Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rahul Gandhi uses phrase “suit boot ki sarkar”

Rahul accusing Modi sarkar of being suit-boot government meaning a government of elite and for the elite. Remember, this came from someone born with golden spoon, with Anglophile parentage and above all, from Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

The problem is whenever Congress opens any serious canon against Modi government, they get thrown multiple grenades of their own black deeds and misdeeds from the past. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Natya Shashtra of Bharat

India has thousands of year old tradition of fine arts and classical and folk music and dances. Some of the world-famous dance forms that originated and evolved in India are Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Odissi. All these dance forms use basically the same 'mudras' or signs of hand as a common language of expression and were originally performed in the temples to entertain various Gods and Goddesses. They were also effective in carrying forward the various mythological stories from generation to generation while entertaining the audiences. It eventually became a part of 'Natya Shashtra', as propounded by Sage Bharata to compile and forge some rules and regulations of entertaining arts.

Lord Shiva is said to be the 'Nataraja' meaning 'King of All Dances', who is said to perform the Cosmic Dance that delicately balances life and death and all that is happening in the Universe in harmonious cycles.

Bharatnatyam is one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Bharatnatyam is more popular in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Bharatnatyam dance is almost 2,000 years old. It is believed that Bharatnatyam was revealed by Lord Brahma to Bharata, a famous sage who then codified this sacred dance in a Sanskrit text called the Natya Shastra. The Natya Shastra is one of the fundamental treatises on Indian drama and aesthetics.

Kathak is one of the most important classical dances of India. Kathak is said to be derived from the word katha, meaning "the art of storytelling." The Kathak dance form originated in north India and was very similar to the Bharatnatyam dance form. In ancient India, there were Kathakars or bards who used to recite religious and mythological tales to the accompaniment music, mime and dance.

Kathakali is the classical dance form of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". Kathakali is known for its heavy, elaborate makeup and costumes. In fact, the colorful and fascinating costumes of Kathakali have become the most recognized icon of Kerala. Kathakali is considered as one of the most magnificent theatres of imagination and creativity. Kathakali dance presents themes derived from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other Hindu epics, mythologies and legends.

Kuchipudi is one of the classical dance forms of the South India. Kuchipudi derives its name from the Kuchipudi village of Andhra Pradesh. In the seventeenth century the Kuchipudi village was presented to the Brahmins, who were experts in staging dance and drama. Kuchipudi exhibits scenes from the Hindu Epics, legends and mythological tales through a combination of music, dance and acting. Like other classical dances, Kuchipudi also comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics but it is the use of speech that distinguishes Kuchipudi's presentation as dance drama.

Manipuri is one of the six major classical dances of India. Manipuri dance is indigenous to Manipur, the North eastern state of India. The Manipuri dance style is inextricably woven into the life pattern of Manipuri people. The most striking part of Manipur dance is its colorful decoration, lightness of dancing foot, delicacy of abhinaya (drama), lilting music and poetic charm. The Manipuri dance form is mostly ritualistic and draws heavily from the rich culture of the state of Manipur.

Mohiniattam is a classical dance form of Kerala. Mohiniattam is derived from the words "Mohini" (meaning beautiful women) and "attam"(meaning dance). Thus, Mohiniattam dance form is a beautiful feminine style with surging flow of body movements. Mohiniattam dance in Kerala developed in the tradition of Devadasi system, which later grew and developed a classical status.

Odissi is one of the famous classical Indian dances from Orissa state. The history of Odissi dance is almost two thousand years old. Odissi is a highly inspired, passionate, ecstatic and sensuous form of dance. Like most of the South Indian classical dances of India Odissi too had its origin in the Devadasi tradition. The state of Orissa has a great cultural history.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How did Shivaji killed treacherous Afzal Khan

Shivaji held a commendable position in parts of Maval. The Adilshahi court wanted to curb his activities. Afzal Khan, a renowned general of Bijapur who had previously killed Shivaji's brother in a battle treacherously, was selected to lead an assault against Shivaji. He started from Bijapur in June 1659.

After starting from Bijapur, Afzal Khan began by destroying the temple of Bhavani at Tuljapur. He moved on to the Vittal temple at Pandharpur. He was trying to entice Shivaji out of the mountainous areas he occupied and onto the plains, where Khan's larger army trained and equipped for warfare on plain grounds would have an absolute advantage. Shivaji had encamped at Pratapgad, which, being located in a hilly area, was strategically advantageous for mountainous guerrilla warfare.

