Mahaveer Jayanti (Reblog with additions)

The one who is brave and kills is called a Veer.

But the one who is brave, can kill, yet forgives is Mahaveer.

I wish all my readers a very Happy Mahaveer Jayanti.

Mahaveer

– an apostle of Non Violence (Ahimsa)

– an apostle of Non attachment (Aparigraha)

– an apostle of Non stealing (Asteya)

– a proponent of Truthfulness (Satya)

– a proponent of Chastity (Brahmacharya)

A great soul born to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishaladevi of the Ikshvaku dynasty. He was called Vardhamaan, as his birth brought lots of wealth and name to his father’s kingdom.

He lived a prince’s life. He married Yashodhara and had a daughter from her, Priyadrashana.

He renounced life at an early age of around 30 and left all the attachments, even clothes. It is said that he took just a piece of cloth on renunciation and that too during the journey through the woods tore of and was entangled in the thorny bushes. He became “Digambara” (one whose clothes are the directions of the sky).

He performed severe penance for 12 years and attained Keval Gnan (blissful knowledge) before he gave his first Deshna. In total it is said that he gave total 55 pravachans in his life as an ascetic and He travelled the breadth and width of India. His final teachings (sermons given on the last 6 days of his life) are still studied by the munis of the Jain order.

There is a story that He was bit by, Chandkaushik, the serpent. But instead of bleeding blood, he bled milk. Let us understand this with a historical perspective. Mahaveer was moving through a jungle, which the people living around, asked Him not to enter as it was inhabited with the people who poisoned people who entered their home. They called themselves the ‘Nag’ people. Chandkaushik was their head. When he saw Mahaveer entering the jungle, he followed Him and at an appropriate time he tried to poison Mahaveer. But the poison had no effect on Mahaveer. Bhagwaan Mahaveer then reached out to these people and gave them love and warmth. And they took refuge in Him.

There is an another incident where it is said that a person hammered nails into Mahaveer’s ears as a part of the fruits of the Karma, Mahaveer had done in his lives before. Now I dont doubt this incident at all. But the youth today is a little sceptic about it. It is very simple, the person must have abused Mahaveer in a very bad way and the words must have felt as iron nails being pierced into His ears.

At the age of 72, he attained Nirvana (liberation of the soul from the law of karma and life after death). A Jal Mandir exists even today in Pawapuri, in Bihar where he attained Nirvana. It is a very revered place of pilgrimage for Jains.

Let us also understand that Mahaveer did not start the Jain Dharma. He just carry forward the legacy of the 23 Teerthankara’s before him, from Adinath also known as Rishabhdev to Parshvanath. But it seems that He reached out to the masses and Jain thought came to be established as a Dharma.

Mahaveer’ s legacy was carried forward by the word of mouth by his 11 disciples called the Gandhara’s. They spread His thought far and wide. Many of His works are lost and a few which remain are a part of the Jain Agamas, which were compiled later.

Bhagwaan Mahaveer has shown us a path to live in harmony with nature. He is also one of the persons whom we can emulate in our lives, in these trying times. His way of thinking, living are an ideal to not only the people who follow Him, but also to the people who do not know Him. This blog is just a small introduction to a great life, which lived on earth centuries before.

Jainam Jayati Shashanam!

India responds…

Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Another pic from the same temple
The PM
He lights a lamp
He stares and prays
Mahant Swami Maharaj
Tejendraprasadji, Acharya Koshalendraprasadji, Lalji Maharaj Vrajendraprasadji…
Ratan Tata Sir
My House Window
The view from my balcony
My Society
RNA Complex, Kandivali
RNA Complex – 2
Girgaon
Dubai
Dubai – 2
Jawans at the border
Some imagination!!!

इतिहास याद रखेगा इस दिन को,

जब पूरा संसार डगमगा रहा था,

तब हिन्दूस्तान जगमगा रहा था।

Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya – 2

Every Indian household, which considers itself cultured, lights a diya in the evening at their homes. Our Vedic Sanskriti has always been the worshipper of radiance, worshipper of Light.

Today we all will light the lamps adhering to signify the triumph of light over darkness. But at the same time, if we continue doing what is not expected from us in these times, like as a citizen not to follow the rules strictly of Social Distancing and Lockdown, or just forwarding messages without checking their truthfulness or even admonishing about things not within our ambit of understanding, then will this lightening of the diyas help?

Let us follow Social Distancing at its strictest level. The next few days, weeks or maybe even months are times to be alert, vigilant and disciplined. Our country doesnt expect anything else. Can we not reciprocate?

Let us stay at home. Spend time with family and self. These are the days of self assessment and improving the understanding about ourselves. Can we not do this for ourselves.

Let us learn to respect nature. Let us learn to live together with all the living creatures however small and large. Have been receiving and seeing videos of rare birds being seen in cities nowadays. Can we not create an environment where we can coexist?

Let us believe in God. For it is Him, who takes care of everyone of us. It is difficult to accept these times as His care, but when we dwell deeply, we might understand His way of teaching.

