Sudharshana Jayanthi – 2019

Sudharshana Jayanthi: Birth of Lord Vishnu’s Divine Discus

Today is a very important day for my blog. Yes, today is my logo day – Sudharshana Jayanthi: Birth of Lord Vishnu’s Divine Discus.

Sudharshana Jayanthi, is the birthday of supreme divine Sudharshana Chakra (wheel or discus), the mighty weapon of Lord Vishnu. This powerful weapon is carried by the preserver and sustainer archetype, Lord Vishnu, as a solid shield of righteousness which can confront all negative forces that obstruct your growth and success. The Sudharshana Jayanthi falls on the Tamil month of Aani ( Jyaishtha) and Star Chithirai (Chitra). (My birth star also happens to coincide with this combination – hence the choice of my logo!)

‘Sudharshana” in Sanskrit means ‘vision, devoid of illusion’. Sudharshana Chakra is known for its auspiciousness and ability to abolish negative energies. Propitiating this divine wheel is believed to be equivalent to the worship of all ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Revering Sudharshana Chakra, which is personified as Chakrathazhwar, on this special occasion can bestow you with a healthy, victorious and blissful life.

The Sudharshana chakra is synonymous with Lord Narayana and has much auspiciousness attached to it. One of the qualities of the divine wheel is Pida pradanam which means that it gives immediate relief to pain and suffering to the seeker/performer. Another powerful quality of the chakra is Papa Nashanam i.e. destruction of sins. A person needs to adopt these qualities in order to realise God. The mighty flame is an important aspect of Jwala Narasimhar who destroyed Hiranyakashipu, father of Prahlad, a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and who also resides in the Sudharshana yantra. Offering obeisance to Sudharsharana Chakram on its Jayanthi day is equal to worshipping ten forms of Maha Vishnu.

Lord Sudarshan is none other than Lord Vishnu. He is called so because he wields the indestructible Sudarshan chakra. The word Sudarshan arises from two words ‘su’ which means auspicious and darshan which means vision. Chakra means a wheel that is in constant motion. The chakra was created by the combined power of the trinities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. According to Puranas, Lord Krishna and Arjun assisted Lord Agni in burning the Khandav forest. In return, he gifted Krishna with a discus and koumodaki mace. Other deities who wield the discus are Goddesses Narayani and Vaishnodevi.

This year Sudharshana Jayanthi is celebrated on July 10, 2019 and Vaishnava Sects observe the day as Shukla Paksha Ashada Dasami. Rituals like Sudharshana homa on Sudharshana Jayanthi cure various illnesses. It’s also worshiped for attaining Moksha and for redemption of sins.

Do you know that once upon a time, the chanting of Sudarshana Ashtakam has cured an entire village that was infested with a severe epidemic? 

References:

  1. https://www.astroved.com/us/specials/sudharshana-jayanthi
  2. https://giri.in/blog/sudarshana-jayanthi-2019/
  3. https://www.vedicfolks.com/life-time-management/karma-remedies/shared-homam/sudharshana-jayanthi.html

Also, adding this beautiful link: “Thirumazhisai AzhwAr ” incarnation of Sri. Sudarshana Chakra (the divine discus of Lord SrimanNarayana)“. Thank you very much, Kazhiyur Varadan’s blog for this excellent post on this day.

Asuras or Demons

Lord Naarayana or Lord Vishnu is the only original and the first living being existing even before the existence of this cosmos or the first created being Lord Brahma! He is the original spirit soul and you know that the spirit soul is an eternal particle and anything other than it is material or perishable, even if it is Lord Brahma who has the supreme life span, he is also afraid of death and is subject to the laws of material universe even though he is in the highest abode of the 14 planetary systems or Satyaloka.

Material universe is a pair of opposites or a dual substance as you can say and it is always in a relative realm. Only the spiritual universe or Vaikuntas, the abode of Lord Vishnu/Lord Naarayana is an absolute realm with no concepts of duality in time or space and is the place of fully realised surrendered souls under the constant and mutual service of Lord Naarayana.

The vivid descriptions of Vaikunta is described here and these are the topics of worthy discussion:Description of the Kingdom of God.

Jaya and Vijaya are the doorkeepers of Lord Vishnu and as such they are sinless souls, as you would expect them to be since they are in the Vaikuntha.

