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Dr K K Aggarwal

Darkness is absence of light and similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. The answer to negative thoughts is to bring positive thoughts back. An ideal mind is the devil’s workshop and will always think negative. Here are some ways by which you can eliminate negative thoughts.

• Think differently as taught by Adi Shankaracharya. Once Menaka approached Arjuna with lust and said that she wanted to have a son like him with him. Arjuna said that why wait for 25 years consider me as you son from today.

• Think opposite as taught by Patanjali. For example, if you are thinking of stealing, then silently start thinking of charity.

• Think positive as taught by Buddha. Make a list of positive actions to be done today as the first thing in the morning and concentrate on that list. Divert your mind to the pending work. This is a type of behavioral therapy.

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Flame is the “flame” of true knowledge. At the end of any aarti, we place our hands over the flame and then touch our eyes and the top of the head. It means “May the light that illuminated the Lord light up my vision; May my vision be divine and my thoughts noble and beautiful.”

The metaphysical implication of aarti extends further. The sun, moon, stars, lightning and fire are the natural sources of light. The Lord is the source of these wondrous phenomena of the universe. It is due to Him alone that everything exists.

As we light up the Lord with the flame of the aarti, we turn our attention to the very source of all light which symbolizes knowledge and life. Also, the Sun is the presiding deity of the intellect, the moon, that of the mind, and fire, that of speech. The Lord is the supreme consciousness that illuminates all of them. Without Him, the intellect cannot think, the mind cannot feel and the tongue cannot speak. The Lord is beyond the mind, intellect and speech. How can these finite entities illuminate the Lord? Therefore, as we perform the aarti we chant:

Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra taarakam, Nemaa vidyuto bhaanti kutoyamagnib

Tameva bhaantam anubhaati sarvam, Tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhaati

He is there where the sun does not shine, nor the moon, stars and lightning. Then what to talk of this small flame (in my hand), everything (in the universe) shines only after the Lord, and by His light alone are we all illumined” In our spiritual journey, even as we serve the guru and society, we should willingly sacrifice ourselves and all we have, to spread the “perfume” of love to all.

We often wait a long while to see the illuminated Lord. But, when the aarti is actually performed, our eyes close automatically as if to look within. This is to signify that each of us is a temple of the Lord.
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Vedic Fasting

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Fasting and starvation are two different terms commonly confused with each other. Starvation means not eating or drinking altogether, while fasting means control and restrain of five sensory and five motor senses. During fasting one may continue eating or drinking but under discipline. Vedic fasting or spiritual fasting is mentioned in Karam Kanda in Yajurveda. Every fast in our mythology has a scientific basis and rituals are added so that the common man can follow it.
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It is a well-known saying that when you are arguing with a wrong boss, you may win the argument but you may invariably lose the relationship and not argument. Lord Krishna was born after Lord Rama and Krishna taught us when to say ‘sorry’ even if you are not at fault. Never hurt the ego of a person who is under influence of alcohol or boss when he is angry.

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Once a seeker asked a Rishi that if acquiring or being in touch with one’s consciousness is the purpose of life and we know that mind, intellect and ego through Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha and Ahankara are the obstacles in our path why did God create mind, intellect and ego.

Instead of answering the query, the Rishi asked his disciple, “Get me some water to drink.”

The disciple went and brought a cup of water. The Rishi said, “I asked you for water to drink and not a glass of water.” The disciple got confused and the Rishi said, “As you cannot drink water without a pot, similarly you cannot understand consciousness unless it is conditioned through mind, intellect and ego. Consciousness is ever pervading, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. It can only be appreciated through the medium of mind, intellect and ego.”

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We cannot draw a circle without a center point. The Lord is the center, source and essence of our lives. We go about doing our daily chores, recognizing Him as the focal point in our lives. This is the significance of pradakshina, which is a Sanskrit word meaning circumambulation or walking in a circle around the deity.

Pradakshina is done only in a clockwise manner. The right side symbolizes auspiciousness. During pradakshina, we remind ourselves to lead an auspicious life of righteousness, with the Lord on our right side. Also every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the center. This means that wherever or whoever we may be, we are equally close to the Lord. His grace flows towards us without partiality.

Indian scriptures enjoin us – “Matru devo Bhava, Pitru devo Bhava, Acharya devo Bhava” – May you consider your parents and teachers as you would the Lord. With this in mind, we also do pradakshina around our parents and divine personages.

After the completion of the traditional worship (pooja), we customarily do pradakshina around ourselves. In this way we recognize and remember the supreme divinity within us, which alone is idolized in the form of the Lord that we worship outside.

 



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• Don’t Criticize, always look for positive in a person or a situation. There is always something positive in every situation.

• Don’t Condemn a situation (and a person) howsoever small it may be.

• Don’t Complain, unless it is a must.

You will not do any of the 3 Cs, if you are laughing. By avoiding the 3Cs, we avoid a lot of arguments that would usually naturally occur when you criticize, condemn or complain. If we criticize, condemn, complain, show resentment, or gossip about others, it comes back to “us.” If we praise, support, encourage and forgive others, this too comes back to us.

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The epic Mahabharata can also be understood as a science of inner Mahabharata occurring in everybody’s mind. Lord Krishna symbolizes consciousness and the five Pandavas, the five positive qualities of a person namely, righteousness (Yudhishthir), being in focus (Arjuna), power to fight injustice (Bheem), helping others (Sahdev) and learning to be neutral in difficult situations (Nakul). Panchali indicates 5 senses, which can only be controlled when these five forces are together.

Dhritrashtra symbolizes ignorance, Duhshasan – negative ruling quality (dusht while ruling) and Duryodhana (dusht in yudh) as one who is not balanced in war.

To kill the negativity in the mind, one has to take conscious-based decisions. Every action, if directed towards the consciousness or the soul, is the right action. To kill the 100 Kauravas (the 100 negative tendencies a person can have) controlled by Duryodhan and Duhshasan along with Shakuni (the negative power of cunningness), one has to redirect one’s positive qualities towards the consciousness and take right decisions. The five Pandavas (positive qualities) made soul (Lord Krishna) as their point of reference (Sarthi) and won over the evils (Kauravas). Bhishma Pitamah, Karana and Dronacharya, all had winning powers individually but they all supported negative thoughts and made Duryodhana as their point of reference and ultimately had to die.

The message is very clear – if one directs his or her positive powers towards ego as the reference point in long run, they will be of no use and, in fact, will be responsible for one’s destruction. In Ramayana, Ravana was a great scholar but he directed all his energies and powers towards his ego and ended up in misery. One should cultivate, therefore, positive mental attitude, positive thoughts instead of directing them towards desire, attachment or ego and should direct them to soul/consciousness for a positive outcome.

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