The Remarks Of Spiritual Leader Shri Asharam Ji Bapu Not Unexpected

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Tyaga, Vairagya and Sanyasa are the three terms used in spirituality. Tyaga is at the level of physical body, Vairagya at the level of mind and Sanyasa at the level of spirit.

Tyagis are the people who discard physical needs in life. For example- leaving alcohol, non-vegetarian food, milk products, smoking etc. Gandhiji asked people to be Swadeshi and do a Tyaga of Videshi thing.

Vairagya on the other hand is at the level of mind and happens when you dissociate yourself from the desires. Sanyasa on the other hand is at the level of spirit with Zero desire, a state with no needs and Zero property or bank balance.

We have practically no true Sanyasi today as most of the self-proclaimed Sanyasis own establishments, sell spirituality and are power hungry. To attend the discourse of many of our spiritual leaders, you have to shell out money. They are bigger than the film stars and ask for donations for their organizations to appear for personal functions.

Once I asked Deepak Chopra as to how to differentiate between different types of spiritual leaders. he said that most of the spiritual leaders are spiritual agents who are comparable to a travel agent who can sell  a hotel or a travel tour without ever going into that place. Similarly, spiritual leaders can sell spirituality without being a Sanyasi.

So, you cannot expect today’s spiritual gurus to talk tha language of ancient sages. Aasa Ram Bapu’s recent comments about the gang rape are his personal views which have come from his mind and the intellect. These words are not from Aasa Ramji’s heart because heart can never talk non spiritual. The words like ‘barking dogs’ can never come from the mouth of a true Sanyasi. Similarly the words like ‘taali ek haath se nahin bajti’ can never be spoken for a rape victim who fought till last and gave away her life.

A true spiritual Sanyasi will not own anything, not even clothes and food, not to talk of a house. They will depend on Bhiksha for clothes as well as for their daily food. If they do not get Bhiksha, they will remain without food.

To me, Shri Asharam Ji Bapu is a common man with spiritual knowledge but no spiritual experiences.

The science behind birth of Krishna: Krishna Janmashtami

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Krishna represents Brahman or God consciousnesses. Krishna avatar is synonymous with self-realization. Normally desires and negative thoughts core our consciousness with ignorance. The journey to self-realization involves removal or shedding of this ignorance which can only be done by the eight spiritual principles as described by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These include: Yama (self control); Niyama (self-discipline), Asanas (bodily postures); Pranayama (control of breath), Pratyahara (one pointed), Dhyana (contemplation) and Samadhi (self-realization).

Ignorance can be symbolized by a Prison, which represents darkness; narrow-minded approach (small entry gate) and limitedness to everything (small room). The chains in the prison denote the bondages of lust, greed, desires and ego.

The birth of Krishna in the prison means ‘self-realization out of ignorance’. It can only be acquired by adhering to the eight principles of Ashtanga Yoga with Tapas (Abhyasa) or hard work. Krishna, born, as the eighth child of Devaki, represents tapas of the eight limbs of yoga. The self-realization can only occur after the seven steps have been successfully negotiated and the mind is purified during the process.

In the state of Samadhi, there is spontaneous birth of the self. In this state (sama = equal; dhi = intelligence), one controls equality and balances himself between the good and the bad.

The symbolization is that, as Krishna was born, the chains that bound his father fell off; the doors that had been bolted flew open and the prison guards immediately went into sleep. And the father, Vasudeva, took Krishna and went to Gokul, after placing Krishna in a basket and walking across the Yamuna river, where at the same time Yashoda, consort of Nanda, had given birth to a female child.

The ‘chains’ here stand for the bondage to the external world and the five senses. A self realized person is free of these bondages. The opening of gates symbolizes control over lust, desire, greed and attachments. Sleeping of the guard symbolizes, that in a self-realized state, one is totally cut off from the world. Everything else perishes and one gets detached.

The thunderstorm, the rain, and the fire, all represent the internal turmoil of uncontrolled desires and hatred. The moment Krishna’s feet touch the turbulent water, everything settles. The spiritual lesson is that by turning inwards and towards one’s pure consciousness any turbulent state of mind can be controlled.

While acquiring all that, one must control the ego and keep the desires inwards and not have ego egocentric desires. Controlling the ego is depicted as a snake sitting over the basket and guarding Lord Krishna.

The baby girl born at Gokul represents the Mayashakti, which was killed by Kansa (the ego of the body).

It is easy to control one’s desires and attachments, but controlling the Ego is the most difficult. This is illustrated by the fact that at the time of birth of Krishna, Kansa was still alive. It took many years for Krishna (self realized state) to kill the ego (Kansa).

Acquiring a state of self-realization should not be the ultimate goal in life. After self-realization, if the ego is not controlled, one can misuse one’s spiritual powers. The ultimate aim in life should then be to kill the ego, which is what Krishna ultimately did.

Paper money contains traces of BPA

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Paper money may contain trace levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics and other consumer products. But only small amounts of BPA are absorbed through our skin when we handle the money.

The study is published in Environmental Science & Technology. BPA is considered an endocrine disruptor, which means it looks or acts like a hormone in the body. It may be associated with behavioral and reproductive issues. Young children may be particularly vulnerable to these effects. As a result, many manufacturers have taken steps to eliminate the BPA in baby bottles and some sippy cups. The study analyzed BPA levels in 156 forms of paper money from 21 countries. All of them contained some BPA. The highest amounts of BPA were found in paper money from Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Australia. The lowest amounts of BPA were seen in paper money from the Philippines and Thailand. Levels of BPA in U.S. dollars were about average.

(Source: WebMD)

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