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How to increase literacy rate of a country with special emphasis on rural areas including girl child and minority communities?

How to increase literacy rate of a country with special emphasis on rural areas including  girl child and minority communities?

Answer

 Best Answer:  We in India have more than 70% population living in rural areas. These people have to be educated about the need of education for their cohesion and adjustment with the educated people living in the urban and metropolitan cities in this highly surcharged atmosphere of competition. In order to teach more people, we have to reach more people; especially in rural areas. Although Government aided and  run educational schools and colleges are fulfilling the needs of the populace, yet, there is a urgent need to enhance the educational pursuit through people oriented programmes. The following are some of the aspects which are to be taken into account for spreading literacy amongst the people.

a/ Making the people aware about the need of education  through print and electronics medias. 


b/ Opening more schools and colleges in the less accessible areas. 


c/ Provide reading and other educational aids’ including books to the needy. 


d/ Providing uniforms to the needy. 


e/ Provision of scholarship to the needy. 


f/ Picking up the meritorious students for higher studies from the rural areas. 


g/ Give specialized type of education to the physically challenged children/children with special needs. 


h/ Periodically monitor the educational standard of the people areawise and devise measures for its improvement. 


i/ Provide grant-in-aid for needy for meeting needs arising out of educational pursuit. 


j/ Provide computers and other modern electronic aids for the schools. 


k/ Proper training and education for the teachers for making the educational pursuit a successful venture. 


l/ Make the people aware about teaching women folks with a view that if we teach a girl you teach a family as a whole.


m/ As far as possible make educational pursuit possible for adults also so that they could also assimilate in the society and get benefits that are accrued.

n/ Those amongst us who could not educate themselves due to some reason or the other, starting special classes for them so that they adjust with the society as a whole. NGOs should chip in for this.*

*Literacy rate of any country depends  on the facilities available in the forms of schools/educational institutions, needful infrastructure for these (study rooms, proper and clean toilet facilities – separate for boys and girls,  adequate number of trained teachers proportional to the students  so that individual necessary playing equipment/toys for specially needed children (for varieties of disabilities) with physiotherapist and specially trained teachers who could meet the needs of these gifted  children etc.

 

In rural India, there is a need of girls’ education because there is wide disparity in the literacy rate of boys and girls. It is well known fact that when we educate a girl, we educate the entire family as such because the child in the initial stage of growth and development, first lesson is imparted by the mother and if she is educated she can amply do so. Illiteracy of the females negatively impacts the entire family to which she goes after marriage. If she is literate and well educated besides cultured one; well versed in value system including traditional modes of behaviour then she can conveniently transfer/impart that value system to her children which doubtlessly will help afterwards in life when a child grows up and faces life. The sluggishness in females’ education could better be removed through the joint and sincere efforts of Government and parents. Efforts should also be made to convince the parents to send the girl child for necessary schooling.  An idea should be spread that both boys and girls need education for adjusting in the life. More so for girls for they have to assimilate themselves in different sort of environments after their marriage. Though in urban and metropolitan cities the literacy rate of girls has improved manifold yet in rural areas there are glitches like non-availability of more schools, teaching staff and other requisites like sanitation etc for girl students which need to be attended urgently.  More funds should be provisioned by the Government for infrastructural and other provisions in the rural areas.  If rural area with more population is awaken through literacy then the country as a whole will have inclusive progress.

Apart from giving fillip to education to girls, there is an urgent need of enhancing literacy rate amongst minorities along with attending to the caste related problems impacting their education. It has been experienced that children from these communities although enroll in the school in first standard but their dropout rate is too high because of factors like financial stringency due to poverty of parents, school available at far off places and available schools do not have trained and efficient staff including non-willingness on the parts of parents to send their children to school etc. Rather they would like their children, in many cases, to follow the parents’ traditional profession to meet the family financial needs. Actually absolute poverty too deters the pursuit of educational pursuits in the rural areas. Though Government is making efforts in educating the rural masses the need of education through publicity campaign and by opening new schools and bridging the gap yet still more needs to be done.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

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ON ENVY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

ON  ENVY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES.

While writing this write up, I asked my grand-daughter whether she felt envious of her classmate who stood first in the class. She unwillingly replied in affirmative. Then I further asked her the reason their feeling of enviousness. She very innocently replied that all the teachers adore her, because she not only excels in academics but also in co-curricular activities. She further continued that, surprisingly, ask her opinions about some important matters concerning class; like how to keep the class room neat and clean, choosing the historical places to be visited for getting firsthand knowledge of these places, debates to be or declamation etc. All the classmates want to emulate her; which doubtlessly is an healthy trend. From her, I came to know that there are the ones who feel hateful towards her and would like to harm her. One day, one classmate stole her English Notebook when the same was required for checking and for that this poor girl was reproved from the concerned teacher. This proves that envy could be positive emotion and negative with disastrous emotion.

BIBLE PROCLAIMS: Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

When we see somebody outperforming us or excelling us, in business or studies in comparison with us, the emotional tinge that we have is termed as envy. This enviousness towards others becomes a bone of contention between two parties hence impeding forward movement. Envy brings about dissatisfaction and disaffection or hostility between the two individuals or groups of individuals.  It is obviously a negative in nature and need is to nip it in the bud itself.

HOLY  QURAN MENTIONS THAT: Envy is a nasty disease of the heart that leads to bad conduct and behavior, all of which are sins and evils. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Envy could be healthy too. When a student has a feeling of enviousness towards his fellow classmate who is better than him / her in studies. The concerned students too puts in his/her best and consequently improves through hard work. I think this sort of envy, which propels us to work more for a better result is skewed towards positivism / inspirational in nature and is welcome sign. This is benevolent in nature.

