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Geeta Tattva Sameeksha 2012 : Poojya Swamiji arriving at the venue
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N a r a y a n a s h r a m a Ta p o v a n a m
Venginissery, P.O. Ammadam, B.O. Paralam,Thrissur.
Kerala 680 563, India. Tel. (0487) 2277963/2278302/2278363
email: ashram1@gmail.com
Website: http://www.SwamiBhoomanandaTirtha.org
Contents
Science of Inner Redemption 43
Vasiha presents Bhageeratha as a model before Rama 03
Verses for Introspection 25
Devotion is Ever New & Ever Delightful M Gurupriy 10
Days in USA - II M Gurupriy 15
Correspondence
Trekking the Spiritual Path 23
Back to Eternity
Rukmini Rao (Pune) 26
News & Notes 28
Gaining Endless Happiness
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reemad Bhgavatam 11.9.1
Possession of whatever is found attractive, leads only to misery.
The Wise one, knowing this truth, becomes an akicana (non-
possessor) and gains endless happiness.
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Science of Inner Redemption 43
(Series on Yoga-vsiha, Nirva-prakaraa)
Vasiha presents Bhageeratha
as a model before Rama
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(6p.76.9,11,14)
Sage Vasiha said: Besought by the people, Bhageeratha ascended
the throne again and ruled over the whole land surrounded by
the seven seas.
And in due course, remembering the plight of his ancestors
who, while digging the ocean (to look for the Avamedha-horse)
got burnt in Ptla (by Sage Kapilas curse) Bhageeratha yearned
to redeem them all. He had heard that Gag brought (from the
celestial regions to the earth) would absolve his ancestors (Sagaras
sons) by the liberating touch of the holy waters.
To this purpose, renouncing the Kingdom (again) by entrusting it
to the ministers, the King repaired to the lonely forest to immerse
himself in austerity.
Benedictory influence of our Gangetic plain
Spiritual wisdom, together with its eternal cultural values and ideals, is
nurtured in our land since prehistoric Vedic times. The whole wisdom
has been preserved through the medium of spoken words or written
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presentations. The first spiritual thoughts, enquiry and findings evolved
in the plain of the holy Gag, where our ancestors found safe shelter,
their haven, greeted by the rivers perennial grace.
We have developed a certain culture and
tradition, which has its roots in the Vedic
thoughts. We have enquired about and
discovered the ultimate Presence, from which the
whole creation has emanated. It is the source of
all experience and knowledge. Whatever
fondness and loyalty our people felt and expressed towards this one
Source, got naturally extended to Gag and Himalayas, to whom they
owed their existence, growth and civilization.
The water of this holy river has its rare purity and benedictory note,
descending from the sublime, sacred snow-capped Himalayas. The special
properties of this adored river are apparently derived from the ice-clad
peaks, and the multi-potent herbal plants and trees abounding in the
Himalayan slopes it crosses. The source of all medicines and curative
drugs is the earth with its assorted herbs, minerals and salts.
It is natural that our ancient people fostered untold fondness, gratitude
and adoration towards Gag. This is what any loving and loyal heart
should do any time, anywhere. Gratitude to parents, elders and others is
something very genial to human heart. What then should be our feelings
of gratitude towards the very source of our life? By any reckoning, they
should be far more than what anyone would feel towards the blood and
matrimonial relations! How to express these can alone be a subject of
discussion and evaluation.
We can sustain our life without food for days and weeks, but not without
water. That is why human settlements have always sought and thriven
on the banks of perennial rivers. Among all such graceful sources, Gag
has her unique notes of sublimity, divinity, and mission.
We have enquired
about and discovered
the ultimate
Presence, from which
the whole creation
has emanated.
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Our allegiance to the ancestors
The instance of king Bhageeratha wanting to liberate the Sagaras, his
ancestors, by bringing Gag to the place where lay their remains, was
already a legend in the land. That Vasihadeva wanted to connect it to
his narration in the palace of Ayodhya has spcial significance.
How did Bhageeratha come to think of attempting
such a great mission? Of all the virtues that enrich
human mind, gratefulness to the parents and
ancestors is paramount. Any society becomes
esteemed only when it fosters sufficient regard for the
senior citizens as well as the predecessors. Each generation is born of
the previous one. In everything we do, we start from where our
predecessors had reached or stopped. Any civilization, at any time, is
the combined outcome of an indefinite past. Thus the allegiance to earlier
generations cannot be set aside by anyone.
Bhageeratha illustrates this strikingly in that he, with the merit of intense
austerities, accomplished the stupendous task of bringing down the holy
Gag, despite having attained his own spiritual fulfillment. The bond
that even a fulfilled one cherishes to the ancestors, is a great lesson for
one and all.
Pit-yaja is one of the 5 great yajas, called paca-mah-yajas,
ordained by our scriptures. Bhageerathas effort to get Gag down to
the earth and with the touch of her waters to give redemption to Sagaras
children (his own ancestors), has thus a great deal of import. Gag
derived the name Bhgeerathi from Bhageeratha.
Enlightening lessons from our puric lore
The spiritual, philosophical and mythological compositions that came
into vogue in this land were obviously composed in different eras by
various sages. In all of them shines a strong bond of affinity, mutuality
The allegiance
to earlier
generations
cannot be set
aside by anyone.
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and collectivity, which leads the readers and listeners from one Text to
another, evoking curiosity, admiration and wonder. Each narration has
its link with others, complementing and reinforcing one another
amazingly, often posing a challenge to the very intelligence and
imagination of the narrator and reader alike.