Unable to incite him to attack first, Afzal Khan moved his army to Pratapgad. As he had once been the subedar of Wai, he had experience with the geography of the region. He tried to bolster his position by obtaining the support of the militarily independent landlords of the region.

Shivaji sent an emissary to Afzal Khan, stating that he did not want to fight and was ready for peace. A meeting was arranged between Shivaji and Afzal Khan at a shamiyana at the foothills of Pratapgad. It was agreed that the two would meet unarmed, but would bring ten personal bodyguards each. Nine of these guards would remain 'one arrow-shot' away from the pair, while a single bodyguard would wait outside the tent. However, Shivaji was prepared for treachery: Afzal Khan hid a katyar (a small dagger) in his coat, and Shivaji wore armour underneath his clothes and carried a concealed wagh nakhi in one hand.

Wagh nakhi (Tiger Claw)As the two men entered the tent, the 7 feet tall Khan embraced Shivaji, swiftly drew his hidden dagger and stabbed Shivaji in the back. The dagger was deflected by his armour, and Shivaji responded by disembowelling the Khan with a single stroke of his wagh nakhi. Khan rushed outside shouting for help, and was defended by Krishanaji Bhaskar Kulkarni, his emissary, who was himself then killed by Shivaji. Thereupon Afzal Khan's bodyguard Sayyed Banda attacked Shivaji with swords but Jiva Mahala, Shivaji's personal bodyguard fatally struck him down, cutting off one of Sayyed Banda's hands with a Dandpatta(Pata- a medieval weapon). (This event is remembered in a Marathi idiom: Hota Jiva Mhanun Vachala Shiva - 'Because there was Jiva, Shiva lived'). Afzal Khan managed to hold his gushing entrails and hurtled, faint and bleeding, outside the tent and threw himself into his palanquin. The bearers hastily lifted their charge and began moving rapidly away down the slope. Sambhaji Kavji Kondhalkar, Shivaji's lieutenant and one of the accompanying guards, gave chase and beheaded Afzal Khan. The severed head was later sent to Rajgad to be shown to Shivaji's mother, Jijabai. She had long wanted vengeance for the deliberate maltreatment of Shahaji (Shivaji's father) while a captive of Afzal Khan, and for his role in the death of her elder son, Sambhaji.

Monday, May 25, 2015

How did Cow Slaughter started in India?

Even in Mughal era there was complete ban on cow slaughter. The day any Mughal emperor ignores this, the people of India would have overthrown him. Beef was a popular food for the British living in India. British people liked Beef so much that they made it compulsory in their regime in almost all non-veg restaurants to serve beef as a cuisine. British forced one section of muslim especially quereshi to slaughter cows just to satisfy their taste. When quereshi were objecting, sensing holy belief of Hindus in India, british lured them paying money and even committed atrocities if they were unable to fulfill their demand. When the slaughter became a widespread practice, muslims made it a prestige issue, as if it was their birth right to slaughter Indian cows.It is believed that muslim instigated by their maulvis, started sacrificing cows during Bakr-Id instead of goats, also led to rift between Hindus and muslims.

Robert Clive – the so called Founder of the British Empire in India who was twice the Governor of Bengal too – on entering India was astonished and amazed to see the success of the agricultural system here. He went on researching the reasons for the success of the Indian agriculture and discovered the root – The Holy Indian Cow. Robert Clive decided to break the backbone of agriculture in India – the holy cows have to be targeted. And thus was opened the first slaughterhouse of cows in India in 1760 by Robert Clive at Kolkata. It had a capacity to kill 30,000 cows per day. And anyone can guess within a year’s time how many cows would have been killed. And within a century India had very little cattle left to sustain its agricultural needs. And Britain as an alternative started offering artificial manure, and in this manner urea, phosphate etc started getting imported from England. Indian agriculture had started becoming dependent on west invented artificial products and was forced to give up home grown natural practices.

