JKY e-Magazine, Issue No. 5                              November 2009

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In This Issue
Gems of Wisdom - Shree Maharajji
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Upcoming Events
Current News
Trivia Time
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"Ananyata" - Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
"Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana" - Swami Mukundananda
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Always have the firm faith that your Beloved Shree Krishna loves you as much as you love Him. The sincere longing and tears of love of a devotee attracts God and He wishes to meet that devotee. So a devotee should never feel disheartened.
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Never hurt the feelings of other devotees out of pride and rudeness. Think before you speak. Never try to find an excuse for your mistakes, and never try to blame others for your mistakes. Admit your mistake when you are wrong.
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If your mind gets attached in worldly material things or individuals in the mayic area, it will be considered as a sin. If your attachment is in God and His related Divine subjects, then it is considered as the highest ideal.
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Time is valuable so it should not be wasted. The past is over and the future is uncertain. Only the present is in our hands. Use it for the attainment of Shree Krishna's love before it is too late.
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The human mind naturally leans towards more bodily comfort, laziness, gossiping, arrogance and pride. A devotee should observe his own weaknesses of this kind and try to overcome them.
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The Guru is the giver. It is in the hands of the devotee as to how much he takes from him. The more a devotee preserves his feelings of servitude and humbleness, the more his love for God increases. Servitude increases devotional love and ego decreases it. This is the secret which every devotee should affirm in his mind.

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Question: How does one cleanse or heal his or her soul?

Answer: You are the soul, which is a part of God, and hence by nature you are perpetually Divine.  The problem is that the soul is identifying with the body, mind, and intellect, and so, when the mind feels tormented, the soul experiences the misery.  For example, if someone cuts our head in our dream, even though the dream is not a reality, we experience the misery until we wake up.  Similarly, the Divine soul experiences the miseries of the mind in the materially conditioned state, because it identifies with it.  So, when you say that the soul takes a beating, what you mean is that the mind takes a beating, and the soul experiences the pain vicariously.  

When the mind is sufficiently cleansed, the soul will be able to perceive the distinction between itself and the mind, and rise above the dualities of the mind.   Hence, to cleanse or heal the mind is the paramount goal of a spiritual aspirant. 
 
Many materialists too are awake to this need of purifying the mind, since the soul naturally feels disconcerted with an impure mind, and yearns to experience the state of purity that is natural to it.  A plethora of techniques and self-help books are available in the world for practising positive thinking in its various forms and connotations. However, all these techniques have very limited effect in purifying the mind, and the results too are only temporary.  We must remember that the mind is made from maya, which is God's energy, and it cannot be conquered merely by self-effort.  We can permanently and totally heal the mind only by the Grace of God.
 
So the most powerful practice for cleansing the mind is to engage it in love of God, or Bhakti.  That is the verdict of all the Vedic literature, and the essence of all religion.  Shree Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Geeta that maya has three gunassattva, rajas, and tamas.  These three gunas, or modes, are also present in the mind, and hence the mind oscillates between them.  Whatever atmosphere one gets or wherever one attaches the mind, the corresponding guna becomes dominant.  However, God is beyond these there gunas.  He is Divine, and so if we attach our mind to Him, it too rises beyond the three gunas and becomes Divine. 
 
The Ramayan states:

Prem bhagati jal binu Raghurai, abhi antar mal kabahuṁ na jāyi

"Until we wash our mind in the water of love of God, its dirt will never go."

The Shreemad Bhagavatam states:

Dharmaḥ satya dayo peto...

"We may follow all the rules of proper conduct, we may perform severe austerities, and we may accumulate the most  esoteric knowledge, but with devotion to God, none of these practices will be sufficient in cleansing the mind." 
 
So, do try to sincerely understand and practice the various facets of the Science of bhakti, or devotion to God, and very soon you will experience the mind being elevated and cleansed from endless lifetimes of impurities.  If you have the book "Prem Ras Siddhant - Philosophy of Divine Love" by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, please read the chapter on Bhaktiyog, where he has lucidly described the science of sadhana bhakti.  Use that knowledge to attach your mind to God, and experience the Bliss of Divine Love.
 

