JKY e-Magazine, Issue No. 14                              August 2010


For an enriched viewing experience, mail client users are requested to allow picture downloads to their inbox.


newbanner13       

In This Issue
Gems of Wisdom - Shree Maharajji
Announcements
Did You Know?
Upcoming Events
Current News
How to recognize a true Saint - Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana - Swami Mukundananda
Ask Swamiji
Bal-Mukund
Trivia Time
Jagadguru Kripalu Yog

wisdom

The most powerful means of cleansing the mind is to engage it in selfless love of God.  Spirituality becomes simple if you can believe this.
***********
True love is that where we only desire to give, give, and give, without any expectation of return. Such sacrifice by devotee enslaves God.
*********
Unlimited Divine Bliss is the nature of God, and is available to us all.  Our lack of surrender to Him is preventing us from experiencing it.
********
God is all-pervading.  By keeping Divine sentiments towards all creation, we purify our mind, and overcome dualities of hatred & attachment.
************
External greatness may come from the fulfilment of personal desires, but internal greatness and true peace comes from giving them up.
*********
Decide firmly - God alone is mine. A many-branched intellect cannot make the strong resolve necessary for success in God-realization.

These tweets were sent by Swamiji from his Twitter account, to remind us of the eternal spiritual principles, as taught by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.
Announcements

Get 25% off on the Bal-Mukund Character Building Series Books!
BM Book Set
Order Your Set Now!

********
Mayor's Recognition for

JKYog and
Swami Mukundananda

The Mayors of Plano, TX and the City of Richardson, TX have expressed their recognition for Swamiji's efforts for spiritual upliftment of the community.


********
Join Swamiji for
The Labor Day Weekend
for the final Retreat of 2010
Sept 4th - 6th 2010


trinityret13

View Program Flyer

********
Experience the spirituality of India like never before with Swamiji himself as your guide
Dec 20th to Jan 1st 2011

indiatour13

View Program Flyer
Featured Kirtan CD:

CD - Mero Radha Govind 
Mero Radha Govind

Featured Video:

Conquest of The Mind

Featured Video - August 2010
Did You Know?

Swamjiup14

Receive Daily Inspirations


You can receive inspiring messages from Swamiji himself by configuring your mobile on Twitter.

Steps to Configure Your Mobile

********
Become Swamiji's Friend

Stay connected, get the latest updates on Swamiji, JKYog events and much more on Facebook
.

Steps to Join Swamiji on Facebook

********
Watch Swamiji's Lectures

Watch Swamiji's Lectures, Yog & Meditation, and melodious Kirtans on our YouTube channel.

Steps to watch Swamiji on YouTube

********
Discussion Group

You can interact with other devotees and Swamiji in the discussion forum.

Steps to Join Discussion Group
Upcoming Events

swaup14

Swamiji's USA Tour

Sugar Land, TX
Aug 22nd - 28th

Spiritual Retreat
Trinity, TX
Sep 4th - 6th

Middletown, CT
Sep 9th - 11th

Monroeville, PA
Sep 12th - 17th

Maple Valley, WA
Sep 19th - 25th

 Current News

JKP News

Guru Poornima Celebration

GP114

GP214

Guru Poornima was celebrated on July 25th, 2010 in Barsana. More than five thousand people came to Rangeeli Mahal to have a darshan of Shree Maharajji.

Blood14

A Blood donation camp was held in Barsana during the Guru Poornima festival. The hospital, Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalay in Barsana, caters to the medical needs of thousands of villagers. The treatment is provided absolutely free of cost.

JKY News

smyrna14

Swamiji successfully completed his enlightening discourses at Tampa, Plano, Smyrna and Norcross, which were all a tremendous success.  Yoga and Meditation programs were also conducted by Swamiji in these venues.

dallasyog14

dallas14

Weekly Classes for Children

BM212

JKYog is pleased to announce the inauguration of Bal-Mukund weekly classes for children in Dallas.  JKYog has also started new Bal-Mukund centers in Tampa and Chicago.

Swamiji's discourses on the topic "Essence of Spirituality" and Yoga & Meditation Program  are currently going on in Houston.
 
The Editor
Jagadguru Kripalu Yog


XVII/3305, 1st Floor,
Ranjit Nagar,
Near PUSA,
New Delhi - 110008
India

7405  Stoney Point Dr
Plano, TX 75025
USA

Forward this email to a Friend
Welcome to the
 Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
 e-Magazine
How to recognize a true Saint
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

     mahrajjiart 

Continuing from the last edition...
 
