Re: [racchabanda] దీపావళి శుభాకాంక్షలు!

 

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On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:36 PM Srini Nagul srini_nagul@yahoo.com [racchabanda] <racchabanda@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


ఆ. చిన్న దివ్వె కూడ చీకట్లు తొలగించి
   నిలిచి నంత మేర వెలుగులిచ్చు
   ఇచ్చు గాక కాంతి యిలను దీపావళి
   ఎదల ప్రమిదలందు ఇళ్ళ యందు!
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    _శ్రీనివాస్ 



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[racchabanda] దీపావళి శుభాకాంక్షలు!

 

ఆ. చిన్న దివ్వె కూడ చీకట్లు తొలగించి
   నిలిచి నంత మేర వెలుగులిచ్చు
   ఇచ్చు గాక కాంతి యిలను దీపావళి
   ఎదల ప్రమిదలందు ఇళ్ళ యందు!
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    _శ్రీనివాస్ 

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[racchabanda] రచ్చబండ కవితలు

 


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Mon Nov 5, 2018 12:32 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Vontimitta – Spectacular Temple of Kodanda Rama




Vontimitta Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple is a 500 year old temple dedicated to Lord Rama in Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh state. It is stated to be the largest temple in the region. It is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Kadapa.




The temple and its adjoining buildings are one of the centrally protected monuments of national importance.




The place is believed to have got its name from Vontudu and Mittudu, two robbers who reformed and later turned into devotees of Lord Rama. The temple here was believed to have been built by these two, After construction of this wonderful temple with 32 pillars, both devotees sacrificed their lives and transformed into statues. These statues can be seen even today as soon as you enter the temple.




It is believed that Jambavatha (the bear king who helped Lord Rama in his mission to Lanka) placed the Lord Rama deity in this temple Garbhagudi. The deities consists of Lord Sri Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana engraved on a single rock.




Another interesting fact about Vontimitta Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple is that it is one of the few temples, where the deity of Sri Rama is without Lord Anjaneya Swamy at his side. By the time that this temple was built, Lord Rama did not meet Hanuman hence we do not see here a Hanuman deity along with Lord Rama. There is separate Anjaneya temple constructed later in the temple premises.




Vontimitta has a high importance as the place where the Kishkinda Khanda, one of the seven khandas of Ramayana happened. A famous French traveller named Tavernier, had visited this abode in 1652 and described the temple as one of the most exquisite temples in India. He was astonished by the devotion and dedication of the people here towards the Lord.




According to Legend, Rama, Lakshmana and Sita spent some time here in the forest during the period of their exile. Once to quench the thirst of Sita, Rama shot an arrow deep into the earth, upon which sweet water gushed out. Later, with this perennial water spring, two small tanks formed, named Rama Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.




Bammera Potana who lived in Vontimitta wrote his Maha Bhagavatham in Telugu language and dedicated it to Lord Rama. We can see his statue at the entrance of the garbhagruha.




In the 19th century a great person named Vavilakolanu Subba Rao has helped in renovating this temple. He is called locally as Andhra Valmiki (ancient saint who wrote epic Ramayana). He collected money and made many ornaments and deities of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. He translated Valmiki's Ramayana (the Hindu epic that narrates Rama's tale) into Telugu and spent his time here worshiping Lord Rama.




Though the Cholas started the construction of the temple, the architecture here is more or less in the traditional Vijayanagara style of a Sandhara order, which has a rectangular yard enclosed by walls. The temple itself is known for its architectural elegance, having 3 ornate Gopurams, one facing east, which is the entrance to the temple, the other 2 facing north and south. The central tower is built in 5 tiers and you have steps to approach this.




The mandapa or the Rangamantapam, the open-air theatre, has exquisite sculptures. The mandapa is supported by over 32 pillars. Each of the corner columns have three layers carved with images of apsaras and deities. In the central part of the mandapa, there are piers which are adorned with images of the mythical creature known as Yali. The roof of the central part is built up with many decorative brackets or corbels.




This is the only temple where the marriage event of Rama and Sita happens every year in the midnight, which is held outside of the temple. According to the ancient epics, the reason for this is as follows: The entire universe had witnessed the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita except for the Moon. So when the moon requested Lord Rama that he would like to watch Rama's marriage then Lord Rama fulfilled Moon's request. Hence it is done outside of the temple, in the midnight on a full moon day.




The state of Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Rama Navami, the birthday of Rama, was officially celebrated by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Bhadrachalam Temple, which went to Telangana. The Vontimitta Kodandarama Swamy Temple was chosen as the alternative venue of the official celebrations in 2015.




The most spectacular thing of this temple is that this is the only Rama temple in India where many Muslims offer prayers to Lord Rama.




It is believed that the reason for Muslims worshipping in this temple is as follows. There used to be an officer whose name is Imam Beq who worked for King Abdul Nabi Khan. Once this officer visited this temple and asked the devotees whether the god responds if one calls him by name? The people there said, "Yes, if we call with pure heart and devotion." Then the officer called thrice with the name of the god "Rama", and miraculously a response was heard thrice. From then that officer became a great devotee. This lead to Muslim offering prayers in this temple, which is a unique custom followed even now.





