HOLI – THE COLOURFUL FESTIVAL : HAPPY HOLI TO ALL

HOLI THE COLOURFUL FESTIVAL: WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLI. MAY THIS HOLI IMBUE US ALL IN OUR ALMIGHTY GOD’S COLOURS

HOLI : THE RAINBOW OF COLOURS

HOLI THE HOLY FESTIVAL OF COLOURS

In the midst of the most pleasant season

After fading of cold, so intense

There is a festival so well-known

The carnival of color so popular

With the young and old alike

Wherein all participate

With soft-emotions running so deep

Not only put color on each other

But also partake specially prepared sweets

Also, enjoy Bhangra dance to the tune of drums

With Punjabi song so matching

For this festival so very enjoyable in every way

Everybody wishing others HAPPY HOLI.

One day before, Holi Dahan is held

Which portrays burning of evil With burning of Holika

The sister of Demon King Harnayakashpa

The evil soul (Atma)

Who was burnt alive

And Prahalada in her lap remained unscathed

With the blessing of Lord Vishnu

Who bestows protective cover on His devotee.

When body, mind, and soul are colored together

In the hue of our  eternal Creator

Then a warm reaction of love is created

With a flood of warm feelings

Of togetherness in every being

Where there is no difference based on any biases

Like age, sex, colour, caste or religions

Everything loses its relevance

What actually remain

Are the liking they’ve for each other

Mixed with warm emotions

With variety of colors

Whosoever meets us on the street corners

Corners us with colors

Reddish, yellowish or bluish in tint

Charming us to a maximum extent

Mesmerizing us with color’s touch

Having deep meaning

If we care to fathom its importance really

These colours can transform hostility

Between neighbors with a drop of color.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holi celebrated at Vrindavan, Mathura
And Bursana is so matchless even today
Showing the thread of that time remains in fact intact
People light a bonfire on the night before Holi Day
With devout heart brimming with bliss
Celebrate triumph of good over evil
And also remember how devotion to Lord gets rewarded.


People play with variety of colours
Intoxicated with joy of the day
Pour coloured water to each other
Songs, dance, and beats on the drums abound everywhere
People exchange greetings and pray to God for His bounties.

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

Spilling blood of the unfortunates in the process

Which may distance us from one another

But rather with a blood-red colour of HOLI

Spreading feeling of brotherhood

Which may engender love for each other

Along with amity and well-being, in the humanity as a whole

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

Let this be the message of this Holy Holi.

WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLI – MAY THIS HOLI BRINGS US ALL HAPPINESS AND PEACE

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE AND ORIGIN OF HOLI

The festival of colour HOLI finds its mention in Vedas and Puranas (Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana). There is a practical Archeologists proof through excavation  of  stone related  to 300 BC on which there is an inscription of word ‘Holikotsav’ which means Holi. Even in the ancient paintings, there is a mention of Holi festival – the festival of colour.

Holi is a cultural festival which has its own significance in the lives of general masses.  It is a festival of colour which imbues us in different colour. Its cultural mention is made in Puranas. Poet Kalidasa, in 4th century poet and a thinker, under the rule of Chandragupta II also mentions about the importance of Holi in his literature. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘evil’. The colorful festival bridges the social breach and renews sweet relationships with each other.

IMPORTANCE OF HOLI IN MATHURA (THE BIRTHPLACE OF LORD KRISHNA)

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

Holi is a Basanta Utsav or Spring Festival – it is a festival of colour (Rangwali Holi) or celebrated of love, celebrated in India, Nepal and other parts of the world where Indians are settled. It is arrival of pleasant Spring season. On the occasion of this festival people forget their differences and connect with their long forgotten friends and relatives. The first day before Holi is Holika Dahan (Burning of Holika Demon) it is also called Chhoti Hili.

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

SIGNIFICANCE OF FESTIVALS

Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It also signifies the end of winter and arrival of pleasant spring. It is a festival when people forget their differences and thus mend their ruptured relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other well with fond wish:  ‘Happy Holi’ and may the colour of HOLI imbue us in God’s impossible to remove colour so as to spread the feelings of brotherliness and fellow feelings amongst each other without consideration to caste, creed, colour, region etc.

In essence, we face multiple problems in our lives while aspiring for material and sensual objects, people become attached to these. Such attachments develop lust and lust generate anger and other baser traits. Anger leads to delusion and delusion leads to mental disorientation. When the mind is bewildered, wisdom is the victim. Loss of wisdom leads to downfall of an individual. In such a scenario, a healthy diversion is a must. Different festivals give us occasion to celebrate with our relatives and friends. We celebrate Holi with our nears and dears. The colourful festival HOLI presents our golden opportunity to share our joys with others. The gifts are exchanged in the form of homemade sweets, such as Gujia etc. 

SYMBOLIC LEGENDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL

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

PEOPLE FORGET THEIR DIFFERENCES AND CELEBRATE THIS COLOUR FESTIVAL

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

Lessons learned from the FESTIVAL OF COLOUR – HOLI

  • As all communities activity participate in this festival, they cement their relationships, thus enhance their sense of correlation and cooperation for better compatibility.
  • People forget their inherent differences and go to each others’ homes with colours and sweets thus a spirit of forgetting and forgiving are created.
  • One day before actual festival, HOLIKA DAHAN (Burning of symbolic Holika  – the sister of Demon King Haranakyshapa) – which is synonymous with burning of evil from our midst. Therefore, this festival helps us burn the evil prevalent in us and establish the kingdom of goodness in our heart.

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SIMPLICITY IN OUR LIFE

SIMPLE LIFE

SIMPLICITY IN OUR LIFE


Simplicity is what we possess

And do not go over-board

When we not possess that

Which our neighbor have aplenty

Everything small-things is to be enjoyed presently.

A simple person seeks happiness

In the simplest things which he needs

And thanks God for everything

Which He has graced us with.

And not appeasement of our desires

Of unnecessary material possessions

Which a person wants

Thereby leading a life with unfinished agenda

Proving that our attitude to our life counts much

We may have abundance of everything

And to spare

But still not happy at all

While praying God Almighty

Such persons are full of complaints

Rather than thanks to Him.

When we make our life filled with complexities.

Simplicity in our love

For our Creator

Who created all creations

Each dependent on other for survival.

Then comes our love for our parents

Who became tools of our creation.

Thereafter comes our love

For the country of origin

Which gives us citizenship rights

And provides us protection

From internal & external aggression

Besides providing us succor

When we need it the most.

Then there comes simple home

Which we can call our own

And gives us shelter

Against elements of nature.

Limited needs

With connectivity with our Creator.

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Simplicity seems to us an ordinary word but in actual practice, it is not so. It is following a lifestyle which is trouble-free, plain without any complexities, easy to follow and easy to understand. Simple living counts a lot in our life.  It means we have the quality of living with austerity – we are satisfied with what we have and do not have. It is not a life which is complex in any way. When we live with what we have, we become self-reliant and have self-esteem since we do not have to beg or borrow from others to fulfill our desires.

FULFILLMENT OF OUR NEEDS

Essentially, it should never be forgotten what are the things which are  actually needed for our survival. In life, our necessary needs are love, home and food for for our continued existence. These are barest minimum needs for our life. These three things should be made simple for a balanced life. If these are not made complex, we shall live in happiness and in peace of mind.

Every other essential things such as air, water and sunlight are bestowed to us by Almighty God for free. Without these essential natural things our survival would not be possible at all even for a few minutes!  People living with austerity, also thank Almighty God for everything that He has gifted us.

