Saturday, October 3, 2009

7. Discipline and governance

A person's command over others is proportionate to his self control. Command thy self, others will abide by your commands.

6. Vidhiyog - Law and discipline

Discipline is the first and foremost essential condition in the practice of yoga. It is equally applicable to social body. Law itself is like a living body. Therefore, Law it self should be disciplined. There are bodies among bodies - small to smaller and great to greater. Greatest has no limits.
I have created a verse in sanskrit thus:
यथा पिंडे तथा ब्रह्मांडे पूर्वैरपि कथिता बुधैः।
तत्वार्थ वेदिनां तु वसुधैव शरीरकम ॥
Thus for the Vidhiyogi entire world is not only a family, but a body। Vidhiyogi would perceive the entire world as his own body. No one is stranger for him. His state of mind would be like this:

सर्वभूतानि चात्मनि
ईक्षते योगयुक्तात्मा सर्वत्र समदर्शन: गीता, /२९॥

"VidhiYog" may be translated as yoga of Law.--- In a civil society Law is supreme, it is king of the kings. ----It is super administrator governing all administrators.-- Law is perfectly self disciplined expecting all to be disciplined. --- It requires balance in all spheres of life. Function of yoga is to balance the systems of body; function of Law is to balance the systems of society.--- whole world is like a single living body.---this theory is not new, we have age old theory of "yatha pinde tatha brahmande".---one who may control himself, he can govern others. command over others is proportionate to your self control. Countries who have greater command, have stronger Law abiding culture.------.

Further, Vidhiyog is an approach to Law that tends to add or unite the people and eradicate the differences. I want to create an atmosphere of creative interpretation.

5. Perfect hearing - Significance of Madhu, Kaitabh

There may be many interpretations about form or idea of Madhu and Kaitabh that are depicted as demons born out of mud of the ears of Lord Vishnu. Some may describe it as a creature that would have physical existence, some may describe as evil and destructive ideas and others may give some other interpretations to it.

Today, while chanting Durga Shapt Shatee, I marked the place of origine of Madhu and Kaitabh. As depicted in epics, they originated from the mud of ears (of Lord Vishnu). I think , if we analyze the causes of disputes and hostility in the society, it will be found that most of them are due to words, spoken and listen. Listening is more important than speaking. Here, I would include understanding or perceiving in the listening. Misunderstanding or wrong interpretation and wrong perception is abstract mud of the ears. In the causes of hostility the role of hearing sense (shravanendriya) of the body is greater than other senses. I think the voice comes next to it. The mind perceives the words through hearing sense i.e. ears. Thus, virtually it is hearing sense that spreads hostility that can be called Madhu - Kaitabh.

In an earlier post, I had submitted an interpretation to two terms of Argala Strotram of Durga Saptshatee in which the worshiper prays for elimination of malice. Those terms are “द्विषतां नाशं ” and “द्विषो जहि”. Here I again submit that removal of malice is a pre-requisite to attain and sustain the power. If the hearing sense is pure and constructive, there will be no likelihood of malice and hostility. It is malice and hostility referred in the Argala strotram that has been depicted as Mdhu, Kaitabh in the first chapter of the Saptshatee.

Therefore, let us keep our hearing sense pure so that, seeds of Madhu and Kaitabh may not find the mud to sprout.

4. Eligibility to attain and sustain the power

Being free from malice is the first eligibility to attain and sustain the power. We can learn this from Durga Saptshatee which is chanted to please the Goddess of Power. Chanting of the Argala strotram is a pre-requisite for chanting the main Saptashatee, and in Argala strotram prayer for elimination of malice has been repeated 22 times. Argala means - fetter or bolt of the door. Procedure of chanting Argala strotram is prescribed to open the door of the Power.

Most of worshipers who chant the verses of Durga Saptashatee, necessarily chant the Argala strotram. One of the prayers in this strotra stands for elimination of malice. The verse is: "रूपं देहि , जयं देहि , यशो देहि , द्विषो जहि .” This prayer has been repeated 21 times (verses 3 to 23).

