As it Strikes Me

In this world there are people who believe in the existence of God and there are those who do not. However, we find that there is no real difference between the two – the believer and the atheist. The Atheist simply refuses to accept the existence of God and carries on with his life. The believer, though accepts the existence of God, carries on with his life without really taking any step to reach that God he speaks of.

One should enslave God by his devotion and Sadhana.

The elephant completely submits itself to the authority of the mahout who is a weakling when compared to the elephant.   It obeys all his commands – stands and moves as he orders – and does not act on its own. It even raises its trunk and blesses the one that
the mahout orders it to! Likewise, if one captivates God by his devotion and penance, the Almighty dances to the tune of the devotee! The Lord, unquestioningly, showers His blessings on the one  this  
devotee directs Him to! And the easiest way to captivate God is by chanting His Divine Name.

King Parikshit came to the banks of the Ganges seeking a way to liberation.
By his good fortune, he came across Sage Suka, a Jivan Mukta.

Sage Vishwamitra was able to create a heaven for Trishanku.  Sage Agasthya could contain the mighty ocean in no time.

According to the Shastras, there may be so many reasons for the Vedas being restricted to men alone and not being allowed for women.  We also find that the Puranas like Bhagavatam and Ramayana have been advocated for women.

I feel that there is a very beautiful reason for the same.

Today, it is being said that only a small portion of the Vedas is available to us.  Why is it not possible to preserve and retain the Vedas for eternity?  

Once Saint Thiyagaraja meditated on Bhagavan Sri Narada. Sri Narada appeared before him and presented to him a text by the name ‘Swararnavam’.  This is the grammar of the music followed by the Gandharvas (who are considered to be the gods of divine music).
No sooner than Sri Thiyagaraja imbibed the knowledge of the divine text than it disappeared from his hands.  
Likewise, the Vedas are not books that can be compared with other mundane literary works. They are divine and subsist in a different plane altogether.  Acquiring Vedic knowledge requires enormous penance and retaining that knowledge requires even more penance.  
When our penance decreases, the holy Vedas no more wish to remain in this plane.  That is verily why we see that so many branches of the Vedas have disappeared.

In Tirupati, as soon as the ‘Dolotsav’ (a daily routine to put the Lord to sleep) is performed to the Lord, the devotees come out of the sanctum sanctorum.  But one can notice that, immediately after the ‘Dolotsav’, ‘Suprabhat’ (waking up the Lord) is performed.

If the crowd is huge, the ‘Aradhanam’ (food offerings to the Lord) is done in a single stroke!

Looking at this, it seems to me that Lord Srinivasa Himself stands as an illustration of the fact that with more and more money, one loses his peace of mind!

In Sanathana Dharma if there is any difference of opinion between a Stotra(hymn of praise) and a Kavya(literary treatise), Kavya takes precedence; if there is a difference between Kavya and Purana, Purana(Srimad Bhagavatam and the like) takes precedence, likewise the following are progressively superior source of authority for decision making if there is a conflict of opinions: Stotras, Kavyas, Puranas, Ithihasas(epics), Smrithis and Sruthi (the Vedas).

In the Kritha Yuga(the most idealistic age for righteousness), when all were pure, all could follow the path shown by Sruthi (the Vedas). As time progressed, deterioration set in gradually as it would in any system which begins from perfection. People could follow only the Samanya dharma (common social code of conduct) like truthfulness, respect to parents, compassion and  affection – which is shown in Ithihasas(epics) like Ramayana. But now in this age, the Kali yuga, whence deterioration is maximum compared to the Kritha yuga,   the path shown in Puranas – the Bhagavata Dharma of chanting the Divine Names is the only practical option for all.

Let us take a person, who loves halwa (a sweet dish) very much, so much so that whenever he chances to see it somewhere, he would completely indulge in it.

Even for such a person, when he over-eats halwa, he gets an aversion to halwa due to satiation. Even though his stomach may have not filled, he is unable to eat any more of the halwa because he is cloyed. So he stops eating halwa then.
It is then that the dispassion raises its head slowly.

The thirst from within

Whenever I see people perform rituals such as Homas and some special poojas to invoke the blessings of the Almighty or see Bhagavathas performing bhajans for longs hours, at times throughout the night, I wonder why they are not able to do the same Japa or chant the Lord's Name in solitude at their home, to attain the same goal [liberation]!

I asked myself, 'Is it their longing for tangible worldly benefits like money, attention, appreciation or a combination of these that motivates them? If only they had given even a small part of their time to japa or singing the Lord's praises sans any of these worldly goal, how easily would they have realized the Almighty?' However, I immediately realized that one needs to have the motivation from within to 'Realize the Lord' . And, this motivation is possible if and only if they have the "GRACE OF A TRUE GURU".

This indeed is the path to Moksha!

A man is a strong advocate of the cause of 'Jiva Karunya' [compassion towards living beings by not hurting them]. He speaks about it and propagates the message as much as possible. He strongly condemns slaughter of cattle and the killing of elephants.