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Karma, Faith and Service

I saw an interesting play of Karma today. I wasn’t sure, but one friend asked if I would come to Ashram, and so I thought may be yes I will go. Another of my friends asked if I could pick up some vegetables and go with her to Ashram. I said if it didn’t rain, I would go, as I didn’t want to get wet. Though I wished I could have gone early with her.

Now, I started for Ashram at about 7:30 from Koramangala. 

It drizzled. Bike’s petrol got over. Dragged it for half a kilometer.

Gave lift to a person for one km. 

Satsang was amazing- just a glimpse of the Master is so wonderful. Guruji tuned up Hari Narayana song in a different way today.

Then gave lift to another friend. 

When I dropped him at one location, little before his destination, I saw one girl standing with atleast 5 bags of vegetables in her hands. She was very beautiful, had bright face, shining sparkle in eyes and wore wonderful kumkum.

India-portrait-girl-dhanjiI asked her,” बहनजी, क्या में आपको कहीं छोड़ सकता हूँ ?” She was hesitant, but cheerful. She said , “no, I will take an auto.” But she wasn’t getting an auto for quite some time, and it was somewhere around 10pm already, so I suggested, “see you are carrying so many things, I can leave you to your home.” I was polite and had total honor for her. So she agreed. I asked her if she was comfortable. I left her at her home. We just exchanged our names. And left.

I want my country to be a place where there is no fear. There is lot of faith, and people readily available for service. May this whole world be so.

So, in conclusion, though I wished not to get wet, wasn’t sure of Ashram trip, didn’t say yes for carrying vegetables with a friend to Ashram:- I did get wet, went to Ashram, and did give lift to a girl carrying vegetables! 

It is said in Karma that most of the events you are destined to go through, you will go through- your actions can only alter them little bit. e.g. if you are supposed to be struck by an arrow, you will be struck by an arrow, but instead of head, it can carry away your cap- if you live good life.

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Sri Sri Ayurveda Products

I have so many of them! They deserved a post!

Sri Sri Ayurveda Products
Sri Sri Ayurveda Products

They are all so natural,pure, healthy and quality products. Here is an intro left to right:

Anti Dandruf Shampoo, Hair Oil(Bhringaraj and Brahmi – you will feel so cool on head, and after sometime you can even taste it in the tongue- as if it has passed down the porous head!),Bhringamalakadi Taila(for stopping hair loss, and to keep hair black), Skin care oil(very useful for dry skin), Cucumber face wash, Shower gel(Aloe Vera- You shouldn’t always soap your body, use water bath or gel sometimes, it preserves certain scales on the skin),Vanilla and honey cleansing milk, Invigorating Scalp cleanser shampoo, Almond and Honey Soap. 

I think Sumeru should pay me for advertising! haha! Never mind, I really like and enjoy using their dozen+ products.

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Madness or Sheer Brilliance

I just love this scene from Pirates of Carribean part 1:- the curse of black pearl. Jack and Will need a ship to get back Will’s proposed gf, who has been kidnapped. Now of course, they will take one of the ships that are already floating around, in a pirate’s way!To avoid being sighted by the soldiers, Jack and Will get down under a boat that is lying upside down on the seashore. Soon the boat enters the water, and they start walking with its cover, AT THE BOTTOM of the sea!! They do so till they reach the Big Ship that they want to “borrow withouth permission!”

Will:- This is either madness or sheer Brilliance

Captain Sparrow:- Its strange how often these two traits coincide!! 🙂

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Tirupati memories – 6

vishnu_sheshnag_zu95smIn the ground town of Tirupati, there is a temple of same deity in a sleeping posture. The deity is a form of Vishnu, the lord of maintenance of 14 worlds. So is it that the lord has got tired of maintaining all the worlds and got to rest for a while!? 🙂 You would also notice the sleeping Buddha. What does it indicate? God is governing this world so effortlessly, as if in sleep! He hardly needs to do anything. It has been all put on the “auto” mode… 🙂 Like a computerized company. It is not even visible, its all unseen, yet difficult to hide! 

And Aadishesha, a serpent of several heads is covering the lord Vishnu. Means – snake is very alert always. Like that the lord of maintenance is full of awareness, vigilant. And Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth serves the lord of maintenance. Means what- money is needed to maintain the state, do respectfully use it.

Padmavati devi’s temple is near Tirupati. The prasad there was so fulfilling – can’t describe it. The same curd-rice couldn’t have been sweeter and tastier.

