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Prerequisite steps for Varalakshmi Puja & Decoration of Puja Place
On a wooden plank or plate keep Lakshmi idol. Pooja mandapam or the Goddesss idol should be faced East. Clean the idol, lamps, bronze or steel pot & other pooja vessels. On the plank or peeta, spread few cups of rice. Put Chandanam & Kumkum on four sides of the pot. Fill slightly more than half the pot with rice. Place betel nuts, betel leaves, dry date fruits (Kharjura), one coin (silver or copper or other available) inside the pot. Apply turmeric, chandanam, kumkum to a coconut (with husk or without – as per traditions) and place it on top of the pot surrounded by mango leaves. The tail of the coconut should be upward. Decorate the Goddess’ face and fix that against the coconut, fixing back tightly against the pot and tie it with a thread.
Decorate the pot and the face of the Goddess with jewels, dress, etc. and keep a new blouse piece. Now, place this over the rice on the plate. Keep a small garland and light a lamp at the Goddess.
Before any puja, Ganapathi Pooja is performed.
Vigneshwara (Ganapathi) Pooja:
Make a cone shaped turmeric Ganesha (Haridra Ganapathi) by mixing turmeric powder and few drops of water. Visualise Lord Ganesha and chant the following mantra
Suklam Bharadharam Vishnum
Prasanna vadanam dhyayeth
Worship Lord Ganesha to give all the strength to perform Varalakshmi Vratham without any obstacle.
Varalakshmi Vratha Sankalpam & Kalasha Puja:
Clasp the right palm over the left palm holding a flower, akshatra and place them on the right thigh and chant,
Evamguna viseshana visistayamasyam shubha thithou, asmakam saha kutumbanam kshema sthairya vijaya ayur arogya aishwarya abhivridhyartham, dharmartha kaama moksha chaturvidha purushartha siddhyartham, ishta kamarthya siddhyartham, sathsanthana soubhaya shubha phalavapyartham varshe varshe prayuktham varalakshmi muddhishya varalakshmi preethyartham bhavishyottara purana kalpoktha prakarena yavaschakti dhyanavahanadhi shodashopachara pujan karishya. Thadan gathwena kalasha pujan karishya. Kalashe gandha pushpa akshathair abhyarcha, kalasha shyopari hastham nidhaya.
Kalashasya mukhe Vishnu
Kante rudra samasritha
Moole thathra sthitho brahma
Madhye mathru ganaa smrutha
Kukshouthu sagara ssarve
Sapta dweepa vasundhara
Angaischa sahita ssarve
Ayanthu lakshmi pujartham
Gangecha yamune chaiva Godavari saraswati
Narmade sindhu kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru
Evam kalasha puja
Varalakshmi Puja begins now:
Padmasane padmakare sarvalokaika pujithe,
Narayana priye devi supreetha bhava sarvada.
Shodasha Upachara Puja begins:
Visualise the Goddess and pray to her by chanting this mantram
Ksheerodarnava sambhuthe kamala kamalalaye,
Susthirabhava may gehe surasura namaskruthe
Sri Varalakshmi devatham dhyayami
Visualise Goddess Varalakshmi in mind and offer flower or Akshatha to Kalasha or
Haridra Ganapathi. Thereby we invoke the Goddess in the idol or image.
