www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4723

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Digest #4723
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
1.2
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
1.3
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
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PARA TATVAM by swamypvap
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ADBHUTA  ESWARA by swamypvap
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TAT SAT by swamypvap
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IHAPARAMULU by swamypvap
7.1
Story by p_gopi_krishna
8.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
9.1
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Messages

Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:31 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

May we be secretly joyous in spite of all adverse circumstances, knowing that happiness is our birthright, our divine "buried treasure". Guide us to find in the soul the riches beyond the dreams of kings. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)



Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Q.3) What are some Sacred Places in Hinduism?




Harih Om. One of the truly wonderful things about 'Hinduism' (née Sanātana Dharma) is its diversity and pluralism in worship, rituals, and names/forms in which to invoke Īśvara.




For a Śaiva (Śiva devotee), you have the 12 Jyotirlingas.

For a Vaiśnava (Viṣṇu devotee), the 108 Divya Deśams.

For a Gāṇapatya (Gaṇeśa devotee), the Aṣṭavināyakas

For a Śākta, the 108 Śakti pīṭhams

… and so on.




Each of these can be looked up online. Yet, we must remember that these are just the well-known ones.




A step further, every vigraḥ/mūrtī in all mandirs are installed with a process called prāṇa pratiṣṭhā, wherein, bhagavān is established in and manifests through the mūrti itself. Therefore, what was once a mere sculpture is now transformed into sākśāt bhagavān, and is fit for performing pūjās, ārādhanās, abhiśekams etc. Therefore, every mandir, from the most famous pīṭhams to the local one down the street is equally auspicious




Going even one more step further, for a Hindu who has inculcated a grander/fuller vision of Īśvara, bhagavān is the upādāna kāraṇa (the material cause) of this jagat (world), and therefore there is nothing separate from bhagavān. From the farthest reaches of the most distant galaxies and multitudes of universes that might exist, to the tiniest of particles, it is all bhagavān. This is why our ancients looked upon nature and the elements worshipfully. To drive the point home, there are 5 Śiva mandirs called the Pancha Bhūta stalam, wherein Śiva is worshipped in the form of (from most tangible to subtle) Prithvī (in Kanchipūram), Āpaḥ (in Trichy), Agni (in Thiruvannamalai), Vāyu (in Kalahasti), and Ākāśa (in Chidambaram). A reminder that everything that makes the world up is itself a derivative of īśvara as the material cause. So there you have it, by all means make every effort to visit these destinations, but also remember that there is never a time or place bhagavān is distant from oneself :)




Iśvaro gurur ātmeti mūrti bheda vibhāgine

Vyoma vad vyāpta dehāya dakṣināmūrtaya namaḥ!




https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-sacred-places-in-Hinduism/answer/Prashant-Parikh-1




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Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:

swamypvap

Mayamayam Idam Akhilam means that
Idam(This) refers to Iham/Samsaram and Iham/Samsaram/Lokam is unreal
TatSat means Param(That) is Sat and Ekam and Nityam(real)
Para Siddi is Poorna Siddi.
TatTvam means You are That Param and Sat and Ekam and Nityam.
Para Tatvam means you are that Atma Swarupam and Amruta Swarupam and Ananda Swarupam

Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:

swamypvap

Oh Eswara !
Why do you do always Dhyanam ?
You are Dhyana Gamyam
Why do you need Nandi as Vaahanam ?
You are Sarva Vyapakam. As such there is no place left to move.
Why do you want Abhishekam(Snanam)?
You are holding Ganga Jalam on head
Why do want Phalam as Nivedyam?
You are Sarva Phala Pradaayakam. As such you are holder of all Phalamulu.
Why do you need a Aalayam(house)?
You are Sakala Bhuta Adivaasam
Why do you stay in the coldest mountain Himaalaaya that too as Digambaram (without clothes) and wearing cold snakes?
Please stay in my heart because it is hot due to blood pressure due to so many Chintalu (tensions) in mind. You can be Digambaram conveniently because it is covered by Sareeram(body). You can also wear snakes conveniently as I would not be scared of any snake bite once you are in my heart as you are Amrutam (immortal).

Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:34 am (PDT) . Posted by:

swamypvap

What is Parama Artham?
Parama Artham (Absolute knowledge) is Tat(That) is Sat(Ekam and Nityam) .
What does Parma Artham give?
Parama Artham enlightens us to realize Tat Sat(You are That).
The above logic leads to the conclusion that if one can see Eswara/Atma in other beings,then he realizes Self/Atma/Eswara.
Thus Absolute knowledge displays the ledger to know/find out Eswara(Absolute) is the holder of all the Accounts/Sarva Bhutamulu(beings)

Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:34 am (PDT) . Posted by:

swamypvap

Param(Adhyaatmikam) is diametrically opposite to Iham(Laukikam).
In case if Iham, we look for meaning of a word in a dictionary when we come across a word for which meaning is not known to us. In case of Param, we have to acquire Parma Artham through Nityaanitya Vastu Vichaaram under the blessings of a Sat Guru to reach Parama Padam (ultimate destination) because Sabdam (word) signifies Jagath Pita Eswara and its Artham signifies Jagath Mata Eswari..
Mata Eswari as Veda Mata is Parma Artha Pradaayini. Mata is Omkaara Beejaakshari.Eswara is Omkaara Moolam Mata is Veda Swarupini. Eswara is Veda Moolam.Thus Mata is Eswara Kari.
In case of Iham we have to invent new technologies so as to produce many new electronic gadgets in order to make our life easier day by day. In case of Param we have to hold a weapon in the form of a back end (24*7) running program in mind namely Nethi(Not This) to delete all the existing temporary objects(Anitya Vastuvulu) to reach Tat(That) Sat(Ekam and Nityam).

Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:51 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Be Happy and contended with what you have.




Once upon a time a young man named Tarun married a young woman named Nidhi.. At first they were very happy, and when they gave birth to a son, their joy overflowed.




However, their joy soon turned to anxiety, as they hoped to give their son all they could, and they worried that they would never have enough to provide the kind of life they wanted their child to have.




"Our cucumbers are not as large as our neighbors' cucumbers," Nidhi said as she worked in the garden. "We barely have enough to eat, and all of our vegetables are so small."




She began to prepare meals of leftovers only. "Don't finish all the food," she cautioned Tarun. "If we eat all we have, we may not have enough in the future."




Tarun started to save, and he stopped inviting friends to visit. "If they come, they may drink all our tea," Tarun said.




They did visit others' homes, and there they ate greedily. When they returned home they looked at their meager belongings and despaired.




"We don't have as much as others have," Nidhi complained. Tarun agreed, and the couple became even more frugal. Soon everyone understood that in this little house there lived the most miserly people in the village, and no one ever stopped by to visit.




Then one beautiful spring morning Tarun heard a knock on their door. "Who could that be?" he asked his wife.




She shrugged. "We'd better look," she said, and they opened the door and saw a poor holy man in tattered clothes, his face gray with hunger.




"Excuse me," he said, "but this bright sun hurts my eyes, and I am so tired. I could use a comfortable house in which to rest, and yours looked inviting."




Then he simply stepped inside, and his face lighted up. "You have saved my life by inviting me in. You are most generous."




Tarun began to panic. What if all the dust and dirt on the man's skin and clothes soiled their home? Imagine the cost of soap they would need to clean! And what if he asked for water to drink?




Tarun looked at the man. "We have so little here, I hope ..." but before he could finish, the holy man said, "I am glad you have enough to share." At that moment Nidhi walked into the room.




"What are we sharing?" she asked, alarmed.




"Ah," the holy man smiled, "it is hard in these times to find people like you who are kind. I am so grateful, and now since you are so generous, I'd love something to eat. After that I'll take a nap on your floor, and then I shall leave."




Nidhi and Tarun exchanged a look. The holy man seemed to take their generosity for granted, and they could say nothing as he lay his coat upon their best rug. Nidhi could see the dirt drifting over her furniture and floor.




"Will the meal be ready soon?" the holy man asked, and for some reason Nidhi simply walked into the kitchen and started preparing a meal. To her amazement, she found many cucumbers and tomatoes to chop, and then she cooked a big pot of rice, and on a tray she placed bowls of chutney and curry.




Tarun watched in astonishment as Nidhi carried the tray with these savory dishes into the room and served the holy man.




"You are a wonderful cook," the holy man said, "and I am so pleased by your kindness, I would like to grant you three wishes. Anything at all."




Nidhi gasped, and Tarun gave a little cry of joy. At long last their dreams would come true. "Thank you!" Tarun said. "I shall let my wife have the first wish."




Nidhi's glance fell upon her garden, and she thought of her little cucumbers and tiny tomatoes. "I wish everything I touch would become long and large and delicious," she said breathlessly.




"So it is done," the holy man said, and Nidhi ran out into the garden and placed her hand upon her cucumbers. Instantly they grew longer and larger than any cucumbers she'd ever seen.




Then she touched the tomatoes, and they swelled up, so fat and ripe and red that they nearly burst.




"I wish that everything I touch would turn to gold," cried Tarun, who had followed Nidhi into the garden.




"So it is done," said the holy man. Tarun ran back inside and touched a broken water jug. Instantly it turned to gold.




