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Divya Dvaita Drishti – October 2016

The giving of alms (daana), visiting holy places (tirthayaatra), aus-terity (tapas), rituals and worship (yajna) are our aids towards the service of Lord. It is unflinching devotion towards Vishnu alone that liberates us. But all those are essential aids nonetheless. One cannot do away with them & attain any progress towards liberation. These tasks enable the clean-sing of inner senses making them fit to receive the knowledge of God. And it is the devotion enabled by such knowledge of God that liberates us.

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IN THE CLAWS OF A TIGER

A prey  fallen into the claws of a tiger has no escape. A  person come into the circle of Grace of a Sage  is as sure to be saved  as the prey which has no escape.

An express train had an unscheduled stop at a wayside station. A passenger on the platform was about to get in. The station master ran up to him and told him the train does not stop there. The passenger replied he is not getting in and then got in. Ramana never says he is  a Guru and claims none as his chela, disciple.  However, like the wise passenger, there were many who had accepted him as their Guru and they knew he had accepted them as his disciples. That secret understanding was there all along and holds good even today.  Now, I look at him as my Guru and my hope and wish is he knows it. I have no qualification nor recommendation to deserve the honour except I have devotion to Him and that qualification is worth more than any other I feel. Continue reading IN THE CLAWS OF A TIGER

Vishwaroopa Darshana

The name brings to mind the frightening,grand universal form shown by Krishna  to Arjuna in the battlefield. It was like Nostradamus type prediction but in a video format showing current affairs and things to come.Bhisma,Duryodhana,Drona and others along with countless foot soldiers from either side were being railroaded into the jaws of gory death.
Arjuna was stunned and finally understood that all things were preordained by the Lord and that we are but pawns in this cosmic play. He requested for switching off the gory scene and a return to the more acceptable amiable four armed form of the Lord.
The supreme in His Vishwa form is situated in the right eye of every human being and shows us the outer world during our waking hours. Continue reading Vishwaroopa Darshana

KRUPANENA SAMO DAATAA NA BHOOTO NA BHAVISHYATI

Krupanena samo daataa na bhooto na bhavishyati

No donor greater than a miser was ever born or will be born in the future. Because he donates everything without touching.(on his death.) he fulfills the criterion that what one hand gives the other hand should not know.
On death you leave everything behind. Even your dear body does not accompany you.without hands how will you carry your money?
Give until it hurts , says Mother Theresa. Donate as much as you can where you have hands still. Punya will follow you. Encash it in next birth/s.

Total Surrender – Sharanaagati by V.M.Pai

There are many occasions in our life when we are elated by good news.This could be awards or rewards in recognition of our efforts such as degrees ,diplomas etc.,or winning contests or lucrative business contracts,or getting windfall gains .People come in with congratulatory messages..  We feel joyous and try to explain these achievements as result of our efforts,hard work and intellect. Continue reading Total Surrender – Sharanaagati by V.M.Pai

Dharma -much misunderstood word

Nowadays we hear a lot about the word secularism,saffronism,dharmaatita etc in our daily news,views and discourse.This has gone to such extent that our people are made to feel guilty whenever a reference is made to dhaarmic practices such as Havana,yajnas,discourses on Ramayana,Bhagavatha and other treasures of heritage. It is therefore high time that we understood the true meaning of dharma.
Dharma is a Sanskrit word whose root is ‘dhra’which means ‘to support’or’to hold’.Therefore dharma supports us or holds us.Without dharma we would all fall.  Another meaning of dharma is ‘property’or ‘characteristic’. For instance it is the dharma of fire to burn,to give heat and light. It is the dharma of water to quench thirst,to cool ,dharma of earth to support(earth is therefore called dhirthi.)etc.
On the other hand,our so-called secular leaders want our country to be dharmatitha which literary means beyond dharma.It is impossible for anybody to be beyond dharma.Fire will burn etc.water will quench regardless.
The basic rule  given to us is ‘Satyam Vada,Dharmam chara’,which means speak the truth,observe dharma or respect dharma.

