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The story of Mr. Victim

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

This is the story of a man called Mr. Victim.

Mr. Victim came from a broken family. Had never seen his parents together. At school, he was treated as an outcaste. In college, he was a loner. Throughout his profession, he was a victim of professional jealousy. To avoid, professional jealousy, he started his own business on partnership. The business ran successfully for a year.

Comforts started in his life and he got used to a luxurious life. He thought a lovable wife would be a welcome change.

Effects of Meditation

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

There are many benefits that accrue when you meditate. There are many many websites that speak about the benefits of meditation and why one should meditate. However, my post is going to be a bit different in that, here I am going to discuss about what essentially happens when you meditate and not withstanding the benefits, what are the not so beneficial consequences of starting to meditate.

Understanding Astrology II

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

In the previous post, we discussed about the three types of Karma - Sanchitha, Prarabdha and Agami Karma.

But what does Karma mean? The literal meaning of Karma is Action. Action being central to our lives, it is impossible to avoid it. For, non-action also becomes a kind of action - the act of refusing to act. Even the Bhavad Gita mentions that once born, there is no way but to act.

Does it mean that in a life, where there is no escape from action, we are penalized for acting (on which we have no control over)?

Meditation

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

So many of us these days are into meditation.

But what exactly is meditation?

When I have asked friends who meditate they have always said that Meditation is concentration, focus, etc.,

But what does Yoga Vashista have to say about meditation, "Meditation is the continuous flow of one single thought". Sounds simple, isn't it?

Try getting your mind to just think of one single thought and then you will realize how difficult it is.

Yogic scriptures describe the mind as a mad drunken monkey that is bitten by a scorpion. Need we say more?

Understanding Astrology I

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

My knowledge about Astrology is limited to the one that is followed in South India. My discussions will be restricted to that. Astrology is extensively used by the Hindus in India. The underlying philosophy of Astrology or for that matter any Hindu knowledgebase is the "Karma Siddhanta" or "The Theory of Karma". Simply put, as you sow so shall you reap. That is the dictum of the karma theory and its so exacting that even gods when they descend to the Earth, have to abide by it.

According to the Hindu belief there are three types of Karma: Sanchitha, Prarabdha and Agami.

The story of Mr. Devout

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

There lived a man called Mr. Devout. He was so devout that God had saved him during many a disasters in his life.

One day when he was walking in the road, he saw a mahout sitting on top of an elephant and screaming, get out of the way, this elephant is mad. Mr. Devout reasoned that God will save him and did not pay heed to the shouting mahout. The mad elephant trampled Mr. Devout and killed him.

Mr. Devout went to heaven, where he met God.

He asked God, "Why did you not save me when the elephant trampled me?"

Is God grossly misunderstood?

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

As children we were taught that if we did wrong, then God will come in our dreams and punish us and if we did good then God will do good to us.

This concept remained ingrained in my mind till a series of incidents in my life made me sit up and question the very basic premises about my life. It is then I realized, God is a grossly misunderstood being. He neither causes sorrow nor bestows happiness. He is.

Why?

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

A philosophy exam was being conducted and the question paper contained just one question - "Why?"

The students who were appearing for the exam pondered over the question and wrote pages and pages of answers explaining why life? why tradition? why culture, etc..

However, the answer that was awarded the maximum marks were a mere two words - Why not?

This parable has helped me face lot many situations in my life.

When times are tough, I console myself saying Why not? or Why do we expect our life to run smoothly all the time?

Devotion!

  • 7 January 2014
  • makarajyothi

Devotion can be to anyone or anything.

I am here specifically referring to devotion to God - irrespective of how you call him - Christ, Allah, Krishna, etc.,

When I look around, I find that most people pray to God when in trouble and seeking help to tide over the trouble. And the more they are dependent on God, the more the people around them consider them to be devoted. Is this necessarily true?

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