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School Kit Distribution

On 21st October, Shree Maharajji distributed school kits and bags to students of Kripalu Mahila Vidyalaya, a school and college for women, run by the trust.  This is located 6 kms away from Mangarh in Kunda Harnamganj.

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Blood Donation Camp

On 19th October, a blood donation camp was organized at Mangarh hospital by JKP. Around 500 devotees donated their blood at the charitable hospital, Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalay.

Doctor's Day Celebration

Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalay the charitable hospital here at Mangarh celebrated its 7th anniversary on  5th November. It was Doctor's Day also. On this occasion there was aarti of Yugal Sarkar in Maharajji's courtyard and cake cutting ceremony. Thereafter Maharajji distributed gifts to the hospital staff.

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Brahm Bhoj


A grand Brahm Bhoj was organised in Mangarh on 29th October. A huge crowd from neighbouring areas gathered for the bhoj.

New Dining Hall Inauguration

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The new Dining Hall which was under construction in Mangarh was inaugurated on 31st October by Shree Maharajji. Devotees gathered in huge numbers to witness the occasion. The Dining hall is partially open for public use and the final stage is being completed.

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Swamiji successfully completed his first lecture series of the Orissa tour. It was held in UGAB School Ground in Cuttack, Orissa.

On the last day of the program (November 1st) there was a parikrama where hundreds of people participated in the procession covering the whole city for over 2 hours. Joyous kirtans and bhajans filled the streets of Cuttack and the general public was happy to join in and sing along.

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'Kartik Poornima' is a major festival for the people of Orissa.  It was celebrated on 2nd November in the Cuttack Ashram. A huge crowd of devotees assembled there. And there as a typical thunka puri feast of Radha Krishna prasadam for everyone.
 
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Swamiji is having a yet another highly successful fifteen-day series in Sambalpur city of Orissa, with over 4000 people attending the lecture everyday. The program will be completed on the 19th of November after which Swamiji will proceed to Bhawanipatna, Orissa.

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Swamiji delivered a scintillating lecture on the topic of "Spiritual art of good health through yoga, mind management and devotion" in S.C.B. Medical college, Cuttack on 20th October.
 
Swamiji conducted a short tour of different centers in Orissa, covering Athagarh and Dhenkanal, meeting the devotees who have waited a long time for their revered Swamiji.

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Swamiji spent one day full of fun and frolic with devotees and had a spiritual picnic in Sambalpur on 15th November. Devotees were treated to joyous kirtans and exclusive time with Swamiji.

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Swamiji delivered a captivating speech at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited  in Sambalpur, Orissa on 16th November. The topic was 'Spirituality and Management'. Many eminent experts, and dignitaries came together to hear Swamiji's divine speech about employing the techniques of Spirituality in Management.
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The word swastika is derived from Sanskrit svastika (in Devanagari, स्वस्तिक), meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck. It is composed of su - meaning "good, well" and asti - a verbal abstract to the root as "to be" or "to exist"; svasti thus means "well-being". The suffix - ka forms a diminutive, and svastika might thus be translated literally as "little thing associated with well-being". It is also the symbol of good luck and auspiciousness.

The swastika symbol is one of the oldest symbols on the Earth and can be found in all religions and traditions, on all continents!

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The swastika symbol has appeared on artifacts dating back to the Persians, Hittites, Celts and Greeks with the earliest archaeological record of the symbol dating back to Neolithic artefacts from 5,000 BC. The symbol has been discovered on pottery unearthed in Sintashta, Russia as well as on Indus Valley Seals found at Iothal and Harrappa, India and has also been found on designs drawn by the Scythians and Sarmatians.

