Monday, August 14, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
This Is The Temple Where Indians Are 'Hell' Scared To Go. Here's The Reason Why. Would You Visit It?
There is one temple in this world where every person on this Earth has to visit, if not in life, then after death. This temple is of Yamraj, situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is called Bharmour.
The temple here looks more like a home. Many people fear to go inside it, and just pray from outside and leave. The reason is, according to legend, the god of death, Yamraj, lives in this temple. And this is also the only place in the world dedicated to this god!
One room inside this temple is dedicated to Chitragupta, who is considered the secretary of Yamraj, and keeps an account of all the good and bad karmas of a person. It is said that after death, every soul is first brought to this place, before proceeding its journey further. People believe that the temple has four invisible doors made of gold, silver, bronze and iron. Yamraj decides which soul should pass through which door.The religious text of Garud Puran also talks about such 4 doors through which every soul has to pass post death.To decide that, the soul is presented before Chitragupta, who gives a description of a person's sins and good deeds. For this job, Chitragupta takes the help of God Shravan, the son of Lord Brahma. It is believed that Shravan knows everything about heaven, hell and Earth as he can hear and see people clearly living on Earth.
His wives are famous by the name of Shravani. They understand a woman’s nature very well.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Do not wait for the PERFECT partner.......you may have to wait forever.
Everyone is not as lucky as Devi Revathi...
What's her story??
Revati was born when human beings on earth were of huge size. Reva, father of Revati, wanted the best groom for his daughter. For this purpose, both father and daughter went to Brahma, the creator.
The journey, the meeting and the return journey took thousand years. It must be noted here that one human year is one day for the Devas.
When they arrived, Brahma was listening to a musical performance by the Gandharvas, so they waited patiently until the performance was finished. Then, Kakudmi bowed humbly, made his request and presented his shortlist of candidates.
After hearing his words, Lord Brahmā, who is most powerful, laughed loudly and said to Kakudmī: O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time.Twenty-seven catur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names.
King Kakudmi was overcome with astonishment and alarm at this news
Reva and Revati returned to earth and found that the earth has undergone sea change.
Human beings were no longer of giant size. The father and daughter found themselves odd amongst human beings of shorter stature.
No man was ready to marry Revati.
This made the father and daughter unhappy. The father and daughter moved away from civilization and started leading a rustic life. It is said that Revati used to wrestle with animals and drink large amount of wine.
Balarama too was a huge figure and he was also not happy to marry any ordinary woman. He was also on the look out for a woman who could match his strength and figure.
Balarama once happened to see Revati and he was impressed by her height and strength. She was a match to the rustic Balaram.
They both decided to get married.
YET ANOTHER VERSION SAYS :
Kakudmi and Revati found Balarama and proposed the marriage. Because she was from an earlier yuga, Revati was far taller and larger than her husband-to-be, but Balarama, tapped his plough(his characteristic weapon) on her head or shoulder and she shrunk to the normal height of people in Balarama's age. The marriage was then duly celebrated.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Karma and Retribution.😊🙏🏼😊
Once there was a king who distributed food to the brahmanas.
One day, as he was giving out food to the priests, an eagle flew above holding a dead snake in his claws.
Out of the mouth of the dead snake fell a drop of poison into the food that the king was distributing.
No one knew or saw that this had happened, so the king continued distributing the food.
The Brahmin who accidentally got the poisoned food from king died, and the king was feeling very sad about it.
Chitragupta, one of the assistants of Yamaraj (the god of death) who had the job of assigning retribution for karmas to the living beings had a problem.
When this incident with the king and the poisoned food happened, he did not know who to give the karma to.After all, it was not the eagle's fault that it had carried the dead snake in its claws (since this was its food), nor was it the dead's snake fault, nor was it the king's fault because he did not know that the poison fell into the food.
So Chitragupta went to Yamaraj for a solution. Yamaraj told him to wait patiently. Soon a solution would present itself, the lord of death assured him.
One day, few other brahmanas entered the kingdom in order to meet the king.A woman was sitting next to the road, selling wares and they asked her: "Do you know where the king's palace is and how we can get there?"She said: "Yes," and pointed at the right direction. "But, be very careful," she said, "the king is known to kill brahmanas!"
The moment she said that and criticized the king unrightfully, Chitragupta got his answer.He decided to give HER the karma for the death of the brahmana!
Moral of the story:
If you criticize anyone and you are right about their deeds, you will get half of their bad karma.But, if you criticize someone and you are not right about their deeds, then you will get 100% of their karma.So be careful about what you think or say about other people.- Srimad Bhagavatam (5.10.17)
Thursday, August 11, 2016
A small story which beautifully illustrates that what you sow, you reap.
"Once upon a time there was a small time business man from a small village who used to sell butter in the nearby town.
A big shop owner in the town was his regular customer.
The villager used to deliver every month the shop owner the required butter in 1 Kg.
Blocks and in turn he used to get grocery items like sugar, pulses etc from the big shop owner.
