Swamiji Conveys His Divine Blessings on the occasion of Narasimha Jayanthi, April 28th 2018
Swamiji Conveys His Divine Blessings to all on the occasion of Earth Day, April 22nd 2018
Swamiji conveys His Divine Blessings to all on the ocassion of Akshaya Tritiya, April 18th 2018
Swamiji has conveyed His Divine Blessings to all on the ocassion of Akshaya Tritiya, April 18th 2018. The word "Akshaya" means the never diminishing and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. Every moment on this day is very auspicious and initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi manifested Herself on this day, and so it is the day to enlighten the Sri Sakthi (Sri power) in us, worship Goddess Lakshmi and receive her blessings in the form of of all the Astha siddhis ( the eight forms of wealth) and serve the society. It is therefore customary to worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day, if possible by buying some gold, symbolizing Goddess Lakshmi. Any charity done on this day will enable to get the blessings of Guru and God, and bring prosperity to such a person.
Some of the legends associated with observing Akshaya Trithiya are that of Lord Krishna and Kuchela. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, the friend of Sri Krishna, was a poor Brahmin and met Krishna for some financial favor. Sudama, carried handful of poha (beaten rice) with him. On reaching, Dwarka, Sudama was ashamed to give the poha to Krishna. But Krishna noticed the parcel in the hand of Sudama and grabbed it and ate the poha. Sudama was stunned to see, the great Krishna eating his poha. Sudama, the poor Brahmin was so overjoyed with the gesture of Krishna that he forgot to ask for financial help. On reaching his village Sudama could not find his old house. His house was replaced by a palace and his family members were in top condition wearing best clothes. Sudama,soon realized the divine play of Lord Sri Krishna. So, the day Sudama visited Sri Krishna was observed as Akshaya Tritiya. Even a small offering to God or Guru on this day with devotion is enough to earn His grace in full measure.
Another significant mythology is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshay Patra from Krishna on the Akshaya Tritiya day. In the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were in exile, Sri Krishna gave them an Akshaya Patra(a bowl) which gave unlimited amount of food. Krishna had given it to Pandavas on Trithiya day. Therefore it is believed that all investments on the day will surely increase in value.
Swamiji has conveyed His divine Blessings to all on this occasion and blessed everyone to attain the grace of Goddess Lakshmi, serve the society and bring peace and prosperity to the world.
The significance of Maha Sivarathri is the union of Siva and Shakti(power). If Shiva is away from Shakti it is like Shavam(corpse), or body without life. Only with Shakti does Shiva exist, this is the essence of Sivarathri. The Universe is combination of Siva and Shakti(Universal power). The universe in reality is shaped like the Siva Lingam. On the midnight of Sivarathri is the time for the Lingodbhavam. The inner meaning of this is that the aim and goal of Sivarathri is to enlighten the atma in us and unite it with the Universal power and thereby attain yoga. Sivarathri should awaken humanity and divinity in man.
By nature man is divine, due to power of Maya, we forget our blissful divine nature and fail to see divinity that is present everywhere and in everyone. When Shiva is worshipped with devotion, he frees us from the clutches of maya. He grants us the divine virtues of renunciation, discrimination, dispassion to worldly attractions, devotion to the Supreme Being, compassion to all beings, fearlessness, strength to practise spiritual disciplines for the control and purification of the mind.
Every person has Shakti(power) in Him, and everyone has to become a Siva. The Universe is Siva and to understand the philosophy of Siva, one has to experience the union of Siva and Shakti and make ourselves an abode of joy. And it is my heartfelt desire that all of you should attain this state.
Siva is not separate from Vishnu or Brahma. Siva, Vishnu & Brahma are all the same. If the Universe which is embodiment of Siva is without of Shakti then it becomes lifeless. When Shakti is united with matter it is Chaitanyam, or the Life force, and to reach that state of Chaitanyam is the goal of Sivarathri. Then Shavakaram(corpse) will become Sivaakaram(Lord Siva or Body with Life).
Upavaasam and Jagaran associated with Maha Sivarathri don't merely mean fasting and staying awake without sleep all night. The true meaning of Upavaasam(Upa + Vaasam): Upa means near, Vaasam means staying, this means that we should constantly think of God and thereby live close to God and feel the presence of God. The true meaning of Jagaran is being in a state of wakefulness or a state of knowledge. The fasting associated with Sivarathri impress upon the mind of man his duty to impose ‘fast’ on his senses and vigilance on his intelligence to keep away polluting impulses and inclinations. The true meaning of Jagaran is being in a state of wakefulness or a state of knowledge. Darkness prevails at night. But during Sivarathri, the night is not dark but full of light. The light is experienced by immersing oneself in good thoughts and contemplating on the glorious form of Siva, on the Divine, reminding oneself of unity with the Divine and attaining a state of pure holiness.Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
That is we should go from untruth to truth, darkness to light and death to immortality and that is the real meaning of Jagaran.
Divine blessings to all, Shubhamasthu, kalyanamastu. I hope that the world is an abode of peace.
Sri Sri Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj