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KASHYAP

He is universal metabolic principle 

 

Maharishi Kashyap is perhaps the most popular of the Saptarishis as varying derivatives of his name are found across the globe. 

Right from Perisian’s kasaf to Kashaf Rud in Turkmenistan and Polish kacap to Kashmir, every variation more or less links to the Sanskrit word Kashyap—means the hard-shelled tortoise.

Believe it or not, the rishi finds a prominent and reverential mention in the Buddhistic text Digha Nikay and Sikh’s Dassam Grandh as Kasyapa, Mahakasyapa and rishi Kashyapa respectively, besides his prominent place in the Rig Ved, Atharveda, Brihadaranyak Upanishad and the puranas.

 

Kashayp’s Kashmir links

According to various international scholars, Kashmir has been derived from the compound word Kashyapa + Mir, which means the lake of Kashyapa. Some link it to Kashyapa Meru, meaning the sacred mountains of Kashyapa. Ancient Greece texts mention the word Kasperia, discovered during the expedition of Alexander the Great. This is probably a distortion of KashyapaMir. Some Purana carry a legend in his name which means Kashyapa had washed the Kashmir valley to make it inhabitable, which is allegorically related to his exhaustive teachings whose gushing flow removed prevailing ignorance from the people’s mind and re-energised their life as evolved human beings. The place Multan, which is in Pakistan now, is a distortion of the Sanskrit term Moolasthan—simultaneously known as Kashyappura, as the river Kashyapa flows through the area. Some legends say that the rishis’ ashrama was located in Kashmir which was built after reclaiming the land from a vast sea. Kashas in Sanskrit means water and Mir, its limits, or the limit of the sea. 

 

What is the principle?

In all these legends and derivatives, the word Kashyap is closely related to two things — water and land. These two things are represented by the sea animal Kashyap or tortoise. Therefore, Kashyap has something to do with the water and the land principles. If we get hold of that principle, we will be able to relate everything and understand  the representation of the scientific principle by the rishi.  The land represents the stability or cessation of flow that is represented by the water.  The earth and water relationship in principle is that the earth limits the water and the water floods the earth. They are inseparable. The water represents the flow of energy and the earth represents the culmination of that energy. Kinetic energy converting into potential energy and potential energy converting back into kinetic energy is what is represented by rishi Kashyap in principle. Bhagwan Krishna defines Kashyap as adhiyagya in Chapter 8 of the Bhagwad Gita. अधियज्ञोऽहंमेवात्र देहे… I am the sustainer in the body.

 

His metabolic links

He represents a finer energy management in the universe and within the body. Definitely there is a scientific link to this phenomenon to the land of mountains, rivers and valleys—Kashmir. Kashas means water and Mir means the sea or the finality of the water or its limit, its culmination. Anything which flows finally collects into something. That place of collection is called Mir—the limit, the sea. The legend that says Kashyap drained the valley and removed the ignorance of the people directly points to this scientific principle of metabolism. Any student of physiology will know what I am trying to say. The flow of breath collects into the lungs and then is drained out, expelled, exhaled from the nostrils to regain more fresh air.  The flow of blood collects into the heart and then re-oxygenated and distributed throughout the system. What you eat or drink flows through a canal, collects into the stomach, sprayed with various chemicals, absorbed as refined energy, redistributed and the residual is thrown out. All this body metabolism is just the imitation of what is happening in our universe—the principal which the sun, the moon and the earth are bound in with. The sun heats up, the earth, mountains of snow flow into water streams, the water collects into the sea, goes up as clouds, bursts as rain and the natural metabolic cycle goes on to maintain our environment. You all know that.  Therefore, rishi Kashyap represents the principles of energy management which keeps us going. When you read various stories, legends and folklores about Kahsyap in this light, you will immediately get to the truth of it all.  The tortoise represents this principle equally. A part of his yearly cycle is spent swimming, a part in hibernating and a part basking in the sun on the land! This also represents the same metabolic process—swimming represents flow of energy, hibernation represents collection of that energy and sun basking, the shower of fresh energy, which keeps it going! If  you have mastered the principles of Kashyap then you will be as strong as a tortoise.   In the Atharvaveda, there are many allegorical references made to Kashyap, which primarily link him to the metabolism of the body in connection with the universe. 

 

Kashyap on himself

He says in the Mahabharata’s Anushasan Parva that kashya means body and the one who sustains it, maintains it is called Kashyap.  He is the principle which sustains the body. Now anything which represents three principles of energy—creation, maintenance and destruction, has a body. Whether it is the universe, the sun, the moon, the earth, the waterbodies, the animal kingdom, human colonies or your own body, all are bodies according to the principles of energy. Kashyap is the principle which maintains it all. That means he is the principle which keeps and sustains your body and your environment on the same principles. Yes, don’t be surprised when the scientists one day say the sun breathes, the sea breathes and the moon too breathes, the galaxies too are breathing, the entire cosmos is breathing. This will happen when we begin to see the subtle principles of breathing and not just the gross ones—inhaling and exhaling. 

 

कुलं कुलं च कुवम: कुवम: कश्यपो द्विज:।

काश्य: काशनिकाशत्वादेतन्मे नाम धारय॥

Kashayap says about himself, “I protect every body by residing it as a principle of maintenance, that is why I am called Kashyap. The sun represents my principle which makes rain happen on the earth, that is why I am called kuvamah. Ku means ‘on the earth’ vamah means showers That together is called kuvamah, the principle of universal metabolism! My colour is like that of the flower of Kash (sun bright flower), that too is the reason why I am called Kashyap.” In the last definition, Kashyap defines himself as the principle of sunlight, which doesn’t have a discernible colour or form, but which inspires and shines everything it falls upon. The same way the energy principle is. It shines up the one who follows it. Basically, the word kash in Sanskrit means anything that flows, stays and repeats afresh. It is water, it is light, it is air and it is the vibration, the sound that echoes (comes back) 

 

Kahsyap and green

Wherever there is flow, there must be friction and wherever there is friction, there must be fire and wherever there is fire, there must be light and smoke! When the smoke and soot from fire deposits in any body system, it is toxic and anti-metabolic. This toxin is called kashmal (kash + mal) in Sanskrit, meaning the toxic residual of friction! The kashyap principle aims at removing this kashmal and ensure the flow of energy in the body and outside it in the atmosphere. By this definition, Kashmir is a place where you naturally get rid of your toxins.

Environmentalists say humans are polluting the atmosphere. They are wrong. The humans are polluted first. they just extend that pollution outside. Therefore, the real green revolution will come only when we follow the Kashyap principle within the body and without it!

 

Vivek Sharma

 

Jamadagni

He is the principle of real martial arts!

Jamadagni is the father of famous Rishi warrior Parashuram—his youngest and obedient son, who never said no to his father’s command even if it meant killing his own mother. Exactly, this is what Parashuram did when commanded by his father while others refused to do so.

 

Jamadagni, one of the Saptarishis, means “the all consuming fire”. Jam comes from the Sanskrit verb form jamati, which means “to eat” and agni, means, the fire, the energy. Therefore, Jamadangi together represents “the fire which eats all”. There are many types of fire— energy. They are essentially (1) Which creates, (2) which maintains (3) which destroys.  Jamadangi represents the latter type, which stands for samhaar (destruction). However, it is not just physical killing, it means killing the negativity. What is negativity, even a good in excess becomes negativity. Therefore, the fire which eats up what is excess or what does excesses is called Jamadagni. All beings, right from the Sun, the moon and other brilliant ones, sustain themselves through this energy of “killing and digesting the excess. The sun rays kill certain anti-creation microbes with the help of Jamadagni. The same way the moon and other brilliant ones do. This energy  applies to both spiritual and the physical. In the sphere of the spirit, this energy removes all obstructions in the way to realisation and in the physical sphere, it represents the fire which reestablishes the rule of law by destroying the unruly.   That is why Jamadagni as a principle is shown as an avatar of Lord Shiva and his son Prarashuram, the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Avatar here means manifestation of that principle. Jamadagni manifests the principle of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction for reconstruction and Jamadagni’s son Parashuram that of Vishnu, who creates, maintains and destroys. Now what is the difference between the two principles? None. But, there is some. The fire which destroys in one go is called Jamadagni— the principle comes into force when excesses have crossed the limit despite repeat rebalancing by Lord Vishnu principle. Lord Shiva does it in one go—the final destruction, whereas Lord Vishnu as a principle comes into force again and again to reset the balance. One represents the absolute principle and the other harmonic principle. But, both have the same purpose. They are not different. It is that when the Vishnu principles is enforced absolutely, you see Shiva in action and when you see Shiva principle enforced in relativity, you see Lord Vishnu principle in action. It all is need based.

 

Martial arts and Jamadagni

 

He was the son of sage Richika and Satyavati. He acquired intuitive knowledge of the Vedas and that of martial arts himself, specially the science of weaponry and related postures. His famous discourse on the art of weaponry and physical postures and exercises with breath control was mentioned in Aushanas Dhaunrveda, which was destroyed by invaders and partly got translated into French and English. But, it is just a part. It is said that Maharishi Jamadagni had taken the martial arts to the divine levels of psychic warfare, which involved real psychokinesis and creation of electric forcefield around oneself to debilitate the enemy and his weapons. The entire science based on the use of fire power within and without in harmony. According to one of the references, Devatas learned the art of weaponry through Jamadagni’s science, which had explored in details how inner and outer energies could be used to ward off evil and enemy attacks. He had even contributed his forcefield mechanics to the science of Vimanas, which were self-sustained by the forcefield, without use of any source of power or fuel to drive them. The forcefield worked both ways —-as the energiser and as a defence shield. The mechanism was such that it will consume all objects hitting it into energy and assimilate it into its field—therefore, the field increased with each attack!

 

Buddha, Shaolin, Jamadagni

 

In the Buddhist Vinay Pitaka section of the Mahavagga (I.245) the Buddha pays respect to Jamadagni by declaring that the Vedas in their true form were revealed to the original Vedic rishis, including Jamadagni. However, it was revealed later that Buddha performed fire worship with the help of Jamadagni and learnt the principles of martial arts through his intuitive grace. However, Buddha shared only  a few principles with a few and kept the basics for the masses. Much later,  Bodhidharma, from Chennai, was an expert in the marital arts and all its spiritual and physical dimensions. He could move all the elements at his command through the Jamadagni science. He, renounced his kingdom, and went to China, where he spread part of the knowledge to enable weak Chinese to fight criminals and defend themselves. He laid down the principle of fire to them and established a monastery called shaolin (which comes from the Sanskrit word Shaleen, discipline of fire to enforce peace). The science borrowed its vitals from the fire, which remains calm and pointing upwards even while burning and only consumes with a sound whatever comes into its sphere. This is the basis of energy discipline.

 

Jamadagni principle

 

Jamadagni married the daughter of King Prasenjit, of the solar dynasty, named Renuka. The couple had five sons Vasu, Viswa Vasu, Brihudyanu, Brutwakanwa and Rambhadra, later known as Parashuram. Renuka was very chaste and never for a moment thought of another man, like a burning flame pointing skyward. She would collect water from a river in an unbaked pitcher as her aflame devotion to husband would keep the pitcher together. However, one day, a Gandharva passed over her in the sky. She thought of him for a moment and the pitcher dissolve into the water. She was depressed and felt impure. Her flame of devotion  flickered and dissipated. Jamadagni saw the entire incident in meditation after Renuka didn’t return. He commanded his sons one by one to behead their mother for her one-moment deviation. But, none agreed and they all turned into cold, fireless stone statues. Finally, he asked Parashuram to carry out his word. He did so. Jamadagni was happy and asked him for a boon. Parashuram asked him to revive his mother and brothers. Jamadagni happily granted his wish and later taught him the secret science of weaponry. Jamadagni said the fire should always point upwards and never downwards. Those who know this know everything—they are the formidable ones. Parashuram later represented his father. Karna deceitfully learnt the martial arts from him. But, he failed him when it was time to use the special techniques against Arjuna, as he lied to Parashuram. Parashuram said those who seek knowledge through lies and deceit can never use it at the right time. This again is the law of the fire—if you don’t have the dry fuel, the fire dies out! Dry fuel represents dry, naked truth. If you put wet fuel, it will smoke, make a lot of sound and the fire will die down right when you need it most! Think!

What Jamadagni says about himself is very authentic and proves everything we have discussed so far.

 

जाजमद्यजजानेऽहं जिजाहीह जिजायिषि।

जमदग्निरिति ख्यातस्ततो मां विद्धि शोभने॥

O beautiful lady! I am born of the all consuming fire. I am the fire, which expresses as overpowering passion in the kings and overpowering intent among the rishis and devatas. All the brilliant ones bear me as all consuming fire—which defends and offends at the same time. In short, therefore, I am known all around as Jamadagni, the all eating fire!

It is said that the rishis of the yore burnt their bodies in their own fire after Self-realisation and the common man in the funeral pyre. The fire which burns all the bodies down in the spiritual and physical spheres is called Jamadagni! Very essential and purifying force in the universe, without which the universe can’t remain even for a second. In the Gita, Chapter 10, Krishna says, “ मृत्यु: सर्वहरश्चाऽहं " I am the all consuming death. Here Krishna refers to the Jamadagni principle. Does it mean death then? No. It means the fire which converts everything to itself, which assimilates everything within. Think!

 

 

 Next : Who is Kashyap?

 
Vivek Sharma

Atri

Rise in energy = rise in intelligence

He is the youngest of the Saptarishis. He is like the fire which dispels darkness,  ignites intelligence and saves one from Intelligent Energy’s three umblical knots—knowledge (Sat), passion (Raj) and inertia (Tam).
 
How is knowledge a knot? 
 
The desire to know keeps you tied to the object of knowledge in Intelligent Energy. But, the object of life is to cut off the three knots and remain in the lap of the Intelligent Energy like a suckling and gradually growing up into one’s universal dimension. A + tri—a means negation and tri means the triplet. The triplet is the sat, raj and tam ties of Mother Nature. Therefore, Atri means the saviour who removes the three knots and sets you free. 
 
What Atri says about himself is very significant. He says-- 
 
अरात्रिरत्रि: सा रात्रिर्यो नाधीते त्रिरद्य वै।
अरात्रिरात्रिरित्येव नाम मे विद्धि शोभने॥
 
“The one who sets one free from the triple bondage of nature is called Aratri and the one who saves you from death is called Atri. This way I am Aratri and hence am Atri, O beautiful lady!”
 
But, we have to understand first what Ratri is. Ratri, where three vibratory currents of nature pour into a resting time. That means where all activities are at rest. At the body level these currents rest in sleep, called Mrityuh—death. At mental level, it is called temporary sleep. At the spiritual level, it is called Samadhi. However, the difference is evident in the three. In the first, there is absence of life, in the second, there is  partial absence of outward consciousness, in the third there is complete absence of outward and inward consciousness and presence of superconsciousness. Atri says going beyond the three is what he really accomplishes. The question arises is there any state beyond superconsciousness? Yes, that is All Consciousness. You call it God. I call it Intelligent Energy. There are three kinds of nights one realises. Tamsic is called death. Rajasic is called sleep. Sattvik is called superconsciousness. But, Aratri means going beyond superconsciousness into All Consciousness. Even Ramkrishna Parmahamsa once told Swami Vivekananda that Samadhi is the beginning of the life of spirituality. 
 
His Vedic Contribution
 
The fifth Rigved Mandal is his creation. His major focus has been on how to harness the Intelligent Energy within and without in order to raise the level of human quality within and in society. What is blocking the progress and perception is the night of ignorance. The night of three kinds as discussed above. It can only be possible if you kindle the energy within you and raise it to the infinite dimension--leaving all three sleeps behind. If one is able to do it then this energy will work for him like the wish-fulfilling cow. He makes it clear that this makes man radiate that energy all around. Such a person is recognised all over and becomes the beacon for others.
These aspects have been beautifully depicted in the mantras 1, 3,  4 and 5. He even says the ones who use the energy the right way are like the blazing sun in the day. They are called vidwan-- the intelligent ones. And on the contrary, the ones who do not, are like the night and are called avidwan. Atri proves beyond doubt that harnessing energy the right way makes you all intelligent and powerful like the sun, whereas the ones who don’t, only remain in the darkness of night. Atri also makes it clear that spirituality is the science of harnessing Intelligent Energy. And the one who does it does good to all as does the sun.
 
अबोध्याग्नि: समिधा जनानां मति धेनुमिवायतीमुषासम्।
यह्वा इव प्र वयामुज्जिहाना: प्र भानव: सिस्त्रते नाकमच्छ॥
 
O Intelligent Energy!  As you manifest in the firewood and light up the area all round, rise in men like the tree rises leaving the seed above into the sky, growing all around in various branches. The same way you rise up the spine and assume your infinite dimension, become a wishfulfilling cow for all!
 
Naakam means the space without sorrow. Ujjihahanah, means moving up leaving all ties of sorrow. What will happen then? Ushasam, you will reach the dimension as that of the morning light,  after breaking the spell of darkness!
 He defines it in the next mantra  the purpose of this rise is to leave the avidya, darkness of ignorance forever. He says those who rise up like the fire rises in the firewood, they alone get rid of the darkness of ignorance and glow with the brilliance of that energy, radiating it all around them.
 
 
 
Atri clearly establishes the fact that the more the channelised energy, the more the light and less the ignorance. Rise in energy is rise in intelligence. Therefore, the aim is to realise the Intelligent Energy. 
 
In the mantra 7 of the same Mandal, Atri shows the way as to how to harness the energy and what that does. He says the realised souls can rightly harness the energy from the food grain (digestion, Namobhih, through dilution, digestion), by following the process of reaching the essence (assimilation:  ritena), by following the procedures of milk-curd-butter-ghee (conversion, Ghritena). Such people are intelligent ones as they know how to harness the energy everywhere—within and without. 
 
Energy can be extracted from food grain through the process of dilution and digestion. Energy can be extracted by breaking down things to their essence and assimilating the essence. Energy can be harnessed by converting milk into curd, curd into butter and butter into ghee. In the mantra all the processes of extraction of energy for the benefit outside and inside have been detailed. It is a matter of research. But, we are following the processes in the crudest form already. We cut, break and boil things till they digest and release energy. We peel of the skin, throw away the seeds and extract the juice through the process of ritena. We convert energy from milk to curd to butter to ghee. The same processes will apply even in harnessing the energy in the atom. Think!
 

 

Next : Who is Jamadagni?
 
Vivek Sharma

 

 

Vasistha

You are a spiritual dynamo, manifest the electricity within

 

It is said if you don’t know Brahmarishi Vasistha, one of the seven sages, you cannot understand the science of spirituality. Vasistha practised what he preached and became the guru of Vishwamitra and Lord Ram. 

His contribution to the Vedic thought has been immense as he could harmonise the opposing approaches of various spiritual paths by researching, practising and identifying the intrinsic unity among them. His contribution has been as indispensable as that of Ramkrishna Paramhansa, who harmonised all paths to God by highlighting the intrinsic unity among them.  According to the Vedic-Puranic thought, the power which seeks to harmonise diversity to their inherent unity is called Vishnu—the unifier! By that definition, Brahmarishi Vasistha can be said to have the Vishnu spark!  

And rightly so, he was the first Maharishi who talked about the unity of thought as advait. He is the one who brought to the fore the scientific and liveable spirituality, which was rephrased by Swami Vivekananda, whom his guru called the avatar of one of the seven sages, as practical Vedanta.

 

His contribution 

Yogvaasishtha, Vasishtha Dharmasutra, Yogasutra are some of the great works of the Brahmarishi, whose wife Arundhati too exhibited high spiritual ideas. Agni Puran and Vishnu puran too are attributed to his brilliance. His discourse with Ram has been recorded as Yogavasistha, which is considered to be the highest spiritual science of Vedanta.  However, Mandal 7 of the Rigveda is his great work. But, what his name really signifies. What can be a better explanation but himself.

He says: 

वसिष्ठोऽस्मि वरिष्ठोऽस्मि वसे वासगृहेष्वपि।

वसिष्ठत्वाश्च वासाच्च वसिष्ट इति विद्धि माम्॥

I am Vasishta. I am called the senior most as I am the greatest of all. In the body complex, take me as, the giver of all the wealth and fame ( potential and expressed energies). That means he is the energy channeliser. Guru alone has this job. Guru also means what's hidden and profound.

Vasishtha also means the hidden one who lives in perfect loving harmony with the universe. The person, who has attained this harmony, alone can harmonise the diverse streams to their unity. Varishtha ( इष्टभावेन् सह यो वरणीयम् सो वरिष्ठम् ) means the one who has to be followed with love and reverence is called Varishtha. If you follow harmony with love, you too reach the same destination. But, love is impossible without the knowledge of the object of love—may that knowledge  be intuitive or expressive. Therefore, right knowledge alone can evoke right love in you. If you try to know the Creator, you will first have knowledge about Him and then will have love for Him. The more you know Him, the more you love Him. The Gopis first knew Krishna and then they loved Him more than themselves! Knowing doesn’t mean you know about somebody like an object or like cramming a book. It means know whatever you can and love what you know of Him. That love is called Bhakti. That is the reason, you will find a fusion of supreme knowledge, supreme love and supreme science in Brahmarishi Vasistha’s approach. Look how he taught Vishwamitra with love, dispassion and supreme wisdom (already discussed in the earlier blog). Vishwamitra had no option but to accept Vasistha as his guru. He received the Brahamarishihood from Vasistha and not from Brahma, the Creator. That is what he told Brahma.

