BASANT PANCHCHAMI: ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASWATI – THE BESTOWER OF GYAN (KNOWLEDGE) AND WISDOM/SAGACITY


BASANT PANCHCHAMI: ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASWATHI :THE BESTOWER OF GYAN (KNOWLEDGE) AND WISDOM/SAGACITY

BASANT PANCHAMI ASSOCIATED WITH KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM BESTOWED BY GODDESS MAHA SARASWATI

Fairs and festivals are the obviously the beyond question confirmation
That a society as a whole is on the move for commemoration
Of some festivals which are seasonal in nature
Others are related to beliefs so prevalent
But one thing is common in all of festive events
People participate in each of these events so significance
That they are filled with positive synergy when participating in celebration.
Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotations
After withstooding the chilling cold of winter season
There has begun much awaited dawn of a season, indeed so very pleasant.
When Mother Nature is at its excellence
Wherein a carpet of yellow mustard plants are one of the best attractions
People put on their yellow attire, so gorgeous
And imbue themselves in natural yellow colour.

There is a legend attached to Basant Panchami festival
Lord Brahma, the Lord of Creation
Happened to see earthwards
After witnessing the condition of his creation on the earth
He felt very sad on seeing
The Mother Earth was bereft of any greenery
Since plant-life with its greenery represents life in all its forms
He scattered some water from His jar,
To the huge surprise of all living beings
Lord Barahma too gifted greenery to the plants in abundance
A scenario so very delightful indeed
Bringing in its wake brightness in natural spectacle
Bringing about verve and vigour in everybody’s life.

Lo and behold, there appeared Goddess Saraswati
The giver of wisdom and erudition
Music, art and craft and knowledge
Goddess Saraswati spreads positive energy
So very suffusing with joy full of life
Her advent brought in its wake greenery all around
With affluence so abundant.

She too is termed as the Goddess of Basant Panchmi!
Wherein yellow flowers sprout in the fields.

Yellow or white flowers are also offered to Godess Saraswati
Along with chanting of beej mantra
OM EN SARASWATE NAMON
For earning her bountiful graces
Devout also put on yellow or white coloured clothes
Suiting the occasion.
Even our food items exhibit yellowness
With saffron strands giving yellow colour
Emitting sweet fragrance everywhere.

People worship the musical instruments
Art, craft and all the learning mediums
For these are the gifts of Goddess Saraswati
Processions in the honour of the Goddess are also taken
To beseech Her to bestow us humans the knowledge and wisdom
Along with power to find the difference between truth and falsehood
Her four hands symbolize ego, intellect, alertness of the mind
Her white dress symbolizes purity
And she loves truth in all forms
Her postures of sitting too has vast meaning.

Our humble prayers to Thee O Goddess Sarasvati
The embodiment of learning, art and craft
We implore Thee O Goddess to remove illiteracy
And ignorance from our midst
And bring forth the dawn of enlightenment with love and light
Remove ego as You are the giver of wisdom
And do imbue us all in THY INDELIBLE COLOUR

BASANT PANCHAMI (WISH YOU ALL HAPPY AND COLOURFUL BASANT

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GREEN AND COLOURFUL BASANT PANCHAMI


Basant has been taken from Sanskrit word VASANT’ which means Spring season. Basant Panchami (5TH TITHI) is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Saraswati in different parts of India.

GODDESS SARSWATI IS DIVINITY OF KNOWLEDGE

 Goddess Saraswati  is the divinity of knowledge (music, arts, science etc). We worship the Goddess so that she may bestow us necessary knowledge and remove the ignorance from our midst. On this day, people also initiate the education of their small children in their homes or schools besides it is  considered auspicious to start new ventures businesses. Anything and everything initiated on this day with sincere prayers gets fructified as the graces of Goddess Saraswati remains on such a person.

The chanting of Beej Mantra: OM AIGN MAHA SARASWATIYAN NAMAN (ॐ ऐं महासरस्वत्यै नम) – meaning I meditate and bow to thee Maha Saraswati. By chanting this Beej Mantra with utmost sincerity and purposefully, we get Her graces for all including the student community.

ASSOCIATED WITH KAMADEVA AND RATI


Season-wise, chilling cold season ends and start of more pleasant and enjoyable season starts – Basant Ritu. There is also a tradition that in Basant, there is air of love and affection which is associated with kamadeva and his wife named Rati. When we associate this day with Kamadeva, it means there used to be dance based on love in the royal palaces in which the women folks of the royal leanings and other girls used to dance’  (in their best  attires) in the midst of singing suitable for the occasion – basically on love between Krishna and Radha. People put on yellow attire on this occasion in consonance  with the flowering of yellow tamarind  crops. It seems as though the Mother Nature has spread a yellow coloured cloth with seasonal flowers. There is also fragrance of flowers all around.


Basant Panchami is also called as Shree Panchami and Sufi which is observed in Sufi shrines. This festival is also celebrated in different parts of India though slightly differently. People enjoy kite flying, – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc,  Eastern India including Bengal wherein Saraswati idol is immersed in Ganga.

In schools and colleges too, in the morning hours, prayers to Goddess Saraswati are conducted in order to get her graces, blessings for enlightenment and removal of agyan (ignorance). Although whole of the day is considered promising  yet most auspicious time is from sunrise to the midday (which is also termed as the Purvahna Kala) and it is considered as the propitious time to conduct Saraswati Pujan with great reverence and piety for seeking her graces.


FESTIVAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS


In some parts of India, farmers conduct earth worship (Boomi Pujan) for more agricultural output from their fields before tilling their fields. People eat sweet rice and put on yellow clothes. The yellow colour is associated with Basant Panchami. Dandya dance is also performed on this day in Gujarat state which is also associated with harvesting, sowing and reaping etc. The ploughing implements too are worshipped on this day by the farmers.

This day is most significant for the farmers since some of them are agitating. The negotiations with the farmers are going and on and sure enough something good will emerge with the grace of Goddess Saraswati ultimately.

PRAYER TO LORD SHIVA AND LORD VISHNU AND SUN GOD


People in different relgions also worship Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati including Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi and offer flowers including Sun God and other offerings for their wellbeing. Devotees and compassionates also feed the needy on this occasion.


BASANT PANCHAMI IS CELEBRATED BY ALL


Saint Nizamuddin Aulia was famous for his generosity, compassion and simplicity coupled with humane heart. There used to be Langar at dargah where food was served to all. When his nephew died, he felt so saddened that he stopped all the activities. Then Amir Khusrau wanted to bring him to his normal state. While seeing the women putting on their yellow attire, with colourful flowers, he also put on yellow clothes and flowers and went in front of the Saint. Upon seeing Khuarau in that dress, the Saint smiled. Hence Basant Panchami too is celebrated in Dargah of Saint Nizamuddin Aulia.


The Sikhs too celebrate Basant Panchami. Basant  Raga or Spring Raga (composition) forms one of the well-known Ragas in Sri Granth Sahib Sahib Ji and sung with great reverence. The marriage of Guru Gobind Singh was solemnized on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami.

My sincere prayers to Goddess SARSWATI to grant us all knowledge and also wisdom to use this knowledge meaningfully in day to day lives thereby gain experience. The experience gained helps us to attain wisdom. Having attained wisdom through various experiences gives us insight into how best to come out of difficult situations with ease. Goddess SARASWATI, the deity of knowledge and wisdom paves way for us by making our sincere efforts purposeful.

A LOVE DAY – VALENTINE DAY AN ENDURING ONE


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A LOVE DAY – AN ENDURING ONE

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A love which is all all-encompassing
A love which has the Almighty God’s blessings
A love based on all-comprehensive and all-understanding
A love which flourishes with every passing day without affectation diminishing
A love which is most enlightening
A love where we do not demand but would like giving
A love where we get extreme joy in sharing and caring
A love which solves more problems than creating
A love which teaches us values of living
A love where suspicion has no place while giving
A love which is synergy giving while sharing
A love which increases by every day passing
A love which kindles trust among all creatures living
A love where we do not care for caste, creed, colour or race for liking.

