Shraaddhas are the vital rituals most dearly observed

By the offspring of the (Pitr) deceased

For those deceased relatives of ours who have departed

From us to the lands unknown

 Thus presently are not with us

To bestow us guide and to offer solace

And deliver us from our present state.

Now, as they have turned to Pitr domain

It is our duty, the bounden one

To remember their contribution

For our present wellbeing and condition

In which we’re placed presently.

Besides recollection of their role

We are duty bound to repay the debit

For bringing to this world

And showing us the dawn of the day

By observing Shraaddhas

With complete faith and full of emotion at our command

So that our (Pitras) ancestors

Who might be in the dark regions

After their deaths

Are able to move from dark recesses

To the lights of the heaven

By attaining liberation or Moksha

By the performance of Shraaddhas.

Shraaddha or Shradha is the Sanskrit word which literally means Shradha of faith/belief and any act that is transacted with all the honesty and sincerity at our command according to pre-determined goal besides it has got sanctity faith/belief attached with it. Our emotional faith (Bhav) is a must for getting full benefits of the Shraaddas. Shradhas are observed for 15 days (in the Hindu month of Ashvin) termed as the Pitra Paksh Period is very auspicious to offer Pinddaan so that the departed souls may get liberation from births and deaths. Mention of this has been in the ancient scriptures like Upnishads.

This year these are observed with effect from 25th  September 2018 (Puranmashi – Full Moon Da to 8th Oct 2018 (Dark Night – Amavasya). On these days, we Hindus reminisce our dead forefathers/ancestors due to which we are there on this earth. In other words, it is expression of our gratitude to our dead (Pitras)  and pay them due homage for their contribution towards them. In other words, it is expression of gratitude to our ancestors (Pitrs) due to whom we are on this planet. Today, I am conducting the Shraaddha rituals for my father today, partly for the expression of my gratitude to him and partly to remember him for giving me the first lesson to me the purpose of life.

It is based on the date on which our parents or grand-parents have left for their heavenly abode. The date for the shraadhas are observed based on the death anniversary – on the Shraadha Paksha (Fortnight of ancestors).

These Shraadhas are also observed after the death of an individual (after the left out ashes are immersed in the holy water of river Ganga). These Shraddhas are performed accompanied with chanting of Mantras for the departed soul. The Sharaaddha ceremonies are also performed at Kurukeshtra (A Holi place in Haryana) in a waterbody where there was a huge battle between Pandavas and Kauravas and Holi Song of Bhagwad Gita originated.

The Shraaddha rituals could be performed in Gaya (Bihar) the waterless river containing Phalgu (A type of sand) but water could be extracted from any spot by digging 2-3 feet at any part of this waterless river. While I visited Gaya and offered prayers at the famous Lord Vishnu temple and performed Shraaddhas for the departed souls of my parents, my brothers and grand-parents, and of course, for my relatives and friends who had left for their heavenly abode. I was spellbound by the air of Godliness everywhere there. It is believed that Sita Maa had performed her Shraaddha rituals for her father-in-law Dhashratha at Gaya. It has been mentioned in Purana in great details.

The Shraddha rituals are performed not merely for our deceased parents, grand-parents but also our close relatives including small children who departed from this earth suddenly due to sickness or due to some unfortunate accidents. As these Pitrs (departed souls) have departed to their heavenly abode or may be not got Liberation or Moksha, due to one reason or other, the Shraddha performed with wholeheartedness will help liberate these departed souls.

Shraddha rituals are conducted during Shukla Paksh and Krishna Paksh in the following way:-

  • Place where these rituals are held. First of all, it is essential that the rituals are held at a place which is known for performing these sacred rituals. It could be places like banks of river Ganga, Yamuna, Gaya, Baranasi etc. For these, there is no need of appropriate time like Shraddha Period (15 days).
  • Pinddaan. This constitutes the offering consisting of baked rice, cow’s milk, desi ghee, honey, barley flour. All these are mixed together so as to make balls of contents as mentioned. This should be done with intense faith and belief with emotional attachment.
  • Tarpan. It is the offering of clean water mixed with sesame, barley, and flour; in these, Kusha (grass) forms an important part. By adopting right approach besides absolute faith and belief, our ancestors could get the benefits for their onward journey from dark or negative region to brighter one.
  • Offering to the Animals and birds. Before offering meals to the priests (Brahmins), it is considered a good omen or auspicious to offer the prepared vegetarian meal, prepared without use of onions and garlic, khir (prepared with cow milk, rice, sugar, dry fruits etc.) to the cows and birds. If the offering of Khir is taken by the crows, it is consider auspicious.
  • Feeding to the Brahmins. Subsequently, the prepared meal is offered to the priests (Brahmins) with utmost reverence and emotional faith.
  • Clothes and donation. After Priti-Bhoj to the Brahmins, they are offered clothes and cash so as to cover their expenses to reach the place of Shraaddha rituals.

Benefits of performing Shraddhas

It is axiomatic that anything performed with utmost devotion and singleness of purpose, it will surely and without any doubt give us benefit; it may be anything or everything. Its main benefits are:-

  • In essence, what happens to the departed soul depends on the karmic deeds or misdeeds the particular individual has done while living in flesh and blood on this earth. It has been mentioned in scriptures that after the death the purvaj may not get final deliverance (antim mukti), for this performance of Pinddaan while observing all the steps in the rituals will help the Mukti of Atma of Pitr; if it is not done already according to the Karma or deeds/actions while ling.
  • When we perform all the rituals in connection with the observance of Shraddha rituals like invoking God with spiritual emotion, the connectivity with God and our Pitras (Ancestors for whom rituals are being performed). Not only the person performing such rituals are benefited but also the deceased soul.
  • Shraddhas are the re-payment of debt for what they (Our Pitrs departed souls) have done for us by showing us the path including transferring the family traditions and value system to us. This is also an opportunity to offer gratefulness to our ancestors, family deities and the God including our Gurus who have shown us the purpose of life to us.
  • Shraaddhas help the Pitrs (deceased relatives) to move from Pitru areas (which are considered as negative regions) to higher plane for them. For this reasons may be any – may be lesser Karmic Credit during their life-time.
  • When the departed souls get their share of Pinddaan along with other important ingredients like black sesame seeds, Kusha, rice floor balls etc. including the emotionally surcharged faith/belief.
  • Bhagwad Gita has rightly enunciated that nobody should not commit any mistakes in the performance of duties towards our ancestors’ soul and the God. Those Pitrs for whom no Pinddaan is given, they remain in the negative region. Therefore, a person with intellect who knows the difference between right and wrong should not abstain from performing Shraaddhas for their ancestors.
  • When Shraaddhas are not done for a deceased soul (Pitrs), then that Pitr remains trapped between real world and the heavenly abode.
  • It should never be forgotten that the benefits of conducting Shraaddhas not only to the deceased Pitrs but also to the person perform the rituals in a systematic and with complete devotion and singleness of purpose. It should be construed as the responsibility of the offspring to offer Shraaddha to his/her deceased ancestors for their ultimate liberation (Moksha).



I'm relaxing

If we commit mistakes

No problem, we all commit

In one form or other – everyone knows this fact

Nobody is infallible in real sense

While transacting something with sincerity

But fault lies in essence

When our ego stops us from agreeing

To have mistake so committed

Which is a mistake most terrible!

If I go to my meeting scheduled

At the time and date fixed

Then I shall meet all contingencies  without any pinpricks

Thereby remain affable and unruffled

While meeting the demands of the work at hand.

If I am ignorant about something important to be known surely

Fault lies at my doorsteps squarely

Not in others for non-performance of our duty

Since I did not try getting know-how

About the things to be known

When it was required to know.

If I get angry on pretexts so silly

I shall not attract anybody around me most likely

Since nobody wants to have intimacy

With a man with no accommodative way of thinking,

If I fail miserably

While others pass with easily

It is not the fault of the destiny

But my own lack of effort to succeed.

If I did not get respect from others

It is not somebody else fault

Since I did not pay respect to others.

If I pray /meditate

Without proper without involving my heart

And my mind dithering

Here, there and everywhere

Can I get something in that exercise?

Definitely nothing substantial

Thence. Can I blame others?

Certainly not at all!

If there is no harmony in our household

Certainly my neighbor is not to be blamed

We are ourselves responsible for all this confusion and mess

Since it is all due to misunderstanding between the members

Who have conflicting views on anything which makes a sweet home

Since a house is made home when all members

Work for each other and meet each others’ demands.

If you have no moral fibre

You cannot advice others to keep one

For you have lost everything that makes the person a moral character.

If I have not paid my taxes

The tax authorities will book me for the lapse

If  I am hauled up for this slip

Fault lies with me solely

Not with others around me surely.

If I have not done in life substantially

Fault lies with me and not on somebody?

I have to mend my ways effectively.

If I lose my temper just for nothing

Fault lies with me for so doing

Then need is to change my attitude

The sooner I do the better for me eventually.

If I am not able to pay my debits

And the creditors are after me

For giving back the loaned amount

If I have to face music of not payment my dues

Thence is it else’s liability than mine?

If nobody loves me

That means there is something missing in me

Through proper introspection

I’ve to be self-aware

And change myself accordingly

To make myself likeable.

If I am not able to adjust with the group

Fault lies with me and not with the group

Since I have to be adaptive to change not the group

As nobody would like to change for me

According to others expediency.

If we want to lead a life of spirituality

Which means we have to lead a life really

Which has the stamp of sagacity

To transact all our duties

With full accountability

While observing all principles with objectivity

Bereft of ill-will, rancor and thoughts so lusty.





Jealousy produces more Dhayodanas – the wicked ones

Who chooses offence as a way against their own kith-kin.

Jealousy is enemy number one of spiritualism

Since it pollutes our body, mind, and soul with its negativism

Jealousy is an unwanted baggage, so cruel

Since it retards our further growth in any field

Jealousy it brings forth our indecent behavior

As it is the source of our anger.

Jealousy is offensive in nature

Since it brings about unpleasantness in us

Jealousy is destructive to a large extent

Since it takes away the brotherly feelings.

Jealousy brings about trust deficit in our relationship

Since it produces a feeling of the doubt so lasting.

Jealousy produces in us the comparing emotion

Which generates greed for power and position.

Jealousy dissipates our self-confidence

Since we feel envy with lack of self-reliance.

Jealousy is the mother of all ills bedeviling in us

Since it creates the feeling of ill-will for even our closest friends 

Jealousy fills our mind with all sorts of rubbish

Thus not letting us concentrate on our prayers/meditation

Jealousy brings about excessive egocentric tendencies

Thus not allowing us the freedom to perform freely our Karmic duties.

Jealousy does not allow us to be clean and calm

Hence are not able to transact our duties with detachment

Jealousy is the result of inherent fears haunting our mindset

Makes us more fearful whilst facing a difficult situation.

Jealousy is the antithesis of peace and harmony

It attacks the very foundation of cultural identity.

                                             Jealousy dissipates our latent energy

Since it degenerates our mental faculty.

Jealousy puts brakes on our inward journey

By blocking the potential energy

Thus not allowing us the bliss and pure joy

Which is dwelling inside us all.

Jealousy proves a destabilizing agent of positive change

Since it is the agent provocateur of negativity

Jealousy acts against the purity of our consciousness

As it is against sincerity, devotion, and kindness.

Jealousy produces speech impurity

Since with it in abundance, we speak insensibly.

Jealousy produces in us the impurity of senses

Thereby we take the benefit at the cost of others.

Jealousy in the household of ours where we reside joyfully

Results in disunity amongst the members of the family.

Jealousy converts the peace of our mind into pieces

And creates disharmony between persons at all places.

Jealousy is a psychic malady

Produces imbalance in our mind hugely.

Jealousy produces a feeling of greediness

For getting ‘more’ of worldly possessions

By any means open to us.

Jealousy generates a feeling of inferiority complex

By losing the self-esteem by our own Karmic deeds.

Jealousy creates suspicion in our own capability

Then we are not able to meet the situation we are placed in.

Jealously thus is a negative trait that we possess irrationally

It should be shunned totally if we want to progress holistically


In essence, there are some families who treat their male child and the female child. The male child is given every facilities and opportunity which are not given to the girl child. The trigger for writing about jealousy was when there was an unusual tiff between brother and sister, and unusual, simply because this argument on petty matter turned into a slanging match between the two and that too when the warmth of brother and sister relationship is consolidated – on Raksha Bandhan. But under my very sight, a match was a mud-slinging match was going on. It seemed that the sister was having a field day by remembering anything that she could remember was hurled at her brother. Here the brother was at the receiving end from his sister. She simmering inside her and exploded when she could not tolerate any longer. Seemingly, the sister was under the spell of anger, fear, envy, and lack of everything. Meaning, she was under the influence of jealousy.

Jealousy is a human emotion generated by a lack of understanding in the relationship – spouse feeling jealousy for his/her spouse due to misgiving or suspicion. This suspicion may be due to doubt on infidelity or disloyalty. A fellow employee in an organization may feel jealousy for his/her colleague for being proficient.    


In reality, the jealousy is generated when we compare ourselves with others, who have done well in their lives. Envy results when we do not avail of the opportunities which come our way with the application.  Virtually we are pre-occupied with thoughts of others who have reached to their pinnacle of success rather than trying our bit to succeed. It should never be forgotten that we succeed or fail based on our own initiative and drive or lack of it. Thinking about others’ successes but not making sincere efforts is neither here nor there.


A person having an emotional feeling of enviousness is due to lack of value system with the idea that anything which is earned with personal sincere efforts. When we do not have a hierarchy of values; which are based on ethical and moral standpoints for earning our place in the society then we may get something but that ‘something’ would be for a short duration.


Jealousy is an emotion which is generated by a feeling of insecurity due to lack of material possessions or status which others may have.







