The Power of Faith on God

Unshakable faith is what needed at all the time

Indian ancient Puranas are the gems, they show the way to humanity how can we protect from the God. This is quite easy way to say that ‘keep faith on the God’ but it has got a deeper meaning. The difference of saying and being is really huge. Lets try to understand this through a small demonstration from Indian Puranas.

Markandeya

Markandeya was a great devotee of Lord Siva. His father Mrikandu performed rigorous austerities to get a son. Lord Siva appeared before him and said: “O Rishi, do you want a good son who will die in his sixteenth year or a bad and foolish son who will live for a long time?” Mrikandu replied: “O my venerable Lord, let me have a good son”.

The boy came to know about his fate and began to worship Lord Siva whole-heartedly with intense faith and devotion. The boy entered into deep meditation and Samadhi on the day decreed as the day of his death. The messengers of Lord Yama were not able to approach him. Hence, Yama himself went to take away his life. The boy prayed to Lord Siva for protection and embraced the Linga. Then Yama threw his noose round the Linga and the boy. Lord Siva came out of the Linga immediately and killed Yama to protect the boy. Lord Siva was called Mrityunjaya and Kala-kala from that day.

Markandeya - Wikipedia

This beautiful story illustrate that how one can overcome even death by deep faith and devotion on God. This is the message delivered by this Purana.

Now, we need to relate these beautiful stories and their messages to our lives and question our selves, how many times for even small unwishful incidents we lost the faith on the God and again we come back to God and say our refuge to him. All the material things wealth & health is actually nothing compare to the Faith & Devotion on God. This is not a saying but proved by so many Saints since time immemorial in all religions and they got God for that act not less than that.

So dear friends, lets not shake and lost faith for worldly things, on all merciful, compassionate God, who loves us unconditionally at all the time and always waiting for our Call from the deepest of our hearts.

Never forget that God never intend to suffer humanity as his nature is ‘Pure Love’.

Thank You, Ravi Kumar

Devotional singing (bhajan) is a spiritual practice (sadhana)


Some Inner Facts about the Power of Bhajans as a Sadhana:

Devotional singing (bhajans) is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or the tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the Glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. No attention is paid to the blame or praise that others may give. It does not seek the admiration or the appreciation of the listeners.

Devotional singing (bhajan) is one of the processes by which one can train the mind to expand into eternal values.

Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self.

Those who sing bhajans get what can be called a ‘double promotion’, for they derive joy and distribute joy.

The kind of bhajan in which the devotee recites the auspicious qualities of the divine, experiences oneness with the divine, and acquires the Godly qualities. Saint Thyagaraja had recourse to this type of singing.

Sanit Thyagaraja

Leela Sankirtana refers to the enjoyment by the devotee of the sacred sport of the Divine in ecstatic dancing and singing and being totally absorbed in it. This is exemplified by the Gita Govindam of Jayadeva.

Bhaava Sankirtana: This is illustrated by Radha, who expresses her different feelings towards God and identifies herself with the Divine in every mood of devotion. Radha and Meera were the exponents of Bhaava Sankirtana.

Radhe Singing for Krishna

Naama Sankirtana: Chaithanya was the exponent of this form of Keerthana. ‘All names are yours. There is nothing in this cosmos which does not bear the imprint of your name or form’ – Chaithanya revelled in singing the name of the Lord as signifying all that was beautiful and glorious in the universe.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Singing Nama Sankeerthana

Finally;

“Only in the depth of pure silence can we hear God’s voice.”

“God is compassion. He is waiting at the door of every heart. He is an uninvited guest everywhere, because whether you call Him or not, He is there. Whether you are a believer or a nonbeliever, He is within you uninvited. Behind every form, behind everything, God is hiding. He beautifies things and makes them what they are. He is the hidden formula of life. But He won’t reveal Himself to you. You won’t feel Him unless you call Him.

Thank you, Ravi Kumar

What is Hard problem of consciousness

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In consciousness studies today, what is the central and essential question is something called hard problem of consciousness. David Chalmers who is an Australian philosopher & cognitive scientist coined this term the hard problem of consciousness. What is this hard problem is, so far what is accomplished in brain science is the science of correlation and with this they are trying to understand neuronal activity reports in brain and matching with that of related activities like listening a speech or tasting coffee etc. But here there is a huge problem which is pointed first time by David Chalmers is “how can a physical system as physical as inert substance the brain and nervous system can generate first person experience or qualia”.

