Sleeping and Snoring in Church Services! (Post No.6638)

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Post No. 6638


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Dr South, when preaching before Charles II, observed that the monarch and his attendants began to nod. And some of them soon after snored. On this he broke off his sermon and said,
Lord Lauderdale, let me entreat you to rouse yourself; you snore so loud, that you will awake the king.


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Three Kinds of Pride!

My brethren, said the satirical Dean Swift in a sermon, there are three kinds of pride—
of  birth, of riches and of talent. I shall not speak of the latter, none of you being liable to that abominable vice.
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Sermon and Deer Hunt


A somewhat self -satisfied and greatly inexperienced young preacher one Sunday supplied the pulpit of a country church. After services he asked one of the church fathers what he thought of his sermon.

“Now I tell you, said the old man ,
I will put it in a sort of parable . I recollect Archie Tucker’s first deer hunt. He was kind of green. He followed the deer alright, but he followed it all day in the wrong direction”.

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Drowning in Water!!

A prominent bishop tells of the Sunday morning when he was approached after the service by an old lady, who said in a tone of appreciation,
“Bishop, you will never know what your service meant to me. It was just like water to a drowning man!”

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Ten Minutes Sermon is Enough!!


A certain minister recounted a harrowing experience which befell him during one of his sermons. Just as he was beginning his address, an elderly lady of stern mien marched down and seated herself directly beneath him in front of the pulpit. She opened up a little kit, assembled the various parts of a rather elaborate hearing mechanism and affixed it her ears. After not more than ten minutes of his discourse, she suddenly took off the ear pieces, unscrewed the mechanism and packed it neatly away in its little box and sat with her hands in her lap throughout the rest of the sermon.

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Charles Lamb and Coleridge!


“I believe, you have never heard me preach, Charles”, said Coleridge, referring to the days of his Unitarian ministry.
“Yes, retorted Lamb, I …I … never heard you do anything else”.

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Garrick said he would give a hundred Guineas if he could say
“Oh!” as well as the Rev. Whitefield


Xxxx Subham xxxx

SUSTAINABILITY OF HINDUISM SEMINAR (POST NO.6586)

London swaminathan, Swami Nirliptanandaa, Dr Sugha of Nottingham in the panel discussion.

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Bhavesh speaking

As part of Hindu Forum of Europe’s AGM a discussion on the Sustainability of Hinduism was held today in London. I was part of the panel hat led the discussion. Swami Sri Nirliptananda of London and Dr Sudha of Nottingham were with me. Swamiji underlined the role of Dharma in Hinduism. He said that Dharma is the foundation of Hinduism and that Is what protecting the religion for thousands of years. He quoted the famous saying Dharmo Rakshati Rakshtah (Dharma protects those who protect/follow Dharma).

Almost all the 30 members present took part in the discussions. Dr Lakshmi Vyas, President of Hindu Forum of Europe, welcomed every one. Mr Bhavesh introduced the speakers.

The topics discussed were Hinduism- ‘the greatest and oldest religion’, Unique features of Hinduism, and how it is sustained.

Following points were presented by the members:

Hinduism s a way of life;

It is based on excellent philosophy;

It is the only religion which respects other religion.

Hindus consider every one equal and do not call others with disrespectful words (Kafir, Pagan  etc)

It gives us a discipline through which we attain knowledge;

It helps us to attain Moksha/liberation.

Sacred books of other religions are much younger to Hindu scriptures. They can be dated.

Hinduism is Sanatan= eternal.

Hinduism is the only religion that is environmentally friendly. Vegetarianism helps environment.

Yoga leads to healthy life which is accepted throughout the world

Hindus life mingle with nature giving  respect to trees and animals.

Hindus consider the whole worlds as one and the religion says Vasudaiva Kutumpakam.

From the time of Big Bang we have calculations and we are in the 14th Manvantara (Period of 14th Manu).

Other religions are based on one saint; we have hundreds and thousands of saints.

A religion can sustain:

Only when it considers everyone equal;

Only when it is environmentally friendly

Only when it doesn’t harm any animal or human being.

Only when it gives respect to all;

Only when it is kind towards nature and animals.

That way Hinduism is sustainable and we have been here from the Days of Ramayana and Gita.

I added the following points

To teach the school students we have to speak in simple language:

1.We believe in One God who can be worshipped in various forms;

2.We believe in Karma Theory; Do Good; you will received good.

3.We believe in Rebirth

These are the three things that differentiate from Semitic religions.

I also added, we have to present everything in a scientific  way;

Archaeologically we are the oldest because we see clay tablets in cuneiform writing in Turkey/Syria giving the names of Vedic Gods who are worshipped even today.

