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Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth

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The following video is wonderful tribute to the father of the Indian nation and a great spiritual leader. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a man who  fought a war without weapons and won. His adherence  to truth and nonviolence make him a mahatma (great soul).

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Ramacharitmanas 56. Yajnavalkya Is Asked, Who Is Rama?

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Rama is beyond comprehension.  Rama is God, the ground of reality, Rama is the Brahman of the Upanishads, yet at the same time was a prince who lived in the city of Ayodhya.  How is this even possible?  God is immeasurable, is there anything he cannot do?  Whether we meditate upon the vast, inconceivable Brahman, or whether we pray with tears in our eyes to the beautiful blue God, the mind is unable to fathom the greatness of Rama.  In fact only your soul can answer the question of who Rama is.

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Om Namah Shivayah

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One of the great mantras of Hinduism is ‘Om Namah Shivayah‘ is widely considered the most holy of utterances dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Mantras are a powerful method for meditation. The actual word is man-mind and tra- to focus or control.

It is also called Panchakshara and has been chanted by devotees for thousands of years.

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Ramacharitmanas 55. How The Ramayana Will Nourish You

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You will be well aware that it is stories which leave the biggest mark upon us.  Rather than telling somebody that they should behave in a virtuous manner, a story teller with a tale illustrating the powerful effect of dharma through a story is far more convincing and will be remembered within the psyche of the individual very easily.  The Ramayana is a very powerful religious teaching which has taken the form of such a story.  It can be considered literal history, a symbolic analogy, or a spiritual practice,  however you decide to look upon this powerful story, its waters will nourish you beyond what you can conceive with your mind alone.  It will speak to your heart.  Each aspect has a meaning, each character a message.  Each verse slowly takes us along the river from our ego to our heart.

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Ramacharitmanas 54. Knowledge, Dispassion, Love: The Three Rivers To God

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Non-attachment, knowledge and devotion, these are the three rivers to God.  It is said in the Shrimad Bhagavata Purana that Devotion is like a mother and her two children are like knowledge and non-attachment. If you want knowledge and non-attachment, you can study, you can meditate, but by following the mother, by following the path of love, both of the children will be found.  Love naturally brings the states of dispassion and wisdom.

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Ramacharitmanas 53. The Three Types Of Devotee

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God is seen differently by each and everyone of us.  There is no way that my perception is exactly the same as yours, but there are general approaches to Religion which devotees have.  This was topic is described perfectly by Bhaktivinoba Thakur who describes the three spiritual seekers as Kamala shraddhas, madhyamadhikaris, and uttamadhikaris.*

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Ramacharitmanas 52. Experiencing Bliss

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When I visited the beautiful Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Kainchi, I sat everyday and meditated by Maharaji’s tucket.  The powerful vibrations of this area of the ashram were immense and I was deeply attracted to this spot where Maharaji used to sit.  As the rest of our members walked towards the exit to leave the Ashram on our final day, I sat for a few moments in a deep, peaceful, silence.  I was leaving Kainchi and this was my way of saying goodbye, this wooden tucket with Maharaji’s blanket placed upon it was like the most important place in the world.  I bowed down, with my head on the floor, then without thinking I kissed the bottom of the leg of the tucket.  As soon as I did this I burst into tears, my heart was beating at a hundred miles an hour, and I was experiencing the most intense feeling of love.  I could sense that people were walking behind me, carrying on with their daily activities, but it didn’t matter at all.  I was not there, I was aware, but I transcended my mind, ego, anything that cared was gone.  I was in love.  I had just experienced the most profound bliss, this was drinking the beautiful water of the manas lake. As I walked towards the others who were standing outside the Ashram gates I was still trying to fathom what had just happened, my heart was still beating fast as I listened to them talk.

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Ramacharitmanas 51. The Joy of the Ramayana

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51. Your mind is like a gardener, the thrill of joy you will receive from reading the Ramayana is like the most beautiful of gardens, full of birds, and flowers, orchards and groves.  The unconditional love which permeates the Ramayana is water which permeates the entire garden but is also poured by the gardener.

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Ramacharitmanas 50. What You Will Learn From The Ramayana

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Like the warm up acts in a big event, up till now, the first fifty Ramacharitmans posts have only been describing the glory of the Rama, Ramanama, and the Ramayana.  The Ramacharitmanas is the Ramayana of Love, as received by the poet saint Tulsidas. It is perhaps the greatest work of devotion ever produced and washes away the dust on our hearts. It is perfect that in this verse Tulsidas explains what you can actually learn from the Ramayana.

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Ramacharitmanas 49. The Truth Within Your Heart

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One of my favourite verses from Hinduism is from the Chandogya Upanishad which states, ‘As great as infinite space is the space within the lotus of the heart’.

You do not need to explore the universe by space travel, according to Hindu philosophy, the ultimate truth exists within your heart as unconditional love.  This is the same message iterated here in the Ramacharitmanas.

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Ramacharitmanas 48. The Wild Elephant Of The Mind

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If you can get out of the way of your own mind, your heart will give you the greatest joy.

48. The mind is like a wild elephant, angrily rampaging in all directions. The impulsive mind is quickly lead away by lust, arrogance, hypocrisy, and many other negative attributes.  But like meditation and other spiritual practises, the Ramacharitmanas is like a calm lake for this wild elephant.  You will find great solace from this beautiful lake of Rama’s acts. The fire of sensual enjoyments provide little comparison to the bliss achieved by the relief of this calming lake. Conceived by Lord Shiva himself, the Ramacharitmanas is the delight of holy beings, and uproots all kinds of suffering.  Regardless of how much wealth a man has, he is eternally rich after taking a dip in this glorious lake. Even by saying it’s name; Ramacharitmanas, I feel a peace pervade the entire universe.

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Ramacharitmanas 47. The Best Form to Worship God is Every Form

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Maharaji used to say that the best form to worship God is every form.  He would say it is much better to see God in everyone and everything than try to figure it all out.  The divine is in each and everyone of us. If you quieten down your ego, and let the shining light of the divine pour fourth from your heart, you will realize this truth.  Rama is a form of God, Rama nama is a form of God, The Ramayana is a form of God, the reader of the Ramayana is a form of God.

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Ramacharitmanas 46. A Blazing Fire

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46. Rama’s virtues are like a blazing fire consuming the easily flammable dry wood of evil acts.  Deceitful reasoning,  mischief and cheating, hypocritical actions, selfishness, these types of behaviors are abundant in this age of Kali. The sweet acts of Rama are for all beings to find nourishment, like the cooling effect of a full moon in the night sky.  These acts of Rama described in this narration will be particularly agreeable to ripe minds who are like clean mirrors reflecting the greatest of lights.

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Ramacharitmanas 45. Sita & Rama: A Blessing to the World

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45. Sita & Rama: A Blessing to the World

This glorious story is like a holy river washing our souls.
Look in my eyes, I share it with sincere love in my heart.
Come and enter the sacred forest of Sita and Rama’s acts and experience the bliss of unconditional love.
The acts of Rama are like jewels of wisdom for saintly beings, and a true blessing for this world, accept this gift with love in your heart, it is the gift of freedom from all suffering if adorned.

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Must See.. Beautiful Bhajans by UAE devotees!

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The language of love is known not to the mind but to the heart. When we sing Kirtan or bhajans the outpouring of love can be experienced by all who hear and sing. See this beautiful kirtan of devotees in the UAE.

As Yoga Day is fast approaching we should ask…What is Yoga?

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June the 21st will be internationally recognized as Yoga Day.  This is a great opportunity for the world to come together as one family.  Yoga is one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, but it is more than that. Yoga is a flute by which can all hear the divine music.

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Ramacharitmanas 44. Dharma is Hidden In the Cave of the Heart

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How should we live in the world? Yes, Non-violence is declared as the highest virtue, but what if a rabid dog is attacking your defenseless child? In this case would not violence be justified?  Lord Krishna declares that we should have noble intentions and use our intellect to decide the proper course of action.  Indeed, scriptures are there to guide us, but we must have pure hearts and act in the spirit of goodness.  This is the main topic of our book, The Power of Dharma. Maharaja Yudhisthira most beautifully explains that Dharma is hidden within the cave of the heart.

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Ramacharitmanas 43. The Virtues of Rama

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43. I shall now proceed to explain the virtues of Rama.  Rama is the repository of all virtues, his grace extends towards all beings. He is the richest of all kings, and yet has taken in me, the poorest of servants. He is the root of compassion and love, and he embodied all of the highest virtues. Rich or poor, black or white, villager or city folk, a good artist or a bad poet, Rama knows the language of love. He is sincere, compassionate, forgiving, reasonable, kind, every word is full of sweetness, his devotees feel his love, as they feel the warmth of the suns rays. He is pleased when he sees unconditional love, for he is unconditional love, I know this for I feel this love pervade all things and I am the dullest person of all.

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Must See.. Hanuman Chalisa in Ghana

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The Hanuman Chalisa is like breathing in the spirit of God.  See this beautiful chanting of the great prayer by devotees in Ghana.  So nice to see their bhava.