On the other hand, if we feel envy towards others and create still more animosity and ill-will thus impacting relationship between the two parties. If something concrete is not done within fixed timeframe, this negative envy could worsen the matters leading to creation of huge gulf between the parties concerned. We know how the envy proved bad for Kauravas and Pandavas. Dharyodhana envied the prosperity of their cousins Kauravas which lead to war between the two in the battlefield of Kurukshetra resulting in bloodbath for both the  armies and final defeat of Kauravas. This envious emotions could be termed as wicked or malicious in nature with negative consequences ultimately.

In another epic, Ramyana too, envy or jealousy played a predominant for exile of Lord Rama. When the news of Rama being crowned the kind of Ayodhya by King Dashratha,  Manthra the dasi (maid servant) poisoned queen Kaikeyi’s ears against this proposal of the king. The queen reminded the king of two promises of the king which he had given him while she saved him from a tragic accident and with this she wanted firstly 14 years’ exile for Rama and secondly to crown her son Bharata as the king. This proves that envy could spell unpredictable consequences in the long run. Here even very close relationships could also snap because of rampant envy for others.

True happiness in our relationship could be ensured if we use enviousness positively to stitch our relationships with positive attitude and do not let this emotion break the thin thread of rapport. The need is perceptional change which is required under the changed condition and situation.

It is now evident that it is best course to control our emotions and prevent our sentiments turning into malignant disease eating into our system from within. It is equivalent to any other negative trait like anger or annoyance, disgust or abhorrence etc. 

How best to rid ourselves of the specter of envy, it is in the fitness of things to control our negative emotions when it is about to overwhelm us and turn our attention to some other positive thought.

Spiritual thinking could transform negativity into positivity by adopting optimistic approach besides try to aspire for God connectivity through focused meditation and prayers.

In Bhagwa Gita, it has rightly been said lack of or absence of envy leads to purity in body and soul, creates discipline in us, enhances honesty, a feeling of truthfulness, creates conditions for peace, modesty, patience and above all an eternal feeling of equanimity in happy and sad occasions.

AFFECTS OF ENVY ON US:-

(a)   ENVY AND ITS AFFECT ON OUR FAMILY FABRIC. The brew of greed with envy can cause havoc in the families. While there goes a saying ‘blood is thicker than water’, but in actual practice, greed and envy have far reaching destabilizing affects. Recently punishment has been awarded to a person in Agra (UP state) in which a man was sentenced to death by the court for murdering his brother’s children aged between 2 to five years  and his sister for a small piece of land.. The reason being that he did not want to share the land with his relatives. There are so many cases like this wherein the families are being broken apart due to envy, anger and greed. These three are also becoming cause of break-ups between couples. The gender bias between male and female child also creates a feeling of envy which eventually impacts growth of the girl child.

(b)  ENVY AT WORK PLACE. We must have observed the workplace envy, bordering on rivalry and maliciousness  between the colleagues in order the usurp each others’ space in this competitive world for garnering more attention and ensuring his/her promotion in the hierarchy. In return, it creates bad blood between the staff members and anybody can guess its implication; inter-personal relations gets affected, internal democracy gets affected, goodwill gets reduced, tangible services and production for the organization gets depleted etc.

(d)   ENVY BETWEEN THE COMPANIES VYING FOR SPACE. There is a cut throat competition between companies so as to make its presence felt in the market. No company wants to be left out in this competitive world. For instance after the launch of JIO by Reliance Company, they have overtaken other players  in the market. Yet their success or otherwise will hinge on the customer’s choice finally after they start payment for amount of satisfaction they will get after they actually start paying for the services given by JIO. Similar is the case with other companies. Here competitive pressure will force the companies to explore various means to give their best services by giving synergies to their respective companies  thus providing the best services

 (e) ENVY BETWEEN RELIGIOUS GROUPS. We all know that religion is a binding force to ensure connectivity with God but unfortunately here too the feeling of ‘holier than thou’ attitude has taken root. The consequences of it all is here to see. The fanatic and extreme feelings have engulfed our societies with disastrous results. Extreme feelings by any community on the name of religion is bad and must be nipped. What is the fault of the people who get maimed by the bombs and bullets of these unscrupulous people.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

SIMPLICITY IN OUR LIFE

SIMPLICITY IN OUR LIFE

For eternal joy

So mechanical and showy

Is the creation of our conditioned mind  which wanders wildly

In the of wilderness

Of false identifications

With worldly possessions

In search of elusive happiness

Factually living in an infected reality.

 

Genuine calmness

Mixed with charm

Could be attained

When we adopt

Simplicity as our attitude

In our daily life activities

For establishing a kingdom of peace

Within our being itself.

 

It is the simplicity

Of our unadulterated being within

Simple but pure and plain

Even with all the symptoms of awareness

Which makes a person pure internally

But looks quite simple externally

Also, simpletons are dear to our Creator

Simply because they’re simple characters.

ON SIMPLICITY

Simplicity means; following a way of living which is bereft of any complications, ease with which to conduct our self, to please with your etiquette and not to antagonize others. We assuage others’ frayed feelings with ease and make them live in peace. Everybody comes across people who could make difference in our life with their positive approach and modest attitude. There are ones who transform us and make paradigm change in our life. They not only uplift our present state of  being but also impact our future life too. These people are accessible, compassionate, easy to be dealt with. Simple souls come to the succor of others when others are at the height of upsurge of emotions due to some looming danger. Instead of fleeing from the challenging situation such compassionate lots confront these problems head on with their simple but confident demeanours for others. If they meet success, it is OK for them but if they meet failure, they do not tarry from the path. They are firm conviction, failure does not mean denial for not trying again.

