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❄️ Today’s Panchang 28th February ❄️

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❄️ Today’s Panchang 5th December ❄️

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Let the divine song bless your home with eternal peace-Bhagwad Gita Paath

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Bhagwad Gita: The Song Divine

Bhagwad Gita or Gitopanishad is the best works of Vedic literature ever composed. Since it is a direct dialogue between the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna and his dear devotee Arjuna, it has got direct guidelines for the human beings for getting the desired goal of life.

It is not a different scripture, but a part of the fifth Veda Mahabharata which was composed by Srila Vyasadeva for the dull headed people.

As per Srimad Bhagwatam (1.4.25)

“Out of compassion, the great sage thought it wise that this would enable men to achieve the ultimate goal of life. Thus he compiled the great historical narration called the Mahābhārata ”

Bhagwad Gita is a part of Mahabharata’s Anushasan Parva from chapters 25-42. It has 3 divisions in itself which have been equally divided into portions of Gyana, Karma and Bhakti.

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Divisions of Bhagwad Gita

As per the Acharyas who have commented on Bhagwad Gita, it has been divided as

  1. Chapters 1 to 6 are for Karma Yoga or Actions in Krishna Consciousness.
  2. Chapters 7 to 12 are for Bhakti Yoga or Selfless Unalloyed Devotion to Lord Krishna.
  3. Chapter 13 to 18 are for Gyana Yoga or The Knowledge about Supreme Lord.

Individually, the chapters have been names as:

  1. Chapter One: Observing the armies on Battlefield of Kurukshetra
  2. Chapter Two: Essence of Bhagwad Gita
  3. Chapter Three: Karma Yoga
  4. Chapter Four: Divya Gyana
  5. Chapter Five: Karma Yoga in Krishna Consciousness
  6. Chapter Six: Dhyana Yoga
  7. Chapter Seven: Knowledge of Absolute
  8. Chapter Eight: Attaining the Supreme
  9. Chapter Nine: The most confidential knowledge
  10. Chapter Ten: The opulence of absolute
  11. Chapter Eleven: The universal form
  12. Chapter Twelve: Devotional service
  13. Chapter Thirteen: Nature, enjoyer and consciousness
  14. Chapter Fourteen: Three modes of nature
  15. Chapter Fifteen: Yoga of Supreme
  16. Chapter Sixteen: Divine and demoniac nature
  17. Chapter Seventeen: Divisions of faith
  18. Chapter Eighteen: Perfection of renunciation

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Why should one read Bhagwad Gita?

Bhagwad Gita lays emphasis on the following points which can be understood by a common man:

  • Whatever work the leaders of the society do, the common man of the society follows them without deliberation. Hence, a leader must be careful to set examples.
  • The persons whose mind is tormented by unlimited desires cannot achieve the desired goal of his life
  • Anger is the biggest enemy of a person and it is generated by unsatisfied lust or desires
  • Without having faith in the person who is giving you knowledge, you cannot get real knowledge from him
  • The practicality of knowledge is only gained by practising austerity and being truthful.
  •  Success is meant only for those people who can pay the price worth for it.

These are some of the practical aspects and points from  Bhagwad Gita.

Benefits of donation on Gita Jayanti

This Bhagwad Gita as a scripture was compiled by Srila Vedvyasa. And it was spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra in 45 minutes. It was spoken to Arjuna on the day of Shukla Paksha Ekadashi of Margashirsha month, the most auspicious Mokshada ekadashi.

As per Brahma Vaivarta Purana, anyone who gifts Bhagwad gita on the day of Moskhada Ekadashi gets the benefit of donating thousands of mounds of gold, Gold laiden cows and many more auspicious things.

Benefits of Bhagwad Gita Paath

The benefits of Bhagwad Gita Paath are:

  1. One gets benefit of giving huge donations in charity to Brahmins and Cows.
  2. One gets the desired result in any field in which he applied for.
  3. One gets desired success in the examinations for which he is appearing for.
  4. The paath of Bhagwad Gita ensures complete freedom all sorts of negative energies on the house and people living in the house.
  5. If there is any malefic planet in the kundali which is showing it’s negative effects, the person is immediately relieved from it.
  6. If there is any financial loss or loss in business, the paath eradicates all sorts of negative intentions and cause of such miseries.

Muhurat for Gita Paath

This year, Mokshada Ekadashi or Gita Jayanti is on 10th December, 2016. The puja muhurtam timings are as follows:

Bhagwad Gita Paath: 04:00 AM to 12 PM

This Muhurat is for general masses. For devotess who wish to do it for a special cause, Shubhpuja is providing free consultation from expert Acharyas and Pandits who have been doing this yagya for years.

