बहिष्काराचा हा कालावधी आपण अशा प्रकारे सत्कारणी लावू शकता.
महाराष्ट्रातील व इतर प्रांतातील लोक आणि मराठे लोक तंजावरच्या मराठा इतिहासा बद्दल अनिभिज्ञ आहेत.तरी हा इतिहास जाणून इतर सगल्यांना त्याची माहिती करून देण्यासाठी घरातच बसून हा मूल्यवान रोगप्रतिबंधक कालावधी कारणिभूत लावावा अशी नंम्र विनंती.
तंजावर मराठाराजेंची कुशल राजनिती,अनेक क्षेत्रातील बौधिक निपुणता वाचल्या शिवाय समजणार नाही.तरी आपण इतिहास वाचून जनमानसा पर्यंत पोहोचवावा. तंजावर राज घराण्याच्या आँफिशिअल वेबसाईटवर संपूरण माहिती मिलेल.
आपल्या संपर्कातील इतिहास प्रेमींना व Whatsapp groups ला या वेबसाईट बद्दल सांगणे.
तंजावर महाराजा सर्फोजी यांचे सरस्वती महालात असलेल्याहजारो मोडी कागद पत्रांचे ज्यांचे अजून मराठी भाषांतर झालेले नाही,ज्यातून राज्यकारभारा विषयी व इतर सामाजिक संस्कृती व सभ्यते विषयी ,छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज आणि इतर राज्यांच्या राजां बरोबर झालेल्या पत्रव्यवहाराची ,आणि इतर अनेक महत्वाच्या विषयी खूप मौल्यवान माहिती मिलू शकते.जी खूप अत्यावश्यक आहे.जेणे करून भावी पिढ्यांना खूप फायदाच होइल. स्वत.हा सरफोजीमहाराजांनी त्या समयी मोतिबींदूची शस्त्रक्रिया करून त्याचे डाँक्युमेंटेशन केले आहे .तसेच”सरफेंद्र वैद्द मुरैघल”या औषधि पुस्तकाचे डाँक्युमेंटेशन केले आहे.ज्यात अतिशय दुरमिल मौल्यवान औषधांची उपयुक्त माहिती आहे.
Don’t know what to do in quarantine period?
Utilise your precious time to know and spread the Maratha history of Thanjavur (Tamilnadu), where many people in Maharashtra or Marathas around India are not aware of.
Read, Share and Spread their history and Thanjavur maratha ruler’s accomplishments and intellectual skills.
We knew what would be your next question.
Question: Where would it be available to read it online?
Answer: Thanjavur maratha Royal family has their official website where all the details and authentic history is available on it.
You should go to that website and read the required or needed informations under various options that is available on the site.
Do share this with all your contacts and history lovers. Also do share it on Whatsapp groups.
Let’s bring awareness on Maratha history of South India globally.
Photo Description: King Serfoji II portrait , enthroned under a canopy.
He was a popular ruler and was described by Charlotte Clive, wife of the Governor of Madras, in her diary following her visit to him in 1799, as ‘a handsome, tall, stout-looking man.’ As a child the Raja was tutored by two Danish Lutheran missionaries, the Revs. Geriche and Swartz, who also taught him drawing. European visitors were impressed by his self-portraits and those of his father, and the Clives and Lord Valentia were presented with paintings by the Raja following their visits. The Clives’ Italian governess, Anna Tonelli, also painted a portrait of the Raja during the visit.
Most of my friends had gone abroad for PG and after completing PG, to get settled there. When I asked few, they told “there is no any scope for me here in India nor my talent will get recognised here nor I will get flourished here for my ability or capability”. Today most of them are coming back to India leaving all their commitments there and are refusing to go back.