One of the most important reasons is that cows have been the backbones of Indian families and the Indian agricultural system ever since the dawn of this ancient Hindu civilization. Apart from the extensively used Cow’s milk which the ancient Indians used to collect only after the calf has had its share, the most important use of Cows was in Agriculture. Without Cow the Indian agriculture in those days was as good as gone, and this was one of the prime reasons why Hindus being nature worshipers also worshiped Cow. Cow’s urine was a natural pesticide, cow manure was a natural fertilizer. Cattle in ancient India had ensured that Indian civilization did not need any artificial pesticides or artificial fertilizers, both of which are extremely harmful for the farm soil and degrade soil quality over time.

Vedic texts mention gau mata holy cow as a living god who give so much to the mankind in return for almost nothing. The cow is a sacred animal in the Hindu religion. Dairy products are extensively used in Hindu culture and are one of the most essential nutritional components of Hindu meals. Panchagavya, a mixture of five products of cow milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung is consumed in yagya rituals. The mixture is also smeared on ulcers as a healing product.

The cow is so merciful she is freely giving us her milk which contains all the vitamins, proteins and other nutrients necessary for human body. If people drink milk there is absolutely no need for animal killing and no possibility of their diets being deficient in any way.Unarguably proven in medical experiments in Canada, US and UK that one can survive simply by drinking milk. There are many patients whose body cannot intake edible food, rely on drinking milk and stay healthy. Indian cow milk is a complete food

Not only the Vedas are against animal slaughter but also vehemently oppose and prohibit cow slaughter.Yajurveda forbids killing of cows, for they provide energizing food for human beings.

Here are few examples from Vedas:
Ghrtam duhaanaamaditim janaayaagne maa himsiheeh
Yajurveda 13.49
Do not kill cows and bulls who always deserve to be protected.
Aare gohaa nrhaa vadho vo astu
Rigveda 7.56.17
In Rigveda cow slaughter has been declared a heinous crime equivalent to human murder and it has been said that those who commits this crime should be punished.
Vimucchyadhvamaghnyaa devayaanaa aganma

Yajurveda 12.73
The Aghnya cows and bulls bring you prosperity
Maa gaamanaagaamaditim vadhishta

Rigveda 8.101.15
Do not kill the cow. Cow is innocent and aditi – that ought not to be cut into pieces

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Understanding Varn System(वर्ण व्‍यवस्‍था)

There was never any caste system among Hindus. Varn system was based on the tasks executed by the person. So Varn position was decided by their profession and not by birth. This Varn system was heavily abused by Britishers to invoke casteism among Hindus and disintegrate their unity and brotherhood. Britishers revised and actually changed the essence of the Varn system, giving importance to the person’s birth.

`Varn` literally means group in Sanskrit. Arya Bharat, the ancient Indian society was divided into four sections-Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Sudra.So that no single community can take advantage of its position – unique responsibilities were assigned to each class. The tasks performed by them decided their Varn.

1. Brahmin : Gaining immense knowledge would made one Brahmin. The sages of Indian culture were all Brahmins. Besides their main responsibility was to impart knowledge and wisdom to the society. They were highly respected in the ancient Indian society. They were the advisors in the royal courts. The prosperity of the Kingdom and their people relied on their decisions. But they were restrained from using arms and ammunitions or engage themselves physically in war fares, so that they could not mis-use their knowledge and position.

2. Kshatriy : The warrior or the ruling class of the Varn System. They were the protectors of the society. The Kshatriyas were depicted as gallant, courageous and intelligent. They were the true patriots. Their main responsibility was to protect and secure the Kingdom from enemies. But they were deprived off teachings, that only the Brahmins could learn. So that they did not abuse their power to coup the Kingdom.

3. Vaishy : This was the merchant class. The economy of the Kingdom relied on the prosperity and dealings of the Vaishyas. The funding for the upkeep of Kingdom was given by them. They were also responsible for contributing money in building temples and Vedic schools for the common people. Their interaction with neighboring states helped in bridging the gaps between states; leading to harmony among different cultural states.

4. Sudr : All other classes apart from above three fell under Sudra class.They were workers of the society. The second level executional functions of Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya totally depended on this class. Weavers, stone-smiths, farmers, well duggers, constructionists, workers came under this class. They were in a way backbone of the economy of the Kingdom. They were close confidantes of Kings and Brahmins – since they were also chariot riders. They formed 90% of population of the Kingdom, so keeping them joyful and happy would mean entire Kingdom is prospering. The main purpose of Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya classes were to amicably manage the Sudras, thereby maintaining prosperity in the society.

