JKY e-Magazine, Issue No. 13                                   July 2010


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In This Issue
Gems of Wisdom - Shree Maharajji
Did You Know?
Announcements
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

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Repeatedly contemplate, "I am not this body.  I am the eternal soul that is a fragment of God. Hence I belong to Him, and He alone is mine."
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True Devotion to God is without self-seeking. It is causeless, trusting, forgiving, patient, ever-increasing.  That Divine Love is our goal.
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If you desire spiritual advancement, you must trust a Guru completely, allow Him to take you by the hand and guide you to God.  You have heard that faith can move mountains.  Let these words become your own experience by trusting a Guru in the same way as you trust worldly people.
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Sing the glories of the Names, Virtues, Forms, Pastimes of the Lord. Hear them, and meditate upon them.  This 3-fold devotion is the simplest.
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If you desire spiritual advancement, you must trust a Guru completely, allow Him to take you by the hand and guide you to God.  Guru will help you along the spiritual path with obstacles and problems as and when you face them.
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If your mind urges you to do something bad, postpone it.  Later, your thinking may change, and you may be saved from doing it.
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Maya is like the loving mother who slaps her child so that it does not walk on the wrong path, and pushes the child towards God.
 
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Upcoming Events

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Swamiji's USA Tour

Tampa, FL
July 18th - 23rd

Plano, TX
July 25th - 30th


Smyrna, GA (Atlanta)
Aug 1st - 7th

Norcross, GA (Atlanta)
Aug 8th - 13th

Houston, TX
Aug 15th - 21st
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Glimpses of Fresno Retreat

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The Retreat at Fresno was yet another memorable event for every one.  Devotees were thrilled to rejoice in the divine vibrations of Swamiji's presence.  It was an enlightening and highly motivating program.  Swamiji showered his grace and affection on everyone.

"Excellent!  Indescribable!  Each and every aspects of day to day life were enriched. Lots of confusion and lack of understanding were clarified with simple and easy to understand language.  Clear and concise delivery of lectures was instrumental in elevating my knowledge of God and path to him."
- Kishor Patel , CA

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Do try to attend the Camp Olympia Retreat and be a part of the special spiritual holiday with Swamiji.

Weekly Classes for Children

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Bal-Mukund centers for children have been started in various cities across USA.  The weekly classes for children, in the age group of 5-15, are offered. Bal-Mukund centers are in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Los Angeles, San Jose and Chicago. To enroll or start Bal-Mukund classes in your center, please contact:


Media Coverage

Swamiji's tour of USA continues to gather increasing attention and coverage in the media.


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Swamiji successfully completed his enlightening discourses at Northridge and Chicago.  Yoga and Meditation programs wer
e also conducted by Swamiji.

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Swamiji's discourses on the topic "Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana" and Yoga & Meditation Program are currently going on in Tampa, Florida, and will conclude on July 23rd. 


He will then proceed to Plano for a week long lecture series and Yoga & Meditation program.
 
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How to recognize a true Saint
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

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In the last lecture it was explained that every individual, whether Indian, American, Chinese or Canadian, young, old, male or female, performs various actions only with the aim of attaining happiness.  The Vedas say that, even the most learned scholars cannot know God, because God is beyond human intellect.  Although the Vedas are filled with knowledge about God, nobody can understand the Vedas even after infinite lifetimes, as they are God's voice, and hence Divine. 

Therefore, Ved Vyas states: 

tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta jij˝āsuḥ śhreya uttamam
śhābde pare cha niṣhṇātaṁ brahmaṇyupaśhamāśhrayaṁ (Bhagawat)

This means, "To know God, one has to surrender to a genuine spiritual master." 
 
The Geeta states:

tadviddhi praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayā

"One who desires to attain the Divine knowledge of God, will have to surrender to a true Saint who has thorough knowledge of the scriptures and also has practical experience of God.  Question him with a sincere mind and serve him with dedication."
 
The Ramayan also says:

guru binu bhavanidhi taraī na koī
 
Hence, we understand that the Vedas and all the other scriptures together state that, without the guidance of a Guru, one cannot know God.
 
