Why This Universe?

Question: If peace is the nature of Self or reality why this gigantic universe? There are innumerable life forms and I feel I have so many things to do and duties to attend. How could you pass universe merely as a dream?

Answer: This question has been asked so many times and you have also asked it many times. Why do I need to point to the fact that question has been asked many times and yet you ask it? To show the play of modes of energy in your mind. In a mind overwhelmed by passions there can’t be establishment of knowledge and peace. The holy company and such discussions strengthen mind by making it calm. In other words they increase harmony in your mind and subdue modes of inertia and passion gradually.

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Sadhu, Sadhana and Siddhi!

In common parlance Sadhu and Saint are two words used together as well as interchangeably. Sadhu is a short form of Sadhaka. Disciple is a proper English word for Sadhaka. Disciple is someone who practices some sort of discipline under a Guru. Sadhu stands for a saintly person in general. In exact terms –harnessing energies for some great goal is discipline and it includes but isn’t limited to controlling body and mind. Thus Sadhu is a very disciplined person especially someone who practices spiritual discipline.

The discipline is Sadhana. It’s introversion. Extroverted energies are made introverted under some expert guidance in order to do inner work which leads to harmony and peace. The guidance or Guru could be a person, many persons, books or Self which acts via inspiration and intuition.

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Madhubala’s Horoscope!

Madhubala is considered to be one of the most influential cine-personalities of India. She has been called The Venus of Indian Cinema and has also been compared to Marilyn Monroe because of her charm and tragic early demise. Let’s briefly examine her chart here!

 

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Awakened Sleep Or Jagrit Sushupti!

The dream of this universe lasts until duality lasts. There’s a beautiful example to explain how Jeevanmuktas seem to function like everyone else: if you suddenly come across a snake while walking along a road– your whole body starts shivering and heart starts pumping extra blood to make you ready for action. If upon being closely examined this snake is found to be actually  a rope which was mistaken for a snake from afar or because of faulty vision a great sigh of relief is experienced but all the reactions which got triggered earlier don’t totally disappear immediately after the realization. The main difference between before and now is  in the fact that you’re no longer active with the idea that there is a danger ahead. You no longer prepare yourself consciously and since an inert rope is no cause for alarm or any action you simply pass along with an air of detachment.

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Horoscope Of Shree 420!

Raj Kapoor has been called The Greatest Showman and Charlie Chaplin of Indian Cinema. Personally I’ve watched very few of his films but those very are enough to tell me that he had great acting talent, charismatic personality and versatility.  His songs are very entertaining to watch even today. Let’s briefly observe his horoscope here!

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Charts courtesy: astrosage.com

Observations

Cancer Lagna rises with Moon and its north node in it. He was a very sensitive and popular person with an emotionally stable temperament which led to many romantic liaisons. Since Lagna is weak ( 27 degrees) and Rahu afflicts it he suffered from asthma in later years. Jupiter in the 6th house clearly indicates corpulence in later years. Exalted Saturn and Venus in its own house together aspect the lagna and Moon making his horoscope a fairly powerful one, no wonder he gained popular as well as critical acclaim.  Continue reading “Horoscope Of Shree 420!”

Bliss of Self!

People seeking enlightenment imagine a state full of bliss. The idea of bliss comes from sensual enjoyments. Ego multiplies the bliss of sensations infinite times and assumes it to be enlightenment. The sensational bliss is always limited in intensity and duration by definition because senses are limited in time and space. Thus idea of infinite unadulterated bliss of Self is merely an idea. Jeevanmuktas tell us that bliss of Self is actually of nature of peace without any sensations and contrasts.

This peace will definitely not appeal ego because it’s seeking sensational bliss. Since it’s imaginary it’s false. True natural state is our everyday nature without mental noise. It’s peace. The truth is–there is no such thing as infinite bliss. Bliss experienced by senses can’t be made infinite. Pleasure is limited because instruments experiencing it worn out soon. The reflection of peace is experienced as sensational bliss but ego keeps assuming that it’s possible to have infinite bliss.

The advertisement of infinite bliss is necessary to lure ego into a self-destructive trap, otherwise ego won’t commit suicide! Hence you see so many books, gurus and cults telling you about infinite bliss. Ego won’t get attracted to either peace or harmony. It is so addicted to imaginary bliss which is similar to intense sensations.

Horoscope of Pandit Shri Ram Sharma Acharya!

Acharya Ji was a visionary sage and founder of All World Gayatri Parivar. He worked extensively for reforming Indian society and his ideas which he expressed in voluminous books formed a substantial spiritual literature which contributed in shaping India’s spiritual consciousness in the twentieth century and thereafter. I had the great fortune of reading his books in my boyhood and they shaped my mind for better. Let’s examine his horoscope briefly here.

