Mahurat – Akshay Tritiya

One of the 3 and half Mahurats (auspicious time)…

A day when Bhagwaan Rishabhdev broke His year long fast by drinking sugarcane juice through his cupped hands (Varshi Tap Paarna)…

A day when Treta Yug began…

A day when Maa Ganga descended on Mother Earth…

A day when Lord Parshuram was born…

A day when Bhagwaan Vyas started dictating Mahabharat to Bhagwaan Ganesha…

A day when farmers in India start the farming work for the monsoon season by decorating their cattle and worshipping their fields (Bhoomi Pujan)…

At the beginning, I mentioned that its is one of the 3 and half mahurats, auspicious time to begin anything new. Akshay Tritaya alongwith Dusshara, Gudhi Padwa and Kartik Poornima (half day) are considered as the most auspicious days to begin a new venture. Akshay Tritiya day falls on the 3rd day of the bright half (shukla paksha) of Vaishakha of the lunar month. (It falls in later half of April or first half of may according to western calendar). The whole day is a day to acquire wisdom, think and begin anew.

“Akshay’ means one which never diminishes. Tritiya means the third day. So it is believed that anything that we acquire or begin on this day, will never be diminished.

It is also considered as the birthday of Goddess Annapurna (the Goddess of Food). She too is worshipped today.

The Bengalis worship Lord Ganesha and Laxmiji and begin their new audit year, this day. It is called “Halkhata” in the local language.

Mahabharat, the great epic, was started to be written today. It has covered all relations and all topics under the Sun. There is an episode before the Mahabharata was started to be written. When Bhagwaan Vyas asked Ganesha, the God of wisdom, to write his dictation, Ganesha said that it would be possible only on one condition that Vyas would not stop once he starts dictating. Bhagwaan Vyas readily agreed and put forth his condition that Ganesha will understand what is being told and then write it down. And so it is said that Vyas would speak a few sentences which were difficult to interpret for Ganesha and would take a break. The truthulness behind the episode is difficult to be adjudged, but this conveys to us the greatness of Bhagwaan Vyas. The Mahabharat in it’s true sense is a book of undiminished “akshay” wisdom.

Mother Ganga descending upon the earth is one of the most beautiful glacial phenomenon, an human can envisage and see happening in his own lifetime. Bhagirath, the great King, was able to do this. It’s an engineering marvel. Even today, people go upto ‘Gomukh’, the caves from where Ganga appears, but the exact place of Her beginning is still unknown. The flow of Ganga is continuous and divine. The divinity within Her waters is something which will never be diminished “Akshay”.

Bhagwaan Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankar of the Jains, broke his fast on this day. A year long fast! I always wondered how they could do it. But this is “Tap”, ( the readiness to bear both pain and happiness, not to be delighted in one’s happiness and not to be bogged down in distress). Also, they (24 Tirthankara’s) in their pursuit of finding the truth about oneself, sometimes got lost in themselves and forgot to partake food. The fire within, for this pursuit was so hot that it engulfed all other worldly desires. Today many a people emulate them. My namaskaars to all of them, first. At the same time, my question is that are we in the same pursuit? With same intensity to find the truth? I do not doubt the intentions of anyone, but at the same time, I want to gently remind my readers at least, the facts about our ancestors, the way they thought and lived.

I have decided not to write on Bhagwaan Parshuram, the 6th incarnate of Lord Vishnu, today. A character which needs to be understood more. Will surely write on Him, when He permits.

On this most auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya, I wish all my readers a very Happy Akshay Tritiya.

May Goddess Annapurna bless every field with lots of crops and every kitchen with unlimited, but delicious meals.

May Bhagwan Vyas and Ganeshji bless everyone with undiminishing wisdom.

May the ever flowing Ganga cleanse our bodies and minds and fill them with divine thoughts.

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Poem #10

India Votes!!!

Democracy is the right to choose one’s leader,

the leader will sell the nation to the highest bidder,

The elite sit in the house having cake and cider,

And the intellectual talks as if he is a thought feeder…

What have we made of our motherland ?

