मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव ||
mayi sarvam idaṁ protaṁ sootre maṇi-gaṇā iva
(Bhagavad Gita, 7.7)
The Supreme Lord proclaimed, "Arjun, everything rests in me, as beads strung on a thread."
From the Editor's Desk
22nd April 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day!
flora and the fauna are stunningly in full bloom at our most
challenging of times. Spring has arrived in Texas, as the magnolias
permeate the pristine air with their sweet fragrance, cheerful
multicolored tulips sway as if ushering in the season, and the robins
chirping, singing, hopping and running on lush green lawns.
Around the globe,
people have spotted dolphins and aquatic birds returning to the clear
and calm waters, goats and deer ambling along the quiet streets, sea
turtles sunbathing and nesting in peace. In short, nature is thriving as
we humans retreat.
A one third of
humanity placed under stay-at-home-safe policy in response to COVID-19
has resulted into a breathtakingly beautiful earth with bright days and
starry nights. What kind of a wonderful world would we be dwelling in if
we were to coexist harmoniously with God's creation?
Let us try to fathom what it means and why we need to live in such a consciousness of oneness, compassion, and love.
at the lowest level is vibration, reveals quantum mechanics. Hence, how
our mind vibrates and what thoughts it harbors, impacts our own
personality, the environment, and others around us. The Supreme Lord has
revealed this in many beautiful ways. More than five thousand years
ago, long before the development of modern science, Lord Shree Krishna
revealed the unified field theory. He said to Arjun, "All that exists in
the universe has manifested from my Maya (material energy.)" His
material energy has extended itself into myriad shapes, forms and
entities of this world. The Taittirīya Upaniṣhad has elaborated on this:
etasmādātmana ākāśhaḥ sambhootaḥ ākāśhādvāyuḥ vāyoragniḥ agnerāpaḥ
adbhyaḥ pṛithivī pṛithivyā auṣhadhayaḥ auṣhadhībhyo 'nnam
annātpuruṣhaḥ sa vā eṣha puruṣho 'nnarasamayaḥ (2.1.2)
God's material energy in its primordial form is called prakṛiti. When he wishes to create the world, he awakens the material energy with a glance, which creates mahān ( there is no
equivalent word for it in English, as such a subtle level of energy is still to be discovered by the modern science). Mahān further manifests into ahankār this is also not discovered by modern science yet. Ahankār, in turn, forms the pañch-tanmātrās or
the five perceptions of - taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. And
from these unfold the five gross elements namely - space, air, fire,
water, and earth. Further, the mind, intellect, and the ego that
manifest along with the five gross elements are parts of Maya, his
material energy. Therefore, it is high time for us as a human race
to be constantly aware of this oneness, that we are a part of the whole.
Look at the world
around you with seeing eyes; you will behold the graces - the
significant human form, the splendorous universe, free will, the orderly
creation, and a myriad of other sweet blessings - that the Supreme Lord
has bestowed upon us. We have forgotten the very basic truth of
our existence. We are spiritual beings, as our Eternal Father has revealed to us:
ममैवांशो जीवलोके जीवभूत: सनातन: |
mamaivānśho jīva-loke jīva-bhootaḥ sanātanaḥ
(Bhagavad Gita, 7.7)
"The embodied souls in this material world are my eternal fragmental parts."
this entire universe is an extension of His opulence. He is the life
force behind both the living and the non-living, thus uniting us all.
There are certain laws of nature and divine eternal principles that
govern our life. When we align our thoughts, words, and deeds with these
principles, we will certainly succeed in promoting harmony in nature
and overall wellbeing of humanity.
Wellness for Life
Roop Dhyan Meditation - Ease Your Mind on God's Strength
has innumerable benefits. One of those is its effect on physical
health. Most ailments have their roots in the mind. When one harbors
negative thoughts, it disturbs the mental sheath (one of the five
sheaths in the body.) This disturbance is then passed on to
the pranic sheath, which then manifests in the
physical sheath of the body as disease. Meditation on God heals the
various ailments of the mind, resulting in the enhancement of vital
energy and the improvement of physical health.
"Mind is the life and soul of the meditation," says Swami Mukundananda ji.
while meditating, we need to take our mind to God's splendid forms,
glorious names, sublime virtues, delightful pastimes, magnificent
abodes, or His benevolent
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