Sunday, 21 February 2016

Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will be opening in 2016

Spectacular vision of Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is seen in this video.
Other links also provided shows the progress of the temple.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTYHpc20e6E

Alfred Brush Ford, a great-grandson of Ford Motors’ founder Henry Ford is investing $35 million (nearly Rs. 189 crore) to spread Vedic Knowledge.
A follower of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Ford family scion has been overseeing the development of the $75-million Temple of The Vedic Planetarium at Mayapur in West Bengal for the last couple of years. 
“The temple (will be) like a gateway to the spiritual world,” Ford.

The Temple is expected to open in 2016.


With a capacity to accommodate 10,000 devotees, the 340 ft-tall temple will have a 75 ft-domed Planetarium. It will also house an Institute of Vedic Cosmology.
“We decided to build the temple in the existing premises at Mayapur” Ford said.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/…/ve…/article4455964.ece

1000th birth anniversary of Ramanuja Charya Swami



In 2017 we will be celebrating 1000th birth anniversary of Ramanuja Charya Swami, a great spiritual icon born in 1017 and lived for 120 years

  • World’s largest sitting statue at 216 feet of Bhagavad Ramanuja coming up in 2017.
  • Statue symbolizes equality that Ramanuja propounded
  • Includes 108 Divya Desams(Temples)

RAMANUJA

  • Lived for 120 years and inspired all to practise Equality in the society
  • Treated the downtrodden at par with the elite.
  • Made Temples as centres of society where all artisans took active part
  • Initiated several activites with temples as the centres as society offering services to all. Instructed that only efficient and knowledgeable leaders be appointed to oversee all the activites
  • Revived all temples like Melkote in Karnataka state, Tirumala Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh state in India.
  • Rooted out untouchability and other vices that existed in the society. He gave everyone the same privilege of worshiping god.
  • He called those branded as so called untouchables as “ThiruKulathaar”. It means “Born Divine” and took them inside temples.
  • Gave the most divine mantra to all which was a closely guarded secret only available to selected few. Imbibed into society that women need to be shown utmost respect and empowered them to serve the society as leaders.




Become part of this Historic Moment……..










Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Bhagvad Gita Chapter 9 Verse 30



What does the Bhagvad Gita mean when it says:-
[[Even if the vilest sinners worship me with exclusive devotion, they are to be considered righteous, for they have made the proper resolve.]] BG 9:30

1] “No matter how far you go in the wrong direction, there's always a chance to turn your life around”

2] “Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear.”

3] “No matter whom you are and what happens in your life, you still have the chance to turn your life around and be great.”

4] “Don't regret the past, just learn from it.”

5] “Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make it count.”

6] “Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.”
OK so these are wonderful words of encouragement. Why do I need the Bhagvad Gita to tell me this?
We all know that it’s not too late to make the change in your lives eg from doing something bad to good.

But often we look to other people to provide us with reassurance, support, motivation, encouragement etc; eg from elders, parents, friends, teachers or in this case Krishna (God).
You may not want to rely on other people –then so be it.

Don’t worry Be happy –easy said then done.
So some simple words of comfort or advice or support is probably just whats needed to boost our self-esteem, confidence to help us along the right path.

If God says it is possible to start afresh –then it is.

What has happened has happened.

There is no use crying over spilt milk.

Everyone makes a mistake.

Dont worry about the consequences of your past ill actions.

What matters now is how you can make the change; be the change.

To me this sloka from Lord Shree Krishna is such a blessing.


The end result is

[[Quickly they become virtuous, and attain lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that no devotee of mine is ever lost.]] BG 9:32

Seeking forgiveness from those whom you have done wrong may be very difficult. So Krishna says “Leave it to Me”.  
By your devotion to God, it is easy to be forgiven from others.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Hindu Prayer ‘Twameva Mata, Cha Pita Twameva’




1] Hindu Prayer ‘Twameva Mata, Cha Pita Twameva’

Twameva mata cha pita twameva
You alone are my mother and my father,

Twameva bandhushcha sakha twameva
You alone are my friend and my beloved companion,

Twameva vidya dravinam twameva
You alone are my knowledge and my wealth,

Twameva sarvam mama deva deva
O Supreme Lord, you alone are everything for me.