A love which does not got any limitation
A love which has its sweeping implication
A love where there is not even an iota of hesitation
A love for which any sacrifice could be given without much reservation
A love which does not care for any narrow consideration
A love which does not have a particular day for its commemoration
A love for which all days have the same connotation
A love which helps in natural progression
A love from which we get utmost satisfaction
A love which is full-blown on all occasions
A love which is broadest in its application
A love where there is no regression
A love which does not have any expectation
A love nobody prefers even losing for its fruition.

LOVE IS ALL ENCOMPASSING


A love with enriching experience
A love which surpasses all frontiers
A love which is eternal in nature
A love which takes us away from imaginary to a real one
A love whose fragrance spreads all around for others to emulate
A love which becomes an example and a model for change
A love which add to our knowledge about each other
A love which sets its own standards and agenda for others to follow
A love where losing or winning makes no difference
A love rooted in sublime and humane delicate touch
A love which broadens its base without an iota of bias
A love which spreads its heady scent for a wide
A love which is magical in nature
A love which is not theatrical in its character
A love which enlightens us and is not mechanical in nature
A love where we do not care for results
A love where every skepticism melts
A love which gives eternal peace
A love which takes our love to new heights
A love which erases all lingering riders.



LOVE CONNECT WITH SAINT VALENTINE


LOVE AND LIGHT ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR LIVES


A love which gives happiness in taking pain of others
It is similar to the the love of Saint Valentine
A Catholic Bishop of Terni
In Roman Empire
Who attained martyrdom for the sake of LOVE
For solemnizing a marriage secretly
Of condemned soldiers
For whom marriage was a bar
Under the Roman Empire’s law
And marrying those forbidden once to marry
Attracted the Saint’s imprisonment
And ultimately martyrdom
Which very year we commemorate.

While in the condemned cell of a prison
With his miraculous touch, he cured the daughter of the jail warden
Saint Valentine sent out a farewell letter
With words so eternal in nature
“From your Valentine”, These immortal words have become a grand brand
Presently for us all to express to our loved ones
With heart suffusing with delicate love
With a huge sprinkle of pride for such a love
Mixed with a huge smile write large on our faces
Lasting for good in our mind’s eye
And in real life too, we live with complete affirmation
That love binds us and bestows us God’s eternal satisfaction.

DOGRAS – ENLIGHTENED & RICH CULTURAL TRADITIONS


DOGRAS ARE STRONG WILLED AS A RACE

THE MYSTIC AND MAJESTIC RAGHNATH TEMPLE IN JAMMU


Dogras are those people who speak Dogri as their mother tongue. This includes people professing different faiths, beliefs, thoughts, based on the principles of fair-mindedness where justice is imparted without any bias. One thing which sets Dogras apart from others is their mental toughness which has proven optimally since they faced and withstood invasions from all sides; both from Mughals, Afghanis and even from Punjab and others. Dogras are known for their resilience, resoluteness, traits of fulfillment of their commitment despite hurdles and provocations, etc. It is in accordance with the Lord Rama’s Kul (Ancestry): Raghukul Reet Sadha Chali Ayi Pran Jaye Par Bachan Na Jaye – t is the tradition of Raghukul to die rather than fulfill commitment.

BAHU FORT WITH BAWE-WALI-MAA – A SHAKTISTHAL WITH DIFFERENCE

WITH TAWI RIVER FLOWING WITH UTMOST SERINITY & MAJESTICALLY


WARM BONHOMIE & COMPLETE HARMONY BETWEEN PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS

Though it is an undisputed fact that although people of different religions (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, form composite lot as Dogras, yet there has not been any major breach of peace. There has been peace and harmony between the people. All disputes are settled either through judicially or through robust Panchayati Raj System in the rural areas.

BELIEF SYSTEM IN DOGRAS OF ALL HUES

One thing that sets the Dogras is their self-belief and indomitable belief on God. Seemingly, it goes to prove that Dogras are spiritually oriented, where their way of life starts in the morning with prayers and meditation and ends up prayers in the evening prayers. We observe ringing of bells in the temples along with chanting of Mantras/Prayers, Azaans in the Mosques, recitation of Naam in Gurdwaras are heard and followed with immense religious fervor and enthusiasm besides sweet prayers from the Churches. An heavenly existence indeed.

It is also worthwhile to mention here that Dogras worship their Family Deities. There is also common Deity of different sub-castes where people gather every year and commemorate their Deities. For example, my family deities are: Raja Kalivir Ji, Maa Mal Devi Ji, Reverent Bua Ji besides Baba Guru Ji.

ORIGIN OF DOGRAS

Although, the origin of Dugars or Dogras has many historical perspectives but whatever is known to us through various sources, one thing which sets them apart is their sense of commitment which remains in Dogras even presently. In other words, it is in their blood.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF DOGRA AND DUGAR DESH

In essence, the historical perspectives of Dugar Desh is really very colourful. One thing is sure to impress us is the bravery, steadfastness, farsightedness, courage, adaptive instincts etc. One thing which stands out is their zeal to withstand any adverse eventuality and then will to survive and come out unscathed. This has proven, if we go through the historical perspective of Dogras. Many a times, the Dogras faced many a hurdles but due to their inborn courage and determination they rose and established themselves to make difference.

ADAPTIVE NATURE WITH SIMPLICITY AS THEIR PLANK

Besides having unquestionable integrity and loyalty, the Dogras are known for their adaptive nature. In other words, the Dogras can adjust in any changing situations and conditions. Wherein so ever they go and settle, they adjust with the environs they live without much difficulty because they are not having any set agenda. The Dogras believe in simple living and high thinking. They pride in their cultural identities without causing any aspersion (daamareekaran) on others. Love begets love is the forte of every Dogras.

Dogras are known for their straightforwardness and fair-play, compassionate to the core and are always ready to contribute their mite in whatever way they are capable of. The Dogras are sincere with simple attitude and behavior pattern since Dogra blood flows in my veins. As a Dogra I have seen many a ups and downs in my life yet with inborn traits of changing with the changed situation and condition have come out unscathed with self-belief and strong belief on Supreme God. Jammu is also termed as the CITY OF TEMPLES wherein there are innumerable temples at every nook and corner. Then we have BAHU FORT where there is the temple of BAWE DI MAA wherein people get their problems solved through insightful and sincerest prayers.

The Dogras are sweet natured with their Mother Tongue as the sweetest one. Mithdi eh Dogren Di Boli Te Khand Mithe Log Dogre….(ए होए मिट्ठडी ऐ डोगरें दी बोली ते खंड मिट्ठे लोग डोगरे””) proves that Dogras are sweet tempered, well immersed and well versed in their cultural mores of behaviour.

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ROCK IMAGE OF HANUMAJJI AT BILAWAR DISTRICT KATHUA


No enduring purpose would be served till such time we make mention about the VALIANT POLICE FORCE. They are courageous, dispassionate along with the traits of dealing with the law and order situations with aplomb without any bias or discrimination. Besidess, the Dogras’ contribution for the defence of our country is second to none. The contribution of defence personnel from Samba, Jammu and other areas is exemplary. Their devotion to duty, dedication and loyalty are second to none. We are obviously proud of Army and Police forces. It is most relevant to mention that the terrorism unleashed by our neighbor could not have been leashed but by the joint efforts of military and central para-military forces along with the active support of J&K Police.

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JAMMU AND ITS ADJOINING ARE REPLETE WITH AMAZING SITES

DOGRA & THEIR CHEQUERED HISTORY



Jammu city was founded by Jambu Lochan
About 3,000 years ago
On the right banks of river Tawi
He considered this site as the most appropriate
Since he saw a goat and a lion taking water together
His brother Bahu Lochan
Had laid the foundation of the city on the left side
Of the river Tawi
Tawi river is most sacred one indeed
Since it has layers of many a historical perspective in its bosom
Some very mystical but full of love,
some very hysterical
Some very historical.
My most venerable Bawe-Wali-Maa too is witness to all
What happened there – on the Eastern & Western side of Tawi.

