Gain prowess through Spiritual Practice and then strive for Hindutva ! and Vat Pournima

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Gain prowess through Spiritual Practice and then strive for Hindutva !

O supporters of Hinduism, instead of  practising  Hindutva at the emotional level gain prowess through Spiritual Practice and then strive for Hindutva !


‘There are many Hindus in our society who strive for  Hindutva. They are very proud of Hinduism and are prepared  to face any kind of hardships to protect it.They get  agitated withHindu-haters and make all possible efforts to prevent harm to Hinduism and to stop denigration of Hindu Deities. What is important  here is that, when we work  for Hinduism or  any other good cause, support from  God is absolutely essential. Only then will our mission be successful. Even if we do not succeed due to an unfavourable period of time then our  faith in Hinduism remains firm.  I am enumerating some points below to show Hindu protagonists the significance of support from God, that is in other words, the importance of undertaking Spiritual Practice.  – Mrs. Rajashree Khollam [Jyeshtha Krushna Pratipada (27th June 2010)]

1.1 Ethics without Divine support is like a child deprived of parents

Mere ethics without Divine support is like a child deprived of parents. This means that in this frightful Kaliyug (era of strife)  just  being good, having good conduct, involvement  in  a good religious/righteous mission is not sufficient to attain success because the evil acts of evildoers during this period have reached a peak .  Cruel evildoers are constantly hatching conspiracies to torment us. So not to prevent harm caused by them  and to be able  work for Hindutva at all times we need blessings from God and the grace of our Guru (spiritual guide) because finally only God and  the Guru  can ferry us through a crisis. To achieve that we have to undertake appropriate Spiritual Practice  and seek their blessings. This is how  we increase our spiritual prowess. [Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS)  are organisations which give proper  guidance on  Spiritual Practice ! – Compiler]

1.2 Following Dharma (righteousness)  enhances the Sattva component  and consequently  the spiritual prowess

We do not want Hindutva to be practised at the emotional level.  We want it to become our attitude as a result of continuous practice of achar (code of conduct) prescribed in Hinduism. This way Hindutva becomes powerful because by following the principles of Dharma we receive Divine blessings. Hence for all those who wish to participate in the mission of conserving Hindutva  there is no alternative to Spiritual Practice , it is a must.  Spiritual Practice enhances  the Sattva component in you,  creating spiritual prowess.  This helps you to face any difficult situation in life with Divine protection. Also anti-Hindus and evildoers feel terrorised with the grace of God and they are prevented   from  harming us.

1.3 Spiritual experiences of being able to achieve impossible tasks with Divine support

You can get spiritual experiences of achieving impossible tasks with  Divine support  as energy  from God is limitless. If we are devoted unto Him then when we call out to Him He rushes to our rescue and takes the task to successful completion.  Hence the task is accomplished beyond our expectations. This in turn enhances our devotion unto Him . Actually He gets His own task done with us as mere participants. Yet He showers His grace upon us.  In this way by surrendering doership to God  if you strive for Hinduism then the mission will become even more expansive.

1.4 The true objective is not working for protection of the Hindu Dharma rather to win the grace of  God

Our aim is not to protect the Hindu Dharma; it is  to win the grace of God. To carry out a mission for Dharma you need  tremendous spiritual prowess.  As Saints possess this they can accomplish  great missions by their sankalp (resolve) and even their presence. How much strength can we average humans possess  and how much can we achieve with that ? Hence if we perform the task with the blessings and guidance from  a Saint, we do not claim doership for it and the task is accomplished even more successfully . In addition we also  receive  Divine grace. Hence instead of working at the emotional level it is necessary to act after contemplation,  with spiritual strength .

1.5 Importance of Divine support  and grace of Saints !

A.    For two months before the meeting of  Afzal Khan and Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Pratapgad, Samarth Ramdasswami, his Guru, would offer abhishek (ritualistic bathing with water or milk) to  the Linga (Divine Phallus)  of Deity Rudra (Shiva) every day at  Mahabaleshwar. That protected Shivaji Maharaj and the enemy got  killed. This shows that mere planning and expertise in warfare is insufficient. Spiritual strength is also necessary to achieve success. 

B.    Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj could easily escape from Aurangzeb’s prison  because of blessings from two Saints and for his observing achardharma.

