Madhumati

This is a place for my personal posts – about my current status (going to Radhakund or staying in Mumbai etc.) and answers to various questions asked in bulk amount about various themes (devotional & general)!

गर्भपात जैसे अमानुषिक घोर महापाप के ऊपर हमारे धर्मशास्त्र क्या कहते है … आगे देखे… एवं इसे प्रचारित करे , ताकि इस कुकृत्य की रूपरेखा अगर किसी के दिमाग में चल रही हो तो वो इस महापाप से बचे — – 

 

१ – ब्रह्महत्या से जो पाप लगता है , उससे दुगना पाप गर्भपात करने से लगता है … इस गर्भपात रूपी महापाप का कोई प्रायश्चित भी नहीं है … (पाराशरस्मृति ४ । २० एवं गरुण पुराण १५ । २०-२१ ) 

२ – गर्भपात करने वाली स्त्री का देखा हुआ अन्न तक नहीं खाना चाहिए एवं उससे बातचीत भी नहीं करनी चाहिए ….. (मनुस्मृति ४। २०८ एवं अग्निपूराण १७३।३३ ) 

३ – गर्भपात करने वाली स्त्री नमस्कार करने के योग्य भी नहीं रहती …(नारद पुराण २५। ४०-४१ ) 

४ – श्रेष्ठ पुरुषो ने सभी प्रकार के पापो का प्रायश्चित बताया है , पाखंडी और परनिंदक का भी उद्धार होता है , किन्तु जो गर्भ के बालक की हत्या करता है , उसके उद्धार का कोई उपाय नहीं है …… (नारदपुराण , पूर्व॰ ७ । ५३ ) 

५ – भ्रूण हत्या अथवा गर्भपात करने वाले रोध ,शुनीमुख , रौरव आदि नरको में जाते है …. (ब्रह्मवैवर्त पुराण ८५।६३ एवं विष्णु पुराण २।६।८ , एवं ब्रह्मपुराण २२।८ ) 

६ – गर्भ की हत्या करने वाला कुंभीपाक नरक में गिरता है , फिर गीध , सूअर , कोआ और सर्प होता है , फिर विष्ठा का कीड़ा होता है , फिर बैल होने के बाद कोढ़ी मनुष्य है ….. (देवी भागवत ९ । ३४ । २४,२७ – २८ ) 

८ – गर्भपात करने वाले की अगले जन्म में संतान नहीं होती … ( वृद्धसूर्यारण ११८७। १ ) 

गर्भ मे नवअंकुरित कोमल शिशु की हत्या करने वाला न इस लोक न और न ही उस लोक मे सुख पा सकता है …. न ही ऐसे पापी समाज की उन्नति हो सकती है … Radhe Radhe !

Radhe Radhe ! 

Wishing all the devotees a Very Happy Lord Nityananda Appearance Day ! 

 

 

 

Germany based firm Yogistar has reportedly withdrawn from its website yogamats carrying the images of Hindu deities, which upset Hindus had called inappropriate and asked for their immediate withdrawal.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, has thanked Yogistar for immediate action and for listening to the sentiments of about one billion strong worldwide Hindu community.

 

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement on this issue on January 19, had said that Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be trampled under one’s feet while doing yoga, as in some of Yogistar yogamats.

 

Rajan Zed had argued that these deities were highly revered in Hinduism and inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

 

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Zed had stressed.

 

Some of the products shown on Yogistar website on January 19 many Hindu devotees would find inappropriate included yogamats carrying images of Hindu deities Shiva, Lakshmi and Ganesha, which were classified as “Yogamatte Götter-Edition” with each carrying a  price tag of  24.90 Euros (about 1623 Indian Rupees); and these were reportedly no longer seen on the website today.

 

Yogistar Vertriebs with tagline “designed fur yoga”, sells yogamats and also yoga related tops, pants, shirts, leggings, jerseys, CDs/DVDs/Videos, blocks, belts, bottles, bags, stools, T-shirts, books; besides malas, meditationshockers, meditation timers, netis, teas, ayurvedic kajals, meditation cushions, etc. Based in Wiggensbach (Germany) with contact information given in Wendelins (Germany) and branch in Switzerland, its Geschäftsführer (managing director) are listed as: Matthias Beck, Uwe Haardt.