FULFILLMENT OF OUR DESIRES

When we have insatiable desire for more material possessions, then we are in for trouble since our satisfaction level just goes on increasing. We tend to compare ourselves with others. We do not rise up from our insatiable desires. This way, we make our life more complex and a day dawns when these desires become the cause of our downfall. This attitude of not being satisfied with anything has its own inherent problem. Such people, though pray to God, yet, they have complaints, even in their prayers to Him.

We must have observed, there are people who are difficult to understand. With their ways of living, they have made their life very complex and full of contradictions. As far as our attitude towards our life is concerned, the more we adopt simple attitude, the more we are satisfied with our life. The more we are satisfied, the more we live joyfully and in mental peace. By so doing, we create a healthy aura around us which helps us to:-

  • Live with happiness and with peace of mind.
  • Living with austerity, we tend to be self-reliant since we do not beg or borrow for fulfilling our needs.
  • Living in simplicity means living complete sincerity as our motto of living.
  • Simple living means a way of living which could be understood by anybody who comes in contact with us.
  • A person living with simple needs, also adopts simple attitude and habits and therefore could change according to the need of the hour and situation.
  • The maxim: ‘Simple living and high thinking’; are connected with each other,  therefore, we should try living with simple habits.
  •  We should not only have simplicity thoughts and actions but also in our interactions with others. These should not reflect anything negative or egocentric tendencies.
  • It is not merely our thoughts and actions, we should have simplicity in our food which we eat since what we eat counts much for our health and wellness.
  • Living in simplicity means living within the set norms of behaviour and within the norms set by the society.
  • Having no complexities in our life means no confusion in life at all. Having no confusion means a plain lifestyle which could be understood very easily.
  • Simple diet will do more good to us than the fast food taken which neither is digested properly nor gives any benefit to the person concerned. It is well said that what we eat is reflected in our health and wellbeing.

What are the things two aspiring duo should keep in mind on dating?? (As asked)

What are the things two aspiring duo should keep in mind on dating??

Before going on dating or getting seriously involved with somebody of your choice, it is in the fitness of things to take into some contentious points which require immediate attention by the two the twosome.

First of all, it is important that both the suitors understand each other to the extent possible under different situations and conditions. Understanding means the likings, disliking, tolerance level, patience, ability to listen and appreciate other’s viewpoints then change accordingly, where it is needed without compromising self-esteem. This understanding too means adjustment with the change in situations and conditions. We should always bear in mind that it will not always be a smooth sailing when male and female are on the verge of knowing each other for establishing future relationship. This should be on the basis of give and take. One sided positive reception will not last long.

Understanding each other is essential since there are people who can defeat their pipe-dreams, but may be, these may not prove to be of any substance. Two things should not make any difference; neither the financial background of the family concerned and also the caste or religion of the suitors. Only the suitability or otherwise of the person concerned should be reckoned. Then as far as possible, compatibility too is an essential element  for consideration. It means adjusting with the situation or condition which may arise from time to time.

Each of the suitors should take into consideration whether they have come to know about each other before or it is instant familiarity which each of them want to solidify further. For this the following should be kept in mind.

  1. Start with a clean slate without any pre-conceived idea for each other. There should be sincerity of purpose at every step which should reflect positivity to both the doting duo.
  • There should be prevalence of love between them – a bond which reflects inner calmness.
  • Do the two suitors should try knowing each other to the extent possible. Not showy but should reflect innocence and honesty.
  • Each should tell about their likings and disliking of each other.
  • If any contentious points come in the way, these could be ironed out amicably.
  • Be concerned and get exercised that nothing is swept under the carpet since it may cause irreparable damage for furtherance of relationship.
  • Pay attention to each other’s sensitivities.
  • Never point out other’s drawbacks on his/her face since it may cut short the developing relationship. It should always be construed that nobody is perfect. With this premise in mind, it is in fitness of things to eliminate these drawbacks to the level under the circumstances.
  • Never be argumentative on in any event since nobody has ever won an argument but discussions can solve our differences.
  • Do not over-react on anything which may arise from time to time.
  • One important thing should also taken into account; the relatives of each suitor are important so nothing should be done to contradict each other on this.
  • We should never be the prisoners of our own thinking but also listen to our suitor too; introspect and then have positive views on each others.
  • Never let take pity on your companion since it will prove counter-productive.
  • For heaven’s sake do not show lip-service on any issue but be assertive and present your views on a variety of subjects openly but without being pompous on any issue.

Sow the seeds of compassion and you will get good returns.

Be true to yourself and your suitor, without ever over-state anything. You may be spoiling your own chances of relationship being fine-tuned for cementing. Tall-talk will always be caught and when it happens dating done cannot fructify into a healthy relationship.

EDUCATION HAS A SALUTARY EFFECT

EDUCATION HAS A SALUTARY EFFECT

EDUCATION IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL OF TRANSFORMATION

The ropes which has got entangled

Which cannot easily be disentangled

Over a period of time

Can best be suitably arranged

Through the medium of education

Which helps us in learning the ropes

To tide over the situation

As and when there is darkness in the horizon

We see light in the other side of dark tunnel

Showing us the path even in pitch dark

Due to the enlightenment given to us

Thru’ the learned lessons

By our self-efforts

And also gained from others’ experiences

We see everything evolving for ourselves

With every step we venture to take with confidence

With the medium of light created  by education

Which becomes a torchbearer, so potent

To illuminate our dark and tedious trail

Thus making our sojourn so easy to negotiate.

Education too enlightens our inner-self

First thru self introspection

Thereby to our weakness and potentials

Then obtaining self-realization

By cleansing our system off all dross which exists

Through the power of education

Which teaches us how best to have right reaction

In the emergent conditions

By bestowing us needful wisdom

Through practice and experimentation

And also through God’s intervention.

 Education bestows us to absorb positive traits

Such as empathy, fellow-feeling, selflessness and spread of Dharma

While removing the negative values in the form of Adharma

And ultimately realization of purpose of life.

Experimenting with education we get with efforts so sincere

We get sound knowledge on vast majority of subjects

Knowledge thus gained is sensibly utilized  

To unravel the basic truth, hitherto hidden

Thereby getting wisdom through experimenting with Truth

Which gives us level-headedness

To know and make difference what is right and wrong

Including when to speak

And when to keep silent.

EDUCATION HAS A SALUTARY EFFECT

Education is learning that we undertake as an exercise so as to garner knowledge from the vast sea of knowledge which is before us just to be explored and exploited to a maximum extent. This education is the treasure of knowledge gleaned over a period of time through practice and experimentation. The knowledge gained and kept hidden from others will be of no use if it is not disseminated to the people concerned. It has to be transferred by firstly by parents to the kids then by a teachers or guru to the aspirants for their upliftment of their inner self. Education gained should teach us how best to live in the society, keep conducive atmosphere, how to stay calm while others are losing their calmness besides facing the challenges of life.

Literally, education has been originated from its root word ‘educare’ means leading from darkness to light. In other words, the education could remove the specter of ignorance and lead us to illumination. Education should draw out the inner potentials from our system so as to bestow real joy, bliss, peace of mind along with compassion. Education should also enhance our creativity so that we are remembered even after we are not here on this earth. Education is also an indelible adhesive for our self-realization to attain the very purpose of our life for which we are here on this earth besides following spiritual oriented life to achieve that purpose.

The fault-line in education is that we want to get it in order to get a particular profession through that it and after we have attained, we tend to forget what we had gained over a period of time as though the education got had a limited scope and purpose i.e. of getting a career foothold and then absorb in the rat race of plunging deep into the career intricacies. In the new career too, we can learn new things which may help us to add-on to what we we learned before the career started and what we would be learning during the career progression; on daily basis. We’ve to be  a student always from our birthday till the final journey of our life.