The reference of this city is found too
In the chronicles of Timur Lung
Who ransacked this town
During his 1398-99 invasion
Timur found the people full of courage
Well built and feared none
Whosoever came their way
During this invasion
They faced with utmost guts
That time Jammu was ruled by Maldev
Who converted to Islam after his defeat
But reconverted to Hinduism afterwards
Then Jammu was ruled by Bhim Dev.

During 15th century Bhim Dev helped Sultan Mubarak Shah
Of Delhi against Jasrat Kokhar of Punjab
But unfortunately was killed during that action.

Subsequently, Jammu remained at war
With the rulers of Punjab and others
Till under the rule of Kapur Dev
Differences started simmering in the ruling family after 1571.

The two sons of Kapur Dev – Samil Dev and Jay Dev
Declared their independent rules
At right and left side of the River Tawi
Jammu and Bahu respectively.

This dissention made Jammu weak
It made the task of Mughals easy – a cake walk
For the Mughals to take control over the entire territory.

The two sided got united under the rule of Hari Dev during 1652-82
But the unity was short lived
After the demise of Hari Dev.

Then during the rule of Ranjit Dev
Jammu became peaceful again
In fact gained past glory again
He extended his territories extensively
Then the Dogras became bold and started
Robbing the Mughal caravans
Between Punjab and Kashmir.

The rift between the two royal families
Were exploited by Moghals
Attacked and defeated Ranjit Dev in 1748
And his step-brother Ghansar Dev was installed to rule.
In 1760 , Ranjit Dev came back and started ruling Jammu.
Thereafter he started expand hising his territory
Due to the weakening of Mughal empire
Because of invasion of Afghanis
By 1773 Ranjit Dev’s empire expanded
From Jasrota to Kaluwal on Chenab to Gurdaspur,
Even Rajouri, Bhimber and Poonch came under Jammu
It was during this rule that there was economic sufficiency
Along with the stability of territory
Under the rule of Ranjit Dev rule and a glorious history.
Woefully, after the demise of Ranjit Dev in 1780
The Jammu suffered under Sikh Misls
After Afghanis left Punjab.

After the death of Ranjit Dev
His son Brij Lal took over
Subsequently, was succeeded by his one year old son
Thence there was change of guard
Yet the condition was not as stable as during Ranjit Dev rule
Then Ajit Singh, the nephew of Brij Lal took over the reigns
Then under the banner of Maharaj Ranjit Singh in 1808
Maharaja sent his army under Hukam Singh invaded Jammu
Mian Mota with a small force confronted Sikh army
The two armies met outside the Gumat Gate.

Here, young Gulab Singh of only 16 years old
Played a prominent role in this battle
Along with Mian Dido
A Dogra Hero
This battle became an example for others too
Hukam Singh was forced to withdraw his forces
But thereafter the Jammu’s defences
Could not sustain the onslaught of Sikh Army
The whole of Jammu was under Sikh suzerainty
Then picture changed dramatically
Mian Dido decided fighting Sikhs
Whereas Gulab Singh decided cooperating with Sikhs
Subsequently, he was made the Commander of Sikh Army
Thereafter, Maharaja Ranjit Singh awarded him two Jagirs
In 1819, Kashmir was brought under Sikh rule
And in this Gulab Singh played a main role.

His bravery in various battles proved his mettle
As a great warrior and loyalty
He became an example which is difficult to emulate.

Whereas Mian Dido continued with his guerrilla tactics
Mian Dido was the descendent from Hari Dev
Who ruled Jammu from 1652 to 1688 with utmost earnestness
His generosity and helpful attitude towards his subjects was excellent
He won the hearts and minds of his people of all cultural identities.

Mian Dido too was received with open hands by the people
He assisted the poor people
Even by plundering the rulers
Thereby proving to be a Robin Hood of Jammu
He inflicted heavy causalities on the Sikh garrison
With his guerilla battle tactics.
By 1816, he had earned for himself name and reputation
So much so was his influence on general masses
That even the communication
Between Punjab and Kashmir had become unsafe by the rulers
In 1820, he looted the fruits and other materials came from Kashmir
Thus becoming an affront to Maharaja Ranjit Singh
When everything failed to placate Mian Dido
Gulab Singh persuaded Maharaja Ranjit Singh
To let him chastise Mian Dido
Which was ultimately agreed.

Thereafter, Gulab Singh was awarded with jagirs in Jammu region
Subsequently, he was awarded the title of Raja
Gulab Singh identified the supporters of Mian Dido
Then tried to weed them off and keep them away from Mian Dido
He was forced to move to Trikuta peak- near Shrine Vaishno Devi
There were fights between Dido and forces against him
From then on, after the death of Mian Dido
The agitation launched by him ended too.

Gulab Singh even helped to locate and capture Agar Khan
A known fugitive who challenged the Lahore Court
Maharaja Ranjit Singh was more than convinced
That Gulab Singh was the fittest persona for ruling Jammu
Hence he was conferred as the ‘Rajgi’ of Jammu
On 17th January 1822 at Akhnoor.

Jammu along with many other Jagirs were also dovetailed
So, he was made the Raja of a vast territory by Maharaja Ranjit Singh
As was hitherto done by his powerful ancestor Ranjit Dev.

In the Dogra-Tibetan War
Fought between May 1841 to August 1842
Between the forces of Dogra
And Tibetian under Qing China
Raja Gulab Singh’s General Zorawar Singh Kahluria
Conquered Ladakh
And he was defeated due to the inclement weather
Thence Jawahir Singh was sent with reinforcement
In the battle near Leh in 1842
Lead to a Tibetan defeat
Then status quo ante was reached and maintained
Under the treaty of Chushul in 1842.
DOGRA – HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Dogras are an Indo-Aryan ethno-linguistic group
Speaking Dogri as their mother tongue
Dogras ruled city Jammu
Of which Raja Gulab Singh
Has left a most deep-seated impact
On the annals of historical records.

The origin of Dogra originated from Durgara
Mention of which is therein 12th Century inscription
As indicated in copper-plate in Chamba
In the message it has been mentioned
That The Raja of Chamba
Faced an attack by Kiras
With the active help of Lord of Durgara
Or Durgareshwar
A medieval term – the term Durgar
Is changed afterwards to Dugar
Which subsequently changed to Dogra
Even though the Rajataragini
Authored by Kalhana has no mention about this historical truth
But the name Vallapura
Could be attributed to modern Billawar
In Kathua District
Or Babbapura – the modern Babor.

There is also an important mention
That Durgara people
Originally migrated from Rajasthan to Terai Belt
Similar to Gurjars and Kodavas
The word during Durg (Fort)
Indicates that these people
Were warriors of immense reputation
Who formed various small Pahari kingdoms
Between Cheenab and Ravi rivers
And subsequently extended upto Sutluj river
There were eleven Dogra states
Which were later absorbed into Jammu state
This emerged as the powerful-composite state
With immense power and influence
The people revered their Raja as their saviour.

Jammu has beautiful temples
Representing artistic activity
Rajatarangini makes menton
About Raja Vajradhara of Babbarpura
Having allegiance to Bhikshachara of Kashmir
In 12th Century AD
Along with chiefs of neighbouring kingdoms.

Jammu Dogras lived
Between slopes of the Shivalik range of mountains
The lakes of Saroin Sar and Mansar
And then spread to Jammu region
The inhabitants speak Dogri
With Hinduism, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians
Being the speaks Dogri as the language.

During the rule of Raja Gulab Singh
Dogras got special recognisation as the warriors
From the British Rulers
His empire included
Whole of Jammu, maximum part of Ladakh region
And also part of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh
Kashmir Valley too
According to the treaty of Amritsar
Dogra King of Jammu
Was known as theMaharaja of Jammu & Kashmir State
Was handed over to Gulab Singh – a Dogra dynasty of Rajput
By the British Rulers
According to the provision of Article IV
According to treaty of Lahore
On 9th March 1846
Rajputs ruled the state from 1847 to 1947.

The Sikh Empire spread from Jammu Region
To Kashmir Valley, Tibet, Ladakh, Gilgit and Nagar
Which after war of Sikhs with Britishers
Was handed over Gulab Singh for aligning with Britishers.

