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ARYA SAMAJ MIDDLESEX NEWS LETTER

 

 

Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah Tat-Savitur-Varennyam | Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat || 

Let us meditate upon the Supreme Lord, the creator of this universe. May He enlighten our hearts and guide our understanding.

JUNE, 2017

 

 

 

 

  ALANKAAR

 YOUR SPIRITUAL HOME  

A QUARTERLY PRESENTATION BY ARYA SAMAJ MIDDLESEX

 

 IMPORTANCE OF “AUM”

 

                                                                              The significance of OM: It is believed in Indian philosophy that the primordial Sanskrit sound, OM caused the beginning of creation. It is from the words that all other words originate. This is why the sound, OM has a mystical power, and is called “the sound of all sounds.” Om is also sometimes called “Omkara” and can be chanted at the start of a ceremony to make it an auspicious occasion. 

                 In the Mandukya Upanishad, we find, “AUM stands for the Supreme Reality. It is a symbol for what was, what is, and what shall be. AUM represents also what lies beyond past, present and future. Vivekananda says,” Ishvara (God) is the Atman as seen or grasped by the mind. His highest name is AUM --- Repeating AUM continually is the only true worship. It is not a word – It is god Himself. “(Vedanta Voice of Freedom). Aum is a pranava, a mantra and Aum is a God. 

 

 

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                                  Akamo dheero amritah swayambhauh

                                   rasssayn tripto na Kutashchnonah.

                      Tamayva vidwan na vibhaya mrityo atmanam

                                     dheeram ajaram yuvanam. 

                                                                       (Atharva Veda 10: 8: 44)

           

                In this mantra God is described as all knowing and the Source of Ultimate

                Wisdom and Virtue. Also God is eternal, unaging, and unchanging. God is

                Self existent, He is never born and dies for He is immortal. The lasting happiness,

                joy or bliss comes only from God and it is available to everyone free of charge.

                The mantra emphasizes that without truly knowing God i.e. having deep abiding

                 faith in him, surrendering to god and following His path through meditation.

                 Finally, God is Supreme Bliss and by only knowing him, one loses all fears in life

                 especially the fear of death and finds bliss in one’s own life.

     

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                 “The ultimate goal of all mankind, the aim and end of all religions, is but

                   One reunion with God.”

                                                                   Swami Vivekanda                   

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                                                   Vedas and Upanishads

 

        The original scriptures of the Hindus are called Vedas: Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva are the four Vedas. A Veda is divided in to four parts namely:

 

1. Samhita- Documents revealed Mantra by Rishis.

2. Brahmana- Documents use of Mantra in outside Yajna and animal killing.

3. Aranyaka- Documents symbolic Yajana to be practiced mentally in seclusion.

4. Upanishads- Documents the final revelation of Indian Rishis.

 

                                Many traditions follow various sections of Veda. Like Arya Samaj follows Vedic Samhita    (Documents revealed mantra by Rishis). Ramakrishna Mission follows Upanishads. Aurobindo Asrama follows primarily Samhita and few Upanishads etc. Sankara. Math is primarily based on Vadanta darsana written by Vyasa.

 

Vedas deal with the action to be performed in life and also with spiritual thoughts that man should cultivate in his mind to understand God. In essence Vedas speak about the underlying principles of creation mechanism understandingly which influenced our ancient way of life. Vedas carry hymns or narratives of how the Seers of different Rishi traditions made out of what they glimpsed in their deepest state of contemplation in terms of the vivacity and dynamics of nature at work. Visions from that state followed by external observation of gross elements around them led to more tangible understanding of elements that could be tapped to enrich life.

 

                                The Upanishads contain the essence of the Vedas. They are the concluding portions of the Vedas and are the source of the Vedanta philosophy. The word 'anta' in Sanskrit means ‘end’. Hence the word ‘Vedanta’ means the ‘end portion of a Vedas'. Profound, original, lofty and sublime thoughts arise from every verse. They contain the direct spiritual experiences or revelations of seers, or sages, the rishi. They are the products of the highest wisdom, supreme divine knowledge. Hence they stir the hearts of people and inspire them.

                              

                    The Upanishads give a vivid description of the nature of the Atman, the Supreme Soul, in a variety of ways, and expound suitable methods and aids to attain the Immortal Brahman, the Highest Purusha.           

