Archive for February, 2019

BOOK: SONGS OF MY SOUL

February 20, 2019

Songs Of My Soul

Subtitle: A Collection of Selected Mantras, Bhajans, Philosophy & Teachings from the Golden Ages

Author: Damyantee Devi Dabydeen

# RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY

BOOK FRAME SOS

 

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Authorspress (2019)
  • ISBN-10: 938833261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9388332613
  • ASIN: B07NSZQCDH

Author:

The first Mantra I learnt, the Gayatri Mantra, was taught to me by my mother. My first Puja was addressed to Surya Dev. Since then, I have followed the eternal tradition of Sanatana Dharma with religious benevolence.

This book is a labour of Love and Bhakti for that Supreme Being who has watched over me and guided me throughout my life. It is my unflinching offering of a personal bouquet of Mantras and Bhajans and Philosophy and Teachings for the religious well-being of all.

My name is Damyantee Devi Dabydeen (nee Singh) and I was born the great, great granddaughter of British Indentured Labourers who travelled across the seas in the late 1880’s from India to then British Guiana to seek a better life for themselves and their children. I grew up in East Canje, Berbice and was a school teacher for twenty years before immigrating to Canada where I worked in the Retail Management and Information Technology sectors. The first MantraI learnt, the Gayatri Mantra, was taught to me by my mother. My first Puja was addressed to Surya Dev. Since then, I have followed the eternal tradition of Sanatana Dharma with religious benevolence. This book is a labour of Love and Bhakti for that Supreme Being who has watched over me and guided me throughout my life. It is my unflinching offering of a personal bouquet of Mantras and Bhajansand Philosophy and Teachings for the religious well-being of all.

FOREWORD

This book Songs of My Soul is a collection of Bhajans, Mantras, Philosophy and Teachings from the Ramacharitmanasa; the Bhagavad Gita; the Mahabharata; The Holy Vedas, A Golden Treasury; Hinduism, An Introduction Part One; Internet based research, and from   reading other similar published religious literature.

I have read and re-read the Ramacharitmanasa and the Bhagavad Gita in order to better understand the philosophy and teachings as taught by Sri Rama, Lord Shiva and Sri Krishna, before selecting the verses listed in this book.

I have touched on other topics as well; Dashavatara, the four Yugas, Namaste – the universal greeting, Sanatan Dharma, Origin of the term Hinduism, Aum, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the meaning and significance of the Lotus in Hinduism, and the Hymn of Creation, Hiranya Garbha Sukta.

My spiritual exploration can be immersed in the beautiful assimilation of bhakti yoga with our modern everyday lives. The simple truths that hold us together are amply described by world- renowned bhakti advocate and author, Sri Radhanath Swami in his book, The Journey Within, Exploring the Path of Bhakti (May 17, 2016)

“Humanity has long yearned to discover the answer to our existence, and many spiritual traditions have evolved to provide those answers through sacred texts that facilitate journeys of transformation and discovery. Yet, never before have all of the spiritual traditions been distilled so simply into one easy-to-follow path—a path of love and devotion.”

SriRadhanathSwami:https:// www.amazon.ca/Journey-Within-Exploring-Path-Bhakti/dp/160887156

Mantras and Bhajans are food and medicine for the soul. When we chant mantras and sing bhajans and know their meaning, the sound vibrations reach into our subconscious and our negative thinking and habits evolve into positive thoughts and actions over time. Therefore, I firmly believe it is essential that we put these sacred utterances and devotional songs into practice in our daily lives.

Especially true when we chant with love and devotion!

I bring to you Songs of My Soul for true spiritual upliftment!

Damyantee Devi Dabydeen, Brampton Ontario Canada.

 

PREFACE

 

The whole of this Universe

Is stationed in the Omnipresent

And the Omnipotent God We see Him in various forms. He brings to light

All these worlds

Him they call the Kala, Infinite, Pervading the infinite space

Atharva Veda 19.53.3

This book, Songs of My Soul, is a collection of selected Mantras and Bhajans, along with Philosophy and Teachings from the Golden Ages of the past. My primary purpose is to offer my readers spiritual knowledge and a path to spiritual development. I hope it will serve as guidance for humankind in this chaotic world.

