Sunday, August 21, 2005

Science and Hinduism


Dear Readers,

In this posting we will explain the link between the spiritual version of the law and the shloka's from Srimad Bhagwad Gita that were explained in the last issue.
In the spiritual version of the law we gave the verse from Srimad Bhagvatham which said that:

1 Due to the karma only the jeevaathmaas are taking birth here.

2 So also, due to karma only the bodies of the jeevaathmaas are facing an end.
3 The happiness and sadness, fear and comfort; everything is just because of their karmas.

These verses correspond to the statement of the scientific law of motion

"To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction".

The verses stated in our last issue send the message that YES! there lies a way out of this repeated cycle of birth and death. There is something which is more important than any other materialistic thing; and that thing is salvation. The verses also state how to attain it!! Something which unfortunately science has not been able to explain till date!!

One can say that the verses from the Bhagvad Gita explain the method or procedure by which one can escape from the bonds of karma and its fruits i.e. from the bonds of action-reaction phenomena!! This seems very surprising to hear but it is possible and hinduism has stated the way to make it possible.These verses strongly wish to convey the message that irrespective of how a person may have led his life by performing either good or evil actions, if he manages to remember the Supreme One at the last moment of his life then he will not have to bear the fruits (good or evil) of the actions that he performed in that birth of his. He will not have to suffer by taking rebirth but he will attain salvation.

In connection with this there is an incident which occured ages ago in our country, India.

Once upon a time, in a village called Kanyagupjam, lived a good mannered poise man. He was following true rituals and maintained good conduct. Once he was ordered by his father to go to the forest and collect fruits, flowers, woods for burning etc. After collecting them, he was on his way back to the hermitage.

There he saw a distracting scene...A prostitute with a lusty look, charming eyes, was hugging and fondling over a tough muscled mighty man. Her dress was not fully covered. It was eye-catching for Ajamila.Seeing this just like any normal human being, under the control of lust, his mind become poisoned. He wanted to come out of that storming wave of distraction. He wanted to control his mind. Even though he knew that all this is temporary, diverting and will lead only to his ruin, he could not control his desire.He began to seek that woman; found her, and started living with her.

Days rolled. For the want of her, he left his wife, children and his parents too. He started spending his life with that charming girl. He had attained the age of 88 and had 10 children. He had named his last son as NARAYANA.

When his end approached he got scared. As he was much affectionate with his last son, he called his name NARAYANA loudly for his rescue during his last moments. His son was interested in his play. He never even heard his father's voice.

But the almighty is so merciful. He took pity at Ajamila. At his last breath, Ajamila had cried loudly NARAYANA. He had done so because his son's name was Narayana and he loved his son Narayana the most. He was not actually remembering the Lord, Shri Krishna. However the Lord immediately sent his messengers from Vishnuloka (the abode of Vishnu, the form of Shri Krishna who has the duty of maintaining the Universe) These messengers had an arguement with the messengers of Yama (the God of death) who had come to take Ajamila to Yamaloka (hell). The messengers from Vishnuloka told the messengers of Yama that Ajamila was entitled to go to Vishnuloka because he had uttered the name of the Lord during the last moments of his life. This conversation which was overheard by Ajamila transformed him completely. He meditated on the Lord for the remaining time of his life and attained salvation ultimately.

So dear readers! such is the mercy of the Lord. When he cares so much for a person who never even intended to remember the Lord, how much will he care us if we chant his name Krishna Krishna Krishna .... regularly? Just give it a thought!!

Surrender yourself at the feet of Lord Shri Krishna and make the most of this birth as a human being given to you by the almighty!!

Now a question may arise in the minds of all you readers that in order to remember Lord Krishna at the last moment of one's life what does one have to do?

For the answer wait till our next posting! Till then Radhekrishna!!

Sarvam Guruvarpanam.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Science and Hinduism


Dear readers,

The last posting was regarding the comparison between the scientific law of motion and its spiritual version. In the forthcoming articles we wish to establish the superiority of the spiritual version over the scientific version.

Hereunder are a few verses from Srimad Bhagwad Gita to support that cause.
yam yam vaapi smaranbHaavam thyajhathyanthe kalevaram
tham thamevaithi kauntheya sadhaa thadhbHaavabHaavitha

(Chapter-8, verse 6)

Remembering whatsoever thought one abandons the body at the end, to that alone he goes, O Arjuna, ever dwelling in the thought thereof.

Meaning: 'At the end', at the time of death, remembering whatsoever thought one abandons the body, to that alone one goes after death. The final thought arises only with reference to objects previously ruminated upon in one' thought.

In the history there is an example with regard to this. A royal sage by name Bharata was on his death bed.He thought of a deer during the last moments of his human birth. As a result of which he assumed the form of a deer in his next birth. We are not going into more details about this true incident as its just to support the shloka.

All this sounds like a fairy tale but hinduism does work like magic. It is beyond scientific reasoning!! There are certain such areas which are so very true but for which there is no scientific explanation available till date.

antHakaale cha maameva smaranmukthvaa kalevaram

yaH prayatHi sa madhbhavam yaathi naastHyatHra samSHayaha
(chapter-8 verse 5)

And he who, at the last moment, while leaving the body, departs, remembering Me alone, attains My being; of this, there is no doubt.

Meaning: He who, at the last moment while leaving the body, departs remembering me alone, attains My being; he attains My condition. In whatever way he meditates on Me, he attains that very form.In this verse the all-pervading Lord Krishna reveals the biggest secret; the path to
attain salvation; to Arjuna.

So it can be observed that if one wishes to avoid the repeated cycle of birth and death then the way out is to remember the supreme one Lord Krishna at the last moment of one's death.

maamupethya punarjanama dukhaalayamaSHaaSHvatham

naapnuvanthi mahaatHmaanaha samsidhim paramam gatHaha
(chapter-8 verse 15)

Having attained Me, great souls are never again subject to birth which is transient and the abode of sorrow.They have found the highest perfection.

Meaning: Having attained Me. they are not subject to rebirth, which leads to a condition that is transient and an abode of sorrow. These great souls i.e. persons of noble minds, worship and attain Me as the supreme object of attainment; because they possess knowledge of My essential nature as it really is; they are unable to maintain or sustain themselves without Me, as I am exceedingly dear to them. With their minds deeply attached to Me and completely dependent on Me, they reach Me as the supreme goal.

These verses are an important link to the spiritual version of the law that we have been speaking of in the last few issues. How? Wait till our next posting!!Till then Radhekrishna!

Sarvam Guruvarpanam

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