Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vinay Patrika: Hymn 155

Raag Sarang

Have Implicit Faith In the Name of Shri Ram

bisvaas ek ram-naamko |

maanat nahin parteeti anat aesoi subhaav man baamko ||1||

padhibo paryo na chhati chh mat rigu jajur atharvan saamko |

brat teerath tap suni sahmat pachi maraai karaai tan chhaam ko ?||2||

karam-jaal kalikaal kathin aadheen susaadhit daamko |

gyaan biraag jog jap tap, bhay lobh moh koh kaamko ||3||

sab din sab laayak bhav gaayak raghunaayak gun-graamko |

baaithe naam-kaamtaru-tar dar kaaun ghor ghan ghaamko ||4||

ko jaanaai ko jaaihaai jampur ko surpur par dhaamko |

tulsihin bahut bhalo laagat jag jeevan raamgulaamko ||5||

Trusting Shri Ram

I only have implicit faith in the Name of Shri Ram. The bent of my devious mind is such that it does not have trust anywhere else||1||

A Study of the Shastras

A study of the six *Shastras ( Nyay,Vaisheshik, Sankhya,Yog, Poorv Mimansa and Vedanta) and reading the four Vedas namely Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva had not been destined in my *chhati. And in my heart I am sacred of hearing the names of vrata or fast, pilgrimages, *tapa and other austerities. Who will want to exhaust oneself and one's body? (by adopting these means in vain)||2||

Yagna Being Performed

It is difficult to do *karmkands (performing yagnas and so on) in Kaliyuga and doing them also depends on wealth. (What are left as of now) are *gyaan (understanding of the identity of the self with the ultimate brahman), vairagya or asceticism,yoga, japa & tapa, and other means. Now while adopting this recourse one is afraid of passionate desire, anger, greed, infatuation and other drawbacks creeping in ||3||

Kalpavriksha of Shri Ram's Name

The one who sings the glories of Shri Raghunath ji In this material (world) is constantly worthy in every possible way. How is a person sitting in the shade of Shri Ram Naam's Kalpavriksha, scared of very dense clouds (ignorance dominated by the quality of tamas or darkness) or blazing sunshine (the dazzle of sensual enjoyments)?||4||

Goswami Tulsidas, the Slave of Shri Ram

The bhava is that they can not be ensnared by worldly objects on being controlled by ignorance. With this measure, sins and suffering always remain away from such people. Who knows which person is going to hell, who is proceeding to heaven (of Indra) and who will head for the supreme abode(Vaikunth where Lord Vishnu forever dwells)? Tulsidas is very delighted to live as the slave of Shri Ram ji in this mundane world||5||

Shastras: All the six Darshan Shastras or Hindu philosophical systems are in sutra form.They are Nyay by Sage Gautam,Vaisheshik by Sage Kanad, Sankhya by Bhagwan Kapil,Yog by Sage Patanjali, Poorv Mimansa by Sage Jaimini and Vedanta or Uttar Mimansa (Brahm Sutra) by Bhagwan Ved Vyas) Vedic literature is so extensive that it is tough to comprehend its theme in totality. So Sage Jaimini,a pupil of Ved Vyas, wrote the Poorv Mimansa Sutras for the correct understanding of the Vedas.

Nyay and Vaisheshik Sutras describe the logical steps of how to determine the rights and wrongs for finding the absolute good for a person. Sankhya Sutras explain mayic creation which is worth discarding and the Divinity beyond which must be attained since it is the only source of bliss. Yoga Sutras go on to explain the process of heart purification which qualify a person for experiencing the absolute Divine. Then the Brahm Sutra (Uttar Mimansa) reveals the secret that God is absolute Divinity, absolute Bliss, and He is Gracious. So, passionately remember Him and with His Grace experience His absolute Bliss forever.

Chhati: A ritual takes place on the sixth day after birth, when the new mother and baby emerge from the room where the birth has taken place and where they have been secluded. This is a personal ceremony performed by the family elders. The baby is dressed in new clothes. a swastik sign is made on a white cloth and also on the wall. An earthen diya , called akhand diya, is lighted for 24 hours, at this altar. A piece of paper and pen are kept nearby in the belief that the goddess of destiny (bhagya vidhata) will write the destiny of the newborn.

Vrata : a fast

tapa: penance

Karmkand: refers to ritual services proferred by swamis or religious Brahmins in exchange for bhiksha.

Japa: incantation

Tapa: austere penance

yoga: a practice of abstract meditation undertaken to bring the soul into union with the supreme spirity by bodily exercises and disciplines as conducive to the above.

Kalpavriksha: one of the fabulous trees of Krishna's paradise that grants all desires.

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