. Gita says:

“From Sattva arises wisdom, and greed from Rajas; miscomprehension, delusion, and ignorance arise from Tamas.”

Don’t try to copy someone else’s life

Everyone’s life is relative. A warrior might think that a farmer’s life is pleasant and filled with happiness. The farmer might think that warrior’s life is energetic and active. Both lives have equal importance in the world. The grass will always look greener on the other side. As Gita says:

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

Keep your goals intact

When we try to imitate others, we forget what our own goals and dreams are. We try to become a better somebody, even if it is worthless like how we showboat in social media sites.

“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

Everyone is worth your equal treatment

In simple words, treat everyone the same. A whole chapter is dedicated to this in Gita. Even to foes, act nice, because that will leave you with lesser guilt and lesser emotion burdens to fight inside you.

“He alone sees truly who sees God in every creature he does not harm himself or others.”

Do good for the sake of nothing

Don’t expect anything in return just because you did something good. Gita talks about this in various forms and makes a lot of practical sense than just the morality of it.

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”

Act. Don’t just think.

We keep over analyzing things that we forget to act upon it, it is especially common on the knowledgeable. We tend to be comfortable in just analyzing things and talking about it rather than just working on that knowledge.

“The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.”

Keep your duties in check.

If you have promised something, then just do it. Don’t over analyze and use analysis-paralysis as an excuse to achieve great things in life.

“You might like another’s duty, and dislike yours. But still, do your own duty, and not another’s, even if you can do another’s duty very well. Or you’ll go on being caught up in the field of opposites. And there will be no end to your suffering.”

There is always a bigger power than the biggest power.

You might feel dejected because we think that we can do nothing about it. We end up throwing the towel. But according to Gita, the truth will always win, in one way or the other. So, you must keep doing your duty, even though your enemy looks formidable.

“In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of truth, I advent Myself time to time.”

Courtesy: Detechter

Naivedyam

*NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS?*
Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam to God. Will God come and eat our offerings?Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.An attempt is made here.
A Guru-Shishya conversation:
The sishya who doesn’t believe in God, asked his Guru thus:

“Does God accept our ‘neivedhyam'(offerings)? If God eats away the ‘prasadham’ then from where can we distribute it to others? Does God really consume the ‘prasadham’, Guruji?”
The Guru did not say anything. Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes.
That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the ‘upanishads’. He taught them the ‘mantra’: “poornamadham, poornamidham, ……poornasya poornaadaaya….” and explained that: ‘every thing came out from “Poorna or Totality.” (of ishavasya upanishad).
Later, everyone was instructed to practice the mantra by-heart. So all the boys started praciting. After a while, the Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book, which he did.
Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn’t believe in God: ‘Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book? The shishya said: “yes Guruji, I’ve recited whatever is written as in the book.
The Guru asked: “If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book? He then explained:
“The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form). The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen).
God too is in the ‘sooksma sthiti’. The offering made to Him is done in ‘stoola sthiti’. Thus, God takes the food in ‘sookshmam’, in sookshma stithi. Hence the food doesn’t become any less in quantity.
While GOD takes it in the “sookshma sthiti”,  we take it as ‘prasadam’ in ‘sthoola sthiti’.
Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.

When Bhakti enters Food, Food becomes *Prasad…*

When Bhakti enters Hunger, Hunger becomes a *Fast…*

When Bhakti enters Water, Water becomes *Charanamrit…*

When Bhakti enters Travel,  Travel becomes a *Pilgrimage…*

When Bhakti enters Music , Music becomes *Kirtan…*

When Bhakti enters a House, House becomes a *Temple…*

When Bhakti enters Actions, Actions become *Services…*

When Bhakti enters in Work,  Work becomes *Karma…*

When Bhakti enters a Man, Man becomes *Human….*

Sankalpa Shloka and Jambudeepa

​JAMBUDWEEPA AND THE SANKALPA

All of us would have probably heard the words, “…..Jambudveepe Bharatha Varshe Bharata Khande…..” during the sankalpa mantram which forms an integral part of all Vedic rituals. However, most people in foreign countries regularly come to our page with the doubt as to how they must modify this sankalpa mantra to suit the etymology of those countries. This post hopes to throw some light on this aspect.

What exactly is this “Jambudweepa”?

Jambudveepa consisted of modern Asia, Europe, Africa and North America and not merely the Indian subcontinent.