Any sentient being in his routine activities like listening, seeing, tasting, remembering, thinking, loving and including all the conscious activities of life are generating a first person experiences internally rather he doesn’t experience anything about neurons firing in the brain during any of these acts. How can a physical system generate this first person experiences is the central question in today’s consciousness studies. The distinct point here is that this kind of internal experience is not possible with any physical constructs in the nature except sentient beings.

Thank you, Ravi Kumar

Vedanta philosophy of Meditation


The meditation has become very popular majorly due to enormous health benefits which includes mental disorders related to stress and some life style disorders.

The Vedanta approach to the Mediation is unique which involves enquiry based analysis and intellectual understanding. Vedanta suggests to individuals to closely look into his/her routine experiences and then ask most fundamental questions to own self such as; is it that the ‘witness consciousness’ is there only when the mind is calm? Or is it there when the mind is active also? This investigation has be pursued in the Vedantic Mediation.

Vedanta says that witness consciousness is there all the time. It means, when the mind is thinking, listening and all other times, the essence of individual being is the ‘witness consciousness’ which is evident in a calm and serene mind. Yoga philosophy objection to the Vedantic approach is; how one can recognize ‘witness consciousness’ while the mind is engaged with activities because during activities the ‘pure consciousness’ is mixed up with mind. Vedanta response to this objection as follows; it is like asking when an ocean is calm and serene without waves then only water can be seen and other times only waves are present. In fact at all the time water is only present in the ocean and it is not required to cease the waves for seeing the water. Because usually our attention is drawn to the waves it seems that wave is the reality but actually the reality of the wave is the water. Similarly ‘witness consciousness’ is present continuously in all the experiences of human throughout life. It doesn’t required to stop the mind to realize the true nature of oneself as the ‘witness consciousness’. Vedanta further says that, even the functioning of the mind can be used to recognize the ‘witness consciousness’ in oneself. This is the insight from Vedanta.

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Stumbling block for materialism in understanding consciousness

Recently, there is remarkable observation is taking place in the philosophy of mind including behaviorism and psychologism which is the approach used in materialism for understanding the consciousness is itself became a stumbling block.

This is because science is about objectivity that’s work fine absolutely when studying objects but when we are studying the subject itself by the same approach then it will miss by a wide mark. Due to this reason in spite of desperate attempts made by most scientists come out with no understanding about what is consciousness and its nature.

Then what is solution of hard problem of consciousness according to David Chalmers, he says that though it is hard to accept we have to consider consciousness is one of the fundamental reality of this universe. It means no need to reduce consciousness to brain or matter because it is fundamentally irreducible in principle so it is also as fundamental as like matter, time, space and energy in the universe. That implies consciousness is ubiquitous in the universe by itself and it interacts with the physical world through the nervous system and brain.

Thank You, Ravi Kumar Reddy Juturi

‘Law of Karma’

When properly understood is a way to human free will

This concept of karma and reincarnation axiomatic in different and diversified schools philosophy and religion in India except the materialist (Charuvakas). This is very profound philosophy. One can notice that Buddhist do not accept the existence of permanent self or soul and God and Vedantists uphold the existence of God, soul or self, yet both with tremendously diverse views still accept that there is karma, birth and rebirth.

So this idea is common to Indian thought. But strange thing to notice is there is resistance to this idea in the west yet there is no logical argument in the history of western thought. But in the Christian thought or Judaism there is always the belief of some existence after death of the body like immortal soul which further goes to heaven or hell. If this is already accepted or even understand the claim that we do exist after death then this is just an extension of the law of karma and reincarnation. It is not difficult to understand if you believe in existence of self or soul after death then there is possibility of karma and rebirth is almost inevitable.

‘Law of Karma’ is a philosophy of human free will

In fact the ‘Law of Karma’ is a philosophy of human free will but quite often Indians are charged with fatalistic kind of civilization, but if we take a deeper look at karma it is what we ourselves are today is what we have generated in the past but it’s not fixed by some unknown force. That means, what we are experiencing today is what we ourselves created, as ‘we reap what we sow’, this is what actually mean by “what we will be in the future is in our hands today”. So there is always the modicum of free will, but karma can only generate and determines a broad outlines of our lives but how we react to it depends more on individual than karma which does not generate every little movement of our minds or thoughts or direction that life takes. 