Just at that moment their son began to cry out from his cradle. Naturally they rushed into his room to comfort him, and Nidhi reached out to lift him into her arms, but as she did, her finger brushed his little nose, and that nose began to grow, and grow and grow. "No!" Nidhi cried, but too late she understood her error, and though Tarun longed to comfort his son, he realized with horror that he could never touch his child again.




The holy man stepped forward. "Allow me," he said, and he lifted the boy out of his cradle and held him close, so that the child stopped crying. "Now," the holy man said, "do you have a third wish?"




"We do," Tarun and Nidhi said together. "We wish our first two wishes to be taken away."




"So it is done," said the holy man. The parents, now recovered from their greed, reached out to hold their beloved child. The moment he was in their arms, his nose returned to normal, and the holy man vanished.




From that day on Tarun and Nidhi were no longer misers, for they understood they already had the most precious gift of all, a child whom they loved. They realized that friendship and generosity meant more for their child's happiness than mere possessions.




Be happy and contended with what you have.





cnu pne <srinivasan.ms2000@gmail.com>



Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:55 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Ancient sages who experienced the fragrance of the Divine searched for the form. They sought Him in forests and bushes. They had renounced everything and made a lot of sacrifices, still they could not find the source. Some even gave up midway, being satisfied with the fragrance that they had experienced. But others, with relentless determination, were able to find the flower eventually. There were yet others who could not experience the fragrance itself due to 'severe cold', and were termed atheists. Even though they had the nose they could not experience the fragrance of divine Bliss; they indeed are the unfortunate ones. But those who were able to experience this bliss exclaimed in ecstasy, "Vedahametham Purusham Mahantam (We have realised the Supreme Personality of the Godhead)." How is one to realise this? In every human being, the bliss or Ananda emanates from the heart, just as fragrance from a flower. The heart truly is complete and full.



Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:01 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Fear not the loss of sensual pleasure – fear the loss of spiritual pleasure




We don't like to lose things. If a choice entails some loss, we recoil from it. Such recoiling can make us miss out on choices that involve initial losses but lead to eventual gains.




When exploring spiritual life, we often fear that we will lose sensual pleasure because we will have to give up the material things we are attached to. That fear de-energizes us in our spiritual practices and deprives us of spiritual pleasure, which is our eternal birthright.




Gita wisdom explains that we are spiritual beings, parts of the ultimate reality, the all-attractive person, Krishna. We are meant to relish immortal joy in a loving relationship with him. Presently, our material attachments divert us from loving Krishna and experiencing his love for us. By practicing bhakti-yoga, we can redirect our attachments from the world to Krishna. In the initial stages of this redirection, we need to discipline ourselves by regulating worldly indulgences – and that discipline seems like poison. But once we become purified and start relishing Krishna's attractiveness, spiritual life becomes like nectar, an immortal nectar. Initially like poison, ultimately like nectar – that is the nature of enlightened pleasures (Bhagavad-gita 18.37).




In contrast, sensual pleasures are like nectar initially, but like poison eventually (18.38). Why like poison? Because pursuing those pleasures keeps us in material consciousness wherein we suffer old age and disease, and ultimately lose everything at death. Moreover, because we neglect our spiritual practices due to being materially infatuated, we lose spiritual happiness too. To continue transmigrating in various species in material existence – that is fearful indeed.




With scripturally-guided intelligence, we realize that losing spiritual pleasure is far more disastrous than losing sensual pleasure. Thus illumined, we channel the fear of loss so that it strengthens our spiritual resolve instead of weakening it.




Think it over:




How does the fear of losing sensual pleasure affect our spiritual life?

Why does spiritual life seem like poison initially?

Why is losing spiritual pleasure more fearful than losing sensual pleasure?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/fear-not-the-loss-of-sensual-pleasure-fear-the-loss-of-spiritual-pleasure/ https://www.gitadaily.com/fear-not-the-loss-of-sensual-pleasure-fear-the-loss-of-spiritual-pleasure/



Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:22 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

swamypvap

What is Sat ?
Sat is Param/Tat(That).
What is Tat ?
Tat Purushaya Vidmahe MahaDevaya Dhimahe Tanno Prchodayath.
So Tat means Eswara.
Tat Tvam Asi(You are That).
So Tat also means Tvam(You).
What is Sat Sangam?
Sat Sangam is a confluence (Samagamam) of Hrudayam (mind) and Eswara
Sat Sangam means Eswara Samkalpam(joining together) that is union of Hrudayam and Eswara.
So Sat Sangam means meeting of Hrudaya Bhaava Pravaaham with Eswara(Tat/Sat/Ekam/Nityam)
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