Knowing Swami Vivekananda :1

By the grace of guru and these great people I am daring to tell some of the incidents about swami Vivekananda. Where ever I will make mistakes, please let me know, I will rectify it. I hope the readers and these great people will forgive my mistakes by considering me the immature and fool child.

I am not going to tell about Narendra in chronological order but I will share many incidents and facts of his life in Bits and pieces.

When it comes to know about Swami Vivekananda we must know about one person deeply. Without that person its impossible to talk about Swamiji.
The name is Ramakrishna Paramhansa.

It’s a terrible pair of guru shishya I have seen or read about.. Why am saying it?
Let me tell you.

We need to go back in time when swami Vivekananda was a college boy, hardly 20 years old. Everyone knew him by his name Narendra at that time. It was the time when Narendra met Ramakrishna first time.
There was big contrast in between these two, personality wise, mentally and in every sense.

Ramakrishna was a person who studied till his 2nd standard. In short he was kind of illiterate. He was from the brahmin family and pure vegetarian. He was so sensitive that his body used to reject food touched by a impure person. He never used to eat if someone has even tasted his food. He was so soft by heart. So emotional person.
He was the devotee of Maa Kali. Sagun upasana. Bhakti was his main stream of whole life and when he came in to the life of Narendra.

Narendra was totally opposite. He was the person of knowledge and kind of dry. He was from the kayastha family. Where the non-veg was the daily food. He was the non believer of the Sagun upasana. That is why he was the member of brahma Samaj. Where the belief was about only Ningana God. They used to take the oath that the member of Brahma Samaj will never pray in front of the statue or idols.

So here both are the believers of the total opposite things. Their daily habits and daily life was totally different from each other. But this illiterate man totally changed everything about this boy. He did not converted him , but he loved him the way he was. He nurtured his life like a true master.

Narendra used to live in the Shimla house at Kolkata. He was very bright student. Not academically. Because the mark sheets available of Narendra don’t show that he was the top ranker. Academically he was the average but bright student.

But overall qualities of this boy were extraordinary. At the age of 20 or 21 when he met Ramakrishna he was kind of atheist. He had his own thought process.

Narendra was the neighbor of Rabindranath Tagore. The father of Rabindranath Tagore was on the spiritual path. One day the young Narendra went to him when Devendranath Tagore ( Ravindra math’s father) was meditating.

Narendra was behind only one question. Is there a God? If anybody answers “yes”, his next question was have you seen him? The same questions he asked to Devendra Tagore. He got the negative answer. Narendra was disappointed.

the first meeting of Narendra and Ramakrishna Paramhansa was very different and unexpected. Narendra was the amazing singer. He was really good into the music. At the age of 18 Narendra wrote the book about classical music. Because of the lack of funding Narendra published it on somebody else’s name.

So what happened that many of the people knew him as a good singer. Once the Ramakrishna Paramhansa visited one of his devotee in Kolkata. The host of Ramakrishna Paramhansa knew about Narendra. So he called him to sing some devotional songs. Narendra went there and he sang a song.

As Narendra started singing, Ramakrishna lost his consciousness and went into the deep samadhi. After the program Ramakrishna held the hand of Narendra and took him into one of the room.

He started crying. He was asking Narendra ,” where were you my lord? I am waiting for you for so long. Where were you? ”

Narendra was confused and hesitant about the behavior of this man.
Ramakrishna told him again and again that he wants to see him again. Many times he asked the promise from Narendra, that he would visit Dakshineshwar. which was the place where Ramakrishna Paramhansa used to live.
Narendra was already annoyed because of such unexpected behavior. So to just get rid of this man he said, “yes I will come to visit you at the Dakshineshwar.”
Ramakrishna Paramhansa was so happy and joyful like a child after hearing his “Yes”.

Narendra did not know at that time that his life is going to change forever for the best.