Historically we are the oldest, because even Greek writes wrote in third century BCE at these people (Hindus) have 6000 years history. We have had over 140 generations in our Puranas. So we have to do back calculation from 3rd century BCE that is 2300 years ago!

Culturally we were far superior when you place us along with Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Mayan. No one can suddenly insert a new custom in marriage or funeral rituals. Those facts show thousands of years of development.

Members kept on adding valid points. The morning discussion came to an end just before the Lunch. AGM was held in the afternoon with Members from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Hungary and Britain presenting progress reports. Representatives from Holland, Portugal and Germany couldn’t come because of International Yoga Day celebrations etc.

Spain representative invited the European Hindu Forum to hold its next session in Spain.

HINDU FORUM OF EUROPE ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

22nd JUNE 2019 – Murray House,  1 Vandon Passage, Victoria SW1H 0AS

10.45- WELCOME AND REGISTRATION – MEET & GREET WITH COFFEE

11.15. PANEL CONVERSATION AND RELECTIONS   –   ‘SUSTAINABILITY OF HINDUISM’

13.15–LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

14.00  ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

             Annual activity report

             Financial report

             Member organization reports

             Co-opting from Antwerp

             Induction of New Members

             Board  composition/ Expansion/Resignations

             Strategy plan 2019-21

15.30–BOARD MEETING

16.00–CLOSING    

–subham–

participants in the discussion.

LONDON HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA VIDEO CLIPS- JUNE 16,2019 (Post No.6578)

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Post No. 6578

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THOUSANDS OF KRISHNA DEVOTEES MARCHED THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON ON 16TH JUNE PULLING THREE HUGE CHARIOTS OF KRISHNA, BALADEVA AND SUBHADRA. PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONALITIES JOINED THE PROCESSION.( It took two full hours to pass through central London.)THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS IN CENTRAL LONDON HAD FREE FEAST SUPPLIED BY HINDUJA FOUNDATION. I HAVE POSTED THE PICTURES ON 16H JUNE. NOW LOOK AT THE VIDEOS; YOU WILL ASLO JOIN IN THE DANCE.

லண்டன் ரத யாத்திரை, 16 ஜூன் 2019

ஹரே கிருஷ்ணா ரதம்

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–subham–

STORY OF UTTANKA and QUEEN’S EARRINGS (Post No.6567)

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Post No. 6567

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UTTANKA was disciple of Veda. He suggested to king Janamejaya to avenge the death of king Parikshit at the hand of Naga chief Takshaka. His  tory is in the Adi Parva and Asvamedhika Parva of Mahabharata.

A brahmin by name Veda had three disciples and one of them was Uttanka. When  Uttanka completed his studies at the Gurukulam, he wanted to give his Master the ‘Guru dakshina’. So before taking leave of him, he asked what fee he might give him for his teaching. The master left the choice of Guru Dakshina (fee for the teacher) to his wife. She asked him to get the earrings of the queen, the consort of King Paushya. Guru’s wife told him to get them within three days so that she can wear it in the festival that is going to take place on the fourth day.

Uttanka on his way saw a huge bull and mounted on it. When he requested the queen to give him the earrings she readily gave them with a warning, “Beware of the Naga Chief Takshaka. He was desperate to get them”.

Uttanka assured her that no one could harm him. On his way he saw a naked ascetic who was visible some time and invisible other time. He thought that there wouldn’t be any danger to the earrings from the ascetic and placed them on the bank of a river and went to perform ablution.

Meanwhile the ascetic drew near him in great speed and ran away with the ear rings. Uttanka  also pursued him with great speed. When Uttanka  caught that person he showed his true form -Takshaka Naga- the Serpent King. Suddenly he went into a hole on the ground and returned to Naga Loka.

When Uttanka  tried to enter the hole, he couldn’t enter it. At last Indra sent his thunder bolt and split it open. Uttanka  went inside and saw huge buildings, palaces and pavlions. etc. After singing lot of praises, he got back the ear rings and gave them to Guru’s wife right on time.

Then Uttanka  went to Hastinapura and met King Janamejaya, He asked the king to do a  Serpent Yajna and kill all the Nagas because Takshaka was the one who bit and killed Parikshit, father of Janamejaya.

In the Asvamedha Parva, Krishna also played a role in the story. May be it is a later addition. But there is some interesting geographical information. This version says that Uttanka  lived in a desert and whenever Krishna came there it rained heavily in the desert. So even today the clouds seen in the desert are called Uttanka clouds!

–subham–

LONDON RATH YATRA 2019 PICTURES (Post No.6556)

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Date: 16 June 2019


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Post No. 6556

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ISKCON’s Rath Yatra was celebrated this morning  (16th June 2019)in London . As usual devotees came in thousands from different parts of the country and some from Europe.  I have been attending Rath Yatra for over a quarter of a century in London. The crowd is swelling year by year. I saw the same devotion and dedication among the volunteers. Women came with their children in Prams. Since it was an orderly crowd I saw less police personnel.

