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The Wolf and the Crane

Posted by kathavarta on May 16, 2015

A feeding wolf got a small bone stuck in his throat and, in terrible pain, begged the other animals for help, promising a reward.

At last the Crane agreed to try and, putting its long bill down the Wolf’s throat, loosened the bone and took it out.

But when the Crane asked for his reward, the Wolf replied, “You have put your head inside a wolf’s mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you.”

Lesson: “You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.”

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The Lion, the Panther and the Fox Who Went Hunting

Posted by kathavarta on May 16, 2015

One day the lion, the panther and the fox went hunting together, and it was agreed that whatever they caught would be shared between them. After lulling a large stag, they decided to have a hearty meal. The lion asked the panther to divide the spoils, and after the panther made 3 equal parts, he told his friends to take their pick, whereupon the lion, in great indignation seized the panther and tore him to pieces. He then told the fox to divide the spoils, and the fox gathered everything into one great pile except for a tiny portion that he reserved for himself.

“Ah, friend,” asked the lion, “Who taught you to divide things so equally?”

“I needed no other lesson,” replied the fox, “than the panther’s fate.”

Lesson – Better to learn from the mistakes of others than commit your own
Mental Model – Vicarious Learning

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Fisherman and a Banker

Posted by kathavarta on April 11, 2015

Dear Readers,

After a very long time, I have decided to contribute something for my one of the favourite blog KATHAVARTA.

It is so very weird that, the Varta (Story) is little-bit related to my own life :)

Let’s enjoy the Varta first:

An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village, when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.

The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican fisherman replied that he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”

The investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”

Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a bigger city where you would run your growing enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions.”

“Millions? Then what?”

To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”

Moral:
Now do not take me wrong. I am not saying to not to work or do anything that can give you financial freedom, do that first. But at the same time do not forget to enjoy the life.

Thanks for stopping by to my website.

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 9

Posted by kathavarta on June 10, 2011

Japa Meditation is one of the best techniques of meditation you can practice daily to ease negative karma and sin. The reason it is so effective is because Japa focuses your attention on the Divine, the very source of your true self.

Japa meditation is the chanting of a repetitive saying or mantra associated with God.

This form of meditation is widely used by practitioners of all religious faiths by focusing on and repeating the name of their chosen deity, or by chanting a saying or prayer to their deity.

It is also used by spiritual aspirants who have evolved to the awareness that the Spiritual Masters who taught the truth are beyond religion. Spiritual is Spiritual, not religious.

You don’t have to be Hindu to believe in Lord Krishna, nor Buddhist to believe in Lord Buddha, nor Christian to believe in Lord Jesus Christ. Their teachings of spiritual reality and truth are beyond religion.

To practice this method you must simply chant a mantra or saying repetitively with devotion and surrender.

The human mind is limited by the ego. It is widely accepted that we cannot perceive reality. Everyone perceives their own reality based on the programs and influences that one has been exposed to throughout their lives. This is the grand illusion.

Aligning yourself with the powerful energy of God, by whatever name, or by one of the human Avatars of God, you will gain control of your mind, purify your spirit, and raise your level of consciousness.

The Power of God is infinite, and it is the source of all true love, joy, and happiness. God is also the source of Salvation, Liberation, Illumination, and Enlightenment.

Chants may be said out loud or within the mind. Thoughts are things, and God sees and hears all.

Japa may also be practiced at any time by merely chanting the mantra silently during daily activities. After a while the mantra will continue on its own in the back of your mind and you will be continually in a state of peace and protection. Your soul will remain pure as God is constantly held in mind.

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Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.com. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 8

Posted by kathavarta on June 9, 2011

Meditation of many kinds is used by people all around the world to ease stress and calm the mind. There are a wide variety of types of meditation, all of which include removing all outside stimuli and clearing the mind to focus on one singular image or thought. Many meditative practices are done by listening to a recording of rainfall or bird songs, or by sitting in total silence and thinking of a calming scene such as a deserted beach or a vast desert. Some techniques involve the mental repetition of a word or phrase.

