Blog Plans for the year 2020

Blog related activities:

  1. Digital Media Library Creation and Maintenance.
  2. Record Audio Files for multi-lingual blog posts.
  3. Record Audio for various topics on an adhoc basisand provide reference to audio to these blog posts for easier comprehension.
  4. Interact with like-minded frequently to create conversations blog posts using Instant Messengers like WhatsApp, Skype, Google talk, blog comments etc. to augment blog content.

Content related activities:

  1. Bhagavad Gita Work – Attempt to work comprehensively by giving each sloka due weightage.
  2. Srimad Bhagavatham Work: Enhance knowledge in Sanskrit – A novel attempt to identify the 10 Sargas across all the 12 cantos and an attempt to create 10 chapters with due reference.
  3. Give importance to the mother tongue Tamil (hitherto un-touched) by working on and translating the English blog posts as well as provide specific content to the target audience.

This Seeker 2 seeks all the best wishes and blessings from all the bloggers / casual readers for this task.

My ardent prayers to:

  • The Goddess of Learning Goddess Saraswathi,
  • Srila Vyasadeva – The literary incarnation of The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Compiler of Vedas
  • Lord Shiva – The Lord of Material Nature and False Ego.
  • All the controllers and the maintainers of the various entities of this material universe.
  • All Spiritual Masters and disciples of All Sampradayas
  • All material entitiesLiving – moving and non-moving, Non-Living – objects devoid of life-force / soul.

All your words of encouragement in the form of likes and comments will be invigorating to me to provide significant impetus to this seemingly insurmountable task.

Hare Krishna!

Om Namo Naaraayanaaya!

References:

  1. Summary of Teachings from Srimad Bhagavatham – Part One
  2. Reflections on Srimad Bhagavatham Canto 1
  3. Conversation 016 – Process of creation of material elements explained scientifically in Srimad Bhagavatam
  4. Magnificence of Srimad Bhagavatham

Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2019-20 Photo Album and Video

Vaikuntha Ekadasi

Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi Vrata and engage in remembering the Supreme Lord by chanting His Holy Names and singing His glories.

Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight of the waxing or waning moon and occurs twice in a month.

But the Ekadashi that occurs in the month of Margashirsha (December – January) during the fortnight of waxing moon is of special significance and is glorified as Vaikuntha Ekadashi.

This is a major festival of South India celebrated in all the temples of Lord Vishnu.

I invite you all to view and relish the photographs and a video taken by me on the Dasami (10th Day) or Ekadashi eve.

Photography

Door to Vaikunta

Video : Vaikunta Ekadasi Eve – 2019-20 Sri Thirumalagiri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Temple, JP Nagar, Bangalore

Request you to kindly like/comment this initiative as an acknowledgement and provide encouragement to my further initiatives.

Thanking you,

Chant / சொல்லுங்கோ / ಸೊಲ್ಲುನಂಗೊ / సొల్లుంగో / बोलो

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare |

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare ||

ஹரே கிருஷ்ணா ஹரே கிருஷ்ணா கிருஷ்ணா ஹரே ஹரே ஹரே |
ஹரே ராம ஹரே ராம ராம ராம ரமே ஹரே ||

ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಹರೇ |
ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ಹರೇ ||

హరే కృష్ణ హరే కృష్ణ కృష్ణ కృష్ణ కృష్ణ హరే హరే |
హరే రామ హరే రామ రామ రామ హరే ||

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे |
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे ||

May I?

O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought by any being other than those created by you, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or non-living. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.” – Srimad Bhagavatham 7.3.35-38

If we don’t want to realise the purpose of life as a human being and indulge in everything else other this, we are inferior to even demons whose only purpose in their life is sense gratification. The above verse is from Srimad Bhagavatham where Hiranyakasipu, the king of the demons, on performing long austerities to Lord Brahma asks for the above benedictions thinking himself over-smart only to be put to dust later by Lord Narasimhadeva, the magnificent incarnation of The Supreme Personality of Godhead – Lord Shri Krishna/Lord Vishnu.

This prayer/poem “May I” is an inspiration based on the above benedictions by Hiranyakasipu in order to understand what is our actual position and what should be our real aspiration. “May I” is dedicated to Lord Narasimhadeva, the man-lion incarnation.

May I!

May I beg Lord Shri Krishna that I forever be under His protection and fully surrendered to him!

May these transgressions from spiritual pursuits to be realised only for the time being till I am absolved of my family responsibilities and obligations!

May I able to quit family life then and forever be under Your mercy and protection O Shri Krishna!

