I along with husband and daughter got the opportunity to visit the ISCON temple a few days ago on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. We offered our prayers followed by phalahari meals.The spiritual gurus shed some light on
spiritual matters and internal awakening.
The same people organised a kirtan program at my residence last Sunday. The senior director of ISKCON Prabhu Hanuman Das gave a small pravachan followed by a question-answer session. Those with the correct answers were awarded with a copy of the Bhagwat Gita, the holy scripture of the Hindus and a Sticker with the mahamantra –
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.
This was followed by scrumptious shudh sattvik meals from the ISKCON kitchen displayed on banana leaves. We offered the meal to Lord Krishna before starting off.The surplus was distributed to the poor.
Just as we require two square meals a day for the smooth running of our bodily functions, likewise the chanting of the above mahamantra and the study of the Bhagwat Gita is a food for our soul. The first chapter in the Bhagwat Gita says that we are not the body, but the soul. The soul is trapped in the body from which it seeks deliverance. In order to feed the soul chanting the mahamantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna…… and the perusal of the Gita are mandatory. The bag of goodies brought forth by Prabhu Hanuman Das was a Sanjeevani for internal awakening.
I plead and urge you to follow suit to pave way for a stress-free, happy an a successful life. Hare Krishna.
Jagriti got married at the age of 22. From the shackles of controlling parents, she was thurst into the jaws of a vexatious and controlling spouse. Jagriti was not highly educated so she had no option but to accept a subservient role in marriage.
One afternoon, Jagriti decided to visit her cousin without seeking her husband Shammi’s permission. She returned by late evening after her husband had returned from office. Shammi blew up into a fit of rage after her return for not informing him as to where she had been the whole day and returning after sundown. Jagriti tried explaining that she was not a child who would be kidnapped on the way. Moreover, their driver had been with her all through.Upon hearing this Shammi hurled her with expletives and condemned her behaviour.
After a few years, Jagriti gave birth to two beautiful children. Shammi deteriorated with each passing year and numerous differences cropped up between the couple on matters relating to how children should be brought up. Shammi suffered from bouts of megalomania which lead him to believe he was a ‘know it all.’ He disregarded Jagriti‘a opinions and took all decisions of the household unilaterally.
Jagriti was on the verge of a breakdown. She felt she could not handle it anymore when her inner voice beckoned her to take a pause. She reflected on her thoughts and concluded that if she let Shammi or other extraneous factors control her she might end up losing her wits.
The key to happiness should not lie with extraneous factors like success, promotion, bereavement our relation etc. but within ourselves. She honed her creative skill and resorted to meditation for a more fulfilling and enriching life. From then on, she was also was filled with gratitude towards God his blessings and this made all the difference.
The key to happiness should lie with us and not others. The sooner we realise this, the better.