No single class were given overlapping responsibilities to avoid abuse of their power. Among all these, attaining knowledge was a difficult task as it required judging penance, self-austerity, selfless devotion and immense patience.

Britishers found Sudra as the perfect class to break the backbone of princely states of India. Britishers after toying and fabricating Vedas, also enforced caste system among Indians. They prescribed that birth should be the parameter to avail class in the society and not their Karma, converting the harmonious Varn system into poisonous caste system – as they started referring them henceforth. The plan worked and broke havoc among majority of the population. Britishers diminished the lines laid for each class in Varn system. The harmony was abolished which lead to huge rift among classes – Sudra being most of the population suffered more. The seeds of corruption were sowed for the first time in India. After wards, they also convinced main leaders of each class – by bribe, deceit, position, authority. The selfless patriotic leaders of the class became selfish corrupt lot, which ruined princely states and lead to almost demise of Varn system – giving way to evil caste system.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Reality of Tipu Sultan

Tipu Sultan had, ruled his kingdom only for sixteen-and-a-half years, from December 7, 1782 to May 4, 1799. The territory of Malabar was under his effective control only for a short period of eight years. Opposition to foreign powers need not always be due to love for one’s country. To achieve his selfish goal and to face the British forces, Tipu Sultan sought the assistance of another foreign power, the French, who were manoeuvring to establish their own domination in the country. Besides, he also wanted to establish Islamic rule in the country; to achieve that he had to first defeat the British. For this purpose, Tipu Sultan solicited the assistance of Muslim countries like Persia, Afghanistan and Turkey.

The cruelties which Tipu Sultan committed in Coorg, has no parallel in history. On one occasion, he forcibly converted over ten thousand Hindus to Muhammadanism. On another occasion, he captured and converted to Islam more than one thousand Hindu Coorgis before imprisoning them in the Sreerangapatanam fortress. In the period of confusion and anarchy prevailing in Sreerangapatanam during the last war of Tipu Sultan against the British, all the Coorgi prisoners escaped from the prison and became Hindus again after reaching their native kingdom. Against the solemn oath given to the Raja of Coorg, Tipu Sultan forcibly abducted a young princess from the Coorg royal family and made her his wife against her will.

In Malabar, the main target of Tipu Sultan’s atrocities were Hindus and Hindu temples. According to Lewis B. Boury, the atrocities committed by Tipu Sultan against Hindus in Malabar were worse and more barbarous than those committed against the Hindus in Hindustan by the notorious Mahmud of Ghazni, Alauddin Khalji, and Nadir Shah

Thrichambaram and Thalipparampu temples in Chirackal Taluqa, Thiruvangatu Temple (Brass Pagoda) in Tellicherry, and Ponmeri Temple near Badakara were all destroyed by Tipu Sultan. The Malabar Manual mention that the Maniyoor mosque was once a Hindu temple. The local belief is that it was converted to a mosque during the days of Tipu Sultan.

Vatakkankoor Raja Raja Varma in his famous literary work, History of Sanskrit Literature in Kerala, has written the following about the loss and destruction faced by the Hindu temples in Kerala during the military regime (Padayottam) of Tipu Sultan: “There was no limit as to the loss the Hindu temples suffered due to the military operations of Tipu Sultan. Burning down the temples, destruction of the idols installed therein and also cutting the heads of cattle over the temple deities were the cruel entertainments of Tipu Sultan and his equally cruel army. It was heartrending even to imagine the destruction caused by Tipu Sultan in the famous ancient temples of Thalipparampu and Thrichambaram.

The devastation caused by Tipu Sultan to the ancient and holy temples of Keraladheeswaram, Thrikkandiyoor and Thriprangatu in Vettum region was terrible. The Zamorin renovated these temples to some extent. The famous and ancient Thirunavaya Temple, known throughout the country as an ancient teaching-centre of the Vedas, revered by the devotees of Vishnu from Tamil Nadu, and existing before the advent of Christ, was also plundered and destroyed by Tipu’s army (Malabar Gazetteer). After dismantling and destroying the idol, Tipu converted the Thrikkavu Temple into an ammunition depot in Ponnani (Malabar Manual). It was the Zamorin who repaired the temple later. Kotikkunnu, Thrithala, Panniyoor and other family temples of the Zamorin were plundered and destroyed. The famous Sukapuram Temple was also desecrated. Damage done to the Perumparampu Temple and Maranelira Temple of Azhvancherry Thamprakkal (titular head of all Namboodiri Brahmins) in Edappadu, can be seen even today. Vengari Temple and Thrikkulam Temple in Eranadu, Azhinjillam Temple in Ramanattukara, Indyannur Temple, Mannur Temple and many other temples were defiled and damaged extensively during the military regime.

