10 July, 2016

People like to read fiction (untruth) rather than the truth





The Shiva trilogy books are written by Amish Tripathi who introduces himself as an “educated boring banker turned happy author” well he may certainly be happy writing books which are a huge commercial success acquiring the status of the most rapidly sold books in Indian history, well I was certainly not happy reading his books also a huge following is in no way related to the authenticity of the subject this is evident when we see today’s new age Gurus and God men being followed by millions


Shiv is without form and is a divine energy /cosmic force/ Holy Spirit, his form as Shiv Shanker is an allegory and so are his stories in Shiv Puran which convey the moral teachings and guide the people to live a righteous life


Amish Tripathi has considered Shiv as a mere mortal, no issues with that when we refer to various folklore and the teachings of religious heads they too have done the same and have distorted the truth so much that sometimes the Gods are projected as sex starved, sometimes full of jealousy and so on


The concept of his book is based on the idea that Zoroastrian’s are asura’s. I quote the lines from his interview with Preetika Rana


“WSJ: What inspired you to pen ‘The Immortals of Meluha,’ the first novel in the ‘Shiva Trilogy?’

Mr. Tripathi: Believe it or not, a television program.

It all started nine years ago when my family and I were watching this televised historical series. In India, we typically call our gods ‘devas,’ and demons ‘asuras,’ a fact any Hindi-speaking native would be well aware of. What we discovered during the course of the program was that the Zoroastrian Persians refer to their gods as ‘ahuras’ and demons as ‘daevas,’ the opposite of the Indian pantheon.

That triggered an interesting debate in the family: ‘What if the ancient Indians and the ancient Persians had met? Perhaps they would be calling one another evil because one civilization’s god would be the other’s demon, and vice-versa. Who would be right?’

The answer, we concluded, was neither. They’re just two different ways of life. That philosophy is at the very heart of the Shiva trilogy: one’s perception of evil.”


Mr Amish you should have done some research on the word “Daeva” before writing your books (the meaning of Daeva is written at the end of the blog)



The author Amish Tripathi has borrowed from Ilm E Khshnoom (The Zoroastrian occult knowledge) which are mystical teachings of Behramshah Nowroji Shroff (1858-1927) a Zoroastrian gentleman who was drawn to the abode of the hidden Zoroastrian Saints (Abed Sahebs) of mount Demavand, in Iran. He stayed there with them for over three years and was transformed to a spiritual Adept. He had claimed to have seen this highly elevated people throwing seeds which grow instantaneously into plants to cover up their path and many more things which Amish Tripathi has copied and written in his books.


Now the meaning of the word “Daeva”, I quote directly from the website



“Ustad Saheb explained that the roots of the similar words in both languages are different. In Sanskrit, Daeva is derived from the root div – to shine, hence Daeva in Sanskrit means the ‘shining ones, celestial beings’. However, in Avesta, the word Daeva is derived from root dab – to deceive. The word Daeva in Avesta means one who is deceived – that is, one who does not understand the end aim of creation. Daeva implies one who is rooted only in the present. He sees the various aspects of God’s creations and does not understand their end aim – of Frashogard. He therefore tries to acquire everything he sees for himself – paying no thought or regard to whether the possession rightfully belongs to him or not. Thus one who wantonly loots the good creations of Ahura Mazda for his narrow, selfish and immediate consumption is called Daeva – the misguided one.”


Note: The Avesta is the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism, composed in the Avestan language


So when the Zoroastrian’s say they are against the Daevas it does not mean righteous Gods but the misguided ones, so the Zoroastrian’s are not asura’s


I am not a big fan of the Zoroastrian’s, the Parsees also spelt  Parsis; they are a small race who falsely view themselves as superior to all other religious groups and races. They have projected a clean image but me being a half parsee know the true colours of these people.


This article is not to criticize Amish Tripathi, he has written a work of fiction which does not have to be taken seriously


I just want to convey my feeling that works of fiction, that to based on a false understanding become huge success and all are so very interested to read them where as how many people try to read and understand our scriptures and encourage their children to do the same.