2]
Origin of mantra.
The mantra Twameva comes from the Pandava Gita, an anonymously compiled collection of verses from several ancient sacred Hindu texts (Mahabharata, Bhagavata, and Vishnu Purana). It is also called the song of surrender, as the overarching theme of this sacred hymn is complete surrender to the divine. Its verses are widely chanted by those seeking to experience the wisdom said to be contained therein.
The mantra Twameva is one of the most beloved Hindu mantras and comes from verses spoken by Queen Gandhari to Krishna.
The Pandava Gita, Verse 28, translated by Satya Chaitanya
http://www.thespiritualsun.com/practices/texts/hindu/twameva-a-mantra-from-the-pandava-gita


3] Translation of the The Pandava Gita


4]
Recitation of the Mantra as heard on Your Tube

5]
Popular Bollywood version
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar from the film Main Chup Rahungi

6]
Interesting
How to play - Twameva Mata on Harmonium/Keyboard (with notes)


7]
Translating Sanskrit sacred hymns into the English language can often be difficult, because not only do the words themselves have meanings, but also the syllables, the letters, their arrangement, and context, as well as the use of symbols can give the text multiple layers of meanings. The following translation offers an “elucidation” of the verses for further context:

Tvameva Mata: You are my Mother, the Supreme One Without a Second, Who nourishes me with Divine Love and graces my life with Self-Respect (the perception of my self as the Soul-Self, and not just as a body, mind, intellect, or ego).

Cha Pita Tvameva: And you are my Father, the Supreme Being Who protects me by raising my consciousness and transforming my mind into a receptacle of the divine; Who instills in me the sterling qualities of Divine Consciousness.

Tvameva Bandu cha Sakha Tvameva: You are my True Relative with Whom I am eternally related as Atman (Soul-self) with Paramatman (the Supreme Self), and You are my Best Friend, my Eternal Companion and Dearest Confident Who will never leave me.

Tvameva Vidya: You are the Divine Wisdom, the Essence of everything I know, everything I am learning, and everything I do not know but seek to understand and realize (actualize).

Dravinam Tvameva: You are the Highest Wealth (Laxmi) and the Bestower of all the best things in this life and the next. You are the Source of everything good and the Bestower of all Resources we require for our physical sustenance and spiritual enlightenment.  You are the Wealth of Wisdom and the Gift of Liberation (Moksha).

Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva:  You are All-in-All; You are Everything to me, You are the core of my being, the Heart of my heart, the Source of my Self, the Soul of my soul, the Ultimate Reality devoid of duality and partiality; Indivisible, Immutable, Immaculate, the Ultimate Knower and the Absolute Perfect Incomparable Supreme Being.  


 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Murti Pooja



Certain followers of religious faiths have strong feelings against murti pooja (loosely interpreted as idol worship.)

They often make a case study to the Hindus as to why they are wrong to worship so.

My worship of God through murti pooja makes some people angry, intolerant and show hatred through condemnation, teasing and taunting.

My worship through murti pooja makes them arrogant in thinking that their worship is superior and brings out their ego, pride and false prestige.

They say we worship a false God and is therefore a sin.

They say it makes God jealous and wrathful.

Many say they must fight against this moorti pooja and seek to deface, destroy and vandalise our murtis. 

The sad thing is it makes some of them want to kill us and some have.

Let me tell you why I worship God through murtis and images.

My faith in God through murti pooja makes me Love God and my fellow humans.

It guides me to perform good deeds, good actions, become compassionate, charitable, tolerant and forgiving.

My faith in God through murti pooja elevates me spiritually and strengthens my self-control.

My faith in God through murti pooja helps me to give respect to all, speak truthfully and be free me from hatred and envy.

Above all it brings ananda, bliss and happiness.



Murti pooja is to live in godliness.

Through Murti pooja you experience God in all His forms.

Through Murti pooja you experience God in all His Glory.

Many a saints and Gurus have experienced God through Murti pooja.

The noblest way to worship God is through Murti pooja.


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Quote on God



God is where we choose to see Him.