Narendra’s third meeting with Ramakrishna Paramhansa. :

21 years old Narendra is in front of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Ramakrishna told Narendra to show his hands. Then he just took the palms of Narendra in his hands and he kind of lifted them to check something like weight of his hands.

He told the first fact but the brutal fact about Narendra at that time. he told Narendra that, “you are going to live very small life. You will not live longer.” Narendra did not know what to say. Everything about these 2 is mystical. Just magical.

Everything I have said above is properly documented. After this incident so many times Ramakrishna Paramhansa said to many of his devotees and shishyas that, “Narendra is not going to live long life.”
How come this illiterate man knew almost everything about Narendra in so detailed manner? Many of the live discussions have been recorded by the Mahindra Nath Gupta (M) at that time.

So this is how the two great personalities of India met each other. Whatever I am going to tell about them is documented. It is not some story from the story books or mythical stories. Many people who will read my post or the discussions of Ramakrishna Paramhansa about Narendra, they will feel that it’s a kind of magic and unbelievable. Even Narendra used to speak his disbelief openly.

But the great personality of India was under the great guidance had already begun.

The person who won the west and the East, the first person who made the western people to respect India was getting prepared for his mission of life unknowingly.

To be continued……..

The lone wolf.

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Are we slaves?

warning: only deep thinkers try to read it. The post is Not for all.

Do u believe in the love?
love means love for Ur boyfriendf or girlfriend or life partner. Most of the times, people initially feel that this is only person in the world who is made for them. They feel every kind of attraction for that person. Mental, emotional , intellectual, spiritual, physical. People also describe it as the companionship of many lives. We are made for each other.

I really appreciate that.

But as always my mind asks some basic questions.

For few seconds imagine that the person was not at all in existence, does it means that u would be all alone for whole life?

And you would not have felt attracted towards some other person? And feel the same? That he/she is the person made for you??

what if that person would not have existed, does it mean you would not have fall in love at all? With anyone else??

I think it’s impossible.

If he/she would not have existed at all or you would not have met him at all in your life, still you would have got someone else. That’s what my practical mind says.

So one question remains is why everyone feels that he is with the person who is made for him/her? Or why everyone keeps finding such person who is made for him/her?

I would say , it’s a pure illusion or the slavery.

Yes slavery.

We feel that we are the masters of our life and we choose the person we want in our life. But infact our this thought itself is a projection of the slavery.

It’s difficult to explain but still I will try at my best.
So understand the below points.

Have you seen the matrix movie? Where machines are using humans as their battery. But for that they create the illusionary world “matrix”. So in reality every person is sleeping and became a battery for the machines and he is living the illusionary world “matrix” in his mind as a daily life. All people are connected to that world. This dream life has been given by machines to these people. He never wakes up.
So machine has humans as slave to give them energy and they give humans the illusionary world, where people feel they are living the life of their own choice.

Now you will ask what is the relevance of this with love life?

Just replace the machines with nature.
Nature who always likes to be exist. Persist. Nature never cares about anything . For the persistence and existence reproduction is very important. Even sometimes destruction is also important. And nature acts on it.

So basically the feeling of love or attraction us there because of not what we feel it but it is because of what nature wants us to feel.

I am not saying that the love is not right feeling but I am saying the cause of such kind of love or attraction what human experiences for one particular person is delusional.

As I said above, if the oppoaite person does not exists still human will feel the same kind of love and attraction for someone else. He will find someone to live with. So it is not about the particular person practically. Even though we feel that it is for that one person only.

That is why there are so many attractions for the males and females. It is totally natural. Even though lovers living together, they also get attracted towards other people.

Maya in Indian mythology or Indian scriptures is not different than this. Everyone is under the illusion of Maya. That is why we do what she wants to get from us. So in this case nature is nothing but the Maya. Because nature wants to exist and persist, that is why the nature has given us the feeling to feel that attraction of opposite sex and we gave it the name as love.

But we are fools who dont understand that even if the person we are loving would not have existed, we would be loving someone else.