Dogras have the rich tradition and culture
The festivals like Lohri and Holi are celebrated
A traditional dance Heren is performed during Lohri
Performed by youth accompanied with songs and dance
In which songs –
Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
……………………

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ALL DOGRA FESTIVALS ARE COMMON FOR ALL


People celebrate Holi with great reverence
It is the time when people apply colours on each other
And exchange gifts

Thence at nightfall a bonfire is lit
Around which the devout take rounds
As pray to God for His graces/
Then Basant Panchami too is celebrated
This festival is commemorated
Representing change of season
A pleasant one at that.
When people wear yellow dresses
Basakhi too is celebrated with immense joy
It is a festival season
Which the farmers celebrate with great enthusiasm.Fur
Then Fumenie and Jagarana, Bakh/Gwatri/Kark/Masade
Gwattri, Karak and Benthe are performed and appropriate songs sung
Dogra too celebrate Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Guru Prakashs, etc
With equal fervor and top-heavy delight.

We Dogras take wheat, maize and bajra besides rice as the staple diet
Besides daal, ambal, mitha madra, khir, khichri, auriya, kulth, cheese etc.

Dogras are the warriors of repute
Dogra Regiment is one of the famous regiments
Of British Indian Army
It showed its valour and bravery in Ist Warld and 2Nd World Wars
On many fronts around the world
I know it since my father too participated WW I
When serving in this Regiment.

ANIMAL INSTINCT


ANIMAL INSTINCT

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EVEN THE MOTHER NATURE TOO HAVE SOME ATTRACTIONS WITH ITS NEGATIVE IMPACTS IF WE FAIL TO COMPREHEND IT FULLY

There exists, out of the ordinary urge within
Termed as animal instinct
An urge, kept as hidden secret
Even the bearer may not accept
About the presence of this instinct.

This animal ego manifests itself
Which we all may disregard at first
May hide or let this negative instinct
Allowed to fester and perpetuate
In the form of huge sense-of-self
Which, if allowed to go out of control
Manifests and takes a gigantic form
Thus sapping the reserve of positive strength
Of the person concerned.

In our day to day dealings with others
In our behavior and attitude
Which not only adversely impacts
Outer lookout
But also sullies our inner recesses of our heart.

When awareness dawns
Thru our sincere self-introspection
Then an urge from within us emerges
To get rid of this animal instinct.

But first of all we’ve to have sincere acceptance
Of animal-ego existence
And then try earnestly
To get rid of this ego-instinct
By our self efforts with utter sincerity.

An honest effort from our inner-self
To uproot and erase the last traces of this negative instinct
From our system which has taken root
Then pure-consciousness emerges from within.

Then a realization should dawn within
That nothing ever happens
Without experiencing these unique experiences.

We should bear in mind
We cannot have total transformation
From negative animal instinct
To a refined and detached one
From body, mind and intellect
Till such time we make honest effort.

For this to be reality in real sense of terms
Our mind has to be integrated
With our being with a reckoning most astute
That there exists a permanent soul.

It should be understood that for a higher consciousness
We’ve to be fair-minded and far-sighted
Always ready to be integrated
Into all-understanding domain
Thus transcending animal instinct
Thereby transforming ourselves into all-comprehending
And all-encompassing LOVE
And amalgamate our Soul with Absolute Being.

ANIMAL INSTINCT               

May be an image of tree, sky and nature

                          

In essence, It is a fact that there exists an animal instinct in all of us in one form or other. This animal instinct or animal–ego tendency accentuates as we placate and grease it still further rather than keeping ourselves free from this negative urge as and when we are under its influence. For example, whenever somebody provokes us, ethically or unethically, we want to pay in the same coin. Contrarily, if we just introspect and keep cool and be patient the results would be rather positive and constructive one,  Getting excited and in our excitement going off the tangent may bring in misery impacting our composure and wellness.

We should always keep in mind that  negative urge could be one or mix of  anger, greed, bitterness, lust for power and pelf etc. All these lower our persona in the eyes of others. All these negative traits in one form or other could spell our downfall.

We should try to introspect and see how best to get rid of the animal ego dormant in ourselves.  For this, timely action has to be done otherwise its adverse affects will multiply and may give us sleepless nights. It is because under the influence of the animal-ego, we tend to lose control over our mind. Losing control over our mind means losing control over the realities of our life. Losing control over our lives means losing sight of the very purpose of our existence. These realities of  lives have to be experienced and lived with.

Although periodical self-awareness  is a must yet it cannot be eradicated just by wishful thinking only. We’ve to therefore deliberate seriously and then attack the very roots of negative traits so that nothing comes in our way for our holistic growth and development.

Need  is to enhance our self-consciousness by our righteous thoughts, righteous Karmic deeds with full application of spiritual orientation in our lives. By doing so, we shall be having a all-understanding, all-comprehending and all-encompassing LOVE.

The end result should be to efface and wipe out the ANIMAL INSTINCT from within our own self so that our SOUL becomes in sync with SUPREME LORD.

From the foregoing, it is crystal clear that although all of us are having animal ego yet need is to keep this elusive animal instinct under tight sheath so that it does not go out of control when cool mental composure is the need of hour. God willing, everything has got its price-tag. Here the price-tag is in the form of tolerance, patience, composure, sense of purpose in our endeavour, staying cool despite provocation etc. Let’s see how much we can change ourselves for a PURPOSEFUL LIVING bereft of ANIMAL INSTINCT for a refined and positively oriented KARMIC PATH.

INNER PEACE IS SIGNIFICANT FOR A PEACEFUL EXISTENCE


INNER PEACE IS SIGNIFICANT FOR A PEACEFUL EXISTENCE

INNER PEACE DAWNS WHEN WE ACHIEVE SOMETHING UNIQUE

It is our common experience that nothing tangible is attained in isolation. We are also aware that we all are inter-connected. How long we can joyously accomplish a mission requiring multi-pronged handling or which need united efforts. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has given us some insights that all of us  have to follow social norms with a singleness of purpose of ridding our society from this vicious infection. By fighting this pandemic together, we can be successful. United efforts will also afford us to draw out our inner potentials along with assistance of  a variety of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled multitudes thereby providing us inner   when our joint efforts bears fruits for us.

INNER PEACE IS NOT ACQUIRED BY MATERIAL POSSESSIONS

We can get mental peace not with material affluence but with inner peace. This inner peace dawns when we are contented what we earn with our sincere efforts. It is not attained when our mind is prisoner of our senses and mind. With wavering mind, we cannot attain true satisfaction  in our life. For complete satisfaction, we have to have mind control. It should be kept in mind that a wavering mind can  provide stability of mind and thus bestows us physical, mental and emotional health.

CREATIVE MINDSET GIVES INNER PEACE

OUR CREATIVE INSTINCT GIVES US GODLY

Our Creator has bestowed us creative instinct. Those who exploit  this trait are hugely rewarded with inner peace and satisfaction while our creative talent is tangibly reflected. It is because since our creative talents springs from our inner self only. In Bible it has been mentioned: ‘He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers’.

LIVING NATURAL(NIYATI) GIVES INNER STRENGTH WHEREAS LIVING UNNATURALLY (ANIYATI) DISHEARTENS US

It is a proven fact that transacting our tasks assigned naturally and within the rules of natural justice then we shall not have any unfounded fear or we shall be facing anything which bedevils our path. Contrarily, when we act unnatural or become judgmental in our perception then we shall not be having confidence of our next step. In the former case, we would be moving ahead without any let or hindrance. Having done so, our journey would be a swansong for us since we shall not be having any fear. It is because since functioning by observing natural laws is the  first sign of attainment of our goal. Here we shall be having immense measure of inner peace,  joy and satiety.

 ONENESS OF PURPOSE PROVIDES US INNER PEACE

The physical, mental health and emotional health are very significant in our life. This could be provided through the medium of focused meditation. The focused meditation can provide us inner peace, love and peace within us.  This also enables us to face the challenges thrown at us from time to time in the stillness of our inner self.

SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION PROVIDES US INNER STILLNESS

Adopting spiritual orientation in our life provides us opportunity to perform our day to day duties sincerely, honestly and with focused attention. A Karmic deed performed by following spiritual way of life bestows us inner peace, joy and above all inner satiety since it is attained through self-realization/self-awareness.  It should always be realized that spiritual way of living is not merely living religiously but also a living whose base is based on sincerity and honesty along with simplicity.

MEDITATION PROVIDES US INNER PEACE

It is important to mention that sincere meditation provides us opportunities to have peace of mind, love for others and on one’s own self along with stillness of inner self despite all the hurdles experience in our life. Meditation is also a medium to connect with our Absolute Source. It should also be realized that meditation and leading a spiritual lifestyle help us providing us ease and peace thereby we are able to obliterate the challenges of our life with oneness of purpose.

INNER PEACE & JOYOUS EXISTENCE

It is a considered  fact  that when we are at peace with our own self,  we cannot give our optimum. In other words, peaceful mindset gives us opportunity to draw out our inner potentials. Use of huge reservoir of inner potencies, gives us appropriate time and positive energy to focus our attention for accomplishment of our job in hand.  Whereas when we are in apprehension besides anxieties then we cannot concentrate on our jobs in hand thereby impacting our the job in hand.

Conclusively, it could be articulated  that more the peace of mind, more the contentment, more the contentment in our life, more the confidence, more the confidence to face life’s challenges, more would be our determination, more the strength of mind then more the prospect of success of our mission accomplishment. All these traits put together could inculcate INNER PEACE. When inner peace  becomes  our way of life then the purpose of our life is accomplished ith the  grace of God.

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION ON 26TH JANUARY 2021


HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

ON 26th JANUARY 2021 ON TUESDAY
We shall be celebrating our 72nd Republic Day
In the best spirit we hold dear
With full delight and huge excitement.

Whilst India got its independence
From the bondage – the most authoritarian one
On 15th August 1947 with efforts incessant
The sovereignty of ours is not easily attained
Since for our self-government
Countless people made their supreme sacrifices for its attainment
Besides some suffered hugely in the dark dungeons.

When India got right of self-determination
We were not having our own Constitution
A drafting committee was constituted with consensus
Which gave its first draft report on 4th November1947
Consisting men of impeccable integrity and track-record
The National Assembly put their indelible stamp
On the Constitution so meticulously prepared
On 24th January, 1950
Which came into inception on 26 January 1950.

Merging with the spirit of the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day
26th January 1930,
Which is considered as a historic day
We doubtlessly proclaims clearly
Representing the true spirit of independence
Conferring power to its people to elect their own Government of choice
And many more rights were conferred on its citizenry
Including right to freely express their opinion
Freedom to follow the faith of their choice

Along with their duties also
Thus indirectly govern the country
Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath
As the first President of free India/Bharat
Unfurled the National Flag at Irwin Stadium.

Military might of the land is showcased at Rajpath
Here our Para-military forces also participte
In their smartly dressed parade.

Gallantry awards are conferred on the bravest of braves
For their exemplary acts of valor
For defending their mother-land
Some fortunate get the same on their own
While others get these posthumous
For their Supreme Sacrifice
From the President of India
Their Supreme Commander.

The cultural diversity of different regions
Are showcased by different states
And Union territories
These are the other attractions
A rainbow of diversity indeed!

The other States of the Union too are not left behind
Indeed this is the real beauty of our Republic

My wish-list for the next Republics is listed below:-

RESPECTING THE SPIRIT OF CONSTITUION

Every Indian should Respect Constitution without any reservation. Not understanding the spirit of constitution and interpret the various provisions given in the construction as per their convenience, will not serve any purpose. We have got our independence after giving a lot of sacrifices, therefore, we have to protect its unity and sovereignty. For this, we have to keep a close watch on internal and external forces which are inimical to the growth and development of India. 

A JAB OF COVID – 19 PANDEMIC  FOR INFECTION FREE INDIA

We all are aware how Covid-19 pandemic has adversely imbalanced not only their lives but also their economic condition due to lockdown situation. For our peoplw to be healthy, it is important that the health and wellness of all countrymen is ensured. This could be done by having a jab of Covid-19 jab when our turn comes.  It is a fact that Indian Vaccine has proven its efficacy and has not produced much adverse symptoms on those who had their jabs. There should not be any hesitation or politics in taking vaccine’s jabs since it has shown its efficacy without perceptible adverse symptoms.

India has also earned goodwill internationally by sending the Covid-19 Vaccine to other countries. Besides, ninety-two countries have approached India for Covid-10 vaccine which proves our credentials for Covid-19 vaccine hub.  We should feel proud of our scientists who made it possible and earned a name and fame for India internationally.

DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS

As the situation develops on  our borders in LAC and LOC, the situation is not conducive for contributing to peace. We have to keep a strict guard so that our country remains secure. Although we have had military level talks on several times (Ninth times), the last one was held on 24th January 2021 between India and China yet situation remains unpredictable. There is unprovoked firing from one of our neighboring country and now it is digging tunnels to send terrorists to India to disrupt peace and tranquility. Although, our  Government is in the process of developing the needed infra on LAC yet more needs to be done for remain ever ready for any eventuality both on LAC and LOC.

FARMERS’ AGITATION SHOULD BE TACKLED TO THE SATISFACTION OF ALL CONCERNED

The several meetings between Govt and farmers unions (protesting for revocation of three farm laws passed by our Parliament in September) have not made any head way. Although Govt. has assured that they are willing to keep these laws on-hold for one and half years yet the farmers want nothing but repealing of the farm laws. It should be kept in mind that the agitation has been spearheaded by farmers from Punjab and Haryana. Almost all other farmers, especially those states which produce cash crops are happy with these laws.

It is hoped that all the contentious points are discussed threadbare (Point by point) and a consensus reached so that the further stalemate is prevented since prevention of free flow of traffic to Delhi indefinitely will adversely affect the life and economic activities in and around our capital. It has been estimated that there is a loss of Rs. 3500/- Crore per day to the country. Cumulatively, the economic loss is gigantic. All concerned should join hands in finding a solution to this pestering problem. It should be kept in mind that the state of affairs should not go out of hand consequently disrupting the law and order situation.


A CORRUPTION FREE SOCIETY


It is my fond hope that there should a dawn of corruption free society and those assigned the task of governance, in whatever capacity they are working should perform their job assigned/chosen with impeccable commitment and with sagacity while upholding the integrity of the country. There should also be zero tolerance to corruption and also corrupts get quick justice for their nefarious designs. No status or material possessions should come in the way of corruption free society. Here Lok Pal Bill/Lok Ayukta’s dictum should be the guiding dictate for dealing with corrupts who are eating into the vitals of our society.

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

Unless until we give due respect to women as mother/sister/daughter/wife or friend, we cannot call ourselves as civilized society. It should be without consideration to nationality (I want my country respect women without consideration to any bias as we have seen in many instances. My wish is that my country respect all women without any discrimination whatsoever;

ECONOMIC SLIDEDOWN DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC  LOCKDOWNS

It has been observed that Covid-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the economic condition globally and in that India too has been impacted severely. Although the overall death rate (1%) and cure rate (about 98%) are one of the best globally yet the adverse economic affects and rise of unemployment which the lockdown has produced is  really perceptible and gigantic. It will take sometimes to bring back normalcy.


In the international arena, those societies which have got economic clout are held in high esteem and their say is always respected even in renowned world forums. This economic growth does not just come about without concerted efforts on the part of the Government and the general masses. I wish that the next Republic comes when the Government fulfills its vision and mission to upgrade our economy globally first by coming out of near recessionary condition and then stablising since all the parameters of growth are still there in Indian economy. Growth and development should be all inclusive one. All the sectors of economy i.e. industrial; agricultural; infra etc should grow side by side for an overall pump-priming effect on the people in general.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

We are proud of our Republic since 65% of the people are below 35 years of age. This work force/human resource should be exploited to the hilt and should not be left to be frittered away by a few corrupt individuals. For this to happen, it is a must that this huge segment of our society gets opportunity for better training/skill and help lift the country from the present stature to the stature of high growth. This is possible with growth in Research & Development for better results in all sphere especially technological development and Information Technological Sector which could go north-ward wherein merit and talent are given more credence.


