Worshiping Nature is First Step Towards Spiritualism

 

 

“Lord Krishna”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiritualism is everywhere in some form and practices, the years old belief and tradition being carried out is not uncommon to any civilization. For me the nature and spirituality is two wheels of the civilization. That why the civilization developed on bank of rivers in all the countries like Egyptian, Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa and modern cities all dwell near rivers. People use to pray as well as dread nature. We have instances of worshiping nature in different forms in almost all the world from primitive time to present time.

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In India “Nature is Very Holy” it means that there is large number of holy practices done for nature. For instance, Hindus have custom of offering water to Sun ‘God Surya’ in the dawn. Special prayers are offered to rivers and cows. In fact cow is considered as mother in Hindu religion and is considered as able to cure many problems and diseases, how can we forget Lord Krishna’s affection towards cow. It’s astonishing that Krishna’s village main source of income was dairy and dairy products. And the village “Vrindavan and Brij” was very rich and prosperous and use to pay high revenue to the king with great ease. Cow is given high respect and considered as ‘Mata or Mother’ in Hindu household.

 

 

Many trees are also worshiped in India and have mythological importance; the combining of nature with holy beliefs had big reasons. In simple words Nature, is principle and whole universe is at its dependability. Disturbing nature means you are letting the universe in danger. The changing tradition, industrialization has become lethal to mankind and for posterity. It’s important that we all understand the basis of civilization and nature first then proceed; this will help in good development of society, city and nations. We should all come together in preserving he culture and keeping the modern trends in equilibrium.

My instance of Sun as God is simply to pull your attention towards global warming. Cows and cattle folk are losing importance and are being slaughtered brutally across the world. My heart cries seeing the plight of rivers in India and cows brutally skinned for taste and leather.

Temples of South India Architectural Masterpiece and Strong Cultural Beliefs

I want to travel, to learn spirituality belief of many people at particular region. As the values are attached with particular belief with respective region and religion. India is land of diversification, you will find large number of cult practices and they follow very strict regime. India offers abode to spiritual tourism for all sects like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jewish. Hinduism, etc. The Vedic culture has deep roots in India. In fact Vedas, Purana and Upanishads are holy scriptures which forms the basis of civilization.

 

 

 

 

Its surprising that Indian scriptures written millions of years back holds all details of evolution of man kind, their development and dissolution of the evolution. The intellectual verses, hymns have manifold knowledge of karma, birth, rebirth, reincarnation etc are topics of interest. With every temple, there is interesting folklore associated which makes the importance of temple even more and gives us reason to have faith in them.

 

 

Seeing seers and hermits doing all sort of typical worships, prayers and noticing them performing some amazing rituals makes me petrified and  amused.

To begin my spiritual tourism I would prefer southern India as it fascinates me very much, mostly temples are built beautifully, magnificently stone carved and adorned with gold and silver work and craftsmanship and highly sophisticated architecture. Besides, structural beauty, deities of Goddess and Gods are immensely beautiful and catches the attention very easily. The customs of shrine worship differ from temple to temple as I have heard. People traveling from far-off places pays their respect with lots of devotion and belief.Many are being heard of giving thousands and lakhs of money or gold in temples to revere the deities.

My main motive to travel south is to visit as many temples I can to get blessed by  Gods and to learn customs and understand the reason for the belief of people.  

Amazing Araku Valley and Borra Caves

Its looks like ribbon of a maiden is flowing over a green dress…Araku Valley

Araku valley is must see off-beaten tourist destination from Vizag 115kms away, offers lovely scenic view of nature and valley is really splendid rich with vegetation. The valley is 600 to 900 above sea level and gives mesmerizing treat of nature. It is easily scaled by road but I would suggest better go by train, you will enjoy more, around more than 58 tunnels and 84 bridges come on the way and this is really a terrific  experience of beauty, darkness and sweet smell of filter coffee sold by vendors in train.The coffee plantation offers a aroma in atmosphere and draws your mind towards the awesome plantations. The weather is pleasant thorough out the year.

 

 Train Crossing One of the tunnels of Araku Valley

 Woody Araku Valley

Thematic Light Effects in Paleolithic Borra Caves

Borra caves, you can witness here paleolithic caves million year old, nestled deep at the height of 800-1300 m from mean sea level. Borra caves was uncovered by British geologist William King in 1807. What makes Borra caves unique is its structure of stalagmite and stalactite. The weird formation of lime deposits looks amazing and the thematic lighting presentation, which gives the cave mystifying and alluring experience to its visitors and makes us think of long forgotten civilization.

