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Gita Jayanthi – December 3rd & 4th 2022

USA – December 3rd 2022

India – December 4th 2022

P.S: Check dates in your country.

The Shukla Ekadashi of Margasheersha Masa was when we got the greatest gift from Lord Sri Krishna – The Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

Some posts I have in the blog are listed below:

  1. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/the-bhagavad-gita-free-ebook/
  2. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/the-concluding-benedictory-verse-gita-vivruti/
  3. https://meerasubbarao.wordpress.com/2021/08/11/the-bhagavad-gita/

Our SKV, temple here in North Carolina has Bhagavad Gita Recitation starting at 5:00PM on December 3rd. Come join us and recite the Gita.

You can find more details here: https://skvnc.org/geeta-jayanti/

I listen to the audio here for pronunciation : https://mychinmaya.org/bhagavad-gita-all-chapters-audio/

Significance of Maargasira Maasa

In USA Maargasira Maasa starts from November 24th – December 22nd 2022.

In India Maargasira Maasa starts from November 24th – December 23rd 2022.

Excerpts from : Composed & Published by bhargavasarma (Nirikhi Krishna Bhagavan) @ Hari Sarvottama – Vaayu
Jeevottama – for novice understanding @ https://www.facebook.com/bhagavanknl
https://www.bhargavasarma.blogspot.com:

All credit to bhargavasarma.

The month in which Moon is at or nearer to Mrigasira nakshathra on the full moon day that month is denoted as Margasira Masa
which is also known as MaArgaSeersha Maasa.

During the month Sun transiting in Scorpio sign (Vrischika raasi) will be entering into DhaNus raasi when it is known as Dhanurmasa the Solar month.

MargaseErsha also called AgraHayana is the 9th month in a Hindu lunar calendar starting from Chaitra masam. The word
AgraHayana means the month of equinox. In olden times the year used to begin with Margasira Maasa.

Margasira maasa marks the beginning of a new season called Hemantha Ruthu that generally occurs during the calendar
months of November and December.

Margasira masa is highly meritorious month for worshiping Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi Devi and Sun God (Surya Naarayana)
apart from Lord Hanuman and Lord Subramanya. Several religious events occur during the month of Margasira.

Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, sixth day of Margasira masam (sukla Shashti) is known as Skhanda Shashti or Subramanya Shashti or Champa Shashti.

Margasira sukla Ekadasi is known as Mokshada Ekadasi the most auspicious day to worship Lord Vishnu. This day is also revered as Geeta Jayanthi, the day Lord Sri Krishna counselled Arjuna withis famous preaching known as Bhagawadgita. It is befitting to
read at least one chapter of Bhagawadgita on this sacred day duly understanding its meaning; If this day of Sukla Ekaadasi is also associated/coincide with Dhanurmasa then it known as Vaikunta Ekadasi or Mukkoti Ekadasi. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, sukla Trayodasi in Margasira masa is observed as Hanumad Vrata. On this day Lord Hanuman is exclusively worshiped by one and all for good health, peace and prosperity.
Lord Vedavyasa had narrated the significance of this Vratha to Dharmaraja and it was performed by Draupadi Devi. Significant feature in this vratha is worshipping Lord Hanuman with a yellow coloured thread having 13 knots known as Thora and is worn after pooja.

Full Moon day in Margasira masam is celebrated as Dattaatreya Jayanthi, the day Lord Dattaatreya an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
was born.
मासानाां मार्शग ीर्षोहम ्- MaAsaAnaAm MaArgaseErsho~ham…
In Bhagawadgita, Vibhuthi Yoga (sloka # 35), Lord Sri Krishna says that, amongst the months He is Margaseersha Masam. Literally Seersha means Head and Margasira is a Superior month which has special Vibhuti of Lord Sri Krishna; These words of Lord Sri Krishna testify the significance given to Margasira masam in the Hindu spiritual calendar.
RaAmo ViraAmo Virajo #MaArgo Neyo Nayo-anayaH
VeErah ShaktimataAm ShressHtah Dharmo DharMaviduttamah;

MaArgaH is one of the several thousand names of Lord Vishnu that we come across in Sri Vishnu Sahasranaama Stothram (sloka MaArga means path. RaAMA (Lord Vishnu) is the ONE who creates the path to the devotees to reach the zones of liberation
and immortality.

