Death: The Certainty of Life


Do you think death is really worth grieving about? Do you think we should live forever? That no one should die?

Well. scientifically (and hence logically) people cannot or should not live forever because it would lead to disastrous overpopulation. There isn’t a lot of place for everyone to live forever.

I’m sure there are a lot many scientific reasons to support mortality, but I’m not here to discuss all those.

I want to specifically draw your attention to the necessity of death according to spirituality, and how Hindu Religion explains death.

I had mentioned this in my post – “God or god” that the Soul exists in every being. This Soul is immortal. The Soul is the life force in all living things. When someone dies, it merely means that the Soul no longer exists in that body, and has moved on to another body. It’s quite simple to…

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Jai Sri Krishna

Shri Krishna as Kali

O daughter of the snow-capped mountain! That Ananga whose bow is of flowers, whose bow string is of a row of bees, who has five arrows, who has as his feudatory Vasanta, and the Malaya breeze as his chariot, he, even though thus equipped, having obtained some grace from thy side glance, conquers all this world single-handed – Saundaryalahari, 6

In places in the tantrik tradition, the Krishna avatar of Vishnu is often identified with Kali. This reaches a peak in the Tantrarajatantra, where it is said that having already charmed the world of men as herself, Lalitatook a male form as Krishna and then proceeded to enchant women. In this work, Krishna has six forms, identified with the six senses (including Mind). They are Kamaraja Gopala, Manmatha Gopala, Kandarpa Gopala, Makaraketana Gopala and Manobhava Gopala. Their meditation images (dhyana according to the same work, describes them as being like dawn,

with six arms, holding flute, noose, goad, sugar cane bow and a bowl of curds. These are the five arrows of Lalita and the bow and here Krishna is identified with Kameshvara, the Indian god of love, who is otherwise called Ananga, and, like Cupid, is armed with a bow.
The Kalivilasa Tantra, a Bengali work, states Krishna was born as the son of Devi who was golden (Gauri) and turned black when he was excited by passion. In the Todala Tantra, each of the ten Mahavidyas, forms of the supreme Goddess, has her own male counterpart and here Krishna is said to be the spouse of Kali. There are many images of Krishna in India which show him as black. An Indian commentator to the hymn to Kali called Karpuradistotra, goes further and says that there is a connection between the bija mantra of Kali which is Krim, Krishna and Christ. Whatever the truth of that identification, it is certain that to many ordinary folk in India, Krishna and Christ do have a resonance. Often you will see contemporary images of Krishna and Christ together in the inside of houses. Krishna (and his tantrika counterpart Kameshvara) are moved by love (prem).
The Victorian print at the top left of this page shows Radha, Krishna’s shakti, worshipping Krishna as Kali, while the image on the left is a contemporary print (copyright acknowledged but of unknown provenance).

In the Brihat Tantra Sara, a large compilation of tantrik rites, Krishna appears as a fully-flowered tantrika devata, with his own yantragayatri, mantra and puja Krishna Yantra: click for full size imageor ritual which uses this yantra (click on this image for full size yantra). In the hexagon in the centre of the yantra, the following words appear: Krishnaya Govindaya Klim sadhya Gopijanavallabhaya Svaha. In the corners of the hexagon are the bija mantras Hrim and Shrim. Outside the hexagon is the Krisna mantra which runs: Klim Krishnaya Namah. In the petals of the yantra is a longer mantra Namah Kamadevaya Sarvajanapriyaya Sarvajansammohanaya Jvala Prajvala Sarvajanasya Hridayamavamsham Kurukura Svaha. Around the eight petals are the Matrikas or letters of the Sanskrit alphabet while in the angles of the protecting wall are bija mantras Hrim and Shrim, once more.

Although commonly associated with Shaivite and Shakta concerns, in reality there is no sectarianism in the tradition. In many of the texts of the tradition, it is stated that it is only a fool who makes any distinction between the two. The forms of Vishnu, however, often have a more emotional tinge to them than those of Shiva, who can be portrayed as a highly terrifying figure. Trailokyamohana Vishnu, for example, in thePrapanchasara Tantra, is meditated upon as in the middle of a garden of Aeon Trees, scented with flowers and musical from the sound of bees, with his shakti Shri Lakshmi. She is bathed in sweat from her passion for him while around them both are the women of the household, all pierced by the arrows of Kama, god of sexuality, all shameless with their passion.

Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1996-2006. Translations are © Mike Magee 1996-2006. Questions or comments to


What is a Mantra?

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A mantra is a powerful sound, vibration or sacred utterance that is used to tame the wild mind/ego, provide focus and settle the consciousness into a profound state of meditation.
The word mantra itself, roughly translates to “mind/think instrument” and speaks directly to our subconsciousness.
You may be most familiar with the seed mantra “Om” (sometimes written as “aum”). This sound is believed to be the sound of the Universe, the sound in everything and of consciousness and by repetitively chanting it, it puts you at one with the Universe and expands your awareness. The ancient yogis claim that the sound “Om” was the very first thing in existence and subsequently created all of life.
Chanting, singing or repeating mantra as an incantation or prayer is believed to bring you closer to the Divine and in doing so is purported to have physical and emotional healing properties, for the individual and on a Universal scale.

