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[new murli student]50 devotion concepts alluded to in murlis


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Here are 50+ devotional references alluded to in murlis

This would be useful for
1) Those who do not have background in Hindu devotion AND
2) Those who have Hindu devotional background BUT are new to this knowledge. To help with this, explanations / significance of stories according to knowledge are included with some of the entries.

There also couple of books "Story-Time - A collection of ancient stories for modern times" (English) and "Murli me aane vali kahavate aur kahaniyan" (hindi) both printed by BKs for deeper study if anyone is interested

  • Ajamil - Story of a brahmin [by caste] who falls into bad company which leads him to vices, stealing, and other forms of sin. Ajamil grew old and was close to leaving his body when he started chanting his son's name "Narayan, Narayan". Since this happens to be name of God on path of devotion, as the story goes, his sins are absolved and he manages to make it to heaven! Of course, in reality it is the remembrance of God that is going to erase the negativity within and allow the soul to become pure and elevated
  • Amba - literal translation is Mother. Refers to goddess who is worshipped on path of devotion. Memorial of Mama.
  • Bhisma Pitamah - "remembered that arrows were short by kumaris" - Bhisma, an unparalleled archer, although one who was a righteous man who had taken the vow of life-long celibacy, was duty-bound to of the Kauravas (evil side). As a planned trick, the Panadavas (good side) bring a half-kumari, Shikhandi, to the battlefield. Bhishma, unwilling to fight a woman, lowered his weapons, which allows Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) to shoot arrows at Bhishma. Read in detail here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikhandi if you want precise details. This is the memorial of Baba's kumaris shooting the arrows of knowledge at the sannyasis (who are also learned and righteous people and have taken the vow of celibacy, but those who are strong in believing that they are right) to melt their hearts. Baba said "As you make further progress, you will sit with the sannyasis and explain to them with a lot of love."
  • Brahma - In the Indian scriptures, Brahma is remembered as being the creator of the world (i.e. being instrumental for creation)
  • Brahma's names - AdiDev(First deity), Adam, Dada(elder brother)
  • Brahmin ["true"] - Born through the mouth of Brahma, via the knowledge that  Shiv Baba is speaking through him. Baba also explained in today's murli that the topknot of Brahmins become Deities, Warriors, Merchants, and Shudras as the cycle turns.
  • Brahmin [worldly]  - [From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmin] Member of the priestly class in the Indian subcontinent. Brahmins are generally charged with performing religious duties as priests and preaching Dharma. See wikipedia article for more details on one perspective. The article also describes where/how the caste system (of Brahmins, Warriors, Merchants, Shudras), that was prevalent in India several years ago, came from.
  • Brahm-muhurat (Time in the early morning hours. Muhurat = auspicious moment.Time. Baba explained that at amritvela, the soul can easily experience oneself to be the resident of the Brahm element); Brahm-lok - The world of the element of Brahm
  • Dharamraj = See viewtopic.php?f=22&t=321
  • Diwali = Deepawali = Festival of lights celebrated marked with lighting of lamps in homes. Baba said that the true Diwali is the pilgrimage of remembrance through which the light of you souls are ignited for 21 births.
  • Dwaraka =  Legendary city believed to be dwelling place of Lord Krishna; believed to have submerged under water due to destruction by sea (Based on wikipedia)
  • Ganges = Holy river in India. It is thought on the path of devotion that by taking a dip in the ganges one's sins are purified. Baba explains that it is by dipping in the Ganges of knowledge that purification happens!
  • Ganges emerging from the mouth of a cow [Gaumukh] – (1) From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandi_(bull): The terminus of the Gangotri Glacier (located in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India in a region bordering China)  is said to resemble a cow's mouth, and the place is called Gomukh or Gaumukh (gou, cow + mukh, face).  It is the precise source of the Bhagirathi river, an important tributary of the holy river Ganges. Baba explains that the Ganges of knowledge emerges from mouth of Brahma and the mothers, which has been remembered as ganges emerging from the mouth of the cow. (2) Near Mt. Abu descending about 740 steps from a mountain peak, there is an ashram of Guru Vashista. There is a structure which looks similar to the mouth of a cow. From the structure, there is a stream of water that flows, which people consider to be water of the Ganges (given the discussion in #1)
  • Gita = Scripture believed to have been spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjun (one of the Pandavas) before the great battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharat epic.
