THE DIVINE HIMALAYA MOUNTAINS AND RISHI TRADITION

4 Mar

At apt places apt things are created. If you wish to grow Nagpur oranges in your area they will not be all that sweet. The bananas of Mumbai city if grown elsewhere shall not be the same. The mangos of Lucknow are famous the world over. If you grow it in your village it will not be as sweet. The sandalwood of Nilgiri Mountains is so fragrant. If you bring this very sandalwood tree and grow it in the garden of your home it will not be so fragrant. Demigods and divine souls dwell in Himalaya Mountains. Over there one finds long tuber roots growing. For a long time span they can be devoured. If you sow the seeds of this tuber root in your home it will not be so sweet to taste. Where does that Brahmakamal (divine lotus) grow for which Draupadi insisted that Bhima get it for her? It grows in Uttarakhand (India) Gomukh area further on called Tapovan. This Brahmakamal grows on land and not in water. Is it possible to sow the seeds of this lotus in your house and help it bloom? No it will not grow there. Each region and land has its deep import.

Himalaya Mountains have their own importance. All great Rishis resided there. Initially heaven too was over here. It is the sacred land of Rishis. It is a land full of great qualities and potential. Even I was called there to undergo austerities. Today I am residing in the Saptasarovar region where Shantikunj has been built. The divine Himalayas have their own importance. River Ganges over there too has its deep import. River Ganges has collected in her being all sorts of spiritual energies. These energies dwell not merely in her waters but wherever she flows the environment possesses special qualities. That land of 7 Rishis where the 7 Rishis had performed intense penance can be seen even today in the sky. The land of 7 Rishis called Saptarshis is situated over here on which we have built our Shantikunj Ashram (hermitage). On the banks of River Ganges there are many spots where sometimes a lion and cow would drink water together without any enmity. There exist such places fully imbued with Prana Energy and Siddha Purushas or self realized saints too reside here. I have come to such a region. By coming here in order to help your sentiments remember divinity I have constructed a temple of Divine Himalaya Mountains. Nowhere else can you see such a temple of Himalaya Mountains. People have no doubt built temples of various gods/goddesses but only here you can see the temple of Himalayas. This is the land of Saptarshis or Great 7 Rishis. Can you show me another place of 7 Rishis? There is no other place of theirs apart from this where today is established Shantikunj, the HQ of All World Gayatri Family. Previously River Ganges flowed past this region. Since this land has been filled up hence in the area of Shantikunj water that used to flow since thousands of years has not stopped flowing now. That stream is yet flowing. For that in the opposite area paths have been built.

What exactly is this Himalaya Temple? Why was this image made? Images have their own importance. Eklavya of yore had made an image of his teacher Dronacharya. Lord Rama had made an image of Lord Shankar. When Lord Rama was in forest exile and was roaming in the jungles in deep grief after his consort Sita was kidnapped at that time when he felt the need of an image he established Rameshwar Shankar’s Temple. All this are symbols just as the tricolor flag of India represents our nation. Even communists have their flag. People say they do not believe in images and symbols. Why is this so? Come let us uproot their flag and throw it away and then see what happens. Say, do not Muslims believe in images and symbols? In Mecca-Medina they have an image which is the Kabah and they even kiss it. There was never a temple built of Divine Himalaya Mountains. India lacked it. I have fulfilled that lack. This is so that from the standpoint of spiritual practices if someone wishes to come here they can do so and accrue important benefits. This is why I have built it. In apt places apt tasks are carried out. In Himalayas many Rishis dwell and every Rishi who has come here has arrived from Himalayas. In order to help all remember these great Rishis I have tried my level best that if not all the tasks they have executed at least some of those if executed by us shall be for our good. I have done exactly this.

Vyasji had written 18 Puranas. He had written Darshan or philosophy scriptures too. No doubt I have not been able to write Puranas and Darshan yet I have translated them. I have translated the Vedas. All those tasks executed by Vyasji, I too have followed suit and when you all come here to Shantikunj you shall its signs over here. Maharshi Patanjali by residing in Guptakashi had undergone Yoga Spiritual Practice. When you all come here you will see that Kalpa Sadhana Camp organized here along with other camps and all those other Yoga practices, Pranayama techniques taught to all have been done by myself too and are being taught to you all too. In ancient times Rishi Yajnavalkya held a prime spot. He had researched into Yajna Science. How can Yajnas cure bodily and mental afflictions/diseases and via Yajnas how can earth be rendered pollution free? Many such scientific aspects were given due importance. People had forgotten the scientific basis of Yajnas. They performed Yajna rites merely to spread fragrance everywhere. We have again rejuvenated them by conducting research on the lines followed by Yajnavalkya Rishi. Something similar to this I have made efforts to continue this tradition in Shantikunj.

