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KARMA YOGA

KARMA PRADHAAN VISHWA KARI RAAKHAA ||
JO JAS KARIYA SO TAS PHAL CHAAKHAA || - Tulsidas

(The world is based on the laws of Karma. As is one’s Karma (deeds), so are its Phalas (results)

NIJ KAR KRIYAA RAHIM KAHI SIDHI BHAAVI KE HAATH ||
PAANSA APNE HAATH MEIN, DAAON NA APNE HAATH || - Rahim

(It is in our power to do the KARMA, but we do not have any control over its success, like in the game of backgammon, we only have control over the dices but not the bet)

NAABHUKTAM KSHEEYATE KARMA KALPAKOTISHASTAIRAPI ||

(Even after the passing of hundred crore KALPA (one day of Brahma which consists of 4,32,0000,000 years of the mortals, one does not escape from his KARMA)

SATI MOOLE TADVIPAAKO JAATYAAYURBHOGAH ||(YOGADARSHAN 2/13)

(Just as the seed germinates when the conditions are favourable. In the same way, the good and evil KARMAS germinate or cause birth of a JIVA (soul) in different conditions as the result of which a JIVA gets caste, life span and experience pleasures or pains)

DVE SRITO ASHRINVAM DEVAANAAMUT MAANUSHAANAAM ||
SHUKLAKRISHNE GATEE HYATE JAGATAH SHAASHVATEEMATE || - (BHAGWAD GITA)

(Lord Krishna says in the Bhagwad Gita that there are two paths upon which a soul of a DEVTA (Deity) and MANUSHYA (MAN) treads, the first path helps to free itself from the continuous cycles of life and death. The second path causes forces it into the cycles of Rebirth and death according to his KARMAS (deeds))

MONEY OR WEALTH (WHAT IT CAN BUY)

1) Wealth can purchase a 'bed' but not 'sleep'.
2) Wealth can purchase 'books' but not 'knowledge'.
3) Wealth can purchase 'foodstuffs' but not the power of 'digestion'.
4) Wealth can purchase 'medicines' but not 'health'.
5) Wealth can purchase a 'house' but not a 'home'.
6) Wealth can purchase 'luxuries' but not 'civilization'.
7) Wealth can purchase 'pleasures' but not 'happiness'.
8) Wealth can purchase 'cosmetics' but not 'Beauty'.
9) Wealth can purchase a 'temple' but not 'purity'.
10) Wealth can purchase an 'obedient attendant' but not 'respect'.
11) Wealth can purchase a 'servant' but not a 'friend'.
12) Wealth can purchase 'Positions' but not 'equality'.
13) Wealth can purchase 'sensual pleasures' but not 'love'.
14) Wealth can purchase 'MEN' but not 'BELIEF'.
15) Wealth can purchase 'commodities' but not 'PEACE'.
16) Wealth can purchase 'social status' but not 'nobility'.
17) Wealth can purchase 'credit' but not 'respect'.
18) Wealth can purchase 'titles' but not 'greatness'.
19) Wealth can purchase 'service' but not respect for the 'MASTER'.
20) Wealth can purchase 'power' but not 'influence'.
21) Wealth can purchase a 'human' but not 'humanity'.

IMPORTANCE OF 'OMKAR'

'Om' or 'Omkar' plays a significant role in our life. There are thousands of meanings of 'Om' and one of them is 'Summoning God'. This is the root 'Mahamantra' of the 'Vedas'. It has been scientifically proved that just by pronouncing 'Om', the movement of 'Prana' or Breath becomes upward mobile. 'Om' is 'Brahma'.

OM IN DIFFERENT RELIGIONS

1) HINDU:

OM ITYEKAAKSHAR BRAHMA

(GEETA 8/13)

 

(This one letter of 'OM' is Brahma itself)

 

2) SIKHISM:

IKKA OMKAR SIRI SATGUR PARSAADI

(GURU GRANTH SAHIB)

3) JAINISM:

NAMO ARIHANTAANAM NAMO SIDDHANAM

 

4) BUDDHISM:

OM MANIPADME HUM

 



GRIHASTHA ASHRAM

'HOSPITALITY' only is the home's 'MAGNIFICIENCE'

'LOVE' only is the home's 'REPUTATION'

'DISCIPLINE' only is the home's'BEAUTY'

'SOLUTION' only is the home's 'HAPPINESS'

'MORALITY' only is the home's 'FRAGRANCE'

 
MAYAA (ILLUSION)

MAYAA DOLAI MOHINI, BOLAI MADHUR BAIN ||
KOEE GHAAYAL NA MILAI, SAANYEE HIRDAY SAIN ||

(Maya just like a beauteous woman, bewitches by her sweet talk but she cannot do any harm to those in whom the Lord manifests)


THE IMPORTANCE OF FOUR

  1. REMEMBER FOUR THINGS:
    a) To respect the elders
    b) To protect and love the young
    c)To take advice from the intelligent
    d) To never quarrel with foolish persons.
  2. FOUR THINGS SEEM WEAK INITIALLY, BUT IF NEGLECTED CAUSES SORROW:
    a) Fire b) disease c) debt d) sin.
  3. PRACTICE FOUR THINGS:
    a) Being in company of learned and wise men
    b) Contentment c) Charity d) Compassion.
  4. FOUR THINGS INTOXICATES A MAN:
    a) Youth b) Wealth c) Power d) Imprudence.
  5. FORTUNATE TO HAVE FOUR THINGS:
    a) Having devotion to God
    b) Being in company of learned
    c) Purity of charater
    d) Magnanimity.
  6. FOUR QUALITIES ARE RARE:
    a) Wealth acquired by pure means
    b) Modesty in charity
    c) Kindness in Bravery
    d) Humbleness in Authority.
  7. DONT BELIEVE IN FOUR THINGS:
    a) Unconquered Mind
    b) Love of an enemy
    c) Flattery of a selfish man
    d) Road side Astrologer.
  8. REMEMBER FOUR THINGS:
    a) Favour done by others to you
    b) Ill-treating others c) Death d) God.
  9. AVOID FOUR THINGS :
    a) An Atheist
    b) Wealth accumulated through wrong means
    c) Women other than your own wife
    d) Criticizing others.
  10. NO CONTROL OVER FOUR THINGS:
    a) LIFE b) DEATH c) FAME d) UNPOPULARITY.
  11. FOUR THINGS ARE TRULY RECOGNIZED IN FOUR SITUATIONS:
    a) Friend in Poverty
    b) Wife in Penury and Indigence
    c) Bravery in a battlefield
    d) Relatives in Notoriety.
  12. BENEDICTION IN FOUR THINGS:
    a) Control over speech
    b) Little sleep c) Little food d) Remembering God in solitude.

DHARMA (RELIGION)



1) KAAM KRODH ARU LOBH MUD, MITHYAA CHHAL ABHIMAAN ||
INSE MUNKO ROKIBON SAACHON BRUT PAHICHAN ||

(One must not fall into the trap of lust, anger, greed, arrogance, falsehood, duplicity and pride).

2) DAYAA DHARAM KAA MOOL HAI, NARAK MOOL ABHIMAAN ||
TULSI DAYA NA CHORIYE, AJB LAGI GHAT ME PRAAN || -TULSIDAS

(As long as one is alive, one should try to practice compassion for the base of religion is compassion and pride is the door to hell)

3) CHAAR VED SHAT SHASHTRA MEIN, BAAT MILI HAI DOY ||
DOOKH DINE DOOKH HOT HAI, SUKH DINE SUKH HOY ||

(The summary of all the four Vedas and six Shashtras is that if one causes sorrow to others, one gets it back in return, similarly joy is reciprocated in the same way)

4) ASHTAADUSH PUIRAANESU VYASASYA VACHANADWAYAM ||
PARAOPKAARAH PUNYAAYA PAAPAAYA PARIPIDANAM || -VEDA VYASA

(There is no virtue like giving joy to others and there is no sin like being a source of sorrow to others)

5) PARHHIT SARIS DHARAM NAHIN BHAI ||
PARPEERA SAM NAHIN ADHAMAAII ||
NAR SHARIR DHARIJE PARPEERA||
KARAHIN TE SAHAAIN MAHABHAVABHEERA||

MIND CONTROL AND PURITY OF MIND

1) CHANCHAL HI MANAH KRISHNA PRAMAATHI BALAVADDHRIDHAM ||
TASYAAHAM NIGRAHAM MANYE VAYORIVA SUDSHKARAM || - ARJUN TO KRISHNA

(Mind is very restless, forceful and strong, O Krishna, it is more difficult to control the mind than to control the wind)

THE BASICS OF RELIGION

MOOKAM KAROTI VACHALAM PANGOOM LANGHAYATE GIRIM ||
YATKRIPA TAMAHAM VANDE PARMANAND MADHAVAM ||

(Salutations to the ultimate bliss Madhava, by whose grace, a dumb man becomes the most talkative and a physically disabled man crosses the highest mountain)

Religion is a matter of faith. Our revered Maharishis with their divine sight, which they acquired with the help of supernatural powers of the Yoga, wrote down those minute mysteries in the scriptures as they saw and experienced it. It was not merely their imaginations or presumptions. These were the theories and principles, which were experienced by them. Hence, there is no question of putting a question mark on the principles propounded by them. The universe is working smoothly since the beginning of creation till date only because we have been following the path shown by these Maharishis because even the earth cannot remain stable and in balance without religion and virtue. There are numerous violence, calamities, hurdles and hindrances which keep happening in this world i.e. violence, disturbances are prevalent in all parts of the world. Hence, our ancient sages and Maharishis who could read all the three dimensions of time i.e. past, present and future had cautioned the common man of the world to follow the virtuous path and the path of religiousness.

SRUNUSVA DHARM SARWASWAM SRUTVA CHA AVADHARYATAM ||
ATMANAH PRATIKULANI PARESAN NA SAMACHARET ||

(After the Mahabharata war ended, Lord Krishna said to Arjun that "O Partha, now that you have been victorious in the war. I am going to tell you the summary of Dharma (or religion) which you should listen to it attentively and accept it only after understanding it. Your behaviour should never be such that you don't expect others to behave like you do." Some sages have gone to the extent of saying that there is no distinction between man and animal if a man lacks religiousness like:

AAHAR NIDRA, BHAYA MAITHHUNAM CHA, SAMANAMETAD PASHURBHIHSAMANA ||
DHARMO HI TESANMADHIKO VISHESAN DHARMEN PASHUBHIHSAMANA ||

(It means that the cravings for food, sleep, intercourse are the same in both man and animal. Both man and animal are affected by fear. The only thing, which differentiates man form animal, is the quantity of religion. Man is more religious. If a man lacks religiousness then he is more like an animal.)

The whole world is the expansion of nature. The sight of nature's greatness, vastness and magnificence is omnipresent. Nature is the cause of the origin of this universe.