WORLD MALARIA DAY TODAY


WORLD MALARIA DAY 25TH APRIL 2022

MOSQUITO SPEARED IN WATER LOGGED AREAS

Every year 25th April is observed as World Malaria Day in order to bring to light the need for eradication of malaria globally. This year, the World Health Organization has marked this day with apt theme.

THEME MARKED BY WORLD MALARIA DAY

This year the World Health Organization has marked World Malaria Day under the theme  “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.”. With this theme in point, it is a mandatory requirement to take a number of initiatives by way of allocation of funds for publicity by the Government agencies and also conduct mosquito sprays and regular fogging to prevent mosquito breeding. Here both the Government Health Services and the general masses have to play their part.

PROVISION OF MEDICINES FOR THOSE HAVING SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA

In addition, hospitals and dispensaries should provide medicines such as quinine, oxycycline, tigecycline, clindamycin, azithromycin or co-trimoxazole (As prescribed by the doctor), along with spreading awareness campaign about keeping the area neat and clean so that all the houses and its surrounding areas are free from mosquito breeding.

PREVENTIVETIVE MEASURES FOR BREETING OF MOSQUOTOES

We all are aware that malaria is spread by mosquitoes and these parasites thrive while we create appropriate conditions for their survival and breeding. We have seen that rainy season is the most potent for these parasites to breed and infect people. Meaning, we ourselves are responsible for their spread and subsequently spread of the vector borne diseases which is considered as the fifth most dangerous diseases which have spread globally after diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and diarrhea especially in low income countries. Presently,  Covid pandemic infection too is raising its head in many countries.

For this purpose, the following preventive measures needs to be made:-

COVERING OF WATER CONTAINERS

The overhead tanks or containers are to be covered properly with a strong lid so that there is no overflow. It should be noted that the free flow of water and contamination of water in pots becomes a breeding place for breeding of malaria larva. The leaking pipes and overflowing water should be stopped forthwith.

WATER KEPT IN POTS AND BROKEN CONTAINERS BECOME BREEDING PLACES FOR MOSQUITOES

Water kept in pots, broken containers/broken tyres kept in the vicinity of house or on the rooftops become most suitable places for the breeding. Care should be taken that either these unnecessary pots and containers are either cleaned on daily basis or dispensed with as these do not serve any purpose except to spread the mosquitoes hazard.

WATER COOLERS AND THE WATER CONTAIN IN THESE

It has also been observed that water which is put in the coolers used in the houses is not recycled on daily basis or weekly basis as the case may be. Alternatively, a spoon of k.oil should be put in such coolers so as the prevent the breeding of the malaria parasite. The coolers too are not cleaned properly therefore these become a breeding place for the mosquitoes.

PERSISTENT LEAKAGE OF WATER FROM THE PIPES

It has been observed that at many places due to the persistent leakage of water from the pipes on the streets, water gets collected and after sometimes gets stagnated/contaminated and thereafter becomes a breeding ground for malaria. All the street pipes should be leak-free to avoid leakage of water.

WEARING OF FULL SLEEVS WHERE MHERE MOSQUITO MANCE IS MORE CAN PREVENT MOSQUOTO BITES

In order to get escape from mosquito bites, full sleeve shirts should be borne where mosquito prevalence is widespread. 

PERIODIC FOGGING AND SPRAYING ANTI-MALARIA SPRAYS

Fogging or spraying should be done regularly to prevent mosquito breeding.

USE OF MOSQUITO REPELLANTS

Mosquito repellants can also be used as a temporary measure in order to prevent mosquito bites and thus its prevention.

AWARENESS ABOUT THE VECTOR BORNE DISEASES

Awareness campaign to know about vector borne diseases including malaria (Anopheles mosquitoes), dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika (Aedes mosquitoes), Japanese encephalitis, etc.

GIVERNMENT AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO WORK IN TENDUM TO ERADICATE MALARIA

All the hospitals (Governmental and the private) should join hands in eradication of the vector borne illnesses.

SEASON FOR SPREAD OF MOSQUITO HAZARD 

As the malaria breeding happens in rainy season therefore maximum preventive measures should be exercised prior hand so as to enhance awareness and also be ready for meeting the onslaught of the malaria related diseases if it turns widespread.

In India, due to the efforts of both Governmental and private agencies, there has been reduction in malaria cases but more needs to be done in order to eradicate malaria hazard completely.

It is also a fact that malaria is a disease which could be treated if disease us detected and proper medicine given. Need is to increase our focus on the regions wherein there is more burden of malaria globally.

I am of the opinion, if we have to realize the total eradication of malaria from the earth, all of us must be aware about its spread and how best to keep ourselves protected if and when malarial infection happens. One thing is clear, the message should be loud and clear that it is a disease and nobody should die due to malaria if timely detection and medi-care is provided on time. 

THE EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2022


EARTH DAY

Bhagwad Gita gives too much credence  to mother earth. It is here that water, fire, air, living beings of every kind including humans reside (of course with body, mind and intelligence). All these are originated from God Almighty. Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—altogether these eight constitute separated material energies.

WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR EARTH

EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2022



The crying need for Earth Day was felt immensely
After knowing the over-exploitation of Earth by the humans with utter cruelty
To satiate his hunger selfishly
Thus abusing The Earth enormously
Thereby spoiling its balance of Nature hugely.

Thus with effect from 21st April 1970 sharp
A day was fixed to honour the Mother Earth
And the concept of peace
Prosperity and of humans for their very survival
Is dovetailed with it all.

This planet of ours provides us all the resources so urgently required
Air, water, soil & fire which are most needed are gifts of Nature
Besides, the living things such as animals and plants
Pcrovide us food to eat – giving us energy, most needed
Without which we cannot sustain and enhance our existence
Even for a limited period of time.

Spoiling the purity of any or many or all the natural bounties
Will spoil the balance of the Mother Nature
Thereby impacting the Mother Earth.

The bosom of Mother Earth contains fossil fuel
Besides wood from the forest areas too
Which are used for furniture and building materials
And could ultimately be used for cremation too
Thus Mother Earth comes to our succor
From cradle to our grave.

Minerals and metal ores are contained below the earth’s crust
That are used for making products most useful for us humans
As raw materials in industries
For finished products finally.

Besides, providing us meaningful employment too
Which enhances our comforts in our daily lives
Thus developing, modernizing and facilitating us
To provide ease which shapes our lives.

The quality of air, water and other bounties of nature
Are pure when taken out from earth
But the way we harness these bounties
And extract them impact the entire ecosystem
And thus the quality of these extracts
Thus spoiling the sources of these natural resources
Indirectly impacting our existence.

The way the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted globally
Tells the humanity a different sordid story
This hideous infection has not merely
Taken human toll with its ill-effects but also impacted countries economically.

The war between Russia & Ukraine too is dangerous poised
The bombings and the missile attacks on the hapless populace
Has resulted in deaths & destruction
And in the process spoiled the ecosystem

The Mother Earth is helping in absorbing the dead bodies
Killed either due to infection
Or due to bombing and missile attacks
Either thru burial or through cremation
Without any sort of discrimination
Like any other mother on this earth
Who brings up her children with full care and caution.

Due to humans’ negative attitude
Our own dearest Mother Earth
What we do for our Mother Earth so dear?

It has been revealed without doubt
Whence the humans disturb the balance of Nature
By playing with the laws of Nature
It gives birth to invisible enemies
Most hideous ones
It may be due to polluting the environs
By fires of forests and deforestation
Thus denuding the Earth Crust
And spoiling the Eco-system
Or polluting the Water bodies
By the pollutants from the households and industries
Or through sound pollution
Created by us so thoughtless humans
Or worst still, Alas!

May be imbalance in our eating habits
Thereby deciding what to put on our plates and eat
And what we as humans should desist
Leave for the elements to take care
That bats may be the possible origin
Of diseases like Ebola
And now Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Which was having free run
Infecting the populace around
Thus having dangerous death dance globally.

The Mother Earth which bestows us with all sorts of gifts
That sustains us from time we become flesh & blood
Till time this body sustains us not.

With no expectations in return gift from us selfish humans
Some of us use Nature’s creations
Which are harmful for our body.

We leave litters around without a second thought
After, partying & feasting at the mountain sites so enchanting
With fragrance of natural flowers just intoxicating
Making the environment so fascinating
Adding splendour to the scenic beauty are the flora and fauna.

But the left over litters just spoil the virginity of mountain spots
With spread of odour of leftovers of the people partaking foodstuff
Stench also leaves a scar on the act of these people
Who spoiled the place with their profane acts.

Left out road side old vehicle parts
Wait till eternity for the people to pick these up
Nobody ever comes to do this cleaning act
Till elements like winds and rains mix these in the Mother Earth itself – alas!
NATURAL WATER BODIES SHOULD NOT BE POLLUTED

Vehicle repair workshop just line up the roadsides
Blackening the area with grease and what not
Generating a shabby look around
Green cover is being denuded
For habitats for increased numbers
And cultivation of food for multitudes
Thus multiplying the adverse implications
To the Eco-system
Causing blizzards and change of climates.


Plundering the earth of the mineral wealth
In the form of crude oilPrecious metals, stones and coal
Leaving the earth bereft of natural resources
Thus producing an imbalance to the internal fabric of the earth
Which too comes out & reacts most violently
Causing earthquakes of huge intensity
Spreading deaths and destruction all around hugely.

Spewing of gases so poisonous
To the sky above with impunity
Enlarging the black-hole and creating wide-black-hole in our health
Impacting us by most harmful sun rays.

My humble payer to all
Have some pity onto the Mother Earth
Not for us presently but AT LEAST for our coming generations.

WE ALLARE DEPENDENTON MOTHER EARTH FROM BIRTH TILL OUR DEATH

EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2022

WE ALL HAVE TO PROTECT IT IN EVERY WAY

Essentially, as far as our Earth is concerned, it has physical matter, solid substance along with gross objects. These are grouped in the category of the five elements (Mahabhutas) which could be termed as the cosmic substances. These are earth, air, water, fire and ether. Each one of these elements are inter-linked or associated with each other besides the space or ether or acts like a container or basket to sustain all these elements.

In Bible, it has ightly been said:  But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

It is a fact that we can learn much from the living beings living on Earth more than our fellow beings. While I go for the morning walk, I see the street dogs, who follow me. My observation is that they willingly demark their areas of influence and remain stuck to their areas and there is no fight amongst these street dogs. Similar is the case with birds, in this case pigeons. When I give these birds feed, all take their respective place in different groups without transgressing others’ jurisdictions. Factually all living things, living on this Earth, observe discipline as dictated by Mother Nature. Humans living on this planet should learn from these.

