GOD is very compassionate with us in every way, need is to use those blessings which are the results of His bounties and thank Him for everything that He gives us. We should also share these bounties with our fellow-beings. I am the person who loves God and His Creations. I love my Creator and not fear Him. My children are adjusted to life, incommensurate, to their Karma and destiny. I have served as a Sr CGO for about 38 years in a Central Govt. Presently I am serving as an Adm Offer with an Engineering College. I am a spiritual person with liberal ways of thinking. I respect all the religions as I respect mine since I understand that all the religions are the pathways to a SINGLE ENTITY - paths for connecting with Him may be different but the ULTIMATE SOURCE IS ONE. I want to be a student till last day of my life. I am a homeopath also, which I pursue as a social service only. Happy moments, I take as God's Gifts, sad ones I take as His Test for me. I believe that He will surely assist me in this Test of His, come what may. Really. I have more belief in Him than I am on my own. You can comprehend my philosophy in life from my write-ups which I write while interacting with them. I firmly believe that every person has the special characteristic which other fellows cannot have and I respect that person as such.
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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
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
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
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
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
O God, let the humans not shower bullets at
Spilling blood of the unfortunates in the
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.
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.
OF HOLI IN MATHURA (THE BIRTHPLACE OF LORD KRISHNA)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
was driven from the name Holika. Holika represents/personifies evil and its
burning is the end of evil. Pradhan personifies goodness.
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.
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
OF GOOD OVER EVIL
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
PEOPLE FORGET THEIR DIFFERENCES AND CELEBRATE
THIS COLOUR FESTIVAL
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.
Everything small-things is to be enjoyed
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
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.
With connectivity with our Creator.
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
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??
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
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
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
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
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
Never let take pity on your companion since it will
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.
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.
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.
enlightens our inner-self
First thru self
Thereby to our weakness
By cleansing our
system off all dross which exists
Through the power of
Which teaches us how best
to have right reaction
In the emergent
By bestowing us
Through practice and
And also through God’s
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.
with education we get with efforts so sincere
get sound knowledge on vast majority of subjects
thus gained is sensibly utilized
unravel the basic truth, hitherto hidden
getting wisdom through experimenting with Truth
gives us level-headedness
know and make difference what is right and wrong
when to speak
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
should bring about holistic growth and development in the students.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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..
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
WOMEN YOU ARE GREAT
Her day starts
in the weehours in the morn,
preparing herself for home chores,
And for the
day’s drudgery in the right earnest,
or feed for the tiny tots,
morning tea or breakfast for the kin entire,
This over, but
her work has just not over,
for going to work starts,
As she has to
add-on the family’s funds,
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,
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,
to have a second opinion about her,
have gone a sea change for her,
at the tenacity and courage of the woman the next door,
And in their
own home and hearth,
of my Creator feels equal to the occasion at home front,
And excels, in
many ways, in the office front,
animal of intricacy with ease
at her command,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
SYMPTOMS OF INNER
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
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
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.
OF TRUTH AND LIVING TRUTHFULLY GIVE FREEDOM
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
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.
BE SELF AWARE
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
(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).
THOUGHTS ON LORD
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
The sacred promises
of marriage were exchanged
To be kept in mind
while living the life together
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
Lorddess of wealth and prosperity
knowledge an learning is Saraswati.
For Lord Shiva it
is essential to be aware of
relates to truth
Which could be
Shivam means giving
giving knowledge (Gyan)
expectation in return
We seek oneness of ourselves with that of
Couple appeared in the form of Ardhanarishwa
This way, complementing
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,
Disarmingly Naïve or Bhalla
to the core
A greatest master and a great
The One who forgives
A dynamic dancer Natraja
Who ingests even poison to save
A greatest scientist of
Who loves each and every
forms of creations
In fact he is product and
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
Sitting in Smadhi posture
even in cremation grounds
Other times he is
sitting in Smadhi posture
In majestic Himalayan Kailash
profuse aura and inner Shakti
Lord Shiva himself tells His
That He manifested himself
In the form of Pillar of Fire
Which is famously termed as
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
He taught Barhmaji – the
incharge of Creation
And Vishnuji – the incharge
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
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
The destruction of this
world is Samhar
Which is essential for fresh
The absence of this world is
concealment or Tirobhav
Essential for recreation
For continuation of living
Moksha is the liberation from
births and deaths or Anugrah
Shiva took the duties of
destruction for further creation
The job of Sanhar &
Including finally the Anugrah
is the giver of salvation
Task of Sarga (Nature) is for
nurturing for its survival
Through its vegetation and
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
Then appropriate place of
installation has to be chosen
And process of performing the
Or purification to be
Where it could be worshipped
With the prayer OM NAMAH
Without any obstruction which
may come in the way.
