Monthly Archives: December 2018

Two Ways Vishnu And Anantadeva Can Be Viewed

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[Rama and Lakshmana]“Who can withstand seeing in battle the highly powerful Rama, who wields an amazing bow and is equal to Indra in force, who along with Lakshmana is like a blazing fire set in motion by wind?” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.64)

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समीक्ष्य तं संयति चित्रकार्मुकम् महाबलं वासवतुल्यविक्रमम्।
सलक्ष्मणं को विषहेत राघवं हुताशनं दीप्तमिवानिलेरितम्।।

samīkṣya taṃ saṃyati citrakārmukam mahābalaṃ vāsavatulyavikramam।
salakṣmaṇaṃ ko viṣaheta rāghavaṃ hutāśanaṃ dīptamivānileritam।।

1. God and Guru

Within Vedic culture there are sometimes debates as to the true position of the guru. This is the spiritual guide, a generally respected personality, who can appear in different ways and in different phases of life. There is no argument as to the nature of the meeting with such a person. It is the greatest blessing, a product of sukriti from the present and past lives, to meet with…

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The Two Kinds Of Evidence Of Shri Rama’s Ability In Battle

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[Shri Rama in battle]“I have both heard about and seen the power of that great-soul in destroying His enemies on the battlefield. Neither the demigods, nor the Gandharvas, nor the serpents, nor the Rakshasas are equal to Him in conflict.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.63)

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श्रुता हि दृष्टाश्च मया पराक्रमा महात्मनस्तस्य रणावमर्दिनः।
न देवगन्धर्वभुजङ्गराक्षसा भवन्ति रामेण समा हि संयुगे।।

śrutā hi dṛṣṭāśca mayā parākramā mahātmanastasya raṇāvamardinaḥ।
na devagandharvabhujaṅgarākṣasā bhavanti rāmeṇa samā hi saṃyuge।।

Sita Devi is consistent. From the very beginning she stressed the point anytime the mention was necessary about her husband’s ability. In one famous conversation the reminder was given to Rama Himself, as if He needed to know. He tried to dissuade His faithful and dedicated wife from following Him into the forest, as it was known to be a dangerous place; certainly not anywhere for a king’s…

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Three Examples Of Anger Leading To Loss Of Intelligence

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.63)

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क्रोधाद् भवति सम्मोहः
सम्मोहात् स्मृति-विभ्रमः
स्मृति-भ्रंशाद् बुद्धि-नाशो
बुद्धि-नाशात् प्रणश्यति

krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ
sammohāt smṛti-vibhramaḥ
smṛti-bhraṁśād buddhi-nāśo
buddhi-nāśāt praṇaśyati

It’s such a common problem that a certain branch of therapy had to be created to deal with it. Common sense was not sufficient, as at the heart of the issue is the loss of any good sense. Past experience is enough to teach the proper way, but even the most rational human being has the tendency to forget when in the heat of the moment.

The best form of anger management is wise instruction passed on by the smartest person, the adi-guru. Shri Krishna knows the science behind uncontrolled…

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Four Potential Issues With Hanuman’s Plan To Rescue Sita

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[Sita-Rama]“If Rama kills the ten-headed one along with his relatives and then departs taking me, that would be suitable for him.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.62)

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यदि रामो दशग्रीवमिह हत्त्वा सबान्धवम्।
मामितो गृह्य गच्छेत तत्तस्य सदृशं भवेत्।।

yadi rāmo daśagrīvamiha hattvā sabāndhavam।
māmito gṛhya gaccheta tattasya sadṛśaṃ bhavet।।

Though he is strength personified, Hanuman is also a wealth of kindness and compassion. He very well understood the mission assigned to him, respecting the command of the higher authorities, but empathy overwhelmed him for a moment. Like a true Vaishnava, he could not tolerate witnessing the suffering of another, especially someone as innocent and blameless as Sita Devi, the wife of Shri Rama.

He came up with an idea. A flash of brilliance, perhaps, but the idea wasn’t well thought out or deliberated upon. He proposed to take the…

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Conquering The Immeasurable

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[Shri Hanuman]“O best of the monkeys, how could any other ordinary person reach this land, crossing the immeasurable ocean?” (Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.41)

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प्राकृतोऽन्यः कथं चेमां भूमिमागन्तुमर्हति।
उदधेरप्रमेयस्य पारं वानरपुङ्गव।।।।

prākṛto’nyaḥ kathaṃ cemāṃ bhūmimāgantumarhati।
udadheraprameyasya pāraṃ vānarapuṅgava।।

The ocean is an ideal object for comparison, especially when trying to explain higher concepts. Comparisons to the ocean abound in Vedic literature, which stands the test of time, as there is no known inception date. As Bhagavan, the full feature of God the person, expands the limits of time and space, so those works which pass on His teachings and His transcendental activities cannot be locked into a specific period. Though they are sometimes put down into written form, the content always exists prior.

