Happy Baisakhi

Hari Om!

Wishing entire Humanity and very happy and prosperous Baisakhi, Rongali Bihu in Assam, Naba Barsha in Bengal, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Vishu in Kerala and Vaishakha in Bihar.

A Holistic look, into this beautiful, colourful and vibrant festival, reveals a lot about the greatness of the festivals and their enriching values in our lives.

Significance of Baisakhi in Sikhism:

Baisakhi is very important for the people of the Sikh faith. As it was on a Baisakhi Day, in the year 1699 that the Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singhji, founded the Khalsa Panth or the Order of Pure Ones and gave a unique identity to Sikhs. On the same day the Guru gave, amrit (nectar) to his first batch of five disciples( Panj Piyare) making them Singh’s , a martial community. By doing so, he eliminated the differences of high and low and established that all human beings were equal. For the agriculturally rich state of Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi marks the time for harvest of Rabi (winter) crops and is therefore extremely significant for the farmers. Baisakhi Festival is therefore also celebrated as a “Thanks Giving Day” in these states. It is also considered as the Day to Receive Guru’s Blessings for Sikhs,according to a popular legend in Sikhism, it was on this day of Baisakhi in 1567 that Guru Amar Das had first established Baisakhi as one of the special days when all Sikhs would gather to receive the guru’s blessings at Goindwal.

Scientific Importance of Celebrating Baisakhi:

As it’s a well known fact that Baisakhi is to celebrated the harvest season,meaning the day to celebrate the fruits of the hard work and toil. This signifies, that all the hard work and sweat that we put into the efforts, will definitely bear fruits some day. All  that we need to have is the patience & persevearance to wait and continue doing our hard work, because the universe knows the right time to reward the person for his efforts. All that matters is “Do your best positively,when results come accept it gracefully.” Don’t compare and don’t despair, every effort put in by each of u, will and has to bear fruit. Its just a matter of channelizing the efforts in the right direction,to bear the fruits at the right time,and at regular intervals. for this a person needs a Guru,who can shed light and dispel darkness. Hence this day is also observed as the “Thanks Giving Day”. To pay your Attitude of Gratitude to the Guru,who has been the torchbearer of your life, guiding & leading you to channelize your efforts in the right direction to get the deserving fruits,and yet maintain your humility,in your overall progression. This day also helps you to remember all the people, places, situations, that are responsible for you, to celebrate the fruits of your hard work, and make way for more of such prosperity in your life by forever living in the attitude of gratitude. By understanding & following this core value of “Attitude of Gratitude”, you automatically set your brain cells in motion to release more of the Feel good hormones,that always make you feel positive and happy,and you are always able to manage every situation and circumstances in life with a “Smile on your face and a song in your heart.”

I always urge all my disciples to continue to “Believe in yourself” and keep doing your part gracefully, the higher energy is always watching all of you, and when the right time comes, it will reward you for your efforts,without asking for it. Untill then continue doing the good work. Keep ploughing positive, harmonious thoughts in the entire universe where ever you go, because the universe is your field, and continue spreading unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness, with this attitude of gratitude,every day will be a rich harvest day in your life, to celebrate love,happiness and joy.

May there be total peace and harmony all over the world.

Love and Blessings

“SADGURU MANGESHDA”

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Hanuman Jayanti

Hari Om!

Wishing everyone a very happy Hanuman  Jayanti !

The name of Hanuman always resonates with the chants of Jai Shri Ram, such is the cosmic union epitomized by the unflinching devotion of Hanuman for his lord Shri Ram. This is the day to celebrate the birth of Pavanputra Hamuman. In times of deep trouble and distress,  it’s a common practice in the Hindu faith to chant the name of Hanuman or chant the powerful Hanuman Chalisa, or simply chant “Bajrang Bali ki Jai”- meaning victory to thy thunderbolt strength.

Key learnings  from the life and times of Hanuman.

