The festivals in our Indian culture are based upon various scientific facts. One should respect and celebrate all these festivals;and thus attain happiness, prosperity, health, peace of mind and get benefited spiritually.
Unconditional Surrender: Someone asked Gopis – Why do you love Krishna so much? He is dark in complexion, has doesn’t look straight, has awkward style of standing and walking.He lies, steals cloths, etc. He is a clever too. What good quality you find in him that you love him so much…!! You are so beautiful, you might have easily got someone else.
Gopis replied – Whether he is dark or fair in complexion, beautiful or ugly looking; it does not matter to us. We do not love him with any condition, our love is unconditional. He is adorable that’s why we can’t stop ourselves from loving him. If a baby is dirty, cloths are torn; even then mother hugs and loves the baby because she considers baby to be her own. She does not put any condition like the baby should be clean and should wear all the cloths then only she will love and hug the baby. Similarly, your love also should be unconditional like that of Gopis and mother. It should not be based upon fulfillment of any conditions or expectations like – if this happens then only I will love God, if that happens then only I will listen to the discourses, if my son lives up to my expectations then only I will worship God. If conditions are put then you are doing business with God. You do business everywhere with everybody in this world. Keep at least one place aside where there is no business but only unconditional surrender and love. And that one place can only be lotus feet of God and spiritual master.
There was a king named Chitraketu. He had one crore queens. But look at the destiny ! Even after having one crore queens, he was childless. One crore queens, no child!
It is said that, one gets three things in life only by destiny i.e. Wealth, Son and Good Health. One gets these three things only by God’s grace and one’s good deeds of previous birth. Wealth, Children and Health…..right! It is believed that one, who has all these three is the happiest man on the earth. Do you think so….? Even if we call such a person as the happiest man, but still God has made a rule that no person on earth gets all these three things altogether. If one has wealth, he may not have son or health. If one has son and health he may be lacking in wealth. You can verify this fact from anybody in this world. If you find a man who is Wealthy and has a very good son, this is for sure that he must not be keeping good health. If he is a healthy person, he would be lacking in wealth.
No one on the earth, has been blessed with these three things altogether. So , no need to worry… Even Lord Rama did not get these. When Lord Rama was about to get the kingdom, what happened ? He got exile. When he got the kingdom, his wife (Maa Sita) was not with him. When wife was with him, he had no kingdom. So, if this rule applies even to Lord Rama, then it is not a big deal, if we too have to face such a rule. In a way, it’s good to face such hurdles in life, that’s when we will start valuing God.
So, no one has got all these three things in life altogether. This is all due to our deeds done by us in previous births. We have to pay for our deeds and we must pay.
Once, a rishi(sage), named Angira visited the kingdom of Chitraketu. The king welcomed the Sage and served him from the core of his heart. The sage was pleased with him and asked him to wish for any boon. The king said “I am childless, have no son. If you bless me with a son, I will be very greatful”. The sage said “since you have pleased me with your services(sewa), I will have to bless you with a son. You will get a son but that son will be the cause of your happiness and as well as sorrows and distress. A son was born. The lamps were lit all over the kingdom. Sweets were distributed and there were celebrations all over. King Chitraketu was so delighted, his love for that wife multiplied many times who gave birth to that son. She snatched love and affection of the king from all wives. Women are women after all! There was jealousy, anger and disliking amongst all those, who were left ignored by the king. The evil thought came into their minds, why not to finish that reason which snatched our husband from us. That’s the son ! The step mothers got jealous. They gave poison to the son. As a result , the son died.
The element of ‘Jealousy’ makes a person blind and provokes him to do such deeds which, sometimes even he himself doesn’t know, what is he doing. He may destroy others’ lives. But , one must be very careful with his deeds beforehand as, even if nobody knows or sees your deeds but there is One who has always been watching you constantly. Not even a single deed of yours is unseen by HIM. HE is the witness of all our deeds.