Unfortunately, Hitler copied it from the Hindu culture, and flipped it around, making it the symbol of the Nazis during the second IInd world war.  Thus, in the minds of some, it became associated with violence and facism.  However, the swastika has been a symbol of peace for millions of Hindus, Buddhists and other faiths since it is their symbol of eternity
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Ananyata-Single Minded Devotion
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

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One of the most important requirements for spiritual progress is single minded devotion to God, i.e. Ananyata. 'Ananya' means 'no other', exclusive, or undivided devotion.
 
 'Ananya Prem' means to love just one - God and nobody else. We have learnt earlier that there are three eternal truths: God, Soul and Maya (an eternal, cosmic and lifeless power of God). If a soul does not love God, then which 'other' entity does he love? It has to be people or objects under the influence of maya, since there is no fourth entity or realm for the soul to love. Souls who have not attained God as well as all other inanimate (material) objects are classified as mayic.

If an individual's mind is attached to anyone or anything other than God, then he will not be called as an 'Ananya' follower. Loving God alone is what ananyata means. Consider the honest and truthful Harishchandra. He never lied throughout his life. Hence, he was honored with the name, 'Satya' Harishchandra. If he had lied just once, then his honesty could be questioned. In the same way, even if we have 0.1% attachment (of the mind) for any person or material object, our devotion to God will not be exclusive or single minded.
 
This popular and simple shlok from the Puranas say:
 
tvameva mātā cha pitā tvameva, 
  tvameva ba˝dhuśhcha sakhā tvameva
tvameva vidyā draviṇam tvameva,
 tvameva sarvam mam deva deva

This shlok reminds us to use the word 'only'. That means "You (God) are my real mother. You are my real father." The one who gave birth to me is not my real mother. She is the mother of this material body. You are a soul and your real mother, father everything is God, i.e. all your relationships are with God alone. The soul is spiritual by nature and its subject of interest is God, who is Divine. If anything other than the Divine enters the mind, it becomes an obstacle in reaching the state of 'exclusivity'.

ek bharoso ek bal, ek ās viśhvās
bhrātā bhartā cha ba˝dhuśhcha pitā cha me rāghavaḥ
more sabaī ek tum svāmī, dīnbandhu ur antaryāmī

Lakshman said "O Ram! You are my father, You are my mother, You are my brother, You are my everything. The rest (Lord Dashratha), are not mine. Those relations are material and confined to this material body." This is such a strong statement that Lakshman said to Shree Ram who was an embodiment and personification of dignity and respect. Devotion and respect to mother, father and elders were his principle ideals. But Lakshman said, "I am not ready to accept this principle and my ideal is only one, Shree Ram. My material father and mother are growing old and will soon die. They are not my eternal parents. The soul is related only to God. You are my shelter and You are my everything, hence I shall come with you." Shree Krishna says in the Gita:


māmev ye prapadyante māyāmetām taranti te

 "The one who comes under my shelter alone and surrenders completely to me, I will free him from the clutches of Maya. If you do not apply the word only, then I am not responsible." 'Ananya' implies that the mind should be exclusively attached to God and nowhere else. 'Else' refers to the realm of Maya. Maya has three modes - sattva gun (mode of goodness), rajo gun (mode of passion) and tamo gun (mode of ignorance). A person of sattva gun is considered to be a good person. A person of rajo gun is considered to be a normal person and the one with tamogun is considered to be a bad person.

A person who drinks or is a thief or has a devious mind and eats meat is considered a sinner. Your mind should not be attached to such a person since he is tamsik. Let us say that a person's father is tamasik by nature, yet he loves him. The son will attain a tamsik destiny after his death, as a result of the love for his father. This is the law of karma. Similarly, if one attaches the mind to a rajo gun mother, then one will attain rajo gun after death. If one is attached to a sattva guni person, then one will attain heaven which is again transitory. All these three modes come under the category of Maya.
 
The nature and intensity of attachment does not matter. It could be love for parents, love for your spouse or a child. It could even be love for friends or an inanimate object. After death, we will attain the object or the person we are attached to, along with its nature (gun).
 