Every narrator is loyal to the common purpose of enlightening, inspiring
and elevating the minds and intelligence of people. This is also a vital
distinction of our cultural deliberations. It has echoed well in Vasiha,
including the austere story of king Bhageeratha in his narration.
In any society, tradition is a great source of strength. It has the power to
instill hope, confidence, drive and perseverance in people. The process,
far from being mystic, is very pragmatic. Mind and intelligence are not
matter, not physical. To access and involve them, if mythological processes
are effective, they should be welcomed. Such methods are no doubt
practical and compulsive.
Vasiha felt that his listener, Sri Rama, also would need Bhageerathas
austere resolve and dedication to meet the challenges and persuasions
of the royal life awaiting him! Thus, after describing the greatness of
Bhageerathas rule and the overwhelming fondness his subjects showed
him, Vasiha also details how the King was given to the most startling
kind of asceticism. He irresistibly brings many a sublime note, ennobling
and elevating human mind. Seeing clearly how the fate and fortune of
the people of Ayodhya depended on the young prince, Vasiha wanted
his Rama to be a distinguished model in shaping the characteral and
behavioural elegance of the whole country.
Ever since Sage Vlmki wrote the life, exploits and excellences of Rama
at the behest of Brahm, Daarathas first son has remained a lasting
model in the country to mould our people. Vlmki Ramayana is the first
authentic account of Ramas kingly life, characteral elegance, behavioural
propriety and interactional excellence.
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But is it right to think that Rama was, and is, the only paragon or model
of righteousness to follow? Right from the prehistoric Vedic age, our
people have been assiduously given to nurture and build inner qualities
and excellence, in preference to external sensory powers and adventure.
Conquering the inner realms
Rama himself had made a note on this to Vasihadeva, while detailing
the cause of his post-pilgrimage disgust and dejection:
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Yoga-vsiha 1.27.9
I think, those who cross the ocean-like battlefield consisting of
elephants and horses are not the real heroes. The wise and heroic
are verily those, who are able to cross over their own roaring
mind-waves raging in the ocean of body and senses.
By citing the instance of Bhageeratha, an earlier king, and his weddedness
to spiritual wisdom and austere life, Vasihadeva is not only inspiring
and guiding the Ayodhya prince, but also his readers and listeners. He
records the undeniable fact that in this holy land lived, right from
prehistoric times, rulers who excelled in moral, ethical and spiritual
dedication and excellence.
Regal power and splendour did not the least
deter or slacken inner aspiration and spiritual
adventure of our rulers. While Bhageeratha
excelled as a righteous ruler, winning the hearts
and minds of his subjects, he also revelled in
abandoning the throne and people, to seek the
solitude of forests and plunge in severe austerities in order to unravel the
imperishable brilliance within.
Regal power and
splendour did not the
least deter or slacken
inner aspiration and
spiritual adventure of
our rulers.
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With ease did he gift the kingdom once to his unfriendly neighbouring
king, and at another time to the ministers! Kings had full option in
deciding who would be the right incumbent for the throne. After the
amazing austere life of a mendicant, Bhageeratha still had a melting
heart to assume the throne when his subjects insisted, finding the
kingdom languishing due to misrule.
This is the model, Vasihadeva held before Rama to shape and enrich
the princes life. The immortal glory spiritual wisdom fetches, the culture it
has given shape to, has always held its paramount place in the minds and
hearts of the ruled and ruler alike in this great land. Rama marks but one
distinct link of this ageless cultural chain. Bhageeratha is yet another.
Vasiha is emphatic in showing how the ageless Vedic life and its
splendour remained unsullied over the countless millennia.
To be imbued with the spiritual qualities
Sage Vasiha said to Rama:
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(6p.77.1)
Adopting Bhageerathas lofty vision, cultivating spiritual
enlightenment along with dispassion, remaining Self-seated and
even-minded, perform well whatever needs to be done, with a
quiescent mind and disposition.
After recounting Bhageerathas royal and ascetic life, Vasiha asks Sri
Rama to be imbued with the spiritual qualities: Even-mindedness, truthful
introspection and contemplation. The mind has to be rid of greed,
possessiveness and competition. At the same time, whatever task comes
up from time to time has to be done lovingly and well, without the least
sense of excitement or apprehension. This is how Bhageeratha ruled his
kingdom and became immortal in our cultural history.
(to be continued)
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Self-restfulness
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xi:li S{ Inv *
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By turning your vision inward through deep introspection of the
supreme Truth, and by the sharpness and subtlety of your
intelligence, attain Self-restfulness for a sufficiently long period.
This way, rending asunder all bondages woven by your minds
thoughts and imaginations of the world, be restful and liberated
in heart.
tmnubhti, loka 39
(Poojya Swamijis Composition)
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Verses for Introspection - 25
Devotion is Ever New & Ever Delightful
M Gurupriy
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m girast hyasatr-asatkath
na kathyate yad-bhagavn-adhokaja: ,
tadeva satya tadu haiva magala
tadeva puya bhagavad-guodayam .
tadeva ramya rucira nava nava
tadeva avan-manaso mahotsavam ,
tadeva okrava-oaa n
yad-uttama-lokayaonugyate .
rmadbhgavata 12.12.48-49
Words that do not discuss the Lord, and deal with only worldly
matters, are false and useless. But, the words that reveal the glories
and excellences of the Lord, are true; they alone are auspicious
and holy.