Therefore, the definition of Vasistha is “The one who lives in loving harmony with the universe and is worth following as one follows the senior most by adopting right knowledge, expressing right love and practising right science  in perfect harmony is on the way to becoming a Vasistha.

 

Supremacy of Vasistha

Brahmarishi Vasistha was the first great sage who declared the unity of the world and the Creator. He didn’t say, like some great scholars wearing robes still say, the world is false and God is real. Vasistha told Ram that it appears false, but it is not. Because, the same Creator is continuously present in everything. All forms appear different  and divided on the surface. But, they are like the waves in the sea. The waves assume a form and are made up of the sea water, but appear different so do all the created things look different in the sea of Consciousness. Yes, you can say the wave is a manifestation of a force of the sea—it has a direction and hence is a palpable reality, which stays for sometime and then merges back into the sea. It rises now and falls then, but it remains the same stuff through out. This is called practical Vedanta. All the divisions that you see are forced out bubbles of the water of life, nothing else!  

What great ideas! Even negative energy is nothing but the expression of the same Energy and cannot be rejected as bad. The division is apparent, not inherent! This is the greatest harmony idea which beats throughout Varishtha's philosophy. Whatever he says is not different from what Krishna says in the Gita. In Chapter 11, God is shown as a harmonic unity of the Asuras and the Suras, the negative and the positive entities. All of them are seen merging into God. This only shows that negativity and positivity are apparent, not inherent.

 

 

Scientific spirit of Vasishta 

In the Rigveda, Mandal 7, Mantra 1, Brahmarishi Vasishtha lays down a scientific approach to spirituality.  He says--

अग्नि नरो दीधितिभिररण्योर्हस्तच्युती जनयन्त प्रशस्तम्। दूरेदृशं गृहपतिमर्थयुम्॥ 

“ The fire is created by constantly  rubbing two stones or pieces of wood, or hands against each other. It lights up the area  far and wide by creating electric pathways (vidyut). The same way the Energy Resident of the body should be expressed all around.

 Now the words used in the mantra are condensed with multiple interlinks, which shows the standard of Vasistha’s scientific perception. Deedhittibhih, means which emanates like rays of electricity and spreads all around electrifying every particle in the way. What he is trying to say is the goal of practical spirituality is manifestation of the Energy within outside like rays of electricity. This is the goal of every spiritual person—not to be a weakling but to stand up and manifest the Intelligent Energy all around. How? Through repeated efforts. Like what? Like you rub your hands together or rub fire stones together and the fire flames forth. As the Intelligent Energy resides in the stone, wood or hand, it does reside in you the same way. All you have to do is to become  a good conductor through constant frictional process. What is this frictional process? Abhyas, constant practice of what you are doing. Therefore, constancy of effort is the friction which evokes the Intelligent Energy within you. Once it is evoked, it expresses itself like the fire does. How? through vidyut—making electric pathways. As the fire depends upon your frictional capacity so would Intelligent Energy express through you. A 40 Watt bulb cannot burn like 10000 Watt bulb! Therefore, if you keep improving the human content then you will express the energy more and more! Here in the mantra, Vasistha has established that Intelligent Energy is like electricity —it can energise particles of all kinds with its power. In the next mantra, he says: 

तमग्निमस्ते वसवो न्यृण्वन्त्सुप्रतिचक्षमवसे कुतश्चित्। दक्षाय्यो यो दम आस नित्य:॥

The Intelligent Energy is already present in everybody. It is working out through the senses and running out towards the objects of senses and discharging itself. However, Dakshshayyo, the expert ones contain it within themselves as a dam contains water through dam (sense control). Therefore, one should conserve the energy and use it for self-manifestation. Through this alone one experiences various uses of this energy.

 

What it all means?

Vasishtha says Intelligent Energy stays in everybody. Manifesting it to the fullest, like the fire is the goal of human beings, the electric power of this Energy can be used for practical purposes—material and spiritual both. He also indicates that the same Energy is wastefully radiating through all through the senses. A man is a source. He should use it to experience and see under its light the reality—which is nothing but interplay of this Intelligent Energy. Once you know, you can manipulate things positively. But, only an expert can do it. Buddha manifested this energy. Christ too manifested it. Swami Vivekananda once said he could light a gas stove from many feet by emitting  this electricity through his finger. This is not to show off power. This is as natural as the light is with the sun. Chinese call it Chee. Many of them have been using it for good purposes--mostly in healing.

Manifestation of the divinity within is what practical vedanta is all about. The world must bow to Brahmarishi Vasishtha for giving it the electricity. The concept has been used to generate power--by converting the mechanical energy into electrical energy. Vashishtha says your body already has the dynamo mechanism. Just keep a good intent and manifest it,  as the sun cannot ever be dark and yet shed light. The same way dark minds cannot use this energy. If they try, first it will burn down the darkness of their mind through the friction-to-fire-to-electricity law!  The dark coal first burns  itself up and then sheds light. Therefore, there is no way the electricity can ever be used by the indisciplined, dark and inert minds! Think!

 

 Vivek Sharma

 

Next : Who is Atri?

 

 

Vishwamitra

One who emerges stronger after each failure is Vishwamitra

He is the king by birth of the Kushik dynasty who later forces the Creator to grant him Brahmarishi-hood through his austerities. This is Vishwamitra in a nutshell. He is one of the saptarishis (the seven sages), who carry special powers of the Almighty 
Brahmarishi-hood is the highest order of the rishis, even higher than the gods. They are God’s special agents and help God during His incarnations to achieve His goals! Vishwamitra helped Bhagwan Ram in His mission to eradicate demons. Vishwamitra alone got Ram all the rare weapons He needed to carry out His job.
 
 
His brilliant rise
As a king, Vishwamitra once strays into  Maharishi Vashishtha’s ashrama with his army. He is overwhelmed by Vashishtha’s welcome. But, he notices that the Maharishi has a wish-giving cow—Kamdhenu—who materialises everything Vashishtha desires. Even the divine meals they had at his ashrama along with his army were materialised by Kamdhenu. While leaving the ashrama, he asks Maharishi to give him the cow in exchange of anything he wishes. He gives Vashshistha many allurements. But, the Maharishi is not affected and humbly requests Vishwamitra that his spiritual, material and welfare actions all depend on the cow. Therefore, he cannot part with the Shabala (Kamdhenu) at any cost. Vishwamitra gets very angry. He orders confiscation of the cow in order to make her the part of his royal assets. However, the cow breaks free and returns to the Maharishi and asks him to command her to decimate the king along with his army and she will do it.  She says the king has the power of a warrior, but Vashishtha has unmatched energy and power to rob the king of his might. Vashsishtha gives her the command and Kamdhenu creates armies after armies which decimate the king’s entire army. Defeated and humiliated, Vishwamitra then hands over his kingdom to his son and enters the woods with his wife for austerities. 
 
Shiva’s boon
Pleased with his austerities, Lord Shiva asks him as to ask for what he wishes. Vishwamitra says,  
यानि देवेषु चास्त्राणि दानवेषु महर्षिषु।
 गन्धर्वयक्षरक्ष:सु प्रतिभान्तु ममानघ॥
“Inspire me with the powers and weapons of all the gods, demons, maharishis, demigods.” Lord Shiva grants his wish and Vishwamitra then goes straight to Maharishi Vashishtha’s ashrama and attacks him with his weapons. But, the Maharishi neutralises even the Brahamastra (the highest weapon capable of destroying the entire universe) with his staff. Vishwamistra is defeated again, but he realises that his powers like a warrior are no good before the powers of a Brahmarishi. He now engages himself in greater austerities to attain the Brahmarishi-hood.
His realisation is remarkable. He says:
धिग् बलं क्षत्रियबलं ब्रह्मतेजोबलं बलं।
एकेन ब्रह्मदण्डेन सर्वास्त्राणि हतानि मे॥
Useless is the power of the warrior race before the fiery power of the pure and intelligent. Vashishtha neutralised all my weapons only by his one staff.
 
More austerities
He decides to perform austerities which evoke in him the fiery power of pure intelligence. He goes to the south and engages in his tapasya. Eventually, gains the status of a Rajarishi. But he is not satisfied, as the power of Maharishi Vashishtha had left a deep impression on his mind. During this time, king Trishanku approaches him and tells him how his sons of Rishi Mahoday and  Vashishtha made fun of his wish to enter the heaven with his body. They even cursed him with an unfit body.  Vishwamitra invites all the rishis and gods to his great yagya. But, the sons of Mahodya and Vashsishta refuse to attend it and even use words of humiliation against Vishwamitra. This enrages Vishwamitra and he burns them down with his austere blaze. Despite great opposition and lack of support, Vishwamitra sends Trishanku with his body heavenward. But, the king of heaven Indra forces him with his power to stay out. The king cries for help and Vishwamitra creates another galaxy, heaven, stars and saptarishis for him. Vishwamitra gets back to his own austerities again. But, Indra sends divine damsel Maneka to wean him away. Vishwamitra begets Shakuntala from her, who later becomes the mother of King Bharat, the ancestors of Arjuna. He rejoins his austerities, but Indra plays tricks again and sends another divine damsel Rambha. However, she says she fears Vishwamitra as Shakuntala feared for his all-consuming blazing brilliance. Indra and lord of love accompany her to assist her. But, Vishwamitra is conscious this time and curses Rambha into a stone. Seeing his blazing anger, Indra and lord of love scoot away to safety. Later, the Lord of Creation appears before him but refuses to grant him the Brahmarishi-hood, saying he still hasn’t overcome lust and anger. Meanwhile, Vishwamitra keeps changing his place of austerities. After south, he goes west and from west, he goes to north now. There he performs great austerities, refuses to speak, refuses to breathe. The spiritual heat within him produces fire in his head and people could see blazing smoke coming out of his head. The entire cosmos feels the heat of his austerity. The sea begins to dry up, the mountains begin to split and crumble, the flaming brilliance of Vishwamitra dims the sun. It seems that the entire universe will soon be consumed in Vishwamitra’s fire. The gods run to Brahma for help and ask him to grant Brahmarishi-hood, after they fail to move him by allurements and provoking him to anger.
 
The blazing brilliance
The lord of creation and all the gods then rush to Vishwamitra and in a pleasing voice call him Brahmrishi! They grant him the status. But, Vishwamitra says he will accept this from Maharishi Vashishtha alone. Vashishtha does it with a blissful smile and compassionate eyes. But, before that, Vishwamitra asks the Creator if He has granted him the Brahmarishi-hood then Omkaar, Vashatkaar and the Vedas should bear his fiery brilliance. The boon is granted. This is how Brahamrishi Vishwamitra enters the Vedic power as Gayatri mantra. Omakaar and Vashatkaar denote Vedic and Tantric forms of Gayatri. He is also known as the Rishi of Gayatri mantra—the won who created this mantra.   
Brahmarishi Vishwamitra defines himself aptly to Yatudhani, a demoness.
He says: 
विश्वे देवाश्च मे मित्रं मित्रमस्मि गवां तथा।
विश्वामित्रमिति ख्यातं यातुधानि निबोध माम्॥
Apart from the common meaning, It profoundly means: “Brilliance of all the beings in the three worlds (Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is my brilliance. I am the brilliance of the sun, the moon, the earth, the stars, the galaxies, the space and all the related beings and non-beings. Yatudhani that is why I am famous as Vishwamitra.
In Valmikeeya Ramayan, he is described as: 
विश्वामित्रोव महामुनि: वाक्यज्ञो वाक्यकोविदम्।
Vishwamitra is a great man in depth who is an expert in the science of word sequencing and how to make them convey  the intent. The two qualities not only refer to an expert grammarian but also to the creator of mantras—arranging sound words for a desired effect. This is part of the mantra shastra—the science of mantras. At one place, he is called
विश्वामित्रं महर्षिमपराजितम् 
The indefatigable Maharishi.
In other place, he is described as
अचिन्त्यकर्मा तपसा ब्रह्मऋषि: अमितप्रभ:
विश्वामित्रो महातेजा वेद्म्येनं परमां गतिम्
 The deeds of Vishwamitra are too deep to understand. Through great austerity he attained the Brhamarishi status. His brilliance is infinite. His energy is like great blaze. I know him. He is the supreme protection. 
In the Balkand, the son of Ahalya and Gautam tells Lord Ram how privileged is He (Ram) to have Vishwamitra on his side.
 
नास्ति धन्यतरो राम त्वत्तोऽन्यो भुवि कश्चन।
गोप्ता कुशिकपुत्रस्ते येन तप्तं महत्तप:
Oh Ram ! There is none luckier than you on the earth as Kushik's son Vishwamitra, who is aflame with the great spiritual fire through austerity, is your secret guide and guard.
 
The real import
There is a great relationship between  Vashishtha and Vishwamitra. Vashishitha shows Vishwamitra the Kamdhenu on purpose. Kamdhenu drives Vishwamitra king to become a rishi and aspire for attaining what Vashishtha has. In fact, the battle is allegorical. It signifies how a guru battles out his disciple’s wrong flights and directly or indirectly guides and grooms him into an evolved personality. Kamdhenu is a wish-fulfilling cow. This shows that a rishi should have this power but shouldn’t try to acquire from others. Instead, he should find the Kamdhenu within (this is great spiritual fact, which we will take up some other time). The guru also teaches the same way that the animal force is nothing compared to the spiritual might. That is why Vashishtha with his one staff neutralises all the weapons, including the Brahmastra, of Vishwamitra. Vishwamitra realises in the end that how Vashishtha had been helping him grow. That is why he prefers to take the honour of achieving the Brahmarishi-hood from Vashishtha even if the Creator grants him this. This is what a guru can do. He can turn his disciple into a Vishwamitra. Bhagwan Ramkrishna Paramhamsa had done the same with Swami Vivekananda, which the latter acknowledged during his speeches on the foreign land. He would often say. The import is, “I  naggingly argued with my guru, I fought with him and even called him a brainsick baby. But, look what my life has turned into—I am only learning what I argued against  him. It is his grace, he has turned a Narendra into Swami Vivekananda…I am nothing, nothing, nothing…my guru is everything. Had he touched a doll of sand, it would have turned into Swami Vivekananda.”  Ramkrishna Paramahamsa even called him one of the Saptarishis during his discourses.
But, what is remarkable to learn from Brahmarishi Vishwamitra is his will to achieve and realise his ideal. There have been many divine and jealous obstructions in his way. He got distracted. But, resumed his course with a greater zeal and finally succeeded. How Brahmarishi Vashishtha is Vishwamitra's guru? Vashishtha himself declares it in a shloka, while answering the demoness. He says: 
वसिष्ठोऽस्मि वरिष्ठोऽस्मि वसे वासगृहेष्वपि।
वसिष्ठत्वाश्च वासाच्च वसिष्ट इति विद्धि माम्॥
I am Vasishta. I am called senior as I am the greatest of all. In the body complex, take me as, the giver of all the wealth and fame ( potential and expressed energies). That means he is the energy channeliser. Guru alone has this job. Guru also means what's hidden and profound.
Takeaway: Kindle the will of Brahmarishi Vishwamitra and achieve your goals. Defeats don’t matter. What matters is your sincerity to achieve the goal. Fall million times, but rise once again and rejoin your endeavour with more vigour. The life of this Brahmarishi shows that failures don’t count as after each setback, he gained more power and then he didn’t even care what the result would be. His brain was all fire, which the universe couldn’t hold. He was unmoved. The gods got worried and granted him what he wanted. But, look what he did. He asked them to ask his guru Vashishtha to grant him the honour. Because, he owed his achievement to him alone. The world needs more Vishwamitras today. Make Vishwamitra like efforts and force Nature to give what you want.
 
Vivek Sharma
Next : Who is Brahmarishi Vashishtha?
 

 

SHAKUNTALA

Shakuntala, the voice of modern men and women

Shakuntala is the first sane voice to awake women to womanhood and gives out a lioness’ roar right in the court of King Dushyant. 
An ideal woman is the one who carries out various roles with dignity and an ideal man is the one who accepts her as an equal half and realises and respects her dignity, she says and brings Dushayant back to his senses! Shankuntala speaks for woman, without underscoring the role of men, and revealing at the same time her rare insight into a man’s psyche.  No wonder, she carries the charm of her Maneka and brains of might Vishramitra! The two strains make Shakuntala unconquerable!
 
 Dushyant has been a great, mighty and law-enforcing king. But, it is Shakuntala who drags him to the right path and makes him accept  the ideal of womanhood that she is and their own son. Had it not happened, Bharat, the land we live in, wouldn’t have come into existence and with that the culture, science of religion and prosperity. 
 
What she says
Shakuntala is relevant today across the length and breath of all religions, castes and groups. And if you look around, she is rising again in every household with dignity and power.
 
She says a woman is a wife if she is  expert in household management, well-versed in logic and reasoning, an inspiration for  husband and becomes the intent of husband—whatever he does should do for her and with her consent. 
 
Shakuntala directly puts forward the ideal of womanhood and indirectly that of manhood in a few dialogues. She says unless a girl inculcates certain qualities in her, she cannot be a wife. An ideal wife alone can be an ideal woman. Once she is a wife, she partners half of man’s life and vice versa. That means man too has to bear 50% responsibilities with her.  But, how is it relevant in the modern context? How is it relevant for every woman across all castes, creeds and groups? What in case of a working woman?
 
Well, all these questions have been answered by Shakuntala in a few shlokas, in which she not only gives a foundation of womanhood but also blows the myth that a woman is just a slave in the house and has to serve men and the family. But, what she highlights is that woman is a different entity altogether, whom Nature has assigned a role to play an active, interactive and executive part of man’s life through which man is known as man. In fact, she becomes the very will of man if the man awakes her  in himself, recognises and respects her. All that a man has to do is respect her in his own body if he wants to achieve full manhood. Many such subtle psychophysiological aspects have been discussed by Shakuntala in the court of Dushyant. Dushyant represents a man, who is charmed by Shakuntala and vows to give her everything and then he forgets and negates her.  This is the basic nature of man. Man’s problem is that he wants all the kingdom for himself. His ego doesn’t allow him in the presence of court (his own senses), the importance of woman.  He criticises all women, humiliates Shakuntala, her mother and father Maneka and Vishwamitra.  This is what man does in every household in varying degrees. He tries to deny the truth—-that woman is his equal half and this attitude becomes the cause of all problems. 
 
Bharat’s legacy
But, unlike all man, Dushyant acknowledges that he is on a wrong footing and gives due respect to Shakuntala and their son. What happens then? The proof of their natural union—Bharat—rules the world and establishes the legacy of his parents’ ideal relationship. Wherever women are respected as an equal, there prosperity, welfare and right reason prevail. Today, whatever feminists are fighting for is that only. But, they too will have to accept the ideal of Shakuntala and follow that tooth and nail to earn their right place in man’s life, home and society.
What Shakuntala expects from woman and what she wants them to develop in their personality before claiming their right.
She says:
 
सा भार्या या गृहे दक्षा सा भार्या या प्रज्ञावती।
 सा भार्या या पतिप्रणा सा भार्या या पतिव्रता।।
It means —-A wife is an expert household manager. But, she can be that only if she has the power of using her reason, intellect and will. A wife can have this power only if she becomes the inspiration of husband. Well, she can only become the inspiration of husband if she knows what her husband wants —when she knows what husband wants, she becomes his will. Therefore, an ideal wife is the will of man. 
It is a complete takeover formula for wives! But, it does require the necessity qualities. Now there is a message for men too. A man should look for a wife who has these qualities.
 
Why should man and woman focus on this qualities? Because with these qualities, woman takes over half of man’s life and then both become two halves of a circle. Like you cannot make out which half is who, the same way both move on in imperceptible union.
 
Man, woman are equal
When she is half of man, man is half of her. When she is his best friend, he too is her best friend. What happens then? Their life prospers in right ideas, right 
means and right enjoyment. Both become the cause of each others’ happiness. Since half of the body is female and half male, both become the cause of crossing the turbulence of life together.  That is why Shakuntala says:
 
अर्धं भार्या मनुष्यस्य भार्या श्रेष्ठतम: सखा।
भार्या मूलं त्रिवर्गस्य भार्या मूलं तरिष्यत:॥
It means —Wife is man’s half and the best friend. With her help, man can get three factors in life—dharma, arth and kaam (principles, meaningful prosperity  and rightful enjoyment). Not only this, those who aspire to cross the three-dimensional world, they too do it with the help for a wife. Since wife is half of man and man half of his wife, the same applies to him in respect to her. Not only this, Shakuntala establishes in the court of Dushyant that —-
 
भार्यावन्त: क्रियावन्त: सभार्या गृहमेधिन:।
भार्यावन्त: प्रमोदन्ते भार्यावन्त: श्रियान्विता:॥
It means—A man with a wife (and vice versa),  remains active and efficient—he engages in several creative activities). Such man alone is a perfect householder. With wife, man enjoys and with wife alone his all-round welfare is possible. The same holds true for a wife with respect to a husband. Because, both are 50-50 and have to share 50-50! Man is not superior to woman, neither is woman to man, Shakuntala wisely puts the truth forward to humble Dushayant. She speaks the truth, but presents it so wisely that it kills Dushyanta’s ego. Apparently it looks pro-woman. But, when you analyse it, you find equality emphasised and presented in such a way that it demolishes the wrong ideas in Dushyant who holds man superior!
She says: 
 
सुसंरब्धोऽपि रामाणां न कुर्यादप्रियं नर:।
रतिं प्रीति च धर्मे तास्वायत्तमवेक्ष्य हि॥
It means—Wife alone has the power to give man sensuous joys, love and right principles of life. That is why man shouldn’t misbehave with his wife even if he is angry. Because if he does then he loses the three things which a wife commands. This again is such a wise statement that it may sound like pro-woman. But, it is not. Because, she has already said wife is just 50% of man’s life and body. That means the other 50% is under the command of man.
 