So we have freedom, wherever there is mind and intellect lit up by consciousness there is freedom. We have the power to make our destiny. This gives the message that, take the whole responsibility upon oneself and work out to your destiny. In the words of Swami Vivekananda on Karma “If what we think, we say and what we do that generates karma if our bad karma is there like tigers waiting to pounce on us, never fear because all the good that you have thought, felt and done is waiting with the power of a thousand angels to come to your help. This is the actual understanding of the law of karma”.

Thank You, Juturi Ravi Kumar Reddy

Truth of the Religion

From the perceptive of Vedanta

As per the idea of Indian ancients, adding the idea of involution then the whole idea of evolution and involution taken together actually proves the truth of religion. How does it do so, the highest in the evolution like Christ man in Christianity or Buddha man in Buddhists and free man of the yogis called Jivanmukta (free while living) of vedantins all of this there must have been where in potential form in first protoplasm of life, even further in to singularity at the beginning of the universe from there the emergence of the matter, energy, space, time to the emergence of stars and planets to the emergence of life and to evolution of life to the emergence of intelligence and the evolution of civilization to the coming of spirituality and the religion and the appearance of these highly spiritually evolved human beings in the sense of morals, unselfishness, spiritual insights all of this must have been there at the beginning of the universe also in an unmanifest form.

This is the idea of evolution and involution of the universe by the ancient Indians. That ultimate reality which exist at the beginning emerges as a seed and which evolves in to this magnificent universe and goes back in to the seed, behind it all giving it existence, making it all possible is that ultimate reality is the supreme power called as ‘God’. This is the actuality in saying god created this universe. This ultimate reality is called “Brahman” in Vedanta which is the nature of existence, consciousness and bliss (Sat Chit Ananda) which appear as this universe. Hence, if we combine the idea of evolution and involution then evolution instead of the being the enemy of religion will actually proves the truth of the religion.

References

  1. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, (Mayavati Edition, 1970), Calcutta: Advaita Ashram, Vol. 2, 491-93.
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  4. Ray and Wanda Ellis, Swami Vivekananda in Washington D.C (1991)., The Vedanta Kesari, 369-70.

Ayurveda can be a reliable remedy for Corona now in India!!!

Clear hints recorded in AP state for its effectiveness on Corona

The word ‘Ayurveda’ has derived out of fusion of two separate words- Áyu’ i.e. life and ‘veda’ i.e. knowledge. Thus in literal meaning Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a classical system of preventive, promotive and curative healthcare originating from the Vedas documented around 5000 years ago and currently recognized and practiced in India and many countries in the world.

It is one of the most ancient healthcare systems having equal scientific relevance in the modern world, that take a holistic view of the physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of human life, health and disease.

Approach in Ayurveda is Focus of Treatment


Ayurveda is based on natural science and so all Ayurvedic remedies are close to nature. That is, Ayurvedic medicines make use of natural herbs, extracts, and plants. One of the advantages of Ayurveda over allopathy is that the herbs and plants that it uses do not have side effects that mimic allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine is made in labs and every allopathic medicine comes with side effects that can range from mild to severe. In Ayurvedic medicine, this is not the case because all the remedies are naturally made with natural ingredients that don’t cause devastating effects on your health.

Ayurveda’s focus is not limited to providing solutions when a problem has arisen. Ayurveda is about providing remedies for optimal health so you don’t have those problems, to begin with. Ayurveda is based on the principle that prevention is better than cure. This contrasts with allopathic medicine which focuses on reducing the symptoms and treating them. This is where Ayurveda is a clear winner because Ayurveda focuses on the root cause that has led to the health problem and then provides remedies accordingly. Ayurveda provides a holistic healing approach that ensures the problem is removed from the root rather than just targeting symptoms as is the case with allopathy. 

Latest Evidence of Ayurveda efficasy on Covid19 in Andhra Pradesh, India

Ayurvedic care and the results of its medicines are being researched by state officials as well as central AYUSH officials in Krishnapatnam, Nellore district, Andra Pradesh reported by chief secretary of the state health department., Andhra Pradesh. He said they were many people who recovered from the corona even in the last stages by using corona medicine offered by Anandayya (local Ayurvedic practitioner). He also added that so far thousands of patients received medicine but no side effects were reported with the herbs and ingredients used in the medicine.

Having seen the latest evidences and reports from officials now lets hope and wish that Ayurveda an Ancient traditional system gifted by the Rishis of India is can become one reliable source against deadly corona virus.

