GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA Founder President:
H.H. Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2012-2014
Shri Chandru Binwani
Datuk Fateh Chand
Shrimati Tangamani Menon
Shri Sriniyasan Narayana
Honorary General Secretary:
Shri Sivashankar Krishnapillai
Honorary Assistant Secretary:
Shrimati Vanita Rani
Shri Jagmohan Kumar
Honorary Assistant Treasurer:
Dr Darshan Kumar
Shri Mahadev Lalchand
Shri Prabhat Kumar
Dr Tilla Chelliah
Ms Asha Devi
Shrimati Usha Devi
Shri Kishan Kumar Agarwal
Shrimati Suresh Kumari Shukla
Shri Soorya Rao Simhadar
Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Shri Hetish Sharma
Ms Nirmlah Dahvy
Shrimati Tangamani Menon
Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Electronic Version of Sacred Thought
|GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA: Overview of Activities
Daily and Weekly Activities
Daily Pooja: A short pooja is performed every day at sunrise and sunset.
Purnima: is celebrated on Full Moon day with recitation of all 18 chapters of the Geeta.
|THE YOGA OF RENUNCIATION: SAMNYAASA YOGA|
Commentary on BG5:11 by H.H. Shri Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj
YOGINAH KARMA KURVANTI SANGAM TYAKTVAA ’TMA SUDDHAYE
"The Yogees, abandoning attachment, perform work with the body, the mind,
the intellect and the senses only, for self-purification."
PROSE ORDER WITH WORD MEANINGS:
SUDDHAM CAA ’SUDDHAM EVA CA SUDDHAM KAAMA VIVARJITAM
She said – “O great king, I am not aware of the one who
created me, nor do I know the name and gotra (lineage) of another. I can
only say this much - that I am in this city. O brave one, I do not even
know who had built this city. O dear one this Purusha (Male) is my comrade
and the women, my mates, and when I go to sleep, this serpent keeps awake
and protects this city. O destroyer of foes, it is my good fortune that
you have arrived here and I shall remain together with my comrades ready
to fulfill your desires. You may enjoy your desired pleasures and live for
years. Only in the Grahasthaasrama (state of family life) of this world,
Dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kaama (desires) and moksha
(salvation) are achieved. Those men and women lived in that city
blissfully cooperating each other. As a result of becoming restless of
lust, that foolish one was cheated at the door of that lady. That foolish
one was imitating like the domestically tame monkey. King Purajan armed
with a large bow went over to a dense forest for hunting. He killed many
animals and birds there, goaded by the unrestrained mind. Finally,
becoming very thirsty, returned to his palace, where he ate sumptuously.
Then becoming very lustful, he searched for his beautiful sister-in-law,
but he was unsuccessful in finding her. Exhibiting lust, that Puranjanee
appeared more attracted to Puranjan. After sometime, 1100 sons and 110
daughters were born of that Puranjanee. Both the sons and daughters were
married away. Each of the sons begot 100 sons, and in this way, Puranjan’s
family became enlarged. Finally, old age caught up with him which is
disliked by the sensual men. Now the 308 fierce servants of Gandharvaraaja
started looting the city of Puranjan. The gate keeper, the very strong
Serpent of the city of Puranjan, fought single handed for 100 years.
