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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 3 : Karma-yoga

Shloka : 3.38

dhūmenāvriyate vahnir
yathādarśo malena ca
yatholbenāvṛto garbhas
tathā tenedam āvṛtam

Translation :

As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust.

Purport:

There are three degrees of covering of the living entity by which his pure consciousness is obscured. This covering is but lust under different manifestations like smoke in the fire, dust on the mirror, and the womb about the embryo. When lust is compared to smoke, it is understood that the fire of the living spark can be a little perceived. In other words, when the living entity exhibits his Kṛṣṇa consciousness slightly, he may be likened to the fire covered by smoke. Although fire is necessary where there is smoke, there is no overt manifestation of fire in the early stage. This stage is like the beginning of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The dust on the mirror refers to a cleansing process of the mirror of the mind by so many spiritual methods. The best process is to chant the holy names of the Lord. The embryo covered by the womb is an analogy illustrating a helpless position, for the child in the womb is so helpless that he cannot even move. This stage of living condition can be compared to that of the trees. The trees are also living entities, but they have been put in such a condition of life by such a great exhibition of lust that they are almost void of all consciousness. The covered mirror is compared to the birds and beasts, and the smoke-covered fire is compared to the human being. In the form of a human being, the living entity may revive a little Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and, if he makes further development, the fire of spiritual life can be kindled in the human form of life . By careful handling of the smoke in the fire, fire can be made to blaze. Therefore the human form of life is a chance for the living entity to escape the entanglement of material existence . In the human form of life, one can conquer the enemy, lust, by cultivation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness under able guidance .
 

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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 3 : Karma-yoga

Shloka : 3.38

dhūmenāvriyate vahnir
yathādarśo malena ca
yatholbenāvṛto garbhas
tathā tenedam āvṛtam

Translation :

As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust.

Purport:

There are three degrees of covering of the living entity by which his pure consciousness is obscured. This covering is but lust under different manifestations like smoke in the fire, dust on the mirror, and the womb about the embryo. When lust is compared to smoke, it is understood that the fire of the living spark can be a little perceived. In other words, when the living entity exhibits his Kṛṣṇa consciousness slightly, he may be likened to the fire covered by smoke. Although fire is necessary where there is smoke, there is no overt manifestation of fire in the early stage. This stage is like the beginning of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The dust on the mirror refers to a cleansing process of the mirror of the mind by so many spiritual methods. The best process is to chant the holy names of the Lord. The embryo covered by the womb is an analogy illustrating a helpless position, for the child in the womb is so helpless that he cannot even move. This stage of living condition can be compared to that of the trees. The trees are also living entities, but they have been put in such a condition of life by such a great exhibition of lust that they are almost void of all consciousness. The covered mirror is compared to the birds and beasts, and the smoke-covered fire is compared to the human being. In the form of a human being, the living entity may revive a little Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and, if he makes further development, the fire of spiritual life can be kindled in the human form of life . By careful handling of the smoke in the fire, fire can be made to blaze. Therefore the human form of life is a chance for the living entity to escape the entanglement of material existence . In the human form of life, one can conquer the enemy, lust, by cultivation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness under able guidance .
Thanks for doing this.
One request, can you add the devanagari lipi shloka too? Tough to read english lipi
 

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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

*Chapter 3* : *Karma-yoga*

*Shloka* : *3.39*

āvṛtaṁ jñānam etena
jñānino nitya-vairiṇā
kāma-rūpeṇa kaunteya
duṣpūreṇānalena ca

*Translation* :

*Thus the wise living entity’s pure consciousness becomes covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire.*

*Purport*:

It is said in the Manu-smṛti that lust cannot be satisfied by any amount of sense enjoyment, just as fire is never extinguished by a constant supply of fuel. In the material world, the center of all activities is sex, and thus this material world is called maithunya-āgāra, or the shackles of sex life. In the ordinary prison house, criminals are kept within bars; similarly, the criminals who are disobedient to the laws of the Lord are shackled by sex life. Advancement of material civilization on the basis of sense gratification means increasing the duration of the material existence of a living entity. Therefore, this lust is the symbol of ignorance by which the living entity is kept within the material world. While one enjoys sense gratification, it may be that there is some feeling of happiness, but actually that so-called feeling of happiness is the ultimate enemy of the sense enjoyer.
 

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अध्याय 3 : *कर्मयोग*

श्लोक *3.39*

आवृतं ज्ञानमेतेन ज्ञानिनो नित्यवैरिणा ।
कामरूपेण कौन्तेय दुष्पूरेणानलेन च ॥३९॥

*भावार्थ*

इस प्रकार ज्ञानमय जीवात्मा की शुद्ध चेतना उसके काम रूपी नित्य शत्रु से ढकी रहती है जो कभी भी तुष्ट नहीं होता और अग्नि के समान जलता रहता है |