The power of complete& unflinching devotion: Hanuman during his lifetime left a legacy of powerful teachings, for all his devotees . Hanuman taught us the unlimited powers that lie dormant and unused within each of us, and how to conquer these hidden powers and harness the complete potential in each of us. Hanuman during his lifetime,directed all of his energies towards the worship of Lord Rama, and his unflinched devotion made him such, that he was always full of high energy levels.And Hanuman’s only desire forever,was to continue serving lord Rama relentlessly. What this depicts,is that the power of devotion is infinite,and can move mountains and create ways where things seemed blocked and stagnated. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield rocks, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits.The devotees visit temples and apply  tilak of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself was of that color. A few thousand years before Ramayan time (in the latter part of Tretayuga – 2 million years ago), several divine souls came to Earth and modified the bodies of ape like creatures through evolutionary methods (genetic mutation) so that the animals could play the role of vehicles for these divine souls. That’s how the Vanar race with reddish orange color (hues of deep orange and light red) was established before the Ramayan time. Hanuman was born into this Vanara community and was of reddish orange color. So in all the Hanuman temples we see Hanuman colored in different hues of reddish orange color. Hanuman was the most powerful in the three Lokas the swarg , pataal , and prithvi.

A true example of a perfect Sevak : Shri Hanuman presented an example of a perfect sevak. As a result, many embodied souls attained Final Liberation by following the same path i.e. Dasyatva. Due to His humility only He was able to narrate the good qualities of Shri Rama to Ravan and when Ravan denigrated Shri Rama, Hanuman burnt Lanka and returned safely.

Use of Brahmatej and Kshatriyatej as required:

The sacred thread (Janeu) on Hanuman’s left shoulder is a sign of Brahmatej. Since Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, he has destructive powers too. But, due to his relentless devotion to Lord Rama, Vishnu-tatva developed in him. Since Hanuman adorns Brahmatej and Kshatriyatej during wars, He can use both as required. During the war between the Kauravas and Pandavas, Lord Krishna seated Hanuman on Arjuna’s chariot (He can be seen on the flag at the top of Arjuna’s chariot). Hanuman destroyed the weapons, directed at Arjuna and his chariot, in mid-air itself.. The word ‘Hanuman’ means – ‘One whose ‘Roar’ cannot be fathomed even by the Gods. When Gods perform a destructive activity, they use the ‘Maruti’ element (which moves at the speed of wind) as a medium to appear in the Universe. Hence He is referred to as Hanuman. The roar of Hanuman is capable of activating the element of any higher Deity in the Universe even if they are engrossed in deep meditation. Similarly, it also possesses the power to shake all the fourteen planes (Saptalok and Saptapatal).

Strength,vitality,intelleigent ,wise and tremendous self control:

People worship Lord Hanuman as a symbol of devotion, magical powers, strength and energy. People read Hanuman Chalisa as it has ability to conquer the evil spirits and provide peace to the mind. Hanuman Jayanti celebration indicates the balanced coexistence of the whole human fraternity with the nature’s incredible creature, Lord Hanuman from Vanar community. People from the Hindu religion worship Lord Hanuman as a divine creature. This celebration has lots of importance to all however Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders are specially inclined towards this celebration. There are many names through which Lord Hanuman is famous among his devotees like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more.Hanuman avatar is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Shiva with great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, spirit for selfless service. He has devoted his entire life to serve Lord Rama and never showed his bravery and intelligence without any purpose. The devotees of the Lord Hanuman always pray to him for getting blessed with the same for their bright future. This clearly shows that the true spiritual potential of a person, doesn’t lie in the display of power and arrogance, but true spiritual person, will always have the strength of hanuman, and continue to carry the humility and wisdom of lord hanuman, to devote all his energies in the Bhakti ras, and thereby channelizing the energy for spiritual progression and constructive purposes.at the same time always remain grounded and retain tremendous self control over the 5 senses. He was an ideal karma yogi for his fearless, selfless service, humility and devotion for Lord Ram. Lord Hanuman is the only deity that cannot be troubled by any negative energies. Hanuman is the ultimate symbol of strength and energy.

So, on this pious day of Lord Hanuman Jayanti,seek the blessings from lord Hanuman, to invoke the bhakti ras in you,and progress on the spiritual path,achieve the highest goal, Live life fearlessly and retain the wisdom and humility of Lord Hanuman,who as a true karma yogi, had led his life fearlessly, and achieved everthing  in life, with ease, but always retained his humility and bhakti bhaav, which is the core of any spiritual sadhana. Always remember,spirituality and fear can never stay together, so live courageously, and spread the love and happiness all around the world, for the welfare of humanity.invoke the bhakti ras in you, and continue doing karma yoga and seva bhaav.life will always be full of beauty and love for such earnest seekers.

Jai Shree Ram

Love & Blessings

Sadguru Mangeshda

 

Gudhi Padwa

Hari om!