WATER BODIES SHOULD NOTBE POLLUTED


If these elements are polluted by our acts of omissions and commissions as diminution of forest cover by cutting trees without planting the new ones, emission of poisonous gases in the atmosphere from the industrial units, pollution of water bodies with the affluence/wastes of industries. By so doing, we shall be violating the principles  of natural laws. In other words, we spoil the balance of nature to satiate our greed.
Here Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is most relevant: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’

EARTH HAS RICH SCENIC BEAUTIES WHICH SHOULD NOT BE SPOILED OR VIOLATED


It has been observed that when we do not observe the Laws of Nature and play with the Mother Nature irrationally– in our eating habits including our attitudes towards other creations (birds and animals). This Earth Day is coming at a time when globally the humanity has been facing the challenges posed by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The virus, Covid-19 virus, is the creation of humans due to their omissions and commissions to satiate their greed. We humans are spoiling the eco-system of the Mother Earth by oue eating habits, drinking habit, living habits etc.

The modesty of mother earth is also being violated by the raging war between Russia and Ukraine wherein missiles and bombs are being used in which killing of humans of all age groups and destroying their properties thus violeting the laws of nature. Apart from this, the atmosphere around has been polluted. For fulfillment of our ulterior and selfish motives, we are spoiling the eco-system without even a slightest thought about the consequences of our acts. Therefore need of the hour is to save the Mother Earth from the pollution which is impacting the lives of all the living beings globally.


Our benevolent God has created Earth and everything which it contains, including various seasons suiting the living world. The humans should maintain the balance of Nature by not spoiling the natural setting. All the elements of Mother Nature are beneficial for the living beings for their sustenance.

 BEAUTIES OF EARTH OUGHT TO BE MAINTAINED


In Bible it has been mentioned: For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind. And declares to man what ae the thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth. The Lord God of hosts I His name.

We know that the most essential forms of Nature without which we cannot have our existence at all are Earth, Water, Fire, Ether and Air. We know that life on this earth would not be possible if any one of these forms of Nature are not available at all.


All the creations live on the earth and use air and water by our body for chemical reaction which occur in the cells of all living beings in order to sustain life. This chemical reaction is termed as metabolism. This activity ensures growth of our body and also help in reproduction. The activity of growth and development along with reproduction cannot happen without a solid earth for living beings. Then there are the living beings which live and sustain themselves in water. These are called aquatic beings.

EARTH HAS BEAUTIFUL FLORA AND FAUNA

ALL THE LIVING BEINGS GAIN FROM EARTH


Mother Earth has been very kind to us in providing us everything from birth till death. It has on its crust trees, birds, forest cover and everything; lofty and majestic mountains, vast sea, water reservoirs, mesmerizing scenic beauties, flora and fauna, animal world and what not. All these add to our sustenance in our daily lives.


Mother Earth contains all sorts of mineral wealth which is helpful for further growth and development of the countries. But exploitation of the mineral wealth has also got a limit. We are cutting trees indiscriminately affecting the eco system. Industrial wastes are being thrown in the rivers polluting the water. We spew dangerous gases to the atmosphere affecting the atmospheric balance. Not only this even teh Antarctic Continent is being adversely affected by the acts of us humans.

Our earth contains flora and fauna – flora means trees and fauna means animal world. The trees are essential for us since the trees convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen (O2). Without trees and green cover, on earth, we cannot have good health and wellness. The more trees we plant, the more greenery we would be having thereby a pollution-free environs for breathing.

The fragrance of flowers on the earth crust, the fruit trees, the crops we grow on the earth give us food to eat which sustains our lives.

EARTH HAS BEAUTIFUL FLORA AND FAUNA


If air is polluted by emission of harmful gases, we will be breathing in impure air resulting in lung related diseases, if water is impure, we are constrained to take in polluted water resulting in impacting our health, if earth’s eco-system is polluted by a mix of our activities then we can imagine the health hazards besides when the whole atmosphere is polluted, it can bring about severest harms to our climate, cause lung and respiratory related diseases, exposure to polluted air can cause cancer and could in many cases impair reproductive system etc. These affected severely are children and the old people including those who are constantly exposed to pollutants.


By our acts of omission and commission, we are doing everything to spoil the balance of the nature which is causing negative results implications to our next generations.


In Bhagwad Gita has rightly been said: As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.

The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and severe anxiety.

Both Nature and Spirit (Purusha) are without beginning and end. Nature is the source of all material things whereas spirit is the source of consciousness which experiences pains and pleasure. Then we have Spirit Supreme or Lord Supreme or Supreme which directs our lives and graces us wellness.

PHASING OUT THE PLASTIC MATERIALS

The constant use of plastic and throwing the used plastic items in the water bodies and on the surface of earth have polluted the earth crust. Besides throwing the used plastic items such as btotles, plastic bags/satchels etc. adversely impacts the life in sea and water bodies.  Therefore, the best couse would be to to recycle the used plastic materials o phase out the use of plastic materials.

EVEN ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE POLLUTION FREE

PLANTING OF TREES TO REDUCE WATER POLLUTION

Then we have ether (the atmosphere over the earth) which is essential for the survival of the living beings. The upper air of the atmosphere has to be kept pollution-free for breathing. It has been seen that we spoil the balance of Nature by polluting the air by our own omissions and commissions.

MORE PLANTS SHOULD BE PLANTED

Planting of more trees is answer to the problem of air pollution. Van Mohtasav (Tree Plantation) is one such programme for planting more trees on regular basis. 

MORE THEBEAUTIES OF EARTH AND NATURE WITH IT BETTER IS THE LIFEOF LIVING BEINGS
TREE PLANTATION – VAN MOHTASAV


Van Mohtasa or tree plantation
Factually, a forest week inception
From 20th to 27th July 1947
As national tree plantation
As a sacred mission
Wherein trees were planted in great number to realize the vision
Of fructifying the operation of tree plantation.

Literally Van Mohtasav means tree plantation
As a festival of highest significance
In fact a sacred obligation of all humans
The need of which is felt because of critical position
Owing to disafforestation
Will have on the climate change
And the adverse impact of environment around
Turning lush green tree covers
Into deserts – putting the ecology in huge danger
With rains so sparse at some places
A dry spell of highest order
Just parching the earth crust
But there are too much of rains in many of the places
Excessive rains without expectation resulting in deluges
Resulting in deaths and destruction
Of highest proportion
Destroying standing crops
Including destruction of men and materials
As has been happening
Not merely in Indian states
But also in other countries too
And making the lives of people intricate
Soaring the atmospheric temperatures due to dry spell
Due to heat-waves of highest order
Consequence of which is forest fires
In many countries round the globe
Due to which glaciers have been melting
Thus changing the Eco-system in general
Making the lives of general masses unsustainable
Then who is not aware
About the tsunamis and strong storm so destructive
In different parts of the world.
Cure for all the woes
Is planting of trees in great number
Including reduction of pollution
We should make the Van Mohatasav a tradition
Which started in 1950 as an activity as national week
Encouraging the general population
Not merely tree plantation
But also giving protection
To the plants already planted
Giving Van Mohatasav special significance
Since it coincides with onset of monsoon season
To plant more trees, in fact in great number
Which in future
Will create forest cover
Which will prove useful for shade, shelter for birds
And other living beings
Source of food, fuel, households, furniture and many other usages.
It will reduce droughts
Prevent soil erosion
Maintain the fertility of land.
Unfortunately, trees are being cut
For industrialization and urbanization
Which though a necessity but should be done with absolute discretion.

Message should go to one and all
That Van Mohatasav is a crying need of time
And for this festival to be effective and beneficial for all
It is necessary to plant more trees
And afford protection to ensure protection to the trees so planted
Useful not merely for current generation
But also for the survival of our next generations
May our Omnipotent and Omniscient
Come to our succour
In securing our future
So Van Mahotasav should be taken as a National Duty
To put an indelible stamp of security
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HAPPY HANUMAN JYANTI : MAY HIS BOUNTIFUL GRACES REMAIN ON ALL OF US


LORD HANUMAN JI IS BAKTA OFORD RAMA

HAPPY HANUMAN JAYANTI

MAY WE ALL GET HIS BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS.

Hanuman Jyanti is being celebrated today
Being the Chitra Purnima
In Shakula Paksha following of Saturday
He is the symbol of strength and amazing power
He is passionate devotee
Of Lord Rama
The Maryada Prashotam
While we want the blessings of Lord Ram
We can worship Lord Hanuman
Who is the Deity
To whom we can worship for success of our mission
Or any project we undertake in hand.

LORD HANUMAN JI


Hanuman’s prayers at this juncture
When virulence
Is taking its head again.

With Hanuman Chalisa recitation
Or chanting of Mantra
Om Eh Reem Hanumante Shri Ram Doote Namon

We can get His blessings.


To seek and get answers to our problems, so pressing
His sincere worship could assist us
In removing the negative forces
Which has bedeviled our lives.


The devotees could offer prayers
With flowers like marigold, rose
With parsad as Ladu, halwa and banana
Which are very dear to Lord Hanumana.


Born to mother Anjana
As a reward for her worship of Lord Shiva
Due to which Lord Hanumana
Is called as the incarnation of Lord Shiva.


My sincere prayers to Lord Hanumana
I entreat to thee the most urdent Bhakta of Lord Rama
The savior of all the creations
To rid the humanity off all the predicaments

LOVEAND LIGHT WITH THE BLRSSINGS OF LORD HANUMAN JI

Including the war between Russia & Ukraine

Which caused several deaths and destruction
Oh Lord Hanumana, Thee saved the life of Lakshmana

You save the humanity from deaths and destruction

By imbibing sagacity and fair play in the world at large.

LORD RAMA & LAKSHMANA WORSHIPPING LORD SHIVA

LORD HANUMAN JYANTI TODAY – MAY THE BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS OF LORD HANUMAN JI REMAIN ON US ALL

MAY THE GRACE OF HANUMAN JI REMAIN ON US ALL

Before relating the significance of this day, I offer my sincere prayer to the one who can deliver the humanity from pains and adversities caused to the hapless people of Ukraine and also other places. The deaths and destruction which was caused due to cronovirus pandemic still continues in some countries, I pray to Lord Hanumanji for delivering the sufferers from this virulent virus which had engulfed whole of the humanity. Sure enough, our sincere prayers can stop the novel coronavirus pandemic while observing all the norms of lockdown procedures.

