Meditations

I am reading books nowadays, extensively.

This one book I came across recently is beautiful, “Meditations” by MarcuIMG_20190226_150910s Aurelius!

You will be stunned to know that Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor some 2000 years ago. And, he practiced whatever he preached or spread among his people.

In this wonderful book that is a collection of all his preachings and revelations, Marcus shows us how to capture our desires and emotions through continuous vigil and watch of each one of our actions or thoughts and through impartial analysis of the goodness or badness of each such action or thought.

Marcus defines good acts or thoughts are those that contribute to or result in the welfare of the society and not for one’s own self.

If I perform an action or even feel something to do, I should first consider whether it contributes to the betterment and happiness of people around me. Then only I indulge in that action or perception. Otherwise, discard it.

He reminds us continuously in all his preachings that our body is just temporary. It can perish at any moment. So, one should always live in his present moment and try to use his body for performing a good job.

He always believed that God gave us this body only for carrying on his mission of keeping this universe wonderful and beautiful for all his living beings alike. So, men are provided reasoning power and the body to perform his work on his behalf. He provided us with the hands and legs and the brain for all this mission. So, carry on the mission at each moment of your life as you may not know when you will die and leave this body.

It is a very interesting book to read and to know the purpose of your life. But, you need to digest each sentence of it before proceeding further. Make up your mind to get to dive into this wonderful knowledge of the purpose of life. It is a very short book of only 62 pages. But, full of Gems.

Spiritual Life and Karma

Most people assume that spirituality or leading a spiritual life implies renunciation of the worldly life and leading a secluded life by refraining from all your worldly responsibilities.

But, it is not so in my opinion. I do not recommend that kind of life escaping from all your responsibilities and seeking the refuge of spirituality.

One should live in this world as it is the basic purpose for which you came into your existence as a human being.

A human is created to live in this world and perform his karma.

If we negate that primary purpose of our life, then there is no meaning in ourselves being called as human beings.

God wanted us to be humans and created us to be human. Being human implies spreading humanity through all your actions.

If you renounce your actions and go to a secluded place and seek for God, does He appreciate you and gift you with your desires?

Live in this world, do all the actions that are required to execute your responsibilities as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a responsible member of society, and overall, as a human being that is qualified by love, kindness, humbleness, care, and generosity, etc.

So, let us live here in this present world that requires all the love, care, and protection by performing our duties that always do good to people and contribute to the welfare of the universe as a whole.

Let us see God in each one of us. Let us love and respect each other and their feelings.

Come, spread peace and love and thereby please our Universal God.

Happy Rama Navami

Today is Rama Navami festive occasion in India. It is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama who incarnated into this earthly world on this auspicious day for the protection of Good and the punishment of the Evil.

Sri Rama took his birth in the Treta Yuga as a son of King Dasharatha and his first consort Kausalya in the present pilgrim place of Ayodhya, U.P., India.

Sri Rama was married to Sita, daughter of King Janaka after he bent the mighty bow of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Rama married Sita on this auspicious occasion which happens to be his birthday also.

So, Rama Navami celebrates both these occasions of Rama’s birth as well as his marriage with Sita.

People worship Lord Rama and Sita along with their lovely devotee Hanuman on this day and obtain their blessings.

Special pujas are held in temples and the Sita-Rama marriage ceremony is also celebrated on this day each year in all the Rama Temples. Temples will be overcrowded with devotees on this occasion.

Many cultural programs are also held during the day-time and the evening like music concerts, dance programs, short stage-dramas depicting the story of Rama. It is a very pleasant occasion to witness and enjoy.

 

 

 

The Two Most-Desirable Qualities of Life

Love and Gratitude are the two most desirable, fundamental qualities of any human being.

The human being is born to Love. As a child, he is attached closely to his mother and loves her the most. Thereafter, he begins noticing all the other things in the environment and gradually gets attracted by them and falling in love with them. Everything makes him wonder with awe and appreciate it.

While doing so, he would begin to think of the creator of those beauties of nature and begins to realize that he should appreciate the generosity and warmth of that invisible power which is so kind and loving towards humanity for bestowing all that happiness to the mankind. He begins to be thankful and express his gratitude to that Almighty Power.

Even though there is no eternal or continuous happiness in your life, you should notice that, in most cases, you are able to pass through those difficult periods of life with your confidence and faith. This confidence and faith are the tools provided to you by the almighty to guard you always.

So, we need to be grateful to God for being empowering us with these amazing qualities of Love and Gratitude which are essential for our survival on earth.

A Hindu Ceremony- Upanayanam

Upanayanam is a sacred thread ceremony meant for boys after they attain the age of 8. But sometimes, it is lingered and celebrated before the marriage. It is the stage when a child is able to perceive the imparted knowledge and digest it thoroughly.

It is the wearing of a sacred thread that is to be worn till his death. The person gets entitled to receive enlightened spiritual education along with other arts and science knowledge. It is believed that a person becomes eligible to perform sacred rituals only on wearing this thread that is called as “yajnopavita”. The thread is worn to the child by his parents after purifying it through the chanting of mantras and performance of some rituals during the thread wearing ceremony performed with the guidance of the priest in the presence of relatives.

Sunday Get-together for spiritual enlightenment – some reflections

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In this post, I added some photographs of our Sunday spiritual/ meditational get-togethers started by our own community/ relatives. I have joined this since some weeks, and we plan to gather each Sunday at each one’s homes in rotation. These photos were taken on 05/07/2015 day time.

It’s a kind of one step towards living better by learning to meditate and indulge in spiritual knowledge.

During these gatherings, we start with worship and prayers to God reciting Vishnu sahasra namam ( a collection of hymns or slokas in Sanskrit language chanting 1008 names of God Vishnu) and some more hymns of God’s glory. Then we recite Hanuman Chalisa a prayer to “Hanuman” in 40 four liners. We believe that recitation of all these give strength and protection from evil forces and eternal bliss during life and afterlife also.

The old man adored with a shawl on his shoulders in the last photo (sixth image) is a great spiritual man aged 90 years who translated many works of saints from Sanskrit to our own language of Telugu.

Some devotional songs in classical music genre were also sung by the little girl in the 5th image.

These moments are being shared by me only for some sharing purpose to let you know about our culture.