Wishing all of Humanity a very happy,prosperous and Love filled Gudi Padwa.

Gudi Padwa is also Celebrated as Ugadi or Yugadi in south India.It is a festival to celebrate the arrival of the spring season and New Year

Our Indian Culture and tradition boasts of many festivals and celebrations,interesting tales of mythology are attached to each of these festivals, but one underlying deep rooted reason of celebrating every festival,be it hindu’s,muslims,Christians,Sikhs,parsi etc,is the victory of good or evil, or truth over lies,and reaffirming the victory of positivity over negativity.while we celebrate any festival as per the ritual laid down by our scriptures,and practised by our ancestors from time immemorial,I feel it is also important for all of us to understand the scientific meaning and significance of each of the festivals and the rituals attached to it.Gudi Padwa is also Celebrated as Ugadi or Yugadi in south India.

Significance of Gudi Padwa:The first day of the Chaitra month as per the Hindu Calendar,is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the Hindus. It is the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is known as the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada by the Marathas. It also marks the celebration to welcome the season of spring/fruitfulness or Abundance.Throughout the country this day is observed by different names. Various Rituals and activities commence right from sunrise and are carried out throughout the day.

The Importance of Gudi Padwa: The most important significance of the Gudi Padwa is that,Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. This has been mentioned in the Brahma Purana too, where the Satyayuga commenced from this very day after the creation of the universe.It is also believed that Gudi Padwa is the very day when Lord Rama, the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu returned to his kingdom Ayodhya, as its deemed ruler after slaying the demon king Ravana and rescuing Sita. Gudi Padwa is therefore also a celebration of a new era or beginning of wellness, prosperity, justice & Righteousness.

The Hoisting of Gudhi :-

Raising Gudi Flag is an important event during Gudi Padwa. Gudi is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside their house on the Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudi is also known as Flag of Lord Brahma-Brahmadhwaj,and has a symbolic meaning. Gudi in front of house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory.

Symbolically,Gudi signifies,emptying our ego – taking an inverted look within ourself,and holding oneself, up to the vast sky of divinity keeping ones soul outdoors, far away from the traps of the world.

Another symbolic suggestion indicates that the neem leaves tied on the Gudi, remind us to forget the bitter memories of the year,and the gaathis, that are made from jaggery remind us to embrace the sweet memories forever,and to cherish it for years ahead. The piece of cloth that is used shows that the family is happy, peaceful and prospering.In Hindu mythology, copper is considered very auspicious, so it is used as an integral element in the Gudi. If we take a look at our history, we will note that the Marathas observed this as a day of victory by their supreme and well loved ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The victory flag is hoisted to honour the courage and victory of this great ruler and the Gudi is decorated with the first bloom of fresh mango leaves. A silk cloth of yellow colour is draped across the Gudi and adorned with red flowers. The yellow and red colours are believed to be auspicious and symbols of fertility and well being. The entrance is cleansed and decorated with Rangoli made of coloured powder or flowers. The area around the Gudi is also decorated. Special delicacies and sweet dishes are also prepared on this occasion.

The Scientific Significance of Gudi Padwa

It is always believed that the moment of twilight or the moment just before the rising of the sun is considered very auspicious.The Divine consciousness emanating during sunrise, absorbed during this time lasts longer. This consciousness is stored in the body cells and can be used as and when needed. Hence the Gudi should be worshipped within 5-10 minutes after sunrise, so that one tries to absorb the strength and vitality of the sun in its purest form on this hour to ensure the arousal of the consciousness of the self. This is the spiritual significance of Gudi Padwa. In simple terms, Gudi Padwa is an observation of raising oneself to a higher spiritual plane and welcoming the new era with enthusiasm. It is the wishing and desire for progress and well being of all that marks the essence of the occasion.

I urge all of  you to celebrate the Oneness  and piousness of this festival in its true spirit.that is welfare of mankind,shun the ego,embrace the divine love, and spread the happiness around,wherever you go,be the reason for someones smile and happiness, and if you can be the reason for your greatest enemies,true and unconditional happiness,then it will be truly a quantum leap in your spiritual progression and you will be blessed with many cosmic merits..

Love and Blessings to Humanity

Sadguru Mangeshda.

