www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4832

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Digest #4832
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
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Spiritual by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gigta by p_gopi_krishna
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New Year Greetings 2019 by "Murthy Velamuri" sm03021991

Messages

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:07 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Every year, since the beginning of history of mankind, people bid grand farewell to the old year and welcome the new year! What happens during the year? Only despair and distress, anxiety and insane fear, isn't it? Use this year to enquire and discover how you can earn everlasting peace! You can earn it only through Love! Peace is the fruit of the tree of life! Without the fruit, the tree is a barren stump with no value or validity. This fruit is encased in a bitter skin, so that the sweet juice is preserved and guarded! Remove the skin and you can taste the sweetness within and strengthen yourself. The thick rind is symbolic of the six evil passions that encase the loving heart of every human - lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride and hate. Those who remove the rind and contact the sweetness within through hard and consistent discipline, attain the peace we all desire; that peace is everlasting, unchanging, and overwhelming!

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:08 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Under any and all circumstances, let your feelings and actions be pure, noble and ideal. Let all your actions be for the highest good of all. Your heart is the centre of sacred feelings. It is filled with compassion. It is compassion that gives rise to sacred feelings. You must develop compassion, spread the light of love and cultivate Divine feelings. Without doing so, how can you expect time to confer happiness on you? If you expect good results, you must cultivate good feelings. With purity of heart, steadiness of mind and selfless actions, you can become the recipient of Divine grace, which will remove any amount of suffering in a trice. Hence always discriminate and undertake such activities which will confer Divine grace, which will in turn, bless you with peace and happiness!

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:14 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Whether you see God or not, He is omnipresent; He is in the past, the present, and the future! God is and can be, only one, not many! "There is only One God and He is Omnipresent! There is only one religion, the Religion of Love. There is only one language, the Language of the Heart." This God must be visualized through constant spiritual discipline. Do not involve yourself in doubt and hesitation. If only you observe spiritual discipline and purify your consciousness, you will see God installed in your heart. There is sugar in the cup, but the water is insipid, for you have not stirred it well. There is God in the world, and by stirring the Divine well into every drop or atom thereof, you can make your world very sweet to live by. Intelligence is the spoon; sadhana is the process of stirring. Saturate every moment of your life with God; your daily life will taste sweeter!

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:11 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

How to communicate effectively – an example from the Bhagavad-gita Suppose we are guiding someone about how to take a complicated treatment that involves various medicines at various times. In one sense, every step of that guidance is important, but some things may be especially important.

For example, a particular medicine may have a dangerous side effect if not taken with another medicine. We know how important taking the medicines together is, but they don't. They may neglect or forget it, thereby courting unnecessary distress. To prevent that, we need to explain why that particular guideline is important.
When we give people some important knowledge, we need to also explain why that knowledge is important – that is, how learning and applying that knowledge will help them immensely and how failing to do so will hurt them terribly.
In public speaking, expert speakers use such priming to increase their audience's receptivity to and retention of important points.
Krishna as God is expert at everything, including speaking. He repeatedly stresses the importance of what he is about to speak in the Bhagavad-gita, for example, at the start of the seventh chapter (07.01-03), the ninth chapter (09.01-03), the tenth chapter (10.01), the fourteenth chapter (14.01-02) and towards the Gita's end (18.64), just before its concluding verses (18.65-66).
Let's consider the fourteenth chapter which analytically overviews the three modes of material nature. Krishna conveys the subject's importance by connecting it with Arjuna's core concern: will he be bound in karma by fighting the war? Krishna begins by declaring that great sages have freed themselves from entanglement and attained life's perfection by applying this knowledge (14.01), thereby ensuring that Arjuna's attention is retained, even heightened.
Similarly, when we share any wisdom with others, we need to first stress its importance and relevance, thereby increasing the likelihood of it being appreciated, assimilated and applied.

