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Triumph Over Fear - Denial is the First Step

"In enjoyment, there is fear of disease; in social position, there is fear of falling off; in wealth, there is the fear of (hostile) kings; in honour, there is the fear of humiliation; in power, there is the fear of foes; in beauty, there is the fear of old age; in scriptural erudition, there is the fear of opponents; in virtue, there is the fear of traducers; in body, there is the fear of death; everything in this world pertaining to men is attended with fear; renunciation alone leads to fearlessness."
- BharatriHari (Vairagya Shatakam)

Fear is an instinct common in every man. Fear is universal. It can happen at any place. It can come at any time. Even elements of Nature are subject to Fear. Wind is said to blow through fear of Him. The sun rises fearing Him. Indra, Fire and Death proceed to their respective duties only out of fear. Thus, fear is not uncommon in Devas, too. Equally it prevails amongst beasts, animals, insects and practically every creation of this world.

Fear is generally the result of pain, injury and discomfort. There is a hereditary aspect of this instinct which accounts for its universality and its persistence. Factors of environment and training are also significant. The idea of some external superior power over one’s self is the chief cause of fear. Relatively, the mind adopts an entirely different attitude. Vision changes. Glaring perception fails. The mind is not balanced. There is some abnormality of thoughts and actions. Hysteric and neurasthenic convulsions are all due to one form of fear or other. Impulsion and desire to escape or flee from the dangerous situation are the immediate results.

This fear has to be conquered. Freedom from fear can be achieved by liberation from the objects of fear. Re-educating the mind, bringing forth the power of the spirit, dealing with practical affairs, diligently putting into practice the knowledge that one possesses, are all essential factors to overcome fear. It must be felt that there is no object which is to be afraid of or to be feared.

In all cases, it must be distinctly understood that seeing and hearing alone does not produce the sensation of fear. A child is not afraid of its father or mother usually. But when the father puts on a strange countenance, or howls in an unnatural way the child becomes frightened. This gets firmly rooted in the mind. This develops as a hereditary weakness in later life also. This memory is scarcely washed off even after growth. So children should not be frightened.

Here fear should not be confused with startle. School boys, when they see their master’s head at the corner of a street, flee away. This does not mean fear. This is due to an instinct in everybody to escape from the sight of the master. On the other hand, if the master takes a cane in his hand, the child suffers some sort of infliction and imagines impending injury. Consequently he fears his master.

But how to conquer fear? Whenever a child is afraid of something, we first tell him that there is nothing to be feared thus denying the object of fear. Denial is the first step in the procedure. Subsequently we explain to the child the actual thing, the Truth. We thus convince him that it was only his fancy which created the sensation in him. We positively affirm and assert what is true. Similarly, even as we grow, we must develop constantly the knowledge that there is nothing in the universe to cause fear. The subconscious mind, which is first startled by an unusual sight or incoherent voice, should be kept assured that all such things are false, the Truth behind them being well acquainted with the normal sense and knowledge. When fear is completely removed, nothing can hurt us.

People in well-lit cities and urban areas are still afraid to move in darkness. They imagine something untoward to happen causing pain, injury or discomfort. At the same time, how many sages and Sannyasins roam about in the dark over hills and dales in the dead of night and live in caves, the abode of beasts, insects and wasps. Dhruva Bhagat made penance in the midst of wild beasts. Dhruva, before he attained Youth, entered the forest and did great Tapas. Bharata played with cubs.

Mere re-educating the mind will not strengthen courage. Putting the knowledge into practice on every occasion is quite essential. At every auditorium we find people advocating that what men are afraid of as snakes are but ropes. But they fail to experience such stamina. On the other hand, they mildly submit. This is due to lack of training. This is not what is required.

Well-developed knowledge coupled with practice can alone relieve men from fear. The idea may be paradoxical to assume that “there is nothing to fear because nothing can hurt us though the converse is equally true.”

Denying fear, one can overcome the object of fear itself. You should not have any dualism in mind. You must always develop cosmic love and universal brotherhood. When there is love and brotherhood, there is no enmity. There is no superiority of power. There is no pleasure or pain. Ultimately there is no fear.

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Deepavali Poojan Ki Samagri : List of items for Diwali (Lakshmi) Puja

Following is the list of important materials (samagri) required to perform Maha Lakshmi Pujan, Ganesh Puja, Navagrah Puja, Shodashmatruka Puja, MahaKaali Puja, Maha Sarswati Puja, Kuber Puja, Tula Maan and Deepavali Puja .

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Alternate long list of Puja Essential :

1. मूर्तियां - Ganesh & Lakshmi Idols

2. सिक्के - Gold and/or Silver coin embossed with picture of Goddess Lakshmi, new Currency notes

3. वस्त्र - New cloth for Laxmi & Ganeshji

4. चौकियां

5. Cash Register/Accounts Books

6. Coins' Bag

7. Pen

8. Ink Pot (Black)

9. थालियां 3

10. धूप (Dhoop , Agarbati)

11. Pure Ghee, Curd, Honey, Pure Water ( Ganga Jal)

12. पंचाम्रत (Mixture of Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar, Ghee)

13. हल्दी चूना (Turmeric Powder)

14. रोली  (Kalawaa), अत्तर - (Scent)

15. कलश (Kalash), 2 mtr white and red cloth (each)