Radhe Radhe ! 

Perturbed Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of yogamats carrying images of Hindu deities sold by a Germany based firm Yogistar, calling it inappropriate.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be trampled under one’s feet while doing yoga.

 

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that these deities were highly revered in Hinduism and inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

 

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Rajan Zed stressed.

 

Yogamats Hindu devotees would find inappropriate included those carrying images of Hindu deities Shiva, Lakshmi and Ganesha, which are classified as “Yogamatte Götter-Edition” with each carrying a  price tag of  24.90 Euros (about 1623 Indian Rupees). Based in Wiggensbach (Germany) with contact information given in Wendelins (Germany) and branch in Switzerland, its Geschäftsführer (managing director) are listed as: Matthias Beck, Uwe Haardt.

 

Yogistar Vertriebs with tagline “designed fur yoga”, which sells online at “yogistar.com”, also carries yoga related tops, pants, shirts, leggings, jerseys, CDs/DVDs/Videos, blocks, belts, bottles, bags, stools, T-shirts, books; besides malas, meditationshockers, meditation timers, netis, teas, ayurvedic kajals, meditation cushions, etc.

Sun-god was blazing . Doubt overwhelmed me. I remembered the conversation with Shuk back in Mumbai. “Have you gone mad? Do you know that you have to distribute gallons and gallons of lassi ? How on earth are you going to manage it ? You have not actually promised, have you?” “Well, I have,” was my shaky reply. “Can you not return the money?” “Nope.” Now Shuk turned all practical – “Tell me, if someone caught you on the parikrama path and offered you lassi, would you accept it?” I was shocked. “Of course not, I don’t want to die of food-poisoning!!” “Then child, how can you expect others to drink lassi from your hands? In these days, when people are dying like fleas, especially in Dham, out of chicken-buniya and what-not, do you really expect people to be so ignorant as to drink road-side lassi, offered by Kishori-alone-knows-who-Madhumati ?” Shuk was being awfully patient with me. “Sorry raja, I did not ask for it. ‘Donor’ das inflicted it on me. ” (Since, in this case the brother who has donated for thsi noble cause is extremely good Vaishnav, he will be be hurt if i drop the slightest hint of his name, it is best we honor him as ‘Donor’ das. )

“We are now in Kurukshetra, and we cannot return. Better blow your Panchajanya and get started.” The most dignified reply I could muster, except that my voice did not sound dignified at all, rather it came across as a squeak, vast contrast with Panchajanya.

 

Here I was sitting at the baniya’s.

“Ratu bhaiyaa, I want glasses. Lots and lots of them”, I croaked.

“Why didi, any Vaishnav-bhojan in your kutir?” he looked surprised. He seemed to ask, “And why am I not invited?”

I shook my head. “I am supposed to distribute gallons and gallons of lassi, especially to children.” My voice sounded mournful.

“Ee baat kaa?” He was full of enthu. Suddenly an idea struck me. Why not ask him with whom I should place an order for such huge quantity of lassi ? He was aghast. “Didi, aap lassi order kaahe doge? Aap khud lassi banaao naa.” I struck my head. No way ! He insisted, “Didi, is se badhiyaa lassi banegee, saaf-suthraa rahega, aur Thakurji ko bhog bhee lagaa sakoge. Dil me tasalli rahegi, ki aapne bhakton ko achchee aur shuddh cheez pilaayee.” He added gently. Both Shuk and I were overjoyed when we heard this.

“So how do we go about this – please  guide us.”

“Simple. You place an order for good quality dahi. You can always taste it to see whether or not it is fresh. Add sugar, a pinch of salt. Then buy enough ice. Crush it and add it to the curds, then stir the curds using a hand-mixer. Do you have one?’ I nodded vigorously and urged him to go on.

“What else?”

“Nothing else. You are done. ”He replied with a broad smile. “I will reach everything to your house. Oh yes, you will need at least half-a-dozen rickshaws. So you better book them in advance. Send one of them here to collect the dahi,  glasses, sugar, salt and ice.”