                                                                                                                                                                                                   The following two ideas dominate the teaching of all the Upanishads                 

 

                 (1) Final emancipation can be attained only by knowledge of the Ultimate Reality, or Brahman (Brahmajnana):

                 (2) He who is equipped with the four means of salvation, viz., Viveka, (discrimination), Vairagya (dispassion), Shad-Sampat (the six-fold treasure; self-control, etc.) and Mumukshutva (yearning for liberation), can attain Brahman.

                      The Upanishads teach the philosophy of absolute unity.

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    4th October 2017

 

The Role of Arya Samaj in India’s Independence

 

                 On 15th Aug., 2017 70th Independence day of India was celebrated by the people all over India. Indians in India and abroad paid tribute to various great people and freedom fighters of India who sacrificed their lives in attaining the freedom for their future generations. The real foundation of modern independent India was laid by Swami Dayanand (founder of Arya Samaj). He was the first to give the call for swaraj as "India for Indians". Swami Dayanand was the ground maker of a powerful movement of Indian-Political-Economic liberation. He was the first Indian to use the word swaraj, self-government. For the first time in the history of modern India, Swami Dayanand made a forceful plea for India's political independence.

 

            Swami Dayanand emphasized the importance of national unity. The cause of India's degeneration, according to him was mutual feuds. Swami Ji wanted to unite the Hindus into one united nation. He wanted them to remove from their eyes the bondage that prevented them from seeing the light of truth and Liberty. He wanted the society to stand on its own feet and take the proper place among the nations of the world. He impressed upon his followers the importance of the use of swadeshi goods.

 

                     Although not a political organisation, Arya Samaj evoked the sentiments of patriotism. The Arya Samaj was undoubtedly the most dynamic Socio-Religious reform movement, modern society has ever seen. Though the Arya Samaj was primarily concerned with social and religious reforms. Its political impact was most conspicuous. Swami Dayanand and the powerful organisation he initiated, clearly unquestionably were the most potent factors in reforming and rebuilding the institutions of India's political emancipation. The Arya Samaj produced numerous leaders like Swami Sharddhananda, Lala Lajpat Rai, Veersavarkar, Madan lal Dhingra, Ramparsad Bimal, Pandit Gurudutt Vidyarthi, Bhai Parmanand etc. They all gave their lives as martyrs for their mother land. Arya Samaj sacrificed more members and followers in the freedom struggle of India than any other religious body.

 

                                        We can say proudly Swami Dayanand was not only a dharmic Maharishi, but also a patriot and leader of Independence movement. He prepared the ground for Gandhiji. While Mahatma Gandhi has been universally acknowledged as the the father of nation, Swami Dayanand can be described as the "Grandfather of the nation."

 

 

                           JAI HIND

 

 

 

                         

                          CHILDERN STORY FROM INDIA


             Shravan lived in the period of Lord Rama. He was a strong young man. In old age his parents were totally blind. They declared their wish of going on a pilgrimage. It would take months, as India is a large country with a great many holy places. He was worried how

would he take two blind people, through valleys and jungles. Despite the challenges 

Shravan's love for his parents found a way. He built huge scales and carried his  

parents in comfort. Every step he took earned him special blessings, and today     

Shravan has become an exemplar for children everywhere.

                                

              It is the sacred duty of every person to serve his or her parents. Our parents brought us into this world. When we were weak and frail, they protected us, fed us, clothed us, taught us, even tolerated us. It is our duty to return their love and care. Our parents were there when we breathed our first. We should be there when they breathe their last.

 

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     ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:    Our sincere thanks to all the artists who performed for the months of July, August and September 2017.

     Havan performed by Mrs Sitaji Seedher, Mr Rattan Paulji, Ved Sudha by Mr Rattan Paulji.

Bhajans, Songs, Poems and Talks: Mrs Sita and Mr. Guru Datt Seedher, Mr Dinesh Panchal, Renu Sharma, Mr Prem Goyal, Mrs Saroj Kumar, Mr. Sunil and Mrs Surekha Kodical, Mr Narinder Kapoor, Mr Jagdeo Hauzaree, Mr Harish Seedher, Mrs Kiran Sondhi, Mrs Anita Shinn, Dr. Kanuga, Mrs Kamni Sood, Mrs Geeta Mehta and Ms Nisha Goswami.

Yajmans: Our special thanks to Mr Vijay and Mrs Sudha Bhasin and family, and Mr Shub & Mrs Saroj Kumar Bhasin and family.

Our special thanks to all the EC members of ASM making the programmes a success.

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Geeta Saar (Essence of the Geeta)

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