It is words that discuss the excellences of the Lord that remain ever
new and delight the mind. They alone can keep the mind of man
always in a festive mood and dry up the ocean of misery.
Points for Introspection
Every human being, young or old, rich or poor, wants peace and
happiness in life. Nobody wants to undergo misery; nobody wants to be
fearful. But, life is such that even though there are moments of happiness
and peace, those are transitory. Even the periods of much craved for
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peace and happiness are filled with anxiety and fear of losing them. In
short, life in this world is full of tension, anxiety and fear.
The mind has various desires. There is the desire to gain what one likes
and desire to avoid what one dislikes. Because of such likes and dislikes,
the mind remains constantly agitated, worried and dissatisfied.
The question is: Is there no way to transcend this misery and suffering?
Is there no way to experience peace and bliss to experience an unbroken
festivity in the mind?
Our scriptures again and again assure us:
Surely there is a way. To go beyond the
miseries of life one must realize the supreme
Lord in ones own heart. One must start
growing love for the Lord. Our love now is for
the worldly objects. When one grows love for
the supreme Lord, all worldly attractions that generate desire, greed,
disappointment, anger etc. become insignificant. The mind gradually
understands that joy and satisfaction of possessing the objects of desire,
is short-lived. Worldly thoughts and interactions bring misery alone at
the end.
Now, how to turn the mind, which is fascinated by the world, towards God?
How to love God more than anything in this world?
To grow love for the supreme Lord, to consider Him to be Supreme in
ones life, one must hear about Him, read about Him, contemplate on
Him, sing his glories and excellences in such a manner that the mind
gets filled with Him and Him alone.
Hearing and singing the sacred recitals of God has immense purifying
power. When a devotee hears and sings about the Lord, the Lord Himself
enters his heart and purifies him of all desires and doubts. In the purified
heart, the supreme Lord reveals Himself. The devotee, attaining refuge at
How to turn the mind,
which is fascinated by
the world, towards
God? How to love God
more than anything in
this world?
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the holy auspicious feet of the Lord, transcends all sorrow, delusion and
fear.
However, rare are those who hear and sing about the Lord. Mostly people
are engaged in useless talks, discussing only about ones own
possessions or criticizing others. They talk vainly about what more one
can acquire or possess. These talks only excite and agitate the mind
generating more desire, greed, and dissatisfaction. Even if discussions
about literature, music, art and science are elevating to the mind, such
discussions never take the mind beyond suffering and fear, bringing
eternal peace and happiness.
In this loka, the Lord is referred to as Adhokshajah, meaning the One
who is imperceptible to the senses, who is beyond sense perception. All
that is perceived by the senses is transitory. The Lord, who transcends
sense perception, alone is eternal.
The loka says that the words which do not speak about the
Adhokshajah are useless. Because, they do not tell us about the unreal
nature of the world, and the real Presence in our heart. They do not
discuss about how always our sense perceptions are taking us away
from our real eternal nature and making us undergo misery and fear. On
the other hand, when we hear about the supreme transcendental Lord,
we are able to discriminate between real and unreal. As a result, we are
able to hold on to the real and reject the unreal, to which our senses are
constantly dragging us.
Which words, speeches and compositions are real and true then? This
loka says that only the words that speak about the transcendental
Presence are true and auspicious. Those words are real words because
they lead us to the ultimate Truth the abode of eternal bliss, peace and
fearlessness.
It also says that the words describing the Lord are beautiful. Not only
beautiful, they are very tasty. A fruit may be beautiful to look at, but may
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not be tasty. But words about the Lord are not only
beautiful but also sweet. Any eatable has its
particular taste. But, the words describing the Lord have
newer and newer taste pleasing the partaker every
time. That is, when we hear and sing with love for the Adhokshajah,
newer and newer horizons, deeper and deeper insights, are revealed day
after day.
And, what is the result of such growth and enrichment of devotion? The
mind of the devotee becomes full of delight. A kind of unending festivity
fills the mind. Generally, any festivity is transitory, depending on
transitory external situation. We look forward delightfully for the festival
to arrive. We feel joyous while the festival is on. But when the festival
passes off, we get back to our same old monotonous life swinging between
joy and sorrow, full of complaints and dissatisfaction.
But, the words about the eternal Presence fill our mind with eternal
festivity. Because, this festivity does not depend on the transient worldly
situations. Also, when we sing the glories of the Lord, with the mind
enjoying the transcendental festivity, the ocean of misery gets completely
dried up. The devotee, who keeps the Lord in his heart, transcends all
grief.
The words of these lokas are very penetrating. Repeated chanting
immediately fills the mind with a transcendental bliss and festivity, not
known before.
Word Meaning
- (m) = false; | (gira:) = speech/words; - (t:) = they; | (hi) =
indeed; - (asat:) = untrue; -+ (asatkath) = discussions which are
about the unreal; - (na) = no; +- (kathyate) = said; - (yat) = that; --
(bhagavn) = Lord; - (adhokaja:) = the One who is beyond sense
perception; -- (tat) = that; (eva) = alone; - (satya) = true; -- (tat)
The words about
the Lord are not
only beautiful
but also sweet.
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= that; - (u) = further; (ha) = verily; (eva) = only; -z - (magala)
= auspicious; -- (tat) = that; (eva) = alone; - (puya) = holy/pure;
-+ +- (bhagavad-guodayam) = reveal the glory of the Lord.
