Original is here In 1879, when there was British Rule in India, Lt. Col. Martin of Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afgha...
MOOLA MANTRA FOR PRATYANGIRI DEVI Om Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma Purushothama Paramatma Sri Bhagavathi Sametha Sri Bhagavathe Namaha This...
BENEFITS This is the stotra that provides us Lord Shiva's halo of protection. Whatever be your problems, whether of the horoscop...
Om Namah Shivay That is all you need to say....say it everyday. Every second of your day. Close your eyes and imagine that Lord Shiva is...
These are the famous Ashtavinayak temples - divine spots of pilgrimage of Lord Ganesh. Click on to enlarge and download
Here is a miracle directly stemming from bhakti for Lord Shiva Easy to please, delivers all our wishes, just deep bhakti is all we need ...
This is hilarious, but raises some very thought provoking questions - this video is a must SEE. The AOL guys have blinders on - drinking ...
Click on image to enlarge. From bottom left - Somanath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Baidhyanath, Bhimashankar, Ramanath, N...
From bottom left - SOMNATH, MALLIKARJUNA, MAHAKALESHWAR, OMKARESHWAR, BAIDHNATHESWAR, BHIMASHANKAR, RAMANATH, NAGANATH, VISHWANATH, TRYAMBAK...
II The Devi Mantra II देवी मंत्र ...
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Software Versus Religion
She was discussing the troubles and travails of life - nothing significant - but just the day to day pressure living in a high tech world, dealing with family and work pressures. I do cease and desist from painting myself as a religious bigot (which I am definitely not!) or overwhelm folks with my views about the atman and our awareness being the one-stop shop for fixing all the troubles in life. This is because I believe, this realization can only happen due to the journey that we make, and there is no fast forward button. Giving a discourse is good as long as the person can relate to it..There is lot of misinterpretation that can happen when it comes to spirituality or religion and maintaining a neutral stance is best, I think, unless we truly understand that the person is vested in the chain of thought and my reasoning behind it.
But in this case, I did end up talking a bit about my perspective. How a significant stress alleviator can be our realization and reconciliation of the fact that we are never really in control - and that life just plays out - we are an actor after all in the big scheme..... How it is best to keep our bag in the overhead bin of the plane and not carry it through the flight (of life). This naturally led to the classic discussion of fate versus free will (which is usually the case - here is the link to the writeup on that http://shivabhakta.blogspot.com/search/label/fate%20versus%20free%20will) and I pointed out that religion is politics and that zealots over the years have misinterpreted stuff to exert influence over society. Some of that religion improvisation (like marriage) was a good thing as it leads to some semblance of order, uniformity and control over society.... and Karma is another. But, I do believe religion has been extended for various ulterior motives. Hinduism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Islam everyone says that KNOW THYSELF, THAT YOU ARE GOD, but this concept is hidden behind all the bandwidth consumption that has happened just over time, and various personalities impacting this truth in their own way.
So here's a picture on that (Click on it to enlarge)
This whole concept of God was meant to be the last picture (tire hanging on the tree) - our awareness of our true nature. Lots of blogs (spiritual books) were written on it - and misinterpretation naturally happened. We lost track of what was the truth and the essence over time and we ended up making things utterly complex, provided avenues for the power mongers of society to control society.
In our conversation I realized that she had the inner urge to do good as she wanted to preserve the karmic vibrations for the next life. Why struggle with this too? Just be!
There seems to be no karma connotations (at least for me) for the next life. We all are given certain choices - choices that we need to make for ourselves - before our re-birth. We get to pick and choose the test that we need to go through to cleanse ourselves and be ready for Moksha. Some of us take up too much hardship and hopefully the cleansing does happen.
Welcome to the spirituality blog
This blog is an offshoot of a website that I had conceived as a result of the spiritual grace and resultant inspiration during Shivaratri Y2K (http://www.jyotirlinga.com) on the joy of Shiva Bhakti and my quest for spiritual progress. Not finding the time (yep, bad excuse!), this blog suits me fine in quickly adding content... my spiritual forays and thoughts - helps log them too. My spiritual journey started with Hinduism and it's simple stories/ teachings as far back as when I was a 2nd grader, with Lord Shiva and has now found convergence with Advaitism / Duality. The Advaitism gurus like Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj; they have provided that spiritual boost of energy in many lagging moments and have tremendously influenced me ... little baby steps at a time... that will hopefully all lead upto a final crescendo. The merits of satsangh are many!
Your comments (encouragement/ otherwise) are certainly welcome.Thanks for visiting. If you like it, Subscribe to my blog (click here):Posts (Atom).
- ► 2011 (49)
- ► 2010 (51)
- ► 2009 (51)
- ► 2008 (73)
- ► 2007 (208)
- Saddam Hussein finally gone
- Scientific explanation of Shiva Lingam (explained ...
- The Mind - Atman and my moments with it
- Om Mani Padme Om
- Quick Link into Google Blog Search
- History of Christmas
- Mystery "Buddha boy" reappears - Ram Bahadur Bamjo...
- Rules for being a Human
- Quotes - what is real?
- Jyotirlinga - Tryambakeshwar video
- chat on "Hinduism - A way of life"
- online virtual satsangh
- Teachings of the Maharishi
- Guru Lineage
- Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage
- TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION
- My Arunachala darshan - invoking the grace via the...
- We are the Time's person of 2006 (Phew, finally)
- Blogger's moment
- Trying to explain `a brush with the divine' (From ...
- Paul Brunton - Search in Secret India
- Karmic play and progress
- Book recommendation - Ramana Maharshi and the path...
- Rich Dad Poor Dad -
- Rudraksha and Bilva Tree
- The Spiritual path - Awakening 101
- Covetous glance
- Strengths versus Weaknesses
- Robert Frost poem - The Road Not Taken
- Pilgrimage to Amarnath
- Adyashanti - Spiritual guru of today
- Sri Yantra - A complex Geometry
- Lord Shiva Stories
- Bushism to Bushiva? NO WAY!
- Adi Sankaracharya's Pratah Smarana Stotram
- hare rama - hare krishna movement
- Amma's message of love - Go get a hug and enjoy th...
- Thin dividing line between faith, jingoism, fanati...
- Shiva Murthi on Flickr
- 12 days of desi xmas
- Karma and Sex
- Reversal of fortunes
- Balance of power is shifting
- Meditation technique that is rewarding...
- Jyotiba or Dattatreya
- Software Versus Religion
- Having a bad day? Stay in the realms of your cave....
- Man - the perpetual machine
- ▼ December (48)