Vedas are divine gifts given to us by the Supreme Lord and they are a detailed guide to us,embodied living beings,to lead meaningful lives.Do not be misled by anti vedic propaganda.Please try to understand the vedic teachings thru authorised sources or thru teachers who are genuine gurus,How to identify such gurus.See if they themselves follow what they preach,see if they are enamoured by wealth,honour and and bodily comforts,see if they they themselves are engaged in the regular and scrupulous observance of austerities ,see if they are transparent in all activities.

Bhagavatha gives us a great measure for dharma.
‘Dharmah projjhita kaitavah ‘
Dharma should be  completely devoid of all cheating and hypocrisy.Projjhita means there is no place for even a minor cheating.

Bhagavatha also gives us valuable guidelines as  to the place of dharma with regard to the other three purushaartaas or goals to be aspired for,viz artha or wealth,kaama or desires,and moksha or liberation.(also called apavarga).

Dharmasya hyaapavargasya naarthorthaaya cha kalpathay

Naarthasya dharmaykaanthaaya kaamo laabhaaya hi smruthum

Kaamasya nayndriya preetih laabho jeevaytha yaavathaa

Jeevasya tattwa jijnaasa naartho yasyeha karmabhih.

Dharma shall be used only for liberation,not for earning wealth, wealth shall be used only for dharma,of course after meeting  basic desires.Desires shall not be used for pleasing the senses but for maintaining life,and life shall be used for understanding tattwa or principles ,not for amassing wealth thru whatever activities.

If we analyse the above guidelines carefully,understand them and apply them in our daily lives,we would be rid of the confusion sought to be created by secularists and would be leading meaningful lives.

Naarthasya dharmaykaanthaaya kaamo laabhaaya

Ajja, Just Think !

Part 1

Grandaughter sarayu, as a child, had opened to me the beauty of her imaginary dreamworld. “Ajja ( grandfather) just think “, she would coax me. As she explained the scenes of her imagination I came to visualize the scenes she imagined.
After 13 years, today I woke to the wisdom of “just think.”. We feel that god in his heaven and in temples on earth. A deep study of geethaa and upanishads in recent years I have come to accept god resides ,walks and talks in the world. Ramana used to repeat – god is here and now. When you call him he does not have to come from heaven , he is already here. Now.and always.
Today suddenly , sarayu’s words struck me with lightning brillliance and speed. I said to myself – god is here and now. Why I did not think of this great truth so far?

God is both unmanifest and manifest. As brahman, he is beyond scope of our senses. No body, no shape. As manifest he has many forms as seen in avataaras. As brahman he pervades and permeates his creation. He is in you, in me and all. Is god inside me?, a devotee asked. Yes, the master replied, he is also in the stone on which you are sitting. He is very much there in between you and me. He does not require a body to cover himself. Everybody sees god all the time but does not know it, ramana tells. Upanishads, sootras and geethaa say he is present in all.( any no of quotations can be picked ) just think you are seeing god in all you see . Looks funny but this is the only see god within each of us and gradually visualise his omnipresence in the universe around you.

The lord says in geethaa.-I accept devotees in whichever form they approach me. He hasno particular or permanent form. When hanuman visted dwaraka, krushna told rukmini- come on, let us change as rama and seetha.otherwise hanuman will not let us sit down. Ramakrushna, shirdee baba and ramana had appeared as different gods to please devotees.
Krushna has said he will come again and again. He has kept his promise. Buudha, zrathustra, jesus ,chaitanya . A true devotee will see his ishtadevata in any temple he visit. He will see krushna in churches as well. A true christian will see jesus in kaashee temple. If you erase names krushna, buddha or jesus, you will see the same truths in any scripture of any religion.

All religions agree that god is in us. Jesus goes a step further. The kingdom of heaven is within you, he declares. We find it difficult to accommodate god within and how to accommodate heaven within you? If you believe you are inside the body, all bodies are outside you. If you realise are aatma you merge into paramaatmaa, all bodies are within you. Earth, heaven and hell are within you. This leads to ultimate wisdom advaitha.

Tell yoyurself- god is with you. Watching you, guiding you. Self discipline will increase. Lightness in heart and spring in feet. Krishna conciousnes s in simple words is being conscious all the time that god is near you.

