From the Editor's Desk
the month of May is celebrated for several special events, there is
nothing more worthy than to honor and acknowledge all the mothers of the
world whose very existence is the epitome of love. Even though May 10th
is the official date, every day of the month should be Mother's Day.
Why? It is because motherhood is the only job without paid or unpaid
leave, with no sick days and only unconditional commitment.
honor and cherish the spirit of motherhood, we celebrate Mother's Day
in this issue of Samapran. We start with a story of an incredulous
sacrifice of a mother for her less than grateful son. Our scriptures
have expounded the virtues of mothers and saints like Adi Shankaracharya
have taught us how to seek forgiveness of a mother to whom we may have
wronged. Seeking forgiveness necessitates abolishment of the ego and
sincerity in choice of words. We made this easier by selecting two of
the twelve shlokas of the Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotra for this issue because these sentiments can be expressed by older children and adults to any mother, biological or divine.
children, however, can show their expression of love for their mothers
through creative outlets. Our Frisco Bal-Mukunds did just that to
celebrate Mother's Day and we share with you their beautiful tributes
for their Moms. For those mothers who have had sleepless nights
themselves because their children are unable to sleep through the night,
we present some strategies for managing sleep disturbances of young
children. Finally, we share with you some very exciting and upcoming
events organized by JKYog for the summer and remaining months of 2015.
Bhakti Ras Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotra (देव्यपराधक्षमापन स्तोत्रम् )
people born and raised in India might be familiar with the name of Shri
Adi Shankaracharya, also known as Shankara Bhagavatpada because of his
scholarly rendition of the Upnishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and many other
intellectual and literary works. One of simpler works is the Devi
Aparadha Kshamapana Stotra. Literally translated it means a 'hymn that
seeks forgiveness of Goddess Durga for our sins.'Even
though there are twelve shlokas in this stotra, only two are presented
in this issue because the words that seek forgiveness of Goddess Durga
can be applied to seeking forgiveness of any mother to whom we may have
wronged. The transliteration and translation of the two shlokas is
presented below. Let us keep Radha-Rani and our own mothers in our
hearts as we recite this stotra.
न मन्त्रं नो यन्त्रं तदपि च न जनि स्तुतिमहो न चाव्हनं ध्यानं तदपि च न जने स्तुति कथाः |
न जाने मुद्रिस्ते तदपि च न जने विलपनं परं जने मातस्तवदनुसरणं क्लेशहरणम् ||१||
Na Mantram No Yantram
Tadapi Cha Na Jaane Stuti Maho.
Na Chaa Vaanam Dhyaanam
Tadapi Cha Na Jaane Stuti Kathaa.
Na Jaane Mudraaste
Tadapi Cha Na Jaane Vila Panam.
Param Jaane Maata
Twa Danu Saranam Klesha Haranam Meaning:
O Mother! I do not know any chants
or prayers by which to invoke you. Neither do I know any mantras that I
can recite to meditate on your name. I do not have any knowledge of
how to sing your glory and neither do I understand the various mudras
or postures to contemplate and plead with you. In fact, I do not know
even how to cry for you when I am in distress. The only thing I know is
that when I seek your sharan or shelter and remember your name albeit imperfectly, you will definitely remove the afflictions of my mind.
विधेरज्ञानेन द्रविणविरहेणालसतया विधेया शक्यत्वात्त्व चरण योर्या च्युतिरभूत |
तदेतत् क्षन्तव्यं जननि सकलोद्धारिणि शिवे कुपुत्रो जायेत क्वचिदपि कुमाता न भवति ||२||
Vidher Agnaa Nenaa
Dravina Vira Henaa Lasatayaa.
Vidheyaa Shakyat Vaa
Tava Charana Yoryaa Chyutir Abhut.
Tad Etat Ksantavyam
Janani Sakalo Dhaarini Shive.
Kvachi Dapi Kumaata Na Bhavati
Mother, who liberates us all without any discrimination, I do not know
how to worship you because of lack of knowledge, lack of resources, and a
temperament that is lazy and insolent. Because I know that there are so
many short-comings and errors in the way I perform the puja or prayers,
O Mother who is the savior of the befallen, please forgive these
failures. I know that while a son [or any child] can be evil, a mother
is never evil toward her son, no matter how fallen or depraved.
If readers would like us to present the remaining shlokas in another issue of Samarpan, please do let us know.
