1 YEAR COMPLETED, 1st ANNIVERSARY 😍❤😊😉😘

Dear All,

I am very happy to inform all of you that I am completing exactly 1 year on this most awesome platform. I started the journey on this day last year.

I started writing blogs as a kind of therapy. To help me express my love, feelings, emotions, pain, tears, agony, and sorrow that was making me dangerously depressed.

My story with wordpress is one of respectful reciprocation, warm human amity, fruitful cultural and intellectual exchange, endearing buoyancy, passionate literary embellishment and endowment, let alone friendship furtherance and beefing up! Thank you to all of you, dear friends, who have contributed to, and been part of my journey.

I am very proud of Some of my blogs. Others didn’t work out as well as I had imagined. Such is life..
I don’t have all answers to life. But I hope I have gained some wisdom from my tiny little life experiences, which if nothing else, are varied and somewhat unique.

Thank you very very much each and every one of you for reading, appearing my posts. Thank you for your immense love and support. I shall appreciate you always. You all have made my writing journey exciting, thrilling and memorable for me.

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A HUMBLE PRAYER TO LORD GANESHA

It is my humble, demure admission:
I will only disrespectfully plagiarize
I will only discourteously publicize
I will only barefacedly justify myself unwise
I will only prove myself mad in the human guise
To dare to describe what is indeed past description!

I am shivering at the thought of praising You
I am shuddering at the thought of glorifying You
I am stammering at the thought of extolling You
I am shaking at the thought of exalting You
I am trembling at the thought of acclaiming Your Miracles
I am dumbfounded at Your Heavenly, subtle spectacles!

It will be an utter impudence to eulogize You
It will be a sheer insolence to idolize You
It will be an outright imprudence to laud You
It will be an out –and-out audacity to adore You
It will be a complete dare-devilry to admire You
For, all earthly words are too unfit to be used before You.

Without Your Magnanimous Grace
I am a reprehensible fool in the race.
Without Your Generous Grace
I am a contemptuous figure without a face.
Without Your Graceful Enlightenment
I am a knowledge bulb without a filament.

Without Your rapturous Graceful Light
I am a gloomy gorge of ignorance
I am a hollow husk without sustenance
I am a dull, disdainful entity
I am a void naught without utility
I am too weak to brace up for the fight.

Without Your unthinkable Blessing
I am an ignoble, unwanted creature
I am the most useless rubbish in Nature
I am the most senseless cartoon caricature
I am a mobile mortal without a significant feature
I am too brazen and bizarre a metal to be a ring.

Without Your kind Shower of Knowledge
I am a derisive, unfilled and blank page
I am the swamp, sedimentary dredge
I am a groping traveller in the life’s maze
I am a perplexed wayfarer in the confusion haze:
Without Your Bliss I’ll be forever in this birth-death cage……..

Ganapati Bapa Mourya 😊🙏🏻

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Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha is celebrated every year during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada with much fervour and enthusiasm. The ten day long festival ends on Ananta Chaturdashi with the immersion of Ganesha idols. Slogans of Ganpatti Bappa Morya.

Much credit goes to revolutionary freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak for resuscitating interest in the festival. It was during 1893 when Tilak urged the masses to unite and come together to celebrate the festival. The main motive was to unite people and inculcate feelings of patriotism in them.

Lord Ganesha is considered to be the son of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. He possesses the head of an elephant on which there’s a tiara. His four hands hold a symbolic object like the trishul or trident. Other symbolic objects carried by Lord Ganesha are a goad or ankush and a lotus. Lord Ganesha is known as the deity of wisdom and auspiciousness and he is said to have a great sense of humor as well.

The association between Lord Ganesha and the Chaturthi is due to the fact that he was born on the 4th day of fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. Hence, his birth anniversary celebration is known as Ganesh Chaturthi.

An interesting story behind Lord Ganesha’s birth is that his mother PARVARTI had once created a human figure and instilled life in it, thus asking it to guard the door while she had gone on a bath. During this time, Lord Shiva came to see his wife after a prolonged period and meditation at Mountain Kailash. When stopped by the human figure from entering the house, Lord Shiva was outraged and cut off the former’s head.