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Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:11 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Everyone is equal in God's eyes, but God is not equal in everyone's eyes
When we approach God we may have a concern, "Does God care equally for everyone?"
Krishna's benevolence towards even the demonic is seen in the Mahabharata when he personally goes to Duryodhana to seek peace on the most accommodating terms. However, when that evil-minded prince adamantly and arrogantly rejects the proposal, war becomes inevitable.

Even before the war, when Duryodhana and Arjuna both get a chance to approach Krishna, Krishna is ready to favor both of them. Their choices reveal their conceptions of Krishna. Whereas Arjuna eagerly chooses Krishna, Duryodhana equally eagerly chooses Krishna's army.
Everyone is equal in God's eyes, but God is not equal in everyone's eyes. That means that different people value God differently. Duryodhana considered Krishna, who had said he would be a non-combatant, to be inconsequential. In contrast, Arjuna knew that Krishna is the source of all good fortune, all good strength and all good power. Thus, he chose Krishna.
The Bhagavad-gita (04.11) states that Krishna reciprocates according to how we approach him. He is equal not in the sense of being stone-like neutral, but in the sense of being personal and reciprocal. He wants to give his grace to everyone, but different people value different things about him. Some people value Krishna as an all-attractive, all-wise person. Such was Arjuna. Some people value Krishna for the gifts he can provide us. Such was Duryodhana. And some people don't care for Krishna or his gifts – they think that they can on their own get whatever they want. Those are rank atheists.
Therefore, rather than worrying whether God will see us properly, we can focus on seeing God properly. When we let Gita wisdom educate our vision of him, we will find that God is wonderfully equal and supremely relishable.
Think it over:
How is Krishna's equality seen in the Mahabharata?
How do different people see God differently?
How can Gita wisdom help us in approaching God?

Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:42 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The Gita's purpose is not to proclaim God's position, but to transform man's disposition




The Bhagavad-gita concludes with a proclamation: "Wherever there is Krishna and Arjuna, there will be victory." This prophetic proclamation aptly climaxes the Gita's revelation of Krishna as the all-attractive supreme. He is the Lord of the goddess of fortune; wherever he is, victory will naturally be there.




Yet the Gita's conclusion begs the question: Why is Arjuna mentioned here? Wouldn't Krishna be victorious even without Arjuna? Yes, he would be. But the Gita's purpose is not just to proclaim God's position, but primarily to transform man's disposition.




Arjuna represents all of us, who are souls confused by worldly illusion. We all are spiritually diseased, being attached to temporary material things despite being eternal spiritual beings. Krishna is the ultimate physician whose prescription can free us from ignorance and illusion, as it did for Arjuna (18.72). Krishna speaks his glories to inspire us to take the treatment of bhakti-yoga, which centers on directing our love towards him and molding our life according to his will.




And just as he became healed by the Gita's exposition, so too can we become healed. By including Arjuna in its conclusion, the Gita assures us all that when we choose to be with Krishna, as did Arjuna, victory will be ours. The Gita's purpose is to inspire us to harmonize with Krishna's will. And its description of Krishna's glories is primarily to convince us that he is the all-powerful, all-benevolent supreme, who is our ultimate well-wisher (05.29).




If a doctor describes their qualifications to inspire the patient to take the prescribed treatment, then the doctor is not bragging, but simply doing the needful. In the light of this medical metaphor, the Gita's conclusion could be rephrased as "Wherever there is a competent doctor and a cooperative patient, there will be health."




Think it over:




Why does Krishna speak his glories in the Gita?

Why does the Gita mention Arjuna in its conclusion?

What example illustrate the intent of the Gita's glorification of Krishna?





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Mon Nov 5, 2018 2:04 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Resisting temptation while holding on to attachments is like fighting an enemy while staying shackled




Suppose a warrior has been shackled by their enemy. If they want to fight back, they need to first break free from the ropes. Otherwise, the rope will severely limit their ability to fight.




First fight the shackles, then fight the shackler – this principle also applies in our inner fight against temptations. In this fight, the shackles are our attachments. Herein, temptations refer to external attractive objects, while attachments refer to our internal belief that those objects are enjoyable.




Suppose a tempting object that we have resolved to stay away from appears before us. We may fight to abstain from it. However, as long as we believe that that object is enjoyable, abstinence will be extremely difficult. Even if by sheer willpower, we stay away for some time, the sense of deprivation will torment us incessantly till we give in, either out of unbearable frustration or irresistible anticipation. We succumb because the shackle of our misbelief limits our capacity to fight.




Why is that belief that worldly objects are enjoyable a misbelief? Because though those objects seem to be founts of unending pleasure, the actual enjoyment they provide is short-lived. No worldly object can ever fulfill our longing for lasting happiness.




