What according to you is Freedom.

June 23rd, 2015 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

We went to Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA on 20th June 2015. At the entrance we found an interesting question for visitors—–What according to you is Freedom. Answer can be displayed on a big sheet of paper under the question.

My answer was:

  1. Freedom is Love and Happiness
  2. Freedom is free from anger and anxiety
  3. Freedom is free from fear and flattery
  4. Freedom is free from greed and gluttony
  5. Freedom is free from Lust and Lure
  6. Freedom is free from jealousy and evil eye
  7. Freedom is accomplishment
  8. Freedom is Moksha–(No birth & death, No Good or bad, No desire)
 

 

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God on Earth

June 23rd, 2014 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Once God thought of making a software . THAT (God) could not sleep that night and walked everywhere. Next day THAT came to the earth to see the condition of mankind. Everyone has lots of desires. Everyone wants the material comforts. They are buying all modern gadgets. Every now and then they are buying mobiles of different kind to satisfied their needs. When God went to the shopping mall, THAT observed that peoples’ hands are occupied with carry bags full of materials. God sat near the fountain and smiled in THAT’S mind. Suddenly God saw a child of two years wanted a toy of its choice. God wanted to see whether its parents give the toy to the child. God went near the shop and observed the behaviour of the child. All the time the child showed different toys. Parents were confused. At last they bought a small toy for him and walked away. God smiled at the behaviour of three and went to heaven.

Next morning, when God woke up THAT thought “Now it is the time to make the people understand what is my plan.Let the people use their intellect and work. My work has to begin now”. THAT started making a software. God collected many buttons and made a software and sent it to the world. Looking at the new software, all wanted to operate it. God had designed in such a way that nobody knew the usage of the new one. Everyone got different window. Every individual randomly started pressing those buttons. One person named Radha used her intellect and pressed number five button. Immediately full computer burst and she died.

Every individual started pressing these buttons according to the programme created by the planner according to ones Karma. Everything in the Universe has a specific cause and effect (KARMA); the magnitude of an effect is due to the cause and may be created at the time of action as Radha pressed the button. This principle acts in the,materials, mind and Spirit. There is no such thing as chance, luck or random events. We only use these terms when we cannot identify the cause. People know the effects of something after the consequences.

The Principle of Cause and Effect enables us to comrd “karma” refers to a cause and the effect – could be either positive or negative but not yet known to the people which button gives what effect. When discussed this principle, people try to understand that whatever happens in our life may be favourable or unfavourable is due to our action whether previously done or present action.

Sometimes the action could be done consciously or unconsciously and if the effect is good, people boosted its own ego. However if it is not good, then blame God or other people or bad luck. The Law of Cause and Effect is always acting in individual’s life.

God started watching from heaven that whenever desire cannot be controlled, people press the button and try to get something from Pandora’s box. Choice of pressing the button also depends on the previous action done in the past life or in the present. God is good .If the mind is the doer, we have to convince and control our intellect.Mind is drifting here and there easily. So we have to regulate our mind by controlling our intellect.

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Where Love Begins: Vibhavari [Paperback]

July 7th, 2013 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

  • Spiritual meaning of love is well depicted through the lead character of the book.

    Spiritual meaning of love is well depicted through the lead character of the book.

http://bookstore.balboapress.com/Products/SKU-000649134/Where-Love-Begins.aspx

 

 

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My book—Where Love Begins Vibhavari

June 3rd, 2013 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Where Love Begins passes through the life of the heroine. The plot
is planned with deep emotions of love and her realization of such
emotion. The author has made good effort in describing love and its
role to guide one’s life. The actress in the book is revealed to many
stages of her life, where she meets her partner but does not realize
love at the onset. The book decides her faith and does justice in her
realization of love. Spiritual meaning of love is well depicted through
the lead character of the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Where-Love-Begins-Vibhavari-ebook/dp/B00D5929MK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370272849&sr=1-1&keywords=where+Love+Begins–Vibhavari

 

 

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Can Life be improved?

