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Dusshara – 3

Let us burn the vices of Ravan and embed values of Ram within us…

Let the Ram within, win today and from today onwards forever…

Let us all prepare to welcome Ram into our lives and accept our limitations as Good Humans…

The day of “Seemolanghan” (सीम्मोलंघन). It literally means to cross the barriers / borders. Not the borders drawn on the maps but the borders drawn in our society and in our minds.

Biggest barrier / border in our life is

I Can’t Do“.

Next is

I Can’t Accept“.

And the last is

I Cannot Change“.

We have set these limitations in our lives and live with them. Today is the day to remember that “I CAN”. Let us all recall, remember and understand that Bhagwaan Ram had Vaanar’s to fight on his behalf. Vaanar means the one who is not sure about being Human. Ram took them together, revived their spirit and fought with their help to win the war. We all are like the Vaanars. Let us recognise the Ram within. The day we shed our inhibitions, we too will win the war.

Let us all remember, recite and learn the Shlok given below. It talks about the Surya. The problems he has and yet how He keeps on working.
रथस्येकं चक्रं भुजगयमित सप्ततुरङ्गः

निरालम्बो मार्गह चरनरहितह् सारथिरपि।
रविर्यर्तेवन्त्यं प्रतिदिनंमुपरस्य नरभस्यः

क्रियसिद्धि सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे ।।

(The sun in the sky travels everyday with all odds against him, like a chariot with one wheel, seven horses trod by serpents and the driver without legs. Great people don’t depend on their accessories. They achieve their goal by their spirit and determination)

Let us all remember that it is the spirit within which keeps us going. So on this Dusshara, let us pray to God that He removes this vice of “I Can’t Do” from our lives and lead us to the light of “I Can Do“.

Second I cannot accept. Can we imagine ourselves accepting our own enemy? No we dont. We dont even accept our own, if they do wrong to us. But when we study Ram’s life, we learn to accept. He not only accepted the self doubting Vanars but also the brother of his enemy, Vibhishan. He accepted him with full faith and crowned him the King of Lanka, the day He accepted him.  If He can, can we not?

I would say let us begin with accepting our small mistakes in life. Let us begin by accepting the vices within us. Let us accept the people as they are and not what we like them to be. I know it’s difficult but it’s a border which we need to cross in our lives. We need to crossover from I cannot accept to I can accept. Let us keep Bhagwaan Ram as our ideal.

Last is I cannot change. But change is something which is only permanent in life. One needs to accept that one needs to change. Cause change is for good. Change also leads to development and helps us move ahead in life. 

Nowadays we see people not ready to change and being rigid. Let us recall the story of the oak and willow which we studied in our younger days. The large gust of wind could not harm the willow but it over rooted the oak tree which was unable to bend. So change is what we need to be ready for.

On this day of Seemolanghan let us decide to overcome these barriers.

On this day let us decide that I can and will do, I can and will accept and I can and will change.

Let Ram be our Idol and let us follow Ram.

Wishing you and everyone in your family and friends a very Happy Dusshara…

सोनं घ्या आणि सोण्यासारखे व्हा व रहा…

शुभ दशहरा।

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Navratri (Reblog)

माडी तारु कंकु खर्यु ने सूरज उग्यो (२)
जग माथे जाणे प्रभुताए पग मूकयो (२)
कंकु खर्यु ने सूरज उग्यो…
माडी तारु कंकु खर्यु ने सूरज उग्यो

मंदिर सर्जायू ने घंटारव गाज्यो
नभनो चंदर्वो मां ए आंख्युमा आंज्यो
दिवो थवा मंदिरनो (२) चांदो आवी पुग्यो
कंकु खर्यु ने सूरज उग्यो…

मावडी ना रथना घुगरारे बोल्या
अजवाळी राते मां ए अमरत धोल्या
गगननो गरबो मांना (२) चरणोंमां जुक्यो
कंकु खर्यु ने सूरज उग्यो…

– अविनाश व्यास

English Transcript

(Maadi Taaru Kanku Kharyu Ne Suraj Ugyo
Jag Mathe Jaane Prabhutae Pag Mukyo
Kanku Kharyu Ne Suraj Ugyo.

