Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Year Message

I know there is still time for the new year, but knowing that there is only one month left in this year, I felt like sharing this New Year Message of my Guru, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma.

As the hour of midnight approached, Amma asked all to pray for world peace and then led everyone in chanting ‘Lokah Samastah Sukinau Bhavantu.’ After the chanting Amma gave her New Year’s message during which she explained the true meaning of celebration.

“Celebration is forgetting oneself. It is an attitude. We need to have good control over the mind for that. The thought that ‘I am limited individual’, ‘I am this body’ will not help up us to forget our self. The faith that the self in me and the the consciousness behind the universe is the one and the same is the basis of the celebration. ” Amma said.

“Just by the clock striking at 12.00 on 31st December, our life is not going to be celebration. For that our mind should be filled with love and compassion. When love and compassion fills our heart you find newness in every moment, you never get bored, always enthusiastic, always happy and life always become a celebration. ” Amma elaborated.

“We take various vows on New Year but how deep is it? We have to evaluate.” Amma asked everyone to introspect. “We have the ability to overcome our negativities. We sincerely have to try” she encouraged.

“We are not isolated islands. We are like a ring in the chain, connected to each other. Don’t expect others to change first, if we change ourselves others will also change,” Amma reminded every one.

Amma then led all in singing Khol Darwaza which ended with all chanting ‘Jai Mata Di’. Louder and louder, as it grew, everyone echoed Amma’s chanting, throwing their hands up in the air. At the end, Amma said, “Amma’s heartfelt prayer is that everyone should be able to laugh and be joyful like small children and may divine grace bless us for that. May the darkness be completely eliminated and may the pure light of God shine.” Amma asked everyone to raise their hands with their open-palms and shake them while responding to ‘Mata Rani Ki’ with a “Jai”.

And the celebration continued.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Children Too Need Respect

14th November, the birthday of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is celebrated as Children's Day. So this post is dedicated to all the Children in the world.

Normally, Children are taught so many rules. "Respect elders, obey elders, listen to them" etc. etc. But lets remember, children too need respect and love. Most of the children in abusive relationships become criminals later. Lack of love makes children depressed and social misfits.

Physical abuse involves hitting and beating children. But emotional abuse is most common. Calling children names, making fun of children in front of others, dominating them, being aggressive towards children, not listening to their wishes and imposing our wishes on them are all different forms of abuse. In the name of disciplining children, children are treated so badly leaving them sad and depressed.

A child too has needs. Your child may not be able to tell you, but here are listed some needs which every child expects.

So sweet children, become aware of your needs :-

The need for good will from others.
The need for emotional support.
The need to be heard by the other and to be responded to with respect and acceptance
The need to have your own view, even if others have a different view.
The need to have your feelings and experience acknowledged as real.
The need to receive a sincere apology for any jokes or actions you find offensive.
The need for clear, honest and informative answers to questions about what affects you.
The need to for freedom from accusation, interrogation and blame.
The need to live free from criticism and judgment.
The need to have your work and your interests respected.
The need for encouragement.
The need for freedom from emotional and physical threat.
The need for freedom from from angry outburst and rage.
The need for freedom from labels which devalue you.
The need to be respectfully asked rather than ordered.
The need to have your final decisions accepted.
The need for privacy at times.

So discipline the child but dont disrespect them. Dont degrade them. Reprimand them but dont erode their self-confidence, their self-esteem. Love children, they are gifts of God. They are our future. As you sow, so shall you reap.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sri Murugan

Sri Murugan is the beautiful God who is the son of Shiva and Parvati and the brother of Ganesha, the elephant God. Lord Murugan has many names. Subramanium, Karthikeyan, Skandan, Saravanan etc.

Scriptures depict the story of Lord Murugan as follows :-
once Shiva asked His sons Ganesha and Karthikeyan(Murugan) to circumbulate the whole world on their respective Vaahanaas(vehicles). Shiva wanted to see which son is faster.
Murugan's vehicle is the peacock so He immediately left to circumbulate the world. But Lord Ganesha did not go. Instead He sat on His humble vehicle, the mouse and circumbulated shiva and parvati. He explained that shiva and parvati symbolise the whole world. Shiva was impressed and later when Murugan came, shiva declared Ganesha to be the winner.
Murugan was furious and He left His family to stay on top of a mountain forever. Thus the beautiful Lord Murugan is always worshipped in mountains like Pazhani, Thiruchendur, Thiruttani, Thirupparakunram, Swamimalai and many other places in Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan is mostly worshipped by Tamilians and He is prayed for a happy, successful married life. Lord Murugan is the embodiment of Gnana Shakthi, the energy of knowledge. To His devotees, He is love and beauty. He symbolises youthful energy and so He is also known as Kumaran, the young deity.
May the blessings of Lord Murugan be with all !