SPIRITUALITY AND SIMPLICITY

True worshiper (Bhakta) is the one who is simple in his attitude, simple in his meditation (Bhakati), simple in his/her Karma (Process of action and reaction thereof with respect to physical, mental and spiritual aspects)  simple in his thought (Vichar), simple in his preaching (Pravachan), and above all being humble (Vinamr) to the core.

GURU NANAK DEV JI stressed a life of simplicity and piety and also declared that if you are wise then be simple.

BEING AT EASE

Being at ease while doing something, not being complicated in order to alleviate somebody pain rather than putting fuel into it, while explaining anything, being simple in manner, being effortless in dealing. Others may like to deal with you for your ease of doing business

IN HOLY  QURAN it has been mentioned: God wishes ease and not hardship for you. God wishes to lighten your difficulties, for humans are created weak.

Simple meditation with simple mantras can make much difference. Simple method in connectivity with god can transcend conscious levtel and makes us possible for self awareness. On the other hand when if we make meditation practice more complex then spiritual journey becomes that more difficult and time consuming exercise. Person can travel from various states from consciousness to sub-consciousness to super-consciousness with ease.

IN BHAGWAD GITA IT HAS BEEN CLEARLY MENTIONED : Worship of the Supreme Lord, the Brahmins, the spiritual master, the wise, and the elders—when this is done with the observance of cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy, and non-violence—is declared as the austerity of the body.

 if our prayers are simple and understandable then everything happens with ease and in peace. Each stage being refined and purposeful. The state of peace, satisfaction, love and silence becomes deeper in each stage. We are then able to differentiate between ourselves and our Creator. This also makes it possible for revolution in our body, mind (Manas), intellect (Budhi) and ego (Ahankar). 

IN THE HOLY BIBLE IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED: For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

SIMPLE LIVING MEANS LIVING WITH HIGH VALUES

Simplification in living hardly means that we drown ourselves to the nadir or stoop to a lowest ebb simply because humans have been bestowed with the power of discrimination.  We should not become so sour that nobody likes us but should not become so sweet that people in general, including those who take undue advantage on us, take us to ride. By simple living with high value thoughts, we can influence others more thus make a mark.  When we become rigid / unbending in our attitude then our expansion gets slowed down or retarded thus we cannot attract others towards us thus becoming narrow in our outlook. In this way we remain confined in our attitude – ostensibly closing all the doors of positive change thus putting a stop on our self awareness.  On the other hand, if we become flexible / bendable in our thoughts and karma, in essence, it gives us opportunity to become  a centre of attention or attraction amongst  the community we are living. This way we can change ourselves positively – evolution being the main plank of our life. Swimming with the current gives us wherewithal to change for better while swimming against the current is fraught with dangers and contradictions. This way our consciousness does not expand.

WE ARE OURSELVES RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING OUR LIFE SIMPLE OR COMPLEX

In fact, we are responsible for our own state of condition. It is through knowing others needs, seeking the ways and means for resolution of others’ needs and subsequently partaking and serving the need to end in fulfillment.

The fact stands out that we are responsible for our own life. It should never be forgotten that whatever we transact comes back to us in equal measure. If we harbor animosity, show arrogance, hate others, be jealous or envy, then it would be returned back to us in equal measure. it would be returned back to us. First of all, we have look inward to know our needs, having first known those needs, we can understand others’ needs as well. Just making other person person to assess his/her need.

We can endeavour to make others’ life simple with our personal efforts but for this, we ourselves have to undergo some hardship. It is not attained through wishful thinking. The other day,I had an experience how we can make others’ life from edgy to easy or comfortable by our personal involvement or by suffering some pangs ourselves. Last week, I had gone to my home town Jammu. My wife too accompanied me during this journey. During our journey back to Delhi, we traveled by train from Jammu to Delhi. Our train reached at about 11:15 PM. It was raining cats and dogs when our train reached Delhi Railway Station. I wanted to hire some mode of transport from Railway Station to our residence. One of the cab drivers approached us and en whether we would agree if he took along one lady passenger; we readily agreed.

It took more than one hour more to reach to our residence simply because the said lady was dropped at her residence first. If we had not agreed to take that lady and hired some other cab then that driver must have waited for more time for other passengers, otherwise the lady concerned would have paid full cab fare to reach her destination. Also, she was little skeptical to travel alone because of security of a lone lady passenger – unpredictability of the drivers, owing to the fear psychosis prevailing and that too at night. We can make others life simply easy by putting us in some unease. We can, therefore, make put others at ease by taking their burden on us.

Simplicity could be summarized as:-

  • Solving complex problems by adopting simple mundane methods preferably by looking inward for solution.
  • Be not get scared stiff and bogged down by the daily challenges, face these with confidence and fortitude and need be do not shy away from taking others’ help.
  • Keeping away from ego engulfing us but simply thank God for  whatever is we’ve been graced with.
  • Making others’ life easy should be our motto.
  • We should undertake simple prayers with simple mantra for optimum results and ensure connectivity with our Bhagwanji.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

HOLI THE HOLY FESTIVAL

HOLI THE HOLY FESTIVAL

 

When body, mind and soul are coloured together

In the hue of our  eternal Creator

Then a warm reaction of love is created

Along with a flood of feelings

Of oneness and togetherness in every beings

Where there is no differences based on odd considerations

Like age, sex, colour, caste or religions

Everything loses its relevance

What actually remains

Are the likings for each others

Mixed with emotions

With varieties of colours

Whosoever meets us on the street corner

Corners us with colours

Reddish, yellowish or bluish in tint

Charming us in the its enchantment

Mesmerizing us with colour’s touch

Having deep meaning

If we care to fathom its import

These colours can transform hostility

Between neighbours with a drop of colour  

O Creators of ours
Imbue us in Thy indelible Colour
Thy colour touches our heart’s chords
Including every atoms of our body
Made of five elements which die
(Ether, earth, water, air & fire)
On the death of our mortal body
Only Thy colour and our Soul last
Manmade colours just fade away and are lost
After a few hours have passed.