They are ordained to be cursed by the mother earth or Goddess Lakshmi Herself for the pastimes of Lord Naarayanaa for incarnating Himself as Varaaha (Lord Boar) and Lord Narasimha (Man-Lion) and further as Lord Ramachandra and Lord Shri Krishna, enacted through the mind-born sons of Lord Brahma Sanaka, Sanandha, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.

The details are all there in the 3rd Canto Chapters 12-19 of Srimad Bhagavatham.

As such, asuras are a class of living beings who are extremely passionate or in rajas mode, created during the evening twilight hours by Lord Brahma (the entire creation process is explained in Canto 2 and Canto 3 of Srimad Bhagavatham) which is considered inauspicious for doing anything other than auspicious religious activities because of the pre-dominance of Lord Rudra (Bhoothanaath) and his disciples, ghosts and hobgloblins during that time(that’s why, the concept of tri-kala sandhyavandhana worship of the sun and veda-maatha Gayatri during this period to counteract this influence and pacify Lord Rudra is prescribed) as even time is governed by the mode of material nature and appropriate acts are to be performed only at the appropriate time!

Asuras were existing at all points in the yuga cycle along with other created beings. Matsya or fish incarnation was before Varaha and Lord Vishnu as Matsya killed the asura or demon Hayagriva to restore the Vedas that this demon stole from Lord Brahma while the process of pralaya was taking place and Lord Brahma was worried about the next creation process after he lost the Vedas to this asura!

Asuras are as such a class of beings with predominance of the base modes of material nature – rajas and tamas. They have no discrimination of right/wrong or knowledge of reality, practising atheism/pseudo religion principles, they have strong sense of the bodily concepts of life – I/mine/material possessions there of – predomination of the mode of false ego deludes their mind.

They actually need not have powerful bodily features and physical dominance as described about their characteristics in the Puranas/Ithihasas. The strong passion to lord it over material nature with a strong sense of duality, superiority, cunningness and crookedness in exploiting any living creature to one’s own advantage is enough to classify one as a asura or demon!

You may note the significance of the word Kripanah in these regard as i depicted these class of beings:

Conversation 005: Krpanah

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Conversation 054 – The Sisumara Planetary Systems

This conversation is inspired from my post titled Magnificence of Srimad Bhagavatham with an amazing seeker that I have ever come across in my infinitesimal spiritual journey so far.

The topic of discussion is primarily on Canto 5: Chapter 23 – The Śiśumāra Planetary Systems of Srimad Bhagavatham.

This has opened both of us to reveal our latent understandings of this magnificent scripture.

Here it is:

Seeker 1: Bhagavatham is one of the grand keys to open the Pandora of Puranas. Have you really read/gone through the scripture? Just curious. Because, the chapters on. Sisumara chakra (tortoise back), Kapila and Devahuti discussions, Vidura and Maitreya discussions, etc are filled with many interesting points. In fact, the metamorphosis of Life from Mineral, Plant and human kingdoms is very secretively given in this Purana. The Darwin’s theory of material evolution forms a subset of our grand theory of evolution of soul. Also, can you give me the sources of your knowledge that will give me a hint as to what line of thought influenced your writings? It helps me to tailor my comments in best way possible, if I am aware of that source of course! Anyway, I will be reading other articles of yours.

Seeker 2: Thank you very much for this valuable insight. Bhagavatham is the key to my life since 2011 🙂 it continues to inspire for lifetimes of learning. Sisumara chakra is dolphin. The symmetrical arrangements of 27 stars on both sides, the arrangement of various other planets and luminaries…

Tortoise or kurma avatar comes in the 8th canto during churning of ocean by demigods and demons for nectar…

There are so many topics in Bhagavatham that are so subtle…

for example Hiranyakashipu’s sermon to his mother Diti and Hiranyaksha’s wife Kayadhu on the nature of the soul when they were lamenting for Hiranyaksha’s death at the hands of Lord Varaha,

the story of the king of Ushinara kingdom and Lord Yama in the form of small boy instructing on the illusions about death and material relationships,

the Hamsa Guhya prayers by Prajapathi Daksha for creating progeny through the womb of his wife Pāñcajanī,

the story of King Chitraketu and his small son teaching the philosophy of the soul through the dhristi of sage narada and angira after re-entering the dead body,

