Akhand Gyan

Highlights of July 2018

मेरा सुरक्षा कवच- गुरु स्वरूप!

मैं गाँव के रास्ते से गुज़र रहा था। एक आदमी ने मुझे रोका और कहने लगा- 'प्रणाम महात्मन! क्षमा कीजिए मैंने आपको रास्ते में रोक दिया। पर दरअसल मैं स्वयं ही अपने आपको रोक नहीं पाया। मैंने अक्सर आपको यहाँ से गुज़रते हुए देखा है। आपके चेहरे का आलौकिक तेज, आपकी दिव्य आभा मेरे अंदर आपके प्रति एक आकर्षक खिंचाव पैदा करती है। मैंने अपने जीवन में अनेक संतों-महात्माओं को देखा और जाना है। पर जो पवित्रता आपके चेहरे में दिखती है, वह अनूठी है। आपको देखकर लगता है, मानो कोई सिद्ध पुरुष उजला चोला पहनकर काजल की कोठरी से बेदाग निकल आया हो। अपने सही अर्थों में अपने नाम को सार्थक किया है, कुलदानंद ब…

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पहले गुरुदेव बाद में भगवान!

आप देखिए, ये हैं तिरुमाला की उत्तुंग पहाड़ियाँ... नैसर्गिक सौन्दर्य से सजी-धजी। ताज़गी भरी हरियाली की ओढ़नी में लिपटीं। आँखों को स्वर्ग सी अनुभूति देतीं! तिरुमाला की इस पर्वतमाला की सांतवी चोटी पर स्थित है- वेंकटेश्वर मंदिर। आँध्रप्रदेश के चित्तूर जिले के तिरुपति में स्थापित यह भव्य मंदिर आज 'तिरुपति बाला जी' के नाम से विश्व-प्रख्यात है। यह दुनिया का सर्वाधिक दान प्राप्त करने वाला सबसे धनवान मंदिर है। बहुत महिमावान मान्यता है यहाँ की! मंदिर ही नहीं, कई एकड़ में विस्तारित इसका परिसर प्राकृतिक सौन्दर्य का अनुपम नमूना है। यहाँ शीतल सरोवर है... परिमल पुष्पों से सज्जित बगीचे…

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कैसे अपनी साधना को निद्रा वह विचार रहित बनाएं?

ठेस पहुंचाने वाले कुछ ठोस प्रश्र- -  क्या आपको साधना में नींद के झटके आते हैं? -  क्या कभी स्थिति इस हद तक भी पहुंच जाती है कि अनुभव की जगह स्वप्न दिखने लगते हैं? अनहद के स्थान पर खर्राटे चलने लगते हैं?  -  क्या मन सुमिरन में रमने की बजाय विचारों में गुम हो जाता है? -  साधना करते हुए आप किस आसन में होते हैं- पद्मासन? सुखासन? या फिर अदला-बदली आसन? ( जिसमें टांगें खोलने से लेकर मोड़ने, सहारा लेने, लुढ़कने, लेटने तक के कई तरीके शामिल होते हैं?)* *( वृद्ध एवं रोग-ग्रस्त साधकों पर लागू नहीं।) संभवतः इन प्रर्शनों  ने हमारी दुखती नफरत को छुआ होगा। हमें कहीं न कहीं ग्लानि का अहसास भी क…

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Why miss the Childhood when we can re-live it?

Childhood is the most fun time in anybody's life. Even today, as a grown up person, when we meet our friends, we often talk about our childhood memories and the crazy little things we used to do then. Some of us remember our childhood quite clearly while some of us may have learnt about it through our parents. Be it ringing the neighbour's doorbell and running away or dodging the homework by giving an excuse of a stomach ache. Be it getting drenched in rain and splashing water on the road or tirelessly jumping on the bed and engaging in pillow fights with our siblings. Fighting with our friends and then finding an excuse to play with them, again. Every little thing seemed to be joyful and full of excitement. Then, all of a sudden, we become mature and all those crazy activities are left behind, only to be enjoyed as memories. Excitement and fun seems to have an inverse relationship with age. Today, if it rains, we try to ensure that not even a drop falls on the shirt. If we have to ring somebody's doorbell, we try not to ring it more than once as we may be taken as manner-less. If we enter into a verbal fight with our friends, we resist interactions, most of the time due to ego and at times due to the fear of saying something that may leave the other person annoyed with us forever. We can no longer dodge our work, as it may frustrate the boss or the person getting affected. So, what have we really achieved by being mature, except for losing our happiness? True, we…

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Scientist Say God Cannot Be Seen! But, Super-Scientists Say, HE Can Be Seen!

Let's hypothesis a unique panel of big-wig Nobel laureates, scientists, writers, etc. - all assembled together on one table to discuss the ever-mysterious subject of God. The ideas and opinions of the intelligentsia presented through this discussion are original and sourced from their talks or writings. Through the assembly, we will try to reach to the all-time mind-boggling questions, such as- Does God exist? How does He look like? Etc. The host is facilitating the discussion to keep the flow of thoughts scream-lined. Host: You all are the Representatives of those fraternities, which are unquestionably intellectual and logical. In this purview, what would you say about the existence of God? Newton Sir, if I can start from you... Sir Isaac Newton: From His true Dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful being; and from His other perfections, that He is supreme, or most perfect. He is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, His duration reaches from eternity to eternity; His presence from infinity to infinity; He governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. (1687, Principia; also Caputo 2000, 88). Host: Dr Einstein, after driving so deep into science and unfolding the secrets of this cosmos, do you believe in the existence of any entity called God. Dr Einstein: The more I study science the more I believe in God. (As cited in Holt 1997). The deeper one penetrates into nature's secrets, t…

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Real Answers for the Real Inquisitives

Suppose you are asked to fill your desires in a wish list. Just answer with a true heart, where will God be in this list? Or, rather, will He be there at all? Today, perhaps including us, we come across people with plentiful of desires and aspirations in this world of materialism. However, there are some who yearn for God and only God, nothing else and no one else. They might or might not have worldly comforts and affluence; but they have a true thirst for the One who is above everything. And, they do not bargain or compromise at any cost for this craving of theirs. It is this deterministic quest, which one day leads them to the true guide or Master, who answers their inquisitiveness in the real sense, with the real revelation! Let's meet some of them... ... HIM I SHALL I FOLLOW... Since her childhood, Rachel was inquisitive about knowing God. It was in her school, at the age of eight, when she heard for the first time about India. There was an unspoken pull towards the land of India in her inner being. That day, on returning home from school, she expressed joyfully to her mother, "When I grow up I will never marry; I will go to India," Several years went by. Her quest for God received another push when, at the age of fifteen, she got a copy of the sacred book, the Bhagavad Gita. After reading the Bhagavad Gita, a thought settled in her heart that God is supremely passionate. The words of the Gita triggered a craving in her heart to know God, as it sta…

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