Inspirations for Living
A Mother's Sacrifice
This story is universal in that it describes a sacrifice that only a
mother can make for her child. Different versions of this story can be
traced back to many different cultures and countries lending it a
universal appeal. This story is about an elementary school child whose
name was Kishore.
was an only child of a very loving single mother. His mother doted on
him and always expressed her gratitude to God for blessing her with a
beautiful and intelligent son. However, Kishore did not like his mother.
He was always embarrassed by her because she had only one eye. She
took so much pride in raising him single-handedly and did not seem to
care about doing whatever she needed to do to generate income so her son
could go to school. She cleaned the homes of wealthy people, washed
their clothes and dishes, and very proudly told others that Kishore was
her son. But most of all, he hated her when she came to his school to
inquire about his educational progress.
such day when Kishore's mother visited his school, his classmates saw
her from the window and started teasing him, "Hey Kishore, there's your
one-eyed Mom who works at Black-Eyed Peas!" Kishore was crushed and told
his mother that if she ever came to his school again, he would leave
her and go away somewhere else. He said that he would rather be homeless
than to have a one-eyed mother. His mother was heart-broken but never
said anything or went to his school again. Kishore was so wrapped in his
own misery that he could not perceive the deep sorrow in his mother's
eyes. She held strong but when she thought she was alone, Kishore would
catch her quietly sobbing. Even though he felt some guilt, he could not
get himself to apologize or change his own behavior; if anything, he
sarcastically thought that her tears were falling out of one eye.
turned into years and soon Kishore graduated from high school. He told
his mother that he was waiting for this day so he could leave town, step
out of her shadow, go to college in a big city that she did not need to
know, and start his own life. His mother blessed him with a life of his
dreams. Kishore left the village, went to college and worked unusually
hard so he could have a good life after a quality education. As time
passed, he graduated from college, found a very well-paying job, bought a
house and found a life-partner whom he married. Within a few years,
Kishore and his wife had two children. His dream was coming true but he
did not want to think about his past.
day Kishore was surprised by a knock on his door. He went to open the
door and saw his mother. Instead of welcoming her, he asked her what she
wanted. The mother said, "Beta, how are you? You look like you are very
happy." Just then, one of Kishore's son's came to the door and gasped
when he saw a woman with one eye. Kishore really got very angry. He
said, "Wasn't it enough that you ruined my childhood with your scary
looking eye? Are you going to do the same with my children? Don't you
ever come back here or I will not hesitate to report you to the police
for harassment." Kishore's mother left again without a word.
day when Kishore was checking his mail, he saw a letter from his
village. His first instinct was to rip it into pieces because it could
only be from his mother. Then he noticed the official seal on the
envelope and realized that it was from an attorney's office. He opened
the envelope and found two separate letters. One was from an attorney
stating that his mother had passed away and left him INR 50,000.00
(approximately $800.00). The second letter was from his mother
addressed to him. With some reluctance and relief, Kishore unfolded the
letter and started reading:
Son, I just wanted to answer a question that you had asked me when you
were 8 years old about why I had only one eye that made you feel so
you were 2 years old and playing in a dry patch of land where I was
pulling off the weeds, you got hit by flying debris from an explosion at
a construction site. You lost your eye. I could not bear the thought of
watching you grow up with just one eye so I gave you mine. I was never
upset at anything you said or did because I loved you for being my son.
I know you hate me but I am your mother and will never hate you."
Parents, particularly mothers, offer unconditional love to their
children regardless of age and attributes. We can never repay our
mothers for all they do for us but if we can seek forgiveness when we
hurt them, we will rid ourselves of a lot of guilt and pain.
Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom
Mother's Day Tribute by Bal-Mukunds of Frisco, TX
A mother is a very special person who deserves all the love and respect we can offer.
Bal-Mukunds of Frisco, TX, celebrated Mother's Day with some very
special tributes for their Moms. Here are a few illustrations of an
expression of their love.
Up-coming Community Events 2015
The Science of Devotion
July 25 to 31, 2015 [Frisco, TX]
Life Transformation SeriesThe Art of Mind Management
August 15 to 21, 2015 [Allen, TX]
Labor Day Retreat in Dallas: Hilton Garden Inn, Denison
spirituality closer to you and your family. Spend
quality time nourishing the body, mind, and soul in the
inspiring company. September 5 to 7, 2015
Community Events Update
Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is more than just a temple under
construction. It is a thread that binds the local community, providing
inspiration and support to members through various activities for the
benefit of the body, mind, and soul.