*तात्पर्य*

मनुस्मृति में कहा गया है कि कितना भी विषय-भोग क्यों न किया जाय काम की तृप्ति नहीं होती, जिस प्रकार कि निरन्तर ईंधन डालने से अग्नि कभी नहीं बुझती | भौतिक जगत् में समस्त कार्यकलापों का केन्द्रबिन्दु मैथुन (कामसुख) है, अतः इस जगत् को मैथुन्य-आगार या विषयी-जीवन की हथकड़ियाँ कहा गया है | एक सामान्य वन्दीगृह में अपराधियों को छड़ों के भीतर रखा जाता है इसी प्रकार जो अपराधी भगवान् के नियमों की अवज्ञा करते हैं, वे मैथुन-जीवन द्वारा बंदी बनाये जाते हैं | इन्द्रियतृप्ति के आधार पर भौतिक सभ्यता की प्रगति का अर्थ है, इस जगत् में जीवात्मा की बन्धन अवधि का बढाना | अतः यह काम अज्ञान का प्रतीक है जिसके द्वारा जीवात्मा को इस संसार में रखा जाता है | इन्द्रियतृप्ति का भोग करते समय हो सकता है कि कुछ प्रसन्नता की अनुभूति हो, किन्तु यह प्रसन्नता की अनुभूति ही इन्द्रियभोक्ता का चरम शत्रु है |
 

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Don’t Forget These 10 Rules When Placing Your Ganesh Statue At Home Or Work

Ganesha is one of the most important deities in Hinduism.

His likeness is all over the east, and many countries — not just India — have adopted his appearance and incorporated his motifs into their culture. After all, the symbolism of Ganesh is very deep. One could even say the entire point of Ganesh is to inspire others to their highest! But even though people have decorated their homes with statues of this elephant-god, many don’t understand some of the basic rules that come with it.


1) Remember his Symbolism
There’s a reason why Ganesha is worshiped before undertaking new endeavors. The god of joy, happiness, and success, Ganesha has been blessing his devotees with prosperity and fortune since time immemorial. He’s thought to be the remover of obstacles, as he himself overcame lots of troubles.

2) Where to Place Your Ganesh Statue
Most people are not aware there are specific places to put Ganesh to reinforce the vibration of success and happiness. According to Vastu (the science of architecture in Ayurveda), the best placement of idols is the northeast corner of the house. This is also the best location to set up the pooja room (meditation spot), as it is known as the Ishan corner.

3) The White Ganesh
People seeking happiness, peace, and prosperity should bring White Ganesha home as this particular color represents purity of intention and spirituality.

4) Vermillion Ganesh
Those who desire self-growth should bring a vermilion color Ganapathi statue to their home. Vermilion represents the spiritual ascendancy of mankind, and the gradual opening of the thousand-petaled lotus flower at the top of the head.

5) Sitting Ganesh for the Home
The idol of sitting Ganesha is best for the house. He represents a calm, but determined demeanor- the exact kind of energy you want at home!

6) The Position of the Trunk
The idol of sitting Ganesha with his trunk tilted towards his left hand should be placed in a house. It represents happiness and success. Ganesha with his trunk tilted towards his right hand is difficult to please because it represents the power of the sun which can “burn” if strict rituals are not adhered to. Better make sure your Ganesh is fat and happy!

7) Standing Ganesh at Work
If you want to place Ganesha’s idol at your workplace, remember to place an idol of standing Ganesha. This brings energy and enthusiasm to work.

8) The Small Details
Whenever you are placing the idol of Ganesha, remember that a mouse and modak (Indian sweet) should be a part of the statue. This is auspicious and integral to his purpose! The mouse represents material desire, which can be ridden to their completion but should never disturb inner peace. Sweets represent not getting distracted by pleasure- hence, they’re left untouched.

9) One is Enough
On your altar, always keep only one idol of Lord Ganesha. Keeping two or more Ganesha idols counteracts their energy. You only need one to be effective!

10) Remember the Purpose
More important than all these rules, remember the deep meaning behind Ganesh every time you see his image! He’s meant to show us the pathway to happiness, inner peace, and success in life. He’s a symbol of perseverance in the face adversity. He is like the human spirit, in the form of an idol.
 

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Janeu (Yajñopavit) How many threads are there in janeu ( Yajñopavit ) and what is the importance of threads? We have seen many people tie a thread from left shoulder to right hand this thread is called Janeu. Janeu is made up of three thread This is called Yajñopavit in Sanskrit, which is wrap around their left shoulder and under right hand. This is sacred thread which is made up of cotton. It is wrapped up in such way that it stays above left shoulder.

Symbolic meaning of Yajñopavīta, it is in left shoulder, it represents responsibility, the thread goes over heart towards waist, thread going over heart represent carrying that responsibility wholeheartedly and knot at waist represents dedication. Janeu has mainly 3 threads in it. These three threads are symbol of Devrina, Pitrarina, Rishirina and these also symbolize Satva, Raja, Tam. It is also a symbol of three parts of Gayatri Mantra. This is also a symbol of three Ashrams, in Sanyas ashram it is taken off. 9 Threads: There are 3 threads in every thread of Janeu that's how the number of threads become nine. There are total nine openings in body including mount, two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, one for urine and one anus. 5 knots: There are 5 knots in Yagyopaveet which are the symbol of Brahm, Dharma, Kama, Artha, Moksha. These also depicts 5 Yajnas, 5 sense organs and PanchKarmas.

