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Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Birthday- Anurag Thakur



क्या है देवी-देवताओं के दिव्य दर्शनों के रहस्य ?


गीता झा 

एक संत, साधक ,ऋषि या एक सामान्य जन को जब देवी , देवताओं के दिव्य दर्शन होते हैं तो क्या वह उसके अपने अवचेतन [sub-conscious mind ] का बाहरी प्रकाश या प्रोजेक्शन है या आध्यत्मिक सत्ता का बाह्य जगत में ऐसा कोई दृश्यगत स्त्तर है जो व्यक्ति के सीमाबद्ध मन में बलपूर्वक प्रविष्ट हो जाता है । यह एक पुराना और पेचीदा प्रश्न है अधिकत्तर लोग इसी उलझन में उलझे रहते हैं| । क्या राम ,कृष्ण, दुर्गा, गणेश, शिव, देव, यक्ष, क्राइस्ट, पीर पैगम्बर आदि वास्तव में दर्शन देते हैं या हमारे अपने ही अंतर्मन के भाव बाहर प्रक्षेपित होकर विभिन्न देव सत्ताओं की रूपरेख रचते हैं ।

इस संदर्भ में श्रीरामकृष्ण परमहंस के अपने जीवनकाल में किये गए कई दिव्य दर्शन इस पेचीदे प्रश्न का समाधान प्रस्तुत कर सकते हैं । श्री रामकृष्ण परमहंस को कई आध्यत्मिक भाव जनित दिव्य दर्शन हुए थे | जब वे भाव समाधि में होते थे तो कई दिव्य सत्ताएं अक्सर उन्हें दर्शन देती थी । दिव्य दर्शन के पश्चात कई बार वे दिव्य आकृतियां श्री रामकृष्ण परमहंस के शरीर में ही विलीन हो जाती थीं, और कई बार स्वतंत्र सत्ता के रूप में विचरने वाली दिव्य सत्ताओं ने उन्हें दर्शन दिए थे ।

मोटे तौर पर आध्यत्मिक जगत में होने वाले इन दिव्य दर्शनों को दो भागों में बाँटा जा सकता है स्व-संवेद्य और पर-संवेद्य |

स्व-संवेद्य {स्वयं के कारण उत्पन्न होने वाले अनुभव}:

वंश परम्परा, धार्मिक मान्यताओं के कारण विभिन्न समाजों में भिन्न भिन्न देवी देवता माने और पूजे जाते हैं । पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी उनकी कथा -गाथा घरों में चलती है । धीरे धीरे यही मान्यताएं आस्था श्रद्धा के रूप में मन की गहराई में या अवचेतन मन में अपनी जड़े जमा लेती हैं । प्रत्येक मनुष्य के मस्तिष्क के आसपास विचार तरंगों का एक ideosphere होता है । जब जब कोई काल्पनिक रूप श्रद्धा के आवरण में असाधरण रूप से किसी इंसान के मन पर हावी हो जाती है तो उस इंसान का ideosphere ऐसे वातावरण, परिस्थितियों और घटनाओं को जन्म देता है की वह देव सत्ता वास्तव में दर्शन देने, बात करने, आशीर्वाद या वरदान देने, मार्गदर्शन करने का उपक्रम करती दृष्टिगोचर होती है । जितनी आस्था सघन होगी और जितना उस दिव्य सत्ता पर श्रद्धा होगी उतनी ही उसकी अनुकृति और व्यवहार स्पष्ट और सहायक होगा |

इस दर्शन में विचार और भाव की प्रमुख भूमिका है । जिस दिव्य सत्ता के प्रति मनुष्य के विचार जितने सपष्ट और भावनाएं जितनी आस्थावान होंगीं उनके दर्शन उतने ही गहरी अनुभूति से भरे होंगें और उसे पूर्ण रूप से वास्तविक लगेंगें । यह अपने ही अवचेतन मन के प्रक्षिप्त विचार होते हैं । जिसकी जैसी आस्था होती है उसी के अनुसार दिव्य सत्ता विभिन्न देवी, देवताओं,पीरों ,एंजेल्स के रूप में दर्शन देते हैं । कभी कभी प्रगट, स्वप्न में या तंद्रावस्था में ये सत्ताएं वरदान, आशीर्वाद, शुभकामना या मार्गदर्शन देती नज़र आती हैं ।