May I always live with minimalistic needs while all the time involve myself in chanting your Holy names, reading, writing and listening about You and Your pastimes!

May I quit this body at Your will, while being forever remain surrendered to You life after life!

May this soul always be at Your mercy, so there is no reason to ask for any benediction from You!

May whatever be the condition You put to this soul Please let me always remember You because without your remembrance this soul just cannot exist!

 May I beg You to make me remain as a dust under Your lotus feet since I don’t know to perform any austerities properly nor I know to interpret you properly. All I know is You only!

May I forever be under the shelter of your pure devotees and by fully surrendered to them to solicit their company to continuously chant Your names and Your Holy pastimes!

May I not want any palatable food that kindles the taste buds that drag me into the mode of passion and ignorance. I also don’t want anything else that will make me forget You!

May I not sleep at all because it will make me forget You and to chant Your Holy names all the time – Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Vishnu Sahasranamam and all glorious prayers written for You by Your devotees – prayers that are worthy to be sung!

May I always sing Your prayers describing Your insignia – Sudarshan chakra conch club sword bow etc which are non-different from You!

May I always sing prayers about your glorious incarnations matsya kurma varaha Narasimha Vamana Parasurama Rama Balarama Krishna Kalki which are non-different from you!

May I always sing prayers about your consorts who are your internal potencies – Goddess Maha Lakshmi,  Srimati Radharani and so on!

May I forget hunger, thirst, family relationships and whatever material assets you have given me that will anyway leave me at the time of quitting this body which is only a bag that is constantly emitting foul substances but still wants to enjoy these impermanent things called material nature!

May I always remember You because You only are the object and objective worth remembering!

May I always remember you because You are the only one who is eternal – existing before the creation, during the creation, during the sustenance, during the annihilation and also after the annihilation You only remain!

May I always be surrendered to You without any inhibitions or any expectations!

May I always remain surrendered to You and be under Your protection seeking absolutely nothing from anyone or anything else!

May I always continue to remain in this mindset of being fully surrendered to You under any situation that may be imposed because of karma!

May this commitment of being fully surrendered to you never ever waver no matter what, irrespective of whatever tribulations that I may be put in!

May this act of surrendering to you unconditionally be the only permanent thing in my mind!

May I beg you to accept my Surrender to you – this insignificant soul – and resolve me of all the sins and harms that I have committed to myself and to any living being either willingly or unwillingly!

May I sincerely seek Your forgiveness and beg You to accept my surrender and that I face all the eventualities that will arise out of my foolishness wholeheartedly and make sure I do not commit the same foolishness again!

Finally, please accept my surrender and make me do everything for You without expectation of any reward and make me do everything ONLY for the satisfaction to you!

And by surrendering to You unconditionally Please let your unsurmountable illusory energy Maya not act on me for without wholehearted surrender to Your Lotus feet, this is just not possible!

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!

Om Namo Naaraayanaaya!

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!

Prayers to Priya Krishna on his birthday

You have a specific mission for each of your incarnations,
You descend on to the planets out of your own will.

Everything is playtime for you,
You are not bound by any injunctions.

Because you are the cause of all causes,
You don’t have any specific cause or need of your own.

You are equal to everyone.

You are the supreme controller of everything in all the material universes,
But you are controlled by the unconditional love of your pure devotees.

Pure devotees understand your unequivocal statement of total surrender as in “Maam Ekam Saranam Vraja” in your Bhagavad Gita 18.66.

Pure devotees find it very difficult to survive in this present world though Krishna is always on their lips all the time,
When you always give your remembrance to them what else do they need now and forever?

Your name transcends them beyond hunger thirst bodily relationship material wealth and even the dreaded death dreaded by common souls,

You take care of their minimalistic needs since you are the protector of even the most insignificant creatures,
After all how long this materialistic possession will last?

Only Your grace and mercy is permanent!

You are so simple in Your demands that all You want is full devotion with offer of little flower fruit leaf or water.

You are always ready to give us the maximum benediction and what is that?
To cross this ocean of material misery to the other side.

Let’s all pray to Krishna to be satisfied with what we have materialistic and yearn for spending lots of time towards spiritual knowledge and prayers that aims us towards achieving the higher purpose of life…

Conversation 057 – Being interviewed by a reporter from a Spiritual Magazine

I must say that this conversation happened only because of the divine will of Lord Lakshmi Narayana in this temple that I visit almost every day. Otherwise, there could be no other reason!

This conversation took place on 04-July-2019 but I am able to make the full transcript only now.

