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Story on the Importance of Satsang – the friendship of Truth

Vishvamitra Rishi and Sage Vasishtha once had an argument. Vishvamitra Rishi said to Sage Vasishtha that tapas, or intense meditation on the Supreme Truth is greater than anything else in this world. Vasishta did not agree and said that that Satsanga – the company of truth (in the company of those who have realized truth) – was superior to Tapas. The argument continued for a while and finally they decided to approach to Brahma to decide which was great Tapas or Satsang. Brahma directed them to Shiva as he was not able to give them a proper answer. Shiva directed them to Vishnu as he was not interested in this argument. Vishnu too found no interest in the argument and directed them to Adi Sesha. Adi Sesha, the thousand-headed snake on whom Srihari Vishnu reclines, was ready to settle the argument. As per Hindu tradition it is believed that Adi Sesha holds the weight of the earth on his thousand heads. So before settling the dispute, He asked Vishvamitra Rishi and Sage Vasishtha to help…

Puri Jagannath Temple and Non-entry of non-Hindus and Foreigners – Silly Rule that ridicules the teachings of Sri Krishna

Non-Hindus are not allowed in PuriJagannathTemple. Every year a couple of times a foreigner who is not aware of the rule enters the Puri temple and then there is a big commotion. When such an incident happens as per the temple rules (set by Pandas or priests) cleansing of the sanctum sanctorum and the traditional grand bathing of the deities take place. In the process, the temple rituals are delayed by hours and the poor soul who unknowingly broke the rule faces lot of harassment.  A foreigner can be easily identified by the temple authorities and all sort of cleansing can take place. But what about Indians who are non-Hindus? How do the temple authorities recognize non-Hindus of Asian origin? What is this silly cleansing of sanctum sanctorum and grand bathing of the deities? What are these priests cleaning? They need to clean their mind and read the Bhagavad Gita at least once. This stupidity is not Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). These are not the teachings of Hinduism. All living and non…

Papa Ramdas Thoughts

There are two kinds of smiles genuine and artificial. Very often we put on smiles, but the heart does not smile, only lips and face take part in it. This is not a real smile. When the heart is filled with joy, it is reflected on the face as a smile. It is a natural outflow of joy. In the eyes of God there is no evil. We suffer because of our ego…what after all is right and wrong? That which takes you towards God is right and that which takes you away from God is wrong. There is no question of right and wrong for one who has realized God. Adversity is not undesirable. Because, it is only when you are down and out in life that you can realize its true value. When you find God within you, all your ambitions are fulfilled…there is no fulfillment of your ambitions from external things.
Papa Ramdas