e-Magazine, Issue No. 72
this special Janmashtami edition, we bring you a very important lecture
by Shree Maharajji. He delivered this lecture during Janmashtami
celebrations. Shree Maharajji answers questions like: Why should
we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami? Who is Krishna? What is the meaning of
'the birth' of Krishna? Further, we present a
beautiful leela (pastime) of little Krishna for you to relish.
To help relieve your neck pain, we introduce you to some asans and
pranayam. Also, we share with you the latest updates of Satsang
Centers, Bal-Mukund Centers, and the recently concluded JKYog Cruise
Retreat with Swamiji at Florida. Finally, don't miss our bhog
recipe of the month - Nan-Khatai.
yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati bhārata
abhyutthānam adharmasya tadātmānaṁ sṛijāmyaham
(Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 7)
says to Arjun, "Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an
increase in unrighteousness, O Arjun, at that time I manifest myself on
chalata sakhi, laṭapaṭāta nandalāla
Look sakhi! Here comes little Kanhaiya, toddling along.
haule-haule dharaṇi dharata paga, bhole se gopāla
The innocent Gopal places his tiny feet gently on the ground.
chalata chalata chhuṭi jāta pīta-paṭa, ha˝sati sabai braja bāla
While walking, his dhoti falls down at times, and makes the gopis chuckle.
puni-puni pahirāvati pītāmbara, yaśhumati hota nihāla
Yashoda's joy knows no bounds as she puts the dhoti back on him again and again.
jaha˝ dekhata māṭī chupake te, ḍārata mukha tatkāla
Wherever he sees dirt, he at once quietly puts it in his mouth.
tarjani te 'kṛipālu' ḍarapāvata, mukha māṭī lakhi gvāla
Says Shree 'Kripalu', "When they see him eating dirt, the cowherd boys threaten Kanhaiya by shaking their index finger."
Shree Maharajji's Lecture on the Occasion of Janmashtami
are celebrating Krishna Janmashtami. Who is Krishna? What is the
meaning of 'the birth' of Krishna? Why should we celebrate it? These are
questions which we are about to get answers for. Let us first
understand the meaning of the word 'Krishna'.
śhabdaḥ ṇaṣhch nivṛitti vāchakaḥ tvayoraikya
parabrahm kṛiṣhṇa ityabhidhīyate
In the Vedas, the meaning of the word "Krishna" is Satchidanand Brahm
an (the absolute divinity full of bliss, knowledge, and eternity).
karṣhati paramha˝sānām cheta˝si iti kṛiṣhṇaḥ'
one who attracts and entices everybody's heart (mind), the Supreme
Soul, is Krishna. Even Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shankar
(Shiva), are attracted to Shree Krishna. He attracts his own Self! Is it
The Supreme God, Shree Krishna has three main forms - Brahman
Just like the three forms of water - steam, ice, and water itself
(liquid). If we decrease the temperature of water it becomes ice, and if
we increase the temperature, it becomes steam. Even though we have
three forms, they are fundamentally the same. Similarly, there is only
one God who manifests himself in three different forms.
Let us now understand the meaning and qualities of these three forms of God.Brahman
- This refers to the all-pervading form of God. Two main powers that
are revealed in this form. The first is self-protection and the second
(personal bliss). The other powers are present but are not manifest. Another important aspect of Brahman
is that he is formless.Paramatma
- This refers to that form of God that resides in everyone's heart. The Paramatma
also manifests in the personal form as Vishnu, and various avatars such
as Narsingh and Varaha. Many more powers are manifest in the Paramatma
form, than in the Brahman
- God reveals all his powers in this form. This is the form of Shree
Krishna, in which he manifests his divine Names, Form, Pastimes, Abodes,
yo sau param brahma gopāl
It has been asked in the Vedas:
kam paramo devaḥ Who is this Supreme power? Who is Brahm?
kasmānmṛityurvibheti Who is the personality that is feared even by death?
kasya j˝ānenākhilam j˝ātam bhavati What is that, by knowing which everything is known?
The answers to these three questions are given in the Vedas -
kṛiṣhno havai hariaḥ paramam daivataṁ
The Supreme power is Shree Krishna.
Even death fears Shree Krishna.gopījanavallabha j˝ānenākhilam j˝ātam bhavati
- By knowing Shree Krishna everything becomes known.
Shree Krishna is the ultimate Supreme Personality who is the ocean of
divine love and eternal bliss. Shree Krishna is the Absolute truth and
the essence of divine love and nectar. We, being a part of his divine
personality, naturally love him.