How best to worship Lord
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
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
Such as Ganges, Yamuna,
Narmada, Kaveri, Sarayu,
Tungabhadra et al.
THEN it is recognized by the
That a person should be known
by the Karmic deeds
One does in thoughts and
A person is not known
by the family he/she is born
But the Karma which one does
A Brahman who is engaged in
Could be termed as Shudra
A Kshatriya who is serving
Could be termed as Brahmin
The Dharma too is of two
Dharma performed by matter
Performance through Yagya or
Amongst it is Agni-Yogya
By offering Havan Samagri
Materials such as til, barley
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
Like performing pilgrimage to
the places known to us
Could bring about prosperity
and peace of mind.
pursued in various Yugas must be known
The meditation was done to
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
Righteousness brings about
Opposite brings about sorrows
The various days of week are
then known differently
By the names of different
Attributing for Shiva
Himself, Sunday as the auspicious day
Monday Maa Durga – the Shakti
have immense prowess
Tuesday, Skand the son of
Wednesday – Lord Vishnu the
God responsible for evolution
Which has been created by the
Lord of Creation
Thursday – Lord Yama the lord
Foor the one who is born on
Friday – Lord Brahma the lord
For continuity of
Saturday – Lord Indra the
Which hept maintain the
greenery in tact
Worshipping on these days
Gives a worshipper prosperity
different places give different gains
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
On the peak of mounts
more than preceding one
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
Offering fragrance gives
virtues of highest order
Offering Naivedya helps
Incense of dhoop gives
Worshipping with burning wick
Gives knowledge to the
Beetal leaves gives
Worshipping in the month of
And Krishna Chaturdashi
Worshipping Him with
and with focus gives joy and
Moksha or salvation finally
During Kartik gives disease
powers of Shiva & Shakti
Give impetus to
annihilate the sins
Pervading in the
Chanting of OMKAR
and Hari Shiva Pranav
Having the sounds
A, U and Ma
Helps in libration
from the eight bondages
Which are Nature,
smell, sound & sight
The thoughts and
Performed on the
basis of these bondages
Are termed as the
And a man reaps
the harvest of his own Karma
Good karma gives
And bad one gives
sorrow and displeasure
The soul take
birth or gets liberation
Based on the
Karmic deeds or misdeeds
Eight Chakras are
But the eight
forms of Nature
Lord Shiva is
beyond the realm of these Eight Chakras
A man desirous of
attaining happiness and liberation
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
more on the MAHA SHIVRATRI, it is relevant to understand the true meaning of
SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM
amongst Gods (Lord Bhrama, Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva) are responsible
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;-
Parvati is the Goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and
Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge and learning.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
There are 12
Jyotirlingas (Lingas of Light) which are held sacred by the devotees. They
offer prayers at these holy places.
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.
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.
Purana, it has been mentioned that Shiva prayers should be done in the
following manner to get maximum benefit:-
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.
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.
Forgetting His grace and bounties offerings when dhoop
(incense) is ritualistically burnt give maximum benefits.
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.
Finally, betel leaves are offered which symbioses the
satiation of our worldly desires besides keeping our spiritual onward
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).
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 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:-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:-
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.
form of Shiva Murti facing South. This represents aspects as a teacher of yoga,
music, and wisdom.
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.
In this Lord Shiva is depicted with four arms having bow and arrow in the at of
destroying Demon named Tripura.
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.
– 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
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:
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.