Dharma

Dharma

Purpose of Human Birth

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यो विद्यात सूत्रं विततं यस्मिनोताः इमा प्रजाः।
सूत्रस्य सूत्रं स विद्यात सविधान ब्रह्मण महत ।

सूत्र के सूत्रको समजना & आत्मसात करना – यही तो मनुष्य जीवनका अंतिम प्रयोजन है|

प्रजाओं में पिरोये सूत्र के सूत्र को जो जानता है वह ब्रह्म महत को जानता है ।

“One who knows the drawn-out string whereon all these creatures are strung, one who knows the thread’s thread, knows the Great Brahman”

You are in human body because you are given opportunity to realize the thread behind all life pervading threads.

In your local rituals, wherever you find thread (सूत्र) , remember this profound thought and realize the presence of सूत्रस्य सूत्रं.

Key is चरित्र निर्माण

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व्यवहारकुशलता is primary trait of pious character.

व्यक्तित्व के विकास में व्यवहारकुशलता का अपना एक विशिष्ट स्थान है | दुःख इस बात का है, कि आज व्यवहारकुशलता को गलत अर्थों में ले लिया गया है | आज जो चतुर, चालाक, चापलूस, चपल और चाटुकार हो, उसे व्यवहारकुशल समझा जाता है | इस गलत धारणा का निराकरण सर्वत्र होना चाहिये |

जो मन से मनन किया गया हो, वही वाणी से बोलें | और जो वाणी से कहें, उसे ही कार्यान्वित करें | आज सब कुछ उल्टा हो गया है | अब स्थिति यह है – ‘मन की बात मन ही राखे, कहे वही जो जग मन भाये |’ कितने ही वायदे कर ले जुबान से, पूरा एकहु करे न कराये’ || यह स्थिति डिप्लोमेसी तो हो सकती है, व्यवहारकुशलता नहीं | व्यवहारकुशलता का एक मूलभूत सिद्धान्त यह है, कि सबसे प्रीतिपूर्वक, (अर्थात् निष्‍कपटता के साथ), धर्मानुसार, (अर्थात् उचित अनुचित को ध्यान में रखते हुये) वरतना चाहिये | व्यवहारकुशलता का मापदण्ड इस बात में है कि जो कहा जा रहा हो, वह व्यवहारिक हो, और क्रियात्मक रूप से व्यवह्रत‌ किया जा सके | वचनबद्धता और सही चीज का सही ढंग से, सही समय पर क्रियान्वन व्यवहारकुशलता के अभिन्न अंग हैं |

Hindu Way of treating plants

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There is age-old argument by meat consumers. Plants also have life.
Yes, true. They too are living beings. So, it is important to treat them like living beings.

Pluck not the growing flower or a fruit at the beginning of growth. And never destroy or uproot them ever like you kill animals.
Pluck the dead ones or almost on death-bed. And before plucking, get a permission from Vanaspti devata.

A truly devout Hindu would never ever heedlessly injure the slightest object that had life. Slaughter is a distant reality. A tree is as much a manifestation of the divine wisdom as the man himself is. Devas engaged equally in the creation process of a flower, fruits and other parts of the trees.

When we through thoughtlessness or ignorance or arrogance of being superior organism, injures these divine works, incurs anger and the ill-will of elemental workers (Devas).

Therefore, a Hindu (=Dharmik) in plucking a flower or cutting a twig, prays to the supreme and asks the permission of the industrious devata(s) who have manifested divine wisdom in different forms. He does not only recognize divine labour and appreciate their work but also asks for goodwill and blessings.

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आयुर्बलं यशो वर्चः प्रजा: पशुन् वसूनि च।
बह्म प्रज्ञां च मेधां च त्वं नो देहि वनस्पते॥

“O’ Forest Lord! Give us long life, strength, fame, with Brahma, lustre, progeny, cattle and riches too. Give us O’ lord supreme! Wisdom, divine and intelligence!”

Every morning begins by chanting this during teeth cleaning using twig.
Habits changed with time. Twig was replaced by dead toothpaste and plastic brush. Chanting forgotten. With time progression, due to disconnect from mother nature, we became insensitive at core.

Result? Rampant killings, of both humans and animals. Least we consider plants and trees here. There is no scope for prayer and respect in animal slaughter or cutting trees. Yes, uprooting jungles is same as animal slaughter for me. Living animal and live tree – both are wealth generators. When dead, they are curse to repay for many births.