Lord Vishnu who is the MaArgah paves the way for all spiritual aspirations and realizations. If one follows this path or direction
created by God-Hari Sarvottama, it leads to liberation and ultimate realization.
Lord Vishnu in the name KESAVA is the presiding Deity (Masa Niyamaka) who governs Margasira maAsa.
AakaAsaat Patitam Thoyam Yathaa Gachchati Saagaram
Sarva Deva Namaskaaram Kesavam Pratigatchchati;

Details about all other Masa and significance can be found out in this document shared by bhargavasarma.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wiovJdhA_4Ae34AOajMX4-cXQ_3h0FcH/view

I will try and post as many lyrics and record videos on Lord Narayana, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Hanuman, Subramanya and Sun.

Uthwana Dwadashi-Tulasi Habba – November 5th 2022

ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 5th Saturday in USA and in India.
Last year’s pictures:

Tulasi-Pooje-2020Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Uthwana Dwadashi – Tulasi Habba or Tulasi Pooje is celebrated a fortnight after Deepavali. It signifies the day Tulasi married Lord Vishnu. On this day, Tulasi katte is decorated like a bride. Amla trees are planted along with the tulsi plant.

Pooje to be done in the evening.

What’s Tulasi?

In most Hindu homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshiped every morning. Tulasi has medicinal value and is often used as a herb in curing the common cold and cough.

So what’s Tulasi Habba?
Tulasi came out of the ocean during Amrita Manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulasi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligrama, found in most temples and madhwa houses, she will remain close to him in the form of a tulasi leaf. Therefore even today a saligrama will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every Hindu home there will be a tulasi katte in which a plant grows round the year.
Although the prayers are offered to Tulasi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulasi Pooja in the evening when the tulasi katte will be beautifully decorated with clay lamps.

Attached below is a screen shot of the Tulasi Vivaha Slokas and Procedure as printed in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. If you click on the image a bigger picture will display which has the words very very clear.

tulasi-vivaha-sloka

Here is the link for all the Tulasi slokas and songs I have recorded.

1. Slokas

2. Daily Tulasi Pooja Procedure

3. Several Songs on Tulasi

You can also listen to several songs I have recorded on YouTube and created a Playlist below:

Sarasadaratiya Belagire – Deepavali Song -Part 3

A very common song which is sung while doing Aarathi during Diwali. I have posted several years back two songs for Deepavali. And a third one now.

ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಹಚ್ಛಿದ ಹಾಡು – Diwali Song Lyrics -Part 1

ಜಯ ಜಯ ರಘುರಾಮಗೆ – Diwali Song Lyrics -Part 2

I have recorded tune for all three songs and posted on Youtube.

Amazing song composed by Shree Harapanalli Bheemavva. Bheemesha Krishna is her ankita.

Sing this while doing Aarathi on Naraka Chatrudasi.

ಸರಸದಾರತಿಯ ಬೆಳಗಿರೆ

ಸರಸಿಜ ನಯನಗೆ ಸಾಗರ ಶಯನಗೆ
ನಿರುತ ಸುಖಾನಂದ ಭರಿತನಾದವಗೆ
ಬರೆಸಿ ಉತ್ತರವ ಕಳುಹಿ ಹರುಷದಿ ತಂದ ಸತಿಯರ
ರಸಿರುಕ್ಮಿಣಿ ಸಹಿತ ಹರುಷದಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಹರಿಗೆ||ಪಲ್ಲ||

