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Hinduism - Who Is Vibhishana In Hindu Mythology?


Vibhishana is the younger brother of Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, in the Ramayana, the earlier of the two major Indian epics.

Vibhishana, Ravana, and their third brother, Kumbhakarna, practiced extreme physical asceticism (tapas) in their youth in order to win boons from the gods.

Unlike his brothers, who have chosen boons to improve their military skill and fame, Vibhishana requests that he stay virtuous in the face of peril, and this trait defines his life.

When Ravana gathers a council of war before fighting Rama's army, Vibhishana is the only one who votes against fighting and instead recommends Ravana to restore Rama's stolen wife, Sita, and seek Rama's forgiveness.

Ravana expels his brother from the city as a result of these comments, and Vibhishana joins Rama's army, where he battles courageously throughout the conflict.

Rama appoints Vibhishana king of Lanka after Ravana's death as a reward for his faithfulness and integrity.

In Indian mythology, demons (in this instance, the sort of demons known as rakshasas) are not intrinsically wicked, as Vibhishana exemplifies.

They are formidable creatures who may battle gods and mankind, yet they also possess many qualities.

Vibhishana is shown as a great devotee (bhakta) of Rama in the Ramcharitmanas, a vernacular retelling of the Ramayana authored by the poet-saint Tulsidas (1532–1623? ), in line with Tulsidas' emphasis on devotion above all other types of religious activity.

~Kiran Atma

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The reverence of elements and dead deities is the lowest rung on the Bhakti Yoga ladder. This is the most obscene form of worship. The worship of Rishis, Devas, and Pitris follows. Each person's confidence is influenced by his or her personality. The guy is made up of his religion, and he is even that. 

Those who worship Avataras such as Sri Rama, Krishna, and Narasimha belong to the third class. The Saguna method of worship is practiced by the four groups of Bhaktas mentioned above. The Bhaktas are the next group, who perform Nirguna Upasana on an attributeless Brahman. This is the highest level of worship, and is appropriate for educated people with good willpower and bold knowledge.

Ahamgraha Upasana or Jnana Yoga Sadhana is the name for this pose.

Bhakti is a skill that can be learned and developed. Bhakti can be infused by the practice of the Nava Vidha Bhakti (nine ways of devotion). Constant Satsanga, Japa, Prayer, Reflection, Svadhyaya, Bhajan, Svadhyaya, Svadhyaya, Svadhyaya, Svadhyay

Bhakti will be developed by service to saints, Dana, and Yatra, among other things.

 The 9 strategies for improving Bhakti are as follows:

  1. Sravana:—hearing of the Lilas of God
  2. Smarana:—remembering God always
  3. Kirtan:—singing His praise
  4. Vandana:—Namaskaras to God
  5. Archana:—offerings to God
  6. Pada-Sevana:—attendance
  7. Sakhya:—friendship
  8. Dasya:—service
  9. Atma-nivedana:—self-surrender to Guru or God

Sri Ramanuja suggests the following 10 Bhakti-development measures:

  1. Viveka:—discrimination
  2. Vimoka:—freedom from all else and longing for God
  3. Abhyasa:—continuous thinking of God
  4. Kriya:—doing good to others
  5. Kalyana:—wishing well to all
  6. Satyam:—truthfulness
  7. Arjavam:—integrity
  8. Daya:—compassion
  9. Ahimsa:—non-violence
  10. Dana:—charity

Namdev, Ramdas, Tulsidas, and others were among the fortunate ones who received God's Darshan. Yoga-Bhrashtas were these Bhaktas. They were born with a large number of divine Samskaras. They worshiped God with heartfelt reverence in many births. In their final incarnation, they didn't do any Sadhana. Because of the force of previous Bhakti Samskaras, their loyalty was normal and spontaneous. Ordinary people should take extreme steps and practice unique Sadhana in order to develop Bhakti quickly. To the greatest extent possible, new grooves and pathways must be carved in the old stony, devotionless middle. A Bhakta should lift his consciousness to a high degree and attain Para Bhakti, highest wisdom, and Supreme peace by daily meditation, Japa, Kirtan, service to Bhaktas, charity, Vrata, Tapas, Dhyana, and Samadhi. The meditator and the meditated, the worshipper and the revered, the Upasaka and the Upasya will merge in advanced stages of meditation. In Samadhi, Dhyana will come to an end. It is important to train on a daily basis.