SPIRITUAL UPWARD MRRCH

Over and above the above cited subjects, I am sanguine that our development cannot be so inclusive without our spiritual growth and development. Whatever course we adopt, of whatever religion we follow, we should try to seek God for our liberation besides performing our daily day to day routines.

INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

I wish to see my mother land to have all inclusive development without any bias whatsoever. Religion, caste, region or any other ulterior consideration should not come in the way of holistic development of the country.

IMPREGABLE SECURITY AGAINST HACKING

In order to get our day to day jobs done, we resort o excessive reliance on our computer system/network for getting our things done. It may be e-e-commerce, net-banking and all other sundry communication related functions. But there are unscrupulous elements with inimical design who are on the lookout for unauthorized access to the computer system or network for getting classified information illicitly. Not to speak of theft of restricted information, such people could cleanup or siphon off our cash by breaching banking security. Government should make strict laws for those nefarious elements so avoid recurrence. Impregnable Computer security for important sectors should also be ensured.

INNER PEACE


INNER PEACE COULD BE REALIZED ONLY WHEN WE ARE SELF-AWARE ABOUT OUR OWN SELF. To be self-aware, we have to delve deep into our own system and then explore our potentialities and weaker areas. Do appraise the video and comments. I love your comments and get sustenance from your comments. THANKS AND REGARDS.

THE ANGER AND ITS ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS


 

Break Up, Bad relationship, Anger, unhappy, concept. Silhouette of anger of couples love who are quarreling (argument) and standing back to back with sunset background in Thailand
ANGER IS FAMILY BREAKER NUMBER ONE

THE ANGER AND ITS ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS

ANGER



Whence your perceptions go awry
Doubt persists for every doubtless thing aplenty,
Your mathematics goes Topsy-turvy,
You add two plus two three,
Your rationality takes the backseat,
Your mind receptors get huge beating,
In a fit of anger sugar tastes vinegar like,
Vinegar itself loses its flavor,
Your taste-buds turn insipid,
When you lose everything dear to you,
You smell rat in every deal,
The bountiful fragrance gives,
Repulsive odour in rage.
Thy touch becomes even more repulsive,
Meda’s touch in you impedes,
Flawed emotions have a field day,
Soft feelings for others
Turn barbed and spiky.
Hearing becomes frigid,
Fascinating music loses its charm,
You think it will do more harm,
Factually, anger takes away the music of life,
From our midst, whilst in anger.
If they aspire to live a balanced life,
Shun the anger that robs you
From yourself indeed,
And puts you in somebody else’s clothing.

ANGER UNDOES EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD

ANGER AND ITS ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS.

Anger in fact is a common negative emotion on which we experience on day to day basis. All of us must have gotten angry on one thing or other but realise about its adverse effects when it starts hurting our body and mind. It is also seen that anger is merely a transient human emotion. It is not a permanent malaise. Now we are angry but could be happy the other minute. Then it could be individualistic in nature. We may feel angry on a particular person or a group of people with regard to their negative thoughts and actions which we do not like. Its reason may be any but its negative emotions still persists.

What is the consequences of anger could be realised fully when we go through the example of the first consorot of Lord Shiva? Sati (the daughter of Daksha), as a child had the insatiable curisity for knowing about Lord Shiva. Her enquiries were assuated by Sage Narada due to which she became one of the best devotees of Shiva. When she grew up, Lord Brahma wanted her to be married to Lord Shiva. But her father Daksha did not like the idea of marrying her to him but ultimately had to relent. One day, a Yajna (Fire sacrifice)  was held wherein all other dieties were invited except Lord Shiva and daughter Sati (Shakti). But she anyhow came to attend the grand Yajna (Fire sacrifice). On reaching Daksha’s place, she was humilated by King Daksha in a fit of anger. She could not tolerate the insulting remarks/taunts of Daksha for her doting husband thus in a fit of rage and frustration resorted to self-immolution in the Yajna pit. On learning this, Lord Shiva got hugely disappointed and sent Virbhadra who decapitated Daksha’s head besides causing death and destruction in the venue of Yajana. This proves that anger can wreck mayhem and destruction. Though, Lord Shiva forgave Daksha and restored his decapitated head with the head of a goat besides restoring his kingdom etc. You can well imagine the tangentially different traits of Lord Shiva and King Daksha (The son of Lord Brahma – the Creator). Daksha a person full of anger and distrust and Lord Shiva a picture of serenity with forgiving and forgiving traits. The above occurrence and experience serves a great lesson for us humans that in s fit of fury, we are not in our emotional best and tend to do something worst which has ruinous repercussions. 

It is also a fact that we may get angry on small pretext and our anger subsides after our misgiving gets addressed but rage or fury is worst sort of outbursts of our emotions. These outbursts do not subside fast. It takes sometimes to go down. The huge outbursts of highest intensity could result in harming us physically and mentally. When in rage, we lose control of our senses, our understanding gets drubbing, our rationality takes backseat, etc. Worst of all, in excessive anger we may resort to be insulting, abusive, belligerent and finally turning violent thus hurting person concerned and others.

Even a small incident or episode could trigger anger and anger turning into huge rage thus losing control over our accepted insights. Thus our rage potential, in essence, could make or break our being. It could hugely impact our inner peace, composure and prosperity.

The over reactive response to our stimulus could go out of control if and when it is not alleviated within shortest timeframe. It should always be remembered that anger is individualistic in nature. A person could handle any situation and condition if he prevents himself from getting angry. Contrarily, a person who remains angry remains so for a considerably long period of time if he does not make an effort to control his temper on the spur.

Then the anger which remains smoldering in our being or the anger which is not expressed within shortest time causes physical and mental afflictions including stress related diseases.

We  must have observed that those parents who remain bickering with each other on small alleged reason, their offspring too imbibe those traits. In other words, rage or anger could be genetic in nature. In other words, we can refine the behavior of our children, if parents themselves exhibit restraint when it is hugely required. It should also be kept in mind that suppressing angry response may also impact our inner being.

If anger remains in our system then it could result in build-up of anger in our system impacting us hugely. For example, if the pot of our anger gets filled to the brim without being emptied from time to time then it will burst one day. This condition will certainly have negative effect on the person concerned. It means, the more we tackle our response to an anger situation or express our anger meaningfully the more we remain balanced in our behavior pattern.

Adding to our anger without expressing the same will undo whatever positive trait we try to imbibe. Our effort should be to keep on emptying the anger from our system as and when required then we shall not have much effect on our body system. Care ought to be exercised that a pot remaining full for a considerable period of time may produce negative reactive feeling, resulting in bursting suddenly in an uncontrolled way impacting us mentally and physically. It is similar to a overflowing dam whose inflows and outflows are not checked when it is hugely needed. It will burst anytime due to huge pressure of water inside the dam thus causing untold deaths and destruction.

From the above it is evident that we should make conscious effort and keep an iron curtain guard as to when to empty ourselves off our anger through self-expression or reprocessing and put a lid on the pot of our anger so that there is no build-up or accumulation of anger. The pressures of add-on anger or rage will rip-open our thinking resulting in enormous adverse implication on us.

Now coming to the question  as to how best to channel our positive energies in positive pursuits rather than to be taken in by any unpleasant events and losing ourselves in the bargain. This positive change has to spring from our life-force, it this has to be more enduring and lasting one. This aspect could be meaningfully done by imbibing positive traits, positive attitude, calmness despite provocation of any sort, nothing should come in our way which could breach our calm bearing etc. This should be done till such time we do not require any impregnable iron curtain to breach to stay cool despite pulls and pressures. This happens when we have inner-peace which could be possible when we adopt spiritually oriented life-style. With calmness inside our system, no adverse provocation or inapt frustrating moment can push us to go-off-the-handle.