One who always aspires

Nothing but pleasures

Without the involvement of pain

The pleasure that is attained

Is momentary in nature

Indeed a ‘nine days’ wonder’

Meaning this pleasure is a flip-flog existence

Comes and goes without  forewarning to the person

Because of foot-prints of dishonesty in his methods

In the collection of resources by illegal means.

Whence we earn our living by adopting lawful means

The pleasure that we attain Is eternal in nature

Because in that pleasure there is the application of body

 Mind and soul totally

With the association of our God Almighty

Since  this effort of ours, there is connect of sincerity

Thus putting a stamp of permanency

For our pleasure to be lasting till eternity.


In your question, you have mentioned only one part of life ‘for experiencing different forms of pleasure/happiness/satisfaction. In actual life, we have just opposites of all the things you have mentioned viz; pain /unhappiness/ dissatisfaction.

Thoughts on pleasure in Sri Granth Sahib Ji: O my thoughtless and insane mind, why are you indulging in pleasures?

Those who think and aspire for only pleasure –giving agents of change for getting pleasure, resort to unethical and immoral methods for getting their wishes fulfilled.

Those who think and aspire for only pleasure-seeking agents of change for getting pleasure, resort to unethical and immoral methods. By so doing, such people go on plunging themselves into one quagmire of sin and then other till such time they submerged themselves totally.  They may get pleasure but this happiness is merely momentary or transitory. It lasts until such time ones true character is found out finally. All of us must have personally experienced the predicament of such ill-intentioned persons whose only objective is to get pleasure through illegal means. Such people go hanker after mirage which is delusive in the true sense of terms. After sometimes, they may realize their folly and may seek forgiveness for their misdeeds.

In the Holy Bible it has been said: So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.


There is a case of a person Ratnakara who used to loot people for a living for himself and his family. One day Maharishi Narada happened to pass through the jungle. Ratnakara waylaid him and asked him to hand over everything that he possessed to him. Before giving him anything, the sage asked him a question. Whether his family will partake or share the sin which he was committing for a living. Ratnakara went to his home and asked his wife and parents. They told him that it was his duty to feed them and they do not share his sins which he commits. He learned a lesson. He went to the forest and asked Sage Narada for his identity. After knowing all about Maharishi Narada, Ratnakara requested the Sage to deliver him of the sins he had committed. The sage taught him to chant the name of Rama. Ratnakara sat in a meditative posture and started chanting the name of RAMA till such time there was an anthill around Ratnakar’s body. God was pleased with Ratnakara with his meditation and bestowed him the honor of Brahmarshi Valmiki (Anthill). Thereafter he founded an ashram on the banks of river Ganga. Subsequently, he met Lord Rama and then Sage Narada. Then he composed the great epic Ramayana in Sanskrit in verses form. We should take a lesson from Ratanakara’s leaf that if a person laments for his/her misdeeds in the true sense of terms, the same could be pardoned by our God and our Karmic debit could be transformed into Karmic credit.


It should always be kept in mind that true and lasting pleasure does not come with worldly possessions, got through unlawful, unethical and immoral means hardly gives us eternal happiness and pleasure. This enjoyment is a ‘nine days’ wonder’ and impermanent at that.

Those who always think of pleasure only and no pain will not be able to enjoy the pleasure they are having. Just think of experience of pain and then its alleviation through self-effort then a period of pleasure – this stage of pleasure after pain is enjoyed the most since it happens after experiencing pain. Too much of everything, even happiness, does not give us eternal joy. Bitter pill gives us relief from recurring pain than the pleasure we get from taking sweets.

HOLY QURAN SAYS: And among the people there is he who sells himself for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is kind to His worshippers.

Therefore, in our life, we should always have a mix of pleasure and pain. The experiences which we garner during the time we are in pain could be utilized for getting experiences for a better tomorrow. This pain may be body pain or mental pain or a pain inflicted by our nears and dears. Past painful experiences are the guides for us as to how not to follow the path which have given us pain.

It is also a fact that if somebody has given you pain intentionally, just to put you in trouble. I think, this sort of a pain helps us in removing or reducing our KARMIC DEBIT and may add our KARMIC CREDIT.

From the above, it is essential that we feel and experience both, pain and pleasure and enjoy life to the hilt. We cannot have holistic growth and development if we have only pleasure or only pain.

In essence, it is not worldly possessions which make us happy but even things which we think insignificant could give us satiety and immense happiness.  We must have experienced in life that little things in life could give us relief from the emergent problems.

There are some things in our life which makes us happy and comfortable. The following are the things which change our pain to pleasure:-

  1. Giving gives more happiness than taking. When we meet somebody else’s need in a trying situation,
  2. Forgiving and forgetting gives great happiness.
  3. Getting some recognition gives joy.
  4. Even a small thing could make difference in our life.
  5. Be compassionate.
  6. Living with simple living.
  7. Having good health.
  8. No comparison with others.
  9. Living on my own means.
  10. Satisfaction in our life.
  11. Live with the intention – live and let live.
  12. Let go attitude.
  13. It getting something, i is good, if not, then also it is good.
  14. Do not aspire to be the perfectionist but keep putting in your efforts.
  15. Thoughts and action to be in sync.
  16. You have not to prove anything to anybody but to yourself.
  17. Give credit for others’ contribution to the job-at-hand.
  18. Stay cool and composed despite hurdles.
  19. It is not the worldly possessions which give happiness but satiety with what we have gives us eternal joy.
  20. Do not be attached to the fruits of actions.
  21. Belief in self and our Creator.
  22. Live a spiritually oriented life.
  23. Feeling pain when others are feeling pain.
  24. Stay away from all the negativities.
  25. Divide smiles.
  26. Have optimum belief in God.




















Ganesha Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers). Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav would be celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm on 13th September 2018 (Thursday). He is called the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebrations start on Ganesh Chaturthi and continue for 10 days – called Anant Chaturdashi and also termed as the Ganesh Visarjana or Ganesha immersion in the water bodies. At the time of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha, the devotees, in procession, sing songs praising the Lord Ganesha up to their destination (water bodies near their homes).

On this day, the devotees keep the clay idols in their homes or in public glare in temporary made stages or pandals. Prayers in the form of Vedic hymns are chanted besides the devotees observe the fast and offerings of modak and others sweets along with Prasadam are also distributed amongst the devotees.

He is the God of fresh beginnings and He eliminates our problems or obstacles. All the business ventures start by invoking His name.  Even Gods and Demi-Gods worship Him and love Him the most. The Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu (J&K)  and Chattisgarh.

The earliest mention of Ganapati or Ganesha or Vinayaka is found in Rigveda. In this sacred scripture, Ganesha is mentioned to be the seer amongst the seers, abounding beyond measure in food, presiding amongst the elders and being the lord of invocation. It has also been mentioned: ‘nothing nearby or afar is performed without thee’. His name also appears in many other scriptures such as Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, Brahma Purana etc.