This Mantra is chanted while putting on Yajñopavit. ॐ यज्ञोपवीतं परमं पवित्रं प्रजापतेर्यत्सहजं पुरस्तात्। आयुष्यमग्रयं प्रतिमुञ्च शुभं यज्ञोपवीतं बलमस्तु तेजः ।। यज्ञोपवीतमसि यज्ञस्य त्वा यज्ञोपवीतेनोपनह्यामि।। [पार० गृ० २.२.११] Meaning :- (यज्ञोपवीतं परमं पवित्रम्) Yajñopavit is a very Sacred thread. (यत् पुरस्तात् प्रजापतेः सहज) which is originated in the beginning of the Shrishti along with Prajapati which means it is a Vedic Act and in practice from the beginning. This Yajñopavit give us (अग्र्यम् आयुष्यम्) Long age(शुभ्रम्) and provide us Great and bright Character(प्रतिमञ्च) And give us Tej and Force(बलं तेजः अस्तु) means we become contained with all these qualities. (यज्ञोपवीतम असि) This is suitable in putting on in UpvitYajña (यज्ञस्य त्वा) This is why i put it on to do Yajña, Rituals and great Karmas (यज्ञोपवीत उपनयन में) I cover myself with Yajñopavit as well as its Qualities.

Only those people were allowed to wear Janeu who were worthy, hence Shudras were not allowed(Here shudra is someone who is not eligible but it isn't birth based but Karma based anyone could go into any varna just by its Karma). The other reason for Shudras were not allowed is Urine and fieces are high pollutants that come out of our body. It needs to be controlled. This was most important for Brahmins due to functional reasons. This thread acts as a control. Once you are habit usted, you cant visit toilet until the thread is tied to the ear. But for Shudras, it was not that necessary. Firstly, because of hard labour, their digestive capacity and immunity is very high.

Secondly, unlike Brahmins, they do not stay in temples near the deity, where absolute purity is needed. Thirdly, this practice may create problems for them while on work. Till they find a suitable place with water facility, they can't even urinate. So they did not requirement this. As you can see, they have not been prohibited. Only their requirement is omitted. Special Note: Here Shudra dosen't mean for someone born in any specific caste. Caste does not matter in this even caste system is not.

Varna dosen't depend on Birth instead it is based on Karma. So it clearly means that anyone could interchange into varna by changing its Karma Only after wearing Janeu a Dwij Balak can be perform any Yajnna or Swadhyay.Dwij means born again. Even girls are eligible to wear Janeu. Scientific benefits from Janeu. before engaging in any activity of excretion people use to tie Janeu on their ear. there are many health related benefits of it like. 1. It cures Heart related decease, Blood pressure(In Ayurveda blood pressure is not a decease it is related to heart related problems). 2. It strengthens Heart and improve lood circulation. 3. It prevents the stomach related decease which are the root cause of all type of health problems. It also prevents Piles. 4. It prevents from Skin related problems. 5. Decreases the chances of cancer. 6. It also helps in better sleep.

While Janeu has great Aadhyatmik value It had a unique purpose : Serve as house badge in Gurkul to ensure correct grouping in Class Each Varna has diff. Type of Janeu Brahmin - Cotton Kshatriya - Linen Vaish- Wool. Our ancestors gave their lives but did not let anyone take their Yajñopavit. Yajñopavit is more valuable than our lives, its symbol of learning and responsibility, its symbol of our culture Thanks.

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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 3 : Karma-yoga

Shloka : 3.41

tasmāt tvam indriyāṇy ādau
niyamya bharatarṣabha
pāpmānaṁ prajahi hy enaṁ
jñāna-vijñāna-nāśanam

Translation :

Therefore, O Arjuna, best of the Bhāratas, in the very beginning curb this great symbol of sin [lust] by regulating the senses, and slay this destroyer of knowledge and self-realization.

Purport:

The Lord advised Arjuna to regulate the senses from the very beginning so that he could curb the greatest sinful enemy, lust, which destroys the urge for self-realization and specific knowledge of the self. Jñāna refers to knowledge of self as distinguished from non-self, or in other words, knowledge that the spirit soul is not the body. Vijñāna refers to specific knowledge of the spirit soul’s constitutional position and his relationship to the Supreme Soul. It is explained thus in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (2.9.31):

jñānaṁ parama-guhyaṁ me

yad vijñāna-samanvitam

sa-rahasyaṁ tad-aṅgaṁ ca

gṛhāṇa gaditaṁ mayā

“The knowledge of the self and Supreme Self is very confidential and mysterious, but such knowledge and specific realization can be understood if explained with their various aspects by the Lord Himself.” Bhagavad-gītā gives us that general and specific knowledge of the self. The living entities are parts and parcels of the Lord, and therefore they are simply meant to serve the Lord. This consciousness is called Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So, from the very beginning of life, one has to learn this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and thereby one may become fully Kṛṣṇa conscious and act accordingly.

Lust is only the perverted reflection of the love of God which is natural for every living entity. But if one is educated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness from the very beginning, that natural love of God cannot deteriorate into lust. When love of God deteriorates into lust, it is very difficult to return to the normal condition. Nonetheless, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so powerful that even a late beginner can become a lover of God by following the regulative principles of devotional service. So, from any stage of life, or from the time of understanding it's urgency, one can begin regulating the senses in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, devotional service of the Lord, and turn the lust into the love of Godhead – the highest perfectional stage of human life.
 

