Monthly Archives: November 2015

Knowing Akshara Brahman

Source : The Hindu

As Suka begins narrating the Bhagavata Purana, he tells Parikshit that when one perceives the Supreme Brahman with a spiritual eye, one is released from all fear and sorrow. A wise aspirant, knowing Brahman to be the Supreme goal, should learn to shape his life and conduct himself in such a way that he can attain Him. Human birth is a valuable opportunity to cultivate enduring love for God. The same idea is reiterated in the Upanishads which speak of realisation of the Supreme Brahman as the only goal worth pursuing, pointed out Swami Paramasukhananda in a discourse. Sage Yagnyavalkya, who is acknowledged as the greatest expounder of Brahman in the court of king Janaka, describes the nature of Brahman as Akshara, the Unchanging Reality. He replies to the two questions of Gargi thus: “Ether pervades heaven and earth as well as the space above heaven and below earth and this Ether is held intact by what is known as Akshara Brahman. On the command of this Akshara, the sun and the moon follow their course; heaven and earth hold their position. Time and its paraphernalia follow their path; rivers issuing from snowy mountains flow in all directions.”

He then claims that if one fails to know about this Brahman during one’s lifetime, he is to be really pitied for, he lives in ignorance and continues in the cycle of birth. When beings, both believers and non-believers, seek many worldly objects which they assume will give them happiness, they are in fact searching for this Akshara Brahman, the essence of Sat-chit-ananda — Eternity, Consciousness, Bliss. For this Brahman is unseen but sees, unheard but is the hearer, unthinkable but is the thinker, unknown but is the knower. He who departs from this world knowing the Akshara is wise.

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Hope for redemption

Source: The Hindu

In the Gita, Krishna uses the term “durachara” to describe people with bad conduct when He explains His stance of dealing with the good and the evil in this universe, pointed out Sri Kesava Dikshitar in a lecture.

The Lord says that He is equally present in all beings and objects and that He does not have any enemies or friends in particular. But He also asserts that those who are devoted to Him are truly able to feel His presence; likewise, He too is drawn to them in a special way. Others who are immersed in worldly dealings may not be sensitive to His presence.

But He also adds: “Even if a man with vile conduct worships me with undistracted devotion, he must be reckoned as righteous for he has rightly resolved.”

The wise in Gokula recognise His Paratva in many of His playful acts during His childhood. He grants moksha and other Purusharthas to many even as He graces Putana, Chakatasura, Trinavarta, Aghasura and others who had evil intentions to kill Him. Is it not an ironical situation when Nandagopa releases Krishna who is tied to the mortar and drags it, asks Suka, for is He not the one who can release all beings? He who is hailed as the Sarva Karma Phala Data, one who bestows the fruits of the deeds of all beings in an impartial manner, responds to the call of the fruit seller to buy fruits with His hands filled with paddy.

The fruit seller would lovingly fill with fruits His small hands from which all the grains had already fallen out. In return, she would find her fruit basket filled with precious gems.

The Lord is keen to uplift the jivatmas from their base thoughts and evil feelings to make them eligible for moksha gradually.

Change

Source : The Secret

When things change in our life, often we have resistance to the change. But if you understand the structure of the Universe, life, and creation, then you will understand that life is change, and nothing ever stands still. Everything is energy, and energy is in continual motion and change. If energy stood still you would be gone, and there would be no life.

Change is always happening for the good of you and for everyone. It is the evolution of life.

May the joy be with you.