Mandir Sarjaayu Ne Ghantaarav Gajyo
Nabhno Chandarvo Maa Ae Ankhyumaa Aanjyo
Divo Thaavaa Mandir No Chando Aavi Pugyo
Kanku Kharyu Ne Suraj Ugyo…

Maavdi Naa Rath Naa Ghugharaa Bolyaa
Ajavali Raate Maa e Amrut Dholyaa
Gagan No Garbo Maa Na Charanomaa Zukyo
Kanku Kharyu Ne Suraj Ugyo…

– Avinash Vyas)

A beautiful poem by Avinashbhai comparing the advent of dawn, with the vermilion applied on the forehead of the Goddess. He goes on to describe that it feels as if the feeling of Godliness has taken over. The grandiose of the Goddess as described in the poem is truly the one that need to observe and behold in our eyes. The grand celebrations started two days back.

The Goddess is worshipped in different forms and every form has its own name and characteristic. Of the different forms, the three forms, namely Maha Kali, Maha Laxmi and Maha Saraswati represent the Female trinity. Again all the three forms are just one of the different forms of the omnipresent. The three signify destruction, wealth and knowledge as well as death, prosperity and birth respectively. They are also worshipped as consorts of Shiv, Vishnu and Brahma respectively.

These days of Nav Ratri (Nine Nights) actually mean 10 days. The 10 days of the battle between Mahisasur and The Goddess Durga. On the 10th day, the Asur was slained and is celebrated as Dusshara (दशहरा). An Asur is someone who is enjoying life and is completely immersed in one’s senses and worldly gratifications only and denies the existence of anything except self. Here the Asur is named as Mahisasur meaning a person who lives and behaves like cattle. Goddess Durga kills this characteristic found within Humans. The fight is within and without too. To overcome or slay these vices one needs to arouse the feminine characteristic within oneself. And this feminine characteristic is Durga. Durga means to takes oneself beyond all difficulties. It is the divine energy that protects the soul from known and unknown, adversity and opposition. Durga means to deliver oneself across the turbulent ocean of ignorance to the radiant other shore beyond all darkness. To remind oneself a Durga Idol/ Ghat/ Kalash is installed in every household of India.

Many households especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat celebrate the festival as ‘Ghatsthapana‘ or ‘Garba‘. The flame or a Diya (small lamp) is kept in a specially made earthen pot with pores (holes) in it. The pot represents the omnipresent Goddess. The rays of light coming out through the pores signifies the importance of knowledge and strength. The Garba is placed at the centre of a circle and the men and women play a disciplined dance, also called Garba, around it on its periphery. It has many a significance. It reminds us that every action of ours needs to be God centric. And also we need to work in tandem with everyone. There needs to be a rhythm in our movement and we cannot afford to miss one step. The village as a whole comes together to celebrate.

At this juncture, need to talk about today’s Garba played in our cities. The youth today calls it Gujarati Sunburn, which is absolute humbug. They just feel that it is a place for entertainment and fun. A place where we can make friends for fun. A place to pick up boys / girls and to spend the nights with them. And then forget everything and live an uncontrolled and non-obstructive life. My readers, I urge upon you to give a thought about the thoughts and rituals which we have got from our elders through our past generations and would they like the way we celebrate them today?

The blaring music and the obscene dance steps add to the joke we have made out of such divine festivals. It affects the environment too. I myself remember playing Garba, the whole night, but it was quite a smaller scale in those times. Every lane had it’s own Garba celebrations and everyone from children to the elderly, participated. I have vivid memories of the girls and the boys playing at different times. In Gujarat, Girls playing is called ‘Garba‘ and the boys playing is called ‘Garbi‘. It is expected that both the sexes play differently. Also it was played on a single Dhol (drum) accompanied by the singing. Men and Women both sang during their routines. It used to be a grand affair and we all learnt the songs well. There were variations in steps then too. But today, the picture has changed. We just want to dance and vent out our feelings. We too like Mahishasur have started leading our lives for our senses and pleasure. We do not deny the existence of God, but at the same time we behave as if He does not exist. The time has come to arouse the Durga within us.

Friends,

Let us be environment friendly and at the same time instill faith and devotion towards the Goddess during these days.

Let us learn to develop an outlook of treating every woman with respect, as She is the embodiment of Maa Shakti.

Let us remember to keep God in the centre of our life and plan and execute things around Him.