-- (tat) = that; (eva) = alone; - (ramya) = pleasant; |- (rucira)
= delicious ; - - (nava nava) = newer and newer; -- (tat) = that;
(eva) = alone; - (avat) = eternal; -- (manasa:) = of the mind;
- -- (mahotsavam) = great festival; -- (tat) = that; (eva) = alone;
+ (okrava-oaa) = that which dries up the ocean of misery;
- (n) = of all men; - (yat) = that; ---- + (uttama-loka-yaa:)
= glories and excellences of the Lord; - - (anugyate) = are sung.
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(:) M: Mx +v IV: x Eli i: +iEl +i: * i Mn M h n
ii B i ii = B R M ii B { h *
ii B , ii B S , x x , x: i i , ii B x h Eh h
i =k E: +x Mi *
(y:) gira: bhagavn adhokaja: na kathyate t: asat-kath m asat: hi.
yat bhagavad-guodaya, tat eva satya, tat u ha eva magala, tat
eva puya.
tat eva ramya, tat eva rucira, nava nava, manasa: avat
mahotsava, tat eva n okrava-oaa, yat uttama-loka-yaa:
anugyate.

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Days in USA - II
(Continued from November issue.
E-mails sent from USA during the CIRD-NA Jna Yaja)
M Gurupriy
24 September 2012 (Monday evening), Virginia
On 21 September, in the Marriott hotel in New York City, all of us had
good sleep, except Poojya Swamiji who did not get even a wink of sleep.
Namrata and Mala got ready by 5:00 am, and Pankaj took them to the
other hotel room (which had a kitchen) to prepare Poojya Swamijis food.
Since Marriott hotel did not have any room or suite with kitchen (unlike
in New Jersey last year), Pankaj had booked this hotel room, which had
an attached kitchen. Mala later said that even at 5:00 am they found the
streets extremely busy.
They came back well in time after cooking the breakfast and also lunch
which was to be carried with us to be served to Poojya Swamiji in the
train. While they were serving breakfast to Poojya Swamiji, my heart
was getting full thinking how in spite of all odds, they have been able to
serve Poojya Swamiji the breakfast that he is comfortable with. I wondered
how they managed it, that too so quickly! We did not bring too much of
luggage. Did they have the required vessels, I wondered! I was thinking
of Poojya Swamijis age; if he has to travel, his food has to be looked
after well. I was happy thinking that now in almost all the places, there
are a few who devotionally and dedicatedly look after Poojya Swamijis
food.
The GIBM (Global Indian Business Meet) talk was at 9:00 am in the
same hotel. Sri Anandakrishnan came to meet Poojya Swamiji. He said,
Participation seems to be very poor. The talk (key note address) could
start only by 9.45 am, as the organizers wanted to wait and see whether
some more participants would turn up.
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Poojya Swamijis talk was wonderful. More people should have listened
to it. Most amazing is how Poojya Swamiji remains spirited even if the
attendance is very poor. There were about 40 in the audience. They had
expected around 700. Just imagine! I asked Poojya Swamiji whether it
was worth coming for this programme taking so much of trouble,
considering that he was still under jet lag. Poojya Swamiji said:
Something good will come out of it.
This is what is meant by reliance on the Supreme! This is what is
acceptance of all situations! May we imbibe these qualities from our
Master!
We had to take the 12:00 noon train for our return journey. Heath and
Dr. Kumar drove us to the station. Dr. Kumar had bought sandwiches
for us to be taken in the train. He also bought murukku (a South Indian
savoury) for us from some Indian shop, as he strongly felt that we must
have been missing Indian food!
While we were following the porter with trolley, suddenly I found Poojya
Swamiji standing in front of an American lady who stood with folded
hands, eyes fixed on Swamiji. She was repeating the word namaste. As
I reached her, she turned towards me and said namaste again. I asked
her how she knew this word! She said she had a Gujarati nephew, from
whom she had learnt the word. She was looking at us very devotionally,
her eyes filled with blessedness.
At that moment, I felt that devotion has no boundary; it cannot be limited
by any country, race, or religion. Her face was tender and soft with
devotion and she looked similar to any of the Indian women in our
country wearing saree and having a bindi on the forehead. In a very soft
voice she murmured: You are holy people. You are wearing orange. I
feel so blessed today that I have met you. Then she started narrating to
me how she had various experiences during her prayers.
We had to take leave, as it was time to board the train. Although the
porter here could not help us with a wheel chair, he guided us to the
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front of the train to a compartment where we were the first to board.
We reached Washington DC Union station at 2.45 pm. After getting down
from the train, Pankaj requested the ticket checkers for a buggy-car. What
a surprise! The same man came with his buggy. When we understood
that it was he who was coming, we were so delighted that we started
waving at him from a distance. He too was equally delighted and was
waving back with a big smile on his face.
His name, he said, was Kenny an African-American. How delightfully
helpful he was! Not only he took us in his buggy up to our car, but also
did not allow us to stand in queue for a taxi. He said he would get us a
cab once we spot our car. And that is what he did! I felt I would never
forget this friendly man and his behaviour.
Today we had no programme. So, the whole day I could write. Hope all
of you are doing well.
With love, M.