If we attach our mind in celestial gods then we will not attain the supreme God.  Yet, this is what we all do in today's world. Some people worship God, but in addition, they also worship celestial gods or worldly beings, and therefore never attain supreme God, Shree Krishna.
 
In the beginning, we mentioned that material objects and souls who have not attained God are classified as mayic. Now we have learnt that the realm of Maya includes material objects, souls (not God-realized) and celestial abodes, including heaven.
 
We have only one mind and that should be focused on the Divine, and subjects related to the Divine only. There should be no place for anything or anyone else related to the mayic modes of sattva, rajas, or tamas. If we detach ourselves from all of these three, then our devotion will be exclusive and will be considered as 'single minded devotion' or 'Ananya'.

Our heart is the temple of God and only He must reside in it. Observe the temples in every city. We place God's idol in the centre and that place is revered as highly sacred. The priest ensures that the surroundings are very clean and tidy. Compare that to the temple in our hearts. We want God to reside along with dirty mayic personalities. God says "Who is this?" We reply, "This is my father, mother and son" God says, "No. If you want them, then I will not come inside. I will stay in your heart only if you keep mayic things away."

The reason why we have not attained God till now is that we have not tried to practice 'ananya bhakti'. We keep telling God that He is also ours, whereas he expects exclusive devotion. We shed tears for God and Guru, but we also shed tears while bidding goodbye to the newly wed daughter at home. We shed tears when our children die. This proves that we are attached to and love people other than God.

This material world is made of Maya and this body is also material. This material world is made to sustain our material body. For the eternal soul, devotion to God and Guru is essential. Eyes have vision and ears are made for listening. If we attempt to hear with our eyes, it is foolish and an impossible task. Similarly, happiness of the soul is not in this material world which is a source of darkness, whereas God is the source of light. Darkness and light cannot co-exist.
 
We are attached to this world because we have forgotten our real identity. We are eternal souls and souls are servants of God. Just like a machine in a car's engine. If a single wire is not in its place or the battery fails, the car stops working. Similarly, if our mind gets attached to this material world even for a second then we will not achieve our goal.
 
Let us use another example. Our mind is like a dirty cloth that has accumulated filth since innumerable lifetimes. Our aim is to wash it and make it completely dirt free. If we wash it with fresh, dirt free water, it will become clean.  But, if we wash it with dirty water, the cloth will become dirtier. What do we mean by 'clean' or 'dirty' water? All mayic objects are considered dirty in the Divine realm. Only elements related to God are considered clean. Primarily, God and Guru are the purest and Divine personalities.
 
Hence, God asks us to be 'Ananya'. To love God and God alone is what 'Ananya' means.

Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda

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Continuing from the last month...
These are the next lines of  "Sadhana Karu Pyare" series.

brahma māyā jīv kā karu, j˝ān guru soṁ pyāre
sevya soṁ samba˝dh apano, jān guru soṁ pyāre
hari meṁ guru meṁ bhed jani, lavaleśh mānahu pyāre

In this verse, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj reveals that from the Guru, we must learn about our relationship with God.

God is our eternal relative, even though we may not be able to see Him at present. There is an interesting event that took place in the state of Kerala during the rise of Marxism and Communism. Many people spoke against God, and atheism was quite a common practice. A communist leader was speaking to an audience of a few hundred listeners. He said "There is no entity called God. It is just superstition and blind faith. If there is any God, I challenge Him to prove His existence. Here I am, denying His existence.  Let Him appear with a flash of thunder and lightning and kill me. If He does not appear, then it proves that there is no entity called God." He waited for two minutes and nothing happened. He proclaimed, "If there is a God, He is a coward. He did not accept my challenge and did not attack me.  Or, if  He is not a coward, then there is no God at all."

One person stood up from the crowd and said "God is your father. In this material world, if you ask someone to prove his identity as a father by killing his son, you will not find anyone willing to do such an act.  Why should a father kill his son just to prove his identity?  In the same way, God is all merciful and all graceful. He is our eternal Father and Mother. He does not need to go around killing people to prove His own identity."