Vishwamitra was a Rishi. He was the Drashta or seer of Super Mantra Gayatri. The deity of this Mantra that we chant daily is Savita and Rishi is Vishwamitra. The poetic meter or Cchand is Gayatri. Vishwamitra was a master of this Mantra. Even here we have reinstated an image of his. In Shantikunj we have built a Gayatri Temple. I too have performed Gayatri Purashcharan. I look upon Vishwamitra too as my Guru. Do not be surprised at all if my Guru who resides in Himalayas is Vishwamitra himself. You must have heard the name of Bhagiratha. He had done austerities in Himalaya Mountains and with the power of penance he managed to get River Ganges of heaven to earth. When Ganga started her journey to earth Bhagiratha seeing her speedy force thought that it was beyond his control. Gangaji also said that when I land on earth a gigantic crater will be created. Hence by calling me from heaven how shall you manage to hold me? At that time Bhagiratha approached Lord Shankar for help. Lord Shankar spread out his mat locks (hair). Thus when Ganges arrived from heaven at first she got entangled in Lord Shankar’s matted hair and then slowly landed on earth. Bhagiratha was walking in front and hence River Ganges was called Bhagirathi. Do you know all this? Today Bhagiratha is not present yet the place where he performed penance yet exists. Near Gangotri in the Himalayas is a place called Gaurikund. Near it is a big rock which is called Bhagirath Shila. Seated on this rock, Bhagirath performed austerities. Even I too seated on this rock executed an Anushthan for 1 year. I too brought the Ganges of Divine Wisdom. This is the Rishi tradition. I have tried to tread that very path on which great Rishis of yore walked on. It is because of them that Himalayas have attained glory else say, what special quality do these mountains possess? There exist other mountains in the world that are taller than Himalayas. Is there any lack of mountains in the entire world? In Uttarakhand (India) there are 4 Dhams or major pilgrim spots and hence Himalayas have attained world renown. In it dwell 5 Prayags or confluences of various rivers too. There are 5 lakes too. All those important spots of entire India, all pilgrim spots are focused at one region. My efforts too are of this kind.

You must have heard of Lord Parshuram. Lord Shankar had given him an axe as gift. With this axe Lord Parshuram chopped off the heads of people. The heads of all those who had vile intellects and full of wickedness was chopped off by him 21 times and thrown away. What exactly is the meaning of chopping heads? I feel it is impossible for great Rishis to physically chop off others’ heads. This episode in fact is quite symbolic. Definitely he must have transformed people’s wayward intellects. Today via a Thought Revolution I too am endeavoring to transform people’s brains just as Lord Parshuram did with his axe. I do not possess an axe but I do have paper and pen with whose aid I am ceaselessly trying to transform everyone’s intellect for the better. Lord Parshuramji had brought River Yamuna too along with his axe. I too have carried out tasks performed by him.

Almost all Rishis have resided in Uttarakhand. Rishis by dwelling in this sacred region performed austerities so as to properly protect spiritual energies. Hence they chose this region. Even I too preferred this place. Haridwar is that spot from where Himalayas originate. I too dwell in this region so that it is not difficult for you all to come here and thus we can meet. It is difficult to climb to higher regions. Over there snow falls, where it is very cold, where there is no place to eat/drink and thus it is difficult for you to journey there. Hence I thought it wise to dwell in Haridwar. Over here commence the chain of Himalaya Mountains. Over here in the River Ganges previously none threw dirt and garbage in it and no gutters opened into it. Hence I thought Haridwar is best suited as residence for me.

Do you know Charak Rishi? He existed in ancient times. He had researched into medicines and natural herbal remedies. His place is near Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) where there is a Gurudwara of Sikhs. Near Kedarnath is a valley of flowers which was very dear to Charak Rishi. Today because of a lot of plucking and uprooting all herbal plants/trees have been destroyed. Even the valley of flowers does not exist and yet if you desire to see a valley of flowers go to Tapovan that lies ahead of Gomukh where nearby is Nandanvan region. Tapovan and Nandanvan are such areas where rare flowers bloom. It possesses the rare lotus flower called Brahmakamal too. You will be able to see it. I too have walked the path of Charak Rishi. In order to correctly unearth forest herbs by chanting ancient verses associated with these herbs and in order to find out if they are true or not we have established a Brahmavarchas Research Institute in Haridwar. Thus I have tried out research studies using both ancient and modern scientific techniques.