There is this reporter of a prominent spiritual magazine in Tamil language (name asked to be kept in anonymity), who happened to see me and recognize me. He happened to visit the temple that day. He stopped me right on the road and wanted to converse with me. The conversation (Tamil translated to English) goes like this:

Seeker 1(Reporter)

Seeker 2(Rajini (myself))

Seeker 1: I am a reporter from this magazine in Tamil. We focus mainly on spiritual subjects. I have been a regular follower of your blog and I see that you are nearing 150 posts, that is really a big achievement!

Seeker 2: Thank you very much. I am very glad that you are regularly checking on my blog posts.

Seeker 1: It is my pleasure. I note that you have good knowledge on scriptures, particularly Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatham, Thirukural etc.

Seeker 2: 😊 Please don’t say that. I am only a learner…

Seeker 1: I find that you have written a lot and covered a lot of topics in depth. I want you to summarise based on all that you have written on the present attitude of people in general and what could be done about it.

Seeker 2: 😊we are standing on the road and do you want to talk about it right here?

Seeker 1: I am really sorry. I respect the value of time and so we cannot afford to go to my office to have discussion at this point of time.

Seeker 2: That’s really very nice of you! Okay, then we shall go to this isolated kind of annexure to this temple. I call it the ant-hill Lord Lakshmi Narayanan 😊. I am usually here most of the time because this is solitary and peaceful for prayers. No one ever comes here inside 😊

Seeker 1: Sure.

Seeker 1: I am recording what you are saying for my interpretations. I hope this is fine with you. I would share the recording with you after sometime. I think the recording is likely to be interspersed with lot of traffic noise because of our location, but I think that doesn’t matter.

Seeker 2: Sure. But One thing I want to tell you. This is the place where I meditate regularly. So, I might get into a sort of trance at some point of time as I watch Lord Lakshmi Naarayanaa and speak on the answer😊 and say anything as ordained that time, you may note some subtle changes in my voice etc., but I would sincerely request you to take note of the validity of whatever I say and use it for the benefit of everyone.

Seeker 1: Sure, I will.

Seeker 2: Before I answer on what you have asked, I dedicate whatever that I had to say, advertently or inadvertently to Goddess Saraswathi because She is the source of all knowledge, She is the object of all knowledge and also She is the destination of all knowledge. I also seek the blessings of the source of everything, Lord Naarayanaa and His eternal consort Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Seeker 2: <<Goddess Saraswathi Invocation>>

Seeker 2: Here it goes…

Seeker 2: People, why you are running around here and there all the time? Where do you actually want to go from here? What big things are you doing in this world that is of really of any significance or benefit to anyone or anything? What???

Seeker 2: Same running around all the time…same sleeping…same waking up…same eating…same work…day in and day out…

Seeker 2: When is this all going to end?… Is this work that you are doing giving any satisfaction to you? you are doing the same thing again and again as if you have become mentally retarded…

Seeker 2: Is this giving happiness? What sorts of happiness? Where is this all leading to?

Seeker 2: At the end of ONE day, we all have to leave this place., by being disciplined. Doing good…learning good things. do you want to find a way of reaching the abode of Lord Vishnu…or…

Seeker 2: By being too materialistic like…I have to buy this house…I am to earn this much…I have to buy that car…I have to buy this…I have to buy that…I have to buy luxuries for my family and well-wishers…

Seeker 2: Eat this…eat that…eat whatever I feel like that satisfies my palate…

Seeker 2: You have this…I have that. I will show off my possessions to people around me but that only gain you jealousy and envy…

Seeker 2: What is going to come to you finally? Are these “possessions” of yours really yours??? What is really going to come to with you at the end?

Seeker 2: How you have lived…How has been your life…Has anyone really benefited from your gestures that transformed them, that made you live in their heart forever like a guardian angel? He introduces you to his friends and well-wishers…saying…”I have been with this person…What I am now is because of him”…Have you made anyone tell like this about you? Then what has been the purpose of your life? What is going to happen after you are no longer there? What are the people going to talk about you then?

Seeker 2: Goats, cows, pigs etc. eat well…sleep well…procreate well…know how to defend…are you being born as a human being only to do this in a much more sophisticated manner?