ನಿಂದ್ಯ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲು ಬಂದು ಯುಧ್ಧವ ಮಾಡಿ
ಸಿಂಧುಗಟ್ಟಿದ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಗೊಂದಿಸುತ
ತಂದು ಮಗಳ ಧಾರೆ ಮಂದರೋಧ್ಧರಗೆರೆಯೆ
ಜಾಂಬುವಂತ್ಯೇರ  ಸಹಿತಾನಂದದಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಹರಿಗೆ||೧||

ಮಿತ್ರೆ ಕಾಳಂದಿ ಭದ್ರಾ ಅಚ್ಯುತನೆಡಬಲ
ಲಕ್ಷಣ ನೀಲಾ ನಕ್ಷತ್ರದಂದದಲಿ
ಒಪ್ಪುವ ಚಂದ್ರನಂಥ ವಾರಿಜಾಕ್ಷನು ಇರಲು
ಅಷ್ಟಭಾರ್ಯೆಯರ ಸಹಿತ ನಕ್ಕು ಕುಳಿತ ಹರಿಗೆ||೨||

ನಾಶವಾಗಲಿ ನರಕಾಸುರನ ಮಂದಿರ ಪೊಕ್ಕು
ಏಸು ಜನ್ಮದ ಪುಣ್ಯ ಒದಗಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಹರಿಯು
ಶ್ರೀಶನೊಲಿದ ಭೀಮೇಶ ಕೃಷ್ಣನು ಸೋಳ
ಸಾಸಿರ ಸತಿಯರಿಂದ್ವಿಲಾಸದಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಹರಿಗೆ||೩||

Sarasadāratiya beḷagire

sarasija nayanage sāgara śayanage

niruta sukhānanda bharitanādavage baresi uttarava kaḷuhi haruṣadi tanda

satiyara rasirukmiṇi sahita haruṣadi kuḷita harige||palla||

nindya pariharisalu bandu yudhdhava māḍi sindhugaṭṭida rāmacandra gondisuta tandu magaḷa dhāre mandarōdhdharagereye jāmbuvantyēra  sahitānandadi kuḷita harige||1||

mitre kāḷandi bhadrā acyutaneḍabala lakṣaṇa nīlā nakṣatradandadali oppuva candranantha vārijākṣanu iralu aṣṭabhāryeyara sahita nakku kuḷita harige||2||

nāśavāgali narakāsurana mandira pokku ēsu janmada puṇya odagi śrī hariyu śrīśanolida bhīmēśa kr̥ṣṇanu sōḷa sāsira satiyarindvilāsadi kuḷita harige||3||

Deepavali – October 23rd – 26th 2022

 Deepavali dates – 2022

P.S: Please check dates in your country.

Dates in USA.

This year Deepavali is celebrated from October 23rd – 25th 2022

October 23rd Sunday – Neeru Thumbuva Habba, Dhana Trayodashi

October 24th Monday – Naraka Chaturdasi, Amavasya Lakshmi Pooja

October 25th Tuesday – Bali Padyami, Kaartika Maasa begins

Dates in India.

This year Deepavali is celebrated from October 23rd – 26th 2022

October 23rd Sunday – Neeru Thumbuva Habba, Dhana Trayodashi

October 24th Monday – Naraka Chaturdasi

October 25th Tuesday – Amavasya Lakshmi Pooja

October 26th Wednesday – Bali Padyami, Kaartika Maasa begins

The word originated from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “rows of light”. This 5 day long Hindu festival is celebrated throughout the world with great enthusiasm and happiness. Deepavali is the festival signifying the victory of good against evil.

It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India and all over the world. Deepavali comes 3 weeks after Dasara.

