Scriptures : Objective for study?


What is your objective of studying scriptures?

Our objective of studying the scripture should not be primarily a scholastic or academical scrutiny of its thought, nor to place its philosophy in the history of metaphysical speculation, nor shall we deal with it in the manner of the analytical dialectician. We must approach it for help and light and our aim must be to distinguish its essential and living message, that in it on which humanity has to seize for its perfection and its highest spiritual welfare. Rest, in exclusive manner, is mere intellectual exercise.


Avatar’s Manthan : Krishna’s dream society



In the Harivamnsa Purana Sri Krishna says:

nechChAmyanashitaM draShTuM kR^ishaM malinameva cha |
dehIti chaiva yAchantaM nagaryAM nirdhanaM naram ||2-58-63||
“I do not want to see anyone in the city-state emaciated and pale without food, –
A pauper, who keeps on uttering, Please give.”
कृष्ण’s aim of life, was Greatest happiness of greatest number (wellness of all) or holistic utilitarianism.
Being a कृष्ण believer/follower/Bhakt, what is your aim in life? Do you work like your ideal or just blabber here and there?
PS:कृष्ण dreams of a society that prospers with the utilitarian goals. The utilitarianism of Sri कृष्ण, however, does not concern material ends only. He wants to build a system where the ethics of justice is in wide practice, firmly based on the spiritual state of harmony and equilibrium.

What Vinayak Damodar Savarkar said about this?

Once we descend from the outer space of non-dualism onto the firm ground of dualism then it is impossible to accept that the principle of welfare of all living beings literally means welfare of every living being…The expression ’Sarvabhootahite rataha’ (lit: ‘to strive for or engage in the welfare of all living beings’) merely states the broad principle but mainly means ‘to strive for or engage in the welfare of the greater number of humans’.
The science of ethics has to rely on utilitarianism while choosing one out of two actions as being correct. (1925, Kesari, 04 August)

Sri Krishna was the first acharya (preceptor) of utilitarianism

I used to believe and say that utility is the ethical code and underlying principle on the basis of which we should found and justify our revolutionary movement. Drawing from several incidents related to Sri Krishna in the Mahabharata, I used to prove from his speeches, teachings and actions that Sri Krishna was the first proponent, nay the first preceptor of utilitarianism. Sri Krishna showed how to practice it. He justified, indeed it is possible to justify all his actions on this one principle. (1947, Majhya aathvani or My reminiscences, Samagra Savarkar vangmaya, Vol.1, p.206)

Decline of Dharma is accelerated by Excessive ममत्व(selfishness)



If there is one thing that I need to consider for decline of dharma-aligned population in Bharat, it is this : Selfishness. Lack of selfless actions. Lack of Bhagwad Gita in curriculum.

Excessive ममत्व (mineness) is a visible symptom of our dying societal fabric. What is mine, I will take care. I don’t care about public property. I don’t care about social duties. I don’t care if natural elements are destroyed for my selfish desires. I don’t care if someone is dying on the street. Epidemic of ममत्व.


Bhagwad Gita as a part of education. If you miss teaching detachment and instrumental living to growing mind, it becomes herculean task to destroy adult mind’s ममत्व. Giving immune booster treatment to seeds is cheaper and less time consuming than worrying about pest control when plants are ready for fruition.

Quote in image is shared by Shri Anand Rajadhyaksha ji.

How do you approach Mahakavya(s)? Recitation or watching cartoon?



Both Ramayana and Mahabharata covers geography of this land, our land, deva-bhumi.

So when you read/listen them during चातुर्मास, you actually travel from Himalaya to Kanyakumari.

Not only that, you also do internal travel, from मूलाधार to सहस्रार चक्र .

जीवेत शरद: शतम् – inevitable.

Impact of Ramayana and Mahabhrata on receptor’s mind reduces with each of following method.

1) Listen live from the mouth of kind hearted pious person (Mitra/Friend or Family member or Guru)
2) Read Ramayana/Mahabharata by self from book
3) Watch TV serial about Ramayana/Mahabharata
4) Watch Cartoon about Ramayana/Mahabharata

Last method is utter waste of time. Unfortunately, it is the prevalent way by which new generation get know about Itihas.

During this month (holy months of अषाढ़/श्रावण), we should spend time with our धर्म ग्रन्थ & गुरु . Don’t replace recitation by CD/DVD/TV/Cartoon.

Cartoons mean frivolity. Nonsensical stuff. Hanuman, Bheem and Krushna are portrayed as a cartoon with a definite purpose to reduce mighty characters to ashes in gullible minds. You cannot expect frivolity to do wonders. Frivolity cannot mold your character.
Hanuman is potent enough to mold your character. Cartoon Hanuman cannot.

Do you present frivolity in name of mighty characters?
1 Story of Hanuman narrated by parents serves way better than 1000 cartoon hours spent in front of screen. Avoid.

इति शुश्रुम धीराणां ये नस्तद्विचचक्षिरे॥१०॥ -ईसावास्योपनिषत्

“What I have sought is to understand what has been said by seers.”
May it reaches to alll.

In ancient Bharat, in Sanskrit culture, all subjects share one thing in common i.e. Teacher teaching orally, in prosaic manner. It is one way if education. They believed that when poems and stories are well heard and digested by pupils, this stories &  poems can help to integrate underlying subject into pupil’s consciousness. They believed that unless a skill/knowledge becomes integrated part of consciousness, it is not mature enough to practice. And so even mathematics and chemical formulas were designed and conveyed in poetic ways. Ear-friendly method of learning!



When you share poetic mathematical formula from past, you get response like this – “stop this mindless revisionist nationalism please.” or ‘Show me data please”. Damn these Indians. They always boast of their past. 🙂


What modern science says about allegorical story-telling?


As per this report [1], allegorical story-telling opens various neuron pathways.Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain, that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are too.


Point to be noted: Story telling activates all areas of brain required to decipher story.


A story can put your whole brain to work. And yet, it gets better. When we tell stories to others that have really helped us shape our thinking and way of life, we can have the same effect on them too. The brains of the person telling a story and listening to it, can synchronize, says Uri Hasson from Princeton[2].Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you’ve activated that way, active too. Oh! That is what oral education all about!


Point to be noted: Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same by speaker-listener coupling.


A team of researchers from Emory University reported in Brain & Language that when subjects in their laboratory read a metaphor involving texture, the sensory cortex, responsible for perceiving texture through touch, became active. Metaphors like “The singer had a velvet voice” and “He had leathery hands” roused the sensory cortex, while phrases matched for meaning, like “The singer had a pleasing voice” and “He had strong hands,” did not [1].


Point to be noted: Metaphoric language activates touch senses. Rich language is must to convey right experience.


In a great experiment, John Bargh at Yale found the following:


“Volunteers would meet one of the experimenters, believing that they would be starting the experiment shortly. In reality, the experiment began when the experimenter, seemingly struggling with an armful of folders, asks the volunteer to briefly hold their coffee. As the key experimental manipulation, the coffee was either hot or iced. Subjects then read a description of some individual, and those who had held the warmer cup tended to rate the individual as having a warmer personality, with no change in ratings of other attributes.”

We link up metaphors and literal happenings automatically. Everything in our brain is looking for the cause and effect relationship of something we’ve previously experienced [3].


Point to be noted: Metaphors do play role in shaping our skills.


Now, let us see why researchers advocate music and recitation for education. A large and growing body of scientific research supports such anecdotal stories across the whole range of development. This research summary focuses on one critical aspect: the development of foundational mathematical skills and thought processes as tied to early childhood music education. When you listen (carefull hearing), certain neurons in the cortex of your brain start firing. The pathways created are the same pathways that are used when you complete complex spatial reasoning tasks. The more of these pathways that are forged and the more they are in use, the stronger the connections become. Strong connections lead to easier access, which translates into better skills.