Sarvamangala mangalye Vishnu vaksha sthalalaye,
Avahayami devee thwaam supreetha bhava sarvada,
Varalakshmi devatham avahayami
Aasanam (offering seat)
Offer flowers at the feet and chant Aasanam Samarpayami shloka
Suryayutha nibha spoorthe sphura drathna vibhushitham,
Simhasana midham devee stheeyatham sura pujithe,
Rathna simhasanam samarpayami
Arghyam (washing hands)
Offer one spoon of water from the glass with water to the empty cup. Chant arghyam samarpayami slokam
Shuddodakam cha pathrastham gandha pushpadhi mishritham,
Arghyam dasyami the devee gruhaana sura pujithe,
Suvasitha jalam ramya sarva theertha samudbhavam,
Paadhyam gruhaana thwam sarvadeva namaskruthe,
Aachamanam (Inner Purification)
Offer one spoon of water from the cup with water to empty cup and chant Aachamanam
Suvarna kalashaa neetham chandanagaru samyutham,
Gruhaana achamanam devee mayaa dattham shubhapradhe,
Panchamrutha Snanam (offering bath with Panchamrita)
Offer bath with few drops or a spoon of panchamritham to the Goddess by chanting the
Payodadhi gruthopetham sharkaramadhu samyutham,
Panchamrutha snanamidham gruhaana kamalalaye,
Panchamrutha snanam samarpayami
Shuddodaka Snanam (offering bath with pure water)
Offer bath with few drops or a spoon of water to the Goddess by chanting the below
Gangajalam mayaaneetham mahadeva shirasthitham,
Shuddodaka snanamidham gruhaana vidhu sodhari,
Shuddodaka snanam samarpayami
Vasthra yugmam (offering dress)
Offer a cotton thread made of cotton, haldi, kumkum & chandan paste by chanting the
Surarchitanghri yugale dukoola vasana priye,
Vasthrayugmam pradasyami gruhaana hari vallabhe,
Vasthra yugmam samarpayami
Abharanam (offering jewelry)
Offer any jewelry or akshatra to the Goddess by chanting this stotram
Keyura kankane divye haaranupura mekhala,
Vibhushananya moolyani gruhaana rushi pujithe,
Offer akshata or flowers or chandan paste to the Goddess by chanting Upavitham
Thaptha hema krutham suthram muktadama vibhushitham,
Upavitha midham devi gruhaana thwam shubhapradhe,
Offer gandham (chandanam paste) to the Goddess
Karpuragaru kasturi rochanadhi bhiranvitham,
Gandham dasyamyaham devee prithyartham prathigruhyatham,
Akshatha (Offering consecrated rice)
Offer akshatha to the Goddess
Akshatha dhavala devi shaliyam sthadula shubha,
Haridra kumkumopetha gruhyathaa mabdhi puthrike,
Pushpa Puja (offering flowers)
Offer flowers to the Goddess by chanting this slokam.
Mallika jaaji kusumai champakairva kulaisthatha,
Shathapathrai scha kalharai pujayami haripriye,
Offer akshata and flowers or gandham to the Goddess by chanting the below mantrams
Chanchalayai namaha padhau pujayami
Chapalayai namaha januni pujayami
Peethambara dharayai namaha ooroo pujayami
Kamala vasinyai namaha katim pujayami
Padmalayayai namaha naabhim pujayami
Madanamathre namaha sthanau pujayami
Lalithayayai namaha bhujadwayam pujayami
Kambh kantyai namaha kantam pujayami
Sumukhayai namaha mukham pujayami
Shreeyai namaha oshtau pujayami
Sunasikayai namaha nasikam pujayami
Sunethrai namaha nethram pujayami
Ramaayai namaha karnau pujayami
Kamalayai namaha shirah pujayami
Varalakshmai namaha sarvaagani pujayami
Ashtottara Shatanama Puja
Now, chant the Lakshmi Astottra shatanamavali (108 names of Goddess Lakshmi)…
Om prakrityai namah .
Om vikrityai namah .
Om vidyaayai namah .
Om sarvabhuutahitapradaayai namah .
Om shraddhaayai namah .
Om vibhuutyai namah .
Om surabhyai namah .
Om paramaatmikaayai namah .
Om vaache namah .
Om padmaalayaayai namah .
Om padmaayai namah .
Om shuchaye namah .
Om svaahaayai namah .
Om svadhaayai namah .
Om sudhaayai namah .
Om dhanyaayai namah .
Om hiranmayyai namah .
Om laxmyai namah .
Om nityapushhtaayai namah .
Om vibhaavaryai namah .
Om adityai namah .
Om ditye namah .
Om diipaayai namah .
Om vasudhaayai namah .
Om vasudhaarinyai namah .
Om kamalaayai namah .
Om kaantaayai namah .
Om kaamaaxyai namah .
Om krodhasambhavaayai namah .
Om anugrahapradaayai namah .
Om buddhaye namah .
