Till you do not become free from greed and jealousy, till then you can not understand the true shape of Brahm.
Once a rich man, when he heard the fame of Baba, he decided to acquire Brahmgyan from Baba. He went to the Shirdi and after the sight of Baba ,he fell on his feet and prayed that you give Brahmdharshan in short time , then Baba told :- My dear friend ! Don’t be so impatient .I will show you Brahm very soon. My all transactions are in cash, and I never deal in credit. For this reason many people come to me for fulfilling their desires of acquiring wealth,health ,power fame, post, and many other things .for learning the Brahmgyan to the person , Baba called a child and told him to borrow 5 rupees from the trader. After returning the child said that there is no trace of him and his house is locked. Again Baba sent him to another trader. This time also the child could not be successful to bring the money. By repeating their experiment for two-three times the result remained the same.
When Baba was sending the child impatiently here and there for borrowing rupees 5, then rich man could not courage to lend rupees 5, and anxiously told Baba that O Baba ! Kindly give me Brahmgyan very soon. Baba replied , that O My dear friend! Did u understand anything from this drama? I was trying to make you the sight of brahm, In short the meaning is that to have the sight of Brahm one have to leave five things ,
- Panch Pran (five vital airs)
- Panch Indriyan (five senses)
- Man (mind)
- Buddhi (wisdom)
- Ahankar (ego)
This is Brahmgyan. and Baba told to gentleman ! you have a Brahm in your pocket in the form of 50 times off rupees 5, please kindly get it out. He took out the bundle of notes, after counting rich man were surprised to see that there were 25 notes of rupees 10 .Seeing this omnipresence of Baba , he became compassionate, falling upon the feet of Baba requested to bless him.
After having the blessings of Baba, rich man returned to their house with pleasure and satisfaction.
Considering Myself as Ignorant, I Meditate on You, O Pavan Kumar (Hanuman).
Bestow on me Strength, Wisdom and Knowledge, and Remove my Afflictions and Blemishes.
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?
Yaksha: Which is taller than the sky?
Yaksha: What is faster than the wind?
Yaksha: By renouncing what does one become affectionate?
Yaksha: Which is the best wealth?
Yaksha: What is the principal duty of man?
Yaksha: Who doesn’t have a heart?
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”.
Goddess Durga is the divya-shakti, which can be a bounty of love and care as well as the source of destruction too. She symbolises the power of divine mother as even the Gods pay homage to her strength. Adoring Ma durga during nine days by keeping fasts and worshipping her is the perfect way to realize our upmost goal and motive of existence, which gets blur in the magical world of materialism.
Kanya Pujan marks the ending ceremony of the auspicious Navratri and is conducted on Ashtami or Navami day of Navratri. It is also known as ‘Kumari puja’, a ritual of worshipping young girls symbolising Goddess Durga. Homage is paid to nine small girls and one boy through this ritual. Special food is prepared according to the varied rituals among family, which is offered to the nine girls in the form of nine devis. Certain dakshina or new utensils are also offered to them. Then the prasadam is consumed by the family to break their fast and mark the completion of auspicious navratri.
Devotees should read the last chapter of Durga Saptashati and chant mantras to welcome the kids. The ceremony should begin by washing their feet and then tying ‘mauli’ (red thread) on their wrists. Special puri, halwa and chana are offered to them along with fruits. People should touch their feet and seek blessings from them by pleasing these young kids.
Worshipping the kanyas helps the devotees to receive wisdom, moksha, strength, wealth and dharma. Mantra for kanya pujan is as follows:
मंत्राक्षरमयीं लक्ष्मीं मातृणां रूपधारिणीम्।
नवदुर्गात्मिकां साक्षात् कन्यामावाहयाम्यहम्।।
जगत्पूज्ये जगद्वन्द्ये सर्वशक्तिस्वरुपिणि।
पूजां गृहाण कौमारि जगन्मातर्नमोस्तु ते।।
Moon, the symbol of purity, tranquility and calmness is considered highly reverend. Celebrating the appearance of moon after Amavasya (New moon day) and adoring it is referred as Chandra Darshan. Devotees fast for the entire day and usually break their fast after viewing the moon.
- On this day the Moon holds special significance as it is difficult to spot it, being in the same horizon as Sun.