A Hatha Yogi attains the highest level through the practice of various Mudras, Bandhas, Asanas, and other exercises; a Jnani attains the highest level through the practice of Sravana, Manana, and Nididhyasana; a Karma Yogin attains the highest level through selfless works (Nishkama Seva); a Bhakta attains the highest level through Bhakti and self-surrender; and In either instance, the goal is the same, but the strategies are different.

Concentration and meditation on Shakti, the primal spirit, is merely a variation of Jnana Yogic Sadhana. Raja Yoga is the practice of concentrating and meditating on the various energy centers. Hatha Yoga is characterized by concentration on the various Chakras and Nadis, as well as physical approaches for awakening Shakti. Concentration and concentration on the Devata, the presiding deity of the various inner Chakras, can be done as a Bhakti Yoga advanced course. Different Sadhana strategies should be mixed for swift results.

When the Bhakta meditates on the presiding deity or Devata, he imagines a different kind of God for each Chakra. For each Chakra, detailed explanations of God and the Devatas are provided in Mantra Shastra books. They take on the form of God in various ways depending on the attitude of the students. In any situation, the aspirants' perceptions and emotions differ. As a result, I'm not going to list any of the Devas and Devatas. When a person closes his eyes and meditates on the inner Chakras, he has numerous visions and sees God in various ways. That is the best he can hold on to. Only then is true growth feasible. The general knowledge presented in this Kundalini Yoga's theoretical section would undoubtedly aid concentration and meditation on the Chakras.

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A Tale of Sacrifice, Devotion and True Love

            This is a comment in response to an interesting post on Vedska Astrologija Dean Valentic

The original post,

"No one can use more of the Supreme Lord's property than necessary. Lord Vamanadeva indirectly indicated to Bali Maharaja that he was occupying more land than he needed. In the material world, all distresses are due to extravagance. One acquires money extravagantly and also spends it extravagantly. Such activities are sinful.
All property belongs to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and all living beings, who are sons of the Supreme Lord, have the right to use the Supreme Father's property, but one cannot take more than necessary. This principle should especially be followed by brahmanas and sannyasis who live at the cost of others."


Hello Nitya Ji,
          Thank You for this wonderful post. At the time such an understanding was constituted by Lord Shiva who assumed that perhaps this was the reason this fate befell King Bali. But Lord Krishna, Vishnu as Vamana, and King Bali are Eternal companions, deeply entwined in the highest Love. Their purpose for manifesting was purely to curb the vanity, false supremacy and arrogance of Indra and to give him a taste of real power in divinity and teach him a lesson in humility that he will never ever forget. Bali had attained onto Vasudev Bhagwan well before being incarnate as King Bali. Him offering up his own body as a selfless and loving sacrifice was perhaps the final consummation of his marriage with God, they are entwined together because of this great and unsurpassed act of devotion, Love and faith. It was something that surprised, pleased, immersed and entwined God in a greater act of endless Love and faith. 

           Such devotion is always a two way relationship of the highest  purity, strength, goodness and Truth. Such an explanation or interpretation as hinted by the statement above was proposed by Lord Shiva only as a deceptive attempt to try and ease the anxiety and worry of Indra and the lesser more vain, unjust, lethargic and conceited divinities that occupy and Lord over this realm. Lord Bali unlike Indra and all the divinities of this realm put together, has the highest distaste, renunciation and peace as he is utterly numb to all the gunas, experiences, objects and pleasures of this world, he was totally enraptured in bliss while worshiping, following and carefully serving the will of God. God is equally and eternally enraptured by his devotion as well. It is only in the minds of Men that these faults and accusations exist as illusions. They find fault in God, Lord Krishna and Bali as that is their chosen Natures and base inclinations.