Puranjan was very much agitated over the mutiny in his nation. He never
had any idea of this calamity, due to the hold of his wife over him. In
the meantime, a maiden appeared there, who was enjoying forcefully the
world of action. The city of Puranjan was attacked by fear and the
flooding army. This maiden of time also gave all sorts of discomfort. He
lost all his wealth. The enemies set fire to the city of Puranjan and
Puranjan, thinking of his wife, breathed his last, and was reborn as a
young girl in Vidarbha kingdom. She (Vaidarbhee) was married to Rajarshi
Malaya Dhvaja, and when the family enlarged with sons and grandsons, the
kingdom was partitioned and he went over to Kulaacal to engage himself in
the devotion of Shree Krishna. Vaidarbhee also followed him and engaged in
severe penance. Malaya Dhvaja attained peace after realising without any
separate feeling of the Aatmaa in the Parabrahma the Parabrahma in the
Aatmaa. On this occasion Vaidarbhee became very restless like the deer
that got separated from its herd. She decided to sacrifice herself in the
fire along with her husband. A man of wisdom who had been her comrade in
her previous life appeared there and said –
The five objects
of the senses were its five gardens. The nine sense holes were the nine
gates, fire, water, food – were the three ramparts; mind and the five
senses of knowledge – were the six merchant class families, the basis of
the power of action, the five senses of action - were the five market
places. The five elements - were his eminent cause and the intellectual
power was his female master. The city was such that the person who entered
it became devoid of knowledge. You had forgotten your real nature as a
result of coming under the control of that lustful woman. Your condition
deteriorated in her company. Realize that you are neither the daughter of
Vidarbha kingdom nor is the brave Malaya Dhvaja your husband. The one who
had imprisoned you in the city of nine gates is also not the husband of
that Puranjanee. You considered yourself to be a male in your previous
birth, and now, you consider yourself as a Chaste Wife – all these are the
result of the maayaa (illusion) thrown by myself. In reality, you are
neither a male nor a female. We both are swans. Realize the true nature of
both. Of friend, I who are GOD the same you are, the embodied soul. You
are not different from me. The wise one does not see even a little
difference in both of us. One and the same soul is both GOD and embodied
soul, due to the conditions but appear to be different”. When in this
manner, the swan cautioned him, then the swan of the Manasarovar, i.e. the
embodied soul stood firm in its real nature and once again he had the
Devarshi Naarada said – “O king I have imparted you
the spiritual wisdom in an indirect form because, “PAROKSHAPRIYOU DEVO
BHAGVAAN VISHVABHAAVANAH” The creator of the Universe, the Lord of the
Universe, likes very much the indirect description. One, upon acquiring
spiritual wisdom, the skill in practicing actions without taint is
|LESSONS FROM THE BHAGAVAD GEETA (12)|
by Shri Ashok Lal Bherumal
“Better is one’s own duty (svadharma), though devoid of merit than the duty of another (paradharma) well discharged; better is death in the fulfillment of one’s own duty; the duty of another is fraught with fear.”
Any change from one position to another in life must be gradual and natural and not dictated by your own likes/dislikes based on selfish interest. So Lord Krishna says, do all your duties as you find yourself in the given situation and progress naturally from there.
If one meets death while doing paradharma, you will have to take another birth to burn off the earlier karmas that could not be eradicated through performing your svadharma.
Once again the play of the three ‘Gunas” is brought forth. Here the “Rajasic” guna is identified as the culprit. The more we indulge in greedy selfish activities, the more we strengthen the Rajasic gunas in us. The strong Rajasic Gunas will overpower the Satvic (pure) and Tamasic (inert) Gunas and thus eventually compel us to do more selfish activities. “Know this to be your foe here”, warns Lord Krishna. Rajasic Gunas fuel our desires. When our desire to achieve or acquire something gets out of control, we will resort to any form of action to satisfy our burning desires. Where does anger come in? Anger is nothing but the aftermath of deflected desire! When your desires are strong and there is an impediment to satisfying your desire, the unsatisfied desire deflects into anger. The intensity of the anger matches with the degree of desire. The Lord says that this desire and anger is “all devouring, all sinful”. It overpowers us, makes us loose control of ourselves and in extreme cases, drives us to do things we wouldn’t do normally. Anger is also known as “temporary insanity”. It can even bring about our very own destruction if not kept in check. The story of the evil Ravan, in Ramayana, when he wanted to kidnap Sita, perhaps best illustrates this point. Despite being advised by one and all not to make enmity against the mighty and pious Lord Rama, Ravan could not stop himself driven by his lust of Sita. The result was the destruction of Ravan and his beloved Lanka. Ravan, being king of Lanka, had the riches of the whole kingdom. He also had in his harem all the beautiful damsels that he desired. Yet, the thought of just one thing (Sita) that he could not possess, drove him insane and to commit the heinous crime of kidnapping her. Are not our desires similar? We may have everything now, yet that one little thing we cannot possess torments us. We are never grateful for what we have but we constantly harp on what we don’t have! Therefore the Rajoguna in us must be controlled as discussed in verses 33-34.
