www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4782

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Digest #4782
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Spiritual by p_gopi_krishna

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Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:57 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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You are born in this vast universe. You are living in this wide world. So, you should have broad feelings. Man, living in this vast world, should not have narrow feelings. It is wrong to find faults in others. There may be faults in them. But do not see their faults, see their good qualities. Then the entire universe becomes one family. This is the spirit of 'brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God'. Such feelings promote universal brotherhood. Mamai Vamso Jeevaloke Jeevabhuta Sanatana (the eternal Atma in all beings is a part of My Being). The Divine is the source of the entire creation. He is the creation, the Creator and the director of the universe. Divinity is invisible. It cannot be understood. Recognise that you all are the reflections of the Divine. Then you will not hate anyone or feel jealous of anyone; you will be free from egotism. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:59 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

In The New World

by Dr. Sarat Chandra Behera




Swamiji emerged from the epochal All-India tour of 1950 as a distinguished messenger of the Sanatana Dharma. The Holy Master who had prophesied so often about the future importance of Chidananda to the modern world was happy to find the vindication of that faith. He could see that Swamiji was the fittest person to carry the eternal message of Bharatavarsha to the West. Among his disciples he was the most eminently suitable to convey his gospel of divine life to all corners of the world and be its chief exponent and example.




For himself, however, Swamiji had a very much different programme. He was gradually moving further and further away into a life of seclusion, trying to live all the time in a blissful state of superconsciousness in the solitude of the Himalayas. Thus in the summer of 1958 he proceeded with the Master's permission to Badri Narayan and stayed there for several months in inner silence. The temple was to be closed for winter and so Swamiji came down to the Ashram in December. But he still remained so much indrawn and retiring that Gurudev advised him to proceed to Uttarakashi and requested the Manager of Kalikamaliwala Kshetra to write to the Branch Manager of the organisation at Uttarakashi to provide suitable accommodations to Swamiji. This arrangement was made by Gurudev on the 31st December, 1958. But this was not to materialise. There was a dramatic change in the plans. Swami Radha who had organised the Sivananda Ashram at Vancouver in Canada visited Ananda Kutir in the meanwhile and prayed to Gurudev to ask one of his senior Sannyasi disciples to visit and stay at Vancouver Ashram for a period of three to four months in order to inspire and guide the seekers there. The Holy Master promised her to make the necessary arrangements and, therefore, revised his plan in respect of Swamiji and decided to send him to Vancouver, for he was the most accomplished and worthy ambassador of Divine Life. He knew that Canada or Uttarakashi should make no difference to Swamiji who had already attained the highest kind of spiritual knowledge and poise. Therefore, he called him to his side and asked him to proceed to Canada to preach the message of Yoga and Vedanta in the Western hemisphere. Swamiji humbly reminded the Master that arrangements had already been made for him to start for Uttarakashi But Gurudev merely said, "God's work is good." He thus reminded Swamiji that he was born to fulfil a great mission, to elevate humanity in the East and the West. Swamiji bowed down before the Master, murmuring to himself, "O Lord, Thy Will be done." Thus the disinterested Mahatma who had already made up his mind to give himself up to unbroken meditation in seclusion now agreed to embark on an extensive tour of Canada and North American Continent in obedience to the Will of God and Gurudev.




Swami Radha, however, fell seriously ill and could not make the necessary arrangements for his journey and he had to keep on biding his time in the Ashram in accordance with the desires of the Master. Mrs. Victoria Coanda, another devotee of Gurudev from Milwaukee, U.S.A., who also visited the Ashram had heard meanwhile that there was some likelihood of Swamiji's visit to Canada. She voluntarily sent the passage money and beseeched Gurudev to send Swamiji anyhow. So the Master advised Swamiji to accept the invitation of Mrs. Coanda and to proceed to the United States first and then to Canada. This was the providential arrangement by which Swamiji was led to the United States in place of Uttarakashi. With the barest possible minimum of personal articles and with the choicest blessings of Gurudev, Swamiji left the Ashram on 30th October, 1959. On the eve of his departure for the United States of America, Swamiji addressed a public meeting in New Delhi on 31st October at the Constitution Club Hall. Dealing with Swami Sivananda's message to the West he concluded vibrantly, "O man! Thou art essentially divine. Godliness is inherent in you. You are not of this earth, earthy. You are the spirit full of effulgence of the light of Satchidananda. That is your supreme source, your innermost substance and your glorious ultimate goal."