In Uttar Kashi (Uttarakhand) there is a dark forest or Aranyak? What exactly is an Aranyak? It is that where people having become Vanaprasthas yearn to do social service. Gurukuls are meant for small children and students. Over there were Aranyaks only but over here I have tried to run both Aranyak and Gurukul. Over here there is a special school for children. You will rarely find a school for children like this in entire India. In order to train preachers and volunteers for social service I have established an Aranyak. Lord Buddha too trained preachers and volunteers for service in Nalanda and Takshashila. We too train our volunteers in music, giving discourses, social service, medical therapy and all types of training courses. Over here is an Ashram or hermitage of Jamadagni Rishi. You must have heard about Naradji. Via music he spread the message of devotion to God or Bhakti and right from India to the entire world he traveled a lot. Whenever he so desired he went to Almighty Lord’s divine abode. Where was Naradji’s residence? He had executed penance in Vishnu Prayag region. Although I cannot take you all there yet I have endeavored to give many training in music akin to Naradji because in today’s era music is very important in educating the masses. In rural areas where literacy is very poor it is difficult to educate villagers without using music as a medium. So I have made necessary arrangements for them too.

You must have definitely heard the name of Vasishthaji. He had combined both politics and true religion. He resided in the court of King Dashrath. He performed righteous/religious tasks and also oversaw political tasks. Even my life to a great extent has been rendered akin to this. For about three and three fourths years I resided in prison. Day and night between the years 1920 to 1942 i.e. 22 years I was involved in politics and endeavored hard to raise people’s social stature and drive away British rulers from India. I have worked for India’s freedom struggle. Lord Vasishtha too carried out such tasks. Later he asked Lord Rama, Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughna to accompany him. You all too can come here. Did Adi Shankaracharya have chi ldren of his own? Lord Rama’s father’s name was certainly not Vasishthaji. His father was Dashrath. You all too are our children. Just as accompanied by 4 youngsters in the form of Lord Rama, Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughna had arrived and had told them how to combine optimally true religion and politics in the same way I too shall try to teach you how to combine true religion and politics and also correlate modern science with spirituality.

You must all have heard of Adi Shankaracharya who had built the 4 chief Dhams or pilgrim spots in India? Where exactly are located these 4 pilgrim spots? They are in Rameshwaram, Dwarka, Badrinath and Jagganath Puri. In all 4 pilgrim spots he established 4 Mathas or hermitages. He himself dwelt in Jyotirmatha. Over here in the vicinity was a mulberry tree. Below it was his cave. He resided in this cave. Dwelling here he wrote many books and performed austerities too. Over here he had made plans to construct the 4 Dhams or pilgrim spots. After speaking to Mandhata he commenced this task from there itself. Even I too seated here built 24 Dhams of Gayatri. You must have heard of Pipplad Rishi. He too resided here in Himalayas near Lakshman Jhula. He spent his life eating fruit of the Pippal tree because he was aware that our mind takes the shape as per what we eat. If we wish to render our psyche wholesome first you must commence eating wholesome food. Wholesome food means eating that food earned by ethical means and not via crime, illegal transactions etc. We must eat food for which we have made intense efforts and perspired a lot. In those times Pippal trees were many in number. Hence there were many Pippal fruits too. Pipplad Rishi would pluck these fruits and eat them. My food intake too was of this kind. Do you know that for so many years I ate Rotis (Indian bread) of barley seeds? Even today I do not eat much food.

The stories of Suta and Shaunak Rishi are world famous. Where did they live? Where exactly in Himalayas? They resided in Rishikesh. Over here they recited discourses on Puranas or Indian Mythology. Shaunakji would ask questions relating to them and Sutaji would give befitting answers. There are 18 Puranas of ancient times. I have written a new Prajna Purana. One part of it has recently been published. I am yet writing the other 3 parts but yet they will be published by the end of this year. Instead of 18 Puranas you may get them in the form of publication of 18 parts. In it I have given all tasks executed by great Rishis. Like Rishis I have tried to make all this. Once there was a king called Harshavardhan who seated on the River Ganges shore at Har Ki Pairi (Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India) donated all that he possessed. With the help of this donation the Takshashila University was built. I certainly am no King Harshavardhan but whatever I possessed I gave it away. That tradition of total sacrifice of Harshavardhan was near Har Ki Pairi. I brought it to Shantikunj (HQ of All World Gayatri Family) and reinstated it there. Kanad Rishi labored hard to correlate science and spirituality. He had researched a lot into the nature and form of the atom. Even our Brahmavarchas Research Institute is endeavoring to study the correlation between modern science and ancient spirituality. Whatever you see here is nothing but Rishi Tradition and I have rendered it alive and kicking.