August 8th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Life has been given to us by God. Human being takes birth in this world with God’s permission, and willingness of oneself. Life is the combination of heredity, environment and God’s will. Many people believe that life is a combination of our Karma .i.e. cause –effect relationship. Life is also depended on our personality.

Personality is the total inborn quality, impulses, tendencies instinct and the tendencies acquired from the environment.

Watson, the father of behaviorism concluded:–“Personality is the sum total of activities that can be discovered by actual observations over a long period of time to give reliable information.”

While describing whether Life can be improved or not, the following points can be analyzed——

1. Personality is the product of Heredity and Environment.

2. It can be developed with the continuous interaction with the environment.

3. Social and cultural factors influence personality to a great extent.

4. Education and learning contribute toward development of personality.

5. According to Freud, Individual who has strong Ego are said to have a balanced personality as ego is capable of maintaining a balance between the superego and Id.

6. Adler on the other hand did not accept Freudian concept of sex urges but had given importance to self assertion. He gave more importance on Education and upbringing.

7. Karma is the integral part of Hindu Philosophy. Every action has its reaction. Every action whether physical or mental, creates a cause and subsequently bears a reaction or effect.

8. If intention is good and not harming anyone, it’s a good Karma, although it’s harsh.

9.   Take GOD‘s permission to do anything and everything that you think, and do so.

10.   Do the right thing according to the situation and without hurting anyone.

11. Do not blame the situation, it will change.

12. Pray and Thank God before eating.

!3. Whatever work one is doing should be put as God’s will, so that nothing is done wrong.

Life can be improved by the grace of God and doing every Karma consciously. If every action whether physical or mental is done with alert mind and asking permission of the Supreme, definitely one can improve the life.

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Laws of Life

August 3rd, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Swami Vivekananda is one of the favourite spiritual leaders of   my life. One day when I was teaching Swami Vivekananda in my class , it came to my mind to discuss the laws of life. Fifteen laws were given by Swami. Some of them I would like to discuss on my own way.

1. Love is the law of life: Love is very broad word.To understand Love ,it needs a very broad mind. Love should not be considered as an article. It is not a concrete thing,it is an abstract which can not be measured . There are three definition of love.The first one can be compared with the centre of the circle which is only for lust that is bodily pleasure.Second love is related to marriage,many radius in it much purer than the first one.The third love is intellectual love which touches full circumference of the circle   in which,there is no selfishness. Many people don’t understand the Love of Radha & Krishna. It comes under third category,which is very divine.

2.Attitude: Today I was reading an article on attitude.Everything we see in this world can be taken in a positive outlook.Whatever comes in our way can be taken with right spirit .”The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles Swindoll via Paul Biondich

3. Life is beautiful:It is said that after many birth we get human life. We should utilize it in a meaningful way. We should create some productive work to make the life beautiful.Whatever way we see the world,we experience those things in our life.There are good,  beautiful and bad things available in this world ,and we can choose the most beautiful items from that abundance. Beauty is hidden in the mind, We have to search those precious beauty.

4. Feeling within: Our mind is a big unit.What we feel in the mind comes true. When the child is small,we tell them if you eat food properly you will become strong and then he eats without putting us in any trouble.Immediately he shows us his muscles. This shows that he feels that he became stronger.

5.Free of attachment:We all believe that God resides within us. The moment we believe that God is sitting in this temple (body),we will be free of attachment.

6. You are the maker of ownself: We all believe the cause and effect theory.  Whatever action we do, there will be some effect of that action.  So never condemn anyone.

7. Helping: It is one of the values of life. If we help someone by giving money and he goes and drinks alcohol or smokes,that becomes a indirect bane for the person . So help the person in a genuine way.

8.Uphold your ideals: Our duty is to encourage every one to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.

