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The Elevation of Mind

“It is not necessary to worship inside the temple every day. Gopura Darshanam will itself elevate the mind ” – Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati.

Hello friends, whatever faith we happen to follow, visiting the place of worship whether a temple, church, gurudwara or a mosque, it provides us with a sense of peace and happiness. In the above quote, it is emphasized that if one doesn’t have time to visit a temple, only a glimpse of the Gopura (In South India, a large pyramidal tower built on entrance gate of temple precinct) is enough to give a boost to our morale.

I don’t mean that merely visiting a religious place, we discharge all duties towards God. But like the toddlers who are always engaged in play, once start going to school regularly their minds turn towards studies, similarly our minds, running after material things and worldly worries, a visit to the place of worship, automatically turns towards God.

Lord Krishna himself said in Bhagwad Gita that there are two ways to attain Him (Bhakti Yoga), nirguna and saguna. By meditating Him as omnipresent, formless, Lord of the Universe( Param Brahma Parmeswara) as nirguna bhakti and by offering His idol with water( bathing him), leaf(holy basil), flowers and fruits as saguna bhakti. He says that if we offer them with pure devotion, He accepts them wholeheartedly and is pleased.

He further says that concentrating single mindedly on the formless God is tough, as our mind tend to deviate towards other things and worshipping His idol form is more convenient. As we can clearly visualize His representation in the stone idol, we worship and can easily meditate. Anybody who worship His formless self( nirakar brahma) can attain Him too, sitting anywhere but it certainly requires strong will and dedication so that the person’s mind doesn’t get diverted to other wordly matters.

Temple gate

Recently, I got the opportunity to visit the famous and revered temple of Goddess Kali at Tara Pith, Rampurhat in West Bengal. The glimpse of the deity filled us with so much joy that I cannot describe in words. A pure sense of thrill, to bow our heads at her feet.The divine sparkle on her face was so reassuring. When we eventually got out of the temple, a pure bliss was overwhelming our hearts and our minds elevated to another level. The trip was more memorable as we visited the mother Goddess with the family of my eldest brother in law( whose initiative made the tour possible, a great thanks goes to him). So it was a great family bonding time too!

Friends, the definition of God and worship, absolutely depend on individual perception. In this troubled times praying to the Lord Almighty(the ultimate truth)in any form can soothe our frayed nerves. For all the believers, He is the One, whose divine blessings can rescue us from the clutches of the unrelenting enemy, the human race is grappling with, for the two long years. Let’s all bow to Him and pray for our deliverance, in the coming new year.

Wishing you all health and happiness. Adieu for now.

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Published by MousumiSays

An ardent crusader to make the world a better and safer place to live in. Likes to remind the mankind their basic instinct of resilience in the face of adversity.

17 thoughts on “The Elevation of Mind

  1. Love this Mousumi. Coming from a background of Neo-Paganism, Wicca and Druidry, I really resonate with the idea of many gods – all emanating from the sacred whole. I also find the idea of scared space in the above fascinating. In Paganism, sacred spaces are found anywhere in the natural world. Neo – Pagans purposefully don’t create physical, permanent structures or alter the natural world in any way when worshipping their gods – as communion with them is facilitated through ritual and sacred objects – not created or altered by them. From what I know of your beautiful religion – I can imagine there is much cross over with this idea πŸ™‚
    Most recently, I’ve become much more scientifically minded and would call myself largely a humanist.
    But, I resonate with your idea of ‘bowing down’ to something bigger than myself during these uber uncertain times.
    ….perhaps it’s the old gods and my ancestors reminding me that they’re still there afterall πŸ˜‰
    P.S – I also have an ongoing interest in Jainism and Buddhism – and love Buddhist temples and sacred objects. Hindu idols and rituals are also stunning to me.

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  2. Thanks a lot for your detailed view on religion. There is no denying that a supreme power is remote controll ing all the proceedings. Humans have scientifically advanced themselves to a great level,yet sometimes they are totally clueless how to solve the crisis.
    If humans can sincerely pray to Him in any which form, anywhere, He is bound to listen.
    The religious structures help us to concentrate our minds on Him.
    As all the rivers ultimately reach the ocean. All the religions are the quest to discover the supreme power and seek his blessings.
    It may be through simple praying and meditating or through performing rituals.

    God has made the humans, they have made the different religion to seek Him.
    One thing I believe for sure that praying to Him provide us a lot of solace.

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  3. Thanks for the dharshan! Are you from Bengal? My dearest gurus are both of Bengal origin.

    Also, could you please help me find the slokha of Gita in which Lord says He can be realized by bhakti, nirguna and saguna? Thanks a lot for this knowledge.

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    1. In first sloka of 12th chapter of Bhagwad Gita, Arjuna asks Lord Krishna ‘who is your best devotee, who worship your saguna(seen form) or who prays to your Sadchidanandaghan (formless) self.’
      In sloka 2,3,4 and 5, Lord Krishna says “One who worships my saguna form with concentrated devotion, he is the best. But who meditate my nirguna form single mindedly and make his soul in unison with me, also get me, but this path is much more arduous because one who is aware of his body and its requirements, find it tough to walk the path of nirguna bhakti .”
      Yes I hail from Bengal.πŸ™‚πŸ™

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    2. A rejoinder, in 26th sloka, chapter nine, Lord krisna says that “One who offers leaf, flowers, fruits and water to me with great devotiom and love without asking for anything in return(niskam), I accept the offering with great pleasure. This is the crux of saguna bhakti. Thank you πŸ™

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  4. A spiritual and uplifting post Mousumi. In South India they say β€œSight of a Temple tower is worth 10 million pious activities”.
    Yes , a visit to the temple definitely brings positive vibes and cleanses our mind and soul. Glad to know you had a blissful dharshan and a wonderful experience at the Kali temple.

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