Now comes the question of Shree
Krishna's birth. If we say that he was born, then it means he will die
one day. Shree Krishna himself says:
jātasya hī dhruvo mṛityurdhruvam janma mṛitasya cha
The one who is born dies one day." That implies Shree Krishna also
died. Is the Supreme Lord also caught in this cycle of life and
death? No, let us first understand the meaning of the birth of
God. For the Supreme Lord, birth means to manifest and death means
disappearance. During Shree Krishna's descension period, He first
appeared in front of mother Devaki in the form of the four-armed Maha
Vishnu, with his Sudarshan chakra, conch, mace, and lotus.
tamadbhutam bālakamambuje kṣhaṇam chaturbhujam śhankha gadayudayudhaṁ
Having seen this form of God she asked him to appear as a normal child. When Devaki closed and opened her eyes bhaye prakaṭ kṛipalā dīn dayālā
God manifested himself as a sweet smiling child. So, it was not like a
material birth that takes place from the mother's womb. Shree
Krishna had a divine birth, and similarly his body was also divine:
chidānandamaya deha tumhārī
vigata vikār jāna adhikārī
Only people with divine vision are able to perceive the divinity of his form. So his body is chidanandmaya
full of knowledge and eternal bliss. We have a body and a soul. The
soul is immortal but the body is destructible. But the body and soul of
God are one. His body is divine by nature, full of bliss.
Now comes a question. What is the need of the Absolute and Supreme God to descend on earth?
are many reasons for God's descension. But the main reason of his
descension is to shower his causeless grace and mercy on everyone. Grace
and mercy are an inseparable part of his nature. This is the reason why
he comes to this world repeatedly and does various pastimes.
the main motive of celebrating Janmashtami is to understand the secret
behind Shree Krishna's divine descension and our eternal relationship
with him. We must aim to build a firm relationship with him and
constantly realize his presence with us so that we progress quickly on
this path and cleanse our mind. By the grace of our Guru, we can then
receive divine love with which we can relish the sweet leelas
of Shree Krishna and enjoy the eternal bliss of divine love.
day Little Krishna throws a tantrum for no reason. He is pouting and
Mother Yashoda is trying to please him. At the same time, he is rolling
on the floor, stamping his little feet continuously. When Mother Yashoda
doesn't go to pacify him, he immediately gets up and looking a little
annoyed, with his body smeared with dust, runs a short distance,
stamping his little feet and mumbling something to himself. Overcome
with motherly love, Maiya feels unable to control herself anymore. Running, she catches hold of him and asks with much love "Lala,
why are you making such a big fuss? What is that which you really want,
tell me?" Availing himself of this good opportunity, little
Krishna then says with a lisp, "Maiya, bring me a bride."
Innocent Krishna says to his mother, "Maiya! Do get me a
bride. Becoming the bridegroom, I shall wear a crown on my head
and will form a marriage procession consisting only of my friends. Maiya!
Get me married today only, without any delay, otherwise I will not eat
butter; I will not come to your lap, I will run away from this house
this very day and will never return." Thus
threatening his mother and finding her still unmoved, little Krishna
threw his staff and black blanket before her saying, "Here, take your lathi
(stick) and blanket, for I will no longer go to graze your cows." In
the words of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, little Krishna
further warned, "I shall adopt the life of an ascetic and will go
on begging from door to door in the name of Alakha (the Imperceptible Brahman)"
Yoga, Meditation and Lecture Program in Allen, TX
The Art of Mind Management program at
Allen, TX was a grand success! With Swamiji's amazing lecturing style,
the message reached directly to the hearts of devotees! Many young
children attended the Art of Mind Management lecture series in Allen,
TX. Every single evening, Swamiji quizzed youth from the topic of
discussion for that day. Indeed, it was amazing to see the performance
of these bright children! Devotees offered aarti at the end of each
lecture session at the Art of Mind Management week long series in Allen,
TX. Yoga and meditation program was also conducted by Swamiji
there with full participation. See pictures
Swamiji's Program in Chicago
only standing Mayor of Indian origin in USA presently, Dr. Gopal
Lalmalani, Mayor of Oakbrook, came to welcome Swamiji to Chicago on the
first day of his program at Clarion Inn, Elmhurst. The program was very
well attended, with many westerners also in the audience. See pictures
Cruise Retreat with Swamiji
Aug 29th to Sept 3rd
Sept 12th to Sept 18th
Kendall Park, NJ
Up-coming Retreats 2015
Sept 5th to Sept 7th
For details, click here
Yoga to Help Relieve Neck Pain
In this day and age, our body goes through a lot of wear and tear.
With all that stress, travelling and a sedentary lifestyle eventually
takes a toll on our body, its muscles and bones. One of the spots that
most people tend to overuse is the neck. Cervicalgia, a term that is
clinically used to describe neck pain, arises mostly from long,
continuous hours of sitting in the same posture or a rough night of
sleep and the lack of a workout. So, instead of suffering through
endless sessions of physiotherapy and medication, here are some simple
yoga poses and pranayama that can help you get rid of that neck pain in a
Greeva Sanchalan (Neck Movement)
Sit in either Sukhasan or Vajrasan,
keeping your head and spine erect. While inhaling (Radhey), turn your
face to the right (as if looking at an object or a person), so that your
chin comes above the right shoulder. Ensure you twist your neck as much
as possible but slowly and without strain. While exhaling (Krishna),
bring your face to the centre. Repeat it on the other side.