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अध्याय 3: कर्मयोग

श्लोक 3.41

तस्मात्त्वमिन्द्रियाण्यादौ नियम्य भरतर्षभ ।
पाप्मानं प्रजहि ह्येनं ज्ञानविज्ञाननाशनम् ॥४१॥

भावार्थ

इसलिए हे भरतवंशियों में श्रेष्ठ अर्जुन! प्रारम्भ में ही इन्द्रियों को वश में करके इस पाप का महान प्रतीक (काम) का दमन करो और ज्ञान तथा आत्म-साक्षात्कार के इस विनाशकर्ता का वध करो ।

तात्पर्य

भगवान् ने अर्जुन को प्रारम्भ से ही इन्द्रिय-संयम करने का उपदेश दिया जिससे वह सबसे पापी शत्रु काम का दमन कर सके जो आत्म-साक्षात्कार तथा आत्मज्ञान की उत्कंठा को विनष्ट करने वाला है । ज्ञान का अर्थ है आत्म तथा अनात्म के भेद का बोध अर्थात् यह ज्ञान कि आत्मा शरीर नहीं है । विज्ञान से आत्मा की स्वाभाविक स्थिति तथा परमात्मा के साथ उसके सम्बन्ध का विशिष्ट ज्ञान सूचित होता है । श्रीमद्भागवत में (२. ९. ३ १ ) इसकी विवेचना इस प्रकार हुई है -

ज्ञानं परमगुह्यं मे यद्विज्ञानसमन्वितम् ।

सरहस्यं तदङ्गं च गृहाण गदितं मया ||

"आत्मा तथा परमात्मा का ज्ञान अत्यन्त गुह्य एवं रहस्यमय है, किन्तु जब स्वयं भगवान् द्वारा इसके विविध पक्षों की विवेचना की जाती है तो ऐसा ज्ञान तथा विज्ञान समझा जा सकता है ।" भगवद्गीता हमें आत्मा का सामान्य तथा विशिष्ट ज्ञान (ज्ञान तथा विज्ञान) प्रदान करती है । जीव भगवान् का भिन्न अंश हैं , अतः वे भगवान् की सेवा के लिए हैं । यह चेतना कृष्णभावनामृत कहलाती है । अतः मनुष्य को जीवन के प्रारम्भ से इस कृष्णभावनामृत को सीखना होता है, जिससे वह पूर्णतया कृष्णभावनाभावित होकर तदनुसार कर्म करे ।

काम ईश्र्वर-प्रेम का विकृत प्रतिबिम्ब है और प्रत्येक जीव के लिए स्वाभाविक है । किन्तु यदि किसी को प्रारम्भ से ही कृष्णभावनामृत की शिक्षा दी जाय तो प्राकृतिक ईश्र्वर-प्रेम काम के रूप में विकृत नहीं हो सकता । एक बार ईश्र्वर-प्रेम के काम रूप में विकृत हो जाने पर इसके मौलिक स्वरूप को पुनः प्राप्त कर पाना दुःसाध्य हो जाता है । फिर भी, कृष्णभावनामृत इतना शक्तिशाली है कि विलम्ब से प्रारम्भ करने वाला भी भक्ति के विधि-विधानों का पालन करके ईश्र्वरप्रेमी बन सकता है । अतः जीवन की किसी भी अवस्था में, या जब भी इसकी अनिवार्यता समझी जाय, मनुष्य कृष्णभावनामृत या भगवद्भक्ति के द्वारा इन्द्रियों को वश में करना प्रारम्भ कर सकता है और काम को भगवत्प्रेम में बदल सकता है , जो मानव जीवन की पूर्णता की चरम अवस्था है ।
 

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Victory In Defeat (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad) Once Janaka, the emperor of Videha, performed a Brahmayajna. Janaka wished to know which of the brahmins was the most erudite Vedic scholar. So he confined a thousand cows in a pen and fastened on the horns of each ten padas of gold. None of the brahmins dared. Then Yajnavalkya said to one of his pupils: "Dear Samsrava, drive these cows home." Taking the command from his guru, he drove the cows away.

The brahmins were furious and challenged Yajnavalkya for a debating relating the Vedas. Many illustrous sages like Asvala, Artabhaga, Bhujyu, Ushasta, Uddalaka challenges him. Yajnavalkya answers all their questions and defeats them in the debate. Among them was the women sage Gargi, the daughter of Vachaknu, who is wise and well versed in Vedas. Addressing the assembly, Gargi said, “Revered Brahmins, I shall ask Yajnavalkya two questions. If he is able to answer them, no one among you can ever defeat him. He will be the great expounder of the truth of Brahman.”

Yajnavalkya said, “Ask, O Gargi.” Gargi said, “Yajnavalkya, that which they say is above heaven and below the earth, which is between heaven and earth as well, and which was, is, and shall be– tell me, in what is it woven, warp and woof? Yajnavalkya said, “That of which they say, O Gargi, that it is above heaven and below the earth, which is between heaven and earth as well, and which was, is, and shall be–that is woven, warp and woof, is the ether. “Ether (Akasha) is the subtlest element. So subtle that it is often indistinguishable from Consciousness. Without it nothing can exist. Yet there is more”. Gargi said, “Thou hast answered my first question. I bow to thee, O Yajnavalkya. Be ready now to answer my second question.” Yajnavalkya said, “Ask, O Gargi.” neither of the nature of air, nor of the nature of ether. He is without relations He is without taste or smell, without eyes, ears, speech, mind, vigor, breath, mouth. He is without measure; he is without inside or outside. He enjoys nothing; nothing enjoys him.

At the command of that Reality, O Gargi, the sun and moon hold their courses; heaven and earth keep their positions; moments, hours, days and nights, fortnights and months, seasons and years–all follow their paths; rivers issuing from the snowy mountains flow on, some eastward, some westward, others in other directions.’ He, O Gargi, who in this world, without knowing this Reality, offers oblations, performs sacrifices, practices austerities, even though for many thousands of years, gains little: his offerings and practices are perishable. He, O Gargi, who departs this life without knowing the Imperishable, is pitiable. But he, O Gargi, who departs this life knowing this, is wise.” This Reality, O Gargi, is unseen but is the seer, is unheard but is the hearer, is unthinkable but is the thinker, Is unknown but is the knower. There is no seer but he, there is no hearer but he, there is no thinker but he, there is no knower but he. In Akshara, verily, O Gargi, the ether is woven, warp and woof.

