NATIONAL YOUTH DAY-12th January

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There was a great Swami born on Twelfth January Eighteen Sixty Three
Who loved the youth of India, hoped for a strong India on their shoulders!
He was a true luminary,  enlightened the western world about Hinduism.
Ardent disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and a major force

In the revival of Hinduism in India. He pushed for national integration in
Colonial India, and his famous Chicago speech in Eighteen Ninety Three Remains
As the greatest: “Brothers and Sisters of America”! His main objective was to promote rational thinking among the youth, the future of the country.

It expected of the youth to rise to the occasion, fight for the right and
Channel their inner energies, just like Swami Vivekananda would have
Functions are organised in schools and colleges, where the young minds are. Speeches, music, Recitation and essay-writing competitions, yogasanas, are held on this day.Students are encouraged to tap into their spirituality.
Let us pay our homage to that great soul on this holy day!

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Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) 29 December 1903)

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Yet another Indian saint gifted to us by Mother India that is Bharat
Is Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) who entered his heavenly abode
On Twenty Ninth of December one hundred nineteen years ago
A sacred day to pay our homage with all respect and reverence!

Jaimal Singh popularly called ‘Baba Ji’ by disciples and devotees.
The son of a Punjabi farmer who as a young teenager set out on a spiritual quest. He became A spiritual successor of Shiv Dayal Singh, the Sant of Āgrā.
Jaimal Singh served in the British Indian Army as a sepoy from age of seventeen
And attained the rank of havildar (sergeant). After retirement, settled
In a desolate and isolated spot outside the town of Beas now East Punjab)
Spread the teaching of his guru Shiv Dayal Singh. place developed
Into a colony called the “Dera Baba Jaimal Singh” and today
Is the world centre of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas organization.
Jaimal Singh was the first spiritual master and head of
Radha Soami Satsang Beas his death in nineteen hundred and three.
Before his death he appointed Baba Sawan Singh as his spiritual successor.

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CHRISTMAS DAY December 25th.

Christmas  festival to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ,
Observed  today twenty fifth of December  a religious and cultural Celebration among billions of people around the world.[
A feast central to the Christian liturgical year!

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Was born of a virgin  Mary, performed miracles,
Founded the Christian Church, died by crucifixion
As a sacrifice to achieve atonement for sin,
Rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven,
From where he will return. Jesus enables people
To be reconciled to God.  Jesus will judge the living and the
Dead either before or after their bodily resurrection,

An event tied to the Second Coming of Jesus.
We  worship Jesus as the incarnation of God the Son,
the second of three persons of the Trinity.
The birth of Jesus is  on December Twenty Fifth.
His crucifixion is honored on Good Friday and
His resurrection on Easter. 

Please click the arrow mark above to enjoy the merry Christmas songs.

 

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Homage to a Saint.

Tamilnadu blessed with great Saints and Savants indeed is great!
Dharmapuram Aadheenam  a Saivite mutt or  based in the town of Mayiladuthurai,kodumudi magudeswara temple.Twenty seven Shiva temples under the control of the adheenam.
Vaitheeswaran Koil, near sirkazhi is considered as  main temple maintained
Twenty sixth Gurumaha sannithanam passed away in fourth December this year.

The Adheenam is involved in publishing Saivite literature, specifically Thevaram
And Tiruvasakam and its translations.literary scholarship. Adheenam along with Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam and Thiruppanandal Adheenam were founded during
The sixteenth century to spread the ideology of Saiva Sidhanta.

Here is a poetic tribute in Tamil by Pulavar  Ramamoorthy of Santha Vasantham, Chennai:

தருமையரு   ளாதீனத்   தலைவர்   என்னும்
     தனிச்சிறப்பால்  சைவத்தை   ஆண்ட வேந்தர்
ஒருமையுடன்  திருவருளை  உலகத்   தார்க்கே
      உரையாலும்  செயலாலும்  வழங்கி  வாழ்ந்தார்,
குருமுதல்வர்   எனநமக்கே  ஆசி   நல்கி
      குவலயத்தில்  சைவநெறிக்  கொடியை  ஏற்றித்
திருநெறிய   தமிழ்வளர்த்த  சீர்வ   ளர்சீர்
        தேசிகரின்  திருவடியே  சிந்திப்  போமே!
In English
By the fact of his being the head of Dharmapura Adhinam
         He ruled over the SAIVITE branch of Hinduism
God’s greatness  to the people of the faith with focus
        He his actions and words graced the faithful and lived.
As chief Guru He blessed us gracefully
       Hoisted the flag of tenets of Saivism
And developed the divinity of Tamil language
     Let us worship His divine feet and receive His grace!
   

OCCULT DAY-November 18th

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Hope, faith, belief, disbelief, superstition- human beings are beset with!
“GOD IS NOWHERE” “GOD IS NOW HERE”- groups of people to assert-thick!
November Eighteenth today is OCCULT DAY-a day to think and ponder over
Secret mysterious , hidden from view-occultism study of philosophy.

History has rich and mysterious religions, practices, and beliefs
That shaped the world , hinting at powers below the surface of the mundane
World. Occult Day to delve into this mystery, to commune with spirits
Seek truths that hide behind the stars and between the shadows.

Had we heard ever  strange whispers or had dreams that became prophetic,
Then Occult Day is our chance to listen a little closer, dream a little deeper,
And reach for those mysteries that lie beyond the reach of  common man.
Let us try to analyse by experience the beliefs,disbeliefs we have!

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY-November 13th.

