Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What is Life? Where is God?

OH GOD ! Where are you? What is the purpose of Life?
That everyone’s life has a purpose is something all wise men believe (because theirs had one) and unwise like me contest (because i am still to find mine). But as I go through the motions of everyday existence I sometimes wonder if i will ever find the unique purpose that my being is meant to deliver or is it a worthless search. Does it really matter that i am a common man with no “Publishable” and “Socially Shareable” purpose in life? Perhaps the main purpose of my life is to live as every day I live.  - UNKNOWN
 “Life” and “Purpose of Life” 
Pluto is pointing heavenwards to the sky and 
Aristotle is gesturing to the World. 
कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।
The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, Social ties , consciousness and happiness, and borders on many other issues, such  as symbolic meaning , ontology, value , purpose, ethics, good and evil, free will, the Gods, conceptions, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific contributions focus primarily on describing related empirical facts about the universe, exploring the context and parameters concerning the 'how' of life. 
Science also studies and can provide recommendations for the pursuit of well being and a related conception of morality. An alternative, humanistic approach poses the question "What is the meaning of my life?" The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness, or even a feeling of sacredness.
Live Simply
Speak Kindly
Care Deeply
Love Generously
To find more see the following presentation !

Is Got there? If so, why He is not coming and attending the distress. ThenWhy go to Temple. 
A ‘devotee’ wrote a letter to the editor of an indian newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . ‘I’ve gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the Gurus are wasting theirs by giving services at all.

This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.

If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Temple for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today! When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
(Courtesy Sutramagazine/blog/culture) 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Panchangam for the year VIJAYA - 2013-14

ஆஸ்திக அன்பர்கள் உபயோகிக்க 
ஒரு அற்புதமான பஞ்சாங்கப் புத்தகம் 
ஒன்று வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.
இதன் ப்ரதியைப் பெற
இதன் பொருளடக்கம்
இந்த மாத பஞ்சாங்கத்தினை கீழே காணலாம்
விவாகப் பொருத்தம் பார்க்க 
ஒரு எளிமையான முறையில் அதனை விளக்கி 
ஒரு அட்டவணை வடிவத்தில் கொடுத்துள்ளார்கள்.
இந்தப் புத்தகத்தைப் படித்தேன். ரசித்தேன். 
நீங்களும் வாங்கிப் படித்து பயனடைவீர்.

Sampathi, the King of Vultures

Vijayakrishna Narapsetty, a post graduate from Clemson University works for a prestigious firm in Seattle. This religious minded gentleman is a famous artist who specializes in canvas paintings. In the face book you can see all his collection. To his credit a number of paintings on Ramayana stories are there. Following is a sample which speaks about his talent. When we see the painting we are taken to the days of Ramayana and the entire episode comes to our mind as if we are seeing a movie.
You can see from the following link how he has painted in steps
In Hindu Mythology Sampathi and Jatayu are the two sons of Aruna who is the Charioteer of Surya. Sampathi and Jatayu, when young, used to compete as to who could fly higher. On one such instance Jatayu flew so high that he was about to get seared by the sun's flames. Sampati saved his brother by spreading his own wings and thus shielding Jatayu from the hot flames. In the process, Sampati himself got injured and lost his wings. As a result, Sampati lived wingless for the rest of his life.
Sampati proved instrumental in Sita's search later on in the Ramayana. His role comes when the search party sent to the south, led by Angada with Hanuman and Jambavan, exhausted, thirsty and depressed, reach to the southern end of the land. They have the endless sea before them, and still no clue of Sita. Disappointed, everybody just collapses on the sand, unable as well as unwilling to move or act any further. Suddenly, they all hear a voice which says - "I will feast today. I shall be ever grateful to God for having such delicious meal walk to my doorsteps all by itself". Everyone looks in the direction of the voice, and see a huge vulture progressing towards them slowly, saying these words. At that moment, Jambavan says - "Life is so ironical. One is this vulture, who is planning to eat this disappointed lot, too exhausted to defend themselves - and defeated in this search for Seeta Mata; too guilty even to wish to live any further. And one was that Vulture Jatayu, who gave his life trying to save Sita Mata from the clutches of Ravana."
The vulture froze as soon as he heard the word "Jatayu". " Jatayu? Did you say Jatayu? What happened to him? Please tell me." Jambuvana told the story of Jatayu and his bravery. The vulture's eyes were moist at the end of the story. His throat choked; he said - "My name is Sampati. Jatayu was my brother. It has been ages since I have heard of any news from him. I hear a news now - news that he is no more!" Then, collecting himself, he says - "I am grateful to you, Sir! You have brought me the news of my brother. I shall return this favour. This lady Sita you are searching so fervently for; I know where she is."
Everybody jumped as soon as he said this. They listened with utmost concentration, as Sampati continued. " 100 Yojan from here is Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana. Some days ago, I had seen him flying in his Pushpak, landing at Lanka with a beautiful lady with him, forcibly being taken into Lanka and banished in one of the Vatika. I now know after listening to your story, She was Sita."
"Good you gentlemen came. Now she will be remedied of her agony. Everyday, I used to watch her, sitting beneath that tree in that vatika - distraught, waiting for someone. Her wait will end now."
Jambuvana asked - " It seems from your words that you .. You can see her !!" "Why, Of course I can!" Sampati said. "We - descendants of Garuda, are blessed with very superior vision. I am old now, but still, 100 Yojans in not much for me."
Griddhraj Parvat, situated in Satna district in Madhya Pradesh, is believed to be the birthplace of Sampati.
Courtesy Wikipedia