Then said Gargi: Venerable brahmins, you may consider yourselves fortunate if you can get off from him through bowing to him. None of u, I believe, will defeat him in arguments about Brahman. Thus Yajnavalkya comes out as a victor. But in my views Gargi won even after losing.

Pandit.
 

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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 3 : Karma-yoga

Shloka : 3.43

evaṁ buddheḥ paraṁ buddhvā
saṁstabhyātmānam ātmanā
jahi śatruṁ mahā-bāho
kāma-rūpaṁ durāsadam

Translation :

Thus knowing oneself to be transcendental to the material senses, mind and intelligence, O mighty-armed Arjuna, one should steady the mind by deliberate spiritual intelligence [Kṛṣṇa consciousness] and thus – by spiritual strength – conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust.

Purport:

This Third Chapter of the Bhagavad-gītā is conclusively directive to Kṛṣṇa consciousness by knowing oneself as the eternal servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead , without considering impersonal voidness the ultimate end. In the material existence of life, one is certainly influenced by propensities for lust and desire for dominating the resources of material nature. Desire for overlording and for sense gratification is the greatest enemy of the conditioned soul; but by the strength of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, one can control the material senses, the mind and the intelligence . One may not give up work and prescribed duties all of a sudden; but by gradually developing Kṛṣṇa consciousness, one can be situated in a transcendental position without being influenced by the material senses and the mind – by steady intelligence directed toward one’s pure identity. This is the sum total of this chapter. In the immature stage of material existence, philosophical speculations and artificial attempts to control the senses by the so-called practice of yogic postures can never help a man toward spiritual life. He must be trained in Kṛṣṇa consciousness by higher intelligence.
 

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अध्याय 3 : कर्मयोग

श्लोक 3.43

एवं बुद्धेः परं बुद्ध्वा संस्तभ्यात्मानमात्मना ।
जहि शत्रुं महाबाहो कामरूपं दुरासदम् ॥४३॥

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इस प्रकार हे महाबाहु अर्जुन! अपने आपको भौतिक इन्द्रियों, मन तथा बुद्धि से परे जान कर और मन को सावधान आध्यात्मिक बुद्धि (कृष्णभावनामृत) से स्थिर करके आध्यात्मिक शक्ति द्वारा इस काम-रूपी दुर्जेय शत्रु को जीतो |

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भगवद्गीता का यह तृतीय अध्याय निष्कर्षतः मनुष्य को निर्देश देता है कि वह निर्विशेष शून्यवाद को चरम-लक्ष्य न मान कर अपने आपको भगवान् का शाश्र्वत सेवक समझते हुए कृष्णभावनामृत में प्रवृत्त हो | भौतिक जीवन में मनुष्य काम तथा प्रकृति पर प्रभुत्व पाने की इच्छा से प्रभावित होता है | प्रभुत्व तथा इन्द्रियतृप्ति की इच्छाएँ बद्धजीव की परम शत्रु हैं, किन्तु कृष्णभावनामृत की शक्ति से मनुष्य इन्द्रियों, मन तथा बुद्धि पर नियन्त्रण रख सकता है | इसके लिए मनुष्य को सहसा अपने नियतकर्मों को बन्द करने की आवश्यकता नहीं है , अपितु धीरे-धीरे कृष्णभावनामृत विकसित करके भौतिक इन्द्रियों तथा मन से प्रभावित हुए बिना अपने शुद्ध स्वरूप के प्रति लक्षित स्थिर बुद्धि से दिव्य स्थिति को प्राप्त हुआ जा सकता है | यही इस अध्याय का सारांश है | सांसारिक जीवन की अपरिपक्व अवस्था में दार्शनिक चिन्तन तथा यौगिक आसनों के अभ्यास से इन्द्रियों को वश में करने के कृत्रिम प्रयासों से आध्यात्मिक जीवन प्राप्त करने में सहायता नहीं मिलती | उसे श्रेष्ठ बुद्धि द्वारा कृष्णभावनामृत में प्रशिक्षित होना चाहिए |
 

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Today's Shloka from Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 4 : Transcendental Knowledge

Shloka : 4.2

evaṁ paramparā-prāptam
imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ
sa kāleneha mahatā
yogo naṣṭaḥ paran-tapa

Translation :

This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time, the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it appears to be lost.

Purport:

It is clearly stated that the Gītā was especially meant for the saintly kings because they were to execute its purpose in ruling over the citizens. Certainly, Bhagavad-gītā was never meant for the demonic persons, who would dissipate its value for no one’s benefit and would devise all types of interpretations according to personal whims. As soon as the original purpose was scattered by the motives of the unscrupulous commentators, there arose the need to reestablish the disciplic succession. Five thousand years ago it was detected by the Lord Himself that the disciplic succession was broken, and therefore He declared that the purpose of the Gītā appeared to be lost. In the same way, at the present moment also there are so many editions of the Gītā (especially in English), but almost all of them are not according to the authorized disciplic succession. There are innumerable interpretations rendered by different mundane scholars, but almost all of them do not accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, although they make a good business on the words of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. This spirit is demonic because demons do not believe in God but simply enjoy the property of the Supreme. Since there is a great need of an edition of the Gītā in English, as it is received by the paramparā (disciplic succession) system, an attempt is made herewith to fulfill this great want. Bhagavad-gītā – accepted as it is – is a great boon to humanity; but if it is accepted as a treatise of philosophical speculations, it is simply a waste of time.
 