Our deeds whether good or bad, never leave us. We can’t get rid off them in any case. Like, a calf can find its mother cow in the crowd of 5000 cows, even if you take the calf away from its mother for 2-3 days, it will find her, he never gets confused about his mother. Similarly, our deeds never get confused and follow us and can identify us in the crowd of even crore of population.
Prernamurti Bharti Shriji through her divine knowledge on the eve of Gurupoonam explained the virtue of nama jap, the importance of bhagvan naam japa and how to uplift life in the guidence of Sadguru. No one can get uplifted and enhanced life without the grace of Sadguru. Also through the story of a tradesman , Shriji explained that Human life is precious it can be evaluated through bhagavan naam japa and satsanga. A short example on life of Bhakt Prahlad stated by Shriji, to make realise the truth of materialistic world, how to make good use of senses in this world?.
Prernamurti Bharti Shriji explained “The duty of disciple is, not only to follow the orders of the master, but should be part of it.the master will not command every one personally to do work. No task in the world can be done without attractioin or interest towards it.An ant is attracted to sugar while the colour of salt is also the same. Ant is attracted because it gets, fascinated towards sugar. Why the stack of sugar? because the ant fascinates to get the headland stack. The dog is also the charm of eating bread, because the hunger gets fades away, similarly, the function of man also has a fascination. its a simple formula of action,that no task can be done without somenoes prompted and having charm in doing it. If attending Satsanga some fascinated towards saintly deeds and some towards nama japa. depending upon their fascination.”
Bhagavad Gita is the most unusual and the one of the most important scriptures. Its is the divine voice of the God. One can be spiritually benefited by mediating and contemplating on the Gita. One’s all doubts are removed and by following it, one can attain Him. This Celestial bhajan was sung by Lord Krishna.
Whatever happened, it happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever that will happen, it will be for good.
What have you lost for which you cry?
What did you bring with you, which you have lost?
What did you produce, which has destroyed?
You did not bring anything when you were born.
Whatever you have, you have received from Him.
Whatever you will give, you will give to Him.
You came empty handed and
you will go the same way.
Whatever is yours today was somebody else’s yesterday and will be somebody else’s tomorrow.
Ex water, the more deeper, the more silent and most Stronger.
Devotion lets you nurture more happiness from supernatural world compared to existing.
It evaluates life from normal to higher values and greater morals in life.
Devotion changes fortune, whatever you wish to achieve in life, you need strong devotion behind that goal.
Devotion keeps eye on yourdeeds.
Devotion keeps control over desires and retires them, therefore less sorrow ,making a person happy and peaceful.
Devotion gives power,energy, strength, success, spirituality, gain over supernatural world.
Devotion gives you knowledge, even makes god to run behind devotee, it serves a link between God and devotee.
There are three basic aspects of devotion:
1) Satsangati or good accompany
2) Nam japa aur chanting Gods name.
3) Sewa or service.
If you want an everlasting joy and sorrow free life, you need to develop these basic aspects of devotion in your life,
Satsangati or good accompany : Satsangati retires sorrows from life hence creating joy and happiness. Seeing a divine master or guru, we remember God, which eradicate sorrows, and you find yourself to be more peaceful and happy. It teaches the lesson that giveup of resources is more joyful rather than using it.
Nam japa or chanting:
Chanting Gods name not only relaxesmind but also develops capability to be bold and unchanging peace of mind in tough situations.It gives internal peace and happiness. Japa is essential in everyday life as it lessens sorrows , griefs and misery.
Sewa or Service:
Sewa is the only source to Holy masters or Guru.Spiritual personalitiesgive you their holy discourses only because of sewa. Sewa purifies you, it gives you inner peace and happiness.
Service to God develops several capabilities of spiritual path, hence you can enjoy the peace of mind. It regulates your desires and diverts towards God.
Hence a person should always develop Devotion to be successful in spiritual and the existing world.