कभी कभी अवचेतन मन के ये दिव्य संकल्प प्रतिमाएं मानस -पुत्र का भी कार्य करती हैं । जिन मनुष्यों का मानसिक स्त्तर दृढ होता है और साधना और श्रद्धा बलवती होती हैं उनके संकल्प प्रतिमाएं उतनी ही स्पष्ट और सशक्त होती है । काल्पनिक या अंतर्मन से प्रक्षिप्त होने के बाबजूद भी उनमें उच्च स्त्तर की आलौकिक शक्ति होती है और यह वरदान, मार्गदर्शन, आशीर्वाद देने के अतिरिक्त साधकों की इच्छा पूर्ति भी करते हैं ।

अपनी खुद की मनोभूमि से उत्पन्न हुए ये देवी देवता व्यक्ति विशेष की जानकारी, कल्पना, इच्छा और प्रभाव के अनुसार आकर और शक्ति धारण करते हैं ।

जिन मनुष्यों की श्रद्धा और विचार दुर्बल या पिलपिले होते हैं या जिनका मानसिक बल कम होता है उनके अवचेतन मन द्वारा प्रक्षेपित देवी देवता भी अस्पष्ट रूपाकृति में दर्शन देने वाले और कम आलौकिक शक्ति संपन्न होते हैं ।

यह दर्शन अपने ही शरीरबद्ध मानसिक चिंतन के परिणामस्वरूप होता है । यह दर्शन अपनी निष्ठा, आस्था और अभ्यास के सहायता से होता है ।


पर-संवेद्य { बाहरी कारणों से उत्पन्न होने वाले अनुभव }:

सर्गे-सर्गे पृथगरूप सन्ति सर्गान्तराण्यपि। 
तेष्वप्यंतःस्थसर्गोध: कदलीदल पीठवत॥ -योग वशिष्ठ 4।15।16-1

आकाशे परमाष्वन्तर्द्र व्यादेररणुकेऽपिच। 
जीवाणुर्यत्र तत्रेंद जगदवेत्ति निजं वपुः॥ -योग वाशिष्ठ 3।44।34-35

अर्थात्- हे लीला! जिस प्रकार केले के तने के अन्दर एक के बाद एक परतें निकलती चली आती हैं। उसी प्रकार प्रत्येक सृष्टि के भीतर नाना प्रकार के सृष्टि क्रम विद्यमान हैं। इस प्रकार एक के अन्दर अनेक सृष्टियों का क्रम चलता है। संसार में व्याप्त चेतना के प्रत्येक परमाणु में जिस प्रकार स्वप्नलोक विद्यमान है उसी प्रकार जगत में अनन्त द्रव्य के अनन्त परमाणुओं के भीतर अनेक प्रकार के जीव और उनके जगत विद्यमान हैं।

यह जगत केवल स्थूल या जड़ ही नहीं है इसमें अनंत सूक्ष्म और सूक्ष्तर जगत एक दूसरे में समाये हुए सह अस्तित्व में स्थित हैं । भारतीय ऋषियों ने सात लोकों का वर्णन किया है । जो एक से अधिक सूक्ष्तर और शक्ति सम्पन्न हैं ......

भू, भुव, स्वः, तप, जन, महः, सत्यम् ये सात लोक हैं ।
भूः, भुवः एवं स्वः-------धरती, आकाश और पाताल का स्थूल लोक है । यह दृश्य जगत है ।
तपः ------------सूक्ष्म अदृश्य लोक है
जन, महः, सत्यम्-------- अदृश्य सूक्ष्तर देवलोक हैं

विशुद्धतः चेतनात्मक सत्ता देवी देवताओं या दिव्य सत्ताओं के रूप में उच्च लोक में अवस्थित रहते हैं । अंतरिक्ष में कई आलौकिक और दिव्य सत्ताएं विद्यमान हैं ,कभी कभी वे समय समय पर मानव को दर्शन देकर सत्कर्मों के लिए प्रेरणा देती हैं और उनकी सहायता करती हैं । ऐसे दिव्य दर्शन किसी विशेष विश्वास या साधना के ऊपर आश्रित नहीं होते हैं, यह वास्तविक दर्शन हैं।

कभी कभी सूक्ष्म जगत की कुछ बलशाली सत्ताएं साधक को उसकी साधना से भ्रष्ट करने के लिए छदम रूप [shape shift ] धर कर इच्छित देवी देवता का दर्शन दे देते हैं । ऐसे दर्शन साधक को अहंकार से भर देते हैं और उसका आध्यत्मिक पतन होना शुरू हो जाता है ।