We have now understood that to attain unlimited happiness, i.e. God, we have to first surrender ourselves to a Saint who has attained the Divine Bliss of God, and has complete knowledge of Him.  That means, we have to recognize a Shrotriya Brahmanishth Mahapurush (Shrotriya means one who has full and thorough knowledge of the scriptures; and Brahmanishth means one who has practical experience of God).  By surrendering to such a Guru, attaining our goal becomes easy.  But if we try to understand God merely through our intellect, we will not be able to know Him even in infinite lifetimes, because God is not a subject of the human intellect.  Thus, let us throw light on the entity called Mahapurush, or Guru, else our journey towards God cannot begin.

Earlier in our discussion about Mahapurush, we learnt that it is extremely difficult to recognize a true Saint because his external behavior is different from his internal personality, and our intellect only judges by observing external behavior.  We have had great Saints like Dhruv, Prahalad and Ambarish, who were beyond Maya from inside, but they performed worldly deeds.
 
In Satya Yuga, the four sons of the creator Lord Brahma who were eternally liberated souls and constantly realized Brahm everywhere, cursed the two gatekeepers of Lord Vishnu in anger.  Once a soul is liberated from Maya, no Mayic thought can enter that person's mind.  Then, how can a person who is liberated from material bondage and God-realized be overcome by anger?
 
In Ramayan, there is an episode where Lord Ram is in search for His wife Seeta in the jungle.  Parvati could not understand this.  She thought, "God is omnipresent, He experiences neither union nor separation from any one, and is ever Blissful by His own self.  He is neither sad nor happy by being separated or united with any one."

kabahooṁ yog viyog na jāke | dekhā pragaṭ viraha duḥkha tāke ||

Again she says, "How is it possible for the formless and omnipresent God to take a personal form?"  Even a simple, uneducated person would not get this kind of doubt.  Everybody knows that the soul is formless, but takes a personal form (body) and keeps revolving within the 8.4 million forms of life.  Similarly, God, who created this universe by just smiling, can definitely take a personal form. 
 
So, to clear her misunderstanding, Parvati assumed the form of Seeta, in order to test Shree Ram.  However, the All- Knowing Lord Ram saw her and recognized her immediately.   He addressed Parvati in the form of Seeta "O Mother".

Similarly, when Lord Ram was performing His leela of being bounded by the Naagpaash, or rope of snakes, His eternal servant, Garuda was watching the event.  He was confused and thought, "By just taking the very name of God, the individual soul becomes free from the bondage of material actions, deeds and relationships.  Then how can God Himself be bound by the ropes of a mere demon?" 
 
He then approached Kaag Bhushundi.  He said, "Maya has bewildered you.  It is not surprising.  Even great personalities like Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva come under the clutches of powerful Maya."
 
Now think about the Braj Gopis who are considered to be the supreme amongst all classes of Mahapurush.  Lord Brahma performed severe austerities for sixty thousand years to attain the dust of the lotus feet of the Gopis but was unable to attain it.  These Gopis are giving birth to children.  Arjun, even after attaining
the knowledge of 'The Geeta' got infatuated with Naagkanya and had sons.  Arjuna and Hanuman, who felt the presence of God everywhere and at all times, killed people in war.
 
All examples above are of Saints who behaved like worldly people from outside, although they were, in fact, eternally liberated and ever-Blissful personalities.  An ordinary person who is under the influence of Maya can never understand the actions of these Saints.  He understands that a Mahapurush can perform only righteous deeds.  It is difficult for him to comprehend that  a Mahapurush can also perform unrighteous deeds without his mind getting absorbed in that action.  Saints do this with a power called Yogmaya.  We souls who are under Maya cannot understand the actions of Maya.

In reality, a Mahapurush, or Saint, is a person who does no work whatsoever, either righteous or unrighteous.  Just as a seed gets destroyed with the appearance of a sprout, and flower with the emergence of fruit, in the same manner, after the attainment of God, a Saint is no longer in need of attaining anything, and becomes self-contented.
 
Why can't a Saint perform any action after God-realization?  This is because firstly, the goal of every action performed is the attainment of the Divine Bliss, which a Mahapurush has already achieved.  Therefore, there is nothing left to be achieved or accomplished thereafter. That is why, if nothing is to be achieved then why would a Saint perform any action?  Secondly, if he performs any action i.e. good or bad, then it will be a cause of bondage.  Therefore, having freed himself from all the bondages, why would a Saint engage in such actions again?  Thirdly, before attainment of God, Maya is the controller of the soul and after God-realization, God governs and directly controls the soul.  Hence, every action a Mahapurush performs, is governed and inspired by God.  All the actions of the Saint are performed by God. 
 