Pieces of evidence of worship of Ganesha have been found from 5th and 8th centuries.  He has been seen with goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and wellbeing) and Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of skill and knowledge).  Lord Ganesha consorts are Ridhi and Sidhi – having their own place as wellness of the devotees.

How the Birthday of Lord Ganesha came about?

Legend has it that Lordess Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste which was applied to Her body before taking bath. She was impressed by her own creation which ignited her curiosity of breathing / infusing life into that creation. Low and behold, the creation of Maa Parvati came to life!

Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance to the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody to enter it while she took bath. All this transpired when Shiva had gone somewhere. When He returned back, Ganesha, standing guard, did not allow Him to enter. On asking who he was. Ganesha replied that he was Ganesha the son of Maa Parvati.

Lord Shiva sent His Ganas to teach the child first lesson in mannerism. As Ganesha was created by Shakti, he was very powerful besides being obedient to the core. Indira and his army of demigods too used their power to overpower Ganesha but in vain.

Now it was the turn of Narda with Saptarishis came for persuading the child for allowing Lord Shiva but it was also a futile exercise. All this infuriated Lord Shiva still further. Out of anger, He severed the head of Ganesha. When Maan Parvati came out after Her bath, she found the severed head from the body of her creation. This scene enraged her immensely. Observing her state, Lord Shiva promised to bring back to life their son. For this purpose, the demigods went in search of the person facing north. They could not find any humans. They could find only bring the elephant’s head which was fixed on the headless body. Ganesha came back to life instantly through the supernatural powers of Lord Shiva.


Previously, only Hindus used to participate in the festivities but presently there is a community participation in this festival. There is the enactment of concerts; discourses based on intellectual/spirituality related topics, skits, folk dances etc. Dahi Handi competition is another interesting and much awaited by the participants. Here prizes are also given. People of all castes, religions, and color participate in these festivities and this becomes a fertile ground for national integration and engenders understanding between different communities. All these activities have the two-fold benefit. Firstly, it enhances unity in diversity and secondly, it ensures completive fervor between people.

As Lord Ganesh is the embodiment of good tidings, people start their new businesses on this auspicious day so as to have His blessings for the success.

From the above, it is evident that this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for ensuring cohesion/unity between all the communities, encourage non-discriminatory ideas/ideals besides getting the opportunity to celebrate the auspicious occasion imbibing spiritual onward march and finally to get Lord Ganesh’s bounties of unlimited intelligence and wisdom.

The prominent temples in India are mentioned below:-

  • Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Mumbai.
  • Shrimant Dagdusheth Aalwai Ganpati Temple,
  • Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor.
  • Manak Ula Vinayaka Temple, Pondcherry.
  • Mathur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala.
  • Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan.
  • Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur.
  • Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok.
  • Ganapatipule Temple, Ratnagiri, Maharashra.
  • Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Tamil Nadu.


We may call Ganesha or by any name Ganapati or Vinayaka

Or any of His 108 names like Veganna-Harta

Each has distinct meaning of its own

The most powerful deities of all who is hitherto have been known

The one who could be most easily identified

A huge and gigantic (Vikat rupa) one with the elephant head

The Bhupati – the Lords of the Gods

A Bhudhinath, (filled with wisdom) the one who is the Lord of wisdom

And is also a knowledge giver to those who worship Him

And above all Vishwaraja

The Lord of all.

Ganesha is born out of the dirt

Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti

The powerful Lordess Parvati

Goes to prove beyond any stretch of the imagination

A most significant lesson for us humans

That we ought not to feel egocentric about our origin

But should introspect that even dirt has the boundless power of its own

With our sincere thoughts and actions.

The collected mass of dirt was infused with pranpritishtha – Living energy

By Omnipotent and Omniscient Trinity

And with their blessing transformed Him the Vishwaraja – the Lord of all

The one who is Gunina – the master of all virtues

The most Kirpalu – the most merciful and benevolent (Kirpalu) of all

The one who removes all obstacles of His devotees

But the one who creates obstacles in the paths of evildoers

Which makes Lord Ganesha the first amongst all the deities. 

When a new project or business has to see the light of the day

Venerable one is worshipped firstly

For sure success of that venture

Or when any sacred ritual or prayer or meditation has to start

His name makes a huge difference

In the fructification of our sincere efforts.

Ganesha has two consorts

Named Ridhi and Sidhi

Ridhi is for prosperity that is required

Sidhi is for getting spiritual movement upward

Including increasing positive thoughts into actionable results.

Lord Ganesha is also worshipped

For bestowing protection

And for increasing the power of recreation

Whilst removing obstacles from one’s path

Because of Lord Ganesha

Is considered as the patron

Of sagacity and intellect in abundance

My fond prayers to Thee O Lord Ganesha

Do bestow ease, peace & grace

For all humanity

So that all live in harmony.





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I wholeheartedly thank SUSHI for my re-nomination. I admit it is a great news for me. The purpose of this is mainly to answer the questionnaires, very succinctly posed by her. I admit, to answer the questions composed, I had to transport my imagination from my place to another period/time and place; really teleportation – admittedly a new sphere of activity for me. I express my sincere thanks for her. 

I also aver that the purpose of the award is also to familiarize ourselves with others’ ideas about different topics of interest.

My answers to your questionnaires.

  1. You rub a lamp and a genie pops out. Offers you two wishes. What are they?
  • Peace and amity. I wish a fellow-feeling on the basis of giving and take emerges universally wherein there is no place for violence and selfishness,
  • No negativity. I wish feeling of negativity(Anger, jealousy, lust etc) in us just evaporates and positivity takes over in all of us.
  1. A king dies a tragic death and you inherit the throne. An evil uncle gets in the way. How do you get it back/ or do you get it back?

In such a scenario, I shall first of all call the meeting of the prominent personages and delve on the emerging situation threadbare including the unpredictable situations that had arisen due to the tragic death of the king. I shall also persuade my ‘evil uncle’ to attend such a meeting for the overall good of the country as a whole. Whatever tangible solution emerges from the meeting, would be universally and unanimously ratified by all present including my uncle. If it is found that I am suitable for the throne, I shall further discuss about the law and order situation, economic situation, inner and outer defence of the country, allotment of various ministries for delegation of power etc. this way, I shall save the country from the sure violence and blood-letting.

  1. Upon winning your kingdom back. How do you govern it?

I shall take the following steps:-

  • Choose my Advisor on different affairs – who may be known for his professional acumen and accountability.
  • Constitute the council of ministers for managing the affairs of the country.
  • Monitor the performance of each of the ministers very minutely. Changes, if needed, made whenever there is a need.
  • I shall personally look after the foreign affairs, home ministry besides defence of the land.
  • The welfare of the people would be at the centre of my heart, therefore, I shall mingle with my subjects just in disguise and ask the masses about their welfare and subsequently take corrective methods required.
  • As far as possible, I shall give the citizens to give their opinions for improvement on different topics hinging on the overall welfare of the general masses. This would be in line with the democratization of the country.
  • Subsequently, I shall exhort my subjects to lead a spiritually oriented lifestyle because while we are following this life, we will dissociate ourselves from any negativity which may bedevil us.
  1. Strange settlers come to your land that is hidden from the rest of the world. Do you share your secrets with them or try to get them to leave?

