Thursday, October 31, 2013

‘Exploring the Inner Self ’

‘Exploring the Inner Self ’
We need food, we need house, we need money, and we need clothes.
We need all these things to survive and to live a comfortable life.

Though we must pay attention to get everything we need in the physical world, but these things should not become the only reason for our existence.

We should also pay attention and devote some time to explore our inner self.

Being with our 'self ' is very hard. We always want to have some company. Whenever we are alone, we turn on the radio or TV, call someone or aimlessly surf on the internet. We don’t like to be alone.

But how can we explore the inner self if we are always living in the outer world? The ‘self ‘can only be reached when the mind is quite.

That is what ‘Sumiran’ or meditation means… to be silent, to quite the mind… to go into the state of ‘Nothingness’… from Sakaar to Nirakaar, from Sagun to Nirgun, from ‘something to ‘Nothing’.

When we become ‘nothing’, there cannot be any jealousy, anger, pride or ego.

When we become ‘nothing’, we become free from desires and expectations… free from pain and sufferings.

By becoming ‘nothing’, we achieve everything that we strive for… Freedom, fearlessness, peace and bliss.

May God bless us all.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

2 Nice quotes ....... Letting Go

 “Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.” 
                                 – Byron Katie

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” 

                                        – C. S. Lewis

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Devotion......thru Love or fear ?

I have always believed that God should be worshiped thru Love .... not fear. 
God is not some frightening cruel being, ready and waiting to revenge or punish for every mistake we make.

The ultimate reward of devotion is "Moksha" which means liberation... free from the fear of sufferings and death.

The old Hindu scriptures is full of many such stories where God, when pleased with the devotion of the sages & Bhaktas, gave them the boon of "Abhaya Daan" and "Abheeh" (to be free from fear). 

Similarly, Gurubani also says:

"Bhaya kaahoo ko dait nahin, nahi bhaya maanat Aan
  Kahu Nanak sun re manaa,  Giani Tahi bakhaan"
                                                 (9th Guru Teg Bahadur ji)
भय काहू को  देत नहीं, नहि भय मानत आन
कहु नानक सुन रे मना ज्ञानी ताहि बखान         (: 9 )

"One who does not frighten anyone, nor is afraid of anyone (or anything)
Listen  O' mind, says Nanak, consider them spiritually wise."

There is no need to be afraid of God. Devotion out of fear or greed is not a real devotion.

But every time I say this, some people start quoting another popular verse from the Gurubani:

"Bhaya binu Bhakti na hovayi, Naam na lagay Pyaar"

"भय बिनु भक्ति होवई,  नाम लगै प्यार "

(without the fear of God, one can neither have devotion, nor the love for His name.)

Both these verses are from Gurubani and sound contradictory.
But then again, they may not be.

Perhaps the Gurus give different upadesh to different people, according to their need and understanding. 

As Shehanshaah ji used to say "I want people to listen to me, to understand me. So I am willing to tell them in their own way.... whichever way they want to understand it."

It's like some people, by nature, like to drive within the speed limit, while others may stay within the limit only if they see a cop nearby........ for the fear of getting a ticket.

I guess, the devotion thru "love for God or fear of God" could also be an individual choice.

                                    ‘Rajan Sachdeva’

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dharam Raj ….A beautiful concept that got distorted over time.

 Dharam Raj …. 

         A beautiful concept that got distorted over time.

Now a days, when we hear the word “Dharam Raj” (also known as Yamraaj) the picture of a scary big man with horns on his head riding on the back of a buffalo comes to our mind. His role is to pull the life (soul) out of the body and take it to the ‘other world’. After checking the record of their life, he sends the souls to heaven or throws them in the hell. 

The concept of Dharm Raj was totally different during the early Vedantic period. The earlier Upanishads portray the picture of Dharm Raj as an extremely gentle, kind and benevolent wise person. 

In fact the word Dharma Raj was commonly used for the Sadguru. 


I was too when I first found it out.

The literal meaning of ‘Dharma Raj’ would be ‘the king or highest authority of Dharma’, and that is the Guru. Though his picture was very different in ancient times but his basic function was same. 

The function of Dharma Raj or the Guru was to take the “mind or consciousness” away from this mortal world of misery, pain and sufferings to the ‘other world’ of everlasting peace and bliss. 

A beautiful story in the Kathopanishad shows Dharma Raj as a gentle, extremely kind and wise person. 

The story goes as, when the young prince Nachiketa thought he had made his father, the king, angry, he went to see the Dharam Raj. After a long and tedious journey, when he finally arrived at his palace, he was informed that Dharm Raj had gone out and would be back after three days. Nachiketa sat at his doorsteps waiting for him without any food or drink.
When Dharm Raj came back after three days, he saw a pale young boy sitting at his doorsteps. He immediately realized that the boy was hungry and thirsty. He apologized and asked his household companions and servants why this boy was not invited in and attended to properly? He told his servants that any guest, regardless of the age or status, should be welcomed and served like a ​​god and ordered them to bring food and water for this unknown young guest.

He then turns to the boy and asked for forgiveness for the rude behavior of his household companions. He asked for the purpose of his visit and as an apology, he also offered to grant the young boy three boons (wishes) …. One for each night he waited outside his house.

As his first boon, Nachiketa asked that his father should not be angry with him when he goes back.

For the second boon, he desired to know the 'yagna' (a process or gyana​​)​​, by which, one enjoys a long life of contentment, free from suffering, sorrow and fear.

Both these boons were granted.

Both these boons represent all the happiness one expects to enjoy on earth.

But Nachiketa knew that such happiness, which is associated with the physical world, is transitory.

So for his third boon, he asked Dharam Raj for the knowledge of the Self, the Atman - its origin, its nature and its destiny. 
With the asking of this third boon, the teaching of the Kath-Upanishad begins and Dharm Raj bestows upon him the Gyana (knowledge) of Atman and Brahman, the self and the supreme God.

Having received this wisdom, Nachiketa became free from death and attained Moksha.

Now.... This picture of the Dharam Raj is definitely not of a terrifying, frightening scary man with horns on the head. Nachiketa did not get frightened or ran away after seeing him. 

Then, how and when did this picture got distorted?

Perhaps it got changed, first with the Greek and then with the Judo-Christian and Islamic influences in Indian cultures, because the current portray of Dharm Raj or Yam Raj is very much similar to the picture of devil in Christianity or Satan in Islam.

Should we wait for a frightening, scary Dharm Raj to show up at the end of our life? 

Or, should we, like Nachiketa, go right now to a kindhearted loving Dharm Raj (Sat-Guru), who would take our consciousness to the “other world” of everlasting peace and bliss? 

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