“But..but…how much sugar and ice in how much dahi?” I was still unconvinced.

Immediately he rattled off precise amounts like a robot.   “Now shoo off you both ! “ He said laughing.

“Radhe Radhe Ratubhai!”

“Radhe Radhe didi”.

 

While walking towards the rickshaw-puller’s house, I had another brainwave. Why not tell Khemu to gather five more of his biradari-waale ? There is no need for us to walk around in this hot sun, you now ! As soon as Khemu heard our plan, he leaped up to venture on our Lassi-abhiyaan (Mission Lassi). He started  hollering – “Ay Jiddu ! ay Guddu ! Lachhmi jeejee,  zara Lakhaa ko bulaai de!” In no time six rickshaw-pullers had surrounded us. I unfolded our plan to them. “We have to distribute lassi on the Giriraj Parikrama path, especially to the children. I think there will be more crowd in Govardhan. The market place is the best. What do you say? After all we have lots and lots of lassi. How much will you charge and for how long? Since we do not know how long it will take for all lassi to get over? People may want it or may not want it. We may have to wait the entire day for all the lassi to get over –  it is  a huge quantity, you see?” I was very open with them. They started laughing.

“Didi, do you have some great penchant for Govardhan, or is it part of your manauti ?”

I looked quizzically at them. An old Ricksha-walla Chacha spoke –

“I mean, you will meet the same Parikrama yatri in Govardhan and at Radhakund. The yatri who will be at Govardhan, will surely come to Radhakund also. Without doing Radhakund Parikrama, how can she or he complete a parikrama? Therefore there is no need for us to go all the way to Govardhan.  The closer you are to your home, the more relaxed you will feel, yes, Lalli ?” Shuk and I nodded vigorously.

“Achchaa then, when do we start ? Early morning? You see, we have lots and lots of lassi …”

“No”, came the firm answer. “We shall start only at 4 in the afternoon, not before that.”

A wail escaped from my lips – “don’t you understand ? We have lots and lots……..it will take all day and night……..”

But they had raised their hands. Enough ! The verdict had been proclaimed. We were to meet at 4 PM that very afternoon. Janmashtami was the the day of vrat, the biggest and the best day in Braj. The happiest day. The right day for Mission Lassi.

 

My spirits that had shown some small sign of life some minutes earlier, once again sank in the bowels of doubt. I asked Shuk, “Would you drink lassi from an unknown person on the roadside, on a Day of Vrat ?”

“No way !!!”

Sri Radhe ! Again I had goofed up. But where were we going to find all those rickshaw-pullers? I had already paid them in advance. Oh never mind ! When they arrive, we will simply notify that we had postponed Mission Lassi by one day. And Ratubhai was not going to send the ingredients for lassi unless and until we dispatch a rickshwalla to his shop. Thus elated, we entered the house, only to be greeted by a radiant Rambaksh, Ratubhai’s son.  “Bapu is so excited that dear Didi and Jeejaji are going to distribute lassi, and that too on the paavan-avasar of Janmashtami, that when he saw Chiddu’s big Maruti van pass by, he stopped him ,  piled all the items in it, and bundled me off !” He said grinning ear to ear.

 

I knew when I was doomed.

It was hardly 3 O’clock, when all the rickshaw-pullers had lined up outside the gate. Shuk called the men inside, and all of them got busy. Huge blocks of ice were rolled in gunny bags, and beaten with hammers and all sorts of carpenter’s tools to crush it. Mega-size dekchis containing dahi were brought in. We women started churning it with Boss hand-mixer/grinder. In between Rambaksh unloaded bags of sugar and pushed in fistfuls of salt. “Ekadashi salt”, he grinned. And then he gingerly pushed a large-size fancy looking colorful box at me. “What is it?” I raised my eyebrow suspiciously. In a semi-whisper, conspiratorial tone, he offered, “gulaab and Kewra-jal – something Bapu had forgotten, but I thought of it at the last minute.” Of course ! ROYAL LASSI ! Wait till I tell this to ‘donor’ das !

