Showing posts with label Spiritual aspect. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spiritual aspect. Show all posts

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Durga puja symbol of women's honor


Durga puja symbol of women's honor

It is surprising to bring soil from an 'unholy' place like a brothel in a sacred work like Durga Puja.  This is the place around which passing through is not considered good, then why on Durga Puja?
Nobody looks as excited as the women of Bengali society in Navratri.  The mind becomes happy to see their being composed, the glow and energy of their face.  However, thats why , Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengali Hindus.  I also like this festival of Maa Durga because some things related to this festival are related to female honor.

Prostitute: The idol of Durga Maa is incomplete without their respect.

According to traditional beliefs, some things are considered very important for making the idol of Goddess - cow urine, cow dung, wood, jute structures, sindoor, paddy shells, soil of holy rivers, special flora and prohibited pali raz.  (Prohibited Pali, ie forbidden area and Raz i.e. soil.) This means that along with other things, the soil of that place is also necessary who is prohibited .  That means brothel.  If this soil is not used to make an idol of Durga Maa, then the idol of the mother is considered incomplete and the Pran-pratistha of Durga Maa is not complete .  Therefore during Durga Puja, the soil of the brothel is used to make the idol of Durga. But it is surprising to bring soil from an 'unholy' place like a brothel in a sacred work like Durga Puja.  This is a place around which it is not considered good to pass through, the women who trade the body are seen with hatred.  Then why so on Durga Puja.  So the answer is found only in popular mythology.
The mud of the brothel is used to make the idol of Maa Durga.
- It is said that these soil are the desires of the society that accumulate in the brothel.  It is offered to Durga so that those who have committed mistakes can get freedom from sins.
- According to a legend, a prostitute was a great devotee of Durga Maa.  But being a prostitute, society used to despise her.  Then the mother gave her a boon to save her devotee from reproach that only the idol of Goddess would be made from the clay given by her hand and the idols would not be complete without the use of this clay.  According to scholars, it has been confirmed in texts like Sharda Tilakam, Mahamantra Maharnava, Mantramahoddhi etc.
- There is also a belief that when a person goes inside a brothel, he leaves all his purity outside the brothel door and hence the soil outside the door becomes sacred.
Everyone understands these beliefs in their own way.  But in what I understood, I saw only the honor of the woman in this ritual.  On one hand, this society worships the goddess, calling it a superpower, but the same society does not respect a prostitute just because she does body trade. Somewhere through this ritual, this message is also given to the patriarchal society that the women of the sex trade did not choose on their own, they had to choose this profession due to the desires of men.  So why their disdain for this. These women are also someone's mother and sister.  They are not worthy of scorn.  She is also an equal eligible for respect like the rest of women.  Through this rituals, once a year, pundits also have to stretch their hands in front of the  prostitutes.  What can be a better example of women's respect and women's empowerment.

Mother Durga is the form of power
 Durga: Daughter of every household

On the sixth day of Navratri, i.e. Shashthi, the idol of Maa Durga is installed in the pandal.  And in the evening the cover is removed from her mouth.  It is said that Durga maa comes to her maternal home for 10 days with Ganesh, Karthikeya, Lakshmi and Saraswati.  Goddess is worshiped in every pandal and happiness is celebrated. Dancing, singing, prostrate everything . That is, the daughter comes to her maternal home, then there is happiness in the family.  These 4 days are considered very important.  And on the morning of Dashami, women come to the pandal to put sindoor on the idol of Goddess Durga and play Holi of Sindoor there.  It is called 'Sindoor Khela'.  And after this, the idol of the Goddess is bid farewell, immersed in them. On this day, every woman bids farewell to mother Durga like a daughter.  It is to be noted here that Durga, who is the mother of the whole world, departs like a daughter on this day.  And the tradition is to leave them laughing happily, no one cries because the mother has to come again next year.  That is, every woman has a love and respect for her mother Durga like a daughter.
Here it has also been tried to say that every daughter in the world deserves respect in the same way as own daughter is given respect.  In the society, both daughter and daughter-in-law have their own different importance.  But if both are compared, daughters get more love and respect.  Through this festival, the message is sent to the society that every woman should be treated like a daughter.
In our culture, women have been considered venerable.  But today this honor is seen only in customs and festivals.  People are proud to see Durga Maa's 10 hands and Mamatamayi's face, but they do not see that the woman who is in their house is also the form of Goddess.  She is also tied in different relationship and does hundreds of works inside the house and outside.  But no one can see her 10 hands.  The reverence on Durga Puja with is also important  understanding its moral values.

You all understand the spirit of this article… bring purity in your mind.  So that women can get respect in this country.



Monday, October 5, 2020

Know how Naradaji helped Shri Ganesh ji.

Know how Naradaji helped Shri Ganesh ji.

Ganesha, the second son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, has been called Vighnaharta and Vinayaka. Therefore, Ganesh ji is about to remove from every dilemma.  Then what happened that he had to take help of Narada ji?  Let us know: -

