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Thousands of years have passed since the advent of the Treta Yuga. Yet, even now, everyone, right from children to elderly people, remember the name of Rama. The glory of Rama’s name is such that it has not diminished even a bit with the passage of time. This truth should be recognised by all. Rama is the name given to a form, but the name Rama is not limited to a form. Atma is Rama, and its true name is Atmarama. Therefore, wherever and whenever you remember the name Rama, Rama is there with you, in you, around you.
Rama is one, whether you identify it with the Atma or with the form installed in your heart. Every year comes the festival of Sri Rama Navami. But we have not so far understood its true significance. You identify Rama with a form. But Rama is not limited to any particular form. It is the name that is latent in your heart. Many changes and variations keep occurring in the world, but the name of Rama is immutable, is eternal, unsullied, and everlasting. Rama was not an ordinary individual. He was verily God, who incarnated on earth for the welfare of mankind. People call God by many names like Rama, Krishna, Easwara, and Mahadeva. They are all the names of one God.
You should recognise the glory of this name. Sage Vasishtha said, “Ramo Vigrahavan
dharma (Rama is the personification of dharma (righteousness)).” Dharma itself incarnated in the form of Rama.  You should follow dharma. Which dharma should you follow? Do not follow the dharma associated with your mind. Follow the principle
of dharma that comes from your heart. Sita became the consort of Rama, who was
the personification of dharma. Wherefrom did Sita take birth? Sita was born out of the womb of the earth. Since she was the daughter of the King of Videha, she was also called Vaidehi. This name had great significance, since it means one who transcended the illusion caused by body attachment.

Lord Ram is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who takes birth on earth when Adharma over rules Dharma. He protects all his devotees by vanquishing the roots of Adharma. Lord Ram was born on earth to destroy the demon named Ravan.

The occurrence of this syllable in most names used for Rama along with other clues is strongly suggestive that the festival Rama Navami antedates the Ramayana and it must have originated much before the Ramayana, as a ‘Sun-festival’ for invoking the Sun who was recognized as the source of light and heat even in ancient times. Many royal dynasties portrayed symbols of virility like the Sun, Eagle, Lion etc. as their progenitor. Rama’s dynasty considered themselves to have descended from the Sun. This could have led to the tagging on, of Rama’s birthday to a festival devoted to the Sun.

Significantly, the ancient Egyptians termed the Sun as Amon Ra or simply as “Ra.” In Latin the syllable Ra is used to connote light. For example, we have Radiance which emission of light, or Radium which means any substance emitting light or brilliance. The common element is the syllable Ra which in many languages is used to derive words for describing Sun or light.

Triple Power of the Name ‘Rama’

What are the inner meanings of the name Rama? The three syllables ‘R’, ‘A’ and ‘Ma’ indicate the three causes for human birth, namely Papamu (the sins one has committed), Thapamu (the troubles one experiences) and Ajnanamu (one’s ignorance). “Ra” represents the root letter for Agni (fire).“A a” represents the letter for the moon. “Ma” represents the root letter for the sun. What does Agni signify? It destroys everything and reduces it to ashes. The letter “R” has the power to destroy all the sins committed by man. The letter “Aa” (symbolising the moon) has the powers of cooling the fevers man suffers from and conferring peace on him. “Ma” represents the sun who dispels the darkness of ignorance and confers illumination of wisdom. Hence, the word Rama has the right triple power of destroying sins, conferring peace and dispelling ignorance….

Your action

Do your Nama-smaranam daily repetition of “OM RAM ” especially in the morning. Namasranam will always protect you as long as you follow dharma. You must become permeated with righteousness (dharma) so that every act is God-worthy. With the sharp chisel of intellect (buddhi), shape the mind (manas) into a perfect image of Dharma-murthi, the idol (or embodiment) of righteousness. Then you will shine with the splendour of the Divine. That is the task you should dedicate yourself to today. But donot hurt anyone mentally or physically and love all.

Today everybody utters “Ram,Ram.” But very few follow the example set by Rama. They are not true devotees of Lord Rama. At best they may be described as “part-time devotees.” True devotion means perpetual remembrance of the Name of the Lord and constant meditation on that Name, cherishing the figure of Sri Rama in the heart.

Maha Shivratri

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Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. Its remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.

The Maha Shivaratri is mentioned in several Puranas, particularly the Skanda PuranaLinga Purana and Padma Purana. These medieval era Shaiva texts present different mythologies associated with this festival, but all mention fasting and reverence for icons of Shiva such as the Lingam.

The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil.

Tripundra refers to the three horizontal stripes of holy ash (vibuthi) applied to the forehead by worshippers of Lord Shiva. These stripes symbolise spiritual knowledge, purity and penance (spiritual practice of Yoga) and also represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva.

Main Message

“Endeavour. That is the main thing, that is the inescapable task for all mortals. Even those who deny God today will have one day to tread the pilgrim road, melting their hearts out in tears of travail. If you make the slightest effort to progress along the path of liberation, the Lord will help you a hundred-fold. Shivaraathri conveys that hope to you. The moon, which is the presiding deity of the mind of man, wanes, until on the fourteenth day after full moon, it is just a tiny curve of glimmering glow. The mind too must be starved into that condition, so that man becomes free. Spend all the days with Shiva and the conquest of the mind is easy. Spend the fourteenth day of the waning moon with Shiva, reaching the climax of spiritual effort on that final day, and success is yours. “

Durga Ashtami Celebration

Navratri Celebration

Navratri, Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava – Nine and Ratri – nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights twice every year during mid-March and the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less depending on the calendar.

Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess.

On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.

The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth.

The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.

In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property.

A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures.On the tenth day of October Navaratri,the holiday of Dussehra an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.

 

Image Source: The above images were lovingly hand-painted by a humble Devotee who received the miraculous transmission from the Devine Mother. Here’s the dedicated link to the Devotees blog.

Krishna Astmi

Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Hinduism’s favorite God, Lord Krishna, and is a popular holiday in the Hindu Calendar.

From Darkness to Light

God incarnated as Krishna to charm humanity by His pranks, His play, His song and sweetness, and to show man the path of love and how to live in love. Krishna was born on ashtami (eighth day) during the dark fortnight of the month. The effulgence of the Lord is seen with greater effect when it is dark. In a world of disorder, Krishna was born to establish order. Ashtami is associated with troubles and difficulties. When do troubles arise? When righteousness is forgotten. Krishna’s advent signifies the dispelling of darkness, the removal of troubles, the banishing of ignorance and the teaching of mankind of the supreme wisdom.

Who is Krishna?

We must understand properly the meaning of Krishna. The word Krishna has three meanings. First meaning is: “Krishyati iti Krishnah“, or “the one who cultivates is Krishna.” Krishna cultivates our hearts by removing the weeds of bad qualities, watering it with love, ploughing it with sadhana, and sowing the seeds of devotion.

The second meaning of the word is: “Karshati iti Krishnah“, or “the one who attracts is Krishna.” Krishna attracts by His enchanting Divine form, His  nectarine speech, His  divine sports, and by action saturated with love. By His sweet words, He softens and calms the hearts of even those filled with hatred and makes them rejoice.

A third meaning of the word Krishna is “Kushyati iti Krishna“, or “the one who is always blissful.” Krishna was always in a state of bliss and bestows bliss on His devotees.

Due to these attributes, the sage Garga named Him Krishna. The ordinary meaning of the word Krishna is “one who is dark.” But people think only of this meaning and forget the deeper and truer meanings of the Lord’s name.