If I come to know about the settlers coming to my land and settled in my country, I shall personally meet them and ask them if they have come only to take away the wealth from my land and do not have love and affection of the land at heart. If I find that their heart beats for the land of the new settlement then I shall allow them the civil rights. 

In India too many invaders attacked India but they did not plunder the richness of the land, with some exception,  but settled here and imbibed the culture and tradition of India.

You walk into an enchanted castle and captured by a prince who was turned in a beast. He gives you a chance to escape that night or stay to help him change back. What do you do?

  1. Some witch doctor says he can give you anything you want. For exchange for your soul. Fair deal. Why or why not?

I shall not believe in any witch doctor. I shall emphasize and stress to my subjects to learn to work hard to make a difference.

  1. You throw a note in a bottle in the ocean knowing that it will go to the one person you want it to go and will be granted. Who does it go to?

A person who helps me spread the message of love and affection to all around the world.

  1. Why is this person so special?

This person is special since he is the voice of the multitudes for peace and amity..

  1. You’re giving a chance to have dinner on the moon. What do you eat? (No dairy, already provided).

I shall take what others take under the circumstances but not non-veg.

  1. If you had the option of walking into dreams or teleport which one would it be and why?

The dream is always unreal. It comes and goes while we get up. If given the option to walk in my dream – it is fiction like, I shall not opt for this.

Whereas transportation of information from one point to another is teleportation. If given chance to walk from one place to another one even in space, I shall certainly opt for this since it will ameliorate all my information queries in real time and space.





























In childhood, we can learn

From our mother’s hands so caring

Who can remain

Without herself taking anything even!  

Feeds her children

Bring them up with the utmost concern

Gives the first lesson

In motor movement

Baby cries hoarse for her attention

To meet any of its requirement

Which is urgently met when needed.


Thence starts the time of schooling

The child is admitted

In the school as per capability

And the paying capacity

Of the parent

Those with recourses aplenty

Admit them in the schools of their liking

But according to resource plenty and scarcity.


Teaching goes on in closely-knit controlled ambiance

Observing all the rules of the game

Sometimes getting the curt reprimand

And other times admiration so admirable

The purpose is to get the education

Along with necessary discipline

Which helps in facing the life’s challenges.

If in between something unusual happens

Like the demise of an earning hand

Then the person concerned

Will have to face squarely the situation

And adjust with the conditions

Which are presently prevalent

Those who get used to circumstances

And challenge the challenges

With the strong will and with full determination

Thereafter, Almighty God’s assistance

And grace come to the fore abundance.

One thing that still impresses me the most

Whenever I reminisce about my teachers

A flood of soft emotions of inner reverence comes

Pictures of each one of my respected teachers just emerge

A warm reverential sensation is felt

In the inner recesses of the heart & says I am so thankful

Since what I am today is all

Due to you and my dearest God who dwells in all.



In life, we get so many experiences which make us realize that life is not a bed of roses but a life with challenges which are to be surmounted at every step. Our persistence, perseverance, and determination to go ahead despite hurdles should spur on to go ahead.

It should always be kept in mind that life without challenges is not worth living at all. If life is a smooth sailing, without any hurdles or roadblocks, then we will not take life so seriously as life’s experiences could be gleaned when we are surrounded with problems and then seek ways and means to come out of the problems with our own sincere efforts.

Smoothness in our life may come and go according to the situation in which we are placed. The good and bad situations remain visiting us from time to time. How best to deal with the problems depends on our own initiative, resilience and strength of our mind?

It has been seen that all humans are not complete in itself. If we have one thing we may lack something else. If we are monetarily well off, maybe we may have problems physically if there is compatibility with your spouse, we may have the problem concerning our son who is born here will have the problem(s) in one form or other. Nobody can say with certainty that he or she is complete or trouble-free.

It will be in the fitness of things to mention about my childhood. My schooling started in a village high school (Barwal, Tehsil & District Kathua) in 1956 wherein the teachers were very disciplinarians, hardworking and wanted that their students should also work hard in order to not only to excel in academics but also extra-curricular activities; with the resources which though were limited during those days but yet those resources were utilized judiciously.  

Our Head Master was a hard taskmaster who was methodical in his teaching, supervised his teachers’ lessons systematically due to which the students brought laurels for the school in zonal competitions such as debates, hockey, kabaddi, kho kho etc. Till today, I remember, he often sat at the back secretly and observed the teaching of his teachers and thereafter he used to counsel the teacher concerned about his teaching and how best to improve his/her teaching skills. The whole of the school was reputed to be famous for its discipline, teaching skills/method of teaching, self-expression, writing skill, lab experiments etc. In the assemblies, we used to recite morning prayers and subsequently our HM and other teachers used to give the talk on topical nature. Then various students were also given opportunities to debate on different topics of interest.

I vividly remember all the important events that we had had during those days.  I especially remember our PTI,  who not only looked after the physical exercises, Yoga exercises etc but also ensured that discipline is maintained in the school. Anybody found transgressing the laid down rules or norms used to be dealt with severely – a sprint on the school playground as a punishment. 

Whatever little knowledge (gyan) I possess presently; the foundation of the same was laid in the most appropriate atmosphere of our school itself. It taught me the art of adaptability in any situation, pay respect to the elders/older members of the society, never show off, always be upright and truthful, never to adopt dishonest practices for personal gains in anything in life, never have egocentric tendencies, pay respect to the teachers and others, hard work always pays ultimately, pay heed to the sagacious advice of teachers, always be a student, have satiety in life with what you have and what you are not having etc. Whatever little I am today is all due to the lessons of the esteemed teachers of my school.

While I was in 7th class, who was an army pensioner died. Subsequently, my elder brother supported my education thereafter. I used to go to my college on a bicycle. During those days, knowledge was either from the teachers or through books. The student now can get browse for any information through the net and other sources.

Now coming to my life, the major events happened in my life:-

  1. While I was 21 years old, I got employment after training.
  1. Got my Graduation and Post Graduation besides I am a practicing Homeopathy (which I pursue as a social service) during my service career itself.
  1. I have my own house in Jammu, which was constructed while I was in Govt. service.
  1. Presently, I am living in Delhi.
  1. There were slight problems which with God’s grace were resolved.
  1. I live a spiritually oriented life with the partnership with my God.
  1. Whatever problem I face, I try to resolve them with total belief in God.
  1. Retired from Govt service on superannuation but got employment just after retirement and serving even now in private organization.
  1. At my age (67+) I am enjoying a very good active life with God’s grace.
  1. Wrote a book titled INNER THOUGHTS. Also, my life’s journey could be deciphered from various write-ups.

Taking into consideration the above, anybody can say with certainty that my life has been smooth but had some hiccups too – which I manage with the active help of my CREATOR.

Then, you can make your own estimation about my life. In fact, it is not WORTHLESS, is it so? Do comment. I love your valuable comments.


































