To all my friends who believe in Shraadh :
Purpose of shraadh is to give respect to our ancestor who are no longer with us. With saying this, please be practical on how you do this.
It is somewhat practical in India as you will find Cow, Dog, Crow and even Brahmin (who most likely interested in making money for his family off you).
In western world, this is not practical unless you have family dog. Yes you will find Brahmin but again it will cost you almost ‘arm & leg” as his fees.
Now from what I understand is… Continue reading →
As we all are in to Shraavan maas and doing Shivji abhishek and getting ready for Ganesh Chaturthi aka Ganpati Mahotsav, Please read this and see if it is really necessary?
Recently, I read that Mumbai city government is working on feeling pot holes because Ganpati Mahotsav is coming. Article also claim that this is done every year prior to Mahotsav. So, my thought is that if Ganpati Mahotsav does not come, than, city government do not have to fill or repair roads?
I also read that City of Rajkot where they also have announced that they will maintain cleanliness… Continue reading →
Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Shiva, occurs in the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) on the 13th night or 14th day of Maagha or Phalguna (February or March) when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction.
The absolute formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri. That is why all Shiva devotees keep vigil during the night of Shivratri and do “Shivlingam abhishekham” at midnight.
Anyone who worships Shiva on the day of Maha Shivratri is freed from all bondages and sins of Karma and moves on the… Continue reading →
God Almighty is very kind, loving and full of justice. No one gets treated unjustly. Many people think that God has been unjust to them because they don’t really know what is right and what is wrong-that is the real reason so many feel God has been unjust.
For example, we know one soul, whom we will call Suresh. He was very popular on Earth and was quite famous. He had made donations of thousands of rupees to various charities. He created jobs and donated clothing, homes, and food to many, so he was absolutely certain he would go to… Continue reading →
The Chandogya Upanishad (6.11.3) also states that although the body withers and dies when the self leaves it, the living self does not die. The Bible also explains: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:18)
Further enlightenment is given in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.2.22): “The spirit soul, the living entity, has no death, for he is eternal and inexhaustible. Being free from material contamination, he can go anywhere in the… Continue reading →
Devotional service“Unless a living entity forgets his real identity, it is impossible for him to live in the material conditions of life. Therefore the first condition of material existence is forgetfulness of one’s real identity.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.12.2 Purport)
A material existence has duality. One person is my friend and another is my enemy. Today I am happy and tomorrow I am sad. Today there is birth and tomorrow there is death. Nothing is fixed. Despite the fact that the essence is constant, that life continues on infinitely, the external changes create an illusion, making one fearful over things that… Continue reading →
O Learned and Devoted Servants of God,
The attraction for money is the strongest illusion of all the worldly illusory bonds. Generally, illusion disappears after realization. You approach the mirage due to your attraction for water. As soon as you approach it, it disappears and the immediate realization removes your illusion. But, in the case of money, you are realizing that it brings misery and problems based on the experience of several occasions. At the end of each event, you receive the realization of truth. But, the illusion is never dead and you run after money every time. The realization… Continue reading →
The great fundamental principles of all religions are the same. They differ only in their minor details according to the various degrees of unfoldment of different people. I am sometimes asked, “To what religion do you belong?” What religion? Why, bless you, there is only one religion,-the religion of the living God.
There are, of course, the various creeds of the same religion arising from the various interpretations of different people, but they are all of minor importance. The more unfolded the soul the less important do these minor differences become. There are also, of course, the various so-called religions.… Continue reading →
Simple Secrets to overcome your greatest obstacles
1. Perseverance – When faced with great difficulties it is necessary to remember the first rule of Hanuman – Never Accept Defeat. With persistence and diligence no task is impossible and no dream out of reach. Always be ready to follow the long and hard way to what you truly desire… be it love, happiness, wealth or health.
2. Strength – There are many legends of the physical superhuman strength of Hanuman. But what many do not know is that this mighty god also had great strength and presence of mind. Why… Continue reading →