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Negation of Rituals and Fall of Bharat

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PS: Please don’t take it personally if you are follower of Jainism or of Brahmana varna.

One specific period of last 5000 years, during when even Buddha and Mahavira’s teaching was diluted, I call that period निवृत्ति काल , time period when society considered तमस as सत्व and stopped performing daily rituals. Complete negation of राजस & सत्व. Intense तमस.

Read this Chapter 12 of Uttaradhyayana Sutra to realize what I am trying to convey.

I will not pass on any conclusions. Just imagine the impact of literal words on followers following book religiously.

I wondered, was it need of the hour then? Why such conversations took place? Or our Sanatan-dharma aligned पंथ(s) scriptures were doctored? I am no authority so cannot comment.

What I feel is, it is comparison of Apple(प्रवृति) with Orange(निवृति). Both are needed.

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“The value of penance has become visible, birth appears of no value! Look at the holy Harikēśa, the son of a Śvapāka, whose power is so great.” (37)

“O Brāhmaṇas, why do you tend the fire, and seek external purity by water? The clever ones say that external purity which you seek for, is not the right thing. (38)

“You (use) Kuśa-grass, sacrificial poles, straw and wood, you touch water in the evening and in the morning; thereby you injure living beings, and in your ignorance you commit sins again and again.” (39)

“How should we sacrifice, O monk, and how avoid sinful actions? Tell us, ascetic, whom the Yakṣas hold in honour, what do the clever ones declare to be the right method of sacrificing?” (40)

“Doing no injury to living beings of the six orders, abstaining from lying and from taking what is not freely given, renouncing property, women, pride, and deceit, men should live under self-restraint. (41)

“He who is well protected by the five Saṃvaras8 and is not attached to this life, who abandons his body,9 who is pure and does not care for his body, wins the great victory, the best of offerings.” (42)

“Where is your fire, your fireplace, your sacrificial ladle? where the dried cowdung (used as fuel)? Without these things, what kind of priests can the monks be? What oblations do you offer to the fire? (43)

“Penance is my fire; life my fireplace; right exertion is my sacrificial ladle; the body the dried cowdung; Karman is my fuel; self-control, right exertion, and tranquillity are the oblations, praised by the sages, which I offer.” (44)

“Where is your pond, and where the holy bathing-place? how do you make your ablutions or get rid of impurity? Tell us, O restrained monk whom the Yakṣas hold in honour; we desire to learn it from you.” (45)

“The Law is my pond, celibacy my holy bathing-place, which is not turbid, and throughout clear for the soul;10 there I make ablutions; pure, clean, and thoroughly cooled I get rid of hatred11 (or impurity). (46)

“The clever ones have discovered such bathing, it is the great bath praised by the seers, in which the great seers bathe, and, pure and clean, they obtain the highest place.” (47)

Thus I say.


References


उत्तराध्ययन सूत्र

The Uttarādhyayana Sūtra

From the

Jaina Sutras

(Sacred Books of the East vol. 45)

The Uttarādhyayana Sūtra

Fame-hunger and धर्मं कार्य

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Why do you need your signature(credits) on all accomplishments? Learn to connect social dots. Drop your Ego and bring stargazed wonders into reality via pious change agents.
Connect the dots. Kindle the lamp. Sometimes, you are just an agent. Change agent. Be if that is what your expertise is.172708803-e3752fb7-19d7-4983-8078-98b915370491

Pass on the action item to appropriate executor. That is how, you can live several lives parallelly. For example, you have an idea about Education. But you are not in position to propagate it in society due to some limitations. Find out pious educationalist in your vicinity, befriend him and work hard to convince him about your ideas. If ideas are genuine and your new friend’s heart too is genuine then he or she will act as change agent and bring envisioned change in society. Simple, humane and faster!

Why do you need your signature(credits) on all accomplishments? Learn to connect social dots. Drop your Ego and bring stargazed wonders into reality via pious change agents.

