Questions & Answers
The following are copies of e-mails and answers by Guruji, which may be of interest to all. The question e-mails are included in Arial Font for easy identification.
If you have any question, feel free to write.
Dhatu samvat Maagha vadya sapthami (Mar 01, 1997)
What is this source? And
also when someone dies the men/boys shaves their
PS: I would like to get
a copy of the Prem Saagar, in Hindi/English if
the source of all knowledge is brahman; the foundation of
All sins seems to be in the hairs of the body; so removal of
shaving the head mustaches and beard have two significances
1. as one of purificatory rites: before anything
auspecious is being
The second significance is to assist each of us to come out of
incidentally, (only incidentally) to a unknown visitor, it
The book you mentioned should be available in Bombay; if you
need i can
I am not sure if this is done
in India. When someone dies in Guyana or Guyanese hindu
dies, they generally put a piece of gold in the
corpse's mouth. No one seem to know why but it is done. Do
you have any explanation? Is it the same in India? If
so, do you know the reason why they do it?
coin given in the mouth of the dead body is the dakshina or
If you rememebr the story of satya hrischandra, when he was in
The idea of giving money is to get into our thick heads the
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It is hard to attain self-realization.
I do pray to God to help me
choose the right guru and
Love and blessings
I have gone thru your appeal; there is nothing to worry;
keep just one thought in your mind that you are not this body,
understand that the outer world is a projection of your own
self and it
since the world is false, and the brahman(atman, or soul) is
There is nothing for you to do; just keep all the time
You have forever been free; all purturbations are in one sense
more reading will fill the mind with undigested info; whatever
satsangh means company of a great or good soul. when you do
we have satsangh going on thrice a week for the past 18 yrs.by
love and blessings
I would be very grateful
if anyone out there can give some information
There is a translation of kannadasan's work called 'arthamulla
In nut shell, a marriage is a 'daan' a giving of the most
In otherwords, all actions of ours(including the giving of a
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I am looking for information
the qn is not clear; I guess mala does not mean flower
garland, but here
All faiths use malas containing beads; hindus generally have
Also what is the meaning of the phrase " these things" mala and mantra ?
some times mala is used for chanting a mantra'. mantra is a
name for a
mantra means mananaat trayate iti mantraH meaning by constant
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I am currently working on religous studies project. I would be extremly gratefull of any assistance you can offer.
The question: What is Puja?
Puja is a word in sanskrit language. In this language words are formed with meaning in mind. For instance in the word puja, 'p' stands for 'paapa' meaning sins. 'j' stands for 'janma' means birth. With 'p' it removes all accumulated sins, and with 'j' it makes your life's(birth) purpose fulfilled.
The literal meaning is : worship, honour, adoration, respect, homage
The Lord being not accessible to our eyes, ears, nose, touch and beyond the ken of ordinary (un refined) intellect, the ancients devised a method of bringing Lord within the realm of the senses. This method is to worship Him(Her or It) in an object(photo,water,fire,precious jewel, idol etc) which you can touch, feel, smell,see,feel the taste of. Thus all wandering senses are brought to a focus, by belief(faith) and by daily practice.
Unshakable faith and long practice, evokes and unfolds hitherto unknown dimensions in awareness, which are generally not communicable in the normal way. Remember the British king who sent his friend Becket to sabotage the Church. Once Becket started working for the church, he got convinced and got converted to their line of thinking and found that the king's views were neither noble nor fair.
Brenen writing in 'Power Play' says that the easterners are centuries ahead in the control of mind and related topics. By puja you will be in a position to inject the noblest thoughts in the subconcious. Above all one will succeed in solving the mystery of 'Life'
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Salutations and Love to Atmaswaroop
Anyone who is remotely connected to Satsangh activities are not in 'collosal ignorance' they only have a thin veil by removing which knowledge shines forth.
Draw a chalk circle around the hen and it starts imagining that it is imprisoned and stays within the circle. Because we consider ourselves as body and not soul we are entangled in endless problems connected to body. One who has connected oneself with satsangh has now started to wake up from ignorance.
The game is to find out who you are if you are not the body ? Not true, not true, not this not this, whatever you see, hear, touch eat, smell; As desires are witnessed and discovered their relation to body and done with, clarity comes.