  • Gita Patshala = a school where the Gita is taught. Baba says that He is now sharing the true Gita with us. In the Brahma Kumaris organization the term "Gita Patshala" is commonly used to refer to homes of individuals where the murli-class is held, other than centers or sub-centers
  • God granting a vision of his form to Arjuna – In the Mahabharat epic, as the story goes: During the discourse of the Gita (believed on the path of devotion to be done by Krishna), Lord Krishna reveals His identity as God, and blesses Arjuna with an awe-inspiring vision of His divine universal form. If you are very interested,  you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2WPRxdCeHI - In the video Krishna says that divine vision is needed to see the divine universal form of God, and Krishna grants Arjuna that. (We know that it is referring to the third eye of knowledge that incorporeal God Shiv Baba gives to us)
  • Gopes and Gopis - Gopi is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning 'cow-herd girl'. Commonly refers to the group of cow-herding girls famous for their unconditional devotion / love to Krishna. Baba says we are the true Gopes and Gopis in our love for God and that we dance in super-sensous joy, entranced by the murli (memorial is the flute of Krishna).
  • Hanuman - Monkey God who in Ramayana epic helps Rama to conquer Lanka. The reference to "Hanuman emerging from the wind" - As the story on the path of devotion goes, Vayu, god of the wind, carried the divine power of Lord Shiva to Anjana's(Hanuman's mother, a celestial maiden) womb
  • Holika - Holika was a demon in Hindu mythology, sister to King Hiranyakashyap. King Hiranyakashyap tried to kill his son Prahalad, by asking Holika to sit on a bonfire with Prahlad on her lap. However, as the story goes, due to Prahalad's devotion to God, he survives and Holika gets burnt herself. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holika)
  • Jagannath Puri temple - Famous temple in Orissa (Eastern India); The dirty images, Baba explains are representative of the deities falling onto the path of sin.
  • Janak (king) and Ashtavakra (sage who had a body with 8 deformities) - Story of Liberation in Life in a second - TODO
  • Kashi -  a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; regarded as a holy city by Buddhists and Jains, and is the holiest place in the world in Hinduism. The "Kashi Vishwanath Temple", a temple to God Shiva, is also in Kashi which is considered very sacred
  • Kauravas = explained as the devilish community in the murli. These  are the antagonist group in the Mahabharat epic. The Pandavas (memorial of us) are the protagonists group on whose side Lord Krishna (representing the Supreme Soul) is shown to be on
  • Killing of Ravan – Tradition of Indian festival Dasshera where a huge effigy of Ravan (demon with 10 heads) is made and burnt
  • Krishna - As per Baba's knowledge, is the first prince of the Golden age. The MOST pure soul on earth. Krishna grows up to become Narayan, the Emperor of the Golden age
  • Krishna & butter – In stories on the path of devotion, Krishna is shown as a naughty child stealing butter. The stealing of butter actually happens at the confluence age where we become masters of the world in a non-violent and incognito way
  • Krishna and the Gita - Baba explains Krishna was a prince of the Golden age, and that he has been misinterpreted as to having spoken the Gita -- Krishna himself used to go to a school to study. As per our knowledge, when Krishna grows older, he become Narayan, the emperor of the Golden Age. In his last birth he becomes Brahma into whose body God Shiva descends to impart the knowledge.
  • Kali - Goddess on path of devotion who destroyed devils with her fearful form: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali; On the path of knowledge: To chase away maya/weaknesses with one's fearsome form.
  • Lakshmi - regarded as the goddess of wealth in Indian culture; We know she is the empress of the golden age
  • Maha- Laskshmi - Maha=Great. Lakshmi is shown just with 2 arms, whereas MahaLakshmi is shown with 4 arms and worshiped during Diwali etc.