Ocean’s Wildlife Populations Down by Half: Solution in Dharma ethos

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If fish is your traditional food, carry on. But if fish is your taste, your passion, your tongue-lust, you are the idiot criminal responsible for over-fishing. More than that, if you are using consumer products where fish is used as raw material, you deserve a death by Tsunami or flood. Just to have a feel like a fish!
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Same applies to all Egg, Meat and beef eaters/consumers.
 
Almost all of us.
 
Solution?
 
Rekindle perception to see divinity in all. Revive idea of shared wealth and social responsibilities. Retire mindset of greed-based living. Once the supply chain at origin is altered, no one can force overfishing.
 
One such experiment is filmed beautifully by Shyam Benegal in movie Antarnad (Inner Voice), based on the Swadhyay Movement by Pandurang Shastri Athavale. (You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDzvr3wv3MM )
 
Pandurang Shastri Athavale gave concept of floating temple to ever neglected fisherman community in Maharashtra.
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Thus, the experiment called Matsyagandha (mother of the sage Veda Vyas) took its shape. The sagarputras treat these Matsyagandha boats as floating temples. A crew of six to ten swadhyayee fishermen is onboard each boat. Fishing goes on all year except for a three-month pause during the monsoon period which is used for repairs and refitting the boats.
 
The volunteers are many more than the Matsyagandha boats. No individual fisherman gets a chance for more than one trip (of 24 hours) in a year. And when the boat is docked during the monsoon, the seamen among the swadhyayees take over the job of repairs and refitting the boats.
 
There is no employer and no employee; there are no owners and no workers; none has claim over what he has willingly offered to God. Each fisherman and seaman is a pujari, while he is on his floating temple. To date there are one hundred vessels and few more are added each year. An open sea-going cargo ship, SS Jayashree Sagar, was launched in October 1996 that regularly plies between India’s west coast and Persian Gulf States.
 
Every local community has rules to interact with Mother nature. From fisherman to tribals. They all respect seasons and avoid resource collection in certain seasons. They all share the wealth gifted by mother nature. They all see indwelling God in everything.
 
As my Gujarati friends share, same experiments were done in agriculture and forest.
 
When perspective of divinity is killed and greed-virus is implanted, rampant overfishing cannot be controlled.
 
Ref: http://www.swadhyay.org/index.htm
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Ocean’s Wildlife Populations Down by Half

A new WWF report reveals an alarming decline in marine biodiversity over the last few decades. According to WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report, populations of marine vertebrates have declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012, with some fish species declining by almost 75%.

In addition to fish, the report shows steep declines in coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses that support marine food webs and provide valuable services to people. With over 25% of all marine species living in coral reefs and about 850 million people directly benefiting from their economic, social and cultural services, the loss of coral reefs would be a catastrophic extinction with dramatic consequences on communities.

According to the report, the biggest drivers of these declining trends are from human actions–mainly overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change. Although the report paints a dim picture of ocean health, it also provides solutions and opportunities to turn the tide. It highlights the need to protect critical marine habitats, manage fish stocks more sustainably, improve fishing practices, and redirect financial flows to support these needed initiatives.

Wordy Noise

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“For whom your life is consecrated? Dreams or drudgery?”

“Dreams.”

“Obvious remark. As expected. Are you sure? Is it not your illusory perception? Just like other 98 who also think that they are dedicated dreamers and achievers. Better you drudge and make some good fortune for 2050.”

‎”Maharishi Patanjali, one of the greatest scientists of this land, once said that when you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. I am such dream achiever. I don’t drudge. I don’t live for earning mere bread-butter. I have a purpose and a path to create.”

“Aha. Patanjali quote! You are good at repeating rhetoric and indulging into wordy noise.”

“Sea of words? Wordy noise? Don’t underestimate Patanjali words!”

“What are words? Permutation and combination of alphabets.”

“Yes. And permutation and combination of words make sentences. Sometimes meaningful and many a times totally garbage. What patanjali said is meaningful and inspiring. They are conclusions of his experiments!”

“How many of such words you imbibed in life so far?”

“Millions…may be billion or more.”