Sant kabir said:


Saanche koi na ptiyayi jhoote jag patipaaye
gali gali go raas phire madira baith bikaye


meaning no one wants to go towards the truth, all flock towards and accept untruth; like the milkman has to go from street to street but the person selling alcohol does not have to go anywhere people flock to the wine shop



You may also like to read my articles on Shiv (please click)

What does the story of Shiv avatar Tripurantaka Convey ?

 

Mahadev on Immortality……

 

Ashes (bhasma) the ultimate reality


Shivling the symbol of the formless God

 

And he was Enlightened..Nirvana Shatakam..Atma shatakam in story form.

 

 


 


  

10 April, 2016

Water has memory


Hindus take water in their palm while taking Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) meaning a solemn vow or determination to perform a task, because water will hold the memory of that vow


As per the age old custom water blessed by a priest is sprinkled over others as a blessing since water retains the memory of the holy words of prayers that were uttered by the priest, the Hindu priest either dip a flower in water or use a Shank (conch shell) to sprinkle water over others


Water not only holds the memory of the words of prayers but also because water retains our thoughts, words, and feelings in short water absorbs the vibrations of our DNA


In a similarly way water can be thrown to curse someone








Baptism is carried out with water






Dr Luc Montagnier who shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2008 for the discovery of HIV claims that DNA emits weak electromagnetic waves that cause structural changes in water that persist even in extremely high dilutions he was ridiculed by many


In october 2014 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted a meeting set up by Nobelist Luc Montagnier to discuss his controversial research on what has become known as “the memory of water.” at the agency’s Paris headquarters they discussed the virologist’s idea that water can carry information via an electromagnetic imprint from DNA and other molecules.


The meeting had raised little public opposition from researchers, the announcement on UNESCO’s website acknowledged its controversial nature yet they held the conference because people have started to realize this fact of water memory which the ancients had understood



Professor Jeff Reimers, of the University Of Sydney in Australia, has concluded from experiments that DNA can mysteriously be teleported and I add here that water absorbs the vibrations of the DNA which are teleported


For those of you, who may want to do this simple experiment at home, have to taste the food or water which your wife serves you when she is angry


Ganga


The scriptures tell us all in story form; the story of King Bhagirath who performed tap (spiritual austerities) to bring the Ganga on Earth to wash the sins of his ancestors convey the fact that water in its purest form like the Ganga water has the power to cleanse our spiritual body.


I cannot explain the feeling when I took the water of Bhagirathi in my palm right at her origin at Gaumukh the snout of the Gangotri glacier, in the below photo you can see the Gaumukh in the background








 



Close-up of Gaumukh (2015)




Me at Gaumukh




Myself at Tapovan with the Gangotri glacier in the background






Dancing dancing, the Bhagirathi goes on it journey of more than 2500 Kms supporting an entire civilization, a lifeline to approximately 500 million people (the way Indians are fast multiplying the figure will leap every year)



From Bhojbasa to Gaumukh






It is also nicely explained in story form that it was not possible for Ganga to descend at once this would have created an impact which would have caused destruction hence she was broken up in tributaries (the story that Shiv took her in his matted locks) so finally when all tributaries meet she is called Ganga. This happens at a place called Devprayag where there is the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi


pic tilak soni


Me taking a dip at devprayag



A tīrtha (Sanskrit: तीर्थ), term denotes a site of pilgrimage which literally means "a ford, a shallow part of a body of water that may be easily crossed", has come to connote places of pilgrimage associated with sacred water. Hence a visit to places of a sacred water body is a pilgrimage


Water is eternal


Water was present even before the beginning of time


All religions mention the Primordial existing water before the birth of the Universe


The avatars of Vishnu tell us the story of Human evolution, the first avatar is Matsya the fish signifying that all life forms were created in water



Water covers about 70% of Earth’s surface, makes up about 70% of your mass


Water is the only substance that exists naturally on Earth in all three physical states of matter—gas, liquid, and solid—and it is always on the move among them


Water is the only substance that has its highest density as a liquid.