 

  • “Lo didi, taiyaar ho gayebo ! Ab bhog lagaai do !” Raju bhaiyya’s (the dahi-walla) holler broke my reverie. Shuk held out a washed tulsi leaf at me while my friend Brajeshwari handed me a new plastic glass from the pack brought by Rambaksh. As I caressed the leaf between my hands, Raju bhaiyaa shoved me aside. “Chalo hato, tohhse kachhu naahi hoibe. O Ramuaa, tanik tulasi le aaiha toh !” I looked up to see the Brijwasi men lauging at me. Rambaksh had already gathered an armload of manjaris and leaves from our Tulasi-van. Raju bhaiyaa took the entire lot, and without washing them, he simply went on taking fistfuls of tulasi manjaris and leaves, heartily crushed them between his huge palms nad dropeed them in to each enormous dekchi. Then two Brijwasis lifted one dekchi an dplaced inside the deity-room. “Lo babuni, dekh liyo ! this is the way to offer lassi to Lali and Lala.” Oh Sure !  I nodded mutely. I was not at all sure of what I was going to face next. The sight of all that enormous quantity of lassi was making my head reel. Images of serious devotees loomed up in front of me – “Today is Janmashtami Vrat – the One day that each and every Hindu observes, yes, even those who do not keep Ekadashi, certainly fast on Janmashtami. No way we’ll touch outside food.” I could see Shuk and I tilting huge pots of lassi into Lalita Kund. Should we do it from the front side of the kund or the back side – that was the only decision I yet had to take.  Donor das ne achchaa fasayaa humko :(
  • (to be continued….)

 

 

 

 

 

Dear devotees,

Radhe Radhe !

It fills my  heart with  sorrow as well as joy to aanounce that my dear friend Sadanandi mataji has left fro Golok Dham today early morning 5-30 . Her soul left amidst Harinam sankirtan, and in the presence of her Spiritual Master and other Vaishnavs. She had entered coma two days before, however she opened her eyes just the moment before she left. This proves that the Holy Name has profound impact on the consciousness and how the soul is ever awake and yearning for the Holy Name.

 Around three days before she had mailed me from teh hospital. Even in this state she was talking of fulfilling her duty, and how she did not want to leave the world without fulfilling her obligations. She wished to remain indebted. i was wonderstruck with her sense of responsibility and her loving thoughts touched me immensely. i wrote back saying not to worry and that her return home would be the best thing for her friends (like myself). She sounded so normal that at that time i did not think she would really go “home” – to Krishna.

i can not express the pain i feel –  my association with her ran so deep that words cannot describe. After the passing of my father, this is the next deep loss. Radhe Radhe.

Radhe Radhe !

This year we had a mega dhamaka on Gour Purnima – much more than last year – remember when Neelu perfromed his mind blowing leela and wet the altar in not only his own house but also at his friend’s ? Well, this year he was a good boy – and why not ? Since it had already been decided to make him the centre of all attention. Here we are getting geared for the first bath – with Panchamritam.


Milk-bath

Ghee-bath is over - now for the honey-bath.

Time for all the fruit-juice baths - grapes, pineapple, watermelon, banana, chikoo, apple, mosambi, orange, musk melon and so on.

NOW starts the war.......and here you see the objects we are going to pummel.

The ammunition ........

The first attack - with dry gulal (naturally made , brought from Nathdwara)

Second attack - with weapons shaped like syringes (lovingly called pichkari)And now you know why the Brahman is "concealed under screens", eh ? (screens of Gulal)

Vaishnavs rejoicing after winning the war.

....and when you remove the screens, what do you get ? Oh no !!! Neelu ! HIDE !

we offered the Bhog in two instalments - thsi is Part one.

…………and this is Part Two. Seventy dishes total.

For  more photos click  Sweet Vision















Radhe Radhe !!

The cupboard is spilling out with colors……… those that Shuk got from Nathadwara….the air outside my window is resounding with ARARARARARARA………..HOLI HAI……….. (must be the Bihari rickshaw drivers)….. i have already got ten litres of milk, maida, rawa. Gora had already stocked up on most of the groceries. 250 gms of 12 veggies bought. Dress is ready.

Now i have to make paneer, prepare the kheer (two types), halwa (two types), we have got all the fruit juices sorted out. Nirmol dada will bring pineapple juice, so i don’t worry abt that ! Shuk is getting the flowers tonight. (Jumbo sized roses included).