BIRTH OF HANUMAN

Lord Hanuman was born to Anjana, the wife of Vanaraja Kesari (the King of Monkeys). It is believed that Anjana was cursed by Muni Vishwamitra for disturbing him. He cursed Anjana that she will give birth to a monkey. Anjana to get rid of the curse worshipped Lord Shiva and urged him to be a part of her son. Thus, it is believed that Lord Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S JYANTI TODAY

Lord Hanuman Ji is the son of mother Anjana (An Apsara who was cursed by Rishi Vivhsvamitra to take birth on earth in Vanara family) and father Kesari the King of Sumeru. The Wind God Vayu had also a role in his birth besides being the Guru of Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji is a well-known devotee of Lord Rama who is one of the pivotal characters epic Ramayana. His name has been mentioned in Vedas, Puranas, besides in Jain, Buddhist and Sikh scriptures. He is also known as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is not only worshipped in India but also in Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

 Hanuman Jyanti marks the birth of HANUMAN JI to father King Kesari and mother Anjani with the bounties of Wind King Pawan Dev Ji. The devotees who have strong influenceof Shani Dev Ji should worship Hanuman Ji. In this context, reciting of Hanuman Chalisa eight times is very effective to please Shani Dev Ji (Satron). He is hugely respected for His prowess and the one who bestows his graces on those KARMA YOGI are honest and sincere in their prayers.

Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of the Hindus. Lord Hanuman is a passionate devotee of Lord Rama Ji. He is widely known for his undaunted loyalty to Lord Rama. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy besides known for devotion to Lord Rama. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, brandish the gada (including many other celestial weapons), and even move mountains which he exhibited when needed for bringing a medicinal plant to save the life of Lakshmana the brother of Lord Rama.

The devotees celebrate this day, worship Lord Hanuman Ji and also keep fast on this day and seek his blessings besides offer Ladoos to Him as these are liked by Him. They receive Parsad in the form of sweets, flowers, Tilak etc. The Param Bhakta of Lord Hanuman Ji also recite devotional songs praising Lord Hanuman Ji for his Shakti and Bhakti and also seek his blessings besides sing HANUMAN CHALISA in his praise for receiving his graces.

PRAYER BY THE DEVOTEES

On this auspicious day, devotees of Lord Hanuman pray him and seek his protection and blessings. They flock to temples to worship him and present religious offerings. In return, The devotees receive parsada from the temple priests in the form of sweets, flowers, coconut etc. People also celebrate him on this day by reciting various devotional songs (especially Hanuman Chalisa). The devotees also recite Beej Mantra – OM EH REEM HANUMANTE SRI RAM DOOTE NAMON. In this Hanuman Ji is prayed for being a devout messenger of Lord Rama who is a symbol of strength and energy.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S CONNECTION WITH VAYU DEVI JI

It has also been mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that Hanuman’s father Kesari, the king of Sumeru was the son of Brihaspati. Due to the intense prayers of Anjana and Kesari to Lord Maheshwara, a son was born to them named Hanuman an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Vayu (The deity of Wind). He too had a role in the birth of Hanuman Ji and that is why we term him as the son of Vayu.

MENTION OF LORD HANUMAN JI IN VISHNU PURANA

In Vishnu Purana, there is also a mention of the birth of Hanuman Ji. Narda Muni wanted to marry a beautiful princess for which he wanted to have Lord Vishnu like face. Instead, Lord Vishnu gave him the face of a monkey, thereupon Narda cursed Lord Vishnu that this ape-like face (Vanara) will assist him when he would be in dire need. This was also the reason of Hanuman Ji’s birth because, without his help, the task of defeating Demon King Ravana would have been very difficult.

VARIOUS NAMES OF LORD HANUMAN JI AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE

Lord Hanuman Ji is Rudra Avtara, another name of Lord Shiva. He is also worshipped by various names by His devotees  such as Bala Ji (Child Hanuman),  Anjaneya (Son of Anjana), Mahavira (Full of bravery and courage bestowed upon him by Sun God), Balarka (Sadrushanana like the rising sun), Batnasiddhikara (Giver of Strength), Bajranghbali (With huge strength), Bhakta Vastsaka (Protector of devotees), Bhavishya (One who knows about future happenings), Chiranjevini (Immortal), Chaturbahave (Four armed), Danta (Peaceful), Dheera (Most courageous), Deenabandhave (Defender of the oppressed), Daithyakulantaka (Destroyer of the demons), Kesrisuta (Son of kesri), Hanumanta (One with Puffy cheeks), Intrajit (Remover of the effect of Indrajit’s Brahmastra), Jai Kapeesh (Hailing monkey), Kapishwara (Head of monkey army), Kabalikruta (One who swallowed the Sun),

LORD HANUMANJI IS A BACHELOR WITH YOUTHFUL STRENGTH

Kumarabrahmacharine (Bachelor with youthful strength), Panchavaktra (Five faced), Pratapavate (Known for his bravery), Yogini (Yogi par excellence), Rudraveerya (Born of Shiva), amongst so other names for showering of His graces and blessings. He is known for His ritualistic healing power and have the power to remove the evil spirits from the bodies of the devotees and Mehandipur, the Abode of Sri Bala Ji exerts its positive influence on His devotees.

HANUMAN JI BESTOWS HIS GRACES TO HIS DEVOUTS

From the various names that Lord Hanuman Ji is known, it is evident that he helps his devotees to cure their sufferings, comes to their rescue in tiding over their difficult situations, curing them of their ailments caused due to some ill-effects of magical powers, one who bestows us courage as He is known for his courageous acts which He exhibited while Hanuman Ji  was taken to Demon King Ravana’s palace in chains by his son Meghnatha while He was on the mission of locating Sita Maa in the custody of Demon King Ravana. He not only burnt the Golden Lanka of  Ravana but also exhibited very benign demeanour to Ravana’s brother Babishana, a Ram Bhakta himself – PROVING HIS MULTI-FACETED ROLE AMONGST THE DEVTAS.

A DEVOUT BHAKTA OF LORD SRI RAMA

Lord Hanuman Ji is known for his Bhakti and for Lord Rama besides his heroic initiatives and power are well known to us all. He is known for his martial arts – amongst which use of gadha, wrestling, acrobatics and also meditation. He is an epitome of celibacy/chaste and inner control including devotion to his duty. He performed the special role in helping Lord Rama in retrieving Sita Maa after Demon King Ravana abducted her from Panchbati in the disguise of a Sadhu by deception.  Hanumanji was sent to Lanka for getting information on Sita Maa. He surmounted several hurdles while crossing the ocean. When he reached in Lanka, Sita Maa felt very pleased but at the first instance, she was skeptical about him since she thought that he could be one of the deceptive stances of King Ravana. But on showing the golden ring of Lord Rama, she was convinced that he was actually the doot or Messenger sent by Lord Rama for locating her.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S VISIT TO LANKA IN SEARCH OF SRI SITA MAA

Subsequently, Hanuman Ji expressed his desire and asked for permission to allow him to have some fruits from the Vatika (garden) of Ravana as he felt very hungry due to his long and tiring sojourn. She allowed him but with reservation since she did not want that any harm should happen to the Ram’s doot. When allowed to have fruits, Hanuman Ji started not only taking fruits but also uprooting the trees. When the demon guards intervened, he killed them all. This news went to King Ravana, he sent his son Meghnath who with deception brought him in front of Ravana – that was the opportunity Hanuman Ji was waiting for; firstly to convince the king to return Sita Maa to Lord Rama with respect besides asking for his forgiveness for kidnapping her.

This was vehemently opposed by the king Ravana who was filled with the ego of his prowess along with he being one of the fondest Bhaktas (worshippers) of Lord Shiva. He flatly refused to do so. Instead, on the advice of his advisors,  he ordered that the tail of Hanuman Ji be burnt. Having lit the tail, Hanuman Ji showed to the Lankan what he could do. He burnt the entire Lanka by hopping from home to home. All this sent a shock wave to the entire Lankans – an indication of things to come for Ravana for his misdemeanor. During this, Hanuman Ji met Ravan’s brother Vabhishana who was Lord Rama’s Bhakta. During this period, Hanuman Ji liberated Lord Shani Dev Ji, the dispenser of Justice from the confinement of Ravana.

WHY SINDOOR IS IMMERSED IN LORD HANUMAN’S STATUE

We immerse sindoor on the idol of Hanuman Ji which is liked by Hanuman Ji. We also apply some of the sindoor on our forehead from the foot of the idol of Hanuman Ji. There is a legend for this too. While Sita Maa was applying sindoor as a tika on her forehead, Hanuman Ji asked why she was putting vermilion on her forehead. She replied that it was t ensure the long life for her husband – Lord Rama. Hanuman Ji for ensuring the long life of Lord Rama applied sindoor to his entire body and that is why we smear his entire idol with it.

A WELL KNOWN LEGEND ABOUT HANUMAN JI’S TEST FOR HIS LOVE AND DEVOTION 

Hanuman Ji was the chief devotee of Lord Rama. This was proved by a legend. While Maa Sita Ji wanted to award Hanuman with gems’ garland, Hanuman simply broke the pieces of garland. Sita Maa felt very surprised and wanted to know about the reason for breaking the garland pieces. In reply to this, Hanuman Ji told that the image of Ram Ji resides in His heart and therefore he needed no gift of any kind. Then, Hanuman tore the part of his chest, and lo and behold, the image of Lord Rama and Maa Siya Ji was there etched. All this proved that in every atom of Hanuman Ji, Lord Rama remained stamped.

SRI HANUMAN CHALISA

In Hanuman Chalisa, Hanuman has been described to be a reservoir of knowledge who ensures for the awakening of general people. He is the messenger of Lord Rama, the son of Anjana and Kesari. He helps in removal of ignorance and helps in enlightenment. He is the worshipper of Lord Ram and Maa Sita. The magnificence of his attire has been mentioned. He was sent was dispatched to Lanka as the messenger to know about the whereabouts of Maa Sita where he killed many demons. Even Vibhishan the brother of Lankesh knew everything about Lord Hanuman Ji. Despite his knowledge, energy (Shakti), empowered by boons by different God-heads in various aspects, his prayer, and love to Lord Rama excelled everything else. Those who pray Him are bestowed with all sorts of bounties and his graces remain with them.  He is the ultimate remover of bad luck from our midst if we sincerely pray Him.

We offer our sincere prayers to Lord Hanuman Ki since he personifies unlimited strength and limitless courage. Those who are berft of any wisdom should worship him and they will get knowledge, wisdom and get delverance from the difficulties in which they are engulfed.

For, Hanumanji is an ocean of knowledge and wisdom. He adores and worships the Lord Rama thus that is why He is being bestowed all the good traits of goodness. He performed the difficult tasks of Lord Rama and that is why we call Him the most beloved and adoreable of Lord Rama and Sita Maa.

He exterminated the most ferocious demons. For all the tasks assigned and fructified, Lord Rama expressed his gratitude for the tasks done for Lord Rama due to which Lord Rama was able to bring back Sita Maa from Lanka after killing evil minded Ravana. All the people sing praises for the laudable noble tasks done along with Sugreeva and his force of monkeys who did everything in order to fructify the task of fighting the battle with Demon King Ravana. Even Ravana’s brother Vibheesan adopted his Mantra in praise of Lord Rama. He gave the ring of Lord Rama to his consort at Ashok Vatika which in fact was a very difficult task.