C.    Merely with the blessings of Saints and the tej (radiance) generated in him due to Spiritual Practice Shivaji Maharaj  could defeat the huge Mughal army and establish his own kingdom known as Hindavi Swarajya.
This makes it clear  that to fight the cruel evildoers it is not sufficient  to have only physical and  mental strength or dedication unto a cause.  To achieve success in the mission spiritual strength is very much essential .
It is my humble request to all  Hindu protagonists to contemplate on this article and commence Spiritual Practice  immediately to augment their spiritual prowess so that they can dedicate their lives for the Hindu cause wholeheartedly. I pray unto God and H.H.Doctor  to give all Hindus protaganists  the strength and wisdom to undertake Spiritual Practice !’
Source: Daily Sanatan Prabhat

Vat Pournima

1. Introduction

Vatasavitri is a vowed religious observance performed by married women on the full moon day (pournima) of Jyeshtha  to prolong their wifehood. Lord Brahma along with Savitri is the main deity while Satyavan, Savitri, Narad and Yama are the subordinate deities this vowed religious observance. Among the famous, chaste women (pativratas) in India, Savitri is considered the ideal. She is also considered the symbol of eternal wifehood.
The story of Sati Savitri has been mentioned in the Mahabharat. While the Pandavas were in exile, Jayadratha abducted Draupadi. After the Pandavs freed her and returned, they were all sitting with some sages. At that time Sage Markandeya narrated story of Savitri. The importance of Savitri can be understood now as her story was told to Draupadi, who is included among the five great women of virtue of India.

1.1 Choosing Satyawan

Once, Devarshi Narad came to King Ashwapati's court. He was felicitated by the king and they started conversing. Soon after that, the king's daughter Savitri came in. She greeted her father and Sage Narad. On seeing her Sage Narad asked as to why she was still unmarried? To this the king answered that Savitri had been sent to find and chose her own husband. During this there had been an incident. On being asked Savitri narrated the story. She said, "Once there was a famous and righteous king named Dyumatsen in Shalvadesh (the name of his kingdom) who became blind. When that happened, his son was still quite young. Thus, a neighbouring king attacked and took over his kingdom. The king, along with his queen and son went to the forest and started leading an ascetic life.
His son is a handsome and kind young man now. I feel that he is ideal and so I have mentally accepted him as my husband." Upon hearing Satyawan's qualities Narad commented, "He has been named "Satyawan" as he is the son of righteous and truthful parents. However, there is sorrowful news. One year from today, Satyawan will die." Savitri remained undisturbed. Noticing this, Narad said, "O king, your daughter Savitri has a lot of resolution.No one can distract her from her decision. Since no one else has the same qualities, I think that you should marry your daughter (give kanyaadaan) to Satyawan only." Thus the wedding (vivah-sanskar) of Satyawan and Savitri was accomplished at an auspicious time (shubh-muhurta). Savitri, emulating her in-laws, stopped wearing her expensive clothes and ornaments. Everyone was impressed by her qualities of humility, service (seva), patience, politeness, etc. She made her husband happy by serving her in-laws. All was well for a while.

1.2 Removal of Satyawan's soul

Savitri had not forgetten Narad's words. One day she realised that only 4 days were now remaining till the day that Satyawan was fated to die. For the next three days and nights she underwent a vowed religious observance by sitting still the entire time. On the final morning, she gave offerings to the Fire Deity. That day when Satyawan went to the forest to fetch fire-wood and fruits, Savitri accompanied him. While in forest, Satyawan told her that he was feeling tired and wanted to rest. Savitri sat down next to him and took his head on her lap. Soon she saw a man nearby. He was wearing red clothes, had a crown on his head and had red eyes. He also had a noose in hands. He looked terrible. She noticed that he was looking at Satyawan. Savitri stood up. Her heart was throbbing. With great sorrow she joined her hands, bowed and said, "You look like a Deity. If you wish, kindly tell me who you are and what you expect to do?"  The deity said, "Savitri since you are virtuous, I will speak to you.  I am Yamraj (Deity of death).  Satyawan's life has ended and since he too was righteous, I myself have come to take him." Saying that, Yamraj took a thumb-sized man from Satyawan's body, tied it to his noose and started headed south. Savitri, overwhelmed with sorrow, followed him.