Practice about five times in either direction.
Variation - 1
in either Sukhasan or Vajrasan, keeping your head and spine
erect. While inhaling (Radhey), tilt your head to the right so
that the right ear touches the right shoulder, and while exhaling
(Krishna), bring your head to the centre. Repeat it on the other side.
Practice about five times in either direction.
Variation - 2
in either Sukhasan or Vajrasan, keeping your head and spine erect.
While inhaling (Radhey), tilt your head backward; while exhaling
(Krishna), bring your head to the centre. While inhaling (Radhey), tilt
your head forward and try to touch the chest with the chin; while
exhaling (Krishna), bring your head to the centre; do it gently.
Repeat the exercise for five times.
Sanchalasan relieves tension from the neck and shoulders. It removes
prāṇic energy blockages from the neck region. It also helps in curing a
Sanchalanasan should not be performed by elderly people with low or high
blood pressure, and also by those who are suffering from cervical
Jyeshthikasan (Superior Pose)
Lie flat on your stomach, legs
together and palms touching the sides of your thighs with your chin on
the floor.Stretch your legs and then place the forehead on the
floor. Interlock the fingers of both hands and rest the palms on
the back side of the head. Make sure your elbows lie on the
floor. Close the eyes in this position. Breathe slowly and
evenly and relax the whole body, with the focus on the natural and
rhythmic breathing process. Be in this asan for one to two
helps alleviate various spinal complaints such as cervical spondylitis,
stiff neck, and the upper back. It also offers relief from herniated
in any meditative position with the spine, neck, and head straight.
Now, relax your shoulders and place the hands in any mudra on the
knees. Then, close both eyes and relax the entire body.
Concentrate on the nostrils, feel the air going in and coming out
through the nostrils. After 2-3 normal breaths, shift your concentration
to the throat. Then, inhaling (Radhey) deeply and slowly through either
of the two nostrils, contract the throat as if you are breathing
through a narrow pipe (in the throat). Due to the constriction of
the respiratory passage, the incoming breath will produce a soft sound
like "urrmh," as if you are snorting. It may be a low sound, and though
it should be audible to you, someone sitting a few feet away from you
may not be able to hear it. Then close one of the nostrils with your
thumb and exhale (Krishna) completely through the other. You may use
either of the nostrils for exhalation, but alternatively. The time
for inhalation and exhalation should always be the same. This is one
cycle of Ujjayi Pranayam; repeat up to 15-20 cycles.
Personality Development Classes for Children
A sneak view into Bal-Mukund at Singapore
The Bal-Mukund Singapore team was inaugurated by Swami Mukundanandaji
in January 2015 and since then the center has done a phenomenal job in
inculcating the Vedic knowledge in the lives of the budding generation.
The Bal-Mukund Kids love the great variety in the structure of the
program which starts with Yoga and Pranayaam, then meditation and
chanting, then values through story time followed by art and craft or
games time and then Yugal Arti. Swamiji's meditation is such a valuable
gift to both parents and children who now feel a closer affinity with
the Lord through having Him as our close friend and relative.
our first year, besides the inauguration program, the Singapore center
has held multiple celebrations, not to mention the special mothers' day
celebration at the beach, Ram Navami celebration, Holi celebrations and
the list continues. The Singapore Bal-Mukunds practically implemented
the value of Kindness and empathy by helping raise funds for the Nepal's
Earth Quake victims.
Parents have given feedback on how their
children love the program so much that parents use it as a trump
card to get their child to complete their homework and chores at home.
They say their child happily gets the work done in order to be rewarded
with attending the Bal-Mukund class!! The enthusiastic coordinators,
dedicated volunteers and the active parent supporters have made
Bal-Mukund a wonderful program for the kids. Wishing them all the best
as they continue to transform the lives of the younger generation!!!
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
- 1/3 cup fine sooji or semolina
- 1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
- Pinch of baking soda (a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon green cardamom seed coarsely powder (ilaichi)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- sliced almond and sliced pistachio for decoration
1. Pre heat the oven to 375 degree.
2. In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, gram flour, sooji, baking soda and cardamom powder and set aside.
3. Let the butter come to the room temperature
4. Add butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for two to three minutes until light and fluffy.
5. Add the flour mix to butter and sugar mixture and knead them together to make smooth dough.
6. Divide the dough into about 24 equal parts and make them into balls.
7. Press each ball between your palms lightly; every piece should be about 3/4 inches in thickness.
With a sharp knife softly draw a tic-tac-toe design on the top and put
few pieces of almonds and pistachios and press them into the dough
9. Put Nan khatai on a lightly greased
cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 11-13 minutes or until
Nan khatai are lightly gold brown.
10. After they are lightly golden
brown remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Let the Nan Khatais
cool down for two to three minutes before taking them off the cookie
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