Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi - AMMA


Love, compassion, empathy and tolerance--under the pressures of modern life, these qualities have all but disappeared. Through Her loving embrace and charitable activities, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (affectionately known as Amma or Mother) is healing the heart of the world, rekindling love and mutual respect, and awakening people to their fundamental oneness.

Through Her extraordinary acts of love and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared Herself to millions. Tenderly caressing everyone who comes to Her, holding them close to Her heart in a loving embrace, Amma shares boundless love with all. Be they young or old, sick or healthy, rich or poor--everyone who comes to Her receives the same unconditional love.


Amma's compassion crosses all barriers of nationality, race, caste and religion. She has initiated a vast network of charitable activities, which is drawing attention throughout the world. At the root of these services lies Amma's teaching that the Divine exists in everything--in every person, plant and animal. Perceiving this unity is the essence of spirituality and the means by which to end all suffering. It is through this simple, yet powerful message that Amma is transforming our world, one embrace at a time. In the past 33 years, Amma has physically embraced more than 24 million people.

Amma's teachings are universal. Whenever She is asked about Her religion, She replies that Her religion is Love.

She does not ask anyone to believe in God or to change their faith, but only to inquire into their own real nature and to believe in themselves.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

THAT WONDERFUL ARCHITECT


THAT WONDERFUL ARCHITECT
(by Swami Sivananda)

Who has built this marvellous body-palace?
The architect of this wonderful body
Has shown the greatest skill
In building this body.
He is the Architect of architects.
The outside arches of buildings
Are nothing when compared to the arches in this body,
A few fragile bones are joined together;
An arch is formed in the foot.
It can support a weight of two or three maunds.
A tiny nerve moves the muscles of the face
Which express various emotions of the mind.
What a grand marvel!!
Look at these delicate organs: eye, ear, etc,
A small aperature in the eye
Admits huge mountains to the vision.
This greatest Architect is the Lord
Who dwells in the chambers of your heart.
Glory to this great Architect of architects!
Prostrations to this wonderful Architect!

Tulasi



1) Just by looking at you (Tulasi), all sins become removed. Just by touching you, one's body becomes pure. By praying to her, all diseases practically become removed. If one waters her or makes her wet, the fear of Yamaraja (death personified) is destroyed. Just by planting or transplanting, one achieves nearness to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If someone offers Tulasi at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna, she awards liberation and devotion to Him, therefore I pay my humble obeisances to such a wonderful Tulasidevi.

2) If someone daily goes around Tulasi and pays obeisances to her, there is no more sin to be destroyed in him.

3) Any person who daily sees Tulasi, touches Tulasi, chants Tulasi's prayers, meditates on Tulasi, pays obeisances to her, hears about her, transplants and worships her, he achieves all auspiciousness. Any person who does these nine kinds of service goes to the abode of the Supreme Lord Hari and remains there eternally.

4) In Kali-yuga, Tulasidevi burns up all of a person's sins who bathes her, gives her in charity, meditates on her, eats her leaves, worships Lord Sri Kesava with her, transplants her or sings her glories.

5) Oh best of the Vaisyas, seeing Narmada, taking bath in the Ganges, and touching Tulasi leaves are equally meritorious. If somebody plants, protects, waters, sees or touches Tulasi, then that person's sins acquired by body, mind and words are burnt into ashes.

6) In any house where Tulasi Maharani is very carefully protected and watered, the messengers of Yamaraja give up that house from a distance.

7) Oh king of the birds (Garuda), anyone who has planted a garden of Tulasi, either in the forest or in the house, I truthfully say that he has won the seven planetary systems.
8) Oh best among the brahmanas, in anybody's house or on his body, if the mud from Tulasi is available, they are not just men, but they are equal to the demigods. Oh best among the sages, in anyone's house, if there is the clay of Tulasi, Tulasi wood, and Tulasi leaves available, that house is certainly a place of Lord Visnu.