Even I got an opportunity to go abroad for my studies but I denied the chance thinking of my future, as its all waste for me and I have to come back to India, even though after completing studies or after working for a short period of time in abroad. I didn’t had any short term or long term goal of getting settled in abroad nor I was craze for studying there as how most of them today are. There are also some who wanna leave India or wanna study in abroad just for showing prestige among their relatives/cousins or for showing sophistication or for page3 lifestyle, Western culture/westernisation etc. Before going to abroad for studies, each and every student should think maturely of whether it is necessary for them or not and how mean and useful it would be for them. We have very good education system and colleges in our country with vast of opportunities in learning.
बरेच पुरुष हे कोमल हृदयाचेच असतात, कारण त्यांचे संगोपन बहुतांशी स्त्रियाच करतात. घरात आई तर शाळेमध्ये बहुतेक करून शिक्षिका त्यांना संस्कारित करतात.
मात्र वाढत्या वयाबरोबर भोवतालची परिस्थिती, मित्र, आजूबाजूचा बरा-वाईट समाज व त्याचे येणारे कटू-गोड अनुभव, यांमुळे बरेच पुरुष बदलतात. आपल्याकडे म्हणच आहे – ज्याचा जैसा अनुभव त्याचा तैसा भाव. म्हणजे माणसाला स्वतःला जशी वागणूक मिळते, तसेच वर्तन तो इतरांशी करतो. त्याच्या मातेचे किंवा शिक्षिकेचे संस्कार हे त्याच्या मनात खोलवर रुजलेले असतातच, मात्र सार्वजनिक ठिकाणी लोकांची मानसिकता व त्यांची पार्श्वभूमी यानुसार त्यांचे वर्तन होताना दिसते. मात्र कधी कधी ‘शठ प्रती शाठ्यम’ या उक्तीनुसार ज्या शठांना प्रेम व संस्काराची भाषा समजत नाही, त्यांना तशाच भाषेत सांगणे देखील आवश्यक असते.
सांप्रत काळी प्रतिष्ठा मिळवणे हे सहजसाध्य नाहीये. त्यासाठी बरीच तपश्चर्या करावी लागते. मात्र एखादी छोटीशी अफवा देखील तुमची सारी प्रतिष्ठा धुळीस मिळवू शकते. लोक तुमच्याबद्दल नेहमीच प्रवाद पसरवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतात. तुम्हाला कोणत्या ना कोणत्या प्रकरणात गोवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतात. मात्र सार्यावर तुम्ही सदा हसतमुखाने मात करणे हाच सर्वोत्तम उपाय आहे. सज्जन लोकांबद्दल सतत खोट्या बातम्या पसरविणे हे रिकामटेकड्या व द्वेषमूलक लोकांचे कामच असते आणि हलक्या कानाची लोक अगदी सहज अशा खोट्या प्रचाराला बळी पडतात.
पुण्यात काही स्वयंघोषित सरदार घराणी आहेत, ज्यांना राजे-रजवाड्यांच्या पोषाखात लग्नसमारंभात मिरविणे एवढे एकच काम आहे असे वाटते. काहीतर अगदी विना आमंत्रण देखील बिनदिक्कत विवाहसमारंभाना हजर राहतात. काही मंडळी आपण एखाद्या नामांकित सरदार घराण्याचे वंशज आहोत असे दडपून सांगत फिरतात, तर काही सज्जन एखाद्या घराण्याचा इतिहास, त्याच कर्तृत्व याचा कसलाही गंध नसताना त्या नावाचा वापर करताना दिसतात. या मंडळींचा एकमेव उद्योग म्हणजे सज्जनांच्या पाठी त्यांच्या कुचाळक्या करणे, विशेषतः समाजकार्यात अग्रेसर असणाऱ्या राज परिवाराबद्दल अफवा पसरविण्यात त्यांना फारच असुरी आनंद मिळतो. वस्तुतः या मंडळींना शिवराय व भोसले राजपरिवारा बद्दल कसलेही प्रेम वा आदर नसतो. मात्र स्वतःच्या कसल्यातरी क्षुद्र स्वार्थासाठी ही मंडळी शिवरायांबद्दल व त्यांच्या वंशजाबद्दल प्रेम व आदराचे नाटक करीत असतात.