Mild desires are easily eradicated just as a little bit of wind clears the smoke to reveal the fire. But there are rajasic desires that need some effort to remove, just as dust (desire) covering a mirror (Self) needs extra effort to be rubbed away before we get a clear mirror. Likewise, we need to put in more effort to wash away desires driven by greed, envy, etc. The third type of desire, very base desire, explained with a metaphor “when the womb (desire) covers the embryo (Self)”, are tamasic desires, meaning desires of the flesh. These need a lot of effort and time to be eradicated, just as the embryo must undergo a certain gestation period. This is a warning to not let our desires get out of control, as so much more effort is required for freedom from desires while in our spiritual pursuit.
|SRI KRISHNA: PURUSHOTHAMA AND JAGATGURU|
by Dr K Dharmaratnam, Klang
Human life constitutes the final rung or rungs in the ladder of our union with God, and so we should minimize our craving for wealth and pleasures (artha and kaama), and maximize our spirituality (dharma and longing for moksha), which has to be centered on God, who is ‘codified’ best as ‘BRAHMAN’ (‘PARAMPORUL’ in Tamil), and consists of two aspects:- Universal All-Pervading SPIRIT (Purusha), and Universal All-Pervading ENERGY (Prakriti). These, in the Saivaite parlance, are known as Siva and Sakthi respectively. Our Srimad Bhagavad Geeta in chapter 13 describes the All-Pervading Energy as the “Field” and All-Pervading Spirit as the “Knower of the Field”.
2. "Krishna is much greater than any idea of God you or I can have!" - Swami Vivekananda
creating a solar eclipse with His discus, eradicating adharma and establishing the highest dharma, His complete detachment (watching unmoved His sons killed and accepting Gandhari’s curse), His ceaseless activity, His infinite humility, patience (e.g. bearing the wicked Sisupala’s 100 insults), effortlessly lifting the Govardhana hill to shelter His loved ones (against Indra’s torrential rains), submitting to be bound but only by the shackles of bhakti (Yasoda and Sahadeva), blessing His poverty-stricken devotees with wealth (the poor woman fruitseller, Kuchela), taking over the agony of His devotees (e.g. Radha), creating duplicates of all His friends and cows stolen by Brahma the Creator, curing the defects or illnesses of His devotees (e.g. Kubja) destroying the wicked, granting liberation to those who thought of Him constantly (e.g. Kamsa, Sisupala), love for guru, and bringing back His guru’s lost son as ‘gurudakshina’, miraculously transferring the Mathura citizens to Dwaraka to save civilian suffering, accepting devotees in the very manner they seek Him (as God, Lover, Husband, Friend, Son, Enemy, etc.), accepting anything offered with true love and devotion, rushing to the aid of devotees in distress who had surrendered completely to Him (e.g. Draupadi, thus assuring us that He is a Devotee of His devotees), enacting the law of karma even at His own expense, His utter humility and the liberated souls merging into Him, and claiming (in Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Geeta) to be TIME the Destroyer, are all irrefutable proof that Krishna is the PURUSHOTAMA par excellence, defined in Chapter 15 of the Bhagavad Geeta as the sum total of:
To teach reverence to parents, He treated His own as well as foster parents with the utmost love and reverence and extolled devotion and reverence to parents as equivalent to worship of God when His great devotee Pundalik insisted on completing his filial service to his parents, and even kept the Lord waiting before coming out for His darshan and blessing. How vividly and unforgettably does He enact the law of karma! (though God is above this law). For having, as Rama (His preceeding incarnation in a previous yuga) killed Vaali while unseen, Krishna submitted not only to being shot fatally by the unseen hunter Jara, but lovingly blessed the latter and dispatched him to heaven! His humble role as an ambassador for peace at the Kaurava court is unforgettable especially as this assures us that man is given free will to forge his own destiny. He teaches us how and when to die (Chapter 8 of the Bhagavad Geeta) through Bheeshma’s death only during Uttarayana and through the latter’s dying sermon on dharma, duty and God. Many a time Krishna lived up to His assurance in Chapter 9 of the Geeta: “I shall look after the welfare of my sincere devotees and accept whatever is offered to me with true love, and accept devotees in the very manner they approach me”. The gopis offered their untutored love, Kubja her body, many women wanted Him as Husband. Jambavan offered his powerful blows and later his daughter Jambavi, the poverty stricken Kuchela a filthy bit of beaten rice, Rukmini a mere tulsi leaf, Srutadeva a sumptuous feast but poor Bahulasva mere water, Draupadi a single grain and spinach leaf (which satisfied the entire hunger of the universe!), Bheeshma a stream of arrows, and Radha offered her love, but also boiling milk on one occasion. How well did the Lord look after His true devotees! Eg. the Pandavas, Kuchela, etc. Many a time did He exemplify our Devi Vanamali’s unforgettable metaphorical truth: “Prakriti is the playground of the Purusha” especially in Chapter 10 of the Geeta when the Lord states: “Vaasudeva sarvam ithi” (GOD is All) by His presence in different places at one and the same time. Many a time does He enact ‘the name of (and devotion to) God are more potent than God Himself; and if we take one step towards God, God will take ten steps towards us. His Viswaroopa of Chapter 11 is all-embracing and His assurance that if we love every being, with hatred for none, we will attain God, is very consoling and comforting. He exemplifies what is true jnana (in Chapter 13), the role of the gunas (in Chapter 14), detachment and the two Purushas (in Chapter 15), our divine qualities as the centripetal force taking us Godward (in Chapter 16), the threefold spiritual path and importance of the scriptures (in Chapter 17), and finally in the last chapter, summarizes the Geeta’s teachings by emphasizing thyaga, varnashrama dharma and saranagathi.
