Maya: The enchanting illusion of blogging.

Maya is a Sanskrit word which is often used in Hindu Mythology and scriptures to define the phenomenon called ‘the World.’ A variety of translations or interpretation of this word exist and are being propounded. It however appears to me that real meaning of word ‘Maya’ is ‘enchanting illusion.’ To explain it is an illusion which not only look real but appear to be there when it is not. A kind of backward Mirage of past, extending into present. To exemplify, the Blogging efforts made by some bloggers.

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Remembering Rapes and Rain on Vijaydashmi 2013

Today is Vijaydashmi.

My greetings.

This Vijaydashmi has many peculiarities. First the thunderstorm two days ago. We woke up with lightning and heavy showers. For a long time we have not seen so much thunder and lightning. By luck nothing was struck by lightning. At least nothing is in news, so luck is presumed. But the rain in October is very rare.

Rain in October.

Second peculiarity is that it had rained in October last year too. Just before Vijaydashmi or Dashahra.
Vijaydashmi literally means ‘tenth day of victory’. Actually it should be and is meant to be the ‘the tenth day in the Calender when victory occurred’. Today is tenth day of month of ‘Ashwin’ in the year 2069 of Vikrami Calender. Vijaydashmi is celebrated every year on the 10th day of this month. Generally it falls on some day in October to early November. It is a day of victory over evil. Continue reading

We miss you Krishna, even more, on your birthday

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universa...

A letter to Lord Krishna:

Madhav (knowledge filled lord), you are known by so many names that speech of every living being calls you at least once everyday. While you Achala (still lord) remain Achyuta (unmoved) by prayers made to Adbhutah (amazing lord) in the temples of Adidev (lord of lords).
Aditya, (son of aditi) the message you Ajaya (conqurer of life and death) gave through Arjun has been printed so many times, that entire earth can be physically enveloped by its printed paper. But our Amrut (Lord who is like sweet nectar) we got it all wrong. We picked up different paragraphs of  ‘whole message’ and interpreted it to justify our stupid actions.
Ajanma (limitless and endless) while you Anandsagar (Compassionate Lord) left your body and withdrew, we continue to separate each other and now we want to save individual souls, thus separating ourselves from Anaadih (The beginning).
Akshara (indestructible lord) your message about our indestructibility is wholly misunderstood and we remain disassociated with Ananta (endless lord) inspite of crystal clear teachings of Avyukta (crystal clear).
Anantjit (ever victorious) after our Anaya (who need no leader) i.e. you Aniruddha (beyond obstruction) left us, we have gone back to our ways of wars and self-destruction.
Bali (lord of strength) now we are at war in your names and for Balgopal’s temples. We build more and more of Chaturbhuj‘s temples praying for Danavendra, Dayalu and Dayanidhi‘s mercy but we fail to act compassionately among ourselves. Dharmadhyaksha (lord of Dharma), in your name justice is sold to highest bidder while poor and weak are tormented to circle around the courts for life.
While you were Jagdisha (protector of all) we are divided in the name of nations, provinces, castes and races and without Hrishikesh (lord of senses) have lost all our control over our senses.
Gopal, without your Gopalpriya we have Mad Cow disease swine flu and what not. Govinda the earth is in danger. Hari (lord of nature) we have exploited your world to an extent that we are unable to replenish it. Food is turning into poison.
Pollution is the today’s Kans which only Kamsantak (Slayer of Kans) can slay.
Jagadguru (preceptor of the Universe), Jagannath (lord of Universe) we really need your Janardhana (boon) in this dark hour when leaderships of all are failing.
Gyaneshwar (lord of knowledge) give us wisdom to pass through difficult time for you forbade Brahmastra (nuclear weapons) but we have re-built it. All the knowledge stored in digits is not enough to change our path away from self-destruction. Drought, flood, tornado etc. are still beyond our comprehension while we are busy to understand the devastation of Mars which once was full of life.
Upendra (Brother of Indra the lord of Rain) please do something.
Greed is the only Madhu (Sweetness) left, please Madhusudan (Slayer of Madhu named demon), kill it from us. For once again Madan (lord of love) may teach us to co-exist without. Murli (flute playing lord) please play that flute due to which you are called Murlidhar, on which we may remember ourselves but may forget the ‘me’.
Keshava (one with long black hairs with locks), in your name we are shaving our heads and wearing saffron, while you Nandgopala (son of Nand) is called Mayur for wearing peacock feather crest.
How can you deny our request after all you are Narayana (refuge of everyone). Your Niranjan (unblemished) and Nirgun (beyond tangible properties) presence can only make things right.

