|Manu||Date: Friday, 03-December-2010, 2:56 AM | Message # 1|
---- an Aryan/Arya (sanskrit - *noble *great *truthful) is the one who defends/protects/fights for the needy/oppressed humans irrespective of their caste/creed/race/color/religion....
---- an Aryan will never harm any unarmed human/civilian, women/children, infact an arya is the one who even forgives his/her enemies.. Aryans are peace loving people who hate wars and bloodshed ....
asyAM saMsadi sarvasyAM kSattAraM pUjayAmyahaM
vRTTena hi bhavatyAryo na dhanena na vidyayA
"Person's behavior, not learning or wealth, determines if he can be called an Arya." (Mahabharata 5.88.52)
THE ETERNAL TRUTH [from garuda purana]
Lord Brahma, while shedding light on various aspects of religion told sage Vyas that
a man should look at his sorrows (shoka) with a sense of aloofness and
detachment, considering it as a passing phase. He also revealed to Vyas that the
'Fire of sorrow' consumed everything that came into its fold and nothing remained
untouched by it. A sorrowful man becomes bereft of all his possessions-knowledge,
religion, physical strength, patience, happiness and all such qualities.
Lord Brahma also told him that virtuous deeds never went without being rewarded,
as all good things enjoyed by a man in his life are nothing but the result of his
virtuous past 'Karmas'. On the contrary sinful deeds committed by a man makes his
present as well as his future births miserable. Further, glorifying the virtues of some
other good deeds, Lord Brahma said-' Protecting the life of a person, whose life is
endangered and who has sought one's refuge is the greatest virtue and no other
deed can be compared with it. One who sheds his life to protect attains
A contented man enjoys even his adversities and remains unperturbed by them. A
man should never miss a chance to get benefited by the company of enlightened
souls because it gives him an opportunity to understand religion in a better way.
Donating food begets incomparable virtues and no other virtuous deed stands
anywhere near it.'
Lord Brahma concluded by describing Sanatan Dharma in a nutshell and said-'
Anybody observing the following austerities should be considered an ardent follower
of 'Sanatan Dharma'- truth, penance, self-control, purity, forgiveness, compassion,
knowledge and donation.
THE SUPREME YOGA
Once, sage Shaunak asked Sutji about the reasons behind man's sorrow. Sutji told
him that man's ego and his attachments to this mortal world were the two most
important causes for his sorrow and until he gets rid of them he will continue to
suffer. Sutji said-' The 'Tree of ignorance' sprouts from the seed of 'Egotism' and it
receives its nutrition from sensual pleasures. Only those who possess the 'Axe of
knowledge' are successful in felling this 'Tree of ignorance' and experience the
ecstasy of Divine bliss. Once a man has experienced this divine bliss he not only
becomes free from all kinds of sorrow but is also freed from the cycles of birth, death
and rebirth. This divine link which a man establishes with the Almighty is called
'Mahayoga' (The supreme Yoga). But, those unfortunate people who have not
experienced this divine bliss continue to get trapped by the worldly illusions leading
to their countless births and deaths.'
Sutji then went on to describe the means by which a man can have a pure heart and
said-' Austerities like meditation, worship, fasts, oblations, charity, etc., certainly
helps a man in getting rid of all kinds of impurities.'
SALVATION THROUGH YOGA
The ultimate aim of a man's life is to attain salvation.
A man can not attain salvation until and unless he has seen through the trappings of
the worldly illusions. Sutji said-'Practice of Yoga helps a man to live in this world with
a sense of detachment and to successfully avoid the allurements of this mortal
world. Yoga comprises of six organs
Pranayam ( Breathing exercises),
Japa ( chanting),
Pratyahar( restraining sense organs),
Dhyan (meditation) and
Samadhi (deep meditation).
Not running after sensual pleasures by having self control helps a man in
diminishing his sins and diminishment of sins pleases the deities who give
blessings. Blessings of deities help a man to attain salvation. Pranayam, an
important part of Yoga is of two types-'Garbha' and 'Agarbha'. Pranayam, done with
simultaneous chanting of a mantra is called 'Garbha' whereas in 'Agarbha'
Pranayam mantras are not chanted.