  • Mahavir - 3 meanings (1> Jain philosophy as indicated previously 2> Hanuman 3> Great Warriors (literal meaning))
  • Mahavir - Literal translation: Great Warrior. Mahavirni - Female great warrior.  In the murli, "Mahavir, Mahavirni, and their children" is referring to Baba, Mama, and us children
  • Mahavira - FYI from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavira, Mahavir also refers to Indian sage Vardhamana who established what are today considered to be the central tenets of Jainism. According to Jain tradition, he was the 24th and the last Tirthankara. One of the five temples which comprise the Dilwara is dedicated to Mahavir
  • Meera – A very intense devotee of Lord Krishna from childhood. Meera, when a child of four years, watched a marriage procession in front of her residence. Meera, spotted the well-dressed bridegroom and asked her mother innocently, "Dear mother, who will be my bridegroom?" Meera’s mother smiled, and half in jest and half in earnest, pointed towards the image of Sri Krishna and said, "My dear Meera, Lord Krishna - this beautiful fellow – is going to be your bridegroom". Soon thereafter she become firmly convinced that Krishna was to be her husband. Such was her intense love for Krishna that she is believed to have had visions of Krishna
  • Narad = a male devotee of Lord Vishnu, a monk, believed to be born through the thought of Brahma, had the ability to visit the various worlds. Traditionally known to carry a musical instrument called Tampura and chants "Narayana, Narayana"
  • Night of Brahma - On path of devotion it is believed there is the night of Brahma and the day of Brahma
  • Obstacles from devils  in sacrificial fires - In the Hindu scriptures, often there are stories of how devils try to create obstacles when devotees try to perform sacrificial fires (On the path of devotion, sacrificial fires are done to please the Gods to remove calamities or to get blessings or boons, i.e. it is an auspicious task)
  • Pandavas - The righteous group in the Mahabharat epic which fights against the evil group (Kauravas). Lord Krishna (representing the Supreme soul) is shown as their guide and companion.
  • Purifier Rama of Sita - there is a very famous devotional song that was one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite songs
  • Putna -  She was a demon who, as the story goes, tried to kill Krishna, by feeding them her breast's milk. Instead she met her end. (Note: obviously there are no demons in the golden age, this is just a story on the path of devotion)
  • Rama - When used in the murli it could refer to (a) Shiv Baba (in the context of Rama vs. Ravan(evil)) OR (b) to Silver Aged King Rama. On path of devotion they have confused the two concepts
  • Raj rishi - A Rajarshi is a king who turned into a royal sage, or Rajarshi. A rajarshi will not have to leave the kingship to became rishi as in the example of Vishwamitra (who later advanced to becoming a Brahmarishi) but still while ruling the kingdom has reached a state of rishi and have attained self realization. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajarshi.
    Literally: Raja = King; Rishi = Sage/Saint
  • Rosary of Rudra - Rosary of Shiva; Rosary of Runda - Rosary of Vishnu
  • Saraswati maa - Mother Saraswati. In Hindu devotion she is the Goddess of knowledge. We now know it was Mama's memorial. Mama was very good in knowledge and her classes would touch souls deeply. There are recordings of her classes in Hindi OR books in English with her classes
  • Shankar = Deity in Hindu mythology associated with destruction when he opens his third eye. (On path of devotion they have shown him in meditation without any clothers; We understand that he is the representation of the bodiless stage which destroys our sins.). He is misinterpreted to be the same as Shiva on the path of devotion.
  • Shiv Ratri - Literal meaning is "Night of Shiva:, a festival celebrated yearly in Hindu tradition on new moon night of the last month of lunar calendar; This is the memorial of Shiva's coming to earth to change night of ignorance to day of knowledge.