But we don’t even feel that our love is not originated within ourselves. It has been planted in us. The idea to feel those emotions of feeling closeness , being attracted are planted in us by nature. Nature doesnt care whether you are going to have sex with mutual understandings or by love and emotions or by force. Nature tells us just to have sex. Because he wants to reproduce either this way or that.

so it’s just about how we r under the illusion of nature.
it’s exactly like movie matrix.

we fools, think that I am in love. but we don’t understand that the feel of falling in love is the trick of nature. Nature uses us so amazingly that we even don’t understand that it’s not our own wish.

The beautiful brutal truth our feeling of love is the result of what someone else wants.

That is what Maya is. where we don’t realise itself that we r the slaves. we feel that we are doing everything as master. In reality we are completing the wish of nature.

That is why in Indian scriptures getting out of the attraction from the opposite sex is one of the step of getting free from the Maya. Everything around is Maya no doubt. but opposite sex attraction or sexual attraction is one of the biggest loop of Maya.

We can go into much more detail of this if we bring the one more factor called as Karma. It will be more complicated.
Because people will ask so many saints and enlightened people were married and had children. But one big difference is there that , for those people physical attraction and love is not the concern. They do it without keeping any expectations. They do it neutrally. They do it because there are some past karmas pending. So they have to go through all this things. they are totally neutral about this things while doing. so intentions and approach of those people is very different than us.

It’s like the difference in between drinking the alcohol as habit and drinking the alcohol as a medicine.

I guess I have made it complicated as I could. But I hope if someone deeply think about it he/she will understand the meaning what I want to say.

the final words I would say that we are the slaves of the nature. That’s why we feel the emotions like live for opposite sex mainly. Very few people can even understand it or realise such kind of slavery. And fewer of them will try to get rid of it. To become the true master. To become enlightened. Then nature won’t be their master.nature won’t be able to make them slaves. They would use nature as per their wish. Like a true master.

The lone wolf.

स्त्री

“स्त्री”

कोणतीही वाईट गोष्ट किंवा अन्याय हा हजारो वर्ष चालत आला की अक्षरशः रक्तात, पेशिपेशित आणि मानसिकतेत घुसतो. मग ती एक नैसर्गिक प्रक्रिया होत जाते. मग ते अन्याय आणि चुकीच्या गोष्टी देखील गोड आणि चांगल्या वाटत जातात.
ज्या स्त्रिया अजून स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या नाहीत किंवा शिकलेल्या नाहीत त्यांची गोष्ट सोडा पण आज ज्या करोडो स्त्रिया नोकरी करतात स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या आहेत. त्यांचेच उदाहरण देतो.
1. अगदी सुरवातीच्या काळात कोणत्या मुलीला हे आवडले असेल की आपले नाव लग्नानंतर बदलले जावे? आपले आडनाव बदलले जावे? ज्या बाळाला आपण 9 महिने पोटात ठेवले त्याला फक्त बापाचे नाव लावले जावे?
हजारो वर्षांपूर्वी जेव्हा या गोष्टी सुरू झाल्या तेव्हा किती प्रचंड त्रास झालं असेल. त्यात जबरदस्ती झाली असेल. पण अगदी 10 ते 20 वर्षांपूर्वी आणि अजून देखील ही गोष्ट इतक्या सहजपणे आणि इतक्या खुशीने आणि आनंदाने ही गोष्ट घेतली जाते. हल्ली बऱ्याच मुली लग्ना नंतर नाव बदलत नाहीत हा बदल होतोय. पण खूप कमी आहे. बऱ्याच मुली लग्ना नंतर माहेरचे आणि सासरचे दोन्ही आडनाव सोशल मीडिया वर लावतात. कोणता मुलगा किंवा पुरुष असे करताना दिसला का? आत्ता आत्ता प्रत्येक फॉर्म मध्ये आईचे नाव लिहायची सोय आली. पण हे देखील फक्त फॉर्मवर. 20 एक वर्ष आधी पर्यंत असे काहीही नवते. परंतु आज देखील कोणत्याही मुलाला नाव विचारले की स्वतःचे नाव मग बापाचे नाव आणि मग आडनाव असेच सांगितले जाते.
त्यामुळे आज काल शिकल्या सावरलेल्या मुली, स्वतःला स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या समजत असलेल्या मुली देखील वरील सांगितलेल्या गोष्टी सर्रास करतात.
किती अश्या मुली माहित आहेत ज्या नाव बदलत नाहीत? आडनाव देखील बदलत नाहीत? ज्या लग्न नंतर आपले पासपोर्ट किंवा अन्य कागदपत्रात नाव आडनाव तेच ठेवतात? हातावर मोजण्याइतकेच असतील.
2. कोणत्या माणसाला असे वाटेल की आपल्या पार्टनर ल आपल्या शिवाय अजून पण कोणी पार्टनर असावा?आपल्या नवऱ्याला आपल्याशिवाय 2 बायका असाव्यात?
पण कैक धर्मात असेच चालू होते. अजून देखील सर्रास चालू आहे. महाभारतात द्रौपदीने 5 नवरे केले तर तिला वेश्यां ठरवले गेले ते पण भर दरबारात.
अजून देखील काही धर्मांमध्ये आपला नवरा अजून बायका आणेल ही गोष्ट सहज मानली आहे ,
कारण अन्याय हा पेशीपेशित भिनलेला आहे. स्वीकारला गेलेला आहे.
आणि जेव्हा याच्या विरूध्द काही घडते मग मात्र पुरुष समाज बिथरतो. धर्म बिठरतों.
मग ते सावित्री बाई फुले, रमा रानडे यांनी चालू केलेले पाहिले स्त्री शिक्षण असो किंवा तीन तलाक चा कायद्यावर बंदी आणणे असो.