The dominant idea and object in the shakti pooja is to attain power and victory। Commonly, it is interpreted that ‘द्विषो जहि ’ means elimination of enemies or those who are malicious to me / the worshiper. Further, this interpretation is natural for a human mind while worshiping and meditating for attaining the power. But, I think, this interpretation is wrong and dangerous to worshiper himself because, when he is thinking about elimination of some others, he himself is malicious. Neither there is any word in this verse nor is there any indication by context, showing that user of the ‘द्विषो जहि ’ weapon is excluded from it’s target area. Wordings are simple and clear but psychologically, there would be hardly any likelihood that the worshiper would think so in the zeal of attaining the power. To my mind ‘द्विषो जहि ’ in the context of persons, simply means - ‘ O devi ! eliminate malicious deeds’ and in the context of thought process, thought vibrations and social relations it means elimination of hostility. This point is more explicit in verse 13 of the same strotra where it is prayed that:

विधेहि द्विषतां नाशं विधेहि बलमुच्चकै:, रूपं देहि , जयं देहि , यशो देहि , द्विषो जहि .”

Here, विधेहि द्विषतां नाशं is also commonly interpreted in same manner and it may sound like praying for elimination of those who are thinking maliciously against the worshiper. But, the user/worshiper also is not beyond the range of this weapon. It simply means that ‘O Devi, provide for elimination of those who are thinking and acting maliciously’. I would submit my conclusion in hindi language on both prayers thus- ‘ He Devi! dvesh ka nash karo, dveshyukt karm ka nash karo tatha dvesh karne wale ka nash karo’. Interpreting otherwise would be twisting the simple words that would not be free from risk in shakti upasna.

Thus first eligibility criteria for Devi upasna is that a person must be clean hearted and free from malice. It is not only prescribed but has been reminded and warned 22 times at the door (argala) itself.

Application of above prayer to Law and administration : I have tried to submit in above lines that, if the worshiper is not clean hearted and malice free, then he is asking for destruction of himself. Now, the main object of Devi pooja is to obtain power, strength and energy. When a person is granted power to do something, it is presupposed that he will use the power without malice. A malicious action is liable to be set aside. By द्विषो जहि we pray for nullification of malicious actions and hostility, and by विधेहि द्विषतां नाशं we pray for making provisions for destruction of those who would be thinking and acting maliciously. Thus, the power can not stand with malice. If an authority has acted maliciously, the action will be quashed or nullified and if he continuously does so, he is making arrangement for destruction of his power as well as himself . It is also significant that in the argala strotra the prayer ‘द्विषो जहि’ has occurred 21 times the prayer विधेहि द्विषतां नाशं has occurred once in verse 13 i.e. in the middle of verses 3 to 23. The frequency of prayers signifies that the former is indicative of many malicious actions of a person and the later is indicative of that person. The first eligibility criteria for having power is that a person must be clean hearted and free from malice. It is not only prescribed but has been reminded and warned 22 times at the door (argala) of the house of the power.

Let us be clean hearted and free from malice before attaining and exercising the power.

3. Truth is always beautiful

The central idea inherent in Indian philosophy and culture is : Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram. Shivam stands for benevolence or goodness. In my view, Shivam is a compound of Satyam and Sundaram.The truth is often stigmated with bitterness. It is because of incompleteness of knowledge and prejudiced training of our mind. The truth can never be bitter. It is always beautiful. When truth is seen from this poit of view and it is presented in beautiful manner it will always produce Good and benevolent results i.e. "Shivam". Thus, Satyam + Sundaram = Shivam. Lets worship Satya - Sundaram.

2. Positivist philosophy

There is well known principle that everything is mortal .

But the same scriptures also say that what appears to be happening, has happened earlier and will happen in future also. The world as seems in present has been same in the past and will remain in future also. Therefore we can say that we are immortal not only by substance or soul but by form also? Circle of birth and death is only a phenomenon of appearance and disappearance of form!

1. Most misterious controversy

I think, most mesterious and ever lasting controvertial topic of the world is existence of God. I propose a beneficial or social interpretation to this issue as thus : "There may or may not be existence of God, but belief in its existence is extremely beneficial to the society".