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<div style="width:920px"><span style="float:right"> <object style="height: 300px; width: 400px"><param name="movie" value=""><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="400" height="300"></object></span><b>The festival of Raksha-Bandhan is in fact hallmark of affection between brother and sister.</b><br><br> The festival of Raksha – Bandhan, which falls on Shravani Poonam is planned with the goal of protection of our physical structure with our auspicious resolve.<br> We make propitious resolves for one another- “By trying the Raksha-sutra today, we express good wishes for one another, “May it protect us from diseases, evil tendencies and evil acts for the whole year. On the day of Raksha-Bandhan, the sister applies Tilak on her brother’s forehead and resolves thus – “ The way Lord Shiva is three eyed, his eye of knowledge is open similarly may my brother enhance discrimination and detachment to open the eye of knowledge to see the light of Love personified God, leading to liberation. My brother may not get entangled in the dream like world considering it to be real, may he not be having only ordinary eyes of the physical body, may he be far-sighted may he not be the one who gets agitated easily. May he not become happy and unhappy in ordinary events (meaning thereby that may he have equanimity). May he become wise and patient. My brother’s intelligence, glory, fame and brilliance may never get diminished.”<br> The sister ties Rakhi round her brother’s wrist and offers sweets; the brother becomes very happy. The sister makes auspicious resolves for her brother and the brother has a virtuous disposition towards his sister. The brother should also do something for his sister. Nowadays there is a trend of giving a sari, dresses or some cash but this festival of Raksha-Bandhan does not aim at just giving cash or some gifts. If you have received a good-resolve made by your sister then even you should have an auspicious feeling for your sister – “If my sister faces any predicament or hurdle then it is my duty as her brother to reach to my sister to help her. Along with protecting the sister’s honor, money and food, the brother should also think that my sister may have a sound character and the sister by thinking that my brother may have an unblemished character turn her mind from lust towards Rama (Lord). By arousing the pure love of brother and sister many wars were prevented, which in turn saved many lives from massacres by this thread. <br>“Sarvarogopshmanm Sarvashubhavinashnam, Sakrutkrute Nashdamekam Yen Rasha Kruta Bhavet.”<br> “The amulet (Raksha Sutra) worn on this festival protects one from all diseases and evil deeds in the coming year” – (Bhavishya Purana)<br> This festival is a beautiful occasion to heal broken hearts. Its arrival ends family strife and mutual discord, and power of collective will reigns.<div>
<div style="width:920px"><span style="float:right"><object style="height: 300; width: 400"><param name="movie" value=""><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="400" height="300"></object></span> <b>Devotees celebrate Rakshabandhan festival with their Gurus (spiritual Masters) </b><br><br>Of course, Raksha-Bandhan is the festival of affection between brother and sister. It is a day to cement the ties of affection between a brother and his sister, a day to take an oath to observe complete self-restraint, and also the day when a sister receives a promise of protection from her brother. But there is also a deeper and broader significance to this festival. It is a day when we should make some pious resolves, when we should endeavour to experience the vicinity of the Lord and when we should pay obeisance to the Rishis. Brothers protect the physical and material wealth of their sisters, but Saints protect the treasure of our spiritual wealth.<br> Excellent disciples believe in the Guru not on the basis of some external miracles or so : but their belief is based on the peace of mind and bliss of the heart that they experience at the holy feet of the Guru. An aspirant remains ever anxious, lest the vices of desire, anger, avarice, etc. should rob him of his spiritual treasure. Therefore , he seeks the protection from the Guru. Raksha- Bandhan is an occasion to remind us of that protection (Raksha).<br> Raksha-Bandhan is the festival for worshipping the Rishis. This is a special occasion to change the Yajnopavita , a must at the time of auspicious ceremonies, worship of Gods, etc. It is day for introspection, and for performing and concluding Anushtanas towards spiritual self-purification. The festival of Raksha- Bandhan comes with the message of awakening your True- Self. </div>
<div style="width:920px" ><span style="float:right"> <object style="height: 300px; width: 400px"><param name="movie" value=""><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="400" height="300"></object></span><b>Vedic Raksha Sutra (वैदिक रक्षा सूत्र )</b><br><br>प्रतिवर्ष श्रावणी-पूर्णिमा को रक्षाबंधन का त्यौहार होता है, इस दिन बहनें अपने भाई को रक्षा-सूत्र बांधती हैं । यह रक्षा सूत्र यदि वैदिक रीति से बनाई जाए तो शास्त्रों में उसका बड़ा महत्व है । वैदिक रक्षा सूत्र बनाने की विधि : इसके लिए ५ वस्तुओं की आवश्यकता होती है - (१) दूर्वा (घास) (२) अक्षत (चावल) (३) केसर (४) चन्दन (५) सरसों के दाने । इन ५ वस्तुओं को रेशम के कपड़े में लेकर उसे बांध दें या सिलाई कर दें, फिर उसे कलावा में पिरो दें, इस प्रकार वैदिक राखी तैयार हो जाएगी । इन पांच वस्तुओं का महत्त्व - (१) दूर्वा - जिस प्रकार दूर्वा का एक अंकुर बो देने पर तेज़ी से फैलता है और हज़ारों की संख्या में उग जाता है, उसी प्रकार मेरे भाई का वंश और उसमे सदगुणों का विकास तेज़ी से हो । सदाचार, मन की पवित्रता तीव्रता से बदता जाए । दूर्वा गणेश जी को प्रिय है अर्थात हम जिसे राखी बाँध रहे हैं, उनके जीवन में विघ्नों का नाश हो जाए । (२) अक्षत - हमारी गुरुदेव के प्रति श्रद्धा कभी क्षत-विक्षत ना हो सदा अक्षत रहे । (३) केसर - केसर की प्रकृति तेज़ होती है अर्थात हम जिसे राखी बाँध रहे हैं, वह तेजस्वी हो । उनके जीवन में आध्यात्मिकता का तेज, भक्ति का तेज कभी कम ना हो । (४) चन्दन - चन्दन की प्रकृति तेज होती है और यह सुगंध देता है । उसी प्रकार उनके जीवन में शीतलता बनी रहे, कभी मानसिक तनाव ना हो । साथ ही उनके जीवन में परोपकार, सदाचार और संयम की सुगंध फैलती रहे । (५) सरसों के दाने - सरसों की प्रकृति तीक्ष्ण होती है अर्थात इससे यह संकेत मिलता है कि समाज के दुर्गुणों को, कंटकों को समाप्त करने में हम तीक्ष्ण बनें । इस प्रकार इन पांच वस्तुओं से बनी हुई एक राखी को सर्वप्रथम गुरुदेव के श्री-चित्र पर अर्पित करें । फिर बहनें अपने भाई को, माता अपने बच्चों को, दादी अपने पोते को शुभ संकल्प करके बांधे । महाभारत में यह रक्षा सूत्र माता कुंती ने अपने पोते अभिमन्यु को बाँधी थी । जब तक यह धागा अभिमन्यु के हाथ में था तब तक उसकी रक्षा हुई, धागा टूटने पर अभिमन्यु की मृत्यु हुई । इस प्रकार इन पांच वस्तुओं से बनी हुई वैदिक राखी को शास्त्रोक्त नियमानुसार बांधते हैं हम पुत्र-पौत्र एवं बंधुजनों सहित वर्ष भर सूखी रहते हैं । रक्षा सूत्र बांधते समय ये श्लोक बोलें - <b>"येन बद्धो बलि राजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः । तेन त्वाम रक्ष बध्नामि, रक्षे माचल माचल: ।" </b> -सुरेशानंदजी </div>

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Rakshabandhan Saved The Like Of Alexander
Rakshabandhan Saved The Like Of Alexander

Rakshabandhan Saved The Like Of Alexander

Even though the Greek emperor Alexander had made many conquests, still when he approached the kingdom of the valiant king Puru (Purushottama), he was greatly worried. He had heard about the high morale of the opposition army and the well-disciplined administration of the kingdom.

One of his spies confided, 'Your Majesty! Even though the state of king Puru is small, taking them on is a formidable task, tantamount to stepping into the jaws of death.'

The Greek emperor used to study his enemy from all angles before launching the attack. One of the better-informed spies said, 'Your Majesty! Hindus have a festival wherein a woman ties a Rakhi on the wrist of a man thus making him her brother. This binds the brother to protect her husband.' Alexander's wife overheard this conversation.

King Puru had made an announcement that on the day of Raksha-Bandhan, any woman or girl would be allowed to enter the royal palace and tie a Rakhi to the king and in turn receive the gifts of good wishes by the grace of God.' Observe Puru's magnanimity, for he doesn't say, 'they will receive a gift' nor does he say, 'I shall give the gifts.' How great Indian Sanskriti is! Puru considers God to be the real doer and not the ego.

Until now the ordinary girls and women were not allowed into the royal palace. But this time permission had been granted to all women. On the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, a foreign lady also joined the crowd of women proceeding to the royal palace. The soldiers were startled to notice her but could do nothing in view of the king's orders.

The foreign lady reached the king and tied a thread on the right wrist of the supremely righteous Puru. The wise king recognized her and said, 'I know you. You are Alexander's wife. Tell me, what do you wish for?'

She said, 'You and my husband will soon go to war. The result is uncertain. You too have a formidable army. I have come to you with a Rakhi. According to Indian Sanskriti, when a woman ties a Rakhi on a man's wrist, treating him like a brother, the brother fulfils her wish. And my wish is that you protect my husband.'

Alexander's wife had just tied a thread on Puru's wrist and how enormous is her demand in return! And look at the unequalled magnanimity of valiant Puru!

He says, 'I don't know who will win the battle. But if I win, your husband's security is assured.'

And what actually happened? Puru's brave warriors were fearlessly thrusting forward. Puru too moved ahead riding on an elephant, which gave a powerful blow to the chariot of Alexander, breaking it into pieces, causing Alexander to fall down on the ground.

Puru quickly got down from his elephant and drew his sword from the scabbard. Alexander's death was just one blow away but... India's Raksha-Bandhan festival came in the way! Puru stood there static with the sword in his hand. Alexander noticed that Puru could have killed him but was standing still. In the meanwhile, Alexander's soldiers came there and captured Puru!

Puru was brought as a captive before Alexander in the latter's camp at the battlefield. Alexander asked in his royal style, 'How should I treat you?'

Pat came the answer, 'As a king honourably treats another king.'

How high was Puru's morale! Although taken a prisoner, he had not been captured helplessly. Alexander had a change of heart. He stood up and said, 'Welcome O King!' He seated Puru beside him as an equal. Puru had guarded the Supreme tenets of Dharma and there Dharma stood guard for him.

'Dharma Protects its Protector.'

Alexander asked Puru in a low tone, 'I had fallen from the chariot and you had a sword ready in your hand. It was a moment's job to chop off my head, and you had so much time at your disposal. But you stood thinking about something and were taken captive. What were you thinking? What confused you?'

Puru replied with confidence, 'I was not confused.'

Alexander's wife could no longer hold herself back. She said, 'I had tied a Rakhi on his wrist. He has made such a big sacrifice to honour the inherent pledge of that Rakhi and to protect my husband.'

How marvellous Indian Sanskriti is! A mere thread saved Alexander's life!


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