Point to be noted: Mathematics, analytical thinking, critical decision making, astutue observations – all these can improve magically when there is musical and poetic touch


Although listening to musical poems (of any subject maths, chemistry etc) does give the neural network a workout, the gains in spatial reasoning skills have been shown to be very short-term—15 minutes or less. This “Mozart effect” is much longer-lasting when you engage in making same musical verses.Studies focused on music for young children are also suggesting that math gains increase according to the number of years that students engage in active music learning (Gardiner, 2000)[4], with some indication that the younger children are when they begin music instruction, the greater the gains will be.


So, many researches suggest importance of rhythmic, story-telling , music, recitation for best brain training, not only in art but also in subjects like mathematics, science and technology.


Point to be noted: Active involvement is more important than passive.


I have faith in oral tradition and I do see magical results in my family and friends. But to keep faith in Sanatana way of living is difficult so I explored some modern science development in this area to convince rational minds. For any disconnect that you may perceive, between my faith and your acceptance of Oral Tradition, wait and watch, truth prevails. :).


At the end, Vidya Or Knowledge or  Realization or Learning is Maa ( Mother ) for me. When mother wants to bless, she draws seekers to herself by attracting them to the Guru with specific knowledge desired by seeker. Time will come when this knowledge about best way of learning, too will resurface.



[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2922522/

[3] http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/this-is-your-brain-on-metaphors/

[4]Gardiner, M.F. (2000). Music, learning, and behavior: A case for mental stretching. Journal for

Learning Through Music, 72-93.

ज्ञान : Ultimate Fire



यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन।
ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते तथा।।4.37।।

Hindi Commentary By Swami Ramsukhdas

4.37।। व्याख्या यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात् कुरुतेऽर्जुन पीछेके श्लोकमें भगवान्ने ज्ञानरूपी नौकाके द्वारा सम्पूर्ण पापसमुद्रको तरनेकी बात कही। उससे यह प्रश्न पैदा होता है कि पापसमुद्र तो शेष रहता ही है फिर उसका क्या होगा अतः भगवान् पुनः दूसरा दृष्टान्त देते हुए कहते हैं कि जैसे प्रज्वलित अग्नि काष्ठादि सम्पूर्ण ईंधनोंको इस प्रकार भस्म कर देती है कि उनका किञ्चिन्मात्र भी अंश शेष नहीं रहता ऐसे ही ज्ञानरूप अग्नि सम्पूर्ण पापोंको इस प्रकार भस्म कर देती है कि उनका किञ्चिन्मात्र भी अंश शेष नहीं रहता।ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते तथा जैसे अग्नि काष्ठको भस्म कर देती है ऐसे ही तत्त्वज्ञानरूपी अग्नि संचित प्रारब्ध और क्रियमाण तीनों कर्मोंको भस्म कर देती है। जैसे अग्निमें काष्ठका अत्यन्त अभाव हो जाता है ऐसे ही तत्त्वज्ञानमें सम्पूर्ण कर्मोंका अत्यन्त अभाव हो जाता है। तात्पर्य यह है कि ज्ञान होनेपर कर्मोंसे अथवा संसारसे सर्वथा सम्बन्धविच्छेद हो जाता है। सम्बन्धविच्छेद होनेपर संसारकी स्वतन्त्र सत्ताका अनुभव नहीं होता प्रत्युत एक परमात्मतत्त्व ही शेष रहता है।

