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Varanasi: The City Of Moksha (Salvation)-Photo Feature

Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in world. A city which believes in living life to its fullest. It teaches us the art to associate with life in a fun-filled way. It’s a city which is sandwiched between traditional values and modern beliefs, wherein traditional vibes enjoy an upper hand over global ideas! It’s also a city where life enjoys a wide space even in most congested lanes. The city cries foul about encroachments yet congested lanes constitute the heart of city pulsating with cultural, spiritual, literary and colourful happenings. Needless to state its popularity has transcended national boundaries. It’s one of the cities which enjoy constant arrival of foreign tourists from distant lands. It’s strange to notice that dusty lanes do not disappoint such sophisticated and sensitive foreign visitors, who are really overwhelmed and impressed after interacting with so many unique shades of life at Lord Shiva’s abode! It’s hard to decipher why this city, also known as Kashi, enjoyes so much respect among foreign visitors, but for Indians the reason of its popularity within themselves is so evident: It’s a city which belongs to Lord Shiva known as Vishwanath- the one who rules over the entire universe. He is the one who promotes nothingness yet never allows the colourful life to lose its relevance as long as one finds meaning in it! That’s the reason why people wish to breath their last breath in this city even as the city never misses to offer enough food to every hungry person who happens to venture into this city. And that too everyday-thanks to Goddess Annapoorna who happens to be the giver of food and nourishment! 

My Train To Varanasi  Just Left  Allahabad Junction's paltform :-)

My Train To Varanasi Just Left Allahabad Junction’s Platform 🙂

Beautiful and serene Ganges :-)

Beautiful and serene Ganges 🙂

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva :-)

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva 🙂

 

The City Close To My Heart :-)

The City Close To My Heart 🙂

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world :-)

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world 🙂

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi :-)

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi 🙂

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi :P

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi 😛

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi :-)

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi 🙂

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi :P

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi 😛

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes :-)

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes 🙂

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making :P

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making 😛

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

 

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple situated on the campus of Benaras Hindu University :-)

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple Situated On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University 🙂

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus :-)

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus 🙂

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple :-)

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple 🙂

Myself Outside The Temple :-)

Myself Outside The Temple 🙂

My Brother-in-Law who works at BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself :P

My Brother-in-Law Who Works At BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself 😛 The Statue Behind Him Belongs To Sri Madan Mohan Malviya Ji Who Was The Founder Of This Great Benaras Hindu University (BHU)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple :-)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple 🙂

Inside The Temple :-)

Inside The Temple 🙂

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling :-)

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling 🙂

Beautifully Built Temple :-)

Beautifully Built Temple 🙂

The Temple's Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs :-)

The Temple’s Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs 🙂

Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva :P

Sri Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva 😛

Greenery Is In Abundance :-)

Greenery Is In Abundance 🙂

Nand The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter :P Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva :-) My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity :P

Sri Nandi The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter 😛 Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva 🙂 My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity 😛

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj :P

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj 😛

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva :-)

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva 🙂

Happy Divine Moments :-)

Happy Divine Moments 🙂

Enveloped in divinity :-)

Enveloped in divinity 🙂

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras :-)

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras 🙂

Rose Garden :-)

Rose Garden 🙂

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple :-)

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple 🙂

Evening Arrives :-)

Evening Arrives 🙂

It's A Two Storey Temple :-)

It’s A Two Storey Temple 🙂

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara's Bhaja Govindam Strotam :-)

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara’s Bhaja Govindam Strotam 🙂

Lord Shiva's Statue On First Floor :-) Jai Shiva :-)

Lord Shiva’s Statue On First Floor 🙂 Jai Shiva 🙂

That's The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

That’s The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor 🙂 Om Namah Shivay 🙂

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor :-)

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor 🙂

Also Notice Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji's Statues :-) Salutations To Both Of Them :-)

Also Noticed Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji’s Statues 🙂 Salutations To Both Of Them 🙂

 

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab :-) Jai Sri Krishna :-)

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab 🙂 Jai Sri Krishna 🙂

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple :-)

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple 🙂

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place :-)

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place 🙂

Goddess Durgaji's Statue Inside The Temple :-) My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos :-)

Goddess Durgaji’s Statue Inside The Temple 🙂 My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos 🙂

Brother-in-Law Sitting Under In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree :-) That's The Same Tree Under Which Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It's Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries :-)

Brother-in-Law Sitting  In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree 🙂 That’s The Same Tree Under Which Sri Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It’s Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries 🙂

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye :-) Relax! I will Come Again And Again :P :P :P

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye 🙂 Relax! I will Come Again And Again 😛 😛 😛

Hope Lord Shiva's Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss :-)

Hope Lord Shiva’s Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss 🙂

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi :-)

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi 🙂

 

 

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Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because  even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never  ensured  a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities.  Lack of  proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!  

 

That's one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji's  temple situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it's so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place  :P

That’s one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji’s temples situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it’s so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place 😛

The Streets Of Civil Lines Makes People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Make People Of Other Areas Jealous 😛

Hard To Forget This Guy...During university days, I came to buy so many  greta classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment.  He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of  his magazine corner...This shop is hot favourite among  students!  Although Internet has affected the sales.

Hard to forget this guy…During university days, I came to buy so many great classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment. He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of his magazine corner…This shop is hot favourite among students! Although Internet has affected the sales, it was good to anticipate the great spirit of his father, also seen in the pic, who digested the change in philosophical way. Now that’s called wisdom!

Quite a romantic place to have tea!  It's adjacent Company Garden!

Quite a romantic place to have tea! It’s adjacent Company Garden!

 

When I say it's a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines are we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

When I say it’s a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines area we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance 😛

Allahabad Museum Inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park ( Alfred Park or Company Garden). This musuem displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

Allahabad’s museum inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park or Company Garden). This museum displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary  Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices  new- age romance :P Anyway, it's a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices new- age romance 😛 Anyway, it’s a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful  Government Public Library.  This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne.  This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887.  Let's not forget it was capital city from of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days and even now I am the most frequent visitor!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful Government Public Library. This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne. This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887. Let’s not forget that Allahabad was capital city  of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days I was the most frequent visitor! Even now also I can be seen here 😛

It's not that one notices only romance in parks..Here most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

It’s not that one notices only romance in parks..In Allahabad most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociousely involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociously involved in Cricket match 😛 ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time 😛 😛 😛

Saint Joseph's College View Which Lies Adjacent To Company Garden :P

Saint Joseph’s college  which lies adjacent to Company Garden 😛

That's the road which connects Company Garden To Civil Lines-the heart of  city dominated by glamour and modernity!

That’s the road which connects Company Garden with  Civil Lines-the heart of city dominated by glamour and modernity!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture 😛

Laxmi Book House Is First Choice Of Any Journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Laxmi Book House is first choice of any journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other 😛 😛 😛

Palace Theatre enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It's one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, it's old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes  from "Thodi Se Bewafai" (1980) to " Ship of Thesus" (2012)  at this Palace :P :P :P

Palace Theater enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, its old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes from “Thodi Se Bewafai” (1980) to ” Ship of Thesus” (2012) at this Palace Theater 😛 😛 😛

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again.  This hall needs to be rennovated at the earliest.  Two prominet movies which I came to see when they got realeasd were Richard Attenborough's Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielber's Jurassic Park (1993).

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again. This hall needs to be renovated at the earliest. Two prominent movies which I came to see here when they got released were Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class.  It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class. It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Resting place of capitalist forces 😛

Worried about your future :P Consult him in Civil Lines under this tree :P

Worried about your future 😛 Consult this astrologer  at Civil Lines under this tree 😛

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines 😦

Public Service Commission - an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Public Service Commission – an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

And that's the place where I work:  Allahabad High Court :P

And that’s the place where I work: Allahabad High Court 😛

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court 😛 😛 😛

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika's  office holds a special place in my heart.  This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika.  Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper.  Today it's not that financially successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high.  V.S Datta, seniormost jourmalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments to him as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika’s office holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika. Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper. Today it’s  financially not that successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high. V.S Datta, senior-most journalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper in year 1995 he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments  as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

Lawyer's Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It's situated close to Allahabad High Court.  Most of the lawyers firts have Hanumanji's blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P ...Well, it's time for now to take a litle break before I come back with Part three of photo feature related with Allahabad :-)

Lawyer’s Hanuman Temple 😛 😛 😛 It’s situated close to Allahabad High Court. Most of the lawyers first have Hanumanji’s blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers 😛 😛 😛 …

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

 

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a vist ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy telphone department that I have to come here to buy phone related instruments quite often :-(

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a visit ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy Telephone Department that I have to come here quiet often to buy phone related instruments  😦

One of the busiest rail bridge!

One of the busiest rail bridge!

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee's Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It's situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee’s Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It’s situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

This Hanumanji's temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

This Hanumanji’s temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad 🙂 Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad 😛

Cute Street At Rambagh!

Cute Street At Rambagh!

It's a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

It’s a place which gives rise to new doctors 😛 😛 😛

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?  :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt? 😛 😛

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. " Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process."

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. ” Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process.”

 

Roads teach you a lot!

Roads teach you a lot!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaj with Lord Rama...However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu's incarnation,  would always remain one of the most significant moment in the history of Prayag!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaja with Lord Rama…However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers 😛 ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu’s incarnation, with Rishi Bharadwaja would always remain one of the most significant moments in the history of Prayag!

 

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi 🙂

That's the ancestral home of India's first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That's why visitors never miss this place :-)

That’s the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That’s why visitors never miss this place 🙂

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a  famous planetarium.

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a famous planetarium.

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy  has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

कांची के शंकराचार्य की रिहाई इस बात को दर्शाती है कि वर्तमान समय में दुष्प्रचार ज्यादा ताकतवर है बजाय सत्य के!

कांची के शंकराचार्य अंततः निर्दोष और निष्पाप होकर उभरे लेकिन इस नौ साल लम्बे ड्रामे की वजह से इस अति प्राचीन हिन्दू मठ पर जो दाग लगे उसको मिटने में कई वर्ष लगेंगे.

कांची के शंकराचार्य अंततः निर्दोष और निष्पाप होकर उभरे लेकिन इस नौ साल लम्बे ड्रामे की वजह से इस अति प्राचीन हिन्दू मठ पर जो दाग लगे उसको मिटने में कई वर्ष लगेंगे.


इस नए युग के इंडिया यानि “भारत” के अगर हाल के घटनाओ को देखे तो ये आसानी से समझ आ जाएगा कि धर्मनिरपेक्ष सरकारो ने सबसे ज्यादा जुल्म ढाया है हिन्दू संतो पर. ये धर्मनिरपेक्ष सरकारे मुग़लकाल के बाद्शाहो और ब्रिटिश काल के शासको से भी ज्यादा क्रूर रही है हिन्दू धर्मं से जुड़े प्रतीकों को ध्वस्त करने और इनसे जुड़े लोगो को अपमानित करने के मामले में. हिन्दू संतो को निराकरण ही प्रताड़ित किया जा रहा है और इन्हे यौन अपराधो से लेकर देशद्रोह जैसे जघन्य अपराधो में बेवजह घसीटा जा रहा है. बिकी हुई मीडिया इन प्रकरणो का एक पक्ष 
दिखाती  है अपने देश में और देश के बाहर विदेशी अखबारो में. ये आपको अक्सर देखने को मिलेगा कि इस प्रकार के खबरो में ज्यादातर झूठ होता है या अर्धसत्य का सहारा लेकर एक भ्रामक कहानी गाढ़ी जाती है. कोई भी मुख्यधारा का समाचार पत्र तस्वीर के दोनों पहलू दिखाने में दिलचस्पी नहीं रखता.