For booking this puja, http://www.shubhpuja.com/product/bhagwat-paath-puja/

 

Children Story:Rani Hada’s tale of bravery

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The fearless daughter of Hada Rajput, named Rani Hada was married to Rao Ratan Singh of Salumber, Mewar. Rao was mesmerized by the beauty of her wife and in his infatuation ignored his call of duty. In around 1653-1680 a battle was fought between Maharaja of Mewar and Aurangzeb. Being a part of the Rajput fraternity and helping to save their province, Maharana Raj Singh called Rao Ratan along with his army. When called by Maharana Raj Singh to join the battle against Aurangzeb, he sent his army but refused to come along because of his newly married wife. Rani Hada was disturbed due to his husband’s cowardly attitude and held herself and her beauty responsible for it.

Rani Hada had grown up hearing the tales of bravery of Rajput kings and queens and thus she finally convinced his husband to follow his ‘Kshatriya dharma’. Rao was finally prepared to leave for the battle and requested his wife to offer him a memento that reminds him of her.

Rani Hada requested her daasi to bring a box and sword and instructed her to handover the box to Rao ji. Daasi shouted in shock as Rani Hada chopped off her head with the sword. Abiding by the orders, she kept Rani Hada’s head in the box and ran to Rao ji.

Looking at her wife’s head Rao ji was broken and also proud of his brave Rani. She sacrificed her own self to make her husband follow his Rajputana dharma. Determined to pay homage to her wife’s sacrifice he bravely fought with the army of Aurangzeb and won over them. After winning over Aurangzeb he got on his keens and cut his neck because he had lost the desire to live anymore.

Even today the palace of Salumber has the statue of Rao Ratan Singh with Rani Hada’s head and she is remembered as an epitome of valour. Rani Hada was indeed a true Rajputani and kept her morals higher than anything else. Her sacrifice is immortal and will be remembered till time immemorial.

Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra

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Rathe vaamanam drishtva! It is said, those who welcome the Lord Jagannath by seeing him or greeting him, he becomes free from all sins”

The festival of carts or Ratha Yatra is celebrated every year in Jagannath Puri, Odisha whereby the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna manifests his most merciful form for the degraded people of Kaliyuga. Rath Yatra is the chief attraction festival of Jagannath Puri whereby lakhs of devotees come to celebrate the Lord’s festival and get his blessings. It is celebrated every year in the month of Aashadha, the second day of bright fortnight on pushya nakshatra.

The three presiding deities, Sri Baladeva, Sri Subhadra and Sri Jagannath travel from the premises of Sri Mandir and travel to Gundicha Mandir located a few kilometers away at the sea shore, where the Lord made his appearance in the Satyuga of Swayambhu Manu, the first Manu of Lord Brahma’s day.

By Vedic calculations one can determine when the Jagannatha Temple was first built, when the Temple was inaugurated and when the Deities were installed (on their simhasana). According to the authority of Skanda Purana, this period is fifteen crores and thirty-four lakhs (more than 150 million) years ago. From this it is clear that Ratha-yatra began in the time of Svarochisa Manu, the second Manu from the day of Lord Brahma.

The deities of Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra were installed by Lord Brahma himself, who is a great devotee of Lord Sri Krishna. The Lordships have very strange form and this accounts to a wonderful story about why the lord has these forms.

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When Lord Krishna was in Dwaraka, he kept on remembering his cowherd friends and the gopis of Vrindavan who had no other means of survival other than Krishna himself. Once the Lord became too anxious to hear about their well-being and went away with Balaram. Meanwhile, the 16,000 queens of Sri Krishna asked Mother Rohini, the mother of Balaram about the anxiety of Krishna. She told them about the Vrindavan past times of the lord and they all became very eager to hear them. But, Rohini devi was afraid, if Krishna hears these past times, he would run to Vrindavan immediately. So, she locked all the doors and windows and asked Krishna’s sister, Subhadra to stand at the door and don’t allow Krishna and Balaram to enter and she started narrating the incidents. Meanwhile, Krishna and Balaram came and asked Subhadra to allow them to enter. When she refused to do so, Krishna by his mystic power opened one of the windows to hear and as soon as he could hear and remember the past times, all three of them manifested the symptoms of eight fold ecstasy. Their hands shrunk, their eyes widened and legs melted. This is the form of Jagannath, Lord Krishna is feeling separation from his dear devotees. When the story was over, Narada Muni came to see the lord’s form but couldn’t see the same. He asked the lord about this peculiar form, to which Sri Krishna replied that this form is especially meant for people of Kaliyuga whereby they can easily attain the supreme perfection of spiritual life.