Love and salutations
My humble prostration at your Holy feet,
On behalf of millions of other people who read your satsangh, I would like to thank you for allowing us the honour of reading your satsanghs.
I would appreciate it, if Guruji could, perhaps tell me a little bit about Himself, so that I know whose satsangh I have, actually, been reading.
I believe that will help me to say with confidence on what authority I say something lest I quote your satsangh.
your eternal servitor,
Love and Salutations to Atmaswaroop
Speaking in worldly terms and language, (which is not the truth although looks factual ) the Gita and Bhagavatha Satsangh started some 16 years ago, by some devotees ....
The truth of the matter is the satsangh has been there all the time like the subterranian water; the well was dug when the water was needed. It is not important who dug the well and where. Our attention to such so called 'factual' details will keep us in ignorance called 'vismrithi' (forgetfulness of ourself and of true nature of things).
Gurujis is just a name to address someone respectfully (often even when we do not mean ). That someone is anyone and everyone who is drawing the water from the well and serving it to those who are thirsty. The someone need to be nameless. It is important to drink water. The mouth, the cup, the pot, the server are all instruments to complete the process of drinking. In their facelessness lies their true worth. The real Guruji is within, who is known as Sadguru, who guides all the time.
Four blind people touched an elephant. One said the elephant is a pillar. the second who touced its trunk said th elephant is not a pillar, but it is a very thick hanging rope. The third one who was near its stomach said it is a huge pot hanging from up. The fourth one said it is a thin rope with hairs, refering to its tail.
All four continue to fight in the name of relegion, sect. The position we take(devotee, friend, jnani, etc, the language we use divide us. Nobler feelings like universal love, compassion can bridge these differences.
When you buy food from the hotel, it can become yours only after you eat and digest it. Similarly, all quotes remain as quotes till we digest these quotes and make them our own by betting our lives on them or else they remain with us as part of our vocabulary, but not as ourselves.
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Love and salutations
I am writing to thank you for the enlightening page on Satyanarayan Katha.
I was raised a Catholic but married into Hindu family and have been trying to learn to teach my children! sometimes I am overwhelmed. I have heard this Katha many times but it has never been presented as clearly. I cannot express my gratitute to you fully for your presentation. I recently had a Mundan pooja for my son and just started to understand Satyanarayan Katha.
If you have any suggestions of sites where I can read and learn of other Kathas please email me I will be very grateful, this life seems so short for the amount of love and praise we can give God! I am very interested in learning stories about God so I can tell my children rather than fairy tales!
Many thanks, Jai Shree Ram..
Salutations to you and to your husband; Love to your children.
I am glad you enjoyed Sri Satyanarayana Katha.
I am unaware right now which Katha's are on internet. However, if you are looking for hard copies following info might help
How old are your children ? For those between 3 to 10 , suggest Amar Chitra Katha pictorials; these are like comics or classics in pictures. They say 78 million copies sold so far. First published some 25 years ago. Edited by Anantha Pai and published by India Book House. You may find them in US; Alternately, if you need them to be mailed to you by airmail from Bombay, we can arrange that thru our contact in Bombay. You can also directly order from India Book House Limited, Fleet bldg, Mathuradas Vasanji Rd Marol Naka, Andheri East Mumbai - 400059
For children between 8 to 14 recommend Kamala Subramanium's three books The Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavatham and Mahabharatham. The great authoress has a racy style; the stories are short, the sentences are simple. Average lenght of a story is one page or less. They make excellent bedtime stories. Back in India often these three books have been presented as wedding gift, for they give a healing touch to all marriages when in trouble - which is all the time anyway. Besides silently educating us grownups, gently reminding us of our final destination they make us go slow on our present warpaths and clash of egos. These books are published by Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan. These books do not have pictures.
The Ramakrishna Mission publishes a number of pictorial books for children; There are excellent books for children published by Swami Narayana Movement. All these books are fair priced. An amara Chitra Katha pictorial titled 'Abhimanyu' has 34 color pages, a total of150 pictures is sold for Rs20 (60c)
I know of a family whose three children grewup on these; the son Achuth is in Stanford now and the daughter Sulochana is in final year Medicine. Both opine that these stories gave a good, broad base of culture All three children are vegetarians and do take tea or coffee; they do daily their prayers and chant sahasranamas and ashtotharas.
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