Importantly, education is what we learned based on a set of syllabus, appear for the final examination and then woefully forgetting the day we’ve succeeded in getting a career. Those things which are necessary and could be made applicable in our daily lives are missing in the syllabus. A student who graduates is not able to eke out a living for himself/herself. He/she is fit only for white color jobs and unfortunately these jobs are not abundantly in numbers.

GURUKULA SYSTEM OF EDUCATION

An education should be such which helps the students in not only acquiring right type of career but also teach them to adjust in the society in which they are living. In ancient India, there was Gurukula system of education wherein education and other skills; such as skill in defending oneself. These Gurukulas were located outside the population, mostly in the forest areas. After the admission of the pupils, the parents or their relations were not allowed to visits their offspring. Here education was imparted to all pupils from rich and poor background. No discrimination or special treatment was given to any. The age for admission of the children was 9-10 years of age and Gurukul leaving after their education was around 17-19 years. The purpose of education was the holistic growth and development of the Shishyas.

LEARNING SKILLS FOR ADAPTABILITY AND REALIZE THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Learning the skills of self-help and performing those household chores themselves like cooking, bringing woods and available fruits from the jungles, they were taught how best to adjust with little or no resources to fall back, the stress was basically holistic growth and development of the pupil. In this, humanism, community feeling, compassion and imbibing positive traits which make their lives sublime. The Guru used to command respect and the shisheys (Pupils) revered their teachers the respect they deserved as their molders.  Learning by doing was the main thrust of these Gurukuls besides inculcation of value system and character building in the children so that they get assimilated in the society after their necessary education.

MODERN SYSTEM OF EDUCATION AND ITS DRAWBACKS

The modern system is entirely different than the Gurukula system of education. Here less stress is given to the holistic development of the children. The students learn by rote/cram of the syllabus just to get good percentages of marks in the final examinations. A score above 90% is considered a sure panacea for getting good college of repute or admission to a professional degree course. In this scheme of things, character building and inculcation of value system in the student are not considered necessary. Much stress is not paid to the development of body and mind. Acquiring degree is the sole consideration.

In the modern schools, the student counselors are appointed in some schools, but their task is not for taking care of their mental health/psychology of the students but to showcase to the parents and the society at large to enhance their TRP.

IN MODERN SYSTEM OF EDUCATION SIMPLICITY IS GIVEN GOOD BYE

In the Gurukula system of education all used to put on the same simple dress; in modern system, simplicity is given good bye. More stress is given to expensive uniforms/dresses. Purpose is to  exposing or showcasing the outer rich-outlook rather than richness from within.  Not only this, the students do not care about their diets. The students take fast-foods in the canteens run by various schools bringing in its wake gain to the concerned schools but loss to the health of the students.

PURPOSELESS EDUCATION CREATES ENHANCES UNEMPLOYMENT INDEX

Our professional colleges and universities are churning out graduates and post-graduates (Academics and Professional alike) in huge numbers with no hope of getting employment with the type of education imparted to them. If skill based education is imparted, the persons concerned could take up some business and eke out a living after training and thus creating a space for himself/herself.

Furthermore, the very purpose of education gets defeated when those who qualify with high percentages too cannot find their names due to ongoing reservation tag which hangs like a Sword of Damocles always thus creating frustration amongst such students.

CHARACTER BUILDING NOT BEING STRESSED IN OUR SCHOOLS

Character building is not the stressed in our schools. In one of the Parents/Teachers meeting, when one of the teachers informed parents (Both the spouses employed) of student about the awful behavior of their ward, the parents shot back that they send their ward to school so that the school looks after all the aspects of development. It means when the student is admitted in the school, the responsibility of the parents just stops!. Seemingly, the parents do not give quality time to their wards and the teachers are hard pressed to take care of completion of their syllabus for better results and in the process the sufferer is the student. There is indiscipline in the students; they neither obey the parents at home nor teachers in the school! Such students get stigma of maladjustment in the society after their schooling; if at all it gets completed?

An education which gives inner peace besides ensuring all development is the true education. In olden times, education was Gurukul based, where the preachers used to transfer the education, mostly spiritual based.

·        The students should learn good attitude, imbibe good habits and behavior pattern and should know how to conduct themselves with others. It is up to them to be Buddha like or or a Bapu Gandhi, or a Newton like or a militant choice lies with them because they will have to face the music ultimately.

·        Education should bring about holistic growth and development in the students.

·        Education should be goal-oriented. What could be achieved after a particular degree or course/training should be clearly spelled out to avoid disappointment after acquiring education. Groping in the darkness will hardly bring us dividends ultimately.

·        After schooling the students should be able to eke out a living and not become a burden on others even after earning degrees. A course on skill based training/course can make difference.

·        The students and the parents should have right perception, right orientation, right decision at right time about subjects or courses to be chosen and hard work to be put for realization/fructification of the efforts should be clearly thought to avoid disenchantment ultimately.

·        The students should bear in mind that they go to school for learning and be disciplined and productive citizens after acquiring right type of education for which they are suited.

·        The education acquired should make it possible to face the challenges of our lives and make it possible to adjust in the society in which we are living.

·        Education should give us to act rationally, our words and speech should be refined, we should know when to speak and when to remain silent, have empathy for others.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMAN DAY (IWD) ON 8TH MARCH 2019

WOMAN IN A VARIETY OF ROLES AND AVTARS: AS MOTHER, WIFE, GRAND-MOTHER, DAUGHTER, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, SISTER  AND  AS A FRIEND

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMAN DAY (IWD)

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY (IWD) ON 8TH MARCH 2019

The women in their various functions are second to none. I am of the firm view that without a woman’s pro-active role, this world of ours would NOT have been what it is right now – progressive and forward looking. Her various roles as mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, friend besides handling miscellaneous responsibilities are unique in nature and our appreciation for these roles..

The International Woman Day is being celebrated on 8th March 2019. Lets affirm our commitment for equitable/balanced development in the field of socio-economic, cultural and ensuring equality between all genders.

WOMEN YOU ARE GREAT

Her day starts in the wee hours in the morn,

Waking herself, preparing herself for home chores,

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

Prepares milk or feed for the tiny tots,

Followed by morning tea or breakfast for the kin entire,

This over, but her work has just not over,

Then homework for going to work starts,

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

To meet increased needs due to price hikes,

She rises to the occasion without any concern for herself,

And is all set to increase the kitty of folks,

To eke out extra funds for them,

For needs of shelter, schooling et al,

So that their present is better than days gone by,

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

Is now capable to run an office with flair,

In this process she faces challenges,

Both at the field at home,

And in the workplace, with composure intact,

With insight and with diplomacy at her command,

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

Moves files and what it takes,

Moves on the ladder of career devoid of crutches,

Catches on the trend in the market and at workplace,

She gets used to everything with ease,

At workplace or in the cockpit of a plane,

She plainly is in the best of her elements,

Even those who used to call her weaker gender,

Are constrained to have a second opinion about her,

Their mindset have gone a sea change for her,

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

And in their own home and hearth,

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

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

Confronting the animal of intricacy with ease

at her command,

My profuse salute to thee for keeping alive our races,

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

It is due to the women
That we’re here on this beautiful planet
The relations
Such as daughter
– the one who looks after us when need assistance
in the son’s absence
Gone somewhere to pursue his ambitions
Sister, who reminds us that we can bank on her when we need help
Daughter-in-law, continues our family and its traditions
Wife, who comes from other family
dissimilar in cultural mores and traditions
but imbibes everything of the adopted household
Nurses everybody
Becomes home-maker
Takes responsibility of the children and elder members alike
Mother, mothers us from the birth to different stages of our life
without any demand whatsoever
Mother-in-law, gives us motherly love
you just introspect and see
How much women mean to us
Without them what we would be
Nay, our existence will not be there
for writing these lines
Now, finally our MOTHER DIVINE
Who created everything and everybody
Including the Gods
Without Her this world and universe
would not have been there at all
MY WARM RESPECT TO THE WOMEN

WARM REGARDS TO THE VENERABLE WOMEN.

