राखी - Rakhi Special Message & Poem
रक्षा बंधन (राखी) के त्यवहार पर विशेष आर्टिकल जिसमे राखी का महत्त्व वीडियो और कविता द्वारा बड़ी सुंदरता से समझाया जायेगा। This is an article on the special day of Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) which explains you the spiritual meaning or significance of the festival of ''Rakhi'' which is widely celebrated in India since thousands of years. This festival is infact one of the most important. Visit General Articles for many more articles in Hindi & English.
The Festival of Rakhi has a special place in the hearts of all sisters and brothers, because on this day, they reinstate the commitment to their pure relationship. But does it hold the same richness that it began with? Do we know why it started or has it become ‘just one of those things we Indians do’? We know the literal meaning of Raksha bandhan – the bondage of protection and as per tradition, sisters apply ‘tilak’ on the forehead of their brothers, tie a colourfully decorated “rakhi’ or thread on their brother’s wrist, and offer sweets as a token of their love. In return, the brother vows to protect his sister under all circumstances and of course, gives his sister ‘kharchi’ or a gift.
But do we stop to wonder what happens if the brother is younger than the sister or if both of them live miles apart, or what if a girl does not have any brothers? Do only females need protection? Are their brothers immune to sorrow and problems? This is not an attempt to make a mockery of our auspicious festival, but is it celebrated with the correct attitude? Today, it seems to be more commercialized – what with all the different sizes and designs of Rakhis and the greeting cards that we find in the stores. All of our Indian festivals have a reason behind them; all we need to do is use our intellect to appreciate our rich culture.
Raksha bandhan has a much deeper spiritual explanation. It is a reminder that as souls, we are children of the One - our Spiritual Father, the Supreme Soul. Its true significance lies in portraying the viceless and pure love between brother and sister.
The ‘tilak’ is a symbol of 'awakening' one’s awareness of “Soul-conciousness” – i.e. realization of being a Soul, or divine light energy, and not the physical body. It is also a sign of being victorious. Victory here signifies overpowering man’s greatest enemy - the VICES of anger, sex-lust, greed, attachment , ego… (Refer: Who am I?)
Tying a “rakhi” is a symbol of a bond of chastity or purity in thought, word and deed.
We face difficulties when we come under the influence of the vices and commit wrong actions. No action goes fruitless – good or bad, we will face the consequences. So, when we make a pledge to God - that we will not allow our thoughts, words or our deeds to be ruled by the vices - God bestows on us Divine wisdom, becomes our true protector and liberator, and showers us with unlimited peace and happiness! Under His canopy of protection, we can be truly safe. (Refer: Celibacy)
Sweetening of the mouth is symbolic of the victory we will feel when we overcome the vices.
God does not ask us for money or elaborate gifts – all He asks is that we give up the vices that are deeply hidden in the ‘pockets of the souls.’ We have to earn our happiness and security – we do not need to be dependent on anyone.
At the present time, fear is one the biggest diseases spreading in our world. By staying in soul-consciousness and re-affirming our vow to God, the Almighty, we can bring about a world of purity, peace and prosperity!
This is how to truly celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
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❁❁ राखी पर कविता ❁❁
राखी का त्योंहार, पवित्रता की याद दिलाता
पवित्र दुनिया में जाने के, लायक हमें बनाता
मन में बसे हुए, सर्व विकारों की मैल मिटाता
मन के आंगन में, प्रभु प्यार का फूल खिलाता
सब त्योंहारों में ये, सर्व श्रेष्ठ त्योंहार कहलाता
सबको पावन बनाने, कल्प में एक बार आता
बाबा आकर बच्चों के संग, रक्षा बन्धन मनाता
भाई भाई का रिश्ता, हम सबके अन्दर जगाता
यही सच्चा रक्षा बन्धन, हम सबको है मनाना
बाबा की श्रीमत पर, स्वयं पावन को बनाना
बाबा से प्यार का रिश्ता, हम सबको है निभाना
बाबा की याद में खोकर, बाबा जैसा बन जाना
नहीं रहना एक पल भी, हमें बिना उसकी याद
कर लेना है खुद को, देह के बन्धनों से आजाद
कलाई पर बाँधी, पवित्रता की प्रतिज्ञा की डोर
दूर नहीं वो दिन जब, आयेगी सतयुग की भोर
* ॐ शांति *
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