Seeker 2: Do you know how you have evolved into a human being? These mundane things what you are doing now are being done by you in all your life forms since ages…

Seeker 2: You have been provided intelligence…right? right? Doing these same things, then what is the use of acquiring this human birth after crossing all these life forms…

Seeker 2: Wealth, Work??? Can you do it honest in this world? Everything is disguised cheating…. that causes heart-burns for so many people and you are also not satisfied as well…

Seeker 2: This is Karmic influence…you have to face it…Will it go? What is going to happen after THAT day…Is atma (soul) like a stone etc. that is made from 5 material elements to also disappear??? atma is life particle…atma is eternal…and that keeps transmigrating…

Seeker 2: The Supreme Lord thinks this way…Atma ,  you moved away from Me…you wanted an identity…to dominate material nature… “thinking” I know how to live on my own…the material nature is mine and is for mine…this body is mine…this is my wife…my kid…my house…my nation…my earth…

Seeker 2: Krishna asks…What is yours???? For how long?  What did you bring in when you came into this world? From previous births…t is just continuing from there. What else you had? Understand that..your being is now like a dog…just for the sake of living a livelihood and seeking petty pleasures, you didn’t seek to learn good things…forget what is needed. Forget your own self…

Seeker 2: Forgot that the atma is in your body…you forget even that…you get attached to false conceptions and feelings that this is my body…she is my wife and so on.. The body that is made of 5 elements. What is going to happen. How will atma go out on this body on THE day…it can only go through the nine holes (two holes in the western side…mouth..nostrils, eyes and ears). If you don’t realise yourself before the time of your death…

Seeker 2: Why being born again as to do what you have been doing before? What are the things that has come to you as of now, at this point, that were with you since the time of your birth? everything is changing…what is staying the same from birth to death? Its only the atma that is dwelling in your body that stays unchanged throughout…

Seeker 2: How did the atma acquire this very body? Have you ever thought about it? It had been in various bodies earlier. Even now this atma could have been in any body…be it in a coconut tree, snake, demon etc. but what made it chose this very body of yours to stay? Won’t you think about it?

Seeker 2: For this sake only, God has provided intelligence to “human beings”…but what are you using it for? watching some junk stupid movies and third-rated soaps…indulge in all sorts of habits, useless idle talks, gossip and pomp…eating all sorts of obnoxious stuff and spend time in cooking them and discussing about them as well… ☹

Seeker 2: Without even realising what the gunas of the food that you eat are the ones that drives your thought process, character, your intelligence and your way of life…you spin like a wheel running around…

Seeker 2: Everything starts from what you eat…food constituents are split into 2 parts…one part for energy to drive all physical activities. The remaining part? What it does do you know. You think eating this will build muscles, that will improve eyesight etc. But for how long..50yrs+???..wont the aging process take over?

Seeker 2: Skin starts to lose its lustre…eyesight fades…ear doesn’t hear properly…whatever you have been eating so far…Will you be able to eat them for life. Your doctor says eat without salt…reduce fats…reduce sugars…having eaten all obnoxious foodstuffs so far to satisfy your tongue…and thinking only food is life…you ask yourself how you will be able to stop it suddenly?…then you start to think…why should I live…are you living just for eating?

Seeker 2: In olden days rishis, munis, gyanis have told…written Ramayana.Mahabharata…puranas etc. and for Tamils, the Tamil Veda…Thirukural…leaving these things…what you guys are reading…how to influence others. How to be successful in business…these are required…no doubt…but this is not all…

Seeker 2: What is required for good living? You people leave this…what is good…what is bad…how to live…how not to live…not thinking like that…hear from junk and degenerated people with all sorts of vices and bad habits…if you don’t know anything…even if some idiots says something it becomes Vedanta to you. Are these things not worth thinking about?

Seeker 2: ..or for the remaining part of your life. Do you want to do the same thing…running around here and there without any use…expecting flattery for whatever you do…What are you having for lunch…Shall we go to this hotel…How is this cinema…How is this TV serial? How much this guy score in that match…  What is this all going to lead to? Think! if you think what I am saying is good for you. start with books…

Seeker 2: for example. Start with Thirukural. If you don’t know Tamil. Do you know that Thirukural has been translated into at least 80-90 languages worldwide…you don’t have to do anything like learning all the 1330 couplets…just take any from the first 500..you may even take it some random page…there is something in everything there for life…you just need to take your preferred language and just READ.

Seeker 2: You complain…I lost my job…I fought with wife…i don’t know how to reconcile…my kid is not obeying me…my kid is not studying…my kid is roaming around…if we are  disciplined…why the kid will not be obedient or wayward? we are not obedient ourselves…but worry about our kid…what will happen to him. How will he study…how will he succeed…?

Seeker 2: Already God has carved a path for everyone based on our past karma and what we do in this life…so what will we do. We don’t even know what is in store for tomorrow. Then why think about your kid so much ???…he will do…he will study. If kids are undisciplined…so are we…!

