Mind is said to be of two kinds, the pure and the impure. That which is associated with the thought of desire is the impure, while that which is without desire is the pure.
To human beings, their mind alone is the cause of bondage or emancipation.
When a mind is freed from the desires for objects and controlled, it attains the reality of Atman then it is in the Supreme Seat.
Till the time desires perishes, the mind should be controlled. This is only true wisdom and meditation.
Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will, creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. It is the interplay between our experience and how we respond to it that makes karma devastating or helpfully invigorating. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other births. The several kinds of karma are: personal, family, community, national, global and universal. Ancient rishis perceived personal karma’s three-fold edict. The first is sanchita, the sum total of past karmas yet to be resolved. The second is prarabdha, that portion of sanchita to be experienced in this life. Kriyamana, the third type, is karma we are currently creating. The Vedas propound, “Here they say that a person consists of desires. And as is his desire, so is his will. As is his will, so is his deed. Whatever deed he does, that he will reap.”
Victory to Lord Hanuman, the ocean of wisdom and virtue. Victory to the Lord of monkeys who is well known in all the three worlds.
Just a beautiful picture of one of the greatest kirtaniyas of all time.
This is an eight verse prayer to Lord Shiva, in the form of the Lingam. It is a beautiful prayer for recitation and meditation.
brahmamurāri surārcita liṅgaṃ
nirmalabhāsita śobhita liṅgam |
janmaja duḥkha vināśaka liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 1 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honored by Brahma, Murari(krishna) and Indra, Which is adorned and resplendent by clear light, and Which destroys the grief born out of the birth.||1||
devamuni pravarārcita liṅgaṃ
kāmadahana karuṇākara liṅgam |
rāvaṇa darpa vināśana liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 2 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honored by demi-gods and the best sages, Which destroys the fear of Kamadeva or desires, Which is the abode of compassion, and Which destroyed the pride of the demon Ravana.||2||
sarva sugandha sulepita liṅgaṃ
buddhi vivardhana kāraṇa liṅgam |
siddha surāsura vandita liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 3 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is applied and covered by a fragrant paste, Which is the reason for the increment of wisdom in persons, and Which has been extolled by siddha, demi-gods and demons alike.||3||
kanaka mahāmaṇi bhūṣita liṅgaṃ
phaṇipati veṣṭita śobhita liṅgam |
dakṣa suyaṅña nināśana liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 4 ||
kuṅkuma candana lepita liṅgaṃ
paṅkaja hāra suśobhita liṅgam |
sañcita pāpa vināśana liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 5 ||
devagaṇārcita sevita liṅgaṃ
bhāvai-rbhaktibhireva ca liṅgam |
dinakara koṭi prabhākara liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 6 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honoured by demi-gods and the Gana of Siva, possessed with devotional emotions, and Which is resplendent with light like millions of sun.||6||
sarvasamudbhava kāraṇa liṅgam |
aṣṭadaridra vināśana liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 7 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is surrounded by flowers having eight-petals, Which is the reason behind the birth of everything, and Which destroys the eight types of poverty.||7||
suraguru suravara pūjita liṅgaṃ
suravana puṣpa sadārcita liṅgam |
parātparaṃ paramātmaka liṅgaṃ
tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 8 ||
I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is revered by demi-gods, preceptors and Indra, Which is offered wild-flowers, from forests, by the demi-gods, Which is beyond everything, and Which is like the Paramatman.||8||
liṅgāṣṭakamidaṃ puṇyaṃ yaḥ paṭheśśiva sannidhau |
śivalokamavāpnoti śivena saha modate ||
(Cr. to lingastakam.blogspot.com)
Tomorrow is Maha Shivratri, the Night of Lord Shiva. It last’s from 6pm to 6am and it is a great night to immerse oneself even deeper into the worship and meditation of Lord Shiv. You don’t have to be extravagant in your offerings, a prayer from the heart, with a calm and clear mind will suffice.
My family and I will be spending the night at the Mandir with the other members who we consider to be our extended family. We installed the new Lingam today after spending the entire day putting the finishing touches and decorating the housing structure we built around it. We’re going to be super busy but in the end it will all be worth it! We consider it a Blessing to be able to be a part of all of this and I’m so thankful for this opportunity.
I hope everyone has a Blessed night tomorrow and that you all take at leaset a moment during the 12 hour period to focus on the Divinity that is Bhagwan Sri Shiv.
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Durga (दुर्गा) “the invincible one” is the warrior goddess of protection.
She is depicted with multiple arms holding different weapons, each given to her by a different god during her creation. She rides upon a ferocious lion or tiger, which symbolizes power, will and determination. Durga appears as a radiant beautiful woman to her devotees, but to her enemies she emanates a blinding light of fierce destruction.
To summon the protection of Durga chant her mantra: Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
The moment you become miserly you are closed to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing. The moment you start clinging to things, you have missed the target—you have missed. Because things are not the target, you, your innermost being, is the target—not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you; not much money, but a rich you; not many things, but an open being, available to millions of things.
During the exile of the Pandavas, Krishna visited them to enquire about their welfare. He spent a night with them. The Pandavas had to undergo untold suffering during their exile. As Draupadi was also with them, they would keep vigil in turns for one hour each, every night. Krishna also…