A spirit of Spring Festival springs in all,
Scattering joy and hope everywhere,
Nature too is in its finest attire – so colourful,
When Mother Nature is at its best,

All around greenery prevails,
There is fragrance of blooming flowers,
With Full Moon as though it is chipping in, too,

To enhance the charm of colours which thrives,
To share the fun and joy of the people around.

Different people celebrate Holi with different style,
But the common thread of celebration remains alike,
People prepare special sweets to welcome their dear folks,
Shopkeepers & women are busiest lots,
Bestowing magnetism to their living places,
Bonhomie pervades wheresoever’s our eyes could survey,
Abuzz with activity mixed with rainbow of colour rio,.
Scenes at the market places are indeed mesmeric.

Legend has it that a mighty and conceited,
Demon King Hiranyakashyap prided his prowess the most,
He wanted his subjects to worship him in place of God above,
Virtuous Prahlad, his own son agreed not,
Being a staunch devotee of Lord of Preservation – Lord Vishnu,
The King wanted his son to be put to sword – very soon,
For not obeying his dictates,
Different methods were used to kill but in vain.

Hiranyakashyap had a sister named Holika,
Blessed with a boon of not being burnt by blazing fire,
Both were made to enter a bonfire at full fury,
Thinking fire will harm her not due to boon to her,
But just opposite ensued,
Prahlad came unscathed with grace of Lord Vishnu,
Whilst Holika met her end most tragic.

Legend too has it that Lord Krishana played holi with his beloved Gopies,
To shower love and affection with the shower of colours.

Holi celebrated at Vrindavan, Mathura,
And Bursana is so matchless even today,
Showing the thread of that time remains in fact intact,
People light a bonfire on the night before Holi Day,
With devout heart brimming with bliss,
Celebrate triumph of good over evil,
And also remember how devotion to Lord gets rewarded.
People play with variety of colours,
Intoxicated with joy of the day,
Pour coloured water to each other,
Songs, dance and beats on the drums abound everywhere,
People exchange greetings and pray to God for His bounties.

O God, let the humans not shower bullets at each other

Spilling blood of the hapless in the process

Which may distance us from one another

But rather with a blood-red colour of HOLI

Spreading feeling of brotherhood

Which may engender love for each other  

Along with amity and wellbeing, in the humanity as a whole

Our prayers to Thee our Lord – the Love One
Do colour us all in Thy Holy colour
So that peace and harmony spreads amongst all

Let this be the message of this Holy Holi.

 

The festival of Holi has a mention in Vedas and Puranas (Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana). Archeologists have excavated a stone pertaining to 300 BC on  which there is an inscription of word ‘Holikotsav’ which means Holi. Even the ancient paintings there is a mention of Holi festival.

 

While aspiring for material and sensual objects, people become attached to these. Such attachments develop lust and lust generates anger and other baser traits. Anger leads to delusion and delusion leads to mental disorientation. When the mind is bewildered, wisdom is the victim. Loss of wisdom leads  downfall of an individual.
 

Holi is an old cultural festival. It is a festival of colour. Its mention is there in Puranas. Poet Kalidasa, in 4th century, under the rule of Chandragupta II also mentions about the importance of Holi.

 

Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It also signifies the end of winter and arrival of pleasant spring. It is a festival when people forget their differences and thus mend their ruptured relationships. It is celebrated at the approach of Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon).

 

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

 

There is a symbolic legend attached with this. There was a demon king named Hiranyakashap. This demon king did hard penance due to which he got a boon that no human could kill him at day time or at night time. This made him very haughty and egotistical besides excessively arrogant. So much so was he drunk with pride that he passed an order that henceforth nobody would pray God in his kingdom. People should rather pray him in place of God.

 

He ruled his people with iron hand. Not even the hermits were spared. Those who disobeyed his orders were meted out huge punishments or handed out death penalty. He had a son by the name of Prahlada. He used to worship Lord Vishnu. The demon king felt very furious when he found that his own son was   disobeying his orders hence he gave him the alternative – either he should worship him or face death penalty after giving various severe punishments which did not deter Prahladha.

 

Then Holika the Hiranyakashap’s sister, evil in her intentions offered herself to sit in the bonfire (pyre) with Prahladha; knowing fully well that she would not be harmed because of her special cloak which made her immune to fire. Subsequently, the two entered the roaring fire. Hiranyakashap felt assured that no harm would result to his sister because of protection but his son would meet his end.

 

After the fire subsided, all felt including Hiranyakashap surprised that Holika got perished in the fire that engulfed her despite her protective cloak but due to the protection and grace of Lord Vishnu, he survived!

 

Holi was driven from the name Holika. Holika represents/personifies evil and its burning is the end of evil.  Prbladha personifies goodness.

 

HOLIKA DAHAN

One day before Holi, especially after sunset, the pyre is lit, called as Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil. People gather around the fire, sing and dance at the beats of drums. It may have different names in different part of the country but the spirit of the festival is the same – a colourful one.

