Janmashtami. On Krishna by Krishna!  

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, my guru's take on Krishna.Sure the accounts are first hand.!!

5103 years ago Sri Krishna was born. Gokul means the family/society
where there is knowledge. If you look at Krishnas life its amazing. As
a friend, child, thief, musician, husband, teacher, lover from every
aspect He was the best and complete. He was an uncrowned king. We still
His journey from Brindavan to Dwarka.

Krishna said 4 kinds of people worship me a)Miserable people b) Those who want something c)
Those who want to know what is life and d) Gnanis. Know that I am not separate from the Gnani. Gnani is Me and Im Gnani.

is longing and Krishna is love. Vasudeva (Ananda) brings Krishna to
Gokul when every one is sleeping. This means when the senses sleep Love
comes out through ananda.

Rama and Krishna are completely
opposite in nature. Rama was born in the noon and Krishna midnight.
Rama was always a sishya, i.e. a student throughout His life, whereas
was always a teacher. He was a Guru even to His mother. Rama respected every one. Every one respected Krishna.

Both are needed for making life colorful and lively.

Krishna knew that there will be a war,even then he went three times as
ambassador for peace..why?(Krishna Bhagwan jante the ki yudhha hoga,
phir bhi teen baar shanti doot banke gaye. Kyon?) कृष्ण भगवन जानते थे
की युध्ह होगा, फिर भी तीन बार शांति दूत बनके गए. क्यों?

Sri Sri: This is the law! If you know, even then, just be, as if you do not know
anything. (yehi niyam hai . Jante hue bhi aise raho, jaise kuch jante
nahi।) येही नियम है . जानते हुए भी ऐसे रहो, जैसे कुछ जानते

A beautiful little book.  

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Tuesdays with Morrie. A gem by Albom Mitch.

I read it yesterday and it was a like taking a deeeeep breath and smiling with oneself.
So often we are lost giving so much importance to things that we think we ought to do that we lose the sight of the real thing that gives us joy.
Morrie is a professor and he is one of the rare gems who can be actually called a teacher. He teaches with his life.
Later in life he contracts ALS, a deadly disease( the same as Stephen Hawking), and this book is a discussion between him and one of his student.

Take time out and read this. I'm sure you will feel more happy.

Some snippets.

Empty your cup!  

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Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and
speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

The saint who shook the world : Swami Vivekananda(1)  

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Ever since I first came to know about him I was at first instantly attracted to his persona, the magnetism which is evident even in his photographs. And when I first got a taste of messages and his writings, I knew I was hooked. His every sentence as if by a magical force shakes up the sleeping consciousness and gives it a direction .
In this series of posts I present a glimpse of the man in some of his soul stirring lectures. The first one is on discipleship.


What does the disciple need in order to receive the truth? The great sages
say that to attain truth takes but the twinkling of an eye — it is just a question
of knowing — the dream breaks. How long does it take? In a second the dream is
gone. When the illusion vanishes, how long does it take? Just the twinkling of
an eye. When I know the truth, nothing happens except that the falsehood
vanishes away: I took the rope for the snake, and now I see it is the rope. It
is only a question of half a second and the whole thing is done. Thou art That.
Thou art the Reality. How long does it take to know this? If we are God and
always have been so, not to know this is most astonishing. To know this is the
only natural thing. It should not take ages to find out what we have always
been and what we now are.

It is not easy to be a disciple; great preparations are necessary; many
conditions have to be fulfilled. Four principal conditions are laid down by the

The first condition is that the student who wants to know the truth must
give up all desires for gain in this world or in the life to come.

What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism.
There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth. The very rich
can understand truth much less than the poorer people. "It is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of God." The rich man has no time to think of anything beyond his
wealth and power, his comforts and indulgences. The rich rarely become

Going beyond these things, the disciple should say, "I do not care for
anything in this life nor for all the heavens that have ever existed — I do not
care to go to any of them. I do not want the sense — life in any form — this
identification of myself with the body — as I feel now, 'I am this body-this
huge mass of flesh.' This is what I feel I am. I refuse to believe that."

The second condition is that the disciple must be able to control the
internal and the external senses and must be established in several other
spiritual virtues.