Once there was an atmosphere of ecstasy in heaven.  It was the festival of the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.  All the gods started busy in preparations.  Lord Vishnu started sending invitations to everyone.  In order to impress Maa Lakshmi, all the gods thought that the procession should be taken to Kundanpur with great pomp.
When all the gods started gathering Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha, everyone saw that Ganesha is also coming to Vishnu's abode.  Everyone got worried after seeing this.  Because they did not want Ganesha to attend the procession.  They said that Ganesh ji eats a lot of food and looks strange.  Strangely, it meant Ganesha's head and his body was big.
Due to this, the gods were hesitant to walk with Ganesha in the procession.  Therefore, they all  said to Lord Vishnu to ask Ganesha to take care of the heaven.  Although Lord Vishnu did not like this thing, but after insisting on everyone, he requested Ganesha to stay in heaven.
Ganesh ji felt very bad about this, but he agreed to stay in the heaven.  Then Narada Ji put the whole thing in front of Ganesha and suggested a plan.  The plan was that Ganesh ji's ride i.e. Mooshak (the mice) were the head of all the rat species.  If the army of rats dig the path through which the procession is to be passed and spoil the way, then the procession will be hindered.
Ganesh liked his plan and then something like that happened.  Rats had spoiled the way and when the procession came, Lord Vishnu's wheel of the chariot got buried inside the earth.  The balance of the horses also deteriorated and the procession stopped there.  Even after many attempts of the gods, the wheel did not come out.
A farmer saw the gods while trying and wanted to help them.  The gods gave him a chance, although they knew that with the help of the farmer there would be no solution.  When the farmer caught the wheel, he chanted Jai Ganesh and the wheel went out.
Everyone was surprised and one of the processions asked the farmer why did you say Jai Ganesh.  Then the farmer replied that Ganesh ji is going to remove from every dilemma and he takes his remember before starting any work.
Then all the gods became ashamed and realized that by not giving importance to the external beauty of any creature, give importance to their thoughts, conduct,character and goodness.  Then all the gods went back to heaven and prayed to Lord Ganesha.  In this way Ganesha joined the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi with the help of Narada.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Who Was Pondrak, Why Did Shreekrishna Kill Him.


Who was Pondrak, why did  Shreekrishna kill him.


In the scriptures and mythological texts of our Sanatan Dharma, various incarnations of God are found, in the present era, or in the era of Lord Krishna, i.e., in the Dwapar Yuga, an interesting description of a fake incarnation is found in the dasham skandha of the Srimad Bhagavat Granth.


The story of this fake avatar of Dwapar yuga gives us a very important lesson  which is very relevant in today's Kali Yuga.  But first we go towards the story.  It is about the time of Dwapar yuga when Lord Krishna was as Dwarkadhish and in a vast area of ​​the sea, he built his very beautiful Dwarka city . At the same time, King Pondrak of Karush desha once sent his messenger to Lord Krishna and said, 'I am Lord Vasudev, the real incarnation of God , no one else.'
When the envoy of Pondrak came to the assembly  , Lord Krishna was sitting in Dwarka's assembly with his members .  The messenger appeared and told his king Pondrak's message in front of everyone, "I am the only Vasudeva, there is no one else.
I have taken an avatar for grace the creatures of the world.  You have falsely named your name Vasudev, now leave it.  Yaduvanshi Veer!  You are foolishly wearing my sign.  Leave them and come to my shelter and if you do not agree, fight with me. " At that time, listening to the message of King Pondrak, who claimed to be the incarnation of the real God, all the members including Ugrasen started laughing.
Shri Krishna also smilingly said to Pondrak's messenger, "Go and tell your king that it will be decided in the war, who is the real Vasudeva?"  And yes to tell him to abandon foolishness and take the shelter of knowledge, otherwise I will not remove my chakras and other symbol . I will leave them to him and not only to him, but also to all his friends, by whom he is being misled like this. "
King Pondrak was living in Kashi at that time with his friend Kashiraj.  After the answer given by Krishna to Pondrak's messenger, there was a war between them.  The armies on both sides came into the ground, the king of Kashi with his huge army was behind Pondrak's army.

At that time, Pondrak had put on his body signs of conch, chakra, mace, sword, Sharang dhanusha( bow) and shrivats made of divine science and technology.  Artificial Kaustubhamani (who was also giving the impression of artificial divinity) and Vanamala were hanging on the chest.  He was wearing silky yellow clothes (like Lord Vishnu) and also put a Garuda symbol on the flag of the chariot.
He was wearing a priceless crown on his head, which was giving an absolutely amazing aura and the earlobes of his ears were shining, that fake Krishna kept his costume completely divine (but artificially).  It seemed as if some other place (planet) creature had come to the earth.

For a moment, Lord Shri Krishna challenged him and  start loudly laughing ,when looked at that fake avatar , who  announced real Vashudeva himself .  Krishna's laughter not liked by Pondrak.
After this Pondrak attacked on Lord Krishna with Trishul, mace and other weapons.  Lord Krishna destroyed the elephants, chariots and horses of the army of Pondrak and Kashiraj in a moment.  After this, Lord Krishna severed the head of that fake avatar by striking his Sudarshan Chakra.
Thousands of years before Pondrak, Hiranyakashipu also introduced himself as God, he was reprimanded his son Prahlada  for not to worshiping any god as  none other than me. That demon made a miserable attempt to inflict inhuman tortures on his own son Bhaktaraja Prahlada, in allegation of devotion to God.
In the end, his sins were cross the limit and Lord Narasimha appeared from the pillar , tore the stomach of that self-announced Lord Hiranyakashipu and destroyed his ego.
Bharatvarsha is the holy land of incarnations.  Here, many incarnations like Lord Shri Krishna, Lord Shri Rama etc. incarnated in human form for the protection of Cow, Brahmins, saints and for the re-establishment of dharma, but it is very unfortunate that like Pondrak and Hiranyakashipu from time to time also many such  type people are born, who claim to be true incarnations, continue to exploit the naïve devotees religiously.
Every Sanatani(the follower of sanatan dharma) must read the 'Gita Gyan' provided by 'Yogeshwar Maharaj Shri Krishna'.  This is our basic duty.  If you read the Gita, understand the Mahabharata, contemplates the character of Shri Krishna, then your knowledge eye will open.  You will understand why the sages, the saints have called him the real God.
As if we consider as Pondraka , he used to always contemplate the form of God, whatever he was thinking, he used to remember him again and again in disguise, so all his bonds were cut off.  He died at the hands of God and he attained salvation, but the aim of these Kaliyugi Gods is only selfishness and exploitation.  Far from remembering the form of God, these people do all the work directly against their principles;  Therefore, we should alert from this such type of peoples.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

'Annadan has special importance in life'



'Annadan has special importance in life'