Thefestival started to mark the pulling of Krishna’s chariot by the Brajwasis from Kurukshetra to take him back to Vrindavan. They let go the horses and themselves pulled the rope of the chariot. The chariots are made from wood without using any iron nail to join pieces together. Three magnificent chariots are prepared which take the lord from Sri Mandir to Gundicha Mandir, where the deity of the lord was prepared i.e. the place where lord appeared. The lord stays there for about a week and then returns back to the temple again. A day before the Rath yatra, the gundicha temple is thoroughly cleaned and washed, which was initiated by Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. People come in huge numbers, just to pull the carts.

Simply by pulling the carts and dancing before the lord makes the person free from all the sinful reactions and makes them very joyful. Lord, being most merciful personally comes out to see his devotees and the people of the world so as to shower his unprecedented mercy on them.

Here is some of the information about the Rathas of the Lordship

  • Sri Jagannath

Name of Ratha: Nandi Ghosh Ratha

No. of wheels: 16

  • Sri Baladeva

Name of Ratha: Taal Dhvaja Ratha

No. of wheels: 14

  • Sri Subhadra

Name of Ratha: Dev Dalan Ratha

No. of wheels: 12

 

Love and devotion of Lord Hanuman

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Hanuman is widely revered for his immense devotion and love for Lord Rama and Mata Sita. He ideally defines ‘Dasyabhava’ devotion, which is known for the union of love between the master and servant. One such incident clearly defines the love of Hanuman for his master.

When Lord Rama and Sita ji came back from Sri Lanka after winning over Ravana, lord Rama decided to conduct a grand ceremony. In the celebration he awarded all his well wishers for supporting and showering their love. When Hanuman ji went to Rama for his reward, he immediately hugged him and said that he can never pay for the humble service and devotion of Hanuman. But Mata Sita requested Rama to give something to Hanuman apart from the honour, thus Lord Rama offered him and Sita ji offered him a precious stoned necklace.

As soon as Hanuman took the necklace in his hands, he began to tear it apart and peers into each stone. Everybody was shocked to see the activity of Hanuman and started asking him the reason for breaking the precious gift. Hanuman ji answered that he was looking in each stone to check the presence of lord Rama and Sita ji. If something does not have the presence of his master then it is a waste for him.

To prove the depth of his love for Rama and Sita, Hanuman tears his chest open and everyone could actually see the image of of Rama and Sita in his heart.

 

Children Story: “Yaksha Prashna”

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The epitome of dharma and righteousness, Yudhishtira had to face a tough challenge of Yaksha to save his 4 brothers from the mouth of death. When thirsty Nakul went in search of water and found the crystal clear water for quenching his thirst, he was warned by a voice to answer his questions before drinking the water. Ignoring the voice Nakul went forward to drink the water and he immediately fell down on the ground. Similar situation happened with Sahdeva, Arjuna and Bhima and now all four brothers were lying dead.

Finally Yudhishtira went to inquire about his brothers and got anxious to see their state. Since there were no wounds or any marks of injury on their bodies, Yudhishtira was sure that it is some kind of supernatural power. Soon he heard the voice of Yaksha, “I am Yaksha and I warned all your brothers to answer my questions before drinking the water. But they overlooked my warning and now lying dead.” Yaksha further told Yudhishtira that in order to save the lives of his brothers he need to answer his questions. Yudhishtira realized that it is the Lord Himself who is testing the righteousness of Him and his brothers. He payed his respect to Yaksha and with great humility, he requested the Omnipresent to ask questions and he will try to answer them with the best of his ability. I any case he will abide by his Dharma and Yaksha terms. To test the wisdom of Yudhistira, Yaksha asked may questions and answers to which reveal the great values of life. Most important of them are listed below:

Yaksha: What is weightier than the Earth?

Yudhishtira: Mother

Yaksha: Which is taller than the sky?

Yudhishtira: Father

Yaksha: What is faster than the wind?

Yudhistira: Mind

Yaksha: By renouncing what does one become affectionate?

Yudhistira: Pride

Yaksha: Which is the best wealth?

Yudhishtira: Education

Yaksha: What is the principal duty of man?

Yudhishtira: Charity

Yaksha: Who doesn’t have a heart?

Yudhishtira: Stone

Yaksha: Where does Dharma reside?

Yudhishtira: Dharma resides in good deeds of human beings.

There were other questions in similar lines covering various other deep and subtle aspects of life. After replying to all the questions of Yaksha, Yudhistira saved the life of Nakul first and Arjuna and Bhima later. Yaksha was surprised and became curious to know the reason behind saving the step brothers before real ones. Yudhistira replied, “I do not differentiate between any of my brothers. Dharma is the priority for me and I will always protect Dharma”. Yaksha was pleased to hear his reply and said, “Because you uphold Dharma victory will always be yours”.