NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS?

 

Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam (offerings) to God.

Will God come and eat our offerings?

Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.

An attempt is made here.

A Guru-Shishya conversation:

The sishya who doesn’t believe in God, asked his Guru thus:

“Does God accept our ‘neivedhyam’ (offerings)?

If God eats away the ‘prasadham’ then from where can we distribute it to others?

Does God really consume the ‘prasadham’, Guruji?”

The Guru did not say anything.

Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes.

That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the ‘upanishads’.

He taught them the ‘mantra’ : “poornamadham, poornamidham, poornasya poornaadaaya….”

and explained that :

‘every thing came out from “Poorna or Totality.”
( Ishavasya upanishad ).

Later,
Everyone was instructed to practice the mantra byheart.

So all the boys started praciting.

After a while,

The Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book,

which he did.

Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn’t believe in God :

‘Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book?

The shishya said : “Yes Guruji, I’ve recited whatever is written as in the book.

The Guru asked: “If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book?

He then explained:

The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form).

The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen).

GOD too is in the ‘sooksma sthiti’.

The offering made to Him is done in ‘stoola sthiti’.

Thus,

God takes the food in ‘sookshmam’, in sookshma stithi.

Hence the food doesn’t become any less in quantity.

While GOD takes it in the “sookshma sthiti”,

We take it as ‘prasadam’ in ‘sthoola sthiti’.

Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.

When Bhakti enters Food,
Food becomes Prasad…

When Bhakti enters Hunger,
Hunger becomes a Fast…

When Bhakti enters Water,
Water becomes Charanamrit…

When Bhakti enters Travel,
Travel becomes a Pilgrimage…

When Bhakti enters Music ,
Music becomes Kirtan…

When Bhakti enters a House,
House becomes a Temple…

When Bhakti enters Actions,
Actions become Services…

When Bhakti enters in Work,
Work becomes Karma…

When Bhakti enters a Man,
Man becomes Human…

When Bhakti enters social media
Chat becomes Satsang

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U R Important

 

U r important

A cobbler lived in a large village and he was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.

However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots.

This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.

While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.

His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was ok.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.

As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.

This simple principle is so often disregarded.

If you are in a responsible position and are one of the important links in the groups survival chain and if You do not look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either.

Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.

This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers even parents, breadwinners, homemakers and daughters-in-law!

If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will.

Are you taking care of yourself?

Take Care, stay Blessed!

GRANDMA IN COURT.. Brilliantly Hilarious: 😃😃😃😃😃

 

Lawyers should never ask grandmas’ a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer!

In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmother to the stand.

He approached her and asked; “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”

She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you’re a big disappointment to me..
You lie, cheat on your wife, manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you..”

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney (the opponent’s lawyer)?”

She again replied, “Why, yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster. He’s lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. ..Yes I know him.”

The defense attorney almost died.

The judge asked both lawyers to approach the bench and in a quiet voice said:

“If either of you rascals asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you to jail for contempt of court !

 

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Interesting Sign Posts

 

A sign in a shoe repair store : “We will heel you, We will save your sole, We will even dye for you!”

At an Eye Clinic : “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, You’ve come to the right place.”;

On a Plumber’s truck : “We repair what your husband fixed”;

On an Electrician’s truck : “Let us remove your shorts”;

In a Non-smoking Area : “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action”;

At a Car Dealership : “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”;

At the Electric Company : “We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.”;

In a Restaurant window : “Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”;

In the front yard of a Funeral Home : “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”;

Last but not least and I LOVE THIS……….

Sign on the back of Septic Tank Truck :

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

 

Source: Whatsapp

11 Short Horror stories at their best. Wrapped up in just 2 sentences or less….

 

1. Husband kills his wife while their 5 yr old son was still sleeping.
The weird thing was that kid didn’t ask 4 his mom even 3 days after she went missing.
Father:” Is there something that you want to ask me ? ”
Kid : “I just wonder, why mom is always standing BEHIND YOU . .

2. I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

3. The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.

4. In all of the time that I’ve lived alone in this house, I swear to God I’ve closed more doors than I’ve opened.

5. A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up & started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room & said “I heard that, too.”

6. My wife woke me up last night to tell me there was an intruder in our house. She was murdered by an intruder 2 years ago.

7. I always thought my cat had a staring problem. she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.

8. There’s nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it’s 1 a.m. & you’re home alone.

9. I begin tucking him into bed & he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.”
I look underneath for his amusement & see him.. another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.”

10. You get home, tired after a long day’s work & ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.

11. There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.

 

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Whose Ramayana is better — Hanuman or Valmiki ??

 

When Valmiki completed his Ramayana, Narada wasn’t impressed. ‘It is good, but Hanuman’s is better’, he said.

‘Hanuman has written the Ramayana too!’, Valmiki didn’t like this at all, and wondered whose Ramayana was better. So he set out to find Hanuman.

In Kadali-vana, grove of plantains, he found Ramayana inscribed on seven broad leaves of a banana tree.

He read it and found it to be perfect. The most exquisite choice of grammar and vocabulary, metre and melody. He couldn’t help himself. He started to cry.

‘Is it so bad?’ asked Hanuman
‘No, it is so good’, said Valmiki
‘Then why are you crying?’ asked Hanuman.

‘Because after reading your Ramayana no one will read my Ramayana,’ replied Valmiki.

Hearing this Hanuman simply tore up the seven banana leaves stating ” Now no one will ever read Hanuman’s Ramayana.'”

Hanuman said, ‘You need your Ramayana more than I need mine. You wrote your Ramayana so that the world remembers Valmiki; I wrote my Ramayana so that I remember Ram.’

At that moment he realized how he had been consumed by the desire for validation through his work.

He had not used the work to liberate himself from the fear of invalidation. He had not appreciated the essence of Ram’s tale to unknot his mind.

His Ramayana was a product of ambition; but Hanuman’s Ramayana was a product of affection.

That’s why Hanuman’s Ramayana sounded so much better. Valmiki realized that “Greater than Ram…is the name of Ram!” (राम से बड़ा राम का नाम).

There are people like Hanuman who don’t want to be famous. They just do their jobs and fulfill their purpose.

So let us not be like Valmiki, thinking our ”Ramayana” is the best.

There are many unsung “Hanumans” too…in our life…your spouse, mother, father, friends….let’s remember them and be grateful to all….

Points to ponder:

1. Which area of your life are you seeking validation?

2. Who are you seeking validation from?

3. Know that you are complete and perfect with all your imperfections!

 

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