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Charts courtesy: astrosage.com

Observations: 

Pravrajya Yoga:

Moon is in the navamsa of Mars and aspected by Saturn in Rashi. As I’ve so often suggested in these articles there is no black and white in renunciation. Saturn doesn’t aspect Moon fully and Moon is also influenced by Venus and Mercury. The aspect of Saturn is stronger when it’s the sole aspect. It’s evident that he lived a very rigorous life of an ascetic and despised luxuries.  Continue reading “Horoscope of Pandit Shri Ram Sharma Acharya!”

Why Did Mahabharata War Happen?

The other day, a friend had read about the cause of Mahabharata war and he shared it with me and wanted to know about my view.

Pandavas were five brothers who were righteous and had a common beautiful wife named Draupadi. Duryodhana was eldest among the Kaurava cousins who used trickery and deceit to get what belonged to Pandavas and also humiliated Draupadi because of a deep grudge. The story briefly goes like this: though Kauravas were jealous of Pandavas since very beginning, they became even more inimical after Draupadi humiliated Duryodhana before many people. A special palace was created by the chief artisan of demigods Vishwakarma for Pandavas. It had floors which shined like water bodies and water bodies inside it seemed like plane surfaces. This caused Duryodhana’s fall who was unaware of the design. Draupadi took advantage of the opportunity and mocked Duryodhana and his parents together. Dhritarashtra was blind by birth and his wife had taken a vow to not use her sight after marriage, thus both parents of Duryodhana were practically blind but since they were king and queen they sailed through. Draupadi had previous grudges against Duryodhana and his brothers and she used the opportunity to mock and taunt him.

This, according to my friend caused the epic war of Mahabharata.  Continue reading “Why Did Mahabharata War Happen?”

Maya: Buffer, Shocker and Self!

In the eleventh canto of Srimad Bhagvatam, Lord Krishna tells his friend and disciple Uddhava about the true nature of bondage and liberation. He tells that there is one Self alone and it’s because of difference among various mental tendencies –we observe so many beings. There exists neither bondage nor liberation. The imagination of bondage as well as liberation is because of Maya(Kundalini). Avidya(illusory potency) and Vidya(liberating potency) are both forms of Kundalini or Shakti.

Until there’s lack of ripeness the Self considers itself to be a limited being. The force which ensures this sleep is called Avidya. The prefix ‘A’ before Vidya suggests that the word is exactly opposite of Vidya. Vidya is the knowledge or force which liberates one from suffering, hence Avidya is the false knowledge which keeps one in bondage.

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The humor lies in realizing that both Vidya and Avidya are AVIDYA because they’re parts of the dream. After awakening there is neither bondage nor liberation. They’re like dreams seen last night. It doesn’t matter whether you were running after materialistic pursuits or after some very peaceful heavenly state in your dream. Once dream is over you know that it never was reality. All the attempts to wake-up were in the dream therefore they were also as illusory as the things which kept you sleeping. It might seem paradoxical–because we think our attempts to wake up were really necessary to wake up. Actually we are always awakened–completely enlightened. The belief that we are not is what leads us towards spiritual pursuits and austerity. The tapas merely burns away the notion that we are bound. How dramatic that Vidya which is also AVIDYA has to first come in to make you believe that you are in bondage. Before Vidya comes into play you firmly believe that you need various forms to be at peace. You don’t even imagine that unity exists. But once Vidya starts functioning you start imagining a state which is free from duality and struggle of running after pleasure. Then it makes you so sensitive that you shun all material pleasures as false. Vidya burns away the notion of any separation from peace. Only after realization you firmly get established into the eternal state. It’s your ever present peace behind all movements. Vidya turns extraverted mind inwards. As it becomes introverted and one pointed the stillness increases and gradually becomes firmly established. Continue reading “Maya: Buffer, Shocker and Self!”

Happy Bhaag Jaayegi Is A Comedy Delight!

Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Bhaag Jaayegi is one of the purest comedies. It employs many conventional humor techniques with impeccable timing without overdoing it. I feel the success of film lies in remaining honest to its intent and application of form. I’ve seen many films which fail because they either try too hard to make you laugh or try to be moralistic and sentimental after giggling you for a bit. The slight twist of Bilal falling in love with Happy is so under-stressed that it doesn’t let comical joyride become derailed even for a bit.

After a while I was remarking on dialogues and comic timing and the sincerity of comedy reminded me of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Priyadarshan’s comedies of last decade like Hungama have been very similar to this one albeit with some more stress on relations and emotions in some parts. This film doesn’t bore you even for a minute but some poor editing is visible in places. Similarly supporting soundtracks and music might have been much better.  Acting is superb–Sehgal Saab(Dui Manzila Banwa Leen Aur Batao Tak Naahin), Abhay Deol, Piyush Mishra, Jimmy Shergil and Diana Penty have performed well. Ali Fazal’s performance is slightly weak. This film is a treat for all movie lovers and I rate it 8/10!