Culture, Religion

Balarama – the most powerful man of his times

Balarama, was actually named Rama by his parents – this name Rama was given to him because of his pleasing personality (like the Rama of the Ikshavaku dynasty / Ramayana) and because he spread joy and peace wherever he went. “Bala” was added to “Rama” because of the extraordinary strength he possessed. Legend has it that he was by far the most powerful person of his times even more powerful than Bhima.

Balarma was the avatar of Adisesha the primeval serpent and as such he held his great strength tightly coiled-up. But when unleashed none could stand before him.Although he wielded the plough as his weapon, he could handle the mace with equal grace and felicity.

He taught both Duryodhana and Bhima the science and art of mace-fighting. He always held the opinion that Duryodhana was the more graceful and skillful of the two – light and nimble on his feet and with great defensive technique but could go on the offensive in a flash – the Muhammad Ali of his times.

Bhima had a more lumbering and heavy technique but what he lacked in grace he made up for in sheer explosive power – a blow from Bhima would be the end of the fight but a fight fought within the rules of fair-play would mean that it would be Duryodhana who would always win. In the climactic fight, Bhima was tiring and Duryodhana was playing to his strengths when Krishna made that indication – tapping his thighs, that ended the fight.

Balarama who came back from a pilgrimage to watch only this fight of his two favourite disciples threatened to beat Bhima into pulp for using foul means but Bhima was saved by Krishna’s intervention.

Legend has it that when Balarama attained samadhi, a huge snake exited from his mouth signifying that he was indeed the avatara of Adisesha.

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Culture, History, Religion

Why did Yudhishthira agree to play the game of dice?

Why did Yudhishthira agree to play the game of dice? The reason that is most often cited is that he had a weakness for the game and couldn’t resist an invite to play the game. This is often used to show Yudhishthira as a weak and gullible fool in the newer re-telling’s  of the Maha Kavya. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While it is true that Dharmaputra did have a weakness for the game on top of being unskilled at it, he however did not jump at the opportunity to match wits against someone of the caliber of Sakuni who was the undisputed master of the game and had an uncanny knack of always winning against any opponent through means fair and foul. To assist him were three brothers of Duryodhana – Vivimsati, Purumitra, and Chitrasena all three, experts at the game. It was an unequal contest with the dice loaded against Yudhishthira right from the beginning. So, why did he agree to the contest. Was it just his “lust” for the game?

A deeper reading of the Mahabharata informs us that Yudhishthira not only knew what was at stake but actually did not want to get into this game. He knew that it was sure to end in utter ruin for himself and the Pandavas but also for the entire Kuru race.

As Kisari Mohan Ganguly’s notes in his voluminous translation (into English) of the Mahabharata:

“…Yudhishthira said,–‘O Kshatta (Vidura), if we sit to a match at dice, we may quarrel. What man is there, who knowing all this, will consent to gamble? What dost thou think fit for us? We all are obedient to thy counsels.’

‘It would seem then that some of the most desperate and terrible gamblers always depending upon deceit are there. This whole universe, however, is at the will of its Maker, under the control of fate. It is not free. O learned one, I do not desire, at the command of king Dhritarashtra to engage myself in gambling.

Unwilling as I am to gamble, I will not do so, if the wicked Sakuni doth not summon me to it in the Sabha? If, however, he challengeth me, I will never refuse. For that, as settled, is my eternal vow.”

Like some brilliant body falling before the eyes, Fate depriveth us of reason, and man, tied as it were with a cord, submitteth to the sway of Providence,

Kamala Subramaniam’s Mahabharata also has this passage:

To a certain extent Yudhishthira could guess the consequences of the game of dice… He told Vidura (when he came to know who he would be up against): “The cleverest of the players have been selected. I am weak at the game, and Sakuni is a veritable wizard at throwing the dice. But, what can I do? All that happens in the World has been ordained by the Creator. What can we do when Fate has already planned the way in which events must take place? I am helpless. The King (Dhritarashtra) knows my principle that I will never disobey the commands of my elders. This Kingdom of mine does not belong to Dhritarashtra, and I am  not bound to obey him… but my uncle has sent for me; he knows that I will not disobey him even if I can afford to…”

I hate to play the game of dice knowing that it leads to evil. But it is the unwritten law that elders must be obeyed. It is also the rule among kshatriyas that one must play when one is invited to play. He must not refuse. Knowing these things, my uncle has sent for me; he knows that I will not disobey him even if I can afford to. Let fate have her way. I will accompany you to the hated city, Hastinapura.”