Shakuntala proves what great reason, intellect and dare she has and how she regains her 50 per cent through wise assertions. This is the right model of man and woman relationships. Think and know. Arguments won’t help.
 
Next: Who is Vishwamitra?
Vivek Sharma

 

SHAKUNTALA

Shakuntala, first woman to fight for justice and win

Shakuntala and Dushyant episode has been detailed as a romantic event by many great writers with a sensuous beginning, a tragic middle and a happy end. I salute their literary contribution. 
However, in the Mahabharata, Rishi Vaishampayan details the episode with deep physiological, psychological, moral and spiritual messages. Right from her birth to entering into a sexual union with King Dushyant and to claiming the right of her son in the court of Dushyant, Shakuntala’s arguments are full of messages for modern men and women. She is not a weak and sensuous pack of emotions, but a dynamic, disciplined and powerful woman who knows what she is doing. I think what is required today is to understand the episode as detailed by Ved Vyas and retold by Rishi Vaishampayan. There is no better interpretation than what they have already done. 
 
What’s the story?
Shakuntala is the daughter of rishi Vishwamitra and astral maid Maneka. Maneka meets Vishwamitra under Indra’s command to drag the latter away from his spiritual practices as his growing power is a threat to astral king Indra. Maneka shudders at the thought and tells Indra that she cannot get it done as she fears Vishwamitra’s blazing power will consume her. However, she says she will make an attempt only when Indra commands the air to support her. Finally, Vishwamitra is attracted to Maneka and Shakuntala is born of that union. Maneka, leaves her daughter near River Malini,  returns to her astral world after the job is over. Shakuntas (birds with long wings) save the beautiful little girl from hawks, eagles and wild animals. Rishi Kanva spots her sleeping among the birds as he comes out of the river after bath. Kanva understands every animal’s language and gathers that the birds want him to raise the child as his daughter. The birds give him the details of her birth too. Kanva takes her to his ashrama and raises her as his own daughter.  He gives her the name Shakuntala, which describes the event of her birth as शकुन्तान् लाति रक्षकत्वेन् गृह्णाति इति शकुन्तला—the one who is received from protecting Shakuntaas is called Shakuntala.
 
Shakuntala soon grows into a beautiful young woman in Rishi Kanva’s ashrama. King Dushyant strays into the ashrama during a hunting trip and meets Shakuntala. He falls in love with her and proposes her then and there after introduction. He comes to know that she has a royal strain and proposes her for marriage. The great warrior and wise king is just willing to do anything to have a union with her and he says it—भार्या मे भव सुश्रोणि ब्रूहि करवाणि ते. This means become my wife, tell me what do I do for you. He tells her that she should agree for Gaandharva marriage with him as that is allowed for him, the royal king, as per the (then) law. Gaandharva marriage is one of the eight kinds of nuptial knots allowed by the Manu Gaandharva marriage is performed without mantras and witnesses. However, Shakuntala deals with the situation wisely and says she cannot do it without the consent of her father, as doing so will bring disrepute to her father and guru Rishi Kanva. She tells him to wait till her father returns and ask her hand from him then.
 
However, King Dushyant is insistent and argues in favour of Gaandharva marriage. Finally, Shakuntala agrees on a condition that the son born of them will be the king after him. The king agrees and assures her after the union that he will return and take her to his kingdom with honour and respect.  But, it doesn’t happen and a son is born, who is named Shatrudaman. Now Rishi Kanva asks her to visit King Dushyant and ask for her rights, which he cannot deny. She takes Shatrudaman along and meets the king in the court. However, the king refuses to recognise her and recall their marriage. He humiliates her in the court. Instead of getting hurt, she gives Ddushyant a piece of her mind with anger and dignity. What she tells him reveals how the power of truth works and how it gets things done. First, she uses pure knowledge to remind him of the consequences of what he is doing. But, out of royal arrogance, he remains adamant and asks her to leave the court with her son. Here Shakuntala gives a blow to his arrogance by revealing to him her superior lineage and abilities.
 
Finally, the entire courtroom is convinced and the king accepts her. But, just know her side of argument to know how the power of truth and the power of honest woman work. Is it an easy thing to rebut a king right in his court?
 
Shakuntala’s power punch
When Dushyant insists on Gaandharva marriage, Shakuntala doesn't let go her reason even for a moment. Dushyant is charmed by her beauty and splendour, but Shakuntala is not charmed by the king who himself is very handsome and powerful. He says words which can shake any woman off her wows. But Shakuntala's responses are firmly rooted in reason and discretion. She doesn't move even if he says --
त्वदर्थे मां स्थितं विद्धि त्वद्गतं हि मनो मम।  I am here for just you. My mind can’t think anything but you (you control my mind now ). 
She instead says---
अमन्यमाना राजेन्द्र पितरं मे तपस्वनिम्।
अधर्मेण हि धर्मिष्ठ कथं वरमुपास्महे।।
O king, you know the laws very well. But I cannot take any step which brings disrepute to my ascetic father by unlawfully accepting you as my husband.  She tells him the power of a rishi is greater than that of a king, indirectly telling the king what will happen if he pursues with his insistence as a mighty king and forces her into submission. She says----

 

अग्निर्दहति तेजोभि: सूर्यो दहति रश्मिभि:।
राजा दहति दण्डेन ब्राह्मणो मन्युना दहेत्।।
क्रोधितो मन्युना हन्ति वज्रपाणिरिवासुरान्।
 
Like fire burns everything down with its heat, the sun with its rays, the king by announcing burn-him-to-death punishment, but a rishi does it all with his anger alone. The anger of a rishi burns down negativity  like the electric weapon of lord Indra does.
Thereafter, lust-blinded king highlights how Gaandharva marriage is superior to other marriages.
 At his Shakuntala says if he thinks it is so then she can agree to his proposal only on one condition that the son born of them should be anointed the king after him. Dushyant agrees to it. A son is born. But, Dushyant refuses to accept him and her in the court and says she is lying. He even calls her mother a prostitute. It is here you get a glimpse of what Shakuntala is made of.
She stays firm and first makes Dushyant introspect through reason. She says —-
  1. Your heart knows, O King, what is truth and what is not. It is good for you not to ignore your own heart. (because if you do, you will be ruined). अत्र ते हृदये वेद सत्यस्यैवानृतस्य च। कल्याणम् वद साक्ष्येण माऽऽत्मानमवमन्यथा:।।
  2. If you think you were alone and (nobody saw you made love with me), then you are mistaken as Kanva (the rishi and my father) is present in every heart like the lord Almighty. He knows all your good and bad deeds. You know it and are still lying in his presence.
  3. Man thinks that nobody is watching him committing an act, but he is mistaken as all the brilliant  entities and God Himself are witness to it. मन्यते पापं कृत्वा न कश्चिद् वेत्ति मामिति। विदन्ति चैनल देवाश्च यश्चैवान्तरपूरुष:।।
  4. If you don’t listen to my honest and truthful reminders to you, your head will break into hundred pieces. This shows how self-respecting and how truth-respecting Shakuntala is.  यदि मे याचमानाया वचनं न करिष्यसि । दुषयन्त शतधा मूर्धा ततस्तेऽद्य स्फुटिष्यति।।
At this Dushyant humiliates her birth and calls her a child of a prostitute and a fallen rishi. He even says that all women are liars. Shakuntala now flares up and decides to demolish the king’s ego, with some real talk. 
She responds——
  1. My mother Maneka is followed by even the gods. They respect her. Therefore, my birth is superior to yours.
  2. O King! You can only walk on the earth. But, I can (by virtue of my higher parentage) walk in the space. Focus a bit and you will find that you are just a mustard seed and I, the highest Mount Meru. I can even travel to the astral kingdoms, but you can’t. (What makes you think that you are of great parentage?)
  3. Forgive me, O King, but I will have to given a popular example to convey you the truth and not to humiliate you—that is —an ugly man considers himself very beautiful till he sees his face in the mirror. But, the moment, he sees the reality, he knows the difference, proving thereby that I am just a mirror for you and your stand. See and realise. विरूपो यावदादर्शे नात्मन: पश्यते मुखम्। मन्यते तावदातमानमन्येभ्यो रूपवत्तरम्।। यदा स्वमुखादर्शे विकृतं सोऽभिवीक्षते। तदान्तरम् विजानीते आत्मानं चेतरं ज्ञानं।।
In the end she gives out a final truth and says—-
  1. There is no better idea than adoption of the truth. There is nothing superior to truth and there is nothing more negative in the world than a lie and its justification. नास्ति सत्यसमो धर्मो न सत्याद् विद्यते परम्। न हि तीव्रतरं किंचिदनृतादिह विद्यते॥
  2. O King! Truth is the form of God and the highest law. Therefore, don’t leave your truthful promise. May truth be your companion! राजन् सत्यं परं ब्रह्म सत्यं च समय: पर:। सा त्याक्षी: समयं राजन् सत्यं संगतमस्त् ते॥
Stating the truth and wishing good for  her husband, Shakuntala turns around. And with her turnaround everything turns around. A better sense prevails on him, he listens to his heart’s voice as loud as if heard by all. He accepts Shakuntala and their son Shatrudaman. He later names his son Bharat.
Bharat is the name drawn from King Bharat. This is how the name of India is Bharat—the land of light—where truth prevails. भरताद् भारती कीर्तियेनेदं भारतं कुलम्। अपरे ये च पूर्वे वै भारता इति विश्रुता:॥
 
Takeaway: Like Shakuntala, we all should have the will to assert the truth. The rishi science says when you assert the truth, the heart of the liar hears the voice of the conscience first. But, if he/she ignores it, the blazing words of  truth burns down everything inside out. You may find it idealistic. But, look around and you will see that whenever truth has been asserted, its challengers have been taken care of either by natural laws or the law of the land. See how many liars are their in the jails! There is a great message for women too. Be fearless when it comes to stating the truth and your right even when the judge is the accused himself, as was in the case of Dushyant. The truth prevails as it stays deeper in the heart and  manifests inside outside in effect. 
Next: What is a wife's right according to Shakuntala?
Vivek Sharma

UCCHAISHRAVAS

Heart is your inbuilt temple, knock the doors!

He is not a Mahabharata character but a horse with seven heads and white colour. He feeds on nectar. He comes out of the famous sea churning episode, along with 14 ratnas. Indra uses him as his vehicle. He finds recurrent mention in subplots, not only in the Mahabharata but also in other spiritual records. He becomes more significant as Krishna makes mention of him as His very self in the chapter 10 of the Bhagwad Gita. His popular connection is worthy of a discussion.
 
Real import
Ucchaishravas in Sanskrit means “of high and loud sound.” Seven heads represents seven outlets, levels and arrangement of the sound. Let us understand a bit of music here to get to the profound truth attached to the word Ucchaishravas. According to the Samveda, there are seven basic notes—sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni, san. They are the assorted loud sounds in their respective groups. Like, sa has a lower sa, a medium sa and a higher sa. re has a lower re vibration, medium re vibration and the highest re vibration…so on and so forth. The name has the Sanskrit word uccha, which means high, neither higher nor the highest. Therefore, the rishis say when you have the scale of uchcha, uchchatar and ucchatam, then the middle or the medium sound will be heard loud first and then the loudest. This way  a sound is always moving up to the highest frequency with a brief outlets at seven places. These seven places are seven nodes where the high, the higher and the highest average up as a cumulative sound. That sound is sa, re, ga….They all represent the cumulative sound notes, which travel up on a vertical scale.  This is music. This is meant by Ucchaishravas.
 
How Indra rides it?
Indra is nothing but a sum total of all the minds in the world. That way your mind and my mind are also parts of Indra—that is Arjuna (Indraanshah). The seven vibratory notes, Ucchaisravas, merge into a circular motion with seven repetitive notes. Now imagine a moving circle with seven loops. The loops will appear as a rider and circle as a horse with seven heads. In fact, the mind is nothing but a repetitive, vibratory pool of heard sounds. But, ucchaishravas is the state of mind which is ridden by itself—that means when the vibratory notes become merged into one, they become a huge wheel of energy, which runs so fast that it seems calm, immobile and not moving—that is the state of param gatih (the state of highest movement, the state of perfect harmony and peace). When your mind is in a state of Ucchaishravas, it enters the state of nectar—enlivening energy. You may call this state of mind—a huge wheel of energy of seven cogwheels.
 
Uchchaishravas vs common horses
A common horse resembles a horse in the wild—running about freely. Five senses, intellect and ego represent the seven vibratory notes. Ego being the highest note san.  In a common horse mind situation, every note arranges on a vertical scale, a sensory input triggers one or two notes and instead of becoming a wheel of energy, the mind revolves around the centre of the vibratory note/s and then moves out along the channels of the sense by the force of the centre of the vibration and gets agitated. In this situation, the mind is led by the vibratory note and loses its energy, peace and harmony. It gains the adham gatih (lowest, unstable state). Such a horse, eats mrita (mortal leftovers) and not amrita (nectar).
 
Krishna is Ucchaishravas
Krishna says in Chapter 10 shlok 27 that He is Ucchaishravas among the horses. That means He is the state of mind when all the vibratory notes make a cogwheel of a giant energy wheel and uplift you to the infinite dimension—-meaning when your mind is lifted by its very constituents (vibrations) to the param dimension. In India, there has been a system of swar sadhana through which the mind is converted into Ucchaisrhavas—into an energy wheel of vibrations. Swar sadhana  has been an integral part of the Indian worship systems wherein various instruments and devotional songs are sung to seek the  grace of the divine. In fact, it is the indirect practice of making an energy wheel of the seven notes. The wheel is called manashchakra or Hridaychakra in some spiritual texts, which also means anahat chakra—(which is unaffected, Only a centre cannot be affected, therefore, anahat means unaffected centre of a circle). Krishna says He is the resident of all the hearts. This is the reason why He says so. 
 
Seven energy wheels
In the Indian yogic system there is a vertical ladder of seven energy wheels, right from mooladhar to sahasraar. They have a root vibratory note each at the centre. They represent  the mind’s energy from seven levels—sa basal to san nasal. But, there is a secret catch in it all.  Ucchaishravas represents a unique state of the mind, which weaves all the chakras into a wheel of garland to make a hridaychakra. Therefore, Ucchianshravas is the state of mind when all the six chankras arrange and revolve around the hridaychakra. Since its is a closely guarded secret, I cannot further detail it. But, I can give you a glimpse from Swami Vivekananda's life. When Swami Vivekananda attained the nirvikalpa samadhi —the state of san, he felt that he was all in the head. His guru Bhagwan Ramkrishna was informed about this by other worried disciples. But Ramkrishna reacted calmly and said Naren (Swami Vivekananda) wanted Nirvikalpa samadhi, so Maa ( the Divine Power) granted him the same. He will be all right. As he spoke  these words, Swamiji was back to normal. He visited Ramkrishna and said, “The light in you and me are the same…Thakur (Ramkrishna) I want to reman in this blissful state for ever, I will come down only to feed my body….” Ramkrishna reacted to Swamiji’s plea, saying  such a small-minded approach. This is just a beginning of spiritual life, indicating there is much more than this state.  On other occasions, he said you can’t remain on ni for long, so you have to come home. Maa lives in the heart, not in the head, he once said. This matches with the declaration of Krishna in the Gita—Ishwarah….hriddeshey Arjun tishthati—-The all moving power lives in the heart. Why so much of emphasis by God on the heart? Isn’t the place which He Himself says stays very important and supreme? It is. Think how?
 
This ends the main characters of the Mahabharata.
 
Takeaway: Take care of your heart. God lives here. Don’t hit somebody in the heart. God lives here. Heart is your inbuilt temple.
 
Next: Stories from the Mahabharata
Vivek Sharma

 

Chitrasen

He is your creative wave of energy. Mind it!

He is the king of Gandharva, who taught Arjuna music and dance during the Agyatvas. He resides in the palace of the Indra and soon he becomes a good friend of Arjuna. During a pre-Mahabharata battle, he   defeats Duryodhan and keeps him captive. Later, at Yudhishthir’s request, he lets Duryodhan go. But, feeling humiliated thereafter, Duryodhan tries to commit suicide. However, it is averted.  During Arjuna’s stay in Indra’s palace, Chitrasen saves him from the curse of Urvashi who spells Arjuna into impotence for whole life for not having sex with her. But, Chitrasen intervenes and gets the curse curtailed to one year.  Chitrasen is also known as Chitrarath, who Krishna calls in Chapter 10 of the Gita, His very Self. Even the mighty Karna runs away from his attacks.
 
 
The Real Import
Chitrasen or Chitrarath in Sanskrit means a ‘surprising creative current of energy”. Chitra means surprising and rath also means the creative current of energy. This creative current of energy resides in the place of Indra. That is the region of the mind which controls the senses. This creative current of energy is the king of Gandharva —gandh means scent and arva means horse. Horse represents energy in the Sanatandharma. Therefore, Gandharvas are those who ride energy like horses and spread their influence like a dominating whiff of a scent. Chitrarath is the surprisingly powerful creative current which travels as fast as a scent—atomically fast. It resides in the mind. Therefore, Chitrarath is a dominant creative current which trains Arjuna, the chitta complex, into dance and music—rhythm and melody—another two qualities of the creative energy. Rhythm teaches you the sense of timing in everything you do—like in a dance or martial arts. And melody, which runs on seven vibratory ladders of sa, re, ga,… .  in the backbone. Yogis call them the seven chakras. However, this creative wave of energy makes you very powerful.
 
Duryodhan’s arrest and defeat
This creative wave is so strong that it converts all physical energy into spiritual powers and Duryodhan (lust-anger) then remains confined to the seed form—arrested. The Kauravas approach Yudhisthir and request Duryodhan’s release. Yudhisthir, as everybody knows, asks the Pandava brothers to ensure Duryodhan’s release. Duryodhan is released from the creative energy wave’s cage. However, Duryodhan comes to know his powerlessness and wishes to commit suicide. That is what creative energy does. It renders all lust-anger ineffective, weak and powerless—to the extent that it seeks to dissolve itself.
 
Urvashi’s curse
Urvashi is the enchantress in Indra’s palace. The very name means the one who has the capacity to drag even the mighty hearts into her charm. She is the enchanting wave which misleads an aspirant into sliding down into a sexual act. However, Arjuna refuses her prompts, as he was then a student of the creative energy. She curses  him with life-long impotence in rage. However, creative energy intervenes and nullifies the impact of the curse to one year.  This is a very subtle episode. I can only give you a superficial view of it—as it cannot be understood by those who have not reached that level of experience. It means your creative energy converts all energy into spiritual energy. Urvashi fails to charm the spiritual seeker then. This is a stage where sexual drive is fully gone, as if you have become a eunuch. However, within a span of 12 months, your creative energy replaces the sexual drive and then you begin to have  creative sexual drives —not  of physical union, but of divine union. Ramkrishna Paramhamsa used to have this creative ecstasy, which had no traces of carnal desires. It is a purified orgasmic joy, which lifts you up to the last musical note ni instead of bringing you down  to the base note! Ha ha haha.  In a nutshell, the surprising wave of creative energy converts all carnal images stored up in your memory into divine. Therefore, this is where the divine takes over. Krishna becomes your energy channels, divine sage Narad (Krishna) becomes your senses, Chitrarath (Krishna)  becomes your mind,  and you become as perfect as Kapila muni (Krishna Himself). This is the import of the shloka 26 of Chapter 10 of the Gita. We will take up some other time.
 
Takeaway: The only way you can defeat Duryodhan is with the help of Chitrarath—the surprising creative wave of energy.
 
Next: Who is Ucchaishrivas?
 
Vivek Sharma

Uttamaujas

He and Yudhamanyu are your guardian angels

He is the brother of Yudhamanyu. He guards the right wheel of Arjuna’s chariot and Yudhamanyu guards the left one. Both work in coordination and challenge Dronacharya, Kripacharya and give Duryodhan a tough fight. Uttamaujas kills Duryodhan’s charioteer. But, in the counterattack, Duryodhana slays the charioteers and horses of Uttamaujas. He gets on to the chariot of his brother Yudhamanyu. Both escape towards Arjuna when they are chased by Duryodhan. At the beginning of the war, Bheeshma tells Duryodhan that both will enter the Kaurava army like fire and air and battle against them in great coordination
Both are slaughtered by Ashwatthama while they are asleep in the Pandava camp on the eighteenth night.
 
The Real Import
Uttamaujas and Yudhamanyu in Sanskrit mean rising nourishing moon energy and fiery energy  respectively. The former nourishes and protects through energisation and the latter through burning down. Uttamaujas protects the right wheel and Yudhmanyu the left wheel of Arjuna. It means they represent two energy wheels of the body (rath means body) by function and 
 positioning. They represent left and right energy channels called Ida and Pingala. However, which energy wheel do they represent? This is a complex process which has to be understood through a little scientific elaboration.
 
