GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA Founder President:
H.H. Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2012-2014
Shri Chandru Binwani
Datuk Fateh Chand
Shrimati Tangamani Menon
Shri Sriniyasan Narayana
Honorary General Secretary:
Shri Sivashankar Krishnapillai
Honorary Assistant Secretary:
Shrimati Vanita Rani
Shri Jagmohan Kumar
Honorary Assistant Treasurer:
Dr Darshan Kumar
Shri Mahadev Lalchand
Shri Prabhat Kumar
Dr Tilla Chelliah
Ms Asha Devi
Shrimati Usha Devi
Shri Kishan Kumar Agarwal
Shrimati Suresh Kumari Shukla
Shri Soorya Rao Simhadar
Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Shri Hetish Sharma
Ms Nirmlah Dahvy
Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Shrimati Tangamani Menon
Shree Radha Krishna
Feedback on the electronic Sacred Thought
|LIFE OF SWAMI HARI HARJI MAHARAJ
The Early Years
maa phaleshu kadaacana
maa karmaphalahetur bhuur
maa te sango ’stv akarmani (BG2:47)
Participation in India’s Freedom Struggle
tato uddhaaya yujyasva
nai’vam paapam avaaapsyasi (BG2:38)
As a staunch revolutionary he spent most of his youth underground facing many hardships. Several warrants were issued against him by the then British Government and he was kept under strict vigilance. He constantly kept the Geeta and a revolver by his side. He assumed various disguises including Bhudev Shastri, Fateh Mohd, George Ferdes, Sant Fateh Singh, etc. Swamiji also spent several years in jail, but he never gave up his struggle for freedom. He worked in the company of eminent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan, Pandit Madan Mohan, Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Sardar Ballav Bhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr S Radhakrishnan and many more.
jnaanibhyo ’pi mato ’dhikah
karmibhyash caa dhiko yogi
tasmaad yogi bhavaa ’rjuna (BG6:46)
Swamiji was attracted to Lord Krishna by an episode in which a wound on his brother's foot was healed by a Holy Baba with miraculous yogic powers after medical treatment had failed. After sending his brother home, Maharaj Ji rushed back to the village of the Holy Baba and surrendered himself to the Baba. With strong faith and determination, he gave up everything and started living as a Sannyasi. After a full month, he was accepted for initiation by the Baba. He received Guru Diksha and was blessed by the Baba.
shraddhaa bhavati bhaarata
shraddhaamayo ’yam purusho
yo yacchraddhah sa eva sah (BG17:3)
Maharaj Ji did tapasya - intense meditation and severe penance - for twenty years in the hills of Rajasthan. As a Maha Yogi, he rebelled against the "tyranny of the flesh, the myopia of the mind and the pride of the ego". His jeweled sayings radiate the light and joy of a Siddha (illumined soul). He has shown the way to control the senses. For the last 70 years of his life, he refrained from taking cereals, salt and water. Occasionally did he take some milk and boiled vegetables.
|DEVOTEES' FAITH (SHRADDHA) AND SCRIPTURAL INJUNCTIONS|
Commentary on BG17:1 by H.H. Shri Swami Hari Harji Maharaj
sattvamaaho rajas tamah
Prose-order and meaning:
Sat-yug has four components -satya (truthfulness), tapas (austerity), dayaa (kindness) and daan (donation). One of them is gradually lost during the following yuga (treta and dwaapad); as such in kali-yug only a part of one constituent (truthfulness) remains. Devotees in general, according to the effect of each yuga, carry on the practice of worship with changing shradhha in them. During kali-yug people generally are devoid of scriptural knowledge, yet some shraddha does remain in a limited way in some. They do perform worship, observe austerity, give donation and perform yajna. It was just that Arjun wanted to know from Lord about the kind of shraddha they would have: whether Saattvic, Raajasic or Taamasic?
vedaish cha sarvairahamevavedyo
"I alone reside in the hearts of all beings and from Me emanates memory, wisdom and also the loss. I am verily that which is to be known by the Vedas, I am the author of the Vedanta and I am the knower of the Vedas."