Our relationship with God is eternal. We do not have this kind of everlasting and endless relationship in this material world. Our material father, mother and son will die one day. They are not our real father, mother or relatives. Our true relationship is only with God.   Why is that?  This word sambandh, or relation, is made from the Sanskrit root bandh, with the prefix sam, and the suffix un.  It means eternal and complete bond.  Do you have such a bond with your father?  No, he passed away twenty five years ago.  And recently my mother also passed away.  One of my daughters has also died.  That means they were not your sambandhis. That is why all the scriptures strongly state:

vedaiśhcha sarvairamevavedyo
 vedā˝takṛit vedavidevidevachāham 

Shree Krishna says "Arjun! What do you have to understand from all the Vedas and Vedic scriptures? Only this much that your relationship is only with Me, and you must love Me exclusively." Lord Brahma says:

bhagavān brahma kārtsnyen triranvīkṣhya manīśhayā tadadhyavatsatkuṭastho ratirātman yato bhavet

He says, "I have churned the Vedas and the other scriptures three times and have come to the conclusion that they declare only one thing - Your eternal relationship is with Shree Krishna alone, and you have to love Him." Shree Maharajji says that God keeps on watching us and eagerly waits in anticipation, "When will this soul come to me and love me? I shall liberate him from all bondages that very instant, and bestow upon him the nectar of Divine love." Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said:

tomār aham yadi kahe ek bār

Dear Soul! Just say it once with all your heart, "O Shree Krishna! Only you are mine." Not, "You are also mine and this material world is also mine."  Do not divide your affection between your material father at home and your eternal father, God.

We could ask God, "You are never seen, and my father at home loves me dearly." God says, "Accept that you are mine." We can question again, "On what basis should we accept this statement?" God says, "Accept it on the basis of knowledge. Understand fully and decide firmly that you are not this material body but the eternal soul.  You will then realize that the soul's eternal relationship is only with God."

You will attain this knowledge of your relationship with God from the Guru.  Understand this from the Guru in various ways, so that you become convinced.  Then on the basis of this knowledge, you must repeated contemplate about your relationship with God.  How and what are you to contemplate?  This will be explained in the subsequent lines of 'Sadhana Karu Pyare' series.
 
Kripaluji Maharaj explains in the last line on the Guru within this bhajan:  "There is no difference between God and Guru."  He has repeated this in other bhajans as well:

mere guruvar mere giridhar pyāre
dou ekahiṁ ho na sapanehuṁ nyāre

Not even in your dreams should you think that God and Guru are different. Why? Because God is not in front of us and we have not seen Him. But, our Guru is in front of us and we can see him. Now, if we look on our Guru as a normal human being, we will conclude that he is in the same category as we are.

Our flawed thinking will naturally comment, "He sits, stands, talks and eats just like us. How can he be different from us? We commit mistakes and so the Guru might also commit mistakes.  Then why should we obey him? Hence, we will not follow our Guru's instructions." This kind of thinking is harmful for our spiritual growth and could even lead to our spiritual downfall.
 
There is an amazing example from Lord Buddha's time. Gautam Buddha had a cousin named Anand. He spent 40 years in the company of Lord Buddha. When it was time for the Buddha to leave his material form, Anand said "I have got so much association with you, yet I have not progressed spiritually.  In comparison, your other disciples have made great strides." Gautam Buddha replied "Anand! This is your mistake. You erred when you came to me the first time, many years ago. Anand asked him "What was my mistake?"
 