(टीप: हा माझा वैयक्तिक अनुभव व निरीक्षण आहे. कदाचित हे वाचून आपणास धक्का बसेल, जसा तो सुरुवातीस मलाही बसला होता.)
केवळ भरजरी व राजसी पोशाख घातल्याने कोणी एखाद्य नामांकित राजघराण्याचे खरे वारसदार होत नाही. खरे कोण व खोटे कोण हे तुमचे वर्तन व मानसिकता पाहून लोक ठरवतात. अशा प्रकारे भपकेबाज वर्तन करण्यापेक्षा आपला काही वेळ या मंडळींनी सत्य इतिहास समजावून घेणे व त्याचा प्रसार, प्रचार करणे या कामी खर्च केला तर ही मंडळी जी नावे लावतात ती सार्थकी लागतील. केवळ नामांकित घराण्यांची नावे वापरून प्रसिद्धी मिळवण्याचा सोपा राजमार्ग वापरण्या पेक्षा स्वकर्तृत्वाने व स्वतःच्या गुणांच्या जोरावर समाजमान्यता मिळवण्यात व समाजाचे कल्याण करण्यातच खरा पुरुषार्थ आहे.
वरील संदेश हा माझ्यासाठी अत्यंत महत्त्वाचा आहे कारण तो देणारी व्यक्ती ही केवळ तोंडदेख संदेश देणार नाही. अशा एखाद्या महनीय स्त्रीने एका पुरुषाची मनापासून स्तुती करणे व ते ही महिला दिनाचे औचित्य साधून ही माझ्यासाठी अतिशय गौरवाची बाब आहे. मला हा सन्मान एका तमीळ भगिनीने दिला आहे. तमिळ भगिनी या परंपरावादी व काहीशा मीतभाषी असतात. उगाचच एखाद्याची खोटी स्तुती करणे हा त्यांचा स्वभाव नसतो. आणि म्हणूनच हा सन्मान माझ्यासाठी अतिशय खास आहे. मुळात सारेच दक्षिण भारतीय बांधव हे एखाद्या व्यक्तीचं समाजकार्य, त्याची गुणसंपदा व त्याची समाजाची असणारी बांधिलकी यावरून मूल्यमापन करतात. एखादी व्यक्ती केवळ विशिष्ट राजघराण्यातील व त्याच्याशी संबंधित असणे हा काही त्यांच्यासाठी गौरवाचा निकष नसतो. एखाद्याच्या राजवैभवाचा व त्याच्या संपन्नतेचे ते कौतुक करतीलही मात्र ते करताना त्यात कोणताही वैयक्तीक स्वार्थ व संधीसाधूपणा नसेल हे निश्चित.
Aww!!! thank you so much for this compliment Akka (Tamil word for elder sister). So sweet of you.
All men are gentle because they are been raised by a women. At home by mother and at school by teachers who are mostly women.
Men do change because of the circumstances or because of the people with whom they are with in their surroundings and their attitude changes because of worst experience that might been faced or caused by someone. There is a saying, people treat others based on how they were been treated. Their mother’s or Teacher’s teachings or given sanskar (hindi word) is always with them and is strongly inbuilt in their roots, but when in public- they do show it based on people’s ATTITUDE or BACKGROUND and it is dependent on it. Sometimes being sanskari or gentle with someone who doesn’t even knows anything about it would give no any good result or mean for being gentle with them. Sometimes we have to react with them in their way of manner or attitude in which they understand.
Earning a good name is not so easy. But destroying a good name is very easy, just by spreading rumors or gossip, the work is done. There is a very famous saying, ‘People will always spread rumours about you; People will always cause drama involving you; But the only thing you can do is raise above them and smile’. Haters and jobless people are those who spread rumours and gossip; fools are those who get carried away or believe the false without cross checking or verifying it.