The recorded facts about the atrocities unleashed by Tipu Sultan during his military regime notoriously known as Padayottakalam. Poets have written a number of poems about the sufferings of the people and the land during those nightmarish days. The following was written by a member of the Katathanad Royal Family about the consequences of Padayottakalam:“Oh Shiva! Shiva Lingam (idol) has gone (destroyed) from the temple, and also the Lingam (manliness) from the land:”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gyanvapi Mosque was originally Kasi Viswanath Temple

Gyanvapi mosque is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after he demolished the original Kashi Vishwanath temple at the site.One can clearly notice the old hindu temple wall mixed into mosque.There is a small well in the temple called the Jnana Vapi also spelled as Gyaan vapi (the wisdom well). The Jnana Vapi well sites to the north of the main temple and it is believed that the Jyotirlinga was hidden in the well to protect it at the time of invasion. It is said that the main priest of the temple jumped in the well with the Siva Linga in order to protect it from invaders.
This mosque was built by Aurangzeb in 1669 CE, after destroying the Kasi Viswanath temple located on the site.The mosque is named after Gyanvapi (“the well of knowledge”), which is situated between the temple and the mosque.

Kasi Viswanath temple existed since many thousands of years and has been reconstructed every few hundreds of years.The temple structure that existed prior to the construction of the mosque was built by Raja Man Singh during Akbar’s reign.The temple’s demolition was intended as a warning to the anti-Mughal factions and Hindu religious leaders in the city after few helped Maratha King Sivaji to escape from Agra.
Maratha ruler Malhar Rao Holkar (1693-1766) wanted to demolish the mosque and reconstruct Vishweshwar temple at the site.However, he never actually did that. Later, in 1780, his daughter-in-law Ahilyabai Holkar constructed the present Kasi Viswanath Temple adjacent to the mosque.

The original Kasi temple is mentioned in Siva, Skanda puranas and original Viswanath temple was destroyed by the army of Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1194 CE, when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj as a commander of Mohammad Ghori.It temple was rebuilt by a Gujarati merchant during the reign of Shamsuddin Iltumish (1211-1266 CE).It was demolished again during the rule of either Hussain Shah Sharqi (1447-1458) or Sikandar Lodhi (1489-1517).Raja Man Singh built the temple during Akbar’s rule, but orthodox Hindus boycotted it as he had let the Mughal emperors marry within his family. Raja Todar Mal further re-built the temple with Akbar’s funding at its original site in 1585.
gyanvapi well
Even after Aurangazeb demolishing the original temple and constructing a mosque over it, the remains of the erstwhile temple can be seen in the foundation, the columns and at the rear part of the mosque.
During 1833-1840 CE, the boundary of Gyanvapi Well, the ghats and other nearby temples were constructed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Predictions for Kali-Yug in Bhagavat Puran

The Bhagavat Puraṇ (भागवतपुराण) is written 5,000 years ago by sage Vedavyas.In the last canto of the Bhagavat Puran there is a list of predictions and prophecies about the dark times for the present age of Kali Yug.Despite the negative tone of these prophecies, there is still one bright spot for all of us, which is mentioned at the end.

Here are some of the prophecies:
•   Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1]

•   In Kali Yug, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behavior and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.2]

•   Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex, and a man will be known as a Brahman  just by his wearing a thread.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.3]

•   A person’s spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that same basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A person’s propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.4]

•   A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Marriage will be arranged simply by verbal agreement, and a person will think he is fit to appear in public if he has merely taken a bath.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.5]

•   A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a reservoir of water located at a distance, and beauty will be thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.6]

•   As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of ther social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.7]

•   Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.9]

•   The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.10]

•   The maximum duration of life for human beings in Kali Yug will become 50 years.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.11]

•   Men will no longer protect their elderly parents.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.42]

•   In Kali-Yug men will develop hatred for each other even over a few coins. Giving up all friendly relations, they will be ready to lose their own lives and kill even their own relatives.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.41]

•   Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.38]

•   Servants will abandon a master who has lost his wealth, even if that master is a saintly person of exemplary character. Masters will abandon an incapacitated servant, even if that servant has been in the family for generations. Cows will be abandoned or killed when they stop giving milk.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.36]

•   Cities will be dominated by thieves, the Vedas will be contaminated by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals.
[Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.32]

Why Kauravas went to heaven ?