9) Leaves of Tulasi, flowers of Tulasi, fruits of Tulasi, branches of Tulasi, bark of Tulasi, sprout of Tulasi, blossom or bud of Tulasi, and clay of Tulasi are all completely purified.

10) If anyone daily has Tulasi leaves on his navel, in his mouth, on his head, or on both of his ears, what is the use of him going to the places of pilgrimage in this world?

11) Even if a most sinful hunter eats a Tulasi leaf and dies afterwards, whatever sins he has in his body turn into ashes. As whitish and blackish water (Ganges and Yamuna water) remove all kinds of sins, in the very same way, white (green) and black Tulasis removes all kinds of sins, and if he eats these leaves (after offering them to Lord Krsna), all of his desires are perfectly achieved.

12) Any person, in his young age commits thousands of sins but later on eats a Tulasi leaf, he becomes free from all sins. This narration was heard previously near Lord Sri Hari.

13) What can I say about the wonderful glories of Tulasi? Her fallen leaves, her rotten leaves and her water, even if fallen (mixed with her mud?) is purifying. If even a minute quantity of the mud which has emanated from the Tulasi root has been placed on one's head, all of one's sins are removed. Although Tulasi is so glorious (and her leaves are so purifying), still Vaisnavas never eat Tulasi leaves without first offering them to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.


"Anyone who has received initiation in the Vaishnava mantras is obliged to engage in regular worship of the Deity, including offering all he eats to the Lord. When devotees make such food offerings, they should remember to place tulasi leaves or flowers on them because Lord Vishnu does not accept any food without tulasi. Tulasi is most beloved of Lord Krishna and
thus her leaves and flowers are also most dear to Him. The term vrkrcvatra, meaning the Lord's incarnation meant for accepting worship (arcvatra) in the form of a tree (vrka) is applied to Tulasi Devi. Her leaves and flowers are therefore prescribed as an essential part of the worship of the Lord's other arcvatra, i.e., the deity form of the Lord in the temple.

These regulations are found in all the scriptural texts that describe the procedures by which one is to worship such deity forms of the Lord."

Vedic Culture- Scientific Findings of Hinduism


Some Scientifically Proved Findings of the study Of Our Vedic
Culture. Recently a programme was held, where these findings were explained by Dr.Gopalakrishnan [Indian Council of Science reasearch], Dr. Sasikumar of ISRO Hydrebad and Anujan Bhattathiripad.

The Instrument to measure the positive energy was first found by the Russians. The maps of the underground water lines were lost. They invented a device, two 'L' shaped rods which would deviate from each other if pointed towards an object that has positive energy. As flowing water has positive energy, it was easy for the Russians to find the water lines. So the government approved this as an authentic proof
for measuring positive energy.


1.The effect of going to the Temple.

In the temple, the Sanctum sanctorum is completely enclosed on three sides.The effect of all energies is very high in here. The lamp that is lit radiates the heat and light energy. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers gives the sound energy. The fragrance from the flowers,the burning of camphor and incense sticks give out the chemical energy.The effect of all these energies is activated by the positive energy that comes out of the idol. The water that is used for the pooja is called "holy water or Theertham" because it
receives the positiveness of all these energies.When people go to the temple for the Deepaaraadhana, and the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the people who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all. That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies. It is proved that
Theertham is a very good blood purifier,as it is highly
energised.Hence it is given as prasadam to the devotees.


2. Worship of Tulasi and Peepal Tree [aalmaram}

Tulasi should be worshipped by prostrating before it.As it is not tall the oxygen passed out from the plant, along with its
positive energy, can be obtained only at the lower level. Whereas the Peepal tree should be worshipped by going around it, to get the full effect of the oxygen and the positive energy. The oxygen layer is very close to the leaves of the tree and as these leaves shake at the slightest breeze,it passes the energy more effectively. While going round the tree, our negative energy passes out of us through our
right side and is absorbed by the tree and transformed into positive energy. This is passed on to us when we go round the tree.