वास्तवमें मात्र क्रियाएँ प्रकृतिके द्वारा ही होती हैं (गीता 13। 29)। उन क्रियाओंसे अपना सम्बन्ध मान लेनेसे कर्म होते हैं। नाड़ियोंमें रक्तप्रवाह होना शरीरका बालकसे जवान होना श्वासोंका आनाजाना भोजनका पचना आदि क्रियाएँ जिस समष्टि प्रकृतिसे होती हैं उसी प्रकृतिसे खानापीना चलना बैठना देखना बोलना आदि क्रियाएँ भी होती हैं। परन्तु मनुष्य अज्ञानवश उन क्रियाओंसे अपना सम्बन्ध मान लेता है अर्थात् अपनेको उन क्रियाओंका कर्ता मान लेता है। इससे वे क्रियाएँ कर्म बनकर मनुष्यको बाँध देती हैं। इस प्रकार माने हुए सम्बन्धसे ही कर्म होते हैं अन्यथा क्रियाएँ ही होती हैं।तत्त्वज्ञान होनेपर अनेक जन्मोंके संचित कर्म सर्वथा नष्ट हो जाते हैं। कारण कि सभी संचित कर्म अज्ञानके आश्रित रहते हैं अतः ज्ञान होते ही (आश्रय आधाररूप अज्ञान न रहनेसे) वे नष्ट हो जाते हैं। तत्त्वज्ञान होनेपर कर्तृत्वाभिमान नहीं रहता अतः सभी क्रियमाण कर्म अकर्म हो जाते हैं अर्थात् फलजनक नहीं होते। प्रारब्ध कर्मका घटनाअंश (अनुकूलप्रतिकूल परिस्थिति) तो जबतक शरीर रहता है तबतक रहता है परन्तु ज्ञानीपर उसका कोई असर नहीं पड़ता। कारण कि तत्त्वज्ञान होनेपर भोक्तृत्व नहीं रहता अतः अनुकूलप्रतिकूल परिस्थिति सामने आनेपर वह सुखीदुःखी नहीं होता। इस प्रकार तत्त्वज्ञान होनेपर संचित प्रारब्ध और क्रियमाण तीनों कर्मोंसे किञ्चिन्मात्र भी सम्बन्ध नहीं रहता। कर्मोंसे अपना सम्बन्ध न रहनेसे कर्म नहीं रहते भस्म रह जाती है अर्थात् सभी कर्म अकर्म हो जाते हैं।

Dasabodha : Who deserve Namaskar?



Namaskar should be offered to the Sun and of course to the Guru with full faith and belief. When the Namaskar takes the form of total submission it is offered by fully prostrating your body before the God, the Guru and the Saints and is called as Sashtaang Namaskar.

It should be offered to great disciples, knowledgeable people, and people with Vairagya, those who have experienced the inner self, Yogis, great men from any walk of life, those who know the Vedas, religious and other sciences, and Pundits. It should be offered with the firm feeling that there is a part of God or the Guru in all of them and by offering them Namaskar one is in fact offering it to the God or the Guru. The nicety of this feeling is that the inner self who is hidden in the visible becomes visible with little effort.

By offering Namaskar one becomes humble, loses pride and ego, is freed from vices, and is able to get forgiveness for even the greatest of blunders and friendly with even with those who unnecessarily think of you as an enemy. The person to whom Namaskar is offered becomes utmost kind to you. It relieves you off the vicious cycle of birth and death. Even you should also forgive those who offer you Namaskar after realizing their mistakes. Namaskar yields wisdom. The Saints, Sages and the Guru look after you after you offer Namaskar to them and show you the path to the Parbrahma. Offering Namaskar is the easiest form of worship as you don’t require anything for doing it but it should be done with the fullest faith and unflinching belief. Shree Samarth says that it is not only easiest but also one of the great forms of worship as you have to forget about yourself when you bow in front of someone for offering Namaskar and that is easier said than done but when you know how to forget about yourself you stand a very good chance of getting to your inner self and then the Parbrahma.


Criminal free society or Crime free society?



In India, come election season and media will find lawlessness everywhere! Are weak laws responsible for rising crimes in society? Will we be secure when laws are amended and made like communist laws of China or Shariya laws of middle eastern countries?

1) Criminal free society 2) Crime free society

What do we want? First or second?

Strict laws will eliminate criminals but cannot eliminate crimes.
Our lifestyle can eliminate crimes.

Ideal society seek solutions in self and not man-made laws.

There is no surprise that our society seek solution for sexual crimes in strict laws. Some of them compare our laws with other countries like Arabs and demand strict laws.

Are laws sole and full proof solution?

Let me share one scenario to understand this better:

There is a lake in the village. Fisherman community depends upon lake for the livelihood. Lake and her fish communities play critical role in this village economy.