|THINGS THAT ANNOY US|
contributed by Shri F C Vohra
There will always be factors and people that we cannot control; how we respond can determine the quality of our lives.
|VRINDĂVAN KĂ KRISHŃA KANHAIYĂ|
Vrindăvan kă Krishńa Kanhaiyă, sab ki ănkhon kă tără
|GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA: THE BEGINNING|
Adapted from an article by Tan Sri A N Ambo
When Tan Sri A N Ambo came to Malaysia as Social Security Advisor to the Government of Malaysia, his wife Swarn was tasked by Gurudev Swami Hari Harji Maharaj, Founder President of Geeta Ashram, with starting a Geeta centre in Malaysia for the dissemination of the universal teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta.
The piece of land in Petaling Jaya, on which the Geeta Ashram now stands, was obtained through the kindness and generosity of H.H. the Sultan of Selangor and the selfless efforts of the late Mr Thuraiappah. A great deal of work was put in by the enthusiastic devotees to collect funds for the price of the land. Various teams went around from door to door in different areas of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur seeking donations to meet the payment deadline.
|TRIBUTE TO TEACHERS|
by Theva Sharma Rajee (from the Youth Wing)
There is a saying in Tamil: Maata, Pita, Guru, Deivam - Mother, Father, Guru, then God. It is important to listen, learn from and respect, first our Mother, second our Father, third our Teacher/Guru, and then God. Every year in the month of May, we pay tribute to two of these important figures on Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day. Therefore, let us now pay tribute to all our past and present Gurus who have imbibed us with values and spiritual knowledge at the Geeta Ashram.
|MAIN THEMES OF THE GEETA'S TEACHINGS|
by Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
The Bhagavad Geeta contains a complexity of ideas pertaining to life and what lies beyond the perceivable aspects of Creation. The relevance of its message is not limited by time and location. The following are the main themes covered by this great treatise:
|EVERYTHING IS A VIBRATION|
by Shrimati Tangamani Menon
mayi sarvam idam protam, suutre maniganaa iva
All that is here is strung on Me as rows of gems on a string" (BG Ch7 v7)
Quantum physics and superstring theory - and now the latest articulation of this, called M-theory - tell us that everything in existence is composed not of points, or "dots", of energy, but of smaller-than-minuscule circular "strings" that vibrate constantly, at differing rates. These strings have the ability to interconnect, or intertwine, with each other, creating a "superstring".
In this way, every thought affects the whole world - indeed the whole universe. How much? Probably not very significantly, due to lack of pure focus and consistency in the energy that most people emanate. Yet if that energy is focused and consistent, if it becomes a pinpoint of laser-sharp and unremitting clarity, it can cut through virtually any obstacle in the surrounding energy field, reshaping that field the way we choose. Thus, many people have learned to deeply affect and dramatically impact their personal reality. They live the lives they choose. And when many individuals make the same choice collectively, the combined energy of collective consciousness can have an immediate and detectable influence on the larger reality in any environment. Ultimately, this can affect life on earth itself.
We have lost some ardent devotees and life members who were also long-time disciples of Gurudev Swami Hari Harji Maharaj. They will always be remembered with heartfelt appreciation:
|HOLI - THE FESTIVAL OF COLOURS
Holi is the Hindu festival of colours celebrated in the month of Phalgun (February-March). There is no special pooja associated with this festival, but some colour may be smeared on the faces of Krishna and Radha at the commencement of the festivities.
Traditionally, the festival celebrates good harvests and fertility of the agricultural land.