Therefore, every action of his is respected and honoured, as God becomes the governor of the Saint and directs his every action.  For example, a driver drives a car.  If the car meets with an accident, the car is not to be blamed as it is a material object.  It is the driver that is to be blamed and punished.
 
Hence, there is no need for a Mahapurush to perform any good or bad actions.  Yet, why does a Saint appear to perform such actions? What reason does he have to perform actions thereafter?


To be continued in the next edition....
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda

 swamjiart14

Continuing from the last month...

man jahāṁ bhī  jāya hari ko, khaṛo karu tahaṁ pyāre
manahiṁ te śhriṅgār karu sab, jaisā bhāe pyāre

Moving further, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj tells us that when we practice sadhana, devotion, we move a few steps ahead, but we also fail at times.  There are situations, when thoughts about the material world are stronger, and detachment from this world becomes weaker.  You may repeatedly contemplate about detachment from the material world, and try to concentrate on God, but it is difficult.  It does happen that when there are bad days, how much ever you try contemplating on God, it becomes very difficult to concentrate on Him. 
 
People get frustrated and say, "What to do?  The mind is not under my control."  Shree Kripaluji Maharaj tells us not to get scared.  If you scold your mind, it will react negatively.  You were concentrating on God and suddenly your mind started thinking about your son.  Now if you scold your mind as to why is it doing this, the mind will get more disturbed. So, first of all, be calm.  Let your mind go wherever it wants to go, and then visualize the form of God in that place.  If your mind started thinking about your son, visualize the form of God in your son.  If your mind starts thinking about ice cream, place God in the ice cream and concentrate upon Him.  If it thinks about the cricket match, imagine that God it standing in the field.  So, in one way or the other, tie your mind to God. 
 
This is just as a monkey is unsteady by nature.

grah gṛihit puni vātavaśh tā puni bīchhī mār puni pivāiya vāruṇī kahiya kahā upachār

At the end of the Ramayan, Tulsidasji says:

"O Lord! The mind of a monkey is very restless by nature.  If you tie a scorpion to its tail, what will be the condition of that monkey!  And if that monkey gets hysteria, then how restless will it be? Further, it is made to drink alcohol!  Just imagine the condition of that monkey.  My mind is similar to the condition of that monkey.  What can I do?"
 
But you must have seen how the monkey trainer controls the monkey. On the first day, he ties a rope around the monkey which is 100 feet long. The monkey has to jump and play within 100 feet.  The rope presses its neck.  It cannot go further, else the rope will hurt his neck.  The next day he reduces the rope to 80 feet.  The monkey wants to go beyond, but the rope hurts his neck and hence he learns to jump within that limit.  Slowly, when the rope is reduced to 3 feet by the trainer, the monkey thinks, "Leave it.  Let me stay quiet and lie down right here."

Now that energetic and restless monkey is totally under control.  Our mind is similar to this monkey.  You need to tie this mind with the rope of Shyamsundar.  Imagine God wherever your mind goes.  If your mind wishes to see the beautiful seashore of Puri (sacred place in Eastern Orissa), imagine Shree Krishna to be standing there. Shree Krishna is standing on the beach with his flute.  If your mind thinks about Taj Mahal, imagine Shree Krishna standing on the marble stone.  Just like the monkey, the mind will come under control.  It will be bound with Shree Krishna wherever it goes.  Slowly, the mind will come to rest in Shree Krishna.  This is the solution.
 
Note that this is not just your imagination.  It is a fact that God resides everywhere, and we have to realize that wherever our mind goes, God is present there.  Keep practising this way and it will only happen when you practice Roop dhyan, or meditation on the form, constantly for some time.  Close your eyes and imagine your personal form of God to be in front of you.  To strengthen Roop dhyan in your mind, imagine that you are dressing your God.  Imagine as if you are decorating Him with a beautiful necklace and offering Tulsi at His lotus feet.

So, by constantly meditating like this, your Roop dhyan will get stronger.  And when that stage arrives that as soon as you close your eyes, you can see your God's personal form in front of you, then you  do not have to worry.
 
To attach your mind in God, it is very important that a devotee practices Roop dhyan.  During devotion, wherever your mind goes in the material world, place Shree Krishna in front of you.  Moreover, decorate Shree Krishna with your mind. By doing this, Roop dhyan will become more firm and deeper.  And our love for God will progress in leaps and bounds.
 