Thank you, Juturi Ravi Kumar Reddy

Vedanta teachings to overcome fear

Right knowledge is the higher way to Triumph over Fear

Sri Krishna says in Gita:

ashochyaan anvashochastwam prajnaavaadaamshcha bhaashase
gataasoon agataasoomshcha naanushochanti panditaah // 2.11 //

Krishna says to Arjuna:
You grieve for those who are not to be grieved for; and yet you speak words of wisdom! The learned do not grieve for the departed and those who have not departed.

Know about Fear

The Sanskrit equivalent for fear is “Bhaya“. Fear is an emotion or Vritti in the mind that is produced when one’s life is in danger on account of external forces or things. Man reacts to the situation with a fear-emotion.

There are 3 levels of reality – physical (body level), mental (mind level) and spiritual (soul level).

Some fears are desirable and essential, i.e. when there is actual danger (such as a car heading towards you at high speed).

For most of our fears, there is a small trigger but an exaggerated response. In other words, our mind “over-imagines” and makes the situation worse.

Fear can cause us to become petrified or paralyzed, which is obviously very unhealthy.

Know the Truth & Overcome Fear (Vedanta Teachings)

Ignorance is the cause of fear. He forgot his original, divine nature and was thus caught up in the whirlpool of ignorance. The infinite fearless Brahman became the finite Jiva with fear. Identification of the body or Dehadhyasa is the cause of fear.

Lord Krishna says in His Gita: “Vitaragabhayakrodhah sthitadheer muniruchyate“. “He who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of stable mind.” Abandon attachment through practice of non-attachment or Vairagya and attachment to the lotus feet of the Lord or fearless Brahman. All fears will vanish.

Vedanta further says:

You are attached to a fountain-pen, walking stick, book, watch, towel, cloth. Fear slowly creeps in. There is fear of losing them. Always entertain the thought “All objects are illusory, perishable and pain-giving.” You will have no attachment. Even if there is attachment, it will be mild. You can drive it away with slight thinking and discrimination.

Give up attachment to this body by identifying yourself with the bodiless, sexless, pure, all-pervading immortal Atman or Brahman. All sorts of fears and attachments will totally disappear. Assert, feel, recognize.

As you think, so you become. As you think, so you develop. As is your ideal, so gradually your life will become. This is so, because there is a great transforming power in thought.

Take, then, the life of perfect men like Bhishma and think of their deeds and their life and ideals. Your life will be filled by purity, courage, etc. You will become a noble, perfect man. The thought will transform you into its own likeness. Man becomes like what he worships. Man becomes like what he thinks. This is indeed true.

A man of courage does not tremble in the hour of danger. He is not embarrassed and bewildered. He does not sink down. He is not overwhelmed by despair.. He smiles away all dangers and difficulties, blows the trumpet of triumph and attains victory in the end.

Thank you, Ravi Kumar Reddy Juturi

The Power of Devotion to God

A way to freedom and fearlessness

In Bhakti, one can experience total freedom from fear and worry. A devotee transcends worldly sorrows and pains. A pure devotee has no selfish desires, including the desire for liberation. Bhakti in one’s heart is kindled by the grace of the Guru, by being in the company of other devotees and by reading and listening to the stories of other “bhaktas” or devotees.

“When the river meets the ocean, it recognizes it was the ocean from the beginning until the end. In the same way, the moment a devotee surrenders to the Divine; he or she becomes the Divine.”

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Lord Krishna in Bhakti Yoga, Bhagwad Gita

“Those who fix their mind on me and only I dwell in their thoughts; and who sing my glories with love and devotion; and who have complete faith in me are the best.”

“The living entity’s fear of death is due to his false ego of identifying with the body. Everyone is afraid of death. Actually there is no death for the spirit soul… When one is fully convinced that he is not his body, there is no question of fearing death, since the spirit soul does not die. If the spirit soul engages in the spiritual activities of devotional service, he is completely freed from the platform of birth and death. His next position is complete spiritual freedom from a material body.” says Srila Prabhupada

All the above great messages are indicating that humans suffers more due to fear of death in the mind. Henceforth, the best way to overcome this fear of insecurity and death in the mind is to be devoted to God with the heartful faith for protection then it turns into understanding the saying of sages and saints about the power of devotion. This is very much proved hypothesis in the lives of so many saints in India, but now it is our turn to make in to reality in our lives and live the rest of life with fearlessness and joy.

I offer my prayers to God to bless all of us in this times of difficulties.

Thank you.