I have carefully chosen these Mantras and Bhajans, Philosophy and Teachings, from a wealth of Hindu religious literature and media available. I have personally found them to be a useful guiding light to the path I have chosen. That path has led me to the realisation that the physical body perishes but the Atman, the immortal aspect of our mortal existence, lives on.

I also believe the Supreme Being, who we call by different names, or simply GOD, has watched over me throughout my life.

As Bhagwan Watches Over all His Creation without Exception!

All that you can find in this book has already been said and written. The Avatars of Vishnu, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna manifested themselves on earth to destroy evil and to teach Humanity how to live and achieve the path of spiritual enlightenment.

Shrimad Valmiki gave us the Valmiki Ramayana. Sri Goswami

Tulasidasa gave us the Ramacaritmanasa, The Holy Lake of the Acts of Rama. Sage Vyasa narrated the story of the Mahabharata and Sri Ganesha penned it for future generations. Sri Krishna gave us the Bhagavad Gita. Many are the teachings of Gautama Buddha and Shirdi Sai Baba.

The Scriptures, how thoroughly studied, must be read over and over again”.

Sri Gowswami Tulasidasa Sri Ramacharitmanasa, Aranyakanda, Page 501

In this age of Kali Yuga, it is essential to our spiritual development to heed the teachings of our Gurus and Pundits. With faith and trust in Bhagvan, we will endure and overcome all difficulties in this journey of Life.

The one who loves all intensely, Begins perceiving in all living beings A part of himself

And he who conceiving the self As a part of the universal soul Does not look down on anyone

He never hates anyone and never falls A victim of hatred, grief or sorrow He becomes a lover of all,

A part and parcel of the universal joy He f lows with the stream of happiness And is enriched by each loving soul

The Holy Vedas, A Golden Treasury, Pandit Satyakam Vidyalankar, Clarion Books, New Delhi, Page 213, Yajur Veda 40.6

If everyone who is fortunate to gather some knowledge, in any small way, from the pages in this book, and is able to put such knowledge into practice, my objective would be fulfilled.

OM Pranam ,

Damyantee Devi Dabydeen

Brampton Ontario Canada

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MAHATMA GANDHI 001

February 2, 2019

 

GANDHI WAY PNG

OF TRUTH (Fib Poem)

 

How

to

begin

telling you

where to look for Truth

it speaks from your mind, and your heart.

When mind is weak, heart palpitates

and Truth becomes so

fragmented

fragile

as

glass.

 

Non-Violence (Fib Poem)

 

Take

your

weapon

down to ground

Earth is manifold

forbid war; make peace with neighbours.

When you make war, your enemy

is your restless mind

burning hate

raging

with

fire.

 

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi…

 

In the Eyes of the Mahatma

 

In the eyes of the Mahatma

there is no wound to hurt the inner self

bullet by bullet only feast on flesh

and the echo of his voice:

hey Ram, hey Ram

only illuminated the sky

with the purity of love

and peace

and contentment

taking era by era

to keep us unwinding

our insubordination of hope

our dreams to pursue

wailing in the tremors of wars

his sandaled feet

are our footprints to follow

each step in the path

to a more condescending world

to bring happiness

even though I was wailing

as a new born

thirteen days before a gun

was pointed to his frail body

to end his march

in transition for a better world

hey Ram, hey Ram.

 

(Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi- assassinated on January 30, 1948)

 

 

 

 

 

THE GANDHI WAY # 139

February 2, 2019

GW 139

GW 001

Newsletter of the Gandhi Foundation

No.139 Spring 2019     ISSN 1462-9674 £2

Gandhi Foundation Multifaith Celebration 2019 on the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights Sat 9 February at 6.30 – 8.30pm

Golders Green Unitarian Church

31 1/2 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS

The event will include performances by Sacred Sounds a cappella singing group, poetry by Dennis Evans and talks by Fergus OʼConnor from the Unitarian Church and Kishan Manocha ODIHR Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

This event is free but donations to cover costs are very welcome.

Light refreshments will be served in the interval. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gandhi-foundation-multi-faith- celebration-2019-tickets-55134077510?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Click and Read.

See Poem: Racism by Leonard Dabydeen [p. 16]

https://ldabydeen.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/gandhi-way-gw-139.pdf