Thursday, May 7, 2020

Important Lessons From Kurma Avatar

Happy Kurma Jayanti!

Kurma Avatar is the second incarnation of Shree Hari. Kurma means Tortoise. It is a tortoise form of Shree Hari; greatly revered by the devotees. During the great celestial event of Samudra Manthan, Mount Mandara was used as the pivot for churning the oceans. But when it began to sink, Shree Hari appeared as a giant tortoise that held the mountain up on His back.

Thus without the help of Lord Kurma , the milk-ocean or ‘Kshirsagara’ would not have been churned; and the demigods wouldn’t have found the 14 sacred ratnas or divine gifts. The day of Kurma Jayanti thus holds special religious significance.

Message of Kurma Jayanti:

1.There is duality everywhere in the world. Day and Night, right and wrong, good and bad, pain and pleasure, etc....and both the factors pulling us at their sides. Due to these continuous churning, we loose our balance and stability. In this condition only Shree Hari, His name or remembrance can provide the stability and balance in our life.

2.God appeared and sat as Kurma under Mt. Mandarachal. The foundation always remains at the bottom. In every structure foundation is of prime importance. If the foundation is weak or shaky the structure collapses. Thus Kurma avatar teaches us the virtues of stability and balance.

3.The foundation always remains at the bottom. Lord Kurma teaches us the importance of humbleness by remaining at the bottom.

4. The foundation can never be seen, and that is its great and silent contribution to any buildings. We used to praise the buildings but the foundation always remain under the cover.

Let us pray to Lord Kurma on Kurma Jayanti day and seek His blessings.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Important Teachings of Matsya Avatar

Matsya, (Sanskrit: “Fish”) is one of the ten Avatars (incarnations) of Bhagavan Shree Hari.

In MATSYA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a fish in this world. In the earliest yuga (era) of Sata-yuga, a king named Manu was performing severe penance for thousands of years. 

One day as he was performing ablutions with river water, a small fish came into his hands and just as he was about to throw the fish back into the river, the fish requested the king to save its life. Heeding its request, the king put the fish into a jar of water but the fish started growing and the jar was not big enough for it. Then the king threw it into the river, but it soon it outgrew the river and the king then threw it into Ganges and then into the ocean. 

The king realized that it was Lord Vishnu himself and then the lord made an appearance and made a special request to the king. It predicted that the world would come to an end by a huge flood in seven days and requested the king to build a huge boat and take the seven sages(hermits), seeds of all plants, one animal of each type and told him that he would appear as a fish to propel the boat to Mt Himavan for surviving the flood to the next yuga(eon). 

True to his word, after seven days the Lord appeared and the king tied the boat to the fish by using the royal serpent Vasuki and the fish took all of them to Mt Himavan and kept them there till the flood was over and in the new era, the king started procreation for the new era.

"Whenever Dharma, or the situation of law and order, is endangered on this world, I shall incarnate onto this world to re-establish Dharma, law and order, and to protect the good people and to destroy the evil elements of the society."

The teachings of Matsyavatar are as below:

1. God keeps His promises.

2. God can assume any form to keep His promise and to save His devotees.

3. In a chaotic circumstances, we can find grace in God.

4. Keep your account of karma clean, at the final time that only will be helpful.

5. Keep your vessel (build your future by intense sadhana) ready, He will bestow His grace when the right time will come.

6. In this avatar, Lord saved the knowledge and law, thus he had given us moral that law and knowledge are mandatory to make and run a society. 

  7. Follow the instruction of God, He can see and feel everything - your past, present and future - and keen to help You. Trust Him and act as He wishes.