Save Temple of Lord Krishna in Russia

Russian Government and one XXX religious group (name purposefully not
mentioned here, search the internet for the religion) is trying to demolish
the one and only Vishnu (Krishna) temple in the whole of Russia.

A lot of Americans, middle east and Europeans are accepting Indian culture
and Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) these days. This is because the Vedic texts
like Gita, Bhagavatam, Puranas, Upanishads,etc give a lot of meaningful
answers which are not given by other religious texts. These includes
reincarnation, karma,the structure of universe and spiritual world,etc.

We are not saying that any religion is wrong or small or great. The Santana
Dharma teaches us to love and respect all bonafide religions

Hence many intelligent Russians are voluntarily trying to practice Sanatan
Dharma without leaving their original faith. But the XXX group nad some
government officials are scared of this growing popularity and are trying
their best to stop the masses to practice Sanatan Dharma.

Few years back they tried to Ban the Bhagavat Gita. Later they cancelled the
alloted land for the temple. Now they are up to Demolish the only Vishnu
(Krishna) temple in the entire Russia.

This temple located in Moscow, is made only by the Russians and are
struggling hard to maintain it and practice Indian culture in Russia. They
are tolerating the pain and injustice from many decades with a hope of peace
and brotherhood.

Many of the followers have been iimprisonedand brutally tortured (including
women and children) by the anti-sanatan dharma group.

This time the Vishnu devotees are requesting help from the entire world to
support them and help them through a peaceful process.

Hence the Indian Government and Russian Government has come up with a scheme
of receiving a miss call on 08030636341 to check out how many worldwide
support for the temple in Russia.

Hence we request you to give a miss call on  08030636341 to show your
support. The call will automatically disconnect and you will receive a
message thanking you for the support. Please do it as soon as possible.* We
have very less time. Your one miss call can bring a lot of change*

108 number and 108 beads in Japa mala in Sanatan Dharma

9 times 12: Both of these numbers have been said to
have spiritual significance in many traditions. 9
times 12 is 108. Also, 1 plus 8 equals 9. That 9 times
12 equals 108.

Harshad number: 108 is a Harshad number, which is an
integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is
from Sanskrit, and means “great joy”)

Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of
energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108
energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One
of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is
said to be the path to Self-realization.

Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the
Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine,
shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.

Pranayama: If one is able to be so calm in meditation
as to have only 108 breaths in a day, enlightenment
will come.

Upanishads: There are 108 Upanishads, texts
of the wisdom of the ancient sages.

Sri Yantra: On the Sri Yantra there are marmas where
three lines intersect, and there are 54 such
intersections. Each intersections has masculine and
feminine, shiva and shakti qualities. 54 times 2
equals 108. Thus, there are 108 points that define the
Sri Yantra as well as the human body.

Pentagon: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a
pentagon equals 108 degrees.

Marmas: Marmas or marmasthanas are like energy
intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy
lines converging to form them. There are said to be
108 marmas in the subtle body.

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related
to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related
to the future.

8 extra beads: In doing a practice of counting the
number of repetitions of the mala, 100 are counted as
completed. The remaining are said to cover errors or
omissions. The 8 are also said to be an offering to
God and Guru.

Chemistry: Interestingly, there are about 115 elements
known on the periodic table of the elements. Most of
those, around or higher than the number 100 only exist
in the laboratory, and some for only thousandths of a
second. The number that naturally exist on Earth is
around 108.

Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc
segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12
equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the
divisions within a whole.

River Ganga: The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude
of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and a latitude of 9 degrees
(22 to 31). 12 times 9 equals 108.

Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses
and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

Goddess names: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess
names.

Gopis of Krishna: In the Krishna tradition, there were
said to be 108 gopis or maid servants of Krishna.

1, 0, and 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher
Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in
spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or
eternity.

Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times
the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun
to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from
the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

Silver and the moon: In astrology, the metal silver is
said to represent the moon. The atomic weight of
silver is 108.

Numerical scale: The 1 of 108, and the 8 of 108, when
added together equals 9, which is the number of the
numerical scale, i.e. 1, 2, 3 … 10, etc., where 0 is
not a number.

Meditations: Some say there are 108 styles of
meditation.

Breath: Tantra estimates the average number of breaths
per day at 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy,
and 10,800 are lunar energy. Multiplying 108 by 100 is
10,800. Multiplying 2 x 10,800 equals 21,600.

Paths to God: Some suggest that there are 108 paths to
God.

Smaller divisions: The number 108 is divided, such as
in half, third, quarter, or twelfth, so that some
malas have 54, 36, 27, or 9 beads.

Hinduism: 108 is said to refer to the number of Hindu
deities. Some say that each of the deities has 108
names.

Islam: The number 108 is used in Islam to refer to
God.