WOMAN IN A VARIETY OF ROLES AND AVTARS: AS MOTHER, WIFE, GRAND-MOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER  AND  AS A FRIEND

MOTHER

I feel sorry for those who have never known the love of a mother, because by missing this ultimate love, such people may not be able to know the true meaning of love at all. It is also a fact that every mother is a greatest gift of Divine. She is the symbol of  indomitable and unconditioned  love, affection, adoration, care,  a symbol of suffering for others, a symbol of sacrifice, a symbol of selfless service, a symbol of hope for the entire family, a symbol of endurance for others without self-care besides taking responsibility without caring for self as an human being.

Those who are fortunate to experience the love of a mother know what this sacred relationship means. I was hugely influence by my mother since I lost my father (A 1st World War veteran) when I was studying 8th standard. As an ex-soldier, he lead an active life connected with social service etc. As far as my mother is concerned, she gave me everything which I possess today i.e. value system, my courage of conviction, attitude towards others, way of conducting myself, how to suffer lonely, how best to live with poise and balance even in hard times besides how best to adjust in the joint family. She taught that if we care for present time, the future will be well care for us and what has happened in the past should give us experiences. If the experience is good, we should continue following the same and if bad then we should forget it as a bad dream and clear our head altogether. Although she was not that much literate but she was having all the wisdom of a most endearing and caring mother. Her hand on my head ensured that I shall march ahead in my life. Ultimately, at the ripe age of 95+ I lost her – here too I was very fortunate since on the day (Sunday) I had gone to my home town from my duty place to see my mother. She was slightly indisposed. We were sitting in the courtyard and having breakfast. After her breakfast, she lied down on the cot as as I was massaging oil to her hairs. Low and behold, all of a sudden, there was a deep moan and she was gone. What a death and that too in my presence. Her face reflected satiety even in her death. That is the story of my mother.

WIFE OR SPOUSE OR COMPANION

It has been observed that marriage as an institution becomes a smooth journey when both the spouses act for overall welfare of the family. Before the marriage, a girl in her father’s home is adored immensely. She learns values system, becomes adept in cooking, and other miscellaneous skills such as stitching and keeping the household neat and clean besides taking care of the elders and children in the family. She gets proper education at her parents’ home and when she reaches the marriageable age, a suitable partner is chosen.  It has been rightly said that behind every successful man there is a woman who assists the family as a well-knit unit. She not only assists in miscellaneous/assorted tasks but also ensures that functions of family run smoothly. As a wife or consort, she assists her spouse to bestow unconditional physical and emotional love. Whenever there is hard times, she not only assists her husband in maintaining her husband home but many a times takes up some profession for supplementing the income of the household besides keeping the dignity and honour of the household. She not only respects her husband and remains true to him but also other members of the family to fructify the needs of the family. Her opinion is both acknowledged and respected by all in the family along with take care of the household duties. She acts responsibly, acts with patience and at times have to face opposition but she takes everything in her stride. She is the architect of household who procreates for the family and keeps the civilization ticking. She educates her children and teaches them the value system to her children since as a mother she is the first Guru of a child.  

My wife has performed all the succor to my family. She assisted me in every situation. I know when I was financially stringent, while my children were studying, she pro-actively assisted me in every situation. It may be provision of right education to our children or construction of a habitable home, finding suitable for my progenies besides career selection for them. There will not be any exaggeration in mentioning here that presently I am satisfied with what I am, it is solely due to my wife, my companion for life. I respect her immensely. May God bestow her strength and fortitude to assist my family tide over the harder situation with aplomb with the grace of Almighty God.

SISTER

Although I have got no real sister, yet I know what a relationship as a sister connotes. A sister is the one who grows with you, takes care of you even while gorwing with you. If she is elder sister, she looks after you with care and caution and not let the absence of mother bother you since knows how best to look after the family. In the festivals; she is most sought after. She shows her skill in cooking the best dishes not only for the entire family but also for the guests who visit the household. She conducts herself with smile with everybody while serving the entire family and guests. While during festivals like RAKSHABANDAN, she ties Rakhi to her brothers and the brothers give solmn promise her of her safety and security in front of Divine Mother (The embodiment of Shakti). On the BHAIDOOJ, she applies sacred vermillion and flower on the forehead of her brother(s and and prays for the well-being of her brothers.. She is considered the light of the family besides she spreads love and light in the family including a message that without sisters a house cannot be termed as a home. Thus sisters are the embodiment of tolerance, persistence and when she leaves home after her marriage, the entire family misses her hugely.

DAUGHTER

Our daughters are the light of our homes. Without our daughters, our homes are considered incomplete. I do enjoy the company of my two daughters. While they were small, we looked after them, brought them up in the good surroundings, after their school and college studies thereafter proper professional training they got employment. Now despite being married off and having their own homes to take care, both of them look after me and my wife in the absence of my son who has married and is presently in abroad pursuing a profession. Fortunately, their homes are not that far – in fact walking distance from my home. While  I go to attend my office, my daughters after their morning chores,  performing other tasks including sending their children to schools pay a visit to my home routinely and take care of my wife. If and when there is any requirement of medi-care or to purchase any groceries, they help both of us. Even they help us choosing our clothes! Both I and my wife enjoy their company to the maximum. What our lives would have been without my daughters. They are the gifts of my dear  Bhagwan Ji.  

The espoused cause of Government of India BETI BACHAO BETI PADAO is on the dot so that the girl child is cared, protected and provided right type of education because when we teach a girl, it means we are teaching an entire family as a unit because she assists the family she is married in educating her children and others.

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

This relationship is one of the most important one since if a daughter or sister is married off to another family, the another girl from other family has to be brought in the family fold. I should say, she her relationship for me is just like a daughter being the father-in-law for her and a wife of the son who is brought up and contributes for strengthening the bond in the family. Her contribution for the family is not less than a daughter and a sister who are married off to other family. For her, it is a great thing since she is brought up in a different atmosphere of a family and has to adjust and be adaptive to change in the new setting of another family. My salutation to her since it is not an easy task to assimilate in another environs after being married.

GRAND MOTHER

I was very small child, may be about 5 years, when my grand-mother died. She too died of old-age. I remember her as a tough woman with poise and composture; with her voice full of charm which always attracted children towards her. She remained busy with household chores even in her old-age. One day when sleeping, she did not get up. I tried waking her but in vain. She had given maximum to the family and kept the honour and dignity of the family as a close knit unit.

MY WARM SALUTATION TO YOU ON THIS GREAT DAY

INNER FREEDOM – ITS MEANING AND ITS FUNCTION IN OUR LIVES

INNER FREEDOM – MEANING AND ITS FUNCTION

INNER FREEDOM

After our thoughts and actions

Have cleansed off the inner contraditions

Which our scheming brain have created

By being judgemental at every step we venture taking

With skepticism and negative emotions abounding

Owing to which our inner self overflows with selfishness

And with anger, lust with trust deficit in abundance

And in the process we become our own enemy number one

Because we lose inner freedom to think or to act on that thought.

Inner freedom is essential to fill our heart with compassion

For our brethren while in need and badly require our helping hand.

It is the freedom of our heart

To understanding the feelings of others

And also our own feelings.

While we’re having inner freedom

Then our-self is filled with softer feelings

We imagine ourselves fling like a free bird

In the vast clear blue sky around

And then being amidst the greenery

And the valley of flowers

With murmuring sound of a rivulet flowing mystically

And soft sound of breeze blowing gently

With our heart filled with all encompassing love

A feeling of touching all the horizons

When our mind and soul are in sync.

