Saturday, January 31, 2009

I am Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra

I am the Lord and the Cosmic Soul; I am myself the Cosmic Body. I am Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, as well as Gauri, Brahmi, and Vaishnavi. I am the sun and the stars and I am the Lord of the stars. I am the various species of beasts and birds; I am also the outcaste and thief. I am the evil doer and the wicked deed; I am the righteous person and the virtuous deed.

-Devi Gita

Education, Progeny, and Speech...‏

May the light of wisdom illumine us.
May we become united with the Lord.
Let us contemplate five categories:
The world and luminous worlds in the sky,
Education, progeny, and speech.

-Taittiriya Upanishad

I am Consciousness and Bliss

I am not detachment nor salvation,
Nor anything reached by the senses;
I am behold all thought and form.
I am everywhere, and nowhere at all-
I am Consciousness and Bliss.

I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

-Shankaracharya

How to Be Kinder...‏

Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.

Those who follow this path, resolving deep within themselves to seek Me alone, attain singleness of purpose. For those who lack resolution, the decisions of life are many-branched and endless.

-Bhagavad Gita 2:40-41

High Souls Are Never Low...‏

Birth decrees to all men who live a common circumstance.
Diverse actions define their unique specialness.

Lowly men are never high, even when elevated.
High souls are never low, even when downtrodden.

-Tirukkural 98: 972-73

Sunday, January 25, 2009

may peace bring peace

By this invocation of peace may peace bring peace!
With this peace the dreadful I now appease,
with this peace the cruel I now appease,
with this peace all evil I now appease,
so that peace may prevail, happiness prevail!
May everything for us be peaceful!

-Athara Veda

humility

Humility is the strength of the strong and the weapon
With which the wise conquer their foes.

-Tirukkural 99:985

go beyond everything

Through self-effort and self-knowledge make the mind no-mind. Let infinite Consciousness swallow the finite mind, and then go beyond everything.

-Maharamayana

I sit in my own splendor

With the pincers of truth I have plucked
From the dark corners of my heart
The thorn of many judgments.

I sit in my own splendor.

Wealth or pleasure,
Duty or discrimination,
Duality or nonduality,
What are they to me?

-Ashtavakra Gita 19:1-2

listen to the learned

Even though he has no learning, if a man but listens to the learned
That will be his staff of strength in adversity.

Words from the lips of upright men
Are like a steadying staff in a slippery place.

-Tirukkural 42:414-415

Lord of Stars

I am the Lord and the Cosmic Soul; I am myself the Cosmic Body. I am Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, as well as Gauri, Brahmi, and Vaishnavi. I am the sun and the stars and I am the Lord of the stars. I am the various species of beasts and birds; I am also the outcaste and thief. I am the evil doer and the wicked deed; I am the righteous person and the virtuous deed.

-Devi Gita

Meditation

There is merit in studying the scriptures, in selfless service, austerity, and giving, but the practice of meditation carries you beyond all these to the supreme abode of the highest Lord.

-Bhagavad Gita 8:28

ignorance

Ignorance is the failure to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent, the pure and the impure, bliss and suffering, the Self and the non-Self.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2:5

Free Yourselves

The aspirant who is seeking the Lord
Must free himself from selfish attachments
To people, money, and possessions.
When his mind sheds every selfish desire,
He becomes free from the duality
Of pleasure and pain and rules his senses.
No more is he capable of ill will;
No more is he subject to elation,
For his senses come to rest in the Self.
Entering into the unitive state,
He attains the goal of evolution.
Truly he attains the goal of evolution.

-Paramahamsa Upanishad

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pure of Heart

He is pure of heart,
He knows the whole world is only the Self.

So who can stop him
From doing as he wishes?

-Ashtavakra Gita 4:4

Act Selflessly

Fulfill all your duties; action is better than inaction. Even to maintain your body, Arjuna, you are obliged to act. Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any thought of personal profit.

-Bhagavad Gita 3:8-9

The Sun

Some look upon the sun as our father
Who makes life possible with heat and rain
And divides time into months and seasons.
Others have seen him riding in wisdom
On his chariot, with seven colors
As horses and six wheels to represent
The whirling spokes of time.

-Prashna Upanishad

Deathless Self

As the web issues out of the spider
And is withdrawn, as plants sprout from the earth,
As hair grows from the body, even so,
The sages say, this universe springs from
The deathless Self, the source of life.