कभी कभी ऐतिहसिक पौराणिक स्थलों में प्राचीन दिव्य पुरुषों की झलक दिखाई दे जाती है । जैसे वृन्दावन में श्रीकृष्ण, चित्रकूट में श्रीराम या शक्ति पीठ में देवी के दर्शन होते हैं । ऊँचे आदर्शों वाले संकल्पित अवतारी दिव्य आत्माओं का तेज काफी बड़ा चढ़ा होता है और उनके विद्युत कण हज़ारों वर्षों तक उस विशेष स्थान पर बने रहते हैं और समय समय पर अनुकूल मनोभूमि वालों को इनके मूर्त रूप के दर्शन होते रहते हैं ।

Happy Birthday - Mallika Sherawat



Thursday, October 23, 2014

HAPPY DEEPAWALI to you & your family



"WISH U A VERY HAPPY DIWALI" 
Dwarka Parichay Team

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Yamini's Arengetram on 25th Oct. at CCRT auditorium


शुभ दीपावली

दीवाली की दीप रश्मियाँ, गद्गद इक-इक अंग करें
माँ लक्ष्मी की कृपा रहे , विघ्न विनाशक विघ्न हरें
माँ सरस्वती राह दिखाएँ , तन मन नयी उमंग झरें
रिद्धि सिद्धि हों बाएँ दाएं,खुशियों के सब रंग भरें

~~प्रेम बिहारी मिश्र

DEEPAVALI – ITS INNER MEANING


India is a land of festivals. Many festivals are celebrated here with great grandeur. Every festival has a historical, religious or mythological significance behind it. Deepavali is one of the most popular festivals of India and is being celebrated for the past thousands of years. The name of the festival is obtained from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

Let us go back to the Ramayana, several thousands of years ago, when Ayodhya became almost like a ghost city on Lord Rama’s exile, due to Kaikeyi’s plotting. All the people were thrust into sorrow and distress for fourteen unbearably long years. When Lord Rama finally returned to Ayodhya, they spontaneously celebrated this joyful reunion with the divine and welcomed Lord Rama back to their city, illuminating their homes.

Lord Rama’s homecoming is a historical reality; this event also has immense significance in our lives. Lord Rama was the King of Ayodhya. We can compare Ayodhya to our heart and Lord Rama to its Lord, the ultimate object of love and devotion for all of us. Due to our narrow-minded and mistaken beliefs, we too have banished the Lord from our heart. Just as Ayodhya became a ghost town when Lord Rama departed, our heart has become polluted with negative thoughts like anger, hatred, violence, lust, envy, wickedness, fear, greed, prejudice, depression, fear, oppression, anxiety, boredom, loneliness and stress. Our lives too are without a purpose.

However, the significant difference between us and the people of Ayodhya is that they knew without a doubt that their grief was due to separation from the Lord. But we are generally and often slow to identify the root cause of our unhappiness. We pursue materialistic goals – possessions, status, power, prestige, fame and position. But these illusions offer only momentary enjoyment and do not provide eternal fulfillment. Hence, with all the comforts in our lives, our lives are still frustrating and disappointing.

Darkness symbolizes ignorance and light represents knowledge. Lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction (through knowledge) of all these negative thoughts. The light from the earthen lamps (diyas) should also light our hearts with divine love, brotherhood and friendship.

The flame of a lamp has two attributes. One is to expel darkness. The other is a continuous upward movement. Even when a lamp is kept in a pit, the flame moves upwards. The sages have therefore respected the lamp of wisdom as the flame that leads people to higher levels. Hence, while lighting the external lamps (diyas), people should make every effort to light the lamps within them. Further, we light numerous lamps with one candle. The light, with which other lamps are lit, is a Symbol of the Divine. The other lamps obtain their light from the One Supreme Light.

In the evening, many people pray in their homes. They worship Ganesha, the God of Wisdom, the remover of all obstacles and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity and Good Fortune. Some believe that Lakshmi roams around the Earth looking for clean and spotless homes where she will be welcomed. People clean their homes and open their doors and windows, and lights are left burning all night, so that Lakshmi may feel welcome and enter.

Deepavali signifies the triumph of good over evil:

· In North India, they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya (after he defeated Ravana), by lighting rows of clay lamps.

· South India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

· In Western India the festival represents the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main Gods of the Hindu Trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the lower world.

· In West Bengal and some other areas in North India, during Deepavali, Goddess Kali is worshipped. Just as the lights drive away the darkness, Goddess Kali drives away the evil forces in our world.

Deepavali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname and Fiji.

