Dasaratha sits and listens to the wonderful remarks made about his son Shri Raam. We are all children to our parents and we too must perform such righteous actions that will make our parents proud. What kind of child are you?
Standing up to the demons of life
In this katha, Hanuman confronts and fights the demons approaching him. In the same manner, we need to confront our problems (demons) of life.
Fear of making the same mistake again
Sita Maa meets with Hanuman and is afraid. She does not want to make the same mistake again as she did when Ravana came in disguise to kidnap her.
We must always be alert and focused so do not make the same mistake again and again.
Suicide - Don't Do It
Sita Maa knowing that she is separate from the body, wants to leave her body due to her being kidnapped by Ravana. Unfortunately we may want to give up our life when faced with great problems and difficulties. However, we must understand that this is NOT what Godís wants us to do. Donít Give Up!
We will also speak on cremation vs. burial and give logical proof that the soul exists with all of us.
How to find God
In the episode, Vivishana instructs Hanumanji how and where he can find Sita Maa. In the same manner, we all need proper guidance in finding God. There are various ways of achieving this goal such as the practice of Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga and Gyaana yoga.
Failure to tread the path leading to God will result in us becoming lost in this world.
The Tongue Between the Teeth
Have you ever feel trapped or are there people in your life that are always on the attack? How can we become free and acquire the Lords blessings?
In this episode Vivishana relates to Hanumanji that he feels like the tongue between the teeth.
What is a Mandir?
Are these structures true mandirs that are devoid of God:? What is a mandir and what makes a mandir?
Hanuman goes into Lanka and sees various mandirs where the demons worship. However, he does not see Sita Maa who is a representation of God.
Guardian of the Mind
The type of people we associate with will determine the type of mentality we will acquire in life. This mentality will determine what we allow to enter our minds and what we will shun.
In this video podcast, Hanuman encounters Lankini who eventually allows him to enter the kingdom of Lanka.
Humility in Serving God
We need to realize there are times when we must make ourselves small by having humility. Humility will help us to move beyond a problem or situation we are confronted with. In this katha, Hanuman teaches us about having humility and how to just be yourself.
Remember that we are already filled with humility, joy, bliss and happiness. If we allow ourselves to just be, then these qualities will prevail.
Recognize, Fix and Move Beyond the Problem
Utilize your knowledge, wisdom and strength to deal with your problems and issues you encounter in life. We must speak appropriately to those who are obstacles and problem makers. Think of reasonable ways to address and deal with these problem people.
Stand tall in faith and righteousness and always remain humble when dealing and confronting your problems. Always pray to God to give you strength.
Completing the Task at Hand
Do not allow anything to become an obstacle on your path that can prevent you from accomplishing your purpose in life. We may become tired along our journey, however, we must continue forward until the task is completed. The path we have to tread might by filled with problems and difficulties that may hinder our progress. We must climb over, go around or go through these problems and do not give up. Rest is you must, but do not quit.
Life is a test that we all need to pass with flying colors. The tools needed to pass these tests are strength and intelligence. We must learn to always utilize our strength to endure the problems of life and our intelligence to know how to deal with them along our journey in life.
King of the Mountain
When we remain at the base of the mountain we cannot see what is around us. We are unable to assess our surroundings because of all the obstacles (such as the trees, rocks, etcÖ) that prevents us from seeing clearly. Learn to climb the mountain and in so doing, you will be able to see clearly all around you.
When we have climbed the mountain and are able to stand on the top is when we no longer become associated with that which is below (the obstacles and problems of life). We are then able to become one with God and therefore become King of the Mountain.
The Reason of Your Birth
For all beings, the human birth is the most difficult to attain. We all need to be reminded of this special gift the Lord has bestowed upon us and use it wisely to serve Him. There are three things that are extremely rare in this world. One is this human birth, the second is the longing to attain liberation and the third is being under the protective care and guidance of the Guru.
What is the difference between a stone, a rock, a tree and this human body? What is the purpose of our birth? Why are we here in this world today? Let us search and find the answers.
The Birth of Hanuman
The birth of Hanuman was not only a blessings to his parents but also to the entire world. In this video podcast I will discuss what is a blessing, what it consists of, and how to bless someone.
I will also explain what I believe to be "The Hidden Message in the name Hanuman."
Conduct and Respect
We must be able to conduct and present ourselves in a godly manner. I have always said that the clothing does not make the man, however. It does help to define the man. Always present yourself in a respectable, godly way. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Having respect for the opposite gender is also extremely important. Men and women, boys and girls must know how they interact with one another. Their conduct should be beyond reproach not degrading the godly characteristics of one another.
Running Away From Problems
We often feel that problems are always chasing us. When this be the case, stand up and confront your problems and overcome them. If for some reason you do not have enough power to overcome your problems then get up and run away from them. But where should we go?
In this video podcast, we are told of one place where we should go when we do not have the ability to overcome our problems.
Finding your way back home to God
It is essential for us to understand we have come from the Lord and have entered this world by following a certain path. In order to know and understand this path, meditation (tapasya) is important. Once we are able to understand the path taken, we can then back track and go back home to the Lord.
In the process of acquiring this divine knowledge there will be many evil forces that will try to prevent us from attaining the desired goal. If this be the case, then stand firm and do not deviate from the goal at hand. If for some reason you cannot overpower these evil forces then arise and seek help from the proper individual(s).