Energy wheels
Just imagine a vehicle with two wheels. One situated on each side.  Now remove the right wheel and see what happens. The vehicle makes the broken wheel axis as the pivot and circles around it from left to right—that is clockwise. Now remove the left wheel and see what happens. Yes, the vehicle moves around the left axis pivot from right to left—that is anti-clockwise. If both the wheels are on , the movement is forward or backward, whichever direction you push it into. That means the right wheel is the centre of the clockwise movement of the left wheel. Therefore, the right wheel is constantly making a clockwise energy wheel around itself —or making the left side move around it. The reverse is true for the left wheel to. That means the right wheel is the centre of the left wheel and left wheel is the centre of the right. Both of them have a reverse area of command.  Uttamaujas is the right wheel pivot and controls the left side and Yudhamanyu , the other way. Uttamaujas is, in fact the clockwise energy wheel and represents the right hemisphere and controls the left side. The same applies to Yudhamanyu. Uttamaujas, therefore, is the nourishing energy wheel and Yudhamanyu, the fiery, burning down energy wheel, according to the yogashastra.
 
Ida vaame cha vigyeya pingala dakshiney smrita I
Idanadee sthita vaame tato vyasta cha pingala II
 
It means Ida stays in the left side of the body and Pingala in the right. But, both make an opposing energy circles (vyasta)—anti-clockwise and clockwise respectively.
Bheeshma says both will battle against the Kauravas like the fire and the air powers. Fire is tejah. Air has ojas. Now you can make out which is which energy circle.
 
Duryodhan’s fight back
Uttamauajas, the nourishing energy wheel, kills the charioteer of Mr Lust-anger. That means it takes away the driving forces of lust. But, there is a counterattack, Mr Lust-anger strikes back and kills the driving force of the nourishing energy. Now the Uttamaujas climbs on Yudhamnyu rath and both escape seeing lust chase them. This represents a spiritual event. Lust’s attack makes both energies first become one and then escape to will power (Arjuna) by Sushmna rath—- This is the third energy channel, which is entered when both the energies are fully balanced ( being on the same chariot, have the same direction—upward). In Shiva Samhita, there is a detailed description of the three energy routes. Both the energies work in great coordination. This refers to the pranayam (the breath discipline), which finally removes the characteristic differential between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and make them a seat of the Universal Energy.
 
Ashwatthama, the killer
Ashwatthama, the energy system, kills the two at the end of the battle while they were sleeping with other Pandavas in the camp. After that, Ashwatthama becomes an immortal. Now these are two important bio-spiritual events happening simultaneously. When the brain (the two hemispheres) loses their physical relevance. The energy springs forth as the rising radiance in its place.  That is the significance of the killing of the two. Now the physical remains of the two ( physical brain) is cremated with the dead Pandavas and the Kaurvas. This cremation signifies only one thing—that the relevance of the physicality (the senses of perception and the senses of actions) are dead in the great spiritual battle and what remains then is a pure infinite energy!
 
Takeaway : We all have two protectors—Yudhamanyu and Uttamaujas. They are as close to us as is hour life’s breath. So why fear? They will stay till you evolve into the Existent  Reality—the Universal Energy—God, Bhagwan or Parama
 
Next: Who is Chitrasen?
 
Vivek Sharma

 

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Rajneeti

CAA khilafat exposes khalifas

Govt to put Jinnah back into the bottle!
 
By Vivek Sharma

 Hatred in the heart, tiranga in one hand, brick bats in the another, Jinnah wali Azadi on tongue and the Devil in the mind. This is how the Congress, urban naxals and  Khilafat Jamaat are responding to the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Parliament is nothing but representation of citizens, according to the constitution. Any bill passed with two-third majority in both the houses , therefore, represents the will of the people and should be respected as a constitutional verdict by the people. You can't oppose it with brickbats, setting public property on fire, jamming roads to public inconvenience, derailing education schedules in universities, peddling lies and refusing to listen to sane voices. If you have something against to say, say it with facts, but don't mislead masses by planting baseless fears in their minds. Definitely, your opposition to the Bill was defeated on the floor of the house. Ideally, you can move the Supreme Court if you find the Act unconstitutional now. But, again, the Supreme Court will only evaluate it on one scale—whether it is against the spirit of the constitution. The hate gang knows it full well that even the Supreme Court would not annul this act. In fact, the Supreme Court had asked Parliament in its earlier order that National Register of Citizens should also be implemented throughout the country. 
Now going against the Act on the streets is unconstitutional. Isn’t it? In fact, the gang’s 
 acts of violence and fomenting trouble on a few campuses is only testimony to the fact that it is not able to digest its defeat on the floor of the house and in the hustings, despite unconditional support from the Arundhatis and Aiyyars.
 
Show of support
 
Everyday, this Khilafat brigade is exposing itself. It is playing for our enemy countries. Owaisi’s million rally is nothing but a show of support, which is nothing but an effort to tell his political bete noir Narendra Modi that he too has got a support. This is not only kiddish, but also a proof of identity crisis this brigade is suffering post defeat on the floor and the Supreme Court order in favour of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Instead of resorting to positive politics, this brigade is just frustrated, knows not what to do next and has really lost it all. By violence, now flying tricolour  and carrying placards of Gandhi and Bheem cannot hide your purely egoistic-khilafat mindset. In fact, the Modi government, like a pied piper, called all the hiding fat mouses out in a row. Now they are out in the public view. Everybody is recognising them.
 
What next ?
 
The  Khilafat brigade’s secret agenda to have Islamic rule on Bharat is out in the open too. The Maulanas who used to talk of amity, harmony and peace are now angrily venting their venom in public, threatening that they are much more than 35 crore and are enough to handle the Hindus. This attitude sets the pace for the next six months or so. If they do something, they are bound to face its repercussions. If they raise such issues, don’t expect the law enforcing agencies to act friendly then. Because, their hidden agenda is out in the public. Now will start more troubles for this Khilafat brigade. They will either hide away or run away from the country. Because, they cannot call their religious bluff again to make nasty plans up your sleeves a reality. The good thing is that this is all out now. 
The government will act tough and legally wisely against the brigade. The  cobra’s hood is in the government’s hand. It cannot wriggle out of it now. 
Campuses will witness ruthless law-enforcement this week. This government has zero tolerance for anti-national activities. Good thing is that they now clearly know who all are behind disturbances within the country. Right from the Bollywood to politics to students through out the country, the government of the day knows the brains and is all set to nail them one by one.  In this regard, agitations and violence have been a blessing in disguise for the right-minded citizens.
 NRC and NPR
They both will happen. First, all the state governments will have no option but to enforce the CAA. They are constitutionally bound to do so. Again NRC will only map out the non-citizens and take legal action against them. The citizens of India, whatever their religion be, will not have any troubles regarding this. It is time to side with the right and distance from the wrong. No amount of raking up the muck against the government will work now. The government is all set to put the Jinnah back into the bottle and lose it too!

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 By Vivek Sharma

Politics is nothing but a clash between ego and wisdom. Believe it or not, ego follows the philosophy of khilafat, acquires others’ possession, aggressively fights for it and its self-assigned exclusivity. Whereas wisdom initially suffers, gradually wakes up and systematically decimates ego in its own game.
Look back into the history of mankind and you will find only these two elements at play. The battle of Mahabharat has been a great example of this and now is the Indian National Congress’ decline from India’s only nationalistic political outfit to anti-national group of a few, colluding with the like-minded beyond the boundaries to justify its ego, as the rightful heir to the Indian throne.
 In the battle of Mahabharat, with blind support from  Bheeshma and Dronacharya, Duryodhan and Shakuni used the political philosophy of Khilafat against the Pandavas. Khilafat is nothing but a strategic combination of  opposition of righteousness, denial of truth and peddling of lies to keep the righteous humiliated and out of power. Its main strength lies in gathering up the like-minded and obstinately opposing the righteous. Jealousy, hatred and opportunism are its weapons. Whereas, wisdom is like the fire which keeps burning down all the stratagem by piercing the core of khilafat and exposing its ugly intent time and again. Prime minister Narendra Modi summed up this strategy as chal main ched
 
Cong vs Nehruvian strain
 
The first Indian Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, managed his way to the throne breaking all norms, sidelining Mahatma Gandhi and using the latter to keep Sardar Patel out of the race for the throne. Patel had a majority support as the president of the Congress and was to become the first Prime Minister of India. But, Gandhi, at the insistence of Nehru —who often used the philosophy of Khilafat for personal gains— requested Patel to serve the nation as the home minister. Patel agreed. Nehru exercised khilafat  to usurp Patel’s position. Patel, like a wise man, began speedily working for the unification of India. Patel’s wisdom, straight forwardness and boldness prevailed and Hyderabad and Junagadh too got unified with India after an initial ego tantrums. They gave up because Patel was a rare combination of strategy, boldness and timing. Nehru, however, kept the matter of Kashmir with him despite Patel telling him that he would get it done without any problems. However, Nehru’s love to see Sheikh Abdullah, father of  Farooq Abdullah as the “owner” of Kashmir, made him keep Patel out of it. Kashmir’s then King Hari Singh, father of now Congress leader Karan Singh,  facing attacks by Pakistan army,  approached Nehru for merger of the state with India. But, Nehru disagreed as he had other plans on his mind—snatching power from Singh and giving it to Sheik Abdullah. Singh approached Lord Mountbatten  with a letter of accession. Lord Mountbatten was the  last viceroy of India (1947-1948). He served as viceroy from February 12,1947  till August 15, 1947. He then became the first Governor General of Free India from August 15, 1947 till June 21,1948. Since Nehru was in his denial mode for a purpose, Hari Singh had to approach Lord Mountbatten. Mountbatten called Nehru, Patel and Sam Manekshaw to discuss the matter. Sam later rose as the chief of the Indian Army. He had played a strategic role in annexation of Hyderabad and Junagarh. He was reassigned as the commander of Gorkha Rifles in 1947. 
In front of Mountbatten too, Nehru began his speech to dodge the issue. But, Patel asked him in Hindi, “Nehru Kashmir Chahiye ya nahin.” Nehru had no option but to say, “ Haan”. He was not prepared to take a surprise question from Patel, a casual answer to this might expose Nehru in front of Manekshaw too. Patel turned to Manekshaw and told him, “ You have got your orders from the Prime Minister. Now do the needful.” The Indian army began forcing Pakistani army out of Kashmir.  The moment the Indian army was about to get the now-PoK, Nehru asked them to recede as Sheikh reportedly told him that he had got as much Kashmir as he sought support from.  The remaining part didn’t support him so he let it be there.  Everybody knows what happened thereafter. Nehru approached United Nations with Kashmir dispute. He made Sheikh the prime minister of Kashmir and made no further efforts to reclaim PoK..  As if it was not all, he even forced Ambedkar to include Article 370  as requested by Sheikh. Ambedkar told Nehru that it was against the provisions of the Indian Constitution, democracy and would be the cause of future problems. Nehru didn’t listen to him as he didn’t listen to others in this matter. However, the article was introduced as a temporary and transient provision. Nehru had to face a lot of flak over it. However, he prevailed over them with his khilafat strategy. During one of his conversations, he said, “It (Article 370) would fray away with the passage of time.”
 Probably, it was Nehru’s ego which didn’t allow him to be subordinated by the wise decision of Patel or Ambedkar. He always wanted his say come what may. The history of parliament of India is full of such episodes wherein he behaved like an extra-parliamentary authority. His actions mocked at the Constitution of India many times.  He would never listen to anybody else, but himself. It appears that he wanted to be praised by the posterities as a great leader. His association with Mahatma Gandhi gave him the idea. He knew full well that he could never match the merit and skills of Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose and others and hence he only aimed at the prime ministership and gave us Kashmir and China problems. In one word, he was nothing but ego and the Congress has only inherited this ego, at least the Gandhis who only resort to Khilafat strategy of Nehru. Ego doesn’t accept others and so has the Congress not accepted the wisdom of Narendra Modi. The party still thinks that he doesn’t deserve to be the Prime Minister of India despite people’s thumping mandate the second time. What is it if not Nehruvian ego?
 
Wisdom wins
 
Arjuna won the battle against ego (which is witnessed as Khilafat  for the wrong cause in action) during the Mahabharat war and so does Narendra Modi against the Congress. The Congress is just working for the destabilisers of Kashmir. 
As I have mentioned in my earlier blogs, in the first phase, Modi cleansed Kashmir of separatists on the ground, isolated Pakistan diplomatically, strategically and economically,  taught it a lesson through anti-terror strikes, put separatist leaders in Kashmir  under  NIA scanner. In the second phase, he intensified anti-terror operations in Kashmir and blocked infiltrations, put troublemakers behind bars and got Article 370 abrogated along with 35 A following a constitutional provision. His swift actions left Congress speechless when some of its prominent leaders expressed their solidarity with the Modi government’s decision.  He proved all rumour mongers wrong and now the Congress men are toeing the line of Pakistan to internationalise the issue and foment trouble in Kashmir. This again is the expression of Nehruvian Khilafat, which sees no wrongs in betraying the country for personal gains.  Kashmir is peaceful for now, of course due to the presence of the Army.  Common man in Kashmir has welcomed the decision. It is only a few handful with guns, Pakistan support who can try to disturb peace in the region. In fact, some ground reports say that all these elements infiltrated from Pakistan. They forced Pandits out of Kashmir by dint of guns to change the demography of the state. They too used the weapon of Khilafat to get rid of Hindu occupants of the valley.
 
What next?
 
So far, the Central government has effectively countered the designs of Pakistan in Kashmir, including its ISI-led fake news  factory. The counter will continue aggressively till social media platforms, BBC, New York Times and other foreign newspapers get the message that they should keep themselves away from becoming Pakistan’s propaganda machine.  I hope soon after August 15, 2019, the Modi government may shoot a formal letter to Pakistan giving it a deadline to vacate Pak Occupied Kashmir as it has to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The same letter will be sent to the UN. India will refuse to buy arguments that PoK is a disputed territory.  China already knows that India is a better bargain than Pakistan for its road to pass through PoK. Because, India can mediate and  make  Baloochis agree to it too to make it a smooth affair.  
To my mind, this is a decisive moment for Pakistan’s existence. Its economy is in a shambles, PoK, Baloochistan, Sindh have already begun to raise their voice against Pakistan. They want to separate from it and be with India.  When India focuses on PoK, Pakistan will have no options but to shift its focus on PoK. This will automatically mean more Indian guns will be trained on PoK, that itself means minimal attempt to infiltrate terrorists into Kashmir. Reason: round-the-clock cannon vigil and aggressive defensive offence adopted by New India. India will make sure that Pakistan forces vacate the area. The moment it happens, the Indian forces will occupy their positions their. Meanwhile, Baloochis and Sindhis will give Pakistan rib and backbone pain. Pakistan will not be able to cope with the implosion within and explosion on the borders. It will break, that is what they should understand and avoid putting its feet on the landmines around Kashmir.
Modi’s strategy and wisdom will win. Don’t you see how his positive politics has rendered regional parties irrelevant.  The best way left for the Congress is to justify the word national in its name and appreciate Modi where he is right instead of remaining in the Nehruvian  khilafat mode and getting perished blow by blow.
I will quote a shloka from the Bhagwad Gita to corroborate what I have written. In the 16th discourse, shloka 9 Krishna clearly reveals what the Khilafat  philosophy is, how it works and how its followers face ugly situations and defeat again and again. 
एतां दृष्टिमवष्टभ्य नष्टात्मनो अल्पबुद्धयः।
प्रभवन्त्युग्रकर्माणः क्षयाय जगतो अहिताः।।
“ Basing their stand on falsehood, the people with no moral allegiance, ethical support system, full of selfishness and shortsightedness always take recourse to regressive, aggressive ideologies with an intent to destroy the world they live in.”

 

In shloka 19 of the same discourse, Krishna defines how He throws such people into worse situations again and again, meaning thereby that they cannot succeed in their gameplan ever as it is not planned by Him thus.

Modi vs liberandoos

Modi versus liberandoos, a 5,000-year-old phenomenon
Vivek Sharma

Why pseudo-secularists and so-called liberals have been rendered irrelevant by Narendra Damodardas Modi this election in India?
To understand this phenomenon we will have to understand what negative minds are and how they habitually and deliberately develop negative perception to ignore the reality staring at them and then they get caught in their own mayajaal (negativised perceptions). 
The height of this negative perception is that they saw mayajaal as Modijaal and targeted Modi right, left and centre and wished for Modi-kaal (The end of Modi). What happened? Modi grew stronger like Mahakaal (the Lord of Time and Death, Shiva and they got bogged deeper down in their own thought traps. Mamatas, Owaisis, Arundhatis, Rahuls, Barkhas, Sardesais, Prasuns, Mahagathbandhis and the chain of liberandoos (pseudo liberals or Jaychandsare now justifying their negativism by cursing voters for having rejected their poisonous dole-outs!
Their common inference is that the people will regret for their choice during these five years as Modi will damage the secular fabric of the nation. 
So naive are they that they still don’t want to see the reality that their negativism only helped Modi get stronger. They can’t even see that Bharat has been secular through out the history of 5,000- odd years and more and there were pseudo-secularists then too. 
Just think of the army of Lord Ram. It had all kinds of castes, creeds and breeds fighting for a unified Bharat. They all stood behind Ram and helped Him  decimate Ravan to rescue suppressed womanhood, symbolised by Sita, from his custody.
I can only say that the fate of liberandoos is now fear, anxiety and insecurity.
 
Krishna’s take on it   
 
What does Krishna call the negative minded in Sanskrit? How do they think and infer? Does anybody know?
 Okay. Let me make things clear to you. Krishna defines such persons in Discourse Seven of the Bhagwad Gita with the word अबुद्धयः। 
Read carefully Shloka 24 of the discourse. It says it all.
अव्यक्त्तं व्यक्त्तिमापन्नं मन्यन्ते माम अबुद्धयः।
परं भावमजानन्तो ममाव्ययमनुत्तमम्।।
It means—People of negative perception (अबुद्धयः = , anti + बुद्धयः with perception) believing Me (मन्यन्ते माम), who is beyond the manifested (अव्यक्त्तं), as a common manifested person, they deliberately continue to not know (अजानन्तः , not + जानन्तः deliberately continue to know ) My existence extending beyond the body mind system (अव्यक्त्तं) and hence they perceive Me, the continuous supreme reality, as something not supreme (ममाव्ययमनुत्तमम् = मम् अव्ययम् अनुत्तमम्  = Me, supreme continuous reality, asअनुत्तमम् = अन् not, + उत्तमम् relatively supreme) and as an ordinary person in human dimensions alone (व्यक्त्तिमापन्नं). Erudite scholars have translated अबुद्धयः as बुद्धिहीन व्यक्ति। But, I have a humble submission to make. How can  बुद्धिहीन व्यक्तिगण infer that Krishna is a guy next door with a body like them and not somebody supreme? Such inferences can only be drawn by the people of negative perception, those whose perception is negative since they can’t accept the positive aspect of somebody. In a nutshell, they deliberately ignore Krishna’s eminence.
 
Glimpse into negative mind
 
Krishna gives here a clear vision of the negative intellect and its bearer. Such a person doesn’t believe what is but only deliberately sees an opposite reality instead. Such people were present even during the times of Krishna, as they are now. They will deliberately perceive the negative and believe in it rather than seeing the reality as it is. 
How to deal with such people? Krishna gives the answer to it in the next shloka. The gist of it is —Since the negative minded, frozen mindsets, don’t want to see the reality, I too don’t show them. Rather I  hide the reality from them and allow them to get trapped in the building of  their own perception !
In the modern times, pseudo-liberals or liberandoos, as they are called, represent this class. They, in India, don’t want to see the higher dimension of Prime Minister Modi’s personality and continue to see the negative alone.  In fact, Krishna has left them caught in their own perceptions. They are now irrelevant to the common Bharatiyas. Because, they can’t and don’t want to see the reality but see only the negativities and suffer in their minds! Fear, anxiety and insecurity is their fate now. 

Final Blow

Get up Bheem! Give Duryodhan the final blow now
Vivek Sharma 

Bharat will have to know that Duryodhan is always ruthless and aggressive. He propagates deception, lies and challenges all the laws and codes (dharmas) by bending them in his favour under Shakuni’s guidance.
Haven’t you learnt this in 70 years that Pakistan is nothing but Duryodhan and the ideology that it promotes belongs to Shakuni —the revengeful provocateur or terror mastermind! Incidentally Gandhar where Shakuni came from, is not far from the present day region demarcated as Pakistan.
As I had already mentioned in my earlier blog, Duryodhan won’t mind appealing to the Yudhishthirs in India and abroad to  plead for a fair chance to resolve the issue his way. That is what Pakistan is doing when its terror factory has been demolished by the Indian Air Force and one F-16 shot down by a Mig-21 pilot. The Mig crashed mid air and the pilot bailed himself out after shooting down the F-16. But, unfortunately he dropped in the Pakistan territory and Pakistan caught him. Now the pilot has become a bargain point for Pakistan as did Duryodhan when he pleaded to Yudhishthir for a fair chance of one-on-one battle with the Pandavas after he was paralysed waist down following a blow from Bheem. 
Can there be any fair chance for Duryodhan who has been unfair all through 70 years now? I would ask all the Yudhishthirs across India. Their mere intellectual gymnastics pointing to one fact—‘don’t kill Duryodhan, when he is asking for a fair chance to resolve the issues, peace is always a better option.’
 