the story of King Anga and King Vena,

the most important story told to prachinabaari on puranjana by sage narada on transmigration of soul,

song sung by lord shiva to the prachetas,

the narayana kavacha for killing vritrasura,

the story of jada bharath,

the enigmatic comparisons meted out to son of Daksha – Haryaśvas and Savalāśvas by narada for their renunciation from material life,

the bhumi gita, the uddhava gita, the aila gita (part of Uddhava Gita),

the gopi gita on the prayers of their separation with lord krishna,

the story of various incarnations,

the teachings of the sages at kurukshetra,

the chatur sloki bhagavatham on the absolute truth,

the concept of absolute time,

the dimensions of universe,

the concepts of creation, annihilation and dissolutions,

the three modes of material nature,

the various types of Mayas of the supreme lord,

the prayers by vidura, akrura, chitaketu and the demigods at several times and several situations,

instructions by nine yogendras to king nimi,

the lilas of krishna in 10th canto. etc.

I just mention whatever that comes straight out of my mind. there is much much more direct as well as subtler aspects. I mean Bhagavatham is more than everything to me…and it is the driving force in my life 🙂

Seeker 1: Sisumara is Tortoise and kurma is turtle (both have a difference), just a humble correction. I can see your immersive joy in Bhagavatam. This is the intended purpose of outcome of Bhagavatam by Vyasa. You are blessed. A continuous effort on knowing and being with something is called Dharanaa and this reveals many secrets that cannot be understood by normal read. Since 2011 implies your deep constant connection with it and so the unfoldment of wisdom like a lotus flower.

Seeker 2: Thank you so much…I would do more exhaustive study on Srimad Bhagavatham than anything else for the rest of my life if given a chance 🙂

https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/5/23/4/  – The Sisumara Planetary Systems – “This great machine, consisting of the stars and planets, resembles the form of a śiśumāra [dolphin] in the water. It is sometimes considered an incarnation of Kṛṣṇa, Vāsudeva. Great yogīs meditate upon Vāsudeva in this form because it is actually visible.”

The form could also be interpreted as a tortoise as you have been mentioning.as mentioned in this link:

https://dictionary.babylon-software.com/sisumara/  – “a group of stars and constellations said to resemble a dolphin, porpoise, or tortoise; held to be a form of Vishnu, and often considered as a representation of the great circle of time. As an imaginary belt, a symbolic representation of the celestial sphere, or a theoretical revolving zone or belt within which move the celestial bodies — which are the bodies of spiritual entities.

More information here: http://www.decodinghinduism.com/search/label/sisumara%20planetary%20system

This is another link – http://www.kamakoti.org/kamakoti/details/bhagvatpurana24.html  – (not related to ISKCON 🙂 ) – Sisumara Planetary System.

– “Some 13,00,000 yojanas ( 10,400,000 miles) above the ‘Great Bear’ shines high the Pole Star and the‘Sisumara System’ or the Great Machine, comprising the Stars and Planets, resembling a Dolphin in water.

Anyways it’s an aquatic with the arrangement of the various celestial bodies at various places and varied interpretations through various sources always results in ambiguity  😦 but what we require is the right conclusion and the form doesn’t matter 🙂

I hope this provides some clarification.

Seeker 1: There is a difference between exoteric and esoteric approach of Scriptures. A symbol is unique and very special association of spiritual and mundane aspects. I respect the links and info you sent. But, the truth of it lies in “Why” of the reasoning. The form is important, for it encompasses the subtle aspects that cannot be grasped on first sight. A dolphin is no symbol for Sisumara because, it’s back is smooth. The Tortoise back has divisions and a symmetry of arrangement of scales. This symmetry is mapped to the upper dome of visible skies (mahaakaasa) and inner dome of psychic skies (chittaakaasa). Also, the reference point from where all the measurements given in Bhagavatam are made, is not our solar system or our galaxy, but a far of star, in which is one of the 7 evolved solar systems (out of 12 – hint: Dvaadasa Aadityas).

But one should ask, why speak of these magnitudes in a scripture whose sole goal was divine romance? One of reasons is the internal mapping of external Universe – called “Yay Pinde Tat Brahmaande – As above so below”. Without this, one is left with mere glamour of vastness of scripture without applicability. And for this reason, turtle is used to suggest the role of Vishnu in preserving the secrets of Visible and invisible cosmos.