Seeker 2: We leave our parents alone in their old age either in “homes” or get themselves solitary confined in their own home…your family…your wife and kids live in a different place…you live in a different place…your parents sweated out and shed blood for you to bring you up…you forget what they did for you…

Seeker 2: You say…they are old…I can’t even take care of my kid. You listen to your wife for all her idiosyncrasies. If her family come to your house you buy everything for them and make them happy. I am just saying what is happening you have to judge it yourself…

Seeker 2: I don’t even bother whether this happen or doesn’t happen with you…you see everything that is happening around you but if you agree to this or not…it’s just your discretion…

Seeker 2: I don’t have anything to gain or lose…that you guys listen to me for this long I treat this as a blessing and some sort of an achievement…I am just telling what I think and also many are my own personal experiences that I I am talking about…

Seeker 2: At the present state of world affairs, if you think even 10% – 15% of what I said as truth or fact or if it makes some sense to you…I think that would be a big happiness to me…

Seeker 2: …or I would have to take this like this…you people tend to watch at least 3 or 4 TV serials daily that are total time wasters anyways…and there is only negative takeaway from them…I would think this like that…that’s all…people cannot change themselves and would always want to remain like status quo…it is their destiny…

Seeker 2: Thank you very much for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I hope all will be good to everyone…understand people…life and its importance…

Seeker 2: Hare Krishna!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sdixUGwe-JTwc093Q9sAQCwUzmTNUksp

(The above audio is my voice is in my mother tongue, Tamil Language)

The below conversation is after the recording and before parting our ways…

Seeker 1: Phew…that was too much…really a pleasure to be able to listen to you…looks like you covered the basic principles of Gita and Bhagavatham in just around 20 minutes.

Seeker 2: 😊 there is a lot to talk…I just didn’t want to divert from your question too much.

Seeker1: Yes, you were very much to the point…very subtle but thought-provoking…

Seeker 2: It’s just my longing that people lead a more basic and disciplined life and get contented with what they have. Pretty hopeful this will happen at least to those who are inclined for it.

Seeker 1: Yes! You are right. I have to thank you again for suggesting this make-shift arrangement for this “interview” 😊

Seeker 2: It’s my pleasure!

Seeker 1: நன்றி! மீண்டும் சந்திப்போம்! (Thank you! We will meet again!)

Seeker 2: Thank you very much!

Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world!

There are lot of predicaments for a person aspiring to be a sincere preceptor in this mundane world at the present moment because of the highly unfavourable circumstances and the rampous opposition by unscrupulous elements who do not want to change the status quo, just to hold their sway for their own selfish ends.

This post attempts to reflect on the challenges and solutions for a sincere preceptor in this modern world, attempting to uplift the thought process of the youth in particular at this moment or any thinking person in general for their betterment.

The purpose is to not to get carried over to the 99% majority and living in that state for the rest of the life.

The influence of the malaise’s introduced due to this present iron age of Kali that has infiltrated and ingrained into every system, that makes human beings entangled in all sorts of vices, causing deterioration and threatening their very own existence.

Surely no one is to be blamed for this, because all of us have been inheriting these qualities gradually over the 5000+ years through disciplic succession for generations through our parentage (LOL).

This has started to happen as soon as the disappearance of Lord Shri Krishna from this world after performing his pastimes.

Though Lord Shri Krishna has given us lots of transcendental literatures like Bhagavad Gita, Uddhava Gita through Srimad Bhagavatham etc. and also several others through His realised devotees and also through his very incarnation(s) itself as He lived His way of life to teach us how to actually live and not just exist just like living beings that lacks developed intelligence and consciousness.

But we are not realising the importance of these transcendental literatures and continue to live a life of zero purpose!

So many preceptors have come and gone since then and hardly an infinitesimal has picked up and grasped a miniscule of these thoughts – the less than 1% of the aspirers apply these teachings to their very life and also influence the people around them.

It is a clear fact that we have to change ourselves through our own efforts and none whatsoever can have any influence on this.

That is why this is called science of self-development, understanding of the self, science of self-realisation etc., because external influences can play only that much part

  • as to kindle an introspection within ourselves to look out for the reasons of our sufferings,
  • to seek that knowledge, that enable us to realise the reality of the actual situation,
  • to strongly believe that we are living in an illusion,
  • to understand that we are living in just a world of sugar coated bitter pills with adverse side effects,
  • to observe and learn from the solutions that are already offered by this very material nature, though the same material nature acts as a deluding effect for those with poor fund of knowledge.

It’s like extracting out the thorn through another thorn though both are of the same nature, by understanding the discriminating nature of the same substance at different situations.

The following examples are worth to look and ponder for our own self-development:

  • The blooming lotus surviving in filth, whose leaves never get tainted or touched by even a single drop of water though being in a muddy pool, illustrating how to live detached in this world of multiple distractions that inhibit the process of self-realisation.
  • The swan that separates the water from the milk, illustrating the necessity to discriminate between knowledge and ignorance/nescience/illusion to attain a higher purpose.
  • The tortoise that hides and withdraws into its shell immediately and completely under threatening situations and waits for a favourable situation, illustrating the aspect of proactiveness, control of senses, when to act/when not to act, when to react/when not to react and how to apply the knowledge to make any situation favourable.
  • The deer that gets lured to the sweet sounds of the hunter and gets caught in the net / a frog that croaks only to be easily detected by the snake to become its prey, illustrating how the sense of sound (hear/produce) can lead to one’s own downfall if one does not have the knowledge to discriminate between its good and bad effects.
  • The python that waits for its prey for days without any movement and gets satisfied with whatever that comes its way, illustrating full faith in nature/God for satisfying our basic needs and as human beings use the provided intelligence to work towards a higher purpose.
  • The snake that gets into the residence of others residences like caves and ant hills without the necessity to construct one for its own, illustrating the aspect of living in a simple uncomplicated residence and lead a simple life to utilise time and energy for other productive purposes.
  • The Koel bird that lays its eggs on the crow’s nest, illustrating the full faith in nature/God that even to protect its own progeny we need not actually endure that much undue pain because we are helpless in the laws of nature/God for its unpredictable nature and that the nature itself protects its helpless children.
  • The chameleon that changes its colour to adapt to the surroundings, illustrating the importance of adapting to any adverse situation using one’s own intelligence and foresight.
  • The male elephant that gets lured to the sight of the she-elephant to get into a trap set by the hunter, illustrating how getting attracted too much to the sense of sight and how too much attraction towards the opposite sex can lead to one’s own devastation.
  • The camel that relishes the taste of its own blood when eating its food in the midst of thorns, illustrating our very self that undergoes unsurmountable pain, just for a little sense pleasures “gained” by being acted upon and getting associated with the three modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance.
  • The jack-ass that struggles through the day carrying huge burden for its master only to get beaten all the time, all for a small bunch of grass, that it could very well get on his own, grazing the pasturing grounds, illustrating the lack of inclination towards spiritual knowledge which is real knowledge and acting in utter foolishness similar to the ones who gets lured by the imperfect material knowledge that only causes to get entangled into material existence because this knowledge is meant only for gratifying the senses and not for any other higher purpose!
  • The jack-ass gets repeatedly kicked by a she-ass when it requests for courtship, illustrating the tendency for males to get excessively attracted to females and getting dominated by them, just for getting little sensual pleasures, enduring ridicule, chastisement and being hen-pecked and finally getting gratified after being mortified (the puranjana saga in Srimad Bhagavatham is a great example of this). The concept of being hen-pecked and its impact on the process of self-realisation will be detailed in a later post.
  • The ants and the bees cooperating in their activities with a marked sense of division of labour and self-sufficiency, illustrating living beings with insignificant brain size and insignificant brain mass can explain us a lot as to how to create and live in a organised society of perfect harmony – how the concept of Varnashrama System – the intellectual class, the military class, the mercantile class and the labour class working in unison through division of labour can be self-sufficient to achieve their intended purpose through Karma Yoga or acting selflessly without any expectation of reward to achieve a higher purpose.

The examples are just numerous to be mentioned and a lot of lessons could be learnt from them for our betterment by taking them as our preceptors or spiritual masters.

Our standard of living would not have been this pathetic now had we taken a leaf out of their book just by taking even one or two examples and apply it in our lives!

Still the attempts needs to be carried out for those 1% aspirers and by those 1% aspirers, it’s just because of them the world still exists despite its huge discrepancies and deficiencies.

It is a strong belief in our scriptures that even a single person has the potential to transform the future of this entire world for good.

In scriptures, the incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu/Lord Shri Krishna are mentioned as Tri-Yuga.

In other words, the Lord incarnates as His personal form only in the first three yugas viz., Satya, Treta and Dwapara.

In Kali Yuga, He does not appear in His personal form because of its contaminated nature and appears only as a covered incarnation in the form of a devotee like Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu etc. and the propagation of devotional service through Sankirtana yoga or chanting of the holy name of the Lord because modes to realise the absolute truth suitable in other Yugas are just not suitable for the age of Kali because of its inherent nature.