 

HAPPY HOLI TO ALL MANKIND

HAPPY HOLI to all of MANKIND

INDIA ,is a land of rich cultural and diverse heritage and festivals.Each festival has a significance attached to it and has a meaning attached to it,for the benefit of the mankind. A peep into the importance and significance into the legend of Holi,from the spiritual,Social& Biological Significance helps us to understand the true essence of this wonderful and colourful festival of Unity,Happiness and Love.

Spiritual Significance:

Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the morals of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends help the people to follow a good moral conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in today’s modern day society when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and show cruelty to the ones who are honest. Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of righteousness and honesty and also to fight away the evil which resides within us.

Social Significance:

Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the unity our country. For, the festival is celebrated by individuals of all caste and creed irrespective of their religious orientation, as everybody like to partake in such a colouful and joyous festival,which adds to the smiles and happiness to entire humanity.Tradition has it, that, during Holi even enemies turn friends and forget any hard feelings, grudge or hatred that may be have been there. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and universal Love.
Biological Significance:
The festival of Holi is significant to our lives and body in many ways than just having fun. We need to thank our forefathers who started the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically accurate time.
As Holi comes at a time of the year when people have a tendency to feel sleepy and lazy. It is natural for the body to experiences some laziness due to the change from the cold to the heat in the atmosphere. All .The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to over 150 degrees Fahrenhiet. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it. playing with colours help to promote good health as colours are said to have great impact on our body and our health.Modern medicines and doctors believe that for a healthy body, colours too have an important place besides the other vital elements. Deficiency of a particular colour in our body causes ailment, which can be cured only after supplementing the body with that particular colour.Our human body consists of 7 major Chakras,which have a deep significance to our body,mind and soul,and as a scientific path of spiritual growth,Kriya Yoga lays maximum emphasis on these chakras,and their colours.

With so many merits attached to this wonderful festival of Colours,one should imbibe more of the positive virtues and burn away all the negativity in the Holi fire, and rejoice and harmonise the colours within, and not use these colours and the spirit of the pious festival of Holi,to bring out the devil hiranyakashap within us.Its time to unite and celebrate Universal emotion of Unconditional Love and Unconditional Happiness.

To entire Humanity,

Wishing all of you and your loved ones a very happy,safe and colourful holi.

Holi Hai.

Love & Blessings

Sri Sri Mangeshda

Mahashivratri Festival

Yesterday’s Mahashivaratri festival was celebrated with a great enthusiasm. Morning 6.30 people gathered at Juhu center for the Kriya Yoga Diksha from various parts of the world.

The evening was fully charged at Local Self Govt Auditorium, Andheri west. Everybody from small children to elderly artists were totally engrossed in the cultural event. it was a pleasure to watch the dances, hear melodious devotional bhajans from the talented artists of the foundation.

It was touching to see the veteran Kriyaban Radhika Yederi who is fighting with cancer since last five years, felicitating me.

In my discourse I told everyone about the opposite qualities of Nector and Poison. The way we heard mythological stories about how drops of Nector split and they created Holy places, similar to this, at some places poisonous drops must have fallen. These places on the world map, we see maximum terrorism. As per the theory of evolution, all the souls are progressing from hellish to spiritual experiences.

For me Mahashivratri is the most important day in my life because on this pious day I met my Sadguruji Sri Sri Mahavatar Babaji who bestowed pious Kriya Yoga Diksha to me and changed my entire life.  For me my Guruji is everything… Lord Shiva to me.

Shiva’s look itself project many knowledgeable  aspects of the world. The three points of trident represent three gunas while his blue body represents infinite depth of the blue sky. The flow of Ganga on Shiva’s head represent unlimited knowledge which he carries. And the snake around his neck is the symbol of awareness.

I shared my childhood experience when I was 5 year old and at a holy place. Two black cobras were playing on my body and my family members were giving me instructions not to move and remain still. After some time both the snakes disappeared into the bushes. I saw these photographs many times in my childhood. I still remember the cold touch of those creatures. I was not scared at all. Today looking back, I feel that human being is more  dangerous than cobra!!

I stated in my speech the importance of Mahashivratri and the significance of the tremendous energy. When we intensely pray and bow down in front of the Shiva Energy with total transcendence, today He as a Bholenath fulfill our wish.

During the celebration everybody in the end were holding Bel-patra with continuous chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and with clear intention offered it on Shiva’s Pindi. In the blissful environment people observed and experienced one of the memorable Mahashivratri celebrations.

Om Namah Shivaya!!!