There are some self proclaimed Sardar families in Pune who only have a job of attending marriages wearing royal attire. Some also attend marriages without even being invited, some also claim that they are the actual descendents of good reputed sardar family, some also use prominent surnames without even knowing the history of it or may not be associated with the actual Palace or lineage; their only job is to gossip or spread rumours about someone, especially of those who do good for the sake of history or society. In real, such people don’t even have respect to Shivaray nor to the Raje Bhonsle royal families. They just use Shivaray’s name and show as if they have respect towards his descendents for their own benefits and to self proclaim.
(Note: I am writing this on what I have observed, you might been shocked after reading this, even I was – when I came across such observations)
It will not get proved after wearing royal attire- the one can be turned into actual heir or descendent of prominent or renowned family they claim to be as. Behavior and Attitude shows who are real and fake.
Instead of doing that, they should atleast spend some good quality time on researching and spreading authentic history about whose surname they portrait after their names.
Instead of earning names by short cut method or using renowned family surnames. They should earn it and make their own name in the society by using their self qualities, intellectual skills or doing good and social service.
This above message which I received is very special to me as it was not sent by the sender just for the sake of sending, she had appreciated me from her heart that too on the special occasion of Women’s day. She is a #Tamil women and it is to be noted that most of the Tamil girls or women belong to orthodox, reserved or conservative backgrounds. They don’t appreciate anyone so easily. Getting appreciation from them is truly a big honour. Mostly people in South India compliment others based on their human works, individual efforts or for inbuilt qualities that they had developed and gratitude, not for one’s royalty or wealth. Some may appreciate for one’s wealth or royalty, but it is been done for his/her own benefits or advantage from them.
Translated in Marathi by Shri. Santosh Jadhav and Typed and helped by Shri. Ankur Kale. Special Thanks to Hemant Zunjarrao.
The Secret tunnel at Thanjavur Sadar Mahal Palace is from the period of Marathas. It was constructed by King Serfoji II. It is a 6 kms long tunnel which ends at Punnainallur Mariamman Temple. The underground passage is told to be so big that horses can be fitted in. The passage were not too narrow. King Serfoji II’s Shikar Mahal on those days was told to be somewhere in or around the secret tunnel. The passage passes through the Maratha Darbar hall. The inside view of the passage can be seen from maratha Darbar hall. Now the tunnel is not in use.
Secret passage running northward under Maratha Darbar hall. 👇
No job or work is small. ‘You work, you earn, you are independent and you pay your own bills’, what is the biggest achievement than that to an individual. Blessed are those who are satisfied with what they have and manage their life with what they earn. Degree or mark sheets are just a piece of paper; the skills what you have will lift you up in life. Develop your skills, find out your interests; if you are gifted with some talent, try to develop or improve that and start your career in that, if you feel it may benefit and satisfy you. Sometimes seeing standard, prestige or status in real life or profession doesn’t works, you have to accept the reality or present situation and get adapted according to it. Everything is temporary in this world, even worst days.
I.A.S officers or Government higher officials will never be respected nor bothered once after their retirement. They will be respected based on how they treated or behaved with others when they had powers or while serving. The same is also applicable for Ministers or politicians. You will be respected based on your qualities, moral values and how you treat others.
The assumption of having a thought or what society teaches us that ‘you will be respected and bothered when you are in higher position in career/profession or when you are earning in lakhs or should be wealthier etc’. Many People will definitely come to you or surround when you are in higher position or wealthier, but no one will stay with you when your higher position or wealth disappears.
In corporate or reality, People do come to you for their advantage, once their advantage from you gets over, they have nothing to do with you . Fake people love your money and luxurious lifestyle, Real and true people are those who will stand by you and for you, when you have nothing or in your worst days. Identify such people and allow them closer to you.
It is YOU who should carry yourself forward. Experts can only guide you, they can’t give you a readymade job or work. You have to follow what is required to acquire your desired job.
I would suggest NGOs and Foundations across India to help Job seekers to choose their right path or to help them to get skills they lack in. Because of stress and anxiety of not getting a job, they get health issues and because of burden or financial pressure/anxiety, some also choose wrong path or way.
Wowwwwooaawaa… I came through this group while doing some research for my previous article. This is really disturbing.
They were not only discriminating on tinder, but also on fb groups for employment as well.
Because of unemployment, people’s life become miserable. Certain head hunters are even involving casteism in employment. If they might been broad minded, they might had given or may created equal opportunities without seeing anyone’s caste or religion.
Even those non-brahmins who had cleared UPSC or Army SSB may not clear those interviews that are posted on such casteist fb groups or portals. There is only one eligiblity criteria to clear those interviews; YOU SHOULD BE A BRAHMIN, THAT’S ENOUGH . Talent or intelligence is not required, your caste is only required. Your capability, ability or strength is not seen or bothered. Those brahmins who are jobless, can apply to the jobs that are posted on these groups. You will definitely get selected. Best wishes 👍.
We have to feel proud of ourselves that we are still in such society or surroundings where mentally of certain so called people or caste has not yet changed.
Note: I am against religious discrimination and inequality. Discrimination has the same meaning and action in all languages or places. We are in 21st century where men and women are equal. Women are seeking equal opportunities as compared to men and are shining in all fields. In such time period, if we come across such descriptions, like only one particular set of people or community are allowed- that too on social media platform like Facebook, then what Mark Zuckerberg will think?,I hope he will not stand with any poster or placard like Twitter Ceo.
तंजावरला भेट देणारे महाराष्ट्आचे दुसरे मुख्यमंत्री श्री.शरदरावजी ,पवारांचे बहुसंख्य मराठी व तामील भाषीकांनी खूप आनंदाने आदरातित्थ केले. मुख्यमंत्रींना मराठीत मानपत्र दिले.”ऐन वेली मुख्यमंत्री’नी पाच लाख रूप ए देणगीने आम्हाला करावलंबन दिले.असा उल्हेख आहे.
माणूस जिथे जातो तिथे आपली मूल संसकृती घेउन जातो आणि ती टिकवून धरतो.भाषा हे संसकृतीचे मुख्य वाहन असते.त्यातूएन तो कधी उतरत नाही. . तंजावरला छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचे बंधु व्यंकोजीराजेंनी संत रामदासांनाही नेले होते.तीथेत्यांचे आठ मठ आहेत.
प्रत्येक समाजाची एक अभिप्राय वही असते . त्यात 1935 मधे आचार्य काका कालेकर यांचे भेटीचा उल्हेख आहे.. 31 डिसेंबरल 19४0 रोजी विर सावरकरांचे भेटीचा उल्हेख आहे..दै.अ.का.प्रियोलकरांनी लिहिलेला हा अभिप्राय आहे.
इतिहाससंशोधकांनी जेथे जाऊन खूप करावयास हवे होते तेथे कुणी गेले नाही. तंजावरकडे आपण इतके दुरलक्ष का केले हे कलत नाही. दोन वेडी माणसे नेहमी तंजावरबद्धल बोलत असत. के.टी. देशमुख आणि .ज.स.सुखटणकर.मराठी रंगभूमीचा मूल स्रोत शोधत ते तेथे गेले आणि सरस्वती महालाचे भांडार त्यांनी लोकापुढे मांडले.आज ते हयात नाहीत. काल (समय) निघुन जातो.ज्या गोष्टी वेलेवर घडायला हव्यात त्या घडत नाहीत.याची खंत वाटते.