The Buddha then reminded Anand of their dialogue forty years ago.
Anand: I am not your disciple yet but I shall be one tomorrow. I am now speaking as your elder cousin brother and I have a few conditions. First, I shall make you my Guru, but if whenever I invite any person to meet you, you should not avoid him under any pretext.
The Buddha smiled: "Yes, agreed".
Anand: Second, you must take me with you everywhere you go. You should not depute me on work that requires staying away from you.
The Buddha: Yes, you shall be with me at all times.
Anand: Lastly, you must answer every question of mine and should not deny me an answer on any pretext.
The Buddha: I am ready to grant all that you wish
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Gautam Buddha recalled this dialogue that took place 40 years ago. The Buddha said, "Anand, you did not develop the feeling of Divinity towards your Guru inside your heart and mind. You treated me like your younger brother and did not look upon your Guru as God. Hence, you did not receive any spiritual benefit."
 
How do we develop a feeling of 'Godliness' towards our Guru?   We must always feel and think of our Guru as God Himself.


gururbrahmā gururvishṇu gururdevo maheśhvaraḥ
gurursākṣhāt parabrahm tasmai śhrī gurave namaḥ

  
"The Guru is Lord Brahma (The God of Creation). The Guru is Lord Vishnu (The God of  Sustenance). The Guru is Lord Shiva (The God of Destruction). My salutation to such a Guru, who is the Supreme God"
 
The key aspect is to think that God and Guru are one. God is present amongst us in the form of our Guru and Graces us with His presence amongst us as our Guru. If we continuously remind ourselves of this fact, it will slowly give rise to feelings of 'Godliness' towards our Guru and help us surrender our mind and intellect to him.
 
What is the difficulty in considering our Guru as God? We Indians are born with innate devotion in our hearts. In certain faiths, it is believed that God watches us from seventh heaven. Look at us Indians.  We perceive Divine presence in every animate and inanimate object. Our culture tells us:
 
 atithi devo bhavaḥ, matṛi devo bhavaḥ, pitṛi devo bhavaḥ
  
We consider our guests as God, our mother as God, our father as God. We are able to think of a rock as God and we begin to worship it! We even worship a tree as though it were God Himself. If we are able to accept inanimate objects as God, what is the problem in accepting our Guru as God?
 
So, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "Do not think of God and Guru as two separate entities. They are one and the same. There is no difference between them."

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JKYOG introduces a new collaborative forum for children, called Bal-Mukund. Its focus is to shape young minds with Vedic wisdom and develop holistic leaders of the future.  This section of the e-Magazine is dedicated to the children and supports the vision of 'Bal-Mukund'

Bal-Mukund announces 'Chhote Philosopher' contest for children living in the USA. The purpose of this contest is to promote a sound understanding of our Vedic culture so that children will be able to apply teachings from the Vedas, Gita and Upanishads in their day-to-day life. Click here for details.

Bal-Mukund Showcase

Bal-Mukund welcomes all contributions of creative works from children in different areas including poerty, moral stories, art work, etc. Their work may be show cased on the JKYog website.
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This month's contribution:

Prepared & illustrated by
Esha Harish (Age 9)

Moral Story - The Twins


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Once upon a time, a beautiful parrot made her nest at the top of a tall tree in a forest. She laid two eggs in the nest, and in the course of time, two beautiful little chicks hatched from the eggs. They looked very similar, and the parrot was very proud of them. She tended to them carefully with much love and care, and they grew well.
 
One day, when she had gone out in search of food, the chirping of the two chicks attracted the attention of a hunter. He immediately climbed up to the nest and seized both the chicks. As he was shoving them into a gunny bag, one of them wriggled free from his hand and managed to fly away. The hunter took the other chick home, and decided to raise him.
 
A hermit soon found the chick that had gotten away. He was so charmed by the little bird's beauty that he carried him away to his ashram. "I will look after you" he told the bird kindly.
 
Time went by. Both the little chicks grew into full grown birds, but one lived with the hunter, and the other lived in the home of the pious hermit.
 
One day, when the king was riding through the forest he came across the hunter's dwelling. "I wonder who lives here?" he murmured.
 
The hunter's parrot was sitting in his cage outside the house, and as he saw the king approach, he began to screech loudly. "There's a man approaching our house, "he called out. "Master, quickly get your bow and arrow, so that you can kill him!"
 
The king was shocked when he heard the parrot's words. "What a nasty bird this is." he thought.
 