           Krishna was worshiped for the longest time by his immediate family members and their blood lines who consider him their ancestor to this day, it is only in recent times that other people elsewhere have begun to gain an understanding of what his selfless service and Love actually means. It is only recently beginning with such communities as the Yadavs who claim to be of his ilk and blood that his worship was popularized in a place where both him, his actions, his children, his lineage and all his many cult like devotees have all been severely criticized, unfairly questioned and even mocked at times. His life was never perfect because the imperfections lie in the eye of the ever so fallible beholder and their impure hearts. They can never know him and his devotees because they find fault in God rather than themselves. He was also a popular King of Dwarka who threw away his Kingdom and allegedly cursed it along with his wealth into the Arabian sea. His devotee in Bali is very much like him, nothing is beyond the likes of these in this world, nevertheless all is dust in the face of their Love and divine virtues. 

           The Lord in Krishna is said to have had 16000 wives, all of whom were celestial maidens who longed to have him as their husband, their wish was granted but then the Lord tested them as they were more enamored by Shiva in the form of Samb and thus God discarded them to the pleasures of this realm in answer to their betrayal and to serve Samb or Shiva as his bonded witches with permanence. Such is how renounced both God, King Bali and his devotees are, their Nature and virtues are as such, they can never have a need in a world such as this that is well beneath the Truth and the Love in their Hearts and Souls. They are at perfect peace with all of this world and both its wealth and poverty alike, nothing can touch or impress upon their souls, their acts of indifference clearly shows they always have each other and nothing else, there is no distance between their hearts. The hells and heavens of this world can never get in the way of their Eternal existence.  They are not merely men or devotees or renunciants as such, they are divinities and Lovers of the highest kind. Forgetting this world, its pleasures, Kingdoms and sensuality, the ways, the Nature of, the stories and the very surreal virtues of Lord Krishna, Vishnu, Vamana and King Bali remain ever so bizarre and mysterious to the men of this world in my personal opinion, they can never fully understand or comprehend these things let alone genuinely learn or sincerely love such qualities and Truths. Here is an excerpt from one  among my many trusted and most beloved bhaktas/devotees and Spiritual teachers/Masters of all time. 

In the truthful, respectable and sincere words of my saint, Shriji Maharaj ji, 

“If the bhakta happens to be completely devoted and desires nothing

except Bhagvãn, is free of worldly desires, and is an ekãntik bhakta,

then Bhagvãn Himself becomes bound by that bhakta. For example,

Vãmanji seized Bali Rãjã’s kingdom, which comprised of the Svarg-

Lok, Mrutyu-Lok and Pãtãl, and covered all fourteen loks with His

first two steps. Bali Rãjã then offered his own body for Vãmanji to

place the third step. In this way, Bali Rãjã devoutly offered

everything to Bhagvãn. Also, despite the fact that Bhagvãn deceived
Bali Rãjã without any fault of his own, Bali still did not falter from His
bhakti. On seeing such perfect bhakti for Him, Bhagvãn ultimately
became bound by Bali. Although Bhagvãn bound Bali Rãjã only for a
moment, in the process, Bhagvãn himself became bound by ropes
(Bali’s unique bhakti). To this very day, Bhagvãn is forever standing
at Bali’s gate, never out of Bali Rãjã’s sight, not even for a fraction of a second.
61.9 “Likewise, after abandoning all other worldly desires and offering
everything to Bhagvãn, we should also remain as the dãs of Bhagvãn.
In the process, if Bhagvãn happens to inflict more misery upon us,
then Bhagvãn Himself will become bound by us. This is because He
loves His bhaktas, and is an ocean of kindness. He becomes bound by
anyone who offers great bhakti to Him. As a result, the mind of a
bhakta who has such loving bhakti, becomes so bound to Bhagvãn,
that Bhagvãn is unable to free Himself from His bhakta.
61.10 “Therefore, we should become more pleased as Bhagvãn puts us
through more severe hardships, bearing in mind, ‘The more misery
Bhagvãn inflicts upon me, the more bound He will become to me, so He will not be away from me for even a moment’. With such
understanding, a person should become increasingly pleased as
Bhagvãn imposes more and more hardships. However, he should
never become disheartened in the face of misery or for the sake of
bodily comforts.”


True Love is Eternal and Unconditional. It never dies...this, its Truth, is beyond questions. Although he Loved her and many worship them, Krishna never married Radha. Justice and Truth escapes none who offend or hurt his devotees or the meek.

Blessings & Best Regards,

Jai Krishna Ponnappan