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Dec 2009 issue of Vedanta Sandesh, the English monthly magazine of Vedanta Sandesh, contaning inspiring and enlightening articles, snippits, quotes and news of Vedanta, Hinduism and Vedanta Mission.

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  • Efd!311:Year 13 Issue 6

  • In This Issue

    1. Vedanta Section: Atma Bodha - Shloka-13

    2. Letter Section: Wish for Sanyas

    3. Traditions Section: Hindu Units of Time

    4. Story Section: Nandi

    5. VM Programs: Mission / Ashram Progs

  • From Poojya Guruji

    Vedanta SandeshSpreading Love & Light

    Monthly eMagazine of Vedanta MissionSharing the message of Vedanta and Sanatan Dharma

    Dec 2009On the Net since 1995

    Started by:Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji

    Editor:Swamini Samatananda

    Published from:Vedanta Ashram

    E/2948-50, Sudama NagarIndore-452 009, India

    Web:www.vmission.org.in

    Email:vmission@gmail.com

    Hari om!

    Ram-Raajya is an ideal rule of the land for all kings and rulers. Amongvarious politicians and rulers, including Mahatma Gandhi, were highlyinspired by it. A rule of law wherein things could not be more perfect.Perfect law & order, ideal security, availability of basic amenities to one& all, the smiling & bountiful nature, and everyone in sync with it. Thepowers that be are highly empathetic to the problems and also achieve-ments of their people, and each citizen contributes to the well-being ofall with love & dedication. In Ram-Raajya there is the necessary ambi-ance to invoke the best out of all. The spark of inspiration is ignited inall. Everyone had the necessary education and enthusiasm to follownot only their love but also the goals of life in the form of Dharma, Artha,Kama and Moksha. These holistic goals of life meant that belief inDharma and Moksha did not mean ignoring the Artha and Kama, andvice versa, pursuits of Artha & Kama did not mean ignoring Dharma &Moksha either. Indeed there cannot be a more ideal & perfect society.

    However, there is a great misunderstanding about this great Ram-Raajya. It is normally considered to be there somewhere in the past,during the time of Raja Ram alone. Well, while that is also true, onealso needs to appreciate that Ram-Raajya is here & now too. Surprised?Well, obviously not at the level of our present day government & itsgovernance, but - in nature. Ram was an avatara of God, and God isright here & now too. He alone is creating, sustaining and managingthis entire world. All this is awesome, amazing, extremely beautiful. Weneed to learn to see and know the ways & means of the existing omni-scient Lord who is making all this possible. He is the one who hascreated nature, and all its laws. His ways & means are very different, heis not someone of our world, he is literally out-of-the-world, divine. He isnot we imagine him to be. With an open mind we need to wake up to hisvision and start living our lives. Lets learn about his motivation, his man-agement techniques, his love, creativity, compassion and intelligence.It is this present existing Ram, who alone had manifested earlier in ourmidst and taught us how to live & rule. Let history help us to know His-story right here & now. We need to see him right here and then be aprivileged instrument of such a divine master.

    Love & om,

    Swami Atmananda

  • Vedanta Section

    Atma Bodha - Shloka 13

    Our Subtle Body is called the SukshmaSharira. Sukshma means that which is not percep-tible by our sense organs, yet is an object of experi-ence. We very clearly experience the existence ofthoughts & emotions etc, yet we do not see them byour sense organs. Unlike the gross body which weget afresh in every birth this subtle body is constantin every life. It is certainly born one day, but it doesntget old with old age.

    The world around is a cosmic canvas of dif-ferent forms having various colours and hues. Eachform has its own unique character, its personalityfragrance, its desires, emotions and thoughts. Wesee such a variety in names and forms, yet the truthis that there is one common substratum giving life

    to one and all. What then is the reason that we seesuch differences not only in physical appearancesof all beings but also in thier mental attributes, intheir pottentials, in their thoughts and emotions. Theanswer to this is that even though the basic truth ofall existence is one but it is the mind set and actionsof every living being that directs it to a particularform and personality. Every living being is a productof his mental impressions and his vasanas. Sincethe Subtle body or the Sukshma Sharira comprisesof thoughts & emotions etc. so ignorance or knowl-edge all is based in our mind. This feature revealsan important fact that the Atma is untouched by anykind of ignorance or bondage, pain, joy, and sor-row. That is why the scriptures say Man eva