एक सबसे बड़ी वजह ये है कि ज्यादातर  भारतीय मीडिया समूह का कण्ट्रोल विदेशी ताकतो के हाथो में है. सबके विदेशी हित कही ना कही शामिल है तब हम किस तरह से इनसे ये आशा रखे कि ये सच बोलेंगे? ये वही मुख्यधारा के समाचार पत्र है जो साध्वी प्रज्ञा के गिरफ्तारी को तो खूब जोर शोर से दिखाते है लेकिन साध्वी के साथ जेल के अंदर हुए अमानवीय कृत्यो को जो बंदियो के अधिकारो का सरासर उल्लंघन था उसको दिखाने या बताने से साफ़ मुँह मोड़ गए. ये वही मुख्यधारा के समाचार पत्र है जिन्होंने देवयानी प्रकरण में देवयानी का साथ इस तरह से दिया जैसी कि उसने भारत के नाम विदेशो में ऊँचा किया हो, जैसे उसने कोई जुर्म ही नहीं किया हो. वो इसलिए से क्योकि इसका सरकार से सीधा सरोकार है और सिस्टम इसके पक्ष में है लेकिन हर वो आदमी जिसने भी सरकार ये सिस्टम के विपक्ष में कुछ कहा उसे इस तरह की  सरकारे या सिस्टम सुनियोजित तरीको से अपराधी घोषित कर देता है.

ये कहने में कोई संकोच नहीं कि आज के युग मे सत्य से ज्यादा असरदार किसी के खिलाफ सुनियोजित तरीके से फैलायी गयी मनगढंत बाते है. समाचार पत्रो का काम होता है सत्य को सामने लाना सही रिपोर्टिंग के जरिये लेकिन हो इसका ठीक उल्टा रहा है: मीडिया आज सबसे बड़ा हथियार बन गयी है झूठ और भ्रम को विस्तार देने हेतु. इसका केवल इतना काम रहा गया है कि हर गलत ताकतो को जो सत्ता में है उनको बचाना, उनको बल देना. एक बाजारू औरत की तरह अपनी निष्ठा को हर बार बदलते रहना मीडिया का एकमात्र धर्मं बन गया है. साधारण शब्दो में ये सत्ता पे आसीन शासको की भाषा बोलता है. कांची के पूज्य जगद्गुरु शंकराचार्य स्वामी जयेन्द्र सरस्वती जी की गिरफ्तारी के प्रकरण के रौशनी में इस प्रकरण को देखे जिन्हे २००४ में बेहद शर्मनाक तरीके से शंकर रमण के हत्या के आरोप में गिरफ्तार कर लिया था. शंकर रमण कांची के एक मंदिर में मैनेजेर थें. उस वक्त के तमिलनाडु के तत्कालीन मुख्यमंत्री जयललिता ने अपने को धर्मनिरपेक्ष साबित करने के लिए और ये जताने के लिए कि कानून से ऊपर कोई नहीं होता इनकी गिरफतारी सुनिश्चित की. कांची के शंकराचार्य के ऊपर “आपराधिक षड्यंत्र, अदालत को गुमराह करने गलत सूचना के जरिये, धन का आदान प्रदान आपराधिक गतिविधि को क्रियांवित करने के लिये” आदि आरोप लगाये गए.

इस एक हज़ार साल से भी ऊपर अति प्राचीन ब्राह्मणो के अत्यंत महत्त्वपूर्ण केंद्र के मुख्य संचालक को इस तरह अपमानजनक तरीके से एक दुर्दांत अपराधी के भांति गिरफ्तार करना और फिर मुख्यधारा के समाचार पत्रो के द्वारा अनर्गल बयानो के आधार पर उनको दोषी करार कर देना अपने आप में मीडिया की सच्चाई बयान कर देता है. ये बता देना आवश्यक रहेगा कि कांची कामकोटि पीठ हिन्दुओ का अति प्राचीन मठ है जिसको हिन्दू समुदाय में दुनिया भर में बेहद श्रद्धा के साथ देखा जाता है. कांची के पूज्य जगद्गुरु शंकराचार्य स्वामी जयेन्द्र सरस्वती जी बहुत सम्मान की दृष्टि से देखे जाते रहे है हिन्दू शास्त्रो के मर्मज्ञ होने के कारण. इन्होने  नवी शताब्दी में स्थापित कांची कामकोटि पीठ के गरिमा को नयी ऊंचाई प्रदान की, जिसकी हिन्दू समुदाय में वेटिकन चर्च सरीखी पकड़ है. जयललिता और ब्राह्मण विरोधी नेता डीएमके प्रमुख करूणानिधि के आपसी मतभेदों के चलते इस हिन्दू मठ के माथे पर कालिख लग गयी.

 ये बता देना आवश्यक रहेगा कि कांची कामकोटि पीठ हिन्दुओ का अति प्राचीन मठ है जिसको हिन्दू समुदाय में दुनिया भर में बेहद श्रद्धा के साथ देखा जाता है. कांची के पूज्य जगद्गुरु शंकराचार्य स्वामी जयेन्द्र सरस्वती जी बहुत सम्मान की दृष्टि से देखे जाते रहे है हिन्दू शास्त्रो के मर्मज्ञ होने के कारण. इन्होने  नवी शताब्दी में स्थापित कांची कामकोटि पीठ के गरिमा को नयी ऊंचाई प्रदान की, जिसकी हिन्दू समुदाय में वेटिकन चर्च सरीखी पकड़ है. जयललिता और ब्राह्मण विरोधी नेता डीएमके प्रमुख करूणानिधि के आपसी मतभेदों के चलते इस हिन्दू मठ के माथे पर कालिख लग गयी.

ये बता देना आवश्यक रहेगा कि कांची कामकोटि पीठ हिन्दुओ का अति प्राचीन मठ है जिसको हिन्दू समुदाय में दुनिया भर में बेहद श्रद्धा के साथ देखा जाता है. कांची के पूज्य जगद्गुरु शंकराचार्य स्वामी जयेन्द्र सरस्वती जी बहुत सम्मान की दृष्टि से देखे जाते रहे है हिन्दू शास्त्रो के मर्मज्ञ होने के कारण. इन्होने नवी शताब्दी में स्थापित कांची कामकोटि पीठ के गरिमा को नयी ऊंचाई प्रदान की, जिसकी हिन्दू समुदाय में वेटिकन चर्च सरीखी पकड़ है. जयललिता और ब्राह्मण विरोधी नेता डीएमके प्रमुख करूणानिधि के आपसी मतभेदों के चलते इस हिन्दू मठ के माथे पर कालिख लग गयी.

उस वक्त के प्रमुख समाचार पत्रो ने ये दर्शाया कि पुलिस इस तरह से गिरफ्तार करने का साहस बिना पुख्ता सबूतो के कर ही नहीं सकती. उस वक्त अभियोजन पक्ष के वकील इस बात से पूरी तरह आश्वस्त थे कि शंकराचार्य को दोषी साबित करने के लिए उनके पास पर्याप्त पुख्ता सबूत थें. विवेचना अधिकारी प्रेम कुमार का ये बयान प्रमुखता से छपा कि हमारे पास ठोस साक्ष्य है स्वामी जयेन्द्र सरस्वती के खिलाफ और ये कि शंकर रमण और इनके बीच करीब चार सालो से आपसी मनमुटाव था जिसको सिद्ध करने के लिए पर्याप्त सबूत इकठ्ठा किये जा रहे है.

खैर ईश्वर के यहाँ देर भले हो पर अंधेर नहीं है. सत्य की अंततः विजय हुई जब पांडिचेरी की विशेष अदालत ने सत्ताइस नवंबर २०१३ को उन सभी लोगो को जो शंकर रमण हत्याकांड में आरोपी बनाये गए थें उनको बाइज्जत बरी कर दिया. इसी के साथ नौ साल से हो रहे ड्रामे का पटाक्षेप हो गया. उन पर लगाये गए सभी आरोपो से उन्हें मुक्त कर दिया गया. जितने भी प्रमुख गवाह थें उन्होंने अभियोजन पक्ष के वर्णन को समर्थन देने से इंकार कर दिया। अभियोजन पक्ष के विरोध में करीब ८० से अधिक गवाहो ने अपने बयान दर्ज कराये।

कांची के शंकराचार्य अंततः निर्दोष और निष्पाप होकर उभरे लेकिन इस नौ साल लम्बे ड्रामे की वजह से इस अति प्राचीन हिन्दू मठ पर जो दाग लगे उसको मिटने में कई वर्ष लगेंगे. हिन्दुओ के आस्था और प्रतीक के साथ जो बेहूदा मजाक हुआ उसके निशान कई वर्षो तक संवेदनशील मनो को कटोचते रहेंगे. लेकिन हिन्दू ब्राह्मण के उदार मन को देखिये कि इतना होने के बाद भी किसी के प्रति कोई कटुता नहीं. इस परिपेक्ष्य में शंकराचार्य के वक्तव्य को देखिये जो उन्होंने बरी होने के बाद दिया: ” धर्म की विजय हुई. सत्य की जीत हुई. सब कुछ खत्म हो जाने के बाद अंत में केवल यही बात मायने रखती है. मुझे मेरे गुरु ने सब कुछ सहन करने को कहा है. इसलिए ये कहना उचित नहीं होगा कि हालात मेरे लिए असहनीय थें. हा कुछ दिक्कते जरूर आयी वो भी उस वजह सें कि हम लोग नयी तरह की परिस्थितयो का सामना कर रहे थें. हमने पूर्व में देखा है कि किस तरह आक्रमणकारियों ने हिन्दू मंदिरो पर हमले कर उनको विध्वंस किया। आज जब हम मंदिरो पर पड़े उन हमलो की निशानियाँ देखते है तो  हमे वे आक्रमणकारी और उनकी क्रूरता याद आती है. आज जो कुछ भी मठ के साथ हुआ ( मेरे पर जो  आरोप लगे) वे बहुतो की नज़र में पूर्व में किये गए आक्रमणकारियों के द्वारा किये गए विध्वंस सरीखे ही है.”

ये बहुत दुःख की बात है कि जैसे ही किसी हिन्दू संत पर कोई आरोप लगते है सारे मुख्यधारा के मीडिया समूह उस संत को बदनाम करने की कवायद में जुट जाते है पूरी ताकत से इस बात से बिल्कुल बेपरवाह होकर कि मीडिया का मुख्य काम किसी भी घटना की सही-२ रिपोर्टिंग करनी होती है ना कि न्यायिक ट्रायल करना। उससे भी बड़ी बिडम्बना ये है कि अगर संत पर लगे आरोप निराधार और झूठे पाये जाते है तो जो अखबार या फिर न्यूज़ चैनल आरोप लगने के वक्त पूरे जोर शोर से संत को दोषी ठहरा रहे थे वे ही अखबार और न्यूज़ चैनल पूरी तरह से कन्नी काट लेते है. संत को बेगुनाह साबित करने वाली खबर कब आती है और कब चली जाती है ये पता भी नहीं चलता है. यही वजह है कि कांची के शंकराचार्य की बेगुनाही और बाइज्ज़त बरी होना किसी भी शीर्ष अखबार के सुर्खियो में नहीं आया. शायद सेकुलर मीडिया ने ये सोच कर इस खबर को प्रमुखता से नहीं बताया क्योकि हिन्दुओ से जुडी कोई भली खबर सेक्युलर भावना के विपरीत होती है!