Mahabharata happened in KuruKshetra. KuruKshetra name comes from two things, first Kuru, who was a king and Kshetra, means Land. So the place is The land of King Kuru. Now in our puranas there is a very interesting story mentioned about king Kuru.

Kurukshetra lies between two of the holiest rivers. Saraswatee and Yamunaa rivers as its northern and eastern boundaries. King Kuru selected this land on the bank of sacred River Saraswatee for spiritual culture and cultivation of eight-fold virtues. King came here on his golden chariot and utilized its gold for making a plough for cultivation. He took the bull of Shiv and buffalo of Yam Raaj on loan and started plowing the land. Indra, the King of Heaven, came and asked Kuru as to what he was doing? King replied that he was preparing the land for growing eight-fold virtues of religious austerity (Tap), truth, forgiveness, kindness, purity, charity, Yog and continence (Brahmcharya). Indra asked him to where he would get the seed of these virtues. King replied that the seed was in his possession. At this Indra laughed and went away.

After king had cultivated land for several days, Vishnu appeared before him and asked as to what he was doing? King replied in the same manner as he had replied when questioned by Indra. Vishnu asked Kuru to give Him the seed and that He would sow it for him. At this Kuru put forward his right arm and the same was cut into 1000 pieces with the Chakra of Vishnu and sown in the field. In the same way king Kuru's left arm, his 2 legs and then his head were offered by him to Vishnu for sowing the seed of virtues.

This act of Kuru pleased Vishnu very much and He blessed him. Indra also appeared at this stage and told that he was also very much pleased with his sacrifice and told him to ask for any boon from him. Kuru there upon was given two boons - one, that this land would forever remain a holy land named after himself, and the other, that anyone dying here would get relieved of the birth and death cycle irrespective of his sins or virtues.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bull Worship in ancient Egypt

This is a statue from ancient  Egypt  depicting Bull worship. The Kamataka and Andhra regions of India still have huge images of squatting bulls in numerous temples.Similar images abounding in the north were destroyed by Muslim invaders.

Worshiping cows and bulls as divine aide providing animal - power for farms and nourishing milk for humans is part of Vedic adoration of and gratitude towards divinity.Prevalence of such worship in Egypt and other parts or the ancient world prove their adherence to Vedic culture.

Ancient Egypt had Vedic influences and several photographic evidences were found, which indicate Saivism and Vaishnavism being followed by rulers of Egypt.

In Egyptian mythology, Apis or Hapis (spelled as Hapi-ankh), is a bull-deity that was worshipped in the Memphis region.“Apis served as an intermediary between humans and an all-powerful god (originally Ptah, later Osiris, then Atum).”

This Ptah (vocalized as Pitaḥ in ancient Egyptian) could be derived from Sanskrit word Pitah(which means father) or and Shiva Puran clearly states that Nandi (sacred bull) is the intermediary between humans and Lord Siva.That is why we find Nandi in front of all Sivalings in hindu temples and people are advised to visit Nandi first, before worshiping Shiva.

Gravitational Force explained in Vedas

An entire group of Vedic ‘experts’ have stood up to prove that Vedas contain early man theories and are not compatible with modern discoveries. These include communist historians propelled by commentaries on Vedas by western indologists like Max Muller.There has been multiple misinterpretations and wrong translations of Vedic hymns into english and other languages.

Unfortunately, due to thousand years of slavery, burning of our universities and libraries by barbarians and then demands for tackling issues of survival first, there remains a lot of work to be done to rediscover the Vedic sciences. However, sufficient clues exist to justify why this rediscovery would be worthwhile.