Water does not follow the laws of Physics


Water is thoroughly obedient it goes smoothly around all obstacles


With patience and persistence, water penetrates the hardest stone but unleashes it power when ordered by God


Gangajal that is Ganga water never goes bad or putrefies


It has been scientifically proved that solar system’s water is older than the sun


On 22 July 2011 a report described the discovery of a gigantic cloud of water vapor containing "140 trillion times more water than all of Earth's oceans combined" around a quasar located 12 billion light years from Earth. According to the researchers, the "discovery shows that water has been prevalent in the universe for nearly its entire existence"


Salt water

Never ever underestimate the spiritual power of the simple salt crystal.


It can help cleanse, heal and balance energies, while repelling negative vibrations.


Salt acts as a spiritual weapon against negative energies and can also help you attract positive energy


Occasionally do add some salt crystals to your bath water. And also immerse your feet in a bucket of salt water to get rid of negative energies



While I hope and pray that one day you all may complete the journey to Gaumukh and take a dip in the Ganga with the wish in your heart to purify your aura, I also very strongly recommend that you visit the Rameshwaram temple in south India one of the chardhams. Here you first have to take a sea bath that is dip yourself on the sea shore called Agni Theertham then proceed to the temple which has 22 Kund Snan or Theerth Snan (wells) in which Attendants are there at each well and they will pour water on you before you finally enter the main temple; it is a very good spiritual experience







Wells inside the temple complex


pic janefultonalt blog


Selfie with the temple elephant



Most of Earth's oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants - called phytoplankton - that live in sea water near the water's surface ... Scientists estimate that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere


The oceans salt water absorbs impurities including the CO2 emissions


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Human consciousness has an effect on water; do I have to tell you more about the sorry state of water on earth today. How polluted it has become, it is for all to reflect deeply (spiritual degradation is followed by physical degradation)



Wash me, cleanse me, purify my heart and set me free. Psalm 51:2
  


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27 March, 2016

Idols worshiped at Uttarakhand’s Chardham and Chardham during winters


The idols worshiped at uttarakhand Chardham’s

Uttarakhand winter chardham yatra

Winter abode for Uttarakhand chardham idols

People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in Uttarakhand chardham during winters

The spiritual supermarket based on Mahavatar babaji’s name in Badrinath


Have written this article after a long time, after returning from my last Himalaya trip I spent time in researching and drawing the Shree yantra


The chardham circuit in the Himalaya is open for six months from May to November and closed during winters

Please refer below link



For commercial reasons the government of Uttarakahand is promoting the winter Chardham yatra


There is a lot of misconception regarding this, people think that the main idols of temples are shifted to their winter abode, but this is not so.


There is also a lot of misconception regarding the People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in the chardham’s during winters when the respective chardham towns are abandoned, they are considered to be special and highly elevated spiritually again this is not so


This article is based on my own personal experiences and the first-hand information that I have collected as I travelled to these places and stayed there for a long period of time

I have written four articles on each of the Uttarakhand Chardham, all your questions will be answered.


Please click on the names of the dhams or the links below to read the respective article














Feel free to ask me any further questions and I recommend staying over for a few days in each dham. I always travel after monsoons when there is no rush and rates are less  


26 March, 2016

Idols worshiped at Badrinath and Badrinath during winters


The idols worshiped at Badrinath

Winter abode for Badrinath idol

People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in Badrinath during winters

The spiritual supermarket based on Mahavatar babaji’s name in Badrinath



The chardham circuit in the Himalaya is open for six months from May to November and closed during winters


Please refer below link


For commercial reasons the government of Uttarakahand is promoting the winter Chardham yatra


There is a lot of misconception regarding this, people think that the main idols of temples are shifted to their winter abode, but this is not so.