This Jambudvipa was divided into nine varshas (geographical regions) of which one was Bharatha Varsha. The other eight varshas were:

2.Ketumula Varsha

3.Hari Varsha

4.Ilavrita Varsha

5.Kuru Varsha

6.Hiranyaka Varsha

7.Ramyaka Varsha

8.Kimpurusha Varsha

9.Bhadrasva Varsha.

India which was then called Bharathavarsha extended in the west including the regions of modern Egypt, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Iran, Sumeria upto Caspian Sea (which was called Kashyapa Samudra in those days). Within this Bharata Varsha was located the Bharata Khanda which was the heart of the Vedic civilization & the place where we Indians currently reside.

This is one of the innumerous proofs that the Indo-Aryan race theory is a conspiracy theory moulded by western countries to show us in poor light. All of the regions so mentioned in the race theory are a part of Bharata Varsha & there was never a so called “invasion”.

What is amazing is the fact that our ancestors had an excellent overview of the geography of the world back then.

It can be observed that in those times, most of South American continent, southern half of African Continent and entire Australia were submerged under water. On the other hand most of modern day Atlantic ocean and Pacific ocean, and the entire Arctic ocean were above sea level.

This also proves the logical fallacy of the Western missionaries which claim that the Vedic civilization is just 5000 years old, Kurukshetra war took place just a few thousand years back,etc.

The vedic civilization existed at times when Australia was submerged below the ocean! Imagine how long back that must have been!

What is rather disappointing is the fact that our government to this day teaches all sorts of disproved, anti-Indian & illogical theories in our textbooks solely for “minority appeasement” & to support the slow conversion on Hindus to Christianity, a mission well sponsored by the missionaries of the West.

The credits for this discovery go to the great soul Lokamanya Balagangadhar Tilak. More info can be found in his book “The Arctic Home in the Vedas”.

Its disgusting that our government teaches our younger generations to think how worthless our ancestors were rather than teaching them about these great discoveries by such patriots.

ರಾಗಿ ತಂದೀರಾ….

​Daasara padagalu…….. 

ರಚನೆ:- ಪುರಂದರದಾಸರು……….!! 
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ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿ

ತಿಥಿ: ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಶುಕ್ಲ ಪಂಚಮಿ

ಇತಿಹಾಸ: ಆಸ್ತಿಕ ಋಷಿಯು ಸರ್ಪಯಜ್ಞ ಮಾಡುವ ಜನಮೇಜಯ ರಾಜನನ್ನು ಪ್ರಸನ್ನಗೊಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡನು. ಜನಮೇಜಯ ರಾಜನು ‘ವರವನ್ನು ಕೇಳು’ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದಾಗ, ಆಸ್ತಿಕನು ಸರ್ಪಯಜ್ಞವನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ವರವನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿಕೊಂಡನು. ಜನಮೇಜಯನು ಸರ್ಪಯಜ್ಞವನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ ದಿನವು ಪಂಚಮಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿ – ಸಾತ್ತ್ವಿಕತೆ ಗ್ರಹಿಸಲು ಉಪಯುಕ್ತ ಕಾಲ

ಪಂಚಪ್ರಾಣಗಳೇ ಪಂಚನಾಗಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ದಿನದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾತಾವರಣವು ಸ್ಥಿರವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಾತ್ತ್ವಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಗ್ರಹಿಸಲು ಈ ಕಾಲವು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಯೋಗ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಬಹಳ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಶೇಷನಾಗ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣುವಿಗೆ ಮುಂದಿನಂತೆ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು – ‘ತಮ್ಮ ಕೃಪೆಯಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಶಿವ ಲೋಕದಿಂದ ಪ್ರಕ್ಷೇಪಿತವಾಗುವ ಲಹರಿಗಳು ನನ್ನಿಂದ ಹೆಚ್ಚೆಚ್ಚು ಗ್ರಹಣವಾಗಲಿ. ನನ್ನ ಆಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿಗೆ ಎದುರಾಗುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಡಚಣೆಗಳೂ ನಾಶವಾಗಲಿ. ದೇವತೆಗಳ ಶಕ್ತಿಯು ನನ್ನ ಪಂಚಪ್ರಾಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗಿ ಅದು ಈಶ್ವರ ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತಿಗಾಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಉಪಯೋಗವಾಗಲಿ. ನನ್ನ ಪಂಚಪ್ರಾಣದ ಶುದ್ಧಿಯಾಗಲಿ.’ ನಾಗದೇವತೆಯು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾಂಡದ ಕುಂಡಲಿನಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಪಂಚಪ್ರಾಣ ವೆಂದರೆ ಪಂಚಭೌತಿಕ ತತ್ತ್ವದಿಂದ ಉಂಟಾದ ಶರೀರದ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮರೂಪವಾಗಿದೆ. ಸ್ಥೂಲ ದೇಹವು ಪ್ರಾಣಹೀನವಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಥೂಲ ದೇಹದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಲಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಾಣವಾಯುವು ಪಂಚಪ್ರಾಣದಿಂದ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.

ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯಂದು ಮಾಡಿದ ಉಪವಾಸದ ಮಹತ್ವ

೫ಯುಗಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಸತ್ಯೇಶ್ವರೀ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರಿನ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ದೇವಿಯಿದ್ದಳು. ಸತ್ಯೇಶ್ವರನು ಅವಳ ಸಹೋದರನಾಗಿದ್ದನು. ಸತ್ಯೇಶ್ವರನು ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ಹಿಂದಿನ ದಿನ ಮೃತ್ಯು ಹೊಂದಿದನು. ಆಗ ಸಹೋದರನ ಮೃತ್ಯುವಿನ ಶೋಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ಯೇಶ್ವರಿಯು ಆಹಾರವನ್ನು ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದುದರಿಂದ ಆ ದಿನ ಸ್ತ್ರೀಯರು ಸಹೋದರನ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪವಾಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ‘ಸಹೋದರನಿಗೆ ಅಖಂಡ ಆಯುಷ್ಯವು ದೊರಕಲಿ, ಅನೇಕ ಆಯುಧಗಳು ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತವಾಗಲಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅವನು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ದುಃಖ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಕಟಗಳಿಂದ ಪಾರಾಗಲಿ’ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಸಹ ಈ ಉಪವಾಸದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿದೆ. ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ಹಿಂದಿನ ದಿನ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಸಹೋದರಿಯು ದೇವರಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊರೆ ಇಡುವುದರಿಂದ ಅವಳ ಸಹೋದರನಿಗೆ ಲಾಭವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅವನ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ನಾಗನ ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡುವುದರ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ

ಸತ್ಯೇಶ್ವರಿಗೆ ಅವಳ ಸಹೋದರನು ನಾಗರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡನು. ಆಗ ಅವಳು ಆ ನಾಗರೂಪವನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಸಹೋದರನೆಂದು ಭಾವಿಸಿದಳು. ಆಗ ನಾಗದೇವನು, ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಸಹೋದರನೆಂದು ಭಾವಿಸಿ ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸಹೋದರಿಯ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ನಾನು ಮಾಡುವೆನು ಎಂದು ಅವಳಿಗೆ ವಚನ ನೀಡಿದನು. ಆದುದರಿಂದಲೇ ಆ ದಿನ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಸ್ತ್ರೀಯು ನಾಗನ ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಿ ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯನ್ನು ಆಚರಿಸುತ್ತಾಳೆ.

ನಾಗನ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ

೧. ‘ಶೇಷನಾಗನು ಪಾತಾಳದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅವನು ತನ್ನ ಹೆಡೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಪೃಥ್ವಿಯನ್ನು ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಅವನಿಗೆ ಸಹಸ್ರ ಹೆಡೆಗಳಿವೆ. ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಹೆಡೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಒಂದು ವಜ್ರವಿದೆ. ಅವನು ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣುವಿನ ತಮೋಗುಣದಿಂದ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನವಾಗಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಕಲ್ಪದ ಅಂತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣು ಮಹಾಸಾಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಶೇಷಾಸನದ ಮೇಲೆ ಶಯನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ತ್ರೇತಾಯುಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣು ರಾಮನ ಅವತಾರವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಾಗ ಶೇಷನು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಣನ ಅವತಾರವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದನು. ದ್ವಾಪರ ಮತ್ತು ಕಲಿಯುಗದ ಸಂಧಿಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ ಅವತಾರವಾದಾಗ ಶೇಷನು ಬಲರಾಮನಾಗಿದ್ದನು.

೨. ‘ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣನು ಯಮುನಾ ನದಿಯ ಆಳದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಕಾಲಿಯಾ ನಾಗನನ್ನು ಮರ್ದನ ಮಾಡಿದನು. ಆ ದಿನವು ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಶುಕ್ಲ ಪಂಚಮಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು.