खंत वाटन्याचे मुख्य कारण असे की सरस्वती महालात 1000 हून अधिक रूमाल वाचणे साठी मोडी जाणणारे हवेत.ही मागणी फार जुनी आहे. 25 वर्षा पूरवी ती पुरी करताही आली असती.रूमाल ह्मणजे रूमालात बांधलेला कागदाचा गठ्ठा.या रूमालात मोडीत लिहिलेला मजकूर नेमका काय आहे हे सर्वांनाच जाणून घ्यायचा आहे.दत्तो वामन पोतदार किंवा पुणेचे इतिहाससंशोधक यांनी त्यासमयीच मोडी वीर पाठवावयास हवे होते.केंद्राकडे ते नाहीत हे समजू शकते परंतु महाराष्टा कडेही ते नसावेत?
तंजावरचे काम लहान सहान नाही.चार दिवस जाणारेंचे हातून ते होणार नाही. संसकृत, मराठी, तमिलतेलगू, इंग्रजी, आणि इतर अनेक भाषेतील ग्रंथांची संख्या विपुल आहेत व ती ग्रंथालय संन्सथेने प्रसिद्ध केली आहेत. सबंध जगातील मूल कागद पत्रअसलेल्या ख्यातनाम संग्रहालयातील एक म्हणून हे ग्रंथालय ओलखतात.सबंध जगातून संशोधक तेथे जातात. या संग्रहालयाचे वर्नण ‘repository of ancient wisdom’ असे केले आहे.१७९८–१८३२ या अवधित सरफोजीमहाराज दुसरे यांनी हे वैभव उभे केले.अनेक पुस्तकावर त्यांच्या सह्या आहेत. ते उत्तम वाचक होते. छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचे बंधूंनी व्यंकोजी (एकोजी)महाराजांनी तंजावर उभे केले.
तमिलनाडू विद्यापीठात मराठीची एक चेअर विभाग असावा अशी सूचना पूढे आली आहे .अमेरिकेतील विद्यापीठात मराठी विभाग आहेत .अशा परिस्थितीत तंजावरच्या तमिल विद्यापीठात आपण काही करू शकलो तर तेथील मराठी समाज मराठी भाषा ,तिचा नव्या पिढीने करावयाचा अभ्यास यांचे कायम स्वरूपाचे नाते राहील.सबंध तमिलनाडूत ५०००० हजाराहून अधिक मराठी लोक आहेत..
ज्या जिंजीला शेवटी राजाराम महाराज स्वर्गवासी झाले ते गाव तंजावर पासून १००मैलावर आहे.जिंजीच्या वेढ्याचा इतिहास विचारात घेतल्याशिवाय मोगल. पराभवाची.मीमांसा होऊ शकत. नाही. .इतिहास. विसरणे आणि भूगोल माहीत नसणे या मुले अनेक इतिहासकालीन महत्वाचे दुवे जगासमोर आले नाहित.
श्री.माधव गडकरी लिखित हा लेख 1990s शतकात लोकसत्ता या.वृत्तपत्रात प्रसिद्ध झाला तेव्हाचे मुख्यमंत्री माननीय श्री.शरद पवार यांच्या तंजावर भेटी नंतर
Prince Shivaji Raje is the life member in the board of Thanjavur Maharajah Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML) and one of the managing trustee of Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, Sadar Mahal Palace,Thanjavur- 613009.
Even if there were a sword in the hands of everyone, it is will power that establishes a Government.
-Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj-.
Two years back, a Non Maratha classical dancer from Pune, asked me a question – WHY you all Marathas are in politics and are dominant in Maharashtra politics?
(WHY ,WHY , WHY ???? is the pattern of asking questions for certain community/casteist or intelligent people in our society. If we say, we want to eat because we are hungry, they will raise question asking WHY we want to eat and why we are hungry ?🤣. Certain people without any logic ask or raise questions just to show or prove that their community or caste is superior than others.)
The answer what I gave was ‘We have will power to establish our government’. And most important, we treat everyone equally whatever may our position in political background or profession is.
Two days back, a mawla sent me the above quote of Shivaji Maharaj and I realised that, answers for odd questions – comes spontaneously on keen observations.
