The Rainbow of Life..

A POEM :
The Rainbow of Life:

I saw-

A rainbow today.

No-

Its not the rainbow in the sky;

That’s just an illusion

It’s the rainbow

That represents

The innumerable colours of life.

Greed, Selfishness

Represents today’s human;

Jealousy seems to be

Each ones policy;

The greed-

For money, Fame, Power

Has blinded the world!

Around which

Their minds seem to whirl.

Love, Beauty, Sacrifice

Where are they

Where are they?

The depth of love

Has hidden in the dark alcove.

Beauty

For today’s man

Lies on the surface

To search the soul

Who has the time or place?

Who believes in sacrificing?

It has been named as dumbness,

Has no worth left;

A feeling which all try to push out of their mind.

The strength which it gives

They’ve forgotten.

No wonder,

There is so much darkness in every soul!

For the light of happiness-

Seems to be present only in pearls.

The red yellow orange

From the rainbow

Have long since turned grey

Burnt to ashes

In the hearth;

Through the greediness and selfishness

Of  today’s human.


 abha shahra

HUMANITY – Religion + Spirituality

 

Its very easy to talk and preach, write and lecture “Others” on Humanity, Values, Sanskars …

But who actually would be a true humanitarian?

It would be one who practises what he preaches or may be the one just acts out of his sanskars and chooses to not talk or discuss  his humanity, spiritual or religious acts at all!

Like they said in the earlier times,

When you do any act of humanity of charity; it should be so discreet that your left hand  is  not aware of the fact that  your right hand has done some noble deed!!

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“Gam Ka Pyala”..The Cup Of Sorrow

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SHER (Lines) IN HINDI :  

“Gam Ka Pyala” –  Cup Of Sorrow

(a few lines  for the unlucky in love)

रहे मुस्कान सदा तेरे चहेरे पर  (Let a smile be there always on your face)

पिए जा गम का प्याला प्यार की सौगात समझ कर.(As gift of love,continue to drink from the cup of sorrow)

बसा ले अपने प्यार की याद अपने सीने मैं, (Make your heart a home in memory of your love)

दर्दे मुहब्बत का बसेरा बना कर. (As a nest for your love memories)

बहाना ना ये अनमोल अश्क फिर कभी, (But never shed these very precious tears again for any human)

ना दे सकेंगे ये जालिम कभी इनका मोल, (The outer world will never understand the true value of them)

सारा जहांन बेच कर (Even if they try selling the world they will never be able to repay for your precious tears, )

Tears are precious, not worth shedding on any human. Let them drop in overflowing joy of the divine

Tears are precious, not worth shedding on any human. Let them overflow only in Joy of the Divine

When in the deepest of meditations you experience the Divine Flow; the overflowing that happens then is worth shedding, as God always holds precious His bhakts love and devotion for Him. He extends His hand and wipes those tears which are shed in His love and Bhakti, giving incredible Joy and Peace. No human and no worldly object is worth those few moments with the Divine!

[I have roughly tried to translate the meaning in English, sadly the translation does not manage to bring out the correct meaning]

Jai Shreeji !!

Natures sorrow

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We take, take, take…then we…destroy, destroy, destroy

 

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 Nature gives without reserve. Humans cause immense destruction to the very sources that help sustain our lives and our planet.

 

 

[I took this picture of a dew drop just as it was about to drop, on a cold winter morning]

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Divine ShreeNathji

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….  FOR MY DEAREST DIVINE SHREENATHJI

Some words in love for my ShreeNathji – my ShreeRadhaKrishn;

with whose blessings and grace;

in whose Bhao and Mahabhao I have realized my divine nature; my reality

ShreeNathji

“YOU are the dawn of everyday to me, the Hope that sees me through,

The Light that guides the way for me, the Love that’s always true –

YOU are the Joy that fills the heart in me

The BLISS that completes the dreams in me.

YOU are the reason for my tomorrows

YOU are the reason for today

YOU are the reason for my life’s living

YOU are the reason for my soul’s shinning.

YOUR love, friendship, grace

Has shown a new dimension –

I had never thought

I’d attain such contentment.

I want to be possessed by YOU.

I want to belong to YOU.

In my deepest thoughts

I want to hold on to “YOU”.