The deathless Self meditated upon
Himself and projected the universe
As evolutionary energy.
From this energy developed life, mind,
The elements, and the world of karma,
Which is enchained by cause and effect.

-Mundaka Upanishad

Seated in the Heart

The adorable one who is seated
In the heart rules the breath of life.
Unto him all the senses pay their homage.
When the dweller in the body breaks out
In the freedom from the bonds of flesh, what remains?
For this Self is supreme!

-Katha Upanishad

The Fool's Four Failings...‏

To be shameless, uninquisitive, loveless and uncaring
Are the fool's four failings.

No fool is more foolish than one who eagerly expounds
His learning to others while failing to follow it himself.

-Tirukkural 84:833-834

Only Wise Man is Strong Enough

Of the four kinds of being,
From Brahma to a blade of grass,
Only the wise man is strong enough
To give up desire and aversion.

How rare he is!

Knowing he is the Self,
He acts accordingly
And is never fearful.

For he knows he is the Self,
One without two,
The Lord of all creation.

-Astavakra Gita 4:5-6

Embrace Nothing

When the mind is attracted
To anything it senses,
You are bound.

Where there is no I,
You are free.

Where there is I,
You are bound.

Consider this.

It is easy.

Embrace nothing,
Turn nothing away.

-Ashtavakra Gita 8:3-4

Friday, January 9, 2009

Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 8


Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 8 of 8

Episode 43: Chandragupta tells about his desire to leave the Royal Palace. In part of the Royal Palace, attempt to kill Chandragupta says that he doesn't want to marry Dharini the daughter of Nanda.

Episode 44: Susidhartak advises Laghu Paurav to join up with Amatya Rakshas in order to succeed in his plans. In the Rangshala of Patliputra Sushidarthak introduces Laghu Paurav and Amatya Rakshas to each other in a secret meeting to conspire together to acheive their goals. Amatya Rakshas puts Raj Nartaki Shweta in service to finish Chadragupta before his marriage to Dharini.

Episode 45: Laghu Paurav senses treachery. He rushes calling for Chandragupta to his room and is killed there. Vishnugupta orders Bhagurayan to arrest Amatya Rakshas on the charge of Laghu Pauravs murder. Nipunak, a disciple of Vishnugupta is collecting secret information roaming around the streets of Magadh in disguise

Episode 46: Shaktadas arrives on the scene then informs Amatya as to how Sidhartak had saved his life. Amatya gets further ensnare inot Vishnuguptas trap as Sidhartak makes him purchase some jewelry without realizing that the jewelry belonged to Pauravraj. Away in the campsite, Bhagurayan and Susidhartak succeed in poisoning Malayketus mind against Amatya Malayketu.

Episode 47: Sushidhartak reveals that it was Amatya who sent him with a message and jewelry to Chandragupta. To add to the tension Sushidhartak reveals that the necklace man by Amatya was Pauravraj. Vishnugupta then recalls Amatya that the center drama of the jewelry the capture of Shaktadas was a ploy to get Amatya back to Patliputra. He then appoints Amatya as Chandraguptas prime minister

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 7 of 8

Episode 37: Viradhgupta warns the king that Magadh would be forced to teach Nepal a lesson. Balgupta alerts Bhagurayan to keep an eye on the commander - Cheif Bhadrashal. Vishvugupta Shriyak cry out to control his action.

Episode 38: Rumors were spreading around the city of Patliputra that soon the city would be agtacked. Distressed by the kings attitude Varuchi pleads with Amatya to stop the war. Sinharan has entered the palace and murdered Prince Sukesh.

Episode 39: The supporters of commander in cheif Bhadrashal continued to hunt for Balgupta. Ashvadyaksh orders that Balgupta should be killed. Vishnugupta appoints Balgupta the new commander in chief. Dhananand is taken all over the city and ultimately driven away.

Episode 40: Amatya and Vishnugupta seek solace in the peaceful atmosphere of a monastery. Vishnugupta sends his special messenger Shanotra to Chadragupta asking him to proceed to Magadh. Shriyank tearfully refuses to take the post of Minister in Vishnugupta council.

Episode 41: Only after the procession enters the palace and Shaunotra leads Chadragupta alone to meet Vishnugupta, is it revealed that the man under the armor was Akshay.Vishnugupta further strengthens his plans by proposing the marriage between Chandragupta and Dhananands daughter Dharini. The queen appeals to the monk Jeevsidhi to try and stop the marriage between Chandragupta and Dharini.

