Akhand Gyan

Highlights of October 2017

पूर्ण गुरु की पहचान!

अभी हाल ही में, कुछ बाबाओं के सुर्खियों में आने से जनमानस के अंदर बहुत से प्रश्न उठने लगे है। उनमें से कुछ अहम प्रश्न हैं- 'क्या भारत से अध्यात्म लुप्त हो गया है? क्या यहाँ सभी बाबा-साधु-संत पाखंडी और ढोंगी हैं? यदि नहीं, तो एक साधारण इंसान सच्चे और झूठे को कैसे पहचाने? क्यों एक श्रद्धालु की श्रद्धा लुट जाती है?' इन सभी प्रश्नों के उत्तर श्री गुरुदेव आशुतोष महाराज जी ने स्वयं अपने मुखारबिंद से भंडारे पर पूछे गए एक प्रश्न के समाधान स्वरूप दिए थे। ... ... समाधान: वर्तमान में बहुत से ऐसे बाबा-साधु समाज के हर कोने में आश्रम या डेरे खोलकर बैठे दिखाई देते हैं, जो प्रमाणित शास्त्र-ग्र…

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आओ साधकता की लौ से जगमग कर दें जहान!

'तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय' के पावन संदेश के साथ दीपावली एक बार फिर आई है। हर ओर जग को जगमग करते छोटे-छोटे दीपों की पंक्तियाँ हैं। ये दीपक जब एक साथ जलते हैं, तो लगता है मानो कह रहे हों- हम जलेंगे, प्रखरता से जलेंगे! तब तक प्रज्वलित रहेंगे, जब तक कि इस धरा के हर अंधियारे कोने को प्रकाशित न कर दें। दीपावली का यह पावन पर्व न केवल बाहरी जगत में प्रकाश लेकर आता है, बल्कि आंतरिक अंधियारे को दूर करने का आध्यात्मिक संदेश भी लाता है। यूँ तो दीपावली के इस पर्व को मनाने के पीछे कई धार्मिक, पौराणिक एवं सांस्कृतिक कारण हैं, जिन्हें आपने कई बार पढ़ा होगा। पर इस पर्व के साथ जुड़े कुछ ऐसे दिव्य किस्स…

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तनाव युक्त से तनाव मुक्त होने का सफर!

सन् 1991 में, डैरेक हम्फ्री नामक लेखक ने एक पुस्तक लिखी- ' फाइनल एक्ज़िट' ( अंतिम प्रस्थान)। इस पुस्तक में 'आत्महत्या कैसे करें?'- इस पर विस्तृत जानकारी दी गई थी। जब यह पुस्तक बाज़ार में आई, तो चौंका देने वाली बात सामने आई। भीड़ की भीड़ इस किताब को खरीदने के लिए उमड़ पड़ी। यह किताब ' बेस्ट सेलर' बनी। कुछ ऐसा ही दृश्य जापान में भी देखने को मिला। जब वहाँ ' द कम्पलीट मैनुअल ऑफ स्यूसाइड' नामक पुस्तक छपी, तो 198 पृष्ठों की इस किताब की पलक झपकते ही 10 लाख प्रतियाँ बिक गईं। और तो और, ऐसे दृश्य भी दिखे- जब तनावग्रस्त लोगों ने  इस किताब को हाथ में पकड़कर आत्महत्या कर ली। फ्रांस के समाजशास्त्री …

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Night Life- A Party Way or A Parity Way!

"If you want yourself to be counted among the modern and advanced, then modern life should be an essential element of your lifestyle." Today, a majority of youngsters carry this notion and stick to it as well. A survey was conducted by Times of India in eight metropolitan cities, to gauge the significance of the trend of nightlife in a modern city. 46% of the sample size answered "absolutely" and 41% said "somewhat", while others remained neutral. In other words, there was hardly anyone in disagreement with the opinion. Apparently, the degree may vary, but this trend is prevalent almost in every city. Did you ever think, why has the trend of nightlife become a necessity for the modern society, especially the corporates and the youth? Well, one of the well-known social sites, Quora can be referred in this regard. ... * People go to nightclubs for a variety of reasons- to dance, hang out with friends, enjoy the music, booze, and have fun. Most people at nightclubs are there for one or the other reasons from the above. ... * From my experience, people attend nightclubs because it's a form of live interactive entertainment in an ambience that gratifies your sensual pleasures. When you're out on the dance floor, you feel sound throughout your body that's hard to describe... sort of like catching a wave or snowboarding. You have to experience the interaction. ... ... Well, from these answers one thing is absolutely clear, that …

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Salute to the 'Father of the Nation (India)'!

Aainek Pehne... Laathi Thaame... Chalte the wo Shaan Se... Vande Maataram... Bande mein tha Dum! ... This is an extract from a Hindi song dedicated to one of the most famous, peaceful, political leaders of the world. He is not the first eminent personality and will not be the last, but his work and spirit were of so high status that he will always be honoured in India as the 'Father of the Nation'. Yes, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi- affectionately known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu, will always be the root of today's independent India. As a tribute and salute to the 'Father of the Nation', let's flip through some pages of history, to grasp few beautiful inspirations from the life, values and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. Inspirational Nugget #1 It relates to the time when Mahatma Gandhi was on his way to Darjeeling on a train. All of a sudden, the engine got separated from the coaches. As a result, the coaches started rolling backwards and the engine went straight up ahead. Gosh! It was a life and death situation for everyone sitting in that train. High panic crept up amongst the passengers. The coaches of the train could go off the hill at any moment. However, even in that situation of crisis, Gandhiji was calm and continued dictating some important points to the person whom he used to call Banglori. But, Banglori being one among the passengers was also afraid of the impending danger. He tried to make Gandhiji take hold of the situation on time …

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Baba Phenomenon Vs Guru Shishya Tradition of India- Confusion, Ignorance, and Facts

Amidst the debate and criticism of the 'Baba' phenomenon (referring to pseudo gurus), the concept that got tarnished is the Vedic Guru-Shishya tradition of India.  In the present times, the situations are igniting widespread examination of the Babas and their instrumentality. Being infuriated by the shocking revelations unfolding from the fictitious cover of spirituality and religion, almost everybody has jumped in to hold opinions on the subject of faith, belief, and the mode of access to God. The whistle-blowers are on their way to paint every institution and religious leader with the same brush. The westernised intelligentsia has been fast to coin words such as 'Self Styled Godmen' and 'Dera Heads'. It's true and appreciated that through advanced communication means, falsity and ill deeds throbbing in the garb of fake babas are getting exposed. However, by generalising it for the entire fraternity of Spiritual Gurus and going to the extent of questioning as to why a person needs any mediator between him and God at all, is alarming. The intelligentsia is hell bent on  proving that either devotees do not have brains or they don't use it while following the Babas, as in their view all Gurus are fake. However, by mocking and ruling out the very need of Guru and one’s attempt towards seeking refuge of the Guru, a serious damage is being done to the Guru-Shishya Parampara- the age old Guru-disciple tradition of ‘Bharat&…

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