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अध्याय 4 : दिव्य ज्ञान

श्लोक 4.2

एवं परम्पराप्राप्तमिमं राजर्षयो विदुः ।
स कालेनेह महता योगो नष्टः परन्तप ॥२॥

भावार्थ

इस प्रकार यह परम विज्ञान गुरु-परम्परा द्वारा प्राप्त किया गया और राजर्षियों ने इसी विधि से इसे समझा | किन्तु कालक्रम में यह परम्परा छिन्न हो गई, अतः यह विज्ञान यथारूप में लुप्त हो गया लगता है |

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यहाँ स्पष्ट कहा गया है कि गीता विशेष रूप से राजर्षियों के लिए थी क्योंकि वे इसका उपयोग प्रजा के ऊपर शासन करने में करते थे | निश्चय ही भगवद्गीता कभी भी आसुरी पुरुषों के लिए नहीं थी जिनसे किसी को भी इसका लाभ न मिलता और जो अपनी-अपनी सनक के अनुसार विभिन्न प्रकार की विवेचना करते | अतः जैसे ही असाधु भाष्यकारों के निहित स्वार्थों से गीता का मूल उद्देश्य उछिन्न हुआ वैसे ही पुनः गुरु-परम्परा स्थापित करने की आवश्यकता प्रतीत हुई | पाँच हजार वर्ष पूर्व भगवान् ने स्वयं देखा कि गुरु-परम्परा टूट चुकी है, अतः उन्होंने घोषित किया कि गीता का उद्देश्य नष्ट हो चुका है | इसी प्रकार इस समय गीता के इतने संस्करण उपलब्ध हैं (विशेषतया अंग्रेजी में) कि उनमें से प्रायः सभी प्रामाणिक गुरु-परम्परा के अनुसार नहीं है | विभिन्न संसारी विद्वानों ने गीता की असंख्य टीकाएँ की हैं, किन्तु वे प्रायः सभी श्रीकृष्ण को स्वीकार नहीं करते, यद्यपि वे कृष्ण के नाम पर अच्छा व्यापार चलाते हैं | यह आसुरी प्रवृत्ति है, क्योंकि असुरगण ईश्र्वर में विश्र्वास नहीं करते, वे केवल परमेश्र्वर के गुणों का लाभ उठाते हैं | अतएव अंग्रेजी में गीता के एक संस्करण की नितान्त आवश्यकता थी जो परम्परा (गुरु-परम्परा) से प्राप्त हो | प्रस्तुत प्रयास इसी आवश्यकता की पूर्ति के उद्देश्य से किया गया है | भगवद्गीता यथारूप मानवता के लिए महान वरदान है, किन्तु यदि इसे मानसिक चिन्तन समझा जाय तो यह समय का अपव्यय होगा |
 

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VEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF TIME


How we consider Time ?
Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Nights, Months, Seasons, Years etc., Is'nt it. Indian Scriptures describes a way more than the normal calender we know.
According to these texts, time is a cycle, which repeats itself forever. Various fragments of time are used in Hindu Scriptures like Vedas, Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, Mahabharata, Suryasidhanta etc.,
Everyone knows, as per Hinduism Lord Bramha has created the world, It means Lord Bramha is created by the supreme energy to create the world and if he is created then he also has his life span in which he creates the world, so Indian Scriptures consider the life span of Bramha and calculate Time accordingly.
Now lets know the terminology of Indian Panchangam or what Indian texts states about the Time.

60 THATHPARA = 1 PARA
60 PARA = 1 VILIPLTHA
60 VILIPTHA = 1 LIPTHA [3/5 Seconds]
60 LIPTHA = 1 VIGHADIYA = 24 SECONDS
2 1/2 VIGHADIYA = 1 MINUTE
60 VIGHADIYA = 1 GHADIYA = 24 MINUTES
2 1/2 GHADIYA = 1 HOUR
60 GHADIYA = 1 DAY [24 HOURS]
48 MINUTES = 1 MUHURTHAM
30 MUHURTHA'S = 1 DAY [24 HOURS]
3 HOUR'S = 1 JHAMU
8 JHAMU = 1 DAY [24 HOURS]
7 DAYS = 1 VARAM [WEEK]
15 DAYS =1 PAKSHAM
2 PAKSHAM = 1 MASAM [MONTH]
2 MASAM = 1 RUTHUVU [SEASON]
6 RUTHU = 1 SAMVATHSARA [YEAR]
12 SAMVATHSARA = 1 PUSHKARA
10 SAMVATHSARA = 1 DASHABDAM
100 SAMVATHSARA = 1 SHATHABDAM
1000 SAMVATHSARA = 1 SAHASRABDAM

Then starts Yugas

YUGAS
Everyone knows that there are four Yugas, namely Sathya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga and Kali Yuga. There are different number of years in every Yuga, which is of the ratio 4:3:2:1

Sathya Yuga = 17,28,000
Treta Yuga = 12,96,000
Dwapara Yuga = 8,64,000
Kali Yuga = 4,32,000