What is peace
 
These fools don’t really understand that peace can be possible in the mind and the region only when you have dominated the negatives within and without. Had it been so, Krishna wouldn’t have agreed for the war to reach that peace which is only possible when the deserving, righteous  and meritorious person is in the throne. One ideology cannot bring peace. However, a harmony of ideologies, that has been Bharatiyata ever since the Mahabharat times, can bring it as it verily means peace. What is peace? It is a dynamic phenomenon wherein the sun prevails by dominating the entire solar system with its brilliance and splendour. Look  how beautifully different lifecycles (ideologies) co-exist under its light. There is symbiotic exchange and interdependence of all under its light. Even on earth, this light gives a chance to the darkness at night. How beautifully is everything co-existing? That is peace where dark night doesn’t encroach the domain of day light and viz-a-viz.  There is always a meaningful exchange of energies during junctions between the light and dark, but there is no battle for supremacy between the two. Darkness is nothing but a low frequency light itself. It simply means low light doesn’t try to overtake brilliant light. It just remains where it is naturally patterned to be. But, imagine a prolonged phase of darkness. What will happen? You will have a demand for light and you will eventually have light. The same applies to the light. Therefore, when darkness tries to prevail more than it is required, there is a natural reaction to reset the balance and spread light. During such time, the light will dominate and prevail naturally till the balance is rightly reset. This resetting of balance is peace. It is dynamic. It can happen only when there is a demand for it. Like when you hear loud sounds for quite some time, you have a natural demand for no sound. What you naturally get then is peace. Excess of ‘peace’, as intellectuals understand it,  is bad for growth and hence dark elements will come into being with the support of nature to reset the balance—peace—in that case too.
So peace is the end product of everything and not the aim! Bharat has to understand it. There is peace after the Mahabahrat. There is peace after the Ravana has been decimated. There is peace after Kansa has been killed. There is peace after Duryodhan is killed. It was not before all this happened. Don’t you know this?
 
Present context 
 
Bharat must dominate and prevail over Duryodhan, ignoring all its clever tacts to trap you in your own goodness. Remember! A trapped lion is good for nothing. The lion must regain its natural positioning in the jungle then alone we will be called Bharatiyas, the descendent of Bharat, the son of Shankuntala and Dushyant.  Bharat played with the lions during his childhood and regained his position as the rightful heir of Dushyant. Dushyant symbolises the end of negativity—dush means negativity, antah means the end that means peace. You can gain the state of peace only by ending the negativity. Bharat must not decimate Pakistan, but it should decimate the negativity in it—the Shakuni mindset— without getting trapped into Duryodhan’s tactics. 
 
 
 

Anti-terror strike

Bharatiya response to asuras the Gita way
Vivek Sharma

What could be a greater example of response (प्रतिशोध) than the one exemplified by the Indian Air Force by bombing out headquarters of terrorists training centre in Pakistan territory in the wee hours of February 26.
Now we can say the terrorists had literally launched a suicidal mission in Pulwama wherein they got killed along with 30 of Indian Jawans. The terror masterminds had never expected that just after 12 days  the flames of the bomb in Kashmir would engulf their top-line commanders, trainers along with 300 others in Pakistan. The response was delivered by the Indian Air Force with laser-sharp precision. 
 
Why took 17 mins?
 
The job was to be over in 15 minutes, but it took the Indian Air Force 17 minutes in which the fighters focused only on the terror camps along with their headquarters, taking caution not to cause civil casualties. This is called response and not reaction (प्रतिक्रिया). A response is focused, target-oriented unlike a pratikriya, which only delivers jealousy, frustration and anger.
Do you know why the Indian Mirages took two minutes more in finishing the job? It was because one of the fighter pilots informed the back-up team that he was re-visiting the burnt down target to make sure nothing is left of it. He sees nothing in the smoke and drops another 1000 kg bomb on it to make sure the damage was 100%, including the surrounding areas, where some could hide to save themselves. This took him extra 2 minutes!
The plan was fool-proof and the Pakistan air force could hardly gauge which side the attack was being mounted from. Their radars were jammed, their air- surveillance was rendered dead. They were actually electronically blindfolded and before they could take any measure, the Indian fighter planes had done the job. This exposed Pakistan’s claims of being equipped with the latest air surveillance gadgets. Once again Krishna’s words come true—the intellect is the highest thing. Maybe you have the best of machines, but you have incompetent man (feeble intellect) behind them then they are as good as dead.
 
Krishna’s Strategy
 
Duryodhan is lying in a pit with his body paralysed below the waist after Bheem’s blows. He plays the trick again and addresses Yudhishthir that he should be given a fair chance to save himself, as he lay surrounded by the Pandavas there, with Bheem standing tall like his death. 
Yudhishthir, dharma raj, as he was called, found a justified appeal in Duryodhan’s plea. He had nearly agreed to Duryodhan’s plea —only one of the Pandavas will fight with Duryodhan and if the latter won, the Pandavas would have to give up the victory. But, Krishna scolded Yudhishthir for his misplaced idea of dharma. Krishna conveyed to him the message the essence of which was that ‘dharma is an intelligent attitude and not a foolish one.’ “Once you took a wrong decision (due to misplaced idea of dharma) and you deprived the Pandavas of their honour and kingdom. They had to run for life at least for 18 years and now your decision to give Duryodhan a fair chance may again put the Pandavas in another stretch of hardships.” He told Yudhishthir that even an injured Duryodhan was a mighty warrior and shouldn’t be underestimated. Krishna literally asked Yudhishthir to stay out of it and commanded Bheem to finish Duryodhan and so it happened. 
All the so-called intellectuals, talking about peace and talks with Pakistan to sort out Kashmir, are like Yudhishthir, with misplaced or crooked sense of dharma. Prime Minister Modi followed Krishna’s example and directed the Indian Air Force to deliver a deadly response to the terrorists who masterminded Pulwama in coordination with Pakistan. Earlier also a surgical strike was delivered as a response to Pakistan. But, this one was intense, as it sends a clear message across the world that India believes in dynamic peace—if you want peace, we want peace. But if you violate the peace code, we warn you thrice before demolishing you fully, is now India’s response. This response is fully in line with Article 51 of the United Nations’ charter, Indian Constitution and  Bharatiya way of life as detailed in the Bhagwad Gita. Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to attend functions through out the day proving Krishna’s words युधस्व विगतज्वरः—battle without the fever and anger against the enemy. He even quoted a shloka from the Bhagwad Gita while opening the biggest holy book at ISKCON centre in Delhi later in the day. He  recited, परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय  दुष्कृताम् … talking about teaching perpetrators a lesson to save the humanity. He even called terrorists dushtaamaand asura. Everybody knows how asuras and dushtama are dealt with in Bharatiya shastras. This made amply clear what Bharatiya policy towards terror and terror-mongers is going to be—a well-calibrated and focused response with zero tolerance, whatever be the repercussions.
 
Repercussions
The response in itself is a message to Pakistan, terror masterminds and misplaced Yudhisthirs in India and abroad that any misadventure from any side on the issue will only escalate the intensity of the response. Even separatist leaders in Kashmir should have understood it by now—their security has been removed and their installations were raided yesterday. There is no option now for them. Kashmir was handed over to India by the then king. These few motivated Abdullas, Zilanis and Muftis thought they would continue to bargain deals with India by propagating their pro-Pak agenda. They have no idea what they are facing now—they would have no option but to go underground, literally and figuratively so!

Down South

Karnataka: Opinion 
brigade fights 
facts again 
 
By Vivek Sharma
 
 

Indian politics is principally a recurring tussle between opinionated interpretations and facts. Just go down history lane and you will come to know that the phenomenon is as eternal as the battle between the good and the evil, the asuras and the devatas and God and the devil!
Believe it or not! It is a fact. Those who wield opinionated interpretations are more aggressive, they largely promote arguments, indulge in  protests and hurling allegations. Whereas those who go by the facts are silent and prevailing. However, I must make it clear that no one political outfit can be termed as having a factual or an opinionated position always. They keep changing the roles. 
The media, as such, is carried away by the winds of opinions and ends up creating more chaos instead of clarity in the minds of the lay reader, who still holds media as a fact-dispensing machine. It is not so. Media too actively participates in the battle between the opinionated arguments and the facts. This has been my observation since 30 years of my journalistic  career. 
 
Karnataka and the old battle 
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as a single party with 104 seats, just short of eight heads to smoothly form the government on its own. The Congress got 78 and the JDS only 37 seats. This triggers a war between the opinionated side and the factual side. Let’s see how.
Majority of politicians, the Congress, the JDS and their supporters, are quoting the Bommai case judgement of the Supreme Court in the matter and arguing that the parties with the numbers should first be invited by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and not the BJP. This is the opinion and not the fact. 
The fact is that the Supreme Court in its landmark Bommai case judgement in 1994 had clearly mentioned that Governor’s discretion holds supreme. One cannot initiate judicial action against him until his bias or favour is proven. But, the Congress and the JDS leaders knocked the Supreme Court door at the stroke of midnight on May 16-17, 2018 to stop BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s oath-taking the next morning. However, they got snubbed by the Supreme Court bench, which held that the governor can call any party in such situations which he feels confident in to prove the majority on the floor of the house. 
 
What Bommai Judgement says
 
Para 263 says, “The floor test may be one consideration which the Governor  may keep in view. But, whether or not to resort to it would depend on prevailing situation….It is not possible to formulate or comprehend a set of rules for the exercise of the power by the Governor to conduct the floor-test. The Governor should be left  free to deal with the situation according to this best judgement keeping in view the Constitution and the conventions of the parliamentary system of government.” The same para also explains the often misquoted and misargued Sarkaria Commission and Rajamannar Commission’s recommendation for the floor test and says, “It could only mean that that is a consideration which must cross the mind of the Governor. It would be suffice to say that the Governor should be alive to the situation but he would be the sole judge on the question whether or not conditions are conducive to resort to floor test.” What wrong did Karnataka governor do by calling the BJP to stand the floor test? 
 
In Para 395, the judgement affirms the need for a floor test in the case of the former chief minister of Karnataka SR Bommai, who had lost support of the legislators and the Governor was duly convinced of the fact and had reported it to the President of India. The judgement says, “The loss of the confidence of the house was an objective fact, which could have been demonstrated, one way or the other, on the floor of the house.” 
 
Bommai judgement’s master stroke
 
In Para 396, the judgment, however, clarifies and says, “ We make it clear that what we have said above is confined to a situation where the incumbent chief minister is alleged to have lost the majority support or the confidence of the house. It is not relevant to a situation arising after a general election where the Governor has to invite the leader of the party commanding majority in the house or the single largest party/group to form the government. We express no opinion regarding such a situation.”
 
This para settles once for all the controversy and the controversial references to the Bommai case judgement which are often and frequently made to hoodwink gullible voters and opinionate them by faking facts. 
In common parlance, this is called rumour-mongering. That is what the opinionated side does. They rush to the Supreme Court and get a rebuttal from there too. This is what happened in the Goa case and the same happened now in the case of the Karnataka hung assembly. In both the cases, the Supreme Court more or less zeroed in on the floor test to settle the controversy as to which party has the majority. At the same time, both the judgments don’t question the power of the Governor to  use his discretion. Para 263 of the Bommai judgement also corroborates that. Whatever be the case, Governor is the only person authorised to exercise his discretion in the matters related to inviting the party to form the government. 
 
Silly opinions
 
‘Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala is a hardcore RSS man. He would always take decision in favour of the BJP.’ This is an opinion, which has been widely and aggressively circulated by a desperate Congress to influence people more than convey and uphold the facts. The factual situation is that it is within the Governor’s constitutional right, defined in Para 263 and the discretionary powers of the Governor enshrined in the Constitution of India. Just have a look. Subsections a, b and c are more relevant to the above situation.
 
5. Discretionary Powers:
The Governor can use these powers:
a) If no party gets an absolute majority, the Governor can use his discretion in the selection of the Chief Minister;
b) During an emergency he can override the advice of the council of ministers. At such times, he acts as an agent of the President and becomes the real ruler of the state;
c) He uses his direction in submitting a report to the President regarding the affairs of the state; and
d) He can withhold his assent to a bill and send it to the President for his approval.
 
 
Allegations and justice system
 
You can move the Supreme Court if you have concrete proofs to substantiate that the Governor is favouring a party. In the above case Governor Vala has invited the Bharatiya Janata Party and asked it to prove its majority on the floor of the house within 15 days. Well, isn’t it well within the rights of the Governor? It is and hence you can’t question it. What if the BJP fails to prove its majority? The Governor may then call the group with a majority numbers, if he deems fit, or report his dissatisfaction to the President of India and ask for the President’s rule. 
Remember! Facts may be blurred by the strong winds of opinion, but they prevail in the end. Therefore, whenever you have a doubt in such matters, believe somewhere you have lack of knowledge about the facts and are misled by an opinion. Revise your facts and come out of it instead of adding your voice to the clamour. 
 
Wrong media trend
 
Journalists too are to be blamed for raising the dust in such matters. There are two reasons behind it. (1) They themselves are ill-informed (2) They are just doing what they have been told by their corporate bosses.
However, I must say that even the editors sitting in top chairs aren’t aware of such facts and hence they often become part of the disinformation campaign led by the opinionated side.  This is a wrong trend and must be firmly discouraged. I have also observed that the people who haven’t written a word in their career are holding top journalistic positions—-they are opinion makers. In fact, the need of the hour is to run such egg heads through a rigorous general knowledge test, make them write and adjudge their skill level to know whether they are real journalists or just power grabbers who have now become a liability. Unless such people are shown the gates, one cannot have a healthy crop of journalists in our country. 
 
 

Down South

Karnataka weather 
proving too 
hot for Rahul 
 
By Vivek Sharma
 

Rahul wakes up in the morning, looks into the mirror. and lo and behold, he sees Modi instead. He bolts out of his living room in Karnataka and declares himself as the future Prime Minister of India. Everybody has the right to dream. Just let your mind be lulled to sleep. Your inner desires will then make a believable  vision sequence. This is called dream. Enjoy it! Work for it. But, never be foolishly carried away by it. Rahul’s dream and the bribe-for-vote scam will somehow hit the Congress in Karnataka. Many in the Dr Fixit-ted opposition feel hurt by Rahul’s dream. When it was Gujarat, Congress leaders were puff-chested. They thought their newly elected party president would chest-butt 56-inch -famed Narendra Modi out of the poll ring. But, the results pricked the Congress’ bubble.

 Rahul had to breathe in a lot of air to give his sunken chest a respectable 42-inch swell to handle the post-defeat media barrage. It is natural. Gujarat remained the Bharatiya Janata Party’s citadel despite Congress using Hardik and Jignesh to launch personal attack on Modi with the mission to humiliate him, upset him and make him err. But it didn’t work against Modi as he chose the air route over them, landed right on the Sabarmati and reconfirmed his popularity amidst people’s claps and opposition’s jaw-drops! 
 
Gujarat repeat in Karnataka 
 
Karnataka is not going to be a different breathing exercise for Rahul. He tried all the tactics which Modi had tried during the Gujarat poll. But, his unique try was his daring to hammer how he was the future prime minister of India—I saw Pakistan smiling right behind him. 
But, he was more organised this time, had done quite a bit of data-mining to present himself updated, committed only a few minor bloopers and tried to establish himself as Modi’s parallel. This is an old tactics—when you can’t match a person’s quality, become his opponent to stay in news. This is called the law of ‘opposite intimacy’—opposites cling together like AB. You call A and the B comes to your memory. But, Modi has successfully been able to convey to the masses that he is matchless and way ahead of Rahul so far despite Rahul’s repeat personal attacks to gain that coupling proximity!
However, the big bribe-for-vote scandal involving Congress legislator down south ahead of Karnataka elections, only confirmed anti-Congress sentiments among the youth and the rural populations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s top poll spin doctor Amit Shah made the best use of the scandal in the last lag of the campaign. They say first impression is the last impression. But, poll dynamics say—the last impression is the indelible impression. This swings things in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karanataka.  Those who can’t decide will say its a close fight.  
 
Why Rahul is a bad idea
 
When you say farmers are demanding a “potato factory” in Firozabad and then blame the Modi government for farmers’ plight, nobody is going to take you seriously. Social media will manufacture jokes on the same line—Rahul ne kaha tiles ki kheti karvayengey, lohey kee nadi bahayegey etc. This leaves a bad spot on your image. This is what makes Rahul a bad idea in politics.
He embarrassed his party when he hugged a wrong person in a photo-op during his visit to a hospital at Una in Gujarat to meet the young Dalit men who were stripped and beaten by a group of cow vigilantes for skinning a dead cow. Do you think, Dalits will take his political hug for sympathy then? No. This is where Rahul suffers. Not only this,  he hugged a woman, mistaking her for a relative of the victims. The woman, who was unrelated to them, had a criminal record including cases of extortion and rioting. Will this serve the cause of woman and Congress quoted ‘fight for justice’ then? No. The opposition and the media will find an opportunity to run breaking news the whole day. It hits your image. This is what makes Rahul a bad idea in politics.
 
It was a classic case in Mumbai. He was delivering a pep talk to the students at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. But, the goof-up man did it again. He said, "One day you're going to run this country, run the institutions, you will be the Steve Jobs  in the Microsoft…." The video clip went viral and Rahul once again suffered an image bashing. Everybody wondered as to when Jobs joined Microsoft after co-founding Apple Inc?
 When the Congress was mounting an attack on the BJP in parliament over the thrashing of Dalit youths in Gujarat's Una, the camera caught Rahul napping with his forehead resting in his palm. The Congress had cornered the BJP then by terming it as his meditative stance. But Rahul's act gave the BJP a chance to blow the issue and butcher his image. This makes Rahul a bad idea in politics.
 
In response to President's address in Lok Sabha, Rahul referred to Chairman P. Venugopal as "Madam Speaker". But, he realised his mistake and apologised. Rahul was reading out from a paper and the one who wrote it must have assumed Sumitra Mahajan to be in the chair that day. It was hardly a gaffe but it confirmed the impression that he reads out speeches written by others. This makes Rahul a bad idea in politics.
 
While slamming the NDA government for criticising Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme in Parliament, Rahul called it just NREGA, removing Mahatama Gandhi's name. While Rahul fumbled and corrected his statement, some members of the Treasury benches shouted, "Bhool gaya, bhool gaya.”
All these events show that Rahul Gandhi is trying to do what he is not able to. Yes. Many people appreciated the way he danced to the tribal beats in Karnataka. It was really awesome and showed that he may be a bad politician but a fairly good dancer. This makes him a bad idea in politics.
 
Taking cue from Modi
 
During the Karanataka poll campaign, he tried to touch the emotional chord like Modi often does referring to his upbringing and chaywalla days. But when you don’t mean what you say, you can’t move the crowds with your emotional incursions. 
Rahul tried to play the same chord, “ My mother is Italian, she also lived larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many Indians I see. My mother sacrificed for this country, she has suffered for it.” But the BJP can always tear apart such claims by bringing in how Maneka Gandhi was thrown out of her in-laws place after Sanjay Gandhi’s demise. Maneka was even deprived of the property share and had to live with Varun in a room without furniture. Who made a bigger sacrifice—Maneka or Sonia? It is obviously Maneka.
There is something terribly wrong with Rahul as despite his best efforts, he commits a silly mistake and exposes himself. Now making a statement that the BJP has copied Congress’ manifesto only shows how immaturity hasn’t still left him. He should refrain from making irrational remarks, like, “PM Modi has anger inside him, he has anger for everyone. I am a threat to Modi, that is why he is angry on (with) me.”
There is nothing wrong if you promote yourself. But, it is utterly wrong when you launch a personality attack on somebody and paint him negatively. In the case of people like Modi, who have a huge fan-following in India and abroad, Rahul’s rudimentary remarks only expose him and affect him negatively. This is what makes Rahul a bad idea in politics.
 
What should Rahul do
 
He should take a break and introspect. Make necessary corrections and rise above anti-Modi politics. Anti-Modi politics is keeping Rahul’s better side hidden. Everybody has a better side. You can’t just dismiss one to be 100% fool. There is no doubt if Rahul gets the right advisers, he can gradually develop into an averagely good leader. The rest depends upon whether he is able to have a better vision for India. For that he will have to shed the pseudo secular mindset—Speaking for Muslims and bashing Hindus is secularism. Well, if he is able to do it, he can probably rank among the progressive leaders of our times. What we have seen so far is only the bad side of him. Rahul too should give it a thought. That is possible but seems improbable until he hops out of the anti-Modi fix.

 

 
 
 

Rajneeti

Modi catches
‘Dr Fixit-ted’ 
Oppn by the neck 
 
By Vivek Sharma
 

Charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all about his innate sincerity, dedication and commitment to pulling India ahead on growth and honour tracks. Nothing else it is. But, the opposition is taking too long to understand the phenomenon that he is unfolding everyday. 
Reason: The Aiyyars only see it with neech man! 
The opposition have no option but to evolve their political standards if they really want to match Modi’s march. That seems impossible as of now with a fractured opposition ‘Dr Fixit-ting’ themselves together and yet slavishly orbiting around Rahul Gandhi with as silly a reason as “the need of the hour.” 
I had a few interactions with some of the Left and Congress stalwarts on the issue in Delhi. They could only phrase the above quote to couch the fear —‘our survival is at stake.’ Their dilemma is palpable—pain within, smile on the face and fear of anti-corruption hammer in the heart! 
Well, it is well understood. But, Bharat needs a strong and positive challenge to Modi too. Not the one which we witness everyday, but the one which could promise ahead-of-Modi thinking and approach.  Mani Shankar Aiyyars, Chidmabarams, Digvijayas, pseudo-rationalists and award-wapsi brigade have no potential to evolve to the standards Modi has set with their present mindset steeped more in jealousy and hate than forward thinking for the country. They have practised low politics for so long that it has become their habit. And habits are hard to change. Their brand of politics is still raw, reactionary and now, after having a glimpse of a responsive politics from Modi, theirs can be bracketed as cave politics. Such is the time-gap between the two wrestlers in the ring—today’s Modi vs stone-age opposition.  No wonder then that the latter can only throw stones at him in political India and at the Indian army men in Jammu and Kashmir. 
All that the opposition does in the name of politics is reaction, which creates more confusion, raises more heat and the outcome is zero. Whereas Modi too keeps a Manmohanic silence. But, he fearlessly breaks it at the right time to release a response to the opposition. During his London visit, he did verify the fact through his poem. Instead of reciting it for the audiences, he conveyed to them the gist of it and said, “They throw stones at me, taking me for a threat. I keep my calm and make my pathway out of the stones and move ahead.”
 