 

Holi dahan also signifies burning of our excessive desires. It is for bringing about a balance in our desires by putting an end to our greed and base internal yearning (Kaama dahan) – our conquest over our evil or carnal instincts which have made residency in our mind and rely more on detachment from our action. 

 

In this context, it is relevant to mention the Bhagwad Gita :
Lord Krishna teaches detachment:  While one gives up all his material desires meant for satisfaction of the senses, one who lives freeing from desires and gives up his false ego attains the state of peace and calm. 

 

Subsequently, at the day time, people celebrate this as a sign of victory of good over evil by sprinkling either the coloured water or dry colour (gulal) of various coul. A real rainbow of colour! In the evening, people, after proper wash, go to their friends and relatives and partake sweets prepared at their homes.  

 

It has also been seen that on Holi festival, people forget and forgive their old enmity and animosity and establish new relationship with each other. It has been seen that people from all religions participate in this festival. It looks as though all have been imbued and coloured with happiness and goodwill for each other. If such an idea fructifies then there would not be any ill-will for anybody in the society in general.

 

Holi has special significance in Braj i.e. in Mathura and Vindraban region, the birth place of Lord Krishna. Women-folks playfully hit their men-folks with sticks. This act of theirs is called lath mar holi. Here men are constrained to save themselves from their blows with the help of a shields.  There is a air of festivities around in the entire Braj region during this festival spanning for days together. It is a spectacle in real sense of term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

HOLI THE HOLY FESTIVAL (WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLI- MAY THIS FESTIVAL COLOUR US ALL IN HIS COLOUR)

HOLI THE HOLY FESTIVAL

(WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLI- MAY THIS FESTIVAL COLOUR US ALL IN HIS COLOUR)

 

When body, mind and soul are coloured together

In the hue of our  eternal Creator

Then a warm reaction of love is created

Along with a flood of feelings

Of oneness and togetherness in every beings

Where there is no differences based on odd considerations

Like age, sex, colour, caste or religions

Everything loses its relevance

What actually remains

Are the likings for each others

Mixed with emotions

With varieties of colours

Whosoever meets us on the street corner

Corners us with colours

Reddish, yellowish or bluish in tint

Charming us in the its enchantment

Mesmerizing us with colour’s touch

Having deep meaning

If we care to fathom its import

These colours can transform hostility

Between neighbours with a drop of colour  

O Creators of ours
Imbue us in Thy indelible Colour
Thy colour touches our heart’s chords
Including every atoms of our body
Made of five elements which die
(Ether, earth, water, air & fire)
On the death of our mortal body
Only Thy colour and our Soul last
Manmade colours just fade away and are lost
After a few hours have passed.


A spirit of Spring Festival springs in all,
Scattering joy and hope everywhere,
Nature too is in its finest attire – so colourful,
When Mother Nature is at its best,

All around greenery prevails,
There is fragrance of blooming flowers,
With Full Moon as though it is chipping in, too,

To enhance the charm of colours which thrives,
To share the fun and joy of the people around.

Different people celebrate Holi with different style,
But the common thread of celebration remains alike,
People prepare special sweets to welcome their dear folks,
Shopkeepers & women are busiest lots,
Bestowing magnetism to their living places,
Bonhomie pervades wheresoever’s our eyes could survey,
Abuzz with activity mixed with rainbow of colour rio,.
Scenes at the market places are indeed mesmeric.

Legend has it that a mighty and conceited,
Demon King Hiranyakashyap prided his prowess the most,
He wanted his subjects to worship him in place of God above,
Virtuous Prahlad, his own son agreed not,
Being a staunch devotee of Lord of Preservation – Lord Vishnu,
The King wanted his son to be put to sword – very soon,
For not obeying his dictates,
Different methods were used to kill but in vain.

Hiranyakashyap had a sister named Holika,
Blessed with a boon of not being burnt by blazing fire,
Both were made to enter a bonfire at full fury,
Thinking fire will harm her not due to boon to her,
But just opposite ensued,
Prahlad came unscathed with grace of Lord Vishnu,
Whilst Holika met her end most tragic.

Legend too has it that Lord Krishana played holi with his beloved Gopies,
To shower love and affection with the shower of colours.

Holi celebrated at Vrindavan, Mathura,
And Bursana is so matchless even today,
Showing the thread of that time remains in fact intact,
People light a bonfire on the night before Holi Day,
With devout heart brimming with bliss,
Celebrate triumph of good over evil,
And also remember how devotion to Lord gets rewarded.
People play with variety of colours,
Intoxicated with joy of the day,
Pour coloured water to each other,
Songs, dance and beats on the drums abound everywhere,
People exchange greetings and pray to God for His bounties.

O God, let the humans not shower bullets at each other

Spilling blood of the hapless in the process

Which may distance us from one another

But rather with a blood-red colour of HOLI

Spreading feeling of brotherhood

Which may engender love for each other  

Along with amity and wellbeing, in the humanity as a whole

Our prayers to Thee our Lord – the Love One
Do colour us all in Thy Holy colour
So that peace and harmony spreads amongst all

Let this be the message of this Holy Holi.

 

The festival of Holi has a mention in Vedas and Puranas (Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana). Archeologists have excavated a stone pertaining to 300 BC on  which there is an inscription of word ‘Holikotsav’ which means Holi. Even the ancient paintings there is a mention of Holi festival.

 

While aspiring for material and sensual objects, people become attached to these. Such attachments develop lust and lust generates anger and other baser traits. Anger leads to delusion and delusion leads to mental disorientation. When the mind is bewildered, wisdom is the victim. Loss of wisdom leads  downfall of an individual.