A common follow-up question to the teaching of the individual’s identity as spirit soul relates to the relationship with…

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Three Ways My Kid Reminds Me Of God

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[Shri Krishna]“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas am I to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 15.15)

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सर्वस्य चाहं हृदि सन्निविष्टो
मत्तः स्मृतिर् ज्ञानम् अपोहनं च
वेदैश् च सर्वैर् अहम् एव वेद्यो
वेदान्त-कृद् वेद-विद् एव चाहम्

sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo
mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca
vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedānta-kṛd veda-vid eva cāham

It’s supposed to be the other way around. They are called dependents for a reason. They depend on other people to maintain life, both in terms of health and continuing forward in a progression towards adulthood. The children don’t know any better. The adults are there to provide guidance.

From the Shrimad Bhagavatam we learn that a person should not put themselves in…

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Three Ways Arjuna Is A Conscientious Disciple

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[Arjuna]“Alas, how strange it is that we are preparing to commit greatly sinful acts, driven by the desire to enjoy royal happiness.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-gita, 1.44)

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अहो बत महत् पापं
कर्तुं व्यवसिता वयम्
यद् राज्य-सुख-लोभेन
हन्तुं स्व-जनम् उद्यताः

aho bata mahat pāpaṁ
kartuṁ vyavasitā vayam
yad rājya-sukha-lobhena
hantuṁ sva-janam udyatāḥ

Due to its popularity throughout the years, standing the test of time, and the reliance upon it by stalwart defenders of the Vedic tradition, the acharyas with followers numbering both large and small, the Bhagavad-gita is in the hall of fame of great literature. Though much more, a transcript of a conversation that took place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, the work is generally held in high esteem due to its teacher.

The words inside best describe Him. In Sanskrit it is Bhagavan. So many verses begin with, “shri bhagavan uvacha.”…

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Four Ways Atheists Show Belief In God

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[Shri Krishna]“All of them-as they surrender unto Me-I reward accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.11)

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ये यथा मां प्रपद्यन्ते
तांस् तथैव भजाम्य् अहम्
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते
मनुष्याः पार्थ सर्वशः

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante
tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham
mama vartmānuvartante
manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ

“Let me get this straight, you’re telling me that the religion you follow explains that even the non-believers are believers? That is a contradiction, I hope you realize. And yes, I get it, you don’t like it being labeled a religion. Sanatana-dharma is the appropriate term. We know it to be Hinduism, but I get your explanation that such a word is nowhere to be found in any of the many books that constitute the scriptural set.

“Could you please explain a little further? How do atheists believe in God? The very word…

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Four Ways Atheists Show Belief In God

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[Shri Krishna]“All of them-as they surrender unto Me-I reward accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.11)

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ये यथा मां प्रपद्यन्ते
तांस् तथैव भजाम्य् अहम्
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते
मनुष्याः पार्थ सर्वशः

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante
tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham
mama vartmānuvartante
manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ

“Let me get this straight, you’re telling me that the religion you follow explains that even the non-believers are believers? That is a contradiction, I hope you realize. And yes, I get it, you don’t like it being labeled a religion. Sanatana-dharma is the appropriate term. We know it to be Hinduism, but I get your explanation that such a word is nowhere to be found in any of the many books that constitute the scriptural set.

“Could you please explain a little further? How do atheists believe in God? The very word…

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Five Reasons A Person Might Not Be Comfortable Identifying As Hindu

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The Blessed Lord said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikshvaku.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.1)

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श्री-भगवान् उवाच
इमं विवस्वते योगं
प्रोक्तवान् अहम् अव्ययम्
विवस्वान् मनवे प्राह
मनुर् इक्ष्वाकवे ऽब्रवीत्
śrī-bhagavān uvāca
imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ
proktavān aham avyayam
vivasvān manave prāha
manur ikṣvākave ‘bravīt

“What religion do you belong to? Who do you worship? What is your faith? What is the name of your God? Are people condemned to hell in your religion if they don’t believe? What are you allowed to eat? Is there something similar to a church and a pope?”

The common identification used for people practicing a specific branch of religion that has the Vedas as its origin is “Hindu,” attaching to the idea of “Hinduism.” Rather than…

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