That archer had sacrificed everything, as he lost the power to use the arrow and perform archery, having lost the most vital part required to do so, yet he had no remorse. Today his name is immortal in the history of mankind. Not by way of scriptural injunction had Eklavya taken initiation from Guru Dronaachaarya nor had he taken any lessons on archery from him, but his shraddha towards his Guru was supreme. Because of this profound saattvic shraddha he achieved whatever he wished and became one of the most ideal disciples, and gave to the world an unparalleled example of devotion to Guru, sacrifice and renunciation.
|THE BHAGAVAD GEETA AND THE UPANISHADS|
by Dr Diljeet Kumar Bhanot
Classification of Hindu Scriptures
|LESSONS FROM THE GEETA (13)|
by Shree Ashok Lal Bherumal
The Blessed Lord said: I taught this imperishable Yoga to Vivasvan, Vivasvan told it to Manu and Manu spoke it to Iksvaku. (BG4:1)
Now Sri Krishna says "I have come to re-establish this knowledge". Each avatar (God’s descent) throughout the ages came for a specific purpose. In Sri Krishna’s case here, He gives the main reason for taking incarnation. Therefore the Mahabharat is not just another war, although massive destruction and loss of many lives prevailed, but allegorically is also the setting of strive and misery of everyday living with the formula for navigating out of this battlefield intact!
|REVERENCE TO PARENTS|
by Dr K Dharmaratnam
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has - Henry Ward Beecher
4. If so, then they must at least take heed of the inexorable law of karma, which is a 100% certainty i.e. the Biblical “As you sow, so you reap”. The ‘Field’ described in Chapter 13 of our Bhagavad Geeta is a highly elastic field and so whatever deed, word or thought we are responsible for will bounce back on us from this Field without fail, sooner or later. In this instance, if we ill treat our parents or hurt them in any way, in God’s good time our children will ill treat us in similar fashion. This is certain as “The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small” (Sir Winston Churchill).
by Shree Parthasarathy Sampath
Most of us are not aware of this thought-power. What is mind? A bunch of thoughts. All these thoughts, accumulated tendencies in the subconscious mind, make us dance to their tune. What a helpless condition? We are just machines manipulated by our thoughts. They guide us, make us act, force us to commit blunders. They drive us to unknown places, rotate us in the wheel of samsara, and bind us to this world. They drag us, pull us, and sometimes throw us in a ditch, and again lift us. There can not be an effect without a cause. Yes, we ourselves are the cause of our helplessness. It is we who are responsible for our slavery. Yes, we entertain the most crooked, evil, terrible, violent, lustful, greedy and harmful thoughts. Brooding over them for years, nay births,we have brought ourselves to this miserable state.
Positive thinking can even help us to get rid of our physical and mental problems. It helps us to achieve our goal. To develop positive attitude, we must cultivate the habit of reading good, strengthening and inspiring Sacred Literatures, regularly attending to—satsangs i.e., spiritual workshops and discourses, bhajans etc., This is the best food for the mind. Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, a simple unassuming character with a wonderful depth of understanding, rightly said: "If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others, but see your own faults".
|REMEMBERING MY GURU by Shrimati ‘Pummy’ Sharma Kumari Shukla
In 2006, Geeta Ashram Malaysia organised an International Youth Geeta Conference. My thoughts about my Guruji, Swami Hari Harji Maharaj, were published in the souvenir book. I would like to share that article, with minor changes, with you in conjunction with Guru Purnima 2013.
That Saturday night, my eldest sister phoned me from Ipoh conveying Swamiji's wish to speak to me. His words to me were, "Pummy, I want to come to your house tomorrow. Can I come?" My energy was instantly revived. My Guru wants to come to my house - it was as if he had read my mind, my thoughts, my wishes. How did he know? I had not mentioned this to anyone. The following day it was immensely gratifying to have a private audience with my Guru. Subsequently I have witnessed Swamiji expressing his wishes to visit several of his dikshits (initiates) at various times - those unwell, those unable to attend satsang or just some committee member. They too must have desired to meet him - see how the Guru responds!
|RADHA KRISHNA BHAJAN YATRA 2013 by Shrimati Usha Devi
yatantas ca drdhavratah
namasyantas ca mam bhaktya
nityayukta upasate (BG9:14)
Meaning: "Always singing My glories, striving to attain Me, prostrating before Me with firm vows, ever united with Me, worship Me always single minded"
Radha Krishna, Radha Krishna, Radha Krishna Kaho ...
|IN A LIGHTER VEIN
A naughty little boy was overheard praying:
A mother asked her little children, as they were on the way to temple, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in temple?" Her youngest one replied, "Because I must not disturb people who are sleeping."
With such big advances in science, the great scientists came to the conclusion that they could manage without God. They decided to go and tell God that He was no longer needed.
God was very understanding. He nodded His head and said, "I see. Well, no problem at all, and no hard feelings. But before you go let's have a little contest. What do you think?"
"What kind of contest?" the scientists asked.
"Just a simple man-making contest, you know, out of clay," replied God.
The scientists were already experts at cloning sheep and humans. So they quickly agreed to God's proposal. The chief scientist bent down and picked up a handful of clay to start work.