A mythology is associated with Borra caves that Lord Rama stayed here with wife and brother during exile and this particular forest is believed as Kishkinda forest of that period.

I have visited both the places eight years back and feeling good to write little bit about this lovely place. I was very much attracted with the localities, their innocence, beauty, handicrafts everything, tribal people are nice and welcoming.

Explore the Most Enthralling “Rishi Ganga”

Explore Second Highest Peak of India “Nanda Devi” and Bewitching “Rishi Ganga”

No doubt the world is full of alluring natural beautiful landscapes. The scenic enthrall small journey which I am going to take you through virtual world is going to give you an awesome experience. Let’s explore little bit about a Gorge in Nanda Devi Mountainous and sanctuary region called as “Rishi Ganga.” The most daunting sanctuaries of world located in Garhwal-kumaun region offers splendid wilderness majestically. The Nanda Devi sanctuary is divided into two parts viz. inner and outer. The high ridges on the north, east and south sides surrounds the sanctuary, the ridges which descends from the north and towards south facing Rishi Ganga Gorge, which forms a lovely brook and drains the Nanda Devi sanctuary towards the west. The mountain formation is in round form and looks fabulous. The west part of the ring is bit sloping down where Rishi Ganga drains 380 square meters of ice and snow making it a wonderful gorge.

Until 1934, Rishi Ganga and Nada Devi was unknown and unreached portion of Himalayan region. But slowly it came to known and became accessible to locals and tourist. Soon, it started losing sheen and became vulnerable with poachers, loggers etc. In the year UNESCO described it under World Heritage Site in 1988 along with “Valley of Flowers’. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve comprising total protected area of 2,236.74 km sq. This vast region is now under protection of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since2004.

For Himalayan trekking expeditions you can explore the most enthralling Himalayas enthusiastically by going for trek with expert team and get yourself drench with adventure euphoria and adrenalin flow much faster giving you lifetime experience.

“Beckoning Valley of Flowers”

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“Valley of Flowers” the name seems to be an instance from fairytale. Isn’t it folks! But it really exists in India. Here I will give a brief account of an interesting place which is called as “Valley of Flowers.” As the name signifies, so is the place.Other name of spirituality is nature the pious and unspoiled.

Once, I heard its reference in my geography class when I was in 7th grade. Valley of flowers is basically an Indian national park nestled in West Himalaya which comes in the region of Uttarakhand. The whole valley is adorned with meadows of endemic alpine flowers and numerous exotic and rare breeds of flora. The highly vegetation reached area has rare and endangered fauna like Asiatic Black Beer, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Blue Sheep etc.  The valley is home for numerous lovely variety of bird species.In July 2005, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

‘Valley of Flowers’ is 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level. The park is spread over the expanse of 8km long and 2km wide.  There is very interesting story associated with this place. In the year 1931, Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth all British mountaineers got lost their way back from their adventurous expedition to Mt. Kamet and they lost the trail, they wandered into the valley and was astounded by seeing the panoramic view of the valley, it was beautifully blooming with several colors of flower and in different varieties. The view was so mesmerizing that they were so astounded that they spontaneously named it “Valley of Flowers.”  Later on Frank Smythe penned a book with the same title.

“Valley of Flowers” is located in inner Himalayan valley. The valley has micro-climate and is very well guarded by Himalaya from severity of southwest summer monsoon. The valley is snow covered for six to seven months from October to march. The valley comes to life when snow melts and life blooms with nature’s brightest colors, the valley turns up dotted with rainbow of colors and is not less than fairyland. The lovely spring season brings joyous colors of nature and valley looks lively, rapture and divine abode. The lush greenery, embellished with hues of nature is really hypnotizing, a completely fascinating and unforgettable eye feasting beauty! Cherishing memory whoever visit this unique place.

Spiritual and Adventure Tourism HImalaya Increasing Unhealthy Environment and Damaging Nature

Lets Save Himalaya Spirituality By Keeping it Green and Clean

Talking about Hindu Spirituality, importance of “Himalaya” cannot be ignored. “Mount Himalaya” is “King of Mountains”. It has not just given India protection from wanderers from North but has made Indian climatic conditions wonderful due to its mighty stand as glorifying crown and witnessing changes of civilization from ancient times. Today India’s natural prosperity, flora, fauna, exotic herbs, natural resources and wonderful climate, perennial river like The Ganga and its tributaries plays important part in giving India a flourished civilization.