A transcendental phone caller from out of the blue  TOLD me what paath i had to do for Gour Purnima – “Bishnupriya Devi’s celebration of Gour Purnima” – so even thats decided (Great !!)  Honestly, i never thought i was going to feel SO excited ! yesterday night, four people met us and got themselves invited ( Gora makes bizarre things happen).  Well, not so bizarre – we’ve had sweet gatecrashers in the past too… :) Waiting for tommorrow evening with bated breath !

COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN ……………RADHE RADHE !!

 

Radhe Radhe my dear sweet devotees,

Remember all the very inspiring poems and realizations from the desk of H.H. Shachinandan Swami ? If yes, then you will also remember our dear friend Sadanandi mataji, for she is his secretary, and she was the one sharing these sweet musings with us all. Just now i received a mail from her Guru-sister that is making tears sting my eyes. Mataji had been suffering from autoimmune disease for a long time now, yet she carried on diligently and enthusiastically with her seva. She is one of the most broad-minded and open-hearted devotees i know. How can i forget that she mailed me AFTER she got admitted in the hospital to tell me she is fine and even in this condition she exhorted and inspired me to continue my seva. Please read the following mail from her guru-sister……….

 

Radhe Radhe Madhumati, dandavat pranams.
Please pray for Sadanandi. I’m forwarding you below the email on her health
by my Godsister.
Love and regards.

Dear devotees, dear Godbrothers and Godsisters
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Gurudeva and Srila
Prabhupada

It is very serious. Our beloved Godsister Sadanandi Dasi is in a very, very
critical health situation. She is in the hospital, and her health condition
went down rapidly. Yesterday Guru Maharaja and the devotees from the Gaura
Bhavan visited her – she could remember Guru Maharaja and the devotees, but
she completely lost her short-time memory. She appeared to be completely
“gone”. However we heard that yesterday she was doing better then day before
yesterday, so we were somewhat relieved.

Today, her health condition went down again. She was brought to another room
– where she can stay alone. Gaurahari just visited her and called us from
the hospital saying that she is crying loudly out of pain and confusion. The
doctors are giving her strong medications at this time, but she does not
stop crying and screaming.

We are now turning to you, to ask you for your kind prayers and help in this
situation. Sadanandi really needs us all right now. Please pray for her,
chant for her and sing for her. It is really very very serious.

Today at 3pm Guru Maharaja will phone the doctor and see what they have to
say. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.

Please pray for her.

 

……….yes, my dear sweet devotees, please pray for her. Sadanandi mataji always patronized this site and she was the first one to demand a copy every book published by this fallen soul. She would beg any devotee who visited Radhakund to bring Raganuga books and “sweet talks” CDs (my English translations of Raganuga discourses) for her. Please do pray for her.

Radhe Radhe !

On the very auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, our Beloved Gourballabha Priyaji appeared ……..the personification of Paravidya. This is also the Day of Saraswati Puja. On this day, Mataji – the embodiment of transcendental knowledge appeared , to lead the innermost (not inner) circle of Goura-premis on the details of the true Bhajan revealed by Lord Gourangasundar. For all those who have suffered the wounds inflicted by the terrorsome Vaishnavi-maya, she is the Mother who heals with her tears of prem. The least we could do is to offer her  handful of flowers  and an arti-ful wail. Indeed, if the father desrts his child, she will still survive. But what is to happen if the child is separated from the mother ? She will certainly die.  


gourakriter-bhagavato mahimarnavasya shri-prema-bhakti-rasa-dana-vidhou vibhorya,

sachivya-shakti-ghana-murtiriveha bhaktir-vishnupriya vijayataam jagatam jayashreeh ||


” Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu is Swayam Bhagavan. his greatness is a fathomless ocean. Who can give us the nectar of prema-bhakti from this ocean ? His absolute shakti Sri Vishnupriya who is Bhakri Personified is the truly magnanimous One who will bestow this favor on us. All glory all glory to Devi Bishnupriya ! She is regning Supreme in all worlds ! “

– ( from Sri Vishnupriya-ashtakam)


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