    Vedanta Sandesh - Dec 2009

    Discriminating between the Atma and the Anatma is the path to realsing the truth. To bring aboutthis process of viveka or discrimination it is important to understand what is the nature of Atma(Self) andthe nature of Anatma(Non-Self). It has also been said that the Non-Self has a wide spectrum of thingsranging from the visible gross things to the unmanifest subtle dimensions. Explaining the anatma bycategorising it into the three bodies is one of the unique ways revealed in the Upanishads. In this category,in the previous sloka, the Acharya unfolded that dimension of the Anatma which comprises of the veryevident Gross body i.e the Sthoola Sharira, its instrumental nature, how it is evolved of thepanchamahabhutas and the significance of karma in gaining a particular physical body. Continuing withthis category of the three bodies the Acharya now explains explains to us another dimension of the Anatmawhich is more subtle in nature and hence known as the Sukshma Sharira or the Subtle Body..

    Introduction of Subtle Body

    Panchpranmanobudhi dashendriyasamanvitamApanchikrutbhoototham Sookshmangam bhogsadhanam

    Panch-prana-mano-buddhi dashendriya-samanvitam: One that is endowed with five pranas,mind, intellect and the ten sense organs; apanchikruta-bhutootham: created by the subtle fiveelements; sukshmangam: the subtle body; bhoga-sadhanam: is the means for getting allexperiences and enjoyments.

    The Subtle body or Sookshma Shareera which is composed of five pranas, mind, intellect andthe ten senses, and which is borne of the uncompounded great elements is the instrument ofexperiencing pains and pleasures.

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    manushyanam karanam bandh mokshayoh.Samsar is a play of the mind. All ignorance, impuri-ties and knowledge are born in the mind and there-fore need to be handled at the level of the mind, theAtma being eternally free and blissful. By gainingknowledge the mind is liberated not only from allpains & problems but all limitations of time andspace.Panch pran mano budhi dashendriyasamanvitam:

    Sukshma Sharira comprises of seventeencomponents. Five sense organs of perception, fivesense organs of action, five Pranas, Mind & theIntellect. By sense organs is meant the power withwhich the sense organs can perceive their respec-tive objects, and not the physical organ as such.Apanchikrutbhoototham:

    Sukshma Sharira is made by subtle orungrossified Five Elements (Apanchikruta Pancha

    Mahabhuta), and this too should be looked upon asa product of great blessing & got as a result of vari-ous virtuous deeds.

    Sookshmangam bhogsadhanam:It is the means of all experiences. If the gross

    body is compared to an office, then this subtle bodyis comparable to the people in the office, the man-ager & the boss etc. who go about experiencingvarious things. The karmas of a jiva are also trans-ported from one life to another through this subtlebody alone. When this subtle body enters a physi-cal body then it is called the birth of a Jiva, andwhen this body leaves the gross body for good thenit is called as the death of a jiva. It is the subtle bodyalone which acts like a medium for the all-pervad-ing consciousness to manifest as life. Whereverthere is subtle body there alone we see manifesta-tions of life.

    The most satisfying work Helping OthersThe most endangered species Dedicated LeadersThe greatest natural resource Our YouthThe greatest shot in the arm EncouragementThe greatest problem to overcome FearThe most effective sleeping pill Peace of MindThe most crippling failure disease ExcusesThe most powerful force in life LoveThe worlds most incredible computer The BrainThe worst thing to be without HopeThe most powerful relationship tool The TongueThe two most power-filled words "I Can"The most powerful communication PrayerThe greatest asset FaithThe most worthless emotion Self-PityThe most prized possession Self-esteemThe most contagious spirit EnthusiasmThe most beautiful attire SMILE

    The Best and the Worst

  • Vedanta Sandesh - Dec 2009

    Sanyas - uniquely VedicSanyas is not merely giving up of something, that

    is Tyaga. Sanyas is something unique to Vedic thought.It is the culmination of a wise life well led. It is the nameof the fourth stage and Ashram of life, after having livedit righteously, dynamically and fully. It is not just free-dom from the craving from pleasures, comforts & re-sponsibilities because you have got it all or have seen itall. That is just the ego who has fulfilled all his or herdesires and vasanas. Such a state of mind stinks of dull-ness, arrogance and at times even of inertia. Sanyas issomething positive. It is the result of some wisdom andinsight into life. Sanyas is given only after knowledgeand not mere dispassion.

    Sanyas is unburdening of all the sense of doershipand enjoyersip from oneself because we not only seeand know the truth of all so called enjoyments, but wealso see & know who the real doer is, and what the realtruth is a