वेद हे साधारण 10 एक हजार वर्षांपूर्वी किंवा त्या आधी लिहिल्याचे सांगितले जाते. वेद लिहिणे किंवा त्यांची रचना करणे यामध्ये मैत्रेयी, गार्गी अश्या अत्यंत विद्वान अश्या स्त्रियांचा देखील समावेश होता.
एका काळापर्यंत समाज हा मातृप्रधान अथवा स्त्रीप्रधान होता. त्या काळात पुरुषांवर अत्याचार झाले असे ऐकिवात येत नाही. कारण स्त्रीचा स्वभाव निसर्गतः आईचा असतो.
नंतर हा समाज पुरुष प्रधान झाला, सत्तेच्या आणि ताकदीच्या जोरावर.
समाज ही एक सतत बदलत राहणारी गोष्ट आहे. परंतु ही पुरुषप्रधान संस्कृती इतकी जास्त काळ चालू राहिली आहे.
फक्त भारतातच नाही तर जवळपास सगळ्या जगात. इजिप्त च इतिहास, रोम च इतिहास , कोणत्याही धर्माचा अभ्यास करा. स्त्री ल दुय्यम दर्जा दिलेला आहे नेहमी.
महाभारत , रामायण या काळात तर स्त्री जशी वागवली गेली तशीच किंवा त्याहून जास्त वाईट रित्या 1960 ते 70 पर्यंत परिस्थिती होती.

आत्ता आत्ता जाऊन गोष्टी हळू हळू बदलत चालल्या आहेत. आणि आता अजून खूप बदलतील. “आज कालच्या मुलींना असला माज आला आहे, स्वतःला जास्त शहाण्या समजतात”. असं वाक्य खूपवेळा ऐकू येते. लोकांना नावीन्य स्वीकारायला वेळ लागतो. दोन्ही बाजूच्या लोकांना, जे स्वतः बदलत असतात त्यांना देखील व जे बदल बघत असतात त्यांना देखील. ज्या स्त्रियांना गेली हजारो वर्षे घरात डांबून , नाही नाही ते धार्मिक अन सामाजिक नियम घालून त्यांना ज्या पद्धतीने वागणूक दिली आहे त्याचे अजून काय परिणाम असणार?
कोणतीही गोष्ट अत्यंतिक प्रेशर खाली दाबून ठेवली आणि प्रेशर काढले की ती गोष्ट उसळी मारणारच. ही नॉर्मल होण्याच्या प्रक्रियेतील पहिली पायरी आहे.