Think it over:
Why do we need to explain the importance of important knowledge? How does priming increase the effectiveness of public speaking? How does Krishna demonstrate priming in the Gita? https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19780&picture=http://www.gitadaily.com/wp-content/images/Bhagavad-Gita-Chapter-14-Text-01.jpg http://twitter.com/share?text=How%20to%20communicate%20effectively%20-%20an%20example%20from%20the%20Bhagavad-gita&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19780&hashtags=Effective%20communication%2CKarmic%20bondage%2Cliberation%2CPreaching%2CPublic%20Speaking%2CSharing%20wisdom%2CThree%20modes%20of%20material%20nature https://plus.google.com/share?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19780 http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19780&media=http://www.gitadaily..com/wp-content/images/Bhagavad-Gita-Chapter-14-Text-01.jpg&description=Suppose%20we%20are%20guiding%20someone%20about%20how%20to%20take%20a%20complicated%20treatment%20that%20involves%20various%20medicines%20at%20various%20times.%20In%20one%20sense%2C%20every%20step%20of%20that%20guidance%20is%20important%2C%20but%20some%20things%20may%20be%20especially%20important.For%20example%2C%20a%20particular%20medicine%20may%20have%20a%20dangerous%20side%20effect%20if... http://bhagavadgitaclass.com/bhagavad-gita-chapter-14-text-01

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:14 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The less time we have for our problems, the less problems we have We sometimes feel burdened by our problems, as if they were heavy weights on our back. And the more we obsess over them, the bigger they seem to become, till we end up feeling disheartened, deluded, drained.

If we could somehow not think so much about those problems, we would feel less burdened. In effect, we would have less problems if we just thought less about those problems.
Of course, we can't live like ostriches with our heads buried in the ground. We do need to think enough about our problems to find workable solutions. But we also need to ensure that we don't overthink – we need alertly note when thinking about problems is productive and when it starts becoming counterproductive.
To prevent such counterproductive thinking, we need a positive, empowering object of thought. Gita wisdom reveals that object: Krishna. He is the supreme reality and is therefore the source of the supreme security and the supreme serenity. If we practice bhakti-yoga diligently, our thoughts become increasingly focused on him. And that focus provides relief and rejuvenation: relief from the onslaught of negative thoughts, and rejuvenation by understanding that Krishna is bigger than our biggest problems and that he is eager to help us deal with them. Being thus relieved and rejuvenated, we will be better positioned to think constructively about the problems, thereby devising the best way ahead. Pertinently, the Gita (18.58) declares that becoming conscious of Krishna equips us to cross over all obstacles.
When problems overwhelm us, we may feel we don't have time to do anything except solve those problems. But if we turn towards Gita wisdom, we will see that making time to focus on Krishna is foundational for solving any problem. Such divine contemplation will make our problems more manageable and solvable.
Think it over:
How may thinking of problems increase those problems? How does thinking of Krishna provide us relief and rejuvenation? If we feel we have no time for anything except problem-solving, what can we do? https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19787&picture=http://www.gitadaily.com/wp-content/images/Bhagavad-Gita-Chapter-18-Text-58.jpg http://twitter.com/share?text=The%20less%20time%20we%20have%20for%20our%20problems%2C%20the%20less%20problems%20we%20have&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19787&hashtags= https://plus.google.com/share?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19787 http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gitadaily.com%2F%3Fp%3D19787&media=http://www.gitadaily.com/wp-content/images/Bhagavad-Gita-Chapter-18-Text-58.jpg&description=We%20sometimes%20feel%20burdened%20by%20our%20problems%2C%20as%20if%20they%20were%20heavy%20weights%20on%20our%20back.%20And%20the%20more%20we%20obsess%20over%20them%2C%20the%20bigger%20they%20seem%20to%20become%2C%20till%20we%20end%20up%20feeling%20disheartened%2C%20deluded%2C%20drained.If%20we%20could%20somehow%20not%20think%20so%20much%20about%20those%20problems%2C%20we%20would%20feel%20less%20burdened.... http://bhagavadgitaclass.com/bhagavad-gita-chapter-18-text-58

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:16 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