Holi is an old cultural festival. It is a festival of colour. Its mention is there in Puranas. Poet Kalidasa, in 4th century, under the rule of Chandragupta II also mentions about the importance of Holi.

Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It also signifies the end of winter and arrival of pleasant spring. It is a festival when people forget their differences and thus mend their ruptured relationships. It is celebrated at the approach of Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon).

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

There is a symbolic legend attached with this. There was a demon king named Hiranyakashap. This demon king did hard penance due to which he got a boon that no human could kill him at day time or at night time. This made him very haughty and egotistical besides excessively arrogant. So much so was he drunk with pride that he passed an order that henceforth nobody would pray God in his kingdom. People should rather pray him in place of God.

He ruled his people with iron hand. Not even the hermits were spared. Those who disobeyed his orders were meted out huge punishments or handed out death penalty. He had a son by the name of Prahlada. He used to worship Lord Vishnu. The demon king felt very furious when he found that his own son was   disobeying his orders hence he gave him the alternative – either he should worship him or face death penalty after giving various severe punishments which did not deter Prahladha.

Then Holika the Hiranyakashap’s sister, evil in her intentions offered herself to sit in the bonfire (pyre) with Prahladha; knowing fully well that she would not be harmed because of her special cloak which made her immune to fire. Subsequently, the two entered the roaring fire. Hiranyakashap felt assured that no harm would result to his sister because of protection but his son would meet his end.

After the fire subsided, all felt including Hiranyakashap surprised that Holika got perished in the fire that engulfed her despite her protective cloak but due to the protection and grace of Lord Vishnu, he survived!

Holi was driven from the name Holika. Holika represents/personifies evil and its burning is the end of evil.  Prbladha personifies goodness.

HOLIKA DAHAN

One day before Holi, especially after sunset, the pyre is lit, called as Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil. People gather around the fire, sing and dance at the beats of drums. It may have different names in different part of the country but the spirit of the festival is the same – a colourful one.

Holi dahan also signifies burning of our excessive desires. It is for bringing about a balance in our desires by putting an end to our greed and base internal yearning (Kaama dahan) – our conquest over our evil or carnal instincts which have made residency in our mind and rely more on detachment from our action.

In this context, it is relevant to mention the Bhagwad Gita :

Lord Krishna teaches detachment:  While one gives up all his material desires meant for satisfaction of the senses, one who lives freeing from desires and gives up his false ego attains the state of peace and calm.

Subsequently, at the day time, people celebrate this as a sign of victory of good over evil by sprinkling either the coloured water or dry colour (gulal) of various coul. A real rainbow of colour! In the evening, people, after proper wash, go to their friends and relatives and partake sweets prepared at their homes.

It has also been seen that on Holi festival, people forget and forgive their old enmity and animosity and establish new relationship with each other. It has been seen that people from all religions participate in this festival. It looks as though all have been imbued and coloured with happiness and goodwill for each other. If such an idea fructifies then there would not be any ill-will for anybody in the society in general.

 

Holi has special significance in Braj i.e. in Mathura and Vindraban region, the birth place of Lord Krishna. Women-folks playfully hit their men-folks with sticks. This act of theirs is called lath mar holi. Here men are constrained to save themselves from their blows with the help of a shields.  There is a air of festivities around in the entire Braj region during this festival spanning for days together. It is a spectacle in real sense of term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

WOMEN – YOU ARE THE GREATEST

WOMEN – YOU ARE THE GREATEST

(TODAY IS WOMEN DAY)

 

Her day starts in the wee hours in the morn,

Waking herself, preparing herself for home chores,

And for the day’s drudgery in the right earnest,

Prepares milk or feed for the tiny tots,

Followed by morning tea or breakfast for the kin entire,

This over, but her work has just not over,

Then homework for going to work starts,

As she has to add-on the family’s funds,

To meet increased needs due to price hikes,

She rises to the occasion without any concern for herself,

And is all set to increase the kitty of folks,

To eke out extra funds for them,

For needs of shelter, schooling et al,

So that their present is better than days gone by,

The one who was known to run a home as a homemaker,

Is now capable to run an office with flair,

In this process she faces challenges,

Both at the field at home,

And in the workplace, with composure intact,

With insight and with diplomacy at her command,

She excels in many a ways in comparison to her men counterparts,

Moves files and what it takes,

Moves on the ladder of career devoid of crutches,

Catches on the trend in the market and at workplace,

She gets used to everything with ease,

At workplace or in the cockpit of a plane,

She plainly is in the best of her elements,

Even those who used to call her weaker gender,

Are constrained to have a second opinion about her,

Their mindset have gone a sea change for her,

After looking at the tenacity and courage of the woman the next door,

And in their own home and hearth,

This creation of my Creator feels equal to the occasion at home front,

And excels, in many ways, in the office front,

Confronting the animal of intricacy with ease

at her command,

My profuse salute to thee for keeping alive our races,

But also race hard to win the battles at home and out of office.

 

HARBANS KHAJURIA

 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

ANGER AND ITS ILL-AFFECTS

ANGER AND ITS ILL-AFFECTS

It is undisputed fact that life is a complex one. There are so many ups and downs due to stresses and strains due to which, many a times, our patience gets wilted. How best to maintain cool despite provocative posturing by some of our colleagues and friends; taking cudgel whenever they get opportunity.  The result of all these provocations is hatred and grudge causing heartburn thereby affecting our body, mind and soul. With anger simmering in our system, we may not be able to function systematically since our body, mind and spirit will not be able to function in tandem. With frayed tempers and hurt feeling writ large, our senses cannot perform their natural task causing stress and strain besides depression and related psychological.

