Akhand Gyan

Highlights of July 2019

Interview with Lord Shiva

... On who, why, where of a spiritual Guru He is acknowledged as one of the gods of the Hindu Trinity. He is the dweller of the mountains, Lord Kailash. He is the master of all dance forms, Nataraja. He is the perfect Yogi. Yes, all these and several more dimensions are attributed to the one and only, Lord Shiva- who perhaps leads the galaxy of deities of the celestial world. The cadre of His Supremacy is clearly evident from this very fact that He is deemed as the Supreme Brahman Himself (as stated in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad). What more? Among the gods, the "world’s tallest statue" is dedicated to none other than Lord Shiva- the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal, 144 feet (44 m). Not just that. Among the top ten largest statues of Gods in the world, 4 out of 10 statues are of Lord Shiva! Well, this glimpse is perfect enough to comprehend who and what power is Lord Shiva. And, today, for the 'complicated' subject that has been chosen, Guru, He can be the best one to comment perhaps. Reason being, He is the Supreme Lord Himself, which undoubtedly implies that He knows everything. And, when He is all knowing, then, He can certainly give us a clear insight on, "Who, Why, Where, etc. Of a Spiritual Guru," that too unprejudiced; absolutely fair! Lord, thanks for sparing your precious time. I would straightaway come to the subject of today's discussion. Lord I often think, when God, I mean you are there, why, at…

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Promise of blessings!

(A special message to the devotees by H.H. Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji...) Dear Spiritual Aspirants! You must have read, heard and practically experienced that the Guru Puja' celebration is not just about burning incense sticks, lighting lamps, and offering flowers. The feelings have an important role. Here, I would like to add that along with the feelings, the traits of one's character are also essentially important. The character of a spiritual aspirant needs to be such that it shines like the polar star amidst the darkness of ignorance, which prevails in society today. Even, without uttering anything through words, his character should speak aloud to the people that he is someone extraordinary. That, he is blessed with the Divine Knowledge (Brahm Gyan). Your dispositions with the people, your camaraderie, your mind-set and every dimension of your existence should spread the message of Brahm Gyan. Through you, people should realise the correct definition of a 'true human being.' On witnessing you, the society should admire that "yes, Brahm Gyan has seeped through every iota of his personality. He is the true embodiment of devotion and sadhna (meditation)." How your character should be? To explain this, I would quote a couplet from a saint- Tulsi kabahun na chhodiye, kshamaa, sheel, santosh Gyaan garibi, hari bhajan komal vachan adosh. Saint Tulsi says that one should never compromise on the traits of forgiveness, good co…

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The Lord Adores Such Sinful Acts!

The ambience was replete with the fragrance of festivity and divinity. The disciples were present in huge numbers, waiting to behold their beloved Lord, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Their souls were craving for his godly audience. Prayers were ushering from every heart in the lotus feet of the Master, 'O Mahaprabhu, our eyes are yearning to drink the nectar of bliss by beholding your divine countenance... Please come... Please come, Lord...' How could the Master remain untouched from the devotional notes that were emanating from the strings of His devotees' hearts? If the separation was unbearable on that end, then, it was equally difficult on this side too. Rather, much more painful on receiving the devout prayers springing from so many hearts longing madly for him! Unable to restrain himself anymore, the Divine Lord finally opened the door. Aha! Loud, heartfelt hails bombarded the atmosphere! A wave of thrill and delight gushed forth deluging one and all present there. It was as if life re-kindled in those hundreds of hearts that were yearning since long for one glimpse of their beloved. In all magnificence, Chaitanya stood at the door only for a couple of minutes, while the devotees quenched their hankering souls. Suddenly then, Chaitanya broke his silence and raising his hand in divine ecstasy, said, "O devotees of the Lord, come, let's all go and worship our Lord Jagannath. Today Puri (where Jagannath temple is situated) is bathing in His resple…

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२१ वीं सदी के कबीर!

भक्तिकाल के सद्गुरु कबीर उत्तम कोटि के कवि भी थे। इन्होंने अपनी हर साखी, सबद, रमैनी, दोहे और वाणी से शिष्य समाज को चेताया, जगाया व प्रेरणा दी। पर सोचिए, यदि कबीर साहिब आज के तकनीकी और आधुनिक मंच पर आमंत्रित किए जाएँ, तो वे मॉडर्न समाज को कैसे प्रेरणा देंगे। उनके दोहों की क्या शब्दावली होगी, उनमें कैसे उदाहरण होंगे, आइए इसी की एक झलक लेते हैं... कबीर जी का १५वीं सदी का दोहा- गुरु धोबी सिख कपड़ा, साबू सिरजन हार। सुरती सिला पर धोइए, निकसे ज्योति अपार।। अर्थ- यदि शिष्य कपड़ा है, वह भी मैला; तो गुरु धोबी के समान हैं। जैसे धोबी शिला पर पटक-पटक कर कपड़े की मैल काटता है और उसका रंग निखार द…

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पहले अनुभूति, फिर अभ्यास!

संत तुकाराम जी की एक प्रसिद्ध वाणी है- 'गुरुचिया मुखें होइल ब्रह्मज्ञान' अर्थात सद्गुरु ही दीक्षा देकर ब्रह्मज्ञान प्रदान करते हैं। देखा जाए तो, यह सर्वमान्य है। भारतीयों की सामूहिक चेतना कहीं न कहीं यह मानती है कि 'गुरु बिना ज्ञान नहीं।' परन्तु प्रश्न है , य। कौन सा ज्ञान  अथवा ब्रह्मज्ञान है, जो एक पूर्ण गुरु या सच्चे मुर्शिद को पहचानने की कसौटी है? जब आप अपनी श्रद्धा का सौदा करने, अथवा अपना मस्तक झुकाने एक गुरु-सत्ता के पास जाते हैं, तो आपको उनसे किस ज्ञान-दीक्षा की अपेक्षा करनी चाहिए? यह एक महा प्रश्न है।   कमाल की बात है, इतिहास के सभी पूर्ण संतों या पीरों ने इस…

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बिना मार्गदर्शक कैसे करोगे मार्ग का दर्शन!

'गुरु का मिलना और अपने शिष्य को प्रेमपूर्वक देखना- उसकी जन्म-जन्मान्तरों की भूख शांत कर देता है। गुरु की दृष्टि शिष्य के लिए दूध और रोटी है।‘ ये मधुर वचन थे शिरडी के साईं बाबा के। एक दिन साईं अपने अनुयायियों और जिज्ञासुओं के संग विराजमान थे। तभी सहसा उनके मुख से ये वचन प्रस्फुटित हुए। तब समीप बैठे एक बुद्धिजीवी जिज्ञासु ने उनसे पूछा- 'साईं! क्या भगवान के बूते भव पार नहीं होता? ज़रूरी है क्या हम किसी गुरु की शरण लें? उस परम-सत्ता तक पहुँचने वाले इतने-इतने मार्ग हैं। कोई भी चुन लें। मंज़िल मिल जाएगी। फिर गुरु ही क्यों?' यह प्रश्न हर गैर उपदेशी निगुरे के मन में कभी न कभी ज़रू…

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