November 14, 2013
It is also called Devothhana Dwadashi or the small Deepawali. It means to awaken the Godliness that lies within each one of you, because the Divinity is sleeping within each one of you and needs to be woken up. You awaken the Gods within you and then pray to them to fulfil your wishes and your work.
So how do you waken the Divinity within? By doing meditation, worship, chanting and creating that awareness within you.
They bring a few sticks of the Gooseberry plant and perform a wedding of the two and celebrate the same. That means, the Gooseberry and the Tulsi are two plants that strengthen the immune system. Now, winter is about to set in and the two most needed things now are Amla (Indian gooseberry) and Tulsi. Both make our system strong. They are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, and help in protecting us from many illnesses. That is why these two plants are considered to be very sacred.
You know, there is a scientific angle to why it is recommended to keep both of these at home, and why one should have it.
The Chyavanprash (an Indian Ayurvedic preparation known to boost immunity and vitality) is made using these two. Having these two strengthens your immune system so that by the time Spring season comes, you are healthy and not affected by the problems such as the pollen in the air.
Many people have said that our Chyavanprash is the best in the world. Many companies make Chyavanprash by adding so many artificial ingredients, so there is no quality. But in our preparation, the gooseberry is added along with natural herbs and other ingredients that genuinely boost the system. All the substances that are necessary for making Chyavanprash are used strictly as prescribed by the scriptures.
Today is the day when the gooseberries actually arrive in the markets. You will often see them being sold with the sticks. Have you all seen it? So people today worship the herbs and ask blessings (for good health and prosperity) from the herbs.
Once or twice they may lie to me, but then they soon realize their mistake and come running to me and fall at my feet saying, 'Oh Gurudev, I am so sorry that I lied to you'.
So you should realize by yourself whether what you are doing is right or wrong.
To this, the saint replied, 'Your miseries will speak out loud about your flaws and bad qualities by themselves. Why do I need to say that?'
May be you see a difference of qualities. That is, you think that Gurudev has different qualities, and I have different qualities. We are beyond qualities and virtues. Our true nature transcends qualities and attributes.
It also becomes necessary to keep in check those forces that can bring injustice and devastation.
You have forgotten that you are going to die one day, which is why you are feeling worse about it. That’s it. You know, that is why during the chanting of the Rudrabhishekam, it is said, 'Mrityor-mrityor namaamyaham'. It means, 'I repeatedly bow in reverence to Death; for it frees one from all suffering and misery'.
Then it also says, 'Kalah namaskarah'. It means, 'I bow in reverence to Time, the universal element of transformation which makes all things pass'.
So what are you so bothered about?
We all need to rise against this together, and do something for the country. It is not necessary that you do a lot, or too many things. Every one of you should do a little bit for the country, in whatever way possible. Do not sit idle and think, 'Oh, what can I do in such a poor situation?' Every person can do something to overcome this situation. If vegetable prices are rising, then make a small vegetable garden in your own homes. Plant some herbs, plant tomatoes, coriander, etc. At least do something. You can do so much with just a little piece of land. Everyone’s house will have a little space for a garden like this, isn’t it? But just see! We are not doing anything at all to change the situation or overcome it. Then we end up saying, 'We can’t do anything to stop the prices from rising'.
Someone had planted banana trees, someone else had planted pumpkins, and someone else had planted tomatoes and potato plants. And all this was in a refugee camp. I was really surprised to see all this. I thought to myself, 'They are very strong people'.
They were living like this in the times of battle and strife. In fact, where there was stagnant water or mud, these people had started using it as natural fertilizer for growing plants. This was very surprising. It shows that we all can definitely do something good in every situation. We are not helpless – this is the kind of firm determination we all should have.
I tell you, when refugees of a battle can do such a thing, why can’t normal people do the same also? We all can do it, and we all should do whatever we can without thinking too much.