Ramacharitmanas 42. Say Rama at any Opportunity

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Recite the name at any time, whether when angry, hungry, tired, happy, it is a centering device, it is a sacred mantra to bring you to your inner silence. repeat not from the ego, but from the heart space, rama, rama, rama, then everything will subside into peace and joy.

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Ramacharitmanas 41. Bhakta Prahalada

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Prahalada is considered a saintly devotee of the Lord throughout the scriptures.  The Shrimad Bhagavata in particular gives special importance to his story but it is also found in many books including the Guru Granth Sahib.  He is a being who is constantly immersed in the Love of God.  His demonic family tried everything to sway his devotion but they could not destroy the unwavering love and devotion he displayed.

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Ramacharitmanas 40. The Name is Like Hanuman

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Whatever our sadhana or religious practice may be, the intensity and strength of purpose by which we apply ourselves is the key, Tulasidas like Maharaji knows nothing apart from the name of Rama. They are fully immersed and live from the name. In Kali Yuga, the Name is at once like Hanuman and Rama, both the path and the destination. Even when he was asked about mantras, he would say, ‘I don’t know any mantra’s, I only know Rama’.

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Ramacharitmanas 39. The Four Yugas

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In Hindu cosmology time is cyclical. Existence arises from the ultimate reality and dissolves back into it, going through four ages. The first age is the Satya Yuga, the age of truth, where peace pervades with no evil in the world. Lasting 4320,000, 000 years, there is oneness between all beings, there is one veda, one civilization, no separateness, this age is symbolised by a cow on four legs.  This is what is truly meant by Rama Raj, true freedom from suffering for all living beings.  The next age is the Treta Yuga lasting 1,296,000 years, the world slips from its purity into a world with more seperateness, then the Dvapara age, lasting 864,000 years followed by our current age, the Kali Yuga which began after Lord Krishna’s incarnation left the world. The Kali age is the age of deceit where people are more inclined to be selfish, commit evil acts, to cheat one another, in this age the symbolic cow stands on one leg.  In this age families which in Satya embraced every living being, now only car for a few people and even that being full of quarrel.  It is said in the puranas that the world will descent further into chaos, with even until selfishness causes children to not trust even their own mothers. Although darkness pervades, the beautiful stars are seen most brightly in our age, hence it is possible and vital we still life worthy of Rama Raj, this is our true purpose.

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Ramacharitmanas 38. Love For The Name

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38. Lord Shiva loves and glorifies the name. The sage Narada acknowledged the glory of the name. Shaunaka and Sukadeva enjoyed heavenly bliss through the chanting of the name. Prahlada became the King of all through the grace ofd the name.  Dhruva was saved from distress by the recitation of the name. The list of beings who have been enlightened by this name is endless. The Son of the Wind, Hanumanji himself through medtitation upon the name even brought Rama subject to him.

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Ramacharitmanas 37. Ending Suffering For As Many People As Possible

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I think the Ramacharitmanas is representative of Hinduism both ancient and modern, it has in it the ancient messages of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, yet still expresses the loving devotion seen in countless homes of the world today.  What follows is a poem explaining the supremacy of meditating on the mantra, the name of Rama. We should note that main reason for the supremacy of the name is its capacity and potential to reduce the suffering of people.  The ideal dharmic life is not defined simply by the practise of rituals but by the jivanmuktas efforts to reduce suffering. When we invest love and devotion into this meditational practise, we do not associate with the suffering of the world, and instead live from the place of love where the name exists.

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Ramacharitmanas 36. Satchitananda

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What is the nature of God? God or Brahman is Satchitananda. Truth, awareness, and absolute bliss. This compound word is used in the earliest texts of Hinduism to describe the attributes of the Lord. Sat – truth, chit – complete awareness, and finally ananda – absolute bliss.  Our true nature is blissfulness,  happiness, loving awareness.  Therefore, all of the suffering and depression and miserableness people experience in the world is nothing but a wave in an ocean of bliss.  The name brings us to that place we can live as enlightened beings in the world, living as satchitananda.

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Ramacharitmanas 35. The Easy Path

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People often say to me that Hinduism is too complex, difficult to decipher, only for the Yogis and sages of the Himalayas.  This is simply not the case.  Meditation upon two syllables alone is sufficient to transform a persons life, mine is a living example.  The emotional ups and downs which life presents us with can be countered, by making this meditation a spiritual center for ones life.  It can be as Gandhi called it a staff for ones life.  Whenever we face difficulties, rather than judging ourselves in a negative manner we can witness, and make a mental note of the anger, or negative emotion, and slowly return to the place of peace where the mantra resides. Slowly come back to the name, Rama, Rama, Rama, slowly release the negative emotion and come back to the place where peace pervades.

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Ramacharitmanas 34. The Form of the Name

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Here once more we are taught to go beyond the mental acrobatics and realise God. Leave theological arguments of whether God has form or not to the scholars and achieve God realisation through his name.  All over the world, saintly beings, regardless of which name they choose, have meditated upon the name of the Lord and achieved their goal.  Let this verse be a reminder that better than arguing about whether God is formless or with attributes, we should taste the nectar which manifests through the holy name, a sadhu once explained in his lecture that rather than trying to test Krishna, we should taste the Krishna! Tulasidas here shares the same sentiment.

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Ramacharitmanas 33. Like a Fish In Water

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In discussion with Ram Dass, I asked him; Maharaji is a realised being, why does he chant Rama Nama if he has achieved spiritual perfection?  He said; Maharaji chants Rama nama out of love and compassion for all living beings, he is one with Rama nama.

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Ramacharitmanas 32. All Are Good

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The Bhagavad Gita 7.16-18 speaks of four kinds of devotees, one that seeks wealth or material benefit, one that seeks knowledge, one that is in distress, and the enlightened being.  We may expect the materially focused devotee to be shunned, but this is not the case. Of course it is the enlightened being who works for the welfare of the world who is most loved, but in both the Bhagavad Gita and here in the Ramacharitmanas, all of the devotees of the Lord are praised, for they carry the crest-jewel of the holy name.

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Ramacharitmanas 31. Ra and Ma

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Like two divine eyes are the sounds Ra and Ma. They as dear to Tulasidas as Rama and Laxmana.  On their own they lose their beauty, but together they give meaning to life.  They are one, just like the atman and Brahman.  They are one just like the sagacious brothers Nara and Narayana.  They are one just like God and his devotee.  They are beautiful, like the Sun and the Moon when viewed from Earth. They are the like beautiful ear rings adorning a Goddess who is non other than Bhakti.  This nectar for all beings, is like Krishna and Balarama for Yashoda.

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The Divine letters of the Alphabet

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30. These two precious letter-sounds (ra and ma) are pure divinity hidden in the alphabet. They are sweetness, and attraction personified, to they are the life source to the devoted.  So simple, and easy to remember, these two letter-sounds will bring happiness to the entire world, they are the doorway to a life free of suffering.

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Ramacharitmanas 29. The Name Is Like The Rains After A Drought

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Indian villages have to endure many dry months before the rains come to supply the land and people with much needed sustenance.  In the days before the agricultural advancements, these rains literally meant the difference between survival or starvation.  The Shravan month (End of July to August) dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the month of Bhadra (End of August to September) celebrating Lord Ganesh, are considered very holy.  They are life giving rains for the people, they are dharma, for dharma is that which is good for all people.  Tulasi Das very poetically explains that the name of Rama is just like these life giving seasons providing sustenance to all.

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Ramacharitmanas 28. Shiva and Parvati

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Post 28. Ramacharitmanas

I was in Rishikesh with KD where we discussed many spiritual topics, but particularly the power of mantras. He said Maharaji said every word of the Hanuman Chalisa was like the Hare Krishna mahamantra. There are many levels to think about a statement like this, but I like to think that a mantra that has been chanted with so much energy as the by so many saints and holy beings carries their love too.
It is not that any particular mantra is better than any other, it is the energy and love the practitioners brings to the chanting. This mantra was chanted and worshipped by Guru Nanak, Tulasidas, Kabir, Jnaneshwar, Tukaram , Jalaram, Ramananda, Vinoba Bhave, the list is endless. Mahatma Gandhi said it was the staff of his life. Maharaji constantly chanted the Rama nama. Many years ago, when Ram Dass named me Hanuman Dass, he instructed me in the chanting of this holy name of Rama, for me, it is so much more than a word, it is an incarnation of the divine and the highest form of meditation.

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Ramacharitmanas 27. Mara Mara Mara Mara

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In his early days, Valmiki, then called Ratnakara, was a criminal who attacked and robbed a group of sages.  The sages spoke to him about dharma, and enlightened him to the path of right action.  Knowing that a crook so immersed in wrong-doing, would never take the name of Shri Rama, they convinced him to recite, ‘mara, mara, mara,’. Which when chanted together repeats the name of Rama.

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Volunteer With Go Dharmic: Meeting Tomorrow

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Dear Friends,

If you would like to volunteer on any of our campaigns, we have a meeting tomorrow in London you may wish to attend.  It will be at 6pm to 7.30pm at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Angel, Islington.

This is an opportunity to take a lead role in building a temple school and changing the lives who need our help the most.