Jain: In the Jain religion, 108 are the combined
virtues of five categories of holy ones, including 12,
8, 36, 25, and 27 virtues respectively.

Sikh: The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied
in a string of wool, rather than beads.

Buddhism: Some Buddhists carve 108 small Buddhas on a
walnut for good luck. Some ring a bell 108 times to
celebrate a new year. There are said to be 108 virtues
to cultivate and 108 defilements to avoid.

Chinese: The Chinese Buddhists and Taoists use a 108
bead mala, which is called su-chu, and has three
dividing beads, so the mala is divided into three
parts of 36 each. Chinese astrology says that there
are 108 sacred stars.

Stages of the soul: Said that Atman, the human soul or
center goes through 108 stages on the journey.

Meru: This is a larger bead, not part of the 108. It
is not tied in the sequence of the other beads. It is
the quiding bead, the one that marks the beginning and
end of the mala.

Dance: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian
traditions.

There can be several spiritual reasons which can be quoted in regard to significance of 108, but a very simple reason is that great acharyas like Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Sankaracharya, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nimbarakacharya, Vallabhacharya, and in modern times, Srila Prabhupada have all emphasized on a fixed count of chanting of the holy names i.e. 108 in every mala. So by following in the footsteps of the great devotees of the Lord, we please the Lord very easily.

Oh My God! Re-Answering the questions

Many of people who are religious or spiritual are unable to answer questions raised by OMG (Oh My God) movie they just neglect them or become atheist. But I found a book which clears all the misconception people have about religion  or Dharma.

This movie fittingly exposed the arrogance and hypocrisy of godmen. It also made several important points about specific religious practices as well as the generic role of religion in society. Oh My God! Re-answering the Questions responds to those points through thirty-two question-answers like:

  • Do we need middlemen to approach God?
  • Does God help atheists and oppose godmen?
  • Is religion made by man or by God?
  • When we don’t chant “Papa, Papa”, why should we chant “Krishna, Krishna”?
  • Does religion make people violent or helpless?
  • When God is present everywhere, why should we worship him in temple stone images?

This book will  present other side of the coin which was not in OMG movie. This book is written by Chaitanya Charan das he is a monk in Pune, India.

I really loved his answers that is the reason why I am sharing it with others.  Here is Oh My God Re-Answering the questions.

Why do karmic reactions not come in this life itself?

Different seeds fructify after different time durations. Grains harvest after two or three months, some fruit seeds produce fruits after twenty years and some seeds may even take hundred years to fructify. Every action that we do is like a seed sown. The seed will fructify and we cannot escape the result. One may say, “I don’t like this fruit, I don’t want it.” But one will be forced to eat the fruit, even if it is thorny. The reactions will come, but different types of karma seeds (actions) have different time durations after which they fructify.

Why do different actions give reactions after different time durations? To understand this, let’s probe deeper into the mechanism of karma, as is illustrated through an incident from the Mahabharata.

After the bloody Kurukshetra war, Dhritrarashtra asked Krishna, “I had hundred sons and all of them were killed in the war. Why? Krishna replied, “Fifty lifetimes ago, you were a hunter. While hunting, you tried to shoot a male bird, but it flew away. In anger, you ruthlessly slaughtered the hundred baby birds that were there in the nest. The father-bird had to watch in helpless agony. Because you caused that father-bird the pain of seeing the death of his hundreds sons, you too had to bear the pain of your hundred sons dying.

Dhritarastra said, “Ok, but why did I have to wait for fifty lifetimes?” Krishna answered, “You were accumulating punya (pious credits) during the last fifty lifetimes to get a hundred sons because that requires a lot of punya. Then you got the reaction for the papa (sin) that you have done fifty lifetimes ago.”

Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (4.17)

karmano hy api boddhavyam
boddhavyam ca vikarm an ah
akarm an as ca boddhavyam
gahanä karmaëo gatih

“The intricacies of action are very hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what action is, what forbidden action is, and what inaction is.”

that the way in which action and reaction works is very complex. God knows best which reaction has to be given at what time in what condition. Therefore, some reaction may come in this lifetime, some in the next and some in a distant future lifetime.

Sanatan Dharma

Sanatan Dharma is is the original name of what is now popularly called Hinduism or Hindu Dharma. The terms Hindu and Hinduism are said to be a more recent development, while the more accurate term is Sanatana Dharma. It is a code of ethics, a way of living through which one may achieve moksha (enlightenment, liberation). It is the world’s most ancient culture and the socio, spiritual, and religious tradition of almost one billion of the earth’s inhabitants. Sanatana Dharma represents much more than just a religion; rather, it provides its followers with an entire worldview, way of life and with a coherent and rational view of reality.

Sanatan Dharma, a Sanskrit phrase meaning “the eternal law“, or the “eternal way” of living