Thursday, March 1, 2018

Special Message On The Occasion of Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan is a popular ritual followed in many parts of India. The festival of Holi gets its name from this very ritual of Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan literally means burning Holika. 

The demon King Hiranyakashipu had a son named Prahlad. Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu tortured him in every way so that he would stop worshipping Lord Vishnu
but Prahlad was adamant. As last resort, Hiranyakashipu summoned his sister Holika to kill Prahlad.
Holika had a boon that she would never be harmed by fire. Holika took innocent and unsuspecting​ Prahlad on her lap and sat on a burning pyre. As she committed an act so sinful, her boon became unfruitful; she was consumed by the fire and Prahlad came out safely. Thus, the evil was destroyed and faith of the people on God was restored.

We all know this story and celebrate the victory of Prahalad and his unflinching faith in God. This story also throws light in our lives and gives​ many eye-opening​ messages!

Lessons to be learnt from the epic-episode of Holika Dahan 

1. Never try to harm any devotee by the power you have. God is all-powerful and protects His devotee in any way. Holika was protected with a boon that fire cannot harm her. But she used this boon with ill-will and for a negative purpose of killing a devotee of God, Prahlad. Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu and Holika completely got burnt in that fire.

2. It is not mentioned anywhere that a devotes​ of​ God won't face ​problems or sufferings. They are there as a chain of experiences but one who has surrendered one's self to God, does not feel the pain out of these negative experiences. Sitting amidst the flames of burning fire, Prahlad was experiencing coolness as if a sheet of fresh ​lotus flowers was spread upon him, just because he was devotedly remembering Lord Vishnu.

3. Devotion is not a matter of age. It is to be started right from the childhood. Prahlad is a great example that one can attain God-realization even at a very young age.

4. Like Hiranykashipu and Holika, many of our sankars continuously try to stop us progressing on the path of bhakti. We need to recognize them and just like Prahlad, keep worshiping God, no matter how many obstacles or fear they create. Keep the faith, that one day all these negative factors will ​become weak and powerless. We can smoothly go ahead on the path of devotion toward God. Without getting disturbed by their threats, we need to keep progressing on this path.

5. During the Holika Dahan, in many parts of India people used to throw unnecessary things like old cloths, vessels, and many other unused or not usable things into the fire. As incomplete human​-beings​ many vices resides in us​--lust​, anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealousy etc. ​Let us surrender to God and throw all of them in the fire of Holika Dahan to purify our heart to make a clean and perfect residence of Radha and Krishna.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sanjeevani Episode From Ramayan Teaches Two Important Lessons For Spiritual Practice

This dialogue between Hanuman and Shree Ram is very meaningful and useful for all the spiritual aspirants.

Hanumanji ​himself is an incarnation of Lord Shiv; although he is an epitome of devotion and selfless service to Shree ​Ram, to guide the souls on the path of spiritual service, he reveals following important points.

After returning with Sanj​ee​vani and the whole herb-​mountain, Hanuman--very humbly​--​talked to his Lord, Shree Ram. "Lord! You didn't send​ me to bring Sanjeevani, but You sent me there to reveal two significant aspects which are essential on the path of spiritual service and practice!

Shree Ram asked, "Dear Hanuman, why are you saying so? What makes you feel so?"

Hanuman replied, "I came to know that Shree ​Bharat is a greater devotee than me! When I was returning with Sanjeevani, unknowingly he hit me with an arrow. I fell ​to the ground, getting badly injured. But Bharatji neither asked for Sanjee​vani nor he called any doctor. 

He has such great faith in You and the devotion for You that he prayed,"If by mind, words​,​ and body my love for the Lotus-feet of Shree Ram is pure and innocent​;​ if my Lord Raghunath is pleased with me, then ​may ​this monkey get free from all fatigue and pains!" 

As he spoke these words, immediately I got up and ​returned ​back to the normal!!"

We chant the name of God but we do not have full faith in His Name. When difficulties arrive, we keep trusting external factors, ignoring the remembrance of​ God with faith and surrender to Him​.

Hanuman continued... "Second point Lord, when the arrow hit me, I fell down but the hill ​stayed midair. ​This shows that actually the mountain was being carried by You only. I was only the instrument. I was unnecessarily thinking that it is ''I" who had ​been carrying it!!

We take pride in serving God​, and forget that we are just an instrument. It is all HIS energy, inspiration,​ and grace that we can serve Him.