There is a natural zoo, a rock-garden, a temple on top of hills – Vishnu Pada, KalaHasti, Ganga Bhavani, Papavinashanam and a Hanuman Temple.  The whole place is worthy of a 4-5 days of darshan. That’s what distinguishes a pilgrim from a tourist. A tourist is there to see things, a pilgrim closes his eyes on what he sees and reposes within.

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Tirupati memories – 5

Tirupati-PadmavatiThere is a very interesting story about the deity in Varah Purana. It is pictorially depicted in the series of blogs here. If you listen to stories from Purana, you would be perplexed! And that is the purpose of puranas- they enchant the mind with the stories, and deliver a hidden message of universal human values. They serve for children as well as adults. Indian Spirituality has everything that you want – it speaks of Advaita – the non-dual omnipresent single consciousness, and also the play and display of this consciousness, in many forms and names. Here the Gods and Godesses are children, they grow, marry, live and bless – just like human beings, indicating that inside every human being there is God. Otherwise, for a common man, its so un-connected to think of God as an abstract entity that is substratum of the world. It also strengthens the social systems like marriage – which are so much on the verge of breaking down in western countries. The Gods and Godesses exemplify the ideal human life.

The stories of Purana are however different from the Itihasa- the history scriptures in India.Ramayana and Mahabharata are two main history scriptures in India. Itihasa means “this is how it happened”, in Samskrit. See Bharath Gyan website and their book Triple Eclipse of 2009 for more details.  By the way this book on Triple Eclipse of 2009 engaged me a lot, throughout the journey to and back from Tirupati. It told me of so many unknown facts in such a comprehensive manner.

There is a nice water reservoir – cool water to wash your feet in.

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Tirupati memories – 4

pilgrim1Well, hair is an endangered quantity on my head, so I didn’t quite offer my hair, though I partially wished to. If I didn’t have the hair loss problem, I would have offered. I have heard that even a normal person has some hair loss, and those hair replenish. However, when some type of hair that are raised only once in  a lifetime, are lost, they don’t replenish again. I was concerned of this type, and didn’t offer. But many pilgrims do. In fact most of them. Even ladies. It is said as an indication of offering your Ego. Offering the beauty. I somehow didn’t quite agree to the idea, especially for the ladies, but its their choice and expression of devotion. What I would say is that, instead of removing the beauty from you,  feel that the beauty has been given by the God, and that its not mine.

In fact its the devotion of these people – common people in villages, cities that I noticed strongly. They are very innocent. They have faith – and it is their only saviour. They happily sing – “Govinda, Govinda, Go—vinda!” and stand in the queue for hours. For some of them, its a lifetime achievement to visit Tirupati. They may have sold their many savings to just reach there. For many of us reading this, its a weekend trip. They have the faith that they will be taken care off, which many with huge bank balance don’t have!

These are the people of my country. While I was traveling to Tirupati, I was looking at them. What could I do for them. Balaji is doing his job 24×7, uniting them, removing all their worries and differences, what can I do for them? Language is one problem. Adjusting to their habitat is other. Their problems are different. They don’t get stress and worries I believe – in fact they may have much empty minds – not clogged by the multimedia experiences of city life, living with nature more often.

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Tirupati memories – 3

There is an alleged activity being carried out by Christian missionaries on and near the Tirupati town – Tirumala hills region. Of course, why not, as they get so many people who are not so well educated, as prey for their conversion agenda. Some news articles for your reference. Protests against pamplet distribution, Tirupati declaration by Swamis, Biased actions of Andhrapradesh CM, Overall mismanagement of donations to temples. Since I knew these matters, I was very happy to see that they have now come up with stricter rules, and I saw a written notice that said,”Under  — and —  laws, Any practice of any religion other than Hinduism and any activity to promote any other religion is strictly prohibited.” 

tirupati-gate3The temple is known to be actively operational at least since 1300. There is a very wonderful  museum which can easily take your 3-4 hours. Though regular Pujas are happening from 1300 CE, there is a clear lineage of saints, their proficiency and works right from 700 CE {Modern Historians use CE for Common Era as the terminology instead of AD}. Is the reputation of Tirupati today, the work and honoring of those saints who lived then? They touched the hearts of the people and it is the practice of visiting Tirupati that has come to a peak today, through centuries of generations of people. The kings fondly cherished the temple activities, adored them with huge donations. Raja Krishnadev Rai is notably mentioned at many places. His wives are respectfully honored. Even Raja Todarmal who actually served in Akbar’s rule is depicted. Unlike his other family members, Akbar did not force conversion, and Raja Todarmal seems to have played a devout role in his visits and donations to the temple.