Suddenly, there was an outbreak of disease and one by one fishes were

At this moment, Govt fishery dept can do two things

1) Give medicine to fishes
2) Investigate problems in environment which causes such outbreak

Task 2 is critical than saving already dying fishes. This does not mean task 1 is not needed at all. But task 2 is more critical to avoid future outbreaks.

Moral of the story is: It is environment that plays a role of breeding ground for healthy or unhealthy society, be it fishes or humans.

Strict laws are like task 1 in the story. US has best laws and judiciary but highest rape crimes happen in US. Do you know why? They don’t care about task 2. Do we know how these perverted humans are breeding?

Well, it is our perverted entertainment indulgence. But since it is our daily dosage of peace, we want to play blind and only focus on task 1 (Give medicines to fishes i.e. strict laws).

Ideal society takes care of their environment. We do not so we deserve crimes. We are right now shun the disease society. We should be prevent the disease society 🙁. Medicines cannot prevent physiological disease. Laws cannot prevent societal disease. We must work on environment to stop further outbreak.

Spirituality is joke in hungry society: भूखे भजन न होय गोपाला



भूखे भजन न होय गोपाला..
नाम के ऊपर वाणी है; क्योंकि वाणी द्वारा ही नाम का उच्चारण होता है। इसे ब्रह्म का एक रूप माना जा सकता है। वाणी के ऊपर संकल्प है; क्योंकि संकल्प ही मन को प्रेरित करता है। संकल्प के ऊपर चित्त है; क्योंकि चित्त ही संकल्प करने की प्रेरणा देता है। चित्त से भी ऊपर ध्यान है; क्योंकि ध्यान लगाने पर ही चित्त संकल्प की प्रेरणा देता है। ध्यान से ऊपर विज्ञान है; क्योंकि विज्ञान का ज्ञान होने पर ही हम सत्य-असत्य का पता लगाकर लाभदायक वस्तु पर ध्यान केन्द्रित करते हैं। विज्ञान से श्रेष्ठ बल है और बल से भी श्रेष्ठ अन्न है; क्योंकि भूखे रहकर न बल होगा, न विज्ञान होगा, न ध्यान लगाया जा सकेगा।

For me, not only poor but malnourished middle class kids are also poor as they don’t get the right food too! Not only physical food, our hunger for sensual gratification is highest in the history due to constant bombardment by media and hormonally imbalanced food. This will also hamper our individual and collective spiritual journey.


Was Shri Krishna Socialist/communist ?

नात्यश्नतस्तु योगोऽस्ति न चैकान्तमनश्नतः।
न चातिस्वप्नशीलस्य जाग्रतो नैव चार्जुन।।6.16।।

Don’t see “Demanding food for mass” with socialist or communist lenses.

It is pre-requisite for साधना. When not fulfilled, you cannot find spiritually eager critical mass. Without such critical mass, dharma? राष्ट्र? hmmm. All the best (y) Try it out.

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Activity and Seclusion



Ideally, exercise demand seclusion, you be with yourself so that you can be with your billion plus body cells who demand your focus for their nourishment (focused, like you do prayer). Cooking demand social contribution, all family members participating.

In reality, we seek company for exercise and force wife/mother/sister/self to cook in seclusion.

Re-arrange priorities if you can. It is fun (not just fun actually. It is great way to use life’s precious moments for enriching life) cooking together and exercise alone. 🙂

Side note: यज्ञ is the key word behind all human activities. In exercise, billion plus body cells participate in यज्ञ. It is micro-level यज्ञ. Cooking is macro-level यज्ञ where we participate.


Never delay dharma-karya(धर्म-कार्य)



Whatever you have to pay back to others or whichever task has to be done by you, please do it in the expected time and without delay. If you do not do it in assigned time then the relevance of that work vanishes (i.e. it will have no impact (impact is here equated with rasa essence).

रस रहने तक रसपूर्वक | कर डालिए| धर्मकार्यमें देरी नहीं!कभी नहीं!

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