25 September 2012 (Tuesday), Virginia
The day we arrived here (19 September) from India, we heard that the
dryer of the washing machine in Pankajs house was not working. With
five of us arriving together and three already there, the laundry situation
became quite hopeless. Because, here people generally do not hang
clothes outside on clothes-line for drying. Poojya Swamiji suggested that
we seek the neighbours permission. When Pankaj approached the
neighbour (Japanese) regarding this matter, they not only consented to
our putting up clothes-lines, but also offered to dry the clothes in their
own dryer. They said their maid assistant (from Philippines) would help
us. They felt it was an opportunity to do service to holy people. So, the
maid has been helping. When she saw us hanging clothes on the clothes-
line, she called Anu and told her that we need not take the trouble, but
should give the clothes to her for drying in their dryer.
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Right after arrival, everybody became very busy with the Experiential
Vedanta Programme and the New York trip. Only yesterday morning (24
September) there was time. The mechanic also came to repair the dryer.
The whole of forenoon today, Namrata and Swati became laundry ladies
washing, drying, folding, and ironing.
In the evening today, we went to the Durga Temple where the Vinu-
sahasranma Yaja will be conducted. The Temple people are very
helpful. In 1999, Poojya Swamiji had spoken from this temple hall. The
temple is very clean, and does not have the usual temple look. We found
some very interesting notices there for the information of the devotees. It
was quite clear that the notices were put up because of some commonly
faced problems. They are quite similar to what we face regularly in our
Ashram and the Centres. Quite amusing to see that in any public place,
behaviour of people is the same and hence rules and observances also
necessarily become the same.
Although the NYC trip was quite hectic, I liked the whole event. In all
my three earlier visits to the US, we have mostly interacted with Indians,
not having much opportunity to be in the midst of locals. This time,
having to spend time in the railway station, I could leisurely watch the
people of this land how they move, how they talk, etc. I could watch
families sitting together waiting for the train. Some seemed to be friends
or colleagues travelling together, some seemed to be students, and so on.
The little but friendly interaction with the porter, people passing by and
saying hello, the friendly gesture of the man who very willingly vacated
a good seat for us in the train all these gave me a feeling that there is
a basic common goodness in all human beings, whichever country they
may belong to. I always have a wish to know about people from different
places what are their customs and habits, their thought processes,
their family structure and their ways of life.
It is quite late in the night. Tomorrow, 26th September, we leave for
California Poojya Swamiji, myself, Namrata and Mala. Flight is at 6.10
pm. A six hour flight. It seems, Yogesh and his parents had already
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arrived at Santhis house (Irvine, California) on Saturday.
Nutan Swamiji will be here. His lectures on Bhagavadgeeta will start
from 27th in Shouse Village Community Hall, and will continue up to
Sunday. Swati also is staying back to assist the other volunteers.
With love, M
28 September 2012 (Friday), California
The whole of 26th morning we were busy packing for our trip to
California. Apart from personal belongings, we had to pack books and
CDs, some cooking vessels as well as gerua (ochre) clothes for covering
chairs, etc. We were to start from the residence at 3.30 pm. Had to carry
our dinner also with us. Mala, Santhi and Anu were busy in the kitchen
preparing and packing food, and also packing kitchen material. Namrata
and Swati were trying to take stock of books and CDs and then pack
them in suitable suitcases. Being a working day, men-folk were not
available for assistance in packing. But, Chandrashekhar, Rita and their
two sons, Krishna and Shankar, who had arrived the previous day from
New Jersey for Poojya Swamijis darshan, had come in the morning to
help.
While we were in the midst of packing, Yogesh called from California
and gave the news that the flight was late by an hour. Subsequently we
started getting news every now and then that the flight was further
delayed. We even started doubting whether the flight would take off at
all. Doubt, because the American Airlines pilots were on strike. Anyway,
when we were told that the fight will surely take off at 8.20 pm, we got
ready to start from home at 5.30 pm.
30 September 2012 (Sunday), California
Days became very hectic with one programme after another. Although
my mind was quite eager to proceed with writing, I could not find time
so far. With Poojya Swamijis talk today, all outside programmes in
California are over. Tomorrow at 7:00 pm will be the last Satsang here at
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the residence. Tomorrow morning being free, a ride along the seashore
(Pacific Ocean) has been planned. Day after tomorrow we leave for
Virginia.
When we arrived from Virginia on 26th, Natarajan, Murthy, Ravi and
Narayanan (Kannur) were there to receive Poojya Swamiji and party at
Los Angeles airport. By the time we reached home and settled down, it
was 2.30 am. If we were in Virginia it would have been 5.30 am then.
Again jet lag!! But somehow, the programmes were so back to back that
there was no time even to fall a prey to Jet lag!
It is quite late, at night. Will try to continue tomorrow.
1 October 2012 (Monday), California
We just returned from the long drive that was planned for this morning.
It is 12.30 pm now. We had started at 9.30 am in two cars. Namrata
stayed back alone in the house, as she had some work to complete. We
kept on driving along the highway running by the side of the Pacific
Ocean. On one side there were hillocks dotted with cute houses. At places,
the hills were quite barren too. On the other side was the ocean, vast
and limitless. As far as the eyes could see, near the horizon, the sky bent
down to embrace the sea. When the road ran very close to the sea, we
could see the colour of the water very clearly. It was bright emerald
green fading into dark blue, light blue, and then white as it went away
from the beach. We stopped at two places, got down from the car for a
while.
The sun was very bright and hot, but there was a cool breeze blowing.
We saw many walking, jogging and sun-bathing. How they were
tolerating such heat, I wondered! At one spot, many were water-surfing.
