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Mind Mastery / Mano Jaya
Count Your Blessings
durlabhaM trayamevaitat daivaanugraha hetukam । manuShyatvaM mumukShutvaM mahaapuruSha saMshrayaH ॥ - vivekachUDaamaNi
These 3 are hard to achieve and come only with God's grace - human birth, desire for liberation and satsanga.
•How lucky I am
•Make the most of Life
DRINKING FROM MY SAUCER
I've never made a fortune
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.
Stephen R. Covey.- •Private victory always, Precedes the public victory
Mano Jaya to Loka Jaya.
Amrita Bindu Upanishad
Mana eva manushyanam, Karanam bandha mokshayoho…
The Mind is the cause of Bondage, The Mind is the cause of Freedom
Who is the Boss ?
If I am OK, my World is OK
Mind to be Refined
You are your thoughts
“Watch your thoughts, they become words
Watch your words, they become actions
Watch your actions, they become habits
Watch your habits, they become character
Watch your character, for it becomes…
Our vast scriptural literature can be classified in six groups
•The Vedas are a very vast literature consisting of 20,000 mantras
•They divided into four books known as
Vedas have 4 Parts
1) Mantra or Samhita 2) Brāhmana Bhāgaha Karma 3) Āranyaka Upasana
Veda Anta 4) Upanishad Jnana./ Vedanta.
Who is the author of the Vedas?
•Vedas are a revelation from the Lord himself
•Vedas are not products of human intellect
•Rishīs receive the Veda mantras
•Apaurusheya means not born out of human intellect
•They were not written. Shruthis
•Just repetition of the mantras,
•the meditation on the mantras
•Is capable of helping a person
•Vedas means a source of knowledge
• It is derived from root Vid to know
Sūtra ( thread)
•Sūtra is a cryptic statement which contains lot of ideas in capsule form
•Brahma Sutras, Narada Bhakti Sutras
•The Smrutis are generally in the form of poem
•Smrutis are remembered wisdom
•All the teachings in the Shrutis and Sūtrās, are presented in a very elaborate form
Most of the Purāna have been written by Vyāsāchārya
•That is why he is greatly revered by us
•18 Purāna and 18 Upa-Purāna
•The most popular is Bhāgavata Purānam or Bhāgavatam
Thus it happened.
Rāmāyanam (24,000 verses) written by Valmiki.
Mahābhāratha (1 lakh verses) written by Vyāsāchārya
•They are the commentaries on Vedas, Sūtrās, Itihāsa
•There is a key to unlock this – called Sampradāyaha
•This is the problem with translation by the western authors or western educated Indians as the true meaning cannot be obtained
•Shruti The Upanishads
•Smriti Bhagavad Gita
– Human Goals.
– Free will
Artha in Sanskrit has several meanings e.g. ‘meaning’, ‘wealth’. In this context it refers to a Goal, destination.
ChaturvidhaPurushārtha. The four goals are
Dharma - Values based on scriptures
Artha - Wealth, Security.
Kāma - Enjoy comforts, desires.
•Dharma Purushārtha can be defined as an invisible form of wealth
•Adrushtam (one that cannot be seen) - Punyam
•Secondly Dharma also contributes to our next birth
Limitations of Dharma, Artha, Kama.
•Dukha Mishritatvam - Pain, struggle
•Atriptikaratvam - Not fulfilling
•Bhandakatvam - Creates Bondage
When we talk about moksha or liberation, the question is – liberation or freedom from what?
•Bondage means confinement, restriction or limitation
•All of us experience the limitation – bodily limitations, intellectual limitation, resource limitation – this is called bandha or bondage
•All the time it is a struggle to overcome these limitations
• We want to be in charge or in control of over lives
• Many things we don’t want to happen, keep happening
• And many things we want to happen, do not happen at all. J M
The Student stage Brahmacharya The Family stage Grihasta The Hermit stage Vanaprasta The Sanyāsa stage Sanyasa
What is the meaning of the word Āshrama?
• Shramaha means effort, a deliberate willful well directed effort
• Here the effort is a spiritual exercises
•Āshramaha means a stage of life in which a person practices spiritual Sādhanās.
•Gurukulavāsā system for Prākruta to Samkruta
•Two births and we should all become Dvija
•Brahma here means the scriptures or the Vedas. And Chāri is the one who dwells upon
The Sanyāsa Stage
•Dedicated to Spiritual pursuit.
Adi Shankara in the BhajaGovindam has said…
•"Bhagavad Gita Kinchita Dhita
•Ganga Jalalava Kanika Pita
•Sahrdapi yena Murari Samarca
•Kriyate Tasya Yamena na carca"
Varna Āshramais a sociological Scheme
Basis on Guna or Trait notby birth.
• Brāhmana – Knowledge / Spiritual
•Kshatriyaha - Dynamic
•Vaishya - Wealth generator
Wherever there is Krishna, the Lord of Yōga- (Higher spiritual Values) and wherever there is Arjuna,
the bow-wielder(Ever steadfast), there (will be) permanent wealth, victory, prosperity and
justice – this is My view.
Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-IdamPuurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Om ShaantihShaantihShaantih ||