Neeru Thumbuva Habba

The first day of Deepavali celebrations i.e. on Thrayodasi ತ್ರಯೋದಶಿ is called as Neeru Thumbuva Habba ನೀರು ತುಂಬುವ ಹಬ್ಬ in Kannada. This day all the vessels which are used to fill or collect water are cleaned in the evening, decorated with mango leaves, flowers, and rangoli. I remember all the water geysers and boilers were washed, filled with fresh water and rangoli drawn on them this day.

The rangoli prepared is by soaking rice in water for a few hours and grinding the same into a smooth paste. My Mom used to take a piece of cloth, dip it into this rice paste and draw Rangoli every where from the front door to the kitchen. All corners of the house used to have rangoli, which used to be as white as milk. Just amazing.

Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated on the second day of diwali celebrations. People wake up early in the morning apply the kumkum (ladies in the household do the arathi), on their foreheads and then take bath.

We used to all sit on a platform, usually called a Mane which is decorated with Rangoli designs, lamps lit on both sides. Everyone is applied Kumkum on the forehead, given betel leaf, nut, and arathi is done by elderly ladies in the house. They will take the oil cup and dip a flower  in it and apply it on everyones head. And the man are supposed to give money for the ladies doing the Aarathi. Such a nice tradition, isn’t it?

The story goes that Narakasura the daemon ruler of Pragjyotishpur after defeating Lord Indra had snatched away the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess and imprisoned 16,000 daughters of the gods and saints in his harem. On the day previous to Naraka-chaturdashi, Lord Krishna killed the demon and liberated the imprisoned daughters and also recovered those precious earrings of Aditi. As a symbol of that victory Lord Krishna smeared his forehead with the demon’s blood and returned home in the very early morning of the Naraka-chaturdashi day. The womenfolk massaged scented oil to his body and gave him a good bath to wash away the filth from his body. Since then the custom of taking bath before sunrise on this day has become a traditional practice.

Another legend is about King Bali. His power and increasing influence posed a threat to the security of all ‘Devatas’ so they prayed Lord Vishnu to help them out. To help Devatas and to curb King Bali’s powers Lord Vishnu went to King Bali in the guise of a short-height ‘Brahmin’, and begged to give him only that much area of land that he could cover with in three steps because King Bali was well known for his philanthropy. King Bali saw just a short-height ‘Brahmin’ asking for a little piece of land so he proudly granted him his wish. That very moment that short-height ‘Brahmin’ disappeared and there was almighty Lord Vishnu in place of him. In his first step Lord Vishnu covered the heaven and in the second step the earth and asked King Bali where to put his third step. Then King Bali offered his head to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu put his third step on his head and pushed him deep into the underground. But at the same time being impressed by his generosity Lord Vishnu gave King Bali the lamp of knowledge and allowed him to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps.

The third day of Diwali is the most important day during which we perform Lakshmi Pooje; to the Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi Pooje falls on the dark night of Amavasya. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek blessings of Goddess of Wealth.

I am sure you all will do the Lakshmi Pooje, and get her blessings. The most important song we sing while performing Lakshmi Pooje is Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma song.

The fourth day of Deepavali is called “Bali Padyami“. Bali would come out of Pathala Loka and rule Bhuloka as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is known as ‘Bali Padyami’.

What is Naraka Chaturdashi?

Naraka Chaturdasi

Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated on the second day of Deepavali celebrations. People wake up early in the morning apply the kumkum (ladies in the household do the arathi), on their foreheads and then take bath.

The story goes that Narakasura the daemon ruler of Pragjyotishpur after defeating Lord Indra had snatched away the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess and imprisoned 16,000 daughters of the gods and saints in his harem. On the day previous to Naraka-chaturdashi, Lord Krishna killed the demon and liberated the imprisoned daughters and also recovered those precious earrings of Aditi. As a symbol of that victory Lord Krishna smeared his forehead with the demon’s blood and returned home in the very early morning of the Naraka-chaturdashi day. The womenfolk massaged scented oil to his body and gave him a good bath to wash away the filth from his body. Since then the custom of taking bath before sunrise on this day has become a traditional practice.