Those who sincerely worship Him are not affected by any ghost or bad spirit. Such a person is relieved from even the deadily diseases. He also delivers us of all the negative Karmic deeds. Those who worship Hanuman Gosahim Ji’s praises are bestowed the blesssings and graces of Lord Rama and Sita Maa. The Sage Tulsi Dass opines that those who sincerely worship Hanuman Ji do get the bountiful graces of both the Lord Rama and Sita Maa.

The Valmiki Ramayana and Ramayana written by Goswami Tulsidas very compressively tell us the details of Ayodhya King Dashratha and all the description till the end. These amongst others are very popular amongst the people.

Hanuman Ramayana. There is the description of Hanumat Ramayana in old Hindu scriptures – Vedas and Sikandpurana etc. This was the description of Ramayana codified by Lord Hanuman Ji. This was codified by Hanumanji with his nails on the rocks. After reading this descriptive Ramayana, Maharishi Valmiki got very disappointed as his own written Ramayana was not as good as he had seen the one written by Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji got moved by the concern of Valmiki Ji, therefore, he threw that portion of the rock into the sea so that nobody could read the Ramayana written by Him.

Thereupon, Maharishi Valmiki promised to take birth in next Yuga as Goswami Tulsidas and write comprehensive Ramayana which is read by all of us now.

RELATION BETWEEN LORD Lord Hanuman Ji is the incarnation of SHIVA AND LORD HANUMAN JI

Lord Shiva hence one who worships Lord Hanuman ji gets graces from Lord Shiva and vice versa too.

HANUMAN – THE SEVAK OF LORD RAM

RELATION OF LORD HANUMAN JI WITH LORD SHANI DEV JI

Lord Hanuman Ji while on the sojourn to Lanka to locate Sita Maa happened to meet Lord Shani Dev Ji (Saturn) (the son of Sun also and Chhaya Putra) in the prison of Demon King Ravana. Lord Hanuman Ji freed Lord Shani Devi Ji therefore there developed friendship between the two. Even Shani Dev Ji cast his spell (sight) on Lord Hanuman Ji which helped Him to speedily burn Golden Lanka of Ravana. If we pray lord hanuman ji, the graces of Lord Shani Devi Ji too remain with us

MAY LORD HANUMAN JI’S BOUNTIFUL GRACE REMAIN ON THE HUMANITY AS A WHOLE AND DELIVER US ALL FROM THE HOUR OF ADVERSETY CREATED BY THE VIRULENT VIRUS.

GOOD FRIDAY : A SOLEMN OCCASION TO REMEMBER


LORD JESUS CHRIST

GOOD FRIDAY : A SOLMN OCCASION TO REMEMBER



Good Friday is a day to reminisce
And become conscious of our follies
For those who’ve firm belief
In the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ
The preaching which enriches the humans of all hues
Thus making our life awe-inspiring.

It is the holiest of all days put together
A day which we recollect every year
When our beloved one offered himself on the cross
Without even a slightest emotional upsurge
To uphold truth bereft of any ill will towards those responsible.

We term this day as Good Friday
A day of huge reckoning for the humanity
Whence our heart aches limitlessly
With sadness writ large on the faces of gentry
All those who hath knowledge about this Friday.

This solemn day is observed as an anniversary
Whence Jesus Christ – the most revered One
Left his corporal body from this earth
To the abode of the Supreme Spirit.

Prayers with fasting is observed on this day
On this particular day we reminisce this Friday
While purity of this day remains etched in hearts
Of all those who know that he died for us all.

In His lifetime this Messenger of Holy Spirit
Was most virtuous and compassionate
And overly serene whilst meeting his own end in flesh and blood
At the hands of those who did not know what they were up to
Just ignorant lots
Underwent crucification and final surrender to the Lord
On this day – a solemn one at that.

Even then he sought forgiveness for his perpetrators – the heartless ones
And the sinful ones at the helm responsible for his crucification!

With final and eternal utterance, he forgave them for their ignorance
‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’.

Such words surcharged with compassion are rarest of rare – ever heard
Which could only be from the heart of one who is the dearest son
Of the Omnipotent and Omniscient One – the most compassionate One.

A lesson to us humans, a most credible one
So merciful he was even to the irreligious ungodly lots
Drunk they were with power and pelf along with ego overflowing
A temporary phenomenon for us earthlings.

Such empathy is a key to Christ Consciousness
Suffering for us – relentless pain with a lot of humiliation
A death so holy – indeed for our redemption
Such supreme sacrifice is an instrument of compensation
Which strikes at the tender chords of our heart, so palpable realization
That the Messengers of God cannot remain in void for so long.

Hence end of that life span, followed resurrection
Thus stunning the general masses at large by his revivification
Methods may different in observation
Yet the sacredness of Good Friday for ever remains
The devout kneel with utmost reference
Before the Wooden Cross kept in Churches, so holy on this day.

Thence last words of Lord Christ are also repeated
‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’.

So that those solemn words may remain imprinted in our recollection
Thence a symbolic burial of the Lord is undertaken
For which difference could be in method
But the inner most emotions are obviously very touching
For our beloved Jesus Christ
Who for Truth’s sake gave His own life form
So that we humans are absolved of our sins
Which a true son of God can only make it happen.

Factually dark spot on the anal of history is the crucification
Thence Easter is the bright spot in the form of resurrection
Whence the Star shined with a greater vigor in form and manifestation
Opening new pathways for our association
With Lord Jesus christ in His resurrection.


GOOD FRIDAY – A SOLEMN OCCASION TO REMEMBER


Essentially, history is reveals us of several examples and witness to the fact that various incarnations of our Creator had to endure trials and tribulations in their real life time while living on this earth. People who opposed their ideas and ideals always opposed them tooth and nail because these God’s Incarnations were the messengers of peace and their mission was to spread the ETERNAL TRUTH and remove the specter of ignorance from our midst.


The Messengers of our God also helped in removal of evil that prevailed in the society at that time. They preached the dictum: ‘Bless them that curse you.’ They presented a living example for us humans to see how best they withstood onslaughts of those who opposed the very ideals which with divergent viewpoints – departure from their pseudo and outdated beliefs. They had to withstand the wraths of egocentric power hungry people.


While reforming the masses and showing them the true path, the messenger of our God Jesus Christ faced several hurdles from those who opposed his ideas. The other incarnations like Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Prophet Mohammad faced similar hurdles at every step but with their foresight and fortitude these Apostles of Peace challenged the old and hackneyed mores of behavior and came out unscathed ultimately.


Surprisingly, after their earthy sojourns, they were accepted as the Messengers of God by the very people who opposed them in the first instance and remain giving their respectful place even now. This is the tragedy of humans that we do not recognize our God’s Messengers/Incarnations while they were on this planet like us humans but when they are no longer with us then we take them as their revered ones and worship them for their preaching! This is a travesty of fact with our humans. I term this as the weakness in the egoist mindset people.


Lord Jesus Christ is one such example amongst others. These Messengers of Peace fought for the common people and were able to rid the society of the evil doers and challenged the very philosophies of people at the helm of affairs during the periods on this earth. In that process these Sons of God had to face opposition. People who mattered suspected these God’s messengers because their ideals were counter to their (powerful opponents) own and in upholding these they (Sons of God) had to face umpteenth difficulties

During the life time Jesus Christ did everything to rid the then society of the evils prevalent and wanted to change the outlook of the people.


Although Jesus Christ suffered humiliation and immense pain at the hands of his tormentors yet he felt sympathy even for his tormentors while he agonized on the cross for us all. We should never forget that He suffered so that we are redeemed of our sins that we as humans do commit. There were disturbances and upheavals after he gave up his spirit.


Crucification of Jesus Christ gave a new meaning of life to us humans to follow. His ideals and preaching are held dear by us all and will remain so till eternity. May this Day remain etched in our memory as the day of redemption of humanity and He remains a beacon of light for all of us on this earth.

JESUS CHRIST’S HEALING TOUCH


In essence it is said that there is always a light after the darkness. Jesus used to heal the physical ills of masses, he wanted their highest good while he was in flesh and blood like us. But the insensitive people just crucified him! This is also a fact that he had the power to escape being crucified but he did not do so. And even in agony he said: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ That is why He had to come back again for our happiness and for our purification. This purification is attained only when we’ve conquered our weaknesses in the form of our ego etc.


CRUCIFICATION A DARK BLOT


If crufication was a dark blot on those who crucified Jesus, the Easter is commemorated as a symbol of resurrection. Easter celebration has a historic perspective. It also symbolizes rebirth; a pious day that is why devotees decorate their houses, rejoice, mass prayers are conducted in Churches. It is a celebration in connection with the rising of Christ – the Son of God. Easter also opens doors for a holy association with God through Jesus Christ.


MESSENGERS OF GOT ALWAYS SPREAD GOODNESS IN THE SOCIETY


Essentially, history is reveals us of several examples and witness to the fact that various incarnations of our Creator had to endure trials and tribulations in their real life time while living on this earth. People who opposed their ideas and ideals always opposed them tooth and nail because these God’s Incarnations were the messengers of peace and their mission was to spread the ETERNAL TRUTH and remove the specter of ignorance from our midst. The Messengers of our God also helped in removal of evil that prevailed in the society. They preached ‘Bless them that curse you.’ They presented a living example for us humans to see how best they withstood onslaughts of those who opposed the very ideals which has divergent viewpoints – departure from their pseudo and outdated beliefs.


HURDLES FACED BY OUR BELOVED LORD


While reforming the masses and showing them the true path, the messenger of our God Jesus Christ faced several hurdles from those who opposed his idea. The other incarnations like Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Prophet Mohammad faced many hurdles at every step but with their foresight and fortitude these Apostles of Peace challenged the old and hackneyed mores of behavior and came out unscathed ultimately. Surprisingly, after their earthy sojourns they were accepted as the Messengers of God by the very people who opposed them in the first instance and remain giving their respectful place even now. This is the tragedy of humans that we do not recognize our God’s Messengers/Incarnations while they were on this planet but when they are no longer with us then we take them as their revered ones and worship them for their preaching! This is a travesty of fact with our humans.


Lord Jesus Christ is one such example amongst others like Prophet Mohammad, Lord Krishna, Lord Rama who gave new meaning and content to the philosophy of living. These Messengers of Peace fought for the common people and were able to rid the society of the evil doers and challenged the very philosophies of people at the helm of affairs during the periods on this earth. In that process these Sons of God had to face opposition. People who mattered suspected these God’s messengers because their ideals were counter to their (powerful opponents) own and in upholding these they (Sons of God) had to face trials and tribulations. During the life time Jesus Christ did everything to rid the then society of the evils prevalent and wanted to change the outlook of the people.


Although Jesus Christ suffered humiliation and immense pain at the hands of his tormentors yet he felt sympathy even for his tormentors while he agonized on the cross for us all. We should never forget that He suffered so that we are redeemed of our sins that we as humans do commit. There were disturbances and upheavals after he gave up his spirit.