Whatever may be the religion, but you must have often seen that whenever people do any religious work, they get Bhandara or Langar on the day of its completion.  Not only this, there are also many religious places where Bhandara is continuously done. Since ancient times, whenever the King-Maharaja used to perform any havan, yagya or any other religious program, he used to distribute clothes or food.
During bhandara, people distribute food according to their reverence or their status.  The main purpose of making bhandara is taken from providing food to the needy, but there is another importance of this bhandara in the scriptures, let's know what it is.
According to our scriptures, if the world's largest donation is anything, it is Annadan.  This world is made of food itself and its creations are being nutrition only with the help of food.  Food is the only thing that satisfies the body as well as the soul.
Annadan has special importance in life.  The glorification of self-cooked Annadan is immense.  The purity of the donor's mind is not by how much charity is given, but by how much charity it is given with reverence.  Yajna is also a charity.  This helps many, so it is Mahadan. The entire Vedic life philosophy gives people the inspiration to live a yagyamaya, altruistic and healthy life.  Grain is said to be the king of food items and in front of grains, diamonds and pearls are also despised.  Praising the glory of food, it said that it is due to the consumption of food that our body grows and nutrition . Food is important from the beginning to the end of the universe.  Food is very important in our life too.  Food is a sattvic food and due to its consumption, bad feelings are relatively less.  Food is essential for everyone. Whether it is an ordinary being, a saint, a rich and poor is necessary for everyone.  The glory of the one who donates food cannot be praised.  The glory of this importance and glory of foods are ringing around in this world.  The glory of food grains is abundant in all the realms.
The body moves only through food.  Food is the basis of life.  Food is life, so its donation is like life.  It is considered to be the best and most fruitful of all donations.  It is the most important part of dharma.
A person who performs Anandan daily receives all the auspicious results of the world.  According to your ability and convenience, you should give some food.  This leads to ultimate well-being. In particular, donation of food is an honor factor in life.  Therefore, food should be donated to the needy. By donating food, all sins are replenished and there is happiness in this world and hereafter.
In dharma, no chanting, penance or sacrifice etc. is complete without food donation.  Food is the only thing that satisfies the body as well as the soul.  That is why it is said that if you have to donate something then donate food.  Giving food is very beneficial.  Let us tell you why we should do the benefits of Annadan or Annadan….

A legend related to this is also found in Padmapuran.  Once a conversation  is happening between Brahma ji, the creator of the universe and Shweta, the king of Vidarbha.  This dialogue shows that whatever a person donates in his living state, after death he gets the same thing in the hereafter.  King Shweta reaches Brahmaloka on the strength of his harsh austerity, but never receives food there during his lifetime due to not donating food.

Another legend is also recorded in our Puranas.  According to which once Lord Shiva, taking the form of a Brahmin, was wandering on the earth.  He asked for the donation of an old widowed woman but she said that she could not donate yet because she is making dung cakes.  When that Brahmin stubbornly, the woman picked up the cow dung and donated it to the Brahmin. When the woman reached the heaven , she asked for food and got only dung to eat.  When she asked why cow dung was given, in response she had to hear that she also donated the same.  In this way the importance of food donation can be understood and it can be understood how this grain is necessary for the satisfaction of our soul till life and death.
Feeding the poor and mystified people in the form of food donation is a virtue.  This brings happiness and peace to the mind.  The soul remains happy.  Donating is the greatest and sacred duty of mankind.  It should be given as a duty and there should be no desire to get anything in return.
Therefore, when you offer food donation, you are giving their body, food or grain to them.  The most important part of motherhood is food donation.  From feeding to serving food, you love your mother because she has always donated food to you.  So, by taking advantage of the opportunity of food donation, you can transform yourself as the mother of the whole world.  Remember this every day and every moment of your life.
Food donation is a possibility to bring your relationship with food to a certain level of consciousness and awareness.  Do not see it as just food, it is life.  It is very important for all of us to understand - whenever food comes in front of you, do not think of it as an object that you can use or throw away - this is life.  If you want to develop your life, you have to see food, water, air and earth as life - because these are the elements from which you are created.
Food donation is a way through which you can connect deeply with another human being, with your hands full, serving food with love and devotion.
The marital life of a person who cannot provide food to a hungry person at home thats life is meaningless.  No one can live without food for long.  Man's misdeed means that the corrupted karma gets ingested in the grain, so the person who eats such a person eats only the ungodly deeds. On the contrary, one person gets a month's virtue of a person who provides Amritamay's holy food.
‘It is said in the Atharva Veda- 'शतहस्त समाहर सहस्त्रहस्त सं किर’ That is, 'Earn money with hundreds of hands and distribute it with thousands of hands'. To earn money to donate in the Veda, it has been considered necessary karma for man.  In Indian culture, it is believed that donations also subdue the gods.  Donation brings happiness to God.  And everybody searches for God, but God himself searches for donor. Donations made in life are happiness and joy in the next life.  In the hereafter, only charity befriends the creature.  In the Yaksha-Yudhishthira conversion of Mahabharata, the Yaksha asked Yudhishthira what goes with him after death.  Yudhishthira replied that after death, charity karma goes with him. In the Bhavishya purana, Lord Shri Krishna says to Yudhishthira - "After death, wealth does not go with the person, only the donation given by the eligible person goes with him as a patheya (food of the way) in the world." Whatever we give  , It does not actually perish but we get by doubling or quadrupling it.

‘नादत्तं कस्योपतिष्ठते’ That is, what will one get without giving.  The more you sow, the more you will get.  In the Anushashanparva of Mahabharata, it is said that due to which works of previous birth, auspicious or inauspicious results are obtained.

At the time when Duryodhana, Karna and Shakuni seized Yudhishthira's kingdom in gambling with deceit and the Pandavas were going to the forest with Draupadi, Praja and Brahmins also started going to the forest with them. 
Seeing this, Yudhishthira felt very sad and he started thinking that how can I fill all these person's stomach in the forest.  Everyone fills his stomach, but the life of that person is successful, who can nurture his family, friends, guests and Brahmins.  Yudhishthira told those Brahmins that I have to spend twelve years in this uninhabited forest, so tell me a solution that can manage the food of your people including my family.
Then of those Brahmins, Maitreya Muni told Yudhishthira while narrating the story of Draupadi's previous birth - "Nothing is rare where Draupadi in the form of Lakshmi is living."  Draupadi can satisfy the world with the food of her Batloi (Batloi, the vessel in which food is made). '

Donate to whom?