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Ramacharitmanas 26. The Name of Rama

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This now marks a new part of our journey, so far we have been glorifying all things, whether good or bad, we have been praying to the saints, praying to the Gods, praying that our auspicious journey to the lotus feet of Shri Rama is a blessed one. Now we begin a new chapter, here the focus will be on the holy name, Rama. We will meditate upon it, glorify it, chant it, immerse ourselves in its meaning and pour out our hearts our souls into this name, which is non-other than the living form of Shri Rama here on earth. Mahatma Gandhi said this mantra was a staff for his life, Neem Karoli Baba constantly had the name of Rama on his lips, I cannot think of any other practise which can transform ones life than constant meditation upon these two syllables.

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Ramacharitmanas 25. Sita Rama! Sita Rama!

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Laying my head on the ground, I fall at the sacred feet of the Janaka’s daughter. She is the mother of the Universe and the heart of the merciful Shri Rama.  My thoughts, words, and actions are all offered at the feet of Shri Rama who without nothing can exist. With eyes like a lotus flower, and wielding a bow and arrow to protect the innocent, he is the most worthy ruler.

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Open Letter to Prime Minister of Nepal

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Dear Prime Minister Sushil Koirala,

Namaste,

I would firstly like to express my solidarity with all of those who have suffered in the recent earthquake. I would also in great humility like to express my great sadness at the sight of the ritual slaughter of thousands of animals in your country for the Gadimai event. I personally have been campaigning for years for the better treatment of animals across the world, but this event is almost beyond belief.

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Ramacharitmanas 24. Jaya Hanuman!

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Finally we hear of our beloved Lord Hanuman, It is almost as if Tulasidas has been building up all his prayers to glorify the great embodiment of dharma and devotion, Hanuman.  There is a saying in the Upanishads which says ‘polish the mirror of your heart, and you will see God.’  It is Hanuman, who shows us what a polished mirror is.  As a servant of this mighty lord my heart is filled with Love as we glorify God’s greatest servant.

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Ramacharitmanas 23. King Janaka

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King Janaka is revered throughout the scriptures of Hinduism.  He is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita (3.20) as an enlightened leader who worked for the benefit of the world.  In this way we see an example not of a monastic being living in the caves, but of a great King, living in the world, working for the benefit of all living beings. The father of our beloved Sita is an example to us all.

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Ramacharitmanas 22. Ayodhya

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I bow with reverence with to the sacred land of Ayodhya. It is the birthplace of our beloved Lord Shri Rama.  I bow to those fortunate souls lucky enough to reside there. I greet Kausalaya, the Queen of Dasaratha, whose glory should be known throughout the world. I revere the great King of Dasaratha as an embodiment of virtue.  May you shower your blessings upon me as a devotee of your beloved Son. I adore Ayodhya and their great King for he and the people are filled with compassion, devoted to serving the poor, and constantly in remembrance of Shri Rama’s lotus feet.

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Ramacharitmanas 21. Lord Shiva’s Grace

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Western academics in the field of religious studies are often amazed that there have been no wars between the followers of Shaivism and Vaishnavism, they are apparently different. But when you look under the veil, Sanatana Dharma teaches that it is all one.  In the Mahabharata, Krishna teaches Arjuna that there is no difference between Lord Shiva and himself. Tulasidas shows the most beautiful reverence for Lord Shiva, and so should we all.  In truth God is one, the rivers to him are different, that’s all.  The Shiva Purana describes Hanuman as an avatar of Lord Shiva too. This is the intermingling is how Hinduism survives and teaches pluralism and acceptance of the faith of others, whether Jesus, Allah, Krishna, Sub Ek.

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Ramacharitmanas 20. I Bow to You All

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I bow to you all.  I bow to my Guru and the great saints who came before us, Vyasa, Valmiki and others, who have hearts filled with devotion recounted the playful narratives of Shri Hari.   I bow to all of the poets out there who sing the virtues of my sweet Lord, regardless of which language you speak or culture you come from, I bow to you all, regardless of your appearance.

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Help us Make Our First Dharmic Temple

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Yesterday we launched a very important campaign. We are trying to raise £20,000 over the next 60 days. I want to build a small temple dedicated to serving the poor.
There will be a children’s school made on the site as the main service to the village community.

I hope you can support us by helping to raise the needed funds to make the dream a reality.

I would also love your personal involvement in the project. You can even come and help us build it with your own hands!

Yesterday a very special day on the Hindu Calendar. When King Yudhisthira recieved a pot that eternally gave provisions. In the same spirit I hope these centres can be places of eternal service for those who need it most.

Here is the link below, I will be eternally thankful for any contribution you can make.

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Ramacharitmanas 19. The Saints Who Came Before Us

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Post 19. Ramacharitmanas.  You can find all of the previous posts at www.godharmic.com/ramacharitmanas

We often trick ourselves into thinking that our identity is only individual, but we are much more than that.  We have a family identity, where would we be without our parents and forefathers who laid the path for our safety and success in life. We also have spiritual identities, the high saints and sages have painstakingly left us these precious scriptures and our souls have been drawn to Sanatana Dharma.  It is our duty to share what the greatest treasures for the benefit of all.

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Ramacharitmanas 18. Sub Ek.

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SUB EK, SUB EK.

I find these verses very important, we find in them unification of the extremes of monotheism and monism at once.  It is the unification of the Upanishads and the Puranas.  It is In the same spirit, the great Chaitanya Mahaprabhu described the Lord as “achintya beda abheda” which means inconceivably one and different. The Upanishads, using the term Brahman, describe the supreme divine reality which is formless and beyond all conception, many will say this conflicts with worshiping God.  Here we are taught that Rama is Brahman, Brahman is Rama.  Tulasidas here quotes directly from the Upanishads in describing Shri Rama, as Neem Karoli Baba so often used to say, ‘Sub Ek, Sub Ek.’ It’s all one, it’s all one.

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Ramacharitmanas 17. Not This! Not This!

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In the last verse, Tulasidas proclaims that his attempt to describe Shri Rama is comparable a small piece of cotton in a hurricane, this is entirely in the spirit of the Upanishads.  The Kena Upanishad particularly comes to mind, which says, ‘if you think you know, you do not know.’  In the verse below, Tulasidas quotes the famous vedic negation, ‘neti neti’, which translates as not this, not this. Shri Rama, who is none other than Brahman, is beyond our analytically orientated minds, the supreme reality can only be ‘known’ by the soul, the intellect is not not capable of describing it.  Therefore, the vedic method of not this, not this, reminds us to go beyond our simple thoughts and live in awe of God’s magnificence.

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Ramacharitmanas 16. You Should Know

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Unfortunately we are born in the age of Kali, where vultures can appear like swans, some choose to live an immoral life abandoning the teachings of the Vedas, instead choosing to follow a life based on desire , untruthfulness and deceit.  Be wary, for even apparently spiritual beings are in fact impostors. Slaves to their senses and lust, they are hypocritical and lack any sense of virtue.

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Ramacharitmanas 15. True Beauty

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What is true beauty? What good is a precious jewel if left at the top of a mountain? The splendor of a jewel is surely appreciated when adorned by a beautiful lady or a great King. Similarly, the wise say that although the poet pours out beautiful poetry from his mind, the appreciation of the charm is in the mind of the listener. There is no charm in the songs of worldly men; the wise alone know it is the by the power of Shri Rama’s story which purifies us in the Kali age. The heart of a poet is like the sea, his mind is like shells which contain the goddess of poetry (Saraswati). As the poet pours fourth his beautiful verses, pearls of wisdom shine brightly throughout the ever dark ocean of the Kali age. And if those pearls are strung together by the glorious thread of Shri Rama’s story, then the hearts and souls will find eternal delight.

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Ramacharitmanas 14. The Ramayana is for all of us

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14. My composition is found to be delightful by many people only because it is about Shri Rama, just like a like a lump of wood is transformed into a beautiful sculpture and is adored by all, regardless of the quality of the wood. Regardless of colour all cows produce beautiful white milk, similarly, people of of all race, creed, sex, and colour can benefit from the recitation of the glory of Sita and Rama whether in Sanskrit or the language of the common people.

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Ramacharitmanas 13. The Sacred Story of Rama

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There are many kinds of different sadanha (spiritual practise); each has the goal of purifying the practitioner towards self-realisation and liberation from suffering.  Just like Yoga asanas, mantra meditation, single pointed mindful living, listening or reading the story of Rama is a spiritual practise. As we near the beginning of the story in the Balakanda, I pray that the sacred story of Rama brings the greatest happiness to all and polishes the dust covering our hearts.

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Questioning Zakir Naik

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Here is the Description of the latest Go Dharmic publication, Questioning Zakir Naik by Dr.Nicholas Sutton

The book will initially be available on Amazon Kindle before the 15th of April 2015.

For years Dr.Zakir Naik has made a name for himself as an accomplished scholar of Islamic and Hindu texts a like. This paper written by Dr.Nicholas Sutton, Director of Continuing Education at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, thoroughly examines the methods and motivations of Dr.Zakir Naik by studying one of his lectures.

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Ramacharitmanas 10. A Great Ambition

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In life we can be pushed into a corner by fear of those who may belittle our dreams, this would be a tradgic waste of our precious time here.  If you have something you love doing, you should do it.  It you have something valuable to contribute to the world, you should share it.  Rama is Brahman, the highest reality, and and this Tulasidas’s goal, society mocked him for this, but he stood firm with eyes on God alone.  Remember, the very first character attribute Shri Krishna describes in the Bhagavad Gita list of values is fearlessness.