Crucification of Jesus Christ gave a new meaning of life to us humans to follow. His ideals and preaching are held dear by us all and will remain so till eternity. May this Day remain etched in our memory as the day of redemption of humanity and He remains a beacon of light for all of us on this earth.


It is well said, there is always a light after the darkness. Jesus used to heal the physical ills of masses, he wanted their highest good while he was in flesh and blood like us. But the insensitive people just crucified him! This is also a fact that he had the power to escape being crucified but he did not do so. And even in agony he said: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ That is why He had to come back again for our happiness and for our purification. This purification is attained only when we’ve conquered our weaknesses in the form of our ego etc.


If crufication was a dark blot on those who crucified Jesus, the Easter is commemorated as a symbol of resurrection. Easter celebration has a historic perspective. It also symbolizes rebirth; a pious day that is why devotees decorate their houses, rejoice, mass prayers are conducted in Churches. It is a celebration in connection with the rising of Christ – the Son of God. Easter also opens doors for a holy association with God through lO  Jesus Christ.

HAPPY MAHAVIRA JYANTI: MAY HIS TEACHINGS INSPIRE US ALL


HAPPY MAHAVIRA JYANTI

LORD MAHAVIRA

MAY THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD MAHAVIRA REMAIN ON US ALL

Lord Mahavira, known as Vardhamana
Is regarded as the 24th Tirthankaras
A spiritual successor of 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanatha
Born in the early part of 5th century BC
Into a family of Kshtriya Gotra
In present day Bihar
His birth is celebrated as Mahavir Jayanti
And his Nirvana is observed by Jains as Diwali
It is recorded that he was born on 599 BC & died in 510 BC
Kalpa Sutra mention his birthday between 1375 – 1400 CE
Vira Nirvana Samvat era began in 527 BC
With Nirvana of Mahavira at Pavapuri in Bihar
Is considered holiest place for Jains and others.

Opinions may differ from person to person
But his preaching are second to none
In spiritual knowledge and awakening.

For 12 years long
He lived a life of total renunciation
And attained omniscience – Kevala Jnana
Or eternal knowledge
Knowhow which could be universal in nature
Subsequently be got moksha
In 6th century BC.
Mahavira taught based on Jainism principles
Which are respected as those of Lord Buddha.

Mahavira also known as Vardhamana
Was the 24th Tirthankara
Meaning a savior and a well known Spiritual Preacher
Who made significant efforts in reviving Jainism.

With his spiritual and ethical teachings of tirthankaras
The base of which was laid in Pre-Vedic era.

He left his home while he was about 30 years
And became a true ascetic in true sense of terms
Followed severest Bhakti Marga (Path)
In the form of severest penance – Bhakti
For his spiritual awakening
And enlightenment.

HIS TEACHINGS ARE THE RAYS OF LIGHT

His earnest Bhakti earned for him Omniscience – Kevala Jnana
Finally attained Nirvana or liberation – Moksha
At the age of seventy two.

His teachings included non-violence – ahemsa
Truth, what is right and what is wrong – satya & Astya
The importance of non-attachment – Aparigraha
Taught about chastity – Brahmacharya
Thence numerous realities – Anekantavda
All his teachings are codified in – Jain Agamas
His earliest known historical signs at Mathura’

Mahavira is known variously
Such as Samana, Nayaputta, Brahmham, Bhagwan and Muni
Mahavira’s childhood name was Vardhamana
As per text Digambara Uttarapuranna
Mahavira was born in Kundgrama.

In the Kingdom of the Videhas
The one who grows in stature and worth
And helps others too to grow all around.
In the Kalpasutras in Bihar
Lived as severest ascetic life for 12 years
Then preached Jain philosophy for 30 years
He is termed as the great hero – Mahavira
He faced all the ups and downs of his life with unmatched stamina
In the traditions of Svetambara
In the early Budhist Suttas
He is called as worthy one – Araha
In Vedas he is known as devoid of love and hate Sramana
But truth stands out that he preached Jainism philosophy
Tirthankara means savior or spiritual preacher
Svetambara texts mention his birth on 13th Day of 599 BC
At Kundagrama as his place of birth
In the month of Chaitra
In the Vira Nirvana Samvat calendar era
Which falls in the month of March-April
Lets adopt his noble teachings in our life
For making it sublime and purposeful
With love flowing for everybody
And hate none
With non-use of force
While living a life suffusing with truthfulness
Not overly attached to the worldly possessions
Or not stealing what is not ours.

HAPPY MAHAVIR JYANTI

Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara was born on 599 BC and died in 510 BC. It is also mentioned in Kalpa Sutra that he was born between 1375 – 1400 CE in a family of a Kshtriya in present day Bihar. .


I pray to Lord Mahavira who got his Omniscience – Kevala Jnana or eternal knowledge after undergoing extreme penance may bestow the humanity wellness, peace and prosperity and rid the humanity from the scourge. I want to see happiness and joy on the faces of all along with self belief and belief on God.

While the world at large, and particularly so, India, are passing through most trying situations and condition created by double mutant Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.

The hope now is partly on the bountiful blessings of Lord Mahavira. I offer my sincerest prayers to the Lord to protect the precious lives of humanity around the world. Wish that all are administered vaccines. In the interim, scare created by the scarcity of Oxygen should be made good as soon as possible by the active intervention of all concerned post haste otherwise death and destruction would be huge. All states should cooperate in this context so that no precious life is lost due to the non-availability of O2. I am sanguine, of course, blessings of our Lord Mahavira would anyhow be there and the scare created by Covid-19 gets evaporated.

If we act on the following five principles of Lord Mahavira preaching, we would make our lives sublime thereby lead a life of peace and prosperity.

The five vows (Vrtas) which Mahavira Preached are enumerated as under:-

PPRINCFIVE VOWS OF LORD MAHAVIRA

LORD MAHAVIRA SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF LOVE AND LIGHT


Ahimsa (Non-violence). Mahavira preached to maintain sanctity and dignity of all in the spirit of Ahimsa – without force or intimidation. It should be in action, speech and thought. Satya (Truthfulness). He stressed about being truthful in thoughts and actions.

• Asteya (Non-stealing). Nobody should steal what is not ours.

• Brahmacharya (Chastity).He taught abstinence from sex and sensual pleasures for monks and faithfulness to one’s partner for householders.

• Aparigaha (Non-attachment). An attitude of non-attachment to property or worldly possessions should be given much credence.

• Truthfulness (Satya). It applied to individual and for others.

TEACHINGS OF LORD MAHAVIRA

• Non-use of force (Ahimsa) while getting something done.

• Following truth (Satya).

• Opposing untruth (Asatya) in any event.

• Following a life of chastity (Brahmacharya).

• We should follow a life of non-attachment to the fruits of our action (Aparigraha).

• There are multi-dimensional realities (Anekatavada) to reach the truth.

• Remain fearless in hardships and in calamities that is why he is called as Tirthankara.

• Knowledge which is universal is based on truth should be followed.

• All humans undergo several reincarnations according to our karma therefore we should perform right karma.

• It is believed that soul exists an is eternal i.e. does not die as the body dies – a principle which is being followed in Hinduism.

• Karma includes actions and intent. The effects of good karma and bad karma.

• The goal of spiritual practice to liberate the jiva from the karmic accumulation and enter the realm of the Siddhas and finally liberation after one attains total detachment from the worldly possessions or for that matter anything after following a life of self-restraint.

• He taught about many sided realities and truth and reality are complex. Reality could be experienced. Onne can experience the truth of taste but cannot fully express that taste through language. Spiritual truths are also very complex. These could be experienced through self effort and right karma.

• Jainism believes in plurality of humans and freedom of belief.

• The significance of following the five principles is to achieve spiritual peace for better rebirth or reincarnation or liberation after following highly spiritual life. The Mahavira also put emphasis on restraint and be compassionate to other creatures as well. In other words, the life of self-discipline is of paramount importance. The cleansing of soul leads to spiritual development based on supreme moral virtue.

• The teachings of Lord Mahavira are more relevant now than ever since the deaths and destruction which is happening presently is a cause of concern.

HAPPY BAISAKHI FESTIVAL TO ALL


GIDHA & BHANGRA ARE HELD WITH JOY ABANDON

HAPPY BAISAKHI CELEBRATIONS


A festival most dear to us
A festival which is seasonal in nature
A festival which showcases the hard work of our farmers
A festival on which farmers thanks God for their bountiful crops
A festival which helps the people to congregate at one place called Mela- fair
A festival on which competitions in Bhangra and Gidha are held
A festival which gives platform to the artisans to sell their wares
A festival which is celebrated differently in different regions
A festival of which main reason for celebration remains the same
A festival which is also the beginning of New Year – Vikrami Samvat
A festival on which new resolutions are made for the coming year.
❤😂💜💥💔🐥

While wishing you all Happy New Year
Of Vikrami Samvat Calendar
A lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition of yore,
Falling, surprising on 13th or 14 April on every year!
When new resolutions are made by the general masses
This year, though, the resolutions
Are of different sorts
These are for prayers to Almighty God
To keep the humanity in general immune
From the virulence of the Covid-19
And also a sincere prayer for ending the razing war
Between Russia and Ukraine
Which is causing deaths & destructions
A prayer for our children and the old ones
Who are falling victim to the bombing and missile attacks
A For their good health and wellness of all.

A festival Vasaikhi is celebrated variously in different regions.
Whilst the farmers toil in the fields on months on ends,
Tilling their lands from morning till late in the evening,
Occasionally forgetting even their meals,
Sow seeds and water the crop that grows,
Taking care for the crop in the fields,
Observes its growth with keenness,
So that his crop’s yield may increase,
Like he observes the growth of his dear ones at home.
On this auspicious day the farmers,
Having collected all the harvested crops
I also prayer for the farmers and their love ones
For their good health, wellness
Because if the yields in the fields is good
Then we shall be able to get the required food
At the cheaper rates.

EVEN THE PLANTS EFFUSE JOY IN THEIR FRAGRANCE


The farmers in their normal times,
Join together in singing and merrymaking with full gusto,
Celebrate Baisakha with Bhangra by the males
And Gidha by females at full throttle,
In their colourful mesmeric folk attires,
Distributing sweets and good wishes in delight,
At the holy monuments of ‘pirs’ and ‘fakirs’,
Known for their sacredness across all religions,
Offer prayers for the prosperity all around,
And also for their crop yield to grow, years after years.

MOTHER NATURE IS AT ITS BEST


The Mother Nature too is at its colorful best,
With flowers giving out fragrance all around,
The blanket of greenery spreading far and wide,
Everywhere your eyes could see, all across,
Making the environs invigorating and joyous indeed,
Surprisingly, without even intoxicating agent!