So, how do we recognize a genuine Saint or a Mahapurush?
 
It is very difficult for an ordinary person to determine whether a soul has attained God or not.  Because like God, a God-realized Saint can only be known by a Saint of the same level.  Just as God cannot be grasped by the material senses, the mind or the intellect, similarly, a Mahapurush cannot be identified by the same senses.  Nevertheless, a Saint has to be recognized by perception, interaction, and scriptural evidence, otherwise no one would have ever attained God until now.
 
In general, there are two types of Saints and two categories of 'fake' Saints that should be understood, before solving the problem of recognizing a Mahapurush.

1.   The first category of Saints is the one who have attained God, and they have complete knowledge of God.  Their behavior is simple and according to the notion of Saints.  Hence, it is easy to recognize them.  In other words, they appear to be same from outside as well as inside.
 
2.  The second category of Saints were Mahapurush from inside but appeared and acted as worldly persons from outside.  History bears evidence to the fact that most of the Saints belonged to this category.  Because, we usually judge others by external behavior, it becomes difficult to recognize such Saints.  It is the nature of Saints:

gopanīyaṁ gopanīyaṁ gopanīyaṁ prayatnataḥ

They hide their love, their true identity, and perform worldly actions called Leelas.
 
3.   Now, the first category of worldly people are those who are worldly from inside and perform worldly actions from outside.  These types of people are the most common in this world, and we do not get cheated by assuming that they are Mahapurush.  They can easily be identified.
 
4.   The second category of cheaters is one who is worldly from inside but acts like a Mahapurush from outside.  They give discourses on Vedas and Shastras, they dress up as Saints, and have disciples also.  It is extremely difficult to identify such cheaters because we normally judge persons by their external behavior.
 
So, now we have to understand the people who are true Saints or Mahapurush, and the ones who pretend to be saints.  Since we have not been able to identify these two types of personalities till today, we have not found a true Saint.  You may say that the one who is truly a Mahapurush, can never be worldly from outside.  It is a well-known truth that, after attaining perfect knowledge of God, one can never be overcome by Maya, lack of knowledge, and ignorance. 
 
But our history is filled with Saints who performed many worldly deeds.  We have had great Saints like Prahalad, Dhruv, Janak, and Ambrish who after God-realization, ruled for millions of years.  Hanuman and Arjun fought a war, killed crores of people but were experiencing the Divine Bliss of God from within while performing those actions.  It is a well-known truth that from the very moment a person attains God, he can never come under the clutches of Maya again.  The Vedas say:

sadā paśhyanti soorayaḥ tadviṣhṇoḥ paramaṁ padam

A Saint always experiences Divine Bliss eternally.  If that eternal Bliss, eternal knowledge is snatched away one day, why would one strive for it for many lifetimes?  Just like a grain of wheat or rice loses its power to germinate forever when roasted, similarly, after God-realization, one is liberated from Maya forever.

Historically, in spite of being beyond Maya, Saints acted as if they were under Maya. In Satyug, we have the example of the creator of universe, Lord Brahma.  He had four sons, who were eternally liberated souls. Once, they were on their way to Vaikunth.  At the entrance, they were stopped by the gatekeepers, Jai and Vijay.  The sons got angry and they cursed Jai and Vijay to turn into demons.  Just imagine, an eternally liberated soul is so absorbed in the Bliss of Brahm that he neither sees, hears, or thinks other than the self.  So, how come they saw Jai and Vijay and in spite of being beyond Maya, cursed them in anger?


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

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Continuing from the last month...

char achar meṁ lakhahuṁ apano, iṣhṭa kahaṁ nit pyāre
sarvadā sarvatra hari ko, sāth mānahuṁ pyāre
āpu ko ikalo kabahuṁ jani, mānu man mahaṁ pyāre

We must see God in every entity.  If we begin to realize that God resides in every person then, there will be an end to the two biggest obstacles in devotion - raag and dvesh, attachment and hatred.  The two biggest hurdles in bhakti can be surpassed with Divine vision.  How would we have enmity towards someone if we see God in every entity?
 
Bheemsen had married a demoness called Hidamba. They had a son named - GhatotkachGhatotkach had a son and named him Babrisaan Babrisaan was a very powerful person.  When the great Mahabharat war was about to begin, Babrisaan showed his interest to go to battle.  When Shree Krishna saw that Babrisaan was marching towards the battlefield, He realized that he had the capability to change the situation of the war. He decided to talk to him.  Shree Krishna asked him, "Where are you going?"  "To join the war", replied Babrisaan.  Shree Krishna then asked him what he can do. 

Babrisaan took his bow and arrow and aimed at a nearby tree.  With just a single shot, he cut down all the leaves of the tree and offered them at the feet of Lord Shree Krishna.  Shree Krishna was very impressed.  God then asked him that would he give Him something if asked for it.  Babrisaan replied, "Anything you ask for my Lord, whatever You want." Shree Krishna asked him to promise Him that he would give whatever He asked for.  Babrisaan promised to do so. Shree Krishna then asked Babrisaan to give Him his head.  Without a word, Babrisaan cut his head and gave it to Shree Krishna.  Shree Krishna then placed his head in the sky so that he could watch the whole Mahabharat.  After the war, Shree Krishna asked Babrisaan what he saw.  Babrisaan said that all he could see Shree Krishna everywhere.  "I could see You in both Kauravas and Pandavas." Shree Krishna was very pleased with his words.  Today, people in Rajasthan worship Babrisaan in the form of Khatu Shyam.

Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that we must also try to see God in every entity.
 
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj further tells us how to make bhakti, devotion a part of our daily life.  We consider bhakti to be different and separate from our day to day life.  We think that we need to do devotion for half an hour and spend the rest of the day as we want.  Shree Maharajji says that this is not the right way to lead our lives.  We need to add devotion into our lives.  i.e., whatever we do in twenty-four hours should only be devotion.
 
This is explained by Shree Krishna:

yatkaroṣhi yadaśhnāsi yajjuhoṣhi dadāsi yat
 yattapasyati kaunteya tatkurukha madarpaṇaṁ

He says, "Arjun!  Whatever you do, offer it to me".
 
There was a legendary and brave king in the history of India - Chatrapati Shivaji.  He was a spiritual person.  His Guru was Samarth Ramdas.  He used to roam around with his bowl for alms and the king was his follower.  Once, he was roaming in the capital of the kingdom of Chatrapati Shivaji with his bowl and begging for alms.  When Shivaji saw this, he got an idea.  He wrote a letter to his Guru that he would like to gift his kingdom to him, and placed that letter in his Guru's bowl.  When Samarth Ramdas read this, he smiled.
 
Samarth Ramdas told Chatrapati Shivaji, "What will I do with this Kingdom?  I am a saint and my duty is to remember God and remind others to think of God."  He told Shivaji that you are a king and it is your duty to rule the kingdom.  Now that you have given the kingdom to me, rule over it by thinking that it is your Guru's, and not yours.
 
Similarly, we should lead our lives with the same thinking that whatever we have belongs to our Guru.  Whatever we do, it is for our Guru.  This way, our life will not be separate from bhakti.  Even if you possess a lot of wealth, think that it belongs to your Guru.  We should use only what is important and necessary for our body, and the rest we should dedicate to our Guru's seva.  This is the way that we inculcate bhaktiin our daily lives.  Shree Kripaluji Maharaj gives us a very powerful formula that is, to constantly think and remember Shree Krishna and your Guru with you always.  Whenever you begin some work, first realize the presence of God and Guru in front of you, and watching you.  Then begin your work; but after one hour, stop your work for a moment, and again realize that Hari-Guru are watching you.  Once you have practiced to do this in hourly intervals, then reduce the time to half-hour.  Then reduce the duration further to fifteen minutes.  In this way, with practice, we will reach the stage where we will always feel the presence of God and Guru with us.
 