This is also a specific question.  There are mainly two rules for giving donations, which we should keep in mind while giving donations - First - Shraddha and Second - Eligibility.  Shraddha means how much desire we have, that is, our ability.  A donation given less or more than the capacity is called a sin, not a donation.
We can understand this very well with an example, if a person has the ability to donate fifty rupees, then he should donate only fifty rupees.  Donating ten rupees or hundred rupees in place of fifty is not a donation but a sin.  Donation work should be done with a pure and happy mind.
Donation should never be done without considering the trouble or burden without reverence, it is better that charity work should not be done.  One should never give charity by expressing gratitude.  Donating with a pure heart gives peace to your heart as well and the person taking the donation is happy and prays with the mind, it is not necessary that that prayer should be expressed only through words.
The second law of charity is eligibility, that is, to whom we are giving charity, whether it will be able to consume the donated item or not.  We can understand this fact in such a way that if a person who sleeps on a bedstead woven in a village is asked to sleep on the mattress of Dunlop in the city, then he will not sleep all night.
Similarly, if a poor beggar who lives in torn clothes, if given a new cloth to wear, thats coth will not like by him, he will not be able to wear that cloth either he will sell it or throw it away;  so he will be like only torn cloth. Feeding food to a full stomach does not make any bless in his mind, but if a poor person with a hungry stomach is fed with food, then he will be fully satisfied and will give prayers from his heart. Donation can be of any thing, not just food.  Medicine for the patient, education for the uneducated, food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, it means that if someone who lacks and is unable to get it, then also arrange for such a thing to the people , falls in the category of donation .  Therefore, while giving donations, special attention should be given that donations should be given to the appropriate person.
Giving food to any needy person is believed that there will never be a shortage of food in your life.  Donating food without cooked gives more virtue than that. The donation of food grains has been described as an important donation in Hinduism.  Our ancestral deities are pleased by feeding food to the hungry.  This donation helps to remove the misfortune that comes in our future.  According to the scriptures, if the biggest donation is any, then it is food donation.  This world is made of food itself and its creations are being followed only with the help of food.  Food is the only thing that satisfies the body as well as the soul.  That is why it is said that if you have to donate something then donate food.  Giving food is very beneficial.
According to almost all religions we must donate some part of our income.  All such religions are written in texts and we have heard from our ancestors and elders that we must donate some part of our earnings.  It is considered a sin to take food without offering to God after cooking.  Therefore, after offering to God, one should keep part of the dependent animals.
We have been doing this activity by the ancestors of all of us (grandmother, mother etc.).  It is considered our ultimate duty to offer food to Brahmins, Pandits, Pujaris etc. on any festival, date, special (Amavasya, Purnima, Ekadashi etc.).  According to our scriptures, donations made in this way are necessary and good.  We have seen this practice in all places around us.
Donation should not be done with gratitude to anyone because it depends on our willingness and devotion and the person's aim is to reduce his sufferings, sorrows, impunity etc. while giving donations.  Donations are also made for the peace of evil planets and for the relief of various kinds of suffering.  By donating some part of your income, there is definitely self-purification and wealth growth.  It is absolutely true that donations are made for their own welfare. Donation removes poverty, even improves until the next birth.  Donation never reduces because any kind of donation never goes empty, but it gets its results till the next birth.  Donation is also a measure of the aggregation of virtuous deeds and repentance of inauspicious deeds done by oneself.
There are many simple and accurate measures to prevent inauspicious deeds, but the most important of them all is charity.  Therefore, whenever a donation is made, it should never be done by showing it to everyone, by spreading the publicity, this kind of donation becomes meaningless because everyone knows that the donation should be done in such a way that if the donation is made with one hand then the other hand do not even know.  That is why our society has given the most important place to secret donations. Of all donations to the charitable distribution of food (Annadan), the most commendable.  A person can be completely satisfied through food.  That is why there is something special in Annadan.  If money, clothes, jewelry, land, house, etc., are offering and there is a person who receives it and does not say anything.  When a person is given food and how much he wants to take but cannot take more than a limit and says enough, I am satisfied.  If it has crossed the limit, he says' Please do not do much service.  When complete satisfaction is expressed in the same way, only then the donor gets full reward.  .
There is no worship and ritual in Hinduism, better than feeding a hungry one.  Annadana is a Mahadana - or the largest donation in Hinduism and is an essential part of the Sanatan Dharma tradition.  Food donation is not limited to feeding a human being, but it includes all living beings.  There are many stories in praise of Annadan, the glory of the Hindu scriptures - the main Goddess Parvati appearing as Goddess Annapurneshwari and feeding Shiva.
Another instant where Karna is reborn as he performed all types of donations except food donation.  Many Hindus make the mistake of feeding only Pujaris while performing Annadan.  this is wrong.  Annadan should be offered to all living castes - no consideration of status, rights, religion or caste or nationality.
 In Hinduism, Annadana is performed for the redemption of sins, to gain quick recovery from illness and also to attain salvation, in order to attain godly devotion.  The sins committed in previous lives are followed in successive births. There is such a Hindu belief - Annadan is done to end it.  The glory of the family, the popularity of the institution, the sanctity of a temple increases with each Annadan.  Above all, we become good human beings when we are ready to share our food with someone hungry. Food is needed for the living to survive. In the diet, food is the priority. Food is exclusively for human life. All living beings on earth originate from food and survive from food.  The grain has been given the name of Brahma and water as Vishnu. -- अन्नं ब्रह्मा रसो विष्णुः . According to Skandpuran, food is Brahma and everyone's life is distinguished in food only ---
  अन्नं ब्रह्म इति प्रोक्तमन्ने प्राणाः प्रतिष्ठिताः।
          