मेनस्ट्रीम मीडिया को प्रोपगेंडा ज्यादा रास आता है बजाय सत्य के. सेक्युलर ताकतो ने और इनके द्वारा संचालित मीडिया समूहो ने कांची के शंकराचार्य के गिरफ्तारी के वक्त ये बहुत जोरदार तरीके से ये दर्शाया कि कोई भी कानून से ऊपर नहीं होता. तो क्या यही सेक्युलर ताकते जो कानून की बात करती है शाही ईमाम सैय्यद अहमद बुख़ारी को गिरफ्तार करने की हिम्मत रखते है जिन पर कई धाराओ में देश के विभिन्न थानो में एफ आई आर दर्ज है? क्या यही सेक्युलर ताकते उन क्रिस्चियन मिशनरीज को बेनकाब करने की ताकत रखती है जो देश के पिछड़े और दूर दराज के इलाको में लोगो को बहला फुसला कर उनका धर्म परिवर्तन कर रही है? लेकिन ये सबको पता है कि सेक्युलर मीडिया ऐसा कभी नहीं करेगा. ऐसा इसलिए कि इन सेक्युलर लोगो की निगाह में कानून के लम्बे हाथ केवल हिन्दू संतो के गर्दन तक पहुंचती है. ये हिन्दू संतो को केवल बदनाम करने तक ही सीमित है और हिन्दू आस्था को खंडित और विकृत करने भर के लिए है. ये दुष्प्रचार के समर्थक है सत्य के नहीं.

हिन्दू संत अपनी जाने गंवाते रहे है लेकिन ये खबरे कभी भी सेक्युलर मीडिया की सुर्खिया नहीं बनी. ये स्वामी लक्ष्मणानन्द जी की तस्वीर है जिनकी हत्या क्रिस्चियन ताकतो ने कर दी थी.

हिन्दू संत अपनी जाने गंवाते रहे है लेकिन ये खबरे कभी भी सेक्युलर मीडिया की सुर्खिया नहीं बनी. ये स्वामी लक्ष्मणानन्द जी की तस्वीर है जिनकी हत्या क्रिस्चियन ताकतो ने कर दी थी.


References:

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The Bhagavad Gita: Gateway to ineffable peace and bliss

Lord Krishna: The Ultimate Goal

Lord Krishna: The Ultimate Goal

The messages of Krishna offer great solace to us in present times marred by confusion and disorder of worst types. I know it’s one of the easiest tasks to read the great words. It’s proper reflection and subsequent action plans that really matters in the long run.  However, such shortcomings on part of human beings do not make these words lose relevance. Even a casual approach on our part while dealing with these pearls of wisdom proves to be a meaningful gesture.
 

A beginning is something that really matters. It’s better to be part of the journey than remain always trapped in a statue mode. In most cases, the beginning is often in the form of casual interactions with words spoken by enlightened souls. Have you noticed that when we are journeying we often read great messages posted on walls of railway stations? You are in great hurry but even then these words manage to catch your attention. From that very moment a reflection takes place birth inside your mind which if given conscious direction on part of us could lead to miraculous transformation.

So on this occasion when the world is celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, let’s try to reconnect with Him for one more time via his messages. In lighter vein, Lord Krishna is representative of Absolute Self that’s above birth and death, and still we celebrate his birth with great fanfare. But is it that easy to keep the great charmer Krishna away from one’s life whose very name means the one who has power to attract us-the attractive one?
 

In the end, I wish to quote the words of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh to make us aware of the worth of messages spread in The Bhagavad Gita. According to Sri Aurobindo Ghosh one should always remember Krishna’s teaching because it ensures “perfection of action. It makes man great. It gives him the utter strength, the utter bliss which is the goal of life in the world.
 

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yajna-dana-tapah-karma
na tyajyam karyam eva tat
yajno danam tapas caiva
pavanani manisinam  

-Bhagavad Gita 18.5 

“Acts of sacrifice, charity and penance are not to be given up; they must be performed. Indeed, sacrifice, charity and penance purify even the great souls.”

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manushyanam sahasresu
kascid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kascin mam vetti tattvatah

–  Bhagavad Gita 7.3 

“Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.” 

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gatir bharta prabhuh saksi
nivasah saranam suhrt
prabhavah pralayah sthanam
nidhanam bijam avyayam

–  Bhagavad Gita 9.18 

“I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of everything, the resting place and the eternal seed.”

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ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
tesham nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham

–  Bhagavad Gita 9.22 

“But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.”

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tvam aksharam paramam veditavyam
tvam asya vishvasya param nidhanam
tvam avyayah sasvata-dharma-gopta
sanatanas tvam purusho mato me

   Bhagavad Gita 11.18 

“You are the supreme primal objective. You are the ultimate resting place of this entire universe. You are inexhaustible, and You are the oldest. You are the maintainer of the eternal religion, the Personality of Godhead. This is my opinion.”

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yam hi na vyathayanty ete
purusham purusharsabha
sama-duhkha-sukham dhiram
so ’mrtatvaya kalpate

 Bhagavad Gita 2.15 

“O best among men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.”

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daivi hy esa guna-mayi
mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te

   Bhagavad Gita 7.14 

“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.”

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tam eva saranam gaccha
sarva-bhavena bharata
tat-prasadat param shantim
sthanam prapsyasi sasvatam

 –  Bhagavad Gita 18.62 

“O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him utterly. By His grace you will attain transcendental peace and the supreme and eternal abode.”

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References:

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Under The Shadow Of Divinity

Presenting some popular Sanskrit Bhajans  which are very close to my heart.

1.  Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram

Verses Of The This Krishna Bhajan:

1.Adharam Madhuram, Vadanam Madhram,
Nayanam Madhuram, Hasitham Maduram,
Hrudhayam Madhuram, Gamanam Maduram,
Madhuradhipather Akhilam Madhuram.

2.Vachanam Madhuram, Charitham Madhuram,
Vasanam Madhuram, Valitham Madhuram,
Chalitham Madhuram, Bramitham Maduram,
Madhurathipather Akhilam Madhuram.

3.Venur Madhuro, Renur Madhuraha,
Panir Madhuraha, Padhou Madhuram,
Nrithyam Madhuram, Sakhyam MadhuraM,
Madurathipather Akhilam Maduram

4.Geetham Madhuram, Peetham Madhuram,
Bhuktham Madhuram,Suptham Madhuram,
Roopam Madhuram, Thilakam Madhuram
Madhurathipather akhilam Madhuram.

5.Karanam Madhuram, Tharanam Madhuram,
Haranam Madhuram, smaranam Madhuram,
Vamitham Madhuram, Samitham Maduram,
Madhurathipather akhilam Madhuram.

6.Gunja Madhura, Mala Madhura,
Yamuna Madhura, Veechi Madhura,
Salilam Madhuram, Kamalam Madhuram,
Madhurathipather akhilam Madhuram.

7.Gopi Madhura, Leela Madhura,
Yuktham Madhuram, Muktham Madhuram,
Drishtam Madhuram,Sishtam Madhram,
Madhurathipather akhilam Madhuram

8.Gopa Madhura, Gavo Madhura,
Yashtir Madhura, Srushtir Madhra,
Dhalitham Madhram, Phalitham Madhuram,
Madhurathipather akhilam Madhuram.

Meaning:-


1.Sweet are thine lips, Krishna,
So are thine sweet cherubic face,
Sweet are thine jet black eyes, Krishna
So is thine soulful laugh,
Sweet is thine loving heart, Krishna
So is thine beautiful gait,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet.

2.Sweet are thine sweetest words, Krishna,
So is thine divine story.
Sweet is the place of your stay , Krishna,
So is thine greatness,
Sweet are thine movements , Krishna,
So is thine confusion.
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet.

3.Sweet is thine flute , Krishna,
So is thine foot-dust,
Sweet are thine hands Krishna,
So are thine feet.
Sweet is thine dance Krishna,
So is thine friendship.
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet.

4.Sweet is thine song, Krishna,
So is what you drink,
Sweet is what you eat, Krishna,
So is your sleep,
Sweet are thine looks , Krishna,
So is thine Thilaka,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet.

5.Sweet are thine deeds, Krishna,
So is thine path of salvation,
Sweet is thine theft , Krishna,
So is thine play of love,
Sweet are thine oblations, Krishna,
So is thine tranquility,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet

6.Sweet is thine necklace of berries, Krishnam
So is thine garland,
Sweet is thine river Yamuna, Krishna,
So are the ripples in the river,
Sweet is thine water , Krishna,
So is the lotus in the water,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet.

7.Sweet are thine Gopis , Krishna,
So is thine playful sport,
Sweet are thine right thoughts,Krishna,
So is thine salvation,
Sweet is what you see, Krishna,
So is what is left out,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet

8.Sweet are thine Gopas , Krishna,
So are thine cows,
Sweet is thine staff, Krishna,
So is thine creation,
Sweet is what you trample , Krishna,
So are thine jokes,
Hey king of all sweetness in this world,
Everything about Thee is sweet

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2. Svagatam Krishna

This is a very beautiful bhajan addressed to the charming Krishna. There are many versions available on the net but this one is close to my heart. It’s been rendered in a soulful manner by the singer. As you listen the Bhajan, I request you to take note of the extremely beautiful camera work involved in the making of the video. It lends an unique charm to the video.

Sanskrit Verses:

swāgatam kṛṣṇa suswāgatam kṛṣṇa

swāgatam suswāgatam śaraṇāgatam kṛṣṇa

madhura purī kṛṣṇa madhusūdana kṛṣṇa

swāgatam suswāgatam śaraṇāgatam kṛṣṇa
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Welcome to You, o Krishna! Welcome home!

O Krishna of the city of Mathura!

O destroyer of the demon Madhu!

We have also come to You, O eternal shelter!

acyutaḿ keśavaḿ rāma nārāyaṇaḿ

kṛṣṇa dāmodaraḿ vāsudevaḿ harim

śrīdharaḿ mādhavaḿ gopīkā-vallabhaḿ

jānakī-nāyakaḿ rāmacandraḿ bhaje

1) I worship Acyuta, the infallible one, Who is Rāmacandra, Keśava, Rāma, Nārāyaṇa, Kṛṣṇa, Dāmodara, Vāsudeva, Hari, Śrīdhara, Mādhava, Who is dear to Gopikā, and Who is the consort of Jānakī.

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3. Nirvana Shatkam

These verses composed by  Sri Adi Shankra are source of perennial inspiration for me. I also come to remember that these verses were source of inspiration for  the revolutionaries fighting against the British Empire during the freedom movement.  These verses do  make one shatter the extreme love which we have  for the human body.