What Bharat needs
 
India needs a good-stuff politics today, which has fortunately begun by Modi. But, we need to have more Modis. We can’t just depend on one. In fact, we need a mix of Manmohan Singh, the economist, and Modi, the honest politician. Let me boldly declare that Manmohan Singh is not a bad option if he gets his heart transplanted by that of Modi. Of course, this is impossible in the present scenario when we find Manmohan Singh   as present as a soldier missing in action.
 Rahul can never be an option, because he doesn’t use his brains and always takes cues from the Aiyyars, the Diggis and now India-haters in Pakistan. Pakistan’s loaded tweet on Tipu Sultan was not a coincidence. It only chirped Pakistan’s favour for Rahul’s bid to conjure up a super creative spin to outdo Modi’s charisma down south. But, Pakistan exposed it prematurely and media tore it apart like hungry wolves. Arnab, as always, did a fine Republic job of it and NDTV remained zip-lipped with eyes fixed on Congress masters.
 The people know it now that the Congress has a pro-Pak and pro-Muslim leaning to keep the Nehruvian crown on the head. Of course, it has now become a burden for some within the Congress, who are just waiting for the right moment to burst out of the Congress bubble and breathe a fresh political air. 
 
 
The rows of reason
 
Why pre-and-post independence controversies are surfacing everyday—be it Jinnah portrait row, Kashmir issue, Tipu Sultan, language issue, water disputes, name- change bid of universities, Vande mataram, Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Bharat key tukade-tukade row, now reaching Aligarh Muslim University, with direct links to J&K’s Pak supporters and many more? It is because a huge section of Indian society felt deprived, depressed and ignored even after India won independence from the British rule. 
It all started with Nehru ignoring Mahatma Gandhi’s wish for a united India, Jinnah, Nehru’s close friend, seconding the two-nation theory, with a pre-posture that he was unwilling to do so but had to do it as there was no option. Of course, it was all part of the strategy of the politically hungry post-British Raj young turks, who saw popular Mahatma, famous Netaji and patriot Sardar Patel as the three major obstacles.  It is then India got a new dynastic rule under Nehru and Bharat was left behind with Mahatma Gandhi and the likes. 
The same Bharat is now rising under Modi. This rise is not being liked by the power-hungry section which now feels psychologically sidelined by seeing the rise of Bharat. Unfortunately, the opposition is trying to lead this psychologically side-lined section to demolish Modi’s everyday growing stature but in vain so far. They fear very soon they would hear slogans “Bharat is Modi, Modi is Bharat.” It definitely wouldn’t be music to their ears. 
 
The takeaway
 
India needs more Narendra Modis to lead Bharat after Modi politics stales away and becomes monotonous in future. They should be ready now as our country shouldn’t undergo a leadership crisis and painfully suffer on social, political and economical spheres of global presence.
What is Modi politics? It is ‘no-politics’ politics that is making him popular worldwide along with Bharat to opposition’s chagrin.
What does ‘no-politics’ politics mean? It simply means positive politics which is obviously not the one that has been propagated by low-minded, low-brow and nonsensical reactionists.  It is the Mahabharat-time truth that during the battle between reaction and response, the response wins as it is a well-processed, well thought-out blow for a purpose. Whereas a reaction is just a vent to jealousy and hate without a purpose. It loses its drive after some time and drops on its knees like Duryodhan just before breathing his last.
 
 
 
 

 

POWER PLAY:ASIA

Dragon has tied its own tail around its neck!

China’s $900bn road project to weave a new trading world is nothing but the dragon’s expansionist move to redefine borders, debt-trap weak and failing nations into its dominance and strategically weapon-line borders with India to keep the lion in cage.
China plans to build the road through the Doka La (Donglang), a narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India (Sikkim), China (Tibet) and Bhutan. It will run till Tibet and then it will pass through the Pak-occupied Kashmir, the Indian territory, and link up to the Arabian sea. In the east and south, it has a marine route through the Indian ocean from Bangladesh till Sri Lanka. It will course up the India marine borders and link up to dominate the Arabian sea.
 
What it means?
Dragon wants to trap India from all sides. From Bangladesh to Sri Lanka through the marine route and from the sensitive Bhutan, Sikkim, Tibet and PoK through blacktop road.  But, what makes China’s intent clearer is that it has strategically planned the routes through undefined borders with India and its disputed territory with Pakistan. It is called Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. Technically speaking, once these roads have been built, India will be caged from all sides. This will also affect its road pacts with Afghanistan and adjoining areas. However, India is not a weak nation. It knows  China’s geopolitical ambitions  and has already made strategical deployments to disrupt the road and its users wherever it is necessary. India is not going to back out now and that is what angers China. According to experts, what China is unable to foresee is the big risk of building a road— The one who controls the road will have the last word. China doesn’t underestimate India’s military surprises and hence it has restrained itself from engaging in a Pakistan-like battle since 1967. China wants India to remember the 1962 defeat. Which, war veterans and analysts blame on former Indian prime minister Nehru’s wrong decision and ignoring Sardar Patel’s warning in 1957 of China’s evil plans. However, Nehru ignored them and India was taken by surprise in 1962.   According to defence experts, Indian troops were stranded in the tough mountainous terrain in the absence of reinforcement, recharge, supplies of food and arms and “endless wait for orders from an indecisive and inexperienced strategic leadership formed by Nehru’s sycophants then”. However, there are recounts that despite this, the Chinese army had almost given up against the Indian army. But, when they came to know about demoralisation among the Indian troops, they mounted the final attack and won. 
China also knows what happened in 1967 around the Nathu La and Cho La passes in Sikkim. These are  mountain passes in the Himalayas. They connect the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region and are strategic on all counts. Any weak-kneed presence here will mean Chinese stronghold and its unopposed access to the Indian territory, which may make India vulnerable. That is the reason why India doesn’t allow any concrete buildup here from China. In 1967, the Indian army had decimated the Chinese and there are accounts that Gorkha regiment braves had  slain a large number of Chinese army men with their khukris (specially angled knives) after they ran out of ammunition. China had no option but to retreat and call for ceasefire then.
 
Nehruvian bias
Unfortunately, the Congress’ Nehruvian bias for Kashmir and its “inaction” for 70 years has given Pakistan enough room within Kashmir to have its way. Pakistan is the main reason of terrorism in J&K. Terrorists are calling for Islamic rule here now. The Pak-occupied Kashmir is already witnessing a revolt of sorts against Pakistan for allowing China to build a road through it besides atrocities by the state in order to suppress them. Balouchis too are being suppressed by Pak army to neutralise their resistance as far as the road is concerned. Pakistan is  an economically weak state, which gets monetary support from America. However, it knows that the USA may stop the aid after Modi-Trump handshake. Therefore, it has openly shifted towards China, in the hope of getting the financial support from it. This is what dragon has been wanting since long. Pakistan doesn’t realise one simple fact that China will now dominate it and make it part of its expansionist strategy. India has diplomatically isolated Pakistan and China to some extent. But, now is the time for action. India has one clear option before it that is to weed out Pak terror links in J&K, slaves of China and Pakistan within the country and neutralise all political anti-nationals growing thereon. India should also make strategic deployment along the borders with China with an aim to demolishing latter’s access points and installations within five minutes if a battle breaks out. Here the air support in the strikes will be necessary along with the Navy vessels guarding the sea and serving as take-off points for the fighter planes from this direction. According to a strategist, India is strongly placed along the border and the drill is to surprise, paralyse and decimate the enemy. Can’t be disclosed further. The only sentence that can define it is—Dragon will be brought down in 25 minutes in the region.
 
According another expert, India should launch phase  2 of its Op Clean-up in J&K and begin to dominate the PoK through surgical strikes on Pakistan army and terror camps simultaneously in the region. Once the PoK is under India’s command, India can disrupt the Chinese road to power! Without the road, China cannot send its troops in and any misadventure through the sky will be shot down immediately. 
 
India-China dynamics
India should not let China weave a silk noose around it. Dare, disrupt and decimate the dragon should be the war cry now. China fears India’s growing dominance in the region. It knows that India is the biggest consumer market and a fast-growing  economic power in the world. But, on the contrary, Chinese economy is down the slope. If India blocks all legal and illegal trade channels weaving into its land, it can deal a big blow to China, which is fast losing ground around the world on account of bad-quality products. It is facing the side-effects of mass production, an example all growing nations must learn from. Sustaining a full-fledged war with India will be a big drain on it. Therefore, it will choose small-scale territorial battles with India, which we have mastered to perfection. According to experts, China will face a multiple-break-down syndrome within six months to one year, as the delay in its road project will only weaken it. Already resistance from various countries to its road project has started getting intense.  It is time for India to put its foot down and assert its territorial dominance.  
 
Road a risk for China
We all think that China is aiming to become the world power by building the trade road across the world with the cooperation of 70-odd countries. There are many other things which are planned along the road— gaslines, rail lines etc, power lines  etc. However, what is the guarantee of the safety of the road, especially when ISIS and other Islamic forces are hell bent upon realising their Caliphat dream? If the nations from which this road passes deploy their security forces then who will bear that cost? Will China bear it all? No. China has made it look a cooperative project and hence the burden will be that of the country in the spot. Will it not mean additional burden on that country then? In the absence of a proper monitoring of this trade route, the situation will just remain the same. Even disgruntled groups will try to take control of the road. Because, then this road alone will be the target of attack of various terrorist organisations and local disgruntled groups. China will be able to handle two or three such invasions. Finally, the trade route will become the new war zone and instead of prospering the member nations, it will become a future trouble for them. China will wait for this moment and then intervene and try to capture the entire route itself. The control of which will mean the rule of China across the world. But, it will be full of challenges from different nations. Here comes the risk for China. The road will be captured by various groups and nations with their respective armies in order to  defy China. To combat the situation, China would like to make military zones along the road. The idea which will again prove to be counter-productive. Considering all the chances, China has risked its very existence in the project. I hope China will have no option in the end then giving the control of the road to the country’s army and that would mean increase in goods’ prices as each country will demand its maintenance cut from the freight charges.  Experts say dragon has tied its neck around its own tail.
 
Vivek Sharma

 

SOUTH ASIA

Why neutralising Pakistan in J&K is important now?

Pakistan is torn among three inherent forces—the army, the Jihadis and a weak lobby of neo-democrats as their puppets. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has only politico-religious ambitions which it has been trying to further by militarisation through loaned money from the US, the IMF and the logistics from China. Its needless interference in J&K, Afghanistan and bordering Iran are a few examples of its Babaric designs. Atrocities on the peoples of Baloochistan and portion of Kashmir under its possession are examples of what it will do if it gets full control over J&K.
It is economically infirm and has just been reduced to a brute force of misled Islamists, who hold more guns than the bills in their pockets. Poverty has become another tool for the masterminds to draw in youngsters, inject them with the venom of misplaced Islam and make them a sacrificial goat to trigger terror in Kashmir and make its presence felt. Even its own people are feeling choked under it careless, reckless and stubborn posturing at the world stage. They have no option but to side with the wrong for fear of repression and revenge from Jihadis. Pakistan is funding and pampering the peaceniks and pro-Islamic radical elements in India to further its covert operations on the Bharatiya land. One should have no confusion in the mind that it will not stop at Kashmir—-it is just part one of the overall Islamic designs which should not be treated as Asia-specific phenomenon alone. 
 
What are we doing?
 
The present Central government led by prime minister Narendra Modi has so far taken all the right steps to diplomatically isolate Pakistan by exposing its designs through  multi-layered interactions with the nations that matter. The effects are visible. The second major step it has taken is keeping an eye on Islamic radicals which help Pakistan directly and indirectly. This is accompanied by hunting down ISI and ISIS agents, who had been operating covertly under a blind political leadership which has ruled the nation for over 60 years. The effects are visible—this has angered Pakistan and its sympathisers within India, who in a mad rush to prove a point, have resorted to all sorts of insurgent activities in J&K—pelting security forces with stones, attacking and humiliating armed forces and offering resistance to liquidate terrorists holed up in residential localities. This is exactly what the national security strategists wanted—expose interference of Pakistan radicalised youngsters in Kashmir. Killing of a young Kashmiri Muslim army officer, release of videos of torture of patriot Kashimiri youngsters, waving of flags of ISIS and Pakistan in J&K by youngsters, political parties’ openly supporting stone pelters and Hurriyat and the ruling Mehboobas kidgloving the pelters, all fall in line with the national security strategists’ gameplan. In fact, it all began pronounced after India’s intrusively damaging surgical strike on Pak-supported terror groups in PoK. The successful strike proved to the world community that India now can take an aggressive stand to defend its territory and  people. This not only upset the Hafiz Saeeds in Pakistan, but also the army generals there who were shocked as they couldn’t even dream of such a move from Bharat. Interestingly, national strategists’ gameplan provoked them so much so that the Pakistan masterminds had no option but to come out in the open with their supporters in Bharat and on their own land. This is what the Modi  government had wanted. 
Pakistan stupidly stands exposed in front of the world communities, which not only have their own intelligence and eye-in-the-sky inputs to corroborate Pakistan designs in Kashmir but also the ones proved by Pakistan’s brazen acts in reaction. Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jhadhav’s kidnapping from Iran and forced confession on camera has left the rogue nation in a soup at the International Court of Justice. There too Pakistan couldn’t prove why it announced the death sentence of Jhadhav when Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister Sartaj Aziz had already said that evidence was insufficient to prove Jhadhav was engaged in terror acts in Pakistan. Representing the Indian side, Harish Salve challenged Pakistan with violation of Article 36 of the Vienna convention by Pakistan by refusing India consular access to Jhadhav to represent his case. Pakistan failed to reply and only peddled lies even after it was snubbed by the ICJ by rejecting its plea to play the alleged confession by Jhadhav.
 
 
 How Bharat will act now
 
Strategically, Bharat is better placed now to carry out its offensive plan to neutralise Pakistan in Kashmir and reclaim its land under the rogue nation’s occupation. It can begin any day now. Maybe, it should begin now, if the national security strategists have covered the in-land with offensive intelligence-and-neutralise network to its satisfaction. What Pakistan doesn’t know is that Bharatiya intelligence has multiple layers and that it is keeping a magnified watch on Pakistan from the skies. Pakistan is mistaken that India only has weapons which it is aware of. What makes it think that Bharat doesn’t pack a surprise? It doesn’t know that the drones, which are in vogue now, were used by Bharat during the 1965 war with Pakistan. But, they were only used for intelligence gathering. It was a surprise which the Pakistan army couldn’t deal with despite having the best weapons donated by the USA. Bharat will first use its impeccable ground surveillance  and classical offensive tactics through multiple surgical strikes on Pakistan. Who knows Baloochis may get Afghan and Iran armies’ support and may attack Pakistan nastily from the rear and Bharat from the PoK side. Don’t forget the Arabian sea, which locks Pakistan in and gives Bharat a clear advantage in case of a coordinated strike by air, ground and water forces. According to a war strategist, Bharat will not give Pakistan any opportunity to recover in case of a full-fledged war. He goes on to say that Pakistan’s major problem is its strong-headed and hot-headed offensive tactics, which does work initially, but peters out in the absence of an economic backup. However, according to him, Bharat will render Pakistan irrelevant, crippled and paralysed with its concerted surgical strikes—which Pakistan will not be able to match in the absence of intelligence feed from its J&K  supporters. Obviously, they will be the first target of the strikes, he says, adding the stage has been cleared for the purpose.
 
Options before insurgents
 
Bharat has already won the tactical battle against Pakistan and its sympathisers in J&K on three counts. 
  1. It has proved that the political governance led by the Kashmiri political outfits in J&K ineffective, redundant and biased. 
  2. Hurriyat, which enjoys inside support from some political outfits in Kashmir and Pakistan outside, will be on one foot after they are cut off from the  political strings.
  3. Pakistan only supports them through covert funding, on-land insurgency support and ideology. However, offensive ground surveillance of Bharat has already plugged these taps through multilayered tactics—nabbing the money hands, nailing the agents, neutralising the couriers,etc. 
  4. In this case, the radicals within Bharat will have only two options—-run away or go underground. 
  5. But, national security strategists have already plugged those possibilities through various strategic moves. Bharatiya external affairs office has already done its part. Therefore, the radicals will neither be allowed to run away nor go underground. They will be neutralised through various means. This will be visible after sometime, forces indicate.
 
 
What about China
 
China is already going through a rough patch. The US and the UK markets have shrunk for it. What now remains for it is the South-Asian market share, which Bharat and Japan have already begun to capture. China is directly and indirectly depending on Bharatiya market to sustain its economy, which, at present, has dipped to 5%-odd growth. In this situation, China can have anti-India global posturing but it cannot afford suicidal adventurism. China can only remain strong in Asia if it remains friendly with Bharat, because Russia is growing very fast within its shell— it is not allowing the world to see its growth pattern. China knows it that Russia will pose a real threat to it in future if the dragon survived the dry market spell. 
According to a defence strategist, Bharat’s first priority should be to neutralise Pakistan in Kashmir. The moment it is done, China will sober down. In fact, it has already begun to distance itself from Pakistan, because it knows the moment PoK is out of Pakistan’s illegal occupation, it cannot realise its investment but only by constructively engaging with India. India either will buy off  economically weak China’s highway to power or partner ownership with it, if better sense prevailed  in China. But, this is a distant future. The immediate reality is Pakistan in J&K.
 
 
Vivek Sharma

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SANSKRITI SCIENCE

Cure for a Doubting Thomas!

Who says doubt cannot be cured?
By Vivek Sharma

Presence of a doubt in the mind only shows that you have the foundation for it in your memory already! What is that foundation or the layout? 
It is simply a jumble of certain stored up unverified experiences from which bubble out thoughts, images and words (sounds). Even when you are enjoying positive thoughts, this doubt format will throw up ideas to negate that. There is an unseen clash of thoughts within which remains unresolved and what you experience is doubt. You wouldn’t even know where the positive thoughts have vanished thereafter. The only mistake we commit is that we let it go unresolved—this firms it up and it increases its interference. 
 
The Science of Cure
 
People say there is no cure for a Doubting Thomas. But there is if you diligently follow the instructions of Krishna in the Bhagwad Gita.
He has used a Sanskrit phrase as the principle cure for it. In fact, He is always talking applied science, but we have somehow restricted it to the now-understood Spiritual awareness. 
However, He conveys through the Gita that spirituality is nothing but a science of evolution from what you are to what you can be. In Discourse Eight He uses a phrase to get rid of the format which conditions the human life and is responsible for giving him doubt perceptions too.  He says, “अन्तकाले  मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम् यः प्रयाति  मद्भावं याति ना अस्ति अत्र संशयः।।
Here the meaning of the word कलेवरम्  is the key in the context and then the phrase ना अस्ति अत्र संशयः कल means semen and वरwhich is formed out of it. Now if we get deeper into the word we shall find that here Krishna is talking about the chromosomes (गुणसूत्र) where is coded everything, even the doubt format! Now Krishna says if you want to get rid of संशयः, just commit Me to your memory—as The Principle, who is All Perfect, All Powerful, All Present.  Till what time? Till अन्तकाले, till the exclusion of the doubting thought. What will happen if you do so? Krishna says “ मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम्। यः प्रयाति  मद्भावं”, remembering Me, you get rid of the chromosomal format and reach My Dimension, Format, Energy.  What happens then? Krishna says ना अस्ति अत्र संशयः, there is no doubt then in this respect!
 
Jump Out of It!
 
Krishna’s principle to kill or cure doubt is to leave the format by evolving to the higher idea, using your memory, or by filling up your memory with this idea to the exclusion of the doubt. A moment shall come when the higher idea shall prevail and doubt shall be non-extent. It will as if you have taken the staircase and reached the roof top which opens into the infinity, leaving the ground floor which has a particular format, dimension operative on those living in there!
 
So, leave the conditioned ground, take the staircase and reach the rooftop of infinite possibility. No doubt here.  It is a necessary action since Krishna says संशयात्मा विनश्यति, a doubting person is destroyed. ज्ञानासिनात्मनः छित्त्वैनं संशयं योगमातिष्ठोत्तिष्ठ भारत, use the sword of right knowledge ( commit Me to memory), cut this conditioning doubt format, get to the right combination or format, get up! O Bharat
 
 

Know your six good friends!

 
None can make you suffer if you have six good friends.
 
By Vivek Sharma

Life is a mystery for scientists who are still finding its range expanding into non-living entities. Well, let them do their job. Let’s understand and practise what our rishis taught us as a science of living. 
 
Who could be a better teacher than Krishna Himself who first publicly declared the science in the form of the Bhagwad Gita so that future generations could get hold of the science and live like kings of their kingdoms even as scientists struggled to unravel life itself!
 
You are lucky if you have been exposed to the Bhagwad Gita or the Vedas and the Vedanta or any form of Bharatiya spiritual literature, which is nothing but a science hidden in mythical stories. 
 
There are certain dimensions which people must know at the very outset —(1) Who are they ? (2) What is their relative position in the cosmos? These basic questions have to be found answer to in order to reach the scientific dimension of life.  
These two questions have been answered by Krishna very clearly.
 