“People target those who are young. They try to manipulate or drain them. Experience and guidance is needed to handle and tackle such kind of so called ‘intelligent’ devil minded people”.
Having intelligence or smartness is not enough, you should be brave, bold and have guts to show that towards the people of your same category and age, not towards those who are in their tender age or emotionally weak. You should not be coward or buffoon to show your strength or cruelty against those who are younger to you or powerless/innocent.
Be Bold, Not Coward.
Jai Hind! Jai Shivaray! Jai Maratha! Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai.
Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji.
Shared this post and my view three years back 👇
I want to clarify one thing for sharing this post. I am not against any caste or religion, I am against discrimination. We all are one and we are Indians. If there are still racists/casteists in our surroundings showing racism/casteism in the name of caste, religion, skin color or discriminating based on one’s wealth, lifestyle etc; then they are non Indians, they are those elements who are dominating, humiliating, degrading, Insulting our Indians and our constitution, by not obeying the law that is framed for its citizen’s self respect and dignity. We are in 21st Century where untouchability and caste system are not encouraged by educated majorities.
Will you able to live without using your smart phone, talking or having eye contact with any individual for 10 days?. You might be thinking about what I am saying.
There are very less people in our society or well sophisticated circle who can achieve 10 days without talking or having eye contact with others, using electronic gadgets., especially their smart phone, partying, eating non veg and keep on meditating from 4 a.m to 9 p.m. I am one among them who had achieved.
From my batch in Vipāssana meditation course, many students ran away before completing 10 days because they were finding it too difficult and hard. I thought, i would also be one among them, but I challenged, as i have the habit of challenging the difficult tasks and give my best to overcome or achieve it. For the first three days, it was too hard and difficult for me. But after three days, i tried to overcome the discomfortness i felt and i succeed completing 10 days. I discovered one thing in me, at that time- I had Patience 😃, The most important and essential quality that one should have in his or her life. On that fine day I too realised that one of my strength is within. i.e I can get adapted to any kind of circumstances, adjust and stay at a place after getting use to it. In our society, mostly people from well sophisticated backgrounds, run away from the places where they are not able to get adapted or change the place which is not expected according to their needs or comfort. We can’t expect everything to be the same once we are out of our home, sometimes we have to change ourselves or get adapted to the place or environment where we are in. Being stubborn will never help us to survive nor helps us to grow.
Meditation and Yoga is not new to me. I use to practice it from my childhood,but not regularly or daily.
After a very long gap- I practiced Vipāssana meditation, it is somewhat similar to other meditation techniques. It is based on Buddhist idealism.
Vipāssana meditation is one of the India’s most ancient meditation technique,rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago.
Vipāssana is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. 2500 years ago it was re-discovered by the Gautama Buddha and taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills. At first the technique flourished in India but gradually it became corrupted,lost its efficacy and disappeared from the land of its origin. Fortunately the neighbouring country of Burma preserved the original form of Vipāssana through the millennia. Since 1969 it has been re-introduced into India, where it is now striking deep roots.
Vipāssana is a Pāli word meaning insight, seeing things as they really are. It is not a blind faith or philosophy, and has nothing to do with sectarian religion. Instead Vipāssana is a practical method that can be applied by anyone of average intelligence. Its goal is to purify the mind, to eliminate the tensions and negativities that make us miserable.
Vipāssana mediation is taught by Shri Sathya Narayan Goenka and his assistant teachers. 10 days course are held regularly in different parts of India and abroad. People come to camps/centres from every caste, community and background. For ten days they live together in harmony, intent on acquiring this ancient spiritual treasure of India.
When it comes to Vipāssana meditation, the article or write-up is incomplete without mentioning or saying about Sri Sathyanarayan Goenka (S.N Goenka), the man who taught this technique and reintroduced to India.