Sanskrit Verses: 

Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chitta Ninaham
Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre
Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Cha Prana Samjno Na Vai Pancha Vayu
Na Va Saptadhatur Na Va Pancha Koshah
Na Vak Pani Padau Na Chopastha Payu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau
Mado Naiva Me Naiva Matsarya Bhavah
Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na Mokshah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham
Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Vedo Na Yajnaha
Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Me Mrityu Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah
Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma
Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Aham Nirvikalpo Nirakara Roopaha
Vibhur Vyapya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam
Sada Me Samatvam Na Muktir Na Bandhah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

-1) I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self (chitta). [more]
I am not the five senses. [more] 
I am beyond that.
I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind (the five elements). 
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

2) Neither can I be termed as energy (prana), nor five types of breath (vayus), [more] nor the seven material essences, [more] nor the five coverings (pancha-kosha). [more]
Neither am I the five instruments of elimination, procreation, motion, grasping, or speaking. [more]
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

3) I have no hatred or dislike, nor affiliation or liking, nor greed, nor delusion, nor pride or haughtiness, nor feelings of envy or jealousy. 
I have no duty (dharma), nor any money, nor any desire (kama), nor even liberation (moksha). 
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

4) I have neither merit (virtue), nor demerit (vice). 
I do not commit sins or good deeds, nor have happiness or sorrow, pain or pleasure. 
I do not need mantras, holy places, scriptures (Vedas), rituals or sacrifices (yagnas). 
I am none of the triad of the observer or one who experiences, the process of observing or experiencing, or any object being observed or experienced. 
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

5) I do not have fear of death, as I do not have death.
I have no separation from my true self, no doubt about my existence, nor have I discrimination on the basis of birth.
I have no father or mother, nor did I have a birth. 
I am not the relative, nor the friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple. 
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

6) I am all pervasive. 
I am without any attributes, and without any form. 
I have neither attachment to the world, nor to liberation (mukti). 
I have no wishes for anything because I am everything, everywhere, every time, always in equilibrium. 
I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Source: Translation
             Sanskrit Verses

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4. Shiva Mahimna Strotam

One of my favourites stutis. The range of emotions displayed in this Stuti addressed to Lord Shiv often unleashes deep feelings within.  This  Stuti is done by one of the Gandharvas named Puspadanta.

Verses with English Translation are present on this site:  

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5.  Rudrashtakam

Another very popular Indian Shiva stuti. One that I have always heard and sang since childhood. It’s been written by Saint Tulsidas.

Verses In Sanskrit With Translated Version:
1-Namaa miisha mishaana-nirvaana rupam

vibhum vyaapakam brahma-veda-svaroopam
nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham
chidaakaasha maakaasha-vaasam bhaje ham

I bow to the Ruler of the Universe, whose very form is Liberation,
the omnipotent and all pervading Brahma, manifest as the Vedas.
I worship Shiva, shining in his own glory, without physical qualities,
Undifferentiated, desireless, all pervading sky of consciousness 
and wearing the sky itself as His garment.

niraakaara monkaara-moolam turiiyam
giraa gnaana gotiita miisham giriisham
karaalam mahaa-kaala-kaalam krpaalam
gunaagaara samsara paaram nato ham

I bow to the supreme Lord who is the formless source of “OM”
The Self of All, transcending all conditions and states,
Beyond speech, understanding and sense perception,
Awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash,
Devourer of Death, the immortal abode of all virtues.

tushaa raadri-sankaasha-gauram gabhiram
manobhuta-koti prabha sri sariram
sphuran mauli-kallolini-charu-ganga 

lasad-bhaala-balendu kanthe bhujangaa

I worship Shankara, whose form is white as the Himalyan snow,
Radiant with the beauty of countless Cupids, 
Whose head sparkles with the Ganga
With crescent moon adorning his brow and snakes coiling his neck,

chalatkundalam bhru sunetram visalam
prasannaa-nanam nila-kantham dayaalam
mrgadhisa charmaambaram mundamaalam
priyam sankaram sarvanaatham bhajaami

The beloved Lord of All,
with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears,
Beautiful eyebrows and large eyes,
Full of Mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat.

pracandam prakrstam pragalbham paresham
akhandam ajam bhaanukoti-prakaasam
trayah-shula-nirmulanam shula-paanim
bhaje ham bhavaani-patim bhaava-gamyam

I worship Shankara, Bhavani’s husband,
The fierce, exalted, luminous supreme Lord.
Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns;
Who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering, 
And who is reached only through Love.

kalaatitata-kalyaana-kalpanta-kaari
sadaa sajjanaa-nanda-daataa purarih
chidaananda-sandoha-mohaapahaari
prasida praslda prabho manmathaarih

You who are without parts, ever blessed,
The cause of universal destruction at the end of each round of creation,
A source of perpetual delight to the pure of heart,
Slayer of the demon, Tripura, consciousness and bliss personified,
Dispeller of delusion 
Have mercy on me, foe of Lust.

na yaavad umaanaatha-paadaaravindam
bhajantiha loke parevaa naraanam
na taavat-sukham shaanti-santaapa-naasham
praslda prabho sarva bhutaa-dhivaasam

Oh Lord of Uma, so long as you are not worshipped
There is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering 
in this world or the next.
You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings,
and in whom all beings have their existence,
Have mercy on me, Lord.

na janaami yogam japam naiva pujam
nato ham sadaa sarvadaa sambhu tubhyam
jaraa janma-duhkhaugha taatapya maanam
prabho paahi apan-namaamisha shambho

I don’t know yoga, prayer or rituals,
But everywhere and at every moment, I bow to you, Shambhu!
Protect me my Lord, miserable and afflicted as I am 
with the sufferings of birth, old-age and death.

rudrastakam idam proktam viprena haratosaye
ye pathanti nara bhaktya tesam sambhuh prasidati

This eightfold hymn of praise was sung by the Brahman to please Shankara.
Shambhu will be pleased with whomever heartfully recites it. 

karpoora gauram karunaavataaram samsaara saaram bhujagendra haaram

He is white like camphor and the very incarnation of mercy and compassion,
The only good thing in this world, wearing a king cobra as a garland

sadaavasantam hridayaara vinde bhavam bhavaani sahitam namaami

It is always springtime in the lotus of His heart I bow down to Bhava (Shiva), as well as to Bhavani (Parvati) who accompanies Him

Shambho Sadaa Shiva!

Translation Credit: Rudrashtakam_(Shiva Stuti)

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6. Lingashtakam

One of the enchanting Shiva Stutis. The voice of Sri Ramesh Bhai Ohza lends a great appeal to this Shiva Stuti.

Verses In Sanskrit:

Brahma Muraari Surarchita Lingam
Nirmala Bhaashita Sobhitha Lingam
Janmaja Dhukha Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Devamuni Pravaraarchita Lingam
Kaama Dahana Karunaakara Lingam
Ravana Darpa Vinaasaha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam
Buddhi Vivaardhana Kaarana Lingam
Siddha Suraasura Vandhitha Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Kanaga Mahaamani Bhooshitha Lingam
Panipati Veshthitha Sobitha Lingam
Daksha Suyajna Vinaasana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Kunkuma Chandhana Lehpitha Lingam
Pankaja Haara Susobhitha Lingam
Sanchitha Paapa Vinaashana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Deva Ganaarchita Sevitha Lingam
Bhavair Bhakhi Bhirevacha Lingam
Dinakara Koti Prabhaakara Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Ahshta Dalopari Veshthitha Lingam
Sarva Samudbhava Kaarana Lingam
Ahshta Daridra Vinaasana Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Suraguru Suravara Poojitha Lingam
Suravana Pushpa Sadarchitha Lingam
Paraath Param Paramatmaka Lingam
Tatpranamaami Sadaashiva Lingam

Lingashtaka Midam Punyam
Yah Pathet Sivasannidhau
Sivaloka Mahaapnoti
Sivehna Saha Modatheh

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 I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honored by Brahma, Murari and Indra, Which is adorned and resplendent by clear light, and Which destroys the grief born out of the birth.||1||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honored by demi-gods and the best sages, Which destroys the fear of Kamadeva or desires, Which is the abode of compassion, and Which destroyed the pride of the demon Ravana.||2||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is applied and covered by a fragrant paste, Which is the reason for the increment of wisdom in persons, and Which has been extolled by siddha, demi-gods and demons alike.||3||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is adorned with gold and grand precious jewels, Which is surrounded and adorned by a garland of the king of snakes (Naga), and Which destroyed the grand sacrifice of Daksa Prajapati in the old times.||4||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is applied by a paste of sandalwood and kumkuma, Which is adorned by a garland of lotuses, and Which destroys the accumulated sins of living beings.||5||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is honoured by demi-gods and the Gana of Siva, possessed with devotional emotions, and Which is resplendent with light like millions of sun.||6||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is surrounded by flowers having eight-petals, Which is the reason behind the birth of everything, and Which destroys the eight types of poverty.||7||

I continuously bow to that Linga of Siva, Which is revered by demi-gods, preceptors and Indra, Which is offered wild-flowers, from forests, by the demi-gods, Which is beyond everything, and Which is like the Paramatman.||8||

Translation of the verses: lingashtakam

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भारत क्या है?रौशनी की एक किरण

The Himalayas:Ideal For Meditation

The Himalayas:Ideal For Meditation

भारत आज भौतिक उन्नति के पथ पे है.ये हर्ष और गौरव की बात है.

चाहे हम वैज्ञानिक उपलब्धियों की बात कर ले या आर्थिक मोर्चे पर

अपनी  स्वर्णिम सफलताओ पे नज़र डाल ले तो हम ये  पाएंगे

कि भारत अपने तमाम विरोधाभासो के बावजूद  एक महाशक्ति के रूप

में उभर रहा है.ये उस देश के लिए गर्व की बात है जिसने एक लम्बे समय तक दासता

झेली हो.पर क्या उस देश को सिर्फ इन  उपलब्धियों को ही सर्वस्व मान लेना चाहिए

जिस देश में ज्ञान  के उच्त्तम सोपानो पे विचरण करना नैसर्गिक माना जाता रहा हो .

भौतिक उपलब्धियों पे गर्व करना अलग बात है पर उनको सर्वस्व या अंतिम लक्ष्य  मान लेना अलग बात है. दुःख की बात है की जिस देश में ज्ञान की महिमा

का बखान होता रहा है आज उसी देश में कंचन और काया की प्रधानता है.

ऐसा क्यों हुआ कि पूंजीपति की इज्ज़त ज्ञानियो से अधिक हो गयी ?

ज्ञान का पलड़ा पूँजी से हल्का कैसे हो गया  ? पाश्चात्य संस्कृति से महज अच्छे  गुण लेने के बजाय हमने उसको अपना पथ प्रदर्शक क्यों मान लिया ?

विश्लेषण करने वाले कह सकते है कि भाई ये तो लॉर्ड मैकाले कि शिक्षा पद्वत्ति का कमाल है . उसने चाहा था कि हमारे न रहने पर भी एक ऐसी नस्ल तैयार हो जो कि सिर्फ तन से

भारतीय हो.उसने चाहा कि ऐसी प्रजाति का जन्म हो जिसे अपने प्राचीन श्रेष्ठ गुणों

को आत्मसात करने में शर्म महसूस हो ,एक ग्लानि बोध का भाव उत्पन्न हो.

एक ऐसी नस्ल तैयार हो जिसे अपने ही गौरव को धिक्कारने में रस का अनुभव हो.

मुझे कहने में सकोच नहीं कि मैकाले ने जो चाल चली

उसमे वो कामयाब रहा.अगर वो आज  जिन्दा होता तो अपनी सफलता पर खुश हो रहा होता.

आज आप कही भी नज़र डाल के देखिये सब उसी के  चेले आपको नज़र आयेंगे.

एक ऐसा देश अस्तित्व में आ गया है जिसमे लोग सरस्वती पूजा को तो लोग

सांप्रदायिक मानते है पर वैलेंटाइन डे को अंगीकार करने में कोई हायतौबा नहीं मचती.

इस अजीबोगरीब माहौल में आज जरुरत है उन बुद्धिजीवियों ,लेखको कि

जो हम भारतीयों को प्रचीन मूल्यों को गर्व के साथ अपनाने का मार्ग प्रशस्त कर सके.