Maha Yuga = 43,20,000

MAHA YUGA
The Four Yugas combinely known as Maha Yuga,
1 Maha Yuga = Satya Yuga + Treta Yuga + Dwapara Yuga + Kali Yuga

1 MAHA YUGA = 43,20,000 Years

MANVANTARA
Manvantara, this word includes two words Manu and Antara, or Manvantara, literally means the life span of Manu otherwise Each Manvantara lasts the lifetime of a Manu,
Currently we are in VAIVASVATHA MANVANTARAM

1 MANVANTARA = 71 MAHA YUGAS = 30,67,20,000

KALPA
The life span of Bramha is called as PARAM, half of it is called as PARARDHAM [Param + Ardha]
1 KALPAM is considered as 1 Day of 12 hours to Lord Bramha,
1 KALPAM = 1000 MAHAYUGAS
1 KALPAM = 14 MANVANTARAS
1 KALPAM = 43,200,00,000
2 KALPAS is 1 Day of 24 hours to Lord Bramha
2 KALPAS = 2 * 43,200,00,000 = 86,400,00,000
Bramha life span consists of 15 Kalpas. Right now we are in Swetha Varaha Kalpam, which we will be able to here in every Indian Practices or rituals like Sankalpam in Puja's or Vratas, every day Panchangam, in weddings etc..,
360 Bramha days is equal to 1 Year to Bramha
1 Year to Bramha = 360 * 86,400,00,000 = 31,104,000,00,000
Then Bramha life span or Param = 100 Bramha years.
Bramha life span = 31,104,000,00,000 * 100 = 3,110,400,000,00,000
Which is Three hundred eleven trillion forty billion Years.
 

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Symbolism Behind The Form Of Shiva

Significance of Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head
Shiva Tattva is where there is no mind and the moon signifies the mind. When there is no mind then how can this ‘no mindedness’ be expressed and how can anybody understand it? You need a little bit of the mind to understand, experience and to express.
The no-mind, infinite consciousness requires that little bit of mind to express itself in the manifest world. So, to express that inexpressible, that little mind (crescent moon) is on the head.
Wisdom is beyond the mind, but it needs to be expressed with a tinge of mind and this is symbolized by the crescent moon.

Significance of Lord Shiva’s Damru
Damru symbolizes the Universe which is always expanding and collapsing. From an expansion it collapses and then it re-expands, this is the process of creation.
If you see your heartbeat, it is not just one straight line but it is a rhythm that goes up and down. The whole world is nothing but rhythms; energy rising and collapsing to rise again. So the damru signifies that. Look at the shape of the damru, from expansion it collapses and again expands.

The darmru is also a symbol of sound. Sound is rhythm and sound is energy. The whole universe is nothing but a wave function, it is nothing but rhythms. What does quantum physics say? It says the same thing – the whole universe is nothing but rhythms. It is just one wave (Adviata). So the damru signifies the non-dual nature of the universe.

Significance of Serpent around Lord Shiva’s Neck
A state of samadhi where there is nothing, just the inner sky of consciousness, is Shiva; where there is alertness and no action. To describe this alertness they put a snake around Shiva’s neck. So the serpent is a symbol of alertness.

In the state of meditation when the eyes are closed, it gives the impression that the person is sleeping, but he is not asleep, he is alert. To express this state of consciousness, a snake is shown around Lord Shiva’s neck.

Significance of Lord Shiva’s Trishul (Trident)
Trishul represents the three aspects of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping, and it represents the three gunas – satva, rajas and tamas. Holding a trishul (Trident) signifies that Shiva (the divinity) is above all the three states – waking, dreaming and sleeping, yet is the upholder of these three states.
The divinity is beyond the three gunas, but it holds the three gunas together.

Shul means problems or suffering. Trishul means that which destroys all kind of suffering.
Three types of pain that arise in life:
1. Aadibhautik (physical)
2. Aadhyaatmik (spiritual) and
3. Aadidaivik (ethereal)
What relieves you from all the problems and suffering is the trishul. And it is in the hand of Shiva.

Significance of River Ganga flowing from Lord Shiva’s Head
Ganga means knowledge; knowledge that purifies your soul. Head is always the symbol of knowledge. Heart is the symbol of love.
If Ganga were to be love, it should have come out of the heart of Lord Shiva. It is coming out of the head, because it simply means knowledge.

Knowledge is liberating, knowledge brings freedom, knowledge is purifying. All these are the characteristics of knowledge. Knowledge is also movement; motion. So Ganga (knowledge) has to come out of Lord Shiva’s (the divinity’s) head.

Significance of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye
The third eye is associated with alertness and awareness.

Significance of Shiva’s Blue Body
Blue means like the Sky. Blue signifies all pervading, infinity which has no limits. It has no shape. Shiva does not have a body. Shiva was never a person at all. To symbolize the unfathomable, the infinite Divinity and to make that Divinity comprehensible to people, the ancient Rishis made a form.

Knowledge has no shape but it infiltrates each and every particle of the universe.
The whole world is filled with Shiva – whose body is in the whole universe.

Significance of Shiva Linga
Lingam means identification, a symbol through which you can identify what the truth is, what the reality is. What is not visible but yet can be identified by one thing, that is lingam.
When a baby is born, how do you know whether the baby is a male or female? Only through one part of the body can you identify whether this baby is a boy or a girl. That is the reason the genital is also called lingam.