9.Listening to your own soul:Vivekananda said “All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. “None can teach anyone as knowledge is hidden within himself.

10.True to yourself: The biggest sin is to cheat oneself. Have faith in own self.

11. Nothing is impossible: There is a saying—” Paribo na ekothati bolio na aar, ek bar na parile dekho shotobaar” means Don’t say I can’t, If you can not do in one time try for hundred times— Nothing is impossible if taken the task in right spirit.

12.Power within yourself: Human mind is store power room with abundance. Open your eyes and focus yourself in one point of light.

13.Always be a learner: Every step of our life is the learning experience.We learn from our children,our students,our neighbour, our maid and even from a strangers if we are learner.Our goal is knowledge. The source of knowledge are plenty. How can we gather these knowledge depend on our learning.

14.Be truthful: Truth differ from fact to fact. But some of the fact is universal truth.We should not fall into trap by avoiding truth.

15.Think differently: Great man and successful man think differently.

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My childhood prayer

April 19th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

During my childhood,we had a custom to sing a prayer in the dusk after the evening pastime. We used to sing the prayer of Avatars of Lord Vishnu i.e the hightest God in Hinduism.

The scripture says that there are different incarnation of Lord Vishnu that take the divine form and recognised as the various stages of human evolution.It means to destroy the cruelty and injustice and re-establishment of righteousness on Earth.

The sequence of Lord Vishnu on Earth is in the tune with evolutionary theory.  

The First Avatar of Lord Vishnu— Matsya Avatar i.e fish that rescue plant and animals. It has been confirmed by science that the first life evolved underwater.

The second Avatar—Kurma Avatar i.e tortoise which can live in water and on land.It supports the churn of the ocean to obtain treasure dissolved in ocean. It indicates the moving life from under water to surface of water.

The third Avatar—Varaha Avatar is boar that raises earth from bottom of the sea.Boar is a complete land animal that means life has moved out of water and proceeded towards land.

The fourth Avatar–Narasimha Avatar i.e Man-Lion challanges classification and overpowers mortals who seek to outwit death.The incarnation is the tranformation of animal to man.

The fifth Avatar–Vamana Avatar–i.e the dwarf who claims the sky from gods and buries the demons in  underbelly of the earth. The transition from breastly form to human form and development of intelligence.

The sixth Avatar– Parasurama Avatar i.e a priest who turns to violence to kill unrighteous kings and immoral women. He developed weapon and axe. It symbolises the transformation of stone to axe and first settlement of human in forests.

The seventh Avatar– Ram Avatar i.e the perfectman, the king of Ayodha,who uploaded old rules at the cost of his personal life. He cleared the forest and developed  small communities and protected them.

The eighth Avatar—Krishna Avatar i.e the divine figure was a cowhard, cherioteer who carefully and intelligentlychanged the rule.He potrayed with cow and other people,the beginning of domestication and development. 

The ninth Avatar— Balaram and some people say its Buddha i.e.Buddha simply mean a person possesses buddhi i.e intelligence, preaching false views in order to delude demoms. The beginning of agricultural era as Balaram potrayed with plough. 

The tenth Avatar–Kalki Avatar i.e kalki means eternity. It is the last incarnation who is expected to appear soon when the world will get rid ofthe oppression of its unrightousness and unvirtuousness. That Avatar is yet to come. It is believed that it will ride a swift horse A nuclear weapon is stored and it will destroy the world illustarte this.

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Consciousness ‘Cause & Effect’ !

March 14th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

When I started reading the book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay, a question raised in my mind, can we really heal our life? I started experimenting myself. After five chapter, I got  mouth ulcer near my lips and it was really painful. I thought if I follow the new pattern that she has mentioned in her book, it may subside and go away. I started saying this in my mind for several times for atleast two to three days. My condition worsened more. I felt feverish. Ulcer widened, I was really unwell.