Episode 42: Malayaraj and the other kings demand that the promises made by Chadragupta should be fulfilled soon. Dharani is pleading with her mid wife that she does not want to marry Chadragupta

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 6 of 8

Episode 31: Disciple of Vishnugupta, Sharangdev, enters the city and gives his teacher the latest update of Chandraguptas activities. Varuchi decides to hand over his resignation. Police Commissioner Bhagurayan appoints Susidhartak to keep an eye on Vishnugupta.

Episode 32: Vishnugupta goes to meet Bhagurayan and asks him for help in two missions. Varuchi gets angry at Amatyas attempt to curb the rising revolt. Susidhartak reveals his true identity to Sidhartak. He is to take a message to Vishnugupta that the authorities of Patliputra were keeping an eye on him.

Episode 33: Vishnugupta addresses the intellectual group of the city and urges them to walk on the right path. Later on Dhananand questions the mayor of the city and then tells Amatya to throw out Vishnugupta from the state. Jeevsidhi convinces Dhananand to give up the thrown and make Sukesh the crown Prince.

Episode 34: The entire city of Pataliputra is in a festive mood as the coronation of Prince Sukesh id announced. On the other side security is getting tighter in the city as commissioner Bhagurayan surveys the city.

Episode 35: Varuchi expresses concern over the impending coronation. Amatya then reveals that he holds Vishnugupta responsible for the entire tension. Away from the complications of Pataliputra, Chandragupta is busy practicing his fighting skills. Bhadrashal pledges his faithfulness to the king.

Episode 36: Tension mounts in Patliputra as Pratim, a special spy, arrives from Nepal. Shriyank worriedly informs Ajay that Vishnugupta would soon have to leave Pataliputra. Amatya tells Bhagurayan that under any circumstances Vishnugupta should not be imprisoned

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 5 of 8

Episode 25: Badrashal is upset by the Prime ministers decision to appoint Acharya at a high polotical post in order to stop their departure from the city. Ajay is in full agreement with Rudradevs feelings. Ex-prime minister Shatkar vows to help Vishnugupta in his mission

Episode 26: Vishnugupta goes to the land dealer and expresses his desire to buy a vast piece of land. Meanwhile students are roaming around the city making announcements of the oncoming meeting to be conveyed by Acharya Rudradev. Seeing her husband in such an unsettled state of mind makes Maitri very worried.

Episode 27: Varuchi asks Balgupta to help him in his mission to set things right in Patliputra. Varruchi learns through Shriyak about Vishnugupta's desire to make a Gurukul. Varuchi makes the decision to buy the land.

Episode 28: After meeting Amatya Rakshas, Viradhgupta walks around the streets and witnesses a meeting between Shatkar and Rudradev on the other side. Unwilling to rest even at night, Amatya goes to the local bar, dance hall, gambling house, guest house, etc and asks everybody to be alert. Amtya then goes to Viloms residence. Viklom is the same man who had years ago informed Amatyas father about Acharya Cahnaks death.

Episode 29: Restless in sleep, Amatya recalls all the information received by Viradhgupta. Amatya goes to Shanktars house and both talk about Magadh and Shatkar reveals his desire to take active intrest in the upliftment of the state.

Episode 30: Bhadrashal reveals his frustations before Dhanananad. At the end of the episode we see all the important men in Patliputra absolutely tensed

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 4 of 8

Episode 19: After Governor's death all the Greek soldiers and officers find their position very shaky. Chandragupt and Sinharan along with their army, continue to wipe out all the traces of Greek rule. Ambhikumar, Chandragupt, Sinharan, Vishnugupt and Parvateshwar receive the news of Alexander's death.

Episode 20: In "Vahik Pradesh" all the states have accepted Chandragupta as their leader. Vishnugupt reveals his plans to overthrow the present rule in Magadh. For this he asks his friends for help. Parvateshwar agrees to help Vishnugupt in every possible way.

Episode 21: Chandragupt asks the citizens of Arrat to forget their personal animosity and rise as a nation. Lagh Paurav meets Chandragupt in order to seek his help in getting his kingdom bac. Indradutt holds his friend Vishnugupt responsible for all that has occurred.

Episode 22: Vishnugupt reveals his plans to overthrow the present Nand rule in Magadh. Parvateshwar takes a vow to help Vishnugupt. Laghu Paurav and Chandragupt are held captive.