  • Shiv Shaktis - On the path of devotion there are many goddesses who are shown with fierce weapons (sword, trident etc.); Baba explains those images is actually the memorial of winning with vices with the sword of knowledge; It is not that the Goddesses commit any violence
  • Shiva riding a bull - For deeper discussion of the understanding on the path of devotion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandi_(bull)
  • Shiva vs. Shankar -  On the path of devotion they have incorrectly understood Shankar and Shiva to be the same. Shankar has a subtle body, and is associated with the destruction when he opens his third eye.  On the path of knowledge we understand that Shiva is God, Benefactor, Incorporeal, Highest-on-high. Then are the subtle deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shankar. In reality Shankar is the memorial of our bodiless stage which destroys our sins (and hence Shankar is shown without clothes and in a meditative posture doing meditation in front of a Shiva Ling)
  • Somnath - Lord (Nath) of Nectar (Som) - Another name for Lord Shiva
  • "Story of Satya(True)-Narayan - Many people in India keep a fast and listen to the story of True-Narayan (consists of multiple stories). Although there are references to God and keeping a fast in the stories, no reference is made to the biography of Narayan nor is there introduction of the Supreme soul, nor are details of the fast described
    1) In the first story, God appears as an old [lokik] brahmin to a very poor beggar called Shivanand and tells him to keep the fast of True-Narayan. Through that fast, Shivanand becomes wealthy and happy.
    2) The second story is of a poverty stricken native who used to sell wood. Through the fast of the True-Narayan, he became free from sorrow and suffering and claimed a deity status in heaven
    3) The third and long story is that of a merchant. To summarize, characters in the story who decide NOT to do the fast of True-Narayan or NOT to eat the holy offering from the prayers performed fall into some danger, obstacle, or sorrow. Upon doing the True-Narayan prayers, happiness returns in their lives and their obstacles magically disappear.

    Significance: Shiv Baba is actually telling us the true story of Narayan. The old [lokik] brahmin depicted in the first story is the memorial of Shiv Baba coming in the old body of Brahma to describe to us the many births that the Narayan soul has now gone through and what he has become now. Through this story and by keeping the fast of purity and celibacy we truly become happy and wealthy again, and claim a deity status in heaven.
  • Sudhama - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudama
  • Surpanakha - Devil sister of Ravan in the Ramayana epic who falls for Rama's looks and wants to marry him. Rama spurns her advances telling that he wants to be faithful to Sita, so she then tries for Lakshmana (Rama's brother). Lakshmana also rejects. Then when she tries to create havoc, Lakshmana cuts off her nose. After that, long story short, to take revenge, Surpanakha approaches Ravan, her brother, and entices him to abduct and marry Sita. Baba referred to females who force others or have a strong desire to indulge in the vice of lust as Surpanakha. The right response within me is to check am I behaving like a devil or a deity
  • Topknot of Brahmins - Worldly Brahmin priests usually leave/tie a knot in their hair close to the highest point on the head. From Baba's knowledge, this practice of keeping the topknot is the memorial of us Brahmins, possessing Godly knowledge, being considered even higher than the deities (since deities in the golden age will not have this knowledge nor will they have God's company). Today Baba also referred to us the ["true"]  Brahmins as "the highest on high" for the same reason.
  • Trimurti - Trinity. (Literally - Tri = three, murti = idol/form); Usually refers to the Hindu Trinity: (a) Brahma (remembered as Creator), (b) Vishnu (remembered as Sustainer), and (c) Shankar (remembered as Destroyer).
  • Trimurti Shiva - What is the purpose of writing "Trimurti Shiva"? On the basis of knowledge, Supreme-Soul- Shiva carries out creation of the new world through Brahma (via knowledge); sustains the Golden age indirectly through Vishnu, and "destroys" through the subtle form of Shankar. This explanation would be relevant for someone from the Hindu background who would be familiar with the Trinity concept of Brahma, Vishnu, Shankar but does not know actually incorporeal God Shiva is the true Trinity. Another nice depiction for "Trinity" is that God = G + O + D = Generator + Operator + Destroyer
  • Variety form image - See here http://www.brahmakumarisforum.net/phpbb ... f=22&t=217
  • Weighing of people against gold or diamonds – A tradition where a devotee would donate gold equal to the weight of a person ; Something like the familiar saying of “worth its weight in gold”

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