Thousands of people had free feast at the Trafalgar square where the Rath Yatra ended. It took   two hours to reach the destination from Hyde Park Corner. Since three Rathas (Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra) passed through heart of London, millions of pictures were taken by devotees and tourists. In the beginning I saw more tourists in the free food queue than the devotees. Water stalls, Bhonji (salted lemon juice drink) stalls and food stalls were in different places in the Square. Book stalls and other stalls were available for general public to browse through. Hinduja Foundation gave the free feast to all those came to see the Rath Yatra.

Devotees took turns to sweep the roads to clean the path of God’s procession. Hare Krishna and Hare Rama Bhajan accompanied by instrumental musicians was heard continuously for two hours. Men and women were dancing for two hours while they passed trough the entire route. Women came in their traditional sarees and added colour to the procession. It was a memorable event. I went with the procession for one hour and took some pictures:-

Pope’s Cardinal in Hell! Pope said OK! (Post No.6538)

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Post No. 6538

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Michelangelo , when painting in the Popes chapel the picture of Hell and the souls of the damned , made one of the latter so exact a resemblance of a cardinal who was his enemy, that everyone immediately applied to Pope Clement , desiring it may be effaced; to which te latter replied,

“You know that I have power to deliver a soul out of purgatory, but not out of Hell”.

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Hole in Pope’s Chair!

New made Popes were formerly seated on a chair with a hole in it, from whence they threw money to the people. The design of this delicate throne was to intimate to the newly elected Pope, that he was subject to the calls of nature like other men.

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Pope’s “Miracle”

When Sixtus the Fifth aspired to the Popedom he counterfeited old age for fifteen years. During the conclave assembled to elect a new Pope, he leaned upon a crutch and appeared remarkably firm. His plan took so  well that the cardinals elected him, expecting that he would die soon. But shortly after his election,  he performed the “miracle” of his own cure.

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Christ will be crucified again!

Goethe walking through Rome with a friend, said to him. “There is not a relic of primitive Christianity here; and if Jesus Christ was to return to see what his deputy was about, he would run a far chance of being crucified again.”

Xxx  subham xxx

FIVE QUALITIES OF KALI YUGA (Post No.6521)

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Post No. 6521

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Let us explore more ‘Fours’! (Post No.6431)

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Post No. 6431

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4 Hindrances to Samadhi

Laya- absorption in worldly objects

Viksepaka- falling from the desired goal

Kasaaya- attachment to worldly objects

Rasasaataa- relishing in worldly pleasures

–Vedanta samjavali 124

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There are 16 stages of consciousness, which are only subdivisions of the following four—

Waking- Jagrata

Dreaming – svapna

Deep sleep – Susupti

Turiya – fourth state of consciousness.

In this state, individual rests in ever conscious, ever new bliss.

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Four stages of Samprajnata samadhi- with seed samadhi—

Savitarka – meditation of elements in time and space

Nirvitarka – meditation of elements outside of time and space

Sananda- meditation in mind accompanied by Bliss

Sasita – identification with the unqualified ego

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Cognitive spiritual absorption

Vitarka- supposition

Vicaara- deliberation

Ananda – Bliss

Asmitaa – egoism

-Yoga sutra1-17

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Four Experts in Sankhya Yoga

Kapila, Vodhu Aasuri, Panchasikha

Sankhyavettaramaparam kapilam voddhumasurim

Drstva panchasikha sreshtam yogayuktam taponidhim

Vamana Purana 60-71

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Wealth of 4 Tamil regions 

Chera country- elephants

Choza country- paddy fields

Pandya country – Pearl fishery

Thondai Nadu- scholars

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Tamil classification of Four Lands

Kurinji – hill and surrounding areas – Lord Murugan/ Kartikeya is worshipped

Mullai- forest and surrounding areas- Lord Vishnu

Neithal- sea and seacoast- Lord Varuna

Marutham – cultivated land s and surrounding towns- Lord Indra

If these regions are affected by drought and becomes arid land then it is

Called Palai- Goddess Durga/ Kotravai in Tamil

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Four Mutts established by Adi Shankara

Sringeri in the south,

Puri in the East,

Dwaraka in the West,

Badrinath in the north

Kanchipuram is the place where he attained Mukti

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Four Ashrams of Hindus or 4 stages in one’s life

Brahmacharya- Studentship

Grahasta -Household Man

Vanaprasta -Retired life in the forest

Sanyasa- Ascetic life

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Lord Dakshinamurthy is worshipped in 4 forms

Yoga Dakshinamurthy

Jnana Dakshinamurthy

Veena Dakshinamurthy

Vyagyana Dakshinamurthy

picture by Lalgudi Veda

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Ascerics pay respects to four generations of Gurus

His guru, Parama guru ( gurus guru), Parameshti guru ( Parama gurus guru), Parapara guru ( parameshti gurus guru).

