Culture, Religon, Spirituality

THE BOY, THE SWAMI AND A RAINY DAY

Many many years ago a young boy ran into what was then known as the Swami Vivekananda Ashram (now called the Swami Ramakrishna Ashram) in Halasuru, Bengaluru – not because of any love for the Swami or the Hindu Dharma but because it was raining and in the long stretch connecting old Madras road and CMH road this was the one place that seemed ideal to shelter from the pouring rain.

The boy walked into the main hall where a few people were singing bhajans – it was the time for the evening aarati. He walked in and out as the bhajan did not appeal to him and instead went around the little temple and then his eyes fell on the little stone plaque embedded into the wall with the words:

“Every soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these and be free.”

The boy stood transfixed staring at the words – reading and re-reading those words. It was like his feet were nailed to the ground below, unable to move. He stood there for no less than 30 minutes oblivious of the men, women, and children filing past till the time one of the young monks (who he would later come to know and respect as Shankar Maharaj) asked him what he wanted and the young boy shuffled away without a word.

For that young deracinated boy it was a homecoming, a return to his source. He has since traveled the world but he has always come back home like a bird with a string tied to its feet – reeled-in each time he crossed a threshold…

I am that boy from many many years ago. I am eternally grateful to that “Hindoo Monk” who woke me up and brought me back into the fold of the Dharma. I have never shared this before but today on the occasion of his 155th Jayanti I was instructed to share it and so I have….Please don’t ask me by whom, what, or why – some things are best left unsaid…

ॐ…

Swami vivekananda

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Culture, History, Religion

HANUMAN AND HIS GREAT LEAP (SUNDARA KANDA)

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To me this is the most important and inspirational moment in the great kavya. Without this epochal event, this magnificent leap, there would be no Ramayana, Sita would never have been rescued and Rama would surely have lost his way.

Symbolically too, as my Guru often says this is a moment that comes to everyone in his/her “Quest” and it is then that a leap such as this must be made with the strength of Shraddha and the Sankalpa of a determined will one must take the plunge – that great “Qunatum leap” into the unknown as Swami Vivekananda called it…

// Hanuman looked like a wild bull with his powerful neck stretched to the full and looking upwards. He was to achieve what no one had till then…. He saluted the Gods presiding over the quarters – Surya, Indra, Vayu, and Brahma. He then turned to the East and saluted his father, Vayu. With his mind he saluted the valiant brothers Rama and Lakshmana. He then made obeisance to the seas and to the rivers. Hanuman embraced his companions and made up his mind to set out on the memorable journey.

He shook himself and roared and it was like the rumbling of a thunder cloud. He swung his large tail in the air and the tail looked like an immense snake pulled by Garuda. He placed his two hands on the surface of the rock on which he stood. He shrunk his waist and folded his legs. He then thrust out his neck and so he stood poised for the flight into the air. He looked far and held his breath. He turned to the monkeys and said:

“I will go straight to Lanka as an arrow which is released from the bow of Rama. If I do not find Sita there I will go to the heavens and look for her there. If she is not found even there I will return to Lanka and bring Ravana with me, bound hand and foot. I will somehow return with success. I may even uproot the city and bring it with me. I WILL SUCCEED.”

Thinking that he was Garuda himself the great Hanuman jumped up with great force. Because of the speed of his course, the trees on the mountain were pulled up with their roots. With the flowering trees rushing along with him Hanuman entered the skies. The trees went with him some distance and it seemed as though they were well-wishers who went with him some distance to make the journey fruitful. The sea was now a mass of flowers from the trees which had fallen into it after accompanying the great Hanuman some distance.

Hanuman coursed through the sky like a thunder cloud driven by the air…//

– Kamala Subramniam, Valmiki Ramayana

Every time I read this a divine thrill courses down my spine. This is the determination, this is the shraddha, this is the sankalpa that each one of us needs…

अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं
दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम् ।
सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं
रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातात्मजं नमामि ॥


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Politics, Terror

JADHAV LOOKS LIKE A MAN ON HIS LAST LEG

This post clubs two FB-posts together here:

This photograph is of a man who is on his last leg. I hope I am wrong but I think this man will not survive much longer. What happens in the ICJ will matter not a whit because the man if and when he is free (if at all) will be a hollowed-out zombie.

One look at his sunken cheeks, the strange angle at which he sits, and the visible injury marks tell me he has been beaten to pulp and subjected to inhuman torture. The jaw looks like it has been reconstructed, the limbs have no tensile strength – it must have been terrible for the mother and wife to meet with him like this

The nauseous virtue signaling that the Pakistanis indulged in added insult to injury. For a start, Sushma Swaraj must stop being nice to the Pakis and put a stop to these VISAS that are being issued – no mercy or compassion should be shown to anyone in the absence of even a semblance of reciprocity.

I would like the Muslims of India to descend onto the streets much like they did protesting the recognition of Jerusalem (which is of no significance to us) – Nothing will send out a stronger message to Pakistan.jadhav-2


Yesterday I wrote about how Jadhav looks like a man on his last leg. What I was not aware then is that not only were his wife and mother treated very badly and humiliated but additionally his wife was made to wipe her sindoor, remove her bangles, and mangalasutra – This should be interpreted as the Pakis letting us know that Jadhav would never make it out of Pakistan alive, no matter what we try. She was “widowed” before she would actually become one, was the crude message the islamists of the rogue state of Pakistan were sending out to all of us.

In this context, it is important to understand that this is standard Islamic practice – of humiliating women, behaving aggressively towards them as Hindu women were/are considered to be the “repositories of the honor of the community and its traditions”

During the great Calcutta killings of 1946, Muslim women actively supported and in fact aided in this humiliation of Hindu women advising them to “become like them” See the highlighted portions of what was done to Hindu women of Bengal.