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Ramacharitmanas 9. True Humilty

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The great saint Vinoba Bhava was successor to Mahatma Gandhi as the leader of the Satyagraha movement in India. He said of the Ramacharitmanas that it is like the Bible and Shakespeare combined. Such is the incredible poetic talent of Tulasidas. Tulasidas has through the grace of God the ability to articulate the Ramayana in a way that melts hearts, his contribution to the world is unfathomable, considering all of this, I still feel it is Tulasidas’s humility and unconditional love that awakens our souls. Tulasi is humble beyond comparison, he speaks of himself as lowly, and dull witted, but his work is that of a masterful great, to him, all of the goodness is nothing but Rama flowing through him.  It is with this humility of Tulasidas in mind that I offer these posts to you. Jai Shri Rama.

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Ramacharitmanas 6. The Good and the Bad

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Having praised the hostile ones, who must not fail to perform their part we must move on. However kindly we speak to vultures, can we ever expect them to become vegetarians? I stand humbled in prayer before the good and the bad, the saint and the sinner. Of course, there is a difference between the two.  It causes great pain to part from meeting with the saintly, but the wicked cause us pain whilst meeting with them. Although both alike are born in this world, they are differ like the lotus flower and the leech which both arise from water.   The saintly are like nectar, but the wicked like wine, both coming from the same unfathomable source. Both become famous for their actions, the saintly for their pious actions, the wicked for all kinds of unholy acts. The good are prone to goodness, the wicked towards wickedness. Spiritual nectar is praised for liberation where as poison brings only danger.

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Ramacharitmanas 5. Greetings to the Hostile Ones.

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Here we see the beauty of the Lords true devotee, who sees with equal vision the good and the bad. He knows that there are malevolent beings in the world, but through the power of his example even they can be transformed.  Vinoba Bhave comes to my mind, when in prison, even his jailors who detained and hurt the prisoners, sat by his feet as he taught the Bhagavad Gita.

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Ramcharitmanas 4. Bowing to the Saints

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4. Bowing to the Saints

I Bow to the saints. The see all beings equally, regardless of friend or enemy, they are like flowers that do not discriminate between the hand the plucks it or the hand that holds it. Seeing their high minded nature and loving disposition, they personify innocence and the eternal spirit. This is my humble offering to the great saints. May they hear my insignificant call and be compassionate to me. Great saints! Grant me devotion to the holy feet of Shri Rama!

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Ramcharitmanas 3. The Greatest Pilgrimage

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After praising God and Guru Tulasidas explains the greatest of pilgrimages, which is none other than surrounding ourselves around saintly beings. For me this not only means the Guru, but the satsang and community of beings who live in love and devotion to Shri Rama and work for the upliftment of the needy.

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Ramcharitmanas 2.Bowing to The Guru

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You can follow all of my Ramayana posts here on the Ramacaritmanas page and also subscribe to www.godharmic.com where I will be working my way through the great Ramacaritmanas as I see it.

The second prayer of the Ramcaritmanas is dedicated to the Guru. The world is like salt water, it is through the grace of Neem Karoli Baba that we drink with ease.

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Ramcharitmanas 1. Ram Navami

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Happy Ram Navami, the scriptures indicate that today was the day that Shri Rama took birth here on Earth. May thoughts of him bring love and compassion into your hearts.

Below I have presented according to my own feelings the first prayer from the Ramacharitmanas.

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Have a Dream

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Namaste,

On my recent travels to the United States, myself and my wife were fortunate to visit a civil rights museum in Savannah, Georgia. We wanted to learn more about slavery and the struggle for equality for blacks in the South.

We listened to a tour guide describe the deplorable conditions people suffered, but we also heard inspiring stories about people who stood up against these injustices, both white and black, sometimes risking their lives.  I have so much respect for the people who went against the mass opinion and followed their inner sense of duty. It is due to the inner calling and lion like hearts of these people that we progress at all.

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Magnify the Good of Others

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It is all to easy to spot the faults of other people. How often we comment on the actions of others, I think we would be far better off setting the example. If we set high standards ourselves then we may inspire others by our acts, rather than contributing to a negative atmosphere. Mahatma Gandhi often used to say that we should use a magnifying glass to

Be Calm

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Be Calm

Dushasanna – Who Not To Be Like

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If we ever wanted an example of a person who not to be like, it would be Dushasanna,  he is one of the most wicked individuals in the Mahabharata. He is the evil younger brother of Duryodhana and is remembered for dishonourably disrobing Draupadi in the royal court. The Mahabharata through Dushasana  teaches us the qualities which we should seek to avoid.

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Love for Rama

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I have no other craving in my heart O Beloved Lord Shri Rama than to know you, this is the truth. You live eternally within the heart of every living being and surely you know that I care for nothing other than intense devotion to your lotus feet.  O Raghunatha!  Give me the grace of eternal devotion to you which can free me from all evils.

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Back Then – Nasadiya Suktam

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This is the worlds oldest and perhaps the greatest hymn on creation.  It is found in the oldest of religious texts, the Rig Veda 10.129. I find it mystical but also deeply profound in its inquiry of existence.

Back Then – Nasadiya Suktam

Rig Veda 10.129

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Free Will or Destiny?

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Namaste,

A close friend recently asked me, What do you think of free will? Here is my take on it.

When you are seated on a train and you have arrived at your destination, the walkway starts to fill up with passengers trying to leave the train.  You have two choices, you can sit and look out of the window, or you can stand up and wait for somebody to kindly let you through.  This is what I think of free will.  You have the choice to stand up or stay seated, it is in the hands of greater forces if we are allowed to actually go or not.

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Ramanuja – Sharing for the Benefit of All

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Namaste,

I think if you have knowledge of something good, and you think others can benefit, you should share it.

The great saint Ramanuja was somewhat of a revolutionary in this regard, when he received initiation from his Guru, he received a sacred divine mantra, but a condition was laid upon him. Ramanuja was told that he should never reveal the mantra, or knowledge of it to anybody.  He was aggressively told that by this mantra you will reach the highest heavens, but if you reveal it to others darkness will be your destiny.  The elated Ramanuja accepted the mantra and bowed before the guru before setting off for his home, the town of Srirangam.  As he walked home, he thought to himself, ‘It is my only wish for all beings to reach the highest state of bliss and happiness, I wish for all beings to reach the highest heavens.’ He headed to the centre of the town and climbed to the top of the temple, and started teaching it anybody who would listed the sacred mantra, ‘OM Namo Narayanah Namah! OM Namo Narayanah Namah!’ he shouted from the temple.  Crowds of eager students gathered to learn this sacred mantra.

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The Disposition of a Hindu

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The fourth selection for our book, the Eternal Path is the description of the ideal Hindu given by Lord Krishna in chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita.

 

1. shri bhagavan uvacha

    abhayam sattva-samshuddhir jñana-yoga-vyavasthitih

    danam damas cha yajñas cha svadyayas tapa arjavam

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Krishna’s view on Dharma

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The third verse included in ‘The Eternal Path’ is Lord Krishna’s view on Dharma.  So often in the Mahabharata he provides us with a common sense approach to life, this verse exemplifies this approach.

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3.Mahabharata 8.49.48-50

48. The superior understanding is hard to achieve, but one may be able to reach a determination on the basis of logic. Many persons, however, assert that it is the sruti (scripture) that defines dharma.

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The Eternal Path

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These sacred teachings are from Hinduism, the sources are all definitely Hindu. But, the essential definition of Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, what I mean when I say the Eternal Path. This path belongs to neither Hindus, Christians, Jews or Atheists.  It is the path we are all on, it is neither religious, or non-religious. It is the journey from finite to Infinite. That is why there cannot be an ‘us and them’ narrative for Hindus.  There is no ‘us and them’, believer and non believer.  When we pray, we pray that ‘all beings be free from suffering’. The Eternal Path, and for that matter the vast majority of the sacred texts of India can guide all seekers of truth, regardless of cultural or even religious persuasion. Of course, we should be serious about carrying forward for future generations the ancient teachings which have been passed on for thousands of years but we should never become fanatical. We are all on the Eternal Path, and truth can have no exclusivity.

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Friendship

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Friendship. Friendship between good people occurs naturally. These friendships are invaluable for the world. The opportunity of forming friendship with good people should never be sacrificed, therfore you should seek those with good

The Qualities of Devotion

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The Qualities of Devotion

One who performs deeds with me in mind, considers me as supreme, becomes my devotee, does not become attached to things and has hatred for no other living being will surely come to me.

Bhagavad Gita 11.55

This verse of the Gita offers Krishna’s thoughts on the qualities of a devotee who reaches the supreme.  Performing our acts in the world as Karma-Yogis, being unattached to the results and treating them as sacred offerings to God, this is a great act of devotion. When we offer up everything we do, we slowly loosen the ties of selfishness and anger which hold us back from self realisation.  The last point Krishna makes is that we should be completely free of hatred for any other living being.  Our hearts should be filled with so much love that all we can see is the divine, this is seeing God within each one of us.  This verse describes the immersion of an ideal devotee.