Thence we are self-realized

With over-flowing bounties of God.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INNER FREEDOM


Importantly, while we talk about freedom, it is autonomy or liberty in
thoughts and actions on the basis of our thoughts without any coercion
or force on us. It is freedom, independent of any external pressure whatsoever. It could also be termed as a decision taken as per our own volition/free will. But it should never be forgotten that our freedom of action does not mean freedom to sepak or act against anybody we intend to.
There are some determining factors which are responsible for adopting this course.

SYMPTOMS OF INNER FREEDOM


While we are having inner freedom, our soft-feelings come into play our inner self is without any negative thoughts such as anger, greed, envy/jealousy, egocentric tendencies, resentment, indifference for others, etc. then the emotions of heart takes upper pedestal in our life. Empathy
means to share our not only material things but our knowledge we have attained over a period of time. While giving others our possessions, I have found that we are granted more bounties by our Bhagwanji by sharing and caring others. By doing so, we can make our life very
simple and purposeful. It means, we can make ourselves happy with less which God has
graced us.

When we are satisfied with what we have or do not have then we can remain more with our own selves than comparing ourselves with other, with their material possessions, with their power and status because our heart is asking for nothing other than we already possess.


It is the freedom of our heart to understand the feelings of others vis-à-vis ourselves. Inner freedom is the feeling of compassion, feeling of love for others and also render helping hand to the concerned person(s) without any expectations in return. It is the soft feeling for others. This could be attained by detached attachment. We can transact our daily routines but without much reliance on the fruits of our action that is in an atmosphere of freedom. This should be in an atmosphere of inner calmness, peaceful, warmth and in an atmosphere of cooperative echo system. Every one of us has freedom of thought, imagine, visualize, and contemplation etc. where our mind could take us. It is our inner freedom to imagine ourselves in the midst of greener with brook flowing just majestically with sweet air flowing a sinuous atmosphere indeed.  Or flying like a free bird in the blue sky or being alone in the blue water of the sea. These reveries are our own creation and these are in consonance of our free will or could be termed as inner freedom.  In this sort of a setting, we are cool, with poise with all the positive traits coming into play. Such feelings are in the form of empathy, compassion, inner composure bereft of any envy/jealousy, anger, rancor, deceit/treachery and all the other negative traits put together.

ACCEPTANCE OF TRUTH AND LIVING TRUTHFULLY GIVE FREEDOM

Sometimes we are constrained to accept the reality and bite the bullet, we wish it or not. We have to live truthfully if we want to have internal freedom to think and act.

INNER FREEDOM WITHOUT CLEANSING OUR INNER SELF IS NOT POSSIBLE

For inner freedom to be a reality, it is essential that we remove all the dirt and darkness from our mind through our self efforts and by practicing discrimination what ought to be done and what to be avoided.  It should always be remembered that we have to have self-realization as our goal for meaningful inner freedom.

TO BE SELF AWARE

All of us occasionally face dilemma of facing challenges in our life due to which our inner self gets disturbed. If we keep in mind the Lord Krishana sagacious advice to Arjuna which enunciated: We all need to free ourselves of all dilemmas and take challenges in our stride and act..while being aware of our own self.

WHEN INNER DISTURBANCE ENDS WE ATTAIN INNER FREEDOM

We have inner tussle going on because of imbalance because of inner contradictions caused by our brain conditioning and thus act accordingly. If we remove this inner contradictions due to brain conditioning and recondition ourselves  through self awareness.  Initially, it is easier said than done but constant practice can make huge difference.


FREEDOM TO ACT WITHIN CONFINES OF SOME NORMS


It is not that we can go to any limit in pulling others down or unreasonably criticizing others for selfish ends. We have to take into cognizance the border-line within which we can do so. There
are some norms set by the society within which we can do so otherwise this element of free-will will tantamount to transgressing somebody else’s territory.


FREEDOM TO EARN OUR LIVING BUT NO FREEDOM TO SUBJUGATE OTHERS’ FREEDOM

It is a fact that we are free to take any profession according to our capability and situation we are in but it hardly means that we forcibly snatch or use violence to coerce others to part with their hard earned possessions. If we resort to such acts it amounts to unethical acts.


SIMPLICITY IN OUR HEART BRINGS ABOUT FREEDOM OF THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS IN OUR LIFE


It has been observed that in each of us, there is a desire for freedom. There are desires of material possession, to hanker after power and pelf, or whatever we want to excel ourselves in the eyes of people around us. But when our desires are more refine, filled with civility, more sublime with overflowing humility, more elevating thoughts, more joy of giving, giving calmness to our mind and existence then we limit our desires which have impermanent value.

A SIMPLE LIFE HELPS

No extra demands, no comparison with others,
if I succeeded, it was due to my God and if I failed that too was due
to Him only with this impression I live even now at 68+. Remaining
busy from early morning till 11:30 PM, is not due to my determination
at this age but due to inner peace and His blessings. No stresses or
strains. Whatever is attained till now, not due to my accomplishments
but His grace. I had challenges in my life, but I do not know when
these were solved or may be some of these still persist but belief him
Him just makes it possible to tide over anything and everything.
I have also experienced some roadblocks on my path but simple way of
handling with poise and composure made it possible to tide over the
situation without taking those roadblocks to block the functioning of
heart and the system.

INNER FREEDOM IN MY LIFE

Satisfaction and Success


If I just go back my life from childhood onwards, from an average
family background in a village where we had do be satisfied with what
we had – simple living in fact. My education was also in a Government
run school/college, got Government employment, got married, had
children, brought them up in simple atmosphere, retired from service
with some commendations here and there while in service. Children
married, living their own lives as per their Karma. Pin-pricks here
and there were there but inner peace and belief on God just
ameliorated everything.

WE’VE TO HAVE INNER STRENGTH (ANDAR KI SHAKTI)

I try to live according to situation and within the limits of my earnings according to the percept: cut your coat according to your cloth. In my life, with God’s grace, I’ve not taken any loan from any bank or any other source because I’ve tried to live with the earnings which I’ve. Exceeding the limit means, being steeping in the debits or being indebted to someone. This is possible by living a simple life. I’ve not purchased any vehicle till now; not that I cannot. I occasionally endeavour to walk so as to keep myself in the best of my health and well-being. Yesterday, when somebody tauntingly mentioned in front of others the reason for not purchasing a vehicle for commuting from home to office! To which I replied just calmly. I did not purchase the vehicle since I did not have money.


SIMPLICITY IN OUR HOME & FREEDOM


There are people who clutter their materials in their homes with materials in order to showcase their possessions.  These things are dumped in such a manner which emit negativity not only for the members of the family but also for guests visiting the family. Our endeavor should be to present a picture of simplicity in everything we have kept in our homes which should reflect positive feel and not a feeling of distraction and negative emotions – showcasing anything should be avoided. Simplicity should be a buzz word.  Storing too many precious things to to show-off richness will not do us any good but make our life more complex since we also require time and energy to maintain those material possessions in our household. Simplicity and inner freedom go hand in hand.

