THE STORY OF UNFLINCHING FAITH

Durvasa muni was a powerful mystic brahmana determined to observe the principles of religion with great vows and under strict austerities. His name is associated with many historical events, and it appears that the great mystic could be both easily satisfied and easily annoyed. When he was satisfied, he could do tremendous good to the servitor, but if he was dissatisfied he could bring about the greatest calamity.

He had about 10,000 disciples and wherever he visited he was accompanied by all his disciples. Once he visited the house of Duryodhana, the enemy cousin of Yudhisthira. Duryodhana was intelligent enough to satisfy the brahamana’s by all means, and the great Rsi wanted to give him some benediction. Duryodhana knew his mystic powers and also knew that if brahama is dissatisfied he could cause havoc and thus he designed to engage the brahamna to show his wrath upon his enemy cousins, the Pandavas. Thus when Rsi wanted to award him some benediction the latter wished that he should visit the house of Maharaja Yudhisthira, who was the eldest and chief among all his cousins. He knew that by his request he would go to him after he had finished his meals with his queen Draupadi and it would be impossible for Maharaja Yudhisthira to receive such a large number of brahmana guests and thus the Rsi would be annoyed and would create some trouble for his cousin, Maharaja Yudhisthira. Muni agreed to his proposal and approached the King in exile after they had finished their meals.

On his arrival the Muni was greeted with respect and was asked to freshen themselves till the time the food will be prepared. Rsi went for bath but leaving the King in great anxiety. He knew that till the time Draupadi hadn’t eaten, any number of guest can be served but as per Duryodhana plans they all reached after Draupadi had finished her meals.

When the devotees are out into difficulty they have an opportunity to recollect the lord with rapt attention, so Draupadi started thinking of Lord Krishna and all-pervading Lord could at once know the dangerous position of His devotees. He therefore came there on the scene and asked draupadi to give whatever food she might have in her stock. On her being so requested by the Lord, Draupadi was sorrowful because the Supreme Lord asked her for some food and she was unable to supply it at that time. She said to the Lord that the mysterious dish which she had received from the Sun god could supply any amount of food if she herself had not eaten but on that day she had already taken her meals and they were in danger. By expressing her difficulties she began to cry before the Lord as any women in her position would do. The Lord however asked Draupadi to bring up the cooking pot to see if there was any particle of vegetable sticking to the pot, the Lord at once picked up one and ate it. After doing so, the Lord asked Draupadi to call for her guests, the company of Durvasa.

Bhishma was sent to call for them from the river. Bhishma said,’why are you delaying sirs? Come on, the food is ready for you.’ But the brahmanas because of Lord Krishna’s accepting a little particle of food, felt sumptuously fed even while they were in the water. They thought that since Maharaja Yudhisthira must have prepared many valuable dishes for them and since they were not hungry and could not eat, the King would feel very sorry, so it was better not to go there. Thus they decided to go away.

The incident proves that the Lord is the greatest mystic and therefore he is known as Yogeshwara. Another instruction is that every householder must offer food to the Lord and the result will be that everyone even a company of guests numbering ten thousand will be satisfied because of Lord’s being satisfied. That is the way of devotional service and the unflinching faith in GOD.

Mamta Sehgal.

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LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS!

`Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.’What a beautiful quote by John Lennon and so very true.

In life, all of us remain in a constant thinking mode, stressing our minds on thousands of subjects; most of which being irrelevant. We keep harping on so many unknown events or problems we might have to face in future. We plan years ahead and while we are busy doing all that, life is running its own picture; making us a spectator of an unforeseen storyline. It throws such challenges on us which are nowhere in our scheme of things, but that is what the real life is; unknown & unclear and the sooner we understand this fact the better it is for us.

It happens to each one of us but we still fail to reckon with this truth. Bhagavad Gita says, `not a blade of grass moves, if it is not HIS will.’ That is why stressing the mind too much on wasteful assumptions is senseless.

The other day, I watched a movie where the protagonist had a breakup and thus gets disillusioned and looses all her vigor to do anything new in life. But life had other plans for her. She was a baker and received an invitation to participate in a baking competition. At first she refused, but then on her friends insistence decided to go. Here she meets her identical twin; a princess who was due to get married to the prince of the state. The princess wanted to live a commoners’ life and requests the girl to switch her life with her for just two days, as she shared the similar looks with her. After a lot of resistance, she agrees; not imagining what was in store for her.