The Himalaya has been given supreme importance in Indian scriptures and mythology. Himalaya offers variety of attractions for different people. Some like to explore it for herbs and medicines. For adventure fanatics Himalaya offers river rafting, mountain climbing, wildlife camping etc. For Hindus Himalaya is regarded as paradise, abode of temples,saints and gurus. There are many Hindu pilgrimages situated in the lap of Himalaya. The temples like Amaranth, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri , Kailash Mansarovar etc. are highly revered, these temples are most holy places for Indians, and they all wish to pay visit at least once in their lifetime. The temples situated in higher altitudes are opened for limited time period, as it is mostly covered with snow and its not possible to visit these places, as natural calamities do occur because of heavy snowfall. For specified time period you can visit this places and will be surprised seeing faith of millions of pilgrims, who undertake such arduous journey to show their respect and belief. The devotees flock in groups and feels great in undertaking such difficult pilgrimage with so much of devotion and faith. The year long  tradition of traveling religious places is seen in every religion.

India has divergent religions and faiths, and offers pious destinations to different cultures from other parts of world, to explore its amazing cultural richness and embraces everyone with equality and humility.

Today, things are changing, it is said that Himalayan glaciers are melting very fast due to global warming, the speedily deforestation has endangered many species, cutting of mountains for constructions, building of dams, poaching etc has disturbed the ecological balance of Himalayan region. As a result Himalaya is rapidly losing its extensive vegetation, wildlife. due to rapid cutting of forest soil erosion is happening. government should take responsible steps to stop such things and make strict laws who violate the norms of nature. Should make law for controlled tourism in a systematic ways. Ban on tins, glass and plastic or other harmful wastes, to stop deposition of non biodegradable waste.

Himalayas, foothills. Firewood in the village. Pictures of Himalaya

How can Hindu deities withstand so much of trash around their shrine, to flush the garbage, I think that’s why in the year 2013 heavy rain, cloudburst flooded the Himalaya, creating havoc and disaster and left thousands of family homeless and grief stricken.

Lets make our heritage rich, beautiful and safe for posterity. The spirituality doesn’t means making your inner-self purify but to keep the heritage of ancestors intact and not to litter around. Let the spirituality, virtues of healthy and peaceful  living  prevail every corner of the world. Otherwise no one can stop nature from retaliating.

Best Resurrection of Philososphy and Karma

Back to Memory Lane…

When I think of Hindu philosophical thought, the picture which instantly comes in my mind is of Swami Vivekananda   Swami Paramhansa Yoganada and at last but no thet least “Bhagwadgita”. May be because I had a healthy environment of religious following and a pious nature prevailed around me. I have been brought up hearing a lot about different Saints and Gurus of India. As Swami Vivekananda belonged from Kolkata, I got many opportunities to visit the ashram and other places associated with him. As a child I was deeply amazed and hooked by his stories and autobiography, which my father brought. My father is very spiritual person and adheres to certain principles in his life, and I have seen him taking all the troubles very lightly and kept moving. I know he understand the facts of Karma very well and has adopted the principles in day to day life.

Charismatic Philososphical Pioneer

“Swami Paramhansa Yogananda Ji”

The mystify cover book of “Autobiography of a Yogi” attracted me when I was just twelve. I read it in Hindi, as it fascinated me very much, the picture of Swami Paramhansa Yoganada was so serene, a charisma, that I read it just like a story. Some astonishing moments associated with Swami ji” made me speechless and I read the complete book in couple of days. As I was quiet small to get the things what it is all about, but I really loved the book and enjoyed every word. I still remember how stupefied, I was till the last page. To be frank I don’t remember much the sequential happenings of the “Swami Ji” life as the memories are hazy.

Today I have got hold of the same book and I am nostalgic, as I am surely having an enormous spiritual attachment in more mature way. This time I will get to understand why this book is so unique. Now I will not read it as a story but as a philosophical confront. As this autobiography is a perfect answer to realms of philosophy.

I will be lost in myriads of philosophy. Glad to read it again in organized manner.

Paramhansa Yogananda’s dissemination of his teachings is continued through the organization he founded – the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF)/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).Yoganada founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and then expanded it in to the United States naming it the Self-Realization Fellowship. In 1935 he legally incorporated it in the U.S. to serve as his instrument for the preservation and worldwide dissemination of his teachings.

The basic preaching of Swami Yogananda’s is “Kriya Yoga”. “Kriya Yoga “is union (yoga) with the Infinite through a certain action or rite (Kriya).

I am very glad to share my feelings to you all, I will get the complete book read twice and understand it well.