THOUGHTS ON LORD SHIVA – OUR OWN BHOLA JI (CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ON MAHASHIVRATRI ON 4TH MARCH 2019)

THOUGHTS ON  SHIVA – OUR OWN BHOLA JI

(CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR MAHASHIVRATRI on 4th MARCH)

Lord Shiva has himself told the deities that he had manifested in the form of Pillar of Fire’ in the month of Agahan and during the constellation of Ardra. Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati (Nature – Prakriti) are really difficult to be understood by a normal human being. Both love their creations; it may be normal humans or demons (Lord Shiva’s liking for Demon King Ravana as a great Bhakta of Shiva is well known), ghosts, spirits (which Lord Shiva took with him at the time of his marriage with Parvati), amongst all the creations. They are adoring, simplistic, pleasing in bestowing their graces with slightest of prayers, enigmatic, recluse, forgiving, artistic, greatest preachers, greatest scientist etc. Therefore, we should not only to dwell on their union in marriage but also their compassionate NATURE which we should try to emulate.  I have tried to cover some of His aspects. Kindly appraise – although these are not complete because SHIV PURANA contains everything that a human should know and emulate in our life for peace and prosperity and bring about happiness and ultimately MOKSHA (LIBERATION).


SHIVA

THOUGHTS ON LORD SHIVA

The Great Night of Shiva – our most loved Godhead

When Shiva and Parvati got  united in the marriage considered most sacred

Parvati is the daughter of King Himachal

And the sister of Goddess Ganga

The sacred promises of marriage were exchanged

To be kept in mind while living the life together

While reminiscing the marriage of the greatest Souls.

Lord Shiva is the in charge of destruction

And subsequently to be created again.

Goddess Parvati is the Goddess of fertility

Love and devotion along with power (Shakti)

She has been called variously by 100 names

She is part of Trinity amongst Goddesses

Lakshmi, the Lorddess of wealth and prosperity

Lordess of knowledge an learning is Saraswati.

For Lord Shiva it is essential to be aware of

Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Where Satyam relates to truth

Which could be tested

Shivam means giving for growth

From infancy onwards

Sundaram means aesthetic beauty

Inculcated through giving knowledge (Gyan)

But without expectation in return

We  seek oneness of ourselves with that of Divine.

Thenceforth Divine Couple appeared in the form of Ardhanarishwa

This way, complementing each other

As Shiva and Shakti to bless all the creation

Lord Shiva is known by 1008 names as per Shiv Purana


Mahadeva, Maheshwara, Ardnarishwara


Devadeva, Gurudeva, Lingaraja, Natraja, et al

There are many form and manifestation of Lord Shiva

Our Shiva Ji is the greatest and majestic mystic

Hr is enigmatic, non-perceivable God

Disarmingly Naïve or Bhalla to the core

A greatest master and a great teacher

The One who forgives Ashutosha, Baireva

A dynamic dancer Natraja

Who ingests even poison to save others

A greatest scientist of repute

Who loves each and every forms of creations

In fact he is product and amalgamation

Of all which exist in this world and beyond

And what not

Who displays His prowess just

Differently at different points of times

Sometimes he is Bhola or Rustic  recluse

Sitting in Smadhi posture even in cremation grounds

Other times he is  sitting in Smadhi posture

In majestic Himalayan Kailash Parvat

Emanating profuse aura and inner Shakti

Lord Shiva himself tells His deities

That He manifested himself

In the form of Pillar of Fire

Which is famously termed as Longasthan

With stark resemblance

To Mountain of Fire

Famously termed as Arunachal.

One who worships Lord Shiva

In the month Agahan

And also during the constellation of Ardra

Including  Shivratri Day in His Form as Linga

Is more dear to Him than His own son Kartikeya.

Shiva is the greatest of all the educators

He taught Barhmaji – the incharge of Creation

And Vishnuji – the incharge of evolution

The  five duties (Panchakritya) of theirs

On which the affairs and significance of the world function

Shrishti – the Creation

Sthithi – position

Samhar  – Annihilation

Tirobhav – concealment

Anugrah – Obligation or compassion.

The origin of this world is due to Sarga or Nature

Of Shakti or power which is essential for any action

The establishment of this world is Stithi or position

The earth is important for habitation

The  destruction of this world is Samhar

Which is essential for fresh creation

The absence of this world is concealment or  Tirobhav

Essential for recreation

For continuation of living being

Moksha is the liberation from births and deaths or Anugrah

Shiva took the duties of destruction for further creation

The job of Sanhar & Tiribhav

Including finally the Anugrah is the giver of salvation

Task of Sarga (Nature) is for nurturing for its survival

Through its vegetation and other bounties

Available in abundance for use by the creation.

Subsequently, Lord Shiva explains about the meaning of OMKAR

It is the power of Shakti (Nature) and Shiva

Reciting OMKAR  gives the person concerned

The Moksha or Libration from birth and death.

Also the importance of Shivalinga was explained

It could be made mud, metal or stone

Then appropriate place of installation has to be chosen

And process of performing the Shodasopachar

Or purification to be undertaken accordingly

Where it could be worshipped routinely

With the prayer OM NAMAH SHIVAY

Without any obstruction which may come in the way.

How best to worship Lord Shiva meaningfully.

Worshipping done at night time is considered most appropriate

For getting full connectivity with Lord Shiva

Worshipping Shiva dissolves the sins of a worshippers

And if the worshipping is done with utmost sincerity

It could bestow us Moksha or Libration

From births and deaths

Besides bestowing us the place in His Abode for good.

For famous temples of Shiva

Are located on the banks of sacred rivers

Such as Ganges, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari

Narmada, Kaveri, Sarayu, Tungabhadra et al.

THEN it is recognized by the Shiva Bhaktas

That a person should be known by the Karmic deeds

One does in thoughts and action.

A person is not known  by the family he/she is born

But the Karma which one does in person

A Brahman who is engaged in criticizing irrationally

Could be termed as Shudra Brahmina

A Kshatriya who is serving others

Could be termed as Brahmin Kshatriya.

The Dharma too is of two types

Dharma performed by matter and materials

Performance through Yagya or Yagna

Amongst it is Agni-Yogya

By offering Havan Samagri

Materials such as til, barley fragrance

Mixed with  cow-ghee is put in the fire

With great reverence

Amid chanting of Vedic Mantra

Along with reciting of Shiva Mantra – OM NAMON SHIVAYE

Conducting this in the evening hours brings about prosperity

And doing this in the morning brings about longevity.

Then Dharma performed by  physical activities

Like performing pilgrimage to the places known to us

Could bring about prosperity and peace of mind.

Meditational methodology pursued in various Yugas must be known

During Satya-Yuga

The meditation was done to for self-awareness

In Treta-Yuga, it was done through penance for benefit of self

During Dwapara Yuga it was attained through Yagaya

While in Kali Yuga Idol Worship is being followed

For attaining self-realisation.

Amongst everything else that is known

Righteousness brings about happiness

Opposite brings about sorrows and unhappiness.

The various days of week are then known differently

By the names of different deities

Attributing for Shiva Himself, Sunday as the auspicious day

Monday Maa Durga – the Shakti have immense prowess

Tuesday, Skand the son of Lord Shiva

Wednesday – Lord Vishnu the God responsible for evolution

Which has been created by the Lord of Creation

Thursday – Lord Yama the lord of death

Foor the one who is born on earth

Friday – Lord Brahma the lord of creation

For continuity of civilization

Saturday – Lord Indra the Rain God

Which hept maintain the greenery in tact

Worshipping on these days

Gives a worshipper prosperity and happiness

Worshipping on different places give different gains

Cowshed worshipping bestows virtue

On the banks of river gives ten times more virtues than the first one

Worshipping in the temple graces a Bhakta still more virtues

On the seashore profuse virtues

On the peak of mounts more than preceding one

Worshipping with huge focus the best results are attained.

Even the earthen idol of Shiva gives benefits

The idol should be washed with pure water

Thence with milk added to it

Performing abhishek to idol

Bestows purification of body and soul

Offering fragrance gives virtues of highest order

Offering Naivedya helps increase longevity

Incense of dhoop gives prosperity

Worshipping with burning wick

Gives knowledge to the devotee

Beetal leaves gives magnificence.