Prophet Mohammad has very rightly proclaimed : “Whoever curbs his anger, while being able to act, Allah will fill his heart with certainty of faith.”

How best the taste of anger could be tested substantially was realized by me yesterday. While I was busy in my office pre-occupied with my assigned task, I overheard one of my colleague backbiting against me to our seniors. He was telling the seniors that I remain whiling away my precious time, doing almost nothing!  Subsequently, I was called by my seniors for the new task, fresh task to be accomplished, my colleague was still there in the same office but was feeling disturbed that, perhaps, I had overheard his innuendo against me thus proving that if one is lying against somebody else, then, its consequences could seen to be believed then and there.

The time to react was very little, I had the following options:-

FORGET AND FORGIVING  BACKBITING AGAINST ME

Forgetting and forgiving is one of the best traits of a person which could be adopted in one’s life. Although, it is also a truth that mere saying forgetting and forgiving is easier to say but difficult to made applicable in our life.

In my case, as stated above, I introspected earnestly, while doing so, if I did not show concern; I would be branded as somebody who just whiles away his time and energy and does not perform any productive work for the organization – a stigma with which I had to live for the entire life. Forgetting and forgetting brings in its wake positive feelings, along with a lot of self belief thus ridding ourselves of resentment, depression, stress, addiction and a total control over our senses.

FORGETTING AND FORGIVING IS THE TASK OF SIXTH SENSE – INTUITION

In addition to this, by remaining positively oriented we can open the door of our sixth sense – intuition by forgetting others’ innuendoes against us. In this way, our composure and bearings will not be affected adversely. Alternatively, when we have grudge against anybody, meaning we are either living in the past or in fear of future and not live in the present moment. Re-living in the past means all the past experiences both good and bad without any lessons thereof would be inconsequential. Living in dead past will not yield us anything. Then living in the unpredictable  future too is also fraught with uncertainty. 

RETALIATE WHILE IT WAS HOT – TO CLEAR LINGERING DOUBTS

I was in dilemma, whether to pin-point the fissures in my colleague’s declaration against me and tell point-blank then and there before it is too late that he was wrong in insinuating against me. Although paying back in the same coin was not on the cord initially but then instant churning went on in my mind – whether to react or just be quite. If I did not slightly rebuke that liar spreading ill-will and disinformation then it tantamount to accepting that I do not perform my job, as assigned, and that would have been downright acceptance of his insinuation at its face value.

WHEN DO WE FEEL ANGER TAKING OVER US

Anger visits when the bridge of our patience is breached by the unbridled emotional upsurge. When similar situation dawns, then only alternative left with us is preservation of equanimity lest it boomerang on us and ruin us in the process. Those who want to exercise anger as a tool in getting their things done should also keep in mind that while do so, we are spoiling our own health and wellbeing ultimately. Browbeating others and thereby exercising violence including angry outbursts have not ever solved any problem till date. Problems have become more complex in anger and its resultant consequences. If you get angry, we shall make others angry too in the process. Thus proving anger is the ugliest part of the traits of human nature.

ANGER AND ITS IMPLICATION ON OUR LATENT ENERGY

When we are angry, our latent energy gets weakened/dissipated or just wasted. We are left on the mercy of conflicts and contradictions of our own making. To keep a grudge against somebody too means keeping negative feeling in our system. Depleted inner energy impacts not only our body and mind but also our soul besides impacting our confidence to performance anything  tangible in our life. Not only this, our social acceptability will also be in peril.  

In Bible I has been said: Act, don’t react, because of our fallen nature, our first impulse is often a sinful one –  and to remind ourselves how the energy anger provides should be used to solve problems and not create bigger ones.

Last but not the least, it is relevant to mention Bhagwad Gita which says that demoniac nature is perpetuation of hellish existence. The three gateways of hellish existence are lust, greed and anger. All these come in the way of spiritual consciousness. 

ME & CONTROL OVER MY ANGER

The castle of my own existence

Built brick by brick over a period of time

Sometimes a brick so solid in the form of tolerance

And another times in the form of enough patience

Cemented diligently with ample dose of compassion

Falls like a pile of ninepins without indication of any caution

When I fall prey to unwelcomed aggravation

Due to sudden burst of unwarranted provocation

Coming from a dear one –  with least expectation

Bringing in its wake uncalled for tension

No escape route could be fathomed on the spur

Defense mechanism wilts under severe pressure

All efforts to control rage razes to ground

Of all things, puzzling indeed

Whence all these weapons just fizzle out

And become futile defenses

Of little consequence

I follow a path most uncharitable – regrettably

A path which has tarnished my image in my own eyes presently

Under the influence of anger, so unpleasant

Which brings to the ground my strong castle of myself

Built brick by brick over a period of time

But crashes down just in a moment

Thus washing off everything created over time

I lament this split second anomaly spiteful

Wish that I could rewind and relive that moment again

And make a conscious effort not to lose myself from now onwards

And rewrite the history of losing myself in the bargain

Wish that I should have erected  firewalls  and safety cushions

More impregnable than done therein fore  

When a most sincere conscious effort could have made difference

By the grace of Providence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

VENGEFULLY SPOKEN WORDS ARE HARMFUL

VENGEFULLY SPOKEN WORDS ARE HARMFUL

In essence, spoken words are impressionable in varieties of ways. Pleasant words spoken after due deliberation and with utmost care and caution, speak volumes about a personality. These are indicative of our unassuming nature, humbleness which mirrors the value system we’ve imbibed during our upbringing. Soft spoken and persuasive words can change the course of our life or good. Then the modulation or moderate accent emitting positivity makes huge difference.

