Saturday, October 29, 2011

Deusi and Bhailo.

Interesting Fact about Deusi and Bhailo...... King Bali during his rule asked specially children, youths and adults to go to others home and praise them to motivate them to donate something. 

A brief introduction of King Bali: 

Demon King Bali, the grandson of Prahlada was a true devotee of Lord Vishnu. With the Lord's blessings,he had become invincible in the battle field and managed to defeat all Devas. The entire heaven, especially Lord Indra, became apprehensive about his increasing strength. At last, Lord Vishnu disguised as Bamana (dwarf), arrived on earth, to rescue Indra and other Devas from their plight. King Bali had the reputation of being a generous and good king. Using this quality, Vamana asked for space which could be covered in three sides.
Surely a dwarf could not cover much ground, thought the King, and agreed to his request. At this point, the dwarf changed into Vishnu and his three strides covered the Earth, the Skies and the whole Universe. As a result, Bali was sent to nether lands.

But we all know, Gods are ever generous and cannot see their true devotees suffer. So Lord Vishnu decided to protect Bali and brought him back from nether land. Bali was promised divine protection and immortality till the next aeon, when he will be crowned Indra. Lord Vishnu disguised himself, as Bali's doorman, and protected him from all dangers.

As a result, Vainkuntha was devoid of the Lord and Goddess Lakshmi became restless. She descended on earth as a Brahmin woman in an attempt to bring back her love. She told Bali, that her husband has gone away for a long errand and she needed a place to stay. King Bali welcomed her full heartedly and protected her as his own sister. Since the arrival of the Brahmin woman, i.e. , the Goddess herself the entire household of Bali was suddenly blooming with happiness, wealth, and harvest.

Why deusi and Bhailo?

King Bali had blessing from Goddess Laxmi because of his generous quality so he wanted to encourage the donating habit among his citizen and also wanted the children and youths and adults to drop their ego by asking for donation. So those who donated would get blessing from Goddess Laxmi and those who asked for lose their ego.  The donated amount was again used to feed the poor ones. What a culture we have.....Everything is scientific...heheh smile :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ZERO- Hollow and Empty

People say nothing can come out of nothing...but the whole world has come out of nothing.....even Stephen Hawking has said. Big Bang resulted out of nothing ... Even the Black-hole is Hollow and Empty but is has everything in it. To me hollow and empty or nothing is ZERO -'0'. Which is a wonder number and is hollow and empty. It is the most powerful number in the world with its distinct characteristic. No matter how big number we add to it, it has the capacity to be that number and even you subtract ZERO from any big number result remains the same number i.e it retains its characteristic as ZERO without affecting the other number. Which implies ZERO is special number which is present in all other numbers but we cannot remove it. So this ZERO will make no change if we add it or Subtract it from any other number. If it has to show its power and it strikes i.e. multiply with another number, it engulf that number and resultant is ZERO, no matter how big or small the another number is. Now the most interesting thing about ZERO is, ZERO is such a number which cannot be divided by any other number to produce any other number except ZERO. e.g. 0  Divided by 1 is also 0, no matter what denominator is result is always ZERO- 0.
We all are numbers in our life but if we know how to use this ZERO then  we can realize our potential. We have to rise with ZERO as a base i.e If We divide any number by this ZERO-0 resultant is Infinity ~.... That is the power of this ZERO...which leads to infinity. The ZERO or Hollow and Empty is the only way to experience the infinity within. Meditation is that ZERO as a denominator to our life with number which would leads us to the Infinity....This ZERO, which is hollow and empty leads us to Infinity...So being hollow and empty means experiencing the infinity within.... Wow..... :)   

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Source of Creativity

Creativity is in all of us, its just that some of us fail to give time for it to grow. The question arises about the root of creativity and its source. Is creativity also dependent on anything. Duality persist in my mind but yet have to come to a conclusion.
To be creative we have to go through intense thinking process and most of the time one of the necessary condition for creativity to spur is peace and silence. So silence or rest or settled mind is the fertile soil where creativity can grow. Silence, a form of rest to our mind helps our mind to settle and be in the state of bliss. When the mind is in the state of rest then the creator gets momentum and the thinker can put all the energy or direct all his/her energy in one direction and the result is something creative.
Many scientist and composer be with the nature and they compose something very creative and even administration of  drugs by the singers and even smoking actually leads to temporary state of silent mind however the side effect is always bad in this situation. So the process of settling down the number of thoughts in mind to be in calm mind state to bring something creative sees very co-related.
So from my understanding the source of creativity is the peaceful mind. Disturbed mind can not take part in creativity.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happie Vijaya Dashami :The 9 Appellations of Durga we worship during Dashain

Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. Since time immemorial she has been worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being and has been mentioned in many scriptures - Yajur Veda, Vajasaneyi Samhita and Taittareya Brahman.

The Meaning of "Durga"
The word "Durga" in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun. Another meaning of "Durga" is "Durgatinashini," which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." Thus, Hindus believe that goddess Durga protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.

The Many Forms of Durga
There are many incarnations of Durga: Kali, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Java, Rajeswari, et al. Durga incarnated as the united power of all divine beings, who offered her the required physical attributes and weapons to kill the demon "Mahishasur". Her nine appellations are Skondamata, Kusumanda, Shailaputri, Kaalratri, Brahmacharini, Maha Gauri, Katyayani, Chandraghanta and Siddhidatri.