This philosophy is also mentioned by Christian saints.  Brother Lawrence was a Father in a small church.  He wrote a book - Practice of the presence of the God.  In the book, he states: "If I were a preacher, I would preach nothing but the practice of the presence of God.  Every other spiritual practice will happen automatically."  Other saints read the book after his death and said that this is a remarkable and highly admirable spiritual practice.  They recognized Brother Lawrence to be a great soul and exhumed his ashes to Westminster Abbey, London.  Shri Aurobindo had also said, "Live always as if you are under the very eye of the Supreme soul and the Divine Mother."


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Question:
There are so many miseries in this world.  Yet God does nothing to stop all this.  Doesn't this make God merciless, whereas we all know God as All Merciful and Graceful?

Answer:
Suppose a child does something wrong and his mother slaps him, does this action of the mother make her merciless?  No.  This is, in fact the grace of the mother that she is trying to correct her child from the very beginning.  If we get a boil in our body, we go to doctor.  The doctor operates and removes that boil, giving us immense pain.  Now, does that mean the doctor is merciless?  No.  The doctor is giving us treatment.  He is getting rid of our pain. 

Similarly, we have forgotten God since eternity and have attached ourselves to the objects of this world and are full of material vices like lust, anger, greed, etc.  If we do not get miseries in this world, we will never think of God.  We are suffering so much, and still we do not surrender to God.  Think, if there was no suffering in the world, then who would have remembered God? Initially, these miseries of the world make many people walk towards God.  Therefore, the miseries of the world are not the hardheartedness of God. In fact, it is His Grace in disguise. Saint Kabir said:

"Sukh ke maathe sil pare naam hiye te jaye,
 balihari wa dukh ki jo pal pal naam rataye"


When we endeavor elevating our soul, we will realize that material comfort does not contribute to self-growth.  Hardships push us towards higher consciousness.  Swami Vivekananda said, "Life is the continuous unfoldment of a being under circumstances tending to press it downwards."  Circumstances will create difficulties, and will press us downwards.  But when we face them, we will be forced to enhance our abilities and understanding, and in the process we will grow internally.

So, when we implement this perspective, we will see the Grace of God in all situations, and even more in adverse circumstances.


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

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Bal-Mukund Children's Program

Bal-Mukund is a specially designed personality development program for children, envisioned by Swami Mukundananda.  It endeavors to: 

* Educate young minds in the knowledge of Vedic
   wisdom,   to lead a virtuous life.

* Enthuse the spirit of giving with a service attitude.

* Encourage problem solving with courage, confidence and faith.

* Entertain creativity, expand  power of concentration and focus.

Bal-Mukund Showcase

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

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Bal-Mukund in Retreat at Fresno, CA

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Bal-Mukund Program at the retreat was a highly motivating and a wonderful spiritual experience for all the children.  Under the divine presence of Swamiji, children enjoyed every moment of it.  Various fun-filled activities were organized for children like devotional skits, games, drawing competition, Yoga & Meditation sessions, and parikrama at the park.

This is what children had to say:

Having fun in Bal-Mukund, spending time with Swamiji and increasing my attachment with God.  I would definitely recommend this retreat to my friends to improve their attachment to God.
Shivam Sadachar (Torrance, CA)

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Swamiji's lectures influenced me and I am going to start doing yoga regularly.  His lectures inspired me to go towards God and be a better person.  The Bal-Mukund class was really fun and I got to meet new friends.

Tanvi Tamhane (Fremont, CA)
  
I like how Swamiji is very active, fun-loving and at the same time, spiritual and motivational. It was nice that he was also dancing and jumping during the bhajans and parikrama.
Sanjana Kamath (Fremont, CA)


QUIZ
 
How much do you know about Shree Krishna? Take a quick test and find out for yourself!

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1.   In which city did Shree Krishna appear?
2.  Which place did Shree Krishna choose
     for His birth?  
3.  What is the name of Shree Krishna's
     mother?
4.  What is the name of Shree Krishna's
     father?
5.  Who shifted Him from jail after His
     appearance?
6.  What was the time of His appearance?
7.  Name the river which Vasudevji crossed
     while shifting Shree Krishna from the
     jail?
8.  From where to where was Shree Krishna
     shifted?
9.  The appearance day of Shree Krishna is
     known as _____________.
10. Shree Krishna is the ______child of
     Shree Devakiji and Vasudevji.
 