Very soon, Shiva came to know that the human figure was created by Parvati. So, he sent his attendants to look for the head of the first living object they could find. The attendants found an elephant and cut off its head to place on the human figure’s body so as to bring him back to life. This is why Lord Ganesha is seen to have an elephant head. He is known as Ganapati or Chief of Ganas or “Lord Shiva’s attendants”

Lord Ganesha is a symbol of auspiciousness, wealth, good luck and prosperity. His image is a composite of elephant and man with each part having its own significance. The elephant head represents great strength.

The human form is a symbol of wisdom and intelligence. Lord Ganesha’s mouse represents presence of mind. The four arms of Lord Ganesha depict the four directions are space. To all his devotees, Ganesha remains as the most important God; he is the universe.

The human body of Ganesha represents the “tvam” whereas his elephant head symblolizes the “tat”. Hence, the combination of these two (the body of Lord Ganesha) represents the highest reality of the Brahman.

Lord Ganesha’s ears resemble winnowing baskets. Just as one separates grain and dirt, one should also learn to distinguish the real (Brahman) from the unreal (maya) by listening to the scriptures from his Guru.

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Salutations to Lord Ganesha

Garga Rishi Spoke thus

1. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is unborn, beyond imagination, without definite form, beyond happiness, the absolute happiness, the one and only one, the best among the best, without material qualities, easily obtainable, desireless and the form of the Supreme.

2. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is transcendental to the material modes of nature, the form of the supreme happiness, one who can be experienced through the mind, the all pervading, one who can be approached through knowledge, meditated by sages, the form of the sky, the best of all and the form of the Supreme.

3. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is the cause for the existence of the Universe and the knowledge, Premier of the Gods, primal happiness, Lord of qualities, Lord of Deva group, one who pervades through the Universe, worshipped by the Universe, Lord of the Gods and the one who symbolizes the Supreme.

4. Let us bow down to Lord Ganesha, the one who is beyond passion, the form of the Creator, knower of the Vedas, always with the actions, the form that is inconceivable by heart, cause for the existence of the Universe, responsible for all knowledge and the one who symbolizes the Supreme.

5. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is manifestation of the truth, blissful, appeased by the activities of people, one who is victorious over demons, governs the Universe, who takes many incarnations, carries the supreme knowledge and the form of Vishwarupa.

6. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, controller of tamas, the form of destruction, one who has three eyes, destructor of the Universe, the carrier across the bonds of life, the cause of knowledge, preaches to many people who seek Him and the form of everything (Shiva).

7. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who removes tamas qualities, removes ignorance of people, the essence of the three Vedas, the essence of the Supreme, cause of knowledge in the sages, looks misshaped from distant and always the form of the Supreme.

8. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who makes the plants happy by his rays, one who makes Gods happy by the tarpana of streams of nectar, one who cools down the heat of the Sun, the best of the Brahmins and the one who is the form of the Moon.

9. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is the form of light, the form of the sky, the form of wind, the cause for changes, one who supports the arts, cause for many activities, form of strength and the form of Shakti.

10. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is important form of the nature, great form of qualities, wanders over the Earth, form of Lord of the directions, form of the existent and the non-existent, the cause for the Universe and always the form of the Universe.

11. People who prostrate to your feet would be freed from obstacles. The one who is like the shining Sun who is vast, when you are present, how would people be subjected to darkness?

12. We, who are illusioned, always linked with ignorance, we have bowed down to your feet. The Supreme one, the one who has the manifestation of the Universe, it is because of your grace your feet are found, protect us.

13. O Great Sage! One who prays Lord Ganesha in the above mentioned way, is happy. By His grace, I begin to pray Him to obtain the Supreme knowledge.

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Swami Vivekananda’s Historic Speech at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, 11th September, 1893.

125 years ago, this day in 1893,

Swami Vivekananda won many hearts and minds through his inspirng speech at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Through his universal appeal that transcended religions and rituals he transformed the western view of India.