1.3 First blessing from Yamdharma

After some distance Yamraj said, "Savitri now you have to return. Carry out the after-death rituals for Satyawan. Now you are freed from your husband's service." Savitri said, "I should stay with my husband wherever he is. This is the only Sanatan Dharma. No one can stop me due to my worship, devotion towards Guru, love, righteousness and your grace.' Yamraj was pleased by her determination and said, "I shall grant you a wish. Ask for anything, except your husband's life." At that time, she asked for vision, strength and radiance for her father-in-law. Yamraj granted her the wish and asked her to go back, again. Instead of thinking of herself she had asked for her father-in-law. What a great sacrifice!!

1.4 Second blessing from Yamadharma

Savitri continued to follow Yamraj and remained firm in her wish to be with her husband. On being asked to go back yet again, she said, "The company of a holy person is beneficial even for a moment and it is even greater to be his friend. It is never unworthy."
On hearing her auspicious thoughts Yamraj granted her another wish. Again, it was to be anything except her husband's life. Savitri wished that the lost kingdom of her father-in-law be restored to him and for him to not give up his righteous ways. Yamraj granted this wish also by saying tathaastu (let it happen) and requested Savitri to return. With this wish, Savitri's loyalty towards righteousness became apparent!

1.5 Third blessing from Yamadharma

As they went forward, she said to Yamraj, "You are known as 'Yama' because you maintain the equilibrium of all living beings regularly and also grant them their wishes. The Sanatan Dharma of a holy person is to treat all living beings with love through mind, speech and deeds as well as grace them and grant their wishes. Every living being tries to behave lovingly with others according to their capacity however holy men bestow love upon their enemies too." Yamraj appreciated her words and granted her a third wish. Savitri asked for a 100 children for her father because she had realised that her father would not have anyone else to take care of him after she was gone. And she had made a firm resolution to go with Satyawan. A daughter is said to be Duhita as she is a well-wisher of both her parents as well as her in-laws. What an ideal way Savitri found, to carry out her duties to both! 

1.6 Fourth blessing from Yamadharma

On going further Savitri said, "Due to the company of my husband, I do not feel this distance to be much. My mind runs ahead of me, so please listen to what I say. You are the brave son of Vivaswan (Sun) and hence you're also called 'Vaivaswat.' You are also known as 'Dharmaraj' (follower of righteousness) as you give equal justice to either friend or enemy." Impressed by these words, Yamraj granted her a fourth wish. This time Savitri asked for a 100 courageous children (sons) to amplify her family.  Yamraj was pleased to grant this wish and asked her to return as she had come very far. This was the first time she had asked for something for herself.

1.7 Yamadharma releasing Satyawan's soul!

Savitri continued to follow Yamadharma. She said, "The attitude of Holy men is always righteous. They are never sad or depressed. With the strength of truthfulness and the radiance of worship they can face even the Sun and the Earth. Realising the fact that this Sanatan (eternal) righteous conduct is adopted by holy persons, they do their deeds without expecting the outcome." Hearing this righteous quote, Yamraj agreed to grant her a fifth wish. This time Savitri concluded, "O Dharmaraj, you have already granted my wish to have a 100 children. But this wish cannot be accomplished in the absence of my husband, hence I desire that my husband be granted his life. I do not desire any happiness other than my husband.
I don't even wish heaven. Not only this but I do not even want to be alive without my husband. You have blessed me with many children yet you are taking my husband away. Grant me this wish so that your blessings come true." On hearing this, Yamraj was very pleased and said, "Tathaastu." He released Satyawan's noose and said, "O noble lady, I have released your husband. From now on he will always be healthy. All his desires will be fulfilled. He will live with you for 400 years. He will follow righteousness and become famous. You will have 100 children with him." As Yamaraj started leaving, Savitri bowed and offered gratitude to him for his grace. Savitri then returned to the dead body of Satyawan and put his head on her lap again. Slowly chaitanya (life) spread throughout his body and he woke up! This is how Savitri got her husband back from the dead with her righteous speech.
Today many people are unaware of the fact that 'nether regions* (parlokas) and other subtle worlds exist. Some of those who are aware cannot see them. 

