Bhagwan Ved Staphana In MIAMI.(मियामी में )- 1975
On 7th July Gurudev arrived in Miami and stayed at the home of Shri Shyam Sahani who is an old and dear devotee.
Shri Shyam and Kamla Behan served Gurudev with utmost devotion all day long.
They are very loving, kind , humble and generous.
In spite of being very wealthy their compassion and generosity is worthy of praise!
On 8th July Gurudev gave a discourse at the famous local ashram of Swami Jyotirmayanandji.
A large number of local American people attended the discourse. Swamiji is a prolific orator and is very learned also.
He has been teaching Vedic Knowledge to the local people since many years.
He teaches them the esoteric teachings of the Vedas and makes them familiar with the Samskriti of our country.
He brings about a change in their disturbed minds and conflicts in their lives and shows them the way to utilize their lives as a human being in the right way.
His close disciple Devi ShriLalita Anand Avdhoot sang the welcome Stuti in English in her melodious voice and also played the piano.
That night Swamiji presented and consecrated BHAGWAN VED at their ashram.
Since several years great Mahatmas like Shri Swami Brahmanand ji , Swami Omkaranandaji . Swami Damodaranandji of
Ramkrishna Mission , Swami Jyotirmayanandji , Swami Keshavanandji , Swami Bhakti Vedantji and other Sants from Bharat
have spread the ancient Vedic Samskriti, Literature and Sanatan Dharma’s teachings and kept aflame this torch of light of
knowledge and brought the human race together by spreading the message of unity, solidarity and love.
They continue to give these teachings thereby making changing their lives and making it a Divine life!
This important and historical work continues to be carried out by such Sants even now.
Their work will surely be chronicled in golden letters in history.
- These Sants continue to share their knowledge with the people so that they can be relieved of the three kinds of sufferings—
- AdI Daivik. Adi Bhautik and Adhyatmik.
- Adi Bhautik literally means pertaining to the living beings.
- Adi Daivik literally means pertaining to fate, unseen forces and gods.
- Ādhyātmik literally means pertaining to the ātma or the body (and the mind).
Sorrow and suffering (duhkha, tāpa) are inevitable part of life.
Knowledge regarding their origin, causes and even categorization helps one to minimize their effect, if not eradicate them.
The scriptures usually call them ‘tāpatraya,’ (‘the three miseries.’) .
By dedicating their lives to Mankind these Virakt Sants find great solace.
Gurudev travelled at this late stage in life so that He could encourage and contribute to the good work carried out by such Mahatmas.
Gurudev travelled to many foreign countries to spread His Vedic Mission and it is for this reason that wherever Gurudev went
He was applauded by the various representatives of Bharatiya Samskriti Insitutions and felicitated and honoured for this pioneer work.
In Miami Gurudev gave a discourse on the Vedic teaching of Sangachham Samvaddhvam संगच्छध्वम् संवदध्वम्.
He said-“If the entire mankind learns to live in harmony then peace can be obtained very easily. They should live together, eat,
think, walk and work together to achieve this goal.
Vedas teach us to be one, and stay united and to speak in a sweet voice and to have a common agenda in life.
When thoughts and action are ONE then humanity can strive and achieve the status of Godliness!
On 9th of July Gurudev presented BHAGWAN VED to the Miami University.
Professor Okemoto gladly accepted this gift and expressed his gratitude.
Shri Swami Jyotirmayanandji’s disciples were very keen to have a question and answer session with Gurudev.
In spite of the short duration of time Gurudev accepted to participate in the program at their ashram on the 10th of July.
The conference was announced and the disciples asked numerous questions which were answered by Gurudev according to the
Shastras and by doing so their misapprehensions and doubts of the questioners were removed.
All the disciples were happy at the end of the Conference with the answers.
This session went on for more than an hour but finally it had to be concluded as it was time for dinner.
Gurudev were able to get good rest for five days at the ashram of Shri Swami Jyotirmayanandaji which was beautiful, quiet and scenic.
Since the 9th of June Gurudev had been travelling back and forth throughout USA and Canada and this travelling lasted for more
than a month although most of the cities there was only a three day stay.
This was a much- needed rest that Gurudev required.
Miami’s beaches are world famous and several ships come to this city.
The city has beautiful trees and the beach is shaped like a necklace and the amazing view can be seen far and wide.
वेदों में नारी -प्रतिष्ठा
THE STATUS/ PRESTIGE of WOMEN in the VEDAS.
During one of the talks Gurudev spoke on the prestige of Women as described in the Vedas.
It is said–
न गृहं गृहमित्याहुर्गृहिणी गृहमुच्यते।
वृक्षमूलेऽपि दयिता यत्र तिष्ठति तद् गृहम्।
प्रासादोऽपि तया हीनः कान्तारातिरिच्यते
Vessels and plates , wood and fuel and other such things in the house that are seen do not make a HOME but it is the housewife
which makes a home of all the things that are there in the house.
If per chance one has to stay under the tree in the company of the wife it can still be called a HOME but a home devoid of
the presence of a loving wife will seem like a dungeon even if it happens to be a palace!
NAARI tu NARAYAANI नारी तू नारायणी
is the famous injunction in the Vedas which is an important part of Bharatiya Samskriti.
We get this term from Rig Ved 3-53-4.
जायोदस्तम्=जाया+इत्+अस्तम्= पत्नी ही गृह है I
A wife is the HOME or in other words a Home stands for a wife.
It is our ignorance that makes us believe that women did not have any prestige or dignity in the ancient days.
In the Vedas the word used for a woman is-
मेनाः which has been explained by Bhagwan Yasakacharya as
मेनाः मानयन्ति एनाः ( निरुक्त ३-२१ ).
The one who is honoured and respected by all is called मेनाः Mena.
Until a man has a wife he seems incomplete and is considered HALF अर्धा and he remains असर्व and असंपूर्ण unconsummated.
When he gets a wife –’JAYA’ and gets children to continue the lineage only then is man complete!
In Shatpath Brahman it is written —
यावज्जायां न विन्दते नैव तावत्प्रजायते
असर्वो हि तावद् भवति,अथ यदैव
जायां विन्दते अथ प्रजायते, तर्हि हि सर्वो भवति।
( श.ब्रा. ५-२-१-१०)
Maharishi Ved Vyaas has written in the Mahabharat–
अर्धं भार्या मनुष्यस्य भार्या श्रेष्ठतमः सखा।
भार्या मूलं त्रिवर्गस्य भार्या मूलं तरिष्यतः॥
( महाभारत १–७४–४० ).
Bharya भार्या ( wife) is the other half of man.
A भार्या ( wife ) is man’s best friend.
A wife is the foundation and helps in the three pursuits/goals of human life namely-
Dharm, Arth, Kama. धर्म, अर्थ और काम
She is the one responsible to help her better half ( husband) to cross the ocean of Samasra.
In the Vedic age the term used for WIFE was –
भद्रा वधुः ऋ.वे. १०–२७—१२
A wife is Auspicious and should always be कल्याणकारी ( conducive to one’s well being).
The welfare of the Atma( Atma Kalyan), welfare of the family ( Parivar Kalyan) and the welfare of the society ( Samaaj Kalyan )
all these qualities and capabilities are there in the wife.
Apaala Aatriyi, Vishwavaara Aatriyi, Ghosa Kakshivati, Ratri Bharadwaji, Vaaggambharani. Shradha Kaamyaani, Shachi Paulami,
Lop Mudra, Surya and Urvashi and many others were Rishikas who had the darshan of Ved Mantras ( they were the Dristhas (Seers) of the mantras).
Aditi, Usha, Indrani, Ila, Surya, Seeta, Vaaku Siniwaali, and other ladies have been praised in the Vedas.
There are STUTIS singing their praises.
From these examples it goes without a trace of doubt that the women had a prestigious place during the period of the Vedas—Ved Kaal.
They had a महनीय स्थान
भद्रा वधुः ( ऋ.वे. १०–२७–१२).