Similarly, how do you identify the Lord of this Creation? He has no form! So then they said that there should be a sign to identify Him. So the sign, by which you identify both the male and female forms, combining them both to form one single symbol to identify the Lord who has no form or identity; who is all pervading in this entire Brahmanda (Creation), is Shiva Lingam.

Shiva Linga is very ancient, in fact most ancient. From the form, you go to the formless, through the Shiva Linga. It is a symbol that is the representation of the cosmos and the creator of the cosmos, as one.
It is the Shiva and the Shakti, the two principles in the creation. The silent un-manifest and the dynamic manifestation together are represented as Shiva Linga. Shiva Linga is not just Shiva, but the completion of the total Supreme Consciousness.

Significance of Nandi (Bull) – Vehicle of Lord Shiva
Bull has been used as a symbol of dharma (righteousness) from a long time, throughout the world. Lord Shiva riding on the bull simply means that when you are righteous and truthful, the infinite consciousness, the innocent consciousness is with you.

Significance of Shiva Tandav
The whole creation is the dance of one consciousness (Shiva). The one consciousness danced and manifested into a million species in the world. So this infinite creation is the dance of Lord Shiva or Shiva Tandav. The whole world is a place of Shiva.

Significance of Kailasa - The Abode of Shiva
The abode of Shiva is in Mount Kailasa, and the smashana (the cremation ground).
Kailasa means 'where there is only celebration', and smashana is where there is only void. The Divinity dwells in the void as well as in celebration. And in you there is void, in you there is celebration.

Significance of Chanting 'Om Namah Shivaya'
Om Namah Shivaya is one of the very powerful mantras. It builds the energy in your system and clears the environment. Mantras are those energizing sounds which help to uplift the consciousness.

Om Namah Shivaya, these words are very important because ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Shi’, ‘Va’, ‘Ya’, these five letters indicate the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.
Om is the sound of the universe. Om means peace and love.
So when there is peace, love and harmony in all the five elements then there is bliss and there is joy!

Mantras are greater than the power of the horoscope. Whatever be the effects of the planets, you can remove them by chanting Om Namah Shivaya.
 

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What is a Shivling | Everything to Know About It Shivling

An abstract representation of Lord Shiva

Shivling is the divine symbol of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be sacred by the devotees and followers of Lord Shiva. It has been worshipped from time- immemorial, especially in Hinduism. It expresses the pristine energy of the Creator and symbolizes what is invisible, yet omnipresent. Historically, at the end of all of mankind’s creation, all the numerous facets of God locate a resting place in the Ling.

Origin

In ancient times, there was no rigorous form of Lord Shiva; be it holding a Trident or Damru. Since He is said to be omnipresent, and has no form, all there exist was only a Pind (stone) to identify him. The old clairvoyants chanted mantras which helped manifest the Divine Consciousness within the Pind. According to Swami Vivekananda, the Shivling originated in the idea of Yupa-Stambha or Skambha of the Vedic rituals, where the term meant the sacrificial post which was then glorified as the perennial Brahman. The Shiva Purana outlines the origin of the Linga, or Shivling, as the eternal and constant cosmic Stambha (pillar) of fire, which is the cause of all causes. Lord Shiva is portrayed as surfacing from the Ling, justifying his predominance over Lord Brahma and Vishnu. This is what is known as Lingodbhava.

Significance

Worshipping a Shivling is one of the most popular form of worship. Lord Shiva is said to prevail in the Ling. The Shivling is said to be the pillar of hope and light. It is considered to be the cosmopolitan pillar of Dharma (which is referred to as something that upholds things). Furthermore, the Ling and Yoni, meaning the standing stone and the ring-pedestal are always closely associated. It depicts the amalgam of the male and female energies, or more precisely, the Shiva and Shakti principles. Since the Ling is said to represent the Holy Trinity, it is only understandable that almost every house and temple has Shivlings established within them.

Shivling Puja

Worshipping Shivling is considered one of the purest forms of worship. In order to properly conduct Ling Puja, the devotee must take a bath and dress-up properly. Singing of hymns, blowing the conch and the ringing of bells in front of the Ling are performed which marks the start of the Puja. Panchamrit abhishekam is performed where five holy liquids are poured over the Ling. It can include either the Ganga water, ghee, yogurt, cow’s milk, and so on. Om Namah Shivaya is repeatedly chanted while other devotees chant Shiva’s name 108 or 1008 times. Next phase is when Ling is cleaned with Ganga water and then sandalwood paste is smeared on it followed by decorations with flowers. Fruits and sweets are offered to the Divinity before lighting of Kapoor (camphor) and then the Aarti commences.

12 Jyotirling

Jyotirlings are said to be Lord Shiva’s manifestation in the form of Lingas on Earth. There are believed to be 12 Jyotirlings throughout India which were said to be established using the lighted energies fallen from space. They got materialized in the radiant form. Following are the 12 Jyotirlings:

Somnath- Near Veraval- Gujarat

Mallikarjuna- Shrisailam in Andhra Pradesh

Mahakal- Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar- Omkareshwar, near Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh

Kedarnath- Himalayas (North of Uttaranchal)

Bhimashankar- In Pune district, Maharashtra

Vishveshwar- Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

Trambakeshwar- Nashik in Maharshtra

Vaidyanath- Parli, in Maharashtra, or Vaidyanathdham in Bengal

Nagesh- Darukavan in Maharashtra, or Almoda in Uttar Pradesh

Rameshwar- Near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

Ghushneshwar- Verul in Maharashtra
 

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