Further, just before this invite, Yudhishthira had conducted the Rajasuya Yagna where Sishupala was killed by Krishna. Evil omens and portents had been witnessed by all who had assembled there that day and Vyasa had confirmed to Yudhishthira that this was only the beginning and the next 14 years would be terrible for the Pandavas and that would be followed by a terrible internecine war that would cause the destruction of almost the entire Kuru race. Yudhisthira had decided then that he would do nothing to provoke anyone within the extended family in order that such an event must never come to pass. This was also on his mind

Therefore there were several reasons besides his fondness/weakness for gambling. In fact given a choice he would have rejected the invite but he could not or would not because:

  1. He would never disobey his elders
  2. Kshatriya rules dictated that he could not reject the invite without being called a coward
  3. He knew that fate and God’s will were setting the wheels in motion
  4. His desire and love for the game was the last and least of the reasons.

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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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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, Religion

NO COMPROMISE. SIRF MANDIR BANEGA WAHAN

I was a student when the Babri Masjid was brought down. It was also the time when I was shaking off the effects of 12 years of brainwashing at a Christian mission school and was slowly understanding what had been done to the Hindus as a people, as a civilization, and as a culture.

As I revisited History and read about the depredations and humiliation that had been wrought upon my ancestors I was shocked to say the least. I had never been taught all of this at School or College and therefore it came as a shock and a revelation.

More importantly it made me go back to my roots and re-examine my own connection with the tenets of my own Dharma. Dec 6, 1992 is therefore one of the most important days in my life.

It showed that a more assertive and a stronger Hindu who fights for his/her rights is the need of the hour, someone who would be uncompromising, firm, and clear in his/her vision that he/she is the legatee of the greatest culture the world has ever known. This land, this Karmabhoomi -Bharata is the only place now where this culture still flourishes (however distorted or diluted). It is our collective duty to preserve, recharge, and hand over to the next generation.

In this context, I read an article yesterday which talked about how Tulsidas had made no mention of the demolition of a Temple. It was written by a “nominal” Hindu, the kind who are deracinated and ashamed of their own roots.

Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya, considered the foremost authority on Tulsidas has however cited verses from two works composed by Tulsidas which, in his opinion, are relevant to the dispute. The first citation consisted of eight verses from a work called Dohā Śataka, which describe the destruction of a temple and construction of a mosque at the disputed site in 1528 CE by the Mughal ruler Babar who had ordered General Mir Baqui to destroy the “temple of the infidels” – the temple dedicated to Maryada Purushottam Rama

Below is a snapshot from that “Doha Sataka” where Tulsidas talks poignantly of how these barbarians came and destroyed this Ram temple. See highlighted portions in the photo below. It is takea from this PDF available at this link (http://elegalix.allahabadhighcourt.in/…/ay…/honsaj-vol-4.pdf) which was part of the evidence submitted to the court. Please do download and read the entire PDF.

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#MANDIRWAHINBANAYENGE #WAHANSIRFMANDIRBANEGA#JAISHRIRAM

Culture, Religion, Spirituality

AN OVERLOOKED PERSPECTIVE ON SABARIMALA

This is a guest post by Shri Rohit Arya and has been reproduced here with his permission. This is a very important and timely one. Important because it outlines in clear terms why there is an age-restriction on the entry of women at Sabarimala. Timely because we are now in “Sabarimala season” and the deracinated SBNR, Cryptos and Feminazis are sure to mount an attack now. I have added an introduction to the post explaining the significance of the HariHara Putra Rupa and a few aspects of the Sabarimala pilgrimage:

INTRODUCTION:
Ayyappan or Sastha or HariHara Putran is a unique aspect, a singularly special Roopa, born out of the union of the beguiling and bewitching form of of “Vishnu-Maya” Mohini and “Hara” the attractive and captivating form of Shiva. This rupam was also created at a time when the Vaishnavas and the Saivas were at loggerheads and indulging in internecine quarrels. HariHara putran came into the world to show that Hari and Hara are one and the same – forms of the one Brahman that has invaded and pervaded all sentient and insentient forms and beings.