अगर ऐसा न हुआ तो हम भी उसी गति को प्राप्त होगे जो उन सभ्यताओ  का हुआ जिनमे भौतिक मूल्यो पे ज्यादा आस्था प्रकट की गयी.इसी  सोच के साथ सलिल ज्ञवाली ने “भारत क्या है ” पुस्तक को लिखा है.आज के युग  में गरिमामय  मूल्यों को पुनर्स्थापित या फिर प्राचीन सनातन संस्कृति के आदर्शो में लोगो का विश्वास  फिर से बहाल करना टेढ़ी खीर है.सलिल जी ने इस चुनौती को स्वीकार करते हुए एक दुष्कर शोध और कठिन मेहनत के उपरान्त “भारत क्या है” की रचना की है.

इस पुस्तक में सलिल जी ने पाश्चात्य विचारको ,वैज्ञानिको के साथ ही भारतीय विचारको के कथन का हवाला देते हुए इस बात की पुष्टि की है कि जिस सनातन संस्कृति के ज्ञान को हम श्रद्धा के साथ आत्मसात करने में हिचकते है वही ज्ञान पाश्चात्य जगत के महान  वैज्ञानिको,लेखको और इतिहासकारों की नज़रो में अमूल्य और अमृत सामान है. वे हमारे ऋषि मुनियों के ज्ञान को बहुत आदर  की दृष्टि से देखते है.कितने आश्चर्य कि बात है कि हम आज इसी ज्ञान को रौंद कर आगे बढ़ रहे है .

What is India ? : A Book By Salil Gewali

What is India ? : A Book By Salil Gewali

सलिल जी की  इस अद्भुत कृति में आप  आइन्स्टीन ,नोबेल से सम्मानित अमेरिकन कवि और दार्शनिक  टी एस इलिएट ,दार्शनिक एलन वाट्स ,अमेरिकन लेखक मार्क ट्वेन,प्रसिद्ध विचारक एमर्सन ,फ्रेंच  दार्शनिक वोल्टायर,नोबेल से सम्मानित फ्रेंच लेखक रोमा रोला ,ऑक्सफोर्ड  के प्रोफ़ेसर पाल रोबर्ट्स, भौतिक शास्त्र में  नोबेल से सम्मानित ब्रायन डैविड जोसेफसन,  अमेरिकन दार्शनिक  हेनरी डेविड थोरू,एनी बेसंट, मनोवैज्ञानिक  कार्ल जुंग  के साथ भारतीय विचारको जैसे अब्दुल कलाम के विचारो को आप पढ़ और समझ सकते है.ये विचार आप को अन्यत्र भी पढने को मिल सकते है पर जो इस किताब को औरो से अलग बनाती है वो बात ये है कि आप को स्थापित विचारको से जुड़े  कई महत्वपूर्ण विचार  एक ही जगह पढने को मिल जाएगा.

थोडा सा  किताब के कथ्य पर भी गौर करे.इतना तो स्पष्ट है किताब को पढने के बाद कि भले आज अपने प्राचीन ऋषि मुनियों की संस्कृति से दूरी बनाये रखने को ही हम आधुनिकता का परिचायक मान बैठे हो पर इस आधुनिक जगत के महान विचारको ने अपने ऋषि मुनियों के ज्ञान की मुक्त कंठ से सराहना की है. अब आइन्स्टीन को देखे जो यह कह रहे है कि” हम भारतीयों के ऋणी है जिन्होंने हमको गणना करना सिखाया जिसके अभाव में महत्वपूर्ण वैज्ञानिक खोजे संभव  नहीं थी.”

वर्नर हाइजेनबर्ग प्रसिद्ध जर्मन वैज्ञानिक जो क्वांटम सिद्धांत की  उत्पत्ति से जुड़े है का यह कहना है कि”भारतीय दर्शन से जुड़े सिद्धांतो  से परिचित होने के बाद मुझे क्वांटम सिद्धांत से जुड़े तमाम पहलु जो पहले एक अबूझ पहेली की तरह थे  अब काफी हद तक सुलझे नज़र आ रहे है.”इन सब को पढने के बाद क्या आपको ऐसा नहीं लग रहा कि आज  की शिक्षा पद्वति में कही न कही बहुत बड़ा दोष है जिसके वजह से पढ़े लिखे गधे पैदा हो रहे है जिनको अपने ही देश के ज्ञान को अपनाने में लज्जा महसूस होती है. खैर इस किताब के कुछ और अंश देखे.

ग्रीस की रानी  फ्रेडरिका जो कि एडवान्स्ड भौतिक शास्त्र से जुडी रिसर्च स्कालर थी का कहना है कि “ एडवान्स्ड भौतिकी से जुड़ने के बाद ही  आध्यात्मिक खोज की तरफ मेरा  रुझान हुआ. इसका परिणाम ये हुआ की श्री आदि शंकराचार्य के अद्वैतवाद या परमाद्वैत रुपी  दर्शन को जीवन और विज्ञान  की अभिव्यक्ति मान ली अपने जीवन में “.प्रसिद्ध जर्मन दार्शनिक आर्थर शोपेन हॉवर का यह कहना है कि ” सम्पूर्ण भू-मण्डल पर मूल उपनिषदों के समान इतना अधिक फलोत्पादक और उच्च भावोद्दीपक ग्रन्थ कही नहीं हैं। इन्होंने मुझे जीवन में शान्ति प्रदान की है और मरते समय भी यह मुझे शान्ति प्रदान करेंगे .”

The Himalayas Again: Source Of Bliss and Wonder

The Himalayas Again: Source Of Bliss and Wonder

प्रसिद्ध जर्मन लेखक फ्रेडरिक श्लेगल  (१७७२-१८२९) ने  संस्कृत और भारतीय ज्ञान के बारे में श्रद्धा प्रकट करते हुए ये कहा है कि ” संस्कृत भाषा  में निहित भाषाई परिपक्वत्ता और दार्शनिक शुद्धता के कारण ये ग्रीक भाषा से कही बेहतर है.यही नहीं भारत समस्त ज्ञान की उदयस्थली है.नैतिक ,राजनैतिक और दार्शनिक दृष्टिकोण से भारत अन्य सभी से श्रेष्ट है और इसके मुकाबले ग्रीक सभ्यता बहुत फीकी है.” इतना तो यह पढने के बाद समझ में आना चाहिए कि कम से कम हम भारतीय लोग अपनी संस्कृति का उपहास उड़ना बंद कर दे.कम से कम वो लोग तो जो यह मानते है कि पीछे मुड़कर देखने से हम “केव-मेंटालिटी” के शिकार हो जायेगे.

इसके आगे के पन्नो में सलिल जी ने अपने लेखो में इन्ही सब महान पुरुषो के विचारो को अपने तरह से व्याख्या कि है जिसमे आज के नैतिक पतन पे क्षोभ प्रकट किया गया.कुल मिला के हमे सलिल जी के इस पवित्र प्रयास कि सराहना करनी चाहिए कि आज की विषम परिस्थितयो में भी उन्होंने भारतीय संस्कृति के गौरव को पुनर्जीवित करने  की  कोशिश कि है.उम्मीद है कि ये पुस्तक एक रौशनी की   किरण बनेगी और हम सब अब्दुल  कलाम की तरह सोचने पे विवश हो जायंगे कि क्यों मीडिया या भारतीय आज नकरात्मक रुख में उलझे हुए है? क्यों हम अपनी  उपलब्धियों और मजबूत पहलुओ को नकारने में ही सारी उर्जा खत्म कर देते है.चलिए हम अपनी संस्कृति पे गर्व करना सीखे बिना किसी  ग्लानि बोध के.आज से और अभी से!

Ganges In My Village: So Close To Me :-)

Ganges In My Village: So Close To Me 🙂

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The Himalayas

Himalayas Again

In Defence Of A Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

The previous article ”Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in India ?” gave rise to some pertinent concerns.  One of the main concern was that the previous article needed more analytical and serious approach.  I wish to present the missing links to establish that although the Brahmins have lost their aura to a great extent, it’s still contemptuous to pass lowly remark on their potential. I didn’t go in in-depth analysis in the previous article merely because my primary concern was to simply highlight the plight of the Brahmins.

However, as I now do so, I should make it absolutely clear at the beginning that there is no attempt to project the superiority of Brahmins over other caste. It’s not an attempt to substantiate the caste differences but only a humble attempt to make Brahmins realize that they have come far away from their original nature and yet it’s not too late to restore it back. Or for that matter, let’s make an attempt ,to gain the lost sheen which is in my eyes a simple task owing the ability of Brahmins to learn quickly.

True, the times have changed and it’s indeed not possible to move backwards. However, nothing has prevented us to imbibe the essence of past. Before I move ahead,I need to present set of views that seems to take note of the special features that separate the Brahmin from the rest of the community. It’s a tough task to fulfill the criterion which makes Brahmin worthy of being hailed as Brahmin.

The way Brahmins have to undergo so many sanctions,so many rituals and other ceremonies are indicative of the fact that living a Brahmin’s life is a tough task.It’s only their bonhomie with so many rigorous practices and prohibitions which makes them attain a tag of superior class.  While criticizing Varna Vyavastha which in some eyes is a mean to upheld the superiority of Brahmins, I must say that Vedic sages had imposed more restrictions on Brahmins than on any other class of people.If there were do’s and don’ts for other classes,the Brahmins had lot more restrictions imposed on them by the sages.The progressive group of writers always talks about do’s and don’ts made for Dalits ,females and etc.but they simply fail to take note of the set of rules ascribed to the Brahmins.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Anyway, let me discuss the definition of Brahmins before I come to have a take on the whole issue in my own way. One’s that especially quoted by others to lambaste and ridicule Bramhins. One’s which are often quoted to prove that even when a person belongs to different “varna”(caste or group) he/she can be treated on par with a Brahmin. I have to do that because many of us love to quote them, in out-of-context manner, without bothering to realize that there is no point in bringing on forefront the essence of “Brahminhood” when the world has become a changed place.

There are many who love to remind Brahmins about the loss of their Brahminhood on the basis of these very defintions of Brahmins. Well, I would love to know which class of people are in tune with their “Svadharma” (roles defined on par with one’s nature) with right set of orientations ? None. Are women in league with essence of womanhood ? No. Are other castes in league with their orientations? No. Virtually all the class of people have deviated away from their pre defined roles yet we find them being promoted and pushed ahead with favours and concessions.

However, the Brahmins are supposed to retain and exhibit their Brahminhood to elicit respect and promotion ?  Am I at this point trying to make Brahmins worthy of admiration minus Brahminhood? No. The point is that though it’s a great loss that most of the Brahmins have deviated away from the attributes that once made them special, it’s still sheer hypocrisy to measure their worth against backdrop made up of such lofty definitions.  It’s another thing that most of them are in league with their potential lying in a dormant state within them. They are still reflecting the same essence but in a diminished way.  At this point I must say, there is no need for the Brahmins to give way to concessions and favours. Let them retain most of their intrinsic features whether or not that makes them object of admiration in eyes of people around. That’s one of the chief purposes of this article.

I should begin with this verse :

“janmana jayate sudrah
samskarad bhaved dvijah
veda-pathad bhaved vipro
brahma janatiti brahmanah”

(By birth one is a sudra, by the purificatory process one becomes a dvija, by study of the Vedas one becomes a vipra, and one who knows Brahman is a brahmana.)

श्रणु यक्ष कुतं तात् ,न स्वध्यायोन न श्रतम |

कारणम् हि द्विजत्वे च व्रतमेव न संशयः ||

(Mahabharata Vana Parva )

(One is brahmin because of one’s action not because of one’s ancestry or Veda’s recital.)