3. Measuring the energy.[This is measured with a pair of 'l'shaped rods held horizontally facing the object to be tested]

a. All flowers that are used in the temple for Pooja are proved to have positive energy.

b. Gingely oil [Nallenna] is proved to have more positive energy than other medium. Hence, best for lighting the lamp.

c. The fresh sandalwood paste given from the temple has more positive energy than the one, which is kept for a day or two. d. The use of the traditional wick lamps is very effective in passing out the energy, as there is a regular movement for the flame. The energy is passed out through the waves of movement. So the lighting of electric lamp does not serve the purpose of passing the energy.


4. Aura and its Measurement. There are various rings around us that form the aura of our body.

The first is our 'SAREERA' OR THE BODY itself.
The next is 'AATHMA' or the SOUL.
The third is 'MANAS' or the MIND.
The fourth is ' VIGNYANA' or KNOWLEDGE.
And the last is 'AANANDAM' or HAPPINESS.

This aura can be measured scientifically by the rods. A person's aura was measured and was found to be of one-foot radius. The same person was asked to chant prayers for a few minutes. Then, again, his aura was measured. The radius of the aura had increased by another foot and showed two feet. This proves the positive effect of prayers.


5. Aspects regarding sleep.

Normally children are found rolling a lot in their sleep.It is
proved that they do so because their bodies can detect the positive energy even in sleep. When they roll they move to the place where there is positive Energy.If their cot is moved permanently to this place, they stop rolling. This is applicable to older people also.We are asked to sit and chant prayers before we go to bed and also chant them before getting up.

It has been proved that 23% of the heart attacks occur when people lie down. This is because, a person who has been vertical the whole day suddenly lies down causing an irregularity in the heartbeats. So, to stabilise this, it is proved that sitting on the bed and chanting prayers for two minutes will be effective.And it has the same effect when done before getting up also. It is proved that chanting 'Narayana naamam'108 times comes to exactly two minutes.


6. Why is it considered a bad omen when a cat crosses our path when we go out?

Cat is an animal, which has only negative energy.

ISN'T IT STRANGE.......


ISN'T IT STRANGE.......

Isn't it strange how $200 seems like such a large amount when you
donate it to temple, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at the temple,
and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're
praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of
the Bhagavad-gita, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or
games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row or at the back of the temple room?

Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for temple 2-3
weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to
share it with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and
repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and
newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bhagavatam and other scriptures?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in the spiritual world,
but they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn't it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded
right away, but when we are going to send messages about Krishna, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

IT'S STRANGE ISN'T IT?
Now that you've read this message, if you feel that it is appropriate,
forward it to anybody that you consider a friend.

Giri Bala Yogini


This great woman yogi has not taken food or drink since 1880. I am pictured with her, in 1936, at her home in the isolated Bengal village of Biur. Her non-eating state has been rigorously investigated by the Maharaja of Burdwan. She employs a certain yoga technique to recharge her body with cosmic energy from the ether, sun, and air. (the elderly woman)

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi


Paramahansa Yogananda was born on 5 January, 1893, near the Himalayas, in Gorakhpur. His parents, brothers and sisters were all saintly and pious, but Mukunda (the boyhood name of Yogananda) was unique amongst all of them. He displayed his spiritual gifts and powers even from his childhood.

His line of Gurus descended from Babaji, the deathless Guru said to be the reincarnation of Lord Krishna. Babaji?s disciple was Lahiri Mahasaya, who in turn had as his disciple, Sri Yukteswar. It was Sri Yukteswar who was destined to be the spiritual master of Paramahansa Yogananda.

For ten years Yoganandaji trained for his high duty at the Ashram of his Guru, pursuing his university career at the same time. After his rigorous training, filled with the light of God-vision, he was now ready to undertake the mission entrusted to him by his line of Gurus.