In total surrender and Bhakti

I offer my total to “YOU”.

Shreeji

 

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Swami Vivekanand-Duty of the Householder

The life of every individual, according to the Hindu scriptures, has its peculiar duties apart from what belongs in common to universal humanity.

The Hindu begins his life as a student; then he marries and becomes a householder; in old age he retires and lastly he gives up the world and become a Sanyasin.

I am pleasantly surprised to read Swami Vivekanand’s rules on how a wife should be treated by the householder.
Surprised, because in today’s world, I’ve come across several Sadhus, Sants, and Religious leaders, who form rules upon rules of how a woman and a wife should behave and do her duties dutifully without any questions. None of them ever even mention of how the man, the husband and father should be completing his duties.
This particular paragraph is taken from the book, “Complete book of yoga”, page 29-32

The duties of the householder, according to Swami Vivekanand;

Knowing that the mother and father are the visible representatives of God, the householder must please them. Before them he must bow down, not show anger, and stand up in their presence.

… If the householder has food, drink, clothes without first seeing that his parents, his children, his wife, and the poor are supplied, he is committing a sin. The parents are the causes for this body, so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do them good.

Even so his duty to his wife; no man should scold his wife, and even in the greatest difficulties and troubles he must not show anger to his wife.The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love, faith, and words like nectar, and never do anything to disturb her.
He who thinks of another woman besides his wife, if he touches her even with his mind, that man goes to dark hell.

Before women he must not talk improper language, and never brag of his powers.
The householder must speak the truth and speak gently.

The householder is the basis, the prop of the whole society; he is the principal earner. The poor, the weak, the children, and the women who do not wok – all live upon the householder; so there must be certain duties he has to perform. He must struggle hard to acquire, first knowledge and then wealth. It is his duty; and if he does not struggle to get wealth, he is immoral. If he is lazy and content to lead an idle life, he is immoral, because upon him depend hundreds. This wealth is for distribution
He, by digging tanks, by planting trees, by establishing rest houses for men and animals, by making roads, building bridges goes towards the same goal as the greatest Yogi…

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekanand is very well known all over the world. If interested, details on him can be read on:
http://www.belurmath.org/swamivivekananda.htm

Forgiveness

One of the magic keys to stepping up fast in spirituality, is to be able to forgive all, as forgiveness grants peace,

which in turn  brings joy, which ultimately helps in reducing the clutter of negativity in our minds.

This happens because we are always trying to blame the other people out there for all that goes wrong in our world.

This forms a very unnecessary cycle of finger pointing and revenge amongst people around us.

But, try it and see, that as soon as you begin to take responsibility for your life experiences,

you will become aware of your thoughts and be able to forgive all those “Others”;

And in return receive “Peace” and hence “Joy” for yourself

…abha shahra

 

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(Image is copyrighted)

Jai Shreeji!!

Sparrows in Mud Bath

I have always seen sparrows digging in the ground at my home in Bombay. Ive wondered why they do it.

Here are a few pictures of this interesting action from the playground of my Bombay home.

Sparrows enjoying a mud bath

Sparrows enjoying a mud bath

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Sparrows also enjoy the mud bath in water

Sparrows also enjoy the mud bath in water

lovely sparrows, which are now, sadly diminishing in numbers in all cities

Lovely sparrows, which are now, sadly diminishing in numbers in all cities

I found the explanation in these two websites, which I’m putting here for reference.

This explanation is taken from the website: (Outside My Window: A Bird Blog with Kate St. John)

House sparrows prefer very fine dust and will flap up a storm when they find a patch of it.  They dig a hollow with their feet, push their bellies into the dust and toss it under their wings and over their backs as if it was water.  Their goal is to get the dust into their feathers and all the way down to their skin.  When they’re suitably coated they shake off the dust and preen it away until their feathers are in good condition again.

Why go to this trouble?  Dust smothers skin and feather parasites and absorbs excess oil that’s removed as the dust is preened away.  Did you know you can clean your hair using powder?  It’s the same idea.

House sparrows take dust baths even when water is available.  Maybe the first house sparrow came from a desert climate.  After all, their Paleolithic fossils have been found in Ouum-Qatafa Cave in Israel.  If they can clean with dust and save water for drinking, why not?