2. Vatasavitri Vrat

1. Tithi: Jyeshtha Pournima (Full moon day of the month of Jyeshtha)
2. Objective: This vrat was started by married women to prolong their married life, like Savitri did.
3. Importance of Savitri: Among the famous, chaste women in Bharat, Savitri is considered a role model. She is also considered the symbol of eternal married life.
4. Deity of the Vrat: Brahma, along with Savitri is the main Deity while Satyavan, Savitri, Narad and Yama are the subordinate Deities in this vrat.
5. Importance of the banyan tree: When Yama took away Satyavan’s life, his wife Savitri debated on the scriptures with Him for three days. Appeased with her, Yama brought Satyavan back to life. The discussion took place below a banyan tree. Hence, the banyan tree is associated with Savitri.
A. ‘The banyan tree survives even the Dissolution of the Universe. It lives on with time.
B. During the Dissolution of the Universe, a child Mukunda slept on a banyan leaf.
C. In Prayag, Ram, Lakshman and Sita rested under the everlasting banyan tree.
D. A banyan tree is the resting place for Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Narasimha and Madhav.
E. The Banyan, Pipal (Bo tree), Audumbar (Cluster fig tree) and Shami (Indian Mesquite tree), are considered sacred and are used in sacrificial fires. Amongst these trees, the life of the banyan is the longest. Besides, it spreads extensively by means of its aerial roots.
F. Cataract is cured if the mixture of cotton crushed into gum of banyan tree is put into the eyes.
6. Method of performing the vrat
A. Sankalp: First, the married woman should make a sankalp thus – “May my husband and I have a healthy and long life.”
B. Worship: Shodashopchar-puja of the banyan tree should be performed. After the ritual of abhishek, a thread should be tied thrice in a clockwise direction around the trunk of the banyan tree. At the end of the puja, one should pray thus to Savitri and Brahma, “Let me have a happy, uninterrupted and joyous married life, let me get the same husband in every birth, let there be prosperity with food and the family.”
C. Fasting: Women should fast the entire day.
7. The Divine knowledge received by a seeker doing spiritual practice per Gurukrupaayoga: Following is the information given by 'one scholar' to the seeker receiving knowledge, Mrs. Anjali Gadgil
Compiler: Do we get the same benefit by worshipping a branch of the banyan tree compared to worshipping the tree itself?
Divine Knowledge: The main trunk of the banyan tree contains the Shiva principle. Hence worshipping the banyan tree with spiritual emotion (bhav) helps us to gain 30% of the benefit of the worship, compared to only 2-3 % gained by worshipping it's branch. Since the branch is separated from the main trunk and hence from it's life, it has very negligible capacity to attract and transmit Divine consciousness (chaitanya). Bringing such a branch home and worshipping it, does not give much benefit. In the vicinity of nature, life exists in abundance and hence the fruits of Divine consciousness (chaitanya), can be derived in higher proportion.
Compiler: It is said that this kind of vowed religious observance (vrat) of Vatapaurnima is to be observed only after visiting Kashi (also known as Banaras, one of the holiest cities in Bharat). The oldest married lady of the house, who started observing this vrat after visiting Kashi, passes the tradition on to her eldest daughter-in-law after the demise of her husband. What is the purpose behind this practice?
Divine Knowledge: This is just an established tradition.
8. The spiritual experience of a seeker about Vatpournima worship: On 11th June 2006, I could not go and physically worship a banyan tree. So I worshipped the banyan tree by drawing it's picture on a piece of paper. I prayed to the banyan tree "My dear Lord, I could not go out. I am worshipping you, with the spiritual emotion (bhav) that you are present here." At that time I could actually see the banyan tree with it's parambya (aerial roots) hanging down. After that when I went close to H. H. Dr. Athavale's photo, I could see a large banyan tree. At that time, a thought came to my mind "Parampujya Gurudev, this is only due to your blessing and grace" and I experienced overwhelming spiritual emotion. For two to three days before this incident, I had been experiencing bliss from within. - a seeker, Miraj, India.
* Based on divine knowledge received by some seekers doing sadhana per Gurukrupaayoga.
(Members of the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti consider ‘Vatpournima’ as a farce. How great is the Hindu Dharma, which considers that God exists in every particle of the Creation and teaches us to worship trees as Deities, and how petty are these so called intellectuals, heretics and communists, who consider the Hindu Dharma a farce! - Compiler)
Source : Sanatan Sanstha's publication 

Om Tat Sat

(My humble salutations to Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jagruti for the collection)

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