Saturday, 18 January 2014

Uplift of Women

In eighteenth century Gujarat, there existed four main Sampradayas: Shaiva, Vaishnava, Jain and Shakta. Of them, the Shakta flourished rapidly. Two factors boosted this spread: ignorance and the hedonistic psyche of the people, who indulged in meat, alcohol and adultery. 

With its branches of Vama, Kaul, Cholio and others, the Shakta Sampradaya had also perverted religion by regarding adultery as a means to moksha. Feudal chiefs of large and small sub-states within Gujarat also favoured this exploitation of women and therefore followed and supported these cults. 
Against such deeply ingrained hedonism, a mountain of prejudice and ignorant opposition, Bhagwan Swaminarayan proved to be the first, perhaps the only luminary, in India who rose against the shocking plight of women in society. For them, He carved a tunnel of succour, liberating them from their neglected status, suppression and exploitation. Some practices He outright eradicated; others He refined. 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Ramdatt Is Taught A Lesson



One day Ghanshyam told his friends, “Let us go for a bath
in the lake.” The boys got ready and, led by Ghanshyam,
they all went to the lake. All of them jumped into the water,
played hide and seek, swam for a long time, and in the end
felt very hungry.

Monkey Get a Good Sound



Once Ghanshyam took some puris and yogurt on a plate
and sat down to eat in the verandah. A mischievous monkey
came up with a leap, snatched some puris from Ghanshyam’s
plate and leapt back to a branch of the tamarind tree and
sat there. Ghanshyam stretched out his hand, caught hold of
the monkey by the neck and threw him to the ground. The
monkey yelled with pain.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Monkey In Trance



As the harassment by evil people was increasing Dharmadev
decided to leave Chhapaiya and go to Ayodhya. He put all the
furniture and other household goods in a decorated cart, and
the whole family left for Ayodhya. After a while, they reached
the bank of the River Saryu. The luggage was then placed in a
boat. And the boat carrying the family soon reached Ayodhya
on the opposite bank of the Saryu. There, they took a beautiful
house in the Barhatta Street of the town.*
 

Sparrow Sent Into Meditation





Near Chhapaiya is Targaam. On its outskirts was a field
belonging to Dharmadev. One day, Dharmadev said,
“Ghanshyam, the rice in our field is now ripe. But the sparrows
are spoiling the crop. Besides, today we are going to a
neighbouring village on some urgent work. So, you go and
look after the field.” Ghanshyam readily said, “Yes.” Bhaktimata
served him food, put a cap on his head and gave him a pair of
velvet-slippers to wear. She also gave him a long stick and then
sent him out to guard the field.

Curing Smallpox



It was summer time and the heat was excessive. Ghanshyam
was down with fever, so he did not take any food. When news
of this reached Aunt Chandamasi, she came to enquire about
him. When she saw Ghanshyam she realized that he had
smallpox. So she advised her sister, Bhaktimata, “Ghanshyam
has smallpox, so put him to bed in one of the more secluded
rooms.”

Fish Brought Back To Life


One day in Chhapaiya, Ghanshyam called out to his friends,
Veni, Madhav and Prag and proposed, “Let us go to Meen Lake
for a bath.” The friends were delighted. Then the four of them
went to Meen lake. A banyan tree stood on the banks of the
lake. The boys changed their clothes in the shadow of the tree.

The Barber Sees A Miracle



Ghanshyam was now in his third year. Dharmadev decided
that it was time to tonsure Ghanshyam’s head. So, at an
auspicious time the next morning, he sent for Amai, the barber.
The latter soon turned up with his shaving kit.
    Bhaktimata took Ghanshyam in her lap and sat down facing
east. Amai took out his razor and began to shave Ghanshyam’s
head. When the shaving was half finished, Ghanshyam
became invisible to the barber. While everyone else could see
Ghanshyam sitting in his mother’s lap, Amai alone could not
see him. So he got alarmed and stopped shaving. Seeing this,
Bhaktimata told him, “What are you waiting for? Come on,
finish the shaving.”