There is a solution. Bring back old habits back in routine. Teach your kids to recite above mantra before plucking anything from plants and trees. Use twigs for teeth cleaning. Recite this mantra.

Get connected with mother.

Learn सखत्व from Water(H2O)

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“पानी अपना रास्ता कर ही लेता है|” – “Water always makes its way out.”
 
Water molecules can find their own way because their bonding has intense सखत्व (Friendship). This bonding helps them to find out a way. H2O molecules are सहह्रदयी.
 
Why this example?
 
There are N numbers of problem modern life style has. Solutions demand group efforts. Community responses. Individuals cannot walk further like an isolated water drop.
 
So what baby steps we can take?
 
1) Find like-minded water droplets. And walk together in local environment. Together, there will surely a way out.
2) Share experiences so that like-minded water droplets in different regions may get hints and they too start finding way out. Of course, locally. There is no imitation scope.
 
So my presence in FB : I am sure, there is not mass change possible. 99% will ignore as they are not सहह्रदयी. To create impact on non-सहह्रदयी, one needs to be in the form of Sea. 🙂 We are not sea yet. So, baby-step is to become rivulet out of individual dammed droplets and then flow towards the sea. Those who are adamant to connect (which 99% are), will submit sooner or later.
 
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Channelize energy in finding next droplet with same urge to become sea one day in this or some other next birth and nurture that relation. I personally work only with 2-3 droplets and we adjust our life to create strong flow ahead.

Panchayatan Puja

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Fire has power of Tapa, Vital Air has power of motion, Sun has power of light, Moon has power of coolness, and Water has power of peace. These are primary Devatas, working day and night at our disposal.

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This is eternal model of self-purification, mass-purification.

तप: (अग्नि) – कायिक,वाचिक,मानसिक exercise.
हर: (वायु/प्राण)- स्थूल दोषोंका हरण, removing weaknesses.
अर्चि (सूर्य) – Worship/Sadhna/Upasana – Concentration/Meditation on God/God’s characteristics
शोचि (चन्द्र) – सूक्ष्म दोषोंका हरण – Remove mental weaknesses
तेज (आप) – तेजन – sharpening Godly living

Take for example process of making weapons. They follow the same process in factory.

Five forms of five Devatas in our body:

अग्नि – वाणी – वाक् – Speech
वायु – प्राण – Vital air
सूर्य – नेत्र – Eyes/Seeing
चन्द्र – मन/ह्रदय – Mind/emotions
आप – रेतस/रक्त/शुक्र – Blood/Vital fluid

Purify all of them. Start your day with purification. Maintain it throughout the day!

Lanka vs Ayodhya

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What is difference between Raam ‘s Bharat and Ravana’s Lanka?

Bharat had abundant of Natural forest/Natural landscapes. Lanka had naturalized(Make more natural or lifelike) forest.
Look around you. What do you see most? Artificially grown lawns/Golf Course(Modern Asoka Vana) or Natural green pastures for cows?
We are living in Lanka. And we want to call it Raam Rajya 🙂

How is your life? Natural or Naturalized (Inspired from Media driven green campaigns)?

संन्यास is not Escapism

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There is a awareness among youth about culture, rituals and gau. It is welcome sign. But, I observed spiritual institutions and gurus pursuing youth and asking them to join their organization and devote entire life.

This is worrisome.

If we are really believers of the culture of the land, we must not divert youth from their sva-dharma. Making them अपत्नीक and wasting productive and re-productive energy. Side effect of this forceful Sanyas is unethical practices we often hear in news.

Instead, we must inspire them for successful grihasthi. Teach them that, working for society is just one aspect of grihasth and self-interest is important; it is pertinent to distinguish between legitimate self-interest and pure selfishness. One must not live selfish life but remain alert for self-interest.

Remember this from Rigveda before you get carried away by these so called spiritual gurus working hard for selfish motives.

परि चिन्मर्तो द्रविणं ममन्यादृतस्य पथा नमसा विवासेत् ।
उत स्वेन क्रतुना सं वदेत श्रेयांसं दक्षं मनसा जगृभ्यात् ॥२॥ ऋग्वेद: सूक्तं १०.३१

Let a man (or woman) ponder well on wealth and earn it by the path of moral law (or truth) and with humility. Let him (or her) take counsel with his (or her) own conscience and heartily gain justifiable (or upright) prosperity.

Prosperity is important. Do not waste youth behind hollow and delusive spirituality.