Anup Y. Attavar 
Connecting Indians
B.E. Mech. (COEP, Pune);
P.G.D.I.T. - International Trade (IIFT, New Delhi)
Alumnus – Loyola High School, Pune (India)
Special Correspondent – Dwarka Parichay (Western India)

Happy Birthday - Urmila Porwal



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diwali Blessings from Pujya Swamiji‏


Dear Divine Souls,

I hope that -- by God's Grace -- this finds you in the best of health and happiness at this sacred and divine time of Diwali.

From high in the sky, the beautifully burning lights of Diwali can be seen, illuminating the nation of India (and so many nations around the world where Indians live) in a kaleidoscopic symphony of colours. The lights of Diwali are viewable even by NASA satellite! Fascinatingly the division between countries, that which divides us -- where one country ends and another begins -- cannot be seen from the sky. The barriers and boundaries are artificial. However, the lights of Diwali CAN be seen, the divine lights of that which unites us reach high up into the atmosphere.

Diwali is a day eagerly awaited by young and old alike, in which our homes are sweetened by the fragrance of ghee-filled diyas, which flicker upon our household walls, and line our streets.

In preparation for Diwali, we sweep and scrub our homes until they shine like jewels. Dressed in colorful new clothes, we offer burning lights to brighten the skies from our loving hands.


Return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya -- welcoming the Divine in Our Lives

Diwali is celebrated as the time at which Lord Rama returned to the city of Ayodhya after being in exile for fourteen years. The people of Ayodhya were, of course, overjoyed at the return of their Divine King. To welcome Him, they filled the streets of the city with brightly burning lamps. The lamps symbolize the joy at His homecoming and also literally a way of beholding His divine face on the dark night of the new moon.

The symbolism of this is truly beautiful. We do not merely celebrate Diwali as a historical remembrance. Rather, as we light the diyas (lamps) we must also consciously and actively welcome the Divine back into our lives. God (by all names and all forms) is of course omnipresent and never "goes away." However, we go away from God. We turn our focus, our attention, our love and connection away from the Divine and onto the material, the temporal, the fleeting. We offer our actions and decisions on the altar of financial success, material wealth and social status. We forget and neglect to offer ourselves on the altar of the One who is true success, true prosperity, true light and true peace. So, as we light the lamps on Diwali we welcome the Divine back into our lives.

Through these beautiful lamps not only are we better able to behold the image of the Divine outside of ourselves, on our altars, in our temples or other houses of worship, but the true Light is one which shows us the Divine within ourselves as well. We have been not only created by the Creator, but we have also been created of the Creator. So, as we light these beautiful lamps we pray for the divine vision to be able to behold that Divine in all around us and also within ourselves.

Rama Rajya

When Rama returned to Ayodhya and took the throne of the city, it was the beginning of what is called "Rama Rajya" or the rule of Rama. Rama Rajya is referred to, again and again, not only in the Ramayana but in innumerable other literary works, as really an age of perfection. It is the age to which we are always trying to return -- a time of peace, joy, harmony, health and abundance. However, the Ramayana gives us very specific details of what Rama Rajya entailed. These include a complete eradication of despair, poverty, illness, suffering, illiteracy, and violence. The world of Rama Rajya was one in which all people, let me repeat -- all people -- had sufficient resources, education, training, good health and were loved and cared for.

When we celebrate Diwali, we must similarly be prepared to work toward creating Rama Rajya which began as soon as Rama returned, hence began from Diwali. Rama did not simply wave a magic divine wand and make poverty, illness, illiteracy, malice and despair vanish. Rather He called upon the citizens of Ayodhya to join hands in bringing about the new world order.

In the same way, if we are truly going to celebrate Diwali, we must be prepared to joining our hands and creating a world in which no one, yes no one, sleeps hungry, lacks basic education or health care, or is the victim of violence. It is not enough to just light diyas and eat sweets on Diwali. In order to really celebrate we must vow and pledge that from the next morning we will WORK toward creating Rama Rajya here and now.

Maha Lakshmi - the Goddess of Prosperity

Diwali is also a celebration in which we worship Maha Lakshmi, the Divine Feminine, the Goddess of Prosperity and Abundance. However, it is common for many to mistakenly perceive Maha Lakshmi as the Goddess of tangible wealth, to whom we pray when we want financial improvements in life. However, true Wealth is not merely the number written on our bank statements or on our income tax balance sheet.