During the brief interaction, the prince falls in love with her and there is an exchange of real emotions between the two.

After two days though,as decided, they switched on to their real lives and are left in the dilemmas. They had no choice but to share the truth with the prince, who happily accepted the reality as he was also bitten by the charm of the girl. Hence, a girl who was utterly disenchanted in life, would have never in her dreams thought that life was planning such a wondrous turnaround for her. But that was all for real.

This is the reality of life; when we are expecting particular events or are planning for other things in life, it throws the unexpected on us (good as well as bad) and that is what the real life is; totally unimaginable. We ignore the present in wake of planning for future, sulk at things not happening our way, get stressed by so many unimportant issues but undeterred by what we do or think, life takes its own course and displays what is in store for us.Thus, without getting anxious about future, we should display forbearance and understand the phenomenon called `Life’.

Mamta Sehgal.

`THE DIVINE PRAYER’

`Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ is a beautiful  Hindu benediction which talks of the glories of God and the more I recite this prayer each day, the more I have started to understand the meaning and the power of every word that is sung in it.

For the love for God and for the benefits of all fellow readers & bloggers and in order to explain the power it holds I am making a humble attempt to describe this eternal prayer verse by verse so that it’s essence reaches to everyone.

Om Jaye Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaye Jagdish Hare
Bhagt Jano Ke Sankat, Das jano ke avgun ,Khshan Mein Door Kare

O my great God, my beloved, you vanquish the difficulties and the ills of your true devotees in fraction of a second. You are always concerned about all the beings you have brought into this world and make sure that all their problems end with a blink of an eye. My Swami ! you are merciful and are a cause of everyone’s happiness.

Jo Dhaywe Phal Pave, Dukh Vinse Man Ka
Sukh Sampati Ghar Aave, Kasht Mite Tan Ka

Whoever worships you with a pure heart and complete devotion ,you take away all their sadness, bestow their houses with abundance and positivity and put an end to all their woes.

Maat-Pita Tum Mere, Sharan Gahun Kiskee
Tum Bin Aur Na Duja, Aas Karun Jiskee


You are my mother as well as my father and are the only one for me. I have nobody else on whom I can rely .Parents are the only ones on whom the child has utmost trust and there is none as dear as them. So,for me it is just you and nobody else.
Tum Puran Parmatma, Tum Antaryami
Par-Brahm Parmeshwar, Tum Sabke Swami

You are the supreme and are omniscient.You are the most superior Godhead and the lord of all.You are omnipresent and omnipotent.

Tum Karuna Ke Saagar, Tum Palankarta
Main Moorakh Khal Kami, Mein Sewak Tum Swami,Kripa Karo Bharta ॥

You are a sea of mercy,are compassionate and are the nurturant ;one who is running the complete show and takes care of everyone’s well-being. I am a fool who commits thousands of mistakes each day.I am the servant and you are my lord ,always keep me under your shadow and keep me blessed.
Tum Ho Ek Agochar, Sabke Pran Pati
Kis Vidhi Milun Dayamay, Tumko Main Kumti

You are inconspicuous and you are the conscious of every being. O, merciful! Please guide as to how a wicked like me can meet you. Show me the path to enlightenment and your attainment. Guide me,so that I can come to your abode and never come back to a human life.
Deenbandhu Dukh Harta, Thakur Tum Mere, Swami Rakshak Tum Mere ॥
Apne Hath Uthaao, Apni Sharan Lagao,Dwar Para Main Tere ॥

You are the friend of ill-fated and you render them from their woes.My lord, my protector, please open your hands and embrace me ,I am fallen on your lotus feet.
Vishay Vikaar Mitaao, Paap Haro Deva॥
Shradha Bhakti Badhaao, Hirday Prem badao,Santan Ki Sewa॥

God bring me out of my material pains,take away all my sins and increase my devotion and love towards you and make me considerate and empathetic towards all.Make me compassionate like yourself so that I can feel the pain of others.

