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
Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Shrimati Tangamani Menon
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|COMMENTARY ON BHAGAVAD GEETA CHAPTER 13 VERSE 12
by His Holiness Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj
yaj jnaatvaa ‘mritam ashnute
anaadimat param brahma
na sat tan naa ‘sad uchyate
Prose order and meaning:
Adhidaivik (Divine) meaning:
udbhavash cha bhavishyataam
Kirtih shrir vaak cha naarinaam
Smitir medhaa dhritih kshamaa
Meaning: "I am the all-devouring death. I am the prosperity of those who are to be prosperous; and of the female qualities I am Fame, Fortune, Speech, Memory, Intelligence, Constancy and Forbearance."
matsthani sarva bhutaani na chaaham teswavasthitah
Meaning: "This entire universe is pervaded by Me in My un-manifested form; all beings exist in Me, but I do not abide in them."
All the beings in the world are enveloped by ether (aakaash) and in each and every being there is aakaash (space), but aakash in not enveloped in the beings. Similarly Lord is inside each and every being, and all beings are within the Lord, Lord is not confined to any of these. He is endless, formless, and indestructible. In the following verse, the Lord ascertains that in fact those beings are not established in Me. Have a look at my Divine-yoga, I am the one who provides support to all beings, but i am not established in the beings. In BG9:19 He further states:
amritam cai ‘va mrityus cha sat asat chaaham arjuna
Meaning: "I give heat; I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and death; I am being as well as non-being, O Arjuna."
nainan dahati paavakah
na chainam kledayantyaapo
na shoshayati marutah
Meaning; "Weapons do not cleave the Atman, fire burns It not, water wets It not, wind dries It not."
aashcharyavat vadati tathaiva chaanyah
aashcharya vachchain manyah shrunoti
shrutvaapyenam ved na chaiva kaschit
Meaning: "One beholds the self as a marvel, another speaks of it as a marvel, another hears of it as a marvel, yet another having heard, knows it not."
|FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK: GEETA DHAM|
His Holiness Shree 1008 Swami Hariharji Maharaj had, on the 10th of May 1967, founded the first Geeta Ashram outside India, in Malaysia, with which I was fortunate enough to be closely associated
for more than 34 years. It was there that I started to learn the bits and pieces of the philosophy of the Geeta from scratch by the grace of my most revered Guru, His Holiness himself.
H. BAL-GOPAL PROJECT: Children in the age-group of 6 to 9 months from the surrounding villages are being provided free supply of nutritive supplement on a regular basis with ain to improve their physical as well as mental status.
|WHAT IS MIND?|
by Dr U Prasad
The mind can only know that which is outside the mind, so the question "What is mind?" can never be fully answered. The problem is further amplified by the fact that we do not even know where mind is located and from where the mind carries out its functions? The mind is not an organ that can be dissected out from the body like the liver, kidney, heart or lungs. According to the Bhagavad Geeta (BG7:4), mind is a part of prakriti:
Meaning: "Earth, water, fire, air, ether, MIND, intellect and also the ego - these constitute the eight-fold divisions of My nature (prakriti)."
Meaning: The jiva (soul) in the body is an eternal portion of Myself. Seated in the prakriti, it attracts the (five) senses - the mind being the sixth.
Meaning: Whatsoever makes the wavering and unsteady mind wander, let it be pulled back under control from that very object by repeatedly concentrating on the Self.
tasyaaham nigraham manye vaayor iva sudushkaram (BG6:34)
Meaning: O Krishna, the mind is very fickle, turbulent, obstinate and powerful; therefore, I consider it as difficult to control as the wind.
abhyaasena to keunteya vairaagyena cha grihyate (BG6:35)
Meanng: The MIND is without doubt unsteady and difficult to curb, O mighty armed, but it can be controlled through practice and dispassion, O son of Kunti.
Meaning: The senses are said to be great; greater than the senses is the mind, greater that the mind is the intellect, but greater than intellect is He (the Self).
Meaning: Of the senses I am the mind, and among the living beings I am consciousness.
sarvasamkaplasanyaasi yogarudhas tadochyate (BG6:4)
Meaning: When a man ceases to have any attachment either for the objects of senses or for actions and has renounced all thoughts of the world, he is said to have attained Yoga.
|BHAGAVAD GEETA FOR BEGINNERS: AN INTRODUCTION|
by Shree Peter Ganglani, Geeta Ashram Canada
I would like to begin by mentioning a few thoughts on Verse 1 of Chapter-1, and why the very first verse starts with a question, and that too from a blind person! This, I feel, is worth reflecting upon.
Before I do this, I would like to share some thoughts about how to commence the recitation of Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta.
Măma-kă panda-văs chaiva | Kima Kurvata Sanjaya?
Translation: O Sanjay, assembled in the sacred field of Kuru-K’shetra, and eager to fight, what did my sons and the sons of Păndu do ?
Who are these children of the mind?
Vaidaish-cha sarvai-raha meva vedyo | Vedaanta kridh veda-vidheva chaaham.
Translation: I alone reside in the hearts of all beings, and from Me emanate memory, wisdom, and also their loss. I am verily that which is to be known by the Vedas, I am the author of the Vedanta and I am the knower of the Vedas.
|LESSONS FROM THE GEETA (14)|
by Shri Ashok Lal Bherumal, Geeta Ashram Malaysia
In this respect, Sri Shankaracharya also gives us a beautiful analogy:
|SACRED THOUGHT OF THE MOMENT|
Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj (translated by Dr Abhay Prasad)
Sa samnyasi cha yogi cha | Na niragnir na chaakriyah (BG6:1)
In this mantra, the Lord has added kaaryam to the word karma (action). Kaaryam karma karoti meaning performing action which is in conformity with the Shastraas. This implies that one is not performing actions which are driven by desires or those actions which are prohibited.