Note 1.god walking on earth
in geethaa , the lord says a jnani ( sage ) is he himself. Considered superior to an avataara even. Although god resides in everyone, his prersence is more expressed in a jnaani. Ramana was a jnaani in the last century. A study of his life makes it clear why he was god on earth. But jnaanis are elusive and difficult to locate them. Their presence ,be it in forest or in a cave in a mountain, is beneficial to the world. Trees in forests and sea weeds under seas provide oxygen . Jnaanis replenish spiritual force in the atmosphere. Jnaanis have been found in a butcher, a cobbler, potter. Annamaacharya found a jnaani in the rows of beggars in tirupathi. There are manyother sages even today though not located. Peace and bliss in his presence is only indication.
My maternal grandfather was a jnaani , I believe . Not educated.study of his life and peace I felt in his presence is proof for me. He lived in the presence of god. ( See note 2 .) he must have completed his studies and saadhanaa in earlier lives.
Note 2.living in the presence of god.

Talking to pets is common. Talking to cattle, it gives a feeling of nearness. In your daily life you forget worries talking to animals. My wife talked to plants in the garden, and to god in the kitchen while cooking. Telling god what she is cooking and praying that I will relish the food she was cooking.
Since god is everywhere, inside and near constantly, start talking to him now and then.he listens patiently. Worries go down. Head feels lighter. Companionship and sharing thought lightens the burden especially when god is listening to you. Self discipline gets slowly strenghtened.anger , vengence and other elements slowly slacken their grip on you.
Telling lies is common melody we all suffer from. Telling lies to children is serious . We are going to doctor cant take you with us. It is double fualting. Put doctor’s fear in the minds of children besides uttering a life. Every time you utter a lie , report to god. Gradually the tongue will think twice before uttering a lie.
My grandfather told me that whatever happens to me, good or bad , is what you deserve. Your past deeds come back . He was happy and thanked god .when thing turned bad, he never complained . He would say- god’s icchhaa ( desire) . Ramakrushna said mayer icchaa-mother kali’s desire. Just like a child telling its mother of whatever it observed on a day. Report eveythying to god. When I went to take his blessings before going studies in banras , he took me to the temple to report to god. Pointing a finger to the sanctum sanctorum , he told the priest – tell him my grandson is going far. It is his rersponsibility to look after him. God took his tall order* and many events in my life as a student and later in work , I felt god protected me many times.
Look at the confidence of a true devotee. He could point a finger at god. Refer to him as ‘him’.he could have ordered god directly. And as if god has not been protecting already.

Part 2

In the part one, we saw god is not only in heaven but also he walks and talks on earth.god is his whole creation. You see god everyday in everyone you , humans, animals, trees and each and everything. He is spirit, all pervading.just sit in a calm place and think.
God has no body , no form. Body and shape is actually limitation, trying to bind limitless space.
Lord says in geethaa. I can assume any forma devotee wants to worship.

Simple to believe. We are tempted to accept I could be god. It is your ego. And you feel but how the other crooked fellow be god? Develop samadrushti of geethaa.
Throw out the six enemies within (shatvairiees). Kama, krodha, mada, matsara, moha and ghrunaa. Heart becomes pure and god within shines manifest.
Stop looking at faults of others. You make mistakes. You have 101 reasons why it was not a mistake, at least not a serious mistake. When other does the same mistake you pull out 102 reasons why it is a mistake, a crime. You think less if the person who committed the mistake was your son. Love thy neighbour. Accommodate him asyou your son.
Every single creation has a place . Good and bad men. Innocent lamb and a ferocious tiger. Beautiful flowers and plants but some carnivorous and poisonous.each has a role. You play your role and get off. Don’t sit on judgement on others. Never judge god’s wisdom .
If tigers spare deer and start eating grass, deer will multiply, shortage of grazing land. Both invade our field and we will kill both! If snakes stop gobbling rats and eat grains,both will end up in our fields and we will kill both.

God being spirit, cannot be seen. If air has a colour, the colourful world will turn black and white show.if god has a body and colour , it is blackout.
All religions say god is in our. Jesus goes a step further-the kingdom of heaven is inside you! We find it difficult to accommodate god but how to swallow the heaven? If you think “ I am rama”, you restrict yourself to a body. If you realise you identity in spirit with god, whole creation is within you. Nee maayeyolago ninnolu mayeyo, sings kanakadaasa.