Sita and the Moon

The following is one of the incidents from Ramayana (Shri Ramcharitmanas) penned by Tulsidas.  I don’t think so wise of myself to even write on it, but due to my fascination, I am inclined to write.

How beautiful it is when our creator Lord Rama sees Devi Sita for the first time in her abode Janakpur. How mesmerised and spellbound he gets looking at her beauty, charm and ineffable elegance.

How for a moment, he compares her inexpressible beauty with Moon’s.

And how suddenly, the next moment he blames himself for doing the same.

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The moon takes its birth from the ocean; it has poison as its sibling,

It shines vanishes during daytime, and the scars embedded on its silver disc in the form of dark spots,

Thus, Moon has various flaws in its face and nature. How it could ever be matched with the perfect face of holy goddess Sita?

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The Moon waxes and wanes during its lifetime, its presence saddens those who are dejected in love from their beloved,

Rahu devours the moon when it tries to cross him, Moon torments the Chakvi,

Flower lotus closes and withers with Moon’s appearance, hence the Lotus’ enemy,

Therefore, Oh Moon, your beauty can never be tantamount to Sita’s sacred and immaculate elegance.

God Shri Ramachandra thinks Sita’s beauty moon-faced and is moonstruck with it, but the very next moment, he thinks differently and he tells himself;

Despite the brightening beauty of Moon, it is the one who is generated from the larruping salty seas, thus it is poisonous (Moon was born when Gods and demons created a celestial ocean in search of Amrit, and during the churning, one of the things created was poison known as “Halaahal”). Moon though disseminating its silver charm in the darkness of night but being sad and invisible at daytime, its glory fades and it disappears. That is, Moon has various unremitting defects in its existence. It has no resemblance with Sita’s flawless beauty and grace.

Moon is being never constant except for once in month as it keeps on waxing and waning all around the year. Thus, its beauty does not remain steady, it keeps on changing with every night. It gives sorrow to the beloved hearts. The Rahu devours it and take Moon in its possession when moon tries to cross its path. The beautiful element of nature, flower lotus is so active at daytime but as the moon comes, it causes lotus to wither and close, hence Moon is inimical to the lotus.

Thus poor moon’s beauty can never be compared to Sita’s extreme level of constancy, brilliancy and perfection.

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Brida by Paulo Coelho – Book Review

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Title: Brida

Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication date: 1990

The book is named after a twenty one year old, Irish Girl, Brida who is in quest for spiritual knowledge and wisdom. She wants to discover herself, know things more lucidly and wisely for which she learns magic. She is engaged in a normal everyday life; her house and job yet she doesn’t feel complete in herself unlike everyone. She wants to explore natural and spiritual aspects for which she considers going to one who can give her realistic explanations of world and teach her techniques so that she can listen to her inner voices and attain meaning of love, life and other significant things.

She meets Magus, who is worldly renowned for his knowledge of magic and spirits from whom she came to learn about “Tradition of Sun” and “Tradition of Moon”. But he leaves her alone in the forest in night to make her learn about fears and dangers. She doesn’t consider it right and approaches a woman witch/teacher named Wicca who makes her meet and understand many things which comprises of “Tradition of Moon”. Meanwhile she meets Magus twice or thrice to learn about “Tradition of Sun”. Author Paulo Coelho tells us how the girl faces vulnerability and suffers disappointments when she doesn’t get used to the new world of techniques. And at times, thinks to quit.

Coelho has beautifully amalgamated various factors in the book comprising of Sun, Moon, body, sex, nature and everything. And most importantly, things are not described as in physical act but in a spiritual manner. The main theme of the book being searching and recognition of your soul mate.  As Brida continues her learning, she comes to realize Magic is a bridge that allows us to walk from the visible world to invisible world, and to learn the lessons of both these worlds, we need to discover our ways by ourselves. One of the quotes in the book says,

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

The book is engrossed with such many quotes one of them being, “The process of finding ourselves is called love.” to which I completely agree. The writing style is smooth and easily understandable. Being an animist, I loved the plotting of scenes which most of the times, includes wild forest and winds and mountains. The book teaches to have faith in ourselves and connect you to God. ‘Brida’ is a light read and all about self enlightenment. Though, in the last part of the book, theory gets a bit impractical and thus out of interest in some cases. Yet if one wants to enhance his immaterial knowledge, it’s a good pick.