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Some Insights Into Dharma

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GUEST BLOG: SHUKAVAK DASA

With the name Go Dharmic, it is an appropriate question to ask ourselves, exactly what is Dharma?  This is the topic of the first chapter of The Power of Dharma, which you can read for free here.

For another valuable view on what Dharma is, we have a guest blog by Shukavaka Dasa.  He is a pioneer in assisting the great marriage between Hinduism and the West, and somebody who I respect immensely.  Here is a picture of myself with him in 2014 meeting in Palm Springs, California.

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Swami Vivekananda’s Mission for India

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The Gospel preaches: “Go ye forth into the world to preach the Gospel”. Christianity has covered the globe not through Christ alone but through its followers.  Islam too in its relatively short life span has spread across the Middle East and North Africa taking the ideologies and philosophies into the hearts of new cultures.  But what is India’s mission? What is it that the Hindu has to offer? Of course, there is no simple answer to 6000 years of civilization and culture, but here are some crucial points for which I turn to one of India’s greatest teachers, Swami Vivekananda.

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What is Sanatana Dharma?

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What is Sanatana Dharma?

Here is Bhisma’s definition in the Mahabharata.

This is the second verse included in our new book ‘The Eternal Path: Pearls of Wisdom from Hinduism’

Not harming, truthfulness, remaining free from anger, and charity, are the four practices you must adhere to, Ajatasatru. This is the Sanatana Dharma.

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Courage, Energy, Vitality, Strength

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If there ever was a prayer to say when you’re feeling down and needed confidence, or for courage before an important task, it would be the Aditya Hridayam.

I was simply blown away when I heard it. This is where I would turn to if I ever felt weak.

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A Dharmic Mala and a Great, Great, Cause

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Namaste, In 2014 over 1 million people have interacted with Godharmic.com.  Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support in making this possible.  It is my wish to utilize this platform to help those who need our help. Here is our new campaign..

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Our New Book

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Namaste,

Thank you for all of the support you have given me.  By subscribing to this blog, facebook page and by purchasing ‘The Power of Dharma’, you have allowed me to do the work I feel most passionate about. I am truly grateful to you.

Introducing.. ‘The Eternal Path’.  This project has taken 2 years to put together.  Myself and co-author Dr.Nicholas Sutton have researched the vast ocean of Hindu sacred texts to put together a compilation of verses we believe represent the values of Hinduism.  For me, this book is Sanatana Dharma. I feel it is the perfect gift for teaching somebody about Hinduism.  There is no dogma, or strict teachings, only wonderful verses and short narratives, which the reader can pick and choose for inspiration. It is a personal guide on the spiritual path.

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How To Meditate Like Christ..

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Meditate Like Christ --by Krishna Das (Sep 16, 2013) Listen To Reading! One day a Canadian man arrived for his first visit with Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). He didn't know much about Maharaj-ji but had heard about him. Maharaj-ji didn't give lectures or formal teachings; didn't write books; and, as far as I know, didn't formally initiate people. He just kept shining like the sun. Flowers don't need to read a manual on how to bloom in the sunshine. So when Maharaj-ji asked this man why he'd come and what he wanted, he was unsure how to respond. Finally, he replied, 'Can you teach me how to meditate?' "Maharaj-ji's response was: 'Meditate like Christ. Go. Sit in the back of the temple with the other Westerners.' "The guy came to the back, and we asked him about his darshan. He told us that Maharaj-ji had said to meditate like Christ. At first we were surprised. 'What! Meditate like Christ! What does that mean?' But then we thought about it. We were always trying to get Maharaj-ji to tell us what practice to do, but he'd never give us any specific instructions about yoga or meditation. Now he'd said this. If he said it, he must know how Jesus meditated. We decided to ask him about it. We were so excited — we were going to get the secret teachings at last! "Later in the day, when Maharaj-ji came to the back of the temple to hang out with us, [one among us] broached the subject that had us all buzzing. 'You said to meditate like Christ. How DID he meditate?' "It seemed as if Maharaj-ji was about to answer, but instead his eyes closed and he sat there completely still, completely silent. It felt like he'd totally disappeared.

Love Everybody

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When you have aquired this highest knowledge you shall never again fall to illusion.  You will realise that all living beings exist  within you and moreover within me. Bhagavad  Gita  4.35

We are all part of this great body of God. The highest realisation is seeing God in all things and all people.  Love Everybody.

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The Power of Dharma Reaches No11 on Amazon Kindle Best Sellers List

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Namaste,

I have not posted a blog for some months as I have been busy working on a number of book projects.  As a gift, I decided to put the Power of Dharma on Amazon Kindle for Free for 5 days.  The response was incredible.

We received over 1000 downloads and reached No.11 on the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers List.  It has  really done wonders for the visibility and message of the book.  Everyday people are downloading it. If you have read the book please do write a review, we will soon be sharing ‘The Eternal Path’ with you all.

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The Importance of Cows to Hinduism

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One thing most people know about Hindus is that they show reverence for the cow, but few really understand the reason for this, and as a result it has been ridiculed at times, with ‘sacred cow’ being used as a metaphor for any object or idea that is pointlessly respected. On a number of occasions the Mahabharata emphasises the view that cows should be respected and even worshipped, and here some of the reasoning behind this custom is explained.  Like one’s parents, the cow provides human beings with food in the form of milk and dairy products, and so it is natural that one should reciprocate this bounty by showing respect and providing for the wellbeing of the giver. In the western world, too often animals are treated purely as a resource to be exploited as fully as possible, but here we get a different perspective based on reciprocation rather than one-sided exploitation. At a broader level, one can apply this same mood of reciprocation to the whole of the natural world, and in India the Earth is often represented in the form of a cow.  We ruthlessly exploit the resources of the Earth to the point of causing harm to the environment and hence to our own wellbeing. If we could only learn the lesson embodied by the Hindu devotion to the cow then perhaps our world could be a more wholesome place to inhabit.

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What is Karma?

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We all know the basic doctrine of action but how does it work?

Is it a law of the universe, like gravity, or is it determined and dispensed by the Supreme Deity, as Chapter 16 of the Gita seems to suggest? The Yoga Sutras seems to have an interesting alternative perspective.

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A Move Towards A Cruelty Free India

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As of today, India has placed a country wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics. This is part of a significant move towards improving conditions for animals in the world, it should be celebrated as a great breakthrough in a long walk to freedom from suffering for animals. Much of the credit for this success has to go to the Global Be Cruelty Free campaign.

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Science and Spirituality are Not Mutually Exclusive

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Often when one thinks of how science and spirituality (especially pertaining to Hinduism) interact with each other, the thoughts that come up are of how diametrically opposed the findings of science are to those of spirituality. As a result, one is often studied at the exclusion of the other.

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Yoga Can Be Practiced by Anyone

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Oftentimes these days, there is a bit of apprehension towards people outside of the Hindu faith practising yoga. While yoga is indeed associated with the Hindu faith – and more effort should be made to get people to recognize the Hindu roots of yoga – that doesn’t necessarily mean that yoga can only be practices by those born into the faith of Hinduism.

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It All Resides In Your Heart

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Deep down, we know this to be true but often talk ourselves out of it. The source of all things, the highest state of existence, the absolute reality, it all exists within our heart. What an incredibly uplifting feeling, to know that we have the divine spirit  right here within us. One of the oldest upanishads, the Chandogya Upanishad describes this with great beauty.

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A Popular, Yet Powerful, Prayer to Sri Ganapati

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Sri Ganapati is one of the most popularly worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon, and for me He holds a special place in my heart. He holds authority over the obstacles in one’s life, and can teach devotees important lessons through them. Sri Ganapati is worshiped before the undertaking of any important task, including other Hindu religious ceremonies!

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Who Are We Really?

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Who are we really?An accountant? An author?

On a daily basis we are confronted with types and social identities, and from childhood it has been ingrained within us to think as such. People spend a lifetime wondering who they truly are, very few of us come to a conclusion, a result………. But even then, things are rarely black and white.

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Peter Singer Discusses Vegetarianism And Morality With Richard Dawkins

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Peter Singer is somebody I deeply respect, he is considered by many to be the initiator of the animal rights movement in the West. I find his application of logic to ascertain what the path to Dharma not just very refreshing but also very Hindu. There are many instances in the Mahabharata where Shri Krishna declares that we should not blindly follow the rest of society, but carefully consider the path of right action. At one point, he even states that one who adheres blindly to the truth is no better than a fool. He tells a story of a saint who through is adherence to truth, directed criminals to an innocent man, which they looted and murdered. He says how can this be the path to Dharma. In the context of the video below, Richard Dawkins accepts that it is only due to wilful blindness of current culture that he chooses to eat meat, not a decision based on Dharma or ethics. This conversation, and even the openness of Dawkins forced me to think about aspects of my own life, and aspects I can choose Dharma over wilful blindness.

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What Does It Mean To Be Human?

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Krishna Das in this video interview explains that to give love unconditionally is the path to happiness. The great saints and holy men and women of the world are a constant source of compassion for all, they share love with everybody. When we can realise that the path of giving brings us to our true nature, and the path of feeding our selfish desires leads as away from it, we begin to move in the right direction. KD is a wonderful role model and example of somebody who lives fully in the world whilst at the same time being totally infused by loving devotion.