Adverse affects of anger:-

  • We should never forget that the main reason of breaking of our families fabrics is anger, therefore, in anger we lose our mental moorings and self-awareness along with self-confidence. Losing mental balance results in cultivating good relationship.
  • When our own anger results in breach of relationship, then, a guilt-feeling comes in our mind which affects us physically and mentally. We consider ourselves responsible for any adverse consequence of not controlling our anger when it was hugely needed.
  • If we want to live a guilt-free feeling, it happens when we weather all storms and remaining calm and tackle anger on our own terms rather than somebody dictating terms and conditions.
  • When in anger, we are not able to put in our best at our workplace, thereby, losing respect amongst our colleagues and superiors besides it adversely impacts our further growth in our career progression.
  • It should never be forgotten that subjecting ourselves to anger or rage becomes a habit and a part of our behavior after we repeatedly go off the tangent then it is difficult to get rid of this bad habit since this extreme habit has made residency in our system.
  • We should never forget that for every bout of anger we give out to others freely never forgetting that we have to pay a heavy price for such indiscretion. The best course of action is to understand the ‘price paid’ and reason for it all and not to repeat. For this to happen, we have to learn how to forget and forgive the doer to stop the breakage of relationship and also the consequent price to be paid.
  • It should always be kept in mind that while in angry mood, we shall not be able to use either our brain or heart since anger kills our rational thoughts.
  • Staying cool and patient despite provocations at any situation and condition will open-up new vistas and we shall be able to be adaptive wherever we make any sincere effort.
  • It is our common experience that a person who lives a spiritually oriented existence adopts the traits of positivism despite any adverse situation since such a person has belief in himself/herself and belief on his/her Creator. Anger for such a person has no place.  

Conclusively, we should always be aware that anything which makes us angry, avoidance or to keep-on-hold rather than being reactive is the way out. This act of ours will save us of many a future blushes

THOUGHTS ON MY BIRTHDAY TODAY


THOUGHTS ON MY BIRTHDAY TODAY
THIS MOMENT MY LIFE IS MOST PRECIOUS


Every next moment demands from us all
That we become enlightened souls
With every passing moment
Come out of our false dilemmas
Till we reach to the still centre of our body
By traversing within our being
Since we’ve to change as time changes
Leaving some imprints
And some blemishes
Which do not part ways
Inevitably lasting ones
Despite our best efforts
To erase those indelible impressions
Which have seeped into our super-consciousness
These scars which time has given
Get erased only when we leave for good
This impermanent body and backdrop of our existence.

Experience teaches us that time is such a teacher
That it flies away turning moments into seconds
Seconds into minutes, minutes into hours
Hours into years together & century
And this process goes ceaselessly.

People who learn something good presently
Gain knowledge and familiarity
And when knowledge is used meaningfully
It turns into pearls of wisdom ultimately.

Those of us who lose this moment in daydreaming
Lose the most precious time
Without gaining anything substantial
That you can tell your own
Repent for the lost chances.

This awareness actually dawns
When we introspect and analyze our purpose of life
The pluses and minuses of our lives
This self-realization should dawn
Within shortest span of time
Otherwise it would be too late to mend.

Today on my birthday, I too realize
About the lost chances
Besides the frittered about opportunities deliberately
Or unknowingly
Based on suppressed evidence
Or false dilemmas or reaching false conclusions
Yet what I gained with the passage of time
Too remains indelibly into my psyche & mind
That, come what may
Change is a must – a positive change so to speak
Is to erase ignorance and imbibe knowledge-based lessons
And that change dawns on us
Only when we’re supra-mental awareness and God-consciousness
Away from mental traps and delusions but based on eternal truths.

The lasting impressions totally bereft of false biases & false alarms
In the realm of limitless; all pervading in Soul & Param-Atma
Of self-awareness and God-consciousness which dawns
Away from the bondage & attachments of senses and mind
This happens whence i traverse journey suffusing with spiritualism
With full awareness that I should not forget
The significance and very purpose of life on this beautiful planet
To seek connectivity with Omnipotent and Omniscient One
Till I travel untrodden path of God & make it tried and tested one
Till I realize the perpetual sway of Supreme God
After removal of perpetual fears haunting me
And realize self-existing God within me – totally fixed in Thee
Till the last breathe of my existence
After having understood the vast panorama of life
With the idea death is real in the unrealistic of life
Based on truth, I am merely a speck in the creation of our Creator
And attain ultimate Moksha – liberation based on my Karma.

SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN OF MY EXISTENCE

My ultimate prayer to Thee my Almighty God
Is to rid me off the any shred of ego
If at all there in my being
Also rid me off the Attachments
With the fruits of my thoughts & actions
I bestow me with supreme contentment
Along with simplest lifestyle
With what I have or do not have with Thy Grace
Besides opportunities to get experiences
From the pros and cons of my existence.

HAPPY FELICITATIONS ON LOHRI, MAKKAR SANKRANTI, PONGAL & BIHU FESTIVAL (ON 13TH , 14TH & 15TH JANUARY 2021)


HAPPY FELICITATIONS ON LOHRI, MAKKAR SANKRANTI, PONGAL & BIHU FESTIVALS
(ON 13TH , 14TH & 15TH JANUARY 2021)


SACRED FESTIVALS

We’re aware that all the festivals are linked either with change in seasons
Or on certain National festivals well known
Or linked with religious faiths, beliefs and have regional overtones.

Lohri is a winter festivals of repute
Falls in the month of (13th Jan) Paush
Which brings about happiness on the faces of the populace.

This festival marks the end of winter season
With beginning of longer with a little hotter days ahead soon
For farmers, it is one of the happiest occasions.

The farmers start harvesting rabi crops
The crops harvested in winter season.
Rabi Crops include Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas


Start of spring season is a Natural gift
Adds additional spice to our festivities
Besides bringing about smiles and festive moods on these occasions.

Customarily, on Lohri day a bonfire is elegantly lit
Devotees congregate brimming with huge reverence in their heart around it
And take rounds around the fire lit with absolute respect.

And with loving devotion offer, Jaggery (gur), sesame seeds (til)
Sesame coated sugar candy and popcorns into leaping bonfire
The fire lit too shows that it too is enjoying the sacred act more and more.

The skyward leaping fire flames purifies the atmosphere
It also showcases that the fire too is enjoying all acts of hers
In essence, there is hidden joy for devotees in this sacred bonfire.

Gathering partake the sacred parsadas offerings
With satiety writ large in faces of devotees
Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’ five elements of mother nature
Fire, wind, water, ether and earth. Deference

Going around the bonfire with great a reverence
And singing traditional songs with dance with due deference makes a huge difference.
And that too in tune with beating of drums!

Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute
Named Dulla Bhatti, a muslim, from lineage of warrior race of the Rajputs
In the reign of Mughal king Akbar
He used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers.

And then used to get them married to suitable boys of choice
People sing Lohri songs with gusto in his praise
To mark and commemorate and appreciate his good deeds. .

Thence other legend of the origin of Lohri
From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’
Who was herself a lady so pious.


MAKKAR SANKRANTI

illustration of Makar Sankranti wallpaper with colorful kite for festival of India


Lohri has a sacred link with Makar Sakranti
Being another winter fiesta so legendary
Celebrated one day after Lohri
It is celebrated on a day so fixed
The 14th January – indeed very sacred.

It marks the beginning of solar maagha masa
Makar Sankranti Day is beginning of start of harvest season
And ushering in of pleasant Spring Season
With pan India celebrations.

Makar Sankranti has its origin to the movement of the Earth
Around the Sun and begins from (Sankranti) one zodiac sign
Into another – Capricorn zodiac (Makar) sign
Two movements are termed as Makar Sakranti.

This day marks the beginning of warmer days
As the sacred months start from this day onwards
Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great fervor
In western and northern India.

There is a mention of this day in Mahabharata
As, it is the festival of Sun God
Who gives us light and heat
To all living beings without bias
And bestows us divinity and wisdom
Thus holding an eternal meaning.

For me, this day has a special significance indeed
Since I saw the first dawn of the day in 1951, a day so sacred
With the grace of my Supreme Lord

Ever since I have been graced with a life so contended

For which I am really thankful to my God, so very benevolent.


PONGAL

PONGAL FESTIVAL



Then there is festival called Pongal
Which is dedicated to Sun God
A huge source of energy indeed
Which is life giving
To living beings.


