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 !

 

(Source: www)

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.

 

(Source: whatsapp)

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!

 

(Source : www )

Krishana’s conversation with his friend (Uddhava Gita)

 

Why did Krishna not save the Pandavas when they played dice with Duryadhana & Shakuni?

From his childhood, Uddhava had been with Krishna, charioting him and serving him in many ways. He never asked for any wish or boon from Sri Krishna. When Krishna was at the verge of completing His Avatar, he called Uddhava and said, ‘Dear Uddhava, in this avatar of mine, many people have asked and received boons from me; but you never asked me anything. Why don’t you ask something now? I will give you. Let me complete this avatar with the satisfaction of doing something good for you also’.

Even though Uddhava did not ask anything for himself, he had been observing Krishna from his childhood, he had always wondered about the apparent disconnect between Krishna’s teachings and actions, and wanted to understand the reasons for the same. He asked Krishna, ‘Lord, you taught us to live in one way, but you lived in a different way. In the drama of Mahabharat I did not understand many things, the role played by you and your actions. I am curious to understand the reasons for your actions. Would you fulfil my desire to know?’

Krishna said, ‘Uddhava, what I told Arjuna during the war of Kurukshetra was Bhagavad Gita. Today, my responses to you would be known as ‘Uddhava Gita’. That is why I gave this opportunity to you. Please ask without hesitation.’

Uddhava starts asking – ‘Krishna, first tell me who is a real friend?’

Krishna says, ‘The real friend is one who comes to the help of his friend in need even without being called’.

Uddhava: ‘Krishna, you were a dear friend of the Pandavas. They trusted you fully as Apadhbhandava (protector from all difficulties). Krishna, you not only know what is happening, but you know what is going to happen. You are a great Gyani. Just now you gave the definition of a true friend, then why did you not act as per that definition.

Why did you not stop Dharmaraj (Yudhishtra) from playing the gambling game? And if you did not stop him then why did you not turn the luck in favour of Dharmaraj, by which you would have ensured that dharma wins. You did not do that also. You could have at least saved Dharmaraj by stopping the game after he lost his wealth, country and himself. You could have released him from the punishment for gambling. Or, you could have entered the hall when he started betting his brothers. You did not do that either. At least when Duryodhana tempted Dharmaraj by offering to return everything lost if he betted Draupadi (who always brought good fortune to Pandavas), you could have intervened and with your divine power you could have made the dices roll in a way that is favorable to Dharmaraj. Instead, you intervened only when Draupadi almost lost her modesty and now you claim that you gave clothes and saved Draupadi’s modesty. How can you even claim this – after her being dragged into the hall by a man and disrobed in front of so many people, what modesty is left for a woman? What have you saved? Only when you help a person at the time of crisis, can you be called ‘Apadhbandhava’. If you did not help in the time of crisis, what is the use? Is it Dharma?’ As Uddhava posed these questions, tears started rolling from his eyes.

These are not the questions of Uddhava alone. All of us who have read Mahabharata have these questions. On behalf of us, Uddhava had already asked Krishna.

Bhagavan Krishna laughed. ‘Dear Uddhava, the law of this world is: ‘only the one who has Viveka (intelligence through discrimination), wins’. While Duryodhana had viveka, Dharmaraj lacked it. That is why Dharmaraj lost’.

Uddhava was lost and confused. Krishna continues ‘While Duryodhana had lots of money and wealth to gamble, he did not know how to play the game of dice. That is why he used his Uncle Shakuni to play the game while he betted. That is viveka. Dharmaraj also could have thought similarly and offered that I, being his cousin, would play on his behalf. If Shakuni and I had played the game of dice, who do you think would have won? Can he roll the numbers I am calling or would I roll the numbers he is asking. I can forgive the fact that he forgot to include me in the game. But, without viveka, he did another blunder. He prayed that I should not come to the hall as he did not want me to know that through ill-fate he was compelled to play this game. He tied me with his prayers and did not allow me to get into the hall; I was just outside the hall waiting for someone to call me through their prayers. Even when Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva were lost, they were only cursing Duryodhana and brooding over their fate; they forgot to call me. Even Draupadi did not call me when Dusshasan held her hair and dragged her to fulfil his brother’s order. She was also arguing in the hall, based on her own abilities. She never called me. When Dusshasan started disrobing her, then good sense prevailed and she gave up depending on her own strength, and started shouting ‘Hari, Hari, Abhayam Krishna, Abhayam’ and shouted for me. Only then I got an opportunity to save her modesty. I reached as soon as I was called. I saved her modesty. What is my mistake in this situation?

‘Wonderful explanation, Kanha, I am impressed. However, I am not deceived. Can I ask you another question’, says Uddhava. Krishna gives him the permission to proceed.

‘Does it mean that you will come only when you are called! Will you not come on your own to help people in crisis, to establish justice?’, asks Uddhava.

Krishna smiles. ‘Uddhava, in this life everyone’s life proceeds based on their own karma. I don’t run it; I don’t interfere in it. I am only a ‘witness’. I stand close to you and keep observing whatever is happening. This is God’s Dharma’.

‘Wow, very good Krishna. In that case, you will stand close to us, observe all our evil acts; as we keep committing more and more sins, you will keep watching us. You want us to commit more blunders, accumulate sins and suffer’, says Uddhava.

Krishna says.’Uddhava, please realise the deeper meaning of your statements. When you understand & realise that I am standing as witness next to you, how can you do anything wrong or bad. You definitely cannot do anything bad. You forget this and think that you can do things without my knowledge, that is when you get into trouble. Dharmaraj’s ignorance was that he thought he can play the game of gambling without my knowledge. If Dharmaraj had realized that I am always present with everyone in the form of ‘Sakshi’ (witness), then wouldn’t the game have finished differently?’

Uddhava was spellbound and got overwhelmed by Bhakti. He said, ‘What a deep philosophy. What a great truth! Even praying and doing pooja to God and calling Him for help are nothing but our feeling / belief. When we start believing that nothing moves without Him, how can we not feel his presence as Witness? How can we forget this and act? Throughout Bhagavad Gita, this is the philosophy Krishna imparted to Arjuna. He was the charioteer as well as guide for Arjuna, but he did not fight on his own.’- Realize that Ultimate Sakshi/ Witnesser within & without you! And Merge in that God-Consciousness!

Discover Thy Higher Self- The Pure Loveful & Blissful Supreme Consciousness! – Tat Tvam Asi!

 

!!! JAY JAGANNATH !!!

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Hello world!

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Hello World !!!

Namaste.

(With folded hands my inner soul greets the God within you)

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