Hilangnya Pengaruh Dualitas dalam Penyerahan Diri

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Karma baik dan buruk yang dialami, yang merupakan dampak dari avidya; kegelapan dalam kebodohan, tidak akan menghalangi mereka yang berserah diri kepada Tuhan untuk melaksanakan bhaktinya. Mereka menikmati keindahan dalam bhakti tanpa terpengaruh dualitas hasil dari karma terdahulunya. Karma baik dan buruk, keduanya bisa diluruhkan hanya oleh mereka yang telah benar-benar berserah diri kepada Tuhan. Kasih Tuhan akan mencerahkan kegelapan mereka yang telah berserah diri kepada-Nya. Sikap yang tidak terpengaruh oleh segala sesuatu hal yang baik dan buruk, dan kemajuan ke arah nilai-nilai Ketuhanan, dengan menghindari keinginan-keinginan egois, selalu didengungkan ke dalam pikiran sendiri oleh mereka yang berlatih berserah diri sebagai kebajikan yang luar biasa. Konsep sikap yang tidak terpengaruh oleh segala sesuatu hal yang baik serta buruk sudah tidak asing bagi agama Hindu. Dalam Bhagavad Gita berulang kali disebutkan tentang seseorang yang mencapai keheningan menjadi benar-benar terbebas dari semua keinginan baik dan buruk. Dalam Bhagavad Gita 12.17 disebutkan, “Yo na hrsyati na dvesti na socati na kanksati, subhasubha parityagi bhaktiman yah sa me priyah.” Artinya, “Orang yang tidak bersukacita atau bersedih, yang tidak berkeluh kesah atau berkeinginan, dan yang tidak terpengaruh oleh hal-hal baik dan buruk, penuh pengabdian, pemuja seperti itu sangat mencintai Aku.” Para bijak Hindu sepakat bahwa karakter istimewa yang terbebas dari dualitas suka dan duka dijamin hanya ketika telah menikmati Kasih Tuhan dalam penyerahan diri secara total. Para rshi Veda meyakinkan kita bahwa mereka yang menempuh jalan kebajikan tertinggi, yang telah memadamkan kobaran keinginan indriya, akan mencapai kebahagiaan sejati dalam kesadaran jiwanya yang abadi. Pada prosesnya, dalam kehidupan normal, dalam kesadaran naluriah intelektual, tetapi telah ada dalam pengendalian diri, ada disebutkan istilah ‘kekebalan’ dalam arti bahwa seseorang akan tetap menyaksikan pergerakan dari pikirannya dan perputaran dualitas yang dihasilkan dalam kehidupan eksternal, menjadi saksi atas semua pemandangan dan kejadian di dalamnya, menjadi pendengar atas semua yang terdengar, dan lain-lain, tetapi tidak terpengaruh, tetap seimbang dalam ketenangan dan kesabaran hati sebagaimana diungkapkan pada sloka di atas.

Without Form and Affliction

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That which is farthest from this world is without form and without affliction They who know It become immortal; but others, indeed, suffer pain.

– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter III, 10

Secretary Kerry to Host Diwali Celebration

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2014 (U.S. Department of State):

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the Obama Administration’s Annual Diwali Celebration to honor the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain holiday celebrated throughout the world. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on October 23, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State.

After an introduction by Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks that celebrate the important contributions Indian and South-Asian Americans have made to the United States, and highlight the State Department’s commitment to human dignity, compassion, and service – a commitment that is at the heart of all great faiths.

Portals of Gangotri Shrine Closed to Public

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DEHRADUN, INDIA, October 25, 2014 (Daily Pioneer):

The portals of the Gangotri shrine were closed to the public for the winter on Friday. Meanwhile, preparations have also been made for the closure of the portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on Saturday. Multitudes of devotees from various parts of Uttarkashi district and beyond arrived at Gangotri shrine on Friday. After ceremonial prayers and amidst Vedic chanting, a statue of Goddess Ganga was carried out of the shrine in a palanquin by devotees at 12:50 pm.

The devotees left with the palanquin carrying a statue of Ganga for Mukhba, also in Uttarkashi district. Ganga is ceremoniously worshipped at Mukhba during the winters when the Gangotri shrine remains closed to the public. Starting this year, the State Government has planned to facilitate winter pilgrimage to the places where the deities of Char Dham shrines are ritually worshipped during the winter when the main shrines are closed to the public.

Solving The Puzzling Mental Illness of Bhutanese Refugees

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KANSAS, USA, October 28, 2014( by Alex Smith, Kcur):

The community health specialist,Dr Lemaster has been working for the past several years to address the unique challenges of Bhutanese refugees. Many Bhutanese refugees have had trouble adapting to life in the United States. “Within a month of getting here, somebody committed suicide and we began to be become aware that the risk of suicide in the Bhutanese refugees is about three times the risk of in other refugee groups,” LeMaster says. “So we started looking into that.” He tried art therapy, dance therapy, tai chi and even a petting zoo and finally yoga.

Yoga therapist Claudia Cardin-Kleffner specializes in working with people with chronic health conditions. LeMaster says that earlier in his career, he would have been hesitant to prescribe yoga and was surprised by the program’s success. The women’s levels of pain on a standard pain index dropped dramatically. Participants also showed major improvements on standard measures of anxiety, depression and acculturation.

