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Sunday, July 26, 2009

saibaba quote

God
spirituality, enlightenment,
There is a temple in this state, Maharashtra. It is a temple of Krishna, and a strange story is connected with the temple because the statue of Krishna -- in Maharashtra he is called Bitthal -- is standing on a brick. Strange, because nowhere in any temple is any god standing on a brick.

The story is that one beautiful man, enjoying life, every bit in its totality, was so contented and so fulfilled that Krishna decided to appear before him. Ordinarily there are people who are singing and dancing their whole life, "Hare Krishna, Hare Rama" and neither Rama appears nor Krishna appears -- nobody appears. And this man was not bothering about Krishna or Rama or anybody. He was simply living his life, but living it the way it should be lived -- with love, with heart, with beauty, with music, with poetry. His life was in itself a blessing, and Krishna has to decide that "This man needs a visit from me."

You see the story -- the man is not at all thinking of Krishna -- but Krishna, on his own part, feels that this man deserves a visit. He goes in the middle of the night, not to create any trouble in the whole town. He finds the door open and he goes in.

The man's mother is very sick, and he is massaging her feet. Krishna comes behind him and says, "I am Krishna and I have come to give you an audience, a DARSHANA."
The man said, "This is not the right time; I am massaging my mother's feet."

Meanwhile, just by his side there was a brick; he pushed the brick back -- he did not even look back to see who this Krishna is -- he pushed the brick and told him to stand on it, and that when he is finished with his work he will see him. But he was so much absorbed in massaging the mother's feet -- who was almost dying -- that the whole night passed, and Krishna remained standing there. He said, "This is a strange stupidity. People are singing their whole life, `Hare Krishna, Hare Rama' and I never go there. And I have come here and this fool has not even looked back, has not even said to me, `Sit down' but tells me to stand on the brick!"

And then it was getting light, the sun was rising, and Krishna became afraid, because people would be coming in. The road was just by the side of the house, and the door was open -- and if they saw him standing there, soon there would be trouble, great crowds would come. So he disappeared, leaving just a stone statue of himself on the brick.
When the mother went to sleep, then the man turned and said, "Who is the fellow who was disturbing me in the night?"

And he found just a statue of Krishna. The whole village gathered -- this was a miracle, what had happened? He told the whole story. They said, "You are a strange fellow. Krishna himself had come, and you are such a fool! You could have at least told him to sit down, offered him something to eat, something to drink. He was a guest." The man said, "At that time there was nothing by my side except this brick. And whenever I am doing something, I do it with totality. I don't want any interference. If he is so much interested in being seen, he can come again, there is no hurry."

That statue remains in the temple of Bitthal, still standing on a brick. But the man was really a great man -- not bothering about rewards or anything, absorbed so fully in every action that the action itself becomes the reward. And even if God comes, the reward that is coming out of the totality of action is bigger than God.

Nobody has interpreted the story the way I am interpreting it, but you can see that any other interpretation is nonsense.

So just forget about spirituality, enlightenment, God -- they will take care of themselves. That is their business. They are sitting there without customers.
You need not worry; you do the best you can do with life -- that is your test, that is your worship, that is your religion. And everything else will follow on its own accord.
Osho
Beyond Enlightenment
"Vitthala"
The word "Vitthala" is said to be derived from the Marathi word "Vit", meaning "brick". Vitthala is one of the manifestations of Krishna (Vishnu). The prescribed iconogaphy of the lord of Pandharapur stipulates that he be shown as standing upon a brick; this is connected to an important and the serious devotee Pundalik connected with the deity.

Seeing this outmost devotion of Pundalik to his parents , Lord Vishnu was very pleased. God was so happy with him that He wanted to bless Pundalik immediately, so he left from Vaikuntha (Lord Vishnu’s abode) for bhoolok (Earth)and Pundalik’s ashram.