"Okay, I'm ready!" said the scientist.
"No, no, no....." replied God, "You go get your own clay."
A RM1 note met a RM50 note while they happened to be in the same wallet. "Hey, where've you been?" the RM1 asked, "I haven't seen you around lately."
The RM50 answered, "Oh, I've been hanging out at the casino in Genting Highlands, then I went on a cruise. I've been to most of the shopping malls and clubs, and quite a few cinemas. How about you?"
The RM1 sighed and said, "You know, the same old place - temple, temple, temple."
A man asked God, "Can I ask a question?"
"Go right ahead," God responded.
"God, what is a million years to you?" the man asked.
God said, "To me, a million years is only a second."
"Hmmm," the man wondered, and then he asked, "God, what is a million dollars worth to you?"
God said, "To me, a million dollars is just a cent."
So the smart guy said, "God, can I have a cent?"
And God cheerfully responded, "Sure!!.....just a second."
One day Lord Narayana was looking down at Earth and saw all the evil that was going on.
So He instructed Narada to go down to Earth and check out the situation.
When Narada returned from Earth, he told Lord Narayana, "My Lord, the situation on Earth is really worrying. 95% of the population is bad and only 5% is good."
Lord Narayana felt that this was not at all good and that something had to be done. He decided to send an e-mail to the 5% that were good to encourage them a little, something to boost their morale.
Do you know what He said in that E-mail?
Oh! You didn't get one either, huh?
|RECIPE: SWEET JAGGARY RICE (PONGGAL)|
contributed by Shrimati Tangamani Menon
1 cup Bhasmati rice
½ cup split yellow mung dhall (lightly roasted)
1½ cups brown sugar (boil in 1 cup water & strain)
3 tbspns. ghee
2 tbspns. cashew nuts
2 tbspns. raisins
½ tspn. cardamom powder
½ tspn. dry ginger powder
½ cup evaporated milk
1) Mix dhal with rice. Wash and let boil in a thick bottomed pan with 4 cups water.
2) When rice is almost done, pour in the liquid brown sugar and stir to mix. Simmer this over low heat.
3) Meanwhile heat the ghee in another small pan over slow fire. Roast the cashew nuts till golden and stir in the raisins. Remove from heat.
4) When sweet rice is almost done, add in the cardamom & ginger powder along with roasted cashew nuts, raisins and ghee. Mix well.
5) Finally stir in the evaporated milk. Cover pan and switch off the stove.
6) Let the prashad stand to set for about 10 minutes before offering.
Preparation time: About 30 minutes
A savoury version of the same may be prepared in the same manner by omitting the sugar, raisins, cardamom, ginger powder & milk.
Boil the rice and dhall in 5 cups water with ½ tspn. saffron powder and salt to taste. When almost done, stir in 1 tbspn. ghee and switch off the stove. Stand awhile before stirring in the sautéed ingredients in ghee i.e. 1 tspn. black pepper seeds, 1 tspn. jeera, 1 tbspn. chopped ginger, 1 green chilly (chopped), cashew nuts and 2 stalks curry leaves.
|BHAJAN LYRICS - Kanhaiyã Kanhaiyã
Vachan Geetã wãlã nibhãnã paðegã
Vachan Geetã wãlã nibhãnã paðegã
Gokul men ãyã Mathurã men ã
Chhavi pyãri pyãri kahin to dikhã
Are sãnvare, are sãnvare dekh ãke zarã
Sooni sooni paði hai teri Dwãrika, Kanhaiyã..........
Jamunã ke pãni men halchal nahin
Madhuban men pehlã sã jalthal nahin
Wahi kunj galiãn, wahi kunj galiãn wahi gopiãn
Chhanakati magar koi chhãgal nahin, Kanhaiyã..........
Koi Teri gaeeyã kã wãli nahin
Amãnat yeh Teri sambhãli nahin
Kayi Kans Bhãrat men, kayi Kans Bhãrat men paidã huye
Kapat se koi ghar bhi khãli nahin, Kanhaiyã..........
Hare Hare Krishñã Hare Murãri
Jai Jai Govardhan Giradhãri, Hare Hare.........
|DAD'S VALUABLE TIME|
contributed by Shri Sivashankar Krishnapillai (author unknown)
One day a little boy asked his very busy father, "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
|BHAGAVAD GEETA CROSSWORD PUZZLE|
by Dr D K Bhanot
|GEETA ASHRAM MALAYSIA: Recent and Upcoming Activities|
by Shrimati Tangamani Menon
|BE THOU A DEVOTEE OF THE LORD|
a composition by Dr D K Bhanot
Be simple. Be humble.