New Year Message
The Passage of Time for the Experience of Eternity – New Year's Message given in 1993
by Sri Swami Krishnananda
The New Year is approaching. Time passes. The passage which is known as temporal is also the process of the evolution of the universe. There is a progressive march of the constituent elements of things in the passage of the time process. When a particular specialised occasion arises in this progression of the time process, we call that particular event or occasion by a designation as a 'New Year's Day', a 'birthday', a 'holy day', an 'occasion of celebration' and some such nomenclature.
There are pressures exerted by the time process at different times of each march onwards, and one such pressure is what we call the commencement of a New Year. This novelty of the year that is to come is not connected merely with the numbers on the calendar that we have with us. It is something more than a mathematical event. It is not that we just count several days and when a certain number of days are over we say that the year is complete. Though that may be so, there is something more about it at the beginning of what we call a New Year. Otherwise, if it does not have some supernormal significance, why do we make so much fuss about it, feel happy about it, and are exuberant when it comes?
Anything that makes us feel happy, hopeful, and charges us with a noble expectation for the future is something more than the normal, something above the terrestrial—super-physical, not merely Earthly. Actually, nothing on the Earth can make us happy. If at some time, during some moments of our day, we seem to be happy occasionally, we should conclude that something not of the Earth is operating in us, because nothing merely Earth-earthly can satisfy us. This body, which is a part of this Earth, participates in the sorrows of the world and has all the characteristics of the Earth. The body, which is physical, cannot expect anything from this Earth more than what the Earth can give; and the Earth can give us only what this body has. If this body cannot make us happy, the Earth also cannot make us happy, because both these are made of the same substance—physical, material stuff. This body, this Earth which is matter, is not the reason behind our being sometimes happy in this world. There is a super-Earthly operation taking place in us, whether we know it or not. The transformations that are taking place within ourselves, within our own selves, are not always objects of our perception. We may know what is happening outside; we cannot know what is happening above us.

If for some reason or the other the world is celebrating the New Year, it is inspired by some feature operating in this world which is above the world. To say the least, we may say this has an astronomical significance. The revolution of the planets around the Sun is of course taking place perpetually, day in and day out, and these revolutions, rotations of the planets in respect of the Sun which is their centre, have their hallmarks, their specific indications. Some aspects of this process of the revolution of the planets and the movement of the planets on their orbits are known as the houses of the zodiac. There are no built-up houses in the sky. They are only names that we give to certain occasions, significations arising at certain moments of time during the movement of these planets on their orbits; and we people, humans living on the Earth, have the direct impact of whatever the Earth does when it moves along its orbit. Without going too far into the astronomical significances of the influence exerted by the cumulative effect of the planetary system upon us on account of the fact of Earth itself being one of the planets, we may safely say that the New Year is one specific signpost in the process of the march of time, with special reference to the revolution of the Earth around the Sun and its influence on all creatures on it.

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:24 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