Lord knocked Pundalik’s door. At that time Pundalik was serving his parents food and was busy. Pundalik heard the door knock and realized it was God who had come to see him. But such was his devotion to his parents, he wanted to complete his duties and only then attend to the visitor, irrespective of whether it was even God at his doorstep. Pundalik threw a brick outside for God to stand on and wait for him until he finishes attending to his parents.

Seeing this devotion & commitment to his parents he was extremely impressed. And the ever-loving God waited for his devotee. When Pundalik came out and begged God's pardon, Lord Vishnu replied that far from being displeased, he was pleased with his love for his parents and granted a boon to him. Pundalik requested God to stay back on Earth and bless all his numerous devotees. Lord agreed to stay back as Vithoba(Vitthala), or God who stood upon a brick. Along with Vithoba, Rakhumai (Mother Rukmini) is also worshipped.

A temple was built at the place where Lord Vishnu stood on the brick.


PANDHARPUR - VITTHAL


This Pundalik or Pundarik was in early years a self centred man given to the pursuit of pleasure. He neglected his duties towards his parents, both of whom were old and ailing and bestowed all his attention on his attractive Pundalsk and his wife feasted on delicious food while father and mother nearly starved. Once the asked Pundalik to take them to Kashi for a pilgrimage but the son instead of helping them sent them off with insulting abuse. The two proceeded on foot to Kashi.The god was greatly pleased to see the great change that had come about in Pundalik and decided to meet him.
Once while Pundalik was massaging his father's feet, the great Shri Krishna appeared in the door of the ashram. His arms were resting on the hips as when he was standing in front of Rukmini. His presence went unnoticed at first as Pundalik was thoroughly engrossed in his task.
However, he could not long ignore the bright rays of light that emanated from the god's body. He turned back to see what washappening and found to his great delight that at last God had come to meet him. But the god had to wait till Pundalik's duty was over and hence Pundalik threw a brick that was lying nearby as an ‘asana' to the divine guest. The brick still forms the asana of the god. When his father was asleep Pundalik got up to welcome the god who offered any boons the man might care to ask for. Pundalik asked for nothing more and nothing less than the eternal presence of the god at the spot where he was standing. And thus there he is, the Vitthal or Vishnu or Krishna, still standing on the brick Pundalik had offered him!

MY THOUGHT
(WHEN GOD STANDS ON BRICK FOR A KARMA YOGI, WHERE GURU STANDS?)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Which Am I?

This one is from my friend
Which Am I?
~ Author unknown to me
A young woman wept to her mother and told her about life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in another bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs and coffee," the daughter replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noticed that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, Mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"
Think of this... Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
"It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."
This one my thought over the matter Loud thinking
~ Heartland Advisor

Dear all An excellent pep up another story which is easy to preach but hard to follow. For every action there is a different reaction. All scientific theories are acceptable subject to a condition, stipulation to get the QED. LOKO BINNA RUCHI (The world has different tastes). DNA and POORVA KARMA carve the life WITH HIS GRACE. This is advaitha. In other words THE SET CONDITIONS SHALL ACTIVATE ANY THING TO GET THE DESIRED RESULTS. All can travel, are entitled to travel, take a route, however it’s not necessary that even if the right path is taken, shall reach the destination to get the fruition. PEP UP BOOKS AND TALKS ARE ONLY TO KEEP MINDS CHEERFUL FOR THA MOMMENT AND DRIVE THEM TO TRAVEL AT THE RIGHT PATH; HOWEVER THERE ARE GIVEN CONDITIONS WHICH EVEN INE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND STILL TAKES AT THE TIDES FOR SUCCESS. So also here, YOU HAVE TO BE A COFEEBEAN AND NOT CARROT, AND AT THE SAME TIME COFFEE BEAN AND THE CARROT ARE NATURES PRODUCT ACCORDING TO DNA and other factors. Everyone can try to change from carrot to coffee bean but the name of the carrot is carrot and that of Coffee bean is that. The real pep up talk was given by Lord Krishna " KARMANYE VADI KARSATE MA PALESHU KATHACHANA" WHEN there is an understanding of what am I and that factor is highly valuable viz coffee bean and carrot have their own values to reach tha path of success in their own way. That success is when doing a thing without any expectations Can anyone do it?
THERE ARE MORE AND MORE THINGS ON HEAVEN AND EARTH HORATIO
SHAKESPEARE DT 20TH July 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

WHO IS A GURU

९१) ॐ गुरवे नमः
I bow to shrI shankara who is our teacher. guru means one who
dispels ignorance. "gu" means darkness or ignorance and "ru" is one
who dispels it.