.” http://bird-habitats.suite101.com/articl…

“For birds that take dust baths, the activity is important for feather maintenance. The dust soaks up excess moisture and oil and probably helps to remove tiny parasites that live on feathers. It’s thought that dust also sooths irritated skin and discourages skin parasites that infest birds. Taking a dust bath may even help birds cool down on hot days

Jai Shreeji!!

ShreeNathji-Mahaprabhuji Chati 33rd Baithak at Champarayan

Here are some pictures displayed from the 33rd Baithak of Mahaprabhuji, located at Champarayan, 60 km away from Raipur in Madhya Pradesh.

This is known as the Chati Baithak.

There are pictures of the Sarvottam Van also, which is located close to the two Baithaks at Champarayan

                                                                      Champaran-Chati Baithak-No 33

 

On the sixth day after his birth, the  birth ceremonies of Shri Vallabhacharya took place here.

Hence known as Chati Baithak.

This is close to the Prakatya Baithakji.

Gaadi Sewa at the Baithak

Gaadi Sewa at the Baithak

Chati Baithakji , means that the pujan which was done on sixth day after birth was held here

Complete view of the mandir

Surrounding of the Baithakji, a lovely Tulsi Pot painted beautifully

Surrounding of the Baithakji, a lovely Tulsi Pot

Details of the various manoraths, timings of the mandir

Details of the various manoraths, timings of the mandir

A very old Krishn painting on one of the walls

A very old Krishn painting on one of the walls

There is a Yagya shala at Champaryana, where Mahaprabhuji’s father had performed Yagnas.

Distant view of the newly constructed Yagyashala

Distant view of the newly constructed Yagyashala

Closer view

Closer view

The actual spot of the yagya. It is now covered with water, the water is also in a very bad condition and bhakts are warned not to touch this water

The actual spot of the yagya kund. It is now covered with water, the water is also in a very bad condition and bhakts are warned not to drink this water

Sarvottam Sutra Van

It is also known as the Raas Leela Van.

It is spread in 16 acres.

You can also visit Sarvottam Sutra Van, Its a Museum where Paintings depicting the life of Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya are kept.

Also there is a sort of jungle attached to it, where some sacred trees yet survive. the guide there will take you on a tour.

Sarvottam Van

The museum building where one can see paintings depicting Mahaprabhuji's life along with all the Baithaks chitra

The museum building where one can see paintings depicting Mahaprabhuji’s life along with all the Baithaks chitra

At the Radha krishn tree.

At the Radha krishn tree.

A Hawan place built in the Van

A Hawan place built in the Van.Shri Gusainji also did Pujan here.Mahadev, various Rishi-Muni all did Jaap here

A very old sacred tree

A very old sacred tree

Champarayan forests are filled with several variety of snakes. This ia one of the snake holes I found

Champarayan forests are filled with several variety of snakes. This is one of the snake holes I found

All these trees have a Shila on them, representing the Sutras

All these trees have a Shila on them, representing the Sutras. various Rishis did their meditations in this area

ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn

ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn

Jai Shreeji

 Baithaks in Pushtimarg religion are holy places where Shri Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushtimarg, narrated the Holy Bhagvad Katha. They are total 84 in number and spread all over the country.

Mahaprabhuji had circled the whole of India three times and done sthapna of these various Baithaks.

Each Baithak has its own particular Charitr (description).

Baithaks are holy places where there is no Idol or Chitra (Picture); seva is done of Gaddi (Seating).

Mahaprabhuji, Shri Vallabhacharya was born in the VS 1535 or AD1478.

It was on Vaishak Vad Giyaras (11th) in Vikram Samvat 1535, or AD 1478; in Satbhisha Nakshatra on a Thursday; during the Abhijit mahurat, 12.40-1.00 in the afternoon; when ShreeNathji’s Lotus Face Appeared from Govardhan to give His divya Darshan to the lucky people of the village; According to Shree Krishn’s desire, on the same day but in the Abhijit mahurat, 12.40-1.00 at night, Shree Vallabhacharya also appeared at Champaran in a ring of fire.

(Details of Shri Vallabhacharya life and teachings,can be read on my website:  http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org

Details on the Baithaks can be read on website: http://www.vallabhkankroli.org/