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Narada Muni

There are many devatas and rishis who are wrongly depicted in movies and modern books. The roles of nArada, Yama, Indra, Chitragupta are the usually portrayed by comedians.
Laughing at any jokes, nay, even the mere act of watching these silently means you have accumulated sin.
In reality, we must forever be indebted to these devatas.

The etymology of the name nArada is — “nAram j~nAnam dadAti iti nAradaH” — bestower of wisdom and thus nArada. Most of the important literature that Hinduism rests on today has
a contribution from nArada. The first shloka of Ramayana starts with — tapaswAdhyAya niratam, tapsi vAkvidAm varam*, nAradam paripappracha vAlmikirmuni pungavam.

Observe that the first proper noun that occurs in Ramayana is that of nArada’s. Observe also the adjectives that are used for nArada- “ever engrossed in study of vedas and meditation”, “excellent among knowers of veda”, “eminent among sages”. Hindu literature gives a lot of importance to the mangalacharana shloka — no wonder then, that by taking the name of nArada in its first shloka
Ramayana has outlived all history books in the world and will be there for as long as the Sun and Moon. In the conversation that takes place, Valmiki asks nArada questions
and nArada preaches Valmiki the story of entire Ramayana. The first 100 shlokas of Ramayana which describe this condensed conversation are popularly called as Baala ramayana.
In one of the versions of how the robber Ratnakara got transformed into sage Valmiki, it is nArada who teaches “mara mara” to Valmiki.

It is nArada again who requests VedaVyAsa to compose BhAgawata purana. In the same BhAgawata, nArada describes his own story of a previous birth.

ucchiṣṭa-lepān anumodito dvijaiḥ
sakṛt sma bhuñje tad-apāsta-kilbiṣaḥ
evaṁ pravṛttasya viśuddha-cetasas
tad-dharma evātma-ruciḥ prajāyate

Highlighting the importance of good company and serving the wise rishis. nArada was a servant boy and served the rishis with a pure heart. The rishis blessed the boy with spiritual knowledge.

nArada was the guru of both prahlAda and dhruva. prahlAda is taught by nArada even while he in his mother’s womb. The child grows up to be a great bhagavadbhakta when he is born.

In the case of Dhurva, nArada first tests dhruva’s resolve and then gives the mantropadesha of Om Namo Bhagavate VAsudevAya.

on the instruction of Lord viSHnu, nArada also leads the ignorant and tAmasic souls to further ignorance . e.g nArada puts a doubt in Kamsa’s mind that any of the children born
to Devaki could be the cause of Kamsa’s death This makes kamsa develop further hatred for the lord and commit child killings. Many mistake this as a cruel act of nArada.
In reality, nArada has only brought out the true colors of kamsa.

The popular satyanArAyana kathA found in skanda purANa starts with nArada approaching viSHnu and asking for a simple solution for people on earth especially of kaliyuga.

In summary, devarishi nArada’s role in origins of Itihasas and Puranas, spread of namasankirtana, mentoring of other bhaktas is truly an act of benevolence upon
those who are on the path of spiritual progress.

The next time you or your well-wishers watch a movie and see any of our spiritual gurus being depicted in wrong light, just change the channel or lodge a protest if possible.
May nArada bless us all with sadbuddhi and take us on the right path. Jai Sriman Narayana.

 

-Arun Harnoor

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Credit for Electoral Reforms goes to Mahaswamigal! — TN Seshan

Shri TN Seshan had gone to meet Paramacharya in the early 90s, after he was transferred from the post of Home Secretary to the post of Chief Election Commissioner – considered a sinecure among Indian civil servants in early 90s.

Paramacharya, who was 97 when a visibly disappointed Seshan came to meet Him, immediately sensed the cause of his disappointment and counseled him to treat the transfer as an opportunity granted by God to serve the Indian public. He had suggested that Seshan visit the Uthiramerur temple (~15 kms from Kanchi Sri Matam) and read through the details of electoral regulations prevalent in India about 1000 years ago, including qualifications of candidates that can contest elections.