Adi Shankara’s 4 generations— Govinda, Gauda patha, Suka, Vyasa.

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Grahastha pay water oblations to Four generations 

Vasu -ones father , Pita

Rudra- father’s father , Pita mahan,

Aditya- his father, Prapita mahan,

His father- pituh prapita mahan

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Vedas and Devatas

Rik Veda – Brahma- homa dravya- milk 

Yajur Veda – Indra- ghee, clarified milk

Sama veda- Vishnu- Soma creeper

Atharva veda – Shambu – fatty oils

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Four divisions of Veda

Samhita/ hymns

Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishad s

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4 divisions of Yajur Veda

Adhvaryu, Hota, Udgatha, Brahma Yajna

Two divisions of Yajur Veda-

Krishna Yajur veda, Black Yajur propagated by Vaisampayana

Sukla Yajur veda, White yay propagated by Yajnavalkya

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Four sources of Dharma

Vedas, Smrtis/ law books, Sadachara/ conduct of good people,one’s own conscience

—Manu 2-12

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Four developing stages in man’s life

Balya, kaumara, yauvana, vardhaka ( childhood, teenage, youth, Old age)

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Four goals in Hindu’s life

Dharma, Artha, Kama,Moksha ( righteous life, seeking wealth, enjoying family life and salvation)

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Dasarathas Four Sons and their wives

Rama—Sita 

Laksmana -Urmila

Bharata -Sruthakirti

Sadrugna- Mandavi

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Sun’s (SURYA’S) 4 wives

Chaya, Samjna, Rajni, Niksubha

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4 types of Sounds

Para- Supreme sound

Pasyanti- visible sound, on

Madhyama- middle Sounds, Sanskrit alphabets

Vaikari- manifest sound, human speech

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Four Upa Vedas

Ayur Veda – medical studies

Dhanur veda – study of archery and other weapons

Gandharva veda- study of dance and music 

Artha Veda – study of economics politics administration

Xxx SUBHAMXX

WHO FEEDS MILLIONS OF BIRDS? (Post No.6413)

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Post No. 6413

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Sanyasin story is from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s teachings.

–subham–

Four Givers of Immediate Results (Post No.6408)

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4 Detrimental Factors – Haanikaaraka

Tattered clothes- detrimental to splendour- Kuvastram Tejas –

Bad wife – detrimental to home -Kubhaaryaa Grham

Unhealthy food-seed- Kubhojyam biijam
Bad son -Family- kuputre kulam


Kuvastram harate tejah kubharya harate grham
Kubhojyam haratebiijam kuputro harate kulam


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Botanical knowledge


Vanaspati-Non flowering trees bearing fruits
Vrksa-  Flowering trees
Viirudha – Creepers on ground
Ausadha – Herbaceous plants

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4 Actions for Happiness


Praatahsnaana -Taking bath before sunrise
Gosevaa – Protection of cows
Aaraama puspavatikaa- Relaxing in flower garden
Maataa pitaa susruusaa – Service to mother and father
—Citta vinodini 

Praatah snanam gavaam sevaa aaraama puspavaatikaa
Maataa pitaasca susruusaa saastraaya ca sukhaaya ca
Citta vinodini

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Equal sharers in merit or demerit

Kartaa — doer
Kaarayitaa — man behind such an action
Presekah —  sender
Anumodakah — one who approves

Karta karayita caiva presako hyanumodakah
Sukrutamduskrtam caiva catvarah samabhaginah
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Four Women who attained Salvation

Maitreyii
Sulabhaa 
Saarngii
Saandilii


Maitreyi sulabha sarngi sandili ca tapasvini
Stritve praptah param siddhimanya janma samadhitah
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Saadya phala dayaka
Givers of immediate results
Resolution of Gods – Devataanaam sankalpa
Obedience to the learned – Dhiimataa manubhaavam
Vidusaam vinayam- Humility of the accomplished
Paapakarmanaasa – destruction of wicked deeds


—Mahabharata, Udyoga Parva,33-71/72
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4 Officiating priests
Hotaa- Rig Veda
Adhvaryu-Yajur Veda
Udgaataa – Sama Veda
Braahmana – Atharva Veda
XXX

Common to Man and Animals


Aahaara – Eating
Nidraa -Sleep
Bhayam- Fear
Maithunam – Copulation 

Human beings excel in dharma, and if they lack it they are equal to animals.
Aharanidra bhayamaithunam ca samanya metat pasu birnaranam
Dharmohi teshamadhiko visesah dharmena hinah pasubhissamanah

Xxx  SUBHAM XXX