Very interesting! We were mostly driving, as the heat outside the car was
too much. I was quite happy being able to see the ocean for such a long
time. The very expanse makes the mind dispassionate. The eyes want to
look on at that expanse unbrokenly. Slowly the very existence melts down
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into insignificance. And then slowly, almost unawares, the whole being
spreads out merging into the Infinite.
With love, M
5 October 2012 (Friday), Virginia
Till yesterday I remembered that today is Nutan Swamijis birthday. But,
did not remember in the morning. Nutan Swamiji himself announced
that it is his birthday today. On this occasion, it was very nice to see all
of you on Skype. Even though we are far apart, I never feel the distance
as I keep on sharing my thoughts with all of you. Last night, suddenly
I started feeling the distance. That was because I could not write to you
keeping all of you in my front, for quite a few days.
On 27th September, the day next to our arrival in California, the morning
was free for us. Natarajan, Murthy, and Ravi had decided to take us to
Disneyland which is about 20 minutes drive from the residence. We heard
that Disneyland is so huge that it would take more than 2 days to see
everything. We neither had time nor were interested to go around.
Anyway, it was decided that we would take a ride to Disneyland just to
have an idea about the place.
Natarajan was driving Poojya Swamiji, myself and Mala. The 2nd car
was driven by Murthy, with Narayanan, Sumam and Ravi as passengers.
On the way, Natarajan was giving a commentary on various landmarks,
road-signs, exits to freeways and parkways. The parking lot in
Disneyland is huge 7 storied it seems. 7000 cars can be parked at a
time, we were told. A little away from the parking lot run the trams that
carry the visitors very near to the entry point. All of us boarded the tram.
We went past well-kept gardens all along the route. At places were statues
of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and also of Donald Duck.
The spot where we got down from the tram was a little away from the
entry gate. Natarajan said that we could at least see the entry point
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which itself is beautiful. It was impossible to see more that day, because
it was already very late. Instead of going up to the entry gate and then
turning back, we decided to return by the very next tram.
The whole place was filled with visitors, especially children and their
parents. I enjoyed looking at the children so sweet and cute, all of
them! They looked almost like cute dolls! In some cases, only the mother
was accompanying. But mostly the whole family was together. Small
children were being pushed in prams. There were double-seater prams
too, where even the older child was being pushed. Bigger families with
four children were quite common. The joy in everybodys face was
something which I enjoyed. A small child of about 3 years or so was
seen trolleying her own small little pink-coloured backpack with wheels.
What she was carrying in that, I wondered! It is enlightening to note
how the children of this land are taught to be independent from such a
young age!
A couple of days later, while we were returning from the lecture hall, at
one point Natarajan parked the car on the side of the road. It seems
everyday there are fireworks from Disneyland at that time. We had a
very good view of the fire works. Our Trichur Pooram fireworks are
equally good, if not better, we felt.
By the way, the 2-day discourses of Poojya Swamiji in California were
held in Gayatri Chetana Centre, which is a branch of Gayatri Parivar of
Haridwar. Poojya Swamiji mentioned to them about us being hosted in
Shanti Kunj (Haridwar) during Kumbha Mela in 2009; and also about
the Gayatri Rath having come to our Ashram.
I shall stop now. We will go to the Viu-sahasranma Yaja venue
shortly. It is nearly 5:00 pm here.
With love, M
(to be continued)
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Correspondence
Trekking the Spiritual Path
11 August 1996
Poojya Swamiji:
My prostrations to you. I also prostrate to M and Nutan Swamiji with
reverence and love. I thank you for your love and concern.
Swamiji, I am going through difficult times. My sister alone understood
me and the Lord protected me. Every time there was a marriage proposal,
I cried out your name for help and was protected. But last month I
reached my limits. Yet, I understand my parents concern. I wept before
my family to leave me alone.
Swamiji, I am not ready for marriage and do not want to discuss this
any more. I have always felt my life has been designed by Krishna and
every experience takes me closer to Him. Please understand my need
and be kind to me do not label me as arrogant and impolite. You are
my only refuge it is difficult to express myself. My Lord knows it all
and is a witness to my sentiments and emotions.
I am aware that my parents have taken a lot of care and you have been
even more concerned about me. But I am tired of this issue now. Is my
Lord testing me? I am extremely sorry for the trouble caused because of
me.
I have not progressed much in spirituality and this worries me more.
Please free me from this tension and burden.
Yours, R
* * *
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5 September 1996
Dear and blessed R:
Hari Om Tat Sat. With love and fondness, I read your letter of 11th
Aug. Do you not know: my heart delights when it sees someone filled
with devotion or seeking. In devotion there is no stealth. In seeking there
cannot be any delusion. Never has it been found that love to God can be
bartered. Seeking is an urge that cannot be replaced by anything else.
Yearning for moksha has only one fulfillment attaining it.
Devotional love for God, will not accept any substitute.
But where are the hearts unsullied and untainted to afford such piety
and zeal? They are rarer than the Creator! Creator is one and is
everywhere. So plentiful any time! But seekers are always rare.
Why should the matter of marriage cause you so much of botheration?
Your parents will and do think the way they are doing now. They were
married, and as a result they gave birth to you. Is it not natural to them
to think of marrying off their child also, as they had married themselves?
In spite of everything, they will strive their way. I compliment them for
doing so.
Sri Rama was dissuaded by every one in Ayodhya, including Sage
Vasihadev and Daaratha, to sit on the throne by force, disregarding
his fathers words. But he did not. He chose to trek to the woods, and he
lived there for fourteen years.