In the words of Mr. Seshan, ‘The credit for Electoral reforms must go to Kanchi Mahaswami, but for who this would not have been possible. At 97, He had such clarity and described minute details of the electoral rules embossed on the northern walls of the Uthiramerur temple. And mentioned to me that even implementing a tenth of these reforms, would be a great service to India”.

The rest as we know is history. An inspired and reinvigorated Seshan went back to reform the Indian electoral system, ultimately resulting in the coinage – ‘Seshan vs Nation’3 A key takeaway for all next-gen managers from our Guru, is to develop a historical perspective in our respective fields of endeavor both to avoid repeating mistakes and to stay inspired.

 

Courtesy: https://vandeguruparamparaam.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/credit-for-electoral-reforms-goes-to-mahaswamigal-tn-seshan/

डॉ. आंबेडकर जी से गद्दारी करने वाली कांग्रेस

कल १४ अप्रैल. डॉ. बाबासाहब आंबेडकर जी की जयंती. चुनाव का माहौल हैं. कांग्रेस के नेता कल डॉ. आंबेडकर जी की प्रतिमा पर माला डालने अवश्य आएंगे. उन्हें रोकिये. उनका कोई अधिकार नहीं हैं बाबासाहब जी की प्रतिमा पर माल्यापर्ण करने का.. जिस कांग्रेस ने जीते जी आंबेडकर जी को जलील किया, उनकी उपेक्षा की और उनके मृत्यु के ६३ वर्ष के बाद भी जो संविधान की धारा बदलने के नाम पर उनका अपमान कर रहे हैं, वो किस अधिकार से आंबेडकर जी को के नाम से वोट मांग सकते हैं?

स्वतन्त्रता मिलने तक कांग्रेस ने आंबेडकर जी का खुलकर विरोध किया. उनके आग्रह के विरोध में गाँधी जी ने अनशन किया और यह सुनिश्चित किया की आंबेडकर जी उन्हें शरण आये. यह समझौता ‘पूना पैक्ट’ के नाम से जाना जाता हैं. “व्हॉट काँग्रेस एंड गांधी हैव डन टू द अनटचेबल्स?” (काँग्रेस और गांधी ने अछूतों के लिये क्या किया?) इस किताब के साथ, आम्बेडकर ने गांधी और कांग्रेस दोनो पर अपने हमलों को तीखा कर दिया था, उन्होंने उन पर ढोंग करने का आरोप लगाया था.

यह तो अच्छा हुआ की अंग्रेजों के पहल पर राष्ट्रीय सरकार बनी, जिसके कारण कांग्रेस को आंबेडकर जी को सरकार में रखना पड़ा, और उन्हें क़ानून मंत्री बनाना पड़ा. अकेले नेहरू की चलती, तो आंबेडकर जी कभी भी केंद्र में मंत्री नहीं बन पाते. बाद में नेहरू की कांग्रेस ने यह सुनिश्चित किया, की सन १९५२ का पहला लोकसभा का चुनाव आंबेडकर जी जीत नहीं पाए. बॉम्बे नार्थ से उन्होंने चुनाव लड़ा. लेकिन कांग्रेस ने सभी हथखण्डे अपनाकर उन्हें पराभूत किया. फिर १९५४ में महाराष्ट्र के भंडारा में उन्होंने उपचुनाव लड़ा. यहाँ उनके अनुयाइयों की संख्या बहुत ज्यादा थी. किन्तु यहाँ भी कांग्रेस ने उनको जितने नहीं दिया. अंत में अन्य दलों की मदद से वे बंगाल से राज्यसभा में चुने गए.