Thus, sincere devotional service, applied with the knowledge of transcendental scriptures to teach the love of God is the only means to awaken the people in slumber in material existence in this age of darkness.

Thank you very much and best wishes for reading this entire post to the full…

Special acknowledgments with gratitude and references to the beautiful description of The Puranjana Saga by Hints to the Ancient Wisdom:

  1. Myth or a Symbol? – Story of Puranjana – Part 1
  2. Myth or a Symbol? – Story of Puranjana – Part 2

Fools!!!

It is said that if a person makes a mistake the first time, the mistake needs to be contemplated by the perpetrator deeply because that gives an opportunity for him to learn from the mistake so that he does not do it again.

The other person to whom this foolishness is being shown will also tolerate, provided he is magnanimous. Otherwise, it is going to be a mental torture for the foolish person because he is already reaping the bad consequences due to his foolish action ☹

If the person repeats his foolishness again by his habits, providence or otherwise, he is to be considered the biggest fool who did not learn from the previous experience.

This could be due to his forgetfulness, words from a misinformed/misjudged/misaligned/malicious acquaintance, circumstances or vain trust on the other person due to the false hopes that he created, that lures the perpetrator to commit the mistake again.

Whatever be the reason, the person has to reap the consequences of the repeated foolishness and there is no excuse, whatsoever, for the repeat offender.

The second time, the consequences got to be more severe because the lessons has not been learnt from the first experience despite the discriminating intelligence provided by the nature to him.

As long as this foolish tendency of the person is being witnessed by the people around, this person is likely to be taken for a ride for his follies by “the predator” and he falls easy “prey” to the flowery words and false promises made by them to him to be lured into more foolishness ☹

Persons in these low-minded category, “the predators”, are considered “smart” by the people of today’s world since their display of false pride, false show of generosity and display of excessive material wealth attained by nefarious means are much appreciated, adored and looked upon as big achievements in life and also as status symbols in this mis-informed world.

The common people in this world aspire only for material comforts, not on the means to attain it but bothered only on the ultimate end result, the attainment of material comforts, instead of working towards the actual goal of life.

The media houses accept some money from these predators and portray these insignificant cheaters as great personalities, thereby putting more gullible people into the trap of these materialists by propagating false reputation.

Governments and Politicians also do the same thing by accepting gifts (I don’t want to use the word bribe, money etc because “gift” is the norm 😊 ) and give special protection and respect to these predators and that gives further authority and now without any checks these predators continue their nefarious activities on the gullible.

Genuine people who want to raise their voice on these practices of predators are easily put to the back seat and made to shut up or face serious threats and damages because of the money power and muscle power tactics adopted by these unscrupulous people by using their own influence as well as with support from the like-minded ones.

So, who is to be blamed for all these happenings? Is it “they”, “the predators”, or the “victims”, “the prey”?

I would strongly say that it is the “victims”, “the prey”, who are to be blamed and also chastised severely!!!

In any society, the law of nature acts accordingly, as per the survival of the fittest, dominance/subsistence of the strong over the weak, and the predator over the prey.

The predator” in human forms of life always looks for the following characteristics of “the prey” and utilises these vulnerabilities to the maximum and exploit them to their fullest advantage:

  1. Lack of self-esteem
  2. Lack of self-confidence (or Self-doubt)
  3. Lack of self-pride
  4. Lack of resistance to temptations
  5. Lack of awareness of what is good and what is bad.
  6. Lack of awareness that what one consumes as food affects one’s thoughts, behaviours and actions.
  7. Lack of awareness on what is “food” and eating whatever one could lay their hands on, without knowing its attributes as to how it acts on one’s body, mind and intelligence and eating just to gratify the palate.
  8. Lack of awareness on the “time” aspect and its detrimental effect on one’s health, eating whatever, at whatever time whatsoever.
  9. Lack of awareness on the “respect” that is due to the food and the producers (farmer, nature, God) who are responsible for sustaining one’s own life.
  10. Lack of being aware of the consequences, attend “free lunch/parties” and consume the rampant serving of alcohol / meat / alcohol + meat and other obnoxious food stuffs without knowing the real reasons of the host behind hosting these extravagant generosities being shown and the degradation it causes in all aspects of one’s health and moral behaviour.
  11. Succumbing to freebies given in disguise of the original intent.
  12. Attitude to earn quick money without any sincere effort and taking undue advantage of the vulnerable and cause mental torture to them.
  13. Attitude developed through poor parentage, up-bringing and one’s own bad acquaintances.
  14. Indulgence in harmful and unproductive vices like smoking, drinking, gambling and wasteful expenditure in partying etc., very much being aware of the bad effects, having learnt through “modern education” that failed to bring about any impact on building one’s character and didn’t stop these vices.
  15. Poor spending habits, falling into debt trap and unable to get out of the vicious cycle, thereby getting into bondage with “the predator” and forcing oneself into permanent exploitation for life.
  16. Getting stuck in mundane work, not developing enough skill sets to get ready for an inevitable changeover for a better career/life.
  17. Building false hopes by getting stuck in the same place, while people around are quitting themselves for a better future or made to quit due to attitudes of the management. (this is also applicable in life situations where ones stick to bad acquaintances in lieu of genuine well-wishers).
  18. Inability to identify a genuine well-wisher with a back-stabber.
  19. Having false pride and doesn’t show enough respect and lend ears to even those who want to genuinely help.
  20. Wasting time in all sorts of entertainment and gossips that has zero value for personality and self-development.