Another legend is about King Bali. His power and increasing influence posed a threat to the security of all ‘Devatas’ so they prayed Lord Vishnu to help them out. To help Devatas and to curb King Bali’s powers Lord Vishnu went to King Bali in the guise of a short-height ‘Brahmin’, and begged to give him only that much area of land that he could cover with in three steps because King Bali was well known for his philanthropy. King Bali saw just a short-height ‘Brahmin’ asking for a little piece of land so he proudly granted him his wish. That very moment that short-height ‘Brahmin’ disappeared and there was almighty Lord Vishnu in place of him. In his first step Lord Vishnu covered the heaven and in the second step the earth and asked King Bali where to put his third step. Then King Bali offered his head to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu put his third step on his head and pushed him deep into the underground. But at the same time being impressed by his generosity Lord Vishnu gave King Bali the lamp of knowledge and allowed him to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps.

Lakshmi Pooja

P.S: Past few years pooja pictures attached below….

The third day of Deepavali is the most important day during which we perform Lakshmi Pooje; to the Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi Pooje falls on the dark night of Amavasya. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek blessings of Goddess of Wealth.

I am sure you all will do the Lakshmi Pooje, and get her blessings. The most important song we sing while performing Lakshmi Pooje is Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma song.

Some useful links for Lakshmi Pooja:

Bali Padyami

The fourth day of Deepavali is called “Bali Padyami“. Bali would come out of Pathala Loka  ಪಾತಾಳ ಲೋಕ and rule Bhuloka ಭೂಲೋಕ as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is known as ‘Bali Padyami’.

King Bali of the netherworld, with his mighty power, had become a threat to the gods. To curb his powers, Lord Vishnu in the guise of a Brahmin boy (Vamana), visited him and begged for that much land he could cover with three footsteps.

So, with the first step, Vamana covered the entire heaven and with the second step the earth. When he asked Bali where he could keep his third step, Bali offered his head and put the Lord’s foot on his head. Lord Vishnu banishes Bali into the Pathala (nether land) by his third stride. Later, pleased by his generosity, Lord Vishnu grants him a boon to return to earth once in a year to light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance and spread the radiance of love and wisdom.

Links to songs sung while performing Aarathi during Diwali.

Diwali Songs Part 1

Diwali Songs Part2

Diwali Songs Part 3

Dishes to be prepared for Diwali

Rangoli for Diwali

Goddess Lakshmi Songs

Rangoli For Lakshmi Pooja

Dasavani Concert by Sri Puttur Narasimha Nayak

Dasavani concert by Sri Puttur Narasimha Nayak on October 23rd at 3:00PM
Venue: Halle Cultural and Art Center. 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.

Please visit https://skvnc.org/dasavani-concert/ for more information, tickets and sponsorships.
This event is a fund-raising event for Sri Krishna Vrundavana of North Carolina. We request you to generously support this event, the visiting artists and the temple.

The flyer is attached here:

I have shared several youtube videos of Sri Puttur Narasimha Nayak in this blog.

The one song which has touched my heart and healed me is Guruve Varahaja Tatavasa.

Youtube link below:

Visit of Sri Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji

Many of you residing in USA must be aware of Swamiji’s travel all across the United States. Prior to his paryaya, Swamigalu is visiting several places. Swamigalu is currently in Maryland and will be visting North Carolina on Thursday October 13th 2022. Swamiji’s paryaya starts in Jan 2024 and ends Jan 2026.

During his visit to several places, Swamiji has been carrying out saamoohika mudraadharane, Samsthana mahapuja, evening Totilu pooja, and pada puja. I was able to see several pictures and also live youtube and Facebook videos during his visit to Maryland.

We are super excited to see Swamigalu and get his blessings. If you are in and around North Carolina, plan on visiting this Thursday.