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Decision Making The Dharmic Way

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At every moment in our lives we are confronted with the opportunity to make a decision. But on what basis do we make this decision? The Katha Upanishad famously offers to two options, the way of sreyas, which can be defined as the way of Dharma and benefit for all, or the way of preyas, which fulfils our own desires.

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Rama Rajya, As Relevant Today As It Was Thousands of Years Ago

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As India celebrates the Victory of Shri Narendra Modi, I feel that Hinduism, more than any time in my lifetime has a unique opportunity to flourish and serve the world. To realise the dream of Rama Rajya, we have to understand exactly what is meant by the term. Here is my take, based on Valmiki Ramayana 6.129.90-100.

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I love you, but do you love me back?

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Our whole concept of love is summed up perfectly in by Swami Satchitananda in his characteristically humorous way. Unconditional Love always triumphs!

Thanks to Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville for sharing Swamiji’s wonderful message of love.

Speeches Like Swami Vivekananda’s Can Change The World

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At a moment in history when India was under foreign occupation and struggling with large scale poverty, the lofty words of the great Swami Vivekananda are profound. I think every Indian should listen carefully to his words and realise that they have inherited a culture which can truly make the world a better place. Speeches like the one given by Swami Vivekananda in 1893 in Chicago have the power to change the world.

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What Makes You Itch?

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Most of us spend our time doing things we don’t really enjoy or feel passionate about for the sake of money. Life is a precious gift and we should ask ourselves the question more often. What really makes you itch? What makes you feel alive? Here Alan Watts gives some unbelievably good life guidance especially for people leaving finishing college or university and deciding on careers. If you want life satisfaction, fulfillment then this video will inspire you to act. If you like it please do share it so that others may ask themselves the same question. What makes you itch?

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This Man Was Mocked by Society, He Stood Firm and Revolutionized Sanitary Pads For The Poor

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This man was mocked by family, friends, and society, but he stood firm and revolutionized sanitary pads for the poor. The TED video shows the spirit of Arunachalam Muruganantham as he works for social change and the betterment of society. The dogma around women and menstruation is something that can make life inescapably difficult for women, especially in India. This is an incredible effort by a very brave man and is true dharma in action.

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Vedic Hymn in Sanskrit – Mantra Pushpam

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I honestly feel blessed to hear these sound vibrations, here is a video to the Vedic Hymn in Sanskrit – Mantra Pushpam. It is one of my favourites, for its profundity. This Universal Vedic hymn is traditionally chanted at many different ritual ceremonies but I have found the vibrations and the feeling from the chanting of it to be useful at any time. It is found in the Taittiriya Aranyakam

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This Chef Questioned The Purpose Of His Life And Is Now Changing The World

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Namaste,

When I say Dharmic Action, this is exactly what I mean. The whole reason we set up Godharmic.com was to make a difference, to help bring to the fore content that we could share with each other and inspire one another to become better people.This is the story of a chef who questioned the purpose of his life and is now changing the world. Narayanan Krishnan in the CNN Heroes tribute below is a Dharmic Hero. As Swami Vivekananda said, Feeding the poor is feeding God.
This is such a wonderful story of an ordinary man, living an ordinary life who stopped and asked, what is the purpose of my life. He asked himsself he can remain blind to the suffering of the destitute on my door step. His doorstep is our doorstep too, may he inspire us to Go Dharmic..

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Project Crayons

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Project Crayons is a charitable organisation very close to my family’s heart. It is run by my cousin NeishaaGharat and family. We are all dubious about sending money abroad to charities, worried about whether the money reaches the people who actually need it. Here is I project I do not have to worry about.

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Hanuman Chalisa English Lyrics – Download in PDF

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Hanuman Chalisa English Transliteration (PDF)
Download here :- Hanuman Chalisa in PDF Free Download

This document has been created for the benefit of people wishing to learn, chant, and follow the Shri Hanuman Chalisa. Please fee free to download, share, print, and follow this sacred text. We will soon be publishing a full commentary, translation and original script edition but for now please enjoy this original transliteration.

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Powerful Sunderkhand Chanting

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Namaste,

Here is an incredibly powerful Sunderkhand chanting video by Shri Ashwin Pathak. You can feel the tremendous energy which emanates from him. It is almost as if Hanumanji is burning Lanka as he chants. There is no day in the year more auspicious than Hanuman Jayanti to recite this wonderful section from the Ramacaritamanas.

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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

What is Dharma? (Free Download)

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Many people ask me What Dharma is, and I looked through our website and found there was not much material actually defining what we actually mean when we use the term. I feel the following download perfectly articulates what we mean by the word

This amazing video could change your outlook on life in 8 minutes

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This story, perfectly articulated by Ram Dass is why compassion will always be victorious over anger and ego. If it resonates with you, please share it with your friends. Ram Ram, Hanuman Dass

Hanuman’s Prasad

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One summer a rich businessman was living in the ashram with his wife and two teenaged children for a month. Seeing how the feeding was done every day, he expressed his interest in feeding sweets to the people visiting the ashram and sought Babaji's permission to do so. He said he would get the required ingredients from the market and the sweets would be prepared in the ashram kitchen. Babaji gave his consent, but he advised me not to get involved.

Doing What You Believe

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We all want to be true to our beliefs, this lovely story illustrates how easily we can get carried away with our beliefs and not so true in actual practise. It may be easy to fast physically but what if you are thinking about food all day? It is not just the act that is important it is also the intention and attachment to the result of the act.

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A Blanket of Love

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A Blanket of Love

Namaste,

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas is Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram in Rishikesh. I was visiting the annual Bhandara (Feeding festival) with Krishna Das and friends and we started every day with a beautiful morning aarti. If we were fortunate enough, we had the darshan of Siddhi Ma, a great saint and devotee of Maharajji.

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Look at these fortunate trees!

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Namaste,

I woke up at 5am this morning and heard the beautiful sound of the birds singing on the trees just outside my home. It was so peaceful, and calm and decided to do nothing but just sit and listen.  This experience of nature is in stark contrast to how many of us lead our lives.  Moving away from nature, we are constantly on the move, seeking to acquire things, to build, to change quickly, but moving so fast we often miss out on the patient voice of nature.  We are a part of nature, and nature is a part of us, when our ego leads from the front in our lives we lose this connection, but if we live from the heart space, from the atman, we can reconnect to the wisdom and patient beauty of nature.

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Is it up to your effort? Or due to destiny?

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Namaste,

Is it up to your effort? Or due to destiny?

This question has been asked for thousands of years. Is what we do really due to our effort? Or does everything occur as a result of pre-determined destiny?

Theists would often argue that it is all in Gods hands, that everything occurs due to the will of God. Others may argue that everything is in our own hands, and we can shape our own life as we see fit. I have always found this an intriguing issue and one that is discussed in great detail in the Mahabharata.  The  Mahabharata rather than dictating to us, explores areas and shows the failings of being overly dogmatic.  It is the greatest guide to Hinduism and is the tallest sky scraper of all of the literature I have come across. (You can download the english translation by Kisari Ganguli for free on amazon Kindle or download the individual pdf files here).

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The Goal of Yoga: Atyantam Sukham (Boundless Happiness)

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Recently whilst studying the Bhagavad Gita I came across a description of the state which the Yogi acheives which I wanted to share with you. In verse 6.27-28 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says: For an established Yogi whose mind is at peace, boundless happiness is attained. The one whose passions are controlled, who is without any impurity unites with Brahman (The ultimate reality). Completely pure and absorbed in the state of Yoga, the Yogi through contact with Brahman finds boundless Happiness.

Don’t stay quiet on this… Piglets fed to their mothers.

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This new horrific video produced by the Humane Society of the United States shows slaughtered baby piglets being fed to their mothers who are confined in gestation cages.

The Beautiful Chapter: Lost in love

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Hanuman could not bear to see mother Sita in so much pain, he said in a calming tone, “Mother, Shri Rama and his brother are both well, but you should know that he suffers greatly when you suffer. Do not lose heart mother, Shri Rama loves you more than you could ever know. “..........

The Power of Compassion

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I really feel this video encompasses the meaning of Compassion. The ego can so quickly overcome us, it is the inner values which need to be maintained. Ram Dass beautifully narrates the power of compassion shared by Terry Dobson. It is very touching and I feel displays the benefits of wisdom from our ancient traditions as appose to acting from our base impulses.

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The Hanuman Chalisa tutorial

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The Hanuman Chalisa is my doorway to the divine. Hanuman brought the message of Rama to Sita in Ravana's Kingdom. In the same way this great devotional hymn provides us with the opportunity to invoke the Lords greatest devotee.....

