Thousands of years have passed since the advent of the Treta Yuga. Yet, even now, everyone, right from children to elderly people, remember the name of Rama. The glory of Rama’s name is such that it has not diminished even a bit with the passage of time. This truth should be recognised by all. Rama is the name given to a form, but the name Rama is not limited to a form. Atma is Rama, and its true name is Atmarama. Therefore, wherever and whenever you remember the name Rama, Rama is there with you, in you, around you. Rama is one, whether you identify it with the Atma or with the form installed in your heart. Every year comes the festival of Sri Rama Navami. But we have not so far understood its true significance. You identify Rama with a form. But Rama is not limited to any particular form. It is the name that is latent in your heart. Many changes and variations keep occurring in the world, but the name of Rama is immutable, is eternal, unsullied, and everlasting. Rama was not an ordinary individual. He was verily God, who incarnated on earth for the welfare of mankind. People call God by many names like Rama, Krishna, Easwara, and Mahadeva. They are all the names of one God. You should recognise the glory of this name. Sage Vasishtha said, “Ramo Vigrahavan dharma (Rama is the personification of dharma (righteousness)).” Dharma itself incarnated in the form of Rama. You should follow dharma. Which dharma should you follow? Do not follow the dharma associated with your mind. Follow the principle of dharma that comes from your heart. Sita became the consort of Rama, who was the personification of dharma. Wherefrom did Sita take birth? Sita was born out of the womb of the earth. Since she was the daughter of the King of Videha, she was also called Vaidehi. This name had great significance, since it means one who transcended the illusion caused by body attachment.
Lord Ram is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who takes birth on earth when Adharma over rules Dharma. He protects all his devotees by vanquishing the roots of Adharma. Lord Ram was born on earth to destroy the demon named Ravan.
The occurrence of this syllable in most names used for Rama along with other clues is strongly suggestive that the festival Rama Navami antedates the Ramayana and it must have originated much before the Ramayana, as a ‘Sun-festival’ for invoking the Sun who was recognized as the source of light and heat even in ancient times. Many royal dynasties portrayed symbols of virility like the Sun, Eagle, Lion etc. as their progenitor. Rama’s dynasty considered themselves to have descended from the Sun. This could have led to the tagging on, of Rama’s birthday to a festival devoted to the Sun.
Significantly, the ancient Egyptians termed the Sun as Amon Ra or simply as “Ra.” In Latin the syllable Ra is used to connote light. For example, we have Radiance which emission of light, or Radium which means any substance emitting light or brilliance. The common element is the syllable Ra which in many languages is used to derive words for describing Sun or light.
Triple Power of the Name ‘Rama’
What are the inner meanings of the name Rama? The three syllables ‘R’, ‘A’ and ‘Ma’ indicate the three causes for human birth, namely Papamu (the sins one has committed), Thapamu (the troubles one experiences) and Ajnanamu (one’s ignorance). “Ra” represents the root letter for Agni (fire).“A a” represents the letter for the moon. “Ma” represents the root letter for the sun. What does Agni signify? It destroys everything and reduces it to ashes. The letter “R” has the power to destroy all the sins committed by man. The letter “Aa” (symbolising the moon) has the powers of cooling the fevers man suffers from and conferring peace on him. “Ma” represents the sun who dispels the darkness of ignorance and confers illumination of wisdom. Hence, the word Rama has the right triple power of destroying sins, conferring peace and dispelling ignorance….
Do your Nama-smaranam daily repetition of “OM RAM ” especially in the morning. Namasranam will always protect you as long as you follow dharma. You must become permeated with righteousness (dharma) so that every act is God-worthy. With the sharp chisel of intellect (buddhi), shape the mind (manas) into a perfect image of Dharma-murthi, the idol (or embodiment) of righteousness. Then you will shine with the splendour of the Divine. That is the task you should dedicate yourself to today. But donot hurt anyone mentally or physically and love all.
Today everybody utters “Ram,Ram.” But very few follow the example set by Rama. They are not true devotees of Lord Rama. At best they may be described as “part-time devotees.” True devotion means perpetual remembrance of the Name of the Lord and constant meditation on that Name, cherishing the figure of Sri Rama in the heart.
Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. Its remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.
The Maha Shivaratri is mentioned in several Puranas, particularly the Skanda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana. These medieval era Shaiva texts present different mythologies associated with this festival, but all mention fasting and reverence for icons of Shiva such as the Lingam.
The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil.
Tripundra refers to the three horizontal stripes of holy ash (vibuthi) applied to the forehead by worshippers of Lord Shiva. These stripes symbolise spiritual knowledge, purity and penance (spiritual practice of Yoga) and also represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva.
“Endeavour. That is the main thing, that is the inescapable task for all mortals. Even those who deny God today will have one day to tread the pilgrim road, melting their hearts out in tears of travail. If you make the slightest effort to progress along the path of liberation, the Lord will help you a hundred-fold. Shivaraathri conveys that hope to you. The moon, which is the presiding deity of the mind of man, wanes, until on the fourteenth day after full moon, it is just a tiny curve of glimmering glow. The mind too must be starved into that condition, so that man becomes free. Spend all the days with Shiva and the conquest of the mind is easy. Spend the fourteenth day of the waning moon with Shiva, reaching the climax of spiritual effort on that final day, and success is yours. “
Navratri, Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava – Nine and Ratri – nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights twice every year during mid-March and the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less depending on the calendar.
Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess.
On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.
The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth.
The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.
In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property.
A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures.On the tenth day of October Navaratri,the holiday of Dussehra an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.
Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami, or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. Indian, as well as Western scholars, have now accepted the period between 3200 and 3100 BCE as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on earth.
The celebrations of Janmashtami include fasting, singing, group prayer, preparing and sharing food, and visiting temples. Major Krishna temples feature recitations of the Bhagavata Purana and the Bhagavad Gita.
This year it will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 15. Our Mandir will be also celebrating this event. More details will be added to home page close to the date.
My humble Pranams to Divine Mother Sita, Mere Prabhu Ram and to my Guru Hanuman. Thank You for giving me this opportunity to Serve you.
My initial thought to setup this site came to me almost 7 years ago. The purpose was to provide general public with location of this beautiful Mandir which is nestled within the busy hub of Inner West where all can come and join in Ram Katha. There was also a pressing need to move with the time and as they say, ‘information is King’. Intention was to keep everyone informed of upcoming events and to provide community announcements.
Timing and right reason eventuates only with HIS Will. So here I am trying to develop a website for the first time and I see HIS Divine hand in everything that I am doing. In the process of coming up with this design and hosting platform, I had to go through numerous other designs before I came up with this and it has been always the case of not liking some fonts, widgets, templates, etc! I am sure the complexity of the forms will increase in time as our need grows and please feel free to comment and request.
We are open to suggestions to the way we operate provided these benefit the community and our vision. Please come forward and talk to our Mandir co-odinators or simply email us. We are planning to carry out lot of maintenance work to improve the temple’s appearance and the available facilities.
RAM’s Humble Servant
LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL, HELP EVER, HURT NEVER.
Follow Dharma (ie any correct action that leads to Love, Peace and Harmony) and Dharma Will always protect you!