आज करोडो स्त्रिया नोकरी करतायत. स्वतःच्या पायावर उभ्या आहेत.
अजून खूप काही बदल होणे अपेक्षित आहेत. सामाजिक आणि धार्मिक स्तरांवर. स्त्री किंवा मादी या बद्दल माझ्या मनात खूप काही शंका देखील आहेत. पण आज ते विचारायची वेळ नाही नंतर कधीतरी.
पण तरीदेखील माझे प्रामाणिक मत हेच आहे. स्त्री ही अत्यंत खंबीर, कणखर आणि मानसिक दृष्ट्या पुरुषापेक्षा जबरदस्त ताकदवान अशी आहे. स्त्री ही बायको बहीण मैत्रीण काहीही असली तरी ती निसर्गतः आईच असते. प्रत्येकाची. आश्या प्रत्येक स्त्रीला ज्यांना मी ओळखतो किंवा ओळखत नाही त्यांना, आजच्या जागतिक स्त्री दिनी माझे अत्यंत आदरपूर्वक व भावपूर्ण नमन.

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The Trip to Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh is the one of the best Tiger reservoir in the India. It is comparatively a small jungle. But density of tigers is more, so the chances of the sighting is phenomenal. We 7 people decided to go to some jungle this year. we do it every year. our group is really interested in to wildlife, birding and photography. We are the group of people from age 20 to age 39. It’s the amazing combination of youth, maturity, excitement. So even though I love solo travels, I just love to hang out with these people for such trips. So we planned this year for the Bandhavgarh. We booked our safaris over online portal of the Bandhavgarh official government site. You can use below link for the online booking for the safari. Always book you tickets online only. It is the best and safe way. Yes, there are some on the spot entries available but those rules get change frequently. While booking online you can get the idea that how much rush and busy the jungle is going to be. https://forest.mponline.gov.in/ There are 2 options
  • full vehicle (for 6 people maximum)
  • single seat booking.
  • you can make your bookings as per number of people. There are 3 core jungle zones in this jungle.
  • Magadhi
  • Tala
  • Khitauli
  • All gates are good. When you book tickets give preference to tala then Khitauli and then Magadhi. This time we saw more tigers in Khitauli but that was the pure luck. Then we booked our stay. There are many resorts. Tiger hill resort, Mogli resort and many more. We booked our stay with Mogli resort. Here are numbers for the resort. +91 9301201244 /+91 9525156245 /+91 9479754540 / +91 9993615832 Then we booked our tickets for train from Pune to Jabalpur. from Jabalpur its around 160 km via road. You can book a car at the Jabalpur Railway station or you can pre-book the car by discussing with your resort. The day came and Journey started on the 15th of Dec 2018. Train journey is always an amazing one, especially when you are travelling with your fun people. We booked the sleeper couch as it was a winter season. So there was no need to have Ac couch. But there is one issue with sleeper couch always as people disturb you as much as possible. the come and sleep in between your birth, so u have to be always alert from thief and such kind of stuff. So its better to book AC couch in terms of comfort and for little disturbance. We enjoyed the railway journey. It was the 17 hours of the tiring journey. We reached to the Jabalpur on the 16th of December 2018 at 2:30 p.m. from there Bandhavgarh is around 160 km. We decided to hire a cab from the station itself. He took 5000 rupees for showing us bhedaghat and then take us to our destination at Bandhavgarh. Bhedaghat is 20 km from the Jabalpur. It is the awesome place where you can see the river Narmada in it’s amazing form.We didn’t have much time to explore more places over there. So we just visited the dhuadhar waterfall. Here is the picture of dhauladhar waterfall. We reached to the mogli resort in the Bandhavgarh at 10:30 p.m. on the 16th of December. Hospitality in the resort was really amazing. The climate was cold. There were two villas reserved for us. They were really good. Overall we were excited a lot because of the climate and the thoughts of next morning jungle safari. We wear seven people. According to the Safari rules maximum 6 people can sit into the one gypsy. That’s why while online booking the tickets, we had booked the single seat separately. Six people in one gypsy nd one person with another group. It was obviously not feeling good to divide the group. There is no other