 
 
Who are you?
 
Krishna says you are not body, you are the one who lives in it. So, you are the resident of the body. The body is called देह and the resident देही। What is the nature of देही ? Krishna says देही नित्यमवध्यो अयम्  देहे सर्वस्य भारत। The देही, without exception, cannot be killed, destroyed or annihilated. It is without a break (नित्यम्). What is देह ? अन्तवन्त इमे देहा , all these bodies that you see all around have a beginning and an end without exception.  What is the identifying feature of the देही हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे। This resident of the body doesn’t die even when the body dies. Because, it is not perishable. Body is perishable.  So why fear? You don’t die it is the body which dies. What is the body? Krishna explains it beautifully too. 
He says इदं शरीरं कौन्तेय क्षेत्रमिति अभिधीयते। This body, O Son of Kunti, is considered to be a field, an area, a circle, a plot. He says this body is a compound— it is made up of various things, which are together called देह. He broadly describes that the compound is made up of five elements, ego, intellect, memory (अव्यक्तम्, from where the entire pattern of the body-mind system has come out. It is also called Prakriti, which is pre-formed), 10 senses and one mind, five objects of the senses, conditional consciousness made up of like-dislike, happiness-misery  and will power with its relative derivatives. To simply understand it all, the body is a combination of five elements, ego, memory, intellect, mind, senses and sensory system ( ‘conditional consciousness of like-dislike and the will force with its derivatives) and their objects together are called the body. All this is perishable. It can separate and disintegrate into its elements. Krishna says you are not this body. You are the resident of the body, which doesn’t perish. But, the tragedy is that the resident of this colony doesn’t know how to have relations with all the constituents! This is what makes him suffer as sufferor of the resident of the house which has poor water supply, electricity and the ceiling is with many leaks as he doesn’t maintain a good relationship with the house.
 
 
What is the relationship
 
Krishna simplifies things for common man as a mother gives her child to eat what he can digest. He says in Discourse three, seven that the body can be simplified into a combination of the intellect, the mind, the sensory system, the body and the outside like spheres around the centre of Intelligent Energy.
At the centre of the heart is the focal point of Intelligent Energy, then is the intellect, then the mind, then the sensory system, then the body and then the outside. The resident of the body has to have relationship with Intelligent Energy first, then the intellect, then the mind, then the sensory system, then the body and then the outside—that is the entire universe. Unless, you have a relationship with Intelligent Energy, your relationship with the intellect will be infirm and so shall be with the mind and the rest. That is what is happening everywhere. The basic relationship that we must have is with Intelligent Energy first. The moment it is done, our relationship with the intellect and the rest will be streamlined and we shall excel as human beings in the entire universe. That is why Sanjay says wherever Krishna, Intelligent Energy is, wherever Parth, Intellect, its receiver, is there success, victory and the rest. What do we mean by having a healthy relationship with Intelligent Energy is simply having a practical relationship with It. The intellect should receive its command, so the mind should receive the intellect’s command  and the same for the rest. Here, no one part will have a sole propriety. It  is, in majority of cases, the mind, which misleads the intellect and turns things haywire for the resident of the body. Everything falls in place once we learn to maintain our relationships with the (1) IE, (2) The Intellect, (3) The Mind, (4) The Sensory System (5) The Body, (6) The Outside. 
All that we need is to maintain the six relationships and turn them into our friends. The five can only have a healthy relationship with you if you have inculcated a good relationship with Intelligent Energy, which is there in every heart. It is there whether you see It or not. You just have to understand it. None can defeat you or make you suffer if you have these six good friends!
 
 

 

Universal energy vs Trapped energy

You are born with trapped energy, need to release it!
By Vivek Sharma

Anything that you hold to yourself is going to crystalise as memory, which will be the format of your whole life thereafter.This crystalisation means nothing but trapping of some energy into the unit of memory called karma. This trapped energy propels you to act out what you have stored. Actually this energy is working itself out. But, since we associate with it as the  owner, our ego experiences itself as the doer. It suffers when the results don’t fall into the format and it exhilarates when they do.

If you want to tap into the universal source of energy, then the first law is don’t hold on to yourself anything, be it the result of action, action, experience of action or anything which makes the energy to get stocked up for future conditional manifestation—a situation is nothing but a conditional manifestation of this trapped energy, called memory. The Sanskrit term Drona exactly explains this.  In fact, experience of action is born out of our will to expect results! You are bound to expect a particular result as your ego is in play, however, it is the trapped energy which is working itself out! You don’t know about it, but yogis do.
 
What Krishna says
 
Krishna says this energy gets trapped in four major forms. (1) Association (2) love (3) hate (4) The desire for a result. What a threadbare analysis of the human brain, the seat of trapped energy! He says the perfect manifestation of the Universal energy is possible only when these conditional barriers are removed. The moment it is done, the energy resumes its course and assumes its universal dimension again. Wherever this event happens, there karma becomes the manifestation of Universal energy and not trapped energy. Trapped energy only expresses through association, love, hate and desire for result. However, when the trapped energy resumes its universal dimension, the person gets anchored into the centre of it all, called Intelligent Energy. 

 

So what to do
 
That is a genuine question. We all are born and hence have stocked up trapped energies, which if not carefully manifested will only lead to situation after situation and keep us away from our universal dimension. Krishna gives us the clue in Shloka 23 of Discourse 18.
नियतं सङ्गरहितमरागद्वेषतः कृतम्।
अफलप्रेप्सुना कर्म यत्तत्सात्त्विकमुच्यते।।
 
Two words need attention here. They have been smartly used by Krishna to guide us to the deeper dimension of the truth He mentions. They are नियतं  and सात्त्विकमुच्यतेनियतं means what you are born with and you can’t change. It also means Shastraniyatam. It doesn’t contradict the meanings given by Adi Shankaracharya and the rest. But, yes it takes you to the real dimension of it all. What is shastra? It is nothing but an outward extension of verified memory. A few great souls realised certain principles, verified them and made them mandatory for the rest. That is called niyatam. But, for a change take the meaning you are born with, can’t be changed, that is memory. सात्त्विकमुच्यते has many meanings. But, the core meaning is released in natural dimension of energy. मुच्यते means that if we take मुच् as its root. Even if we take उच्यते, it means the same. It traditionally means कहा जाता है। That is perfectly all right. But, the word has come out of उच् root, which means to enjoy, to be one with, to lift etc. Reading the whole word then would mean ‘lifted to the natural dimension of energy’.
The whole shloka means: 
The one who lets out karma energy (trapped energy) by not associating with it, by not conditioning it with liking and hating, that person who expects no result, karma consequently (तत्) becomes the pathway ( यत् the channel) to release energy to its natural dimension. 
 
Now you know why Krishna talks of doing karma without expecting results or without holding on to yourself anything. It is a complete science. We need to understand it and then our life will be a huge karma to manifest Intelligent Energy. 
Well, in the yogic parlance this event of releasing the trapped energy is called समाधान (the state of resolution) and the state is called समाधि। Krishna is talking about the science to be in समाधि —which is nothing but turning our karmas into the channels of Energy manifestation (ref to Beejankuri: The Seed of Bhagwad Gita, Chapters, 11 onwards). This science can be applied to resolve our day-to-day problems too. Are you ready?
 
 

 

ज्ञानाग्निदग्धकर्माणं

Energy is superior to ego, as fire is to ice!

By Vivek Sharma


Nothing works without energy! Take it for sure. You may have loads of information. But, if it is not converted into energy —ज्ञानाग्नि— it is  good for nothing. ज्ञानाग्नि can literally be translated as Intelligent Energy.
Intelligent Energy is the cosmic energy, the source of everything created and uncreated. The same energy is pulsating in every heart, at every centre of what we see around. The seat of this energy is the heart. 
In the following shloka, Krishna clarifies as to if the motive force of your actions is limited, the actions will be imperfect and will have repercussions. But, if it is infinitely huge as Intelligent Energy, the action accomplished shall be naturally perfect.
 
यस्य सर्वे समारम्भाः कामसङ्कल्पवर्जिता
ज्ञानाग्निदग्धकर्माणं तमाहुः पण्डितं बुधाः ।। 19/4
 
 It means—The, one whose initiatives are without selfish desire and imagination (assumptions) and are inspired by Intelligent Energy instead, such a person is called Pundit (expert) by the wise.
 
Who is an expert?
 
Here in this shloka Krishna says that normal actions have lust and imagination as the two motive powers. They stem from the memory network that you have built up life after life. This memory network juts out as a root system of nerves from the brain stem. Neurone is called karma. Yes, karma is a biological reality. So, instead of memory energising your actions and initiatives, if energy, that is pulsating at the centre of your heart energises your neurones, karmas (ज्ञानाग्निदग्धकर्माणं) then you will carry out those actions perfectly. Such a person whose motive of action is ज्ञानाग्नि is called by the wise ( बुधाः) a Pundit, an expert, the one whose actions don’t fail . Therefore, the message is clear—let your actions be inspired by Intelligent Energy and then they will be perfectly carried out. As long as your motive forces are lust ( selfish desire ) and imagination, your actions will not be perfect. Selfish desire and imagination are the faculties of the memory and not energy. They have limited dimensions and hence limited results. 
 
Hanuman Ji and Kamsa
 
Now think for a while about Hanuman Ji.  His actions are inspired by energy and not memory faculties and look what great feasts He could accomplish for Ram. Now think about Kamsa. His actions were inspired by selfish desire and imagination. He could hold the cattle of Brij hostage for sometime, but then Krishna, inspired by energy, demolished him through perfect action.
We all have that energy within. All that we need to do is inspire all actions with this energy. Just keep selfish desire and imagination out of play and energy will inspire actions itself.
The only obstacle to this is memory, which is nothing but the power of ego. So, technically speaking your ego is your restrictor, you limiter.
In discourse 18, Krishna makes the concept of perfect action (that is ego-less action, that is ज्ञानाग्निदग्धकर्माणं) clear. He says when energy is your motive force instead of ego, even the worst of actions will be perfect and hence won’t tie you down to results, or repercussions.
 
यस्य नाहङ्कृतो भावो बुद्धिर्यस्य  लिप्यते।
हत्वापि  इमाँल्लोकान्न हन्ति  निबध्यते ।। १७
 
It means— the one, whose actions are not inspired by ego (selfish desire and imagination), his intellect doesn’t get away from the line of inspiration of Intelligent Energy (ref to physical hierarchy, Dis 3, where intellect is the receiver of Intelligent Energy),  doesn’t get tied down by results even if he destroys the whole world, as he doesn’t (since Intelligent Energy does it, not him). It is a perfect action. Krishna has given an extreme example to clear what actions become after it is inspired by Intelligent Energy. As long as your motive force of action is small, ego-led, memory-led, your actions are bound to be imperfect, not in harmony with natural. That is what is the secret of action is as per Krishna. Nothing works without energy! Energy is mightier than ego, as fire is to ice. Fire dissolves ego and gives it a flow!

Musalman-ism and Ishlam are not one

Let not religion become a political tool for supremacy

By Vivek Sharma

Is aggression part of religion? No. But, when a religion becomes politically ambitious, aggression becomes its basic driving force. Aggression always comes with its wife disruption and children, hate and violence. Now you can see how aggressive religion is nothing but a tool to fulfill political ambition. Wherever there has been such aggressive incursions, domination of the mild occurred and later the mild got together into one sea, rose like a tsunami and consumed the domination of the divisive forces.

Today we are facing, exactly the phase wherein the domination of aggressive religion has to be dissipated. Look around and you will find how aggressive politicism is raising its hood everywhere—Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bharat, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea and even China. But, the epicentre of this change is central Asia, Bharat to be precise. 

 

Let’s catch its roots

 

Before I get into the details of it, I would like to give you a glimpse of how 5000-odd years ago, Ved Vyas had predicted the plight that we face today in the Bhavishya Puran. So, exact and so precise, yet we only put Nostradamus on top and amaze at his vague predictions as ‘oh so exact’! Actually, we have been systematically brain-washed by a sham secular brigade which only believes in secularism which serves their purpose and keeps up their exclusivity. Anything against this formula is threat to them. 

Yes, I am talking about Musalman-ism and those who believe in the same ideology. I have nothing against Islam, which is nothing but a combination of two Sanskrit words, ईश + लम् , ईश means the All Pervasive Ruler of the Worlds, लम् means the love for. Therefore, ईश + लम् means the love for the All Pervasive  Ruler of the worlds. As a path, it means the way which disciplines you as the lover of the All Pervasive  Ruler of the Worlds. ईशलम् has been existent well before Islam, its crude, derivative came into being with the advent of Muhammad. However, ईशलम् before was particularly the Vedic system of loving God, it had no aggression then. Therefore, we can very well separate it from what we have in its crude name today. 

 

 

Created for Chaos

 

If you have gone through the Tripurasura samvad in the Puranas, you will come to know that Lord Vishnu created a bald man with clad in white clothes, covered face and instructed him to propagate anti-Vedic ways. He didn’t name that person then. Later, in the Bhavishya Purana, we get the line clear when Suta Ji predicting about Kaliyuga and talking about how Raja Bhoj, the Tenth, crossing Kashmir, Gandhar and Sindhu River reached the Shiva temple in the desert, after having defeated mlecchas, tribals and nomads. He worships the Shiva there and then gets the instructions from Him. Shiva or  Isha tells him how the land from Sindhu River till this place had been polluted by the nomads and that he should get back to his place immediately.

Shiva tells Raja Bhoj, the tenth.

म्लेच्छैस्सुदूषिता भूमिर्वाहीका नाम विश्रुता।

आर्यधर्मो हि नैवात्र वाहिके देशदारुणे ।।

बभूवात्र महामयी यो असौ दग्धो मया पुरा।

त्रिपुरो बलिदैत्येन प्रेषितः पुनरागतः।।

अयोनिः स वरो मत्तः प्राप्तवान्दैत्यवर्धनः।

महामद इति ख्यातः पैशाचकृतितत्परः ।।

 

This means—The land, where the king had offered the pujas to Shiva, is known as Vaahik, where aarya dharma, human dignity and superiority, is not even in traces. Even My place has been sullied. Tripura, whom I had burnt alive in his last birth, is reborn, who will be instrumental in growth of those who would crush and dominate the people with evil and disharmonic activities. He is known as Mahamad, who will naturally be inclined to activities which use force and are against human laws.

 

Mahamad’s Ideology

 

The Bhavishya Puran mentions that this Mahamad confronts the king near the Sindhu while the latter was returning and spoke to him in sweet words and almost convinced him to accept his ideology. However, a servant of Mother Kali, Kalidas, a pandit who accompanied the king, saved the king and burnt Mahamad with his power. This is metaphorical — burning means depriving Mahamad of his mortal garments, however, allowing him to remain as the spirit. According to the Puran, his followers took his relics to Vahik. They placed the relics in the middle of the land. It is called Madhinpur (now Madina), now a pilgrimage for Mahamad’s followers. The death of Mohammad too is shrouded in controversy—some say he was offered a poisoned lamb by a Jewish girl, some say he died of illness, some say he died of illness after having the poisoned lamb offered by a jewish girl.  Jews are fire worshippers and hence the Bhavishya Puran says Mahamad was burnt.

About Mahamad’s ideology, Shiva puts it in a few words spoken by Mahamad to King Bhoj.

 

उवाच भूपतिं प्रेम्णा मायामदविशारद:।

तव देवो महाराज मम दासत्वमागतः।।

ममोच्छिष्ठं सभुञ्जीयाद्यथा तत्पश्य भो नृप।

इतिश्रुत्वा तथा दृष्ट्वा परं विस्मयमागतः ।।

 

 It means—Mahamad spoke to King Bhoj in a sweet voice. Your Shiva, O King, has become my slave. He eats my leftovers, see this for yourself. Seeing this, the king got confused and taken aback. 

Your Shiva is my slave, he eats my leftovers, see for yourself—this statement gives the entire philosophy of Mahamad. They have scorn for Hindu idols and treat them as badly as they treat slaves. And they will act everything to show to the world, to convince the world with manufactured proofs of their claim. They circulate lies convincingly. Now see around yourself. Aren’t majority of believers of Mohammad doing it all around you? Think and analyse. Don’t hate anybody. But, devise a way to deal with such creatures.

Mahamad reveals to the king in his spirit form and says that he is doing it as the command of Isha Himself. He admits that Arya dharm is the supreme dharma and gives the signs to identify his followers.

 

रात्रौ स देवरूपश्च बाहुमायाविशारदः।

पैशाचं देहामास्थाय भोजराजं हि स अब्रवीत्।।

आर्यधर्मो हि ते सर्वधर्मोत्तमः स्मृतः।

ईशाज्ञया करिष्यामि पैशाचं धर्मदारुणम्।।

लिंङ्गच्छेदी शिखाहिनः श्मश्रुधारी स दूषकः।

उच्चालापी सर्वभक्षी भविष्यति जनो मम।।

विना कौलं च पशवस्तेषां भक्ष्या मता मम।

मुसलेनैव संस्कारः कुशैरिव भविष्यति जनो 

मम।।

तस्मात् मुसलवन्तो हि जायतो धर्मदूषकाः। 

इति पैशाचधर्मश्च भविष्यति मया कृतः।।

It means—at night, Mahamad in his spirit form appeared before the king and admitted that Arya Dharm is the best dharm, know it for sure. I am propagating disharmonic dharm under the command of Isha (Shiva) Himself. My followers will get their penis circumcised. They will not keep any tuft but will have beard without moustaches and corrupt everything that exists. They will create uproar, raise voices against everything. They will sacrifice animals without proper Vedic traditions. Instead of following the kusha sanskaar, they will follow musal (मुसलेनैव संस्कारः a surgical instrument with a crescent- shape or club-like cutting edge, used in circumcision. Musal is also the event when the moon is in its crescent shape with a star). Since they will follow the musal traditions, they will be called मुसलवन्तो—मुसलमान, who shall be धर्मदूषकाः violaters of human laws. And the same way, this disharmonic dharma created by me, shall reach its end. 

 

Violence Dynamics

 

Now look around with objectivity. What do you find during anti-CAA protests, JNU violence? A log of false propaganda, voices, violence and a ceaseless effort to convince people that CAA is anti-Musalman. They are just doing what Mahamad of Bhavishya Puran had talked about his followers—तस्मात् मुसलवन्तो हि जायतो धर्मदूषकाः— मुसलवन्तो—मुसलमान, who shall be धर्मदूषकाः violaters of human laws. There is only one way to deal with such fellowmen. Use power the right way against them and uphold human dignity. The only solution to this ever-growing problem of false propaganda, uproar and baseless opposition is to strictly enforce the power of law. Don’t be sparing in your approach even if there is a lot of clamour against it. Uttar Pradesh chief minister and union home minister Amit Shah are making use of the law the right way. In fact, there should be more such examples—lathi of the law for the disharmonic and hugs of love for the harmonic. Let not religion become a political tool for supremacy.

 

 
 
 
 

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Rabolu has written the book lying on a bed. It is a result of his spiritual experiences and visions, which he had through astral travels. He says he travelled to the Venus and the Mars through his astral body and investigated cultures thriving there on. This book, he writes, is his message to the humanity, which he fears, has invited doom and death by forgetting human values. He  says that the Red Planet is fast approaching the earth and will consume it one day, contrary to what the scientists suggest. Rabolu exposes scientists’ hypocrisy and writes that human beings are losing their precious life everyday by resorting to evil and selfish means. They could have developed themselves through scientific spirituality and lived a free life like Venusians and Martians.
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The writer has a special message in the chapter The Death. He compares evil human tendencies with the roots of the tree. He writes, “Such is our ego and that of humanity: The thick roots, which hold up the tree, symbolise the main defects like lust, revenge, anger , pride and many others. And the small roots represent the details: these tine manifestations that belong to such and such a defect, which we do not see as a defect but in fact they nourish it. The ego is fed by all these tiny small details, of which we have a large number…Everybody who wants to be saved…”.we should start disintegrating all negative things “in a serious way.”
He endorses the Vedic thought and writes, “There is another spark within us, called the Divine Mother . Her task is to disintegrate the defects with a lance she has. You need to ask the inner Divine Mother : “My Mother , pull this defect out of me and disintegrate it with your lance. She will do so, as it is her task to help use in this manner.” Rabolu writes this is the only way humanity can improve spiritually and save itself from the impending danger. 
 
It is a good read for those who love spiritual travels, as Rabolu discuses certain mantras to this effect too. I don’t endorse them neither does krrisha.com. However, we must appreciate the writer’s concern for saving the humanity.