An ideal teacher is a gift of Almighty God

Since this gift builds the character of the pupils so solid

Through teaching and experiments.

An ideal teacher quenches the thirst of his pupils

By imparting needed knowledge for a deeper understanding

And character building/transforming

An ideal teacher gives some task for training

Which could be in the class-rooms conditioning

Or through homework assigning.

An ideal teacher is a human being who is kind-hearted and humane to the core

Imparts and spreads awareness amongst students.

An ideal teacher is with traits of tenderness in abundance

So that his pupils also have an immense softness for others.

An ideal teacher has  a huge reservoir of patience

So that his pupils cultivates learning with huge tolerance.

An ideal teacher has attitude bereft of any discrimination

Towards the pupils, he/she teaches with concern.

An ideal teacher has the sincere attribute with a firm belief system

So that his/her students become absorb goodness in huge measure.

An ideal teacher knows how to give rather than take

And wants his/her students to become so caring.

An ideal teacher is the modest one who disseminates information

Gleaned over a period of time.

An ideal teacher removes the ignorance of the learners

And infuses enlightenment with self-composure 

And transforms his/her raw pupils

Into fine-blend of acumen sufficing with information.

An ideal teacher, of necessity, should know the weaker aspects of the pupils

And try removing his ignorance to the maximum.

An ideal teacher adopts different methodologies to set right the weak areas

Of his/her students to the best of his/her capacities.

An ideal teacher works with an intention to make amends through innovations

With a lot of motivational appreciations

As and when needed most essentially.

An ideal teacher is firm and rocky

But soft like ice when needed hugely

An ideal teacher has the gentle mannerism and pleasing personality

Impresses the students with the lessons imparted so expertly

Such a teacher is sought after by the students personally

To transmit the know-how gained diligently

By trial and error method, so skillfully

Or through subject interaction technique so adeptly

Or Froebel method of freedom to act in a stimulating ambiance

Then Montessori’s method tells us about the atmosphere most peaceful

With stress on social justice and community justice and fair-play.

An ideal teacher teaches through discussion and collaboration

With each other for knowledge distribution

Or through knowledge gained through experimentation

To clear any doubts that may arise from time to time

Teaching could be by a formal teacher in the formal institute

Or informally through any informal society institutions

Like temple, mosques, and churches so pious

The purpose is to disseminate instructions

Either formally or informally.

An ideal teacher makes the pupils face difficulties personally

And solve their own problems themselves to realize their purpose.

An ideal teacher is resilient and teaches infuses resiliency

Since greatness comes with the traits of flexibility

O my God, please do help the teachers

To realize his/her dream of shaping his/her pupils

To be a soldier, IT expert or any other expertise

Which should make the teacher proud

When they come across his pupils

In their new avatar

For which they had a hand in their making.



Importance of ideal teacher, as a national builder, although is acknowledged and appreciated, yet, one thing that needs to be remembered is that a teacher should be dispassionate or unbiased in attitude towards all the students. A good teacher should command respect from the students, exhibit the high sense of integrity, should be a unifying force and above all should be unbiased. For a teacher, all the students are equal and necessarily need attention equally while clarifying all the concept queries of all the students.

As a great teacher, Lord Krishna exhorts his disciple Arjuna to cut doubts that have developed in his heart, burn the ignorance with the sword of knowledge (Jnana) while taking shelter in Yoga of action.


I was obviously pained after observing the unethical and un-teacher-like attitude of an educator. A student who had secured excellent results (A+) up to the last term was targeted and ignored to be awarded class scholar and the next second best student was awarded in the morning assembly by the Principal of the school before the declaration of the class results. Anybody can imagine the predicament of the genuine ‘scholar’. After she came to know about the information that she was not considered for the award, which legitimately should have been given to her, based on her credentials/record of the score during the complete academic session! She was completely shattered, only our consistent persuasions could persuade her to remain positive and further, we exhorted her to make still more efforts. Besides, we gave her an advice that education was an ongoing process. Here ups and downs will certainly arise; sometimes due to the student’s lackadaisical attitude, for not making an effort to excel, and other times, unfortunately, teacher concerned would be responsible for ignoring the right student at the right time and picking a wrong student due to her whim and fancies.  In this sort of a scenario, who is responsible? This is a biased attitude which a teacher should never resort to.


The teacher or a Guru should be knowledgeable, unbiased, compassionate, and his/her only intention should be to teach the students and make them a true citizens so as to face the vicissitudes of life confidently i.e. learn to be adaptive to the changed circumstances or fortune or face the challenges in life with belief and confidence.


The Guru (teacher) Shishya (pupil) tradition (parampara) is quite old in the Indian context. In Upanishads, the mentioned of Gurukulas have been made; here the progenies of the ruling classes and others used to get spiritual knowledge about scriptures such as Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads etc were taught. The age group for this purpose used to be from 8 to 12 years. Besides. religious or scriptural knowledge, the pupils (shishya) used to get weapon training too. leaning for instance there were Gurukula run by Drona to impart knowledge about scriptures and weapons – as imparted to Pandavas (of which Dhanushdhari Arjuna is the more pronounced one) then there were discourses on the Brahman In Guru Varuni’s Gurukula Indian tradition, Gurukula system of education was there in ancient India.


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  1. A word of thanks. Kindly accept my sincere thanks for nominating me for the coveted award from her Blog: Also, my gratitude to the person who created this award.
  2. My Award: The Award ‘BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD-2018’ is a highly renowned and coveted one. I construe it as the magnanimity of the nominator to place my name amongst the 15 Awardees. To understand and appreciate somebody’s ideas in blogs is not an ordinary thing.
  3. The inception of my blog. Initially, I started blogging with the Times of India (Speaking Tree). Subsequently, in June 2011, I started my blog with and that journey continues even today.

     4. These are:-

  • Be original – give your own viewpoints on the topic you are writing. Keep in view others opinions are available on the net.
  • Every day is a learning process. When you consider yourself as a full-fledged or complete writer then we bolt our further march ahead in writing.
  1. Fifteen bloggers which I nominate:-
  1. What inspires you to write?

During my routine interaction with different people, I get to come to know about their temperament, their reactions to different situations, their simplicity, and ostentatious attitude etc. I do write about those experiences. And whenever my readers appreciate the write-ups, I get inspired and would like have more experience and writing continues.

  1. If you get the chance to change something in this world, what would it be?

I am of the view that nobody is perfect. Somebody has one weakness and the other the other one. Therefore, I too am part of that crowd and would like to change myself first and then think of changing something or somebody else. 

  1. Your favorite book and author?

My favorite book is: ‘AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI’ by Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda.

  1. What is your definition of being rich?

I consider that one who knows the very purpose of his/her existence on this earth is the richest person.  

  1. According to you, which job should be the highest paying job in this world.

According to me, the highest paying job in the world, factually not monetary terms,  is one which brings in its wake peace and amity in all the societies of the world.

  1. Your favorite blog?

To be frank, until now, since I started blogging in June 2011, I have like all the blogs and liked them since I have learned one thing or other from each one of them.