Brothers and sisters must be able to live happily together. When the parents are not present, the only relationship left is that of the brother and sister. Learn to help you brother and sister throughout your life. Be the role model for your younger brother and sister as they are looking up to you and want to follow in your path.
In the episode Sampati reflects on his younger brother Jayatu and reminisces on their childhood days. He reflects on how they played together, ate together and fly to high heights together.
You do not have to be like the rest of them
All of us have the power of choice. We have the ability to make decisions for ourselves and not have others make decisions for us. We therefore have the ability to be our own individual self and we do not have to be like others whose character traits are negative and against the laws of righteousness (dharma).
In this episode, the Vaanars meet with Sampati who is the brother of Jatayu. The Vaanars thought that Sampati (who is a vulture) would feast upon them and they were fearful of their encounter with him. One of the Vaanars named Angada speaks out to Sampati and basically tells him that he does not have to be the same as other vultures that kill for food and cause pain and sufferings to others. Angada make a reference to Jatayu who was a devotee of the Lord in the hopes that Sampati will be a devotee of the Lord.
Giving Others a Chance
Too often we find individuals who are selfish and only think of themselves. We must learn to think of others and give others the opportunity to excel. By following this path, the Lord will entrust us with greater tasks to accomplish in His name.
In this episode, Hanuman allows all the vaanars to go ahead of him to acquire the Lordís blessings. He was then entrusted with a great task by the Lord as a result of his actions.
Beyond Maaya and Serving God Powerfully
We must not forget our duty in serving the Lord. We must serve Him powerfully with faith, determination, devotion etc... Do not be subdued by this false world of Maaya (illusion). Learn to see that which is truly there (God). Serve Him with the best of your ability and without any hesitation.
God Has Not Forgotten You
In Kiskindha Kandha of the Ramayan, the Lord Shri Raam asked Sugriva about the welfare of each one of the vaanars. There were not one, two or three of the vaanars but there were a countless number of vanaars present. The Lord remembers each and every single one of his devotees.
God knows who you are and has not forgotten about you. You are in His thoughts, and He is there for you. The Divine Lord is there waiting for you with open arms ready to shower upon you His blessings. In order for us to acquire the blessings of God, we need to first control the mind. We must maintain a mind that is at peace so we can be able to focus clearly on God.
Keep Your Promise
In this episode we are reminded to remember God and keep the promise we made to Him. When we came into this world we promised God that we would serve Him. However, due to Maaya we have forgotten God and the promise we made.
In the Ramayana, Sugriva has forgotten the Lord and the promise he made. Hanuman speaks and reminds him of the Lord Shri Raam and the promise that was made. We must learn to keep our word.
Finding what was lost by serving God
Have you ever lost anything? Has someone who you love been taken away by unrighteousness?
In the Ramayana, Sita Maa crosses the line of protection and has been carried away by the demon Ravana. The Lord Shri Raam teaches us that God has the ability to restore what has been lost. He will send individuals into your life to help and assist you in regaining that which has been lost. If you have been placed in the life of someone who can benefit from your help in regaining a lost loved one, then do not hesitate to help. God will work miracles through you. Do not ever forget to serve the Lord as He has bestowed upon you the special gifts and talents you have. God has brought us into this world to serve Him. However, most individuals forget about their purpose in this world as they are distracted by materialism. Remember to serve the Lord and you will be found.
Where is the soul after death
The body is made up of 5 elements called the pancha tatvas. These elements are earth, air, space, fire and water. When a person dies, it is the body that is no longer functioning and the soul cannot therefore utilize the body. As a result, the soul removes itself from the body. The body is then returned to each of the 5 elements.
When the soul is removed from the body, it becomes detached from the body and then proceeds to become one with the Lord. If the soul has not performed enough righteous action to reach and become one with God, then the soul will become reborn and have another body to continue this process until Godhead is achieved.
In the Ramayana, Baali, at the moment of his death, realizes that he has made many mistakes in his life. In this episode we will analyze three key components that will enable us to decipher if we are making the right decisions and performing correct actions in life.
One would incur great sin by the very sight of those who are not distressed to see the distress of a friend. A man should regard his own mountain-like troubles as of no more account than a mere grain of sand, while the troubles of a friend should appear to him like Mount Sumeru, though really they may be as trifling as a grain of sand. Those fools who are not of such a temperament presume in vain to make friends with anybody.
A friend should restrain his companion from the evil path and lead him on the path of virtue; he should proclaim the latter's good points and screen his faults, should give and take things without any scruple and serve his friend's interest to the best of his ability and finding him in distress love him a hundred times more than ever.
Shaanti: A Tool To Destroy Evil 092213
Evil will enter into our lives when the light of divinity is diminished. It is when the godly light of consciousness begins to fade that evil is waiting to enter into our lives.
We must be able and be prepared to destroy and eradicate these negative evil forces (hatred, anger, lust, materialistic desires and so on). One of the tools used to destroy evil is Shaanti which means peace.
When Evil Enters the Home 090813
Why do you live at your current place of residence? This is the question Shri Raam asked Sugriva in the Ramayana. Sugriva replied that he chose his place of residence in order to stay away from evil. The moment we allow evil to enter our homes, we can easily be taken off the path of righteousness. This evil can have an effect of our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children and all of our loved ones.
A family must always try to resolve any and all issues preventing peace and happiness. Issues arise when the sense of reasoning is lost among other things. Reasoning becomes lost when the mind is disturbed by penetrating negative thoughts.