My rating: 3.5/5

Happy Krishna Janmashthami! ☺

Happy Krishna Janmashtami to everyone! 😍☺
Janmashtami is one of the auspicious occasions in Hinduism. It is the birthday of Lord Krishna. It falls generally in the month of August every year. And precisely, according to Hindu calender, the birthday is celebrated on Ashtami of the Krishna Paksh.The sacred festival is celebrated with imcomparable devotion and unbeatable enthusiasm.

It was a turbulent night when the most powerful human incarnation of Lord vishnu was born in Mathura around 5000 years ago. He was born to Vasudeva and Devki ji in prison. His parents were imprisoned by Kans (his uncle) as he had foreboding from sky he’d be assassinated by the 8th son of Devki. When he took birth, the prison got opened by itself, Vasudev got out of them and decided to hand over Krishna to his friend Nandbaba in Gokul ( a place near Mathura) to save him from Kans. Krishna grew up in Gokul with great love and affection from Yashoda Maiyya and Nandbaba. He was their apple of eye. 💖

I feel so fortunate to tell you, I belong to Mathura. Yes, Lord Krishna’s birth place. It’s been 20 years I’m living at this place. And I have been always fascinated by it. I feel a divine presence. After all, it’s ‘Krishna Ki Nagri’.☺ Right?
I can’t depict the joy how the day is celebrated in Mathura. Solely know as braj. All the places under Mathura: Vrindavana, Gokul, Barsana (Radha’s place), Goverdhan etc. comes in the periphery of Mathura. This day is celebrated with great decorum. You can find celebration going on in each and every street of Mathura and Vrindavan. Krishna resides in every soul here. 💝

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The main temple of Krishna, Shri Krishna Janmsthan, where Lord Krishna took birth is vast and impeccable. Yes, it the place where the prison was located. If you’ve been there, you can’t stop admire the beauty of this heaven. There are no cameras allowed, otherwise I’d have uploaded the inside pictures. ☺💖

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It’s the picture of rear view of outer part of Janmbhumi. It is decorated with lightings and flowers extravagantly all around on this day. The adornment is incredibly beautiful. You can’t take your eyes off. 💖😍
And let me tell you, the temple is just two steps away from my home. 💟😍💟

On the day of Janmashthami, there is a lot of crowd hovering around. People from different parts of the country and also from abroad come to visit and take the blessings of Krishna.

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There is no place to open the gate of my house. It’s blocked by the crowd.😁 (last year’s picture, Sorry for the bad quality). Myriad of people gather to visit the temple on Janmashtami. 🙂

It’s said that there are lagest number of temples in the city of Mathura and Vridavan. Actually true. There are many temples, each so beautiful, you can’t compare. The various temples; Krishna Janmbhumi, Keshav Dev, Dwarkadeesh, Bihari ji, Birla Mandir(Geeta Mandir), Prem Mandir, Akshay Patra, Iskon Temple, etc. It’s quite impossible to name them all.
I can share some of the pictures with you.

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A picture from Akshaypatra. ☺

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It’s the picture of model of “Chandrodaya Mandir” which is being constructed in Mathura, going to be World’s tallest temple of 700 feet and area covered is 5,40,000 square feet. 💖 Few months ago, the president came to inaugrate its making. 🙂

Let me share lovely pictures from Prem Mandir 💖 (as lovely as it’s name 😘)

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At night ☺

I wish I had more pictures but as of now, I dont have anymore. Janmashthami is a pious occasion celebrated with mirth. I love the piousness all around. As we all know, Kanha ji is so notorious as well as adorable. And so the celebration goes in every house. The iridescent atmosphere takes the breath away. So merry-making. The grandiloquent aura drives everyone in awe. 🌠🌟

I feel sad, I am not at my place due to my studies. Today, I am missing my place badly. Though God is everywhere, but the holiness you can feel at Mathura at this day, it’s impossible to find anywhere. I love you Kanha ji 😘😘 And I missed you a lot today.
Happy B’day. Shower us your blessings! 😍💟💖

Wish you all a very Happy Janmashtami again. 💝☺🙇

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