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Shri Yoga Vedanta Ashram, California Chapter - November-2005 NewsLetter

Posted on:11/1/2005
Written By: Shri Yoga Vedanta Ashram, California Chapter
Website: www.ashram.org
He, who has no malice towards any living being, who loves one and all, who is compassionate and free from attachment and ego, who is equanimous in both favorable and adverse circumstances, who is forgiving, whose mind is ever established in Divine Bliss, who does not conceive himself to be separate from God is an ideal devotee.


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DIVINE INSPIRATION FROM THE - GITA

 Shrimad Bhagwad Gita delineates different types of knowledge but they can be basically classified into four main categories:

ABHAYVIDYA: It is the knowledge of fearlessness. This is the knowledge that eradicates the fear of death. It is the body that dies, not the soul (Atma). The body is perishable. It is born and it dies, but the soul (Atma) is immortal, then why to fear death?

SAMYAVIDYA: It is the knowledge of equanimity. It teaches the art of maintaining equanimity at all times and under all conditions. You existed even before the experience of happiness and you will continue to exist after the happiness is gone. You existed when you felt sorrow and you will remain even after it has passed by. Your childhood gave way to youth. Youth gave way to adulthood. Then adulthood will give way to old age. The condition of the body is ever changing, leading to different stages of life, but in all these conditions you are the same unchanged soul. One can retain one’s equanimity simply by constantly setting one’s mind upon Him.

ISHWARVIDYA: It is the knowledge of surrendering to God. Samyavidya safeguards one from becoming unduly influenced by petty pains and pleasure and helps one remain equanimity under all conditions. But by resorting to Ishwarvidya, our hearts overflow with divine joy. If we completely surrender ourselves to God, then He simply overlooks all our shortcomings.

BRAHMAVIDYA: It is the knowledge of the Brahman, the Supreme Self. Brahman, the Supreme Self, is present in each and every individual as the soul (Atma). Brahmavidya propounds that the soul (Atma) and the Brahaman are one.

 

 

ANSWERS BY PUJYA BAPUJI

What are the marks of an ideal devotee?

Pujya Bapuji says: He, who has no malice towards any living being, who loves one and all, who is compassionate and free from attachment and ego, who is equanimous in both favorable and adverse circumstances, who is forgiving, whose mind is ever established in Divine Bliss, who does not conceive himself to be separate from God is an ideal devotee.

 

What is the best Shraddha?

Pujya Bapuji says: Complete trust and faith in the precepts of the Sadguru and the teachings of scriptures is called Supreme faith. It is with such faith alone that a devotee can achieve Supreme devotion. Avoid thoughts and actions that are against the precepts of the Sadguru and scriptures and actively engage you in good actions. Pray to God for absolute faith that bestows bliss.

 

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JEETE JI MUKTI

 In reality people suffer due to lack of interest in acquiring true knowledge from Satsang. When love for God, Satsang and spiritual knowledge arises in one’s heart, peace, happiness, generosity etc. blossom. It is not so good to be with an emperor as it is to be a beloved of God. It is better to beg and live with a Saint than to live in luxuries with an emperor. The Saint may unite you with God in no time while the emperor will make you miserable in no time.

MAHAMRITYUNJAY MANTRA

Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pushthivardhanam;

Urvarukmiva bandhanÍn Mrityormukshiya mamritat.

 The Maha-mrityunjaya mantra is a life giving mantra. That is why this mantra is also popularly known as the ‘Sanjeevani Mantra’. These days, when life has become so complex, accidents are an everyday affair; this mantra wards off deaths caused by snake-bite, lightning, motor accidents, fire accidents, air-accidents and all other accidents. At the same time it has a great curative effect as well. Diseases pronounced incurably by doctors are cured by this Mantra. It is a mantra to conquer death. It bestows health, long life, peace, wealth, prosperity, satisfaction and mokhsa.

 

ASLI PREET – TRUE LOVE

 Love God deeply, for He makes your heart beat, gives light to your eyes, has given you the ability to hear and smell; and gives the mind the ability to take decisions. Even if you are not aware of the fact that you are akin to him, go on loving Him, for he has given you so much. That is Real love.

 

 

DIWALI- LAKSHMI MANTRA

 

People practice several methods to acquire Lakshmi (wealth) at the time of Dipawali. Following is a very simple 3-day method for this purpose:

Starting from the day of Diwali till the day of Bhai Dooj (for 3 days), light Dhoop, Deep & Agarbatti in a clean room early in the morning, wear yellow colored clothes, put the Tilak of Kesar (saffron) on the forehead, and then do 2 mala of the following mantra on a mala with beeds of Sfatik.