It also offers abundant
opportunities to volunteer and participate in various events to uplift
self and others. Do you have special talents like writing,
singing, engaging in discourse or any other? Think of the Radha
Krishna Temple of Dallas as the avenue for expressing your
talents. We do not need to wait for the construction to be
completed to increase our involvement in various activities.
weekly satsangs and chanting groups to yoga classes and intellectual
discourse, the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is already becoming known
for its voluntary activities for the benefit the community. Please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to engage.
satsangs truly propel one in the ocean of bhakti through a combination
of prayer, singing bhajans/kirtans, viewing a video lecture, and
followed by arati, and Prasad.
For local satsang information visit:
www.radhakrishnatemple.net or email@example.com.
At: 4020 Sendero Trail
Plano, TX 75024
On: 1st Sat, 3 to 4 PM
Details & Registration
'Dollar A Day' - Pledge Continuous Support!
Donate a Dollar a Day towards the building and upkeep of the Radha Krishna temple! By donating just $1 everyday,
you'll help this noble cause!
How many of us have the opportunity and are fortunate enough to build a house for God?
Set up monthly contributions through credit card/debit card by calling: 860-605-3685 or by visiting temple website at Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas (click).
Wellness for Life
Remedies for Sleep Disturbances in Children
Sleep disturbances in young children can be very troubling and
exhausting for parents. This small segment provides a few simple
explanations for sleep disturbances and strategies for sleep management
or poor sleep can be a function of many different factors including
biological, medical or psychological (e.g., the Circadian rhythm,
epilepsy, sleeping terror, high anxiety) and behavioral (e.g., amount of
sleep deprivation or satiation, inconsistent or non-existent bed-time
routines). Often times, children's bed-time routine is connected with
the times that their parents or siblings go to bed. It is important to
create a bed-time routine for all children marked by clearly predictable
pattern of expected behaviors.
Noted below are a few helpful strategies for creating a more consistent and predictable bed-time routine for children.
- Decide with your spouse a time that is agreeable for bed so both of you have similar expectations.
30-40 minutes before the scheduled bed-time, start easing out of
activities that could increase the activity level of the children (e.g.,
watching TV, playing video games, running around the house chasing each
other, or a similar stimulating activity).
children resist ending an enjoyable activity, give them a safety signal
to help them to anticipate when to transition to a quiet activity. That
is, set a timer to 15 minutes. Tell them that they have 15 minutes to
complete the game.
those 15 minutes, prepare the bedroom for facilitating sleep by doing
the following: (a) pull down the curtains on your child's bedroom
windows to block out any type of light; (b) pull back the covers on the
child's bed; (c) turn off all lights except a low voltage lamp on the
dresser or night-stand; (d) lay out the child's pajamas on the bed, and
(e) keep a choice of 2-3 books, music CDs or a cup of milk handy to
ensure a smooth transition after the child chooses a preferred bedtime
activity. It is generally a good idea to have a thick carpet to buffer
the noise and a door that does not creak especially if the child is a
the timer goes off, tell the child to choose between one of 2-3
activities (e.g., drinking milk, listening to soft music or reading a
bed-time story, all of which will help a child to relax) before heading
to the bedroom. Providing a choice will increase the probability of
compliance to parental request.
to the bedroom with the child where you have already pulled back the
covers and laid out the pajamas on the bed. Your actions should also be
relaxed, keeping instructions to a minimum, and maybe a soft hum as you
help the child into the pajamas. These actions give a clear message to
the child makes a choice, point to bed and wait for the child to get
inside the covers. Then follow through with start the choice activity
the child falls asleep in the middle of the activity, continue for a
few more minutes and ease out of the child's room very quietly. If the
child is afraid of the dark, leave a night light in the room and the
door partially shut.
the same routine every night including on the weekends. Model the
behavior you expect of the child. If you want them to quiet down and
transition into a bed-time routine, you too should turn off all
electronic devices and start quiet activities yourself (e.g., a bath,
reading a book). If you turn on the TV after the child falls asleep, use
closed captions and keep down the volume.
the child the next morning for sleeping in his/her own bed and
following the parent's request to start and bed-time routine.
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