Japa meditation accomplishes clarification of the mind and spirit through the use of a spoken chant called a mantra. The mantra can be any word you like, as long as it is uplifting and encouraging to you. Many people use the name of the deity they worship, such as God or Jehovah, which can be a powerful and divinely inspiring mantra. The word can be the name of an item you find enjoyable or soothing, such as the name of a flower or a river, or a word that rolls smoothly off your tongue or you can use a phrase from a favourite poem or Bible verse.

There are various practical physical aids that can be used to progress in Japa medication, and they are based on sound psychological and natural principles. The telling of rosary beads is the most familiar form of Japa meditation to Western practitioners. The telling of rosary beads is a form of Japa meditation Catholics are familiar with. A Japa mala, which is similar to a string of rosary beads, is often used while repeating a mantra. Holding the beads in your fingers helps to foster alertness and offers a focus for releasing physical energy. Passing the beads through your hands is an aid to the rhythmic, continuous recitation of the mantra.

A mala consists of 108 beads, with one additional bead that is larger than the others. This bead is called the meru, and the finger should not cross the meru while the beads are passing through the fingers. It is slightly larger so that it can signal when 108 repetitions of the mantra have been done. When the meru is reached, the beads are reversed in the hand and the mantra recitations continue as long as desired. As the mantra is chanted, the thumb and the third finger are used to roll the beads, and the index finger is never used. The mala must not be allowed to hang below the navel, and it should be wrapped in a clean cloth when it is not being used.

Before beginning the mantra, a prayer should be said to induce purity of feeling and a meditative state. With eyes closed, concentrating either on your heart or your mind, you should ask for the aid of your deity and pronounce the mantra distinctly. The repetition that follows must be neither too fast nor too slow and careful thought must be given to the meaning of the mantra. If your mind starts to wander, you can increase or decrease the speed or volume of the mantra to keep alert. You can repeat the mantra aloud for a while, then whisper or hum it, and then recite it mentally. Variety in Japa is necessary to sustain interest, avoid fatigue, and counteract the monotony that can arise from constant repetition of the same syllables. The mind needs variety or it becomes tired. However, even mechanical repetition that is devoid of feeling has a great purifying effect.

When first beginning Japa meditation, a beginner may tire of the endless repetition and give up too soon, after five or ten minutes of repeating the mantra. The syllables may start to sound meaningless—mere syllables and nothing more. But by continuing to persevere for at least thirty minutes without interruption, you will give the mantra time to work itself into your consciousness and you will begin to notice the benefits within just a few days.

Meditating on the image of your chosen deity while repeating the mantra adds tremendously to the effectiveness. A prayer upon concluding the meditation is important. When Japa meditation is completed, you should not plunge immediately into the worldly activity that normally surrounds you. Sit quietly for about ten minutes, reflecting on God and feeling His presence. As you slowly return to routine duties, the spiritual vibrations created by your meditation will continue to remain intact. The more routine your meditation becomes, the more likely that this current will be maintained at all times, no matter what you are engaged in.

Many philosophers suggest that when you are doing manual work, you should give the hands to the work but give the mind to God. Like a woman who can talk to her friends while knitting continuously, the mantra repetition involved in Japa meditation can sustain the mind during daily activities. With practice, the manual work of tracking the mala beads will become automatic. When the mantra can be repeated throughout the day, God’s consciousness will permeate your life, bringing you peace and spiritual renewal each day.

By Linda Orlando, on buzzle.com

Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.org. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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Importance and Meaning of Japa Series: 6

Posted by kathavarta on June 7, 2011

Japa mantra meditation, is a simple and effective technique that can be used both as a meditation practice, and in daily life. It focuses on calms the mind, while also creating a subtle vibrations a spiritual nature.

Japa is the Sanskrit name given to the repetition of a mantra. The use of mantra is a spiritual practice is not limited to the traditions of the East. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity for example both utilize the repetition of mantra.

As meditation practice, Japa is usually done with the use of a mala. A mala is a necklace of beads used for counting the mantra as it is spoken or thought. Commonly a mala has 108 beads and a larger head bead, sometimes called the Guru bead. Upon reaching this bead, the mala is turned in the hand and the count begins back again, the head bead isn’t passed.