 

 

 

 

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It is more beneficial to do japa by concentrating on the picture of Lakshmi, Guru or Ishtha (Tratak). Deepawali is the birthday of Lakshmi ji. Lakshmi ji had appeared at the time of the Samudra-Manthan from the Kshir-Sagar. Therefore Lakshmi ji bestows her blessings to the person who does this sadhna with the desire that Laksmi stays in his/her home, poverty gets removed & one is able to earn daily bread & butter easily.

 

HEALTH TIPS ……………………………………PRECAUTIONS DURING WINTER

 

 It is not advisable to consume foods that are bitter, pungent or astringent in taste or those items that increases vata and are light, dry or very cold. Excessive sour foods should also be avoided so that the kapha is not aggravated which may lead to cough, cold, asthma, breathing trouble and other related diseases. However, fresh curd, buttermilk, lemon etc. can be consumed. It is detrimental to health to take irregular meals or take no food when one is hungry. Lethargy, sleeping during the day, keeping awake till late in the night, exposure to extreme cold is not advisable during winter. One should not take a bath with very cold water. This is the time in the whole year when nature becomes very conducive towards protecting and promoting our health. Therefore, it is important to nourish the body with the right kind of diet during this season to develop strength in order to maintain good health and vigor throughout the year.

 

HERBAL MEDICINES FROM ASHRAM - CHYAVANPRASH

  Sant Chyavanprash is a unique medicine and a nourishing food as well. Its main ingredient is amla. The highly appetizing and invigorating Chyavanprash is recommended for one and all. It is prepared by boiling amla with Vajrabala, an herb brought from the Himalayas that strengthens all the seven dhatu of the body. Children, old people, people suffering from debility due to injury, excessive sexual indulgence, heart troubles and those with a feeble voice attain immense benefits from chyavanprash. Its regular intake eliminates diseases like cough, asthma, excessive thirst, skin diseases, chest congestion, diseases related to vata and pitta disorders and other semen and urine related diseases. It improves memory power, intellect, luster, and complexion and brings cheer. Its use delays the onset of old age. It strengthens the lungs and heart; and is highly useful in chronic cough and asthma. It is also useful in constipation and hyper-acidity. It cures seminal disorders and helps control nocturnal emissions, apart from being useful in Tuberculosis and cardiac diseases. It also helps increases appetite.

 

 

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ACTIVITIES DURING NOVEMBER 2005

 

Video Satsang at Sunnyvale temple– NOV 06– 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang 13, Egret Ln, Watsonville, Tel: 831-722-5080- NOV 12 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang at Fremont temple– NOV 19– 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Video Satsang at 215 Stoneridge Ln, San Francisco, Tel: 415-585-4555- NOV 26 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm

 

Prasad will be served after the Satsang

 

Baal Sanskaar Program (Children’s Moral Education Program) for kids between ages 5-16 years will be organized at Sunnyvale temple and Fremont temples simultaneously. This will expose them to the Great Indian Heritage & develop moral character. Focus is on teaching Pranayam, Meditation & Yogic Exercises for improving intellect & concentration.

In addition to this, Bal Sanskaar classes are also organized in Sunnyvale (Saturday) and Santa Clara (Sunday) every weekend. Contact Vibhash Trivedi (Sunnyvale) at 408-667-8884 & Avinash Arora (Santa Clara) at 408-382-9251 if you want to send your child to these Bal Sanskaar Classes.

 

Local TV Channel/Online Satsang Currently Being Telecasted

·         Watch Pujya Bapuji’s Amritvani on Comcast, Channel 29 (in Fremont, Newark, and Union City) at

      4.30PM (PST) every Friday.

·         Watch free web cast of Guru Poonam: Delhi, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad and Surat Janmasthmi Mahotsav Satsang of Pujya Bapuji at http://satsang.ashram.org/.

 

 

HINDU CALENDER: UPCOMING FESTIVALS OF NOVEMBER 2005

 

1) 1st November: Diwali/ Lakshmi poojan                       2) 2nd November: New year starts

                 

3) 3rd November: Bhaiduj                                   4) 12th November: Devuthi Ekadashi

 

5) 15th November: Poonam/ Dev Diwali/ Guru               6) 27th November: Utpatti Ekadashi

    Nana Jayanti

               

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

 

 Avinash Arora: 408-382-9251, Divyanand Baria: 415-585-4555, Kalpesh Jaspara: 408-306-5650, Srinivas Gogineni: 510-585-6403, Sanjay Bhatnagar: 831-212-4680, Vibhash Trivedi: 408-667-8884

 

 

 

 

 

 

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