BIHU FESTIVAL

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BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM



One of the most significant festivals of Assam
Which is associate with harvesting season.

Its exclusivity also stems from the fact that it marks the start of Assamese New Year
Thus giving the entire community pride to celebrate this day with great yearning
Pride and a lot of pleasure from community feat.

Bihu dance is performed by the young men and women
With joyous abandon add-on with fast steps and hands with fast movement
With red colour attire signifying vigour and accompaniment with apt music.

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Significantly, India is a home to multicultural, multilingual, multicultural and multi-religious society. We can pride ourselves in having different festivals too with relevance to religion, caste, culture and traditions. These festivals are seasonal, traditional, custom based, religion based or for that matter any other sacred considerations. Here every caste, religion and region has contributed its mite for enriching the cultural traditions of our land with variation in the cultural mores. Let the reason of the festival may be any but the common thread of all of these is the zest and enthusiasm with which these fairs and festivals are celebrated.

We Indians enjoy all the religious festivals. It may be it Eid or Prakash Divas/Gurpurab or as a Muslim enjoy Diwali or all of them enjoy Christmas Day together. That is the beauty of India. I do not dispute that hotheads are there in any strata of life, those who do not know about their own religious festivals or of others.  One thing which pleases us is the perceptible shine on the faces of every one of us while celebrating any festival!  That is the beauty of it all,  despite some differences notwithstanding.

LOHRI FESTIVAL

Lohri festival is celebrated in Northern Indian states. It is celebrated on 13th January – in the month of Pauch or Magha, one day before Makkar Sankranti. We term this festival as a community based one where Bhangra (dance by men folks) and Gidha (dance by women folks) to the beats of drums which brings vitality and jollity to this celebration. Youngsters, by and large, take pleasure in kite flying and enjoy the occasion.

On this festival, seasonal dry fruits peanuts, coconuts are mixed with jiggery (Gur) and sesame seeds (til) to make the eatables. Besides, milk cakes are specially made and distributed amongst relatives and friends.

Following are some of the reasons for the celebration of Lohri festival:-

SEASON RELATED

 It marks the end of winter season and beginning of sowing of some crops such as Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas and others. It infuses vitality and special enthusiasm in the lives of people – especially the farmers. The Lohri festival symbolizes prayer to the fire (Agni puja) in the evening. The people take parikarma (rounds) around the bonfire and shower offerings to fire as a mark of respect. Fire ritual or Agnihotra (Specially lit fire – Havan) is the process of purifying the environment and people also consign to the fire a mix of rice, peanuts, walnuts, almonds besides sesame seeds (til) and jaggery to the fire before distributing and taking the same themselves.

FIRE  RITUAL

It is believed that the fire ritual has a special significance and possesses healing power besides it helps in happiness of all along with its benefits to the farming community. Special prayers to the God Almighty God are done in order to get the graces of benevolent God for peace and prosperity of all.. Newly wedded couples and newly born babies receive special attention on this festival. People give charity/alms to the needy on this occasion.

Different Legends behind the Lohri festival:-

The legend of Dulla Bhatti (Rai Abdullah Khan) is very popular. It is a legend of a Rajput warrior who saved a damsel in distress belonging to the Hindu family from the clutches of lustful and greedy robbers. The brave Rajput adopted her as his own daughter without let or hindrance and married her off to a young and suitable Hindu boy. He also gave her presents – nine mounds of sugar along with other gifts etc on her marriage. This shows that there was a community feeling during those days.

Then question arise, if during those feeling for each others was rampant then why not now!? To appreciate his gesture, the people sing the following song describing the event and also mentioning about the beauty of the girl who was saved.

While I was young, I along with my friends  used to go to the houses in our neighbourhood and used to sing and get sweets made for this particular day. This song is sung by the youngsters even now on thispious  occasion :-

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
……………………

There is also a legend of Sant Kabir and his wife names Loi. He used to love his wife immensely. So much so intense was his passion for his wife that one day, he reached his home in the middle of dark night, travelling from a far off place. The door was closed from inside. His wife was sleeping on the first floor. Finding that there was no ladder, he took the help of a rope hanging from the first floor of his house. When his wife saw him, she was very surprised and asked him as to how he had entered the first storey. Thereupon, she along with Kabir saw that the help with which he had reached the first storey was with the help of a hanging python.

Sant Kabir’s wife got upset and in desperation uttered: The passion with which he was nursing for her, if he had the same fervour  for the God, he could get anything from God as a reward?

Significantly, we know the life and the personage was Sant Kabir who was a mystical poet whose writings had a deep effect on Bhakti Movement and his verses find place in Sri Guru Granth Sahib too.

He was brought up in a Muslim family but was deeply influenced by his teacher Ramananda but he criticized both in his verses because of his close proximity with both and knew ins and outs of these religions. In his writings, he has emphatically mentioned that the God is only with those who follow righteous lifestyle and also one who follows a detached mode of life. His followers are known as Kabir Panthis.

It was due to the timely advise of his wife named Loi that Kabir had a huge transformation in his life and became a well known Sant who influenced millions with his writings. Lodi or Loi is also celebrated in his and his wife’s honour who was instrumental in molding him.

MAKKAR SANKRANTI (ON 14TH JANUARY)

SUN GOD

Makkar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Paus (January) Makar Sankranti is the day when the Sun God enters the Northern Hemisphere. Hindus like Greeks worship Sun God – the giver of immense energy. Sun God is termed as the manifest God, having all the glorious divinity. It is worthwhile to mention here that mantra OM ADITYA AYE NOMON and many other mantras are recited in order to get the blessings of the Sun God.

The devout also chant Gyatri Mantra, taken from Rig Veda while making final offering to God. which is from Rig-Veda, as Makkar Sankranti is associated with cosmic event which affects the life of humans immensely.

Om Bhur Bhuva Swa
Tat-savitur Vareñya

Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yona
Prachodayāt.

Which means: We meditate and adore thee the Supreme Lord, the Creator of everything, who’s Divine Light illuminates all spheres of activity (physical, mental and spiritual). We pray that this Divine Light may light-up our intellect forever.

This festival is celebrated with immense gaiety and enthusiasm in all  parts of India with different names at different places but the keenness remains the same. Devout get up early in the morning, take bath in holy rivers first take the blessings of their elders and then offer prayers in the temples. After having offered prayers, people give alms to the needy according to their capacity. In the afternoon people share a special Khichri (Hotchpotch – a mix of dall-urdh and channa dal).

PONGAL FESTIVAL

PONGAL FESTIVAL OF SOUTH INDIA

The Pongal festival is celebrated in South India (Especially in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and even in foreign lands such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore etc.). This festival is celebrated for four days (14th to 17th January). This is a harvest festival dedicated to the SUN GOD. The Sun is a huge source of energy which helps in growing the crops from sowing to the harvesting season. It also includes boiling of the rice of season sanctified to the Sun which is termed as Surya Mangalyam.  Not only this, the natural energy in the form of solar energy is being utilized enormously presently.

MAGH BIHU

BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM

Magh Bihu or Rongali Biihu Festival is celebrated in Assam in the month of January. This year, it is being celebrated on 15th January 2021. It is the prominent harvest festival by the farmers. On this occasion, tasty community feast is organized and all people enjoy this feast on this occasion.  This festival  is unique to Assamese people since Assamese New Year starts from this day. I offer my felicitations from the core of my heart to the entire Assamese community on this momentous occasion. Like any other festivals like Lohri, Baisakhi, etc. Magh Bihu festival too is associated with agriculture; mainly harvesting.

The people enjoy feasts, play melodious music with dancing. Bihu dance is one of the most important part of Assamese culture. It is a group dance performed by the young men and women with brisk movement of hands and other body parts with beating of drums as enchanting music. The olour theme of the dancers is red which signifies joy and vitality.

There are also local traditional and cultural activities which are organized and conducted. The children wear flower garlands. In fact there are three Bihu festivals each of which have unique feature and significance but common feature in all these Bihu festivals is the participation and celebration by all the Assamese.