- The God of Moon is considered highly important as per Vedic astrology; and is also worshipped because of its fluctuating trait.
- Moon is a symbol of femininity, happiness, beauty, memory and wisdom; true signs to be worshipped.
- Chandra Darshan is also attached with the attainment of salvation and attaining blessings for self and family.
- All our senses are controlled by the mind and the mind is ruled by the moon. Thus adoring the moon keeps the mind and senses in control.
- Worshipping the moon cures the problem of weak eyesight and brings a glow on the face.
This year the Bhadrapada Maas Chandra Darshan falls on the 14th of September, so remember to see it 🙂
The night of stillness or the great night of Shiva is a largely celebrated festival among Hindus. Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of ‘Maagha’ according to the Hindu calendar. Among all the 12 Shivratris that occur throughout the year, Mahashivratri holds the utmost spiritual significance. The absolute formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of “Lingodbhav Moorti” exactly at midnight on Maha Shivratri, due to which all the Shiva devotees perform “Shivlingam abhishekham” at midnight.
- As per renowned stories, the auspicious ‘Samudra Manthan’, where lord Shiva drank the poison ‘Halahala’ to save the entire humanity from evil destruction; marks the celebration of this event on this day.
- Another legend reveals, once a hunter waited on the wood apple tree for his hunt, in the meanwhile he started throwing leaves on the ground. Oblivious to the presence of Lingam on the ground, Lord Shiva was pleased with the patience and dedication of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom.
- It was said that once Goddess Parvati pledged Lord Shiva to save the Earth from destruction, in return lord Shiva kept a condition that the devotees will worship him with complete faith and dedication. On this day devotees express their gratitude through enthusiastic prayers.
As per the research, the Northern hemisphere is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in beings. The fundamental of this night long festival marks the gain of natural energies into our body and soul. Beings who want to proceed ahead on the path of spirituality, offer special prayers on this day and become still with the stable Lord. After many millennia in meditation, the day when supreme Lord becomes stable is Mahashivratri. This day provides enhancement possibilities to the yogic seekers.
Mahashivratri is not only a ritual but a cosmic definition to the Universe. It dispels ignorance by spreading the light of knowledge, and blesses the beings with wisdom and happiness.
“A forehead without a Tilak, a woman without a husband, a Mantra the meaning of which is not known while doing Japa (recitation), the head that does not bend before holy personages, a heart without mercy, a body devoid of health, a custom without purity,… – all these are worthy of condemnation. They exist for name’s sake only.” Our holy scriptures have mentioned the vitality of ‘Tilak’ or ‘Bindi’ applied between the space between two eyebrows.
According to varied traditions, different types of Tilaks are applied using different materials.
- The red kumkum tilak symbolise power, valour and dynamism indicating the devotees of Goddess Shakti or Durga.
- The U shaped tilak of sandalwood paste symbolise purity, calmness and tranquillity indicating the devotees of Lord Vishnu.
- The three horizontal lines (tripundra) of Vibhuti or yagna ash signifying wealth, fortune and devotion of the Shaiva group of worshippers.
- The three horizontal lines of holy ashes, with or without a red dot symbolise the worshippers of Lord Shiva.
Significance of applying Tilak:
Our human body is a source of energy and it continuously emits electromagnetic waves through certain special points. The Aajna Chakra or brow chakra connects to the Bhramanadi i.e. the main spot of wisdom, memory and thinking.
- The point soothes the inner soul and leads to the awakening of third eye of consciousness
- It provides the cooling effect to the body that prevents the emission of energy
- Being a major acupressure point, it relieves headaches through stabilising the nerves
- The center point is connected to the eye muscle that reduces the probability of vision defects due to tilak
- It keeps one away from the evil energies and prevents the chance of hypnotism
- Regular application of tilak helps in maintaining the immunity level
- As per Ayurveda, the spot calms the stress and fatigue to solve the problem of insomnia
Nowadays the scientific and religious relevance have lost its true essence in the society and is replaced by the artificial and fancy decorative stick bindis, which is just an object of show off and fulfils no other purpose. Instead abide by the nature and its beneficial products and apply tilak with the prayer – “May I remember the Lord. May this pious feeling pervade all my activities. May I be righteous in my deeds.”
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja