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A human soul is a blend of duty, faith, morals and divinity. The duties that one commits in his life are measured by qualities, otherwise known as Gunas.

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There are three types of Gunas “Saatvik”, “Rajas”, “Taamas”.

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“Saatvik” is the supreme and best quality associated with pure and friendly deeds done for humanity with pleasant thoughts of wellbeing.

The “Saatvik” believe in a simple and spiritual lifestyle, this quality denotes purity, calmness, intelligence and renunciation.  Saatvik consume’s the simplest and easily digestible form of food such as pulses, whole grains, vegetables and fruits with no delectable preparations. They abstain from alcoholic drinks, non-vegetarian foods, strong smelling vegetables such as onion and garlic. They sport simple comfortable attire with no dangling jewelry or ravishing fittings. They are simple minded and religiously inclined, with no malice for those who are with or against them. They do not desire for worldly possessions but rather render services for humanity and mankind selflessly.
“Rajas” are secondary associated with one’s qualities associated with power, vitality and dynamism.

The “Rajas” believe in a lavish and highly sociable lifestyle, of that comprising the luxuries of the world with desire for more splendors. Consume rich and delectable variety of foods and do not abstain from strong smelling veggies too. But rather keep distance from alcohol and non vegetarian stuff. They sport fashionable outfits with flaunting jewelry as they are more worldly inclined. They are rather greedy when it comes to fame and wealth, but not to the extent of hurting mankind for the sake of their desires. They are somewhat spiritual, but prefer socializing with their worldly bonds of humans through parties and fun filled vacations.
“Taamsik” are the lowest kind of qualities associated with deeds involving shrewdness, violence, and self centeredness.

The “Taamas” believe in a shrewd and self centered lifestyle, of that comprising the darkness, ignorance and inertness. Tamsik consumes very strong flavored variety of foods which are heavy to digest. They do not abstain from any kind of alcoholic drinks or non vegetarian foods. They sport a highly materialistic fashion style with the thought of showing off their superiority of status. They are the types that could dive to any extent in order to achieve their goals or materialistic desires as that of even harming a human or any worldly creature. They are not spiritually inclined and believe in the motto of ‘The survival of the fittest’- i.e. The strong may rule and the weak may perish.
As per the ‘Puraans’ and ‘Vedas’; these qualities are judged as per our lifestyle, behavior and the food we consume, which may not necessarily reflect a particular type in today’s world.

Quotes by Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

  • I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…”
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
  • “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
  • “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”
  • “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
  • “Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”

• To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.
• Eat plum pudding on Christmas and avoid losing a friend before next Christmas.
• On Christmas Eve all animals can speak. However, it is bad luck to test this superstition.

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• The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.
• Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck.
• In Ireland, it is believed the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those, who die then, go straight to Heaven.
• If you refuse a mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for the coming day.
• If you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning, you will be able to carry heavy weights.
• Good luck will come to the home where a fire is kept burning throughout the Christmas season.
• Place shoes by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a quarreling family.
• A clear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer.
• A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck.
• In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
• You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.

After I have gone through the demise of great spiritual guru – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi… I got curious about yogis and sadhu’s from India.

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I came across a book of Dolf Hartsuiker, titled “Sadhus, Holy Men of India”.
Spiritual adventurers, ascetic warriors, devout mystics, occult rebels or philosophic monks,the sadhus are revered by Hindus as representatives of the gods,sometimes even worshipped as gods themselves.

Holiness is still common in India. In most Hindu households, shops and businesses are altars and shrines, and the day is routinely started with the worship of gods and gurus. Many mountains, rivers, stones and trees are sacred. Dozens of cities are holy and, of course, the millions of temples and idols.

Quite a few animals are holy — the cow, of course, but also the bull, the monkey, the elephant, the peacock, the snake, the rat….So it may come as no surprise that people can be holy too, though they have to become holy.

The Indian concept of holiness is quite different from that in the West. It is not necessarily (though often) associated with the “good.”

Sadhus belong to many different sects or orders.These fall broadly speaking into two main groups:

The Shaivas: those who follow Shiva in one way or another;

The Vaishnavas: those who worship Vishnu in one of his incarnations, notably Rama or Krishna.

The allegiance of sadhus can be recognised by differences in the marks on their forehead, and the colour of their clothes. In the past, there have been intense rivalries between the various sects, mirroring the rivalry of Shiva and Vishnu for the supreme position in the Hindu pantheon, which sometimes even lead to battle. But in essence all sadhus have the same roots.

Most sects are rather moderate in their practices, but some can be quite extreme.

Sadhvis: female sadhus, About ten percent of sadhus are female, called sadhvis, and they are to be found in most sadhus sects.

Austerities by Shaivas: The sadhus radically renounce ‘the world’ in order to focus entirely on the Higher Reality beyond. They abstain from se+, cut all family ties, have no possessions, no house, wear little or no clothing and eat little and simple food.

Austerities by Vaishnavas: For an ordinary human being these ‘basic’ self-abnegations are already hard to comprehend. But almost unimaginable are the extreme austerities — even self-mortifications — by which a number of sadhus intend to speed up their enlightenment.

Kumbha Mela: Kumbha Melas are undoubtedly the most important gatherings in the lives of sadhus. They are held in Allahabad, Ujjain, Hardwar and Nasik, in twelve year cycles, alternating in such a way that about every three years a Kumbha Mela takes place.

Ever since the ‘sixties’, with an upsurge of interest in the ‘mystic East’ mirroring a growing discontent with the ‘materialistic West’, scores of young Westerners went to India searching for the meaning of life and often finding a guru.
Many became disciples of famous, international gurus such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and Saï Baba, but others chose the more individualistic path of the sadhu and committed themselves to the hardships of the ascetic life.


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