  1. Name any movie that relates to your life?

To be frank, my life and my mode of living do not relate to any movie since I do believe in the filmy method of living. I live simply a simple life; when I have something it is good if not then also it is good.

  1. How would the world of your dream look like?

My dream world is the world which believes in peace and prosperity for all without any discrimination.

  1. Which one do you prefer more ?? love or respect ??

I give more credence to love since a person who knows the true meaning of love knows the true meaning of respect.

  1. Your quote of the day?

    Good mind good find.

  1. My questionnaires.
  • What is the true definition of friendship?
  • How long we can live without true love?
  • Why we cannot control our emotions sometimes?
  • Why we always crib for our rights but give no credence to our duties?
  • Why we hide our true self sometimes?
  • Why self-awareness is important?
  • Why sometimes we have to tell lies?
  • How come we always ready for pay-back?
  • What is the borderline between self-esteem and ego?
  • Does silence always work?
  • What is the role of meditation/prayer in our lives?
  • How long we can stay away from the truth?
  • Why we become judgmental?
  • Is not it a fact that we learn more from our criticism than our appreciation?
  • Is not a fact that ‘habits die hard’ ones they are formed?
  1. My nominations for the award:-


The award could form a part of your blog, answering questions and other formalities are optional.






Krishna Janmashtami has been variously described as: Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Shrikrishna Jayanti, Sri Jayanti, Krishna Janma, Gokulashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, etc.

The birthday of Sri Krishna is celebrated every year. As per the astrological calculations and scriptural details, the date of Krishna’s birth, which is known as Janamashtami is 18 July 3228 BCE. Lord Krishna lived up to 18th February 3102 BCE. He is the 8th Avtar of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha (dark night) between the months of August – September every year.

Krishna belonged to the Yadu dynasty descending from Soma. He was the 8th son of Princess Devaki and Vasudeva (son of Surasena). Krishna was carried across the River Yamuna by Vasudeva after his birth in the confinement of Kamsa.




When irreligious people rule with the use of violence

When there is no respect for the principles of natural justice

When voices of virtuous souls are gagged with force`

When human values are trampled willfully

When ignorance rules over awareness and sagacity

When people are disgruntled infinitely

When lack of knowledge, in essence, given credibility

When egocentric tendencies are pampered

When even blood relations are ignored and shunned

When divinity and spirituality lose its sheen

When rational and reasonable advices are not paid any heed

When materialistic lifestyle is woefully preferred

When arrogance is at its height

When commoners are hugely coerced by their masters

And they are forced to submit to their whims

When people are not allowed to follow their faiths and beliefs

When commoners are coerce to pray the rulers than God

When Rishis’ Yajnas (offerings) are defiled 

By throwing rubbish and filth on the fires so considered sacred

When sages’ and opposition voices are muzzled highhandedly

When even just-born kids are done to death mindlessly

For fear of these kids when grown may take revenge for their follies

When general masses are uncared

When they are hugely scared

And left at the mercy of evil marauders and demons

When all institutions(Formal and informal) lose their identities

And become rank irreligious

Thence our Lord Vishnu incarnates

To this material world to deliver the pious ones

And to annihilate the evil which has made a residency

And hugely bedeviling our societies

As well as to re-establish the principles

Of rule of law, morality and evenhandedness.

At the stroke of midnight,   Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshtra,

There appeared Lord Vishnu  dressed in shining attire

And carrying His weapons including Sudharshan Chakra,

In the dungeon of Kamsa,

On request from mother (Devaki) & father (Vasudeva),

He turned Himself as a baby to be hidden from evil Kamsa,

Thus took place the birth of Krishna in Yadu dynasty,

Kamsa knew full well the truth

That nobody can frustrate the purpose of Lord Vishu incarnation

Since the will of God always prevails on all occasions.

The violent and vigilant guards remained in deep slumber,

Totally not knowing what transpired in the guarded prison-cell just near,

Whilst heavy downpour made the Yamuna fully swollen,

With Sheshnag providing a shelter from rain,

Yamuna swelled still further on,

Ready to touch the feet of the Supreme Lord,

Then Krishna offered His Divine Feet for Yamuna’s  touch.

At Nandgaon Vasudeva exchanged the baby Krishna

Brought back Yashoda’s daughter named Yogmaya

He was back to his prison cell without being found out by anyone.

At Nandagaonm, Krishna performed many of His Leelas

Showed His mystical prowess at Mathura and finally Dwaraka,

He mesmerized Gopis with His flute – musical best,

Attracting even the cows herds in hoards,

Gayatri Mantra was initiated to the Krishna by Guru Gargamuni,

And Vedic arts and sciences by Guru Sandipanimuni,

At Mathura He killed many demons,

To ward off the demons threats,

Thus stopping threat looming large,

Of many a ferocious demons.

During His childhood days and  life time.

He married many  queens,

Rukimni being the most beautiful one,

Love of Radha & Krishna is etched in folklore’s,

Will ever remain in our memories,

As the pious Love of Divines.

Acted as a Charioteer of Arjuna,

The greatest dhanushdhari of all times,

Was the role of His in the Kurukshtra war!

Where Lord Krishna displayed His stupendous Universal Form,

When Arjuna was in doubt to fight war,

Against kith and kin of his own,

Then the Supreme Lord delivered His famed Bhagavad Gita,

“The Song of God”,

Containing essence of Jnana,

All encompassing knowledge – Gyana.

In the war that ensued,

Evil force in the form of Kauravas were destroyed,

And with them the wickedness that pervaded,

A victory of good over evil was ensured,

A sweet lessons for us mortals to follow indeed

 May Lord Krishna’s blessings be showered on all mankind.


The demons kings were very harsh in their behavior towards their subjects. They inflicted all sorts of punishments on them including not allowing them to worship their deities. They also prevented them to carry out various rituals as enshrined in the scriptures.  The demon kings wanted that people should obey them, pray them and remain slave to them. All this and more made the humanity disturbed. All this necessitated and impelled deity of earth – Mother Earth (Bhumi) to go to the Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka  with tears in her eyes to reduce the burden of sins being perpetrated by the demons from the earth. Lord Bhrahma, Lord Shiva along with all Demi God accompanied Mother Earth for invoking Lord Vishnu to come to their succor. All prevailed upon Lord Vishnu to appear as the son of Vasudeva and all other Demi Gods to appear on the Mother Earth in different forms to assist Lord Vishnu in His new Avtar.  .   

Lord Krishna Himself has enunciated in Bhagwad Gita that whenever there is excessive evil/sin in the society; when there is prominence of repressive and regressive forces besides prevalence of irreligious practices, He appears on this planet to eliminate evil thus minimize the scourge of evil from the society besides protecting the pious and righteous people. His form may be different in different ages but He takes birth or incarnates and shows the right course to the people at large with His thoughts and actions.

