The Ultimate Power for Transforming Life






How many times do you know that you have to do something, yet you keep procrastinating and delaying? All the time - right? For example, you know you need to work out, you know you have to start eating healthy, you know you have to clean that closet, but you keep putting off the task. 


Your work piles up, and so does your stress level. What is one supposed to do under the circumstances? The answer is straightforward - Take action. Just do it. There is no need to think so much about it, and there is no need to analyze it so much. You just need to do it.


You are what you do

You make your life by the things you do. The choices you make and the actions you take on those choices. Life is an amalgamation of viewing our options, decision making, and taking action. With each action, you design your life-picture.


You are perceived according to your actions

People do not know what you are thinking of or what you want to do. They only hear what you say and see the actions you take. Pretty soon, those close to you will form their opinions of you not even on what they hear but on seeing the pattern of actions you take. What you do in various life situations will make the man or woman you are.


Results are achieved by taking action

You want to start a business, look for a job, go back to college or start a fitness regimen, but do not take the steps required for that endeavor will not get you the results you want. Results need dynamic action, and excellent results need a concentrated - focused effort.


Life will not change if you do not take action

If you do what you have always done, do not accept life to change in any significant way. Change requires taking responsibility and action. Action is that amazing life-transforming, the life-changing magic secret that changes life.


There is a belief that you cannot foresee results; you have no control over it. This loss of control on results often paralyzes people into inaction. They think they may do all the work, but what if there are no positive outcomes? What if the results are not achieved? Well, no one can know for sure. There are no guarantees in life. You need to know that you tried to the best of your abilities. That is the only control you have over our actions. But then again, anyone who ever tried anything to change life did not know what lay ahead. They all just tried and took a leap-of-faith.


That is the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. The successful ones decided to take action no matter what, while the unsuccessful ones keep thinking what if they met failure? It is actions that form our karma and our life. You will have multiple thoughts in your mind, but ultimately, it is what steps you take to define the person you are.

Aarti



Aarti: The Hindu Ceremony of Lights


The Aarti is one of the most important and popular ceremonies of the Hindu faith. The Aarti ceremony is said to have descended from the ancient Vedic concept of fire rituals, or homa. It is a prayer ceremony performed to greet and give thanks to the gods.  


Origin of Aarti

Many centuries ago, the ancient practice of showing light to a god's idol or statue, set deep inside the dark recess of a temple's cave-like inner compartment, lead to the practice of Aarti. To allow devotees a look or darshan of the sacred image, the priest would show an oil lamp from the Deity's head-to-toe while chanting Vedic mantras or singing a hymn. Gradually, this practice developed into the Aarti.


Meaning

In Sanskrit, the word 'Aarti' – "Aa" means "towards or to" and "rati" means "right or virtue." The Aarti is thus an expression of one's absolute and steadfast love and devotion towards God. It is sung and performed with a deep sense of reverence, adoration, and meditative awareness. This prayer is joyously sung to musical instruments' accompaniment, including drums, bells, gongs, and a conch-shell. Aarti is performed and sung to develop the highest love for God.


Practice

At home and in smaller temples, the Aarti is performed twice daily, in the morning and the evening. Often called the 'ceremony of light,' the Aarti involves rotating a lit diya or incense before God's sacred image to seek the Deities' love, energy, and blessings. Everyone, in turn, performs it.

The Aarti also features as a component of other, more elaborate rituals within Hindu worship, and is often the concluding prayer in religious assemblies and festivals. In the Indian tradition, the Aarti is a part of prayer in which live-fire is lit either as a Diya, camphor pieces, or incense. It is offering to the deities that we worship. It generally marks to end of the ceremony or Pooja.


Significance

Like other Hindu rituals, the Aarti has profound spiritual significance and sentiments associated with it. 

1). Like the diya or incense which burns itself to provide light and aroma, so do the devotees pray that their lives can be of service to others. 

2). Another simile associated with Aarti is that as the diya burns in praise to the gods, similarly, human beings should burn their ego and their preoccupation with the self? They must realize that life is for the service of others.

3). Furthermore, the way a diya provides light and dispels darkness, only the actual knowledge of God, can dispel ignorance and false understanding.


Lakshmi Mata Aarti

 Lyrics in Hindi

(ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता, मैया जय लक्ष्मी माता

तुमको निशदिन सेवत, मैया जी को निशदिन सेवत

हरि विष्णु विधाता, ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

1).

(उमा, रमा, ब्रह्माणी, तुम ही जग-माता

सूर्य-चन्द्रमा ध्यावत, नारद ऋषि गाता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

2). 

(दुर्गा रुप निरंजनी, सुख सम्पत्ति दाता

जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत, ऋद्धि-सिद्धि धन पाता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

3). 

(तुम पाताल-निवासिनि, तुम ही शुभदाता

कर्म-प्रभाव-प्रकाशिनी, भवनिधि की त्राता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

4).

(जिस घर में तुम रहतीं, सब सद्गुण आता

सब सम्भव हो जाता, मन नहीं घबराता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

5).

(तुम बिन यज्ञ न होते, वस्त्र न कोई पाता

खान-पान का वैभव, सब तुमसे आता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

6).

(शुभ-गुण मन्दिर सुन्दर, क्षीरोदधि-जाता

रत्न चतुर्दश तुम बिन, कोई नहीं पाता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २

7).

 (महालक्ष्मीजी की आरती, जो कोई नर गाता

उर आनन्द समाता, पाप उतर जाता

ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २


(ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता, मैया जय लक्ष्मी माता

तुमको निशदिन सेवत, मैया जी को निशदिन सेवत

हरि विष्णु विधाता, ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता) x २


Lyrics in English

[Om jai lakshmi mata, maiya jai lakshmi mata

tumako nishidin sewat, maiya jee ko nishdin sewat

hari vishnu vidhata, om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

1).