 

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Being kind to all is indeed a noble quality for
All human beings, to be carefully developed right from
One’s childhood to last all through life that makes dearer to God!
World Kindness Day is today the thirteenth of November great!

World Kindness Day highlights good deeds in the community focusing
On the positive power and the common thread of kindness which is binding. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the Divides- race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes.Kindness goes beyond!

Kindness not only towards humans- all creations of God deserve
Our kindness be shown to all birds and animals, plants and trees
May be stamping with our feet ants and cockroaches at home goes against
Virtue of KINDNESS. Plucking flowers too!Let us resolve to be kind to all!

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS! Part I

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Our Brahadaranya Upanishadic prayer:

Asathomaa sath gamaya, thamaso maa jyothir gamaya
Mruthyomaa amrutham gamaya om shanthi, shanthi, shanthi!

 

Sanskrit Lyrics Lyrics transliterated in english Meaning in English
असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace

 

Yes “FROM DARKNESS LEAD ME TO LIGHT”

Here are two specific days today and tomorrow- Deepavali Day –twenty Fifth and twenty Sixth October this year- FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.!
In any religion, festivals and prayers have deep meanings which many do not seem to appreciate well. Many a time criticize also unfortunately!
This DEEPAVALI, otherwise called DIWALI is one such. Those against would refer to the exorbitant expenses the festival imposes, air pollution thanks to crackers, likely accidents due to indiscriminate fire crackers etc. etc.

Coming from a family of humble means, I recollect Deepavali in my childhood days-say right up to my teens- when we had to make the purchases of dress just on the night of the first day when the merchants will  sell at a cheaper rate to clear their stock! I mean nineteen forties and early fifties!!! Similarly crackers for a couple of rupees!! My mother will do sweets and snacks at the cheapest cost!!! We used to look at those rich who used to fire 1000 valas and 5000 valaas with awe!!!

DEEPA AVALI-Deepavali –is ‘keeping the lamps in line’ that emit lot of light around and thus expelling darkness. The festival has religious, spiritual and social significance and dimensions making this Festival an all India pervasive!

RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE
Like every other festival in India, Diwali has a rich history. The reasons to celebrate the festivals of light can be traced back to ancient India. As several religions developed, more and more explanations and stories got attributed to this day. There are different legends associated with Diwali, which vary from region to region in India.

Legends of Diwali

Following are the Hindu legends associated with the festival of Lights: :
Return of Ram to Ayodhya
The most popular legend associated with Diwali is the legend of King Rama. Diwali is the day when Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeating the demon king Ravana who abducted Sita, wife of Rama. People of Ayodhya were absolutely ecstatic at the homecoming of Rama and rejoiced by lighting up their houses and distributing sweets to each other, a tradition still followed by all those who celebrate the festival.

Legend of Narakasura

According to this legend, Diwali is the day when Narakasura was killed by Krishna. It is believed that Narakasura had availed a boon of long life from Vishnu. He created havoc in all the three worlds and started assaulting women. It is said that Narakasura requested Krishna that his death should be remembered by all, and this is the reason why the day is celebrated as Narakachaturdashi.

Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi was born when Devas and Asuras were fighting over nectar while churning the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi decided to give nectar to the Devas.

Return of Pandavas

It is believed that Pandavas returned to their capital Hastinapura on this day after twelve long years of exile. And the occasion was marked by people by lighting earthen lamps (diyas).

Legend of King Bali

Diwali is also believed to be the day when King Bali was sent to Patala by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana avatar. Fearing the rising influence of King Bali, Vishnu asked for as much land as he can measure with three of his steps. He measured the entire earth and heaven with two steps and by placing third at the head of Bali (at his request), sent him to Patala.

Coronation of King Vikramaditya

It is believed that legendary king Vikramaditya was coronated on the day of Diwali, giving another reason to people to celebrate the festival.

Diwali as a Harvest Festival

Diwali was initially celebrated as the festival of harvest. It is the time when farmers in India reap their harvest and worship the Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of prosperity & wealth) by offering Her portions from fresh harvest.

History of Diwali in Sikhism

Also known as the Bandi Chorr Devas among Sikhs, the festival is celebrated to mark the release of the sixth guru of Sikhs – Guru Hargobind Singh from the Gwalior Fort, along with 52 other Hindu princes in 1619. When Emperor Jahangir agreed to release the Guru at the demand of the Sikhs, the Guru announced that he would not leave without other captive princes. Clever Jahangir declared that only those princes who would be able to hold the Guru while he is leaving the prison would be released along with him, knowing that all the princes won’t be able to hold the Guru. The Guru got a garment made which had 52 strings. Each prince held one string and thus the Guru was successful in getting all the princes released. Sikhs celebrated this day by lighting Golden Temple. Also, the foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali in 1577.

Significance of Diwali in Jainism:

Festival of Diwali is of importance to the Jains as it is on this day that Lord Mahavira (Last Jain Tirthankar) attained Nirvana. It is said that Mahavira attained Nirvana in the presence of several Gods who enlightened Mahavira and eliminated darkness from his life. Also, Ganadhara Gautam Swami (Chief disciple of Mahavira) gained Kevalgyan (complete Knowledge) on this day.

Importance of Diwali in Buddhism:

Buddhists celebrate Diwali to mark the conversion of emperor Ashoka to Buddhism on this day. The festival is known as Ashoka Vijayadashami among the Buddhists and they celebrate it by praying and decorating the monasteries.

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PART II will be posted tomorrow