Therefore, it is clear that food is the main basis of life.  Rather food is life. Therefore, food is equal to life. In the scriptures, food is considered to be the best and effulgent virtue. It is a major part of dharma. Any chanting without donations;  Tenacity;  The yajna etc. is not complete, the person who performs  Anandan daily;  That river;  Receives the fruits of the donation of the entire earth, including mountains and forests.    If someone is mentioned in the Mahabharata period as the bravest, the most worthy, the most abandoned and the biggest donor, then he is Karna.  As is well known that Karna was the son of Rajmata Kunti and Lord Suryadev and was get flow in the water due to at that time Kunti was not married till then. While flowing in water, Karna met a Sut(slave) and he was brought up by him.  Karna later became Duryodhana's first choice and supreme friend due to his valor and also got throne.  From childhood to becoming king, Karna always had two characteristics with him, his valor and his charity.  Karna's charity was discussed because the petitioner who came to his door had never returned empty handed.  Karna had donated gold, silver, diamonds, pearls, etc. throughout his life, but he had never donated food.  Being unfamiliar with his past, he said that nobody had even fed food in the name of his ancestors.  The same thing went opposite Karna.
Karna was defeated by Arjuna and received Veeragati.
It is mentioned in the Mahabharata that after Karna was defeated at the hands of Arjuna and received Veeragati after the war, he got a place in heaven.  In the midst of the majestic splendor of heaven, he was served diamonds, pearls, rubies all the time.  Karna was surprised to see this and asked Devraj Indra the reason for this.  Indra told them that you never, ever donated food to anyone, nor did you donate food in the name of your ancestors.  That is why you are getting back what you donated.
Believing Karna, Indra sent him back to Earth for 15 days.
Karna told Devaraj that he neither had knowledge of his ancestors nor the glory of Annadan, that is why such a crime took place.  It is said that Indra, believing Karna's words, sent him back to earth for 15 days.  On coming back to Earth, Karna offered his ancestral deities and satisfied them with all kinds of food.  After this, on going back to heaven, he got to enjoy all the royal comforts including food.
Food and water are the most important things in life.  These are the real gems of the earth.  The person who provides food is said to be the person who gives life and the one who gives it all.  Even small donations, if done with sincerity, pleases God.  Where is this god? He lives around us in eternal forms - hunger, sick, poor and guest.  The donation made in this world is the same as the fixed amount deposited in the bank, which becomes infinite in the hereafter.  Therefore, all capable humans must donate food.
One story is about the time of Yudhishthira's Rajsuya yagna in the Mahabharata period.  The Pandavas performed the Rajsuya Yagna in the joy of victory in the Kurukshetra war.  Thousands of people from far and wide were donated extensively.  At the end of the yajna, the Pandavas were cheering all around.  Pandavas and Shreekrishna were engrossed in discussing the success of Yajna.  The Pandavas were satisfied that they would surely receive the results of this Rajasuya Yajna.
Yudhishthira and golden mongoose
 Just then, a mongoose whose body was golden and half brown came out of the palace storehouse and began to wallow on the yajna's land.  Then went back to the warehouse.  He repeated this process four or five times.  The Pandavas were surprised to see the strange movements of this remarkable mongoose.  Dharmaraja Yudhishthira knew the language of animals and birds.  He said to the mongoose - "What are you doing?"  What are you looking for? '
Mongoose bowed respectfully to Yudhishthira and said-
'O Rajan, the great yajna you have performed, your fame has spread in all ten directions.  There is no end to the virtue you will get from this yagya.  I am looking for a small particle of virtue for myself from the eternal ocean of this virtue.  People tell a lie that a grand yajna has never happened, but this yajna is nothing.  The yajna was where half of my body became golden due to rolling.

When Yudhishthira asked about that yagna, mongoose said-
Once there was a terrible famine.  People started dying of hunger and thirst.  There was chaos to everywhere.  At that time, a poor Brahmin lived in a village with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.  For many days no one found food in the Brahmin family.  One day, that Brahmin brough somewhere asking for some quantity of sattu and after mixing it with water, he made four rounds like laddus.  As the Brahmin, along with his family, started eating the laddus of that Sattu, a guest Brahmin came to the door and said - 'I have been hungry for six days, please calm my hunger.'
The first Brahmin gave his part of the sattu to the guest, considering the guest as a god, but even after eating it, the guest's hunger did not end.  Then the Brahmin's wife gave his share of sattu to the guest, even if it did not fill his stomach, the son and daughter-in-law also gave their share of sattu to the guest.  The guest Brahmin was satisfied after eating that sattu and went to the same place, washing his hands.  That night too, the Brahmin family remained hungry and due to many days of hunger, all were died. Some sattu particles fell on the ground where the guest Brahmin had washed his hands.  I (mongoose) started rolling on those particles, so far as my body touched those particles, my body became golden.  I could not understand how all this happened? '  I reached a sage and narrated to him the whole story and expressed my curiosity to know how half of my body turned to gold?The sage came to know about the whole incident on the basis of his penance power and said - 'At the place where you were lying, a small part of the sattu was scattered at that place.  That miraculous sattu, which part of touch your body, has become golden.
On this, I said to the sage - 'Please tell me any way to make the rest of my body become gold.
The sage said, 'That family has sacrificed its life for dharma and humanity.  This is the reason why so much effect has arisen in his remaining food that half of your body has become gold due to his touch.  In future, if a person will do righteous work like that family, then the rest of your body will also become golden due to the effect of the remaining food.  Since then, I roam all over the world to do the same yagna somewhere else, but I could not see anywhere else, so half of my body has remained brown till today.
When I heard about your Rajsuya Yajna, I thought, you have donated immense wealth to the poor in this yajna and have fed millions of hungry people, due to its majesty, my remaining half body will also become gold.  Thinking of this, I used to come to the Yagya Bhoomi and rolling on the earth, but my body is just like the past.
Yudhishthira was ashamed to listen to the mongoose.

Lord Krishna told the importance of selfless donations.
When Shri Krishna saw Yudhishthira worried in this way, he said - It is true that your yagya was unique in itself, in which you people pacified the hunger of innumerable hungry people, but of course the donation of that family was much bigger than your yagya.  They donated when they had nothing.  Even after putting his life in danger, that family surrendered all the material available with him to the service of that unknown guest.  Despite you having a lot, you donated only a part of it.  So your donation is not even more than the priceless donation of that family. 
Hearing the talk of Shri Krishna, all the Pandavas understood that there is no results due to boasting in charity, yagya, austerity etc.  Donation etc. should always be done with honest money.
Annadan is considered to be the best and virtuous.  In dharma, no chanting, penance or yajna etc. is complete without food donation.  Food is the only thing that satisfies the body as well as the soul.  That is why it is said that if you have to donate something then donate food.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Importance of dana(Donation)


Importance of dana(Donation)

In every religion, Dana (donation) has been considered very important.  While giving charity gives freedom from attachment, the faults of life also go away.

Donation has been important in life since time immemorial.  The saga of sages-saints and daanveeras(great donor ) is full of in history.  The biggest donor is believed to be Lord Shiva, who does not refuse to give anything to any petitioner.  Donation is the identity of India and charity should be such that one hand is donated and the other hand does not to get known.  Secret donation is very important. Annadana, Vashtradana, Vidyadana, Abhaydana, Dhanadana, all donations make a person a part of virtue.  Donation protects money, age and honor.  Donation protects a person's age and health.  It is said that a donation made by a human being gives its benefit to seven generations.
Donating can also relieve the suffering of the Navagraha.  Donation of different items removes different problems, but if you donate, do it by thinking.  It is written in the Vedas that you can earn with hundreds of hands and donate thousands with hands.
The person who gets happiness by donating gets the infinite grace of God.  Donation makes a human being superior and virtuous.  Giving charity to needy people leads to amazing virtue.

In Sanatan culture, great importance of dana(donation) has been told.  While glorifying charity in mythological texts, it is described as essential for both enjoyment and salvation.  It has been said in the scriptures that by donating and performing charity according to one's own ability, one gets all the happiness in Ihloka(worldy life) and attains salvation in the hereafter. Therefore, in normal circumstances, human beings donate for the accomplishment of a particular work on date-festivals, pilgrimages.  There are four types of effort mentioned in the mythological scriptures.  Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

Similarly, in Sanatan culture, certain rites are of great importance.  One of these is charity.  Three types of donors are described in the Vedas.  Which is uttam( perfect),  madhyama(middle) and  nikristha(inferior).
The charity which is given for true knowledge  as the advancement of dharma progress in the category of good charity ie perfect dana.  Self-made donation falls into the category of madhyama(medium) donation and the person who donates to a mischievous person like prostitution, sinner,weicked person etc. is called a bad donation ie nikristha(inferior) donation.
Annadana, Vastradana, Vidyadan, Abhyadan and Dhandana, all these donations make a human being a part of virtue.  By donating anything, the mind gets rid of worldly attachment.  To leave all forms of attachment and emotion starts with charity and forgivenessIn Sriramcharitmanas, Goswami Tulsidas has said that there is no dharma like Parhit(to do welfare of other people ) and there is no sin like giving trouble to othersWhenever there is talk of charity, the name of King Harichandra, donation of Karna etc. is taken first. The scriptures elaborate on giving donations. It is said about charity that we should learn from nature to donate, just as trees give fruits for philanthropy, rivers give water for philanthropy, in the same way human beings should also donation. The peace we get by helping others has no value.  Donation has special importance in every religion.  According to religious beliefs, donation brings a sense of sacrifice and renunciation within a human being.

Donation is such a work, through which we are not only able to follow the dharma properly but we can also overcome all the problems of our life.  Donation is considered infallible for age, protection and health.  To get rid of all the problems of life, charity is also important.  By donating, it is easy to get relief from the suffering of the planets. According to astrology experts, different problems are overcome with the donation of different things, but without giving thought to wrong donations, you can also be harmed.  Sometimes, good planets can give bad results due to wrong donations.  According to astrologers, it is also written in the Vedas that one should earn with hundreds of hands and donate with thousands of hands.

The person gets satisfaction from donating.  Donation is considered a work of virtue.  There is a lot of importance of donation in the scriptures.  It is said that by donating one gets renewable virtue.  Not only this, by donating, the results of our inadvertent sins are destroyed.  The importance of charity is described in the Vedas and Puranas.  It is said that a person who does not have mercy in his heart cannot donate.  It is said that donations should always be made directly by hand.  Donations made directly by hand are considered auspicious. Regarding giving donations, astrologers say that we should use the same thing that we use.  As if donating torn clothes should never be donated.  You should donate clothes as you wear.  Donating clothes always keeps the financial condition good.  Donation should always be done by someone who uses the donated item.  It is said about donating metals that the disaster caused by donating metals is averted.  On the other hand, there is no lack of food in life to donate food grains.  Donating unripe grains is always considered good. There are also many psychological benefits of donating.  Donating brings openness in mind and thoughts.  The power of attachment from charity weakens.  It is said that giving up every kind of attachment and emotion starts with charity and forgiveness.  Donating is sacrificing the importance and affection of the person making the donation.  Donating opens many glands of mind.  Donating brings immense satisfaction.  Many types of defects can be eradicated by donating.

A single-handed donation returns with thousands of hands.