http://www.dlshq.org/saints/chida_newworld.htm http://www.dlshq.org/saints/chida_newworld.htm



Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:00 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

"Among the countless divine qualities that find their abode in the person of His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, perhaps the most unique are the blazing fire of renunciation and the equally warm quality of compassion. The spirit of renunciation did not stop in his case on the date he renounced the world (which means, his family and fortune) but the spirit of renunciation is natural to him, it is a daily and hourly fact of his life. Therefore he is totally free, unattached and untainted. He has toured round the world a number of times; he is worshipped by thousands and thousands all over the world; yet, he shines as a Mahatyagi, completely independent of all. But he is not 'aloof'. He has demonstrated in his own life that the spirit of renunciation need not, does not and should-not result in cool indifference or aloofness; on the contrary the spirit of renunciation becomes meaningless if compassion does not arise as the very radiance of that spirit." – Sri Swami Venkatesananda



Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

When the supreme soul is glorified, the small soul is purified




When we hear the Bhagavad-gita's recommendation to practice bhakti-yoga, which centers on glorifying the object of bhakti, Krishna, we may wonder, "What do we get by such glorification?"




We get purification and everlasting spiritual satisfaction thereof.




To understand how, let's begin with the spiritual fundamentals, as explained in the Bhagavad-gita. We are at our core souls, who are eternal and are meant to relish eternal happiness. To relish such happiness, we need to lovingly absorb ourselves in the supreme soul, Krishna, who is the source of everything attractive and is the reservoir of unlimited happiness.




The devoted love to glorify Krishna as a natural expression of their love for him, just as in any loving relationship, lovers love to praise their beloveds. However, because Krishna is all-pure and all-powerful, glorifying him is powerfully purifying even if we presently don't feel much affection for him. By glorifying him, we start relishing his glories more and more, thereby losing our craving for impure worldly pleasures.




What about people who glorify God for some material motive such as wealth or relief from distress? They may get their desired result, but it will be at best fleeting and ultimately unfulfilling. From their present piety, they will go through many lifetimes of spiritual evolution to rise till enlightenment (07.19).




What does enlightenment mean? It means to understand that Krishna is the embodiment and fulfillment of everything attractive that the human heart longs for. On understanding this, we become wholeheartedly devoted to him (10.08). When we are thus devoted, we delight in speaking, hearing and sharing Krishna's relishable glories (10.09). Thereby, we feel increasingly attracted towards Krishna and become increasingly detached from worldly pleasures. And these two results are the essence of purification.




Thus, when the supreme soul is glorified, the small soul is purified.




Think it over:




How is glorifying Krishna beneficial even when we don't have much affection for him?

What is the nature of the result of glorifying God for some material motive?

What is enlightenment?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-supreme-soul-is-glorified-the-small-soul-is-purified/ https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-supreme-soul-is-glorified-the-small-soul-is-purified/



Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:13 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Kala Bhairava: The Lord of Time




Kala Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva and is highly revered across the Indian subcontinent. He is depicted in an aggressive form with angry eyes shaped like lotus blossoms, blazing hair, tiger's teeth, snake coiled around his neck or crown, and an eerie garland of human skulls. Often terrifying, Kala Bhairava carries a trident, a drum and the severed fifth head of Brahma. The deity is blue throated from swallowing poison to save the world. Hence, he is considered to be the vanquisher of death. His third eye represents eternal supreme wisdom.




There are many interesting legends surrounding Kala Bhairava, one of the eight avatars of Lord Shiva. The origin of the mighty god is attributed to a tale in the Shiv Mahapurana, wherein Lord Brahma commands Lord Vishnu to worship him, as he is the creator of the universe. This angers Lord Shiva, who is incarnated as Kala Bhairava to punish him and beheads one of Brahma's five heads. Since then Brahma has four heads while Bhairava carries the fifth. But chopping off Brahma's head amounted to the killing of a Brahman. Consequently, Bhairava had to carry the gory head with him for 12 years. He wandered like a vagabond, till he was liberated of the sin. Usually the idol of Bhairava depicts him in this frightful form.