Trivia Time

Jagadguru Shankaracharya

Jagadguru Shankaracharya was a great philosopher who propagated the philosophy of Advaita vada, or non-dualism. Jagadguru Shankaracharya is considered by many to be an avatar of Lord Shiv Himself.  He was the first Hindu saint in modern history to be honored with the title of Jagadaguru. 

He was born to a devout brahmin couple in the village of Kaladi in Kerala.  His parents prayed to Lord Shiv for a son, and so when the child was born, he was aptly named Shankara. 

Even at an early age, Shankara's brilliance and extraordinary spiritual powers were obvious to all.  While Shankara was a little child, his father passed away, leaving his mother to take care of him.  Right from his childhood, Shankara wanted to renounce the world and become a sanyasi.

Shankara met his Guru, Acharya Govindapada, on the banks of the river Narmada. Acharya immediately recognized the brilliance of the young man and made him his disciple.  Shankara learned the Vedic scriptures from his Spiritual Master and wrote several commentaries on them. 

Although fated to live only till the age of sixteen, sage Ved Vyas himself appeared before Shankara and granted him another sixteen years of life to continue his work.  Shankara moved to Kashi and continued writing commentaries on major Hindu scriptures.  He wrote the famous bhajan, Bhajo Govindam, while at Kashi.  The essence of this bhajan states that life is short-lived, like a dewdrop on a lotus petal that can fall anytime.  Therefore, it is important to realize one's spiritual goals before giving up this physical body.

Shree Shankara traveled throughout India, and engaged in many great debates with leaders of different schools of thought.  He went to all the prominent seats of learning, and defeated the scholars with his explanations.  Consequently, he became known as "Jagadguru," or "Spiritual Master of the world."

Shree Shankara wrote Bhashyas or commentaries on the Brahma Sutras, the Upanishads and the Gita.  The Bhashya on the Brahma Sutras is called Shareerik Bhasya. Shankara wrote commentaries on Sanat Sujatiya and Sahasranama Adhyaya.  His commentaries on logic and metaphysics are very widely acclaimed.  His other important works include the Viveka Chudamani, Atma Bodha, Aparoksha Anubhuti, Ananda Lahari, Atma-Anatma Vivek, Drik-Drishya Vivek and Upadesh Sahasri.  Shree Shankara wrote innumerable original works in verses, which are matchless in sweetness, melody and thought.

During the last decade of his life, Shree Shankara accepted the dual nature of God.  He accepted that the Supreme Lord is also Sagun (with all the Gunas), Savishesh (with all the attributes) and Saakar (with all forms).  He composed innumerable verses in praise of Lord Krishna, Lord Ram, Lord Shiv and Mother Durga.  His works includes some of the best poems in Indian literature, describing the beauty of Shree Krishna.

At the age of 32, Shankaracharya visited Kedarnath with his disciples where he expressed his wish to give up his material body.  He delegated the responsibility of carrying forth his work to his four main disciples who were made heads of four institutions at Sringeri, Jagannath Puri, Dwaraka and Badrinath.  He also gave the essence of all his teachings in ten verses.  It is said that as the verses were being chanted, Shankaracharya went into samadhi and his body disappeared without a trace.

Jagadguru Kripalu Yog

Padmasan

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Method
Sit in Dandasan.  Fold your right leg and place it above the left thigh; sole of the foot should face upward.  Now fold your left leg and place the left foot above the right thigh.  In the final position both knees will be on the floor, the spine should be straight and shoulders tension free.  Place your hands on the knees in any mudra.  Close your eyes and relax your body.  You may swap the legs and repeat the asan in the other direction.

Benefits
It is possible to stay in this asan for a long time. The spine is automatically straightened. The lower spine becomes straight which relieves depression and tension. It helps strengthen the nervous system.  It stimulates digestion, as blood circulation gets concentrated in the abdominal area instead of the legs.  It helps deplete extra fat from the sides of the waist.

Contra-indication
People with sciatica or weak knees should not do this asan.