Surrender to His Will

On the eve of the Mahabharatha war, Arjuna was subjected to a test by Krishna. Arjuna was worried about how to wage the war against his kinsmen and what strategy he should adopt. Krishna took him to a forest in the evening. It was twilight. The light of knowledge was setting and the darkness of ignorance was emerging. Krishna wanted to find out whether Arjuna was fit for receiving the Geethopadesha (message of the  Gita) the next day. He pointed out to Arjuna a bird on a tree and asked him whether it was a peacock. Arjuna said: “Yes, my Lord! It is indeed a peacock”. “No, no. It is a dove,” observed Krishna. Arjuna immediately said: “Yes, it is a dove”. Krishna then said: “You senseless fellow! It is not a dove but a crow!” “Yes, Krishna! It is a crow,” said Arjuna. Krishna then told Arjuna: “You have no power of discrimination at all. You cannot decide whether it is a peacock, a dove or a crow and only say ‘yes’ to whatever I say. Should you not have this much of understanding?”

Arjuna replied: “Krishna, if one does not know your real nature, one may attempt to agree or disagree with you. But I have understood the truth about you. If I declare that it is not a peacock, a dove or a crow, you have the power to turn it into a peacock, a dove or a crow. I have therefore no need to enquire into what it is. Your word alone matters for me. That is sufficient authority for me.” When Arjuna displayed such implicit faith in Krishna, He felt that Arjuna was fit to receive the message of the Gita.

The Supreme Devotion of the Gopikas

Prema is nectarine in its sweetness. Bhakti (Love for the Lord) was the highest expression of devotion among the gopikas (the cowherd maidens of Gokulam) because they were saturated with the sweetness of Divine Love. They did not seek liberation or higher knowledge. The ecstasy they derived from merely seeking Krishna, they did not get from any other source. Sage Narada coined the phrase, “Parama Bhakti” (Supreme Devotion) to describe the devotion of the gopikas. These supreme devotees regarded the Lord as their companion and most precious treasure. So intense was their devotion that they used to go about as highly intoxicated persons who were unmindful of the world. Leaving their homes on hearing the music of Krishna’s flute, they rushed to the forest in search of Krishna, oblivious to everything.

My Devotees Will Never Suffer

Arjuna and gopikas are supreme examples of devotees who knew the secret of surrender. Their love and devotion was not tainted by any selfishness. “For those who bargain and crave for profit, reverence is equated with the returns; they sell homage at so much per unit of satisfactory response. They are like paid servants, clamouring for wages, overtime allowance, bonus, etc. They calculate how much they are able to extract for the service rendered. Be, on the other hand, a member of the family, a kinsman, a friend. Feel that you are the Lord’s own. Then, the work will not tire; it will be done much better; it will yield more satisfaction; and, the wages? The master will maintain you in bliss. What more can any one aspire for? Leave the rest to Him; He knows best; He is All; the joy of having Him is enough reward. This is the secret of human happiness. Live out your lives on these lines and you will never come to grief. Na me bhakthaah pranashyathi, says Krishna―My devotees never suffer sorrow.”

First blog post

My humble Pranams to Divine Mother Sita, Mere Prabhu Ram and to my Guru Hanuman. Thank You for giving me this opportunity to Serve you.

My initial thought to setup this site came to me almost 7 years ago. The purpose was to provide general public with location of this beautiful Mandir which is nestled within the busy hub of Inner West where all can come and join in Ram Katha. There was also a pressing need to move with the time and as they say, ‘information is King’. Intention was to keep everyone informed of upcoming events and to provide community announcements.

Timing and right reason eventuates only with HIS Will. So here I am trying to develop a website for the first time and I see HIS Divine hand in everything that I am doing. In the process of coming up with this design and hosting platform, I had to go through numerous other designs before I came up with this and it has been always the case of not liking some fonts, widgets, templates, etc! I am sure the complexity of the forms will increase in time as our need grows and please feel free to comment and request.

We are open to suggestions to the way we operate provided these benefit the community and our vision. Please come forward and talk to our Mandir co-odinators or simply email us. We are planning to carry out lot of maintenance work to improve the temple’s appearance and the available facilities.

RAM’s Humble Servant
Hiren Singh

LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL,
HELP EVER, HURT NEVER.

Follow Dharma (ie any correct action that leads to Love, Peace and Harmony) and Dharma Will always protect you!

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