25 October 2012

The truth wins once again

Jai Sri Ram!  Jai Sri Ram!  Jai Sri Ram...! 

The whole environment is echoing with this sound.

Yes, this is the day of Dussehra, when the effigies of Ravana are burnt to signify the end of evil and the victory of Truth.

The place I live, I could see two pandals right from my own room window. One of " Durga Puja ", the main event of Bengalis and the other of " Ram Lila ", where every day from 9pm -12pm, events from RamCharit Manas were enacted. 

Dussehra , also called Vijayadashmi

Today is the finale! One side, Murti of Ma is been taken for visarjan after her victory and on the other end Ravana is burnt along with his evil brothers .

A festive symbolization of the whole play
The main part is of course, the music, the loud kind, which came all these nine days, from morning until late at night.  It’s  festival, a gala season. All over India, these days are full of fun, along with all the pujas, kirtans and bhajans; the atmosphere is filled with joy and festivities.

Ma killing Mahishasur
Amazing, every time Ram kills Ravana, Truth is established and Good overtakes the evil, I feel a sense of thrill ! This has been happening for centuries in our country.  

Goddess of victory of good over evil

No matter how many invaders came or how long foreign power held our country under its rule; these festivals couldn't be eliminated nor the Sanatana spirit subdued.

Well, this is just the preliminary, the main event will be after 20 days, the day Ram returns home with his wife Sita.

Light eliminates the darkness 

Diwali ! 
Yes, excited as a kid. Waiting once again to light up the diyas in celebration of Ram’s homecoming.

Master says: On the path of bhakti one requires two things - courage and patience

10 October 2012

learning through ƒũŊ

It's the season of good cinema!
Master took the name of the movie Barfi at Manas-Satya, and we all rushed to watch it at the first given opportunity. Then followed OMG (oh my God) and English Vinglish.

Master says, take the good from everywhere and anywhere. Pick the positive & good and leave the rest.  

So i learn the positive from these fantastic,  fabulously made movies...


- love one and all
- be true to yourself
stay happy no matter what
- even if the world is going up side down, smile and light up a smile on others face

Master says - प्रेम के बिना जीवन में पूर्णता नहीं  आती . 
                     [Life gets fulfillment only through love] 


- God exists, whatever name we call him, that's immaterial.
- we need to be God loving not God fearing.
- God wants us to be good human beings. period!
- He is seeing each action of ours

Master says - जो डराये वो धर्म नहीं, अभय करे वो धर्म है .
                    [ Religion should make one fearless not fearful ]  

'English Vinglish' 

- nothing can come close to your own language, even English, the now world language can't.
- respect home makers, respect your elders,  respect your parents.
- often the close family misses to appreciate one's talent and potential
- have confidence in our own self  

Master says - अंग्रेज़ी भाषा बोलो , ठीक  है  पर अंग्रेज़ी मानसिकता मत बनाओ .
                     अपना मूल मत भूलो - माँ, मात्रभाषा और मात्रभूमि को कभी मत भूलो .

                      [ Its fine to speak in English but don't acquire a English mentality. 
                        Remember your roots- Mother, Mother tongue and Mother land.] 

09 October 2012

Dev Bhumi

Few pictures from the Dev Bhumi; Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh.
On one side the wonderful wise words of Master and on the other side, the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

 Instead of whisking away to some foreign destination, its worth to take some time out, to visit the beauty in our own country. 
Skyline from the katha Pandal

India is a country where every element of nature is revered and worshiped.
Giant Peepal tree in a police station compound 

Religion is not confined to any place or time, its part of everyday life.
Small Shiv temple; familiar sight all over the place.

Unknown Sadhus, roam around quietly without pretensions, come and sit in the katha.
Sadhus at the katha 

Many unknown faces sit right behind doing their thing and listening to the katha.
Sitting behind, undisturbed.
Master says never forget your roots. Give respect to all but have firm faith in your own.