“Yasya yallakshanam proktam punso varnaabhivyajyakam |
yadanyatraapi drshyet tat tenaiva vinirdeshet ||

(Srimadbhag 7/11/35)

“Whatever be the signs, indication, distinguishing features, characteristics (lakshan) of a Brahmin, such as self-restraint and self-controlled (sham-dam) etc. if those qualities and characteristics naturally are in one from a different “varna”, then inspite of being in a different “varna” at birth, he must not be considered so.”

uttamanuttaman gacchan
hinam hinams ca varjayan
brahmanah sresthatam eti
pratyavayena sudratam

“If a brahmana disassociates himself from lower caste people and associates only with higher caste people, he attains greatness. If he does the opposite, he becomes a sudra.” (Manu 4.245)

“brahmanah ksatriya vaisah
sudrah papa-parayanah
nijacara-vihinas ca
bhavisyanti kalau yuge

vipra veda-vihinas ca
pratigraha-parayanah
atyanta-kaminah krur
bhavisyanti kalau yuge”

(Padma Purana )

“In Kali-yuga, all four varnas are devoid of character and proper behavior and are addicted to sin. The brahmanas are devoid of Vedic knowledge and sacrifice. Giving up the five sacrifices mentioned in the Vedas and all brahminical behavior and consciousness, they engage in inferior activities.”
In Srimad Bhagvat Geeta Lord Krishna has stated that “Serenity, self-discipline, austerity, honesty, purity, forgiveness, knowledge, wisdom, and faith in the almighty” are the traits of Brahmin (Chap.18,Sholka 42)

na yonir napi samskaro
na srutam na ca santatih
karanani dvijatvasya
vrttam eva tu karanam

“Neither birth, purificatory ceremonies, nor learning, nor progeny are qualifications for brahminical status.Only brahminical conduct is the basis for brahminical status.” (Mahabharata‚ Anusasana Parva 143.50)

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

We are often reminded of the story of Ravana. Ravana was a grandson of risi Pulatsya. He was an expert on Vedas too. So, he was a Brahimin by birth under Manu definition as well as a Brahimin (educated) by qualification (veda-gyata). However,he paid a heavy price for his wrongdoings. Some also love to tell us that how others who were not Brahmins by birth got status of Brahmin by their karmas.  The example of Rishis like Vishvamitra, Maharaja Dhrsta, Satyakama and others are often presented to show that how actions or Karma could lead transformation.In fact,some very enthusiastic souls would quote from Purush Sukatam to suggest that all the castes are basically one and the same as they belonged to the same Paramatma. Some over enthusiastic souls would also never fail to quote that a devotee( bhagavata) is superior ,and hence, even if one is Brahmin one is Sudra if the said Brahmin is not a devotee.

One would find numerous such analogies,assumptions, references and so on and so forth whose principle motive is to suggest that one is Brahmin by action and not Brahmin by birth. Anyone can be Brahmin , whether one is born in a Brahmin yoni or not. That is what so many so-called lovers of Shastras (scriptures) wish to prove.  Is it true that actions or Karma alone define Brahminhood and Brahmin by birth means nothing ? This is what I wish to explore and ascertain in my present lengthy piece. Is being Brahmin by birth means nothing ? Is there nothing special in being Brahmin if one is devoid of traits associated with Brahmins ? Aren’t the Brahmins a special class even as in the eyes of Lord all is equal-something so strongly expressed in Purush Suktam and other scriptures ?

My point is that most of the present age commentators have downplayed the importance of “Brahmin yoni”merely to serve their diabolical interests. The verses have been interpreted in whimsical manner to suit their own interests. It’s a well known fact that even a demon can quote verses to serve its interests.It’s motive which defines the utility of a given set of actions.This is ridiculous and dangerous as well that in our age it has become a fashion to misquote “Shastras ” and come out with self-concocted theories in their name. No one is above Shastras. Let us understand this fact very well. Once you get this fact very well half the problem is solved. Now let’s hear what Krishna says in Bhagvad Gita:

Yah sastra -vidhim utsrjya vartate kama-karatah

Na sa siddhim avapnoti na sukham na param gatim

Tasmacchastram pramanam te karyakaryavyavasthitau

Jnatva sastravidhan oktam karma kartum iha’rhasi
-Bhagavadgita, 16. 23 & 24.

(Who so forsakes the injunctions of the sastras and lives according to his own desires does not obtain liberation, finds no happiness. The Sastras determine your work, what is right and what is wrong. You must know the way shown by the sastras and pursue the work – vocation – according to them.)

We find that Krisna who loves to superimpose his persona/will in verses of Gita never suggests that do what as I say in matter pertaining to set of actions ascribed to four Varnas.  He says do what scriptures suggest you as far as set of rules are concerned for living a proper life. If that’s the case let me suggest that scriptures convincingly suggest that not only one is Brahmin by birth but also that Brahmins as a class are superior as they enjoy so many privileges. This may shock many,especially who make a shrill cry about a society devoid of castes in which all are equal.  As per their view “caste-less” society alone ensures a egalitarian society. I must say that people while discussing this issue forget one thing that exceptions are not rules. They also forget that reading scriptures in a sweeping way and then proclaiming fallacious interpretations as truth is a very dangerous phenomenon as it’s an attempt to hide the truth from the seekers. An attempt to confuse and distort the truth is certainly demoniacal.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Isn’t it reveals something that the way some people have so eagerly quoted that one via certain set of actions can become a Brahmin automatically proves that Brahmins as a class are superior in the hierarchy of Varna system ? Here lies the great paradox. Though the detractors are eager to quote the sholkas that suggest transformation of one class into a Brahmin class, it’s really hilarious to note that they are not willing to treat them as superiors.Then what is the urgency to be hailed as a Brahmin? Stay in the class to one which you belong. The urgency is so great that one is willing to be a Brahmin even if one has not attained a Brahmin yoni.What does that suggest ? Anyway, let me in simple ways try to bring clarity in this very complicated issue.  Now let’s know what is varna system.

” Varna is a Sanskrit term derived from the root ‘vṛ’ meaning “to enclose” or “colour”.The term, which also means letter, paint, cover, coat, class and caste, has been used in various contexts in the hindu scriptures. In historical Indic traditions the varna and caste systems are not the same system, although they are related. Varna and caste systems are beleived to have become related to mean the same thing, as caste, after the Vedic_period when the puranas and dharmashastras were written.In popular belief, the varna system, also known as varnashrama dharma, is based on principles laid out in the scriptures of the Vedic tradition, which categorize Hindus into four “varnas” or social classes and prescribe specific duties for each.’

Now we are living in times of “Varna sankara” (distortion of caste), which Arjuna has talked about in Bhagvad Gita.Many are of the opinion that a classless society should be the aim and this Varna System is an obstacle. The most strongest reason is that it promotes superiority of Brahmins. May be in our times the caste politics has generated such impression but our sages were not politicians. They didn’t provide apparent privileges to Brahmins to create conflict. This varna system was not devised to proclaim one’s superiority over others but to ensure a balanced society by ensuring proper chanallization of one’s tendencies.

The “Gunas” (attributes) and “Karma” (action) became the deciding factor.The sages could easily see that this a best system to ensure a proper society instead of creating a so-called classless society. “None excels the sages in impartiality. They do not talk glibly like us of equality but they are truly egalitarian in outlook since they look upon all as one with Isvara.The conduct of the world’s affairs is such that it requires people following different vocations, doing different jobs and with different mental qualities in keeping with them. It is in conformity with these differences and dissimilarities that the sages assigned the samskaras also differently to different people. There is no question of high or low among them.

Now what was the need to ensure that Brahmins enjoyed privileges? Let’s not raise eyebrows over the word “priviliges”. Let’s read it along with the word “sanctions’ to avoid heart burn. The Brahmins are supposed to follow so many strictest rules. So what’s wrong if in the process they enjoy certain privileges ? Basically these “ privileges” enjoyed by them are for the ” Atmic and cultural advancement” of the rest of us.Aren’t in modern society most of the preachers of equality in which a bureaucrat is supposed to treat a commoner on equal footing have ensured for them all sorts of privileges ? So what’s the need to blame the sages that ascribed certain privileges to Brahmins ? They had some higher motives unlike the present people enjoying privileges for their own sake.”

In our religion there are many duties and rites that are common to all. But to carry out one’s special duties certain conveniences are needed: as a matter of fact what are called conveniences are actually not conveniences or privileges, and also they are necessary to carry out the duties of the caste concerned for the welfare of the society as the whole. It is important to accept this truth: the special dharma of any jati (caste) is meant not only for those who constitute that jati but for society as a whole.” No wonder,that Brahmins have been denied access to lucrative professions other than to pursue Vedic learning in an attempt to balance for the privileges enjoyed by them.Vedic learning in our times could mean dissemination of knowledge of the scriptures.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Now progressive people who are raised to making hue and cry about this varna vyvastha saying that it promotes all sorts of complexities just forget that we as owner of oldest civilization loaded with this system have managed to overcome all the crisis. We have remained the part of universe while so many societies across the globe plunged into nothingness with their so-called liberal values.  Doesn’t that compels us to bow our head in admiration for the vision and understanding owned by our Rishis? Today we are living a life hailed as “it’s my life” under the impulse of teachings shared by modern Gurus.Now see how “it’s my life” has given rise to unspeakable problems. Therefore, let’s kill the illusion that sages created dharmashatras for their own benefit with a treacherous design to promote Brahminism.

Now let’s solve the dilemma with the Brahmin by birth or Brahmin by action ?This has to be solved to prevent the flow of unholy set of actions.I have already presented many verses that talk about the Svadharma(duty) of the Brahmins. I have also presented verses that suggested that almost anyone can be Brahmin if he/she ensures certain set of actions ascribed to the Brahmana. In the same breadth,these people have also suggested with the help of verses that how a Brahmin loses Brahminhood due to lack of sincerity in following code of conduct assigned to them. In lighter vein, it looks like treat all as Brahmins or else we will strip Brahmins of their dignity by pointing out flaws in their system !

I will begin with simple logic why Brahmin yoni is required to be hailed as a real Brahmin.It looks fascinating that all can be a Brahmin.However, a close reading of the scriptures proves that this simply can never be the case. There are exceptions. Sorry ! Exceptions are not rules.I just fail to understand even if a Brahmin fails to observe certain set of actions how does it ensure that “birth” no longer remains an essential quality to be hailed as Brahmin ? Now is there any relation between both of them ? I don’t think so. However,the overenthusiastic souls when they quote that Brahmins means following certain set of actions they often link it with futility of a Brahmin birth ? Now,how on earth this logic holds any merit ? However, the blockheads continue to see a relation.

Anyway, Gosvami Tuslidas says that “to attain a human birth” one needs grace of Lord-bade bhag manus tan pava. When that’s the case how come Brahmin by birth be of little significance? Why are we seeing this only in light of observance of certain code of conduct ? In Saisatcharitra we find that while talking about the glory of human birth, it has been stated that to be born in refined Brahmin family is a greater blessing than a mere human birth. Actually,the problem is that the so-called interpretors of scriptures read scriptures with a closed mind,having certain biases towards the Brahmins. After all, they are special ! That’s the only reason why they have come out with so many vague theories that have made Brahminhood slave to certain set of code of conduct. Though Brahmins have no problem with this drama as they themselves are highly conscious of their downfall , it’s an altogether a different thing to promote false theories.