The Rupam was also created to perform a specific function. After the death of Mahishasura at the hands of Devi Durga, his sister Mahishi performed severe Tapas and received a Varam (boon) from Brahma that she could not be killed by either Shiva or Vishnu. It was to destroy this Mahishi that Shiva and Vishnu decided to come together in the form of Sastha, Ayyappan – if they could not vanquish Mahishi singly they would do it together. This child thus created was found by Rajashekara of Pandalam in Kerala and was named Manikantan. When Manikantan was 12 years old he killed Mahishi, revealed his true identity to his father and disappeared after telling his father to construct a temple at the place where his arrow would land. The arrow that Manikantan shot landed on the summit of Sabarimala and it was here that the temple was built by none other than Vishwakarma and the image of Ayyappan was prepared and installed by the great Parasurama himself.

The word Sastha itself means “Control” in fact “Supreme control” and also one who controls the entire world. He rides the white elephant called “Yogi” which was uncontrollable at one time but became submissive under Ayyappan. In Sabarimala the Sastha is permanently absorbed and functioning for the sole purpose of protecting the great Hindu Dharma – hence he is the Dharma-Sastha. 

  1. The pilgrimage to sabarimala is unique preceded by a Vratham of 41 days or 1 Mandalam – 30 days starting from the full-moon day and ending at the next full-moon + 11 days leading up to the Ekadashi day.

  2. The Woman (Prakriti) is not available to the Man (Purusha) for these 41 days.

  3. One day of the Vratha is equal to 1 week of pregnancy and is a supreme homage to the motherhood, when the man each year repays his debt to the woman by living a life of great control and austerity.

  4. The dress code is black signifying the absorption of all external actions of the senses, absorption of the spectrum of colours and nullifying all differentiation

Please read below now as to why there is an age-restriction for entry of women into Sabarimala. A post written by Shri Rohit Arya.


I need to say this, because as yet nobody is saying it and it is in many ways the most important issue in the entire fake uproar over Sabarimala and the restriction of women’s entry. It needs to be absolutely clear that this nothing but a Breaking India initiative, one of the vital wounds they seek to deliver to Hindu society. There have been many arguments about why such restrictions exist, jungles, dangerous travel, tigers, shaucha, and more unthinking bullshit about menstruation than you could believe. But the core spiritual reason why such a restriction exists in this Ayappa temple alone, nobody is articulating it. In all other Ayyappa temples everybody is free to visit ,not only gender there is simply no restriction on religion or identity. But in Sabarimala the rules have to do with the nature of the deva in residence.

Simply put he is a Swami, a renunciate who is sworn to celibacy. He is perhaps the only sanyasi deva we have. Look at the Vigraham/ murti of Ayyappa. He sits with a meditation band as is common in Southern Yoga but his ankles are positioned in a manner that does bandhanam or locks both Mooladhara and Svadhisthana chakras.

I do not expect the deracinated culturally illiterate Hindus of today to look at a murti and figure out the nature and svabhava of the devata and what spiritual process were appropriate in his aradhana but it was common knowledge at one time. One look was enough.

Even if I knew nothing about Ayappa and was not a Malayalee I could look at the vigraham and say this is deva who needs your discipline and self control as a vital part of his sadhana. Roopams communicate teachings as to what will work or not. So the forty day vratam, you can understand why. Nothing else will do for this deva.

Now in India it is very common even today for Swamis to avoid all contact with women. The Swami Narains are one example and while the Dashanamis are a bit relaxed about that rule today I also know many many examples of them who will never speak directly to a woman. Dayananda Saraswati who founded the Arya Samaj is a great favorite of the ‘reformer’ bullshitters but he used to speak to women only from behind a curtain. The famous Hindu monastery In Hawaii is perhaps one of the most hardcore in existence today and the Swamis there are no different.

Even the Christian tradition had such rules for the monks in the days they had some spiritual shakti instead of being a conversion machine as it today. There is a monastery in Greece where no woman has set foot inside for nearly a thousand years. So this is an ancient spiritual tradition.

Ayyappa in Sabarimala is actually more relaxed about this he merely does not give darshan to women in the age frame when they get periods. There is an occult reason to that which makes perfect sense to yogis but the spurious logic of the Din I ILahi Hindus who make up the change agents will not comprehend any of it.