Studies have shown that yoga helps the brain, heart and nervous system. But why did it work in this case when physical therapy and medication failed? That’s something LeMaster is still trying to understand. But the answer may have to do with nothing more mysterious than cultural familiarity. Whether it was the yoga or mere coincidence, there hasn’t been a suicide among the Kansas City refugees since LeMaster instituted the program. Now he’s exploring how yoga and other culturally-specific practices can be used to help additional immigrant groups.

Nikmati Kedamaian Sejati dalam Penyerahan Diri

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Mereka yang berserah diri kepada Tuhan yang bersthana di teratai hati semua makhluk akan hidup secara bijak. Hanya mereka yang berjuang menemukan kehidupan abadinya merenungkan Tuhan secara mendalam; yang membudidayakan pikiran di sepanjang jalan kebajikan, menerima nilai-nilai Ketuhanan, dan ketika perenungan kepada Tuhan kian mendalam, pikiran semakin berkembang mengantarkan seseorang menuju kedamaian. Kita resapi kembali sloka Bhagavad Gita 2.61 sebagaimana telah disampaikan dalam renungan sebelumnya, yang mana menyebutkan, “Tani sarvani samyamya yukta asita matparah, vase hi yasyendriyani tasya prajna pratishthita.” Artinya, “Setelah menguasai semua ini dia harus berbhakti memusatkan pikirannya pada-Ku. Dia yang dapat mengendalikan indriya-indriyanya dengan sempurna adalah orang yang memiliki kebijaksanaan yang stabil.” Selanjutnya kita resapi Bhagavad Gita 2.64 yang menyebutkan, “Raga dvesa vimuktais tu visayan indriyais caran, atmavasyair vidheyatma prasadam adhigacchati.” Artinya, “Orang yang bebas dari segala keterikatan dan keengganan dan mampu mengendalikan semua indriyanya melalui prinsip-prinsip kebajikan dapat memperoleh kedamaian, anugerah sempurna dari Tuhan.” Lebih lanjut lagi dalam Bhagavad Gita 2.71 disebutkan, “Vihaya kaman yah sarvan pumams carati nihsprhah, nirmamo nirahankarah sa santim adhigacchati.” Artinya, “Seseorang yang telah melepaskan nafsu angkaranya, melangkah bebas tanpa keinginan egois, bebas dari keakuan dan kepemilikan—bebas dari perasaan ‘aku’ dan ‘milikku’—dia dapat mencapai kedamaian yang sejati.” Mereka yang berserah diri kepada Tuhan, yang telah terbebas dari keinginan dan perasaan memiliki atau membenci, tidak akan pernah mengalami gejolak pikiran yang mengganggu kedamaiannya di mana pun dia berada. Karena Kasih Tuhan melampaui semua keterikatan, bebas dari segala dualitas. Seseorang tidak serta merta bisa mencapai titik di mana keinginan hilang. Untuk itu seseorang harus melakukan sadhana, latihan berserah diri, tetap teguh dalam menapaki jalan kebajikan. Melalui sadhana seseorang bisa mendapatkan penguasaan atas semua kekuatan pikiran dan tubuhnya, akhirnya dalam kemurnian bhakti menikmati Kasih Murni Tuhan. Dan selanjutnya Kasih itu sendiri yang membebaskannya dari semua keinginan dan menikmati kedamaiaan yang sesungguhnya.

The Whole Universe is Filled by The Purusha

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The whole universe is filled by the Purusha, to whom there is nothing superior, from whom there is nothing different, than whom there is nothing either smaller or greater; who stands alone, motionless as a tree, established in His own glory.

– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter III, 9

Rudram Chanting at the White House

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WASHINGTON D.C., October 10, 2014 (Hinduism Now):

Jeffrey and Robbie Erhard, young American men, skillfully chant Rudram at the White House Hindu-American Conference. View short video at ‘source.’

Pilgrims Leave for Badrinath Yatra Under Special Scheme

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DEHRADUN, INDIA, October 14, 2014 (Daily Pioneer):

As many as 29 pilgrims under the ‘Mere Buzurg Mere Teerth’ (MBMT) scheme left for the Badrinath pilgrimage from Bageshwar on Monday. MBMT is a free of cost scheme launched by the State Government for people above 65 years of age.

The registration of the next batch of pilgrims which will leave for pilgrimage under the scheme on October 20, will be done between October 14 and 19, said the officials concerned of the Bageshwar district administration.

This is the third batch of pilgrims being taken under MBMT from Bageshwar. As many as 58 pilgrims in two batches under the scheme had already gone on pilgrimage from Bageshwar, as the officials concerned said. More so, as many as 26 pilgrims under the same scheme had also gone for the Badrinath pilgrimage from Udham Singh Nagar.

Singapore’s Three National Monuments to Undergo Repair Work

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Singapore, October 15, 2014 (IBN Live):

Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB) has disbursed more than US$1 million in grant for repairs and restoration work at three national monuments, including the oldest Hindu temple in the country.

It has accorded $44,000 to Sri Mariamman Temple, a Dravidian style temple at South Bridge Road in the Central Business District (CBD) for a repairs and face lift work Strengthening work would be carried out on a single-story shrine next to its main prayer hall, after a crack line developed on a column of the temple.

Jean Wee, NHB director of preservation of Sites and Monuments, said national monuments need to be protected carefully and sensitively through meticulous restorations. “It is therefore important for us to work hand-in-hand with monument owners and do the best we can to safeguard our heritage,” The Straits Times quoted Ms. Wee as saying.

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