Now, you will be able to progress with the steps which Shree Kripaluji Maharaj has explained in the next lines of his self composed kirtan series.


ask swamiji logo
Question:
There is some confusion and I would be really grateful if you would spare your valuable time to help me with it.

I want to know till what depth or what detail does the influence of our prarabdh extend in our life??  We are free to do our karma. And what we get as a result of it....is it our prarabdh? And if it is our prarabdh then is it not pre decided? Then what is our control on what we do?
 
Answer:
The matter of destiny and free will is really very simple.

What is destiny? It is not something that comes to us out of the blue.  Destiny is determined by the karmas we performed previously by our free will. You may even say that it is another name for our own past karmas.  Another name for it is prarabdh, and it is decided at the time of birth, based on the karmas of our endless past lives.  However, God has also given us a certain amount of free will that permits us to think and act as we wish.  Actions performed by exercise of our free will are called purusharth.
 
Whatever we get in life is a consequence of both our destiny and the present effort. Consider the analogy of a game of cards.  The cards that are dealt to you are unchangeable. This is like the prarabdh, which got decided by our past karmas. But how you play is in your own hands. This is like the purusharth, or actions that you perform by your free will. Good players can win even when bad cards are dealt to them, while bad players lose even when they have been dealt good cards.
 
Fatalists declare that everything is decided by prarabdh, and we do not possess a free will to do purusharth.  However, the fact that prarabdh exists, implies that we have created it by our purusharth.  If we did not possess the free will to do purusharth, there would have been no prarabdh either. 

Now coming to your dilemma, it is not given to humans to know what exactly our destiny is. If you get good results in your exams, it could be the consequence of purusharth or prarabdh, or both.  Astrologers do make attempts to predict prarabdh, but these are highly inaccurate and unreliable. Even if they could tell you your destiny, it would not help you.  If an astrologer told you a good destiny, "You are going to pass in the exam," you would reduce your endeavour and become lazy.  On the other hand, if the astrologer told you a bad destiny, "You are going to fail in the exam," you would become dejected.  So while endeavouring, it best not to bring destiny to mind.  Simply put in your best effort. 
 
However, remember that the result of your work is not totally dependent on your efforts.  So when the result comes, feel contented by thinking, "It may be because of my destiny or the will of God, etc."  In this way, if the result is unfavourable, you will not be disturbed.  And if the result is favourable, you will not feel proud. Thus, the sutra for work is: prayatna mein savdhan, phal mein santushtha.  "Work very carefully, as if the results depend upon your efforts.  Be contented in the fruits, thinking, they could be the result of destiny and other factors." 


Swamiji answers selected questions related to Yog, Spirituality and Philosophy every month on our e-Magazine.

BMnew

Bal-Mukund Showcase

Bal-Mukund welcomes all contributions of creative works from children in different areas including poetry, moral stories, art work, etc.

*********
Bal-Mukund Contributions

Contributions from Bal-Mukund Children
Plano, TX

Hand-flower for Guru by young children (5-7)

balmuk114BM214
               By: Devan, Dhanush                                By: Rohan, Saumya,                        Keshav & Janki                                          Rishin & Sonia
                              

BM Acrostic Poem   BM Poster

  










   A
crostic Poem on
 GURU                                 Bal-Mukund Poster            
    by Bal-Mukund Children                      by Esha Harish

*********
Moral Story

God Protects His Devotees

 
Prahlad

A little boy named Prahlad was born into the household of a demon king-Hiranyakashipu. While Prahlad was still in his mother Kayadu's womb, he had listened to the discourses from sage Narad. Needless to say, Prahlad was born a lover of the Lord.

However, his father was apprehensive of Prahlad's devotion. He applied various means to deter him, and then to intimidate and at last to kill him. Initially he threatened, then he beat him up and finally when he saw nothing could stop Prahlad from taking Name of Lord Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu ordered his demons to throw Prahlad from the top of a mountain. Prahlad came back unhurt. He was saved by none other than Lord Vishnu himself.

Hiranyakashipu's sister Holika had once received a boon from Bramha. She was immune to fire. So, she tried to kill Prahlad by putting him on her lap and dousing herself in fire. But, the fire deity couldn't even touch the devotee of Lord Vishnu. Instead, Holika was burnt to ashes.

Hiranyakashipu was so enraged that he started strangulating Prahlad. "What Vishnu Vishnu you are chanting, where is your Vishnu?" shouted Hiranyakashipu. "If he is so mighty, why doesn't he come in front, why is he hiding?"

Prahlad calmly answered that Lord Vishnu is everywhere in this world. He is the omnipresent Lord and he resides within all.