So the issue here is stark. The Breaking India forces, the secular adharmis, the Asura Prakriti wallahs, useful idiots like that loudmouthed moron Arnab, or despicable types like Trupti Desai, the entire Leftist cabal of Luytens media and Din I ILahis Hindus they are appropriating the right to dictate to Hindus the nature of the devata in the temple and what the rules of the temple ought to be.

Once again so that it is clear – those who have no skin in the game, no shraddha, those who are crypto converts are DICTATING TO HINDUS WHAT THEIR DEVATAS SHOULD BE. And we Hindus, we are bending over for this impertinence.

There is only one temple where Dharma Shastha as Ayyapa is known has been consecrated as a Swami. Leave it alone bloody fools.

Forcibly altering the rules of the kshetram will destroy the shakti of the sacred space – and it will bring about repercussions which are incalculable. But that is the idea – to destroy Hinduism one small piece at a time. The women of Kerala have launched a Ready to Wait response to the Asuric Right to Prey initiative but that is not enough. Hindus have conceded too much to the State apparatus. The organs of governance cannot dictate the parameters of spiritual life.

Such kshetrams were set up by great Rishis. In the case of Ayyapa by Parashurama himself. Kerala is not God’s Own Country, it is Parasurama Kshetram which is an entirely different thing from the conversion agenda phrase that is GOC. What will happen when the duffers of today set themselves up against Parashurama is something I would really like to see. I am cruel enough to wish that.

The line in the sand needs to be drawn now. This far and no further. Hindus cannot allow their enemies to define their religion – which is what is happening now.
The Asura Prakriti claims authority to define authenticity and certify validity of the Sanathana Dharma. No more.

Hum Mandir Wahi Banayenge!
Harihara suthan ayyan ayyappa Swamiyeeee Sharanam Ayyappa
and as always…Sarvam Shivamayam!


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Culture, Religion, Spirituality

THE DESCENT OF THE SKANDA (SHANMUKHA) SHAKTHI

Starting today (Prathama Tithi), October 20, 2017 and leading up to the day of Sura Samharam on Shashti is dedicated to Skanda Shakthi. The Skanda Rupa personified as the Skanda-Shakthi in the beautiful swaroopa of Shanmukha or Subrahmanya or Muruga, Karthikeya, or Kumara, is the personification of the total Yoga-shakti and Sadhana Shakti of the world.

Born out of the explosive Tejas of Shiva’s Ajna Chakra, (his Tejas having been built up over several years of deep meditation), Shanmukha is the Agni swarupa, the Jnana Jyothi.

The sparks from the Ajna Chakra flew through the cosmos and even the divine messengers Vayu and Agni who decided to carry him could not hold the Tejas and they dropped it into the Ganga. Even she could not bear the divine energy impregnated as it was with the Divya Tejas of Shiva and the Shakti of Parvati.

Ganga in order to save herself, shoved the divine energy onto the banks of the river, upon a shrub of reeds in a pool of water called the “Saravana Poigai” The divine shakti congealed into six aspects each lying on a lotus bloom. The Universal mother Parvati picked up the six aspects and that energy transformed into the aspect of Shanmukha in the hands of the Universal mother.

Symbolically, Shanmukha and his six faces represent the attainment of “Aparoksha Anubhuti” attained through the process of “Shat-Chakra-Bheda”. This is why Skanda is the destroyer of Ajnana, a concentration of supreme shakti like none other.

On the human plane, the Guru is the representative of the Skanda Shakti, because just like Shanmukha the Guru is our Senapati (commander) who leads us in the battle against our inner demons. Just as the Vel of Shanmukha destroyed the demon Surapadman, so also the Guru’s Vel tears asunder the veil of Maya and gives us a glimpse of the Divine.

Let the Shakti of Shanmukha permeate the collective consciousness of all Hindus. I also take this opportunity to pay my respects to all the Gurus who have guided me through my life.

“ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महासेनया धीमहि !
तन्नः शंमुखा प्रचोदयात !”

“Om Tatpurushaya Vidhmahe Maha Senaya Dhimahi !
Tannah Shanmukha Prachodayat !

Shanmukha


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