Another point is, the exoteric astrologists and astronomers think that the zodiac we are given the names of Ram, Bull, etc., for the shapes they resemble. This is absurd. The same reasoning I saw in above links when they said “resemble dolphin”. No group of stars or constellation resemble any living being. It is the effects produced that resulted in their esoteric symbolical name. For example, if you refer to T.Subbarow’s essay on Zodiac, you will know how the constellation Leo or Simha got its name. Simha does not mean lion, bit in one of its derivative forms implies lion, in Sanskrit. Same with Aswa. So, unless the effects are perceived, it’s futile to understand visible arrangement as particular being. I hope you understand the roots off the approach. Exoteric helps you up to certain extent. But true esoteric intuition from within tales you and helps you cross the ocean of mysticism.

Seeker 2: I can clearly observe your analytical brain to put forth logical arguments at the drop of a hat. Tortoise is used to a great effect in Bhagavad Gita’s second chapter as well as to how to withdraw our senses and keep it under control. Vishnu or Rishikesha is master of senses and sense control and so it is for a big reason to specify tortoise and give so much importance to it.

Bhagavatham says there are millions and millions of universes floating in the causal ocean and virata rupa is associated with each one of them…Lord Brahma is associated with each one of them…the arrangement of 14 planetary systems is associated with each of them…and so on…

Likewise each living organism itself is a universe with a microcosmic arrangement with the equivalent arrangement of planetary systems. the part from the waist is considered asoucha or impure and it is where the lower 7 planetary systems starting from atala to patala are situated…and then similarly we move upwards from bhur loka towards the top of the head which is satyaloka where the supreme consciousness and the control system or brain centre is located.

This body is a temple and the heart is the altar where the deity of supreme God resides. When we abuse the body mind and soul with impure food impure thoughts and impure actions the entire universe (our body) is polluted and similarly the entire physical universe is polluted in that way as we try to dominate the material nature rampantly! Material Universe has its own process to circulate itself in the form of eternal time through yuga cycles but this material body decays and the soul just keep transmigrating from body to body having failed to realise the ultimate purpose of life.

Seeker 1🙂 Let’s reserve this for our later topic – conversation: “The mysteries of multiverse and monoverse in scripture”. The comment section will be bloated with incoherent comments (when we look back in future).

Seeker 2: To conclude for now :), my last comment is in connection with the virata rupa or the universal form of the Supreme Lord floating in the waters causal ocean – the concept of Nara – Naarayaana – in a particular shape equating In the form of an aquatic organism like dolphin or tortoise or porpoise (or whale (dolphin is an evolved sub-species of whale) etc.) existing in the real world for us to perceive the universal form of the Lord and the various entities in the universe situated at various points in the body to initiate us in our spiritual realisation/meditation process to conclude that there is nothing beyond this in the material world. This is just to summarise the entire universal process. It is the first stage of God realisations as we look at things externally. Then we start to look at the Paramaatma or the Super soul residing internally in our own heart as the first intuitive spiritual guru. The final stage is the realization of the Absolute Truth as the Bhagawan or The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna as a reservoir of the 64 transcendental qualities in full opulence. (https://mykrishnaourkrishna.blogspot.com/2016/11/krishnas-transcendental-qualities.html). This transcedental realisation enables us to be in full communion or in union with the Supreme!

Conversation 052 – Disillusioned?

Seeker 2: Good morning. How are you doing today?

Seeker 1: I don’t know what is happening with me. These days are not normal for me. How about you???

Seeker 2: Going on as usual 🙂

Seeker 2: This is the morning puja that I attended in the nearby temple today. Satyanarayana Puja done by a very old couple (above 75 years) so nicely and with so much dedication. They do it during the full moons. Please take a look at the photo closely. Surely it should bring you some peace. I am at peace for sure for being a part of this puja. Surely Lord Naaraayanaa will protect me and anyone who see this.

Seeker 2: Take a closer look at that lamp that is glowing so beautifully and radiantly. There is also a big snake hill where this is present that makes this more auspicious.

Seeker 1: Thank you!

Seeker 2: I have often been ridiculed enough by people around me for my inability to earn enough money etc. So I find this is the only thing that is satisfying. I stopped talking to people much because that only frustrates my original intentions.

Seeker 2: I am spending a lot of time daily in spiritual pursuits and sleep less than 5 hours a day, but this is hardly affecting me in anything.