Examples of gravitational forces:
सविता यन्त्रैः पर्थिवीमरम्णादस्कम्भने सविता दयामद्रंहत I
अश्वमिवाधुक्षद धुनिमन्तरिक्षमतूर्तेबद्धं सविता समुद्रम II
[Rig Veda 10.149.1]
Translation : Sun has tied Earth and other planets through attraction and moves them around itself as if a trainer moves newly trained horses around itself holding their reins.

O Indra! by putting forth your mighty rays, which possess the qualities of gravitation and attraction-illumination and motion – keep up the entire universe in order through the Power of your attraction.
[Rig Veda 8.12.28]

O God, You have created this Sun. You possess infinite power. You are upholding the sun and other spheres and render them steadfast by your power of attraction.
[Rig Veda 1.6.5, Rig Veda 8.12.30]

The sun moves in its own orbit in space taking along with itself the mortal bodies like earth through force of attraction.
[Yajur Veda 33.43]

The sun moves in its own orbit but holding earth and other heavenly bodies in a manner that they do not collide with each other through force of attraction.
[Rig Veda 1.35.9]

Sun moves in its orbit which itself is moving. Earth and other bodies move around sun due to force of attraction, because sun is heavier than them.
[Rig Veda 1.164.13]

The sun has held the earth and other planets
[Atharva Veda 4.11.1]

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Epic called Mahabharat

Mahabharat is an ancient historical work written in Sanskrit by Krishn-Dvaipayan(Veda Vyas). Mahabharat is known as the 5th Veda because it portraits all the things present in today's society good and bad. Mahabharat was written 5000 years ago and it has 1 lakh shlokas written in 2 chandassus. It is so scientific that we feel astonished that something like that could have been written 5000 or more years before now.

In the Sanatan dharm, purusharth or the validation of human existence has four aspects, dharm, arth, kam and moksh, that is, social conduct, economic activities, pleasurable pursuits and spiritual activities. Through the tales of the Mahabharat, Vyas draws equal attention to all four aspects of human existence, making it a complete epic.

Writing relevance of Mahabharat in modern Indian society in a single article is akin to gathering the waters of the ocean in our palm. Because the Mahabharat is not just an epic, not just a poem, not just a story, it is something way beyond that it is about philosophy, about life, about battles about human beings. The Mahabharat is not about good and evil, it is about human beings, about their personal complexities, their insecurities it is a veritable ocean, the more we explore it, the lesser we know about it. We could spend our entire lifetime studying the Mahabharat but still we find that we know less. It is again a tale which can be interpreted in various ways.

Unlike the Ramayan, where the lines between good and evil were clearly defined. In Mahabharat it is not. It defines the problems, and solutions which are completely relevant with the present scenario and all of its features contains the representation of things that are used in today's world in a modified form.

The great Indian epic is big store house of stories. There are stories inside a story. Each story in itself is the source of knowledge and new learning in various fields of human life esp. management. Every character of Mahabharat teaches us something. It is for us to understand the lesson and follow a patch in life that brings joy and peace in life. The story also tells the consequences of giving too much indulgence to children and how things get ruined therefore. The story tells of the bond of friendship through the Duryodhan and Karna relationship. It also tells how a wicked and scheming person (as Shakuni) can poison not only grownups (as Dhritarashtr), but children as (Duryodhan and Dushshasan and all Kauravs). So be it the fight within a family for a piece of land or the issue of an “illegitimate” child and its impact on a family and the society as a whole have been mentioned quite beautifully in this magnificent epic.

This story which starts with the birth of the great Bhism who also happened to be the grand uncle of both Pandavs and the Kauravs. It was this event that eventually lead to the great battle between the cousins as also providing a lot of lessons for the future generations to come in the Indian society. Unfortunately even today the Indian society has miserably failed to understand the pearls of wisdom on life that this great epic gives.

In Conclusion the most important theme in the Mahabharat is that of  Dharma. In fact, the author vyas says himself that the purpose of Mahabharat is "to engrave dharma in the minds of men."  Dharma is essentially the principle of righteousness, following the correct moral ways Dharm is supreme in this world. Dharma brings material prosperity (artha) fulfillment  of wishes (Kama) and final liberation (moksh). It is surprising that people do not pay attention to the need for practice of dharm, when everything can be achieved through it. So this book is for humanity, not just for Indians or Hindus as anyone who reads it gains wealth of practical knowledge that leads him to success, happiness and prosperity.