Some scriptures and gurus have warned against false teachers, and have recommended that the spiritual seeker test the guru before accepting him. Some have given criteria on how to distinguish false from genuine ones:
• The Maitrayaniya Upanishad warns against false teachers who may deceive the naive.[23]
• The Kula-Arnava-Tantra states that there are many gurus who may rob the disciple's wealth but few who can remove the disciple's afflictions.[23]
Swami Vivekananda said that there are many incompetent gurus, and that a true guru should understand the spirit of the scriptures, have a pure character and be free from sin, and should be selfless, without desire for money and fame.[24]
Mirinalini Mata, a direct disciple of Yogananda, said that a true guru should be humble (Self-Realization Fellowship 1978, Cassette No 2402)

Monday, July 6, 2009

YADUMAGI NINRAI-SARVAM VISHNUMAYAM JAGAT

ALL THE RIGHTIOUS AND LAW ABIDING ARE IN THE MIDDLE LEVEL,WHO HAD TO PAY LOT OF TAXES,CANNOT BEG ,BORROW OR STEAL; BOTTOM VOTES ARE UNOUCHABLES WHO KEEPS THE MINISTER BY ELECTION THREAT; TOP NEITHER PAY TAX NOR COMPLY BUT REGULARLY SHARE THE BOOTY WITH THE HELPERS AT POLITICS,EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIARY; TOP GOVT EXECUTIVES AND JUDICIARY KEEP THEIR INCOME LEVEL HIGH BY PAY COMMISSIONS; POLITICIANS NEED NOT BE DISCUSSED; BALNCE 20% ARE WRITING THESE KIND OF BLOGS FOR THE 20% WHICH GOES UNHEEDED;
WHO WOULD CARE FOR BOTTOM SINCE THEY DONT DESERVE AND DO NOT CARE TO RECIPROCATE 70%,EXCEPT ONCE IN 5 YEARS; LIVE AND LET LIVE FOR 10%; GDP FOR WHOM? STATISTICS LYING AND 90% DONT KNOW AND DONT WANT TO KN OW; 10% THINK WHY SHOULD THEY KNOW; ARTHA SASTRA IS ONLY THE OBJECTIVE OF 10%; LIPS SHALL SPEAK ABOUT PRAYERS, PATRIOTISM,MORALITY, HARDWORK, DEVELOPEMENT ETC SO THAT THE 20 % WILL DO THE NEEDFUL TO SATISFY THE 10% AND 70%; WILL PAY TAX FOR THE EXPENSES OF 10 & 70; BE PATRIOTIC AND WORK HARD; BE GULLIBLE WAITING FOR MAHATMA;
MEDIA WILL DO THAT, EDUCATION WILL DO THAT,VESTED INTEREST WILL DO IT, TO TALK TALL BUT PRACTICE HYPOCRACY; PEP TALKS ARE FOR MONEY; PROJECTS AND TAX LENIENCES ARE ONLY FOR MONEY; ALL RELIGION AND SANYASIS WILL DEVELOP THEIR WEALTH AT THE COST OF SINNERS!; BOOKS WOULD TEMPT YOUTHS AS BAIT FOR TO-BECOME -FALLEN ANGELS; WOMEN WILL BE PRAISED A LOT AND PRESERTVE THEM FOR BIRTH-NATURE; WOMEN WILL PRACTICE RICHNESS IN SHORT FABRICS AND SKIN WASTE MATERIALS;LONG LIVE BUDJET!
ITS NOT PESSIMISM BUT CALL FOR AWAKENING,DO ANY ONE HEAR?