The education of the youth was always dear to the heart of Yoganandaji. He set up his first school in Bengal in 1917. Its curriculum includes the standard high school subjects as well as Yoga concentration, meditation and the Yogoda system of physical development.

In 1920, Yoganandaji went to America as a delegate from India to the International Congress of Religions at Boston, and from then on America became his home. Five years later he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship with its head quarters at Mount Washington, Los Angeles. In his famous Autobiography of a Yogi, Yoganandaji has given graphic descriptions of his spiritual experiences and his contact with the great Yogis of India. This book has since become one of the greatest spiritual classics in the world and has been translated into many languages.

Paramahansa Yogananda had a broad and liberal heart. Even though he himself was a great Master, he approached other saints with great reverence.

Kriya Yoga was the method of God-realisation taught by Yoganandaji. His mission in the West was to spread the knowledge of Yoga practices, by which man can enter into union with God. Yoganandaji also gave new explanations to the teachings of the Bible, showing the similarity of its teachings with that of Hinduism. He promoted the cause of a better understanding between the East and West. Numerous students got personal instructions in Yoga teachings in the classes conducted by him in his ministry of thirty-two years. He spoke in churches, societies, universities and clubs.

In 1935, Yoganandaji?s class instructions were published in the form of lessons and mailed to students all over the world. In India the same teachings were spread by the Yogoda Satsanga Society, with its headquarters at Dakshineswar.

The Self-Realization Fellowship today has hundreds of centres throughout the world. There are seven large centres in California, where renunciates stay to serve and practise Yoga. A number of trained monks tour all over the world, giving discourses and Kriya Yoga initiation to students.

Besides giving instructions on Yoga and balanced living, SRF also conducts many social services, especially in India.

Yoganandaji attained Mahasamadhi on March 7, 1952. The great Master showed his power over death, for his body did not decay for many weeks.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

God & Science!


AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his
class on the problem science has with God, The
Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and

Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.

Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he
prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt
to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is
this God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start
again, young fellow. Is God good?
Student: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?
Student: No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From...God...

Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in
this world?
Student: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did
make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?
Student does not answer.

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the
world, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?
Student has no answer.

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Tell me,
son...Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your
God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory
perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable,demonstrable
protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What
do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science
has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn't.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this
turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more
heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little
heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called
cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no
heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is
no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to
describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure
cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of
heat,sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there
such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the
absence of something.You can have low light, normal
light, bright light, flashing light....But if
you have no light constantly, you have nothing and
it's called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness
isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness
darker, wouldn't you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young
man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise
is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of
duality. You argue there is life and then there is
death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the
concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.
It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen,
much less fully understood either one.To view death
as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact
that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of
it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students
that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural
evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your
own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile,
beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process
of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this
process is an on-going endeavor, are you not
teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist
but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever
seen the Professor's brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there an yone here who has ever heard
the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?
No one appears to have done so. So, according to the
established rules of empirical, stable,demonstrable
protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your
lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the
student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith,
son.
Student: That is it sir... The link between man &
god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving &
alive.

WANT TO KNOW WHO THAT STUDENT WAS?
Answer:
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the present president of India.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mahavatar Babaji


Haidakhan Wale Baba lived in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Kumaon region, birth place of many of India's great saints. He was acknowledged as Shiva Mahavatar Babaji, the eternal manifestation of God in human form.

Babaji's recent physical manifestation was between 1970 to 1984, when He appeared in a holy cave at the foot of the Kumaon Mount Kailash in a remote village called Haidakhan. Many people, from all over the world, have mystically been drawn to Babaji through extraordinary events, dreams and visions and are receiving His Blessings.

Babaji urged the people to "follow the religion that is in your heart." He said "every religion leads to the same divine goal" and that he had come to revive the eternal and ageless religion, the Sanatan Dharma; the three basic principles: Truth, Simplicity, and Love. He emphasized constant repetition of the ancient Sanskrit maha mantra OM NAMAH SHIVAYA -- "Lord, Thy Will be Done" and to live in harmony along with selfless service to humanity.