It is natural for a man to get attracted by worldly pleasures and checking this
tendency of the mind is called 'Pratyahar'. It is not easy to control the mind and
concentrate on anything for a long time but 'Dharana' helps a man to do that. When
a man has successfully controlled his sensual desires, then it becomes very easy for
him to concentrate his mind. A concentrated mind finds it easy to meditate. When he
has mastered meditation it is not much difficult for him to enter into the deep state of
meditation i.e. 'Samadhi'. In the state of 'Samadhi', all sense of dualism cease to
exist as one establishes divine link with the Almighty, which helps him in
experiencing indescribable divine bliss.
Once, on being asked by sage Narad about the means that helped a man in
attaining self realization, Lord Vishnu told him that only those privileged few who
have understood the impermanent nature of this world and have successfully
controlled their sensual desires can attain self realization. All the mysteries of this
Universe are unraveled to a man of self realization and he attains salvation. Lord
Vishnu said-' It should be the prime objective of a man to make incessant efforts so
that he can experience this divine knowledge of self realization-the real knowledge,
for every other kind of knowledge is superficial and of least significance.'
Lord Vishnu went on to describe how self realization could be attained-
When there is no desire left in the heart then a man is certain to
experience the divine taste of this nectar (self realization) in his life time-- and there
is no doubt about it.
Unraveling the mystery of Universe to sage Narad, Lord Vishnu said-' 'Brahm' is the
cause behind this universe and one who has understood this fact can be rightly
called a man of self realization. A man being under the influence of his sensual
perceptions falsely believes this world to be real and is unable to understand the
real cause behind the existence of this world, which is not the case with a man of
self realization. Instead of searching 'without' a man should seek 'within' because
within him exists the Universe just like our sense organs perceive them externally.
The whole mystery of Universe is unraveled to a man who makes incessant efforts
to undertake this inner journey for if his efforts are made with a pure heart and a firm
determination then he is sure to reach his goal of self realization one day or the
other. The soul (Atma) is 'Brahm' but this fact becomes apparent only to those
privileged few, who have attained self realization. Self realization illuminates the soul
in the same way just as a lightning illuminates the dark sky at night.'
Lord Vishnu went on to describe himself in the following words-' I am Pure and
beyond the limits of human intelligence. I am beyond the confinement of three basic
qualities (Satva guna, Rajas guna and Tamas guna). Only he can experience ME
who possesses an enlightened soul because I manifest MYSELF in the heart of
every individual as a divine effulgence in order to drive away the darkness which
All the five elements (space, air, water, fire and earth) are nothing but the
manifestations of Almighty God.'
' Unfortunately, most of the people are unaware of the presence of divinity in themthe
existence of 'Brahm' in each of them. The reason for this is not much difficult to
comprehend because this fact is so subtle that only enlightened souls can
experience it. HE lies dormant and cannot be experienced until and unless HE is
awakened by means of austerities and penance. 'Brahm' is ever present in a man
and does not abandon him in any of the three states of his consciousness- while he
is awake, while he is dreaming or even while he is asleep.
Despite being present in every individual he still remains unaffected by his deeds
because by nature HE is eternally pure. One more reason why man is unable to feel
the presence of 'Brahm' in himself is his own ego, with which he falsely develops
deep association. So, a person who is desirous of realizing God must first subdue
his ego so that 'Brahm' manifests himself in all his glory. Without subduing his 'ego'
a man can never realize God because the sense of dualism is the greatest
impediment in the path of God realization and 'egotism' only strengthen this sense of
'Once man has successfully subdued his ego, the dawning of God realization
becomes imminent because 'Brahm' now has no problem in manifesting himself in
the changed scenario. 'Brahm' who is absolute truth, eternally pure and the supreme
Almighty. HE is the eternal bliss dwelling in each individual- the realization which
made the Vedas to proclaim 'Tatvam Asi'(Thou is me) and who is beyond the
confinement of time and space.'
Ultimately, Lord Vishnu revealed to sage Narad that 'Brahm' was none other than himself.
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