16. गमछा handy towel

17. कर्पूर, नरीयल (coconut with water) and गोला

18. …

Yam Trayodashi - Yam Deep Daan Puja

Yam Trayodashi - Yama Deep Daan Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Yam Deepam Time: 17:44 to 19:17 यम-दीपदान (Skandpuran) कार्तिक कृष्ण त्रयोदशीको सायंकाल समय किसी पात्रामें मिट्टीके दीपक रखकर उन्हें तिलके तेलसे पूर्ण करे । उनमें नवीन रुईकी बत्ती रखे और उनको प्रकाशित करके गन्धादिसे पूजन करे। फिर दक्षिण दिशाकी ओर मुँह करके

‘मृत्युना दण्डपाशाभ्यां कालेन श्यामया सह । त्रयोदश्यां दीपदानात्‌ सूर्यजः प्रीयतां मम ॥’ With this Deepa daan on Trayodashi, may Surya’s son Yama be pleased without Mrityu (Death), Pasha (Yama’s rope of death), Danda (Yama’s stick) and ‘Kaal’ (Death time).
मन्त्रसे से यम दीप दान करे तो यमराज प्रसन्न होते हैं । यह त्रयोदशी प्रदोषव्यापिनी शुभ होती है।

* Pradosha Kaal: After Sunset Time to +2 hrs 24 mins Example: if your local sunset time is 6:00 pm then Pradosh kaal is 6:01pm to 8:24pm
Note: Offer Deep Daan within Trayodashi Tithi only (Local Time)
Trayodashi Tithi ends on 00:08 hrs of  18 October 2017

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Durgaji Ki Aarti - Jai Ambe Gauri

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Mang sindur virajat tiko mrigamad ko
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Kanak saman kalevar raktambar raje
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Kehari wahan rajat khadag khappar dhari
Sur-nar-munijan sewat tinake dukhahari || Maiya..

Kaanan kundal shobhit nasagre moti
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Shumbh-nishumbh bidare mahishasur ghati
Dhumr vilochan naina nishadin madamati || Maiya..

Chand-mund sanhare shonit bij hare
Madhu-kaitabh dou mare sur bhayahin kare || Maiya..

Bramhani rudranitum kamala rani
Agam nigam bakhanitum shiv patarani || Maiya..

Chausath yogini mangal gawatnritya karat bhairu
Bajat tal mridangaaru baajat damaru || Maiya..

Tum hi jag ki mata tum hi ho bharata
Bhaktan ki dukh harta sukh sampati karta || Maiya..

Bhuja char ati shobhivaramudra dhari
Manwanchhit fal pawat sewat nar nari || Maiya..

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Great Mantras of Ganesha, Laxmi and Kuber – a must on diwali

To invoke the blessings of Lord krishna, Ganesha, Maa Laxmi, Maa Durga, Maa Saraswati and God Kuber, chant the following mantras on the eve of Deepavali festival (during night). धन समृध्दि यश वैभव सुख शांति प्राप्ति हेतु अनुकूल मंत्र :Ganesha’s Mantras || ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः ॐ || “Om shree ganneshaay namah Om” ॐ गं गणपतये नम:  ॐ अग्रण्ये नम:

*** गणेश गायत्री  ॐ महाकर्णाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि,                                                            तन्नो दन्ति: प्रचोदयात्। *** लक्ष्मी विनायक मंत्र - रोजगार की प्राप्ति व आर्थिक वृद्धि के लिए
ॐ श्रीं गं सौभ्याय गणपतये वर वरद सर्वजनं में वशमानय स्वाहा।

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Maa Durga’s Mantras || ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ॐ || “Om AiN HreeN KleeN Chaamunnddaayai Vichche Om”

Pushpanjali Mantras for Ma Lakshmi - मंत्र पुष्पांजलि

Pushpanjali Mantra
Mantras for offering flowers to Goddess Lakshmi
मंत्र पुष्पांजलि

दोनों हाथोमें कमल आदिके पुष्प लेकर हाथ जोड़े और निम्न मंत्रो का पाठ करें -

ॐ यज्ञेन यज्ञमयजंत देवास्तानि धर्माणि प्रथमान्यासन् ।
ते ह नाकं महिमानः सचंत यत्र पूर्वे साध्याः संति देवाः ॥
ॐ राजाधिराजाय प्रसह्य साहिने नमो वयं वैश्रवणाय कुर्महे।
स मे कामान्‌ कामकामाय मह्यं कामेश्वरो वैश्रवणो ददातु।
कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय महाराजाय नम:।
ॐ स्वस्ति साम्राज्यं भौज्यं स्वाराज्यं वैराज्यं पारमेष्ठ्यं राज्यं माहाराज्यमाधिपत्यमयं समंतपर्यायी स्यात्‌ सार्वभौम: सार्वायुषान्तादापरार्धात्‌ । पृथिव्यै समुद्रपर्यन्ताया एकराडिति तदप्येष् श्लोकोऽभिगीतो मरुत: परिवेष्टारो मरुत्तस्यावसन्‌ गृहे । आविक्षितस्य कामप्रेर्विश्वेदेवा: सभासद इति ॥
ॐ महादेवी च विद्महे, विष्णुपत्नी च धीमहि ।
तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयत् ॥
ॐ वक्रतुण्डाय विद्महे एक दन्ताय धीमहि ।
तन्नो दन्ति प्रचोदयात्‌ ॥
ॐ ना ना सुगन्धि पुष्पाणि रितु कालो देवी च, पुष्पान्जलि मर्यादत्त ग्रिहाण परमेश्वरि ।

ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः, मन्त्रपुष्पाञ्‍जलिं समर्पयामि ।
(हाथमें लिये फूल महालक्ष्मीपर…