GURU GOBIND SINGH JI


This day too has a history of its own,
Guru Gobind Singh established Khalsa Panth
On this day in 1699,
To bestow security to the hapless,
Along with meeting the needs of the needy,
People too gather in various Gurudwaras,
And offer prayers,
Shri Golden Temple emits its splendour as ever,
Devout take a dip in the holy tank,
And pray for wellbeing of their nears and dears.

WISHING YOU ALL – MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRINGS ABOUT SMILES AND HAPPINESS ON THE FACES OF ALL

JOYOUS ENVIRONS

Although, Vaisakhi which is on 13th or 14th April 2020, is held in the form of fair or large congregation but it is fitness of things to remember about this festival and the importance of this day.

It is the start of Baisakh, The New Year which bestows us opportunity of passing new resolution for the year ahead; as is usually done after 1st of January every year.

LET THIS CELEBRATION BE FOR GOOD HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF ALL CREATIONS

India is a land of festivals. All festivals are in commemoration of certain historical events, change of season, cultural and religious events, traditional based et al. The well-known amongst several ones are Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Gurpurbh, Lohri, Holi and others having regional leanings. In all these festivals, people of all hues celebrate with gaiety and religious fervour.

Baisakhi is generally celebrated in Northern India on 13th OR 14th April every year. It is also a starting of New Year of Vikrami Samvat Calendar.

REASONS FOR CELEBRATION OF BAISAKHI

In India, there are fairs and festivals which are celebrated on the occasion of season change and on the occasion of name of some religious festivals or national festivals. Vaisaikhi is celebrated on the Vikrami Samvat; the start of the new year. Factually this is a spring harvest festival.

FORMATION OF KHALSA PANTH BY GURU GOBIND SINGH JI

The Vaisakhi festival too is celebrated in connection with the formation of Khalsa Panth of warriors under the stewardship of Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. This festival has a special significance for Sikhs, marking the birth of Sikh Order (Order of the Pure Ones) after the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur who refused to convert himself to Islam on the orders of Mughal Emperior Aurangzeb. Alsom Ranjit Singh was also proclaimed as the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire on 12th April. 1801 which also has its eonnection with Vaisakhi. On this day the Gurdwaras are tastefully decorated and hymens from Sri Granth Sahib are recited with fervor and reverence.

RELIGIOUS PRAYERS OR NAGAR KIRTAN

On this day, Sikh communities Nagar Kirtan in the form of congregations are celebrated.  These are lead by the Five Khalsa termed as Panj Pyaaras. This procession goes from street to street singing prayers from the Sikh Scriptures.

REASONS BEHIND CELEBRATION OF BAISAKHI

  • It is celebrated on the occasion of 1st day of Vaisakh month of Vikrami Calendar (samat).
  • BAISAKHI is a seasonal festival and it is especially celebrated in Punjab region and in Jammu province.
  • After harvesting the wheat crop the farmers feel joyous and to express their joy they celebrate it by staging Bhangra in different groups, Bhangra competitions are also held and award presented to the one which wins this competition. This is in the form of fairs (melas) wherein people gather in majority and make merry. Different stalls selling wooden crafts and other household earthen wares are sold there at reasonable prices. Then there are the stalls selling the seasonal fruits like water melon, musk melon etc make brisk sales. All age group people including children enjoy Baisakhi fair.
  • Vaisakhi also affords an opportunity or an occasion to thank God for bestowing the formers with bountiful crops besides praying for more crops in future too.
  • Vaisakhi has special significance for Sikhs since on this day, Khalsa Panth was established by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. On this day Sadh Sangat take organise religious congregations and sing prayers and rhymes from Sri Granth Sahib.
  • Hindus and Budhists too worship Baisakhi with zeal and jest. Hindus take sacred bath in River Ganges They pray to God for His grace. Even in parts South India this day is celebrated but with different name.

HARD TRUTHS OR REALITIES OF LIFE


HARD TRUTHS OR REALITIES OF LIFE

UNDERSTANDING NATURE IS ONE OF THE BEST THING WHICH WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH


Anything tangible could be observed, touched, experienced, practised, lived with, realized, consciously felt, etc. The world of persistent causes and its effects are the realities which we face in real life. It is also a reality that our mind is the focal point of our thoughts and their impact on us. Now what is mind, is it physical – a matter and energy? Mind unites us with the conscious thoughts.

In our daily life, we face many challenges. Some challenges could be overcome with sincere efforts but there are ones which persist despite our best efforts to overcome them. What to be done in latter case – we either remain thinking about the same and fritter our time and energy or accept it a hard reality and live with those challenges as a consequence of our previous Karma.

WE CAN CONNECT WITH REALITY


If mind is a reality then we can connect with our mind by proper introspection and recall our past experiences and get lesson to be utilized in real life. If the experiences were bad in nature we can effect course correction in time and space. These are the hard realities which we tend to follow.

REALITY COULD BE FOUND THROUGH INTROSPECTION THRU THE MEDIUM OF MIND

IT IS WONDER TO WATCH NATURE AND GET SOLACE FROM DISAPPOINTING SITUATIONS


In essence, through introspection, we can reach to a reality – mind is the medium to do so. Then there are other methods of knowing the truth and that is through revelation from other sources – mental image of reality of past experiences. Here the intuition or cosmic mind or vision come into play thus giving us knowledge about the reality. This reality or truth could be lived with in time and space.

ALL WANT TO HAVE MOKSHA OR LIBERATION


It is a fact that all of us want to have Moksha or attain liberation from the cycle of births and deaths but for this we have to die first. Besides we transact right Karmic deeds so attain purity in thoughts and deeds.

SCIENTIFIC OBTAINED DATA HAS UNNIVERSAL APPEAL


Then we can reach to conclusion by experiencing the data we obtain and put this data in practice through observation and through testing and then scientifically prove to be true. This scientifically tested data remains static. After going through different stages, only the facts obtained could be called as the actual fact or truthful. The scientifically obtained data remain universal.

ACCEPTING OUR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

UNDDRSTANDING THE INTRICACIES OF NATURE MAKES OUR LIFE SIMPLE


First of all, we’ve to accept ourselves as we are while doing everything to improve ourselves physically and mentally. It is because if we remain blaming our destiny, then, we shall be making this life a virtual hell for us.

GOOD PEOPLE FACE CRITICISM

It is our common experience that while performing our day to day jobs, we would be facing criticism – sometimes health and sometimes without rhyme or reason. We’ve to take these criticisms in our stride and sincerely introspect how much improvement we can make to ourselves so escape from the unhealthy criticism. If people still criticize then we’ve to accept it and live with it all.


PURPOSE OF LIFE ON THIS EARTH


Living on this earth is not merely whiling away our time and frittering away our energies on unnatural pursuits. It is worthwhile to make healthy use of our energies and investing our resources to transact something for the wellness of the society by helping those who need our assistance. We should approach and fight the challenges of our life and tasks to be accomplished with positive approach. Then while performing our Karmic deeds, we should adopt spiritual oriented lifestyle to establish connectivity with Almighty God. In truth, purposeless life becomes a burden for us.

WHAT A REVELATION THE NATURE IS!


BEING GOOD IS NOT AGAINST ANYBODY ELSE


We should keep in mind that being good to others is a healthy practice. But if we are still ma-treated and not understood then also it is alright. No problem. Adjust with this viewpoint.

IF YOU ARE TRANS-GENDER, OR GAY OR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ACCEPT IT AND PROCEED

There are people who are physically or mentally challenged. If they continue thinking about their physical or mental state then there would be existential problems for these people. In this case too, accepting and proceeding in life is the only option.

PRACTICE WITH SINCERITY WHILE SURROUNDED IN THE COMPANY OF BAD CHARACTERS

Fact stands out that we are constrained to live in the neighborhood or the community of which we are a part. If we remain cribbing about the environment in which we are living then we shall not be able to live peacefully. There are two options. Either to leave such environment for good and live in some congenial environs or adjust with the environment but do not adopt their adverse practices.



ACCPTING CHALLENGES AS THESE VISIT US

THERE IS ALWAYS A RAY OF HOPE IN EVERY ADVERSITY


All of us face challenges in our lives. Nobody, however powerful, is bereft of problems in one form or other. One may have financial problems others may have health related issues. Just acceptance and living with it is the option while seeking remedial measures as required under the circumstances.

ADMITTING OUR MISTAKES

Nobody is infallible is a truth. We all commit mistakes in one form or other sometimes willfully and other times unintentionally. But admitting our mistakes and ensure that these mistakes are not repeated should be our motto. Being perfectionist may not be possible for all of us. We should realize this truth.


FULFILLING THE PROMISES MADE


If we want to command respect in the society, we’re constrained to fulfill the promises made to others since reneging or going back from the promises made may unmask our sincerity of purpose.

FEARLESS DECISIONS WHEN NEEDED

Sometimes we’re constrained to take fearless decisions since procrastination may lead us in difficult situation from where recovery may not be possible. We’ve to live with this truth.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Sometimes we may face awkward situation and get reprimanded for the same but other times we may get rewarded for our good deeds. We should count on our blessings and not our adverse situations. This method has to be adopted in our life to live in peace.

LIVING WITH BIRDS AND OTHER NATURAL AGENTS CAN PROVIDE US SERENITY AND PEACE


LOVE CREATES POSITIVE OUTCOMES BUT DO WE ALWAYS GET TRUE LOVE

We all aspire for true love in our lives but is our love reciprocated always. No, it is not. Then what? We’ve to accept this as an existential problem and live with it but without leaving our habit of loving others!

OUR RELATIONS AND BEHAVIOUR

At times, when our behavior with our colleagues is most respectful but we may or may not get the same respect on reciprocal basis then what despite our best to mend matters there remains chasm of misunderstanding, then what? We have to live with it all; the other option is to leave the company of such people,which may not be a better proposition.

THERE IS ALWAYS SELFISH MOTIVE IN EVERYTHING WE TRANSACT

All of us are connected with each other in one way or other. It may be in the family, in the community or on broader plane nation. We are all inter-dependent. This interrelation leads to cohesiveness and broad spectrum understanding for a better life for all. This aspect is a way of life and should never be ignored for bringing about oneness brotherly feeling in the society.

KARMA GIVES US OUR REWARD & PUNISHMENT ALWAYS

Whatever we do, it comes back to us. Doing harm to other irrationally remain haunting us till we get the result of misdemeanor. In other words, actions and reaction are equal and opposite.

WHY GOOD PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS PUNISHED?

We must have observed that good people do not give up their good habit of doing good to others despite the fact that they may or may not be treated well. This is a travesty of fact and should never be forgotten.

LESS EXPECTATIONS

If do something good for others and get nothing in return then it goes against our expectation. If this happens like this then we feel dismayed and it may impact physically and mentally. The best course of action is to do good and just forget it all. No expectation and no disappointments.

HURRYING TO…….


HURRYING TO…..