There is also a lot of misconception regarding the People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in the chardham’s during winters when the respective chardham towns are abandoned, they are considered to be special and highly elevated spiritually again this is not so


This article is based on my own personal experiences and the first-hand information that I have collected as I travelled to these places and stayed there for a long period of time


This article is about Badrinath and is the last in the series of four articles


Badrinath















Me outside the temple





The small building before the temple is where the chief priest stays



In the Garbha gruha (sanctum sanctorum) of the Badrinath temple apart from the main idol of Badrinath which is Swayambhu, (Sanskrit: स्वयम्भू) means "self-manifested" or which was created by its own accord (by the way this ancient idol is khandit meaning broken, yet it is still worshiped) there are the idols of Udhav, Narayan , Nar, Kuber, Garuda and Narad. (all these idols face east)


Idols at the temple





Old photo of the idols before someone donated gold and diamonds and remade the interior





one gokulashtami everyone was outside the sanctum sanctorum celebrating the birthday of Lord Sri Krishna, I was almost alone in the temple and the main idol which is usually covered up was fully open I spent hours looking at the meditating Vishnu, this old photo shows the idol without any cover 







Outside facing the Garbha gruha (sanctum sanctorum) from left side clockwise there are these small temples of—Lakshmi who is Vishnu’s consort (the chief priest of the temple had told me that the lord Vishnu is known by the name Badrinath meaning husband of Badri because in Sanatan Dharam women are so very respected that the name of the wife is taken first, like we always say Sita Ram.

Then there are small temples of Vishnu swarrop,Adi Shankarachary’s statue, Nar-Narayan, Hanuman, Ganta dev (the kul dev of the bhotiya tribe who stay at mana village) then the place to perform Yagna (Vedic fire ceremony) and again a Hanuman temple


Adi shankaracharyas statue in the temple premises





Below are photos of the Narad kund the story goes that when Adi Shankaracharya re-established the Badrinath temple (the Chinese had taken over the temple and thrown away the main idol and were carrying out animal God worship)


Adi Shankaracharya recovered the main idol from Narad Kund and established procedures to be carried out for worship.
After the Badrinath temple was re-established Sanatan Dharam once again flourished. 








  
Winter abode for Badrinath idol



During winters when the temple is closed for six months the idol of Lakshmi is taken inside next to her husband and the idol of Udhav is moved to Yogdhyan temple in Pandukeshwar ( Yog Badri one of the panch Badri temples). It is on the Joshimath—Badrinath route situated very near govindghat the place from where treks to valley of flowers and hemkund sahib start

Unlike the belief the main idol is not shifted to Joshimath or anywhere else

Yog badri temple at Pandukeshwar



The official web site of the temple http://badarikedar.org/ states that “the devotees can perform the winter puja, darshan & abhishek of Lord Badrinath at Pandukeshwar/ Narsingh Temple Gaddi Sthal, Joshimath with same rituals & traditions as performed at Shri Badrinath Temple” ….this is not so, they have just added Narsingh Temple  at Joshimath because there is a dispute between people of Joshimath and Pandukeshwar to attract pilgrims since it is their source of income, here the same rituals go on throughout the year and nothing is shifted from Badrinath to Joshimath

Also read about the eternal lamp which keeps burning for six months (click on link below)




People who stay in Badrinath during winters


Apart from the security personnel of the Indo Tibetan border police some swamis and yogis stay over during winters they require a special permission from the Government.


Now the Government has become strict in giving permission as initially many people used to take permission and then come down to lower altitudes during peak winter.


Regarding others who stay I know a few of them they are very well equipped having more than enough food stock, insulated places to stay , generators even a battery to start the generator so that they do not have to crank start, some even keep their assistants with them. When required they use the communication equipment of the security forces who always help them.


I do not find them special in any way as they are just surviving in a harsh cold environment like many people do


Below is a photo of a mouse he also stays over during winters in Badrinath collecting his food well in advance before the winter sets in, so you see nothing so special in staying in a very cold environment in winter it is only a matter of survival





A three day trek from Badrinath takes you to Satopanth lake, this is believed to be the last journey of the Pandavas currently no one stays at Satopanth during winters, there are a few babas, Sadhus who stay there during summers only  

Satopanth lake




Years back I was impressed when I met these people who stay back during winters as I spent more and more time in and around Badrinath I got to know the real picture, have always seen these people do frequent rounds at the bank’s ATM to check their ever increasing bank balances, got first-hand information of the people who were cheated by them, once they have your telephone number they keep on calling you for money, below I have written about two such persons.