Would Padmanabha (lotus navel) place his Punyah (Pure) Padmahasta (lotus hand) upon us at this dark hour?
Would Parthsarthi (Charioteer of Parth/Arjun) be once again sarthi (charioteer) of the world?
Would Sanatana (Eternal) Sakshi (witness) Sarvajana (Omniscient) Sarvapalak (Protector of all) Sarveshwar (lord of all lords) reveal to ourselves for the Satyavachna (truth) was never more eluded?

We are reciting Hare Rama Hare Krishna for 600 years and it does calm the mind and at times we feel satisfied with this accomplishment but some of the verses of Sumedha (Intelligent lord) spoken to Parth (Arjun) are lost.

Vasudev (all prevailing lord), how can you ignore the Vishwamurti (form of entire universe) and let us spoil Vishwarupa (universal form of lord) by our misdeeds.
Vaikunthanath (lord of heaven), reveal your Sudarshana (pleasant-looking avatar) and lead us for once entry to your temple for the darshan of Srikanta (beautiful lord), is a matter of struggle unless in position to favour, through VIP corridors.

O Shreshta (Most Glorious lord) Yoginampati (Supreme yogi), who never abstained from any worldly pleasures (sans poisons), why in your name saffron clothes are foisted upon those who follow Vishwadakshinah (Most efficient and skillful lord).

O Trivikrama (conqueror of all three worlds) what is this Leela?

O Ravilochna (lord with sun as eye) have you closed your eyes to us?

Reply from Vardhmaanah (formless lord):

I am revealed when seen. I am and always will be. I never came nor ever left. I am the seer and I am the scene. Words spoken or written have no meaning without content. More a word is spoken, more its meaning is lost. Words are depleting assets. Activity on visions of mind without need of body, will always cause pain with the option that pain may follow the pleasure or it may come first followed by pleasure.

The reply is very precise and seems to be incomplete, which is impossible. I do not fully understand the implications but may be some day I will understand. May be sometime in future.

Note: All the names in italics are Sanskrit/Hindi names of Lord Shri Krishna, the Devkinandan (son of Devki), Dwarkadheesh (King of Dwarka) and the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

© Sandeep Bhalla

Greed and Charity

Closeup of Vishnu, seated in the lotus positio...

Closeup of Vishnu, seated in the lotus position on a lotus. From depiction of the poet Jayadeva bowing to Vishnu, Gouache on paper Pahari, The very picture of devotion, bare-bodied, head bowed, legs crossed and hands folded, Jayadeva stands at left, with the implements of worship placed before the lotus-seat of Vishnu who sits there, blessing the poet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

23rd AprilAkshaya Tritiya.

King Rishabhadeva alias Adinath is the first Tirthankara of the Jains. The Day of Akshay Tritiya is believed to be auspicious in Jainism.  Adinath gave up all worldly pleasures and chose to lead the life of an ascetic. An ascetic dwells at the mercy of God. They live on what is offered to them to sustain them. Adinath went around the city but people offered him everything except the food. After a long time his grand son Shreyansha Kumara, offered him sugarcane juice and thus Rishabhadeva/Adinath ended his fast  on this day called Akshaya Tritiya. Accordingly it is believed that religious gifts bestowed on Akshaya Tritiya become inexhaustible. It is believed that a person doing charity on this day will be blessed.

As per Hindu mythology this day is ruled by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity of Brahma Vishnu Mahesh. This day is also believed to be birthday of the Hindu sage Parashurama, another Avatar incarnation of the god Vishnu. Further the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of India, descended from heaven to the earth on this day.

The word “Akshaya” is in Sanskrit with means ‘Perpetual’ or  ‘Never diminishing’. The is auspicious for all most of the Karmas(actions) as it is believed to bring good luck and success.  It is therefore believed that an act performed or started on this day will continue forever. So every person, on this day has two options for action.

Unfortunately what the people do on this day, is to buy GOLD, under a belief that their possession of Gold would be perpetuated forever. Next time, if you want to know more about a practicing Hindu, ask him/her what he/she did on this day and you will know the bent of mind. Just do not tell that I told it.

© Sandeep Bhalla