A place where people fear to speak, to out stand,

This is the narrative being built end to end,

And non secular is the one who stands to defend…

The great land of Rishi’s Avtaars and Saints,

Has been degraded to the low level rants,

I just pity the mindset of these politicians,

Who live as Rajas and behave like scions...

O Lord! Let my country awake and arise,

Back to its shining glory and thoughts of wise,

Let every citizen, get up, and do his biding,

Towards his Motherland, by this chiding

May Day (Reblogged with a few additions)

1st May…

Happy May Day!

Happy Workers Day!

Happy Maharashtra Day!

Many of you might have felt that why begin with wishes for May Day first and Maharashtra Day the last! Cause that answer lies in its history.

My kid today morning asked me, “Pappa what is the importance of this day? Why is it celebrated as international workers day and Maharashtra day?”

An unexpected question from a 7 year old made me think. I did explain to him about the socialist revolution and their fight for the cause of workers. A lot of workers blood was shed while fighting for their rights. And how 1st May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year, on 1st May, there was a general strike in favour of the eight hour work day. On 4th May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. The police responded by firing on the workers. The event lead to the death of eight and injury of sixty police officers as well as an unknown number of civilian killed or wounded. Hundreds of labour leaders and sympathizers were later rounded-up and four were executed by hanging, after a trial that was seen as a miscarriage of justice.

And also how India after independence was divided into linguistic states. How Maharashtra and Gujarat were born! How there was bloodshed for the same! Some politicians just for their own selfish motives dividing India on basis of language. India after being divided on basis of caste, class, kingdoms (small and large), religion; now was Her turn to be divided on basis of language. The deep scars this division has left is still taking time to heal. Today, when the country is in electoral mode and see people thinking with only a narrow minded view of their own state, it saddens me! Did we become independent from the British for all this? Is this what freedom truly is? Is this what our grandfathers fought for? And as I write today, do not know how many times more will She be divided and on what basis and with what context!

While explaining all this I was lead to think that, is this the only reason to celebrate / commemorate 1st May? Or is there some other reason too? Can our human history be so narrow-minded? So took to the internet to find my answers. And I am delighted to be proved right! History is always broad minded, not like humans who write it.

Sharing a few excerpts of what I found on the internet.

“The earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman Republic era, and with the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries.

The day was a traditional summer holiday in many European pagan cultures.

While February 1 was the first day of spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer.

As Europe became Christianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration.

A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on which St. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated.

The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and North America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May.

Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of May baskets, small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours doorsteps.

(Source – Wikipedia).

I hope this clarifies the question that must have come to your mind, my dear reader for wishing May Day first and Maharashtra Day last.

Humans have been naturalists from the very beginning. The last few centuries have made them more aggressive towards nature and environment. The scientific attitude of finding answers to the different phenomenon happening around him, have also led to the thought of taking over nature and ruling it. Science wanted to find and give answers, and reveal the secrets of nature, which it did. But at the same time, a few regressive researchers went a step forward to find a way to interfere with it. This has led to disastrous effects which humanity has realised today and is finding ways to correct its mistakes.

On this very day, let us all pledge to take care of our environment and love the nature.

Let’s save Mother Earth not out of necessity. She is our mother and takes care of Her Children without any expectations. Let us coexist and thrive to achieve what the Creator would want us too.

Happy May Day!

Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharyaji (Reblog with a few additions)

Today is Varuthini Ekadashi. The day when one of the greatest Acharya’s of his times, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharyaji was born.

Proponent of the Shuddhadvaita (Pure Nondualism).

Founder of the Pushtimarg.

Devotional Philosopher.

One of the five main acharyas in India, the other being Aadi Shankaracharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbakacharya and Ramanujacharya.

Vallabha means “dear one.

Born today, that is the 11th day of the dark half of lunar month of Chaitra at Champaranya.

Son of Illamma and Lakshman Bhatta.