He turned his horse and rode away without looking back. After he had ridden for a while, he came across a hermitage, and decided to stop for a drink of water.
 
As he approached, he noticed that there was a parrot in a cage, and it was the spitting image of the one that he had seen earlier. 'Oh no,' thought the king wearily, 'not another rude squawking parrot.'
 
But to the king's surprise, as he neared the hermitage, the parrot in the cage began to whistle and sing. "Holy Hermit," she called out in a sweet, melodious voice, "some guests are at our door! Come out to welcome them in."
 
The king was astonished that a parrot that looked identical to the one ha had seen earlier could be so different in nature. He went near the parrot's cage curiously and said, "Dear bird, I am so glad to meet such a friendly and courteous bird. Do you know, I just saw a parrot who resembled you, but he was mean and nasty!" "Was he living with a hunter?" asked the parrot softly."Why yes, he was," replied the king in astonishment.
 
The parrot began to weep quietly. "He was my beloved brother, and we once shared the same nest. But one day, when our mother went out leaving us alone, a hunter seized us from our nest. I managed to escape but the hunter took my brother home. The kind hermit who lives here found me later, and he has given me a good and loving home. The company that he has been in has shaped my brother's nature. His master is a mean man, who is always looking to kill, whereas my master thinks good thoughts, and prays and sings throughout the day. Being in the right company makes a great difference sir!"

 
Moral of the Story: Our character is shaped according to our social environment. We must be careful of our association and friends. The parrots had no choice but we kids have a choice and we can make the right decision as to whom we want to spend time with. One should always be in good company and avoid bad company.

JUMBLED WORDS
 
Do you know that there are 108 names of Shree Krishna with different meanings? Well, in the puzzle below are 5 names of Lord Shree Krishna, hidden horizontally and vertically. Find them!


Jumble

Clue to the names
  1. One who plays with the cowherds and the Gopas.
  2. One who pleases the cows, the land and nature.
  3. One who plays the flute.
  4. One who has long, black matted locks.
  5. Dark-complexioned Lord.
Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
The purpose of Asans


Yog Asans are specially designed sets of exercises, involving the controlled expansion and contraction, twisting and turning, bending and straightening of the various limbs of the body. They are practiced with the aim of activating, balancing, healing, and maintaining the various parts of the body - the joints, organs, ligaments, muscles, etc. Yog Asans increase the flexibility of the joints and the muscles. This flexibility is the sign of life, while the reverse, stiffness, is the sign of moving towards death. By the practice of Yog Asans, the digestive system within the body, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, the endocrine system, all become healthy and energized.

Place and clothes suitable for Yog Asans

It is best to practice Yog Asans in the open air, where there is sufficient supply of oxygen.  If you do them at home, keep your windows and doors open.  However, be careful to protect your body from the cold.
While performing Yog Asans, wear loose clothing that enable free movement. For men, Kurta-Pyjama, Track Suit, or loose Trouser-Shirt/T-Shirt is suitable. For women, Salwar-Kameez or Track Suits are suitable. It is advisable to take off your watch and any tight fitting ornaments while performing Yog Asans. Lay a blanket, carpet, or 'Yoga mat' on the floor, and then perform Yog Asans. This will prevent any kind of harm to the body, due to the floor.   

Standing Asans
Tadasan

tadasan

Method
Stand in an upright position. Spread your legs and maintain a distance of about 6 inches between them at the feet. Lift your hands above your head and interlock the fingers, palms facing the sky. Exhale before getting into the next position (Shyam). Close your eyes or fix them on a dot in front of you. Inhale deeply (Radhey), stretch your hands upward, expand your chest, and stretch your legs. Try to stand on your toes while stretching your whole body. Remain in this position for five seconds and slowly come down. Repeat 5 times.
 
Benefits
It stretches and loosens the spine, which helps clear up the congestion of the spinal nerves. It develops physical and mental balance. The stretching of intestine and digestive systems makes them healthier.