This active support from Muslim women was also evident yesterday from the stands taken by the lady panelists on TV debates and also by the insensitive tweets by Mehr Tarrar, considered a liberal journalist of that rogue state.

Also, I continue to be amazed at the silence of the liberals, leftists, sickualrists, and Muslims. Imagine what would have happened if this was a Muslim or Christian prisoner…

Revenge is a dish best served cold and the Indian government hopefully extracts a revenge that sends out a message for the ages at a time and place of their choosing. Not doing so will be a betrayal of all Indians and specifically the Hindus…
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Culture, Leftist Cabal, Religion

HOW TO VIRTUE SIGNAL LIKE A LIBERAL

It is that time of the year and the boot is on the other foot. Here is a fully crowd-sourced listing of virtuous don’ts for the festive season:

(1) Don’t cut down trees to decorate your homes. Save trees; save lives

(2) Save electricity – Don’t light up your homes this festive season. Better still, celebrate earth-hour every hour

(3) Don’t dress-up your kids like buffoons, instead spend the money on buying clothes for the poor and needy

(4) Don’t burn candles – It can cause global warming and noxious fumes from commercial wax can cause asthma particularly bad for your four-legged pets

(4) Don’t hang those paper stars with lights in them in front of your homes – think of the number of trees that were felled to make those paper-stars and think of lighting up other homes instead of useless paper-stars

(5) Don’t eat cakes – it can make you hairy and fat and increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes

(6) Choose egg-less cakes (i.e. if you must) to save some chicks and choose Tofu over meat

(7) Save water – Drink raw, don’t mix with water

(8) Don’t burst firecrackers on New Year’s eve – it’s the environment you know…

(9) Stick to your DPs and don’t change into red-headed clowns.

 

Culture, History

THE EVER ABIDING IDEA OF BHARATAVARSHA

I make it a habit on most days to read to my daughter just before her bedtime. Though I read to her from a wide range of books, presently the reading sessions are on Rajaji’s Mahabharata.

Jarasandha has just been killed by Bhima and Jarasandha’s son is the new king of Magadha but he has sworn allegiance to Indraprastha. Yudhishtra is planning the Rajasuya to proclaim himself Emperor. Indraprastha is shining in all its glory and the kings from all corners of Bharatavarsha have come to the great central hall and assembled there – all of them acquiescing kings attending in token acknowledgement of Yudhishtra’s supremacy over the lands of Bharathavarsha. The discussion centers around who should be the “Guest of Honor” Bhishma is unequivocal in his assertion that the only person deserving of this honor is Sri Krishna. A smile is playing upon Sri Krishna’s face and the two exchange a quick glance. Both of them know that they are avatara purushas – one here to redefine and re-establish the Dharma and the other to show that it is possible to live exactly in accordance with the Shastras. This is where we are at now and we look forward to continuing our journey together tonight…

Interestingly, it is here that Rajaji slips in a wonderful paragraph which alludes to the abiding idea of Bharathavarsha an idea that is a slap on the face of all those leftists who keep insisting that India was never one country but rather many small warring pieces. That little paragraph below:

//THE INDIA OF THOSE DAYS CONSISTED OF A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT STATES. THOUGH, THERE WAS ONE DHARMA AND ONE CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE LAND, THE AUTONOMY OF EACH STATE WAS SCRUPULOUSLY RESPECTED. OCCASIONALLY SOME STRONG AND AMBITIOUS MONARCH WOULD SEEK THE ASSENT OF COMPEERS TO HIS OVER-LORDSHIP WHICH WOULD BE SOMETIMES GIVEN WITHOUT QUESTION. AFTER RECEIVING THIS ASSENT HE WOULD PERFORM A GRAND RAJASUYA SACRIFICE, WHICH ALL THE ACQUIESCING KINGS WOULD ATTEND IN TOKEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS SUPREMACY. //

India is but a 70 year young identity. Bharatavarsha on the other hand is the abiding idea of one people, one dharma, one shared legacy. Let no one forget that…

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Opinion, Politics

DHARMA IS NOT ANTITHETICAL TO VIKAS

(1) DHARMA is not antithetical to VIKAS.
(2) In NOTA lies a message.
(3) In VOTE-PRODUCTIVITY lies a story.
(4) In the agrarian crisis lies a WARNING.

Those who don’t want to see it, will anyway not see it. For those to whom culture is not important will dismiss it. For those who have hitched themselves to the juggernaut this is RW balderdash.

Sometimes bitter medicine helps clarify thinking. Halahala can turn the skin blue but it is that which makes Neelakanta the great power that he is…

Culture, Opinion, Politics

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

Even the fig leaf that covered the Emperor’s nakedness has been blown away and it does not make for pleasant viewing.

When an image speaks better than a 1000 words and so on, but say a few words I must…

Those who have pawned their souls to the juggernaut will come up with a story to defend this too. They have to for their survival depends on satiating the feeding frenzy of those who own them now. When defense becomes impossible in the face of irrefutable evidence they will go on the offensive, against those who call this shamelessness out – Extreme-Right, Fringe and so on…

Not doing anything for the Hindus was level-1, Siding with those who aim to break the Dharma is level-2, and openly supporting their twisted agenda (like here) is obviously level-3.

Depression is a mild word to capture the darkness that engulfs us. We will need an Avatara no less if we need to be pulled out of this morass.

We have before us two options – (1) A John Galtish walkout but are we Atlas that we may shrug? (2) Go back to our individual lives and eke it out, for the Dharmic fight is almost lost…

Acharya Vikas Massey wants to share his Good News folks and all of you are welcome

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

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