S.N Goenka was born in Mandalay, Myanmar in 1924. Although he topped the list of all successful candidates in the whole of Myanmar in the tenth class he could not continue his studies further because of financial constraints of his family. At a very early age he set up many commercial and industrial institutions and earned fabulous wealth. He also established many Social and cultural centres. Because of tension he became a victim of migraine, which could not be cured by doctors of Myanmar and of other countries in the world. Then some one suggested him to take a course of Vipāssana. Vipāssana has done well not only to him but it has also been benefiting many others.
He learned Vipāssana from Sayagyi U Ba Khin in 1955. Sitting at the feet of his teacher he practiced it for fourteen years. He also studied the words do the Buddha during this period. He came to India in 1969 and conducted the first Vipāssana course in Mumbai. After that a series of courses were held. In 1976 the first residential course of Vipāssana was held in Igatpuri and the first centre of Vipāssana was established here. Up till now 200 plus centres has been established all over the world. There are thousands of trained teachers teach Vipāssana in all languages that exist in the world. All courses are free of charge. The expenses on food and accommodation etc are met by the self willed Dana (donation) given by those who benefited from the course. Seeing its benevolent nature Vipāssana courses is held not only for the inmates of jails and school children in the world but also for police personnels, judges, government officers etc.
To enrol for Vipāssana meditation- 10 days course, you have to apply online on their website, they have centers at many States in India and also in abroad. Igatpuri center is told to be the largest one.
During the 10 days course the student should follow the below instructions strictly:
All students must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. Any form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., is prohibited.
Students may, however, speak with the teacher whenever necessary and they may approach the management with any problems related to food, accommodation, health, etc. But even these contacts should be kept to a minimum. Students should cultivate the feeling that they are working in isolation.
Separation of Men and Women
Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples, married or otherwise, should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc.
It is important that throughout the course there be no physical contact whatsoever between persons of the same or opposite sex.
Yoga and Physical Exercise
Although physical yoga and other exercises are compatible with Vipassana, they should be suspended during the course because proper secluded facilities are not available at the course site. Jogging is also not permitted. Students may exercise during rest periods by walking in the designated areas.
Religious Objects, Rosaries, Crystals, Talismans, etc.
No such items should be brought to the course site. If brought inadvertently they should be deposited with the management for the duration of the course.
Intoxicants and Drugs
No drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicants should be brought to the site; this also applies to tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and all other sedatives. Those taking medicines or drugs on a doctor’s prescription should notify the teacher.
For the health and comfort of all students, smoking, chewing tobacco, and taking snuff are not permitted at the course.
It is not possible to satisfy the special food preferences and requirements of all the meditators. Students are therefore kindly requested to make do with the simple vegetarian meals provided. The course management endeavors to prepare a balanced, wholesome menu suitable for meditation. If any students have been prescribed a special diet because of ill-health, they should inform the management at the time of application. Fasting is not permitted.
Dress should be simple, modest, and comfortable. Tight, transparent, revealing, or otherwise striking clothing (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops) should not be worn.
Students must remain within the course boundaries throughout the course. They may leave only with the specific consent of the teacher. No outside communications is allowed before the course ends. This includes letters, phone calls and visitors. Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices must be deposited with the management until the course ends. In case of an emergency, a friend or relative may contact the management.
Music, Reading and Writing
The playing of musical instruments, radios, etc. is not permitted. No reading or writing materials should be brought to the course. Students should not distract themselves by taking notes. The restriction on reading and writing is to emphasize the strictly practical nature of this meditation.
Recording Devices and Cameras
These may not be used except with the express permission of the teacher.
(courtesy for the instructions: Theirofficial website)
To gain something or to bring a change in ourselves, we have to compromise or adjust our lifestyle/ comfortness for a short period of time.
I would recommend everyone to attend 10 days Vipāssana meditation course for atleast once in their lifetime. I will assure and guarantee that changes will definitely happen and it will help to get rid of sufferings which distracts or disturbs the day to day life.
With my batchmates after the completion of 10 days Vipāssana meditation course at Dhamma Thali, Jaipur👇