According to scriptural truth, there are five organs of action – tongue for conveying our thoughts in the form of speech or spoken words, hand and legs for motor actions, organ of excretion and primary sex organs or genitals. The first one, tongue is used for conveying through speech what we want to say. What we say through the medium of tongue; which if not controlled or reined in can put us in trouble. Uncontrolled tongue could be for rumour mongering and character assassination. Most of the troubles could be attributed to uncontrolled use of tongue.

In Bhagwad Gita it has been said: Although one may conquer all of the other senses, as long as the tongue is not conquered it cannot be said that one has controlled his senses. However, if one is able to control the tongue, then one is understood to be in full control of all the senses.

Many a families could be saved from being split with proper use of language and its style of speaking. Words spoken by Spiritual Leader in the form of lectures on scriptures and other life impacting experiences could transform our life not only spiritually and change our way of thinking – for better results.  What we eat reflects on our thoughts and actions. The consumption of intoxicants creates attributes of violent feelings or Tamsic traits therefore in order to imbibe good attributes it is necessary to take pure vegetarian diet for creation of Sattvic traits.

During election times, politicians of various parties deliver speeches and promise people various things if voted to power. But after getting power, speeches made and promises made to the people are woefully forgotten. These speeches could be termed as the sins of tongue. The speeches made by the use of harsh words, hurting abuses, tall talk, spinning out falsehood by way of promises.

Humans are endowed with power of discrimination. What to be spoken, what not to be spoken, what to be eaten and what not to be depends on our own sweet will. Meaning, our effort should be to speak with objectivity. Every time we speak something which has direct bearing on our life should be introspected thoroughly otherwise concerned person would be embroiled into controversies; words spoken cannot be retrieved. It is just like a fired bullet which after it is fired cannot be taken back.

Words spoken, having double meaning, work like double edged sword, prove counterproductive and could worsen our relationship for which these are intended. Many married couples separate, seemingly because of prickly words between the couples; proving many a families could escape severance of relationship if proper use of language is done. Tongue control, is therefore, an important element in adjustment in life.

Then when relations are on the verge of breaking, there is still a flicker of hope for rapprochement but this could be done mainly by following  the principles of forgiving and forgetting thereby following correct perspective. By adopting this attitude, a way out could be found for patch up  and stitch back the tattered relationships.  For this, words spoken with complete watchfulness, makes a huge difference in life.

There was a case of bombing in Delhi, wherein due to

  1. Backbiting. Some people subject others to backbiting impacting adversely their place in the society with pure lies sometimes.

In Holy  Quran it has been said:  Do not backbite each other, would any of you wish to eat the flesh of your dead brother, no rather you hate it!

  1. Unnecessary criticism. We subject others to vocal unethical and moral criticism for fulfilling our own self-seeking rationale.
  1. False witness. In many of the cases pending in the court of law, we must have observed that there are the false witnesses on the basis of lies and falsehood on oath. Many a times people who has not committed any crime get embroiled in cases which they have not done at all.
  1. Abuse somebody. Many a times we must have observed people abusing others, who cannot pay the person concerned, in the same coin because of his/her weakness financially or muscle power.
  2. Tall Talking. There are the people, who for strengthening their own agenda, will go to any limits in talking tall purportly thereby to browbeat others and silence their sane voices. 
  3. Sweet Words spoken to hide facts. It is like sugar coated bitter pills which when taken tastes sweets better for a while but afterwards its impact is felt when sugar gets exhausted.

In Holy Bible it has been mentioned: If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

  1. Sound speech or good words are not exaggerated words. Sound speech is to remove confusion and not to create still more of it.
  1. Spiritualism and control of tongue. We can exercise control over of our speech if we learn to live according to the principles enshrined in scriptures.

It has been mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib  He, who utters the True (Naam), is pure of tongue : He attains to the True Door……………

EFFECTS OF USE OF TONGUE

Karma is the action done or an act performed which starts with the intention of doing an act. This action or deed is having some intended purpose behind it. A good intention in speech and the action thereof (actually spoken words) lead to sound action. Contrarily,  ill-intention leads to bad action (unethical). In both the cases, we are the actors who play our parts in variety of manners. It should also be remembered that when our objective is sincere and honourable, then, sure enough, the result thereof will also be good (ethical).  Both of these mannerisms (good or bad) have consequences on our present and future lives. In other words, our present life has direct bearing  from the past karma we have done but one thing is certain these karmic affects are independent of any outside influences. The law of karma operates nonetheless; we want it or not. All this is true for the spoken words and the action thereof.

THOUGHTS (GOOD OR BAD) AND USE OF TONGUE

We are good or bad according to the use of our tongue and for this our thoughts and actions count. If we try to desist from intending or executing any act, then we can escape from its consequences. Otherwise, we’ve to put up with the results of our action. It should never be forgotten that pure thinking leads to pure actions or karma. It should also not be forgotten that our desire to speak, choosing the occasion to speak and right speech, in essence, play an important role in our life and karma thereof. If we exert control over our senses by reining in our mind, then we can be our own masters.

But it should never be forgotten that between the two (good and bad speech) karma intended and untended – we have unintentional karmic actions, an action which we just execute just compelled by the circumstances or situation. What is the consequence thereof? Here the intervention of providence or God comes.

From the above, it could be concluded that we should try to control our tongue in order to escape from the consequences of our spoken words. It could be construed as karma of spoken words. As we speak so we get. If we speak gently, we get the gentle response. Sound intentioned speech can change the outlook of our life and ill-conceived, even unintentional words can bring us misery.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Inner Thoughts