choice. So we decided turn-by-turn one of our friends group will go into the another gypsy. I went like this for two times. Where I was the single person with another group in another gypsy. I purposely book the single seat Safari into the another zone of the Jungle. Because it is good if a single group is viewing two different angles at the same time. And this idea really worked very nicely. Whenever the 6 people did not see the tiger, the single person from the another Safari sighted the tiger. And luckily it was me and Onkar. You really got good photos of tiger. Now I don’t want to talk much… Just look at the Jungle what we saw in those 3 days and 5 Safari. The first photo taken into the Jungle in the early morning. It was taken with mobile Google pixel 2 XL. #pixelteam by Manasi. The beautiful jungle in the morning Gautam are the oldest elephant of jungle who is 80 years old. He is so beautiful, so calm. The photo is taken with the canon 5D Mark III and canon 70-200 f2.8 lens. The beautiful male nd female peacocks in the early morning enjoying. Mangu the very rare dominant male tiger: I saw him when I was riding as a single sheet with another gypsy in another zone. We sighted him for just 30 to 40 seconds when he crossed the road. On our last Safari 19th of December morning… She showed up. A beautiful tigress. She was dancing and running around us for 40 to 45 minutes. In that short period of time even we saw her killing a new born baby of nilgai. It was really sad moment when we came to know that it’s a newborn baby she killed. But it was a very rare site as well for enthusiast and a photographer. You are awesome amazing photos of her. What an amazing citing it was isn’t it? You can check this video, you will enjoy it. How the monkeys behave when these big cats are around. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2455970707758601&id=100000370884608 We were really happy because we got whatever we needed. Amazing time, amazing weather, amazing place to live. 19th December afternoon and evening we had nothing to do. So we decided to roam around the village. We met really amazing and exciting children over there. Our group members where really involved in them so much and everybody was playing the local game named as “Imli danda”. You can see the video of the pure happiness on the below link. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2450666741622331&id=100000370884608 Here I clicked some moments of the beautiful sunset and our group. The mogli resort was really amazing. The food over there is good but the accommodation and the area of the resort is overwhelming for any nature lover and photographer. It has really a big area and a number of trees and even a small river flowing through the resort area. In the summer the resort must be full of different varieties of birds. Following are the photos taken with resort. We started the return journey on the 20th December in the morning. It was really very exciting as well as mind relaxing trip as we expected. For namo photograph you can visit my Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/thelonewolfotography I should say thanks to all my group the way they made this trip memorable. They are amazing people. People with me like Chinmay , Atharva , Onkar are amazing artists and photographers. They are so good at spotting the animals and birds in the jungle that even guides gets astonished. They are just amazing. You can check their Instagram accounts here. You will be amazed once you check it out. Chinmay https://instagram.com/chinmay1nisal?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=rwqm88uqgunv Atharva https://instagram.com/atharva_dharane?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=n42s3ocjfd2a Onkar https://instagram.com/atharva_dharane?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=n42s3ocjfd2a Deepti my cousin, Manasi and Divya my friends do enjoy nature. They don’t need cameras to enjoy the nature. They just need their eyes and binaculars. They thoroughly enjoy nature and motivate us all the time… Summary: as we calculated individually we spend 16000 rupees. We had amazing travel lavish stay and too good jungle safaris. In 16000 rupees it was really much more than what we expected. The lone wolf Mayur