The external senses are the visible organs situated in different parts of the
body; the internal senses are intangible. We have the external eyes, ears,
nose, and

so on; and we have the corresponding internal senses. We are
continually at the beck and call of both these groups of senses. Corresponding
to the senses are sense-objects. If any sense-objects are near by, the senses
compel us to perceive them; we have no choice or independence. There is the big
nose. A little fragrance is there; I have to smell it. If there were a bad
odour, I would say to myself, "Do not smell it"; but nature says,
"Smell", and I smell it. Just think what we have become! We have
bound ourselves. I have eyes. Anything going on, good or bad, I must see. It is
the same with hearing. If anyone speaks unpleasantly to me, I must hear it. My
sense of hearing compels me to do so, and how miserable I feel! Curse or praise
— man has got to hear. I have seen many deaf people who do not usually hear,
but anything about themselves they always hear!

Next, the mind must be made to quiet down. It is rushing about. Just as I
sit down to meditate, all the vilest subjects in the world come up. The whole
thing is nauseating. Why should the mind think thoughts I do not want it to
think? I am as it were a slave to the mind. No spiritual knowledge is possible
so long as the mind is restless and out of control. The disciple has to learn
to control the mind. Yes, it is the function of the mind to think. But it must
not think if the disciple does not want it to; it must stop thinking when he
commands it to. To qualify as a disciple, this state of the mind is very

The next qualification is that the disciple must have faith in the Guru
(teacher). In the West the teacher simply gives intellectual knowledge; that is
all. The relationship with the teacher is the greatest in life. My dearest and
nearest relative in life is my Guru; next, my mother; then my father. My first
reverence is to the Guru. If my father says, "Do this", and my Guru
says, "Do not do this", I do not do it. The Guru frees my soul. The
father and mother give me this body; but the Guru gives me rebirth in the soul.

We attend lectures and read books, argue and reason about God and soul,
religion and salvation. These are not spirituality, because spirituality does
not exist in books or theories or in philosophies. It is not in learning or
reasoning, but in actual inner growth. Even parrots can learn things by heart
and repeat them. If you become learned, what of it? Asses can carry whole
libraries. So when real light will come, there will be no more of this learning
from books — no book-learning. The man who cannot write even his own name can
be perfectly religious, and the man with all the libraries of the world in his
head may fail to be. Learning is not a condition of spiritual growth;
scholarship is not a condition. The touch of the Guru, the transmittal of
spiritual energy, will quicken your heart. Then will begin the growth. That is
the real baptism by fire. No more stopping. You go on and go on.

Buddha and miracles  

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Narratives on miracles are integrated with the Buddha’s life and legends ever since he was born.

The Buddha, however, did not approve of the public demonstrations of the miracles, particularly after the report of the Pindola Bharadvaja’s feat at Rajagaha. There, Pindola had accepted the challenge of a merchant, who by placing a sandal-wood bowl on a high pole had ridiculed and challenged all holy persons to bring that down. Accepting the challenge, Pindola flew in the air and brought that down to the sheer amazement of all the gazers.

Since then, the Buddha laid down a rule for the monks to refrain from the demonstration of the miracles in public. Capitalising on the monks’ abstinence from the miracles the heretics started speaking ills of the Buddha and his followers.

King Bimbisara, however, was hurt with the news and had visited the Buddha to request him to accept the challenge by demonstrating miracles. So, following the tradition of earlier Buddhas, who had demonstrated their miracles in Savatthi, he, too, reached Savatthi and demonstrated the miracles on the foot of the gandamba tree on the full-moon day of Asalha. (This was the seventh year of his Enlightenment).

King Bimbisara requesting Buddha to show miracles

To convince the heretics, the Buddha created a jewelled terrace in the air and walked on it. Further, he made his appearance in thousand forms according to some tradition. His miracles made many heretics flee from Savatthi. This was the time when Purana Kssapa, too, fled but died on the way.

After the conclusion of the Savatthi miracles he landed on Tavatimsa Loka, in three strides, following the example of the preceding Buddhas.

Shri Krishna and Arjuna  

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A wonderful story from the Mahabharata.

It was the battle of Kurukshetra. The white conch shells were about
to sound, the elephants to march forward, and the attack of the archers
to commence. The moment was brief and terrible. Banners were flying,
and the charioteers preparing for the advance.

Suddenly a little lapwing, who had built her nest in the turf of a
hillock in the midst of the battlefield, drew the attention of the Lord
Krishna by her cries of anxiety and distress for her young.

“Poor little mother!” he said tenderly, “let this be thy
protection!” And, lifting a great elephant-bell that had fallen near,
he placed it over the lapwing’s nest. And so, through the eighteen days
of raging battle that followed, a lapwing and her nestlings were kept
in safety in their nest, by the mercy of the lord, even in the midst of
the raging field of Kurukshetra.