We get what we give, we all know this thing about charity.  Donation, that is, the spirit of giving, the senseless spirit of giving.  There are four types of donations in Hinduism, food donation, drug donation, knowledge donation and assurance of protection and organ donation has special importance in modern perspective. Donation is a virtous work by which we not only follow dharma but also perform our duties towards society and creatures .
But charity is glorified only when it is done selflessly, if it is donated in the desire to get something, then it becomes a business.  The thing to understand here is that giving is not as important as 'feeling of charity '. If we are giving something to someone, but the feeling of giving is not the desire, then that donation is false, it has no meaning.  Similarly, when we give and there is a feeling behind it, like virtue will be found or God will give something in response to this, then our eyes are only on taking not to giving, otherwise it is  a deal?
Donation means enjoyment in giving, a sense of generosity is a feeling of love and kindness towards the mere creature, but when the selfishness of getting something is hidden behind this gesture, does it remain charity?  It is also written in the Gita that do karma, do not worry about the result, our authority is only on our karma and not on its result. Every action is a reaction, it is a simple law of the world and science, therefore, with respect to our free heart, charity according to our ability and heartly, in addition to making a better society, it also helps in acheaving our own personality and according to the rules of universe its result we will definitely get it in future.
In today's perspective, the importance of giving donation  has increased because we have forgotten to give(donation) in the blind race of modernity and materiality.  Every relationship was first watered from the heart with love tolerance. But today!  Today we do not have time because we are all running and do not have heart because there is no time to think!  Yes, but we have a lot of money and intelligence, so now we invest in everything, that is, relationships or love! So we have forgotten to give with selflessly.  Even if we give, we will first think about what the thing is getting  and that is why families are crumbling, society is crumbling.
When we are unable to give our rights to our loved ones, how will we be able to donate to the society?  If we understand the scientific aspect of giving, when we give something to someone, then we have not to right of that thing, it comes under the possession of the recipient.Therefore, by this work of giving, we try to overcome our attachment to some extent.  Donating has a psychological effect on our thoughts and our personality, so our culture teaches us giving donation, not to take it from childhood.  We should got donate it with the hands of our children so that these rites come in them from childhood.
Donation should be of money, it is not necessary at all, bread is given to the hungry, treatment of the sick, our time to a distressed person, proper counseling, clothing, cooperation, learning as required, all of them when we understand the need of the front and we giving.  We do not expect to get anything, it is all charity. In Ramcharitmanas, Goswami Tulsidas ji says that there is no dharma like Parhit(think about others welfare) and there is no sin like suffering others.Donation of knowledge(Vidyadana) is the best donation among charities because no one can steal it nor it ends but in the course of time learning grows and by educating a person we would make him such a citizen to donate in future.  Those who provide support to the society and not depend on the society.
Similarly in today's perspective, blood and organ donation is needed.  What else can be better than the charity which protects the life of an organism?  Our scriptures describe the sage Dadhichi who donated even his bones, Karna who had donated his gold's teeth to the suppliant even in his last days. Nature teaches us to give, the sun gives its light, the flowers its fragrance, the trees its fruits, the rivers its water, the earth shatters its chest and gives its crop on us with both hands. Despite this, neither the sunlight nor the fragrance of the flowers, nor the fruits of the trees have diminished nor the water of the rivers, so the donation comes back to us with many hands after giving with one hand, the condition is that it is selfless.  It should be done with reverence for the good of socieity.
Everyone praises the donor.  Raja Shivi, Muni Dadhichi, Karna are still immortal due to charity.  Whatever you have - money, things, food, strength, intelligence, knowledge, it is the ultimate dharma, humanity or duty to give it to any other creature on his need, whether he asks for it or not .  Nature is giving everything to creatures  without asking for it.  Even God, whether we ask or not, gives us according to our ability and need.  Therefore, he also expects us to give what we have to others. There are many such incidents in the scriptures that no matter how much Yajna, chanting, penance, yoga, etc., which does not help the poor, does not get heaven or happiness.  A person who does not have the feeling of charity in society or society is not called civilized. It is condemned and its downfall, because the society will be happy, unhappy, and affluent - and more cooperation will be needed.  Therefore, cooperation is necessary for the survival and progress of society. At the time of donating, you should not be ego in your mind, of arrogance, to earn merit or to do favor, you should be thankful to that character that he has gratified you by instilling goodwill in you.  There should be gratitude to God that he made you worthy of giving something.
Donation should always be done as per your wish.  Donation made under any pressure never gives auspicious results.

 Whatever items are given in charity, they should always be of the best class or at least the same as you use yourself.  Low-class items should not be donated.


 Always donate to the person who is deprivation and eligible.  Donating to a weicked and rich person is not fruitful.
If you want to donate to a Brahmin, then keep in mind that the Brahmin is sattvik, virtuous and a devotee of God.  Donating to a Kusankari(weicked) Brahmin is fruitless.

 If you have to donate for the planets, then donate the same planet which is troublesome.  Donating to favorable planets can put you in trouble.


 Before donating to an outsider, consider whether there is any absence in your family.  First arrange a dependent on yourself, then donate.


 Donation is considered the simplest and best means to get rid of all the misdeeds done in life.

Ramcharitmanas


Tulsi Das ji has described great importance of donation in Ramcharitmanas.

प्रगट चारि पद धर्म के कलि महुँ एक प्रधान। जेन केन बिधि दीन्हें दान करइ कल्यान॥103 ख॥
#Bhava - There are four stages of dharma like Truth, Mercy, Tenacity and Donation, out of which donations are predominant in Kalyug, in whatever way charity is given welfare, charity is great welfare. And mental development occurs so donations should be given.
सो धन धन्य प्रथम गति जाकी।
In another couplet, Tulsidas ji has told that the importance of charity is that there are three uses of charity, the first of those three experiments (donation, enjoyment and accumulation) is there, and welfare is the blessed one.
Sri_Bhagavata_Gita (17 chapters)
Shree Krishna Bhagwan has revealed the importance of donation inside the Gita and has divided it on the basis of all the three qualities because there are three types of human tendencies which are called gunas can also be called Satvik ,Rajasic ,Tamasic.
दातव्यमिति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे। देशे काले च पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्त्विकं स्मृतम्‌॥
Such donation which is our duty to donate, is given in recognition of this duty and towards which donation is given.  There is no hope of getting anything from him in return and the donation which is given in view of Desh(country) Kaal(time) Patra(eligible) is a satvik donation.
That means I have to donate because it is my duty because the dharma according to the country and it has to be given to the time and the eligible . It means from where the food is available somewhere, it is not there to do Bhandara . Just like in a market nowadays you see that all the food facilities are available, people start to doing bhandara, patra(eligible) means that who is being donated, who is he, what he needed . If a beggar is an animal bird or a Brahmin, it should be donated accordingly.
यत्तु प्रत्युपकारार्थं फलमुद्दिश्य वा पुनः। दीयते च परिक्लिष्टं तद्दानं राजसं स्मृतम्‌॥
Rajas is opposite to Satvik donations in charity, in this the donor gives charity in terms of benevolence and wants to get something in return for that donation and such donation which also hurts the giver.
At the time of Durga Puja, stop trucks / buses / rickshaws, force them to get pamphlets, then they are unwilling to give donations to charity, at first sight they donate because they think that donation will go to Durga Maa , but he has trouble in giving it to him, because he is unable to give whatever he wants to donate according to his earnings. Any donation that is given for selfish fulfillment, which the donor donates due to some purpose, is a  Rajas dana like if I pass the exam, I get a good job, I get a good salary, I win lottery will be my job.  That should become work, I should go abroad etc.

