Monday, December 19, 2011

Trijata- The Sita's saviour

 'Trijata'  was one of the demoness in King Ravana’s court. She was appointed to have an eye on Sita and convinced her to marry King. Due to her past lives good deeds,Trijata, was devotee of Lord Rama despite born in demon community. Instead of threatening Sita, she was the only one there in Ashok Vatika where Sita was kept who treated Sita like her daughter. She even freed Sita from the fear by disclosing the secret that Ravana could not marry her due to involvement of previous curses to him. One night she had a dream in which she saw that Lord Rama defeated Ravana. After the dream she even tried her best to persuade King to set Sita free from his captivity.She was sure the Ravanas act of keeping Sita in his kingdom would bring destruction to the whole family. Trijata clearly understood the powers of Sita at once. Even during the war she kept the hopes of Sita alive when Ravana spread the rumors about his victory.She morally supported Sita all the way during the war. Trijata's role can never be underestimated. Actually Trijata was a niece of Ravana,the daughter of Vibhishan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nav Bhakti

The word 'Bhakti' means devotion towards god.According to hindu classics there are 9 forms of bhakti called "Navdha Bhakti". These 9 forms are as follows-
1) Shravan- listening the glory of called "shravan"
2) Kirtan- singing bahajans called "Kirtan"
3) Smaran-remebering the god through mantras and japam called "smaran"
4) Pada Sewa-worship of lord's feet is called "Paad Sewa"
5) Archana-offering to god is called "archana"
6) Vandana-bowing before Lord and paying obeisance is called "vandana"
7) Dasya bhakti-when a devotee always consider himself as lord's servant
8) Sakhya-devotee considere god as his friend
9) Samarpan-is a complete surrender.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ek Shloki Ramayana

Ramayana , the hindu epic,consist of   24000 shlokas in 7 books.Reading a Ramayana has a power to wash off all the sins of a human. But in modern era where time is always in scarcity, the benefits of reading a whole Ramayana can be obtain by reading "Ek shloki Ramayana" in which the context of whole epic is reduced into one shloka(verse).

Mantra as follows
आदि राम तपोवनादि गमनं, हत्वा मृगं कांचनम्।
वैदीहीहरणं जटायुमरणं, सुग्रीवसंभाषणम्।।
बालीनिर्दलनं समुद्रतरणं, लंकापुरीदाहनम्।
पश्चाद् रावण कुम्भकर्ण हननम्, एतद्धि रामायणम्।।

Once Rama went to forest,
He chased the deer,
Sita was kidnapped,
Jatayu was killed, There were talks with Sugreeva,
Bali was killed,
The sea was crossed,
Lanka was burnt,
And later Ravana and Kumbhakarna,
were also killed.
This in short is the story of Ramayanam

-consistency is required
-after the morning bath ,start chanting the mantra in front of idol of Lord Rama
-atleast recitation of 108 times is necessary everyday
 -try to recite at the same time and at the same place everyday.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ek Shloki Bhagwat

When i was on a trip to Braj bhoomi, one of the pandit of the temple told me the shlok(stanza) in which the whole Bhagwat puraan was described. The stanza was as follows-

"Adhou devaki devi garbha jananam, Gopi gruhe paalanam,
Mayaa pootana jeevithaa apaharanam, govardhanodharanam,
Kansa chedana, kauravadi hananam, kunhi suta palanam,
Etad bhagawatham purana kaditam Shri Krishna leelamrutam"

It means -

'Born to devi Devaki,
Brought up by Gopis,
killed the deomness Pootana,
Lifted the Govardhana parvat,
Beheaded his uncle Kansa,
Helped in killing the Kauravas,
And looked after the children of Kunti.
This is   short   story of Bhagawatam,