Monday, October 10, 2011

Diwali- Festival of Lights

There is still time for DeepAvali, the festival of Lights, but crackers have started to explode now itself. DiwAli is a festival of lights, not a festival of sound and noise. So lets celebrate diwali in the true spirit. Let us make the festival of lights a joyous celebration for all. Animals, elderly people, those with breathing problems and very young children in general are a troubled lot during Diwali due to the smoke, noise, pollution caused by crackers. Lets give them a thought. Lets have compassion for all. Lets not enjoy causing suffering to many.

Spiritually, Diwali signifies the day when we overcome our evil qualities and attain Self-Realization, when we attain the Self which is full of Light, wisdom and Bliss.

Wishing all a Happy and Safe Diwali !!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Role Model

My Guru, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also known as Ammachi, does not believe in celebrating Her birthday. But for Her devotees and their happiness, Ammachi agrees to celebrate Her birthday which falls on September 27th, the day when Ammachi came to this world and blessed it with Her divine presence. As usual, there will be a lot of poojas and programs at Amritapuri, Kerala,India, the Ashram of Amma.

These inputs below are from Matruvani, the monthly magazine of my Guru.

We all have role models. A big shot like a famous Actor or Actress, A successful Sports-star, a Corporate honcho, a Big Celebrity it may be anyone. That person will be our role model. The person whom we look upto, whom we admire and aspire to become.

When you see two cars in a parking lot on the side of the road with hoods up and jumper cables connecting them, how do you know which is the 'jumper' and which is the 'jumpee' ? Which one needs the boost ? We are conditioned to think that the luxury or sports car hooked to the beat-up old van is the one giving energy because it is more expensive, has many bells and is flashy. But what if I told you it was the old van with dents, dirt and scratches giving power to the sports car ? You would atleast be surprised.

Self-realized Mahatmas could be likened to the dirty, beat-up van. Has anyone seen Ammachi after a long period of darshan ? Her dirty sari from hugging people, marks on Her sari because of the dirt, make-up of the people, and a slight hobble from sitting so long, Ammachi might outwardly appear ordinary and pitiable certainly not to be honoured and worshipped as the Embodiment of God.

Thats why my role model is a Self-realized Saint, my Guru, Ammachi. I strive to be like Ammachi, like the old beat-up van for the dents,scratches and dirt that I will accumulate, which are nothing but marks of love gained from serving others.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Samayapuram MAriamman

When I was in school, I had the blessed opportunity to visit this temple in Samayapuram, Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to a Goddess or a Devi, or Amman(in Tamil). Samayapuram MAriamman is the main deity in this temple. It is widely believed, this Devi has the miraculous powers to cure illnesses. Many people who have illnesses visit this temple and offer their prayers to the Devi, who is widely worshipped by people of all castes. People offer their worship in many ways. By doing Angapradakshanam(circumbulating the sanctum sanctorum by lying down on the floor) or by walking on red hot charcoals. All the Devi wants is our love and faith from the devotee, still devotees perform these rites to get their desires fulfilled. There is a huge rush on Tuesdays and Fridays and Sundays. Tuesdays and Fridays are special for all Devis in the South.

Here are some inputs from the net :-

Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple in Samayapuram near Trichy or Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. The main deity, Samayapurathal or Mariamman is made of sand and clay like many of the traditional Mariamman deities, and hence unlike many other Hindu deities there are no abhishekams (sacred washing) conducted to the main deity, but instead the "abishekam" is done to the small stone statue in front of it.

May the blessings of Samayapuram MAriamman be with all !

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kudos to Anna, Indians and Indian Media

Anna wins. India wins. The Indian Media deserves a loud applause for airing people's views, supporting Anna Hazare in this fight against corruption. The Indian media brought the nation together, brought Anna to our homes. Thanks Media for taking up just causes of the people. Lets now wait for a strong, spiritual BhArat.