WE SHOULD LEARN FROM MOTHER NATURE WITH SLOW & STEADY PRINCIPLE

Hurrying to solve life’s problems makes the problems more complex rather than simplifying them.

Hurrying to ingest the food without proper chewing results in indigestion

Hurrying to cross the busy road may result in accident

Hurrying to solve a problem may make the problem more  intricate

Hurrying  to contemplate without much focus may prove to be an exercise in futility

Hurrying to meet evolving unforeseen event may lead us unfortunate results

Hurrying to effect positive transformation in us may lead to inapt end result

Hurrying to address critical issues may lead to failure in the long run

Hurrying to mend uncertain relation may make them still more complex

Hurrying to attempt question papers in any exam may lead to dismal outcome

Hurrying to cement our friendship may result in messing up amity

Hurrying to impose sanctions against other countries without introspecting pro and cons will make the matters worst

Hurrying to lay base to erect an edifice will not be lasting long

EXPECTING PLANTS TO GIVE FRUIT IN HURRY IS AGAINST THE LAWS OF NATURE.

PLANT GIVE FRUITS AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME RATHER THAN IN JIFFY

HAPPY NAVRATRI : MAY THIS NINE DAYS WONDER BESTOWS HUMANITY PEACE & PROSPERITY


HAPPY NAVRATRI : MAY THIS NINE DAYS WONDER BESTOWS HUMANITY PEACE & PROSPERITY

JAI MAA DURGE JI

Last year the world was confronted with the problem of Covid pandemic related problems and this year it is war between Russia and Ukaraine. The consequences of this war is uncertain since Russia remain bombing Ukraine and this war may spin out of control . Today humanity wants peace and this peace could be achieved by the bountiful graces of Almighty God. Our prayer, to MOST BENEVOLENT MAA DURGE Ji, MOTHER DIVINE is to bring about peace and prosperity globally.

May the NINE DAYS WONDER called NAVRATRI deliver the humanity from uncertainty.

LET THE LOVE FLOWER WITH THE GRACE OF GODDESS DURGE MAA

JAI MAA DURGA MAA JI

LET LOVE SPROUT BETWEEN HUMANS

CHETRA NAVRATRI FESTIVAL

This Navratri from 2nd April onwards
For Nine Days, A Nine Days Wonder
We go ahead with our head and heart held high
To celebrate the Nine Days Wonder Navratri.

Nav means nine
Ratri stands for night
Navratri is the festival so very well-known
Wherein the devout
Of all hues celebrate this festival
Twice in a calendar year
First, it is in the March – April, as Chaitra Navratri
Thence October – November as the Shradha Navratri
This festival is related to Durga Goddess
Maa ‘Shakti’ with Her prowess so immense
Overpowered the ferocious Demons
Who maimed the hapless hermits – Sadhus
Even while performing their sacred Yajunas
In the process defiled the sacredness of Yajna fires.

At the trying times – so unprecedented one
This time over the uncertainty is war between Russia and Ukraine
Has engulfed the world at large again
A sincere prayer to Thee our Goddess Durge
Our dearest Mother Divine
Who always answers our sincere prayers
To save the humanity from uncertain future.

MAY THE GRACE OF GOD BRINGS US PEACE AND PROSPERITY


Goddess Durga in her red attires
Mounted on the lion so fierce
With all the weapons in her custody
Which could inflict havoc on the adversary.

Legends about Navratri abounds
Demon king Maheshasura worships Lord Shiva
The penance was so severest
That Lord Shiva had to grant him a boon of invincibility
That nobody
Not even the Gods could kill him
Thence he starts killing innocents with impunity
Then forcefully
Conquered violently the Seven Lokas
Including the throne of Lord Indra
To eliminate demon Maheshasura
Then there was confabulation between the Trinity
Along with Demi-Gods too in the company
To take stock of things jointly
To defeat and kill this demon turned killer so brutally
Created Maa Shakti
The Mother with a matchless energy
Or Durga, the Warrior Goddess
The war between Maheshasur and Mother Divine
Which lasted for Nine Days
And on day Ninth she kills this evil demon
Navratri symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

LET LOVE SPREAD WITH THE GRACE OF GODDESS DURGE MAA
JAI NATA JI


On day ninth which is termed as Mahanavami
Nine young girls are worshipped
Personifying Nine Forms of Durga Goddess
These venerated young girls’ feet are washed
With fresh water and given clothes and food.

Navratri too is linked with fertility of land
On these days, the farmers observe the fitness of the earth
By testing seed germination in the earthen pots
Devotees observe fasts with rigidity
For keeping ourselves neat and tidy
During these days considered most holy
Which keep their mind and body pure.

There is another legend
King Daksha – the kind of Himalayan Kingdom
He was blessed with a daughter named Uma
A most beautiful one
With all the traits of a princess she possessed
She worshipped Lord Shiva most reverently
So that he may accept her in marriage so willingly
Having pleased the Lord Shiva
She married Uma
But against the wishes of King Dhaksha
One day King Dhaksha held a grant Yajna
With no invitation to Lord Shiva
Uma wanted to join the Yajna
And all accompanying celebrations
While Lord Shiva had his own reservations
She came to attend the Yajna
Being attended by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Besides all the deities
King Dhaksha did not like her daughter’s presence
She felt slighted at the treatment meted out to her in presence of all deities
In utter desperation and helplessness
She jumps into Agni Kund (Fire grate) and perishes
The reason why we call her Sati

Lord Mahadeva (As Virbadhara) punished King Dhaksha for this heartlessness.

ON REBIRTH (As Parvati) she marries Lord Shiva again
She comes to her parents’ house to stay for DAYS NINE
That is why we celebrate these Nine Days as Navratri.

Legend also has it that Lord Rama
Worshipped Goddess Durga’s Nine Forms
For Nine Days with deep reverence
On day 10th Lord Rama killed demon king Ravana
This way, 10th day is celebrated as Vijaydashami,.
First three days are dedicated to Durga Maa
In the form of child, young girl and mature woman
The three forms of womanhood
Symbolizing victory of evil over falsehood
Next three are dedicated to Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
Her name is Lakshimi
Last three days are commemorated in the name of Goddess Saraswati
The Goddess of knowledge and wisdom
In snowy white dress
Mounted on a white swan
The Navratri is a sign of purity in all forms
Let these Nine Days be observed with great reference
For gaining blessings from Goddess Durga
Let this Nine Days wonder
Be the game-changer
And rid this world of ours from precarious state of affairs
Created by the Covid-19 virus
And engenders peace and prosperity
And adequate wellness for all and sundry
This is my sincerest prayers to thee, my Mother Divine
Maa Durga Ji, so benevolent Thee
Come to the succor of the humanity from Novel Coronavirus
Sure enough, we can bank on Thee my Divine Mother for succor

JAI MAA DURGE MAA JI

JAI MAA DURGE JI – NAVRATI CELEBRATIONS

EVERY FESTIVAL HAS LESSON OF ITS OWN

Different festivals provide the devout different lessons while the underlying message of all these festivals is to enlighten  humans to follow a path which helps us to have connectivity with Higher Self/Higher Intelligence, by following a spiritual oriented path through meditation, contemplation and prayers.

FASTING TO PURIFY MIND AND BODY

The main purpose of celebration and observance of certain modes of behavior in such festivals is to keep ourselves chaste with our mind focused on God. The purpose is to focus on the special prayers and chants is to seek connectivity with God and dispel the thought of anxiety or disillusionment that pervades in our system. As there is purity of thoughts and actions during these festivals, there is every possibility for transformation and help in unfolding of spiritual life naturally.

BALANCE IN OUR LIFE

The main purpose of celebrating the religious festivals is to seek balance in our life at the altar of God while observing all immutable laws of nature and aspire for transformation and enlightenment – journeying from one festival to another one helps the devotees to learn social etiquettes, social adaptability and finally God’s connectivity.

The word NAVRATRI is composed of two syllabuses; NAV which means NINE and RATRI mean NIGHTS.

Meditation/prayers and fasting are observed by devout during these nine days. A lighter refreshment of milk made products besides fruits, if taken at all, to keep light and pure in body and mind thus helping an individual to keep the body and mind pure. This also provides the devotees’ freedom from adulteration and contamination both in body and mind besides purifying still more the eternal soul along with keeping it taint-free.

SIGNIFICANCE OF NAVRATRI

Navratri is one of the most sacred festivals that the devout celebrate. It is not merely celebrated by observing some particular rituals but the devotees live a spiritually oriented life in all manifestations. The purpose is to follow the way of life which puts more stress on the subjective experience of sacred dimension. We undertake those karmic deeds during Navratri which transform some of the debit-karmic-deeds to credit-karmic-deeds which helps in personal growth and development individually and also collectively who celebrate it with religious fervor and enthusiasm. Moral and ethical values when followed sincerely could be imbibed as permanent habits to be followed in future too thus Navratri could prove to be a life-changer.

FASTING TO PURIFY BODY AND SOUL

A lighter refreshment consisting of milk made product, fruits, and nuts, keeps the body light and the digestive system gets improved thus there is a spread of fragrance of Satoguna and alleviation of Tamoguna and Rajoguna traits. Freedom from contaminated thoughts purifies our mind. Thus observance of fast or vrat (also means resolve) continuously for nine days brings about the stability of our mind and helps in enhancement of our concentration. Besides these, we exercise maximum restraints in our thoughts and deeds and behave in a dignified manner by remaining within confines of decency. All these facilitate generation of the feeling of love and affection for others, enhances peace and tranquility, a feeling of compassion for others and above all a Godly feeling.

The devotees observe fasts during the duration of Narratri. All these traits enhance the credibility of an individual devotee who observes the fasts and also offers sincere prayers during these  days with utmost devotion. The fasts help us to purify our mind, provides lightness to our body provides us an opportunity to devotees for prayers to Goddess Durga Maa – an embodiment of SHAKTI or reservoir of energy

LEGEND OF NAVRATRI

Mention of Goddess Durga has been found in Vedas and Puranas. Durg was a ferocious demon and Durga, the invincible warrior who killed Durg with her immense prowess. She is the warrior Goddess since she fought evil and forces which spread death and destruction. She works for demolishing demonic forces who want to establish their writ and establish the reign of terror and mayhem amongst the society besides spreading prosperity and goodwill in general masses. She defeats mythical buffalo demon – Meheshasura who had obtained a boon of invincibility from Lord Maheshwara. She is Goddess Parvati, also termed as Durga Saptashati – the consort of Lord Shiva. With her prowess, she proved herself to be unbeatable with limitless mystical powers.

CONGREGATIONS FOR CELEBRATION

Besides observing fasts, devotees organize congregations in the form of fairs and also enact programs and cultural functions in the form of group dances and devotional songs in praise of Goddess Durga and beseech her blessings and she being such a benevolent Mother comes to their succor.