The verse makes it quite clear that earning wealth is certainly allowed, but one has to ponder well (pari chin) over how it has to be earned, by the path of moral law or truth (ritasya pathaa), and not by dishonest means. It has to be earned with humility (namasaa) and not arrogance, since success depends on the grace of God and one owes it to the society of which one is a member for making it possible. Consulting one’s own conscience (kratu) also is important in deciding the ways in which it is earned. Once these qualifications are kept in mind, one can earn wealth heartily (manasaa) and gain justifiable or upright (daksham) prosperity (shreyaamsam). This is not all. The Rigveda goes further and adds one more condition to earning wealth, that of sharing. In the same Mandala as the above, we have the following verse:

मोघमन्नं विन्दते अप्रचेताः सत्यं ब्रवीमि वध इत्स तस्य ।
नार्यमणं पुष्यति नो सखायं केवलाघो भवति केवलादी ॥६॥ ऋग्वेद: सूक्तं १०.११७

The one who is not conscientious earns food in vain. I tell you the truth, it is like his (moral) death. One who supports neither the learned and the good nor his friends and consumes all by himself, earns only sin.

Even, The Gita teaches the same thing; by taking care of each other,reach the highest welfare.

देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः ।
परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ ॥३- ११॥

The idea is that there is a certain overlap between approach to spiritual progress as well as material progress.

The ethical qualities necessary for a respectable success in this world are also the same as required for spiritual progress.

Earning purusharth (dharm, arth, kam, moksh) is dharma of young age (grihastha aashram). Do not run away from responsibilities. Earn prosperity by ethics – use it for spiritual progress.

Sanyasin are born, never designed here by human efforts. And if some guru is brainwashing, alert 🙂.

5 Laws of Sanatana Dharma

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The Sanstana Dharma teaches thus: O’ man, know that your true Self is eternal and blissful, untarnished with pain. Regarding thus your true Self, and working up from this idea of your Self, try and rise to a conception of the Supreme Lord of the universe in whom the whole world including yourself has its being, who abides in your heart as well as in the heart of all beings, who works in and for the benefit of the whole universe as man works in tile body and with it for his personal benefit. With the firm belief in the teaching of the scripture that man is destined to rise one day to the level of his Divine source and transcend all limitations of the humanity, O’ man, work your way up gradually by widening your interests, by extending the sphere of your love in all directions till it embraces within it all mankind and the whole animal creation, till your art able to make your love coextensive with that of the Supreme Lord of the Universe. This upward progress is assured if you, 0’ man, instead of trusting to your own strength and resources, invoke the Supreme Lord to work in you and regard yourself a mere instrument in His hands, ever trying on your part to prove yourself a worthy instrument for Divine Service.

Dharma Law 1

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Dharma Law 1

The first and foremost law of Sanatana Dharma insists on the recognition of the fact that man is eternal, the true man, the soul, that entity whose presence in the body makes it a living man and whose departure from it constitutes its death, – that this true man is independent of body, senses and the mind, that he has existed from time without beginning, and will exist through all time, that HE iseternal and immortal.

Unaffected by all changes in environment, witnessing every change in the internal as well as external world and becoming the wiser for it, using his gross and subtle bodies as instruments by which to gain experience of the world around him, the true man is himself never subject to the changes of birth and death, as he is the ever-present witness of those changes.

So, first step is, readiness to seek and find out the true self and an intense aspiration for the realization of that self.

Reference: Bhagwad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 11 to 30

Guaranteed Preventive Care : Avoid प्रज्ञा अपराध

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प्रज्ञा अपराध – The crime of injecting intellectual errors in day to day decision making – Root cause of all ill-health issues.

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Impaired Intellect + Impaired self-control + Impaired memory = High chances of प्रज्ञा अपराध (misuse or no use of human brain/mind)

प्रज्ञापराधो हि मूलं रोगाणाम् |

प्रज्ञापराध कुछ और नहीं, बल्कि प्रकृति के नियमों की अवहेलना है।व्यक्ति जब जीवन के समग्र रूप को भूल खुद को इससे अलग मानने लगता है, तब वह प्रज्ञापराध का दोषी हो जाता है।

It is state of intellect that cannot decide what is favorable and what is not based on individual’s current state of mind and body.

Our education system does not train us to avoid these crimes. Parenting? They don’t have time. Society? It is no more a live entity.

Only way to improve health of society is to train society to avoid प्रज्ञा अपराध.

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