Seeker 1: It’s okay. Please go ahead with what you are doing since it gives you much needed peace of mind.

Seeker 2: Thank you.

Seeker 2: The great Nikola Tesla just slept 2 hrs a day all his life and lived upto 87 years 🙂

Seeker 2: I also listen to lot of divine music because that totally keeps me away from gossip and all the nonsense happening around me.

Seeker 2: It is only our own self-improvement that we can improve because we cannot improve anyone else…this is the bitter reality and experience all my life. I am sure you also have the same opinion. If people gossip I can only understand the shallowness they have built in themselves.

Seeker 1: Yes, I totally agree to this!

Seeker 2: I am learning to take everything and everyone and everyday as same 🙂

Seeker 1: No I don’t think you should do this.

Seeker 1: Don’t do this!

Seeker 1: Try to change it!

Seeker 2: Feeling everyone and everything incompatible with me I have to think like this only. Not able to lead a pretending life.

Seeker 2: You will come to realize this at some point. Hopefully you don’t have to get that far in your life 🙂

Seeker 2: I do hope you get lots of understanding people in future. This is a world where everyone wants to happily ride on others back without actually attempting to do anything on their own.

Seeker 2: Frankly I don’t want to earn a living like this…and I also lost the intention to go to office to work…sometime I think for whose sake I am working for…when everyone is indifferent and only want to suck my blood…everyone is too materialistic…all they judge is the earning power. Once that goes even family members treat you like dirt…when you lose the trust with someone who can be as close. What else is there in life?

Seeker 2: I mean by creating some relationship that is binding for life?

Seeker 2: I mean that can be the last thing you don’t want in your life!

Seeker 2: “Sharp arrows which pierce one’s chest and reach the heart do not cause as much suffering as the arrows of harsh, insulting words that become lodged within the heart when spoken by uncivilized men. (/women)Srimad Bhagavatham – 11.23.3

Seeker 2: It just doesn’t go away for the rest of the life…it’s just like living in a cage where there is no escape…

Seeker 2: I mean when you live around people who don’t have any higher value of life and all they want is money, assets, relationships and the so called superfluous enjoyment that goes with it…

Seeker 2: I don’t think anyone will get into a conversation with me if I talk like this…they would only think I am too pessimistic and don’t know how to “enjoy” life 🙂

Seeker 2: But according to whatever I have read human life is not for enjoyment…it’s a gift to realize what has been going on all the time and it is only possible for a human life to break away from this ever continuing birth and death.

Seeker 2: I mean God has given this opportunity to at least make someone like you understand the real fact about life and not live in illusion created by the reflective or reverse energy called Maya created by Lord Krishna that deludes everyone to create an attachment for impermanent things and transmigrate from species to species…body to body…life after life undergoing the same struggle for existence in whatever lifeless body that the soul finds refuge.

Seeker 2: It is so sad that no one take these facts with any level of seriousness and I am not even able to find the environment to explain these things to people living with me all the time!

Seeker 2: Such is the power of this Maya!

Seeker 2: “Material enjoyment is indeed the cause of all unhappiness, but one cannot give it up unless one has personally experienced how much suffering it is. Therefore one should be allowed to remain in so-called material enjoyment while simultaneously advancing in knowledge to experience the misery of this false material happiness. Then, without help from others, one will find material enjoyment detestful. Those whose minds are changed by others do not become as renounced as those who have personal experience. Although I live in household life with my wife and children, I honestly follow the Vedic injunctions by engaging in fruitive activities to enjoy life without sinful reactions.” – Srimad Bhagavatham 6.5.4142.

Seeker 2: So, no matter how much I tell you it’s not possible for you to get to the deepest truths to go through, unless it is assimilated by personal experience combining with the knowledge from scriptures.

Role of women in men’s life according to Vedic Scriptures

It’s very well known that a man’s life is extremely incomplete without a woman/women. He owes his very existence to a woman who bears in her womb for a period of at least nine months, undergoing all sorts of pain and discomfort. A man cannot even simply imagine the pain, strain and agony that a woman undergoes during her time of giving birth to a child. As a mother, a woman plays a critical role in nurturing the infant and is the first teacher. As a child grows up, various women plays different roles accordingly. From a teacher, mentor, peer, friend, colleague to a loving wife.