“Try to understand. I don’t deny Patanjali or his conclusion. I am talking about wordy pollution you and your generation is facing. You need to understand the difference. Words are not life. Words are mere food for your nervous system. Words fulfill your ego, satisfies your intellectual urge. Mere accumulation of words, wealth of billion or more words you posses in your memory bank is nothing but weight of your brain until they teach you way of living and growth. Patanjali’s conclusion is meaningful for you only if you experience it. Same way, your dreams are meaningful only if you become part of it and execute them in reality.”
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PS: This note was written in 2010. I was overwhelmed by amazing numbers. 550,000 books were published last year! 20000 per day! And that only published books! Add million and more blogs! Unpublished drafts! Man! Words everywhere…

Worshiping False Gods

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Your kid will celebrate Teachers day but will hardly pay attention to Guru Purnima. Why?

Education brain-wash.

I don’t have any issue with you celebrating his birthday as Teachers day or XYZ day but it is my duty to show you this side of scholar.

I know, no one is perfect. And I prefer not to worship imperfects.

Sharing 5 years old post for objective minds. Sentimental may ignore post.

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Wikipedia says, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan,was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.

One of India’s most influential scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan built a bridge between the East and the West by showing how the philosophical systems of each tradition are comprehensible within the terms of the other. He wrote authoritative exegeses of India’s religious and philosophical literature for the English speaking world.

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My online friend complained. Why do I write more posts, comparing Bharat’s superiority vs west? Here is the answer for him.

I do it because majority of us were conditioned to worship false Gods like Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Children in school are taught to celebrate his birthday is celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September. For children, he is the scholar to follow. His books are text books in colleges.

Know real Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and his derogatory writings.

Certain great scholars and the so-called patriots of India also had profound effects of western education on their minds that held the feeling of lowness for Hindu culture, history and religion. They too collected the intellectual dirt of the western writers and used it in their writings.

Not knowing what were they doing, their writings like: “Ram was only a good man. He was not God.” betrayed and confused millions of Hindus and contempted the authentic writings of Ved Vyas which are the national treasures of India.

We will give you a few examples.

[1] Rigved has the impassionate utterances of the primitive poetic souls. (IP/I-71)

[2] Atharvaved contains the pre-Vedic animist religion of spirits and ghosts. It gives an idea of demonology prevalent in the tribes of India. (PU-45;IP/I-121)

[3] The earliest Vedic seers worshipped nature… the Vedic gods were stupidly self-centered… gods and ghosts governed the life of people. (IP/I-121)

[4] The Upnishads (aranyakas) are the speculations of the hermits. Their teachings are lost in the jumbled chaos of puerile superstition. (IP/I-355)

[5] He (Radhakrishnan) cannot accept Krishn of the Puranas. It was only the unknown author of the Gita who made Krishn famous through his writings and devised him to pose as God (brahm). (IP/I-496, 521)

[6] Ram was only a good man. He was not God. His religion is polytheistic and external.

[7] Shankara’s arid logic made his system unattractive, and Ramanuja’s story of the other world carries no weight. (IP/II-711)

IP = Indian Philosophy Vol 1 and Vol 2
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He calls the Vedic Rishis as primitive poets whose impassionate utterances are the Rigved. He says that Atharvaved incorporates the demonology of primitive tribes; Vedic gods are stupidly self-centered; and the Upnishads are childish superstitions.

The derogatory writings of the western scholars, as initiated by the British, left a great impact on the Indian minds. But the reconfirmation of those western views by Radhakrishnan had much more damaging effects and confused millions of scholars of philosophy and religion around the world by giving them entirely wrong input about Hindu philosophy, Hindu scriptures and the Hindu religion. Just examine some of his mistranslations.

Radhakrishnan’s derogatory writings confused millions of good souls looking for the path to God. Covering all the aspects of Hindu religion (the scriptures, the writings of the acharyas and the descensions of God) he tried to implode the entire structure of Hinduism.

So, my dear friend, it is necessary to uncover false Gods so that intellectuals of the land understand real Sanatan Dharm and paths of God realization.