125 years since the first Yogi visited the United States and started a movement to raise human conciousness through his historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Much needs to be done in this direction.

Today marks the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s iconic speech in Chicago. He had called for a boycott against ‘Sectarianism, bigotry and its horible descendant, fanaticisms. Numerous aspects of his speech are relevant even today

September 11, 2018, marks the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s most iconic speech, delivered in Chicago at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The spiritual leader delivered his speech among a wide delegation, inclusive of 5,000 scholars, historians and religious intellectuals representing the world’s most widespread faiths.

As per records, Swami Vivekananda’s address to the delegation on September 11, 1893, was as follows:

“Dear sisters and brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. l thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of the millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the Earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to the southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny.

I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:

As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to thee.

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world, of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:

Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.”

His speech is said to have evoked a loud applause from the audience.

Additionally, Swami Vivekananda also spoke on the subject of the day, ‘Why we disagree’ giving the example of a frog restricted to his well, having no idea of the world outside his well.

He further elaborated on the Vedanta philosophy.

“The Vedas declare ‘I am a spirit living in a body; I am not the body. The body will die but I shall not die.'”

“Consciousness is only the surface of the mental ocean and within its depths are stored all our experiences.”

“The Hindu believes that he is a spirit- him the soul cannot pierce, him the fire cannot burn, him the water cannot melt, him the air cannot dry– is nowhere but his center is located in the body and that death means the change of this center from body to body.”

WHY SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S SPEECH MATTERS :

His speech, even to this day, is lauded by people the world over for its clarity of ideas and the charm of his speech’s eloquence. While Swami Vivekananda represented the Hindu religion to the world, he also hoped and earnestly called for all religions to come together to ensure unity and prosperity of all faiths across the world.

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Swami Vivekananda: 125 years since the first yogi visited the United States

A 125 years later after his historic speech to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, the courage, daring and intelligence of Swami Vivekananda still lights the way forward, not only for India, but for all humanity.

Swami Vivekananda’s famous talk at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 was monumental on several levels, not all of which have been properly understood. His was an epoch making revival and global expansion of Yoga, Vedanta, Hinduism and India as part of a single profound message for all humanity. He represented India’s vast ancient dharmic civilisation in a modern rebirth, renewal and transformation that continues to the present day.

Vivekananda started the modern world Yoga movement, which people in the West most identify him for. His Yoga-Vedanta teachings quickly spread throughout North America and Europe, and became the basis for the new experiential spirituality of the modern age. His work pioneered a new study of consciousness and self-realisation along with yogic practices of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation, and yogic ways of healing. He made Yoga appealing to both science and spirituality, including cosmology, psychology, medicine and philosophy – taking it far beyond the old constricting boundaries of religious discourse.

What Albert Einstein did for modern physics introducing the theory of the relativity of time and space, Vivekananda did to spirituality, taking it out of the boundaries of conversion-based creeds to an inner science of consciousness beyond time, space and person. He introduced a cosmic vision of Yoga and Hinduism as complementary to the vaster, new view of the universe modern science was discovering.

The success of Vivekananda in the West helped revive the Yoga-Vedanta tradition in India, as well as tantra and deity worship, with his guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa a devotee of the Goddess Kali. He emphasised a universal tradition of dharma behind all the religions and sciences of the world, rooted in India. Hindu Dharma that had been consigned to superstition and backwardness by the colonial mind suddenly presented itself as one of the most innovative and visionary movements on the planet.

Vivekananda restored the ancient image of India at spiritual, philosophical and cultural levels and countered the colonial assault, including the massive effort to convert India and suppress Indic culture that was reeling under siege at the pinnacle of colonial rule. Vivekananda’s teaching formed the intellectual and spiritual mooring for the Indian independence movement that was just starting, providing it an inspiration and foundation in India’s traditions going back to the Gita and Upanishads.

Vivekananda travelled and spoke as a Hindu monk — dressed in orange, with a turban, eloquently explaining and defending Hindu Dharma to a Western public, print media and academia, including religious groups that were imbued with harsh missionary stereotypes and denigrations of India and Hinduism. India, like Africa at the time, was viewed as one of the last primitive frontiers to be conquered to spread the civilising message of Christianity. The amount of prejudice and defamation that Vivekananda faced was enormous, occurring at an era in which black people in America were still lynched for the colour of their skin, and most people had never seen a Hindu from India, much less hear one speak.