All of us know this. Nothing new!

But our Vedas and scriptures attach much more significance and more responsibilities to the fairer sex than that what I have mentioned above. I had just mentioned the tip of the ice berg!

The subtle but significant aspects of human life has been stressed throughout our Vedas and Upanishads and expressed more clearly as corollaries in the form of Ithihasas (Ramayana and Mahabharata) and Puranas (Srimad Bhagavatham, Vishnu, Garuda, Padma, Shiva, Skanda etc.).

A typical example is Panchakanya or five ideal women (AhalyaDraupadiKunti / SitaTara  and Mandodari)

Panchakanya

Ahalyā draupadī kunti tārā mandodarī tathā ।
pañcakanyāḥ smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśinīḥ ॥

English translation
Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara and Mandodari
One should forever remember the panchakanya who are the destroyers of great sins

A variant replaces Sita with Kunti:

ahalyā draupadī sītā tārā mandodarī tathā
pañcakanyāḥ smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśinīm 

People practicing Sanatana Dharma, especially married ladies, remember the Panchakanya in this daily Morning Prayer.

Their names are extolled and the prayer is pratah smaraniya, prescribed to be recited in the early hours of the morning.

The panchakanya literally means five kanyas. Kanya may be translated as girl, daughter, maiden or virgin.

By the Vedic injunctions, the wife is accepted as the better half of a man’s body because she is assigned the responsibilities of discharging half of the duties of the husband. For a grihastha (for those in the married order of life), the wife is considered to be the source of liberation because she offers her service to the husband for his ultimate liberation. Marriage is actually a duty performed in mutual cooperation for spiritual advancement.

The critical role of a woman as a wife in a man’s life is mentioned directly in Srimad Bhagavatham:

O hero [Vidura], Diti, being thus afflicted by the contamination of lust, and therefore poor and talkative, was pacified by the son of Marīci in suitable words. O afflicted one, I shall forthwith gratify whatever desire is dear to you, for who else but you is the source of the three perfections of liberation? As one can cross over the ocean with seagoing vessels, one can cross the dangerous situation of the material ocean by living with a wife. O respectful one, a wife is so helpful that she is called the better half of a man’s body because of her sharing in all auspicious activities. A man can move without anxiety entrusting all responsibilities to his wife. As a fort commander very easily conquers invading plunderers, by taking shelter of a wife one can conquer the senses, which are unconquerable in the other social orders. O queen of the home, we are not able to act like you, nor could we repay you for what you have done, even if we worked for our entire life or even after death. To repay you is not possible, even for those who are admirers of personal qualities. Even though it is not possible to repay you, I shall satisfy your sex desire immediately for the sake of begetting children. But you must wait for only a few seconds so that others may not reproach me.

Srimad Bhagavatham: Canto 3 – Chapter 14: Pregnancy of Diti in the evening – Verses 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22.

 This clearly sums up the phenomenon of material existence in this universe. Human beings gets conditioned by Maya, the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord to transact its activities for existence but gets entangled when they forget the very purpose of life by getting fully absorbed only in the four material activities: eating, sleeping, mating and defending.

Here is an example of an henpecked husband lured by the extreme beauty of the female body and involved in extreme glorification of his wife (though this glorification about one’s wife is an undeniable fact) but he is doing at the wrong time of the day when he should have restrained her – the twilight hours are considered to be period to perform Vedic rites/devotional service and nothing else. Moreover, he is a Rishi and was involved in austere activities at the time. But he was powerless to stop the lusty advances of his wife. Thus by giving vain reasons that would obviously be unacceptable to her in her situation that time, he tries to post pone the act but miserably fails!

Diti was thus informed by her husband, but she was pressed by Cupid for sexual satisfaction. She caught hold of the clothing of the great brāhmaṇa sage, just like a shameless public prostitute. Understanding his wife’s purpose, he was obliged to perform the forbidden act, and thus after offering his obeisances unto worshipable fate, he lay with her in a secluded place.

Srimad Bhagavatham: Canto 3 – Chapter 14: Pregnancy of Diti in the evening – Verses 3031.

The learned Kaśyapa said: Because of your mind’s being polluted, because of defilement of the particular time, because of your negligence of my directions, and because of your being apathetic to the demigods, everything was inauspicious. O haughty one, you will have two contemptuous sons born of your condemned womb. Unlucky woman, they will cause constant lamentation to all the three worlds! They will kill poor, faultless living entities, torture women and enrage the great souls.