Now how important it is to be Brahimin by birth whether or not we are in league with code of conduct shall be explained in light of relevant examples. In fact, the Dharmashastras are unambiguous about the importance of Brahmin by birth.

yajna-siddhy-artham anaghan

brahmanan mukhato’srjat
brahmanyam brahmanenaivam
utpanno brahmanah smrtah

“From the mouth (of the Lord) sinless brahmanas were created for the purpose of performing sacrifices.The child born of a brahmanain the womb of a brahmana wife is known as a brahmana.” (Harita Smrti 1.12.15)

Now in Yakshna Prashna episode in Mahabharata the Yaksha talks about for special feature that defines a Brahmin:

1. Kula-ancestry

2. Vritta- good conduct

3. SvAdhyAya- proficiency in Vedic recitation

4. Shruta- learning

Yudhisthar gives preference to good conduct to determine the “Brahminhood”but the fact remains that “Kula” has not been ignored which we often ignore when we suggest that just good conduct is essential to be a Brahmin. Had that been the case the other three options would not have emerged and simply good conduct would have prevailed. Here let’s apply some common sense to grasp it. How come a human birth that is result of good previous past actions is so honourable but Brahimns who are hailed as “Brahmin Devta ” the yoni that determines their Brahminhood holds no meaning? What sort of logic is that ? This is height of irrationality. Take the example of Karna hailed as “Sootpootra”.  His example shows that there is no need to be surprised over varna determined by birth rather than by actions.In fact,the most ridiculous impression conveyed is that once a Brahmin is devoid of right conduct he immediately ceases to be Brahmin and turns into a Shudra. No he doesn’t turns into a shudra.He still remains a Brahmin by birth. Not a qualified Brahmin but an ordinary Brahmin. The fall of Ravana is so much quoted to highlight importance of actions but one forgets that he is all the time hailed as Brahmin- a Mahapandit.His ancestry still holds importance.

Now coming to the king of ridiculous assertion: ‘From birth everyone is Shudra’.Why ? Any answers ? That’s not correct.This shloka is a popular one but it serves little purpose other than creating confusion,other than laying stress on the fact that you have to be a “Dvija”.”Dvija” means one who has two births.One human and other spiritual. At higher level it means when a person attains realization. However, we are not concerned with this definition.

Let’s deal with it at gross level after all we are determining the Brahimin and Shudra at a gross level being more concerned with the “by birth” aspect.” Now how will yajnopaveetam would be conducted , which is a pre-requisite for becoming Dvija and taking education in the Vedas ? “Ashtame varshe braahmanam-upnayet, ekaadashe varshe-kshatriyam , dvaadashe varshe vaishyam “. It can be seen that no rule exists for Shudra to turn into a “dvija” via this ceremony which is necessary to turn into a “dvija”.Only the first three varnas in Hindu Dharma namely Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are included in Dvija. Swami Dayanand Saraswati has stated in Satyarth Prakash that the Shudras can read scriptures but they are not supposed to have “Upanayanam”. Against,this backdrop isn’t a great dilemma that if all are born “Shudra” it would automatically mean that none of them would have “Upanayanam” and therefore the “vedarambha sanskaar” or for that matter sending Brahmins to Acharya-kulam for the study of the Vedas would be then impossible. This sacred Sanskaara of “Upanayanam” whereby one attains dvija-hood or second birth, where Gayatri is the mother and Guru the father would then be impossible.”

“Tatra yad brahm-janma- asya maunji-bandhan- chihnitam/

Tatraasya maataa saavitri pita tu-aacharya uchyate// Manu 2:170″

Now people who boast of varna based on “attributes need to tell how are they going to determine which one of them is going to follow a certain route via the Upanayanam if “by birth” aspect is zeroed.” If the above ages do not relate to the caste of the child from birth, then how precisely in the tender age of 8th, 11th and 12th years does one determine the varna of the child (according to attributes or propensity) in order to perform the Upanayanam at the correct age as stated in the scriptures?  Moreover, at such a tender age how exactly do we ascertain (simply by attributes) which child is to undertake study to become a Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya?” The people who are used to convey false impressions via the half baked understanding of the scriptures need to understand that their false understanding would lead to serious confusions. It would only lead to meandering.

Braahmanah kshatriyo vaishyas-tryo varnaa dvijaatayah/ Shankh 1:6

Braahmanah kshatriyo vaishyah tryo varnaah dvijaatayah/Anusha. 47:7

Braahman-kshatriya- vaishyas- tasmaad-ete dvijaah smrutaah/Yag. 1:2:17

(Scriptures suggesting who are the people on route to dvija)

Teshaam janma dviteeyam tu vigyeya maunji-bandhanam/ / Yag. 1:2:17

Maatur-agre adhijananam dviteeyam Maunji-bandhane/ Manu 2:169

Matur-yadagre jaayante-dviteeyam Maunji-bandhanaat/ Yag. Aach. 39

(These suggests that “Upanayanam” is an essential aspect )

I must say that people who are used to making frivolous declarations must come out with authentic declarations in support of their claims. If that’s not possible there is no point in going against the “Varna Ashrama” as laid down in the scriptures. There is also no merit in talking about the dominance of “guna” over “birth” via erroneous assertions with the help misquotes.Once again need to restate that while talking of rules let’s not rope in exceptions.If in some case two plus two is five I don’t think that gives one right to quash two plus two is four. People who talk about burning the Vedas, people who talk about caste less society, people who talk about superiority of Karma and Guna over birth and people who consider Varna Vyavastha a system to impose the dominance of Brahmin class are in reality the Moodhatmas (block heads).They are the quacks in the field of spiritual knowledge.Remember people with shallow knowledge are dangerous as their only task is to sow seeds of confusion where none exists.

Now let’s deal this “brahmin by birth” issue from a more higher angle.Beginning from an interesting perspective, Lord Krishna assures to Arjuna that “yoga bhrasta” (seekers unable to complete the spiritual journey) should not worry as they are born again in high-ancestry to begin from where they left in previous janma (birth). My question is that if “ancestry ” something that proves “birth” is essential how come in some eyes “birth” issue is insignificant. The most striking principle of Karma theory is that human birth is result of set of good actions. Obviously, only chosen fools would speculate that birth and high ancestry means nothing even as they come to believe that accumulation of good karmas and grace of Lord leads to birth both in manusya yoni(human birth) and mansya yoni in higher clan. It’s laughable that scholars who diminish the importance of “birth” forget to take note of Astrology that is totally dependent one “birth” aspect. It’s strange that in a mad rush to promote “gunas” or “set of actions” they have rubbished the cardinal principles of Jyotish-one of the six auxiliary disciplines of Vedic religion.I mean if the very birth is of no significance how will this science have any value ?

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Now coming to the most important aspect which gives “birth”desired importance over “actions’ I need to unfold the most important declaration in this regard.The words of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita,which are simply the manifestation of views of ancient sages in Shastras (scriptures).  Two slokas viz. (IV.13) and (XVIII.41) of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita support four castes by birth. Many interpretations have been given against it to upheld that though Krishna has determined the nature of tasks on par with natural tendencies (gunas), it’s ultimately the set of actions that determine the caste. Since I am myself not that qualified enough to comment on it in an authoritative fashion and also I am not interested in putting forward my own interpretations,  I would rely mainly on bona fide declarations of scriptures interpreted in light of words said by people belonging to authoritative and bona fide Hindu institutions related with the study of Vedantic scriptures like Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peethama and others.

The problem is that when so called Gyani-Dhyanis ( so-called people of wisdom) make stupid interpretations they are merely promoting “karmantara-pravista”(change in duties) which is even a greater offence than “Karma bhrasta” (people who have forsaken varna orientations). That simply means they are doubting over the wisdom of saints. Now what’s the need for one “varna ” to give way to duties of other varna only because “svabhava”(tendencies) of one Varna has become “svabhava” of another Varna or, for that matter,a Varna has attained rights through noble actions to be hailed as Brahmin class. People who love to quote Vishvamitra and other sages examples should first tell me that do the one’s wishing a virtual change in yoni leading to status of Brahmin have the aura and stature like Visvamitra ?If not ,then they better stop making bogus declarations. Remember one thing when you are born in a certain caste which includes the very birth then it is simply the manifestation of divine will.

I mean had one really deserved a Brahmin birth one would have attained it from the very beginning.If one has not attained it then it should mean wait until your time arrives in future births.It does not mean at all that be a Brahmin as you have done this or that set of noble actions in this very birth. That too by pointing out that Brahmins have not been performing their duties? I laugh at such childish arguments. Suppose I feel that a certain bureaucrat is not discharging the duties in sincere way then that does automatically gives me the right to replace him/her ?

Even if I am granted the rights to replace that bureaucrat will qualifications required to deserve that post shall also be amended just for my sake who has the will,desire and ability to hold that post ? No. It’s simply impossible.May be an exception is generated but I don’t think a rule can be framed.But then have a look at people promoting Brahminhood without a Brahmin yoni ? I mean when you guys simply cannot bend an earthly rule that easily then who has given the rights to you people to make ridiculous assertions in matter of Varna system coined by enlightened sages. That “Brahmin yoni” in itself is meaningless in absence of right karma (actions). “The word svabhava means one’s inherent nature. This inherent nature arises from samskaras or past impressions and karma or reactions from past actions and is the root cause of determining birth as a Brahmin.” (Ramanuja’s commentary).

Now let’s have the two shlokas from Gita that talk about Varna Vyvastha.

cātur-varṇyaḿ mayā sṛṣṭaḿ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ |
tasya kartāram api māḿ viddhy akartāram avyayam ||

The four orders of society were created by Me [Krishna] classifying them according to the mode of Prakrti predominant in each and apportioning corresponding duties to them; though the author of this creation, know Me, the immortal Lord, to be a non-doer.”

(Chap.IV Shloka 13)

Brahmana -Kshatriya-visham sudranam ca parantapa,
karmani pravibhaktani svabhava-prabhavair gunaih.

(Chap.18,Shloka 41)

O Arjuna,the activities of Brahmanas, Kastriyas,Vaishyas, and Sudras are clearly divided according to the qualties born of their own nature.

The popular belief is that since Lord Krishna has based caste on one’s guna ,the caste system by birth is of little significance. This is far away from truth. The question often asked is “Where does He say that Varna is determined by birth in a particular family of parents of the same varna?” Most of the so-called lovers of classless society in blunt way state that ” Krsna Paramatman says in the Gita that the vocations are assigned to people according to differences in their nature, not according to their birth.”

This is once again to create a vulgar mis-impression.I wish to ask the detractors where does he suggest that “by birth” holds no significance? Here the shloka plainly suggests that various castes have been asked to perform their duties as per the natural traits.Had he been utterly against the “by birth” concept then there was no need for him to specify the castes. When people talk about these two verses they forget to present the big picture involved in it. Now let’s remember the words of Krishna are to be understood in light of analytical understanding with the help of scriptural references. One fails to understand that how come one is talking about “svabhava” without “birth” ? If actions or karma had been that important as suggested by the people who wish to switch over to duties ascribed to others by quoting Vishvamitra and others ,then there was no need for Krishna to specifically refer to four castes. He would have then simply stated look these are the types of actions and anyone who may comes closest to them should treat themselves to be of that caste.

However, we find that’s not the case.Here svabhava or Gunas (attributes) are specifically used against the four varnas.The people who say that Brahmins are at par with other class are also wrong. “The predominating attribute of the Brahmins or spiritual class is sattva guna the mode of goodness. It is the Vedic scriptures which defines what qualities are possessed by Brahmins and what are the duties proper to their status as well as what occupations they may engage in. This Vedic directive applies to the other orders in society as well.“.(Commentary by Sri Ramanuja) . This commentary establishes two thing. One that any aspect need to be understood in light of Vedic directives ,and secondly, Brahmins are representative of Sattava and thus greater among equals.