Be a Saragrahi

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Those who are endowed with spiritual vision can recognise foreign saragrahis as fellow yogis. Komola-Sraddhas (Those of simple faith) and those who are inexperienced think if them as worldly or sometimes even against God. But saragrahis can easily recognize their fellow spiritualists,

Philosophy to action

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Namaste,

I have not been blogging recently as I have been working on the Upanishads books with Ram Dass. Something we discussed during our work was the question of why the great beings continue to act in the world after being enlightened. The Upanishads teach that all living beings, all things are part of Brahman. But why then should we feed the poor? why should we care for the welfare of others? We agreed it was compassion. Overwhelming compassion arises when you see the beloved in all beings, to serve others is the same as to serve oneself. Ram Dass said it is no different then eating with two different hands. What do you think of this?
राम राम

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Memorize a verse from the Bhagavad Gita in 5 minutes

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Lets do something very special today to celebrate Gita Jayanti – The Day when Lord Shri Krishna spoke the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

I have uploaded a special verse from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita taken from our upcoming Gita Memorization course Chapter 12.2 Where the Beloved Lord says:

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Be Here Now

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Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass

Be Here Now was first published in the 1960’s and spoke to hearts of a whole generation. It is difficult to quantify its impact on the modern American mind. The book was one of the very few books Steve Jobs kept it on his Ipad.

Ram Dass is my spiritual teacher and this book more than any other convinced me that Hindu Philosophy has a profound and important role to play in the world.

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What is the nature of an enlightened being?

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The last question Arjuna asks Lord Shri Krishna in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita is, ‘what is the description of a person established in profound knowledge?’
The Beloved Lord then replies with a wonderful description of a being devoid of all selfishness. A person who with senses restrained is absorbed in yoga on the Lord. Free from attachment and anger, the sage is always calm and free from suffering. This sage is like the ocean which is continually filled with active rivers but stands still throughout.

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Rama: The rise of Dharma

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Rama - Rise of Dharma

The Following blog is written by Vijay Sodhi who is working on a very exciting project, a feature length movie titled Rama: The rise of Dharma. I think it is crucial to use technology and the best in innovative creativity to carry forward treasures of India. Obviously, I love this idea, I hope you do too, visit the Kickstarter page to help them achieve this goal after reading the blog.

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Different Rivers leading to the Ocean – Shiva Mahimnah Stotram

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trayī sāṅkhyaṁ yogaḥ paśupatimataṁ vaiṣṇavamiti   prabhinne prasthāne paramidamadaḥ pathyamiti ca |   rucīnāṁ vaicitryādṛjukuṭila nānāpathajuṣāṁ   nṛṇāmeko gamyastvamasi payasāmarṇava iva || 7 ||

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I really wanted to share this with you all

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For me the scholar Professor Narasimhachary embodies the Sanatana Dharma.  This photo is from his talk for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in Leicester.  The talk was called Religion in South India. He sadly passed away recently.

 

narasimhachary

 

Unfortunately you cannot buy the DVD of the talk unless you visit one of the Friends of the OCHS talks in Leicester (Which I highly recommend), I have however asked them to make this talk and others available online.

 

I will be sharing some more links in the near future about the works that Professor Narasimhachary left us and the work of the OCHS in general, Why share this? Because think it is absolutely invaluable to us all.

 

I found this great book written by him called Gods and Goddesses of South India.  It is a little expensive but the knowledge he carries is immense. You could not possibly buy you a better Christmas gift!

A Reminder to Relinquish negative characteristics

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In the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says, ‘Relinquishing egotism, violence, pride, lust, anger, and selfish desire; free from the notion of “my”, obtaining a peaceful disposition; then one becomes fit for attaining oneness with Brahman. (18.53)

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Ahimsa is the Paramo Dharma

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This thought pervades the ancient scriptures.  The voices of the wise ones constantly cry
Ahimsa is the Paramo Dharma.

Even the Mahabharata and the Ramayana which are essentially about war declare boldly
Ahimsa is the Paramo Dharma

Whether we are atheist, theist or agnostic we can reduce the harm we inflict, whether Hindu, Muslim,  Christian, Jewish regardless of colour, caste or creed.
Ahimsa is the Paramo Dharma

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Near and the Dear

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Namaste,

I recently came across a magnificent website dedicated to Shri Neem Karoli Baba.  At the top of the page there is a quote by Maharaji that says, ‘”Everywhere I look I see Ram, and that is why I am always honouring everything.”  This in a single line sums up the philosophy of not only his teachings but of Hinduism.  To see the beloved in all things at all times.

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For Better or Worse

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Conquering Anger

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The Opposite of Harming

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Being An Essence Seeker

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Living Bliss

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Chicken Nuggets Anyone?

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Sweet Rasa

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Teachings from Lord Shiva – Part 2

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Shri Krishna’s Common Sense

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Miracle of love

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The fear of imperfection

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A guide to dealing with people

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Lord Shiva’s Advice

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A Saint Called Ramananda

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Racing through life..

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Is your mind clouded?

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The Meaning of Raksha Bandhan (Raksha = Protection. Bandhan = Bond).

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The Meaning of Namaste

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Namaste,

Heritage is easy to take for granted. Being born into an Indian family, I never knew the richness and profound importance Hinduism has in the world. Even the simplest greeting is an offering to the divine. My teacher Ram Dass said,

‘In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste’, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.’

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A Thousand Hindus

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Da! Da! Da!

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Spiritual Stuff and a Sadhus Story

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Sunshine in London with Krishna Das

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Can We Help The Flood Victims?

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Whats your motive for worship?

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Namaste,

I hope you’re well and in good health,

The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.

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Krishna Das Grammy award nominated Kirtan singer comes to London

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Namaste,

Dear friends,

I hope you’re well. I wanted to share this video with you of my friend Krishna Das who was recently
nominated for a Grammy Award for singing Kirtan! This is the first time that Kirtan has been
performed at the Awards so is truly ground-breaking.

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28th Jun 2013

Krishna Das - Ocean of Devotion

DHARMO RAKSHATI RAKSHITAH

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The Dharma which is upheld protects all. - Mahabharata

These Rivers

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These rivers, my dear son, flow towards the east, the western towards the west. They go from sea to sea. They bec..... - Uddalaka Aruni, Chandogya Upanishad

Does Dharma Have a Place in the Modern World?

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Asian Voice Atricle

 

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The Best of All Things

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The Atman is more desirable than sons, more desirable then wealth, more desirable then all else. - Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad, 1.4.8

Reason, Scripture and Dharma

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There has to be some way of distinguishing Dharma. Some say the highest knowledge is gained through reason (tarka) but many ... - Shri Krishna, Mahabharata

Clearing the Way

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Cleanse the Mirror of your heart, you will see God. - Neem Karoli Baba, Miracles of Love.

World Family

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Only small men discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously, the entire world.... - 3.37 Panchatantra

Ram Ram Ram Ram

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Lovely as a jasmine and a blue lotus, of surpassing strength, repositories of wisdom, endowed with natural grace, excel... - V1.Kishinand, RamaCharitamanas.

Flowing Like Water

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O brāhmaṇas, the avatars of the Lord are innumerable, like streams flowing from inexhaustible sources of water. - Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.26

Ahimsa is the Highest Dharma

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None shall kill animals such goats, even for the purpose of performing yajñas or for worshipping a deity;.... - 12. Siksha patri, Swaminarayan

This is Myself Within the Heart

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This is myself within the heart, smaller than a grain of rice, than a barley corn, than a mustard seed, than a grain of mil... - Chandogya Upanishad 3.3.13.4

Dharma is Subtle

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Then the subtle dharma will provide great results. But due to many obstacles it will be difficult to follow the dharma... - Harivamsa Purana 3.2.44

Anger

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From anger arises delusion and bewilderment. From delusion comes memory loss; from loss of memory comes the destruction of .. - Bhagavad Gita 2.63

The Nine Forms of Devotion

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śravaṇa ("listening" to the scriptural narratives), (2) kīrtana ("praising," this can be individual or group singing), (3) smaraṇa ("rem... - Bhagavata Purana, 7.5.23-24

Be Dharmic – Celebration of Dharmic Living – 9th&10th March 2013

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Dharma is defined as that which is best for all living beings. As a law, it has shaped the identity of millions of people over the ages. For many, it is part of their every being. There have been many exemplary individuals whose lives have been embodiments of Dharma, there have been actions and sacrifices made which embody Dharma, there have been books and documents created which promote Dharma in the world. This event is a celebration of all that is Dharmic.

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9th Mar 2013

Be Dharmic Event

Auspicious Vibrations

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Om, May we hear with our ears what is Auspicious, O Devas, May we see with our eyes what is Auspicious, O Yajatraa,... - Upanishadic invocation

Love is God

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The ignorant say love and God are different; none of them know that Love and God are the same. When they know that Love and.. - Tirumular

Deep Devotion

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Urged on by deep devotion, O ye singers, bring pious people to the God approaching offering. - Rig Veda 3.06.01

Cleansing of the Heart

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After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of holy Guru's Lotus feet. I profess the pure, untainted glory.... Hanuman Chalisa Verse 1

Chant Govinda! Chant Govinda!

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Through the company of the good, there arises non-attachment; through non-attachment there arises freedom from.. V9. Bhaja Govindam, Adi Shankaracharya

Rama, the ocean of compassion

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"Like an ocean that is reached by many different rivers, that reverential one too is always accessible and reachable by clean-minded... - Valmiki Ramayana [1-1-16]

For Dharma

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Whenever there is a decline in Dharma, O descendant of Bharata, and predominance of adharma, at that time I descend. - Bhagavad Gita 4.7

Different forms of worship, right or wrong?

