October 25, 2011
Health Care, Social Health Community
Diwali is celebrated on the day of Amavasya but the festival is symbolized by inner happiness, lighting or Purnima.
Moon in mythology is symbolized by cool positive thoughts. Normally on the day of Amavasya one encounters negatives thoughts and on the day of Purnima positive thoughts.
Diwali is the only day in a year where one experiences positive thoughts on the day of Amavasya, hence some people believes Diwali symbolizes Diwali with inner Purnima and out Amavasya.
Diwali celebrations also coincide with the terminal phase of Chaturmas, the four months of negative state of mind.
The purification process in Chaturmas starts with 1st Navratre falling on Amavasya. During these nine days one undergoes mind, body and soul detoxification by not thinking negative, doing positive things and acquiring soul based knowledge.
The mind, body detoxification during Navratre ends with killing of Tamas (Kumbhkaran), Rajas (Meghnath) and ego (Ravan) and of consciousness (Rama) over the evil.
These benefits do not lead to inner Moksha or happiness until 20 days, the day of Diwali. In order to continue getting benefits of Navratre one needs to fast with positive state of mind every fourth day till Diwali.
On Sharad Purnima, the fast involves thinking positive with a cool mind to get health benefits. Four days later, on Karvachauth again, one fasts and worships the Moon with positive thoughts and acquires longevity benefits. Four days later on Ahoi Asthami again, one worships the moon and the stars with positive thoughts and acquires fertility benefits. On the day of Dhanteras one acquires a win over the fear of death (Yama). On this day, the fast involves deeper meditation ( samundra manthan) to get all the benefits of Samadhi.
At the end of the meditation in the state of Samadhi, one gets in touch with the consciousness or the God, the insight gets illuminated and a person experiences bliss, a state of ecstasy of inner happiness and that is what is called experiencing inner Purnima on the day of outer Amavasya and the festival is celebrated as Diwali.
Let us all worship this Diwali as a state of positive mental state. This one month of purification of thoughts helps one in combating the depression phase seen in winter.
Diwali is the only Amavasya where one does not do Shradh pooja.Â On Diwali Amavasya (falling in Chaturmas) one is allowed to start any new project. Even deaths on this Amavasya are considered auspicious (unlike on other Amavasya days).
August 17, 2011
Health Care, Social Health Community
Buddha represents the “enlightened one”. Buddha is a state of mind and not a person. So is Anna today. He represents the corruptionâ€“free state of mind. Anna represents the Satvik state of mind in each one of us, which is not under the influence of Tamas or Rajas.
Each one of us is controlled by the duality of mind and instead of taking the right actions we end up by taking the convenient action. The convenient action gives us the immediate gains while the right action is tough and may not give immediate results.
Indulging in corruption is the most convenient way of getting any work done. We tend to buy movie tickets in black, give money to electricians to get the electricity fixed up, buy goods in cash to save sales tax, bribe babus to get petty government works done and so on.
The time has come to waken up the sleeping “Anna” in each one of us. We should pledge that from today we will neither give bribes nor accept bribe from any one. As professionals, we will not give or accept commissions.
Let us become Satyugi living in Kalyuga and not Kalyugi living in Kalyuga. Even though we might be a minority, we as a group of Satyugi can make an impact in Kalyuga.
The awakened â€˜Annaâ€™ within us will give us the strength to fight with the corrupt in the society.
July 14, 2011
Health Care, Social Health Community
More blasts in Mumbaiâ€¦ yesterday Mumbai was hit by serial blasts yet again
What is it that makes people kill others?Â Why is there so much of unrest or turmoil in the mind of people that they can kill others. We need to understand the psyche behind the mind of a terrorist.
â€œWe are what deep rooted desires areâ€ is an old saying in the Upanishads. The reality can be shaped by altering the way one thinks. This principle is often used by terrorist camps to brainwash new young terrorists who are used either as suicide squads or for other terror attacks.
According the Bhagwad Gita, the human nature is a mix of Rajas, Tamas and Satva gunas or nature. This is the era of Tamasik-Rajasik society. People like to read and hear stories full of rape, anger, aggression, terrorism, extra marital affairs etc. Today the hero plays a negative character in a movie and yet always ends up with the sympathy of the viewers.Â In the Rajsik and Tamsik era, the collective consciousness of the people is towards negative mentality and tolerating corruption. Hence, building a suicide squad is easy in these times. â€œSatya, Tapas, Pavitrata (purity) and Daanâ€ are the four pillars of dharma. The first three are absent in Kalyuga, where the only prevalent and accepted behavior is Daya and/or Daan (charity).
Many years back, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had adopted an army of children aged 4-5 years and trained them over the next ten years as Shastra Pandits. After their training, these children spread the message of Indian Shastras all over the world. During these years of hard work, the Vedic knowledge was affixed to their consciousness.
Similar squads can be prepared on any subject. A boy born and brought up by dacoits would only know that this profession is a noble one. Youngsters, similarly trained for decades in terrorism will only perform violent acts. Over a period of time, the mind gets conditioned for the said act on which they are trained.
Even Chanakaya used the concept of â€˜Vishkanya â€“ the poisonous girlâ€™ and justified its use to kill the enemies. Today many terrorist groups are using the same concept through â€˜HIV Kanyaâ€™.
We often wonder what makes such people take courage and risk their lives during terrorist attacks. The answer is simple. Itâ€™s the same psyche which applies to army soldiers during a war or to doctors who treat serious infections with high incidence of cross infection or to film stars who attempt to shoot risky scenes themselves and to a journalist who covers live news from the warfront or other dangerous areas. At that time, the only psyche is to achieve something new or to do something which is unusual.
Each one of us is born with some needs. These may be physical (food, clothing, shelter and other body needs), mind, intellect and ego (brain washed totally in one aspect) or at the level of soul (trained to do the jobs in the name of the God). Most terrorist camps fulfill the basic physical needs of their trainees.
Some will exploit the needs on the basis of a sacrifice. Many movies have a storyline where the hero is willing to sacrifice his or her life to fulfill the needs of the family, for example, marriage of sister or treatment of the ailing mother. Some movies have also shown a hero ready to become a negative man to fulfill the needs of the family after he was found to be suffering from an incurable nearing death illness.
Our history also plays a role in this aspect. The way our movies project people like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad, it makes one think that if they succeed in their terrorist attack they can achieve what they want and if they die they would be revered in history just as Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and others are revered today.
If we want terrorism to stop, then the negative mind in the collective consciousness of the people should change. We must shift our status from that of lower leader to a higher leader. We must learn to control violence in our own minds first. We must learn to control our shadow self and behave the same whether or not we achieve success in life.