The another curious thing is that when people so easily talk about to be known on the “basis of actions” or on the basis of traits that belongs to others they then forget that Krishna has also talked about “svadharma” ( following one’s duty in league with natural tendencies).In other words, there is no need to be lured by the charm of attributes of others. May be in our times when there is state of “Varna-sankara) this point may not be intercepted with true essence but then this is the ultimate truth. Remember,this was the dilemma before Arjuna who was talking like a philsopher when his basic duty was to fight like a warrior.

My request to over enthusiastic interpreters is that let’s not corrupt the proper interpretations with selective references. I think the problem is that democratic values have made Indians devoid of etiquette. They think that they have got right to curse Brahmins or Vedic system the way they feel like. Since greater blockheads (the people in league with demoniacal tendencies ) have occupied the media and government sector,the partisan and flawed views have hit our consciousness. And as we all know that we the people have become the part of rat race,there is little time left for the people to discriminate between right and wrong other than to give way to false impressions generated by the secular religious preachers. Anyway,  my advice to conscious souls is that they should also remember the words of Krishna in Chap.16 wherein He suggests that who dares to follow his own stupid ways not on par with scriptures shall not attain proper end.

sreyan sva-dharmo vigunah
para-dharmat svanusthitat
sva-dharme nidhanam sreyah
para-dharmo bhayavahah

It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though they may be faultily, than another’s duties. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.
(Chap.3;Shloka 35)

It would be interesting to know that why Krishna did not refer to birth in clear terms while ascribing gunas to each castes.In other words ,though He meant birth yet there is no strong emphasis.  It’s because He knew clearly that “whatever be the outward qualities of individuals, their inner quality is in keeping with their hereditary vocations.” It would be interesting to know that in his times “the various castes were divided according to birth: we learn this, without any room for doubt, from the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata and the Visnu Purana.”.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

It was commonplace to find an individual’s vocation determined by birth in those times.In fact,if we take into view the opinion of present age scientists it’s now proven beyond doubt that ” heredity and environment play a crucial part in determining a man’s character, abilities and attitudes.” In those time unlike the confused state of affairs in our times the professions practised according to birth came to be the same as that practised according to guna.In our times ,it might be that some variations have appeared but then who can deny that heredity and the environment in which we are placed still the determining factor. It’s not that strikingly visible that Gunas and birth are one and the same but in those times the relations was highly obvious.

The relation is in our times is also very much clear but then we are used to propaganda instead of having faith in words of sages and Lord. The guanas and karamas that determine us are the ones we receive via heredity even as we swing to a different mode. That’s why Krishna suggests that there is a greater chance to succeed in professions that are at par with one’s natural traits.However,the point is that heredity is the essence of one’s persona irrespective of gunas one come to possess. I am not sure that how many of us who are so vocal about “actions and gunas alone ” are truly are having a job at par with Gunas they claim to possess.If we look closely at the problems that have hit the modern times one would know that most of the problems are result of people doing the work not at par with their inner traits. Only God knows what will happen if one who is supposed to be a teacher turns into a warrior ?

And that’s the reason why a highly respected saint from Kamakoti Peetham in unambiguous way states that “Sri Krsna establishes that an individual owes his caste to his birth.There should not be the slightest doubt about it.” So when Lord Krishna gives values to “attributes” he is not trying to create a contradiction. He is surely confirming the “by birth” phenomenon as that’s desirable.

The same thing has been confirmed by other great saint Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharajji.His interpretation when read together with the authentic interpretation by Sri Adi Shankara presents a different meaning to the Gita’s shloka from Chap.IV. whose popular interpretation says that “The four fold varna was created by me based on guna and karma.”

Chaaturvaryam=chatvaar eva varnaaH chaaturvarnya

Maya= eeshvarena

sRShTam=utpaaditam (braahmano’sya mukhamaaseet-ityaadi shruteH)

guna-karma vibhaagashaH=sattva-rajas-tamaansi

(From the Geeta Bhashya by Sri Adi Shankara)

What Bhagavan Krishna ji says is that the fourfold varNa system as described in Shruti (Brahmana was the mouth of Purush etc.) is designed by me and a person takes birth according to the prevalence of the three guna (sattva-rajas-tamas) coupled with the effect of their karma (according to the actions of previous existences etc.). There is no inference here that a person’s caste is determined by their actions and attributes in their current existence. Hindu Dharma upholds that the prAni attains a birth according to the fruits of their previous lives and that action done in that life will determine the outcome of any subsequent birth. This also applies to the verse from Gita (18.41) which actually means that all varnas are allocated duties according to the guNa (sattva-rajas-tama) that has determined their birth. There is no implication that these attributes develop through the current existence and in fact refer to the guNa which a person possesses at birth.” ” Genetics has proven that we inherit various traits, idiosyncrasies and disorders from our parents, so would we now refute this also? One’s jati or natal kinship community (not varNa) is intrinsically linked to parentage.”

Before I conclude I must clear the air,especially to the secular and progressive minds, that it’s not at all an attempt to project the supremacy of Brahmins.It’s also not an attempt to lessen the value of actions. After all,  why would I ,a lover of Advaita philosophy, come to glorify the gross body. I had to get involved in the painful exercise yet highly enlightening experience of writing a long piece merely to quash the fallacious views that have gained importance. And yes ,as I say ,I am not at all interested in creating caste conflict by bringing the supremacy of Brahmins on the fore.

On the contrary, I am in league with the words of Sage Vyasa that “Sudrah sadhuh” (sudrah is at par with saint). Since a Sudrah is devoid of most of the restraints that has been imposed on other three castes,a sudra always has a great chance to have an inner perfection via his set of simple actions.  A few word on the deterioration that has hit the Brahmins.  It would indeed be foolishness to suggest that Brahmins alone have fallen from the grace. Nearly all the classes have given way to corrupt practices as highlighted in one of the verses from Padma Puranas.  Most of us are aware of the reasons that have caused the degradation of various castes.  So instead of using the downfall as a pretext to curse Brahmins,it’s time to allow Brahmin Devatas to regain their lost glory.Let’s not make the revival of Brahmins a difficult task by giving rise to so-called progressive theories aimed at transformation of society.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

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Sri Geeta Talk

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Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

We have become used to making crass remarks in our times.One of the most common perception is that Brahmins are themselves responsible for their downfall.It’s their bonhomie with corrupt thought patterns that have eclipsed their glory.There is cycle of events. Since Dalits were oppressed at the hands of Brahmins in previous ages,it’s now their turn to oppress the Brahmins. Ironically, reservations have nearly created such a scenario in which Brahmins have become a marginalized class.

Interestingly, the rise of women is also being hailed as per cycle of events.The men tortured them in previous times.Now it’s their turn to harass men.Here too female oriented laws and reservation for them are virtually tearing apart the man and woman intimate relationship.I would not deny that both in case of Dalits and women some injustice indeed had been done in past.However,let these problems do not give rise to solutions that become more dangerous than problems!

However,the same thing is happening in our society?The solutions in form of laws and reservation may or may not have improved the face of Dalits or women but they have indeed polarized the society to a dangerous extent.At present,the Indian society has become playhouse of strange set of values that have virtually toppled all good beliefs.Reservations have replaced meritocracy with mediocrity leading to great frustration among the talented souls.

A married woman threatens to implicate the husband in false case if the husband dares to prevent her from wrongdoings.In modern terminology that’s being hailed as “awareness”. However,my thinking mind,fails to treat that as awareness.Is it awareness that has given rise to so many complexities of all types? Is that awareness that makes a women file a false case ? Is that awareness which place mediocrity above meritocracy merely to honour reservation policies ? I feel that if awareness is creating so many problems for me then it’s better that I should fast become most ignorant !

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

One women’s rights female supporter once told me that rising number of divorce cases in courts is indicative of the fact that women have now become aware of their rights ! That means court cases are directly proportional to level of awareness ! Readers please don’t blame me for such odd assumptions.I am only stating on basis of perceptions that have hit our society in recent times.No body should assume that I am against reforms.Or that I am against corrective measures. I am only stating that while framing new rules for new society just be extra conscious so that our better ways and means don’t trap us in unspeakable problems.

One reason why our solutions have backfired is because we arrived at them via lies and falsehood sponsored by progressive literature and ,of course, because we treated theories created by Britishers as ultimate truth.One such theory is that Brahmins prevented other classes from having access to knowledge of Vedas.However,we find not only great woman scholars but we also find that characters like Kakbhusundi narrating tales of Rama to Garuda or for that matter Lord Shiva in form of a “chandala”(low person) giving discourse to Sri Shankara !

We never dared to question the findings of foreign scholars who talked about us in prejudiced way.They said men oppressed the women.We believed that with eyes wide shut.They told us that Brahmins suppressed and harassed the Dalits.We also believed that in toto.We never tried to question the exaggerated versions.As a result ,we are a society caught in worst type of contradictions.Anyway,I was talking about the downfall of Brahmins.I agree they have deviated away from highly virtuous lifestyle.

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

I wish to know haven’t we all deviated away from a life based on values?Why Brahmins alone are being ridiculed as hypocrites,as ponga pandits ?They may have fallen from grace but then is that fall solely because of their own character flaws ? I mean if Brahmins have deviated away from the life based on values then is that because they have willingly chosen to do so ? I don’t think so.May be most of us have stopped treating them as representative of virtues ,especially in urban belt, but I can still say with conformity that they are still the fountainhead of wisdom.

They are still unparallel in their understanding and approach.They are still finest combination of wisdom and balance which is why they are hailed as Panditah(one who is owner of wisdom and equanimity ).No wonder why a dalit leader finds her social engineering incomplete without their pivotal role ! It’s another thing that very system in which they come to play an important role they are being subjected to humiliation of all sorts.I will not go into past to tell that they enjoyed a high position,to an extent that all our main incarnation of Gods washed their feet and had their blessings.“I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges, – astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc.It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganges to learn geometry.But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not been long established in Europe.” (Voltaire)

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

It’s really painful to see Brahmins stripped of their dignity in our present society.Even they themselves admit that since they have given to modern lifestyles it’s hard for them to hail themselves as Brahmins ! Some openly tell that they drink beer and are involved in prohibited actions. However, having seen society from all possible angles,I must say they are still the best class of human beings on planet earth.

That’s why I refuse to believe that Brahmins would have ever treated Dalits or women the way it has been depicted in foreign literature.In my eyes the real culprit are the patterns that we followed for past many centuries.

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

Can’t we see that how modern education has distanced away from our roots that most of the Gen-Next people are absolutely unaware of the finer traits of our legacy?How can we honour our roots if we are so cut-off from our past ? Same logic can be used to explain why Brahmins are so ashamed to acknowledge their true worth or, for that matter,why they have made themselves susceptible to humiliation ?They have just lost hold of the attributes that made them special.It’s still with them but they are unable to manifest it.Remember, a diamond even in guttered water shall remain priceless and precious.My point is that circumstances are to be blamed more than their own individual flaws which have led to downsizing of their aura.It’s time for the Brahmins to recognize their true worth.They should mend their manners and learn to keep themselves above the ironies of our times.

The essence of India is the essence of Brahmins.From birth till death the shlokas carved by them show us the way.If time has written for them a role mired in humiliation then they should accept that with grace.However,the ironies of our times should not be the excuse for them to move away from the divinity that exists in them. I hope their bond with divinity shall remain intact which is so necessary to keep universe no less than as reflection of the kingdom of devas(gods).

Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in modern India ?

References:

Education system Given To Us By The Britishers

The Plight Of Modern Brahmins

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