A small write-up on a mantra sadhana - by Rajarshi Nandy

There is a particular short but extremely potent mantra of Ganapati that is mentioned in certain medieval spiritual texts. I will explain a small mechanism of judging the effects of a mantra sadhana. The mantra invokes the trunk's shape of Vinayaka and adds the subjugation beeja to it.
In earlier times in traditions before giving a mantra to a sadhaka they would perform a calculation using certain chakra-s known as kurma chakra etc, by which one can figure out how a particular mantra will react with an individual. But there are many exceptions to this. For example universal mantras like namashivaya or namo narayanaya do not need such chakra vicara. Equally mantras of Kali and Tara also do not need Chakradi vicara as per Kamakhya Tantra.
In old Kashimir Saivism they used a more an elaborate process, a certain mandala would be created by the Guru and the disciple would be asked to chant certain mantras, worship the Shaktis of the Kulas, and then throw flowers on the mandala and based on the pattern that would form, the Guru would decipher how the specific mantra is expected to react with the sadhaka. These methods were copied by Tibetan Baudha tantriks and are still in use in the sampradayas.
The Ganapati mantra I referred to has six aksaras. There is a tradition of judgement of mantra effect where one calculates the number of aksaras and repeats it in cycles of twelve based on the rasis. So a six aksara mantra will draw power from the 6th house of the horoscope. Sixth is the house of ripus - or weaknesses inherent in man. These are kama (desire), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), mada (arrogance), moha (attachment), matsarya (jealousy). Sixth is also the house of diseases, servants, financial debts etc. This is the first of the dusthanas in a horoscope.
So when a six aksari mantra sadhana is done it is first going to hit at these things, and given the mantra has a subjugation beeja added to it, that will force deep-seated currents of people, things or conditions which are enslaving the Chitshakti to freeup, often violently. This may cause an immediate manifestation of troubles in ones life, things that have been pushed into the back of the mind will resurface and ask for resolution, but the idea is to stick through and go on, because the mantra is trying to clear the channels so that eventually the more uplifting expansions of life will come to the sadhaka. For example financial prosperity, material opulence, spiritual direction, leadership (Ganapataya) and finally, if one is so destined, even mantra siddhi.
Additionally this invokes not a calm form of Mahaganapati but one where he uses his powers to subdue troubles from all directions. One who attains mantra siddhi of this can use the mantra to defeat any enemy not just for himself but for anyone else, protect from all kinds of negative entities present in a place, and be always graced by financial wellness.
Not all six akshari mantras however cause strong effects because it depends on the form of a deity being invoked and the beejas added to it.
BTW for any mantra to really show effect either one must have extreme concentration power on the mantra, then even a japa of say 10,000 may cause effects. But otherwise in most cases target is 1 lakh minimum, anything less is not enough to create the power needed. When mantras start working then it WILL cause visible effect in the sadhak's life.
Wishing everyone a happy new year. Do sadhana and more sadhana and more and more sadhana. All my new year resolutions always fail, except this one. Until one does sadhana one will not experience, and without experience one cannot really comprehend the beauty of Dharma. Bookish knowledge only takes you so far (it is good to impress the world though) but it cannot take the individual into the heart of magic and bliss. Without that recompense there is no point in any practice.


Wed Jan 2, 2019 9:37 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Stop worrying about avoiding temptation, start working on cultivating absorption When we resolve to resist some harmful temptation, we may fear, "The world is filled with tempting objects. How can I avoid all those objects and stay safe?"

This is a valid concern. Given that temptation can drag us down to stupidity, immorality or even perversity, it is helpful to keep a safe distance from temptation.
However, if we become obsessed with avoiding temptation, we may become culturally paranoid and socially paralyzed. Culturally paranoid means that we feel that the entire culture is our enemy, out to get us. Socially paralyzed means that we become inhibited during routine social interactions.
Moreover, thinking about avoiding temptation constantly is still thinking about temptation – and that thought may make us feel deprived till we relapse. The Bhagavad-gita (02.59) cautions that avoidance of tempting objects doesn't free us from the desire for those objects. And that residual desire can impel even the discerning and determined among us to relapse (02.60).
What, then, is the solution? Focusing on something higher that engages and consumes our consciousness.
Gita wisdom offers us the most absorbing higher reality: the all-attractive supreme person, Krishna. By the process of bhakti-yoga, we can increase our attraction to Krishna (12.09), thereby making absorption in him easier.
Even if we don't presently feel attracted to Krishna, we can practice bhakti-yoga as a discipline. Amidst such disciplined practice, we can note those bhakti activities that connect us most with him. And we can strive to do those activities more and more, at every opportunity.
Absorbing ourselves in Krishna generically can require practice and purification, but absorbing ourselves in those specific activities that naturally connect us with him is much easier and much more enriching.
When we thus become absorbed in Krishna, the resulting higher satisfaction will enable us to tolerate and transcend temptation (02.61).
Think it over:
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Wed Jan 2, 2019 10:42 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Rama Seshagiri" grsgiri

Dear Sir,
Namaste!

I read 3rd,4th,5th parts of the కుండ మట్టి posted recently with rapt attention.. They are very good.
However, I missed the 1st and 2nd parts somehow.

Please let me know when they were posted (or send me separately, for which I will be very greateful to you. I searched my mail, but in vain.

Kindly post the next parts also.
Thank you sir,
--seshagiri

Wed Jan 2, 2019 10:42 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Murthy Velamuri" sm03021991

Dear Respected Sirs

Wishing You All a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2019

Sincerely

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With Best Regards
V V N Murthy
www.telugubhakti.com  - A one stop Bhakti and Cultural portal.

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