The name Bhairava itself is replete with deep meaning. The first syllable 'Bhai' means fear and also lustrous light. It is said to endow one with material wealth. 'Rava ' means echo. While 'Ra' casts off negativity and restricted consciousness, 'Va' keeps creating opportunities. In totality Bhairava denotes that by using fear we can attain 'aseem anand' or extreme delight.




Worshiped by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike, daily prayer offerings to Bhairava helps in achieving success, defeating enemies and attaining all materialistic comforts. He helps devotees fruitfully utilize their time in securing their goals. This is the reason why he is known as the Lord of Time. Wasting time in trivial pursuits can be diverted towards a constructive purpose, if one offers prayers and chants the name of Bhairava. He purifies souls with his sheer power and makes odds favorable for believers. Almost miraculously, one is at the right place at the right time for the best of opportunities.




Lord Bhairava is also known as 'Kotwal' or 'Kshetpalaka', the guardian of the temple. The keys to Shiva and Shakti temples are ceremonially submitted to Bhairava at closing time and received from him at the opening time in the morning. There is generally a shrine dedicated to him in the temple premise itself. He is also a guardian of the travelers and blesses those who visit on pilgrimage. The Siddhas state that before embarking on a journey, especially while travelling at night, one must light diyas (lamps) and garland Lord Bhairava with cashew nut wreaths. This assures protection and safety. For those abroad away from the blessed shores, the worship is equally important.




Despite being one of the most feared deities, he is essentially one of the most rewarding and protective gods. In tantric practices he is sacred as Batuk Bharav. Being a rudra, the Lord is said to be very knowledgeable in tantra-mantra.




Kala Bhairava is also famous for his dog vahana or vehicle. The dog is usually seated on one side, ready to taste the dripping blood from the executed Brahma head. Looking after and feeding dogs is thus considered to be another way of displaying devotion. Bhairava can bestow incredible blessings and the boon of auspicious time to devotees. According to myths, if one feeds hungry dogs with 'halwa puri' (sweet bread), then automatically all problems can be overcome.




People have always been worshiping Kala Bhairava from the days of yore. But according to the sacred texts the 60 years from the Chirtabhanu Year i.e. April 2002 to the next Chirtabhanu Year i.e. April 2062, is the most important time. The Ashtami after Poornima (the eighth day after full moon) is said to be the most ideal day for puja rituals. Practitioners celebrate Kala Bhairavashtami or Kala Bhairava Jayanti commemorating the day Kala Bhairava appeared on earth in the Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. There are elaborate ceremonies in the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva shrines in Kasi, Tiruvannamalai, Ujjain and others, which have special rites and sacraments on this day.




Bhairava




Kala Bhairava has 8 manifestations, namely Asithaanga Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Chanda Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Unmattha Bhairava, Kapaala Bhairava, Bheeshana Bhairava and Samhaara Bhairava. He also guards the 52 Shaktipeethas and hence there are said to be 52 forms of Bhairava across the sacred spots. Protecting Shakti is significant for everlasting peace amidst the scenarios of wrath, violence and animosity. Prayers to Lord Kala Bhairava as well as Sarabeswara and Amruta Mrityunjaya are necessary for this safeguarding.




From the Aghoris and Kapalika sect to Gorat Kashmiris, from Assamese tantric practitioners to the Gowdas of Karnataka, from worshippers in Kathmandu to those in Sri Lanka, across diverse communities Kala Bhairava is venerated. The Kashi (Benares) Bhairava is accorded much reverence. Hindu reformer Adi Sankara once wrote a beautiful hymn titled 'Kala Bhairav Ashtakam' in honor of the Kashi deity. In the rural milieu of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and others, he is believed to be the village protector. The villagers erect decorative statues of 'grama devata' at the village entrance.




The word Bhairava itself has considerable prominence in invocations. Chanting the three syllables 'bhai', 'ra' and 'va' is said to create a bounty of benefits. The sacred sound is said to be a reminder that each second is precious and that one should not procrastinate and disrespect time. Instead one must polish oneself by chanting and sharpen ones focus by chanting.




According to many gurus devotees must chant the syllables 8 times a day for a 1 minute each, anytime day or night. One can even chant the mantra more than 108 times or by writing 1008 or 10008 times for great outcomes and protection.




Thus, this fearful manifestation of Lord Shiva is believed to be one of the most protective powers blessing for humanity.





https://www.indiadivine.org/kala-bhairava-the-lord-of-time/



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