A Fascinating Short Story!

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Word Problems of Life

You think you are good at Maths, solve this riddle…

Once upon a time, there was a very rich man who had 3 sons. He wanted to divide his property before dying. He made a will stating half of my property should go to the elder son, one-third of it should go to second son, and one-ninth to the younger one. After a span of few days, he was no more. The sons decided to take their own share and live separately. They divided all the property as it was advised by their father. But they didn’t know how to divide, the remaining part of father’s property of 17 elephants, amongst themselves. They approached many knowns and unknowns, trying to figure out how to solve this complex problem. They were troubled with the situation; they were presented with and were sincerely searching for an answer. Read More

Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 6)

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(Continued from Part 5)…

On earlier occasions we have seen how a Mother can be a very calm, loving presence, like the ‘Shanta’. A Mother can be friend. A Mother can be sometimes, especially when we were very young; we treat our Mother, almost like a servant. “Mom, get me this, get me that.” And a Mother does that. This one relationship of God as “The Mother”, brings forth to several essential and yet the most important understandings. This in turn alone, with ‘The Divine Mother’s Grace’, would take us closer to God! Read More

Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 5)

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(Continued from Part 3 and 4)…

A description is simple, for these five types of relationships! The first kind of relationship is called‘Shanta’. Shanta means calm and detached. So that’s one way of relating to God. The example that is often given is ~ from the ancient Vedic sages, the great Rishis who inspired, to whom the Vedic wisdom was revealed. They were intensely connected with that reality. You see them, always in a state of calmness! In fact, many times, the Sanskrit word for the sages is ‘Muni’. ‘Muni’ means the silent one. So, they had this intense love for God. Some of the relationships are like that. We can see that among human beings and animals, it can be in any form and different ways, the intense love, but it’s kind of a calm and serene way. There is not much way of externally expressing it. So that’s called ‘Shanta Bhava’. Read More

Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 4)

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(Continued from Part 3)

How do we then connect with God? Because we did need that, we feel the need to create some kind of a connection with God. In fact, Swami Vivekananda defined religion as the eternal relation between the eternal soul and the eternal God. So that’s one very good way of looking at what religion is, irrespective of the specifics, of different religions.

Paramahansa Yogananda explains “The theologies of all great religions, which have one common foundation – the searching and finding and realization of God.” But religious truth without practical realizations is limited in its value. How can the blind lead the blind? Read More

Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 2)

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…(Continued from Part 1)

Maya is not known because in reality it does not make sense. Because if the reality is really infinite, if something is really infinite, how could it become finite? And if you could become finite, then we have to begin questioning, whether it was infinite in the first place? If something that is one and then became many, then we still have to ask, which is real? Was that one real or these many that have appeared from it, now in front of us, are real?

So this sense of mystery or wonder, of all this one whole or from the different frame of reference, when we speak about creation means that something, which are coming out of nothing. Now that’s also a form of wonder. We might like to say, “Everything is possible. Well, nothing is impossible for God?” That is just saying it. But still how could all of this come from nothing, that’s one way of expressing our question and our wonder. And a second way is, if all of this was really one and undivided, how did it become many and divided?

 

At present we don’t really have to go into the metaphysics of it. But there is a lot of discussion in books, whether the one really became many or appeared to be many and so on. But we cannot deny that our present experience, the kind of world in which we find ourselves, is a world filled with various kind of things, various kind of beings, various kind of species and just to consider, even the material expanse of the world. Think about the galaxies; galaxies beyond the galaxies. Even to think about it at the material level, is just mind-boggling.

So that’s our present experience. The world in which we are, we are very big, we are all different beings, all separated from one another and also if we believe that there is some such being called, ‘God’ or higher power, we and almost all of us, believe that we are separated from that higher power as well.

To be continued…

“To be or not to be, with my Mother?”

Bibliography :

➢ God Talks With Arjuna ~~ Bhagavad Gita ~ Sri Sri Paramahansa
➢ Autobiography of a Yogi: Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
➢ Understanding Vedanta: Swami Tyagananda.
➢ Meditation & Vedanta: Swami Adiswarananda
➢ Freedom Of Voice: Swami Vivekananda
➢ Inner Voice . Reflection, as Guided By Divine Mother Through Robbin Ghosh

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Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 3)

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So Now We All Stand Separated… (Continued from Part 1 & 2)

Now being separated gives us some form of individuality, some amount of freedom. I think we all probably have passed through that stage, when we are growing up in the family, then going to school, or when it’s time to go to college. We have seen it in our own lives and may be in the lives of our children or our friends, that many of these young teenagers, when they want to go to college, they don’t usually wish to go to the college ~ in their own city? They just want to go to some different place. Because once you are away from the family, it just gives you a little bit of freedom, a sense of individuality. Things like, “Yes, now I am someone. I don’t have to be always, be dependent or always be a part of something; even it might be a family. I can be on my own.” Read More

Inner Silence (Conclusion- Episode 6)

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Finally, we are about to discuss ‘How do we silence our speech?’  It seems obvious that we can silence our speech by simply eliminating all useless, pointless talk. And one of the tests to know how much of our life is filled with useless, pointless talk is to just look at the quality of our conversations. We know that, as a family or sometimes a group of friends, we sit and we chat, we talk. It might be a helpful practice.

At the end of every conversation, we usually ask ourselves, what have we learnt? Have we learnt anything new? And I don’t honour gossip, as a form of conversation. You can learn a lot of true and false things about all the other people, in your neighborhood or in your community. I am not sure whether that does any of us, any good? Read More

St. Valentine’s Day at VKE – Ms. Swapna Ghosh Mazumdar

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Our Guest of Honour on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Ms. Swapna Ghosh Mazumdar, a dedicated teacher and an Examiner for All India Board Examinations; for over 42 years had graced the Valentine Day celebration. Ms. Swapna had noble thoughts about the school philosophy and the entire culture of ‘teaching and learning’? She, through a stunning poetic reflection, has expressed her regards and admiration towards the school and how it celebrates ‘love’. Read More

Inner Silence (Continued to ~ Episode 5)

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We have spoken about silencing the body; now let’s talk about silencing the mind. An important requirement for silencing the mind is to have the mind under one’s control. This means not being overwhelmed by our emotions and feelings.

Emotions and feelings are a very powerful force. And I think it’s our emotions and feelings that guide us more in life, than our rationality or logic. That’s another paradox, which we all live in and move. Many of us, like to think of ourselves as very rationale creatures, very thinking beings. We think everything through because we think we are very logical. I think that’s the kind of way when you first like to think. But research has confirmed, “Just looking at our own lives, we might be able to realise that most of the decisions that we make in life, are not arrived at in a rational way. Most of the decisions, we take are really guided more by our emotions and feelings.” Read More