Tan man dhan sab kuch hai tera,swami sab kuch hai tera ॥
Tera tujko arpan kya lage mera॥

O lord! This body, this heart and this money, all that I possess is yours, nothing is mine, so I dedicate all to you. Almighty! May be late, but I have got this realization that the whole world is run by you and we are mere puppets in your hands and that is why I consecrate all; my life and all that I possess to you.

Om Jaye Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaye Jagdish Hare
Bhagt Jano Ke Sankat, Das Jano ke Avagun,Bansariwala Door Kare

Mamta Sehgal

THE FEMININE POWER

 

It is the time of Navratras again, the most divine and blissful nine days where the whole atmosphere is filled with piousness and devotion. It is also the time to understand the immense power of the femineity, the power of the Maa, in her many forms.g

During Navratras, people religiously read the holy book, the Durga Stuti which in its thirteen chapters explains the advent of Maa Durga and how she kills all the asuras in order to protect the Devas. The book beautifully explains that how the extremely fearful and troubled Indra, Brahma and many more devas could not handle the atrocities put upon them by the asuras and thus had to plead for the appearance of Maa, the only one, who could destroy the extremely powerful breed of rakshasas.

When Maa comes with her various forms, she kills the dangerous asuras with utmost ease and ends their barbarity towards the devas and helps them to re-occupy their respective abodes. Reading this holy book repeatedly gives a great feeling of how a feminine power which is otherwise considered gentle and docile fights the horrifying asuras fearlessly to protect the devas.

This is about the eternal and the most powerful Divine Maa, but if we see in real life too, the so called effeminate women is the actual rescuer of the family. She with all her gentleness manages all the day to day issues of the entire family ,their emotions, their well being ,the education of her kids and all this, along with her own professional , physical & psychological issues. She is expected to be a perfect multi-tasker.

Every man, whether he is a son, a husband or a lover needs the support of a woman at different stages of his life;without which he is incomplete. Thus she has to be credited and respected for all that she does for everyone and for the society at large .But sadly ,in today’s world;considering the kind of atrocities she is facing, she is immensely ill treated.

But one should never forget that like Maa Durga, every women behind her soft appearance has the powers, which if required, can destroy anybody or anything. She can be extremely caring but if her dignity and respect is at stake then she can be awfully cruel and thus should be never be underestimated and her contributions should always be acknowledged.

Mamta Sehgal.

KRISHNA!!!THE MYSTICAL LORD….

Dear friends ,sharing with you some of the images of a small temple at my home. I strongly believe that we are nobody to do anything,everything belongs to HIM  and we are just the via media.

Thus,this humble effort on HIS birthday is all HIS mercy and HIS presence makes it  divine.

Mere KRISHNA 1

Mere toh girdhar gopal,doosro na koi!!!                                                 (My dear lord you are the only one for me,there is no one as dear as you)

MAA

                                                                                    Maa!!!                                                                                      (THE MOTHER)

 

Mere KRISHNA 2

The Divine Presence!!!

 

Mere KRISHNA 01

                     O Palanhare,Nirgun aur Nyare,tumhare bin hamra kono nahi!!!                                                       (Oh my lord ,you are full of opulence and you are my only saviour)                                          

KRISHNA….

 

Krishna is soul, Krishna is life,

Krishna is heart, Krishna is mind,

Krishna is love, Krishna is divine,

Krishna is happiness, Krishna is a smile,

Krishna is faith, Krishna is belief,

Krishna is earth, Krishna is sky,

Krishna is Sun, Krishna is moon,

Krishna is day, Krishna is night,

Krishna is everything, Krishna is a delight.

 

Oh! My Krishna, what am I without you.

Just a particle of dust under your lotus feet.

Pick me up my Krishna and embrace me.

Enlighten me with your light and sparkle my conscience.

Make me your pure devotee and show me the path of life.

 

Thank you everything my Krishna, my gratitude for everything you have blessed me with.

Help me to lead a purposeful life and then come to your abode to never come back.

`HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA,KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE,

HARE RAMA HARE RAMA,RAMA RAMA HARE HARE!’

May God bless all!

Mamta Sehgal

 

 

 

 

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