True Wealth is the light which shines forth from within us; it is our cup which runneth over with love, compassion, gratitude and joy. Maha Lakshmi is the Divine Mother. She gives and gives like the Sun, and like Mother Ganga -- selflessly, with no discrimination, no hesitation, no expectation and no vacation! Maha Lakshmi can be seen and worshipped not only in Her gorgeous form in our mandirs, draped in a shiny red saree, but also in all that gives and gives: the rivers, the trees, the very air that we breathe, the crops that nourish and sustain us. All that is green, all that is beautiful is She.

True Worship of the Goddess

And this beautiful Divine Feminine is what we, as society, are sadly destroying and allowing to be destroyed. Whether in the form of Mother Ganga, Mother Nature, Mother Earth or our human daughters, sisters and mothers -- the Divine Feminine is manifest in them all.

Yet tragically, every day, three billion litres of sewage and chemicals contaminate the Mother Ganga alone. Every year, countless millions of trees are cut down in India alone, leaving behind lifeless topsoil that cascades down from mountainsides leaving destroyed villages in its wake. Our land, our water and our air are being filled with toxins, bringing a plague of darkness upon our planet. As a culture which prays for and to our atmosphere, our rivers, our mountains and our plants, we are simultaneously destroying that which we claim to hold sacred.

Similarly, as we worship Maha Lakshmi and perform puja to the Divine Feminine we are desecrating the very living, breathing feminine in our lives.

In the UK, the US and other countries around the world, nearly one in three women are victims of domestic violence; innumerable more are victims of rape and other atrocities. In India, sixty-eight percent of women are abused. Even when they are not being hit, many of our mothers and sisters in India are still prone to abuse, fearful every night, when they must forage outdoors away from home for a place in which to heed the call of nature, simply because they have no toilets. Nearly twenty-five percent of India’s daughters will drop out of school, mainly for the lack of toilets, adding to an unseen toll of poverty, desperation and pain.

In destroying the creation, or permitting the creation to be destroyed without stopping it, we are in fact, destroying the handiwork of the Creator and turning our backs on Maha Lakshmi.

BE the Light

For this festival of lights, let us instead resolve to be the light ourselves. Instead of asking Maha Lakshmi for the bounty of wealth, let us instead ask how we may restore that bounty for the world. In planting a tree, we are planting the grace of Maha Lakshmi. In cleaning our rivers, we are cleaning Her glorious form. In stopping any instances of violence against women and girls, we are protecting Her.

In giving a toilet to a household or a school, we are similarly bringing light, making our world cleaner, and safeguarding the innocent from needless suffering.

Puja does not only mean that which we do sitting in our mandirs; it is how we live our lives. Arpan (offering) is not done only in the midst of a religious ritual; it teaches us how to live. Let every minute and every moment be an opportunity to perform puja for Maha Lakshmi. Let everything we do be an offering to Her.

Each lit diya not only brings individual light, but it also can be used to light others! One single burning candle can light innumerable other candles. On this Diwali, let us not only light the oil lamps but let us become the lamps which bring light and then light others. Instead of throwing fireworks into the sky, causing air and noise pollution, let us become the fireworks, illuminating this world through the goodness of our deeds and the selflessness of our actions.

It begins with one tree, one toilet, or even picking up one piece of litter from the road or the bank of a river. It continues with the switching off of one light, the protecting of one girl, one woman, or one resource. From here begins a chain of light that can propel us forth into a new era. Make the resolution, and launch a new era of light in which all may bask. Hope and light are in your hands on this Diwali day.

If we can take a pledge on this Diwali Day to truly be the light and help bring in an era of Rama Rajya, then the lights of our lamps will continue to burn not only for a few hours but on and on throughout the year and for years to come.

With much love and blessings to you all and all your loved ones,

In the service of God and humanity,

Swami Chidanand Saraswati

International Exchance Programme at R.D. Rajpal School


A truly progressive dimension for the school was Principal Alka Kshatriya’s visit to the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City, USA with a view to initiate a collaborative learning plan at international level. She found the core values like community, independence, courage, respect and leadership qualities were the same as promoted by R.D. Rajpal School, Dwarka and was invited by LCC to join the collaborative effort. 

Principal Alka Kshatriya held valuable interactive sessions with the teachers and students there and learnt a lot about implementing innovative ideas. Her presentation on India in all the splendour and richness of the country’s culture and heritage was an eye-opener to the students and teachers. She observed lessons in progress which impressed her for their multi-tasking activities that helped to develop independent thinking of the learners. She was full of appreciation for the dance by all the students to the Indian song “Jai Ho”. It was an emotionally moving moment for her to hear our ‘National Anthem’ sung by Americans.

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