Siddhis At His Service



Ghanshyam had a maternal aunt named Lakshmibai. One
morning she asked Bhaktimata. “What shall I cook today?”
Bhaktimata replied, “There is no hurry. When you find time you
may cook shiro.” So Lakshmibai went to the kitchen, and leisurely
began to prepare food. Hours passed and the meal was still not
ready. Bhaktimata was very hungry. Ghanshyam came to know
that his mother was hungry. So, he instructed the eight Siddhis
to bring food at once. In no time, all the eight Siddhis descended
from the sky. They were extremely beautiful, like the apsaras of
heaven. They had put on fine, colourful dresses, and each one of
them carried a plate in her hands. The plates were full of thirty-
two delicious delicacies.

Dudpakh Insted Of Khichdi



One afternoon Ghanshyam felt hungry and asked Bhaktimata
for some food to eat. She promptly gave him some cold khichdi.
“Start eating this slowly, dear, while I bring some milk,” she
said, and went to the cow-pen.

A Boon From Laxmiji


Bhaktimata was now teaching Ghanshyam how to walk.
One day, she held him by the hand and made him walk in
the courtyard outside the house. After walking for some time,
Ghanshyam was tired and sat down in the courtyard.
    At that time Lakshmiji was passing across the sky with
her friends. When she saw Ghanshyam, she told one of her
friends, “Take the form of a sparrow, and go and sit at the
door of Ghanshyam’s house. Then when Ghanshyam comes
to catch you, fly away and sit at some other place. Thus,
make Ghanshyam run around, but don’t get caught.” So saying
Lakshmiji hid in the sky to watch Ghanshyam and the bird.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Darshan To Ramdayal


                                 Darshan To Ramdayal

Days passed by and the Lord’s exploits were becoming more
and more astonishing. He was now two-and-a-half months old.
    One day, as Bhaktimata had some work to do, she quickly
placed the child-God in the cradle, and went to the kitchen.
Soon after she was gone, the Lord sat up in the cradle. He saw
his sucker lying some distance away on the floor. He climbed
down from the cradle, crawled on his knees, picked it up and
returned to the cradle.

Sweet Mangoes


                         
      
One day Ghanshyam and his friends decided to collect
all the sweet mangoes from the mango tree on the next
early morning.At that time Vaniram intrupted that"One
have to collect the mangoes from that mango tree only 
which one he get,he would not collect mangoes from
another's part.All understand what Vaniram want to say.
They had divided all the mango trees among all.All that
mango trees had their specific name ,Vaniram decided to 
go towards "Dahiyia",Mancharam selected "Bhairav",
Sukhnandan selected "Katav",Gauridatt selected "Bhadu",
Ichharam selected "kasari"ans Maandutt selected "Lotav".
As they all selected there own mango tree.

Kindness On Blind Surdas's


    Kindness on Blind Surdas's

There was one pond named sravan.A fair was held 
over there.There was a prctise that one who come in
the fair he/she had to bath in that pond.Once dharmdev 
went to that fair Bal Ghanshyam also went with him.
One sadhu was there near the bank of the pond.There
are many blind people around him,they are requesting
him to cure their blindness.They told the sadhu
that "Please make us normal".But Sadhu told them if you 
give money then I will help you.

Sixteen Signs Of God


Once, Dharmadev and Bhaktimata went on a pilgrimage
taking their three sons with them. Vasantabai and Chandanmasi
also accompanied them. On the way they came to a village called
Gunda. It had a small mandir with a small murti of Thakorji. In
the evening, at arti time, Dharmadev took his three sons to the
mandir for Thakorji’s darshan. The bells rang, the gongs sounded,
and the drums rolled. The arti of Thakorji began. Ghanshyam was
standing in front of the murti, doing Thakorji’s darshan.