Om anaghaayai namah .
Om harivallabhaayai namah .
Om ashokaayai namah .
Om amritaayai namah .
Om diiptaayai namah .
Om lokashokavinaashinyai namah .
Om dharmanilayaayai namah .
Om karunaayai namah .
Om lokamaatre namah .
Om padmapriyaayai namah .
Om padmahastaayai namah .
Om padmaaxyai namah .
Om padmasundaryai namah .
Om padmodbhavaayai namah .
Om padmamukhyai namah .
Om padmanaabhapriyaayai namah .
Om ramaayai namah .
Om padmamaalaadharaayai namah .
Om devyai namah .
Om padminyai namah .
Om padmagandhinyai namah .
Om punyagandhaayai namah .
Om suprasannaayai namah .
Om prasaadaabhimukhyai namah .
Om prabhaayai namah .
Om chandravadanaayai namah .
Om chandraayai namah .
Om chandrasahodaryai namah .
Om chaturbhujaayai namah .
Om chandraruupaayai namah .
Om indiraayai namah .
Om indushiitalaayai namah .
Om aahlaadajananyai namah .
Om pushhtayai namah .
Om shivaayai namah .
Om shivakaryai namah .
Om satyai namah .
Om vimalaayai namah .
Om vishvajananyai namah .
Om tushhtayai namah .
Om daaridryanaashinyai namah .
Om priitipushhkarinyai namah .
Om shaantaayai namah .
Om shuklamaalyaambaraayai namah .
Om shriyai namah .
Om bhaaskaryai namah .
Om bilvanilayaayai namah .
Om varaarohaayai namah .
Om yashasvinyai namah .
Om vasundharaayai namah .
Om udaaraa.ngaayai namah .
Om harinyai namah .
Om hemamaalinyai namah .
Om dhanadhaanyakarye namah .
Om siddhaye namah .
Om strainasaumyaayai namah .
Om shubhapradaaye namah .
Om nripaveshmagataanandaayai namah .
Om varalaxmyai namah .
Om vasupradaayai namah .
Om shubhaayai namah .
Om hiranyapraakaaraayai namah .
Om samudratanayaayai namah .
Om jayaayai namah .
Om mangalaa devyai namah .
Om vishhnuvaxassthalasthitaayai namah .
Om vishhnupatnyai namah .
Om prasannaaxyai namah .
Om naaraayanasamaashritaayai namah .
Om daaridryadhv.nsinyai namah .
Om devyai namah .
Om sarvopadrava vaarinyai namah .
Om navadurgaayai namah .
Om mahaakaalyai namah .
Om brahmaavishhnushivaatmikaayai namah .
Om trikaalagyaanasampannaayai namah .
Om bhuvaneshvaryai namah .
Om Ashottara shatanama pujam samarpayami
Dhupam (offering dhupam or Agarbatti)
Offer Agarbatti (incense sticks) to the Goddess by chanting the below mantram
Sugandham cha manoharam
Dhupam dasyami deveshi
Varalakshmi gruhaana tham Dhupam samarpayami
Deepam (offering deepa or light)
Light a deepam by chanting this mantram
Ghrutakthavarthi samyuktam andhakaaram vinashakam,
Deepam dasyami the devi gruhaana muditha bhava,
Naivedyam (offering food items)
Offer naivedyam (fruits / food items & coconut) by chanting this mantra
Naivedyam shasrasopetham dadhi madhwajya samyutham,
Naanaa bakshya phalopetham gruhaana harivallabhe,
While offering naivedyam, offer water (Paaneeyam)
Ghanasaara sughandena mishritham pushvasitham,
Paaneeyam gruhyatham devi sheethalam sumanoharam,
Thamboolam (offering betel nut & betel leaves)
Offer thamboolam (betel leaves, betel nut, dry date fruits & rupee coins)
Poogeephala samayuktam nagavalli dalairyutham,
Karpurachurna samyuktam thamboolam prathigruhyatham,
Neerajanam (offering Aarti)
Offer Aarathi with burning camphor to the Goddess by chanting the below mantra
Neerajanam samaaneetham karpurena samanvitham,
Thubhyam dasyamyaham devi gruhyatham Vishnu vallabhe,
Mantra Pushpam (offering the garland of Mantras)
Offer akshata by chanting the Mantrapushpam
Padmasane padmakare sarvalokaika pujithe,
Narayanapriye devi supreetho bhava sarvadaa,
Pradakshina (offering circumambulations)
Just do five self circumambulations by chanting the mantram
Yanikanicha paapani janmanthara kruthanicha,
Thani thani pranashyanthi pradakshina pade pade
Namaskaram (offering prayers)
Offer namaskarams by chanting this mantram
Samastha loka jananee namasthe Vishnu vallabhe,
Pahimam bhakta varadhe varalakshmi namo namaha