Gita wisdom explains that we are souls, who are meant to relish eternal loving absorption in the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. He is the source of unlimited, unending pleasure. By studying the Gita and following its recommended process of bhakti-yoga to connect with Krishna, we can glimpse this higher happiness. That experience becomes like a knife for unshackling us – it counters our misbelief about worldly objects, thereby empowering us to more easily turn away from them towards Krishna.




Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (02.59) assures that abstinence stops feeling like starvation once we relish higher happiness.




Think it over:




In our fight against temptation, why are our attachments like shackles?

In resisting temptation, why does sheer willpower not work?

How can we unshackle ourselves from our attachments?





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Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:12 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

You may acquire various types of knowledge and travel across the globe. But, in spite of all your worldly achievements, you are not able to understand the principle of love. Once you have the taste of selfless love, you will see the world in its real form. Therefore, truly become embodiments of love. Let love flow incessantly from your heart. Immerse yourself in the flow of love. Out of love, emerges truth and righteousness. Speak the truth, practice righteousness. Truth and righteousness are the two pillars on which the mansion of human life rests. Adore love. Live in love. There is no greater education than this. Traverse the path of love. Partake of the food of love. It is not enough if you merely partake of love, you should also assimilate and digest it. Only then the essence of love will spread to every cell of your body giving you immense strength and wisdom. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:27 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

There is no point in talking sweetly if there is no sweetness in your heart. Sweetness in speech and bitterness in heart is not the quality of a human being. There should be sweetness in your thought, word and deed. This is the true sign of a human being. There is love in you, but you are not able to express it in the proper way. You should fill your life with selfless love. There is nothing superior to love in this world. Human beings are considered to be most sacred because they have the unique quality of love in them. But you are not able to realize the value of human birth. God incarnates in human form in order to spread the message of selfless love. Once you have selfless love in your heart, you can conquer the whole world.. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:55 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

You should treat your fellowmen as your own brothers. You deserve to be called a human being only when you cultivate the spirit of unity. Where there is no unity, there you will find enmity and hatred. Subsequently, the principle of love is lost altogether. There should be unity and love not only among brothers but also between the husband and wife, and all relationships within the family. Your foremost duty is to share His love with others. Only then can you realise the significance of the noble dictum: "Brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God". But, unfortunately, such idealism is not found today. Even if you do not believe in the fatherhood of God, but you must have faith in the brotherhood of man; practice it and experience bliss therefrom. Our country, Bharat will regain its pristine glory only when we achieve such unity. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Nov 5, 2018 2:20 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Truly speaking, you are the very embodiments of love. Let the stream of love flow from one heart to another. Consider love as your life. This is your foremost duty. You may search anywhere in the world. You cannot find anything greater than love. Love is the divine magnetic power present in the human being. All the sacred epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata, have love as the undercurrent. Love is the magnetic power that can transform even your bitter enemy into a dearest friend. Develop love. This is more important than your worldly education. Love is life. Not merely that, Love is light. It illumines your path and helps you reach the goal. Your journey of life will be safe and secure when you carry the light of love with you. You will never find darkness. Fill your heart with love. Love is God. Live in love. This is what you have to learn today. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:46 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The Gita's purpose is not to proclaim God's position, but to transform man's disposition




The Bhagavad-gita concludes with a proclamation: "Wherever there is Krishna and Arjuna, there will be victory." This prophetic proclamation aptly climaxes the Gita's revelation of Krishna as the all-attractive supreme. He is the Lord of the goddess of fortune; wherever he is, victory will naturally be there.




Yet the Gita's conclusion begs the question: Why is Arjuna mentioned here? Wouldn't Krishna be victorious even without Arjuna? Yes, he would be. But the Gita's purpose is not just to proclaim God's position, but primarily to transform man's disposition.




Arjuna represents all of us, who are souls confused by worldly illusion. We all are spiritually diseased, being attached to temporary material things despite being eternal spiritual beings. Krishna is the ultimate physician whose prescription can free us from ignorance and illusion, as it did for Arjuna (18.72). Krishna speaks his glories to inspire us to take the treatment of bhakti-yoga, which centers on directing our love towards him and molding our life according to his will.




And just as he became healed by the Gita's exposition, so too can we become healed. By including Arjuna in its conclusion, the Gita assures us all that when we choose to be with Krishna, as did Arjuna, victory will be ours. The Gita's purpose is to inspire us to harmonize with Krishna's will. And its description of Krishna's glories is primarily to convince us that he is the all-powerful, all-benevolent supreme, who is our ultimate well-wisher (05.29).




If a doctor describes their qualifications to inspire the patient to take the prescribed treatment, then the doctor is not bragging, but simply doing the needful. In the light of this medical metaphor, the Gita's conclusion could be rephrased as "Wherever there is a competent doctor and a cooperative patient, there will be health."




Think it over:




Why does Krishna speak his glories in the Gita?

Why does the Gita mention Arjuna in its conclusion?

What example illustrate the intent of the Gita's glorification of Krishna?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/the-gitas-purpose-is-not-to-proclaim-gods-position-but-to-transform-mans-disposition/ https://www.gitadaily.com/the-gitas-purpose-is-not-to-proclaim-gods-position-but-to-transform-mans-disposition/

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