I searched internet for Home remedy, started following one or two, but in vain. I joined  yoga class for regular practice but ulcer is in the same condition. Then I realised that I have to find out my own cause of suffering. As I myself delved in spirituality from young age and followed the goodness of onself and others, I began to analyse myself. In every step of my life, I analysed and did the things and always went ahead. I always listened to my own conscious and did the work. As we live in the society, we have to sometime listen to  other people also. But I have noticed one thing that whenever I listened to others and not followed my own conscious, I did a mistake and suffered.

 So while writing the previous topic on my site — For the students — I saw the quotes of  Swami Vivekananda and started working on consciousness more. Then I realised, I may have scolded or got angry with someone, when my house was full of guests few days back. The ulcer, though its there yet, is diminishing very slowly.

 I realised,  due to our own action we suffer in life. Due to our own action, we enjoy our life physically and mentally. We all are different entity in this world. We all are born with certain natural phenomenon, certain Sanskar. Accordingly, we behave and act.

Reading books, gives us some information but our life is different, our experiences are different, our living style is different, our way of thinking differ, so is our Action-Reaction.

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Me, The Mother

February 3rd, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha


As a mother, I gave birth & showed you the light of the Earth,

You crawled, you stood, you ran and climbed the train’s Berth.

I spent many sleepless night when you had high fever,

Next day took leave from work,neglect you never.

I sat with you to teach the lesson but can’t help you to learn,

Everywhere I was there with you to help and not to get any burn.

In each and every path of life, I gave you the direction,

I gave you freedom in every step to take a proper decision.

I taught you the right and wrong, what I knew was the right,

You had sometimes chosen the wrong path and I had scolded a lot.

I gave you so many toys, when you make my expectation clear,

You might not have liked those toys, but accepted them with honour.

I taught you to share with all and never to become selfish,

You followed it often, continued it & never a chance to miss.

Though I taught you to respect elders, yet can’t force you to follow

I tried to give you the value of life, but may not teach you to follow.

I told you many moral stories and discuss about God,

Godliness is difficult to follow as it is like a iron rod.

Though I had carried you in my womb and taken care till now,

Yet you have to learn to surrender the EGO and exact system to bow.

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Importance of Hands

November 14th, 2011 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Everyday a man comes to senior citizen’s park and sits for a while on the bench. Then he goes for jogging around the park. Everyday I notice one thing that he is so engrossed with his hands. One day when I sat beside him, he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was alright.
Finally,though not wanting to disturb him but check on him at the same time,I asked him whether he is in good health.He raised his head and looked at me and smiled.
“Yes , I’m fine ,thank you for your concern”, he said in a clear voice.
Actually,” I did n’t want to disturb you sir,but everyday I notice you and see that you were just staring at your hands and wanted to make sure that you are in good health or not.”
Have you looked at your hands anytime I mean your palm, he asked. I mean really looked at your hands?”
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them up and join them together.But could not find the answer.
Then he smiled and said—

कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मिः करमध्ये सरस्वति ।
करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥
Karaagre Vasate Lakssmih Karamadhye Sarasvati |
Karamuule Tu Govindah Prabhaate Karadarshanam ||

Meaning:
At the Top of the Hand (i.e. Palm) Dwells Devi Lakshmi
 and at the Middle of the Hand Dwells Devi Saraswati,
At the Base of the Hand Dwells Sri Govinda;
Therefore one should Look at one’s Hands in the Early Morning and contemplate on Them.
“Before I do anything in the morning, I pray to God.  THAT (God) should give us Wealth(Laxmi), Intelligence(Govinda) and Knowledge(Saraswati) And Salvation to live happily.”
God loves these hands.With these pure hands God will lift me in THAT’S side and take me  there in the Heaven.  I will try  to touch God’s face and feet with these hands. God even will touch and give lots of blessings with these hands”.
I really touched by those words and thanked this old man for giving me a right and good spiritual lesson.

 

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