यह समझने के लिए, की कांग्रेस ने आंबेडकर जी के साथ कैसा बर्ताव किया, उन्ही के एक आलेख का अंश – “Having led the untouchables against the Congress for full five years in the Round Table Conference and in the joint Parliamentary Committee, I could not pretend to be unaffected by the results of the elections. To me the question was: Had the untouchables gone over to the Congress. Such a thing was to me unimaginable. For, I could not believe that the untouchables-apart from a few agents of the Congress who are always tempted by the Congress gold to play the part of the traitor — could think of going over to the Congress en masse forgetting how Mr Gandhi and the Congress opposed, inch by inch up to the very last moment, every one of their demands for political safeguards.”

जीते जी आंबेडकर जी को अपमानित करने वाली कांग्रेस ने उन्हें मरने के बाद भी नहीं छोड़ा. आंबेडकर जी के संविधान में छेड़छाड़ कर, उसे बदल कर, ये कांग्रेसी, उन्हें अब भी अपमानित ही कर रहे हैं.

आंबेडकर जी धारा ३७० के पक्ष में नहीं थे. शेख अब्दुल्ला, नेहरू और कृष्णा स्वामी अय्यंगार जैसे कांग्रेस के कुछ नेताओं के आग्रह पर उन्होंने इस धारा का अस्थायी रूप से संविधान में समावेश किया था. लेकिन उनका मानना था की यह धारा जल्द से जल्द हटना चाहिए. और अभी कुछ दिन पहले कांग्रेस ने घोषणा पत्र में यह वादा किया हैं की धारा ३७० कभी नहीं हटेगी…!

संविधान सभा की बैठकों के वृत्त में यह लिखा गया हैं की डॉ. आंबेडकर जी ने देशद्रोह की धाराओं पर आग्रही भूमिका ली थी और यह धाराएं अपने कठोर रूप में रहे, यह सुनिश्चित किया था. विगत सप्ताह कांग्रेस ने अपने घोषणा पत्र में देशद्रोह की धारा 124 A हटाने का वचन दिया..!

इसका अर्थ स्पष्ट हैं. कांग्रेस ने डॉ. आंबेडकर जी के विचारों की और उनके लिखे संविधान की धज्जियां उड़ाई हैं. इस लिए उन्हें डॉ. बाबासाहब आंबेडकर जी की प्रतिमा पर हार पहनाने का कोई हक़ नहीं हैं. सच्चे आंबेडकर जी के अनुयायी हैं, तो इन कोंग्रेसियों को रोकिये..!

– प्रशांत पोळ

APRIL 13 – Atmanirikshan Divas

APRIL 13 – Atmanirikshan Divas

Exactly 100years back on this very day more than 1000 innocent, unarmed men, women and children were brutally massacred.

1650 rounds were fired at them but many died in miserable pain just lying on the ground as their families were not given permission to pick up their bodies and the Government hospital run by Lt Colonel Smith turned the injured away calling them “rabid dogs.”

April 13, 1919 is a day no Bharatiya should forget. This was the day when the “Butcher of Amritsar” Brigadier General Reginald Dyer unleashed his barbarism on us Bharatiya.

Let us all pay homage to those martyrs.

Let us also ask how did a handful of people from far off lands and a little history (relative to Bharat’s over 8000years old) bleed us for almost 1000years?

How did the Hindu civilisation – which was born on the banks of Sindhu and Saraswati rivers (Indus valley, Pakistan), spread right from Gandhar (Kandahar, Afghanistan) to Kamboj (Cambodia), including Singapore,
Indonesia, Brunei and culturally dominating China and Japan (through Buddhism) – shrink so rapidly?

World’s oldest universities which attracted students from across the world, just like today’s American universities do, were from Bharat – Takshashila (today Pakistan) and Nalanda (Bihar). These two universities imparted education for free including stay and food. How did we lose this pioneering status in the field of education?

How did Alexander, Ghouris, Ghaznis, Khiljis, Tughlaqs, Mughals, Dutch, Portuguese, British and their ‘agents’ manage to unleash their brutality on us repeatedly?

Does the challenge lie within us Bharatiya? Does this call for introspection?

Should we observe April 13
as “Atmanirikshan Divas” or Introspection Day?

Leave you to decide.

Uttishtha Bharat🙏🏻🇮🇳

Some facts on Jalianwala Baug massacre

Date – April 13, 1919*

Day – Festival of Baisakhi

Rounds fired – 1650

Innocent, unarmed dead – more than 1000 (Source: renowned educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya who was Congress Party President for 4 terms)

Age of youngest shot dead: Seven-month baby

Age of oldest shot dead: 80years old

Brigadier General Reginald Dyer’s reaction after all the ammunition (1650 rounds) was over – “Good shooting. We have done a jolly good thing.” (Source: Midnight’s Children a novel by Salman Rushdie page 36)

The reaction of Lt Colonel Smith, Government Doctor – turned away the injured from the government hospital and called them “rabid dogs”

The reaction of Rudyard Kipling (Jungle Book fame) – Gen Dyer was “the man who saved India”

Reaction to a massacre in Britain – “Thanks to the munificence of Morning Post newspaper, a conservative pro-Imperialistic newspaper, which later merged with the Daily Telegraph. To raise funds for the hero of Jallianwalla Bagh, the celebrated newspaper made an appeal for a generous donation from the public, eventually, they received enough funds. Gen. Dyer was given warm reception on his return to England, where he was received like a victorious war hero and awarded a purse of £26,000.00 (approximately £1,000,000 in terms of 2013 PPP) for his patriotic service to the nation” (Source: The Butcher of Amritsar, General Reginald Dyer by Nigel Collett)

August 15, 1947 – “When the British hastily retreated in 1947, their rapacious administrators were replaced by a class of Indians derisively described as Macaulayites – Indians only in name but who were otherwise disconnected from Indian culture and thought. These Indians had inherited all the biases that the British rulers harboured towards Indians. They were the product of Thomas Macaulay’s English Education Act of 1835 whose sole purpose was to create a class of people who would assist the British in administering India.” (Source: Rakesh Krishnan Simha, Demography – Persecution and Proselytisation)

Precious and Pious Personality, Sri Rama Chandra!

Sage Valmiki asks Narada, “Who is the one person in the world…with high attributes – affable to everyone, valiant, virtuous, principled, thankful, true to his word, determined in his deed highly adept, benign to all beings, scholar with adorable ability and admirable personality, and who is pleasant to look at who is a courageous one, who has controlled ire, who is non-emulative, non-jealous and by whom, even the gods are afraid, when angered in a battlefield?” [SIXTEEN prime qualities]

In response to Valmiki’s question, Narada gives a beautiful, powerful, and impactful synopsis named: Sankshe:pa Ramayanam.

This synopsis lets one quickly experience the life of Rama Chandra. An interesting aspect that one can observe throughout this historical epic is how he captivated everyone through His qualities. These qualities are the reason why He is worshipped till date.

Sri Rama Chandra was admired not only by one section of people but all sections. He was adored by everyone not only in his physical presence but also in his absence.

He was loved not only by human beings but also all other beings and nature. He was revered not only in the past but also worshipped in the present and will be in the future.

He impressed not only his friends but also his foe like Ravana!

Maha Vishnu descended as Rama (vibhava avatar) to pacify sages from the atrocities of Ravana. How did He do that? Definitely not magic, only through qualities of a perfect human being!

He was an embodiment of primely 16 glorious guna:s (qualities).  The true sampada (wealth) of the Rama avatar constituted His mesmerising qualities, and of course all the abilities driven by those qualities. Such incarnations are also therefore called ‘vibhava avataaras’ (vibhava means wealth).

How is this knowledge about vibhava avataras beneficial to us?

If you want to lead a life making the right choices, then Sri Ramayanam is your guide book!

 

– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji