Festivals obviously is crystal clear reflection Of a society as a whole is a dynamic one And how best we respect our tradition.
Some festivals are seasonal in nature Others are related to beliefs so prevalent In all these, one common thread in all of these festivals is that masses of all hues participate with huge gusto Which fills the participants with positive synergy While they take part with true strength of mind and zest.
Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotation After tolerating the chilling cold of winter season There has begun much awaited dawn of a season Indeed so very pleasant in every manner of speaking When Mother Nature too showcases its multi-coloured appearance An exhibition of a carpet of yellow mustard plants Which is one of the best Mother Nature colourful manifestation People put on their yellow attire, so graceful indeed And imbue all in natural yellow colour, So stunningly elegant.
There is a legend attached to Basant Panchami festival Lord Brahma, the Lord of all Creations Happened to see earthwards After witnessing the condition of his creation on the Mother Earth He was so very saddened The Mother Earth was bereft of any greenery Since plant-life with its greenery embodies life in all its forms. He scattered some water from His jar, so magical To the huge revelation of all living beings Lord Barahma too gifted greenery to the plants in abundance A scenario so very delightful, without a doubt Bringing in its wake brightness in natural spectacle Bringing about verve and vigour in everybody’s life.
Lo and behold, there appeared Maa Saraswati The Goddess, the bestower of wisdom and erudition Music, art and craft and knowledge besides education. While inculcating love and light all around Goddess Saraswati spreads positive energy too So very suffusing with joy – full of life Her advent brings in its wake greenery all around Along with feeling so pleasing to the eyes With affluence so abundant everywhere our eye could survey.
Maa Saraswati too is termed as the Goddess of Basant Panchmi! When yellow flowers sprout in the fields – so very captivating.
Yellow or white flowers are also offered to Goddess 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 In essence in sync with 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 humans the knowledge and wisdom Along with power to find the difference between truth and deception Her four hands symbolize ego, intellect, alertness of the mind Her white dress symbolizes transparency and 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, so very enriching We implore Thee O Goddess to remove illiteracy And ignorance/darkness 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. My special prayer to Thee Maa Saraswati To bestow us humans sagacity Since Thou are possessor of love & light in abundance Can usher in peace and prosperity Between warring Russian & Ukrainians With no hint of stopping even after ten years and counting I pray to Thee most generous in distributing Knowledge, art and craft, skill along with kindness To fill up the countries at war with compassion for each other And help instill a feeling of peace and tranquility So that both sides sort out their differences sitting across With warm smile on their lips bereft of ill feeling for each other Thus neutralizing Illwill, bad feeling and animosity And create a feeling of understanding Overflowing with love and not with hostility.
As Thee O my Maa so compassionate Thou has the prowess to change our destinies Pray change the mindset of warring ones So that their citizens live in harmony Let them toss rose petals at each other Rather than bombs and missiles as is being done presently!!
CREDIT FOR THIS RANGOLI GOES TO MANMEET KAUR, JASLEEN KAUR, BHAVIKA, RAVNIT KAUR AND ISHMEEN KAUR OF XI CLASS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF MS. SUKHPREET KKAUR (SR. TEACHER) OF GURU NANAK PUBLIC SCHOOL, G-8 AREA, RAJOURI GARDEN NEW DELHI – 110064
HAPPY 74TH REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS
While we are gearing up to celebrate The 74th Republic Day With the best of spirits on this day so passionate That each one of us keenly commemorate.
Whilst India got its independence From the foreign rule, oppression and others dependence On 15th August 1947 with efforts so incessant The sovereignty of ours is not easily attained Since for self-government Countless nationalists made their supreme sacrifices for its freedom Besides some suffered hugely in the dark dungeons.
When India got right of self-governance We were not having our own Constitution A drafting committee was constituted with consensus Consisting men of impeccable integrity and aptitude Which gave its first draft report on 4th November 1947 The National Assembly put their indelible stamp On the Constitution so meticulously prepared On 24th January, 1950 Which came into effect from 26 January 1950.
Merging with the spirit of the anniversary Of Purna Swaraj Day Which was observed on 26th January 1930 And is considered as a historic day of repute Representing the true spirit of independence Conferring power to the people to elect Their own representatives of choice And many more rights with duties conferred on its citizenry Including right to freely express their opinion Freedom to follow the faith of their preference Without let or hindrance Further important of all This way, we the people indirectly govern.
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 Military; Air Force & Para-military forces with NCC also participate In their smartly dressed in the parade.
Gallantry awards are conferred on the bravest of braves For their exemplary acts of valor For defending our mother-land Some fortunate get the get these gallantry awards in person While others get these posthumous For their Supreme Sacrifices From the President of India Their Supreme Commander.
The cultural diversity of different the regions Are also showcased by different states And Union territories These are the other attractions A rainbow of diversity indeed- wonderful exhibition!
The other States of the Union pitch in to celebrate this historical day With pump and show in their own unique way Indeed this is the real beauty of the Republic Day.
HAPPY 74TH REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS
CREDIT FOR THIS RANGOLI GOES TO MANMEET KAUR, JASLEEN KAUR, BHAVIKA, RAVNIT KAUR AND ISHMEEN KAUR OF XI CLASS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF MS. SUKHPREET KKAUR (SR. TEACHER) OF GURU NANAK PUBLIC SCHOOL, G-8 AREA, RAJOURI GARDEN NEW DELHI – 110064
RESPECT FOR THE SPIRIT OF OUR CONSTITION
The basic structure of our Constitution (Bharatiya Samvidhan) is sacrosanct, It contains fundamental rights (right of self expression with duties), fundamental political code, structure, procedures, powers of Centre and State Governments, duties of Government institutions along with the duties of citizens. Basically, our Constitution contains all the information which helps us all how best to provide good governance based on Constitutional provisions, values along with procedures.
The Directive Principles of State Policy are grouped into four categories
As our Constitution was created by the Constituent Assembly, therefore, it gives significance to Constituent Supremacy. The Constitution was adopted by its people with a declaration in its Preamble. It was adopted by Constituent Assembly of India on 26th November 1949 and was made effective from 26th January 1950.
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.
NAMAMI GANGA PROGRAMME
River Gange important since it covers 40% of India’s population. The PM had said: If we are able to clean it, it will be a huge help for the 40% population of the country.
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME
This is an ambitious mission to provide electric supply to 18,000 villages which were still in darkness. Rural electrification is taking place at a fast rate.
FAST TRACK GROWTH.
India has achieved from the period of low growth to higher growth trajectory. Due to this our GDP Growth has risen to 7.4% which is fastest amongst the growing economies of the world.
It is well said, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’. It means peace with strength. A society which is strong in every sphere of activity, is not attached by any adversary. The present scenario on border especially LAC and LOC calls for defence preparedness. For this to be possible, we have to continue the ongoing task of constructing roads, tunnels etc. so that the border posts could be made accessible for our defence forces personnel without wastage of time as and when required. Secondly, presently, we are proud to produce defence related weapons and equipment on our own and subsequently would be able to export the same for earning much needed foreign exchange.
By empowering farmers so that they help in giving more agri production. For this, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana will give a big boost to productivity. This would be possible by increasing irrigation facilities, provision of fertilizers at subsidized rates along with provision of high yielding seeds. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna deals with motivating farmers so that they take up organic farming.
TRANSPARENCY & CORRUPTION FREE GOVERNANCE
A society which is corruption free, attains unhindered growth and development because the funds allocated for different heads are used judiciously without any leakage at any stage of execution of planned mission achievement. For this, there should be zero tolerance of corruption and those who are indulging in corrupt practices are dealt with strictly as per the laws of land.
EMPOWERMENTION OF WOMEN INCLUDING CARING FOR THE GIRL CHILD (BETI BACHAO, BETI PADHAO)
It is my fond hope that when women get their due respect as mother, sister, daughter, wife or friend, we cannot call ourselves as civilized society. The women should be empowered suitably. For this, they should get proper education, training, etc. so that they are financially independent and not be dependent on anybody. They should also get freedom to choose their profession according to their claims and qualification, of course, without any gender bias.For achieving all these, we have to implement programmes related to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT: REFORMS TO UPLIFT INDIA’S ECONOMY
Those countries which are economically strong are held in high esteem. They command huge respect globally. This does not come with wishful thinking. It happens when all of us put our concerted efforts in whatever field we are engaged. Although, our economic growth has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, yet, persistent efforts should be made so that our economy grows and the fruits of growth are shared by everybody. 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.
The Gross Domestic Product per capita in our country was at 1797.76 US Dollar in 2020. It is equivalent to 14% of the world’s average. I want our country to attain more growth in all fields. For this, our youth should get opportunities for right education and right training for which they have attained efficacy. Then Hospital Industry could boost our economic growth and development. It will not only absorb manpower but also much needed foreign exchange for the country.
For industrial and infrastructural development various programmes are launched so as to attract foreign direct investment in industries including defence and railways. For this, many laws, considered to be useless and superfluous are removed so as to enhance the give credence to ‘ease of doing business’. The bottlenecks in communication and transportation are removed by improvement in infra development (Both rail and roads).
Our journey for industrial development started in 1854 with the functioning of cotton textile industry. Presently, we have small and big industries for production of a variety of products which not only meets the domestic demands but also are exported. Our stress should be to increase the productivity in small and big industries. These industries could also absorb the skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce. The Government should allocate more funds for growth of industrial sector so that it not only absorbs more workforce but also earns much needed foreign exchange for us by enhancing exports.
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
We are aware that some of our adversaries are on the lookout for hacking various engines of growth – it may be banking, industrial sector, Rail Network or defence related matters etc. We should legislate strictest laws for those who resort to these anti-national activities. This could also be done by creating software and hardware which are hack-free.
FREEDOM TO PURSUE FAITH AND BELIEF
All should enjoy to follow his/her religious belief without let or hindrance. It follow that our faith and belief are individualistic in its orientation. Restrictions of any sort in following ones belief is counterproductive. Hence religious freedom, as enshrined in the Constitution should be the norm.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS SPIRITUALITY ORIENTED LIFE WORKS WONDER
Based on past experience, I have gained over a period under various situations and conditions, I resolved to make my life spiritually oriented, methodical, adaptable besides being positive in all situations and conditions. This has worked fine with me then why not with others.
For living a purposeful life, we have to live spiritually. The first step is to know I am and what relationship I have got with the people around, about the environment I am living besides knowing be aware of SELF – my potentials and weaker areas. For living spiritually, we have to focus internally, think positively, meditate or chant prayers, do our duty with complete focus at our command, be compassionate to the needs of others besides explore our spiritual core. This way, we shall not only work for our holistic growth and development but also be of some help to our fellow citizens.
HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY
BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
Fundamentally, our effort should be to build bridges of confidence between communities and not the chasms which have been created over a period of time due to various misunderstandings. These misunderstandings, if not attended, addressed and ironed out amicably within shortest span of time become unmanageable creating disharmony and resultant violence.
FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE
While growth stories of some of our immediate neighbouring countries’ (Like Sri Lanka & Pakistan) are going southward, India’s growth fundamentals are on ascendency partly due to resilience of our economy which faced two bouts of Coronavirus pandemic. India weathered all storms except in second wave of virus in which there were many job losses and business losses. Despite some hiccups, Indian growth story has moved Northward partly because there has been massive push to education and skill development. Schemes such asPradhan Mantri Vidyalakshmi Karyakram and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Mission for Teachers Training has been started to enhance the quality of teaching. A Global Initiative of Academic Ntwork (GIAN) is one such initiative for which scientists and intellectuals including entrepreneurs are being invited to impart training to our teachers and students in the summer and winter vacations. This will, in fact, make a huge difference.
The occupation we take depends on our qualifications and expertise we attain based on our experience and knowledge we gain over a period of time. When we take up a job, we’ve to keep our ears and eyes open since we’ve to be totally aware of the work for which we’re employed. It may be through interaction with office colleagues, take the advice of the seniors in the chain of command who are accessible while taking into the position on which we’re functioning. Care ought to be exercised that nothing should be done to break the rules or antagonize anybody at any stage of service and especially in the initial stage of our service. For this, never act in a manner which may be construed as insubordination. Doing so would amount to stopping the wheels of our growth in the organization. It should never be forgotten that there is no substitute to hard word and persistence despite some pin-pricks here and there.
In all fairness, those who are elected by the electorates in order to execute variety of public work services should always bear in mind that their job is to be fully aware of their responsibilities towards their electorates. For this, they have to be familiar with their various official functionaries (Their designations/appointments, including their contact details, work for which they are employed in order to execute the work services. proper Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be devised for every employees (Skilled, semi skilled and non skilled) along with working hours assigned jointly and shift work timings according to the need of the organization. Thorough care ought to be exercised that monitoring of work services is done with precision so as to provide extra workforce and material required for the execution of job at hand. To ensure proper execution, accountability or answerability for the work services to be done should be followed up properly.
In essence, the organizational head is responsible for ultimate outcome or fructification of job at hand. To quote an example, a few days back, the MCD department took out a huge amount of sewage (biodegradable pollutants) from the sewerage system but these pollutants were left out in the open near the outlet cover itself at many places near the houses of residents. This resulted in too much of disgusting stench besides being a breeding ground for harmful insects, flies and mosquitoes; which becoming a cause for various diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunia etc.
Earlier on, the MCD at Hari Nagar (New Delhi) authorities that be, let the toxic sewage near the outlet for the elements like rain etc. to spread the rot. But this time, I rang up the Counselor (Mr. Rajesh Kumar Ladi through Mr. Pardeep Chadha) of the area to get the toxic waste removed and provide relief to the residents of area from the nasty smell. It is a matter of pleasant surprise, for a change, the MCD employees concerned removed the toxic waste without much wastage of time; in fact a commendable job by any reckoning. This sort of example setting not only helps in keeping the area neat and clean but also save the residents from dangerous diseases.
Trust should be a guiding factor in everything under the sun. If a person is feeling wanting in experience he/she take the assistance of other(s) the organization. By doing so, trustworthiness and dependency enhances thereby making it easier for the organization to get more productivity along with creating a appropriate environment in the organization.
OUR PRIME DUTY IS TO ACTION NOT OVERLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE OUTCOME
If all the employees of an organization perform their assigned duties/tasks by focusing on the assigned duties rather than being overly concerned about the outcome, then, certainly our mission accomplishment would be fructified as desired. This would also be in sync with Lord Krishana’s advice to Prince Arjuna: To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.
LOYALTY & INTEGRITY
It has been observed, more the trust amongst the employees, more would be integrity and would be loyal to the organization. Having unquestionable integrity of its employees, more loyalty towards the org. would be there. These combine for overall production for the organization.
LOYALTY WITHOUT HYPOCRITICAL WAY OF WORKING
We are aware that there are employees in the organization who showcase their utter disregard to ethics bordering on hypocrisy and superficiality to please others without contributing for the upward growth of their organization. Their main agenda is to tom-tom their working style as though they are the only ones who are the performers and others are the shirkers. Contrarily, there are the real performers who work rather discreetly but give out optimum results eventually. They are the veritable cream of any organization.
Loyalty towards the organization enhances the cooperation between the staff and the organizational head. The fellow feeling, caring and sharing each others happiness and sorrows along with cooperation bind all the employees for overall good of the organization.
MEDICAL CARE & PROTECTION
For overall good of the organization, it is in the interest of both the organization and the employees that they are enjoying good health and wellness since when they are enjoying good health, they can contribute more for the organization.
The organizations where safety norms are taken care and precautions are given primacy, the employees get attached to the organizations concerned. While there is any medial emergency, the employees get medical help on priority from the organizational heads and funds too are paid for any incident.
NO BIAS BASED ON CASTE, COLOUR & RELIGION
When there is no discrimination in any form then the feeling of compassionate and supportive feelings grow. The feeling of healthy cooperation, fellow feeling, emotional attachment, positive attitude, unquestionable integrity create a healthy environment in the organization thus contributing for the overall good of the organization and also productivity as a final outcome.
An organization wherein there is discipline; the organizational heads understand their subordinates, the subordinates’ needs are met dispassionately, the orders are obeyed without any reservation, besides the members of management are accessible to discuss the problems of their employees. In such a scenario, all the functions are performed without any reservation. There is no misapprehension or confusion amongst the employees and the management. Also, there is orderliness amongst the employees and the management then everything is regulated with precision. Lack of proper control, lack of cohesiveness and lack of obedience to the organizational head make the employees less productive thereby putting the future of organization under clout. Therefore, discipline is pre-requisite for overall good of the organization.
WELFARE OF THE EMPLOYEES
Those organizations wherein not only the employees interests are protected including provision of insurance cover for self and their family members including providing funds for schooling of their children, the employees are given adequate incentive/compensation for working overtime, etc. In such a positive environment, the employees first priority becomes to work for the organization which takes care of their overall wellness. In such a happy atmosphere, nobody can stop the growth and development of such organization to go NORTHWARD.
Festivals are events so special Which evoke our emotions Touching the musical-tones in unison These are linked either with seasons Or occasioned as National Days of huge standing Or have religious orientation There may be any reason But fundamental truth remains We all wait for festivals with immense expection Since these special days light-up our inner emotions.
Lohri is a winter festivals Comes in the month of (13th January) Paush Which brings about happiness on the faces of the populace Especially the farmers.
This festival marks the end of winter season But this year seemingly a different one With toxic air, cold winds and floods unabated As winter season spreads its wings But hardly dampens the spirit of festival.
The farmers start harvesting rabi crops The crops harvested in winter season Which include Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Peas, Barley among others which are health giving.
Start of spring season is a gift of Mother Nature Adds additional spice to our festivities Besides bringing about smiles and festive moods on these occasions.
Customarily, on Lohri day a bonfire is lit so elegantly Devotees congregate overflying With reverence in their heart And take rounds around the bonfire Lit with huge reverence.
And with loving devotion, offer Jaggery (gur), sesame seeds (til) Sesame coated sugar candy And popcorns are put into leaping bonfire The fire lit too showcases That it too is enjoying the act done with respect.
The skyward leaping fire flames purify the atmosphere & fills with fragrance Exhibiting that the fire too is enjoying all acts of devout around In essence, there is hidden joy For devotees in this sacred bonfire.
Gathering partake the sacred parsadas offerings With satiety writ large on faces of devotees Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’ The five elements of Mother Nature Fire, wind, water, ether and earth. Deference
Going around the bonfire with great a veneration And singing traditional songs with dance with due reverence Makes a huge difference And that too in tune with beating of drums, so enchanting!
Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute Named Dulla Bhatti, a Muslim by religion, From lineage of warrior race of the Rajputs In the reign of Mughal king Akbar Used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers Thence 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.
Then other legend of the origin of Lohri From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’ Herself a lady so pious on whose name Lohri is celebrated.
LOHRI FESTIVAL & ITS CELEBRATION
Lohri festival is celebrated in Northern Indian states 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.
In essence, our country is a home to multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious society. We can pride ourselves in having different festivals too which are related to religion, caste, faith, culture and traditions. These festivals are seasonal, traditional, custom based, religion based or for that matter any other sacred considerations.
In our beautiful land, every caste, religion and region has contributed its mite for enriching the cultural traditions of our land with variation in the cultural mores of behavior. The reason for the festival(s) may be any but the common thread of all of these is the zest and enthusiasm with which these fairs and festivals are celebrated by all without discrimination.
We Indians enjoy all the religious festivals. It may be it Eid or Prakash Divas/Gurpurab or as Eid or Diwali or Christmas Day. 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 are free to think in any way they like. One thing which pleases us is the discernible shine on the faces of every one of us while celebrating any festival!
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:-
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.
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 IN RELATION TO LOHRI FESTIVAL
MUSLIM WARRIOR (DULLA BHATTI (RAI ABDULLAH KHAN)
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 arises, 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 neighborhood and used to sing and get sweets made for this particular day. This song is sung by the youngsters even now on this auspicious occasion :SUCH IS THE NATUTRE AND ITS UTILITIES
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! ……………………IN THE MORNING PEOPLE VISIT TEMPLES, FEED BIRDS & ANIMALS AND MAKE MERRY
SANT KABIR & HIS WIFE
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 the writings of Sant Kabir, 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 honor who was instrumental in transforming his life. There is a sound lesson in this, if two spouses combine together, they can make a huge difference not only for the husband and wife, but to the entire family or when a person is like SANT KABIR & and his LOI, then, a society can be transformed.
MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE, PROSPERITY AND WELLNESS FOR EVERYBODY BY THE BOUNTIFUL GRACES OF CREATOR
SANKAT CHAUTH – A STRICT FAST BY WOMEN FOLKS FOR THE WELLNESS OF THEIR OFFSPRING – TODAY
The woman folks are the epitome of tolerance With reservoir of patience & plenty of perseverance Face all the odds at home front and outside With utmost courage and inner strength they possess The women folks wish their children’s wellness In their lives. Women observe strictest fast for their prosperity In the form of Sankat Chauth, 4th day filled with difficulty Wherein they do not take even a morsel of solid food Not even water to quench their thirst on this day But her determination, so strong They face any hurdle & wins in the long run Finally her prayers To Lord Ganesha and are answered As He is the embodiment of benevolence Along with traits of pain deliverance. Along with Goddess Sakat Comes to the succor And graces the young ones With bountiful blessings and grace Of prosperity and happiness in the lives of the offspring with the grace of LORD GABESHA.
OBSERVATION OF FAST BY WOMEN FOLK ON THIS HOLYDAYFOR THE WELLNESSOF THEIR OFFSPRING
Observance of this Holy Day. Sankat Chauth is observed on Krishna Paksha Chauturthi during the month of Magh month of Hindu Calendar, prominently in Northern India.
Sankat means Problem and Chauth means forth day of the month.
This festival has other names too: it is also called as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakratundi Chaurthi and Maghi Chautharathi in different parts of India.
METHOD OF OBSERVANCE &PURPOSE THEREOF
Women folks keep strict fast from early morning to the sighting of moon for the safety, security, prosperity and for their joyful existence to fulfill the purpose of our existence on this beautiful Mother Earth with all the graces of Nature. They do not take even water during the observance of fast. This indicates how much a mother could love their offspring and it is the duty of the offspring too to showcase their sense of responsibility to look after them in oldage while they need the support of their grown up children.
Sankat Chauth is dedicated to:
Maa Sakat (the temple of which is located at Village Sakat in Alwar (Rajasthan). Maa Sakat is the most benevolent and graces longevity, prosperity and happiness in the lives of those who worship her and observe this day strictly.
Lord Ganesha or Began Harta and Began Karta among other names
It may be starting any meditation or starting a business, Lord Ganesha is offered obeisance for seeking his blessings and He is so compassionate that He graces the true devout with all the bounties that is why along with Maa Sakat Lord Ganesha too is worshipped on this auspicious day.
LEGEND BEHIN OBSERVANCE OF THIS DAY
There is a legend when both Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya (Both the sons of Shivas and Goddess Parvati) were doing their best to provide safety to Devatas against the ferocious demons. Both wanted to showcase their love, respect for their revered parents. Lord Shiva wanted to test their intensity of respect for them. The challenge was thrown to Ganesha and Kartikeya; they were asked to perform one revolution around the Earth and whosoever performs the revolution around the earth would be considered as the winner. They were allowed to use their respective mode of transportation: Lord Ganesha his mouse (Chuha) and Lord Kartikeya mor (Peacock).
The race started. All the Gods and Demi-Gods witnessed the race with highest excitement because the winner was to be construed as having more reverence for their parents and also the saver.
While Lord Karrikeya on the back of peacock was fast enough and was away from the sight instantly whereas the mouse was very slow and covered very less distance.
Suddenly Lord Ganesha veered his vahan around and started taking a round around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati while they were watching the race. He completed the revolution in a very short span of time and paid his respects to both Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
It took quite a bit of time for Lord Kartikeya to have a complete revolution around the earth.
After this, the winner was to be declared. Lord Ganesha had taken one revolution around his parents while Lord Kartikeya took revolution around the entire earth.
Lord Shiva asked the reason for his decision to take one revolution around them. Lord Ganesha being the mast of intellect and reasoning mentioned that he considered that all the universe lies in LORD SHIVA AND Goddess Parvati, therefore, according to him, taking one revolution around them is sufficient and more than equivalent to the revolution of Earth. All agreed on this and Lord Ganesha was declared as the winner.
This proves that whosoever worships with sincerity will be blessed by Lord Ganesha and other Devatas, therefore, on this day too LORD GANESHA is worshipped with immense reverence for getting his bounties and graces.
MAY LORD GANESHA AND MAA SAKAT’S GRACES REMAIN ON ALL OF US FOR PEACE, PROSPERITYAND HAPPINESS.
WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS, LOVE AND LIGHT COULD MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE
HAPPY NEW YEAR : SOME LESSONS FOR A BALANCED EXISTENCE
SECRETS OF HAPPINESS
It has been observed that everybody wants to enjoy life by fulfilling his desires in this material world of ours. However, having fulfilled all his desires, hardly means that the individual concerned is having happy and peaceful existence. If material part of life is fulfilled, there may be other desires which require fulfilling. But by the law of material possession, everybody feels let down while he compares his wealth with those of others around him. Real happiness comes when we are contented with what we possess and live in accordance of SONG OF GITA:
Whatever has happened, happened for the good,
Whatever is happening, is also for good, A
Whatever shall happen, shall also be good,
What have you lost that you cry for?
What did you bring that you have lost?
What did you create that was destroyed?
What you have taken, has been from here,
What you gave, has been given here,
What you gave has been given here,,
What belongs to you today,
Belonged to someone else yesterday.
And will be someone else’s tomorrow,
Change is the law of Universe.
Therefore, we should try to be happy, peaceful and contented with what we possess.
DHARMA & KARMA ARE THE TWO PILLARS OF STRENGTH WHILE OUR EGO LETS US DOWN
While performing our duty or any other task, including prayer or meditation or following spiritual way of existence, it is our divine function, it is our dharma to stick to and follow our dharma righteously. While following the path of our Dharma, it should be our endeavor that following our Dharma should not harm others in any way. The Karma is the universe’s way of making us aware that we are virtuous or otherwise about the thoughts and Karma (action) to undertake. Righteous Karma or straying from the path of our dharma would earn us Karmic credit points or Karmic debit points,. We should never veer away from our Dharma. When Lord Indra, the Demi-God responsible for rain, storm etc. got displeased with the people of Vrindavan about the rituals involved to please him to win his favour, he unleashed excessive rain and storm on whole of Vrindavan which swamped whole of the area including the their live-stock. Lord Krishana went to Rain God for stopping excessive rain but he (Lord Indira) disagreed. Then Ultimately, Lord Krishna told him; Lord Indira could do his Dharma while He would do His Karma as a savior of His kith and kin. Finally, Lord Krishna, to save his people, made space for his people by picking up a part of Govardhan Parbhat/Giri Parbhat in Gokul on his little finger. All the affected people including the cow-herd were thus saved from being drowned. Lord Indira finally realized his folly and very reverentially requested for forgiveness for unleashing destructive storm and rain on the residents of Vrindavan. It served a lesson for us humans that we should not exceed our limits and get drenched in ego. Egocentric tendency is a negative trait and will harm us immensely.
LIVINNG IN THE PRESENT IS FINE BUT ONLY IF WE EMPLOY PAST EXPERIENCES
Experiences of past events could be meaningfully utilized for living with enlightened mindset on the solid foundation of knowledge-base and with love-abounding. It has been said that living at the present moment is the best way of existence. However, empirical facts remains, whatever evocative understanding in the past we could scrape-together could be employed in daily routines.
EXPANTION IN PERSPECTIVE OF LOVE
Love is a contagious. It spreads far and wide when we expand its sphere of influence. The best analogy for its explanation could be attributed to the spread-effect: when we throw a pebble in the still water in a tank or pond, its waves in circular form spread/expand to the limits of the water body. Similar is expansion-affect of love – a fellow-feeling for our parents, friends, society, country and better still for all countries and its peoples. Having done thus, we do not consider others as our adversaries. In such a scenario, we share pains and pleasures of others and contribute our mite for ameliorating or alleviating the same.
CONTROL OVER OUR MIND AND SENSES
Our mind could save us from any problem if we have total control over it or put us in trouble if it is not in our control. Also, those who are in total control over their mind and senses are peaceful, tranquil and balanced in their approach. both in pleasure and pain.
HUMAN PROSPERITY IS BASED ON PLENTIFUL NATURAL RESOURCES
Essentially, human prosperity depends on the abundance in natural resources in the form of oil and gas, food products, mineral products, sea resources, etc. The judicious use of these resources, with United Nation being the essential governing body over the oceans could go a long way in enhancing the happiness quotient globally. However, there are countries which are forcibly showcasing their sovereignty over the sea even outside their domain. A nation has the right to use the natural resources of sea up to 200 nautical miles, however, outside this zone is considered as international waters. But there are countries which are willfully increasing their sovereignty/jurisdiction. Such countries are even not merely forcibly occupying the natural islands but also constructing artificial islands. Wish that natural resources are distributed amongst globally.
CHANGE IN THINKING NEEDED EVEN TODAY DUE TO SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
The coronavirus is again spreading its tentacles again. Its effect is more in China and it will spread to other countries. When this process of mutation of the virus goes on and on then what is needed is to change our own thinking. Let the virus change its tag character, with accompanying ferocity, we too will have to change by inculcating will to survive with every sort of scare surrounding us. All the humanity has suffered due to coronavirus, physically, mentally, financially etc/ then what essentially is required is to inculcate or generate immunity by changing our lifestyle, keep ourselves healthy by regular exercises or through Yogic practices, take proper diet including adopting spiritual orientation in our lives.
MISERIES ARE CREATED BY LIVING A PESSIMISTIC WAY OF THINKING
We understand that those who give more credence to sense objectification love to live with abundance of material possession are filled with miseries of different kinds. Miseries are divided into three kinds. Miseries created and related to body and mind (body ailments and psychological leanings), miseries created by our own kith and kin and miseries created due to natural calamities such as excessive rains, droughts, snowstorms, etc. A person with wisdom would try to eliminate their miseries both with the help of medical help and by living a spiritual oriented existence for a happy life, This could also be ensured by following optimistic way of living.
THE COMPANY WE KEEP INFLUENCES OUR BEHAVIOUR PATTERN
It has been observed, we’re hugely influenced by the company we keep. The company of good character individuals makes us persons with sound demeanor and vice versa. Therefore, as far as possible, our endeavor should be to interact, have good relationship with people who have a healthy functional morally, with sound attitude, behavior pattern including good habits. Expecting immunity from the ill-affects while being in the company of ill-reputed individuals can hardly stand the test of time.
WE ARETHE PRODUCT OF OUR KARMA
It is a considered fact that all the thoughts and actions we transact impact us hugely. Therefore, we suffer or enjoy our life according to our Karmic deeds. Karmic deeds (Karma or Kukarma) affect us physiologically and psychologically. Therefore, good or bad luck is in accordance with our good or bad karma.
WHAT IS THE AFFECTS OF LIVING SPIRITUALLY?
When we plant a sapling, we protect it from elements of nature, water it periodically besides make provision for manure / fertilizer for its growth. Pouring water on the roots transports water and thus energizes its trunk and other part of the plant thus helps in its growth. In the similar way, when we transact everything as a devotional service, we get benefit bodily and mentally and ultimately our soul gets purified. And with it, our connectivity with our Supreme Beings is established eternally. The ultimate affect is Moksha or liberation from births and deaths.
OUR DESIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
We’ve several unattained desires with five gates of heal; anger, greed, jealousy and ego. When we are not able to fulfill our desires, we tend to adopt shortcuts or corrupt practices for sense gratification. The resultant effect would be more unhappy situation. It may be on individual plane or based on international relationship. What is happening in the war between Russia and Ukraine which is raging on relentlessly for more than ten years now, the bombing and missile attacks have caused deaths and destruction? The consequence of this war is shortage and rise in prices of food products including rise in prices of oil and natural gas.
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PERFORM OUR DUTY BUT NOT ENTITLED TO THE FRUITS OF OUR ACTIONS
In Bhagwad Gita, it has been mentioned that we are entitled to perform our duties but you are not entitled to the fruits of your action. And we should never consider ourselves the cause of the result of our actions. However, we should focus on the action at hand rather than concentrating too much on the outcome of our actions. By so doing, we would be doing our action with oneness of purpose and thus we shall be happy by doing so.
WHY AFRAID OF A CHANGE?
We all are aware of the changes in the seasons sometimes it is hot and other times it is cold, day changes into night and vice versa, trees shed their leaves and new ones sprout, serpent changes its outer cover and adorn the new one. Everything in Mother Nature changes periodically without any interruption then why humans with characteristics of distinction (freedom to choose between two opposites) cannot change, as fundamentally required!
OUR MINDSET RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR DOWNFALL
In essence, people with negative mindset can shed their negativity and imbibe good habits and attitude. Those who are steeped in poverty work hard thus change their lifestyle. With belief in our own capabilities and belief on our Creator, we can do wonders. On the other hand, if we love status quo in our attitude and behavior pattern then we’re constrained to suffer ultimately. We know how Kauravas’ (of great Epic Mahabharta) suffered ultimately as they maintained stoic inflexibility towards Pandavas despite sagacious counseling by Lord Krishna.
THERE IS HIDDEN FEAR SURROUNDING US
Though through change we undergo necessary transformation in our attitude, behavior pattern, way of thinking etc. yet we resist change because we are always fearful about the implication which the change would result ultimately therefore we perforce remain status quoits therefore lose our peace of mind.
BAGGAGE OF NEGATIVITY HAS TO BE REMOVED FOR PEACE & PROSPERITY
If we want serenity and peace of mind, we have to empty our mind off the baggage of negativity in the form of anger, greed, bitterness, animosity, hypocrisy and deceit, jealousy etc. For the change to be effective, we in essence require sincere efforts, perseverance, eliminate the mental blocks which resist change in our attitude. But honest beginning could make difference though resisting change amounts to resisting practical changes is synonymous with resisting everything and anything in life.
WE SHOULD ALWAYS ACCEPT THAT NATURE CAN REMOVE HURDLES FROM OUR PATH – READ THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF NATURE MERELY STAYING POSITIVE IS NOT THE SOLUTION, WE’VE TO BE PRACTICAL TO FACE THE CHANGE
It should also be noted that when we are encircled with uncertain situation, mere staying positive will not do us any good. We’ve to experience the uncertain situation and seek solution to come out of the quagmire we’ve created for ourselves. By so doing, we can have confidence to face and come out of any situation we are willy-nilly put in future. Mere bravado of positive attitude will not help us steer clear of our predicaments. Will to fight and come out unscathed will do a world of difference. It should always be remembered that stress, fear, rigidity etc. are our enemy number one and these reduce our life span.
UNCERTAINTIES CAN BROWBEAT US BUT WILL TO SURVIVE STANDS THE TEST OF TIME
In essence, we become skeptical at every conceivable occasion. We just think that something bad will happen to us when in differing situation and condition. We suspect that something unpredictable will happen without even comprehending the exact scenario. When we come to know about the precise scene, we see something different. Meaning that we were have wrong perception. We can go with some presumption but that presumption should not always be negatively oriented since our accumulated knowledge could also come to our rescue while traversing into the strange situation or places. We should rather enjoy traverse into the strange territories with a feeling of certainty and if there is suspicion, confront it, fearing change will hardly deliver us of the problem.
NEVER HAVE DEFEATIST ATTITUDE
To alleviate the fear of change, nobody but an individual can help himself/herself. No soothsayers or any other person can help us. Such a person can only direct us to follow a particular path but we ourselves have to travel through that path. If we take charge of our thoughts and emotions then the fear of a change will evaporate in thin air.
Conclusively, in life, there are good tidings and bad ones too but remaining unaffected by these changes by challenging the onslaughts of bad tidings, we can surmount any hurdles. Here clarity in thoughts and actions thereto makes huge difference.
AS HUMANS WE’VE THE POWER OF DISCRIMINATION BESTOWED TO US BY ALMIGHTY GOD
My prayer to our Almighty God is for all humanity that He may alleviate the sufferings of the humans since with His intervention everything is possible. May bring peace, prosperity and good health and wellness Factually, the power of Almighty God is with us at all times through the activities of mind, senses, and expression of emotions. We have the power of discrimination bestowed by the Omnipotent God whether to follow righteous course or otherwise. The choice remains solely with us.
WHY FEAR CHANGE, WHILE WE CANNOT ELIMINATE CHANGES? IT MAY BE 2022OR 2023 CHANGE IS MUST
EVEN THERE IS CHANGE INDUCED BY THE MOTHER NATURE, THEN WHY HUMANS CANNOT CHANGE THEMSELVES?
Whence change is needed inevitably It has to be embarked on most effectively Otherwise change will take place certainly But it would’ve adverse impact And change the very course of our journey A regressive one at that ultimately. Everything around us changes The mother nature changes According to the laws of nature Seasons change, sometimes it is scorching hot While other times freezing cold Day changes into night and vice versa.
From birth till death We all undergo various stages of growth of humans After birth, infancy and toddlerhood Then early childhood and middle childhood Starts the adolescence stage Then early adulthood and middle adulthood Subsequently, late adulthood Then finally oldage and end of life.
We undergo five stages of product life cycle Product development, market intro, growth, Maturity and stability And in some cases decline
In case of our country We’re fortunate to have a regime presently Which knows how best to govern distinctively Including how to take care of gentry By giving them free ration to those living below poverty line Managing tax & GST to fund infra & other projects most needed Besides providing for defence needs To defend the borders from the hostile neighbours Who are hellbent on creating problems Or undertake course correction Whenever there is need to do so under the circumstances Or change in accordance with the global scenario So as to change as situation demands with world economic constraints.
Those who remain stuck in the status quo Or remain inflexible in their approach Such nations never progress And remain sliding down the ladder in every facet For them change does happen But not suiting their people in general.
Needless to say, a country’s forward movement or backward one Depends solely on the nation’s acumen to be adaptive and change Those countries whose people love their motherland And are ready to work for its holistic growth and development Their forward march is ensured Whereas those whose people pull each other down Remain as downtrodden Hence our endeavor should be to have a goal individually Put in the best performance Then collectively, we can count to be the best goal achievers as a nation.
Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated on 29th December 2022. Guru Ji was born on 22nd December 1666.
he Prakash Parv or birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhism. His birthday is being celebrated on 29th December 2022 with immense enthusiasm and the great keenness. In order to pay true reverence to the Guru Ji, a great warrior and a great spiritual leader. Many programmes such as langars, prayers (Ardaas) along with congregations are held highlighting the legendary Guru Ji.
SIGNIFICANCE OF TEACHINGS OF GURU GOIND SINGH JI
Today is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti. This day is being observed in the honour to remember the great warrior, philosopher, poet and spiritual master of immense repute. He was born on Paush Shukla Saptami.
Guru Gobind Singh teachings include oneness of God and stress on the brotherhood and sisterhood of all without any difference of caste, creed, nationality and gender. He is known for his wisdom and compassion for all without any bias.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji opposed Mughal rule in India because of their tyrannical rule which goes to show that he fought evil in order to bring about camaraderie between communities. He was not only a most courageous and valia
nt warrior but also renowned for his nobility and empathy for the masses which is treasured with immense reverence.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji was immeasurably spiritually oriented Guru who enlightened the general masses with his teachings. He immeasurably valued peace and harmony between all the humankind.
GURU GOVIND SINGH JI : HAPPY GURU JYANTI
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the true messenger of God Sent to this beautiful earth To destroy/uproot sin and evil in its various forms and manifestations Thereby to establish The righteousness Along with uprightness So that the evil doers Be thrown out and meet their ends Off their roots. Guru Ji opined Among other things’ That peace, ever lasting one Could only be attained and ensured Whence we eradicate Selfishness and self-centeredness From within us in all forms and manifestations. It should never be forgotten The revered Guru Ji professed ‘I’ll tell the truth, Listen everyone Those who loved all without bias Will be able realize the Lord’. The revered one proclaimed Those who follow righteous path Of Truth In their thoughts And actions thereof Are graced with His mercy Along with His compassion, aplenty.
He preached The importance of self And further said That those who do not have faith in self Cannot have faith in Almighty God. The one who is filled with egotistic tendencies Is always confronted with all sorts of fears Since ego defile our life. He opined that our Lord Is the One Who reveals us The true Path Since He is the Doer of all deeds indeed. Whence we meet the True God We say good bye to hunger Since hungr does not depart By wearing the robes of a beggar. Guru Ji opined very evidently That he falls at the feet Of those who meditate On the Truest of the True The Absolute One. He opined very visibly Blessed is the True Guru Who gave the supreme gift Of the Name of the Akalpurakh.
Our revered Guru Ji advised Not to recklessly shed the blood With the sword The result of sword wielding may boomrang The same sword may fall upon The neck of the sword holder!
He proclaimed with utmost respect One one who loves God Through the medium of Guru’s Word Forget all their pain and suffering.
He opined those who trust God With a sincere oath on God Such a person’s protection Is ensured By the God Himself Since the God Himself Shows the Path.
He very respectfully considered that God has helped Him cure the disease of egotism Which he considered ego as the fatal one.
He lauded the virtues of the Guru Who helps remove evil from within And replace it with righteous existence.