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can a swaminarayan devotee please tell me the sugnificance

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by ratikala, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. ratikala

    ratikala Istha gosthi

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    please could any Swaminarayan devotee tell me the sugnificance of dressing the Deities in India's colours and Indian flags?

    I happened upon these darshan pictures whilst looking for some other information , I do not know if these are daily darshan or if they are old pictures ?

    please any information would be greatly appreciated .

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  2. ratikala

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    he above were in the UK

    below Mumbai
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    India is mokshabhumi. Dressing him in Indian flag may indicate he's the protector of India and when there's destruction of dharma Vishnu himself descends in this land that even gods wish to take birth in.
     
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    Moksha seeker loves this country. This country is above all. It is the manifestation of nectar itself. Vishnu has created this country for those who want to attain him. Generally, people living in this country attains Moksha by following varnashrama dharma. Hari Om
     
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    They themselves were not loyal to their own religion, and chose to go after babas.
     
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    Vannakkam ... I did a search on 'images' for Swaminarayan, and there are all kinds of clothes in all styles. I'm guessing this was for one of several Indian national holidays. I think it's kind of cool that Gods would celebrate with us. Maybe we'll (my wife actually) will make new clothing for Ganesha here for Canada Day on July 1, in red and white, maybe even a flag in the background.
     
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    Republic day I beleive is the 26th Jan, celebrating the addoption of the constitution in 1950.
    Although I dont know if I would be happy to dress the Deities in flags for what is realy more of a secular occasion ?

    Jai Shree Krishna

    Asha
     
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    Yes, in so many ways this is correct, this mokshabhumi such a nice thought. But this land we call India wasnt it once so much larger, we were told that the ancient land of Bharatvarsha covered an entire continent ?
    And now we are constantly figting wars and making treaties to split the land and gain governance over it, no longer is it ruled by kings for the well being of his subjects, but it is governed for the sake of trade agreements and power.

    Please Visnu come again we need you desperately.

    Jaya Kalki Bhagavan
     
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    The country which is situated to the south of Himalaya and where the descendants of Bharata reside is known by the name Bharat Varsha. It has been said in Vishnu Purana that the extent of this land is nine thousand yojonas and is the field of action, on account of which men go to heaven or obtain final emancipation. The seven principal mountain ranges in Bharata are Mahendra, Malaya, Sahya, Suktimat, Riksha, Vindhya and Paripatra. A belief goes which says that it is from the land of Bharat Varsha that an individual is able to attain emancipation in heaven. This is because no other arena is a field of action determining the last journey of an individual. The land of Bharat Varsha is divided into nine divisions. They are Indra-dwipa, Kasermut, Tamravarna Galehastimat, Nagadwipa, Saumya, Gandharba and Varuna. The last is encircled by the sea and is thousand Yojonas in extent from north-to south. The Purana says that on the east of Bharata live the Kiratas, and on the west Yavanas in the centre live Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas;and Sudras engaged severally in sacrifice, arms, trade and service. According to the Purana it has been said that the rivers Satadru, Chandrabhaga and others have take their rise from the Himalaya. Vedasrnriti and others have taken their rise from the Vindya range, Tapi, Poyoshni Nirbindha and others have taken their rise from Riksha Godavari, Bhiimarathi, Krishnaveni and others have taken their rise from Sahya mountain. It is believed that all these rivers have the capacity to remove the dread of sin. Kritamala, Tamraparni and others flow from front of the Malaya hills; Trisama, Rishikulya and others from the Mahendra; and the Risikulya, Kumari and others from the Suktinut Mountains. In the countries of Bharat Varsha there are thousands of rivers and tributaries. Vishnu Purana states that there are four Yugas or ages in the Bharata-Varsha namely the Krita, the Treta, the Dwarpa and Kali. In fact there is no such cycle of ages in any other land. In the country of Bharat Varsha the ascetics are engaged in penances, the devout offer sacrifices, and the people distribute gifts, for the sake of another world. It can be said that Bharata Varsha is therefore the best of all divisions of Jambu-Dwipa for it is the land of actions and all other divisions are places of entertainment. It is also believed that it is after many thousand births and by the accumulation of piety, that living beings are sometimes born in Bharatavarsa as men. Bharat Varsha is believed to be a land that leads an individual towards paradise. All actions that are performed by men born in this land are freed from all sins and are merited towards Lord Vishnu. Thus it can be concluded saying that Bharat Varsha is a land of piousness from where an individual is able to traverse on the path of paradise.
     
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    Vishnu Purana accounts the extent of Bharatavarsha, उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।। uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra santatiḥ "The country (varṣam) that lies north of the ocean and south of the Himalaya snowy mountains is called Bhāratam; there dwell the descendants of Bharata."
     
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    Jai Shree Krishna, Ashaji, even our deities are secular. They will treat people of all religions as equal and never let a Jew, Christian or a Muslim to suffer in hell just for the reason that those people did not worship them. :)
     
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    It was not a continent but quite a large island some 50 million years ago. :)

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    So yes this was a very large land island, and do not forget so many times the seas have risen in more recent history, so it was probably much bigger originaly.

    Dwarka lays submerged and so many other ancient places Mahabalipuram, and how much more that we still have not found ?
     
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    jai jai , ...this is fun how a simple question can become a geograpy lesson

    and see Lanka is joined to the Bharatvarsha

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    That does seem to be the most rational, and correlating, explanation for dressing up these deities in Indian flag colors.

    Ratiben, if I were you, I'd take Asha's suggestion as most definitive---at least for now, until Swaminarayan affiliates on RF post their replies (hopefully @bp789 can clarify).
     
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    Thank you 'So' .much :p ...and sorry for the missleading question it is not so much about the day being celebrated but the act of dressing the Deities in such a manner .

    It was a responce from a Swaminarayan member that I had hoped for , ....so I will wait patiently :)

    however prehaps in the absence of any Swaminarayan devotees , ...you would like to contribute to the the very interesting side conversation as to the divine nature of Bharatvarsha ?
     
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    I do not know who Swaminarayan is, Is he Vishnu of the Vedas?
     
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    We are talking about Bharatvarsha
    Yes
     
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    If the Vedas were hymns and mantras for invoking God into our lives would God have given his own name as Vishnu, saying to people come and worship me by this name?
     
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    What's your point
     
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