Once the shop owner decided to weigh the butter and to his surprise every block of butter weighed 900 gms. instead of 1kg.
Next month when the villager came to supply Butter, the shop owner was very angry at him and told to leave the shop, to this the villager replied him courteously
"Sir, I am a very poor villager,
I don't have enough money to
even buy the required weights for weighing the butter, I usually put the 1Kg sugar you give me on one side of Weighing scale and weigh butter on another side"
This beautifully illustrates that what we give to others comes back to us👍
Amazing Circle of life
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the most popular and toughest Ekadashi Fasting days. In 2016, the date of Nirjala Ekadashi date is Thursday, June 16, 2016. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadasi fast. The difference from other Ekadasis and Nirjala is that devotees do not drink water on the day. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.
￼Legend has it that Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers, wanted to observe Ekadasi fasting but still eat food. But fasting and eating was not possible. So Sage Vyasa advised Bhim to observe Nirjala Ekadasi fasting which falls during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) in Jyeshta month as it has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis. Thus Bhim was able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing Nirjala Ekadasi.
Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis.
Nirjala means ‘without water.’ Staunch Vishnu devotees who undertake this fast does not drink water while fasting on the day. No food is also consumed on the day. The fast begins on Ekadasi sunrise and ends on next day (Dwadasi) sunrise.
It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi provides the benefit of all the other Ekadashis observed in a year. Observing it is also equal to going on pilgrimage. It is believed that after death people who have observed Nirjala Ekadashi are received by messengers from Vaikunta, abode of Vishnu, and not by Yama, the god of death.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Story of Sena Nayi (Sena the Barber)
Sena Nayi was a barber by profession who lived near Pandharapur. Sena, a very pious and God loving person, used to get up early in the morning and after his bath, perform his prayers to God Vittala before commencing his daily chores and work. Sena was also the King’s barber and would have to go to the palace whenever the King required his services and called him.
One day as Sena was performing his prayer in his home, the King’s messenger came looking for him. Sena was immersed in his prayers. His wife knew that Sena would not entertain anyone during his worship to God. She politely told the King’s messenger that he was not at home.
Sena’s neighbor who was also a barber on seeing his wife lying, quietly went and informed the King, that Sena was very much at home while offering himself to do the job as his replacement.
The King, on learning this, got furious and sent his guards to arrest Sena. To protect his ardent devotee, God Vittala instantly appeared in the form of Sena in front of the King. The moment the King saw Him, his anger dissipated. He got attracted to His magnetic personality and without batting his eyelids he was watching the beautiful form of Sena smiling cheerfully and with the shaving kit.
When Sena touched the King to shave him, the King felt something unique, a sudden sense of serenity spread within his body from the soothing touch. He watched Sena without uttering any words as the charm attracted him so much and he felt Sena’s glance very divine. Sena went on with his job and washed the King’s head. The King felt heavenly and the divine fragrance mystically drifted the king’s thoughts took the King to top of the world.
The King felt very happy and complimented him that he was the best barber in town. Sena then started applying the fragrant oil to the body of the King. As Sena scooped the oil from a bowl, the King could see the reflection of God Vittala in the oil. He was amazed on seeing this and was unable to understand this strange yet divine phenomenon/ experience. That cheerful divine smile made him ecstatic, yearning to see more of his form. He was engrossed in the divine silhouette of the God Vittala that he saw in the bowl and went into a trance.
Finally, the spell was broken as Sena completed his job. The King was so pleased with him that he gave him a bagful of gold coins. God took the bag of gold coins and placed it in Sena’s house and disappeared.
The King was in a state of bliss all day and in the evening commanded his servants to get Sena yet again. The Royal guards immediately went to Sena’s house and asked him to accompany them to the palace immediately.
Fearing King’s wrath, Sena was too scared to see the King for his act of not reporting to the King when summoned in the morning. Taking his kit, Sena went to the palace with the guards. On seeing Sena entering the palace the King got up and greeted him. Sena was all confused as he was expecting a severe reprimand. Instead the King asked him to reveal that divine form he exhibited in the morning while shaving.
Sena was perplexed as he didn’t go the palace that morning. He fervently prayed to God Vittala for His guidance. The King ordered his servants to bring the bowl of oil and saw Sena’s reflection in it, but was disappointed that he could not see the form he had seen in the morning.
Sena immediately understood what had transpired that morning. His eyes were filled with tears and sobbing uncontrollably, he told the King that it was God Vittala who had graced him. He was sad that the God had to take his role to save him from the King’s punishment.
The King hastened to console Sena and thanked him for his devotion. He told him that he was fortunate to have had the Darshan of the God only due to Sena’s Bhakti. Sena prayed to the God to show his divine form to the King in the bowl of Oil once again and the God willingly obliged. The King became an ardent devotee of God Vittala from that day.
Later, Sena saw the gold coins that Vittala had left at his home and distributed them to the poor. Sena took leave from the King’s duties and decided to serve the God permanently at Pandharapur.
All glories to God Vittala!