To appreciate Moksha, we need to understand life. Life flows through ups and downs – we spend a lot of time managing problems on a daily basis. What are we hunting for in life? Where does all the achievements lead us to? Deeper analysis will reveal that, a feeling or emotion of happiness is what we go after. In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna describes this life driven by Raga and Dvesha: attraction to things that bring happiness and staying away from things that brings sadness. This is programmed and very natural, so every one behaves the same way. No choice in this for us and hence no need to judge ourselves because of this
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We have planned a talk on Vastu and consultations by a Vastu expert, Mr Kanippayyur Krishnan Namboodiripad, for a week in February 2014. Indulge in learning and changing your life for a greater connection with nature.
The root of the word Veda is Vid, which means 'To Know'. Vedas though popularly known to be four in number, knowledge is only one, as the compilation by Sage Vyasa is for human convenience and they are parts of the same whole.
A wise man should constantly observe the universal values (yama), but not always the religious practices (niyama); for he who does not discharge the former, while he obeys the latter alone, becomes an outcast.
Sanatana Dharma as a way of life has to be an integrated lifestyle. All that one does in life needs to be connected including Vedic yoga. It is not always about what you do but about doing the right thing to tap Ishvara's grace. Actions/Karmas need to be conducive to remove possible obstacles in life.
Is stress normal? Of course it is. As long as the mind has a challenge it will be stressed. What stresses us? Anything practically! Difficult decisions, unexpected visitors, not arriving on time for an appointment or catching the plane. The problem is in the mind. The sanskrit word for stress is 'Adhi'.
Japa Mala is a very personal spiritual instrument and hence should be treated with care and respect. Japa Mala should not be exchanged with another person, not placed on the ground or thrown around. It can be worn on your neck or kept safe in a special type of bag. This bag protects the mala and used properly ensures your index finger does not touch the beads while chanting. The index finger represents your ego and a mind looking outside for faults blame. A conscious effort not to touch the Japa Mala with your index finger, reminds you, the practitioner, to be mindful of your own ego that might come in the way of spiritual progress.