೩. ‘ನಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠನಾದ ‘ಅನಂತ’ನೇ ನಾನು’, ಎಂದು ಗೀತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ (೧೦.೨೯) ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣ ತನ್ನ ವಿಭೂತಿಯನ್ನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾನೆ.

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ಅನಂತ, ವಾಸುಕೀ, ಶೇಷ, ಪದ್ಮನಾಭ, ಕಂಬಲ, ಶಂಖಪಾಲ, ಧೃತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ, ತಕ್ಷಕ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಲಿಯಾ ಹೀಗೆ ಒಂಭತ್ತು ಜಾತಿಯ ನಾಗಗಳ ಆರಾಧನೆಯನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಸರ್ಪಭಯವಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಮತ್ತು ವಿಷದಿಂದ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.’

ಪೂಜೆ: ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ದಿನ ಅರಿಶಿನ ಅಥವಾ ರಕ್ತಚಂದನದಿಂದ ಮಣೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ನವನಾಗಗಳ ಆಕೃತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿಸಿ ಅವುಗಳ ಪೂಜೆಯನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ ಹಾಲು ಮತ್ತು ಅರಳಿನ ನೈವೇದ್ಯವನ್ನು ಅರ್ಪಿಸಬೇಕು. ನವನಾಗಗಳು ಪವಿತ್ರಕಗಳ ಒಂಬತ್ತು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಗುಂಪುಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರಕಗಳೆಂದರೆ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮಾತಿಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ದೈವೀ ಕಣಗಳು (ಚೈತನ್ಯಕಣಗಳು).

ಭಾವಾರ್ಥ: ‘ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿನ ಎಲ್ಲ ಜೀವಜಂತುಗಳು ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಪೂರಕವಾಗಿವೆ. ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ದಿನ ನಾಗಗಳ ಪೂಜೆಯಿಂದ ‘ಭಗವಂತನು ಅವುಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಾರ್ಯವನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ’, ಎಂಬ ವಿಶಾಲ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವನ್ನಿಡಲು ಕಲಿಯುವುದಿರುತ್ತದೆ.’ – ಪ.ಪೂ.ಪರಶರಾಮ ಪಾಂಡೇ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು, ಸನಾತನ ಆಶ್ರಮ, ದೇವದ, ಪನವೇಲ.

ನಿಷೇಧ: ನಾಗರಪಂಚಮಿಯ ದಿನ ಏನನ್ನೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಬಾರದು, ಕೊಯ್ಯಬಾರದು, ಕರಿಯಬಾರದು, ಒಲೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ತವೆಯನ್ನು ಇಡಬಾರದು ಮುಂತಾದ ನಿಯಮಗಳನ್ನು ಪಾಲಿಸಬೇಕು. ಈ ದಿನ ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಅಗೆಯಬಾರದು.

Give without expecting anything in Return

Beautiful story.  Must read:

Once Krishna and Arjuna were walking towards a village. Arjuna was pestering  Krishna, asking him why Karna should be considered an unparalleled Donor & not him.

Krishna, turned two mountains into gold.

Then said, Arjuna, distribute these two gold mountains among villagers, but you must donate every bit of it.

Arjuna went into the village, and proclaimed he was going to donate gold to every villager, and asked them to gather near the mountain. The villagers sang his praises and Arjuna walked towards the mountains with a huffed up chest.

For two days and two nights Arjuna shoveled gold from the mountain and donated to each villager. The mountains did not diminish in the slightest.

Most villagers came back and stood in queue within minutes. Now Arjuna was exhausted, but not ready to let go of his Ego, told Krishna he couldn’t go on any longer without rest.

Then Krishna called Karna and told him to donate every bit of the two gold mountains.

Karna called the villagers, and said Those two Gold mountains are yours, and walked away.

Arjuna sat dumbfounded. Why hadn’t this thought occurred to him.

Krishna smiled mischievously and told him, Arjuna subconsciously, you were attracted to the gold, you regretfully gave it away to each villager, giving them what you thought was a generous amount. Thus the size of your donation to each villager depended only on your imagination.

Karna holds no such reservations. Look at him walking away after giving away a fortune, he doesn’t expect people to sing his praises, he doesn’t even care if people talk good or bad about him behind his back. That is the sign of a man already on the path of enlightenment.

Giving with an Expectation of a Return in the form of a Compliment or Thanks is not a Gift, then it becomes a Trade.

Give without expecting anything in Return.🙏😊 …….