About Navaratri 
Every year during the lunar month of Ashwin or Kartik (September-October), Hindus observe ten days of ceremonies, rituals, fasts and feasts in honor of the supreme mother goddess. It begins with the fast of “Navaratri”, and ends with the festivities of “Vijayadashami.” and “Dusshera” 

Nava – that also means 'new' – denotes 'nine' the number to which sages attach special significance. Hence, we have Nava-ratri (9 nights), Nava-patrika (9 leaves / herbs / plants), Nava-graha (9 planets), and Nava-Durga (9 appellations).

Here is information on the 9 manifestations of Goddess Durga. Each goddess has a different form and a special significance. Nava Durga, if worshipped with religious fervor during Navaratri, it is believed, lift the divine spirit in us and fill us with renewed happiness.

All the nine names of goddess are narrated in ‘Devi Kavacha’ of the ‘Chandipatha’ scripture.

Why Nine Nights & Days?
Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. 

 The 9 Appellations of Durga we worship during

1. Shailaputri
Shailaputri literally means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). Variously known as Sati Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati, the daughter of Hemavana - the king of the Himalayas, she is the first among Navadurgas. Her worship takes place on the first day of Navaratri – the nine divine nights. The embodiment of the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, she rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her two hands.

2. Bharmacharini
She is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri and is the second form of Mother Goddess. Bharmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She enlightens us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace. She holds a rosary in her right hand and a water utensil in her left hand. She is blissful and endows happiness, peace, prosperity and grace upon all devotees who worship her. Filled with bliss and happiness, she is the way to emancipation - Moksha.

3. Chandra Ghanta
The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or bell. That is why she is called ‘Chandraghanta’. She is charming, has a golden bright complexion and rides a lion. She has ten hands, three eyes and holds weapons in her hands. She is the apostle of bravery and possesses great strength to fight in the battle against demons.

4. Kushmanda
Kushmanda is the fourth form of the mother goddess and is worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’. So she is considered the creator of the universe. The universe was no more than a void full of darkness, until her light spreads in all directions like rays from the sun. Often she is depicted as having eight or ten hands. She holds weapons, glitter, rosary, etc., in her hands, and she rides a lion.

5. Skanda Mata
The fifth aspect of the Mother Durga is known as ‘Skanda Mata’ - the mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by gods as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. She is accompanied by the Lord Skanda in his infant form. Skanda Mata has four arms and three eyes, holds the infant Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards. The left arm is in pose to grant boons with grace and in left lower hand which is raised also holds a lotus. She has a bright complexion and often depicted as seated on a lotus.

6. Katyayani
The sixth form of Mother Durga is known as ‘Katyayani’, who is worshipped on the six day of Navaratri. The legend behind her name goes thus: Once upon a time, there was a great sage called Kata, who had a son named Katya. Kata was very famous and renowned in the lineage of saints. He underwent long austerities and penance in order to receive the grace of the Mother Goddess. He wished to have a daughter in the form of a goddess. According to his wish and desire the Mother Goddess granted his request. Katyayani was born to Kata as an avatar of Durga.

7. Kaal Ratri
This is the seventh form of Mother Durga and is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She has a dark complexion, disheveled hair and a fearlessness posture. A necklace flashing lightning adorns her neck. She has three eyes that shine bright and terrible flames emanate from her breath. Her vehicle is the donkey. Her raised right hand always seems to grant boons to all worshippers and all her right lower hand is in the pose of allaying fears. Her left upper hand holds a thorn-like weapon, made of iron and there is a dragger in the lower left hand. She is black like Goddess Kali and holds a sparkling sword in her right hand battle all evil. Her gesture of protection assures us of freedom from fear and troubles. So she is also known as ‘Shubhamkari’ – one who does good.

8. Maha Gauri
She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. As a result of her worship, all sins of past, present and future get washed away and devotees get purified in all aspects of life. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm. Due to her long austerities in the deep forests of the Himalayas, she developed a dark complexion. When Lord Shiva cleaned her with the water of the Ganges, her body regained its beauty and she came to be known as Maha Gauri, which mean extremely white. She wears white clothes, has four arms, and rides on a bull. Her right hand is in the pose of allaying fear and her right lower hand holds a trident. The left upper hand holds a ‘damaru’ (a small rattle drum) and the lower one is in the pose of granting boons to her devotees.

9. Siddhidatri
 Siddhidatri is the ninth form of Goddess. She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. She has four arms and she is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose. She rides on the lion as her vehicle. She blesses all Gods, saints, yogis, tantrics and all devotees as a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. In ‘Devi Bhagvata Purana’ it is mentioned that Lord Shiva worshipped her and was blessed with all Siddhis (supernatural powers). By her blessings his half body became female and other half body male in the avatar of Ardhnarishvara.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ego Not...Just Love

Ego is the weapon of the weak
Ego is the courage of the those who fear
Ego is the way of life to those who don't have confidence
Ego is the that poison which is sweet but will never lose its characteristics

Why don't you try Love as it  can even make Ego bow down.
Realize it soon else it might be too late...
Just Love