[uma rama brahmani, tum hi jag-mata

surya-chandrama dhyavat naarad rishi gata

om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

2).

[durga roop niranjani, sukh sampatti data

jo koi tumako dhyavat, riddhi-siddhi dhan pata

om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

3).

[tum patal-nivasini, tum hi shubhdata

karma-prabhav-prakashini, bhavanidhi ki trata

om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

4).

[jis ghar mein tum rahti, sab sadgun aata

sab sambhav ho jata, man nahi ghabrata

om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

5).

[tum bin yagya na hote, vastra na koi pata

khan-pan ka vaibhav, sab tumase aata

om jai lakshmi mata] x 2

6).

[shubh gun mandir sundar, kshirodadhi jata

ratna chaturdash tum bin, koi nahi pata

om jai lakshmi mataa] x 2

7).

[mahalakshmi ji ki aarti, jo koi jan gata

ur anand samata, paap utar jata

om jai lakshmi maata] x 2


[om jai lakshmi mata, maiya jai lakshmi mata

tumako nishidin sewat, maiya jee ko nishdin sewat

hari vishnu vidhata, om jai lakshmi mata] x 2



A Beautiful Aarti devoted to Ma Lakshmi

Ma Lakshmi Emerges

Lakshmi Emerges



How Lakshmi came in this world

Why was the ocean churned:

According to Hindu mythology, once upon a time, the fights between Gods and demons became extremely frequent. The Gods decided to procure the elixir or ambrosia or "Amrit" from the ocean's depth.


They wanted to gain immortality and overpower the evil demons for good. They realized they had undertaken a tough job. Neither the gods by themselves nor the demons by themselves could accomplish this task. The Gods decided to lure the demons to help them in this mighty task but make sure that none of the potion was drunk by the demons.


The task of the churning of the ocean:

The greedy demons agreed to help the Gods in acquiring the elixir. And so began the arduous task of churning the mighty ocean or "Samudra manthan". "Samudra" means the ocean and "manthan" means to churn.

 

To begin the task, the gods and the demons, needed a churning rod, a rope to tie it with, something to stabilize the rod from below, and two parties to pull from either side. 


The ocean's vastness finally made them decide upon the mountain called "Mandrachal Parbat" for the churning rod. Lord Vishnu provided his serpent called "Vasuki nag" as the rope. "Vasuki nag" was tied around the "Mandrachal Parbat," and the demon side held its head while the God's team held the tail. 


To stop the churning rod from slipping here and there, Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of a tortoise form called "Matsya Avatar". The high churning rod was mounted on the back of the tortoise to stabilize it. And so the churning began.


Gifts from the ocean:

Days turned into nights, and months turned into years, and still, the Gods and the demons churned away tirelessly. The sea became frothy and white. In due course of time, the ocean started to react to their hard work, and all kinds of gifts began to emerge from its depths. 


In total, fourteen precious presents called "14 ratnas" or jewels came out. They were * Rambha * Dhanu* Poison * Dhanvantri* Varuni * Kalpdrum* Elixir * Shashi* Shankh * Mani * Gajraj * Baj* Dhenu * Sri Lakshmi


The emergence of Poison from the ocean:

One item that came gushing out of the sea was Poison or "halahal." Both the Gods and the demons stepped away. Everyone felt scared. Who would step forward to accept this gift from the ocean? It was then that the mighty God Shiva came forward and took the Poison. He put it to his mouth and drank it all. 


As the lethal liquid moved down his throat, he held it from going down into his stomach by his incredible power. The Poison stayed in his throat, and due to its immense potent heat and energy turned the Lord's throat blackish blue. The Gods and the demons felt very grateful to Shiva for saving their lives. They bowed to him and prayed for his mercy and kindness always. From that day, Lord Siva came to be known as "Neel Kanth" or the God with a blue neck.


The emergence of Lakshmi from the ocean:

Then, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the frothy milky sea. She was so bright and beautiful, sparkling, and full of splendor that the Gods and the demons could not take their eyes off her radiant perfection. 


She emerged standing on a lotus and carrying a lotus in her one hand and a golden pot in her other hand. The vessel she carried had a never-ending continuous overflow of riches coming out of it. She wore a scintillating red saree and sparkling jewels. 


The light and joy she spread all around enchanted every onlooker. They beheld the goddess of prosperity as if in a trance. Everyone wanted her. She, however, only saw Lord Vishnu in her eyes. Lord Vishnu stepped up to her and took her as his beloved wedded wife. 


Goddess Lakshmi is the giver of both material and spiritual wealth. Together with Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi protects and preserves this world and helps us acquire all the riches and resources we need for a complete life.


The emergence of elixir from the ocean:

Finally, the ocean released the pot of elixir from its well-churned water. The God of medicine called "Dhanvantri" emerged from the sea, carrying the precious pot in his hands. The demons lept forward. 


Chaos ensued as everyone pushed forward to grab a little of the potion that would give them immortality. Lord Vishnu was looking at this development with a worried frown. He knew that the demons should never be allowed to drink this potion, or they would create eternal destruction in the world. 


He thought fast and transformed himself into a beautiful woman called "Mohini" or one who charms and has great attracting powers. The Gods and the demons fell under her charms immediately. 


She suggested they all calm down. Mohini, then, volunteered to share the elixir between the Gods and the demons equally. Everyone agreed. By using trick, guile, and charm, Mohini quickly distributed the potion to only the Gods. 


When the demons realized that they had been deceived, the beautiful maiden vanished, and Lord Vishnu reappeared. The demons now knew they had been duped by the Lord but could do nothing. Once again the world had been delivered from the evil and cruel nature of the demons by the grace of the Lord.