Episode 23: Chandragupta not being recognized is held captive in the jailhouse of Kekaya. Vishnugupta is unfolding his future plans to Chandragupta and Sinharan. Parvateshwar arranges for a meeting with the king of Kashmir

Episode 24: This episode onwards we once again enter Patliputra. Dhanand is lost in the world of drinks. The tax officer gets suspicious as he questions Vishnugupta. Vishnugupta then makes a vow to his dead mother that he will fight injustice and corruption in a shrewdly calculating way

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 3 of 8

Episode 13: After defeating the frontier states, Alexander marches towards Kekaya, where he also defeats King Porus Parwateshwar. Even as he retreats from India, Alexander continues to kill innocent people on the way. Not discouraged by Dhananad's insult, Acharya Vishnugupta continues his mission to form a joint resistance.

Episode 14: The armory store of Taxila has been set on fire. Vishnugupta is brought to the jailhouse where Anujdev questions him. Everybody in the gurukul is disturbed by Acharya Vishnugupta's silence.

Episode 15: Sinharan hands over the post of Commander in Chief to Chandragupta. Vishnugupta addresses all the students and inspires them to rise and revolt against the Greeks. Chandragupta advances with his mercenary soldiers as more and more fighters join him.

Episode 16: The revolt against the Greeks continues to rise. Ambhikumar orders Anujdev to imprison the students singing the patriotic songs. Satrap orders the commander in chief of Kekaya, Vyagraped, to hang the revolutionaries. Satrap decides to advance to Taxila.

Episode 17: Indian mercenary soldiers fight against the freedom fighters. Phillipuss, Kritorus, and Chakrapani are killed and the Greek composite is set on fire. Acharya has instructed Chandragupta, Akshay, and Sinharan, to proceed to Taxila.

Episode 18: The situation in India after the death of Satrap is described through the medium of paintings and the narrator tells us the incidences that occurred during that time. Vishnugupta inspires him to rise above his own selfish desires and think solely about the nation and it's people.

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Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 2 of 8

Episode 7 : The entire spy network is ready for war. A soldier informs Ambhi about approaching army. After a battel, Ambhi is forced to surrender. In the palace, Sinharan is asking the people to punish him for the mistakes he has committed.

Episode 8: Vishnugupta meets the boy Chandragupta and decides to become his teacher. In the grand conference Dhanananda ridicules all the students and graduates, referring to them as beggars. There is a heated conversation between the two and Vishnugupta leaves the court insulted.

Episode 9: Chandragupta is intiated into the world of studies. His uncle is not happy with te decision and asks 5000 gold coins from Vishnugupta. He begins educating his disciples in all fields.

Episode 10: Refugees from western regions arrive at Taxila for shelter. In order to fulfill his ambition, Ambhi Kumar surrenders to Alexander, Ambhiraj commits suicide. A conflict takes place between Ambhi and Acharya Vishnugupta, where Acharya orders him to leave Gurukul.

Episode 11: Due to the internal conflicts between bordering states of India, Alexander is marching forward after defeating Ashvak, Ashtar and Maskavati. After meeting heads of various states, Acharya Vishnugupt reaches Patliputra. His eyes fill with tears as he realizes the pitiful state of India.

Episode 12: After crosing the Sindhu River, Alexander is met by Ambhi Kumar who has arrived with his huge army in order to welcome him. Onisykretos goes into the deep jungle in order to meet the asceties-kalyan Rishi. we see a meeting between King Parwateshwar and a messenger of Plexamder. The king is discussing surrender

Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 1



Chanakya Hindi Serial Volume 1 of 8 VOLUME

Episode 1: King Dhanananda, the last heir to the Nanda Dynasty rules the throne. Supriya, a Devi's son Angadh has been missing for a few days. Minister Wakranas blames Shaktar when a gold coin missing from the salary of the workers in the palace.

Episode 2: Shishupal informs Shaktar of the new taxes being imposed by King Dhanananda. The order of appointing officials for the collection of taxes on wood, gum, stone, leather, etc.

Episode 3: Milind discovers Shaktar scattering gold coins that were robbed by the king. Milind imprisons Shaktar and his sons. Chanak goes out to the streets of Patliputra, urging the people of the town to revolt and fight against Dhanananda.