Worship of Lord Shiva removes distress and poverty, grants learning and wealth, bestows all desires. It also gives the devotee transcendental knowledge, by elevating the power of thought and en-kindling the light of discrimination.(sc)
Lord Shiva is the unchanging consciousness or the soul in man. Parvati is the maya sakthi or the illusive power that appears as mind and matter.Syllable `sh’ means permanent bliss, `I’ stands for male energy, `va’ stands for female energy.(sc)
Vedas declare that worshiping Shiva in the linga form helps one gain highest merit in this life and in the future lifetimes. Accumulated sins of many lifetimes get washed away by sincere devotion and prayers to the lord.(sc)
It is said that nothing is as holy as Shiva puja.Shivling and shivpuja connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The linga is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the linga puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Linga thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Linga puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that they are part of the Supreme Being.(sc)
Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath and wear freshly washed clothes. Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘om namaha shivayaa’ are repeated to create a mood for worship. Then, the devotee sits in front of the linga and blows conch or ring bells. This indicates the beginning of the Puja.(sc)
The shivling should be first offered Panchamrit, which is a mixture of milk, ganga jal, saffron, sugar/honey and water.First it is the panchamrit abhishek – the libation of five holy liquids over the linga. The libation can consist of any five of the following – water from river Ganga, honey, sugarcane juice, milk, yogurt, ghee, seawater, coconut water or milk, fragrant oils, rose water or other precious liquids. Usually, only milk of cow is used. While pouring the liquid, om namah shivaya is uttered. Some devotees utter the Lord’s name 108 times and some 1008 times. (sc)
After the panchamrit abhishek, the linga is cleaned with water from Ganga. (This is might not be possible always so just normal water.) After this the linga is smeared with sandalwood paste and is decked with flowers. Water and sandalwood paste is used to keep the linga cool, as Lord Shiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Linga.(sc)
Next, sweets, coconut and fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor and incense are lit and ‘arati’ is conducted. Some devotees fan the linga and sing praises of the lord.(sc)
Finally, ringing of bells or blowing of conch indicates the end of Puja. White ash (vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead and it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets and coconut are distributed as ‘prasad.’(sc)
The main importance of Shivalinga are as follows –
1- Shivaling is god shiva himself. Worshipping Daily and offering Bel leaves,Pushpa(flower) and snan ,Pleases and makes mahadev(god shiva) happy.(sc)
2 – Shivaling is supreme god of universe,all god and goddess worship god shiva to please god shiva,there is no difference between god shiva and shivling.(sc)
3 – Any one who worship god shiva in Shivaling form attains importance of life,hence one will attains good health.(sc)
4- Shivaling worship in home and temple daily attains prosperity,good health and there is residential of all god/goddess in that bless home.(sc)
5 – Shivaling is only Supreme god of universe,who wash and removes all sin and mistake done in past,present life.We should make happy god shiva by chanting god shiva different mantra,offering daily flower to god shiva in temple.(sc)
6- Worshipping Shivaling in home and establishing in temple helps to attains mukti/Moksha(Salvation) ,one will attains free from life cycle of trouble who even do darshan god shiva as Shivaling form.(sc)
Never use a kumkum tilak for the shivling, although the devotees can use it for the idols of goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha.(sc)
One enjoys good fortune of Shiva Yoga in a horoscope, when the lord of the 10th house is in the 5th house, the lord of the 9th house is in the 10th house, and the lord of the 5th house is in the 9th house. Due to this yoga, the native would be a commander of armies or enjoy high position, a big business magnate and also possess divine wisdom.One attracts victory in endeavors when Shiva is worshipped on Arudra nakshatr.(sc)
Mondays in the month are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Mondays in the month of Karthik (mid Nov- mid Dec) and in the month of Shravan (mid July – Mid August) are auspicious to worship Lord Shiva.Women pray to Shiva for welfare of their husbands and sons.(sc)