 

 

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God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita (Set of 2 Volumes) is a beautiful in- depth commentary on the Bhagwad Gita by Sri Paramhamsa Yogananda. If you are a yogi or a Sadhak, then the book is a good guide for you.All your curiosities regarding chakras, five elements and how the brain and nervous systems work are fully answered here.Paramhamsa Yogananda has been well-known realised yogi of India, who made Kriya yoga systematic and brought it within the reach of the common people. He shot to fame by his legendary work Autobiography of A Yogi, wherein he honestly discusses his spiritual experiences and his journey for yogic quest and that how since childhood he had been destined to be what he became.
It is said that he communicated with Maharishi Ved Vyas before penning down his work. The only idea in his mind was to bring out a purely yogic commentary on the Gita, which he successfully did and became a legendary first to carry out such a lofty work.
He writes in the commentary of chapter 1," In preparing the interpretation of the holy Bhagwad Gita, my intent and prayer is to awaken new hearts and minds to the  physical, mental and spiritual blessings available through right knowledge and application of the yoga science, and to encourage and hasten the progress of those devotees who are steadfast...."
Sri Paramhamsa's admittance is enough to tell the world that his mission is purely spiritual in the right sense of the term, which does include scientific, psychological and physical aspects of life. The  missionary zeal with which he has written the commentary is simply amazing.
He has quoted Biblical references now and then to highlight the universal appeal of the message of the Gita.
One quote of his is enough to prove his universal and secular approach to the subject. He writes, " The yogi, peering with closed eyes into the dark invisibility within, finally finds these six subtle astral booths--the coccygeal, sacral, lumber, dorsal, cervical and the combined medullary and Christ centres, situated in the spinal column, and at the base of the brain and the point between the eyebrows."
Suffice to write that his commentary is a great help for advanced spiritual seekers and beginners both. The latter, at least, can form an idea about what the science of spirituality is all about. A must-read for sincere spiritual seekers and curious searchers of yogic science.

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Tharoor’s Mahabharat in modern context!

Shashi Tharoor needs no introduction as a politician and writer and his political insights feed the novel with incisive, satirical and  political treats .Great Indian Novel is a treat to all the fans of historical fiction. It is not like a regular historical fiction. True, the author fabricates his plot on the foundation of a historical event (the Mahabharat) but, to him history is a cyclical and not a linear concept. Unlike the regular historical fiction which deals with unearthing a secret or a  perspective alteration of an already-told tale, this novel deals with the continuation of history in the present. The text is replete with humour and sarcasm.To quote Tharoor, "Life is a series of sequels to history."Consequently, his plot forges a connection between the ancient and post-independence  India . Surely, the book tries to justify the age-old adage ,"History repeats itself."Dhritarashtra becomes Pt. Nehru. Pandu becomes Subhash Chandra Bose. The 100 putras of Dhritarashtra become Priya Duryodhani(Indira Gandhi). Karna becomes Jinnah. The names of the places in the novels are equally symbolic . Bengal becomes Gelabin , Kashmir Manimir and Pakistan Karnistan.

 Although the events in  modern India are not a simulacra of the Mahabharat Age yet there is a semblance. No where does the  connection seems strained. I savour reading the character-sketch of young Indira Gandhi.Not to forget, the narrative is fashioned in the manner of the Mahabharat which lends an even more Indian flavour to it. In juxtaposing  and marrying the two ages in history, the author aims at exposing the lackadaisical workings of the Independent India.. The book demands a smattering of the events of  Mahabharat and Independent India from the readers.So, to people who know nothing about it may find themselves in the midst of a flurry of events that make no meaning to them.

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This Gita is for the young, I am sure

Want an uncluttered commentary on the Gita with scientific explanations? Just go through the Universal Message of Bhagwad Gita by Swami Ranganathananda once and you will not leave the book till the end.Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita Vol 1 - 3Simple English, scientific elaborations with contemporary quotes and examples are sure a treat for a young and inquisitive mind. What lends the commentary a universal appeal is the writer’s examples from the Bible, the Quoran, the Upanishads and the mother of all thoughts Mahabharat. These references  not only add a new dimension to a shloka’s meaning, but also highlight the undercurrent of universality of the Gita—the unity of all relgions. Besides, the books of religions, the writer has also quoted contemporary psychologists, neurologists, biologists and physists to protray how the Gita has scientic roots despite being popular as a book of religion. 
The writer makes an important observation while defining shlok 53 of the Chapter 2. This explains the ambit of his research in the modern glare. 
He writes, “Yoga is something to be achieved…there is nothing external about it, no show. That simple housewife, or a labourer in the fields, everyone can develop spirituality. That is our birthright. So, people developing spirituality in every department of life—that will be the great situation when the Gita is understood by more and more people in the way in which it is meant to be understood…”.
While discussing spirituality as an evolution beyond organic dimension in the Chapter 3, Page 323, he quotes British biologist Sir Julian Huxley as saying, “evolution has risen from the organic to the psychosocial level.” He elaborates how Huxley’s phrase “science of human possibilities” echoes the Upanishadic roar of taking the human being to that highest level of evolution,— for which the Gita is a training. It trains a negative Arjuna in you (will not act) to a positive Arjuna (I will act as you say). This is quite an evolution.
 
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JANMASHTAMI

Happy Krishna Manifestation Day!
 
What is the real significance of Krishna Janmashtami?
Is it just a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna—fast, pray and eat at the stroke of the  midnight hour when the world sleeps, India awakes to savouring freedom?! This is the age-old tradition. But, why and how it came into practice is a matter of research.
What then is the real significance of it all?  Is it just that the lord came down to relieve us, as is traditionally understood? No. There is a silent message for all to follow and get ahead in life. In fact, Lord Krishna busts the myth about His birth in the Bhagwat Gita and states facts as they are. He, as good as, says He comes, appears in the three-dimensional world by subduing His Nature which He hides Himself with (yogamaya smaavirtaah). He clearly says that He is not born, but He does manifest Himself when there is a suitable cause for Him to do so. That means He doesn’t come without a purpose.
 
What about birth?
He manifests Himself by folding up the veil of His yogamaya for some and for some time, which He uses to hide Himself from  abuddhayah (the negative minded). It simply means that He is present all the time among us, but He doesn’t reveal Himself to us as we all are negative minded and if He bares Himself, we will all be blown into a whirlpool and dissolve. You won’t believe it! Okay, then how do you get scared in your sleep seeing a ghost? Because, we are not prepared to even face our fear, how can then we digest the Reality which presents Himself before us all of a sudden? It will be too much for a shock. There are many stories which detail  as to how even the great saints and sages were scared even at a partial glimpse of  His vision. The only purpose of His to keep Himself hidden and yet remain present among us all is to   allow ourselves the freedom of choice to lead the life the way we want. He doesn’t want to upset us. There are many who love Krishna. He receives their love. But, He doesn’t show Himself up to them, just to save them from dissolution! Who can be more authentic in this but Krishna Himself. He says in Chapter 4, Shlok 6 how He manifests and is not born. The phrase He uses is Prakratim swamadhisthaay sambhami aatma mayaya— I manifest myself through My own power by deliberately subduing Nature, which hides Me. He says it in Chapter 7, Shlok 25, naaham prakaashah sarvasya yogamaya samavrittah— I don’t reveal Myself to all by keeping Myself wrapped in My own nature—called yogamaya! Why? In Chapter 3, Shlok 29, He gives the reason  Mandaan Krisnavit na vichalayeta—Those who know should not upset the dim-witted. This is command from God. That means He is asking us to do what He Himself does. He knows everything and hence He doesn’t upset others thrtough His brilliance! He does so because He knows we are yet not prepared to hold the Reality and hence the command. But, there is a hope too—get ready first to behold Him! How? Read the Bhagwat Gita, wherein He says keep working till for Me, feeling My presence till you are mature for the Big Show that He did for Arjuna in Chapter 11, by granting him divya chakshu (Brilliantly powerful eyes). 
 
But God is for all?
Yes. He is for all. He is present among all, in all. But, all are not present in Him! That is the reason He Himself declares for the posterities to understand who really qualifies to reach Him. To know what He says is good for the youngsters today. They can very well know that not all can be Gurus—though we have many acclaimed ones all around! Let us know what’s God’s take on it. In Chapter 7, Shlok 3, He says. “Out of thousands of men and women, one strives to seek Me. Out of all the perfect ones  from such striving seekers, only one fully knows Me.” Of all the mankind, only a thousand make efforts to seek God. Among perfect ones from such seekers, only one gets to know God fully. The perfect ones know Him partially. But, only one qualifies to know Him fully. What a tough qualifying criterion! There is no contradiction in what Krishna says. In Chapter 11, while referring to Arjuna, He says you are that one. You have seen Me what even the great ones, gods can’t. And that too out of My compassion (mayaa prassannena tavaarjunedam roopam param darsitmaatmyogaat, shlok 47, chapter 11). In Shloka 48, 52 of the same chapter, Krishna says it all—twadanyena drashtum shakyah (none but you can see me), deva api asya roopasya nityam darshanam kaangshinah (even gods are desperate to have this vision of mine). Therefore, what we ordinaries can do is feel His hidden presence and love Him. That is our right which He can’t deny us—the dim-witted!
 
What’s His purpose?
He projects Himself in the three-dimensional world only for three purposes. There is no fourth purpose His manifestation among us. He reveals His purpose in Shloka 8 of Chapter 4.  “To protect the sincere seekers, to destroy the villains, to re-establish the eternal law, I manifest in human dimensions from time to time.” His job is well-defined—to protect, to destroy and to re-establish. What is re-established was established earlier but it got out of currency due to non-executors and non-performers. He re-establishes the same. That means He leaves no scope for non-performers, or non-adherent or law breakers. By this definition of His, sincere seekers can be categorised as law abiders and villains as law-breakers! What is the law? That He reveals in Shloka 13 of the same chapter.
 Your law is to abide by your natural inclination as a cogwheel. If you have intellectual capacities, then you preach or teach others and yourselves. If you have valour, you protect others and yourself. If you have business sense, then you do it for yourself and others. If you have a sense for cleaniliness, you take up the work for others and yourself. Now all these systems are  based on your natural capacities and not where you are born! The principle which makes use of natural capacities of all social groups in a cogwheel-like system, is called the law, dharma, anything which is adopted, observed and acted out.  
 
What’s the message?
The purpose of celebrating Krishna’s Day of Manifestation as revealed by Him in shloka  9 of Chapter 4. “ The person who knows the purpose of My manifestation and mission fully in the world, will enjoy the bodiless dimension, cross the cause and effect of rebirth and definitely reach Me, O Arjuna.”  Janma karma mey divyam—My manifestation, which you call janma, and action carry brilliantly refreshing energy (divyam). What is meant by fully knowing it? For this we will have to understand what knowing means. Can you know how a person you have never met is like? No. You can at best look at his picture and have a guess. But you will not know him. To know him, you will have to know how he thinks, acts and behaves. Ramkrishna Paramhamsa once said, “You can know a person by thinking, talking and behaving like him.” Therefore, knowing means thinking the way God thinks, acting the way God acts and behaving the way God behaves is the only way to know him fully. 
So, the message is loud and clear—uphold the law, fight the law-breakers and re-establish the law which benefits all—those who have the merit of teaching must teach for everybody’s good, those who have the valour to protect all must do it,..so on and so forth.  This also gives us a clear dimension of our problem today. Those who have the capacity to do something are not being allowed to do that. A teacher is made to serve as a cleaner and a brave heart made to do the business! This is not the cogwheel system of law and hence you suffer so much of misery in society. Set the system right and you all will be happy.
HAPPY KRISHNA MANIFESTATION DAY!
 
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THIS COLOUR

Holi is real holy!

The festival of colours has a great significance apart from the historical and mythological messages it conveys. This is the beauty of Bharatiya culture that everything carries a profound, deep and practical message for life’s overall development. Unfortunately, the real message got lost in the long-carried tradition and the festival came to be known as an opportunity of hooliganism, revenge and other negative things in life. The colours signify various emotions and spraying them on one other means accepting everybody’s emotions with open arms and facing it all, forgetting old enmities and differences.  But, there is a deep spiritual message hidden behind the colours. That is enjoy all colours of life, live life to the full, but remember you will have to wash off all colours at the end of the day. In fact, during the mid-day! This is the message of the Vedanta. Spirituality doesn’t mean running away from the nine joys of life. But it means enjoying them to the full with the knowledge that they all have to be got rid of one day. So be prepared! That is why you wash colours after revelries, enjoyments and feasts and become yourself once again. Yes, some people may carry the colour for a few days more as despite their wholehearted soap work, it shows on their face! Well, that is natural and that goes away with time. The same way strongest of attachments fade away with time. So Happy Vedanta Holi! 
 
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Alakhniranjan Stotram

Known by two adjectives “Unseeable and Untouched,”  Shiva wears a personality of ashes and becomes the very foundation of everything that is and that is not seen. Remembering Him kills all fears that are and that will be there.

Known by two adjectives “Unseeable and Untouched,” ——His influence is thunderously wonderful when He is known by the names Shankar and Shambhu, He produces ecstatic sounds of joy unspeakable which give a rhythmic bam bam to even the cacophonous vibrations of the world.
But, when things go out of control, His eyes emit volcanic fire and He turns into a flaming dancing death to the tune of rhythmic echo of dam dam, beating everything back to seed form under his feet.

Known by two adjectives “Unseeable and Untouched,” ——He plays His hand drum to the beat dimakam dam dam dadam dadam dam, dhagey dhinak dhin, which gives rhythm to Time and the Creative vibrations flow again in eggy circles to spirals—all galaxies and planets are born, when He wears the moon and is known by the name and the Ganga, the vibratory creative power flows out of His head, quelling all fears of His deadly dance with the sound peace peace and spreading peace everywhere.

Known by two adjectives “Unseeable and Untouched,” ——The Serpants of procreation around His mighty arms exhale hisssss and creative vibration turns into the power of procreation in all the living beings and the worlds are born.

Known by two adjectives “Unseeable and Untouched,”——With His grace come rains and the life cycles  of one creating the
other begin with food wheels starting with the sound Har Har, meaning give and take, we bow to you
O Lord of All Lords! Be pleased O Lord of infinite body and Overruling Time of all.

Known by two adjectives “Unseeableand Untouched,” …..

Alakhniranjan Stotram,  by Vivek Sharma

Swami ji

Vivekananda--The lion roar of the Gita

Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12,1863. The Bhagwad Gita has been the lifelong companion of this great disciple of Bhagwan Ramkrishna. His guru had declared that Swami Vivekananda  was one of the Seven Sages who had come down on earth with Him to spread true spirituality. Bhagwan Ramkrishna even wrote that Narendra (Swami Vivekananda) alone will teach, none else will. It came true as he became the soul inspiration behind every great saint, philosopher and yogi that came after him, Bhagwan Ramkrishna had also said that Narendra would return after 100 years to continue his work and keep a watch over all religious activities in all maths, missions and other religious bodies in the world.

 Swamiji carried  a copy of the Imitation of Christ and the second book was Bhagwad Gita wherever he went. While addressing the Parliament of Religions at Chicago, somebody put the Gita as the last book under a pile of  books of various religions. He took note of it and most humbly thanked the person who did it. He said aptly the Gita is the basis of all religious thoughts as it is on the table! Every word he spoke or wrote only echoes the anhad naad of the Gita.

 What he said about the Gita

(1) Ay, if there is anything in the Gita that I like, it is these two verses, coming out strong as the very gist, the very essence, of Krishna's teaching — "He who sees the Supreme Lord dwelling alike in all beings, the Imperishable in things that perish, he sees indeed. For seeing the Lord as the same, everywhere present, he does not destroy the Self by the Self, and thus he goes to the highest goal."
(2) Than the Gita no better commentary on the Vedas has been written or can be written. The essence of the Shrutis, or of the Upanishads, is hard to be understood, seeing that there are so many commentators, each one trying to interpret in his own way. Then the Lord himself comes, He who is the inspirer of the Shrutis, to show us the meaning of them, as the preacher of the Gita, and today India wants nothing better, the world wants nothing better that that method of interpretation.  It is a wonder that subsequent interpreters of the scriptures, even commenting upon the Gita, many times could not catch the meaning, many times could not catch the drift. For what do you find in the Gita, and what in modern commentators? One non-dualistic commentator takes up an Upanishad; there are so many dualistic passages, and he twists and tortures them into some meaning, and wants to bring them all into a meaning of his own. If a dualistic commentator comes, there are so many nondualistic texts which he begins to torture, to bring them all round to dualistic meaning. But you find in the Gita there is no attempt at torturing any one of them. They are all right, says the Lord; for slowly and gradually the human soul rises up and up, step after step, from the gross to the fine, from the fine to the finer, until it reaches the Absolute, the goal. That is what is in the Gita. Even the Karma Kanda is taken up, and it is shown that although it cannot give salvation direct; but only indirectly, yet that is also valid; images are valid indirectly; ceremonies, forms, everything is valid only with one condition, purity of the heart. For worship is valid and leads to the goal if the heart is pure and the heart is sincere; and all these various modes of worship are necessary, else why should they be there? Religions and sects are not the work of hypocrites and wicked people who invented all these to get a little money, as some of our modern men want to think. However reasonable that explanation may seem, it is not true, and they were not invented that way at all. They are the outcome of the necessity of the human soul. They are all here to satisfy the hankering and thirst of different classes of human minds, and you need not preach against them. The day when that necessity will cease, they will vanish along with the cessation of that necessity; and so long as that necessity remains, they must be there in spite of your preaching, in spite of your criticism. You may bring the sword or the gun into play, you may deluge the world with human blood, but so long as there is a necessity for idols, they must remain. These forms, and all the various steps in religion will remain, and we understand from the Lord Shri Krishna why they should.[Source]
If one reads this one Shloka —क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते । क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परंतप॥ — one gets all the merits of reading the entire Gita; for in this one Shloka lies imbedded the whole Message of the Gita.[Source]

(3) In reading the Bhagavad-Gita, many of you in Western countries may have felt astonished at the second chapter, wherein Shri Krishna calls Arjuna a hypocrite and a coward because of his refusal to fight, or offer resistance, on account of his adversaries being his friends and relatives, making the plea that non-resistance was the highest ideal of love. This is a great lesson for us all to learn, that in all matters the two extremes are alike. The extreme positive and the extreme negative are always similar. When the vibrations of light are too slow, we do not see them, nor do we see them when they are too rapid. So with sound; when very low in pitch, we do not hear it; when very high, we do not hear it either. Of like nature is the difference between resistance and non-resistance. One man does not resist because he is weak, lazy, and cannot, not because he will not; the other man knows that he can strike an irresistible blow if he likes; yet he not only does not strike, but blesses his enemies. The one who from weakness resists not commits a sin, and as such cannot receive any benefit from the non-resistance; while the other would commit a sin by offering resistance. Buddha gave up his throne and renounced his position, that was true renunciation; but there cannot be any question of renunciation in the case of a beggar who has nothing to renounce. So we must always be careful about what we really mean when we speak of this non-resistance and ideal love. We must first take care to understand whether we have the power of resistance or not. Then, having the power, if we renounce it and do not resist, we are doing a grand act of love; but if we cannot resist, and yet, at the same time, try to deceive ourselves into the belief that we are actuated by motives of the highest love, we are doing the exact opposite. Arjuna became a coward at the sight of the mighty array against him; his "love" made him forget his duty towards his country and king. That is why Shri Krishna told him that he was a hypocrite: Thou talkest like a wise man, but thy actions betray thee to be a coward; therefore stand up and fight![Source]
Jnana is taught very clearly by Krishna in the Bhagavad - gita.

(4) This great poem is held to be the Crown jewel of all Indian literature. It is a kind of commentary on the Vedas. It shows us that our battle for spirituality must be fought out in this life; so we must not flee from it, but rather compel it to give us all that it holds. As the Gita typifies this struggle for higher things, it is highly poetical to lay the scene in a battlefield. Krishna in the guise of a charioteer to Arjuna, leader of one of the opposing armies, urges him not to be sorrowful, not to fear death, since he knows he is immortal, that nothing which changes can be in the real nature of man. Through chapter after chapter, Krishna teaches the higher truths of philosophy and religion to Arjuna. It is these teachings which make this poem so wonderful; practically the whole of the Vedanta philosophy is included in them.[

(5) Krishna can never be understood until you have studied the Gita, for he was the embodiment of his own teaching. Every one of these incarnations came as a living illustration of what they came to preach. Krishna, the preacher of the Gita, was all his life the embodiment of that Song Celestial; he was the great illustration of non-attachment.
Please read the Gita every day to the best of your opportunity.
Read the Gita and the Sutras of Vyasa, or get someone to read them to you. In the Gita the way is laid open to all men and women, to all caste and colour, but Vyasa tries to put meanings upon the Vedas to cheat the poor Shudras. Is God a nervous fool like you that the flow of His river of mercy would be dammed up by a piece of meat? If such be He, His value is not a pie!
Shri Krishna ought to be painted as He really was, the Gita personified; and the central idea of the Gita should radiate from His whole form as He was teaching the path of Dharma to Arjuna, who had been overcome by infatuation and cowardice.... Look here, thus does he hold the bridle of the horses -- so tight that they are brought to their haunches, with their forelegs fighting the air, and their mouths gaping. This will show a tremendous play of action in the figure of Shri Krishna. His friend, the world - renowned hero, casting aside his bow and arrows, has sunk down like a coward on the chariot, in the midst of the two armies. And Shri Krishna, whip in one hand and tightening the reins with the other, has turned Himself towards Arjuna, with his childlike face beaming with unworldly love and sympathy, and a calm and serene look -- and is delivering the message of the (6) Gita to his beloved comrade. Now, tell me what idea this picture of the Preacher of the Gita conveys to you.
 (7) The first discourse in the Gita can be taken allegorically. "The Vedas only teach of things in nature, only teach of nature." We are always letting sentiment usurp the place of duty, and flattering ourselves that we are acting in response to true love.
(8) The Bhagavad-Gita is the best commentary we have on the Vedanta philosophy— curiously enough the scene is laid on the battlefield, where Krishna teaches this philosophy to Arjuna, and the doctrine which stands out luminously in every page of the Gita is intense activity, but in the midst of it, eternal calmness. This is the secret of work, to attain which is the goal of the Vedanta.
(9) The Gita opens with this very significant verse: "Arise, O Prince! Give up this faint-heartedness, this weakness! Stand up and fight!"


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