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As a spider moves along the thread, as small sparks come forth from the fire, even so from this self come forth... - 2.2.20 Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Do not waste time

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If it is known here, there is truth. If it is not known here there is great loss. The wise, realising divinity in all beings... Kena Upanishad 2.5

Peace

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Lead Us From the Unreal To the Real Lead Us From Darkness To Light Lead Us From Death To Immortality Om Peace Peace Peace - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28.

Know where you stand

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One may know the four Vedas and the Dharma-sastras, yet if he has no realisation of his own spiritual self, he can be said.... - Chanakya Niti Shastra 15.12

Good Food

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When one’s food is pure, one’s being becomes pure – Chāndogya Upaniṣad 7.26.2

Keep spinning in Love

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Bhakti (love/devotion) texts should be studied and actions which raise bhakti within oneself should be performed. - Naradas Bhakti Sutras 76

Courage in the face of Difficulty

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The Lord said: How has such faintheartedness overcome you at this difficult time? This is not proper for a noble man; it does not... - Bhagavad Gita 2.2-3

As the spokes in the hub of a wheel

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As the spokes in the hub of a wheel, everything rests on Prana (Life-force), the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda .. - Prasna Upanishad 2.6

What is Your Motivation?

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Yudhisthira said, ‘It is exceedingly difficult for one that is of a righteous disposition to perpetrate an act that .... Mahprasthanika Parva, Mahabharata

Knowledge beyond Knowing

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Those who revere ignorance enter the blind darkness, but those who are attached to knowledge (vidya).... - Isa Upanishad

What about animals?

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Do not render the vedas as false, false are those who do not contemplate the message. When you say that the Lord is in everyone, why do you kill the animals? - Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib

You decide what to do

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Thus I have explained to you the most confidential of all knowledge. Deliberate on this fully, and then act as you wish. - Bhagavad Gita 18.63

True Happiness

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I have realised that even if a single person owned everything on earth, all of her beautiful paddy fields and barley, ..... - King Yayati, Mahabharata

Good Friends

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Even one encounter with righteous persons is the most desirable thing and it is well known that friendship with such persons is... - Savitri, Mahabharata

The Identity of Shiva

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The Veda says that it envelops everything in a manner that is wonderful. It is the splendour, the truth, the knowledge,.... - Shiva Purana 1.6.11-12

Cultivating Karma

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Even if one runs swiftly one’s past conduct will follow, being asleep and active at the same time as oneself. Like a constant shadow, a man’s past... - Bhishma, 7-8.174 Santi Parva, Mahabharata

Lawless Hinduism

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The Lord said, ‘Fearlessness, Purity of heart, knowledge and correct action, charity, controlling the mind, performing sacrifices, study, austerities, sincerity, non... - Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3

You are Pure

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I am born a demon with no purity, unable to perform any ritual or spiritual exercise. Neither am I able to dedicate my mind to Lord Rama. But,.. - Sundarkanda, Sri Ramacaritmanas.

Yoga is more than physical exercise

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Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.2

Helping others stronger than prayer

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Krishna says, anyone who neglects people who are in need of care and who simply only worships, his efforts are wasted. - Shrimad Bhagavata Purana 3.29.2

Do you think you know it all?

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If you think I know it well (Brahman*), then you know very little of its form, the form you think you see in other living beings and devas, Therefore you should enquire further. - Kena Upanishad 2.1

The fog of desire

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As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dirt and as an embryo is covered by its membrane, so is this world covered by desire. - Bhagavad Gita

Honey for Everybody

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This Dharma is like honey for all beings and all beings are like honey for Dharma. The shining immortal one is within Dharma,........ - Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad 2.5.11.11

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01st Nov 2013

Naraka Chaturdashi / Dhan Teras

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03rd Nov 2013

Deepavali / Diwali

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22nd Oct 2013

Karwa Chauth

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18th Oct 2013

Lakshmi Puja

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14th Oct 2013

Vijay Dashami/Dusshera

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11th Oct 2013

Durga Puja Begins

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5th Oct 2013

Navaratri Begins

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16th Sep 2013

Onam

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09th Sep 2013

Ganesh Chaturthi

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<div class="event-box"> <div class="txt-box"> <h4> 28th Aug 2013</h4> <p> Krishna Janmashtami </p> </div> </div>

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11th Aug 2013

Nag Panchami

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22nd Jul 2013

Guru Purnima

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13th May 2013

Akshaya Tritiya

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14th Apr 2013

Vishu / Baisakhi / Tamil New Year

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25th Apr 2013

Hanuman Jayanti

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11th Apr 2013

Hindu New Year / Ugadi

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20th Apr 2013

Ramanavami

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27th Mar 2013

Holi

What can you do to help?

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A learned person who gives the gift of safety to all creatures is regarded as the giver of life to the whole world. - Mahabharata 13.116.20

An invaluable gift over 5000 years old

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Agni I worship, the priest, the one who sacrifices, the gods, the invoker, who bestows divine wealth - Rig Veda 1.1.1

Happy 150th Birthday to Swami Vivekananda

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a great soul who lived 150 years ago. His messages reverberate throughout the world as if he was still here. He was a great practitioner, servant, and scholar of Hinduism. His name was Swami Vivekananda and he was a devout follower of his guru Sri Ramakrishna. From the Dharmic perspective he always spoke for the poor.
Below are some excerpts from his speeches and teachings:
My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.

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Dharmic resolution for 2013

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Now one who perceives that all living beings are actually within the Atman and that the Atman is present in all living beings will he never despises anyone Yas tu sarvani bhutany atmany evanupashyati sarva-bhuteshu chatmanam tato na vijugupsate – Isa Upanishad Namaste, I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break and wish you all the very best in 2013. I selected a verse from this Upanishad as it almost universally regarded by the acharyas as being one of the most important works in establishing the metaphysical doctrines of Hindu Dharma. This is the highest of ideals and resolutions for us to aim for. By realising that the Atman is within all living beings and all living beings are in the Atman we lose our false sense of ego and see ourselves as including others.  I truly believe that the Hindu scriptures and philosophies if realised at the highest levels can provide the basis for the Dharmic social changes that we all hope to see in the world.

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Dear friends,

Namaste, I came across this wonderful video on he internet and wanted to share it with you all. It is Tina Turner the great american singer singing the sanskrit mantra Sarvesham, The translation for this this verse is given below.  Though it is of Hinduism it is applicable to all beings including animals.

Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

Meaning –
May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.
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10th Mar 2013

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Sewa day, as always, was excellent motivation to go out and do some good. The Go Dharmic team joined up with Luton Hindu Mandir to feed the homeless at the Noah Shelter. They were treated to a delicious vegetarian prasad, with all of the dairy products used being organic. It was wonderful, if only for a few hours, to see life from the perspective of people who are less fortunate then most of us, and all involved felt deeply that it was something we should do more often.
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Indian philosophy thought is often heavily scrutinized in the modern world for being outdated with regards to social issues. Discriminatory on the basis of gender, caste, economic position and so on but does this the only world view? The Mahabharata and many other texts display another view which has a very different focus, one that is dedicated to the spiritual nature of every living being. In this world view sectarian walls come down in the face of common identity, class, race, and gender are all to be regarded as temporary. This then becomes the base motive for change; there are many examples in the modern world with very Dharmic individuals utilizing these beliefs to legitimate opposition to colonial, social, sexual and economic oppression.
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After a successful Mela event held at the Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester, we are grateful that Asian Voice has recognised the impact that the Go Dharmic Campaign is having.
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He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature...seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others. Bhagavad Gita Two major factors come to my mind when thinking of our recent trip to India. One is that there is a population of over 1 Billion, a lot of mouths to feed. The second is that over 30% of this enormous population are vegetarians. There was a large scale shift in consciousness regarding the animal population, seeing them as part of the same family.
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Over the last few months we have been actively promoting the Go Organic, Go Dharmic campaign. This for me is more of a learning curve than anything else, interacting with thousands of people. The response has been very encouraging and very supportive. At these magnificent festivals it is amazing to see the hard work of the volunteers who work selflessly to make the events successful and comfortable for the many visitors who arrive to enjoy the festivities. Cooking countless numbers of free meals for Prasadam, managing the car parks, and directing devotees.
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I was very fortunate to meet last week with Elfyn Davies. Elfyn is this years Omsco farmer of the year. He runs a beautiful organic farm in Wales. For me, more important then the great products Elfyn produces, are his ideas for the future of farming. Elfyn is an Organic farmer who constantly writes letters to organic organisations pushing the boundaries of animal welfare. He truly cares for the cows as part of his family. In any business meeting the standard requirements is an obligation, but to be constantly pushing for stricter guidelines that can often reduce financial profit, for the benefit of the cows and the farm is inspirational.
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Dear All, my name is Hemal Randerwala and I will be writing the Blog for the Go Dharmic campaign. The inspirations behind this campaign are too many to list here but I will briefly try to describe what we are trying to promote and why. The Go Dharmic campaign is the result of many months of research, development meetings and discussions between a wide variety of individuals and organisations. There is a clear disconnect between what peoples religions and traditions teach them and their purchasing habits.