Friday, May 18, 2018

An Act of Compassion Towards The Speechless Creatures

Little Efforts for Noble Service!

The mother nature is getting more and more harsh this summer due to the mistakes, apathy, and irresponsible acts of human race. Forecasts of heat waves are worrisome. We have many ways and means to overcome or tolerate these heat-waves, but what about the other species on planet Earth?

We human speak out our needs. Sometimes by demanding, sometimes by requesting, sometimes by shouting or if required, even (in some cases) by snatching, we do fulfill our needs. But think about the birds and animals.

Amid the abnormal heat spike, thirsty birds and stray animals have to hunt for a drop of water--specially in urban areas. Give a thought to the speechless birds and animals; who would not speak or scream or shout for water, they just...silently...loose their lives due to the thirst!

Let us be little bit concerned for these speechless creatures!

Please arrange for a water bowl specially for them. We do not have to spend much time, energy, or money for this noble service! Just a bowl filled with pure and fresh water! That is all. It is not at all a major task but it would save lives! 

If you are very busy, you can definitely pass this current of compassion to your children! Give them this opportunity to take charge of providing pure water to the birds for entire summer season. This way you can teach them the values of concern, kindness, and compassion. Do not miss this chance to teach them that being an elevated creature, being a human it is our moral duty to keep compassion for all other creatures on this earth.

The birds and animals don't ask for coconut water or butter milk or aerated cold drinks.They need plain and pure water! We can definitely arrange for pure water! Can't we ??

Someone has very well said that, "Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test...consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy---Birds and Animals.

Few suggestions regarding placing water bowl for birds or animals.

1. Place a water bowl in a balcony or a compound or a garden. If possible place them on different and many places, so that many birds can get the advantage and satisfy their thirst!

2. Those living in bungalows can easily help even the animals like cows and dogs.

3. Keep the bowls under the shade or at the place where it can be saved from direct sunlight.

4. Always keep pure, fresh and clean water in the bowl.

5. Prefer clay bowls as clay bowls are better than plastic or metal bowls because the water stays very cool even when temperature is very high.

6. For animals a big, deep, and large bowls are suitable, but for the birds select little shallow bowls. Remember they have only small beak to drink water.

7. Do not forget to wash the bowl daily. Disinfect it by putting empty in the sunlight for some time. 

8. During the day, periodically keep filling the bowl with clean and fresh water.

9. Animals are very fearful by nature, any kind of petting, touching, teasing will keep them away and it may restrain them from coming.

Let the birds and animals feel at home and visit more often your residence!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Narsimha Avatar - The Furious Yet Blissful Incarnataion of a Half Man and a Half Lion!

When Varaah, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, incarnated on the Earth and vanquished Hiranyaksh, Hiranyakashipu, the brother of Hiranyaksh, was infuriated and determined to seek revenge. He went to Mt. Mandrachal and performed difficult austerities. Brahma was pleased with his devotion and granted him a boon. Hiranyakasipu wanted to cheat Brahma by indirect definition. First of all he wanted to become immortal. Brahma said, “That is not possible because even I am not immortal. Nobody in this material world is immortal. So that is not possible."
So Hiranyakasipu prayed to Brahma that “Please give me the benediction that...
I shall not be killed by any man or any animal.
I shall not be killed in the sky, on the water or on land.
I shall not be killed by any man-made weapons." In this way he utilized his intelligence in so many ways just to come to the conclusion of being immortal.

In this way he utilized his intelligence in so many ways just to come to the conclusion of being immortal.
Brahma granted Hiranyakashipu this boon. Thereafter, Hiranyakashipu terrorized the three lokas with his newly acquired invincibility. He became arrogant and demanded that everyone should worship him as GOD. While Hiranyakashipu was performing penances, the child in his wife Kayadhu’s womb frightened Indra. Indra kidnapped her, but he encountered Naradji, who persuaded him to release Kayadhu. Naradji took her to his ashram and instructed her to worship Vishnu. During this time, Naradji read scriptures describing Lord Vishnu’s lilas to her. The child in her womb, Prahlad, became absorbed in Lord Vishnu’s bhakti. 

After Prahlad was born, Hiranyakashipu made several attempts to kill him because of his unflinching faith in Lord Vishnu. He used to love his son but when Prahlad refused to obey his orders and worshiped Lord Vishnu, the frustrated Hiranyakashipu became the worst enemy of his own son and tried to kill him by all means. Prahlad tried explaining the importance of performing bhakti and worshiping God, but his father, evil in nature, could not understand the glory of God. Without a moral conscience, Hiranyakashipu continued to terrorize thousands of people. 

Hiranyakashipu tried to torture Prahlad by throwing him down cliffs, getting him stamped by elephants, locking him in a room with many piosonous snakes, throwing him mid of the ocean but nothing happened to the great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Although Hiranyakashipu made several attempts to kill his son, but every time Prahlad without getting disturb kept on chanting “Aum Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaay” with a gentle smile on face!! God saved him every time.

Finally, Hiranyakashiapu turned to his sister Holika. She was blessed by a boon which made her immune to fire. So her brother asked Holika to enter a fire with Prahlad in her lap. The demon king was sure that there was no way Vishnu could save Prahlad from death now! Holika sat on a pyre and coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap. Hiranykashipu ordered the attendants to light the pyre. Holika had to pay the price of her cruelty with her life. Holika was burned to death. Lord Vishnu  blessed him once again for his unwavering devotion.

Once, Prahlad was explaining the omnipresent glory of God to his father. Hiranyakashipu asked if Bhagawan was present in the room in a heated pillar. Prahlad reaffirmed that Bhagawan is everywhere, even in that pillar. Hiranyakashipu became angry and struck the pillar with his sword. From the pillar, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha Bhagawan, whose upper body was that of a lion and lower body that of a man. He caught Hiranyakashipu and dragged him towards the threshold of his palace near doorstep and put Hiranyakashipu on His thighs.

The Lord roared angrily, “ O Hiranyakashipu! Look... 

you are neither in the sky nor on the earth, you are on my thigh.

It is neither day not night, it is twilight.

I am neither a human being nor an animal.

You are neither in your home nor outside your home, you are on the threshold.

You will be killed neither by any shastra nor any astra, its my claws!! "

Saying that Narasimha Bhagawan tore his belly with His nails.

Prahlad bowed down to Narasimha Bhagawan’s feet and received his blessings. He offered a unique prayer in which he requested forgiveness and devotion for his father and himself. Narasimha Bhagawan gave Prahlad his blessings and appointe him as the king. Prahlad ruled as a righteous king for 36,000 years!

How gracious is God! He took completely unimaginable form, just to protect His bhakt!

Bhagawan always protects His bhakt and for that He can do anything, can take any form and perform any Leela!!