People say that His was a still birth so his parents left Him under a tree wrapped in white clothes. Later Shree Krishna appeared in their dreams to tell them that it is He who has arrived in this form and is well alive. The bewildered parents rushed back to the place to find the kid alive.

Studied Vedas at a very young age and earned the title of “Baal Saraswati“. Participated in many debates and earned the titles of “Acharya” and “Jagadguru” at the age of 12.

Later travelled throughout India, not once, not twice but thrice to explain Krishna bhakti and spread Vaishnavism.

He gave discourses on Bhagwat at 84 different places known as “Baithakji” (seats of learning) today. These “Baithakji’s” still have a relevance for all the practising Vaishnavas even today and a visit to any Baithakji is a divine experience. Every Vaishnava wishes to visit all the 84 places once in his life time.

Later, in Gokul he initiated his first disciple and laid the foundations of what we know today as Pushtimarg (Path of Grace). He made the first Vaishnava by giving / teaching him the important “Brahma Sambandh” (Realisation of a person’s relation with the Almighty).

While travelling through India, His deity guru Vitthalnath of Pandharpur commanded Him to marry and He married to Mahalaxmi with whom he had two sons ‘Gopinathji‘ and ‘Vithalnathji’ (fondly known as Gusainji).

He took Samaadhi at a very young age of 52 into the waters of the Ganges at Kashi.

His work “Madhurashtakam” is a lucid yet romantic version for Shrinathji, the deity at Nathdwara. In it, He glorifies Shrinathji and all His activities, ending every verse with the line “Madhuradhipate Akhilam Madhuram” (every act of the Lord is madhur). Madhur as a noun means sweet, tender, full; as an adjective means melodious, beautiful, sweet.

Many of His works are still being read and His followers are still trying to understand what the Acharya has written.

His lineage too continues through the children of Gopinathji and Vithalnathji and is popularly known as “Vallabha Kula“. The Vallabh Kula kids do go around India meeting the Vaishnavas and bestowing upon them the “Brahma Sambandh”

His philosophy of Shuddhadvaita is unique. He propounds that if everything has come from the Brahman (quoting Brihadarnyak Upanishad) then there is no different form then Brahman Himself. Maya according to Him is Ishvara himself. He also says that He (God) is known when He (God) manifests Himself through the world.

He talks about God being in the form of a child. He has hence asked Vaishnavas to worship the “Baal Krishna” (Krishna in child form). And treat the Lord as a child. As we fulfill all the wishes of the children, we should fulfill all the wishes of the Lord. The devotees express their love for the Lord by acts of giving Him a bath and feeding Him and making Him sleep. The tradition of 8 Darshans, from Mangala (Rising) to Shayan (Sleeping) are started by Vallabhacharyaji. The significance of these 8 darshans is that the Lord is just like us. He is no different and so we need not be afraid of Him, rather as He is a child, shower Him with all the love we can.

Such a personality is called the Mahaprabhu. Our seer’s called him so meaning He is the greatest amongst the Gods. Revered Pandurang Shastriji Athavale explains it in his own simple way that “Jo Bhagwaan ko milne bulaaye aur Bhagwaan ko aana pade, aise jo log hain unhe Mahaprabhu kehte hain”, (the lord upon being called, is compelled to come to meet, such is a Mahaprabhu)

On His Birthday, just bow down to Him and ask for His blessings to move a step further to understand God, His design and to do His work!

।। Shree Krishnarpanamastu।।

Matrubhumi – Mera Kartavya

भारत इन दिनों एक बहुत बडे महापर्व को मना रहा है । यह पर्व उसकी राजनैतिक धरोहर का अतिशय महत्वपूर्ण पड़ाव है । यह पड़ाव हर पांच साल की अवधि पर आता है ।