Episode 4: Vishnu learns about his mother's death. Due to his fasting, Chanak passes away in the prison. Wakranas tells the guard to keep his death a secret. Shaktar is released and is offered the post of Prime Minister again.

Episode 5: Vishnugupta gains entry into the caravan advancing towards Taxila. he is asked to stay behind and accept the post of a teacher in politics. The king of Kekaya Parwateshwar has spread an elaborate spy system in Taxila. Ambhi orders Sinharan to attack the border of Kekaya.

Episode 6: In a secret meeting, Parwateshwar orders his ministers to attack Taxila. Sushen is accused of being a traitor. Sinharan is being overcome by alcohol and we see the army of Kekaya riding towards Taxila

Seek the self eternal

This awakening you have known comes not
Through logic and scholarship, but from
Close association with a realized teacher.
Wise are you, Nachiketa, because you seek
The Self eternal. May we have more
Seekers like you!

-Katha Upanishad

Rest in the self

When the mind is stilled in dreamless sleep,
It brings rest and repose to the body.
Just as birds fly to the tree for rest,
All things in life find their rest in the Self.

-Prashna Upanishad

ignorant and wise

The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves. By abstaining from work you will confuse the ignorant, who are engrossed in their actions. Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion.

-Bhagavad Gita 3:25-26

Ego and self

The ego and the Self dwell as intimate friends in the same body, like two golden birds perched in the same tree. The ego eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree, while the Self looks on detached. For as long as you identify with the ego, you will feel joy and sorrow.

-Mundaka Upanishad

When justice is called 'Good'

Justice may be called good when it acts impartially
toward enemies, strangers and friends.

The wealth of those who possess justice will not perish;
rather it will be their posterity's soothing security.

-Tirukkural 12: 111-112

Who should you trust ?

To trust a man who has not been tested and to suspect a man
Who has proven trustworthy lead to endless ills.

-Tirukkural 510

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stop Forced Conversion

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Religious conversions is the greatest danger or problems that India or Hindus in particular are facing today. I personally condemn such things and oppose it. Any human is free to follow any religion he/she wants. One cant forcibly convert anyone by bribery or any other sort of help.

I would like to know views of other fellow hindus and also of those who are not hindus visiting this blog. I would like to know how can we overcome this problem.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Evolution of Hinduism - Yoga


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Friday, January 2, 2009

Truth

One cannot but laugh and even be apparently irreverent when confronted by the fantastic super structure of superstition and mystery that has been built on and around the basic simplicity that TRUTH is!

-Ramesh Balsekar

He is free of Duality

He is free of duality.

Wealth or pleasure,
Duty or discrimination
Mean nothing to him.

What does he care
What is accomplished or neglected?


-Ashtavakra Gita 18:12

The Self is Free

When the Self is known,
All illusions vanish.
The veil falls,
And you see clearly.
Your sorrows are dispelled.
For the Self is free
And lives forever.
Everything else is imagination,
Nothing more!
Because he understands this,
The master acts like a child.

-Ashtavakra Gita 18:6-7

Free from Delusion

Delusion arises from the duality of attraction and aversion, Arjuna; every creature is deluded by these from birth. But those who have freed themselves from all wrongdoing are firmly established in worship of me. Their actions are pure, and they are free from the delusion caused by the pairs of opposites.

-Bhagavad Gita 7:27-28

Sing the Scriptures

He is the eternal Reality, sing the scriptures,
And the ground of existence.
Those who perceive him in every creature
Merge in him and are released from the wheel
Of birth and death.

-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

To Find Happiness

How much pleasure you take
In acquiring worldly goods!

But to find happiness
You must give them all up.

-Ashtavakra Gita 18:2

Pleasure and Pain

He is the only adorable one to me: I have none other.

My tongue has left off impure words, it sings His glory day and night: Whether I rise or sit down, I can never forget Him; for the rhythm of His music beats in my ears.

Kabir says: "My heart is frenzied, and I disclose in my soul what is hidden. I am immersed in that one great bliss which transcends all pleasure and pain."

-Kabir

Sai Baba on When to Speak

Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?

-Sai Baba

Patanjali on Freedom

Freedom is that triumphant state of consciousness that is beyond the influence of desire. The mind ceases to thirst for anything it has seen or heard of; even what is promised in the scriptures.

And supreme freedom is that complete liberation from the world of change that comes of knowing the unbound Self.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1:15-16