April 24, 2014
April 22, 2014
If we want to cultivate divine qualities, then we must take refuge in Hanuman ji. The meaning of the four letters in the word Hanuman, i.e. Ha, nu, ma and na.
1. Ha – Stand for the affirmative attitude towards life i.e. being positive
2. Nu – Here is taken from ‘nuksan’ i.e. harm one should not harm anybody.
3. Ma – Taken from ‘maan’ i.e. pride. What more pride than getting the human form in this very birth.
4. Na – Stand for Namrata i.e. humility, being humble.
Thus, a person who is humble, who is not looking for recognition and does not think ill of anybody and always has a positive outlook will find in himself the cultivation of divine qualities.
Jai Sri Ram
Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
Hare Ram Hare Ram Hare Ram
Hanuman Ji Ki Tarah Japte Jao
Apni Saari Badhaye Door Karte Jao
Shubh Hanuman Jayanti to all
April 21, 2014
April 20, 2014
This forest of Bilvavana is also known as Lakshmivana as well as Shrivana, because the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi Devi, who is also known as Shri Devi, came here to perform austerities in order to achieve the position of a gopi in Krishna’s pastimes. One day, while serving Her husband Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha, she heard from Shrila Narada Muni about Her husband’s extraordinary pastimes when He appears on earth in His original form as Lord Shri Krishna in the transcendental land of Vrajabhumi in order to enjoy the most intimate loving pastimes with the gopis. Goddess Lakshmi Devi became so attracted by hearing the descriptions of the rasa-lila that she decided to go to Vrindavana and take part in those wonderful pastimes.
On arrival at the rasa-mandala, Lakshmi Devi was stopped from entering by some of the gopis, who told Her that She was not qualified or in the proper serving mood (bhava) to take part in the rasa-dance. Greatly disappointed to find that she was refused entry to the rasa-mandala, She became very sad and dejected. At that moment Krishna came there and after greeting the Goddess of Fortune with pleasing words, explained that she was stopped by the gopis because, as the wife of Lord Narayana, she was situated in the mood of aishvarya-bhava, being always surrounded with the great opulence of Vaikuntha. Krishna also informed Lakshmiji that even Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, Sukadeva Goswami, or the four Kumaras, besides many other great liberated souls, are not able to take part in the rasa-lila pastimes.
Feeling heartbroken at being rejected, Lakshmi Devi immediately returned to Vaikuntha to find out from Narada Muni why She could not take part in the rasa-lila. Shrila Narada Muni informed Lakshmiji, that in order to enter the rasa-mandala, one has to be free from any attachment to opulence, prestige, or personal satisfaction, and should desire only the absolute satisfaction of Krishna. Narada further said that the rasa-lila was the highest expression of unalloyed devotional service, and only the gopis, who had absolutely no interest in personal benefit, or even a pinch of selfish desire, who lived only to satisfy Krishna’s desires, were properly qualified. Narada also explained that the gopis of Vrindavana abandoned everything for Krishna’s pleasure, even their own husbands, their families, along with their chastity and honor, which so dear to ladies, and were even ready to sacrifice their very own lives, just to make Krishna happy. They never asked Krishna for anything, except to remain as eternal servants at His lotus feet.
Shrimati Lakshmi Devi had some attachment to the great opulence of Vaikuntha, as well as to Her position as the Goddess of Fortune and being the consort of Lord Narayana. She therefore asked Narada what She had to do to achieve the position of a gopi. Narada advised Her to perform austerities in the forests of Vrindavana in order to free Herself of all traces of attachment. Lakshmi Devi decided to stay in the forest of Bilvavana, because it lies on the northern bank of the Yamuna exactly opposite from Seva Kunja in Vrindavana, where the rasa-lila took place. Some say that Lakshmi Devi is still engaged in penance at Bilvavana even today, and a very famous festival is held here at the Lakshmiji Mandira every year during the month of Pusa (Nov-Dec), where thousands of people from all over Vraja flock there to get the mercy and blessings of goddess Laksmi Devi. The deity of Lakshmiji situated in the temple here is sitting in meditation with Her hands folded, so in this regard, She is still present here in Bilvavana in the form of Her deity and meditating on the rasa-lila.
It is also said that when Radharani came to know that Lakshmi Devi was undergoing penance at Bilvavana to become a gopi, She requested Krishna and His friends to secretly go there to build a simple shelter and also dig a well so that Lakshmiji would not have to suffer the elements and could easily get water without having to disturb Her penance. That well, which is opposite to the temple, became known as Krishna-kupa. The cowherd boys built a simple shelter for Lakshmiji out of thatched leaves. Standing next to the deity of Laksmiji in the temple one can see a deity of Krishna, offering flowers to Lakshmiji, who is deep in meditation and unaware of His presence.
In the Sri Vraja-riti-cintamani of Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti, are the following verses. “When the personified Vedas saw the splendid good fortune of the vraja-gopis, they decided to follow in their footsteps and become vraja-gopis also. When Lakshmi Devi saw the charming sweetness of the vraja-gopis, she became bewildered and fainted with envy. Who can describe the transcendental opulence of this land of Vraja? There Lakshmi Devi performed severe austerities to become a gopi. Although she remained as Lakshmi and did not attain her goal, she nevertheless had the opportunity to speak to her beloved Krishna.”
April 19, 2014
April 18, 2014
Go not to the temple
by ~Rabindranath Tagore:
Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God,
first fill yr own house with the Fragrance of love...
Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God,
first remove the darkness of sin from yr heart...
Go not to the temple to bow down yr head in prayer,
first learn to bow in humility before your fellowmen...
Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees,
first bend down to lift someone who is down-trodden...
Go not to the temple to ask for forgiveness for yr sins,
first forgive from yr heart those who have sinned against you.
April 15, 2014
Most of the old temples have large bell at the
entrance of the temple and you need to ring it
before you enter temple. A Temple bell have a
scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary
metal. It is made of various metals including
cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and
manganese. The proportion atwhich each one of
them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of
these bells is made to produce such a distinct
sound that it can ...create unity of your left
andright brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell
produces sharp but lastingsound which lasts for
minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good
enough totouch your seven healing centres or
chakras in your body. The moment bell sound
happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts.
Invariably you will enter state of Tran’s state
where you are very receptive. This Trans state is
the one with awareness. You are so occupied in
mind that only way to awaken you is with a Shock!
Bell works as Anti-dote to your mind. Before you
enter temple – to awake you and prepare you for
taste of awareness is the real reason behind temple
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