Srimad Bhagavatham: Canto 3 – Chapter 14: Pregnancy of Diti in the evening – Verses 38 , 39 & 40.

Thus the two most vicious demons Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu were born because of performing the act at an inappropriate time and not according to scriptural injunctions. The effect of this act is also mentioned in Bhagavad Gita:

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1 – Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra – Verse 40

When there is deliberate negligence of the regulative principles of religious life, the women as a class become polluted, and as a result there are unwanted children. When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krsna, the women of the family become corrupt, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrsni, comes unwanted progeny.

Hence, moderation and restraint in any activity is essential to lead a sane and ideal life.

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 6 – Sankhya Yoga – Verse 16

 “There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much, or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough.

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Magnificence of Srimad Bhagavatham

I have been mentioning at least one passage from Srimad Bhagavatham in most of my posts.

Now, I would like to mention the magnificence of this transcendental literature, which is verily Lord Shri Krishna Himself in a literary form, just meant for liberating us from this age of darkness:

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa. It is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahaṁsas. This Bhāgavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated.” – SB 12.13.18.

Srimad Bhagavatham was first revealed by The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna to Lord Brahma, the creator of this universe when he was anxious of how to proceed with the creation process.

Srimad Bhagavatham is the essence of all Vedanta philosophy because its subject matter is The Absolute Truth.

The goal of this transcendental literature is to free our self from the clutches of this material existence that is going on since time immemorial by encouraging renunciation and inculcate exclusive devotion to the Supreme Truth, the permanent reality!

In this material universe, even Lord Brahma, the topmost living being who has the longest lifespan is not free from the four vices of material existence – birth, death, disease and old age, anxiously desires salvation and the Supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna mercifully explained the science of Srimad Bhagavatham to him.

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami(son of Maharishi Veda Vyasa, the literary incarnation of God and the author of Srimad Bhagavatham), the best of mystic sages and a personal manifestation of the Absolute Truth narrated Srimad Bhagavatham to Maharaja Pariksit having been bitten by a snake due to a curse and had only seven days to live, delivered him from the clutches of material existence by narrating Srimad Bhagavatam in entirety to him.

Conversation 049 – LSD anyone?

Note: This is based on a Reddit conversation on this subject.

Seeker 1: “Our beliefs set the limits for our minds’ capability of thinking, imagining, creating and changing. Sometimes they are only present on the surface/sub-surface, but many of them have their roots deep within our minds. The goal is always to expand one’s perception, open doors and battle the limiting beliefs in our minds by practicing indifference, overcoming and the willingness to change.”

Seeker 1: “For some, more drastic/powerful measures might be necessary to achieve the desired changes. Personally, I find the use of lysergic acid diethylamide and similar powerful agents to be really useful in reducing the ego, expanding consciousness and overcoming certain limits.”

Seeker 1: “Another obvious but great tool for accessing the depths of the mind is the use of meditative/trace-like states achieved through mindfulness, proper breathing and other practices to attain an altered state of consciousness that can aid us in reforming our belief systems”.

Seeker 2: You mean LSD? Very good thought…

Seeker 1: “Exactly. Thank you. Its name still carries a stigma to this day but those who know what it’s like and how it can be used… know.”

Seeker 2: Thank you very much for your reply sir. Yes it is. Any psychotropic substance is subject to misuse and is not advisable because of lack of awareness in its usage among common people. All we know is how the rock stars use it to heighten their creativity in their instrumental music and lyrics, but it lasts for only a short period, then they are subject to mental derangement often resulting in suicide or some permanent mental disorder. My apologies sir for being skeptical in this regard. Use of psychotropic substances or injecting drugs or intoxicating substances, being aware or unaware, intended or unintended, causes uncontrolled hallucinations and seriously alters the brain’s “normal” way of thinking and create an “artificial” high. This is often addictive and leads to delusions and other similar effects/behaviour. l am strongly not in favour of the use of these substances. I consider these practices as highly inferior for spiritual realisation when compared to a life with meditation practices, chanting prayers, advancing in scriptural knowledge, consuming sattvic food and pursuing sattvic thoughts, fasting on designated days like ekadashis etc. and living a life of non-violence with regard to all species of life as well as in dealing with natural substances. Though practicing all of these may sound impractical at this point of time, I believe it is possible if one has the will.