Although believed to be created in ancient Vedic times more than three thousand years ago they are not just unique to Hinduism, they are used in many Eastern and Western cultures and practises. Ave Maria can be considered a mantra in Christianity and the infamous Tibetan mantra called Om Mani Padme Hum is called upon often for world peace.

Traditionally mantras are chanted 108 times; 108 being rich with mysticism and importance in Hinduism. It’s believed to be the number of eternity and the whole of existence as well as the number of nadis we have in our bodies. Often, people will chant their mantra using mala beads, which is a traditional, specially made string of 108 wooden beads and the process involves touching a bead with each repetition. In Hinduism, there is said to be 108 pathways to God, 108 Hindu dance forms and 108 meditations.
‘The Buddhism tradition talks about the 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions,’ Humanity Healing
SIDENOTE: Did you know that Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter?
One of the most notable long verse mantras in Hindu philosophy is the Gayatri Mantra(here’s a beautiful version performed by renowned artist, Deva Premal).
Om Bhūr Bhuva Swah
Tat Savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayāt
Here’s a close translation to English:
‘Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine Light. May he stimulate our understandings (knowledge, intellectual illumination)

பகவான் யோகி ராம்சுரத் குமார்

உண்மையைத் தேடி...

பகவான் யோகிராம் சுரத் குமார்

கலியுகத்தில் இறைவனை அடைய எளிய வழி நாம ஜபமே என்று கூறி, ராம நாம ஜபத்தின் மூலமே ஆன்மிகத்தின் மிக உயரிய நிலையை எட்டியவர் பகவான் யோகி ராம்சுரத் குமார். கங்கைக் கரையை ஒட்டியுள்ள நர்தரா எனும் கிராமத்தில், ராம்தத் குன்வர் – குசுமா தேவி தம்பதியினருக்கு 1918ஆம் ஆண்டு, டிசம்பர் மாதம் 1 மகவாகத் தோன்றினார் யோகி ராம் சுரத் குமார். கங்கைக்கரைக்கு அடிக்கடி சாதுக்கள் பலர் வருவார்கள். அவர்களுடன் பேசிக் கொண்டிருப்பதும், அவர்களது ஆன்மிக அனுபவங்களைக் கேட்பதும் ராம் சுரத் குமாருக்கு மிக விருப்பமானதாக இருந்தது. அது, அந்தச் சிறுவயதிலேயே ஞான வேட்கையை அவர் உள்ளத்தில் தோற்றுவித்தது


ஒரு சிறு பறவையின் மரணம் ராம்சுரத்தின் வாழ்க்கையில் பெரும் மாறுதலை உண்டாக்கியது. வாழ்க்கையின் நிலையாமையை அவருக்கு உணர்த்தியது. ஆன்மீக நாட்டம் அதிகரித்தது. இமயம் முதல் குமரி வரை சுற்றினார். கபாடியா பாபா உள்பட பல சாதுக்களின் தரிசனம் அவருக்குக் கிட்டியது. ராம் ரஞ்சனி தேவி என்பவருடன் அவருக்குத் திருமணம் நிகழ்ந்தது. ஆனாலும் மனம் துறவறத்தையே நாடியது. 1947ம் ஆண்டு திருவண்ணாமலைக்கு வந்தார். ரமணரின் அருள் தரிசனம் பெற்றார். பின்னர் சில நாட்கள் அங்கே கழித்தவர் மீண்டும் ஊர் திரும்பினார்.

யோகி, தன் குருநாதர்களுடன்

       சில வருடங்கள் கழித்து மீண்டும் ஆன்மிக தாகம் பெருக பாண்டிச்சேரிக்கு வந்தார். மகா யோகி அரவிந்தரின் தரிசனம் பெற்றார். ஸ்ரீஅன்னையின்…

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Ramakrishna Devotion to Kali-Ma (Part 2 of 3) by Nancy Vedder-Shults

nancymug_3Ramakrishna was one of the major poets who popularized Kali’s worship in Bengal, the northeasternmost province of India. Born in the early part of the 19th century, he was a Hindu saint in a tradition known as bhakti, where devotees lovingly surrender their hearts, minds and spirits to their chosen deity in a practice which leads to ecstatic union with the divine. Such devotion is easier for us in the West to imagine when the beloved is the playful Krishna with his sublime flute-playing and sacred lovemaking. But in Ramakrishna’s case, the object of his devotion was the fierce Kali, the wild and uncontrollable aspects of the sacred, to whom he devoted himself as a child would to its mother.

Kali with baby Kali as the mother of Shiva

In his best-known evocation of the Goddess, Ramakrishna observes her as a graceful young woman sinuously emerging from the waters of the Ganges. As…

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