Different states celebrate Navratri differently but the spirit of all the celebrations is similar in nature. For example, famous ‘garva dance’ is organized in the state of Gujarat and devotional songs and dance competitions are organized in West Bengal besides prayers in the specially erected and decorated pandals is a usual phone. People visit the famous temples of Vaishno Devi in Katra (in Jammu province) besides all the temples of Goddess Durga in its different forms/manifestations attract devotees in these nine days.

The main driving force of the Navratri is to purify our thoughts and deeds thereof. In these nine days devout observe strict fasts; remain chaste and desist from telling lies. Wish that people always behave like this all the days!

The first three days are celebrated on the name of Durga Mata – Goddess with immense power. For next three days she is worshipped as spiritual wealth – Mata Lakshmi.

Subsequently, for next three days, she is Goddess of wisdom – the Goddess Saraswati. It bestows spiritual enlightenment besides showering an individual with all-around success.

It is useful for our benefit to know the importance of each day.

  1. First Day. On the first day, Mata Durga is termed as Shailputri – the daughter of Himalaya and the consort of Lord Shiva. This is the unmarried saroop of Gauri Maa.
  • Second Day. Mata Durga on the second day is called as Brahmacharini which represents worship. She is the embodiment of huge reserve of power – Shakti.
  • Third Day. On the third day, the Goddess is venerated as Chandraghanta. She is the embodiment of power and beauty.
  • Fourth Day. On the fourth day, Maan Durga is worshipped in the form of Kushmanda – the creator of the whole universe by the power of her laughter.
  • Fifth Day. Here on this day, Skandha – the main warrior of Gods’ army.
  • Sixth Day. On the sixth day, Mataji takes the form of Katyayani with three eyes and four hands – all powerful and with immense grace.
  • Seventh Day. On this day, Maan Durga takes the form of Kalratri – she is shown as black as dark night with four hands and makes the evil doers fearless.
  • Eighth Day. On the eighth day, the Mata Durga takes the form of Maha Gauri – with beauty besides having calmness and exhibits immense wisdom.
  • Ninth Day. On a ninth day, Maan Durga is worshipped as Siddidatri – with all the eight siddhis. In this form, she is worshiped by all.

SIGNIFICANCE OF NINE DAYS WONDER

  • Strict observance of fasts keep our digestive system in order and helps maintain our body healthy.
  • Fasts help in purifying our mind because we pray Goddess continuously for nine days/nights. It also enhances our focus on the subject we contemplate for completion.
  • Purification of body and mind means spiritually directed conscious mind thus a shift from negativity to positivity.
  • Congregations in melas and group processions help the people to people contacts thus animosity, if any, gets obliterated and a feeling of fellow feeling and cooperation sprouts. Contact with each other enhances our outreach in the society.
  • Group dances and spiritual song competitions enhance competitive spirits in the youth and also help them direct their latent energies to productive use.
  • Devotees, in their zeal to show earnest desire to have total connectivity with Goddess Durgaji, offer singular devotion to Her during these auspicious days, reap the harvest of getting their problems solved and get ETERNAL PEACE  in their lives as a reward of this worship.
LET LIGHT AND LOVE PREVAIL

OUR BELIEFS


OUR BELIEFS

OUR BELIEFS FLOWER WITH POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN OUR LIFE


The convictions we hold dear
The values we imbibe and follow with care
The principles we practice
Help form our moral fiber
The foundation of which are laid by the beliefs we have.

Self-belief is formed
Through continuous personal experiences
Where every failing
Or an uncontrolled free-fall
Gives us will to stand again
And face challenges
With vigor yet again.

The beliefs are the bulwarks
Within which we form our opinions
These are the ones
Which we pursue
And make our life purposeful despite pitfalls.

Universal acclaimed beliefs
Are the ones which are clear as day
Since there is no doubt or confusion about these
Even though there may
Or may not be any solid proof to sustain
Of their existence, in actual practice.

What we believe with utmost sincerity happens!
Since limiting ourselves
Is a self-defeating act
And creates log-jam
For further move ahead.


OUR BELIEFS

POSITIVE RAAYS ARE MADE THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF OUR POSITIVE BELIEFS


Our beliefs are the values or convictions or principles or standards of behavior primarily based on our judgment of what is important for us in life. Beliefs also are referred to as the convictions or acceptance that something exists and is true, especially with or without proof. Then there are beliefs which help us how best to proceed in life – these are positive beliefs.

UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED BELIEFS

As far as universally accepted or acclaimed truths or actualities are concerned, there is no doubt since these are with crystal clear proof for their being truthful. Meaning there is rigidity in accepting those beliefs to be true as we take them as our own without even a shred of reservation.

In essence, there are some events and happenings which we accept as true even though there is no proof or evidence of its actual existence or happening. But in actual practice, one thing is sure, we all are what we believe. If we believe we are capable of doing something and put in sincere hard work towards to accomplish or acquire that then all the elements in the universe combine in assisting us.

OUR BELIEFS LEADS TO POSITIVE AMBIANCE

In Bhagwad Gita it has rightly been said: ‘Man is made by his belief, as he believes so he becomes’.

POSITIVE BELIEFS ARE THE RAYS OF LIGHT


Then when a person is shown an evidence or proof of some variation in the existing belief, there are people who stick to their existing beliefs with proof or evidence notwithstanding. This rigidity in belief differs from person to person.

These beliefs are accepted by every normal person, considered as positive belief and accepted without any hesitation. These are:-

THERE IS POSITIVE HOPE EVEN IN DARKNESS IF WE HAVE FIRM BELIEF


• We are the product of our own beliefs.
• Limiting yourself is against law of nature.
• Our Karma is a prime mover of our existence.
• Our empirical experiences teach us much.
• With self-assurance comes with self-awareness.
• With self-belief and solid belief on God can deliver us from piquant situations.
• Be truthful if you want to succeed in life.
• Love begets love.
• We’ve to work in order to succeed – there are no shortcuts in life.
• Silence speaks more than our words.
• Staying calm while facing any emergency helps.
• Our failures teach us more than our successes.
• Our traditional beliefs are learned from our family.
• Formal and informal institutions teach us how best to live our life.
• Our empirical or practical experiences teach us how best to adjust in life.
• We should not be reactive in any situation or condition.
• All the negative traits such as jealousy, malice, greed, anger and to be reactive nip our creative instincts.
• Our culture and traditions influence our life.
• Pros and cons should be accepted as given in our life.
• Adversity is a great teacher.
• Everything happens for a reason.
• Our healthy criticism and even doubt should be taken with a grain of salt.
• When you cry, you cry alone but when you laugh everybody will laugh with you – be steadfast with time everything will get better.

  • There are umpteenth self-belief positive thoughts which can help us live a meaningful life and deliver us of any piquant situation in which we willy-nilly engross or entangle ourselves. In other words, adversities would certainly be there but deliverance from these would also be there with self-belief.

  • Then there are negative beliefs which can pull us down and reduce our self-assurance and inculcate insecurities. These are:-

    • I am a born loser and cannot improve myself.
    • Destructive criticism could adversely impact our healthy growth.
    • I may not perform better this time too.
    • Our failings distract us.
    • Fearing to take risk in life.
    • Examination and result related trepidations.
    • I shall never improve.
    • Fear of darkness.
    • Fear of death.
    • I am worthless.
    • I am introvert.
    • Everybody treats me badly.
    • I am below par.
    • To be stony silent rather than stoic silent.


    In fact belief is to accept something as true even though there may or may not be any tangible evidence about its existence. We believe in the existence of God even though we may have seen Him in person. But still there are people who have contrarian views on this. It shows that our beliefs are subjective.

    INDOMITABLE BELIEF IN GOD

    Belief is to have total trust in God’s existence and His will. It is also a fact that we have to believe the teachings and wisdom contained in religious texts because these contain ocean of knowledge and wisdom which is worth emulation by humans for living a sublime life.

    In Bible, it has been articulated that our belief (Convictions, principles, trust etc) has been given significance. It has been mentioned that we should love God, love our neighbor as we love ourselves, forgive the person who has wronged you, pray God to forgive your sins through repentance etc. Whatever we do, we’ve to be truthful and not be two-faced since dual role cannot bring us any dividends. If we have this belief in our own self, then, nothing can go amiss in our life.

    It could be explained that there two basic facts for acceptance of a belief: truth about the belief is the acceptance of an authority depending on the power of authority and secondly truth of facts based on empirical and validated with proof which is accepted without doubt.

    Our beliefs could be summarized as:-


SELF-BELIEF CREATED THROUGH PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT


There is a always a way out to come out of a problem with sincere effort which could be termed as self-belief acquired empirically or through trial and error method or through total involvement.


IT IS NOT THAT WE ALWAYS WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN OUR ENDEAVOUR


We know that everybody puts in his/her efforts the best way possible under the circumstances in which he/she is placed. This belief spurs us to move ahead in life. But still there are times our efforts do not fructify. We can try again and succeed. This comes through self-belief. It could be construed that failure could be taken as stepping stone for success. Meaning, failure is an instrument of learning for ensuring success.

EVERY PERSONS PUTS IN HIS EFFORTS UNDER THE CIRSUMSTANCE IN WHICH ONE IS PLACED

This  is a known fact that everybody tries his best in order to get the best.

EVERYBODY SPECIALISES IN ONE ASPECT OR OTHER

It is a fact that every person is unique in his/her capability. Meaning no two individuals are same in his/her potential. What person A can perform may not be possible by person B. All five fingers are not equal but each one has its unique function.

BELIEF THAT WE SHOULD GET IMPROVEMENT ON DAY TO DAY BASIS

It should be our endeavour to improve ourselves on daily basis based on our day to day experience in life. A day wasted without sincere effort cannot be retrieved. Hence day dreaming will not help but putting our dreams in reality makes a huge difference.

WORKING WITH IMPERFECTIONS

It is a fact that everybody cannot be perfect since everybody differs in his/her efforts. Some are slow starters and some are workaholic in order to enhance their knowledge. Meaning potentiality is subjective in nature. Then there are the ones who put in their best with imperfections. It means self-belief is created by putting their best under different set of situations.

BELIEF THAT WE CAN GAIN KNOWLEDGE FROM BIRTH TO OUR END (CREDLE TO GRAVE)

We should have belief that we can learn new things from birth till our last day. We can learn from even a small kid if we care to learn. Nothing should stand in our path in getting something new every moment of our lifetime.

BELIEF THAT THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE GOT THROUGH HARD WORK AND PERSISTENCE

It is an empirical fact and belief that a thing which is acquired through persistence, perseverance and not through day-dreaming. Mere dreaming about a mission but doing nothing about to acquire will take us nowhere. Belief could originate from an individual’s own experience, learning from the previous experiences even from failings and finally having belief on the God. Conviction or acceptance that something is truly is there for us and belief that it will fructify makes a huge difference.