Swami Vivekananda was given a triumphal welcome when he came back home. Yet his health had suffered during his early wanderings across India, and he died in 1902, at the age of only 39.

Nevertheless, Swami Vivekananda achieved great things He restored pride in India’s wisdom and put the west philosophically and socially into place. He explained in clear and simple terms why Indians can be proud of their tradition which is based on deep insights of the rishis and is meant to be experienced and expressed in life. It is not about confessing a creed. It is not about blind belief in dogmas. “It is as much a science as any in the world”, the Swami had declared. It is about enquiry, analysis and finally intimately knowing and directly experiencing the truth. “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached!”

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Lord Krishna : Multidimensional Personality

Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami, Saatam Aatham, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanthi marks the birth of Super Soul Lord Krishna- considered to be 8th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This year it will be celebrated on 2nd September 2018. Janmashtami is among the biggest religious festival in the world due to several reasons.

Lord Krishna’s life teaches everyone. Portrayed as someone’s son, someone’s lover, someone’s husband, even someone’s brother and father his acts were a model for people in days past, the modern world and surely for those in ages to come.

He is seen as a mischievous child who steals butter yet gifted child of Mata Yasodha who protected the village from natural calamities. The boy who uphold entire mountain with one finger to save the villagers from Lord Indra’s anger. He is the establisher of order and justice in society by killing Kansa and his associates.

Krishna the eternal Charmer –every girl’s dream man, the cowherd is the love of all gopies making them leave all their duties to follow him. The eternal love of Radha-Krishna is known to everyone. Theirs was the highest love—a love to inspire mankind forward on the path to God.

A true friend of Sudama, who was living in sheer penury visited his Friend Krishna for help. Even without him asking for help Sudama has loaded him with material that stayed with him forever. Krishna’s grace turned Sudama from rag to rich.

By being an able teacher of Arjun in epic Mahabharata he spreads the universal message of Karma Yoga- everyone existing on this earth is bound to get the fruits as per his or her actions. ‘As shall you sow so shall you reap’. Hence one should always follow the right path and never tolerate injustice. The perishable body, immortal soul, concentration of the mind, undisturbed equanimity– was all described and explained in detail by Krishna to Arjun

As a dutiful and responsible ruler- Dwarikadheesh Sri Krishna, he spread the message of right karma, Justice, love and respect for each other.

It is believed that paying reverence to Lord Krishna’s various roopa’s with true faith and devotion on Janmashtami help the worshipers to get their desires fulfilled in no time.

Those looking for stable, happy and prosperous married and family life can offer archanas to Yugal Jodi: Radha-Krishna.

Those aspiring for salvation, peace, harmony and satisfaction in life can offer pujas to Yogiraj Krishna.

Krishna holds all the colours of the rainbow of human life, represented by the peacock feather he wears.

If there is any single figure who represents India, its yogic spirituality, vibrant culture and ancient history, it is Sri Krishna. This is not any easy choice, as India is also the land of Buddha, Rama, Shankara and many sages and rishis of the highest order.

Similarly, if there is any single book that conveys the wisdom of India to the world, with its synthesis of yogic teachings and practical life wisdom, it is Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita. The Gita remains the most read and published book from India in thousands of years.

The Bhagavad Gita is the prime source book of Hindu Dharma, and Sri Krishna is its most visible teacher. Yet, this is not because Krishna gave us a simple dogma or en-masse prescription, or claimed to have the last word — but because Sri Krishna brings together all that is profound, challenging and wonderful in human thought and action, and links it with the Supreme Divine.

Sri Krishna is a multisided personality, a renaissance man who mastered every domain of life according to the highest vision. He is not simply a monk, prophet or saint, but a master of our full human potential in the world and beyond, illumined by an unlimited Divine Light from within the heart.

Jai Sri Krishna!

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