Shri Babaji is acknowledged as the Shiva Mahavatar Babaji described by Paramahansa Yogananda in "Autobiography of a Yogi"': a Mahavatar being a human manifestation of the Divine who can materialize a body at will. Babaji's devotees believe that He has continually manifested since Creation to help Humanity. One manifestation of Babaji was around 1800 at which time He traveled extensively in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, gathering his devotees and disciples around Him. In 1922 He traveled to the meeting place of the Kali and Gori Rivers, seated Himself on the surface of the water and disappeared in a ball of light.

His latest manifestation was between 1970 and 1984, and was foretold by a great Saint, Mahendra Baba, who following a lifelong search for Babaji, experienced a miraculous meeting with Him at Siddhashram, near Ranikhet in Uttar Pradesh, India. Thereafter, Mahendra Baba devoted himself to traveling through India prophesying Babaji's return.

Babaji appeared in 1970, as a youth of 18 or 20 years, in a holy cave at the foot of Kumaon Mount Kailash at Haidakhan, near Haldwani in Uttar Pradesh, India. His divine power was experienced in many ways: in September of 1970 He ascended Mount Kailash and sat on the summit without food or sleep for 45 days; several people saw Him simultaneously in different places; He healed the sick; He brought transformation into many people's lives.

Babaji spent most of His 14 year incarnation at Haidakhan where he established a beautiful ashram, and near the village of Chilianaula, near Ranikhet, He built a large and breathtakingly beautiful Temple and Ashram overlooking the Himalayas.

Babaji taught that He had come to revive the Santana Dharma, the ageless Eternal Religion from which all religions have come. He stressed three basic principles: Truth, Simplicity and Love. He emphasized constant repetition of the mantra "Om Namah Shivaya","I surrender to God", and selfless service to Mankind.

Many people have been drawn to Babaji and many spiritual centers in the West have been dedicated to Babaji and His teachings. Thousands of people all over the world have received Babaji's blessings and have been called to the spiritual path through extraordinary events, dreams and visions.

Babaji left his body on 14 February 1984. He had come to give a message to the world, and having done this, He left. His last message was:

"I am always with you".

http://www.babaji.net/teachings-babaji.htm

Know the Truth Through Meditation


His Message: Meditation

Although Shri Swamiji never preached doctrine or gave lectures, he enjoyed talking with devotees and answering their questions, and many such conversations with Shri Swamiji have been recorded. When devotees pressed him on his philosophy, he often suggested The Yoga Vasishta, the ancient text which preserves the instructions of the yogi Vasishta to the young prince Rama, the great incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. Through Vasishta's own Self realization and the power of his discourses over several days, Lord Rama attained Self realization. Swamiji's own philosophy, he explains, is the same as that in The Yoga Vasishta.

"Meditation is to control your own mind.
Through meditation you can get peace of mind.
Whatever you do in life is done better.
Meditation reduces the tension in you.
The practice of meditation makes it easier for you
to understand the people with whom you interact.
It makes you more aware of your surroundings and
it will even give you the power to change circumstances.
With progress, meditation helps you attain God realization."

"You need experiences and that is what Swamiji gives. I will teach you. It is my duty to help you in meditation. Swamiji is here to change people. First they come and have darshan and look at Swamiji. That is how it starts. Then Swamiji teaches them meditation and makes them meditate. Their doubts will be cleared and later on they will tend to become like Swamiji."

"Swamiji has come to teach spiritual practice, reduce tensions and give you peace.
If you meditate for one hour a day then your mind will come under control.
Automatically the duration of meditation will increase and you will get samadhi.
As you keep practicing meditation you will get a lot of happiness and bliss.
The kind of happiness you get in meditation does not exist anywhere else on this earth.
All the kinds of happiness that you experience outside are nothing compared to the happiness you get when you meditate."

Shivabalayogi