Thought for the day- control over emotions

Uparyupari lokasya sarvO bhavitumicchati |
YatatE cha yatha-shakti na cha tadwartatE tatha ||

Everyone in this world is involved in ‘cat-fight’ and wants to out do each other; even though people try their best ,not all are successful. This is the rule of nature so one should not be depressed by failures nor shoul be overjoyed at success
similar to the lesson of Bhagvad-gita which says that “One’s duty is paramount and should have faith and continue it without coveting for the ‘fruits’ since for actions done fruits will be obtained accordingly”


Shubhashita and humor

shubhashita are not sermons always, there are a few Shubhashita which are humorous with a glint of humor and irony which denotes that the writers of Shubhashita had a good sense of humor 🙂

कमल  ब्रह्म  शेते  हरः  शेते  हिमालय  |

 क्षीराब्धौ    हरिः  शेते  मन्ये  मत्कुनाशंकाया  ||

Brahma sleeps on a lotus, Shiva in the Himalayas; Vishnu on a serpent bed in the ocean; all these do so because of fer of bed bugs  😀

चितां  प्रज्वलितं  दृष्ट्वा  वैद्यो  विस्मयामागातः  |

 नहं  गतः    में  भरता  कस्येदम  हस्तलाघवं  ||

(The one above is a remark on doctors with a hint of irony and humor)

A doctor is taken aback seeing a dead body on a pyre and remarks ” I did not do it nor did my brother get him there, then whose did this “??   🙄

On Poverty- Plight of the poor people in a humorous and in an ironical sense:

भो  दरिद्र्यम  नमस्तुभ्यम  सिद्धो &हम  तत्प्रसादतः  |

 पश्याम्य हम  जगत  सर्वं    मम  पश्यति  कश्चन  ||

O Poverty! tribute to you; its by your esteemed grace that I have obtained master in sorcery since I see the whole world and nobody takes a note of me.

Read more : Here

and Here

Republic day

Its Republic day today and what better way would it be to wish my blog readers other than in a ShubAshita?

रत्नाकराधौतापदम  हिमालयकिरीटिनीम  |

ब्रह्मराजर्शिरारात्नाध्यम  वंदे  भारतमातरम   ||

She , whose  feet are washed by the oceans, who has a crown of Himalayas; who is bedeecked with the jewellery of great seers and Kings (Intellectuals,brave and righteous)  (My) obeisance to that Mother India

Thought for the day- Forgiveness

क्षमा बलाशाक्तानां शक्तानां भूषणं क्षमा |
क्षमा वाशिक्रुते लोके क्षमया किं न सिद्ध्यते ||

Forgiveness and forebearance mesmerise the whole world; what’s not achieved by forgivenes?
So it should be the habit of the strong and able to forgive since the weak when does some wrong relies on forgiveness from others.

Born Instincts vs Destiny

Many a times, we cannot overcome our born instincts even though we overcome our destiny. Lets read a story from Hitopadesha which narrates one such story…….
Once upon a time, there lived a Sage on the banks of a river। The sage and his wife didn’t bear any children। They were unhappy about this fact of their life. One day, when the sage was engaged in penance, a kite dropped a she-mouse and it happened to fall in the lap of the Sage. The Sage thought that the God might have sent this mouse to him. He thought that if he would take the mouse to his home, people would laugh at him. So he decided to change the mouse into a girl. The Sage brought the girl to his home. On seeing the Girl, the Sage’s wife asked, “Who is she? From where did you bring this girl?” The Sage narrated to her the whole story and said, “I would bring her back to her original form”. The Sage’s wife stopped him instantly and said, “I beg of you. Please don’t change her into a mouse. You have given her life so you have become her father. Since you are her father, I am her mother. God must have sent her to us because we don’t bear any children”.The Sage accepted the request of his wife. They started bringing up the Girl child as their own daughter. Soon the Girl grew into a beautiful maiden. By the age of sixteen, the Sage’s wife decided to get her daughter married. She asked her husband to find a suitable match for their daughter. The Sage liked the idea and suggested that the Sun God would make the best match for their daughter. The wife agreed upon this and the Sage prayed to the Sun God to appear. When the Sun God appeared, the Sage asked him to marry his daughter. But the Girl refused the idea and said, “Sorry! I can’t marry the Sun God as he is burning hot. I will be reduced to ashes in his warmth and light”. The Sage got disappointed to hear this from the Girl. He asked the Sun God if he could suggest a groom for his daughter. The Sun God said, “The Lord of Clouds could make a good match for her, as he is the only one, who can easily stop the rays of the Sun”. The Sage then prayed to the Lord of Clouds to appear and asked him to marry his daughter. But the Girl once again rejected the proposal and said, “I don’t want to marry a dark person like him. Besides this, I am terrified of the thunder he generates”. The Sage was disheartened once again and asked the Lord of Clouds if he could suggest a possible groom. The Lord of Clouds said, “Wind God can make a possible match for her as he can easily blow me away”.The Sage then prayed to the Wind God to appear and asked him to marry his daughter. The Daughter declined the idea and said, “I can’t marry a frail person like the Wind God who is always stirring”. Once again the sage got sad and asked the Wind God to give some suggestion. The Wind God replied, “Lord of Mountain is solid and can stop the hard blows of wind easily. He can make a suitable match for your daughter”. As per the kind suggestion made by the Wind God, the Sage went to the Lord of Mountain and asked him to marry his daughter. But the Girl once again declined the proposal and said, “I can’t marry the Lord of Mountain because he is too cold-hearted”. She asked the Sage to find a softer groom for her. The Sage sought Mountain Lord’s suggestion for the same. The Mountain Lord replied,”A mouse will make a perfect match for her as he is soft and can easily make holes in the mountain”.The daughter approved the idea of marrying a he-mouse. Moreover, she was pleased at this proposal. The Sage said, “This is destiny. You came as a mouse and you were fated to marry a mouse”. Saying this, the Sage converted the Girl back to a female mouse. The female mouse got married to a male mouse and lived happily thereafter.
The above given story is from Hitopadesha and the moral of the story is : Destiny can be changed, what about ‘Born instincts’??