शांति मंत्र: Pre-requisites for वेदांत/उपनिषद्

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वेद -> शांति मंत्र <- वेदांत
 
शांति मंत्र is a set of pre-requisites for वेदांत/उपनिषद्
 
Pre-requisites can be आधिभौतिक,आध्यात्मिक & अधिदैविक.
 
In my understanding, only chanting them at the beginning won’t help.
 
Yes, Living life as per वेद can surely help fulfilling वेदांत pre-requisites.
 
For example:
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ॐ आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि।
 
मेरे (हाथ-पाँव आदि) अङ्ग सब प्रकार से पुष्ट हों, वाणी, प्राण,नेत्र, श्रोत्र पुष्ट हों तथा सम्पूर्ण इन्द्रियाँ बल प्राप्त करें।
 
OM may my organs, speech, Prana, eyes and ears be nourished and be well, so should all (my) senses become strong.
 
If this strength is not felt/achieved, realizing ब्रह्म by sitting with उपनिषद is distant dream.
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For me, वेदांत is surely not for this birth. Yes, I will chant and read and understand but realization? Not possible without Pre-requisites. And there is lot of home-work to do before I can sit with . वेदांत/उपनिषद् for self-realization.
 
वेद -> शांति मंत्र <- वेदांत
वेद -> Prepare self for pre-requisites -> शांति मंत्र -> Be ready for end of self-realization <- वेदांत
 
Only वेद can lead us to वेदांत 🙂 Till then, it is mere Maa’s play. Delusion, illusion or hallucination 🙂

King: Garland maker or charcoal burner?

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Garland

In a garland, flowers of many colors and forms are strung for the most pleasing effect, whereas in the hands of the charcoal burner all kinds of wood reduced to just charcoal.

This famous statement from the Mahabharata emphasizes the importance of the king’s duty to preserve and protect this diversity. The charcoal burner is reductionist and destroys diversity, whereas the garland maker celebrates it.
In legislative context, this could be achieve by Jury system backed by localized legislation.

Manu (7.41) codifies the contextual importance of dharma: “[A king] who knows the sacred law, must imagine into it the laws of jati (community), of districts, of guilds, and of families, and thus settle the peculiar law of each”. The acceptance of many ways of dharmic living was built into the Indian king’s duties to uphold religious diversity, as explained by Kane:

“It was on account of the general attitude of religious tolerance that the Smritis and digests prescribe that even the usage of heretical sects should be enforced by the king. Yaj.II.192 prescribes that the king should guard against the breach of the distinctive usages and conventions of guilds (of artisans), of traders, of heretical sects, and bands (of soldiers). Narada (samayasyanapakarma 1-3) states that the king should uphold the conventions of heretical sects of traders, guilds and other groups and that whatever traditional usages, activities, mode of attendance and means of maintenance were peculiar to them should be permitted to them by the king without introducing any change. Among the matters of which the king was to take cognizance and included under prakirnaka by Narada (verse 2) was the transgression of usages of heretics, traders, guilds and ganas. Brhaspati provides that in disputes among husbandmen, artisans, wrestlers, money-lenders, guilds, dancers, heretics, thieves, a decision is to be given in accordance with their conventions.”

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“Generally speaking, the king had no legislative power; nevertheless there are instances where kings created new rules, usually by recognizing existing customs. He also had residual powers to create positive law, viz. in areas that were not covered by the dharma-sastras.”
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– “History of Dharmasastra”. Volume III, second edition, 1973, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona.
Context sensitive dharma vs. Normative compliance based dharma. Not only adjusted to local conditions but to that context presented by running time. The training for excellence is to practice the embodied technologies of decision-making, the right decisions, the wise decisions, when needed by the present dharma, context, one faces. This is the goal, the ethics of the whole program of the Avatara Krisna in the Bhagavad Gita: to train Arjuna, that fallen and disturbed warrior, to make decisions, the best ones, as needed by his present dharma (his present situation), a battle field. And this is the program of human acting, from the Rig Veda down, that Indic texts propose: an ethics of decision making as opposed to an ethics of compliance to rules coming from the outside.