Worshipping in the month of Magha

And Krishna Chaturdashi bestows longevity

Worshipping Him with sincerity

and with focus gives joy and Moksha or salvation finally

During Kartik gives disease free existence.

The unifying powers of Shiva & Shakti

Give impetus to annihilate the sins

Pervading in the humans.

Chanting of OMKAR and Hari Shiva Pranav

Having the sounds A, U and Ma

Symbolizing the Trinity

Helps in libration from the eight  bondages

Which are Nature, Intelligence,

Qualitative, ego, senses

Touch, taste, smell, sound & sight

The thoughts and actions

Performed on the basis of these bondages

Are termed as the Karma

And a man reaps the harvest of his own Karma

Good karma gives pleasure

And bad one gives sorrow and displeasure

The soul take birth or gets liberation

Based on the Karmic deeds or misdeeds

Eight Chakras are nothing

But the eight forms of  Nature

Lord Shiva is beyond the realm of these Eight Chakras

A man desirous of attaining happiness and liberation

Should worship Shiva Linga

We rejoice this occasion and seek His Ultimate blessings
with the immensity of reverence in our inner recesses of being
For our spiritual health and inner peace

AND WITH A SOLEMN PRAYER TO RID THIS WORLD OF EVILS

IN ANY FORM OR MANIFESTATIONS.

  ON LORD SHIVA – SHIVRATRI

MAHA SHIVRATRI IS THE PIOUS NIGHT

Before delving more on the MAHA SHIVRATRI, it is relevant to understand the true meaning of SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM

The Trinity amongst Gods (Lord Bhrama, Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva) are responsible variously:-

Lord Bhrama is in charge of creation.

Lord Vishnu is in charge of maintenance and evolution.

Lord Shiva is in charge of destruction (Sanghaarkarta) and subsequently for rebirth.

The Trinity of Goddesses and their responsibilities are;-

Goddess Parvati is the Goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power (Shakti).

Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge and learning.

Satyam connotes essence or truth or reality – whose results could be tested and attested at any time and anyplace with similar results. In other words, these results could be confirmed scientifically.

Shivam means giving. This may be in the form of Gyan (knowledge) or any other agent of change which may help an individual’s growth in various stages of growth from childhood onwards.

Sundaram means that one ensures to receive information required for growth and development and wellness of the child without any expectation. This function is performed by the family and the society at large.

MAHA SHIVRATRI

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in the month of Phalguna as per Hindu calendar which is in the month of February. This is an annual feature which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence. This is the holiest day since this day is associated with the sacred marriage of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati (the daughter of Himalaya) – in fact coming together of Shiva & Shakti.

It is pertinent to mention the background as to how Shiva and Parvati had their first meeting. Parvati had seen Shiva while she was only eight years old. She formed an opinion that she will marry him only when she grows up while he was in a meditative trance. When she grew up, she told her father (Himavan) that she wanted to marry Shiva but he always remained in meditative consciousness. She was also fully determined to make him realize her love for him. She used to take leaves only and after a while, she left eating anything and thereafter even drinking water. Then finding the suitable opportunity, her father made mention about the state of health of his daughter to Shiva.

Mysticism of it all is that Shiva wanted to test her love for him still more. He went to her in the form of a handsome young man and asked her why she wanted to marry Shiva who, more often than not, remains in a meditative trance and always remains in the cremation grounds amongst ghosts etc with ash smeared on his body. He offered himself to marry her. Parvati straight away refused to marry him and was adamant that she will marry Shiva only and no one else. This way, he came back to his old form and asked Parvati for a boon. She asked Shiva to marry her.

Shivaratri means the night of Shiva. On this day devotees observe the strict fast and keep themselves awake during the night time, immersed in Lord’s prayers for deriving maximum benefits out of these sacred rituals.

Shivratari Lord Shiva’s most favorite day/night. When the earth was created, Shakti (Lordess Parvati) asked Shiva which day was the dearest and favorite one for Him. Shiva replied that 14th night of the new moon in the month of Phalguna was most pleasing to Him. Parvati thus repeated these words amidst the company of friends and others and thus the word spread far and wide to the multitudes and since then this day is being celebrated with great adoration.

Maha Shivratri is associated with the marriage of Shiva and Shakti. The devotees (Bhakta) know the significance of this day since it is very dear to Lord SHIVA. On this day, the devotees in different age groups (young & old) take the early bath in some sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna etc and offer prayer (pooja) in temples and also make offerings of bel patra and other leaves including berries also pour water on the Shiva Linga. Before washing the Lingum (the symbol of Lord Shiva) with utmost reverence with milk, ghee, honey, rose water etc people chant mantras. As Lord Shiva is known for His austere living he likes simple things and simple offerings in the form of herbs and leaves for pleasing Him. Devout perform prayers with immense pleasure and devotion.

There is also another legend attached to this day. At the time of the churning of the sea by the Godheads and the Demons (Rakshas) there surfaced a vessel full of poison amongst other enchanting objects like Kamdhenu (Wish-fulfilling cow, white horse, white elephant, Kalpavriksha (Wish-fulfilling tree), Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth), Dhanvantri (Divine Physician) and finally the vessel of Amrita (nectar). To save the world from the devastating effects of poison, Lord Shiva consumed the pot of poison and kept the same in his throat with his Yogic Powers and that is why

He is also called NEELKANTHA or Blue Throated with immense reverence. By doing so, LORD SHIVA saved the world from being annihilated.

SHIVA OR SIVA means ‘that what is not’ or which is beyond anything or everything. It is comparable to the nothingness of vast cosmos/nothingness of space with galaxies, planets, etc. That which is propitious, pure, simple, gracious, benevolent and full of beauty. In Vedic scriptures/literature, Shiva also connotes liberation or emancipation. He is the auspicious deity who is creator, reproducer, and destroyer of the forces of negativism and darkness. Shaivism also represents beliefs and practices of Hinduism. Shiva is not affected by three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas). He is called Supreme Lord. He is a great Yogi. One who is beyond any limit of appreciation – nothingness which can absorb anything and everything.

A great Yogi who gave us Yoga and method of living – living as mystic  Yogi but not oblivious of the family bondings. His contribution as a recluse and the householder is the phenomenon and cannot simply be ignored. The complexity of His traits as a deity cannot be comprehended if we do not delve deep into his life. In the earlier years, he used to wander in the Himalayan region and subsequently an ascetic who is always absorbed in Yogic meditation. This was proved right when the barat (marriage party) was received. Strange as it looked: Shiva as a groom, rode a bull, with matted hair, ash smeared all over the body, was a part of koupina or loincloth., a garland of bones and skulls, as usual, a trident in one hand and damru (drum) in the other hand.. There was the beating of drums and the mixed sound of trumpets – a terrific sound indeed. Amongst the baratis Marriage party) were Gods and Demi-Gods Not to speak of this, his marriage barati’s consisted of the ganas, ghosts and other strange and fearful witches, vampires etc. The marriage receiving party

A  MYSTIC WHO COULD BE PLEASED EASILY

We always say him in meditative posture – completely immersed in contemplation. He is Yogi with a difference who could be termed as the deity who could be pleased with bel patra and fruits. Simple sincere prayer can earn His bounties – that is why He is called as Bhole Shankar.

ULTIMATE WHEN FEROCIOUS

When Shiva is provoked beyond a limit, when He was in trance, as was done by Cupid or Kamadeva,  He opened His third eye and reduced him to ashes in a fit of anger.

There are 12 Jyotirlingas (Lingas of Light) which are held sacred by the devotees. They offer prayers at these holy places.