I guess you must have heard about Lord Buddha. Time and again his disciples would perform spiritual practices for the moving of the Wheel of Religion along with executing mediation. Where did they dwell? Was it nearby Lord Buddha? No, they did not live in Buddha’s presence. They resided in Nalanda and Takshashila. Many of them resided in the Himalayas. I have rendered Buddha’s tradition permanent. Over here initially there were 2 Universities but today Shantikunj alone has become rare in its own way. For moving the Wheel of Religion, in order to mobilize the Wheel of Prajna or Divine Intellect you shall witness various methods akin to those of Lord Buddha in Shantikunj itself. This too is a center of Himalayan activities. In these very Himalayas Arya Bhatta had performed penance. He had researched into astrology science and that of stars/planets to find out how they moved about and what kind of influence it send to planet earth. All these scientific data was unearthed by Arya Bhatta from Himalaya Mountains. Whenever you all come to Shantikunj you will not that over here too we are trying to carry out such tasks. From here we publish a Panchang or Indian Almanac. From only here a Panchang is published that is based on 9 planets unfolded before and 3 new ones unearthed recently and nowhere else one will find it. Nagarjuna was a scholar of chemistry. He had researched into various chemicals. Even here we too research into various medicines and chemicals. We are conducting new research into Kayakalpa (medical process for rejuvenating the body and rendering it youthful) using various herbs.

Shringi Rishi was a master of Mantra Science. He was the son of Lomarsh Rishi. He had cursed King Parikshit saying he would be bitten by a serpent on the 7th day henceforth and actually Parikshit died in 7 days due to a snake bite. King Dashrath was childless hence he opined that Shringi Rishi was most capable of carrying out the Putreshti Yajna which could help the king sire children. The Rishi was a Brahmachari observing sexual celibacy and a noted master of the Science of Mantras. As a result of this mastery King Dashrath could sire 4 sons. All this was the wisdom of Mantras possessed by Shringi Rishi. He too resided in the Himalayas. I too am making efforts in the fields of Mantra Science and Gayatri. In both Navratris (9 nights) I help people execute Anushthans. Those devotees who arrive at this important hour perform Gayatri Anushthan. Where exactly is Mount Kailash? It is in Himalayas. This is indeed heaven. Himalayas is not merely the holy abode of great Rishis but that here demigods too dwell. It is also called heaven. First and foremost world creation commenced from here. As per world history human beings were first born here. Even I have said that heaven does not exist somewhere in the sky but that if it exists on land it will only be found in Mount Kailash of Divine Himalayas. Tapovan and Manasarovar (lake) too is here. My Gurudeva’s residence too is in Kailash which is slightly ahead of Gomukh. Of course the Kailash in Tibet is separate from this one. Today Tibetan Kailash is in the hands of China. How can we say that China snatched away Lord Shankar but the Mount Kailash we are talking about is near Gomukh. Hence it is heaven too. What exactly are the Himalayas? It is heaven. When Pandavas reached there to ascend heaven they arrived in Himalayas. Ahead of Badrinath in Vasodhara and ahead of the latter is a mountain and is the spot of ascension to heaven or Swargarohan by Pandavas. The Sumeru Mountain too is here where resided, all demigods. This was a mountain made of gold. I have photographs of them. When I had journeyed there I had brought these photographs. At dawn and dusk one can see a golden shadow. Dhruva as a boy had performed austerities over here. Lord Shri Krishna had traveled to Badrinath to do penance. Both Krishna and Rukmini performed austerities there. After this penance they sired a son like Pradyumna.