Sri varalakshmi devathayai namaskaaraan samarpayami
Atha Thoragranthi Puja (worshipping the Thoram or sacre thread)
Worship the Thoram or sacred thread by offering gandham, haldi, kumkum, akshata &
flowers by chanting this Thoragranthi mantram
Kamalayai namaha prathama granthim pujayami
Ramayai namaha Dwiteeya granthim pujayami
Lokamatre namaha thrutiya granthim pujayami
Vishwajananyai namaha chaturtha granthim pujayami
Mahalakshmyai namaha panchama granthim pujayami
Ksheerabhi thanayayai namaha sashtama granthim pujayami
Vishwa sakshinyai namaha saptama granthim pujayami
Chandra sodaryai namaha ashtama granthim pujayami
Harivallabhayai nahama navama granthim pujayami
Thorabandhanam (tying the sacred thread)
Tie the sacred thread yourself to your right wrist while chanting the below mentioned
Varalakshmi Vratham Thorabandhana Mantram
Badnami dakshine hasthe navasuthram shubhapradam,
Putrapauthrabhi vruddhincha sowbhagyam dehi mey rame.
Upaayana Daana Vidhi
Evam sampujya kalyaneem varalakshmi swa shaktitha,
Daathavyam dwadashapoopam vaayanam hi dwijathaye.
After performing Thorabandhanam, offer Vayanam to the Goddess. Then, offer to other
Upaayana Daana Mantra
Offer vayanam to other married women by chanting this mantram
Indiraa prathigruhnathu indiraa vai dadaathi cha,
Indiraa tharakobhabhyam indirayai namo namaha.
Ithi pooja vidhanam sampurnam (It concludes the Varalakshmi Vratham Puja
Charumathi, a Brahmin woman lived in a town, Kundina. She was very humble and kind in her nature. She was very much devoted to her husband and family. One night, Goddess Laxmi appeared in her dream and told her to worship Vara Laxmi and seek her blessings. Goddess Laxmi also explained the Vrata procedure and the best day to observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. Laxmi asked Charumathi to observe Varalaxmi Vrataon the Friday just before Shravan Purnima, the Full Moon day in Shravan Month. Charumathi informed about the dream to his husband and family. She also told to her friends and the word spread throughout the town. On the Friday before Shravan Purnima, Charumathi along with her family, friends and the women of the town observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. They worshipped Vara Laxmi with utmost devotion and offered special recipes and fruits to please her. Goddess Vara Laxmi appeared before them and granted boons to all of them. Their houses were filled with grains, diamonds, jewels and gold. They all lived happily in their rest of life. Since the time, women have begun observing Vara Laxmi Vrata every year on the specific Friday. And take theertha & prasada and also distribute among other devotees. Next day a small puja (Punar Puja) is performed to mark the conclusion of Varalakshmi puja. On Sunday morning, Goddess Lakshmi is lifted from the Puja place and kept safe for next year’s Varalakshmi Puja. After the completion of Varalakshmi Puja, the coconut which is used on the top of Kalasham should be broken and the water in it should be thrown to any plant like Tulsi or any other flowering plants which are away from the stamping of human. The biodegradable waste like flowers, turmeric, kumkum, and many other material should be thrown in a well or in nearby fresh flowing water which are not stamped by human.
*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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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 !!
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*The Garuda Purana*
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.”
*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….*
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:
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.
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