Seeker 1: “One of my personal rules is to never form an opinion of something unless you’ve tried it yourself. Have you tried any psychotropic substance or are you judging by how the media portrays some rockstars to you?”

Seeker 2: If you want to really know what I mean and what I am in for, I kindly request you to go through my blog Spirituality is the only way to solace. I am not required to share any personal experiences or observations on these things in a public forum like this, whether I have used them or not that’s not of much concern to you. You can’t do anything about it sitting in some corner of the world. Regarding rock stars there is no need for any media to tell me. I follow lot of them, their lives, listen to lot of their music, read their biography, collect a lot of their personal memorabilia etc.  I have offhand experiences of them, watching their concerts and their behaviour under the influence of these kinds of substances. You may kindly check this particular post – Manic times in this regard and several others where I have mentioned the evil effects of intoxicating substances like alcohol etc.

Seeker 1: “Thank you for your consideration and the inquisitiveness to know the rationale behind what I have written. Thanks for taking the time to share that but I’ll have to remind you that psychedelics hardly have much to do with naturally occurring mental states, even if we’re talking about mania or psychosis. It’s totally different. Though I suppose that you can’t know this since to me it appears that you’ve only taken the role of an “outside observer” regarding psychedelics, I can’t expect you to even be able to imagine what it roughly has to be like. And hey, don’t worry man, nobody’s embarrassing themselves on here by saying what they think or feel, sharing experiences is the whole point of this subject. So if you’ve got something to share then know that I’ll be happy to talk about it with you.”

Seeker 2: 🙏 totally agree with you sir as long as the discussion is healthy not leading to bitter arguments going back and forth, each standing on their own beliefs, waste time and effort and not coming to any meaningful conclusions. Life is very short, in spirituality and spiritual practices each school of thought is different and sometimes even mutually exclusive. But the ultimate aim of all is to realise that absolute truth that solves the mystery of life. Certain things are best discussed privately because public forums are prone to misinterpretation due to diverse views often unrelated to the original subject that distorts the intended thoughts expressed both by the initiator as well as by genuine persons. I am just another seeker trying to understand life and its ultimate purpose. My only aim is to utilise our thought processes and our creative brain to the fullest extent possible so that we can within the limitations of modern city life still make an effort towards a process that looks seemingly impossible now. I sincerely thank you for persisting with me and replying to whatever I have been posting in your thread. I will be more than glad sir to have further deeper discussions with you on this if you find me suitable for it based on what we already discussed. In our culture, LSD or any other substance inducing brain stimulation in a non-traditional manner is strongly shunned. I think you will now understand what I meant by my postings so far based on this background. Thank you again sir for reading this lengthy post. Looking forward to have further discussions with you on this meaningful subject.

P.S: Further communication didn’t happen after this latest post 🙂

Epilogue: A typical example on this subject is from the psychedelic rock band – Pink Floyd, my favourite of all times (next only to Guns N Roses), whose music (I mean Pink Floyd!) I consider as God sitting on the top of their brains of these folks to compose flawless music.

Some quotes from Wikipedia on Syd Barrett – the most enigmatic musician of modern times. :

“Syd Barrett was ousted in April 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new guitarist and was briefly hospitalised amid speculation of mental illness and his excessive use of psychedelic drugs. “

“Through late 1967 and early 1968, Barrett became increasingly erratic, partly as a consequence of his reported heavy use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD (please read).  Once described as joyful, friendly, and extroverted, he became increasingly depressed and socially withdrawn, and experienced hallucinations, disorganized speech, memory lapses, intense mood swings, and periods of catatonia.”

Pink Floyd recorded several tributes and homages to him, including the 1975 song suite “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” .

These lines from the song clearly explains the condition:

Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more layers
And I’ll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we’ll bask in the shadow of yesterday’s triumph
And sail on the steel breeze
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser
Come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

Moral: It is better not to use/try any substances, if one is not aware of its consequences, side-effects and after-effects. Life is not a chemical laboratory for experimentation, nor are we “rats” or “guinea pigs” used for doing some study! (that is also not okay since we don’t have any rights to harm animals in the name of experimentation)

Thank you once again for reading.