Lord Vishnu is the cause of creation and He incarnated as Krishna to eliminate demonic forces prevalent in the society at large. It has rightly been said that God is omnipotent and omniscient besides He possesses innumerable names: Lord-Allaha-Rama-Krishna-Jehova-Budha-Akalpurakh but Truly speaking; He is the ONE. He has personal and impersonal aspects. To exemplify this; a drop of water has the same chemical and physical properties as water from huge reservoir of water. One or Many hardly makes any difference. Our body which we love the most is impermanent. Our soul and the Super Soul are permanent. It does not die with the death of the body. God incarnations and saints’ lives which have been enumerated in different scriptures have made it amply clear about the importance of God Consciousness through their discourses and other mystic actions, remain inspiring us humans. Such is the importance of incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Krishna.

After the marriage ceremonies, while Kamsa was taking his sister Devaki and brother-in-law Vasudeva in the cheriat, he felt very happy. There is a custom of brother accompanying the married sister to her in-laws home. The procession was passing merrily while Kamsa was driving the chariot. The atmosphere was surcharged with joyous/ecstasy.

As ill luck would have it, there was a prophecy from the sky: “Kamsa, you are such a fool! You are driving the chariot of your sister and your brother-in-law, but you do not know that the 8th child of your sister will kill you. “. Kamsa was dumbfounded and could not control his anger and therefore wanted to kill Devaki (the daughter of Devaka) but Vasudeva intervened and promised that they will give all their newborn children to Kamsa after their births and agreed to stay in his jail cell. They were thus imprisoned under the supervision of guards. Vasudeva also commented that Kamsa being a greatest warrior and should not kill his own sister. He also told Kamsa that we are dying every moment that passes and death is evitable for the one who is born. Thus he pacified Kamsa through his (Vasudeva’s) flattery.

Afterwards, Kamsa imprisoned his own father (Ugrasena) and declared himself as the King besides usurping the power of King Surasena (Vasudeva’s father). He expanded his power to other parts too through his prowess.

Subsequently, first six children of Devaki and Vasudeva were killed by King Kamsa sooner they were born after the news of their birth was conveyed to him. While Kamsa’s relatives and friends tried to dissuade him from doing so but he did not listen to anyone.    Then there was a news of miscarriage of seventh child but actually seventh child was transferred to Rohini as Balarama – just secretly – a Mystical potency of God.

When Krishna was born, there was an atmosphere of peace, auspicious stars were visible in the sky besides there were all positive signs. The demigods were very pleased and began to shower flowers. Then Lord Vishnu appeared before Devaki and she felt very elated. Vasudeva was also very happy after seeing the shine on the face of the newborn – such opulence and effulgence. The demigods had already informed them that Supreme Personality of Godhead would be born from the womb of Devaki. He was really convinced that the newborn was the Godhead Himself. Vasudeva  began to offer prayers. He was of the firm belief that now Kamsa will get justice for his sinful acts. He thus prayed and requested Him to save them from the hands of Kamsa. Devaki requested Him to take the form of an ordinary child so that no harm is done to him.

Afterwards, a mystic thing happened, all the prison locks got opened, all the guards slept and there was a heavy rain. On the birth of eighth child, Lord Vishnu ordained that the child be taken to Gokula to Nanda and Yashoda. There upon, Vasudeva took infant Krishna with him, crossed the river Yamuna and reached Gokul. After leaving infant child at Gokula, he brought back Yashoda’s daughter named Yogmaya back to his prison cell. Due to the grace of Lord Vishnu, nothing went amiss. The birth of Krishna, and activities are all transcendental and one who understands it is spiritually rich person. His birth is according to His time and place besides the need of such an eventuality. Even the planetary systems were adjusted auspiciously at the time of Krishna’s birth.

Foster father Nanda Baba and mother Yashoda of Lord Krishna were very happy while they were celebrating the birth of their newborn son with great pump and show. There was an atmosphere of joy everywhere. Yashoda always thought Krishna as her dear son and not anything else – they all enjoyed the childhood pastimes of Krishna thereafter.

The news of the 8th child was given to Kamsa. While Kansa was about to kill Yogmaya, she vanished from his hands and thundered that his killer was in Gokul and warned about his looming death. Thereupon Kamsa sent his various ferocious demons to kill Krishna.


Kamsa comes to know about the birth of 8th child and further information that he is taken to Gokula made him furious. He got exasperated and lamented; now the cruel death will not be far away he thought. Yet he wanted to do everything in order to eliminate the child.

  • Kamsa sent Putana who was known for killing small children by her sinful methods, to kill child Krishna. Krishna killed her after suckling her breast.
  • King Kamsa sent demon named Trnavarta with mystic powers. He was eliminated by Krishna without much difficulty.
  • A demon named Bakasura attacked him and his cowherd friends. Krishna killed him.
  • Serpent Aghasura was killed after playful acts of Krishna and his friends with him.
  • Dhenukasura attacked Krishna and his gops. He killed the demon.
  • Demon Pralambasura sent by King Kamsa was killed by Lord Krishna.
  • Demon Kesi in the form of a horse was killed by Krishna.
  • While visting Mathura, Lord Krishna killed the wrestler named Canura by hurling him to the ground while wrestling.
  • Finally Lord Krishna dragged the demoniac King Kamsa and threw him on the ground, struck im with His fist repeatedly and killed him. That was the end of the evil along with Demon King 


Devout keep fast on this day and remain awake till midnight at the time when Krishna was believed to have born. The image of Krishna as an infant is kept on the cradle or swing both at homes and temples and everyone wants to have a dharshan makes the swing to move. This is considered an auspicious thing.

Devotees sing songs and make merry besides exchanging gifts and flowers. In temples satsang and puja is also held.

Janamashtmi is celebrated differently In different parts of India. In Maharashtra, Dehihandi is celebrated where buttermilk is kept in a pot and kept at a convenient height. Different parties try to break this earthen pot so as to win this contest. This event is undertaken to remember the event of stealing of buttermilk by Krishna in his childhood from Gopi’s homes. The participants in this event are called Govindas.

In Mathura (the birth place of Krishana), Gokul and Vrindavan the festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. People gather in large number and offer their prayers to Him. Even in Dwarka in Gujarat where Krishna established his kingdom, people visit Dwarkadish temple. Bhagavata Purana, the part dealing with the pastimes of Krishna are recited besides offerings of betel, fruits, flowers etc done by the devotees.

Gokulashtami is celebrated with great fervor in South India too. In Tamil Nadu, the people decorate the floor with kolams (decorative pattern drawn with rice batter).

Besides Lord Krishna’s mysticism and Leelas are always enjoyed by the devotees.

  • Lord Krishna dance upon the heads of the serpent Kaliya thereafter Kaliya realized his mistake.
  • Protected the people from the heavy rains on the village Vrindavan by lifting Govardhan hill on his little finger.
  • Rasa Lila (Dance) with gopis at Vrindavana to the tune of the flute.

It is opined in Bhaghwad Gita that those who know about the birth, His appearance and all activities of Lord Krishna become eligible to be transferred to spiritual world. JAI SHRI KRISHNA.