Of course I have met a few people who stay in remote places they never accept any money from anyone and spent their time doing their spiritually practices.



The spiritual supermarket based on Mahavatar babaji’s name


 The world first heard about Babaji courtesy Paramahansa Yogananda's book “Autobiography of a Yogi” and Sri Yukteswar Giri’s book “The Holy Science”.


Ever since Mahavatar babaji has become a big name in the spiritual supermarket.


Please read this article (click on the link below)



There are those who claim to be his disciples and they all use the word “direct disciple”


Many such people are found around Badrinath


There was one baba he stayed high up near charan pakuka (on the way to Neelkanth) he also claimed to be in direct touch with Babaji. He had a huge box; he claimed that his physical body would be in this box and his spirit would travel to meet Babaji. The last time he called me was in November of 2012 when he was collecting funds to spread Babajis message of a possibe destruction of the coastal regions in December 2012 (The 2012 end of the world phenomenon) Below is the photo of the box which is still lying at Badrinath in the same cottage, nothing heard about him.  






Another baba stayed in Badrinath continuously for more than sixteen years. He kept silence for all these year’s even then he kept two mobile phones with him, completely money minded he claims that he is in touch with Mahavatar babaji on a daily basis and has made a huge fortune. Below is his photoshopped image with a tiger but he does not realize that tigers are not found at very high altitudes he should have used the image of a snow leopard instead. 





His guru claims that he was in school with Motilal Nehru (father of Jawaharlal Nehru) who was born in 1861, he has made a red colour timber cottage which is the centre of attraction in Badrinath and also has a cave high up on the Narayan parvat (mountain). People are impressed to see someone living so high up on a mountain, few know his real story, by the way this cave was raided twice by forest department over various allegations; I will not write more about them or anyother person I met but hope people awaken and are not impressed with such babas like I was and ended up losing my time and money.  



Visiting Badrinath in winters

All the chardhams in Uttarakhand are abandoned in winter, the temples sealed.

But there are a few people who visit these places in winter, some do it to experience the peace and tranquility and absorb the spiritual vibrations when no one is around others do it as an expedition as one has to travel over snow covered roads.


Special permission IS required to visit Badrinath.


There is a motorable road right up to Badrinath, but again this trip should not be attempted without a local guide.


Feel free to ask me any further questions and I recommend staying over for a few days in each dham. I always travel after monsoons when there is no rush and rates are less  


Badrinath temple in future will be shifted

There is an ancient Narasimha temple in joshimath on the way to Badrinath a famous feature of the ancient black stone idol of Narasimha is that its left wrist is getting thinner by the day.

Legend has it that when the wrist breaks off, there the current Badri vishal temple at Badrinath will become inaccessible and new temple will be bhavishya badri.

In the early morning puja this wrist is shown to the people and then covered up throughout the day

The new temple is called Bhavishya (future) Badri, it is located at a elevation of 2744 m 15kms drive from Joshimath  to tapovan then another 4kms to saldhar then 6kms trek to bhavishya badri
Swayambhu (self-manifested or that which are created by their own accord ) idols are currently in the process of formation at the temple


Below photos of the bhavishya badri temple and self-manifested idols which are currently in the process of formation at the temple










It is predicted in the scriptures that when the good age comes that is when man will be closer to god than the present day badrinath will be covered in snow
And hence cannot be accessed
How I interpret this is there are 2 parvats in badrinath Nar {human}and Narayan {god} They both will be merged symbolizing union of god and man This may happen because cracks formed in the neelkhant parvat which is in-between the nar and narayan parvats. Scientist have predicted that snow accumulates in the cracks in neelkhant and an earthquake can cause an avalanche to flood the entire valley of badrinath hence the valley will come in its original form water / ice {himalaya—kingdom of ice} and man also in his original form {much closer to god} however this is my personal thought.


Very old photo taken in 1882 of the trekking route from Joshimath to Badrinath, the motor able road was constructed after the Indo China war




I will write another blog about various places in and around Badrnath