I tried to give few examples here where collective, context sensitive justice was given and recorded in inscription:
1] A village officer demanded taxes from a woman who declared she was not liable. The former seems to have put her through an ordeal. The woman took poison and died. A meeting of the people from the four quarters (All castes), eighteen districts and the various countries (International Jury) was held and it was decided that the man was liable. In order to expiate his sin, he paid ,32 kasu for burning a lamp at the temple (A.D. 1054).
2] A man pushed his wife and she fell down and died in consequence. The 1,500 men of the four quarters assembled and declared the husband guilty. He was required to provide 4 lamps to the temple (12th century A.D).
3] A laborer went out hunting, missed his aim and shot a person. The agriculturists from the seventy-nine (79) districts assembled together and declared the person guilty. He was required to present 64 cows for burning two lamps in the temple.
More here : Link to note: http://goo.gl/k48Wm
Hope we citizens correct the system by amending it for good of larger mass.

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How to handle “Will the latter not result in manipulation of results?”

Randomly selected, case specific Jury can help implementing system prescribed by great legacy of dharma-shashtra(s) we have. Again, this is not perfect answer. churning is on to find this answer.

Monsoon, Dharma and हिंसा

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For 4 months of monsoon and post-monsoon, dharmic society remain standstill. No active business/farming travails.

One of the reasons is to respect all monsoon-creatures out there in nature. To avoid हिंसा for petty selfish reasons (growing food).

This is only one reason but important why many Hindus used to stop travel in the Chaturmas (the 4 rainy months) when frogs are about on the paths.

No more a cultural society, no more a sensitive society.

Truly Secular nature of knowledge

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Knowledge or Siddhi or techniques are not bound to any culture, good or bad. Whoever learns and use it, gets fruits. That is the beauty of Sanatana principles. They have no bias of good or bad.

पञ्चतन्त्र says:

शस्त्रैर्हतास्तु रिपवो न हता भवन्ति प्रज्ञाहताश्च नितरां सुहृता भवन्ति ।
Enemies killed by weapons, never die. Total annihilation (सर्वनाश) is possible when their प्रज्ञा/Wisdom is हत/killed .

That is what modern power centers are doing by propaganda machines like Television soaps, PK like movies, money-oriented education and glorification of fake heroes from Cricket, football and movies.

We are at war. Any doubt? Well, if you still have doubt, wait for सर्वनाश then and watch your kids cursing you for stupid surrender to proxy wars played in mind-space.

Chump vs Champion of Change

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When you want to change your life for better future of self, family, society, nation and globe, where do you start from?

Oh, govt is bad…bad bad bad real bad. Topple it. Will this help? ( you have answer. We have new govt and it is acting same like previous govt. so far)
Oh, my employer is engaged in illegal activities. Bad bad bad…protest and get fired. Will this help?

If you alone do this, you are the chump personified. No way near to any change agent. Chump, yes, a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of. Little lunatic and obsessive too. If it was so easy, Mahabharat would have not happened. Krishna was powerful enough to topple everyone. He did not act like a chump. He knew the value of change at mass level as a long term solution.

Any top down radical change activity cannot be performed by an individual. It is foolish act. You need critical mass (The minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture/activity) to perform such group revolution. Problem is: Most of your friends, relatives and colleagues are not yet ready for such top down changes.

Wise solution?

Take bottom up approach. Act upon things that you can change in your individual domain. Your habits, your addictions, your individual duties towards society. Demonstrate change in best manner in your individual capacity. Let your friends, families, colleagues realize critical nature of change societal sustenance demand. Once critical mass is ready, topple from top and be ready to replace them by worthy. Till then, strive to bring change in your life.

It is your self-denial that stops you embracing ageless local culture back in life routine and get benefits of health society. Self denial mode is a biggest road block created by modern education. Unfortunately for so called educated, anything out of text book is humbug and fake. For them, real experience and experiments don’t matter but staged lab results like fake clinical trials.

Break your comfort zone of self-denial and dare to live life as per local culture.

And why do I urge you to do so? Because I am helpless alone. I am part of same society. Unless critical mass of society alters life style, I am bound by living on miseries of our collective foolishness.

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