Devout chant Mantra OM NAMON SHIVAYE and also Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to get special benefits since this day falls in the most appropriate planetary positions in the Northern hemisphere; helps devotee raise his / her spiritual energy vigorously. The prayers are answered if these are done with sincerity. This day is also celebrated because on this night Shiva performed His cosmic dance (Tandava). This dance was enjoyed even by other Godheads.

Lord Shiva’s abode is mount Kailasha. He bearer of sacred river Ganga on his head besides a serpent named Vasuki. His devotee Nandi is the carrier of Lord Shiva.

In Shiv Purana, it has been mentioned that Shiva prayers should be done in the following manner to get maximum benefit:-

  1. SHIV LINGA. Shiva means auspiciousness and lingam means a symbol and when to put together it means: ‘a symbol of the great God of the universe who is all-auspicious’. It also means ‘the One in whom the whole of creation sleeps after dissolution. The worship of Shiva in the form of Longa is most prominent. It represents as a symbol God Himself. Shiva lingam is to be bathed in water, milk, and honey. For purification of these, bel patra should also be added. Vermilion paste represents virtue, after bathing the Shiva Linga with water, honey, curd etc with utmost devotion vermilion paste is applied on it.
  2. Natural fruits like berries are very dear to the Lord, hence these are offered. Fruits are also the sign of fulfillment of our desires and hence should be offered.
  3. Forgetting His grace and bounties offerings when dhoop (incense) is ritualistically burnt give maximum benefits.
  4. The lamp is lighted. The lamp symbolizes knowledge and wisdom and keeps away our ignorance. If this is lighted with devotion and offered to the Lord, we can derive maximum benefits.
  5. Finally, betel leaves are offered which symbioses the satiation of our worldly desires besides keeping our spiritual onward march intact.

ATTRIBUTES OF LORD SHIVA

It is important to know the attributes of Lord Shiva which are depicted variously as: benevolent, pious with huge reserves of compassion, easy to be pleased, honourable, delightful with brilliance, innocent, easy to be pleased, invincible, having huge prowess, fearful or ferocious when hugely provoked, Wrathful, violent and dangerous, destructive, autistic (Yogi Raj).

SHIVSHAKTI

Shiv-shakti Shiv is called Kala (the eternal time) and Parvati the consort of Shiv is also called Kali meaning ‘Time’ or ‘death’ (two mixed together means the ‘time has come’). Various people worship Shakti or Kali represents the feminine force whereas Shiva is the masculine force along with the power of peace.

LORD SHIVAJI FAMILY

Lord Shiva has two aspects. Firstly as an ascetic (Yogi) shown meditating and also as a householder – having family performing the dual functions wonderfully well. He has a consort named Parvati (the daughter of King Himalaya). The family consisted of the following:-

(a) Parvati. She is the Consort of Shiva, variously described as, Shakti (Divine Energy), Devi, Divine Mother along with Goddess Tripura Sundari, Durga, Minakshi, Kamakshi etc. She is also identified with Nature, creative energy, Ardhanarishvara (dynamic extension of Shiva without whom Shiva is incomplete.

(b) Ganesha.  Ganesha is the deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant which represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles. .He was created out of the remains of smut from the body of Parvati and further infused life into it. He is worshipped with great devotion, before starting any prayer or starting any business or new job His name is taken. He is said to the remover of Lord of removal of obstacles (vegan Karta), Lord of beginning. No Yagna or any ritual is incomplete without beginning with prayers to Lord Ganesha.

(c) Kartikeya. He was assigned with the responsibility of protecting the Gods and Demi-Gods. He is worshipped in South India by various names such as Murugan, Subramanya, Shanmugan and in North India as Skanda and Kartikeya.

(d) Ashok Sundari. While Parvati felt very lonely, she created Ashok Sundari from a tree to remove her monotony and loneliness because Shiva remained in meditation most of the time.

(e) Manasa Devi. She is considered kind to the devotees who worship her. Due to her bad temper and unhappy disposition, Mansa was rejected by Lord Shiva. She is termed as the goddess of snakes and worshipped in North India. She is also described as the destroyer of poison.

(f) Ayyappan. In the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a woman named Mohini, Lord Shiva was charmed by her beauty and through the union of the two Ayyappan was born. He is specially worshipped in South India.

(g) Then there are other children of Lord Shiva named Andaka and Jalandhar and Mangala.

Names of Lord Shiva. According to Shiva Purana, there are 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Some of these are given below:-

NATARAJA

There is a description in the Puranic period that Lord Shiva is also termed as the Lord of Dance or Eternal Dancer. The two most renowned dances are Tandava (which is the powerful and masculine dance) and is associated with the destruction while Lasya which is very graceful and exhibits delicacy of emotions and is attributed to Parvati and associated with creation. Both destruction and creation are the important factors in the universe and the world at large.

DAKSINNAMURTI

Represents the form of Shiva Murti facing South. This represents aspects as a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom.

ARDHANARISHVARA

It represents the combination of two; Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) depicting half male (Shiva) and half female (Parvati). It is due to the fact that Lord Shiva was hugely pleased by the austere traits of Parvati and granted her the boon of becoming part of his body.

Tripurantaka. In this Lord Shiva is depicted with four arms having bow and arrow in the at of destroying Demon named Tripura.

AVATARS OF SHIVA. In the description, in Linga Purana there are 28 forms of Shiva. Hanuman is known as Rudra Avtar (Rudra is a name of Shiva) as eleventh Avatar.

Ashutosh – One who fulfills wills.
Akshayaguna – With limitless attributes.
Anantadrishti – With an unrivaled vision.
Bholenath – One who is benevolent.
Bhooteshwara – one who is Lord of ghosts.
Bhudeva – One who is Lord of Earth
Mahadeva – Greatest God
Devadeva – Lord of the Lords
Gurudeva – Lord of all
Ingaraja – Lord of Lingas
Vishveshwara – One who is the Lord of Universe.

There are 12 Jyotirlingas (Lingas of Light) which are held sacred by the devotee. They offer prayers at these holy places. These are mentioned below:

  1. Somnath ( Lord of the Nectar of Knowledge)
    2. Nageshwar or Nagnath (Lord of 5 headed snake):
    3. Kedarnath ( Lord of Kedar):
    4.Vishwanath ( Lord of the Universe), Banaras-UP:
    5.Mahakaleswar ( The Lord of Death) Ujjain, MP:
    6. Amaleshwar (Lord of Purity) : Lord Shiva the purifier of all sins.
    7. Trayambkeshwar ( Lord of Third Eye ), Maharashtra:
    8. Ghrishneshwar (Lord of Positive Energy obtained from Churning of divine Knowledge), Maharashtra:
    9. Vaidyanathan (Lord of Vaidya/Ayurveda), Maharashtra:
    10. Bheemashankar (Mighty & Powerful Lord), Maharashtra:
    11. Mallikarjun ( Lord ), Andhra Pradesh:
    12. Rameshwaram (Ram worshiping Lord Shiva), Tamilnadu:

It has been observed that this earth and what it contains, the universe and all that it possesses (the sun, the moon, countless stars, etc) are the wonders which have been created by our Creator. These are created only by some SUPREME BEING to whom we can feel if we have the right attitude and all the other fine-tuned attributes like love, trust, etc. He has fathered us for a purpose and it is our duty to fulfill the assigned tasks in whatever way we can – by helping those who are not able to help themselves, doing good to others, forgiving others’ follies etc.

In conclusion, I am of the opinion that in Shiv Purana, mention has been made about the various aspect, about Karma philosophy, origin of Nature and the creation of the universe, the function of the Trinity, the practical aspect of segregation of professions, the meditation and the benefits derived from this, how best to perform various rituals including Shiva and Linga Sututi, the origin of Lord Shiva, function of Nature (Prakriti), et al. Kindly apprise the poem and the other contents.