You must and have to face such persuasions, dissuasions, insistences
and the like. By these, ensure that your devotional inclination gets further
fortified. Search your own heart. Look for even the slightest trace of passion
and urge for possession, companionship and the like. If nothing is there,
then you are declared to be fit only for being Gods. Be that then. Who can
prevent you from trekking the devotional path?
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Your own mind and heart are your obstacles. They alone are your friends
and supporters too. At the same time, be kind, loving and considerate to
all. Honour them and their concerns. By such a move alone your heart
will be empowered.
I know of a boy who came to the Ashram for a visit years ago. Then he
went back home. There, he lay on the lap of his mother, crying and
weeping, confessing his flair for spiritual life. The mother at last nodded
her consent. Any well-wisher will like your well-being. But, in the
beginning, they will move in their own way.
So do not have any remorse. Do not doubt or fear; do not swing or
swerve. Let depth and stability dawn. And decide to move forward. Seek
your parents consent and support. They will surely extend it.
Or, in the process, if an opposite resolution takes place, honour that
also. Your own heart is the architect of your life. May that be sustained.
Love and rvd.
Your own Antartm, Swamiji
* * *
With respect to the Creator, the right attitude you should develop
is one of fondness. Commands and injunctions like duty and
responsibility are prescribed for those who lack natural fondness
with regard to whatever they are required to do. I like God,
therefore I remember Him; I love God, that is why I dedicate
everything to Him this should be your approach.
Swamiji
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Back to Eternity
Rukmini Rao (Pune)
Hari Om Tat Sat. Rukmini, wife of Dr.
Balabheem Rao, left her body on October
5 in Pune, having been unwell for some
days. She was a gentle, amiable soul,
who took to spiritual pursuit as well as
societal service with equal fondness.
It was in 1960s that Rukmini and her
husband came in contact with me.
Balabheem was given to intense yogsana
practice. Whatever spiritual affinity it had
brought to his mind took a new spiritual
dimension, when he, with Rukmini, sought Brahmavidy deeksha from
me in Jamshedpur. Rukmini endeared herself to the Satsang group as well
as children, in whom she instilled spiritual culture in her own natural
manner.
Though a chronic asthma patient, she did not feel deterred in her active
spirituo-social interest and pursuit. With a mind spiritually attuned, the
impact of diseases certainly dwindles.
After retirement of her husband from Tisco, they shifted to Pune, where
the family made contact with our devotees. Thus Brahmavidy seekers
and devotees there became Rukminis cherished company. She was a
focal point for many women to get together for learning and reciting
Bhagavadgeet. Many a drop makes an ocean. It is such trickles from
many that grow into a great culture, as it has been from times
immemorial.
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Her friendly, caring, helpful nature endeared her to many, young and
old. Praveen Rao, her son, writes that these qualities are something the
children would cherish to intensify in themselves. What more can be
expected from filial fondness and dedication! Fortunate is the mother
and even more fortunate are the children.
Rukmini will continue to live in my heart. May the whole family reflect
as often as they can about her spiritual fondness and affinity, making
sure that they lovingly pursue her devotional dedication and zeal. This
will enrich them abundantly, and also result in an esteemed heredity.
Swamiji
* * *
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Essential Concepts in Bhagavadgt (Volume 6), was released by
Poojya Swamiji on Nov 17, during the inauguration of the 38th
Delhi Jna Yaja. The first copy was given to Supreme Court
Justice AK Patnaik. This volume, dealing with the concepts
presented in Chapter 18 of Bhagavadgeeta, completes the series
Essential Concepts in Bhagavadgt, authored by Poojya
Swamiji. The integration that started in chapter 2 by establishing
karma-yoga on a firm foundation of jna, is brought to its
pinnacle in 18th chapter, where karma-yoga, jna-yoga, and
bhakti-yoga merge beautifully to take the sdhaka to his ultimate
goal being one with the Supreme.
Chennai Jna Yaja 2012 was scheduled between 25 & 31 October
just 12 days after Poojya Swamiji, Nutan Swamiji and M returned
News & Notes
Poojya Swamiji addressing the audience on
Self-realization in the words of Krishna, akara and Vasiha. (Oct 26-28)
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from the hectic 24-day long USA Jnna Yaja. Poojya Swamiji travelled
to Chennai with a severe throat trouble. He reached Chennai on Oct
24, accompanied by Sri CS Sridhar. M was restricted from travelling,
by the doctor, as she was still under treatment for the newly developed
lumbar problem. Ms absence made everybody sad, but also more
alert while setting up the new apartment in Perungadi as Ashram-
residence to host Poojya Swamiji, Ashramites and volunteers during
the Jna Yaja.
Keeping Poojya Swamijis health in mind, the announced pda-pooj was
replaced by a simple function of Pupa-samarpaam on October 25.
But to everybodys surprise, Poojya Swamiji delivered his message in
a powerful voice. He emphasized the eternality of mind-based pursuit
and mind-based sdhan, exhorting devotees to rise above rituals and
material-based pooj.
Fortunately, Poojya Swamijis health improved by 26th, and the 3-day
discourse on Self-realization in the Words of Krishna, akara, and
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Vasiha commenced with a comfortable note at Sivagami Pethachi
Auditorium, Mylapore. Sri P.S. Sridhar, Additional Secretary to Tamil
Nadu Government (Department of Higher Education) was the Chief
Guest. Over the three sessions, Swamiji beautifully integrated the
fundamental messages from Krishnas Bhagavadgeet, akarchryas
Vivekacmai and Vasihas Yoga-vsiha Rmyaa.