अदेशकाले यद्दानमपात्रेभ्यश्च दीयते। असत्कृतमवज्ञातं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम्‌॥
Tamasik dana is very dangerous , it is disgusting, in contrast to the above things, all the demerits are like this is not given by anyone looking at the country and time and the eligibility , and there is no truth in this donation nor merit.  If there is no any command in it, such donation is called Tamasi Daan. In which the donation which is given only for the evil of other and only by giving charity without taking into consideration dharma comes in this.

Couplets of Kabir ji

दान दिए धन ना घटे, नदी ने घटे नीर ।अपनी आँख देख लो, यों क्या कहे कबीर ॥
Kabir ji is saying that nothing decreasing by donating, it is like if the water drained from the river, everyone must donate.
तिन समान कोई और नहि, जो देते सुख दान I सबसे करते प्रेम सदा, औरन देते मान।
There is no man like that who gives happiness to others.  Those who always love and respect others.  Donation of happiness in any way to others is also a donation. Kabir has expanded the definition of charity.
जो जल बाढ़े नाव में, घर में बाढ़े दाम । दोऊ हाथ उलीचिये, यही सयानों काम ।।
Kabir ji is saying that as you are driving the boat and there are many holes in it and water starts increasing inside the boat, then when the wealth ,fame, prosperity in the house starts increasing, then use your two hands and hurry the boat.  Start draining the water from it and start donating the money that has come from your home, then peace will also begin to come. This is the work of wiseman.

 Rahim ji
देनहार कोई और है भेजत सो दिन रात I लोग भरम हम पै धरै याते नीचे नैन ।
Rahim ji says that even I donate, but God already donates the donations that I give and people think that I am giving donations, this is the grace of God, that's why my eyes bow down (  It was the specialty of Rahim ji that when he used to donate, he used to eyes bow down.)

Dharma

It has also been mentioned in the scriptures about donation that any person should give at least one-tenth of his earnings in charity if he brings ₹ 100 in his monthly salary, then at least to donate ₹ 10 .  Donating does not mean that you donate money only. Donation does not require any special status.
When does one experience eternal happiness?  When you leave your most beloved thing in the world for others.  What is that thing of the world?  Money.  People are very fond of money.  So let the money go, drain it.  Only then will you know that the more you let go, the more will come.
God has not made everyone the same… If someone on earth is rich then someone is poor… In such a way, whoever is capable, they must donate to the needy.

Donation has been given great importance in our place.  It is considered mandatory to spend a part of your income as donation.  Our forefathers had declared charity as an essential dharmik duty by associating unbreakable relationship with dharma.  There are big idols of charity in our literature and even today we are following the tradition of charity in some form or the other.  From the poor to the rich, everyone donates something according to their situation.  It is as if giving has become a part of our nature. But like other traditions, faults have also arisen in the tradition of charity.  Instead of misuse of donations, misuse has started increasing.  Behind the donation, the instinct of reverence, goodwill, sacrifice and good use should be replaced by many distortions.  Very few people know why to donate, who should donate, how to donate.  The lyricist explained the donation as saying-
दातव्यति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे।
देशे कालेच पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्विकं स्मृतं॥
यत्ततु प्रत्युपकारार्थं फलर्मुाद्दश्य वा पुनः।
दीयते च परिक्लिष्टं तद्दानं राजसं स्मृतम्॥
अदेशेकाले यद्दानमात्रेभ्यश्च दीयते।
असत्कृतमवज्ञातं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम्॥
"Donating is the duty of man, knowing that the donation which is given by taking care of the country, time, eligibility without any desire, is a sattvic donation."

 It is a rajsik donation given to fulfill any desire by receiving tribulation or feeling of revenge.

 The charity which is given without hospitality, without taking care of the country-time-eligibility , with neglect or contempt, is tamsik charity.

In the practically also, there are mainly three emotions behind the donation.  A donation is given to someone who is empowered as a scholar, ascetic public leader, philanthropist, scientist, artist etc.  In this, reverence is the main one. The second type of charity is given to the poor people without power, through compassion and kindness.  The third type of charity is given by the ego, to beat the donor of your charity, to buy fame, for some profit, to grow.
Now we can see what is the status of charity in our society?  The excellent nature of charity is becoming very extinct and in its place a flood of rajasic, tamasic donation has come and it is not able to become a part of society in the same way as the food given to the patient of diarrhea.  On the one hand, the cultivation of roses is going dry and on the other hand we are irrigating thorns, shrubs.  What irony prevails in the name of charity.  The truth is that there should be no feeling of donor behind charity.  It is a natural duty of life.  Kalidas has said.
“अदानं हि विसर्गाय सताँ वारिमुचामिच्ययते"
Just as clouds take water from the earth and then rain on the earth itself, similarly the gentleman renounces whatever he receives."  In society, we have collected, received from the world itself, then it has to be sacrificed for the society, for the world.  Donations are such a simple basis.  Then what is the right to say "I am donating.
In Vinoba's words, "Donation means not throwing away but sowing."  On the surface of society, charity is a type of farming.  What is given should mature and help in the progress, welfare, development of the society.  The body of society should be strengthened by charity, only then it is charity.  Otherwise, in the name of charity, you have to destroy your wealth, property and resources, waste them.
Its next part will be published tomorrow… which will be mainly based on the glory of Annadan.

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