भारत एवं भारतीयों की लोकतंत्र के लिए प्रतिबद्धता वंदनीय है । कठिन से कठिन समय में भी भारत ने अपनी यह लोकतांत्रिक पहचान छोड़ी नहीं है । अपितु यह पहचान उसकी बहुत पुरानी है । भारत में कई प्रकार के राज्य व्यवस्था की कल्पना की गयी है तथा उन कल्पनाओं को साकार करने विविध प्रकार के प्रयोग भी हुए हैं । यह सारी राज्य व्यवस्थाएं हम में से कई लोगों को ज्ञात है । हम उन्हें बोलते भी हैं । पर कभी किसी ने बताया नहीं इसलिए हम उनसे अज्ञात होने की भ्रमणा में जी रहें हैं । हम सब, कभी न कभी, किसी भी प्रकार की पूजा के बाद होनेवाली आरती में सम्मिलित हुए हैं । आरती के बाद बोले जानेवाले मंत्रपुष्पांजलि के मंत्र से भी परिचित हैं । उस मंत्र में गणेशजी का आवाहन है तथा गण के ईश ने जो विविध राज्य व्यवस्थाएं संभाली है, उनका नामोल्लेख है ।

ॐ यज्ञेन यज्ञमयजन्त देवास्तानि धर्माणि प्रथमान्यासन् | ते ह नाकं महिमानः सचन्त यत्र पूर्वे साध्याः सन्ति देवाः || 1 ||

ॐ राजाधिराजाय प्रसह्यसाहिने नमो वयं वैश्रवणाय कुर्महे | स मे कामान्कामकामाय मह्यम् कामेश्वरो वैश्रवणो ददातु | कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय महाराजाय नमः || 2 ||

स्वस्ति| साम्राज्यं भौज्यं स्वाराज्यं वैराज्यं पारमेष्ठ्यं राज्यं महाराज्यमाधिपत्यमयं समंतपर्यायी स्यात्सार्वभौमः सार्वायुष समुद्रपर्यंताया एकराळिति || 3 ||

तदप्येषः श्लोको ऽभिगीतो |मरुतः परिवेष्टारो मरुत्तस्यावसन् गृहे | आविक्षितस्य कामप्रेर्विश्वे देवाः सभासद इति || 4 ||

मैंने जो भाग हमारी आज की चर्चा के लिए प्रस्तुत है उसे अधोरेखांकित किया है । भारतमें साम्राज्य से लेकर सार्वभौम राज्य की संकल्पना है । (इन सभी राज्य व्यवस्थाओं के लिए अलग से लिखा जा सकता है ।) इसलिए मैंने कहा की हमारी धरोहर पुरानी है । इन व्यवस्थाओं में से स्वराज्य की कल्पना महर्षि अत्रि ने की है । इतना ही नहीं, उन्होंने उसका सफल प्रयोग भी किया है । यह वही ॠषि अत्रि और अनुसूया हैं, जिनका दर्शन शादी के बाद, पति अपनी पत्नी के साथ, तारों के रूप में करता है । पर हमारी दयनीय स्थिति यह है की हमें यह सब बातें मालूम नहीं और बताई भी नहीं गयी । बताने की कोशिश भी नहीं की गयी ! और फिर अपने आपको लोकतंत्र के पोषक मानते हैं ! उससे भी आगे जाकर कहते हैं हम लोकतंत्र के स्थापक हैं । जिन लोगों को अपनी धरोहर मालूम नहीं, उन्हें उसपर अभिमान कहाँ से होगा ? फिर उसे अपने कर्तव्य का भान कैसे होगा ? फिर वह क्यों अपने मताधिकार के बारे में जागृत होगा ? उसे तो मतदान का दिन छुट्टी का दिन ही लगेगा । आज सत्तर साल बाद हमें लोगों को मतदान करने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध होने को सिखाना पडता है । उसके कर्तव्य से अवगत कराना पडता है । इतनी दयनीय स्थिति में हमने अपने लोकतंत्र को लाकर खडा कर दिया है ।

इस स्थिति को बदलना होगा । और इसके लिए हमने खुद से ही शुरूआत करनी होगी । लोकतंत्र के इस महापर्व में सम्मिलित होना होगा । सिर्फ हम नहीं पर हमारे घर के सारे सदस्यों को भी सम्मिलित करेंगे । हम खुद के कर्तव्य प्रति जागरूक रहें यही मेरे आज के लिखने का हेतु है ।

हम अपने अमूल्य मताधिकार का उपयोग करें यही हमारी सच्ची राष्ट्रवंदना होगी ।

इसलिए आप सबसे नम्रफतापूर्वक आग्रह करता हूँ की आप घर से बाहर निकलकर अपने मताधिकार का उपयोग करें । आप, जिस पार्टी तथा विचारों से आकर्षित हो, उसे अपना मत दीजिए । पर मताधिकार का उपयोग जरूर करें

जय भारत!