He who performs karma, taking that to be his kartavya (duty), is a Karmayogi. He who does not want the fruits thereof, he is a Samnyaasi.
|KARMA AND REINCARNATION IN HINDUISM|
by Shreemati Reena Yadav
"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act." - Swami Vivekananda
|GUIDANCE FROM THE MAHABHARATA (1) by Shri Prashant Shukla
The Mahabharata is the tale of a family torn apart by greed and trickery and ultimately destroyed in a fight for righteousness. In a dice game gone terribly wrong the Pandavas lose everything and graciously fulfill their obligations, but the Kauravas don't keep their end of the bargain. The Pandavas must fight to regain what is rightfully theirs after the Kauravas refuse to give up the power they relish. The story culminates in the Kurukshetra War where the Pandavas defeat the Kauravas, return to their kingdom, and eventually ascend to heaven.
The Mahabharata clearly emphasises the importance of adherence to Dharma. The epic serves as a compelling case for the use of Dharma during decision-making dilemmas. Krishna lectures Arjuna in the Bhagavad Geeta on the importance of fulfilling one's duty and sacrifices. Dharma is held as the one indisputable and self-validating concept that upholds all affairs. Many major characters in the epic at some point or another are faced with a dilemma in which they defer to their Dharma over another path. The Mahabharata illustrates how important it is to perform one's duty even if it is difficult and counter-intuitive. Dharma is the core of all the religions in India and stresses righteousness in duty. In the caste system found in India each caste is assigned a different and specific set of Dharma. And Dharma is the one purushartha that is applicable in all stages (ashramas) of life. The Bhagavad Geeta contains a discussion on Dharma and Arjuna's duties as a warrior. Arjuna has qualms about fighting his cousins, uncles, and extended family and can't bring himself to raise his weapon against family. Krishna advises Arjuna to ignore the fact that he has to fight his own flesh and blood and obey his calling as a warrior, or Kshatriya. Arjuna is skeptical and doesn?t understand how Dharma can justify almost anything, and he wonders whether acting or not acting according to Karmayoga is better in this situation. Krishna tells Arjuna that as a warrior he has a duty to fight and defend righteousness through warfare. The Kurukshetra War and Arjuna?s conversation with Krishna is considered by many as the climax of the Mahabharata, and Dharma is considered one of the major undertones in the epic. The battle is described as a "Dharmayuddha" or "war of righteousness". Arjuna is instructed to perform his duties for the greater good without attachment to results. The Dharma undertones can be taken to imply that philosophically the means justify the ends, that as long as you perform the correct duty and act along the right path, the end will be correct.
|JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS 2013
Shree Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsav was celebrated with pomp and splendour at Geeta Ashram Malaysia on 28 August 2013.
|IN A SLIGHTLY LIGHTER VEIN: DO NOT RETIRE! Author Unknown
1. Do not retire. Do get all the benefits of retirement, but find another income-generating job or open a business that will keep you active physically and mentally. Travel and bond with true friends, play a sport, learn a new hobby and volunteer in your community or temple or ashram. Don't just loaf around. Your spouse will hate you because you'll become a sloppy, listless bum with nothing good to say about the household and things that you never bothered about before. Solve crossword puzzles, play Scrabble, write your memoirs, and above all, read ... this will keep you alert and keep Alzheimer's at bay.
|RECIPE: MOISTENED SWEET/SAVOURY AVAL|
contributed by Shrimati Tangamani Menon
The flattened and dried rice flakes, called aval or pova, are associated with the story of Sudama's humble gift when he went to visit BhagwanShri Krishna. As a result, it has been traditionally used as a main ingredient incorporated in a variety of recipes to make prashad for offering through the ages. Today, using modern technology, here's how we can prepare such a prashad in a jiffy. It is fast, easy and tasty - fit for the Gods! Sometimes, I offer this simple preparation decorated with freshly sliced bananas all around and a tulsi leaf in the centre.
|BHAJAN LYRICS - Banawări re
Jeene kă sahără teră năm re
Mujhe duniyă wălon se kyă kăm re
Jhoothi duniyă jhoothe bandhan, Jhoothi hai ye măyă
Jhootha săns kă ănă jănă, Jhoothi hai ye kăyă
O yahăn sănchă Teră năm re, Banawări re . . .
Rang men Tere rang gayi Giridhar, Chođ diyă jag sără
Ban gayi Tere prem ki jogan, Le ke man ektără
O mujhe pyără Teră dhăm re, Banawări re . . .
Darshan Teră jis din păun, Har chintă mit jăye
Jeewan meră in charańon men, ăs ki jyot jagăye
O meri băhen pakađalo Shyăm re, Banawări re . . .
Geeta Ashram Lagos, Nigeria
Geeta Ashram Minnesota, USA
Janmashtami was celebrated on 24 August 2013 with 300 plus folks attending. The program included cultural events, fancy dress for children and, yes, dinner. This was followed by bhajans, Aarti and Jhoola Ceremony at midnight.
Upcoming activities include Mata Jagran on 11 October 2013 and Diwali Celebrations on 19 October 2013.
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Submitted by: Shri Vivek Kamran, Secretary, Geeta Ashram Minnesota
|CHILDREN'S HINDUISM QUIZ
|GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA: Recent and Upcoming Activities|
by Shrimati Tangamani Menon
|BIRTH OF KRISHNA|
an animated video