This use of a mala, gives another dimension to the focus and attention of the mind while the mantra is being repeated. This focusing on the attention is one of the objectives of the practice. The mind likes to have something to do, the mantra meditation gives it something to do. The discipline and attention is to keep the mind focused on only that one thing.

Some people say that the word or words you use as the mantra are not important, as long as they have some positive meaning for you. The science of mantra, is one that is largely lost in a real and living way. However the power and importance of the vibration of words and their effect upon us, is becoming understood again through the work of Masuro Emoto. Basically each word has a unique vibration and that vibration has an effect. Therefore the word or words used will resonate their vibration within the user as they are spoken or thought.

The most powerful mantra is one given to us by a fully realized, or perfect Master. This can be a form of initiation with the Master, as they whisper the mantra in your ear, they imbue it with their consciousness. The mantra then is a means of connecting with the consciousness of the Master and regardless of the actual mantra can be a means of devotion.

The quality that the repetition is done with also has a significant effect. The mantra can be repeated mechanically which may focus the mind and have a certain benefit. When the mantra it is repeated with feeling the effect is greatly heightened. This effect reaches its pinnacle when the mantra is repeated the feeling of love.

Reaching this quality of love in the practice of japa its probably easiest when the mantra is of a particular deity or god. For example Om Namah Shivayah. For such mantras, the repetition becomes a communion with the beloved and invites the consciousness of the chosen aspect of the divine into the devotee. Like any form of spiritual practice there is the development of a deeply intimate and personal relationship. It is true the development of this intimacy with that any mantra will eventually reach feelings of love.

Ideally the repetition of mantra ultimately leads to silence. In practice, this may come from a period of chanting the mantra aloud, followed by repetition is a barely audible whisper, leading into silent repetition, ultimately leading into silence. If silence does not arise it is not an indication that something is being done wrong, it is not something that can be created or forced artificially. As with all spiritual practice patience, discipline and dedication lead to the subtler rewards.
With time as we begin to experience these subtler levels of mantra meditation we will find that willpower is no longer necessary to remember and repeat the mantra. Instead, the mantra rises and repeats itself and the practice is more one of paying attention to this process. When this happens the speed and feeling also become spontaneous. We will probably also naturally drop counting as the mantra repeats.

By this time a mala, as well as all the other aspects that we formulated as part of the ritual practicing Japa may seem unnecessary. They do however still have roles. Over time they have become the familiar conditions associated with entering meditation. So while it may no longer be necessary to counter is the mantra is repeated, it may be the simple act of picking up the mile that initiates connection with this deeper inner state.

We may also find that by now a part of our mind is constantly repeating the mantra, and are we are not aware of it all the time. Certain simple repetitious actions, walking for example, will connect us with this on-going repetition of the mantra in our minds. This is obviously made easier when in the past we have made these connections consciously. The action of chewing while eating is another good place to establish this connection.

Another aspect of this shift to subtler dimensions of mantra meditation is that instead of repeating the mantra we feel as if we are listening to it. It is from this place of listening that the mantra will lead us into silence.

Ray Baskerville is a healer, meditation teacher, certified hypnotherapist, yogi and proud father. He has worked as a healer, taught meditation and yoga worldwide. Ray is also the creator and editor of lifedivine.net an online magazine for yoga, meditation, spirituality and personal development.

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Japa is my favourite method for meditate, as it takes me straight to my almighty, in a very simple and easy way. I am starting a Japa articles which was published on various good websites. I hope you may like my effort.

Last but very important, I and KathaVarta.com is very very grateful for all those websites who has published the meaning and importance of Japa meditation and I am able to recycle those great articles for this KathaVarta.org. I hope they will forgive me for the copy and Paste those articles for KathaVarta.com.

If you have any objection please do not hesitate to contact me on Katha@ymail.com, I will immediately remove the article from KathaVarta.com

May Lord Hari bless you.

HariAUM from Saurabh

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