जय राष्ट्रमाता!

Translation :

Motherland : MY DUTY

We, Indians, are celebrating one of the biggest festivals of democracy! This festival is celebrated every 5 years. And today we are at a very important phase of that festival.

I salute the spirt of India and Indians and their commitment towards democracy. India has never lost her democratic frame of mind even in the darkest periods of Her history. Yes! It’s spirit is as old as the Vedas. There have been many a different thoughts about different types of systems to govern a country and they all have been experimented upon in India. Many of us already know them. Many of us have been uttering them without their knowledge. But as we have not been explained the meaning, we are just uttering them mechanically. This mechanicality needs to be given a meaning. We all have participated in “Aarti” at the end of Poojas. After the Aarti, we have rendered Mantrapushpanjali in the loudest possible manner. What is this Mantrapushpanjali? It’s an invocation of Ganesha and also the names of different types of systems of governing a country.

om |

yajñena yyuyajñamayajanta devāstāni dharmāṇi prathamānyāsan |
te ha nākam mahimānaḥ sacanta yatra pūrve sādhyāḥ santi devāḥ || 1 ||

om |
rājādhirājāya prasahyasāhine namovayam vaiśravaṇāya kurmahe |
sa me kāmānkāmakāmāya mahyam kāmeśvaro vaiśravaṇo dadātu |
kuberāya vaiśravaṇāya mahārājāya namaḥ || 2 ||

om svasti |
sāmrājyam bhaujyam svārājyam vairājyam pārameṣṭhyam rājyam
māhārājyamādhipatyamayam samantaparyāyī syātsārvabhaumaḥ sārvāyuṣa āntādāparārdhātpṛthivyai samudraparyantāyā ekarāḷiti || 3 ||

tadapyeṣa śloko ‘bhigīto |
marutaḥ pariveṣṭāro maruttasyāvasan gṛhe |
āvikśitasya kāmaprerviśve devāḥ sabhāsada iti || 4 ||

Have underlined the part which is relevant and important for our discussion today. From Samrajyam (Soverign) to saarvabhaum (universal mastership) all different types of governing systems have been mentioned here. ( a separate blog can be written on each one of them). This is the reason I said that we have a rich past in many of my previous posts too. Of all these, the concept, thought and the experiment of Swarajya (Rule of the people – Democracy) has been given and performed by Maharishi Atri. Yes, the same Rishi Atri and Sati Anusuya, whom we see and bow down to as stars on the first night after marriage. It is the husband who is supposed to show the wife these stars on the first night. They are considered to be an ideal a couple in our scriptures. But it’s a pity that we do not know this nor have we been educated about this! Nor has there been any effort even in that direction! And then we boast about being the founder of Democracy and have fostered it for 70 years. And for those citizens who do not know their history and their roots, how will they feel proud about it? How will they know about their duty? How will they be aware about their vote? Won’t they feel that the Day of Voting is a holiday and plan their trips? And then, we want to create an awareness amongst them for voting! We want them to go out and vote! This is a sorry state of affairs which we have brought our democracy to!

We have to change this situation. And for that we need to begin with our own self. We need to participate in this festival of democracy. And involve every family member too. My motive behind writing this blog is to just create an awareness towards our duty towards our Country to.

Voting is also one of the ways to pay respect to our country.

So, pls go out and vote. Vote for the party and the ideals you like but perform your duty!

Jai Bharat!

Jai Rashtramata!