Swamiji is also visiting North Carolina. A brief message from the temple here:

Sri Krishna Vrundavana of NC is happy to announce the visit of Sri Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji to our temple on October 13th Please feel free to contact Acharya Sri Udupa at 408-444-2663 for padapooja opportunities. We are also glad to announce that there will be opportunity to participate in Tapta Mudra dharana and/or Koti Geeta Lekhana Yajna deeksha while Swamiji is in town. Please see the flyer for more information.

15 years of Blogging – A million thanks

On this day, Avidhava Navami I would like to dedicate this post to my Mother, my beloved Amma.

Mathru Devo Bhava, Pithru Devo Bhava, Aachaarya Devo Bhava, Athithi Devo Bhava

To this date and month, I have completed 15 years of blogging. I would always pick up the phone and tell Amma any new post or updates about my blog. She was always so happy, and quite amazed how I always balanced my personal life and professional life.

This blog means a lot to me. I truly cannot express my feelings in words. What started as a personal space for me to have all lyrics, slokas, festival pooja vidhis, and food recipes at one place has now turned into a huge resource not for just me but millions across the world.

I remember when I started the blog there was nothing available on YouTube, not many websites for lyrics or any resources for festivals. 15 years later, you can see thousands of YouTube resources, blogs for almost anything and everything. None of that changed my dedication to my blog, and the time and energy I put towards updating it.

I always felt, if the blog helps one person to be able to recite stotra, songs – I would be blessed. Hearing from so many of you across the world, I know it has helped thousands. And your blessings have carried me through good, bad and tough days in life.

I shared many authentic recipes, especially made by my Amma and Ajji – you all prepared the same, and were happy to share your own recipes and twists of the same.

I shared my heart out when I lost dear and near ones – You supported me like your own. The number of messages, emails, and texts you all sent helped me pass through those tough days.

I shared my challenges when I broke my leg, when I had severe leg pain for years – You prayed for me and a few of you visited Mantralaya and prayed for me to not have surgery, and Almighty Lord and Rayaru heard your prayers and healed me with no major complications.

I shared good news about my Daughter completing her Medical School, and in a matter of 2 more years will be an Orthopedic Surgeon, You all celebrated with me and shared your best wishes.

I shared my very personal dreams with you all, whether it be about Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Narashima or our beloved Rayaru. You all felt ecstatic just reading my post.

I share my visits to several holy places, temples I visit across the world, and you all provide numerous suggestions and share your experiences

When someone asks for lyrics, there are several of you who volunteer to share lyrics at the earliest and send me the same.

What an amazing extended family I have in my life, very rarely do we get this kind of blessings from God and I feel truly humble to be able to have this in my life.

This blog has helped me be a better person everyday and every second. There are several of you who reach out to me, and to be able to talk to you one on one and guide you all through in this tough and challenging world in itself is a blessing from God.

Once again, thanks to each and every one of you who read this blog. A million thanks.

And saluting my Mother again on this day.

मातृदेवीम नमस्तुभ्यं मम जन्मदात्रिम त्वम् नमो नमः । बाल्यकाले मां पालन कृत्वा मातृकाभ्यो त्वम् नमाम्यहम ॥

I, Salute my Mother who gave me birth; I also salute my other Mothers (women) who added knowledge and wisdom to my actions and life to make me a good human being.

The above sloka credit to @bhargavasarma twitter thread.

Key points from Poojya Sri Puthige Shreegalu

I saw this message posted in FB by Shri Janardhan Krishnarao. Asked permission to post it here in my blog. Thanks so much Sir for permitting to post the same.This message from Swamigalu is so apt for each and everyone of us.

The more and more I meet people, whether it is in Maryland, now North Carolina or even in India, people are not happy, filled with ego, lot of stress, too much competition, too much hatred and above all not leading a contented life.

This message below hits like a lightning if you are able to self analyze and see your own strengths and weaknesses. We have so much to learn from our Swamigalu.