Let us enjoy these times. Be positive. Be healthy. And let’s keep away from all the negativity in this world. And move together towards the best world we can create together.

Should we?

Can we?

Will we?

Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya…

Just heard the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, asking citizens to light up a diya, torch, cell phone flash or a torch on 5th April, 2020, at 9pm for 9 minutes. Spend time with oneself and think about 130 crores of faces of the children of Maa Bharti.

Am instantly reminded of a poetry written by the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vaypayee, so sharing the lyrics with you all…

भरी दुपहरी में अँधियारा, सूरज परछाई से हारा
भरी दुपहरी में अँधियारा, सूरज परछाई से हारा
अंतरतम का स्नेह निचोड़े
अंतरतम का स्नेह निचोड़े, बुझी हुई बाती सुलगाये आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…

हम पड़ाव को समझे मंज़िल
हम पड़ाव को समझे मंज़िल, लक्ष्य हुआ आंखों से ओझल
वर्तमान के मोहजाल में
वर्तमान के मोहजाल में आने वाला कल ना भुलाये आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…

आहुति बाकी, यज्ञ अधूरा, अपनों के विघ्नों ने घेरा
आहुति बाकी, यज्ञ अधूरा, अपनों के विघ्नों ने घेरा
अंतिम जय का वज़्र बनाने
अंतिम जय का वज़्र बनाने नव दधीचि हड्डियां गलाएँ आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…….

Readers, Friends, please read this poem, understand the meaning as it sounds exactly written for this situation.

Let us win this war together…

Jai Bharat!!!

Ram – An ideal Son

Rama valued his father’s pride more than his own pain
& defended his father’s honor that haters tried to stain.
He embarked on journey with no hate in his brain
For his divine loyalty drained out the feeling of disdain.

When the people witnessed him depart
It broke them & torn their souls apart.
Yet they realized Rama’s magisterial art
When he said, that he lives in everyone’s heart.

Though he was unjustly treated by his stepmother
His heart still melted with affection for his brother.
For they mutually respected one another
& this brotherly love no cruel conspiracy could smother.

Rama’s spiritual values till this day we celebrate
Because even though he was victimized by his unforgiving fate
Yet on his shoulders he carried his responsibilities‘ weight
& with integrity he conquered all kinds of hate.

Sidharth Jain, New Delhi

The poem beautifully enumerates the topic. Feel what can I write after all these words. I should be grateful to my brother from Delhi, who took time out, to write this, even though he didn’t want to. He shared that he did it out of respect for me, but I very well know and believe that Ram residing in his heart has made him do this.

Ram, the name itself gives goosebumps to millions of his followers.

Ram, the name itself gives one the confidence to win in every battle.

Ram, the name itself instills arouses passion for the Motherland.

But today I want to talk about Ram as an ideal son. Will not describe the events described in the poem as they are self explanatory. But will talk about संतान।

सम्यक् तनोति इति संतान। A child is one who carries forward the goals of parents.

And we can see the same characteristics in Ram. His forefathers King Aja, King Raghu, his own father King Dasrath have all lived their lives for the betterment and development of society. It is said that even the Devas, used to ask them for their help. Similarly Ram too, has worked towards development of society as a whole. The 14 years spent in exile were for the upliftment of the people who lived a uncivilized life. Fighting with the Rakshasas, who felt that spending uncivilized way of life is the only aim in life, is just a small part of the exile. Historically, all the events of abducting of Sita, meeting the Vanars, the Ram Ravan war, took place in the last 14 – 16 months of exile. So the question arises what did Ram do for the initial period? He, like his forefathers, lived amongst the uncivilized people and developed relations with them. He spent time with them and slowly but steadily made them understand the basic tenets of a cultured life. Led them to the path of civilisation.

Similarly like his forefathers, he always gave respect to the words of the Rishis. When Vishwamitra came to Dasrath to ask for Ram, to fight of the Rakshashas who were disrupting their yadnya. Dashrath, a father denies. But it is Ram who reminds him of his duties and expresses his willingness to go with the Rishi.

Ram is a very obediant son. He never questions his parents. When his father told him that he would be crowned the King, he agreed. The next day, when Dasrath banished him to exile, he agreed. He did not argue. Rishi Valmiki notes that there was not even a minute change in his expression in both the instances. He is always ready to do as his father tells him too.

I dont want to make this blog a long read, by writing many such instances from Ram’s life. But would sure love as always to raise questions to make everyone of us think.

Will we listen to what our father says, even if it is against our wishes?

Will we still command the same respect for our mother who for some reason strip us off our powers?

Will we complete every wish of our parents even if it means giving up our lives?

Let us all try to find genuine answers to these questions as devotees and followers of Ram. On this day of Ram Navmi, if we can sit back (lockdown days) and think and find answers to the above questions, then I do not think, India would need an old age home, anytime in near history.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Ram Navmi.

May Lord Ram bless the world and lead us to light from these dark days of the pandemic.