Mother Earth Day

What has She, for us, not done?

Can we not all our wrongs, undone?

She never cries or complains but shares

We Her son’s behave like who cares!

Let us today pledge our love to Her,

And She loves us more for sure!

She is more our Mother, than Earth,

Let us all rise above our dearth.

The only thing we can do for Her,

Plant and replant and let’s save Water!

She will bloom and smile and rejoice,

To us She will share her fruits and joys!…

A small movement which began in 1970 is now celebrated worldwide to create an awareness about Our own Earth and the efforts we need to make to save Her. I pay my respects to Mother Earth, today with this small poem.

Happy Earth Day.

Maruti (3) – Good Friday

Would request my readers to read my old blogs on Hanuman before moving ahead.

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/maruti/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/maruti-2/

We pick up the thread from my last blog… MARUTI (2) where we were talking abt the qualities of a messenger (DOOT)…

Hanuman is Buddhimatam Varishtham… The topmost (seniormost) amongst the intellectuals… My readers may question me how can I make such a statement and argue that a monkey (Vaanar) is better in intellect than humans!

We should know that when Rama – Laxmana were wandering in the jungles of the Vindhyas looking for Seeta, they reach near Kishkindha. Sugreeva, the outsted King, is staying in one of the mountains with his trusted confidante Hanumaan and his army. Hanumaan gets information about two humans wandering in the forests so approaches them. He is well aware about Rama, as a Prince of Ayodhya. He questions the two humans and finds out that they are no other than Rama – Laxmana. He takes them to Sugreeva. He is the main reason behind Rama and Sugreeva’s friendship. His foresight is the best example of his intellect.

Would go a step further and say that Hanumaan is an honest intellectual. It is His statement given below which proves what I say.

देहबुद्ध्या तु दासोऽहं
जीवबुद्ध्या त्वदंशतः।
आत्मबुद्ध्या त्वमेवाहम्
इति मे निश्चिता मतिः।

Anjani sut says, that when I think about my body, then I know that am your (Rama’s) “Daas” (surrendered slave).

He further goes on to say that when I am thinking about my existence, then I know that am your “Ansh” (part of you).

And lastly He says but my consciousness tells me that “I am you” (Am no different from you).

My readers, just think, what Hanumaan is trying to tell us. He is just explaining the biggest thought propounded in the Vedas.

तत् त्वम् असि । (That thou art).

– Chandogya Upanishad.

The finest of the thoughts are explained in such a small verse and gives us an idea about his intellect. So my Namaskaars to Hanuman today, on his Janmotsav (Birthday).

Just yesterday, someone shared with that a “Jayanti” is celebrated of someone who has died. We believe that Hanumaan is a chiranjeev, that is he has beaten death. So he is still alive, so we celebrate Janmotsav of people who are alive. Also let me clarify that Chiranjeev means “a person whose cause of death is not known”. There are 8 chiranjeev’s according to our scriptures (Will write about the others when God permits).

Today is Good Friday too. The day when the Son of God gave up his life for the betterment of humankind. Just yesterday was the Holy Thursday when Jesus had his last supper with his disciples and spoke about his imminent death. He was treacherously caught that day night itself and produced before the Pilate. Religious leaders insisted on Jesus’s crucification and relenting to this pressure, the Pilate agreed. Jesus was crucified today. His last words “God, Forgive them, for they know not what they do“, are enough to explain his love for humankind. We all know that Death is no good thing, rather it’s a sorrowful parting. But Jesus gave his life for the good of many, so it is called Good Friday.

Jesus will rise again on Sunday which we all celebrate as Easter. But today is a day to sit back, repent our sins and think about the Holy Father in heaven and pray to Him.

A rare occasion when we get an opportunity to bow down before Hanumaan, the disciple of God and Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

I take up this opportunity to wish everyone on the occasion of Hanumaan Jayanti.

Lets remember Jesus Christ throughout the day. Let’s his thoughts and deeds be a guiding force of our lives.

Lastly, wish everyone a Happy Easter in advance.