For being virtuous, there is only one option, but to get into all sorts of trouble the options are infinite!

If the “victim” has a few or several of the above characteristics, where is the hope for the “victim” to advance in his life?

…and does this blame game on “the predator” going to lead “the prey” to any useful end?

So, let’s not talk about “the predator”. “The predator” is too insignificant and they are just not worth to be talked about because they are the perpetrators of all the vices as we already saw!

They are not to be imbibed by a sane person and they are for only those who are unable to get out due to their illusion and want to live in a phantasmagoria.

Laws of nature will definitely hold its sway for “the predator” at the appointed time.

In this world, everyone, including “the victim” only wants to the enhance the material condition of themselves by being opportunistic at every moment.

In that way, there is no factual difference between anyone in this present situation.

Therefore, the enemy to “the victim” is “The Victim” himself!

Everyone wants to lead a virtuous life with happiness, good health and free of misery.

But where are we all heading to? – Stress, Mental Illnesses, Lifestyle diseases, strained relationships for trivial reasons, dishonesty in everyday dealings, Overwork but extremely underpaid and hence pathetic job satisfaction, Lack of stability in job, zero work life balance, costly but worthless education system that doesn’t build character etc. – if the education system is good enough, we won’t see the existence of much of the above vices that are so prominently observed.

That’s why we are not actually fools of the second order but of the nth order because we come from a culture where these things never existed for so long, and now we, being lured by the greed of materialism imposed by the invaders and their alien culture, who just ruled for hardly 200+ years, we are unable to get out of this vicious trap.

The namesake freedom that we got in 1947 that divided the friendly communities that co-existed for generations and generations peacefully and those who fought for independence together got separated violently and the repercussions since then have not faded by even 1% where brothers and sisters otherwise view themselves under enmity! ☹

What we now have is the disguised permanent bondage and no real freedom, this roots of bondage has already planned and carefully planted deep into the soil by the colonialists/imperialists when they left, through their most pathetic form of materialism that have never been witnessed in history before, and is now flourishing like a huge banyan tree with unlimited roots and shoots branching out all over and the irreversible/permanent damage has already been done.

We have forgotten our origins, our own unbroken civilization since the beginning of time, and now we are in the most pathetic situation depending on the people who call themselves as civilised, and we having forgotten all the atrocities that has been committed during those period, still imbibe their system of education, read the manipulated history written by them tailormade to suit their vicious needs, adopted their form of government and constitution that is prone to corruption by 100% because of the attributes in this iron age of Kali. The irony is now we accept these things as civilised and when we face the consequences, we having been so brainwashed are actually living in illusion!

So, solving this malaise is never going to be a collective responsibility because of the differences that has been purposely created through the constitution and its governing laws during the time of granting independence, having inherited a completely alien form of government from the colonialists itself.

So, the probability of arriving at a unifying decision on improving the conditions of our existence here is a big ZERO.

Thus, It has to start from the individual – at the most micro-level possible to rediscover the roots, our glorious past, on how to learn to lead a disciplined life and in trying to understand as to what is self, what is the force that drives our very existence, what is self-control, the inherent dangers in indulgence of various habits, what are the factors that drives our thoughts, how to control our emotions in adverse circumstances and overall how not to get entangled in the 20++ vices mentioned above so far.

The answer to all questions is there in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatham.

They are not to be considered as sectarian literatures that is tied to a particular faith or a cult of people.

These transcendental literatures are applicable to all living beings in this universe as a whole, since they were in existence very much before the appearance of any of the modern religions, or modern civilization as the alien historians call it.

There was only one universal faith and every living being were followers of that faith during those times.

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