Hiranyakashipu was all the more furious. In the fits of rage he started banging everything around him. He shouted "where is he, where is he?" Trembling with anger, he took a mace (gada) and hit a nearby concrete pillar. "Is Vishnu in this pillar?" shouted Hiranyakashipu.

Suddenly a big roar came from the pillar. Everything started to tremble. And from within the pillar appeared Lord Vishnu in the form of Narshimha-half man half lion. He came out of the pillar, pulled Hiranyakashipu to His lap and tore apart his stomach with His long sharp nails.

After killing Hiranyakashipu, Lord Narshimha lovingly took Prahlad on His lap and ordered him to rule the neither world.

Prahlad, thus, showed the world that age is no bar in practising devotion.

He famously said,

kaumāre ācharetaprāj˝odharmānbhāgavatānihoo

Which means devotion to the Supreme Lord should be started from young age itself. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj also cites this example many times in his lectures.

********
 
This story is selected from the book,
 
Bal-Mukund Character Building Series - Vol 1
A collection of 33  inspiring stories with
 beautiful illustrations

BM Book Volume 1
A must have for all kids!
Get your collection of Bal-Mukund books TODAY!

Trivia Time

Jagadguru Nimbarkarcharya

Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya was a great Saint and philosopher.  He was a proponent of the Dvaitadvaita school of Hindu philosophy.  He is believed to have been the avatar of the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Shree Krishna.
 
His philosophy is counted amongst the six main schools of Vedant.  Hindu scholars honour Nimbarkacharya as one of the four original Jagadgurus of the past.
 
Nimbarkacharya was born to Aruna Muni, a great ascetic and his wife, Jayanti Devi who lived on the banks of Godavari in modern day Andhra Pradesh.  According to the Nimbarka Sampradaya, his appearance day was in the year 3096 B.C.  The date of his birth is subject to much controversy, as some historians state that he was born in the eleventh century.  According to the Bhavishya Purana, the Brahmins prayed to Lord Vishnu to protect them from the asuras.  The Sudarshan Chakra of the Lord descended in the form  of Nimbarkacharya, who was named Niyamananda at birth.
 
Niyamananda was a very bright child and became a scholar at a very young age.  He was the embodiment of divine qualities such as love, kindness and mercy.
 
In search of a true Guru, he performed austere penance.  Sage Narad was pleased with his penance, and blessed him with the knowledge of Vedanta.  Niyamananda then meditated on Shree Radha Krishna, who instructed him to preach the path of bhakti.
 
Nimbarkacharya propagated the Dvaitadvaita philosophy, which explains the existence of duality and non-duality at the same time.  He stated that there are three entities: Bhagavan (God), Jeev (soul) and Maya (material energy).  Jeev and Maya are both separate from Bhagavan, and yet part of Him.  Both have attributes that make them different from Bhagavan but in some ways similar to Him.  Thus, there are three real and eternal realities.
 
Nimbarkacharya laid down five aspects to the path of salvation: Karma (action), Vidya (knowledge), Upasana or Dhyana (meditation of the Lord), Prapatti (devotion and surrender to the Lord) and Gurupasatti (surrender to the Guru).  Nimbarkacharya spread the message of worshipping Shree Radha Krishna.  Therefore, his followers hold the holy places related to Their pastimes in great reverence, such as Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana and Govardhan. Even today, devotees visit the Shree Nimbarka temple in Neembgram, situated near Govardhan.
 
Nimbarkacharya wrote a bhashya (commentary) of the Brahma Sutra based on his philosophy, called the Vedant Parijat Sourabh.  He authored many other literary works such as the Prata Smarana Stotram, Sadachar Prakash, Vedanta Kama Dhenu, Savisesh Nirvisesh Sri Krishna Stavam, Mantra Rahasya Shodashi, Radha Ashtak, etc.

The greatest contribution of Nimbarkacharya's commentary on the Brahma Sutra appears to pre-date all the other commentaries on it, as there is no reference to the others in Nimbarkacharya's work.  It thus seems that Nimbarkacharya belonged to an earlier era than the five other schools of Vedant.

Jagadguru Kripalu Yog

Ardha Padmasan

asan14


Method

Sit in Dandasan. Fold your right leg and place it above the left thigh; the sole of the foot should face upward. 

Fold the left leg and place the foot under the right thigh. Place your hands on the knees in any mudra. Close your eyes and relax your body. Keep your head, neck and spine straight. You may swap the legs and repeat the asan in the other direction.

Benefits 
Same as Padmasan.

Contra-indications
People with sciatica or weak knees should not practice this asan.