Thursday, February 27, 2014

MahaShivratri : Lord Shiva's Marriage Procession

Every year as part of Maha Shivratri celebrations the marriage of Lord Shiva with  Goddess  Parvati is enacted in many Shiva temples.

In My neighborhood SHIV SHAKTI temple the Baraat procession of Lord Shiva's wedding goes en route via devotees house, where the people pay obeisance to children dressed as SHIVA, PARVATI, DEVTAS.

According to scriptures, animals, ghosts and every living being were part of Lord Shivas's baraat.

Here i share pics of today's Baraat which passed by my home:








































The Baraat on its way to the Shiv Shakti temple.

Happy MahaShivratri 2014

Today is Mahashivratri.

According to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

"Mahashivratri is the day when the Shiva tattva touches the ground, touches the earth. The consciousness which is always ten inches above the material ground; the aura, the ethereal world which is ten inches above the surface, touches the earth element on Mahashivrathri day
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So, it is very useful for people to keep awake and meditate on that day. 

Do not eat too much, eat very light and do more meditation, then it helps in fulfillment of desires. This is the ancient belief. It helps you to grow stronger in your being. It is like a new year for a saadhak (seeker), for spiritual growth, spiritual attainment and worldly attainment, so it is considered auspicious.
The night on this day, when the constellations are in some particular position, is very auspicious for meditation. That is the ancient belief. 

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen on any other day. Any time your heart is open, your mind is calm and steady, prayers do get answered. But Shivratri day is celebrated with the singing of the ancient vedic chants and a ceremony is done, and it is considered a very auspicious time for a spiritual aspirant. 

It is the wedding of the material with the spiritual.

The material which is eight fold came close to the ethereal which is also eight fold.
So what the eight fold prakriti (nature)? Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego; all these come in contact with the subtle eight, i.e., the Shiva Tattva.

People usually eat very light, some fruits or something and fast."


 A few pics from SHIV SHAKTI Temple, Sector 28 Faridabad.








Today on Mahashivratri  i  discovered two Shiva Temples. The first one is Babulnath temple in Mumbai, an ancient Shiva temple. I have been to Mumabi several times but heard about this temple only today. An absolute must in my next visit to Mumbai.

Babulnath temple


The second discovery i made today is about Tungnath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world. This temple is near Kedarnath . I would love to visit it some day.


Tungnath Temple
Wishing all readers of Daffodils a very HAPPY MAHASHIRATRI.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bad KARMA?




Just yesterday there was a Havan followed by a satsang at my home,  and today i came across this lovely article by M N Kundu. Sharing here:

A pious person was very much perturbed by a series of sufferings in his life. He had never done anything wrong or sinful knowingly.  why should he then suffer? He went to his guru, a realised master.

The guru smiled at him and said, "It is a fact that you are leading a very virtuous life.  But in previous incarnation you had been a greedy zamindar an deprived many people of their dues.  t long last you realized your mistake but it was too late.  In this incarnation you are  destined to repay your karmic debts through suffering."

Yhe devotee asked, " Is intense suffering the only way to exhaust bad karrma? If God is loving and kind why does he inflict so much suffering on us?".  The guru replied, " The almighty is indeed very kind and loving.  He does not punish us.  But our own karma attract apparently  adverse situations for us to enable is to take the requisite lessons to love Him alone above everything else.

However  we can  transcend suffering if we take requisite lessons on our own irrespective of suffering". " The devotee became curious, "How is that possible?". The guru replied , " We can exhaust Karmic debts in three ways - by suffering , through service to mankind and prayerful meditation to God. Suffering exhausts our bad karma an brings us closer to God with deep sense of surrender.  Thee second way to exhaust bad karma is to render selfless service to humanity".

The guru continued," But the best way to exhaust karma is to immerse in God in deep MEDITATION When we deeply pray and immerse in the Divine, we become entirety oblivious of our petty personal loss or gain.  The bondage of Karma being irrelevant gets utterly dissolved.

But it is difficult to cultivate intense meditation unless we exhaust a bulk of Karma through suffering an service and thereby enable us for intense meditation on God".