Snowy tales…..

I hate winter but when it comes to cliking  photos of  winter and snow , its just very irresistible … here it comes!
Slide show of photos  taken of snow in the vicinity of my home.

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ब्रह्म मुरारी सुरार्चिता लिंगम |

निर्मल भाषित शोभित लिंगम जन्मज दुखः विनाशक लिंगम

तत् प्रनमामि सदा शिव लिंगम||

देवमुनी प्रवर्चित लिंगम काम दहनं  करूणाकर लिंगम|

रावण दर्प विनाशक लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदा शिव लिंगम||

सर्व सुगंध सुलेपिता लिंगम बुद्धि विवार्धना कारण लिंगम|

 सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दिता लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदा शिव लिंगम||

कनका महामणि भूषित लिंगम फणिपति वेशिता शोभित लिंगम|

तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिंगम||

दक्ष सुयज्ञ विनाशक लिंगम  



कुमकुम चंदना लेपिता लिंगम पंकज हरा सुशोबिता लिंगम|

संचिता पाप विनाशक लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिंगम||

देवागानार्चिता सविता लिंगम भावैर भक्ति भिरेवाचा लिंगम|

दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिंगम||

अष्ट दलोपरी वेशिता लिंगम सर्व समुद्भव कारण लिंगम|

अष्टदरिद्र विनाशक लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिंगम||

सुरगुरु सुरवर पूजित लिंगम सुरावन पुष्प सदार्चित लिंगम |

परात्परं परमात्मक  लिंगम तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिंगम||


Prayers to that Sada Shiva Linga, which is adored by Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods, which is praised by pure and holy speeches and which destroys the cycle of births and deaths.

I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is the destroyer of desires, which the Devas and the sages worship, which is infinitely compassionate and which subdued the pride of Raavana.

My prostrations to that Sada Shiva Linga, which is lavishly smeared with variegated perfumes and scents, which elevates the power of thought and enkindles the light of discrimination, and before which the Siddhas and Suras and Asuras prostrate.

humble prayers tothat Sada Shiva Linga, the destroyer of Dakshas sacrifice, which is decorated with various ornaments, studded with different gems and rubies and which glows with the garland of the serpent Lord coiled around it.

O’ Sada Shiva Linga, which is smeared with saffron and sandal paste, which is decorated with lotus garlands and which wipes out all accumulated sins, accept my prayers

Sada Shiva Linga which is worshipped by the multitude of Gods with genuine thoughts full of faith and devotion and whose splendor is like that of a million suns, accept my prostrations.

My humble offerings to that Sada Shiva Linga, destroyer of all poverty and misery in its eight aspects, which is the cause of all creation and which stands on the eight petalled Lotus.

Sada Shiva Linga which is the Transcendent Being and the Supreme Self, worshipped by all Suras and their preceptor (Brhaspathi), with innumerable flowers from the celestial gardens, I bow with reverence before thee.

Lord Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being that continuously dissolves to recreate the cyclic process of creation, preservation, dissolution and recreation of the universe.

Owing to His cosmic activity of dissolution and recreation, the world’s destruction has been erroneously associated with Lord Shiva, in the sense that he will destoy with weapons, not so, he will destroy but with his ‘Indifference’.

The creation sustains itself by a delicate balance between the opposing forces of good and evil.

Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in His devotees.

He is called ‘Bholenath’ because of his unbiased nature .