Key points from Poojya Sri PuthigeShreegalu’s interactive session with Corporate Leaders – San Jose, California, USA held on Aug 27th 2022

BhagvadGita is a scripture for everyone – should not be seen as a religious text confined to Hinduism. BhagvadGita is the most comprehensive and universal guide to leading a content and peaceful life. It offers wisdom and guidance needed to resolve dilemma in our daily lives and in any situation. Krishna represents the source of ultimate wisdom and Arjuna represents all of us – The teacher and the taught.

1. Inner peace is required to make the right decisions in our daily lives

A critical pre-requisite to preparing the mind to always making the right decision, is to keep it calm and free of worries. A restless mind cannot make the right or the best decision.

One of the ways to bring inner peace, is to understand that we are not alone in this journey – there is a higher-self and a protector behind us, and our worries are handed off to him. This mind-set relieves us of anxiety or worries and helps maintain a tranquil mind.

If you are worried, you are thinking about the past; If you are anxious, you are thinking about the future – you have no control over either one. In the Corporate world, we all need to learn from our past mistakes and plan for the future. We need to do both with clear objectives without dwelling on either of them, unnecessarily. Being consumed by worry or anxiety will affect our decision-making ability and productivity.

2. Ego is one of the biggest barriers to achieving higher goals

With ego taking control, we stop learning, which in turn will limit our progress and success.

For corporate leaders this means ensuring employees’ ideas, contributions, views are respected, and they are empowered to make decisions. This acts as a force multiplier of brains and ideas in a large corporation, which is critical for the success and growth of business. Else, only the single egoistic brain is working.

Steve Jobs in his famous Stanford commencement speech said “Stay Foolish, Stay Hungry”

There is an old saying “When you are ready, you will see the teacher” – it is the mind-set of willingness to learn

3. Enemies are a necessary evil

On the positive side, we progress when enemies exist.

It is important to understand, enmity creates a sense of competitiveness and is good for human progress.

In the Corporate world, this is the “competitor” – they keep us on our toes and drive us to achieve higher success. Without competitors, most business can get complacent, and growth may be limited.

4. We have innate power to make the right decision in any situation

However, most of us lose the ability to “tune in” and listen to the inner voice – The conscience, The Guide, The Sakshi, the GPS for our life journey.

To harness the ability to seek guidance through our Conscience, we need to lead a life of truthfulness; When our body, mind and soul (specifically words and actions) are constantly in Synch – our inner voice is clearly guiding us on the right track. Even simple white lies will turn off the Antenna to receive the signals of our inner voice and we will be constantly in a state of confusion and disconnected from the conscience (or our GPS).

In the Corporate world, this means saying what you do and doing what you say – in essence “walking the talk”. Internalizing this principle, will invoke the “inner voice” that will guide us to always make the right decision.

Regular meditation will help develop concentration and focus, which will further improve the signal to noise ratio of the Inner voice or the Sakshi – in essence, amplify it.

5. Employees (and Children) do not do what the Leaders (or parents) ask them to do

Employees (and Children) simply follow the Leader’s (or parent’s) actions, not the words.

It is important for a leader to be a role-model – there is no better way to delegate or have the entire company focus on a common goal or success

In the Corporate world, this means leading by example. Employees follow the leader’s actions/behavior and not so much, the “command”

Design Gejje Vastra 2

After my daily pooje, I was determined to sit down and finish Gejje vastra for Lord Ganesha. Monday the beginning of the week is going to be hectic with office work. So, even before having breakfast, sat down to finish this task.

I had brought pre-made Gejje vastra from India during my visit. I just added Kumkum, brought a few red crystals from Michael’s store here. And, made two Gejje Vastra’s. Very simple.

I will post pictures after the festival.

Here is the one I did for last year. Hope you got some ideas. If you prepare one, do share with me.

Design Gejje Vastra

Have a blessed Gowri and Ganesha Festival.

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