You must have all heard the story of Rishi Valmiki and Sita (Lord Rama’s wife). When Lord Rama sent Sita in exile to the forest she resided in Valmiki’s hermitage and there gave birth to 2 such boys called Luv and Kush who were ready to combat Lord Rama, Lakshmanji and Hanumanji. Have you heard of the lady Shakuntala? Have you heard of Chakravarti Emperor Bharat as a result of which India was called Bharat? Who was Shakuntala? She was the daughter of Rishi Kanva. Her son Bharat was born and nurtured near a region called Kotdwar in Himalayas. After gathering all these special qualities of the glorious Himalayas I have constructed its temple. If you wish to see where all these things are you may come to Shantikunj for the same. I have also published a small colored book where I endeavored to depict all these regions of Himalayas. There are 5 Prayags (confluence of rivers) and 5 Kashis. There are 5 lakes. There are 4 Dhams or pilgrim spots in Himalayas. Which are these? They are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. These are called 4 Dhams. All these sacred regions are in Himalayas. I have constructed its temple that will help you develop a bond with Himalayas. When you start climbing a ladder you carefully place your foot on the 1st step and it is considered very important. It is called threshold. Hence this region is called Haridwar. From here commences the road leading to the mountains. Over here Parvatiji had performed austerities. Over here rests the Bilvakeshwar Temple. There Parvatiji had done penance and very nearby her marriage had taken place. In her previous life Parvatiji was Sati and over here in the region belonging to Daksha Prajapati she was born and had become Sati (burnt her body in the Fire of Yoga). Daksha was a scientist. His head was chopped off. Mahadevji was displeased with Daksha and that spot exists here. This Divine Himalaya verily is grand.

For my entire lifetime I have come here and I shall die over here only yet I pray to you all that you must remain in contact with this sacred region. During my lifetime in order to recharge my battery (soul power) my Guru had called me thrice for 1 year at a time. When a car’s battery weakens it has to be recharged so that it can work as efficiently as it had done previously. Hence my Guru had called me. At present I am here. Via this discourse I am giving you all an invitation. Whenever you get a chance for going on a pilgrimage, do try to journey here to Shantikunj in which dwells the entire Rishi tradition. Over here I have gathered all specialties of the Himalayas. Whenever it is your birthday, marriage anniversary etc. try and come here and in order to give your children 16 Sanskar rites do travel here. People always look out for sacred spots to bestow the 16 Sanskar rituals on their children. For that people go to temples of goddesses or some other temples. You all can come here too for the same. Over here near Badrinath is a spot called Brahmakapal. Over there people offer worship rites called Tarpan to departed ancestors. If you so wish, you can carry it out here in Haridwar. Where is that place?  What does it look like? I do not wish to say anything about it yet our place is very beautiful. Those devotees who arrive here for Navratri perform an Anushthan. This is the sacred land of Anushthans. We have made all arrangements for teaching and training too. If you wish to learn that which Guruji himself learnt we have made arrangements for both a 10 day and I month camp. By conjoining to this you too can learn a lot. Ganeshji after writing the name of Lord Rama had circumambulated him in reverence as a result of which Ganeshji attained the meritorious fruits of circumambulating the entire world. Similar is this tiny spot which you must circumambulate. In return for circumambulating the name of Lord Rama Ganeshji attained the 1st spot. It was not possible for him to actually circumambulate the entire world seated on his vehicle, the mouse. Hence he used the power of discrimination/Vivek and circumambulated Lord Rama’s name. This is a small pilgrim spot of Gayatri. This tiny Shantikunj is full of special qualities. Maybe I shall not live longer much. I may not be physically alive by the year 2000 AD yet I will be alive in the form of my subtle invisible body (Sookshma Sharir). Over here my inspiration shall continue unobstructed and like at all times you all shall accrue great benefits. Shantikunj indeed is exotic and grand. There are 24 Rishis of 24 Gayatri and the gist of these 24 Rishis resides here. You can have a clear glimpse of all activities of these 24 Rishis along with their holy tradition. Amongst all pilgrim spots this one is such that if you come here for worship/meditation then akin to Nagpur’s oranges and Mumbai city’s bananas you can reap rich fruits and benefits. You can attain all these sacred fruits. I have built this pilgrim spot called Shantikunj for all of you. My Guru called me to the Himalayas and there made me do penance. I will pull you all here so that you continue coming here to Shantikunj. At least try and come here once in a year. Whatever expenses accrue regarding traveling here to Shantikunj, the time that you use and whatever else you have to sacrifice, know for sure it will reap rich dividends in return and will never go in vain. You will never feel that by coming to Shantikunj I have made a mistake and that you have wasted both your time and money. Instead you will feel very happy about making the right choice of making a pilgrimage to the grand sacred spot of Shantikunj.

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