On Sunday, October 28, there was also an interactive Satsang in the
forenoon at the same venue (Petachi Auditorium). Poojya Swamijis
replies to more than 15 interesting questions on various aspects of
spirituality, enriched and elevated all. The concluding discourse on Yoga-
vsiha Rmyaa was a pilgrimage through the mind. During this
last day of the lecture, Poojya Swamiji spoke very touchingly as to
how in spite of ill health he felt committed to the seekers of Chennai
and decided to come to the city.
The 2-day Malayalam Talk on Bhagavnde Mumbil Bhaktan (Devotee
in front of the Lord) was on 29th & 30th evening, at Sri Ayyappa
Temple, Anna Nagar. On 31st forenoon, there was an informal Satsang
with Chennai devotees during which Poojya Swamiji reviewed the
format being followed for Chennai weekly Satsang and gave further
suggestions and guidance. Swamiji emphasized that conducting the
Satsang at a fixed public venue every week, instead of on rotation at
devotees homes, would give a public nature to the event, encouraging
many seekers to participate freely.
38th Delhi Annual Jna Yaja: Poojya Swamiji accompanied by Nutan
Swamiji and M reached CIRD-Vasundhara on Nov 14. Brni. Namrata
Swaroop travelled with them. Guru-archan was performed on Nov
16 by Smt. Raji and Sri Gopinathan on behalf of all the devotees.
Detailed report on Delhi programme will appear in the next issue.
Poojya Swamiji will return to the Ashram on Dec 04 night.
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Nov 05: Poojya Swamiji ceremonially erected the first post of the
Satra-l pandal for reemad Bhgavata Tattva Sameeksh Satram to
commence in Naimisharanyam, Paralikad, from 23rd December.
Swamiji addressed the devotees and volunteers assembled for the
occasion, emphasizing that to have completed a decade in conducting
the yearly holy event is especially significant, bringing to all concerned
a renewed energy, an additional resolve and commitment, to take the
event forward for many more decades.
11th reemad Bhgavata Tattva Sameeksh Satram will be held from
December 23, 2012, to January 1, 2013 in Paralikad Naimishrayam,
in the sacred precincts of Tacchanatthukavu Devi Temple. Organized
jointly by Narayanashrama Tapovanam and Hind Navotthana Pratishtan,
this great jna-mahotsava (wisdom-festivity) intends to ensure the
prosperity and well-being (kshema-magala) of one and all, by instilling
spirituo-social values reemad Bhgavatam presents and discusses.
About 30 exponents are expected to speak (in Malayalam) highlighting
the values presented throughout the Text. On Dec 28 & 30 there will
be talks by Nutan Swamiji and M in English. Bhat Srvajanika Mah
Mtyunjaya Homam will be held on Dec 23, and Viu-sahasra-nma
Srvajanika Mah-yaja on Jan 01, 2013, the concluding day of the
Satram.
Mtji Sulabha Devis 23rd Mahsamdhi day will be commemorated
on Dec 17 at the Ashram.
18th Annual Geeta Tattva Sameeksh in Thrissur will be held from
20th to 27th January 2013 at the Vadakkunathan Temple
Sreemoolasthnam. Poojya Swamiji will speak (in Malayalam) on the
18th chapter of Bhagavadgeet.
Scenes from the 10th Satram
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tma-sphuraagal (weekly email in Malayalam): As per the wishes
expressed by many of our Malayalam readers, Poojya Swamijis weekly
message can now be had in Malayalam also, in the form of weekly
email. This is in addition to the regular feature in English. Below is
the benedictory note (translated from Malayalam) by Poojya Swamiji
on this occasion:
It is the values and qualities embraced and pursued diligently by the
human mind that make life auspicious and fulfilling. Failure to
provide the right value-nourishment would bring in depravity and
degradation. This holds true not just for the individual, but also for
the family, society, or even an entire nation. It is by repeated
introspection that a value gets instilled into the inner personality.
When rightly imbibed, a value moulds the life of an individual,
bestowing on him immense inner strength, and enabling him to
excel in his path. And it is these same values that take the sincere
seeker to the ultimate goal of spiritual felicity and fulfillment.
To subscribe to the newsletter tma-sphuraagal
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Wholesome Reliance on the Supreme
Generally, ones sdhan is piecemeal it is time-bound and place-
bound. Thereby it becomes limited. To enable the seeker to get over
this constriction, Krishna brings the principle of all-foldness, to
generate a new note of wholesomeness and continuity. He says:
+-|- + + -+-+
--t++--|- - -+--++ (18.56)
By undertaking all activities with wholesome reliance on the Supreme,
thereby acquiring the grace of the Supreme, one attains the eternal,
imperishable abode.
All that one has to ensure is that his mind completely rests and
relies on the Supreme. Such a reliance has the inherent power and
potential to look after all his needs. It will also safeguard, may be
mysteriously, against any possible slips and errors he may incur
any time.
Dissuading the mind and intelligence from the plural world and
infusing the sublimity of the transcendental Supreme is the best
safeguard to ensure that only good actions are propelled and the
right evaluations arrived at. The mind and intelligence will imbibe
the best of sublimation and enrichment by their wholesome
attunement to the Supreme.
(Extract from Poojya Swamijis new book
Essential Concepts in Bhagavadgt, Vol 6)